KRAI News for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Geoffrey Duzik Mug Shot

Geoffrey Duzik is still in the Moffat County Jail. The Craig man has been found incompetent to face trail on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder of a detention deputy. He is still waiting for transfer to the state psychiatric hospital in Pueblo for further evaluation. Duzik was supposed to be in court Tuesday for a review hearing but he refused to get dressed or leave his cell. 130 people are on the waiting list to be evaluated at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

Be aware of potholes. They’re out there! The potholes form between winter and mud season when warm days and cold nights cause cracks which damages pavement, and even some rockslides. Todd Weber oversees the potholes in Craig and Moffat County. His crews look for them but they count on phone calls, too, so they can get the potholes repaired. The work zones are well marked, and lanes can be closed for a little bit when the repairs are done. Weber also says to watch out for puddles. They might be deeper than you think. If you need to report a pothole in Northwest Colorado, call the CDOT Hotline at 970-243-2368.

Fire burns in the Deep Creek Fire. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

Wildfire season is coming up. Routt County Commissioners have approved an intergovernmental agreement to be prepared. It will reduce the amount of money the county reimburses to local fire districts when they help fight wildfires. Instead, the money will build up the county’s own wildfire response capabilities. Last summer, 229 fires burned more than 108,000 acres across Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand Counties.

Craig Police Sergeant Brian Soper has been a policeman in Craig for almost 21 years. Soper has announced his retirement. He told the Craig Press that it is because of the city’s talks of consolidation with the Craig Police department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, which would have dissolved the police department. Those talks have been abandoned for now. Soper is headed to the Colowyo Mine to be a haul truck operator.

The West Grand School District is opening a new daycare center in Kremmling. The school superintendent there says having an increase in childcare capacity will help recruit and retain teachers in the district.

Kremmling has a new town manager. Dan Stoltman starts his job Monday. He is from Michigan.

Yampa Valley medical providers are working together on a new survey they would like you to do. They want to know the greatest health needs in the Yampa Valley.  The survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/nwcocommunityhealthneedsassessment.

The Fundraiser for Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of NW Colorado is Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in the Pavilion. The public is welcome, as are families. There will be a BBQ and sides, silent auction, and children’s activities. Freedom Hooves provides equine-assisted activities and therapies in eight distinct programs, serving all ages who are overcoming physical, mental, or emotional challenges. $15 for adults; $10 youth (ages 5-13); 4 and under free. Tickets are available at the door or at Craig Chamber. www.freedomhooves.org

Registration is at 5 p.m. Thursday for Bad Dogs Elite Wrestling. It’s at Moffat County High School.

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

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