KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

One person died in a head-on collision Friday on Highway 131. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg has identified the woman as 30-year-old Spencer Klingerman from the Denver area. She was a passenger in the car when the accident happened. Her husband and sister were also in the car. Ryg says they were headed down to pick up their dog from a boarding kennel when the accident happened on extremely icy roads.

Dinosaur National Monument in Dinosaur, and Jensen, Utah, will stay open and be accessible to the public, during the shutdown of the federal government. Emergency and rescue services will be limited. While the park is accessible, park services won’t be, such as public information, restrooms, trash collection, and road maintenance, including plowing.

State park fees and camping fees are going up in Routt County, as of the first of the year. That means the cost goes up for parks, fishing, hunting, and camping as of January 1st, across all of Colorado Parks and Wildlife operations. It’s part of the Future Generations Act, passed by the State Legislature. Steamboat Lake and Yampa River state parks will switch to a reservation-only system.

Craig kids got to Shop with a Copy Saturday. Eleven local kids went shopping at Walmart with help from Craig Police, Moffat County Sheriffs and Colorado State Patrol. Kids were given a $100 bill, and an extra $25 gift card from Walmart. Plus they got some McDonald’s cards. Employees did the gift wrapping while grateful families enjoyed donuts and cookies. Meeker kids also got to Shop with a Cop in Craig, while Routt County did the same thing at the Walmart in Steamboat Springs.

Craig Police Investigator Bryan Gonzales has been recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. The plaque for Gonzales reads, “in recognition of unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens.” Gonzales was born and raised in Craig.

A group of women in Craig have been busy crocheting handmade slippers. They’ll go to more than 100 veterans living in care facilities in Rifle and Grand Junction for Christmas. Volunteers also added some small gifts of toiletries to the packages that were delivered in mid-December.

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig has chosen their Youth of the Year for 2018. Honors go to Maddie Coutts, Bryson Davis, and Reina Steele.

Today is Christmas Eve. Many will be attending church services throughout the Craig and Steamboat communities this afternoon and evening. According to the National Day Calendar, as is tradition, Christian churches have celebrated Christmas Eve in part because they believed that Jesus was born at midnight. Today is also National Eggnog Day, which is observed once a year, on the day before Christmas.

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