KRAI News for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

A pickup truck hit a tree in the Craig Cemetery Sunday evening. The Ford F-150 drove through a snowbank and an old wire fence before crashing into a tree. Three adults were in the front seat, and Craig Police report no one appeared to be wearing a seatbelt. They were all taken to the hospital. Police are investigating.

A new study is out about what youth and teenagers think about the potential harm of substances. Rise Above Colorado commissioned the report. 600 youth were interviewed in the state. Some of the results include that among Colorado youth ages 12 to 17, alcohol is the most commonly used substance, followed by marijuana. Teenagers are more and more saying neither substance is risky.  Of that same age group, 65 percent say using prescription pain relievers to get high is a great risk. They recognize OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin are dangerous and addictive as street drugs. The transition from middle school to high school is where more youth try drugs. Access to substances more likely occurs between the ages of 14 and 15. About 90  percent of additions begin with use in the teenage years. Vaping with youth in Colorado is twice the national average.

Steamboat is one of the most popular destinations in Colorado for guests staying at an AirBnB. 54,600 guests booked an Air BNB in Steamboat last year. That brought in $10 million dollars in income for hosts. There are about 2,834 active short-term rentals in the Steamboat Springs area. Most are managed by property management companies.

The Moffat County Democrats have scheduled a reorganization meeting next Monday, Feb. 4. It’s at the Elks Lodge on the corner of Breeze Street and Victory Way. Officers will be elected. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Measles is highly contagious. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles and Northwest Colorado Health can help. Outbreaks occur when those who aren’t vaccinated go to other parts of the world. The CDC recommends two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine starting at age 12-15 months, and second dose ages 4-6. Colorado requires children have the MMR vaccine to enter childcare or school. Teens and adults should also be up-to-date. Call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-824-8233 to make an appointment.

The Utah Wildlife Board is looking for two new board members. It’s a six-year term. Meetings are in Salt Lake City.

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

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