KRAI News for Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

Ethan Robinson mug shot.

The Craig man who led law enforcement on a high speed chase last week has been charged with five felonies. Three include drug possession and distribution. 28-year-old Ethan Robinson of Craig was arrested Friday after he led a Routt County Sheriff’s deputy on a chase along county roads. Robinson eventually got out and ran, but he was found by the deputy and a K-9 unit hiding under a bush. The dog alerted the deputy to illegal narcotics, including meth and heroin, in the car. Robinson is in jail, on a $10,000 cash surety bond.

Vanessa Allison Jenkins mug shot.

A Craig mother has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of her 3-year-old son.  The Craig Press reports 26-year-old Vanessa Allison Jenkins was in court Monday. Her son died in a house fire on Christmas Eve. An investigation determined the fire was likely started by the young boy. The date of the trial will be Dec. 16.



That mountain lion that attacked an eight-year-old boy in Bailey, Colo., last week was captured and put down by Federal Wildlife Services officials. They actually caught two male mountain lions who were found feeding on a goat carcass. Both were put down, but the one did confirm through DNA testing to be the one who attacked the young boy. The young man in the attack has had at least two surgeries, and a GoFundMe page has been set up for him. That link is on the KRAI website.

Dinosaur National Monument has events through the weekend, celebrating its status as an International Dark Sky Park. It’s called “Dark Skies Over Dinosaur,” and it starts Wednesday afternoon with Fun with the Sun, Astro Junior Ranger program, Nights without Lights, and then Stargazing with Telescopes. Events continue through Sunday. The full schedule is on the KRAI website and Facebook page. Or at


The Meeker Arts and Cultural Council Center Stage Youth Theatrical Group has tryouts for “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” this Friday. They’re at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Culture Center at  517 Park Ave. This is open to children in grades 3rd-8th. A $20 fee per participant will be required. Rehearsals start Sept. 3 on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, and Fridays. Show dates in Nov. have yet to be determined. Questions? Call 720-341-4326.

Photo courtesy Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

The legacy of Trappers Lake will be honored every Saturday evening through the end of September. Trappers Lake is 50 miles east of Meeker. One hundred years ago, a landscape architect named Arthur Carhart was asked to plan 100 home sites and a road around the lake. He came back and said no. Carhart said the land around Trappers Lake “should be preserved for all time for the people of the Nation and the world.” And it was, which was the basis for the national wilderness concept. This legacy will be recognized by rangers from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest each Saturday at Trappers Lake at the Amphitheater there. They also refer to Trappers Lake as the “Cradle of Wilderness.”

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

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