News for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Moffat County GOP announces precinct leaders

Local Republicans prepping for county assembly in March

Moffat County Republicans turned out in droves Feb. 7 for the statewide precinct caucuses, the most grassroots form of the political process in Colorado, organizers said. In addition to participating in a statewide presidential preference poll, caucus participants also elected precinct chairpersons. KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, announced the precinct chairs over the weekend. “For the most part, the precinct chairs are the same people,” Hume said. “But, we did get some new additions this year.”

NTSB investigation into Hayden plane crash to focus on weather

An investigator said Wednesday that the Cessna 414A that crashed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon, killing two people and injuring four others, did not have its landing gear down.

MCHS works out sports postseason expense issue

Miscommunications between Jeff Simon, Moffat County High School athletic director, the Moffat County School District, and MCHS varsity coaches resulted in a preemptive hold on all postseason expenses for varsity teams this school year. Simon said discussions took place before the 2011-12 school year about the district not paying for team expenses during the postseason due to budgetary concerns. In past years, the school district paid for player and coach hotel rooms and gave meal stipends when teams qualified for the postseason.

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Mystery letter finds its way home

One afternoon in early December, a Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing volunteer found a trace of the past. She was helping the nonprofit group dismantle the Simmons Rooming House and was removing baseboard trim in one of the downstairs rooms when she discovered a letter postmarked July 1948 wedged between the baseboard and the wall. The envelope bore only the typewritten initials and last name of the addressee: "M. W. Lefferdink" with "Craig, Colo." on the line below. No street address was listed.

Moffat County Commission approves recommendation for federal acquisitions

About 60 percent of land in Moffat County is under federal management, and consensus reached at Tuesday’s Moffat County Commission meeting is to keep it that way. Ten people representing the Moffat County Land Use Board, the Bureau of Land Management, and the public discussed land acquisitions for more than an hour Tuesday during the commission meeting. Members of the Land Use Board convened before Tuesday’s meeting to discuss making a policy recommendation to the commissioners on how to address federal land acquisitions. Bob Grubb, who serves as an environmental representative on the Land Use Board, acted as spokesman during the meeting. He read the motion as unanimously passed by the Land Use Board.

Colo. loses 9,000 sheep, lambs to predators in '11

A new survey says Colorado farmers and ranchers lost about 9,000 head of sheep and lambs to predators in 2011. The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service conducted the survey in January. It says the 9,000 animals were worth an estimated $1.64 million. A comparable survey in 2009 showed 16,000 sheep and lambs were lost to predators. The dollar value lost was nearly the same because sheep and lamb prices have risen. The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service says that overall, sheep producers lost 36,000 head to all causes in 2011, representing about $6.53 million and 6.3 percent of the supply of animals. That's about the same number of animals lost overall in 2009 due to predators, disease, weather or other causes, representing 6 percent of the 2009 supply.

Quinn says he's sorry for Tebow comments

Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unflattering comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in a GQ article. The article on Tebowmania was written by Michael Silver and titled "The year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time." In it, Quinn was quoted as saying, "We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply." He also said he felt the fans were the reason Tebow leapfrogged him on the depth chart when supplanting Kyle Orton as the starter after a 1-4 start. "I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that," Quinn said in the article. "Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I don't have any billboards. That would have been nice."

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‘Live for Levi’ event elicits stories of pain, loss and hope

In late September 2011, the clouds seemed to lift for Jeana Weber’s 22-year-old son, Levi. He had been going through a difficult time in life, Jeana told a group of about 45 people Tuesday night at The Journey at First Baptist. His father, Jim Weber, and Jeana’s husband of almost three decades, had taken his own life Christmas Day 2010. But on Sept. 21, 2011, “he was the happiest I had seen him for a long time,” she said.

