Saturday, March 31
Briefs for March 31, 2012.
John and Tracey Wall’s life together could be a blueprint for the American dream. They own a house on Yampa Avenue, complete with a back yard, a dog and a couple of cozy-looking hammocks on the front porch. John, 36, works as an accountant at Colowyo Coal Co. Tracey, 32, was until recently a physican’s assistant at Moffat Family Clinic. They have a 17-month-old daughter, Adalynn, with another due in April.
Caitlin and Kelsey Conci took similar paths to this point in their lives. As seniors in college — Caitlin at the University of North Dakota and Kelsey at the University of Wyoming — both girls wrapped up their collegiate swimming careers in the past month. The twin sisters, who graduated in 2008 from Moffat County High School, swam together as Bulldogs and kept in contact the past four years while living in different states. But, with college swimming over, now is when Caitlin and Kelsey, 22, go in different directions.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is at odds with the Craig Chamber of Commerce over the Marcia Car and the City of Craig regarding City Park. The city and Moffat County haven’t fully come together enough to make needed infrastructure repairs to Shadow Mountain, an area that could use all the assistance it can get. There’s an old train depot at the edge of downtown rotting away, the blighted, burnt shell of a motel on the other end barely standing, and the community’s signature event is moving from downtown to far reaches, keeping businesses from capitalizing on foot traffic.
Welcome to "The Other Game" at the Final Four. OK, so, the Ohio State-Kansas matchup may not have the fantastic freshmen, the outspoken coaches or blood-feud story line of the opening semifinal between Kentucky and Louisville. But this one still should be worth a two-hour investment in front of the TV set Saturday night. Besides the chance to watch two top-line teams play for a spot in the national title game, the Buckeyes-Jayhawks game offers a rare opportunity to see two All-Americans going at it with everything on the line.
The U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details bioterrorists could use. The decision could end a debate that began in December when the government took the unprecedented step of asking the scientists not to publicize all the details of their work. The research, by two scientific teams — one in Wisconsin, the other in the Netherlands — was funded by the United States. It was an effort to learn more about the potential threat from bird flu in Asia. The virus so far doesn't spread easily among people. But the new lab-made viruses spread easily among ferrets, suggesting they would also spread among humans.
The Weld County sheriff says a deputy who tackled a developmentally disabled man, whom he mistakenly thought was a suspect in an armed robbery, used reasonable force. Sheriff's officials say the deputy had spotted 24-year-old Manuel Chavez walking to a park shortly after a store robbery on Feb. 22.
A Colorado budget with better-than-expected funding for education, colleges and seniors will be introduced in the House next week, where lawmakers will vote on a proposed $8 billion spending plan. Budget writers finalized the budget Friday after some tension in recent months over whether to fund a property tax break for seniors and a debate over benefits for state employees and payroll reductions to Colorado agencies.
There was no lack of physicality Friday in the Moffat County-Steamboat Springs girls varsity soccer game at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Bulldogs got into an early hole in their home opener and the Steamboat defense suffocated Moffat County’s offense in a 5-0 loss, the second loss of the season to the Sailors. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving and it takes its toll on the girls,” Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp said. “That is not the way we play, we don’t go through someone. And when we got upset, we didn’t play good.”
Last weekend, Craig resident Donna Lougee called me about the recipe for “Orange Salad” featured in the Feb. 18, 2012 column. She found an error in the recipe card part of the column. One of the ingredients is 2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained. That is correct. However, the error is in the directions for mixing up the salad. On the card, you are instructed to “add the undrained mandarin oranges.” This is incorrect. The oranges are to be drained. The error is only in the “recipe card.” The discussion within the column about making the salad is correct.
Moffat County 4-H is looking for project leaders in the following General 4-H project areas: • Forestry, wildlife, outdoor adventures, and sport fishing. • Model rocketry. • Small engines. • Woodworking. • Baking/foods and nutrition.
How does water get from the river to the tap? Finding the answer to that and other water-related questions has transported a group of Sunset Elementary School first-graders across the world — virtually, at least. With help from the Internet, Cheryl Arnett’s students are learning about water sources, water rights and conservation with students from around the globe.
I would like to thank you for the great article on the local tea party here in Craig. As a member of our local group since the beginning, I’ve found it interesting to watch the knee-jerk reaction by some people in our country, especially the politically correct. Members of the government, from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, to Hollywood know-it-alls, major media outlets and news channels, to college and university campuses all without exception have called the tea party movement vile names and labeled it as “dangerous,” “racially motivated,” and wanting to overthrow the government.
The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank The Golden Cavvy for the meeting place; April Rubley at Dog and I for grooming shelter animals; and Total Teamwork Training for the collars for shelter animals and training classes for the shelter volunteers.
On behalf of the entire Peck family, I’d like to thank the people of Craig for their warm and heartfelt support in the wake of the death of my son, Justin Peck. We have received hundreds of cards and letters from the good people of this community, and generous donations allowed thousands of dollars to be raised to assist two nonprofit organizations that were instrumental in Justin’s life.
Moffat County residents lined up Thursday morning outside the Boys & Girls Club of Craig waiting for Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile food pantry to make its first distribution in Craig. “There was a big rush at 11:30 (when distribution began),” said Starlene Collins, Western Slope manager for FBR, noting that about 92 people received assistance in the first half of the two-hour distribution alone. According to the agency’s website, FBR utilizes its mobile pantries in areas where partner agencies are either not available, or as is the case locally, may need help meeting the needs of the community.
For a man who has spent more than 29 years in construction, there’s nothing sweeter than the first signs of spring. But before Moffat County’s newest employee can begin work on a slate of projects scheduled for this year, he has to navigate the paperwork. “Right now I’m just sorting through a number of projects the county has budgeted for,” said Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director. “All are in the initial phases of gathering quotes, material takeoffs and starting the bid process.
Friday, March 30
On the Record for March 30, 2012
Where do you go for advice on nutrition and breastfeeding? If you live in Moffat or Routt counties, you have likely heard of a program referred to as WIC, but you may not know exactly what it is and who it’s for. WIC, or Women, Infants, and Children, is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and supplemental food program. WIC is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is intended to help low income families develop healthy lifestyles. The program serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5. In 2011, the program served 248 women, 169 infants, and 481 children in Moffat and Routt counties.
Briefs for March 30, 2012.
The words "trust" and "John Calipari" rarely turn up in the same sentence for a very good reason. Here's why, beginning with the most recent examples and working backward. The Kentucky coach took a seat in the interview room Thursday at the Final Four and was asked how he gets his kids to play so unselfishly. That's an impressive coaching feat with any team at any time, no matter what you think about Calipari, his checkered past or the way he recruits high-schoolers who are already NBA-caliber athletes and will never be students.
Lottery players aren't the only ones in Colorado seeing dollar signs in the record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. State budget-writers could also benefit from an unexpected windfall. A lone winner Friday from Colorado, one of 42 states when Mega Millions is played, would owe the state anywhere from several hundred thousand dollars in taxes for the next 26 years, to a single payment of more than $18 million worth of income taxes.
Governors of three states got up close with "pink slime" Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and eating hamburgers made with it in a bid to persuade grossed-out consumers and grocery stores the product is safe to consume. The three governors and two lieutenant governors spent about a half hour learning about the process of creating finely-textured lean beef in a tour of the main plant that makes the product, then blasted the media for scaring consumers with a moniker coined by critics.
Mary Thuente says her neighbors got an automated call warning them to flee their home as a wildfire spread over the mountains southwest of Denver, but she never got one before she left. Jack Ogg doesn't think he got a telephone warning either, though it's possible it may have come while he was outside rounding up his dogs and his neighbors' pets. After that, he rushed away with 15 people and animals squeezed into his Jeep after firefighters asked him to take some neighbors with him.
In most cases, the job search goes like this: Step one: fill out an application. Step two: Wait, sometimes for months, to hear back from the employer. The 2012 Moffat County Job Fair scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. today in Craig, however, offers “instant gratification” to job seekers and employers alike, said Jonny Murray, an employee with the Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office.
It’s been a Craig staple for almost three decades and an event as much about good times as it is local businesses. The 29th annual KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo begins at noon today at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, featuring a range of local businesses and nonprofit groups. The expo is designed for businesses to showcase new products and services, and provide customers with an opportunity to purchase items for home, work and play. KRAI owner Frank Hanel said Saturday’s weenie dog and crawling baby races are the weekend’s main draws.
A proposal to build a firefighter training facility south of The Memorial Hospital in Craig got a unanimous green light from the hospital board Thursday. However, the board’s support of the facility, which includes a live fire simulator, came with a condition. “I support the project,” Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich told Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board members at the meeting. But, the CEO expressed concern that smoke generated by the fire simulator could interfere with the air filtration systems that feed into the hospital’s operating rooms.
The Moffat County High School varsity track and field team competed Saturday in the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The boys team finished seventh and the girls team finished 19th out of 19 teams. Seniors Rene Molina and Miguel Molina finished second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run to move into 10th and 11th in the state. Fellow seniors Garrett Spears and Johnny Landa also bettered their positioning for the state meet, as Spears moved into eighth in discus with a fourth-place finish in Grand Junction and Landa moved up to 16th after taking eighth in the 1,600-meter run.
Mark Samuelson stood in front of about 30 people Wednesday in the Moffat County High School auditorium. As vice president of the Moffat County Booster Club, Samuelson had one simple message for anyone interested in signing up. “This is the most important time to be here,” he said. “If you are here in the beginning, you can help set the course of how this club goes and how we can help the schools.” The Booster Club had their first official membership drive Wednesday, and Samuelson and club president Tony Peroulis estimated they had about 50 to 60 members signed up as of Wednesday night.
In most churches this coming Sunday, there will be some form of palms being waved. In fact, there may be some Saturday night worship services, or masses where palms will be waved. It is a tradition that traces back in history to the time when the incarnate Jesus lived among other humans. In fact, Jesus’ popularity had spread to the point that when Jesus and his disciples made plans to attend the Passover in Jerusalem, special plans were made on how Jesus would enter Jereusalem.
Mollie and I and our granddaughter, Taya, would like to publicly thank deputy Todd Wheeler and members of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, as well as commend the swift action by Craig Fire/Rescue in helping us control a blaze in our field Saturday. Deputy Wheeler was first on the scene and pitched right in to lend a hand, providing help and resources to temporarily contain the fire. When the wind became so strong the fire jumped our line, members of the fire department were there to bring the bigger fire under control.
Thursday, March 29
In February, 20 girls from a small town in rural New York made news by twitching uncontrollably. Some experts blamed their spasms on physical causes, perhaps seepage from a 1970 cyanide spill miles away. Others stressed psychological factors and talked about mass hysteria. I watched their televised jolts with sympathy. It must be dismaying to have your right arm jerk abruptly into the air and twist into unusual configurations every few seconds. I’m unhinged by five minutes of hiccupping.
On the Record for March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28
Deven Mosman came into the Craig Middle School wrestling season weighting about 130 pounds. Mosman, a CMS seventh-grader, could have stayed at 130 pounds and done well, but he had a different agenda. “I went down to 120 pounds because there was a kid I wanted to wrestle,” he said. “A Cedar Ridge wrestler beat me before and I wanted to wrestle him again, so I had to go down a weight.”
39-year-old child porn suspect charged in Fremont County
A 39-year-old Craig man arrested in January on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child now faces sexual assault charges in another jurisdiction. According to court records, the suspect is charged in Fremont County with two counts of sexual assault on a child from a person in a position of trust — victim under 15, and two counts of sexual assault on a child, pattern of abuse, all Class 3 felonies. Freemont County authorities filed an affidavit for a warrant for the suspect’s arrest in February while he was in custody at Moffat County Jail. Formal charges were filed March 19, according to court records.
In a political system typically split between the Republican and Democratic parties, third party candidates are generally relegated to support roles in local, state and national elections. But, the Libertarian Party is attempting to change the political landscape by rallying candidates for offices up for election this year. According to the party’s website, www.lp.org, 37 Libertarians will be featured on the November General Election ballot for a variety of local, state and national positions in Ohio, Illinois, Idaho, Maryland and Mississippi, among others, and that number is growing.
As we make the progression from late season snow to sunny-but-gusty days, it’s nice to get out and about, and this weekend is the time to do it. Just be careful you don’t get swept in any sudden windstorms because as we’ve seen so far this week, even living in the mountains doesn’t prevent us from being on the receiving end of some big breezes.
On the Record for Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Food Bank of the Rockies will begin offering its free Mobile Food Pantry program in Craig this week. The first food distribution takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Highway 40. The Mobile Food Pantry is open to anyone, regardless of income, and all food is free, said Lissa Radman, Boys & Girls Club education director.
Region 3 of the North American Trail Ride Conference would like to thank Lee and Dee Bates and all the wonderful staff at the Hampton Inn for hosting our annual regional convention in Craig, which was March 23 through 25. The rooms were beautiful and kept spotlessly clean as were the meeting room, boardroom, and hospitality room. The hotel even accommodated our needs for more seating space in the hospitality suite by removing the bed and putting more chairs in for the weekend. Hampton Inn & Suites serves a wonderful breakfast included in the room price, and they catered our lunch and dinner with exceptional food at a very reasonable price. We would heartily recommend Craig’s Hampton Inn for meetings and/or conventions for any businesses or organizations.
Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango leased space at 535 Green St., next to Craig’s U.S. Post Office, in hopes of opening a new business, Tarango’s Night Club. But, aspirations for the venture hit a snag Tuesday night when the Craig City Council unanimously denied retail gaming and tavern liquor licenses due to alleged false information on his application. “We take alcohol licenses very seriously in our community,” council member Byron Willems said. “It’s very important that we get accurate information before we act on something like this and it’s not a positive sign when we get this and the information is inaccurate.” According to a background check conducted by Sgt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department, records obtained through the Colorado Crime Information Center indicated Tarango incorrectly answered questions on his liquor license permit application.
A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government's case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members' expressed hatred of law enforcement didn't amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case. "The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level," the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and arrests that broke up the group. Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed.
Two gay lawmakers want to ask voters to repeal a Colorado law that barred cities from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people, a measure that was later ruled unconstitutional. The proposal passed its first vote Tuesday, but it will likely face opposition in the full Senate because it includes questions about campaign finance laws that have been deemed unconstitutional, too. Those laws are no longer enforced, but they continue to be printed in the Colorado Constitution. "Whether you agree or disagree with that, they're dead letters. It's extra pages being printed in our already too long state constitutional," Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman, the sponsor of the proposal, told lawmakers before a vote. The law involving gay people, known as Amendment 2, was initiated by voters and passed in 1992. It prompted calls for boycotts, conventions were canceled, and some called Colorado a hate state.
Investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine whether a controlled burn designed to minimize wildfire risk reignited and became a stubborn mountain wildfire that forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes and may have caused the deaths of two people. Federal agencies dispatched two large air tankers to tackle the 7-square-mile blaze that damaged or destroyed 28 structures and resulted in mandatory evacuations of 900 homes south of the commuter town of Conifer, about 8,200 feet up in the Rockies foothills and 25 miles southwest of downtown Denver. Some 450 firefighters from Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah were sent to assist 250 firefighters on the ground. The fire consumed grass, brush and some Ponderosa Pine tree canopies. Winds were 20 mph to 30 mph before calming late Tuesday.
