News for Monday, September 6, 2010



Moffat County smoke reports stem from Wyoming, Utah fires

Numerous reports of smoke called into the Craig Interagency Fire Dispatch Center on Sunday afternoon were the result of fires burning in Utah and Wyoming, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The August Fire is burning two miles west of the Colorado border in Utah. The 150-acre fire started Aug. 26, and is being monitored.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 7

One thing I noticed was that it’s calendar collection time. I’ve been going to various businesses and receiving a calendar. By next month, I could have enough calendars to supply all my family and some friends. But, I quit that part.

Anderson: Good owners needed

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to remind everyone that we are offering reduced cost adoptions of our shelter animals through Sept. 15. Shelter cats and dogs are available for $60. The adoption fee covers vaccinations and spay/neuter procedure. If there is an older pet or a pet with special needs, the adoption fee may be even lower. Pet may be seen on line at, or at the shelter located at 2430 E. Victory Way.

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Kurt Utzinger sinks hole-in-one at Yampa Valley Golf Course

When Craig’s Kurt Utzinger hit his first hole-in-one, it was five years ago at Ironwood Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., on his last swing of the day. “It was kind of unusual,” he said. “We were playing in a couples league, and it was the last shot of the round and my last shot of the day. “I was hungry, and ready to go in. Then, it kind of just happened.”

Sports Briefs: Western Slope League football results

The first official week of Western Slope League football wrapped up Saturday, as all eight teams competed out of the division. On Friday, there were two close games, as Battle Mountain was able to beat Summit, 7-0, and Rifle won its first game, 20-19, over Grand Valley. Glenwood Springs was a big winner over Basalt, 35-7, Palisade was able to throttle 4A’s Grand Junction Central, 35-14, Eagle Valley lost to Coal Ridge, 27-0, and Moffat County fell to Aspen, 46-13.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 7

Today 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School junior varsity football team plays in Meeker. 5 p.m. The MCHS boys varsity soccer team plays at Grand Junction Central. 6 p.m. The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team plays Western Wyoming Community College at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Sports Spotlight: Inez Quezada

Age: 18, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Soccer How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been playing since I was a baby. It’s in my blood.”

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MCHS soccer team cruises past Cortez

Although there was a smattering of vuvuzelas sounding at halftime, it was the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team making the most noise Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs won their season opener, 6-1, over the visiting Montezuma-Cortez High School Panthers. Coach Rusty Cox said the Bulldogs needed a little time to establish themselves.

My Life My Words: Bryanda Sanchez — A move that creates a better life

“I’m a hostess, but I do a little bit of everything. I bring the salsa and chips to the tables and I seat people. I like doing everything here, helping the customers and the waitresses. And I like the enchiladas. I love the chicken enchiladas here. They’re my favorite. “I’m 17, and I’m going to be 18 on Sept. 11. I graduated this year and I’m planning to go to college sometime soon. I want to be a cosmetologist. I want to do makeup, hair, nails. It’s fun to be a cosmetologist. I miss high school a little bit because of my friends. At the same time, I want to go to college. That’s why I’m working. I want to save money for college next year. I’m not sure where yet, but we’ll see.

Blue Ribbon Kitchens of Craig hosting EPA-certified renovator training class

Blue Ribbon Kitchens, a Craig business, will host a training class for area contractors Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The class will cover safe practices for anyone renovating homes with lead paint, and will ensure contractors are complying with a Environmental Protection Agency rule that went into effect earlier this year.

Craig man David Morris’s original play mixes message with mayhem

David Morris has glimpsed Moffat County’s future, and by his reckoning¬, it’s both bleak and zany. Morris will present his vision later this month at the Craig Middle School auditorium in the form of “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” a three-act play set in 2025. “Craig’s in big trouble when this play takes place,” Morris said. “(Corporations) are buying up the county to turn it into a toxic-waste landfill.”

Business Beat: Bank of Colorado president graduates from CU banking program

David Dempster, branch president of the Bank of Colorado in Craig, has completed the graduate school of banking at Colorado, according to a news release. The program provides training to banking professionals in the areas of “management and leadership,” the release reported. Dempster was among more than 100 banking professionals to graduate from the course this year, which was the program’s 60th anniversary.

Craig Briefs: Libraries closed today for Labor Day

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. The library branches are scheduled to reopen Tuesday. For more information, call 824-5116.

Sports briefs: CNCC volleyball plays Tuesday in Craig

The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team will host Western Wyoming Community College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. It will be the only time this fall the CNCC Rangely campus team will play in Craig. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger, adults older than 65, and MCHS and CNCC students. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for other students.

Smercina: To ‘a great community’

To the editor: In a time of great need, our friends, neighbors and community have once again come together and proven why Craig is an awesome place to live. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who came together and helped make the auction for Katie Kennedy a huge success.

Blevins: A program that works

To the editor: I was happy to read the front page article, “Rebuilding Lives,” in the Saturday Morning Press. I was disappointed that no mention was made of the oldest and most successful drug treatment program – Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. AA was founded in the 1930s by a group of people addicted to the drug alcohol, but long ago realized that addiction to any drug is basically the same. So don’t be put off by the name. Groups are largely autonomous and sometimes have restrictions such as alcohol-addicted or women only.

Datebook for Sept. 6

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Labor Day. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.

Glanville: The old station at Butler Hill

Fifty or so years ago, atop Butler Hill sat a real, honest-to-goodness gas station. A station young boys would pass on their bikes, slowing to watch other young boys race out, wearing company shirts with tire gauges and pens stuck in the pockets just below their embroidered name. A station where service with a smile was a given, and the extra mile was just jogged to, a place where you never left without everything from your tire pressure to the dip stick being checked.

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Aging Well: Taking control of cholesterol

It’s difficult to talk about cardiovascular disease without talking about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a major controllable risk factor of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.

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Lincoln construction starts up again today in downtown Steamboat

Construction zone likely to stretch from 3rd Street to 11th Street

Get ready, Steamboat Springs: Construction is back. Barriers and orange cones return today to Lin­coln Avenue downtown as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues the $5.6 million road upgrade project.