KRAI News for Thursday, June 20, 2019

Construction work on bridges in Craig and Hayden is about halfway done. The Colorado Department of Transportation says four bridges are being repaired. Three are along Highway 40. The fourth is the Ranney Street bridge near Loudy-Simpson Park. Work on the bridge in east Hayden is the furthest along, at about 95 percent complete. A link to updates:

Peabody Energy and Arch Coal have announced that the two coal companies are combining assets in Colorado and Wyoming. Routt County’s Twentymile Mine will be managed under the new joint venture. The agreement has to be approved from antitrust regulators before being finalized. In a news release, the companies said the joint venture aims to strengthen “the competitiveness of coal against natural gas and renewables while creating substantial value for customers and shareholders.”

There are more people with sexual diseases in Moffat County. That’s according to public health officials. Last year, there were 12 cases of gonorrhea, which is 12 more than the year before. There were also more cases of chlamydia, at 30 in 2018. Data also shows Moffat County had one case of syphilis and one case of HIV in 2018. The Craig Press reports that the flu also kept nurses busy in the three-county area of Moffat, Routt, and Jackson Counties. 300 people were hospitalized in Colorado from the flu last year, with seven hospitalizations reported in Moffat County. Another issue last year was a rabies scare, when a woman in Routt County took home some baby raccoons that she thought were abandoned. At least 20 people had to be found and tested for rabies.

The 7th annual Meekerpalooza and the Meeker Farmer’s Market is this Saturday in downtown Meeker. The day starts with the Park to Art Races. Register at or on race day. The Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Breakfast is at 8 a.m. The Meeker Farmer’s Market also starts at 8 a.m. Meekerpalooza kicks off at 11 a.m. with live music from The Samples, Mountain Strange, and other great bands. There will be food vendors, a beer garden, and lots of fun activities for the kids. KRAI News Director Shannon Lukens will be broadcasting live on KRAI and 55 Country.

Curbs and sidewalks are being improved, and made more accessible in Rangely right now. The Rangely Pedestrian Improvements Project started this week. It’s on Highway 64 between Grand and Birch Avenues in the town of Rangely. Work is being done on storm drains as well. It is expected to be finished in August.

The Hayden Town Council has approved a financial incentive package for Natural Path Botanicals. It’s a marijuana grow facility in Hayden. It will become one of only three federally licensed hemp processing facilities on the western half of Colorado. The incentive package will give rebates on the business’ property over the next three years, starting in 2020. Natural Path Botanicals is expected to create 10 full-time jobs when it reaches full capacity. And Hayden could get as much as nearly $18,000 in property taxes.

The Cast, Blast ‘n Twang is this Saturday in Craig. It’s a free event for the whole family. Learn the basics of fishing, the safe use of shotguns, and how to properly use a bow. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide the fishing gear, firearms, and archery equipment, but you are welcome to bring your own fishing pole. For more, call the Colorado Parks & Wildlife office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.

Today is the World’s Largest Swim Lesson at the Craig Pool Complex. It starts at noon.

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

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