KRAI News for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021

Craig Police is reporting a scam. They say someone named Mrs. James O’Brien says she is with the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. She’s asking for money to help her husband who is charged with a crime he didn’t commit. Craig Police say it is probably a scam. If you do get such a phone call, please call Craig Police.

A Routt County man used torches to compromise locks on camping fee boxes to steal money from federal and state forest agencies. 36-year-old Jayce Peterson of Oak Creek has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for theft and damaging government property, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, District of Colorado. It’s estimated that Peterson caused more than $39,000 in damage.

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The Moffat County Courthouse is open to the public again, as of today. It had been closed for a month. According to the Moffat County Commissioners, who closed it, it was to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


The swearing-in ceremony for the new Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers. Due to COVID restrictions, the ceremony will be streamed on YouTube. Here is the link:

The Moffat County School Board is planning to make the interim Superintendent Scott Pankow be the full-time superintendent. Contract negotiations are underway. The Craig Press reports that the board hopes to have the contract signed and delivered to the board for approval by their meeting on Jan. 28.

Ted Cordova has passed away. That’s who Ted’s Ridge was named after at Steamboat Ski Area. He has family in both Routt and Moffat Counties. Ted first worked at Howelsen Hill, and then started at Steamboat in 1969. He was Slope Maintenance Foreman for 25 years. Here’s his wife, Donna.

Cordova was also a cowboy. His family says he was used in commercials and advertising for Steamboat Ski Resort to portray the West. Cordova was 96.


Northwest Colorado is getting a Crane Cam. It’s a camera going in on a farm in Hayden that will show the nest of a sandhill crane. It’s being paid for with some grants from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The Crane Cam will go live in early April.

Also, there is a Creative Arts Scholarship Contest, which will be Sandhill Crane inspired. It’s open to all high school seniors in Moffat and Routt Counties. There are three categories of Written Art, Visual Art, and Performing Arts. $10,000 in scholarship money will be given away to the winners.



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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