News for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama. The hall erupted in cheers when Romney strolled on stage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years. "This man will not fail. This man will not let us down," Mrs. Romney said in a prime-time speech that sounded at times like a heart-to-heart talk among women and at times like a testimonial to her husband's little-known softer side. "It's the moms who always have to work harder, to make everything right," she said. And she vouched firmly for her husband, who lags behind Obama in surveys among women voters: "You can trust Mitt. He loves America."

Pot advocates tie campaign to Obama college visits

Marijuana activists are using President Barack Obama's college campaign swing to promote their pitch for legalization. As thousands waited in line to see the president Tuesday at Colorado State University, marijuana campaign workers in orange shirts passed out fliers about a measure on Colorado ballots to legalize pot for recreational use. Many cheered the marijuana organizers as they walked down the line. "About time!" shouted one young man who held up a small flier about proposed marijuana legalization. Colorado's Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol marked the president's Colorado college visit by releasing a list of more than 100 college professors from campuses nationwide in favor of legalization.

Rosario homers as Rockies beat Dodgers 8-4

Wilin Rosario homered among three hits and drove in three runs, Tyler Chatwood pitched five effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday night. Andrew Brown had three hits for the Rockies, who have won eight of 10. Hanley Ramirez homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight after winning their first game following a nine-player deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles. The Dodgers lost Matt Kemp to a right knee contusion after he crashed hard into the wall in center field trying to chase down Josh Rutledge's triple in the first inning. He turned into the padding while running full speed and fell backward onto the warning track.

Editorial: Public education

When a controversial plan or idea is introduced to the public, it usually is met by a distinct mix of exuberant acceptance and suspicious hesitation. And on the surface, that’s fine. Part of what makes America great is the possibility of several, often opposing ideologies cohabitating peacefully in one area. However sometimes, when hyperbole and fear mongering make a controversy seem more like a frenzy and taking a side becomes as important as the issue in question, the truth of what’s being debated is cast under shadow, and what remains resembles an old grudge or feud between families more than a discussion about what’s best for the group involved. (The presidential campaigns America is currently being subjected to could serve nicely as a case study about this issue.)

Briefs for August 29: VNA meeting Wednesday

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host its Annual Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Haven Community Center. Anyone wishing to learn more about the organization and meet and celebrate with VNA’s employees, board members and families, please R.S.V.P. to Suzi Mariano, public information coordinator, at smariano@nwcovna.org or (970) 871-7631. Tea party to meet The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Galaxy Restaurant. The group will discuss its Get Out The Vote initiative and prepare for a visit from Dr. Victory. For more information, contact Matt Winey.

Fire tower receives council approval

Public barred from comment on Tuesday’s consent agenda item

Many local residents packed the Craig City Council chambers Tuesday night to voice their opposition of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s proposed site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. But because the issue was featured on the city council’s consent agenda, the public didn’t get the opportunity to say their peace. Alan Cashion was one of those Craig residents who attended Tuesday’s meeting, but was not heard. “I thought it was parliamentary manipulation,” Cashion said following the meeting. “What I would have said is that I was spurred on to do a study on this issue and I discovered the training tower is, at best, a compliment to firefighter training…it’s not essential.”

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Archery club has banner year at state

In their fifth year of competition, a group of local youth archers took the state by storm. The Moffat County 4-H Club Silver Slingers, a team of youth archers ages 9-19, won the grand championship in one juniors class and had its other teams place highly to have its best year ever at the Colorado State Archery Shoot in Pueblo Aug. 19. The junior team (children ages 8-13) that competed in the compound bow unlimited class won the state championship, while the junior compound limited team finished fifth overall. The senior (ages 14-18) compound unlimited team took third place in its division. Sarah Polly, who coaches the team along with husband Shawn Polly, said it was the best weekend ever for a team that has had success in the past.

Local man part of record-setting tractor parade

Being part of a world record is not something everyone can say they’ve done. That’s one reason why Craig resident Bill Spicer took his 1954 Model 70 John Deere tractor almost 12 hours to Grand Island, Neb. to participate in the World’s Largest Tractor Parade. Over 1,100 owners of classic tractors from across the country went to Grand Island Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the most classic tractors in one place. Spicer, a member of the Yampa Valley Antique Power Association in Craig, and his brother restored their father’s John Deere tractor last year. Rural television channel RFD-TV sponsored the tractor parade in an effort to break the previous record of 745 classic tractors in Germany in 2008.

Commission reduces fire restrictions to Stage 1

Residents may light larger open pits with permit

The Moffat County Commission reduced Tuesday its open burn ban in unincorporated Moffat County from Stage 2 fire restrictions to Stage 1. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz attended Tuesday’s meeting and recommended the commissioner’s reduce fire restriction levels based on conversations he has had with cooperating agencies of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Though Jantz conceded many northwest Colorado governing bodies have already reduced or completely removed their respective fire bans, Moffat County has not received the same amount of precipitation as Rio Blanco County to the south or Routt and Grand counties to the east, and the risk of future wildfires still exists.

Letter: If I were the devil

If I were the devil, I wouldn't be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I'd set about however necessary to take over the United States. I'd subvert the churches first. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: 'Do as you please... Do as you please'. To the young i would whisper, 'The Bible is a myth'. I would convince then that a man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is 'square'.

On the record for Aug. 28, 2012

On the record for Aug. 28, 2012

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Connections 4 Kids announces release of calendar

Regional early childhood council Connections 4 Kids has released its second annual Connections 4 Kids calendar, the agency announced last week in a new release. The calendar features artwork by 20 finalists who were showcased in the organization’s Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February, according to the news release. The top vote-getting artwork, a watercolor by Caitlin Running, appears on the cover of the calendar. The other 12 winners are featured on individual months. The seven runners-up are tiled on the final month of the calendar, the release stated.

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A fabulous 1st day

Moffat County School District kicks off the 2012-2013 school year

Students around Moffat County headed back to school Monday for the first day of classes. Taylor Powell, a 1st grader at East Elementary School, said she was excited and was having a great first day of school. Students were energetic on the playground, doing cartwheels in the grass and pushing one another on the swing set. At Sandrock Elementary School, kindergarten teachers Karla Haddock and Cindy Prather welcomed a group of parents into the classroom for the Kindergarten Connection Day. The program is designed to aid young students and their parents in transitioning into a full-time public school environment.

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Kicking into Gear

Boys soccer plays well in Denver

Aside from some tired legs, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team is feeling good a week before its first regular season game. The team spent last weekend in Denver and played in a scrimmage competition hosting teams from across the state in all classifications. The Bulldogs played four games Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing up after 7 p.m. By the end of the day they were spent, but head coach Rusty Cox said there were plenty of good takeaways from the games. "All-in-all, it was a good day," Cox said. "We did good. Considering how exhausted these guys were and how tore up they were, I was very impressed with my team." MCHS played Glenwood Springs High School in its first game of the day and delivered against the 4A opponent. Glenwood Springs is a school MCHS has played in league games in years past, but the team's move to Class-3A this season means Glenwood is off the schedule.