Stories for August 2012

Subscribe

Friday, August 31

Sports Briefs: CNCC hosting girls softball clinic today

The Colorado Northwestern Community College softball team from Rangely will be hosting a fast-pitch softball clinic next weekend. Any girls ages 8-18 interested in playing softball or learning about the game can sign up for $30. The clinic will start at 10 a.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane, and last an undetermined amount of time, depending on the number of participants. It will teach all basic softball skills, such as hitting, fielding and running. More advanced softball players will have the opportunity to receive more advanced direction as well. There will also be a “closest to the pin” contest, in which participants throw from the outfield and attempt to land their ball closest to home plate. Each ball will cost $5, and proceeds will go to the softball program. For more information, contact Jason Marshall at 824-2594.

Tease photo

School routes, safe routes

City wins grant for sidewalks near CMS, Sandrock Elementary

It’s not uncommon to see school children walking in the street or along Colorado Highway 13 during their daily commute to Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary. But those days are officially numbered. On Tuesday Craig City Manager Jim Ferree announced to the Craig City Council its Safe Routes to School grant application had been accepted. Safe Routes to School provides federal money for improvement projects in and around schools. The 100 percent reimbursable grant is funneled through the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Moffat County School District wrote the grant, Ferree said, but it was submitted by the city because only political subdivisions of the state — cities and counties — are eligible to apply.

Tease photo

Craig pregnancy center continues services in wake of 2007 fire

Director set sights on new building

It’s been almost five years since an arsonist lit the Country Mall fire and completely destroyed a building that housed 12 offices. And like many of the organizations that lost everything that chilly November night in 2007, the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center found a way to persevere. “There was such a generous outpouring from the community,” said director Katie Grobe. “We also received a lot of donations from other pregnancy centers throughout the state and from Gerber, which helped us to maintain services.” Grobe is entering her third year as the director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, which has been housed in the Faith Lutheran Church annex building at 580 Green St. since the Country Mall fire.

Tease photo

Hayden football rolls to easy 8-man victory

Hayden had little trouble winning Friday night, using big plays to blow by Belleview Christian and start off with a 1-0 record. The road gets a lot more difficult next week when the Tigers are set to play the No. 1 team in the state.

Briefs for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012: Labor meeting set for Thursday

Mark Kochman and the Colorado Department of Labor will present “Wage and Hour Law” at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 175 of Colorado Northwest Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. Topics include Colorado minimum wage; tipped employees, overtime and breaks; wage and employment laws; and Colorado youth laws. For More information or to RSVP, call 970-824-3246 The RSVP deadline is Monday.

Prather's Picks: Staking Her Claim — Women Homesteading the West

Most of us recognize the word “homesteader.” After all, characters in western movies and novels are often homesteaders. Some of us even have grandparents and great grandparents who were homesteaders. But did you know that some of the homesteaders were single women? That’s what “Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West” is all about. This nonfiction book was written by Marcia Meredith Hensley who did years of research about single women homesteaders.

Al Cashion: Rulz is for Fulz

A Brief History of Rules This week I had the occasion to pick up “Robert’s Rules of Order”. I quickly had occasion to put it down. My ADHD meds are neither magic nor miraculous. It is by far the most mind numbing assemblage of verbiage ever published. Detailed beyond comprehension, methodical and methodically void of anything to pique the imagination or stir the emotion, it is the manual of manuals.

Editorial: School safety

Our View: With the start of a new school year, residents need to pay attention while driving. While the presence of school children walking to and from school is an uplifting sight, it also means a huge increase in pedestrian traffic around town.

Kip Hafey: One Heart Project

One Heart is the amazing story of the 2008 football players and coaches from Gainesville State School and Grapevine Faith in Texas - two groups from diverse backgrounds whose paths cross to create life-changing hope and inspiration for both teams. Two Teams. Two Cultures. One Heart. Reminiscent of The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and Chariots of Fire, One Heart is a moving story that transcends sports, touches the heart and shows how a simple act of compassion creates a powerful and lasting impact. One Heart demonstrates the power of unconditional love to transform lives. Today, the Moffat County Bulldogs football team begins its regular season schedule by hosting the Ridge View Academy Rams.

Over A Cup: Zucchini Raisin Cookies — Another use for the gourd

Remember the zucchini brownie/bar cookie recipes that were printed in this column on Aug. 11? I had several inquiries about the recipes. Then Donna Deakins of Craig made the “Zucchini Brownies” from the column. She brought me a brownie, too. It was delicious. At the time I wrote the column, I wondered about the olive oil ingredient for this recipe. Although olive oil is good for us, I don’t particularly like its taste. However, I could not detect any olive oil in Donna’s brownie. In case you missed this recipe or it’s confusing which recipe is which, here is the “Zucchini Brownies” recipe one more time.

Letter: Lifelong learning

To the editor: As all of the kids, from kindergarten to college, are back in school, so are some of the Senior citizens! We are so fortunate here in Moffat County to have CNCC available to us. The college has a senior advocate in Ms. Mary Morris, who cheerleads for us in getting classes that interest our age group. Classes in computers-all levels from very beginning to super advanced, memoirs writing, sewing, all sorts of classes, are available at free or reduced costs. And she plans wonderful “senior” trips for us so we can take our learning on the road.

Government Update for Sept. 1, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Local Fuel Gauge for Sept. 1, 2012

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon in the Yampa Valley

Tease photo

Moffat County football taking on Ridge View Academy in season-opener

To open its season, the Moffat County High School football team will be playing against a team with contrasting style. The Bulldog’s switch to a spread offense this season is well known by now. Their opponents today will run an offense that looks similar to what MCHS has done in the past. Head coach Kip Hafey said Ridge View Academy, a school from Watkins, runs a power offense which will feature a great deal of running from the I-formation. “They run a lot of I-backfield and they run a lot of old-school, smash-mouth football so they’re gonna come at you,” Hafey said. “They’ve got some big linemen so we’re going to have to use fundamentals to establish the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively in the trenches.”

Rig Count for Sept. 1, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

On the Record for Friday, Aug. 31

On the Record for Friday, Aug. 31

Tease photo

Starting anew

Volleyball looking to rebound from difficult 2011 campaign

A new approach and new league could signal a turnaround season for the Moffat County High School volleyball team. Head coach Sandy Camilletti has tried a new method for getting her players prepared for the season over the summer, and players say they are seeing results. The different program, which has focused on a slow, concentrated buildup of basic skills, is Camilletti’s attempt to have the important, smaller parts of volleyball become second nature to her players. “I’m starting out slower and really making sure we’ve got it,” Camilletti said. “Last year we set out to have this whole perfect practice thing, but I’m not sure we followed through on it. So in this drill (at practice), I don’t care if they’re hitting the ball, I just want their feet to be right.

Tease photo

Spreading the wealth

New offensive, defensive schemes give Bulldogs new look in 2012

Coming off a disappointing season in 2011, it was time for the Moffat County High School football team to make a change. Head Coach Kip Hafey knew it wouldn’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as one of the smallest schools in the 3A classification for football. So Hafey and assistant Lance Scranton decided to overhaul the team’s offensive and defensive approaches to the game, and go with a more modern, mobile style. The result is a spread offense instead of power formations, and going with a more aggressive style on defense.

Tease photo

Off and Running

Questions abound for boys team; girls return experienced group

It’s time to start building that base. The boys and girls cross country teams at Moffat County High School have been running most of the summer, building up stamina for the fall season. Starting Aug. 31, runners will show their preparation has paid off, or be exposed in the early portion of the season for not being in great shape. In 2012, the two cross country teams at MCHS figure to look different from last year.

Tease photo

Kicking it up a notch

Boys soccer team ready to roll

A grueling session of summer conditioning and skill work has the Moffat County High School boys soccer team primed for a big season. The team, which begins its season by traveling to Coal Ridge High School Sept. 4, has several contributing graduates to replace from last year’s team, but that’s a process head coach Rusty Cox has grown accustomed to. “We had six seniors last year, but every year we have to replace a bunch,” Cox said. “In our program we don’t have a whole lot of players. So every year when we lose people, it’s a lot.” The boys team had a middling year in 2011, going 6-7-2 in the Western Slope League, but showed off its talent in certain games, including a 3-3 tie against Steamboat Springs High School, which went 13-3-1 last year.

Tease photo

Rebuilding their swing

Replacing a large group of seniors is a tall task for a high school team in any sport, but the Moffat County High School boys golf team is replacing its coach as well. Ken Harjes called it quits last year after 31 years at the helm of the Bulldogs varsity golf team. Replacing him this year is his former assistant Casey Kilpatrick, also a teacher at MCHS. Kilpatrick mostly worked with the underclassmen and inexperienced golfers on the team in the past, but will take over and deal with everyone in 2012. In addition to replacing Harjes, the Bulldogs lost four seniors from last year’s team, including Parker King, who accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Northern Colorado golf team last year. “We lost a very talented senior group last year,” Kilpatrick said. “We had some really great golfers. Right now we have a very young team.”

Letter: Thank you to police chief for response

To the editor: I recently submitted a letter to the editor in which I commented on the lack of attention of a Craig Police officer to a theft. At the same time as writing that letter, I also posted an email to Chief of Police Walt Vanatta expressing much the same opinion. It was within a day that I had a response and the report that had not been completed was available.

Letter: Casino a moral issue for community

To the editor: The casino question is one of the most critical issues that has faced our city in a long time. Since there are many church people in Craig from many denominations, which honor the Bible as God's message to us and would appreciate knowing what he has to say about it, I did a bit of study and came up with some verses that have a direct bearing on how we should vote:

Trinity Nicks: The 25 shades of Craig

If you haven't been among the millions of readers who put the "Fifty Shades of Gray" on the best sellers list, then the coming fall may be your time to snuggle up under a blanket and get a little "HOT". I am not only prescribing this read for women, but also for all you men out there. Now I know you men casually familiair with Fifty Shades are rolling your eyes and thinking I am crazy, but I am not, I assure you. I have been married for a long time and I know how easily couples can slip into a monotonous routine — how you would do almost anything to spark some of that passion and fire from when your relationship was fresh, exciting and new.

Bryce Jacobson: Your elected officials have spoken

They have said things such as, ‘sometimes you have to do what’s right,’ ‘if there is a conflict of interest – so be it,’ ‘there are citizens against virtually everything.’ They also have said, ‘we know the taxpayer said no in 2002, but this is different, we know we said we wouldn’t do this in 2006, but we have been fiscally responsible.’ I have also heard elected officials lament on many occasions in the past to the fact that taxpayers don’t attend their meetings, and that the public doesn’t seem to care what they are doing. Because of these comments, I was totally shocked that when taxpayers did show up in large numbers on Tuesday night, our elected officials didn’t allow them to have a voice.

Lance Scranton: Teaching with technology

Technology is ever-present in our culture and in our schools. The High School has taken advantage of some extra rooms and re-purposed these areas of the school and turn them into computer labs. The added computer centers mean our students have more access to technology than ever before. Combine the computer labs with iPads and Smartphones and we are definitely “wired.” Understanding by Design (UbD) is a curriculum planning movement in our School District that incorporates the best practices of teaching and takes into consideration how student learning has changed and adapted to technology.

Thursday, August 30

Briefs for August 31: Applications due for Fuller Center House

All applications for the Moffat County Fuller Center For Housing’s new home to be built for purchase on Yampa Avenue must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. today at Brass Key Realty, 840 West Victory Way, to be considered for acceptance. The family selection committee will screen applications, and qualified applicants will be notified within 30 days. Any questions, call Vicki at 824-7086.

Mango recall includes fruit sold in Colorado

Mangoes sold in Colorado are among those being recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that Colorado is one of the states affected by the recall of Daniella mangoes distributed by a Northern California fruit distributor.

Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV

The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage Thursday night with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate. The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona game Thursday night, and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 games this season. On Wednesday, the Pac-12 Networks issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider. "If you're one of the fans who won't be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men's basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider," the letter said. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott addressed the situation Thursday night.

Romney's convention promise: 'Jobs, lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time TV audience Thursday night, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times. "Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney declared to a nation struggling with 8.3 percent unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades. Often viewed as a distant politician, he made a press-the-flesh entrance into the hall, walking slowly down one of the convention aisles and shaking hands with dozens of delegates. The hall erupted in cheers when he reached the stage and he waved to his shouting, chanting supporters before beginning to speak. "I accept your nomination for president," he said, to a roar of approval. Then he pivoted into personal details of family life, recounting his youth as a Mormon, the son of parents devoted to one another, and a married man with five rambunctious sons.

Moffat County residents asked to determine Luttrell Barn’s future

Moffat County Commission seeks public input on Luttrell Barn fate

At budget time the Moffat County Commission set aside $100,000 for structural improvements to the Luttrell Barn, on U.S. Highway 40 just east of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director, was tasked with determining what would need to be fixed and at what cost. On Thursday Tipton said the Luttrell Barn needs a complete roof rebuild and could use a fresh coat of paint, maintenance to the deck, siding and interior floors, and improved landscaping, among others. All told, Tipton estimates a complete rehabilitation of the Luttrell Barn would cost more than $180,000. Rather than commit such a large sum of taxpayer money to the project, the commission is asking local residents to weigh in.

Tease photo

Moffat County volleyball kicking off season in Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County High School volleyball team will encounter both old and new opponents at its season opening tournament. The Bulldogs are heading to Glenwood Springs High School today to play in a tournament of 16 teams. MCHS will play two games each today and tomorrow. Due to the unexpected number of entrees into the draw, Glenwood Springs has broken the tournament into two sets of eight. For the first three games, each team will play round-robin pool play and then advance to play their fourth against a team from another pool. Head coach Sandy Camilletti will be looking for players to step up and fill needed positions on the team. “I still don’t have six solid positions yet,” Camilletti said. “So I’m going to be moving people around and trying different things out. I’ll try and determine my top six. I’m just looking for who wants that spot.”

Tease photo

Craig residents sound off on proposed Hayden casino

Craig residents on Thursday night echoed the sentiments of some Hayden residents who have said that they need to diversify their economy and that a casino could help them do that.

Tease photo

Bulldogs golfers go from worst to best performance

After a disappointing tournament, the Moffat County High School boys golf team righted the ship and delivered its best performance of the year. Head coach Casey Kilpatrick said his team’s performance was the worst it has been all season at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction Tuesday. “Tuesday was awful,” Kilpatrick said. “It was an abomination. It was really an embarrassment the scores the kids put up. We had two kids shoot in the 140s and as a varsity golfer that should never happen.” Kilpatrick said the scores were a product of bad shots early getting negative thoughts into the heads of his players, which “infected” everything else they did on the course that day.

Tease photo

Energy rights owners in Routt advocate for property rights

The group is expressing its desire to see members' mineral rights developed, and it’s not unrealistic to say that rights owners who have executed leases with energy exploration companies here have hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

Wednesday, August 29

Tease photo

Sleeping Giant Group officials answer questions about proposed Hayden casino project

Sleeping Giant Group discusses Hayden casino project with CDP

On Thursday, the Sleeping Giant Group will host it’s first community meeting in Craig about its proposed Hayden casino. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. SGG partners Johnny Spillane and Steve Hofman on Wednesday sat down with the Craig Daily Press to discuss some of the concerns already raised by members of the Yampa Valley community. Below is an excerpt from that conversation.

On the Record for Wednesday, Aug. 29

On the Record for Wednesday, Aug. 28

Letter: TMH actions upset area family

Yesterday, our household received a letter from Jennifer Riley (Chief of Organizational Excellence at the Memorial Hospital) informing us that Dr. Phillips was leaving the community and that August 18th would be his last day. This letter was dated August 14th and postmarked August 16th (Dr. Phillips actual last day at TMH Medical Clinic).

