KRAI News for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019

The West Theater in Craig is shutting down Thursday, but just for a while. New owners of the theater are from Rifle, and they are in the final stages of closing the deal. The last movie will be Thursday, and then those new owners plan to start renovating the movie theater. No word on how long the renovations will take and when the West Theater will reopen, but it shouldn’t be too long, and most of the regular employees are staying.

Firefighters responded to a grass fire Tuesday afternoon, near Moffat County Road 105. Six engines responded and the fire was contained within an hour. No homes burned but the Craig Press reports some detached structures in the area burned. There also weren’t any injuries. Fire Chief KC Hume says the fire is under investigation, but they think it started with an unattended burn barrel.

Please don’t use the Yampa River. Water levels have dropped and the City of Steamboat Springs is implementing closures for all commercial activities on the Yampa. That means tubers, paddleboarders, swimmers, and anglers. It’s a way to protect the Yampa River and its wildlife. The City is considering releasing some water from Stagecoach Reservoir to enhance the water flows.



Yampa Valley Electric crews are working different construction projects in Moffat and Routt Counties. That includes Craig, Steamboat, and Hayden. Contractor crews will be wearing yellow safety vests. YVEA is asking to be careful if you are near a work site.

A new addiction treatment center has opened on Routt County Road 16. It’s called Three Strands. It’s for young men struggling with addiction by combining a residential treatment program with ranch work, and a 30-day wilderness expedition. It’s near Lynx Pass, surrounded on three sides by Routt National Forest.

Colorado Mountain College near Glenwood Springs has two new facilities at its Spring Valley campus. The Ascent Center and the Outdoor Leadership Center & Field House are being dedicated this morning.

Aspen has a bear problem in the town. A lot of it is because of trash left out. Aspen Police have issued citations to 25 people this summer for leaving out unsecured trash cans. There have also been 34 home intrusions from bears within Aspen city limits, mostly because doors have been unlocked.  And they’re ramping up their “Bear Aware” campaign.

A man in Pine, Colo. heard a noise in his kitchen, and went upstairs to find a bear. The two had a bit of a battle, which is when the man’s wife stepped in with a baseball bat and caused the bear to run away. The sow had a cub which also ran out. Wildlife officials tracked the bear and put it down, but they haven’t found the cub. This happened about 46 miles southwest of Denver.

The 8th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival starts up today, with events in Steamboat and Hayden. The full schedule is at

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


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