A dumpster caught fire on the southeast end of Craig Sunday night, at Axis Steel. Hot ashes were thrown into the dumpster, according to Fire Chief KC Hume. Craig Fire Rescue was able to quickly get the fire out.
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Colorado State Patrol will be working high visibility enforcement this Saturday, in the counties of Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand, and Jackson. Troopers are looking for poor driving behaviors, especially of drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Colorado State Patrol wants to remind all residents and visitors to be safe over the Halloween weekend, wear your seatbelt, be aware of changing weather and road conditions, and don’t drink and drive.
Craig Fire Rescue and the Craig Hazmat team jumped into action Wednesday morning. They were contacted by Routt County Emergency Responders, because they were conducting an emergency hazmat drill. It involved fire, police, sheriffs, state troopers, and the hazmat team from Craig. The accident simulation had to do with a sulfuric acid spill at Highways 131 and 40. John Rockwood is a firefighter, EMT and Hazmat Tech with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. He says they’ve been planning the emergency exercise for most of the year. And the Craig Hazmat team and fire fighters were extremely important to the exercise.
Rockwood says emergency responders have been planning the hazmat drill for most of the year.
It is hunting season, which means a busy time for Search and Rescue, especially in Routt County right now. Monday night, they got a call about a 26-year-old hunter who never showed up back at camp. He ended up spending the night in the woods before he was able to find his way out the next day when searchers arrived. On Tuesday, rescuers had to help a woman who fell on the trail at Fish Creek Falls. They helped her out and she made it to the hospital on her own. Search and Rescue expects more calls right now, especially because it is hunting season.
A $25,000 grant has been awarded to Memorial Regional Health, for the new medical office building that is being built. It’s from the El Pomar Foundation. It’s a program of giving that focuses on education, health, human services, and civic and community initiatives. The foundation at the hospital has now raised $842,000 in the capital campaign to build the new medical office building.
A 55-year-old Alabama man died last week near the Moffat/Rio Blanco county line. Moffat County Search and Rescue along with Classic Air Medical, responded to a call about a man having chest pains, in the Wilson Mesa area. The man was pronounced dead when they arrived.
Hayden residents have been boiling water overnight, having to do it through late this morning. A water main in Hayden broke just after midnight Wednesday night. Residents have been bringing water to a full boil, and then letting it boil for at least five minutes, and then let it cool before making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, or preparing any food. Any discolored water should be allowed to flush through the system. The break happened on South Third Street, and it drained the Hospital Hill storage tank.
The driver of a semi-trailer truck hauling gravel from Craig to Colowyo Mine didn’t make the corner and rolled around noon Wednesday afternoon. The Craig Press reports that the 40-year-old driver wasn’t hurt and he was wearing his seatbelt. Part of the road was closed for a while for clean-up.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners have unanimously approved the county’s draft budget for 2019. It includes sharp cuts to “non-mandated” services, most notably the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County Libraries. Here is Commissioner Ray Beck.
As the draft stands now, the museum will get no more funding. The libraries will be cut by 77 percent.
Both the museum and library are dependent upon Ballot Issue 1A, which voters will decide in November, whether to approve a proposed 2.85 mill levy dedicated solely to the two institutions. Beck says the final adoption of the budget is Dec. 15 but they hope to have it all finalized by Thanksgiving.
Midterm ballots are in the mail. County Clerks across the state started mailing them yesterday, which means Moffat County residents should check their mailboxes. To vote, complete the ballot and mail it in the included envelope. Or drop it off at a Moffat County ballot drop-off location, or vote in person at the Voter Service and Polling Center in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 221 W. Victory Way. Colorado voters can register to vote up until the day of the Nov. 6 election. If you have a state-issued ID, you can register at a polling station or at the Secretary of State’s website at www.GoVoteColorado.com
A 20-year-old and a 17-year-old were both charged and have been arrested for allegedly participating in the sexual assault of a girl earlier this year. Both are being held on separate, cash only bonds, and are set to see the courtroom this week. Many communities are trying to address the election coming up, and remind voters that they don’t have to wait till election day to cast their ballot, as most places have a mail in option. In a letter to Craig the community, the Crag city manager addressed the local governments plan to improve chlorine residuals in its distribution system before twenty-twenty. There was some banter on what effect this will have on the local water rates as well. For a full copy of the letter, pick up a free edition of the Craig Press. The Yampa River reopened to Continue reading
Craig City Council is against Amendment 74. Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution formally opposing the proposed amendment. It would amend the Colorado Constitution, in regard to compensation to landowners in cases of eminent domain or regulatory taking. Council member Chris Nichols said of Amendment 74, “This looks to have been written by attorneys, for attorneys and it’s attorneys that are the only ones that will benefit from this.”