Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

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Craig man facing charges for firing weapon

Craig police officer cited for collision while responding

Charges have been filed against a Craig man suspected of illegally firing his gun last week in the Ridgeview subdivision. Wesley Dean West, 51, faces one charge of reckless endangerment and two charges of prohibited use of a weapon, all misdemeanors. The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. July 25. Two Craig Police Department patrol cars responded to a report of a domestic dispute with gunshots fired at 3408 Essex Court.

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Now playing: Final ‘Dark Knight’ rises to the occasion

Before seeing “The Dark Knight Rises” for the first time, one cannot help but think of the opening of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” and the paradoxical “best of times, worst of times” conundrum.

Moffat County Commission hears 2011 audit presentation

On Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission received results of its 2011 audit and was commended for increasing funds during a recession. Paul Backes, of McMahan and Associates, LLC based in Avon, presented the audit to the commissioners, focusing on what he believed was the most important piece of the 94-page report, an analysis of the county’s spending versus incoming revenues. According to a statement of revenues, expenses and changes in fund balances, Moffat County generated $29,236,705 in total revenue in 2011, and allocated $28,330,110 for county services. In addition, the county transferred $2,924,970 from other financing sources, but also transferred out $3,104,117 for a net loss of $179,147.

On the Record for July 31, 2012

On the Record for July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30

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Sea Sharks swimmers deliver at state, regional competitions

With the summer swimming season winding down, members of the Craig Sea Sharks are finishing up a fabulous season. The Sea Sharks, often-outnumbered in many of the team-scoring meets they participated in this summer, have now been able to show off their individual talents at regional and state swim meets, where team scores do not matter. Matt Hulstine, 18, swam in the USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series in Gresham, Ore. last week. The Speedo Series made 19 stops across the country in 2012 and features some of the top talent in the U.S. “There were a lot of college swimmers and Olympic Trials qualifiers there, who obviously didn’t quite make it to the Olympics,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “It was very fun to see a lot of those people there.”

MCTA to unveil brand platform, logo

Results from work over the last year and a half will be revealed Tuesday night when the Moffat County Tourism Association and Edwards-based marketing firm Hill Aevium unveil a new county branding platform and logo.

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FCC, CenturyLink partnership provides rural broadband funding

Last week the Federal Communications Commission announced a public/private partnership with CenturyLink to extend broadband Internet access to rural Coloradans. The announcement was made last Thursday through the FCC’s Connect America Fund, which is allocating $6 million to assist CenturyLink in providing greater broadband access to more than 8,100 Colorado locations. CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest communications company, is expected to bring broadband Internet access to more than 21,000 residents as a result of the partnership. Following the announcement Colorado Democrat Sen. Mark Udall called the partnership an important first step for Colorado businesses.

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2012 Moffat County Fair schedule

The Moffat County Fair kicks off this week, with many of the larger events taking place the following week. Below is a schedule of events for the fair. Please note, all events take place at various locations in the Moffat County Fairgrounds, which are noted after the event description.

Steamboat's Worsley ready for 2nd Olympic event

On the heels of his first Olympic experience in London, Blake Worsley hopes his swim Tuesday can prolong his stay in the world’s sporting spotlight.

On the Record for July 30, 2012

On the Record for July 30, 2012

Letter: Concealed carry proven to reduce crime, violence

To the editor: Tears fill her eyes as the woman highlighted in the news on Denver’s FOX TV channel says, "It could happen to any one of us, at any time, at any place." That’s the public delusion fostered by virtually all television stations, including the Denver channels, since reporting began on the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora. Only a few admirable news personalities dared refute this collective fantasy with facts. Evaluation of data over the course of 20-plus years irrefutably shows odds of a mass shooting rise exponentially in places where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from carrying guns for self defense, namely "no gun" zones. Hundreds of court transcripts confirm the statistical records.

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Down and Dirty: Mud Splash volleyball attracts a crowd Saturday in Craig

With the summer Olympics in London underway, beach volleyball will be on televisions across the world over the next few weeks. Saturday in Craig, a crowd came out to play a very different form of outdoor volleyball. Around 100 residents showed up to play in mud pits during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament. The double elimination tournament, hosted at Loudy-Simpson Park west of the soccer fields, consisted of ten teams, many of which had been to past Mud Splash tournaments, according to Christina Oxley, Executive Director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center. “Most of these teams have been here year after year,” Oxley said. “We get some real die-hards so they know how it goes. You see everybody has their feet taped and brought coolers and the tents. They know the drill. You can’t go wrong.”

Outward Bound program focuses on grieving teens

Jason Stout remembers his mom sobbing on the phone when the sheriff's department called to tell his family his great-grandmother had been murdered, found shot in the head along a rural county road in Colorado. He was only 7 years old at the time. Three years before the murder, his 5-year-old sister died of complications of a brain disorder, and in a matter of a few more years, his father would be dead of a heart attack at 42. "I had a ton of nightmares. I was just so frightened of people I love dying," said Stout, now 41. "We're vulnerable in this world, and we're not always supposed to be finding that out at 7 years old." After turning to fighting and alcohol to cope with his grief during his teenage years — and suffering through bouts of depression and anxiety attacks into his 20s — it took an Outward Bound trek through northern Mexico's barren Chihuahuan Desert for him to begin to heal. Sitting by himself, surrounded by only the sand below and the stars above, Stout said he found peace that he had never experienced before, and from then on, he began "self-medicating" with nature.

Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad

Two tech titans will square off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets. Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year alleging the world's largest technology company's smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The Cupertino-based company is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date. Samsung counters that Apple is doing the stealing and that some of the technology at issue — such as the rounded rectangular designs of smartphones and tablets — has been industry standards for years. The U.S. trial is just the latest skirmish between the two over product designs. A similar trial began last week, and the two companies have been fighting in courts in the United Kingdom and Germany. The case is one of some 50 lawsuits among myriad telecommunications companies jockeying for position in the burgeoning $219 billion market for smartphones and computer tablets.

Colo. theater lacked security, unlike some peers

The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." It's impossible to know whether guards — often off-duty police officers — at the Aurora Century 16 would have spotted the suspected gunman, James Holmes, and thwarted the attack that left 12 moviegoers dead and dozens wounded on July 20. Officers hired as guards are generally armed and usually spend their time roaming the complex, checking bags or dealing with minor disputes. Cinemark provided off-duty police guards at the Aurora theater on busy Friday and Saturday nights. As for other nights of the week, theater operators decide on a case-by-case basis whether to hire security, depending on the likelihood of trouble. The attack came early Friday, shortly after the midnight screening of the Batman film began.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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All-American wrestler leads camp at MCHS

The push to bring wrestling back to prominence in Moffat County is in full force, and has included help from top talent. Earlier in the summer, Joe LeBlanc, an All-American wrestler from the University of Wyoming, instructed young grapplers from around the area at Hayden High School. On Saturday, another All-American wrestler was showing Moffat County wrestlers how things are done on the mat. Tanner Linsacum, a two-time All-American and national champion wrestler during his career at the University of Northern Colorado, came to Moffat County High School to lead the Moffat County Youth Wrestling Camp.

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Rescheduled races at Thunder Ridge part of a successful night

Gregg Kolbaba said he had some good luck — finally. The owner of Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park has battled dry conditions all summer in trying to keep his dirt track in good shape for racing. When rain finally came, it was too much and came at the wrong time for Thunder Ridge, which had to cancel races July 14 due to a waterlogged track. On Saturday night, Kolbaba was able to make up those missed races.

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Bulldog Sports for July 30, 2012

Bulldog Sports for July 30, 2012.

Moffat County real estate transactions for June

Moffat County Real Estate transactions for June, 2012.

Local salons merge with new location

A few alterations to your look can do wonders for your state of mind. If that’s the case for one person, imagine how much of an improvement some variations would do for an entire business. The current site of ChangeZ Salon, 239 E. Victory Way, represents the culmination of two popular Craig businesses in one flashy new location. Jackie Roberts, former owner of beauty salon The Hair Loft, and Nancy Lee and Ruth Anne Greenwood, former owners of Tranzformations Salon, first joined earlier this year, moving into a space on Yampa Avenue.

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‘Git ‘er done’: Five minutes with Steve Herman, 54, broker at RE/MAX

Where is your hometown? “I’m from the Front Range, originally. I was born and raised in Denver.” When did you move to Craig? “I’ve been here for about 23 years. I had an elk ranch for 20 years on County Road 15, and I had a business, Great Divide Cleaning. I did both of those for many, many years, and then decided to sell the ranch, move closer to town.” Motto or outlook on life? “I feel very strongly that it’s not what I do, it’s who I am as a Christian, and I try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated. I’m very involved in my church, and I try to live my life according to scripture and in a way the lord would be proud of.”

Senior Spotlight for July 30, 2012

As August approaches so does the changing of seasons in many ways. The thought of school starting enters the minds of many, and along with that goes last-minute mini vacations, fishing and camping trips. It seems we are trying to squeeze as much out of these last four weeks as possible. There is also the prospect of the Moffat County Fair fast approaching and last-minute checks by those entering to make sure all is in order.

Briefs for July 30: Moffat Family Clinic offering free sports exams

Moffat Family Clinic, 600 Russell St., is offering free sports physicals for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School students through Tuesday. Call 824-3252 to schedule an appointment.

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New Moffat County extension agent excited to assist local 4-H programs, ranchers

J.D. Sexton has been around the ranching lifestyle for years. “I’ve just been part of the livestock industry my whole life,” the Laporte native said. “As a youth I was able to be part of 4-H and showed livestock competitively. It’s just been kind of a family thing. My grandfather was actually the extension agent for Larimer County and Fort Collins.” Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Sexton began work June 18 as Colorado State University’s Moffat County Extension and 4-H youth agent. Though daily responsibilities vary, he said a big part of the job involves helping local 4-H programs, in which he said he is “a huge believer.”

Sunday, July 29

Craig Police Department vehicles collide while responding to call

Craig Police Department officers responded last week to a report of a domestic dispute with gun shots fired. The call was received about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Two police department patrol cars responded to the scene at 3408 Essex Court in the Ridgeview subdivision. When officers arrived, suspect Wesley Dean West, 51, of Craig, admitted he had fired three shots into the air to scare a neighbor’s dogs, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. West was taken into custody and booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon, both misdemeanors. He was released on $750 bond the same day.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Aug. 2

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

Saturday morning crash claims three people west of Craig

Colorado State Patrol troopers responded early Saturday morning to a two-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of one motorist and two passengers. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 65, about 25 miles west of Craig, the state patrol reported. An Audi A4 driven by 35-year-old Raul Torres-Rodriguez, of Fort Collins, was traveling west on Highway 40 when the vehicle reportedly veered into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Rickie Jenkins, 53, of Casper, Wyo., according to a CSP news release. Trooper Joshua Lewis, public information officer with CSP in Denver, said the vehicles “bounced” off of each other after impact.

Saturday, July 28

Defense: Shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist

The former graduate student accused in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, the first indication that he may have sought help before the rampage that killed 12 people and wounded 58. Attorneys for James Holmes, 24, made the disclosure in a court motion Friday as they sought to discover the source of leaks to some media outlets that he sent the psychiatrist a package containing a notebook with descriptions of an attack. The motion said the leaks jeopardized Holmes' right to a fair trial and violated a judge's gag order. Holmes' lawyers added that the package contained communications between Holmes and his psychiatrist that should be shielded from public view. The document describes Holmes as a "psychiatric patient" of Dr. Lynne Fenton.

Marco Scutaro traded after Rockies' latest loss

Moments after another defeat for Colorado, second baseman Marco Scutaro learned he was the latest player headed out of town. The Rockies traded Scutaro and cash to the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants for minor league infielder Charlie Culberson following a 3-0 loss to streaking Cincinnati on Friday night. "It's a business and I get to go to a first-place team," Scutaro said. "It's kind of nice because all the work you put in in the offseason is to try and get a chance to play in the playoffs. I think I'm going to have that kind of opportunity with that team." It was the second significant deal the Rockies have completed leading up to Tuesday's trade deadline. Last Friday, they sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals for Jonathan Sanchez in a swap of struggling pitchers.

Both Koreas mark 59th anniversary of war armistice

Elderly North Korean veterans pledged loyalty to their 20-something leader in Pyongyang during Korean War armistice commemorations Friday that were being closely watched after Kim Jong Un reshuffled the military and revealed he's married. Over the last two weeks, Kim has taken on the title of marshal and replaced his army chief — once a key mentor. Both moves were seen as an effort to build loyalty among the million-man armed forces and solidify his credentials as commander. North Korea also revealed Wednesday that the stylish woman at Kim's side in some public appearances this month is his wife. Images of her walking with Kim were choreographed to show the leader as modern, mature and down-to-earth, analysts said, and contrast sharply to his intensely private father, Kim Jong Il, who ruled for 17 years before his death in December.

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Golf course grounds crew dealing with dry weather

Like most of Moffat County, the Yampa Valley Golf Course has been forced to deal with the historically dry weather. YVGC Grounds Superintendent Tim Boyle says this is the driest golfing season he’s seen in his four years at the course. As a result, Boyle said the grounds keeping crew has been “watering like crazy” this spring and summer. “We turned on the irrigation March 15 this year and that’s at least two weeks earlier than I’ve ever done it before,” Boyle said. “We’ve been hand-watering greens ever since. It’s been a struggle to get water down.” The golf course has been adversely affected by the lack of precipitation going back to last winter.

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LSRV football team preparing for run at 3-peat

Little Snake River Valley High School is the two-time defending state champion in Wyoming 1A six-man football, and the team expects to continue its undefeated run. Mike Bates thinks there’s a strong possibility that could happen. The Rattlers head coach thinks his team this year has a chance to be his best ever, with nine players returning from last year’s state champion group as seniors. To prepare themselves for the upcoming season, the Rattlers attended a four-day camp in June in Hayden, where they played eight-man and six-man scrimmages against other teams from Colorado and Wyoming.

Something for everyone: Enjoying the Moffat County Fair

What do you enjoy about a county fair? For a child, the hit of a fair might be petting the rabbits and ducks, sharing a Popsicle with a lamb, and playing in the water and mud around the cattle wash rack. Adults enjoy the judging competitions, checking out the judged exhibits, and visiting with neighbors. Fairgoers of every age look forward to cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot dogs. The 2012 Moffat County Fair offers all of this, and more.

Over a Cup: Turkey burgers in time for grilling season

Last week, my sister Darlene Blackford, from Rocky Ford, sent me some pictures of her hen Buffy with two cute, newly-hatched black and white speckled chicks. She also sent two recipes. The first recipe is one she’s been telling me about for awhile now. It’s for turkey burgers, just in time for the grilling season. To make “Really Good Turkey Burgers,” you'll need the following ingredients:

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Connections 4 Kids issues annual report

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, recently issued its annual report for the timeframe of July 2011 to June 2012. The report details numerous efforts the organization has made on behalf of youth. “It’s a way to give our stakeholders in the community an overview of the projects that we’ve done and a quick look at our work,” C4K Coordinator Michelle Balleck said. “It’s not just for people who are involved with the council now but those who might be in the future.” Among the programs implemented by C4K in the last year is Cavity-Free at Three, a three-year statewide effort to prevent oral disease in young children.

Letter: Thank you to the Journey at First Baptist

This is for the members and Vacation Bible School attendees of The Journey at First Baptist Church, Lutheran Church of Grace, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Michael Catholic Church, Friendship United Methodist Church, and First Congregational United Church of Christ. A great big thank you for the soup mixes and other food and personal need items collected during your recent Vacation Bible School events. God's timing, as always, is so perfect. Love INC had just sent needed food and personal need items to help the Dinosaur community which left our pantry shelves alarmingly empty.

State officials talk strategy after drought tour

Colorado may implement Stage 3 drought plan for agriculture

Three days after examining drought conditions in the Yampa Valley, state officials said Friday plans are in place to up the drought plan from Stage 2 to Stage 3. Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi, drought and climate change technical specialist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s drought tour, said officials took a lot of valuable information away from local ranchers and plan to discuss their recommendation to increase the state drought plan to Stage 3 with Gov. John Hickenlooper soon. Colorado’s drought plan features three stages, one monitoring phase and two response phases, Hutchins-Cabibi said.

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Craig Farmers Market: A place with something for everyone

Jars of salsa, freshly grown produce, handcrafted knick-knacks. If you can grow it or make it, the Craig Farmers Market wants you. The Farmers Market is in the middle of its high point during the summer months, as patrons turn out Thursday afternoons at its downtown location in Alice Pleasant Park to check out local and regional products. Offering everything from produce like Palisade peaches and Olathe sweet corn to meals like homemade burritos to crocheted clothing items, area growers and artisans always have something new to offer.

Briefs for July 28: Union meeting slated for Sunday

Local United Mine Workers No. 1799 will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. For more information, call Fran Lux at 824-4134.

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New steakhouse eyes Aug. 6 opening date

Two weeks ago, restaurant patrons learned Casa Loya had closed its doors. But, it seems the local business community abhors a vacuum. The closure paved the way for the Double Barrel Steakhouse to move from Hayden to Craig. Since the announcement, local residents have asked Double Barrel Steakhouse owners Pat and Ann Marie Roberts the same question.

Friday, July 27

On the Record for July 27, 2012

On the Record for July 27, 2012

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Holiday Inn part of online auction

$3.05 million bid fails to meet owner reserve price

The Holiday Inn of Craig, which has been a mainstay at 300 S. Colorado Highway 13 in Craig since 1981, was put up for auction earlier this week. The online sale attracted “two or three” active bidders from the region and fetched a high bid of $3,050,000 when the auction closed about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to The identity of the high bidder was not made public Thursday afternoon and is not likely to be released anytime soon, said listing agent Melvin Chu, hotel investment sales associate with Jones Lang LaSalle’s San Francisco office. The reason, Chu said, is because the high bidder failed to meet the owner’s reserve price.

Sandusky shower abuse accuser to sue Penn State

For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university. The man's lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered "overwhelming evidence" on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years. Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of Mike McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant and described seeing the attack. "Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky's childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him," the lawyers said in a news release.

