KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Wolves have been confirmed in Moffat County. Hunters in Irish Canyon found a bull elk carcass. It was reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife who tested it, and confirmed the tracks were wolves. Because of another sighting in October, the Craig Press reports that parks and wildlife officials are confident a wolf pack appears to be active in northwest Colorado, and that there are at least six wolves. The reintroduction of wolves to Colorado will be on the 2020 ballot statewide. Moffat County Commissioners are on record as being against the reintroduction of wolves, and Moffat County was the first county in the state to do so.

Two new members have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for Memorial Regional Health, by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. The Craig Press reports that Chandler Larsen will serve a one-year term. Denise Arola will serve a five-year term. There were three applicants for the two positions.

County commissioners this week also interviewed two candidates for the emergency management position for Moffat County. It was a part-time job, but it has been changed to a full-time position.

Snow storms are headed to the Yampa Valley this week. It starts today with most of the snow falling by Thursday morning, and even more at higher elevations. The heaviest snow will then fall Thursday night into Friday morning. It will also be very cold with temperatures below zero at times, Friday and Saturday in Craig. Wind gusts Friday night could make the wind chill as low as 19 below.

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club is hosting an avalanche safety training class this Saturday. Meet at the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot north of Craig. It starts at 9:30 and you’ll need a snow machine. The training will emphasize both safety and entertainment for winter riders. Colorado is under moderate risk of avalanches right now, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Hayden Town Council is holding a special meeting Thursday night. The next steps for the secondary school site will be discussed. Other items include a presentation to Hayden Police Sergeant Russ Davis in recognition of his years of service and his retirement. Also Officer Seth Huntington will be taking his oath of office. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night in Hayden Town Hall.

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

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