KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020

Wild horses at the Sand Wash Basin.

About 50 wild horses are being removed from public and private lands next to the herd at Sand Wash Basin in Moffat County. Bait trapping starts next week with fencing, food and water. Once the horses are in the fenced-in area, they’re taken to a holding facility in either Rock Springs, Wyoming, or Canon City, Colorado.

That’s Marybeth Pecotte with the Bureau of Land Management for Northwest Colorado. She says there are about 828 wild horses at Sand Wash Basin right now. Under the Wild Horse and Burro Act, the BLM is required to remove wild horses from private lands when requested in writing, and that’s what happened. Twenty have moved onto private land. Lessening the herd also reduces the risk of a wild horse collision with a vehicle.

A horse rescue east of Colorado Springs is at capacity with a waiting list. The Next Step Horse Rescue in Ellicott has 40 rescue horses on the property with a waiting list. The non-profit is looking for volunteers, donations, and adopters of horses. Link:

Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 635 cases this morning. That’s 15 more cases from Sunday night and 84 cases in two weeks. Right now, there are 175 active cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. The death count has also gone up today to 21 people who have died with COVID-19 in Moffat County since March.

Rio Blanco County has 262 cases, with no new positive cases since Friday, seven cases in one week, 39 cases in two weeks, and two deaths.

Routt County now has 1,013 positive cases as of Monday evening, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There are three new cases since Sunday. Routt County has had 56 cases in a week; 121 cases in two weeks. The number of deaths from COVID since March is at 18.


In Garfield County, the sheriff’s department is eliminating the animal control program because of money. There are three officers affected with their vehicles, who respond to nearly 2,000 calls a year. The Sheriff’s Office will now handle all calls involving dog bites or animal cruelty.

Drive carefully this holiday weekend and don’t get behind the wheel if you’re been drinking. The Heat is On DUI enforcement campaign starts today and runs through Jan. 2. Local law enforcement along with Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation will be out looking for drivers who are impaired. So far this year, 178 people in Colorado have died in a traffic accident involving an impaired driver.

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.

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