KRAI News for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

A bill being debated by Colorado lawmakers would let courts issue a temporary extreme risk protection order. That means guns could be taken from people who pose a risk to themselves or others. It’s called HB 19-1177. Family members or law enforcement could ask the court to take away someone’s guns for up to 14 days, if that person is thought to be a threat. It’s being called the “red flag” bill. Lawmakers say the proposed bill is a way to report risk before people cause harm. Also, suicide is the leading type of gun death in the United States. Colorado lost 1,175 people to suicide in 2017. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s a good concept but he worries about how to implement it, and about the burden of proof. Ken Constantine owns Elk River Guns in Routt County. He says he would be concerned about upset family members filing a false protection order.

Tonight is the health fair at Hayden Valley Elementary, hosted by the Health and Wellness Team. It starts at 5 in the gym and everyone is invited.

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center has a new website and email address. Their new website is at

Moffat County High School has announced its days for when to register for the 2019-2020 school year. Eighth graders who will be freshmen register next Thursday in the library at Craig Middle School. Current students at the high school register for next year in the library at the high school. Those who will be seniors register March 12. Incoming Juniors are on the 13th, and then current 9th graders register on Thursday, March 14.

Rangely has hired a new police officer. Jesse Leech is from Grand Junction and served in the Marine Corps for 10 years.

The town of Paonia has cut off water service to about a third of its users because of two major leaks in the town’s water supply. The water shut off could last 48 hours.

Good luck to the Moffat County Bulldogs U18 hockey team. They’re headed to the playoffs in Denver this weekend, ranked number one in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League. The Bulldogs are undefeated in the league at 7-0, and 18-3-1 overall.

The Steamboat Sailors lost their 4A Basketball CHSAA State Championship game last night, at the buzzer, 61-59. Senior Mac Riniker was disappointed but happy about the packed house.

The season is over for the Sailors, while Pueblo East advances to the Round of 8.

Jared Atkin has signed a letter of intent to run track for Western Colorado University. The Moffat County senior will specialize in hurdles, and maybe running relays, too.

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