KRAI News for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

Fire started in the grass at Loudy-Simpson Park Tuesday night. Investigators say it’s from fireworks. The fire was burning near the Nature Trail on the south of the road, near the Ranney Street bridge south of Craig. Craig Fire/Rescue helped put the fire out. Also there were Craig Police, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and the EMS crew from Memorial Regional Health. The Craig Press reports there weren’t any injuries, and the incident is under investigation.

The man who rolled his car on Rabbit Ears Pass has been identified as 70-year-old Kenneth Brown from Kentucky. He was airlifted to Denver in critical condition. The hospital there isn’t releasing any updates.

Another man has been charged with reckless driving, from an accident near Hayden. Colorado State Patrol says 27-year-old Kyle Cheetham was speeding, and missed a turn, near Mount Harris Canyon, and crashed into a Ford Mustang. Cheetham was taken to the hospital in Steamboat.

The Craig Police Department has a new member of the Force. Bane is an 8-week-old German Shepherd puppy, who is now in training to be a canine crimefighter. Bane will train under the direction of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office as well. Bane will be trained to easily detect street drugs. He will not be trained to alert to marijuana, since it is legal to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

North Routt County is building a soccer field. It’s in honor of Sancy Shaw, a mother of four who was killed by a drunk driver near the Front Range, on Christmas Eve last year. Shaw played soccer in college. The field will be built next to the North Routt Community Charter School in Clark, where Shaw was a teacher. The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has started the effort to raise $200,000 for the project. They’re having a Lobsterfest, Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Meadows Parking Lot. Tickets are at Elevated Olive. Or you can find out more at NorthRouttCharter.org. https://www.northrouttcharter.org/memorial-to-sancy-shaw-lobsterfest

Colorado Day is this Monday, celebrating the 143rd birthday of the state. It also means free entry to all 41 state parks on Monday, Aug. 5, courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Here in Northwest Colorado, that includes Pearl Lake, Steamboat Lake, Stagecoach, and Yampa River State Park. A little south is Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap, and Harvey Gap.

Then Tuesday, Aug. 6, it’s National Night Out. Different groups in Craig and Moffat County will be celebrating as part of the nationwide program, that “promotes community safety awareness, crime prevention techniques and law enforcement-community partnerships for a safer America.” The fun is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, from 5-8 p.m. this coming Tuesday. There will be emergency vehicle demonstrations with fire trucks, police cars, ambulance, and a helicopter. Free popsicles from Walmart, junior police badges, frisbees and coloring books, and car seat safety inspections. Plus, the mascots will be in attendance at National Night Out, including Eddie Eagle, Redd E. Fox, Smokey the Bear, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Also Tuesday night, citizens are asked to leave their porch lights on as a local symbol of support for emergency responders.

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

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