KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Eric Reynolds. (Department of Corrections photo)

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a New Castle Police officer shot and killed an armed man Saturday. 43-year-old Eric Reynolds of New Castle fled the scene of an attempted robbery in Glenwood Springs. Reynolds headed west on I-70, but eventually lost control and crashed. He tried to run, and had a weapon. Reynolds didn’t obey the officer’s commands and was ultimately shot and killed by New Castle Police. A woman who was with Reynolds surrendered without incident. I-70 had to be closed for several hours. Court records show Reynolds had spent time in the Department of Corrections for multiple felonies.

A Rangely Police officer recently used Narcan to save an overdose victim. Officer Von Block helped save the life of an unconscious 29-year-old female back on Dec. 22. Witnesses said the woman had taken a mixture of meth and heroin. Officer Block gave her two doses of Narcan. She started breathing and regained consciousness and was taken to Rangely District Hospital where she made a full recovery.

The White River Basin snowpack is at 90 percent. December’s total precipitation is at 90 percent of average and at 81 percent of last year’s average as of this month. Reporting sites for the White River Basin include Bison Lake, Burro Mountain, Ripple Creek, Trappers Lake, and Rio Blanco.

The Third Street Recycling location in Meeker is officially closed. The Rio Blanco Herald Times reports that the Town of Meeker will continue to support free recycling for residents through a new contract with Eagle River Waste Services, at 235 County Road 15.

Routt County has added two new species of weeds to the noxious plant list. One is curly dock and the other is common mullein. If they aren’t controlled, there could be a negative impact to local agriculture and native ecosystems. That makes 15 species of weeds on the counties list. A third weed has been added as a “species of concern.” That would be bulbous bluegrass.

The Russell Stover candy plant is shutting down in Montrose. Hundreds of jobs will be impacted, as it employees between 400 and 600 people. It is expected to shut down in spring of 2021. Russell Stover is the country’s leading boxed chocolate maker, starting back in 1923 in Denver.

Mind Springs Health is hosting two free Happiness and Resiliency Classes in Rio Blanco County. They’re this Thursday. The first one is at 9:30 at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker. The second class is at 2:30 at CNCC in Rangely. For questions, call 970-384-3049.

Yampa Valley Golf Course is hosting their Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Dinner. It’s on Valentine’s Day. The theme of the dinner is “Love, of course.” The dinner which is a semi-formal affair will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Auction items will also be available. Ann Irvin and Jeanne Maneotis are organizing the event for the golf course. Tickets are on sale at Jack’s Bumpers and Mountain Meats. And organizers will be out front of Walmart and Murdoch’s when the weather is nice. If you’d like to donate something to the evening or you need more information, call 970-629-0655.

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

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