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Craig Triple Crown team struggles in state championships

The Moffat County Cutthroats have faced disadvantages this season, like playing against older teams with full rosters. During the Triple Crown Colorado State Championships in Longmont, the odds were too stacked to overcome. The local team played in the 12-and-under Division 2 tournament, went 0-4 for the weekend, and was outscored 57-11. Although the results look decidedly one way, coach Mark Nielsen saw positives to take away from the tournament. He said his team didn't play as poorly as the numbers suggest. “It was definitely tough on the boys. The sad thing is the scores really don’t justify the way we played,” Nielsen said. “We were in it every game in the first, second, third inning, and then (the opponents) would just get hot. Every game in the fourth or fifth inning they would score a bunch on us.”

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Yampa Valley High School teacher battles cancer

In his room on the fourth floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Dan Juba is turning to his family and his sense of humor to survive the long wait.

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At the movies: Drug film ‘Savages’ will harsh your mellow

Who’s the worse criminal: the drug lord who endorses multiple decapitations just to send a message, or the squeaky clean grower who goes bad trying to take back what’s his? In the movie “Savages,” it’s pretty much a dead heat.

Guest column: Matt Winey: Our government isn't a democracy

If you were to ask any number of Americans, "What type of government does America have?," I believe you'd be surprised at the number who would answer with the standard response, "a democracy." To me, that answer's not quite right. We're creeping toward that form of government, but we're not living under a democracy yet. Throughout history, there seems to have been five types of government: a monarchy or dictatorship, the rule of one; ogliarchy, rule by a few; democracy, rule by the majority; republic, ruled by law; and anarchy, rule by no one. There has never really been a monarchy, because a king has his courts or a dictator his czars, therefore a monarchy or dictatorship is actually an oligarchy.

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Craig-Moffat County Airport scheduled for makeover

The Craig City Council approved a bid last week from Connell Resources, Inc. in Steamboat Springs to conduct apron rehabilitation work at the Craig-Moffat County Airport. The total cost of the project, including engineering already completed by Armstrong Consultants, Inc., is $474,436.50. The bid approved for Connell’s portion of the project is $408,436.50, about $130,000 under budget, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said. The Federal Aviation Administration is funding 90 percent of the project. The state is funding an additional 5 percent.

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Craig-area dirt track gaining notoriety around Colorado

Despite a tough weekend of weather in Craig for dirt track racing, the Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park is enjoying improved success in 2012. The dirt racing track, in its second season of operation, has had good racer turnout in its June races. According to track owner Greg Kolbaba, the track is starting to get past some of the common concerns about a new track that can sometimes keep drivers away. “A lot of new guys like to wait on new tracks and here about them,” Kolbaba said. “This track doesn’t have all the things you have with most new race tracks. This track is hard. On new race tracks the dirt is usually softer and when you race on it, it gets all chunked up and eats your car. So guys don’t want to race there. That’s one of those things, it takes its own time to get past.”

Hayden golfer adds another ace to hot month at golf course

Another local golfer has added to the Yampa Valley Golf Course history books. Pete Heuer of Hayden hit a hole-in-one on the seventh hole of the course Thursday, the third ace of the summer. All three have come in the past month. It was Heuer’s first hole-in-one of his career, a time span of 20 years of playing golf, 12 of them at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It came on a day when Heuer was already playing well, and happened to strike the ball perfectly. “It was during men’s club. We started on the back nine, so I just had three holes left at that point and this was the last (par) 3 obviously,” Heuer said. “I’d been playing pretty well all day long, hitting my irons really well. I hit it, it was looking good the whole way. I was just hoping it was the right distance. It hit just a couple feet from the hole and then I saw it disappear. I looked over and said ‘I think it went in.’”

