News for Wednesday, February 15, 2012



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Wyman Living History Museum gears up for annual winter festival Saturday

Fat flakes of snow fell Wednesday morning as a truck slowly lumbered to the pond below Wyman Living History Museum. It just arrived from the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery and contained an unusual cargo—about 200 rainbow trout that, with any luck, will end up on hooks Saturday during a free ice fishing derby for children ages 16 and younger. The derby is just one of the events slated for the museum’s first Not-So-Winter Festival. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will provide poles and bait to children who want to try ice fishing but don’t have the gear.

Sub from the sidelines: Norm Yoast led Bulldogs to key wins

Last week, Matt Ray received news that required him to put his coaching job on the back burner. Ray, head coach of the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, learned his mother-in-law had died. The Bulldogs had a big game coming up in Delta with a chance to take a step closer to a share of the league title. However, Ray’s family took precedence and he had to leave town.

Cattle theft case against rancher bound for Moffat County District Court

A Moffat County rancher charged with violating state cattle statutes will be tried in Moffat County District Court. Monty Luke Pilgrim, 51, of Little Snake River, is charged with one count of theft exceeding $20,000, a Class 3 felony; nine counts of theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; one count of concealing estrays, a Class 6 felony; and one count of wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony. In a preliminary hearing Monday, Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner found probable cause for the theft charge against Pilgrim, the only charge eligible for a preliminary hearing, and bound the case over to district court. He is scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. Feb. 29 in district court.

On the Record for Feb. 15, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 15, 2012

Pekingese becomes America's top dog at Westminster

Malachy the Pekingese, whose smushed-in face frames a mop of flyaway fur and whose pace rivals a snail's, is the fairest dog in the land. The Peke put on a peak performance Tuesday night, wobbling off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. This little stump of a dog beat out the likes of a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund to become America's most prized pooch. "He saved all his energy for the ring today," handler David Fitzpatrick said.

Loveland, Colo. still stamping Valentine's cards

Volunteers in Loveland are still stamping Valentine's Day cards sent to the northern Colorado city for its romantic postmark. For 66 years, people from around the world have been sending pre-addressed and stamped cards to Loveland to be postmarked and re-mailed to their loved ones. However, some people request that their cards not be stamped until Feb. 14. Loveland Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Nicole Yost says an estimated 150,000 valentines have come in this year. She said Tuesday that cards will probably still trickle in through the end of the month. Each year, about 175,000 cards pass through the city from across the country and over 100 countries.

Banking for pot shops rejected in Colorado

Medical marijuana is legal in 17 states, but the industry has a decidedly black-market aspect — it's mostly cash-only. Colorado lawmakers considered a bill setting up a special cooperative banking institution. But the first-of-its-kind measure was defeated Tuesday. Lawmakers from both parties worried that because marijuana is illegal under federal law, states can't step in to help dispensaries and growers store and borrow money. "I'm not sure this is a problem the state can solve," said the sponsor of the pot banking bill, Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman.

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MCHS boys hoops routs Glenwood in home finale

Colby Haddan broke loose with the basketball Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at Moffat County High School. Haddan, an MCHS senior playing in the final home game of his high school career, had a chance to do something he had wanted to do for three years. Dunk. Haddan elevated with the ball and slammed it through the hoop, and the crowd went crazy.

Briefs for February 15: Mardi Gras luncheon Saturday

Mardi Gras luncheon Saturday The Moffat County Thunder Cheer team will host a Mardi Gras luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The cost is $10 per ticket. A silent auction will take place during the event and door prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the cheer team.

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Now playing: ‘The Phantom Menace’: The Force is stronger in 3-D

Remember back in 1999, when people still thought Y2K was a genuine threat and the most irritating creation by George Lucas were the Ewoks? Even though they were proved wrong, the movie that changed everything, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” gets another chance. A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the task of interplanetary peace falls upon Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), as they work to negotiate a resolution between the Galactic Republic and the Trade Federation. When the two men are nearly killed on the orders of the Federation’s mysterious benefactor, they flee to the planet of Naboo, where they pick up spastic Gungan Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) and the entourage of threatened royal Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman).

