KRAI News for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Taking a look at unofficial election results…

Moffat County voters went against ballot Measure 1A which proposed a mill levy increase to raise money to fund operations of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Both groups face drastic cuts in the 2019 Moffat County budget.

Proposition 112 failed. That’s the one that mandated minimum setbacks for new oil and gas development projects, including fracking. Moffat County Commissioners were against it, as were 82 percent of the voters in the county.

The next Moffat County Coroner will be Jesse Arthurs with at least 80 percent of the vote.

Another close race has Tim Redmond narrowly ahead of Ashley McMurray for Hayden Mayor. The Hayden School District mill levy renewal had support, almost two-to-one, from those against. Same with the South Routt School District mill levy.

Moffat County heavily supported Republican candidates across the board, including Scott Tipton who won the Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives over Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat. Walker Stapleton also received heavy support in the county, but his opponent, Jared Polis, will be the new governor of Colorado.

Results are still unofficial with some too close to call.

More news about hunters…

First, a hunting outfitter out of Hayden has been ordered to make a $20,000 donation to Operation Game Thief, which is a wildlife tip line. 70-year-old Marvin Doherty owns and operates Outdoor Specialist LLC. Doherty and four of his employees must also pay thousands of dollars in penalties for manipulating the system when purchasing hunting licenses. The men were illegally hunting elk on public land, when they were supposed to be on private land in Game Management Unit 12. They also took wildlife illegally, trespassed, and committed several other criminal acts. Martin Doherty also can’t go hunting for four years. Those involved are his son Vaughn M. Doherty of Craig. Also Gregory Londos, Philip Davis, and Ryan Doughty who are all from Steamboat Springs. The men may get additional suspensions of their hunting and fishing privileges after a pending Colorado Parks and Wildlife hearing.

In more rescues this past weekend, a 41-year-old hunter got lost near Sawtooth Mountain north of Bears Ears Park, when he separated from his friends. When he knew he was lost, he called his wife on his dying cell phone to give coordinates. She let those friends know, but couldn’t find him, so then his wife called Routt County Search and Rescue around 7 at night Saturday. They started the search that night, since the man had nothing with him to make a fire, and he didn’t have any food, water, or a flashlight. They found him around 6 o’clock Sunday morning. He was cold but OK.

The next call to search and rescue was to help Yampa firefighters find a 56-year-old hunter who was hurt when he fell off a horse in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Volunteers had to use a rope system to get him out of steep terrain. He was taken to the hospital with possible injuries to his ribs and back.

The last call was Saturday afternoon to a private ranch off Routt County Road 129. A hunter had cut his leg while field dressing an animal. He spoke with an ambulance crew from Steamboat, but then managed to get a ride on his own to a doctor.

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