KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 22, 2018

Six employees are retiring from the Moffat County School District. The Board of Education recognized them with cake and congratulations. Those retiring are Facilities Maintenance Director Mike Taylor, after 34 years with the district. Craig Middle School teacher Todd Hildebrandt taught PE for 28 years. Sue Wilson was with food services for 21 years. Administrative Assistant Beth Gilchrist was with Sunset Elementary for 16 years. Paraprofessional Shirley McCarthy served the district for 10 years. Sharon Farquhar taught for 16 years, two of which were in the Moffat County district.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018. It is graduation season. Hayden High School graduated 30 seniors on Sunday. Graduation for Soroco and Moffat County High Schools is this Saturday. Steamboat’s graduation is June 2 at 10 in the morning, inside in the gym.

School officials in Hayden are moving forward quickly on plans to build a new school in town, after being awarded a nearly 40-million dollar grant. And voters approved a bond issue. A walk-through with prospective engineering and architectural firms is today. District leaders hope to break ground in spring of next year, and have the new school ready to open in fall of 2020.

A bald eagle was shot and killed in northern Colorado. State wildlife officials want to find who did it. It happened 45 miles north of Denver and 14 miles east of Platteville. Bald eagles are protected under state and federal law.

A Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s officer has been accepted to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Deputy Lieutenant Jeremy Muxlow will take a 10-week training program this summer.

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control will be practicing some live water air drops Saturday morning, in the Eagle area. People can watch from the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, but won’t be allowed to park on Brush Creek Road during the training exercise.

Campsites are opening for the season. Many in the White River National Forest opened last Friday. The Forest Service reminds visitors to be responsible, leave no trace, put out your campfire, and be bear aware.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today should be cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Chance of rain is 60 percent. Skies should clear tonight, and the sun will be setting at 8:26. Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny in the 70s. It warms up Friday and Saturday into the mid-80s, with more sunshine headed our way.

In sports, there is t-ball, girls softball, and coach pitch practices in Craig tonight.

In football, they’re already talking about the Rocky Mountain Showdown. That would be the CSU Rams vs. the Colorado Buffaloes. The big game is 101 days away, on Aug. 31 at Mile High Stadium. Vegas Insider is listing the Buffs as a 6-point favorite over the Rams. Last season, CU downed CSU 17-3. CU lead the series 65-22-2.

And in basketball, one of the top prospects in the country knows where she is going. Regis Jesuit junior Fran Belibi is a two-time All-Colorado player. The high school junior has committed to Stanford. Belibi made national headlines when she was the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school basketball game. Belibi wants to be a doctor, like her parents.

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