KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Another rollover happened Monday morning in the same spot as a rollover the morning before. It happened near Loudy-Simpson Park, early in the morning when temperatures were well below freezing. No one was hurt. Law enforcement wants to remind drivers to be carefully when roads are icy in the winter.

A man from Texas died last week after his car caught on fire and he walked away from it. This happened near Savery, Wyoming. Carbon County Sheriff’s officers helped as did the Baggs Search and Rescue. 52-year-old Gerry Slusher called for help and gave GPS coordinates. Searchers eventually found Slusher’s body in a deep ravine about a mile and a half from his vehicle. Preliminary reports from the county coroner say he died from exposure to the elements.

Parts are in to fix the mechanical issue on the new gondola at Steamboat Resort. The parts are set to be assembled this afternoon. The gondola will be started, with testing, aligning, and a vibration analysis, but no word on the exact time it will reopen. It has been nine days since the new gondola shut down.

The 2019 National Coal Mine Rescue Contest had some local top finishers this year. Peabody Energy’s 20-Mile team is ranked second as a combination team and seventh in first aid. The Deserado “Silver” Mine Rescue Team from Blue Mountain Energy in Rangely performed well enough to be ranked sixth in the nation as a combination team. That’s according to the Herald Times. The event was in Lexington, Kentucky.

Meeker is celebrating the Parade of Lights and downtown tree lighting ceremony tomorrow night. The fun starts at 5:30 with the parade and tree lighting, along with fireworks and Christmas carols at the Meeker Hotel along with cookies and cocoa. Santa is visiting Meeker on Saturday and then there will be 38 vendors at the Farmers Market Holiday Extravaganza.

A Celebration of Light is coming up Thursday evening, Dec. 5. Community members are invited to honor the memories of loved ones. All ages are invited to release a lantern and decorate ornaments. There will be soup, cookies, and hot chocolate. The Celebration of Light is hosted by Northwest Colorado Health and Grant Mortuary & Crematory. It starts at 5:30 on Dec. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. For more, call 970-871-7609.

Two Moffat County football players have been chosen for the first team in Class 2A Western Slope League All-Conference Football. That would be Daniel Cruz and Corey Scranton. Honorable Mention players from Moffat County are Taran Teeter, Logan Hafey, and Dagan White.

Practices have started for the Moffat County basketball teams. The boys team has a new coach. Steve Maneotis is leading the high school squad, after coaching at Craig Middle School. The Craig Press reports that 32 players are out for the team, with only two of them being seniors. The team plays Thursday in La Jara, in the Mountain Top Classic. The girls are playing in the Meeker White River Shootout.

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

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