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Wednesday, August 31

On the Record for Aug. 31, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 31, 2011

Senate Bill 40, REAP aim to successfully monitor concussions in Colorado

In September 2004, Jake Snakenberg, a freshman at Grandview High School in Aurora, was injured during a football game. He seemed to be OK. The next week, Snakenberg took the field again, unaware of what was going on inside his own body.

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Crews contain, monitor fires in and near Moffat County

The Ladore Fire, two miles northwest of the Gates of Ladore in the Bureau of Land Management Diamond Breaks Wilderness Study area, reached 1,072 acres as of Tuesday, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The fire is being allowed to burn to naturally clear away dead vegetation. The blaze was ignited by lightning at about 5:15 p.m. Friday. The fire “has remained fairly inactive and (has shown) no additional growth,” according to the release.

Commission approves sponsoring Oil and Gas Symposium

The Moffat County Commission, at its regular Tuesday meeting, pledged $200 to sponsor the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Symposium. The seminar is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Haven Community Room, 300 S. Sheldon St., Hayden. Yampa Valley Data Partners and the Community Agriculture Alliance are hosting the meeting.

Michelle Balleck: Ideal weekend for no kind of labor

As it is Labor Day weekend, there’s not much planned around town. So it’s a good excuse to spend time with your families, ideally outdoors, and soak up what’s left of summer.

Firefighters to host MDA fundraiser on Labor Day

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters will be participating in the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign for children and adults with muscle-wasting diseases this weekend. Capt. Troy Hampton of Craig Fire/Rescue said crews would be at City Market, Kum Go, and Loaf N Jug locations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Romney on Perry turf assails 'career politicians'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney castigated "career politicians" Tuesday as he tried to distinguish himself from chief rival Rick Perry while on the governor's home turf in Texas. "I am a conservative businessman. I spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy," Romney told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio. "Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

Quinn likely to get start in Broncos' preseason finale

(AP) — Broncos coach John Fox isn't revealing his quarterback rotation for Thursday night's preseason finale at Arizona. It's likely Brady Quinn will get the start with Kyle Orton sitting this one out. Quinn has outperformed Tim Tebow all summer and didn't play last week against Seattle, when Tebow finished up with another inconsistent performance.

Pelosi, DeGette hear gloomy business outlook

(AP) — Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi told a group of female business owners in Denver Tuesday that she wanted to listen, not talk, about problems in the economy. She got an earful.

Briefs for Aug. 31, 2011: Medical marijuana talk scheduled

The Bears Ears Patriots will host a presentation and discussion of the effect medical marijuana has had on the community at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 326-5315.

Student News: Brian Poole

Brian Poole graduated Aug. 12 from the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Dee White: End of an era

To the editor: Sunset Meadows 1 and 2 will be losing our maintenance crew. Bev Lovelady, who has 13 years of service, and John Furman, who has 15 years of service, have been reassigned by the Moffat County Housing Authority Board to work elsewhere in the county for the grounds and maintenance department. The residents of these two buildings will miss Bev and John not only for their pleasant disposition, skills, experience and strong work ethic, but for their integrity and the safe upkeep and maintenance of both buildings and grounds.

VNA: The right thing to do

To the editor: Immunizations are one of the easiest ways that we can protect ourselves, our families and our communities from deadly diseases. The vaccines that are offered today prevent the deaths of an estimated 42,000 children each year in the United States alone. Yet, some preventable diseases — whooping cough, for example — have been making a comeback because some children are not vaccinated and also because some adults have not gotten their Tdap booster.

Editorial: A new beginning

If you’re the parent of a Moffat County School District kindergarten through 12th-grade student, the rhythm of your days has probably changed since school started Monday. The tranquil pace of summer evaporated and a sense of urgency took its place. As you sent your child off to school loaded with everything from a new backpack to No. 2 pencils, you may have felt pride, worry, sadness or a combination of all three.

Datebook for Aug. 31, 2011

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. Options include art, writing, and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colorado Northwestern Community College hosts a financial aid presentation for students and parents in room 114 at the new Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. A group presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m., and drop-ins are welcome throughout the day. The free event is open to students interested in attending any college. Call 824-1100.

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Crossword for Aug. 31, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 31, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 31, 2011

Considerable improvements involving your material circumstances and position could take place during coming months. Stay on top of this propitious growth cycle, so you can make the most of what is being offered.

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Comics for Aug. 31, 2011

Comics for Aug. 31, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 31, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30

On the Record for Aug. 30, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 30, 2011

First ever Water and Energy Conference deemed a success

Organizers: continued water and energy partnership possible for the future

Disappointment and uncertainty prevailed when organizers from the energy industry announced its semi-annual meeting would be held in Steamboat Springs and not Craig. The Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference was slated to return in May to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, but was postponed because of scheduling conflicts and issues with booking speakers.

Job growth in Moffat County up for first time since 2007

Yampa Valley Data Partners releases first signs of job recovery

For the first time since December 2007, there are more jobs in Moffat County than there are workers in the civilian population. Yampa Valley Data Partners, formerly Yampa Valley Partners, released the news Monday in its monthly edition of “Fast Facts.” The non-profit organization evaluates community health in Moffat and Routt counties through a variety of civic, economic, environmental and social indicators.

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Moffat County K-12 students return to class Monday

The playground at Ridgeview Elementary School was alive with activity at about 7:45 a.m. Monday as children squeezed in a few last minutes of play before the day began in earnest. For these students and hundreds of others, summer officially ended Monday, the first day of school for all Moffat County School District students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Preschool students got an extra day of vacation; school for them starts today.

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CNCC volleyball plays today at MCHS

While Craig residents usually flock to Moffat County High School to support the Bulldogs, locals will have a rare opportunity today to support a different team. The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team, based at the Rangely campus, will play Western Wyoming Community College at 6:30 p.m. today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Briefs for Aug. 30, 2011: Free crochet classes offered

Free crochet classes will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Sept. 16 at 655 Ranney St., in the back south building. The project will be a potholder. Supplies needed include a size I crochet hook and four-ply yarn. For more information, call Mary Walters at 824-2923.

Datebook for Aug. 30, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

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Comics for Aug. 30, 2011

Comics for Aug. 30, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 30, 2011

The course you set for yourself during the next year might not have obvious advantages, but you mustn't let that deflate your enthusiasm and deter you. As long as you know where you're headed, stay on course.

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Crossword for Aug. 30, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 30, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 30, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 30, 2011

Monday, August 29

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4-year degree programs begin at Steamboat's Colorado Mountain College

Fall semester at Alpine Campus started Monday

This semester marks the launch of CMC’s new bachelor’s degree program that offers students the chance to earn a Bachelor of Arts in sustainability studies or a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

5,000 lightning bolts hit area Sunday, cause minor fires

Accompanying rain minimizes number and size of new fires

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit announced today that in spite of heavy thunderstorm activity Sunday, rain helped curtail the number of new fires in the area. According to the news release, fire crews responded to five new fires today — three in Moffat County, one in Rio Blanco County and one in Routt National Forest — after more than 5,000 lightning strikes hit Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties Sunday night.

On the Record for Aug. 29, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 29, 2011

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 29, 2011

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 29, 2011

Carbon sequestration study weeks away from drilling 1st test well

The idea of carbon dioxide being captured and stored thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface forever might seem impossible to some. Energy leaders are already touting the idea as the next potential leap in clean coal technology, while skeptics worry what the added carbon will do to the nation’s ground water supplies. Wayne Rowe, project manager for Slumberger Carbon Services, not only knows that it is possible, but announced Thursday at the Water and Energy Conference in Steamboat Springs that his company is weeks away from drilling its first test well in Moffat County.

Business Beat: Grand Junction mechanic sets up shop in Craig

In the summer, you might need your four-wheeler repaired. In the winter, it might be your snowmobile. But, no matter the time of year, a machinery-minded businessman who’s new to Craig can lend a wrench. The Shop On 4th and Steele St., 405 Steele St., offers engine work on a wide variety of machines and vehicles — ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, lawnmowers, weed whackers, generators and more.

Lightning suspected in several Northwest Colorado wildfires

Lightning is the suspected cause in several area wildland fires, according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. No one was injured and no structures were threatened, according to the release. The Ladore Fire, two miles northwest of the Gates of Lodore in the Bureau of Land Management Diamond Breaks Wilderness Study Area, started at about 5:15 p.m. and was at about 300 acres as of Sunday evening.

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My Life, My Words: Martha Laliberte: Learning throughout life

“I was born in Berkeley, Calif. My dad was in the Navy, so we were kind of bi-coastal. We moved to Virginia, Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois and then back to New Jersey. “I went to the Philadelphia College of Art for two years and transferred to the University of Arizona where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art.

4 injured in four-wheeler accident near Craig

Four Craig residents were injured in a four-wheeler accident shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Capt. Troy Hampton of Craig Fire/Rescue said. K.C. Hume of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office said that Tim and Tonya Knez, husband and wife, and two female juveniles, both younger than age 10, were injured in the accident and transported to The Memorial Hospital.

State bank failures exceed expectations when measured by assets

Although Colorado avoided the worst of the housing bubble, banks in the state are failing at five times the expected pace. Colorado has seen eight banks holding $6.7 billion in assets fail in the current downturn. Based on the state’s share of U.S. bank assets, something closer to $1.3 billion would have been expected, according to a Denver Post analysis of 382 bank failures since 2008 began.

Colorado bankers say regulations killing off business loans

Two Colorado community bankers blasted federal regulators Earlier this month, saying burdensome banking regulations have made it virtually impossible to make loans to small businesses. Jay Davidson, founder and chief executive of First American State Bank in Greenwood Village, said regulators have become so risk-averse that community banks that make loans to small businesses have almost quit making them. As a result, said Davidson, banks are “not fulfilling their obligations to assist in the economic recovery, and therefore small-business transactions, expansions and investments are not occurring.”

Damage from Irene appears to be less than feared

(AP) — Tropical Storm Irene's trek up the East Coast caused less damage than many had feared, a bit of reassuring news for a fragile economy. Insured damages from the storm will likely range between $2 billion and $3

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 29, 2011

Again the end of the month is upon us. The Labor Day weekend is here. One more picnic, putting away summer stuff little by little. Where did I leave my sweater? Go to the store, get more stuff for school before the sale is over, etc. No wonder they call it Labor Day. I’m glad that all the workers have a day to relate to.

Briefs for Aug. 29, 2011: Organization changes meeting

The Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing has changed its monthly board meeting dates. The board will now meet at 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. It’s next meeting is tonight. The organization needs board members as well as construction crew leaders.

Datebook for Aug. 29, 2011

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

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Crossword for Aug. 29, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 29, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 29, 2011

Although your goals and desires might not be realized in rapid succession in the year ahead, they can be reached one by one. If you're not too impatient, substantial improvements can be made that will better your lifestyle.

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Comics for Aug. 29, 2011

Comics for Aug. 29, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 29, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 29, 2011

Sunday, August 28

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Welcome to Colorado Hunter

Welcome to the 2011 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in this beautiful place we call Northwest Colorado. There’s a reason the hunters among us call the region home. Come fall, it offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow or sighting in a scope.

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Northwest Colorado: The state's premier hunting destination

If Colorado has a hunting hotspot, it’s likely Northwest Colorado. Open up any map and set your sights over the upper left corner. Your scope lines cross on one of the truly great regions in the country for outdoorsmen, and the ideal destination for your next hunting adventure.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Common hunting violations can be costly

Every hunting season, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers issue thousands of tickets for violations that can result in steep fines for the offenders. “While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and hunting laws, many more are for minor violations that could have been avoided,” Parks and Wildlife reports in a recent news release.

Safety, safety, safety

While hunting accidents have declined since the passage of two laws in 1970 — one requiring hunter education training and another requiring wearing at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing — accidents still happen. “Hunting is safe and getting safer all the time,” says Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunter education coordinator Mark Cousins, adding that the state sells more than 560,000 hunting licenses every year, resulting in several million hunter recreation days.

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Weather watch

High temperatures can delay herd migrations

As everyone gears up for this year’s hunting season, most preparation involves deciding where to hunt, which season and how to approach it. But there’s another consideration to take into account. A few environmental factors have changed in the past few years that have affected big-game movement patterns. Until about six years ago, many elk hunters could count on elk migrating to lower elevations into their winter range during rifle season. This allowed for seeing herds moving across the landscape, providing the possibility for a harvest.

2011 Colorado fees & seasons

DEER: • Resident — $34 • Youth resident — $13.75 • Nonresident — $334 • Youth nonresident — $103.75

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In his final season, Garrett Spears ready to lead Bulldogs in the trenches

Garrett Spears wasn’t sure what to expect when he returned to the football field in October last year against Battle Mountain. Spears, then a Moffat County High School junior, blew his knee out at summer camp at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. On the fourth play of the camp’s first day, Spears, who was projected to start at center for MCHS, got in position to block his opponent, but something went wrong.

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Playoff-minded Bulldogs look to improve in 2nd year of coach's regime

Sandy Camilletti walked into the Moffat County High School gymnasium last summer with plenty of work ahead of her. As the newly appointed MCHS varsity volleyball head coach, Sandy missed spring workouts, summer camps and joined the team with only a few weeks before practice officially began. The Bulldogs went 6-13 in Sandy’s first year and 3-9 against Western Slope League foes, missing a chance to play in the state playoffs.

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MCHS senior golfers target state tournament

Last fall, Parker King was able to accomplish something no Moffat County High School golfer had been able to do since 2002 — qualify for the state tournament. King, then an MCHS junior, went into Montrose’s Coble Creek Golf Course with nothing to lose and walked away with a 4A state tournament berth. The last MCHS boy to qualify for the state tournament was Cody DeGuelle nine years ago.

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Sunset Meadows pays tribute to ‘Nifty 90s’ residents

When Chloe Peterson and Leether Redmon were born, President William Howard Taft was in office, women had no constitutional voting rights and the automobile was considered a new innovation. What a difference a century, or in Leether’s case, almost 99 years, makes. Peterson and Redmon are the two oldest residents at the Sunset Meadows retirement community in Craig. They, along with seven other residents in their 90s, were honored earlier this month at a "Nifty 90s" party.

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New book chronicles infamous Colorado criminals, including those on the Western Slope

Imagine a place bound by isolation, where an unforgiving landscape surrounds you at all points of the compass, and sometimes the only thing between you and death is how fast you can draw your gun. Imagine that, and you’ve got a picture of what life may have been like in the Old West that Ron Franscell chronicles in “The Crime Buff’s Guide to the Outlaw Rockies,” a collection of historical vignettes published this year by Globe Pequot Press documenting a darker, seamier side of Colorado and Wyoming history.

