News for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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3 Yampa Valley Electric Association board seats up for grabs

Members can vote until June 17 or at June 18 meeting

Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman Jim Chappell said three seats are up for election on the nine-member board each year. This year’s trio, two of which feature contested races, will be decided at the YVEA Board of Directors annual meeting June 18 in the Hayden High School auditorium.

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Rollover causes delays on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig

A semi-truck rollover Wednesday on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig blocked traffic for several hours. Colorado State Trooper Tonja Cowan said Michael Jones, 64, from Las Vegas, suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash.

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Craig mother, daughter qualify for national pageant

Craig resident Cathy Sonntag is 41, a single mother, and a reluctant beauty queen. “It’s my daughter’s fault,” Cathy said. “She’s the one who roped me into it.” In March, Cathy and her daughter, 14-year-old Rachel Sonntag, traveled to Denver to participate in a Dream Girls USA pageant. The Sonntags took top honors in their respective divisions and qualified for the Dream Girls USA 2011 Nationals from July 14 through 17 in St. Louis.

On the Record for June 8, 2011

On the Record for June 8, 2011

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Yampa River station recording highest flows since 1984

Jason Back, head professional at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, said there were more water hazards on his golf course than usual Wednesday. “Hole number two has a lake on it,” Back said. The golf course is one example of flooding in the region from the Yampa River. Michael Lewis, associate director of hydrologic data at the U.S. Geological Survey's Colorado Water Science Center in Lakewood, said the flows on the Yampa River are historic.

Moffat County Tourism Association to discuss director position Thursday

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse. The agenda is below:

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Craig resident eyes official opening for track development

Gregg Kolbaba was shooting for a June 4 opening of his new stock car track south of the Moffat County Landfill. One determining factor for the opening, Kolbaba said, was how wet the spring in Craig would be. After heavy rain, Kolbaba said he was basically sidelined from sculpting the land into what it needs to be. “We couldn’t even come in here when it was wet,” he said. “There was standing water everywhere and we really couldn’t do anything.”

Craig gyms providing summer workout classes

Jim Gregoire, owner of Trapper Fitness Center, said contrary to popular belief, summer brings a decline in gym memberships. “People want to get fit for the summer, but they don’t want to be inside when it is so nice outside,” he said. “We have to offer different and unique things to bring them in.” For Gregoire and Trapper Fitness Center, that means utilizing the facility’s outdoor gym.

Publishers Notebook: Police responding appropriately to parking problem

The Craig Police Department has recently been focusing on parking issues along First Street. The issues stem from those of us who have children playing in Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball, coach pitch and fast pitch parking illegally along the shoulder of the street near Woodbury Sports Complex. Each night games were played last week, police officers made their presence known on the scene with multiple cars and lights flashing.

Michelle Balleck: Golf, songs and a fond farewell highlight upcoming events

It’s a fairly quiet weekend around Craig, which means this might be a good weekend to head out of town or get started on all of those summer projects you’ve been looking forward to. ■ Dust off your clubs and sign up for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office’s 24th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.

Moffat County real estate transactions for January, February, March

A listing of Moffat County property sales and purchases January: Buyer: PUBLIC TRUSTEE Seller: COLORADO HOUSING AND FINANCE AUTHORITY Address: 922 Colorado St. Price: $183,000.00

McKey family: Thanks, Parks and Rec

To the editor: The McKey family would like to sincerely thank Craig Parks and Recreation for the swimming lessons our family has received.

Thom Schnellinger: A classy class

To the editor: I would like to take a moment to thank the Moffat County community, parents, teachers and staff that made the Moffat County High School commencement ceremony so successful. To the Class of 2011, you are a class act. You understood that graduation needed to be orderly yet different.

Sports Briefs for June 8, 2011: TMH golf tourney set for June 24

Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the 11th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament on June 24. Check-in will be at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is slated for noon. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format to benefit The Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Chamber of Commerce Board meeting agenda for June 9

Craig Chamber of Commerce Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Craig Chamber of Commerce conference room, 360 E. Victory Way Agenda:

Datebook for June 8, 2011

Today 9 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way, hosts Vacation Bible School through Thursday. The program, themed “The Gold Rush,” is open to youths 4 to 12. Call 824-5424. 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.

School district special meeting agenda for June 9

Moffat County School Board special meeting When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Editorial: New Whittle policy a wise move

A recent decision by organizers of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous — the biggest and most important event in Craig and Moffat County — can go a long way toward ensuring the annual summer event remains a viable offering for local and out-of-town families. Organizers recently announced that visitors to the 12th annual Whittle the Wood would not be allowed to bring their own alcohol, a change in policy from recent years.

Briefs for June 8, 2011: Republican Women’s Club meeting Friday

The Northwest Colorado Republican Women’s Club will host its June meeting at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Galaxy Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, 524 Yampa Ave. Officers will be installed by Sharon Sollenbarger, past president of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women. The meeting is open to all Republican women and men. Republican women are welcome to apply for full voting membership or associate membership.

Horoscope for June 8, 2011

You are likely to find that your social life will be far more active in the year ahead than it has been for some time. An old friend might reenter your life and bring with them a number of new people who'll prove to be quite interesting.

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Crossword for June 8, 2011

Crossword for June 8, 2011

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Comics for June 8, 2011

Comics for June 8, 2011

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Sudoku for June 8, 2011

Sudoku for June 8, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for June 8, 2011: Concerned for disabled friend's filthy living conditions

My best friend, "Jamie," lives five hours away. She and her husband, "Bob," are both disabled. Jamie has several chronic illnesses that leave her in pain and exhausted most of the time. Bob weighs about 500 pounds and is immobile and bedridden. They have two teenaged children who are also obese.