Letter: VFW grateful for parade support

To all the citizens of Craig, I would like to Thank a big, big Thank You for all the support that was shown on the 4th of July. Also all the patriotism shown. It all made for a really nice 4th of July parade. The BBQ at Veterans Park was a big hit with 1,800 plus people served. I would also like to give a big Thank You to all whom took the time and effort to make the floats. I know it takes time and effort to make the floats. I know it takes a lot of work to build and there were many good floats.

Tuesday, August 28

Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama. The hall erupted in cheers when Romney strolled on stage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years. "This man will not fail. This man will not let us down," Mrs. Romney said in a prime-time speech that sounded at times like a heart-to-heart talk among women and at times like a testimonial to her husband's little-known softer side. "It's the moms who always have to work harder, to make everything right," she said. And she vouched firmly for her husband, who lags behind Obama in surveys among women voters: "You can trust Mitt. He loves America."

Pot advocates tie campaign to Obama college visits

Marijuana activists are using President Barack Obama's college campaign swing to promote their pitch for legalization. As thousands waited in line to see the president Tuesday at Colorado State University, marijuana campaign workers in orange shirts passed out fliers about a measure on Colorado ballots to legalize pot for recreational use. Many cheered the marijuana organizers as they walked down the line. "About time!" shouted one young man who held up a small flier about proposed marijuana legalization. Colorado's Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol marked the president's Colorado college visit by releasing a list of more than 100 college professors from campuses nationwide in favor of legalization.

Rosario homers as Rockies beat Dodgers 8-4

Wilin Rosario homered among three hits and drove in three runs, Tyler Chatwood pitched five effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday night. Andrew Brown had three hits for the Rockies, who have won eight of 10. Hanley Ramirez homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight after winning their first game following a nine-player deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles. The Dodgers lost Matt Kemp to a right knee contusion after he crashed hard into the wall in center field trying to chase down Josh Rutledge's triple in the first inning. He turned into the padding while running full speed and fell backward onto the warning track.

Editorial: Public education

When a controversial plan or idea is introduced to the public, it usually is met by a distinct mix of exuberant acceptance and suspicious hesitation. And on the surface, that’s fine. Part of what makes America great is the possibility of several, often opposing ideologies cohabitating peacefully in one area. However sometimes, when hyperbole and fear mongering make a controversy seem more like a frenzy and taking a side becomes as important as the issue in question, the truth of what’s being debated is cast under shadow, and what remains resembles an old grudge or feud between families more than a discussion about what’s best for the group involved. (The presidential campaigns America is currently being subjected to could serve nicely as a case study about this issue.)

Briefs for August 29: VNA meeting Wednesday

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host its Annual Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Haven Community Center. Anyone wishing to learn more about the organization and meet and celebrate with VNA’s employees, board members and families, please R.S.V.P. to Suzi Mariano, public information coordinator, at smariano@nwcovna.org or (970) 871-7631. Tea party to meet The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Galaxy Restaurant. The group will discuss its Get Out The Vote initiative and prepare for a visit from Dr. Victory. For more information, contact Matt Winey.

Fire tower receives council approval

Public barred from comment on Tuesday’s consent agenda item

Many local residents packed the Craig City Council chambers Tuesday night to voice their opposition of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s proposed site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. But because the issue was featured on the city council’s consent agenda, the public didn’t get the opportunity to say their peace. Alan Cashion was one of those Craig residents who attended Tuesday’s meeting, but was not heard. “I thought it was parliamentary manipulation,” Cashion said following the meeting. “What I would have said is that I was spurred on to do a study on this issue and I discovered the training tower is, at best, a compliment to firefighter training…it’s not essential.”

Tease photo

Dead Aim

Archery club has banner year at state

In their fifth year of competition, a group of local youth archers took the state by storm. The Moffat County 4-H Club Silver Slingers, a team of youth archers ages 9-19, won the grand championship in one juniors class and had its other teams place highly to have its best year ever at the Colorado State Archery Shoot in Pueblo Aug. 19. The junior team (children ages 8-13) that competed in the compound bow unlimited class won the state championship, while the junior compound limited team finished fifth overall. The senior (ages 14-18) compound unlimited team took third place in its division. Sarah Polly, who coaches the team along with husband Shawn Polly, said it was the best weekend ever for a team that has had success in the past.

Local man part of record-setting tractor parade

Being part of a world record is not something everyone can say they’ve done. That’s one reason why Craig resident Bill Spicer took his 1954 Model 70 John Deere tractor almost 12 hours to Grand Island, Neb. to participate in the World’s Largest Tractor Parade. Over 1,100 owners of classic tractors from across the country went to Grand Island Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the most classic tractors in one place. Spicer, a member of the Yampa Valley Antique Power Association in Craig, and his brother restored their father’s John Deere tractor last year. Rural television channel RFD-TV sponsored the tractor parade in an effort to break the previous record of 745 classic tractors in Germany in 2008.

Commission reduces fire restrictions to Stage 1

Residents may light larger open pits with permit

The Moffat County Commission reduced Tuesday its open burn ban in unincorporated Moffat County from Stage 2 fire restrictions to Stage 1. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz attended Tuesday’s meeting and recommended the commissioner’s reduce fire restriction levels based on conversations he has had with cooperating agencies of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Though Jantz conceded many northwest Colorado governing bodies have already reduced or completely removed their respective fire bans, Moffat County has not received the same amount of precipitation as Rio Blanco County to the south or Routt and Grand counties to the east, and the risk of future wildfires still exists.

Letter: If I were the devil

If I were the devil, I wouldn't be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I'd set about however necessary to take over the United States. I'd subvert the churches first. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: 'Do as you please... Do as you please'. To the young i would whisper, 'The Bible is a myth'. I would convince then that a man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is 'square'.

On the record for Aug. 28, 2012

On the record for Aug. 28, 2012

Tease photo

Connections 4 Kids announces release of calendar

Regional early childhood council Connections 4 Kids has released its second annual Connections 4 Kids calendar, the agency announced last week in a new release. The calendar features artwork by 20 finalists who were showcased in the organization’s Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February, according to the news release. The top vote-getting artwork, a watercolor by Caitlin Running, appears on the cover of the calendar. The other 12 winners are featured on individual months. The seven runners-up are tiled on the final month of the calendar, the release stated.

Tease photo

A fabulous 1st day

Moffat County School District kicks off the 2012-2013 school year

Students around Moffat County headed back to school Monday for the first day of classes. Taylor Powell, a 1st grader at East Elementary School, said she was excited and was having a great first day of school. Students were energetic on the playground, doing cartwheels in the grass and pushing one another on the swing set. At Sandrock Elementary School, kindergarten teachers Karla Haddock and Cindy Prather welcomed a group of parents into the classroom for the Kindergarten Connection Day. The program is designed to aid young students and their parents in transitioning into a full-time public school environment.

Tease photo

Kicking into Gear

Boys soccer plays well in Denver

Aside from some tired legs, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team is feeling good a week before its first regular season game. The team spent last weekend in Denver and played in a scrimmage competition hosting teams from across the state in all classifications. The Bulldogs played four games Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing up after 7 p.m. By the end of the day they were spent, but head coach Rusty Cox said there were plenty of good takeaways from the games. "All-in-all, it was a good day," Cox said. "We did good. Considering how exhausted these guys were and how tore up they were, I was very impressed with my team." MCHS played Glenwood Springs High School in its first game of the day and delivered against the 4A opponent. Glenwood Springs is a school MCHS has played in league games in years past, but the team's move to Class-3A this season means Glenwood is off the schedule.

Monday, August 27

No more camping at historic town of Eureka

EUREKA (AP) — Crumbling foundations are all that remain of this once-vibrant San Juan County mining town, which lived and died on the production and milling of ore. Today, the former town eight miles north of Silverton is best known as a popular camp site, but this year, for the first time, the privilege comes with a cost. County officials said the conversion of Eureka to a paid 50-space campground and day-use area was necessary. Pete McKay, a county commissioner, said it eliminates willy-nilly campsites and fire pits, and, above all, controls an "extreme" problem of sewage and human waste.

Report says how to avoid sage grouse protections

(AP) — Conservation groups are welcoming a federal report spelling out how sage grouse should be managed in 11 Western states to avoid new federal protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft report issued Thursday advises states and federal land management agencies to act immediately to "stop the bleeding of continuing habitat and population losses." The report is certain to command attention in Western states where listing sage grouse as endangered could result in federal restrictions on energy development and other activities. Sage grouse are found in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They also inhabit Canada.

Drought could affect fall foliage in Colorado

Foresters are keeping an eye on how dry conditions in the mountains this summer will affect fall foliage. Chris Forman, Aspen's city forester, says the yellow leaves popping up in the area could indicate stressed trees and could mean an early and shorter color season.

Manning on the money in Broncos' loss to 49ers

That's the Peyton Manning the Denver Broncos and their fans have been waiting all summer to see. Magnificent. A machine. On the money. And no longer just a memory. Manning was close to perfect in his final regular-season tuneup Sunday, throwing his first two touchdown passes for the Denver Broncos in a 29-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In less than a quarter of work, Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards, including TD tosses of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker, and the only two misses were a dropped pass by Joel Dreessen and an errant throw to Brandon Stokley, who was held on the play but didn't draw the flag. After managing one TD to go with four turnovers in his first seven possessions this preseason, Manning drove the Broncos (1-2) to scores on all three of his series, then put on his visor with 46 seconds left in the first quarter after staking Denver to a 17-0 lead.

Romney accuses Obama of engaging in 'low' politics

His Republican National Convention curtailed by a threatened hurricane, Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and he accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain. "It really is sad, isn't it, with all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level," said Romney, struggling to sharpen the presidential election focus instead on a weak economy and 8.3 percent national unemployment. His comments came as aides and party officials hurriedly rewrote the script for the convention, cut from four days to three because of the threat posed by approaching Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm is forecast to gain hurricane strength as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico but to pass well west of the convention city. The revised schedule included a symbolic 10-minute session on Monday in a nearly empty hall, during which officials intend to launch a debt clock set to zero. The political objective is to show how much the government borrows throughout the convention week.

Sports Spotlight: Jessica Behrman

Name: Jessica Behrman Age: 17 Grade: Senior Hometown: Craig

Tease photo

Back on track

Thunder Ridge brings good show to Craig Saturday night

Dirt track racing is still trying to get over the economic hump. Saturday night was a more successful one at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park, with 14 cars, five races and large crowds sticking around throughout, but track owner Gregg Kolbaba knows there is still potential for more. “It felt like a regular race,” Kolbaba said. “If we had the car count up things would actually be pretty good.” The biggest draw for the night was meant to be a race of late model cars, a variety that is more powerful than the hobby and modified stock cars most commonly seen at Thunder Ridge. Kolbaba said he had seven late model drivers who had told him they would be there, but only two showed up.

Tease photo

Bulldog Sports for August 27, 2012

Bulldog sports schedule for the week of August 27, 2012.

Moffat County real estate transactions for July

The following is a listing of real estate transactions completed in Moffat County in July: Buyer: Thompson, Mark A Seller: First National Bank Of The Rockies Address: 944 Galley Rd. Sale Price: $130,000.00 Buyer: Peter, David A Seller: Akin, James A & Carolyn Address: T10n R95w Sec. 28 Swse Sale Price: $5,000.00

Cummins Diesel sends technician to work in Craig

Seeing an opportunity to take advantage of a work force that uses its products a great deal, Cummins Diesel now has a technician working full-time in Craig. The move has been in the works for a few months said Betsy Cook, Executive Director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. “Initially we just exchanged a lot of e-mails, some very basic information,” Cook said. “(Cummins) met with me in Craig, we talked about the climate here and looked at hard numbers. They felt like the market was a go for them.” Bringing a large company like Cummins that also meets a need in Craig was a big win, Cook said.

Letter: Random acts of kindness

To the editor: This is a follow up to my earlier letter regarding our yard sale and my son’s art easel that was stolen. A very sweet and kind lady came by Saturday and brought my son a new easel and some art supplies.

Sunday, August 26

Letter: Considering other opinions

To the editor: I would like to write this letter as an opinion and nothing more or less. I have read some interesting letters to the editor over the pass few months and I must say this is getting old to me because it is all opinions and there are some facts involve, but it seems that all we do is nag about other people and try to put guilt and shame onto other people that have wronged us. I am guilty of that, too, so don't make yourselves perfect either. I am thinking that this needs to be said and if people are hurt by it, but I am not going to apologize for it.

Senior Spotlight for August 27, 2012

The last week of this August draws nearer, and with it the autumn feeling of fall. Canning and other September things that are in the process will be starting or about done by then. School children are on their way either to or from school, depending on which school they are going to. New friends to be made, perhaps to take the place of friends that have moved on?

Tease photo

Monday Morning Chat: ‘I love the Craig area’

5 minutes with James Miller, produce vendor at Landon’s Little Garden

Hometown: Parachute, Colorado When did you start selling produce: “I have just started however my father, Jim, started earlier this year” What motivated you to do this: To help raise some money for bills and to send my son to a school for the blind.

Briefs for August 27: Viz-Abilities meeting slated

The Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities, a group supporting residents with low vision, will meet at 1 p.m. today in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows. Call 826-0833 for a ride.

Tipton camp fires back at Pace

Fortney: Pace needs to bring ideas to the table

Last week Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, unveiled an online tool highlighting his contentions of the Ryan Budget. During a press call with reporters Wednesday Pace also defended his lifetime 15.77 percent Colorado Union of Taxpayers rating, dismissing CUT as a radical organization and touting his record in the Colorado legislature as middle of the road. Pace cited legislation he carried in the state house this year that eliminated the estate tax on farmers and said he would be happy to compare his record on taxes with his opponent, and CD3 incumbent, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. The Tipton camp said Friday they would welcome that public conversation.

Tease photo

Beginnings and ends

Moffat County High School students prepare for the first day of school

Local mother Myranda Lyons shares her anxiety about her son's first day as a freshman at Moffat County High School. Ken Harjes and his daughter Caitlin, a junior, weigh in on how to make the most of time spent at MCHS and on Caitlin's future after high school.

Saturday, August 25

Reconstruction of Manning, Broncos going well

Since switching teams, Peyton Manning has made everyone around him better, from his teammates to his coaches, even the Denver Broncos' luxury suite sellers. "He's raised all boats," coach John Fox said. The biggest question in the NFL this season is whether Manning will be able to stay afloat himself after missing all of 2011 with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, required four neck operations and led to his tearful departure from Indianapolis after 14 years. Manning, his surgeon, Dr. Robert Watkins, and the Broncos all believe he'll hold up just fine.

Colo. scientist wants funds for space exploration

Historically, U.S. space exploration has depended almost solely on NASA for funding, which left missions — and the researchers behind them — at the whim of the Congressional budgetary process. Boulder planetary scientist Alan Stern said he's tired of weathering the federal funding storm — the 2013 budget proposed by President Barack Obama would cut funding for planetary sciences by 20 percent — and he's guessing he's not alone. Stern is spearheading an effort to supplement government funding for space exploration, research and education with privately raised money through a new company dubbed Uwingu, which is Swahili for "sky." The plan is to sell "space-related products" — the exact nature of which have not yet been unveiled — and to use the proceeds to fund grants for space science.

Police kill gunman outside Empire State Building

Jeffrey Johnson hid behind a car in his business suit and tie near the Empire State Building, waiting for the man he blamed for costing him his job. He put a gun to the executive's head and fired five times, then walked off with his briefcase into the morning rush of midtown Manhattan. Minutes later, Johnson was dead in front of the landmark skyscraper, killed by police Friday in a chaotic confrontation that sent bullets ricocheting, wounded nine other people and left sidewalks near one of the world's best-known landmarks spattered with blood. Police released dramatic surveillance video that showed the confrontation lasted only a few seconds. Johnson was walking rapidly down the street trailed by two police officers when he stopped, wheeled around and pulled out a gun. About a dozen people ran for their lives, including two small children who were just feet away from Johnson. He pointed the gun at the officers, who quickly fired at him.