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MCHS boys soccer team seeking return to playoffs

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team recorded its best season in the program’s 20-year history in the fall of 2010. At the end of the year, which included a playoff appearance, coach Rusty Cox was confident that despite inevitable roster changes his team would stay competitive in 2011. Confidence turned into certainty after Cox watched his team in the first week of practice.

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Alfredo Lebron begins chase for state cross-country title

Alfredo Lebron said he isn’t cocky or conceded, but the Moffat County High School senior knows what's expected of him this cross-country season. “I have high expectations,” he said. “I trained all summer as much as I could so I can finish as high ranked as I am supposed to.” Meeting those expectations will be no easy task, as Lebron is the top returning runner in the state from last year’s 4A state cross-country meet.

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Northwest Colorado offers a slew of game species, from pronghorn to grouse

Elk and deer aren’t the only things on hunters menus in Northwest Colorado. The region is also known for a variety of other species luring outdoorsmen to Moffat and Routt counties every year. Aside from antlered game — elk, deer and moose — the next most popular species on hunters’ lists is likely the pronghorn antelope. Rifle bearers far and wide descend upon the region’s sage-covered plains and rolling hills for long-range, open-country hunts far different than the tactics used for other game. And this year should prove especially fruitful pronghorn.

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Declining White River deer herd a concern for wildlife officials, hunters, business community

The decline in the White River mule deer herd has been a focal point of concern in Rio Blanco County as hunting season approaches and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife has taken notice. Biologist Darby Finley, mammals researcher Chuck Anderson and Division of Parks and Wildlife managers Bill de Vergie and Bailey Franklin have ideas about how to improve the herd numbers and want the community’s thoughts.

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A banner bowhunting year

Local Rick Sanny bags cat, bear and elk, putting two in the record books

Local hunter Rick Sanny, who in 2006 moved to Steamboat Springs from Fremont, Neb.,“in pursuit of big game,” had a heck of a hunting year. The property manager for Old West Management bagged a bear, mountain lion and elk last season, two of which garnered state honors. “Last year was amazing,” says Sanny, also a ranch manager at Coal View Ghost Ranch. “Two of my three animals made it into the record book. Hard work, scouting and persistence paid off.”

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Towns in the great outdoors

Northwest Colorado towns offer nationally ranked options for outdoor activities

While hunters travel all across Colorado each year to bag big game, Craig offers one thing other towns don’t. “We have big-game hunting and a large population of other wildlife,” says Rob Schmitzer, the sportsman information specialist for the Craig Chamber of Commerce. “But we also have hundreds of thousands of acres of public land that aren’t over utilized. Craig offers solitude.” In Outdoor Life magazine’s fourth annual rankings of the top 200 towns for sportsmen, Craig ranked 77th, dropping nine spots from last year. But that’s fine with locals, who like to keep the outdoor gem to themselves.

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Forest for the trees

Father-daughter hunting team gear-up for a special season

Eight-year-old Tiana Nichols had an early introduction to hunting. Very early. “Four days after she was born, I took her up to where my tree stand was,” father Gary Nichols says. “That kind of gives you an idea.” Gary, 56, is a deputy sheriff with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. He hunts exclusively with a recurve bow and has been hunting in the area since 1989. He’s involved his daughter in hunts as much as possible since her birth in September 2002.

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Game management units

In this area, 9,700-foot Diamond Mountain is the highest point, dropping to 5,100 feet in elevation at the White River. Sage and sage-grassland dominate, with the typical vegetation groups as the elevation increases. Weather is generally mild through the later seasons, though the higher elevations can have significant snow accumulation. Public land accounts for more than 85 percent of GMU 201.

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Survival skills 101

The Boy Scouts have it right: Be prepared

With most trophy animals off the beaten track, inherent risks come with chasing record-book racks. When hunting, you’ll often be far from help in unfamiliar terrain, and oftentimes you’ll be alone. Knowing basic survival techniques and packing appropriately for mishaps is essential. Just ask Steamboat Springs’ Darrel Levingston, a member of the Routt County Search and Rescue team who has spent many a cold night locating lost hunters.

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10 essentials for backcountry safety

As a checklist of what to take, Routt County search and rescue member Darrel Levingston cites the “Ten Essentials” from the Mountain Rescue Association’s General Backcountry Safety Workbook, with the ability to make fire, stay dry and orient oneself as principal packing priorities:

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Tips for hunting elk

Hunting magazines often display colorful photographs of huge bull elk standing in open meadows presenting easy targets. The reality in the mountains of Colorado, however, is far different. Stalking these animals is challenging and you likely won’t get an easy shot.

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Drop a line after dropping your game

Quality fishing can complement any elk outing

Done dressing your elk? With the Yampa River flowing through the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig, the Elk and White rivers nearby, and countless smaller streams, lakes and reservoirs in the surrounding hillsides, Routt and Moffat counties are the perfect places to complement your hunt with trout fishing. “Fishing is the perfect companion activity to hunting,” says Brett Lee, a veteran hunter and co-owner of Straightline Sporting Goods in Steamboat Springs. “And Northwest Colorado offers some great options.”

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Practice makes perfect

NW Colo. home to numerous talented taxidermists

You’re in good hands if you’re looking to preserve your animal in Craig. The town’s taxidermists are in a league of their own, head and shoulders above those found elsewhere in the field. Want proof? In early June, two local taxidermists accomplished something that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Scott Moore and Leland Reinier submitted a collaborative piece to a taxidermy competition and won.

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From the Olympic games to big game

Local Nordic Olympians Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick as solid with bow as they are on skis

While Northwest Colorado is home to trophy elk and deer, it’s also home to hunters who brought home trophies from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Nordic combined skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs brought home seven silver medals from last year’s Games — enough to hang from every point of a Routt or Moffat county bull. And come hunting and fishing season, two of them — Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane — take a break from hunting world titles to set their sights on bow-hunting big game.

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Craig Thrasher: The Hunt of My Life

Olympic downhiller relishes his favorite hunt in Routt County

A member of the U.S. Ski team from 1987 to 2006, including making the Olympic downhill team in 1994, Steamboat-raised Craig Thrasher likes sighting big game as much as he does skiing. “I started hunting the first year I was old enough to hunt grouse, with a single shot .22,” he says. “And we normally got our birds.” He started bow hunting in the late ‘80s with fellow ski team member Lonny Vanatta, and claims he was the 70th person in Colorado to kill eight big game species with a bow.

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Moose on the loose

Want to bag the largest deer in the world? In Northwest Colorado, it’s entirely possible. Since being reintroduced to the region — North Park, specifically — by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife in 1978, moose have thrived in an environment seeming tailor-made for them. Valleys thick with willows, streams, ponds and marshes provide food and shelter for moose, considered by biologists to be the world’s largest deer.

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All in the family

Hunting is a way of life in Northwest Colorado for Lawton family

Up at 3 a.m. Getting acclimated with horses. Heading out before the sun rises. After 15 years, the process is still fairly new to Carrie Lawton, who married into one of the most ardent hunting families in Northwest Colorado. But to her credit, she didn’t grow up with the same routine as the rest of her family. As part of the Lawton clan, Carrie has grown to appreciate the early morning timelessness of hunting as a result of spending time with family patriarch LeRoy Lawton.

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The Curious Case of Richard Kendall

Craig resident’s trophy bear kill erupts into statewide controversy

It was a shot that reverberated around the state and beyond. In November 2010, Craig resident Richard Kendall crawled to the mouth of a dark cave with a .45-70 caliber lever-action rifle. Inside lurked a 703-pound male black bear. Adrenaline pumping, Kendall glimpsed into the cave with a flashlight and briefly made eye contact with the animal.

Hunting business directory

Guided archery, muzzle-loading and rifle hunts for deer and elk from Horse Mountain in the Flat Tops area or for antelope from a desert ranch north of Craig.

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Nailing the Shot

Improved rangefinders, rifles, arrows all help today’s hunters

While people have been hunting big game for centuries, advances in equipment keep making it easier. Foremost on the list, says Rifle’s Kevin Rider, owner of Timberline Sporting Goods, are rangefinders, which help hunters discover exactly how far away a target is and the path their bullet or arrow will take.

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Jennifer Vallem looks to bring recognition to MCHS spirit team

Jennifer Vallem seems the right choice to take over the Moffat County High School spirit team considering her background. Vallem cheered in high school and college and has coaching experience in the Denver area. She also comes from a gymnastics background and has served as a USA Junior Olympic coach in gymnastics. So, with Vallem at the helm of this year’s squad, it comes as no surprise a change is in order.

Saturday, August 27

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Craig competition brings good eats, good times

Cooks of all stripes were at work at the park Saturday, the second day of the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig. A total of 29 teams, local and from out-of-state, turned out for the second annual event.

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Steamboat crowds get up close and personal with riders

The Stage 5 expo and Athletes Alley gave spectators and cycling fans a chance to mingle with USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders and get autographs.

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Missteps cost Bulldogs in 17-7 loss in Evergreen

As Bubba Ivers broke away from the pack and into the end zone Friday in Evergreen, the Moffat County High School varsity football team looked to be on its way to a season-opening victory. However, the team’s mistakes added up and Evergreen High School kept the Bulldogs off the board the rest of the night, sending MCHS packing with a 17-7 loss.

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Moffat County families continue ranching tradition begun by ancestors

Colorado families who have owned and operated their farms or ranches for at least 100 years took center stage Friday at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. The 25th annual Centennial Farms Celebration, which took place Friday, recognized 18 families. In honor of the event, Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed the day as “Colorado Centennial Farms Day.”

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CNCC enrollment down from last year

Kaci Meek has a lot on her plate. The 18-year-old Craig resident is taking 22 credit hours this semester at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. The average semester course load, she said, is 12 credits.

State leaders tour coal mine and power plant, discuss energy, Craig

Sirens rang as more than 60 state legislators, energy industry directors, community leaders and water advocates stood near a hillside Thursday afternoon at Trapper Mine in Craig. “That means we’re about two minutes out,” 30-year Trapper Mine veteran and Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said. “When the pace of the siren increases, that’s the start of the 30-second countdown.”

Moffat County School Board takes action at meetings

At its workshop Thursday, the Moffat County School Board:

TMH board takes action during regular meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board:

Agriculture & Livestock: And on the first day of school …

That first day of school on Morapos Creek was special for my sisters and me. For one thing, we had new dresses, shoes and back-to-school supplies, which was a big thing in those days. We didn’t get new things all that often, even a new box of crayons. Secondly, we liked school and enjoyed being with our friends.

Over a Cup: A glutten-free recipe for ‘lemon flip cake’

Meeker resident Peggy Bodine-Reese recently faxed me two gluten-free recipes that she found in an old cookbook of her grandmother’s. They sound delicious. Peggy wrote that originally this first recipe for “lemon flip cake” called for regular flour. The only thing Peggy changed was substituting gluten-free flour for the wheat flour called for in the recipe.

Moffat County real estate transactions for July

A listing of county property sales and purchases

MCHS golf team returns from 4-day, 3-tournament stretch

Within the first two weeks of the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has already played more than half of their regular season tournaments. The Bulldogs played three tournaments in four days from Aug. 15 to 18, and again from Monday to Thursday this week.

Assistant principal faces child sex charges

(AP) — An assistant principal at a suburban Denver high school has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student. Forty-year-old Anthony Alvarez appeared in court on Friday on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Airlines begin canceling flights in earnest

Hundreds of thousands of travelers will have vacation plans changed by Hurricane Irene. Airlines will cancel at least 6,100 flights over the next three days, grounding passengers as Irene sweeps up the East Coast. If weather forecasters are right, the storm could strike major airports from Washington to Boston, buffeting them with heavy rain and dangerous winds.

Franklin throwing his weight around for Broncos

(AP) — Broncos rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin is keeping it simple, trying to fend off onrushing defensive players one play, then attempting to send them reeling backward the next. "I try to bring as much physicality to the game as possible," Franklin said.

Jim and Katherine Compestine: Thanks for the help

To the editor: Many thanks to Cindy Wright and Aletha Dove of Blue Ribbon Kitchens for the guidance and help in designing and ordering our beautiful kitchen. They were very good at putting the kitchen together at a very good price.

Meeting to show VNA’s community contributions

When you think of being healthy, do you think about what you put in your grocery cart? Do you think about taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Do you think about the importance of sitting down for dinner with your family and talking about your day instead of turning on the TV? We do.

Government Update for Aug. 27

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Editorial: Where the sidewalks end

With classes beginning Monday in Moffat County School District, there’s going to be a noticeable increase in children walking and riding their bikes to school. It’s a shame that the sidewalks they’re required to use are in such poor condition. Actually, students aren’t the only ones shorted by our city’s shabby sidewalks: pedestrians of all kinds — walkers, joggers, seniors and the disabled — are subject to the random nature of completed sections in one block and busted up, dirt or gravel, or altogether missing sections in the next block.

Baxter Black: Mountaineer mentality

Denny got a call from the farmer’s widow. She had 13 head of big steers that had been hibernating in her woods since the funeral a year ago. Denny operated a hauling service in the neck of West Virginia. They did rip rap, lumber, heavy equipment and other inanimate objects. Denny agreed to help the damsel in distress, but he didn’t have a stock truck, per se. Best he could find was a one-ton flat bed with a pipe-rail rack rigged out to haul ties to the recycling plant in Wheeling.

Gail Severson: ‘Some wonderful people’

To the editor: St. Michael’s Kitchen would like to thank some wonderful people for continually helping us serve our many residents who need a special meal and friendship twice a week in Craig.

Briefs for Aug. 27, 2011: CNCC set to host meetings next week

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host two meetings next week to address financial aid and enrollment questions. The college hosts a financial aid presentation for students and parents Wednesday in room 114 at the new Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. A group presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m., and drop-ins are welcome from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Datebook for Aug. 27, 2011

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second Colorado State BBQ Championship is at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event includes barbecue for sale, beer garden, vendors and entertainment. Awards are presented at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.craigbbq.com. 1 p.m. The Wakonda Cup Fore Fat Cor golf tournament, a Cory Pike scholarship fund tournament, takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394.

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Sudoku for Aug. 27, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 27, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 27, 2011

Comics for Aug. 27, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 27, 2011

If you have prepared yourself well to do an admirable job in your field of endeavor, the year ahead could easily be a banner one. Advancement is in the picture for those who are ready to climb the ladder.

