News for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Practice starts Thursday for the Moffat County Bulldogs Football team. Teams across the state were given the choice to play in the spring or in the fall, and Athletic Director Jeremy Cheuvront says he and the administration decided to make it happen this fall.

Cheuvront says they have to figure out how to get the players together since the students attend school on different days and they aren’t all there at the same time. CHSAA will let the school know which teams are playing in the fall and then set up a game schedule so Cheuvront thinks the competition will be different this year and there could be more game travel. The game schedule has not yet been set, but the first game is expected to be sometime between Oct. 8-10.

Hayden, Meeker and Soroco High Schools also decided to play this fall. Steamboat Springs High School will wait until the spring.

The Moffat County School District has a board meeting in the cafeteria at 600 Texas Avenue Thursday. It starts at 4 p.m. with an update from Andy Daniels and Memorial Regional Health. There will also be a Curriculum Update and Nutrition Services Audit Report. The new Protect Our Neighbors Phase for Moffat County will be discussed and how it affects the school district. The meeting is also available via Zoom. That link: https://zoom.us/j/94674803861

The Town of Hayden is helping some local businesses affected by COVID-19. Hayden Town Council has approved some grants as part of the Business Impact Assistance Program in Hayden, with funding from the CARES Act provided by the Federal Government. Here’s Town Manager Matthew Mendisco.

The five businesses awarded grant money so far are Wild Goose Granary, One Man Band Barbershop, BLU Environment, Everything Diesel, and Natural Path Botanicals. More Hayden businesses will be awarded grant money next week. The nearly $40,000 dollars is part of a $2.2 million dollar stimulus package Routt County received this summer. Nearly half of it is allocated to local municipalities.

The latest burn total on the Middle Fork Fire is up to 6,187 acres in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Three helicopters are watching for flare-ups as the fire backs down the Middle Fork drainage and ridges to its north and south. 96 personnel are working the fire. Old burn scars to the north and the Continental Divide to the east are offering good natural barriers to limit the fire spread in those directions. There have been no evacuations and there are no pre-evacuation orders in effect. Evacuation notices would be down through the Routt County Sheriff’s Office through Routt County Alerts. Sign up at www.RouttCountyAlerts.com

Dinosaur National Monument in Western Moffat County is making some changes to the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall. The shuttles have been working every day but after this weekend, it will be weekends only for those shuttles. If you’re going to Dinosaur, you’ll also need a reservation and a ticket to avoid overcrowding. Reserve the tickets through Recreation.gov.

This week is Rail Safety Week. Be careful and aware near railroad crossings. Last year, four people were killed and seven injured in 28 vehicle-train crashes in Colorado.

Long-time Hall of Fame Farm Broadcaster Evan Slack has passed away. Slack’s radio career spanned 68 years. The Western Ag Network reports that the longtime broadcaster interviewed thousands of farmers and ranchers during his career, and celebrities like John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and President George H.W. Bush. Evan Slack was 86.

 

 

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