News for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020

Hayden Power Plant

Xcel Energy has announced the closing date of the Hayden Station Power Plant is being moved up. Unit 2 closes by the end of 2027, and Unit 1 the following year. It’s in an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 80% in 2030. Xcel says the 75 employees will be managed with attrition, retirement, or they will be retrained.

Moffat County Public Health logo

Moffat County Public Health is staying in the Orange Level on the COVID-19 dial. The County was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Monday afternoon. Routt County has also been allowed to be in the Orange Level, moving down from Red, where restaurants were closed to diners… only take-out.

In Tuesday morning’s update, Moffat County Public Health is reporting another death from COVID. A resident died at a facility outside of the county. That brings the total number of deaths to Moffat County residents now to 23. Moffat County Public Health reports 657 confirmed cases of COVID, which is three more than yesterday. Active cases are now listed as 22, which means that’s the number of people under isolation orders. 611 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Moffat County.

Vaccinations continue in Moffat County. Those 70 and over can sign up to receive a vaccine at the Medical Office Building next to Memorial Regional Health. Call 970-826-2400 to make an appointment.

Those who are first responders or teachers, or who are over 65 can call Moffat County Public Health to schedule a vaccination, at 970-629-4001. The public health office is at 580 Pershing Drive in Craig. The vaccine is free.

Rio Blanco County Public Health is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are 70 years and older, first responders, and frontline essential workers. Vaccinations for those who meet the 1B criteria set by the state are from 2-6 p.m. every Thursday. In Meeker, it’s at the Fairfield Center. In Rangely, you’ll go to Firehouse Training Hall. No appointment is necessary and the vaccines will be available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Rio Blanco County Public Health COVID Hotline is 970-878-7121/
  • Meeker is 970-878-9520
  • Rangely is 970-878-9525

24 unemployment fraud claims have been filed in Routt County. County Attorney Erick Knaus says county officials are investigating how it may have happened, or if there has been a data breach at the county.

Knaus added that he spoke to the Department of Labor and unemployment fraud is rampant nationally. The county discovered it was happening when an employee received a debit card with an unemployment payment that was issued.

Colorado’s newest members of Congress have been sworn in. Democratic U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper begins a six-year term. He replaces Republican Cory Gardner. Republican U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert of Rifle was elected to a two-year term, representing the 3rd Congressional District. Boebert replaces Republican incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez. Boebert is known for always carrying her Glock firearm. The Chief of Police in Washington DC tells the NBC affiliate there that Boebert has to leave her gun at home, and he “plans to reach out to the Congresswoman directly to explain the DC laws.”


Routt County has a new county commissioner today. It’s swearing in day for the former Mayor of Hayden, Tim Redmond. He joins commissioners Tim Corrigan and Beth Melton.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger (lower left) finished his last meeting as a commissioner Monday, after serving in the position for 20 years. He joked that he might listen in anonymously on the Zoom meetings.

Monger added that, “It’s been a pleasure.” Commissioners are working on a celebration for former Commissioner Monger and the details are being finalized.

Moffat County’s two new county commissioners will be sworn in a week from today, on Tuesday, Jan. 12. They are Tony Bohrer and Melody Villard, replacing Ray Beck and Don Cook.


From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. 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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