News for Monday, August 13, 2012

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New MCHS boys golf coach has designs on program development

Casey Kilpatrick said he learned from a man with decades of experience, but is also looking forward to trying things his own way. With the departure of Ken Harjes from the Moffat County High School boys golf team after 31 years at the helm of the program, Kilpatrick is the new head coach of the team after two years as an assistant. Kilpatrick said he'd known Harjes was planning to retire, and he had an interest in taking over the head coaching job. He was a clear choice, said Jeff Simon, Moffat County School District athletic director. “He was the assistant coach under Ken and he’s played golf for a long time,” Simon said. “I think the big thing is his vision for developing a program, not just coaching golf at the high school, but also developing a program which would get younger kids playing. His vision for that was huge for me.”

Letter: New DA: Serving judicial district a privilege

To the editor: I gratefully accept Gov. John Hickenlooper's appointment as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. It is a great honor and privilege to continue in public service in this role.

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Governor appoints new DA in 14th Judicial District

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday the appointment of Brett Barkey as district attorney in the 14th Judicial District.

Motorcycle rollover ends in fatality in Moffat County

A 74-year-old man from San Jose, Calif., was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after rolling his motorcycle north of Craig.

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Moffat County Fair winds down over final weekend

J.D. Sexton’s said his first Moffat County Fair as county extension and 4-H youth agent was a rousing success. “The fair was exceptional this year,” said Sexton, whose duties include coordinating area 4-H programs. “The biggest highlight for me was how hard the kids worked, the quality kids that we have, and all the volunteers and all the time they put in to make this happen.” Though pen requests and animal entries were due July 15, the fair kicked off in earnest late last month at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, with shooting competitions and general projects occupying the early part of the schedule, among other events. Horse and dog shows took center stage during the first week of August, and livestock showing and judging highlighted the later part of last week, which also included live entertainment and games on the fair’s midway.

Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off. The results come from the first large national look at the effectiveness of the state laws over time. They are not a slam-dunk, and even obesity experts who praised the study acknowledge the measures are a political hot potato, smacking of a "nanny state" and opposed by industry and cash-strapped schools relying on food processors' money. But if the laws have even a tiny effect, "what are the downsides of improving the food environment for children today?" asked Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. "You can't get much worse than it already is."

First lady visits Aurora, Colo., shooting victims

First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday made a surprise visit to the hospital that treated victims of last month's movie theater shooting. Obama arrived about 3:30 p.m. in a conference room off the Medical Center of Aurora's cafeteria, where several dozen members of the facility's emergency, operating and intensive care unit staffs lined up to speak with her. After chatting with staff, Obama visited with victims of the shooting and their family members — including one patient who remains in the hospital's ICU, more than three weeks after the shooting. James Holmes, 24, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." The multiplex where the attack occurred is about 2.5 miles from the hospital, which treated 18 people in the hours after the assault.

Rockies' Torres nearly the hero in his hometown

Carlos Torres was ready to celebrate a big day in the ballpark in which he grew up watching baseball. A late rally cost him the victory, but not his memories. Torres singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and pitched two solid innings for the Rockies in his first appearance in San Francisco. Hunter Pence's three-run home run in the eighth inning against Rafael Betancourt snapped a tie and gave the San Francisco Giants a 9-6 victory over Colorado on Sunday. "It's kind of nice to hit that in front of my father," Torres said of his first career hit and RBI. "This is home to me. Every time I come back here is something special."

Sports Briefs for August 13: A League adult softball tournament begins today

The Craig Parks and Recreation adult softball A League tournament takes place this week. The tournament runs today through Wednesday with games played at 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park. The A League consists of the first through seventh seeds from the regular season. Teams playing in the A League tournament are:

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Today first day of official practice for MCHS fall sports teams

Today is the day coaches and players have been looking forward to since the end of last season. Aug. 13 is the first day of official practices allowed by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Most athletes have been doing some level of conditioning to get ready for the season, but there's a long way to go before they'll be at a competitive level. “The first week is more like a tryout process for teams, determining junior varsity, varsity, C-team,” MCHS volleyball head coach Sandy Camilletti said. “In the following week, we’ll actually start getting to putting people in positions.”

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Bulldog Sports for August 13, 2012

Today All Day Moffat County High School boys golf team vs. Grand Junction High School at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction. 7:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult softball A-league tournament. Tuesday

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Craig City Council meeting agenda

Craig City Council meeting When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Agenda: • Roll call

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 p.m. today Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Letter: Political cartoon, take 2

This is in regards to the Aug. 11 Saturday Morning Press with the political cartoon on page 6. I can't believe it. This is one of the most ridiculous pieces of journalism I have ever seen in my life.

Senior Spotlight for August 13, 2012

Wasn't that a refreshing surprise Saturday? The rain didn't last long, but I sure welcomed it. Mostly because it was so sudden, it broke the monotony, and was a welcome break from the job I was doing. I like the smell of rain when it first starts to wet things. The air feels good, too.

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“I’d like to see a lot happen in Craig”: Five minutes with Alison Douglas, 18, of Craig, an employee at WOWBubbles at the Moffat County Fair

Where is your hometown? "Aberdeen, S.D." Motto or outlook on life? “I think people should come to the (Moffat County) Fair." When did you first get started in your job? ”I just started (Thursday).” Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? "It’s fun and it’s awesome because you get to learn about different cultures."

Third Congressional District candidates debate issues, political views

This week marked a new beginning in the campaign for Colorado's Third Congressional District. On Wednesday, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, participated in their first public debate at Adams State University in Alamosa. The event was hosted by the university’s veterans club. Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate, and others vying for the office were not invited.

Briefs for August 13: Immigration presentation slated

Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Craig is partnering with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Pueblo to host an educational immigration presentation in Craig. The presentation is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at The Center Of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Attendees will learn about citizenship applications, immigration fees, VAWA-visas for victims of domestic violence, U-visas, renewal of permanent resident card, family petition and immigrant rights. Additionally, presenters will be available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at The Center of Craig.

Governor's office: District attorney appointment coming today

The immediate successor, at least in the short term, for 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham will be announced today, officials with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s communications office said. Eric Brown, the governor’s communications director, would not comment on the number of applicants vying for the temporary appointment or the appointment process. Last month, Oldham announced her resignation to take a job as the senior deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County. Oldham said she accepted the position because it would allow her to spend more time in the courtroom.