KRAI News for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The building that houses the Classy but Sassy Thrift Shop caught on fire Tuesday. It’s across the highway from the Walmart in Craig. No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire isn’t yet known.

Old cattails are burning in the Oxbow area of Moffat County. It’s a controlled burn on state and Bureau of Land Management land. They burned about 40 acres. Dispatch was notified in case people called about the fire. Now that the old dead cattails are gone, the burn crew expects wildlife and birds to come back to the area to nest.

State legislators representing Northwest Colorado held a town hall in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Monday night. Republican Senator Bob Rankin and Democrat Representative Dylan Roberts talked about bills they’ve sponsored and passed in the 2019 legislative session. Those include House Bill 1030 which created the crime of unlawful electronic sexual communication. It came about from a court case in Moffat County, and a high school coach there. The two also sponsored House Bill 1207, which requires traction devices or adequate winter tires on I-70, from Dotsero to Morrison, from Sept. 1 through May 31. Rankin and Roberts also answered questions for about an hour. About 50 people showed up for the event.

Steamboat Springs City Council is looking at three new taxes, which would help increase the public safety budget. Council is in favor of a 2% tax on marijuana, and a 2% tax on alcohol, as well as a 2-mill property tax. The proposed taxes would raise about $8 million dollars each year, which in turn would help add about 18 new firefighters and emergency medical responders, as well as a new fire station in downtown Steamboat. First reading of the ordinance is expected to come in July, which would be enough time for council to put any new tax proposals on the November ballot.

The Old Timer’s Reunion for the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association is coming up June 1. The theme this year is “Grandma’s Kitchen.” Anyone who is at least 30 years old, lived in the county for more than 30 years, or been enrolled in any Rio Blanco County School may attend. It’s also good for class and family reunions. Doors open at 3 p.m. on the first of June, but organizers are asking that you register by May 18, which is this Saturday. Find out more at The cost is $35 per person.

About 200 riders competed in a motorcycle race in the Sand Wash Basin last weekend. It was part of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit. They also cut the race trails. It took about three years to get the permitting finalized for the race. Bruce Sillitoe is the field manager of the BLM’s Little Snake River field office. He told the Craig Press that he and his agency would like to get more events like the Enduro race to public lands in Moffat County.

Sixteen Moffat County track and field athletes are headed to Jefferson County for the 3A CHSAA State Championships. They start Thursday in Lakewood.

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

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