KRAI News for Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The woman charged with being an accomplice in the robbery of the Bank of Colorado along W. Victory Way has pleaded guilty. 38-year-old Kristy Lynn Carrillo was in district court Monday. The robbery was back in September. Carrillo was in the car during the robbery when a man went in and gave a note to the teller, demanding cash. Carrillo spent more than 100 days in jail before making bond. Her guilty plea comes with a deferment request of three years, which means she’ll be on probation for three years. She also told the judge that she has entered an out-patient recovery program.

Mikayla Diane Hoppe

The Craig woman facing multiple charges in different cases, including concealing death of a baby, is asking for some time. Mikayla Diane Hoppe wants two more weeks to discuss with the public defender the multiple charges and decide on a plea. Hoppe will be back in court next Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

Alexander Wilson mug shot




A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Monday on multiple felonies, all related to drugs. A drug-sniffing K-9 dog from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office indicated there were drugs in the car of 44-year-old Alexander Wilson. It happened at a local grocery store. Wilson was arrested and booked into the Routt County Jail. He’s out on a $10,000 bond and will be back in court on March 17.

A trail of wolf tracks observed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers in
Northwest Colorado on January 19, 2020



That pack of wolves in Moffat County has been spotted again, and verified by district wildlife managers. The pack of six to seven wolves was a few miles south of where they were last spotted, which was in the northwest corner of the county. Area residents have reported howling, carcasses and tracks. Wolves are protected. Killing a wolf in Colorado can result in federal charges, including a $100,000 fine and a year in prison, per offense. Report any sightings through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website. Wolf Sighting Form:

Steamboat Resort. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

Steamboat Resort is getting new terrain on the mountain. Pioneer Ridge will be expanded with 355 acres of new terrain. The advanced/expert terrain will be accessible via the Pony Express lift, which will get 25 new chairs. It’s an increase of 12 percent in total skiable acres, at 3,320 acres, making Steamboat the third largest resort in Colorado. Up from 5th largest. There will be upgrades to snowmaking and the snowcat fleets. Hazie’s restaurant will be remodeled, and employee housing at The Ponds will be expanded. Altogether, Alterra Mountain Company is investing $223 million dollars in capital improvements across its 15 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

KRAI News for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Moffat County officials and staff at Memorial Regional Health are working to educate and prepare residents about the COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Seminars have been held for hospital staff and they’ve been told of the best practices to follow moving forward. Screening procedures are being put in place at the Emergency Room and other clinics. EMS Dispatch knows the questions to ask when residents call in, and then first responders can be given a heads up. MRH is also working closely with the public health departments in Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties.

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KRAI News for Monday, March 9, 2020

Photos courtesy Natasha Plantiko.

A rockslide closed Hwy 40 Sunday afternoon, in both directions. It happened in Mount Harris Canyon which is just east of Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Routt County Road and CDOT crews were able to clear the highway and get it re-opened in early evening. They originally thought it would be closed overnight but work crews got it done.

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KRAI News for Thursday, May 5, 2020

Brian MacKenzie Mug Shot

The date has been set for the jury trial for former Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie. It will be Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Jefferson County Court. MacKenzie has pleaded not guilty to three child-sex related crimes. MacKenzie is out on bond.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Nearly 50 percent of Moffat County voters turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Presidential Primary. Bernie Sanders unofficially won the Democratic Primary in Moffat County with 201 votes and was also called the early winner of Colorado on Super Tuesday. In Routt County, Bernie Sanders also earned the most votes, out of just over 9,000 (9,119) ballots casts, according to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office. On the Republican side, President Donald Trump won 96.2 percent of the vote in the unofficial Republican Presidential primary, of ballots cast.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Today is Super Tuesday for the Presidential Primary. You have until 7 p.m. tonight to turn in your ballot to the Moffat County Courthouse.

That’s Moffat County Clerk Tammy Raschke. She wants to remind unaffiliated voters that they can vote on only one ballot, not both that they received. Ballots can be dropped off tonight at the east entrance of the Moffat County Courthouse, or inside the courthouse, at 221 W. Victory Way.

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KRAI News for Monday, March 2, 2020

The Presidential Primary in Colorado is tomorrow. Because of the primary, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will have their meeting one day later on Wednesday, March 4. It starts at 8:30 a.m.  Make sure you turn in your ballots.

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Derek Kettle

A man from Craig has been sentenced in Routt County to 39 years in prison for dealing meth and heroin. 48-year-old Derek Kettle was found guilty back in November on multiple charges from an arrest in June 2018, during a traffic stop on Rabbit Ears Pass. The arrest and conviction of Kettle was part of a group effort from Routt and Moffat County sheriff’s officers, as well as Craig and Steamboat Police departments, and Colorado State Patrol.

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KRAI News for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Stephanie Alvarado, Daniel Alvarado, Bertha Ceballas-Romo

Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder charges against a mom from Rifle, for the death of her daughter. Sophia Larson was five years old when she died of methamphetamine intoxication in December. She was given a water bottle that had been contaminated with the meth. Stephanie Alvarado faces murder charges. According to probable cause documents, Alvarado told police she was afraid she would lose custody of her daughter if she took her to the hospital. Her bond has been set at $1 million.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

A Wyoming State Trooper was knocked unconscious Monday, when a commercial vehicle jackknifed and struck the back of the trooper’s car. It was stopped on the highway. It happened west of Colony, Wyoming, near the northeast corner of the state. A passing motorist saw it happen and called for assistance using the trooper’s radio. The trooper was taken to the hospital. His K-9 wasn’t hurt, nor was the driver of the commercial vehicle.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Memorial Regional Health is considering changes to emergency services in Moffat County. The Craig Press reports that the hospital has to pay more than a million dollars a year in cash for the services. That’s ended up with more than $750K in losses over the last year. A sub-committee among the Board of Trustees has been set up to study the deficit loss and what can be done about it in the future. Chief Executive Officer Andy Daniels says 76 percent of the emergency services in Moffat County are Medicare and Medicaid claims which are two of the slowest payers when it comes to claims. The board hopes to have some solutions at the next meeting in late March.

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KRAI News for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Moffat County School District Superintendent Dave Ulrich is leaving the school district at the end of the year. He came to Craig in June of 2016. Ulrich will return to Missouri to serve as the superintendent of the Kirkwood School District, which is a St. Louis suburb. The school district reports they’ll start the search for a new superintendent immediately.

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