News for Friday, June 15, 2012

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Descending on dinosaurs

National Monument enticing visitors since 2011 reopening

There's a phrase common among those who visit Colorado — they “came for the winter, but stayed for the summer.” Similar things can be said about visitors to Dinosaur National Monument, who sometimes travel long distances to view the prehistoric remains, for which the park is named, and are drawn back by the scenic landscapes in and around the area. For a while, no one was allowed inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall to view the “wall of bones” — the monument’s famous bone jam featuring the remains of hundreds of animals representing 10 different sauropod species. In 2006, monument officials closed the Quarry Exhibit Hall because it lacked a foundation and unsteady soil conditions were causing structural damage.

Sports Briefs for June 15, 2012: 1st ever football camp offered at MCHS next week

Due to new rules created by the Colorado High School Activities Association, Moffat County High School this year is hosting an extra full-contact football camp for the first time. In the past, teams could only do one full-contact camp over the summer before practice started, and most teams, including MCHS, elected to go to camps at colleges. MCHS will have camp at Colorado State University-Pueblo June 24-27, but that will be after its weeklong camp at the high school next Monday through Friday.

On the Record for June 15, 2012

On the Record for June 15, 2012

Obama turns to NYC celebrities for campaign cash

President Barack Obama soaked in the support — and the campaign cash — of Manhattan's elite entertainers Thursday as his re-election team sought to fill its fundraising coffers. The president and first lady Michelle Obama made a rare joint fundraising appearance when they visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each. The dinner was the Obama campaign's latest attempt to bank on celebrities for fundraising help in countering the growing donor enthusiasm from Republicans supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid. Speaking in a dimly lighted, art-filled room, Obama told supporters they would play a critical role in an election that would determine a vision for the nation's future.

Colo. judge rules radioactive license invalid

A judge has invalidated a license allowing the construction of the first new uranium mill in the U.S. in decades. Denver District Judge John Mullen issued the ruling Wednesday regarding the mill Energy Fuels wants to build in western Colorado near the Utah border. He ordered the Colorado health department to conduct an administrative hearing to substitute for a 2010 public meeting on the matter in the next two months. However Mullen rejected arguments from environmentalists who said health and safety protocols were not met, including de-commissioning and long-term care plans.

As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation's rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million. The same day, two C-130 military transport planes designed for that very purpose sat on a tarmac in Cheyenne, shrouded in an eye-watering haze from a raging Colorado wildfire just a 15-minute flight away. In all, eight workhorse C-130s stand ready to fight destructive wildfires around the country — but all are grounded due to rules governing the use of the nation's aerial firefighting resources. The new purchases, meanwhile, won't help firefighters battling destructive blazes in Colorado, New Mexico and elsewhere in the West for weeks, if not months. "Getting into large, multiple wildfire scenarios, there's just not enough (aircraft) to go around in the current state," said Chuck Bushey, past president of the International Association of Wildland Fire, a professional association of people who fight wildfires. Obama signed the bill Wednesday at the urging of Colorado's congressional delegation, which was quick to praise the move.

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MCHS grad running at Adams State has World Championship, Olympic aspirations

Since Alicia Nelson graduated from Moffat County High School, she’s had her fair share of success. She won a Division II National championship in 2010 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, a trip to the U.S. Seniors and a second place finish at the 2011 cross country national championship. For Nelson, an incoming senior at Adams State University and member of the MCHS class of 2009, the years to come could be even bigger. During the 2010 season Nelson ran a time good enough to qualify for the U.S. Seniors, a track meet that qualifies runners from the United States for the annual World Championships. Nelson was the youngest runner in the field, nine days older than the cut-off age between seniors and juniors, but still made the finals and placed 11th. Her sudden success came as a bit of a surprise, since Nelson had never run the event before going to college.

Police blotter for June 15

Friday, June 8 Jose Gomez-Martinez, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of speed limits, driving under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Saturday, June 9 Nathaniel Lee Jowell, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of speeding and driving under restraint. Hec Merton McEntee, 36, of Hayden, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Monday, June 11 Adelaida Lucio Clark-Castillo, 32, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Briefs for June 15: Commitment to Excellence meets today

Maximum Commitment to Excellence, a group designed to augment local education, meets at 11:30 a.m. today at Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way. At least three Moffat County School Board members are scheduled to attend the meeting, although they do not have a formal agenda nor do they plan to take action at the meeting, Superintendent Joe Petrone said. First Street road closure A temporary closure is scheduled for First Street between Stock Drive and Preece Avenue beginning Monday and continuing through June 29. Traffic will be detoured around the closure. For more information, call the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department at 824-3211.

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Norman Rockwell Museum curator to offer insights into artist’s work

The images captured on the covers Norman Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post are more than mere paint on canvas. They are a record of a growing nation as it endured two wars, watched Charles Lindbergh take flight and entered the Civil Rights era, said Tom Daly, curator of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The images “really give us a pretty good view of the majority of the 1900s,” he said. Daly will offer presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., to give audience members a peek into the historical background of the artist’s work and his creative process. The presentations are free and are offered in conjunction with a temporary display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado showcasing all 323 covers Rockwell illustrated for The Saturday Evening Post.

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Carvers converge in Craig for Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

Wood carvers in the 13th Whittle the Wood Rendezvous began transforming logs into pieces of art Wednesday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park. The 11 competitors planned to sculpt the raw material into a variety of forms, including a pirate ship, the scales of justice and whimsical bears. Residents can watch the carvers in action from 9 a.m. to dusk today, Thursday and Friday and throughout the day Saturday. For more information about Whittle the Wood, call 826-2029 or visit www.whittlethewood.com.

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Parks and Wildlife tables Sandhill Crane hunting proposal

A proposal from Yampa Valley sportsmen for a limited Sandhill Crane hunt in Northwest Colorado was tabled last week by state officials. On June 7-8 the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission hosted its monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Commissioners were expected to take action on a proposal submitted by local sportsmen earlier in the year for a limited Sandhill Crane hunt in game management units throughout the Yampa Valley. The submitted proposal outlined a quota of 40 birds.