KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 12, 2020


In local football Friday night, it wasn’t a good kickoff to the season for the Moffat County Bulldogs. The team from Craig lost to the Meeker Cowboys, 36-14, after being tied at halftime.

Moffat County is at home this Friday night against the Englewood Pirates. Seating for the game will be limited. Family members of the players have priority as does the student body. They’ll be purchasing tickets first. Once that has been done, the remaining tickets will be released at 8 a.m. Thursday morning through Tickets will not be available at the door on the night of the game.

In other local football games, Hayden lost to Mancos, 52-6. The next game for the Tigers is against West Grand. They’ll play the Mustangs at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Soroco lost to Sanford Friday night as well. It was another lopsided score with the Rams losing 50-12. Soroco is on the road against Rangely this Friday night. Rangely had a big win in their first game of the season, beating Sangre de Cristo, 46-6.

Big snowflakes blanketed the Yampa Valley Sunday and also fell on the Middle Fork Fire. Jesse McCarty is the Public Information Officer with the Middle Fork Fire. He says the snow will help the firefighters with their suppression efforts.

McCarty says it will be dry again next week and temperatures will warm up which will keep the firefighters diligent in their efforts with the Middle Fork Fire. The number of acres burned at last measurement is 17,832. There are no evacuations for Routt County but some pre-evacuations have been issued for Jackson County, but only for hunters and ranchers with cattle who are in the area. 113 people are now assigned to the Middle Fork Fire with five helicopters, two single-engine airtankers, and a fixed-wing air attack to help coordinate the aerial operations.


Photo of wolf in Grand County on June 6, 2020, courtesy Jessica Freeman.

Ballots have been mailed to all registered voters. One issue on the ballot is Proposition 114 which is about the reintroduction of wolves into Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has committed more than $300,000 toward the efforts to defeat the ballot initiative.

Moffat County Commissioners

Moffat County Commissioners meet tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. Different department heads are making their reports. Mindy Curtis from Finance will discuss the 2021 Proposed County Budget. That starts at 9:30 a.m.

A second arrest has been made in the theft of 28 firearms from the True Value store in Rangely of September last year. 39-year-old Dawn Hoffman turned herself in to the Loveland Police Department. She has been charged with second-degree burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. Two Rangely boys found the stolen guns in a cave in April.

Routt County has been approved to move up to Level One – Safer at Home. That means Routt County has had a low amount of new COVID-19 cases, low percent of positivity under 5 percent, and declining hospitalizations. Gathering sizes can now move up from 10 to 25. Outdoor events can be up to 250 people. Indoor events increase to 175. Places of worship also increase capacity to 175 indoors. Public Health also wants to remind everyone that masks are still required.

The new Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute is seeing patients from across Northwest Colorado, in their new building. It’s the old Sports Authority building in Steamboat. Ten surgeons and eight anesthesiologists are on staff. One of the surgeons who is a partner with the surgery center is Dr. Andreas Sauerbrey.

The new surgery center specializes in orthopedics and spine, available to patients throughout Northwest Colorado. Certifications for all levels of surgeries and insurance platforms are expected to be complete in November.

A message From Routt County Public Health…  Remember to wash your hands often during the day; help make COVID stop with you.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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