News for Monday, April 30, 2012



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Former school board president hones in on HD 57 seat

After serving eight years on the Moffat County School Board, Jo Ann Baxter intended to step out of the spotlight. The former school board president, who was term-limited, started writing her memoirs and contemplated drafting a collection of poetry for her grandchildren after she stepped off the board last year, she said. But life had other plans. Instead of devoting her time to writing, Baxter is exploring new realms of the Internet as she gears up her campaign for a new career in public life. “I tweeted for the first time this week,” she said, laughing. Instead of reflecting on past milestones, she’s looking toward a new chapter that could entail a position in the state legislature. Baxter announced her candidacy for the House District 57 seat April 19, following urgings from friends and colleagues who encouraged her to run for the office.

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Parks and Wildlife puts down bear sighted in Craig

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers euthanized an adult male black bear Sunday in Craig after attempts to tranquilize the animal failed, an agency spokesman said. “Our officers did not put this bear down for any other reason other than the fact that it was a tagged nuisance bear and it did not look like it was in any hurry to leave the city,” said Mike Porras, public information officer for Parks and Wildlife’s northwest region. The bear was reported Sunday morning to the Moffat County Public Safety Center, where the call was forwarded to Parks and Wildlife. The caller reported the animal was in the yard of a home near the intersection of Third Street and Mack Lane, Porras said.

On the Record for Monday, April 30, 2012

On the Record for Monday, April 30, 2012

Senior Spotlight for April 30: Do away with bad television

I don't watch television in the mornings. In the evenings, I turn it on to game shows. Jeopardy is one of my favorites. I can actually answer some of the subjects. I listen to the news, weather reports, etc. But, we need to, in my way of thinking, do away with horror movies, the Simpsons, etc. We need to concentrate more on soil conservation and less on soiled conversations. To me, television is becoming a thing of things that should be put somewhere where it is less splashed all over. No wonder children use bad words, are disrespectful, etc.

Letter: City and VFW need to come to an agreement

The inability of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the City of Craig to come to an agreement seems to defy common sense on both sides. The land in question is worth more than the appraised value of $25,000. The city doesn't want to pay a huge sum, but the VFW doesn't want to be paid less than it is worth. The solution could be that the city, Moffat County and the VFW work together to build a memorial for Medal of Honor recipient Major William Adams with a place for the names of every veteran from Moffat County who has served our country.

Letter: Sandhill Cranes should be protected, not hunted

Sandhill Cranes are among the most spectacular birds on earth, and one of the oldest living species of birds. In the Yampa Valley, how many of us have enjoyed listening to their remarkable call or watching their soaring flight on a beautiful spring day? Because the cranes are so special to our area, I am deeply disturbed to learn there is a proposal before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to allow a Sandhill Crane hunting season in Moffat and Routt counties. While I am in no way anti-hunting, I adamantly oppose the hunting of Sandhill Cranes.

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Local landscapers prep for spring clients

With the weather of the warmer months finally turning out, it’s time to improve the visual appeal of the outdoors. The landscaping businesses of Northwest Colorado are getting ready for the rush of people looking to spruce up their homes and businesses. The staff of Bears Ears Landscapes, 1815 Moffat County Road 183, recently brought in its big shipment of flowers, trees and other plants for customers craving something new and colorful. “It’s definitely our busy time of year now that winter’s over,” owner Suzanne Meyer said.

5th tornado confirmed in destructive Colo. storm

Meteorologists have confirmed that a fifth tornado was involved in a weather pattern that destroyed at least seven homes and a hog farm in the southeastern Colorado plains. The National Weather Service in Pueblo says the latest confirmed tornado struck sometime after 2 a.m. Friday in Bent County, destroying a house and crushing a metal barn. Meteorologist Tom Magnuson tells The Denver Post ( ) the 300-yard-wide tornado with wind speeds of up to 135 mph struck the far northeast corner of the county. Four other tornadoes spawned by the same storm destroyed homes in Prowers and Kiowa counties. At least four people were injured, but none seriously.

