News for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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EDP considering regional partnerships for federal grant

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.

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A path unplanned: CNCC nursing director lauded

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.”

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Selected senior stars: MCHS players chosen for all-state basketball game

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.

Prescribed burn planned for Long Mountain

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.”

Livin' It Up: Snow, snow, go away and stay away

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.

Film rewind: 'John Carter': It's all Martian to me

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

On the Record for March 21, 2012

New Craig resident seeking fire board seat

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.

Briefs for March 21: Children's health fair Thursday, Friday

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.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting agenda

Agenda for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting

Moffat County School Board workshop and meeting agendas

Agendas for the Moffat County School Board meeting and workshop

BLM warns of high fire danger

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.

EDP eyeing enterprise zone legislation

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.

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MCHS spring play offers dramatic suspense with 1930s flair

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.

Colorado assesses wildfire damage, braces for more

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.

Now a Bronco, Manning says hello to his new team

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."

Boys 8th-grade youth basketball takes 1st in home tournament

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.

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MCHS track and field teams show strong in Delta

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.

Letter: Compassion of others inspires

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.

Letter: It's time to wake up America

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.

Editorial: The right blend

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.

After Illinois loss, Santorum looks to the South

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.

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Steamboat-based occupational health program brings services to Craig

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.