News for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Sheriff: Fire estimated to be 2,000 acres

Second wildfire reported on Colorado Highway 13, near Wyoming/Colorado border

Byron Willems, of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, reported that fire officials have laid down a fire break built by first responders near Moffat County Road 212, about two miles east of the fire's origin, saving homes in that immediate area. But, due to high winds, the fire continues to move northeast. Flames and smoke are visible north of junction U.S. 40 and County Road 212.

Sex offender lives at home of state Rep. Randy Baumgardner

Republican state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s sex-offender registration laws, has a convicted sex offender living at his house.

On the Record for June 19, 2012

On the Record for June 19, 2012

Lance Scranton: An insider's views on education

The education of our children was in the news again this week and I had to duck to avoid some of the shots across the bow. The Craig Daily Press editorial board made some excellent points about administrators and teachers, but left out some of the actual problems we face each day. If we are going to be honest and not “skirt the issues,” read on. If a student isn’t getting the grade they think they deserve, the teacher is the problem. But when the student gets out into the workforce and isn’t doing the job they were hired to do, it’s very seldom the employer’s fault.

Sunday trailer fire in Craig deemed total loss

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighter treated and released for heat exhaustion

A Craig Fire/Rescue firefighter was briefly hospitalized Sunday for heat exhaustion after responding to a trailer fire on East Fourth Street near the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Battalion Chief Dennis Jones said the firefighter was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig due to exposure to heat sustained while fighting the fire. “We took one to the ER with heat exhaustion,” Jones said. “He was treated and released.” Jones said no one was home during the fire, which was ignited by a fallen lamp. “We determined it was a lamp that had tipped over and landed on some combustible material and started that on fire,” Jones said. “It just kind of spread from there.” The trailer was a total loss.

Wildfires force evacuations from Calif. to Colo.

(AP) — Wildfires across the West drove hundreds of people from their homes from California to Colorado, where nuns living in a monastery and Boy Scouts at camp are among those who've fled. Firefighters are making progress on a 92 square-mile blaze in northern Colorado despite hot, dry weather although more residents were notified to be ready to leave Tuesday. The fire west of Fort Collins is 50 percent contained after firefighters labored in temperatures in the 90s to extend lines around the blaze Monday. Expected strong winds didn't materialize but gusts of around 30 mph were forecast Tuesday along with more hot weather. Eight more homes were found burned Monday, bringing the damage so far to at least 189 — the most in the state's history. Houses in the area already burned by the fire are still at risk because of pockets of unburned fuel. Other wildfires were burning in warm, arid weather from Wyoming to Arizona to Southern California, where a blaze that prompted the evacuation of 150 homes was 75 percent contained Tuesday.

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VNA to offer free HIV testing June 27

Report: Virus numbers in Colorado remain stable

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free drop-in HIV tests June 27 in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day. The tests, which take about 15 minutes, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., and the agency’s Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. A small blood sample will be drawn and mixed with a testing solution to determine the results. Participants will learn their results immediately, said Gisela Garrison, director of the VNA’s Community Health Center. “Even if the test is positive, it does not mean the person has AIDS,” she said. “It only means that the person has been exposed to the virus.”