Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

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Break out the memory-eraser for 3rd ‘Men in Black’

Movie trilogies are a tricky thing. For every “Toy Story 3” released there are about five disappointments like “The Godfather Part III” that just can’t stand with the origjnal, even on its own merits. Such is the case of “Men in Black 3.” Working for the Men in Black agency can take a lot out of a guy. Years of monitoring and policing alien activities have left Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) hardened to the process, and his partner J (Will Smith) has had more than enough of his associate’s attitude. With the reemergence of a psychotic lifeform named Boris (Jemaine Clement) who has been imprisoned in a moon institution for decades, K warns J he could be killed off at any time. With all the weird, threatening things he’s seen since entering the job, J has little worries for K’s safety.

On the Record for May 31, 2012

On the Record for May 31, 2012

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MCHS football preps for fall

Being under the bright lights of the football stadium is something Brett Loyd and Shandon Hadley have looked forward to for years. The two incoming Moffat County High School freshmen will have to wait a few more months before suiting up to play in their first match-up at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, but now that they’ve gotten a taste of the next level of the gridiron, fall can’t come soon enough. The MCHS football team hosted practices this week in preparation for the 2012-2013 athletics season. The sessions brought back the members of the varsity team as well as incoming freshmen.

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Gerber to take reins as MCSD finance director

Students and staff can expect to find changes at Moffat County School District when the 2012-13 school year begins this fall. Tinneal Gerber, current Moffat County budget analyst, will step into the role of school district finance director on July 1, according to a personnel report the Moffat County School Board approved at its regular meeting May 24. She will replace Mark Rydberg, who is leaving the school district in late June to take a job as business services director for Summit School District.

Wednesday, May 30

On the Record for May 30, 2012

On the Record for May 30, 2012

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Going red for Romney: GOP presidential candidate's speech rallies around Republican ideals

Mitt Romney on Tuesday did what no other presidential candidate has done in more than 100 years of Moffat County history. He campaigned in Craig. Speaking in a region with abundant natural resources and to a community dependent on energy development for jobs, the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee wasted no time criticizing President Barack Obama’s regulation of the coal, oil and natural gas industries.

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Mitt means business: Craig residents meet with Romney for business roundtable

Scott Cook, a Craig and Steamboat Springs businessman, said new finance regulations are hindering him in the marketplace. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was drafted to create more accountability in the financial system following the sweeping bank failure at the dawn of the recession. However, Cook said the act has “created some huge compliance issues” in the finance and insurance departments of his business, Cook Chevrolet, which has locations in Craig and Steamboat. He took his concerns Tuesday to someone who, depending on what happens in November, may be able to help.

Lance Scranton: Life, honor and people who make this home

May is all about names and recognition. Moffat County High School’s annual Awards Night and National Honor Society Installation Ceremony is filled with a variety of guests who laud students for their toil, dedication and learning by presenting certificates and scholarships. Graduation is another celebration of names and accomplishments where students are applauded for their four-year commitment and are rewarded at various levels for many different accomplishments. Some for making it through but others for going above and beyond.

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Guiding lights: Energy, environmental reps react to Romney's energy views

Reaction from energy industry representatives to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's speech Tuesday in Craig was largely positive. Appearing in downtown Craig, Romney said his administration would create an energy policy that utilizes all of America’s natural resources, including coal, natural gas and oil. It was a message Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson appreciated hearing. “I liked the points that he hammered away on (about) reaching our full potential through the development of natural resources, taking into account the struggles the local communities like Craig are experiencing as a result of the burden of national regulations, not to mention state regulations, although he certainly could speak considerably about those,” Sanderson said.

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‘History in the making’: An estimated 2,000 people jam Alice Pleasant Park for campaign visit

The line to enter Alice Pleasant Park grew quickly Tuesday morning, winding its way around the Museum of Northwest Colorado. As the morning wore on, the line would only grow longer as more residents gathered to catch a glimpse of the first presidential candidate to speak in person in Craig history. “I think this is a piece of history,” Craig City Council member Ray Beck said before Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s speech Tuesday. “I think this is monumental, I really do. This is history in the making.” An estimated 2,000 people, more by some estimates, filed through metal detectors staffed by Secret Service agents at security checkpoints before entering the park.

Janet Sheridan: Americana in Craig

I walked briskly along Breeze Street, clutching a cup of coffee in my chilled fingers, watching others converge on Mitt Romney's campaign event, wondering if my jacket was too light and my arrival too late. I left my house at 6:45 a.m., the gates would open 45 minutes later and already the line stretched along the north side of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, a sign of the willingness of people from near and far to get up early and stand in line to support a presidential candidate and/or enjoy an American experience never before offered in our community. As I took my place at the end of the line, people smiled a welcome, offered money for my coffee and enjoyed one another’s banter. “I wanted my children to be here more than they did,” a mother with a Romney button told me, which motivated her son to add, “You can say that again,“ in a tone only a teenager could muster.

Tuesday, May 29

Fun with a 5K: Top runners lauded for Craig jaunt

Before the hubbub of the Grand Olde West Days downtown street festival began, members of the Craig community were already up and running. Literally. Monday morning’s 5K Fun Run brought in 35 local runners seeking to tackle a three-mile course around town. Organizer Karrie Booth, owner of the sponsoring Holistic Health & Fitness, said the turnout was encouraging.

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Mitt Romney today in Craig: Obama 'out of excuses'

The Republican presidential candidate focused on energy during his campaign stop at Alice Pleasant park in Craig this morning. "Coal equals job," he told a crowd of supporters that included local miners. "I want coal, gas, oil and nuclear, as well as renewables."

Monday, May 28

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Early year movies — Highs, lows, mostly right in the middle

Movies released from January to April have a reputation for being placeholders between the award winners of the previous year and the summer fare to come. Though there are a few exceptions to the rule, the early months of 2012 have proved that status is all but a fact.

