KRAI News for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

An Alabama man died Monday night in an accident on Highway 13, north of Craig. Colorado State Patrol says a 63-year-old man from Alabama was headed south in his 1988 GMC pickup truck when he crossed into the northbound lane, and hit a 2016 Kenworth Semi. The Alabama man died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the semi are from Houston and they weren’t hurt. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the fatal accident.

Elk Liquors at Centennial Mall was broken into Monday night, or early Tuesday morning. Craig Patrol Sergeant Marvin Cameron says the front glass window was shattered and property was stolen, valued at less than $100. If you have any leads, please call Craig Police at 970-826-2365.

Those two people who police think robbed some lockers at the Old Town Hot Springs, then used the keys to burglarize vehicles in the parking lot, have been identified. Police are looking for 29-year-old Tasha Lynn Stapleton, and 42-year-old David Lee Spears. Here’s Steamboat Police Commander Annette Dopplick.

Car keys were stolen from unlocked lockers, and then used to get into a car in the parking lot, steal the credit cards, and then they spent about $3000 at Walmart in Steamboat and in Craig. Commander Dopplick says it is looking like a big crime spree that is happening in northwest Colorado and the Western Slope. And she says it’s also a type of theft that happens more often at fitness centers.

An historic barn on a ranch north of Milner burned down last weekend. Officials think it started from a lightning storm. Owners think the barn was built in the 1930s, in the town of Mystic, which is now extinct.

Some skiers check the map at Steamboat Resort. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The U.S. ski industry has recorded its fourth best season ever, with 59 million skier visits. The National Ski Areas Association says that’s about 11 percent higher than last season. Record snowfall helped. There was 31 percent more snow nationwide than from last year. The highest numbers of skier visits were in the Rocky Mountain region, with over 24 million.

The Yampa River Classic scheduled for May 11 has had to be canceled. Organizers had problems with insurance for the event.

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

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