News for Friday, December 28, 2012



Woman OK after car breaks through frozen pond

A woman whose car overturned and slid into the water of an icy pond in Windsor is crediting a passer-by with helping get her to safety. A car driven by 22-year-old Kimberly Garcia of Evans ended up upside-down in the pond off Colorado 257 near the entrance of the Kodak/Carestream campus Thursday evening. The passenger side of her car was submerged.

Slaying suspect also charged with sex assault

A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 14-year-old sister in Commerce City also is accused of sexual assault. Prosecutors said Friday that 24-year-old Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos (pah-DEE'-yah vee-ah-LOH-bohs) of Chihuahua, Mexico, is being charged with first-degree murder and five counts of sexual assault.

Coach cleared of child porn wants files sealed

A football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who was cleared of child pornography charges last month that stemmed from videos found on his cellphone of his naked children clowning around after a bath, wants to keep the police investigative reports sealed. Todd Hoffner has been taken off administrative leave, but hasn't been reinstated as head coach and is facing a 20-day, unpaid school suspension in January for unspecified reasons. Earlier this month, he asked for an injunction in an effort to keep the police reports private, after a Twin Cities television station asked to see them. Hoffner is seeking a temporary restraining order that would keep anyone from disseminating the investigative file. District Court Judge Krista Jass ruled last week that the reports will remain private until they can be reviewed, The Free Press of Mankato reported (

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Shell looks to expand exploration of Niobrara Formation

SWEPI applies for new test well 12 miles southwest of Craig

The winter months may not be prime times to drill, but that didn’t stop a major energy operator from trying to expand its exploration operations in the Niobrara Formation. In August Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP filed a permit application with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to add a new test well in Moffat County on Iles Mountain about 12 miles southwest of Craig. The application went live on the COGCC’s web site earlier this month.

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Swimmers from Moffat County return to the pool

Swimming is already a sport associated with the summer more than the winter, so taking time off for winter break seems like the natural thing to do. But Moffat County High School head coach Meghan Francone says those days off can provide difficulty for swimmers to stay in peak form during the middle portion of the season. The Moffat County girls swim team is competing in just eight meets this season before the state championships, meaning they have a more limited amount of chances to qualify for state. With four meets gone, each of the remaining four will take on added value.

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Moffat County boys start working for season's second half

It’s time for the Moffat County boys basketball team to get back to work. The Bulldogs enjoyed a 6-1 start to the season before winter break, an almost-perfect way to begin a season for which the players and coaches have high hopes. Now they will look to continue that after taking some time off.

Briefs: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Briefs: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 St. Michael's Soup Kitchen. Holiday Hours for medical facilities. Bears Ears Patriots business meeting Avalanche Safely Class Bears Ears Patriots business meeting

On the Record Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

On the Record Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

From Pipi's Pasture: Doing the winter chores

Pipi’s pasture is covered with snow, and we’re delighted to finally have some moisture! However, the snow means lots more work where chores are concerned. For example, snow has to be plowed around the house so we can get our cars out, and also on the feedlot and to the hay yard. Gates have to be shoveled out, especially where the snow has drifted, so we can get into the corrals. Hoses, used to fill stock tanks, have to be brought into the heated shop or back portion of the house so they won’t freeze. Then they have to be carried back out, unrolled, laid out, and once the tanks are filled, drained and rolled back up again.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Clam Chowder

I haven’t had the time to try the fruit cake bars or fruit cookies yet. I’m so thankful for the snow (I keep thinking about more green grass this year), but it surely has made for more chores. However, I did take some time to make clam chowder a couple of nights ago, and it was delicious. Last year I asked readers if they had a clam chowder recipe and most said they used an oyster stew recipe, substituting clams for the oysters. So that’s what I did. These are the ingredients I used: two 7 ½ ounce cans of minced clams, 3 slices of bacon (cut up), 2 medium potatoes (peeled and diced), 1 large onion (chopped), ¾ cup chicken broth, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 cup whipping cream, and ¾ cup milk. I looked at some oyster stew recipes in cookbooks. Some of the recipes called for ½ teaspoon dried thyme and a clove of minced garlic, but I didn’t use these two ingredients in my chowder.

Letter to the editor: Rapid fire rifles

To the editor: The question is being asked: Why do I want a rapid fire rifle with a high capacity magazine? Has everyone forgotten that our own government was an early pioneer in school shootings? When the Army National Guard fired into unarmed students at Kent State University. Four dead in Ohio.

Government update for Dec. 29

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Baxter Black: Christmas letter from Baxter

We started out the year in Pasadena riding in the Rose Parade as part of RFD-TV’s 100 Palominos entry. I came home with flowers in my hair! It was one of five speaking programs I did (out of 65 in 2012) that were in California. The National Western Stock Show in Denver has been a big part of our lives for years. I see a lot of friends walking the barns and signing books and often do a program somewhere in town. We lived in Colorado for many years before moving to Arizona. January-February also included two events I never miss, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and the National Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting, in Nashville this year. I spent time with my TV and radio sponsors. They include B&W Trailer Hitches, Sweetlix, IMI Global, The Beef Checkoff, RFD-TV and U.S. Farm Report. I’m a good boy and try to make myself useful! March brought in the “Southern Alberta Cowboy Tour”, which was me! We hit all the big cities; Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal…no, pardon me, Pincher Creek, Stavely and Youngstown! They’ve got more character in one community hall than all the legislators in Washington, DC and Ottawa combined!

Rig Count for Dec. 29

Rig count

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Moffat County graduate learning to deal with changes in college

Heading to college is a momentous time in anyone’s life, signifying a significant change in one’s life, even if school is not far from home. There are new responsibilities coupled with greater freedom, and all sorts of new people to meet and places to see. It can be a difficult adjustment for even the most prepared of young adults.