Tease photo

Educational introduction

New teachers prepped for school year in Moffat County

With the start of a new school year, Moffat County School District is welcoming a group of new teachers to the area. Some of those teachers met with the Craig Daily Press this week for a short Q and A session:

Sports Briefs for August 25: Upcoming bowling league meetings next week

Meetings for the upcoming bowling seasons at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., will all take place next week. The Tuesday Ladies Nite Out League will have its meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Call Eunice at 824-9764 with questions. The Men’s League meeting will take place 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Thunder Rolls. The Thursday Night Co-Ed Bowling League is set to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, while the Winter League, also co-ed, will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. For more information about the Thursday Night League, contact James Goodwin at 629-8937.

Tease photo

Running wild

MCHS Football delivers against Coal Ridge in tuneup game

There was some concern about the new offensive and defensive scheme from Moffat County High School football players at the beginning of the summer. After Friday night’s scrimmage with Coal Ridge High School, all those negative thoughts were gone. MCHS controlled the scrimmage in every aspect of the game at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, scoring on its first three possessions and confusing Coal Ridge throughout. Additionally, the varsity defense did not surrender a point to the Titans.

Friday, August 24

Tease photo

The wait is over

Maurices christens new location with sale, shopping spree drawings

The long awaited opening of Maurices women’s clothing store at its new location in the Tebo Center development next to Walmart has finally arrived. Maurices opened its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday to give local customers a sneak peek at the brand new 5,000-square foot layout. Many returned Friday to shop the latest fashions during Maurices’ first full business day at 1830 W. Victory Way. “It’s going great,” said store manager Andrea Medina. “I was so excited yesterday (Thursday) when we finally opened. How could you not be with how incredible everything turned out?”

Government Update for August 25: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 9:15 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 9:15 to 9:20 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Diane Prather: The 1st Day of School

This time of the year, I think back to that first day of school when I was a kid. I attended the Morapos School, just down the road from the ranch, through the eighth grade. After that I rode the bus to high school in Craig. The Morapos School was a one-room school, though some of the county schools had two rooms, an upper room for older pupils and a lower room for younger pupils. A teacher was hired for each room. The Hamilton School was a two-room school.

Petrone welcomes community to new school year

Dear Moffat County school community: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These often quoted words from Margaret Meade, noted American scientist, echoed Wednesday morning during the opening assembly for the 2012-13 school year. As student leaders took the stage, they inspired and entertained. They reminded us through poignant stories and superlative performances that we — our school and wider community — have profound and lasting influences on them, and them on us.

Letter: Spirituality vs. religiousness

To the editor: This letter is in response to F. Neil Folks’ “I ain’t religious, but I am spiritual” column appearing in Friday’s Craig Daily Press. Neil, this aphorism is not an oxymoron as you purport. There is a huge difference with spirituality and religiousness. The word religion is rooted in the Greek word for rule. Spirituality or faithfulness is an individual’s belief system or faith based philosophy on life.

Letter: 'Thank you' to the yard sale thief

To the editor: I am writing this letter to thank all who supported our yard sale at 352 Taylor St. last weekend. My 6 year old son and I worked very hard to help offset the cost of tuition and back to school clothes for him. We appreciate all who came out and supported our efforts. It is important for us to teach him that nothing in life is free and if you want nice things you must work for them. I also would like to thank the dark haired lady in the white SUV who Friday night stole my sons red Little Tikes art easel.

Matt Winey: Yes it is bad, but do we just want to make it worse?

Yes our health care system in America is Sick, but do we want to just make it sicker? Will ObamaCare improve the health care in America by making it accessible to more citizens and making it more affordable to all of us, by making it a Federal Government run system? President Obama has said in speeches before the ObamaCare law was passed, that we needed to improve our health care system by making it more like the government run health care in Canada, and other nations around the world. I have been studying the facts and the answer to the question stated above is a definite NO.

Al Cashion: The Guardian

There are life lessons that are best taught to the imagination before settling in the frontal lobe for practical use. A story says it best. As all good stories with morals, you must wait until the end to learn, unless the lesson is already with you. The young man was on a journey to find his happiness. This was something he desired and something he felt should be rightfully his. Somewhere, he hoped, he would stumble upon something or someone that would have his happiness wrapped neatly as a gift and present it to him with fanfare. He would be happy.

Editorial: Looking for a sign

Late last month, the Moffat County Tourism Association unveiled a new county logo and slogan, part of an attempt to boost Moffat County’s name recognition and draw more tourists. The effort, as well as the result, was commendable and addressed an issue of great importance for a community trying to diversify its economy. But while the new brand platform addresses how to bring people to Moffat County, a recent addition to the Moffat County Fairgrounds sign facing U.S. Highway 40 helps those that already have made the trip. That addition — a small electronic scrolling marquee — has the potential to help inform visitors of special events and any other helpful tidbits or pieces of news without leaving the comfort of their automobile. It also provides a nice welcome for those coming in to Moffat County for the first time, helps brighten the drab east side of town and is a major upgrade over the older, tree-covered marquee located across the street.

Resource development

White River BLM proposes amendment to increase Piceance Basin oil, gas development

The Bureau of Land Management released Wednesday a draft amendment that could increase oil and natural gas development activity in northwest Colorado. According to a BLM news release the draft White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Amendment analyzes four options for future oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres of federal lease minerals administered by the White River Field Office in Moffat, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties. Much of the proposed development is focused in Rio Blanco County where a range of development options could add 4,600 to 21,200 new wells in Piceance Basin. The draft amendment also proposes a variety of mitigation measures to minimize impacts on wildlife and other natural resources.

Briefs for August 25: Bi-Weekly bingo hosted by the American Legion

American Legion Bingo will be held August 25th at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 5:45 p.m.

Tease photo

2nd time around

Some Hayden residents regret passing on casino in 1999

When members of the Northern Ute Indian Tribe arrived in Hayden in 1999 hoping to build a casino, they found a town that was expanding. In that year, schools in Hayden taught 100 more students than they did this year. The Routt County Fair welcomed a record crowd of 2,616 people to the grandstands. Developers were planning a new subdivision, and voters approved a tax hike to pay for a $698,000 library expansion. “We weren’t quite on the fat and happy hill, but we were on our way up to it,” Ray Mazzola said earlier this month about the economy he oversaw as mayor of Hayden from 1999 to 2001. “We were starting to get a couple more businesses into the community. We were much better off than we are now.”

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2012

Colo. clothing companies to dress GOP delegates

The Colorado delegation will have a bit of northern Colorado flair at the upcoming Republican National Convention. Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, who was elected chairman of the delegation in April, enlisted several local businesses to take part in the delegation's clothing for their week in Tampa, Fla. Conway said many times delegations go through large online companies to order their shirts for conventions, but he said it was important to him that the products were locally done. "I wanted to make sure that our local small businesses designed and produced all of the items the entire Colorado delegation will be wearing at the Republican National Convention," Conway said. "Small business is the backbone of our economy, and we wanted to make a statement by having our items produced locally by small businesses." Karen Pelzer of William Moore Jewelry in downtown Greeley designed the delegation button and logo for the T-shirts. She said she wanted to combine Colorado and the host state Florida into one design. Her final product is the Colorado flag, in a mountain shape, on a beach with palm trees behind it.

Thursday, August 23

Debate over wind credit enters congressional races

Republicans are walking a fine line when it comes to wind energy in Colorado, and it's playing out in congressional races in the debate over a tax credit that impacts hundreds of jobs. Republicans generally don't like subsidies that favor clean energy, which they deride as government picking winners and losers. Mitt Romney opposes the tax credit, and it's not part of the GOP platform for next week's convention. But many Colorado Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on Congress to extend a wind energy production tax credit. That hasn't stopped Democrats from pouncing on Republicans. In the suburban Denver 7th District, home of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter's campaign is accusing Republican challenger Joe Coors of flip-flopping on his support of the credit.

USADA to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour titles

With stunning swiftness, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, he could lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings while the International Olympic Committee might look at the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Games. Armstrong, who retired last year, effectively dropped his fight by declining to enter USADA's arbitration process — his last option — because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed as proof of his innocence while piling up Tour titles from 1999 to 2005.

Straight shooters

4H Shooting team dominates state competition

Last year when the Moffat County 4-H Shooting Sports Team won its third straight state title in the .22 rifle competition, it was a first in Colorado history. Last weekend Moffat County youth shooters added to that legacy by making it four in a row. At the 2012 Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Contest Aug. 19 in Peublo, the senior team (ages 15-18) from Moffat County won all four classes in the .22 caliber rifle, continuing a run of dominance that stretches back to 2009. “Having a good team once or twice, you’ll see that once in awhile,” coach Jody Lee said. “Our junior team won the last three years and now our senior team has won four years in a row. We’re the only ones who have ever been able to accomplish that.”

Letter: 4H Club Silver Slingers coaches a great influence

When your child is born you pray the people who influence him will always be positive. I have known coaches who only belittle children, bring them down and only encourage if they are winning. But the coaches I really want you to know are nothing like that. They are the leaders for the Moffat County 4H Club Silver Slingers, Shawn and Sarah Polly.

‘I ain’t religious, but I am spiritual’

‘I ain’t religious, but I am spiritual’ When I hear this aphorism, it always seems like an oxymoron to me. It always seemed to me that those who speak it are holding onto a contradictory premise that cannot be obtained. It took me years of spiritual study to understand just what was being said. Many people, including the faithful, tend to say that the spirit and the soul are one in the same, confuse the terms, or consider them overlapping.

Janet Sheridan: Born to lose

After seeing me skirmish with neighborhood friends on a dirt court beneath a basketball hoop hanging from a telephone pole, my dad told me I’d be a great player — if the other team would leave me alone. Dad’s comment summarized my competitive life: 0thers scheme, maneuver and never give up. I fail to think beyond the immediate play, forget to watch for exploitable weaknesses in my opponents and lose any ability to concentrate when the going gets tough. My lack of assertiveness puts me at the mercy of bloodthirsty competitors, ruthless cutthroats who sense my lack of guile, take advantage of it and quickly dispense of my weak-willed self. Unfortunately, I’ve lived with many of these rogues.

Police warn residents about IRS scam

The Craig Police Department is warning local residents about an Internal Revenue Service scam currently working its way around the country. One local resident already has been contacted by those perpetrating the scam. According to reports, citizens have received calls from individuals identifying themselves as employees of the “Government Tax Refund Service,” or similar sounding titles, representing the IRS. Callers tell their potential victims that because they have been qualified as a “faithful taxpayer” they are entitled to receive a tax refund of thousands of dollars, subject to a 10 percent service fee.

Briefs for August 24: Informational meeting about CNCC trip set for tonight

Community members and students interested in going to London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, from March 8-17, 2013, as part of the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s international trip are invited to attend an informational meeting. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in room 175 of the Academic Building on the Craig campus. Trip deposit deadline is September 4. For more information, contact marykaren.solomon@cncc (824-1114) or kathy.simpson@cncc.edu (824-1122).

Pace slams Tipton about Ryan budget

Candidate unveils online tool outlining why GOP proposal is bad for Colorado

Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, went on the offensive again Wednesday, slamming Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, for supporting “The Path to Prosperity.” The Path to Prosperity is the Republican Party’s budget proposal for 2013. It is more commonly known as the Ryan Budget, after Congressman Paul Ryan who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee and played a major role in drafting the proposal. Ryan also was recently announced as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate.

On the Record for Aug. 23, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22

Tease photo

Elk licenses a tough find in Moffat County

With hunting draws completed, leftover hunting licenses are now on sale, but not many are available around Craig. In many game management units around Colorado, leftover licenses were still available in plentiful supply for bears, deer and elk as of Aug. 22, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports. Hunting tags for elk in GMUs around Craig, however, have been scarcer. Local licensing agents have been selling tags, but not at the rate they are accustomed to, some said. Leftover tags went on sale Aug. 14 and several area licensers made sales the first couple days, but have been mostly dormant since.

Tease photo

CNCC campuses host 2012 fall orientation

Students at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus look Saturday at new marketing materials during new student orientation. Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday experienced one of their most successful student orientation days to date, the college reported in a news release. The Craig and Rangely campuses welcomed new students who met with CNCC faculty and staff as they prepared to get their college careers under way. “Over 80 students along with faculty, staff, student government officers and volunteers hosted the students as they toured the new (Craig) campus, set up emails, registered for classes, accomplished a team goal, ate pizza (generously provided by the Craig Student Government Officers) and received student IDs,” said Pam Gardner, Craig Campus Dean of Instruction, in the release. “There was high energy and expectation as the new semester begins.”

Tease photo

Craig doctor loses license

The Colorado Medical Board suspended Tuesday the license of Dr. Joel Miller, operator of High Country Medical in Craig. The Colorado Medical Board issued the decision citing concerns about an alleged alcohol abuse problem and Miller’s ability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to his patients. Miller’s case was brought before the Colorado Medical Board last month following his July 3 arrest in Hayden for obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. The Colorado Medical Board ordered Miller on July 12 to undergo an initial evaluation by the Colorado Physician Health Program, according to the Colorado Medical Board report.

On the Record for Aug. 22, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21

Chacin makes impressive return, Rockies beat Mets

Jhoulys Chacin didn't pick up where he left off. Far from it, fortunately for him. Chacin made an impressive return from an extended absence and the Colorado Rockies backed him with a pair of sharp defensive plays, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday night. Chacin had not pitched in the majors since May 1 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He came off the disabled list earlier in the day and held the Mets to one run and four hits in six innings, ending his seven-game losing streak that began last September. "It was so good, No. 1, to see him out there," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It's been quite a while. It's been a long time."

Colo. won't reveal suspected ineligible voters

Citing an ongoing investigation, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said Tuesday he would not allow public inspection of the list of nearly 4,000 registered voters he suspects are ineligible to vote because they're not citizens. Gessler was responding to an open record request from The Associated Press seeking to review the list to determine who the secretary mailed letters to last week, asking them to verify their citizenship or voluntarily withdraw from the rolls. "Obviously our intent is to improve the integrity of the voting rolls. It's not to draw attention to specific individuals," Gessler spokesman Rich Coolidge said.

USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply

Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating Tuesday whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption. The investigation will determine whether sick cows were slaughtered and whether meat products from the company should be recalled, a spokesman for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service said. The agency suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford after receiving the video Friday from the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing. The footage shows animals bleeding and thrashing after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in unsuccessful efforts to render them unconscious for slaughter.

Sports Briefs for August 22: Upcoming bowling league meetings next week

The men’s league and mixed winter leagues at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., will hold meetings next week in advance of the league seasons starting in September. The Men’s League meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Thunder Rolls, and is for men only. The Winter League meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 and is co-ed. Both leagues will begin the following Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Tease photo

A slow start

Boys golf taking a break after busy week

Losing four seniors from a small sports team can be debilitating. For the Moffat County High School boys golf team, the loss of great golfers from 2011 showed over their first eight days of tournaments. Four seniors led the way on the varsity team last season, with Parker King leading the way, shooting mostly in the 70s. Head coach Casey Kilpatrick knew coming in that he didn’t have that type of team this year, but still said what he has seen is encouraging.

Long Draw Road closed for tree cutting

Long Draw Road, located on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District 53 miles up the Poudre Canyon, is closed starting this week to allow for hazardous tree removal along the road, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. The trees marked for removal have been hit by the mountain pine beetle and are a safety hazard if not taken down. Because of that, the Forest Service has announced that no foot or vehicle traffic will be allowed on the road starting today unless specifically authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, according to the release. “We understand this is a popular area, especially for hunters, but it’s crucial for us to cut and remove these trees for the public’s safety,” Canyon Lakes District Ranger Kevin Atchley said in the release. “I know this is an inconvenience, but this effort should make it safer in future years for the public to enjoy the Long Draw area.”

Buffalo Pass Road to be Temporarily Closed on Parks Ranger District

Beginning this week, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road (Forest Road 60) will be temporarily closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. The route is a popular one between North Park and the Yampa Valley that provides year-round recreation access. Initially, while logging operations occur along isolated sections east of the junction with the Hidden Lakes Road (Forest Road 20), the closure will be intermittent with one-hour delays for the first gates at this junction as well as near the summit at the junction with Forest Road 310, according to the release.

Letter: Where is the justice?

As a member of this community, it’s come to my attention that I live in a community without protection and support from out legal system. My daughter was beaten and abused on July 5th by the father of her child. This happened in front of two small children and caused a major disruption in the apartment complex. Upon calling the police, they responded and arrested the abuser. The ultimate penalty for this action was a mere ten days in jail, a restraining order was assured as well as a protection order for my eleven month old grandson. In the protection order the child was to be protected and parenting time to be set up through a third party.

Letter: Relay for Life seeking volunteers

To the editor: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Craig and the surrounding areas to help plan and organize the 2013 Relay For Life. The first volunteer committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. September 2. The meeting will begin the planning process for the Craig Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Letter: Thank you to Dr. Troy Phillips

We would like to sincerely thank Dr. Troy Phillips for his dedication and service to our Hospice and Palliative Care Program and the families we serve. He was a very important part of our Hospice team and we will miss him very much.

Tease photo

Lance Scranton: The fabric of a successful year

I spent some time a couple of weeks ago in Grand Junction with my family taking care of some of the “essential” aspects of the looming first days of school. Most of you are aware of the joys of roaming around the city looking for shoes, clothes and other necessities that will ensure your children a successful school year. As I helped my children try on clothes, I began thinking about the various fabrics that make up the styles and options we have for clothing in our country. But what caught my attention were the lessons that clothes can teach us each and every day. The fabric that makes up our clothes is typically divided into 4 categories: new, old, worn, or discarded.

Editorial: Voter's voice

The Craig planning and zoning department’s approval Monday night of a site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower on Industrial Avenue in Craig means the project has but one small hurdle left before ground can be broken: approval from Craig City Council. And if Craig building inspector Dave Costa’s prediction is accurate, it sounds like council members already have the rubber stamp inked up. But before council gives an official OK to the project, the editorial board urges its members to give serious thought to what they are signing off on: A project funded by tax payer dollars that the taxpayers of Moffat County didn’t approve. Sure, taxpayers approved a mill levy increase that provided Craig Fire/Rescue with the funds in question, but it came with the promise that those funds would not be used for a training facility. They had to make that promise because in 2002 voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a proposed mill levy increase intended to pay for a training facility.

Moffat County assessed value better than initial estimates

Reassessment softens blow to state assessed values

Moffat County’s assessed value is going to drop a few points this year, but the hit is not as hard as initial estimates. Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano presented the Moffat County Commission Tuesday with an updated report of the county’s current valuation. According to the abstract, which was approved, 3-0, by the commission, the county’s total assessed valuation is expected to drop in 2012 by $2.9 million, or .61 percent, to $484.1 million. Moffat County’s 2011 final valuation was $487.1 million.

Fire Tower approved by Craig planning board

Project moves on to Craig City Council

The Craig planning and zoning department board approved Monday a site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. The project, which has been a priority of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board for several months, next goes before the Craig City Council for final approval. Craig building inspector Dave Costa said the planning and zoning board approved the site plan unanimously by a vote of 4-0. He expects a similar outcome Aug. 28 when elected city officials address the project during its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Briefs for August 22: CNCC barbeque set for today

Colorado Northwest Community College’s Craig Campus Community Barbeque will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. today on the patio on the east end of the academic building, 2801 West Ninth St. — north of Memorial Hospital. Community members are invited to join CNCC in a celebration of the first anniversary of the new Craig campus and enjoy the college’s art collection, located indoors and outside the campus buildings. Complimentary drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and cookies will be served. For information, call 824-1109 or email robin.brumback@cncc.edu.

Casino conversation coming to Craig

Hayden casino group sets community meeting at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

A lot has been said in the local community forums since the Sleeping Giant Group first announced its proposal to build a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Some of the comments have been positive, others not so much. But it’s not the chatter one way or the other that has Steve Hofman a little concerned. Hofman, a Steamboat Springs resident and one of six partners of the Sleeping Giant Group, said Tuesday a thorough community discussion about the proposed casino was one of the partnership’s goals from the beginning.

Hayden Town Council race comes into focus before Monday filing deadline

Mayor Jim Haskins, incumbent council member Bill Hayden seeking re-election

With the Monday filing deadline quickly approaching, the race for the Hayden Town Council is starting to take shape. The council has four seats up for election this fall, including mayor.

Steamboat heroin dealer sentenced to 8 years in CAPS program

The younger of two brothers who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs was sentenced last week to eight years in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig.

On the Record for Aug. 21, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 21, 2012

Monday, August 20

Tease photo

Candidates launch attacks after Alamosa debate

Earlier this month two candidates squared off in the first public debate for the Third Congressional District of Colorado at Adams State University in Alamosa. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, are not scheduled for a rematch until next month, but that didn’t prevent their camps from trading barbs last week. The volley started Wednesday when Vestas Wind Systems, a wind turbine manufacturer, announced it would lay off 20 percent of its 450 employees at its tower plant in Pueblo. In a company statement, Vestas officials blamed Congress’ failure to extend the production tax credit for the layoffs.

Tease photo

Moffat County news round-up: BLM opens public comment on 20 parcels slated for mineral lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office has opened public comment on 20 parcels in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties slated for a competitive mineral lease sale in February. The parcels total 12,038 acres of federal mineral estate, with 47 percent being under the management of the BLM and 53 percent under non-federal management. The Little Snake Field Office considered offering an additional 39 parcels totaling 51,100 acres for the February sale, but deferred because the units have been designated as preliminary priority Sage Grouse habitat. The majority of those additional parcels are located in Moffat County.

Tease photo

Biggest summer racing event coming to Thunder Ridge

Gregg Kolbaba said he is hosting a race this weekend full of cars that haven’t been run in the Yampa Valley for 17 years. The Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park owner is saving the biggest event of the summer for Saturday, when the track will host the AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour Late Model Show. Circle Track Magazine Editor Bob Bolles will be visiting the track Saturday night for the races as part of a summer-long tour of racing tracks across the country. Bolles drives around in a large motorhome and writes about some of the tracks he visits. Kolbaba is excited about the opportunity hosting Circle Track will offer to Thunder Ridge.

On the Record for Aug. 20, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 20, 2012

BLM issues environmental review of Wyoming uranium mine

(AP) — The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released its final environmental analysis to allow uranium mining in a remote area of southwest Wyoming, leaving the project one more regulatory step before mining can begin. If all goes well before the BLM issues its final approval, Littleton, Colo.-based UR-Energy could start building the Lost Creek mine by early October, according to company and BLM officials. The BLM will take more public comment on the project until Sept. 17. Its final approval could come about two weeks after that. "For us, that is the last permit that we need to begin construction, and we really have all of our operational permits in place as well," Wayne W. Heili, president and CEO of UR-Energy, said.

Tease photo

Bulldog Sports for August 20, 2012

Today All Day Moffat County High School boys golf team vs. Aspen High School at Aspen Golf Club. Tuesday None

Ex-inmate builds new life with new job

There are moments when Michael Wentz is gripped by overwhelming dread. He'll be walking on a sidewalk in a grassy neighborhood and suddenly panic, sensing he must have broken some rule that would cast him in a punitive-segregation cell at Sterling Correctional Facility, where he has spent most of his life. Then he remembers: He has been legally released from prison and is on his own. It isn't easy adjusting to freedom after spending nearly 27 years in prison. Still, with all the pressures of beginning a new life, Wentz, 45, has been able to accomplish goals that until months ago seemed abstract and unattainable. He has done it with assistance from a Colorado Department of Corrections program that helps prisoners adjust to life outside of prison.

Pacheco homers as Rockies beat Marlins 3-2

The Colorado Rockies didn't let two more injuries interfere with their best homestand in nearly three months. Jordan Pacheco homered among his three hits as the banged-up Rockies slowed down Giancarlo Stanton and beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Sunday. Colorado, employing mostly young players, finished the homestand 5-2, their best since going 6-1 in May 28-June 3. "They want to win," outfielder Dexter Fowler said. "Even though they're young they're learning and going out and playing hard."

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said. Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Tease photo

Brown repeats as men’s club champion at YVGC, Nicholson takes ladies

Dan Brown was feeling his nerves Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The defending club champion was the leader in the clubhouse after an even par 72 of the first round, but had some close competitors. Brown was able to weather his own anxiety Sunday to repeat as Craig’s best. “Today was a little bit more nerves, but I still kept it together,” Brown said. “I birdied nine today, that kind of relaxed me. I felt like I was in pretty good shape at that point.”

Senior Spotlight for August 20, 2012

I’m not sure if I was really glad to see some new visitors in the yard. There must have been at least nine or so. I enjoyed them awhile, the thought then popped into my head: I’ve never seen any of these birds anywhere. I wonder what kind they are, where they flew in from. They stayed around for several days. They’ve left this yard, but may still be in Craig somewhere.

Tease photo

“I can’t wait to get out here on the streets”: Five minutes with Dave Ross, pastor at Assembly of God Church in Craig

Where is your hometown: “I was born in Grand Junction” When did you first move to Craig? “I came here 20 years ago the 23rd of this month. I’m pastor at the Assembly of God church here in town. We had a big celebration the 1st of the month for my 20th anniversary.”

Briefs for August 20: County Democrats to meet

The Moffat County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. The meeting will take place outside, so those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Tease photo

Edward Jones tops list again

It’s becoming somewhat of an annual tradition, but those at Edward Jones said that doesn’t make it any less sweet. The company, which offers financial advising from offices throughout the country, was listed as the No. 1 company to work for in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine and the Colorado State Council of the Society of Human Resources. It’s the fifth time the company has earned the honor since the rankings debuted in 2006. It’s never finished outside the top two. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to the company’s two Craig branches.

Tease photo

Smokeless study: Local nurse exploring e-cigarettes possibilities for smoking cessation

There’s no doubt smoking is a dangerous habit and one that is linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in the United States every year. And despite the well-known consequences approximately 46.6 million Americans smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year about half of the nation’s smokers attempt to quit, many unsuccessfully. High rates of relapse coupled with a recent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment report ranking Moffat County as among the most unhealthy counties in the state has inspired one local nurse to study the benefits electronic cigarettes could have on smoking cessation.

Saturday, August 18

Colo. beekeepers hope to educate with hives

Tarrin George and Levi Miller have created a home for 12,000 Italian honeybees to live inside their Palisade fruit and vegetable stand, and they're hoping folks from around the Grand Valley will take an interest in these small but vital agricultural linchpins. The bees live in an observation hive made of acrylic glass and wood, using clear tubes to transport them from the hive to the outside world, closer to farm crops and far away from customers. Chad Ragland, owner of Grand Junction-based Apis Hive and Honey Co., mentioned the idea of an observation hive during one of his regular visits to stock the stand with honey, which he harvests from his own hives. A year later, George and Miller had built a hive at The Red Barn Farms and Gardens, 3419 U.S. Highway 6, and bought a starter set of 12,000 honeybees — about 3 pounds worth — from Ragland.

Former band teacher sentenced on sex charge

A former band teacher accused of using his cell phone to record video under the skirts, dresses and shorts of female students has been sentenced to two years in jail. Matthew James Taylor also was accused of recording shots of the students' cleavage. He was sentenced Friday to 15 years of sex offender intensive supervision probation and must register as a sex offender.

Moody's: More Calif. cities at risk of bankruptcy

One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds. Moody's Investors Service said in a report that the growing fiscal distress in many California cities was putting bondholders at risk. The service announced that it will undertake a wide-ranging review of municipal finances in the nation's most populous state because of what it sees as a growing threat of insolvency. The report has both investors and government leaders worried.

Tease photo

Sports Spotlight: Jeff Anderson

Name: Jeff Anderson Age: 14 Sport: Football Year: Freshman How did you get your start in your sport?

Tease photo

LSRV volleyball team looking to overcome rivals in 2012

After a tough end to its season in 2011, the volleyball team from Little Snake River Valley School is ready to do damage at the state tournament. The Rattlers have been a perennial state contender in recent years, but have come up short of a state championship. That was the case last year, when they were bounced by Kaycee High School in the state semifinals. This year’s schedule for LSRV looks similar to past years: filled with Class-1A league opponents and a few tournaments to see foes from other corners of the state. Head coach Brianna Braun said that means the team will be able to look forward to some of the school’s big rivalry games.

Tease photo

Weekend warriors: Club championship tourney starts today Yampa Valley Golf Course

The painful proof was there but Dan Brown verbalized it anyway. The avid Craig golfer plopped his 100-yard approach shot on the sixth green at Yampa Valley Golf Course nearly right on top of the hole and it only rolled a few feet away. Then, with a groan, he missed the putt. When he again came up just shy on the seventh, leaving the ball hanging on the rim, he tapped in, then reset everything, working the putt one last time.

Tamale corn casserole: A tried and true Mexican offering

I’ve had some calls about the zucchini recipes that were featured in last week’s column. One of the recipes does not call for sugar. I thought I remembered trying this recipe, but perhaps not. I checked it out against the original recipe, from a newspaper clipping I’ve had for some time, but I did not leave out the sugar when I typed the ingredients. I’ll try this recipe as soon as I get a chance. Another inquiry concerned the second featured recipe. Someone wanted to know if there should be cocoa with the ingredients. Again I checked the original. No cocoa was called for, which isn’t unusual with zucchini recipes — especially muffins.

Diane Prather: After the Fair

Northwest Colorado 4-H and FFA members look forward to competing in their county fairs. Adults look forward to the fairs, too. Now that the county fairs are over for the year, it’s time to: • Write thank-you notes to Junior Livestock Sale buyers and trophy donors. • Send qualifying General 4-H Projects to State Fair. • Get 4-H and FFA livestock ready to compete at State Fair.

Letter: A definition of insanity

To the editor: One very good definition you have probably heard is the following line: Doing something the same way you have always done it, and expecting a different result. (I believe I have to first say to anyone reading this, though I write quite a bit using the opinion of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots of Craig, this letter is my opinion. It is also the opinion of many in our tea party group, but not the opinion of all in our group.)

Al Cashion: Sail on, Oh Ship of State

Winning a verbal contest on a political issue was once as stimulating to me as was the salt spray of the sea in my face as I stood, statuesque, with jutted jaw and firm set brow, at the bowsprit of a swift and powerful clipper ship racing toward exotic ports in the Malay Archipelago. Ok, a bit of a stretch, a tad hyperbolic. I didn’t really do that. But were you to have a couple spare tickets for that experience, I would appreciate your generosity greatly. You get my point though.

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order • Introduction of guests

Government Update for August 18, 2012: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Briefs for August 18: School assistance program taking applications

Families with school-aged children at any grade level can apply for assistance in clothing and supplies from several local programs. The deadline for applications is Sept. 7. For more information contact (970) 826-4400 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, and just from 2 p.m. to 5 Tuesday and Thursdays. The Love INC program includes necessities such as backpacks, pencils and paper as well as two full sets of clothing and one pair of shoes.

Tease photo

Ng, Tjosvold promoted under new 14th Judicial District administration

Earlier this week Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Brett Barkey to the office of district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. The announcement was made following the July resignation of Elizabeth Oldham, who stepped down as the 14th Judicial District Attorney to accept the senior deputy district attorney job in Arapahoe County. Though the appointment is technically slated to expire in January, Barkey, a Hayden Republican, also is the only candidate vying for Oldham’s former position in November’s general election. With victory in November more or less a formality, Barkey has wasted little time in reorganizing the structure of the 14th Judicial District.

Tease photo

Kawcak family eager for opening of MJK’s new location

Some say the people of Craig are tied to this town by a boomerang effect. An almost supernatural phenomenon that first encourages young people to leave home, explore and chart their own paths. But as powerful the urge may be to experience a world beyond northwest Colorado’s boundaries, so too is the desire to one day return, settle down or join the family business. Blaine Kawcak, 27, is one of many Craig natives who appears to be following that familiar story line.

Friday, August 17

On the Record for Aug. 17

On the Record for Aug. 17

Tease photo

Fire board unveils training tower site plan, mock drawings

Plans to be considered by Craig planning department Monday

A new site plan for Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire simulator is scheduled to go before the Craig planning and zoning department board Monday for approval. The plans, and a mock drawing of the fire training tower, were unveiled Thursday by the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board. Chris Nichols, fire board secretary/treasurer, outlined the highlights of the site package which include plans for drainage, lighting and landscaping that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by city ordinances. “Right off the top of my head we are required to have 10,500 square feet of landscaping,” Nichols said. “We’re submitting almost 15,000.”

CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C

All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday. It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don't know they're harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans. More than 15,000 Americans die each year from hepatitis C-related illnesses and the number has been growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Unless we take action, we project deaths will increase substantially," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, in a call with reporters.

Cuddyer homers as Rockies beat Marlins, 5-3

Michael Cuddyer looked overmatched the first two times he faced Ricky Nolasco. His third at-bat, he got even. Cuddyer homered after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and the streaking Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Thursday night. Eric Young Jr. and Josh Rutledge had a hit and an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who won their fourth straight game. Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth for his 22nd save. Colorado is perfect on this current seven-game homestand after going 1-8 at Coors Field two weeks ago.

Man killed in Colo. gas well rupture was from Wyo.

Authorities say a man who was killed after a rupture at a natural gas well in northern Colorado was from Wyoming. Weld County coroner's officials identified the victim Thursday as 60-year-old Brian Wallace, of Evanston, Wyo. They say he died immediately from blunt force injuries after the explosion Wednesday at a well operated by Encana Corp. north of Fort Lupton.

Sports Briefs for August 17: Anglers reminded to monitor water temps

Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing, the agency reported in a news release. Several water-specific recommendations have already been requested this summer, however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations, according to the release. "Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above can put undue stress on them, causing mortalities and compromising the fishery as a whole," said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for the Northeast region, in the release. "We ask that anglers keep in mind the production opportunity of a fishery and not solely the fishing opportunity. Get out and fish, but bring along a thermometer and try to fish early in the day for the best opportunities." For more information about fishing in places not affected by low flows, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx.

Tease photo

Lance Scranton: Olympic lessons

Commitment, hard work necessary for progression

It’s easy to critique the latest version of the Olympics along the lines of our favorite sports but we can’t escape the fact that there were some incredible stories of talent, courage and dedication. But, the lessons that I took from the 2012 London Olympics involved something more than just sports. The casual observer might not know that many of the venues used in the London Games will be dismantled after the Olympics are officially over. This is the first country I can recall that accepted the reality that building huge permanent structures to facilitate a two-week event might not be the most productive idea. We can look at pictures of past Olympic sites, particularly Athens, and see what happens once the excitement of the events is over and the care and maintenance of the sites are left in disorder.

Tease photo

Police Beat: A summary report of Craig Police Department activity for July 2012

Below is my report to Craig City Council on police department activity for July. Crime summary: The department responded to 1,374 requests for service during the month of July and Community Service responded to 202 requests for service. Crime of the Month (written by Administrative Sgt. John Forgay): Traffic Tip of the Month — Today’s modern automobiles have those nifty little levers on the left side of the steering wheel. Some have multi-use items attached, but the primary design is to turn on those little lights so others know you are turning right or left.

Briefs for August 17: Mountain Housing Workshop Day set for Sept. 7

The Colorado Mountain Housing Coalition is bringing to you, Mountain Housing Workshop Day on Friday September 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The agenda includes: • Opening Welcome from Jennifer Kermode (8:30 a.m.) • Workshop 1: (Hidden Homeless in Rural Mtns) • Workshop 2: (Senior Housing in Rural Areas)

Commission endorses letter contesting Sage Grouse EIS

Northwest Colorado officials sign letter demanding more local consideration

Officials in northwest Colorado have joined forces against the Bureau of Land Management over Greater Sage Grouse conservation. On Monday Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resources director, presented a letter to the commission for approval contesting the BLM’s forthcoming Greater Sage Grouse draft environmental impact statement. The letter, endorsed by county commissioners in Moffat, Routt, Garfield, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, and the heads of the Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts, raises concerns about the BLM’s inconsideration of local input in regards to Greater Sage Grouse conservation. The undersigned northwest Colorado governments have been participating in regular cooperating agency meetings hosted by local BLM officials about environmental protections for the Greater Sage Grouse since May.

Tease photo

Twentymile expanding to new location

Officials aim for full-scale coal production by 2015

Despite a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the coal mining industry due to increased government regulations, Twentymile Mine officials announced Tuesday they are pushing forward with plans to expand into their Sage Creek reserve. Twentymile, owned by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, is Routt County’s largest employer and the top coal producer in the state. In 2011 Twentymile’s 480 employees, 60 percent of whom commute from Moffat County, mined 7.75 million tons of coal. But with reserves thinning at Peabody’s Twentymile Mine, located near Oak Creek, company officials last year made the decision to begin the expansion process into the Sage Creek reserve.

Thursday, August 16

Bears Ears Patriots planning meeting tonight at The Galaxy

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are hosting a planning meeting tonight at The Galaxy Restaurant, 524 Yampa Ave. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Up for discussion are get out the vote strategies, ideas for hosting a one nation under God event and Dr. Kelly Victory’s upcoming visit to Craig.

On the Record for Aug. 16, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 16, 2012

Tease photo

Moffat County seeing rise in percentage of college graduates

Moffat County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 9.3 percent of residents over 25 years of age had college degrees in Moffat County in 1970. By 2010, 14.9 percent of local adults had completed college. However the percentage of adults with college degrees in Moffat County in 2010 was less than the national average of 27.9 percent. The college-educated rate locally also was less than the Colorado average of 35.8 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of adults in the United States with college degrees has nearly tripled since 1970, when only 10.7 percent of adults had graduated from college. But the percentage of adults with degrees in rural counties, such as Moffat County, while increasing, has generally fallen behind the proportion of college-educated residents in urban counties, the U.S. Census Bureau data stated.

Tease photo

MCHS graduate Lebron looks forward to starting college career

Alfredo Lebron has had success running since he started doing it. Now, he will look to continue that success at the next level. Lebron, a 2012 graduate of Moffat County High School, committed in the spring to run for Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. That was while he was still running track at MCHS. Now, Lebron is leaving for GCCC.

Wednesday, August 15

On the Record for Aug. 15, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 15, 2012

Bowhunter education offered in Fruita

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be offering a one-day, accelerated Bowhunter Education class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita, the agency announced in a news release. Participants must have already earned a hunter education card to be eligible to participate in the class, which is designed for bowhunters of all ages and ability. For novice archers, equipment will be provided, according to the release. In many states, passing a Bowhunter Education class is required before purchasing an archery license. In Colorado, the class is considered an advanced hunter education course but is not required, the release stated.

Tease photo

Craig City Council extends fireworks, open burn ban 60 days

With the city’s ordinance banning open burning and the use of fireworks set to expire, the Craig City Council considered Tuesday extending the ordinance an additional 60 days. Ordinance 1019 was first approved unanimously by council members in June citing the extreme fire danger in the City of Craig. It was passed in accordance with the city’s home rule charter and was initially executed for a period of 60 days. Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said the original ordinance was set to automatically expire before the city council’s Aug. 28 meeting.

CU-Boulder team wins grant to reinvent toilet

A team of student and faculty engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder is among the winners of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet.

Gonzalez has 4 hits as Rockies beat Brewers 8-6

Carlos Gonzalez had four hits, Tyler Chatwood pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Tuesday night. Eric Young Jr. homered among his three hits and Wilin Rosario also connected for Colorado, which had 15 hits for the second straight night. Rafael Betancourt finished up a shaky ninth to record his 21st save. Martin Maldonado homered and Norichika Aoki had three hits for the Brewers, who had another late rally fall short.

Ron Palillo, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

Ron Palillo, the actor best known as the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63. Palillo suffered an apparent heart attack at his home about 4 a.m., said Karen Poindexter, a close friend of the actor. He was pronounced dead at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Palillo was inextricably linked with the character he played from 1975 to 1979 on "Kotter," the hit ABC sitcom, in which title character Gabe Kotter returns to his Brooklyn alma mater to teach a group of loveable wiseguys known as the Sweathogs. Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped, "Oooh, ooh," and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question. The show was a ratings success and pop cultural phenomenon, injecting smart-Alec phrases such as "Up your nose with a rubber hose" into the mainstream and propelling co-star John Travolta to stardom. But the series only lasted as long as a high school education and its end, for Palillo, brought difficulty.

Sports Briefs for August 15: National attention coming to Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park

Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park will be featured as part of an annual circle track tour this month. The AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour, in which a writer for Circle Track Magazine visits various tracks across the country and writes about them, will be coming to Craig the weekend of Aug. 25. Thunder Ridge is hosting a late model stock car show that weekend as well. Track owner Greg Kolbaba anticipates the late model show being one of his bigger events of the summer, making it a major opportunity for the track.

Tease photo

New Colorado Hunter magazine set for release

The 2012 edition of Colorado Hunter will be released Thursday. A joint effort between the Craig Daily Press, Steamboat Today and Grand Junction Sentinel, the magazine serves as a guide to hunting in Western Colorado, complete with season and license information, hunting safety tips, maps, and hunting stories and photos from local outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Letter: New DA: Serving judicial district a privilege

I gratefully accept Gov. John Hickenlooper's appointment as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. It is a great honor and privilege to continue in public service in this role. I also want to express my profound appreciation for Elizabeth Oldham's eight years of service to Moffat, Routt and Grand counties in the district attorney's office, including her last four years as the elected district attorney. She will be greatly missed, and I wish her all success in her new position in the district attorney's office for the 18th Judicial District.

Editorial: Race for DA needed contenders

A familiar and qualified prosecutor was elevated Monday to one of the most important public offices in Craig and Moffat County — 14th Judicial District Attorney. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Brett Barkey, 51, a Republican and the 14th's former assistant district attorney (see related story, page XX). He replaces Elizabeth Oldham, who resigned before the completion of her first term so she could accept a position in Arapahoe County. Barkey, a Hayden resident, is also a former chief deputy district attorney in the Moffat County office, and the sole candidate for district attorney in November's election. The governor made a practical appointment with Barkey, an experienced prosecutor within the office who already has ties to the judicial district.

Briefs for August 15: Legal consultations available Thursday

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital in Craig are sponsoring a "Skype-a-Lawyer-Night" on Thursday at the hospital. Qualified clients will have a 15- to 30-minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. The event is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby at TMH. To prequalify or for additional information, call 276-2161 or (800) 521-6968. Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

Tease photo

Colorado Mining president: Government fighting a 'war on coal'

The Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, sage grouse, and more stringent air quality regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are among some of the concerns facing Northwest Colorado coal producers, industry officials said Tuesday. State and local representatives from the coal and power generation industries addressed those concerns during the Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The annual event, hosted in recent years in Craig and Steamboat Springs, attracted more than 70 people and provided industry officials the opportunity to address the affects government regulations could have on their ability to deliver reliable electricity to American consumers. The conference featured two separate panels of speakers, including Stuart Sanderson, Colorado Mining Association president; Jerry Nettleton, environmental manager at Twentymile Mine; Rick Johnson, manager of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.’s Craig Station; and Chris McCourt, manager of Colowyo Mine, among others.

Tease photo

Back to School Fair set for Saturday

August is a busy month for families. With the start of another school year looming and fall sports season under way, it can be hard for parents to make sure they have all the correct supplies and information to ensure their children a smooth transition into autumn. On Saturday, the Craig Daily Press, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, hopes to simplify the process by offering a Back to School Fair featuring Moffat County School District officials, a pediatrician new to the area, and local vendors and clubs. “It’s an opportunity for local parents to talk to the school district one-on-one, meet the new pediatrician at The Memorial Hospital and buy their school supplies,” Daily Press Advertising Manager Bonnie Stewart said about the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Tuesday, August 14

Anglers reminded to monitor water temps

Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing, the agency reported in a news release. Several water-specific recommendations have already been requested this summer, however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations, according to the release.

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda for Aug. 15

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda for Aug. 15

On the Record for Aug. 14, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 14, 2012

Monday, August 13

Tease photo

New MCHS boys golf coach has designs on program development

Casey Kilpatrick said he learned from a man with decades of experience, but is also looking forward to trying things his own way. With the departure of Ken Harjes from the Moffat County High School boys golf team after 31 years at the helm of the program, Kilpatrick is the new head coach of the team after two years as an assistant. Kilpatrick said he'd known Harjes was planning to retire, and he had an interest in taking over the head coaching job. He was a clear choice, said Jeff Simon, Moffat County School District athletic director. “He was the assistant coach under Ken and he’s played golf for a long time,” Simon said. “I think the big thing is his vision for developing a program, not just coaching golf at the high school, but also developing a program which would get younger kids playing. His vision for that was huge for me.”

Letter: New DA: Serving judicial district a privilege

To the editor: I gratefully accept Gov. John Hickenlooper's appointment as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. It is a great honor and privilege to continue in public service in this role.

Tease photo

Governor appoints new DA in 14th Judicial District

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday the appointment of Brett Barkey as district attorney in the 14th Judicial District.

Motorcycle rollover ends in fatality in Moffat County

A 74-year-old man from San Jose, Calif., was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after rolling his motorcycle north of Craig.

Tease photo

Moffat County Fair winds down over final weekend

J.D. Sexton’s said his first Moffat County Fair as county extension and 4-H youth agent was a rousing success. “The fair was exceptional this year,” said Sexton, whose duties include coordinating area 4-H programs. “The biggest highlight for me was how hard the kids worked, the quality kids that we have, and all the volunteers and all the time they put in to make this happen.” Though pen requests and animal entries were due July 15, the fair kicked off in earnest late last month at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, with shooting competitions and general projects occupying the early part of the schedule, among other events. Horse and dog shows took center stage during the first week of August, and livestock showing and judging highlighted the later part of last week, which also included live entertainment and games on the fair’s midway.

Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off. The results come from the first large national look at the effectiveness of the state laws over time. They are not a slam-dunk, and even obesity experts who praised the study acknowledge the measures are a political hot potato, smacking of a "nanny state" and opposed by industry and cash-strapped schools relying on food processors' money. But if the laws have even a tiny effect, "what are the downsides of improving the food environment for children today?" asked Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. "You can't get much worse than it already is."

First lady visits Aurora, Colo., shooting victims

First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday made a surprise visit to the hospital that treated victims of last month's movie theater shooting. Obama arrived about 3:30 p.m. in a conference room off the Medical Center of Aurora's cafeteria, where several dozen members of the facility's emergency, operating and intensive care unit staffs lined up to speak with her. After chatting with staff, Obama visited with victims of the shooting and their family members — including one patient who remains in the hospital's ICU, more than three weeks after the shooting. James Holmes, 24, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." The multiplex where the attack occurred is about 2.5 miles from the hospital, which treated 18 people in the hours after the assault.