Woman adopted as baby faces deportation to India

Attorneys are scrambling to find a way to prevent the deportation of a woman who was adopted from an orphanage in India as a 3-month-old baby following a determination by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that she is in the country illegally. Kairi Abha Shepherd's adoptive mother died when she was 8-years-old, never having filed citizenship paperwork, her attorney Alan L. Smith of Salt Lake City said. The Denver-based appellate court earlier this month upheld an immigration court's ruling that Shepherd, now 30, is too old to qualify for automatic citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 that applies to children from foreign countries who are adopted by Americans. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began efforts to deport Shepherd in 2007 after she was jailed in Salt Lake City for probation violation of a 2004 guilty plea to a felony charge of forgery. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Shepherd's conviction was an aggravated felony, making her an immigration enforcement priority.

Wildfires burn 7,000 acres in western Colorado

Gusty winds have spread two wildfires in western Colorado that have burned more than 7,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of several campgrounds. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says crews are battling a wildfire that has scorched at least 5,000 acres of rugged canyon land north of Paradox near the Colorado-Utah border. Sheriff's deputies on Saturday evacuated the Buckeye Reservoir area, a popular recreation spot near the Utah border. The Rock Creek and Sinbad Valley areas also were evacuated. Meanwhile, winds of more than 60 mph fueled a 2,325-acre fire northwest of Pagosa Springs, and several campgrounds in the area have been evacuated. The lightning-caused fire was reported May 13. Also Sunday, a large wildfire was reported east of Pueblo near Fowler, prompting the closure of U.S. 50. The exact size of the fire was not immediately clear.

Tropical Storm Beryl brings wind, rain to Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl moved across northeastern Florida early Monday, bringing drenching rains, driving winds and the threat of flooding to the southeastern U.S. coast, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the center of Beryl made landfall near Jacksonville Beach at around 12:10 a.m., with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph). The weather system was expected to continue dumping rain over parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday. It should weaken as it moves inland Monday and Tuesday, and as a frontal system comes down from the Great Lakes, Beryl will move out into the Atlantic Ocean. "We're seeing about the best that Beryl has right now as far as its winds are concerned, with winds about 70 mph," forecaster Al Sandrik said in an audio briefing late Sunday. "The model shows significant weakening of the storm in 12 hours."

Sports Briefs for May 28: 5K Fun Run today

A 5K Fun Run sponsored by Holistic Health & Fitness will take place today in conjunction with Grand Olde West Days. Event signup starts at 7:30 a.m. at Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but runners must be prepared for a route slightly more than three miles. Following the event, participants can partake in the Flapjack Feed fundraiser hosted by the Moffat County High School girls basketball team. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Craig. For more information on the Fun Run, call 824-4700.

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Sea Sharks program's 1st meet this weekend in Rangely

Although the Moffat County High School swimming season is over, the girls and boys varsity swim coaches aren’t getting away from the water anytime soon. This summer, they’re working to develop talent with swimmers signed on with the Craig Sea Sharks. The summer swimming program is still accepting registration for the 2012 season. The team heads into competition shortly, and this week is the last opportunity for participants to sign up. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Registration options include the silver team for $130 or gold team for $230. The silver team practices twice weekly, and the gold team is in the water five days a week.

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Bulldog Sports for May 28

Bulldog sports for the week of May 28, 2012.

Auto retailer offering military special

Showing appreciation for those who have fought for our country is something that can’t be overdone, and those who have served have a short opportunity to take advantage of a great deal. Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St., will continue its special discount program for members of the military through the end of May. The program, offered through auto manufacturer Chrysler, offers a $1,000 rebate for car buyers who have served in the military. “It can be for someone retired, someone active in the military or the reserves (or) pretty much anyone who can show us honorable discharge papers,” sales manager Brian Kitzman said. “I think it’s a great thing because it’s a little heads up that we care about them and all they’ve done for us. We’ve already had a few takers, and I think we should get some more activity this week.”

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‘Live your days as they come’: Five minutes with Mandy More, 30, assistant manager at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised in Steamboat.” What brought you to Craig? “I live in Hayden now, so I just started commuting here instead of to Steamboat. It’s a great town, great community and everybody’s just like a family here.” Motto or outlook on life? “Do your best and it is what it is. You live your days as they come.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been at Murdoch’s since November. I worked at the feed store in Steamboat for nine years and I just wanted to continue working in the ranching and home supply business so I started here cashiering and continued on from there.”

Senior Spotlight for May 28: Grand Olde West Days and Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend and Grand Olde West Days— a good combination. Memories flood back. Yes, I remember well my dad, sitting me on a pickle barrel in a store where he worked. Mom in the hospital, he babysat.

Government Update for May 28: Moffat County Commission meeting

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Briefs for May 28: Chamber mixer set for June 7

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Business After-Hours Mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. June 7 at Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill, 572 Breeze St. The event is free to the public.

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Spokeswoman: Presidential candidate to discuss energy, job creation during Craig event

Sarah Pompei, a campaign spokeswoman for Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discussed Sunday topics local residents can expect to hear Tuesday morning when the former Massachusetts governor appears for a public event in Craig. The Romney event is scheduled to begin between 9 and 9:15 a.m. at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. “Craig is facing a lot of economic challenges due to the burdensome regulations implemented by this (President Barack Obama's) administration,” Pompei said. “The governor is going to talk about some of his solutions to get the country back on track again.” Romney is expected to cite Craig and Moffat County’s abundant natural resources and dependence on the energy industry in his speech about the economy and job creation.

Trapper Mining, Inc. donates $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation

Trapper Mining, Inc. donated $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation earlier this month to contribute to the hospital’s integrated health information technology project. The funds will allow the hospital to purchase a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) to more efficiently manage images and data from medical imaging instruments and technology, including X-rays and magnetic resource imaging (MRI), according to a release from the foundation. The new system will enhance telemedicine, allowing improved transmission of medical images to major hospitals in conjunction with Flight for Life transports. “This funding assistance is so exciting because it reinforces the solid vision that the foundation and the community share for improving health care in our community,” said Sue Lyster, chairwoman of the TMH Foundation Board, in the release.

Saturday, May 26

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‘We can do anything’: MCHS seniors turn new chapter at graduation ceremony Saturday

In front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people, Moffat County High School senior John Kirk issued a challenge to his classmates. “Ladies and gentlemen of the Class of 2012, do not let the fire die,” he said, his words echoing through the MCHS gym. “Continue to perform and raise the bar. “We can do anything. Class of 2012, rise to the challenges. Never doubt yourself.” Kirk was one of three graduating seniors who addressed the MCHS Class of 2012 during a graduation ceremony Saturday.

