KRAI News for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ricky Lee DeGeorge mugshot

A man from Vernal, Utah, was arrested in Dinosaur, after allegedly stealing a motorcycle from Vernal. It was spotted in Dinosaur. Police then saw it on Plateosaurus Place. They approached 43-year-old Ricky Lee DeGeorge who said it was his, but it was the one that was stolen. Degeorge was arrested and posted bond. Then he was supposed to be in court Tuesday, but he didn’t show up. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of DeGeorge for failing to appear.

Work begins soon on a high-speed broadband network in Craig. Craig City Council has signed an agreement with a new broadband subsidiary of Yampa Valley Electric, called Luminate. It allows YVEA to start building their network. Part of it will be on right-of-ways owned by the city. The new internet infrastructure will help bring Craig up to speed with the rest of the state, according to Craig outgoing mayor John Ponikvar.

Contributions will now be limited for elections in Moffat County, and all counties in Colorado. State lawmakers have signed into law a limit for a contribution of $1,250 for a candidate in a county election, in both primary and general elections. Small donor committees may contribute up to $12,500 dollars and political parties may donate a maximum of $22,125 for the election cycle. This will affect offices of county commissioner, county clerk and recorder, sheriff, coroner, treasurer, assessor and surveyor, and county commissioners.

Be ready for seasonal flooding, for low-lying areas along the Yampa River. Also, Soda and Burgess Creeks in Steamboat are prone to floods. It most likely would happen between mid-May and mid-June, according to Routt County Emergency Operations Manager Mo DeMorat. The area’s snowpack is at 111 percent of average. The river is rising quickly, so be aware. If you are in Routt County, sign up for emergency alerts at In Moffat County, it’s called Code Red.

Three new 911 dispatchers have been hired in Rangely. Now it means the Rangely Police Department Dispatch can be open overnight every day. It has had to close Monday through Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as of the first of the year. The three new employees are Zachery Bean, Cheyenne Steele, and Jason Vanden Brink, and they are all graduates of Rangely High School.

The recent CNCC Foundation dinner in Rangely raised more than $71,000. The annual event raises money to support scholarships for CNCC students.

The 9Health Fair is in Meeker, Saturday, April 27. It’s at Meeker Elementary School.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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