Moffat County voters went against ballot Measure 1A which proposed a mill levy increase to raise money to fund operations of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Both groups face drastic cuts in the 2019 Moffat County budget.
Today is the day to get those ballots in. The county clerk has to have them by 7 o’clock tonight. Postmarks do not count. The Craig Press is reporting that early voter turnout in Moffat County is strong. As of Monday, 3,238 people had voted in Moffat County, with a few more men (1,633) than women (1,603) voting so far. Drop off those ballots at the Moffat County Courthouse. There is a secure ballot drop box on the east side of the building.
In Routt County, 47 percent of voters have sent in their ballots. That’s 8,289 out of 17,415 active voters. Secure ballot drop boxes are at the Routt County Courthouse, and Hayden and Oak Creek Town Halls. Ballots will be picked up by 5 o’clock tonight at the Clark Store and Yampa Town Hall.
Three people have been arrested on multiple methamphetamine charges in Rio Blanco County. Amanda Lucero, Kate Lloyd, and Dawon Tripplett are at the Detention Center in Meeker. The arrest was made with the help of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Rangely Police and their K-9 unit, and the Meeker Police department. All three face time in prison, and fines.
Someone abandoned nine puppies near Rifle, at Garfield County Road 244 Friday. A couple camping in the area found them. A local veterinarian thinks they were only 24 hours old. The puppies were taken to the Divide Creek Animal Shelter and only two have survived. Now they are at Colorado Animal Rescue. Officials want to find who did it because they face fines and they could go to jail. Call Garfield County Dispatch at 970-625-8095 if you know who might have done this.
Two people went to the hospital Wednesday night after an accident on Moffat County Road 15, about a mile from where it intersects with Moffat County Road 7. One car went through a fence and the second went into an embankment. Both cars were towed. No word yet on the cause of the crash.
A small pickup truck crashed into a ditch Tuesday afternoon, off Colorado Highway 13, north of Craig. Emergency medical personnel from Memorial Regional Health treated the driver at the scene. Craig Police is investigating.
A drug dealer in Summit County is headed to jail for three years. 30-year-old Dennis Tierney was sentenced for his role in the drug overdose death of James Nicholas, who died after taking a lethal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl. Tierney pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and unlawful distribution of heroin in September.
A dumpster caught fire on the southeast end of Craig Sunday night, at Axis Steel. Hot ashes were thrown into the dumpster, according to Fire Chief KC Hume. Craig Fire Rescue was able to quickly get the fire out.
Colorado State Patrol will be working high visibility enforcement this Saturday, in the counties of Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand, and Jackson. Troopers are looking for poor driving behaviors, especially of drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Colorado State Patrol wants to remind all residents and visitors to be safe over the Halloween weekend, wear your seatbelt, be aware of changing weather and road conditions, and don’t drink and drive.
Craig Fire Rescue and the Craig Hazmat team jumped into action Wednesday morning. They were contacted by Routt County Emergency Responders, because they were conducting an emergency hazmat drill. It involved fire, police, sheriffs, state troopers, and the hazmat team from Craig. The accident simulation had to do with a sulfuric acid spill at Highways 131 and 40. John Rockwood is a firefighter, EMT and Hazmat Tech with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. He says they’ve been planning the emergency exercise for most of the year. And the Craig Hazmat team and fire fighters were extremely important to the exercise.
Rockwood says emergency responders have been planning the hazmat drill for most of the year.
Press Conference for Hazmat Drill at Routt County Justice Center
It is hunting season, which means a busy time for Search and Rescue, especially in Routt County right now. Monday night, they got a call about a 26-year-old hunter who never showed up back at camp. He ended up spending the night in the woods before he was able to find his way out the next day when searchers arrived. On Tuesday, rescuers had to help a woman who fell on the trail at Fish Creek Falls. They helped her out and she made it to the hospital on her own. Search and Rescue expects more calls right now, especially because it is hunting season.
A $25,000 grant has been awarded to Memorial Regional Health, for the new medical office building that is being built. It’s from the El Pomar Foundation. It’s a program of giving that focuses on education, health, human services, and civic and community initiatives. The foundation at the hospital has now raised $842,000 in the capital campaign to build the new medical office building.