KRAI News for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

 Craig Police would like your help with information of a burglary at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell. The two videos of the burglary are on our Facebook page. The suspect was wearing jeans and a gray hoody. Police were called at 8:48 a.m. Sunday.  So they think it happened late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Cash was what was taken. Call Officer Kennell at Craig Police at 970-824-8111 if you have any information. Video:

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has announced they’ll reduce wholesale rates for utility members by 8% by the end of 2023. It’s part of Tri-State’s Responsible Energy Plan to increase renewable resources and reduce emissions. The plan was announced in January with the goal of leading a clean energy transition for the generation and transmission cooperative industry in Colorado and nationwide. Tri-state plans to retire the Craig Station by 2030, at which point it will no longer produce electricity from coal in Colorado.

The airport in Hayden is getting a new system that will track commercial flights better. The new situational awareness system will cost $250,000. The purchase was approved by the Routt County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. The new system for Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be in place by mid-December, in time for the planes full of skiers to start arriving.

Hayden Town Council meets at 7:30 Thursday night. The budget is on the agenda as is a proclamation to declare October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join Zoom Meeting at

Photo courtesy Lindsey Fisher

The Middle Fork Fire has now burned 19,305 acres. The increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping from a recon flight completed Monday evening. More resources are on hand to help the 146 personnel fighting the fire. Air tankers and helicopters will continue to drop water as weather allows. Please avoid the closure area in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Once again, there are no evacuation or pre-evacuations for Routt County but pre-evacuations are in place for parts of Jackson County.


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is helping out with the Middle Fork Fire. An 11-person team is helping the fire crews as part of a wildfire training program.

The Williams Fork Fire is still burning in Grand County. Last week, someone vandalized the radio repeater site for the fire, which jeopardized the safety of fire crews. It’s under investigation.

A man from Kremmling has been arrested for catching his shed on fire. It happened Friday and the fire was burning next to some houses. 27-year-old Thomas Hill was living in a trailer next to the shed. There was a fire ring in front of it and a campfire, which is what caught the shed on fire, and a car that was inside the shed. Hill is out of jail on bond and back in court Oct. 26. 

The Moffat County Bulldogs are hosting the Englewood Pirates Friday night in football. There has been a change in how to get tickets. There will be a limited number of tickets available for the public, and they can only be purchased at the high school on Thursday. A website was being used but that isn’t working anymore. The athletic department has asked that anyone who wants tickets to the game to please purchase them at Moffat County High School between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets will not be sold at the field on Friday. Immediate family and the students purchased tickets on Tuesday.

The town of Meeker has approved a $5,000 donation for the Skijor USA event to come back to Meeker. The donation would be for prizes for the ski joring contestants. The event would be next year. A draft budget has been approved for the town of Meeker for 2021. The town will have to dip into reserves to balance the budget.

A message From Routt County Public Health…

Wear your mask and remember to social distance; help make COVID stop with you.





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

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