KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Famous country music singer Michael Martin Murphey was in Craig Monday. He wants to support the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, and he also donated some rare maps.

Murphey is a Western History buff. He has founded the Murphey Western Institute. It’s a center for the education, preservation, and perpetuation of the arts, culture, history, and legacy of the American West.

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Update on the fires…

The Boone Draw Fire is now at 60 percent containment, after burning 8,683 acres. The fire is in the southwestern portion of the Sandwash Basin Wild Horse Herd Management area, north of Highway 318. The Little Snake Field Office has implemented an area closure on BLM lands around the fire to protect the public, and for firefighter safety. Moffat County has closed roads within the BLM area to all traffic.

The Ryan Fire has now burned 2500 acres in the Routt National Forest in Colorado, and the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. Fire personnel are still working on getting hunters out of the area, and securing roadways that are closed. Weather in the area is expected to still be hot and dry with gusty winds over the next few days. The Ryan Fire started in the northern tip of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, and has crossed over into the Wyoming border. It’s burning mainly in lodgepole pine and beetle-killed trees. No word on what started the fire late Saturday night, and it is at zero percent containment.

The Silver Creek fire is at 35 percent containment, and has burned 11,718 acres. Four areas have now been evacuated with others under pre-evacuation. Over 328 firefighters are now working the fire and the campsite is along Highway 40, north of Kremmling. Expect traffic delays if driving through that area.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners has their meeting this morning. Reports will be given from Road and Bridge, with a recommendation on the Landfill Tire Disposal. The Office of Development Services will update on the Maybell Park Campground and Swinging Bridge. The Natural Resources Department will report about a rest stop cleaning agreement. And the Craig Trap Club is asking for a letter of support for the NRA Foundation Grant application.

Also today, the Moffat County Local Marketing District Board is meeting. They’ll discuss the 2019 budget and operating plan. That meeting is at 4 p.m. this afternoon at CNCC.

It is Constitution week in Craig. School teachers and students joined members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate Constitution Week, and kick it off with the ringing of bells at noon Monday, down on Victory Way. The plan is to educate, inform, and celebrate.

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


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