Helton HRs, Rockies end Reds' streak with 6-3 win

Given how badly he's been swinging, Todd Helton was just trying to advance a runner. He got him all the way home, and joined him there, too. Helton hit his first homer in nearly a month and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at six games. Helton had a two-run homer — his first since April 29 — and a run-scoring single off Johnny Cueto (5-2), who gave up a career-high 11 hits in only 4 2-3 innings. When he came to bat in the second with Troy Tulowitzki on second base, he had a minimalist approach. "At that point with the way I've been swinging it, I was just trying to get the guy over," Helton said.

Regulators raise taxes for Colorado casinos

State gambling regulators have reversed tax breaks for casinos and raised the tax rates by about 5 percent, though casino owners wanted to keep the old rates. The commission reviews the casino tax structure each May and is required to set rates that encourage business growth and investment in the gambling industry. Gov. John Hickenlooper replaced the five-member Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission last summer after the commission approved the tax breaks. The new commission approved new rates on Thursday. "We have packaged a very, very attractive regulatory and taxing environment for the industry, especially when you look at other jurisdictions, other states, where the taxes are as high as 50 percent," commission chairman Robert Webb said.

NJ man charged with murdering NY boy Patz in 1979

The anniversary of the day 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to school dawned with his suspected killer in police custody, but it ended with many unanswered questions about the man whose lawyer claims he's schizophrenic. Pedro Hernandez was arraigned on a murder charge Friday and is being held without bail. A former neighbor says Hernandez was someone you wouldn't want to cross. But the pastor of his church says the 51-year-old is shy and timid. His lawyer says Hernandez is bipolar and has a history of hallucinations.

Sports Briefs for May 26: Craig Pool Complex to open Tuesday

The Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St., will officially open for the summer season at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Summer hours include lap swimming from noon to 1 p.m. every day and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; regular swimming from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; with family hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The wave pool facilities will be temporarily unavailable as they undergo maintenance. Regular admission prices are $4 for adults, $3.25 for 12- to 17-year-olds and $3 for 4- to 11-year-olds. Annual passes are $80 for adults, $65 for students, and $60 for children ages 4 to 11, with family passes $200 for four members and $25 for each additional member.

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LSRV Hurdler Rex Stanley sets 1A Wyoming record

For the athletes of Little Snake River Valley School, the end of the track and field season had absolutely everything that could make the culmination of their hard work exciting — a photo finish, a broken record and best of all, inevitable victory despite some setbacks. The LSRV boys track team defended its state title at the Wyoming State High School Class 1A Track and Field Championships May 17 to 19 in Casper, Wyo. The title is the sixth consecutive state win for the Baggs boys, who have dominated the 1A field in football, basketball and track since fall 2010.

Grand Olde West Days primed for big weekend

The 22nd annual Grand Olde West Days offers an array of events during this Memorial Day weekend, including a nationally-sanctioned Cowboy Action Shoot hosted by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club to the carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds provided by Brown’s Amusements. For more information about Grand Olde West Days, call 824-5689 or visit Events scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday are below:

Diane Prather: Farmers at heart

This time of year, most of us are farmers at heart. It doesn’t matter what we plant, where we plant it, or the size of the planting area. We just like to garden. We enjoy getting our hands in the soil, planting seeds, and watching the tiny leaves pop through the ground.

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CMS student Kaylee Buckley a state winner in 'If I Were Mayor' essay contest

Kaylee Buckley could see clearly two characters in her mind when she wrote her submission to the “If I Were Mayor” contest this spring. One was a farmer, “an old guy in coveralls,” she said, who was complaining to his local city council about having to pay taxes. The other was the mayor himself, who explained that taxes go to pay for a broad range of services, from roads to parks. It was, in some ways, an experiment in conflict resolution.

Letter: One chance to vote Obama out of office

On this Memorial Day weekend, let us remember that we have one chance to save America — it's by voting Barack Obama out, along with the communist/socialists who have invaded the Democratic Party. Nov. 6 will be the hinge on which the door of the future of our nation swings. Already 51 percent of the people of the U.S. depend upon the extracted taxes of 49 percent. This equation has to be reversed if we are to survive. Some of the 51 percent are absolutely necessary — the defense of our borders and the strength of our military to protect us from those who are determined to take us down in the name of their god, or in the name of the globalism of the United Nations.

Letter: Search and Rescue thanks the community

On behalf of Moffat County Search and Rescue, we would like to thank the community for their outstanding support in 2011. We are grateful for all the donations we received in this tight economic time for our country. We would also like to thank Craig Fire and Safety, Craig Steel, T&H parts, and all other businesses that have helped us this year. We look forward to serving the community in 2012.

Editorial: History in the making

Prepare to be introduced to the world, Craig and Moffat County. That’s essentially what our community was told Friday afternoon when a spokeswoman with the Mitt Romney campaign confirmed to the Craig Daily Press the former Massachusetts governor and likely Republican presidential nominee would indeed make a campaign stop in our community next week. Word spread quickly around town of the news, and excitement built in some circles. “I love him,” said Sari Cobb, owner of Cornerstone Realty, a business a Peyton Manning spiral away from where Romney will appear Tuesday morning at Alice Pleasant Park. “I am thrilled with his ethics. I like basically everything he stands on.”

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Moffat County Memorial Day activities slated to remember fallen veterans

For American Legion Post 62 Commander Jake Garcia, the idea behind Memorial Day is simple. “It’s to respect and honor the fallen members of the military,” Garcia said. Craig and Moffat County residents will have several chances to pay those respects this holiday weekend. The first opportunity will come today during the Grand Olde West Days parade. Setup for the parade starts at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Craig Middle School before officially beginning at 4 p.m. The route runs down Yampa Avenue, turns right onto Victory Way and right on Ledford Street before ending at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

Briefs for May 26: American Cancer Society seeking Relay volunteers, teams

Moffat County’s 2012 Relay for Life will take place July 20 and 21 at Moffat County High School. The annual event is designed to celebrate cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, and raise money and awareness for the ongoing fight against cancer. Committee positions are still available and registration is still open for teams and sponsors. For more information on volunteering or ways to get involved, contact Sarah Blakeslee at or (970) 276-4770.

