KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 31, 2018

Craig City Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, at Craig City Hall. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar says the meeting will be to consider and possibly approve a contract for a new city manager. Council will also meet to approve a special events permit which would allow the sale of alcohol at the Diamond Rio concert Aug. 10.

Another meeting Wednesday, at the same time, will be for a workshop of the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control. They’ll receive a presentation on a proposal for student housing. It is also at 6 p.m. Wednesday, in Room 175 in the Academic and Student Services building.

A Greyhound bus passing through Northwest Colorado was stopped in Steamboat Sunday afternoon. Denver Police thought someone on board might have been in contact with the Ebola virus. That’s because they thought someone in Denver had it, but it turns out he didn’t. But precautions were taken and the bus was stopped for about 15 minutes at the McDonald’s, before being sent on its way.

The Cache Creek Fire about eight miles southwest of Rifle grew to about 200 acres Monday. The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain in Forest Service lands in Garfield County. No buildings are threatened right now. But there are some structures on private land, and a private oil and gas infrastructure about two miles east and north of the fire.

High school and middle school kids in Colorado are using e-cigarettes, and vaping nicotine products, at twice the national average. That’s according to a recent study from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The head of the group says vaping has replaced cigarettes as a way for underage youth to use nicotine and too many of our young people don’t realize the health risks involved.

The Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival starts Friday. Volunteers are needed. If you can help, meet at the field north of the horseshoes at Loudy-Simpson Park between 6-6:15 a.m. on the days you can help. Volunteers are especially needed on Friday, and there is a chance of a balloon ride. Randy Looper has the details if you want to call him at 970-629-0654.

The Circle R Ranch in Woody Creek is going up for auction this Friday. It’s 244 acres off Woody Creek Road outside of Aspen. The original asking price over three years ago when it went on the market was $59.5 millions. Now, on Friday, bidding will start at $10 million. If you want to bid, you have to wire a $100,000 deposit just to participate. And keep in mind the operating fees of $790,000 every year, just to run the Circle R Ranch.

The weather today will be sunny with a high of 91 degrees. Clear skies tonight. Low of 49. The sun will set at 8:26. Clouds will be rolling through Northwest Colorado on Wednesday.

In Sports…

Don’t forget about the mandatory parent meeting for Moffat County High School athletes participating in fall sports is at 6:30 tonight at the high school.

The Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament is this Saturday, Aug. 4 at Yampa River Golf Course. Money raised helps support the local youth ministry organization. Register at

The Moffat County Balloon Festival is this Saturday. To make it even more fun, there’s a run that morning. The Elevate Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run is hosted by Friends of Moffat County Education. It starts at 7 a.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park, right after the balloon launch. The registration for is at  . Money raised will benefit the Friends of Moffat County Education.

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