Box turtle study first of its kind in Colorado

Armed with an antennae and the confidence that comes from traversing the same piece of land over and over, Graham Dawson glides like a coyote along hills covered in sandy soil and scrubby plants on a Kersey ranch. Dawson, a biology student at Skidmore College in New York, and two other interns were on the prowl Monday morning for Chloe, one of 10 ornate box turtles being tracked by the Colorado Reptile Humane Society of Longmont as part of a study in its fifth year. All of the turtles carry transmitters and have three-letter names such as JLX, but they've grown attached to KLO and renamed her Chloe. Jason Martin, one of the three interns who attends Colorado State University, calls her his favorite. The box turtle study is the first of its kind in Colorado, and the goal isn't surprising: It's to learn about their Colorado lifestyle, including what they eat and when they mate, given that Colorado's climate is much different than, say, Nebraska, where other studies have taken place. But it's also confirmation of what they've already known, including just how far a box turtle travels in its lifetime.

Rockies visit survivors of theater shootings

Several Colorado Rockies players are showing their support for people wounded in the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora last week.

YVEA Board fills 2 vacancies

The Yampa Valley Electric Association Board filled two vacant seats this week, the board announced in a news release. The board appointed Frank Roitsch, of Hayden, to represent the members of District 5, and Glynda Sheehan, of Slater, to represent the members of District 1.

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Education group schedules second summer running event

Chris Jones has had a motto for the spring and summer months: “Healthy students are better learners." Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education president, has stressed that exercising also helps children in the classroom, and has used this belief as a reason to organize a series of 5K races in Craig. FMCE hosted a 5K during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous weekend earlier this summer, with more than 100 participants. The event’s success prompted Jones and the local nonprofit education group to plan more races.

New Hibbett store bringing 8 jobs to Craig

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., an Alabama-based sporting goods company opening a retail location on the west side of Craig, announced in a news release this week the new store will employ approximately eight full- and part-time employees after it opens. “We're thrilled to be opening a new store in Craig,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, in the release. “People in Craig take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for.” Hibbett Sporting Goods operates more than 800 full-line sporting goods stores, most of them located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The company’s primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-feet store located in dominant strip centers and enclosed malls, according to the release.

Briefs for July 27: Community movie night screening 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host a free movie night at 9 p.m. Saturday at the north end of Veterans Memorial Park, also known as Craig City Park. The organization will screen "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." Popcorn and snow cones will be sold.

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Oil refinery waste suspected in Craig

CDPHE: Texaco potential source of soil, water contamination

Some of Craig’s hotels, businesses and residences may be sitting atop contaminated soils and ground water reserves from an oil refinery abandoned more than 65 years ago. City of Craig and Moffat County employees were recently made aware of the potential soil and groundwater contamination on the west side of Craig by representatives of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Among some of the suspected soil contaminants in unknown volumes are sludge, oily waste, solvents, pesticides, organic and inorganic chemicals, acids, bases, and heavy metals, according to a July 16 Department of Public Health and Environment report. Elevated levels of arsenic, lead, chromium and zinc — in volumes exceeding Colorado Basic Standards for Groundwater — also are suspected in some of Craig’s surface and shallow groundwater reserves.

Thursday, July 26

Kate Grobe: Fundraiser a function of community, God

I'm often asked where the funding comes from for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center. Churches in this area support us, and there are some individuals who generously send us money, and we have a few fundraisers each year. I also count the numerous and varied donations as support since we get so many valuable items such as food, diapers, clothing, and furniture. This may seem like a strange business model, but the fact is that this enables us to help people. We're often able to meet very specific requests.

On the Record for July 20, 2012

On the Record for July 20, 2012

Janet Sheridan: A moderate hearing loss

A couple of years ago, my husband, Joel, started to mumble, running his words together willy-nilly; all my grandchildren seemed to need speech therapy; and waiters whispered the night’s specials as if revealing classified information. I knew I’d begun to miss words and phrases during conversations, but blamed the mutter-mouths surrounding me. Then I telephoned a niece who habitually spoke crisply and clearly and realized the deficiency might be mine. Pauline answered the phone cautiously — when elderly relatives call, it’s usually to report illness, death, or befuddlement. I punched up the volume on my phone — the pesky thing hadn’t been working well — and assured Pauline none of her old folks had broken a hip.

News In Brief: Movie night slated for Saturday night in Craig

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host a free movie night at 9 p.m. Saturday at the north end of Veterans Memorial Park, formerly Craig City Park. The organization will screen "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." Popcorn and snow cones will be for sale.

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‘Persistence pays off’: Craig native nominated for Emmy

A Craig resident and Moffat County High School graduate is part of the team that helps bring the tale of a modern cowboy keeping the peace in his neck of the woods in Appalachia to the small screen. Joshua Green has worked as a set direction buyer on the FX series "Justified," the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens overseeing justice in Kentucky, since the middle of the show's second season. Along with the rest of the creative talent, Green was nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series for the 2012 season in the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. “I’m the person that finds all the pieces that goes in each setting from the table to the chairs to the floor to the lights,” he said. “If we have a craft service table, I’ll even take the Sweet ‘N Low and put it on the table if it needs it.”

Wednesday, July 25

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MCHS football team prepping for new season

Moffat County High School football players and coaches are preparing for the new season, which begins next month. The Colorado High School Activities Association allows practices to begin Aug. 13 and first scrimmages Aug. 23. The Bulldogs hosted two team camps in late June, allowing pads and helmets. But, after those camps, practices were voluntary and coaches weren't allowed to participate.

14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham resigns

Elizabeth Oldham, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, has resigned to take a job that will allow her to spend more time in court.

Letter: Moffat County a beautiful place to visit

We’ve been traveling constantly in our RV for over 11 years, so we’ve been in literally hundreds of visitor centers. But we’ve never seen one like the Moffat County Tourist Visitor Information Center. Melody Villard, the director, gave us a tour of the center, which is laid out like the county itself. The tour is like a preview of all the amazing things Moffat county has to offer. In our short visit, we took the audio tour of the drive from the town of Dinosaur into Dinosaur National Monument. The audio tour, which we got from Melody, added interest and even humor to the drive. The National Monument is not to be missed.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

Women only Cast 'N Blast slated in Steamboat Springs

Any woman interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing, proper firearms handling and safe shooting skills are invited to attend, which runs until mid-afternoon. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided.

On the Record for July 25, 2012

On the Record for July 25, 2012

Poaching called threat to C. Ore. mule deer herds

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The arrest of three teenagers in a Central Oregon poaching case underscores the difficulty biologists and wildlife officers are facing in attempts to rebuild the mule deer population. "Poaching is a much bigger problem than we thought," said Steven George, an Oregon Fish and Wildlife biologist based in Bend. "More animals are killed by illegal harvest than legal harvest." Poaching has undermined efforts to rebuild the population of mule deer at the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit, The Oregonian ( ) reported. A viral disease a decade ago cut the population in half, and wildlife managers reduced the numbers that hunters were allowed to take legally.

'Goat man' in Utah mountains identified as hunter

(AP) — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for a Canadian archery season. After a hiker spotted the so-called goat man on July 15 in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, wildlife officials said they wanted to talk to the person to be certain he was aware of the dangers as hunting season approaches. They speculated he might have been an extreme wildlife enthusiast who just wanted to get as close as possible to the goats. A few days after the spotting, state wildlife authorities received an anonymous call from an "agitated man" who simply said, "Leave goat man alone. He's done nothing wrong." This week, however, the mystery was solved.

County approves Shell oil well near Hayden

Shell Oil says it has no plans to use hydraulic fracturing in drilling the Dawson Creek well. It will, however, abide by the county's extensive list of conditions, including groundwater-quality monitoring.

Rockies lost 3rd straight, 6-2 to Diamondbacks

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy was succinct in his appraisal of his team's performance Tuesday night. "We didn't pitch very well tonight and we didn't hit," Tracy said after the Rockies' 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "You get three hits, the first baseman hits two solo home runs and you get a base hit from (a reliever), you are not going to win too many games that way. "And you're not going to win too many games leaving balls up in the strike zone the way we did. We didn't command the ball very well." Arizona starter Joe Saunders (5-6) held the Rockies to only a single by reliever Josh Roenicke in the fifth inning and solo home runs to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth and sixth. He struck out nine.

Alleged shooter was surrounded by brain experts

James Holmes spent a year in a small neuroscience doctoral program, surrounded by scientists and roughly three dozen classmates delving into the inner workings of the brain. The University of Colorado, Denver, isn't saying if they had any warning signs. Experts say, however, the intimacy of the program and its focus on the brain may not have been enough for staff and students to detect that Holmes was on a course that police say ended with a deadly rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Supported by a prestigious federal grant, Holmes, 24, was in the first year of a program at the Anschutz Medical Campus dedicated to neuroscience, studying such topics as how the brain works or malfunctions or helping develop drugs to treat epilepsy and other disorders.

Sherman Hemsley of TV's "The Jeffersons" dies

George Jefferson was a bigot. A loudmouth. Rude. Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history. Much of that credit belongs to Sherman Hemsley, the gifted character actor who gave life to the blustering black Harlem businessman on "The Jeffersons," one of TV's longest running and most successful sitcoms — particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast. The Philadelphia-born Hemsley, who police said late Tuesday died at his home in El Paso, Texas, at age 74, first played George Jefferson on CBS's "All in the Family" before he was spun off onto "The Jeffersons." The sitcom ran for 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985.

TMH earns top honor from Quorum Health Resources

The Memorial Hospital in Craig received high honors from its hospital management company, Quorum Health Resources, earning the distinction of 2012 Best Performing Critical Access Hospital. According to a TMH news release, the award honored the Craig hospital over 65 other facilities managed by QHR. According to the news release, QHR CEO James L. Horrar attributed the honor to the hospital’s 23-percent growth in net patient revenue as well as the opening of three new services, including a 24/7 hospitalist program, a cardiac rehabilitation program and a chemotherapy infusion clinic.

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MCHS coach setting middle school players with volleyball skills

Girls starting and continuing middle school this year got a look at how volleyball is played at the high school level. Moffat County High School volleyball coach Sandy Camilletti is hosting a camp for seventh and eighth-graders, which began Tuesday and will finish Thursday. The camp is focusing on individual skills and teaching girls to play volleyball the proper way, Camilletti said. “They get this three day camp where they learn how to do it well. (Today has) been slow because we’re trying to progressively teach the skills,” she said. “I really feel like its important to get reps, and make them good reps. Bad reps do nothing for you. That’s why I try to go pretty slow and go through each small detail.”

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Youth swimming team finishes 10th at league meet

Going against tough competition at the Western Slope League Meet, the Craig Sea Sharks had 14 swimmers deliver strong performances. The Sea Sharks placed 10th out of 16 at the meet, but since they were competing against several large teams, winning the overall score was never a concern for the local team. Individual Sea Sharks who swam held their own, head coach Meghan Francone said. “They absolutely swam phenomenally. I really can’t say much else about it,” she said. “We had some really exciting races that will stick out in my mind for a while.”

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Agee wildfire ignites Monday, now under control

The Agee wildfire ignited Monday night north of Craig from a lightning strike, burning about 70 acres before fire personnel brought it under control. Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the fire near Moffat County Roads 89 and 103, after the fire was reported by a West Routt firefighter who was in the area at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said. A large column of dark smoke could be seen among the hills west of Colorado Highway 13, near mile marker 107. Johnston said four engines from Craig Fire/Rescue were deployed to the scene along with two tenders.

Lance Scranton: Proud part of the 'football family'

Having spent my college years in North Dakota at Dickinson State and the University of North Dakota, there are some obvious lessons to be extracted from the current oil boom, but what I learned most about on our annual vacation to Dickinson this past week had nothing to do with oil. As I do each year, I visit my college coach and we reminisce about the “glory days” and then turn our attention to our present reality. Coach Biesiot will become one of the few college coaches in football history to amass more than 250 victories in a 34-year coaching career. He has already been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Letter: Family thankful for support

We want to thank all of Jason's co-workers, the entire staff of St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, the wonderful nurses at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association here, the Flight for Life crew, and all of our friends and family (special thanks to our Denver family) for everyone's thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks.

Letter: Grateful for Miller Family Appliance

I would like to praise one of our hometown proprietors, Miller Family Appliance. We have had a rash of breakdowns lately.

Letter: Soccer teams need better attention

These comments are to explain my belief according to my 60 years around the soccer ball. I am a fan of all ability and experience levels. My comments and beliefs are that we need soccer coaches and an athletic director who can be honest and can do the job in an acceptable way, not just because they will have the job and receive pay.

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Vacation Bible School students assist Love INC with food donation

Surrounded by painted murals, Courtney Orvalla and her brother, Robert, tied colored ribbons around brown paper bags Monday afternoon in the basement of The Journey at First Baptist. The bags, containing dry soup, were designed by Vacation Bible School students, and there was a goal in mind for them. They were being donated to Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, a local nonprofit organization. “A lot of (VBS students) were really understanding about it, they were really excited they got to help people out,” said Courtney, of the 70 to 80 children who participated in The Journey's VBS, which took place last week and was themed, "Sonrise National Park."

Editorial: An important Internet issue

An issue critical to Northwest Colorado in general and Craig and Moffat County specifically has been largely overlooked by most public officials, except one. Audrey Danner, a Moffat County Commissioner representing District 2, has been the leading voice in our community advocating for enhanced broadband service, a necessity in today's technological age in improving the educational and economic development climates, and the quality of life for residents. As facilitator of the Northwestern Colorado Local Technology Planning Team, an affiliation of state and local elected officials, business owners, service providers, education representatives and residents in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, Danner has been coordinating broadband action meetings for months.

Craig Mental Health allocated cut of statewide health care grant

After five years of providing millions of dollars to health care providers in 26 Colorado counties, the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program has wrapped up its final year and awarded its final grants, including one to Moffat County. Craig Mental Health and Steamboat Mental Health were awarded grants of more than $45,000 to put toward infrastructure improvements. Tom Gangel, regional director of Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Inc., said the money will provide new carpet, paint and refurbished group and waiting rooms for the two facilities. “It’s a big deal, actually,” Gangel said. “It’s going to be wonderful for our side to get this stuff done. We’ll get to replace desks and chairs that are over 20 years old.”

Briefs for July 25, 2012: Donations needed for school supply drive

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, 656 School St., is accepting donations for a school supply drive. Items most commonly needed include new backpacks, 24-packs of crayons, 12-packs of colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, loose-leaf notebook paper, spiral notebooks, facial tissue, safety scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers, liquid glue, glue sticks, erasers, watercolor paints, pens (blue, red or black ink), typing paper, sticky notes, colored two-pocket folders and Clorox wipes. Donations will go toward Project School Supply, which provides materials for children ages 4 and older, and Project Teacher Supply, a partnership between Love INC and the Craig Rotary Club to provide commonly needed materials to local educators.

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State officials meet with local ranchers to gauge drought effects

Despite an ironically timed thunderstorm, various state officials toured the Yampa Valley on Tuesday, hoping to see firsthand the effect of this summer’s drought. The group included John Salazar, state agriculture commissioner; John Stulp, policy advisor on water; Al White, former Colorado Senator in District 8 and current director of the state tourism office; and representatives from other state and federal agencies. The officials made three stops along the tour to meet with local ranchers and agriculture officials. For White, a Hayden resident, the tour was mostly about showing his colleagues at the state capital what life has been like for ranchers and farmers in the Yampa Valley.

Tuesday, July 24

VNA preparing public health plan for Moffat, Routt counties

The Moffat County Commission got a look at health concerns most pressing for the area Tuesday when Yvette Joyce, of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, presented the preliminary outline for a Public Health Improvement Plan for Moffat and Routt counties. Joyce is a performance improvement and health data specialist for the VNA and a health planner for the Office of Planning and Partnerships through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “CDPHE has asked us as a local health agency to prioritize public health issues so they can standardize and process plans in an effort to make sure that all the agencies in Colorado are going through the same steps, if not necessarily coming up with the same public health issues everywhere,” she said. On behalf of the CDPHE, Colorado Health Assessment and Planning System, the VNA has collected health data of Northwest Colorado to select areas of public health it plans to target for improvement.

Letter: Soccer teams need more attention

To the editor: These comments are to explain my belief according to my 60 years around the soccer ball. I am a fan of all ability and experience levels. My comments and beliefs are that we need soccer coaches and an athletic director who can be honest and can do the job in an acceptable way, not just because they will have the job and receive pay.

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Steamboat resident dies in boating accident

The driver of the boat, a 21-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of operating the boat while intoxicated. The accident occurred Saturday night in Wisconsin.

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Agee wildfire ignites Monday, now under control

The Agee wildfire ignited Monday night north of Craig from a lightning strike, burning about 70 acres before fire personnel brought it under control. Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the fire near Moffat County Roads 89 and 103, after the fire was reported by a West Routt firefighter who was in the area at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said.

Monday, July 23

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Vacation Bible School students assist Love INC with food donation

Students spent the week at The Journey's VBS strengthening their faith and focusing on helping others. Throughout the week, children brought in different items to donate while participating in skits, games, snacks, music, crafts, and learning new topics every day.

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TMH earns top honor from Quorum Health Resources

The Memorial Hospital received high honors from its hospital management company, Quorum Health Resources, earning the distinction of 2012 Best Performing Critical Access Hospital. According to a TMH news release issued last week, the award honored the Craig hospital over 65 other facilities managed by QHR.

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Craig residents, movie fans react to Aurora tragedy

In the days leading up to Friday, Craig resident Shane Hadley was heavily anticipating the release of one of the summer movie season’s biggest events. Like many movie fans, Hadley couldn’t wait to learn the fate of one of the most beloved fictitious characters in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third installment of the Batman trilogy. Once the big day came, he was horrified to learn of an incident that would forever be tied to the saga and leave him and countless others thinking of those who would never get the chance to view the film in its entirety.

Letter: Family thankful for support

To the editor: We want to thank all of Jason's co-workers, the entire staff of St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, the wonderful nurses at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association here, the Flight for Life crew, and all of our friends and family (special thanks to our Denver family) for everyone's thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks.

Letter: Grateful for Miller Family Appliance

To the editor: I would like to praise one of our hometown proprietors, Miller Family Appliance. We have had a rash of breakdowns lately. Chris Miller has come to our rescue every time with honesty, pride in his work and an "I will do all I can" attitude.

