KRAI News for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

Courtesy Craig Fire/Rescue

Craig Fire/Rescue has eight new firefighters signed up for its 2020 rookie class. The eight new members are joining the local fire rescue after three months of recruiting, interviewing, and testing. They’ll now start the fire academy, which happens every year. Craig Fire/Rescue hosts the academy on Fridays and Saturdays twice a month, which trains and develops state certified firefighters. The Craig Press reports that it’s the same certification and training that any career firefighter would have to complete in Colorado, or anywhere in the country.

The initiative for the restoration of gray wolves will be on the General Election ballot this year. It has been confirmed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

The Yampa Valley Trail race has received approval from the Bureau of Land Management office in Craig. All of the permits for the 100-mile trail race in Moffat County have been approved. Race organizers hope to have a bike race and foot race, with an adaptive event. The trail runs from Craig to the Visitors Center at Dinosaur National Monument. The races are temporarily scheduled for June 27 and Aug. 1. Registration link (ready soon): https://followthefootsteps.com/

Local victim advocate Julia Luciano has been appointed to serve on Colorado’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee. Luciano was born and raised in South Routt. She’s one of ten other representatives from across the state who will advise higher education leaders and policymakers on Title IX which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education settings. It also covers sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Moffat County is ranked 35th in healthiest Colorado places. That’s out of 64 Colorado counties. Moffat County is 608th nationally. In more numbers, the number of people who smoke in Moffat County is 15.5 percent, the obesity rate is 24.9 percent. The excessive drinking rate is at 18.6 percent. The primary care doctors per capita in Moffat County is at 46. In other Western Slope counties, Pitkin County was third, Eagle County fifth, Summit County sixth, Routt County seventh, and Rio Blanco county was 18th.

Yampa Valley Kids daycare has received licensing approval from the state and is set to up today. About 30 kids are expected for opening day today.

CDOT has a new communications manager for northwest Colorado. Elise Thatcher says for emergencies and road closures, drivers should follow the Colorado Department of Transportation on Twitter to get motorists the most accurate information. Their Twitter handle is @ColoradoDOT.

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

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