KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for Aug. 10, 2018

Firefighters were able to put out a fire Wednesday, which started about ten miles north of Craig. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume says the Pine Ridge Fire burned about 2 ½ acres near the gun range. It was caused by a bird that flew into a power line.

A group in Craig wants a new pool, and they’ve decided to go to the voters with it, in 2019. The Northwest Colorado Recreation Foundation will ask voters to support a recreation district. If it passes, a new recreation center could be built, and that would include an indoor pool. The group jumped into action after the Moffat County School District decided it would close and fill the current pool at the high school, after maintenance problems. The group is scheduled a public meeting at 6 o’clock Wednesday, Sept. 26, in council chambers at City Hall in Craig.

A group called Communities that Care is working on a plan to support youth and teenagers in the community. Studies suggest kids in the area struggle with depression, anxiety, and making healthy choices. The Craig Press reports that the group will focus on creating or improving safe spaces for children, and making some new programs that will help address depression.

The 10th Annual Freedom Conference and Festival is underway, presented by the Steamboat Institute. The speakers, and the program is happening at the Steamboat Grand today and tomorrow. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is one of the speakers. In response to the appearance, a group has organized a “Stand for Our Land” rally this afternoon. Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan is one of the speakers.

The rally is at 5:30 this afternoon on the old Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat.

Eco-Flight flew into Northwest Colorado Thursday, from Aspen to take a look at the public lands in the area, from a plane. Bruce Gordon is the president of Eco-Flight, and was the pilot.

Gordon says each person needs to decide what is most important to them, and then support that stance.

In sales tax, the City of Craig received a little more than $250,000 in sales tax in February. That was more than seven percent higher than the year before. The trend continued in March, with the city collected more than $282,000 in sales taxes, also up from the year before. The number in April was $284,000, and down a bit from the year before. May was the big month, with the city collecting more than $345,700 in sales taxes, up almost 14 percent from 2017.

Colorado Northwestern Community College has an interim Vice President, while the school searches for three vice president positions that are open. His name is Ron Slinger. He’s been in Craig for about three weeks from his home college of Red Rocks Community College. He plans to be in town for three months until a permanent replacement can be hired for Vice President Janell Oberlander, who recently resigned to go back to a job in her hometown of Gillette, Wyoming.

The weather forecast is calling for hot and sunny. High of 92. Low of 48. Clear skies Friday night for the concert at the fairgrounds. The weekend should also be sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 90s.

Checking the schedule for the Moffat County Fair….

The 4-H Swine Show is this morning, the 4-H Rabbit Show is at noon, and the 4-H Poultry Show at 2 p.m. this afternoon. There’s also a bingo game at 1 p.m., and it’s a canned food drive, so bring some canned food. Then there’s Root Beer Floats at 2. The concert is at 7 tonight. Diamond Rio will be playing at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Saturday is a busy day at the fair, starting off with the free pancake breakfast, served by the FFA. There’s a Tractor Driving Contest and Lawnmower races, Derby Days, Turtle Races, and Weenie Dog Races, a community BBQ, a Cowboy Baby Contest, and not in that order. The evening concludes with a street Dance at 10 o’clock, sponsored by the Moffat County 4-H Council.

The full Fair schedule is at www.MoffatCountyFair.com

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