KRAI News for Thursday, March 14, 2019

No school in Moffat County today. Here is superintendent Dave Ulrich.

Ulrich made the decision after conferring with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Moffat County Road and Bridge. Also the Boys and Girls Club is cancelled today.

Hwy 40 was closed during the day Wednesday. Photo courtesy Marci Marumoto.

The big storm hit Northwest Colorado and Moffat County hard along with the rest of the state. Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency, and activated the National Guard for search and rescue of stranded motorists.

Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume asked everyone to shelter in place, including travelers and students, at the time. That’s because the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department had to suspend all road maintenance operations, for the safety of the employees and the public. Here’s Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck.

During Wednesday’s storm, CoTrip.org shut down in the middle of it because so many people were checking road conditions. Yampa Valley Electric had a few power outages. DIA closed. CMC closed early. CNCC closed. Rabbit Ears Pass had to close at one point, as did most of Hwy 40.  And… the first day of spring is next Wednesday.

Apollo the dog that was thought to have been killed by his owner, is alive. He was found and taken to the Routt County Animal Shelter. He has been checked out by a veterinarian and appears to be doing well. Steamboat Police Commander Jerry Stabile says Apollo is on a “bite hold” after biting his owner last week.

Workers at more than 80 City Market and King Soopers stores in Colorado will vote today and tomorrow, on whether to accept a contract offer from the grocery stores, or go on strike. It won’t happen in Craig and Steamboat, though, as the City Market employees here are “union free.”

Be aware of some scam phone calls in Moffat County. Businesses are getting calls from someone claiming to represent a Craig and Moffat County map, produced by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Craig Press. Businesses are asked to renew for this year’s publication, and then they want your credit card. That’s the scam. Craig Police are aware of the fake sales pitch as well.

Dinosaur, Colo. File photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The Dinosaur Visitor Center needs funding. It will be discussed at a meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon, by members of the Moffat County Local Marketing District board. The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado is making the request for $13,500 to close the funding gap that would normally be provided by the Colorado Tourism Office. That meeting is at CNCC on 9th Street this afternoon.

The Yampa Valley Solar Co-Op is hosting a public information session tonight. It’s at 6 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The solar co-op is free to join. Also, it will be working in conjunction with nonprofit Solar United Neighbors of Colorado and Solar Energy International. The latter will be providing solar job training to four residents of Moffat and Routt County.

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

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