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Debate over wind credit enters congressional races

Republicans are walking a fine line when it comes to wind energy in Colorado, and it's playing out in congressional races in the debate over a tax credit that impacts hundreds of jobs. Republicans generally don't like subsidies that favor clean energy, which they deride as government picking winners and losers. Mitt Romney opposes the tax credit, and it's not part of the GOP platform for next week's convention. But many Colorado Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on Congress to extend a wind energy production tax credit. That hasn't stopped Democrats from pouncing on Republicans. In the suburban Denver 7th District, home of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter's campaign is accusing Republican challenger Joe Coors of flip-flopping on his support of the credit.

USADA to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour titles

With stunning swiftness, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, he could lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings while the International Olympic Committee might look at the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Games. Armstrong, who retired last year, effectively dropped his fight by declining to enter USADA's arbitration process — his last option — because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed as proof of his innocence while piling up Tour titles from 1999 to 2005.

Straight shooters

4H Shooting team dominates state competition

Last year when the Moffat County 4-H Shooting Sports Team won its third straight state title in the .22 rifle competition, it was a first in Colorado history. Last weekend Moffat County youth shooters added to that legacy by making it four in a row. At the 2012 Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Contest Aug. 19 in Peublo, the senior team (ages 15-18) from Moffat County won all four classes in the .22 caliber rifle, continuing a run of dominance that stretches back to 2009. “Having a good team once or twice, you’ll see that once in awhile,” coach Jody Lee said. “Our junior team won the last three years and now our senior team has won four years in a row. We’re the only ones who have ever been able to accomplish that.”

Letter: 4H Club Silver Slingers coaches a great influence

When your child is born you pray the people who influence him will always be positive. I have known coaches who only belittle children, bring them down and only encourage if they are winning. But the coaches I really want you to know are nothing like that. They are the leaders for the Moffat County 4H Club Silver Slingers, Shawn and Sarah Polly.

‘I ain’t religious, but I am spiritual’

‘I ain’t religious, but I am spiritual’ When I hear this aphorism, it always seems like an oxymoron to me. It always seemed to me that those who speak it are holding onto a contradictory premise that cannot be obtained. It took me years of spiritual study to understand just what was being said. Many people, including the faithful, tend to say that the spirit and the soul are one in the same, confuse the terms, or consider them overlapping.

Janet Sheridan: Born to lose

After seeing me skirmish with neighborhood friends on a dirt court beneath a basketball hoop hanging from a telephone pole, my dad told me I’d be a great player — if the other team would leave me alone. Dad’s comment summarized my competitive life: 0thers scheme, maneuver and never give up. I fail to think beyond the immediate play, forget to watch for exploitable weaknesses in my opponents and lose any ability to concentrate when the going gets tough. My lack of assertiveness puts me at the mercy of bloodthirsty competitors, ruthless cutthroats who sense my lack of guile, take advantage of it and quickly dispense of my weak-willed self. Unfortunately, I’ve lived with many of these rogues.

Police warn residents about IRS scam

The Craig Police Department is warning local residents about an Internal Revenue Service scam currently working its way around the country. One local resident already has been contacted by those perpetrating the scam. According to reports, citizens have received calls from individuals identifying themselves as employees of the “Government Tax Refund Service,” or similar sounding titles, representing the IRS. Callers tell their potential victims that because they have been qualified as a “faithful taxpayer” they are entitled to receive a tax refund of thousands of dollars, subject to a 10 percent service fee.

Briefs for August 24: Informational meeting about CNCC trip set for tonight

Community members and students interested in going to London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, from March 8-17, 2013, as part of the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s international trip are invited to attend an informational meeting. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in room 175 of the Academic Building on the Craig campus. Trip deposit deadline is September 4. For more information, contact marykaren.solomon@cncc (824-1114) or kathy.simpson@cncc.edu (824-1122).

Pace slams Tipton about Ryan budget

Candidate unveils online tool outlining why GOP proposal is bad for Colorado

Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, went on the offensive again Wednesday, slamming Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, for supporting “The Path to Prosperity.” The Path to Prosperity is the Republican Party’s budget proposal for 2013. It is more commonly known as the Ryan Budget, after Congressman Paul Ryan who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee and played a major role in drafting the proposal. Ryan also was recently announced as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate.

On the Record for Aug. 23, 2012

On the Record for Aug. 23, 2012