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No more camping at historic town of Eureka

EUREKA (AP) — Crumbling foundations are all that remain of this once-vibrant San Juan County mining town, which lived and died on the production and milling of ore. Today, the former town eight miles north of Silverton is best known as a popular camp site, but this year, for the first time, the privilege comes with a cost. County officials said the conversion of Eureka to a paid 50-space campground and day-use area was necessary. Pete McKay, a county commissioner, said it eliminates willy-nilly campsites and fire pits, and, above all, controls an "extreme" problem of sewage and human waste.

Report says how to avoid sage grouse protections

(AP) — Conservation groups are welcoming a federal report spelling out how sage grouse should be managed in 11 Western states to avoid new federal protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft report issued Thursday advises states and federal land management agencies to act immediately to "stop the bleeding of continuing habitat and population losses." The report is certain to command attention in Western states where listing sage grouse as endangered could result in federal restrictions on energy development and other activities. Sage grouse are found in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They also inhabit Canada.

Drought could affect fall foliage in Colorado

Foresters are keeping an eye on how dry conditions in the mountains this summer will affect fall foliage. Chris Forman, Aspen's city forester, says the yellow leaves popping up in the area could indicate stressed trees and could mean an early and shorter color season.

Manning on the money in Broncos' loss to 49ers

That's the Peyton Manning the Denver Broncos and their fans have been waiting all summer to see. Magnificent. A machine. On the money. And no longer just a memory. Manning was close to perfect in his final regular-season tuneup Sunday, throwing his first two touchdown passes for the Denver Broncos in a 29-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In less than a quarter of work, Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards, including TD tosses of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker, and the only two misses were a dropped pass by Joel Dreessen and an errant throw to Brandon Stokley, who was held on the play but didn't draw the flag. After managing one TD to go with four turnovers in his first seven possessions this preseason, Manning drove the Broncos (1-2) to scores on all three of his series, then put on his visor with 46 seconds left in the first quarter after staking Denver to a 17-0 lead.

Romney accuses Obama of engaging in 'low' politics

His Republican National Convention curtailed by a threatened hurricane, Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and he accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain. "It really is sad, isn't it, with all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level," said Romney, struggling to sharpen the presidential election focus instead on a weak economy and 8.3 percent national unemployment. His comments came as aides and party officials hurriedly rewrote the script for the convention, cut from four days to three because of the threat posed by approaching Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm is forecast to gain hurricane strength as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico but to pass well west of the convention city. The revised schedule included a symbolic 10-minute session on Monday in a nearly empty hall, during which officials intend to launch a debt clock set to zero. The political objective is to show how much the government borrows throughout the convention week.

Sports Spotlight: Jessica Behrman

Name: Jessica Behrman Age: 17 Grade: Senior Hometown: Craig

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Back on track

Thunder Ridge brings good show to Craig Saturday night

Dirt track racing is still trying to get over the economic hump. Saturday night was a more successful one at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park, with 14 cars, five races and large crowds sticking around throughout, but track owner Gregg Kolbaba knows there is still potential for more. “It felt like a regular race,” Kolbaba said. “If we had the car count up things would actually be pretty good.” The biggest draw for the night was meant to be a race of late model cars, a variety that is more powerful than the hobby and modified stock cars most commonly seen at Thunder Ridge. Kolbaba said he had seven late model drivers who had told him they would be there, but only two showed up.

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Bulldog Sports for August 27, 2012

Bulldog sports schedule for the week of August 27, 2012.

Moffat County real estate transactions for July

The following is a listing of real estate transactions completed in Moffat County in July: Buyer: Thompson, Mark A Seller: First National Bank Of The Rockies Address: 944 Galley Rd. Sale Price: $130,000.00 Buyer: Peter, David A Seller: Akin, James A & Carolyn Address: T10n R95w Sec. 28 Swse Sale Price: $5,000.00

Cummins Diesel sends technician to work in Craig

Seeing an opportunity to take advantage of a work force that uses its products a great deal, Cummins Diesel now has a technician working full-time in Craig. The move has been in the works for a few months said Betsy Cook, Executive Director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. “Initially we just exchanged a lot of e-mails, some very basic information,” Cook said. “(Cummins) met with me in Craig, we talked about the climate here and looked at hard numbers. They felt like the market was a go for them.” Bringing a large company like Cummins that also meets a need in Craig was a big win, Cook said.

Letter: Random acts of kindness

To the editor: This is a follow up to my earlier letter regarding our yard sale and my son’s art easel that was stolen. A very sweet and kind lady came by Saturday and brought my son a new easel and some art supplies.