BLM to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Rio Blanco County

controlled-burns-300Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning to burn 550 acres of sagebrush in the next couple of weeks if weather and air quality conditions are favorable. The project is about 25 miles southwest of Continue reading

Steamboat Named Tree City…Again

douglas fir treesFor the 24th consecutive year, Steamboat has been named as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. There are four requirements to meet the Foundations standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community Continue reading

Compromise Reached on Program to Provide Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

licenseA compromise to fund a Colorado program granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants is heading to the governor’s desk. The bipartisan agreement partially funds a request from the state Department of Revenue to collect and spend Continue reading

Lawmakers Working on Minimum Wage Proposals

MINIMUM WAGEA Democratic push to raise the minimum wage in Colorado notched an early success yesterday at the Capitol. A House committee approved a bill to allow local governments to set their own minimum wages in excess of the state minimum Continue reading

Lawmakers End Ban on Backyard Rain Barrels

rain barrelThe Colorado House has voted to end Colorado’s only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels. The bill allows homeowners to collect up to 110 gallons in rain barrels. Colorado’s rain-barrel ban is little known and widely flouted, with rain barrels for sale at many home-gardening stores and commonly used by home gardeners. But the Continue reading

House Approves College Medical Facility Requirements

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require colleges and universities to designate a nearby medical facility for students who need sexual assault exams. The bill was prompted by reports that only one Continue reading

Wyoming Fugitive Caught in North Dakota

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A fugitive on the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office most wanted list has been captured in North Dakota. Sheriff Mike Lowell said 24-year old Michael Keeley, wanted for burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft, was arrested this week after investigators assigned to the recently-created Continue reading

Spring Expo Patrons Looked to Buy this Year

Spring-Expo-300The 93.7/102.3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo was a success this year, with thousands showing up to enjoy the show. This year’s visitors seemed more willing to make purchases. That’s according to the vendors, some of which sold out Continue reading

West Slope Airport Gets New Research Center

rifle airportThe Rifle-Garfield County Airport has won a statewide race to land a new research center to find the best ways to fight wildfires from the air. Researchers say they are trying to prevent a wildfire like the one that left 14 firefighters dead on Storm King Mountain in 1994. The Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Continue reading

This Week in the Colorado Legislature

co-state-capitol-300Legislators begin discussions this week on a package of bills aimed at increasing oversight on law enforcement and curbing their powers. In all, legislators are considering nearly a dozen bills on the topic. The first few will be heard Wednesday Continue reading

93.7/102.3 KRAI 55 Country Spring Expo is Today

Spring-Expo-300The 93.7/102.3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo is today. This is the 32nd annual event. Visitors to the Spring Expo will get to see various new products and services from local businesses and non-profit organizations. Several of the Continue reading

Yampa Valley Data Partners Release Fast Facts

YVDPYampa Valley Data Partners has released their latest round of Fast Facts for Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties. Mining held its place as Continue reading