Craig Police are looking for a man, wanted for aggravated cruelty to animals and driving under the influence. Charles Lira is 38 years old. Call Craig Police if you have any information on Lira. The number is 970-826-2360.
The town of Meeker is showing its appreciation for the firefighters trying to suppress the wildfires in Rio Blanco County. Signs are up throughout town that say, “Thank you, firefighters.”
Smoke is being seen in Rangely and Dinosaur. That’s coming from a fire in Utah, south of Highway 40 and west of Raven Ridge, along the “Old Bonanza Road.” No structures are threatened right now, according to the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center.
Heavy rain and hail, along with some cooler temperatures, is helping with the fires. The Lake Christine fires is still burning strong though. It started near Basalt, and it is now at 12,000 acres. The Spring Creek Fire is in southern Colorado, and it has burned over 107-thousand acres. Both of those fires are human caused.
The Trail Gulch Fire near Gypsum is 100 percent contained. It burned 27 acres.
Rangely is getting a new food pantry. It will be at 743 East Main Street. The Rio Blanco Human Resource Council is hosting a food drive with drop-off locations at the Rangely Outdoor Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, the hospital, and Pinyon Tree Liquor. There will be more than food. There will be some clothing, and some personal hygiene products. They’ll also work with the New Eden Pregnancy Center. The food bank will also serve residents from Dinosaur. The current Rangely Food Bank at the Assembly of God Church will continue with its normal operations, and be open on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Two new trails are being built as part of the Meeker Trail System Expansion Project. Construction started this week on the 2.5 mile Hidden Valley Trail, and the 2.08 mile Lion Canyon Trail. Hikers and bikers are asked to be aware of construction equipment on the trail.
A police officer in Breckenridge was randomly assaulted over the weekend, at almost 2 in the morning, when was responding to a single vehicle crash. It is being deemed a random act of violence. Both the man who is accused of doing it, and the officer, were taken to the hospital, treated and released. The man charged with the assault is in custody.
The Milner landfill has to update its infrastructure to keep accepting liquid waste. The landfill’s permit has been amended by the county. It has to do with liquid waste, including waste from oil and gas production, and the basin where it goes. The liner needs to be updated.
Two events tonight… the Taste of Craig/Business Expo Mixer is from 5-7 at the Craig Chamber. The annual Dive-In Movie is at the Craig Pool Complex tonight as well, starting at dusk. The movie is Finding Dory.
Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast today with a high of 89 and a low of 49. There will be some sunshine of course, and maybe a few raindrops this afternoon. The weather will be about the same on Friday and Saturday.
In Sports, the National Rifle League held its second annual Mile High Shootout this past weekend. It’s one of 16 rifle shooting events for the non-profit league. The Craig area has plenty of room to set up targets at long distances and to accommodate all of the shooters, of which there were about 100. The top five shooters were Jake Vibbert, Jon Pynch, Jerry Karloff, Austin Orgain, and Rusty Ulmer.
The TGIF golf tournament is Friday evening at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are two years ago. Right now, Tokyo is in the middle of a heatwave. The International Olympic Committee is working on “detailed heat countermeasures,” to protect athletes, fans, and workers who will be at the Games. IOC President Thomas Bach is not ruling out rescheduling the games to a time when it isn’t so hot, like it is right now, at about 106 degrees.