KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for Aug. 2, 2018

The City of Craig is getting a new city manager. Craig City Council has voted to approve a contract to hire Peter Brixius, who has been serving as the City Manager in Rangely. Brixius will start work sometime the first week of September. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar says he expects Brixius to focus both on Craig’s current needs, as well as develop a vision for the city’s future.

The heavy haze in Northwest Colorado is from smoke from wildfires burning in Northern California. If visibility is less than five miles then it has reached an unhealthy level, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Diminished air quality is especially dangerous for those dealing with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, or the very young and the elderly. Keep windows closed in the car and at home. Some rain will help on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

The Silver Creek Fire in the Routt National Forest southeast of Steamboat Springs has  burned almost 800 acres. No homes are threatened yet. A Chinook helicopter landed at the Steamboat Springs Airport to help fight the fire, which was likely caused by lightning. Fire officials say the best way to put it out will be heavy rain, and maybe even snow. The Forest Service is getting calls from hunters since the area is closed.

An 11-year-old Steamboat girl was hit by a car and will need surgery. Sunny Winn was on her bike in the crosswalk at 9th and Oak when she was hit by a 30-year-old Steamboat woman. She was cited for careless driving causing injury and driving without a license or valid I.D.

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Moffat County Fair. The Moffat County Fair Parade is at noon on Friday.  Karl Huntsman is the Grand Marshall of the parade. He has been on the Fair Board for 30 years.

The parade starts at noon at the middle school and heads down Yampa to Victory Way, then through some neighborhoods, ending at the old Centennial Mall. Huntsman says everyone should come down and watch.

Today is the deadline to sign up to be in the parade. Applications are in downtown Craig at the Community Budget Center.

Volunteers are still needed for the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you can help, meet at the field north of the horseshoes at Loudy-Simpson Park at 6 in the morning, on the day you can help, either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Craig has a new eye care clinic, with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and even a concierge service. Eye Care Specialties opened Wednesday with some of the best equipment in the country, according to optometrist Craig Eckroth. Eye Care Specialties is in the old Family Dollar Store which was renovated for the new business. Eye Care Specialties also has an office in Steamboat Springs.

The forecast for Thursday is calling for sunny skies this morning, with clouds rolling in this afternoon. It will be overcast, with a chance for some rain. The low will be 55 degrees and the sun will set at 8:23. Friday will be partly cloudy in the mid 80s, with lots of sunshine this weekend.

In sports…

The Moffat County High School Golf team is still in New Mexico, getting ready for the season, which starts Aug. 13 at Fruita-Monument.

Good luck to the Craig Sea Sharks who have qualified for the Seasonal Club Championships in Colorado Springs. They start tomorrow.

Also Friday and Saturday is the 4-H Open Horse Show English Division at Moffat County Fairgrounds. The Working Ranch Horse Jackpot is Sunday morning.

This Saturday is the Over the Line softball tournament at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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