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Crossword for Aug. 27, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 27, 2011

Friday, August 26

On the Record for Aug. 26, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 26, 2011

Championship to draw barbecue aficionados to Craig this weekend

They go by many names, like Swinestone Cowboys and We Cook Butt, and they’re coming to Craig this weekend with one thing on their minds: Barbecue. As of Thursday, 30 teams were signed up to compete in the second Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig this weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event kicks off at noon today, and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

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MCHS football team opening season on the road tonight against Evergreen

For the second year in a row, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs and the Evergreen High School Cougars will play a zero-week game. The location is different — MCHS travels to Evergreen this year — but the teams are similar. Both teams start the same quarterback as last season — Bubba Ivers for the Bulldogs and Noah Ansley for the Cougars.

Local fuel gauge for Aug. 26, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices in Craig as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo.

Mayor receives award for leadership training

Thousands of elected leaders have gone through and completed the Colorado Municipal League’s leadership training program. One more was added to the list this week.

4 inmates get longer terms in prison slaying

(AP) — Four inmates convicted in the beating death of another inmate at a federal prison in Florence will serve additional terms of 25 to 40 years. The sentences were handed down Thursday in Denver federal court. The four were convicted in June of conspiring to murder Pablo Zuniga-Garcia. Authorities say he was beaten with padlocks attached to belts.

Agents seek immunity from suit over Colo. Cheney arrest

(AP) — Two Secret Service agents on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to rule that they are immune from a lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims they violated his First Amendment rights when he was arrested for confronting then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Steven Howards was arrested in the resort town of Beaver Creek in 2006 after he touched Cheney on the arm and told him his Iraq War policies were "disgusting." The lawsuit claims that agents Virgil D. "Gus" Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle arrested him in retaliation for criticizing Cheney.

Slain grad's roommates named professor on 911 call

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the immediate aftermath of a brutal killing on their back porch, the roommates of a slain Idaho graduate student told a 911 operator that they could think of only one person who could have fired the fatal shots — a university professor whom their friend had recently dated. Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory were heard on the 911 recording released Thursday telling a dispatcher that Katy Benoit had been involved with a University of Idaho professor named Ernesto Bustamante, who police say alternately referred to himself as a "psychopathic killer" and "the beast."

Larry and MaryBea Neu: Thanks, coaches

To the editor: Big congratulations to the 4-H Shooting Sports Team for their performance at state. We accompanied our grandson to the match for the first time.

Datebook for Aug. 26, 2011

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. Noon to 9 p.m. The second Colorado State BBQ Championship is at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event includes barbecue for sale, beer garden, vendors and entertainment. The Incendiary Circus fire show performs at dusk. Visit www.craigbbq.com.

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Comics for Aug. 26, 2011

Comics for Aug. 26, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 26, 2011

An influential person you meet in the year ahead could prove to be extremely helpful in furthering your ambitious endeavors. This relationship will prove to be a learning experience that'll be extremely beneficial for both parties.

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Crossword for Aug. 26, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 26, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25

On the Record for Aug. 25, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 25, 2011

Andy Bockelman: No need to mark your calendar for ‘One Day’

Every couple has anniversaries of special occasions in their time together. Their first date, first weekend away together, first time they teamed up to kill a bug under the kitchen sink. But, as the pair in “One Day” shows us, there’s no greater signpost for a couple than the first time they didn’t sleep together. What’s the customary gift for that one?

Janet Sheridan: The true new year

January 1 isn’t the true New Year’s Day; it’s too cold then to think about anything, least of all new beginnings. For eyeball-popping, stomach-fluttering, start-over excitement, nothing compares to the first day of school: new teachers, different classmates, and blank report cards. I still sense a quickening in my world when the school year begins.

Charges filed in Rio Blanco County shooting

The suspect in a fatal Aug. 5 shooting in Rio Blanco County was allegedly under the influences of drugs or alcohol, according to court records. Neil James Joy, 30, is charged in Rio Blanco County District Court with reckless manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course crowns new club champions

Susan Nicholson said she played golf before she had children, but once her daughters arrived, time for the sport was tough to find. However, it was only a matter of time before Susan got back into the game. Her daughters, Amber and Heather, play the game as well, and competed on the team at Moffat County High School. Watching them play left a mark Susan, she said. “I learned a lot from my husband, but I learned a ton by watching my girls play,” she said. “They had to know the rules and I just watched how they handled situations and the shots they took to improve my own game.” Susan’s game was in top form Aug. 20 and 21 during the 2011 Men’s and Ladies Club Championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course. She won gross in the ladies first flight with a two-day combined score of 169.

Michelle Balleck: BBQ & golf make for a toasty, tasty weekend

Even if you’re not into barbecue — how could you not be? — there’s plenty of fun at this weekend’s BBQ Championship. There’s music, a fire show and more. Plus there are a couple of golf tournaments to help you enjoy the last weekend of summer before school starts up again.

Congressman: Water a key to economic vitality

Rep. Cory Gardner delivers keynote address at Colorado Water Congress

Even if the state could afford to build every water project on the books today, funds would still fall well short of future water needs. That was one of the points raised Wednesday by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., during the keynote address at the Colorado Water Congress gathering in Steamboat Springs. Gardner, a Yuma native, represents the state’s fourth district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and three subcommittees including energy and power, environment and economy, and oversight and investigations. State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, introduced her friend and former colleague in the state legislature.

Briefs for Aug. 25, 2011: VNA offers free cardio screenings

In honor of National Cholesterol Education Month, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free cardiovascular screenings every Tuesday in September at the Community Health Center. Screenings include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and body mass index.

Datebook for Aug. 25, 2011

9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at Gypsum Creek Golf Course, 530 Cotton Ranch Dr., in Gypsum.

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Sudoku for Aug. 25, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 25, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 25, 2011

Because you could be operating in some of the higher financial realms during the next year, it doesn't mean it's OK for you to take some wild gambles. Study the issues at hand and make your moves very slowly.

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Comics for Aug. 25, 2011

Comics for Aug. 25, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 25, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 25, 2011

Briefs for Aug. 26, 2011: Ninth Street closed through Sunday

Ninth Street is temporarily closed east of the intersection of Ninth Street and Cottonwood Avenue to the county/city boundary line at the top of the hill on Ninth Street for about one-quarter mile for an asphalt overlay. Ninth Street will re-open no later than Sunday.

Wednesday, August 24

Mayor receives CML award for leadership training

Thousands of elected leaders have gone through and completed the Colorado Municipal League’s leadership training program. One more was added to the list Tuesday night. CML Executive Director Sam Mamet presented Craig Mayor Terry Carwile with the Municipal Elected Officials Leadership Training Certificate at Tuesday night’s Craig City Council meeting.

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2011

Agency increases fire preparedness level for Rocky Mountain Area

In response to a growing wildfire threat, the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center has increased the preparedness level from PL 2 to PL 3, the agency recently reported. The Rocky Mountain Area consists of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Yampa Valley Partners presents Moffat County Commission with community assessment

Moffat County jumped 15 spots from 2001 to 2009 in terms of wealthiest counties in the state, according to a presentation at Tuesday morning’s Moffat County Commission meeting. In 2001, Moffat County ranked 39th out of 64 counties. In 2009, the county jumped to 24th.

Incoming teachers preparing to begin at Moffat County School District

Students and parents can expect to see new — and in some cases, familiar — faces when school begins Monday in the Moffat County School District. School district officials hosted an orientation for new teachers Monday in preparation for the coming school year. Some hail from as far away as Illinois, but others call Craig their hometown.

Texas man dies in motorcycle crash

A 47-year-old Texas man died Sunday from injuries in a motorcycle crash, the Colorado State Patrol reported. The man was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 1:30 p.m. northbound on Colorado Highway 13 at milepost 59 in Moffat County. The motorcycle drove off the right side of the roadway and down a steep embankment.

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Area attorney discusses oil and gas trends at Craig seminar

Ralph Cantafio, an area attorney who specializes in mineral leases and land use contracts, said the future of oil and gas in Craig and Moffat County has the potential to significantly change the community. “It wouldn’t surprise me if this place looked completely different in 20 years,” he said. Cantafio, who has offices in Craig and Steamboat Springs, hosted a free public presentation Monday night at the Holiday Inn of Craig called “Trends in Oil and Gas Affecting Northwest Colorado.”

Strongest quake since '44 jars East Coast

MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted Tuesday by the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. Three weeks before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, office workers poured out of New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon, relieved it was nothing more sinister than an act of nature. There were no known deaths or serious injuries, but cracks appeared in the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, which had three capstones break off its tower. Windows shattered and grocery stores were wrecked in Virginia, where the quake was centered. The White House and Capitol were evacuated.

Sports Authority Says CEO's Resignation Was "personal" Decision

Englewood-based Sports Authority said Tuesday that the resignation of chief executive David Campisi was a personal decision, though it did not elaborate on what prompted the move. The announcement of Campisi's resignation Monday caught many outside the company by surprise, particularly because it came less than a week after Sports Authority signed a deal to put its name on the Denver Broncos' stadium.

Minor damage from magnitude-5.3 Colorado quake

VALDEZ, Colo. (AP) — The strongest earthquake to hit Colorado in more than four decades startled thousands of residents along the New Mexico border as it toppled chimneys, cracked walls and triggered minor rockslides in the arid, mountainous region. No injuries were reported Tuesday. Monday night's magnitude-5.3 earthquake struck just hours before a magnitude-5.8 temblor in Virginia — also rare for that area — shook much of Washington, D.C., and the East Coast.

Dan Williams: ‘A little brighter’

To the editor: I have to tell you how lucky we are to have the gals that take care of the flowerpots around town. Every year the flowers look better and better.

Jake Garcia: Thanks for the help

To the editor: On behalf of American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, we would like to thank the businesses that provided services for the veterans to erect and dedicate the flagpole and plaque at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Briefs for Aug. 24, 2011: CNCC community barbecue today

Colorado Northwestern Community College is hosting a community appreciation barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the new Craig campus. The barbecue will take place in the common area between the school’s new academic and career technical buildings. The event is open to the public, and residents are encouraged to join CNCC staff, faculty and students to celebrate the beginning of fall semester classes.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 24, 2011: Bowling league meetings set for upcoming week

There will be individual meetings for Thunder Rolls Bowling Center’s 2011-12 leagues before play begins. The Friday Night Mixed Nuts league will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the bowling center, 990 Industrial Ave. The Friday night league begins play Sept. 8.

On the Record for August 23, 2011

On the Record for August 23, 2011Moffat County Jail Saturday, Aug. 20 Abraham Atinezo Rodriguez, 19, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Bobby Joe Kyle, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for Aug. 24, 2011

8 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at Eagle Vail Golf Course, 459 Eagle Dr., in Avon. 10 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board hosts a workshop in the second floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.

TMH Board meeting agenda for Aug. 24

TMH Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. dinner and 6 p.m. regular meeting Thursday Where: 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

Moffat County School Board meeting agendas for Aug. 26

Moffat County School Board workshop When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. • Discussion:

Editorial: Term limits have expired

Every few years there’s a regrettable exodus of valuable elected officials — most of whom are still willing to serve — from the corridors of public agencies in Craig and Moffat County. The barrier to their continued oversight of public policy and spending typically isn’t waning voter support or the emergence of an opposing candidate with different ideas.

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Sudoku for Aug. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 24, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 24, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 24, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 24, 2011

Comics for Aug. 24, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 24, 2011

It behooves you to put more energy, dedication and imagination into satisfying your personal ambitions during the next solar cycle. All the little extras you put into your efforts will pay off by producing highly successful results.

Tuesday, August 23

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Moffat County grad returning to school as new boys varsity hoops coach

Craig resident Eric Hamilton is returning to the hardwood he once played on to lead his alma mater. Hamilton, a 1986 Moffat County High School graduate, accepted the MCHS boys varsity basketball coaching position Aug. 15. He is expected to be officially hired at Thursday night’s Moffat County School Board meeting.

Andy Bockelman: ‘The Help’ a delightful down home tale of social change

It seems like a lifetime ago that people of different races were forced to use different seating sections, drinking fountains and even bathrooms in public places. Going back to that era, “The Help” gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “toilet humor.” In the early 1960s, the women of Jackson, Miss., have a social strata much like the rest of the South — white women marry and have children and the black women in the community dedicate their time to helping them raise their babies, as well as taking care of other household duties. Once the children are grown, the cycle starts anew for the next generation as they employ their former nannies to raise their own children.

Horoscope for Aug. 23, 2011

Favorable improvements can be developed next year in three different important areas of your life. Possibilities and opportunities will mushroom, and feed into each other. It'll prove that success begets success.

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Comics for Aug. 23, 2011

Comics for Aug. 23, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 23, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 23, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 23, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 23, 2011

Monday, August 22

Geokinetics to perform seismic survey demonstration

Public display set for Wednesday night at Loudy-Simpson Park

Geokinetics, a geophysical service company with an interest in the county, will host a seismic survey demonstration from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park. The display is open to the public. On Aug. 16, Brent Jacobson, Geokinetics project manager for North America, asked permission from the Moffat County Commission to perform seismic survey demonstrations and host a question-and-answer session to address public concerns about potential structural damage to homes. The commission approved the request.

On the Record for Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

On the Record for Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

BLM to gather wild horses next month in Northwest Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management will remove about 250 wild horses next month from an area southwest of Meeker in an effort to reduce the herd’s population and sustain range in a herd management area, the agency reported Friday in a news release. “We are committed to maintaining a thriving natural ecological balance, which includes managing for a healthy wild horse herd in the White River Field Office that’s in balance with other uses,” said Kent Walter, BLM White River field manager, in the release.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting for Aug. 24, 2011

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. dinner and 6 p.m. regular meeting Agenda:

Craig Daily Press announces reporter additions

The Craig Daily Press has recently added two new reporters who will cover the education/health care and government beats. Bridget Manley, 26, began a second stint at the Daily Press on Sunday. She is assigned to covering the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital in Craig, as well as general assignment stories.

Business Beat: Craig computer, copier dealer expands sales territory

In the Internet age, people can connect faster than ever. And, one Craig vendor is working to make it easier still for people in the Yampa Valley region. As of Thursday, The Copy Shop and Computer Corner, 99 E. Fourth St., is officially the premier dealer of Toshiba products for Northwest Colorado. The arrangement came as result of fellow Toshiba dealer, Pilot Office Supply of Steamboat Springs, selling to Advanced Copier Solutions, also of Steamboat.

