KRAI News for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rockslide on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Photo courtesy CDOT.

The heavy snowy weather across the state has been causing problems on the roads. I-70 was closed in Glenwood Canyon for part of the day Tuesday because of a rock slide. At least ten boulders fell. The highway will be closed intermittently throughout the morning.

 

The heavy snow caused power outages throughout the day, throughout the Yampa Valley. They started early in the morning in South Routt County and continued in Yampa, Lynx Pass, and the Timbers at the foot of Rabbit Ears Pass. An outage on Emerald Mountain knocked most Steamboat Radio stations off the air for much of the afternoon. Power was out in the Fish Creek Falls/Blue Sage area until about 9 p.m. last night. Tammy Strickland with Yampa Valley Electric says about 3,500 people were affected overall. Everything was weather related, because of heavy snow and lots of trees falling on the power lines.

The Old Timer’s Reunion in Rio Blanco County is still Saturday, June 1, but you have some extra time to register. Sign up to go before May 31. The reunion is still at the Freeman Fairfield Community Center in Meeker. This is the 107th year for the Old Timer’s Reunion. It is a community event for the county, and especially good for class reunions and family get-togethers. This year’s Spirit of the Pioneers Award Honoree is Meeker High School Teacher, Ethel Starbuck. She is retired now but for many decades taught typing and composition at the high school. Register for the reunion at www.RBCPioneers.org

The Commuter Challenge starts Monday. The goal is to get the Routt and Moffat communities to use another means of transportation to get to work for the month. Here’s Jaiya Ellis with Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

You can ride bikes, take the bus, carpool or walk. Sign up to compete and win prizes at http://www.yvsc.org/commuter-challenge/

A fawn waits outside a home in Steamboat. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people not to bring in baby animals that you think are abandoned. They probably aren’t. Their mothers are usually feeding very close by. Don’t handle or touch any new baby wildlife or feed them, and don’t put them in your car to take them somewhere that you think is safe. Just leave them alone.

Some Cast and Blast weekends are coming up. It’s part of the Hunter Outreach program offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. They’re for women who want to learn to fly fish and use firearms safely.  The first one is June 1 in the Roaring Fork Valley. Call 970-947-2920. A second one is June 21-23 in a state wildlife area south of Grand Junction. For that one, call 970-375-6708.

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

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