News for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Chacin makes impressive return, Rockies beat Mets

Jhoulys Chacin didn't pick up where he left off. Far from it, fortunately for him. Chacin made an impressive return from an extended absence and the Colorado Rockies backed him with a pair of sharp defensive plays, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday night. Chacin had not pitched in the majors since May 1 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He came off the disabled list earlier in the day and held the Mets to one run and four hits in six innings, ending his seven-game losing streak that began last September. "It was so good, No. 1, to see him out there," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It's been quite a while. It's been a long time."

Colo. won't reveal suspected ineligible voters

Citing an ongoing investigation, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said Tuesday he would not allow public inspection of the list of nearly 4,000 registered voters he suspects are ineligible to vote because they're not citizens. Gessler was responding to an open record request from The Associated Press seeking to review the list to determine who the secretary mailed letters to last week, asking them to verify their citizenship or voluntarily withdraw from the rolls. "Obviously our intent is to improve the integrity of the voting rolls. It's not to draw attention to specific individuals," Gessler spokesman Rich Coolidge said.

USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply

Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating Tuesday whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption. The investigation will determine whether sick cows were slaughtered and whether meat products from the company should be recalled, a spokesman for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service said. The agency suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford after receiving the video Friday from the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing. The footage shows animals bleeding and thrashing after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in unsuccessful efforts to render them unconscious for slaughter.

Sports Briefs for August 22: Upcoming bowling league meetings next week

The men’s league and mixed winter leagues at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., will hold meetings next week in advance of the league seasons starting in September. The Men’s League meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Thunder Rolls, and is for men only. The Winter League meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 and is co-ed. Both leagues will begin the following Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

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A slow start

Boys golf taking a break after busy week

Losing four seniors from a small sports team can be debilitating. For the Moffat County High School boys golf team, the loss of great golfers from 2011 showed over their first eight days of tournaments. Four seniors led the way on the varsity team last season, with Parker King leading the way, shooting mostly in the 70s. Head coach Casey Kilpatrick knew coming in that he didn’t have that type of team this year, but still said what he has seen is encouraging.

Long Draw Road closed for tree cutting

Long Draw Road, located on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District 53 miles up the Poudre Canyon, is closed starting this week to allow for hazardous tree removal along the road, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. The trees marked for removal have been hit by the mountain pine beetle and are a safety hazard if not taken down. Because of that, the Forest Service has announced that no foot or vehicle traffic will be allowed on the road starting today unless specifically authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, according to the release. “We understand this is a popular area, especially for hunters, but it’s crucial for us to cut and remove these trees for the public’s safety,” Canyon Lakes District Ranger Kevin Atchley said in the release. “I know this is an inconvenience, but this effort should make it safer in future years for the public to enjoy the Long Draw area.”

Buffalo Pass Road to be Temporarily Closed on Parks Ranger District

Beginning this week, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road (Forest Road 60) will be temporarily closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. The route is a popular one between North Park and the Yampa Valley that provides year-round recreation access. Initially, while logging operations occur along isolated sections east of the junction with the Hidden Lakes Road (Forest Road 20), the closure will be intermittent with one-hour delays for the first gates at this junction as well as near the summit at the junction with Forest Road 310, according to the release.

Letter: Where is the justice?

As a member of this community, it’s come to my attention that I live in a community without protection and support from out legal system. My daughter was beaten and abused on July 5th by the father of her child. This happened in front of two small children and caused a major disruption in the apartment complex. Upon calling the police, they responded and arrested the abuser. The ultimate penalty for this action was a mere ten days in jail, a restraining order was assured as well as a protection order for my eleven month old grandson. In the protection order the child was to be protected and parenting time to be set up through a third party.

Letter: Relay for Life seeking volunteers

To the editor: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Craig and the surrounding areas to help plan and organize the 2013 Relay For Life. The first volunteer committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. September 2. The meeting will begin the planning process for the Craig Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Letter: Thank you to Dr. Troy Phillips

We would like to sincerely thank Dr. Troy Phillips for his dedication and service to our Hospice and Palliative Care Program and the families we serve. He was a very important part of our Hospice team and we will miss him very much.

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Lance Scranton: The fabric of a successful year

I spent some time a couple of weeks ago in Grand Junction with my family taking care of some of the “essential” aspects of the looming first days of school. Most of you are aware of the joys of roaming around the city looking for shoes, clothes and other necessities that will ensure your children a successful school year. As I helped my children try on clothes, I began thinking about the various fabrics that make up the styles and options we have for clothing in our country. But what caught my attention were the lessons that clothes can teach us each and every day. The fabric that makes up our clothes is typically divided into 4 categories: new, old, worn, or discarded.

Editorial: Voter's voice

The Craig planning and zoning department’s approval Monday night of a site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower on Industrial Avenue in Craig means the project has but one small hurdle left before ground can be broken: approval from Craig City Council. And if Craig building inspector Dave Costa’s prediction is accurate, it sounds like council members already have the rubber stamp inked up. But before council gives an official OK to the project, the editorial board urges its members to give serious thought to what they are signing off on: A project funded by tax payer dollars that the taxpayers of Moffat County didn’t approve. Sure, taxpayers approved a mill levy increase that provided Craig Fire/Rescue with the funds in question, but it came with the promise that those funds would not be used for a training facility. They had to make that promise because in 2002 voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a proposed mill levy increase intended to pay for a training facility.

Moffat County assessed value better than initial estimates

Reassessment softens blow to state assessed values

Moffat County’s assessed value is going to drop a few points this year, but the hit is not as hard as initial estimates. Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano presented the Moffat County Commission Tuesday with an updated report of the county’s current valuation. According to the abstract, which was approved, 3-0, by the commission, the county’s total assessed valuation is expected to drop in 2012 by $2.9 million, or .61 percent, to $484.1 million. Moffat County’s 2011 final valuation was $487.1 million.

Fire Tower approved by Craig planning board

Project moves on to Craig City Council

The Craig planning and zoning department board approved Monday a site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. The project, which has been a priority of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board for several months, next goes before the Craig City Council for final approval. Craig building inspector Dave Costa said the planning and zoning board approved the site plan unanimously by a vote of 4-0. He expects a similar outcome Aug. 28 when elected city officials address the project during its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Briefs for August 22: CNCC barbeque set for today

Colorado Northwest Community College’s Craig Campus Community Barbeque will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. today on the patio on the east end of the academic building, 2801 West Ninth St. — north of Memorial Hospital. Community members are invited to join CNCC in a celebration of the first anniversary of the new Craig campus and enjoy the college’s art collection, located indoors and outside the campus buildings. Complimentary drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and cookies will be served. For information, call 824-1109 or email robin.brumback@cncc.edu.

Casino conversation coming to Craig

Hayden casino group sets community meeting at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

A lot has been said in the local community forums since the Sleeping Giant Group first announced its proposal to build a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Some of the comments have been positive, others not so much. But it’s not the chatter one way or the other that has Steve Hofman a little concerned. Hofman, a Steamboat Springs resident and one of six partners of the Sleeping Giant Group, said Tuesday a thorough community discussion about the proposed casino was one of the partnership’s goals from the beginning.

Hayden Town Council race comes into focus before Monday filing deadline

Mayor Jim Haskins, incumbent council member Bill Hayden seeking re-election

With the Monday filing deadline quickly approaching, the race for the Hayden Town Council is starting to take shape. The council has four seats up for election this fall, including mayor.

Steamboat heroin dealer sentenced to 8 years in CAPS program

The younger of two brothers who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs was sentenced last week to eight years in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig.

On the Record for Aug. 21, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 21, 2012