KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Your ballot is due today. You’ll have to drop it off before 7 p.m. tonight. It’s too late to mail it. In Moffat County, ballots are dropped off at the courthouse. As of Sunday, 2,406 have been returned. In Routt County drop off in the secure box behind the county courthouse in downtown Steamboat, or at the town halls in Hayden, Oak Creek, and Yampa. You can drop off at the Clark Store in North Routt County until 5 p.m. tonight.

A Craig woman is accused of stabbing her lover through the hand with a truck key, when he was trying to protect his face. 55-year-old Kimberly Dawn Bugay was arrested and booked into the Moffat County Jail. She posted a $4,000 bond and was released. Bugay will be back in court next Tuesday morning, Nov. 12.

A driver in Eagle County didn’t use his turn signal so he got pulled over by an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy. That deputy smelled marijuana in the car so he asked the three people in the car if there was any in their possession. They said, “no.” Turns out there was 82 pounds of pot in the trunk, wrapped in dryer sheets to disguise the smell. The three men who said they were traveling from Las Vegas to Kentucky were arrested and booked in the Eagle County Jail.

History Colorado came to the Yampa Valley Monday night to talk about historic preservation in Colorado. Residents of Routt County spoke of the challenges of preserving cowboy construction which is where buildings used to be put up quickly with whatever was around. They also spoke of connecting renovation efforts to funding. The listening session in Steamboat is part of a statewide planning effort. It has goals of connection, engagement, celebration, and education.

Last week’s cold and windy weather brought an American Avocet to the Yampa Valley. The bird was found in the middle of the road in South Routt County. This is a bird that should be in a much warmer environment right now, like the coast of Mexico. The bird was brought to the Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation center in Steamboat Springs. Tracy Bye runs the facility. She says the bird is eating some brine shrimp, bloodworms, and tubeworms, and will be let go to be on its way on the next day where it is a little bit warmer and calmer. If it doesn’t decide to fly away, Bye has a trip planned to southern California. She’ll take the bird with her and release it there if she has to.

Ski Sunlight in Glenwood Springs is making snow. It’s happening a lot earlier than usual. If conditions stay cold and they can keep making snow, Sunlight might open at Thanksgiving, which is a lot earlier than the scheduled opening of Dec. 13.

Breckenridge and Copper Mountain are scheduled to officially open for the season this Friday. Also in Summit County, A-Basin and Keystone are already open.

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

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