KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Richard Barnes has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to sexual abuse on a child. District Attorney Matt Karzen told the court, “This kind of predatory behavior against a child demands a strong reaction.” Barnes had left the community and was tracked down and arrested in Oklahoma. Karzen also thanked the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, the Moffat County Attorney, and Department of Human Services for their help with the case.

Moffat County, Soroco, and Hayden High Schools will have football this fall. This comes a few days after Governor Polis said football could be allowed, and CHSAA agreed. Bulldog Head Coach Lance Scranton says practice starts this Thursday in Craig. Details on the football game schedule should be released today or tomorrow. Everyone on the sidelines has to wear a mask and that includes the players when they are not actively playing. And they have to stay six feet apart.

Hayden Football. Photo courtesy Tharles Silva.

Hayden High School also says they’ll play this fall. Their first practice is Thursday. Soroco says they’ll have a fall season. Meeker High School says the Cowboys will also play and have games at Starbucks Stadium.


Steamboat Springs High School says they will stick with the original plan which is to play football in the spring with several other schools on the western slope.


Fire crews continue to work on the Middle Fork Fire in Routt National Forest. 5,837 acres have burned at last calculation with 96 personnel working the fire. Incident Commander Brandon Voegtle says they’re working on a contingency line to make sure the fire doesn’t come out of the wilderness.

Voegtle says the closed area to the west is along the forest service boundary where it attaches to private land in Routt National Forest. Closure maps are at the Clark Store, Hahns Peak Roadhouse, and the North Routt Fire Station.

A teenager from Hayden has been found unharmed. 15-year-old Luzmia Verastica was found unharmed in Craig, and brought home.



Steamboat Lake State Park has been releasing water from the reservoir. It’s going down from North Routt into the Yampa River to help with fish that are endangered in the river. Some of the boat ramps at Steamboat Lake will be exposed as the water level of the lake goes down about six feet. It will stay at that level unless heavy rain fills it up. And runoff will fill it back up in the spring.

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

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