KRAI News for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019

A Craig woman was arrested Saturday on a charge of felony theft. 41-year-old Janey DeAnne Blackwell was charged with taking money from one of the 4-H clubs in Moffat County, and transferring it into her personal account. A CSU Extension agent became suspicious and started investigating. An affidavit says Blackwell was at first defensive, when confronted, but then admitted the thefts, and gave back the money she had allegedly stolen. She said her business, PackCenter Shipping was struggling. Blackwell has told police no one else was involved in the alleged thefts. Blackwell has posted bond and she’ll be in court Oct. 8.

A big merger is official as of today. It’s between the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and the Yampa Valley Land Trust. It means more opportunities for conservation in northwest Colorado. The name of the new organization will be the Yampa Valley Conservation Partnership. The group will work with Yampa Valley landowners to develop agricultural and conservation projects in the area through easements. Together, the merger conserves 158,697 acres of land in Routt, Moffat, Jackson, and Rio Blanco counties.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets this morning. Steamboat Springs City Council has a budget retreat today. The Hayden Town Council has their regular meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Octoberfest in downtown Craig brought out delicious dishes and plenty of people for the third annual event. Moffat Mercantile had its grand opening also on Saturday. The winner in the food category was Harold Brown with his Pigs in the Cornfield entry, which also won People’s Choice. The best dessert was Alabama Dump Cake by 6th grader Karson Fedinec. He also won People’s Choice. Money raised at Octoberfest will go towards future Downtown Business Association events.

As of today, visitors to Dinosaur National Monument can ride around the park on electric bikes. If a traditional bike is allowed, then an e-bike can go there, too. That means paved and unpaved roads that are open to the public. E-bikes aren’t allowed on any trails in the monument, and there aren’t any charging stations there.

The CNCC Soccer teams are on the road today, playing Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Both the men’s and women’s teams are coming off some tough home losses to Snow College and College of Southern Nevada. The next home games for the Spartans are Thursday against Salt Lake Community College. Those games are at 1 and 3 p.m., at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Homecoming for Moffat County High School is Oct. 7-12. The dance is in the ballroom at Quality Inn & Suites. The theme of homecoming this year is, “Oh, the places you will go.”

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

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