Shell to bring Dawson Creek oil well permit back to county

Shell Oil resumes its effort this week to obtain a Routt County permit to drill the Dawson Creek oil well south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Craig youths participate in national football camp

Some local aspiring football players are looking to be at their best for their first season of middle school football. Cole White and Justin Dugan, both 12, will be entering the seventh grade at Craig Middle School this fall, and plan on playing for the school’s football team. For both players, it will be their first foray into organized, 11-man football. Dugan and White have played in the Doak Walker football leagues, which are eight-man teams, before. They decided to get a jump on learning the new game by attending the USA Football Player Academy June 25-28 in Denver.

Moffat County official pushing for better broadband access

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner has made increased access to secure broadband in Craig and Northwest Colorado a priority for her constituents. Better broadband service would improve nearly every aspect vital to the well being of the community, including education, health care and economic development, Danner said. The idea is to create an information technology environment in Craig and Moffat County that is reliable, redundant and affordable. Though bookended by words everyone can understand, Danner said redundancy sometimes gets lost in translation.

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Fuller Center accepting home applications

The application process to find a low-income family worthy of a new home in Craig begins this week. Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, said applications for a soon-to-be-built 1,714-square foot home at 731 Yampa Ave. would be available beginning Wednesday. Low-income families earning about 125 percent of the national poverty level are eligible to apply, Folks said. Applications may be acquired at Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, 656 School St.; the Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St.; area churches; and Brass Key Realty, 840 W. Victory Way.

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LSRV sends 4 players to state hoops games

Playing the final game of a career can often be bittersweet. For four recent graduates of Little Snake River Valley High School, their high school basketball careers were extended by one more game. LSRV had three boys and one girl selected to play in the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star basketball games Saturday. The games pit the top 10 graduated seniors from the Northern Wyoming against the 10 best from Southern Wyoming, with at least one player from each class 1A through 4A being chosen.

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Knez Wildfire flares up over weekend in Moffat County

The Knez Wildfire, which was ignited Friday night by a lightning strike, flared Saturday, burning two more acres about 10 miles south of Craig off Knez Divide Road. The total number of acres burned stands at four. Moffat County resident Robin Hamill said the fire began Friday night on land her family leases from Trapper Mine to raise cattle. On Saturday, she was helping the family install a water line to residences and hunting cabins west of Friday’s wildfire site when she smelled smoke.

Senior Spotlight for July 23, 2012

July is getting closer to the end for this year. I heard someone remark, “If July is this hot, imagine how hot August will be.” I think August will start off like July, and then just be August. The seasons this year have been a mixture of what they usually are and what has been or what follows.

Columbine survivors reach out to theater victims

(AP) — The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre. The blood. The tears. The confusion and the heartache, the elusive search for a reason why. Paralyzed in the Columbine shootings, Anne Marie Hochhalter, now 30, says friends still reach out to alert her to prepare for disturbing images on the news. She got a text message Friday morning when she woke up. Warning, it said. There was another one, this time close to home. "Don't watch news," it said. "mass shooting in aurora." Hochhalter took a deep breath and turned on the TV. "My heart just fell," Hochhalter said Sunday. "It brought back a lot — flashbacks from that day. At the time, I was so hurt I wasn't watching the news, you know, watching it like other people were. But this time, I was right there, seeing it all."

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5 minutes with Steve Herman, 54, broker at RE/MAX

Where is your hometown? “I’m from the Front Range, originally. I was born and raised in Denver.” When did you move to Craig? “I’ve been here for about 23 years. I had an elk ranch for 20 years on County Road 15, and I had a business, Great Divide Cleaning. I did both of those for many, many years, and then decided to sell the ranch, move closer to town.” Motto or outlook on life? “I feel very strongly that it’s not what I do, it’s who I am as a Christian, and I try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated. I’m very involved in my church, and I try to live my life according to scripture and in a way the lord would be proud of.” When did you first get started in your job? “About six years ago. That’s when I first got into real estate.”

Colo. man finds fishing niche making own lures

(AP) — While many around the valley have mastered the art of fly-tying, Bucky Moser has taken fishing lure creation to another level. Growing up in Carbondale, Moser, 42, spent most of his younger years fly fishing and tying files. He even served on the local board for Trout Unlimited for a time. "I spent the better part of my younger and middle life tying flies and fishing trout," Moser said. "I developed a knack for finding good patterns and colors from tying the flies." But like anything perfected in youth, Moser's tastes began to evolve. His focus went away from trout fishing and morphed into a passion for bass fishing.

Michael Johnston: Love in the face of hate

On Friday, 4 million Coloradans went to work and played football in their front yard; strangers opened doors for each other; and people gave blood, offered shelter, served hot meals, held grandkids, played pick-up basketball and committed unnumbered acts of kindness and gentleness. One Coloradan dressed up like a villain and believed that by showing up at the site of America’s mythical hero, he could slay our actual heroes. It’s true there was no Batman sitting in the theater to fly down and tackle this killer, as he hoped there might be. He had tactical assault gear covering his whole body, ready for America to fight back. But love is more organized than that. Love has cellphones and ambulances, nurses and doctors, complete strangers and policemen and emergency responders always at the ready. Love has nurses who will jump out of bed in the middle of the night and get family members to watch their children so they can rush to the hospital and save the life of someone they’ve never met. Love has first responders who will walk into a booby-trapped building to save the lives of neighbors they will never meet.

Business Beat: Insurance agent finalist for national honor

Not everyone is able to put into words their level of commitment to a job well done, but a well-articulated piece of writing can work wonders. Even still, having the actions to back up the eloquence is just as important. Debbie Montgomery proved she had both tools at her disposal by taking home the 2012 Outstanding CSR (Customer Service Representative) award for the state of Colorado from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Montgomery, a commercial lines account executive for Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way, received the honor of a certificate of achievement in June.

Broncos visit Colo. shooting victims in hospital

(AP) — A half dozen Denver Broncos visited with survivors of the Colorado theater shooting on Sunday to try to lift their spirits. The group visited with five patients at the Medical Center of Aurora and also met with the emergency room staff that provided the initial treatment Friday morning for many of the shooting victims of the massacre at a suburban Denver movie theater that left 12 dead, 58 injured and a nation in sorrow. "What we were trying to do was go in there, show support and try to put a smile on these peoples' faces. But the thing is, they put a smile on our faces," linebacker Joe Mays said. "They had such positive attitudes. They knew they were blessed to live and they knew they were going to have another chance to walk about with their families."

Government Update for July 23, 2012

Government Update for July 23, 2012

Briefs for July 23, 2012: Viz-Abilities meets today in Craig

Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities, a group that helps people with low vision, meets at 1:30 p.m. today in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. For more information, call 826-0833.

Sunday, July 22

Moffat County Commissioner continues push for better broadband access

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner has made increased access to secure broadband in Craig and Northwest Colorado a priority for her constituents. Better broadband service would improve nearly every aspect vital to the well being of the community, including education, health care and economic development, Danner said. The idea is to create an information technology environment in Craig and Moffat County that is reliable, redundant and affordable. Though bookended by words everyone can understand, Danner said redundancy sometimes gets lost in translation. Simply put, redundancy refers to laying multiple fiber optic lines to and from a variety of distribution locations.

Saturday, July 21

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Lightning ignites Knez Fire near Craig

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to a wildfire burning 10 miles south of Craig. The Knez Wildfire, located on private property off the Knez Divide Road, was ignited by a lightning strike, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Two dozers from nearby Trapper Mine also responded to the scene to construct fire breaks. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston was serving as incident commander.

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Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient

Hero is a word often used to describe the late William E. Adams, a Craig native and U.S. Army major. But his son, U.S. Marine Corps Col. John Adams, chose another word to describe his father — humble. “He’d probably try to tell you there were a lot of other brave soldiers who did a lot of brave things,” Col. Adams said. “I’m feeling very honored, our whole family feels honored.” On Friday, Col. Adams joined his mother, Sandra, and sister, Jeanne Wayne, for a ceremony dedicating the Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic, 785 Russell St., in Maj. William E. Adams’ memory.

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Friends of Library continuing with book sale, adds snacks to offerings in Moffat County

Residents searching for a fresh read, a quick snack or a cold drink on a hot day need look no further than the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. Larona McPherson, a library assistant in Craig, said Friday the local branch located at 570 Green St. is continuing its annual used book sale. The sale is supported by the Friends of the Library. “The used book sale itself has been going on for more years than I can remember,” McPherson said. “We just want to remind everybody that the book sale is still going on.”

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Annual Relay for Life brings hope to Craig

The 2012 Craig Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, kicked off to high spirits from its survivors, co-survivors and other participants. The Relay, which began Friday at 6 p.m. and concluded this morning at 8 a.m., was the 13th to take place in Craig, and attracted over 200 participants according to the event’s website. The overnight relay, which celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and raises money for research, took place on the Moffat County High School track. As of Friday evening, the Craig Relay had raised over $8,500, but was expecting more money based on donations during the event as well as receiving money from more sponsors, according to Sarah Blakeslee, Relay community relations manager.

Pomeranz struggles as Rockies fall to Padres 9-5

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz's inability to loosen up in the bullpen before his start Friday night was a sign of things to come. Pomeranz (1-5) allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits over three innings and the San Diego Padres hit three home runs to power past the Rockies 9-5 in the opener of a three-game series. Carlos Gonzalez hit his second career grand slam for the Rockies, who have lost five of six. "I was throwing 88 (mph) inside to people tonight and they were hitting it," Pomeranz said. "I never got loose from the bullpen. I was throwing 93 to 95 in my other recent games. I have to figure out what was going on right now."

Names of victims emerge in Colo. theater rampage

(AP) — This was to be a weekend full of fun for Alex Sullivan: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" and then celebrate his first wedding anniversary on Sunday. Instead, Sullivan's family confirmed late Friday that he was among those killed in a deadly shooting rampage in suburban Denver. He was in the crowded theater when a gunman barged in at the beginning of the movie, set off a gas canister and began firing as spectators dove for cover. "He was a very, very good young man," said Sullivan's uncle, Joe Loewenguth. "He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart." Micayla Medek, 23, was also among the dead, her father's cousin, Anita Busch, told the Associated Press.

'Goat man' spotted in mountains of northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called "goat man" is unaware of the dangers. "My very first concern is the person doesn't understand the risks," Douglass said. "Who's to say what could happen." Douglass said a man hiking Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of real goats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered.

Sports Briefs for July 21, 2012: Club swim team begins postseason

he Craig Sea Sharks are racing at the Western Slope League Championships this weekend at Colorado Mesa University. It is the youth swimming team’s league meet. The WSL consists of 18 club swimming teams in Colorado, including the Steamboat Springs Swim Team and Rangely Hurricanes. The WSL swim meet is the first postseason meet for the summer season. Swimmers had to qualify in each event by meeting time standards. The Sea Sharks had 14 swimmers qualify for the WSL meet.

Briefs for July 21, 2012: County to begin chip seal project

The Moffat County Road Department will be starting a chip seal project Tuesday. The project ends Aug. 1. The project will take place on the following roads: Moffat County Road 7/183; Moffat County Road 184 (Golf Course Road will be closed until noon July 30); Moffat County Road 33N; Mack Lane; Stock Drive; East Victory Way; and Country Lane. There will be traffic delays while crews put down chips and oil. For more information, call the road department at 824-3211.

Denver Post Editorial: Grieving again

For the second time in little more than a decade, metro Denver has been convulsed by a mass murder of calculated and methodical viciousness, an act so pointless and incomprehensible that it leaves us all shaken and bewildered. As was the case in 1999 with Columbine, our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the dead victims at the Aurora theater shootings — many of whom, tragically, were young — as well as to those who survived but who remain in local hospitals. It is too early to read lessons into Friday morning’s brutal attack. We don’t know enough yet about the apparent perpetrator — his mental state, his motives and purpose — to say whether he had dropped signs along the way and might have been thwarted. But as recent history has shown, killers willing to forfeit their own lives — or at least their freedom — are extremely hard to stop unless they make a clumsy mistake in the run-up to the crime. It is probably safe to say this much about the killer, though: He obviously planned the massacre in such a way as to evoke the maximum amount of publicity. His theatrical final entrance to “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as the phony, flashy machismo involved — indeed, the entire life-imitating-art scenario that the shooter choreographed — all point to someone shouting for the public’s attention. If it weren’t part of our job as journalists, we’d hesitate even to mention his name and thereby ratify his intentions.

Friday, July 20

Agencies battling wildfire near Trapper Mine

A lightning strike has sparked a wildfire on private property near Knez Divide and Trapper Mine south of Craig, according to a recent fire page. Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, along with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston is working the scene as incident commander.

On the Record for July 20, 2012

On the Record for July 20, 2012

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MCHS boys basketball team hangs tough with bigger schools at camp

Moffat County High School boys basketball players closed out a successful summer of play last week during a camp at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The team finished 14-11 in summer league games against teams from Northwest Colorado and southwest Wyoming. Next, the team got to test itself against new competition at a team camp in Grand Junction. Against a variety of schools, including 5A schools from Colorado and Utah, the Bulldogs finished 5-5 and took second place in the tournament that closed the camp. Head coach Eric Hamilton was pleased with the way his players performed. Last season, Hamilton's first with MCHS, the Bulldogs finished 6-15, sixth place in the Western Slope League.

Former state rep: Repealing newspaper theft law 'ill conceived'

Sometimes, when you see something that is wrong, you know you need to do something about it. Nine years ago, I was serving as the state representative in District 56, representing the people of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties in the Colorado House of Representatives. Someone was upset about something written in one of the free distribution newspapers in my district and decided the best way to stop everyone else in town from seeing it would be to steal all the newspapers. The theft of those newspapers was damaging to virtually all of my constituents.

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Meeker Hotel a home away from home for hunters

Presidents, movie stars, Western outlaws, even an otherworldly spirit or two. One area hotel lays claim to housing them all, and after 126 years in business the Northwest Colorado establishment still brings in crowds in droves. With its blend of turn-of the-century aesthetics and modern-day creature comforts, The Meeker Hotel provides an ideal getaway for hunters and tourists from out-of-state as well as within. Founded in 1886 by pioneer Susan C. Wright and partner Charlie Dunbar, an adobe building that served as housing for soldiers in the area was passed onto Wright’s brother, R.S. Ball, after her death in 1893.

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Craig fire board’s project moves forward

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board is on schedule to build a live fire training simulator before the end of the year on Industrial Avenue, behind Kmart. The fire protection district owns the property. On Thursday, fire board president Byron Willems updated fire department staff on the progress of the project. He reported that he attended the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday, when a 55-foot height variance for the tower was approved, 5-0. But the approval did not come without public comment and a longer than anticipated discussion about the project.

Briefs for July 20, 2012: TGIF lunch mixer scheduled

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is sponsoring a TGIF Lunch Mixer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. Attendees can check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit. RSVP by calling (970) 824-5689 or emailing

$24M in restoration work needed at High Park Fire

(AP) — A report on impacts from the High Park Fire in northern Colorado recommends an estimated $24 million in work to restore burned areas. Some work could qualify for federal funds, but it's not yet clear who will provide the rest. The report released Thursday was by a Burned Area Emergency Response team of federal, state and local specialists. The wildfire started June 9 and was contained after burning about 136 square miles, including about 9 square miles that burned at a high severity, but about 22 square miles within the fire perimeter were unburned, the team said. The fire damaged 259 homes and killed one person.

Peyton Manning's comeback begins in Denver

(AP) — It'll take some getting used to, seeing Peyton Manning with the orange-maned mustang on his helmet instead of the blue-on-white horseshoe. The four-time MVP is making a comeback in the city defined by them thanks to another iconic quarterback. When John Elway decided to go after the biggest free agent prize in NFL history, the Denver Broncos' brassy boss was first in line to make his pitch. Then Elway gave Manning some space, figuring he'd appreciate not being pestered with follow-up calls. It was a sign of respect from one superstar quarterback to another as Elway sat back and watched Manning meet with his other suitors and decide where he'd begin his comeback from a lost 2011 season.

Report: Ohio wildlife officers hunted deer on duty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio wildlife officer has been placed on unpaid leave after state investigators found that he and two other officers in the southwestern part of the state hunted deer while on the job. A Thursday report by the state inspector general accuses field supervisor David Warner of hunting while on duty in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The watchdog's review also accuses wildlife officer Matthew Roberts of hunting while on duty during the 2010 deer gun season. Wildlife officers are tasked with enforcing state hunting and fishing laws.

Sports Briefs for July 20, 2012: Ladies take over YVGC during Silver Bullet

The Yampa Valley Golf Course hosted the 26th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic Tournament last Friday and Saturday. 65 women played the 36-hole tournament, divided into four flights. Kim Eaton won the championship by nine strokes, shooting a 36-hole total of 143. Sue Utzinger won the first flight by two strokes over Penny Sykes by shooting 169. In the second flight, Vicki Riley posted the low score of 183, winning by seven strokes.

Thursday, July 19

Janet Sheridan: I’m organized, not crazy

A block from home, I froze in my tracks: I’d forgotten to check that the TV, oven, coffee maker, and curling iron were turned off before I left the house. “If I don’t go back,” I thought, “I’ll be rushing home later to the wail of sirens and the sight of smoke hovering above my neighborhood. But if I do go back to check, I’ll be late for my dental appointment — a personal failing I’ll regret for days.” I dithered excessively and then turned around. I’d prefer not to think of myself as anal-retentive. Though the definition may describe me — “a person whose attention to detail becomes an annoyance for others” — the label lacks dignity.

Letter: In defense of the softball tournament

To the editor: I am writing this letter in response to the letter about the girls softball tournament. Every year in the close past, the tournament has been all day Thursday or Friday. People complained about having to take off work, the heat of the day, and it taking too long. It has been suggested to have it on a Saturday. People complain because it interferes with camping or trips.

On the Record for July 19, 2012

On the Record for July 19, 2012

Letter: Dinosaur resident grateful for library

I just wanted to let everyone in Moffat County know what awesome people we have working at the Dinosaur library.

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Drought direction: Officials to tour Craig, Hayden, Steamboat ranches

Numerous Colorado officials will embark Tuesday on a three-stop tour of Yampa Valley ranches to assess drought conditions in Northwest Colorado. Officials from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet who will tour the area are John Salazar, state agriculture commissioner; John Stulp, policy advisor on water; and Al White, former Colorado Senator in District 8 and current director of the state tourism office. Officials from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, as well as numerous representatives from state and local agriculture, water conservation, and environmental organizations, also are expected to participate.

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Teen driver, 10-year-old passenger roll car into Stagecoach Reservoir

South Routt fire officials say the boys suffered only minor cuts and scrapes after the Wednesday incident on Routt County Road 18.

