KRAI News for Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Yampa River. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The Yampa River is rushing through Northwest Colorado. It’s flowing higher than it did at any time last year. Steamboat Fire Chief Mel Stewart says the Yampa is at or near its peak for the year. He says to not be on the river unless you are a professional, or with a professional. Also, the water is a lot colder, at around 40 to 47 degrees. Wear a personal flotation device if you are on or near the water and never go out by yourself. Be prepared for weather extremes. Don’t drink alcohol if you’re on or near the river. And watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.

 Staying safe on the river

  • Always wear a personal flotation device on or near the water.
  • Never boat, paddleboard, tube or swim by yourself.
  • Tell someone where you plan to put in and where and when you plan to take out of the river.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to get on or near the river.
  • Be prepared for weather extremes.
  • Watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.
  • Carry and know how to use a first aid kit.
  • If you lose your water craft, let first responders know you’re okay by calling Routt County Communication’s non-emergency number at 970-879-1144 with the location and description of your boat. First responders want to know that you’re okay and that there’s no need for emergency services to respond.

Source: City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County Search and Rescue

Whittle the Wood starts tomorrow. It’s the 20th year for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig. Twelve carvers are competing from across the country for cash prizes. Competitive carving starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning and continues through Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Live music Friday night as Black Mountain Riot and then the Movers and Shakers. Saturday morning is the Wake the Whittler 5K Walk/Run and one-mile Family Fun Run at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit Friends of Moffat County Education. There is a cornhole tournament Saturday afternoon, and more carving with the winners announced, and then Leftover Salmon is Saturday’s headliner at 5:30 p.m. More: www.WhittletheWood.com

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is meeting today. Agenda items include Core Services contracts, and Fair Entertainment contracts. They’ll also discuss  a replacement contract for the HVAC Roof-top unit. Staff reports are from the Road & Bridge Department, and Department of Human Services. A presentation will be given to retiring District Attorney Brett Barkey, from the 14th Judicial District.

The City of Aspen is banning all retailers from selling flavored nicotine products. That includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vape pens. The majority of council said it’s because of the effect of the products on youth. The ban goes into effect Jan. 1.

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

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