News for Saturday, August 4, 2012



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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.