News for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Smoke from wildfire 60 miles away blankets Denver

(AP) — A northern Colorado wildfire 60 miles away wrapped Denver in a pungent cloud of smoke for several hours Tuesday and complicated the aerial offensive against the spreading mountain blaze, which has killed one person and destroyed more than 100 structures. Downtown Denver was shrouded in an orange glow before a blanket of cold air trapping the fire pollution evaporated. The foothills stretching north to Fort Collins were virtually obscured by smoke, while closer to the 68-square-mile blaze, visibility on some highways was just a mile. State health officials urged the elderly, children and those prone to asthma to stay indoors. Smoke temporarily grounded the air attack on the High Park Fire, centered some 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Helicopters and tanker planes took to the skies by midday.

Lance Scranton: The important roles of different dads

Fathers play a critical and important role in the success of our culture for a variety of reasons that are well documented. However, it seems that as with most positions in life based on ourselves becoming less of the focus, the role of a father is becoming less prestigious than it once might have been in a culture that can be very self-centered. So, to all the fathers out there who regard the responsibility of being a beacon for legitimate and valuable parenting, I salute you and offer the following models of dads that make a difference. As I was growing up, I never once considered the thought that my father might someday decide to chuck all the responsibility of being a family dad so he could selfishly explore the things he might have “missed” while being married and blame it on a mid-life crisis.

Firefighters make progress on Colo., N.M. wildfires

Grayish-brown smoke from a large wildfire blamed for killing a woman in her home blanketed the foothills of northern Colorado on Tuesday. The 68-square-mile Colorado wildfire has damaged more than 100 structures and forced hundreds of people from their homes. However, firefighters there and at a 56-square-mile fire burning in southern New Mexico have begun to make some progress digging line around the blazes. In Colorado, a smoky haze stretched early in the day from near the Wyoming border to the Denver area, signaling good news for firefighters. The smoke was trapped by cool air and calm skies, National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Cooper said. Strong winds that helped spread blaze in Colorado and New Mexico over the weekend carried smoke as far away as Kansas and Nebraska at the time.

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Refresh your home with these do-it-yourself improvements ideas

Whether you want to improve your home for reselling or for your own-self use these ideas to make it exciting and up to date and maintain an affordable budget. Often while thinking of home improvement or remodeling, the smallest of details make a huge discrepancy.

On the Record for June 12, 2012

On the Record for June 12, 2012

Officials comment on Hayden, Dinosaur casino projects

A group of Yampa Valley business partners announced in March their interest in developing a venture new to Northwest Colorado. After more than 50 meetings with a variety of entities the past six months, Steamboat Springs resident Steve Hofman said Monday the time to present to the public information for an Indian gaming facility in Hayden is approaching. “We have understood from the very beginning that not only would the opportunity for public comment and input be appropriate, but essential,” Hofman said. “We fully anticipate having those discussions and having the public ask questions we believe we have answers to, and if they ask questions we don’t have answers to, then we’re going to be obligated to get them answers. “That’s been our approach through this entire process.”