News for Wednesday, July 11, 2012



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.