NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

The Parade of Lights is Saturday in Craig. The annual parade features Christmas themed floats, that are encouraged to include spectacular lighting decorations. Prizes will be awarded to some of the best floats. The parade will travel the old parade route in Craig, from Craig Middle School south to Victory Way, then west to Ledford. The route then goes up past Sunset Meadows and Sandrock Care and Rehab, and finally ends in the Safeway parking lot. It starts at 6 Saturday night, and once again, KRAI will carry the soundtrack to the parade starting at 5.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN I-70 ACCIDENT

A female was fatally injured Wednesday morning when the vehicle she was riding in rolled over on the Interstate. The crash shut down the right lane of Interstate 70 for nearly four hours.  At approximately 10:05 a.m., a Chevy Avalanche pick-up truck lost control and traveled off the roadway and rolled 1 ½ times, coming to rest on its roof.  The driver and one passenger in the pickup – both males – were transported to Vail Valley Medical Center. The driver and front-seat passenger suffered moderate to serious injuries, but they aren’t considered life-threatening. The rear-seat passenger – female -was pronounced dead on scene by the Eagle County Coroner.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors at this time. It appears as though all occupants were wearing seat belts.  Both lanes of eastbound I-70 were reopened by 2pm.

CDOT HOLIDAY WEEKEND TRAVEL UPDATE

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic for the next five days as people travel for the Thanksgiving weekend and crowd the larger shopping areas.  “We wish all Coloradoans a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt.  “We’re doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there’s going to be a lot of people out traveling the state’s highways the next five days.”  To reduce potential delays, most CDOT construction projects have been suspended statewide.  Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, November 26.  Projects located in rural or low-traffic areas may be operating Friday.  Traffic on Interstate 70 is expected to be heavier than normal through Friday, primarily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Heavier than normal traffic should be anticipated on eastbound I-70 Saturday and Sunday, especially between Vail and the Denver area from late morning until late afternoon.

SEARCH FOR MISSING PLANE CONTINUES IN WYOMING

The Wyoming Civil Air Patrol and searchers on the ground are now in their forth day of searching for a mall plane that went missing on Saturday.  The search is concentrated in the area between Jackson and Bondurant.  The plan and sole occupant, 63-year-old pilot Myles McGinnis of LaBarge, Wyoming, left Stevensville, Mont., on Saturday bound for Pinedale but never arrived.