KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for Aug. 13, 2018

A 13-year-old boy is missing in Craig. Johnathan Mounce also goes by JJ. He’s about five feet tall with brown shoulder length hair. His mother says he hasn’t been seen since last Thursday. She has been told that it is possible he is in Meeker. Call the Craig Police if you have any ideas, at 970-826-2360.

Someone has been calling with a scam, claiming they work for Yampa Valley Electric. They say they need payment for your electric bill or your power will be turned off. It’s a scam. Members will never get a phone call from Yampa Valley Electric saying you have to make a payment over the phone, especially with a credit card. Call 879-1160 if you have any questions.

Fire danger has been a concern all summer here in Northwest Colorado. Carolina Manriquez is a forester with the state forest service. She says there is still a fire concern because our forest conditions are awful right now.

Manriquez says many agencies are working together to fight fires, and water from the Yampa River is another positive resource available.

Some shooting ranges are re-opening in Northwest Colorado. Local fire and emergency officials have worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs and the Plateau Creek Shooting Range on the Grand Mesa have re-opened. The Hayden Shooting Range re-opened last Friday. The West Rifle State Wildlife Area Shooting Range opens this coming Friday. The shooting range in Basalt is still closed, since that is where the huge Lake Christine fire started.

Two meetings are being held in Basalt about the future of the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range. Residents there are concerned. Those town meetings are Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at Basalt High School.

Four Craig Police officers are being honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Police Chief Jerry Delong is presenting awards to the officers for rescuing an elderly woman from a burning house in June.

Registration is open for the Yampa Valley crane Festival. It starts Aug. 30. Find out more at It’s the same weekend as the Wild West Air Fest in Steamboat Springs over Labor Day.

The 100th Moffat County Fair wrapped up with the inaugural Derby Day races. Joe Wood and his horse, Spud, won first place in the ranch horse race, and $1000. Deana Wood took first place on Oreo in the pony races.

Winners have been announced for the Cowboy Baby Contest. The Moffat County Cattlewomen had the difficult job of choosing the winners. Turns out they all won something, including twins Garon and Sutton Wilson. They’re the “Double Trouble Cowboys.”

Today should be another beautiful sunny day with a few clouds and maybe a stray shower or thunderstorm. High around 90 degrees. The sun will set at 8:10 tonight. Tomorrow, we’ll have some clouds rolling through Northwest Colorado.

In sports…

Lifeguards at the Craig Pool Complex are keeping up with their summer training. It is especially important for next year’s summer swim season. Aquatics Manager Charlie Carroll says she tries to make sure the guards get about 16 hours of training to sharpen their lifeguarding skills. The last day for the pool this summer is August 26.

The high school sports teams are practicing. The Moffat County High School Golf team is competing today at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. They’ll move on to Redlands Mesa Golf Club in Grand Junction tomorrow.

At 5 p.m. today, Craig Parks and Rec is offering a volleyball camp at Craig Middle School.

The Denver Broncos lost their pre-season opener Saturday to the Minnesota Vikings, 42-28.


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