News for Thursday, June 7, 2012

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On the Record for Thursday, June 7, 2012

On the Record for Thursday, June 7, 2012

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CNCC Board opts out of fire department land transfer

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board allowed a proposal to transfer land to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District for a new training facility to fail during a special meeting tonight. A motion was made to accept a resolution, which would have granted the fire district a nearly 15-acre parcel upon which it would have built a training tower and live fire simulator, or the first phase of a second station. However, college board members declined to second the motion after about 15 people turned out to the meeting to oppose the land transfer. “I’m not against the facility,” said Pete Pleasant, a longtime Moffat County resident. “I’m against the location proposed for the facility.” For more on this story, see Friday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.

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Making memories in Greeley

State Special Olympics event provides fun for athletes, coaches, families

A group of 18 athletes and unified partners from Craig competed at the Special Olympics Summer Games Saturday on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Over one thousand athletes came and participated in track and field, soccer, gymnastics, swimming and powerlifting events. The Craig athletes, who ranged in age from eight to 50, came home with loads of medals and ribbons, according to Cheryl Chase, who has been involved with Special Olympics in Craig for 18 years. “The games were wonderful,” Chase said. “Everybody brought home lots of medals, and we had a bunch of golds and silvers as well.” The team from Craig left Friday and enjoyed a weekend with a wide variety of activities at the largest competition hosted by Special Olympics Colorado each year. Aside from the athletic events, SOCO hosted a dinner and a dance while also offering athletes a chance to meet their favorite superhero (Batman, Superman and the Green Lantern were there, among others), pot a plant or get shoes recommended by Panorama Orthopedic. The day finished with fireworks. Jenny Chase, Director of Sports and Training for SOCO, said the number of participants and unified partners at the summer games was up slightly from last year, as was the 300 volunteers that showed up to help make the event a success.