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KRAI News for Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Opening statements got underway Thursday in the trial of Justin Folley. The formerteacher and coach at Moffat County High School is charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Six men and eight women will sit on the jury, out of more than 200 prospective jurors who arrived for jury selection this week. The trial is expected to continue through Tuesday.

TheMoffat County Board of County Commissioners has publicly proclaimed their support for Twentymile Coal Mine’s application to lease an extra 3.7 million tons of federal coal. The Craig Press reports that the proposed lease would have a direct impact of $153 million dollars and support 269 jobs in Moffat and Routt Counties. A public comment period  will be Dec. 21.

Dental health will get a boost, thanks to $3.4 million dollars given to 29 nonprofits in Colorado, including Northwest Colorado Health. The money comes from Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. Locally, Northwest Colorado Health will be hiring a bilingual dental care coordinator.

Some cities on the Front Range, including Denver and Boulder, are tossing out marijuana convictions from people’s records. Boulder is doing it, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is considering it, for 10,000 people. But the District Attorney in Routt, Moffat, and Grand Counties says he won’t be doing that. Brett Barkey said in an email that he has no plans to wipe criminal records of minor marijuana-related convictions. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says people convicted of marijuana crimes in the past were convicted when crimes like possession were still illegal.

A body was found at the Vail Pass Rest Area Thursday, which is along I-70. No word on who,or cause of death yet.

The 20th Annual KRAI Holiday Drive continues for its final day today. Here’s organizer Marci Marumoto. 

Items needed include new and unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods, gifts for seniors, and supplies for Open Heart Advocates, and cash, of course. All donations will go to four Moffat County non-profits, which are Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, the Interfaith Food Bank, and Open Heart Advocates.  

The deadlinefor the Holiday Exchange Market in Routt County is this Wednesday. Find outmore at Routt County United

The 5thAnnual Down Home Christmas Celebration is Saturday afternoon. Enjoy cookies,hot chocolate, s’mores, wagon rides, a candy cane hunt, make-your-own reindeer food, and an elfie selfie station. It’s from 2-6 p.m. Saturday afternoon atAlice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, and it’s free.

The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School in Craig. It’s for boys and girls, ages eight to 13, sponsored by theElks Lodge #1577. Each participant throws five practice throws and 25 regular free throws. Top shooters in each age group can advance to the district, state,and regional levels. The final round is nationals in Springfield, Mass. For details, call 970-620-0874.

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

KRAI News for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

The man who caused part of I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 near Rifle to be closed for more than three hours Tuesday, has been charged. 38-year-old Justin Lopez Madrid is charged with a list of felonies and misdemeanors, including attempted murder, second-degree assault, and tampering with evidence. Madrid is being held at the Garfield County Jail.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Part of I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 were closed Tuesday, near Rifle. Garfield County Sheriff’s officers were trying to catch a suspect who was on the hillside in the area, after a possible stabbing incident. They did eventually catch him Tuesday afternoon. No one was hurt. The investigation as to what started the incident is ongoing.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

The school board in Moffat County needs two new board members. Vice President Lee Atkin is stepping down to focus on his family. JoBeth Tupa will replace Atkin as Vice president. Another at-large seat has been open since November of 2016. Find out more about running for the school board at  Candidates will be interviewed Jan. 24.

Also at last week’s meeting, the a cappella choir from Moffat County High School sang.

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KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

A pilot has been seen flying a small, single engine aircraft over a large herd of elk on private property. It happened on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to know who did it. Using aircraft to harass wildlife, or to help with hunting is a violation of Colorado’s wildlife laws and the federal Airborne Hunting Act. More details are on the KRAI Facebook page. Contact Operation Game Thief if you know who might have done this, or call wildlife officer Evan Jones at 970-878-6090.

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KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

A high-speed chase Thursday morning ended just past Kremmling. It started very early with a box truck stolen from Alpine Lumber in Steamboat, and then seen headed out of town. It was spotted near the foot of the pass, on the road headed to Walden. Items in the truck were being transferred to a Subaru. Colorado State Patrol was involved and spotted the car, and that’s when the high-speed chase started, running 23 miles, all the way through Kremmling. Ray Jennings with the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, said stop sticks were used.

Law enforcement used a drone and K9s to find the second suspect, who was found in the water hiding under the banks of the Colorado River. The men arrested are 29-year-old Kyle Hallaran of Johnstown and 28-year-old Justin Davis of Loveland.  Jeff Wilson with Steamboat Police says ten agencies worked together to make it happen.

Both men are in the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs, pending charges from Grand and Routt Counties.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

A 24-year-old Routt County man was killed Saturday in a snowmobile accident. Hayden Savage died when the snowmobile he was riding veered off Routt County Road 16, near Stagecoach Reservoir. Savage was very involved with building mountain bike trails in the area, with Routt County Riders.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Nonprofits in Moffat County will rally on the courthouse lawn in Craig Thursday. It’s to bring attention to Yampa Valley Gives Day, which is the local effort supporting Colorado Gives Day which is next week. Moffat County Commissioners will be represented, as will members of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The rally starts at 10 tomorrow morning on the front lawn of the courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

A car went off the road and slammed into the gas pumps at the Maybell General Store in the town of Maybell Sunday night. Colorado State Patrol says 46-year-old Richard Burkhardt was the only one in the car, and he wasn’t hurt, and no drugs or alcohol was involved . Store owner Mary Schminkey says he was on his way to the Bay Area.

And he also took out her gas pumps, which will take four weeks to replace.

The Maybell General Store will stay open but without gas for at least a month. The nearest gas station from Maybell is in Craig which is 30 miles away, Meeker is 42 miles away, and Dinosaur is 57 miles away.

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KRAI News for Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

A car hit a pedestrian at about 1:45 in the morning Sunday. Craig Police want to know who did it. The person was dragged for a few blocks and then had to be taken to the hospital. A picture of the white 4-wheel drive looking car that the police are looking for is on the KRAI Facebook page and website. Call Craig Police at 970-826-2360 if you have any idea who might be involved.



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KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

The Community Impact Program has graduated nine more people. They were in a program called Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World. People with incomes of 200 percent or below the federal poverty guideline are eligible. They learn to be more self-sufficient in the 18-session program. It’s held twice a year. Graduates also get support from Moffat County United Way and the Community Impact Coordinator, Kristin Vigil. So far, the Community Impact Program has graduated 130 people overall. The next one starts in January. If you’re interested, call 970-326-6222, or email

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KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

Be prepared for snowy conditions in Northwest Colorado through the rest of the holiday weekend. That could mean slippery roads, especially on higher mountain passes like Rabbit Ears Pass. Travel shouldn’t be as bad on Sunday and Monday, for those headed home for the holidays.

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