KRAI News, Weather, and Sports – May 17, 2018

The Chief Financial Officer of Memorial Regional Health is retiring. Denise Arola will work through the end of next month. She’ll be replaced by Kelsea Henry, after a nationwide search. She is from Colorado. Henry and her husband will be relocating to Craig.

Graduation for Moffat County High School is a little over a week away. The strains of Pomp and Circumstance will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

The school district is expecting a big crowd, so shuttles will be available. The shuttle buses will start running at 8 a.m. that morning, from the old K-Mart parking lot, and they’ll run every 15 minutes. Then after graduation, they’ll start up again and keep running until everyone gets back to their car. The district wants to remind everyone that parking is very limited at the high school.

Wildlife officers have confirmed that the bear they killed near Grand Junction, is the same bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl. They had set a trap to catch the bear, but then saw it approaching another house, and then it came up to their car and looked in the window. It was a two-year-old male bear that attacked the little girl, who is still recovering.

A second embezzlement case will go to trial. A husband and wife are accused of stealing more than $1 million from a ranch in the New Castle area. Charla and Zane Farris managed the ranch for almost 30 years. They are accused of felony theft.

A new advisory group plans to come up with a plan for managing Chronic Wasting Disease in Colorado. It affects deer, elk, and moose in 26 states. The next meetings are at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco, on June 14 and 15, and also July 25.

Durango has passed a ban on sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks, curbs or other public areas. Durango City Council passed the ordinance to improve the safety and atmosphere in the city’s downtown area.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has recognized its 2017 Northwest Regional award winner. Grand County was chosen for its outstanding partnership contributions.

Aspen City Council has voted to double the fines for people who harass wildlife. It includes not securing trash cans properly, and doing something as dangerous as trying to take selfies with animals, like bear or moose. The first offense is $250, the second is $500, and a third offense is $999, with an appearance in court. Aspen Police say they’ll work on tourists the most, in understanding the new ordinance. One councilwoman said she is surprised at how ignorant people are, while another councilman said, “It’s stupid people.”

Today should be another beautiful day in Northwest Colorado, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s. Friday will still be sunny and warm. Be ready for a few thunderstorms this weekend, mainly in the afternoons.

In sports…

The Moffat County High School Track and Field team is headed to Lakewood to compete in the CHSAA State Championships today, through Saturday. Bulldogs have qualified in 13 events.

In Rangely, senior Patrick Scoggins has decided to run for the Cross Country/Track and Field team at Colorado State in Pueblo.

The Moffat County boys swim team will compete at the Air Force Academy this weekend, in the state championships.

A soccer clinic is this Saturday. Craig Parks and Recreation, CNCC, and Moffat County High School are presenting the soccer clinic at Woodbury Sports Complex. It starts at 9.

Baseball, softball, T-ball, and coach pitch are all underway right now, with practices each evening at either Woodbury, or Loudy-Simpson.

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