KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

A 15-year-old girl from Hayden has been missing since Aug. 18. Her name is Luzmia Verastica. If you have any information, call 911, or the Hayden Police Department.

Colorado Department of Transportation is considering adding a new bus route that would start in Craig, go through Steamboat, and on to Kremmling, Winter Park, and then Denver. It’s one of four new bus routes in the state that would provide mobility options. Those with the project plan to speak with Moffat County and Craig officials to get their feedback. Julie Skeen is working with CDOT on the project. They spoke with Routt County Commissioners Monday.

The new Bustang route would be paid for by CDOT using federal and state funds. Each bus would hold 35 passengers. There would be one round trip per day, five days a week. The cost from Craig to Denver would be $34 dollars one way, Craig to Kremmling would be $16, and Craig to Hayden would be $3. CDOT will be reaching out to stakeholders in communities along the route. They hope to start the program in January.

The Middle Fork Fire is still burning in Routt National Forest. Brandon Voegtle is the Incident Commander. He says there aren’t any structures threatened right now.

The fire has now burned 4,795 acres in Routt National Forest in heavy timber with dead trees. The southern part of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is closed so that crews can fight the fire. Maps of the closure are posted on all trailheads, at the Clark Store and North Route Fire Station.

  • In Moffat County, sign up for emergency alerts through a website called Code Red. Link:
  • In Routt County, sign up at  If you’re in an area that has to be evacuated because of a fire, that’s how you’ll be notified.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners are meeting this morning in the commissioners room at 221 W. Victory Way in Craig. Reports are from:

  • Jerry Hoberg with Planning and Zoning
  • Dan Miller with the Road & Bridge Department
  • Roy Tipton with the Office of Development Services
  • And Lynnette Siedschlaw (Seed-slaw) with the Human Resources Department
  • Amy Peck with make a report on the Emergency Medical Services Program

Craig Parks and Rec has canceled 3rd through 6th grade basketball for this season. It’s because of restrictions on the use of the facility.

The National Western Stock Show in Denver isn’t happening in 2020, and will resume in January of 2022. The ski area says they haven’t yet made a decision on whether the Cowboy Downhill will happen in Steamboat.

Alterra Mountain Company has issued a statement about the upcoming ski season. Overcrowding will be avoided and visitation levels controlled. Season pass holders will have prioritized access to the slopes of Steamboat Resort and Alterra’s 15 other year-round destinations. People will no longer be able to buy a ticket at the ticket window. Each Alterra resort is working with local county and state regulations for the upcoming season.

Iguana from Colorado Parks and Wildlife via Darcy Mount

Something strange was found at a campground between Colorado Springs and Buena Vista. It was a very large iguana. It couldn’t move much because it was so cold. A Parks & Wildlife officer rescued it and started trying to warm it up. Their best guess is that someone brought the iguana to the campground and dumped it there. They say it’s inhumane taking a tropical reptile to a high altitude with no food and freezing overnight temperatures. The iguana’s name is Miles and he’s now gaining weight and living at the Colorado Reptile Humane Society until he can be adopted.

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

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