KRAI News for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

A small pickup truck crashed into a ditch Tuesday afternoon, off Colorado Highway 13, north of Craig. Emergency medical personnel from Memorial Regional Health treated the driver at the scene. Craig Police is investigating.

Yampa Avenue is getting a new business in 2019. Yampa Valley Brewing Company of Hayden is opening the Barrel Cathedral at 576 Yampa Ave. The Craig Press reports that the new brewers are in Craig from Durango, where they’ll join the Yampa Valley Brewing Company to make a new 3-percent, low-alcohol Belgian-style table beer. There will be a fire pit, and a 12-foot garage door that gives access to a patio on the south side of the building. The Barrel Cathedral should be ready to go by next spring.

Trick or Treat Street is from 4-6 p.m. tonight, on Yampa Avenue between 6th Street and East Victory Way. Look for lots of Twix bars. It’s Colorado’s favorite Halloween candy, according to https://www.candystore.com/ Nationally, sweet-tooth consumers are expected to spend $2.6 billion dollars on Halloween candy this year. Also tonight, Victory Motors has Trunk-or-Treat from 4-7. You can bring your pets to that one. The Haunted House at Centennial Mall is from 6-10 p.m. And the cheerleaders have their haunted house from 7-10 p.m. at Bulldog Storage on 4th Street.

Tonight in Rangely for Halloween, residents at Eagle Crest Assisted Living will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. And the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints has trunk-or-treating at 7, and the New Creation Church has truck-or-treat from 6-8 p.m.

In Rangely, the Student Council at the high school recently held a blood drive in conjunction with St. Mary’s Hospital. Twenty-two volunteers donated blood.

Moffat County Commissioners are changing their health insurance provider, from UMR/Berkshire to Anthem, which is a new offering in Moffat County. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of Jesse Schroeder to be the county’s new weed and pest manager. He’ll start his new job Dec. 17.

Craig Mayor John Ponikvar will soon be chairing the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee. It’s a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides services and resources to assist municipal officials in managing their governments and serving the cities and towns of Colorado.

Turn in that ballot. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is telling voters to use a 24-hour drop box, instead of mailing in the ballot, since postmarks don’t count. That dropbox is on the east side doors of the Moffat County Courthouse. As of Tuesday, 1,696 voters in Moffat County had cast ballots. 215 are registered Democrats, 1,075 are registered Republicans, and 406 are unaffiliated or registered with another party.

Forest officials are now taking a look at the damage the Silver Creek Fire did, in Routt National Forest. 20,120 acres burned southeast of Steamboat Springs. Only three percent has classified as a high burn severity. That’s 504 acres. 35-percent was moderately burned. Then 37 percent of the fire area didn’t burn at all. Some fields were untouched. Grand County Emergency manager Christian Hornbaker says the concern now is about potential flooding next spring. One of the benefits, is that the fire cleared out sections of dead and dying timber. The fire is completely out, and the cost to fight it was just over 28-million dollars.

A federal trial has started in Denver regarding property values and marijuana. A jury will decide if a couple who has a cannabis business hurts the property value of their neighbors. The marijuana industry is closely watching because the jury will consider a lawsuit that uses federal anti-racketeering laws to target cannabis companies.

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

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