KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

Moffat County is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in the community this week. The number stands at 34. Moffat County Public Health has applied to the state to move into the Protect Our Neighbors phase.

Rio Blanco County has 21 total cases with one active case. Rio Blanco County is one of three Colorado counties that have been approved to move into the Protect Our Neighbors phase, after making progress to contain the virus. Mesa County which is where Grand Junction is located is another county, as is Gilpin County, which is where Black Hawk and Central City are located.

Routt County Public Health is reporting 137 cases of COVID-19 total in the community. The three latest cases were students from Steamboat Mountain School. The boarding students didn’t count as cases in Routt County since they were from outside of the county. But now the state is changing how those cases are counted. Students who live in a community will be counted for that community. Here’s Routt County Public Health Director Roberta Smith.

Another positive case last week was a man from Texas who was tested in Routt County. The county has a low spread range. Routt and Moffat County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says that’s good.

Harrington says there could be changes because of the busy Labor Day weekend and school has started.

The Middle Fork Fire is now a Type III fire with about 40 personnel assigned to it in Routt National Forest. The fire behavior has been minimal because of the cool, wet weather but it is expected to pick up again, as the weather warms up. A forest closure in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is in place. It includes ten miles of the Continental Divide Trail.

Tuesday’s big storm hit hard in Rio Blanco County with freezing cold, and heavy snow. Trees fell and branches snapped. Plus, there were power outages. A power line went down in Meeker. White River Electric Association crews worked throughout the day.

Cleanup continues in Steamboat Springs from Tuesday’s big wind storm that knocked down trees throughout the Yampa Valley. The wind was measured at 114 miles per hour at the top of the Christie Peak Express chairlift at Steamboat Ski Area. Windows were broken out in the gondola building on the mountain. One full window panel was completely shattered at Thunderhead Red’s bar and windows around it were also broken. A lot of trees are down all over the ski area. Crews are assessing the damage and cleaning up.

CHSAA says no despite Governor Polis saying, “Maybe.” The governor suggested that maybe football COULD happen this fall, instead of waiting until spring. The Board of Directors for the Colorado High School Activities Association said no, they’re sticking with the plan. Football players start practice Feb. 22 with the first game March 4.

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

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