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Mitt Romney … meet Craig, America

Frank Moe, owner of Deer Park Inn and Suites in Craig, sent Mitt Romney's presidential campaign a video earlier this year produced by Energy America. The video, titled "The Perfect Storm Over Craig, Colorado," highlighted the community's economic dependence on the energy industry. Along with the video was an invitation from Moe to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to visit Craig. "We (thought) this would be a good place for him to make the point that he is (in favor of) all forms of energy," Moe said.

Friday, May 25

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Confirmed: Mitt Romney to visit Craig

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate, will appear in Craig on Tuesday, campaign officials confirmed today.

School Board takes action on policies Thursday

At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board: • Conducted an executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations. • Approved, 5-0, clubs for the 2012-13 school year that included Moffat County High School Future Farmers of America, Craig Middle School student government and Sandrockers, a student choir at Sandrock Elementary School. The school board approves clubs annually. • Adopted, 5-0, the school board's 2012-13 meeting schedule.

Briefs for May 25: Master crafters sought

The Wyman Museum Master Crafters are looking for more members. Interested crafters would have to work about four hours a week and display their crafts for sale. For more information, call Mary Davis at 629-2578.

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More than 200 people visit with Shell officials at open house Thursday

Matt Holman, project lead for Shell’s Northwest Colorado operations, measures the success of a public meeting in an interesting way. “It’s about educating people on what you're doing, being honest and making good local contacts,” Holman said. “I’ve got seven new contacts here and one of Shell’s hallmarks in hosting these events is to mature these contacts into local vendors that we’ll use. “We want to be able to demonstrate to the community that we’re using the people that already live right here. It’s really difficult to do that if you don’t have the contacts or the people in place to interface with the company.” More than 200 people attended Shell’s open house Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado in Craig to learn more about the company, the company's operations plan for Moffat County and Shell’s policies regarding drilling, safety, environmental protections and community involvement.

Expansion of Colo. energy office becomes law

The scope of Colorado's energy office will expand beyond renewables, with funding for all types of energy development projects in the mix under legislation that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Thursday. The office will now include two funds — one for clean and renewable energy development and another for all other sources of energy, including traditional sources such as oil and gas and coal. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Becker and Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman also changes the name of the office from the Governor's Energy Office to the Colorado Energy Office. First created in 1977 to promote energy conservation, the office took on new significance under former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, whose focus on renewable energy development was a legacy of his term from 2007 to 2011. The legislation went through several changes before passing, and environmental groups that were critical saw it as a Republican attempt to dismantle a hallmark of Ritter's time in office.

Permits to build single-family homes in Colo. up

Interest in building homes in Colorado appears to be growing. State housing officials say that through the first three months of this year, permits for single-family home construction in Colorado are up 34 percent compared with the same time last year. Pat Hamill with Oakwood Homes in Denver tells Colorado Public Radio that along Colorado's northern Front Range, high rents are encouraging more people to buy. That means home prices are likely to rise, giving builders the incentive they need to start construction.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states. "We intend to go forward," the Republican governor said. "If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented. "Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes," the governor said. "But I have every confidence we're going to be successful."

Sports Briefs for May 25: Sportsman Club to offer shooting group

Bears Ears Sportsman Club will be offering the .22 Bullseye Pistol League from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout June and July at its building on Moffat County Road 7. The activity of bullseye shooting includes the conventional pistol style — one hand, unsupported — with a slow fire rate at targets from 50 yards or a sustained fire rate from 25 yards. Those who prefer to shoot with two hands are welcome as well. John Jepkema, who has coached competitive shooting at various levels, will oversee the activity. For more information, email or call 824-6423.

Janet Sheridan: Craig — where everybody knows your name

We wanted a reason to remain outdoors. Soft light, sandwiched between dusk and dark, flattered our aging neighborhood. Cool air swirled through cottonwood leaves and rogue hollyhocks, nudging away summer heat. “Janet,” my husband suggested, “let’s take a walk to see how that remodeling job’s going.”

Letter: Basketball fundraiser a success

Thank you to everyone who helped make our fundraiser a success. The Moffat County High School boys basketball team would like to thank everyone who helped make the recent fundraiser a success. Thank you to those who donated auction items, purchased tickets, donated food and supplies and everyone who bid on auction items. The community support was great to see and very much appreciated. Go Bulldogs.

Thursday, May 24

On the Record for May 24, 2012

On the Record for May 24, 2012

Pastor Linda Taylor: Hash Browns

Last week I thought I would surprise my husband and fix him a nice breakfast. I was going all out: bacon, eggs, hash browns toast, and a glass of orange juice. I thought he would be surprised, mostly shocked being this does not happen very often. It’s usually a slice of toast and some bacon. I started getting the food out to fix and realized I didn’t have any hash browns, I had potatoes I could have peeled and fried, “but let’s not get carried away.” Frozen hash browns is the only way to go. My husband was busy working outside, so that gave me time to run to the store for some frozen hash browns. I hurried and grabbed my purse and keys and headed for the store thinking, “how surprised he will be to have a nice breakfast.”

22nd annual Grand Olde West Days offers full weekend of activities

As Memorial Day approaches, residents of Northwest Colorado have much to look forward to during the three-day holiday weekend. The 22nd annual Grand Olde West Days has a schedule packed with events for all tastes and all ages this weekend, from gunslinger lovers who attend nationally sanctioned Cowboy Action Shoot hosted by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club Saturday and Sunday to the families who always attend the carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds provided by Brown’s Amusements from Thursday to Monday. Organizer Kandee Dilldine said the return of several other events that were sorely missed last year, such as Sunday morning’s Draft Horse Show, which was canceled due to an outbreak of an equine virus, and Saturday’s parade through town, will likely mean big crowds.

