A Craig woman was arrested Saturday on a charge of felony theft. 41-year-old Janey DeAnne Blackwell was charged with taking money from one of the 4-H clubs in Moffat County, and transferring it into her personal account. A CSU Extension agent became suspicious and started investigating. An affidavit says Blackwell was at first defensive, when confronted, but then admitted the thefts, and gave back the money she had allegedly stolen. She said her business, PackCenter Shipping was struggling. Blackwell has told police no one else was involved in the alleged thefts. Blackwell has posted bond and she’ll be in court Oct. 8.
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A man has been arrested for the robbery of two banks, in Craig and Rifle. 35-year-old Rudy Anthony Cardenas was arrested in the Denver Metro area, by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. A woman who was with him was also taken into custody. The investigation continues.
The new owners of the West Theater have closed on the property and renovations are underway. Dale and Andrea Camp have partnered with Amy and Victor Updike to own the theater. They’re remodeling the bathrooms, rearranging the snack bar area and adding new heating and air conditioning. The goal is to be open by Nov. 1. The Craig Press reports they hope to redo the seating, but that’s expensive and they’ll have to wait a bit until they can get that done.
A young driver was in a crash Wednesday afternoon near Moffat County High School. The Craig Press reports that the young man was in a Jeep at a friend’s house and was headed back to campus when he lost control of the car when headed downhill. It went off the road and hit a pile of rocks. No one was hurt and law enforcement is investigating.
A bank was robbed in Rifle Tuesday. It happened around 12:30 in the afternoon at the Bank of Colorado on Railroad Avenue. Rifle police say it appears to be an Hispanic male in his late 30s. The FBI is on it as well. If you have any information, call Rifle Dispatch at 970-625-8095.
Craig Police are also aware, since a Bank of Colorado branch in Craig was robbed last week. Here’s Police Captain Bill Leonard.
Call Crimestoppers if you have any tips, at 970-824-3535. You could get a reward.
A boy from Craig was injured Monday after being hit by a car. The accident happened at West Victory Way and Legion Street. Craig Fire/Rescue and emergency crews from Memorial Regional Health responded. The boy had some minor injuries to his lower leg. He didn’t need to go to the hospital.
The Humane Society of Moffat County had a big night of bowling Saturday, to raise money for the organization. About 40 bowlers showed up at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center to play to raise money. The humane society estimates about $5,000 was raised. The Craig Press reports that through the end of the month, the humane society is offering $50 off on all cat and kitten adoption fees, which cover the spaying/neutering and vaccinations of all animals. It’s offered through the Bear Creek Animal Hospital.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has announced the closing of the Nucla Station coal-fired power plant. The Craig Press reports the Nucla Station began operations in 1959 and it has 35 employees. The dismantling of the facility is expected to start during the first half of next year. Tri-State is providing a half-million dollars over the next five years in community support during the retirement. The Nucla plant is just over 100 miles south of Grand Junction.
Craig City Council member Brian MacKenzie says something needs to be done about the president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Ron Granger. MacKenzie, who is also a former CNCC employee, presented a petition with 29 signatures on it, to the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control. He says those who signed the petition have declared “no confidence” in Granger. The Craig Press reports the petition comes after a 2-3 “vote of no confidence” in Granger’s leadership from the five-person board in April of last year. MacKenzie also says there is a discussion of the CNCC campus in Craig shifting to an affiliation with Colorado Mountain College.
A bank was robbed in Craig Tuesday morning. It happened at the Bank of Colorado. The man entered the bank and gave the employee a note demanding money. No one was hurt and no word on how much money the robber got away with. Craig Police say he is an American Indian, about 5’9” with a stocky build, a black cap and glasses. Call Craig Police if you have any tips at 970-826-2360. They do have some strong leads. Or call the Crimestoppers program, where you can remain anonymous, and you could get a reward. That number is 970-824-3535.
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.
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.