News for Friday, January 20, 2012

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Craig EDP names new director

Betsy Nauman Cook pegged as new business agency leader

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership has hired a new full-time executive director, the agency announced this afternoon in a news release. Betsy Nauman Cook has been chosen as the successor to former director Darcy Owens-Trask. She is set to begin Monday.

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CNCC art, literary magazine seeking submissions for 2012 publication

The story starts outside a honky-tonk joint in a sweltering, gritty, west Texas town. A faithful dog sits inside a 1957 Ford Ranchero, waiting patiently for his master to return. In a moment, this dog’s life will be upended by impulsive act. He’ll be forced to make his way in a land dominated by oil rigs, rattlesnakes and roughnecks with hands stained black by the lifeblood that fuels this region. Thus begins “Instinct and Consequences,” a short story written by Craig resident Mary Morris and published in the 2010 edition of “Waving Hands Review,” Colorado Northwestern Community College’s art and literary magazine.

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2012

New D9 group forming to assist Moffat County economy

Communities around the state are experimenting with a new approach to economic development, and the Craig Workforce Center is attempting to tailor that program for Moffat County. Discovery 9 is a concept that brings unemployed adults together to serve as a think tank for creating jobs and bringing businesses to local communities. The program is an idea of the Economic Enrichment Networks based in Grand Junction and is endorsed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Three D9 teams have been established in the region — two in Grand Junction and another in Rifle.

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MCHS grapplers fall to Palisade, tie Steamboat at lone home meet of season

Garrett Stewart was up 5-0 after the first period Friday against Palisade’s Trevor Garcia and looked to be riding to an easy victory. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, was trying to get the MCHS varsity wrestling team’s first win in the Bulldogs lone home meet of the season, but it wasn’t going to come easy. Garcia trailed 8-2 heading into the third and final period of the 138-pound match-up, but used a combination of takedowns and nearfalls to tie the match, 11-11, in the final 10 seconds to force overtime. Stewart said he had no energy left heading into the overtime period, but somehow turned Garcia’s attempted throw into a takedown and scored the pin with 14 seconds remaining.

Craig/Moffat EDP narrows director search to 5 candidates

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board members met in executive session Wednesday to continue discussions on new director candidates. After more than 30 minutes in executive session, the regular board meeting was reconvened. Board members unanimously approved giving the director hiring committee, consisting of Dave Fleming, Mike Anson, Scott Cook and Gene Bilodeau, more time for its search. “We’re progressing at a rapidly slow pace,” Cook said. “The most noteworthy thing is we have some very strong candidates.”

MCHS basketball teams prepare for Delta

Just like a year ago, one of the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s biggest games this season is against Delta. The Bulldogs tripped up against Glenwood Springs on Jan. 7 in a 60-47 loss and Delta posted a 56-49 win over the Demons on Saturday. If Moffat County beats Delta today at home, it would create a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League between the three teams who shared the title in 2011. “It is very important to be able to go in and win this game,” head coach Matt Ray said Wednesday. “If we win, worst-case scenario is playing for a three-way tie at the end of the season, but if we win out, we would be league champs.”

Gingrich angrily denies he sought open marriage

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Thursday angrily denied that he asked his second wife for an "open marriage" that would allow him to have a mistress as she claims in an interview broadcast two days before the South Carolina primary. "Let me be quite clear. The story is false," Gingrich said at a debate, without elaborating. At the same time, his campaign released his tax returns, showing that he paid more than $994,000 in federal taxes on more $3.1 million in income in 2010. It was a day of ups and downs for Gingrich, who picked up the endorsement for former rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The former House speaker is working to consolidate the support of conservatives behind his candidacy with polls showing him rising in his bid to overtake Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. "Newt is not perfect but who among us is," Perry said as he bowed out of the race, seeking to provide Gingrich with some political cover in a state filled with evangelicals likely to cringe at Gingrich's two divorces and acknowledged infidelity.

Tebow played through injuries in playoff loss

(AP) — Tim Tebow needs more R&R than anyone thought. The Broncos quarterback played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver's 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend. He won't need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some down time and his offseason training program shouldn't be affected in any way. ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle, then had trouble sleeping because of the pain and underwent an MRI on his chest Monday.

US Attorney Walsh: Pot letters are not a bluff

(AP) — U.S. Attorney John Walsh on Thursday rebuffed claims that the federal government sat idly by as state lawmakers enacted regulations that have allowed Colorado's marijuana industry to boom the past two years. Walsh said letters sent last week to 23 marijuana dispensaries near schools and their landlords — giving them until Feb. 27 to shut down, move or face federal penalties — are not a bluff and that criminal prosecution is possible. Dispensary and property owners are being threatened with losing their assets and property in civil action in federal court if they don't comply with the letters. Marijuana advocates in Colorado say the feds, by not stepping up enforcement action earlier, tacitly approved of Colorado's booming marijuana industry that now includes tight regulations that tax pot from seed to sale. "We haven't been sitting by," Walsh said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. "We've been taking marijuana enforcement action."

Pastor Karen Gibson: Friendship, love and self-sufficiency

I had just finished sending an email asking someone for forgiveness. The reason I had to ask for forgiveness was because of my weakness in thinking I don’t need help. Why is it we become so independent and prideful that we exclude others from our lives, and would rather live in this world by ourselves? It’s almost like we don’t like to share. We don’t want to share the recognition, joy, or blessing of whatever God has given us with anyone else. As children we were all taught to learn and develop independence. Dressing ourselves, feeding ourselves, walking, and tying our shoes were some of the activities we were taught to do.

On The Record for Jan. 19, 2012

On The Record for Jan. 19, 2012

Dr. Andrew G. Hughes: ‘Disingenuous’ explanation

To the editor: I know and respect each of our Moffat County Commissioners. They are dedicated public servants. Their job is difficult and they work hard in the best interests of Moffat County. However, I find their decision to not reappoint Missy Bonaker to The Memorial Hospital Board disappointing and their public explanations as to why disingenuous. Missy has done an exceptional job during her tenure. The hospital board is one of the most important in our county as well as one of the more difficult on which to serve.

Beck, Jacobson: Support higher education

To the editor: The Citizens Academic Scholarship was established in January 2009. The scholarship is a great way for the community to give back to our young adults who are seeking higher education to better themselves and land a job that will support them the rest of their lives. The scholarship has certain requirements that need to be met in order for applicants to qualify. Scholarship applicants will have graduated from Moffat County High School within the last three years; reside in one of the four counties in our local region; be a U.S. citizen; and be in good standing within the community.

Briefs for Jan. 20, 2012: Seedling tree orders being taken

The Colorado First Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees. The trees will arrive the first week of May and the average cost of each tree is less than $1. A variety of trees and shrubs are available to create windbreaks and living snow fences and enhance wildlife. Residents must own at least two acres of land to purchase trees. Trees are limited and residents are encouraged to order early. Order forms are available at the Bureau of Land Management office or the U.S. Department of Agriculture district office at 145 Commerce St. For more information, call 824-3476, extension 101.