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Craig police say drunk driver call was person eating, texting while driving: On the Record — Oct. 22

Craig Police Department 

Tuesday, Oct. 22

12:00 a.m. Near the intersection of Steele Street and West Victory Way, police in Craig responded to a traffic stop. Craig police said they issued a driver a citation on a charge of driving while license suspended. Police in Craig responded to at least two other traffic stops Tuesday.

11:58 a.m. Police in Craig responded to a redacted call.  

12:48 p.m. Near the intersection of Yampa Avenue and East Ninth Street, police in Craig responded to a reported drunk driver call. Craig police said they found the suspect’s vehicle and determined the driver may have been eating and texting while driving, so police issued a verbal warning.  

2:47 p.m. At Stockmen’s Liquor, police in Craig responded to a theft call. A caller reported suspects came in and took a bottle of alcohol. Police continue to investigate. 

3:06 p.m. On the 2000 block of West Second Street, police in Craig responded to an agency assist call. Craig police said they assisted the Denver Police Department on a follow-up investigation. 

6:18 p.m. On the 600 block of Wickes Avenue, police in Craig responded to an assault call. Craig police said they continue to investigate a possible sex crime. 

9:17 p.m. Police in Craig responded to a sex crime call. Craig police said they continue to investigate a possible sex crime. 

According to the Craig Police Department incident log, police in Craig responded to at least 35 calls for service Tuesday.

Craig approves second-ever medical marijuana shop

Craig will officially have a new medical marijuana shop at the old Silver Building on West Victory Way.

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 22, city council approved the new medical dispensary for Tumbleweed.

According to a public notice posted on the front door of the building, Tumbleweed Craig LLC requested Sept. 13 the city approve its medical marijuana dispensary license at 316 W. Victory Way.

In a September email, Craig City Manager Peter Brixius said city councilors planned to make a decision for or against the medical dispensary “once the city- and state-mandated applications, background screens, petition of neighboring property owners and zoning evaluation has been received and evaluated. The applicant will then be scheduled for a public hearing and the council will follow with an approval or denial of the application.”

The Tuesday night hearing saw several residents speak in favor of the proposal by CEO Mark Smith and Owner-Operator Sherri Marzario.

Tumbleweed Dispensary has multiple shops along the Western Slope, including De Beque, Carbondale, Avon and more. 

“Having a property in Parachute where Tumbleweed does work, they seem to be a respectable operation,” said resident Tammy Thompson-Booker

Mark Leier said he’s owned various businesses in Craig for years before moving into the marijuana industry.

“In the last 10 years, I’ve been working in the marijuana industry,” Leier said. “In the last five years I’ve worked at Mark and Sherri’s shop in Steamboat…These are some very professional people to work for and I’d be very excited to see their business in town.”

Once the short public comment period was over, council brought Smith and Marzario back to the podium to talk shop.

Councilor Chris Nichols wanted to know how it would affect Tumbleweed’s business model if voters were to pass the city’s recreational marijuana ordinance and council were to change that ordinance in the future to require a percentage of marijuana sold in Craig be grown locally.

Such a local-grown policy could incentivize more small marijuana businesses and grow operations to start up and pay taxes in Craig.

“If that was started down the road, how would that affect your business?” Nichols asked.

“It’s a lot of infrastructure that’d need to be done,” Smith replied. “…I’d prefer to say no, but I wouldn’t run out of town if you made that requirement. I just ask you give us an ample amount of time.”

Nichols pressed Smith further.

“Give me a ballpark of how much time,” Nichols said.

“24 months,” Smith replied.

Mayor Jarrod Ogden was curious if Craig’s location along U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 13 would be enough to fuel demand.

Smith said that when using other store averages in towns of similar size to Craig, he expects to have about $4.6 million in sales. If Smith’s estimate holds true and voters choose yes on the city’s marijuana ballot questions, city coffers could be looking at about $200,000 in extra tax revenue each year from pot.

“We have a model. We modeled this store. It satisfied the model, so I think it will be quite successful,” Smith said. “…Otherwise we wouldn’t have bought a building and invested what we did, to be honest with you.”

Councilman Tony Bohrer asked if Tumbleweed would stay, should voters vote ‘no’ on their recreational marijuana questions, .

“Are you still going to open a medical marijuana store here?” Bohrer asked.

“Yes, we’re committed,” Smith replied.

Each year, Smith said they plan to do two scholarships for Moffat County High School and a year-long food drive for a small prize at the counter.

“If someone brings food up to the counter, they get a small discount,” Marzario said.

