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Sea Sharks swimmers deliver at state, regional competitions

With the summer swimming season winding down, members of the Craig Sea Sharks are finishing up a fabulous season. The Sea Sharks, often-outnumbered in many of the team-scoring meets they participated in this summer, have now been able to show off their individual talents at regional and state swim meets, where team scores do not matter. Matt Hulstine, 18, swam in the USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series in Gresham, Ore. last week. The Speedo Series made 19 stops across the country in 2012 and features some of the top talent in the U.S. “There were a lot of college swimmers and Olympic Trials qualifiers there, who obviously didn’t quite make it to the Olympics,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “It was very fun to see a lot of those people there.”

MCTA to unveil brand platform, logo

Results from work over the last year and a half will be revealed Tuesday night when the Moffat County Tourism Association and Edwards-based marketing firm Hill Aevium unveil a new county branding platform and logo.

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FCC, CenturyLink partnership provides rural broadband funding

Last week the Federal Communications Commission announced a public/private partnership with CenturyLink to extend broadband Internet access to rural Coloradans. The announcement was made last Thursday through the FCC’s Connect America Fund, which is allocating $6 million to assist CenturyLink in providing greater broadband access to more than 8,100 Colorado locations. CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest communications company, is expected to bring broadband Internet access to more than 21,000 residents as a result of the partnership. Following the announcement Colorado Democrat Sen. Mark Udall called the partnership an important first step for Colorado businesses.

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2012 Moffat County Fair schedule

The Moffat County Fair kicks off this week, with many of the larger events taking place the following week. Below is a schedule of events for the fair. Please note, all events take place at various locations in the Moffat County Fairgrounds, which are noted after the event description.

Steamboat's Worsley ready for 2nd Olympic event

On the heels of his first Olympic experience in London, Blake Worsley hopes his swim Tuesday can prolong his stay in the world’s sporting spotlight.

On the Record for July 30, 2012

On the Record for July 30, 2012

Letter: Concealed carry proven to reduce crime, violence

To the editor: Tears fill her eyes as the woman highlighted in the news on Denver’s FOX TV channel says, "It could happen to any one of us, at any time, at any place." That’s the public delusion fostered by virtually all television stations, including the Denver channels, since reporting began on the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora. Only a few admirable news personalities dared refute this collective fantasy with facts. Evaluation of data over the course of 20-plus years irrefutably shows odds of a mass shooting rise exponentially in places where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from carrying guns for self defense, namely "no gun" zones. Hundreds of court transcripts confirm the statistical records.

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Down and Dirty: Mud Splash volleyball attracts a crowd Saturday in Craig

With the summer Olympics in London underway, beach volleyball will be on televisions across the world over the next few weeks. Saturday in Craig, a crowd came out to play a very different form of outdoor volleyball. Around 100 residents showed up to play in mud pits during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament. The double elimination tournament, hosted at Loudy-Simpson Park west of the soccer fields, consisted of ten teams, many of which had been to past Mud Splash tournaments, according to Christina Oxley, Executive Director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center. “Most of these teams have been here year after year,” Oxley said. “We get some real die-hards so they know how it goes. You see everybody has their feet taped and brought coolers and the tents. They know the drill. You can’t go wrong.”

Outward Bound program focuses on grieving teens

Jason Stout remembers his mom sobbing on the phone when the sheriff's department called to tell his family his great-grandmother had been murdered, found shot in the head along a rural county road in Colorado. He was only 7 years old at the time. Three years before the murder, his 5-year-old sister died of complications of a brain disorder, and in a matter of a few more years, his father would be dead of a heart attack at 42. "I had a ton of nightmares. I was just so frightened of people I love dying," said Stout, now 41. "We're vulnerable in this world, and we're not always supposed to be finding that out at 7 years old." After turning to fighting and alcohol to cope with his grief during his teenage years — and suffering through bouts of depression and anxiety attacks into his 20s — it took an Outward Bound trek through northern Mexico's barren Chihuahuan Desert for him to begin to heal. Sitting by himself, surrounded by only the sand below and the stars above, Stout said he found peace that he had never experienced before, and from then on, he began "self-medicating" with nature.

Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad

Two tech titans will square off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets. Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year alleging the world's largest technology company's smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The Cupertino-based company is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date. Samsung counters that Apple is doing the stealing and that some of the technology at issue — such as the rounded rectangular designs of smartphones and tablets — has been industry standards for years. The U.S. trial is just the latest skirmish between the two over product designs. A similar trial began last week, and the two companies have been fighting in courts in the United Kingdom and Germany. The case is one of some 50 lawsuits among myriad telecommunications companies jockeying for position in the burgeoning $219 billion market for smartphones and computer tablets.

Colo. theater lacked security, unlike some peers

The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." It's impossible to know whether guards — often off-duty police officers — at the Aurora Century 16 would have spotted the suspected gunman, James Holmes, and thwarted the attack that left 12 moviegoers dead and dozens wounded on July 20. Officers hired as guards are generally armed and usually spend their time roaming the complex, checking bags or dealing with minor disputes. Cinemark provided off-duty police guards at the Aurora theater on busy Friday and Saturday nights. As for other nights of the week, theater operators decide on a case-by-case basis whether to hire security, depending on the likelihood of trouble. The attack came early Friday, shortly after the midnight screening of the Batman film began.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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All-American wrestler leads camp at MCHS

The push to bring wrestling back to prominence in Moffat County is in full force, and has included help from top talent. Earlier in the summer, Joe LeBlanc, an All-American wrestler from the University of Wyoming, instructed young grapplers from around the area at Hayden High School. On Saturday, another All-American wrestler was showing Moffat County wrestlers how things are done on the mat. Tanner Linsacum, a two-time All-American and national champion wrestler during his career at the University of Northern Colorado, came to Moffat County High School to lead the Moffat County Youth Wrestling Camp.

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Rescheduled races at Thunder Ridge part of a successful night

Gregg Kolbaba said he had some good luck — finally. The owner of Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park has battled dry conditions all summer in trying to keep his dirt track in good shape for racing. When rain finally came, it was too much and came at the wrong time for Thunder Ridge, which had to cancel races July 14 due to a waterlogged track. On Saturday night, Kolbaba was able to make up those missed races.

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Bulldog Sports for July 30, 2012

Bulldog Sports for July 30, 2012.

Moffat County real estate transactions for June

Moffat County Real Estate transactions for June, 2012.

Local salons merge with new location

A few alterations to your look can do wonders for your state of mind. If that’s the case for one person, imagine how much of an improvement some variations would do for an entire business. The current site of ChangeZ Salon, 239 E. Victory Way, represents the culmination of two popular Craig businesses in one flashy new location. Jackie Roberts, former owner of beauty salon The Hair Loft, and Nancy Lee and Ruth Anne Greenwood, former owners of Tranzformations Salon, first joined earlier this year, moving into a space on Yampa Avenue.

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‘Git ‘er done’: Five 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.”

Senior Spotlight for July 30, 2012

As August approaches so does the changing of seasons in many ways. The thought of school starting enters the minds of many, and along with that goes last-minute mini vacations, fishing and camping trips. It seems we are trying to squeeze as much out of these last four weeks as possible. There is also the prospect of the Moffat County Fair fast approaching and last-minute checks by those entering to make sure all is in order.

Briefs for July 30: Moffat Family Clinic offering free sports exams

Moffat Family Clinic, 600 Russell St., is offering free sports physicals for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School students through Tuesday. Call 824-3252 to schedule an appointment.

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New Moffat County extension agent excited to assist local 4-H programs, ranchers

J.D. Sexton has been around the ranching lifestyle for years. “I’ve just been part of the livestock industry my whole life,” the Laporte native said. “As a youth I was able to be part of 4-H and showed livestock competitively. It’s just been kind of a family thing. My grandfather was actually the extension agent for Larimer County and Fort Collins.” Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Sexton began work June 18 as Colorado State University’s Moffat County Extension and 4-H youth agent. Though daily responsibilities vary, he said a big part of the job involves helping local 4-H programs, in which he said he is “a huge believer.”