KRAI News, Weather and Sports – May 16, 2018

Update (Wednesday morning): A 16-year old boy who has been missing from Craig is now home with his family. Joshuwa Clark had been gone for about a week, classified as a runaway. The family has just let us know that Josh came home safely late Tuesday night.

A 16-year old boy from Craig, with cognitive disabilities, is missing. Joshuwa Clark has been gone for about a week, and he has been classified as a runaway. Erin Wilson is a friend of the family.

Josh is 5’ tall and 150 pounds, and Hispanic. Please contact Craig Dispatch at 970-824-8111 if you have any information.

Peak flows are hitting early this spring, and at the lowest levels ever recorded on the Colorado River. The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction is reporting peak flows at about 85-hundred cubic feet per second near the Utah line. That is the lowest levels on record in 85 years, except for three other years… recorded by the Colorado River Conservation District. Persistent drought is affecting water levels in the river, which serves about 40 million people and 63-hundred square miles of farmland in the United States and Mexico.

The old Luttrell Barn could get an historic designation. The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is sending a letter of support for the designation to the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mark Anderson was appointed to the Moffat County Fair Board.

The Moffat School District Board of Education meets Thursday afternoon. There is a work session at 4 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 in the boardroom of the Yampa Building. One item to be negotiated is teacher compensation. The board and the teachers’ union are meeting this morning to discuss the issue. The board will hear a report at Thursday’s meeting, along with policy hearings for 11 school district policies, such as student transportation, staff conduct, homeless students, foster care students, suspensions and expulsions, student health services and more.

Fourth graders in Moffat County recently learned more about agriculture, with 4th grade Ag Day, hosted by the Moffat County Cattlewomen. Chris Rhyne with the group says cattlewomen are not beef-specific, so the kids learned about agriculture overall, and how it interacts with Moffat County history. Moffat County FFA also helped the 175 elementary school kids better understand where their food comes from.

From the Police Blotter…

Monday, a 38-year-old Moffat County woman was arrested for shoplifting at City Market. The things Jennifer Smith allegedly took were less than $50, and she also violated bail bond conditions. She is at the Moffat County Jail.

Also Monday, more cars were egged in the morning, this time on the 700 block of Stout Street. Monday afternoon, police were asked to look at the back window of a trailer that had been shot out. The caller thought it was done with a BB gun. Then Monday evening, a person found a box of cash at Walmart. Officers are working to find the owners.

Today should be another beautiful day in Northwest Colorado, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. This week should be very nice. Look for some rain Saturday afternoon.

In sports, Track and Field athletes from Moffat County High School have qualified in 13 events at the CHSAA State Championships, which start tomorrow. The event is at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

Moffat County swimmers will compete in eight events at the state championships, which start this Friday afternoon at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

The Coors Events Center could be getting a new name. That’s the basketball stadium in Boulder where the Colorado Buffaloes play. It was given the Coors name back in 1990, for a one-time payment of $5 million. Now nearly three decades later, CU wants to see about getting a new sponsor for big bucks. For example, United Airlines will pay USC 69-million dollars over 16 years for its name on the LA Memorial Coliseum. And in Fort Collins, Colorado State will get nearly 38-million dollars from Public Service Credit Union to get to name its new football stadium. The last stadium was named after Coach Sonny Lubick, after a $20 million dollar anonymous donation.

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