A bull elk was illegally killed in Dinosaur. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials want to know who did it. Residents in Dinosaur say this particular bull elk was docile and within Dinosaur town limits. It was shot through the abdomen on Nov. 6. It then wandered onto a local ranch and died. Investigators found the animal’s headless carcass two days later. They think it was killed for its unique antlers. Investigators think two vehicles are involved. One is a white 80s model Chevy pickup with Utah plates. The other is a newer silver Chevy truck, with plates that had mud on them. Moffat County Sheriffs deputies are helping try to find who shot the poached elk, and then left the meat to waste. One officer said the elk was so big that the meat could have fed a family for up to a year.
CPW encourages the public to help solve wildlife crimes and earn rewards. Under Colorado’s Turn In Poachers program, information that leads to an arrest or citation can earn hunters preference points, or in some cases, the reward of a license in the same unit where the crime occurred. The program is in addition to Operation Game Thief, a tip line where information about wildlife crimes can be reported anonymously with a monetary reward available if the information leads to an arrest or citation. Anyone with information should call 877-265-6648. Callers should specify if they prefer the TIP program or OGT.
A student from Soroco High School in Oak Creek was arrested Sunday, for allegedly making threats to bring a gun to school. Reports of the threats, which were on Instagram, came into Oak Creek Police and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. The student’s name isn’t being released. District Attorney Matt Karzen says the student has been released to his family but is under tight supervision.
Today is a mass casualty drill at the old medical clinic building at 785 Russell Street in Craig. The training exercise is this afternoon with an active shooter scenario. Emergency vehicles will be in the area. Those agencies involved in the training exercise include Craig Police, Moffat County Sheriff’s officers, Colorado Fire Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and the communication system with Colorado State Patrol.
A man who was on trial for sexual assault on a child didn’t show up for the second day of his trial in Eagle County District Court. The defense attorney continued the trial and a jury convicted 20-year-old Ever Adonis Valencia after only five minutes of deliberation. His last known address is in Glenwood Springs. There is a “no bond” nationwide extradition warrant out for his arrest.
If you think you may have any information about this suspect or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cellphone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn a reward of as much as $1,000 from the Crime Stoppers.
A heavy winter storm is headed to the high country late tonight, and on into Friday morning. Watch for snow-packed and icy roads on high mountain passes with heavy blowing snow along the I-70 mountain corridor.
Moffat County High School Theatre Department presents The Wizard of Oz. Shows start tomorrow at 6:30 and then again on Friday at 6:30. Saturday’s performances are at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. A ticket is $7. The Wizard of Oz will be on stage at the high school.
A 5K Turkey Trot and 1-mile Fun Run for Kids is this Saturday in Hayden. It starts at 10 a.m. at Dry Creek Park. A suggested donation of $5 goes to the Health and Wellness Team at Hayden Valley Elementary.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.