KRAI News for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thomas Mannon mug shot


A high-speed chase started at the Kum ‘n Go in Craig over the weekend, and ended in Mesa County. Here’s KRAI’s Vladan Chase on the incident that involved a man from Hayden.

A train derailed in Craig Monday morning. Part of the tracks were shut down. Several cars full of coal tipped over. No one was hurt.

The wet weather and snowy winter means it should be a mild summer wildfire season on the Western Slope. The Glenwood Post Independent says it’s also because of the above-average snowpack. Firefighters and wildlife experts expect a mild fire season, especially at higher elevations.

Ballots for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation election are due by 7 p.m. tonight, and they have to be taken to one of the ballot drop boxes, at either Steamboat Springs City Hall or Routt County Courthouse. Catherine Carson is the Election Judge.

Carson expects to know the outcome of the election sometime around 10 p.m. tonight. City Clerk Julie Franklin will make the announcement at City Hall.

Mind Springs Health has lost its contract to provide emergency crises services with the state of Colorado. The company has a satellite clinics in Craig and Steamboat, Meeker and Rangely, and other towns across the Western Slope. There won’t be any changes to outpatient services, just the emergency services. Rocky Mountain Health Plans will take over responsibilities for crisis services for the entire western slope on July 1.

 If you need help: Crisis services

  • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
  • Text“Talk” to 38255

Shoes are being collected for kids involved with the Meeker International Ecology program. Students are collecting the shoes. They’ll get 40 cents per pound, to raise money to go on a trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2020. Here’s Nancy Richardson, president of the Meeker Arts & Culture Council.

Shoes can be gently worn, used, or new. They can be dropped off at St. James Richards’ Hall, Meeker Drug, the Rec and Park District, and Watts Grocery.

There is a fundraiser in Hayden this Saturday night. It’s for Daniel Sixkiller Harding, who has brain cancer. Money raised will help the family with expenses while he gets treatments in Denver. There will be dinner, a silent auction, music and dancing. It’s from 5-9 p.m. this Saturday at The Haven Community Center. Call Dana Faucett for tickets, at 970-629-0552. Or call Monica Case at 970-734-5221.

Steamboat has been named 2019 Tree City USA again. It’s the 28th consecutive year that the city was awarded the recognition, from the Arbor Day Foundation. To be a Tree City USA, a community has to maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.

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

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