The ballot vote for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods Annexation has passed. Beth Melton was Chair of the Yes to Locals’ Housing committee.

About 60 percent of the nearly 4,000 ballots turned in were in favor of the annexation. Local realtor Jon Wade waited at City Hall until the announcement last night.

The annexation incorporates an additional 191 acres west of the current city limits into the city. Brynn Grey Partners plans to build three neighborhoods there, with a total of 450 homes built over the next 16 to 20 years.

Here is Steamboat City Clerk Julie Franklin reading the preliminary numbers for the vote on the West Steamboat Annexation, followed by comments from the Yes to Locals’ Housing Committee.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thomas Mannon mug shot


A high-speed chase started at the Kum ‘n Go in Craig over the weekend, and ended in Mesa County. Here’s KRAI’s Vladan Chase on the incident that involved a man from Hayden.

A train derailed in Craig Monday morning. Part of the tracks were shut down. Several cars full of coal tipped over. No one was hurt.

The wet weather and snowy winter means it should be a mild summer wildfire season on the Western Slope. The Glenwood Post Independent says it’s also because of the above-average snowpack. Firefighters and wildlife experts expect a mild fire season, especially at higher elevations.

Ballots for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation election are due by 7 p.m. tonight, and they have to be taken to one of the ballot drop boxes, at either Steamboat Springs City Hall or Routt County Courthouse. Catherine Carson is the Election Judge.

Carson expects to know the outcome of the election sometime around 10 p.m. tonight. City Clerk Julie Franklin will make the announcement at City Hall.

Mind Springs Health has lost its contract to provide emergency crises services with the state of Colorado. The company has a satellite clinics in Craig and Steamboat, Meeker and Rangely, and other towns across the Western Slope. There won’t be any changes to outpatient services, just the emergency services. Rocky Mountain Health Plans will take over responsibilities for crisis services for the entire western slope on July 1.

 If you need help: Crisis services

  • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
  • Text“Talk” to 38255

Shoes are being collected for kids involved with the Meeker International Ecology program. Students are collecting the shoes. They’ll get 40 cents per pound, to raise money to go on a trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2020. Here’s Nancy Richardson, president of the Meeker Arts & Culture Council.

Shoes can be gently worn, used, or new. They can be dropped off at St. James Richards’ Hall, Meeker Drug, the Rec and Park District, and Watts Grocery.

There is a fundraiser in Hayden this Saturday night. It’s for Daniel Sixkiller Harding, who has brain cancer. Money raised will help the family with expenses while he gets treatments in Denver. There will be dinner, a silent auction, music and dancing. It’s from 5-9 p.m. this Saturday at The Haven Community Center. Call Dana Faucett for tickets, at 970-629-0552. Or call Monica Case at 970-734-5221.

Steamboat has been named 2019 Tree City USA again. It’s the 28th consecutive year that the city was awarded the recognition, from the Arbor Day Foundation. To be a Tree City USA, a community has to maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

KRAI News for Monday, June 24, 2019

Two trees fell along Steamboat Blvd. today. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused damaged trees and high waters. The Yampa and Elk Rivers have reached peak flows, but could get higher. No one was evacuated by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, but some horses at Saddle Mountain Ranch were moved to neighboring farms because of flooded pastures. Water reached some cabins at the KOA Campground west of Steamboat Springs. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is offering free sandbags if people need to build a flood barrier around their home.

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KRAI News for Friday, June 21, 2019






The new combined law enforcement facility for Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs officially opens this Monday. It’s a $19.3 million dollar collaboration between the two groups. Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s been a long-time coming.

Here’s Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen.

About 80 people will work in the building, including Animal Control and Community Service officers. Local subcontractors were used as much as possible. The Routt County Communications Center will make the move sometime after the 4th of July.

