News for Tuesday, November 2, 2010



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Baumgardner rolls in House District 57

Hot Sulphur Springs rancher and Republican Randy Baum­gardner cruised to another victory in House District 57 on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie with 64 percent of the vote and continuing the GOP’s long hold on the Northwest Colorado seat.

Voters throw roadblocks in front of medical marijuana

Moffat County, Dinosaur voters reject new dispensaries from opening

Moffat County and Dinosaur voters considered two separate ballot measures in Tuesday’s general election regarding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Northwest Colorado. The answer in both measures: no new dispensaries. In Moffat County, the issue was whether voters would prohibit dispensaries and similar operations from opening within unincorporated parts of the county.

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Mathers over Moe — again

Incumbent commissioner ‘relieved’ by voters’ decision

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he knew exactly why county voters chose him to serve another four years in the District 3 seat during Tuesday’s general election. “It was my honesty,” he said. Mathers, 61, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, defeated write-in candidate Kerry Moe by 2,633 votes. He received 3,271 votes, or about 84 percent, to Moe’s 638 votes, or about 16 percent.

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Danner retains District 2

Republican incumbent secures another commissioner term

Audrey Danner said she wasn’t going to celebrate the general election results for the District 2 commissioner race in Moffat County. Instead, she was going directly home after leaving the Moffat County Courthouse on Tuesday night. But, that’s not because she wasn’t pleased with the results that gave her a 96-percent victory over write-in opponent Tami Barnes. “I’m going home,” Danner said. “I’ve got jury duty in the morning.”

Craig lodging tax not 2B

Opponent: Council should revisit issue and lower tax rate

Craig voters rejected the Craig City Council’s proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax during Tuesday’s general election. The measure failed by 1,226 votes. About 72 percent of Craig voters voted against the measure. The final vote total was 767 in favor and 1,993 against. Randy Looper, a Craig resident and co-owner of the Elk Run Inn, used one word to describe his feelings about the result of the lodging tax vote. Torn.

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Wiggins wins Routt County sheriff race

A late tally of about 4,000 mail ballots gave Garrett Wiggins the margin he needed to pull away from incumbent Gary Wall in the race for Routt County sheriff. “I’m excited to see I did pull away with the mail-in vote. It goes to show you hard work does pay,” Wiggins said.

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2010

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Final Moffat County results from Tuesday's general election

The Moffat County voters have spoken and have defeated measures to allow medical marijuana dispensaries as well as a Craig lodging tax proposal. Referendum 2B, the city of Craig’s 6.9-percent lodging tax proposal, has failed with a 72-percent no vote. Both Moffat County and Dinosaur voters have decided to not allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Incumbent Moffat County Commissioners Tom Mathers and Audrey Danner secured another term by defeating write-in candidates Kerry Moe and Tami Barnes, respectively. Read the full results here.

Competency questioned for Steamboat man accused of shooting wife

What was intended to be an arraignment in District Court for Robert Cash on Tuesday turned into a discussion about his competency to stand trial and the evaluations needed before the case can proceed.

Night delays on U.S. 40 near Hayden to start Wednesday

Work to set girders over U.S. 40 is scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, as part of the Hayden rail spur project. U.S. 40 will be closed just east of Routt County Road 27 for up to 45 minutes at a time, Xcel Energy said in a release.

Bears Ears Patriots begin new program to increase future voter turnout

While Election Day activity was in full swing Tuesday at the Centennial Mall voting center, Craig resident Tracy Winder was waiting by the telephone. Winder, a member of the Bears Ears Patriots, was ready to lend a hand and a set of wheels. The group’s Election Day project was offering free transportation to the mall for voters who needed it, as long as they called one of the available members and asked to be picked up.

Sports Spotlight: Kelly Syvertson

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “I just thought it looked like fun in seventh grade, so I kept playing it.”

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 2

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. I’m not much of a Halloween person. It’s OK, but I like events that include family gatherings better. I love pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and so on. So, I’ll be looking forward to the upcoming holidays.

Moffat County Candidates ready for general election results

With the 2010 election season almost over, Moffat County Commission candidates reflected Monday on their efforts to win votes and how they think today’s general election will take shape. Two write-in candidates are challenging two commission incumbents for open seats in Districts 2 and 3. Write-in candidate Tami Barnes is running against incumbent commissioner Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat, and write-in candidate Kerry Moe is running against incumbent commissioner Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat.

