News for Monday, June 18, 2012



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Craig Fire Board approves $470K training kit contract

Byron Willems: Public will support facility in time

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board met Monday night for a special meeting to discuss a purchase contract for a live fire training tower kit. The board approved a similar $470,529 contract with WHP Trainingtowers during its May meeting. That contract was contingent upon approval of a land transfer agreement between Colorado Northwestern Community College and the fire district. But, when CNCC Board members balked at the agreement fire officials initiated alternate plans to build a training tower on land owned by the fire district on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart. “I spoke to Gene Bilodeau over at the college to express my disappointment that this didn’t happen and he echoed similar sentiments,” said Byron Willems, fire board president, during the special meeting. “But, we’re moving forward. That’s why rearview mirrors are smaller than windshields.”

On the Record for June 18, 2012

On the Record for June 18, 2012

Highway 40 resurfacing project set to begin

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a highway resurfacing project Thursday on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden between mile markers 108 and 114, the department announced in a news release. The project will slightly overlap the existing U.S. Highway 40 rockfall mitigation project that runs from MM 113 through MM 120 in Mount Harris Canyon, according to the release. In order to create a much-needed smoother surface on the interstate, the agency announced crews will strip the existing roadway, recycle the asphalt and use the existing materials to resurface the highway. Guardrails will also be repaired throughout the length of the project, the release stated. Work is expected to last until August 2012, according to the release.

Craig Fire Board hosting special meeting tonight

Willems: Board members to move forward with purchase of training tower kit

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board is scheduled to host a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave., to approve a contract for the purchase of a fire training tower kit. The meeting is open to the public. Last month, the fire board approved purchasing the kit for $470,000 from WHP Trainingtowers contingent upon a land transfer agreement between Colorado Northwestern Community College and the fire district.

Colo. firefighters face more powerful winds

(AP) — More residents were out of their homes Monday as fire crews face another day of powerful winds fueling a wildfire that has charred about 90 square miles of forested mountains in northern Colorado. The fire danger was high across much of the Rocky Mountain region because of hot, dry weather and expected gusty winds. Firefighters at the High Park fire west of Fort Collins dealt with 30 mph winds and gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn't enough to quell the fire. "The problem is that when you have a fire like this, even if it rains it evaporates before it hits the ground," said Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman Julie Berney. Despite the winds, fire officials said crews Sunday were able to maintain most existing fire lines, with the fire chewing through about 1,000 more acres.

Sex offender lives at Colorado lawmaker's home

Court records show a state lawmaker who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of Colorado's sex-offender registration laws has a convicted sex offender living at his house. The Denver Post ( ) reports 32-year-old Michael Frierson lives at Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner's address in Hot Sulphur Springs. Frierson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault and received five years' probation for incidents in 2004 involving a victim younger than 14. He was arrested in April at Baumgardner's house for failing to register as a sex offender.

Stiff winds fuel Colo. wildfire; looting a concern

Crews in northern Colorado are facing powerful winds as they battle a blaze that has scorched about 86 square miles of mountainous forest land and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. Meanwhile, local authorities are focusing on another concern — looting. The destructiveness of the High Park Fire burning 15 miles west of Fort Collins surpassed the Fourmile Canyon wildfire, which destroyed 169 homes west of Boulder in September 2010. More than 1,630 personnel are working on the Fort Collins-area fire, which was sparked by lightning and is 45 percent contained. Julie Berney with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said firefighters can expect winds of 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn't enough to quell the fire.

Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown. "I did not talk to my oldest son about marijuana when he was 8 years old. We got to talk about fun stuff. Now with my youngest who's 8, we have to talk about this," said Jolton, a consultant from Lakewood. A marijuana opponent with a just-say-no philosophy, Jolton, 48, is among legions of American parents finding the "drug talk" increasingly problematic as more states allow medical marijuana or decriminalize its use. Colorado and Washington state have measures on their Nov. 6 ballot that would go a further step and legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

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More than 100 participate in inaugural 5K race

Watching carvers and listening to music weren’t the only activities offered over the weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Friends of Moffat County Education, a community group designed to assist local educational efforts, organized and hosted the inaugural Wake the Whittler 5K run, walk and one-mile fun run. The race took place Saturday morning and had about 100 participants, said Chris Jones, an FMCE Board member and one of the adults involved with organizing the 5K. “We hit the number we were looking for people-wise,” Jones said. “It’s a great weekend in the City of Craig with Whittle the Wood going on, and we’re excited to try and make this an annual event.”

