Reports have been coming in of ICE arrests in Steamboat Springs this morning. That’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. People say it happened at 3rd and Oak Street. Roddy Beall is with Integrated Community.
Beall adds typically ICE agents are looking for a specific person with a previous deportation order. But if others are with that person, he says, they could be taken in as well, documented or not.
That man who Hayden police say tried to steal a 4-wheeler in Hayden Saturday, has been arrested. 21-year-old Jack Trapp of West Routt County faces four felony charges. Family members reported seeing Trapp riding away on their 4-wheeler so they went after him. A juvenile shot Trapp with a shotgun full of birdshot pellets. After a hospital visit, Trapp was booked into the Routt County Jail where he has been released on a $10,000 bond. He’ll be in court next Tuesday.
Fire crews in Craig were able to put out a grass fire Wednesday, near the intersection of Moffat County Roads 81 and 174. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from an adjacent lot that was full of stored equipment and piles of lumber. Some of the neighbors jumped in to help. The Craig Press reports that the fire is thought to have been accidentally caused by someone who was welding on a fencing project. No one was hurt.
The landlines are working again in parts of western Colorado, including Routt County. Phone service was disrupted Monday after a CenturyLink fiber cable was cut in the Breckenridge area. Different areas of the Western Slope were affected including Routt County, but not Moffat County. People couldn’t call 911 either, which was cause for concern. You can find the links to sign up for alerts in Moffat County or Routt County at
- Routt County: http://co-routtcounty.civicplus.com/List.aspx
- Moffat County: http://www.emergencyemail.org/add.asp?src=&lc=81080
Landlines in parts of northwest Colorado stopped working Monday. Dispatch in Moffat County says Craig and Moffat County weren’t affected but many areas were, including Routt County. People couldn’t call 911 on a landline. But they could use a cell phone to call 911 or send a text in case of an emergency. If you ever can’t reach 911, you can always go to any fire or police station for assistance. In Craig, that’s at 800 W. 1st Street. In Routt County, that’s at 2025 Shield Drive in west Steamboat Springs.
A man from West Routt County was shot Saturday morning, after allegedly stealing a four-wheeler in Hayden. Hayden Police and Routt County sheriff’s responded to a burglary. A 21-year-old man had reportedly broken into a barn and driven off with the four-wheeler. A juvenile male apparently saw the man drive by on his family’s four-wheeler so he pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun in his truck that he used for hunting. He allegedly felt threatened so he shot the man in self-defense. That man was taken to the hospital. Police are investigating.
Scam Alert. This one is from Yampa Valley Electric Association. Someone is calling people saying they work for Yampa Valley Electric and you have to make a payment with prepaid VISA cards or your power will be shut off. It isn’t true. Don’t do it. If you get a call like this, asking for payment and especially credit card information, ask for their phone number and say you’ll call them right back with your payment. If you need to call Yampa Valley Electric, their number is 970-879-1160.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden will be receiving $2.6 million dollars in grant money. The money will be used to pay for upcoming expansion and improvement projects including building a new terminal. The grants were awarded from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of its Airport Improvement Program.
The 99-year-old Yampa Building won’t be transferred to Memorial Regional Health for a rehabilitation center for substance abuse. It was confirmed at a special meeting on Tuesday with the Memorial Regional Health Board and CEO Andy Daniels, and the three Moffat County Commissioners. There was strong opposition at a Board of Education meeting on June 20. The Providence Recovery Services withdrew its request to use the building, which is at 775 Yampa Avenue in Craig.
Moffat County is preparing to battle mosquitos. They could be bad this year, because of so much standing water. A mosquito was caught near the South Beach Boat Ramp about five miles south of Craig late last month. It tested positive for West Nile Virus. The City of Craig is working with Mountain Air Spray to spray the city for mosquitos. Moffat County Commissioners have given approval to spray more, if needed, since it is because it is a health and safety issue. Kari Ladrow is the public health director for both Moffat and Routt Counties. She says there haven’t been any human cases of West Nile Virus so far this year in the region, but there were 96 last year. And three people died.
Moffat County Weed and Pest will be spraying for mosquitos in and around Maybell this Friday, or this coming Monday, depending on the weather. If you have questions, call 970-824-9184.
A wolf has been spotted in nearby Jackson County, and possibly one in Grand County. Colorado Parks and Wildlife are working to confirm the sightings. If you think you have spotted a wolf, please report it to Parks & Wildlife.