On today’s front page, you’ll find a news story about a new community-based education group designed to build programs and augment educational efforts on behalf of students in the Moffat County School District. This group, Friends of Moffat County Education, is the second such group to spring within the last year in our community, joining the Maximum Commitment to Excellence organization. A third group, the Moffat County Booster Club, designed to bolster athletic programs throughout the district, also has been reinvigorated within the last year. Based on the formation of these groups, the tea leaves seem to indicate education is not only a priority for the community, but also people are willing to sacrifice the most valuable and underrated commodity — time.
The snow has melted and rocks on the road are becoming a nuisance. Seeing rocks all over the road, I’m reminded of kids. Let me explain. The rocks, so important just a few weeks ago, are lying about but aren’t needed anymore. The gravel once had a purpose but now the snow and ice have melted and those little rocks just serve to cause all kinds of problems.
Since taking over as Moffat County Tourism Association Director in June 2011, Melody Villard said the board has had problems conducting business due to attendance. “There have been instances where the regular meetings could not be held because we did not have a quorum,” Villard said. “We have also had problems working through our agendas efficiently because of conflicts of interest.” To streamline monthly MCTA Board meetings, Villard asked the Moffat County Commission on Tuesday to advertise for and appoint a local resident to serve as an alternate member. The MCTA Board has discussed the alternate’s role, Villard said. It’s the board’s expectation an alternate board member would serve a full three-year term, attend all meetings, and engage in discussions, but only vote on action items when necessary to complete a quorum.
Briefs for March 28, 2012.
All the pieces were in place for Ivan Nielsen to lead the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team to victory Tuesday at Craig Middle School. In the Bulldogs’ home opener against Union High School, neither team had scored in four innings and the game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Nielsen, an MCHS senior, stepped up to the plate to lead off for the Bulldogs. “I wanted to sit and wait until he gave me something I liked,” Nielsen said. “I knew I wanted to get it in a gap and try to get a double so we could get a runner in scoring position.”
Tuesday, March 27
If the creators of “Dancing with the Stars” or “Survivor” had any guts, they’d have a lot higher stakes in their shows for the losers. When you’ve seen “The Hunger Games,” being voted out of a competition seems like a pretty weak punishment compared to those who don’t live to recount their brief time in the limelight.
The words “live fire simulator” conjure images of black smoke pouring from a burning building. Yet, the fire simulator included in a proposed firefighter training facility south of The Memorial Hospital is different, said Byron Willems, Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board president. “There’s a concern that it puts out a lot of smoke,” he said. “It really puts out very little smoke. … Actually, you get more smoke out of a wood-burning fireplace than you do out of our live fire training facility.” Willems and Chris Nichols, fire board secretary/treasurer, hope to clear up this and any other misconceptions about the training facility when they address TMH Board members Thursday.
On the Record for March 27, 2012
Lawn care tips and service recommendations to get your lawn started for the season and maintain it throughout the summer.
Monday, March 26
It was the end of a long weekend for Matt Hulstine when he stepped out of the pool Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Hulstine, a Moffat County High School junior, swam eight events over two days between competing Friday in Montrose and Saturday in Grand Junction. Yet, even at the end, Hulstine didn’t let his fatigue overshadow his accomplishments over the weekend.
Although Bill Lawrence’s two children have long since graduated from Moffat County High School, he still has reason to be involved with local schools. “I just think it’s so important that we try to enhance the educational opportunities for our students,” the 67-year-old Craig resident said. Lawrence is one of 10 board members with Friends of Moffat County Education.
High winds and dry conditions caused several prescribed fires to burn out of control over the weekend, fire officials reported Monday. Captain Troy Hampton of Craig Fire/Rescue said firefighters were called to contain three fires Saturday and Sunday resulting from controlled burns in area ditches that spread past predetermined boundaries. “There were two on (Colorado) Highway 13 and one … on highway 394,” Hampton said. A Bureau of Land Management fire crew contained an additional fire on Colorado Highway 13 that started after a recreational vehicle towing a car sustained a blown tire.
TMH Board meeting agenda for March 29, 2012
On the Record for March 26, 2012
Melissa Camilletti and Annie Sadvar were understandably nervous heading into Sunday’s Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports all-state basketball game in Arvada. Teaming up with and competing against 14 of the top Class 4A seniors in the state would shed light on how good the two Moffat County High School seniors are as players. Once the game got going, however, Camilletti said their worries were put to rest and they just played their game. And, while the game was to recognize the top players in Colorado, a 76-67 victory for Camilletti and Sadvar’s team was a welcome achievement.
In 51 years of North American Trail Ride Conference competitions, no horse and rider team has ever won the organization’s top four national awards in the same year. That changed in 2011 when Craig resident Ken Wolgram, 47, and his 12-year-old half Arabian, half quarter horse, Awesomes Fire N Ice, blazed a new standard. Wolgram, a native Coloradan and Craig resident since he was 12, has been riding since he was 5 and competitively for the last 15 years. He took home the NATRC President’s Cup for high point horse in the nation and the Jim Menefee award for combined horse and horsemanship in 2002.
Sports briefs for March 26.
Moffat County bulldog sports schedule for the week of March 26.
A night of culture for an affordable price is sometimes hard to find. Even so, if you act now, you can keep your wallet stocked and still get a good experience. Tickets are now on sale for the Craig Concert Association’s 2012-13 series. The organization recently announced it will offer a deal for early birds to renew or purchase a membership at the same rate as the 2011-12 season. Season tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students and $80 for a family of two adults with any number of children. The CCA’s final show of the season ,Richie Lee & The Fabulous ’50s, is May 1 and the last opportunity to get tickets at this rate.
I’m new to this, creating an interest in volunteer work. To start, I apologize to those who might have taken offense to my letter before this one. I’m sorry. So I need to thank everyone in the community of Craig who has helped me in my time of desperate need. Thank you all, and I am very grateful. Even to those who have considered to help. Thank you, too.
Senior Spotlight for March 26, 2012: I’ve been thinking of the old saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” a lot lately.
Senior spotlight for March 26
Briefs for March 26.
One game is a grudge match between teams that know each other all too well. The other is a rare rematch between virtual strangers. The Final Four is set. In one game Saturday, Kentucky will play Louisville in an intrastate rivalry that puts Cardinals coach Rick Pitino against the school he once coached, then later alienated by returning to the Bluegrass to lead its archrival. In the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas, meeting for only the ninth time in their history but for the second time this season. The Jayhawks won the first game 78-67 in Lawrence, Kan., back on Dec. 10. Ohio State's Jared Sullinger sat out of that game with back spasms. It was the first time the teams had met since 1999-2000.
Hollywood icon James Cameron has made it to Earth's deepest point. The director of "Titanic," ''Avatar" and other films used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles, completing his journey a little before 8 a.m. Monday local time, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society. He plans to spend about six hours exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. "All systems OK," were Cameron's first words upon reaching the bottom, according to a statement. His arrival at a depth of 35,756 feet came early Sunday evening on the U.S. East Coast, after a descent that took more than two hours.
A former Colorado woman accused of pocketing more than $150,000 in government support for her adoptive sons without reporting the boys' disappearance years earlier has been sentenced to 42 years in prison.
A 49-year-old Grand Junction man who said he shot a woman in the head when he mistook her large red Mohawk for a fowl that had been harassing his cats has been sentenced to five years probation.
Sunday, March 25
Ken Wolgram 1st to get all of organization’s top trail riding awards
In 51 years of North American Trail Ride Conference competitions, no horse and rider team has ever won the organization’s top four national awards in the same year. That changed in 2011 when Craig resident Ken Wolgram, 47, and his 12-year-old half Arabian, half quarter horse, Awesomes Fire N Ice, blazed a new standard.
For many local Republican candidates, the past several weeks were spent meeting delegates and polishing speeches for Saturday’s Moffat County Republican Assembly. The hard work paid off for one candidate in particular. Chuck Grobe, a former Town of Hayden mayor and recent transplant to Craig, is running against incumbent Republican Audrey Danner for the Moffat County Commission District 2 seat. Both Grobe and Danner decided to go through the assembly process in their quest to appear on the June 26 Republican primary election ballot.
Saturday, March 24
The Moffat County High School rodeo team has often struggled with a lack of numbers. As one of the rare teams in northwest Colorado, MCHS usually has around five athletes on the team. This spring, however, head coach Janice Edwards said numbers are actually a strength for her squad. The Bulldogs have nine athletes, including five returning stars and four athletes new to the high school team.
There’s nothing more disrupting to a sleep routine than calving season. The number of cows we calve out is minuscule to that of a big ranching operation, and yet not getting enough sleep for even a night or two has a diverse effect on my writing endeavors. My brain just seems to shut down. This week we had to check a cow during the night that we had the rain, blowing snow, and cold temperatures (she ended up having twins) so my sleep schedule got off big time.
Briefs for March 24.
“Early Easter, Early Spring!” That’s what my dad used to say. Easter is April 8 this year. I’m not sure if that’s considered early, but this has been such an odd weather year that there may be a foot of snow by Easter. One thing is for sure- we’ll be planning our Easter dinner menu before long. This week’s column features two salad recipes. This first one, for “Ham Salad” might be served with dinner or it might be made up the following day in order to use up ham (or even turkey or chicken) leftovers. To make “Ham Salad”, you will need the following ingredients: 1 (8-oz.) package small shell macaroni; 1 small bag frozen peas; 1 1/2 to 2 cups diced ham (or other meat); 1/2 cup diced celery; 1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese; and Miracle Whip. Note: Use cooked meats.
It all started with a headache. Jake Vallem’s head was pounding the day he wrote his poem for the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest, so the Craig Middle School eighth-grader pulled down a thesaurus and culled words that described how he felt, he said. “I am feeling terrible, malicious, mean and mad,” his poem begins, “And dreadful and deplorable, snappy, sick and sad.” Although Vallem wasn’t feeling so hot the day he put pen to paper, his untitled poem piqued the interest of Craig Poetry Society members who judged the contest.
Twenty-four hours after a group in Routt County announced a casino project is in the works for Hayden, officials on the far west end of Moffat County said things are progressing smoothly with their casino project as well. “I can tell you from the people I have spoke to at the tribe, with (Gaming Market Advisors) and the town (of Dinosaur), all systems are go,” Dinosaur Mayor L.D. Smith said. “That’s about as much as I can say because (the Ute Indian Tribe) just received the feasibility study and we’re kind of in limbo until the tribe looks at it and makes a decision.” Dinosaur officials began serious discussions with the Utes of the Uintah and Ouray reservation, headquartered in Fort Duchesne, Utah, in October 2011. Preliminary plans proposed a gaming facility with a restaurant and hotel. Additional developments, including a recreational vehicle park and municipal golf course, have been tabled until the initial project gets underway, Smith said.
Moffat County Republican Party precinct caucus chairpersons have been on the phone all week, local GOP Chairman KC Hume said Friday. But, GOP officials were not phone banking, conducting voter preference surveys, or soliciting donations for local Republican candidates — they were contacting more than 92 delegates and alternates to remind them to attend the Moffat County Republican Assembly at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. The assembly starts at 7:30 a.m. today with registration and credentialing. The event officially begins at 8:30 a.m. with some “procedural matters,” Hume said, including establishing the delegation.
Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA tournament record, and No. 2 seed Kansas held on to beat North Carolina State 60-57 Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals. The Jayhawks (30-6) advanced to play top-seeded North Carolina for a spot in the Final Four when Richard Howell's off-balanced heave at the buzzer came up well short. Elijah Johnson added 11 points for the Jayhawks, including a layup off an inbound pass from Tyshawn Taylor with 13.5 seconds remaining that gave them a calming cushion.
On March 11, we lost Kevin, our son, brother, uncle, father, husband and friend. At this time, we would like to thank the ones who are often forgotten. The ones who are there in the end, respond without question, and stand back in the shadows protecting the ones we love. To the Colorado State Patrol Communication Center personnel: Jacque Creider, Kim Zimmerman and Erika Rick; the Craig Police Department, especially Sgt. Brian Soper and Officer Lance Eldridge; Crisis Counselor Jennifer Thomas; EMT ambulance crew members Justin Fedinec and Heather Hampton; and Craig Fire Department crew members John Felton, Troy Hampton, Al Landa and Doug Willems.
The following comment was posted to the Craig Daily Press website Friday morning. “I don’t see this as being particularly praiseworthy. I’m not going to criticize the kids, either, but there isn’t anything particularly admirable about conducting a high school play after the teacher suffers a monumental tragedy,” the anonymous reader commented, adding later, “I don’t particularly care about a (relatively) insignificant high school drama production.” The comment, a prime example of how shortsighted thinking and an Internet connection can be a dangerous combination, was in reference to the Moffat County High School production of the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder,” and the tragic circumstances surrounding it. The remarks reappear today not out of agreement, but to illustrate how completely incorrect the commenter’s views on the play and difficult conditions around it actually were.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team got its first goal of the season Friday against Grand Valley, but not much else went right for the Bulldogs. Poor passing and mental mistakes paved way for the Grand Valley offense to put 36 shots on goal en route to a 3-1 victory over MCHS. “I thought we played horrible,” head coach Harry Tripp said. “We couldn’t pass the ball and fundamentally, we had four or five bad throw ins. It was the basic stuff like not putting our foot down when passing in and passing the ball to the other team that cost us, and I don’t really have an answer why we couldn’t do the fundamentals.” Harry, who said he is usually level headed when things go wrong, had to try something different at half time.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were only a few miles away from Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, participating in the NBA All-Star game on the night the unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweatshirt was shot to death by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. They never knew the teenager, but on Friday they decided it was time to speak out — as did many others around the NBA. Wade posted a photo of himself from a previous photo shoot wearing a hooded shirt, otherwise known as a hoodie, to his Twitter and Facebook pages on Friday morning. A couple hours later, James posted another photo — this one of 13 Heat players, all wearing team-logo hoodies, their heads bowed, their hands stuffed into their pockets. The photo was taken at the team hotel, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called it "a powerful statement."
One criticism of the idea to make welfare recipients take drug tests is that lawmakers and other elected officials who also get state funds should submit themselves to the same standard. In Colorado, lawmakers are moving to make that happen, adding the provision on a divisive bill Friday that would require drug tests for welfare applicants, and now also elected officials, including the governor. The lawmaker who proposed the amendment, Democratic House Leader Mark Ferrandino, passed around small cups with pictures of lawmakers and the words "drug test," prompting chuckles from members of the Appropriations Committee that moved the bill to a vote of the full House. The cups listed the name of the committee as "Appropeeations." "I brought us all cups so we can go get drug tested," Ferrandino jovially said, prompting a quip from a lawmaker that if Ferrandino was willing to take the cups, they'd be willing to take the test. Ferrandino opposes the bill.
