News for Thursday, December 6, 2012



Baxter Black: Kayo and the mare

Getting bucked off is always a possibility in the daily life of a journeyman horse trainer. They take on horses to break and ride. Kayo (an alias to protect the guilty) had gained a good reputation for skilled horsemanship. Already accepted to Vet school at WSU, Kayo could probably teach the faculty a lot about horse psychology! One of the local horse traders brought over a six-year-old paint mare named Kahlua that had a bad reputation and needed some schooling. She liked to buck!

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Festival of Trees winners named

The Festival of Trees winner has been announced, but the decision was so difficult to make, judges added four trees as honorable mentions. “It was hard for judges to decide, there were so many great trees,” executive director for Moffat County United Way, Corrie Ponikvar said. Connections 4 Kids tree, Cherish the Little Things, took first place and the $500 prize to use for its programs. “I’m shocked. So many of the non-profits submitted beautiful trees and I’m just honored they chose ours,” said Michelle Balleck, coordinator for Connections 4 Kids.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 7, 2012: Local man bowls second perfect game

The latest local sports news, including updated bowling standings, a 300 game from last week in the bowling leagues and a youth foul shot competition happening soon. Also, check out information on the upcoming winter lifeguard training.

BLM investigates horse deaths in Canon City

Federal officials are investigating the deaths of 19 horses at its Cañon City Wild Horse Inmate Program facility, where Colorado inmates train select mustangs. KOAA-TV reports ( the Bureau of Land Management found dead horses in a pen at the facility Monday, and several other wild horses in the pen were showing signs of illness. The BLM is working with veterinarians to investigate the cause of the illness, and the facility has been quarantined as a precaution.

Manning leads Broncos past Raiders 26-13

After overwhelming another overmatched division rival, Peyton Manning and the streaking Denver Broncos can turn their attention to much more meaningful opponents. Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries, and Matt Prater kicked four field goals to help the Broncos (10-3) move a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC. Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye. Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance for the Raiders (3-10) and lost a fumble that set up a touchdown for the Broncos as Oakland lost its sixth straight game. This is the team's longest skid since also losing six in a row in 2007.

Gay Washington state couples get marriage licenses

Hundreds of same-sex couples across Washington state started picking up marriage licenses Thursday as a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage took effect. King County, the state's largest, opened the doors to its auditor's office in Seattle just after midnight to start distributing licenses. But hundreds of people had lined up hours earlier, snaking around the building on a chilly December night. The county said it issued 489 marriage licenses Thursday, mostly to same-sex couples, breaking a previous daily record of 212. On average, King County issues 75 to 100 marriage licenses a day. The mood in Seattle was festive in the overnight waiting line. "We waited a long time. We've been together 35 years, never thinking we'd get a legal marriage. Now I feel so joyous I can't hardly stand it," said 85-year-old Pete-e Petersen, who with her partner, 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty, were the first to get a license.

Agriculture & Livestock: 2012 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night — Part III

This is part three of a three-part story concerning awards and recognitions presented at Moffat County’s 4-H Achievement Night, which took place Nov. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. High Point Shooting Sports Awards were based on project score and shooting score. The 2012 High Points Awards went to: • .22: Senior Grand Champion- Natasha Sloan and Senior Reserve Champion- Dylan Villa; Junior Grand Champion- Kaitlyn Ahlstrom and Junior Reserve Champion-Lane Tuck. • Air Pistol: Senior Grand Champion- Dylan Villa and Senior Reserve Champion- Dakota Lee.

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Moffat County wrestlers headed back to Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School wrestling team started its season well and is looking to build on it with another weekend of duals in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs participated in five duals at Colorado Mesa University last Saturday and came away with a 2-3 record. While the win-loss mark doesn’t inspire awe at the Bulldogs’ performance, it came against several bigger schools while Moffat County was only able to field 10 out of 14 weight classes. That meant against some of the larger schools, like Fruita Monument and Palisade, MCHS was giving up free points. Against smaller schools, like Olathe and Ignacio, is where the Bulldogs got their wins.

State agencies: Park the sleigh if too blitzened this holiday season

CDOT, CSP launch holiday DUI crackdown

The holidays have arrived and during the next several weeks many residents will join friends and family for festive gatherings. And where there is a party so too is the presence of alcohol. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies want to remind residents to plan ahead this holiday season by designating a sober driver, taking public transportation or simply not driving if you’re tipsy, buzzed or too blitzened this holiday season.

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