News for Friday, June 1, 2012



On the Record for June 1, 2012

On the Record for June 1, 2012

Retired priest appears in court on sex charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest has been formally charged with sexually assaulting a child. The Gazette reports ( ) Charles Robert Manning appeared in court in Colorado Springs on Thursday. He is charged with three counts of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Details of the allegations haven't been disclosed. Lawyers for both sides declined to comment outside the courtroom. Manning, formerly of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, was placed on leave in January. He retired a month later. His attorney Richard Bednarski says Manning now lives in a home for retired priests in suburban St. Louis.

Famed tax evader Doug Bruce finishes jail term

One of Colorado's best known anti-tax crusaders has been released from a Denver jail after serving time for tax evasion. Douglas Bruce was released early because of good behavior as a trusty in the jail's laundry. Bruce served 103 days of a 180-day sentence. The Denver Post reports Bruce served his time in a low-security dorm of 40 to 50 inmates ( He was sentenced in February after being convicted for evading state income taxes, filing a false return and failing to file tax returns between 2005 and 2010. He still disputes his conviction, telling KCNC-TV in Denver ( ) he did nothing wrong.

Katie Grobe: In life, the only constant is change

Change is a part of life. We change jobs, homes, interests, and some of us even change towns, fairly often. Change is something we can seek out or something that can be thrust upon us. Changes can be as large as relocating across the globe or as small as substituting oatmeal for cold cereal each morning. Accepting change can be a real challenge for some of us, and even a slight hiccup in our daily schedules can make things quite difficult.

Briefs for June 1: Variety show set for today

A monthly variety show is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The event features performers from around Northwest Colorado. For more information, call 824-4791.

Letter: Thanks to the Moe's for Romney's visit

Wow. Mitt Romney, here in Moffat County, Craig, Colo. Wow. His meeting with the local business people, mining industry folks, Moffat County and Craig elected officials and listening to what they had to say. His making a public appearance and speaking to the gathered masses of folks from all over Moffat County and surrounding towns. People who wanted (and waited) to see him and possibly meet him.

Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee

Snigdha Nandipati heard a few words she didn't know during the National Spelling Bee, but never when she stepped to the microphone. Calm and collected throughout, the 14-year-old from San Diego spelled "guetapens," a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap, to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. She beat out eight other finalists in the nerve-wracking, brain-busting competition. After she spelled the word, she looked from side to side, as if unsure her accomplishment was real, and, oddly, she was not immediately announced as the winner. Applause built slowly, and a few pieces of confetti trickled out before showering her. Then her 10-year-old brother ran on stage and embraced her, and she beamed. "I knew it. I'd seen it before," Nandipati said of the winning word. "I just wanted to ask everything I could before I started spelling."

Sports Briefs for June 1: Sea Sharks kick off 2012 season today in Rangely

The Craig Sea Sharks will compete in the first meet of the 2012 summer season today and Saturday at the Rangely Recreation Center, 611 S. Stanolind Ave. About 35 young athletes from ages 5 to 18 will be competing, including some swimmers from beyond the Craig area such as Baggs, Wyo. The team recently underwent its first full of week of practices at the Craig Pool Complex, with sessions from 7 to 9 a.m. Sea Sharks teaches skills in the water and lets participants get a feel for the sport of competitive swimming, according to coach Meghan Francone. Meets are scheduled for later in the summer in Craig, Grand Junction and Aspen, among other locations.

Letter: Denver Post's coverage unprofessional

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but after reading Sara Burnett's article in Wednesday's Denver Post, I'm compelled to write. How lucky we are in Craig to get unbiased reporting on local political events. Burnett's article was filled with omissions and nonfactual statements about Mitt Romney's trip to Craig. She stated that attendance was only 500 people, that we have not been affected much by the present administration's policies on coal and energy, and neglected to mention the oil and gas industry and the effect that present policies have had.

Editorial: Patriotism at the park

The following quote seems a fitting one to recite today, given recent events in Craig and Moffat County: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has," said Margaret Mead, a late American cultural anthropologist. It's much too early to say whether Craig and Moffat County, a small community no more than a blip on the electoral map, will have influenced any sort of meaningful change on the national political landscape stemming from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit Tuesday to downtown Craig.

TMH tobacco-free policy revised

A policy that prohibits smoking on The Memorial Hospital grounds is still set to go into effect next month, but with a few changes. Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence, presented an amended policy to the hospital board Thursday night that eliminates elements staff members found “troublesome,” she said. Changes included removing a provision that directed staff members to call law enforcement if visitors or patients refused to comply with the policy. The amended document, which will require board re-approval, also provides employees with nicotine patches, gum and other smoking cessation tools for a limited time after the policy goes into effect July 1.

CNCC Board to vote on land transfer Thursday

A vote is one of the few items left before the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board can break ground on a proposed new training facility. The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board is scheduled to consider a land transfer with the fire district during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 255 at CNCC’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. If the board approves the transfer, the facility could be finished before the snow flies. “Ideally, if everything works out right, we should see that thing built by the fall,” said Byron Willems, Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board president. “But if anything goes wrong, then it may be next spring.”

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Romney visit cost city $25K

A week ago, Craig city officials began receiving phone calls seeking assistance with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's scheduled campaign visit to the city. Romney appeared Tuesday before an estimated 2,000 people at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, the first time a presidential candidate has campaigned in Moffat County. On Thursday, city officials said the multi-agency effort to host and staff the campaign rally went off without a hitch. There were no arrests made during the event. “I saw Secret Service kick one kid out of a tree he climbed across the street,” Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said. “That was about the extent of it, and I think the community can take a lot of pride in how it responded to the event.”