KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept.3, 2019

A fire broke out in the Davis House last night, across the street from the Moffat County Courthouse, in the 500 block of School Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in the apartment building. No one was hurt, and firefighters were able to get two dogs and a litter of kittens out of the building. The fire is under investigation.

Tyler Smercina Mug shot









A Craig man has been arrested for stalking and harassing a former lover. 26-year-old Tyler Scott Smercina faces a felony charge of stalking, and misdemeanor charges of violating a mandatory protection order and a restraining order, and harassment. The Craig Press reports police searched the victim’s phone and found 32 calls and texts, some minutes apart, from Smercina. Smercina is scheduled to be in court at 2 p.m. today.

Oak Creek celebrates Labor Day in a big way. The parade on Main Street through downtown Oak Creek had kids and horses, and animals, and 4H members. The Routt County Republicans, and the Routt County Democrats each had a float. The Soroco High School Class of ’69 rode through on a flatbed, there were plenty of fancy cars, and lots of candy for the kids. Then everyone went to Decker Park for horseshoes, volleyball, cornhole, basketball, and wife races.

Veterans in Rangely have added a purple heart around the base of the Veterans’ Memorial statue. The Purple Heart is a military decoration for those wounded or killed in action.

There was a rollover crash on I-70 near New Castle Monday morning. One person was taken to the hospital after being ejected from the car, as it rolled into the median. The driver of the other car wasn’t hurt. The Post Independent reports westbound lanes on I-70 had to be closed for about an hour.

The Never Forget project is on the lawn of               Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat Springs.               Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.


The flags are going up on the lawn at Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat Springs next week, over 6,000 of them. It’s the 9-11 Never Forget project. Paxton and Kendra Sollars are twins, and juniors at Steamboat Springs High School. They’re running the project for the second year in a row.

The flags remember 9-11 will start getting put up at 2:30 next Tuesday, Sept. 10. If you can help, stop by Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat that day.

The Moffat County High School golf team started off the school year and started a lot of travel and golf tournaments. The Bulldogs have already been to Grand Junction and Rifle. The Meeker Cowboys golf team also competed.  The Moffat County golfers host a home meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Craig. And then they’re playing in Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

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

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