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 22, 2011

Today 9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at Rifle Creek Golf Course, 3004 Colorado Highway 325. 5:15 p.m. Doak Walker tackle football games take place at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

Northwest Colorado fire officials busy over weekend

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported about two dozen wildland fires occurred over the weekend beginning Friday afternoon. Lightning was the cause of all fires except one, which was a vehicle fire. The majority of fires occurred on Bureau of Land Management land in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

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My Life, My Words: RaChell Novacek — Service that connects us all

“I’ve been through a lot of different pronunciations of my name: ‘Raquel,’ ‘Rachel,’ ‘Rochelle.’ Everything like that. “I manage both the Craig and Steamboat (Springs) offices for Union Wireless. Basically, it’s a sales position but it’s also managing the sales people below me. I have four girls that work for me, two girls here and then I have a girl that works part-time here and part-time in Steamboat and then I have one full-time girl in Steamboat, too.

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Turnout rises for 2nd Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival

The weekend skies above Craig and Moffat County were dotted with shades of almost every color as hot air balloons took flight from Loudy-Simpson Park. The weekend marked the second Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival. About 300 people turned out Saturday morning for the lift-off of nine hot air balloons flown by pilots from Colorado and Utah.

Conci twins preparing for final collegiate swim seasons

It seems like yesterday Caitlin and Kelsey Conci were swimming for Moffat County High School. The twin sisters eclipsed numerous school records and competed in multiple state swimming meets. Kelsey capped her senior year with a gold medal. Now, the 2008 MCHS graduates are heading into their senior year of college — Caitlin at the University of North Dakota and Kelsey at the University of Wyoming.

Utilities Weigh Price of Power with Aging Plants and Renewable Mandates

(The Denver Post) — You wake up one Saturday morning and decide you're going to buy some new kilowatts of electricity, so you head down to the energy store to look under the hood and kick the tires. But the one thing that you can't easily check on the coalmobile or the wind cruiser is the sticker price — how much the energy costs. How do you know what to buy and what the impact will be on monthly bills?

Broncos' Moore insists hit on Buffalo's Jones was clean

(AP) — Safety Rahim Moore's vicious hit on Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones drew outrage and shoves from the Bills and kudos from his Denver Broncos teammates. Moore's hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty Saturday night and could produce a fine if the NFL deems the hit crossed the line, although the rookie from UCLA didn't launch himself at his opponent and led with his shoulder as taught.

Obama has some summer fun while monitoring Libya

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — In between briefings on Libya, President Barack Obama packed golf, beach time, a stop at a seafood restaurant and a visit to a wealthy friend's seaside compound into his Martha's Vineyard vacation Sunday. Meanwhile, across the globe, rebels stormed into Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi's hold on power crumbled.

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 22, 2011

Sunset Meadows recently hosted its annual Nifty Nineties celebration honoring residents here at Sunset Meadows I and II. Chloe Peterson, at 100 years old, was included on the list.

Family of Steven Sharp: ‘Forever indebted’

To the editor: Our hearts and minds have forever been changed with all of the love and kindness that has been generated by the residents of Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for Aug. 22, 2011

9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at Rifle Creek Golf Course, 3004 Colorado Highway 325, in Rifle. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 22, 2011: Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tourney set for Sept. 3

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 24th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on Sept. 3 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The tournament, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will be a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $40 per person plus green fees for non-members. Two mulligans per player may be purchased before the start of the tournament.

Briefs for Aug. 22, 2011: Attorney hosting seminar today

Attorney Ralph Cantafio will present the free seminar “Trends in Oil and Gas Affecting Northwest Colorado” at 6 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Appetizers and consultations are available.

John Milligan: Transplant a success

To the editor: Hello from California. Here’s an update for those who want to know.

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Crossword for Aug. 22, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 22, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 22, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 22, 2011

Comics for Aug. 22, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 22, 2011

More than the usual amount of opportunities will be available to you in the year ahead, making it hard at times to choose just which ones you want to partake in. Each will be significant and shouldn't be taken for granted.

Saturday, August 20

Colowyo Coal Mine (Permit No. C-1981-019),

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 91 (TR-91) for the Colowyo Coal Mine (Permit No. C-1981-019), submitted by Colowyo Coal Company L.P.. Colowyo Coal Company is proposing to terminate piezemeter monitoring on the streeter fill. The streeter fill is located in an area Colowyo Coal Company has requested to be final bond released.

Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Minor

To: Unknown Father of Austyn K. Sullivan: A hearing on Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Minor for the grandparents to get Court authorized guardianship of Austyn K. Sullivan with the consent of the mother will be held at the following time and location or at a later date to which the hearing may be continued:

Case Number: 2011JA7

NOTICE OF HEARING In the Matter of the Petition of: BRADLEY D. ELIZONDO For the Adoption of a Child: GRACIE MAE KELLER Case Number: 2011JA7 Moffat County District Court

open bids ATV for Moffat County Sheriffs Office

Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625 on September 1, 2011 at 9am for the purchase of an ATV for Moffat County Sheriffs Office. Bids must be submitted no later than August 31, 2011 at 4pm in the Moffat County Sheriffs Office, 800 W 1st Street, Suite 100, Craig, CO 81625.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1646

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1646 Original Grantor(s): Joshua Templeton and Charles Fread Original Beneficiary(ies): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1652

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1652 Original Grantor(s): Tracey L Behrman and Katherine M Phillips Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for FIRST FRANKLIN FINANCIAL CORP., AN OP. SUB. OF MLB&T CO., FSB

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1653

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1653 Original Grantor(s): John H. Jacob Original Beneficiary(ies): Mountain Valley Bank

Agriculture & Livestock: Remembering the country school

All it takes is the sound of crickets in the evening to trigger memories of the fall. And then, the scents of rabbit brush, sagebrush, and “sunflower” — a composite plant that has a blossom resembling a sunflower but isn’t really a sunflower at all — cause memories of our country school to come flooding back to me. The memories come from my years growing up on our Morapos Creek ranch with my sisters and brother.

Guest Columnist: Red tape or red herring?

In what seems to be an annual occurrence like the Perseid meteor shower, optimism on the upcoming Broncos season, and lamenting the impending school year, so goes the usual cries of eliminating regulations and cutting red tape under the auspices of fostering development of our natural resources. This year’s initial summer volley into the area of anti-regulation came from Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Whip from California, and Senator John Barrasso, of Wyoming.

Government Update for Aug. 22, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Local clinic participating in program that examines childhood obesity

Choosing the right food and drinks, avoiding temptation of the wrong ones and being active outside rather than glued in front of the television. When done consistently at a young age, all of these can help prevent health problems now and later in life. That’s the lesson Moffat Family Clinic staffers want to impart on young patients.

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Local champ provides inside tips for navigating Yampa Valley Golf Course

With the 2011 Men’s and Ladies Club Championships beginning today at Yampa Valley Golf Course, every golfer competing is looking for an edge against the field. Sean Smith, a Craig resident, has been playing golf for seven years, beginning as a freshman on the Moffat County High School boys golf team.

Honor Flight seeking WWII veterans for final flight

The Western Slope Honor Flight is continuing to actively search for World War II veterans interested in going on the final flight of the program, scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22 to Washington, D.C. Seats are still available for veterans from the Western Slope and Eastern Utah interested in visiting the memorials built and dedicated in their honor.

Balloon festival continues today and Sunday in Craig

Below is a schedule of weekend events for the 2011 Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival at Loudy-Simpson Park: Today: • 6:30 to 8 a.m. Balloon launches

Over a Cup: Cookies for summer abundance

It seems as if it should still be July. That may be the reason that I’m still featuring rhubarb recipes. As I wrote this week’s column, I realized that the rhubarb supply in your garden may be depleted. In that case, maybe you can clip this recipe and keep it for next year.

Friends of the NRA, shooting club award scholarships

During a Tuesday ceremony, the Bears Ears Sportsman Club and the Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA awarded $2,000 college scholarships to two local students. The recipients were Lindsay Yoast and Miranda Blomquist.

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School board candidates emerge in Craig

Vicki Duncan, the Moffat County School District’s designated election official, was optimistic Friday when discussing November’s school board election. “We have four board of education district seats open on this year’s ballot,” Duncan said. “So far, there has been interest in every district but one.” By interest, Duncan was referring to five residents who have come into her office to fill out paperwork and pick up a candidate petition.

Moffat County School District sets policy for school lunch discounts

The Moffat County School District has set its policy for school lunch discounts for the 2011-12 school year. The discounts, which include free meals and reduced price meals, apply to students from families whose income levels are at a certain level.

Obama pushes for action on jobs

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says members of Congress should put country before politics, set aside their differences and act together to put people back to work. The president is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, but he recorded his weekly Saturday radio and Internet address earlier in the week while in Alpha, Ill., during an economy-focused Midwestern bus tour.

Fox mum on his quarterback rotation for Bills

(AP) — If Brady Quinn has leapfrogged Tim Tebow on the Denver Broncos' depth chart, coach John Fox isn't saying. Fans will just have to tune in Saturday night to see what happens when the Broncos face the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the stadium's new moniker. Fox called it a "game-time decision" regarding his quarterback rotation.

Colorado couple gets more time in deportation case

(AP) — New immigration guidelines from the Homeland Security Department helped a lesbian couple get more time to fight a deportation case in Colorado, their attorney said Friday. Attorney Lavi Soloway said Denver immigration Judge Mimi Tsankov told the court that lawyers from both sides of the case should take additional time to review the case in light of an announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday that illegal immigrants without a criminal record could be allowed to stay in the country if they face deportation. Soloway said the judge also cited recent questions surrounding a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Baxter Black: Horse abuse and the GAO

The road to increased horse abandonment and abuse is paved with good intentions. In June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office finished its report on the current status of horse welfare in the U.S. titled “Action Needed to address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.”

Datebook for Aug. 20, 2011

6:30 to 8 a.m. Balloons take flight as part of the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival at Loudy-Simpson Park. The cost for the festival is $5 per person for the weekend. Visit www.mcballoonfestival.com. 7 a.m. The 2011 Men’s and Ladies Club Championships take place at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394.

Briefs for Aug. 20, 2011: Firefighter’s Ball set for tonight

The 72nd annual Firefighter’s Ball Luau is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight tonight at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Carl Sokia will serve as disc jockey.

Amy Jones: Helping the children

To the editor: I wanted to take a moment to recognize a wonderful service the Craig Police Department provides this community. My son and daughter were riding their bikes around Sunset Elementary School with their helmets on when they were approached by a police officer.

On the Record for August 19, 2011

On the Record for August 19, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 20, 2011

In the coming months, you'll be able to ably handle all involvements or endeavors that deal directly with the public. This gift will produce many advances and much growth of income.

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Crossword for Aug. 20, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 20, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 20, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 20, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 20, 2011

Comics for Aug. 20, 2011

Friday, August 19

Local fuel gauge for Aug. 19, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig:

Yellowstone oil spill cleanup will last into fall

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The cleanup of a major oil spill in the Yellowstone River has proven more difficult than expected and could go on for several more months, an Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. executive said Thursday. Areas hit hardest by the July spill should be cleaned up by the first half of October, company vice president Geoff Craft said. That includes a 20-mile stretch of the Yellowstone stretching from the spill site near Laurel downstream to Billings.

Craig duo playing in Las Vegas billiards tourney

Craig resident Sherry Welch began playing billiards about seven years ago. Around the same time, she started playing with and against another Craig resident, Manny Madrid. During the 2010-11 Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association’s winter session, Welch and Madrid teamed up for scotch doubles, which entails each player alternating shots instead of turns.

2 Colo. congregations unite to build 1 church

(AP) — For several years, two local church congregations in Silt have been without a permanent home. And although they hail from different countries and cultures — one Spanish-speaking and one English-speaking — they are joining together to build a shared place of worship. The Congregational Church of the Valley, in the United Church of Christ denomination, and Iglesia Puerta De Esperanza (Door of Hope Church), a non-denominational Christian church, have mingled their money, property and labor to build a new church downtown at First Street in Silt.

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Fire officials: Sawmill Fire helpful to forest health, habitat

A fire that began earlier this week west of Maybell has grown to 76 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Thursday night. The Sawmill Fire, as fire officials are calling the blaze, was reported at noon Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management land in the Sawmill Canyon area 24 miles west of Maybell.

Craig woman organizes support group

Sharlene Battaglia can relate to those invited to the Depression and Bipolar Support Group she recently formed. “I’ve experienced depression, myself,” Battaglia said. “I know how it feels to be in ‘the black hole.’” Battaglia moved a year and a half ago to Craig from Sacramento, Calif., and recognized a need in the Craig community for such a group, due to a high suicide rate and limited resources.

Coffman wants Colo. ballots in English only

(AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman is introducing legislation to repeal portions of the 1973 Voting Rights Act so that county clerks would be required to provide ballots and other election materials only in English. Clerks in 16 Colorado counties are awaiting a Justice Department decision as to whether they must print dual-language ballots this year. They say the cost would be significant.

Water released from Elkhead Reservoir near Craig

On Thursday night, Elkhead Reservoir released water in the Yampa River to aid the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced in a news release. “A relatively high volume of water will be released (about 350 cubic-feet-per-second) from Elkhead for four days to support a sustained flow of about 1,000 cfs in the Yampa River at Maybell, downstream of Craig,” Fish and Wildlife officials announced in the release. “The released water will take about 24 hours to reach Maybell, and flows will return to pre-release levels at Maybell by Aug. 24.

Charges could come today in Rio Blanco County shooting

Martin Beeson, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, expects to file charges today in Rio Blanco County District Court against a man allegedly involved in the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of his friend. However, the prosecutor said he could not comment on specific charges until they are filed. “I’m not allowed to talk about what charges may be filed,” Beeson said. “I know what charges are going to be filed, but until they are filed speaking about them would be a direct violation of my ethical responsibilities.”

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TMH: Feedback for new physician program has been positive

When responsibilities of the job add up, a doctor’s primary task —tending to the well-being of patients — can sometimes be overlooked. Officials at The Memorial Hospital in Craig contend a new program will ensure this oversight happens as little as possible. Since launching a hospitalist program earlier this month, TMH has received positive feedback from medical staff and patients alike, hospital officials said.

Briefs for Aug. 19, 2011: Church to host movie on the lawn

Calvary Baptist Church will host a movie on the lawn at 9 p.m. today at the church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The family-friendly film is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be for sale as a fundraiser for the church’s mission team.

