KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Justin Folley’s trial is over. The former Moffat County High School teacher and coach has been found not guilty on all counts, stemming from 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The jury took about 2 ½ hours to reach its unanimous verdict.

A man from Gillette, Wyoming, died Sunday, on Wyoming Highway 59 near Wright, Wyoming. 60-year-old Dale Patterson had a medical emergency and went off the road, after hitting three fences. He was taken to the hospital, but later died because of that medical condition.

Craig City Council meets today. They’ll discuss the 2019 budget, and consider adopting a second and final reading. And there is a proposal to increase water and wastewater rates for the city, and new landfill fees. There will be three chances for the public to speak at tonight’s meeting, which is at 6:30 tonight in council chambers at City Hall.

Moffat County School Board meets at 6:30 Thursday. The board is expected to certify the school district mill levy for 2019.

Ice in the area is getting thick enough for ice fishing, at the State Parks in the Yampa Valley, including Stagecoach Reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says if the ice is four inches thick, then it is strong enough for one person and their gear.  It has to be five inches to support a group. Parks and Wildlife is still saying not to drive on the ice yet, until it’s nine-inches thick. And that’s for a small vehicle. Ice has to be at least a foot thick for a pickup truck or SUV. The safest way to know if the ice is thick enough is to check it yourself. Bank fishing is happening right now at Elkhead State Park between Craig and Hayden.

Snowpack is up in the Yampa and White River Basin, thanks to a lot of early snowfall. As of Friday, snowpack is at 132 percent of average. The measuring station is on Buffalo Pass. Another storm is expected Wednesday.

A 42-year-old Denver man committed suicide at the Vail Pass Rest Area along I-70 last Thursday. It is the 11th recorded suicide in Summit County this year. That number is approaching the record 13 suicides committed in Summit County in 2016, when Summit had one of the highest suicide rates in the United States, and it has consistently been two to three times the national average there. The crisis line in Moffat County is 888-207-4004.

The annual bird count in the Steamboat Springs area is this Saturday. It’s the 13th year that the birds are counted here in the Yampa Valley. It’s organized by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika. If you want to help, meet at the Egg & I at 8 a.m. this Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Golf Card is for sale. For $99, you can get one round of buy-one-get-one free golf at 16 courses within resort towns in the high country and western slope. That includes the Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig, Haymaker in Steamboat Springs, Cedar Ridges in Rangely, and Meeker Golf Course.

Santa Claus will be swinging by the Justin Stokes State Farm Insurance office today at 3:30. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks. The State Farm office is at 690 W. Victory Way.

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

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