KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 3, 2018

The 8th annual 4th of July Parade is tomorrow, along Victory Way. Lineup starts at 10 a.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. The best floats get prizes, and there is a community picnic after the parade.

Fireworks are still scheduled for tomorrow night at dusk. Craig Fire/Rescue will have a fireworks show at Moffat County High School, but it is still depending on the weather.

Monsoon moisture… two words that aren’t too bad to hear right now. Accuweather is predicting that there could be some heavy rain over Western Colorado in the last half of July. But those storms also bring lightning, so the fire danger is still out there.

More than 2,500 homes are under evacuation orders in Colorado. Firefighters are battling over half a dozen wildfires across the state. The biggest fire is a 78-square-mile wildfire in southern Colorado. Authorities think it was human caused, and the man who they think did it is under arrest.

Three finalists have been announced for Craig City Manager. Mark Campbell is the former city manager of Kremmling. Peter Brixius, has been the town manager of Rangely. Jeane Nikolai is the Director of Energy, Acting Director of Telecommunications Government of Bermuda, Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs. Meet the candidates at a Chamber Mixer at 5 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. They’ll be interviewed by community representatives and City Council July 16 and 17.

Routt County Search and Rescue has been called to rescue three different people since June 25. They’ve responded to 28 calls in 2018 so far. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteer Kristia Check-Hill says to call sooner rather than later, if you need help. Don’t wait until it’s dark. Make sure your cell phone is well charged. She says no one ever goes out with the intent to get lost or hurt, obviously.

Weld County is dealing with a large rabies exposure case. Someone brought home a baby raccoon that they thought was abandoned. It wasn’t. It had rabies. Twenty-one people were exposed to it and now 21 people are being treated for rabies. Health officials and Colorado Parks and Wildlife says to leave orphaned animals alone. Don’t feed, touch, or handle wild animals.

The Bella Vocé Show Chorus group is looking for new members. Right now, there are 21 singers from Craig, Denver, Fort Collins, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group has been with Sweet Adelines International for 35 years. Members are ages 14 to 78. To join, call 970-824-6472.

The author of the book “Killdozer, The True Story of the Colorado Bulldozer Rampage,” is signing his books this Thursday in Steamboat Springs. Patrick Brower will be at Off the Beaten Path from 6-8 Thursday evening. His book is about the bulldozer rampage by Marvin Heemeyer, when he drove through the town of Granby in 2004, crushing 13 buildings.

The weather in northwest Colorado today and for the 4th of July will be mostly sunny with a high of 91 degrees. There will be plenty of sunshine through the weekend, and temperatures will stay nice and warm into the high 90s on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thunder Rolls Bowling Center is hosting a triathlon on the 4th of July. The triathlon is bowling, cornhole, and darts, and it starts around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, at a cost of $25 per team.

Registration has started for the Doak Walker tackle football program through Craig Parks and Recreation. Teams are open to boys and girls in grades three through six. Practices start in early August. Call 970-826-2004 for details.

Registration has also started for fall sports at Moffat County High School. That would be football, volleyball, cross country, boys soccer and boys golf. Athletes have to be registered, and have a verified physical examination to participate. For more information, call 970-824-7036.

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