Datebook for Aug. 19, 2011

9 a.m. The Hot Air Scramble golf tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The cost is $50 per person. Call 824-3673. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.

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Sudoku for Aug. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 19, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 19, 2011

Comics for Aug. 19, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 19, 2011

Although in the next year another person's interests might set you off in a direction different from the one you wanted, you should nevertheless experience great success. It might not be what you intended, but you'll end up loving it.

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Crossword for Aug. 19, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18

Janet Sheridan: Putting things into perspective

The conversation went like this: “No, I don’t want to write about that,” I thought. “But it’s current,” the voice said. “I know, that’s my point. It’s too fresh. I have no perspective. I still want to clobber someone and shriek bad words.” “Writing about it would be more ladylike,” came the response.

Andy Bockelman: ‘The Change-Up’ needs a few modifications

In Hollywood’s grand tradition of body-switching movies, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. But, when both yards look like a dried-out auto parts graveyard such as in “The Change-Up,” is there any point in wishing you had someone else’s life? Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) is an Atlanta lawyer who splits his time between countless hours at the office and the demands of his wife (Leslie Mann) and kids. His lifelong best friend Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds) couldn’t be more different, spending his days smoking weed and making half-hearted attempts to jumpstart his acting career while devoting nights to the pursuit of women. During a night of heavy drinking, the two make the same confession to each other: “I wish I had your life.”

On the Record for Aug. 18, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 18, 2011

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Three car theft suspects charged

Charges have been filed against three Craig residents who allegedly stole a vehicle last week and crashed it a short time after the theft. Jarod Bays, 25, Alicia Colvin, 31, and Joseph A. Galvan, 20, were arrested Aug. 9. Authorities allege the three suspects stole a 2001 Lexus from the driveway of Craig residents Joel and Janet Sheridan, and later crashed the vehicle at the corner of Barclay and 10th streets.

Few details released concerning joint sheriff’s office, CDA probe

KC Hume, an investigator with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday he could not elaborate on a joint probe between the sheriff’s office and Colorado Department of Agriculture. Hume, who cited the investigation’s ongoing status, said releasing more details could have negative consequences.

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MCHS senior finds niche as athletic trainer

Jordan McLeslie, an incoming Moffat County High School senior, thought back to her seventh-grade basketball team and her first time being a manager. After fracturing a foot during a game, McLeslie’s coach suggested the injured player become team manager. Almost five years later, McLeslie has taken her opportunity and evolved it into an athletic training position for multiple MCHS sports teams.

Datebook for Aug. 18, 2011

9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at The Bridges Golf Course, 2500 Bridges Dr., in Montrose.

Briefs for Aug. 18, 2011: Mental health conference set for Sept. 24

The Yampa Valley Community Mental Health Conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs. The event, dubbed “Building a Caring Community,” is presented by Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County United Way, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project and Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Inc.

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Sudoku for Aug. 18, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 18, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 18, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 18, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 18, 2011

Certain conditions will prove to be more personally gratifying in the year ahead than they have been for a number of past years. The very situations that gave you fits before will now be the luckiest for you.

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Comics for Aug. 18, 2011

Comics for Aug. 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17

Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Common hunting violations can be costly

Every hunting season, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers issue thousands of tickets for violations that can result in steep fines for the offenders. “While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and hunting laws, many more are for minor violations that could have been avoided,” Parks and Wildlife reported in a recent news release.

On the Record for Aug. 17, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 17, 2011

Andy Bockelman: World dominance is no monkey business in ‘Planet of the Apes’

As the saying goes, the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Though it may not seem quite as intimidating, the same kind of fate comes to pass in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” In the future, San Francisco neurogeneticist Will Rodman (James Franco) may have found the key to doing away with debilitating mental conditions.

Michelle Balleck: Balloons, bands & a ball, plus a movie on the lawn

There’s plenty to watch this weekend, from balloons in the sky to a movie on the lawn. Plus there’s some luau fun at the annual firefighter’s ball and a couple bands to check out.

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MCHS golf team using 1st tournament as learning experience

The four seniors on the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team now have a better idea of what they have to refine at practice. The Bulldogs competed in their first tournament of the season Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction. The seniors — Parker King (76), Trey Jourgensen (82), Colby Haddan (94), and Ethan O’Mailia (97) — were joined by sophomore Tyler Jenkins (107) at the season-opening tournament.

Northwest Colorado water, coal conference set for next week

Next week’s combination of the Colorado Coal Power Generation Conference and Colorado Water Congress in Steamboat Springs is expected to draw more than 200 attendees, an organizer said Tuesday. “We’re hoping to have quite a few state legislators,” said Gena Hinkemeyer, coal conference event planner and a Craig resident. “We’re hoping to get them over to Craig so they can see for themselves what clean energy is all about.”

Governor orders flags lowered today in Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued an order that flags be lowered to half-staff Friday on all public buildings in honor of Army Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter. Carter, 47, an Aurora native, died Aug. 6 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Sports Authority takes over Broncos' stadium name

(AP) — Until this week, sporting goods retailer Sports Authority Inc. has had its name on community stadiums in suburban Denver and Douglas County schools. On Tuesday, it won a deal to have its name on the stadium where the Denver Broncos play. Invesco Field at Mile High will now be known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High, after the board of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District unanimously agreed to have Sports Authority take over the last 10 years of Invesco Ltd.'s $120 million, 20-year naming rights agreement.

Perry's colorful tongue takes the national stage

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the words of Gov. Rick Perry, secession was one scenario on the table for frustrated Texans. The BP oil spill? Might have been an act of God instead of corporate errors. And if the Federal Reserve puts more money in the U.S. system, as Perry told voters in Iowa this week, you could chalk it up as a treasonous act that would be treated "pretty ugly" back home. No, that wasn't on the same level as his famous interview signoff, "Adios, mofo." But Perry's just warming up.

ACLU: Denver agrees to settle DNC arrest lawsuit

(AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and the city of Denver of have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed after the largest mass arrest during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver where Barack Obama became the Democratic presidential nominee. In a statement Tuesday, the ACLU said Denver offered to pay $200,000 and make improvements to Denver police training and procedures involving crowd control. The monetary portion of the settlement includes attorneys' fees as well as compensation to eight named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, according to ACLU-Colorado spokeswoman Rosemary Harris Lytle.

Editorial: Complement over compete

Information is always king, and three traditional institutions relied upon to deliver it are being hard pressed to remain relevant in these technology-driven times. Many people are predicting greatly diminished roles, if not outright extinction, for public libraries, newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service given the speed, convenience and mobility afforded by the Internet.

Francisco Reina: Not ‘a bright future’

To the editor: I think Moffat County High School should be more aware of what is going on at the soccer field.

Irene Beard: Too much criticizing

To the editor: OK, enough is enough. Why don’t we just block the highways into Craig, just so no one new can come in to do business, camp, visit, or for that matter drive through? What have we to offer in Craig? Two decent museums, flower decorated streets, a rodeo, a county fair, and that’s it.

Briefs for Aug. 17, 2011: Road closed beginning today

A portion of Moffat County Road 107 will be closed from today to Sept. 2 for a bridge replacement. The road will be closed from north of the entrance to Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station from State Highway 13 South, and approximately two miles south on County Road 107 past the intersection of Ranney Street and Colorado Highway 394.

Datebook for Aug. 17, 2011

8:30 a.m. Moffat County School District hosts substitute teacher orientation at the school administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Anyone wishing to be on the substitute list should attend the meeting. Call 826-6264. 9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at Black Canyon Golf Course, 1350 Birch St., in Montrose.

Melody Villard: Board welcomes input

To the editor: This letter is in response to Ronda Gottschall’s interest in the Moffat County Tourism Association. I would like to first thank you for your interest in the tourism board. I would like to invite you to attend our meetings the first Wednesday of each month to gain a better understanding of how our board operates.

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Sudoku for Aug. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 17, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 17, 2011

Your prospects for achieving greater material success in the next solar cycle look quite encouraging. However, certain endeavors that appeared to be the least promising might be the very ones that finish the strongest.

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Crossword for Aug. 17, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 17, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 17, 2011

Comics for Aug. 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16

Commission responds to BLM regarding wilderness designations

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, sending a letter to Bureau of Land Management District Manager James Cagney about wilderness issues. • Approved, 3-0, a modified surface use agreement with Gulfport Energy.

On the Record for Aug. 16, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 16, 2011

Twentymile Coal buys 6,300 acres in Routt County for $10M

The owners of the 30,700-acre Cross Mountain Ranch about 22 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs sold 6,335 acres of the sprawling cattle, sheep and big-game operation to Twentymile Coal on Monday for $10.13 million.

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Hulstine brings home 2 1st-place finishes from California swim meet

Any time Matt Hulstine gets in a lane pool, he remembers the motto of his Wyoming swimming camp coach. “Our coach always said every time you get in the pool to practice, go with the mindset of getting better,” Hulstine said. “Even if it is 5 percent, it adds up every week, and you are going to take time off.” Using the motto, Hulstine prepared for what he described as the largest meet of his life Aug. 9 to 13 at Clovis North High School in Fresno, Calif. — the 2011 Western Zone Age Group Championships.

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Second annual Balloon Festival takes flight Friday

Organizer Ray Beck said there are four key ingredients to a successful Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival: sponsors, pilots, good weather and attendees. “We’ve got two of those things taken care of,” Beck said. “Now all we need is good weather and a lot of people to show up.” The second annual festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park and Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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CNCC finalizes art selections for new Craig campus

When Colorado Northwestern Community College students look out the windows of their newly built school, they’ll see a stunning view of Moffat County’s landscape. But, it won’t be long before the school’s interior is filled with as many inspiring vistas. CNCC’s Craig campus announced Monday the selections in its Call to Artists of Northwest Colorado, a competition for regional residents to have their work displayed in the school’s new buildings. Thirty-six artists submitted 81 pieces of work. The school’s jury selected 19 artworks by 13 artists from Moffat County, Meeker, Rangely, Oak Creek and Hayden.

Datebook for Aug. 16, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for Aug. 16, 2011: Chamber mixer set for Aug. 25

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ Business After-Hours Mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at State Farm Insurance, 690 W. Victory Way. The event is free, open to the public and includes children’s games.

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Crossword for Aug. 16, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 16, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 16, 2011

Endeavors you personally create or direct yourself will have substantially better chances for success in the year ahead, while those involvements in which you can't play a major role will not be as impressive.

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Comics for Aug. 16, 2011

Comics for Aug. 16, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 16, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 16, 2011

Monday, August 15

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My Life, My Words: RaChell Novacek — Service that connects us all

“I manage both the Craig and Steamboat (Springs) offices for Union Wireless. Basically, it’s a sales position but it’s also managing the sales people below me. I have four girls that work for me, two girls here and then I have a girl that works part-time here and part-time in Steamboat and then I have one full-time girl in Steamboat, too.

On the Record for Aug. 15, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 15, 2011

Letter from commission addresses power line concerns

The Moffat County Commission issued a letter last week to the Bureau of Land Management addressing concerns about a proposed power line corridor along Seven Mile Ridge. The commission unanimously approved July 5 a joint resolution with Carbon and Sweetwater counties in Wyoming outlining preferred power line routes for the TransWest Express Transmission and Gateway South projects.

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 15, 2011

6 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team begins practice at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. 6:30 a.m. The Moffat County High School cross-country team begins practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

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Craig Parks and Rec softball teams battle it out in league championship tournaments Saturday

Justin Folley walked to the plate Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park hoping to help lead Triple M Electric’s softball team to a B-league championship. On the second pitch, Folley planted his foot, swung and watched as the ball sailed into center field and over the fence for a solo homerun. Folley also had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth as Triple M Electric pulled away late against Anthony’s to win the Craig Softball Association’s B-league championship, 15-6.

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda for August 15, 2011

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda:

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Yampa Valley native promoted to head of Navy destroyer

As Cmdr. Nicole Shue drove down the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass earlier this month, she waited anxiously for the Yampa Valley to open up before her around the final curve. It’s not quite the Pentagon, where Shue spent five years as a legislative adviser to Gen. David Petraeus. And, it’s nothing like an ocean in the Middle East, or the coast of Australia, where Shue worked as an officer on naval warships.

Business Beat: Florist offers large-scale sale on gift inventory

A floral bouquet makes for a nice pick-me-up for the people in your life. But, if you want to add a few extra trinkets to that package, now is the time. The Flower Mine & Gift Shop, 410 W. Victory Way, is hosting a sale to clear out its inventory of gift items. Nearly all gift items are discounted between 50- and 75-percent off original price.

Denver May Regain Glitter As Demand for Gold Grows

When it comes to turmoil in the global economy, the world's pain could prove Denver's gain. Gold prices have soared in recent weeks, reflecting the precious metal's status as a hedge against financial turmoil. "Denver is ground zero for mining in the United States in terms of the capital that is concentrated here and the skills here," said Tim Wood, executive director of the Denver Gold Group.

Public Trustees Got Thousands in Campaign Gifts Linked to State's Top Foreclosure Lawyer

Three public trustees have accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the state's top foreclosure lawyer and companies and individuals tied to him. A fourth trustee, as treasurer of a colleague's campaign, solicited and received a contribution from the lawyer's wife. The contributions are the latest in a list of financial and political connections Denver attorney Larry Castle has forged over the years with the state's public trustees, who are charged with impartially overseeing the foreclosure process.

Bachmann, Perry talk jobs at Iowa GOP fundraiser

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The two fastest-rising stars in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination worked to broaden their appeal Sunday in Iowa. Michele Bachmann, fresh off her win in a closely watched test vote, portrayed herself as a mainstream Midwesterner. Newcomer Rick Perry introduced himself as a common-sense executive focused on jobs. Both candidates attended the same county GOP dinner in northern Iowa one day after the race was upended by Bachmann's victory in the Iowa straw poll and Perry's announcement of his candidacy.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 15, 2011: Charity shoot slated for Sept. 25

The third annual Lorna Lou Farrow Memorial Charity Shoot takes place Sept. 25 at Rout County Rifle Club, about two miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be ranges from archery to muzzle loading, a silent auction and a meal fundraiser for 4-H.

Briefs for Aug. 15, 2011: County Road 4 to be chip-sealed

Starting today, the Moffat County Road Department will be chip-sealing 26 miles of Moffat County Road 4 in the northern part of Moffat County. Crews will start at the intersection of Colorado Highway 13 north and County Road 4, and advise motorists to expect traffic delays. For more information, call 824-3211.

