KRAI News for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

The Hayden Town Council will discuss its policy on conflicts of interest, at its meeting tonight. Two council members are being paid to do contractual work for the town. Mayor Jim Haskins has been doing the janitorial work at Town Hall since the mid-80s. Ashley McMurray has a contract to manage the town’s website and do their social media. The town council will meet at 7:30 this evening in the Hayden Town Hall.

Routt County’s 911 service and non-emergency lines went out briefly on Monday. Century Link reports there was an electronic switch failure at the central office in Steamboat Springs. 911 calls were forwarded to Moffat County dispatch in Craig, until the lines could be fixed.

The couple accused of starting the Lake Christine Fire will be in Eagle County Court today. It’s a procedural hearing for Richard Miller and Allison Marcus. They’re both 23 years old, and they face multiple charges of fourth-degree arson, and setting fire to woods or a prairie. They’re both felonies.  Miller’s dad will also be in court because he was mad someone tipped off police about who might have started the multi-million dollar fire. He was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree trespassing and two counts of menacing.

Updating the other local fires…

The rain has been very welcomed, in helping put them out. The Silver Creek Fire north of Kremmling is 78 percent contained right now, at 20,120 acres. It started from lightning on July 19. The Ryan Fire which started in north Routt County and burned well into Wyoming, is still at 35 percent containment. It has burned 28,585 acres.

The new West Springs Hospital is set to open in Grand Junction in December. When it does, it will double the amount of beds for inpatient mental health treatments, from 32 to 64. The grand opening is scheduled for Dec. 5, and patients can start coming in on Dec. 12.

It is National Fire Prevention Week. Steamboat Fire Captain Michael Arce, and Firefighter Paramedic Marnie Smith say to, “Look, listen, and learn,” and to be aware because fire can happen anywhere. Today’s focus is on Heating Safety.

They add to look for places fire can start, listen for the sound of a smoke alarm and always know two ways to get out of a room.

A cold and rainy Saturday didn’t stop about 75 runners who came out for the Glow Run to support Memorial Regional Health. They ran a 3K around the hospital and CNCC campus, some with raincoats and umbrellas. Coltyn Terry finished first. He’s a sophomore at Moffat County High School and on the cross country team.

The Moffat County Volleyball Team hosts Grand Junction Central at 4 this afternoon. It is Pink Night for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The high school soccer team is off to Coal Ridge today to face the Titans.

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

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