News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010



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Robert Cash booked into Routt County Jail

Man accused of attempted murder; more charges expected

The Steamboat man accused of shooting his wife and then himself was formally booked into Routt County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday. He had been hospitalized since June.

Michelle Balleck: Good times for good causes

There’ll be some downright fun for some downright good causes this weekend. And you can’t beat that. For those of you wondering what in the world Keith, my loving hubby, will be up to this weekend, well, we’re headed to Denver for a much-anticipated trip to the aquarium, Wildlife Experience and more. Keith can barely stand his excitement, and our little guy is looking forward to it a little bit, too.

On the Record for July 21, 2010

On the Record for July 21, 2010

Neilson: Highly recommended

To the editor: This letter is in support of Carol Scott who is running for Moffat County Assessor. I have known Carol for seven years. Carol has an excellent relationship with assessors throughout the state of Colorado.

Albee: More than barren rock

To the editor: I must take exception to one of the statements made in the “Our View” editorial in the July 17 issue of the Saturday Morning Press. Saying that Vermillion Basin is a largely barren rock with little wildlife is ridiculous.

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Lightning cause behind two Moffat County wildfires Monday

Lightning in Northwest Colorado is believed to be the cause behind numerous wildfires that crews worked Monday and Tuesday to contain, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Unit spokeswoman Lynn Barclay said lightning started 11 fires in recent days.

Datebook for July 21

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039.

Craig Briefs: Chamber breakfast slated for Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Wake-Up Craig breakfast is scheduled for 6:47 to 7:47 a.m. Thursday at Village Inn, 1103 W. Victory Way. The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per person.

Sports briefs: Former players to honor retired coach

Former Moffat County High School basketball players are coming together to honor former coach Craig Mortensen.

Tupa: Thank you for the help

To the editor: I would just like to say, on behalf of our Relay for Life team, thank you to all the individuals and businesses in the community that were so generous in their donations to the American Cancer Society.

Softball tournament to benefit Craig umpire, coach

Two-day tournament to help Roman Gutierrez pay medical bills

As Roman Gutierrez got into his umpire crouch at a softball game last summer, it seemed like any other of the dozens of games he’s officiated. One moment he was standing, ready to call a ball or strike, and the next he was on the ground, unconscious for several seconds with a gash across his forehead.

Police: Be wary of Amazon, tech support scams

The Craig Police Department is warning local residents about fraud schemes that have cropped up in recent weeks. “New fraud schemes pop up daily and many are intended to steal your identity and your money,” police reported in a news release. The scams, according to the police department’s news release, are as follows:

Moffat County unemployment hovering at 8.7 percent

Dustin Harrison, 22, walked into the Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office Tuesday, removed his sunglasses and dropped his elbows on the counter. “I need a job,” he said with a sigh to a staff member working behind the desk. Harrison, a Craig resident, has been without a job twice this year, he said.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Despicable Me’ mixes cuteness and ray guns with good results

What if Daddy Warbucks had made Little Orphan Annie sleep in a hollowed-out antique bomb and gave her a piece of old newspaper to use as a bathroom? Would the sun still come out tomorrow? Probably so, but if the anti-hero of the cartoon “Despicable Me” had the chance, he’d try to swipe the celestial body.

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Craig woman listed in fair condition after crash

Yvette Puhl involved in two-vehicle crash Monday night

A Craig woman sustained life-threatening injuries Monday night in a two-vehicle crash two miles south of Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Yvette Puhl was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. On Tuesday, St. Mary’s reported that Puhl was listed in fair condition.

Editorial: Community against cancer

Craig Relay for Life organizers and participants set out to achieve a difficult goal this year, especially in an uneven economy, to combat an enemy that has touched almost everyone in some fashion or another. They sought to raise $30,000 to contribute to the American Cancer Society for research into the disease.

Pot question could appear before Moffat County voters

Commissioners moving forward with November ballot measure

The Moffat County Commission took another step Tuesday toward solidifying the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. At its regular meeting, the commission approved, 2-0, a resolution containing a ballot question for the November election. As of now, the measure will appear before voters. However, the commission has until Oct. 6 to withdraw the question, if it chooses.

Horoscope for July 21

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It might take far greater discipline than usual to finish what you start today. If you don’t want to leave a mess in your wake, you had better stay on top of whatever you take on. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Generally, you’re pretty careful about what you say about others, but today some flippant negative comments could be taken more seriously than usual. Mean what you say and say only what you mean.

Annie's Mailbox: Man can't stop thinking of ex

Dear Annie: Six months ago, I ran into a friend from high school. She mentioned an old girlfriend of mine, “Liz.” Over the years, I have thought of Liz often, wondering how she was, if she was happy, how much she may have changed and that sort of thing.