News for Saturday, July 7, 2012

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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 (http://bit.ly/RqTtsM ) 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.