KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for June 4, 2018

The Colorado Tourism Board is considering reducing funding to the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur. It has the highest operating cost per visitor of any center in the state.

The reduced funding would come over three years, starting in 2020, since the center is fully funded through 2019. Moffat County officials have expressed concern. Tom Kleinschnitz is the director of the Moffat County Tourism Association. He tells the Craig Press that closing the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur would be “pretty devastating.” Moffat County owns and maintains the building and the land where the center in Dinosaur is located.

Craig City Council has called a special meeting at 5:30 tomorrow evening. It is expected to be a closed session, as council will review candidates for the open city manager position.

Pedestrian and bicycle deaths were at an all-time high in 2017. Of the 646 traffic deaths last year, 109 of those involved a pedestrian or someone on a bike. That’s about 17 percent of people who died. The Colorado Department of Transportation is starting a safety campaign today called “Safety Starts With All Of Us.” It is also Colorado Bike Month.

Aerial spraying for mosquitos starts in Hayden Wednesday and Thursday. Spraying for mosquitos is contingent upon wind and weather. It will happen during the evening hours. Spraying is also scheduled for July 10-12, and August 7-9. Call the Hayden Town Hall at 276-3741 if you need more details.

Dads can get together weekly, with their kids, as part of the new Nurturing Fathers Program. It’s presented by Fatherhood Program of Routt County. Tom Valand says the free program provides parenting and nurturing skills to men.

The Nurturing Fathers Program is free and daycare is provided. It starts at 6 o’clock tomorrow, Tuesday night, at Hayden Town Hall. Dads from Craig and Steamboat, and anywhere in Northwest Colorado are welcome.

The Senior Social Center in Craig is hiring a part-time executive director. It is able to happen because of a $32,500 grant from the Area Agency on Aging. The group is also looking for new board members. Email: The Area Agency on Aging, Region 11 is a state program that serves Mesa, Garfield, Routt, Rio Blanco, and Moffat counties.

The Bears Ears Sportsman Club provided $5,000 worth of scholarships to six Moffat County High School graduates. They are Colby Beckett and Toryn Hume, who each received $1,500 for college. Awards of $500 were given to Jaci McDiffett, Angela Hill, Brayden Tuttle, and Grant Wade. The Bears Ears Sportsman Club supports youth shooting sports among its activities.

The town of Phippsburg has a new business. It’s the Bakery Express which shares a spot with the Phippsburg Post Office building on Highway 131. Robert and Anita Hawkins are running the bakery which has a railroad theme. It features coffee, homemade pastries, and “box car” breakfasts. The Bakery Express is open from 6:30 in the morning until 2, Thursdays through Sundays.

Plans are in the works to launch the largest firework in the world, at Steamboat’s Winter Carnival in February. The folks from Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to verify. It’s a 62-inch in diameter shell which weighs 2,400 pounds, and it will shoot a mile into the air at 300 miles per hour. It happens Feb. 9.

The weather in Northwest Colorado  will be mostly sunny today and tomorrow, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Then look for warm weather in the upper 80s through the rest of the week.

In sports, the CNCC Women’s Soccer team has signed Nayeli Perez Rodriguez to play soccer for the team next year. Perez Rodriquez just graduated from Moffat County High School, and was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs this past season. The new coach for the CNCC women’s team is Kevin Hurtado, who just started his job last month. He comes to Northwest Colorado from Ottumwa, Iowa, where he was an assistant coach with Indian Hills Community College.

The Washington Capitals have a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Nights, in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 4 is tonight at 6, mountain time, and the game is in Washington DC.

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