KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for June 8, 2018

Northwest Colorado Health will soon be owning, instead of renting, their facility on Russell Street, which is leased from Memorial Regional Health. Northwest Colorado Health is receiving a loan for $682,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the purchase. It is part of the master plan for Memorial Regional Health to create a standalone urgent care clinic. It’s now open, near Walmart. The USDA loan was also given to Memorial Regional Health to finance the $29 million dollar construction project of the new medical office building next to the hospital, which is under construction. The USDA is investing $243 million in rural community facility improvements in 22 states.

Trapper Mine’s first dragline bucket is now a permanent fixture at Loudy-Simpson Park south of Craig. The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners and Trapper Mining dedicated the bucket, which was used to scoop the soil and rock above the mine’s first pit, starting in 1977. The bucket has hauled more than 33 million cubic yards of overburden, which is the soil and rock above a coal seam.

Colowyo Coal Company is preparing to mine the first coal from the Collom Pit. The company is still waiting for final approval of an air quality permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The company expects to make the first box cut on the expansion in October, which is the first step in excavating the ground to get to the coal seams. Coal is expected to begin coming out of the pit in January.

Donna Aldridge works at the Walgreens in Craig, and she happens to be the Red Nose Day Champion. She sold the most red noses to customers which is a day that helps raise money for children all over the world, and helps support the Boys & Girls Club in Craig. Because Donna won, she got to put a pie in the face of her bosses. That would be Nolan Echols, Tammi McBride, and Ralph Rainwater. She also got to pie Walgreens pharmacist Ryan Alerbico. The local Walgreens teamed raised $1,310 dollars.

There may not be 4th of July fireworks in Steamboat. The Fire Chief is still deciding about fire danger. The city is working on getting a laser light show from Las Vegas to come to town for the 4th instead.

It’s called “Cast ‘n Blast.” Women can get a chance to learn the basics of fly fishing, and how to handle and shoot a shotgun safely. The clinic is Sunday, June 10, in Kremmling. It’s for people 18 and older. No experience or equipment is necessary. It’s $20. Call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Hot Sulphur Springs at 970-725-6200.

In Meeker on Saturday, it’s Youth Fishing Day at Lake Avery. It’s free and open to anyone under 18 years old. Anyone 16 or older has to have a Colorado Fishing License. The event starts at 9 Saturday morning and ends at 11. Then there is a free lunch provided by the Meeker Lions Club.

This weekend in Basalt is the 7th annual Motors on Midland. Classic Cars will be on Basalt’s main drag. Then next Thursday is the first day of the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup in Steamboat Springs. The Show ‘n Shine is down Lincoln Avenue with about 400 Mustang cars on display. That section of Highway 40 will be closed. That’s June 16. Judges are needed for the event. Contact the Steamboat Chamber if you would like to be a judge. To sign up contact or visit

Bee College is this weekend. Bee, as in bumblebees. Colorado beekeepers are gathering at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle to talk about their trade, and learn more from bee experts. For more information, visit

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be sunny and warm, with temperatures in the upper 80s. The weekend should be beautiful with a bit of a breeze on Sunday.

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team recently competed in a basketball tournament in Sterling, Colorado, at Northeastern Junior College. The Bulldogs beat Holyoke, and also Chase County from Nebraska. The only loss for the Bulldogs was to a team from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. This winter, the Moffat County girls will look to defend their Western Slope League, district and regional titles after entering the Final Four of the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Registration has started for the 51st Cottonwood Classic golf tournament, at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It’s June 22-24. It’s a three-day tournament. Go to to register.

And the Washington Nationals are the Stanley Cup champions, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in the series. It’s the first championship for Washington DC since the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. And it’s the first Stanley Cup victory for the Washington Nationals in franchise history, when they joined the NHL back in 1974.

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