KRAI News for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

A vote on recreational marijuana won’t be on the April ballot in Craig. Paul James with Craig Apothecary and the Committee to Grow Craig asked that Craig City Council approve an ordinance that would legalize recreational marijuana dispensaries within the Craig city limits. That way, no one would have to gather signatures, and then have it go to a vote. Council was concerned about the language of the ordinance, which is why they didn’t take any action.

Council did approve new landfill fees at this week’s meeting. The price is going up from $40 to $45 dollars. Mayor John Ponikvar said it’s because Moffat County Commissioners have raised the landfill fee for the city.

Council also passed a resolution that will have the City Clerk and City Attorney explore the best way to conduct the April election, since the Council Clerk and Recorder isn’t certified in the state system that’s required. They may have to ask the state to expedite Tammy Raschke’s training, or the city could partner with the county to use their voting machines. Or the city could do the election itself and hand-count the ballots.

Three council seats are open on the Craig City Council. Six candidates have applied to be on the April 2 ballot for council. The six who are applying for the three seats are Paul James, Eric Simo, Joshua Veenstra, Steven Mazzuca, Brian MacKenzie, and Stephen Tucker.

Two people died last weekend on I-80 west of Wamsutter, Wyoming. 59-year-old Michael Bevins, and 22-year-old Brandon Bevins from Tulsa, Oklahoma, were headed east on I-80 when their car crossed the median and entered the westbound lane. They collided head-on with a 2019 Freightliner Conventional truck. All three were buckled in. That driver of the truck had minor injuries, but the other two died. Roads were slick with blowing snow that day, which contributed to the crash.

Another accident Tuesday killed a man from Casper, Wyoming. The accident was north of Rawlins. Roads were slick. 34-year-old Kevin Brown wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife still wants your opinion on the five-year Big Game Season Structure. If you can’t make it to one of the meetings, you can call. They’re having two telephone town halls. One is at 7 p.m. this Monday. The other is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4. The number to call is 877-229-8493. The passcode is 111956. They plan to discuss hunter satisfaction, options for relieving crowding concerns during deer and elk archery seasons, start dates for seasons, and barriers to bear hunting.

The two people charged with starting the Lake Christine Fire in Eagle County last July, are headed to trial. They pleaded not guilty Wednesday. El Jebel residents Richard Miller and Allison Marcus allegedly started the fire when they were at a Basalt shooting range, firing illegal tracer rounds. That fire burned 12,500 acres and cost just over $17 million daughters to put out.

Colorado lawmakers will soon start debating the use of cellphones while driving. State law says only drivers who are under 18 years old aren’t allowed to use electronic devices while behind the wheel. A new law would mean no one can use a cell phone while driving, no matter what the age. Hands-free devices would still be allowed.

The X Games will stay at Buttermilk Ski Area. The Aspen Skiing Company and ESPN announced a new deal to keep the X Games in Aspen for five more years.

The Moffat County Wrestling team is in Parachute today, competing against Grand Valley High School.





The Steamboat Wranglers have a pair of home games this weekend. They’re playing the Casper Bobcats from Wyoming. The Casper team is lucky they’ll be able to get here for Friday night’s game since their team bus was stolen late Monday. They tracked the bus with GPS, where it slid off the highway and got stuck. A man has been arrested, after he was bragging about it and showing pictures to his friends, and his mother. The puck drops at 8 Friday and Saturday for the Wranglers game at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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