Letter: Family thankful for Craig community

Letter: Family thankful for Craig community

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Tebo Center in Craig inching towards completion

The Hibbett Sports marquee is in place and construction crews are working to have the Tebo Center in the Walmart subdivision open for business next month. But, there's plenty of work to be done between now and the development’s targeted opening date, the first week of August. Craig Building Inspector Dave Costa said despite the building’s exterior appearance, construction on the parking lot has not begun, site lighting needs to be installed, interior electric work must be completed and crews are just now prepping the building for painting. “I don’t know what their opening date is, but they’re a ways out on that still,” Costa said.

Wednesday, July 18

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Inaugural Redneck Olympics kick off Saturday in Hayden

This weekend, the "Olympic" games at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden will include mud surfing, blind tractor driving and a paintball obstacle course, among other wacky events.

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Putting skills to the test

Learning the fundamentals and skills is one thing. Putting them into use in a game is another. That’s what the Moffat County High School volleyball team will attempt to do starting Thursday when it heads to a team camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The camp, which lasts through Saturday, revolves around playing games against other teams, culminating in a tournament. The team format is in stark contrast to the skills camp the team participated in last week. That camp, led by Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball coaches, focused on developing proper touch on passes and playing effective out-of-system vollyeball. “This camp is more fun. We play a bunch of games rather than do skills,” incoming senior Jessica Behrman said. “I mean, it’s always fun to play games.”

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Relay for Life scheduled for Friday

Walking in a circle repeatedly for hours might not be very enjoyable for someone who’s all by themselves. However, when you’re among friends, family and other fellow community members, the physical exertion is lessened by both the camaraderie and the knowledge the laps are helping to change lives. The 2012 Craig Relay for Life will take place Friday and Saturday at the Moffat County High School track, 900 Finley Lane. The two-day event is a celebration of life, honoring those who have survived cancer, paying tribute to those who have passed away from the disease and joining together to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Sarah Blakeslee, Relay community relations manager, said more than 170 local participants from 16 teams are planning to attend after spending months raising money through various benefits.

Residents warned: 6-foot lizard loose in Colorado

(AP) — A sheriff has warned residents in a tourist town northwest of Colorado Springs that a strong, aggressive 6-foot lizard that eats small animals — including dogs and cats — is on the loose in the area. Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensinger said Tuesday that a 25-pound pet Nile monitor lizard has gone missing after breaking a mesh leash and crawling away. Ensinger said about 400 homes in the Woodland Park area were warned. He added that the animal, which escaped Monday and is known as Dino, has not bitten any humans — yet. "We have a 6-foot reptile out and about," Ensinger said. "If it gets hungry enough, we don't know what it will do."

Letter: Daily Press' treatment of doctor unfair

To the editor: It seems crazy to me that as hard as it is to recruit and keep good doctors in Craig that our paper would resort to this smear campaign against Dr. Miller. I am a small business owner with a big family and no health insurance for myself. Dr. Miller has kept me out of the operating room, which would have bankrupted me, for three years now. He has the most reasonable office visit fee in town and probably the biggest clientele. A person got caught selling their prescription meds and blamed Dr. Miller to get themselves out of trouble, end of story.

Scammers using Craig Chamber’s name to sell ads

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center, recently reported several groups are illicitly using the chamber’s name when trying to sell advertising space to local businesses. According to Oxley, area businesses have received ad requests from groups putting together Craig/Moffat County maps or community guides who list the chamber as a distribution point or sponsor. “This is not true,” Oxley said in an email. “The Craig Chamber of Commerce & Moffat County Visitor center creates and distributes its own city and county map, and it is the only Craig map that we do distribute.” Oxley said local businesses can expect sales to start for the chamber’s map in August, and that funds raised by ad sales for the map go toward covering operating costs for the chamber and the visitors center.

On the Record for July 18, 2012

On the Record for July 18, 2012

New PWC Commission goes to work

John Singletary of Vineland was elected chairman of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during the new commission's first order of business at its monthly meeting on July 12 in Sterling, the agency announced in a news release. Commissioner Bill Kane of Basalt was elected vice chairman of the 11-member board, which was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on July 9, and Mark Smith of Center was elected secretary. All three men served on the previous commission, according to the release. Mike King, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, welcomed the commissioners and challenged them to help Colorado Parks and Wildlife chart a new course for the agency, according to the release. "You're charged with bringing in new ideas and new thinking to take the steps we need to take to move forward," King said in the release. "We need to build coalitions where there were divisions and bridges where there were obstacles. This is an opportunity for some fresh eyes to look at what we do and establish the priorities for Colorado Parks and Wildlife."

Letter: Praising Moffat County Commissioner's apology

To the editor: This is about Tom Gray.

Meeting agenda: Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board

Meeting agenda: Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board

County’s assessed value dropping in 2012

Moffat County’s assessed value is going to drop a few points this year, according to estimates by the Moffat County Assessor’s Office. Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano presented the Moffat County Commission Tuesday with a snapshot of the county’s current valuation. If trends continue, the county’s 2012 assessed value could drop by $11.8 million, or 2.43 percent, to $475.2 million. Moffat County’s 2011 final valuation was $487.1 million.

Sports Briefs for July 18, 2012: Lifeguard training begins next week

Craig Parks and Recreation will have lifeguard training classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m August 7-10. Anyone wishing to be a lifeguard will have to take the course and pass a swimming test before being allowed into the training. The pre-test swimming course is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. Tuesday is also the final day to register for the course. The cost is $100.

Briefs for July 18, 2012: Church hosting community event

A community family event sponsored by Craig Christian Church is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Planned events include a pig roast, water slide, jump house and music, among other activities. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call the church at 824-6024.

Editorial: Red all over

It was an act that was, quite simply, what it appeared to be — a Moffat County public official embodying hypocrisy by violating a law he not only approved, but signed. A story in Monday’s Craig Daily Press outlined a July 5 incident in which Moffat County Commiss- ioner Tom Gray was found to have been burning trash at his home on North Colorado Highway 13. In late June, Gray helped approve a measure that banned all open flames in Moffat County, a move made in response to rampant wildfires in the county and across the state.

Balloonists recount harrowing flight over Oregon

(AP) — Two men flying matching lawn chairs suspended by helium-filled party balloons over Central Oregon last weekend said Tuesday they were floating along peacefully at 14,000 feet when thunderstorms grabbed control of their homemade craft like a giant hand. "It was so nice, so beautiful, so peaceful," for the first three hours of the flight, said Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta, who joined lawn chair ballooning veteran Kent Couch in an attempt to fly from Couch's gas station in Bend, Ore., to Montana as a warm-up for a future flight over Iraq. "I remember I can hear the cow when they moo, the dogs. Everything was so peaceful and so nice. "Then we were in this thunderstorm." Couch said it was like some giant hand grabbed hold of their craft.

Official: Colo murder suspect tries to steal plane

(AP) — A SkyWest Airlines pilot suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend stole an empty 50-passenger jet from a small Utah airport, crashed it as he drove near a terminal, then was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said Tuesday. Brian Hedglin, 40, used a rug to scale the razor wire-topped security fence at the St. George Municipal Airport overnight Tuesday and drove off with the SkyWest jet, St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said. Hedglin clipped a wing on the terminal building and crashed into cars in a parking lot, Mortenson said. The plane never left the ground. A police officer making rounds around 12:50 a.m. found a motorcycle with the engine running just outside the perimeter fence. As he searched the grounds for the owner, the officer came upon the idling plane and called SkyWest, Mortenson said.

Road rage leads to Bronco player's arrest in Fla.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a road rage incident in Miami Beach led to the arrest of Denver Broncos defensive tight end Elvis Dumervil. A police report released Monday says the 28-year-old Dumervil and another man, Andy Aguste, were stuck in traffic Saturday evening. It said they got into an argument with another driver, Kristine Ramirez, and the two men displayed weapons. When police arrived Dumervil told them he didn't have a gun. Officers say they found a gun in the car's glove compartment.

Tuesday, July 17

On the Record for July 17, 2012

On the Record for July 17, 2012

Denver golfer adds another hole-in-one to YVGC summer tally

There now have been three holes-in-one hit in less than two weeks at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Mike Wood of Illinois hit his second hole-in-one in a month July 3 while staying in Northwest Colorado as part of a family vacation. Next came Pete Heuer of Hayden, who buried his golf ball in the seventh hole cup off the tee last Thursday. Now, another out-of-town golfer, Wendy Melcher of Denver, has added to the rapidly increasing total of ones to Yampa Valley scorecards this summer.

Moffat County Commission takes action at today’s meeting

The Moffat County Commission took action at Tuesday's regular meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse. Commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers attended. Commissioner Tom Gray was absent.

Northern Colorado fire restrictions to get a fresh look Tuesday

Fire management officials from across northern Colorado will wait until early next week to make a decision about whether to leave Stage 2 fire restrictions in place in a five-county area that includes Routt and Moffat counties.

Lance Scranton: 'Be proud of where you come from'

Lessons are sometimes learned from being in the right place at the right time. Some call it timing, but I choose to believe that if you grow where you're planted, you can blossom anywhere. This past week I spent some time in Austin, Texas, with the Unstoppable Craig Conrad. We were the guests of a school-for-profit company with six campuses across the Lone Star State. Craig has been gracious enough to help me make use of my master's degree in curriculum and instruction to act as a consultant when he is rolling out some of the educational portions of his amazing Unstoppable You program. What we did was of a business nature, but what I learned was that there are some very unique philosophical differences between public schools and schools-for-profit.

Letter: About the fire ban in Moffat County

To the editor: We've all heard the saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Letter: Moffat County Commissioner issues apology letter about burn

To the editor: I lit a fire when a fire ban was on. No excuses or justifications, I was wrong. The article did an accurate job of describing the facts at the time. Beyond that, actions speak louder than words, and my actions send the message that I believe I am somehow above the rules.

Letter: Moffat County Commissioner thankful for support

To the editor: This is for the citizens of Moffat County. Thank you for your support of my campaign for Moffat County Commissioner during the recent primary election. My appointment in December 2008 and successful election in 2010 have given me the opportunity to serve Moffat County citizens as your county commissioner until January 2013. I will honor my commitment of making decisions based on fact and reason through the conclusion of my term.

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Craig/Moffat County barbecue event receives conditional permit

Organizers of the Colorado State BBQ Championships recently received a tentative permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to host their event as planned. Now in its third year in Craig, the BBQ Championships are scheduled to run in conjunction with the Moffat County Balloon Festival Aug. 3 to 5 at Loudy-Simpson Park. However, before the grilling begins, organizers will need to follow through on some safety conditions. The area used for the championships must be supervised by experienced fire personnel, and firefighters will wet down the ground with water from an on-site truck every few hours to prevent stray embers from open flame grills catching the grass on fire.

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New Craig group promoting anti-violence message

Craig resident Bruce Cummings believes being a man has little to do with one’s strength. For him, being a man means standing up for those who need help, and having a willingness to work through conflict without hurting anyone. Those are beliefs he'd like to share with others. Cummings is spearheading Men’s Voices Against Violence, a new branch of the organization Advocates-Crisis Support Services, which assists people victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. MVAV, which will host its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Moffat County Courthouse conference room, is seeking men in the community looking to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault. Cummings said nationally about 75-percent of such crimes are perpetrated by men.

Monday, July 16

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Craig Triple Crown team struggles in state championships

The Moffat County Cutthroats have faced disadvantages this season, like playing against older teams with full rosters. During the Triple Crown Colorado State Championships in Longmont, the odds were too stacked to overcome. The local team played in the 12-and-under Division 2 tournament, went 0-4 for the weekend, and was outscored 57-11. Although the results look decidedly one way, coach Mark Nielsen saw positives to take away from the tournament. He said his team didn't play as poorly as the numbers suggest. “It was definitely tough on the boys. The sad thing is the scores really don’t justify the way we played,” Nielsen said. “We were in it every game in the first, second, third inning, and then (the opponents) would just get hot. Every game in the fourth or fifth inning they would score a bunch on us.”

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Yampa Valley High School teacher battles cancer

In his room on the fourth floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Dan Juba is turning to his family and his sense of humor to survive the long wait.

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At the movies: Drug film ‘Savages’ will harsh your mellow

Who’s the worse criminal: the drug lord who endorses multiple decapitations just to send a message, or the squeaky clean grower who goes bad trying to take back what’s his? In the movie “Savages,” it’s pretty much a dead heat.

Guest column: Matt Winey: Our government isn't a democracy

If you were to ask any number of Americans, "What type of government does America have?," I believe you'd be surprised at the number who would answer with the standard response, "a democracy." To me, that answer's not quite right. We're creeping toward that form of government, but we're not living under a democracy yet. Throughout history, there seems to have been five types of government: a monarchy or dictatorship, the rule of one; ogliarchy, rule by a few; democracy, rule by the majority; republic, ruled by law; and anarchy, rule by no one. There has never really been a monarchy, because a king has his courts or a dictator his czars, therefore a monarchy or dictatorship is actually an oligarchy.

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Craig-Moffat County Airport scheduled for makeover

The Craig City Council approved a bid last week from Connell Resources, Inc. in Steamboat Springs to conduct apron rehabilitation work at the Craig-Moffat County Airport. The total cost of the project, including engineering already completed by Armstrong Consultants, Inc., is $474,436.50. The bid approved for Connell’s portion of the project is $408,436.50, about $130,000 under budget, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said. The Federal Aviation Administration is funding 90 percent of the project. The state is funding an additional 5 percent.

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Craig-area dirt track gaining notoriety around Colorado

Despite a tough weekend of weather in Craig for dirt track racing, the Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park is enjoying improved success in 2012. The dirt racing track, in its second season of operation, has had good racer turnout in its June races. According to track owner Greg Kolbaba, the track is starting to get past some of the common concerns about a new track that can sometimes keep drivers away. “A lot of new guys like to wait on new tracks and here about them,” Kolbaba said. “This track doesn’t have all the things you have with most new race tracks. This track is hard. On new race tracks the dirt is usually softer and when you race on it, it gets all chunked up and eats your car. So guys don’t want to race there. That’s one of those things, it takes its own time to get past.”

Hayden golfer adds another ace to hot month at golf course

Another local golfer has added to the Yampa Valley Golf Course history books. Pete Heuer of Hayden hit a hole-in-one on the seventh hole of the course Thursday, the third ace of the summer. All three have come in the past month. It was Heuer’s first hole-in-one of his career, a time span of 20 years of playing golf, 12 of them at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It came on a day when Heuer was already playing well, and happened to strike the ball perfectly. “It was during men’s club. We started on the back nine, so I just had three holes left at that point and this was the last (par) 3 obviously,” Heuer said. “I’d been playing pretty well all day long, hitting my irons really well. I hit it, it was looking good the whole way. I was just hoping it was the right distance. It hit just a couple feet from the hole and then I saw it disappear. I looked over and said ‘I think it went in.’”

Tainted Montana town reaches cleanup milestone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grass and freshly planted trees are sprouting in a new town park that sits atop the site of a vermiculite plant that once spewed asbestos dust across the mountain community of Libby — a welcome dose of normalcy for a city that has become synonymous with lung disease and death. It's a major milestone for the mining town of about 3,000 people near the Canadian border where an estimated 400 people to date have been killed by asbestos exposure. More than 1,700 have been sickened. Lethal dust from the WR. Grace and Co. plant and the company's nearby mine once blanketed the town, and asbestos illnesses are still being diagnosed more than two decades after the mine was shuttered. Following a 12-year cleanup, Riverfront Park hosted a wedding last weekend. Officials said another wedding and a blues festival are scheduled for early August. For Mayor Doug Roll, the federal government's recent transfer of the park to the city offers a symbolic break from Libby's lethal past.

Feds spend millions on immediate post-fire effects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts. So far, nearly all of the money is going toward building water bars, removing hazardous trees and spreading seed across hundreds of square miles in southern New Mexico. The state recorded both its largest and its most destructive wildfires in the last two months. Neighboring Colorado is also having its worst fire season in a decade. Teams of biologists, hydrologists and soil scientists are on the ground there, analyzing what it will take to deal with post-fire flooding and other hazards. Once their work is done, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman said he expects spending to increase significantly.

Broncos' Dumervil charged with aggravated assault

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in Florida. Court records show the 28-year-old is facing the third-degree felony charge in Miami-Dade County. Det. Vivian Hernandez said Dumervil and another man were arrested Saturday in Miami Beach, but that no further details were immediately available. A spokesman for the Denver Broncos said that the team is aware of the matter and continuing to gather facts. "This is a very serious allegation, and we will thoroughly review the details while the legal process runs its course," said a statement issued by the team.

Business Beat: Fire safety supplier adds new tenant

You can never be too prepared in case a fire occurs in your home or business. That’s the philosophy embraced by the staff of Craig Fire & Safety, as well as the new business operating alongside them. Extinguisher Solutions opened as a separate business within Craig Fire & Safety, 463 Ranney St., in late June. As the name implies, the secondary supplier specializes in selling and servicing fire extinguishers in addition to related areas.

Briefs for July 16, 2012: Fair organizers seeking volunteers

Any Moffat County resident interested in helping with the 2012 Moffat County Fair open class division — quilting, art, photography, horticulture, foods, etc. — is encouraged to call the Moffat County Extension Office at 970-824-9180 or drop by the office at 539 Barclay St. Open class entries are taken from 6 to 8 p.m. August 7 and from 8 to 11 a.m. August 8. For more information, call at (970) 824-9180.

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Trappers Lake reaps benefits of a 2002 fire

It must have been a sight to behold. Colorado undoubtedly had seen bigger wildfires, even bigger blazes during that very summer of 2002 alone. But the imposing Big Fish fire was all the more extraordinary, set against the dramatic backdrop of Trappers Lake and the striking Flat Tops Wilderness surrounding it. All told, 17,000 acres in the so-called “Cradle of Wilderness” were scorched by a lightning strike while firefighting crews watched the pristine valley go up in flames. Such is the heart-tugging dilemma of Wilderness with a capital “W” — essentially a government mandate commanding nature to run its course even when it mars our perception of natural beauty. But given its eminent role in the genesis of the Wilderness Act of 1964, Trappers Lake demanded nothing less.

