The air continues to be smoky and unhealthy. Health professionals say to limit your exposure when outside. Stay indoors and drink plenty of water. People with lung and heart diseases need to be especially careful, as do the elderly and pregnant women. An air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke has been issued for Moffat and surrounding counties through this morning. The smoke is from wildfires in northern California.
An executive of Bank of the West has resigned because of a Facebook post that has since been deleted. The post said, “We’ve made the decision to take action. We will no longer fund tobacco, coal, fracking, or arctic drilling.” Some businesses who banked there are withdrawing their business. The post prompted Bank of the West Craig Branch Manager and Vice President Stacy Razzano to resign her position of 27 years, effective Aug. 17.
On-campus college student housing was discussed and a plan presented to staff and board members of Colorado Northwestern Community College. One plan would be to build a 25-bed, or 50-bed housing unit, possibly with a restaurant for the Craig campus, then rent it back under a 25-year lease-to-own contract. Cost estimates are between $2.9 million and $5.7 million. The next board meeting to discuss will be Aug. 20.
CNCC is offering free tuition to Moffat County residents this year, trying to boost enrollment. To apply and qualify, prospective students must apply for the Colorado College Opportunity Fund, provide proof of Colorado residency for the past year, and proof of living in Moffat County for the past six months. College enrollment is open at https://www.cncc.edu/apply/ . Classes start Aug. 20.
The parade for the Moffat County Fair starts at noon today, from the Craig Middle School, and it ends at Centennial Mall.
The Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice is tomorrow. It is the first year for the race, which benefits the hospice program for Northwest Colorado Health. But first, there are the balloons and the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival. They’ll take off at 6:30 Saturday morning, from Loudy-Simpson Park. Then there is a 5K and one-Mile Fun Run. Then the Rubber Ducky Race begins at 9 a.m. from the Ranney Street Bridge. Tickets for the Rubber Ducky race are $10. If your duck makes it down the river and across the finish line first, you could win a $500 grand prize, or other cash prizes totaling $1,000. Get tickets online at www.NorthwestColoradoHealth.org/rubberducky, or at the balloon festival.
A beer garden permit has been awarded by Craig City Council to the Diamond Rio Concert. It’s a week from today, in conjunction with the 100th Moffat County Fair.
Look for some sunshine and maybe a few clouds today, with a high of 82 degrees. A thunderstorm is possible this evening. Mostly sunny all weekend.
You can learn to play pickleball Saturday, with an introduction to pickleball clinic at the tennis center in Steamboat. Margie Huron is with the Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association, which has about 300 members.
The pickleball clinic is at 11 Saturday at the tennis center. There is a $10 fee, but all equipment and instruction is included.
Don’t forget the 5K and One-Mile Fun Run tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., at Loudy-Simpson Park. It’s a benefit for Friends of Moffat County Elevate Education. The Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament is also Saturday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.