News for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Craig K&G looking to expand east location

Proposed 5,000-square-feet store would equal state’s largest

It’s been on the backburner for two years, but it appears plans to expand the Kum & Go convenience store at 700 E. Victory Way could be progressing. Company executives, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, sent a site plan Wednesday to city building inspector Dave Costa. The drawing outlines a proposed store more than 5,000 square feet and featuring anywhere from 10 to 18 gasoline pumps. If the site plan is approved and Kum & sticks with the specifications delivered Wednesday, the updated store would be on par with some of the company’s largest convenience locations in the state.

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CNCC basketball teams show improvement under 3rd-year coaches

The Colorado Northwestern Community College women’s basketball team came close all season to posting a winning record for the first time in over 10 years. But the Spartans couldn’t finish in four close games — losing by two to Eastern Utah, by three to Colby Community College, by four to Western Wyoming and by five to Lake Region. Head coach Antowin Edwards said the four losses by five or less points is what defined the season for his team, as they finished with a record of 11-20 overall, 1-14 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

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United Way recognizes employees, companies at Wednesday luncheon

In Corrie Ponikvar’s eyes, the nearly $480,000 raised during the 2012 Moffat County United Way campaign is more than a figure on a tally sheet. “This generosity shows the value our community places on making sure everyone has the opportunity for a better life,” the organization’s director told a group of about 45 people at an awards luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig. The event recognized local companies and their employees who contributed to the campaign. The funds they raised support a range of local agencies, including Advocates-Crisis Support Services and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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‘21 Jump Street’: Cops or clowns?

The illustrious position of big man on campus is one found at every high school in America. Though some of these kings of the educational system aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box, most of them can at least write off their behavior to the teenage years. Suffice it to say, the boys of “21 Jump Street” can’t make such a claim.

On the Record for April 4, 2012

On the Record for April 4, 2012

Colorado climatologists say state facing drought

Colorado State University climatologists are warning of water restrictions later this year unless the state gets more moisture, with up to 98 percent of the state already facing drought conditions. Aurora Water spokesman Greg Baker says destructive wildfires and an arid March have reduced expectations for this year's water supply. The most severe drought in the state is in the Arkansas Basin where drought areas are reporting extreme conditions as a result of last summer's Texas drought which also affected Colorado.

Moffat County Commission to meet with Routt County

Last week, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers and county natural resources director Jeff Comstock participated in a tri-state oil shale conference in Vernal, Utah. The meeting was called by the Uintah County Commissioners to explore available political processes to open up oil shale reserves in the Green River Basin to exploration and production. Unlike shale oil found in the Niobrara Formation, which is in a liquid state and can be extracted through fracking and horizontal drilling, oil shale is a solid and must be converted to a liquid through the chemical heating process known as pyrolysis.

Briefs for April 4: Medicare counseling consultations available in Craig

Betsy Packer, a trained Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselor, will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month for consultations in room 106 of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Drive. Packer, who is trained in all aspects of Medicare and Medicare fraud, is available for individual appointments, to speak with Moffat County businesses, to counsel new Medicare recipients and to review Part D during open enrollment, which lasts through Dec. 7.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting agenda

When: 11 a.m. today Where: Hampton Inn conference room, 377 Cedar Court Agenda: • Introduction:

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Craig resident organizing cleanup day in advance of Norman Rockwell exhibit

Amelia Seiler was inspired by what she saw on a recent trip to Madison, Wisc. “It was so clean there,” the 32-year-old Seiler said. “I was completely impressed with people’s care and consciousness for the environment.” The Craig native decided to try to bring what she saw in northern climes to her hometown.

Colorado judge rules against online sales tax

Colorado's tax on online retailers such as Amazon.com has been thrown out by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ruled that the 2010 law did not treat in-state and out-of-state retailers even-handedly. The Denver Post reported that the Colorado Department of Revenue did not immediately say whether it planned to appeal the ruling, which was issued Friday (http://goo.gl/2AotU ). Blackburn's ruling leaves the status quo in place; the court blocked the law on a temporary basis last year.

Commission approves February mineral leases, joinder agreements with Shell

Shell continues to conduct its due diligence as the oil and natural gas company prepares to resume exploratory operations in Moffat County. On Tuesday, Jeff Comstock, Moffat County’s natural resources director, and Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, appeared before the Moffat County Commission seeking approval for a variety of lease agreements, lease amendments and unit joinder agreements with Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP. Comstock presented the commission with the first collection of contracts, which entailed a lease agreement between SWEPI and the county for a three-acre parcel not previously offered in past mineral lease auctions.

CMS wrestler Shandon Hadley takes 3rd at state

Streaks of brightness cut through the dark of the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, as a laser light show acknowledged the best middle school wrestlers in the state during an awards ceremony known as the Parade of Champions. Among the honored was Craig Middle School eighth-grader Shandon Hadley, who placed third overall in the 125-pound weight class of the state wrestling tournament held Friday and in Denver, making him the highest finishing wrestler of the season for CMS. Undefeated for the regular season and a first-place finisher at regionals, Shandon took on contenders from all around Colorado, including 5A schools, fighting through to the end until he was finally pinned.

Sports Briefs for April 4: MCHS boys track and field finishes 4th in Grand Junction, girls 6th

The Moffat County High School varsity track and field team competed Friday in the Warrior Wild West Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The boys team finished fourth and the girls team sixth out of nine teams. Senior Alfredo Lebron took first place in the 800-meter run, breaking his own school record with a time of 1 minute, 56.76 seconds. Lebron was also part of the boys 4-by-400- and 4-by-800-meter relays, which both finished in first place.

A most eggs-cellent weekend

This Sunday, it’s a time for candy, church, candy, fancy clothes, candy and family. Did we mention candy? Whatever your plans are for Easter, join the rest of the Craig community for events celebrating the holiday or otherwise.

A Romney sweep: He takes Wisconsin, Maryland, DC

Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama. "Four more years?" Romney asked sarcastically of the president as supporters cheered in Milwaukee. He said Obama was "a little out of touch" after spending four years surrounded by the trappings of power and had presided over near-record job losses as well as increases in poverty, home foreclosures, government debt and gasoline prices. In Washington, Obama said things could be worse — and he predicted they would be if Romney and the Republicans got their way.

Lance Scranton: Tests are like ‘pesky critters’

About this time every year I take my boys out to a friend’s house so we can assist with some bothersome critters that dig holes all over his fields. We train our sights on the vexatious vermin that can make farming a nightmare. When we are leaving and thanking our host, he always says, “Come back anytime, there’s plenty more where they came from.” We must be making a dent in the population of pesky perpetrators but the more we send out our rapid-fire solutions, the more problems show up to take their place. Once a year, about this same time, the State of Colorado comes out to Craig to hunt down our students overall capacity in academics.

Editorial: In pursuit of truth

“The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.” — Mark Twain The following scenario can be found everywhere from cable newscasts to coffee shop chats. A hot-button issue arises, and what began as a reasonable conversation spirals into heated disagreement.