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On the Record for Aug. 15, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 15, 2012

Bowhunter education offered in Fruita

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be offering a one-day, accelerated Bowhunter Education class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita, the agency announced in a news release. Participants must have already earned a hunter education card to be eligible to participate in the class, which is designed for bowhunters of all ages and ability. For novice archers, equipment will be provided, according to the release. In many states, passing a Bowhunter Education class is required before purchasing an archery license. In Colorado, the class is considered an advanced hunter education course but is not required, the release stated.

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Craig City Council extends fireworks, open burn ban 60 days

With the city’s ordinance banning open burning and the use of fireworks set to expire, the Craig City Council considered Tuesday extending the ordinance an additional 60 days. Ordinance 1019 was first approved unanimously by council members in June citing the extreme fire danger in the City of Craig. It was passed in accordance with the city’s home rule charter and was initially executed for a period of 60 days. Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said the original ordinance was set to automatically expire before the city council’s Aug. 28 meeting.

CU-Boulder team wins grant to reinvent toilet

A team of student and faculty engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder is among the winners of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet.

Gonzalez has 4 hits as Rockies beat Brewers 8-6

Carlos Gonzalez had four hits, Tyler Chatwood pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Tuesday night. Eric Young Jr. homered among his three hits and Wilin Rosario also connected for Colorado, which had 15 hits for the second straight night. Rafael Betancourt finished up a shaky ninth to record his 21st save. Martin Maldonado homered and Norichika Aoki had three hits for the Brewers, who had another late rally fall short.

Ron Palillo, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

Ron Palillo, the actor best known as the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63. Palillo suffered an apparent heart attack at his home about 4 a.m., said Karen Poindexter, a close friend of the actor. He was pronounced dead at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Palillo was inextricably linked with the character he played from 1975 to 1979 on "Kotter," the hit ABC sitcom, in which title character Gabe Kotter returns to his Brooklyn alma mater to teach a group of loveable wiseguys known as the Sweathogs. Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped, "Oooh, ooh," and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question. The show was a ratings success and pop cultural phenomenon, injecting smart-Alec phrases such as "Up your nose with a rubber hose" into the mainstream and propelling co-star John Travolta to stardom. But the series only lasted as long as a high school education and its end, for Palillo, brought difficulty.

Sports Briefs for August 15: National attention coming to Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park

Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park will be featured as part of an annual circle track tour this month. The AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour, in which a writer for Circle Track Magazine visits various tracks across the country and writes about them, will be coming to Craig the weekend of Aug. 25. Thunder Ridge is hosting a late model stock car show that weekend as well. Track owner Greg Kolbaba anticipates the late model show being one of his bigger events of the summer, making it a major opportunity for the track.

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New Colorado Hunter magazine set for release

The 2012 edition of Colorado Hunter will be released Thursday. A joint effort between the Craig Daily Press, Steamboat Today and Grand Junction Sentinel, the magazine serves as a guide to hunting in Western Colorado, complete with season and license information, hunting safety tips, maps, and hunting stories and photos from local outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Letter: New DA: Serving judicial district a privilege

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. I also want to express my profound appreciation for Elizabeth Oldham's eight years of service to Moffat, Routt and Grand counties in the district attorney's office, including her last four years as the elected district attorney. She will be greatly missed, and I wish her all success in her new position in the district attorney's office for the 18th Judicial District.

Editorial: Race for DA needed contenders

A familiar and qualified prosecutor was elevated Monday to one of the most important public offices in Craig and Moffat County — 14th Judicial District Attorney. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Brett Barkey, 51, a Republican and the 14th's former assistant district attorney (see related story, page XX). He replaces Elizabeth Oldham, who resigned before the completion of her first term so she could accept a position in Arapahoe County. Barkey, a Hayden resident, is also a former chief deputy district attorney in the Moffat County office, and the sole candidate for district attorney in November's election. The governor made a practical appointment with Barkey, an experienced prosecutor within the office who already has ties to the judicial district.

Briefs for August 15: Legal consultations available Thursday

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital in Craig are sponsoring a "Skype-a-Lawyer-Night" on Thursday at the hospital. Qualified clients will have a 15- to 30-minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. The event is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby at TMH. To prequalify or for additional information, call 276-2161 or (800) 521-6968. Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

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Colorado Mining president: Government fighting a 'war on coal'

The Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, sage grouse, and more stringent air quality regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are among some of the concerns facing Northwest Colorado coal producers, industry officials said Tuesday. State and local representatives from the coal and power generation industries addressed those concerns during the Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The annual event, hosted in recent years in Craig and Steamboat Springs, attracted more than 70 people and provided industry officials the opportunity to address the affects government regulations could have on their ability to deliver reliable electricity to American consumers. The conference featured two separate panels of speakers, including Stuart Sanderson, Colorado Mining Association president; Jerry Nettleton, environmental manager at Twentymile Mine; Rick Johnson, manager of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.’s Craig Station; and Chris McCourt, manager of Colowyo Mine, among others.

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Back to School Fair set for Saturday

August is a busy month for families. With the start of another school year looming and fall sports season under way, it can be hard for parents to make sure they have all the correct supplies and information to ensure their children a smooth transition into autumn. On Saturday, the Craig Daily Press, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, hopes to simplify the process by offering a Back to School Fair featuring Moffat County School District officials, a pediatrician new to the area, and local vendors and clubs. “It’s an opportunity for local parents to talk to the school district one-on-one, meet the new pediatrician at The Memorial Hospital and buy their school supplies,” Daily Press Advertising Manager Bonnie Stewart said about the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.