KRAI News for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Moffat County Board of Health, of which Moffat County Commissioners are members, met Tuesday. The discussion was regarding two letters. One letter was about the Board of Health and the second was a letter being sent today to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about opening up the Moffat County community. Specifically, commissioners are asking that Moffat County restaurants can be opened at 30 percent capacity before Memorial Day. Here’s Commissioner Ray Beck.

Beck says the letter tells the Governor that Moffat County residents have followed his guidelines. And there haven’t been any positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county for a month. The request to the governor is being sent today.

Full Interview with Commissioner Ray Beck: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/ray-beck-interview

More than half the staff at the Foidel Creek Mine have been or are getting furloughed. Twentymile Coal Company runs the mine off Routt County Road 27 in Oak Creek. About 140 people work at the mine, according to Charlene Murdock, who is the director of U.S. Communications for Peabody Energy, which owns and operates the mine. Furloughed workers are getting benefits, but not pay. The decline is due to the economic slowdown from the COVID-19 outbreak. Regular operations are expected to resume in June.

Triple Crown Baseball teams will not be competing in Steamboat in June. Steamboat Springs City Council discussed the event at their meeting Tuesday night. After hearing a presentation from the parks and rec, and from Triple Crown CEO Keri King, it was confirmed that there will be no Triple Crown games in Steamboat in June. On June 2, Council will make a decision on Triple Crown and on all scheduled sporting events this summer. The proposal now is that games start in July. And the games that were to be played in June, are instead played in August. The general consensus of council was that there is too much uncertainty right now. Councilmember Heather Sloop has concerns about moving the June games to August, right before school starts.

Right now, state rules mandate that no sports teams can congregate. Governor Polis is expected to update that ruling by next Tuesday. Triple Crown has a ten-year contract that expires Aug. 31, 2020.

Moffat County School District will continue to provide sacked lunches and breakfast at all three sites through the end of May, even though this is the last week of school. Those breakfast and lunches are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Ridgeview and Sandrock Elementary Schools, and the Early Childhood Center. Beginning June 1, the Summer Feeding Program will provide the food distribution. Those sites have yet to be determined.

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