News for Tuesday, August 24, 2010



Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a fiduciary insurance renewal form with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for one year starting Sept. 1. • Approved, 3-0, a yearly office lease with the state electrical inspector’s office totaling $1,200.

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2010

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2010

New commissioner candidate emerges for general election

Kerry Moe to challenge Tom Mathers for District 3 in November

Craig resident Kerry Moe, 48, has announced she will run as a write-in candidate for the Moffat County Commission in November’s general election. Moe, a Republican, filed her candidate petition Monday afternoon for the District 3 commission seat currently held by Tom Mathers. Moe’s husband, Frank, ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in the Aug. 10 Republican primary election against Mathers. Mathers won by 49 votes in the primary. He received 1,197 votes, or 51.04 percent, while Frank Moe received 1,148 votes, or 48.96 percent.

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Officials weigh $280K Yampa Valley Regional Airport project

Board of Commissioners to vote today on de-icing pads for YVRA

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote today on whether to spend $280,000 to rehabilitate a pair of concrete aircraft de-icing pads at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Moffat County vote center shows state’s busiest Election Day activity, increase over 2008 primary voter turnout

Numbers for the Aug. 10 primary election showed a marked increase in voter turnout as compared to 2008 results. With a total of 2,732 registered county voters participating in the primary, the turnout was 47.43 percent of the overall 5,760 voters, as determined by election officials’ final count Friday. That turnout was significantly higher than the 2008 primary, which saw only about 5 percent of registered voters.

Craig youths perform mission work in Montana

Working beneath the rotted-out roof of a house badly in need of repair, teenager Casey Martin faced a number of hassles during his mission trip to Montana: the July heat, standing still for hours on end holding up fresh lumber, not to mention having to continually rinse off the mess caused by a flock of roosting pigeons. But, he said his reason for working so hard was to help those who lived beneath the roof, and in doing so, carrying out the work of the presence above it. Martin was one of 21 Catholic mission workers from Craig, Steamboat Springs and Meeker who attended the Catholic HEART Workcamp in Billings, Mont., this summer.

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Brand new Bulldog: Hayden runner joins MCHS cross-country team

Savannah Williams joins Bulldogs

When it comes to importing athletes from Hayden, Moffat County High School has had success. Chris Zirkle was the top boys Bulldog runner in 2009 as a junior, finishing sixth at state. Taylor Branstetter rounded out the boys varsity golf team’s top three in 2009. Ben Williams has been the ace of the MCHS baseball staff for the last two years. His brother, Jordan, was an all-conference selection for MCHS before becoming the co-rookie of the year for Colorado School of Mines in 2009.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission OKs MJK site plan

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission gave thumbs up Monday to MJK Sales & Feed for new site development plans. At a special meeting Monday, the commission approved, 5-0, the plans re-submitted by owners Lonnie and Lorraine Kawcak with reduced square footages of two new buildings for their proposed development. The development will be located about a half-mile west of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street, Craig community development director Dave Costa said.

Moffat County unemployment decreases in July

Craig resident Diana Booco, 37, has only been looking for a job for a month, but said she knows what she is up against. “It’s extremely tough,” she said of trying to find a job. “There’s not a whole lot of options out there. This year, I’ll have three kids in school, so it’s back to fulltime employment.” Booco recently resigned from her part-time job coaching volleyball and basketball at Craig Middle School in hopes of finding a full-time night job.

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 24

Today None Wednesday 8 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at the Vail Golf Club. Thursday None

The Memorial Hospital board meeting Agenda for Aug. 24

7 p.m. Wednesday in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairwoman Missy Bonaker • Agenda review • Conflicts of interest • Opportunity for public to address the board • Consent agenda:

Sports Briefs: Bowling league meets Friday

The Friday Night Mixed Nuts bowling league will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining.

Craig Briefs: Commissioners to meet with Udall staffer

Two or more Moffat County Commissioners are scheduled to meet with Jay Fetcher, northwest regional director for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., to discuss various issues at 3 p.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in the main floor conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

Datebook for Aug. 24

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Just right

When I know something is right, I get a unique feeling in my stomach. Since my curly, frizzy-haired childhood days, I have been known to follow this feeling, this gut instinct. I describe this feeling as a pinch that awakens you to the reality that stands right before you. So, do you say yes, or no? In my younger years, these decisions existed on a smaller scale. For example, whether to sneak out or not, whether to take the buzzer shot or to pass it on, whether to trust what I felt at that very moment or to deny it all together.

Horoscope for Aug. 24

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’s good to be your own person, but not to the point of being uncooperative in things that could be mutually advantageous for you as well as for all concerned. Don’t trip yourself up. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Good planning is generally required in areas where you hope to be productive and successful. If you don’t know what you’re doing, but attempt it anyway, you’ll set yourself up for failure. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Normally you are someone who likes to be helpful and very cooperative when the situation calls for it. However, you might agree to help when your better judgment warns you against doing so.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband ‘too close’ to brother

Dear Annie: My husband and his brother are very close. Too close. “Chris” calls his brother every day, sometimes twice a day, and talks for an hour or more each time. Whenever we go out, it is to his brother’s house two hours away. Recently, Chris and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We reserved a room in a nice hotel, which just happened to be near his brother. Shortly before we arrived, his brother called to say he’d meet us at the hotel and take us out to dinner for our anniversary.