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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 25, 2018

Graduation for Moffat County High School is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Those attending can park at the K-Mart lot and get a free shuttle up to the high school. At the recent Bulldog Pride Assembly, two students won cars. That would be senior Talon Flanders and sophomore Tauren Farquharson. The cars were donated by Victory Motors of Craig and Scott Cook and the team at Cook Chevrolet, Subaru and Ford, of Craig and Steamboat Springs. Many other businesses helped with fixing up the cars. To be in the drawing to win a car, students had to have a 90-percent attendance, and a 3.5 GPA. Or they had to increase their GPA by half a percent. The kids could get extra entries to the drawing if they were involved in two or more activities at the school. Both car dealerships say they will donate cars again next year.

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KRAI News, Weather and Sports for May 24, 2018

Craig Police are looking for Kyle Roberts. He’s 26, and wanted for burglary and contempt of court related to burglary and identity theft charges. He’s also 6’, 4”. If you have any information, call dispatch at 970-824-8111.

It’s the 28th year for the Grand Old West Days, which starts today. Word from organizers is that the Grand Old West Days Parade has been canceled. It was supposed to be this Saturday afternoon. Event organizer Melody Villard says the Downtown Business Association didn’t file the papers with the city in time for the city to prepare for the parade so it had to be canceled.

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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 23, 2018

Those two Native American metal sculptures that have been missing for about two weeks from the KOA Campground in Craig, were more than likely destroyed at the Moffat County landfill. Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong says the new owners of the KOA were cleaning up the property and the décor and they got rid of the statues on a trash dumpster. DeLong thinks the dumpster was then taken to a landfill and everything on it was probably destroyed. The confusion came with new campground owner Chad Hodnefield told Kathy Shea that the sculptures were probably taken, so that her feelings wouldn’t be hurt. Her late husband had made the sculptures. But the sculptures were actually sent to the dump. Hodnefield says he didn’t realize the value of the artwork and he regrets it all happened. The Craig Police Department says no crime was committed and no charges will be filed.

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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 22, 2018

Six employees are retiring from the Moffat County School District. The Board of Education recognized them with cake and congratulations. Those retiring are Facilities Maintenance Director Mike Taylor, after 34 years with the district. Craig Middle School teacher Todd Hildebrandt taught PE for 28 years. Sue Wilson was with food services for 21 years. Administrative Assistant Beth Gilchrist was with Sunset Elementary for 16 years. Paraprofessional Shirley McCarthy served the district for 10 years. Sharon Farquhar taught for 16 years, two of which were in the Moffat County district.

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Two Native American metal sculptures have been mistakenly taken from the KOA Campground in Craig. They were to scale, copper sculptures from late local artist Bernie Rose. Bernie’s widow, Kathy Shea, says the sculptures were given away by the new owners to someone who didn’t realize the value, and that they are property of the State of Colorado Public Art Registry.

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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 18, 2018

Officials are predicting that the Yampa and Elk rivers have likely reached their peak flows for the season. A representative with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center says there is a chance for some rain this weekend, but it Continue reading

KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 17, 2018

The Chief Financial Officer of Memorial Regional Health is retiring. Denise Arola will work through the end of next month. She’ll be replaced by Kelsea Henry, after a nationwide search. She is from Colorado. Henry and her husband will be relocating to Craig.

Graduation for Moffat County High School is a little over a week away. The strains of Pomp and Circumstance will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

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KRAI News, Weather and Sports – May 16, 2018

Update (Wednesday morning): A 16-year old boy who has been missing from Craig is now home with his family. Joshuwa Clark had been gone for about a week, classified as a runaway. The family has just let us know that Josh came home safely late Tuesday night.

A 16-year old boy from Craig, with cognitive disabilities, is missing. Joshuwa Clark has been gone for about a week, and he has been classified as a runaway. Erin Wilson is a friend of the family.

Josh is 5’ tall and 150 pounds, and Hispanic. Please contact Craig Dispatch at 970-824-8111 if you have any information.

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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 15, 2018

A Craig woman has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of her husband. It was a six-day trial, and the jury took seven hours to get to a guilty verdict against 40-year-old Rachel Niemeyer, for killing her husband, 48-year-old Michael Adam Freese. It happened at the Bear Valley Inn in Craig. The couple met and were married in Steamboat. They lived briefly in Oak Creek, and then moved to Craig last fall. Niemeyer says Freese shot himself, while the defense says Niemeyer was frustrated over Freese’s drinking, and failure to provide. Neimeyer is in the Moffat County jail, without bond. Pre-sentencing hearing is July 16.

A bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl in East Orchard Mesa near Grand Junction, was captured and put down. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers set three traps in the area where the girl was attacked, but then saw the bear walking up to a house about a half-mile away. The bear was killed before entering the trap. Officers want to remind the public to avoid bears and other wildlife. Keep trash secure and pet food inside.

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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 14, 2018

Craig Police have arrested 28-year-old Elizabeth Morgan. She was wanted for two charges of contempt of court related to dangerous drugs, fraud and bribery. Morgan was also charged with failing to appear on charges of false reporting and vehicle theft. She is at the Moffat County Jail.



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KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 11, 2018

A man was arrested in Craig after a standoff between local law enforcement. 27-year-old Michael Alan Jones was wanted on several felony warrants in Routt County. Craig Police heard he might be at a house in the 400 block of Fourth Street. They got a team to serve an arrest warrant. Those helping Craig Police were officers from Colorado State Patrol and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Despite not coming out at first, officers were eventually able to get Jones. This was near the Moffat County Fairgrounds. While this was happening, the Moffat County Cattlewomen were hosting Ag Day for the fourth graders. Officers had to ask the teachers, students and volunteers, to stay where they were for about 20 minutes. Jones was taken to the Routt County jail.

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KRAI News, Weather and Sports – May 10, 2018

A new police officer was sworn in at this week’s Craig City Council meeting. Junior Gonzalez is now on the Craig Police force. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, City Council agreed to sign a mutual confidentiality agreement with Mammoth Networks regarding the area’s broadband project. The agreement is intended to protect proprietary information from competitors.

It’s Safety Day Friday for seventh graders at Craig Middle School. The helicopter from Classic Air Medical will be landing on the football field.

That’s Chad Bowdre with Classic Air Medical. The ambulance and fire trucks will also be there along with medical personnel from Memorial Regional Health.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are looking for another person in Frisco, who reached out and touched the leg of a moose. The moose kicked him.  Mike Porras with the agency says Social Media can be a big help.

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