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CMS wrestling team takes 1st place at regional tournament

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.”

Craig man facing additional charges

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.

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No ‘Demopublican’: Libertarian Sacha Weis, of Craig, announces SD 8 bid

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.

Livin' it Up: Happenings to suit crowds big and small

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

On the Record for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mobile Food Pantry launches Thursday in Craig

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.

Briefs for March 28: Booster Club meeting today

Briefs for March 28, 2012.

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MCHS baseball team notches 4-3 victory on walk-off error in home opener

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.”

Michigan militia members cleared of conspiracy

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.

Colo. wildfire could be linked to controlled burn

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.

Letter: NATRC thanks Craig Hamtpon Inn & Suites

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.

Editorial: Factory recall

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.

MCTA searching for alternate board member

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.

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Craig City Council denies liquor permit due to false information

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.

Lance Scranton: ‘Rocks on the road’ have purpose, too

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.

Colo. voters may be asked to ax anti-gay amendment

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.