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On the Record for March 16, 2012

On the Record for March 16, 2012

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Training tower, live fire building to be constructed near TMH

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.

Man dies after being crushed by pile of beans

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.

Letter: Thank you to The Memorial Hospital emergency room staff

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.

David Pressgrove: Truth filter: Learning to make honesty our policy

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.

Peyton Manning free agency stretches into 2nd week

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.

Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich begins prison term

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.

No rally for Western Kentucky in 81-66 loss to UK

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.

Briefs for March 16: Maybell play opens tonight

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.

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Craig Special Olympian named Colorado female athlete of the month

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.

Letter: Thanks for your support

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.

janet Sheridan: A country mouse at heart

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.

Workshop introduces program to shed light on poverty

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.

Resolution passed in response to National Defense Authorization Act

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.