KRAI News for Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A new railroad route could make its way through Moffat County near Craig. The Craig Press reports a notice of intent has been filed with the federal Surface Transportation Board. It’s the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition in Utah that is considering a 185-mile stretch of railroad from Myton, Utah, to Craig. Multiple trains would use the railway to carry mostly energy-related cargo.

The 416 fire in southwest Colorado last summer was started by a train. The historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad started the fire which was the 6th largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, burning 54,000 acres. The U.S. Attorney has filed suit against the railroad and its operator on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, seeking to recover damages caused by the fire. The cost to put out the fire was at least $25 million dollars. Other damages are still being calculated.

There is a Flood Advisory for snowmelt in northeastern Grand County. Snowmelt is causing the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park to overflow its banks. A Flood Advisory has also been issued for the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Gore Creek in Vail, the Crystal River near Redstone, and the Eagle River near Gypsum.

For the 4th of July, get ready for fun. In Craig, the 4th of July Parade starts at 11 a.m. Awards will be after the parade at the VFW Hall, where there is a picnic at noon. Bring a dessert to share. Fireworks start at dusk at Moffat County High School. Moffat County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday. The court offices will be closed only on the 4th.

The 4th of July Parade in Steamboat starts at 10 a.m. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

In Steamboat Springs, Thursday starts with a Lions Club Breakfast at 8th and Lincoln, followed by the Roller Ski Competition at 9:15 on Lincoln Ave. The parade is at 10 a.m. The theme this year is America’s Superheroes! The Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping Competition is from noon to 3 at Howelsen Hill with top ski jumpers and Olympians going off the big jumps. The rodeo is at 6:30, followed by big fireworks and a Laser Light show, all at the base of Howelsen Hill.

In Meeker, the 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Meeker. A reenactment of the Meeker Bank Robbery is around 1 p.m. at 6th and Main Street. Fireworks are at dusk. Then on the 5th, it’s the 134th annual Range Call, which is the oldest annual rodeo in Colorado. The fun is at the fairgrounds from 4-6 p.m. followed by a concert of Jack Russell’s Great White at 7 on Friday.

In Wyoming, the Little Snake River Museum is having Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more at

The Moffat County High School class of 1989 is having a reunion August 2-3. It’s at JW Snacks on the 2nd, and the VFW on the 3rd. Call Becky Pell Holloway at 970-756-1297 or Kathy Bailey White at 970-629-0356 to RSVP.

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

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