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MCHS meat judging team win state title, headed to national championship

Makayla Goodnow may never look at steak the same way again. The Moffat County High School senior now knows what constitutes a good piece of meat, where the most tender cuts can be found on an animal, and what it means when a cut is labeled “select” or “prime,” she said, thanks all to the school’s Future Farmers of America meat judging team. She and her teammates — senior Emily Wellman and juniors Brady Martinez and Tyler Hildebrandt — had to become intimately familiar with meat production to prepare for an FFA state competition this spring. “It was fun realizing how much you’re actually learning and how you can use it in everyday life,” Wellman said.

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Moffat County officials discuss encouraging healthier lifestyles

Last month Lisa Brown, chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, presented the Moffat County Commission with startling statistics about the health behaviors of local residents. According to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a report compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Moffat County residents ranked 50th out of 59 Colorado counties in regards to overall health. Even more concerning, Moffat County ranked dead last in the health behaviors category, which rates residents on certain lifestyle choices such as substance abuse, exercise and diet.

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MCHS baseball player to compete in national program

Finishing the 2011-2012 Moffat County High School varsity baseball season with a 4-14 record didn’t dampen Carlos Maldonado’s competitive spirit. If anything, it made him hungrier for the opportunity to prove himself. The day after the Bulldogs’ final game of the season, the MCHS senior walked onto the field of Lakewood’s Coca Cola All-Star Park ready to hit, field and do everything possible to show his talent for the sport. And those watching took notice.

Wednesday, May 23

On the Record for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CO teacher accused of sex assault working out plea

Authorities say a former Colorado high school teacher accused of having sex with a student won't face sexual assault charges under a pending plea deal. The Aspen Times reported Tuesday ( ) that the attorneys for 26-year-old Lauren Redfern and Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert confirmed that a plea deal is in the works. Under the agreement, Redfern pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her attorney says the plea is not an admission of having a sexual relationship with the student, who was 17 at the time. Redfern won't face sexual assault charges in exchange for the plea.

Briefs for May 23: Farmers Market meeting Thursday

A meeting for all vendors planning to participate in the Craig Farmers Market takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. Discussion items include a reduced youth vendor fee, record keeping, tax issues and product limitations. Vendor sites also will be chosen. The market is scheduled to take place from June 21 through Sept. 20. Seasonal site fees are $50, and a single month fee is $25.

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Council again denies proposed nightclub owner

More than 20 residents attended Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting to participate in a public hearing on a proposed night club in Craig. The audience was split between those in support of Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango and those against Tarango’s Night Club, which was slated to be located at 535 Green St. Tarango appeared before the council in late March seeking approval for tavern liquor and retail gaming licenses, but was denied because of false information contained in his application. Most notably, Tarango failed to declare that between 2000 and 2010 his driver’s license had been suspended on four different occasions — once in 2000 for a driving while ability impaired conviction and three times for failure to pay child support.

Broncos' restocked secondary gets high marks

Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey are giving the Denver Broncos' restocked secondary two thumbs up. Replacing retired safety Brian Dawkins in the starting lineup is free agent Mike Adams alongside second-year pro Quinton Carter. And instead of Andre' Goodman playing opposite Champ Bailey at cornerback, it'll be Tracy Porter with fellow free agent Drayton Florence helping defend the spread offenses that are all the rage in the NFL these days. "I miss the guys that were here, but the good thing is we replaced them with some really good players," Bailey said. Manning likes seeing the newcomers across the line of scrimmage, too, suggesting they're going to do as much as he will to help the Broncos' young wide receivers led by Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker get better.

Passenger's suspicious claim diverts jet to Maine

A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. There is no evidence the plane was ever in danger, officials said. An examination by two doctors aboard the plane found that the passenger, a French citizen born in Cameroon, had no scars or incisions, said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who was briefed by Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole. The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned airlines last summer that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

Sports Briefs for May 23: MCHS hoops hosts fundraiser tonight

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will host its inaugural Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser tonight at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the meal with tickets available at the door. The cost is $10 per person and ages 5 and younger eat for free. “We will be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert, and all the food will be donated by the players and their families along with the coach and his family,” said Keri Hamilton, wife of coach Eric Hamilton. “The basketball players will be serving up the food, waiting tables, cooking, doing it all.”

Shell reps talk drilling plans with Moffat County officials

Nabors Rig 94 returned May 10 to Moffat County after spending the winter months in Wyoming. About a week later, Savanna 650 completed its 23-day, 1,640-mile trek from Waynesburg, Pa., and arrived Sunday in Craig. What the two rigs have in common is they've both been contracted by Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP to drill exploratory wells in the Niobrara Formation. Representatives from Shell met with Moffat County officials Tuesday to discuss details of the company’s 2012 drilling schedule, which calls for 11 new wells — nine in Moffat County and two in Routt County.

MCHS golfers Fox, Harjes shoot well at state tourney

It can take some time to get your bearings on an unfamiliar golf course, an aspect of the game that can either plague players mentally or make them better each time they tackle new surroundings. Moffat County High School competitors Sam Fox and Caitlin Harjes chose the latter. Fox and Harjes placed 59th and 70th, respectively, at the 4A state championships Monday and Tuesday at the Boomerang Links in Greeley. Fox, an MCHS senior, shot a combined score of 190 for the two-day tournament — 97 Monday and 93 Tuesday.

Pipeline opponents send letter to governor

More than 100 Western Slope businesses sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. John Hickenlooper expressing opposition to the proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline, a 501-mile pipeline that would bring water from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge to Colorado’s Front Range, the organization Protect the Flows announced in a news release. All businesses involved in sending the letter are members of Protect the Flows, a coalition of businesses located along the Colorado River and its tributaries that economically depend on the river and its flows and believe the Flaming Gorge pipeline poses a threat to those flows while failing to address water usage issues. The letter asks the administration to stop devoting state resources to studying the Flaming Gorge pipeline upon conclusion of the state's special task force examining the project's feasibility, slated to wrap up at the end of the year.

Letter: Thanks from the Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • April Rubley of the Dog and I for grooming the shelter dog, Blade. • Nora Jones for the donation of cat food and litter. • Pam Horn of Re-Max, Kerry and Frank Moe of Deer Park Inn, and Scott McKinney of The Copy shop for judging the photos for the 2013 Pet Mate Calendar. Thanks to the Golden Cavvy for the hospitality.

