KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 8, 2018

Three veterans from Craig took a long hike Saturday, up and over Rabbit Ears Pass, and then back again. It took about 14 hours to walk the 36 miles. They did it to raise awareness for Post-traumatic stress disorder. Those walking were Will Montgomery, Tracy Santistevan, and Ryan Fritz, who are all Moffat County veterans.

More egging of cars happened over the weekend in Craig. It’s the second weekend in a row. Police were called about cars being hit with eggs, on West Victory Way, Third Street, Breeze Street, West 7th Street, and Green Street.

The bridge over the Yampa River on Moffat County Road 19 has re-opened. The bridge is one mile north of Maybell. Colorado Department of Transportation closed it April 11 after finding that the structure had shifted off its supports.

Members of the Northern Ute Tribe and Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin gathered for the Sundance Ceremony Sunday. It starts before the sun comes up over the horizon, which in this case was on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Little Snake River. Warriors asked for harmony for the land, the people, and the horses of Moffat County. The Craig Press reports that Northern Ute comprises several cultural bands, including the White River, Uintah and Uncompahgre peoples, and Moffat County is part of their traditional homeland.

A Steamboat Springs man has now been missing for two weeks. Classic Air Helicopter has searched the Yampa River from Steamboat Springs to Craig, and Steamboat Fire Rescue also searched the river to Milner, but there have been no signs of 38-year-old Matthew Shelters. Police are looking for any leads. There is a $7500 reward offered.

Meeker is holding a special election today. There are four open seats on the Pioneers Medical Center Board of Directors, and five people are running. The polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight.

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board of Directors has their regular meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, at the Bank of Colorado. They’re expected to hear a presentation from Jeff Comstock and Jessica Counts about outdoor recreation projects in the county. The board will also discuss three signs for $500 to go up at the Dinosaur Welcome Center.

The annual fundraiser for Moffat County’s Substance Abuse Prevention and DARE programs is May 17 and 18, at McDonald’s in Craig. McDonald’s will donate 50 percent of all sales generated between 5 and 7 p.m. on those nights to the DARE Program. Law enforcement officers from Craig will be working the two dinner shifts.

Many are spring cleaning right now. Be aware of the Hantavirus. It’s rare but can be a fatal respiratory disease from a virus carried by deer mice. People get it in the spring and summer while breathing in dirt or dust that has been contaminated, when they’re cleaning up homes, yards, and sheds. To prevent it, Open windows for at least 30 minutes before cleaning a shed, remove wood, junk and brush piles near your home, spray dust, dirt, and rodent droppings with disinfectant, or a mix of bleach and water,  wear gloves when cleaning, and never vacuum or sweep where there is evidence of rodents.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be sunny and beautiful. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s. Mostly clear skies tonight. And then look for some clouds on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures in the upper 70s. Rain is headed our way Friday and Saturday.

The CNCC rodeo season was celebrated with the 7th Annual Spurs and Sparkles Awards Banquet. The Women’s Rodeo Athlete of the Year was awarded to Ashley Farrington of Collbran, for her contributions in the arena and in the classroom. The Men’s Rodeo Athlete of the Year is freshman Wyatt Hallam from Mountain View, Wyoming.

The Moffat County Varsity Baseball team has a game in Granby this afternoon. They play Middle Park at 4 p.m.

And the girls Golf team is competing in the 3A Region 4 Tournament at the Rifle Creek Golf Course today.

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