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Undefeated LSRV boys prep for postseason

Protecting one’s home turf is a point of pride for any athlete. For upperclassmen on the Little Snake River Valley School’s boys varsity basketball team, the duty of keeping up the sanctity of the home gym has been passed on to the next class. The Rattlers of Baggs, Wyo., ended their regular season Saturday, signaling the beginning of the biggest tournaments of the season and the chance to advance to state.

Stranded snowmobilers rescued near Freeman Reservoir

Three Moffat County teens were recovering Monday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after spending Sunday night stranded in Routt National Forest north of Craig. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said William Burke, 17, Mason Burke, 13, and Justin McAlexander, 17, were snowmobiling Sunday above Freeman Reservoir, in an area known to local snowmobilers as “Top of the World.” Around 6 p.m., McAlexander contacted his father to tell him the group had gotten stuck and was in need of assistance, Jantz said. McAlexander’s father called the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, which alerted Moffat County Search and Rescue. At 8 p.m., several search and rescue teams established a base of operations for the search and began looking for the stranded group.

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Undefeated, No. 1 LSRV girls look to defend regional title

A strange number of players stepped Saturday onto the basketball court of the Little Snake River Valley School in Baggs, Wyo. With six girls on the court against the traditional five from the opponent, the Rattlers received a technical foul immediately following the opening tip. However, the penalty was one of the most special moments of the year for the LSRV coach, made all the better by the end of the game. The LSRV girls varsity team ended the regular season Saturday undefeated, capped by a 62-34 victory against the Encampment Tigers.

On the Record for Feb. 20, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 20, 2012

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Weather changed dramatically just before plane crash

A snow squall reduced visibility to near zero minutes before the crash that killed two and injured four others. Sara Humpal, 10, was transported to Children's Hospital in Denver today. Her father and two brothers remain at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Steamboat basketball teams make state tournament

A key win against rival Moffat County was just what the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team needed to clinch a spot in the state tournament. A loss against the Bulldogs didn’t prevent the Sailors girls from getting a ticket to the dance, either.

Letter: Through With Chew

Most people are aware of the health risks associated with smoking, but smokeless tobacco is often viewed as less of a health risk. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. According to information published by the National Institutes of Health, holding an average-sized dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking 3 cigarettes. And a two-can-a-week dipper gets as much nicotine as a pack and a half a day smoker does. Feb. 19 through 25 is Through With Chew Week and Feb. 23 is the Great American Spit Out. These events were created to raise awareness about the importance of quitting smokeless tobacco. Whether you want to quit completely or just try it for 24 hours, this is the perfect time for you to break away from smokeless tobacco. One of the most common diseases caused by smokeless tobacco is mouth or oral cancer. Other harms from smokeless tobacco are tooth decay and exposed tooth roots from the sugars in the products, receding gums (even when you quit, they don’t grow back), and leathery white patches in the mouth that can turn into cancer.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 20, 2012

Presidents Day. For me, good old Abraham Lincoln and George Washington lead the way with all other presidents just part of the list. We used to memorize the names of all presidents and the state they came from, party affiliation, terms in office, etc. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office when I was in school, but I kept up with the presidents up until Richard M. Nixon.

Government Update: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 10:15 to 10:20 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Local bookseller heats up with new products

That first cup of liquid energy is a must-have for most, but if your home-brewed Folger’s isn’t doing the trick to give you the kick you need in the morning, you can find a fancier blend in downtown Craig for a reasonable rate. Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., hosted the grand opening of its new espresso bar Saturday, with a sizable reception by residents looking for a warm drink. “It was busy and we had a line about two-deep, three-deep at the counter all morning,” store owner Terry Carwile said. “We came close to running out of milk and we had to get more change for the register twice.” Barista Josh Beadle said the biggest crowds came early in the morning, not long after the shop opened.