Editorial: Banner days

It's an exciting time for Moffat County High School. Last week, the MCHS track team competed in the state meet in Lakewood. Overall, the Bulldogs finished in eighth place, a respectable showing on the season's biggest stage. The team's appearance, however, was magnified and highlighted by two championship performances.

Letter: Family of Gary Roberts thank community

We would like to thank the many caring professionals in our community for the care that was given Gary during his battle with cancer. The oncology staff and nursing staff at The Memorial Hospital were wonderful. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association nurses and case workers provided him with loving care and concern while he was allowed to remain in his home. We want them to know how deeply our family appreciated the services provided us.

Tuesday, May 22

Lance Scranton: Lessons for seniors continued …

Last week I described a difficult decision I had to make as a junior in college. Would I turn professional or return for my senior year of college playing on a team that had an opportunity to compete for a national collegiate championship (we were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA national poll for several weeks the previous year)? I gave five life lessons in last week's column for graduating seniors, so we'll pick this week up from there. No. 6: When you have two choices to make, you better have a solid moral foundation to help you decide. It would be easy to rationalize a jump to a professional team so that I could begin to make money doing something I had dreamed about since I was a kid.

BLM urges fire safety during holiday weekend

With conditions expected to be ideal for wildfires, Bureau of Land Management officials Monday urged Northwest Colorado residents to practice caution when burning outdoors. “Conditions this year may be as dry as they’ve ever been for the Memorial Day weekend kick-off of the summer outdoor recreation season,” officials stated in a news release. “This unseasonable dryness combined with an abundance of tall, dead vegetation from last year create conditions that will readily burn and carry fire if an ignition source, such as an ember from a campfire, is provided.”

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At the Movies: ‘Dictator’ shows the hairy side of geopolitics

Everyone is quick to decry Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gadaffi and the rest of their kind as modern-day monsters, but how many people have considered their point of view? Well, a few minutes of “The Dictator” probably won’t endear you to such figures, but you’ll get a few laughs. In the North African nation of Wadiya, all the residents live in absolute adoration of their ruler, Adm. Gen. Hafez Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen). The reason for their devotion is simple — they must either profess their allegiance or be killed on the spot. Aladeen’s style of government, a dictatorship in which everyone caters to his every instantaneous whim, has made him the target of multiple assassination attempts and an enemy of nearly every country in the world. When he starts stockpiling weapons like there’s no tomorrow, the United Nations decides it can no longer turn a blind eye to his policies and insists Aladeen appear in New York City to defend his actions.

On the Record for May 22, 2012

On the Record for May 22, 2012

Moffat County Commission takes action at today’s meeting

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved Department of Social Services accounts payables and electronic transactions for $335,743.

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The call of commencement

MCHS gears up for graduation, year-end ceremonies

A painting with the numbers “2012” in fiery red lettering hung in the Moffat County High School gymnasium Monday morning. “It’s not the end,” it read. “It’s just the beginning.” The artwork and a stage set up beneath it were among the first signs that both an end and a beginning are approaching for the class of 2012. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early, “because you’re not going to find a seat at 10 o’ clock,” MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said.

Monday, May 21

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MCHS swimmer Hulstine places 7th, 15th at state meet

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swim team swam strong Friday and Saturday against fierce competition at the 4A state championship in Thornton. The team’s top individual finisher for the weekend was junior Matt Hulstine, who placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with one minute, .77 seconds, and 15th in the 100-yard butterfly at 57.32 seconds. Coach Meghan Francone said Hulstine showed well against some of the fastest swimmers in Colorado.

On the Record for May 21, 2012

On the Record for May 21, 2012

Plant nursery blossoms in second year

If the heat is getting greater, then you’re bound to see an oasis somewhere, whether real or imagined. But, one such business bearing that name is definitely not a figment of your imagination. The Oasis of Craig has set up its summer location in the parking lot of the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The plant nursery, owned by Anthony and Gloria Martin, is now in its second year of business.

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Bulldog Sports for May 21

TBA The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team competes in the 4A state tournament at Boomerang Links, 7309 W. Fourth St., in Greeley. 5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

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Wild horse club planning Sand Wash Basin volunteer clean-up event

Sand Wash Basin can mean different things to different people. For Craig resident Bernie Rose, the area is not only ripe for preserving Northwest Colorado’s wild heritage, but could also provide a unique opportunity to boost economic development in Craig and Moffat County. “In the long-term, this is as much an economic development project as it is about preservation,” Rose said. “A lot of people will be coming out here to see it, and what we’re doing is for our grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-, great-grandkids.” Rose is a member of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club, an organization that was started in November 2011 by Craig resident Nancy Roberts.

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‘Enjoy life to its fullest’: Five minutes with Jason Back, 34, club pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Where is your hometown? “Meeker.” What brought you to Craig? “We moved here in 2004. My wife went to work in Steamboat and I worked at Colowyo.” Motto or outlook on life? “Have fun and enjoy life to its fullest. I was in a serious car wreck seven years ago, and it can end at any time, so make sure you enjoy every second of it.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve always been involved in the golf industry. I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old. I worked at the Meeker course when I lived there. I just started helping out here and then it took off from there. I took my playability test two years ago, and now I’m just getting through the bookwork and doing all that to continue.”

Briefs for May 21: Moffat County Democrats meeting today

The Moffat County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Topics include creating a committee for Jo Ann Baxter, a Craig resident and Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 57 candidate. The meeting is open to the public.

MS prison riot leaves guard dead, 6 hurt

Officials say a riot at a privately run federal prison in southwest Mississippi that left one guard dead and five other correctional officers and an inmate injured has been brought under control. Prison spokeswoman Emilee Beach said the uprising at the Adams County facility was brought under control Sunday night, hours after it started. Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a prison guard died, but he said he could not provide any other details. An Adams County sheriff's spokeswoman said the guard died while being transported to a hospital. Beach said the prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after being deported.

