News for Monday, December 10, 2012

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Craig murder suspect appears in Moffat County District Court for advisement

A Craig resident accused of murder appeared Monday in Moffat County District Court for an advisement hearing. Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony. He is in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond, pending a proof evident hearing scheduled for Dec. 19. Chief Judge Michael O’Hara presided over Monday’s proceedings. He explained to Fief his rights and potential penalties should he plead or be found guilty of the murder charge at trial.

Robbie Estus: Thank you, Craig

Saying Goodbye is hard to do. How do you say goodbye to Craig and a way of life after 35 years? For the first thirty-plus years of my life I moves quite a bit; by the time I graduated from college, I had attended thirteen schools. Now it is time to move again, but this time is different: I have lived in Moffat County for ever 35 years (Powder Wash Gas Camp for five years and in Craig since 1982.) I am leaving so many cherished friends and memories. I taught school in Moffat County from 1977 to 2003 and had the privilege and joy of working with hundreds of children and their families as well as the caring teachers, nurses, and staff members it takes to help children grow and mature. What a delight to watch students learn to read, opening up a whole new world through books and now computers.

Gray: MCTA accusations untrue

Commissioner practically begs MCTA Board to participate in budget process, recording verifies

Last week members of the Moffat County Tourism Association Board accused the Moffat County Commission, specifically Commissioner Tom Gray, of hijacking their budget. The rift stems back to July when MCTA submitted a proposed 2013 budget that cut, among other line items, funding for the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur and the Craig Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center by a combined $9,830. The commission responded that visitor center funding needed to be maintained at 2012 levels and recommended MCTA make additional cuts to other line items to cover those funds. But MCTA Board members claim they have been shut out from participating in that budget cut process.

Duck hunting clinic slated in Colorado Springs

A free clinic for duck hunters will be offered at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Hunter Education classroom at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at 4255 Sinton Rd. in Colorado Springs, the agency reported a news release. The clinic is designed to teach waterfowl hunters about hunting regulations, duck identification and hunting tactics with the hopes of increasing duck hunting success, according to the release.

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Mom and Pop's B.B.Q. opens

Stepping out of the blustery snow and into Gabriel and Joy Daigle’s restaurant Mom and Pop’s B.B.Q. is like visiting grandmas. Warm food, great smells and friendly faces invite visitors to come in and make themselves at home. The Daigle’s have opened where Pankey’s B.B.Q. used to be, 1740 E. Hwy. 40, and are serving Cajun style barbecue, along with malts, shakes, ooey gooey cakes and famous cheesecake. It’s famous for a reason.

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Hickenlooper signs marijuana legalization proclamation for Colorado

It's official: Recreational marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and older is now legal in Colorado.

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012