News for Saturday, August 11, 2012



Colo. suspect impressed Ill. neuroscience program

The Colorado theater shooting suspect left a good impression on people he met in his pursuit of a neuroscience career, with a reference describing him as having a "great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity." That account came in a recommendation letter sent to the University of Illinois' neuroscience program as part of James Holmes' application to the school last year. The names of those who wrote the letter were blacked out. The letter and all of the university's documents related to Holmes were provided to The Associated Press on Friday after an open records request. The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., first obtained the documents. Holmes declined to attend the highly selective program, and instead attended the University of Colorado, Denver, studying neuroscience until he dropped out in June. He gave no reason for declining the Illinois offer, and no reason for dropping out in Colorado.

Rockies beat Lincecum, Giants 3-0 behind Chatwood

Tim Lincecum's modest win streak is over, the Giants are struggling to hit at home and now their lead in the NL West is gone. Lincecum pitched seven mostly strong innings but got little offensive support from San Francisco's offense, which managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. While it was another step forward for the Giants' two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, it was also a stark reminder of how they've struggled offensively at AT&T Park this year. San Francisco hasn't scored in its last 14 innings at home and was shut out for the fifth time this season — sixth overall — at its waterfront ballpark.

AP source: Romney picks Ryan for running mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision. In a statement issued Friday night, Romney's campaign would say only that the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin — which offered a hint about Romney's choice. Before Romney's team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman whose nomination could help assuage the conservative base of the party that has been reluctant to fully embrace Romney.

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Local athletes enjoy seeing their sports in the spotlight at London games

Among other things, the Olympics present a unique picture of sports by showcasing sports and athletes who are not stars for most of the year. While mainstream sports viewing in America typically centers on football, basketball, baseball and hockey, the Olympics doesn't feature any of them prominently. Instead, lesser-followed sports like swimming, running and gymnastics are brought before the most viewers. For local athletes and coaches in those sports, the Olympic coverage is appreciated.

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LSRV to open pursuit of three-peat Sept. 1 in Ten Sleep, Wyo.

If the Little Snake River Valley High School's six-man football team is going to win a third consecutive state title, the Rattlers will have to be as good on the road as they are at home in Baggs, Wyo. This season is the fourth year for 1A six-man football in Wyoming, and LSRV has been dominant, winning 21 straight games en route to state championships in 2010 and 2011. The Rattlers’ road to another championship this season will begin with difficult games. On Sept. 1, they travel to Ten Sleep High School, a high-scoring offense featuring 2011 all-state selection Friscoe Erdahl.

Over a Cup: Zucchini a great ingredient for sweet treats

I haven’t taken the time to make the “Zucchini Casserole” featured in last week’s column. Hopefully I’ll get to it this week. In the meantime, I’ve been looking through my file for zucchini desserts. I came up with two recipes for brownies.

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'A bullet with our name on it': Craig native grateful she escaped theater shooting

She went to district court July 30 in Centennial to get a better look at the shadowy figure she and her friends escaped just 10 days before. A survivor of the man's rampage, she laid eyes on the 24-year-old with dyed hair and dazed expressions. She felt neither anger nor hatred. "I felt pity for him," said Jacque Archuleta, a Craig native and Englewood resident. "Here's this educated man and he's going to spend the rest of his life in jail or lose his life because he made this horrible, horrible decision.

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Accredited online high school available to local students

Annette McCurdy thinks high school is about more than just grades. “It’s all about getting ready for life,” the Craig resident said about the importance of the skills and knowledge acquired during those formative years. “Graduating high school is the first step in getting ready for life.” Starting this month, Northwest Colorado students between the ages of 14 and 21 will have a new way to achieve that first step when GOAL Academy begins offering classes locally. GOAL Academy — which stands for Guided Online Academic Learning — is an online public high school operating in Colorado for the past five years. According to its website,, GOAL students “can obtain a quality education and a high school diploma,” while using “state-of-the-art technology to deliver an engaging curriculum.”

Political cartoon was 'crap'

To the editor: This in regards to the Wednesday, Aug. 8 Craig Daily Press with the political cartoon on page 6. Unbelievable and unnecessary. This is one of the most tasteless pieces of journalism I have ever seen in my life. In a community that is pro-hunting and pro-gun, why would you let this crap be printed in our newspaper?

Coal power generation conference returns to Craig

Colorado Water Congress also scheduled next week in Steamboat

After a one-year hiatus, the Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference returns to Craig next week. Organizers are continuing the event’s partnership with the Summer Water and Energy Conference, an annual Colorado Water Congress event held at the Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort. But day one of the four-day convention will return Tuesday to its traditional venue at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. This year’s theme for the joint conference is “The Balance of Power” and will feature numerous speakers from the water and energy sectors, economic experts and local, state, and national legislators. Many of the topics scheduled for the conference will focus on regulations at the state and national levels and the balance of providing affordable energy with conservation.

Diane Prather: Fall cleaning on the ranch

School will be starting soon, and before long — this year much sooner than ranchers would like — livestock will be moved home from summer pasture. In the meantime, there’s fall cleaning to do, not only in houses but elsewhere around the ranch, too. Fall cleaning around the ranch may include: • Gathering up the empty grain sacks that were supposed to go back to the feed store but instead got left in piles in the building where the grain is stored.

Briefs for August 11: DAR to meet today at museum

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call chapter regent Shannan Koucherik at 824-9158.

Victims of the Aurora theater shooting

The 12 people killed in the July 20 shooting at the Century Aurora 16 multiplex: • Jonathan Blunk, 26 • Alexander "AJ" Boik, 18 • Jesse Childress, 29 • Gordon Cowden, 51

Al Cashion: Half truths and plastic professionals

A half truth is a whole lie. My third-grade Sunday school teacher taught me that. To put it another way, if only half the truth is stated, the intent is to deceive. To deceive is to tell a whole lie.