On March 17 and 18, 37 youth basketball teams participated in the annual Yampa Valley Classic basketball tournament. Moffat County Youth Basketball (MCYB) would like to thank those organizations and individuals that allowed MCYB to successfully host 74 games in 48 hours. First and foremost, MCYB is thankful for the generosity extended by the Moffat County School District, its administrators and the janitorial staff from Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School, and Sandrock Elementary School for allowing us to use gym space and for cleaning up the mess created by the hundreds of fans and players.
The house lights dimmed and the audience went quiet Thursday night in the Moffat County High School auditorium. All eyes were trained on the curtain, waiting for the premier of “Rehearsal for Murder,” a 1930s-era mystery, as the cast waited in the wings. It was, it appeared, an opening night not unlike others on the MCHS stage since Heather Dahlberg took the helm of the theater department about two years ago. Yet a day before, a shadow had fallen over the 15-member cast of the play.
Jordan Williams, a 2008 Hayden High School graduate and former member of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team, was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week on March 13. Williams, a junior catcher at Colorado School of Mines, helped lead the Orediggers to a 3-1 record the previous weekend, going 7 for 13 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored. He posted three doubles and played errorless defense in 27 total chances. In the Orediggers 7-6 victory over Metro State on March 11, Williams hit the game-winning RBI in the top of the 10th.
Government updates for March 24.
Temperatures rising into the 70s in some areas are bringing some of Colorado's black bears out of hibernation early. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say sightings have already been reported in Colorado Springs, Aspen, Durango and Summit County.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who participated in our annual Daffodil Fundraiser for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. Thank you to the team of staff and volunteers who worked so hard to plan, organize and carry out the event. Thank you to Susanne with Alpine Floral who, year after year, arranges to have our daffodils in place, drives to Denver to transport the flowers to the valley, offers her business to us for storage and wrapping, and is hugely instrumental in the sales. Thanks to Barb Ross, who graciously supplies us with her beautiful artwork for the posters and greeting cards every year. Finally, thanks to everyone who stopped to buy daffodils or just make a donation to our organization. I cannot thank you enough.
Friday, March 23
On the Record for March 23, 2012
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team has one number in mind this season, and that is five. With Harry Tripp at the helm the past two seasons, the Bulldogs have won a school-record five games each year. Not only do Harry and his players want to break the school record, but getting over five wins means the team can make a push for the playoffs. “We definitely want to make a push for the playoffs this year, and I think we have the group of girls to do it,” Harry said. “Once we can get the whole team on track, we have a shot at winning games. The girls are friends, so they can work better together on connecting with passes and knowing what each other should be doing.
Alfredo Lebron said he has grown accustomed to the expectations placed upon him. Lebron, a Moffat County High School senior, was expected to be the top 4A cross-country runner in the fall and in October, fulfilled his goal of a state title. Now with track and field season here, Lebron again is expected to be the runner to beat in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races as the top returning placer from last year’s state meet. “I’m not really nervous and I try not to sound cocky, but you get out there with a different mindset that you can do good if you put in the work,” he said. “I know a bunch of people will be going for me, but I will go out there and do what I can do and hopefully that is enough to get an undefeated season.”
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team’s trip to the 4A state playoffs last season was no fluke. Four seniors, including 4A Western Slope League co-player of the year Ben Williams, anchored the team. The Bulldogs scored double-digit runs in six games and routinely saw the ball fly out of the park at the hands of multiple batters. But this season, head coach Justin Folley said how his players fill the roles of the four departed seniors will determine if the Bulldogs make it back to the playoffs.
In May 2011, Moffat County High School golfer Caitlin Harjes was in a sudden death playoff at regionals in Battlement Mesa. A freshman at the time, Harjes was competing against a girl from Gunnison High School. A trip to the state tournament at Elmwood Golf Course in Pueblo was on the line. “I went to regionals and I did not do well during the playoff,” Harjes said. “I was freaking out that everyone was staring at me.”
There must be something in the water at the Moffat County High School swimming pool. While there are only eight boys on her squad this year, coach Meghan Francone said what the roster lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality. “We’re known for always bringing our A game, and we may not have big numbers, but we definitely have the heart,” she said.
David Dempster takes a look around the comfortable living area in the Craig house he and wife Julie have called home for 11 years. “We will definitely miss this place,” he says. He’s not the first to say those words. He’s not the first to realize a chapter in life closes even as another begins. Yet, the words are apt.
There’s an old adage — don’t believe everything you read or hear. Yet news reporters and anchors have continually reported the demise of the national tea party movement, portraying organization members and chapters around the country as being little more than gun-toting, conservative extremists from the far radical right. This isn’t the impression one gets when sitting down and discussing politics and political views with members from the Craig tea party chapter — the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots. Most members go against the grain of negative stereotypes. “There’s a huge misunderstanding of what the tea party is all about,” said Carol Haskins, a Bears Ears chapter member. “People think we are all a bunch of radicals, but we have worked really hard to build a reputation in this community.
The feeling was bittersweet Thursday for Jon Pfeifer, Moffat County deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, when discussing his departure for a position in Grand Junction. “We’ve enjoyed Craig a lot and we’re sad to leave the people that have extended a tremendous amount of kindness to me and my family,” Pfeifer said. “This is just a better opportunity.” Pfeifer submitted his resignation in early March after three and a half years with the Moffat County D.A.’s office. His final day as deputy district attorney is March 30. Pfeifer will relocate to Grand Junction, where he has accepted a position as an associate with Rider & Quesenberry, LLP.
Briefs for March 23, 2012.
I wish to extend my thanks to coach Eric Hamilton for all he did for the varsity boys basketball team this year. The boys basketball team has gone through some transitions having three different coaches in three years. Coach Hamilton brought in the stability and direction that the team needed. Right from the start, Hamilton made it clear he wanted to instill a sense of pride in the team and to have the community share in that pride. His positive, caring attitude toward the boys helped give them pride in themselves and the winning attitude necessary to build a successful program.
How do you like living under a dictator? Barack Obama has just decided that any business or institution that provides insurance must pay for abortion drugs, contraceptive services, and sterilization, whether these services go against the religious principles of these entities or not. His "accommodation" because of the instant outrage of Americans against this nullification of our right to freedom of religion was nothing more than a cover-up. The corrupt policy is still in place.
This is for the socially deficient: 1. Think before you speak. 2. Don’t be loud and speak over a crowd. We know you’re there. 3. Don’t gossip. People like their secrets kept.
In the 1950s, before the advent of Title 9 and competitive athletic programs for women, most girls in physical education classes at Spanish Fork Junior High School said no thank you to playing hard and sweating. Somehow, the rowdy girls of grade school who played all out at recess and howled with joy when they bested boys at running, catching, or scoring, transformed into a giggling gaggle more interested in watching the boys at the other end of the gym than in the exhortations of Miss Erickson, the PE teacher. I’d like to say I remained true to myself and participated fully and with enjoyment as I had in elementary school, but I didn’t. I joined the pack.
Actions from the Moffat County School Board meeting March 22.
Steamboat Springs Olympian Johnny Spillane and four local business partners are exploring the viability of building a casino, hotel and entertainment venue on land near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The partnership faces many hurdles along the way, including winning the support of surrounding communities, finding an American Indian tribe to work with, jumping through the federal regulatory hoops and getting approval from the governor. “We’re still definitely in the process of gathering information,” said Steve Hofman, one of the group’s partners. “If we reach the point that we say that the project’s not viable, we’ll say that.” Spillane discussed the idea Thursday with Hofman, a Steamboat resident who spent much of his career in Washington, D.C., and was a U.S. assistant secretary of labor under former President George H. W. Bush.
A man accused of offering cash to have his estranged wife and brother-in-law killed pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree murder in a deal that spares him the death penalty. The accused killer also pleaded guilty to the same counts. Christopher Wells and accomplice Josiah Sher were each given two consecutive life sentences in the deaths of Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty in Rafferty's home in Douglas County in 2011. Both were shot and stabbed. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brett Cochran said the plea agreements will save Wells' daughter, who was 6 at the time, from having to testify about seeing her mother's body and watching the attack on her uncle.
This goat-doping scandal has a happy ending — and an enduring mystery. Two siblings, whose prize-winning goats were disqualified at the 2011 Colorado State Fair after testing positive for a banned growth stimulant, can participate in the competition this year, state fair general manager Chris Wiseman ruled Thursday. Ben Weinroth, a minor, can compete "pursuant to his status as a member in good standing with the Colorado 4-H," Wiseman said in a statement. Ben's 19-year-old sister, Maggie, also was reinstated — though she's now too old to participate in the fair's junior competition, Wiseman added. What led to the doping of goats 501 and 507, however, remains a whodunit.
Whitney Houston was a chronic cocaine user who had the drug in her system when she drowned in a hotel bathtub, coroner's officials said Thursday after releasing autopsy findings that also noted heart disease contributed to her death. The disclosure ended weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and her death was ruled accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner's officials said there weren't excessive quantities. "We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager, wrote in a statement to The Associated Press.
In March 2011, Ethan O’Mailia got the opportunity to skate with the Colorado Avalanche, a moment he described as “a once in a lifetime chance.” O’Mailia’s play and leadership for the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team prompted his coaches to nominate him for the opportunity. This year, O’Mailia, a Moffat County High School senior, had the chance to impress a different coach with his play and earn another opportunity for his hockey career. During a hockey camp at Moffat County Ice Arena, O’Mailia worked out for Bryan Smith, a coach for the Colorado Ski Country Selects youth hockey team that travels and plays in Europe.
Thursday, March 22
On the Record for March 22, 2012
An independent contractor working at The Memorial Hospital in Craig has posted bond following his arrest for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from the hospital. A Craig Police Department investigation into Richard Timothy Dickerson, 37, of Hutchinson, Kan., is ongoing. Additional charges could be filed pending the outcome of the probe, Sgt. John Forgay said. “We’ve got some other things we need to look at real seriously,” Forgay said. “Part of that is what we had at the time was simply a misdemeanor crime. We’re following up with an investigation and there’s a good chance we will be charging further crimes. “Those things I can’t get into at this time because of the investigation.”
Heather Dahlberg, a Moffat County High School teacher, lost three relatives in a plane crash Wednesday who were en route to Craig to watch a school play she had been directing. The play continued as planned at the request of Dahlberg and her theater students, MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said. “The kids determined that … in the tradition of any theater, the show must go on,” Schnellinger said. He lauded the student actors’ wishes to continue with the production, “Rehearsal for Murder,” a 1930s-era mystery.
Wednesday, March 21
It’s been a busy few months since Betsy Nauman Cook took over as director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. In addition to moving into new office space March 12 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower, conducting her 25th business counseling appointment, and aiming to “pull the trigger” on the Office of Economic Development and International Trade grant April 2 to get the business incubator off the ground, Cook said she recently discovered a new federal grant available to assist with regional economic development.
Kelly Martin-Puleo doesn’t leave the future to chance. Instead, she plans. She always has a five-year blueprint for her life, “and I pretty much stick to it,” said Martin-Puleo, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s nursing program director. The college nursing program has blossomed under Martin-Puleo’s guidance, CNCC nursing instructor Julie Alkema said. She attributes its growth to the director’s characteristic ability to look past the immediate future. “She’s just got a great vision for what we can be … that we can be a center of excellence, even though we’re in rural Colorado,” Alkema said. “… I feel we’re very lucky to have her as a leader here.”
A week ago, Annie Sadvar and Melissa Camilletti joked about being “retired” from high school basketball. The two Moffat County High School seniors wrapped up their final season as players on the MCHS girls varsity basketball team with a loss in the Sweet 16 on Feb. 25. Sadvar said she contemplated throwing her basketball shoes away. Lucky for her, she didn’t. Sadvar and Camilletti were chosen to participate in the Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports all-state basketball game this weekend in Arvada.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig announced Wednesday plans for a 722-acre prescribed burn on Long Mountain in northeast Moffat County, seven miles south of Slater, Wyo. “The objective of the burn is to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels, mainly thick sagebrush, while improving wildlife habitat and range condition,” The BLM stated in a news release. “Additionally, this will reduce the chance for large intense wildland fires.”
This week, spring is supposed to have sprung already. But as any Moffat County resident knows, there’s always the possibility of seeing more heavy precipitation. At least at this point it’ll start melting faster. Even if your golf game or baseball practices have been ruined by snow, there’s still something to get excited about within the following week.
Not everyone gets to own a pet that has the look of a bulldog mixed with a salamander mixed with a bionic cheetah. Then again, the titular man of “John Carter” isn’t your average fellow, even if he becomes less distinct as the years go by.
On the Record for March 21, 2012
What’s the difference between an injured worker and a sidelined player for the Denver Broncos? Not much, in Greg Holm’s view, at least when it comes to rehabilitation. Both need to get back into action — whether it’s on the field or in the workplace — as soon as possible, said Holm, a nurse practitioner with Steamboat Springs-based YampaWorks Occupational Health Services. YampaWorks, a program affiliated with Yampa Valley Medical Center, has provided services to Craig workers at its Steamboat Springs office for some time, said Christine McKelvie, Medical Center public relations director.
Residents on Colorado's eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage and the number of farm animals killed following a wildfire that charred more than 37 square miles. Fire managers put two firefighting air tankers on standby at an airport outside Denver on Tuesday because forecasts are calling for increasingly dangerous conditions into next weekend. Forests and grasslands are dry from the lower elevations of the Front Range eastward into Kansas, said Steve Segin, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. Things are expected to worsen by the weekend, with high fire danger in eastern Colorado, southeast Wyoming and far western Nebraska and South Dakota.
John Elway flashed that mile-wide grin and turned the microphone over to his new quarterback, Peyton Manning. Talk about a powerful pair. Introducing Manning as the newest Denver Bronco on Tuesday, the two Super Bowl winners each talked about hoisting another Lombardi Trophy, this time together. And soon. "I realize I don't have 14 years left, by any means," Manning said. "This isn't something where I'm just building a foundation to do something in two years or three years. This is a 'now' situation. We're going to do whatever we can to win right now. That's all I'm thinking about right now."
Dealt a resounding defeat in Illinois' presidential primary, Republican Rick Santorum brushed off the latest loss to rival Mitt Romney and told his supporters on Tuesday to "saddle up like Reagan did in the cowboy movies" and help him narrow a seemingly insurmountable deficit in delegates. Santorum had hoped to make a real contest of Illinois, the birthplace of actor turned president Ronald Reagan, but he was outspent in advertising by a 7-to-1 margin by Romney and his allies and fled the state before balloting began. "We're heading to Louisiana for the rest of the week, then we're back here in Pennsylvania and we're going to pick up a whole boatload of delegates and close this gap and then on to victory," he told a packed hotel ballroom in Gettysburg, Pa., as more than 1,000 supporters waited outside. Santorum won the Southern states of Alabama and Mississippi last week. Romney has not posted a win in the South since his January triumph in Florida.
Chad Elliott said when the Moffat County boys eighth-grade youth basketball team fell in the second round of Yampa Valley Classic on Sunday, the players never lost hope. The Moffat County Youth Basketball program’s tournament, which consisted of more than 30 teams from the Western Slope, Utah and Wyoming, hosted group play Saturday and tournament play Sunday at Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School. The boys eighth-grade team beat Rifle in the opening round Sunday but fell, 48-37, against North Fork, an all-star team from Glenwood Springs. However because the winner of the consolation bracket earned a chance to play the winner of the winner’s bracket, Elliott said he told the kids they could have a chance to avenge their loss.