Before calling for a vote Tuesday night, Councilman Paul James announced he would be abstaining from the Tumbleweed medical marijuana application approval due to his future employment prospects in the marijuana industry.

“I’m going to be abstaining,” James said. “I’ll probably need a job after all this.”

Steve Mazzuca motioned to approve Tumbleweed with fellow Councilor Andrea Camp seconding before the motion passed with Bohrer as the only dissenting vote.

In the moments after the vote passed, Marzario said she is looking forward to getting started in Craig.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Marzario said. “We are very excited to be in this town.”

Smith said he was looking forward to competing with Shaun Hadley’s Craig Apothecary, whose long history in Craig began with the first and only medical marijuana dispensary for almost a decade.

“I’m a big believer of the fact multiple businesses in marijuana play off each other and provide a lot more selection and variety,” Smith said.

Before the Tumbleweed hearings Tuesday night, Hadley asked council to consider rewording their proposed ordinance to allow him to obtain one of three recreational licenses should votes approve of the city’s recreational marijuana ordinance next month.

Smith said he feels like Hadley deserves that.

“We’ve been there,” Smith said. “There was a time when we were first … I feel where he’s at and he needs it.”

Smith said he hopes council listens to Hadley.

“I hope you listen to what he said,” Smith said to council of Hadley. “It certainly resonates with us.”

CNCC adds Whittle the Wood mammoth carving to display in Craig

The prehistoric presentation continues for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

CNCC recently announced it will house the wood carving “Long Ago” at the college’s Craig campus.

The depiction of a wooly mammoth — complete with petroglyphs on its rear side — was carved by Chad Stratton during this summer’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

Left: Chad Stratton is nearly done with most details of his entry in the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Right: The finished wooly mammoth result, “Long Ago.”
Andy Bockelman

Earlier this year, CNCC accepted Ken Braun’s velociraptor “Blue” from the city to be displayed at the Craig campus, which also highlights the college’s paleontology program.

In a CNCC news release, John Anderson, CNCC’s Craig vice president of student services, said the school is pleased “to add another amazing piece to its collection.”

“Like ‘Blue’ the ‘Long Ago’ mammoth will be housed in our growing paleo exhibit hallway and have a safe home where visitors and the Craig community can view it for years to come,” Anderson said. “CNCC is incredibly grateful to the City of Craig for thinking of us as a place to house this piece and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnerships within the craig Community. CNCC is committed to growing our paleo program and displaying exhibits like this one for the public to enjoy.”

American Legion Haunted House starts scaring this week

American Legion Post 62’s Haunted House returns this week, ready to terrify all comers.

“It’s bigger and full of frights for your delights, come and check us out,” stated a news release from the group.

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with performances at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Shows continue at the same time Wednesday, Oct. 30 and from 5 to 10 p.m. Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31.

No-scare tours take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

The price is $10 per person, or $5 for kids under 10.

Birth: Bridger Lane Osborn

Kelly and Troy Osborn, of Meeker, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Bridger Lane Osborn, born on Oct. 15, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. at Memorial Regional Health. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 ¾ inches long. The baby’s maternal grandparents are Jerri and Lee Carpenter from Torrington, Wyoming. The paternal grandparents are Reta and Larry Osborn from Hamilton. The baby was welcomed home by Dani and Kemry Osborn.

Police searching for suspect in murder of Kremmling man

Police are looking for the suspect in the murder of a Kremmling man who was killed Friday in Denver.

On Tuesday, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner identified Nathan McBride, 42, as the victim and reported he died from blunt force trauma. McBride’s body was found at the Super 8 Motel in Denver. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nathan McBride, 42, was identified on Tuesday as the victim of a homicide in Denver that occurred on Friday.
Courtesy Photo

Police are looking for Michael Harrison, 51, in connection with McBride’s death. Harrison was last known to drive a 2002 silver Mercedes convertible with Florida license plates.

Local efforts to help McBride’s family are underway, including a fundraising night at The Dean West set for 5 p.m. Oct. 29 featuring a keg from Grand Adventures Brewing and a spaghetti dinner from 9 & 40 Diner. 

All proceeds from the keg and dinner will go to Brenda Helton, McBride’s mother, as well as 20% of the sales from the bar at The Dean West, according to owner Jon Harvey.

“She’s one of our locals, I see her almost every day,” Harvey said. “We’re just trying to build a fundraiser for her so she can actually bury her son.”

GoFundMe page has also been set up to help McBride’s family cover the expenses of his funeral.

