Heavy snow in Colorado is making ski resorts happy. For a seven-day period this month, Steamboat and Wolf Creek picked up 28 inches of snow. Around the corner, Winter Park had 21 inches. It snowed 11 out of the first 14 days in January in the Yampa Valley. Nine of those days were officially “Powder Days in the ‘Boat,” at Steamboat Resort. The Denver Post reports that every river basin in the state has above-average snowpack. The Yampa and White River drainage, which includes Northwest Colorado is 18 percent above average. With all the snow comes the threat of avalanches. Conditions are rated at considerable, which means, “dangerous” according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A Craig police officer has been honored for saving a life. Officer Will Roland was honored with the Life Saving Award at this week’s council meeting. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on a woman back in November, when she was choking on food. When emergency medical personnel got there, they took her to the hospital, where she was OK. They said she’s alive because of Officer Roland.
The Hayden Town Council meets tonight. The big item on the agenda is for council to review and consider approving a resolution that would authorize the Town of Hayden to acquire the property owned by the Hayden School District. It’s the current building and gym and auditorium. A new K-12 school is being built in Hayden. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 in Hayden Town Hall.
Inmates in the Routt County Jail can get treatment for substance abuse disorders for another year. The Board of County Commissioners approved and renewed a contract with local addiction counselor Craig Thornhill this week. He has been providing weekly group therapy sessions at the jail since last May. Thornhill’s work is funded through a grant with the state’s Jail Based Behavior Services program. A report from 2017 found that statewide, about three-quarters of inmates entering the state prison system are addicted to drugs or alcohol. In Routt County, 15 inmates have gone through the program since it started.
A 3-day weekend is coming up. Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind everyone that traffic will be heavy, especially along the I-70 corridor, so plan accordingly. Last year over the same holiday weekend, nearly 180,000 vehicles went through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels in both directions.
In sports tomorrow, Moffat County has some home games in basketball. The girls and boys are playing Gunnison, in Craig. The Girls Varsity game starts at 4:30 and the boys take the court at 6 p.m. JV plays earlier in the afternoon.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.