News for Saturday, August 14, 2010



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Blaze destroys Old Town Steamboat duplex

2 families displaced by fire at 4th and Oak streets

No one was injured when a duplex caught fire at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at Fourth and Oak streets. Steamboat Springs Police De­­­part­ment officers and Steam­boat Springs Fire Rescue crews responded and worked to control the blaze after nine people and a dog escaped from the smoke-filled structure.

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Moffat County sheriff’s office investigator balances caseload with strong faith

Talk with Jeremy Ashton, a veteran Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, and it’s easy to recognize the themes of duality that run through his life.

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Club championship golf tournament begins Saturday at Yampa Valley

For some, Yampa Valley Golf Course’s men’s and women’s club championship is about the chance to play 18 holes among familiar faces.

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Moffat County resident winning county fair competitions, eyeing 3rd state title

For Darren McLaughlin, 15, few things compare to competing in the Colorado State Fair in market sheep. During competition, Darren’s days are comprised of moving through ladders of different classes and weight divisions, showing lambs against hundreds of competitors.

High hopes for Craig’s first balloon festival

Ray Beck, chairman of the Moffat County Balloon Festival committee, has high hopes for the first annual balloon festival in Craig.

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Craig elementary teacher receives prestigious award from Microsoft

Cheryl Arnett, 57, was sitting Friday morning at Sunset Elementary School in a chair meant for a child. From her hunkered vantage point, the same many of her students have during school, she looked at a computer screen and opened an award-winning work she accomplished with her Craig students.

Craig man crashes dirt bike into car

A 19-year-old Craig man will likely be cited by the Craig Police Department for his role in a Thursday night crash at the intersection of Sixth and Rose streets.

Craig briefs: BBQ Championship coming to Craig

The Colorado State BBQ Championship are scheduled to be in Craig from Aug. 26 to 28 at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40.

Annie's Mailbox: Songs to celebrate your father

Dear Readers: When we printed the letter from Walt Paluch, asking for the words to an old Father’s Day song, we had no idea so many readers would be interested. Although none seems to hit the nail on the head, one comes close. It was sent in by two readers, one from Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., and the other from New Bedford, Mass.

Sports Spotlight: Colby Haddan

Name: Colby Haddan Age: 16, incoming junior at Moffat County High School Sport: Golf

Veterans Hotline: American Legion raffling Thompson replica

If you have not bought a raffle ticket for the .45-caliber, semi-automatic weapon that American Legion Post 62 is raffling, you only have today to purchase them.

On the record for August 17

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 11 Robert Donald Mannion, 58, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Government Update for August 14

Moffat County Commission Last met: Wednesday, Aug. 11 Decisions:

Horoscope for August 14

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)­ — ­The best way to make certain a joint endeavor will be successful is to make sure the workload is equally distributed. Once done, each contributor must focus solely on doing his/her part.

Datebook for August 14

10 a.m. The third edition of the Moffat County Mud Runs will begin at Wyman’s Museum, 94350 E. US Highway 40. Admission is $8 for for anyone 13 and older, $4 for spectators aged 6 to 12 and free for anyone fine and under. A pit pass costs $20.

Editorial: CSAP scores show reform is crucial

No wonder the state is de-emphasizing this year’s Colorado Student Assessment Program results. With the exception of a few bright spots, there’s not much to brag about in the largely flat numbers, and that’s a shame.

A&L: What’s in a chore coat pocket?

The idea for this story came one early morning during the summer when this author was weeding the garden. Among the pea plants were two filled out pea pods that I’d missed a few days earlier.