News for Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Lightning ignites Knez Fire near Craig

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to a wildfire burning 10 miles south of Craig. The Knez Wildfire, located on private property off the Knez Divide Road, was ignited by a lightning strike, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Two dozers from nearby Trapper Mine also responded to the scene to construct fire breaks. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston was serving as incident commander.

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Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient

Hero is a word often used to describe the late William E. Adams, a Craig native and U.S. Army major. But his son, U.S. Marine Corps Col. John Adams, chose another word to describe his father — humble. “He’d probably try to tell you there were a lot of other brave soldiers who did a lot of brave things,” Col. Adams said. “I’m feeling very honored, our whole family feels honored.” On Friday, Col. Adams joined his mother, Sandra, and sister, Jeanne Wayne, for a ceremony dedicating the Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic, 785 Russell St., in Maj. William E. Adams’ memory.

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Friends of Library continuing with book sale, adds snacks to offerings in Moffat County

Residents searching for a fresh read, a quick snack or a cold drink on a hot day need look no further than the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. Larona McPherson, a library assistant in Craig, said Friday the local branch located at 570 Green St. is continuing its annual used book sale. The sale is supported by the Friends of the Library. “The used book sale itself has been going on for more years than I can remember,” McPherson said. “We just want to remind everybody that the book sale is still going on.”

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Annual Relay for Life brings hope to Craig

The 2012 Craig Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, kicked off to high spirits from its survivors, co-survivors and other participants. The Relay, which began Friday at 6 p.m. and concluded this morning at 8 a.m., was the 13th to take place in Craig, and attracted over 200 participants according to the event’s website. The overnight relay, which celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and raises money for research, took place on the Moffat County High School track. As of Friday evening, the Craig Relay had raised over $8,500, but was expecting more money based on donations during the event as well as receiving money from more sponsors, according to Sarah Blakeslee, Relay community relations manager.

Pomeranz struggles as Rockies fall to Padres 9-5

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz's inability to loosen up in the bullpen before his start Friday night was a sign of things to come. Pomeranz (1-5) allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits over three innings and the San Diego Padres hit three home runs to power past the Rockies 9-5 in the opener of a three-game series. Carlos Gonzalez hit his second career grand slam for the Rockies, who have lost five of six. "I was throwing 88 (mph) inside to people tonight and they were hitting it," Pomeranz said. "I never got loose from the bullpen. I was throwing 93 to 95 in my other recent games. I have to figure out what was going on right now."

Names of victims emerge in Colo. theater rampage

(AP) — This was to be a weekend full of fun for Alex Sullivan: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" and then celebrate his first wedding anniversary on Sunday. Instead, Sullivan's family confirmed late Friday that he was among those killed in a deadly shooting rampage in suburban Denver. He was in the crowded theater when a gunman barged in at the beginning of the movie, set off a gas canister and began firing as spectators dove for cover. "He was a very, very good young man," said Sullivan's uncle, Joe Loewenguth. "He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart." Micayla Medek, 23, was also among the dead, her father's cousin, Anita Busch, told the Associated Press.

'Goat man' spotted in mountains of northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called "goat man" is unaware of the dangers. "My very first concern is the person doesn't understand the risks," Douglass said. "Who's to say what could happen." Douglass said a man hiking Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of real goats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered.

Sports Briefs for July 21, 2012: Club swim team begins postseason

he Craig Sea Sharks are racing at the Western Slope League Championships this weekend at Colorado Mesa University. It is the youth swimming team’s league meet. The WSL consists of 18 club swimming teams in Colorado, including the Steamboat Springs Swim Team and Rangely Hurricanes. The WSL swim meet is the first postseason meet for the summer season. Swimmers had to qualify in each event by meeting time standards. The Sea Sharks had 14 swimmers qualify for the WSL meet.

Briefs for July 21, 2012: County to begin chip seal project

The Moffat County Road Department will be starting a chip seal project Tuesday. The project ends Aug. 1. The project will take place on the following roads: Moffat County Road 7/183; Moffat County Road 184 (Golf Course Road will be closed until noon July 30); Moffat County Road 33N; Mack Lane; Stock Drive; East Victory Way; and Country Lane. There will be traffic delays while crews put down chips and oil. For more information, call the road department at 824-3211.

Denver Post Editorial: Grieving again

For the second time in little more than a decade, metro Denver has been convulsed by a mass murder of calculated and methodical viciousness, an act so pointless and incomprehensible that it leaves us all shaken and bewildered. As was the case in 1999 with Columbine, our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the dead victims at the Aurora theater shootings — many of whom, tragically, were young — as well as to those who survived but who remain in local hospitals. It is too early to read lessons into Friday morning’s brutal attack. We don’t know enough yet about the apparent perpetrator — his mental state, his motives and purpose — to say whether he had dropped signs along the way and might have been thwarted. But as recent history has shown, killers willing to forfeit their own lives — or at least their freedom — are extremely hard to stop unless they make a clumsy mistake in the run-up to the crime. It is probably safe to say this much about the killer, though: He obviously planned the massacre in such a way as to evoke the maximum amount of publicity. His theatrical final entrance to “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as the phony, flashy machismo involved — indeed, the entire life-imitating-art scenario that the shooter choreographed — all point to someone shouting for the public’s attention. If it weren’t part of our job as journalists, we’d hesitate even to mention his name and thereby ratify his intentions.