KRAI News for Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Craig Police department is getting a new police dog. The issue was brought up at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. More than five years’ worth of drug enforcement data shows a steady rise in drug felonies and distribution cases. Corporal Grant Laehr says 2019 is shaping up to be one of Craig’s worst years yet for drug charges. The dog is expected to cost $4,000 and training would take about a year. Then add on equipment and care and it totals about $10,000. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar is in favor of the new drug canine. The new police dog should be at work on the streets of Craig in 2020.

Steamboat Springs could get more recreational marijuana dispensaries in city limits. The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is discussing the change in the rules at today’s meeting at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Then the issue will go before City Council on May 7.

Grand County is having problems with heavy snow that is now melting. That means leaking roofs. One local roofing company there says they’re getting close to 20 calls a day from emergency leaks because of ice problems.

The caretakers of the Carpenter Ranch in Hayden are moving to Stagecoach. Geoff and Betsy Blakeslee have lived on the ranch for 23 years, managing it for the Nature Conservancy. A new facilities manager will move in and take over the conservation and management of the Carpenter Ranch.

Coffee and a Newspaper is next Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., at the east Kum & Go, at 700 E. Victory Way. Craig Press Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Jim Patterson will be there, along with the Moffat County Commissioners. Everyone is welcome.

Paul Scolari starts his new job Sunday, as the superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah. Scolari has been with the National Park Service for more than 24 years. He’ll also supervise Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming.

In sports, Moffat County High School’s varsity baseball team plays Steamboat this afternoon. The game is at 3 p.m. at Craig Middle School. It’s a double header. The Lady Bulldogs soccer team is headed to Parachute today for a 4:30 p.m. game against Grand Valley. They’ll then play Vail Christian School Saturday at 11 a.m. That game is away.

Friday, the Moffat County High School JV track and field team is competing at the Meeker Invitational. The varsity track team is at a meet in Grand Junction Saturday.

The Craig Middle School wrestling team is headed to Denver Friday and Saturday for the Rocky Mountain Nationals Middle School State Championships.

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

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