Kids will be home from school through April 17. Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state of Colorado from March 23, to now April 17. Also, no gatherings are allowed of ten people or more including community, civic, public, religious, sporting events, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, fairs, and any other type of public event.
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Routt County is reporting that a group of international travelers from Australia, who stayed in Steamboat Springs March 10-12, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They visited local establishments and had contact with numerous people. The Routt County website says, “We now assume that community-level transmission of COVID-19 is now occurring in Routt County and proper precautions should remain at the forefront. It is vital that every member and organization in our community practice disease prevention measures. That includes limit contact with others and self-monitor for the illness. Sick people should stay at home. Isolate yourself for ten days from the onset of symptoms. Only call 911 for an emergency that would require life-saving care.
Effects from the Coronavirus, and COVID-19 continue.
You can’t go out to eat. Governor Jared Polis has ordered all bars and restaurants in Colorado to shut down dine-in service. You can still do take-out orders. All large gathering spaces statewide have to close, including theaters, casinos, and gyms. It starts today for the next 30 days. The state health department has issued the orders in an effort to slow down and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado communities.
There are no positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Moffat County.
Memorial Regional Health is screening for the virus. The hospital in Craig is adjusting patient visitor regulations. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. No one under the age of 12 can visit the hospital. Only one visitor at a time, per patient. MRH also won’t allow anyone in the hospital who is showing signs of illness.
All high school spring sports and activities are being suspended at Moffat County High School and at 359 high schools in Colorado, through April 6. It’s to address the concerns and ongoing decisions with the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the spring sports season, with all competitions and practices, speech tournaments, music festivals, and everything else. This comes down from the Commissioner of CHSAA, which is the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has declared Colorado under a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus. There are 16 new cases of the respiratory disease confirmed in Colorado for a total of 33 as of last night. Governor Polis is telling people who might be at high risk not to come up to the high country, because hospitals can easily be overrun by too many patients. Thirteen people are quarantined in Aspen. An employee tested positive at DIA. There are still no reported cases of the virus in Routt or Moffat counties.
The woman charged with being an accomplice in the robbery of the Bank of Colorado along W. Victory Way has pleaded guilty. 38-year-old Kristy Lynn Carrillo was in district court Monday. The robbery was back in September. Carrillo was in the car during the robbery when a man went in and gave a note to the teller, demanding cash. Carrillo spent more than 100 days in jail before making bond. Her guilty plea comes with a deferment request of three years, which means she’ll be on probation for three years. She also told the judge that she has entered an out-patient recovery program.
The Craig woman facing multiple charges in different cases, including concealing death of a baby, is asking for some time. Mikayla Diane Hoppe wants two more weeks to discuss with the public defender the multiple charges and decide on a plea. Hoppe will be back in court next Tuesday afternoon, March 24.
A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Monday on multiple felonies, all related to drugs. A drug-sniffing K-9 dog from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office indicated there were drugs in the car of 44-year-old Alexander Wilson. It happened at a local grocery store. Wilson was arrested and booked into the Routt County Jail. He’s out on a $10,000 bond and will be back in court on March 17.
That pack of wolves in Moffat County has been spotted again, and verified by district wildlife managers. The pack of six to seven wolves was a few miles south of where they were last spotted, which was in the northwest corner of the county. Area residents have reported howling, carcasses and tracks. Wolves are protected. Killing a wolf in Colorado can result in federal charges, including a $100,000 fine and a year in prison, per offense. Report any sightings through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website. Wolf Sighting Form: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/Wolf-Sighting-Form.aspx
Steamboat Resort is getting new terrain on the mountain. Pioneer Ridge will be expanded with 355 acres of new terrain. The advanced/expert terrain will be accessible via the Pony Express lift, which will get 25 new chairs. It’s an increase of 12 percent in total skiable acres, at 3,320 acres, making Steamboat the third largest resort in Colorado. Up from 5th largest. There will be upgrades to snowmaking and the snowcat fleets. Hazie’s restaurant will be remodeled, and employee housing at The Ponds will be expanded. Altogether, Alterra Mountain Company is investing $223 million dollars in capital improvements across its 15 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.
Moffat County officials and staff at Memorial Regional Health are working to educate and prepare residents about the COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Seminars have been held for hospital staff and they’ve been told of the best practices to follow moving forward. Screening procedures are being put in place at the Emergency Room and other clinics. EMS Dispatch knows the questions to ask when residents call in, and then first responders can be given a heads up. MRH is also working closely with the public health departments in Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties.
A rockslide closed Hwy 40 Sunday afternoon, in both directions. It happened in Mount Harris Canyon which is just east of Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Routt County Road and CDOT crews were able to clear the highway and get it re-opened in early evening. They originally thought it would be closed overnight but work crews got it done.
The date has been set for the jury trial for former Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie. It will be Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Jefferson County Court. MacKenzie has pleaded not guilty to three child-sex related crimes. MacKenzie is out on bond.
Nearly 50 percent of Moffat County voters turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Presidential Primary. Bernie Sanders unofficially won the Democratic Primary in Moffat County with 201 votes and was also called the early winner of Colorado on Super Tuesday. In Routt County, Bernie Sanders also earned the most votes, out of just over 9,000 (9,119) ballots casts, according to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office. On the Republican side, President Donald Trump won 96.2 percent of the vote in the unofficial Republican Presidential primary, of ballots cast.
Today is Super Tuesday for the Presidential Primary. You have until 7 p.m. tonight to turn in your ballot to the Moffat County Courthouse.
That’s Moffat County Clerk Tammy Raschke. She wants to remind unaffiliated voters that they can vote on only one ballot, not both that they received. Ballots can be dropped off tonight at the east entrance of the Moffat County Courthouse, or inside the courthouse, at 221 W. Victory Way.