KRAI News for Thursday, March 12, 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has declared Colorado under a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus. There are 16 new cases of the respiratory disease confirmed in Colorado for a total of 33 as of last night. Governor Polis is telling people who might be at high risk not to come up to the high country, because hospitals can easily be overrun by too many patients. Thirteen people are quarantined in Aspen. An employee tested positive at DIA. There are still no reported cases of the virus in Routt or Moffat counties.

President Trump was supposed to come to Colorado to campaign in Denver at the end of the week. He has canceled that trip.

In Routt County, government agencies are meeting twice a day. They are reviewing and updating their emergency preparedness plans to deal with the spread of COVID-19. These are key people representing 15 countywide emergency support functions including transportation, public works, and medical care. Local leaders say don’t panic, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re sick.

In Oak Creek, the Town Administrator/Clerk Chris Johnson says he is in constant contact with Chuck Wisecup who is the chief of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District and mayor pro-tem. They’re focusing on protecting senior citizens. In Hayden, the point person is Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski. He says Hayden is prepared and everyone is working together to get the right information to stay informed.

A Warehouse Food Hall and new coffee shop is coming to downtown Craig. It will be in the old Boy-Ko building, at 1589 W. Victory Way. Four Points Funding is a private real estate investment firm based in Steamboat Springs. The group made the purchase of the newly-renovated 5,000 square foot building. It will also have three restaurants and a bar. A co-working space will also be available with a private rentable conference center. The anchor of the building will be the Inclusion Coffeehouse, owned by Toni and Ryan Hess from Craig. There will be coffee and baked goods, including cookies, pies, and cannolis. To be involved or apply for one of the food booths, visit Link:

The Yampa Ranger District with the U.S. Forest Service is hosting the Miracle on Ice. It’s this Saturday at Stagecoach Reservoir. It’s mostly forest service employees from district offices in Yampa, Steamboat, and Walden, along with Laramie and Saratoga in Wyoming. They hold the ice fishing tournament to raise money for co-workers or family members facing an illness. This year’s recipient is the 9-year-old daughter of Josh Voohris who has a rare form of cancer, like her sister.

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