The driver of a semi-trailer truck hauling gravel from Craig to Colowyo Mine didn’t make the corner and rolled around noon Wednesday afternoon. The Craig Press reports that the 40-year-old driver wasn’t hurt and he was wearing his seatbelt. Part of the road was closed for a while for clean-up.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners have unanimously approved the county’s draft budget for 2019. It includes sharp cuts to “non-mandated” services, most notably the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County Libraries. Here is Commissioner Ray Beck.
As the draft stands now, the museum will get no more funding. The libraries will be cut by 77 percent.
Both the museum and library are dependent upon Ballot Issue 1A, which voters will decide in November, whether to approve a proposed 2.85 mill levy dedicated solely to the two institutions. Beck says the final adoption of the budget is Dec. 15 but they hope to have it all finalized by Thanksgiving.
Midterm ballots are in the mail. County Clerks across the state started mailing them yesterday, which means Moffat County residents should check their mailboxes. To vote, complete the ballot and mail it in the included envelope. Or drop it off at a Moffat County ballot drop-off location, or vote in person at the Voter Service and Polling Center in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 221 W. Victory Way. Colorado voters can register to vote up until the day of the Nov. 6 election. If you have a state-issued ID, you can register at a polling station or at the Secretary of State’s website at www.GoVoteColorado.com
A 20-year-old and a 17-year-old were both charged and have been arrested for allegedly participating in the sexual assault of a girl earlier this year. Both are being held on separate, cash only bonds, and are set to see the courtroom this week. Many communities are trying to address the election coming up, and remind voters that they don’t have to wait till election day to cast their ballot, as most places have a mail in option. In a letter to Craig the community, the Crag city manager addressed the local governments plan to improve chlorine residuals in its distribution system before twenty-twenty. There was some banter on what effect this will have on the local water rates as well. For a full copy of the letter, pick up a free edition of the Craig Press. The Yampa River reopened to Continue reading
Craig City Council is against Amendment 74. Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution formally opposing the proposed amendment. It would amend the Colorado Constitution, in regard to compensation to landowners in cases of eminent domain or regulatory taking. Council member Chris Nichols said of Amendment 74, “This looks to have been written by attorneys, for attorneys and it’s attorneys that are the only ones that will benefit from this.”
Craig Police are asking for help from the public in finding a suspect that has a warrant out for his arrest. 64-year-old Peter Engel has dual contempt charges related to violation of bail bond conditions for driving under the influence with multiple prior offenses. Engel is 6’3” with brown hair. Call Craig Police if you have any in formation, at 970-824-8111.
The 2019 budget for Moffat County has eliminated funding for the Museum of Northwest Colorado. It has also cut by 77 percent, the funding for Moffat County Libraries. A public hearing to discuss the draft budget is at 2 p.m. this Monday afternoon at the Moffat County courthouse. The fate of both the museum, and the libraries rests solely on Ballot Issue 1A, and whether voters pass it in November. A 2.85 percent mill levy would be dedicated solely to fund the library and the museum. If approved, it could raise about $1.1 million dollars each year.
The Hayden Town Council will discuss its policy on conflicts of interest, at its meeting tonight. Two council members are being paid to do contractual work for the town. Mayor Jim Haskins has been doing the janitorial work at Town Hall since the mid-80s. Ashley McMurray has a contract to manage the town’s website and do their social media. The town council will meet at 7:30 this evening in the Hayden Town Hall.
The cause of death has been released for Hayden wrestling coach Chad Jones. The longtime Hayden resident died from tracheitis, which is a throat infection. The 39-year-old was found dead in his home on Sept. 17. A memorial fund has been set up at Mountain Valley Bank in Hayden, for Chad Jones’ children.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Moffat County could be over as of noon today. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume has asked the Board of County Commissioners to hold a special meeting this morning, to vote on rescinding Stage 1 restrictions on open fires and opening burning in unincorporated areas of Moffat County. Here’s Commissioner Ray Beck.
Beck says he knows conditions have been bad across the state of Colorado, which is why the recent rain is so appreciated.
Commissioners are meeting with Sheriff Hume this morning at 10.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners have passed a resolution saying they formally oppose Proposition 112. It’s an oil and gas setback measure that’s on the November ballot. Commissioner Ray Beck says Proposition 112 would hurt Colorado’s energy sector, adding that Colorado already has some of the toughest rules and regulations governing energy developers. The Craig Press reports that both Democrats and Republicans have announced their opposition to the proposition.
A woman went to the hospital Tuesday, after a two-vehicle crash at the corner of West First and Ranney streets. The crash was between a bobtailed semi-truck and a passenger car. No word on the extent of her injuries. Those responding include Craig Police, Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire Rescue, and emergency services from Memorial Regional Health.