KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 16, 2018

Three fires in Rio Blanco County are fully contained. The Bureau of Land Management says there is no more threat from the Fawn, Sprague, and Smith Fires, which claimed close to 13-hundred acres. The Ridgetop Fire is also near full containment. The new risk is heavy rain. If it happens over burn scars, there could be flash flooding.

A wildfire burned about a third of an acre in North Routt County Friday afternoon. The Corral Fire happened near the Big Creek Ranch, on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. A 20-person hand crew was quickly on scene along with three engines and two helicopters. The combined work kept the fire from spreading. The fire was more than likely started by lightning.

Low river flows and high water temperatures are endangering trout in rivers and streams across the state. Wildlife officials are asking anglers to fish early in the day, and take their lines out when the water is warmer in the afternoon. Jon Ewert is an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He says the best water temperature for trout is 50 degrees. They get tired in 60 degree water and stressed when water is 70 degrees. Trout can die when the water is 74 degrees or warmer. Steamboat is under a voluntary fishing closure for a stretch of the Yampa River, from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the west end of town.

The Moffat County Junior College District Board of Control has a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. There is also a workshop before the regular meeting. The workshop starts at 4:30 where the board will discuss free tuition for Moffat County residents and the future of the Trapper building. Tonight’s meeting is at the CNCC Academic Services Building in room 255.

The finalists for the Craig City Manager job are interviewing with community representatives and City Council members today and tomorrow. You can meet the candidates at a Chamber Mixer at 5 p.m. today for a Meet & Greet at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

Kathy Larson is retiring as City Clerk of Craig. Larson has worked for the city for three decades saying the biggest change over the years was technology, and how to use it. She estimates that she has helped some 700 people start their careers with the City of Craig, many of whom are still working for the city today. The new City Clerk will be Liz White, who was recently appointed by Craig City Council.

A new business based in Hayden is called Yampa Valley Tail Chasers. It’s a personalized pet care business. Annalia Bailey also has clients in Steamboat and Stagecoach, but she is willing to go anywhere for dog walking, adventure time doggy daycare and in-home pet sitting. She’ll even take pets to vet appointments and do pick ups or deliveries for anything your pet needs. She says she’ll take care of small animals and even horses. Find out more at

In Aspen, the Police Department has a new sign. It’s more than 16 square feet. Here’s the problem. The city of Aspen says signs can’t be more than six square feet, so the new sign violates the local sign ordinance. The mayor and city council say it has to go, even though the Aspen Police Chief says it addresses public safety, and there’s an exemption for that.

The forecast today is calling for mostly sunny skies and temperatures back up in the lower to mid-90s. A few clouds could roll in this afternoon, and bring a stray shower or thunderstorm. The sun will set at 8:38 tonight. Tuesday will be partly cloudy.

In Sports…

France won the FIFA World Cup Soccer championship, 4-2, over Croatia.

The Mighty Dogs Volleyball Camp starts today and runs through Wednesday. It’s for players in grades three through eight, at Moffat County High School.

The Silver Bullet Golf Classic was this weekend at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Stacey Arnold of Denver took the top spot for the fourth year in a row.


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