News for Wednesday, August 11, 2010



Michelle Balleck: A fair-ly good weekend

After this hectic week, here’s hoping Keith and I can actually spend some time together this weekend between fair fun and garage sale prepping. And beyond that, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend of music, billiards and revving engines.

On the Record for Aug. 11, 2010

On the Record for Aug. 11, 2010

Razzano wins Republican assessor primary

Robert Razzano won the nod for the county assessor position in the Republican primary election Tuesday. Razzano, who is currently Moffat County treasurer, defeated Moffat County deputy assessor Carol Scott with 1,286 votes to 1,035, according to results released Tuesday from the Moffat County elections department. There were 2,321 total votes cast for assessor, according to the results.

Moffat County fall sports teams begin practice Monday

With a new school year starting Aug. 30, preparation for the fall sports season is upon Moffat County High School. The first day of practice is Monday, and athletes need to have paperwork completed if they want to participate in the first week. Any athlete participating in the first day of practice must have the emergency consent form signed and filled out, the notice to athlete-parents signed and completed, an up-to-date physical, and proof of insurance.

Craig City Council delays 2nd reading of lodging tax

The Craig City Council tabled Tuesday night the second reading of the lodging tax proposal that voters could see on the November general election ballot. Because council members Gene Bilodeau and Joe Herod were absent from the meeting due to Tuesday’s Republican primary election, the second reading of the proposal was moved back to the council’s next scheduled meeting.

Other totals from Tuesday’s GOP primary

Republican primary races were decided Tuesday night, and three uncontested candidates took their next step toward office as well. Tim Jantz, Moffat County incumbent sheriff; Lila Herod, Moffat County clerk and recorder candidate; and Peter Epp, Moffat County surveyor candidate, were unopposed in their efforts for the Republican nomination and each secured more than 2,000 votes in the primary.

Yampa Valley hosting golf championship

For the past year, Amber Nicholson has enjoyed a privilege she earned through her play at Yampa Valley Golf Course. This weekend, she’ll fight to keep it. Nicholson, last year’s women’s club champion, will vie to keep her parking space, the club prize for the top men’s and women’s golfer.

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Audrey Danner defeats Tony St. John by 92 votes in primary

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner was the 13th resident to cast her vote Tuesday afternoon at the Hamilton Community Center. “Lucky number 13,” she said with a laugh to a group of residents as she awaited the final results of the Moffat County Republican primary election at the Moffat County Courthouse. And when the final votes from the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries came in at about 9:30 p.m., Danner stood 92 votes above opponent Tony St. John in the race for county commission, District 2.

McKey earns GOP nomination

When the first batch of results came in Tuesday night for the Moffat County Republican primary election, local chiropractor and first-time bidder for public office Kirk McKey held an early lead over his fellow GOP opponent for county coroner. That lead held up throughout the night. “I felt good when I got that early lead, but I didn’t exhale until I got that final vote,” said McKey, owner of McKey Chiropractic Clinic in Craig, shortly after the results were finalized at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Elaine Sullivan earns big win in Republican treasurer race

Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County’s current clerk and recorder, is likely switching offices at the Moffat County Courthouse. Term-limited as clerk, Sullivan notched a big win in Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election to earn the nomination for treasurer. She said her tenure at the county, which dates back to 1981 when she became a deputy clerk, has a foundation built around the advice of her father.

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Mathers advances to November’s general election

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers had few words to say Tuesday night after receiving the final vote totals in the Republican primary election. Those totals placed him as Republican county voters’ choice to serve another four years as commissioner. “That was a nail biter,” Mathers said with a sigh. Mathers, 61, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, had fallen behind challenger Frank Moe in preliminary vote totals until the final votes were announced about 9:30 p.m.

Sollenberger: Helping solve a problem

To the editor: Recently, the Craig water department had a water main break in the 800 block of School Street. I am writing this letter to let all the residents who live on this block, gave us a helping hand or had a kind word for my distribution crew, that my staff and I appreciate it. A person on this street took time out of their day to block the road with their personal truck until we could get on-site to repair the water break.

Datebook for Aug. 11

Entries for the Moffat County Fair Sheep Lead Contest are due today in the barn office at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. 8 to 11 a.m. Entries are accepted for the youth and open class projects, home economics, junior corps in horticulture, and wool exhibits in the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. Judging of pavilion entries begins at 12:30 p.m.

Craig Briefs: Substitute teacher orientation slated

Moffat County School District is hosting an orientation for all interested substitute teachers for the 2010-11 school year. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 826-6264.

Editorial: Supplying student support

Our society generally thinks of children in terms of innocence and naivety. And to a large degree, those are accurate descriptions. However, the opposite can be equally true — just as adults possess the ability to be merciless to each other without cause, so too do children.

Kinkaid: Expectations of a voter

To the editor: This letter is to the newly elected Moffat county commissioners, although it’s Tuesday afternoon and I have no idea who you are yet. As a citizen, I expect George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson all in the same room: Principles, honesty and integrity.

Lighthizer: Finding a lost treasure

To the editor: On July 26, I lost a cross that means more to me than words can say. My oldest son made this special cross for me more than 30 years ago in school. It would not look to be anything special to anyone else, but it was made with love by my child. It is well worn, and made of copper with a little teal paint left around the edges.

Sports Briefs: Trick shot legend to perform at local lounge

At 3 p.m. Saturday, billiards trick shot master Mike Massey will perform an exhibition, challenge matches and pool instruction at Mathers Lounge & Cafe, 420 Yampa Ave. Massey was the 2002 World Artistic Pool Champion, and was the ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion in 2000.

Horoscope for Aug. 11

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Sometimes it is better to make small profits a little at a time rather than trying to make one big killing. Holding out for an uncertain larger amount may yield you exactly nothing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Ideas or concepts that were tailored for another’s needs aren’t necessarily likely to do the same for you. There are variables involved that may work against your needs. Think for yourself.

Annie's Mailbox: Lack of intimacy concerns boyfriend

Dear Annie: I have been dating the woman of my dreams for a year. She treats me incredibly well, and we both are very much in love. Like most adults our age, at first we had sex every week. However, over the past few months, “Jane” has not been willing to make love and has not shown much sign of physical attraction toward me. I confronted her about it, and she said sex is painful. We agreed to try to make things better and not give up on a potentially great sex life.