KRAI News for Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Two people were shot at the West Kum & Go in Craig Monday night. Here’s Craig Police Chief Mike Cochran.

The two Craig residents were in their vehicle in the gravel parking lot just south of the Kum & Go on W. Victory Way. They were treated at Memorial Regional Health and released. Craig Police would like your help on who did it. If you have any knowledge of the incident or any information that you feel may be important to the case, please contact Craig Police detectives at 970-826-2360.

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The West Fire up in Northwest Moffat County has now grown to over 3,100 acres. It has crossed over the Colorado state line into southwest Wyoming. Two Hotshot crews, 11 engines, two helicopters and approximately 120 firefighters are providing fire support. A Type II Incident Management Team is expected to assume responsibility starting today.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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The West Fire up in Northwest Moffat County has now burned 2,403 acres. It’s in an area with heavy lodgepole pine. No structures are in danger right now according to Chris Maestas who is with the Northwest District of the Bureau of Land Management.

Maestes says firefighters are on the ground and in the air.

The West Fire is about 100 miles northwest of Craig. It was started by lightning on Sunday and it is zero percent contained right now.

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KRAI News for Monday, June 21, 2021

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Fire updates… a fire started Sunday on Middle Mountain in the northwest corner of Moffat County. It’s being called the “West Fire.” It’s on Bureau of Land Management and State Trust Lands. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office says it’s burning in heavy lodge pole pine timbers.

A small fire started in Hayden near Harvest Drive Sunday afternoon. West Routt Fire District firefighters were able to get the grass fire out despite some high winds.

Photo courtesy Joey Andrew

Over 100 acres have burned south of Stagecoach towards Gore Pass in Routt County. Firefighters from Yampa were fighting the fire with multiple forest service crews. Oak Creek Fire Rescue sent five engines to the Stagecoach side. Firefighters are doing what they can to protect about 40 structures in the area.

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KRAI News for Friday, June 18, 2021

Another resident of Moffat County has died from COVID-19. It happened in the COVID unit at Memorial Regional Health yesterday morning. Like last week, the person who died was in their 60s and was not vaccinated. Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels says this is especially concerning because of the more dangerous Delta variant of COVID, of which there are at least four known cases right now in Moffat County.

This makes 26 deaths of people with COVID-19 in Moffat County. Routt County has had 21 deaths from COVID.

Moffat County had 27 new positive cases of COVID since last Friday.

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 17, 2021

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That wildfire southwest of Craig is still burning. The Collom Fire was 5% contained as of yesterday afternoon. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is updating information on their Facebook page, saying the last count showed 639 acres burning. About 100 firefighters are assigned to the fire which is on property owned by Elk Ridge Mining and Reclamation, Colowyo Mine. The sheriff’s office is investigating how the fire started, but they say a preliminary investigation shows the fire was ignited by activity associated with surface mining operations.

Current Moffat County Fire Restrictions 

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KRAI News for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Collom Fire; photo courtesy KC Hume

A wildfire started last night near Colorado Highway 13, west of Moffat County Road 51 and south of Moffat County Road 32. It’s burning in sage and oak brush. Ground and air resources from the Bureau of Land Management, Craig Fire Protection District, and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Wildland fire crew responded to fight the fire.

Moffat County Commissioners have approved Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the unincorporated areas of Moffat County, on the recommendation from Fire Chief KC Hume. It’s because of the hot weather, the extreme drought conditions, and extremely low fuel moistures that have created a significant threat of prairie and grass fires in most of Moffat County. Rio Blanco County has also entered Stage 1 restrictions, as has Grand and Jackson Counties. Routt County Commissioners will be confirming the fire restrictions today.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are expected to go into effect across Northwest Colorado this week. Fire officials from the counties of Jackson, Grand, Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco, along with federal groups are in agreement after a phone call on Monday, according to the head of Routt County Office of Emergency Management, Mo Demorat.

Now, each county will take their own path to go into Stage 1. In Moffat County, Fire Chief KC Hume is meeting with Moffat County Commissioners today. Stage 1 restrictions means open fires and open burning can only be in permanent fire grates like in campgrounds or picnic grounds or private homes. Fireworks aren’t allowed. There are restrictions around outdoor welding. And smoking outside won’t be allowed.

New COVID numbers were released for Moffat County Monday. Thirty new people have contracted COVID since a week ago, for a total of 1,046 confirmed COVID cases since the pandemic began. Three people are hospitalized and 25 Moffat County residents have died with COVID.

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KRAI News for Monday, June 14, 2021

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Local fire officials are meeting today to discuss the fire danger in Northwest Colorado. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Chuck Cerasoli says to expect fire restrictions soon.

Those meeting to discuss fire restrictions include the fire districts, county officials, forest service, BLM, state officials and more.

The big COVID-19 vaccination bus is in Moffat County this week. Now is the time to get vaccinated. Here is Dr. Matt Grzegozewski. He is the Emergency Department Physician with Memorial Regional Health, where a Moffat County resident with COVID died Tuesday.

25 Moffat County residents have died with COVID.

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KRAI News for Friday, June 11, 2021


A heat wave is headed our way next week. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says it will be unseasonably hot with record-breaking temperatures. Keep cool, and that goes for your pets, too. Never leave kids or pets in an unattended vehicle.

One way to cool off is in the Yampa. The Yampa River is open for tubing. The river has dropped below 700 cubic feet per second.

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 10, 2021

Another COVID-positive resident of Moffat County has died. Memorial Regional Health says the person died in the Emergency Department at the hospital Tuesday. The official cause of death will be confirmed by the Moffat County Coroner. Memorial Regional Health reports that four COVID-positive patients were in the hospital as of yesterday.

Once again, once it’s confirmed by the coroner, the total number of COVID-related deaths in Moffat County will be 25.

At least one Moffat County resident heard about the death and reached out to Moffat County Public Health right away to say they’re ready to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Moffat County’s percentage of fully vaccinated residents is well below the state percentage of those who are vaccinated. Memorial Regional Health says only 30% of the County’s total population has received at least one dose of vaccine compared to the state’s 55%.

You can get vaccinated right now at Moffat County Public Health on Pershing Street, at any local pharmacy in town, including City Market and Walmart, Memorial Regional Health, and Northwest Colorado Health. It’s free.

Vaccination Information

Also, the big vaccination bus is coming into Routt County on Friday for four days starting this Friday, and then into Moffat County next Tuesday, for four days. You can get vaccinated at Centennial Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. A location has yet to be determined for Wednesday. The vax bus will be at Columbine Apartments in Craig from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18, and then at the same time at the Cedar Mountain Mobile Home Park on Saturday, June 19.  It’s free. You don’t need an appointment or health insurance. They will have the Pfizer vaccine for children and adults 12 and over and the Johnson & Johnson one-dose.

Back to more information released from Memorial Regional Health. The percentage of COVID-positive tests is still at just over 22% (22.39). The number of COVID-positive patients admitted to the hospital increased from three one week, to eight last week.

Here’s more from MRH, released Wednesday afternoon:

Moffat County’s rise in positive cases and hospitalizations is consistent with the statewide COVID trends. Dr. Matthew Grzegozewski, Medical Director for the MRH Emergency Department and Craig Rapid Care wants the community to be aware of what is happening in Moffat County. “I am very concerned about this worsening trend for our community.  There is no cure for this virus.  Only prevention.  It is true, for some it can be a mild illness.  But it is also ruthless, and there is no way to tell who it will pick.  We are still watching so many otherwise healthy people requiring hospitalization, developing permanent complications, and yes, dying.  Another patient died here just yesterday.  It isn’t gone, by any means.”

Moffat County’s percentage of fully vaccinated residents is well below the State percentage of vaccinated individuals. Only 30% of the County’s total population has received at least one dose of vaccine compared to the State’s 55%.

“We are asking you, not for any reason other than your welfare and protection: please consider getting a vaccine if you haven’t already.  We are so thankful to all of those who have gotten their COVID vaccine and have made the commitment to protect themselves, their families and our community. You trust us with your care, and the care of your family when you are hurt or injured. Please trust us on this too. This vaccine is safe and effective. There is no other motive for it other than your health and protection, and that of our community,” Grzegozewski said.

Memorial Regional Health is providing both the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine. There is no cost to get the vaccine, and you do not need insurance. For questions or to set up an appointment for a COVID vaccine, please call 970-826-2400.

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That fire 15 miles south of Rangely has grown to 322 acres. It’s called the Dragon Fire. It started from lightning on Tuesday. Fire crews from four agencies including the Bureau of Land Management are fighting the fire.

Photo courtesy Dave Korey

Photo courtA Routt County Road and Bridge semi truck has rolled at Routt County Roads 35 and 41 at Big Valley Drive. Colorado State Patrol says 35-year-old Ross Younglund was taken to the hospital by a co-worker. Younglund had minor injuries, and he did receive a ticket from CSP.

Pictured: F0184, a female gray wolf from Wyoming’s Snake River pack first recorded in Jackson County in 2019 and originally labeled as male. F1084 has been traveling with M2101, collared in February by CPW, for several months.

Wolf pups in a den in Jackson County have been confirmed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week. The sightings included two collared wolves, named John and Jane, with their three pups. But there may be more. CPW Staff is working with landowners in the area to implement practices to minimize the potential for conflict. As a state endangered species, killing a gray wolf in Colorado results in a fine of $100,000, jail time, and a loss of hunting privileges. Harassment of wildlife is also illegal in the state.

Photo courtesy Kally May

Kally May had a surprise with her horses Wednesday morning, on the ranch where she works just outside of Steamboat.

Kally called Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Steamboat.

Kally is doing the right thing by leaving the baby wildlife alone, and waiting for mom to come back, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Pictures are on our website.

Photo courtesy Kally May

Here are the flyers on the upcoming Vax Bus, when it comes to Moffat County next week.

KRAI News for Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the western 2/3rds of Moffat County, and south into Rio Blanco County through Sunday. The National Weather Service says a dry weather system is moving into the Rocky Mountains this weekend and winds will get even stronger on Sunday. Fire weather conditions are critical.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The COVID-19 case count in Moffat County has gone up again this week. There are now 40 active cases in the county, up from 24 the week before. The total number of cases in Moffat County since the pandemic began is at 1,106. That is 38 new cases of COVID since last week at the same time. As a comparison, Routt County has had five new cases in the past week. Two people are in the hospital because of COVID. 24 Moffat County residents have died from COVID.

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