News for Monday, July 2, 2012



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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.