KRAI News for Friday, July 23

Four fires started along the side of Hwy 40 yesterday, from one vehicle that was dragging something. A total of 40 acres burned on private and BLM land between Maybell and Dinosaur. The highway had to be shut down for a bit. Fire Protection districts responded, along with Moffat County, Rio Blanco, and Rangely, BLM, CDOT, and Colorado State Patrol. Plus there was a single-engine air tanker and a Type 2 helicopter.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Evan Jones, who lives and works in Craig, has received the prestigious Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer Award. It had to do with cases in Moffat and Routt Counties that helped catch multiple poachers in the northwest region. One was an outfitter who was baiting elk and hunting on public land with invalid licenses. Another was an illegal harvest and transport of a mule deer to Mississippi. The third was catching a poacher known as “The Ghost” who was buying fake licenses and harvesting big game in Colorado. Jones was honored at a special ceremony recently in Reno, Nev.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 22, 2021

Traffic picks up throughout Northwest Colorado any time Colorado Department of Transportation closes Glenwood Canyon. Any chance of rain means there’s a chance of mudslides in the canyon so it’s closed. There were five mudslides that had to be cleared from the canyon yesterday. When that happens, traffic is re-routed through Meeker and Craig, Hayden and Steamboat, and on back to I-70. If you see extra traffic on Highway 40, that is why, and you can always check if you need more details on highway and interstate closures. There were also mudslides in Larimer County and in Grand County. Continue reading

KRAI News for Wednesday, July 21, 2021


The Morgan Creek Fire in North Routt County has now burned 5,307 acres. The number of personnel on the fire is now at 405. The wildfire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber and started July 9. The incident report says there will be continued impacts to the Continental Divide Trail and the surrounding trails in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

To the south, the incident report for the Muddy Slide Fire in South Routt says it’s at 70% containment with minimal smoldering.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

COVID numbers for Moffat County this week show 52 active cases in the community. The total since the pandemic began is at 1,275 cases. Four people were hospitalized as of Monday morning at Memorial Regional Health but one was discharged yesterday. The Moffat County Dashboard is reporting 27 residents have died with COVID-19.

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KRAI News for Monday, July 19, 2021

Fire updates…

Fire updates…

The Morgan Creek Fire in North Routt County is still burning about 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs. It has burned 4,443 acres in heavy dead and downed timber. At last count, 395 personnel are on the fire, with the headquarters at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Conditions are expected to be warm and dry today and tomorrow.

Photo courtesy Cass Cairns

The Muddy Slide Fire in South Routt County has burned 4,093 acres and is 70% contained as of Sunday.

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KRAI News for Friday, July 16, 2021

The new topographical map of Moffat County is now on display at the Moffat County Visitor Center. Jennifer Holloway with the Craig Chamber came up with the idea of the map. Brittany Young does marketing for the chamber and also helped with the project.

Young says the map is 4×8’ and it has a very special feature.

The map just arrived Wednesday and was debuted last night at the Diamond Jubilee celebration for the Craig Chamber. It will be permanently on display in the Visitor Center, which is in the 100-year-old Yampa Building in Craig at 775 Yampa Ave.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now saying there are 28 COVID-related deaths in Moffat County. That number with the new death went up yesterday. Moffat County Coroner Jesse Arthurs has confirmed that there is another death in Moffat County, but he does not have official results back yet of the autopsy that was ordered.

Moffat County residents can be vaccinated at Moffat County Public Health on Pershing Street (970-629-4002), at pharmacies in Craig including Walgreens, Walmart, and City Market, at Memorial Regional Health, and through Northwest Colorado Health. Help keep you and your family, and the Moffat County community safe by being vaccinated for COVID.

VACCINATIONS ARE ALWAYS FREE, no matter where you are getting them.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Colorado Vaccination Bus gave 104 COVID-19 vaccinations at Centennial Mall, during their visit last week to Moffat County. More vaccinations were given at Moffat County High School Tuesday, with an emphasis on the students. That’s because the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID is more severe on younger people.

Moffat County residents can still be vaccinated at pharmacies in Craig including Walgreens, Walmart, and City Market, at Memorial Regional Health, and through Northwest Colorado Health. Vaccinations for COVID 19 are always free. 

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KRAI News for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

In this week’s COVID-19 update for Moffat County, there are 47 active cases of COVID in the county right now, for a total of 1,227 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Three people are hospitalized at Memorial Regional Health. 27 Moffat County residents have died because of COVID-19 complications. Those three were not vaccinated according to the Moffat County Coroner. The Moffat County Dashboard is updated by County Commissioners on Mondays.

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KRAI News for Monday, July 12, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is happening at Moffat County High School tomorrow. It’s especially for students, but everyone in the Moffat County community is welcome.

That’s Principal Sarah Hepworth. She says it is especially important for students because of the new Delta variant of COVID.

Regarding the more contagious Delta variant, Memorial Regional Health says, “This strain is proving to be more aggressive and is having a more severe impact on young people.” The CDPHE’s website says there are 86 cases of the Delta variant in the Moffat County community, as of their website on Sunday. Moffat County has the third worst case count of the Delta variant in the state of Colorado, behind Mesa County and El Paso County.

 The clinic at the high school is from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, on the first floor in the commons area. You will need to wear a mask to the vaccination clinic. It’s the Pfizer vaccine, so there will be a second dose at the same time on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The clinic is free; you don’t need insurance. Walk-ins are welcome but there is a link to sign up.

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KRAI News for Friday, July 9, 2021


Memorial Regional Health has released updates on COVID. One is that the Moffat County Coroner has confirmed that a Moffat County resident in their 20s has died from COVID-related complications. Information on whether that person was vaccinated is not being released.

 Hospital officials also say two people were in the COVID unit at the hospital as of Thursday and another one had to be transferred to another facility for a higher level of care over the weekend.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 8, 2021

Moffat County residents are getting vaccinated for COVID. On Tuesday, 45 people showed up to the state’s vaccination bus at Centennial Mall in Craig, and they were vaccinated for COVID-19. Eight more were vaccinated by Moffat County Public Health at the courthouse.

The vaccination bus will be at Centennial Mall in Craig again from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can sign up through the website for the bus, which is Or, just show up. You don’t need insurance. The vaccination is always free. They will take care of you.

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