KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Craig City Council member Brian MacKenzie says something needs to be done about the president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Ron Granger. MacKenzie, who is also a former CNCC employee, presented a petition with 29 signatures on it, to the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control. He says those who signed the petition have declared “no confidence” in Granger. The Craig Press reports the petition comes after a 2-3 “vote of no confidence” in Granger’s leadership from the five-person board in April of last year. MacKenzie also says there is a discussion of the CNCC campus in Craig shifting to an affiliation with Colorado Mountain College.

Some CNCC students are discovering new fossils at Sand Wash Basin. Students and teachers visited some land that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, where bright green sediment has been exposed by years of wind, sun, and rain. Fossilized sea turtles are being exposed. The students are marking where the bones are found.

The Yampa River Fund is getting launched today. It’s an endowment fund that will be used to fund projects that will improve the health of the river, protect the water supply, and boost river flow in dry years. It includes the entire Yampa Valley from the Flat Tops and Mountain Zirkel wilderness to Dinosaur National Monument. There is already $2 million in the fund to kick off the endowment. Organizers hope to raise $4.75 million over the next five years which would generate over $200,000 in project grants each year. Find out more or donate at


Steamboat Fire Rescue got a call Wednesday morning about a fire alarm going off. It was at a triplex of condos on Eagle Glen Drive. Christian Keller with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue says when crews got there, they found smoke coming from the boiler and mechanical room. He says there were about 15 different spots that seemed to follow the path of the wiring throughout the residence.

It took about five hours for Steamboat Fire Rescue to stop the smoke and put out the fire. Investigators are trying to figure out why it started.

In sports, the JV football team at Moffat County High School is also undefeated. The JV Bulldogs are 2-0 after beating Steamboat Springs Monday, 24-20. Their next game is against Rifle, at home, this Monday, Sept. 23.

The Moffat County High School boys soccer team is playing Basalt at 4 p.m. today. That game is at home in Craig. The high school boys golf team is at Keystone Ranch Golf Course today. The Craig Middle School volleyball team plays at 4 p.m. in Baggs, Wyoming this afternoon.

Jumping ahead to Saturday, the CNCC soccer teams have home games against Utah State University Eastern. The men play at 11 a.m. and the women are at 1 p.m. Both games are at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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

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