Be aware of avalanche danger because of this storm. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports an Avalanche Watch for Steamboat and the Flat Tops areas, with very dangerous avalanche conditions expected to continue through this afternoon.
Counterfeit 20 and 100 dollar bills are being passed around in the Craig area, according to Craig Police. Police says some of the bills are missing watermarks, color changing ink, and holographic strips. The bills had distinctive stamped markings, slightly blurry printing, and had a distressed printer paper feel. Some have a Chinese symbol on the back. Craig Police is asking the public to keep an eye out, and if a counterfeit bill is suspected, please contact dispatch at 970-824-8111.
Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong told Craig City Council Tuesday night that it is a difficult time for him. He says it’s because council has been considering consolidating the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s office, and he says he hasn’t been consulted. Councilman Chris Nichols says the city could save $750,000 by getting rid of the Craig Police department. Moffat County could hire 18-21 new sheriffs deputies to police Craig and the rest of Moffat County. At least 50 people went to the meeting. The Craig Press reports that many were Craig police officers and their families. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar says council is only considering the proposal. Council approved continued study of the issue. Continue reading
Craig City Council is meeting late this afternoon. On the agenda is the consideration of consolidation of law enforcement services between Craig Police, and the Moffat County Sheriff’s office. They’ll also discuss funding some $127,000 dollars worth of economic development initiatives. The Craig Press reports that council will also decide whether to fund $62,800 worth of wayfinding infrastructure in Craig. It would help show tourists and other visitors to the city where to go for recreational and historical attractions in Craig.
Tax season is approaching. Craig Police are warning residents to watch out for tax scams. Residents are getting calls from someone who says they work for Social Security, and that the person is wanted for Social Security fraud and they need to provide personal information and make a payment, or they’ll be arrested. Don’t fall for it. Don’t ever give your personal information to someone calling you. No one will threaten you with arrest over the phone. If you think you’re being scammed, call the police.
At least four people were taken to Memorial Regional Health Saturday, after a two-vehicle accident. It happened on Moffat County Road 174 off Highway 40. A blue Dodge SUV was headed west on 174 when it entered the opposite lane and was hit but a four-door sedan headed east. No word on the condition of those taken to the hospital.
Snow in January helped push precipitation above average in the Yampa and White River basins. As of Sunday, it’s at 106 percent of average according a survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Colorado State Representative for Eagle and Routt Counties, Dylan Roberts, hosted a town hall in Steamboat Springs Sunday afternoon. Roberts says the biggest issue he hears about is the cost of health care.
Roberts says he’s working on a bill that would create a public option for health insurance. And he wants to figure out why the cost of health care keeps going up, and how it can be kept under control.
The 73rd annual Kiwanis Play is March 1 and 2. Tickets are now on sale, and available at the Northwest Pawn Shop in Craig. Here’s Justin Kawcak.
The Kiwanis Play raises money for scholarships to go to graduating seniors from Moffat County High School. For more details, call 970-620-1975.
Tim Borden of Steamboat says he’ll be back again next winter. The big world-record-breaking firework that was supposed to fly a mile above Howelsen Hill and explode… didn’t. Something happened and the big boom was a bust… this year. Borden has been planning the big firework for six years. The shell of 2,500 pounds of explosives malfunctioned and wasn’t able to launch out of the mortar.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.
Sales tax numbers are in for the City of Craig. As of December, the city collected a little more than $5.1 million dollars in sales tax last year, which was up by about 43 percent from 2016. The Craig Press reports the city also received about $1.6 million dollars from its share of the countywide sales tax in 2018. That number was also up by about 23 percent from two years before.
A former employee of the Golden Leaf marijuana dispensary in Steamboat Springs has been arrested. Jeffrey Wanserski is charged with three felonies for computer crime, theft, and criminal impersonation. He allegedly inflated his hours for three years, and the owners of the business think it cost them over $62 thousand dollars.
Traffic along Highway 40 in Northwest Colorado has been busier than normal. A rockslide closed I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, in both directions. The detour was 146 extra miles and about three extra hours through Rifle, Craig, Steamboat and on down to Wolcott. Eastbound I-70 should be open and CDOT was trying to keep one lane of westbound I-70 open, but there is a lot of repair work that needs to be done to the road, and bridge wall. Donny Logan of Grand Junction was driving through the rockslide, and was lucky to get out safely. He says he realized what was happening and he put his car in reverse to back up as far and as fast as he could. He then started flagging down other motorists to tell them to stop and watch out.
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center needs car seats, as they have a waiting list for both infant and toddler car seats. The car seats need to have only had one owner, be less than eight years old, and never been in an accident. They’ll also take money, so they can buy new ones. Call 970-824-5204, or drop off car seats at 538 Breeze Street, from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Continue reading
High winds across Northwest Colorado led to power outages for customers of Yampa Valley Electric on Sunday. About 4,000 customers lost power, including Steamboat Radio and KRAI. Power was restored in time for the Super Bowl, which the New England Patriots won, 13-3, over the Los Angeles Rams. Continue reading
The gas pumps at the Maybell General Store up and running. They were taken out by a driver last November. Joe Schminkey with Maybell General Store everything was finalized on the pumps on Tuesday.
Which is exactly what happened last night. So gas and fuel is once again available in Maybell, along Highway 40.
A pickup truck hit a tree in the Craig Cemetery Sunday evening. The Ford F-150 drove through a snowbank and an old wire fence before crashing into a tree. Three adults were in the front seat, and Craig Police report no one appeared to be wearing a seatbelt. They were all taken to the hospital. Police are investigating.