KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

The City of Craig is supporting the “Home Grown” local shopping rebate program. City Council voted unanimously to approve $15,000 to support the Chamber’s program. The city will provide the money to give incentives for spending on goods and products that would generate sales tax. It is similar to a program in Rangely that started in 2010 that has encouraged local shoppers to change their habits. Here’s how it works:

  • Shop at a city sales tax-licensed business in Craig between November 23 and 30th, on qualifying purchases.
  • Keep your receipts.
  • Submit your receipts to the Craig Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 7.
  • Earn $5 in Shop Local Spree Dollars, up to $30 on every $50 spent.
  • Spend those dollars by Dec. 22.
  • Tobacco, pharmaceuticals, gas, or utilities don’t count with the program.

City Manager Peter Brixius says if 15 percent of the community participates at a maximum level, spending $300, it would generate $99,000 in sales, and raise almost $4,500 ($4,356) in city sales taxes. Find out more at the Craig Chamber or from any of the local participating businesses.

Steamboat Ski Resort opens for the season tomorrow morning. Opening Day celebrations start at 7:30 with the lifts firing up at 8:30. The Northern Ute Indian Tribe will be doing a snow dance, and there will be complimentary Korbel mimosas and Champagne Powder donuts. Eleven trails will be open with the Gondola and Christie Peak Express running, serving more than 60 acres. Then on Friday, the resort will open top to bottom skiing and riding with the addition of Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and the Four Points lifts. All season passes will be valid on opening day.

Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs was supposed to open in mid-December but that date has changed. Sunlight will open its lower lift this Friday morning, and it will run through Sunday. The ski area will be open for three-day stretches until opening full time on Dec. 14.

The Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Church in Craig has a Thanksgiving Dinner for the community on Thursday. It’s at 4 at the church at 678 School Street. It is open to everyone and there is no charge. Volunteers are needed to help with the dinner, if you’re available. Call the church at 970-824-5330.

The Steamboat Springs Community Thanksgiving dinner in is from 1-5 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Everyone is invited to the Community Center in Steamboat. Last year, 890 people enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner together. The dinner is free. Organizers have all of the volunteers but food is still needed, if you can help. Go to

Three members of the men’s soccer team at Colorado Northwestern Community College have been named to the Scenic West Athletic Conference All-Conference team. The three Spartans are Jesus Esquival on the First Team, and Wyatt Nielsen and Cameron Aragon on the Second Team.

The Rolling Stones are rolling through the United States next year, and they’re coming to Colorado. The Stones will play at Bronco Stadium at Mile High sometime in May. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 30.

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

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