KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

 The gas pumps at the Maybell General Store up and running. They were taken out by a driver last November. Joe Schminkey with Maybell General Store everything was finalized on the pumps on Tuesday.

Which is exactly what happened last night. So gas and fuel is once again available in Maybell, along Highway 40.

 That fire in Craig on Christmas Eve was more than likely started by the 3-year-old who died in that blaze. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has investigated, and that is their conclusion. Lane Ernest Cullen died in that fire in the Meadows Subdivision. 

A single-vehicle crash on I-70 near New Castle killed a woman Tuesday afternoon. The right lane of westbound I-70 was closed for much of the afternoon. 

Two new members of the Moffat County Board of Education are Cindy Looper and Jnl Linsacum. The new members will get to work at the February school board meeting. The Craig Press reports that the school district is also moving forward with plans to vacate the Yampa Building. That should happen before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Office space will be made in the former East Elementary School. 

Donnie Hayes wants to bring a winter rodeo series to Northwest Colorado. The Hayden resident says there is room at the Routt County Fairgrounds, which are empty during the winter months. He even found some bucking chutes that he bought for only $600 at a winter rodeo auction in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He says a rodeo could provide cash flow for Routt County. He made the proposal to the Routt County Commissioners at this week’s meeting. They told Hayes to figure out costs, and insurance. Hayes says his main goal is to get more kids involved in the rodeo.

Northwest Colorado Broadband is hoping to expand to Hayden and Craig. They’ve just wrapped up a $2.2 million fiber optic line through Steamboat Springs. Yampa Valley Electric says it will start offering the new services sometime this year. Zirkel Wireless is also partnering with Northwest Colorado Broadband to expand its services to North Routt County.

 U.S. Forest Service employees in Routt County are back to work, after the government shutdown. Forest Service staff in the parks, and the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears District, and Yampa Ranger Districts got together once a week during the shutdown, just to stay connected. They say impacts to the National Forest and its infrastructure were minimal. 

Who is the cutest couple in Craig? The Craig Press is asking for submissions for the Cutest Couple Contest. Submit a picture that is the epitome of cute, for a chance to win. Submissions are accepted as of today, through Feb. 12. Then voting starts Feb. 5. The person with the most votes wins some great prizes. Enter through the Craig Press website.  

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