Todd Trapp said the early part of the track and field season is used to get kids in the right kind of physical shape. While the athletes want to run great times early, Trapp, the Moffat County High School track and field coach, said with the right conditioning, the best times will come toward the end of the season as they push to qualify for the state meet. Senior Andy Browning’s time in the 200-meter dash Saturday at the Delta Invitational sets him up to finish among the top sprinters in the state. In the Bulldog’s third meet of the season, Browning took third place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.9 seconds, only .4 seconds off the time he posted at last year’s Western Slope League meet.
Agenda for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting
Agendas for the Moffat County School Board meeting and workshop
I would like to thank the young man and woman who brought in the injured cat to Bear Creek on Monday. The cat had been hit by a car and they found the animal on the side of the road. It was after hours and veterinarian Kelly Hepworth was kind enough to humanely euthanize it. Just when I start to get discouraged by the human race, someone comes along showing great compassion. It really inspires me to continue my journey helping the animals of Moffat County. Remember to use caution when approaching an injured animal. It’s also best not to attempt this in a high speed and/or high volume traffic area.
It’s time to wake up, America, as the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the end times, which we are living. But know this: in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, slanderous, brutal, despisers of good, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Doesn’t this accurately describe our modern age? As part of the end of times scenario, Jesus described droughts, famines, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other disasters on a global scale, events we have seen regularly in recent years.
Economic development, specifically tools for successful economic development, were primary topics discussed during Monday’s editorial board meeting. Betsy Nauman Cook, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, briefly met with board members to discuss legislation threatening enterprise zones in rural communities (see related story, page 1). But, it’s not the enterprise zone this opinion piece centers on today. We’ll take on that topic down the road. Rather, it was a story that appeared on Monday’s front page of the Craig Daily Press that captured our attention.
Before moving to Craig, Talia Johnson, 37, served four years with the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department in Rush as both a firefighter and an emergency medical technician. An injury later sidelined Johnson from active duty. Rather than cut ties with the department, Johnson decided to make a run at the Tri-State Fire Protection District Board and served in that capacity for a number of years. In July 2011, Johnson’s husband, David, landed a position as a history professor at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.
A children’s health fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St. The event is free and open to children from birth to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Developmental screenings are available in several areas, including cognition, vision, dental and speech. Appointments are required. Call 824-7457 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
In 1986, the state legislature passed the Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act to address economic distress affecting numerous communities throughout the state. The bill allowed areas with low population density, high unemployment rates and slow population growth to create enterprise zones that would be able to extend certain tax credits to businesses looking to move or expand in Colorado. Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Clear Creek, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties encompass one of those districts known as the Northwest Colorado Enterprise Zone. But before Colorado legislators convened in January, local elected officials and economic development specialists discovered three proposed bills that could amend enterprise zone designation or terminate them altogether.
The setting: An empty stage at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. The time: the late 1930s. Exactly one year ago, Monica Welles, a complex prima donna, was found dead after her performance on this very stage. Police concluded she took her own life.
Dry, windy conditions have led to high fire risk in Moffat County, the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. Several red flag fire warnings have already been issued for Northwest Colorado, and green-up, which normally slows fire spreading, has not yet occurred in most of the region. Warm, dry weather is predicted to return later this week. “Fire is a valuable and necessary tool, which under the right conditions can be safely used to promote plant regeneration, put nutrients back in the soil and remove vegetative debris,” according to the release.
Tuesday, March 20
The Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs, Wyo., shut its doors permanently Tuesday, the agency reported in a news release. A staff member will be retained for two weeks as patients transition to other health care providers. The agency will advertise dates when patients can get copies of their medical records, according to the release.
On the Record for March 20, 2012
Would the Founding Fathers recognize today’s U.S. government? Would those who lived in the 13 states that ratified the U.S. Constitution? I’ve become a better student of American history since the 2008 national elections than I was during my high school years, and my answer to these questions is a resounding NO. To explain my answer, I think it’s necessary to see what the American mind was like that caused us to declare our independence from the British, fight the Revolutionary War, and come up with the form of government they did.
Monday, March 19
A new logo has started appearing on all Colorado Northwestern Community College publications, ads, documents, and signage, according to a news release issued Monday from the school. A celebration planning committee was formed at the beginning of the year and approved the logo design in January, the school reported. The 50th anniversary logo will appear in addition to the college’s original logo. CNCC, which has campuses in Craig and Rangely, opened in the fall of 1962, admitting a freshman class of 83 students. A dedication ceremony took place Saturday, Oct. 13, 1962.
Being among the best in the state at the breaststroke has become something of the norm for Matt Hulstine. During the summer, Hulstine swam his way to two first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events at the 2011 Western Zone Age Championships. Last May, Hulstine finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Class 4A boys state swimming competition as a sophomore.
Imagine this: You’re sitting in a classroom and all you see when you look around are people who “get it.” But you’re not one of those people, and the teacher keeps moving along because everyone else seems to understand. You begin to raise your hand but think better of it. “Not in this class, they’ll all think I’m stupid,” you tell yourself. “I’ll just pretend I understand and figure it out later.”
On the Record for March 19, 2012
Michigan finally ended a decade-long drought and made it into the NCAA women's tournament on the strength of the Big Ten's best defense. Then 5-foot-7 Aaryn Ellenberg and Oklahoma tore it all apart to send the Wolverines right back home. Ellenberg scored 21 of her 28 points in the second half, Morgan Hook added 13 points and Oklahoma defeated Michigan 88-67 Sunday night to move on in the Fresno Regional. The Sooners' output amounted to 10 more points than anyone else had scored on Michigan (20-13) all season long.
A wind-fueled wildfire on the plains of northeastern Colorado destroyed at least two homes and forced all 300 residents of a rural town to evacuate Sunday, authorities said. More than a dozen area fire departments were working to extinguish the blaze, which started at about 1:15 p.m. south of Yuma before spreading toward Eckley, prompting evacuation orders for the town. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. Mike McCaleb, emergency manager in neighboring Washington County, estimated the fire was about 10 miles long and about a mile and a half wide. It created a large wall of smoke and forced authorities to close a section of U.S. Highway 34 east of Yuma.
Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound. "I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC." Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive?
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad. Now, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the U.S. government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time after 72 years of privacy protection lapses. Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet — but they will not be immediately name searchable. For genealogists and family historians, the 1940 census release is the most important disclosure of ancestral secrets in a decade and could shake the branches of many family trees. Scholars expect the records to help draw a more pointillistic portrait of a transformative decade in American life.
When one of Craig’s newest eateries opened its doors, the shift from fall to winter weather was imminent. Now that the ice and snow of the cold months are fading, the business can make a shift. This week marks the six-month point of Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way, which first opened Sept. 23, 2012. After a slow start attracting a customer base, the breakfast/lunch restaurant has become one of the more popular places around town. “I think once we got our sign out and got some word-of-mouth going around town, business started to get really good,” manager Erin Durham said. Durham’s father, Dennis Otis, is the owner of Cool Water.
Emanuel Quintero, 24, is an islander. He was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, later moving to Maui. In January, Quintero relocated to Craig with his wife, Molly, to open a family-owned and operated bakery called Mauka, Hawaiian for “toward the mountains.” “We’re from the islands, so we’re always thinking about the ocean,” Quintero said. “But we’re in Colorado now. People here love the mountains and the outdoors.” Quintero said people often ask him how he could trade a tropical island for living stateside.
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team gave two very different performances Saturday on the second day of the Montrose Tournament. In the first game against Paonia High School, the Bulldogs rode strong pitching and clutch hitting to an 8-5 victory. However, in the second game against Montrose, the Bulldogs’ lack of depth at pitcher opened the door for Montrose’s powerful offense in a 25-2 loss. The Bulldogs wrapped up the opening weekend with a 1-2 record.
To rebuild relations with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board decided to go against one of its policies by offering the local nonprofit free membership. The board decision was reached after VFW members attended the monthly Chamber Board meeting in February to discuss a rental payment for the Marcia Car lot or to explore ideas to have the train car removed from VFW property. The VFW had been a longtime member of the Chamber, but cancelled its membership more than a year ago, Chamber Director Christina Oxley said. The Chamber Board discussed March 8 ways to bring the VFW back into the organization and keep the Marcia Car in its present location.
Craig Youth Traveling Baseball is now accepting registration for the 2012 season. Players age 8 to 14 can register and the organization is hoping to get a team for each age group. Registration is $50 per player, which includes a hat and jersey. The deadline to register is April 14 and practice begins April 16.
Preview of Moffat County High School sports events for the week of March 19, 2012.
Where is your hometown? “Right here. I was born in Craig and grew up here.” What has kept you in Craig? “Right now, school. I’m going to attend (Colorado Northwestern Community College) for cosmetology. I just moved back from Fort Collins because it was a little too expensive. ”Motto or outlook on life? “My motto is a quote from Marilyn Monroe: ‘Give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.’” Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “Los Jilbertos makes great enchiladas. I don’t really like Tex-Mex kinds of food because my grandma’s Spanish and makes actual Mexican food, so I like them because they’re not so Americanized like Taco Bell or other places.”
March is on its way over the hump, as I like to say. To me, this month signifies rain, snow and other inclement weather. You know, spring time in the Rockies when it’s not quite 40 below. Crocus start peeking out, tulips vie for space.
The Craig Parks and Recreation Department will offer spring water aerobics classes beginning today and ending May 2. Classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Moffat County High School pool, 900 Finley Lane. Classes will not take place April 2 or 4, due to spring break. The fee is $30 for six weeks or $3 per day. To sign up, visit Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., or www.ci.craig.co.us.
Saturday, March 17
Faith and begorrah! It’s that time of year again, when shillelaghs and shamrocks are among the décor in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to live in the Emerald Isle or have the luck of a leprechaun to commemorate March 17. As good fortune would have it, the holiday falls on a Saturday this year. Whether you prefer to sip, chug, gulp or quaff in a bar, pub, tavern or watering hole, mix and match those however you want by frequenting any of the following locations this weekend, all while wearing green. We’ll leave the shade up to you, whether you prefer forest, olive, or a nice lime.
March 2 marked the deadline for residents and landowners to self nominate for the May 8 Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board special election. This year, two of the board’s five seats, which are currently occupied by Byron Willems, board president, and Alan Webber, board member, are up for election. Willems, who has served as president since 2002, is seeking another four-year term. Webber is also seeking reelection. He has served the board since 2005.
In the heart of Jerusalem stands a ruin from a distant past. It may not look like much to the curious tourist. The stones in the ancient wall are worn, and a few weeds sprout in the cracks between them. But if you know the Bible like Len Browning does, you know the significance of this place. It’s a reminder of the Jewish temple destroyed nearly two millennia ago. The temple housed the Holy of Holies, which is believed to be the place where God himself dwelled.
Aging Well, a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association program, hosts Wellness Wednesday for older adults every Wednesday at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class takes place at 8:30 a.m., Arthritis Foundation exercise is at 10:30 a.m., and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. The meal costs $3.
Welcome to a new era of exponentially more unlimited and undisclosed campaign spending. This is the first presidential election since game-changing rulings by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and a federal district court in SpeechNow.org v. FEC paved the way for a small group of elites to spend unprecedented sums — with little or no transparency — to influence voters. Since then, outside groups often called “super PACs” have proliferated, stimulating new ways for big donors to influence elections — often in secret. Super PACs have already wielded enough power of the purse to change the typical course of the Republican presidential primary season. Their spending power is prolonging the campaigns of candidates whose own coffers are depleted.
Along with super PACs, we're now hearing about dark money, or the unlimited anonymous funds that can flow to super PACs via nonprofit "social welfare" organizations that don't have to publicly disclose who gave them the funds. Electioneering communications (issue ads) lurk in yet another dark region of the campaign finance world, where disclosure is largely nonexistent. These communications clearly promote candidates and political views but avoid the use of words like "vote for" or “vote against.” Regulated at the federal level to some degree, 31 states have no regulations for disclosing electioneering communications that target candidates running for state office.
If a third-grader falls behind in reading, should he or she be allowed to move on to the next grade? The question is at the center of a debate concerning a proposed literacy act moving through the Colorado House of Representatives. House Bill 12-1238, also known as the Colorado Early Literacy Act, shines a spotlight on students in kindergarten through third grade who fall behind in reading. The bill requires schools to provide programs to ensure students are reading at grade level by the time they finish third grade.
This is what 16-year-old Derek Maiolo, of Craig, had to say about the 19th annual 4-H District Retreat. “It was an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends and to understand how they are successful, not only in 4-H but also in their communities,” he said. The retreat was March 2 through 4 at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs. Derek was one of eight Moffat County 4-H members who attended the retreat.
In August, Daniel Brown walked onto the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the 2011 Men’s Club Championships and walked off the winner. Brown, a Craig resident, shot a 151 over the two-day tournament to be crowned club champion. On Friday, Brown got an early start on his title defense. A mixture of a mild winter and warm temperatures in March allowed the golf course to open to the public Friday, about two weeks earlier than last year.
Mike Krzyzewski knew this year's Duke team had its flaws. Several of them hurt the Blue Devils in a big way on Friday night. Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee had 19 points apiece, but Duke struggled from 3-point range and lost 75-70 to Lehigh to become the second No. 2 seed to lose to a 15 during a wild day in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils, who relied on the 3-point shot this season, went 6 for 26 from behind the arc and another speedy guard sliced through their defense. This time it was C.J. McCollum, who finished with 30 points.
The Colorado health department is rebuking a federal agency and saying it hasn't determined if a public hearing is needed for a radioactive materials license it issued to a proposed uranium mill.
Mountain pine beetles that are devastating forests across the West have been breeding twice a year the last three years, not just once, University of Colorado researchers say.
A co-founder of the group behind a viral video about a brutal African warlord was detained by police and hospitalized after witnesses saw him running through streets in his underwear, screaming and banging his fists on the pavement. Jason Russell of Invisible Children was hospitalized for exhaustion less than two weeks after the release of the 30-minute video he narrated about warlord Joseph Kony, said Ben Keesey, the group's chief executive officer. "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition," Keesey said. "He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday." "Jason's passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue," the statement read.
Justin Folley said he knew having a young baseball team would present challenges early in the season. On Friday, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team stepped on the field for the first time this season in the Montrose Tournament at Montrose High School. The Bulldogs got overwhelmed early against Emery (Utah) High School in the opening game, falling behind 4-0 after two innings, and struggled to slow the Spartans offense in a 15-3 loss. “I knew we would struggle being as young as we are, but I thought we did alright for it being our first game,” said Folley, the team’s head coach. “A lot of the young guys stepped up and did some good things, so all in all, I think it was a learning experience and we will have to go from here.”
