News for Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Letter: Peck family thanks Craig residents for support

On behalf of the entire Peck family, I’d like to thank the people of Craig for their warm and heartfelt support in the wake of the death of my son, Justin Peck. We have received hundreds of cards and letters from the good people of this community, and generous donations allowed thousands of dollars to be raised to assist two nonprofit organizations that were instrumental in Justin’s life.

Sheriff: Force used on disabled man was reasonable

The Weld County sheriff says a deputy who tackled a developmentally disabled man, whom he mistakenly thought was a suspect in an armed robbery, used reasonable force. Sheriff's officials say the deputy had spotted 24-year-old Manuel Chavez walking to a park shortly after a store robbery on Feb. 22.

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Moffat County project manager settling in to new role

For a man who has spent more than 29 years in construction, there’s nothing sweeter than the first signs of spring. But before Moffat County’s newest employee can begin work on a slate of projects scheduled for this year, he has to navigate the paperwork. “Right now I’m just sorting through a number of projects the county has budgeted for,” said Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director. “All are in the initial phases of gathering quotes, material takeoffs and starting the bid process.

Letter: Thanks from the Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank The Golden Cavvy for the meeting place; April Rubley at Dog and I for grooming shelter animals; and Total Teamwork Training for the collars for shelter animals and training classes for the shelter volunteers.

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MCHS grads Caitlin, Kelsey Conci wrap up collegiate swimming careers

Caitlin and Kelsey Conci took similar paths to this point in their lives. As seniors in college — Caitlin at the University of North Dakota and Kelsey at the University of Wyoming — both girls wrapped up their collegiate swimming careers in the past month. The twin sisters, who graduated in 2008 from Moffat County High School, swam together as Bulldogs and kept in contact the past four years while living in different states. But, with college swimming over, now is when Caitlin and Kelsey, 22, go in different directions.

Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu

The U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details bioterrorists could use. The decision could end a debate that began in December when the government took the unprecedented step of asking the scientists not to publicize all the details of their work. The research, by two scientific teams — one in Wisconsin, the other in the Netherlands — was funded by the United States. It was an effort to learn more about the potential threat from bird flu in Asia. The virus so far doesn't spread easily among people. But the new lab-made viruses spread easily among ferrets, suggesting they would also spread among humans.

Kansas, Ohio State meet in 'The Other Game'

Welcome to "The Other Game" at the Final Four. OK, so, the Ohio State-Kansas matchup may not have the fantastic freshmen, the outspoken coaches or blood-feud story line of the opening semifinal between Kentucky and Louisville. But this one still should be worth a two-hour investment in front of the TV set Saturday night. Besides the chance to watch two top-line teams play for a spot in the national title game, the Buckeyes-Jayhawks game offers a rare opportunity to see two All-Americans going at it with everything on the line.

Letter: Tea Party is not racially motivated

I would like to thank you for the great article on the local tea party here in Craig. As a member of our local group since the beginning, I’ve found it interesting to watch the knee-jerk reaction by some people in our country, especially the politically correct. Members of the government, from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, to Hollywood know-it-alls, major media outlets and news channels, to college and university campuses all without exception have called the tea party movement vile names and labeled it as “dangerous,” “racially motivated,” and wanting to overthrow the government.

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Sunset Elementary students connect with classrooms in other countries

How does water get from the river to the tap? Finding the answer to that and other water-related questions has transported a group of Sunset Elementary School first-graders across the world — virtually, at least. With help from the Internet, Cheryl Arnett’s students are learning about water sources, water rights and conservation with students from around the globe.

Diane Prather: 4-H leaders needed

Moffat County 4-H is looking for project leaders in the following General 4-H project areas: • Forestry, wildlife, outdoor adventures, and sport fishing. • Model rocketry. • Small engines. • Woodworking. • Baking/foods and nutrition.

‘Lemon Ginger Cut-Outs’: And they taste pretty good, too

Last weekend, Craig resident Donna Lougee called me about the recipe for “Orange Salad” featured in the Feb. 18, 2012 column. She found an error in the recipe card part of the column. One of the ingredients is 2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained. That is correct. However, the error is in the directions for mixing up the salad. On the card, you are instructed to “add the undrained mandarin oranges.” This is incorrect. The oranges are to be drained. The error is only in the “recipe card.” The discussion within the column about making the salad is correct.

Colo. budget written, heads for debate in House

A Colorado budget with better-than-expected funding for education, colleges and seniors will be introduced in the House next week, where lawmakers will vote on a proposed $8 billion spending plan. Budget writers finalized the budget Friday after some tension in recent months over whether to fund a property tax break for seniors and a debate over benefits for state employees and payroll reductions to Colorado agencies.

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Dreams of a distant shore: Craig couple fulfilling shared goal to work and serve overseas

John and Tracey Wall’s life together could be a blueprint for the American dream. They own a house on Yampa Avenue, complete with a back yard, a dog and a couple of cozy-looking hammocks on the front porch. John, 36, works as an accountant at Colowyo Coal Co. Tracey, 32, was until recently a physican’s assistant at Moffat Family Clinic. They have a 17-month-old daughter, Adalynn, with another due in April.

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Turnout high for 1st mobile food pantry distribution

Moffat County residents lined up Thursday morning outside the Boys & Girls Club of Craig waiting for Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile food pantry to make its first distribution in Craig. “There was a big rush at 11:30 (when distribution began),” said Starlene Collins, Western Slope manager for FBR, noting that about 92 people received assistance in the first half of the two-hour distribution alone. According to the agency’s website, FBR utilizes its mobile pantries in areas where partner agencies are either not available, or as is the case locally, may need help meeting the needs of the community.

MCHS girls soccer worn down by Sailors in 5-0 loss in home opener

There was no lack of physicality Friday in the Moffat County-Steamboat Springs girls varsity soccer game at Woodbury Sports Complex. The Bulldogs got into an early hole in their home opener and the Steamboat defense suffocated Moffat County’s offense in a 5-0 loss, the second loss of the season to the Sailors. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving and it takes its toll on the girls,” Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp said. “That is not the way we play, we don’t go through someone. And when we got upset, we didn’t play good.”

CDP editorial: Backyard and beyond

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is at odds with the Craig Chamber of Commerce over the Marcia Car and the City of Craig regarding City Park. The city and Moffat County haven’t fully come together enough to make needed infrastructure repairs to Shadow Mountain, an area that could use all the assistance it can get. There’s an old train depot at the edge of downtown rotting away, the blighted, burnt shell of a motel on the other end barely standing, and the community’s signature event is moving from downtown to far reaches, keeping businesses from capitalizing on foot traffic.