KRAI News for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Jessica Kane Mug Shot

A home that was destroyed by fire in the Cedar Mountain Trailer Park in Craig late last month, was burned due to arson. 38-year-old Jessica Kane has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire, in the home of Murray Fenstermacher. She has been charged with first degree arson which is a felony. That’s because the fire was set when another person was in the home.



Craig Chamber of Commerce staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony on a new house made by volunteers with the Fuller Center for Housing. It’s the second house for the local chapter, which is a nonprofit that builds and repairs homes in partnership with families. The group will now focus on the Greater Blessings Program which helps with repairs for qualified seniors, disabled persons, or veterans who own their own homes.

Steamboat Police has five new officers. The new recruits will be sworn in next Wednesday, at the Routt County Justice Center.

The Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board is having an email meeting this morning. The only item on the agenda is the mill levy certification for 2019.

A big bear is still roaming around the Fish Creek Falls Road area in Steamboat Springs, and he hasn’t gone to sleep yet. He has been seen at homes and neighborhoods this week, looking for a den. Kyle Bond with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the bear tried to hibernate under the deck of a home, but got the boot. Because this hungry bear is still out there, make sure you lock your car doors, and put away your trash.

The outdoor skating rink at Yampa River State Park is open. It’s a man-made rectangle of ice near park headquarters on Highway 40 outside of Hayden. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to skate, but cars who come in need a State Parks pass. The rink is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Top Nordic Combined skiers from around the world, including Korea and China, are in Steamboat to compete in the FIS Continental Cup at Howelsen Hill. Taylor Fletcher is a three-time Olympian, raised in the Yampa Valley, and back in town for the Continental Cup.

Jumping starts Friday followed by cross-country racing under the lights at the rodeo grounds, and it continues on Saturday. It’s also free to watch.

In basketball, the Moffat County girls team beat Steamboat Wednesday night, 56-22. The Steamboat Sailors boys team beat the Bulldogs, 56-40.

Reindeer games start this Friday with the Christmas Fair at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. That’s just some of the family fun. There’s also gifts and crafts, letters to Santa, and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. She’ll even have cookies. The Christmas Fair is from 2-7 p.m. Friday, and then 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. It’s underneath the grandstands at the fairgrounds.

The Meeker High School band and choir have their holiday concert. It’s at 7 p.m. this Monday night at Meeker High School. The middle school holiday concert is at the same time and same place next Wednesday night, Dec. 19.

Also in Meeker, Kassie and Krissie Luce have committed to play volleyball next year for the South Dakota School of Mines. The twins were both first team all-state and all-tournament, and played for Meeker High School and the United 18 National Team.

The Craig Press is looking for Hometown Heroes. If you have a nomination, please send it to  Every Wednesday, the Craig Press will honor a local hero for his or her unselfish service to the community.

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