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Local DAR chapter buys Lay schoolhouse, envisions museum

Shannan Koucherik stood Sunday outside the one-room schoolhouse in Lay, admiring the building and recalling her first visit to the site more than a year ago. “I just fell in love with it,” Koucherik said. “The wind was blowing through the broken windows and there were shreds of curtains still up. “I just thought, ‘This could really be something.’”

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Bad Dogs tear up weekend meets

Luke Pleasant has been involved in wrestling for nearly half of his 8-year-old life. In that time, he’s accumulated quite a collection of trophies. But, there’s always room for more. Pleasant was one of 45 members of the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team who participated in tournaments in Steamboat Springs and Craig over the weekend. The team won 29 first-place distinctions, 11 in Steamboat’s Saturday meet and 18 in Craig’s Fall Classic at Moffat County High School on Sunday.

Moffat County, area officials discuss lodging tax, medical pot measures

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile said he is nervously but anxiously awaiting the results of how Craig residents vote on Referendum 2B, the city’s lodging tax proposal, during today’s general election. He said the same was true for the group Progress for Craig, which worked throughout the last several months to support the proposed 6.9-percent city lodging tax and educate voters about its benefits. “There is always just that little nervousness about the unknown — you never know what it is going to look like until a little bit after 7 p.m.,” Carwile said.

Craig Briefs: Chamber breakfast slated for this week

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s informational wake-up breakfast is scheduled to begin at 6:47 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn of Craig, 377 Cedar Court, which is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per plate. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689 or e-mail

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 2

Wednesday 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Kimarie Hazelbaker: Don’t kill the deer

To the editor: I am absolutely, unequivocally opposed to killing the deer in Craig. In fact, I have been sick since reading about the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s options for “removing” the deer. It is really hard to believe that some of my Craig neighbors have so little respect for life that they can justify the killing of these beautiful animals. Our mayor apparently jumped right on the plan to kill the deer, saying “based on the support” he will “move forward” with the plan.

V.L. Wyman: No on lodging tax

To the editor: Points to ponder: The revenue generated by the 6.9-percent lodging tax comes from the tourism base we supposedly are trying to develop. The tourists, visitors and potential citizens are being asked to fund our capital projects, our economic development, our beautification programs and our community infrastructure while we residents pat ourselves on the back because the tax burden will be on them, not us.

Announcement: Pearl White-Wilson-Schneider

Pearl White-Wilson-Schneider, a former Craig resident and 1939 Moffat County High School graduate, collected 90 bears for her 90th birthday May 17, 2010.

Datebook for Nov. 2

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting in the general election takes place at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Craig; Hamilton Community Center, 17400 S. Colorado Highway 13; Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis St.; and the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 400 W. School St. Moffat County residents may vote at any of the four locations. Call 824-9104.

Bill Snare: ‘Production’ is the goal

To the editor: Wake up, America. It is disturbing to me the voting public has let America down. We continue to vote for the best-looking, best orator, most exciting politician, rather than the most practical. Today, Washington, D.C., is filled with the political agenda that you and I have put there.

Kathy Harkner: Deer problem ‘serious’

To the editor: The deer problem in Craig is serious and detrimental to the safety of pets and citizens of Craig. My first bad experience with them was five years ago, on Nov. 12, which you can look up in your archives and find an article on the front page of that day’s Craig Daily Press. It has only escalated since then. Enough already. These deer are just as much of a threat as bears, cougars, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, etc., and need to be destroyed.

Mari KAtherine Raftopoulos: Making a perfect picture

As a child, I loved to paint. Not portraits to hang on the fridge or still life fruit basket paintings made in art class, I loved to paint buildings, fences, walls and just about everything. Although my parents never really let me have a real bucket of paint, I still found ways to paint the town, and at that time my town was the ranch.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman thinks ex is talking trash

Dear Annie: I am an older divorced woman and belong to a square-dancing club. Shortly after I started, a single man joined and quickly became my dance partner. He was very smooth and a good dancer, and we also began dating. Then he said there was something I needed to know about him, but he was reluctant to tell me. Instead, he gave me his ex-wife’s telephone number and told me to call her.

Horoscope for Nov. 2

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t go along with the group if what they want to do violates your principles or high standards, regardless of the peer pressure some may place on you. Stand by your high-mindedness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Instead of being the disruptor within the household, contribute to the tranquility of the family. Selfish demands will cause kinfolk to rebel or behave similarly.