KRAI News for Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fire crews responded to a grass fire Monday, west of Craig off Round Bottom Road. The Craig Press reports that wind started blowing the fire through the grass, up a hill toward a home. The ranch nearby has Scottish Highland cattle. The fire was mostly contained by 4 p.m., and no word on how it started.

Fire crews were battling a fire that started Sunday along Highway 40 near mile marker nine. It’s on private lands between the town of Blue Mountain and Dinosaur National Monument headquarters, in western Moffat County. It had burned at least 90 acres as of Sunday evening. The Craig Hot Shots team has been helping keep the fire under control.

A man from New Mexico has been charged after his dog killed a fawn in southern Colorado. He may lose all his privileges to hunt and fish, too, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 36-year-old Michael Garcia of Las Cruces, N.M. has also been fined and assessed 20 license-suspension points. Here’s Joe Lewandowski with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Garcia was working as a fishing guide on the Conejos River. He also posted pictures of his dog and the dead fawn on social media.

Be aware of more ticks and mosquitos because of the wet year we have had. Lauren Bryan is the local expert at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. She says ticks live in tall grasses. Make sure you check after being in the woods. The only local type of tick is the Rocky Mountain Wood tick, which can make you sick but can’t carry Lyme disease. And watch for mosquitos. A mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in Moffat County.

The emergency department at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center will undergo a major renovation. Once finished, it will have 14 private treatment rooms, better access and a more efficient workflow for physicians and staff. The renovation of the ER will be done in three phases, starting in the spring. All patient care services will continue as normal.

The Yampa River continues to fall with its flow. It’s at about 200 cubic feet per second at 5th Street in Steamboat Springs. The water temperature there was at about 70 degrees. If the water warms up to 75 degrees, the city closes the river to recreation.

Routt County officials recently sent out alerts, when 911 service went down in 21 counties, including Routt County. Here’s Mo DeMorat, who heads up the Routt County Office of Emergency Management.

That means type in YES on your phone, if you are asked, when the alert comes in.

DeMorat says if there is an emergency, the best thing everyone can do is be registered at RouttCountyAlerts.com. In Moffat County, the link is through Code Red. The link to sign up is on the KRAI website. https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/86A9EEC9FC1A

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

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