KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 25, 2018

Graduation for Moffat County High School is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Those attending can park at the K-Mart lot and get a free shuttle up to the high school. At the recent Bulldog Pride Assembly, two students won cars. That would be senior Talon Flanders and sophomore Tauren Farquharson. The cars were donated by Victory Motors of Craig and Scott Cook and the team at Cook Chevrolet, Subaru and Ford, of Craig and Steamboat Springs. Many other businesses helped with fixing up the cars. To be in the drawing to win a car, students had to have a 90-percent attendance, and a 3.5 GPA. Or they had to increase their GPA by half a percent. The kids could get extra entries to the drawing if they were involved in two or more activities at the school. Both car dealerships say they will donate cars again next year.

Drive slowly and carefully this holiday weekend. Colorado State Patrol troopers will be conducting saturation patrols in Moffat, Routt, and Grand counties. CSP encourages everyone to drive responsibly. Troopers will be looking for drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind boaters, to also be careful and avoid drinking or using drugs when on the water. There are big fines for a BUI, and you could go to jail for a year.

The gates at Yampa Valley Golf Course will now be locked at night. It’s because of vandalism on the course this spring. County commissioners gave approval for the nightly closure. County commissioners also on Thursday agreed to hire five full-time and part-time employees. The county will implement a wellness program for those who work in the county.

The Luttrell Barn will officially get a local historic designation. Craig City Council gave its approval to the 110-year-old barn at its most recent meeting, and so did County Commissioners. The Luttrell Barn doesn’t qualify for a state historic designation because it is no longer being used as a barn.

Mountain lions are being sighted, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. One has been seen near a home in New Castle, and residents there are reporting small animals and cats are missing. If you see a mountain lion, Mike Porras with Parks and Wildlife in the Northwest Region says do not run because it will chase.

Porras also says to carry a stick or bear spray and avoid wearing headphones in the backcountry.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for voluntary board members for different groups. One group is the Colorado Nongame Conservation and Wildlife Restoration Cash Fund. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnuP6gp1IY8QO6uIGkyZplVWgqur79-6Bjf5gxrjuloPxsfQ/viewform The second position is for a sportsman or woman to serve on the Middle Park Habitat Partnership Program Committee. The next meeting is June 13 in Hot Sulphur Springs. Both links to apply are on the KRAI website. Link: http://cpw.state.co.us/hpp

Craig Clean-up Days were a big success last weekend. The city hauled 32 tons of trash, removed refrigerant from 104 refrigerators, and hauled away 40 tons of scrap metal. Then there were the tires. The city received 4,228 tires to be disposed of.

The Pink Lady “Volunteer of the Year,” at Memorial Regional Health is Linda Riley. She’s the Pink Lady president.

Registration is open for summer classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College. https://www.cncc.edu/academics/community-education/

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be in Glenwood Springs this afternoon. He plans to sign two pieces of legislation, both regarding higher education, so he is doing it near Colorado Mountain College.

A jury scam has been happening in Garfield County. The sheriff’s office there reports that the scammer leaves a message, saying they are from a local law enforcement agency, and that you have to call them back. When you call back, the scammer says you missed jury duty and there is a bench warrant for your arrest, unless you pay a fine or fee right now. Don’t fall for it. They’re professional scam artists, who usually make these calls on Fridays or on the weekend.

Near Walden and Rand, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed State Forest State Park and North Park Campground for repairs. No word on when they’ll re-open. These areas are on the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains, and are great for seeing moose. They say about 600 moose can be seen from the area year-round. (Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.)

State Senator Ray Scott billed state taxpayers for more than $1000 in Uber rides, and then also claimed the expenses on his campaign finance account. The Grand Junction Republican says he gave his treasurer the wrong information, when he was asked about it by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel newspaper.

Independence Pass outside of Aspen is open, as of Thursday. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is expected to open today, weather permitting. National Park Service plow operators have been clearing snow since April. Some snow drifts are 20 feet high.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be beautiful. Lots of sunshine today and tomorrow, with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. It will cool off a bit this weekend, but still be nice on sunny, especially on Saturday.

Head on over to the Moffat County Fairgrounds anytime through Monday to catch the top rodeo athletes in the state. They’re competing in the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Championships – both high school and junior high.

Swim season starts in Craig next Wednesday. The Craig Pool Complex opens for the summer at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. The lap pool, diving pool, and wave pool will be open.

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