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KRAI News for Friday, June 14, 2019

A man from Hayden has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The 50-year-old man faces third-degree felony charges of sexually assaulting a child while in a position of trust. The name of the accused man, and the girl, along with her age, are not being released to protect the identity of the victim. The man posted a $2,000 bond at the Routt County Detention Center.

Bongo Love works on his carving. Photo by Shannon Lukens.


Whittle the Wood continues today with 12 carvers competing at Loudy-Simpson Park. Bongo Love is from Boulder via Zimbabwe first carved in Craig and is back for his 12th year.

Yes, he is confident. Love says everyone should learn to whittle the wood.

Bongo and all of the carvers are working on their carvings today and tomorrow. Winners will be named Saturday afternoon, before the Leftover Salmon concert. And remember, dogs are not allowed at Whittle the Wood.

Video of Whittle the Wood:

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 13, 2019

A mule deer doe attacked a woman in Craig Wednesday. The 85-year-old woman was walking her dog within city limits. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials think her dog surprised the deer, who had two fawns. The woman was taken to the hospital in Craig with serious injuries. Wildlife officers have captured the doe and her fawns. They say they have to put the animal down to protect public safety. The fawns will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Courtesy Museum of Northwest Colorado

Yampa Building in Craig. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The donation of the Yampa Building to Memorial Regional Health is expected to happen at the next meeting of the Moffat County School District Board. If that happens, the building would be renovated to be used as a for-profit addiction treatment facility. It’s a two-part agreement. The property would be given over for a nominal fee. Then Memorial Regional Health would give the district a 33 percent discount for the next three years of contracted registered nurse and health technician services. The Yampa Building was built back in 1925. The next meeting for the Board of Education is at 4 p.m. next Thursday, June 20. It’s in the library room at CNCC.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Yampa River. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The Yampa River is rushing through Northwest Colorado. It’s flowing higher than it did at any time last year. Steamboat Fire Chief Mel Stewart says the Yampa is at or near its peak for the year. He says to not be on the river unless you are a professional, or with a professional. Also, the water is a lot colder, at around 40 to 47 degrees. Wear a personal flotation device if you are on or near the water and never go out by yourself. Be prepared for weather extremes. Don’t drink alcohol if you’re on or near the river. And watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.

 Staying safe on the river

  • Always wear a personal flotation device on or near the water.
  • Never boat, paddleboard, tube or swim by yourself.
  • Tell someone where you plan to put in and where and when you plan to take out of the river.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to get on or near the river.
  • Be prepared for weather extremes.
  • Watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.
  • Carry and know how to use a first aid kit.
  • If you lose your water craft, let first responders know you’re okay by calling Routt County Communication’s non-emergency number at 970-879-1144 with the location and description of your boat. First responders want to know that you’re okay and that there’s no need for emergency services to respond.

Source: City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County Search and Rescue

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KRAI News for Monday, June 10, 2019

The Yampa River. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan is studying ways to reduce water use in the Colorado River basin. That includes the Yampa River. Three possible actions include storing water in a reservoir upstream of Lake Powell. Next would be cloud seeding. Finally, a voluntary program would temporarily pay farmers to not use their water… the water they have a right to. More:

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KRAI News for Friday, June 7, 2019

Some businesses in downtown Craig are getting the front of their businesses fixed up. It’s part of a new matching grant program. The city’s economic development committee awarded nearly $50,000 to five local businesses. The Craig Press reports that each grant must be matched by the business to be used for the façade or capital improvements.

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KRAI News for Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kyle Hallaran, age 29, from Johnstown and Justin James Davis, age 29 from Loveland, were arrested in connection to the incident.

The two men who stole an Alpine Lumber delivery truck and a bunch of tools from Steamboat Springs, and then led police on a high-speed chase into Grand County, and all the way through Kremmling last November are headed to prison. 29-year-old Justin Davis, and 33-year-old Matthew Woldorf, both of Loveland pleaded guilty to burglary charges in Routt County. Davis also has a charge of motor vehicle theft. He faces a four-year prison sentence. Woldorf was an accomplice and faces 42 months, also in the Colorado Department of Corrections. 29-year-old Kyle Hallaran of Johnstown is also being charged with being involved in the burglary. He has a status conference scheduled for June 27.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The road into Dinosaur National Monument that was covered from a rockslide has reopened. CDot crews worked on clearing the rocks from part of Harpers Corner Road all day Tuesday.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A rock slide closed Harpers Corner Road on Monday, June 3. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

One of the major roads coming into Dinosaur National Monument is closed because of a rock slide. The Craig Press is reporting that a scenic portion of Harpers Corner Road about four miles from the Canyon Visitor’s Center is closed. The Dinosaur Quarry on the Utah side of the monument isn’t affected by the slide. No estimate on when it will reopen.

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KRAI News for Monday, June 3, 2019

The extended drought in Moffat and Routt Counties, and in all of Colorado, is over. For the first time in 19 years, no part of the state is in a drought. That’s according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The rain and snow in May helped statewide. For example 4.26 inches of rain and 9.3 inches of snow fell in May in Steamboat. The snowpack hasn’t yet melted. There is 115 inches of snowpack on Buffalo Pass and 35 inches on Rabbit Ears Pass as of Sunday. The Natural Resource Conservation Service also reports that the Yampa and White River Basin is at 247 percent of its average snow water equivalent as of last Friday. Statewide, Colorado is at 437 percent of average.

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KRAI News for Friday, May 31, 2019

Craig City Council members are working on getting a law written that would allow for a vote that would allow retail marijuana businesses in the city of Craig. It was discussed at the City Council meeting this week. There have to be at least two public readings of any ordinance before it can be placed on the ballot. That means council would have to quickly work out the details by August if it is to be on the November ballot, which would let the voters decide.

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KRAI News for Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tri-State Generation and Transmission says no to an offer by Guzman Energy of Denver to buy and shut down the remaining coal-fired generation station at Craig Station. The Craig Press reports that Guzman Energy made an offer to Tri-State that would lower its costs and provide savings to members. For more from the Craig Press:

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