KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Moffat County could be over as of noon today. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume has asked the Board of County Commissioners to hold a special meeting this morning, to vote on rescinding Stage 1 restrictions on open fires and opening burning in unincorporated areas of Moffat County. Here’s Commissioner Ray Beck.

Beck says he knows conditions have been bad across the state of Colorado, which is why the recent rain is so appreciated.

Commissioners are meeting with Sheriff Hume this morning at 10.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper working out of Steamboat Springs has been fired. Trooper Jules Higgins was fired after allegations surfaced that he acted inappropriately with women he had arrested for driving under the influence. The three women had approached Steamboat attorney Kris Hammond, who brought their cases to the attention of District Attorney Brett Barkey, who will not pursue criminal charges against the state trooper. Higgins is appealing his termination from the State Patrol.

Two people were sent to the hospital after a head-on crash near Hayden. It happened on Highway 40 Thursday morning, near mile marker 111, during heavy rain. A witness told Colorado State Patrol that 22-year-old Joseph Aguilar of Grand Junction was trying to pass, but then lost control when trying to get back into the correct lane. Aguilar’s pickup truck, which is registered out of Craig, then hit head-on the truck driven by 55-year-old David Snyder of Hayden. Aguilar had to be flown to Denver Health. He also will be given a ticket for careless driving causing injury. Both men were wearing seatbelts.

A powerful storm swept through parts of Northwest Colorado Thursday afternoon. A wind gust of 80 miles per hour was recorded in Rifle, and caused damage near I-70. In Steamboat, lightning and hail and wind knocked down trees and tree limbs. Power was knocked out in Steamboat and Hayden as well.

Don’t forget weekend activities… Art-Oberfest is today and tomorrow with local artists downtown at 80 E. Fourth Street. The Craig Historic Ghost Walk is tonight and tomorrow night. And Octoberfest is all day Saturday in Alice Pleasant park.

In sports, there are two 5Ks tomorrow. The first is a 5K and 1-mile fun run at Loudy Simpson Park, at 8 in the morning, presented by Friends of Moffat County Education.

The Glow Run 5K presented by Memorial Regional Health is Saturday at 6:45 p.m. It starts at CNCC and runs along the campus and hospital.

Practice starts next week for those hockey players in the Craig Youth Hockey Association. The group is still looking for more hockey players. They’ll host a Try Hockey For Free day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Moffat County Ice Arena. Find out more at www.CraigYouthHockey.com

The cross country teams from Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School are competing in Delta today.

The football team is on the road in Aspen at 7. Listen to that game on KRAI.

Tonight, Hayden plays Rangely. That game is away.

Another away game tonight…the undefeated Soroco Rams play Vail Christian. The Rams are averaging 60 points per game. They have the 5th most RUSHING yards in the nation for 8-man high school football with 2,218. Senior running back Jace Logan is 5th in the nation in total rushing yards, and is second in the nation with most touchdowns… with 28 so far this season.

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

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