KRAI News for Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Trees in downtown Craig are going to start being taken down tomorrow. The roots are causing damage to the new sidewalks. Here’s Tammie Johannes with Road and Bridge.

Crews will be working early in the mornings this week, from 4-8 a.m. They’ll also be working on two Sundays in March to get down the larger trees. The City of Craig will replace the trees on Yampa Avenue this summer with a type of tree that causes less root damage to the new sidewalks downtown.

Secondary students in the Moffat County School District will return to full-time, in-person learning at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The Board of Education unanimously approved the move at their meeting this week. Students at Craig Middle School start March 22. Students at the high school will be back in class full-time on March 29.

A Steamboat Springs man is in the Routt County Jail today following a standoff with police at the Shadow Run Condominiums Friday night. Sean Demiter was wanted for domestic violence, unlawful sexual contact and other charges, according to Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen.

He said those bullets could go through body armor. Then Chief Christensen said Demiter swallowed a bottle of weed killer. They were them worried about his condition and used gas to get him out. He charged police out of the bathroom, using a fire extinguisher. Demiter was tased and a bean bag round was used. After getting him in custody, he was taken to the hospital and then the county jail. He now has 15 charges against him along with other court dates and two jury trials that were already scheduled for March.

Two people died in separate accidents on Highway 40 over the weekend. A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man named Timmothy Jones died when the car he was driving lost control on a snowy and icy area of Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday. It was hit broadside by another car with four people in it. That driver was from Denver. He and another passenger were OK but two others in the car were taken to the hospital, as was a passenger in the car with Jones. The crash is under investigation but Colorado State Patrol says exceeding a safe speed for the conditions appears to be a contributing factor.

Then Friday night, there was another head-on crash just north of Kremmling. 28-year-old Nicholas Medina from Colorado Springs died when he pulled into the eastbound lane and collided with a semi-tractor/trailer. Speed is considered to be a factor in the crash.

Moffat County is in Level Blue, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Restaurants can be open at 50% capacity.

Routt County is hoping their numbers can keep going down so the county can apply for the Yellow Level with the state. Routt County has lifted the restrictions on gatherings now to no more than ten people from two households. This goes for lodging properties and also those dining in restaurants. Masks are still required for all public places.

Also, many Routt County residents have been reaching out to Moffat County to get vaccinated. Moffat County will only vaccinate those 65 and older, or Pre-K through 12th grade school teachers, or a licensed childcare provider, a first responder, or health care worker. Moffat County Public Health says you must meet those requirements or your appointment will be canceled, no matter which county you are from.

In some sports scores over the weekend…

  • Moffat County Varsity Boys Basketball beat Delta, 67-55. The Bulldogs are 4-4. They will meet up with Meeker at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. It’s in Meeker. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Delta and are also playing Meeker tomorrow.
  • Steamboat Sailors Hockey won both of their games over the weekend. Sailors Win (from Leigh Rushton):
  • Steamboat Sailors Boys Basketball beat Glenwood, 61-52. They’re undefeated and ranked #1 in 4A Western Slope League.
  • Steamboat Sailors Girls Basketball loses to Glenwood, 48-20.
  • Soroco Girls crushed West Grand, 61-17. They’re undefeated in the league and 8-1 overall. Soroco Boys lost to West Grand.
  • Hayden Boys beats North Park, 55-35 but lost to Meeker Saturday, 67-41. The girls lost both of their games. End of Hayden/North Park Game video from Tharles Silva:

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.






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