KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

The Yampa River has been placed on call, for the first time ever. It is because the water is so low in the lower stretch of the Yampa, near Dinosaur National Monument. The Division of Water Resources places a call on a stream when water rights owners do not receive the amount of water they have a legal right to. When a call is in place, some water users have to reduce or stop their use in order to send enough water downstream to fulfill the older water right. The Colorado River is also low, with the lowest amount of water flowing downstream in recorded history.

It was a busy holiday weekend, according to the police blotter in the Craig Press. A few items… An SUV hit a utility box last week and then kept going. Colorado State Patrol found the vehicle and the driver got a ticket for hit-and-run. Officers were called to an alarm going off at a business, but it turns out a worker was testing the fire systems. A caller called to say they hit an antelope Friday night. The antelope ran away. Several bikes were reported stolen. And on the flip side of that officers recovered a few stolen bicycles and returned them to their owners.

One man on a motorcycle died after a head-on collision near Cheyenne, Wyo. Monday. 44-year-old Timothy Klibbe was from Aurora, Colo. The motorcycle he was on crossed the center lane and collided with a Chevy Trailblazer. He died at the scene, while the driver of the other car had minor injuries. There have been 70 traffic deaths on Wyoming’s highways so far this year.

Moffat County will join a class action lawsuit, along with 27 other western Colorado Counties, against the federal government. The Craig Press reports they counties are suing for underpayment of payment in lieu of taxes for the last three years. Moffat County is owed about $27,000.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners also approved a bid from Masterworks Mechanical for just under $75,000 ($74,800) to replace two boilders at the Public Safety Center. Another bid was approved from APH Construction to replace the metal roofs at the Maybell Emergency Medical Services building and the Maybell Community Center. Human Resources will start publishing notices to hire a new facility maintenance technician to manage Loudy-Simpson Park and the County Courthouse.

Commissioners have a special board meeting this morning. They’re meeting to discuss a resolution approving Ballot Question 1A to the voters on the Nov. 6 ballot. The question refers to an increase in county taxes. The mill levy would help support the Moffat County Library and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The ballot question has to be submitted to the state. That deadline is Friday.

The 2018 World Fiesta plans is a big cultural event, celebrating the communities in Northwest Colorado. It’s tomorrow night in Steamboat Springs. Roddy Beall is with Integrated Community, which is organizing the event.

The World Fiesta will have cultural dancing and cuisine and homemade food as well, from Mauritania, Vietnam, and Mexico. It’s from 6-10 Friday night at the Community Center in Steamboat Springs. Everyone is invited. Find out more at

The Eagle’s Nest Preschool is celebrating a birthday. The preschool started in Craig 12 years ago, at Calvary Baptist Church. The school graduated about 70 children last year, many on to Kindergarten.

The Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop is Sept. 8 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It’s a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of Craig, and the Craig Kiwanis Club. The day starts with Mountain Air Spray dropping hundreds of golf balls over the course’s 18th fairway. Sign up for the tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Ball Drop tickets are at the Boys & Girls Club.

In more sports… The Moffat County girls volleyball team is hosting Coal Ridge starting at 4 p.m. this afternoon. The golf team is competing at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat today. And the Bulldog soccer team has a game at 11 this Saturday, at Moffat County High School.



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