Yampa River Partnership in purchase negotiations for Moffat County ranch

The Moffat County Commission engaged in a philosophical discussion Tuesday about the legitimacy of the federal government purchasing land from private owners. The discussion was spurred a week ago when the commission learned the Yampa River System Legacy Partnership is negotiating to purchase a 900-acre ranch in Moffat County near Cross Mountain. The Legacy Partnership convened last week to discuss the acquisition, but because of an email mishap commissioners did not receive notice of the meeting and therefore did not attend. The potential purchase is being conducted in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which has been championed by Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Craig Police Department officers recognized for heroism

Tears flowed Tuesday night at Craig City Hall as three Craig Police Department officers were recognized for their efforts to save a local resident from a burning home. Officer Mike Edwards was presented with the Craig Police Department’s Medal of Valor by Chief Walt Vanatta for his role in removing Patrick Hunter, 75, from his burning home Feb. 7 at 1912 Woodland Ave. The ceremony honoring the officers took place during the Craig City Council meeting. During the presentation, Vanatta read the narrative of events into the council record.

Editorial: Heroism in spite of tragedy

Monday morning was met with sad news in Craig and Moffat County when the family of Craig resident Patrick Hunter announced the 75-year-old man had succumbed to smoke inhalation sustained in a Feb. 7 home fire on Woodland Avenue. The loss compounded an already tragic event for the community — 67-year-old Ursula Hunter, Patrick’s ex-wife and live-in companion, could not be saved from the fire. Efforts were made, but sadly Ursula’s injuries were too severe. But, there was nothing more our brave public servants in uniform from the Craig Police Department, Craig Fire/Rescue and The Memorial Hospital EMS could have done to save the couple. Efforts by all involved were exemplary.

Chilling out for the weekend

Now that all the valentines are opened and candy boxes licked clean, it’s time to celebrate the next big holiday, President’s Day. Since there are few actual parties for this particular day, your entertainment will have to come from something other than Pin the Tail on the Democrat.

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Bulldogs swimmers bring home 4 top-16 finishes at state

Eryn Leonard said her performance at the 4A state swimming finals Friday and Saturday in Thornton was “pretty average.” Leonard’s average, however, was enough to earn her a top-10 finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a new school record. The Moffat County High School junior swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, .92 seconds, to finish in 10th place and top her own school record. “Nothing was fantastic but nothing was bad, and I was pretty happy with how I competed,” Leonard said Tuesday. “When I began (Friday) I was super nervous, but after that my instincts took over and I just went with it.”

Ainsley Graham: Thank you, Connections 4 Kids

To the editor: Thank you to Michelle Balleck and Corrie Ponikvar for the Connections 4 Kids art show.

Lisa Brown: Heart of the matter

To the editor: People have good hearts or bleeding hearts. They can break hearts, wear hearts on their sleeves and sometime they do or do not have the heart for something. Our culture’s many idioms reflect the integral nature of this powerful muscle to one’s wellbeing. Within these many ways to look at the heart, most fall either in the category of emotional or physical. Much of the work we do at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is making sure to look at both the physical and emotional aspects of health and acknowledging one does not operate in isolation from the other.

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MCHS girls hoops team forces 3-way tie atop WSL with 44-37 victory

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was no stranger to the circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s game against Glenwood Springs. A victory and the Bulldogs would move into a three-way tie for the Western Slope League title. A loss would knock them out of contention. MCHS faced the same situation last year in Glenwood, but this season the Bulldogs were playing at home on senior night. Senior Melissa Camilletti hit four clutch free throws down the stretch to secure a 44-37 victory for her team and move the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for first place in the league with Glenwood and Delta.