FIRST SNOW WREAKS HAVOC IN NORTHWEST COLORADO
The first snow storm of the season caused a lot of problems in Craig and Steamboat this morning. Power was lost in several areas, taking both KRAI FM and 55 Country off the air for over two hours. Tree branches were strewn out all over various neighborhoods, with police detouring early morning traffic around certain trouble spots. Yampa Valley Electric Crews have been working throughout the day to restore power, but dispatchers wouldn’t say how far they have gotten. Officials with the city of Craig say they will be leaving roll-off containers throughout the city this weekend that people can deposit tree branches into. If you aren’t able to get the branches in your yard to those dumpsters, you can leave them at the edge of your yard, off of the street, and city workers will take them away on Monday.
KRAI/55 COUNTRY GATHERING FOOD FOR DEPLETED FOOD BANK
KRAI and 55 Country have learned that the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig is severely depleted. A call to a food bank organizer yesterday confirmed that the food bank has less than a month’s worth of food left on its shelves. The KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is still 2 months away, and we’re asking people to donate enough to get them through that time period. Donations can be dropped off at the KRAI studios in the Centennial Mall in Craig during regular business hours. The VFW will also hold a food drive for the food bank tomorrow from 10 to 3 in their parking lot. During the drive, they’ll serve free hamburgers to anyone who donates. The Interfaith Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to noon.
GOVERNOR DISCUSSING FLOOD DAMAGE WITH AFFECTED AREAS
Governor John Hickenlooper is meeting with elected officials, community and business leaders to discuss flood damage. The governor was in Evans, Milliken, Loveland and Commerce City yesterday. The damage to state highways alone is about $430 million, officials said, with 200 miles of roads and 50 bridges destroyed. The flooding also caused eight confirmed deaths and damaged or destroyed nearly 1,800 homes. Hickenlooper has decided not to convene a special session of the state Legislature to deal with issues involving Colorado floods. Some issues of concern included laws to address looting and potential fraud, but the governor has decided those issues do not require lawmakers to come back to work before the regular session convenes in January.
LEAP APPLICATIONS TO BE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will start taking applications next month. LEAP is a program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The program period is November 1st through April 30th. Processing LEAP applications takes time, so representatives say you should keep your account current by making a payment towards your heating bill on time to avoid disruption of service. For more information about the program, click here.
CRAIG FIRE/RESCUE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW
Craig Fire/Rescue is inviting the public to an open house tomorrow to show off their new training center. The day will include hamburgers and hot dogs served at noon, demonstrations, and tours of the facility. The open house takes place from 10 to 2 tomorrow on Industrial Avenue, next to the bowling alley.
CAMPAIGNS FOR AND AGAINST POT TAX HEATING UP
With just over a month before Coloradans vote on a proposed 25 percent tax on recreational pot, the campaigns for and against the tax rate are heating up. Many marijuana sellers and growers support the tax on their product when recreational marijuana sales become legal January 1st. But not everyone is happy. Some pot activists say the rate is too high and will keep customers in the black market. Colorado State University economists warn the tax is too low to pay for pot regulation.
COLORADO’S NEWEST SENATORS SWORN IN
Colorado’s newest state senators have officially been sworn in. Last month, voters recalled Senators Angela Giron of Pueblo and John Morse of Colorado Springs over their positions on gun control. Bernie Herpin and George Rivera were elected to take their place. Both took their oath yesterday.
In high school sports:
Soroco fell to Vail Mountain (3-2).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat lost to Battle Mountain (3-2).
Little Snake River Valley is at HEM at 3.
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 7.
Rangely is home against Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker heads to Paonia at 7.
Hayden goes to West Grand at 7.
Moffat County beat Summit 28-21 in a game heard live on KRAI and online at KRAI.COM.
Rangely goes to Vail Mountain at 5:30.
Meeker heads to Hothckiss at 6.
Soroco hosts North Park at 4.
Hayden is home against Plateau Valley at 5:30.
Little Snake River Valley goes to the Greybull invite.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat continues at Regionals in Grand Junction.
Soroco goes to South Park at 1.
Rangely is home against North Park at 2.
Meeker goes to Plateau Valley at 3.
Soroco heads to South Park at 4.
Hayden hosts Paonia at noon.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the Geybull invite.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Basalt at 11 (Postponed)
Steamboat is home against Palisade at 11.
In Cross Country:
Steamboat hosts a meet.
Rangely runs at Aspen.