Draft OHV map presented Tuesday

Moffat County officials, federal agency representatives, and all terrain vehicle enthusiasts met Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse to review a draft off highway vehicle trail map. The multi-county/multi-agency group first met in September 2011 with the intention of identifying and mapping OHV trails in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, and Uintah County, Utah, in an effort to increase tourism to the region. It was the first time since the collaborative effort began that those contributing to the OHV mapping project received a tangible example of what their efforts were going into. “This is pretty exciting stuff,” Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said. “We’re making progress and it is good to see a rough example of what this map could look like.”

Spicy Saturday, shiny Sunday

As you read this, hopefully you’re not smarting from the overindulgence of Mardi Gras. If so, you’ve only got a day or two to suck it up and prepare for another busy weekend. • The holiday, which translates to Fat Tuesday, may have been the best day to spoil yourself. But if you want to go a little further in treating yourself, you can still do it on behalf of a good cause. If you’re still in need of a sugar rush and still have a few bills in your wallet, head to one of many Craig locations where area Girl Scouts will be selling cookies. Buy Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Samoas and more from the tables set up in front of City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens and Kmart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For exact sales times or to place an order in advance, call 824-2624.

Editorial: Hardwood harmony

If you’re a Moffat County High School basketball fan, there’s a lot to be happy about — both for what’s currently happening on the hardwood and the potential for what could happen in the future. This week, the big story is the MCHS girls varsity basketball team, which earned a share of the Western Slope League title for a second consecutive year, and a No. 3 seed in the state tournament. The Bulldogs, 17-6 overall and 10-2 in the WSL, begin postseason play Friday against the winner of the No. 6 Thompson Valley/No. 11 Frederick game at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. Led by coach Matt Ray, who inherited and has sustained a successful program from longtime MCHS coach Craig Mortensen, girls basketball has become the flagship athletic program at MCHS.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda

When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairman Don Myers

Briefs for February 22: Hospice volunteer trainings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking for volunteers for its hospice program. Volunteer trainings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road, in Steamboat Springs. Participants must complete an application before registering for the training. Applications are available at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., or its Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information or to register, call Shannon Winegarner at 871-7626.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

When: 10 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 10 to 10:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Moffat County School Board work session and meeting agendas

When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Public hearings on policies 5510, student dress code, and 5280, home-based education • 4:10 p.m. Budget development process

Costumes, beads give way to ashes in New Orleans

Officers on horseback cleared Bourbon Street early Wednesday, declaring an end to Carnival 2012 as Mardi Gras revelers began to prepare for the beginning of Lent, the period of fasting and repentance before Easter. Streams of people poured into the French Quarter as the sun began to set Tuesday to continue the party that began earlier along the city's traditional Garden District family-friendly parade route which follows stately St. Charles Avenue. Bathed in springlike warmth and showered with trinkets, beads and music, New Orleans reveled in the excesses of Fat Tuesday. The drinking was in full swing shortly after dawn, and with it came outrageous costumes and flesh-flashing that drew thousands to the Quarter. New Orleans police said late Tuesday they were investigating a stabbing on Esplanade Avenue but had few details. In a second incident, a victim was shot in the leg and a suspect was taken in custody, police said.

Sports Briefs for February 22: Charchalis receives award

Angie Charchalis named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Angie Charchalis, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was named Monday the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her contributions to the Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team. Charchalis, a redshirt junior guard, helped lead the Orediggers to a pair of wins last week including an upset of No. 10 Fort Lewis. In the two games, which also included a win over Adams State College, Charchalis averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals and a block. Against Fort Lewis, Charchalis tied her career high with 28 points and narrowly missed on a double-double with nine rebounds.

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MCHS boys basketball team sees 2011-12 as foundation for coming years

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season didn’t start the way coaches or players hoped. The Bulldogs had just two wins a month into the season and the team’s offense was streaky. But, first-year head coach Eric Hamilton said he knew there would be growing pains along the way. Hamilton was the team’s third head coach in as many years and seven freshmen suited up for the varsity during the season.