News for Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Moffat County has had a spike in COVID-19 cases. Moffat County Public Health is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. One is a male in his 20s who tested out of state in late June, but those results have just been reported to Moffat County. The others are two female teenagers, and then three men, in their 20s, 60s, and 70s. Three of the people had reportedly been in close contact with each other. This does not include the Moffat County residents who are associated with the staff cases at The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden. The number of tests administered in Moffat County now is 1,722.

Routt County has administered 6,736 tests, with 125 positive cases.

Routt County employees from Environmental Health and some city staff are visiting businesses and restaurants in Routt County. They want to make sure everyone is complying with all of the public health orders right now. It’s not for enforcement as much as it is for education and support of local businesses. Scott Cowman is the Director of Environmental Health for Routt County.

The mitigation protocol needs to be happening in order for the county to advance to that next phase of Protect Your Neighbors.

Lots of big semi-trucks have been cruising along Highway 40, since the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon caused I-70 to close, in both directions. It was still closed last night and there is no estimated time for it to re-open. Many are being re-routed through Moffat and Routt Counties. Work crews were having to test bridge structure in Glenwood Canyon, and there was some danger from rocks falling because of the fire. Over 1,832 acres have burned. Check with CDOT if you’re headed that way.

Then there’s the Pine Gulch Fire, still burning north of Grand Junction, well into Garfield County Now. It’s at 36,449 acres as of last night.

Photo courtesy Lane Iacovetto.

The Routt County Fair continues in Hayden. The 4H and FFA kids are showing their animals, with only family members in attendance. Masks have to be worn in the livestock barn unless you’re in the arena showing your animal. The Swine Show on Tuesday had three heats of competitors for seniors, intermediate and juniors. The Grand Champion for the swine show is Kimberly Gray, who also won for Grand Champion Sheep.

Grand Champion Reserve for Swine goes to Jaycee May.

Her little sister is Brooke May, who won for the Junior Grand Champion Showmanship. Brooke is headed into 5th grade at North Routt Community Charter School.

Today is the Dog Show in Exhibit Hall. The online auction for the Junior Livestock Show starts tomorrow morning.

And thanks to all who helped clean up the Yampa River on Saturday. 82 people volunteered and collected enough trash to fill up a dumpster. It included 728 cigarette butts. A group of 20 people collected 420 pounds of trash from three sections of the Yampa River near Craig. That was organized by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of the Parrotheads and Good Vibes River Gear.

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