News for Friday, July 13, 2012



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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.