KRAI News for Thursday, March 18, 2021

Moffat County Public Health has released vaccination numbers. As of Monday, about 17 percent of Moffat County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 13,127 residents of Moffat County, 2,266 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Just over 73% of those are over 70 years old.

Multiple entities are providing the vaccine including City Market, Walgreens, and Walmart, Memorial Regional Health, Moffat County Public Health, and Northwest Colorado Health. Those eligible to be vaccinated as of tomorrow/Friday include people over 50, frontline essential workers in food service and restaurants, those in manufacturing, transportation, public health, human services, journalists, postal workers, and faith leaders. Those in local or state government are eligible as are those who are 18-49 years old with a high-risk condition. Also, those in a previous phase are always eligible to be vaccinated.

Starting Friday, another phase of eligibility will open. This new phase includes:

  • People age 50 and older.
  • Student‐facing higher education employees
  • Frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services
  • Frontline essential workers in manufacturing
  • Frontline essential workers for the US Postal Service
  • Frontline essential workers in public transit and specialized transportation
  • Frontline essential workers in public health
  • Frontline essential human service workers
  • Faith leaders
  • Frontline essential direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness
  • Frontline essential journalists
  • Continuity of local government
  • Continuation of operations for state government
  • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID‐19 vaccine clinical trial
  • People 18‐49 with high risk conditions.

From MRH: As we move through phases, people in previous phases remain eligible. Vaccinators may continue to prioritize by age in previous phases if supply remains constrained. Timeline subject to change based on supply chain. Prioritization subject to change based on data, science, availability.

The West Routt Fire Protection District in Hayden held their annual ice rescue training this week. They want to remind everyone to be careful around melting ponds, lakes and rivers right now. And keep your pets off the ice as well.

Some prescribed burns are being scheduled from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. They want to reduce the dense vegetation and other fuels in the area. That would lower the risk of large wildfires this summer and stimulate new vegetation growth which would benefit wildlife. The prescribed burns will be in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Pitkin counties. The one in Moffat County is in the Blanco Ranger District, which is 22 miles northwest of Meeker. The Snell Rock Prescribed Burn could burn up to 1,600 acres. For more information, visit:

The carnival from Brown’s Amusements will be back in Craig for the Memorial Day weekend this year. Here’s Lizbeth Magallanes with the Craig Chamber.

The carnival will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are available at the Craig Chamber as of May 3.

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.

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


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