News for Friday, August 10, 2012

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Craig native comes home with message of love, hope

Collin Stoddard, a Craig native and Christian singer/songwriter, began his performance Thursday night by asking for a show of hands of those in the audience. He wanted to know how many people had changed his diaper as an infant. “I bet there are less hands down that haven’t than have,” Stoddard joked. Stoddard performed a concert featuring songs from his new album, “Fight for Me,” at The Journey at First Baptist Church for an audience of about 100 people.

Outdoor industry attempts to flex political clout

AP) — The outdoor recreation industry is flexing its economic muscle — some $640 billion spent annually by Americans on gear, travel and services — to push for wilderness protection in Utah, threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues. The industry showed its resolve last week by giving Utah's governor an ultimatum: give up on a threat to take over federal land in the state or risk losing the outdoor gear show that draws thousands of visitors and injects more than $40 million yearly into the state economy. Empty threat or not, the outdoor industry and related services represent a sizeable chunk of Utah's income — roughly $4 billion a year, or 5 percent of the state's gross product. And it's not the first time the 4,000-member-strong Outdoor Industry Association has threatened to take its business elsewhere.

On the Record for Aug. 10, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 10, 2012

CDC: 158 cases of new swine flu strain from pigs

Don't pet the pigs. That's the message state and county fair visitors got Thursday from health officials who reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs. This flu has mild symptoms and it's not really spreading from person to person. "This is not a pandemic situation," said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BLM Colorado oil, gas lease sale raises $102,953

A Littleton-based company is the winning bidder for a single parcel that was offered in a quarterly auction of federal oil and gas leases in Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management said Lone Tree Energy and Associates bid $110 per acre Thursday for the nearly 922-acre parcel in Mesa County. Including rentals and fees, the auction raised $102,953.

Manning makes cameo, Broncos beat Bears 31-3

Peyton Manning didn't hide his feelings. This one was special, and he simply wasn't about to dismiss it as just another tuneup. He's come too far for that. "I know how much hard work I've put in and how much help I've gotten along the way," he said. "I know once we get to Pittsburgh, it'll be all about the game. I'm not going to be too reflective." His first preseason appearance with the Broncos was brief and a bit uneven. He hopes to have it ironed out by the opener Sept. 9.

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Commission unanimous in support of chief judge

Michael O'Hara up for retention in November election

The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, a group of 10 people in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, has unanimously recommended voters retain the district's chief judge in November. The commission, which includes four attorneys and six non-attorneys, reviewed Chief Judge Michael O'Hara, a Steamboat Springs resident and Southern California native. O'Hara was appointed to the 14th Judicial District in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Owens. "Judge O'Hara is an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking individual," said Sharon Timmerman, a Steamboat Springs resident and co-public information liaison for the commission on judicial performance. "I feel we're fortunate to have him in the 14th Judicial District."

Pastor Linda Taylor: White lies or not, the truth will set you free

I've recently come across situations in which I was told it was better to tell a "little white lie" rather than hurt another person's feelings. I was told telling the truth wouldn't work, so I should lie rather than be honest. I remember times I've asked my husband, "How do I look?," when I’m wearing something different that I’m not sure about. All along, I thought there should be only one answer: "Great." I will even tell him it’s OK if he lies, but then I become upset with him when I realize he's not telling the truth, so he’s in a no-win situation.

Briefs for August 10: Free Summer Concert Series events this weekend

J.W. Snack's will present a free summer concert series at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the restaurant, 210 E. Victory Way. The horn driven Denver funk band, The Last Riot, will be performing. There is no cover charge and attendees must be 21. For more information, call 826-0468. Emerald City Opera Saturday at MCHS The Emerald City Opera will be performing at Moffat County High School at 8 p.m. Saturday. The performance will feature young professional singers in staged scenes from various popular operas. The cost is $8 at the door. For more information, call 879-1996 or visit www.emeraldcityopera.org.