The primaries are over in the state, and several Moffat County candidates are in, because they ran unopposed. Here are some of the results, after 3,352 residents of the county voted.
Moffat County Republicans have chosen Donald Broom as their candidate for District 3 Moffat County Commissioner. No democrats ran, so Donald Broom will be the next county commissioner, unless there is a last-minute unaffiliated write-in candidate.
Tammy Raschke won for the Republicans for Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, and there were no democrats in the race, so she will likely keep that position as well.
Three people were arrested after being pulled over on Rabbit Ears Pass, and they now face felony drug distribution charges. An arrest affidavit states that an officer with the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force followed a suspected drug dealer from Craig to a high crime area in Denver, and then followed the car back to the Steamboat Springs area. The officer called Colorado State Patrol who pulled the car over for speeding and having an illegal window tint. Murray, the drug sniffing dog, detected drugs in the car. The affidavit states suspected methamphetamine and heroin was found, with a street value of around $18,000. Those arrested and being held are Derek Ralph Kettle of Craig, John Stanley Henderson of Denver, and Hailey Celeste Allen of Denver.
An historic red barn in North Routt County, south of Clark, burned down Monday. The barn on Circle Bar Ranch was off Routt County Road 129. Two fire crews responded to try to put the fire out but it burned too quickly. No one was in the barn, and no animals were hurt.
A Craig man has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies. 36-year-old Jonathan Alexzander Waugh allegedly attacked his aunt, Susan Reeves. And she says he tried to start a fire in her mobile home at Cedar Mountain Trailer Park. It happened last Thursday. Reeves was able to get out of the home and call police and fire who put the fire out and took her to the hospital. She said her nephew did it, so police started trying to find Waugh. He was hiding in a garage at a home in the Shadow Mountain Village Mobile Home Park. The owner came home and called police, after the two got into a fight. Waugh is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, felony criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and attempted first-degree assault.
The Craig Press said goodbye to a longtime employee, though a familiar face is stepping in to the open role. Shannon Moore will be working in the advertising section for the paper. Moffat County is getting a new brand. The logo looks clean, including a circle with a river flowing through a canyon, the words Moffat county, and the date that Moffat county was established, nineteen eleven. Primary turnout has been low in Moffat county this year, with only twenty-three percent of folks turning in ballots. Amanda Tomlinson, the Clerk and Recorders office chief deputy said that twenty-three percent for a primary isn’t a bad number, though they anticipated more with this being the first year that unaffiliated voters could automatically participate. The Memorial Regional Continue reading →
The autopsy report is in on the man who died in Steamboat Lake last Friday. 64-year-old David Bass from Kansas died from drowning. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg says there weren’t any heart issues and that Bass was a healthy man. He had gone into the water to get a boat that started drifting away. He went under and never came back up.
Moffat County United Way has received a $15,000 grant from Operation RoundUp. It’s part of a project with Yampa Valley Electric. The money will go to the Community Impact Program and the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative, which means education classes offered to different groups including social services, local law enforcement, elected officials, non-profits, businesses, and school district employees. Those interested in taking some of the classes can email Kristen@UnitedWayMoffat.org One of the ways money is raised in Operation Round Up by Yampa Valley Electric is members have the option to round up their bills to the nearest dollar each month, and that extra money is granted to community organizations each year.
A suspected water main break in the 1600 block of 7th Street Sunday afternoon created hazards for drivers, and water backed up on city streets, including at the intersection of Victory Way and Finley Lane.
A 73-year-old Craig woman was taken to a Denver hospital Friday, after a fire in her home at the Rams Horn Mobile Home Park. Delite Klinkhammer was the only one home, and suffered severe smoke inhalation, and some minor cuts from being pulled through the window to get out. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume says the fire was in a chair in the living room, and caused by unattended smoking materials. The family had been planning to move Klinkhammer to assisted living. Now she’ll go from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility this week.
A Craig man has been sentenced to 13 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections. 39-year-old Johnnie Ellifritz was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, two charges of sexual assault on a child under 15 years old, and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault. District Attorney Brett Barkey says the sentence will ensure Elliftiz cannot do this to any other children because Ellifritz will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
At least seven wildfires are burning throughout Colorado, and at least 3,500 homes have had to be evacuated. The wildfire danger is rated as extreme or very high across most of the state, including Moffat County. Smaller fires have been reported in Moffat County, but nothing in Routt County. Yet. Mo Demorat heads up the Routt County Office of Emergency Management.
Demorat says to register for the local public alert system through the www.MoffatCountySheriff.com website. Look for the Code Red button. The link in Routt County is www.RouttCountyAlerts.com He adds to be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions. If you see smoke, report it right away to Moffat County dispatch.
Multiple wildfires are burning across the state, including about 30 miles north of Craig, near milepost 115. Colorado Highway 13 is closed because of it. The fire started in Sagebrush. Moffat County Sheriff’s Officers are there, as are Craig Fire/Rescue, CDot, and Bureau of Land Management.