Rockies' Torres nearly the hero in his hometown

Carlos Torres was ready to celebrate a big day in the ballpark in which he grew up watching baseball. A late rally cost him the victory, but not his memories. Torres singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and pitched two solid innings for the Rockies in his first appearance in San Francisco. Hunter Pence's three-run home run in the eighth inning against Rafael Betancourt snapped a tie and gave the San Francisco Giants a 9-6 victory over Colorado on Sunday. "It's kind of nice to hit that in front of my father," Torres said of his first career hit and RBI. "This is home to me. Every time I come back here is something special."

Sports Briefs for August 13: A League adult softball tournament begins today

The Craig Parks and Recreation adult softball A League tournament takes place this week. The tournament runs today through Wednesday with games played at 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park. The A League consists of the first through seventh seeds from the regular season. Teams playing in the A League tournament are:

Tease photo

Today first day of official practice for MCHS fall sports teams

Today is the day coaches and players have been looking forward to since the end of last season. Aug. 13 is the first day of official practices allowed by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Most athletes have been doing some level of conditioning to get ready for the season, but there's a long way to go before they'll be at a competitive level. “The first week is more like a tryout process for teams, determining junior varsity, varsity, C-team,” MCHS volleyball head coach Sandy Camilletti said. “In the following week, we’ll actually start getting to putting people in positions.”

Tease photo

Bulldog Sports for August 13, 2012

Today All Day Moffat County High School boys golf team vs. Grand Junction High School at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction. 7:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult softball A-league tournament. Tuesday

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Craig City Council meeting agenda

Craig City Council meeting When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Agenda: • Roll call

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 p.m. today Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Letter: Political cartoon, take 2

This is in regards to the Aug. 11 Saturday Morning Press with the political cartoon on page 6. I can't believe it. This is one of the most ridiculous pieces of journalism I have ever seen in my life.

Senior Spotlight for August 13, 2012

Wasn't that a refreshing surprise Saturday? The rain didn't last long, but I sure welcomed it. Mostly because it was so sudden, it broke the monotony, and was a welcome break from the job I was doing. I like the smell of rain when it first starts to wet things. The air feels good, too.

Tease photo

“I’d like to see a lot happen in Craig”: Five minutes with Alison Douglas, 18, of Craig, an employee at WOWBubbles at the Moffat County Fair

Where is your hometown? "Aberdeen, S.D." Motto or outlook on life? “I think people should come to the (Moffat County) Fair." When did you first get started in your job? ”I just started (Thursday).” Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? "It’s fun and it’s awesome because you get to learn about different cultures."

Third Congressional District candidates debate issues, political views

This week marked a new beginning in the campaign for Colorado's Third Congressional District. On Wednesday, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, participated in their first public debate at Adams State University in Alamosa. The event was hosted by the university’s veterans club. Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate, and others vying for the office were not invited.

Briefs for August 13: Immigration presentation slated

Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Craig is partnering with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Pueblo to host an educational immigration presentation in Craig. The presentation is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at The Center Of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Attendees will learn about citizenship applications, immigration fees, VAWA-visas for victims of domestic violence, U-visas, renewal of permanent resident card, family petition and immigrant rights. Additionally, presenters will be available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at The Center of Craig.

Governor's office: District attorney appointment coming today

The immediate successor, at least in the short term, for 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham will be announced today, officials with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s communications office said. Eric Brown, the governor’s communications director, would not comment on the number of applicants vying for the temporary appointment or the appointment process. Last month, Oldham announced her resignation to take a job as the senior deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County. Oldham said she accepted the position because it would allow her to spend more time in the courtroom.

Saturday, August 11

Colo. suspect impressed Ill. neuroscience program

The Colorado theater shooting suspect left a good impression on people he met in his pursuit of a neuroscience career, with a reference describing him as having a "great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity." That account came in a recommendation letter sent to the University of Illinois' neuroscience program as part of James Holmes' application to the school last year. The names of those who wrote the letter were blacked out. The letter and all of the university's documents related to Holmes were provided to The Associated Press on Friday after an open records request. The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., first obtained the documents. Holmes declined to attend the highly selective program, and instead attended the University of Colorado, Denver, studying neuroscience until he dropped out in June. He gave no reason for declining the Illinois offer, and no reason for dropping out in Colorado.

Rockies beat Lincecum, Giants 3-0 behind Chatwood

Tim Lincecum's modest win streak is over, the Giants are struggling to hit at home and now their lead in the NL West is gone. Lincecum pitched seven mostly strong innings but got little offensive support from San Francisco's offense, which managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. While it was another step forward for the Giants' two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, it was also a stark reminder of how they've struggled offensively at AT&T Park this year. San Francisco hasn't scored in its last 14 innings at home and was shut out for the fifth time this season — sixth overall — at its waterfront ballpark.

AP source: Romney picks Ryan for running mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision. In a statement issued Friday night, Romney's campaign would say only that the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin — which offered a hint about Romney's choice. Before Romney's team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman whose nomination could help assuage the conservative base of the party that has been reluctant to fully embrace Romney.

Tease photo

Local athletes enjoy seeing their sports in the spotlight at London games

Among other things, the Olympics present a unique picture of sports by showcasing sports and athletes who are not stars for most of the year. While mainstream sports viewing in America typically centers on football, basketball, baseball and hockey, the Olympics doesn't feature any of them prominently. Instead, lesser-followed sports like swimming, running and gymnastics are brought before the most viewers. For local athletes and coaches in those sports, the Olympic coverage is appreciated.

Tease photo

LSRV to open pursuit of three-peat Sept. 1 in Ten Sleep, Wyo.

If the Little Snake River Valley High School's six-man football team is going to win a third consecutive state title, the Rattlers will have to be as good on the road as they are at home in Baggs, Wyo. This season is the fourth year for 1A six-man football in Wyoming, and LSRV has been dominant, winning 21 straight games en route to state championships in 2010 and 2011. The Rattlers’ road to another championship this season will begin with difficult games. On Sept. 1, they travel to Ten Sleep High School, a high-scoring offense featuring 2011 all-state selection Friscoe Erdahl.

Over a Cup: Zucchini a great ingredient for sweet treats

I haven’t taken the time to make the “Zucchini Casserole” featured in last week’s column. Hopefully I’ll get to it this week. In the meantime, I’ve been looking through my file for zucchini desserts. I came up with two recipes for brownies.

Tease photo

'A bullet with our name on it': Craig native grateful she escaped theater shooting

She went to district court July 30 in Centennial to get a better look at the shadowy figure she and her friends escaped just 10 days before. A survivor of the man's rampage, she laid eyes on the 24-year-old with dyed hair and dazed expressions. She felt neither anger nor hatred. "I felt pity for him," said Jacque Archuleta, a Craig native and Englewood resident. "Here's this educated man and he's going to spend the rest of his life in jail or lose his life because he made this horrible, horrible decision.

Tease photo

Accredited online high school available to local students

Annette McCurdy thinks high school is about more than just grades. “It’s all about getting ready for life,” the Craig resident said about the importance of the skills and knowledge acquired during those formative years. “Graduating high school is the first step in getting ready for life.” Starting this month, Northwest Colorado students between the ages of 14 and 21 will have a new way to achieve that first step when GOAL Academy begins offering classes locally. GOAL Academy — which stands for Guided Online Academic Learning — is an online public high school operating in Colorado for the past five years. According to its website, www.goalac.org, GOAL students “can obtain a quality education and a high school diploma,” while using “state-of-the-art technology to deliver an engaging curriculum.”

Political cartoon was 'crap'

To the editor: This in regards to the Wednesday, Aug. 8 Craig Daily Press with the political cartoon on page 6. Unbelievable and unnecessary. This is one of the most tasteless pieces of journalism I have ever seen in my life. In a community that is pro-hunting and pro-gun, why would you let this crap be printed in our newspaper?

Al Cashion: Half truths and plastic professionals

A half truth is a whole lie. My third-grade Sunday school teacher taught me that. To put it another way, if only half the truth is stated, the intent is to deceive. To deceive is to tell a whole lie.

Coal power generation conference returns to Craig

Colorado Water Congress also scheduled next week in Steamboat

After a one-year hiatus, the Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference returns to Craig next week. Organizers are continuing the event’s partnership with the Summer Water and Energy Conference, an annual Colorado Water Congress event held at the Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort. But day one of the four-day convention will return Tuesday to its traditional venue at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. This year’s theme for the joint conference is “The Balance of Power” and will feature numerous speakers from the water and energy sectors, economic experts and local, state, and national legislators. Many of the topics scheduled for the conference will focus on regulations at the state and national levels and the balance of providing affordable energy with conservation.

Diane Prather: Fall cleaning on the ranch

School will be starting soon, and before long — this year much sooner than ranchers would like — livestock will be moved home from summer pasture. In the meantime, there’s fall cleaning to do, not only in houses but elsewhere around the ranch, too. Fall cleaning around the ranch may include: • Gathering up the empty grain sacks that were supposed to go back to the feed store but instead got left in piles in the building where the grain is stored.

Briefs for August 11: DAR to meet today at museum

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call chapter regent Shannan Koucherik at 824-9158.

Victims of the Aurora theater shooting

The 12 people killed in the July 20 shooting at the Century Aurora 16 multiplex: • Jonathan Blunk, 26 • Alexander "AJ" Boik, 18 • Jesse Childress, 29 • Gordon Cowden, 51

Friday, August 10

Tease photo

Craig native comes home with message of love, hope

Collin Stoddard, a Craig native and Christian singer/songwriter, began his performance Thursday night by asking for a show of hands of those in the audience. He wanted to know how many people had changed his diaper as an infant. “I bet there are less hands down that haven’t than have,” Stoddard joked. Stoddard performed a concert featuring songs from his new album, “Fight for Me,” at The Journey at First Baptist Church for an audience of about 100 people.

Outdoor industry attempts to flex political clout

AP) — The outdoor recreation industry is flexing its economic muscle — some $640 billion spent annually by Americans on gear, travel and services — to push for wilderness protection in Utah, threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues. The industry showed its resolve last week by giving Utah's governor an ultimatum: give up on a threat to take over federal land in the state or risk losing the outdoor gear show that draws thousands of visitors and injects more than $40 million yearly into the state economy. Empty threat or not, the outdoor industry and related services represent a sizeable chunk of Utah's income — roughly $4 billion a year, or 5 percent of the state's gross product. And it's not the first time the 4,000-member-strong Outdoor Industry Association has threatened to take its business elsewhere.

On the Record for Aug. 10, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 10, 2012

CDC: 158 cases of new swine flu strain from pigs

Don't pet the pigs. That's the message state and county fair visitors got Thursday from health officials who reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs. This flu has mild symptoms and it's not really spreading from person to person. "This is not a pandemic situation," said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BLM Colorado oil, gas lease sale raises $102,953

A Littleton-based company is the winning bidder for a single parcel that was offered in a quarterly auction of federal oil and gas leases in Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management said Lone Tree Energy and Associates bid $110 per acre Thursday for the nearly 922-acre parcel in Mesa County. Including rentals and fees, the auction raised $102,953.

Manning makes cameo, Broncos beat Bears 31-3

Peyton Manning didn't hide his feelings. This one was special, and he simply wasn't about to dismiss it as just another tuneup. He's come too far for that. "I know how much hard work I've put in and how much help I've gotten along the way," he said. "I know once we get to Pittsburgh, it'll be all about the game. I'm not going to be too reflective." His first preseason appearance with the Broncos was brief and a bit uneven. He hopes to have it ironed out by the opener Sept. 9.

Tease photo

Commission unanimous in support of chief judge

Michael O'Hara up for retention in November election

The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, a group of 10 people in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, has unanimously recommended voters retain the district's chief judge in November. The commission, which includes four attorneys and six non-attorneys, reviewed Chief Judge Michael O'Hara, a Steamboat Springs resident and Southern California native. O'Hara was appointed to the 14th Judicial District in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Owens. "Judge O'Hara is an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking individual," said Sharon Timmerman, a Steamboat Springs resident and co-public information liaison for the commission on judicial performance. "I feel we're fortunate to have him in the 14th Judicial District."

Pastor Linda Taylor: White lies or not, the truth will set you free

I've recently come across situations in which I was told it was better to tell a "little white lie" rather than hurt another person's feelings. I was told telling the truth wouldn't work, so I should lie rather than be honest. I remember times I've asked my husband, "How do I look?," when I’m wearing something different that I’m not sure about. All along, I thought there should be only one answer: "Great." I will even tell him it’s OK if he lies, but then I become upset with him when I realize he's not telling the truth, so he’s in a no-win situation.

Briefs for August 10: Free Summer Concert Series events this weekend

J.W. Snack's will present a free summer concert series at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the restaurant, 210 E. Victory Way. The horn driven Denver funk band, The Last Riot, will be performing. There is no cover charge and attendees must be 21. For more information, call 826-0468. Emerald City Opera Saturday at MCHS The Emerald City Opera will be performing at Moffat County High School at 8 p.m. Saturday. The performance will feature young professional singers in staged scenes from various popular operas. The cost is $8 at the door. For more information, call 879-1996 or visit www.emeraldcityopera.org.

Thursday, August 9

Tease photo

Federal policy shift makes proposed Routt County casino possible

A June 2011 policy shift at the federal level again makes building an Indian-owned casino in Routt County a possibility, though it remains a long and difficult process.

Tease photo

MCHS volleyball team preparing for different opponents in 2012

Changing classifications means the Moffat County High School volleyball team will have a new set of opponents in the 2012 season. The Bulldogs moved from Class 4A to 3A in the offseason, and will play in a new league as a result. The only common opponents remaining from 2011 are teams the Bulldogs could play in early-season tournaments Aug. 31 in Glenwood Springs and Sept. 7 at MCHS. In non-tournament games, every team MCHS plays will be new compared to last season. After going 5-13 in 2011, the Bulldogs will look to wreak havoc in their new league.

More aid for counties affected by Colorado fires

(AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved disaster loan assistance for farmers, ranchers, businesses, homeowners and nonprofit organizations affected by some Colorado wildfires, flooding and mudslides this summer. The low-interest loans are available to people affected by fires and the subsequent flooding and mudslides in El Paso and Larimer counties. Neighboring Boulder, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Grand, Jackson, Lincoln, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties in Colorado, and Albany and Laramie counties in Wyoming also are eligible for help.

Dry summer means more encounters with hungry bears

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) — With their normal summer diet of greens and berries shriveled by summer heat or drought in many spots nationwide, hungry bears are rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance. In the Adirondack Mountain village of Old Forge in northern New York state, a black bear clawed through the wall of a candy store on Main Street last week; another one locked itself in a minivan and shredded the interior in a frantic struggle to escape, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. "We've been here 17 years and never had a problem with bears," said Roslyn Starer, who runs the Candy Cottage in Old Forge with her son, Larry. "But it's been so dry the normal foods in the woods just aren't growing. So they're coming into town." Starer came to the shop one morning to find a bear had ripped a big hole in the wall. "If it had gone much further it would have gotten into the shop, and the damage would have been devastating," she said.

On the Record for Aug. 9, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 9, 2012

Tease photo

Lance Scranton: A year to 'make it all matter'

Summer is slipping away and fall will be upon us soon. The energy and expectation of a new school year is already palpable in our community. Next week begins the official start to training camps that will kick off the 2012-13 school year. It's refreshing to know a few things are going to be different this upcoming year. We now have an official group of parents and supporters who are passionate about “boosting” expectations in the classroom as well as in the areas of sports and extracurricular activities.

Janet Sheridan: Death to Angry Birds

Even as I use and appreciate the technology embraced by younger generations, I mourn the passing of my world. Icons from my past are slipping away. Soon future generations, reading with idle curiosity about my era, will gasp with disbelief and ask one another, “How did people manage to live like that?” For a school assignment in eighth grade, I asked my grandmother to tell me about life in the olden days. I forgot her words as soon as I wrote my paper, but I still remember her touch as she smoothed my bangs away from my eyes and the wistful expression on her face as she responded. At the time, I thought speaking of her youth saddened her because she was old with gnarled hands and shadowed vision.

