A Craig man is back in jail, after being arrested in Wyoming. 48-year-old Frederick Charles Battle was arrested in Rock Springs on a warrant issued out of Colorado. Battle was arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle pursuit through Moffat County April 24. That’s the car chase where the car crashed near Bryan Way and 9th Street. The car had been stolen out of Routt County. Battle was out on bond when the accident happened. He was out of jail after being found guilty by a jury in late February on multiple charges from an arrest the year before. That’s when Craig police found a large amount of cash, drugs, and guns on Battle. Now he faces multiple charges again in Moffat County.
A suspect has been arrested for a string of burglaries out of Milner. The arrest record for 21-year-old Deven Mosman says he is a transient based in Craig. Routt County put a warrant out for his arrest and Moffat County Sheriff’s officers were able to pick up Mosman on Friday and take him to the Moffat County Jail. That’s where he is today. Here’s Ryan Adrian, the Patrol Lieutenant for the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
Mosman also has charges in Moffat County in addition to those for the burglaries out of Milner, which is in Routt County. His court date in Moffat County is Wednesday, and a court date in Routt County has not yet been set.
The chloramine conversion process for water customers in the City of Craig kicks in today at 10 a.m. It will take about three weeks to complete the conversion process of the water plant. The water distribution system stretches about 80 miles. The city will be flushing fire hydrants in the distribution system during the process. This could cause some problems with discolored water or pressure fluctuations. The city says to just run your water faucets for a little bit and the problem should be solved.
Moffat County Commissioners and public health officials for the county met on Thursday. They’re discussing the next steps with handling the COVID-19 virus in the community. But they’re still waiting to hear back from Governor Polis on whether the county’s plan for opening up more businesses is approved. The head of public health for the county is Kari Ladrow. She says starting a plan for businesses and restaurants reopening isn’t a bad idea.
Dr. Brian Harrington thinks it could be at the end of the month. Commissioner Ray Beck says they could really start working on it next week.
The number of deaths in Routt County from the COVID-19 virus has gone up to six. The state has changed the way a death is classified. A person who died at Casey’s Pond in February was identified through contact tracing and that person’s death is now being attributed to the virus. There are 64 positive cases in Routt County; seven are still active. 1,262 tests have been administered.
Again, no new cases in Moffat County after the six that were confirmed. 341 tests have now been administered. Testing is available for Moffat and Routt County residents every Wednesday and Saturday in Steamboat Springs, at the rodeo grounds at Howelsen Hill. Make an appointment with the public health office first.
Graduation plans for the Class of 2020 at Moffat County High School are getting finalized. There won’t be an official ceremony. But the graduating seniors will still be recognized. Yard signs will be in the yard of each graduate, as will a banner with a picture of each senior, lining the streets of downtown Craig. Moffat County Proud will produce a “Class of 2020” video featuring each graduate along with some of the traditions of a graduation ceremony. Then on Saturday, May 23rd, there will be a Graduation parade. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends with a mini drive-by ceremony at the high school for each senior, with no more than three of their family members. The school district will let everyone know as plans continue to be finalized.
A man whose hometown is listed as Hot Sulphur Springs has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. But the charges have to do from incidents in Moffat County. 34-year-old Robert Marcos Corcorran was sentenced to the Colorado Department of Corrections last week, on two charges of distribution of a controlled substance in Grand and Moffat Counties. One complaint said Corcorran unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly sold or distributed methamphetamines. A charge to commit money laundering in Moffat County was dismissed.
Fires broke out in different parts of Northwest Colorado Thursday, many from what were supposed to be controlled burns. One burned two acres near Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat. It was from an illegal burn pile and the farmer who was responsible was issued a citation and a court summons. The biggest wildfire was south of Hayden, near the Indian Run area. It burned close to 400 acres at least, with high winds fanning the flames. Officials believe the fire was human caused.
Two men who claim to be commercial fishing guides from Steamboat have been permanently banned from fishing at Wolford Mountain Reservoir. That’s in Grand County, north of Kremmling. The reservoir is closed and there are signs all over it, saying so. The two men apparently moved a fence to get their motorized craft into the water. Someone saw them and called the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Andy Mueller with the Colorado River District says one of the biggest concerns, besides being closed, is that the boat wasn’t inspected for quagga mussels.
Those quagga mussels he’s talking about can clog pipes and treatment plants and harm ecosystems in the millions of dollars. The names of the men aren’t being released.
The Moffat County Board of Health, which includes the County Commissioners met again Tuesday over the phone. They discussed and confirmed the final draft of a plan for Moffat County, which has gone to the governor’s office, as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. One of the suggested changes was from County Commissioner Don Broom about not limiting the number of people who can be in a business at a particular time.
The next requested change was about groups and gatherings. Here’s Moffat County Public Health Medical Officer Brian Harrington.
Requested approval for the gatherings of more than ten people are specifically for churches, sporting venues, and the movie theater in Craig. Summer concerts and other activities with even more people will be re-evaluated in Phase Two. The suggested changes were unanimously approved by County Commissioners.
The governor has the plan and commissioners will wait for approval.
Moffat County Commissioners are sending an updated plan for Moffat County to Colorado Governor Jared Polis today. Moffat County does not have as many cases of the Coronavirus so the plan is asking that some businesses could possibly move forward with opening sooner than on the state level. But those businesses would need to have a mitigation plan in place according to Public Health Medical Officer Brian Harrington.
Commissioner Ray Beck says it’s the right step to move forward with the request of the governor.
Moffat County has seven confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, with four still active. 314 people have been tested.