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.
Vaping is the new dangerous trend happening in high schools across the country. Lindsey Simbeye is with Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. She recently gave a presentation to the Board of Education for the Moffat County School District. She says cigarette use is going down but vaping is going up. The Craig Press says vaping uses an electronic device to simulate the feeling of smoking tobacco. It works by heating liquid to generate an aerosol the user then inhales. You have to be 18 years old to vape. 45 percent of high school students across the country have admitted to trying vaping. Simbeye says it is not safe since dangerous toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals go into your body.
Rain is on the way to Northwest Colorado. It’s a hurricane, or rather the remnants of one. Hurricane Rosa is headed for Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Then that storm, and the rain, will hit our part of the state on Tuesday, and continue into Wednesday. If heavier rains come in, there could be some flash flooding, especially in those areas that were burned from the wildfires.
Homecoming festivities are heating up at Moffat County High School. Today is Blue & White Day to support the Bulldogs. The parade starts at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Here’s senior Sambu Shrestha.
The theme is Breakfast Cereals and “A Spoonful of Homecoming.” The parade starts at Craig City Park, and the parade route runs along Victory Way.
Then tailgating at the high school starts at 11 Saturday morning, with food, games and music, followed by the game against Basalt at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and the Homecoming Dance Saturday night.
A herd of 800 wild mustangs have been able to cross the burned areas of the Boone Draw wildfire, to get to water tanks. The water is being brought in daily to the horses, after the spring dried up because of the drought. Now advocates for the horses are worried about the grass that burned in the wildfire.