Senior Spotlight for July 16, 2012

I had a pleasant surprise this past week. Three of my great-grandchildren came to visit: Sarah from Alabama, and Airoughan and Maddysn from Cortez. The came with with their father, and they celebrated their birthdays. Sarah will be going back to Alabama to start school soon. School there starts earlier than it does here in Colorado. I am thankful every day for the family that I have because we have lost several young and old ones.

Rosemary Potter: Protecting our rights

To the editor: I thank John Williams for his warning about Hillary Clinton signing the United Nations Small Arms Agreement on July 27. This will be a travesty against the Second Amendment and the sovereignty of the United States of America. I tried to call our senators, and was able to leave a message on Senator Mark Udall’s machine. I could not get through to Senator Michael Bennet. I am going to write both of them a letter, urging them to stand against our president and Secretary of State Clinton, who obviously care nothing about our rights. Will you join me in writing?

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for July 17

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for July 17

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

Sunday, July 15

FEMA waives flood insurance waiting period for Colorado wildfire victims

Colorado leaders recently voiced support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to waive the mandatory flood insurance waiting period for Colorado wildfire victims. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Democrats, penned the flood insurance waiver provision in the Transportation Bill, which President Barack Obama signed July 6. The provision waives FEMA’s mandatory 30-day waiting period for flood insurance for Colorado property owners living in and around federal lands burned by wildfires, according to a July 10 joint news release. “Colorado is experiencing one of the most devastating fire seasons in the state’s history. I am glad FEMA has responded quickly to this new law,” Udall said in the release. “Many Coloradans living in and around burn areas are at risk of flooding and I championed this law because I know the risks homeowners in fire zones face last long after the final embers are extinguished.”

Moffat County Commissioner issues letter of apology regarding burn

Authorities were called to report of smoke July 5 at Tom Gray's residence

A contrite Tom Gray delivered a letter to the Craig Daily Press today addressing a July 5 incident at his home on North Colorado Highway 13, in which he was found burning trash while a burn ban he signed was in effect. "No excuses or justifications, I was wrong," the Moffat County Commissioner wrote in the letter. Gray's letter to the community and the story regarding the incident can be found here.

Services announced for Craig resident who died in Colowyo crash

Jason Kawcak, a 25-year-old Craig resident and Colowyo Coal Company employee, died Saturday in a vehicle crash on Colowyo Mine property in Moffat County. The crash occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Colowyo Coal Company, Western Fuels-Colorado, and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc. Lt. KC Hume, of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

Saturday, July 14

Colorado cantaloupes return; growers push safety

Nearly a year after the nation's deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than two decades, Colorado cantaloupes are back in supermarkets. Farmers near the town of Rocky Ford are going on the offensive to restore the fruit's reputation a year after melons from one of the area's farms caused a nationwide listeria outbreak. They have banded together to trademark Rocky Ford melons and fund $800,000 worth of safety upgrades to prevent future outbreaks, but they must convince buyers that the melons are safe. Last fall's listeria outbreak traced to Jensen Farms in eastern Colorado was blamed for the deaths of 30 people. It infected 146 people in 28 states with one of four strains of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "When everything happened, after 125 years of growing a safe product, people were so upset," said Nathan Knapp, a Rocky Ford melon grower who drove to a Denver-area supermarket Friday to see the cantaloupes go on sale.

Phillies fall 6-2 to Rockies

Cliff Lee's hard-luck season just got a little tougher. Lee pitched six solid innings only to lose again as the Philadelphia Phillies fell 6-2 to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night to drop their fifth straight and 11th in the past 12 games. "I shake my head because I look out there and see Lee pitching. I can't believe we can't win some games with him pitching. We got outplayed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. Rockies starter Christian Friedrich (5-6) got the best of Lee (1-6) in his first career appearance against the Phillies. Friedrich allowed one run and five hits, struck out seven and walked one in snapping a five-game losing streak. Lee, who got his only win of the season in his previous start, July 4 against the New York Mets, allowed three runs — two earned — and nine hits.

Romney: No role in Bain management after 1999

His credibility under attack, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney insisted on Friday that he had "no role whatsoever in the management" of a private equity firm after early 1999, and demanded that President Barack Obama apologize for campaign aides who persist in alleging otherwise. "This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States," Romney said in an interview on ABC, one of several he granted to network and cable stations in hopes of extinguishing the controversy. Under pressure from Democrats and even some Republicans to release tax returns going back several years, Romney indicated he wouldn't do so. "You can never satisfy the opposition research team of the Obama organization," he told CBS. Romney said after he left Bain Capital he retained ownership "until we were able to negotiate a departure" from the company he had founded. "I had no role whatsoever in the management of Bain Capital after February of 1999," he said, adding that officials at the company and independent fact-checkers had said the same thing.

Sports Briefs for July 14: Craig Parks and Rec offering upcoming opportunities for youth

Registrations for tackle football and Pom Pom Pups Cheerleading are now being accepted by Craig Parks and Recreation. The tackle football league is available for children in third through sixth grade, and will involve practices and games three days per week. The season begins in August. Registration costs $50. For more information on the league or how to become a certified coach or official, call 826-2029.

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Local taxidermists bringing home awards from across the region

In taxidermy, making the animal look real and putting it in a pose is usually enough to satisfy a customer. But local taxidermists go above and beyond the basic design, and they are winning the awards to show for it. Bullseye Taxidermy owner Mark Zimmerman has won a Best in Category (selected as the best work of its type) award at both the New Mexico and Colorado Taxidermist Association competitions with an antelope, in March and May, respectively. He also had his work on mule deer win first prize at both shows. Zimmerman has been among the best in Colorado in the master's division with his antelope and mule deer for the past few years, having won the best mule deer award more than anyone else at the Colorado show.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council: • Approved, 7-0, June 28 meeting minutes.

Over a Cup: A casserole for summer

I don’t know about you, but when the weather is hot, as it has been, I have a hard time thinking about what to cook. Nothing sounds appetizing. So, one morning this week, after I’d worked in the garden, I poured a cup of coffee and started going through my recipe files and cookbooks. That’s when I came upon “Cattlemen’s Favorite Beef Recipes,” a little recipe booklet printed by the Colorado Cowbelles in 1957.

Diane Prather: Fun events planned for this year's Moffat County Fair

Bubbles big enough to stand inside, shows, a climbing wall, kayaking, and plenty of other special features and contests are all part of the entertainment planned for the 2012 Moffat County Fair, slated for Aug. 5 through 12. The fair will kick off Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area with Cowboy Church, featuring Christian Cowboy Poet Fred Ellis. Loretta Earle, of Craig, will sing during the service. Ellis has brought his Cowboy Church to the fair before.

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Serviceman returns home to warm reception

The most difficult day in Jordan Bailey’s life didn’t take place during his time serving overseas in the military. The day he had to say goodbye to his wife, Kacie, and their infant son, Kaeden, was much more trying than anything he could have experienced while on active duty with the U.S. Navy. And, after more than seven months at sea, getting back in touch with his loved ones has been all he’s thought about. Jordan was welcomed home Friday night with a surprise party at American Legion Post 62.

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Meal program at Boys & Girls Club provides summer nutrition for local youths

Kim Maneotis said summer is a stressful time for parents in Craig. “During the summer months when kids are home for three meals a day, that puts quite a strain on families,” said Maneotis, unit director for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. To help relieve that strain, the Boys & Girls Club has partnered with the Moffat County School District to offer a midday meal and afternoon snack Monday through Friday to any interested child in Moffat County younger than 18 years old. Lunch prepared by MCSD food service employees is served at 11:20 a.m. and the afternoon snack is distributed at 3:30 p.m.

Letter: Arms Trade Treaty a serious wake-up call

To the editor: Your freedom and way of life are in danger. On July 27, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to sign the Arms Trade Treaty being drafted by the United Nations, and at this time it includes language that will give the UN, with its assortment of dictators, despots and a large part of the world that hates America, a say in what we as free Americans will be able to do pertaining to owning firearms. This includes registration, use, ammunition, transportation and any other control they can think of, including confiscation.

Police blotter for July 14

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, July 10 Ismael Eliazer Garcia-Franco, 49, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Wednesday, July 11 Michael Schiavone, 31, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

Briefs for July 14: Church youth group hosting fundraiser car wash

A youth group from Craig Christian Church is hosting a fundraiser car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Free will donations are accepted. For more information, call 824-6024.

Editorial: Development delayed

A few months ago, the editorial board commented on a decision made by Moffat County officials to auction a county-owned property rather than sell it outright to Kum & Go. Kum & Go already had submitted plans to the city outlining how it would use the property, located adjacent to Kum & Go’s store at 700 E. Victory Way, to construct a new, bigger location on par with the company’s biggest gas stations in the state. Since the property is only occupied by a seldom-used county storage building, the editorial board didn’t understand why county commissioners would want to make a company, especially one that is ready to start developing now, wait for weeks — maybe even a month or two — to acquire property that has been of no interest to any other conceivable buyer. Well, here we are three months later, and county officials have just now decided to hold the auction … in mid-August. That makes four.

Friday, July 13

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At the Movies: ‘Spider-Man’ reboot spins a fresh web

Some movie franchises can go for years without any new additions and still be received warmly by fans when a new entry is released. Considering it comes from a trilogy that has barely had any time to collect cobwebs while sitting on the shelf, “The Amazing Spider-Man” brings new life to a character who’s been around for much longer than we’ve seen him onscreen.

On the Record for July 13, 2012

On the Record for July 13, 2012

Jury convicts Moffat County rancher on cattle charges

Monty Pilgrim guilty on 15 of 27 counts in district court

Jury deliberations in the trial of Monty Luke Pilgrim, 52, of Little Snake River, resumed this morning at 8 a.m. The jury requested to review a piece of evidence, a videotaped interview between Moffat County Sheriff’s Office livestock investigator Gary Nichols, Pilgrim and Pilgrim’s wife, Michelle. The two-hour interview took place in August 2011 at the Moffat County Public Safety Center following a July 2011 joint investigation between Nichols and Colorado Brand Inspector Brad Ocker.

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Hayden steakhouse to replace Ranney Street restaurant

Family is a priority for Sandra Loya, whether she’s at home or work. Throughout the years, the local business owner and her family have been able to serve the community and remain close while doing so. However, the desire to separate the two environments is something that has weighed heavily on her mind lately, leading her to make a change. After 11 years as part of the Craig food scene, Casa Loya, 351 S. Ranney St., closed its doors Thursday.

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Officials: Cedar Knob Fire 70-percent contained

The Cedar Knob Fire continues to burn on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South, about 20 miles south of Maybell, officials reported Thursday. Property owner Pete Shelton reported the fire Tuesday afternoon when he heard thunder and smelled smoke while raking hay. Fire officials have confirmed the Cedar Knob Fire was ignited by a lightning strike. No structural damage, injuries or fatalities have been reported from the fire, officials said.

Rocky Mountain National Park lifts total fire ban

Fire restrictions are being eased at Rocky Mountain National Park and some forest lands because of recent rainfall.

Colo. officials: Dentist reused syringes, needles

State health officials accused a Colorado dentist Thursday of reusing syringes and needles to administer drugs to some of his 8,000 patients over more than a decade, possibly exposing them to the virus that causes AIDS or to hepatitis. No specific infections have been linked to the offices of the dentist, identified as Stephen Stein, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said. Stein's attorney, Victoria Lovato, said the dentist is cooperating with state officials. She declined to comment further. Stein had at least 8,000 patients from September 1999 until June 2011, but it wasn't clear how many received intravenous drugs, said Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director of the state health department.

Penn State probe accuses Paterno of cover-up

Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful "culture of reverence" for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought. The alleged cover-up by Paterno, then-university President Graham Spanier and two other Penn State administrators allowed Sandusky to prey on other boys for years, said the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university's trustees to investigate. He called the officials' behavior "callous and shocking." "Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State," Freeh said at a news conference in Philadelphia upon the release of the 267-page report. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."

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Triple Crown baseball team begins tournament play today

The Moffat County Cutthroats baseball team is heading to its biggest tournament of the year. The rag-tag group of baseball players, used to playing against older teams with more experience, will be up against some of the best teams Colorado has to offer this weekend at the Triple Crown Baseball Colorado State Championships. The tournament begins today for the Cutthroats, who will play in the 25-team 12u Division 2 bracket. They will play at 1 and 5:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Clark Centennial Park in Longmont. The Cutthroats are composed of players from ages eight to 12 and have only played in one tournament this year. Most other teams, according to coach Mark Nielsen, have played around 50 games and been practicing together for years.

Letter: Hospice Celebration of Life events

The 19th annual Hospice Celebration of Life dinner event and golf tournament was June 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch and Club golf course. Once again, the turnout was profound. More than 300 supporters of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program joined us for the dinner event and program Monday. We implemented some exciting changes that were well received, including our first-ever live auction and an art gallery featuring beautiful pieces from local artists, Hospice staff and volunteers connecting the healing aspect of art with our Hospice and Palliative Care Program.

Letter: Wildfire prevention

I was reading an article on the Cortez Journal website about forest fires and how it is necessary for fire to clean up areas that have fire fuel that has built up over the past century due to suppression of wildland fires and forest fires doing more damage than what natural wildfires do to any ecosystem in the western U.S.

Letter: Keep pets safe during summer heat

To the editor: During a recent visit to one of my favorite destinations, Steamboat Springs, I found three dogs who had been left in parked vehicles over the course of just four days. In light of this, please allow me to remind readers that animals should never be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes during warm weather. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the shade can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the temperature can reach 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Leaving the windows cracked (or even halfway down) and/or leaving water in the vehicle will not keep animals comfortable or safe.

Letter: Softball teams treated unfairly

I am writing this letter in concern of my daughter and all of the other little girls who played their little hearts out in the softball tournament in late June. I honestly feel that all the girls who played ball for parks and recreation were treated unfairly and like dogs. They played nine straight hours with no breaks. How unfair is that when the boys baseball teams had a week-and-a-half to play their tournament?

Briefs for July 13: Poet to host reading Saturday

Local poet David Morris will read from his new book, “Dodging Anthills,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. For more information, call the bookstore at 824-5343.

Thursday, July 12

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Steamboat community copes with loss of Appels

Autopsy reveals Chris Appel was shot multiple times by husband Tuesday

Friends and family members might never know what triggered Larry Appel to shoot himself and his wife, who died after being shot multiple times, an autopsy performed Thursday morning shows.

Over-the-counter hunting licenses on sale in Colorado

Over-the-counter big game licenses are being sold as this week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced in a news release. The licenses, which are for elk and bear hunting in the state, went on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday and will be available through the upcoming hunting seasons or until supplies run out, depending on the license type, the release stated. Over-the-counter licenses include the statewide bull elk tags for second and third rifle season, which are unlimited in number and available through the rifle seasons. Statewide archery either-sex or cow elk licenses are also available as unlimited over-the-counter licenses until the archery season ends on Sept. 23, according to the release. Archery, muzzleloader and rifle bear licenses are also available as over-the-counter license but bear licenses are capped and stop being sold when the set license quota for a specific unit is reached. Some bear units sell out quickly, the release stated.

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NFL star Jimmy Graham finds comfort in Steamboat

The third-year tight end for the New Orleans Saints says Steamboat's athletic mindset and outdoor opportunities provide ideal offseason training ground.

Janet Sheridan: Children and the games they play

As a grandparent, I’ve laughed, moaned, and cheered while watching soccer, T-ball, softball, basketball, volleyball, track events, and swim meets. I’ve been indignant, amused, ecstatic, nervous, resigned, and bored out of my mind. I’ve sweated sunscreen off my face, struggled to stay upright in unrelenting gales, huddled under blankets to ward off humid cold, and run away from lightning with a toddler under each arm, all so I could reassure my grandchildren that I saw their hit, score, or outstanding play at third. Along the way, I’ve stored up vivid memories: Lucy as a senior digging a volleyball off the court and returning it during championship play; Sophia with a baton and a determined look out-running older girls; Sally managing to stay in her own lane at a swim meet — most of the time; and Harrison kicking a soccer ball that, much like Old Faithful, regularly went straight up in the air and straight back down.

On the Record for July 12, 2012

On the Record for July 12, 2012

Recreational fishing rebounds on Miss. coast

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Recreational fishing is making a strong comeback on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But small charter boats are getting more of the business. At the D'Iberville Marina, Captain Robert Brodie pours buckets of water on the dock and tosses out the morning catch. "Today we caught Florida pompano, that's sort of like an exotic species we catch at the barrier islands. Also, we caught southern kingfish, which are commonly called whiting. Today we also caught some really big flounder." Brodie's business, Team Brodie Charters, charges $375 for half a day and $475 for a full day. He can take up to four people.

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Magazine names Craig among country's best outdoor locales

Since Outdoor Life Magazine began compiling a list of the top 200 towns in America for sportsmen in 2008, Craig has made the top 100 each year. But, the city has never had a ranking as high as this year's. Craig vaulted 57 spots from 2011, earning 20th on the outdoor list. Outdoor Life made changes to the criteria for top towns in 2012. Instead of considering socioeconomic aspects of each town, the magazine chose its rankings based entirely on hunting and fishing opportunities available in each city. “We decided to forgo the socio-economic, objective data that has gone into our Top Towns formula in the past and come up with a list of 35 dream towns that our editors would love to live in based entirely on the hunting and fishing opportunities there,” said John Taranto, senior editor for Outdoor Life, in an e-mail.

Wednesday, July 11

Party planned for Craig native returning from Naval deployment

In October 2011, Craig resident Kathy Bailey received a big surprise. Her nephew, Jordan Bailey, a damage controlman in the U.S. Navy stationed in San Diego, came to Craig to see Kathy and her mother, Peggy Bailey, before he was deployed to the Middle East. “He made a surprise visit out here with his wife and his son to come see my mom and I, and it was the first time she got to see her great grandson” Kathy said. “He totally pulled it off, too. We had no clue.” Kathy is hoping to return the favor Friday when she and other members of her family host a surprise homecoming party for Jordan at American Legion Post 62 in Craig, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Quicksilver hopes for compromise with Routt County

Steve Lindsey, of Quicksilver Resources, said Wednesday that his company is determined to continue working with Routt County toward a compromise on water-quality monitoring for oil wells.

Craig woman rear-ends street sweeper

A Craig woman and her 10-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries after the car they were in rear-ended a Colorado Department of Transportation street sweeper Tuesday.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council: • Approved, 7-0, June 28 meeting minutes. • Approved, 7-0, an agreement granting permission to Dave and Angie Hahn, 1041 Harris Drive, to construct landscape features on city property.

