C-DOT PREPARED FOR WINTER IN NORTHWEST COLORADO
Governor Hickenlooper and the National Weather Service have designated this week “Winter Weather Awareness Week” in Colorado. Appropriately, maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the northwest portion of the state are prepared for the impending winter season with an arsenal of tools and equipment to battle the storms. Northwest Colorado has two winter maintenance patrols; one in Craig and one in Kremmling. Altogether, more than 100 maintenance employees are dedicated to plowing and de-icing more than 1,600 lane miles of highway in Craig, Granby, Hayden, Hot Sulfur Springs, Kremmling, Maybell, Meeker, Rabbit Ears Pass, Rangely, Rifle, Skull Creek, Steamboat, Walden, and Yampa. Yesterday, Northwest Colorado received its first significant snowfall. C-DOT has a number of tips on driving safely in the winter:
· Be sure your windshield wiper fluid reservoirs are full as liquid de-icers may stick to your windshield.
· Let the snowplow drivers do their jobs by giving them extra room and don’t pass them on the right.
· Slow down! Even roads that have been treated with liquid de-icers may be slippery.
· Be prepared. Have a scraper, snow brush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, tire chains, water, and nonperishable food in your car.
· Make sure your tires have good tread.
For more information about CDOT’s snow removal plan including equipment and products, visit www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving.
ADVOCATES CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICES TO HOLD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS WALK
Advocates Crisis Support Services is holding a walk tomorrow night to raise awareness about domestic violence. The organization is also bringing awareness to their organization, as they are needing help from the community. The group says their funding is limited, and their facility could use some help. Recently they’ve had to make some upgrades and repairs that have been done by volunteers and the staff’s families. While the Moffat County Commissioners have said they would pitch in some money and man-hours for repairs, there are still things the organization could use. Those include a new phone system, computers, and even counselors. Tomorrow’s walk starts at 6 at the VFW in Craig. Participants will walk along Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, where they’ll hear speeches from survivors of domestic violence and supporters of the organization.
EARLY VOTING NUMBERS UP SIGNIFICANTLY IN COLORADO
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says over 325,000 state residents have already cast their ballots for the upcoming general election. That was as of yesterday morning. The state says 39 percent of those who have voted were republicans, 37 percent were democrats, and 24 percent were unaffiliated. None of the votes will be counted until Election Day. The Secretary of State’s Office will release more numbers tomorrow. The number of early voting ballots turned in at this time during the 2008 presidential election was only 85,000.
OBAMA IN COLORADO
President Barack Obama returned to Colorado yesterday as part of a nearly around-the-clock campaigning tour. The president held an afternoon rally at Denver’s City Park after campaigning in Davenport, Iowa. He attended a campaign rally in Las Vegas featuring a free concert by pop singer Katy Perry last night. Today, he’ll head east to Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Now that the debates are over, krai.com is asking which presidential candidate you support this election year. You’ll find the survey question in the yellow box on the right hand side of this page.
MJK IN CRAIG REOPENS AFTER WEEKEND BURGLARY
MJK Sales Feed and Ace Hardware is back open, after suffering a break-in Sunday night. Police haven’t released any more details about the break-in. It was determined early on that along with damaging a few computers and surveillance equipment, the burglars stole two small safes. The damage was enough to keep the business closed for two days, but the store re-opened yesterday.
CNCC TO HOST HALLOWEEN DANCE SATURDAY
A Halloween dance will be held at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig Saturday night. The dance is open to everyone, kids and adults alike. It will feature a costume contest, music from Total Entertainment, and refreshments. The cost is $4 per person and $6 per couple. It starts at 8 Saturday night, and is expected to run through midnight. Call the college if you have any questions.
DUCKS UNLIMITED WILL HOLD FUNDRAISING BANQUET THIS WEEKEND
The Craig Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold their fundraising banquet this weekend. The group uses the event to recruit new members, as well as raise funds for their projects. Tickets for Saturday night’s event are $35 for singles, and $65 for couples. The price includes the cost of dinner and a Ducks Unlimited membership. Those tickets can be purchased at the Craig Chamber. The banquet starts at 6 Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion. If you need more information, call 629-2380.
In high school sports:
Steamboat plays at Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Little Snake River Valley plays Kaycee in the 1st round of the State Playoffs.
Steamboat is home against Lutheran at 7.
Meeker heads to Hotchkiss at 7.
Moffat County hosts Battle Mountain. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online.
At the district tournament in West Grand:
Hayden plays Vail Mountain at 9, Rangely at 1:30, and Hotchkiss at 4:30.
Meeker plays West Grand at 10:30, Soroco at 1:30, and Paonia at 3.
Rangely also plays Hotchkiss at 10:30 and Vail Mountain at 3.
Soroco plays Paonia at 9, and West Grand at 4:30.