News for Friday, April 27, 2012

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On the Record for Friday, April 27, 2012

On the Record for Friday, April 27, 2012

U.S. Attorney spokesman: No apology forthcoming for Craig doctor

Drug Enforcement Administration agents were part of a search warrant executed Tuesday at Dr. Joel Miller's High Country Medical Office at 535 Yampa Ave. Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Colorado, confirmed Friday the DEA's participation in the search at Miller's office during which authorities seized an undisclosed number of patient records. Dorschner could not comment on whether local law enforcement agencies participated in the search. However, he had a rebuttal for one of Miller's comments.

Benefit concert for Hayden pastor

A benefit concert featuring musician Barry “The Bear” Ward will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Hayden High School auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson Ave., in Hayden. The event is free but donations will be accepted at the door. roceeds help fund a kidney transplant for Doug Zirkle, pastor of Mission of Grace Church in Hayden. For more information, call Don Hayes at 846-9233 or Kevin Kleckler at 276-3079.

Ex-Edwards aide: Donors' cash went into NC house

John Edwards' former aide acknowledged Thursday that much of nearly $1 million in campaign supporters' cash went to build his North Carolina dream house, not to buy the silence of the presidential candidate's pregnant mistress. Andrew Young testified for a fourth straight day at Edwards' campaign finance fraud trial, peppered with questions from Edwards attorney Abbe Lowell about the money from two donors that flowed into personal accounts controlled by Young and his wife. Young has said he took secret payments from wealthy donors at Edwards' direction to help conceal the presidential contender's affair with Rielle Hunter and keep his 2008 presidential campaign viable. Young said the checks secretly provided by a then-96-year-old heiress were mixed with the couple's other house funds, much of which went into renovations and construction of their $1.5 million hilltop house on 10 acres near Chapel Hill, N.C. Young suggested his wife, Cheri, would know more about where all the money went, saying she "is the one who handles the finances in our family."

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‘For the community’: Stephanie Jeffcoat returns for second stint on Hamilton Community Center Board

Volunteering has always been an important part of life for Hamilton resident Stephanie Jeffcoat. “I don’t really know why I do it,” Jeffcoat said. “I just like to be involved, I like to interact with people, and I like to serve my community.” In January, Jeffcoat, 38, was appointed by the Moffat County Commission to the four-member Hamilton Community Center Board.

Janet Sheridan: Dancing the maypole

Francis Perrin, a teacher who suffered from dishevelment, stormed into my classroom spewing information and upset: ”Janet, you’ll never believe what they expect us to do now — a maypole dance!” Red-faced with alarm, she continued: “It’s because we’re first-year teachers, but I won’t do it. I’m no dancer.” “Goodness,” I thought, looking at my wild-eyed colleague.

Insurance changes coming to Moffat County School District

Rising insurance costs will soon hit home in the Moffat County School District. The Moffat County School Board entertained a recommendation at its workshop Thursday that would spread the impact of increased insurance rates to employees throughout the district. Dipping into the general fund to offset insurance costs was off the table, Finance Director Mark Rydberg told the board and about 40 teachers and school district staff in attendance. “We did not want to have general fund added expense due to the budget constraints,” he said.

Broncos trade out of first round of NFL draft

As the draft droned on and the Denver Broncos slid down the board, John Elway's cellphone buzzed yet again. No, it wasn't another general manager calling to pitch another trade. It was a buddy offering advice via text. "Need to pick, can't have another drink." The Broncos, though, traded out of the first round entirely Thursday night, sending the draft partyers home disappointed.

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'Service Above Self': Colleagues: Renee Campbell a credit to organizations she serves

Renee Campbell, a Hillsdale, Mich., native, said she hadn't spent a minute of her life volunteering to nonprofit agencies before 2006. Then she moved to Craig. Geography made all the difference, she said. "Before I moved to Craig, I had never been involved with the community (I lived in)," said Campbell, director of sales and marketing at the Holiday Inn of Craig. "Now I really enjoy it. I like getting to know people, getting involved in the community. It's just been something I've grown to love."

Moffat County Commission approves Colowyo severance tax deduction

During a special meeting Wednesday, the Moffat County Commission approved a request that could have short and long-term financial ramifications. Chris McCourt, Kurtis Blunt and Tonia Folks, of Colowyo Coal Company in Craig, initiated the meeting hoping to get the commission to sign off on a 4.5-percent reduction on the company’s severance taxes. As a general rule, mining companies pay a 12.5-percent royalty rate on revenue earned from coal sales. The money first goes to the federal government, which collects its 51-percent share, commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Letter: Thanks to the citizens of Moffat County, 13-3 project a successful first step

Friends of Moffat County Education’s inaugural 13-3 book drive was a resounding success. The purpose of the 13-3 book drive was simple, provide children books to read over the summer. In three short weeks, the Craig community banded together to donate books and funds necessary to amass 13,000 books for students ages 4 through 12. These books will be distributed to students during the next month. Friends of Moffat County Education would like to thank the individuals and businesses that donated books and money to support the 13-3 project. FMCE is overwhelmed by the generosity demonstrated by this community and individuals outside of this community. While space does not permit FMCE to list all individuals and businesses that donated to the drive, there are specific individuals, businesses, and organizations that need recognition for helping make the dream of the 13-3 project a reality. Thank you to the Sagebrush Reading Council for promoting the book drive. Your promotion of the importance of literacy generated generous contributions from the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club. Thank you to the Craig Daily Press and KRAI for allowing FMCE to promote the 13-3 project in print and over the airwaves. FMCE also thanks Safeway for allowing us to use its parking lot for the 13-3 project finale. Finally, thanks to Identity Graphics for working late hours to create the book tub stickers and signs for the book drive finale.

Wyoming concerned over Colo. oil well pollution

Wyoming water quality officials said Thursday that they were unaware that a troublesome oil facility in northern Colorado has been dumping up to 400,000 gallons a day of treated wastewater from well drilling that flows into the North Platte River. Wyoming water quality director John Wagner said he did not know that Lone Pine Gas had a Colorado water permit to do so and that some of the water had been contaminated with excess levels of iron and copper. Colorado water quality control manager Scott Klarich said the company has violated water quality standards a number of times since it was issued an administrative order by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2007. Klarich said the company exceeded copper levels by nearly 100 percent last September and iron levels by nearly 150 percent last November. Wagner said some of that wastewater would reach the river in Wyoming, but the water quality violations came as a surprise.