New PWC to consider small game Regs, park plan

The new Parks and Wildlife Commission will be asked to approve 2012-2013 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons Thursday and Friday at its monthly meeting in Sterling, the agency announced in a news release. The commission, whose members were announced July 9 by Gov. John Hickenlooper, will also elect a slate of officers during the meeting, which will be held at the Ramada Inn on U.S. Highway 6, according to the release. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. Thursday and recess at 5 p.m. It will resume from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday. This meeting will be the first of the new 11-member Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, which was established by a bill passed by the legislature and signed by Hickenlooper on June 4.

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Son: Financial troubles led to murder-suicide south of Steamboat

Larry and Chris Appel had fallen on difficult financial times, a circumstance their son thinks led to their deaths Wednesday in what law enforcement officials are describing as a murder-suicide.

On the Record for July 11, 2012

On the Record for July 11, 2012

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Cedar Knob Fire 25-percent contained

Officials: Fire has grown to 1,150 acres

The Cedar Knob Fire continues to burn on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell, officials said Wednesday. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office worked on a fire line until 2:30 a.m. today. Firefighters and a Moffat County road and bridge bulldozer crew returned to the scene at 6:30 a.m., said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. There is no update on containment, Jantz said, but firefighters reported flames were active when they left the fire early this morning.

Baseball cards in Ohio attic might fetch millions

Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather's attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing. But some of the names were familiar: Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner. Then he put the box on a dresser and went back to digging through the attic. It wasn't until two weeks later that he learned that his family had come across what experts say is one of the biggest, most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting, a discovery worth perhaps millions.

Thousands of wildfire warnings undelivered in Colo

More than 20,000 evacuation calls were never delivered to residents in the path of a wildfire that destroyed about 350 homes around Colorado Springs last month, records show. It was the second time in five months that Colorado residents said they didn't get calls to pack up and run as flames raced toward their homes. Officials in El Paso and Teller counties were trying to determine why two-thirds of the 32,000 impacted residents did not receive calls during the Waldo Canyon fire that began on June 23. Nearly 10,000 attempts to reach residents in Colorado Springs were abandoned after the calls were not completed, and more than 11,000 calls were not answered, according to records obtained by KMGH-TV ( .

Wildland firefighters win federal health benefits

President Barack Obama will make federal health insurance available to about 8,000 temporary wildland firefighters, a White House official said Tuesday. Despite the grueling and dangerous work they do, the 8,000 firefighters aren't covered by federal health insurance because they are temporary seasonal employees. Under federal personnel rules, such employees can't buy into federal health insurance plans. The White House official said firefighters will get access to federal insurance plans this month. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama's decision hasn't been formally announced. Temporary seasonal firefighters make up more than half of the 15,000 wildland firefighters on the federal payroll this busy wildfire season.

Letter: Forum on preventing violence against women

This question is to the men of Moffat County. What if someone told you your mother, your daughter, your sister, or any other female that is important in your life was being stalked by a silent predator? This predator lives among us. It lurks behind closed doors, and in the shadows of society.

Letter: Family of David Elliott says thank you

The family of David Elliott would like to thank everyone for their kindness and caring.

Letter: Kenny Savage thanks the community

My name is Kenny Savage and my house burned down last month. I would really like to thank the community for keeping me in a motel until I could find other living arrangements.

Letter: Cast and Blast event a success

Wyman Museum was full of fishing and shooting events July 1. More than 70 participants showed up family-style for the activities and free barbecue lunch cooked up by Northwest Colorado Outfitters. Fly-fishing and bait-fishing was good as most bagged at least a fish or two throughout the day. Families shot .22 rifles and archery during the day, some for the very first time.

Lance Scranton: A hospital 'we can be proud of'

Lessons aren’t always learned in the classroom, as I found out this past week. Last week, I learned some important lessons about our local hospital. My son broke his wrist July 4 and we took him immediately to the The Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room. We were greeted by a friendly face and a few simple questions. Within minutes we were taken to a spacious waiting room to await treatment. Dr. Jon Ossen performed a preliminary diagnosis and ordered X-rays. The X-ray technician was fabulous and began immediately to educate both my son and I about the X-rays to be taken and how each would inform the doctor.

Editorial: History, with both barrels

Lost in the glow of the Museum of Northwest Colorado's impressive acquisition of a Norman Rockwell display has been Wyman Museum, an educational outlet and preserver of history every bit as equal as its more established counterpart. Wyman, however, recently answered back with an impressive collection addition of its own. In late June, a tractor-trailer rolled into town, carrying cargo that reached six digits. Wyman Museum owner Lou Wyman brought an M47 U.S. Army tank, a green hulking machine weighing roughly 100,000 pounds that was used in Korea and Vietnam, to the community to be displayed at his museum.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting agenda

When: 11 a.m. today Where: Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane Agenda: • Introduction:

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MCHS volleyball team has 1st summer work at skills camp

Volleyball is known for its violent spikes and dominating blocks, but the fundamentals of passing and ball control are just as important to success on the court. That’s the message that Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball coaches were stressing to Moffat County High School players at a volleyball skills camp which began Tuesday and continues today. “Volleyball is really renowned for hitting it as hard as you can and these great moments, but I think people forget in between all of those amazing attacks there’s really a lot of ball control that’s necessary to set up that attack,” said April Sanchez, CNCC assistant volleyball coach. “So we’re honing in on skills of passing and movement, and they’re doing a great job.” Sanchez, a 2006 graduate of MCHS, is leading the camp with CNCC head coach Richard Barker, who said they are also trying to teach the team out-of-system play, when a point doesn’t go as planned.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Police blotter for July 11

Friday, July 6 John Emery Proctor, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of bail bonds. Saturday, July 7 Richard Charles Ferdig, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Monday, July 9 Leonard Duane Criswell, 75, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault. Moffat County Sheriff’s Office

Briefs for July 11: Sustainability Council meeting today

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s monthly community meeting has been rescheduled for today. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sarvis Creek Room of the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., in Steamboat Springs. For more information, call 846-9015 or email

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Firefighters contain 2 wildfires near Craig

Fire battalion chief: Fire danger still 'high and extreme'

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to a small wildfire at 2:43 p.m. Monday on Moffat County Road 210. Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief KC Hume said the fire started when an area resident was using a grinding tool cut a hole in a metal shipping container. “As a result of the grinding the surrounding vegetation caught fire,” Hume said.

Tuesday, July 10

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Cedar Knob Fire burns south of Maybell

Lightning believed to be cause of wildfire

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are battling what officials have named the Cedar Knob Fire. The wildfire, located on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell in an area known locally as Temple Draw, is believed to have been ignited by lightning. Pete Shelton, who owns the property, said he was “raking” hay at 4 p.m. when he heard thunder and smelled smoke. He immediately called the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

States seek federal help fighting mussel scourge

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Regional energy planners for four Western states are asking Congress for help building a stronger line of defense against what some officials call an unfolding environmental disaster — an invasive mussel that is clogging Colorado River reservoirs like Lake Mead outside Las Vegas after ravaging the Great Lakes region. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council guides power and environmental policy in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, all of which are frustrated because boats continue to leave Lake Mead in Nevada and Arizona contaminated with quagga mussels. It's seeking $2 million in federal aid to add watercraft inspection and decontamination stations to intercept boats carrying these rapidly multiplying, thumb-sized mollusks that could wreak havoc on Columbia River hydroelectric dams, farmers' irrigation systems and lakes prized for recreation. The water district in Los Angeles already estimates up to $15 million in annual expenses tackling quagga infestations that have damaged its aqueduct and reservoir system extending from the Colorado River. "A second line of defense is not as good perhaps as stopping them at Lake Mead, but it's something we absolutely need to do when we can't depend on interdiction efforts," Phil Rockefeller, Washington's appointee on the council, said Tuesday at a meeting in Boise.

On the Record for July 10, 2012

On the Record for July 10, 2012

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Motor Expo set to bring low prices from Craig dealerships

Craig residents looking for deals on new or used vehicles are in luck — the first Craig Motor Expo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall. Most cars will be displayed in the mall parking lot, though there will also be an indoor display. Participating dealerships from Craig include Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, Victory Motors, Craig Ford and Craig Powersports. “We talked to our local dealers and they were excited about it, to have an offsite promotional to sell cars, ATVs, motorcycles, anything motorized,” said Bonnie Stewart, advertising manager of the Craig Daily Press, which is hosting the event.

Monday, July 9

Firefighters gain ground in West, struggle in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Firefighters gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West but struggled in southern Idaho, where winds fanned a fast-moving blaze across 235 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass, threatening a handful of homes, authorities said Monday. More firefighters were headed to the Idaho wildfire that was sparked by a Saturday lightning storm and had spread to 150,000 acres. The fire was threatening six homes in the Castleford area, west of Twin Falls, said Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Kyli Gough. Firefighters made progress in California, Utah, Wyoming Colorado and Montana, where the country's biggest wildfire is burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The 250,000-acre Ash Creek fire in southeastern Montana was 90 percent contained and expected to be fully contained later Monday.

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Across the Pond to Craig

British soccer players bring skills to local soccer camp

Soccer doesn’t have the draw in Northwest Colorado that football and basketball do, so Craig Parks and Recreation is helping bring the world’s most popular game to its youth—all the way from Europe. The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp kicked off Monday morning at Woodbury Park. The weeklong camp has soccer players from England coaching youths from Moffat County on soccer skills and proper gameplay. Zac Pollitt, 22, is the camp director in Craig. It is the Bolton, England native’s third year doing a camp in Craig, and he said the first day went well. “Camp went really well actually,” Pollitt said. “It’s good to see a lot of familiar faces this year and as you can see, the kids enjoyed it. We enjoyed it as well.”

Hayden Police Chief: Craig doctor’s arrest followed altercation with police

New details have emerged about last week’s arrest of a Craig physician in Hayden. Dr. Joel Miller, D.O., a Hayden resident and operator of High Country Medical at 535 Yampa Ave. in Craig, was booked July 3 in Routt County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, according to court documents. Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco said the incident began when Hayden police were called to a residence where they found Miller and an unidentified woman. A neighbor complained about a loud, profanity-laced argument. Though officers made contact with the woman, Miller denied a request to come to the door and talk to the responding officer. “(Miller) refused to come down and talk to the officer,” Booco said. “The officer told the lady that (Miller) needed to come down and talk to him and square this away, that they couldn’t leave until they made sure everything was OK.”

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Craig veterans clinic to be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient

The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic will be dedicated to the late Maj. William Adams, a Craig native and Medal of Honor recipient, next week. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the dedication in a news release, describing Adams as a "Colorado Hero." The event, which will rename the clinic as the Maj. William E. Adams Veterans Telehealth Clinic, is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 20 at the clinic, 785 Russell St., and is open to the public. Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, died May 25, 1971, "in service to his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War," the VA reported.

Moffat County rancher's trial under way

A jury trial in the case against a Moffat County rancher charged with violating state cattle statutes began this morning in Moffat County District Court. Monty Pilgrim, 52, of Little Snake River, is charged with one count of theft exceeding $20,000, a Class 3 felony; nine counts of theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; one count of concealing strays, a Class 6 felony; and one count of wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony. After more than four hours of questioning this morning, the jury pool was narrowed from 25 to 12, plus an alternate.

On the Record for July 9, 2012

On the Record for July 9, 2012

Western forest officials reviewing fire bans

(AP) — Officials from the U.S. Forest Service are meeting with local authorities to discuss fire bans in western Colorado. White River National Forest officials plan to meet Monday to discuss conditions in the forests around the Roaring Fork Valley.

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Griffith sets sights on Art Institute of Colorado in wake of contest success

Creative people are notoriously late bloomers. Whether it’s a writer struggling to find a voice, a musician searching for a particular sound or an artist trying to tell a story, it can take years before someone finds their calling, and a lifetime before they perfect it. For a fortunate few, life’s ambition becomes obvious much earlier. Craig resident Carli Griffith, a 17-year-old incoming Moffat County High School senior, is one of those lucky people.

Officials talk bike laws in Craig

When talking to city officials it becomes clear there is confusion among Craig residents about how to safely and legally ride a bicycle around town. Of particular concern is the public debate over whether or not bicycles are allowed to ride on city sidewalks. And they are, unless otherwise posted, according to Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to the operation of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles. “A person riding a bicycle upon or along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian,” Colorado law states. “A person riding a bicycle in a crosswalk shall do so in a manner that is safe for pedestrians.”

Gov. Hickenlooper lifts statewide fire ban

Gov. John Hickenlooper says cool, wet weather has allowed him to lift the statewide fire ban he ordered last month. The governor said Sunday that "Mother Nature is finally giving us some relief," and extreme fire conditions have abated in all of Colorado's 64 counties.

Rockies rally past Nationals 4-3

The Colorado Rockies put an uplifting finish on the first half of a baseball season that provided few feel-good moments. Jordan Pacheco doubled and scored the tiebreaking run on a ninth-inning wild pitch by Tyler Clippard, giving the Rockies a 4-3 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Last-place Colorado took two of three from the Nationals, who own the best record in the NL. The Rockies (33-52) also won the season series, 4-3. "I'm real proud of the way the club played in this series," manager Jim Tracy said. "We beat a very good ballclub today. To win the series, to win the season series against them, you look for little incremental things in relation to where we're at and where we're trying to get to, and you feel awfully good about the way we gutted out that thing today."

Temperatures across US cool slightly but still hot

The heat that blanketed much of the U.S. will begin easing up this week as temperatures approach normal from the Midwest to the East Coast. Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md., said Sunday night that a cold front through the South and the mid-Atlantic will bring thunderstorms and showers. It "will break the heat wave we've had," he said, dropping temperatures there to a more normal range of mid- to upper-80s. The Southeast and Tennessee Valley will be in the low 90s, "still fairly warm," Orrison said, but not as hot as it has been. The Midwest can expect cooler weather, as well, with temperatures in the 80s.

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Little Britches in Craig serves as late season tune-up for national competition

The National Little Britches Rodeo Association came to Craig Friday through Sunday during the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The NLBRA, which hosts rodeos in 26 states year-round, is for children ages 5-18 to either get their start in rodeo or be able to compete outside of junior high and high school competition. It’s season starts in August and ends with the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo at the end of July. With the finals coming up soon, the Moffat County rodeo represented the last chance for some cowboys and cowgirls to perfect the resumes they’ve built over the past year and earn a spot at nationals.

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Craig swimmers moving on to league and state championships

The Craig Sea Sharks hosted the ABC Open swim meet over the weekend at the Craig Swimming Complex, where several swimmers qualified to move on to state. In the swim team’s final tune-up meet before the Western Slope League Championships, the Sea Sharks had swimmers swim qualifying times for the WSL meet 55 times. Of those 55 qualifiers, 34 were fast enough to qualifying for the seasonal state championships at the beginning of August. It all meant a very successful weekend for Craig swimmers. “When we were giving out awards after the meet, the bag I had was heavy,” Sea Sharks coach Meghan Francone said. “We had a ton of trophies, a ton of medals.”

Bulldog Sports for July 9

Bulldog sports for the week of July 9, 2012.

Letter: Solutions to sign problems

This letter is a response to the editorial titled "Signage Solutions'. I have felt since the use of poles was made illegal, that all boxes on the street corners were a terrible eyesore. I feel the best solution to this problem is to contact several businesses such as, but certainly not limited to, Safeway, City Market, K Mart, Walmart and Murdoch's, just to name a few. Ask them to erect a bulletin board in an area of their parking lot or property. These bulletin boards should be large enough for people to post not only yard sale ads, but for selling other used items.

Senior Spotlight for July 9: Lightning storms

The storm joined in the Fourth of July celebration belatedly, but it still offered an array of lightning lighting up the sky, booms accompanying the light like giant fireworks working together. The rain falling had a song of its own as it tat-a-tatted on roofs, etc., making different noises. The majestic beauty of it took away some of the scariness of the storm. Today will bring a new adventure, weatherwise.

Crafts couple opens local shop

When you’re looking for something to add to the décor and ambiance of your home, details like shelf life, safety and smell are important to consider, which is why one new area retailer offers optimum results with its products. First opening its doors at the end of June, Cedar Mountain Candles, 501 Russell St., provides customers with the ideal alternate lighting with candles made from 100-percent soy wax. Owner Troy Craig said the soy is superior to paraffin wax in many ways, especially with the added benefit of wicks made of cotton, hemp and wood, which all of Cedar Mountain’s inventory features. “They burn cleaner, cooler, they last about as three times as long as paraffin candles and they’re a lot more eco-friendly,” he said. “We make everything right here in the store. We use electric melters instead of double boilers and stuff like that, so it’s a lot safer.”

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‘Truly believe in what you want to do’: Five minutes with Chane Smith, 22, cashier at Walmart

Where is your hometown? “Craig.” What has kept you in Craig? “Family, mostly, but when I’m not in school, it’s nice to come back to the Western Slope where the air is fresh. I’m graduating in December, and I’ll probably still live here while I’m job-hunting. I’m going to be commuting to Steamboat starting in August to student-teach band for sixth-grade through high school.” Motto or outlook on life? “‘Speak softly but carry a big stick’ is probably my favorite quote for that. (Laughs)”

Briefs for July 9: Drought management workshop July 12

The Colorado State University Extension will sponsor a drought management workshop for agricultural producers from 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The event is open to all livestock producers and farmers in the county and will include information about U.S. Department of Agriculture designations and programs, management plans for herd reductions, and local fire evacuation emergency management plans. For more information, call 824-9180.

Sunday, July 8

Flash flood warning for Hayden, Hahn's Peak until 9 p.m. Saturday

The National Weather Service says slow-moving thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rain could result in flash floods.

Saturday, July 7

Obama, Romney use ruling to rally core backers

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both are using the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care insurance requirement, loved by liberals and hated by conservatives, to rally core supporters in the most competitive states in the presidential race. Yet while each side may be benefiting from groundswells of volunteers and money, the ruling seems unlikely to sway the legions of undecided voters who are focused heavily on the economy — not on the health care debate that has raged in this country for years. As a result, Republicans and Democrats alike say how the health care ruling influences a race that polls show is close will depend on how the campaigns use it to ramp up activity in the dozen or so states that Obama and Romney are contesting most aggressively.

