News for Friday, July 20, 2012



Agencies battling wildfire near Trapper Mine

A lightning strike has sparked a wildfire on private property near Knez Divide and Trapper Mine south of Craig, according to a recent fire page. Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, along with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston is working the scene as incident commander.

On the Record for July 20, 2012

On the Record for July 20, 2012

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MCHS boys basketball team hangs tough with bigger schools at camp

Moffat County High School boys basketball players closed out a successful summer of play last week during a camp at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The team finished 14-11 in summer league games against teams from Northwest Colorado and southwest Wyoming. Next, the team got to test itself against new competition at a team camp in Grand Junction. Against a variety of schools, including 5A schools from Colorado and Utah, the Bulldogs finished 5-5 and took second place in the tournament that closed the camp. Head coach Eric Hamilton was pleased with the way his players performed. Last season, Hamilton's first with MCHS, the Bulldogs finished 6-15, sixth place in the Western Slope League.

Former state rep: Repealing newspaper theft law 'ill conceived'

Sometimes, when you see something that is wrong, you know you need to do something about it. Nine years ago, I was serving as the state representative in District 56, representing the people of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties in the Colorado House of Representatives. Someone was upset about something written in one of the free distribution newspapers in my district and decided the best way to stop everyone else in town from seeing it would be to steal all the newspapers. The theft of those newspapers was damaging to virtually all of my constituents.

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Meeker Hotel a home away from home for hunters

Presidents, movie stars, Western outlaws, even an otherworldly spirit or two. One area hotel lays claim to housing them all, and after 126 years in business the Northwest Colorado establishment still brings in crowds in droves. With its blend of turn-of the-century aesthetics and modern-day creature comforts, The Meeker Hotel provides an ideal getaway for hunters and tourists from out-of-state as well as within. Founded in 1886 by pioneer Susan C. Wright and partner Charlie Dunbar, an adobe building that served as housing for soldiers in the area was passed onto Wright’s brother, R.S. Ball, after her death in 1893.

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Craig fire board’s project moves forward

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board is on schedule to build a live fire training simulator before the end of the year on Industrial Avenue, behind Kmart. The fire protection district owns the property. On Thursday, fire board president Byron Willems updated fire department staff on the progress of the project. He reported that he attended the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday, when a 55-foot height variance for the tower was approved, 5-0. But the approval did not come without public comment and a longer than anticipated discussion about the project.

Briefs for July 20, 2012: TGIF lunch mixer scheduled

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is sponsoring a TGIF Lunch Mixer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. Attendees can check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit. RSVP by calling (970) 824-5689 or emailing

$24M in restoration work needed at High Park Fire

(AP) — A report on impacts from the High Park Fire in northern Colorado recommends an estimated $24 million in work to restore burned areas. Some work could qualify for federal funds, but it's not yet clear who will provide the rest. The report released Thursday was by a Burned Area Emergency Response team of federal, state and local specialists. The wildfire started June 9 and was contained after burning about 136 square miles, including about 9 square miles that burned at a high severity, but about 22 square miles within the fire perimeter were unburned, the team said. The fire damaged 259 homes and killed one person.

Peyton Manning's comeback begins in Denver

(AP) — It'll take some getting used to, seeing Peyton Manning with the orange-maned mustang on his helmet instead of the blue-on-white horseshoe. The four-time MVP is making a comeback in the city defined by them thanks to another iconic quarterback. When John Elway decided to go after the biggest free agent prize in NFL history, the Denver Broncos' brassy boss was first in line to make his pitch. Then Elway gave Manning some space, figuring he'd appreciate not being pestered with follow-up calls. It was a sign of respect from one superstar quarterback to another as Elway sat back and watched Manning meet with his other suitors and decide where he'd begin his comeback from a lost 2011 season.

Report: Ohio wildlife officers hunted deer on duty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio wildlife officer has been placed on unpaid leave after state investigators found that he and two other officers in the southwestern part of the state hunted deer while on the job. A Thursday report by the state inspector general accuses field supervisor David Warner of hunting while on duty in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The watchdog's review also accuses wildlife officer Matthew Roberts of hunting while on duty during the 2010 deer gun season. Wildlife officers are tasked with enforcing state hunting and fishing laws.

Sports Briefs for July 20, 2012: Ladies take over YVGC during Silver Bullet

The Yampa Valley Golf Course hosted the 26th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic Tournament last Friday and Saturday. 65 women played the 36-hole tournament, divided into four flights. Kim Eaton won the championship by nine strokes, shooting a 36-hole total of 143. Sue Utzinger won the first flight by two strokes over Penny Sykes by shooting 169. In the second flight, Vicki Riley posted the low score of 183, winning by seven strokes.