KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

The election is over for the Board of Directors for Yampa Valley Electric. Jean Stetson will continue to represent District 3 in Craig. The other incumbent was Tom Fox, representing District 6 in Steamboat Springs. Debbie Cook is new on the board, representing District 2 which is Craig.

The Middle Fork Fire has now burned 7,897 acres at last count, in Routt National Forest about ten miles north of Steamboat Springs. It’s burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and it hasn’t affected any structures. Incident Commander Sean Carey says the fire is definitely still active so people need to stay out of the closed area.

Carey says they’ve been getting reports of hikers, bikers, and hunters going in the closed area. He says the trees are weakened after the fire and more susceptible to falling which is another big danger and why they don’t want anyone back there.

Mullen Fire courtesy Lindsey Fisher


Another big fire is just over the Routt County border. It’s the Mullen Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. Windy conditions caused the fire to spread to 68,138 acres Sunday and it is 2% contained. 458 people are fighting it.

Moffat County Commissioners






The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets Tuesday morning. Commissioners will hear reports from Roy Tipton in the Office of Development Services, Sheriff KC Hume, Lynette Siedschlaw from HR, Jeff Comstock with Natural Resources, Mason Siedschlaw in IT about video streaming and audio upgrades for the commissioners’ chambers. Sasha Nelson from CNCC will also give an update on Workforce Training and Community Programming.

In Meeker, the Rec Center pool is closed until further notice for roof repairs and pool maintenance.

Museum of Northwest Colorado. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

You can go on a tour of the North Fork of Big Gulch on Wednesday. The director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Dan Davidson, is leading the tour and will talk about the homesteaders and history of the area. Meet in the old Safeway parking lot at 1:30 Wednesday or at the Sombrero Ranch headquarters on County Road 15 at 2 p.m. You must have a four-wheel drive or high profile vehicle to go on the tour. Call the museum if you have any questions.

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

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