A single-vehicle crash sent a Craig man to the hospital Saturday night. Craig Press reports that first responders were called to the southwest side of the old Kmart building. They found an Isuzu Trooper that had hit a few things. Two people had been in the car, but officers weren’t sure which one was driving. They do think alcohol was a factor. The man in the car looked to have a broken arm and he was taken to the hospital, while the woman in the car left.
That Routt County Sheriff’s Officer who rolled his truck Sunday night is OK. Colorado State Patrol says he was wearing a seatbelt and it saved Travis Bedell’s life. The 2018 Dodge Ram Sheriff’s truck he was driving was totaled, and Bedell had minor injuries with a bump to the head. The accident happened on icy roads, at County Roads 129 and 44A.
LiftUp of Routt County is ready for the new year. Executive Director Sue Fegelein says they feel they met the needs of the community last year, and they’re ready to do it again this year.
Fegelein says the needs will continue to increase, especially with housing and their RocketPak program for kids. She says they want to thank everyone in the community, and the many groups, teams, and businesses who have continued to support LiftUp.
Governor-Elect Jared Polis has named some of his 12 members to his cabinet. One of them is Stan Hilkey, who is a 1982 graduate of Meeker High School. Hilkey will head up the Colorado Department of Public Safety, which he started running back in 2014 under Governor John Hickenlooper. That’s after being elected as Mesa County sheriff three times. He is the son of former Rio Blanco County sheriff Ron Hilkey. Kate Greenberg of Durango will be the incoming Commissioner of Agriculture. Kathleen Sullivan Kelley who is a Meeker native was considered a finalist for that spot.
The town of Kremmling will be hiring a fifth police officer. Money for the salary was approved in the 2019 budget, and supplemented by the West Grand School District and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
There is a big construction project going on right now in the terminal at Eagle County Regional Airport. It’s about halfway through. It’s a $33 million dollar project that will cover nearly 120,000 square feet. The Eagle County Airport Manager, Jeff Shroll, says, “This project will make us like a big boy airport when we’re done.”
In Utah, stricter DUI measurements are now in effect. The Utah Legislature has passed new regulations for driving under the influence. The Blood Alcohol Concentration level limits has gone down from 0.08 to 0.05. The Utah Highway Patrol tells the Vernal Express, “The Utah legislature passed “HB155” to save lives by preventing drunk driving, which kills and injuries people every year in Utah.”
Mary Penner of Craig ends the year as the 2018 National Cutting Horse Association World Finals Champion, in the $2,000 Limit Category. Penner is a 2011 graduate from Moffat County High School and then headed off to Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, before eventually working in Texas and Arizona. The national competition was in Fort Worth.
The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Vance Joseph, after a 6-10 season, and two losing seasons in a row.
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