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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.