KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 28, 2018

The Class of 2018 from Moffat County High School has graduated… all 121 of them. Colby Beckett was valedictorian for the class. He was involved in Moffat County FFA for four years, and played baseball, football, and hockey. But he said he was most proud of keeping up his grades while balancing activities and sports. Olivia Neece was salutatorian. Her message was to the grown-ups, which was “Give high school students some credit,” emphasizing how hard high school students work, and she doesn’t want that to get overlooked.

Two Moffat County graduates were awarded $1000 each in scholarships from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. They are Brayden Tuttle and Vanessa Libbee. Vanessa also received $500 from the County Sheriffs of Colorado.

There was a small grass fire Saturday morning, at Moffat County Road 183 and Highway 13. About 50-to-65 square feet of grass burned, but Craig Fire/Rescue got the fire contained quickly. They want to remind everyone to make sure your fire is out, and don’t throw cigarette butts out the window.

A driver of an ATV was involved in an accident Sunday afternoon, near 1st and Stock Drive in Craig. He was taken to the hospital. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.

In Colorado, 500 tons of marijuana was produced for sale last year. Eleven million tons was for marijuana edibles, while 411,000 thousand pounds of plants were grown and sold. That’s according to the 2017 annual report from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. Also, at the end of last year. The state had 3,051 licensed medical and retail marijuana centers, stores, grows, manufacturers, and testing facilities.

Take a swing at the dunk tank today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. It’s hosted by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition as part of Grand Old West Days. Those volunteering to get dunked throughout the day today include Vern Simister, Tony Bohrer, Frank Moe, Autumn Tatman, Erik West, JoBeth Tupa, David Pressgrove, Jorge Gonzalez Holguin, and Jacob Briggs.

Grand Old West Days wraps up today with more rodeo, and arts and crafts. You can see video of Sunday’s rodeo, and the tractor pull on the KRAI Facebook page.  

 v=9c7xZ5Orjc0&t=44s  About 60 drivers competed in the tractor pull, run by the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club.

Many baby moose are being born, especially in Routt County right now. Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Northwest Region says to always expect to encounter wildlife in our area. And if you see a young animal, never approach it and don’t attempt to rescue it.

You can see one of the newest moose in Steamboat Springs, taking its first steps, on the KRAI Facebook page. That video was taken from inside a house, on the top floor, safely looking out a window.

A jury scam has been happening in Garfield County. The sheriff’s office there reports that the scammer leaves a message, saying they are from a local law enforcement agency, and that you have to call them back. When you call back, the scammer says you missed jury duty and there is a bench warrant for your arrest, unless you pay a fine or fee right now. Don’t fall for it. They’re professional scam artists, who usually make these calls on Fridays or on the weekend.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be cloudy this morning, with scattered showers and thunderstorms headed our way this afternoon. The high today will be 68 degrees. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with sunshine returning mid-week.

Moffat County High School senior student-athletes have been honored. Colby Beckett was given the Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award. Josie Timmer won the Outstanding Female Athlete Award for the Class of 2018. Both were three-sport athletes their senior year. Beckett hopes to play football at Colorado Mesa University in the fall, while majoring in mechanical engineering. Timmer plans to triple jump for Fort Hays State in Kansas, while studying agriculture and animal science.

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