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Humane Society to celebrate anniversary, recognize volunteers Saturday

A reduced-cost spay and neuter program. Monthly adopt-a-thons. Fundraisers benefiting the county’s unwanted or abandoned pets. A lot has changed in the six or seven years Ann Anderson has been with the Humane Society of Moffat County, she said.

1,900 going home after northern Colo. wildfire

(AP) — Some evacuees of Colorado fires are returning home, but Mesa County sheriff's officials are evacuating residents on the southern part of De Beque as a 1,500-acre wildfire threatens to cross Interstate 70. The fire was sparked by lightning Wednesday and is threatening seven structures. In northern Colorado, about 1,900 people who were displaced by a deadly wildfire were returning home Thursday evening. The High Park fire erupted June 9 and killed one person and destroyed 257 homes.

On the Record for June 28, 2012

On the Record for June 28, 2012

Colorado wildfire destroys hundreds of homes

(AP) — Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state's second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mayor Steve Bach said a more accurate account will be available later in the day of the damage from a blaze that has burned out of control for much of the week and forced more than 30,000 evacuees to frantically pack up belongings and flee. The cause of the blaze remains unknown and local authorities said Thursday that conditions are too dangerous for any such investigation to begin. El Paso County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer said that U.S. Forest Service agents are waiting for firefighting commanders to tell them when it's safe to enter the burned area. The wildfire was one of many burning across the parched West, blazes that have destroyed structures and prompted evacuations in Montana and Utah and forced the closure of a portion of Zion National Park.

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Best of Moffat County: Family business excels in construction

Jenison Custom Builders named county's best builder, construction company

When Justin Jenison, 35, learned his business was voted best construction company and best builder in Moffat County, it was the second piece of good news he'd received in as many days. At 9:30 p.m. June 25, Jenison’s wife, Courtney, gave birth to their third child, a healthy baby boy they named Judah. It was fortunate timing, Jenison said. In the 10 years since he and Courtney started Jenison Custom Builders, 455 Yampa Ave., the business has been able to maintain consistent growth despite the most recent economic downturn. Currently, Jenison employs six people who are as much extended family as employees.

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Best of Moffat County: Family grounded in electric biz

Corey Electric earns best of Moffat County distinction

It’s not uncommon for children of successful business owners to leave home and try to chart their own path. But, as powerful as the impulse is to leave, so too is the desire to someday return to roots. Luckily for Dave Corey, 63, he and his sons have followed that storyline to the letter. Corey started Corey Electric with his wife, Janet, in September 1976. Their three sons — Dave Jr., 35, Roger, 33, and Grant, 32 — all work in the family business. “People tell me how envious they are, whether it’s because they don’t have sons or they do have sons but they never came back home,” Dave said. “My wife and I are very lucky to have our sons, their wives and our grandbaby here.”

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Best of Moffat County: Perfect fits at local gym

Husband and wife enjoy running Trapper Fitness Center together

Trapper Fitness Center co-owners Barb and Jim Gregoire are proof business partners don’t have to think the same to be successful. Jim, 65, approaches fitness with a precise and scientific eye, his wife Barb said. The softer touches, including flowers and a mellow dog that lounges at their feet, is her influence, she said. But, the couple can agree that providing an outlet for better health is crucial. “That’s the whole thing,” Jim said. “It’s our passion.”