KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 8, 2019






A man from Craig has been found guilty of dealing meth and heroin. The three-day trial for 47-year-old Derek Kettle was in Routt County District Court. A jury found Kettle guilty of drug distribution charges. He was arrested in June of 2018 on a traffic stop on Rabbit Ears Pass. A drug sniffing dog with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office indicated there were drugs in the car. They found over 112 grams of meth and just under an ounce of heroin. Sentencing for Kettle is Jan. 23.

The body of a man from Centennial has been found in a remote area north of Hayden. 70-year-old Joseph Vultaggio didn’t get back to camp on time. Routt County Sheriff’s deputies were called to search for him in the California Park area. He was found about 100 yards from his vehicle. County Coroner Rob Ryg says the man died from natural causes, but an autopsy is still being done today.

Thirty people from 13 countries will become new U.S. citizens Wednesday morning. One person is from Mexico, living in the Craig community. Four others becoming U.S. citizens are from Rifle. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony is at 10:30 Wednesday morning at Grand Junction High School.






Veterans Day is Monday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering veterans and active-duty military members free admission to any of Colorado’s 41 state parks. Those parks in Northwest Colorado are Yampa River State Park, Stagecoach, Elkhead Reservoir, Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake.






Steamboat Resort is opening even earlier. Christie Peak Express fires up for the season next Friday, Nov. 15. It’s the earliest opening in resort history. All season passes are valid. Lift tickets for the first week will be $50. The first 100 skiers and riders on Friday get free Smartwool socks and breakfast burritos.

Tomorrow is a big game for the Moffat County football team as the Bulldogs head into the playoffs. Here’s KRAI’s Vladan Chase.





Next week, it’s the Harlem Wizards coming to Craig. It’s a big night of basketball with the Wizards playing teachers from the Moffat County School District and the Dribbling Dawgs. The game is next Thursday night at the high school. Get your tickets in advance at

Then on Nov. 16, the Hayden Tigers Booster Club is hosting its annual Fall Fundraiser Gala at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The evening will benefit the Chad Jones Memorial Scholarship.

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

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