The man charged with assaulting a deputy at the Moffat County Jail may have been trying to initiate himself into a white supremacist prison gang. It’s done by assaulting a deputy. Geoffrey Duzik is charged with first-degree criminal attempted murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault — all felonies— and obstructing a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor. Duzik is still in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He’ll be in court at 11 a.m. this Tuesday morning.
The body that was found up at Steamboat Lake has been identified as 66-year-old Ron Sellers of Broomfield. Foul play isn’t suspected. Routt County coroner Rob Ryg will perform an autopsy next week to determine how Sellers died.
Craig City Council has voted, 4-3, to move forward with the 2019 city budget, and include a new department of economic development at a cost of about $82,000 to the city. A second reading and adoption will be at the next council meeting. Also at the meeting, Craig Middle School students made a presentation called, “Solving the World’s Plastic Problem.”
Council members were also shown a survey of the salaries and benefits of staff in the City of Craig. It shows wages are as good or better than municipalities of the same size. City staff recommends Craig City Council keep wages the same in 2019. The Craig Press reports council has not approved any cost of living increases since 2014.
A woman from Ohio got stopped on I-80 in Wyoming Tuesday for a traffic violation. The canine team was called in. Sheriff’s deputies found 80 pounds of marijuana in individually sealed plastic packages, and arrested the woman. 34-year-old Rikki Ludwig faces two counts of felony charges. She has been released from the Sweetwater County Detention Center on bond. The sheriff’s office does not give the names of the K9 teams involved in drug cases because they say threats have been made against other K9s in other parts of the country, so they just don’t do it.
In Walsenburg, someone took a baby mountain lion kitten home after they found it in a snowbank. Then they fed it bratwurst. It got sick. Colorado Parks and Wildlife found out and got the little kitten. They’ve taken it to a rehab center because it was kept too long by humans to return it to where it was found. Parks and Wildlife officers say never take wildlife home because the mother is probably close by. Leave the area right away and call a wildlife officer.
Firefighters could start burning about 50 slash piles full of lodgepole pine, south of Steamboat Lake today. The piles are near County Road 129, near the Willow Creek Subdivision.
A sewer line broke at Summit Middle School. All activities, and the orchestra concert had to be canceled Thursday night and school might be out today.
The slopes at Steamboat open Wednesday. Eighty-seven percent of the staff has been hired. Each winter, Steamboat Resort hires about 1,600 people to keep the resort running, from checking tickets, to serving pizza, flipping burgers, and patrolling the 2,965 acres of skiable terrain. The staff this year will include 60 international workers who will use the J-1 visa program.
The Craig Middle School boys basketball team heads to Steamboat Saturday. The Craig Youth Hockey peewees host West Elk, which is a team from Gunnison, at Moffat County Ice Arena Sunday morning.
And in Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Wranglers Junior Hockey team plays the Cheyenne Stampede tonight and tomorrow night at 8 o’clock, and then again Sunday at noon. The teams are in the prestigious Western States Hockey League. Those games are at Howelsen Ice Arena.
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