KRAI News for Thursday, July 11, 2019

Yampa Building in Craig. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The 99-year-old Yampa Building won’t be transferred to Memorial Regional Health for a rehabilitation center for substance abuse. It was confirmed at a special meeting on Tuesday with the Memorial Regional Health Board and CEO Andy Daniels, and the three Moffat County Commissioners. There was strong opposition at a Board of Education meeting on June 20. The Providence Recovery Services withdrew its request to use the building, which is at 775 Yampa Avenue in Craig.

Craig City Council members are trying to come up with the three marijuana questions that would be on the November ballot. One proposal would have a 5% sales tax and 5% excise tax on marijuana in Craig. That money would be used to fund the library in Craig and the Museum of Northwest Colorado for five years. Other ballot questions would include:

  • Should retail sales through dispensaries be allowed in Craig?
  • Should all other areas of marijuana business be allowed in Craig, including warehousing, courier operations, manufacturing, growing, and testing?

A man working on the new school in Hayden collapsed and lost consciousness Tuesday. Firefighters from the West Routt Fire Protection district used their new ladder truck to reach the man. He regained consciousness on his way to the hospital in Steamboat Springs. Fire Chief Dal Leck says he thinks it is because of overheating and dehydration and he reminds everyone to drink a lot of water on hot summer days.








That goes for your animals, too. Don’t leave a pet inside an unattended vehicle in the summer, even if it is for a few minutes. It’s illegal in Steamboat Springs to leave a dog or cat in an unattended vehicle, or the uncovered bed of a truck, when the outside temperature is at or above 70 degrees. Violators can be charged with animal cruelty and be forced to surrender their pets to authorities. Last week, a dog died in Rifle, after its owner left if inside a vehicle.

Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Festival. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The 38th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is this weekend. Two big changes this year are that it is being run by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the Balloon Glow is at Howelsen Hill Saturday night. Here’s Pilot and Today publisher Logan Molen.

The launch field opens at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning. Shuttles will run from the Meadows Parking lot to Bald Eagle Lake. No dogs or smoking allowed at the event. The Balloon Glow at Howelsen Hill starts around 8:15. And it’s all free.

Mussels on a boat. Courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado boat inspectors are finding more boats infested with mussels. Most of those boats are coming out of Lake Powell. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says 51 boats have been intercepted, which compares to 26 all of last year. Every boat that goes into a Colorado reservoir is inspected first.

Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

That wolf that was recently spotted in Jackson County originally came from Wyoming. Wildlife officials say it is from the Snake River pack. It is collared, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say they aren’t tracking the wolf’s location anymore. But they will be in touch with U.S. agencies. Under the Endangered Species Act, harming, harassing, or killing a gray wolf for any reason other than self-defense is illegal.

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

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