News for Saturday, February 18, 2012



4 charges filed against Columbine attack suspect

A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a 14-year-old girl suspected in a hammer attack that injured two students at Columbine High School. The attack Monday was the first assault with a weapon at the Colorado high school since the 1999 shootings that left 12 students, a teacher and the gunmen dead. Jefferson County district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell says a magistrate judge Friday granted $7,500 bail and ordered the evaluation as a condition of release. Prosecutors have charged the girl, whose name is being withheld because she's a minor, with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of menacing. The injured 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy are recovering.

Denver man pleads guilty to kidnapping hikers

A 44-year-old Denver man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping two hikers near Nederland in 2010. The Times-Call reports ( Joseph Carter pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping. He could be sentenced to between 10 and 24 years in prison at a hearing scheduled for April 13. Authorities say Carter had confronted a man and woman near a campground, separated them at gunpoint and handcuffed the man to a tree. Carter eventually let the woman go. The man told police he dislocated his thumb to free himself from the cuffs.

Expect heavy weekend traffic at Eisenhower Tunnel

Colorado transportation officials are reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic along Interstate 70 west of Denver over Presidents Day weekend. Colorado Department of Transportation officials say westbound traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Friday and Saturday, and eastbound I-70 traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Sunday and Monday, especially between Vail and the Denver area. Traffic could be especially heavy at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Last year 156,619 vehicles passed through the tunnel over Presidents Day weekend. CDOT says it may have to hold traffic at the tunnel for up to 20 minutes at a time to clear congestion if the tunnel backs up. The tunnel has no shoulders, and CDOT has to keep traffic moving there so crews can respond in case of emergencies.

Letter: Thanks for supporting art show

n February 8 to 11, 2012, Connections 4 Kids early childhood council hosted its inaugural Cherish the Little Things art show featuring 210 pieces of art by 175 artists in preschool through high school. The event was a wonderful way to showcase the work of these talented youths, and the community was so supportive of the children, their art and our efforts. Thank you to the 14 art patron businesses and organizations that supported the show and Connections 4 Kids. And thanks to our “friend” organizations that made in-kind donations to help make our show a great experience for the artists and the community. I would like to thank our council chairwoman, Corrie Ponikvar, especially for the time and energy she put into this show.

Briefs for February 18: Play organizational meeting Tuesday

An organizational meeting for a Black Mountain Theatre production will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. The theater group is producing “Taming the Wilderness, or A Tale of Two Towns,” a farcical story of the founding of Craig written by CMS teacher David Morris. Anyone interested in performing in the play or helping in any way is welcome to attend the meeting. Attendees should use the school’s north entrance to access the auditorium.

Letter: Police treatment of officer was unfair — part 2

But, there’s an exception when people have a tendency to judge guilty or not guilty before the court ruling. Again, this can be linked to a newspaper article in the paper the day after the incident. I am going to say he was fired on the basis of conduct unbecoming. Now, the chief’s offense closely matches example H listed under Category III: violating safety/security rules where there is a threat to life, injury, property damage or escape. There is also example B under Category II: violating safety/security rules without a threat to life, injury or property damage.

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New MCHS reading program hopes to gain momentum with best-selling trilogy

Robin Weible knew “The Hunger Games” was popular. She heard about the first book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling series from students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School. Finally, Weible, MCHS library technician, decided to see for herself what all the excitement was about. She was sucked into the novel, which follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic future, who must compete against other young teens in a government-mandated fight to the death.

Over A Cup: One fancy gelatin salad

I experimented with a recipe for a fancy gelatin salad a couple of weeks ago. It was fancy because two of its ingredients are whipped topping and sherbet. I first made the salad for Thanksgiving dinner, and I thought it was good and our grandson Jaycee really liked it. However, if you’re not crazy about orange flavor, you might not like it. First, the recipe for “Orange Salad” and then I’ll explain how I varied it using a different gelatin flavor. To make “Orange Salad,” you’ll need these ingredients: 2 small or 1 large carton of orange gelatin; 2 cups boiling water; 2 small cans mandarin oranges (drained); 2 cups orange sherbet; and 2 cups whipped topping.

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MCHS girls outpace rival Sailors on the road, 48-35, to win share of WSL title

There weren’t any high fives, hugs or much jumping around. Instead, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team walked off the court Friday night focused. Yes, MCHS wrapped up a share of the Western Slope League title with a 48-35 win at rival Steamboat Springs. But judging from the reaction, the Bulldogs have other goals in mind. They expected a piece of the league championship, and want more.

MCHS grappler Garrett Stewart knocked out of state tournament

Qualifying for the state wrestling tournament is an achievement in itself, but Garrett Stewart wasn’t satisfied with just being a qualifier. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, said his goal was to place in his second year at the tournament. But, following a 14-8 loss in the second round of the 138-pound consolation bracket Friday, Stewart walked off the mat without achieving his goal, having been eliminated after going 1-2 overall in Denver. “I wrestled a lot better (Friday) than I did the first day because I didn’t wrestle well on my feet (Thursday),” Stewart said. “But, there is always room for improvement and I just couldn’t get it done.”

Boys basketball team struggles in road loss to Steamboat

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start and struggled to make shots down the stretch in falling to the rival Steamboat Springs Sailors, 57-49, on Friday night. The two teams went back and forth early in the game, before the Sailors took over in the second quarter. Up 17-15, Steamboat closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 27-15 lead into halftime. “We played Steamboat ball in the first half,” Bulldogs coach Eric Hamilton said. “Maybe we should have tried that press a little more. We missed a lot of easy things we should have converted.”

Editorial: Downtown needs vision

There have been several issues regularly raised by each editorial board the Craig Daily Press has formed the last several years. No matter the composition of the board, the need for an improved educational system, better sidewalks, more parental involvement, and a diversified economy are always popular topics. So, too, is an improved downtown. Downtown came up once again during Monday’s editorial board meeting.

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Soul Survivor: A Craig woman's journey beyond abuse

Wanna play a game? The 8-year-old second-grade girl was in the living room of her Craig home, killing time watching television on a lazy day. She was with her stepfather, “Jody.” They were alone. The girl looked up from the TV.

Economic development, PILT and Methane gas up for debate

The 68th regular session of the Colorado General Assembly is one month old and local legislators are busy moving bills through the house and senate that could affect Craig and Moffat County residents. Colorado House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, co-wrote six bills up for debate this session and is a sponsor of dozens more. One bill of interest is House Bill 12-1014, which modifies the penalty for late vehicle registration. Under current law, residents who do not register their vehicle face a $25 per month charge with a maximum penalty of $100.