The Colorado Tourism Board is considering reducing funding to the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur. It has the highest operating cost per visitor of any center in the state.
The reduced funding would come over three years, starting in 2020, since the center is fully funded through 2019. Moffat County officials have expressed concern. Tom Kleinschnitz is the director of the Moffat County Tourism Association. He tells the Craig Press that closing the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur would be “pretty devastating.” Moffat County owns and maintains the building and the land where the center in Dinosaur is located.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners and the Craig City Council met Wednesday to discuss how to increase county revenues. A committee of residents on the Moffat County Revenue Task Force also met. They’re former elected officials and local business owners. During the discussion, members of the city and county groups agreed they need to better convey their messages to the public. Others in the room asked to involve more local elected officials, including the county assessor and sheriff. Local officials are also concerned that the population of Craig and Moffat County is getting older. About 35 percent of the county is older than 50. Another concern is when young people grow up in the community and then go to college and don’t come back.
The Community Budget Center in downtown Craig was broken into over the weekend. A TV was stolen, and cash from the store’s donation box. Thieves also unplugged the store’s security equipment, and damaged the building. Karen Brown with the donation center says there will not be any money for assistance programs for the month of June. The center gives emergency assistance to people who need it, whether it is for rent, gas money, or shelter. Brown says, “It’s pretty scary stuff when things like this happen in a small community.”
A man from Craig has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the Sand Gallery in Steamboat Springs. 19-year-old Deven Mosman faces charges in connection with a burglary April 15, where $1300 in cash was stolen, along with $10,000 worth of glass pendants and bongs. Ryan Sabia of Steamboat was also arrested last month for possessing stolen items, but he told police Mosman committed the burglary. Police went to Craig to interview Mosman and noticed the soles of his shoes had a similar footprint found at the gallery the morning of the burglary. Mosman was arrested, and issued a $1,500 personal recognizance bond Tuesday.
Moffat County residents remembered those servicemen and women who served their country, at a Memorial Day service Monday at the Craig Cemetery. Several hundred residents attended. A list of 815 veterans who are buried in Moffat County was read, and then Taps was played by local Boy Scouts.
The Class of 2018 from Moffat County High School has graduated… all 121 of them. Colby Beckett was valedictorian for the class. He was involved in Moffat County FFA for four years, and played baseball, football, and hockey. But he said he was most proud of keeping up his grades while balancing activities and sports. Olivia Neece was salutatorian. Her message was to the grown-ups, which was “Give high school students some credit,” emphasizing how hard high school students work, and she doesn’t want that to get overlooked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →