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On the Record for July 27, 2012

On the Record for July 27, 2012

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Holiday Inn part of online auction

$3.05 million bid fails to meet owner reserve price

The Holiday Inn of Craig, which has been a mainstay at 300 S. Colorado Highway 13 in Craig since 1981, was put up for auction earlier this week. The online sale attracted “two or three” active bidders from the region and fetched a high bid of $3,050,000 when the auction closed about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to www.auction.com. The identity of the high bidder was not made public Thursday afternoon and is not likely to be released anytime soon, said listing agent Melvin Chu, hotel investment sales associate with Jones Lang LaSalle’s San Francisco office. The reason, Chu said, is because the high bidder failed to meet the owner’s reserve price.

Sandusky shower abuse accuser to sue Penn State

For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university. The man's lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered "overwhelming evidence" on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years. Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of Mike McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant and described seeing the attack. "Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky's childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him," the lawyers said in a news release.

Box turtle study first of its kind in Colorado

Armed with an antennae and the confidence that comes from traversing the same piece of land over and over, Graham Dawson glides like a coyote along hills covered in sandy soil and scrubby plants on a Kersey ranch. Dawson, a biology student at Skidmore College in New York, and two other interns were on the prowl Monday morning for Chloe, one of 10 ornate box turtles being tracked by the Colorado Reptile Humane Society of Longmont as part of a study in its fifth year. All of the turtles carry transmitters and have three-letter names such as JLX, but they've grown attached to KLO and renamed her Chloe. Jason Martin, one of the three interns who attends Colorado State University, calls her his favorite. The box turtle study is the first of its kind in Colorado, and the goal isn't surprising: It's to learn about their Colorado lifestyle, including what they eat and when they mate, given that Colorado's climate is much different than, say, Nebraska, where other studies have taken place. But it's also confirmation of what they've already known, including just how far a box turtle travels in its lifetime.

Rockies visit survivors of theater shootings

Several Colorado Rockies players are showing their support for people wounded in the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora last week.

YVEA Board fills 2 vacancies

The Yampa Valley Electric Association Board filled two vacant seats this week, the board announced in a news release. The board appointed Frank Roitsch, of Hayden, to represent the members of District 5, and Glynda Sheehan, of Slater, to represent the members of District 1.

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Education group schedules second summer running event

Chris Jones has had a motto for the spring and summer months: “Healthy students are better learners." Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education president, has stressed that exercising also helps children in the classroom, and has used this belief as a reason to organize a series of 5K races in Craig. FMCE hosted a 5K during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous weekend earlier this summer, with more than 100 participants. The event’s success prompted Jones and the local nonprofit education group to plan more races.

New Hibbett store bringing 8 jobs to Craig

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., an Alabama-based sporting goods company opening a retail location on the west side of Craig, announced in a news release this week the new store will employ approximately eight full- and part-time employees after it opens. “We're thrilled to be opening a new store in Craig,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, in the release. “People in Craig take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for.” Hibbett Sporting Goods operates more than 800 full-line sporting goods stores, most of them located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The company’s primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-feet store located in dominant strip centers and enclosed malls, according to the release.

Briefs for July 27: Community movie night screening 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host a free movie night at 9 p.m. Saturday at the north end of Veterans Memorial Park, also known as Craig City Park. The organization will screen "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." Popcorn and snow cones will be sold.

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Oil refinery waste suspected in Craig

CDPHE: Texaco potential source of soil, water contamination

Some of Craig’s hotels, businesses and residences may be sitting atop contaminated soils and ground water reserves from an oil refinery abandoned more than 65 years ago. City of Craig and Moffat County employees were recently made aware of the potential soil and groundwater contamination on the west side of Craig by representatives of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Among some of the suspected soil contaminants in unknown volumes are sludge, oily waste, solvents, pesticides, organic and inorganic chemicals, acids, bases, and heavy metals, according to a July 16 Department of Public Health and Environment report. Elevated levels of arsenic, lead, chromium and zinc — in volumes exceeding Colorado Basic Standards for Groundwater — also are suspected in some of Craig’s surface and shallow groundwater reserves.