I met Todd and Kathy Hildebrandt and their 16-year-old daughter, Katelynn, at a Moffat County High School basketball game about a month ago. During breaks from action on the court, I did what reporters are supposed to do — I asked questions, verified names and ages, and got the basics. Then, I went home and began to grapple with one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever written. Katelynn's voice would never be a part of my story because she couldn't talk. She is legally blind and deaf and she cannot feed herself.
Friday, March 16
On the Record for March 16, 2012
Sheriff's officials say a 56-year-old Morgan County man has died after being crushed by a pile of pinto beans in a warehouse near Brush.
As a child, I read and re-read a small volume of Aesop’s Fables I discovered in our family bookcase. I enjoyed the illustrated stories and puzzled over the morals that accompanied them. I especially liked the tale of the city mouse and country mouse because it revolved around food. The story began with a country mouse inviting his cousin, a city mouse, to dinner. The hoity-toity urbanite scorned the simple fare served and decided to give his backward cousin a taste of the good life by inviting him to a grand feast in the city. The rural mouse enjoyed the fine cuisine offered, but was distressed when a marauding cat interrupted dinner, and the mice had to flee.
We would like to thank the fans, family and students for the support you have shown the varsity basketball team and especially Andy this season. Thanks for all the concern and support many of you showed Andy after the heartbreaking Steamboat game when he was not allowed to play the fourth quarter of his final game. In answer to your questions and to set the record straight, Andy did nothing wrong that night. He did not foul out nor was he disrespectful or benched for any reason. He was not allowed to play because he wasn’t part of the coach’s game plan, the coach wanted to play the underclassmen. Andy begged to play and knew he could make a difference, but wasn’t allowed to go in the fourth quarter.
Maybell Theater Plays will present “Sagebrush Sidekicks,” a one-hour play, at 7 p.m. tonight at Maybell Elementary School, 30 Haynes Ave. Another performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. The comedy centers around legendary Western hero Skipalong Rafferty, who is in search of a new sidekick. Admission costs $5 at the door. Refreshments will be served during intermissions.
Convicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich never allowed himself to even think about spending the next decade of his life behind bars. Less than an hour before he began serving his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, he could hardly say that word: "prison." Now, he is Inmate No. 40892-424. With helicopters and TV news crews broadcasting his every move Thursday, the one-time golden boy of Illinois politics stepped out of a black SUV, the Colorado mountains on the horizon, and just before noon walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver. Inside, there was a protocol: full-body strip search, hand over all personal belongings. That means the man with a taste for fine Oxxford-label suits traded in his clothing, save for his wedding ring, for khaki prison garb and boots.
Your move, Peyton. This year's top NFL free agent heard four teams' pitches in person. Owners squired him around the country on private jets. Politicians have weighed in. Fans are growing restless. Now Peyton Manning needs to decide what happens next. The Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans are awaiting word from Manning, and indications Thursday were that all believed they were still in the running to sign the quarterback who is the only four-time MVP in NFL history.
In 2004, Julianne Malley and her family moved from Arizona to Craig to be closer to other family members. Malley, being new to the area, was looking for a way to meet new people. She heard about the Special Olympics and decided to compete. What started as something just for fun, she said, created lifelong hobbies and great friendships.
By the end of summer, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District could have a state of the art facility to provide its volunteers with live fire training in Craig. During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Fire District Board of Directors reviewed plans to construct a training tower and live burn building on Hospital Loop Way, a few hundred yards southwest of The Memorial Hospital of Craig. The board unanimously granted the planning team, consisting of Byron Willems, fire district board president; Chris Nichols, board secretary/treasurer; and Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston, a few weeks to review the planning documents before rendering a final decision. According to those plans the square tower will be five industrial stories, or 100 feet tall. It will feature staircases and large empty rooms that can be customized for a variety of firefighting scenarios.
Western Kentucky's wild ride finally ended. Now, there's just one bus trip left to make. Freshman T.J. Price scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half to help Western Kentucky get off to a hot start before top-seeded Kentucky put on a staggering display of athleticism in an 81-66 victory Thursday night to end the Hilltoppers' seven-game winning streak. "We were counted out long before today," Hilltoppers coach Ray Harper said. "We feel like the Globetrotters. We'd play, get on the bus and travel to the next city. But it was a great group. The future's bright." Terrence Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Doron Lamb scored 16 for Kentucky, which is expected to contend for its eighth national title.
During Tuesday’s Moffat County Commission meeting, Rick Barnes, a Republican candidate for the commission’s District 2 seat, asked the current board to sign a resolution protecting habeas corpus and civil liberties in Moffat County. Habeas corpus is a legal principle that safeguards individual freedoms against arbitrary imprisonment by the state. The resolution was motivated by the passage of U.S. Senate Bill 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011 by President Barack Obama. “This is basically stating to the federal government that when they make laws that trample on the Constitution, you, as commissioners, and Mr. (Tim) Jantz, as sheriff, are not going to take it,” Barnes said.
In the movie “Liar, Liar” the main character finds success by lying. His lying is so bad that when his son is asked what his dad does for a living, he says, “My dad’s a liar.” (He’s actually a lawyer – say both out loud to hear the play on words). A wish from his son requires the character to only tell the truth. Initially, his struggle to tell the truth is portrayed as nearly impossible. Obviously the movie is an exaggeration, but sometimes I think we convince ourselves it is easier to be dishonest.
I would like to thank all of the emergency room staff of The Memorial Hospital on duty when I came in. Experiencing an asthma attack for the first time is very scary, not only for myself but for my two little girls. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the EMS technician who took my girls out of the room and hooked them up with all kinds of little toys and goodies. That is what they remember from our visit to the ER, and for that no words can express my gratitude. Thank you to Dr. Ossen and the nursing staff who helped this 7-month pregnant mama with a very scary and dangerous situation.
You get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to work. Easy, right? It is if you can afford a car, said Annette Norton, probation supervisor for the 14th Judicial District Probation Department. Reliable transportation is often a given for people who live in the middle class, but it can be a more troublesome issue for people living below the poverty line.
Thursday, March 15
On the Record for March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14
Six speakers addressed the crowd during the second Northwest Colorado Oil & Gas Symposium, hosted by Yampa Valley Data Partners and the Community Agriculture Alliance and held at the Hayden Secondary Schools auditorium.
An on-duty Steamboat Springs Police Department sergeant was issued a summons to appear in court for careless driving causing injury after being involved in a car accident Wednesday morning.
Ken “Howdy” Davis had almost forgotten an essay he wrote months ago until he received a $100 check for it Wednesday. The money was a reward for taking second place in the adult essay category in the Moffat County Quality of Life contest in late 2011. “This was a shock,” said Davis, 74. “I’ve never won anything for writing.” Davis was one of three students in a Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class who received awards Wednesday for placing in the contest.
Since adopting its strategic plan in June 2011, the Moffat County Commission has been streamlining government operations to make them more effective and efficient. In less than a year commissioners have restructured or combined a number of departments to eliminate the possibility of duplicating county services. Most recently, the county’s planning and building offices, directed by Jerry Hoberg and Pat Mosbey respectively, were merged to create the department of development services. “This is just another example of creating efficiencies by rearranging departments,” commissioner Audrey Danner said. “As we’ve done with facilities and parks and rec.”
This year’s mild winter on the Western Slope may have affected skiers, but golfers can take comfort in the lack of snow. The Yampa Valley Golf Course, which usually doesn’t open until April, is scheduled to be open to all golfers at 10 a.m. Friday. “Last year we were only open 12 days between April and May, so it affected our financials,” golf professional Jason Back said. “We lost some of our play from Steamboat Springs and we are hoping to see more of those players this year by opening early and make up our losses from last season.”
As the collegiate men’s basketball postseason tournament gets underway this week, the Moffat County Youth Basketball program will be hosting its own annual competition. The Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament tips off at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues Sunday, with games taking place at Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School. The tournament is scheduled to include 35 teams from the Western Slope, Grand Junction, Utah and Wyoming.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team opened the season Tuesday with a sloppy 4-0 win against Moffat County. “It’s just a function of where we are,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The organization and synergy just takes time. All things considered it was good.” The two Highway 40 rivals, with each team spending only a handful of days outside and being relegated to a gym, made it look like an early season tilt. Each squad was relatively sloppy through the first 40 minutes.
On the Record for March 14, 2012
Filling out your brackets for college basketball’s vast end-of-season tournament can be a job all on its own. Keeping up with every single game to see if your NCAA team goes all the way to the Final Four and beyond is even more time-consuming. While you’re catching all these high-energy hoops, you may want to take a break from time to time. Hey, with games going for the next few weeks, it only makes sense to pace yourself by getting out into the real world at certain intervals.
Basketball fan-in-chief President Barack Obama gave British Prime Minister David Cameron a front-row seat to March Madness on Tuesday, taking his European partner to an election swing state for an NCAA tournament basketball game. The two leaders sat near one end of the court at the University of Dayton Arena for a "First Four" matchup between Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky, a gesture of goodwill during Cameron's official visit to the United States and a way for an incumbent president to reach sports fans in an election year. The setting created the image of two buddies, dressed in casual clothes, eating hot dogs and enjoying the NCAA tournament, one of America's premier sporting events. Cameron, who enjoys tennis and cricket but had never been to a basketball game before, said during a halftime interview on truTV that Obama was "giving me some tips. He's going to help me fill out my (NCAA tournament) bracket." Obama replied, "And he's going to teach me cricket."
Garrett Spears rode a late season surge last year to reach the 4A state track and field meet in the shot put event. Spears, a Moffat County High School senior, went from ranked outside the top 20 to taking sixth at state in a matter of a couple weeks during his junior season This year, however, Spears said he wanted to get to his peak form as soon as possible. The MCHS varsity track and field team opened the season with a pair of meets on the Front Range — the Ralston Valley Relays Friday in Lakewood and the Boulder Invitational Saturday in Boulder.
Eat a good breakfast. Get plenty of sleep. Stay focused and give it your all. These tidbits of advice pertain to students at any time of the school year, but they’re particularly crucial now.
Lunch and Learn at TMH today The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop, will host its monthly Lunch and Learn program today in conference rooms A and B. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the presentation takes place from noon to 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. This month’s topic, presented by physical therapist Dr. Dale Little and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Sisk, offers solutions to common foot problems.
When the Shadow Mountain subdivision was built in the 1970s, it was intended to be a temporary home for workers who relocated to Craig to build the power plant. As a result, water and sewer lines were never built to city code, and the roads, curbs, and gutters are showing more than 30 years of wear and tear. Shadow Mountain has survived to this point, but city and county officials agree nearly $4 million in capital improvement projects are overdue. The lingering question is how to fund the improvements
Crews have contained a wildfire that burned about 300 acres in Larimer County near the Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area.
Joel Browning’s hands moved rapidly Tuesday as he cut, peeled and smoothed large vinyl letters inside his shop on Yampa Avenue. “Good luck,” one row of letters read. Another spelled out the message, “Show What You Know.” Browning, owner of Identity Graphics in downtown Craig, has made several banners and signs with a similar message recently. Their ultimate goal is to encourage students to perform well on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program currently underway in the Moffat County School District. Several signs and banners have sprung up in a few Craig businesses so far, and Cook Chevrolet owner Scott Cook is confident more will go up soon.
The father of slain child beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey says he now believes it's not a good idea to put your child on public display. John Ramsey tells ABC News he remembers his daughter appearing in a Christmas parade days before the 6-year-old was found strangled in the family's home in Boulder, Colo., in 1996. He says his mother-in-law later told him a strange man had approached the car that was carrying JonBenet during the parade, and it made her uncomfortable.
Tuesday, March 13
After Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team's season-opening, 4-0 win against Moffat County on Tuesday, it’s now the process of getting better.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf players faced their usual early-season woes in the first tournament of the year March 5 in Grand Junction. But on Friday, the Bulldog golfers had a chance to help each other out in the Delta Invitational at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course. In a break from the normal format, the Delta Invitational was set up as a two-person scramble, with the six MCHS golfers split into three teams to play the par-72 course. Senior Sam Fox and sophomore Caitlin Harjes led the way for the Bulldogs with a round of 90.
Dr. Frank Clemente, a renowned coal expert, will address the opening session of the Colorado Mining Association’s 114th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition on March 20 at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, according to a CMA news release. A professor emeritus of social science and environmental policy at Penn State University, Clemente is “one of the leading experts on the socioeconomic impact of energy policy, especially on families, minorities, businesses and communities,” the CMA reported. He has published more than 100 articles in energy-related media and his social science publications have appeared in journals such as Urban Studies and The Journal of Black Studies. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
On the Record for March 13, 2012
Craig and Moffat County residents submitted artwork and essays for the Moffat County Quality of Life contest in late 2011. The top finishers in the adult category are included below.
Moffat County department directors now can designate employees to eradicate pests with a firearm as long as certain guidelines are followed. Bill Mack, road and bridge department director, asked the commissioners to grant a temporary exemption to chapter 10.01, number 15, of the Moffat County employee handbook, which states carrying or concealing dangerous weapons by county employees while on the job is grounds for termination. Mack cited a growing Marmot problem at the county landfill as his reason for making the request. He said more humane tactics to remove the animals have been unsuccessful. “We’ve set traps to catch them alive, but keep finding skunks and raccoons in them,” Mack said. “A skunk’s not a fun animal to try to remove from a trap.”
Monday, March 12
Dr. Kristie Yarmer knows a thing or two about practicing medicine in a small town. The pediatrician’s first clinic was on an unpaved road in rural Georgia, and the woods waited just outside her back door, she said. So when an opportunity came to become a pediatrician at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Craig, she jumped at it.
Below is Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta’s monthly report to the Craig City Council regarding police department activity for February.
Three Steamboat Springs men have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in heroin distribution. The All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force arrested the men Friday night after a six-week investigation.
Why? The reason, purpose, or cause of something has always been at the forefront of any improvement in our culture. The results may not always be what were intended, but the developments cast a long shadow over most everything we do. Think about the advancements in technology since someone asked why and NASA made it their goal to escape gravity and land on the moon. Children are famous for asking why when they see little immediate personal benefit in something we ask them to do. Students are notorious with the why question when teachers ask them to do something in the classroom that seems as though it serves no immediate learning benefit.
Anita Reynolds said the Moffat County High boys varsity swimming team intended to use Saturday’s Grand Junction Relays meet as an early season warm-up. Instead, the Bulldogs swimmers came out of the starting gate strong, coming within seconds of qualifying two relays for state as well as seeing solid performances from some new swimmers. Moffat County took fourth out of five teams at Colorado Mesa University, but with a team of only seven swimmers, Reynolds, the Bulldogs coach, said it was more about experience than team placing.
On the Record for March 12, 2012
This is an election year and all U.S. House of Representatives seats are up for reelection. The House recessed Friday, and Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is taking the time off to tour his Third Congressional District. But unlike fellow legislators who represent more populated districts in the eastern portions of the country, Tipton has a lot of ground to cover before the House reconvenes. The Third Congressional District of Colorado is the eighth largest in the country. It encompasses 53,963 square miles and all or portions of 29 of Colorado’s 64 counties, including Moffat County.
