You are encouraged to include your opinion in our local on-line survey.  The question is “Which of the following (eight reasons) will most determine how you vote in the state and national election?”  You’ll find the survey in the yellow box directly to the lower-right of this story.  You can also view the survey results to-date.  New survey questions, are posted on a regular basis. If you are reading this on your smart phone you may need to visit KRAI.COM on your computer in order to view and take the survey.

Stay Safe this Hunting Season

Hunting season is underway, and both beginners and old pros are gearing up for adventure. But even the most seasoned hunters don’t know everything about their sport. Hunting can be dangerous, and experts warn that there is such a thing as getting too comfortable with firearms.

“Everyone needs instruction,” says David E. Petzal, co-host of the Outdoor Channel show “The Gun Nuts” and co-author of the new Field & Stream book, The Total Gun Manual: 335 Essential Shooting Skills.  “Admitting what you don’t know is actually one of the most crucial steps toward becoming an expert shooter and a safer hunter.”

With that in mind, Petzal and co-author Phil Bourjaily are providing crucial safety tips to anyone planning to go hunting this season:

• Every time you see a gun, pick one up or point it, assume that it’s loaded and treat it accordingly.

• Make sure your safety is always on and that the barrel is pointing down when you are walking or transporting your gun. When hunting with dogs, be sure the muzzle is level with the ground at the very least and preferably angled up in the air.

• Never shoot at a sound or movement. Be absolutely sure that you’re shooting at an animal and that no people are anywhere near your target.

• Wear at least the required amount of orange so you don’t become another hunter’s target.

• Make sure all animals are dead before strapping them onto your vehicle.

• Wait until your kids are old enough to understand and follow rules before bringing them hunting.

• Never climb a tree or over a fence with a loaded gun.

• Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

• Save those beers until the end of the day, it’s just plain common sense.

• Look well beyond your target before you shoot. High-powered ammunition can travel up to three miles and still be deadly.

• Hunt with a trusted buddy. If you’re alone, make sure that someone knows where you will be and when to expect you back. If you’re hunting with an unsafe shooter, you don’t need an excuse to leave.

• If using a tree stand to hunt, don’t forget to wear a safety belt.

• Be sure all your equipment is working properly and you know how to operate it before hunting.

• Store and transport ammunition separately from guns. Keep everything under lock and key when it’s not in use.

• It doesn’t take much effort to elevate your heart rate into the danger zone. Make sure you exercise regularly for better fitness on your hunt.

Before heading out for your next big hunt, lock and load for your adventure by reviewing life-saving safety rules.


Possible Area Scam Alert

Mainstreet Steamboat encourages area businesses to be on the look out for a possible bogus bill arriving in your mail from a company called UST.  The bill is for “telecom maintenance agreement” and is from a company in LaVerne, CA.  They were alerted by Mahogany Ridge.  The bill they received is for $425  It appears to be for a warranty agreement, not for services performed. Mahogany does not have any sort of telecom maintenance agreement.  Businesses are encouraged ask their employees to be more diligent, including bookkeepers who may write checks for bills received, to be certain that the bill is legitimate before just writing the check.


Get Your Home Ready for Winter

With winter approaching, many Americans miss a few small, but crucial, ways to prepare their homes for the colder season. “Some homeowners occasionally forget to or don’t realize they should winterize their homes. Prepping your home properly for the season could save you the expense of repairing and painting after a harsh winter.  To Hep prepare, here are is some helpful advice:

Check Fireplaces

Make sure you keep fireplace dampers closed to protect against drafts. Leaving a damper open is the equivalent of leaving a window open.

Installing glass panels over the fireplace will also help keep drafts to a minimum and ultimately save you money on heating costs.

Clean the Gutters

During winter, ice can build up in gutters and in order for the ice to melt and drain properly, the drains must be clear. Take time to clean your gutters now to prevent them from clogging or even bursting once colder temperatures set in.

Clear Outdoor Watering Systems

Water trapped in an outdoor faucet or irrigation system can cause a pipe to burst if ice settles inside. Make it part of your winterizing routine to ensure that outdoor plumbing and pipes are clear before the temperatures start to drop. It can be a tricky task, so you may want to bring in a professional to help.

Keep Off the Snow

Keeping your exterior walls clear of snow, especially on homes that have wood siding, could mean the difference between having to do another paint job or replace siding once the snow melts. This water damage can be easily avoided with regular maintenance.

Use Programmable Thermostats

Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to prepare for winter. They are reasonably universal to install and allow you to program temperatures that make sense for your home — such as keeping it cooler during the day when no one is home.

Preparation now can save you time and money later. This season, don’t forget to winterize your home.


It’s Time to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccination

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is urging Coloradans to get their annual flu vaccination. To get immunized for flu, contact your health care provider or visit this link to find a vaccination clinic near you. Many grocery stores and pharmacies also offer these vaccinations, as well as some employers.

Dr. Herlihy said, “When getting your flu vaccine, it’s an excellent time to ask your health provider whether you also should be immunized for pertussis, also called whooping cough. Colorado has seen an epidemic number of whooping cough cases reported, 849 since January.

“We are encouraging adults to ask their doctor about a Tdap vaccination for themselves and to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations. It’s especially important for families with very young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Child care workers also should make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations,” she added

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is available as a shot or a nasal spray. Flu can strike anytime but is most likely to infect people between October and May.

This year’s flu vaccination protects against three strains of influenza: the same strain of 2009 H1N1 that was in last year’s vaccine and two new strains: an H3N2 virus and a B virus. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from flu.

While flu often is treated successfully at home, it is a serious respiratory illness that can result in hospitalization and even death. It is difficult to predict how many persons may become ill from flu during the upcoming flu season, as the timing, severity, and length of the season depends on many factors. During the past three flu seasons in Colorado, flu contributed to an average of 1200 Colorado residents being hospitalized each season. No pediatric deaths due to flu were reported in Colorado residents during the 2011-2012 flu season, but three pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2010-2011 season and 12 pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2009-2010 season. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older.

This year, a new state rule aimed at protecting patients from influenza requires licensed health care facilities to report vaccination rates of their employees. Health care workers can unintentionally pass the flu virus to their patients. The rule requires facilities to reach a threshold of 60 percent of employees vaccinated this year, 75 percent next year, and 90 percent thereafter.


In High School Sports Over The Weekend:
In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.
Little Snake River edged Midwest 40-39
Hayden vs South Park (Canceled)

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).
Little Snake River Valley beat Encampment (25-15, 25-22, 25-20)
Hayden lost to West Grand  (25-19, 25-16, 25-17)
Steamboat defeated Rifle (25-23, 25-19, 25-14)
Soroco vs Meeker
Rangely vs Plateau Valley

In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Aspen 5-0.
Steamboat defeated Glenwood 4-1.


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