A new railroad route could make its way through Moffat County near Craig. The Craig Press reports a notice of intent has been filed with the federal Surface Transportation Board. It’s the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition in Utah that is considering a 185-mile stretch of railroad from Myton, Utah, to Craig. Multiple trains would use the railway to carry mostly energy-related cargo.
A man has been banned from hunting and fishing for 12 years after poaching in Routt County. KRAI’s Vladan Chase has more.
A Steamboat Springs Police Officer has been arrested in an alleged domestic violence incident. Fabian Avitia joined the Steamboat Springs Police Department in December, and he faces four misdemeanor charges. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is helping with the investigation. Avitia has been put on administrative leave.
The Yampa River has probably peaked, but water officials are still debating it. Some think it peaked last Sunday. It hasn’t gone below 2,300 cubic feet per second since June 5. Last weekend’s rain and snow filled the river to 4,190 cfs. As for tubing, commercial outfitters typically rent tubes when the river falls below 700 cfs. Right now, it’s over four times that rate.
The standing water has caused mosquito issues in Moffat County. At least one mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus near the South Beach boat ramp in Craig. Spraying for mosquitos will be next Tuesday and Wednesday in Craig.
Moffat County Weed and Pest will conduct mosquito spraying for the City of Craig and areas around Craig next Tuesday and Wednesday. The spraying will be done in the early morning, or the late evening hours, weather permitting.
The ballot vote for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods Annexation has passed. Beth Melton was Chair of the Yes to Locals’ Housing committee.
About 60 percent of the nearly 4,000 ballots turned in were in favor of the annexation. Local realtor Jon Wade waited at City Hall until the announcement last night.
The annexation incorporates an additional 191 acres west of the current city limits into the city. Brynn Grey Partners plans to build three neighborhoods there, with a total of 450 homes built over the next 16 to 20 years.
Here is Steamboat City Clerk Julie Franklin reading the preliminary numbers for the vote on the West Steamboat Annexation, followed by comments from the Yes to Locals’ Housing Committee.
A high-speed chase started at the Kum ‘n Go in Craig over the weekend, and ended in Mesa County. Here’s KRAI’s Vladan Chase on the incident that involved a man from Hayden.
Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused damaged trees and high waters. The Yampa and Elk Rivers have reached peak flows, but could get higher. No one was evacuated by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, but some horses at Saddle Mountain Ranch were moved to neighboring farms because of flooded pastures. Water reached some cabins at the KOA Campground west of Steamboat Springs. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is offering free sandbags if people need to build a flood barrier around their home.
The new combined law enforcement facility for Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs officially opens this Monday. It’s a $19.3 million dollar collaboration between the two groups. Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s been a long-time coming.
Here’s Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen.
About 80 people will work in the building, including Animal Control and Community Service officers. Local subcontractors were used as much as possible. The Routt County Communications Center will make the move sometime after the 4th of July.
More on the facility: https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSteamboatRadio/videos/389691074982260/
Construction work on bridges in Craig and Hayden is about halfway done. The Colorado Department of Transportation says four bridges are being repaired. Three are along Highway 40. The fourth is the Ranney Street bridge near Loudy-Simpson Park. Work on the bridge in east Hayden is the furthest along, at about 95 percent complete. A link to updates: https://www.codot.gov/projects/bridge-repairs-craig-hayden
A motorcycle crash sent a Craig man to the hospital in Grand Junction. The family has told KRAI that Bruce Keith Brennise is not expected to survive, and they are gathering the family together now. Brennise was on a Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to make a turn on Highway 394. He suffered serious injuries as the motorcycle overturned several times. Brennise was born in Craig and raised in Gunnison. He moved back to Craig in 2016 and has two grown children. He is the son of Loyle and Kathleen Brennise of Craig. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.
A 26-year-old man from Craig died early Sunday morning. Craig Police were sent to a report of a man down in the 1200 block of Lecuyer Drive at 1:20 in the morning. Here’s Captain Bill Leonard.
The man’s name has not yet been released by the Moffat County Coroner’s office.