Datebook for Aug. 15, 2011

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 15, 2011

It doesn’t feel like the Moffat County Fair is already over to me. I missed it this year, but I bet all the kids and participants did a great job with their various projects. I haven’t been feeling too perky lately, but I’m starting to feel better.

Moffat County School Board: Helping the children

To the editor: Dr. Jo Ann Baxter, Andrea Camp and Trish Snyder are all term-limited on the Moffat County School Board in the upcoming November election. Tony St. John is up for re-election in his district after having served one term.

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Comics for Aug. 15, 2011

Comics for Aug. 15, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 15, 2011

Set your sights a bit higher than usual in the year ahead in terms of your objectives. You'll be amazed at where it'll take you. By pushing yourself a bit harder than usual, you'll accomplish things you never thought possible.

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Sudoku for Aug. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 15, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 15, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 15, 2011

Saturday, August 13

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1649

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1649 Original Grantor(s): Debra L Sanders Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Mortgage Capital Advisors, LLC

Revision Application No. 108 (TR-108) for the Trapper Mine (Permit No. C-1981-010),

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 108 (TR-108) for the Trapper Mine (Permit No. C-1981-010), submitted by Trapper Mining, Inc.. TR-108 proposes to insert the 2010 Annual Reclamation Report for the Trapper Mine as Appendix W in the Trapper Mine permit. The annual report updates and revises portions of the mining and reclamation permit.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1647

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1647 Original Grantor(s): HI CRAIG LLC Original Beneficiary(ies): MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC

Case Number: SWD1100923

SUMMONS FOR DIVORCE Title of Action Patrick M. Rollett v. Kristine E. McKelvey Case Number: SWD1100923 Filed in the Superior Court, County of Riverside, State of California on July 22, 2011.

bids Sunset Meadows I and II Apartment Cleaning Services

The Moffat County Housing Authority, Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 633 Ledford Street, Craig, CO, 81625 on August 29, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for Sunset Meadows I and II Apartment Cleaning Services. Bids must be submitted no later than August 26, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the office of the Moffat County Housing Authority, 633 Ledford Street, Craig, CO 81625.

ESTRAY - One sorrel gelding,

ESTRAY - One sorrel gelding, no brand, star, strip, right front pastern, left front and both hind socks, fair condition, feet in bad shape, smooth mouth, 1200 lbs. Livestock must be claimed by legal owner with 10 days or will be sold by Colorado Brand Board. For information call 970-824-6676 or 303-294-0895.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1650

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1650 Original Grantor(s): April Dawn Valencia Original Beneficiary(ies): Argent Mortgage Company, LLC

replace rooftop unit EC-1 Bids

Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 W victory Way Craig, CO, 81625 on August 22 2011 at 2:00pm for replace rooftop unit EC-1 Bids must be submitted no later than August 22, 2011 at 10:00am at Moffat County Administration 221 W. Victory Way Suite#110 Craig Co,

PROJECT ID #17969

NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT #NH 0401-020 PROJECT ID #17969 In accordance with the notice provisions contained in 38 26 107 C.R.S. 1973 as amended, the DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, STATE OF COLORADO has established September 9, 2011 as the date of final settlement date with Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc. for Project #NH 0401-020, Project ID #17969, in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. Work consists of US40, SH13, and SH64 chip seal.

Agriculture & Livestock: After the fair

Tonight’s 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Sale marks the end of this year’s Moffat County Fair. There’s just checkout of exhibits from the pavilion and the display area under the grandstands. That takes place on Sunday. Breeding animals and horses will be taken home and the fairgrounds barn cleaned up. Boxes and boxes of ribbons and other judging supplies will be returned to the extension office. The fair will officially end later this month with the carcass contest.

Government Update for Aug. 15, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the so-called individual mandate, the first such decision by a federal appeals court. It's a stinging blow to Obama's signature legislative achievement, as most experts agree the requirement that Americans carry health insurance — or face tax penalties — is the foundation for other parts of the law.

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More than 600 people celebrate Moffat County’s centennial

The smell of good food, the sound of guitars and the welcoming sight of hundreds of people having a good time. That was the scene Friday night at the covered picnic area of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. For Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner, it was the combination of those things and more that made the evening so rewarding.

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MCHS grad 1st student president under new Mesa University name

In April, Craig native Justin Kawcak was voted student body president of Mesa State College. As of earlier this week, that title no longer exists. Kawcak is still student body president, but for a school with a different name.

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LSRV football team looking for back-to-back gridiron titles

In 2009, head coach Mike Bates’ first season with the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team, the Rattlers had an average season. The team went 3-4. One season made a world of difference.

Cedar Fire containment near Craig anticipated for Saturday

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit announced Friday that firefighters anticipate full containment of the Cedar Fire today. The Cedar Fire began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land off Moffat County Road 7. The fire burned 71 acres on Cedar Mountain, one outbuilding and one power pole, fire officials reported. There have been no injuries.

MCHS fall sports teams start practicing Monday

With school resuming Aug. 29, a new fall sports season is nearing for Moffat County High School teams. The first official day of practice for MCHS coaches and athletes is Monday. Athletes are required to have paperwork completed if they want to participate in the first week.

2 Colo. highway workers injured in Greeley

(AP) — Two Colorado highway workers have been injured in the second crash involving road crews in a week. The latest accident happened Friday morning in Greeley as highway crews were setting up a lane closure for a bridge inspection. Transportation department spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said two workers were sitting in a vehicle when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer driving on the shoulder.

Orion spaceship set for new tests in Colorado

(AP) — A spaceship that could carry the next wave of astronauts to an asteroid or beyond is being prepared for a new round of tests at a Lockheed Martin facility near Denver. Engineers have attached a launch-abort system to the nose of the capsule and will subject the combined spacecraft to a series of experiments to see if it can withstand the rigors of blastoff, Lockheed Martin said Friday.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 13, 2011: Club Championship set for Aug. 20, 21

The 2011 Men’s and Ladies Club Championship golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. Tee times start at 7 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21. Players make their own tee time and foursome playing group for the tournament.

Lois Wymore: Credibility question

To the editor: Standard and Poor’s drop in the U.S. credit rating was a shock. Wasn’t raising the debt ceiling supposed to prevent a lower credit rating? We were told during the last few weeks if Congress didn’t raise the debt ceiling this horrible catastrophe would wreak havoc on our pitiful economic climate.

Ronda Gottschall: ‘In shock’ over MCTA

To the editor: I’m in shock over the Moffat County Tourism Association again. After having one director convicted of embezzlement, wouldn’t you think that would show the organization it needs to do a better job of managing its directors?

Baxter Black: Biomass

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit anti’s impede progress through frivolous litigation. Yet the workers in the trenches who furnish us with light, fuel, heat and electricity soldier on with these parasitic envirosites clinging to them like ticks under a donkey’s tail.

Editorial: Education overhaul

Summer is winding down, and thoughts among students and parents turn to a new school year. While there’s always reason for optimism for a new year of academic and extracurricular activities, one inevitable drawback as sure as the classroom bell ringing each hour is attention shifting to standardized tests. The tests, the Editorial Board contends, are starting to be the focus of an educational system that’s becoming bloated, bureaucratic and ineffective in accomplishing what should be its primary objective — preparing students for the real world.

Datebook for Aug. 13, 2011

9 a.m. National Public Lands Day is at Irish Canyon in western Moffat County. The community is invited to complete maintenance work at the site. Volunteers receive a barbecue, T-shirt, day pass to public land and a raffle ticket. Call Gina Robison at 826-5083. 9 a.m. to noon. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts Second Chance Saturday, a reduced cost adoption event at the shelter at 2430 E. Victory Way. All adoptions are $60. To view shelter animals, visit www.petfinder.com. Call Carol at 824-2103.

Briefs for Aug. 13, 2011: County Road 4 to be chip-sealed Monday

Starting Monday, the Moffat County Road Department will be chip-sealing 26 miles of Moffat County Road 4 in the northern part of Moffat County. Crews will start at the intersection of Colorado Highway 13 north and County Road 4 and advise motorists to expect traffic delays. For more information, call 824-3211.

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Sudoku for Aug. 13, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 13, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 13, 2011

Comics for Aug. 13, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 13, 2011

Be friendly to everyone in the next year, because alliances you form for other than business purposes will turn out quite fortunately. They'll not only bring you a lot of happiness, but will also produce benefits that money can't buy.

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Crossword for Aug. 13, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 13, 2011

Friday, August 12

On the Record for Aug. 12, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 12, 2011

Love INC seeks supplies, clothes for area families

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley (Love INC) is hosting collections for school supplies, classroom supplies and clothes for those in need this back-to-school season. Project School Supply is a program that collects school supplies and new backpacks for underprivileged children in the area.

New report details decline of deer, pronghorn

Mule deer and pronghorn antelope herds on both sides of the Colorado-Wyoming border are declining and may not be able to fully recover unless federal and state agencies act to protect core habitats, according to a new National Wildlife Federation analysis and a release from the Colorado Environmental Coalition.

Craig chamber board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its Thursday meeting, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board: • Received a treasurer’s report. • Received an update from the technology committee.

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Doak Walker football season under way in Craig

Shane Hadley hammered home the same concept to his players Wednesday night as they ran through linemen drills at Woodbury Sports Complex. “It doesn’t matter if you get put on your back, but keep getting up,” he said. Hadley, who coaches the Broncos third- and fourth-grade Doak Walker tackle football team, said there’s more than X’s and O’s taught to young football players during the season.

QB questions remain as Broncos open Fox era with preseason loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tim Tebow showed off his fancy moves on a wild play that didn’t even count. Tebow’s failed scramble just before halftime stood as the play of the game, until Stephen McGee — another option quarterback in college — ran around to throw a 13-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 15 seconds left, giving the Dallas Cowboys a 24-23 victory over the Denver Broncos in a preseason opener Thursday night.

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Cedar Mountain residents praise firefighters for Cedar Fire efforts

A Moffat County resident who lives near the fire burning this week at Cedar Mountain praised fire crews for saving his home. “I was definitely concerned the fire would spread and that my home was in danger,” said John Stehle, who lives on Cedar Mountain Avenue. “But, the fire crews did a great job and I thank them for their efforts.”

Western Colorado wildfire grows as winds shift

(AP) — Fire managers say shifting winds have helped a wildfire in the remote Little Bookcliffs Wilderness Study Area north of Grand Junction spread to about 900 acres.

GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination.

Colo. officers arrested after wild ride in Wyoming

(AP) — Authorities say two Colorado police officers took a wild, drunken ride through Wyoming on their way to a funeral in South Dakota. KUSA-TV reports that a volunteer firefighter on Wednesday spotted a police car from Aurora, Colo., driving erratically down a Goshen County roadway. The car reportedly was speeding, using emergency lights to pass other vehicles and trash was flying out of its window.

Janet Sheridan: ‘My, doesn’t that look delicious’

I joined a 4-H cooking club in fourth grade so I could make stuff and eat it. Then, Mom decided I should make stuff and talk about it. She convinced me to prepare a food demonstration for our local fair and suggested I make cheese sauce.

Local fuel gauge for Aug. 12, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices in Craig, Hayden and Steamboat Springs as of Thursday afternoon.

Datebook for Aug. 12, 2011

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen. Photos are free.

Briefs for Aug. 12, 2011: Art in the Garden set for Sunday

The Art in the Garden art show and sale is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 33374 N. Colorado Highway 13, one-and-a-half miles north of Craig. The event features pottery by Sue Erickson and Roberta Hawks, and paintings by Barbara Wilaby, Robin Bremner, Doris Zimmerman, Deanna Messing and Mary Pat Ettinger. Yampa Valley Strings will perform music.

Balleck and Stehle families: Assistance appreciated

To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who assisted with the fire that started on Bureau of Land Management property and burned next to our properties and residences at the south base of Cedar Mountain on Tuesday. We lost a barn, but all homes and other property were saved.

Humane Society: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations and support this past month: Glenna Grandbouche, Steve Baker/3B Enterprises, Sharon Elliott, student volunteers from the Latter-day Saints Church and everyone in our community who donated items to our annual yard sale, which was a great success this year.

Horoscope for Aug. 12, 2011

Before entering into any type of partnership arrangement in the approaching year, know the different types that can exist. A strong, learned association could be an asset, while a fun but weak alliance may serve only to drain your assets.

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Comics for Aug. 12, 2011

Comics for Aug. 12, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 12, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 12, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 12, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11

On the Record for Aug. 11, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 11, 2011

Now playing: No love for Carell’s ‘Crazy, Stupid’ comedy

You know how love is easy to explain, simple to understand and a snap to find whenever you need it? Of course you don’t because no one does. That’s the point the people behind “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” try to get across, but their efforts to elucidate the details of such a complex, intangible subject are much more drawn out than necessary. At one point, Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) had it all — loving wife (Julianne Moore), great kids (Jonah Bobo, Joey King) and a general sense of contentment. That was before he learned just how unhappy his wife was, leading to her having affair and their marriage breaking up.

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Nonprofit spotlight: ILC’s Learn and Earn

Program provides computer training to seniors, disabled

Residents of Sunset Meadows participating in the Learn and Earn program graduated Wednesday and received free computers. Learn and Earn, a free computer literacy program for senior citizens and people with disabilities, is sponsored by the Independent Life Center of Craig. ILC has been providing classes and giving away computers at its office at 483 Yampa Ave. for years, but this was the first time the organization was able to mobilize the classroom and bring the service to the residents of Sunset Meadows. BJ Stevens, a certified Microsoft refurbisher and Assistant Technology Specialist for ILC, has directed the program for the last two years. “This is the first mobile class to ‘graduate,’” Stevens said. “But, classes aren’t over. They have just reached the point where they can use a computer, so we’re giving each of them one to take home and use.”

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MCHS boys golf team begins practice, preparing for first tourney

Ken Harjes drove the back nine Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, carefully monitoring and evaluating each of his players. Harjes, the veteran Moffat County High School boys varsity golf coach, will make a decision today on what players will play in the team’s season-opening tournament Aug. 15 at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction. “We have a lot of experienced players and lot of younger players, so I keep an eye on everyone,” Harjes said. “I have to make sure they all know what to expect on the course and what we expect out of them.” While all other MCHS fall sports teams officially begin practice Aug. 15, the golf team started Aug. 8 to prepare for three tournaments next week.

