KRAI News for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Results are in for the Craig municipal election. Jarrod Ogden will be the new mayor of Craig with 760 votes to 728 votes for incumbent John Ponikvar. The three open seats on Craig City Council will be filled by Paul James, Brian MacKenzie, and Steven Mazzuca.

Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The yearly health rankings for Moffat County are down five points in 2019. The Craig Press reports Moffat County is ranked 36 out of 60 counties in Colorado. Last year, the county was ranked 31st. The expected length of life in Moffat County is 46. The leading causes of death in the county are cancer, heart disease, accidents from unintentional injuries, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Routt County is ranked 14th, which is four spots down from last year. Rio Blanco County fell from 18th to 24th.

Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden has received an award for excellence from the FAA. It’s for the investments in airfield and terminal upgrades at the Hayden airport. Airport director Kevin Booth traveled to Seattle to receive the honor.

 

Boat inspection stations are getting set up for reservoirs that are opening in Colorado. Boats are being inspected for ANS, which is Aquatic Nuisance Species such as zebra or quagga mussels. The mussels disrupt the food chain, clogs dams and systems that carry water for irrigation, and they infest boats and damage engines.

Liz Schnackenberg with the local U.S. Forest Service has just returned from Portugal. Schnackenberg works in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. She went on a Fulbright Award to help with recovery and restoration following a wildfire. The Fulbright Program is a cultural exchange program between the United States and other countries.

The 2019 Yampa Valley Men’s Golf Club is meeting at the golf course at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night. Officers will be elected and dinner is available for all members who have paid their 2019 dues. RSVP at the pro shop at 970-824-3673. The Yampa Valley Men’s Golf Club welcomes any and all new members. Applications will be at the meeting or at the pro shop.

Free Ski Day at Howelsen Hill. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

Nearly 10,000 free lift tickets were given away this season at historic Howelsen Hill. Ski Free Sundays averaged about 640 people per Sunday. December 30th over the New Year’s Eve weekend broke a single day record at Howelsen Hill with 1,170 free tickets issued.

 

 

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

 

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