News for Saturday, March 19, 2011



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Routt County sheriff works to overhaul agency

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and Undersheriff Ray Birch said they have been putting in 60- to 70-hour workweeks since taking office Jan. 11.


Notice is hereby given that a general municipal election for the election of four members to the Craig City Council will be held in the City of Craig, Colorado on the 5th day of April, 2011. Three positions will be for a four year term as council member, and one position will be for a two year term as Mayor.

Case Number 11PR9

Estate of James C. Wells, Deceased Case Number 11PR9 All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to District Court of Moffat County, Colorado on or before 7/18/11, or the claims may be forever barred.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1628 Original Grantor(s): Joanne A Birdsall Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for USAA Federal Savings Bank


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1621 Original Grantor(s): Victor Tarango Original Beneficiary(ies): Argent Mortgage Company, LLC

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CDOT seeks rock fix along US Highway 40 between Steamboat and Hayden

Crews are working to mitigate danger worsened by springtime temperature changes

Sometimes, all it took was a touch from Jason Simpson’s crowbar, and large boulders would come loose and crash below him on U.S. Highway 40. Other times, it took a little more convincing. Simpson is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation crew that has been trying to mitigate the rock danger along the cliffs between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Craig Planning & Zoning Commission meeting agenda for March 21, 2011

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting When: 5:30 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Regular meeting agenda:

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7 LSRV athletes contributing members on 2 state title teams

When the Little Snake River Valley School boys varsity basketball team laced up their shoes March 7 in Casper, Wyo., seven players were vying for more than a 1A state title. They were playing for their second state championship for the school year. The Rattlers varsity football team, which competes in a six-man league, brought home a state title in November 2010 after a 67-12 domination of the Hanna Elk Mountain Medicine Bow Miners.

MCHS baseball begins season with 9-5 loss

After a long winter, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs varsity baseball team finally got to stretch their legs on the baseball diamond Friday in Montrose. Playing the first of three games in the Montrose Tournament, the Bulldogs fell to Carbon (Utah) High School, 9-5. “For the first game, we did pretty well and we got a couple of big hits,” coach Justin Folley said. “Our first couple of hitters were able to get on base, and that helped our offense get off to a good start.”

Swim Pool Task Force to finalize report Tuesday

The Swim Pool Task Force will convene for its final meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. At the meeting, the task force will endorse its final report, which will then be formally presented to the Moffat County School Board on March 28, Superintendent Joe Petrone said. The task force began to take shape a year ago at a school board meeting.

Agriculture & Livestock: Signs that spring is near

Although it seems like the drifted snow and ice will never melt, for this author, there are signs that spring isn’t far off. Consider the following: • The tulips are coming up along a building wall where it’s bared off and warm.

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda for March 21, 2011

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

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Craig-area students awarded as part of memorial contest

Dawn Bolstad, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher, said young poets deserve a spotlight. “Kids who are in sports get accolades,” she said. “Kids who are poets kind of walk along the sidelines. Not too many people celebrate (poetry) in this area.” Soon, however, 10 eighth-grade poets from Craig Middle School will get their chance to shine. The Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

Over a Cup: ‘Creamed Taco Casserole’— an easy to make recipe, even if you’re missing ingredients

This week’s column begins with a couple of notes about the column. First of all, a featured recipe is put within a box so it’s handy to clip and file. However, additional information about the recipe is included within the column, so don’t forget to check it out. And sometimes if space allows, a second recipe can be found within the column, too. Thanks to all my readers who call or write with questions or comments.

CMS wrestling preparing athletes for high school

Four years ago, the Craig Middle School wrestling team only consisted of nine athletes. Now, as the end of the Bulldogs’ 2011 season draws closer, the 26 wrestlers on the current roster are making strides to make the CMS program known. “Our participation is way up this year,” coach Ron Linsacum said. “We are working on fundamentals right now and trying to get them on track for what they can expect in high school.”

Moffat County horses catch rare disease

A Craig man has been issued court summonses after allegedly bringing seven horses into the state without the proper health certificates. Victor Tarango was issued summonses for seven counts of importing livestock without obtaining health certificates and two counts of failure to obtain brand inspection, Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Nichols said.

Government update for March 19, 2011

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

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Wool worth the wait: Recent spike in wool, lamb prices helps ranchers through tough economic times

Tom Kourlis has continued to run his father’s sheep operation on the same ground it was founded on about 90 years ago. But, a few years ago the legacy of lamb and wool production at the Harry Kourlis Ranch almost came to an end. With slumping wool and lamb prices, the 60-year-old Kourlis started developing a “phase out plan” for the ranch 30 miles south of Craig. The business that had put his two girls through college and kept food on the table just wasn’t profitable anymore, he said.

Briefs for March 19, 2011: Legion bingo set for tonight

American Legion Post 62 is hosting bingo tonight at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. Anyone is welcome to play.

Sports spotlight: Jessica Matthews

Name: Jessica Matthews Grade: Senior, Moffat County High School Sport: Golf

Datebook for March 19, 2011

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Moffat County Youth Basketball Program hosts the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St., and Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 2 p.m. The Moffat County High School Theatre Department presents “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” at the school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Tickets are $5 per person. Immediately following the matinee, the actors will host a mock wedding reception for Robin and Marion. Admission for the reception is $2 per person.

Editorial: Molding academic heroes

Take a walk down Moffat County High School’s hallways and it is hard not to spot them. They’re idols among students — athletic heroes and social royalty, so to speak. However, what is harder to find are students who pursue a different aspiration — lofty academic achievement. Sure top athletic positions and the other socially prominent roles have their place in the high school landscape. They probably always will.

Andy Bullen: Honesty from officials

To the editor: Over the past few months, I have, like most residents of Craig and Moffat County, become increasingly upset and unhappy about the state of negotiations between the city and the county over the Moffat County Public Safety Center. There has been a fair amount of noise, but not much light shed on the issue until March 15.

Lawrence Sober: Impeach the president

To the editor: This is in support of the letter submitted by Rosemary Potter to impeach the president. I would hope that people start to pay more attention to what President Barack Obama does and less to what he says.

Annie's Mailbox for March 19, 2011: Encourage families to make final arrangements early

I would like to thank you for the many times you've reminded readers to take care of important medical, financial and end-of-life decisions. I did that years ago and have a legal will and power of attorney. Over the years, I also gently requested that my parents do the same, but they chose to ignore me.

Baxter Black: Prop B — Missouri’s top dog fight

Last fall, the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club, and other animal-related groups.

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Crossword for March 19, 2011

Crossword for March 19, 2011

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Comics for March 19, 2011

Comics for March 19, 2011

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Sudoku for March 19, 2011

Sudoku for March 19, 2011

Horoscope for March 19, 2011

Operating independently of others in the near future could be an extremely important skill to learn. However, if you find this to be a necessity, handle it very tactfully so that you don't alienate any of your alliances.