News for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Local residents bringing bronc riding event to Craig

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.

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MCHS girls basketball starting 5 bring home WSL honors

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

On the Record for March 7, 2012

New candidate joins S.D. 8 race

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.

New TMH program gives year-round access to basic wellness tests

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.

Editorial: Downtown’s dirt lot dilemma

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.

Music, pets and office space, oh, my!

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.

Letter: Memorial Hospital cares for more than Moffat County

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.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court

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Bulldogs get on the golf course for the first time Monday

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.

Bulldog club hockey finishes 3rd in weekend tourney

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.

CMS wrestling team finishes in first place in Montrose

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.

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Local Dems participate in precinct caucus, county assembly

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.

‘The Lorax’: Orange is the new green

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.

Briefs for March 7: YVDP 5:05 Drinks set for Thursday

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.

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MCTA to host open house Saturday in new Centennial Mall location

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.”

Police: Boy had hypothermia, head injuries

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.

Human bones found buried at Suncor plant site

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.

BP settlement architects hope to win over skeptics

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.