News for Friday, March 2, 2012

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Craig man arrested for allegedly aiding escape of CAPS detainee

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.

Moffat County nonprofits to receive El Pomar grant money

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

On the Record for March 2, 2012

Colo lawmakers consider further marijuana training

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 to buy wind power from Colorado project

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.

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2011 law enforcement report presented to city council

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.

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dies in LA

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.

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Bank of Colorado names new branch president

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.

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MCHS spring sports teams compete with weather in early season

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.”

Letter: Demptster's Bid Farewell to Craig

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.

Janet Sheridan: The winds of March

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.

Briefs for March 2: Hens and Chicks meeting today

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.

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LSRV basketball teams cruise through 1st round of state playoffs

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.”

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MCHS speech and debate team sending six competitors to state

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.