KRAI News for Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

Another horse has been found dead on the side of the road in the Sand Wash Basin Area off Colorado Highway 318. That’s about 45 miles northwest of Craig. A meeting was held this month with representatives from the Moffat County Commissioners, and Colorado Department of Transportation, also the Bureau of Land Management. That’s the group that is responsible for managing the wild horses. CDot says a deer fence could cost as much as $165,000 dollars per mile. So far, $30,000 dollars has been raised by the Wild Horse Warriors.

Jacob Vandiver

A man in Rifle is expected to be charged with attempted murder, after an alleged domestic violence case on Christmas Eve. 21-year-old Jacob Vandiver was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly trying to choke his wife during a fight. They have two children, but they weren’t hurt. Vandiver’s cash bond has been set at $30,000, because of the potential charges, which include assault, child abuse, and attempted second-degree murder.




The unemployment rate for Moffat County went up in October and November, to 3.3 percent. That is the same as the state average. The national unemployment rate is higher, at 3.7 percent. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says there are 137 jobs advertised online right now, in Moffat County. Memorial Regional Health is looking for 20 employees and the Moffat County School District is looking to hire 14 people.

Impacts from the federal government shutdown are expected to be minimal in Northwest Colorado. In Routt County, Fish Creek Falls is still open, as are other sites where fees are collected. Everything related to Steamboat Resort will operate as usual as will other groups with special permits for operating on federal lands. At Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, all TSA Employees are continuing to work.

Four snowmobilers were rescued in southern Wyoming Wednesday, after spending at least four nights outside. A helicopter spotted the men from South Dakota on Tuesday, but it couldn’t land and ground searchers couldn’t get in there either. So they dropped some supplies and a note that said stay where you are and help is on the way. They were rescued on Wednesday.

A teenager from the Vail Valley was killed Wednesday evening, when her car rolled on I-70 just east of Eagle. 17-year-old Megan Lodge was a senior at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is estimated to kill 500 people a year from lung cancer in Colorado. January is a good time to do radon testing in your home. For a free test kit, visit You can also find out more at 

The Boys of Summer band is playing in Rifle Saturday night. The band is an Eagles tribute band, based out of Los Angeles. They’re at the Ute Theater Saturday in Rifle. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. More information is at .

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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