Remember being told as a child to be grateful? Your parents would say things like, “Be grateful for your food, there are people in other countries who don’t have anything to eat.” I had a problem being grateful as a child because I had everything handed to me by my parents and I bore no responsibilities. As an adult, I’ve had to take responsibility for the lives of other people, and in doing so I’ve learned a bit more about being grateful.
The time change got me by surprise. I heard several people mention it earlier in the week, I wrote it down in my planner, and I still forgot to set my clocks up an hour. Time marches on without me.
Where is your hometown? “I was born in St. Paul, Minn.” When did you first move to Craig? “I’ve lived in Arkansas and Texas, but most of my high school time was in northern Wyoming. My husband and I raised our daughters in Laramie, (Wyo.), and came here in 2001 after they graduated high school.”
A series of beginning gymnastics classes for children of all ages begin Tuesday at Gymstar Fun N Fit Gymnastics, located inside Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.
Whether you need something big moved for work, home or otherwise, sometimes you require a little help. Fortunately there’s a business designed to pick up the slack. 4 Energy Hotshot Services, LLC, 74 N. Linda Vista Dr., is newly instituted transport company for those needing to move large loads in a hurry. Though the owners had a specific clientele in mind when they first completed business paperwork in January, they have already considered branching out.
Harry Tripp said little things will make or break the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team this season. On Thursday, the Bulldogs fell short at Central Grand Junction, with missed passes and miscommunication on defense resulting in a 1-0 loss. Despite another close loss Saturday at Delta High School, Harry, the Bulldogs head coach, said his team is making the right improvements. More miscommunication between the defense and junior goalie Skylar Tripp resulted in a second half goal en route to a 2-0 victory for Delta.
Before Saturday’s grand opening of the Moffat County Tourism Association’s new visitor center at Centennial Mall, Craig resident Rick Ellifritz loaned the agency a collection of rocks, fossils and copper ore he found while exploring the county. “The community involvement has been the best part of this whole project,” MCTA Director Melody Villard said. “People come in and talk about things they’ve found and ask if they can share it with us.” More than 200 local residents and visitors attended Saturday’s grand opening, which featured children’s activities, a ribbon cutting with members of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, and a reception to thank residents, like Ellifritz, who helped make the new location possible. MCTA received more than $27,000 in funds and in-kind donations from the community, Villard said.
Colorado's version of liberal super PACs spent nearly 150 times as much as their Republican counterparts in the last election cycle, state records show. The Denver Post reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/xi6JW4 ) that spending by Democratic groups was about $4.24 million compared with $28,600 by Republican groups. Democrats retained control of the governor's mansion and the state Senate and lost the House by only one seat in the last election, despite a climate favoring Republicans. The newspaper said it analyzed records required by a 2010 state law that mandates super PACs disclose their donors and spending.
Longmont police say two bottles containing acid-based chemicals exploded Saturday night but no injuries were reported.
The 18-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver says he has been treated for injuries after getting in "a little ski accident" in Idaho.
Moffat County Youth Wrestling, a wrestling program for kindergarteners to sixth-graders, begins practice today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Practice will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and practice will be twice a week, with days to be determined per enrollment. Wrestlers can join just for practice or to compete in tournaments.
Moffat County High School sports schedule for the week of March 12, 2012.
When: 8 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8 to 8:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence
Sunday, March 11
John Calipari says while Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament the NCAA selection committee "stacked the region" the Wildcats will be playing in. The Kentucky coach says that's OK. "I keep getting everybody saying, 'We're the toughest region.' But that's to be expected," Calipari said Sunday night standing on his backyard patio. "The first game will be hard, the second game will be like a war. If you're lucky enough to move on from there, it's one team after another. ... We've played all comers right now. I imagine wherever we go there's going to be a lot of blue."
Saturday, March 10
In Katelynn Hildebrandt’s room there are no posters of teenage heartthrobs, no pictures of friends, no cell phone, no computer or any other trademarks of a typical 16-year-old girl. Instead, a group of dolls holds silent conference on a dresser near her bed. Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls smile placidly from the top of a nearby bookcase, while plush lambs and rabbits fill a shelf above a row of books. Katelynn did not choose the toys, the books or anything else in her bedroom, the typical bastion of teenage self-expression and freedom.
This is what 16-year-old Derek Maiolo, of Craig, had to say about the 19th annual 4-H District Retreat. “It was an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends and to understand how they are successful, not only in 4-H but also in their communities,” he said. The retreat was March 2 through 4 at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs. Derek was one of eight Moffat County 4-H members who attended the retreat.
HOUSTON (AP) — Raising campaign cash in Republican territory, President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a rebounding economy and accused Republicans of banking on voters having "amnesia" about the steps that led to a brutal economic collapse. "The recovery is accelerating. America is coming back," Obama told 600 supporters at a Texas fundraiser. Bidding for re-election, Obama bounded between a rally-style event in a sprawling Rolls-Royce manufacturing plant south of Richmond, Va., to a pair of Houston fundraisers. Framing the trip: a new monthly jobs report showing employers 227,000 jobs in February, the latest sign that the economy is headed in the right direction. Every month's jobs report is seen as a barometer of the economy and an important factor in the presidential race. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, the result of more Americans looking for work as job growth takes hold month by month.
The crumbling and inferior state of our community’s sidewalks have been a recurring issue for a number of years — for both editorial board members and residents — and yet today the walkways are as hit-and-miss as ever. Walk, run or ride a bike around town and it won’t take long to recognize the obvious — there are adequate, crumbling or missing sections altogether of sidewalks throughout the city. Sidewalks are particularly concerning to editorial board members because it’s a safety issue.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s rust became apparent early in the first half of Thursday’s season-opening game at Central Grand Junction High School. As Central set up for a free kick outside the penalty box, the Bulldogs rushed around to get their wall set up, all the while talking back and forth with goalie Skylar Tripp. The Warriors didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the Bulldogs confusion, sneaking the ball past Skylar’s hands for the only goal of the game, beating Moffat County, 1-0.
It’s not long now until St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, too. This week’s recipe comes courtesy of Lisa Davis, of Craig. It’s one of those luscious recipes that’s versatile, and Lisa is sharing it with us just in time for the spring holidays. To make “Lisa’s Jell-O Cake,” you will need: a yellow cake (from either “scratch” or a box mix) that is cooled; a large box of Jell-O gelatin (any flavor); a large box of instant pudding mix (any flavor); milk as called for in the pudding directions; and 2 packets of dry Dream Whip mix.
Employers have a lot on their plates, particularly in a down economy. In addition to managing the books, meeting payroll, and ensuring customer service, many business owners around the country are questioning whether they can afford to provide health care benefits in the midst of rising insurance costs. At 5:30 p.m. March 30, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Mountain Employers Health Alliance are hosting a health care roundtable at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 377 Cedar Court, in Craig. The event is free and open to the public.
A new residence hall at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus may not open as early as expected, but plans to build it are falling into place. The project has entered the design phase, and crews could break ground as early as April 30, said Gene Bilodeau, Craig campus vice president. Preliminary plans call for a two-story, 5,088-square-foot building featuring room for 30 beds and two small laundry areas. The building was initially scheduled to open this fall, but college officials pushed the projected completion date back to January 2013.
Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda
DENVER (AP) — A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted two men on a total of 132 counts related to human trafficking. The indictment alleges 47-year-old Kizzy Kalu of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and 77-year-old Philip Langerman of McDonough, Ga., worked together to lure foreign nationals to work for Kalu's health care company. Their phone numbers aren't listed, and they couldn't be reached for comment Friday.
Agenda for the Moffat County Tourism Board special meeting
In response to Moffat County Tourism Association Board member and Bedrock Depot owner Leona Hemmerich’s letter published in Friday’s Craig Daily Press, I’d like to say we’re truly disappointed when any member doesn’t see value to Chamber membership, but especially a business located in what we consider to be one of the jewels of Moffat County.
Peyton Manning spent the day on Tim Tebow's turf, meeting for nearly six hours with the Denver Broncos on Day 1 of his free-agent tour of the NFL. Two days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning got the star treatment Friday in the Mile High City — flown to town on a chartered plane from Miami and spending the day with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who also serves as Denver's vice president of football operations. They spent the afternoon and early evening together; coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders were along, too, as Manning took a tour of the complex. When he left after the marathon meeting, Manning didn't talk to reporters and jumped into the same silver SUV he arrived in, then was whisked away.
“Second Chance Saturday,” an adopt-a-thon sponsored by the Humane Society of Moffat County, takes place from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Craig Animal Shelter, 2430 E. Victory Way. All shelter animals cost $60 to adopt at the event. Visit www.craigdailypress.com for a slideshow of available animals. For more information, call Ann at 620-2014.
A listing of recent real estate sales and purchases in Moffat County
Friday, March 9
On the Record for March 9, 2012
A pediatrician is on board to join The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic this summer. Hospital officials reached an agreement this week with Dr. Kristie Yarmer, TMH reported Friday in a news release. She is scheduled to begin work in July.
Shortly after we decided to start our business, BedRock Depot, LLC in Dinosaur, we became members of the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Early on, we could easily tell our decision was a good investment. However, over the past few years we have become increasingly aware of the fact that things have changed, and our Chamber membership is no longer a good investment. When we first joined, the director, as well as the seniors who worked there, made us feel our membership really mattered. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
The Craig Concert Association will present the Bottom Line Duo in concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. “The Bottom Line Duo, one of three internationally touring bass and cello duos in history, has been thrilling audiences with their fast fingers, wit, and bows,” the concert association reported in a news release. “With humor bordering on outright comedy, they deliver a program with roots in chamber music and an amazing repertoire of modern and popular sounds.” The performance is free to association members. Non-members pay $20 at the door.
To the editor: Have you ever heard of the old trick where you replace your large dinner plates with salad plates to reduce your food portions? The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently took this one step further and designed MyPlate. The brightly colored plate is divided into four equal portions labeled meat/protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. MyPlate is meant to be a visual guide, but there are many ways you can get your plate in shape on your own during National Nutrition Month. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, especially dark green, red, orange and purple vegetables plus beans and peas. Choose “low sodium” or “no-salt-added.” Fruit choices may be fresh, frozen or canned in water. One-hundred percent juice is best and should be portioned in a smaller juice glass. One serving of fruit is usually the size of a yo-yo. Always choose a piece of whole fruit over juice. The fiber and fluid content will help to fill you up and curb your appetite.
As I sit with my husband watching television, I’m thinking surely there is something better to watch. All of the sudden the television becomes silent, and my husband does, too. I realize he’s fallen asleep, and then he wakes up long enough to mute the television before nodding off again. Now I’m watching a show I’m not interested in as I try to read their lips. Frustrated, I start looking for the remote, and I see it’s resting under his hand.
Different people define spring’s arrival in different ways. For some, it’s warm weather, longer days and melting snow. For others, it’s the return of Sandhill Cranes, spawning rainbow trout in the Yampa River or opening day at Yampa Valley Golf Course. But for employees with the City of Craig’s road and bridge department, there is no surer sign of the coming thaw than the day they garage their snowplows to take the wheel behind one of the city’s four mechanical street sweepers. Dwayne Gonzales, equipment operator and an employee of the road & bridge department since 1998, was working Thursday near the Woodbury subdivision cleaning up sand, dirt and gravel winter left behind.
Two men accused of driving their dead friend around the Denver area and running up a bar tab on his account have been sentenced.
Investigators said the attractive single mom who vanished from western Colorado 4½ years ago was running an escort service, but her father is more blunt. "I think 'escort' is kind of a polite word for prostitution," said Frank Birgfeld, whose daughter's remains were found in a dry creek bed in a Colorado desert this week.
Researchers have pieced together what's believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-by-5-mile Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the superliner hit an iceberg, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic and became a legend.
Thursday, March 8
When I was in elementary school, my dad told me I ran like Man o’ War but had a fatal flaw: I didn’t understand the word go. This confused me; I wasn’t a man or a warrior, had no flaws, and learned the word go in first grade: “See Dick go. Go, Dick, go.” Then Mom explained that Man o’ War was a famous racehorse. He had a long stride like mine, but he got off to a quick start and won nearly all of his races.
Tyler Hildebrandt enjoyed success in the first month of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season. As the first man coming off the bench, Hildebrandt, an MCHS junior, relieved the Bulldogs two post players, seniors Andy Browning and Jacob Scroggs. Head coach Eric Hamilton said Hildebrandt did his job, filling in for the two starters when needed and contributing on both sides of the court. However, in a Jan. 13 loss to Eagle Valley, Scroggs left the game with a foot injury and was forced to sit out the rest of the season.
On the Record for March 8, 2012
Alfredo Lebron returned to Craig from Garden City, Kan., in early January with a letter and an important decision to make. The letter, issued from Garden City Community College, outlined all the scholarships Lebron would receive if he committed to run cross-country and track for the school starting in the fall. Lebron, a Moffat County High School senior, wouldn’t have to pay a dime for school if he ran for the Broncbusters, but he had always saw himself competing for a Division I school. Yet, it took him a week to think about it before he signed on the dotted line and mailed the letter back in, signaling his intent to run for the college.
Caring for an aging parent and young child share at least one similarity: They’re both time- and energy-intensive undertakings. “When you are the caregiver for somebody, that’s a huge responsibility,” said Karen Burley, director of The Haven, an assisted living center in Hayden. But while most parents get a much-needed reprieve from round-the-clock care when their children go to school, adults who care for an elderly loved one have no such respite.
Job growth, economy to be primary topics for Tipton meeting
Job creation and the economy will be among the primary topics of conversation Saturday when Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., visits Craig. “We’re all about jobs and the economy and that’s what we’re working on,” Tipton said. “We’re talking a lot about, and we’re all feeling the pressure of, rising gas prices. We’re seeing families struggling to pay their electric bills, heating bills, and mortgages. We’ve got to figure out a way to get this economy moving.”
Wednesday, March 7
There once was a time when the bronc riding heritage in Moffat County rivaled many other Colorado counties and western states. But with the popularity of the Professional Bull Riders circuit, aspiring rodeo professionals have become specialized athletes in their quest for the PBR’s prize money, resulting in a decline of bronc riders around the country. Local Craig residents are looking to build off of the PBR’s national popularity and renew Moffat County’s place as the epicenter of the rodeo world by bringing a Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association competition to Craig.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball finished the regular season on an eight-game win streak to force a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League. For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs shared the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs. All three teams advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 4A state playoffs before being knocked out of the tournament by a higher-seeded opponent. As evenly as the three teams seemed to be, the Bulldogs ranked ahead of their league rivals in all-conference selections announced Tuesday.
On the Record for March 7, 2012
Yampa Valley Data Partners hosts the 5:05 Drinks program from 5:05 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, 465 Yampa Ave. Sam Jones, president of All Season Financial Advisors, Inc., will discuss clean technology stocks and offer tips for investors. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Free appetizers and drink specials will be offered. For more information, call 824-1133.
