KRAI News for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

Photo of wolf in Grand County on June 6, 2020, courtesy Jessica Freeman.

Moffat County Commissioners are taking a stand on Wolf Introduction to the state of Colorado. It’s Proposition 114 which was passed by state voters. The commissioners have written a letter asking Governor Polis and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to include stakeholders like the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, in the issue. The letter says that elected officials want to be involved on how and when wolves are reintroduced, adding that it will have “far reaching and long-lasting consequences to our citizens, communities, wildlife and economies.” Moffat County Commissioner Don Broom is concerned about the danger to livestock.

Commissioner Don Cook also has concern and frustration with the wolf introduction.

With the letter, Moffat County Commissioners are showing their support AGAINST Governor Polis’ office to accelerate the introduction of wolves, which right now is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2023.

Phones started going off with alerts around 4:30 last night, about a Snow Squall Warning. Don’t drive, it said. Avoid travel. Then it hit. Pounding snow pebbles flying everywhere. Zero visibility. Thunder and lightning. Those who were driving couldn’t see the side of the road. Rabbit Ears Pass closed for a while. It didn’t last too long, but it had a scary impact on anyone caught in it.

Snow Squall Video, courtesy Samantha Tisdall:

Dr. Linda Couillard receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Memorial Regional Health.


The Moderna vaccine has arrived in Moffat County and staff at Memorial Regional Hospital started getting vaccinated last night. 42 employees were vaccinated on Tuesday, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Linda Couillard. Vaccinations continue today and tomorrow at MRH.





Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count went up again today, to 601 cases since March. That’s six new cases in one day, with 147 active cases in the county.

Rio Blanco County has two more cases of COVID today, for 257 total since March. Rio Blanco County has 28 cases in the past week.

 Routt County now has 964 cases of COVID-19 since March, according to the CDPHE on Tuesday afternoon. That’s seven new cases from Monday. The number of cases in one week is at 59. The number of COVID deaths in Routt County is 18.

Flights full of holiday travelers are coming in to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Airport Manager Kevin Booth was at the airport this weekend, for the first winter flights.

Moffat County Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers. The non-profit group works with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. You must be 18 years old to apply. Applications are at the Safety Center in Craig.

Road signs are being stolen in Rio Blanco County. The Sheriff’s Office says it can be very dangerous, and it costs the county money. If you know who might be doing this, call the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, where you can make a report anonymously.

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.






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