Tainted Montana town reaches cleanup milestone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grass and freshly planted trees are sprouting in a new town park that sits atop the site of a vermiculite plant that once spewed asbestos dust across the mountain community of Libby — a welcome dose of normalcy for a city that has become synonymous with lung disease and death. It's a major milestone for the mining town of about 3,000 people near the Canadian border where an estimated 400 people to date have been killed by asbestos exposure. More than 1,700 have been sickened. Lethal dust from the WR. Grace and Co. plant and the company's nearby mine once blanketed the town, and asbestos illnesses are still being diagnosed more than two decades after the mine was shuttered. Following a 12-year cleanup, Riverfront Park hosted a wedding last weekend. Officials said another wedding and a blues festival are scheduled for early August. For Mayor Doug Roll, the federal government's recent transfer of the park to the city offers a symbolic break from Libby's lethal past.

Feds spend millions on immediate post-fire effects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts. So far, nearly all of the money is going toward building water bars, removing hazardous trees and spreading seed across hundreds of square miles in southern New Mexico. The state recorded both its largest and its most destructive wildfires in the last two months. Neighboring Colorado is also having its worst fire season in a decade. Teams of biologists, hydrologists and soil scientists are on the ground there, analyzing what it will take to deal with post-fire flooding and other hazards. Once their work is done, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman said he expects spending to increase significantly.

Broncos' Dumervil charged with aggravated assault

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in Florida. Court records show the 28-year-old is facing the third-degree felony charge in Miami-Dade County. Det. Vivian Hernandez said Dumervil and another man were arrested Saturday in Miami Beach, but that no further details were immediately available. A spokesman for the Denver Broncos said that the team is aware of the matter and continuing to gather facts. "This is a very serious allegation, and we will thoroughly review the details while the legal process runs its course," said a statement issued by the team.

Briefs for July 16, 2012: Fair organizers seeking volunteers

Any Moffat County resident interested in helping with the 2012 Moffat County Fair open class division — quilting, art, photography, horticulture, foods, etc. — is encouraged to call the Moffat County Extension Office at 970-824-9180 or drop by the office at 539 Barclay St. Open class entries are taken from 6 to 8 p.m. August 7 and from 8 to 11 a.m. August 8. For more information, call at (970) 824-9180.

Business Beat: Fire safety supplier adds new tenant

You can never be too prepared in case a fire occurs in your home or business. That’s the philosophy embraced by the staff of Craig Fire & Safety, as well as the new business operating alongside them. Extinguisher Solutions opened as a separate business within Craig Fire & Safety, 463 Ranney St., in late June. As the name implies, the secondary supplier specializes in selling and servicing fire extinguishers in addition to related areas.

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Trappers Lake reaps benefits of a 2002 fire

It must have been a sight to behold. Colorado undoubtedly had seen bigger wildfires, even bigger blazes during that very summer of 2002 alone. But the imposing Big Fish fire was all the more extraordinary, set against the dramatic backdrop of Trappers Lake and the striking Flat Tops Wilderness surrounding it. All told, 17,000 acres in the so-called “Cradle of Wilderness” were scorched by a lightning strike while firefighting crews watched the pristine valley go up in flames. Such is the heart-tugging dilemma of Wilderness with a capital “W” — essentially a government mandate commanding nature to run its course even when it mars our perception of natural beauty. But given its eminent role in the genesis of the Wilderness Act of 1964, Trappers Lake demanded nothing less.

Senior Spotlight for July 16, 2012

I had a pleasant surprise this past week. Three of my great-grandchildren came to visit: Sarah from Alabama, and Airoughan and Maddysn from Cortez. The came with with their father, and they celebrated their birthdays. Sarah will be going back to Alabama to start school soon. School there starts earlier than it does here in Colorado. I am thankful every day for the family that I have because we have lost several young and old ones.

Rosemary Potter: Protecting our rights

To the editor: I thank John Williams for his warning about Hillary Clinton signing the United Nations Small Arms Agreement on July 27. This will be a travesty against the Second Amendment and the sovereignty of the United States of America. I tried to call our senators, and was able to leave a message on Senator Mark Udall’s machine. I could not get through to Senator Michael Bennet. I am going to write both of them a letter, urging them to stand against our president and Secretary of State Clinton, who obviously care nothing about our rights. Will you join me in writing?

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for July 17

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for July 17

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda