KRAI News for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

An elderly woman got a ticket from Craig Police after a wreck on Yampa Avenue Monday afternoon. A motorcyclist went to the hospital. Some witnesses at the scene helped the man, who was bleeding from a head injury. Then first responders arrived from Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriffs, and local medical personnel. The 92-year-old woman who got the ticket was Shirley Stehle of Craig. The citation was for careless driving involving serious bodily injury.

Memorial Regional Health of Craig is receiving a federal grant of $1 million to combat opioid addiction. The local hospital is one of 80 rural health organizations in America to receive the grant. It’s a three-year federal program. Focus areas include prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Basin Electric Power cooperative, and the Western Area Power Administration are joining Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service market. It launches in February of 2021, and it will become the market administrator for these and potentially some other utilities in the west. Energy will be centrally dispatched throughout the region every five minutes, from these participants.

A group of kids in Hayden spoke to Hayden Town Council and the School Board. They want the gym and auditorium at the old middle school and high school saved. A new school is being built. Under the terms of the grant, the old middle school and high school have to be demolished unless another public entity purchases and operates the building. Nine kids spoke to council and the school board. An engineering study is being done and costs to operate the facility are being analyzed. It may have to be put to a vote as a tax issue in November of next year.

The fire southwest of Meeker is still at just under 2,600 acres (2,574). It’s the Hunt Fire that started from lightning on Sept. 5, in Rio Blanco County. The cloudy and cool weather last night, with some showers helped firefighters. There are some isolated historic cabins in the area, with dispersed oil and gas facilities. About 105 people are fighting the fire.

The 5th and 6th grade Passport Program with Colorado Ski County USA is ready for kids to sign up. Fifth graders get three free days of skiing or snowboarding at any of the 22 Colorado Ski Country USA areas, including Steamboat and Howelsen Hill. Sixth graders get 88 days for $110, if the pass is purchased before the end of January. Kids can register at

Don’t forget, the Community Children’s Health Fair is this Friday. It’s free for kids from zero to five years’ old. It’s at the LDS Church on 9th Street., Call 970-824-1081 to schedule an appointment.

The Routt County 4-H shotgun team took first place in skeet shooting at the recent state competition in Colorado Springs. It’s the first time a team from Routt County has taken first place. Jayden Kemry also took first place in sporting clays.

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


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