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Craig sisters pay tribute to late mother at spring concert

The audience that filled the Moffat County High School auditorium sat silent Thursday night as sisters Rebekah, Christa and Kaitlen Bird began to play. Up until this point in the spring band concert, the combined voices of brass, strings, drums and woodwinds reverberated through the auditorium as Craig Middle School and MCHS band members performed rousing marches and slower, deeper pieces. But as the trio’s clear notes of trombone and French Horn alone blended together in a rendition of “Three Precious Gifts,” the mood in the auditorium changed. Although about 600 people filled the auditorium that night, Christa, 13, Rebekah, 14, and Kaitlen, 18, dedicated their music to one person: their late mother, Sherry Bird.

Rockies fail to deliver in clutch against Mariners

The Colorado Rockies were swept for the second time at home and the third time overall this season. Going 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position certainly doesn't help. Neither did the fact that Todd Helton struck out swinging on a 3-2 count with runners on second and third to end the game. "On a fastball right down the middle," said Helton. "We're not playing well. You are going to put more pressure on yourself to do what you have to do to win some games." Helton fanned to strand two other runners in the fifth inning. Catcher Wilin Rosario struck out twice and lined out softly leaving three runners in scoring position in a 0-for-4 game.

Oak Creek man challenging YVEA District 9 incumbent

Yampa Valley Electric Association will begin mailing ballots Thursday for its annual board election. Association members can vote for candidates in one of three districts up for election this year. Jim Chappell, YVEA manager of consumer accounts, said the only contested race is between District 9 incumbent Chuck Perry and challenger Russ Garrity. Garrity, 52, a 20-year Oak Creek resident, earned an engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1982 and has spent 30 years in the power business. He works as director of business development for GP Strategies, an international engineering consulting firm. Garrity said his niche is coal-fired power plants.

Sports Briefs for May 21: College offers off-road riding club

The Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College has a new group available for those who love to ride the rough terrain of Moffat County and surrounding areas. The CNCC 4-Wheelers Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the school’s career technical building, 2801 W. Ninth St. The group’s next meeting is June 11. Activities include monthly trail rides, rock-crawling, camping, a 4-wheel drive truck show, trips to Moab, Utah, and more to come as the weather shifts throughout the year.

Senior Spotlight for May 21: School days

School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days — graduations, proms, tests for one thing or another, children advancing to higher grades. Wow, I wonder what it will be like, exciting in some ways, I bet. Only four more days, and then school's out. Yep, it's time to become more aware of increases in traffic during the summer due to kids on bikes, skateboards, and others ages using cars.

Colorado wildfire could be contained by Tuesday

A wildfire that has scorched about 12 square miles in northern Colorado is expected to be fully contained in the next few days. Reghan Cloudman with the U.S. Forest Service says cool temperatures and higher humidity levels Saturday allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on the fire, which started Monday about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins. She said the blaze was 85 percent contained Sunday afternoon and should be completely contained by Tuesday. Some crews already have been pulled off the fire, and officials have reduced air support to three helicopters. The fire had required the resources of more than 500 firefighters, two planes and five helicopters. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a camper started the fire with an outdoor stove in the Roosevelt National Forest and was unable to stamp it out.

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Maybell cycling event draws small but enthusiastic crowd

Pedaling west on U.S. Highway 40, the Santistevan family of Craig powered through the chilly climate that surrounded them Saturday morning. Although the cool weather wasn’t quite what Tony, Sara and their son, Dustin, had expected for their big bicycling weekend, being able to ride together was well worth the unfavorable temperature. Cold weather led to a low turnout for the 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride. Craig Parks and Recreation organizers said the turnout was less than half of the usual crowd of 150 they had expected to join in the 30-mile day trip across Moffat County from Craig to Maybell.

Sunday, May 20

Cold case: Suspect in 1979 disappearance of 15-year-old Craig girl dies

A 51-year-old man long considered a suspect in the death of a 15-year-old Craig girl in 1979 fell down a set of basement steps and died Thursday, his mother confirmed. Stephen Skufca was on parole for a drug dealing and harassment conviction and was engaged to be married, his mother Ruth Skufca said Saturday. "We're just devastated," Ruth Skufca said. "He was just getting his life together." Ruth Skufca, 76, expressed bitterness that her son had been hounded for years about a crime she said she is confident he didn't commit.

Saturday, May 19

Letter: Preventing viral hepatitis

Are you under the age of 60 with diabetes? Have you ever had unprotected sex with more than one partner? Have you been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease? Are you traveling to a country where hepatitis disease is more common? These are (some of the) risk factors for chronic viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in the U.S. More than four million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.

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Alfredo Lebron wins MCHS track’s 2nd state title of 2012

The sound of clapping after a race is a welcome one for a first-place runner as he winds down, drinks some water, thinks about what he just accomplished and accepts congratulations. On the other hand, hearing people clapping before the race is over can be downright terrifying for someone who’s nearest the finish line because it means an opponent is making a move to come up from behind and take his victory. That was the situation Alfredo Lebron found himself in Friday, but the drive to win took over and propelled the Moffat County High School senior to claim what he’s wanted all season. Lebron won the 800-meter run at the 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood, marking the second state title for the MCHS varsity track team in 2012.

BLM releases assessment of 2 oil shale proposals

Federal officials have released a preliminary environmental assessment of two companies' proposals for oil shale research in western Colorado. Oil shale contains kerogen that must first be heated to high temperatures to produce oil. ExxonMobil Exploration Co. and Natural Soda Holdings Inc. each applied in 2010 for federal leases on 160-acre tracts near Meeker to research commercially viable ways to do so. Both companies have proposed in-situ projects to heat the kerogen underground. The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a document evaluating environmental effects of each proposal. It suggests steps the companies should take, such as limiting construction near raptor nests, to mitigate those effects. The agency is accepting public comments on the environmental assessment through June 16.

Denver airport moves toward becoming smoke-free

Denver International Airport is moving toward becoming smoke-free. Airport officials said Friday that concessionaires that run three of the four smoking lounges at the airport have agreed to close the lounges this year so they can be remodeled into non-smoking concessions concepts. The fourth smoking lounge won't close until after its concessionaire's lease expires in 2018. The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports ban smoking indoors.

Briefs for May 19: Craig Cleanup Days this weekend

Craig Cleanup Days are scheduled for today and Sunday. Residents can drop off used tires and appliances from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of Veterans Memorial Park, formerly known as Craig City Park. Drop-offs will not be accepted from commercial tire or appliance makers. For more information, call 824-3278 or 824-4463.

