News for Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Briefs for August 31: Applications due for Fuller Center House

All applications for the Moffat County Fuller Center For Housing’s new home to be built for purchase on Yampa Avenue must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. today at Brass Key Realty, 840 West Victory Way, to be considered for acceptance. The family selection committee will screen applications, and qualified applicants will be notified within 30 days. Any questions, call Vicki at 824-7086.

Mango recall includes fruit sold in Colorado

Mangoes sold in Colorado are among those being recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that Colorado is one of the states affected by the recall of Daniella mangoes distributed by a Northern California fruit distributor.

Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV

The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage Thursday night with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate. The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona game Thursday night, and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 games this season. On Wednesday, the Pac-12 Networks issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider. "If you're one of the fans who won't be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men's basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider," the letter said. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott addressed the situation Thursday night.

Romney's convention promise: 'Jobs, lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time TV audience Thursday night, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times. "Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney declared to a nation struggling with 8.3 percent unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades. Often viewed as a distant politician, he made a press-the-flesh entrance into the hall, walking slowly down one of the convention aisles and shaking hands with dozens of delegates. The hall erupted in cheers when he reached the stage and he waved to his shouting, chanting supporters before beginning to speak. "I accept your nomination for president," he said, to a roar of approval. Then he pivoted into personal details of family life, recounting his youth as a Mormon, the son of parents devoted to one another, and a married man with five rambunctious sons.

Moffat County residents asked to determine Luttrell Barn’s future

Moffat County Commission seeks public input on Luttrell Barn fate

At budget time the Moffat County Commission set aside $100,000 for structural improvements to the Luttrell Barn, on U.S. Highway 40 just east of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director, was tasked with determining what would need to be fixed and at what cost. On Thursday Tipton said the Luttrell Barn needs a complete roof rebuild and could use a fresh coat of paint, maintenance to the deck, siding and interior floors, and improved landscaping, among others. All told, Tipton estimates a complete rehabilitation of the Luttrell Barn would cost more than $180,000. Rather than commit such a large sum of taxpayer money to the project, the commission is asking local residents to weigh in.

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Moffat County volleyball kicking off season in Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County High School volleyball team will encounter both old and new opponents at its season opening tournament. The Bulldogs are heading to Glenwood Springs High School today to play in a tournament of 16 teams. MCHS will play two games each today and tomorrow. Due to the unexpected number of entrees into the draw, Glenwood Springs has broken the tournament into two sets of eight. For the first three games, each team will play round-robin pool play and then advance to play their fourth against a team from another pool. Head coach Sandy Camilletti will be looking for players to step up and fill needed positions on the team. “I still don’t have six solid positions yet,” Camilletti said. “So I’m going to be moving people around and trying different things out. I’ll try and determine my top six. I’m just looking for who wants that spot.”

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Craig residents sound off on proposed Hayden casino

Craig residents on Thursday night echoed the sentiments of some Hayden residents who have said that they need to diversify their economy and that a casino could help them do that.

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Bulldogs golfers go from worst to best performance

After a disappointing tournament, the Moffat County High School boys golf team righted the ship and delivered its best performance of the year. Head coach Casey Kilpatrick said his team’s performance was the worst it has been all season at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction Tuesday. “Tuesday was awful,” Kilpatrick said. “It was an abomination. It was really an embarrassment the scores the kids put up. We had two kids shoot in the 140s and as a varsity golfer that should never happen.” Kilpatrick said the scores were a product of bad shots early getting negative thoughts into the heads of his players, which “infected” everything else they did on the course that day.

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Energy rights owners in Routt advocate for property rights

The group is expressing its desire to see members' mineral rights developed, and it’s not unrealistic to say that rights owners who have executed leases with energy exploration companies here have hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.