News for Saturday, April 28, 2012

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A mammoth discovery: Scientist: Prehistoric remains discovered in Craig

Dr. Jan J. Roth, of the Sundance Research Institute, said he's about to embark on a project that has renewed his passion for archaeology and paleontology — the discovery of what he believes are the remains of a Columbian Mammoth inside city limits. He announced the discovery during a Craig City Council meeting earlier this month. “I haven’t been this excited for a long, long time,” Roth told council members. “It’s a very unique opportunity for the City of Craig to have a mammoth site.” The Columbian Mammoth, a slightly larger cousin of the Woolly Mammoth, roamed from Alaska to South America beginning one million years ago, Roth said.

Briefs for April 28: Medicare counseling in Craig

Medicare consultations take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 106 of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Drive. Betsy Packer, with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, is available the first and third Tuesdays of every month to offer one-on-one help to residents with Medicare and their families. The consultations are free and confidential, and they are open to residents who receive Medicare, which is for people 65 and older, or who will be receiving Medicare services in the near future. For more information, call Packer at 819-6937 or call 1-888-696-7213.

Diane Prather: Weigh-In and Tag Day upcoming for market swine, lambs and goats

Animals in 4-H and FFA market beef were weighed-in and tagged earlier this year. So now it’s time for Weigh-in and Tag Day for the other market animals. On Wednesday, market sheep and market goats will be weighed and tagged from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and market swine will have their Weigh-In and Tag Day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. To show or sell a market animal at the Moffat County Fair, all 4-H/FFA members enrolled in market sheep, goat, and/or swine projects are required to have their animals weighed and tagged on the designated days.

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National aspirations: MCHS students earn spots in national speech and debate championships

Four Moffat County High School Speech and Debate team members are preparing to test their skills against other top high school debaters in the nation. Seniors Cullen Dilldine and Ryan Zehner, along with juniors Matt Balderston and Ben East, secured their spots in April for a national championship scheduled for June in Indianapolis. In doing so, they beat out debate teams from larger schools in the state, including those in Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley. The victory was especially sweet for Zehner, who is the first student in MCHS history to qualify for nationals in three events, he said.

Moffat County Youth Track meet set for May 14

At most track and field events, you won’t find a high jump bar that bounces up and down, nor will you find hurdles that could be used for a croquet game. And if you drop the sphere usually used in the shot put, you could hobble home with a broken toe. But, the smaller, lighter versions of these items help the future track athletes of tomorrow get a jump start on the sport. More than 140 boys and girls have turned out the last couple weeks for the Moffat County Youth Track program at the Moffat County High School track. Starting April 16, children from kindergarten through sixth-grade have had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of track and field events such as the hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and running relays in a clinic run by adults and MCHS athletes with experience in the sport. Organizer Michele Chalmers said the plan was to expand the program from the Little Feet Fun Meet hosted in 2010 and 2011. Instead of spending only one day running, jumping and throwing, kids spend eight practices mastering each event before the actual meet, which is May 14.

Sports Briefs for April 28: Sea Sharks to host registration Thursday

Registration for the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team’s summer program will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Open to ages 5 to 18, team swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool without stopping, touching the sides or receiving assistance from anyone. Participants must also have a sense of commitment.

Authorities: Bunker of Wash. fugitive surrounded

Authorities on Friday surrounded an elaborate, underground bunker believed to be that of a gun-toting survivalist suspected of killing his wife and daughter nearly a week ago and then holing up in the woods of Washington state. They pumped tear gas into the structure in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle and heard movement inside, but the dozens of officers were not entering the bunker because they believed its occupant was heavily armed, and that it might be booby-trapped. Sheriff's officials said later Friday they weren't sure the gas penetrated deep enough to reach the person inside, who they believed was 41-year-old Peter Keller. They also believed the person inside likely has a gas mask. As darkness fell Friday night, Seattle SWAT team officers arrived to relieve a King County SWAT contingent that had surrounded the bunker.

Ski goggle pioneer Bob Smith dies at 78

Robert Earl "Bob" Smith, an orthodontist whose passion for skiing deep powder snow helped turn him into a goggle and sunglasses pioneer, has died of complications related to heart surgery. Smith's family confirmed his April 18 death in California. He was 78. Born in San Carlos, Calif., Smith went on to graduate from Stanford University and the San Francisco College of Dentistry. Smith served as a dentist in the U.S. Army in Germany in the late 1950s. While there, he traveled to Kitzbuehel ski area every weekend, stoking his passion for the sport.

Meeker robbery suspect arraigned Friday

The case involving a 21-year-old Louisiana man suspected of robbing a bank in Meeker is scheduled to continue next month in Rio Blanco District Court. Jock Waylon Thacker faces one count each of robbery and theft of $1,000 to $20,000. Both are Class 4 felonies. Thacker was arraigned Friday morning in Rio Blanco District Court, where a status conference was set for 10 a.m. May 11. He has yet to enter a plea to the charges.

Replacement equipment for TMH Medical Clinic about $10,000 under budget

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is on track to receive a new X-ray machine. “The process has already started,” said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence. TMH officials updated the hospital board on new equipment at its regular meeting Thursday. The hospital approved the purchase, along with other items on a capital budget, in November 2011.

Osweiler taken by Broncos in 2nd round

The Denver Broncos may have just found the eventual heir apparent to Peyton Manning. And his insurance policy, too. The Broncos selected Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler with their second pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. Given that Manning's coming off neck surgery, the raw but talented Osweiler is just one snap away from possibly leading this team as a rookie. "I'll be ready to roll," he nonchalantly said in a conference call after being taken with the 57th overall pick. "Regardless of whatever the situation is this year, I'll be ready when my name gets called."

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MCHS delivers a strong showing against top area track teams at Bulldog Stadium

Moffat County High School runners, throwers and jumpers enjoyed strong performances despite tough conditions at the Clint Wells Invitational Friday. Hosting a field of 12 teams at the meet, the MCHS boys track team placed fourth with 83 points while the girls finished ninth, scoring 32. The Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls won both team competitions. The meet was highlighted by strong individual and team performances from MCHS. Junior Eryn Leonard led from the gun to the finish line in winning the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:54.6. Leonard also placed fifth in the girls 800 meter run, just ahead of Bulldogs senior Ane Naerby. “It feels nice [to win at home],” Leonard said of the 1600. “I hit my 400 and 800 times, and from that point on it’s just a race; you just race to the finish.”

Editorial: Traffic, treatment, stalemate

It should be noted from the outset this opinion piece is a rarity for the editorial board — it’s one of the few topics on which the board, under numerous and varied lineups over the years, failed to reach a consensus. The editorial board is designed to include a diverse cross-section of people, or as diverse as we can make it, and any Craig or Moffat County resident is eligible to participate. Given this random sampling of different occupations and backgrounds, the board can be viewed as a metric of popular opinion — not a scientific one, certainly, but one whose stance on a subject is generally in the ballpark of the majority’s belief. This is perhaps why we failed, and it’s not surprising.

CMS students weigh in on city government

Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders recently entered an essay competition that emphasized local government. Their prompt was to respond to a complaint the city does nothing for residents. The top three essays in each grade were entered in a state competition. The two first-place essays are included below.

Over a Cup: Try this festive 'Fiesta Tamale Pie'

This past week I went through the cards in my metal recipe file. I was looking for a Mexican casserole that calls for green chilies, since I had some leftover chilies in the refrigerator. Anyway, it had been awhile since I looked through the file, and I found a good recipe that I haven’t used in awhile. (It doesn’t have green chilies in it, though.) To make “Fiesta Tamale Pie," you'll need: