A Craig man has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies. 36-year-old Jonathan Alexzander Waugh allegedly attacked his aunt, Susan Reeves. And she says he tried to start a fire in her mobile home at Cedar Mountain Trailer Park. It happened last Thursday. Reeves was able to get out of the home and call police and fire who put the fire out and took her to the hospital. She said her nephew did it, so police started trying to find Waugh. He was hiding in a garage at a home in the Shadow Mountain Village Mobile Home Park. The owner came home and called police, after the two got into a fight. Waugh is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, felony criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and attempted first-degree assault.
A funnel cloud was spotted Sunday in Routt County. It doesn’t happen often. Actually it was North Routt County, and it eventually dissipated. It might have briefly touched down. The National Weather Service needs pictures of the funnel cloud touching down first, and if they get some pictures, they could verify that was as tornado in the Steamboat Springs area. The storm also brought hail, and then it moved east into Grand County.
Police are still hoping for clues, and any signs for Steamboat resident Matthew Shelters who has been missing for two months. Steamboat Police have gone through cellphone data, and have gotten help from psychics. A non-profit group called Find Me has been working with the family, and have provided specific GPS coordinates. Police have looked at those spots but found nothing. Shelters has been missing since April 24, and there is a $7500 reward.
The U.S. Surgeon General is discussing the opioid crisis at a forum in Aspen. Dr. Jerome Adams told everyone there that they have to do all they can to help fight the epidemic that has caused the deaths of more than 45,000 people in the United States in 2016. Adams says a person dies every 12 minutes in America, from the abuse of opioids, and treatment facilities are needed.
Craig City Council meets Tuesday evening at City Hall. One item on the agenda is the renewal of a tavern license for Mathers’ Bar Inc. Council will also hear an update from Chad Paulson of SGM about engineering and service projects in Craig. The meet starts at 6:30 tomorrow night.
The Buffalo Mountain Fire is out in Summit County. Now the problem for those living there is the pink and red fire retardant that was dropped to help put out the fire. It’s on streets and houses and cars. Residents are trying to get rid of the ammonium polyphosphate which is also an organic salt used in industrial fertilizer. The slurry will probably stay until it is washed away by rain.
A jury in Eagle ruled in favor of Vail Resorts, in the death of 13-year-old Taft Conlin in 2012. The teenager died in an in-bounds avalanche on Upper Prima Cornice. The run was closed at the top, but skiers are known to hike up from the bottom of the run, which is what happened, and what caused the avalanche. The judge says Vail was not at fault for that.
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people, ages 15 to 24, only behind accidents. The suicide rate is up 34 percent in Colorado, and it has gone up 24 percent nationally over the past 15 years. The suicide rate in Summit County is very high. Eight people have committed suicide in Summit as of June, compared to five in all of 2017. The Colorado Crisis Services Statewide Hotline is 844-493-TALK.
The Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park caught fire over the weekend, during a wedding, when there were about 250 people in it. All got out safely. The lodge had significant damage.
Power was knocked out to about 400 Xcel Energy customers in Breckenridge Sunday, after a man hit a light pole and power box in town. He was taken to the hospital, and workers had to rebuild the electrical cabinet that he hit. Police think it could be a DUI.
The weather in Northwest Colorado today should be sunny and in the mid 80s. The sunshine continues for most of the week, but it will get warmer with temperatures in the mid 90s tomorrow through Thursday.
In Sports… the 3rd annual Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic started this weekend, and continues through July 1. Prizes totally $9,000 are being offered for the tagged fish, the largest and smallest, and the greatest amount caught. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery. A way to do that is to curb the amount of non-native predator species, such as smallmouth bass and northern pike.
Jefferson Piatt of Craig has been chosen for the Under Armour 18 baseball team, through Baseball Factory. It means he’ll be headed to the Omaha National World Series at the end of the month. He was also picked as one of the top 26 players in the western region to participate in a college showcase in Virginia in late August.