KRAI News for Thursday, June 25, 2020

Craig Police have arrested two people recently on numerous drug charges. The first was 32-year-old Jeff Noland of Craig. He was stopped on his motorcycle for fictitious license plates. Moffat County Sheriff’s helped with the stop, and they had Odin, the K-9 drug-sniffing dog. Craig Police reports Noland was found to have 69 grams of suspected methamphetamine and over a gram of suspected heroin, plus a lot of cash. Noland was booked into the Moffat County Jail.

The next day, on Monday, a Colorado parole officer asked Craig Police for help at a house on Rose Street. Officers found 42 grams of suspected meth, and over seven grams of suspected black tar heroin, and also a large amount of cash. 33-year-old Michael Colvin was booked into the Moffat County Jail as well.

Both men are still in jail. And they both have court dates next Tuesday.

Cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to go up in neighboring Routt County. Another female teenager has tested positive. She was identified through contact tracing with the 18-year-old female who tested positive earlier this week. They are under isolation orders, as are their families and other close contacts. Kari Ladrow is the Director of Public Health for both Routt and Moffat Counties. She says the teenagers and those in their 20s struggle more with the concept of being at home, not hanging out with friends, and not having dinner parties.

The new case means five positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County in the past five days.

Another challenge is visitors to Northwest Colorado, and those residents who leave the Yampa Valley and come back. Two of the other recent cases were from Routt County residents who went out of state and contracted the virus, and then came home.

Public Health officials say 100 people signed up for community testing yesterday in Routt County. Officials add that typically, 95 percent of those tested don’t have symptoms of the virus.

The Correctional Alternative Placement Services program, or CAPS, is closing its doors on June 30. Moffat County Commissioners voted 2-1 to deny a new contract for CAPS, which is a re-entry and treatment facility in Craig.

The irrigation system is being replaced at the Highland Cemetery in Meeker. The work is expected to take a couple of years. The Meeker cemetery is also hiring, if you’re looking for a job. No experience necessary. A recent windstorm also damaged some trees and a fence. An insurance claim was filed to help fix the damage and hire professionals to reset some toppled headstones in the cemetery.

Also from Meeker, the Herald Times reports that the Rio Blanco County Historical Society is working on some signage for the Bank Robbers’ Trail at the cemetery, at Circle Park, and around Meeker. They want to create a walking path that tells the story of the foiled bank robbery in Meeker, back in the 1800s.

Also from Meeker, the Jammin’ Lamb Festival is canceled this year. There has not been a decision yet on the 34th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials scheduled for early September. The decision will be made Aug. 1.

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