KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 25, 2018

Hot, dry, and sometimes windy weather has resulted in a busy fire season in Northwest Colorado. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center has responded to 107 wildfires, ten false alarms, and 38 smoke checks. Most of those fires were small, and quickly put out. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect. The biggest fires still burning are the Indian Valley Fire in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties, the Sulphur Fire in Rio Blanco County, and the Silver Creek Fire in Routt and Grand Counties.

A small grass fire started outside Hayden Tuesday morning, in the Golden Meadows neighborhood. West Routt Firefighters had the fire quickly under control. West Routt Fire Chief Dal Leck thinks an electrical transformer caused the fire. He wants to remind everyone that it is very dry out there, and please be careful.

Air quality from the smoke of so many wildfires can be unhealthy. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment6 is warning residents. Smoke in the air can cause problems for people with breathing problems or heart disease, also the very young and the elderly. Smoke can irritate eyes, throat and lungs. Stay indoors if possible, don’t exercise outside until the air clears, and check with your doctor if conditions continue. If visibility is less than five miles because of smoke, it is at an unhealthy level.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce “Taste of Craig/Business Expo” Mixer is from 5-7 Thursday evening at the Craig Chamber at 360 E. Victory Way. All chamber member restaurants are invited to set up a booth and serve their favorite appetizers and treats to mixer guests. There will also be a New Member Expo. For more, contact Rebekah at 970-824-5689.

4-H competitions have started, in preparation for the 100th Moffat County Fair. Fair committee member Joanne Roberson has decorated 100 rocks that mention the fair in some way. They’re hidden in Hayden, Maybell, Craig, and Baggs, Wyoming. People can find them, keep them, or re-hide them. The Founder’s Day Luncheon is at 1 p.m. this Saturday, at the park in Maybell, which is where the first fair was held a century ago. It’s free, and a potluck. Meat will be provided, but those going are asked to bring a dish to share. Then the parade is August 3. Fnd out more at

Former Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has died. Family reports he suffered from a brain hemorrhage. Wall was sheriff in Routt County from 2006 to 2010. He was 76 years old.

The Outdoor Retailer summer trade show is underway in Denver. The huge trade show has been in Utah since 1996, bringing in 40,000 visitors and $45 million dollars annually.  About 1400 vendors are at the market to sell to retailers worldwide. Several Steamboat companies are represented including SmartWool and Point 6. Bill Gamber owns Honey Stinger and Big Agnes.

Rebecca Fix with Sweetwood Smokehouse is also happy with the new location.

Outdoor Retailer continues at the Convention Center in Denver today.

The weather today will be partly cloudy. High of 91, low of 53. There might be a stray rainshower. The sun is setting at 8:31 this evening. Thursday will be mostly sunny. Temperatures for about the next week will be in the upper 80s.

The weather this evening will be partly cloudy with a chance for a few raindrops. Low of 52,. Thursday will be mostly sunny. Temperatures for about the next week will be in the upper 80s.

 In Sports,

Cyclists in the Tour de France had to stop the race temporarily, when police used tear gas to get rid of some protesters. Local formers had blocked the road with hay bales. Police sprayed them with tear gas. It got in the eyes of some of the riders. The interruption was for 15 minutes before the riders were able to get going again.

Trevor Story has been named the Colorado Rockies’ selection for the 2018 Hustle and Heart Award. The shortstop is now a finalist for the overall winner.

Tryouts for the Moffat County Elite Cheer are this Saturday afternoon at Centennial Mall. The youth spirit team is open to girls and boys, ages 5 to 18. Those trying out will be on the All-Star or Prep teams, with practices at least twice a week. There is a skills refresher course from 4 to 5 p.m. today, at Centennial Mall. For more information, call 970-756-0588.


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