Services for McBride will be Sunday at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling with a potluck dinner. Time and other details are forthcoming.

Moffat County volleyball wraps season at Soroco

Though they fell just short of a double-digit win column, this fall amounted to the strongest record Moffat County High School volleyball has had in 10 years.

MCHS finished its season Monday evening in Oak Creek with a five-set game against Soroco.

The Bulldogs went the distance in the 3-2 loss to the Rams, with their first two sets heading into extra points as MoCo won the opener 28-26, with Soroco claiming the next 26-24.

The Lady Dogs won the third 25-20, but the Rams completely controlled the fourth 25-9, only the second time this year the Dogs have earned less than 10 points in a set.

Soroco won 15-12 in the ensuing fifth round.

The two teams were close in numbers, with the Bulldogs claiming 39 kills to the Rams’ 38. Abbe Adams led both sides in individual K’s with 12, Cayden King earning six and Jacie Evenson five.

King also took four aces and had six solo blocks, while Evenson took 28 assists at setter and libero Kenzie Rehor completed 29 receptions.

MCHS volleyball’s final record for the fall was 9-14, the Bulldogs’ first time gaining nine wins since holding the same tally in 2009.

Living Well: When babies sleep on their backs, the risk of SIDS decreases

Thousands of babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Half of these deaths, known as sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), are due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Scientists and medical providers don’t know the cause of SIDS, but they do know what increases a baby’s risk for SIDS.

“SIDS essentially is unexplained, but possible genetic causes include brain abnormalities and possible cardiac issues,” said Kevin Monahan, a physician assistant at Memorial Regional Health specializing in pediatrics. “SIDS is the leading cause of infant mortality between one month and one year old.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updates to policy statements about SIDS over the years, the most recent of which includes “new evidence that supports skin-to-skin care for newborn infants; addresses the use of bedside and in-bed sleepers; and adds to recommendations on how to create a safe sleep environment.”

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • SIDS is a sudden and silent medical disorder that can happen to an infant who seems healthy.
  • SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” or “cot death” because it is associated with the time when the baby is sleeping. Cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, but the baby’s sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of death.
  • SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • About 1,360 babies died of SIDS in 2017, the last year for which such statistics are available.
  • Most SIDS deaths happen in babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths happen before a baby reaches 6 months of age. However, SIDS deaths can happen anytime during a baby’s first year.
  • Slightly more boys die of SIDS than girls.

Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Pediatric care at MRH

When it comes to keeping your kids happy and healthy, it’s important to find an experienced, knowledgeable pediatrician that you can trust. The pediatric team at MRH takes the time to get to know your family and ensures you’re always satisfied with the care provided for your loved ones.

MRH pediatricians have experience working with babies, children, adolescents and young adults, and see patients from birth until they’re 21 years of age. 

Pediatric services include the following:

  • Well child checks
  • Immunizations
  • Sports physical exams
  • Infections and injuries
  • Genetic defects
  • Organic diseases and dysfunctions

If you have any questions for the pediatric team or you’d like to make an appointment, call 970-826-2480.

Risk factors

SIDS isn’t totally preventable, but prevention methods often focus on sleep environments. Monahan said MRH pediatric providers always try to discuss the importance of having babies sleep on their backs during baby visits. 

Monahan said more than 95 percent of SIDS cases are associated with one or more risk factors. Since prone sleeping — or sleeping on your stomach — is the most known risk factor for SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org) recommends all babies to sleep on their backs until their first birthday. 

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, babies are at increased risk for SIDS if they:

  • Sleep on their stomachs.
  • Sleep on soft surfaces, such as an adult mattress, couch or chair, or under soft coverings.
  • Sleep on or under soft or loose bedding.
  • Get too hot during sleep.
  • Are exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb or in their environment, such as at home, in the car, in the bedroom or other areas.
  • Sleep in an adult bed with parents, other children or pets; this situation is especially dangerous if:
    • The adult smokes, has recently had alcohol or is tired.
    • The baby is covered by a blanket or quilt.
    • The baby sleeps with more than one bed-sharer.
    • The baby is younger than 11 to 14 weeks of age.

