News for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Attempted murder suspect appears in district court

Scott allegedly involved in second violent crime over the weekend

A Craig resident charged with attempted murder appeared in Moffat County District Court Monday for an advisement hearing. Derik Leroy Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in district court with criminal attempt of 2nd degree murder, a Class 3 felony; 2nd degree assault, a Class 4 felony; false imprisonment, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of violating a restraining order, domestic violence, child abuse, menacing, and violating conditions of a bail bond, all misdemeanors. Scott is currently in custody at Moffat County Jail. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

Sunset teachers talk trip at board of education meeting

There was plenty to celebrate at the Moffat County School DIstrict Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Kristin Ingalls was again honored for her Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award, Norm Yoast for his Excellence in Science Education 2012 award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and Cheryl Arnett and Melany Neton shared their experience attending the Partners in Learning Global Forum. Arnett and Neton recently traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic for the forum.

Gay couple in attack mailer urges suit to advance

A New Jersey gay couple whose engagement photo was used in Colorado political attack mailers are "innocent bystanders" whose image was stolen, and their federal lawsuit against a group who used the picture should proceed, attorneys said in a court filing. "They are not celebrities or public figures or emblems of the gay-rights movement. They did not insert themselves into Colorado politics," attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a court filing in Denver federal court Monday on behalf of 32-year-old Brian Edwards and 37-year-old Tom Privitere. The court filing was in response to arguments by the Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States, which said last month that the lawsuit should be dismissed. The group, which lobbies for issues like traditional marriage, said that by using the couple's photo in political attack mailers in Colorado they were "engaging in the type of political speech" that is protected by the First Amendment. "Whether one agrees with Public Advocate's position or even finds it hurtful, repulsive and beyond the bounds of decency is utterly beside the point," attorneys for the group argue in a November filing.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

Lawson scores 26 to lead Nuggets over Pistons

The Denver Nuggets have watched this scenario play out a few times already this season — just from the opposite viewpoint. Ty Lawson had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Denver to a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Denver. "We've had about four or five close games and didn't win," Lawson said. "We've lost a bunch of times when teams came back on us when we were up 17 or 18 points."

Moffat County Commission approves 2013 budget

County earmarks more than $8 million in 2013 capital projects

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday its final budget for 2013. The budget tops out at just over $82 million, which is a two percent decrease compared to 2012, said Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis. A couple of factors contributed to the modest drop in 2013 funds, Curtis said. Though sales tax increased by 1 percent, or $39,000, over 2012 budget projections property tax valuation dropped by $5.3 million, which resulted in $112,000 less in property tax revenue. In addition The Memorial Hospital in Craig budget decreased by $1.7 million to $36,148,028.

Gunman opens fire in Portland mall; 3 dead

A masked gunman wearing camouflage opened fire Thursday in a busy Portland mall, leaving the gunman and two others dead and forcing the mall's Santa Claus and hundreds of Christmas shoppers and employees to flee or hide among store displays. Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy's, said he saw a man in a white mask carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest. He heard the gunman say, "I am the shooter," as if announcing himself. A series of rapid-fire shots in short succession followed as Christmas music played. Patty said he ducked to the ground and then ran. His Macy's co-worker, Pam Moore, told The Associated Press the gunman was short, with dark hair. Witnesses said he started firing just outside Macy's in the food court of Clackamas Town Center. Brance Wilson, the mall Santa, said he heard gunshots and dove for the floor. By the time he looked up, seconds later, everyone around him had cleared out. Merchandise was scattered in some stores as he made his way to the door.

CDP Editorial: Showcasing skills

Our View: MCHS hosts its annual talent show at 6 p.m. tonight. It is important for the community to support the development of the talents that will be displayed in tonight’s show in the same way it supports the development of athletic skills.

25 shades of Craig: Gifting

It’s the holidays, the time of year where people tend to get stressed trying to find the perfect gift. Men, let me let you in on a little secret: For women bigger is not always better. Women are very sentimental and for us the little things matter. If you want to get her a gift that makes her heart melt and puts a huge smile on her face, get her a gift that she would not only treasure but that she will always remember. Take a minute and think about where her passions and love lie. Think of the things that she would love to have but would never get for herself.

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Moffat County wrestling using experience well

The Moffat County wrestling team came back from the second of its three weekends in Grand Junction with a great deal to hang its hat on. The Bulldogs, which followed up five duals last week with five more Saturday and have an individual tournament in Junction this weekend, are already showing they can contend more as a team than in years past. In the five duals Saturday at Grand Junction High School, the Bulldogs went 3-2, losing to Grand Junction and Thunder Ridge High Schools, but beating Center and Northglenn and notching a third win in an extras match that formed due to Brighton High School’s absence at the meet.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 12, 2012: Annual basketball shootout set for this weekend Craig

The Elks Club of Craig is hosting its annual basketball shootout at Sandrock Elementary School gym this Saturday. The Elks Hoop Shoot will take place at 8 a.m. Dec. 15, after which the club will host a brunch and awards ceremony for all participants and parents at the Elks Lodge in Craig, 43 W Victory Way. The free-throw shooting contest is for boys and girls ages 8-13, and will have kids shoot 25 foul shots in two rounds. The winners in each age group will have the opportunity to compete in the district, state, regional and national hoop shoot, if they keep placing high enough.

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Turnover at TMH: Part 2

Recruitment and the administration’s influence on workflow

Keeping a community’s residents healthy is no easy task. Getting patients in and out and treated correctly depends heavily on resources and available physicians in an area. As some doctors depart The Memorial Hospital in Craig harboring some ill feelings, residents are becoming concerned with how they’ll be affected as patients. The following is part two of a three-part series examining the issue of physician retention at TMH ¬¬— whether what’s happening in Craig is a problem caused by the current administration or part of a national trend — told from the perspective of current and former hospital employees, as well as current administrators.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Robert G. Cloer: Gas too expensive in Craig

Instead of the editor of the local paper worrying about what the the Moffat County Commissioners are discussing at lunch, in our small town, why doesn't he concentrate on issues that matter to all of us. I will give you one. The price of regular unleaded gas in Colorado Springs on Sunday was $3.12 per gallon. In Silverthorne it was $3.46 and in Craig it was $3.76 per gallon. Someone needs to find out why we are being screwed at the pump.