KRAI News for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

The 2018 Holiday Tour of Lights features homes across Craig. It happens every year. This year, there are nine local displays at houses and yards. It is about six and a half miles to drive the route and it takes about 20 minutes. The map is on the Craig Press website.   

Six Meeker students got to “Shop with a Cop.” Meeker Police Chief Phil Stubblefield and Officer Justin Yates took the kids shopping at the Walmart in Craig. The store provided $1500 to the police officers. Employees helped out with the shopping spree and wrapped the gifts. The “Shop with a Cop” program in Craig will be this Saturday.

Postal workers across the country are doing everything they can to keep up with the holiday crush of Christmas gifts. In Craig, the postal staff has volunteered to extend their hours for package pickup on Sunday and on Christmas Day. They’re also asking residents to please keep driveways, sidewalks, and curbside mailboxes clear. And turn on your porch light if it starts to get dark.

If the new neighborhoods in West Steamboat get approved by City Council, the first homes would be awarded through a lottery system, to residents of Routt County. Council told City Staff and the Brynn Grey developers that they want the lottery included in the ordinance that would annex the land. To sign up, go to www.WestSteamboatNeighborhoods.com

State Representative Dylan Roberts has been chosen to lead the new Rural Affairs Committee in Colorado. Roberts is a Democrat from Avon, and one of only five lawmakers from the Western Slope who hold a leadership position at the state capitol. Roberts says the rising cost of health insurance will be at the top of his agenda when the session starts next month. Roberts represents Routt and Eagle Counties which have some of the highest health insurance costs in the state.

Eileen Kunkle has retired. Kunkle has been a waitress at Village Inn in Craig for 40 years. Kunkle says she’ll miss her regular customers, but she’ll still be in Craig, spending time with her eight grandchildren and her two great-granddaughters.

In basketball, the Moffat County High School Hoop-a-Thon and Chili Dinner is Friday night. Players are getting pledges based on how many baskets they make during the event, including free throws and jump shots. And there’s the chili Dinner. It starts at 6:30 at the high school.

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

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