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KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

Be prepared for snowy conditions in Northwest Colorado through the rest of the holiday weekend. That could mean slippery roads, especially on higher mountain passes like Rabbit Ears Pass. Travel shouldn’t be as bad on Sunday and Monday, for those headed home for the holidays.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Oscar Balbuena-Herrara Mug Shot

Craig Police got a report of a man driving a car in the middle of the road, and then sliding off the road, early Sunday morning, at West First Street and Mack Lane. Officers arrested 19-year-old Oscar Balbuena-Herrera for DUI, and illegal possession or consumption by a person under age for alcohol or marijuana, and careless driving. He was released to a sober party. Officer Leonard with Craig Police says dispatch started getting calls eight minutes later, at the Cedar Mountain Trailer Park. Balbuena-Herrera was re-arrested on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, and third-degree assault of a peace officer. He has been released from jail on bond.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

The City of Craig is supporting the “Home Grown” local shopping rebate program. City Council voted unanimously to approve $15,000 to support the Chamber’s program. The city will provide the money to give incentives for spending on goods and products that would generate sales tax. It is similar to a program in Rangely that started in 2010 that has encouraged local shoppers to change their habits. Here’s how it works:

  • Shop at a city sales tax-licensed business in Craig between November 23 and 30th, on qualifying purchases.
  • Keep your receipts.
  • Submit your receipts to the Craig Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 7.
  • Earn $5 in Shop Local Spree Dollars, up to $30 on every $50 spent.
  • Spend those dollars by Dec. 22.
  • Tobacco, pharmaceuticals, gas, or utilities don’t count with the program.

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KRAI News for Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

The new medical office building at Memorial Regional Health has received another $1,000 contribution. This time, it’s from Bob Meckley who owns Tunies & Such. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars, and so far, the foundation has raised $869,000.

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KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

The man charged with assaulting a deputy at the Moffat County Jail may have been trying to initiate himself into a white supremacist prison gang. It’s done by assaulting a deputy. Geoffrey Duzik  is charged with first-degree criminal attempted murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault — all felonies— and obstructing a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor. Duzik is still in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He’ll be in court at 11 a.m. this Tuesday morning.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

A Craig man is facing first-degree attempted murder charges. The Craig Press reports that Geoffrey Duzik of Craig allegedly assaulted a deputy while in the Moffat County Jail for parole violations. Duzik will be in court next Tuesday at 11.

Geoffrey Duzik Mug Shot

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Two longtime Moffat County residents are recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after an 800-pound hay bale fell on them last Thursday. It hit Diane Calim in the head, and then crushed her husband, Tom McCurdy, underneath it. McCurdy happened to have his cell phone and was able to call for help. It has affected the memories of the retired couple, who have been moved into a rehabilitation unit. They’ll be there at least through the week, and maybe longer.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Several Craig residents have reported to police about phone calls where someone threatens to be a deputy, and they threaten the person with a restraining order unless they pay a certain amount of money. These calls are fraudulent and fake, no matter which police or sheriff’s agency they say they are calling from. Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong says to call Craig Police if you get such a call and do not provide personal information over the phone. The number to call for Craig Police is 970-826-2360.

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KRAI News for Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Silver Creek Fire. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

The 2018 wildfire season broke records in Northwest Colorado. The first fire started June 20th, and they lasted through October. 229 fires burned more than 108,000 acres across Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand Counties. That’s according to Colt Mortenson, the fire management officer for the northwest region of the Bureau of Land Management. That amount is nearly double the acres that burned last year, and more than any fire season in the last 20 years. In Moffat County, more than 23,000 acres burned. Most of them were in the Divide Fire north of Craig. Moffat County Road & Bridge provided nearly 2,500 man-hours of firefighting support on 13 fires this summer. 840 of those hours were overtime.

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KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 8, 2018

The mission and vision for Colorado Northwestern Community College has been announced. The mission is, “To enhance people’s lives by providing an accessible, affordable, quality education. The vision: Colorado Northwestern Community College will be the college of choice for students seeking a unique education grounded in the Colorado experience.” The Craig Press reports that CNCC President Ron Granger says the school is centered on the experience the students get in rural Colorado, and especially rural Northwest Colorado.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

You may see smoke, as slash piles will be burned soon, in Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. The local Ranger District offices will be letting people know when those prescribed burns get going. And they will only do it when the weather allows for safe burning.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Taking a look at unofficial election results…

Moffat County voters went against ballot Measure 1A which proposed a mill levy increase to raise money to fund operations of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Both groups face drastic cuts in the 2019 Moffat County budget.

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