KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for June 11, 2018

A woman from New Mexico is still in the Moffat County Jail, after allegedly stealing a car. A customer at Stockmen’s Liquor called police saying their car was gone from the parking lot. The caller said the keys had been left in the car, and that a woman apparently got in the car and drove away. Police found the car, and the woman, and she was arrested. 36-year-old Desiray Sanchez was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, and criminal trespass, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

A wildland fire just north of Wolcott off Highway 131, quickly grew to over 400 acres this weekend. Officials are calling it the Bocco Fire, and they say it started at an unofficial shooting range in the area. Jeremy Spetter was at a windy Command Central Sunday. SOUNDBITE.

Here is video of the fire:

Those windy conditions and the dry weather is making it harder to put out the fire. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three white males with long hair, who were seen speeding away from the area when the fire first started. They were in a red and white truck.

Another fire started about 12 miles west of Rifle Sunday night. I-70 had to be closed for a while, and Highway 6 in that area.

It’s garage sale season. You can tell because of the overabundance of yard sale signs at the corner of West Victory Way and Finley Lane. The city has put up a new sign. It’s very large, and it’s there so that people can neatly advertise their yard sales on it. On the back of the sign is a magnetic map of Craig. Those hosting sales can pin a note to the front side of the board, and then pin the location of the sale onto the map.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets tomorrow morning. They’ll discuss changing the meeting schedule to bi-weekly, instead of every week.

Craig City Council meets at 6:30 tomorrow night at Craig City Hall. Council will hear reports from the City Attorney and acting city manager, as well as reports from the Craig Police Department. Craig Police officer Brian Gonzales will also be receiving a commendation.

The Pirates of the Yampa River Race and Poker Run is this Saturday, along the Yampa River in Moffat County. It’s about six miles, and participants can ride a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. For more information on the race, call 970-824-8114.

A section of the Yampa River near Stagecoach will be closed to fishing starting this Thursday. It’s point-six tenths of a mile between the dam at Stagecoach State Park down to the lowermost park boundary. Colorado Parks and Wildlife made the decision because of critically low water flow from the recent dry conditions. If you go fishing there, you’ll get a ticket.

Another fishing event coming up is the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic. It’s June 23 through July 1 at Elkhead Reservoir State Park. Those who join the fishing fun could win up to $9,000 I prizes. You’d have to catch a tagged northern pike and a tagged smallmouth bass. And if you do, you’ll win $1,500. If no one wins, there will be a drawing for the money. All ages are welcome. Those 16 and over need a valid Colorado fishing license. For details, call 970-276-2061.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be sunny with highs in the 80s. Winds could increase during the day, up to 25 miles per hour. The sunshine continues this week and temperatures could reach the 90s.

In sports…

Seventy-six golfers in Craig played on 19 teams in this weekend’s Memorial Regional Health Foundation Golf Tournament. Money raised will go to the hospital’s new medical office building, and toward the foundation’s work in the community. The winners of the tournament based on gross score were the foursome of Skylar Blackman, Rusty Wolfrum, Brett Etzler and Bennie Brackett.

This Saturday is the Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run. It’s the 6th year for the event as part of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. All money raised will benefit Moffat County schools.


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