News for Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Defense: Shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist

The former graduate student accused in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, the first indication that he may have sought help before the rampage that killed 12 people and wounded 58. Attorneys for James Holmes, 24, made the disclosure in a court motion Friday as they sought to discover the source of leaks to some media outlets that he sent the psychiatrist a package containing a notebook with descriptions of an attack. The motion said the leaks jeopardized Holmes' right to a fair trial and violated a judge's gag order. Holmes' lawyers added that the package contained communications between Holmes and his psychiatrist that should be shielded from public view. The document describes Holmes as a "psychiatric patient" of Dr. Lynne Fenton.

Marco Scutaro traded after Rockies' latest loss

Moments after another defeat for Colorado, second baseman Marco Scutaro learned he was the latest player headed out of town. The Rockies traded Scutaro and cash to the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants for minor league infielder Charlie Culberson following a 3-0 loss to streaking Cincinnati on Friday night. "It's a business and I get to go to a first-place team," Scutaro said. "It's kind of nice because all the work you put in in the offseason is to try and get a chance to play in the playoffs. I think I'm going to have that kind of opportunity with that team." It was the second significant deal the Rockies have completed leading up to Tuesday's trade deadline. Last Friday, they sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals for Jonathan Sanchez in a swap of struggling pitchers.

Both Koreas mark 59th anniversary of war armistice

Elderly North Korean veterans pledged loyalty to their 20-something leader in Pyongyang during Korean War armistice commemorations Friday that were being closely watched after Kim Jong Un reshuffled the military and revealed he's married. Over the last two weeks, Kim has taken on the title of marshal and replaced his army chief — once a key mentor. Both moves were seen as an effort to build loyalty among the million-man armed forces and solidify his credentials as commander. North Korea also revealed Wednesday that the stylish woman at Kim's side in some public appearances this month is his wife. Images of her walking with Kim were choreographed to show the leader as modern, mature and down-to-earth, analysts said, and contrast sharply to his intensely private father, Kim Jong Il, who ruled for 17 years before his death in December.

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Golf course grounds crew dealing with dry weather

Like most of Moffat County, the Yampa Valley Golf Course has been forced to deal with the historically dry weather. YVGC Grounds Superintendent Tim Boyle says this is the driest golfing season he’s seen in his four years at the course. As a result, Boyle said the grounds keeping crew has been “watering like crazy” this spring and summer. “We turned on the irrigation March 15 this year and that’s at least two weeks earlier than I’ve ever done it before,” Boyle said. “We’ve been hand-watering greens ever since. It’s been a struggle to get water down.” The golf course has been adversely affected by the lack of precipitation going back to last winter.

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LSRV football team preparing for run at 3-peat

Little Snake River Valley High School is the two-time defending state champion in Wyoming 1A six-man football, and the team expects to continue its undefeated run. Mike Bates thinks there’s a strong possibility that could happen. The Rattlers head coach thinks his team this year has a chance to be his best ever, with nine players returning from last year’s state champion group as seniors. To prepare themselves for the upcoming season, the Rattlers attended a four-day camp in June in Hayden, where they played eight-man and six-man scrimmages against other teams from Colorado and Wyoming.

Something for everyone: Enjoying the Moffat County Fair

What do you enjoy about a county fair? For a child, the hit of a fair might be petting the rabbits and ducks, sharing a Popsicle with a lamb, and playing in the water and mud around the cattle wash rack. Adults enjoy the judging competitions, checking out the judged exhibits, and visiting with neighbors. Fairgoers of every age look forward to cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot dogs. The 2012 Moffat County Fair offers all of this, and more.

Over a Cup: Turkey burgers in time for grilling season

Last week, my sister Darlene Blackford, from Rocky Ford, sent me some pictures of her hen Buffy with two cute, newly-hatched black and white speckled chicks. She also sent two recipes. The first recipe is one she’s been telling me about for awhile now. It’s for turkey burgers, just in time for the grilling season. To make “Really Good Turkey Burgers,” you'll need the following ingredients:

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Connections 4 Kids issues annual report

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, recently issued its annual report for the timeframe of July 2011 to June 2012. The report details numerous efforts the organization has made on behalf of youth. “It’s a way to give our stakeholders in the community an overview of the projects that we’ve done and a quick look at our work,” C4K Coordinator Michelle Balleck said. “It’s not just for people who are involved with the council now but those who might be in the future.” Among the programs implemented by C4K in the last year is Cavity-Free at Three, a three-year statewide effort to prevent oral disease in young children.

Letter: Thank you to the Journey at First Baptist

This is for the members and Vacation Bible School attendees of The Journey at First Baptist Church, Lutheran Church of Grace, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Michael Catholic Church, Friendship United Methodist Church, and First Congregational United Church of Christ. A great big thank you for the soup mixes and other food and personal need items collected during your recent Vacation Bible School events. God's timing, as always, is so perfect. Love INC had just sent needed food and personal need items to help the Dinosaur community which left our pantry shelves alarmingly empty.

State officials talk strategy after drought tour

Colorado may implement Stage 3 drought plan for agriculture

Three days after examining drought conditions in the Yampa Valley, state officials said Friday plans are in place to up the drought plan from Stage 2 to Stage 3. Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi, drought and climate change technical specialist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s drought tour, said officials took a lot of valuable information away from local ranchers and plan to discuss their recommendation to increase the state drought plan to Stage 3 with Gov. John Hickenlooper soon. Colorado’s drought plan features three stages, one monitoring phase and two response phases, Hutchins-Cabibi said.

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Craig Farmers Market: A place with something for everyone

Jars of salsa, freshly grown produce, handcrafted knick-knacks. If you can grow it or make it, the Craig Farmers Market wants you. The Farmers Market is in the middle of its high point during the summer months, as patrons turn out Thursday afternoons at its downtown location in Alice Pleasant Park to check out local and regional products. Offering everything from produce like Palisade peaches and Olathe sweet corn to meals like homemade burritos to crocheted clothing items, area growers and artisans always have something new to offer.

Briefs for July 28: Union meeting slated for Sunday

Local United Mine Workers No. 1799 will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. For more information, call Fran Lux at 824-4134.

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New steakhouse eyes Aug. 6 opening date

Two weeks ago, restaurant patrons learned Casa Loya had closed its doors. But, it seems the local business community abhors a vacuum. The closure paved the way for the Double Barrel Steakhouse to move from Hayden to Craig. Since the announcement, local residents have asked Double Barrel Steakhouse owners Pat and Ann Marie Roberts the same question.