Dave Wallace: Two thumbs down

The upcoming Election Ballot once again includes a local Tax Measure where revenue will ultimately find its way into the City Coffers. Referred Measure 2A did not come easy, suggested tax percentages and timelines went from high to low, and sooner to later. Motions were first made and accepted to collect an additional tax of 5%. This level lasted until the City Attorney provided some input which led to a new Motion approval for a 0-10% variable tax. Later it was suggested to reduce this value to 2.5% or maybe even go to 0% after news concerning some potential competition from a neighboring community came in. Eventually after several Council sessions a Motion was made and approved to add a variable 0-4% tax to the retail sale of marijuana, with revenue being dedicated to the local Library and Museum for five years, replacing a previously approved Motion of three.  After the commitment period, the elevated tax revenue will conveniently begin flowing into the General Fund for discretionary spending by the City.

Not once during the wrangling sessions was there a mention of the established operating cost of the Library and Museum. The $100,000 as specified in 2A would of course be helpful, but it is merely 10% of the average operating cost of these public entities. One must wonder, what percentage of a 0-4% variable tax rate equates to $100,000 per year, for we all know what it can’t be. Unlike some Tax Initiatives which have sunset clauses where the specific tax is discontinued, Referred Measure 2A retains the ability to collect tax, it’s the support commitment that terminates.

This Measure is a prime example of “Tax Targeting,” singling out a specific business and/or demographic for an additional tax, likely doubling the Local City Sales Tax for these entities. This is a typical “Hook and Worm” strategy which plays the majority against the minority.  Many individuals will not be affected by this targeting, but don’t get too comfortable, “Elevated Tax Targeting” has no boundaryies, it’s only a matter of time before the tax man sets his sights on a target that will affect you. This devious maneuver which violates the rule of law must be squelched in its infancy.

The ballot also contains a state initiative, Proposition CC, which asks the voter to relinquish their rights under the Constitution’s Tabor Amendment, allowing the state to make deep cuts into the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Although carving away at the people’s rights does not end at the State level, our local Referred Measure 2A also holds a knife to our Constitutional rights. The Debrucing language included in 2A gulls the voter into relinquishing their rights provided by the Tabor Amendment. This Constitutional exemption has been rubber-stamped on Measure 2A with no Parliamentary approval through the City Council.

The State of Colorado regulates the number of subjects on a Ballot Measure to a single subject, as defined under C.R.S. 1-40-106-5, Single Subject Requirement. Referred Measure 2A and its listing of separate subjects likely violates this Colorado Statute.

Every year through inflation and taxes the consumer has less money to spend at their own discretion. Every year from the national level to the local level the liberty of the people is being infringed upon, our constitutional rights are continuously under attack. We the people of this great nation must ask ourselves, “when is enough, enough?” We either stand for the principles and values our great nation was founded upon, or we offer our hands and accept the shackles.

Dave Wallace

Northwest Colorado man arrested on suspicion of stealing 2 trucks in 1 night from Steamboat businesses

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs man faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly stole two trucks and thousands of dollars in tools from one of the vehicles last week. 

Mason Woolley, 26, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, aggravated motor vehicle theft and larceny, all felonies, according to an arrest affidavit obtained from the Routt County Justice Center. He also faces two misdemeanor charges, including an additional larceny charge and second-degree criminal trespass.

Last Tuesday, Oct. 15, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers received a report of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup that was stolen the previous night and found outside a construction company in the 2400 block of West Acres Drive.

Mason Woolley

The vehicle was undamaged, according to the affidavit, but the keys were missing. While officers were investigating that vehicle, an employee of the construction company said a second truck, a 2016 Dodge pickup, had been stolen from a storage lot behind the business.

That vehicle eventually was located outside a business in the 2500 block of Cooper Ridge Drive, less than a mile away from where it went missing. Three tools, worth about $3,700, were missing from inside the truck, according to the affidavit.

Officers observed security footage from cameras aimed at the company’s storage lot. They observed a man, later identified as Woolley, enter the lot and get inside the unlocked Dodge pickup. The keys were left inside the center console, according to the affidavit. Woolley allegedly stole that vehicle after he parked the stolen Chevrolet pickup.  

Woolley then drove around town in the Dodge pickup, according to the affidavit. Security footage from a gas station in the 10th block of Anglers Drive shows the man driving up in the truck and buying a drink from inside.

On Monday, police received a warrant for Woolley’s arrest, according to Commander Annette Dopplick. Law enforcement booked him into the Routt County Jail that night.

On Oct. 4, the same man was arrested on suspicion of brandishing what turned out to be a toy handgun on a Steamboat Springs Transit bus. Officers charged him with menacing and endangering public transportation, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor charge of prohibited use of a weapon.

He has a status conference scheduled for that arrest Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Woolley appeared before the Routt Combined Court on an arrest warrant for allegedly stealing the two trucks. His bond has been set at $2,000, according to justice officials.