Category Archives: News

KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

It was a long night for the Moffat County Bulldogs in Delta Thursday. KRAI’s Vladan Chase was there.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Craig is getting a new medical marijuana shop at the old Silver Building on West Victory Way. The Craig Press reports that council approved the new medical dispensary at their meeting Tuesday. The company is called Tumbleweed Craig LLC. The owners of the Tumbleweed Dispensary also have shops in other Western Slope towns, including Parachute. Mark Smith says he expects about $4.6 million in sales, which could mean an extra $200,000 to the city of Craig, if voters say yes to the city’s marijuana ballot question. Either way, they plan to have a store in Craig. They also plan to have a year-long food drive, and give two scholarships to students at Moffat County High School.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

A homeowner in Craig was surprised over the weekend, when she came home and found two naked men in her home. One was a juvenile who said he had come to the house the night before for a party, drank some alcohol, then fell asleep. He woke up to the homeowner screaming at him. The other man was 27-year-old Martin Adren Calzadillas who told police he was married to the homeowner and could come over whenever he wants. The homeowner had a different story. Calzadillas was arrested and issued a $5,000 bond which he paid. He’s back in court on Nov. 5.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

The three suspects in the Routt County Jail, charged with first degree murder, are staying in jail for now. 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill said at an advisement hearing Monday that they will be held without bond. Skyla Piccolo-Laabs, Brooke L. Forquer, and William C. Ellifritz participated in the hearing by video conference call. They were arrested in Craig last Saturday. They’re accused of murdering Elliot Stahl, whose body was found by a fisherman south of Yampa Monday. An arrest affidavit obtained by the Steamboat Pilot & Today says the four left a gas station in Craig to drive to Denver. But then on Rabbit Ears Pass, Ellifritz hit Stahl and then stabbed him in the neck. After the three determined he was dead, they took his body to a dirt road outside of Yampa. The three are back in court on Oct. 29.

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KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Brooke L. Forquer, William C. Ellifritz and Skyla M. Piccolo-Labbs

Three people from Craig have been arrested on 1st degree murder charges in connection with the death of 26-year-old Elliot Stahl of Steamboat Springs. Stahl’s body was found by fishermen Monday in Routt County National Forest, outside of Yampa. Those booked into the Routt County Jail are 23-year-old Skyla M. Piccolo-Labbs, 26-year-old William C. Ellifritz, and 21-year-old Brooke L. Forquer. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins tells the Steamboat Pilot & Today that he is confident all three were participants in Stahl’s murder but they are still gathering information. The three were arrested in Craig and taken to the Moffat County Public Safety Center before being transported to the Routt County Jail on Saturday.

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KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie has officially resigned, after being arrested on three child-sex related felonies in Jefferson County. Two other councilmen confirmed the Letter of Resignation from MacKenzie. Council is moving forward to appoint his replacement.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

Craig officials are reacting to the arrest of a city councilman. The Craig Press reports that the City Manager said in a statement that Brian Paul MacKenzie plans to resign his position. Council will move forward with discussing how to fill MacKenzie’s seat on council, based on that fact. Councilman Paul James told the Craig Press he’s disgusted and expects MacKenzie to resign. If he doesn’t he hopes enough signatures are collected to start a recall. MacKenzie has told the Craig Press in an email that he is innocent. The City Councilman from Craig was arrested in Denver Friday, on three felonies that are sex-related. MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation in Jefferson County, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie has posted bond and will be in court Oct. 18. He was elected to council in April. His term is set to expire in 2023.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

A Craig City Councilman was arrested near Denver last Friday, on three sex-related felonies. Brian Paul MacKenzie was arrested on felony charges of internet luring of a child, internet sexual exploitation of a child and criminal attempt – sexual assault on a child. That’s according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit says MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation on Oct. 10, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie posted bond and has a court date on Oct. 18.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Western Colorado has been under a red flag warning. It’s the dry weather that should continue through the week. The windy weather could pick up again on Thursday which would mean another red flag warning. But there could be a snowstorm headed our way Thursday night into Friday morning, and then again on Sunday. Until then, there is still a risk of wildfires.

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KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets for their regular meeting Tuesday. The meeting includes staff reports from Finance, Road and Bridge, and the office of Development Services. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 7

Wyoming Highway Patrol’s K-9 Hunter retired from service September 2019.  K-9 Hunter was purchased in 2010 for narcotics detection work and paired initially with Sergeant Jeremy Beck, who is now assigned to the Safety and Training Section at Headquarters in Cheyenne as the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Public Information Officer.

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KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

The new medical office building received an official dedication complete with cornerstone Thursday. Members of the masons from across Colorado attended to make sure the cornerstone was officially installed on the front of the new building. Andy Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Health.

Daniels said it’s been about 19 months from the beginning to the end of the project. After the dedication, people were given tours of the new medical office building.

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