Moffat County Balloon Festival
The 4th annual Moffat County Balloon Festival concluded this morning with the 2nd day of launching hot air balloons. Yesterday with thunderstorms threatening to bring the event crashing down, the only adverse weather produced over Loudy-Simpson Park, were a period of gusty winds, thunder and a few sprinkles, which required only the kite flying contest to be canceled. Breezy conditions at dusk changed the scheduled balloon glow, to what is called candling. That’s when balloonists remove the balloon from the basket and shoot tremendous flames into the air. Although the candling was not what those in attendance were expecting, most found the noise, heat and flames, set to rocking music, to be a great way to end the night. The biggest crowd of the weekend came for the free concert Saturday night, when the Elton John tribute band “Bennie and the Jets” gave a performance some were calling the best concert they had ever seen in Craig. You’ll find a gallery of photos from the event directly above.
Child seriously injured in rollover north of New Castle
A 5-year-old boy was airlifted to Grand Junction Saturday afternoon after the vehicle he was a passenger in rolled, leaving the boy seriously injured. The boy’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The crash happened just after 2 p.m. Saturday, when 25-year-old Ruben Jaramillo, of New Castle, was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck on a forest service road approximately 25 miles north of New Castle. Jaramillo failed to negotiate a left-handed curve, and the vehicle rolled onto its passenger side. Jaramillo’s 5-year-old son was injured in the crash and was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. It is unknown if safety restraints were in use. Jaramillo and two other occupants – a 2-year-old male and a 3-year-old male – were not injured in the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor. Jaramillo was booked into the Garfield County Jail and faces a vehicular assault charge, among others.