BLM advisory: Motorized travel limited to existing roads and trails in Little Snake

With a mild winter continuing and spring fast approaching, the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is reminding the public that motorized-use within the majority of its boundaries in Moffat, Routt and northern Rio Blanco counties is now limited to existing roads and trails. Under the Little Snake Field Office Resource Management Plan signed in fall 2011, motorized access is allowed on the majority of the lands managed by the field office, but motorized vehicles need to stay on existing roads and trails unless they are marked otherwise. Prior to this updated plan, motorized users could travel cross-county over about 73 percent of the 1.1 million acres managed by the field office. To continue to provide the opportunity for off-road recreation, the field office specifically manages nearly 20,000 acres in the South Sand Wash Basin as an area open to off-road motorized use. “These decisions allow us to continue to manage the majority of the field office for motorized access while also protecting sensitive resources,” said Wendy Reynolds, Little Snake Field Manager.

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'Live for Levi': Late son, husband Craig woman's inspiration for upcoming event

Life hasn’t been easy for Jeana Weber since Christmas 2010. Her husband, Jim Weber, a 47-year-old Craig resident and maintenance mechanic at Trapper Mine, committed suicide that day, bringing a heartbreaking end to a nearly 30-year marriage that produced three sons — Jimmy, 29, Ty, 26, and Levi, 22 — and three grandchildren. Jeana, 47, a veteran dispatcher for the Colorado State Patrol at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, had 11 months to heal before tragedy dealt another blow. On Sept. 22, 2011, Levi also killed himself.

Oil & Gas Symposium II set for Hayden

Oil and natural gas development can be a complicated topic. And as Northwest Colorado prepares for a potential energy boom, two Yampa Valley organizations are hosting a second symposium to discuss how minerals may affect Moffat and Routt counties. Yampa Valley Data Partners, together with the Community Agriculture Alliance, hosted the first Northwest Colorado Oil & Gas Symposium in September 2011 in Hayden, which was attended by more than 150 people. The second event is slated for 5 p.m. March 14 at the Hayden High School auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson.

104-car coal train derails in western Colorado

An investigation is under way after a 104-car train loaded with coal derailed in De Beque Canyon in western Colorado. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/A2twIb ) the train was headed from the West Elk Mine in Arco to Kentucky when one of its cars went off the rails just before 6 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. Davis says the derailed car remained upright and did not dump its load.

Coal production increased 10.4 percent in 2011

After seven years of decline, coal production in Colorado increased 10.4 percent in 2011 to nearly 28 million tons as companies tapped into new markets abroad. The state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety says employment at Colorado's 10 mines also rose 12 percent to 2,363 in the first nine months of 2011. And, there are plans for four new mines — led by Peabody Energy's $200 million proposal for a new operation in Routt County — and eight expansions of existing mines. The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/z22Kht ) reported Sunday the jump in production is the result of an improving economy, some mines going back into production after resolving technical problems and improving prospects for international exports. "After some tough years, this is good news," said Stuart Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association.

ESPN fires employee for headline on Jeremy Lin

ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese. "I don't think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don't care anymore," Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. "Have to learn to forgive, and I don't even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not." Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

Bulldog Sports for Feb. 20, 2012

Today 7:30 a.m. The Cold Corner Cup youth hockey tournament takes place at Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St. Tuesday None Wednesday None Thursday None

Letter: Learn more about the U.S. Constitution

Here is what President Abraham Lincoln said about President Barack Obama: "The people are the master of both Congress and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” Do you know what the Constitution says, and are you able to detect when our elected officials ignore it, and force upon you their own laws?

Patrick Germond: Happiness found in small things

One of my favorite things in life is spending time with my family. Whether we’re riding bikes or playing softball at Woodbury Park, we’re making memories and having fun. In my youth, I chased wealth and pleasure more often than not, stepping completely over happiness. As funny as it sounds, I wanted to be rich and famous, like a rock star.

Briefs for February 20: Medicare presentation Tuesday

A presentation on Medicare will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Dr. The presentation will review options available to new Medicare recipients and what is covered under Medicare. Betsy Packer, a Medicare counselor for the Routt County Council on Aging, will give the presentation and will allow time for individuals to visit with her one-on-one afterward. The event is open to everyone near 65 years old who has questions about Medicare, as well as caregivers to someone going onto Medicare.