Craig City Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, at Craig City Hall. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar says the meeting will be to consider and possibly approve a contract for a new city manager. Council will also meet to approve a special events permit which would allow the sale of alcohol at the Diamond Rio concert Aug. 10.
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A head-on crash on Highway 40 west of Hayden Friday night sent three people to the hospital. 19-year-old James Stalker of Hayden was flown to Denver for his injuries. Colorado State Patrol says he was driving a Nissan Pathfinder when it traveled into the oncoming lane and collided with a Chevy Silverado, driven by 27-year-old Sergio Martin-Reyes of Steamboat. He and his passenger were taken to the hospital in Craig with minor injuries. Colorado State Patrol is investigating. They say drugs and alcohol is NOT believed to be a factor in the crash, but driver inexperience is.
The Moffat County Fair kicks off tomorrow, celebrating 100 years. The Founders Day Luncheon is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maybell Park. It’s free, and a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to share. The park in Maybell is where the Moffat County Fair started 100 years ago, in 1918. There will also be games and lawnmower races, and plenty of stories about the fair over the years.
Craig Police are looking for a man, wanted for aggravated cruelty to animals and driving under the influence. Charles Lira is 38 years old. Call Craig Police if you have any information on Lira. The number is 970-826-2360.
Hot, dry, and sometimes windy weather has resulted in a busy fire season in Northwest Colorado. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center has responded to 107 wildfires, ten false alarms, and 38 smoke checks. Most of those fires were small, and quickly put out. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect. The biggest fires still burning are the Indian Valley Fire in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties, the Sulphur Fire in Rio Blanco County, and the Silver Creek Fire in Routt and Grand Counties.
Routt County Search and Rescue received three calls within 24 hours this weekend. The first call was Saturday afternoon. An ATV crashed south of Stagecoach Reservoir. A man was working on the ATV with his back turned to it, when it started moving and rolled over him. The 52-year-old man from Eagle was taken to Denver Health via helicopter. A second call was near Bears Ears, where two hikers had become disoriented and couldn’t find the trail. The hikers called search and rescue just after 5 in the morning. The 34-year-old woman from Texas was carried out on a stretcher, while the man and his dog were able to hike out. The third call was for a mountain biker who had crashed on a trail on Buff Pass. A couple had found the man, and they also were lost, and out of food and water. Search and Rescue volunteer Delbert Bostock says to always be prepared with plenty of water, especially when going in the backcountry.
Three young people were injured in a single vehicle accident at almost 4 in the morning Saturday. The accident happened south of Craig on Moffat County Road 35. The 1986 Nissan pickup rolled on its side and then hit a tree. The driver of the truck was 15 years old. That driver and the two other juveniles in the car weren’t wearing seatbelts, and they were all three taken to the hospital. Memorial Regional Health was not available to update on their conditions. Colorado State Patrol is investigating, and they believe alcohol and excessive speed are contributing factors.
A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, after an accident on Highway 40, just east of Rabbit Ears Pass, in Grand County, on Memorial Day last year. One person died, and another was severely injured. Felix Cervantes was found guilty for traveling at a high rate of speed, up a hill, and then attempting to pass a car and a semi-truck in a no passing zone. He crashed into the victim’s car head on. Cervantes received the maximum sentence of 18 years in prison. The Deputy District Attorney said in court that “this represents one of the worst case scenarios when people get impatient traveling on a two-lane mountain highway.”
The Moffat County Fair is celebrating 100 years this summer. The first fair was in Maybell on Labor Day in 1918.
- The parade is at noon August 3, which is a Friday, along Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. Fair Board Treasurer Karl Huntsman says they want the parade to be the biggest one ever, celebrating their 100th anniversary. All types of entries are welcome. Entry forms are available at the Moffat County Extension Office or the Community Budget Center.
- August 9th is the Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days Rodeo and the Catch-a-Pig Contest. That’s on a Thursday.
- Also at Moffat County Fairgrounds, country music stars Diamond Rio will perform Aug. 10.
- And to celebrate 100 years, there will be 100 local quilts on display around Craig, at places like the Museum of Northwest Colorado, the Moffat County Courthouse, and the Luttrell Barn.
- Back to that first Moffat County Fair in Maybell 100 years ago, the biggest contest was for babies, and who had the best. Thirty-six babies were in the beautiful baby contest. The Moffat County Cattlewomen will do it again with the Cowboy Baby Contest on Saturday, August 11.
Union Wireless reported a system outage on Tuesday. Union Wireless is the regional wireless service provider. Callers started receiving a recorded message in the morning that all circuits were busy. But text and data weren’t impacted.
Buckle up. That’s the message from churches in Colorado right now. It’s a seat belt enforcement campaign going on this week, and the churches are the ones spreading the word, with help from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies. They’re targeting rural areas in Colorado, which tend to have the lowest seat belt use rates in the state. Colorado’s statewide seat belt use rate is 84 percent, which is in the bottom third of the nation. For pickup trucks, it’s 76.5 percent of people use a seatbelt. In Moffat County, it’s estimated at 88.5 percent use seatbelts. 233 people died in car crashes in Colorado last year who weren’t wearing seatbelts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 60 lives could be saved every year in Colorado if everyone buckled up. Continue reading
Three fires in Rio Blanco County are fully contained. The Bureau of Land Management says there is no more threat from the Fawn, Sprague, and Smith Fires, which claimed close to 13-hundred acres. The Ridgetop Fire is also near full containment. The new risk is heavy rain. If it happens over burn scars, there could be flash flooding.