KRAI News for Friday, March 15, 2019

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has sent a press release with good information for all. Be careful this St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. Don’t drink and drive. If you are celebrating, always designate a sober driver, or call for a ride. And if you see someone who has been drinking, take away their car keys so they don’t get behind the wheel. As of Monday, 29 people have died on the highways in Wyoming so far this year.

More than two dozen police agencies have joined a growing trend of encrypting radio traffic. Moffat County isn’t one of them; neither is Routt County. The issue is the public’s right to know against safety concerns of local law enforcement agencies. Others fear that if the media can’t listen to scanners and police radios, the media won’t be able to alert people about important, and sometimes life-threatening incidents and events in the community. Steamboat Springs Police Chief Corey Christensen says certain tactical events are encrypted, like hostage situations. Christensen says he has not considered encrypting his department’s radios.

Victory Motors of Craig is now one of two Ram Agriculture-certified dealers in Colorado. The Craig Press reports that the programs lets Victory Motors offer the Ram AgPack. That is something that gives deep discounts on new vehicles, parts, and service, along with rebates, agriculture-friendly financing options, farm tire rebates, and discounts on ag products. The program is free to farmers and ranchers, according to Fleet Manager Tony Maneotis.

Charlee Shaw is struggling. The six-year-old from North Routt County had a recent surgery and it didn’t go well. She’s back in the pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Shaw was in a car accident with her mom on Christmas Eve. Her mom, Sancy, was killed in that accident, when their car was hit by a woman who was drunk and high on I-70, near Genesee. That woman also died.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife District has a new Wildlife Manager, based out of Rangely. Garrett Smith started the job in January. Smith is from Parachute and a graduate of University of Wyoming in Laramie.

A skier died at Copper Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday. The 63-year-old man was found unconscious in the trees at the edge of a run.

All this snow is making ski resorts happy, some of which are extending their seasons. Those staying open longer include Aspen Snowmass, Monarch, Purgatory, Winter Park, and Wolf Creek.

Last night’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting was cancelled. It has been rescheduled to 5:30, March 27, in the Parks and Rec Conference room.

Deadlines are coming up for many scholarships for high school seniors. Many are due at the end of the month. The full list is on the Craig Press website, or available from Moffat County High School Counselor Paula Duzik.

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team is on the road today. The Lady Bulldogs are headed to Grand Junction. They’re meeting Colorado Rocky Mountain School from Carbondale, to play where it isn’t quite as snowy. Moffat County beat Rifle, 2-1, Tuesday. The first home game is scheduled for March 28, if the fields are cleared of snowy and playable.

Also today, the Moffat County High School track and field team is competing in the Rifle Invitational. The swim team is in Glenwood Springs and then swimming in the Western Slope League Relay Meet in Grand Junction tomorrow.

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