Mule deer are entering their mating season. Bucks are in rut, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind everyone to be careful around deer and especially bucks. They can act aggressively at this time of year, especially towards humans and dogs. And be aware of items in your yard in which bucks with antlers can become entangled, like hammocks, game nets, swings, and hanging lights.
A man from Craig has been found guilty of dealing meth and heroin. The three-day trial for 47-year-old Derek Kettle was in Routt County District Court. A jury found Kettle guilty of drug distribution charges. He was arrested in June of 2018 on a traffic stop on Rabbit Ears Pass. A drug sniffing dog with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office indicated there were drugs in the car. They found over 112 grams of meth and just under an ounce of heroin. Sentencing for Kettle is Jan. 23.
Shadow Mountain Village in Craig has some new winter parking restrictions. There’s no on-street parking in the winter so snow plows can clear the streets. It’s a new resolution unanimously passed by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. The Craig Press reports the new restrictions are in effect now but enforcement won’t start until Dec. 1. Some new signs are being made which will be installed over the next few weeks. If your car is left on the street overnight in Shadow Mountain Village, you can get a ticket, and a fine, and maybe your car could get towed.
Voting results are in. They are unofficial, but we can give you a good idea of what passed since Moffat County is reporting 99 percent of ballots have been counted.
Your ballot is due today. You’ll have to drop it off before 7 p.m. tonight. It’s too late to mail it. In Moffat County, ballots are dropped off at the courthouse. As of Sunday, 2,406 have been returned. In Routt County drop off in the secure box behind the county courthouse in downtown Steamboat, or at the town halls in Hayden, Oak Creek, and Yampa. You can drop off at the Clark Store in North Routt County until 5 p.m. tonight.
Funding for the Museum of Northwest Colorado will be the topic at a combined meeting this week with officials from the City of Craig and Moffat County. The meeting is from 9-11 a.m. this Thursday morning in the City Hall Basement conference room on 4th Street. No formal action will be taken. Continue reading
A second person has been arrested for her involvement in the recent robbery at the Bank of Colorado in Craig. 38-year-old Kristy Lynn Carrillo was arrested on a nationwide arrest warrant obtained by the Craig Police Department for her alleged involvement in the bank robbery. Carrillo was arrested in Murray, Utah, on other charges, when Murray Police found out there was a warrant out for her arrest. Right now, she’s being held in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail.
Happy Halloween to the Moffat County community! Trick or Treat Street is tonight downtown Craig. Yampa will be blocked off between Victory Way and 6th Street for trick-or-treaters to visit local businesses. Trick or Treat Street is from 4-6 p.m. tonight, on Halloween.
The next time those three murder suspects will be in court will be next year. William Ellifritz, Brooke Forquer and Skyla Marie Piccolo-Labbs from Craig face three felonies and a misdemeanor, including murder in the first degree. The three are accusing of murdering Elliot Stahl of Steamboat. In Colorado, the maximum penalty for being found guilty of murder in the first degree is the death penalty. The minimum penalty is life in prison without parole. The next court date for the three is January 6-7 in 2020. Until then, they’re being held without bond in the Routt county Jail.
The three Craig residents arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Elliot Stahl of Steamboat have been officially charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor. 26-year-old William Ellifritz, 21-year-old Brooke Forquer, and 23-year-old Skyla Marie Piccolo-Labbs each face one count of murder in the first degree, one count of aggravated robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Those are all felonies. They were also charged with abuse of a corpse which is a misdemeanor. The district attorney’s office says the three defendants are accused of causing the death of Stahl and stealing money, a backpack, and prescription medications from him. It happened on Highway 40, somewhere between Mount Werner Road and Rabbit Ears Pass.
Snow and very cold temperatures will continue through Wednesday. Forecasters expect up to a foot of snow in West Routt County with 18 inches of snow in other parts of the county by Wednesday night. The snow should hit Moffat County late Monday through Tuesday. Temperatures could get down to 13 degrees in Craig so bundle up tonight. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 p.m. for Moffat and Routt Counties. Snow and cold hits hard again Tuesday night, and the overnight temps could be below zero on Wednesday. Halloween should be clear but cold with a high near 30, and a low of one degree at the witching hour.