SPRING EXPO IS TODAY AT CENTENNIAL MALL IN CRAIG
The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo is today at the Centennial Mall in Craig, marking the first full weekend of Spring. The 31st annual event will feature vendors from local businesses and non-profit organizations showing off their products and services to the public. There will be plenty of prize drawings throughout the day, and many booths will have free give-aways. There will also be food available. The annual weenie dog races take place at 9:30, with registration starting at 9. The crawling baby races begin at 11, with registration at 10:30. The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo runs from 9 to 4 today. For more information click here.
THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO POACHING IN SEVERAL STATES
After a Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation spanning several states and two hunting seasons, a trio of men from California have pleaded guilty to numerous wildlife violations in Colorado and New Mexico, dating back to 2011 through 2013. Upon being confronted with extensive evidence of their crimes, the three men admitted to their illegal activities and accepted a plea bargain in Rio Blanco County Court in late February. Throughout their crime spree, the men hunted on private property without permission, illegally killed an elk, nine mule deer, one turkey and a blue grouse. In several instances, the poachers only removed the head, cape and antlers from their illegal kills, or abandoned the entire animal leaving the meat to waste, which could have brought felony charges and a prison sentence. During the investigation, wildlife officials gathered a variety of evidence including taxidermy mounts from their homes and numerous photos of the men posing with the illegally taken wildlife. 35 year old ringleader Anthony Bauer, of Palm Desert, California, was convicted of willful destruction of big game wildlife. Also pleading guilty in the case was 29-year old Frank D’Anna, of San Diego and 33-year old Hank Myll, of Palm Desert. Several other men allegedly involved in illegal hunting with the three men are facing possible charges in New Mexico, pending further investigation. The three now must meet with a CPW Hearings Commissioner where they face the possibility of permanently losing their hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 41 other Interstate Wildlife Violator compact states, including New Mexico and California.
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL TO HOLD BANQUET IN CRAIG TONIGHT
The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will hold their annual fundraising banquet tonight. 70% of all money raised stays in the community to help in humanitarian, education and conservation programs. Money is also used to support local 4-H shooting sports and Disabled Vets programs. Tickets for tonight’s event are $45 for singles and $80 for couples. The banquet starts at 5:30 tonight at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Craig.
BLM RELEASES PROPOSED RMP FOR KREMMLING FIELD OFFICE
The Bureau of Land Management yesterday released a Proposed Resource Management Plan that they say balances potential resource uses with protecting wildlife habitat and other sensitive resources within lands managed by the Kremmling Field Office. The Proposed Plan protects more than 100,000 acres of core habitat for mule deer, elk, Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife by prohibiting ground disturbance. It designates eight Areas of Critical Environmental Concern totaling 9,668 acres to protect rare plants, paleontological and cultural resources, and fish and wildlife habitat. The Proposed Plan also includes an extensive travel management plan that provides 1,637 miles of roads and trails, along with two designated off-highway vehicle open “play areas.” The release of the Proposed Plan begins the 30-day public protest period, which ends April 21, 2014, and a 60-day Governor’s consistency review. A final decision is expected in late 2014. To find out how to submit protests or obtain a copy of the Proposed Plan, click here.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERS YOUTH TURKEY HUNT NEAR CRAIG
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering two young hunters a chance to win a mentored spring turkey hunt on private land west of Craig, May 3rd and 4th. The hunt is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program and made possible with the help and support of local landowners working in partnership with state wildlife managers. A continuing goal of the Hunter Outreach Program is to instill an interest and respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth. Applicants must be 18 or younger and posses a valid hunter safety card. Applicants also need to send an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why they should be selected. The essay must be written by the applicant and in their own words. All youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have little or no experience will be given priority over experienced hunters. Letters and applications must be submitted by April 15th. For more information, click here.
SWEETWATER COUNTY WANTED WOMAN TURNS HERSELF IN
A woman wanted on felony drug charges turned herself in at the Sweetwater Detention Center Thursday morning. Sheriff Rich Haskell said 32-year old Kristina Burris was wanted for Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of methamphetamine as the result of an investigation last year. Burris’s charge carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison, plus a $25,000 fine. Haskell credited broad media exposure with Burris turning herself in and thanked media outlets for publicizing Burris’s wanted status. Still at large and a recent addition to the Sweetwater County’s Most Wanted List is Jared Ramon. He is wanted for Strangulation of a Household Member and Battery Against a Household Member stemming from a domestic violence incident last year under investigation by the Green River Police Department. Ramon is a 42-year-old white male, 5’9″ in height, weight about 165 pounds with blondish-brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have learned that he is likely to be driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu four-door passenger car with Wyoming license plates. Law enforcement authorities ask that anyone with information on Ramon and his whereabouts contact the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency.
In high school sports:
In girls soccer:
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (3-2).
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat defeated Durango (10-3).
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (10-9).
Meeker goes to Rangely for a double header at 11.
Moffat County heads to Grand Valley for a double header at 11.
Steamboat travels to Eagle Valley for a double header at 11.
In girls soccer:
Rangely hosts Grand Valley at 1.
Moffat County hosts Vail Mountain at 11.
Steamboat plays at Grand Junction at 11.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Durango at 11.
Meeker goes to the Hotchkiss Invite.
Rangely, Steamboat and Moffat County compete in Grand Junction.
Soroco heads to Castle View at 9.