KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Stephanie Michelle Hughes mug shot

A woman from Craig was arrested last week, posted bond, and was released. 50-year-old Stephanie Michelle Hughes was arrested on felony charges of identity theft, also attempted theft between $2,000 and $5000, and a misdemeanor charge of theft between $300 and $500. Craig Police got a call from someone in Florida, according to an arrest affidavit. That person reported that someone named Stephanie Hughes opened a Discover card on her account and used it to buy Sephora gift cards at a Craig grocery store. Craig Police did some investigating, spoke to the grocery store, and to Hughes, who, according to the Craig Press, eventually admitted to using the card.

A car rolled early Sunday morning near Loudy-Simpson Park, south of Craig. A Ford Explorer swerved off the road at Ranney Street. The driver didn’t have any major injuries. Local law enforcement wants to remind drivers to slow down on icy roads during the winter.

Friends and family gathered for Saturday’s Parade of Lights, presented by the Downtown Business Association. Top honors from the judges were Katie the Bread Lady in first place, US Mule in second, and the OP Bar & Grill in Third. The prize for best lights went to the Northwest Colorado chapter of Parrowheads, awarded from Yampa Valley Electric.

Coming soon to a theater near you… The West Theatre is set to reopen this Friday, Dec. 6. The movies playing will be “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and “Playing with Fire.” Then two big box office favorites are playing Dec. 13-26 will be “Frozen II” and “Terminator: Dark Fate.” The movie on Dec. 20 is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The West Theatre has been closed for renovations under new ownership. It was purchased by Dale and Andrea Camp and Victor and Amy Updike in early September. The West Theatre first opened in April of 1939.

The Moffat County School District is looking for a new member for the school board. Chip McIntyre from District A is not continuing for an additional term. McIntyre lives in Maybell and represented much of western Moffat County. You can apply for the open seat through Jan. 17. Prospective candidates will be interviewed on Jan. 23. The term runs through November 2021. For details, call 970-826-6261.

The avalanche danger for Steamboat and the Flat Tops is set for moderate right now. Colorado Avalanche Information Center says wind-drifted slopes at higher elevations facing north and easterly are the most dangerous, especially above the treeline. Be careful if you’re going in the backcountry.








Winter closures of some of the more popular trails in Routt National Forest are in effect, through April 15. It’s to protect about 12,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to try to preserve big game and the health of the herds. The mandatory closures are above the hiking gate on Spring Creek Trail, also Mad Creek, Red Dirt, and Hot Springs trails. If you violate the closure, you could be fined up to $500 or up to six months in jail.

 List of winter closures


  • Spring Creek Trail 1160
  • Spring Creek Alternate Trail 1160.1A
  • Mad Creek Trail 1100
  • Red Dirt Trail 1171
  • Hot Springs Trail 1169
  • Foothills south of Steamboat Resort to U.S. Highway 40


  • Greenville Mine area (U.S. Forest Service roads 440 & 471)
  • Coulton Creek area (Trail 1188 & Forest Service Road 429)
  • Lower Bear Trail 1206
  • Sarvis Creek Trail 1105
  • Silver Creek Trail 1106
  • Areas adjacent to the Radium and Indian Run State Wildlife areas (Forest Service roads 212 and 214)
  • Area north of Toponas off Forest Service Road 285

You can apply now for a permit on the Yampa River. It’s a part of the Yampa that is about two hours away. Last year, more than 10,000 people applied for 300 private permits that were available. The high-use river permit runs on a lottery system which runs now through Jan. 31. Recipients are chosen at random and announced on Valentine’s day. To apply, set up an account at

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

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