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Youth wrestling revival in Moffat County

Wrestling is making a comeback in Moffat County. MCHS had dominant wrestling individuals and programs in the past, but has fallen from its championship form in recent years. Mark Zimmerman, 44, of Craig, partnered with Chad Lawton to form the Moffat County Youth Wrestling team during the spring with the vision of creating a new generation of strong wrestlers in the area. Zimmerman, a member of Moffat County High School’s state champion wrestling team in 1985, felt it was important to get more youths involved and interested in wrestling, and he and Lawton believed they had a good idea for doing so.

On the Record for June 20, 2012

On the Record for June 20, 2012

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Moffat County Sheriff: Fire potential 'no joke anymore'

BLM issues Stage 2 fire restrictions

Local elected officials participated in an update meeting Wednesday morning following a wildfire that ignited Tuesday about 10 miles west of Craig. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz led the meeting on what fire officials are calling the Sand Fire. Fire investigators believe the wildfire, which started at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday off U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 79, was ignited by a cigarette. Because the Willow Fire currently active in the Baggs, Wyo. and Slater area, Bureau of Land Management firefighters have not yet been able to GPS the scene, Jantz said.

Colo. AG: Illegal immigrant tuition rate unlawful

The Metropolitan State College of Denver does not have legal authority to create a discounted tuition category for illegal immigrants, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said in an opinion released Tuesday. Suthers said that according federal law, the Legislature must decide whether to create a new tuition rate for illegal immigrants because it is a "public benefit," which cannot be given to illegal immigrants under state and federal laws. He said Metro State's decision "is simply not supported by governing law." "The General Assembly may continue to consider this issue," said Suthers, a Republican. "In the meantime, however, state-supported institutions of higher education in Colorado cannot act unilaterally."

Request denied for Weld County farms to pump wells

Gov. John Hickenlooper has denied a request to let Weld County farmers temporarily pump water from irrigation wells in the South Platte River basin, as farms try to save their crops from drought. The state's courts have ruled that farmers who take water from underground wells must replace what they take, so that there's enough water left for holders of senior water rights. That's been difficult in dry conditions.

Testimony nears end in Sandusky's abuse trial

Jerry Sandusky had an inspiring reputation for helping youth, and boasted such a soft spot for children that he invited them to Penn State football games and spend the night at his home, witnesses for the retired coach have testified at his child molestation trial. On Wednesday, Sandusky might finally tell his side of the story in court. The judge in the case has said Sandusky's defense team is close to wrapping up. He's aiming to have closing statements Thursday, with deliberations beginning that afternoon.

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Blaze burns estimated 2,000 acres

A fire first reported as 2 acres Tuesday about 10 miles west of Craig is believed to have burned roughly 2,000 acres and prompted evacuations in the Westview Subdivision. No injuries or fatalities were reported in the blaze and no structures were burned. One home was threatened by the fire but was saved, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said. He stressed that figures on the blaze’s acreage are still rough estimates.

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Bicycle Tour of Colorado brings riders to Craig, MCHS

More than 1,200 riders made the trek Tuesday to Craig as part of the 18th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado. The tour takes a different route through Colorado each year. This year, it's a weeklong, 462-mile ride through Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming that traverses the Rocky Mountains. The route into Craig was 111 miles from Saratoga, Wyo., the longest leg of the week. Riders were able to rest and camp out at Moffat County High School, either on the practice fields or inside the school's gymnasium.

MCHS Football meet for first summer camp and work on new offense

The Moffat County High School football team is holding its first ever camp at the high school this week, and head coach Kip Hafey is excited about the opportunities it offers his team. Thanks to new rules passed by the Colorado High School Activities Association, high schools are allowed to have full-contact camps both at home and at a college camp. In the past, schools had to choose one and MCHS elected to go to Colorado State University-Pueblo. Hafey and the coaching staff plan on taking full advantage of the extra time by installing a new offense this year. The Bulldogs will run a spread offense instead of the power formations seen in the past. “This extra time is huge because it gives us a chance to install a new offense,” assistant Lance Scranton said. “We’re going to have to work on our timing and understanding it mentally, but that’s what we can do with this time.”

Moffat County Commission dissolves Federal Mineral Lease District

The Moffat County Commission approved a resolution Tuesday dissolving its federal mineral lease district created in June 2011. The Moffat County Federal Mineral Lease District was created after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Colorado House Bill 11-1218, also known as the Federal Mineral Lease Districts Act. The legislation was designed to protect many western Colorado counties featuring large tracts of un-taxable federal lands from dwindling Payment In Lieu of Taxes funds. The county’s FML district received in August 2011 a $1.1 million payment from the federal government, but decided not to allocate those funds to projects in unincorporated Moffat County following a challenge to the legislation by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Letter: Vote for Chuck Grobe

I am submitting this letter of support for Chuck Grobe for Moffat County Commission District 2. I have known and worked with Chuck for many years and have found him to be forthright in all business transactions. His two decades of serving the public sector as a mayor, council member, on the planning commission, the school board, the cemetery board, and even as a reserve police officer give him the experience needed to be a responsible commissioner. He has also worked for us in the agriculture industry. We need this experience to represent all of the citizens of Moffat County.

Editorial: Extra effort appreciated

In the past year there has an emphasis around the community as well as in the pages of this newspaper about the goals and expectations — or a lack thereof — placed on the athletic teams at Moffat County High School. More specifically, the point has been made that mediocre teams would always remain that way if mediocre expectations are all they have to meet. This summer, a handful of MCHS coaches have taken it upon themselves to raise the bar on what will be expected of their teams this coming year. And they’re not simply redefining expectations, they’re also giving their athletes the chance to get a head start on the upcoming seasons in the form of summer camps and scrimmages. Last week both the boys and girls basketball teams hosted scrimmages at MCHS against other area high school teams. Boys coach Eric Hamilton has scheduled scrimmages through the end of June for his team while the girls coach Matt Ray will have his team attend two camps this summer, one at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Northern Colorado.

Briefs for June 20: Fuller Center yard sale Friday and Saturday

The Moffat County Fuller Center For Housing will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the barn building east of Brass Key Realty, which is located at 840 W. Victory Way. A variety of items will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the building fund campaign.