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‘Go out of the box’: Five minutes with Renata Beason, 39, owner of The Embroidery Shoppe

Where is your hometown? “I came from Poland in 1991. I’m from Gdansk, which is a shipyard place. That’s where I grew up, and then I visited my cousin in Canada and I wanted to explore.” When did you move to town? “I lived in Steamboat first and then I moved to Craig in 1999, and I’ve been here since then.” Motto or outlook on life? “My outlook is I think I’m at the point in life where I’d like to be. I don’t mind challenging myself, and I want to be able to help people when I can.”

Bulldog Sports for April 30

Moffat County High School sports schedule for the week of April 30, 2012.

Craig bowler notches perfect game

For some, perfection comes easier than others. That was the case Wednesday for Craig resident Richard Arquette, who bowled his first 300 game after bowling for four years. Arquette lit up Thunder Rolls Bowling Center for 12 straight strikes. Even he was surprised by the feat.

SUV plunges into NYC's Bronx Zoo grounds; 7 killed

An out-of-control SUV barreled across several lanes of traffic on a highway overpass Sunday, then plunged more than 50 feet off the side of the road and landed in a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, killing all seven people aboard, including three children, authorities said. The 2004 Honda Pilot apparently flipped over a 4-foot-high iron fence before landing upside-down on the property of the nation's largest city zoo. The cause of the crash was unclear, and police haven't yet said how fast the SUV was traveling. A city official said the guardrail's height would be one of the safety issues investigated. Police identified the dead adults as Jacob Nunez, 85, and Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both from the Dominican Republic, and their daughters, Maria Gonzalez, 45, and Maria Nunez, 39, and three grandchildren. Police say Gonzalez was driving. The children were identified as Jocelyn

Sports Briefs for April 30: Meeker to host Bob Tucker Memorial Golf Tournament

Registration is open for the fifth annual Bob Tucker Golf Tournament at Meeker Golf Course, 903 Moffat County Road 13. Proceeds from the event, which takes place May 19, will go toward the Coach Bob Tucker Scholarship fund, given to a student athlete who demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity and character. The cost is $80 per participant for the four-person scramble and includes greens fees, a cart, lunch and the chance to win prizes given out to men and women for the longest drive and closest to the pin. A “lunch only” option is $15 and requires a separate RSVP.

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TMH recognized as prime health care employer

The Memorial Hospital in Craig was recently recognized as one of the best places to work in health care, according to a leading hospital publication. Becker’s Hospital Review, published nine times a year with a circulation of about 18,500, provides business and legal news and analysis geared toward high-level officials in the health care industry. The publication's “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” is published annually and recognizes healthcare institutions around the country that demonstrate excellence in providing robust benefits, wellness initiatives, professional development opportunities and workplace atmosphere. For the first time ever, TMH made the annual list.

Shell officials talk roads in Hamilton

Officials with Shell Oil Company visited the Yampa Valley on Thursday to discuss road projects with Hamilton residents. More than 70 locals attended the meeting at the Hamilton Community Center. “I’ve been to every community meeting we’ve had and this one was by far the best,” said Tommie Criddle, of Shell’s logistics group. “They asked a lot of good questions and seem to be on board with what we are trying to do here.”

Briefs for April 30: CCA hosts concert Tuesday

The Craig Concert Association will present “Richie Lee & The Fabulous ’50s” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The event is free with an association membership. Non-members pay $20 at the door. “Dubbed a teenage sensation, Richie has made a name for himself performing at ’50s style dances and clubs,” the concert association reported in a news release. “Although Richie is the leading Buddy Holly tribute act in the country, he also pays tribute to Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, and Eddie Cochran.” Memberships also will be on sale at the concert.

Peyton Manning grateful for Rockies' hospitality

Peyton Manning felt right at home with Todd Helton and the Colorado Rockies. Manning dropped by Coors Field on Sunday morning to visit his pal before the Rockies played the New York Mets. Manning and Helton were quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee in the mid-1990s. Manning recently signed with the Denver Broncos to become their new QB. When Manning was going through his rehabilitation from neck surgery during the NFL lockout, Helton helped arrange for him to use the Rockies' facilities to work out.