News for Wednesday, July 27, 2011



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Craig Fire/Rescue responds to blaze at Tri-State

No one was injured Wednesday during a fire that shut down Unit 2 at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station. Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Dennis Jones said 15 to 20 firefighters responded to the fire, which took place within a large air duct. By the time firefighters were assembled and ready, however, the fire had been suffocated, Jones said. “The fire was out by the time we made all of our arrangements to make sure we were safe,” he said. “We basically investigated.”

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Governor to visit Hayden on Friday as part of Western Slope trip

Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit Hayden on Friday afternoon, his office reported today. Hickenlooper is scheduled to visit Yampa Valley Feeds, 198 Lincoln Ave., at 3 p.m., during a Western Slope trip regarding economic development.

On the Record for July 27, 2011

On the Record for July 27, 2011

Chicken issue generates squabbles at Craig City Council meeting

Before Jeremy Looper addressed Craig City Council, some adjustments had to be made to the microphone. Looper, an 11-year-old Craig resident and member of Boy Scouts Troop No. 172, could barely see over the podium. After some deliberation, City Manager Jim Ferree decided to hold the microphone so Looper could be heard. Looper attended the council’s regular Tuesday meeting to discuss the ordinance that prohibits chickens within city limits. Several members of the audience spoke for and against chickens, and the council weighed in on the issue, too.

Mud it up, dance it up, rev it up

photo Michelle Balleck Weekend movie showtimes West Theatre 29 E. Victory Way 824-2000 • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday • “Captain America: The First Avenger,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday • Tickets: $7 for ages 10 and older, $5 for ages 9 and younger • Sunday matinee: $5 for ages 10 and older, $4 for ages 9 and younger Submit your event Submit your event’s details for consideration by e-mailing me at or calling 875-1790. Whether you’re looking for a mud bath or a night on the town, there are a few things to get you down and dirty this weekend. ■ The Moffat County Mud Runs will be Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Moffat County Commission awards bid for exterior courthouse improvements

The Moffat County Commission at its regular Tuesday meeting awarded, 3-0, a $47,300 bid to APH Construction to remodel the north exterior wall of the Moffat County Courthouse. The decision to remodel the rear of the courthouse has been on the table since the county jail was removed last spring.

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Young Life golf tournament Friday benefits youths going to camp

Bear River Young Life has sent 53 youths to four different camps this summer, with one more left to go. From Minnesota to Texas to various spots around Colorado, the Christian ministry group has found a way to allow its members to experience what area director David Pressgrove describes as “the best week of their lives.”

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TMH names new chief nursing officer

Lorraine Reinhardt said The Memorial Hospital is a well-run organization. “The care that’s being given is good,” she said. “I’m just here to add some more to that.” On Monday, Reinhardt assumed her new position as chief nursing officer at TMH.

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'Week of packed fun'

12-year-old Emma Balstad looks forward to county fair, culmination of months of work

The setting sun shines against Emma Balstad’s strawberry blonde hair as she and her dog, G.G., work on heel, stay, lay down and high five commands. After each successful task, Emma bends over and gives G.G. much-appreciated reinforcement. The Emma and G.G. team will compete together in obedience and showmanship categories at the Moffat County Fair, which runs from Aug. 7 to 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. While their training could easily keep Emma occupied over the summer, that’s just the start of her lineup in the Moffat County 4-H program.

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Who owns the Yampa?

Those living near the Yampa River point to it with pride. The last major river in Colorado with a natural runoff cycle, it retains its wildness: rushing headlong in the spring and narrowing dramatically in the fall — as it has for centuries. From below Steamboat Springs to beyond Dinosaur, we float, fish, and splash in the river. We bicycle, golf, and bird-watch along its banks. We respond to its beauty with wide-eyes and photographs.

Tamara Ballinger: Help ‘appreciated’

To the editor: Hello, my name is Tamara Ballinger, and I’ve been a Craig resident since 1985. I have worked in a few places here in Craig, like Signal Hill and the Popular Bar, and I worked in Steamboat Springs for several years. I’m now employed at our great Walmart and the Craig Daily Press.

Briefs for July 27, 2011: Governor orders flags lowered on Thursday

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Thursday in honor of Spc. Nathan Beyers, who was killed earlier this month in Iraq. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

MCTA board meeting agenda for July 27

Moffat County Tourism Association special meeting When: Noon today Where: Second-floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

County commission special meeting agenda for July 27, 2011

Moffat County Commission special meeting When: 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

TMH board meeting agenda for July 28

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C, The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

Sports Briefs for July 27, 2011: Doak Walker registration deadline extended

Craig Parks and Recreation is still accepting registration for the 2011 Doak Walker tackle football season. The program is for players in third to sixth grades. Practices and games will be held three times a week, with practicing beginning the week of Aug. 8.

