The Yampa River has probably peaked, but water officials are still debating it. Some think it peaked last Sunday. It hasn’t gone below 2,300 cubic feet per second since June 5. Last weekend’s rain and snow filled the river to 4,190 cfs. As for tubing, commercial outfitters typically rent tubes when the river falls below 700 cfs. Right now, it’s over four times that rate.
The standing water has caused mosquito issues in Moffat County. At least one mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus near the South Beach boat ramp in Craig. Spraying for mosquitos will be next Tuesday and Wednesday in Craig.
Moffat County Weed and Pest will conduct mosquito spraying for the City of Craig and areas around Craig next Tuesday and Wednesday. The spraying will be done in the early morning, or the late evening hours, weather permitting.
The ballot vote for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods Annexation has passed. Beth Melton was Chair of the Yes to Locals’ Housing committee.
About 60 percent of the nearly 4,000 ballots turned in were in favor of the annexation. Local realtor Jon Wade waited at City Hall until the announcement last night.
The annexation incorporates an additional 191 acres west of the current city limits into the city. Brynn Grey Partners plans to build three neighborhoods there, with a total of 450 homes built over the next 16 to 20 years.
Here is Steamboat City Clerk Julie Franklin reading the preliminary numbers for the vote on the West Steamboat Annexation, followed by comments from the Yes to Locals’ Housing Committee.
Two trees fell along Steamboat Blvd. today. Photo by Shannon Lukens.
Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused damaged trees and high waters. The Yampa and Elk Rivers have reached peak flows, but could get higher. No one was evacuated by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, but some horses at Saddle Mountain Ranch were moved to neighboring farms because of flooded pastures. Water reached some cabins at the KOA Campground west of Steamboat Springs. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is offering free sandbags if people need to build a flood barrier around their home.
The new combined law enforcement facility for Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs officially opens this Monday. It’s a $19.3 million dollar collaboration between the two groups. Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s been a long-time coming.
About 80 people will work in the building, including Animal Control and Community Service officers. Local subcontractors were used as much as possible. The Routt County Communications Center will make the move sometime after the 4th of July.
More on the facility: https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSteamboatRadio/videos/389691074982260/
Construction work on bridges in Craig and Hayden is about halfway done. The Colorado Department of Transportation says four bridges are being repaired. Three are along Highway 40. The fourth is the Ranney Street bridge near Loudy-Simpson Park. Work on the bridge in east Hayden is the furthest along, at about 95 percent complete. A link to updates: https://www.codot.gov/projects/bridge-repairs-craig-hayden
A motorcycle crash sent a Craig man to the hospital in Grand Junction. The family has told KRAI that Bruce Keith Brennise is not expected to survive, and they are gathering the family together now. Brennise was on a Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to make a turn on Highway 394. He suffered serious injuries as the motorcycle overturned several times. Brennise was born in Craig and raised in Gunnison. He moved back to Craig in 2016 and has two grown children. He is the son of Loyle and Kathleen Brennise of Craig. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.
Whittle the Wood has wrapped up for its 20th year. Taking the title for the number one whittler for the second year in a row was Ken Braun of Montrose. He created a velociraptor named “Blue.” Braun also won the People’s Choice award and tied for artist’s choice. Braun took home $1,000 in prize money. Matt Ounsworth from Fort Collins was second with an animal totem he named “20 for 20.” Bongo Love and his flowers and hummingbirds was third. He named it, “The Sweet Life.”
A man from Hayden has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The 50-year-old man faces third-degree felony charges of sexually assaulting a child while in a position of trust. The name of the accused man, and the girl, along with her age, are not being released to protect the identity of the victim. The man posted a $2,000 bond at the Routt County Detention Center.
Bongo Love works on his carving. Photo by Shannon Lukens.
Whittle the Wood continues today with 12 carvers competing at Loudy-Simpson Park. Bongo Love is from Boulder via Zimbabwe first carved in Craig and is back for his 12th year.
Yes, he is confident. Love says everyone should learn to whittle the wood.
Bongo and all of the carvers are working on their carvings today and tomorrow. Winners will be named Saturday afternoon, before the Leftover Salmon concert. And remember, dogs are not allowed at Whittle the Wood.
Video of Whittle the Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uXt_smDKUc&feature=youtu.be
A mule deer doe attacked a woman in Craig Wednesday. The 85-year-old woman was walking her dog within city limits. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials think her dog surprised the deer, who had two fawns. The woman was taken to the hospital in Craig with serious injuries. Wildlife officers have captured the doe and her fawns. They say they have to put the animal down to protect public safety. The fawns will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility.