Quiet holiday typical in Moffat County

Law enforcement officials in Craig and Moffat County reported an uneventful New Year's Eve and only one DUI arrest.

"For the last three years, New Year's Eve has been relatively calm -- just like a normal night," said Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

"I think people have adjusted to the fact that if they're going to party, they need to have a designated driver or take cabs or find other transportation resources."

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said the night was "quiet."

"That's normal for us," Hoberg said. "New Year's Eve is very quiet in the county. People plan on a designated driver or work something out so they don't drink and drive."

Hoberg said the Moffat County Sheriff's Office assisted the Colorado State Patrol with one DUI arrest.

State Patrol officials were not available for comment.

The only incident Hoberg reported was a call for the rescue of snowmobile riders who became stuck in the snow above Freeman Reservoir.

"The snow is so deep up there sometimes you just can't get out," Hoberg said. "If you step off your machine, it's waist-deep."

Craig Fire/Rescue was paged only once on New Year's Day. The fire department responded to a chimney fire on Ranney Street. Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nichols arrived on the scene and reported that the fire was out.

"We didn't even roll a truck," Nichols said. "The homeowner had it under control before we got there."

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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