KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

More calls than usual have been coming in for Routt County Search and Rescue during archery season. There have been three calls involving hunters. One man died last week, hunting north of Hayden. Another man was hurt in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness. He was found and helped back to his camp. The third man was a bow hunter. He tripped and fell on an arrow while hunting near Clark. The arrow punctured his knee.

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KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

The Hunt Fire grew over the weekend, to 3,766 acres. But burnout operations have been successful and the area isn’t closed anymore, under orders from the Bureau of Land Management. Containment is at 40 percent. Hot spots are still smoldering and flare-ups can happen within the perimeter. Lightning started the fire on Sept. 5, southwest of Meeker in the valleys north of the Roan Plateau.

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KRAI News for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

A prescribed fire will be burning Saturday, five miles southeast of Greystone, in the Douglas Mountain area. The Bureau of Land Management in the Little Snake Field Office will be conducting the burn on 100 acres of BLM and private lands. Smoke will be visible from Greystone, Highway 318, and possibly Highway 40 on Saturday. The public is being asked to not call 911, if they see smoke from the burn.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

A man died while hunting in Slater Park north of Hayden Wednesday. The 69-year-old man had a medical emergency and was having trouble breathing. Crews from Routt and Moffat County were dispatched to the scene which was in a remote area north of Hayden, also known as California Park. Hunters who were with the man were the ones who called 911. Routt and Moffat County Search and Rescue teams assisted along with Routt and Moffat County Sheriff’s offices, and the Routt County Coroner’s Office. Continue reading

KRAI News for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

An elderly woman got a ticket from Craig Police after a wreck on Yampa Avenue Monday afternoon. A motorcyclist went to the hospital. Some witnesses at the scene helped the man, who was bleeding from a head injury. Then first responders arrived from Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriffs, and local medical personnel. The 92-year-old woman who got the ticket was Shirley Stehle of Craig. The citation was for careless driving involving serious bodily injury.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

A man was taken to Memorial Regional Health Monday afternoon, after a motorcycle accident. The Harley Davidson crashed with another vehicle, and a man was found lying on the sidewalk. The accident was near the intersection of 8th Street and Yampa Ave.

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KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

The Hunt Fire continues to burn in Rio Blanco County. Over 2,300 hundred acres have burned, in a remote area 26 miles southwest of Meeker. It’s burning in an area full of dead trees and thick brush. Two helicopters are working the fire along with firefighters from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and fire engines from the BLM. The Hunt Fire started last Thursday because of lightning.

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KRAI News for Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Robert Dean Evans mug shot.


A Craig man has told police he stole his ex-girlfriend’s journal after they broke up. 51-year-old Robert Dean Evens was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree criminal trespass and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and theft under $50. Evans posted a $2,000 bond and will be in court on Oct. 1.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

Ronald Chovanec Mug shot

Mikayla Hoppe mug shot

















A Craig couple is facing felony charges, that have to do with the alleged theft of some debit and credit cards. 29-year-old Ronald Martin Chovanec and 25-year-old Mikayla Diane Hoppe were both arrested late last month regarding the thefts, which was allegedly from people they were living with.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

State agencies have opened more trust lands to sportsmen, just in time for hunting season. Hunters and anglers will have access to 77,000 more acres, for a total of 480,000 acres of state lands currently open to hunting and fishing from September through February. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to eventually make one million acres of state lands available to sportsmen and women.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept.3, 2019

A fire broke out in the Davis House last night, across the street from the Moffat County Courthouse, in the 500 block of School Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in the apartment building. No one was hurt, and firefighters were able to get two dogs and a litter of kittens out of the building. The fire is under investigation.

Tyler Smercina Mug shot









A Craig man has been arrested for stalking and harassing a former lover. 26-year-old Tyler Scott Smercina faces a felony charge of stalking, and misdemeanor charges of violating a mandatory protection order and a restraining order, and harassment. The Craig Press reports police searched the victim’s phone and found 32 calls and texts, some minutes apart, from Smercina. Smercina is scheduled to be in court at 2 p.m. today.

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KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

The Rocky Mountain Bull Bash had top pro bullriders thrilling the crowd at Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs Sunday night. Colten Fritzlan from Rifle had the winning ride on a bull named Stage Fright.

Second place went to Keenan Hayes from Hayden who rode a bull named Burnout, which had never been defeated before, but has now.

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