A Steamboat woman spotted a mountain lion on Spring Creek Trail over the weekend. Julia Dordoni was mountain biking when she saw the mountain lion. The local artist called 911. Dispatchers told her to make a lot of noise. About 45 minutes later, a police officer arrived to walk her out. Mountain lions are most active early in the morning or late in the evening. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends to carry a light, noisemakers and pepper spray if you’re in the woods.
From the Steamboat Pilot and Today:
What to do if you encounter a mountain lion
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to know whenever you see a mountain lion or notice lion-like activity close to a town, or if a human action causes a change in what the lion is doing.
You can report a mountain lion by contacting Parks and Wildlife’s Steamboat office at 970-870-2197. After 5 p.m. or on the weekends, you can report it by calling Routt County Communications’ non-emergency line at 970-879-1110.
If you do encounter a lion, the agency recommends taking the following steps:
- Go in groups when you walk or hike in mountain lion country and make plenty of noise to reduce your chances of surprising a lion. A sturdy walking stick is a good idea; it can be used to ward off a lion. Make sure children are close to you and within your sight at all times. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
- Do not approach a lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
- Stay calm when you come upon a lion. Talk calmly and firmly to it. Move slowly.
- Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.
- Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up, so they won’t panic and run.
- If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion.
- Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and their bare hands successfully. Remain standing or try to get back up.
A couple from Cody, Wyoming died over the weekend. Timothy and Stacey Zeller were on a motorcycle near milepost 121 on Wyoming Highway 120 north of Cody, when Zeller tried to pass. There wasn’t enough space and the motorcycle collided with another car coming in the opposite direction. Both people on the motorcycle died. The driver of the other car wasn’t hurt, but his passenger did have some injuries and was taken to the hospital. 83 people have died on Wyoming’s roadways so far this year, compared to 49 at this time last year.
Arrest warrants have been issued for four men who were caught transporting roosters across state lines, and through Summit County earlier this year. The birds were allegedly being raised for cockfighting which is outlawed in every state. The birds were taken to the Summit County Animal Shelter, where they stayed for about three weeks, but they eventually were euthanized last month.
Mules have been carrying about 2,000 rare cutthroat trout up Cottonwood Creek to restore the trout to the mountain stream. That’s near Westcliffe, south of Salida.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say the trout contain genetic markers from the Hayden Creek cutthroat trout that were rescued in the Hayden Pass Fire in 2016.
The genetic markings match museum specimens collected by early explorers back in 1889, from Twin Lakes near Leadville. Those specimens are now at the Smithsonian.
Chevron has made a $25,000 donation to Colorado Northwestern Community College. The money will be used to support scholarships, especially those related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice is Aug. 3. It’s hosted by Northwest Colorado Health, and it’s held during the Moffat County Balloon Festival. Tickets are $10 per duck. Purchase tickets online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky or at Northwest Colorado Health locations, Yampa Valley Bank or the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the event.
One lane of westbound I-70 will be closed today through part of Friday, about one mile west of Vail. C-Dot is cleaning the ditches along the highway there. I-70 Westbound near the tunnel is closed from 11 p.m. tonight to six tomorrow morning. It’s closed in the other direction Wednesday night. Traffic will be rerouted over Loveland Pass. Find out more at www.cotrip.org.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.
Three residents of Craig have been arrested on drug charges. 35-year-old Dominic Colangelo II, 28-year-old Beaux Turner, and 23-year-old Tori Cook were arrested July 3, when there was a search at 919 Sequoia Avenue in Moffat County. All three were charged with different drug charges that have to do with possession and intent to distribute. Tori Cook has bonded out. Turner and Colangelo are still in the Moffat County Jail.
4th of July was a night full of fireworks in Craig and Steamboat Springs.
That’s Winnie DelliQuadri, who organized the fireworks show for the City of Steamboat Springs. It has been three years since Steamboat had fireworks because of fire danger.
Craig’s Fourth of July parade was hosted by local veterans. Moffat County residents and businesses, and groups entertained the crowd Thursday along Victory Way.
Don’t go tubing today. The Yampa River is still too high with icy cold snowmelt. The high flows on the river have delayed the tubing season this year. The river was flowing at about 2,000 cubic feet per second as of Wednesday in Steamboat, which is nearly three times higher than a safe level for tubing. Commercial outfitters typically rent out tubes when the river falls below 700 cfs. Also, the temperature of the water is about 54 degrees. Parks and Rec officials are saying to keep an eye on your pets and your children, and just don’t go near the river right now.