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MCHS basketball team tuning up through summer league play

Summer may not be prime high school basketball season, but for local boys basketball players, it resonates with tournament intensity. Moffat County High School played two games in its summer league Saturday — one each against Little Snake River Valley High School and Hayden High School. Despite the games being informal, the teams did not take them lightly. “I love the teams we’ve got in this league,” MCHS boys basketball head coach Eric Hamilton said. “Everybody is so talented and goes at it hard. Everybody wants to win. It’s great competition.”

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Bulldog Sports for June 18

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 4:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation softball plays at Loudy Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 6:00 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation coach pitch baseball plays at Loudy Simpson Park Field 1, 500 S. Ranney St.

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

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

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

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

Government Update for June 18: 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:

AGNC names new executive director

Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado has selected Scott McInnis as its new executive director, the agency recently announced in a news release. McInnis is a Grand Junction attorney who has served as both a state representative for the 57th House District and a U.S. Congressman for the Third Congressional District, according to the release. Most recently he has served as a special partner with the Hogan and Hartson law firm, the release stated.

Letter: In support of Audrey Danner

It is with great pleasure that I submit this letter of support for Audrey Danner for Moffat County Commission District 2. She is a tireless advocate for Moffat County and very much deserves another four years in office. Our public lands offer many uses and are an important factor in how we develop our resources to provide clean energy for the state and nation. Audrey remains committed to working with energy representatives to protect all our natural resources. Audrey has also worked to monitor our Sage-Grouse Work Plan and will continue to do so to protect the grouse without harming our local economy.

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‘Never stop growing’: Five minutes with Carolyn Gochee, 35, owner of Whole Body Alignment

Where is your hometown? “I’m originally from Illinois. I grew up on a small farm near Illinois City. It’s very small and if you blink you’ll miss it.” When did you first move to Craig? “The summer of 2004. I love the community and the area. I’d vacationed in Colorado quite a bit when I was growing up. I absolutely love the mountains, and I was used to the rural community, so Craig seemed to be a good fit.” Motto or outlook on life? “Never stop changing, never stop growing. My logo has a butterfly in it, and that stands for metamorphosis. Constant change, constant growing, constant improvement. That’s what I try to do in my business and in my life.”

Pet store moving to bigger space

As any pet owner knows, the more space an animal has to move, the better their quality of life. The same is true for the business that sells them and their accessories. The Jungle Pet Shop will be moving to a new store space at 29 W. Victory Way. The former location of Sharyn’s Upscale Consignment Boutique offers more room for operations than The Jungle’s store at 565 Yampa Ave. “We’ll be able to have a lot more shelves since we’re moving to less than 1,000 square feet to 1,800, plus it has a basement,” owner Clint Gabbert said. Gabbert said he planned to offer a greater number of aquariums with his increased space, as well as including a part of his inventory he had briefly stopped selling.

Briefs for June 18: State senate candidate appearing today in Craig

Emily Tracy, a Democratic candidate for Colorado State Senate District 8, will appear at 3:30 p.m. today at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., in Craig, for a meet-and-greet with local voters. The event, which is scheduled to conclude at 4:45 p.m., is open to the public. For more information, call 970-389-4574 or email

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Presentations reveal details about Rockwell’s life and inspiration

A man puts his arm protectively around a woman’s waist as she fills out a form in an office. In this illustration Norman Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post, the woman stands on her tiptoes to reach the desk where she writes. A sign behind them reads “marriage licenses,” explaining the reason for their visit. What the casual viewer may not know is the young man and woman who posed for the painting were actually engaged to be married, Tom Daly, Norman Rockwell Museum curator of education, told a group of about 25 people Saturday morning.

Senior Spotlight for June 18: Another busy weekend

Another busy weekend and June is about around the corner of being gone. Several people have mentioned this, how fast time is going by. My sentiments exactly. Summer begins June 20, according to my calendar, the longest day of the year. Then we start losing sunlight time. Take a little time out of your busy day and think of all you've done so far since school is out and it was summer.