After Mike Myers tarnished one of the greatest classics of children’s literature in “The Cat in the Hat,” it seemed like there was no coming back for its author’s many creations. Now, showing us that the animated “Horton Hears a Who!” was no fluke, comes “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.” In the city of Thneedville, residents want for nothing with every modern convenience right at hand. While most citizens are completely happy with their lifestyle of instant gratification, there are two have yet to get what they want. In the case of 12-year-old Ted Wiggins (voice of Zac Efron), what he wants is a girl. Specifically his dream girl, Audrey (Taylor Swift), whose desires are a little more difficult to fulfill — rather than the inflatable shrubs and remote-controlled foliage already adorning most neighborhood lawns, Audrey wants a genuine tree of her very own. You know, one that grows from the ground.
There are approximately 1,300 registered Democrats in Moffat County, said Ted Crook, Moffat County Democratic Party chairman. On Tuesday night, 19 of them participated in the precinct caucus and county assembly at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. “I thought it was an excellent turnout considering this is an off year,” Crook said. “We don’t have any contested races at the county, district, state or presidential levels, so this is a pretty typical turnout for us.” The event began at 7 p.m. with the precinct caucus.
It had been seven years since the Craig Middle School wrestling team competed at the Centennial Invitational in Montrose. But Saturday, the Bulldogs went back to Montrose without missing a beat, finishing in first place out of 18 teams. “We had our successes and our disappointments, but the kids did a great job,” head coach Ron Linsacum said. “They had a focus uncommon for their age group and they meant business. They fought from the first match to the last and I am proud of them.” The Bulldogs were led by eighth-graders Shandon Hadley and Eddie Guevara, who finished first in the 125- and 130-pound weight classes, respectively.
The pulsing sounds of the musical score to “Rocky” could be heard Saturday afternoon throughout the Moffat County Ice Arena. Not the familiar “Gonna Fly Now” or “Eye of the Tiger” tunes usually associated with the movies, but the intense, wordless beats that play when the Italian Stallion is taking a pounding from Apollo Creed in the double-digit rounds of his biggest fight ever. Members of the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team were on both sides of the underdog story this weekend, but just as Rocky Balboa found a happy ending amid defeat, so did they. The Bulldogs finished third in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League Frozen Four tournament held Saturday and Sunday at their home rink.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team had little time to prepare for the first tournament of the season, hitting the links Monday after only a week of practice. That week of practice came inside the East Elementary School gymnasium, making Monday’s Palisade Invitational at Chipeta Golf Course in Grand Junction the first time four of the five MCHS players stepped on a course as a high school player. Senior Sam Fox led the way with an 85 on the par-59 executive course made up primarily of par-3s. Fox, the only returning Bulldog golfer to play Monday, said despite not posting the score she wanted, she was happy with the way she played.
Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court
The expression about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb or vice-versa doesn’t always apply to Northwest Colorado. Since the last week has had both leonine and ovine characteristics, you’ve got to be prepared for anything this month. Fortunately, most of the upcoming activities for the next few days take place indoors. • While not everyone appreciates the sounds of classical music, surely the performers of the latest segment of the Craig Concert Association’s season will have enough variety in their repertoire to string you along. The Bottom Line Duo, a bass and cello combo, will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Providing both chamber music and modern hits, the pair offer an enjoyable night out for everyone in the audience.
To the editor: I don't know when the Moffat Monthly insert was actually in the paper, but I read it on Saturday, March 4. It is dated Vol. 2 No.7 February 2012, with a heading of Rising Stars. What concerned me was the ad on the back page of this paper. I don't know if it was thought up by the so-called leaders of the hospital or by the newspaper itself. But, the line which reads "care for the residents of Moffat County" kind of hits a sore spot.
Maybe this week’s unbelievably beautiful weather is winter’s eviction, or perhaps — the more likely scenario — it’s an aberration to tease us before final gasps of storms blow in and bury us in snow for another few weeks. Either way, it has the editorial board, and most likely many Craig and Moffat County residents, thinking about long days of sunshine and warm temperatures. Spring is on the way, thankfully, which means the community needs to start thinking beautification so our fair Craig and Moffat County’s aesthetics match its true beauty. To the editorial board, there are some obvious areas in the community that need rehabilitation. The most blighted areas, board members contend, are vacant lots around town.
A new program at The Memorial Hospital in Craig offers the same tests found at most health fairs. The difference is residents don’t have to wait for the next fair to get tested. Lab Direct, which the hospital launched in late 2011, offers a spectrum of wellness tests year-round that may help residents detect and address potential health problems early. The program includes prostate-specific antigen screenings, which can help identify patients who may be at risk for prostate cancer, and Hemoglobin A1C, a test commonly used by diabetics that provides “a snapshot of your glucose for the last three months,” said Kristine Cooper, TMH laboratory manager.
Breckenridge resident Emily Tracy announced Monday her intention to seek Colorado’s Eighth Senate District seat. “Year after year, rural and Western Slope Colorado struggle to have their voices heard in state government,” Tracy said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “I am running for the Colorado Senate because I am tired of the Western Slope being an afterthought in Denver, and am ready to fight to give our rural communities a voice in the State Senate.” Tracy, a Democrat, currently works for the Summit County Chamber of Commerce and the Adoption Exchange.
A move can make a noticeable difference. Just ask Melody Villard, director of the Moffat County Tourism Association. Since MCTA moved its office from the Museum of Northwest Colorado to Centennial Mall, the agency’s foot traffic has increased dramatically, she said. “I definitely see a lot more people,” Villard said. “I’m able to sell Moffat County to a lot larger audience.”
Coroner's officials are evaluating human bones that were found on Suncor Energy's property in Commerce City to see if they can determine how the person died.
The deal is all but done. Now it's time to sell it. Days after they announced a multibillion-dollar settlement, BP PLC and a committee of plaintiffs' attorneys are working out details of an agreement to resolve more than 100,000 claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They must persuade a federal judge that the settlement is fair and equitable, but the sales job doesn't end there because the deal already has its critics. Some attorneys who didn't participate in the settlement talks but represent thousands of plaintiffs question whether the court-supervised claims process offers a better bargain for their clients than the $20 billion compensation fund BP established in 2010. They can urge their clients not to participate in the settlement, though pursuing a claim separately in court could involve years of costly litigation.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Commerce City police say a 4-year-old boy whose grandmother is charged in his death had scratches, bruises and what appeared to be cigarette burns on his body. Gabriel Trujillo died last month at a hospital. According to KUSA-TV in Denver (http://on9news.tv/xvcD5R), a police report says Gabriel was suffering with hypothermia and head injuries. His grandmother Doris Becky Trujillo had been caring for him. The police report says she allegedly told investigators she put the boy outside, naked, in the cold as discipline.
Tuesday, March 6
On the Record for March 6, 2012
Lynette Running, Moffat County’s human resources director, submitted a request today to the Moffat County Commission to begin advertising for a new county attorney. Jeremy Snow, who has worked as county attorney since May 2010, submitted his resignation this morning. He cited “personal, family reasons” for his decision.
Monday, March 5
On the Record for March 5, 2012
I understand it. Three words every teacher, coach, or parent loves to hear. Making the connection from what is taught to what is understood to what is practiced can be the most challenging part of raising young people. When athletes make the connection some spectacular things happen on the competitive surface. Inevitably a coach whose players buy in to the system and understand the strategy begin to do things as a team that were previously impossible. Talent is a measure of success but infusing talent with team leads to incredible results. We all have memories of the season, or game, or practice when we were all in the zone and the connection was solid.
I’m just an average Joe in flyover country asking for help with rising fuel costs. Please don’t be offended. This letter is not meant to be angry or invective. Nonetheless, when you took office in 2009, the country on average was spending a mere $1.84 per gallon, compared to $3.76 or more per gallon in some areas of the country today. This increase in price is a problem.
Where is your hometown? “Right here. I grew up in Craig.” What’s kept you in town? “I just moved back this past August to be closer to my family.” Motto or outlook on life? “Just always try to be positive.” Favorite part of the job? “Everybody I work with and the clients. Just all the people.” Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “I prefer Subway’s cold cut combo.”
Intensifying debate over conservative social values — and Republican icon Rush Limbaugh — overshadowed the nation's economic concerns Sunday as the Republican presidential campaign hurtled toward Super Tuesday contests that could re-shape the nomination battle and shift the direction of the Grand Old Party. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum distanced themselves from Limbaugh, who boasts a huge conservative following and recently apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his nationally syndicated radio program. The woman testified at a congressional hearing in favor of an Obama administration mandate that employee health plans include free contraceptive coverage. While religious institutions are exempt, their affiliates, such as hospitals and universities, were at first included in the requirement. Under harsh criticism from conservatives, President Barack Obama later said the affiliates could opt out, but insurers must pay for the coverage. The GOP framed the issue as one of religious liberty. But Obama's chief political strategist suggested the Limbaugh's reaction — and Republicans slow repudiation of his comments — would benefit Democrats in the general election this fall. "I think what Rush Limbaugh said about that young woman was not only vile and degrading to her, but to women across the country," David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 4,000-member First Presbyterian Church in Colorado has taken another step toward leaving its denomination. KRDO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/xBWP3B) 80 percent of the Colorado Springs congregation on Sunday voted in favor of proceeding with efforts to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Senior Pastor Jim Singleton cited disagreements with the denomination's direction, including a decision last year to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships. Church leaders are expected to vote this summer on whether to allow ministers to officiate at same-sex weddings.
WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say they are close to fully containing a large grass fire burning on private property just north of Fort Collins. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the fire began shortly after noon on Sunday and scorched about 650 acres about 5 miles north of Wellington. The fire was about 90 percent contained by late Sunday afternoon, and no injuries have been reported.
For Joe Tonso, 71, snowmobiling isn’t simply about the power of the machine, the speed, or the exhilaration of the ride, though the sport does offer those perks. A Glenwood Springs native, Tonso moved to Craig in 1969 with his wife, Jenn, to teach math and computer science at Moffat County High School. Avid outdoor enthusiasts, Tonso and Jenn spent much of their free time hunting and fishing. Then, in the late 1960s, a friend who owned a Ski-Doo dealership in Glenwood Springs convinced the couple to take out two of his sleds for the day.
The number of nonprofit organizations in Moffat County and the average hourly wage for local employees is on the rise. That information, along with other statistics, comes from the 2012-13 Community Indicators Project report, recently released by Yampa Valley Data Partners. “It’s meant to be a reference guide for people working on a variety of projects,” YVDP Executive Director Kate Nowak said. “It has a lot of great community information people may need when building a business plan or when nonprofits need to apply for a grant.” YVDP began the project in 2006 to measure quality of life in the Yampa Valley by studying the health of civic, economic, environmental and social factors in Moffat and Routt counties.
Moffat County Youth Wrestling, a wrestling program for kids in kindergarten to sixth grade, will begin practice March 12 at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Practice will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and practice will be twice a week, with exact days to be determined per enrollment. Wrestlers can join for practice or to compete in tournaments. Registration is $30 and the tournament fee is $40.
Last year, the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) boys varsity basketball team got back to prominence, winning the 1A state title. This season was about staying on top, head coach Paul Prestrud said. The Rattlers went from November to March, never losing in 28 games, capped by a 70-59 victory Saturday over Burlington in Casper, Wyo., to capture their second consecutive state championship. “Last year was the first time in a while we won a title, so I think this year there was a little more pressure,” Prestrud said. “It was nice to go undefeated and prove in the final game that we didn’t just beat easy teams because we played a good team in Burlington and beat them playing our game.”
To the editor: This is in memory of Harriette Decker. Thank you to all our family and friends for helping in any way, no matter how small. Words could not have meant any more.
My daughter, Jane, is making a scrapbook for me, about me and what I’ve done, the different organizations I’ve worked with, etc. It brings back a lot of memories. The pictures bring back faces of people I still remember doing things with and going places with, but names and dates sometimes escape me. Sometimes the event will come to mind, and yeah, I can recall the whole thing.
Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. Wednesday Where: Conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court Agenda: • Introduction:
If you’ve got extra funds put away for a rainy day, now might be the time to break them out and get your portfolio to see some growth. And, if you get involved with the right business venture, you might be strengthening the world around you, as well. As part of this month’s 5:05 Drinks Program, Yampa Valley Data Partners will host special guest speaker Sam Jones with the presentation “Investing Your Money: Clean & Green.” Jones, of Steamboat Springs, is the president of Denver-based business All Season Financial Advisors. He will discuss potential investments in the field of green energy, especially those that would be appealing to Northwest Colorado residents. Organizer Kate Nowak said Jones has been quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and SmartMoney Magazine.
Sunday, March 4
Josey King has earned a trip to the Colorado state Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot tournament the last three years and four trips to state overall. The Hoop Shoot competition consists of two rounds of free throws, with each player taking 25 shots. King, a 13-year-old Craig Middle School seventh-grader, competed in her last Hoop Shoot competition this year, taking first in the local tournament Dec. 17, 2011, at Sandrock Elementary School and first at the district tournament Jan. 15 in Rifle, her third straight first-place finish at districts. And, in her final year, King finished second in the state competition Feb. 25 in Salida.
Saturday, March 3
A Craig man with an unusual history in the Moffat County court system was arrested this week for allegedly trying to help a person at the Correctional Alternative Placement Services facility escape. William Kurtis Baird, 21, was arrested at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of aiding an escape, a Class 3 felony. About the same time, Christopher Lelland McAndrew, 23, of CAPS, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a flight-escape warrant issued by the Colorado Department of Corrections. CAPS officials began searching for McAndrew when he did not return to the facility on time, and found he was in Baird’s company, said Bill Leonard, Craig Police Department division commander.
The second showing of the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Ticket sale proceeds fund Kiwanis Club scholarships. Call Jeff Pleasant at 824-9359 for more information.
Mary Karen Solomon remembers the attraction The Saturday Evening Post held for her as a child. It wasn’t the articles that appealed to Solomon, now 60, the chairwoman of the arts and science departments at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. She was a young girl then, she said. Instead, it was the magazine’s cover art by Norman Rockwell that captured her attention.
Advocates-Crisis Support Services, a nonprofit service agency in Craig, is searching for volunteers to work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Desirae Pearcey, the organization’s outgoing shelter manager volunteer coordinator, said the agency is hosting domestic violence and sexual assault response training in early March “for individuals interested in helping others in the community.” Advocates currently has four volunteers who respond when paged to the Moffat County Public Safety Center, The Memorial Hospital in Craig, or the homes of victims. Volunteers advocate for victim rights by assisting them through the court process or by lining up support services, Pearcey said.
The Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) girls varsity basketball team hadn’t faced many deficits this season. In 26 wins, the Rattlers closest game was a 37-31 win over Farson-Eden. On Friday, Farson was the last team standing between LSRV and the 1A state championship game in Casper, Wyo. And, in the two teams’ fourth meeting this season, Farson jumped out to an 8-4 lead early in the first quarter.
An Air Force Academy commander recommended a court martial for one cadet charged with sexual misconduct and dismissed charges against another, the school said Friday. Brig. Gen. Richard Clark recommended that Stephan H. Claxton face a court martial on charges of attempted abusive sexual contact, wrongful sexual contact, assault and underage drinking. Clark is the academy's commandant of cadets. The decision on whether to convene a court martial will be made by the academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michael Gould.
