News for Wednesday, June 15, 2011



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Power outage shuts down mining operations at Twentymile Coal Co.

Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.

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Steamboat man dies in the Yampa River

The man who fell into Soda Creek today was identified as John Christopher Noonan

The man who died Wednesday after falling into Soda Creek near 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue was identified as Steamboat Springs resident 58-year-old John Christopher Noonan, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.

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Whittle the Wood artists begin creations for Craig contest

A pair of rookies past and present shared a quick conversation today at Craig City Park. Mark Mahorney, of Kremmling, a first-year competitor in last year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, spoke with John Parker, of Nederland, who is competing in the 12th annual competition for the first time this year. “I have been looking for a carving contest for a while, and I ran into Faye (Braaten) who told me about this one,” Parker said. “I jumped on it and signed up on the last day they were accepting carvers.” This year’s tree carving contest kicked off today in City Park.

Power outage affects customers in Craig, four other towns

A power outage today in Northwest Colorado impacted 9,187 residences and businesses.

VA: Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic staying open

Officials issue statement to dispel rumors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Grand Junction reported today that rumors the Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic is closing are untrue.

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BLM in Craig adds new officials

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig has added three new officials in the last five weeks. Matt Anderson, 31, joined the local field office five weeks ago as associate field manager. Three weeks ago, Ed Hendricks, 41, joined as a law enforcement ranger, and Colt Mortenson, 42, became interagency fire management officer.

On the Record for Wednesday, June 15

On the Record for Wednesday, June 15

Andy Bockelman: The anxious moments of my 'Jeopardy' tryout

What is a dream? For some people that may be a question, but for me it’s the answer, or at least the way it has to be phrased. Allow me to elaborate. For as long as I can remember, I have had a knack for retaining trivia tidbits, layer upon layer of informational items that are useful to some depending on how just how much you need to know about a given subject. Growing up, much of my knowledge wasn’t something that was likely to turn a profit, as I had yet to see a booth at career day for people who specialized in lyrics to “Weird Al” Yankovic songs, vintage Nintendo games or “Seinfeld” catchphrases. But, once I hit my sophomore year at Moffat County High School, one thing led to another, yadda-yadda-yadda, and then I was part of the school’s Knowledge Bowl team.

Hayden School Board to announce secondary schools principal finalists

Board to meet Wednesday in executive session to interview candidates

The Hayden School District will announce its two finalists for the Secondary Schools principal position during a board meeting tonight. The candidates, whose names superintendent Mike Luppes declined to release before the meeting, will interview with School Board members in executive session.

Michelle Balleck: Whittle the Wood headlines anticipated weekend

It’s likely the most anticipated weekend of the year in Moffat County, and it’s finally here. ■ Whittle the Wood Rendezvous kicks off today as the carvers pick their stumps and get to work at Craig City Park. Check out the carvers from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday, and watch them finish up Saturday during the big day in the park.

Livestock, marijuana highlight reports at Craig City Council meeting

After wrapping up the voting at Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting, Mayor Terry Carwile invited staff reports. Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta gave his. “Mr. Mayor, council, just kind of a heads up,” he said. “We’re starting to get a lot more chickens in town.”

Briefs for June 15, 2011: Jarvie Family Fest set for Saturday

The annual Jarvie Ranch Family Fest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at John Jarvie Ranch. The event features live music, cowboy poetry, horse-drawn wagon rides and many old-fashioned demonstrations. Activities are free. Lunch, provided by the Browns Hole Homemaker’s Club, is $5.

Sports Briefs for June 15, 2011: Horseback riding, fishing trip slated

Craig Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Sable Mountain Outfitters out of Meeker for a horseback riding and fishing trip June 21. The trip will start with a guided horseback riding trip through the mountain trails to Marvine Creek, where participants will then have the rest of the day to fish.

Kim Dilldine: Generosity appreciated

To the editor: The Cancer Support Group would like to thank the Shawl Ministry for taking the time to pray with us while giving each one of us a shawl. Your heartfelt generosity is greatly appreciated.

MCHS football staff: Thanks for the support

To the editor: Thank you to all the parents who supported our high school football players this past week at the University of Wyoming football camp. Thirty-five players made their way to Laramie, Wyo., for a three-day, crash-and-smash, full-contact, high-powered, dawn-to-dusk battle with 21 other schools from Colorado and Wyoming.

Editorial: Service industries

Listen throughout the day on any particular day in Craig and Moffat County, and you’re bound at least once or twice to hear the peace and quiet interrupted by emergency sirens. Those sirens sometimes belong to the volunteers at Craig Fire/Rescue, who answer an assortment of calls ranging from medical assists to fires to vehicle crashes, among others.

Datebook for June 15, 2011

8:30 a.m. The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carver tree selection takes place at Craig City Park, 605 Washington St. 9 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board hosts a meeting in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. See the agenda on page 5.

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Sudoku for June 15, 2011

Sudoku for June 15, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for June 15, 2011: Grandson's mother keeping me away

Two years ago, my son began dating "Layla," who then became pregnant. I went out of my way to include her in our family. I bought maternity clothes and baby outfits, took her out for lunch and paid for her to join us on a family cruise. Layla e-mailed everyone to stay away from the hospital the day of the baby's birth, as she wanted "bonding time." I asked my son if I could bring flowers. He said "fine" and met me at the hospital.

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Crossword for June 15, 2011

Crossword for June 15, 2011

Horoscope for June 15, 2011

In order to be happier and accomplish more, one of the more significant things you'll do in the year ahead is try to bring various segments of your life into better balance. Once you do, the results will be extremely gratifying.

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Comics for June 15, 2011

Comics for June 15, 2011