Report: Colorado blaze started near hiking trail

Dispatch recordings show that Colorado's deadly Waldo Canyon wildfire appeared to have started near a popular hiking trail west of Colorado Springs. The recordings indicate that firefighters searched the Waldo Canyon trail on the evening of June 22 and morning of June 23 trying to find the source of smoke, The Denver Post ( ) reported Friday. The source was not found because wind dispersed the smoke. The National Weather Service in Pueblo said there were no thunderstorms there on June 22 or 23. The fire exploded on June 23, the same day that dispatch recordings showed at least two firefighters said the flames apparently started in the area they had searched. "This is the same place we had a fire last night," an unidentified firefighter from the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department said. "It is on a ridge trail."

Colvin's 2 HRs lead Rockies over Strasburg, Nats

The way Tyler Colvin has been hitting lately, no pitcher appears capable of nullifying his torrid bat. Not even Stephen Strasburg. Colvin became the first player to homer twice off Strasburg in the same game, and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 5-1 Friday night to end the Nationals' four-game winning streak. Colvin hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. The first one came on a 0-2 fastball and the second on a 3-2 changeup.

LSRV football involved in win over Nebraska’s best

Not even the best six-on-six football players from outside of Wyoming are good enough to beat the boys from Littler Snake River Valley School. The football team, which has won the last two 1A Wyoming State Championships in six-man football, had four graduated seniors play June 30 on a team of Wyoming seniors against the best of Nebraska’s seniors from six-man football. The idea was something LSRV coach Mike Bates had been working on with coaches from Nebraska for a little while. They wanted to get an annual all-star type game of the two states’ best graduated players to go head to head for insterstate dominance. “This was a brand new thing, the first year we’ve done it, and through the year we made sure to keep track of who was playing the best,” Bates said. “We decided we wanted it to be graduated seniors only, and ended up bring 14 kids from Wyoming against 18 from Nebraska.”

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Pixar’s ‘Brave’ hits the mark

It’s all well and good to break conventions, but there’s a time and place for everything. Considering the subject matter and production details of Pixar’s latest movie, “Brave,” this seems like a guideline that would bear close scrutiny. As the eldest daughter of Clan DunBroch, Scottish princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) has her whole life already plotted out for her by her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), who expects her child to follow in her footsteps and enter into an arranged marriage with one of the neighboring families, with which she and her husband, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), must patch up relations. The rebellious teenage girl shows less enthusiasm for that custom as she does for the many other restrictions that have been placed on her during her life simply because of her gender, filling her days with dull classroom lessons instead of the freedom of outdoors she craves. When Merida undoes years of tradition by humiliating her potential suitors on the archery pitch, it causes a huge rift between her and her mother, who’s shamed by her daughter’s outspokenness.

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Baggs cowboys dominate state, headed to nationals

After top-notch performances at the Wyoming state rodeo last month, three rodeo athletes from Little Snake River Valley High School are headed to the national rodeo looking for more. The small team from LSRV of just four students had three members qualify for the national rodeo after performing well at the state competition June 15-19 in Douglas, Wyo. Incoming senior Garrett Grieve won the all-around state championship with state championships in both the calf roping and team roping events. Tyler Orchard was the state champion in bull riding and Klay Ready was second in team roping, good enough to make the national competition. At nationals, which are July 15-19 in Rock Springs, Wyo., the boys will look to show their stuff again. Grieve, a national champion in team roping during junior high, would like to get another title.

Atmos Energy warns customers of ‘Utility Bill Scam’

Despite what customers may learn from fliers, Facebook or even a text message, President Barack Obama is not going to pay your past due energy bill. Atmos Energy Corporation, a natural gas distributor headquartered in Dallas, Texas with customers in Colorado, issued a news release Friday warning customers about the latest version of a scam that promises federal stimulus money in exchange for personal information. The scam artist provides potential victims with a bank routing number to trick Atmos Energy customers into believing government funds are available to help citizens with past due utility bills, according to the release. But no such program exists, said Brian Martens, an Atmos Energy representative based in Colorado.

Over a Cup: Extra Special Chocolate Cake

Most people will probably agree, there’s nothing better than chocolate cake. Most of our family members enjoy chocolate cake with a little table cream poured on top. However they eat it, chocolate cake doesn’t last long at our house. These days, lots of cake recipes start with a cake mix. This week’s chocolate cake recipe is an example. I’ve named it “Extra Special Chocolate Cake” because some of the ingredients are yummy indeed. To make this chocolate cake, you will need the following ingredients: 1 German chocolate cake mix plus the ingredients called for in making the cake; 1 can sweetened condensed milk; 1 container caramel topping; one 8-ounce carton whipped topping; and 1 Heath candy bar.

Diane Prather: A busy summer for the Extension Office

There’s always a lot of excitement surrounding the summer activities that go on through the Moffat County Extension Office, and plenty of hustle-bustle too. This summer is no exception. First of all, the Extension Office has welcomed a new Moffat County Extension and 4-H Agent. He’s JD Sexton. JD and his wife, Lacey, have lived in Moffat County for four years. They have a little daughter, Laramie. JD looks forward to working with Moffat County producers and their families. Currently, JD is busy putting together a Drought Management Workshop for Agricultural Producers. The workshop is coming right up so mark Thursday, July 12, on your calendar. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Editorial: Signage solutions

Several years ago, an ordinance was passed in Craig banning residents from hanging signs on telephone polls advertising garage sales, open houses and similar events. There were several reasons for this ordinance, one of which was to improve the way Craig looks by eliminating the occurrence of telephone poles being littered with old, tattered flyers and a thousand useless staples. While city officials at the time had the right motives in mind when they approved the ordinance, something even more unsightly has replaced telephone poles as the method for advertising garage sales: the mess of boxes with flyers attached that toward the end of each week clutters the northeast corner of the intersection of Victory Way and Finley Lane.

Government Update for July 7

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Craig Telehealth Clinic to be renamed

The public is invited to a ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 20, 2012 to rename the Craig Telehealth Clinic at 785 Russell. Colonel Adams will be there to honor his father, Major William Adams, for whom the clinic will be named. Major Adams was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions in Vietnam.

Police blotter for July 7

Thursday, July 5 Katherine Elizabeth Kemp, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Aaron Paul Penner, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of harassment, obstruction of telephone or telegraph service, child abuse and domestic violence.

Craig doctor booked on suspicion of obstruction, resisting arrest

A Craig doctor with a checkered criminal past was arrested Tuesday night in Hayden. Dr. Joel Miller, D.O., a family practitioner and operator of High Country Medical in Craig, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by Hayden Police Department officers. He was booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, according to Routt County Sheriff’s Office records. Hayden Police officers were unavailable for comment Friday and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies would not release further details of the incident.

Briefs for July 7: Mobile food pantry returning to Craig

Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. There are no eligibility requirements. Food will be distributed to anyone who needs it.

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Moffat County foreclosures on the rise as Front Range recovers

Moffat County Treasurer Elaine Sullivan and her staff mainly deal with the concrete and quantifiable. But she sometimes sees the painful human impact of the statistics, particularly when they relate to a homeowner’s worst nightmare come true. “I do know that there’s been several people that have come in, and they’re just horrified that they’re going into foreclosure,” Sullivan said. “They’ve all stated that they’ve tried to work out some sort of payment plan with the banks,” but to no avail, she said.

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Craig swimmers compete in 1500m at home swim meet

Swimming long distances is not the type of thing people normally volunteer for. Three members of the Craig Sea Sharks bucked that trend, choosing to do a 1,500-meter freestyle swim to kick off the ABC swim meet at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. The meet began yesterday and featured events from the eight and under age group in the afternoon, but it started with the 1,500, which wasn’t scored for the team standings. Swimmers just had the option of doing it if they wanted. Of the four swimmers that chose to take the plunge, three were Sea Sharks. Matt Hulstine,18, Eryn Leonard, 17, and Marisa Hulstine, 13, decided to dive in to challenge themselves and try to have some fun.

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CNCC trips offer travelers a 1st-hand view of history, culture

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s adult learning trips aren’t for the faint of heart. “We get up early, we stay up late and if people are tired, they sleep on the bus,” Mary Morris said, laughing. The CNCC director of community education and public information is helping organize an adult learning excursion to Tennessee and Alabama this winter that will give travelers a taste of the South. The tentative itinerary includes a tour of Graceland, a visit to the Grand Ole Opry and a ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Friday, July 6

Worries about drowning come with heat in US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As heat across a big chunk of the U.S. drives people into pools and lakes to cool off, public health officials are worried about a heightened risk of drowning. Minnesota has had more drowning deaths so far this year than any time in the past decade, and officials in Illinois and Michigan are seeing an uptick in some areas, too. Drowning deaths historically go up in the summer months, but the intensely hot weather may also be putting even more people at risk as they flock to water for relief, some without swimming skills. "When you've got more people out there, the chances of someone getting hurt or killed are increased just by the fact you've got numbers on the water," said Kim Elverum, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "You've got ability and so on from one end of the scale to another out there." Much of the central and eastern U.S. has experienced particularly hot weather in recent days, with temperatures climbing into the 100s in several cities. In the Midwest, even low temperatures have been setting record highs, meaning people aren't able to get relief even overnight.

On the Record for July 6, 2012

On the Record for July 6, 2012

Moderating weather helps Western fire crews

(AP) — Firefighters around the West took advantage of improved weather to make inroads against wildfires that have destroyed homes, forces residents to evacuate and burned hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush. But a new blaze near Redding, Calif., was causing problems early Friday, just hours after it was spotted and quickly grew to 1,200 acres, or about 2 square miles. Authorities say the fire is threatening dozens of homes and has forced evacuations. In Colorado, crews expect to fully contain the state's most destructive wildfire Friday. Colorado Springs officials have lifted evacuation orders for 126 more homes at the 28-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire, which damaged or destroyed nearly 350 homes and killed two people. Coroner's officials identified the victims as 74-year-old William Everett and his wife, Barbara, 73. Authorities also announced that they know where the fire started but did not disclose the location. The cause was under investigation.

Rockies lose 6-2 to Cardinals

Tyler Colvin had a great series against the St Louis Cardinals. The rest of the Colorado Rockies? Not so much. Colvin hit a two-run homer Thursday night, but the Rockies lost 6-2 at Busch Stadium. "I like hitting in this ballpark," he said. "It's one of those things where I got some good pitches to hit while I was here." Colorado lost three of four in St. Louis, but Colvin had three homers and seven RBIs. He has seven homers and 16 RBIs in 26 career games against the Cardinals.

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CD3 candidate visits Trapper Mine in Craig

On Thursday Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, visited with officials at Trapper Mine in Craig to learn how impending federal regulations could affect the coal mining industry. Although Trapper Mine has been operating under the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, company officials raised concerns about impending regulations on its partners in the coal-fired power generation industry, most notably neighboring Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s Craig Station. Currently all the coal produced at Trapper Mine goes to help fuel Craig Station. Proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations, such as the Mercury Air Toxics Rule and New Source Performance Standards, would not only drive up the costs of coal-fired electricity on consumers, but could prohibit new coal-fired power plants from being constructed in the future, Trapper Mine officials contended.

Zimmerman bail set at $1M in Trayvon Martin case

Using words like "false testimony" and "misled," a Florida judge granted $1 million bail Thursday for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, but questioned his honesty and suggested he had plotted to leave the country when he was out of jail the first time. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester referred to Zimmerman with words like "conceal" and "flee" more than a dozen times in an eight-page order that would let him out of jail while he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The judge's doubts could hurt an attempt by Zimmerman to dismiss the case by claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, a possible motion based on Florida's "stand your ground" law, experts said. "Mr. Zimmerman is not held in any high esteem by this court," said Karin Moore, a law professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law. "I think that could matter if there is a 'stand your ground' hearing ... It's a matter of credibility. There is no one else to testify to support the self-defense claim."

Sports Briefs for July 6: Sea Sharks hosting swim meet this weekend

The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team will host its only home meet of the season starting today at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. The Sea Sharks, a swim team for youths from Moffat County, swam June 22-24 in Aspen and are competing for the first time since. Their season began in late May and will conclude the first weekend in August. According to Sea Sharks coach Meghan Francone, five teams will be swimming in Craig, including teams from Steamboat Springs and Rangely. The meet will kick off with swimmers doing the mile at 10 this morning, followed by all the events in the eight and under age group being swam during today’s afternoon session.

Developers say town, schools could see $5 million annually from casino revenue in Hayden

There were a handful of vocal opponents and a few others who think it’s a great idea, but the majority just wanted to learn more about a casino project being proposed near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. “I think at this point if you’re not taking an objective look at this project, you’re already doing a disservice to the town of Hayden, because these types of projects don’t come along all the time,” said Karl Koehler, a 17-year Hayden resident. He was one of about 75 people who attended the meeting Thursday night at the Haven Community Center. The meeting was hosted by the six local men in the Sleeping Giant Group who are proposing the project. The group says the casino is a way to diversify the local economy, and they plan to host similar meetings this summer in Craig and Steamboat Springs to gather community input and answer questions. Another meeting is planned for Hayden, and the group wants to form an advisory group composed of Hayden residents.

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Moffat County wrestlers deliver strong season tune-up at camp

No big schools could intimidate Moffat County High School wrestlers at a camp last month. The camp, which lasted from June 15-19 at Western State College in Gunnison, featured 30 schools from Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Texas. Unlike camps for other sports where fundamentals and technique are stressed more than playing games, wrestling in matches was the focus at Western State. Incoming senior Garrett Stewart said that is the best way to improve.

Janet Sheridan: A miner’s daughter

The miners from Twentymile caught my attention during the Romney campaign stop in Craig. As they walked toward the security line or stood in the crowd—hands in pockets, shoulders squared, not saying much—I pondered the many reflective strips sewn to their heavy-duty work clothes. “What would it be like,” I wondered, “to go to work dressed in clothing covered with bright strips that would make me visible in the darkness in which I worked and less likely to be injured in an accident?” As I read the names printed on their hardhats, I hoped their families were proud of the miners they sent off to work underground.

No fires, major arrests reported on Independence Day

Historically speaking Independence Day is not a holiday riddled with increased criminal behavior in Craig and Moffat County. But with bans on open burning and private use of fireworks, coupled with the cancellation of the annual fireworks display, public safety officials were bracing for the worst. However local public safety officers said Wednesday’s Fourth of July celebration was even more quiet than most. And quiet is good, officials said. It proved that despite having a ban on fireworks and open burning, local residents were able to celebrate the holiday “in style.”

Local insurer honored, expands offices

After receiving accolades for a job well done, it’s easy for business owners to just rest on their laurels for a while. Even after bringing home multiple prestigious awards, one Craig firm still keeps looking to get better. Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, LLC, 100 E. Victory Way, was recently selected as a Colorado Company to Watch. The Colorado Companies to Watch program, hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, acknowledges companies within the state “that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado,” according to its mission statement.

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Book signing with granddaughter of area pioneer school teacher slated for Sunday

Two young women step from a train in Hayden, the second-to-last stop on the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. The date is July 27, 1916, and these women of refinement are far from home. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood were educated at one of the first women’s colleges, and they have tasted the finer hints of Europe, Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, would write nearly a century later. Yet, this trip isn’t merely sightseeing excursion or a detour on the way to a gilded future in the East. The women are leaving that life behind for a new one in the West.

Briefs for July 6: TMH Foundation receives $5k grant

The Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation, the hospital reported in a news release. The grant is part of $150,000 the Union Pacific Foundation granted to 28 Colorado nonprofit organizations in June. “We are proud to make a positive contribution to building strong, sustainable communities across our railroad network,” Robert Turner, Union Pacific Foundation president, said in the release. Sue Lyster, TMH Foundation board chairperson, said she was pleased the foundation received the grant, which shows the Union Pacific Foundation’s “support for improving health care in our community,” according to the release.

Thursday, July 5

Forest roads near Gore Pass temporarily closed for culvert replacements

Beginning Monday and running through Aug. 3, portions of Forest Roads 243 and 250 will be temporarily closed to facilitate the safe and efficient removal and replacement of culverts on Farnham Creek and Gore Creek, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. Between its junctions with Forest Road 243 and Forest Road 102, approximately five miles of Forest Road 250 will be closed starting Monday. Forest visitors can still access the northern portion of Forest Road 250 via Forest Road 100 as well as the southern portion of this road from Highway 134, the release stated. Also starting on Monday, around five miles of Forest Road 243 will be closed between its junctions with Forest Roads 250 and 185. Several miles of Forest Roads 185 and 241 east and south of this closure will remain open for visitors to enjoy, according to the release.

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Best of Moffat County: Technology and teeth

Dr. Dushan Voyich thinks people have some misconceptions about going to the dentist. “There’s a few things that everybody’s afraid of and that would be getting an injection and also drilling,” the 49-year-old Livingston, Mont. native said. However, as with most areas of medicine, Voyich, who was named top dentist in the Craig Daily Press’ Best of Moffat County contest, said new technology has made the process of maintaining dental health easier on the patient. Smaller-caliber needles and new delivery systems have eased the pains resulting from an injection, and the same kind of advances have been made in the area of drilling.

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Best of Moffat County: Delivering dreams

In 2000, Craig resident Dean Brosious was at a career crossroads. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in business and economics, the Ralston, Wyo., native quickly found a job as a banker, a career that would transplant him from Powell, Wyo., through Glenwood Springs to Craig. However, after living in Craig for several years, the bank he was working at was sold, and after running a land title company for 10 years, Brosious, 60, who operates LPL Financial Services at 101 W. Victory Way, decided he wanted to help people manage their own money rather than lend it to them. “At the bank I would loan people money to try and start businesses and be able to buy the things they want to,” he said. “I’m at the opposite end of it now where they bring me money rather than me loaning them money.”

On the record for July 5, 2012

On the record for July 5, 2012

Dinosaur National Monument seeks comments on prairie dog management plan

National Park Service staff will develop a management plan for white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) inhabitating developed areas at Dinosaur National Monument, the agency announced in a press release. White-tailed prairie dogs are a native species in the monument, but have negatively impacted some monument facilities, including weakening the berm surrounding the sewage lagoon near the Quarry Visitor Center, according to the release. NPS Management Policies state that when a species interferes with the management objectives of a site, they can be considered pests and may require management action. Only prairie dogs in close proximity to structures and other park facilities in developed areas would be subject to potential management action, prairie dogs in other areas of the monument would not be affected, the release stated. NPS currently is in the scoping phase of this project and are inviting area residents to submit written comments online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at You may also submit written comments to Superintendent Mary Risser, Dinosaur National Monument, 4545 HWY 40, Dinosaur, CO 81610, according to the release.

