News for Sunday, June 10, 2012



Couple events


Cast and Blast event set for July 1 in Craig

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Northwest Colorado Outfitters Chapter, Northwest Ready Mix, Safari Club International and Wyman Museum, will host a free family Cast and Blast event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 1 at Wyman Museum, the agency reported in a news release. The event will include lessons on the basics of shooting, archery and fishing taught by CPW officers and volunteers, according to the release. “It’s a great opportunity for an entire family, from young kids to moms and dads, to learn about these popular outdoor activities together,” District Wildlife Officer Mike Swaro said in the release. Fishing equipment will be available for free, however using personal equipment is fine. Equipment for the shooting and archery lessons will be provided and participants are asked to leave personal equipment for those activities at home, the release stated. In addition to shooting and fishing lessons, the event will include a fur exhibit and a black powder firearms demonstration.

Centennial Mall shifting toward new direction

Many businesses have come and gone from Centennial Mall in recent years, but now under new operating guidelines, some of them may be finding a more permanent home. Since stepping into the position of leasing and property manager for the mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Eric Tegl has tried to bring out the best the mall has to offer. Tegl took over in December 2011. “It’s definitely a whole new attitude,” Tegl said. “Aesthetically, it’s been painted, all the landscaping’s cleaned up, and a lot of other things are still going to be done, like improving signage and that big sign out by the highway will replaced.” Tegl added he hopes to see a greater flow of tenants taking available spaces within the complex, joining recent additions like the Moffat County Tourism Association office space and Fastenal, among others. “We really want the community to know that there’s a lot of flexibility with the leasing space and rates and it’s a really great spot,” he said. “All indications are we’ll be having a couple great new tenants coming in soon, so I’m not sure how many vacancies there will be soon.”

Hazardous material spilled as result of crash near Dinosaur

A Friday night crash on Colorado Highway 64, about four miles east of Dinosaur in Rio Blanco County, resulted in the spill of hazardous material, the Colorado State Patrol reported Sunday in a news release. The crash occurred about 7:45 p.m., near mile post 6, a rural area of Rio Blanco County. A 2012 Volvo tractor driven by Roy Dunker, 55, of Clifton, was traveling west on the highway when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right and his truck and trailer rolled over on the driver's side. The truck and trailer came to a rest off the south side of the roadway in a shallow ditch, the state patrol reported. Dunker, troopers stated, was hauling a dry box trailer with sodium hydroxide, and during the crash an unknown amount spilled into a shallow area off the south side of the highway. Dunker was operating the truck for Knight Transportation. The driver had minor injuries in the rollover and was treated and released from Rangely District Hospital. Clean-up crews worked through Friday night and into Saturday morning to remove the tractor, trailer and load from the scene.

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‘Strive to be the best’: Five minutes with Jordan Porter, 18, instructor at Gymstar Fun N Fit Gymnastics

Where is your hometown? “I was born in Denver.” When did you first move to Craig? “We moved here when I was 5 because my dad got transferred to Hayden for his job and they found a place in Craig.” Motto or outlook on life? “Always strive to be the best that you can be.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been coaching for five years, and I work with kids up to 14. I did gymnastics from when I was 2 to 16. My mom and I were watching the Olympics when I was little and I started doing cartwheels on the edge of her table and she said, ‘We’re taking you and putting you in gymnastics.’ It takes a lot of hard work, and I really enjoy competing and learning a lot about responsibility and just really growing up. You give your life to this sport.”