KRAI News for Thursday, May 23, 2019

John “Butch” Sims

Craig Police have asked local media to alert the community of a sexually violent predator. 52-year-old John Sims, who goes by Butch, is back in Craig on parole. Sims has been classified by the State of Colorado as a Sexually Violent Predator. Here’s Craig Police Captain Bill Leonard.

Sims has a list of rules that he must follow, and that full list is in an article in the Craig Press.  As a Sexually Violent Predator, Sims is required to register with local law enforcement every 90 days for the rest of his life.

The “One Seed, One Community” program is underway, hosted by the Moffat County CSU Extension Office. The hope is to unite the community by encouraging gardeners of all skill levels to plant, grow, cook, and share a featured vegetable every year. Free seeds are available at different locations around Craig. A list of those businesses is below. Those taking part are encouraged to join an online community on Facebook, on the One Seed, One Community page at

The free seeds are currently available for pickup at the following locations:

  • Moffat County CSU Extension Office
  • Healing Naturally
  • Chaos Ink
  • Memorial Regional Health
  • Moffat County Libraries Craig branch
  • Craig City Hall
  • Seasoned Brisket
  • Yampa Valley Bank
  • Sweet P’s
  • Carelli’s
  • Community Budget Center

For more information, call 970-824-9180.

We’re approaching the Memorial Day weekend. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management wants you to be aware and be careful. They have some good advice for all. A few of the more important suggestions are to be careful in the water, as water levels are high right now. Avoid high speeds on heavy machinery or ATVs. Put the fire out if you go camping and never start a fire on a windy day. And be careful driving; never drink and drive.

Plastic bags won’t be allowed at Steamboat’s largest grocery stores, as of Oct. 1. Steamboat Springs City Council voted 4-3 to ban the disposable plastic bags at City Market and Safeway, Walmart and Walgreens. It was a group of High School students who asked Council to consider the ban on plastic bags, because they’re bad for the environment.

The Moffat County Fairgrounds will be busy through Memorial Day. Moffat County and Craig are hosting the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association State Finals. Students from the high school, and Craig Middle School are competing.

Then Saturday, there is more fun at 3 p.m. with the Boys, Broncos, Barrels & Bulls Rodeo, also at Moffat County Fairgrounds. Saturday night is the Rocky Mountain Rodeo Series. That starts at 7 p.m. at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. There are adult and youth events. Those who might want to compete in that can call Blake at 307-466-3997.

As for our snowy week of weather, the Yampa and White River Basin is currently at 144 percent of its long-term average snow water equivalent, and across the state, Colorado is at 202 percent of its long-term average. Snow and rain could keep falling this morning, but the weekend weather forecast calls for sunshine.

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

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