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ACET investigating possible meth lab in Craig

The All Crimes Enforcement Team is investigating what officers believe is a dormant methamphetamine lab found in a vacant home at 826 Colorado St. “(Officers are) in the process of sampling right now” to determine if methamphetamine was created in the residence, ACET Commander Marvin Cameron said Friday afternoon.

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2012

Avalanche kills skier on Wolf Creek Pass

A backcountry skier has died in an avalanche on Wolf Creek Pass. The victim Thursday was a first-year ski patroller at Keystone Ski Resort, about 200 miles away. The resort says the patroller was skiing on personal time. The victim's name wasn't immediately released. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the slide was 3 feet deep by 600 feet wide and ran 600 vertical feet. Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus says two other skiers were with the victim. One suffered a knee injury. The other saw the slide but didn't get caught. He says all three skiers were originally from New Zealand.

Bill addressing Colo. child care rules defeated

Senators have rejected a Republican proposal to limit the scope of how Colorado regulates child care businesses. A Senate committee killed the bill on a 6-3 vote Thursday. The legislation from Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg would've limited the Colorado Department of Human Services to issuing regulations that deal only with health and safety. Lundberg proposed the legislation because of outcry from child care businesses about rules the department is considering that seek to promote early childhood education. The department's rules originally would've dictated the number of crayons per box at child care businesses and the color of dolls for children. The department is no longer considering those proposals, but they're continuing to draft new rules. Lundberg says he wanted to do away with red tape.

Letter: Police treatment of officer was unfair — part 1

I’ve found myself questioning the Craig Police Department a number of times over the past few years. Most recently, the police chief made not only the local newspaper but also news outside our area. What has really grabbed my attention, though, is the outcome of the situations. First, we have an officer who was arrested for domestic violence and made the paper the morning after he was detained before any court appearances. Charges were dismissed after new information came to light. I don’t condone any acts of domestic violence — there isn’t an excuse for it. What I find interesting, though, is the officer was then fired from his job because the whole thing reflected badly upon the department.

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Saturday fundraiser to support MCHS, CMS students bound for Costa Rica

If there’s one thing Patty Hebert wants students to learn from an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, it’s that a big world waits to be explored. “I just hope they have an incredible cultural experience,” said Hebert, 43, a Moffat County School District substitute teacher. “I hope that they gain a love and a knowledge of other cultures outside of Craig (and) outside the United States.” In early June, Hebert will lead three Moffat County High School students and two Craig Middle School eighth-graders on an excursion to the Central American country. The trip costs about $2,600 per student, and some participants have been working for more than a year to earn or save the money, Hebert said.

EDP mulls business incubator advisory board

Betsy Nauman Cook was at the helm Tuesday of her first Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership meeting since replacing Darcy Owens-Trask last month. In addition to addressing minor housekeeping issues, Cook said priority number one is moving into and opening the Marianna Raftopoulos One-Stop Business Incubator, which will be located at the Colorado Northwestern Community College bell tower. She believes moving her office into the incubator could happen as early as the end of next week, but a hard public opening is still at least a month away. In addition to prepping the new incubator for clients, Cook said now is an appropriate time to create a separate business incubator board.

Briefs for February 17: Father, daughter ball tonight

Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way, hosts a father and daughter ball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today. The event costs $7 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. The ball is open to all fathers and daughters. For more information, call 824-6024.

Bohrer: No harm in asking

I am personally kind of a dreamer. Sometimes I like to allow my mind to wonder a little bit and like a child begin to think of the impossible. As I begin to study the word of God I find more and more that when our prayers and dreams line up with God’s plan, the impossible can become possible. “But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). We understand that this scripture is talking about salvation. The question was just asked to Jesus “who can be saved”. The scripture states a truth that all followers of Christ need to understand.

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Garrett Stewart falls in first round at state, drops to consolation bracket

Garrett Stewart went into Thursday’s first round of the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver as the underdog. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, was matched up against the No. 2 seed in the 138-pound bracket, Josh Donkle of Windsor. Donkle took control of the match early and wrestled Stewart like he knew he had the win, letting Stewart escape without resistance after almost every takedown. Despite trying time and again to get a takedown, Stewart couldn’t overcome the stronger Donkle, as the Windsor senior scored a pin with 12 seconds remaining in the second period.

Obama promoting steps to boost US trade

President Barack Obama is outlining new steps to boost U.S. exports during a visit to a Boeing assembly plant in Washington state, calling on Congress to continue financing a national export credit agency crucial to a goal of doubling exports by 2014. Obama was touring the Boeing facility in Everett on Friday, promoting foreign trade and manufacturing at the end of a three-day trip that included a stop at a Milwaukee padlock manufacturer. Congress extended the Export-Import Bank's authorization through May of this year, but White House officials said the bank will reach its lending limit at the end of March. Obama has pointed to the bank as a key player in helping promote U.S. exports. At the same time, Obama was announcing that Boeing will participate in an Export-Import Bank program that helps companies advance money to suppliers on export-related contracts. Administration officials said Boeing would be committing to more than $700 million in short-term credit this year. Officials said the arrangement would help Boeing compete for foreign clients against European jet maker Airbus.

MCHS basketball teams wrap up regular season in Steamboat

It’s a different season, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team finds itself in a similar predicament as last season. With a regular-season finale against Steamboat Springs looming, a share of the Western Slope League title and a higher seed in the 4A state playoffs are on the line. A year ago, the Bulldogs took care of Steamboat at home to share the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs and earn a No. 17 seed in the playoffs. On Friday, the Bulldogs battle the league-rival Sailors in Steamboat.

Seventh-, eighth-grade A-teams finish undefeated

Craig Middle School seventh-grader Sidney Ferguson found herself in the right place at the right time Saturday afternoon in Meeker. The place: close enough to her team’s hoop to snag a rebound and toss it in the basket. The time: less than a minute to play in the district basketball tournament. Ferguson’s jump shot, which she attributed to more luck than anything, put her team up 32-31 in the final game of the Bulldogs’ season to claim first place in the tourney, one of many victories of the day.

Great American Spit Out urges chewing tobacco users to quit

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Utility corporation facing civil complaint for removing electrical equipment from Hamilton ranch

In August 2011, a highly decorated World War II veteran was moving out of his apartment at Sunset Meadows and back to his ranch in Hamilton. But when Ray Wagner, 87, arrived at his home there was no electricity. In fact, the electrical box had been disconnected and the power line pole, which routed electricity to the home, shop and well-house had been chopped down and removed. On Jan. 23, Wagner’s son, Jay, filed a civil complaint and jury demand against YVEA in Moffat County District Court.