Don’t go tubing today. The Yampa River is still too high with icy cold snowmelt. The high flows on the river have delayed the tubing season this year. The river was flowing at about 2,000 cubic feet per second as of Wednesday in Steamboat, which is nearly three times higher than a safe level for tubing. Commercial outfitters typically rent out tubes when the river falls below 700 cfs. Also, the temperature of the water is about 54 degrees. Parks and Rec officials are saying to keep an eye on your pets and your children, and just don’t go near the river right now.
You can’t go tubing, but you can go shooting at the Hayden Shooting Range. It is re-opening today, after some recent upgrades.
A 55-year-old man from Granby died in a head-on crash on Highway 40 west of Tabernash Tuesday. Four vehicles were involved in the crash that killed Bradley Dinsmore. A man from Littleton was cited for careless driving causing death, following too closely, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on a roadway. Highway 40 was closed for about six hours Tuesday night.
For the 4th of July today…
The 4th of July Parade in Craig starts at 11 this morning. The parade is followed by a picnic at the VFW Hall. Fireworks are at dusk tonight at Moffat County High School.
The parade in Steamboat is at 10 a.m. this morning followed by the Pioneer Day Block Party and Concert at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Try the Routt Beer Floats. The Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping competition is from noon to 3 p.m. at Howelsen Hill. The rodeo is at 6:30, the fireworks are at 9:30, and the laser show is right after that, all at the base of Howelsen Hill.
Gondola towers are getting installed on Mount Werner. A 240-ton crane is putting in the towers. Four were installed this week near the base. The project is on schedule. A total of 26 towers will be installed. That’s compared to 31 on the old gondola. A Black hawk helicopter is also helping with the installation of the towers.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918