KRAI News for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Part of I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 were closed Tuesday, near Rifle. Garfield County Sheriff’s officers were trying to catch a suspect who was on the hillside in the area, after a possible stabbing incident. They did eventually catch him Tuesday afternoon. No one was hurt. The investigation as to what started the incident is ongoing.

Jonathan Alexzander Waugh is considering a plea deal. Waugh is facing several federal charges, including first-degree murder, after his aunt accused him of trying to kill her. He was in court yesterday. A new date for the plea hearing has been set for Jan. 7.

Government offices are closed today, in observance of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. This includes the U.S. Postal Service, even though it is the busy holiday season. Here’s Cathy Shryock with the Steamboat Springs post office.

All forest service offices are also closed today. And most federal employees are excused from work today.

A group of community members have formed a Routt County Community Crisis Support Team. It’s for members of the public or first responders, who may be having a hard time dealing with what they have seen or heard, or a critical event such as a death or suicide. A $6,000 grant has been awarded to the team from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Find out more at RouttCountyCrisisSupport.org

Xcel Energy announced Tuesday that electricity will be 100 percent carbon-free by the year 2050. That’s for all customers in eight states, including Colorado. Xcel Energy also announced it will reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent, from 2005 levels, by the year 2030. Xcel Energy owns 75.5 percent of Unit One and 37.4 percent of Unit Two at the Hayden Station power plant. Twentymile Coal Company is in a review process right now, for a proposed expansion.

The Forest Service has a new reminder. This time it’s about electronic bikes or “E-bikes.” Because it has a motor, an e-bike is considered a motor vehicle, which means they can only be ridden on designated motorized routes on National Forest Land. Certain roads and trails for this are only open during certain times of the year, and it is the user’s responsibility to know when and where.

The 20th Annual KRAI Holiday Drive starts tomorrow morning. One of the beneficiaries is the Interfaith Food Bank. Here’s Director Karen Bunk.

The food bank needs non-perishables such as canned goods, cereals, beans, rice, spaghetti, peanut butter, and jelly. Other things needed are new toys for the Christmas for Kids program, and financial donations. The KRAI Holiday Drive is Thursday and Friday at Centennial Mall in Craig.  It starts bright and early at 6 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. each evening.

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

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