KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Moffat County Commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday on an agreement that could mean a new entry way for the Moffat County Courthouse. It would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The memorandum of agreement is with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the CU Denver Colorado Center for Community Development to start on the design and drawings. Then there will be more hearings and meetings to get the actual project going. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume says a single-point entry is a benefit for the public and employees and it helps with security.

Colorado implemented a new fingerprinting process last fall. It is called IdentoGO and it is available in Craig, but not yet in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Police have just been chosen as an official vendor location under the new Colorado Applicant Background Services program. But final approval is pending which means Steamboat police still have to wait for the OK from the state. It’s expected sometime this month. The closest location for fingerprinting from Steamboat right now is west on Highway 40 in Craig.

A cargo train with 71 cars partially derailed outside of Oak Creek Tuesday. No one was hurt, but there were road closures in the area. Railroad inspectors are trying to figure out why it happened.

Firefighters wait along Hwy 40 at the Silver Creek Fire, north of Kremmling. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Routt County is working on plans to fight wildfires next summer. Each year, county fire districts meet with state and federal agencies in early February. The concern now is about the government shutdown. If it continues past the Feb. 7 meeting date, there would be a lack of coordination among the various levels of wildfire response agencies. Mo Demorat with the Routt County Office of Emergency Management says if there is a fire, helicopters and trucks would still be available from the county and state. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and 11 Democratic colleagues signed a letter Tuesday, urging President Trump to end the shutdown.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Chamber Mixer Thursday. It’s at Identity Graphics at 455 Yampa Ave. The mixer is from 5-7 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 5:30.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday evening. Council will discuss the use of three baseball fields in Dry Creek Park for Triple Crown Sports. Triple Crown has asked for a long-term agreement for multiple years, which staff is recommending. The agreement will be for ten years. Also at Thursday’s meeting, the Hayden logo will be reviewed and discussed.

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

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