Briefs for Aug. 11, 2011: Art in the Garden set for Sunday

The Art in the Garden art show and sale is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 33374 N. Colorado Hwy. 13, one-and-a-half miles north of Craig. The event features pottery by Sue Erickson and Roberta Hawks and paintings by Barbara Wilaby, Robin Bremner, Doris Zimmerman, Deanna Messing and Mary Pat Ettinger. Yampa Valley Strings will perform music.

Datebook for Aug. 11, 2011

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen next week. Photos are free.

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Sudoku for Aug. 11, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 11, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 11, 2011

Involvements in shared enterprises can represent a promising future for you in the next year. For best results, team up with someone who has experience and knowledge you lack, while you fulfill what she or he missing.

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Crossword for Aug. 11, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 11, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 11, 2011

Comics for Aug. 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10

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Crews reach 85-percent containment on Cedar Fire

Fire crews have achieved 85-percent containment on the Cedar Fire, a blaze near Cedar Mountain, five miles northwest of Craig, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported late Wednesday. The fire began about 11 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land at the base of Cedar Mountain on Moffat County Road 7. It’s been described as a “wildland urban interface fire.” “Fire crews made good progress with mop-up and fireline reinforcement today,” according to fire authorities. “However access to parts of the fire was hampered by steep, rough terrain. No support with retardant was necessary and there has been no fire growth.”

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Three arrested in car theft, crash Tuesday

Three Craig residents have been arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle and a subsequent crash Tuesday night, the Craig Police Department reported. Officers arrested Jarod Bays, 25, Alicia Colvin, 31, and Joseph A. Galvan, 20, on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass. Bays is also suspected of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.e criminal trespass and reckless endangerment.

Michelle Balleck: No excuse to sit home bored

There’s more than enough to keep busy with this weekend. You literally couldn’t attend all of Thursday’s events if you tried. Plus, there’s plenty to fill the rest of the days, too.

Craig chamber seeks letters for 4 seats

The Craig Chamber of Commerce will have four seats on its board of directors open at the end of the year. Board terms for Gail Severson, of Severson Supply and Rental, Don Jones, of Craig Steel, Jeff Smith, of Advantage Water Technologies, and Ryan Duran, of Eastside Liquor, expire at the end of 2011.

Chicken issue could go before Craig voters

After some spirited debate during the last Craig City Council meeting, all was quiet Tuesday night on the topic of domestic chickens inside city limits. Craig Mayor Terry Carwile, who was absent from the council’s last meeting, opened up the floor for continued discussion on an ordinance that prohibits chickens within city limits.

Editorial: A fair and honest approach

Maybe there’s hope yet for Northwest Colorado, its energy industry and economy. That was the Editorial Board’s reaction after learning of first-year Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appointments in late July to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The governor’s comments about energy during a Hayden appearance the same day the appointments were announced also fostered optimism, board members contend.

Jacque Malley and Kim Boyce: Hepatitis prevention

To the editor: More than 4,000 new hepatitis infections cases are reported each year in Colorado. Since 1990, more than 11,000 people have been reported with a Hepatitis B infection in Colorado.

Kathy Shea: A memorable 1st day

To the editor: The Aging Well program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to thank the following for making our transition to The Journey at First Baptist a successful one:

Briefs for August 10, 2011: Church hosts yard sale Saturday

The Junk in the Trunk yard sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Several booths will feature books, household items, clothes, yarn, food, crafts and more. Spaces are still available for those who would like to sell at the sale.

Datebook for Aug. 10, 2011

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen. Photos are free. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 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.

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Crossword for Aug. 10, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 10, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 10, 2011

Two endeavors that thus far have proven to be totally unproductive might be revitalized in the coming months. You've been closer to success in the past than you may have realized, and this time around, you'll know what to do.

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Comics for Aug. 10, 2011

Comics for Aug. 10, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 10, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9

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Craig competitors dominate Sunday’s Thunder Ridge motocross races

Wesley Chapman looked down the Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park track Sunday and saw only the backs of his opponents. Chapman, 17, said his bike didn’t start well out of the gate and he fell back to last place in the 250- and 450-amateur class. But, Chapman said he wasn’t ready to give up.

Mineral contract yields $160K for Moffat County

The Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, a mineral lease contract for 160 acres of county-owned land during its regular meeting Tuesday. The agreed upon price was $1,000 per acre. Quicksilver Resources, a Fort Worth, Texas-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company, received the contract.

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Crews battle Cedar Mountain blaze

Officials working to determine cause of 75-acre fire

Northwest Colorado agencies are working to contain what authorities described as a “wildland urban interface fire” near Cedar Mountain. The Cedar Fire, as named by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land. It is burning at the base of Cedar Mountain, off Moffat County Road 7, five miles northwest of Craig.

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Hunting Survival 101

With most trophy animals located off the beaten track, inherent risks come with chasing record-book racks. When hunting you’ll often be far from help in unfamiliar terrain, and oftentimes you’ll be alone.

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Great Hunting Areas

Deer, elk, and antelope live here in numbers not seen in other parts of the country. Add to that large tracts of public land — both national forest and BLM with reasonable access — and we have a recipe for success that’s hard to match.

On the Record for Aug. 9, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 9, 2011

Chamber seeking letters for four board seats

The Craig Chamber of Commerce will have four seats on its board of directors open at the end of the year. Board terms for Gail Severson of Severson Supply and Rental, Don Jones of Craig Steel, Jeff Smith of Advantage Water Technologies and Ryan Duran of Eastside Liquor expire at the end of 2011.

State agencies merge to create Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

Rick Cables enjoyed his retirement — all 17 days of it. Cables, who spent 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service, is director of the newly formed Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, an organization created by merging the Division of Wildlife and State Parks. Cables retired from his position as Rocky Mountain regional forester July 1, the same day the organizational merger became official. He took over at Parks and Wildlife on July 18.

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Love INC seeks supplies, clothes for Moffat County families in need

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley (Love INC) is hosting collections for school supplies, classroom supplies and clothes for those in need this back-to-school season. Project School Supply is a program that collects school supplies and new backpacks for underprivileged children in the area. The program, coordinated in partnership with the Craig Rotary Club, provides children with new backpacks filled with supplies.

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Community members, elected officials help CNCC commemorate new Craig campus

A community college can’t thrive without a supportive community around it. “It’s truly the thing that makes us go,” said Gene Bilodeau, vice president of administration at Colorado Northwestern Community College, a school with campuses in Craig and Rangely. Evidence of a supportive community, as well as appreciation for that support, surrounded Monday afternoon’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at CNCC’s new Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. The campus includes a new academic building and career technical center.

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MCHS soccer team prepares for season at camp

Coming off back-to-back seasons in which the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team won a school-record five games, head coach Harry Tripp didn’t want to keep the players off the field. From July 24 to 27, the Bulldogs participated in a team camp at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Tripp took nine girls, of which six played on the junior varsity team last season. However, six players from Canon City also joined the Bulldogs during games.

Briefs for Aug. 9, 2011: Hockey board meeting set for Wednesday

Craig Youth Hockey Association will have a board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colo. Hwy. 13. Everyone is welcome.

Datebook for Aug. 9, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Horoscope for Aug. 9, 2011

Needles to say, any good changes regarding your income will be greatly welcomed in the year ahead, so keep on plugging. At first they might not be too large, but with time continued hard work, they will grow appreciatively.

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Comics for Aug. 9, 2011

Comics for Aug. 9, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 9, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 9, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 9, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 9, 2011

Monday, August 8

Andy Bockelman: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ no rootin’-tootin’ good time

In the Wild West, if you had an enemy, you had to watch that they didn’t blast you with a laser cannon when your back was turned. Likewise, on many distant planets, six-shooters and shotguns settle all disputes when mere words won’t do the job. That assessment may sound backward, but in “Cowboys & Aliens” it’s all the same whether you’re on Dodge City’s Main Street or the surface of Mars.

On the Record for Aug. 8, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 8, 2011

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Craig Sea Sharks have strong showing at home state meet

Had the Colorado seasonal state swim meet been earlier in the season, Molly Neton may not have been as successful in the 100-meter backstroke. However, Neton, 10, steadily improved over the summer and posted her best time during the swim meet, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Craig Swimming Complex. Swimming as a member of the Craig Sea Sharks, Neton came in at 1 minute, 40.51 seconds — about four seconds faster than her previous personal best — to place fifth in the state in the girls 9- and 10-year-old division.

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Meeker resident hosts 4th annual Cowboy Church at Moffat County Fair

Fred Ellis stood Sunday morning before a small crowd at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and preached what he believes to be the Word of God. During an hour-long ceremony, Ellis touched on subjects ranging from Genesis, Revelations and horses. The last topic is understandable. Ellis is, after all, a cowboy.

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My Life, My Words: Russ Peterson — Inside the mechanical world

“I’ve been a service technician here for two-and-a-half years. I work on chainsaws, trimmers, lawnmowers, tractors, all that. I’m Kohler certified with Kohler Generators, high residential and commercial. I’m certified with Stihl (Power Tools) to do their equipment and with MTD (Products). I spent a week in Sheboygan, Wisc., for Kohler to get certification with them and a two-day class in Denver for Stihl for that certification.

Steamboat Springs Opera institute singers to perform in Craig

Emerald City Opera, a professional opera company in Steamboat Springs, will introduce its ninth season with artists from its Opera Artist Institute, now in its fourth year. Young singers from across the country arrive Sunday for three weeks of intensive training and multiple performances, including one in Craig next week.

Bulldog Sports for Aug. 8, 2011

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Funeral service in Hayden honors former police officer

A line of men and women stood quietly Saturday afternoon under a light rain, each waiting patiently for a chance to sign the guestbook and enter Hayden Congregational Church. Once inside, an usher directed visitors past a collection of family photographs, rows of crowded pews, and into a back room set up to handle crowd overflow. A big screen television would display live video of the upcoming service, and seats had been arranged in long rows.

Business Beat: Craig store offers month-long discounts, new materials

For the remainder of the summer, one local retail outlet will feature products priced to help shoppers sleep soundly. Intermountain Appliances, 395 School St., has slashed prices on mattresses through the end of August. The store is selling twin, full and queen-sized beds from Serta’s Majestic Sleep line. “Our best-seller is the Eurotop bed, but we try to keep about five different styles in stock,” sales office manager Jennifer Barlean said. “They can be sold as a set with the box spring, or just the mattress.”

Sports Briefs for August 8, 2011: MCHS volleyball dates this week

The Moffat County High School volleyball coaches will be conducting a preseason conditioning camp today through Thursday this week. The camp will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. All players who are interested in being part of the varsity, junior varsity or C-team are encouraged to attend.

Fort Collins Coloradoan: A blow to open government

The cause of transparent government in Colorado suffered a major blow last week when the Court of Appeals ruled that elected officials could cast secret votes on important public issues. The appellate court ruled in a case involving the Fort Morgan City Council, which used secret ballots to fill several positions.

Briefs for Aug. 8, 2011: CNCC to celebrate ribbon cutting today

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s grand opening celebration for its new Craig campus for today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for noon today at the new campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. Campus tours will follow from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Datebook for Aug. 8, 2011

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen next week. Photos are free. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676.

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Crossword for Aug. 8, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 8, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 8, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 8, 2011

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Comics for Aug. 8, 2011

Comics for Aug. 8, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 8, 2011

Major improvements involving your social connections are indicated for you in the year ahead. Some new friends will be likely to set everything in motion, drawing you into a world of new activities.

Sunday, August 7

Aging Well: Aging Well says goodbye to page

Today is the final day the Aging Well page will appear in the Steamboat Today. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association introduced the page five years ago to promote its new Aging Well program, developed to improve the health of adults 50 and older in our region.

Saturday, August 6

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Craig Sea Sharks ready to cap season with home state meet

With summer coming to a close and the first day of school on the horizon, the Craig Sea Sharks have one last chance to compete in the pool this weekend. The Colorado seasonal state swimming meet began Friday at the Craig Swimming Complex and continues today and Sunday. The Sea Sharks have 12 swimmers competing in 33 events during the three-day event, which includes more than 360 swimmers from around the state.

Agriculture & Livestock: Haying season 2011

Ranch work is identified by the “season,” each one coinciding with the time of the year. For example, there’s calving season, lambing season and gathering season. But right now, it’s haying season that’s in full swing.

Over A Cup: A casserole for busy days

Some time ago, Donna Deakins, of Craig, brought me a recipe for “Hungry Boys’ Casserole.” I have a bad habit of slipping a recipe into whatever cookbook I have open at the time and then not being able to find it again. That’s the case with Donna’s recipe. I think this would be a great casserole to make when you need to feed hungry workers (such as branding day on the ranch).

Veterans Hotline: American Legion, Lions Club partnering to host golf tourney

American Legion Post 62 and the Craig Lions Club are sponsoring a golf tournament at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The tournament is a shotgun start. There is a $50 per person entry fee, which includes 18 holes of golf and cart.

Mother of late Hayden man offers family sympathies

Laura Carter, mother of late Hayden resident Joshua Ward, spoke emotionally Friday about her son and the fatal vehicle crash that claimed his life as well as former Hayden police officer Carla Steele. “If I could trade places with Carla Steele, I would do it in a heartbeat,” Carter said. “I feel so terrible for her family and I wish there was something I could do.” Carter and her husband, Cliff, were traveling Friday to Oklahoma to have a memorial service for Ward with friends and family.

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Moffat County residents getting ready for 93rd annual Moffat County Fair

The next week will mean the end of a lot of things for Imelda Hernandez. Besides saying goodbye to her friends in the Moffat County 4-H Club, she will no longer be able to compete in one of the group’s biggest events of the year. But, that just makes this year all the more special.

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Results of Moffat County CSAP tests made available by CDE

Brent Curtice, assistant superintendent for Moffat County School District, said the results of the 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program are mixed. “We had some really bright spots, and we had some spots that weren’t so bright,” he said. “We want to take an in-depth look at our achievement and make sure we’re doing the best we can for kids.”

Datebook for Aug. 6, 2011

8 a.m. The Craig Kiwanis Club Scholarship Golf Tournament is at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The cost is $70 for players 17 and older and $35 for those 16 and younger. Call the golf course at 824-3673. 8 a.m. The Craig Sea Sharks host the Colorado seasonal state meet at Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St.

Helen Baysinger: Thanks for the support

To the editor: I want to express sincere thanks to the many family and friends for their flowers, cards and concern for me. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for me. It made my stay so much easier. The nice people from the kitchen must also be thanked.

