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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.

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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

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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.