News for Monday, June 4, 2012



Aggressive black bear killed in Dinosaur’s Gates of Lodore campground

An aggressive black bear that officials report had become accustomed human food as well as people was shot and killed by Dinosaur National Monument staff in the park’s Gates of Lodore campground on May 27, the U.S. National Park Service reported in a news release. According to the release, the male bear first surfaced in the campground late last summer and immediately demonstrated no fear of people, posing a threat to the safety of park visitors. The bear reportedly took food from campsites and the Green River boat launch while park visitors tried to scare it away. It even approached and touched campers sleeping on the sandbar near the river.

Crews bring fire near Utah border under control

PARADOX (AP) — A fire that burned nearly 9 square miles of rugged terrain north of Paradox near the Utah border is under control. Firefighters are preparing to begin mopping up hot spots Monday on the fire, which was reported May 25 and is believed to be human-caused.

On the Record for June 4, 2012

On the Record for June 4, 2012

Moffat County School Board special meeting agenda for June 7

Moffat County School Board special meeting agenda for June 7

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Moffat County business owners share concerns Monday with Romney campaign

Anson Excavating & Pipe Inc. could once land jobs totaling $500,000 to $1 million or more, co-owner Mike Anson said. But that was before a recession undermined the economy and, by extension, consumers’ faith in it. Now, his biggest jobs usually top out at around $200,000, he said, or only 20 percent of what he once made in better days. “There’s a lot of uncertainty out there in the world,” he said during a media conference call with the campaign for Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney. “We just can’t get anybody to spend any money.” He and Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet, were invited to give the campaign a boots-on-the-ground view of the challenges facing small business owners. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., joined them in the call, directing criticisms at President Barack Obama.

Bulldog Sports for June 4

Today 5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Tuesday 4:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation girls softball tournament plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Man-made dens used to rehabilitate bear cubs

Wildlife officials say four orphaned black bear cubs that were placed in man-made dens have awoken from their slumber and are roaming the Colorado mountains. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras says the bears were placed in two dens — one north of Silverthorne and one on the Grand Mesa — in February. They awoke in March. The Summit Daily News ( ) reports the bears were captured last summer after coming into close contact with humans. One incident in Summit County involved a vehicle hitting one of a bruin family and others scaling a power pole only to have one electrocuted, frightening the others.

Government Update for June 4: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda:

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday Where: Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane Agenda: • Introduction

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‘Classy and fabulous’: Five minutes with Heather Curtis, 26, co-owner of Sheer Bliss Hair & Nails

Where is your hometown? “Vernal, Utah.” What brought you to Craig? “I moved here in June 2007. My husband worked in the coal mines, but the housing market in Vernal was crazy because of the oil field, so we couldn’t afford to buy a house there, so we moved here so he could work at Twentymile.” Motto or outlook on life? “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” When did you first get started in your job? “We opened a year ago, but before that I had opened Sheer Bliss Nails. I was a stay-at-home mom and I decided I wanted to do something for myself. I was previously a nurse, but I didn’t like delivering bad news and I wanted to help people feel good about themselves.” Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “The chicken Alfredo from Gino’s. It has a lot of flavor and I like the atmosphere there.”

Letter: Sheriff Arpaio doing his job

I read in the news where the U.S Department of Justice is suing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona for civil rights violations against Latinos. His only crime — he wants to make sure they are legal. This would be the same DOJ run by Attorney General Eric Holder and under the control of President Barack Obama. This being the DOJ, with the blessings of Obama, that was responsible for the Fast and Furious gun running scheme. More than 2,000 guns were intentionally sent to Mexico, and orders were given despite the protests of some lower-ranking agents of the ATF, to make this happen. This would make AG Holder and President Obama accessories to the murder of at least one American border patrol agent and hundreds of Mexican citizens and more than likely many more that cannot be confirmed.

Letter: Romney staff, Secret Service acted with professionalism

Thank you to Governor Mitt Romney's staff for their patronage, a very special thank you to the U.S. Secret Service for their patronage, kindness and professionalism, and to the many branches of local law enforcement for their patronage and hard work.

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Local residents exploring therapeutic horse riding center in Craig

Nine Yampa Valley residents met early Sunday night at the residence of Dr. Scott and Connie Sue Ellis to discuss the feasibility of developing a therapeutic riding center in Craig. The meeting was organized by Joan Heinz, who has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic riding and more than 10 years of experience as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship instructor. Heinz also works as a children’s service coordinator with Horizons Specialized Services and serves on the Connections 4 Kids Board. Therapeutic horse riding serves a number of different functions, Heinz said, and can benefit people of all ages suffering from a variety of physical, psychological and cognitive challenges.

