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Inaugural Redneck Olympics kick off Saturday in Hayden

This weekend, the "Olympic" games at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden will include mud surfing, blind tractor driving and a paintball obstacle course, among other wacky events.

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Putting skills to the test

Learning the fundamentals and skills is one thing. Putting them into use in a game is another. That’s what the Moffat County High School volleyball team will attempt to do starting Thursday when it heads to a team camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The camp, which lasts through Saturday, revolves around playing games against other teams, culminating in a tournament. The team format is in stark contrast to the skills camp the team participated in last week. That camp, led by Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball coaches, focused on developing proper touch on passes and playing effective out-of-system vollyeball. “This camp is more fun. We play a bunch of games rather than do skills,” incoming senior Jessica Behrman said. “I mean, it’s always fun to play games.”

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Relay for Life scheduled for Friday

Walking in a circle repeatedly for hours might not be very enjoyable for someone who’s all by themselves. However, when you’re among friends, family and other fellow community members, the physical exertion is lessened by both the camaraderie and the knowledge the laps are helping to change lives. The 2012 Craig Relay for Life will take place Friday and Saturday at the Moffat County High School track, 900 Finley Lane. The two-day event is a celebration of life, honoring those who have survived cancer, paying tribute to those who have passed away from the disease and joining together to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Sarah Blakeslee, Relay community relations manager, said more than 170 local participants from 16 teams are planning to attend after spending months raising money through various benefits.

Residents warned: 6-foot lizard loose in Colorado

(AP) — A sheriff has warned residents in a tourist town northwest of Colorado Springs that a strong, aggressive 6-foot lizard that eats small animals — including dogs and cats — is on the loose in the area. Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensinger said Tuesday that a 25-pound pet Nile monitor lizard has gone missing after breaking a mesh leash and crawling away. Ensinger said about 400 homes in the Woodland Park area were warned. He added that the animal, which escaped Monday and is known as Dino, has not bitten any humans — yet. "We have a 6-foot reptile out and about," Ensinger said. "If it gets hungry enough, we don't know what it will do."

Letter: Daily Press' treatment of doctor unfair

To the editor: It seems crazy to me that as hard as it is to recruit and keep good doctors in Craig that our paper would resort to this smear campaign against Dr. Miller. I am a small business owner with a big family and no health insurance for myself. Dr. Miller has kept me out of the operating room, which would have bankrupted me, for three years now. He has the most reasonable office visit fee in town and probably the biggest clientele. A person got caught selling their prescription meds and blamed Dr. Miller to get themselves out of trouble, end of story.

Scammers using Craig Chamber’s name to sell ads

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center, recently reported several groups are illicitly using the chamber’s name when trying to sell advertising space to local businesses. According to Oxley, area businesses have received ad requests from groups putting together Craig/Moffat County maps or community guides who list the chamber as a distribution point or sponsor. “This is not true,” Oxley said in an email. “The Craig Chamber of Commerce & Moffat County Visitor center creates and distributes its own city and county map, and it is the only Craig map that we do distribute.” Oxley said local businesses can expect sales to start for the chamber’s map in August, and that funds raised by ad sales for the map go toward covering operating costs for the chamber and the visitors center.

On the Record for July 18, 2012

On the Record for July 18, 2012

New PWC Commission goes to work

John Singletary of Vineland was elected chairman of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during the new commission's first order of business at its monthly meeting on July 12 in Sterling, the agency announced in a news release. Commissioner Bill Kane of Basalt was elected vice chairman of the 11-member board, which was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on July 9, and Mark Smith of Center was elected secretary. All three men served on the previous commission, according to the release. Mike King, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, welcomed the commissioners and challenged them to help Colorado Parks and Wildlife chart a new course for the agency, according to the release. "You're charged with bringing in new ideas and new thinking to take the steps we need to take to move forward," King said in the release. "We need to build coalitions where there were divisions and bridges where there were obstacles. This is an opportunity for some fresh eyes to look at what we do and establish the priorities for Colorado Parks and Wildlife."

Letter: Praising Moffat County Commissioner's apology

To the editor: This is about Tom Gray.

Meeting agenda: Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board

Meeting agenda: Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board

County’s assessed value dropping in 2012

Moffat County’s assessed value is going to drop a few points this year, according to estimates by the Moffat County Assessor’s Office. Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano presented the Moffat County Commission Tuesday with a snapshot of the county’s current valuation. If trends continue, the county’s 2012 assessed value could drop by $11.8 million, or 2.43 percent, to $475.2 million. Moffat County’s 2011 final valuation was $487.1 million.

Sports Briefs for July 18, 2012: Lifeguard training begins next week

Craig Parks and Recreation will have lifeguard training classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m August 7-10. Anyone wishing to be a lifeguard will have to take the course and pass a swimming test before being allowed into the training. The pre-test swimming course is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. Tuesday is also the final day to register for the course. The cost is $100.

Briefs for July 18, 2012: Church hosting community event

A community family event sponsored by Craig Christian Church is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Planned events include a pig roast, water slide, jump house and music, among other activities. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call the church at 824-6024.

Editorial: Red all over

It was an act that was, quite simply, what it appeared to be — a Moffat County public official embodying hypocrisy by violating a law he not only approved, but signed. A story in Monday’s Craig Daily Press outlined a July 5 incident in which Moffat County Commiss- ioner Tom Gray was found to have been burning trash at his home on North Colorado Highway 13. In late June, Gray helped approve a measure that banned all open flames in Moffat County, a move made in response to rampant wildfires in the county and across the state.

Balloonists recount harrowing flight over Oregon

(AP) — Two men flying matching lawn chairs suspended by helium-filled party balloons over Central Oregon last weekend said Tuesday they were floating along peacefully at 14,000 feet when thunderstorms grabbed control of their homemade craft like a giant hand. "It was so nice, so beautiful, so peaceful," for the first three hours of the flight, said Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta, who joined lawn chair ballooning veteran Kent Couch in an attempt to fly from Couch's gas station in Bend, Ore., to Montana as a warm-up for a future flight over Iraq. "I remember I can hear the cow when they moo, the dogs. Everything was so peaceful and so nice. "Then we were in this thunderstorm." Couch said it was like some giant hand grabbed hold of their craft.

Official: Colo murder suspect tries to steal plane

(AP) — A SkyWest Airlines pilot suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend stole an empty 50-passenger jet from a small Utah airport, crashed it as he drove near a terminal, then was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said Tuesday. Brian Hedglin, 40, used a rug to scale the razor wire-topped security fence at the St. George Municipal Airport overnight Tuesday and drove off with the SkyWest jet, St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said. Hedglin clipped a wing on the terminal building and crashed into cars in a parking lot, Mortenson said. The plane never left the ground. A police officer making rounds around 12:50 a.m. found a motorcycle with the engine running just outside the perimeter fence. As he searched the grounds for the owner, the officer came upon the idling plane and called SkyWest, Mortenson said.

Road rage leads to Bronco player's arrest in Fla.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a road rage incident in Miami Beach led to the arrest of Denver Broncos defensive tight end Elvis Dumervil. A police report released Monday says the 28-year-old Dumervil and another man, Andy Aguste, were stuck in traffic Saturday evening. It said they got into an argument with another driver, Kristine Ramirez, and the two men displayed weapons. When police arrived Dumervil told them he didn't have a gun. Officers say they found a gun in the car's glove compartment.