KRAI News for Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gray wolves may no longer be protected across the United States. The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. Those protections were already lifted in the Northern Rockies back in 2011. Gray wolves received endangered specials protection in 1975, when there were only about 1,000 left, and only in northern Minnesota. Now there are more than 5,000 gray wolves mainly in the Western Great Lakes and Northern Rockies regions.

Fifty-eight students are taking English as a Second Language lessons at Colorado Northwestern Community College. That’s the highest number in the ESL classes in the history of CNCC. The classes are basic, intermediate, or advanced ESL classes. They are free and offered to any Spanish speaking students at the Craig campus. They’ll continue through June.

There won’t be a snowmobile hill climb on Howelsen Hill next spring. Steamboat Springs City Council said no to the event, proposed by Triple Crown Sports and sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain States Hill Climb Association. City Council was concerned about the timing of the event in April, and the stability of Howelsen Hill, with a potential for landslides and unstable soils. They also spoke about the noise and the historic character of Howelsen.

The Safeway store in Glenwood Springs is closing after more than 50 years in the local market there. Fifty-four employees will be impacted. They will lose their jobs or can be relocated, if they want. The Safeway there will close for good sometime in mid-April.

Meanwhile, a Marshalls store is opening next week, in the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center. It’s going in the old Sports Authority building there.

Craig City Council has rescheduled their meeting next Tuesday. There’s a conflict so instead the meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday evening, at Craig City Hall.

Steamboat Police are reporting an email scam right now. It targets the payroll system of local businesses. Employees are fooled into changing a worker’s payroll direct deposit. Then when the money gets deposited into that fake account, it’s gone. Steamboat Police say be careful sending personal information. Call and confirm its real first. Also don’t send money, or click on an unknown link in response to unexpected requests.

Also, skis are being stolen from cars. Steamboat Police say skis are disappearing from ski racks, on top of cars, too. Lock up your car, and lock your skis in the ski rack, if they’re on the roof.

Buckle up! Communications officers in charge of dispatching emergency responders out of Craig will be out in force next week to watch for people who are buckling up. If they see you, you might get some nice gifts and goodies from Colorado State Patrol.

In sports, the Moffat County High School boys swimming team is headed to the Montrose Invitational swim meet tomorrow.

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

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