KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for May 31, 2018

The Community Budget Center in downtown Craig was broken into over the weekend. A TV was stolen, and cash from the store’s donation box. Thieves also unplugged the store’s security equipment, and damaged the building. Karen Brown with the donation center says there will not be any money for assistance programs for the month of June. The center gives emergency assistance to people who need it, whether it is for rent, gas money, or shelter. Brown says, “It’s pretty scary stuff when things like this happen in a small community.”

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Red Flag fire warning below 7,500 feet for wind and low relative humidity. It is in effect in Eagle County and surrounding areas in the Colorado River Headwaters, until 10 p.m. tonight. The Red Flag Warning is also in effect through tonight for much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.  A Red Flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are happening now, or will happen shortly.

A semi-trailer and an SUV crashed on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass, about five miles north of Kremmling Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the SUV died at the scene. The crash started a grass fire, which was put out by fire crews from Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs. The truck was apparently carrying dog food. Highway 40 was closed in both directions for several hours.

Cynthia Morgan of Craig is asking for the public’s help in finding her service dog. Sebastian is a 20-month-old golden retriever. He went missing 11 days ago on a relative’s ranch about 15 miles northwest of Craig, on Moffat County Road 200. Please call Morgan if you have seen Sebastian, at 970-819-7260.

The Northwest Colorado Rangers had their annual match called “Where the Old West Stayed Young.” It’s Cowboy Action Shooting. Participants use firearms typical of those used to tame the  Old West, like single action revolvers, and old time shotguns. And they have to adopt an alias and dress in costume. About 40 participated over the holiday weekend, with two full days of shooting. Overall winners were Beefcake, Sam Balin, and I.B. One Eye. The group meets monthly in the summer, at the Bears Ears Sportsman Club’s Cedar Mountain Range.

Summit County’s longest running car dealership is closing at the end of the week. Hudson Auto Source has been sold to a developer who will turn the downtown Silverthorne property into a new “loft-style” neighborhood, with 152 units.

In Durango, six new hotels have been proposed for the city, which would add 450 rooms. The Durango Area Tourism Office says the tourism industry is growing there. The Durango Welcome Center will also be selling tickets now for Mesa Verde National Park Tours. And they’re working with Sky Ute Casino Resort to promote the casino for conferences.

In Eagle, the Bonfire Block Party is a three-day street festival, and it’s this weekend.

The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be mostly sunny, but a little windy, with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. It will be warm in the mid 80s, and very nice for the Craig pools that are now open.  Clouds could roll into town tonight. It will be the same tomorrow on the first day of June, but not quite as warm.

In sports, the state high school rodeo finals have wrapped up in Craig, with several headed to the national rodeo finals. Keenan Hayes from Hayden won the state title in both bareback riding and saddle bronc, as well as reserve champion in bull riding. Kinlie Brennise of Craig was all-around points champion among high school girls for the weekend. She was reserve champ in both barrel racing and breakaway roping. Jace Logan of Yampa was second overall and heads to nationals in Steer wrestling and tie down roping. Kasen Brennise was injured Friday, but he had enough points during the season to qualify him for nationals, which are in Rock Springs, Wyoming, starting July 15.

The Craig Pool complex is now open for the summer. Tonight is t-ball, softball, and coach pitch in Craig. Saturday is a Men’s Doubles Golf Tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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