Tony St. John: ‘Open your hearts’

To the editor: The young women and men of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be knocking on doors in the east Craig area — above the cemetery — from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. They are doing a food drive for Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, a nonprofit organization here in Craig that helps families in need.

Editorial: Be right while on the river

The Yampa River, one of Craig and Moffat County’s true gems, is finally righting itself for tubers, and temperatures are heating up around town. After a seemingly long hibernation, it appears our community may actually have a much-deserved summer, after all, though likely a shorter one than past years.

Datebook for July 27, 2011

9 to 9:30 a.m. The United States Department of Agriculture distributes food supplements at the Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282, ext. 11. 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.

Jane Hume: Volunteers aplenty

To the editor: The Editorial Board’s estimate of 35 to 50 volunteers in Saturday’s editorial is ridiculous. In fact, the diverse goals and skills needed for I’ll bet 1,000 volunteers in Moffat County and Craig make the scattered and seemingly random work a necessity.

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For all the world to hear

Craig chorus tours Hawaii, preparing for international competition

Sometimes something incredibly beautiful can be tinged by sadness. Emily Pfeifer felt this inner conflict in May, surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, good company and mellifluous music. Seeing all the sights and sounds of Oahu with Craig’s Bella Voce Show Chorus and leading them in performance at the island locale were the good parts of the experience. What wasn’t so easy was knowing it would be her final hurrah with the group.

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Shane Wilson honored volunteer for 2011 fair

Without the cooperation and generosity of many volunteers, the Moffat County Fair would not go on. One of those very deserving volunteers is Shane Wilson. As many of you well know, Shane, along with Chad Green, is one of our Junior Livestock Sale auctioneers. These auctioneers volunteer their time and talents each year to make our sale a success.

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Moffat County Fair Senior Queen Attendant Emily Wellman

Hello, everyone! I am Emily Wellman and I am your 2011 Senior Fair Queen Attendant. You could say that I have been in 4-H my whole life; however, this is only my ninth year that I have had a project at fair. I am also very involved with the Moffat County FFA program.

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Comics for July 27, 2011

Comics for July 27, 2011

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Sudoku for July 27, 2011

Sudoku for July 27, 2011

Dining out in the Yampa Valley

Whether it's a juicy, medium-rare steak or a over-stuffed loaded burrito, there are plenty of choices to satisfy your appetite in Craig and Hayden. Whether it’s grabbing a quick bite or sitting down to a hearty meal, we've got plenty of variety.

2011 Moffat County Fair schedule of events

Saturday, July 30 .22 Rifle Completion Shoot — Bear’s Ears Sportsman Club Monday, Aug. 1 6 to 8 p.m. Early check-in for 4-H General Projects — under the grandstands Tuesday, Aug. 2 8 a.m. Check-in of 4-H General Projects — under the grandstands 9 a.m. Judging of 4-H General Projects — under the grandstands 4 p.m. BBQ & Dessert Cook Off entries due

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Moffat County Fair Intermediate Queen Attendant Samantha Pearce

My name is Samantha Pearce. I have been in 4-H for four years and I am loving every minute of it. I love doing 4-H because I think it gives a child an opportunity to get involved with public speaking.

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Moffat County Fair Intermediate Queen Kaitlyan Reed

Hi, I’m Kaitlyan Reed and I am excited to be your 2011 Intermediate Fair Queen. I like 4-H because it teaches responsibility and other life lessons. This year is my sixth year in 4-H. Market swine, cake decorating and Cloverbuds are all projects I have done in the past.

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Joyce LeFevre named honorary fair volunteer

Joyce LeFevre was born in Cody, Wyo., and grew up with 4-H and an attitude of serving others. She began her 4-H “career” growing up on a ranch near Meeteetse, Wyo. She has been involved ever since. In Meeteetse she was involved in cooking, sewing and lamb projects. Her mom was a 4-H leader for the Upper Graybull 4-H Club. Joyce remembers taking as her lamb project a pen of three bum lambs, as they did not have market classes at that time.

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Moffat County Fair Senior Queen Imelda Hernandez

Hi! My name is Imelda Hernandez and I am proud to say that I am your 2011 Senior Fair Queen. This year is my sixth year in 4-H and my fourth year being a junior leader for the dog program.

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Crossword for July 27, 2011

Crossword for July 27, 2011

Horoscope for July 27, 2011

Because you're thoughtful and appreciative of others and all the nice things they do for you, you tend to be very giving. This has caught up with you, making the year ahead one of reciprocation from all those whom you've helped.

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Community invited to enjoy variety of entertainment at 2011 Moffat County Fair

There’s plenty of entertainment to look forward to at the 93rd annual Moffat County Fair, according to fair board member Katie Wheeler. She said Aug. 12 offers a full night of fun at the Moffat County Fairgrounds not to be missed. For the third year running, HOWL Rodeo Bulls presents Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding Competition at 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Admission is $5 for children 11 and younger and $10 for those 12 and older.