KRAI News for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

Rudy Cardenas has been sentenced for robbing the Bank of Colorado in Craig last September. Cardenas is from West Jordan, Utah. He pled guilty last week and was immediately sentenced to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Cardenas is also suspected of robbing a bank in Rifle around the same time.

A new scam is using sophisticated technology. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department says scammers spoof the phone number of a local utility company and they call you and say your electricity is about to be shut off, and a technician is on his way over to do it. It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it. Don’t give them your credit card or any gift cards. If you have any doubt, call your utility company directly yourself.

An extra 2,500 acres of land has been protected from future development. It’s on the R Lazy J Ranch, 10 miles south of Meeker. The conservation project was done through the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, landowner James Ritchie, with help from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The ranch lies on one of the bigger deer and elk migration corridors.

Torin Gray of Craig has been chosen for the 2020 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development (YHD) Program. The American Quarter Horse Association out of Amarillo, Texas, showcases the horses bred and raised by members. Torin’s horse is named Dakota.

To learn more about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program, visit

Valentine’s Day is Friday. Steamboat Resort hosts the Steamboat Light the Night Celebration at 5:30. Six hot air balloons illuminate Mountain Village. Then enjoy fireworks and a Torchlight parade. Loveland is hosting their annual mass wedding on the slopes Friday. It’s the 29th year for the Mountaintop Matrimony event.

Saturday is Love Laps at Howelsen Hill which is the first ever chairlift speed dating on the slopes. Sunday is a SUPER Free Ski Day at Howelsen Hill, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in the base lodge to get your free ticket first.

Ballot packets for the Presidential Primary on March 3rd will be in your mailbox soon. County clerks across Colorado have until Friday to mail the ballots to registered voters.

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

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