KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

A car went off the road and slammed into the gas pumps at the Maybell General Store in the town of Maybell Sunday night. Colorado State Patrol says 46-year-old Richard Burkhardt was the only one in the car, and he wasn’t hurt, and no drugs or alcohol was involved . Store owner Mary Schminkey says he was on his way to the Bay Area.

And he also took out her gas pumps, which will take four weeks to replace.

The Maybell General Store will stay open but without gas for at least a month. The nearest gas station from Maybell is in Craig which is 30 miles away, Meeker is 42 miles away, and Dinosaur is 57 miles away.

The “Colorado Experience” Road Show stops at the West Theater in Craig tonight. It’s an Emmy-winning traveling exhibit telling about the state’s history. A free screening of the “Sheep & Cattle Wars” episode is at 6 this evening. It shows the history of the battles between sheep ranchers and cattle clans involving grazing and water rights. It’s scheduled to then air on Rocky Mountain PBS at 7:30 this Thursday. For details, call 970-824-2000.


Half of all Coloradans now live in an area at risk of wildfire. That number is up 45 percent from five years ago. The Colorado State Forest Service says 2.9 million people now live in places where homes are built in or near areas that are prone to a wildfire. That’s about half the state’s population as of July.

The National Climate Assessment also says climate change is already impacting the Yampa Valley. The report released last week shows warming global temperatures caused by human activity is affecting communities nationwide. Increased temperatures could cause a strain in the Yampa Valley, and the Colorado River Basin. It could affect the water content on snowpack. Both Hayden and Craig power stations use water to generate power.

The new Town Manager in Rangely is Lisa Piering, who is a Rangely native. Her great-grandmother homesteaded in the Rangely area in the 1920s. She has also been working for the Town of Rangely for 12 years, first as town treasurer, and then town clerk and treasurer. Piering replaces Peter Brixius who is now the Town Manager for the City of Craig.

More than 60 students and athletes from Colorado Northwestern Community College came together earlier this month, to clean up Highway 64, near the Rangely campus. The Beta Epsilon Tau group sponsors a stretch of the highway and cleans it each semester. They’re also doing a food drive this month.

Morgan Pfeiffer of Meeker has helped the Meat Judging Team at Oklahoma State win the 2018 national championships. Pfeiffer is the coach of the team.

The 7th Annual Festival of Trees is happening right now at the Moffat County Courthouse. It’s from 8-5, Monday through Friday, until January 4.

In Rifle, the 5th Annual Hometown Holidays starts Friday and runs through the weekend.

Then the 9th annual Hayden Holiday Stroll is from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1.

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

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