Former Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie has pleaded not guilty to three child-sex related charges. MacKenzie entered the plea Monday afternoon in Jefferson County District Court. That’s where he was arrested on Oct. 11. The Craig Press reports that the not guilty plea means a jury trial. A pre-trial conference for MacKenzie is March 2 in Jefferson County.
Two men have been arrested on child rape charges. One of those men is from Craig. Sky-Hi News reports 47-year-old Eric Cordero of Craig and 50-year-old Larry Darnell of Kremmling were arrested by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation that lasted almost a year and a half. The two men face multiple charges for repeatedly sexually assaulting a child. Darnell is in the Grand County Jail. Cordero is also at the jail being held on a $250,000 bond. Both will be back in court on March 5.
Get ready for heavy snow. A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect this afternoon through late Friday night for the Upper Yampa River Basin. Heavy snow is possible, up to 16 inches, with wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. The wind chill will be well below zero. Travel could be difficult.
Snowfall probabilities: https://www.weather.gov/gjt/winter
Opening Ceremonies for 107th Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs are tonight in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. You’ll need a Winter Carnival button, which is available at the event, or at downtown Steamboat businesses including FM Light & Sons. The theme of this year’s Winter Carnival is “Light Up The Sky.” That’s what you’ll see on the button, which was designed by 16-year-old Faith Hixson, who lives in North Routt County.
The sky will be lit up with the fireworks light show Saturday night at Howelsen Hill. Tim Borden has created another firework that he hopes will break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest firework ever. It’s 62” in diameter, and close to 3,000 pounds.
The Night Extravaganza starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. See Borden’s full interview at : https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSteamboatRadio/videos/2422990861297923/
State Forest State Park in Walden is hosting a Full Moon Hike this Saturday night. It’s less than a mile to Chocolate Cabin, or six miles round trip on the Gould Loop Trail. Meet at the Moose Visitor Center at 5 p.m. for a potluck dinner before the hike, which can also be done on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Then Feb. 29 is the 35th Annual Gould Community Ski Scramble & Showshoe Stomp.
The Friday Fish Bake is this Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church on School Street in Craig. Ten dollars gets fish and fries, coleslaw and a dessert. Homemade desserts will also be auctioned off. All proceeds go to support their youth scholarships. The Friday Fish Bake is also happening Feb. 28 and March 20. Everyone is welcome.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.