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Quicksilver oil well hearing to focus on air, water quality

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will take public comments on air and water quality monitoring at Tuesday's public hearing for Quicksilver Resources' oil well permit application.

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Volunteers remove barbed wire from wild horse area

About a dozen volunteers donated a weekend of their time to helping make the Sand Wash Wild Horse Herd Management Area safer for the horses, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release. The volunteers rolled and removed 780 pounds of old barbed wire June 15-16 from three separate areas in the Sand Wash HMA. The effort was supported by funding from the BLM Director’s Challenge, which is a national program aimed at improving Western rangeland conditions where wild horses roam and engaging volunteers in the stewardship of public lands, the release stated. “We really appreciate the hard work of these volunteers who made this area safer for not only wild horses, but also native wildlife and human visitors,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said in the release.

Moffat County School Board workshop, meeting agendas for June 28

Moffat County School Board workshop, meeting agendas for June 28

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for June 28

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for June 28

On the Record for June 25, 2012

On the Record for June 25, 2012

Dangerous wildfires spread to Colo tourist centers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Flames forced thousands of Colorado residents from their homes over the weekend and disrupted vacation plans for countless visitors as smoke shrouded some of the state's top tourist destinations, including majestic Pike's Peak and tranquil Estes Park. Colorado is having its worst wildfire season in a decade, with more than a half dozen forest fires burning across the state's parched terrain. Some hotels and campgrounds are emptying ahead of the busy Fourth of July holiday. One of the newest fires, a blaze near Colorado Springs, grew to more than 5 square miles Sunday after erupting just a day earlier and prompting evacuation orders for 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. Officials had put the fire at 6 square miles but reduced the estimated Monday after more precise mapping. Firefighters braced for hot temperatures and high winds on the fire lines.

Sports Briefs for June 25: Players wanted for fast-pitch softball

Competitive, fast-pitch softball teams are being formed in Craig. Coaches are looking to get a feel for the number of players interested, and how many teams could be formed. The season would begin in late July or early August, and a coach’s clinic is set for the end of August. Any girls ages 8 through 16 are invited to be involved.

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Bulldog Sports for June 25

Today 10 a.m. Basketball minicamp for boys in grades 4 through 8 begins at Moffat County High School. 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 real estate transactions for April and May

The following are real estate transactions that took place in Moffat County in April: Buyer: Schuster, Cynthia A Seller: Federal National Mortgage Association Address: 97 Becker Ln. Sale Price: $62,500.00

New shop brings exposure to photographer

Getting the whole family together for a picture can be a hassle, but when you don’t have easy access to the person with the right equipment, that difficulty is even greater. But, with close proximity to a specialist, such struggles are now a snap. Since opening at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Hébert Photography has seen a flourish of new customers. Though he only set up his official studio in May, owner David Hébert has been working professionally in the field for much longer.

Government Update for June 25: Moffat County COmmission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Letter: Safety a priority over fireworks

As I watch new fires spring up across our state, I am increasingly concerned about the hesitation to cancel a Fourth of July fireworks display in Craig. Each year, my husband and I make a point of staying home evenings around and including the 4th, hoping that the illegal aerial fireworks going off around us won't land in our virgin woods and set them on fire. We have given up calling in to report these illegal fireworks as we have always been told that there is nothing to be done about them.

Letter: Caregivers deserve valuable time off

After you published my letter of March 31 about the care my husband receives at The Haven for Adult Day Care in Hayden, I have had some mixed reactions from some well-meaning folks. Some wanted to know if I felt “guilty” leaving his care to someone else, even for the eight hours that he is there. Did I feel like I was abandoning him? Wasn’t I being selfish to want time for myself? The answer to these questions is, no, absolutely not. Why would I feel guilty leaving him the care of such caring, experienced people? He has a good social time at The Haven. Sometimes they go on field trips. For example, the museum in Hayden, or a picnic in Hayden Park.

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Youth wrestling program aims to help revive sport 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.

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‘Nice and helpful’: Five minutes with Becky Hertzog, 56, secretary at High Desert Services

Where is your hometown? “I’m from Encampment. I was born in Wyoming.” When did you first move to Craig? “My husband was from Maybell and we got married in 1977, moved to Maybell in ’78 and to Craig in June 1980. He was having to drive here from Maybell every day anyway because he drove a dump truck here.” Motto or outlook on life? “Just treat people the way you’d want them to treat you. Just be nice and helpful to everybody.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been involved with them five-and-a-half years. They do a lot of oil field service. Previous to that, for 25 years I was with LaFarge in Steamboat.”

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Democratic candidate for SD 8 lobbies Moffat County voters

Emily Tracy, a Breckenridge Democrat running for Colorado State Senate District 8, has spent years working in public policy. But, it wasn’t until after moving to Canon City from Boulder to write for a weekly newspaper she realized she wanted to serve the public. “I covered governmental meetings like city council, county commissioners and the school board on a part-time basis for about two years,” Tracy said. “It made me realize how interested I was in public policy and how much I wanted to sit in one of those chairs.” Tracy decided to run for public office and was elected to two terms on the Canon City city council, a non-partisan office.

GOP candidates anxious for Tuesday's primary results

The anxiousness and uncertainty of a primary election isn't an uncommon experience for several of Moffat County’s local Republican Party candidates. Chuck Grobe served as Hayden mayor for six years, followed by four more as mayor pro tem. Audrey Danner won a primary and a general election after being appointed to the Moffat County Commission in 2008. Current House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, won in his first attempt at public office and is looking to keep the streak going in his bid for Colorado State Senate District 8.

3 people missing after trains collide in Oklahoma

Three Union Pacific Railroad crewmembers were missing after two freight trains collided Sunday in the Oklahoma Panhandle, authorities said. An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m. Sunday near Goodwell, Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. A two-person crew was aboard each train, and officials were unable to account for two engineers and a conductor, Espinoza said. The other conductor appeared to be uninjured, and officials were interviewing him about what happened, she said. "He's shaken up about the situation, and we are working to make sure that he receives any care that he needs. We're doing everything we can to find the rest of the crew," Espinoza said.

Rockies miss plenty chances in 4-2 loss at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Colorado Rockies had plenty of chances against the powerful Texas Rangers. However, the Rockies didn't score until a ninth inning that included a baserunning blunder in a 4-2 loss Sunday night. Colorado had runners on in every inning and loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Joe Nathan. The Texas closer was working in a non-save situation after not giving up any runs in 16 appearances since May 13. Marco Scutaro had an RBI single, and Carlos Gonzalez hit a long fly that left fielder Josh Hamilton caught in the gap on the warning track. The sacrifice fly cut the deficit in half.

Toll from Colorado wildfire raised to 248 homes

The total number of homes destroyed by a two-week old wildfire in northern Colorado was raised to 248 on Sunday as residents of a subdivision near Fort Collins learned that 57 more homes in their neighborhood had been lost, authorities said. Fire officials had previously said that 191 homes had burned, the most in state history. The High Park Fire is the second-largest wildfire and among the most expensive in Colorado's history. It has scorched more than 130 square miles and was just 45 percent contained on Sunday, The Denver Post reported. With a total of eight fires burning, Colorado is having its worst wildfire season in a decade.

Briefs for June 25: AARP meeting set for today

An AARP meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in the recreation room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and older. For more information, call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.