Today is the first day of school for kids in the Moffat County School District. The district is asking that parents do a daily health screening and not send kids to school if they are feeling sick or have a fever of 100.4 or greater. That’s for staff as well. Staff will be wearing a mask all day. Kids in grades 6-12 are also required to wear a mask. Schools in Moffat County have been out for over five months, because of COVID-19. It’s the first time students have been in school in 167 days.
Six people have been arrested just north of Rifle after nearly 16,000 marijuana plants were discovered. The plants were illegally grown and worth more than $7.5 million dollars. The Post Independent reports that the marijuana was discovered on both private and public land northwest of Rifle Gap Reservoir. The six Hispanic males who were arrested will face charges of manufacturing with intent to distribute, and possibly other charges. The Drug Enforcement Agent in charge says the marijuana would have been sold on the black market and money generated would have gone to drug cartels in Mexico.
Water users along the main stretch of the Yampa have to stop using the water right now. Colorado Division of Water Resources have put both the Yampa and Bear Rivers on call. It’s the second time it’s ever been done. The downstream users near Dinosaur National Monument aren’t getting enough water so the users upstream have to limit what they’re using. It’s because of the current drought conditions.
A bear got stuck in a waterline and culvert at Priest Creek Ranch. Ryan Scott and his wife Cregan Ortner manage the ranch. They heard a noise coming from the manhole in front of their house.
They looked and that’s when they saw the big bear, deep in the hole, looking up at them.
They decided to call Colorado Parks and Wildlife who came right out. The bear was tranquilized and then an officer crawled down into the tube to put straps around the bear. A big tractor lifted the bear out to safety. Parks & Wildlife loaded it up and took it away to relocate it. The video is on our website and Facebook page. You’ve got to see this one.
Folks from all over Western Colorado showed up at the old Brown’s Park Schoolhouse Saturday for Wild Bunch Day. The schoolhouse was moved to its current location from Beaver Creek in 1945. Then the old schoolhouse in Sunbeam was attached in 1964. Ellen Simpson still lives in Brown’s Park. She went to the old schoolhouse until 7th grade. She says it was more than just a schoolhouse.
Money was raised Saturday to keep the old Brown’s Park Schoolhouse running. It continues to host Christmas parties and other functions. Many former students who attended the old school were also there.
The western two-thirds of Moffat County is under a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service through Sunday. Critical fire weather conditions and strong winds are expected this weekend. No open fires or outdoor burning as Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect for Moffat and Routt counties.
Moffat County Public Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 in the county. A man in his 50s has tested positive. The total number of cases in Moffat County is 33. No COVID-positive patients are currently hospitalized.
The Moffat County Board of Public Health meets today. County Commissioner Don Cook says the high count of COVID-19 that was three weeks ago was from seven people in the same family. He says other cases are from Moffat County residents who are working in Routt County so public health officials know where those cases are coming from.
The public health meeting is at 9 a.m. today in the Commissioners Room at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions go into effect for Moffat County one minute after midnight tonight, after approval from the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. The vote was unanimous after hearing from Moffat County Fire Chief and Sheriff KC Hume.
The Board of Routt County Commissioners did the same, voting unanimously to move Routt County into Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
No open fires, no campfires, no smoking outside, no tracer rounds used at shooting ranges. Just to make sure everyone knows the rules, Colorado Governor Jared Polis also banned campfires and fireworks across the state of Colorado for the next 30 days as well.
Federal officials are saying that 100 percent of Colorado is abnormally dry this month, or under drought conditions for the first time in eight years.
Pine Gulch Fire courtesy inciweb.
Pine Gulch Fire – 86,120 or 134 square miles. More than 800 people are trying to stop the fire which is still 7 percent contained. It’s burning 18 miles north of Grand Junction in Garfield and Mesa counties. Soon to become the third largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history.
Grizzly Creek Fire – 25,007 or about 40 square miles; 0% contained. I-70 is still closed in both directions. 647 people are fighting the fire.
Williams Fork Fire – 6,345 acres, or about 9.9 square miles and 1% contained. It’s burning about seven miles southwest of Fraser in a remote area with intensive beetle kill from the early 2000s. This fire was not started by lightning. Investigators are saying it was sparked by humans, they don’t’ know who or how yet.
Cameron Peak Fire – 13,305 acres or 20.8 square miles. It’s burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in heavy timber and rugged terrain. Highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon is closed due to heavy traffic from fire crews accessing the area. About 298 people are working the fire.
Rifle Fish Hatchery fire burned three acres Sunday night but was fully in control by Monday morning. Firefighters have been monitoring the hot spots and the hatchery is still closed.
The Craig Police Department has released information to local media on a Sexually Violent Predator moving to Craig. They’ve asked that the public be notified. 46-year-old Melvin J. Rowton is moving to 555 1st Avenue in Craig. He is required to register with local law enforcement and then re-register every 90 days for life. Questions can be directed to Detective Sergeant Cameron at Craig Police. The full notification is on the KRAI Facebook page.