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

A man was arrested in Craig after a standoff between local law enforcement. 27-year-old Michael Alan Jones was wanted on several felony warrants in Routt County. Craig Police heard he might be at a house in the 400 block of Fourth Street. They got a team to serve an arrest warrant. Those helping Craig Police were officers from Colorado State Patrol and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Despite not coming out at first, officers were eventually able to get Jones. This was near the Moffat County Fairgrounds. While this was happening, the Moffat County Cattlewomen were hosting Ag Day for the fourth graders. Officers had to ask the teachers, students and volunteers, to stay where they were for about 20 minutes. Jones was taken to the Routt County jail.

The murder trial for Rachel Niemeyer has started. She is accused of killing her husband, Michael Adam Freese, in October of last year. It happened at the Bear Valley Inn in Craig. The trial in Craig is expected to last through Monday.

The 2018 Moffat County Future Farmers of America fundraising benefit is at 5:30 today, in the Moffat County High School gym. About 50 handmade decorative and outdoor items are available, through silent auction, or from auctioneer Chad Green. Ray Sanders is the Agricultural Education and FFA advisor.

It costs $7 to get in, but that includes dinner, with a traditional favorite – Rocky Mountain oysters. And pork loin will also be served. Awards will also be given.

The FFA also has its greenhouse open. Plants and hanging baskets are for sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Vocational Agricultural Building.

Work has begun on the Cedar Mountain trail project. Seven miles of new, non-motorized trail have been proposed for Cedar Mountain which is about seven miles northwest of Craig. About half of the trails have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management, and are expected to be finished within the next two years. The first three segments of trails should be ready by June 2, which is National Trails Day. Those helping are the Craig Hotshots, Routt County riders, a local boy scout troop, and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

A 15-person team floated the Yampa River south of Craig earlier this month, to help improve campsites along a 32-mile stretch of the river. It’s the part of the Yampa that runs through the Little Yampa Canyon Special Recreation Management area. The group is called The Mission Continues and they’ve been doing it for about 20 years.

Six students from Moffat County High School are headed to Baltimore in late June. They’ve been chosen to participate in the national leadership conference for the National Future Business Leaders of America.

Craig Middle School students recently participated in a two-day field trip to Denver, to take part in the Junior Achievement Destination Success program. One day was spent learning about a career at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. They also visited JA Finance Park, which is a reality-based budgeting process.

The new principal at Rifle High School will be John Arledge. The board of directors for Garfield Re-2 School district approved Arledge, who has 29 years of experience in public education on the Western Slope, including at Orchard Mesa Middle School, and Fruita Monument and Palisade high schools .

The Hayden Police Department is hosting a Dog License and Vaccination Clinic. It’s at the Hayden Mercantile tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The police chief will be there grilling hot dogs so enjoy a free lunch, too.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be a little cloudy and a bit windy, with winds out of the south from 20 to 30 miles per hour. Temperatures will be in the low 70s. Saturday will be about the same with clouds and a bit of a breeze, and temperatures in the upper 60s. Then on Sunday, scattered thunderstorms to round out the weekend.

The Craig Middle School track and field team tallied 30 wins in the Best of the Best Meet this past weekend, held at Moffat County High School. Teams were there competing from Soroco, Steamboat, Hayden, East Grand, Rangely, and Baggs.

In sports this weekend, you can go for a great bike ride Saturday morning with the ride known as “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” It’s 30 miles from Craig to Maybell, and it has been happening for 32 years, presented by Craig Parks and Recreation.

In Bulldog sports, the Moffat County High School Track and Field team is in Grand Junction today for the Tiger Invitational. The swim team is there too this weekend, for the Western Slope League Championships.

At the high school on Saturday, athletes will be competing in the Special Olympics Western Regional Spring Games.

And our rodeo athletes are headed Keenesburg, which is northeast of Denver, to compete.

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