KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for June 29, 2018

The official word has not yet come down about fireworks in Craig on the 4th of July. They’ll happen if conditions allow. Here’s Craig Acting City Manager Bruce Nelson.

More fireworks have been canceled. This time in Frisco. The fire danger is just too high. Breckenridge and Steamboat also won’t have fireworks for the 4th. But Steamboat will have a laser light show on Howelsen Hill.

The fire danger is high. Moffat County Commissioners have put Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on open burning into effect as of today, in Moffat County. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are also in effect in Routt County as of today, as well. Stage 2 fire restrictions have now gone into effect for unincorporated private and state lands in Garfield County.

Another wildfire is burning, this time in Grand County. It’s near the Sugarloaf Campground and Henderson Mill south of Kremmling. Summit County officials are ready, should the fire pass into Summit County. It’s called the Sugarloaf Fire, and it’s burning primarily beetle kill trees on Forest Service land. As many as 500 homes have been evacuated near the Grand Lake Golf Course, for the Grand Lake Fire which is also near Rocky Mountain National Park. Many of those homes are vacation homes.

A special mill levy is expected to be on the November ballot. It will ask voters to help fund the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Moffat County Libraries, and possibly Loudy-Simpson Park. The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is expected to file a letter of intent for the initiative to appear on the ballot.

The construction project for the new medical office building for Memorial Regional Health is on schedule. One million dollars needs to be raised, and the hospital is closer to that goal, with well over $800,000. Jennifer Riley is the Vice President of Operations for Memorial Regional Health. She says the new building is very important to the community.

Riley says the new building should open in fall of 2019. Donations are still being accepted through the hospital’s foundation. Call 826-2424. Or visit

The Bureau of Land Management is considering changes to oil and gas leasing. It is in a sage grouse habitat area. The amended plans would let oil and gas operators apply for exemptions so they could lease minerals in areas that are designated as priority grouse habitat. The change is estimated to add almost 225-thousand acres to leasing. There was a meeting this week in Craig. Now, the BLM is accepting public comment through the Colorado Bureau of Land Management website, until August 2.

A young Craig artist has won an award for her art. 14-year-old Winnie Li created digital art and she won the “One World, Many Voices” competition. It was held by the Colorado Department of Education’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Academy. Winnie was born in New York City, but then her family moved back to China. They then moved to Craig in 2017 to open the Spicy Basil restaurant.

The warm weather continues in Northwest Colorado today, but it shouldn’t be as hot as it has been lately. Highs will be around 87 degrees with a few gusty winds in the afternoon. Saturday will cool off considerably with a high of 71 degrees, and maybe some rain in the afternoon and evening.

In Sports…

In softball, in the Craig Parks and Rec League, the A Kidz Dentist team won for the 13- to 18-year-old league. Western American Drilling won in the 8- to 12-year-old division.

In Craig Youth Baseball, the Hayden Outdoors Farm & Ranch Real Estate team of 8- to 10-year-olds won. In the 11- to 13-year-old division, it was Country Living Realty.

The Mighty Dogs Volleyball Camp is July 16 through 18 at the high school. It’s hosted by the Moffat County High School volleyball program.

Registration is open for the 32nd annual Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Classic. It’s July 14-15 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic continues at Elkhead Reservoir until Sunday.


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