Wednesday, August 8

BLM's Northwest Resource Advisory Council meets Aug. 23

The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet August 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds, 700 Sulphur Road, Meeker, Colorado. The meeting is open to the public, with public comment periods scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tease photo

MCHS coach, players bring golf to youth girls

A group of girls from pre-school to middle school got together Wednesday to swing their pint-sized golf clubs. The group of 12 girls was participating in a Ladies Professional Golf Association Girls Golf Day, a day of learning and building excitement about the game among the younger female community. The LPGA hosts Girls Golf Days at golf courses and country clubs across the country, with instruction from women with more experience in golfing. At Yampa Valley Golf Course, Moffat County High School coach Ann Marie Roberts and her players were the role models leading the way. The teaching, which took place from 10 a.m. to noon, was for girls at all levels of golfing, helping beginners learn how to hit the ball effectively and showing more seasoned young players some finer points in swing technique.

Tease photo

Craig Police Department reacts to child porn case conclusion

Tuesday marked the conclusion of one of the worst child pornography cases in Craig history when Christopher Genova was sentenced in Moffat County District Court. Michael O’Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, handed down the sentence in accordance with a plea agreement between Genova and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office that stipulated a maximum sentence of 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for possession of sexually exploitative material, a Class 3 felony, and possession of child pornography, a Class 4 felony. Genova also received a concurrent sentence of probation for 10 years to life for solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. On Wednesday, Craig Police Department officers close to the investigation discussed how heavily the case, which began in December 2011, weighed on the department.

Craig native to perform at church

When Collin Stoddard left the successful contemporary Christian band 33Miles in 2010, the Craig native said he was returning to his true passion: spreading the word of God. “Everybody is struggling and people want to know that their concerns and hurts are legitimate and that someone cares,” Stoddard, now a worship pastor in Granger, Ind., said on his website, www.collinstoddard.com. “My job is (to) tell them that Jesus cares. He’s leading them. It’s simply a matter of us listening.” Stoddard will have a chance at 7 p.m. Thursday to bring that message back to his hometown when he performs a free concert of Christian music at the Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Stoddard is expected to perform music found on “Songs From Brookside,” an album of solo piano music he released earlier this year, as well as from a forthcoming release entitled “Fight For Me.”

July in US was hottest ever in history books

(AP) — This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. And even less a surprise: The U.S. this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures, and storms. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the old record from July 1936 by 0.2 degree, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Records go back to 1895. "It's a pretty significant increase over the last record," said climate scientist Jake Crouch of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In the past, skeptics of global warming have pointed to the Dust Bowl to argue that recent heat isn't unprecedented. But Crouch said this shows that the current year "is out and beyond those Dust Bowl years. We're rivaling and beating them consistently from month to month."

On the Record for August 7, 2012

Kenneth Michael Gott, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order. Nicole Marie Roberts, 33, of Rifle, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Alice Jean Monk, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and headlight violations.

First NFL female official not intimidated

The NFL's first female official is welcoming her role as a sports pioneer. Shannon Eastin says she's excited and a bit nervous but not at all intimidated by the challenge of working a pro game. Eastin makes her NFL debut Thursday night as the line judge when the Green Bay Packers play at San Diego in the preseason opener for both teams. A 42-year-old referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference — college football's second-highest level — Eastin has 16 years of officiating experience. She is among the replacement officials hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out. Like the rest of her current colleagues, she could easily be back to her regular officiating gig once a new labor deal is struck.

More aid for counties affected by Colorado fires

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved disaster loan assistance for farmers, ranchers, businesses, homeowners and nonprofit organizations affected by some Colorado wildfires, flooding and mudslides this summer.

Livestock mutilations reported near Gunnison

Four cases of mutilated livestock have been reported in western Colorado, prompting the Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association to offer $500 for any information leading to a conviction.

Tease photo

Bulldogs' 2012 football slate set

Ten-game schedule includes six home games for MCHS

Staying in the 3A classification this year means the Moffat County High School football team will play mostly familiar teams. But, three new opponents also appear on the Bulldogs’ schedule for 2012. After a 3-7 season in 2011, MCHS will look to get off to a hot start, playing games against all the teams it beat last year over the first half of the 2012 season. MCHS foes in 2012 amassed a 48-54 regular season record last year, highlighted by the team from Rifle High School going undefeated and making the final eight in the Class 3A state championships. Including Rifle, three teams on this year’s schedule made the state playoffs.

Commissioners: Loudy-Simpson pond may be due for upgrades

On Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission praised the grounds department and discussed a potential 2013 project at Loudy-Simpson Park. Lenny Gillam, grounds department director, attended Tuesday’s commission meeting seeking permission to hire a new facilities maintenance technician. The request was approved, 3-0. But before Gillam left the meeting, commissioner Audrey Danner said grounds department staffers deserved a moment in the spotlight for their work during a weekend full of community activities. “I will compliment Lenny and his staff for all their hard work (at Loudy-Simpson) over the weekend with Triple Crown, the concert, and the balloon and BBQ event,” she said. “The park looked great and that was a big job.”

Tease photo

CDOT paving projects under way

Officials: One lane of highway will be closed, delays expected

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a paving project Tuesday in Craig, with work continuing today, transportation officials announced in a news release. On Tuesday, CDOT crews paved a section of U.S. Highway 40 and Yampa Avenue. Today, CDOT will be paving another section of Highway 40, at Colorado Highway 13 and Moffat County Road 7. Crews rotomilled and repaved the section of Highway 40 at Yampa Avenue.

Letter: An officer's alleged verbal abuse

I want to let you know about my feelings about unacceptable and unnecessary verbal abuse of one public officer with no respect for himself or the job. As a public officer, he does not respect my public rights and uses verbal abuse, not guilty or innocent.

Editorial: Better business benchmarks

An online poll question in late July gauged reader views on the restaurant selections in Craig and Moffat County. The majority of respondents — 135 people, or 61 percent — voted "poor, there are limited choices, and the quality/service is lacking." Seventy-one readers, or 32 percent of respondents, voted the selection is "average for a small community." Thirteen voters, or 5 percent, voted "excellent, the offerings are varied, and the quality/service is great," and two voters were undecided.

Briefs for August 8: CNCC placement tests available starting today

Placement testing for new Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus students without English or math courses is required before registering for fall classes. Testing is available beginning today. For more information or to schedule an Accuplacer placement test, visit CNCC's academic building at 2801 W. Ninth St., or call 824-1101.

Tease photo

2012 Moffat County Fair schedule

8 to 11 a.m. Entry of open class exhibits for all age groups and vocational agriculture entries (entry closes promptly at 11 a.m.) — Pavilion 8 to 11 a.m. Accept homemade beverage entries — Pavilion 10 a.m. to noon. Weigh-in of market sheep and market goats (junior division breeding sheep and breeding goats may also be checked in at this time) — Livestock barn 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check-in of market swine — Swine barn

Tease photo

Officials expect Wolf Fire containment Thursday

Moffat County to remain in stage 2 fire restrictions

The Wolf Fire continues to burn in Moffat County, but fire officials are optimistic the blaze can be fully contained by Thursday. If so, it would be a day earlier than estimates reported last weekend by officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Although the fire remains active, it has not grown in acreage, according to a Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit news release issued Monday. The Wolf Fire remains at 6,100 acres.

Tuesday, August 7

Tease photo

Craig man sentenced in child pornography case

Christopher Genova receives 12 years in prison, 10 years to life of probation

A Craig man arrested in December 2011 and again in March on child pornography and sexual assault charges was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. Christopher Frederick Genova, 39, was sentenced to the stipulated maximum sentence of 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for possession of sexually exploitative material, a Class 3 felony, and possession of child pornography, a Class 4 felony. A concurrent sentence of probation for 10 years to life also was handed down by Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, for solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. The sentence was delivered in accordance to a June plea agreement between Genova and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Tease photo

Peace Pit improves to take top honors in 2012 BBQ State Championship

The Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig is an event that has managed to exceed expectations of its annual competitors for the past three years. It’s a contest Bob Sammons, of Oops BBQ in Grand Junction, said epitomizes the spirit of fair play in the “sport” of competitive barbecue cooking. A lot of credit for the atmosphere, Sammons and wife Louise said, is due to the Craig and Moffat County community, which has embraced the BBQ championship as evidenced by the partnership this year with the Moffat County Balloon Festival. “This is our third year, we come here every year, and this is the best event in the state,” Sammons said. “Sometimes when people become successful they stop trying to innovate, but not this group. They’re trying to improve it every year, they ask us for our feedback and the balloons were just wonderful.”

Tease photo

Body-building worship group inspires Craig congregation

New Creation Church members were awed by feats of tremendous strength Sunday, as well as personal stories. The John Jacobs Next Generation Power Force team conducted two services at the church, 520 Westridge Road. The team of former bodybuilders and NFL players prompted big crowds, congregation member Jessica Ashton said. At the first performance Sunday morning, the church was just under capacity, with about 170 people in attendance.

Monday, August 6

Tease photo

Bulldogs' 2012 football slate set

Ten-game schedule includes six home games for MCHS

Staying in the 3A classification this year means the Moffat County High School football team will play mostly familiar teams. But, three new opponents also appear on the Bulldogs’ schedule for 2012. After a 3-7 season in 2011, MCHS will look to get off to a hot start, playing games against all the teams it beat last year over the first half of the 2012 season. MCHS foes in 2012 amassed a 48-54 regular season record last year, highlighted by the team from Rifle High School going undefeated and making the final eight in the Class 3A state championships.

CDOT paving U.S. Highway 40 in Craig on Tuesday and Wednesday

Officials: One lane of highway will be closed, delays are expected

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be paving Tuesday and Wednesday in Craig, transportation officials announced in a news release. On Tuesday, CDOT crews will be repaving a section of U.S. Highway 40 and Yampa Avenue. On Wednesday, CDOT will be paving another section of Highway 40, at Colorado Highway 13 and Moffat County Road 7.

On the Record for Aug. 6, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 6, 2012

Fast growth for Denver's Infinite Monkey Theorem

Englishman Ben Parsons was tired of seeing wine sipping presented as a pinkies-up affair when he launched his urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem, in Denver in 2008. With $350,000 in startup money, Parsons' crew crushed mostly Colorado grapes in a Denver alley and shipped wine bottles labeled not with chateaus and grapevines but a grittier, graffiti-like etching of a chimpanzee. Last year, the winery started selling some of its wine in slim, handheld aluminum cans, the better for active Colorado drinkers to tuck its wines away for a sip while skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, rafting or biking. The winery threw a party inside the Smuggler Mine in Aspen to celebrate its canned creations, with women in cocktail dresses and high heels gamely agreeing to sign waivers before traipsing through the old silver mine wearing helmets.

Presidential TV ad spending focused on 9 states

If television ad spending is any guide, the White House race will come down to nine states that have absorbed an eye-popping $350 million in commercials so far. Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, the largest and most diverse of these highly contested states, are where the ad dollars have been concentrated, and that's been consistent this election season. They account for 120 of the 270 electoral votes a presidential candidate needs to win. Barack Obama carried all nine states in 2008 when he beat Republican John McCain, but polling and the ad crush indicate all are highly competitive this time. While the rest of the country is virtually ad-free, the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with a host of mostly Republican-leaning independent groups, are going at it in those really competitive states. Voters in just 67 of the country's 210 media markets are confronted by campaign ads on local stations, according to the Kantar/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks campaign advertising.

Gunman kills 6 in Sikh temple attack in Wisconsin

An unidentified gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. Police called the attack an act of domestic terrorism by a suspect federal authorities described as a white man in his 40s, but neither provided further details or suggested a possible motive, including whether he specifically targeted the Sikh temple. "We never thought this could happen to our community," said Devendar Nagra, 48, of Mount Pleasant, whose sister escaped injury by hiding as the gunman fired in the temple's kitchen. "We never did anything wrong to anyone." Late Sunday, the investigation appeared to move beyond the temple as police, federal agents and the county sheriff's bomb squad swarmed a neighborhood in nearby Cudahy, evacuated several homes and searched a duplex. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Tom Ahern said warrants were being served at the home of the gunman.

Sports Briefs for August 6: MCHS golf coach offering instruction for youth

Yampa Valley Golf Course will be the site of a Ladies Professional Golf Association Girls Golf Day this week. Ann Marie Roberts, Moffat County High School girls golf coach, will lead the day of teaching at YVGC for girls of all skill levels from ages 4 through 18. The day of teaching will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Roberts and members of the MCHS girls golf team will provide beginner and intermediate instruction for anyone interested in the game.

Tease photo

Friends of Moffat County Education hosts weekend 5K

Before grabbing some grub at the Colorado State Barbecue Championships, some Moffat County residents got up early for a Saturday morning run. More than 80 people participated in the Friends of Moffat County Education Dew Buster 5K Walk/Run and One-Mile Family Fun Run at Loudy-Simpson Park. The race was 3.1 miles. Derek Duran, who crossed the finish line first in a time of 21:07, said it was an excellent day for a run. “It’s a perfect day out here,” Duran said. “This was a good atmosphere, it was a good turnout, so it was fun.” Wyatt Mortenson, 9, was the overall runner-up in the race, finishing in 23:15.

Tease photo

Bulldog Sports for August 6, 2012

Bulldog sports for the week of August 6, 2012.

Clothing retailer to host grand opening at new location

Clothing store Maurices will host a grand opening event at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at its new Craig location, 1850 W. Victory Way, as part of the Tebo Center development. In a news release, store manager Andrea Medina said the store will offer a “sneak peek” at its newest deals, complete with gift card giveaways and a “buy one get one half off” sale. “Trends are always changing and so are we,” Medina said. “Sometimes we'll get new things in as often as bi-weekly. But, even though we always have the latest and greatest looks, our prices won't break your bank.” The 5,000 square feet of the new store, significantly larger than its former location at Centennial Mall, will feature a larger inventory of Maurices’ lines of women’s clothing for all ages.

Senior Spotlight for August 6, 2012

August is a month when the season usually starts giving a good hint of change. Harvest is one of my favorite times. The smell of fresh mown hay, vegetables in all mature colors, the change in the nature of things, the good results of honest labor. People, too, show results of their labor in the way they grow. Hopefully the results are good, but even if they don't seem to be as good as they think they should be, we still need to find the good side.

Briefs for August 6: Craig Daily Press seeking new editorial board members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next editorial board. Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. Editorial board terms last three months. Those who are interested or would like additional information should call editor Joshua Roberts at 875-1791 or email him at editor@craigdailypress.com.

Tease photo

New Moffat County finance director settling in

Change isn’t always easy. Especially when embarking on a new career path after spending more than 18 years with the same company or department. But, sometimes opportunity knocks and those who recognize it jump at the chance. Mindy Curtis, 40, said last week she was fortunate to have opportunity strike twice in her life. Curtis accepted the position last month as the new Moffat County finance director after 18 years with the Moffat County Department of Social Services.

Tease photo

Wolf Fire swells to 6,100 acres

Fire officials: Rugged terrain hindering firefighting efforts

Steep, rugged terrain on the Wolf Fire’s southern perimeter has proven difficult to navigate as the wildfire has grown to more than 6,100 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Sunday. More than 200 county, state and federal personnel have been assigned to the Wolf Fire, burning five miles south of Elk Springs in Moffat County. Among the assigned resources are five 20-person hand crews, five engines, two Moffat County Road and Bridge Department road maintainers, two single engine air tankers and a helicopter, fire officials said. A type 3 incident management team also is in place.

