KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Be ready for some hazardous driving conditions tomorrow. Colorado Department of Transportation is sending out alerts for New Year’s Day and into the holiday night. Check on the weather forecast, plan ahead, and be prepared for heavy traffic, especially on the interstates. CDOT says extreme caution is advised if driving in the mountains.

A 21-year-old man fell off the Sunshine Express Chairlift Monday morning, at Steamboat Resort. He fell about 25 to 30 feet when he suffered a seizure. He said he wasn’t hurt but he was still taken to the hospital.

Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The collection of antlers that have been shed is prohibited by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, starting January first through April 30. The restrictions are for all public lands west of I-25. It’s so as not to disturb big game animals and sage grouse during the winter, when they’re most vulnerable. They’re in basic survival mode in the winter, when food is scarce.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting 30 First Day Hikes across the state, tomorrow morning on Jan. 1. One is at Yampa River State Park on Hwy 40 east of Hayden. It’s a one-mile snowshoe, anytime during the day, to celebrate the New Year. Visitors can borrow some snowshoes and then enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks afterwards.

Another First Day Hike is at Stagecoach. Then Steamboat Lake is having First Day Sledding to welcome in the New Year with sledding, s’mores, and hot drinks. A First Day Hike is at Rifle Gap State Park, starting at 10 a.m. at the Bluebird Pavilion parking lot in the Cottonwood Campground. A full list of First Day Hikes is on our website.

The Hayden Town Council has canceled their regularly scheduled meeting this week. It was supposed to be Thursday evening.

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

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