KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Moffat County is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 this week. One is a male in his 30s and the other is a woman in her 40s. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 37 with two now active. The number of tests administered in Moffat County is 2,518. Moffat County is one of five counties in Colorado that has been approved to move into the final recovery phase of Protect Our Neighbors with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The statewide mask order issued by Governor Polis is still in effect.

Routt County is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 for this week. One is a restaurant employee in her 30s. A second case is a man in his 20s who was at a wedding over Labor Day in Routt County. Another case of a person at that same wedding has just confirmed positive as well, but that case will be reported in next week’s totals. Both are Routt County residents. Two other cases associated with events around the wedding are from people outside of Routt County. So right now, there are four cases from people who attended a wedding and events related to that wedding over Labor Day in Routt County. Here’s Routt County Public Health Director Roberta Smith.

Routt County is still in the “LOW” spread category.

A scam is happening in Moffat County, targeting people who want to rent a house or property. The Craig Press reports that the scammer talks to the potential renter and tries to get money such as first month’s rent. Communication is done through emails. And they usually don’t let a person see the property, since it actually isn’t theirs. Be careful and be aware and never give money or credit card information to someone over the phone.

National Constitution Week in Moffat County starts today. Sept. 17 is the 233rd anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. Moffat County Commissioners unanimously made the proclamation for National Constitution Week from today through Sept. 23.

The Middle Fork Fire has now burned 4,807 acres. It’s still burning in the Routt National Forest in north Routt County. The biggest concern is that people not go up to that area, to recreate like hiking or camping, or to go hunting. It’s closed. Here’s Incident Commander Brandon Voegtle.

The Middle Fork Fire started from lightning on Sunday, Sept. 6. It is causing smoky skies throughout Northwest Colorado, along with smoke from the fires on the West Coast. You can check the air quality being measured from different spots in Moffat and Routt Counties at

Moffat County is celebrating 15K Day on Friday. It’s the annual Campaign Kickoff for Moffat County United Way. It’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yampa Valley Bank. Stop by to donate. There will be cookies there from Craig Physical Therapy. All donations will be matched by Yampa Valley Bank, up to $7500.

The Steamboat street called “Robert E. Lee Lane” will no longer be called that. Now it’s called Storm Peak Lane. The name was changed because of Lee’s role as a Civil War General. The new street name off of Steamboat Blvd. goes into effect Jan. 1.




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