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Law enforcement seeking another quiet New Year’s

Joshua Roberts

Last year, local authorities were able to avoid any incidents close to resembling the tragedy that happened 200 miles away on New Year’s Day.

They’re hoping for a repeat this year.

“For the last several years here, New Year’s Eve has not been a big deal,” Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. “We’re not really anticipating any huge problems New Year’s Eve.”

Last year in Denver, an 11-year-old girl and her 48-year-old aunt were killed about 12:20 a.m. New Year’s Day from a stray bullet. A 25-year-old man allegedly fired the fatal shot in celebration of the New Year; he later was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Thankfully, authorities said, things in Craig and Moffat County were much quieter and safer.

The Police Department, for one, didn’t have an arrest for driving under the influence last year, Vanatta said.

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“A lot of people are using designated drivers, a lot of people are having parties at home,” said Vanatta, of people’s general increased awareness for safety on the holiday. “It’ll be interesting this year, with the economy” struggling whether many people go out.

The number of police on duty New Year’s Eve will increase, Vanatta said, but not noticeably. There will be one additional officer on duty.

“It’s not much different than any Friday or Saturday night,” he said.

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office will have its standard complement on duty, Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

However, the Sheriff’s Office maintains two primary for philosophies for the holidays, he said, and it will be no different Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“No tolerance for DUIs,” Jantz explained, “and keep people safe.”