MONTES LET GO BY CRAIG POLICE DEPARTMENT
Eric Montes has been let go by the Craig Police Department in response to an incident he was involved with in Mesa County. Montes was arrested in Mesa County earlier this month for disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations. The charges stemmed from a reported disturbance and assault. The Craig Police Department did an internal investigation into Montes’ actions to determine if department policy had been violated. As of yesterday, Montes no longer works for the department. Pictured: Eric Montes
MOFFAT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHOOSES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The Moffat County School Board has chosen a replacement for Superintendent Joe Petrone. Petrone is leaving the district for personal reasons, and the board had been searching for a replacement. Brent Curtice, the district’s Assistant Superintendent has accepted the job and will take over at the end of this school year. The decision was made at a special school board meeting last night.
BENNET STAFFER TO VISIT CRAIG THIS WEEK
A staffer from Senator Michael Bennet’s office will be in Craig Thursday to hear about economic issues. The staffer will set up in the CNCC Bell Tower conference room from 12:30 to 2 to meet with community members, and speak with a few of the major employers in the county to try to understand the economic issues facing the area. She will then report back to Bennet. Bennet has routinely opposed the oil and gas industry, as well as the coal industry in his legislative actions, and he has been a steadfast supporter of Obamacare. All three are subjects that could come up when discussing economic issues with the staff member. Bennet will not be in attendance. Pictured: Michael Bennet
FISHERMEN RESCUED AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON ICE FLOE
A half dozen Wyoming and Colorado fisherman trapped on an ice floe on Flaming Gorge were rescued Friday by Wyoming, Utah, and federal emergency responders. According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, deputies were dispatched at about 9 Friday morning to the Buckboard area on the west bank of Flaming Gorge about 19 miles south of Green River in response to a report of anglers stranded on an ice floe that had broken off from the shore. At the scene, a Forest Service Officer hailed the group and told them to remain away from the floe’s edges until help arrived. The anglers were rescued with a boat and transported back to shore. The anglers told county deputies they had arrived on the ice at around 6:30 that morning. Everything had been fine, they said, until they noticed at around 9:00 that their fishing lines appeared to be moving and they realized they were drifting away from shore. The rescue was carried out without incident and no one was injured.
WHITE HOUSE BUDGET REQUEST TO ADDRESS FIGHTING WILDFIRES
The White House’s annual budget request to Congress will include a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires. The request is modeled after a bipartisan Senate bill, The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013, that would allow the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior to fight some wildfires using emergency funds separate from their discretionary budgets. This would, in essence, fund wildfire response similarly to the way response efforts for hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes are funded, by allowing the Forest Service to draw from an “off-budget” account whenever costs exceed 70 percent of the 10-year average cost of wildfire suppression. The move is expected to keep the Forest Service from borrowing funds for wildfire suppression when large fire break out.
SLASH PILE BURNING TO TAKE PLACE IN JACKSON COUNTY
Smoke may be visible near Rand as crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit burn slash piles generated from Bureau of Land Management forest management and fuel reduction projects. Fire personnel will be burning slash piles about five miles west of Rand. Burning could begin this week and continue through March 20th, depending on weather conditions. Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread. Slash piles are typically burned in the winter when the chance of the fires spreading is low. The piles were generated last year from projects to reduce hazardous fuels for wildfires, improve public and firefighter safety, and improve forest health.
PHONE SCAMS CIRCULATING AGAIN
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office yesterday issued an alert concerning two telephone scams circulating locally. Sheriff Rich Haskell said one scam involves callers who tell their intended victims that they have won a grant of thousands of dollars from the Sheriff’s Office, but need to pay an up-front processing fee in order to collect. In the second, the caller claims to work for the Sheriff’s Office and is calling with the news that the Sweetwater County resident has won $500,000 from the Publisher’s Clearing House and Reader’s Digest. The catch is that a processing fee must be paid before the prize can be claimed. While the phony “grant” calls show an area code of origin in southern California, the bogus “Publisher’s Clearing House / Reader’s Digest” calls originate in Jamaica. Authorities say American victims have lost millions in money sent to Jamaica on such scams, where competition among gangs engaged in swindle operations often escalates into violence. Haskell says any call you receive that requires you to pay up front to receive winnings is bogus, and you should hang up immediately.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In 2-A District tournament action:
The Soroco boys go to Paonia at 6:30. The girls host West Grand at 5.
The Hayden boys go to Rangely at 6. The girls go to Paonia at 5.
In the 4-A playoffs:
The Steamboat girls travel to Falcon at 6.
In the start of the 3-A tournament:
The Moffat County girls beat Coal Ridge 52-35. They advance in the tournament to play Grand Valley at Palisade High School this Friday afternoon at 3.
The Moffat County boys downed Cedaredge 97-49. They advance in the tournament to play the winner of the Grand Valley/Gunnison game at 8:15 pm this Friday at Palisade High School. 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will carry both the Moffat County boys and girls games this Friday and Saturday.
The Steamboat boys host Sierra at 7 in 4-A playoff action.