News for Monday, July 23, 2012

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Vacation Bible School students assist Love INC with food donation

Students spent the week at The Journey's VBS strengthening their faith and focusing on helping others. Throughout the week, children brought in different items to donate while participating in skits, games, snacks, music, crafts, and learning new topics every day.

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TMH earns top honor from Quorum Health Resources

The Memorial Hospital received high honors from its hospital management company, Quorum Health Resources, earning the distinction of 2012 Best Performing Critical Access Hospital. According to a TMH news release issued last week, the award honored the Craig hospital over 65 other facilities managed by QHR.

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Craig residents, movie fans react to Aurora tragedy

In the days leading up to Friday, Craig resident Shane Hadley was heavily anticipating the release of one of the summer movie season’s biggest events. Like many movie fans, Hadley couldn’t wait to learn the fate of one of the most beloved fictitious characters in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third installment of the Batman trilogy. Once the big day came, he was horrified to learn of an incident that would forever be tied to the saga and leave him and countless others thinking of those who would never get the chance to view the film in its entirety.

Letter: Family thankful for support

To the editor: We want to thank all of Jason's co-workers, the entire staff of St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, the wonderful nurses at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association here, the Flight for Life crew, and all of our friends and family (special thanks to our Denver family) for everyone's thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks.

Letter: Grateful for Miller Family Appliance

To the editor: I would like to praise one of our hometown proprietors, Miller Family Appliance. We have had a rash of breakdowns lately. Chris Miller has come to our rescue every time with honesty, pride in his work and an "I will do all I can" attitude.

Shell to bring Dawson Creek oil well permit back to county

Shell Oil resumes its effort this week to obtain a Routt County permit to drill the Dawson Creek oil well south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Craig youths participate in national football camp

Some local aspiring football players are looking to be at their best for their first season of middle school football. Cole White and Justin Dugan, both 12, will be entering the seventh grade at Craig Middle School this fall, and plan on playing for the school’s football team. For both players, it will be their first foray into organized, 11-man football. Dugan and White have played in the Doak Walker football leagues, which are eight-man teams, before. They decided to get a jump on learning the new game by attending the USA Football Player Academy June 25-28 in Denver.

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LSRV sends 4 players to state hoops games

Playing the final game of a career can often be bittersweet. For four recent graduates of Little Snake River Valley High School, their high school basketball careers were extended by one more game. LSRV had three boys and one girl selected to play in the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star basketball games Saturday. The games pit the top 10 graduated seniors from the Northern Wyoming against the 10 best from Southern Wyoming, with at least one player from each class 1A through 4A being chosen.

Moffat County official pushing for better broadband access

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner has made increased access to secure broadband in Craig and Northwest Colorado a priority for her constituents. Better broadband service would improve nearly every aspect vital to the well being of the community, including education, health care and economic development, Danner said. The idea is to create an information technology environment in Craig and Moffat County that is reliable, redundant and affordable. Though bookended by words everyone can understand, Danner said redundancy sometimes gets lost in translation.

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Fuller Center accepting home applications

The application process to find a low-income family worthy of a new home in Craig begins this week. Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, said applications for a soon-to-be-built 1,714-square foot home at 731 Yampa Ave. would be available beginning Wednesday. Low-income families earning about 125 percent of the national poverty level are eligible to apply, Folks said. Applications may be acquired at Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, 656 School St.; the Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St.; area churches; and Brass Key Realty, 840 W. Victory Way.

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Knez Wildfire flares up over weekend in Moffat County

The Knez Wildfire, which was ignited Friday night by a lightning strike, flared Saturday, burning two more acres about 10 miles south of Craig off Knez Divide Road. The total number of acres burned stands at four. Moffat County resident Robin Hamill said the fire began Friday night on land her family leases from Trapper Mine to raise cattle. On Saturday, she was helping the family install a water line to residences and hunting cabins west of Friday’s wildfire site when she smelled smoke.

Senior Spotlight for July 23, 2012

July is getting closer to the end for this year. I heard someone remark, “If July is this hot, imagine how hot August will be.” I think August will start off like July, and then just be August. The seasons this year have been a mixture of what they usually are and what has been or what follows.