More on the facility:

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 20, 2019

Construction work on bridges in Craig and Hayden is about halfway done. The Colorado Department of Transportation says four bridges are being repaired. Three are along Highway 40. The fourth is the Ranney Street bridge near Loudy-Simpson Park. Work on the bridge in east Hayden is the furthest along, at about 95 percent complete. A link to updates:

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KRAI News for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A motorcycle crash sent a Craig man to the hospital in Grand Junction. The family has told KRAI that Bruce Keith Brennise is not expected to survive, and they are gathering the family together now. Brennise was on a Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to make a turn on Highway 394. He suffered serious injuries as the motorcycle overturned several times. Brennise was born in Craig and raised in Gunnison. He moved back to Craig in 2016 and has two grown children. He is the son of Loyle and Kathleen Brennise of Craig. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A 26-year-old man from Craig died early Sunday morning. Craig Police were sent to a report of a man down in the 1200 block of Lecuyer  Drive at 1:20 in the morning. Here’s Captain Bill Leonard.

The man’s name has not yet been released by the Moffat County Coroner’s office.

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KRAI News for Monday, June 17, 2019

Whittle the Wood has wrapped up for its 20th year. Taking the title for the number one whittler for the second year in a row was Ken Braun of Montrose. He created a velociraptor named “Blue.” Braun also won the People’s Choice award and tied for artist’s choice. Braun took home $1,000 in prize money. Matt Ounsworth from Fort Collins was second with an animal totem he named “20 for 20.” Bongo Love and his flowers and hummingbirds was third. He named it, “The Sweet Life.”

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KRAI News for Friday, June 14, 2019

A man from Hayden has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The 50-year-old man faces third-degree felony charges of sexually assaulting a child while in a position of trust. The name of the accused man, and the girl, along with her age, are not being released to protect the identity of the victim. The man posted a $2,000 bond at the Routt County Detention Center.

Bongo Love works on his carving. Photo by Shannon Lukens.


Whittle the Wood continues today with 12 carvers competing at Loudy-Simpson Park. Bongo Love is from Boulder via Zimbabwe first carved in Craig and is back for his 12th year.

Yes, he is confident. Love says everyone should learn to whittle the wood.

Bongo and all of the carvers are working on their carvings today and tomorrow. Winners will be named Saturday afternoon, before the Leftover Salmon concert. And remember, dogs are not allowed at Whittle the Wood.

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 13, 2019

A mule deer doe attacked a woman in Craig Wednesday. The 85-year-old woman was walking her dog within city limits. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials think her dog surprised the deer, who had two fawns. The woman was taken to the hospital in Craig with serious injuries. Wildlife officers have captured the doe and her fawns. They say they have to put the animal down to protect public safety. The fawns will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Yampa Building in Craig. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The donation of the Yampa Building to Memorial Regional Health is expected to happen at the next meeting of the Moffat County School District Board. If that happens, the building would be renovated to be used as a for-profit addiction treatment facility. It’s a two-part agreement. The property would be given over for a nominal fee. Then Memorial Regional Health would give the district a 33 percent discount for the next three years of contracted registered nurse and health technician services. The Yampa Building was built back in 1925. The next meeting for the Board of Education is at 4 p.m. next Thursday, June 20. It’s in the library room at CNCC.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Yampa River. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The Yampa River is rushing through Northwest Colorado. It’s flowing higher than it did at any time last year. Steamboat Fire Chief Mel Stewart says the Yampa is at or near its peak for the year. He says to not be on the river unless you are a professional, or with a professional. Also, the water is a lot colder, at around 40 to 47 degrees. Wear a personal flotation device if you are on or near the water and never go out by yourself. Be prepared for weather extremes. Don’t drink alcohol if you’re on or near the river. And watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.

 Staying safe on the river

  • Always wear a personal flotation device on or near the water.
  • Never boat, paddleboard, tube or swim by yourself.
  • Tell someone where you plan to put in and where and when you plan to take out of the river.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to get on or near the river.
  • Be prepared for weather extremes.
  • Watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.
  • Carry and know how to use a first aid kit.
  • If you lose your water craft, let first responders know you’re okay by calling Routt County Communication’s non-emergency number at 970-879-1144 with the location and description of your boat. First responders want to know that you’re okay and that there’s no need for emergency services to respond.

Source: City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County Search and Rescue

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