Half a million dollars is being given to Colorado Northwestern Community College over the next three years. It’s to create a cybersecurity degree program. The grants are being awarded by the Colorado Attorney General. They’ll be used to hire a cybersecurity program director, a cybersecurity instructor, and to buy the necessary lab equipment and software licenses. Attorney General Phil Weiser says it’s important to get people to help fight cybersecurity, but it is also important to support economic development in rural communities.
You can get free help with your income taxes next week. The service is being offered by Moffat County United Way on Wednesday and Thursday. All taxes are prepared by certified tax preparers for those who earn $56,000 or less per year. Free transportation will also be provided if you need it and there will be a Spanish interpreter there as well. To schedule an appointment for next week, call the United Way office at 970-326-6222.
A ski area in the backcountry near Kremmling is opening next month. The Colorado Sun reports that the Bluebird Backcountry project doesn’t have any lifts on the 1,500 acres of private land, 40 miles southeast of Steamboat. But the new owners plan to have everything else, such as ski patrollers, instructors, guides, gear rentals and more. It will be open Feb. 15 to March 15. Tickets are $50. No more than 300 skiers a day on the mountain. And there’s a warming hut. The two owners are hoping to help fund the plan through Kickstarter. Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bluebirdbackcountry/bluebird-backcountry
Open Heart Advocates is looking for funding to continue. The group presented to Craig City Council this week. Council tabled the discussion of funding for Open Heart Advocates until the first meeting in February. Open Heart Advocates and Andy Daniels from Memorial Regional Health presented the impact OHA has on Moffat County and the city of Craig to council, while also asking for funding. Right now, under the direction of the hospital, OHA is operating at a loss of up to $26,000 a month. OHA can’t stay in operation past March 1 without funding. The group has applied for grants but they wouldn’t start until next year.
Nemo, the poor pup who was found on Rabbit Ears Pass last weekend, will be up for adoption tomorrow at the Routt County Humane Society. No one has claimed the mini Australian Shepherd. The stray dog has gained national attention. The humane society will be accepting adoption applications from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow/Friday. And there will be a meet and greet so you can meet Nemo. Those approved will be selected through a lottery system. Nemo can go home with his new owners on Saturday.
In sports, the Moffat County High School wrestling team beat Grand Valley and Meeker Tuesday night. Four seniors on the team were honored. They are Daniel Caddy, Dagan White, Dario Alexander, and Taylor Coleman. Team manager Mati Frederickson is also a senior.
The Craig Middle School girls have a basketball game at 5 p.m. today in Meeker. The Moffat County High School JV boys basketball team plays Summit at 5:30 in Craig. The Varsity team plays afterwards, around 7 p.m.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.