KRAI News for Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Routt County has identified three new cases of the COVID-19 virus over the weekend, through Contact Tracing. This means 12 new cases in June. Those who most recently tested positive are: Two teenagers, one male and one female, and then a woman in her 60s. Routt County now has 74 positive cases of the virus. Twelve of those are active.

Moffat County has a new confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus. This brings the number of positive cases to ten. Here’s Moffat County Public Health Medical Officer Doctor Brian Harrington.

The new person who has the virus in Moffat County is a female in her 20s. She is being contacted to be issued isolation orders, as are her close contacts.

Moffat County Impact Monitor:

A man died while camping on Buff Pass in Routt County Saturday night. He was shot by his stepson. Names haven’t been released. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that the man was 57-years old and his son was 14, and that campers nearby told law enforcement that the mother and stepfather had been arguing and appeared to be drinking. Law enforcement reports say the mom wanted to leave the campsite with her son to head back into Steamboat. There was a fight between the two and the teenager fired a warning shot to the man to get off of his mom. The fighting continued and the young man shot his stepfather. He then called 911. The family is from outside of Routt County. No charges have been filed but it is under investigation.

Moffat County is getting a new Health Screening Vehicle later this year. Commissioners approved the purchase of the $42,277 dollar transit van from Cook Ford. This is the price for the base model. The Craig Press reports that it will be outfitted for public health. Money for the van comes from funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The money has to be spent on Public Health. The van will help the Public Health department reach all of Moffat County.

Moffat County Commissioners also approved hiring a second Public Health nurse. The person will help with immunizations, and education, and also the COVID-19 virus.

Turn in that ballot before 7 p.m. tonight, for the state primary. And if you’re an unaffiliated voter, only turn in one ballot. Here’s Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner.

Ballots in Moffat County get dropped off at the east entrance to the Moffat County Courthouse. In Routt County, drop-off locations are in the alley behind the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. Also, the Clark Store in North Routt, and town halls in Hayden, Yampa, and Oak Creek, but those ballots have to be turned in by 5 p.m. this afternoon, to get them to the courthouse in time.

The spraying for mosquitos in Hayden did not happen last night, as re-scheduled. The Town of Hayden is working on FAA approvals. The aerial spray will now probably happen Friday night.

In Meeker the new Colorado Advanced Orthopedics and specialty center expansion is set to open July 8. The 11,000-square-foot expansion is at Pioneers Medical Center. The Herald Times reports it will have new clinical space, two operating rooms, three recovery rooms, and six inpatient hospital rooms. The medical expansion also creates 15 new jobs in the Meeker community.

In Dinosaur, the visitor center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument is re-opening today. Hours are about 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. each day. Social distancing will be required, and face coverings, if necessary.

Starting July 1, anyone 18 or older who wants to access State Wildlife areas or State Trust lands must have a valid hunting or fishing license. It’s a new rule from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


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