KRAI News for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

Wild horses will be gathered in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area in Northwest Colorado. It’s an area southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. The White River Field Office with the Bureau of Land Management says excess wild horses will be removed over the next ten years to keep healthy horses on healthy rangelands. Here’s Maribeth Pecotte with the BLM.

Right now, the herd population is 838 wild horses. The BLM says the appropriate management level is between 135 and 235 horses. A bait trap is set up right now on some private land, at the request of the landowner. Fertility treatments will be used to curb the annual herd population growth. Appeals to the decision can be made in writing and will be accepted for the next 30 days. They need to be sent to the Field Manager at the BLM White River Field Office in Meeker. That address, and more information is on our website and Facebook page.

No COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Routt or Moffat Counties for two weeks now. The delay is because of winter storms across the country.

Bond has been set for Sean Demiter of Steamboat Springs. Demiter was involved in a standoff with police Friday night at the Shadow Run Condos. Bond is set at a total of $110,000 cash or surety. The arrest record shows 15 charges from Friday night. Demiter already had four felony charges before Friday, and two jury trials scheduled for next month. His next court date is at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The rental fleet at Yampa Valley Regional Airport ran out a few weeks ago. There just weren’t enough cars, according to Routt County Commissioner Tim Redmond, who brought it up at Tuesday’s meeting.

Airport Manager Kevin Booth said some of the rental car companies got some vehicles in at the last minute. Not all were the specific types of cars people had reserved. Both Booth and Redmond mentioned that it has been a problem across the state, especially at airports in the mountains.

Booth said Go Alpine and Storm Mountain Express stepped up to help with the problem as well.

Craig City Council meets this evening. On the consent agenda, city council will discuss the renewal of a Retail Marijuana Store Application from Craig Cannabis at 535 Yampa Ave. Fees are paid and documents are in order so there is no shown cause for denial, according to the agenda. Staff reports include the Water/Wastewater report and a Monthly/Year-End Financial Report for December 2020. The meeting is at 6:30 and you can watch via the City’s website or YouTube channel.

To watch the live stream of the meeting or watch the recording later:

  • 1) City Website – – City YouTube
  • 2) YouTube – – City of Craig

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Wednesday is a Moffat County Board of Public Health meeting at 2:30 p.m. Commissioners and Public Health will discuss a certified letter requesting that Moffat County be moved to the Green level on the COVID dial.



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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