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2012 Fourth of July and Summer Celebration

CNCC memoir writing students share thoughts, memories

When I was a teenager, folks on both sides of our family met up to picnic together at Devil’s Head out of Sedalia, Colorado on the 4th of July. Devil’s Head was the first fire station in the area, and my Granddad built it. He made the first ladder leading up to the top of a large rock there in 1912, over 100 years ago. Since then, a nice fire station has been built on that same site. We all met at the picnic grounds and had a great feast. Then we’d walk up to the station. It is about one and a quarter miles up hill, but we all made it up and down the trail. After we got back down to the picnic grounds it was ice cream and cake time. My family could always pull off a joke. One time, at one of our 4th of July gatherings at Devil’s Head, Mom forgot to bring a knife to cut the cake. Oh yes, one of my uncles went to his car and found a hatchet. He came back and offered to cut the cake. This really brought down a great laugh. It was such a fun gathering. I hope to go back and hike up to the fire station this summer.

Wednesday, July 4

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Mosquito abatement program successful in Moffat County

Pest department exceeding goal of 95 percent control

Gary Brannan, Moffat County weed and pest management manager, said Tuesday it’s time to set the record straight about a noticeable decline in mosquito numbers in Craig. Although a common misconception exists among residents that there are fewer flying pests in Moffat County because of the weather, Brannan said mosquito numbers are down this year in large part due to the work of his pest management team. “I’ve had so many people tell me that we don’t have any mosquitoes because it’s been such a hot and dry year,” Brannan said. “I just want them to be aware of why we don’t have any.” On Tuesday Brannan, and pest control technician Pam Boyd, were comparing the results of two test traps the department set this week.

Wildfire fully contained in Colorado Springs

The most destructive fire in Colorado history has been fully contained within Colorado Springs. Overall, the 28-square-mile fire was 80 percent contained Tuesday evening, but fire chief Rick Brown says the portion burning in the city is fully surrounded. In western Colorado, pre-evacuation orders for residents in and around DeBeque have been lifted, and firefighters don't expect the nearly 14,000-acre Pine Ridge fire to grow any farther.

Air Force planes again ready for fire missions

Air Force tanker planes returned to the flight line for firefighting missions on Tuesday after a deadly weekend crash, bringing much-needed reinforcements to a strained fleet battling some of the worst wildfires in decades. The return of five C-130s means wildfire managers now have 19 heavy tankers to battle the huge fires that have burned hundreds of square miles and displaced thousands of people across the West. One wildfire in Montana has charred 320 square miles and burned 16 homes. The fire was 55 percent contained. The most active part of the fire was burning thick, largely inaccessible timber on the Custer National Forest. That has led firefighters to steer clear of the dangerous forward edge of the blaze, fire information officer Kathy Bushnell said.

Search to find Earhart wreckage begins in Hawaii

A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to finally solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart when she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago? A group of scientists, historians and salvagers think they have a good idea, and they began a trek Tuesday from Honolulu to a remote island in the Pacific nation of Kiribati in hopes of finding wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane in nearby waters. Their working theory is that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed on a reef near the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, then survived a short time. "Everything has pointed to the airplane having gone over the edge of that reef in a particular spot, and the wreckage ought to be right down there," said Ric Gillespie, the founder and executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, the group leading the search.

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Illinois golfer records ace during 1st time playing Yampa Valley Golf Course

After two months without a hole-in-one to start the playing season, Yampa Valley Golf Course has recorded two in a few weeks. The first of the year was hit by Craig resident Ed McIntyre in mid-June on the 11th hole. The second ace of the year was recorded Tuesday by Michael Wood of Geneva, Ill. Wood got his perfect stroke on the fourth hole. It was his first time playing the course.

Udall, USDA open lands for emergency haying, grazing

Colorado senators Mark Udall (D) and Michael Bennet (D) announced Tuesday agricultural producers throughout Colorado are eligible for emergency haying and grazing on U.S. Department of Agriculture lands. Sixty-two of Colorado’s 64 counties have been designated by the USDA as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds, according to a joint Udall/Bennet news release issued Tuesday. The two other Colorado counties have been named contiguous disaster areas. “The entire state of Colorado has been severely affected by hot and dry conditions that have hampered the production of our agricultural producers,” Bennet said in the release. “The designations from USDA will provide much-needed assistance to farmers to help offset their losses due to drought. Agriculture is a critical part of Colorado’s economy, and these resources will help producers weather a difficult growing season.”

Hayden casino group to host 1st community forum

Members of the Sleeping Giant Group, LLC, are hosting a community meeting to discuss the details of a proposed casino slated for construction near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The meeting is open to the public and takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden. Last month the Sleeping Giant Group — which consists of Steamboat Springs resident Steve Hofman, winter Olympian Johnny Spillane, Hayden resident Dave Marin, Hayden developer Stefanus Nijsten, Nijsten’s business partner Bob Zibell, and Steamboat Springs attorney Scott McGill — put into the public arena various casino project documents commissioned by the partnership during the last six months. A feasibility study, market analysis, artist rendering and site plan are available for public viewing on the partnership’s web site,

Lance Scranton: Looking forward to fall

It’s sometimes difficult to explain to parents the level of dedication required to play high school football. Back when I was in high school, you showed up in the fall, looked around and hoped you were going to have a decent team. The coach ran us into the ground to get us in shape and then we began the season. Times have changed. If you show up for our Fall Training Camp and we haven’t seen you all summer, you will definitely be lost. June, July and August are spent preparing players for fall training camp by offering weightlifting and speed training. When mandatory practice begins in August, there is an expectation that players have been paying attention to the opportunities afforded them by the coaching staff.

Letter: Thank you to Yampa Valley Medical Center

When you are in pain and have a medical emergency, it is assuring to know there is a hospital that will help in the Yampa Valley. Our son had an abscessed tooth and when he went to the emergency room at The Memorial Hospital over the weekend, he was told they couldn’t help him and he would have to go to a larger city to find an emergency room with a dentist on call. We took him to the Yampa Valley Medical Center, where they helped him with pain management and got him stabilized. They contacted an oral surgeon and set up an appointment to have the tooth removed on Monday.

Editorial: Deficit decisions

When the Moffat County School District ended fiscal year 2011-2012, it had more than $7 million in leftover funds available for the proverbial rainy day. And while it may not be a downpour, there definitely is a steady drizzle in Northwest Colorado’s economic forecast, at least for fiscal year 2012-13. So when MCSD last week approved a 2012-13 budget that called for $200,000 in deficit spending, it wasn’t a big surprise, especially when taking into account the current state of the economy and dwindling availability of state funds. Even though the term “deficit spending” — which essentially is when an entity spends more than the revenue it is forecasted to bring in — is enough to make any financial planner’s stomach turn, the editorial board applauds the district’s decision to dip into the reserve money. What’s the point of sitting on millions of taxpayer dollars when there is a tangible need for those funds?

Craig resident has not made good on fines from horse smuggling case

Victor Tarango, 39, is in custody at Moffat County Jail on a bench warrant for failing to comply with the stipulations of a court order. Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner executed the warrant Monday, according to court records. Tarango, a Craig resident, was subsequently arrested around 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds by Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy Alec Brown, records state. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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Wyman Living History Museum adds Korea-era tank to its permanent collection

A few people lingered June 27 at Wyman Living History Museum, their eyes trained on the road. Finally, the tractor-trailer came into view. It turned from U.S. Highway 40 into the museum’s driveway towing its long-awaited cargo: an M47 tank, an Army green behemoth with a fighting weight of about 100,000 pounds. “I was just pleased to see it,” museum founder Lou Wyman said Tuesday.

Briefs for July 4: July Fourth parade, picnic today

A Fourth of July parade starts at noon today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The event is free to all floats, groups and participants. Lineup is at 10 a.m. The parade travels down Victory Way and ends at Craig Post Office, 556 Pershing St. A Fourth of July picnic follows at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Tuesday, July 3

Vilsack finalizes Colorado roadless rule

(AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has finalized a rule governing how 4.2 million acres of national forest roadless areas in Colorado will be managed. Colorado started developing a state-specific rule following legal challenges of a 2001 national roadless rule, which the state of Wyoming and others have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review.

On the Record for July 3, 2012

On the Record for July 3, 2012

Federal wildland fire-fighting agencies prepare for Fourth of July

To further address the severity of current wildland fire activity across the western states, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have directed federal land managers to take additional measures to help reduce the risks of new wildfires, ensure the highest possible level of coordination among federal land management agencies and continue to prioritize safety for firefighters and communities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a news release. “As we continue our aggressive response to wildfires across the West, we must continue to do all we can to support our firefighters, first responders, and their families,” Salazar said in the release. “Protecting human life and ensuring public safety is and will remain our top priority, and these measures will help us minimize the risks of new wildfires on America’s public lands. “As we move into the 4th of July holiday under difficult wildfire conditions, let’s use this opportunity to thank the men and women fighting to keep our citizens safe, and remember to take easy steps to prevent and prepare for wildfires by visiting”

Monday, July 2

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Cross-country college championship translates to success on the track for MCHS grad

After being part of a national championship team, Maddy Jourgensen had already enjoyed a great deal of success for a college freshman. She didn’t let that go to her head, however, as Jourgensen still had two seasons of athletics competition ahead of her. The 2011 Moffat County High School graduate is between her freshman and sophomore seasons at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She runs cross-country and track for the Vikings. During her freshman cross-country season, Jourgensen was good enough to run with the team at the Division II NCAA National Championships, where they won. Afterward, runners got to take a short break before coming back for indoor track.

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The makings of a fine Fourth

Parade, picnic scheduled to commemorate Independence Day in Craig

If the turnout for this year’s Independence Day parade is anything like last year, Johnny Garcia anticipates seeing a crowd. At least 1,500 people lined the parade route last year, said Garcia, the parade’s organizer and chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig. He wouldn’t be surprised if 1,000 or more spectators turn out when the parade begins at noon Wednesday. “I’m kind of expecting this to be a big deal,” he said.

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Yarmer to begin seeing patients Monday

Educational presentation July 11 to feature new pediatrician

A wing of The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is in the final stages of a gradual transformation. Chairs furnish two waiting rooms in the nearly completed pediatric ward, and future examination rooms are painted in vibrant colors that will serve as a backdrop for circus animals and other child-friendly décor. And on Monday, the first of two pediatricians to practice in the remodeled wing began her first day on the job. Dr. Kristie Yarmer will complete a week of orientation before she begins seeing patients July 9.

On the Record for July 2, 2012

On the Record for July 2, 2012

Cpw to host herd management meeting

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a meeting to discuss elk management options for Game Management Units 1, 2 and 201, which are recognized as prime hunting areas in northwest Colorado, are managed to produce high-quality elk and require many points to draw a license, the agency announced in a news release. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Lodore Hall at the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife officials will use the public's input gathered at the meeting to establish population objectives and set the male-female ratio for this herd, according to the release. "Because of the high-quality hunting in these units and their importance to our local economy landowners, sportsmen, outfitters, business owners and anyone with a vested interest in this big game population should attend and offer their input," Area Wildlife Manger Bill de Vergie said in the release. 

Wells tosses 7 strong as Padres beat Rockies 2-0

Kip Wells is showing he may have another chapter left in his baseball career. Wells tossed seven strong innings for his first win in nearly three years, Chris Denorfia and Alexi Amarista had two hits apiece and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday. "He proved he can get it done," closer Huston Street said. "It's tough to throw a better outing." Wells' last win came Sept. 20, 2009, when he beat the Marlins 8-1 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched seven innings of five-hit ball that day, and he was just as effective Sunday against the Rockies.

Mid-Atlantic power outages could last days

A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, nearly 2.7 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights. Two days after storms slammed the mid-Atlantic region, power outages were forcing people to get creative to stay cool in dangerously hot weather. Temperatures approached 100 degrees in many storm-stricken areas, and utility officials said the power will likely be out for several more days. "If we don't get power tonight, we'll have to throw everything away," Susan Fritz, a mother of three, said grimly of her refrigerator and freezer. Fritz came to a library in Bethesda, Md., so her son could do school work. She charged her phone and iPad at her local gym.

'Unreal': Residents tour Colo. blaze devastation

Melted bowling balls in the front yard were among the strange sights that met C.J. Moore upon her return Sunday to her two-story home, now reduced to ashes by the worst wildfire in Colorado history. "You wouldn't think bowling balls would melt," she told The Associated Press by phone from the scene in her Mountain Shadows neighborhood, where she was among residents who were allowed temporary visits to areas most affected by the fire. More than a week after it sparked on June 23, the Waldo Canyon fire was still being attacked by some 1,500 personnel. But crews working grueling shifts through the hot weekend made progress against the 26-square-mile fire, and authorities said they were confident they finally had built good fire lines in many areas to stop the spread of the flames. So far, the blaze, now 45 percent contained, has damaged or destroyed nearly 350 homes.

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Craig native participates in wildfire fundraising effort

What started out with a handful of t-shirt designs, a desire to help and an expectation to make a modest contribution to wildfire relief efforts in Colorado has taken off in astonishing fashion. On Saturday night, after less than five days in the online marketplace, Wild Fire Tees was up to $270,000 in t-shirt sales. The company features a rotating line of Colorado-created, limited edition t-shirts with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Colorado wildfire relief efforts. At $20 a piece that’s 13,500 orders and all proceeds benefit the Colorado Red Cross and the Care and Share Food Bank.

MCHS graduate fares well at Olympic trials

For Kelsey Conci, just being a participant at the Olympic Trials was enough. Swimming as well as she did made the stay even sweeter. The 2008 graduate from Moffat County High School and University of Wyoming standout swimmer swam in two events at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. The trials began June 25 and conclude this evening. Conci, who swam at MCHS and as a member of the Craig Sea Sharks, qualified for the semifinals in the 100-meter backstroke and swam in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle. She said despite not placing as high as she’s used to in her races, the entire experience was a great one.

City officials: Craig has water

Senior rights, storage, history cited to alleviate public concern

Persistent hot, dry and windy weather coupled with almost no precipitation have residents all across the state on heightened wildfire alert. Three fires this weekend were the latest reminders for Craig and Moffat County residents of the extreme fire danger in northwest Colorado. With more fires anticipated throughout the summer and the Yampa River running near historically low levels, many residents have voiced a concern about the City of Craig’s ability to deliver water to its residents. “As of today our water situation is just fine,” said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree. “Obviously that could change, but I don’t see us running out of water anytime soon.”

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Golfer from Eagle defends his title in Cottonwood Classic

The Yampa Valley Golf Course concluded its busiest month of the year with a successful run through its biggest tournament of the year. The Cottonwood Classic concluded Sunday, and it ended in similar fashion to 2011: with Keith Humerickhouse shooting the lowest score. Humerickhouse, of Eagle, shot a three-under par 213. He was the only player to shoot under par and beat Joe Rukavina and Jeb Savage, who tied for second with a 227. Humerickhouse won the classic last year as well, and he came out strong in his title defense, shooting a 68 Friday. After a bumpier second round 74, he came back solid on Sunday, carding a 71.

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Bulldog Sports for July 2

Bulldog sports for July 2, 2012.

Steamboat businesses finding ways to help wildfire victims

With wildfires burning around the state and more than 600 homes destroyed in the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires alone, Steamboat Springs businesses are stepping up efforts to help the victims. On Monday, the Laundry restaurant will donate all food and beverage sales to benefit victims of the fires. The restaurant, at 127 11th St., will be open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. “We’d love to see people, whether they get in and have dinner or just come by and make a contribution,” said Rex Brice, owner of Steamboat Restaurant Group. “I’d love to see this as a catalyst to other people in the community to think of creative ways to contribute to victims of these fires.” Brice did a similar thing in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner raised $16,000 for the city of New Orleans.

Local clinic performing cigarette study

Whether you’re considering quitting smoking, cutting back on the habit or just providing some research data, now is the time to sign up for a program that will allow you to do any of the three. Starting today, Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., is accepting applications for a medical study on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes. The study is being conducted by Family Nurse Practitioner Jona Ely as part of her doctoral thesis with the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Pamela Kinder said the research on the efficacy of e-cigarettes has been minimal, but she believes smokers who try the alternative method will find several benefits right away. “They’re not exposing themselves and others to the harmful effects of tobacco products and secondhand smoke, and their risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease from carcinogens won’t be there anymore,” she said.

Letter: Obamacare should be repealed

The Supreme Court has just slammed us with the biggest tax increase in the history of the nation. The liberals in the high court by-passed President Obama's use of the "commerce clause" in the Constitution as the source of his authority to impose his Affordable Health Care Plan on us, and legalized the Plan by calling it a "tax." President Obama cannot hide behind terminology anymore. Whatever it's called, it is coming out of your pocket. You are going to be forced to buy a product legislated by your government, whether you want it or not.

Senior Spotlight for July 2: The heat of the sun and politicians

Between the heat of the sun, politicians, and the problems with the unfaithful trying to run the religious by trying to change the rules and regulations of matters that they shouldn’t be messing with, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. The heat of the sun is the easiest right now. I don’t go out much anyway. Politics are getting beyond the point of me not voting for most or any of them. Religion, everyone has a right to worship as we please, or not. Leave that up to the individual churches.

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‘Give God the glory’: Five minutes with Austin Hill, 21, salesperson at Cook Chevrolet and Subaru

Where is your hometown? “I was born in California, Calaveras County, but I’ve lived here since I was 9, so I consider Craig to be my hometown.” When did you first move to Craig? “It was either 1999 or 2000. My mom met my stepdad around then, they tied the knot and we moved out here.” Motto or outlook on life? “Follow God and give him the glory.” When did you first get started in your job? “I started here May 15, so it’s only been a month-and-a-half. I’ve worked at Kum & Go, Kmart, City Market, MJK, just a lot of summer jobs around town. Then I got this opportunity for a career in sales, and I took it. When I was in high school, I was on the DECA team, and so I’m excited I get to use that training in real life.”

Briefs for July 2: VNA Relay For Life fundraiser today

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Relay For Life team will host a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant in Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the team. For more information, call Gisela Garrison at 824-8233.