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Craig Fire Board assessing costs associated with CNCC tower location

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board has asked consultants working on a new training tower project to assess how much money was invested into the project at its previously planned location, Colorado Northwestern Community College's campus in Craig. Todd Ficken, training tower project manager with Niwot-based F&D International, LLC, is expected to present a cost analysis during the fire board’s July meeting. Byron Willems, fire board president, said described the numbers as “ugly” during the fire board's meeting Thursday. Expected to be included in the report are costs the fire district incurred for Phase I environmental impact studies, soil testing, site and foundation plans and land surveys, among others.

On the Record for June 22, 2012

On the Record for June 22, 2012

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Moffat County Booster Club brings college strength coach to teach class

In high school sports, being stronger and faster than your opponents becomes more important. Whereas in elementary and middle school sports the victors are often the athletes that are the biggest, most mature or most skilled due to practice, at the high school level strength and conditioning training become vital aspects of preparation as well. Having a stellar set of post moves won’t help a forward in high school basketball if he can’t contend with his opponents down low. Even if an athlete can spike a ball harder than anyone else, it won’t matter if she’s worn down by the fourth set and losing power. That’s why the Moffat County Booster Club had Colorado Mesa University strength and conditioning coach Daniel Linsacum, an MCHS graduate, come to Moffat County High School Thursday and Friday give middle and high school students a run through his BEAST training session.

Letter: Family grateful for those who fought fire

Words cannot convey the gratitude we feel for the agencies that participated in fighting the Sand Fire west of Craig on Tuesday night. From our viewpoint, everyone involved went above and beyond in saving our homes, and in some cases, our livelihoods. Kudos to the helicopter pilots for the non-stop air support. It was absolutely amazing.

Letter: Thanks to the Kinder Family Clinic

This comment is to set the story straight. On May 16, I walked into the old The Memorial Hospital in Craig, handed the receptionist my insurance card and requested to see a doctor as I was having severe chest pains. Her response was she did not have any doctors who could see me at the time. I told her that if I collapsed in the street she should call an ambulance. I then left and walked to Kinder Family Clinic, where the receptionist asked if I was alright. I told her I was having chest pains.

Letter: Kenny Savage still needs help from the community

We still need to help Kenny Savage, the victim of a fire in his home that destroyed everything, who is now homeless. Kenny would like to thank all the people who have helped with donations of clothes and your generous gifts of money that you have put at the Bank of Colorado on his behalf. We have had house trailers that have been offered to Kenny, but they do not meet city code. They have to be at least a 1987 model or newer to be placed in a park in Craig city limits.

Letter: Community should rethink fireworks display

I was reading the article written on krai.com about Tuesday's fire west of Craig. At the end of the article was this sentence about a Fourth of July fireworks show: "If wildfires are burning in the area, using up (Bureau of Land Management) and (Moffat County Sheriff's Office) firefighting resources in Moffat County, Craig (Fire/Rescue) Chief Bill Johnston (said) their show will also be cancelled." As a concerned citizen, I question the wisdom of spending a firefighting budget on fireworks in the beginning of July, when we potentially have one to three more months of fire danger. I am as big a fan as anyone of the fireworks show in Craig in July.

Janet Sheridan: Questionable time savers

In the late 1980s, I took a cruise to Alaska to visit my sister Barbara in Homer to remind her she could run, but not hide. In preparation, I dropped into the brochure-laden office of my travel agent, Shirley. In the past, this efficient lady had helped me by arranging a last-minute flight and a rental car for a family funeral, coordinating a train trip to San Francisco for six friends wanting to see "Cats," and recommending affordable places to stay in California’s wine country. When I mumbled vaguely about a cruise, she asked questions to discover my preferences, presented me with options, booked the deal, and handed me a folder of organized documents, two leather luggage tags, and a neon-green shoulder bag with the cruise logo. Though travel agents still exist, technology has made travel planning a do-it-yourself activity for most people.

Briefs for June 22: Fuller Center yard sale today and Saturday

The Moffat County Fuller Center For Housing will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today 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 organization’s building fund campaign.

Active, retired firefighters partner to contain Sand Fire

Fire officials at multiple levels have been bracing for busy times since wildfire season got off to an early start in April on the Front Range. Although there have been 56 reported wildfires in the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit this year, according to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center website, few incidents have touched Craig and Moffat County residents. That changed at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when a fire, likely ignited by a discarded cigarette, torched off U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 79, about 10 miles west of Craig. The Sand Fire burned an estimated 2,000 acres, threatening residents, homes, and livestock in the process.

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Residents reacted to the oncoming Sand Fire on Tuesday

Tyler Gerber, 15, was taking out the trash Tuesday night at the family ranch west of Craig when he saw the beginnings of a blaze that would soon threaten their home. He was “praying that it wouldn’t get on our place, but that didn’t work,” he said. His father, Wade Gerber, also saw the fire, which was burning west of their house. He drove closer to investigate, and discovered the wildfire “was a lot closer than we even thought it was,” he said. Rick Barnes, who lives south of where the fire burned, also saw the fire.

Woman accused in vampire-like assaults sentenced

A woman accused of biting two people in the neck at a Denver convenience store has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, plus 60 days of in-home detention. The sentence Emi Coleman received Thursday includes a year of supervised probation. She was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment and anger management treatment.

Duluth cleans up as Minn. floods persist to south

Nicole Lamphier and her family planned to ride out the flooding inundating their Duluth neighborhood at a friend's home nearby, but when they ran out of diapers for their 9-month-old, they called in the Coast Guard to get them out. Lamphier, her husband and three young children were evacuated by boat Thursday from their low-lying neighborhood of Fon du Lac, where about 200 residents who left for higher ground during and after two days of historically heavy rain don't know when it'll be safe to return home. "The damage is indescribable," said Lamphier, 30. "It's kind of heartbreaking. You see people down there that have lost everything. I'm just glad to be out." City, county and state officials spent Thursday assessing damage, while areas farther south continued to fight rising waters. The town of Moose Lake was being described as "an island."

Hot, dry West means firing guns can start blazes

Nineteen wildfires in Utah have been sparked this year by target shooting as dry and windy conditions make such ignitions more likely, authorities said. Authorities counted 24 wildfires sparked by guns last year, and 20 the year before. Three months remain in the dry season. The state cannot do much to prevent more of these fires this year. Cities can restrict certain types of ammunition and targets for fire safety, but gun laws limit such regulations at the state level, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. In other parts of the West, authorities in Colorado were investigating whether recreational shooting is to blame for starting a 1,145-acre wildfire near Lake George over the weekend.