News for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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.”

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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.

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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

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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.