Columbine survivors reach out to theater victims

(AP) — The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre. The blood. The tears. The confusion and the heartache, the elusive search for a reason why. Paralyzed in the Columbine shootings, Anne Marie Hochhalter, now 30, says friends still reach out to alert her to prepare for disturbing images on the news. She got a text message Friday morning when she woke up. Warning, it said. There was another one, this time close to home. "Don't watch news," it said. "mass shooting in aurora." Hochhalter took a deep breath and turned on the TV. "My heart just fell," Hochhalter said Sunday. "It brought back a lot — flashbacks from that day. At the time, I was so hurt I wasn't watching the news, you know, watching it like other people were. But this time, I was right there, seeing it all."

Broncos visit Colo. shooting victims in hospital

(AP) — A half dozen Denver Broncos visited with survivors of the Colorado theater shooting on Sunday to try to lift their spirits. The group visited with five patients at the Medical Center of Aurora and also met with the emergency room staff that provided the initial treatment Friday morning for many of the shooting victims of the massacre at a suburban Denver movie theater that left 12 dead, 58 injured and a nation in sorrow. "What we were trying to do was go in there, show support and try to put a smile on these peoples' faces. But the thing is, they put a smile on our faces," linebacker Joe Mays said. "They had such positive attitudes. They knew they were blessed to live and they knew they were going to have another chance to walk about with their families."

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5 minutes with Steve Herman, 54, broker at RE/MAX

Where is your hometown? “I’m from the Front Range, originally. I was born and raised in Denver.” When did you move to Craig? “I’ve been here for about 23 years. I had an elk ranch for 20 years on County Road 15, and I had a business, Great Divide Cleaning. I did both of those for many, many years, and then decided to sell the ranch, move closer to town.” Motto or outlook on life? “I feel very strongly that it’s not what I do, it’s who I am as a Christian, and I try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated. I’m very involved in my church, and I try to live my life according to scripture and in a way the lord would be proud of.” When did you first get started in your job? “About six years ago. That’s when I first got into real estate.”

Colo. man finds fishing niche making own lures

(AP) — While many around the valley have mastered the art of fly-tying, Bucky Moser has taken fishing lure creation to another level. Growing up in Carbondale, Moser, 42, spent most of his younger years fly fishing and tying files. He even served on the local board for Trout Unlimited for a time. "I spent the better part of my younger and middle life tying flies and fishing trout," Moser said. "I developed a knack for finding good patterns and colors from tying the flies." But like anything perfected in youth, Moser's tastes began to evolve. His focus went away from trout fishing and morphed into a passion for bass fishing.

Michael Johnston: Love in the face of hate

On Friday, 4 million Coloradans went to work and played football in their front yard; strangers opened doors for each other; and people gave blood, offered shelter, served hot meals, held grandkids, played pick-up basketball and committed unnumbered acts of kindness and gentleness. One Coloradan dressed up like a villain and believed that by showing up at the site of America’s mythical hero, he could slay our actual heroes. It’s true there was no Batman sitting in the theater to fly down and tackle this killer, as he hoped there might be. He had tactical assault gear covering his whole body, ready for America to fight back. But love is more organized than that. Love has cellphones and ambulances, nurses and doctors, complete strangers and policemen and emergency responders always at the ready. Love has nurses who will jump out of bed in the middle of the night and get family members to watch their children so they can rush to the hospital and save the life of someone they’ve never met. Love has first responders who will walk into a booby-trapped building to save the lives of neighbors they will never meet.

Business Beat: Insurance agent finalist for national honor

Not everyone is able to put into words their level of commitment to a job well done, but a well-articulated piece of writing can work wonders. Even still, having the actions to back up the eloquence is just as important. Debbie Montgomery proved she had both tools at her disposal by taking home the 2012 Outstanding CSR (Customer Service Representative) award for the state of Colorado from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Montgomery, a commercial lines account executive for Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way, received the honor of a certificate of achievement in June.

Government Update for July 23, 2012

Government Update for July 23, 2012

Briefs for July 23, 2012: Viz-Abilities meets today in Craig

Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities, a group that helps people with low vision, meets at 1:30 p.m. today in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. For more information, call 826-0833.