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On the Record for Aug. 17

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Fire board unveils training tower site plan, mock drawings

Plans to be considered by Craig planning department Monday

A new site plan for Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire simulator is scheduled to go before the Craig planning and zoning department board Monday for approval. The plans, and a mock drawing of the fire training tower, were unveiled Thursday by the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board. Chris Nichols, fire board secretary/treasurer, outlined the highlights of the site package which include plans for drainage, lighting and landscaping that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by city ordinances. “Right off the top of my head we are required to have 10,500 square feet of landscaping,” Nichols said. “We’re submitting almost 15,000.”

CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C

All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday. It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don't know they're harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans. More than 15,000 Americans die each year from hepatitis C-related illnesses and the number has been growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Unless we take action, we project deaths will increase substantially," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, in a call with reporters.

Cuddyer homers as Rockies beat Marlins, 5-3

Michael Cuddyer looked overmatched the first two times he faced Ricky Nolasco. His third at-bat, he got even. Cuddyer homered after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and the streaking Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Thursday night. Eric Young Jr. and Josh Rutledge had a hit and an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who won their fourth straight game. Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth for his 22nd save. Colorado is perfect on this current seven-game homestand after going 1-8 at Coors Field two weeks ago.

Man killed in Colo. gas well rupture was from Wyo.

Authorities say a man who was killed after a rupture at a natural gas well in northern Colorado was from Wyoming. Weld County coroner's officials identified the victim Thursday as 60-year-old Brian Wallace, of Evanston, Wyo. They say he died immediately from blunt force injuries after the explosion Wednesday at a well operated by Encana Corp. north of Fort Lupton.

Sports Briefs for August 17: Anglers reminded to monitor water temps

Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing, the agency reported in a news release. Several water-specific recommendations have already been requested this summer, however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations, according to the release. "Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above can put undue stress on them, causing mortalities and compromising the fishery as a whole," said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for the Northeast region, in the release. "We ask that anglers keep in mind the production opportunity of a fishery and not solely the fishing opportunity. Get out and fish, but bring along a thermometer and try to fish early in the day for the best opportunities." For more information about fishing in places not affected by low flows, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx.

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Lance Scranton: Olympic lessons

Commitment, hard work necessary for progression

It’s easy to critique the latest version of the Olympics along the lines of our favorite sports but we can’t escape the fact that there were some incredible stories of talent, courage and dedication. But, the lessons that I took from the 2012 London Olympics involved something more than just sports. The casual observer might not know that many of the venues used in the London Games will be dismantled after the Olympics are officially over. This is the first country I can recall that accepted the reality that building huge permanent structures to facilitate a two-week event might not be the most productive idea. We can look at pictures of past Olympic sites, particularly Athens, and see what happens once the excitement of the events is over and the care and maintenance of the sites are left in disorder.

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Police Beat: A summary report of Craig Police Department activity for July 2012

Below is my report to Craig City Council on police department activity for July. Crime summary: The department responded to 1,374 requests for service during the month of July and Community Service responded to 202 requests for service. Crime of the Month (written by Administrative Sgt. John Forgay): Traffic Tip of the Month — Today’s modern automobiles have those nifty little levers on the left side of the steering wheel. Some have multi-use items attached, but the primary design is to turn on those little lights so others know you are turning right or left.

Briefs for August 17: Mountain Housing Workshop Day set for Sept. 7

The Colorado Mountain Housing Coalition is bringing to you, Mountain Housing Workshop Day on Friday September 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The agenda includes: • Opening Welcome from Jennifer Kermode (8:30 a.m.) • Workshop 1: (Hidden Homeless in Rural Mtns) • Workshop 2: (Senior Housing in Rural Areas)

Commission endorses letter contesting Sage Grouse EIS

Northwest Colorado officials sign letter demanding more local consideration

Officials in northwest Colorado have joined forces against the Bureau of Land Management over Greater Sage Grouse conservation. On Monday Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resources director, presented a letter to the commission for approval contesting the BLM’s forthcoming Greater Sage Grouse draft environmental impact statement. The letter, endorsed by county commissioners in Moffat, Routt, Garfield, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, and the heads of the Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts, raises concerns about the BLM’s inconsideration of local input in regards to Greater Sage Grouse conservation. The undersigned northwest Colorado governments have been participating in regular cooperating agency meetings hosted by local BLM officials about environmental protections for the Greater Sage Grouse since May.

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Twentymile expanding to new location

Officials aim for full-scale coal production by 2015

Despite a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the coal mining industry due to increased government regulations, Twentymile Mine officials announced Tuesday they are pushing forward with plans to expand into their Sage Creek reserve. Twentymile, owned by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, is Routt County’s largest employer and the top coal producer in the state. In 2011 Twentymile’s 480 employees, 60 percent of whom commute from Moffat County, mined 7.75 million tons of coal. But with reserves thinning at Peabody’s Twentymile Mine, located near Oak Creek, company officials last year made the decision to begin the expansion process into the Sage Creek reserve.