KRAI News for Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New members of Craig City Council will be sworn in tonight. Paul James, Steven Mazzuca, and Brian MacKenzie are the newly elected councilors. Jarrod Ogden is Craig’s new mayor. The meeting is at 6:30 tonight, at Council Chambers on 4th Street. Also on tonight’s agenda will be a presentation on Human Trafficking Awareness Month, permit requests for groups at Grand Old West Days and the Moffat County Fair, and some city maintenance business.

The snowpack has peaked and the river is rising. The National Weather Service is predicting that the river will rise to about 2,000 cubic feet per second by the weekend. In comparison, the Yampa flowed at 70 cubic feet per second for most of the winter. Weather Service meteorologist Michael Charnick says we may get some rain in the next few days but that won’t make as much of a difference as the snowmelt.

Dinosaur National Monument has been given a new designation. The National Park Service says Dinosaur is now officially an International Dark Sky Park. It means there is low light pollution, if any, which is perfect for watching the sky and the stars. Only 100 places have earned the designation of an International Dark Sky Park. There are now five in Colorado.

A memorial fund for longtime Craig resident Paul Cruz has been set up at the Bank of the San Juans in Craig. All proceeds will go towards funeral expenses. Call 970-824-5665 for any questions. Cruz’s school, Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do will be closed until May 6.

It’s National Park Week through this Sunday. If you’re looking for a mini-vacation, and you’re not on Steamboat Spring Break, you can visit one of our national parks. Rocky Mountain National Park is the closest, with the Grand Lake Entrance Station. There’s also Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.

The price on the Ikon Pass goes up tomorrow, by $100. If you’re planning to buy an Ikon Pass to ski Steamboat next winter, you’ll need to lock in that price today. It’s also the last day for the renewal discount, child pass discount, and payment plan options.

This afternoon, there is a home soccer game for the Moffat County High School girls varsity team. The Lady Bulldogs are playing Coal Ridge at 4 p.m.

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

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