A man with a history of attempted murder and domestic violence charges has denied allegations that he assaulted a woman. 32-year-old Dustin Jackson of Craig was in court in Moffat County Tuesday. The charges stem from an arrest last March. There were two times were Jackson allegedly hit and punched, and tried to strangle a woman. Police came to his home again Jan. 14 for similar allegations. Police also found a green leafy substance, a small pipe, some unused hypodermic needles and a firearm. Jackson has been in and out of restraints since in jail. He’ll be back in court Feb. 19.
The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, and the Craig City Clerk have notified city officials that they can’t conduct the city election on April 2. It’s because of a lack of training as required by the Secretary of State’s office, in time for the deadline. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar has met with city officials to discuss options of hiring a contractor to carry out the municipal election, and it is on Council’s agenda at their meeting today. Continue reading
The internet keeps going out in Moffat County, and it’s affecting businesses in Craig. The Craig Press reports that some of these interruptions have lasted more than 24 hours. A spokesperson for Century Link wrote in an email to the Craig Press, “We are aware of reports of network issues in Craig, Colo., and are investigating the matter.”
Paul James and John Ponikvar have handed in their petitions to run for City Council in Craig, in the upcoming municipal election. Two other council seats are still open. The deadline to file for City Council is before the end of business this Monday. If no one files, those elected will have 60 days to appoint two Craig residents to the open seats.
A 38-year-old woman who started a fire that destroyed a trailer home at the Cedar Mountain Trailer Park in Craig in late November, has pleaded guilty. Jessica Kane accepted a plea bargain by admitting she was guilty to a reduced, misdemeanor arson charge. The Craig Press reports she’ll serve six months in jail but will receive credit for 48 days already served.
Moffat County Commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday on an agreement that could mean a new entry way for the Moffat County Courthouse. It would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The memorandum of agreement is with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the CU Denver Colorado Center for Community Development to start on the design and drawings. Then there will be more hearings and meetings to get the actual project going. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume says a single-point entry is a benefit for the public and employees and it helps with security.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like your opinion on how deer and elk herds are managed in Colorado. The agency is developing a new herd management plan for the White River mule deer herd. It is one of the largest in the state. It migrates between Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. It is also developing a new plan for the Gore Pass elk herd, which lives in southern Routt County. A public meeting is at 5:30 Wednesday night at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife office in Steamboat, at 925 Weiss Drive. There is also a meeting in Eagle at the same time, and then another meeting in Kremmling on Jan. 24.
The Moffat County Courthouse is getting an upgrade. County Commissioners will discuss the plans at a special meeting tomorrow, where they’ll also discuss the sale of county hospital property. At the courthouse, a new handicap-compliant entrance will be built, on the entrance facing Victory Way. It should be ready to go by July 25.
The government shutdown may stop construction on the $29 million dollar medical office building in Craig, next to Memorial Regional Health. The shutdown has stopped the flow of construction dollars from a major United States Department of Agriculture loan being used to build the new medical office. The project and cash flow for the project are in jeopardy, plus Memorial Regional Health’s credit could be negatively impacted. That’s according to the hospital’s CEO, Andy Daniels, who says they can probably cover costs for January and February, but not in March.
Craig Police are looking for a man suspected of several crimes. 47-year-old Todd Smith is a white male, about 5’, 10” tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. His picture is on the KRAI Facebook page and website. Police say Smith is wanted for contempt of court for the original charge of dangerous drugs. Police think Smith is still in the Craig area.
Jonathan Alexzander Waugh pled guilty to crimes against his aunt, and he’ll serve 16 years in prison. The Craig Press reports that Waugh was sentenced to 16 years and three years mandatory probation. The sentences will be served consecutively to prior sentences from guilty pleas he made on assault, burglary, and arson out of Mesa County. Waugh was staying with his 70-year-old aunt, Susan Reeves. He assaulted her, and set her house on fire back in June.