KRAI News for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Hayden Tigers. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Hayden schools are moving to a four-day school week, starting during the upcoming school year. The Hayden School District Board of Education voted unanimously to move to the four-day week. About 58 percent of Colorado’s 178 districts have gone to four-day weeks, the majority of which are in rural areas.

A conditional use permit has been approved for TransWest, by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. It’s a cross-country electric transmission line that would bring 3,000 megawatts of wind-generated energy across Wyoming, Moffat County, Utah and Nevada. Commissioners gave their approval as long as TransWest secures the proper agreements with all 17 remaining landowners in Moffat County before starting construction.

CNCC in Craig. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

A Community Response Plan for CNCC has been unveiled, for both the Craig and Rangely campuses. It’s being called a roadmap for “responsible growth” which would spur significant expansion at the college during the next five to 10 years. Feedback includes adding non-credit welding courses, expanding health, animals sciences, paleontology, adult education, and community education programs, as well as online options. Another program would be an apprenticeship with TriState Generation and Transmission.

Run down, abandoned properties in Craig may get torn down. Marlin Eckoff is Craig’s building inspector. He says it’s a problem in Craig and other cities, when buildings fall into disrepair and are left to decay. Eckoff says five properties are in question. He has found out one is being renovated, so that one came off the list. A second owner is already planning a demolition, so that leaves three. If those owners don’t respond to the Notice of Demolition, the structure is tested for asbestos. After that, the city could move forward with demolition, which could cost between $10,000 and $15,000 per property.

Snowmobiles are going where they aren’t supposed to go. Motorized vehicles aren’t allowed in certain areas. About ten tickets have been issued to snowmobilers riding where they aren’t supposed to go, including the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and the non-motorized areas of Rabbit Ears Pass. If you break the rules, you could get a fine of up to $5,000, and go to jail for six months.

Charlee Shaw is coming home today. The six-year-old from North Routt County has been in a hospital on the Front Range since Christmas Eve, when a drunk driver who was also high, crashed into the car she was in with her mother, on I-70. Her mother, Sancy Shaw, died in the crash. Charlee plans to go back to school next week. She’ll will still need a lot of therapy. There is a Facebook page that has been set up for updates. It’s “Live Like Sancy. Fight Like Charlee.” People plan to line Highway 40 in Steamboat, starting at Yampa Valley Bank, and heading up 129 to Clark in North Routt County, with signs of support.

In basketball, the Moffat County Girls Basketball team beat Gunnison Tuesday night, 51-29. They’re headed to the semi-final round of the 3A Western Slope League district tournament.  The Lady Bulldogs are ranked second in the conference. They’re facing the #3 Cedaredge Bruins. The semifinals start at 4 p.m. this Friday in Grand Junction. The Bulldog boys will not advance. They lost their district game Tuesday night to the Roaring Fork Rams. Final score, 57-41.

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