4-H Dog Show at the Moffat County Fair. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.
Dogs and cats were shown Tuesday, for the Moffat County Fair in Craig. Pictures and a video of the dogs in the 4-H Dog Show are on the KRAI Facebook page.
The Pavillion is open at the Moffat County Fairgrounds today for the 101st Moffat County Fair. This morning is the weigh-in of market sheep and market goats, with the weigh-in of market beef in the afternoon. Here’s Mardi Anson with the Moffat County Fair Board.
The Sheep Show starts at 5 tonight, followed by the Old Geezer Alumni Show, put on by the 4-H Council. For the full schedule, go to www.MoffatCountyFair.com
Mardi Anson talks about the fair: https://www.facebook.com/KRAI55COUNTRY/videos/399653610674605/
Kyler Scott and Shane Baker: https://www.facebook.com/KRAI55COUNTRY/videos/408462139783151/
A Craig woman is in the Moffat County Jail. 41-year-old Laurie Mae Dodds has multiple charges against her, stemming from an incident in the early hours of Monday. Craig Police say Dodds was in someone’s house on Pine Ridge Drive. After a confrontation with the owner, Dodds tried to leave by crawling out a window. Police eventually stopped her where they say she gave a false name, and said she owned multiple houses in Craig, and also owned Twenty Mile Coal Company. She also had a warrant out for her arrest out of Grand Junction. Dodd was take to the Moffat County Jail.
The 10th Annual Moffat County Balloon Festival had everyone looking up Saturday, from Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. It wrapped up with the Balloon Glow, which was actually a candlestick display. Because rain was in the forecast, the pilots couldn’t get their balloons wet. So they set up the propane tanks and fueled the flames, about 10 feet high. The fires glowed in the night sky.
A Craig man is accused of failing to register as a sex offender, after he was recently released from the Moffat County Jail. The Craig Press reports 26-year-old Esteban Tobias Fowler was released from Jail July 14 after serving 43 days of a 60-day sentence. But then he didn’t get in touch with the Moffat County probation department within five days of his release. So he was arrested again this Tuesday. The local district attorney says he also failed to register as a sex offender in Mesa County back in 2009. Fowler will be back in court Aug. 26.
Fire started in the grass at Loudy-Simpson Park Tuesday night. Investigators say it’s from fireworks. The fire was burning near the Nature Trail on the south of the road, near the Ranney Street bridge south of Craig. Craig Fire/Rescue helped put the fire out. Also there were Craig Police, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and the EMS crew from Memorial Regional Health. The Craig Press reports there weren’t any injuries, and the incident is under investigation.
A man is in the Routt County Jail after a high-speed chase that started in Hayden Saturday night. 34-year-old Levi Schwingdorf faces nine criminal charges. The incident happened when reports came in of shots fired in Hayden, and then a car that might have been involved headed towards Craig on Highway 40. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer is the one who started chasing the car, which was reaching speeds of 99 miles per hour. The car turned onto Moffat County Road 29. It kept speeding until it hit a deer. That’s when the wildlife officer was able to get Schwingdorf into custody until Colorado State Patrol officers could arrive. In the car, they found a machete, two meth pipes, a gun, ammunition, and several tools used to steal cars. Court filings show Schwingdorf lives in Grand Junction but also has criminal trials pending in Routt and Moffat Counties.
Fire crews responded to a grass fire Monday, west of Craig off Round Bottom Road. The Craig Press reports that wind started blowing the fire through the grass, up a hill toward a home. The ranch nearby has Scottish Highland cattle. The fire was mostly contained by 4 p.m., and no word on how it started.
The man who died in a rollover crash near Yampa Friday has been identified. Kent Harrison has an address in both Vail and Denver. He was driving a motorhome on Highway 131 when it rolled. Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.
Craig Fire/Rescue was able to put out a couple of fires Thursday afternoon. One was in some grass near the deck of a home northeast of Craig. Firefighters were able to put it out with no damage to the deck on the house. Another grass fire started on Ponderosa Way in the Shadow Mountain neighborhood. Fire crews got it quickly under control. No one was hurt in either of the fires.
Craig City Council is working on the language for the city’s new marijuana ordinance, which will be put before the voters in November. Part of the issue is where the marijuana tax money will go. Councilors have suggested they impose a 5% sales tax and 5% excise tax on marijuana in Craig. The tax money will help fund the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. At Tuesday’s meeting, council determined that the tax money could be used for funding for three years, instead of five. Then future councils would be able to decide what to do after that, and not be as constricted with the rules.
Museum of Northwest Colorado. Photo by Shannon Lukens.
The Museum of Northwest Colorado will shut down within a year, if funding isn’t restored. Paul Knowles is the assistant director of the museum. He says the money will run out, and they’ll be forced to close their doors in June of 2020. The Craig Press reports county and city officials are working on fixing the funding, along with funding for the local libraries. County Commissioner Ray Beck says Craig City Council, and staff of both the city and county, are working to explore a city-county partnership to keep the libraries and the museum open. Last November, a ballot initiative to fund both, was not approved by voters.
Hayden has a Special Town Council Meeting this Thursday night. To be discussed… Regulating and licensing the sale of retail marijuana within the town, and adopting conforming amendments to the Hayden Municipal Code. There will be a public hearing, and then review and possible approval of the 2nd reading of the ordinance. The meeting starts at 7:30 Thursday evening, at the Hayden Town Hall.