KRAI News for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Be aware in the back country because of all of the heavy snow we’ve been getting in Northwest Colorado The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says it is easy to trigger large and dangerous avalanches today, and some may run naturally. The avalanche danger is rated as HIGH above and near treeline today. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday. More than two more feet of snow is expected.

Craig City Councilman Tony Bohrer has announced he will run for Moffat County Commissioner in District 1. The Craig Press reports that Bohrer will run against incumbent Don Cook, who is running for re-election. Should Bohrer be elected to the District 1 seat in November, the two-term city councilman would have to resign from his council seat in early November.

Jamie Babcock Mug Shot










A man from Rifle was arrested over the weekend for attempted murder. Jamie Babcock allegedly tried to shoot a friend. An arrest warrant says Babcock first called Rifle Police, saying his gun went off three times during a struggle inside his truck. His bond has been set at $100,000.

The Pankey Ranch in Moffat County has been award the 2019 Conservationist of the Year in the Ranching Division, from the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. The award was given last month at the National Western Stock Show. Keith and Shelley Pankey run the ranch with their sons, Kevin and Justin. It’s 30 miles northwest of Craig and was first homesteaded more than 100 years ago.






Hayden Town Council has a meeting tonight. It starts at 7:30 in Hayden Town Hall on West Jefferson Avenue.

The elk herds in the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys are shrinking. That’s in the area of Aspen and Vail. The Aspen Times reports that the population of the herds have reduced at least 50 percent since the year 2000. That’s according to a researcher for a nonprofit conservation group called Rocky Mountain Wild. That group says an increase in human population and everything associated with it is to blame. They say adding a wildlife overpass on Highway 82 would help the herds and all wildlife.

Word from Keystone Resort. Three employees there have confirmed cases of the mumps. A Summit County Health Nurse says that number could change as the investigation continues, and to check to make sure your mumps vaccination is current.

The Lighted Man made an appearance at last night’s Opening Ceremonies for Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs. Jon Banks is the Lighted Man. He will be back Saturday night for the Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill.

Banks is the one up on the face of Howelsen Hill, skiing down in a completely lighted up ski suit. You can’t miss him. The Night Extravaganza starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. You can see a full interview with Jon Banks, the Lighted Man, along with his brothers, Ron and Kent, on the KRAI website.

Lighted Man and his brothers:

Lighted Man at Opening Ceremonies:

Also, with a Winter Carnival button, you can ski for free at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat, every through this Sunday. Just go into the base lodge and get your free lift ticket first.

The 25th annual Art Walk and 14th annual Taste of Chocolate is this Saturday in downtown Craig. It’s from 5-8 p.m. The Art Walk is free. Tickets for the Taste of Chocolate are $20 and available at KS Kreations, Downtown Books, and Kitchen a la More.

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

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