Baxter Black: Disposable targets

Our regular goin’-to-the-pasture rig, a one-ton 4-wheel drive 1997 GMC diesel with 256,439 miles, was in the shop. So, we brought out the ol’ standby — a 1969 Ford F-250 three-quarter ton 4-speed with split rims and a manual choke. It has a B&W turnover gooseneck ball made during the Civil War, I think. My son hooked up the old Ford to the gooseneck trailer, loaded the horses and went to check the cows. They came back, unhooked the trailer and took a load of trash to the dump with the Ford. I returned from the shop with the Jimmy and backed up to the trailer. In the rear view, the trailer’s electric hook-up looked different. On closer exam, I could see the male plug was gone and the wires had been stripped.

Reps. Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton: Energy in the West key to economic recovery

As many Colorado families continue to lose jobs, homes, or even hope for a brighter future, they may not realize that one key to our nation’s economic recovery lies right beneath them. Colorado and our Western neighbors are home to vast energy reserves that, if tapped and developed responsibly, could fuel our nation’s economic recovery.

Government Update for Aug. 8, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting for Aug. 8, 2011

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Briefs for August 6, 2011: Producers eligible for emergency loans

Moffat, Routt, Jackson and Larimer counties have been designated as contiguous counties to disaster area in Wyoming due to losses caused by sever storms, flooding and landslides between May 18 and July 8. Producers in these counties could be eligible for Farm Service Agency low-interest emergency loans, available to operators of family farms and ranches who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Loans are based on production losses caused by the disaster.

Gisela Garrison and Dr. Diana Hornung: Health Center Week

To the editor: The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2011 from August 7 to 13 to raise awareness about America’s health centers. Medical homes are valuable and necessary. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthy.

Sports briefs for August 6, 2011: Craig Sea Sharks swim meet continues today

The Colorado seasonal state swim meet, hosted by the Craig Sea Sharks, continues today and Sunday at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. The meet begins at 8 a.m. both days. The Sea Sharks have 12 swimmers competing, with 369 swimmers from around the state also participating.

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Comics for Aug. 6, 2011

Comics for Aug. 6, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 6, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 6, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 6, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 6, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 6, 2011

It is quite likely that you will resurrect two endeavors that you shelved in the past, not from of a lack of interest, but because you ran out of steam. With some fresh energy under your belt, you should be successful this time around.

Friday, August 5

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Introducing Dear Moffat County community photo project

The Craig Daily Press has launched its community photo project, Dear Moffat County, and is seeking community entries to the project. The project is a series of images of old photos of Craig and Moffat County landmarks and people held in the current-day surroundings. The project is based off a popular website, www.dearphotograph.com.

On the Record for Aug. 5, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 5, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 5, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 5, 2011

MCTA discusses purchases by former director

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board is considering its next steps after learning of possible misuse of the organization’s credit card by its former director. At a regular meeting Wednesday, the board, along with Moffat County Attorney Jeremy Snow and Human Resources Director Lynnette Running, discussed former director Marilynn Hill’s possible misappropriation of funds and electronic equipment, as well as personal files on a work computer.

Sports Spotlight: John Doane

John Doane Age: 47 City: Craig Sport: Golf

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10-year-old Kinlie Brennise brings home world rodeo title

Heading into the 2010 National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, Kinlie Brennise, of Craig, was sitting with a comfortable lead in barrel racing. If Kinlie could hold the 100-point lead, she would be the barrel racing world champion.

Sports Briefs for Friday, August 5, 2011

Craig Sea Sharks swim meet begins today The Craig Sea Sharks are hosting the Colorado seasonal state swim meet today through Sunday at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. The meet begins at 9 a.m. today and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Speaking truth through love

By KATIE GROBE Director, Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center I’ve often thought about Paul’s exhortation to us in Ephesians 4:15: “But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.”

A village of aunts

I played with wooden blocks on the floor underneath a canopy of fabric stretched on a quilting frame. The sturdy hose and practical shoes of my mother’s elderly aunts enclosed me; the murmur of their voices washed over me.

Lois J. Stoffle: Disappointed with handling

To the editor: As a subscriber to the newspaper, I am truly disappointed in the handling of the reporting of the accident involving Carla Steele and Joshua Ward.

Fuel Gauge for Friday, August 5, 2011

Local fuel gauge Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

On the record for August 5, 2011

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Aug. 2 Denise Michelle Morchak, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Friend recalls Hayden man as someone who helped others

Friends and family of Joshua Ward, a Hayden man and driver involved in a fatal vehicle crash last week, are mourning his passing. “Josh was the smartest, nicest guy I ever met,” said Blake Osburn, of Tulsa, Okla. “I’ve never seen anyone do a complete 180 with his life and become as successful as he was on his way to being.

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City of Craig considering Sandrock upgrades

Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, strolled Thursday along a dusty, cactus-bordered trail. The Sandrocks loomed above his head. “This is city property along here,” Pike said. “This is what’s called Panorama Park.”

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Comics for Aug. 5, 2011

Comics for Aug. 5, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 5, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 5, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 5, 2011

Most partnerships that aren't of a commercial nature will produce personal and solid benefits for you in the year ahead. However, this may not be necessarily true in terms of business, where you're likely to better off operating as independently as you can.

Thursday, August 4

On the Record for Aug. 4, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 4, 2011

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Federal Mineral Lease District Board convenes for the first time

The new Federal Mineral Lease District Board met for the first time Wednesday to elect officers and approve a plan to manage about $1 million in federal mineral lease money.

Datebook for Aug. 4, 2011

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen next week. Photos are free. Call 824-3258.

Briefs for Aug. 4, 2011: Humane Society to host voting for Pet Mates calendar today

The Humane Society of Moffat County will host public voting, by donation, for the 2012 Pet Mates Calendar from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Farmer's Market at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. For more information, call Carol at 824-2103.

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Comics for Aug. 4, 2011

Comics for Aug. 4, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 4, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 4, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 4, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 4, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 4, 2011

The recognition, financially, socially and career-wise, that all your hard work deserves is likely to be forthcoming in the next year. However, it might not be awarded you in the manner you are anticipating.

Wednesday, August 3

BLM’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council to meet Aug. 18 in Craig

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colo. Hwy. 13.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosting meeting on deer herd, predator management

Following a meeting last month in Meeker, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering the public another opportunity to learn about mule deer management and the White River mule deer herd, including a discussion of the effectiveness of predator management as a way to boost deer numbers. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St., in Meeker.

On the Record for Aug. 3, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 3, 2011

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CNCC to host ribbon cutting, open house Monday in Craig

Gene Bilodeau is hoping for a strong public turnout for Colorado Northwestern Community College’s upcoming open house. “The more, the merrier,” the vice president of administration said. “It’s the community’s college. And, the more of the community that can come and appreciate it, the better.” CNCC officials will cut a ribbon to signal the opening of the college’s new facilities at noon Monday at 2801 W. Ninth St. The event will include guided tours of the facility and light refreshments.

Craig veterans clinic closed for rest the of week

The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic will close at noon today and remain closed until 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs in Grand Junction announced in a news release. Clinic staff will be participating in mandatory training while the clinic is closed.

Moffat County Commission, EDP director discuss local coal jobs

The Moffat County Commission discussed Tuesday a need for a state-funded worker-retraining program to address potential job losses in the coal industry as a result of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. Darcy Owens-Trask, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and co-chair of the Northwest Colorado Workforce Investment Board, raised the issue during the commission’s regular meeting.

Michelle Balleck: Fair, food, golf, music & motocross fill out weekend

It’s finally the start of fair week, so get geared up for fair food, all kinds of shows and displays, and some entertainment at the arena. Also on tap this weekend: good eats, golf, motocross and music. ■ The Moffat County Fair has rolled around again and has events this weekend.

Datebook for Aug. 3, 2011

9 a.m. The 12th annual Rally for the Cure women’s golf tournament takes place at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. Registration is $40 per player. For more information, call Susan Utzinger at 824-9656 or Sue Thompson at 824-5835. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen next week. Photos are free. Call 824-3258.

Editorial: Deserving of the badge

Sometimes children aren’t just students. Sometimes, they’re our best teachers. An example of one such youth is 11-year-old Craig resident Jeremy Looper. Last week, Jeremy stood before the Craig City Council, as well as a podium that was nearly too tall for him, and lobbied the governing body to allow for domestic chickens in town.

MCTA board meeting agenda for August 3, 3011

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Second-floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Comics for Aug. 3, 2011

Comics for Aug. 3, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 3, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 3, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 3, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 3, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 3, 2011

In the next year, don't be fearful about relinquishing projects or endeavors that have proven to be unproductive in the past. Once you release them and they are out of the way, it'll make way for new and better replacements.

Tuesday, August 2

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Moffat County boys basketball coach resigns

David Bradshaw leaves post after a 2-20 first season

After one season, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach David Bradshaw has resigned. Bradshaw, who went 2-20 in his lone season, announced his resignation Monday. He said the major factor behind the move was an offer he received for a management job at Cambria Suites in Pueblo.

On the Record for Aug. 2, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 2, 2011

Colleagues remember former Hayden officer

Colleagues of a Hayden woman and former town police officer who died Friday in a vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 40 recalled her Monday with fond memories. Carla Steele, 48, died in a head-on collision about a half-mile east of Wyman Museum. It’s believed Steele was on her way to Tri-State Generation & Transmission, where she worked as a security guard.

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MCHS volleyball team goes 11-2 at UNC camp

With a year under her belt, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Sandy Camilletti said she has her team more prepared for this season than last. Camilletti was hired as head coach in July 2010, about a month before the season started. The Bulldogs finished 3-9 overall and tied for seventh in the Western Slope League. However, if a recent team camp is any indication, the Bulldogs are in for a better year on the court.

Datebook for Aug. 2, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for Aug. 2, 2011: Today's National Night Out cancelled

The National Night Out event scheduled for today at Wendy’s has been cancelled due to a lack of participation from area agencies. The Craig Police Department reports the event may be rescheduled for September.

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Comics for Aug. 2, 2011

Comics for Aug. 2, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 2, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 2, 2011

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Crossword for Aug. 2, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 2, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 2, 2011

In the next year, your natural-born luck might play a more important role in your life than usual. Anytime you find yourself in trouble, big or small, the cavalry will hear your bugle call and come running to save the day.

Briefs for August 3, 3011: Traffic lights’ cycle changes in Craig

Chief Walt Vanatta of the Craig Police Department reported the Colorado Department of Transportation has made changes to traffic lights in Craig. No longer will the lights switch to flash mode between midnight and 6 a.m. Rather, the traffic lights will cycle between green, yellow and red lights all day and night.

Monday, August 1

Agenda for Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting Wednesday

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday Where: Second-floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

On the Record for Aug. 1, 2011

On the Record for Aug. 1, 2011

Craig man transferred to Denver hospital following June motocross accident

Craig resident Steven Sharp was transferred to Kindred Hospital in Denver on Thursday following a motocross accident in June, according to the website www.caringbridge.org. A Kindred Hospital spokeswoman declined to provide Sharp’s condition Monday morning.

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MCHS cross-country team returns from 5-day camp

Todd Trapp took 14 students to Rocky Mountain National Park for five days, but not just for the scenery and fresh air. Trapp, the Moffat County High School cross-country head coach, said he has been taking runners to the park for five years for a cross-country team camp. This year, the team camped out and ran July 17 to 21 on Grand Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fatal collision claims former Hayden police officer

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision Friday night that closed both lanes of U.S. Highway 40 east of Craig. Trooper Nate Reid from the Colorado State Patrol public affairs office said a black 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by Hayden resident Joshua Ward, 20, attempted to pass in a no-passing zone near mile marker 95 on U.S. Highway 40.

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Ladies Auxiliary in Craig celebrating 65th birthdday

Cooking meals, raising money for students, arranging medical equipment donations. Women like Virginia Cromer, Jeannie Wixson, Mary Walters, Sandy Mansfield and more do it all in service of their community. Though they have no complaints about the amount of work they do on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, another pair of helping hands is always welcome.

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My Life, My Words: Rebecca Davis — Service on a personal level

“I’ve been working here for three years. I wanted a 9 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.) job because I was sick of working from 2 (p.m.) to 10 (p.m.). I worked at Kum & Go so I had to do the swing shift. It’s not a lot different except I don’t have to wear a uniform and I deal with a lot of cash.

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Wyman Museum hosts Moffat County Mud Runs

Tim Meyer, organizer of the 2011 Moffat County Mud Runs, said 55 drivers competed in the muck and the mud Saturday at Wyman Museum in Craig. About 200 spectators watched drivers plow through two parallel 130-foot mud pits. The pits were manmade, and filled with water pumped from a nearby pond.

Moffat officials react to oil and gas appointments

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday six new appointees to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. And, at least one local government official contends the governor got it right. Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he was “impressed” by the picks.

Business Beat: Sports bar owner adds new visual appeal, preps new restaurant

If you’re driving west into Craig on U.S. Highway 40 and suddenly have the urge for a burger and a beer, The Other Place Sports Bar & Grill will likely be one of the first places to catch your eye. The OP, 534 E. Victory Way, recently set up a flashy new sign, complete with LED lights. Owner Delbert Knez said the new roadside flair has had a significant impact on his business since he installed the sign three weeks ago.

Briefs for August 1, 2011: Culture Night set for tonight

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will host Culture Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. This month’s featured artists are The Gourd Girls, who will demonstrate the process of creating gourd art.

Bulldog Sports for August 1, 2011

Today None Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

Sports Spotlight: Angela Doane

Age: 35 City: Craig Sport: Golf How did you get started playing golf?

Sports briefs for August 1, 2011: MCHS wrestling team to host prime rib dinner

The annual Moffat County High School wrestling team prime rib dinner will take place Thursday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Guests amay eat any time between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per couple, and discounts are available for children.

Senior Spotlight for August 1, 2011

Happy Colorado Day. I always make sure to remember this day. It was something I was taught at a small country school.

Datebook for Aug. 1, 2011

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen. Photos are free. Call 824-3258. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676.

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Crossword for Aug. 1, 2011

Crossword for Aug. 1, 2011

Horoscope for Aug. 1, 2011

On more than one occasion in the year ahead, you could find yourself in the position of being able to bring two dissenting parties together for a productive purpose. Each time you go out of you way to do so, it'll benefit you as well.

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Comics for Aug. 1, 2011

Comics for Aug. 1, 2011

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Sudoku for Aug. 1, 2011

Sudoku for Aug. 1, 2011