The U.S. attorney in Colorado says there is no such thing as "safe harbor" for pot shops. U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent a letter Friday to a lawyer representing medical marijuana dispensaries, saying safe harbor doesn't exist for such shops because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. It was the latest in an exchange of letters between Walsh and lawyer Robert Corry regarding the location of dispensaries and how far they need to be from schools. Walsh said in the new letter that it is at his office's discretion to take enforcement action against any and all medicinal marijuana dispensaries. "That's an awesome amount of power that the law does not intend to hand to a single federal prosecutor," Corry said Friday.
Powerful storms leveled small towns in southern Indiana, transforming entire blocks of homes into piles of debris, tossing school buses into a home and a restaurant and causing destruction so severe it was difficult to tell what was once there. As night fell, dazed residents shuffled through town, some looking for relatives, while rescue workers searched the rubble for survivors. Without power, the only light in town came from cars that crawled down the streets. From the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, the storms touched nearly all walks of life. A fire station was flattened. Roofs were ripped off schools. A prison fence was knocked down and scores of homes and businesses were destroyed. At least 28 people were killed, including 14 in Indiana and 12 in Kentucky, and dozens of others were hurt in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were missing. The threat of tornadoes was expected to last until late Friday for parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio. Forecasters at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said the massive band of storms put 10 million people at high risk of dangerous weather.
The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team saw five players score in the first half of Friday’s semifinals game against Ten Sleep. Compared to Ten Sleep’s two players who scored, Rattlers head coach Paul Prestrud said statistically, LSRV should have been up big. But, the Rattlers only went into halftime with a nine-point lead. The Rattlers didn’t panic, Prestrud said, and the team’s three seniors again led LSRV to a 63-41 victory and a spot in today’s 1A championship game in Casper, Wyo.
Nothing about Angie Charchalis’ fast-break opportunity during a December 2010 game was out of the ordinary. It was the sixth game of the 2010-11 season for the Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team, and Charchalis had a two-on-one opportunity in a close game against Colorado Christian at home. But when Charchalis, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, tried to stop to pass the ball on the break, her feet halted but her body didn’t. She ended up tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and missed the rest of her junior season.
For the protagonist of “Safe House,” bouncing a ball against a wall for hours on end is the most exciting part of his day. After watching it, you may wish you had used your admission to invest in a SuperBall yourself. In the eyes of agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), being part of the CIA should be about making a huge difference in the world. In actuality, his sole duty is holding down the fort at an agency safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. Weston’s humdrum days of waiting for his contact (Brendan Gleeson) to update him about a possible promotion continue to weigh on him more and more as his girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) pushes him to be more open with her. When the day finally comes when he sees some action, it’s much more than his training could have prepared him to handle.
You know the old saying about the only time when “all’s fair” no matter what the conditions. In “This Means War,” the two environments of that old chestnut combine like you’ve never seen before. In their operations as CIA agents, FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck Henson (Tom Hardy) always have each other’s backs even when things don’t go as planned. Such is the case with their latest mission, in which a renowned terrorist (Til Schweiger) eludes their capture and swears to track them down and kill them. But, there are worse things than being responsible for a dangerous criminal on the loose. For Tuck, the stresses of the job are nothing compared to his need to find someone to come home to at night.
In today’s break-neck pace of life, there’s an infinite list of time-devouring distractions — for adults and students. There are endless channels to surf on satellite radio and television, updates to tweet and post on Facebook, a galaxy of websites to peruse online, hours to waste while downloaded into video games, and crazier than ever work and recreational schedules. But note one thing absent from the list of most people, and curiously so: reading. Friday was Read Across America Day, a refreshing event that encourages elementary school students to read and also urges parents and educators to promote reading.
The Routt County Planning Commission voted, 7-2, Thursday night to recommend approval of a permit for Quicksilver Resource’s second exploratory oil well on Wolf Mountain about six miles northeast of Hayden. The permit application next goes to the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 5:30 p.m. March 12 for a possible final decision. The vote came at the end of a 3 1/2-hour hearing including 90 minutes of comment from the public with roughly equal numbers of people expressing their support or opposition for the proposed well. In the end, Planning Commissioner John Ayer moved to send the application on to the next level, saying he felt the combination of Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulations and the county’s conditions of approval were adequate to protect the public interest. He added that he thinks unusually robust conditions in the surface rights agreement that Wolf Mountain Ranch owner Bob Waltrip negotiated with Quicksilver provide county residents with even more assurances.
Scott Humpal, the owner of the plane that crashed just short of the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden earlier this month, told investigators the twin-engine Cessna 414A seemed to stall and then fall straight to the ground. The Feb. 19 crash killed Humpal’s wife, Gaby Humpal, as well as pilot Hans Vandervlugt. The crash happened during a snowstorm, and airport officials have said visibility was near zero at the time. A National Transportation Safety Board report dated Monday states that Scott Humpal, of Corpus Christi, Texas, told investigators about the flight’s last few seconds. The report is preliminary and doesn’t list the cause of the crash. According to the report, there was no indication of any distress call from Vandervlugt in the moments before the crash.
Congressional candidate Tisha Casida stood her ground Thursday night when pressed by local voters about how she’d vote on controversial social issues. Casida, an Independent candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, spoke to the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots to outline her campaign platform and field questions from more than 40 local residents at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. A debate was sparked when Craig resident Ken Wergin asked Casida if she would vote in favor of a law banning abortion if that was the position of the majority of constituents in her district. Casida preceded the discussion by telling the audience she is anti-abortion.
Three nonprofit agencies designed to assist Craig and Moffat County residents will receive emergency grant money from the El Pomar Foundation, the Colorado Springs organization announced this week in a news release. The Community Budget Center is slated to receive $7,500, Advocates-Crisis Support Services $2,000 and Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley $1,500. The organizations were recommended to receive funding by the Northwest Regional Council, an advisory board of leaders representing seven counties in Northwest Colorado. Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner is a council member.
Each year calving season starts early for the 5 Bar Angus Ranch, owned by Aric Gerber and Stacy and Adrian Gray, of Craig. That means lots of hours spent at the corral and in the calving barn and not a lot of time to cook. This week’s column features a recipe Stacy uses during calving season. The recipe is special because it’s Stacy’s own. She experimented with ingredients until she came up with “Stacy’s Beef & Bean Green Chile Stew.” “Here is an easy recipe I like to use during calving season,” she wrote. “It does take a little planning ahead, though. Serve it with bread, salad, and dessert and you can easily feed a small group for brandings, etc. Or leftovers freeze well for busy days.”
Fifty-six market beef animals were weighed in and tagged during Moffat County’s 4-H/FFA Market Beef Weigh-In and Tagging on Feb. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. That’s an increase of 16 from 2011’s 40 market beef animals. Jackie Goodnow, of Colorado State University Extension, suggested a reason for the increase in 4-H/FFA Market Beef this year. “We have several members this year, plus siblings of older members who are now eligible for 4-H,” she said.
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence
Chad David Hettinger, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Paul Edward Marshall, 23, of Newport, R.I., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, multiple-beam road lights violation, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
The signs of Dr. Seuss were everywhere Friday at Sandrock Elementary School. Students in Crystal Lytle’s first-grade classroom made Truffula trees while Michele Conroy’s third-graders made Seuss-inspired hats out of paper. Friday was the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, legendary author of “The Cat in the Hat” and a score of other children’s books. March 2 was also Read Across America Day.
The Moffat County Democratic Party once again reminds and invites all interested people to attend our next event. Both the caucus and the county assembly will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Post 62. You must be a registered Democrat to participate in these two activities, and be aware if you’re not there at or before 7, you will not be allowed to participate. In addition, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the same night at the same site, everyone is invited to participate in a potato bar supper. Donations will be accepted to defray the expenses, but are not required. It will be an opportunity to socialize and to discuss issues of the day in an informal setting. If you need transportation or have questions, call 824-3049.
Just because some women have an occupation involving farming and livestock, it doesn’t mean they’re not concerned about their appearance, hair, skin and body care. Kadie is one of them. She’s on a family ranch in Montana. Both she and her husband share the calving duties in the spring, but cold windy weather plays havoc with her beauty regimen. Last Christmas, she clipped out an ad for a spa that included hot tubs, massage, pedicures, manicures and mud baths. She even posted a sample page from the ad on her bathroom mirror listing the services she might need. At 4:30 a.m. one insomniac morning, she rose to check the heavy heifers. Her back ached and she couldn’t sleep.
Dig a pit and get ready to wait. That was 17-year-old Moffat County resident Justin McAlexander’s first thought when he realized he and his two friends, brothers Jesse and Mason Burke, 17 and 13 respectively, had become stranded Feb. 19 while snowmobiling on Black Mountain near Freeman Reservoir. “It’s instinct, you’ve got to do this to survive,” said McAlexander, who’s been involved in Boy Scouts since fifth grade and attained the rank of Life Scout. The group set out from Craig with two snowmobiles about 7 a.m.
Friday, March 2
A Craig man with an unusual history in the Moffat County court system was arrested this week for allegedly trying to help a person at the Correctional Alternative Placement Services facility escape. William Kurtis Baird, 21, was arrested at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of aiding an escape, a Class 3 felony. About the same time, Christopher Lelland McAndrew, 23, of CAPS, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a flight-escape warrant issued by the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Three nonprofit agencies designed to assist Craig and Moffat County residents will receive emergency grant money from the El Pomar Foundation, the Colorado Springs organization announced this week in a news release. The Community Budget Center is slated to receive $7,500, Advocates-Crisis Support Services $2,000 and Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley $1,500. The organizations were recommended to receive funding by the Northwest Regional Council, an advisory board of leaders representing seven counties in Northwest Colorado.
On the Record for March 2, 2012
Andrew Breitbart used the Internet relentlessly to ignite political scandal and expose what he saw as media bias, even if he sometimes had to edit the facts to do it. The fiery online publisher and blogger who collapsed and died Thursday at 43 relished public combat with liberals — a YouTube clip last month shows him bellowing at Occupy Wall Street protesters, "Stop raping people, you freaks!" Yet the conservatives and tea party activists who loved him said he exposed corrupt leaders and what he called the hopelessly liberal "old media guard." The converted Hollywood lefty who partied his way through Tulane University was also a soft-spoken father of four. The conservative warrior chose to live on enemy turf, Brentwood, the tony Los Angeles enclave favored by the Hollywood elite he so often mocked. Breitbart used his website to promote a hidden-camera video with actors posing as customers that led the downfall of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. He posted explicit photos of former Rep. Anthony Weiner that caused the New York congressman to resign in a sexting scandal, and an edited video that caused former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod to resign over since-reversed perceptions she was a racist.
Hens and Chicks, the local chapter of Mary Jane’s Farm Girls club, is meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Dr. This month’s program will show participants how to make a potholder from fabric quilting scraps. A potluck is scheduled during the event, and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, call Susan at 824-6436.
Qualifying for state speech and debate competition is a tradition at Moffat County High School that spans longer than co-coach Eric Hansen can remember. “It’s been a long time since Moffat County hasn’t taken somebody to state,” said Hansen, also an MCHS social studies teacher. The team will continue the tradition later this month. Juniors Morgan Carrico, Ben East, Matt Balderston and Rose Howe, along with seniors Skyler Leonard and Cullen Dilldine, earned a berth at state during a district competition Feb. 24 and 25 in Durango.
I know two things about the Russian empress, Catherine the Great: In her royal portraits, she appears to have impeccable posture, and she revealed an understanding of the psychological impact of wind in an oft-quoted comment: “A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” I’m quite sure Catherine never visited our region in March, but her comment makes me think she could have. From December through February, I expect harsh snow-burdened gales to turn our roads into obstacle courses, pursue livestock across drifted fields, and snatch branches from whip-lashed trees. But fierce winds in March unsettle me.
The spring sports season got into swing Monday with the first day of official practice for Moffat County High School teams. For four of the five teams — baseball, track and field, girls golf, and girls soccer — practice means staying indoors for at least a couple more weeks. For coaches and players who compete outside, practicing indoors because of the weather can make the early season tough. “Before we head to the Montrose Tournament on March 16, we will be in the gym until then,” baseball head coach Justin Folley said. “Some years, we are in the gym until April because with the different weather we get here, our field can stay muddy and make it hard to practice on.”
Jodi Stanley wanted the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team to get out to a fast start in its first-round playoff match-up with Hulett. In a rare early morning game — the contest tipped off at 9 a.m. in Casper, Wyo. — Stanley, the girls head coach, said a fast start would ensure the Rattlers wouldn’t have a let down later in the game. The Rattlers did just that, jumping out to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter, then using a consistent offense en route to a 66-32 victory. “We had a great start in the first quarter and never really looked back,” Stanley said. “It was nice to get the first game out of the way, and I thought we played pretty well.”
When Alisa Corey was 21, many of her friends were in college studying and preparing for the professional, working world. Corey, on the other hand, embraced her Gunnison ranch upbringing and decided to ride in the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer. Although still passionate about horses, Corey knew she wanted more out of life than working minimum wage jobs to supplement her passion for riding. So, at age 22, Corey followed the path of many of her friends and went to college.
On June 20, 2011, Sgt. Brian Soper, Cpl. Bryan Gonzales and officers Lance Eldridge and John Meyers of the Craig Police Department responded to a potentially volatile situation. A suicidal Craig man was armed with a gun. The police officers, however, were able to avoid the incident escalating. They subdued the man and no one was hurt. “They performed an extraordinary act and at great risk to their personal safety in an effort to save another human life,” Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.
We tried to let as many people as possible know about this in person, but we learned how fast news can travel in Craig. We are moving to Minnesota. It was a monstrous decision, and not in one bit made lightly by the four of us. We looked at it from every angle possible over and over, and made lists of pros and cons, but the answer kept coming back the same.
Marijuana industry workers face constant scrutiny in Colorado, but a bill pending in the state Legislature could cut them some slack if they run into regulatory trouble for a violation such as selling medical pot to someone without a valid patient card. Colorado's proposal to create the nation's first "responsible medical marijuana vendor" designation would allow pot shops to train employees in state regulation and how to spot fake cards. Dispensaries and other marijuana business that show all their employees have been trained could get a break if they run afoul of regulations. The state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division already requires that people who work with medical marijuana undergo background checks.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado. Financial terms weren't disclosed Thursday. Colorado Highlands Wind LLC plans to build the project on 5,200 acres in Logan County with GE wind turbine generators. Colorado Highlands Wind is jointly owned by GE Energy Financial Services of Stamford, Conn., and Alliance Power Inc. of Littleton, Colo. Tri-State says the project should be operational by the end of the year.
Thursday, March 1
Advocates-Crisis Support Services, a nonprofit service agency in Craig, is searching for volunteers to work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Desirae Pearcey, the organization’s outgoing shelter manager volunteer coordinator, said the agency is hosting domestic violence and sexual assault response training in early March “for individuals interested in helping others in the community.” Advocates currently has four volunteers who respond when paged to the Moffat County Public Safety Center, The Memorial Hospital in Craig, or the homes of victims.
On the Record for March 1, 2012