Ohio crash kills 3 teens, one on graduation day

A car carrying five teenagers went airborne as it sped over railroad tracks in northeast Ohio early Sunday and crashed, killing the 18-year-old driver hours before his high school graduation and two of his passengers, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The other two passengers, one of them also an impending graduate, were hospitalized. Less than 13 hours after the crash, Brunswick High School students left empty seats covered with flowers at their graduation ceremony to remember driver Jeffrey Chaya and Kevin Fox, who was critically injured. "It was very sad," Superintendent Michael Mayell said after the commencement ceremony at the University of Akron. "There were a lot of tears."

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Two tournaments begin full month for Yampa Valley Golf Course

Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig began its busiest month of the summer over the weekend with two tournaments, and Rifle made its mark on both. Friday featured a Pro-Am that consisted of nine teams of four players — one professional and three amateurs per team. The team from Rifle posted the top pro score, a 72 from Kyle Daniell, while his teammates Earl Cherry, John Savage and Jeb Savage helped the team garner a tie for first place overall. They tied the foursome of pro Mike Mendelson (75) and amateurs Mike Paronto, Jim Billings and Marty Seacrest.

Letter: Romney staff denied freedom of speech

Of the many online commenters to the articles published by the Craig Daily Press regarding the presumed Republican Party’s presidential candidate’s visit to Craig last week, this one caught our eye: “You need to wake up. How many laws are you going to let them pass? I do not want someone controlling my freedoms. It's time to take back control.” We imagine the First Amendment is one of the freedoms the commenter values. Would the commenter be upset if President Barack Obama came to Craig to deliver a speech on public property and she was not allowed to bring signs that didn't fit with the message?

Letter: Rotary Club flag sponsorships beginning

The Rotary Club of Craig has begun our American flag display season for 2012. As a service to our great community, we place flags on the light posts downtown on two blocks of Yampa Avenue and on stretches of U.S. Highway 40 eight times each year — Armed Forces Day (May 19), Memorial Day (May 28), Flag day (June 14), the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Sept. 11, Columbus Day (Oct. 8), Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and on a few other special occasions/circumstances. The length of display is determined by the number of flags sponsored each year. Last year, we were able to begin at the bridge on Fortification Creek and end at Craig Ford on both sides of Highway 40.

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Reunion brings Class of 1947 back for 65th anniversary

It was a weekend of reconnecting with friends and reliving old memories for 10 members of the Craig High School Class of 1947, who returned to Craig to celebrate their 65th reunion. One of the recurring stories among classmates was “sneak day,” an annual steal the flag challenge between the junior and senior classes each spring. As juniors, the Class of 1947 was able to protect the school’s American flag by greasing the entire length of the flag pole. They backed up their performance the following year by outfoxing the junior class en route to successfully capturing the flag.

White, Rockies beat Dodgers 3-2

Alex White delivered a win, and a much-needed day off for some of Colorado's relievers. White gave the overworked Rockies bullpen a bit of rest, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning Sunday in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies took two of three from the NL West leaders. White (2-3) gave up two runs and two hits in 6 2-3 innings. "That's the best game he's pitched since he's worn a Rockies uniform. He was terrific," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "He broke bats, got ground balls. A lot of what you saw today is what is capable of coming out on a regular basis once we get to that point."

Police blotter for June 4

Thursday, May 24 Clint John Davis, 31, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Luke Macoin More, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of marijuana possession, marijuana production, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Friday, May 25 Andrew Isaac Miller, 23, of Henderson, Nev., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of marijuana production and the sale of marijuana.

Tanning business off to bright start

There’s no lack of solar energy in Northwest Colorado during the summer, but sometimes the brightest thing in the sky needs a little help to keep folks looking good. Tanning salon Under the Sun opened its doors at 504 W. Victory Way for the first time Thursday. Owner Sharla Satterwhite and manager Julie Camp, who have been refurbishing the former location of Craig Sports since mid-March, plan to host a grand opening Saturday. Camp said the event will include one-day-only sales on tanning packages.

Briefs for June 4: Library summer reading program accepting registrations today

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will begin accepting registration for its 2012 Summer Reading Program today. The program is free and open to all ages. Registration is available online or at the library, 570 Green St. The program includes weekly activities and a weekly story time for children at 11 a.m. every Thursday.