News for Monday, August 6, 2012



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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.