A 24-year-old Routt County man was killed Saturday in a snowmobile accident. Hayden Savage died when the snowmobile he was riding veered off Routt County Road 16, near Stagecoach Reservoir. Savage was very involved with building mountain bike trails in the area, with Routt County Riders.
Nonprofits in Moffat County will rally on the courthouse lawn in Craig Thursday. It’s to bring attention to Yampa Valley Gives Day, which is the local effort supporting Colorado Gives Day which is next week. Moffat County Commissioners will be represented, as will members of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The rally starts at 10 tomorrow morning on the front lawn of the courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.
A car went off the road and slammed into the gas pumps at the Maybell General Store in the town of Maybell Sunday night. Colorado State Patrol says 46-year-old Richard Burkhardt was the only one in the car, and he wasn’t hurt, and no drugs or alcohol was involved . Store owner Mary Schminkey says he was on his way to the Bay Area.
And he also took out her gas pumps, which will take four weeks to replace.
The Maybell General Store will stay open but without gas for at least a month. The nearest gas station from Maybell is in Craig which is 30 miles away, Meeker is 42 miles away, and Dinosaur is 57 miles away.
A car hit a pedestrian at about 1:45 in the morning Sunday. Craig Police want to know who did it. The person was dragged for a few blocks and then had to be taken to the hospital. A picture of the white 4-wheel drive looking car that the police are looking for is on the KRAI Facebook page and website. Call Craig Police at 970-826-2360 if you have any idea who might be involved.
The Community Impact Program has graduated nine more people. They were in a program called Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World. People with incomes of 200 percent or below the federal poverty guideline are eligible. They learn to be more self-sufficient in the 18-session program. It’s held twice a year. Graduates also get support from Moffat County United Way and the Community Impact Coordinator, Kristin Vigil. So far, the Community Impact Program has graduated 130 people overall. The next one starts in January. If you’re interested, call 970-326-6222, or email Kristen@UnitedWayMoffat.org.
Be prepared for snowy conditions in Northwest Colorado through the rest of the holiday weekend. That could mean slippery roads, especially on higher mountain passes like Rabbit Ears Pass. Travel shouldn’t be as bad on Sunday and Monday, for those headed home for the holidays.
Craig Police got a report of a man driving a car in the middle of the road, and then sliding off the road, early Sunday morning, at West First Street and Mack Lane. Officers arrested 19-year-old Oscar Balbuena-Herrera for DUI, and illegal possession or consumption by a person under age for alcohol or marijuana, and careless driving. He was released to a sober party. Officer Leonard with Craig Police says dispatch started getting calls eight minutes later, at the Cedar Mountain Trailer Park. Balbuena-Herrera was re-arrested on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, and third-degree assault of a peace officer. He has been released from jail on bond.
The City of Craig is supporting the “Home Grown” local shopping rebate program. City Council voted unanimously to approve $15,000 to support the Chamber’s program. The city will provide the money to give incentives for spending on goods and products that would generate sales tax. It is similar to a program in Rangely that started in 2010 that has encouraged local shoppers to change their habits. Here’s how it works:
- Shop at a city sales tax-licensed business in Craig between November 23 and 30th, on qualifying purchases.
- Keep your receipts.
- Submit your receipts to the Craig Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 7.
- Earn $5 in Shop Local Spree Dollars, up to $30 on every $50 spent.
- Spend those dollars by Dec. 22.
- Tobacco, pharmaceuticals, gas, or utilities don’t count with the program.
The new medical office building at Memorial Regional Health has received another $1,000 contribution. This time, it’s from Bob Meckley who owns Tunies & Such. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars, and so far, the foundation has raised $869,000.
The man charged with assaulting a deputy at the Moffat County Jail may have been trying to initiate himself into a white supremacist prison gang. It’s done by assaulting a deputy. Geoffrey Duzik is charged with first-degree criminal attempted murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault — all felonies— and obstructing a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor. Duzik is still in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He’ll be in court at 11 a.m. this Tuesday morning.
A Craig man is facing first-degree attempted murder charges. The Craig Press reports that Geoffrey Duzik of Craig allegedly assaulted a deputy while in the Moffat County Jail for parole violations. Duzik will be in court next Tuesday at 11.
Two longtime Moffat County residents are recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after an 800-pound hay bale fell on them last Thursday. It hit Diane Calim in the head, and then crushed her husband, Tom McCurdy, underneath it. McCurdy happened to have his cell phone and was able to call for help. It has affected the memories of the retired couple, who have been moved into a rehabilitation unit. They’ll be there at least through the week, and maybe longer.