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Longtime Hayden public servant seeking Moffat County office

What's kept Chuck Grobe in the Yampa Valley for three decades? The Moffat County Commission candidate didn’t have to think long before answering. “The best thing is the people here are great,” said Grobe, 62. “You can’t find better people anywhere.” Grobe is vying with incumbent Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat and is a relative newcomer to Craig. He moved to the city a year and a half ago from Hayden, where he lived for more than 30 years and served as town mayor for six years and mayor pro-tem for four years.

Fraternity cyclists coming through Craig to help disabled residents

With all the bicyclists coming through Craig it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. 30 fraternity brothers will ride into Craig today and look to make their mark with developmentally disabled residents in the area. The cross-country bike ride, celebrating its 25th year, began on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco June 3 and will span nine weeks before the riders finish in Washington, D.C., August 5. Push America is a philanthropy started by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which raises funds for people with disabilities.

CPW: Leave wildlife alone

With the arrival of summer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind the public that leaving wildlife alone gives the animals the best chance of long-term survival, the agency said in a news release. When encountered in the wild, baby animals can sometimes appear to have been abandoned. Unlike human babies, however, calves, fawns, young raccoons, rabbits and many other species are often deliberately left alone by their mothers to give them the best chance of survival, and human intervention often adversely affects their long-term chances of survival, according to the release. “We know most people mean well,” said Erin Serfoss, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Customer Service Representative in Grand Junction, in the release. “But picking up a healthy, young animal and bringing it to us or a vet for help is often the worst thing they can do. In the majority of cases, the young animal is much better off left alone.” Wild animals have developed survival instincts that make human intervention unnecessary, the release stated. For example, young deer and elk stumbling about weakly while learning to walk can attract predators, so nature has provide simple but effective survival tactics — the ability to lie still for hours, little to no scent and natural camouflage. Despite initial appearances, the young animal is much safer left alone while its mother looks for food, according to the release.

On the record for June 21, 2012

On the record for June 21, 2012

BLM conducts emergency water operations for wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management recently began delivering water to wild horses in several areas in western Colorado in response to extreme drought conditions, according to a news release. Today, the BLM also issued an emergency closure for areas in the vicinity of Texas Mountain south of Rangely to further protect wild horses where the situation is particularly severe. The BLM reported that it is closely monitoring wild horse herds it manages in Colorado and has begun supplementing natural water sources in three of the four wild horse herd management areas in the state, including the Piceance-East Douglas southwest of Meeker, Sand Wash near Maybell, and the Spring Creek outside of Dolores. These are areas the BLM manages specifically to maintain healthy wild horse herds in balance with other uses of the land. The BLM is also closely monitoring the water situation in the Little Books Cliffs Wild Horse Range outside of DeBeque, which currently is not requiring supplemental water.

Craig fire district officials host meeting tonight

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board will be discussing tonight its new plans to construct a live fire burn tower in Craig. The discussion will take place during the fire district’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m. at the fire department, 419 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

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Moffat County Commission incumbent champions rural broadband, seeks another term

When Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner moved to Craig from Fort Collins in 1974, it was done “by choice.” Danner and her husband, optometrist Dr. Ron Danner, arrived in a Chevy Vega with no mortgage, no money, but plenty of student loan debt. The two decided Craig was not only ripe for Dr. Danner to start an optometry practice, but a perfect place to raise a family. Looking back on more than 38 years living and working in Craig and Moffat County, Danner, now 59, can remember numerous events in her life she believes prepared her for public office. But. not all of the experiences were easy.