KRAI News for Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

The historic Swinging Bridge at Browns Park has been officially rededicated, in a ceremony Tuesday. It’s been a four-year process to restore the historic bridge. Back in 2014, a tractor owned by former Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson partially broke the decking on the bridge, when the driver tried to cross. It took a week to get the tractor off the bridge, but the bridge was damaged and impassable. The Craig Press reports that there were 14 federal and state agencies who had to work together to get it done and pay for it, and it cost Moffat County very little.

Someone stole as much as $5,000 dollars from the Run Rabbit Run merchandise tent last weekend in Steamboat Springs. The money was going to be given to local non-profits. Police don’t have any leads.

Firefighters in Craig raised more than $8,000 during the Fill the Boot Campaign in Craig. They filled their firefighter boots with spare change from the community to raise the money, in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The economic feasibility of an off-channel dam and reservoir next to the White River is being questioned. It would be built between Rangely and Meeker, at a cost of $119 to $191 million dollars. There was a meeting in Rangely about it recently. The Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District needs to store water to meet the long-term needs of the area including Rangely. The question is whether energy companies will put up the money to build the dam. The board has also voted to look into an off-channel reservoir on Wolf Creek instead of building the dam. They’re also considering two different sizes of reservoirs.

10,000 pictures, negatives, slides, and contact sheets have been donated from the Steamboat Pilot and Today newspaper to the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The newspaper in Steamboat started in 1885, and is the oldest local business. The museum has hired a professional photo archivist to help with the project.

Update on the fires…

The Boone Draw Fire is now at about 85 percent containment, as the Craig Press reports firefighters have made significant progress. The fire is at 8,610 acres. Of that, 202 acres are within the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area. Firefighters say they’ve seen horses come into the burned area, drink from the springs, and then leave. Some fencing has also burned there. County Roads and BLM lands around the fire are still closed to public entry for firefighter and public safety.

The Ryan Fire has now burned about 2500 acres on the Colorado/Wyoming border in North Routt County, in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Dry, hot, windy weather is expected to continue which is hampering firefighting efforts.

The Silver Creek fire is at 35 percent containment, and has now burned 12,611 acres. Over 420 firefighters are now working the fire, and they are also patrolling the Highway 40 corridor. Resources are limited for the Ryan Fire because the Silver Creek Fire is taking priority for air support.

The community of Hayden is mourning the loss of football and wrestling coach Chad Jones. The 39-year-old died in his home Monday afternoon. Jones also graduated from Hayden High School in 1997 and also won a state wrestling title that year.



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