News for Saturday, June 16, 2012

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Free concerts in Craig round out Whittle the Wood

When asked about selecting the band for one of two free performances today at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Dave Pike’s answer was short and to the point. “Who doesn’t like Eagles music?” the City of Craig Parks and Recreation Department director said Friday afternoon. Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park, capping off a four-day marathon of wood carving. The concert follows a 3 p.m. performance by Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Experience.

112 homes damaged or destroyed by Colo. wildfire

At least 112 homes have been damaged or destroyed by an 84-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado, and the number will go higher, authorities said Friday. The Larimer County sheriff's department announced the new total as firefighters tried to contain a 200-acre spot fire north of the Cache La Poudre River, a critical line of defense against northward growth. The main fire, which started June 9, has killed one person. Containment was listed at 20 percent, and incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said full containment could be two to four weeks away. Nearly 200 personnel were battling the spot fire with the help of helicopters. Authorities sent evacuation notices to about 300 phone lines in the area and told other people to be prepared to leave.

Rockies top Tigers 12-4 with 8 runs in 10th inning

Just when the Detroit Tigers looked like they might be ready for a turnaround, a slumping team humbled one that started the season with high expectations. Wilin Rosario hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th and the Colorado Rockies went on to score a franchise-record eight runs in an extra inning, beating the Tigers 12-4 on Friday night to snap a season-high, eight-game losing streak. Jose Valverde (3-2) gave up a leadoff single to Michael Cuddyer in the 10th and allowed him to get to third on a throwing error to first base after Eric Young laid down a sacrifice bunt. His miscue triggered a barrage of runs for the Rockies. "Everyone talks about home runs and doubles, but it was a little bunt that caused us all kind of chaos," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Police: Breakup led NY doctor to kill lover, self

A former Army weapons expert wanted for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend killed himself with a gunshot to the head, quelling the risk of more bloodshed and silencing perhaps the only voice that might have answered the central question: Was a break-up enough to cause a gifted trauma surgeon widely beloved as a lifesaver to end two lives in a spasm of violence? After a two-day nationwide manhunt, police found Dr. Timothy Jorden's body in thick brush a half-mile from his Lake Erie shoreline home. A neighbor had reported hearing a gunshot from the area on Wednesday morning, and police with dogs found the body, dressed in surgical scrubs, on Friday morning. Authorities had been searching for Jorden since Wednesday morning, when 33-year-old Jacqueline Wisniewski was found shot to death in a stairwell at the Erie County Medical Center. Friends said Wisniewski was afraid of the 49-year-old Jorden and had broken off their relationship some time ago.

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Record numbers come to Northwest Colorado for baseball tournament

Loudy-Simpson park is not just busy due to carvers and vendors at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous this weekend. The Steamboat Mountain Magic Triple Crown baseball tournament takes place this weekend as well. Baseball teams with players ages 8-14 played in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig and Oak Creek. Teams came from all over the state, and in record numbers. Connor Logan, field supervisor at the games played Loudy-Simpson, said there were 87 teams, the most ever at Mountain Magic, hailing from Louisville, Fort Collins, Longmont, Greeley, Castle Rock and more. “It’s great to see how many young kids are into playing baseball. That’s what we want at these events,” Logan said.

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Former MCHS standout heading across the country to compete in track

2011 Moffat County High School graduate Lauren Roberts is getting used to change. The track and field standout showed off her athleticism by competing in a variety of events while at MCHS—long jump, high jump, triple jump and the 200-meter dash. But those events require mostly similar skills; speed, explosiveness and power. When Roberts was recruited by the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, it was to compete in the pentathlon and heptathlon—competitions that consist of several events, most of which differ from what she had been doing before.

Government Update for June 16: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda:

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Moffat County extension office, 539 Barclay St. Agenda: • Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Editorial: The trite and truth about education

There's a tired laundry list of reactions in our community and country when assessment test results are made public. The chorus of people chiming in, and their opinions, are as predictable as guessing the next day on the calendar. We heard it all last week in Craig and Moffat County, as we have many other times before, when third-grade reading results were announced for our school district. The long and short: our students aren't performing at the state average. Now from the gallery: School district administrators who talk up successes like they're a sign of things to come, downplay the misses as anomalies, and attempt to explain why our students and scores can't be compared to others around the state.

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Fuels, wildfires lead to open fire ban

Whenever fire officials scout Moffat County, they see and hear the same things, particularly west of the Continental Divide. Thin winter snowpack levels coupled with minimal springtime moisture have resulted in an abundance of wildfire fuels throughout the county. And an early start to the fire season on the Front Range has local firefighters bracing for what could be the busiest year in recent memory. “We’ve had a flurry of activity already, although it has primarily been on private land,” said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. “And our fuels are burning down to white ash, which is a good indicator of an active fire,” added Dave Toelle, assistant fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management.

Briefs for June 16: MCHS Class of 1992 reunion

A reunion for the Moffat County High School Class of 1992 continues today in Craig. A reunion dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. For more information, call Chris Jones at 620-4155 or email mchsclassof92@aol.com.

Letter: Socialism cannot work

Children do not have to be taught to be naughty. Naughtiness is their nature. Selfishness is the basic trait of every human being on the planet. That is why socialism cannot possibly work. President Barack Obama's goal to "spread the wealth around" cannot be successful. The have-nots are only too willing to take the unearned handouts. The haves are discouraged from their efforts to achieve their goals if the result of their work is to be taken from them by force (taxes) and "spread around." If they are not jumping for joy at the prospect, they are considered hard-hearted, having no compassion. The elite at the top doing the "spreading" are only too willing to take their fair share off the top for the privilege, making sure that, because they are the elite, they have a bigger portion than the commoners.

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Craig campus VP: Meager state funding a factor behind postponement

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.