Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong told Craig City Council Tuesday night that it is a difficult time for him. He says it’s because council has been considering consolidating the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s office, and he says he hasn’t been consulted. Councilman Chris Nichols says the city could save $750,000 by getting rid of the Craig Police department. Moffat County could hire 18-21 new sheriffs deputies to police Craig and the rest of Moffat County. At least 50 people went to the meeting. The Craig Press reports that many were Craig police officers and their families. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar says council is only considering the proposal. Council approved continued study of the issue.
It got very heated in Steamboat at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, with people in the audience standing up, booing, cursing, and threatening to sue Steamboat’s City Council. That’s because plans to build a new Residence Inn by Marriott in Steamboat, behind the Safeway off Highway 40, are still moving forward. Council chose to stand by their Feb. 5 decision to approve the hotel. People who were at the meeting say it’s an historic property and they don’t want a hotel on it.
A former Moffat County man has pled guilty to a lesser misdemeanor child abuse charge, after a felony child abuse charge ended in a mistrial in September. 39-year-old James Edward Vaughan, who now lives in South Carolina, pleaded guilty to the negotiated settlement, agreeing to 305 days of time he already served, and restitution of $1,590. The incident happened in August of 2016, when the young victim was brought to The Memorial Hospital with a massive head injury.
The executive director of Moffat County United Way has resigned. Annette Norton has accepted the job as director of Moffat County Department of Human Services. Moffat County Commissioners have approved the appointment. Norton’s first full day will be Feb. 28. United Way has started recruiting a new director. If you’re interested, applications are due by Feb. 26.
That big firework that failed to launch Saturday night in Steamboat during Winter Carnival, detonated in its tube. That mortar was buried beneath the ground. The blast left debris at the site. Some limbs of a tree that was close by were damaged. No infrastructure was damaged at Howelsen Hill and no one was hurt. That’s because everyone was a half-mile away from the launch site and Emerald Mountain was closed to the public at the time.
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