Saturday, August 4

University reviewing handling of shooting suspect

The University of Colorado Denver has hired a former U.S. attorney to review how it handled James Holmes, the former graduate student charged with killing 12 people at a screening of the new Batman movie.

Tease photo

Sports Briefs for August 4:Mud drags and truck pulls today at Thunder Ridge

Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park will be hosting mud drags and truck pulls today, beginning at noon. The oval dirt track, which hosts mostly motocross and stock car races, will be changing it up for local enthusiasts. The mud drags will feature two muddy lanes on the infield of the track, where participants will attempt to navigate a drag race. In the truck pulls, drivers will get to show off their truck’s towing power as they attempt to drag tires of various sizes across the infield.

Government Updat for August 4: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Wind-whipped Oklahoma wildfires destroy homes

Wildfires whipped by gusty, southerly winds swept through rural woodlands north and south of Oklahoma City on Friday, burning dozens of homes as firefighters struggled to contain some of the fires amid 113-degree heat. Hundreds of people were told to leave their homes in at least four counties, while smoke and flames prompted authorities to close parts of Interstate 44, the main roadway between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and two state highways. "A man refused to leave. From what I know, he wanted to protect his property, but your life has to be more valuable than property," Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said late Friday night. The sheriff said at least 25 homes, a daycare center and numerous outbuildings had burned in a fire that may have been deliberately set near Luther, a town about 20 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

TMH Board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board: • Welcomed Mike Mullins, Region 9 vice president for Quorum Health Resources. Mullins will be a hospital representative for QHR. • Discussed an upcoming trustee webinar series scheduled for Aug. 14, titled “The Board’s Role in Disaster Preparedness.” • Approved, 6-0, medical staff privileges for five reappointments.

Over a Cup: A good year for Zucchini recipes

Rhubarb season didn’t turn out so great this year. The plant just didn’t grow. However, now we’re into zucchini season, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so many blossoms on zucchini plants. Just the other day I picked five good-sized zucchinis from one plant alone.

Diane Prather: Enjoying the Moffat County Fair

What do you enjoy about a county fair? For a child, the hit of a fair might be petting the rabbits and ducks, sharing a popsicle with a lamb, and playing in the water and mud around the cattle wash rack. Adults enjoy the judging competitions, checking out the judged exhibits and visiting with neighbors. Fairgoers of every age look forward to cotton candy, funnel cakes and hot dogs.

Letter: Thank you to Craig Parks and Recreation

The Northwest Colorado Republican Women’s group would like to extend a special thank you to Dave Pike and all the people at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department responsible for the recent work in Sherwood Forest.

Editorial: Twelve names that matter

“If there were any plan in the universe at all, if there were any pattern in human life, surely it could be discovered mysteriously latent in those lives so suddenly cut off. Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan.”— Thornton Wilder, “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” circa 1927 When faced with tragedy, the philosophy Wilder outlined in his classic novel and which many subscribe to — “everything happens for a reason” — comes as comfort for the grieving. And, who’s to say the author, or people who believe as he did, are wrong? After all, it’s reassuring when our pain has purpose, that beneath the surface of the chaos and heartbreak lies some kind of plan, a blueprint beyond our grasp, too complex for our mortal comprehension.

Tease photo

Bears Ears Patriots event attracts candidates

Local residents receive surprise visit from CU regent contender

The Bears Ears Patriots have been relatively quiet since the June 26 primary election. But, this week members of the local tea party organization returned to coordinating an event for voters to vet local, state and national candidates. On Thursday, the Bears Ears Patriots hosted a barbecue at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area, an event designed to provide local residents with the opportunity to talk to candidates in a causal atmosphere. The event attracted eight different candidates based in Craig, Pueblo and Carbondale, including an unexpected visit from Glen Gallegos, a Grand Junction Republican running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents in District 3.

Briefs for August 4: Fire officials appreciative of public's response

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit issued a news release this week thanking area residents who have reported wildland fires. "Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep the incidents small," said Colt Mortenson, Bureau of Land Management fire management officer. "There are some key pieces of information that help us respond more efficiently." Fire management officials request residents follow these guidelines when reporting a fire: Call 911.

Tease photo

Moffat County School District teachers win award, prepare for global conference

One of the most popular ad campaigns of the last 30 years involved champion athletes declaring, “I’m going to Disneyland,” after winning the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or World Series. For Cheryl Arnett and Melany Neton, their ultimate destination may not be the famed Anaheim amusement park, but the Magic Kingdom still figures quite heavily into their own recent victory. Arnett and Neton, Sunset Elementary School teachers, recently attended the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum in Redmond, Wash., a two-day conference for educators from across the country to present projects utilizing Microsoft technology in the classroom. Out of 102 attendees, the two Sunset teachers were among 16 picked as the top classroom projects in the nation, all of whom will go on to represent the country at the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum later this year.

Archeologists working to repair Cliff Palace

Archeologists at Mesa Verde National Park say a crack is threatening the southern half of the park's largest and most famous cliff dwelling.

Friday, August 3

Fire officials: Wolf Fire now 4,200 acres

The Wolf Fire, located about five miles south of Elk Springs off U.S. Highway 40 in Moffat County, is burning actively in sagebrush and pinion and juniper trees, fire officials reported Friday night. Winds up to 35 miles per hour drove the wildfire throughout the day to 700 acres on Bureau of Land Management land. One 20-person hand crew and two engines were on the scene with three more hand crews ordered and additional engines. To slow the fire’s spread, two single-engine air tankers dropped retardant Friday. Oil and gas facilities are situated about three miles south of the Wolf Fire but winds were out of the west/northwest and moving the fire away from the well pads. Smoke from the Wolf Fire drifted east across Moffat County causing concern with residents. A type 3 incident management team will assume management of the incident today.

Tease photo

BLM Little Snake Field Office hosts foreign land managers

In 1990, the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University launched a month-long course to address a lack of experience among public land managers in Latin America. Each year, students enrolled in the program spend a day touring public lands in Moffat County managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office. It’s an annual tradition that not only wows first-time foreign visitors, but also has become one of the highlights for CSU faculty members. “Visiting Moffat County is great for us because there’s such a variety of (land management) issues and opportunities situated a relatively short distance apart,” said Jim Wurz, a CSU faculty member and one of the directors of the Spanish-taught course. “I’ve always liked Moffat County because it’s a landscape that lets you rest your eyes.

Bronco hoping girlfriend brings home the gold

Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein is setting his alarm for the wee hours Saturday morning even though the Denver Broncos' stadium scrimmage isn't until mid-afternoon.

Gun control advocates protest Romney in Colo.

Mitt Romney is telling Coloradans still reeling from a movie theater shooting last month that "we love you and we pray for you. You're in our hearts and you're in our prayers."

Baseball cards found in Ohio sell big at auction

The discovery of century-old baseball cards in an Ohio attic isn't going to make anyone super-rich even though it's being called one of the most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting. That's because the cards and the money are being evenly divided among 20 cousins. A sampling of the treasure trove that had been untouched for 100 years was sold Thursday night during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. The 37 baseball cards featuring the likes of Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner fetched $566,132 in brisk online and live bidding. They were expected to bring about $500,000. "It was a lot of fun," said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions, which conducted the sale. "The room was packed." He said two lots were sold to Internet bidders and the third went to a live bidder. The auction house declined to identify the winning bidders.

Tease photo

Power lifting team set for performance at local church

This weekend’s Sunday morning service at New Creation Church may have more frying pan curling, soda can crushing and phone book ripping than usual. Made up of former body builders, NFL players and Strongman contestants, evangelist John Jacobs’ Next Generation Power Force strength team is set to perform Sunday as part of a Christian mission to spread the word of God in churches across the world. “I have one guy that can wrap a six-foot-long steel bar around three times, and others that can rip two license plates in half like they’re sheets of paper and rip phonebooks in half like it’s nothing,” said Alex Morales, a Miami-based pastor who works as the team’s administrator. And in between the seemingly impossible stunts, Morales said the members tell their stories.

Letter: Celebrate National Health Center Week 2012

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2012 August 5 through 11. Community Health Centers all over the United States are nonprofit providers with a mission to provide comprehensive primary health care in a medical home. Medical homes are valuable and necessary. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthy. CHC provides quality, affordable primary care to the community and so much more. Patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.

Briefs for August 3: Variety show tonight

A monthly variety show with music by local musicians is slated for 7 p.m. tonight at the Sports Page Bar in the Holiday Inn at Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. For more information, call 824-4791.

Thursday, August 2

On the record for Aug. 2

On the record for Aug. 2

Tease photo

Sugar Fire contained

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service are battling a five-acre blaze in Moffat County. The Sugar Fire was ignited by a lightning strike about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and is currently burning five acres on BLM land off U.S. Highway 40 about 20 miles west of Craig. There are no estimates on containment. No structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported, said officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit late Wednesday night.

Wednesday, August 1

Tease photo

Rain not enough to open river access at state park

Northwest Colorado’s summer off the river is still in effect. Recent rains have gotten more water into the Yampa River and helped with irrigation, but they have not done enough to create a sustainable environment for boating and floating the river. Yampa River State Park in Routt County closed its river access points in July according to park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir Ron Dellacroce. Even with the rain, flow rates have not come up enough to reopen river access, he said. “It hasn’t really done much for us,” Dellacroce said. “We’ve seen a couple spikes with the rain we’ve had, but nothing sustainable where the river has come up. We had a big spike near Yampa about two weeks ago that looked really promising. It only lasted a day.

Tease photo

Balloons and BBQ Blast to offer weekend fun in Craig

Things will heat up during a community get-together this weekend in more than one way. The Balloons and BBQ Blast will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The dual event features both the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig and the Moffat County Balloon Festival. The festivities start at 9 a.m. Friday as competitors in the BBQ Championship take on initial meat inspections and continue through the next day, perfecting culinary masterpieces of chicken, pork, brisket and ribs, with final judging Saturday afternoon. Organizer Jennifer Riley said the number of competing grillers is at a peak of 36.

Tease photo

Rockfall fencing project completed in Mount Harris Canyon near Hayden

The work involved removing 480 cubic yards of loose rock and installing 212,660 square feet of wire mesh meant to direct rocks into a ditch instead of allowing them to fall onto the highway. The project was finished on budget at a cost of $1 million.

US shooters competing with Aurora in mind

LONDON (AP) — USA Shooting is based in Colorado Springs, Colo., about an hour's drive from the site of the movie theater massacre. Yes, that's very much on the mind of the American shooting team at the London Games. Shooting sports get barely any mainstream attention in the United States except during the Olympics. Even then, it's nominal at best. So far in London, American shooters have won two gold medals. But since the team arrived questions have kept coming about Aurora, Colo., and the rampage on July 20 that left 12 dead and 58 others wounded. Along with that is the renewed debate about gun control in the country.

Editorial: Olympic rewind and remind

The year was 1980, and national pride in the U.S. was swooning by the time the XIII Winter Olympics began in Lake Placid, N.Y. The economy, hindered by the oil crisis, had dipped into recession. The hostages were being held in Iran. The Cold War was bitter. Our country, to a certain extent, was fractured, and optimism for the future was waning if not wholly extinct. On Feb. 22, a young U.S. Olympic hockey team gave the country a reason to believe.

On the Record for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

Tease photo

Local House District 57 candidate addresses Craig Rotary Club

Education, water issues and economic development. These are three priorities Jo Ann Baxter is focusing on as she sets her sights toward election to the Colorado House of Representatives. Baxter spoke Tuesday morning to the Craig Rotary Club about these topics and how she plans to address them if elected. The first of the discussion points, education, is an “obvious” one for the candidate considering her background.

Gore Vidal, celebrated author, playwright, dies

In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier. But Vidal made his living — a very good living — from challenging power, not holding it. He was wealthy and famous and committed to exposing a system often led by men he knew firsthand. During the days of Franklin Roosevelt, one of the few leaders whom Vidal admired, he might have been called a "traitor to his class." The real traitors, Vidal would respond, were the upholders of his class. The author, playwright, politician and commentator whose vast and sharpened range of published works and public remarks were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday at age 86 in Los Angeles.

Romney coming to Colorado on Thursday

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to Colorado on Thursday, with stops planned in at least two cities. Campaign officials say Romney is holding a morning rally at the Jefferson County fairgrounds.

Francis shaky early; Rockies fall to Cardinals

Jeff Francis and Matt Holliday teamed up to take the Colorado Rockies to the World Series in 2007. On Tuesday night, Holliday helped send Francis and the spiraling Rockies to another loss. Holliday homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and Kyle Lohse worked through an erratic outing to win his fifth consecutive decision and lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Rockies 11-6. Josh Rutledge homered among his three hits, and Jordan Pacheco also had three hits for Colorado, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Tease photo

Young golfers take over Yampa Valley Golf Course

In spite of their baggier golf clothes and smaller clubs, youth golfers showed they have skills to spare Tuesday. Players from across Northwest Colorado came to the Yampa Valley Golf Course to participate in the Yampa River Junior Classic. The one-day tournament featured players from ages six to 17, and the youths showed off their skills while they had the course to themselves. With 36 players participating in the various age groups, YVGC member and head of the tournament Dave Desarmeaux was happy with the turnout.

Letter: Concealed carry proven to reduce crime, violence

To the editor: Tears fill her eyes as the woman highlighted in the news on Denver’s FOX TV channel says, "It could happen to any one of us, at any time, at any place." That’s the public delusion fostered by virtually all television stations, including the Denver channels, since reporting began on the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora. Only a few admirable news personalities dared refute this collective fantasy with facts.

Lance Scranton: Adapting in the face of change

Being guests in another state can be very educational. While we see only a snapshot of what is going on with the oil boom in North Dakota, my extended family offers another perspective. There is a huge amount of attention being paid to North Dakota as an oil-producing giant. While oil jobs pay well and generate tax revenue ($856 million state budget surplus to date), there are a few concerns. There are approximately 200 oil wells currently producing in the western portion of North Dakota with more than 600 more in the planning stages.

On the Record for August 1, 2012

Friday, July 27 Kenneth Lee Reynolds, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Saturday, July 28 Conny Gillis Mullis, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, compulsory insurance, violation of a one-way road, insufficient licensure and insufficient vehicle registration. Cory Lee Jones, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

State patrol releases names of crash victims

The Colorado State Patrol released the names of the three victims in Saturday’s fatal two-vehicle crash west of Craig. The CSP officials reported that 35-year-old Raul Torres-Rodriguez, of Fort Collins, was the driver of an Audi A4 carrying 22-year-old Christopher Karschner, of Rangely, and 19-year-old Luis Terrones-Ortega, of Greeley, as passengers. The vehicle, traveling west on U.S. Highway 40, reportedly veered into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Rickie Jenkins, 53, of Casper, Wyo., according to a CSP news release.

Tease photo

MCTA unveils new county logo, slogan

Those in the business of promoting tourism in Craig and Moffat County are already familiar with the sights, sounds and attractions unique to this part of Colorado. Yet there are hidden gems some residents have never visited, let alone knew existed. With so much to be discovered, particularly among Moffat County’s natives, attracting visitors from outside the state might seem like a daunting task. On Tuesday, the Moffat County Tourism Association Board took a step forward in its quest to boost visitor traffic when it unveiled the county’s new logo, slogan and advertising campaign — "Moffat Country, Colorado: Where the West Runs Wild."

Briefs for August 1: Balloons and BBQ Blast at Loudy-Simpson Park

The Balloons and BBQ Blast, which includes both the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig and the Moffat County Balloon Festival, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Activities include vendor booths, entertainment, a performance by Beatles tribute band FAB 4, and balloon launches. The event begins at 9 a.m. Friday with meat inspection for BBQ competitors. Balloon launches begin after sunrise Saturday and Sunday, and awards for the BBQ competition will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.