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Conservation group decries cuts in house budget bill

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and other sportsman-conservationists strongly criticized a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that would dramatically reduce natural resource programs funding and curtail federal agencies’ abilities to manage public and outdoor resources, TRCP reported in a news release. Funding levels and policy riders proposed by the House in its fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill for interior, environment and related agencies would reduce operating budgets for agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Environmental Protection Agency, according to the release. “This misguided action by the House not only would roll back investments in conservation spending, it also undermines the foundation of our nation’s conservation policy,” TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh said in the release. “The bill wages a full-frontal assault on basic natural resources management measures that will cost us money and jobs, both in the near and long term.”

On the Record for June 29, 2012

On the Record for June 29, 2012

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Tank battery, pipeline slated for construction in Moffat County

Representatives from Quicksilver Resources, Inc., asked the Moffat County Commission Thursday to approve certain permits to expand their operations in Moffat County. Citing production from its Stoddard Well off Fawn Creek Lane about five miles south of Craig and plans to bring five more wells online in that area before the end of the summer, Quicksilver officials applied for a conditional use permit to construct a proposed tank battery called the Stoddard Central Tank Battery. The new facility would be tied into all six wells slated for the Stoddard and Simoes properties, and would be used to hold and transport oil. When asked by Commissioner Tom Mathers whether Quicksilver was going to create an official field, Scott Latka, production superintendent for Quicksilver, said “it’s possible.”

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Largest golf tournament in Craig set for this weekend

The Yampa Valley Golf Course began its biggest tournament of the year this morning, with the first golfers in the field teeing off at 7:30 a.m. The Cottonwood Classic, an annual tournament at the end of June which attracts more than 100 golfers each year, kicked off a banner weekend for the golf course. Head golf pro Jason Back said there are 127 players in this year’s tournament field. They are broken up into seven flights, arranged by handicap level. The tournament is 54 holes of play, concluding Sunday. The final tee-times Sunday will be 1:10 p.m.

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Moffat County youth baseball team overcoming odds this season

Playing at a disadvantage is usually a reason for players to make excuses and complain. That is not the case for members of the Moffat Count Cutthroats, Craig’s only Triple Crown Sports baseball team. Craig resident Mark Nielsen wanted to start a team, but to get enough interest he had to draw from several age groups. Triple Crown tournaments are broken into age divisions, so players of the same age are going against each other. Nielsen didn’t have enough players of one age to field a team, so his combination of boys have to play in the age group of the oldest members of the team.

Letter: Thanks from the Luscomb family

The family of Loid Luscomb wants to say “thank you” to all who helped save his life June 2 during his heart attack.

Letter: My top three concerns

The article in Wednesday's newspaper, "A Principal Issue," about the Moffat County Commission exploring options for a potential lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior concerns me. Who wants them to spend an unknown amount of money on gaining control of Vermillion Basin? Not me. Leave Vermillion alone. It seems to me this is an ongoing battle between the local commissioners and the Federal government. Here we have pumped up egos of local government saying the feds can't tell us what we can or can't do with our county lands. They are willing to spend the county's money to prove a point. I don't know how much the commissioners are willing to spend on this fight, but I think that money could be put to better use, like maybe promoting tourism.

Letter: Thanks for prayers, support

I would like very much to thank everyone who lifted me up in prayer during my illness.

Briefs for June 29: Sprint races Saturday at Thunder Ridge

Winged sprint car races take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park, two miles south of Craig on Ranney St. Admission costs $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old, and children ages 5 and younger enter free. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.thunderridgemotorsportspark.com.

School board passes 2012-13 budget calling for $200K in deficit spending

The budget the Moffat County School Board passed Thursday didn’t change much from the proposed document the board reviewed earlier this month. The sinking student enrollment numbers were still there, as were dwindling state funding and “the negative factor” — the gap between what the state was initially required to pay school districts and what it can afford to pay them in a still-sluggish economy. Faced with the prospect of another year in lean times, the board gave its approval to a 2012-13 budget that calls for about $200,000 in deficit spending. “You know I think it’s a little bit of a risk,” Finance Director Mark Rydberg told the board before the vote.

Family: Webcam spying led to gay student's death

The family of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi said they have come to believe he killed himself in part because of his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing another man. "It was the humiliation that his roommates and his dorm-mates were watching him in a very intimate act. And that they were laughing behind his back," his mother, Jane Clementi said. "The last thing that Tyler looked at before he left the dorm room for the bridge (he jumped from) was the Twitter page, where (his roommate) was announcing Tyler's activities." Jane Clementi, her husband and one of their surviving sons talked about Tyler's death and how their views on homosexuality have changed when they appeared Thursday night on NBC's "Rock Center" in the first interview the family has given since the bias intimidation trial of the 18-year-old's roommate.

Nuggets select Fournier with 20th pick in draft

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected French guard Evan Fournier with the 20th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. In the second round, the Nuggets selected Baylor forward Quincy Miller with the 38th pick and Turkish big man Izzet Turkyilmaz with the 50th pick. The 19-year-old Fournier averaged 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists playing for Poiters in France Pro A last season. He was also a member of the French national team at the junior and youth levels. He averaged 16.9 points for the French U20 team at the 2001 U20 European Championship.

1 dead, estimated 346 homes burned in Colo. fire

A raging Colorado wildfire that forced tens of thousands to flee has left at least one person dead and has destroyed an estimated 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history, officials said Thursday. Police Chief Pete Carey said the remains of one person were found in a home where two people had been reported missing. He didn't elaborate or take questions after making the announcement late Thursday. From above, the fire's destruction is painfully clear: Rows and rows of houses were reduced to smoldering ashes even as some homes just feet away survived largely intact. At a meeting Thursday night, Rebekah and Byron Largent learned from lists distributed by authorities that their home was among those that burned Tuesday, their daughter Emma's first birthday.

Janet Sheridan: Disney through the window

“Hey, Janet, you watching animal movies again this summer?” my brother Blaine asked with a stifled laugh. “Yes, I am, and I suppose you’re still be watching animals you plan to shoot,” I replied in a hoity-toity tone that set his laugh free. I explained to my incredulous brother several summers ago that my favorite part of the season was spending early mornings in my living room with Joel and a cup of coffee, watching animals frolic in our yard. I described squirrels bouncing across the grass, tussling with one another like rambunctious boys looking for trouble while sparrows, siskin, and finches swooped in for an early breakfast.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

When: 8:30 a.m. Friday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way