KRAI News for Thursday, May 14, 2020

Community testing continues in Routt and Moffat Counties. Director of Public Health for both counties is Kari Ladrow. She says there will be more testing this week in vulnerable populations such as The Haven in Hayden, Casey’s Pond in Steamboat, and Sandrock Ridge in Craig.

Camping is allowed right now at many state parks, including Elkhead Reservoir State Park in Moffat County. But camping accessibility in Routt County is not completely open. Local state campground operators are making plans to fully open, in conjunction with the county. Those parks are Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Yampa River State Parks. Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton isn’t as worried about social distancing when it is outside, at a campground.

Commissioner Doug Monger asked Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials on the call to make sure those coming in to go camping are aware of Routt County’s concerns and public health restrictions.

Routt County Commissioners will meet Friday to decide whether to amend the short-term lodging health order to allow for camping at state campgrounds.

Every campsite at Steamboat Lake is already reserved for the Memorial Day weekend.

Restaurant and lodging property owners in Steamboat Springs met with Routt County Commissioners Wednesday, to discuss when and how to re-open. They’re asking commissioners to lobby the state on their behalf to open up as early as May 22. The state closed restaurants to dining and any change would need a variance approval from the state. The lodging association would like the county to allow the public health order that bans local lodging and short-term rentals to expire, so they can start June 1.

Commissioners are in favor because there hasn’t been a positive case of the virus in Routt County since testing on April 30. Commissioner Tim Corrigan says the county needs to move forward in a responsible way.

The next step is for the lodging and restaurant variances to be submitted to the state for approval.

Local dance studios are still hoping to hold their recitals sometime this summer. Just Dance has suspended all classes. Studio V is hoping to have a spring recital, maybe at the end of June. And it could be a small show with just family members, but recorded to make it a virtual recital for everyone else.

The Aging Well summer aquatics program for older adults at the Craig City Pool will not be starting in June.  Right now, all Aging Well activities and classes are temporarily cancelled. Updates on future classes will be posted at www.northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or more information, please call 970-871-7676.

The Steamboat Gravel bike race for this summer has been canceled. Those who had registered for the sold out race can defer their registration to 2021.

 

 

 

Without Limits Productions has also stopped registration for all of their 2020 events, which include the Stagecoach Gravel Race, the Steamboat Lake Triathlon in July, and the Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons at Lake Catamount in August.

The 2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival has been canceled for this summer. Organizers will take parts of the festival and go “virtual” with a series of educational videos about Greater Sandhill Cranes made available for free on their website at www.coloradocranes.org.

 

 

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

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