News for Friday, August 3, 2012

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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.

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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.

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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.