On the Record for Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Although patients at The Memorial Hospital in Craig may not know Anna Rippy personally, they’re likely to recognize the organization she’s volunteered with for about a decade. Members of The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers, informally known as “Pink Ladies,” are familiar faces at the hospital. They greet patients and their families at the concierge desk, staff the gift shop and offer refreshments from a traveling cart that makes rounds twice a day at the hospital. Behind it all stands Rippy, a Craig native and Auxiliary Volunteers president.
Commissioners seek better air and water quality monitoring
Quicksilver Resources will have to wait until at least June 26 to get approval for a special use permit for an oil well near Milner.
Thousands of college students waited hours through intermittent rain and record-setting heat Tuesday to see President Barack Obama deliver his student-loan pitch at the University of Colorado at Boulder. But Democrats don't have to worry about the throngs who turned out to hear Obama pitch lower-cost student loans in Colorado and two other states he won in 2008 — Iowa and North Carolina. Instead, Democrats need to worry about voters like Alex Cutter, a 21-year-old junior from Colorado Springs. She voted for Obama last time, joining young voters nationwide who helped Obama carry former Republican bastions. Cutter's still a big fan of the president, but she couldn't attend his speech despite free tickets because she's working two part-time jobs to make ends meet and couldn't miss her shift at an off-campus coffee shop. Cutter says she could owe up to $15,000 in student loans after graduating.
If you polled Moffat County High School athletes about which opposing team is their most detested rival, most of them would say Steamboat Springs. For MCHS senior Kelly Ciesco, the answer is Delta, who she hoped to defeat in the final opportunity of her high school career. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team fell just short of that goal, losing, 4-2, to Delta Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex. The defeat dropped the Bulldogs to 2-10 overall, 1-8 in the Western Slope League.
Public reaction has been mixed to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board's plan to build a live fire training tower near The Memorial Hospital in Craig. To address public concerns about staging fires near the hospital, fire officials have embarked on a public campaign to discuss details of the structure and how the department plans to use the facility. On Tuesday night, those efforts continued as Craig City Council members were presented with details of the proposed live fire training tower, which is slated for construction this summer. Byron Willems, a city council member and president of the fire board, led Tuesday night’s discussion, which was well-attended by Craig residents.
A lawsuit challenging the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s approval of an implementation plan for House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, will be heard in Denver District Court. The state supreme court ruled Monday to uphold the rights of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to question the validity of an agreement between the PUC and the Public Service Company of Colorado following passage of the bill. PSC is a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, Inc., established in December 2010. “We are very pleased that the Colorado Supreme Court has today made clear the AGNC’s right to have its day in court,” said Mike Sampson, Garfield County Commissioner and AGNC chairman in a news release.
A workshop to help guide residents through obtaining a public art commission will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. The event covers where and how to find public art opportunities and how to write proposals, among other topics. Attendees also can bring their portfolios for review. The event includes information on how to get images on CAFÉ.
A monthly Craig Chamber of Commerce event will feature an artistic twist this week. Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St., will host a Chamber Ambassadors Business After-Hours Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the college’s new art collection, which represents work from artists in and around the region. Mixers are designed to offer a “networking opportunity for the business owners,” or in this case, “the college and the artists, as well as the people that come,” said Shannon Russell, Chamber ambassador liaison and membership director.
When Friends of Moffat County Education emerged last month, the nonprofit education support group had some fairly ambitious plans. Not only would the group focus on “targeted funding initiatives for projects that we think are worthwhile,” as board member Jeremy Browning said, but it also had its first project lined out: collect enough used books and monetary donations by April 13 to donate 13,000 books to local students in preschool through fifth grade — an endeavor dubbed the 13-3 Book Project. It appears members of the group aren’t just ambitious in planning — they're also ambitious in execution. This week, the group announced it had reached its goal, and that beginning next month local preschool through fifth-graders would each receive 10 free books to be distributed at respective schools throughout the Moffat County School District.
I spoke with a recent graduate a couple of weeks ago who is in college and working toward a degree. I asked him how things were going and the response was not surprising: “Coach, I had a rough first semester, but I got it together and am doing just fine now. But I sure miss high school.” I asked why, and he said, “You guys cared about us even though we didn’t always treat you right. You guys really helped us get stuff done so we could pass.” I described how little concern his college professors had for him getting to class on time or turning in assignments and he exclaimed, “Right, Coach, they just lecture and we get our stuff done or we fail. They don’t even care if you show up to class.”
A number of organizations in Craig worked hard to make Earth Day a reality in Moffat County. Litter clean up was countywide, and large numbers of people pitched in to help. I want to quickly thank members of the Friends of Northwest Colorado for the work they did cleaning up several miles of 318 out near the entrance to Irish Canyon. I also want to thank the Colorado Department of Transportation for providing the support necessary to make this activity a success.
I believe our firefighters need the best training possible and the best training station possible. It is a very dangerous avocation. I also believe there are better locations for such a station than by our new hospital.
As a parent and grandparent in Moffat County, I have been to numerous schools in our district. I have worked at them, volunteered at them, and pick up my children and/or grandchildren daily. I receive the dress code requirements for our schools, and really have no problem with them. But, it has come to my attention as the weather has gotten warmer that some people are wearing summer dresses with spaghetti straps, mini-skirts, and tank tops that show an awful lot of cleavage. The people wearing these things were not school children.
A man who shot and killed a woman at a Colorado church before he was killed by an off-duty police officer had been released early from an Oklahoma prison after serving time for assaulting two officers, authorities said Tuesday. Aurora police identified the suspect as Kiarron Parker, 29, of Denver. His lawyer said Parker was convicted in 2009 in Oklahoma for assaulting two police officers and for burglary, but he also had a crime record in Colorado. Before the Colorado shooting Sunday, Parker had been parked somewhere with a friend when he became agitated, hopped in his vehicle and drove off, leaving the friend behind, Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania said Tuesday. Parker sped into the parking lot of New Destiny Center church in Aurora, crashed into a car, then fired at people who came to his aid. The shooting killed Josephine Echols, the mother of a pastor at the church, police said. Echols' nephew Antonio Milow, an off-duty Denver police officer who was attending a church service, then shot and killed Parker, authorities said.
Jennifer Hudson shut her eyes tight Tuesday, holding still on a spectators' bench, as a police officer at the trial of the man accused of killing three members of the Oscar winner's family described coming across bloodied bodies at the Chicago home where Hudson grew up. Before prosecutors projected dozens of photographs of her mother sprawled on a living room floor in a blood-soaked, white nightgown and her brother shot through the head on his bed, the 30-year-old singer and actress left the room to avoid having to watch the disturbing images. On the second day of testimony — a day after Hudson herself offered tearful testimony from the witness stand — prosecutors shifted the spotlight to the crime-scene evidence in the case against her former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Balfour was estranged from his wife, Hudson's sister, at the time of the killings. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. He sat with his eyes fixed on the murder-scene photographs on a screen, but he didn't wince or show other signs of emotion.
In response to Mr. Williams' letter about how liberal views are being shoved down our throats, all I have to say is, really? Do you think the people of Moffat County are influenced by liberal views? Do you think the general population of the U.S. is influenced more by liberal views than conservative views? Are you afraid liberal views will influence the people of America to the extent that conservative views will become irrelevant? How do you know liberal ideology is wrong and conservative ideology is correct? How do you know liberal news and talk shows always spread lies? Do you think conservative news and talk shows always tell the truth?