KRAI News for Monday, May 20, 2019

Some Craig Middle School students visited the emergency room Friday. Parents were notified of a medical incident in which the school ordered students to shelter in place.  Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich said a number of students were evaluated by district medical professionals after possible, “exposure to nicotine oil for vaping.” Ulrich told the Craig Press that they know the source and will follow board policies for discipline, and that all students are fine.

Austin Eubanks – Courtesy Photo.

Austin Eubanks, who worked at The Foundry treatment center in Steamboat Springs was found dead in his home Saturday. The 37-year-old was a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. He later became an advocate for fighting addiction. A statement from Eubanks’ family said, “He lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face.”

Buckle up. Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation are starting a “Click It or Ticket” campaign today, through June 2. Colorado’s seat belt use rate is 86 percent, which is just below the national average. Last year, 220 unbuckled drivers and passengers were killed in crashes in the state and at least 70 of those lives could have been saved had they been buckled up.

Colorado State Patrol’s recent “Heat Is On” campaign ended with 1,708 drivers cited for DUI during five weeks. Arrests were made for alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. The next Heat Is On campaign starts Friday and runs through Memorial Day weekend, into Tuesday, May 28.

Brett Barkey, left, announced his resignation as district attorney of the 14th Judicial District on Friday afternoon and recommended Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen, right, as his replacement.Courtesy Photos

District Attorney Brett Barkey has announced his retirement, effective July 1. Barkey has been the DA of the 14th Judicial District since 2012. Barkey has recommended Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen as his replacement. Governor Jared Polis would have to confirm Karzen’s appointment before it is official.

Applications are being accepted for the Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable. It’s a two-year term. Six positions are open in regions across the state. Meetings are twice a year. Apply now through May 31 through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at

Moffat County Track and Field athletes competed at the CHSAA State Championships over the weekend, in the 3A division. The Moffat County girls took the state title in the 4×200 relay, and broke a school record for the 4×400-meter relay, with a time of four minutes, 1:27 seconds. The four on the record-breaking relay team are Halle Hamilton, Stephenie Swindler, Emma Jones, and Emaleigh Papierski. The girls team finished 11th overall, and the boys were 22nd.

Grant Redmond of Soroco High School won his third straight state title in Class 2A, in the high jump. At the state track meet this weekend, Redmond jumped 6 feet, 7 inches on the first try. Redmond will compete on a college level at Colorado School of Mines.

Congratulations to all 23 graduates in the Hayden High School Class of 2019.

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