KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

Yampa Valley Electric has wrapped up its food and funds drive. It’s a campaign with employees and the YVEA board, to give back to the community. Team members contributed $4,437 dollars to help members in need pay their electric bills. The money raised was distributed to the Community Budget Center, and LOVE, Inc in Craig, and also LiftUp of Routt County. Food that was collected filled two YVEA truck beds. It was passed out to area food banks from Routt County to Baggs, Wyoming.

More good deeds… This one from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation. Lizbeth Magallanes of Craig was given a $2000 REACH Educational Grant through the Foundation. She is a shift supervisor at the KFC in Craig. She will use the money for books and fees as she starts her second semester at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Two special awards were given out at the annual holiday celebration at the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. Those honored with the Life Saving Award were Rangely Fire Chief Andy Shaffer and Assistant Fire Chief Jasper Whinston. It’s because of their outstanding efforts on June 14 last summer, when a three-and-a-half year old child stopped breathing. They got there first, did CPR and helped get the child to the hospital, where there was a full recovery.

Family Ice Fishing Day is coming up at Lake Avery. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be there to help provide all of the equipment you’ll need, along with some help with ice fishing, and type of fish. Then there’s a free lunch, served by the Meeker Lions Club. Anyone 16 and older will need a Colorado fishing license. Take Rio Blanco County Road 8 upriver 22 miles to get to the parking lot at Lake Avery.

The 2019 Community Snow Drawing starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. It’s at Carpenter Ranch in Hayden. This is where the Yampa Valley community is invited to help create a large, landscape-scale snow drawing by walking patterns with snowshoes on a snowy meadow at the ranch. Bring your own snowshoes and snacks. Register online at

Open enrollment for Colorado’s official health insurance ends Jan. 15. It’s called Connect for Health Colorado. The website is Or call 855-PLANS-4-YOU.

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

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