KRAI News for Thursday, March 14, 2019

No school in Moffat County today. Here is superintendent Dave Ulrich.

Ulrich made the decision after conferring with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Moffat County Road and Bridge. Also the Boys and Girls Club is cancelled today.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If you’re headed out of town today, and down to the Front Range, take your time and be careful. They’re getting hit with a big storm with high winds and white out conditions. Travel will be impacted, both on the roads and in the air. Jia  Carroll is with Go Alpine in Steamboat, which takes daily trips to the airport.

But check first. Flights are being canceled at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, and at DIA in Denver so check with your airline if you have flight plans today.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The City of Craig is now a “Sanctuary City” for protecting Second Amendment rights. It has to do with a proposed bill in the Colorado State Legislature, that would let family members or law enforcement ask the court to take away a person’s guns for up to 14 days, if a judge agrees that that person is a threat to himself or others. The Moffat County Board of Commissioners passed a similar resolution last week. The Craig Press reports the city feels the Red Flag Law, as it’s called, is in violation of the Second and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. And the City of Craig will now exercise its local legislative authority to become a Sanctuary City.

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KRAI News for Monday, March 11, 2019

A hazardous weather watch continues for Northwest Colorado, with more precipitation on the way this week. Rain and snow is on the way. Then it will be colder midweek into Thursday. Snowpack is above normal across the state, at 112 percent. Snowpack in the Yampa, White and North Platte basins is at 107 percent of the median. Avalanche danger is also very high in Vail and Summit County. Be aware of spring weather as it is notoriously unpredictable in Colorado. And check the forecast and road conditions if you have to travel.

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KRAI News for Friday, March 8, 2019

Ballots for the April 2 municipal election will be mailed soon. Craig residents will vote for mayor and city council representatives. Six candidates are running for three council seats. About 5,000 Craig residents will be getting those ballots, which can be mailed back or dropped into the ballot box at the Moffat County Courthouse. If you would like to register to vote, go to: GoVoteColorado.com  https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml

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KRAI News for Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gray wolves may no longer be protected across the United States. The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. Those protections were already lifted in the Northern Rockies back in 2011. Gray wolves received endangered specials protection in 1975, when there were only about 1,000 left, and only in northern Minnesota. Now there are more than 5,000 gray wolves mainly in the Western Great Lakes and Northern Rockies regions.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Moffat County is now officially a “Sanctuary County.” It has to do with protecting the rights of the Second Amendment. It came about because a bill has been proposed in Denver that would allow courts to issue temporary extreme risk protection orders and take guns from someone who poses a risk to themselves or others. The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners says no. They’ve passed a resolution saying they won’t support an attempt by Colorado’s Legislature to curb Second Amendment rights in any way.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A bill is making its way through congress that would help better understand, and hopefully stop the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose. U.S. Michael Bennet of Colorado says it’s a critical issue, threatening parts of Colorado’s outdoor economy and way of life. Senator Cory Gardner is also backing the bill. Testing for the disease in deer is mandatory in some parts of Colorado.

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KRAI News for Monday, March 4, 2019

A 2.9 million dollar bridge project starts soon in Hayden and Craig. Two bridges are along Highway 40 in Hayden. Another bridge is along Highway 40 in Craig, and then on Highway 394 in Craig. Water has washed away some of the soil that the bridges rely on for support. New waterproof materials will be added to the structures. There will be some single-lane closures and 10-minute delays. Work on the bridges in Craig will start this month, and run through July. The repairs to the bridges in Hayden will be from July to September.

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KRAI News for Friday, March 1, 2019

Watch for wildlife along Colorado roadways this winter, especially wild horses along Colorado Highway 318. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Officers have found a dead mare, while on patrol in mid-February. It was in the Sand Wash Wild Horse Management area, about 45 miles northwest of Craig. The body of the horse, which was named Kitty Norville, and also Nakoma, was moved off of the roadway. They don’t think the horse was shot, and no one reported an accident with a horse on the road, so they aren’t sure how the horse died. The Craig Press reports that CDOT and the Bureau of Land Management are working on a way to keep the area safer, since horses can be on the highway there.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

A bill being debated by Colorado lawmakers would let courts issue a temporary extreme risk protection order. That means guns could be taken from people who pose a risk to themselves or others. It’s called HB 19-1177. Family members or law enforcement could ask the court to take away someone’s guns for up to 14 days, if that person is thought to be a threat. It’s being called the “red flag” bill. Lawmakers say the proposed bill is a way to report risk before people cause harm. Also, suicide is the leading type of gun death in the United States. Colorado lost 1,175 people to suicide in 2017. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s a good concept but he worries about how to implement it, and about the burden of proof. Ken Constantine owns Elk River Guns in Routt County. He says he would be concerned about upset family members filing a false protection order.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

The cause of death for Frank Yoast has come back. The longtime resident of Craig died of hypothermia. He had been snowmobiling by himself in the backcountry when his snowmobile broke down near Dunckley Pass west of Yampa.

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