Kelly Hatten has announced that he will be a write-in candidate for the mayoral race In Craig. The Craig Press reports Hatten officially filed his affidavit Thursday to run for Mayor of Craig. Those also running for mayor are Councilman Jarrod Ogden and incumbent Mayor John Ponikvar.
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A Steamboat Springs man died at Tuesday’s lacrosse game at Steamboat Springs High School. 52-year-old Chris Hahn was filming the game and collapsed in the press box. His son was on the field playing. They suspended the game at halftime. An autopsy is tomorrow. Grief counselors are at Steamboat Springs High School this week, and available to students. A parent meeting for anyone who would also like to meet with counselors is at 5:30 today, at the high school.
Craig and Steamboat Police Departments are working together to catch people passing counterfeit money, mainly in Craig right now, but it has happened in Steamboat, too. Three men have been arrested recently and charged with various charges including having fake bills. They are Fredrick Charles Battle of Craig, and also Jessie Allen Grubbs and Hec Merton Mcentee, both of Hayden.
Rangely is now a sanctuary city for the purposes of protecting Second Amendment rights. The town board of Rangely has approved a resolution that is against any state legislation that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The town board says such a law would be unconstitutional. The Rangely town board joins the City of Craig and Moffat County in becoming a sanctuary city.
U.S. Army veteran Jim Stanko has just returned from his sixth lobbying trip to Washington D.C. Stanko has been on the American Legion’s Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission for six years. He and other veterans from across the country met with every congress member. Stanko, who lives in Routt County, says his top priorities are suicide prevention and access to mental health, also improving healthcare for female veterans. Women now make up about 30 percent of the military. Stanko’s main concern is for the VA Mission Act, which lets veterans see another provider if they can’t get the service they need at the VA hospital.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has sent a press release with good information for all. Be careful this St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. Don’t drink and drive. If you are celebrating, always designate a sober driver, or call for a ride. And if you see someone who has been drinking, take away their car keys so they don’t get behind the wheel. As of Monday, 29 people have died on the highways in Wyoming so far this year.
No school in Moffat County today. Here is superintendent Dave Ulrich.
Ulrich made the decision after conferring with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Moffat County Road and Bridge. Also the Boys and Girls Club is cancelled today.
If you’re headed out of town today, and down to the Front Range, take your time and be careful. They’re getting hit with a big storm with high winds and white out conditions. Travel will be impacted, both on the roads and in the air. Jia Carroll is with Go Alpine in Steamboat, which takes daily trips to the airport.
But check first. Flights are being canceled at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, and at DIA in Denver so check with your airline if you have flight plans today.
The City of Craig is now a “Sanctuary City” for protecting Second Amendment rights. It has to do with a proposed bill in the Colorado State Legislature, that would let family members or law enforcement ask the court to take away a person’s guns for up to 14 days, if a judge agrees that that person is a threat to himself or others. The Moffat County Board of Commissioners passed a similar resolution last week. The Craig Press reports the city feels the Red Flag Law, as it’s called, is in violation of the Second and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. And the City of Craig will now exercise its local legislative authority to become a Sanctuary City.
A hazardous weather watch continues for Northwest Colorado, with more precipitation on the way this week. Rain and snow is on the way. Then it will be colder midweek into Thursday. Snowpack is above normal across the state, at 112 percent. Snowpack in the Yampa, White and North Platte basins is at 107 percent of the median. Avalanche danger is also very high in Vail and Summit County. Be aware of spring weather as it is notoriously unpredictable in Colorado. And check the forecast and road conditions if you have to travel.
Ballots for the April 2 municipal election will be mailed soon. Craig residents will vote for mayor and city council representatives. Six candidates are running for three council seats. About 5,000 Craig residents will be getting those ballots, which can be mailed back or dropped into the ballot box at the Moffat County Courthouse. If you would like to register to vote, go to: GoVoteColorado.com https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml
Gray wolves may no longer be protected across the United States. The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. Those protections were already lifted in the Northern Rockies back in 2011. Gray wolves received endangered specials protection in 1975, when there were only about 1,000 left, and only in northern Minnesota. Now there are more than 5,000 gray wolves mainly in the Western Great Lakes and Northern Rockies regions.