KRAI News for Thursday, April 4, 2019

Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig is getting widened, with some reconstruction work. The 70-year-old drainage structures are being replaced, and rumble strips will be added. The road will have 12-foot drive lanes with eight-foot paved shoulders. Colorado Department of Transportation and Elam Construction are doing the $11 million project. Expect one lane with alternating traffic with speeds reduced to 35 miles per hour. Work crews will be there Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Work starts next week. The Highway 13 project should be finished by July 2020.

Two people have been charged from a single-vehicle crash in the Craig Cemetery in January. Three people in the truck were injured when it hit a tree. None of them were wearing seatbelts. 26-year-old Peyton Evans was driving. He was charged with DUI, and was given a ticket for compulsory insurance. He’s in Moffat County Court next Tuesday. 26-year-old Vanessa Jenkins was charged with assault in the second degree, and false reporting to authorities and reckless endangerment. She is in court April 23. Evans and Jenkins were also both implicated in a fire on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of 3-year-old Lane Cullen. The District Attorney is still considering charges in that case.

The Routt County office of Emergency Management is building a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for the county. It’s volunteers who will be trained to help as an emergency responder. If you’re interested, call Mo DeMorat at 970-870-5551.

The Freedom Hooves fundraiser brought in $10K last weekend. The organization provides equine therapy in Moffat County. Talisha Christiansen is the new Program Director for Freedom Hooves. She and her husband are relocating to Moffat County from Jackson Hole. She’ll start her job on April 15.

The keynote speaker has been named for the 11th annual Freedom Conference this summer, presented by the Steamboat Institute. Criminal lawyer Alan Dershowitz has been a longtime proponent of civil rights and freedom of speech. He also successfully defended O.J. Simpson in Simpson’s 1995 murder trial. The conference runs Aug. 22-24. You can register online through

The third annual Youth Leadership Summit is coming up Saturday, April 6. It’s for middle school and high school aged students. It’s at CNCC.

In sports, Moffat County High School girls soccer team has a home game at 4 p.m. today, against Grand Junction. The Lady Bulldogs host Coal Ridge tomorrow, at the same time, with a third game Saturday at 1 p.m. at home against Delta. The boys swim team is headed to Glenwood Springs tomorrow.

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


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