KRAI News for Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In a COVID-19 update, Moffat County doesn’t have any active cases, after eight have been confirmed from 870 tests administered. Grand County has two new cases of the virus since the weekend after 17 total. Routt County has had 63 positive cases with only one still active after 3,030 tests administered.

Mormon Crickets could be having a mass migration right now, in neighboring Rio Blanco County. They’re two inches long, and they’re everywhere, according to Linda Masters with the Rio Blanco County Extension Office.

Masters says the crunchy crickets move in mobs.

There’s not much you can do unless they’re damaging crops, and then you might be able to spray them. Masters has a fact sheet on the migrating Mormon Crickets at the Rio Blanco County Extension Office, if you want more information. Call Linda at 970-985-8739 or email Linda at or Jane Turnburke at the Weed Dept. at

The Bear River Young Life Car Show is Saturday. It’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Yampa Ave. in downtown Craig. Friday night is the free Poker Run at Yampa Valley Bank, and this is also a good time to register for the car show. It’s the 17th year for the annual car show in Craig. There are about 45 cars already pre-registered. Link:

In conjunction with the car show, the West Theater is playing the movie Grease at 7:30 Friday night, and then 4 p.m. in the afternoon on Saturday. If you dress up like those in the movie, like maybe Danny or Sandy, or Rizzo and the Pink Ladies, or maybe Kenickie, Doody, Sonny, or Putzie who are in the T-Birds, you can get in free.

A $500 million dollar solar project has been approved by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. It’s on property owned by the O’Tooles, along the border of Moffat County and Sweetwater County in Wyoming. Commissioners approved a zoning change for the property. The Craig Press reports the zone change goes from agricultural to heavy industrial which means the 1,280 acres can be converted into a solar farm. The project would be constructed in the next few years, and last about 35 years. It would create about 300 local construction jobs, with 15 long-term after completion.

Three mountain lions were killed in Garfield County, after the mountain lions killed three llamas. Colorado Parks and Wildlife tried to trap the mountain lions but they didn’t go in the trap. The Post Independent reports an agent for the landowner came to help and ended up shooting and killing the three mountain lions when they came back to the property. Link to the story:

News from Garfield County, the County Commissioners there have banned all fireworks in Unincorporated Garfield County for the rest of the year. It’s because of high temperatures, high winds, and limited availability of resources to fight an expanding fire.

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


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