News for Friday, April 6, 2012



Local Fuel Gauge for April 7, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for April 7, 2012

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Robert Cash sentenced to 38 years in prison

Steamboat Springs resident Robert Cash was sentenced to 38 years in prison Friday for crimes against his former wife that Judge Shelley Hill described as unthinkable and tantamount to torture.

On the Record for April 6, 2012

On the Record for April 6, 2012

Options available for clinic reopening in Baggs, Wyo.

Questions remain over the closure and future of the Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs, Wyo., but the reemergence of a health care facility in the town is possible. On Tuesday, clinic attorney Tom Thompson and representatives from the Little Snake River Rural Health Care District met with the Carbon County Commission and discussed the future of the clinic, which closed two weeks ago. Thompson said the clinic's board is "exploring options in regards to the building in order to look at the possibility of running a medical clinic out of that building in one form or another." "I cannot give you a definitive timeline, but I can tell you that I would think within the next 30 days they're going to have an idea as to which direction they need to take,” Thompson said.

Holiday services, events scheduled

The following is a list of Easter services and events slated for Moffat County:

Rockies, Astros open their seasons Friday

The Houston Astros begin the Jim Crane era on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies, fielding a team filled with young players looking to bounce back from a season that was the franchise's worst. The sale of the team from Drayton McLane to Crane was completed in November. Crane immediately began looking for ways to improve the Astros in their last year as a member of the National League — also the 50th anniversary of the franchise. A condition of the sale requires a move to the AL West in 2013. Crane insists that the team, which went 56-106 last season, will be better in 2012.

Quicksilver 'motivated' by Moffat County prospects

The Niobrara Formation has long been a resource of interest for some of the country’s largest oil and natural gas producers. After years of research and land plays, companies like Shell, Axia Energy and Gulfport began exploratory operations in Moffat County last spring to determine whether the Niobrara could be the site of the next major domestic oil and natural gas boom. Quicksilver Resources, a company based in Fort Worth, Texas, also staked its claim in the region, and on Tuesday Danny Mondragon, Colorado project manager for Quicksilver, laid out for the Moffat County Commission one of the most ambitious exploration plans to date.

Students allowed to get belongings from school

Police said Thursday they were investigating the possibility that a gunman who killed seven people at a tiny private Christian college had multiple targets that he intended to kill in his rampage. A day earlier, police said the apparent target had been the director of the nursing program at Oikos University. However, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said late Wednesday that the gunman had been seeking another female administrator, not the nursing director. Officer Johnna Watson, a police spokeswoman, would not identify the other administrator but said she no longer works at the school. She did not clarify whether the nursing director could be among the group.

Briefs for April 6: Black Mountain Theatre rehearsals

Rehearsals for “Taming the Wilderness, or A Tale of Two Towns,” a play written by Craig resident David Morris, begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. Members of the public are welcome to audition. Attendees should use the school’s north entrance. For more information, call Randy Looper at 826-4444.

Mapping glitch blamed for no Colo. fire warnings

Software that failed to recognize a community name and a discrepancy between coordinates on Google maps and a mapping system are being blamed for the failure to alert some residents to a deadly Colorado wildfire. A document released Thursday by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office indicates mapping software used by FirstCall Network Inc. didn't recognize where to map homes listed as being in Morrison. Those homes were placed in an "unknown" category and received no warnings about the fire. They included the home of Ann Appel, who is believed to have died in the blaze. Appel was one of the first residents to call 911 to report smoke over her house and was told it was a small, 5 acre fire.

Janet Sheridan: In honor of National Library Week, April 8 - 14

I zipped my coat, wound tight a ticklish scarf, exited a low-slung building filled with pondered words, and entered a day whipped white by frosted wind. I carried riches with me and moved with care, shuffling at times like the elderly ladies who used to amuse me, as I watched them inch their rubber overshoes along sidewalks patched with ice.

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Moffat County Fuller Center aims at finishing first Craig project

On Tuesday, Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, set out to continue demolition work on the nonprofit organization’s first local home project. He was at the site again Wednesday, but little was accomplished as a corps of volunteers failed to show up. “We’ve got a lot of interest from people, like contractors and painters, excited to begin the new construction, but no one wants to work on the old,” Folks said. “It’s a little more difficult to rally volunteers for the demolition.”

Craig minors arrested Wednesday night for destruction of mailboxes

It was like a scene out of the movie “Stand by Me” Craig Police Department officers said Thursday when describing random acts of vandalism that occurred late Wednesday night. According to preliminary investigative reports, three local juveniles — two females and one male — were arrested Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the destruction of at least 29 residential mailboxes. Sgt. John Forgay said the three suspects, equipped with a “couple of baseball bats” and an undisclosed automobile, drove through the Woodbury Park, Pine Ridge and Ridgeview neighborhoods swinging at mailboxes.

Neil Folks: What about the other 80 percent?

Years ago, and I won’t tell on my age, we were taught 80 percent of communication between people on a personal and professional basis was non-verbal. That means most of our relationships are built on something non-verbal. Imagine that. Something occurs in the space between two people that’s not always transmitted, frequently referred to as vibes, at the unconscious level. I’m starting to note a huge gap occurring between us where sensations or vibes are not flowing.