News for Monday, June 11, 2012



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3 MCHS cowboys heading to national rodeo event

The Moffat County High School rodeo team is sending three members to the national competition in Wyoming after solid performances at the state rodeo. Rising seniors Wyatt Uptain and Garrett Buckley have qualified in saddle bronc (riding a saddled bronco for eight seconds), while Uptain and Denton Taylor, who just finished his freshman year at MCHS, qualified together in dally team roping. The state competition was last Thursday through Sunday at Lamar Community College in Lamar. Buckley was unable to compete due to a broken collarbone, but his performance at rodeos earlier in the year was already good enough to qualify him for nationals. Uptain, meanwhile, starred at the state competition, winning the all-around individual state championship and placing first in saddle bronc while he and Taylor finished third in team roping.

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CNCC student housing on hold

College students who hoped to move into new student housing in Craig this year shouldn’t start packing just yet. Plans to build a residence hall at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus are on hold for another year or two, Campus Vice President Gene Bilodeau said. “We’ve had to hold off now just given the budget climate and some of the other needs of the institution,” he said. Bilodeau and CNCC President Russell George discussed the postponement with CNCC Board members Thursday.

At the Movies: Darker ‘Snow White’ is still pretty mild

If you feel like you’ve already seen the fantasy “Snow White & the Huntsman,” that’s no shock, considering every fairy tale has hit the big screen in one form or another throughout the history of cinema. With this particular princess story, your last viewing may have been a little more recent, so which of the pair is the fairest of them all?

On the Record for Monday, June 11, 2012

On the Record for Monday, June 11, 2012

Colo. wildfire burns 14,000 acres, 18 structures

Authorities in northern Colorado say Mother Nature is running a wildfire that has grown to 14,000 acres in a day. Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire, which has been spreading erratically in dry fuels and windy conditions. It's spread downhill in some areas, which is unusual, and jumped and skipped in some places, leaving unburned areas within the fire zone. It sent up heavy smoke and created an eerie, orange dusk in the middle of the day on Sunday.

Sheriff: Colo. man kills 2 family members, himself

A southwestern Colorado man who was angered over an inheritance killed two family members and then himself, authorities said Sunday. The bodies of 69-year-old William Decker, his 67-year-old sister Billie Decker, and her 40-year-old son Robert Decker were found Friday. La Plata County Sheriff's office said Sunday night that investigation and autopsy results showed William Decker killed the other two and then took own life. William Decker was unhappy over an inheritance distribution following the death of his mother in April, the sheriff's department said in a release. It did not provide details.

'Once' crowned best musical at the Tony Awards

The bittersweet musical "Once" captured the hearts of Tony Award voters on Sunday night, winning eight trophies and earning bragging rights as the top musical on Broadway, even as most shows came away with at least something to crow about. "It's just amazing," said Cristin Milioti, the female lead in "Once," of her show's Tony haul, as she made a quick trip through the elaborate food stations at the gala post-Tony party at the Plaza Hotel. Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," the remarkably perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate, won the best play Tony. Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in a musical and her "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" was named best musical revival. This is her fifth Tony Award, tying the competitive record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris. "I was a little girl with a potbelly and afro puffs, hyperactive and overdramatic. And I found the theater, and I found my home," McDonald said. Looking down at her daughter from the stage, she said her big night wasn't as wonderful as the night her daughter was born. Her one-time co-star in "110 in the Shade," Steve Kazee, a 36-year-old rising star and guitar player with matinee idol looks, emerged as best actor in a musical, and broke down thinking of his mother, who died Easter Sunday.

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Craig artists featured in ‘Our Town’ photo exhibit in Denver

For Craig residents Janele Husband and Kathy Simpson, there's always been a certain love affair with photography. Husband received her first camera at 10, and Simpson was fortunate enough to take an old film camera on a photo shoot in Africa. After a lifetime of experimentation with the hobby, Husband and Simpson recently decided to do something neither photographer had done before — submit their work to a statewide competition. In March, Husband and Simpson answered a call for entries from Creative Capitol for an exhibit called “Our Town, Colorado.”

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Efforts underway to help Craig resident who lost home to blaze

A fundraising effort is underway for a longtime Craig resident who lost his home Thursday morning to a fire. Kenny Savage, 44, was asleep in his 20-foot camper at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday on east Fourth Street near the Moffat County Fairgrounds when his space heater tipped over and burnt a hole in the floor. Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to the scene, but were unable to save the camper Savage was using as his permanent home or any of his possessions inside. Savage was wrapping up nearly three years of improvements to his camper.

Sports Briefs for June 11: Youth Hockey looking for coaches to travel with team

The Craig Youth Hockey Association is looking for volunteer coaches to travel with the team. Each age group needs volunteers: 9 to 10 “squirt” division, 11 to 12 “peewees,” 13 to 14 “bantams” and 15 to 18 “midgets.” The hockey association is available to help children and teenagers who want to learn to play the sport, whether it’s learning how to skate or basics of how the game is played. The program, gearing up for its second year of operation, serves children from 5 to 18 years old. Anyone interested in being involved with coaching should contact Rick Villa, CYHA Director of Coaches, at 824-6627 or 629-9367 to volunteer.

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Former UW wrestling standout instructs youth grapplers in Hayden

Youth wrestlers from Craig and Hayden were given first-class teaching by a former NCAA All-American over the weekend at Hayden High School. Moffat County High School wrestling coaches Roman Gutierrez and Chad Jones put on a wrestling camp for students from elementary through high school. Leading the Friday and Saturday camp was Joe Leblanc, a four-time NCAA All-American for the University of Wyoming. Leblanc taught wrestlers basic wrestling techniques like double legs and half-nelsons, which he considers to be the key to a successful wrestling career.

Metal concert set for Thursday in Craig

When Sam Johnson came to his hometown of Craig last summer, his intent was to rock the place. With that mission accomplished, the only thing left to do is repeat the feat, only bigger. Denver metal band Dissonance in Design will perform Thursday night at The Center of Craig along with multiple other musical acts from around the Denver area. The show is a return for some of the bands, who performed in June 2011 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center as part of “The Ugly Circus.” At the time, Johnson fronted a metal band dubbed Sunday Massacre, along with fellow Craig native Evan Hertzog. Johnson and Hertzog joined Dissonance, who also performed with “The Ugly Circus” as a two-piece band, after breaking up with Sunday Massacre. “Sunday will always be a great band and a lot of people still love it, but Dissonance is a whole new monster and we’ve created our own little universe,” Johnson said. The lineup for Dissonance in Design consists of vocalist Johnson, Hertzog on bass, drummer Zac Patuto and Harrison Patuto on guitar.

Letter: In support of Audrey Danner

I am writing to strongly urge Moffat County voters to re-elect Audrey Danner for Moffat County Commissioner. I have known Audrey for more than 30 years and have worked with her professionally on many successful projects. First and foremost, I know Audrey as a person of exemplary integrity and open-mindedness. She is an intelligent, conscientious and committed commissioner who does her homework.

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Bulldog Sports for June 11

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 5:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. 6:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation coach pitch baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Wednesday 5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Briefs for June 11: Fourth of July Parade practice today

The first practice for the Fourth of July parade marching band is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. today in the band room at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. For more information, call band director John Bolton at 824-1196. Planning and Zoning meeting canceled The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for June 18 has been canceled. For more information about other Planning and Zoning meetings, call 824-8151.

Senior Spotlight for June 11: A beautiful day in the neighborhood

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The wind was somewhere else for a while, and it was quite nice. Over the weekend, my family and I were doing birthdays because this month is one in which we have several. We have some on the same day even, and it sometimes seems like we have one every day. For fun, we get together on the weekends and bunch some of them up. Anyway, happy birthday to Amber Guice Southard, Roy James, Kaley Gill, Ena Pearl, Sarah Faye Paulson, Donald Davison and Linda Sandoval.