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For parents with college-bound teens, dodging debt is an uphill battle

Possessing a musical ear and an acceptance letter from Colorado Mesa University, Kaitlen Bird is ready to strike out on her own. But, whether her father’s financial resources are ready to bear the cost of her education — roughly $16,200 a year for a full course load, housing and a meal plan — is unclear. “Right now, that hasn’t all been decided,” Joe Bird said when asked if he and Kaitlen are considering college loans. He hopes a mutual fund he set up for Kaitlen when she was born —just as he did for her sisters, Rebekah, 15, and Christa, 13 — will be enough to pay for her bachelor’s degree in music.

Moffat County real estate transactions for March, 2012

Moffat County real estate transactions for March, 2012

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Government Update for May 19: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Letter: MCHS track coaches thank Michelle Chalmers

The Moffat County High School track and field team would like to thank Michelle Chalmers for hosting an exceptional track and field experience for our local youth during April and May. Michelle approached the track coaches about putting together a series of practices to introduce kids to track and field, culminating with an organized meet with events and ribbons. Michelle selflessly wanted to organize the practices and meet and wanted all money to go toward supporting our high school track program. Thank you, Michelle, so very much for taking on such a huge task (we had more than 140 registered participants) and allowing us to help out as you tirelessly worked to make sure this was a quality experience for children in our community.

Newspapers launch new hunting website

The Craig Daily Press and Steamboat Pilot & Today have launched of, a website designed to be the home of Colorado Hunter, a magazine produced annually by the newspapers. Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson said the new site provides a wider reach for information delivered in the magazine. “We’ve been producing the print edition of Colorado Hunter for a while now and the content is just excellent.” he said. “But that content generally has only been available to people in Northwest Colorado. This site allows us to bring stories and information from the magazine to a world wide audience, and that’s very exciting.” The website will provide readers with magazine content, news from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies that impact hunting in the state, and also has a platform for readers to submit personal hunting stories and pictures.

Sports briefs for May 19: Bad Dogs earn 1st-place honors in final tourney

The Bad Dogs Wrestling program finished the 2012 wrestling season May 5 at the Parachute Grappler in Parachute. Members of the Bad Dogs and Moffat County Youth Wrestling competed against teams from Hayden, Rifle, Rangely, Meeker and more in the league championship event for the Northwest Colorado Wrestling League. The Bad Dogs crowned six league champions: Colton Burke, Tyler Fortune, Luke Pleasant, Dagan White, Mikinzie Klimper, and Colton Jones, who wrestled in the team’s Pee Wee program. “Colton really came a long way because in the first tournament, he didn’t win anything and then to turn it around like that is just great,” said Rodney Klimper, the program’s spokesman. “It’s just the culmination of a really good season. We saw a lot of improvement from everyone.”

Editorial: Council's club conundrum

The Craig City Council is scheduled to again consider licensing applications for a proposed new nightclub in Craig during Tuesday's regular meeting, bringing a potentially controversial issue back before the public. Victor Tarango, a Steamboat Springs resident, is proposing to open Tarango's Night Club at 535 Green St., across the street from City Market and near the U.S. Post Office and Elk Run Inn, just off U.S. Highway 40. The club owner has hit snags during recent council meetings — the Craig Police Department uncovered false information on his applications, and more recently, local residents have circulated a petition asking the council to keep the club from opening. None of it looks good for Tarango or his club, and it's not difficult to see why.

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Simulation makes civics, economics approachable for young students

At the ripe age of 9, Laadan Griffin was making his first foray into business ownership Monday. He was the “L” in The B.Y.L Pet Shop, one of a handful of stores set up in Julie Sperl’s third-grade class Monday at Sandrock Elementary School. He and other third-graders took part in a simulation called Kid Town, designed to teach children about democracy and economics. The B.Y.L Pet Shop sold fish, birds, dogs, cats “and sometimes platypuses, if we run out of stuff,” Laadan said. Business was booming Monday.

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Students experiment with aerodynamics in model rocket competition

There was an air of excitement and anticipation as 38 teams gathered Friday afternoon on the Moffat County High School practice football field for a rocket launch competition. Dozens more joined their classmates for the seventh-period contest, taking seats on the north hill to watch the action. But, the MCHS science department’s spring Science Olympic event, “Rockin' Rockets,” got off to a slow start. Kylee Gorringe was the first student on the launch pad.

LA Police: 2 arrests in Chinese student killings

Two young men have were arrested Friday in the killings of two Chinese graduate students who were shot to death near the University of Southern California campus last month, police said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested on suspicion of the murders. Barnes was arrested at a home near campus Friday afternoon, and Bolden was arrested a few hours later in Palmdale, Beck said. Both were being held without bail. Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, were shot April 11 while sitting in a BMW about a mile away from the USC campus. Both students were 23 years old. The motive was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery."

Friday, May 18

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At the Movies: Family devotion is eternal in ‘Dark Shadows’

Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, the Mad Hatter — they all basically boil down to the same character, a pale eccentric who’s just a few steps out of sync with the rest of the world. Just when you thought we’d seen the last of him, that archetype rises once again in “Dark Shadows.”

On the Record for May 18, 2012

On the Record for May 18, 2012

Fire board approves training tower contracts

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board convened in executive session Thursday to discuss two contracts pivotal to the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. Fire officials have said the building of a training tower is the first phase of a second fire station, which will be constructed at some point in the future. The training tower has been a prominent topic in recent weeks because the proposed site is near The Memorial Hospital in Craig and slated to be built on Colorado Northwestern Community College land. Upon exiting the executive session, Todd Ficken, of Niwot-based F&D International, LLC, summarized the two contracts before the board for approval.

Swarm of bees causes delay in Rockies-Diamondbacks

Thousands of bees swarming around a camera bay next to the Colorado Rockies' dugout caused a brief delay in Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The swarm suddenly appeared in the top of the fifth inning and the action on the field was halted for a couple of minutes, though the teams never left the diamond. The bees landed on a pole in front of the camera bay, forcing the camera operator to vacate his post. The bees were contained to the field-level camera bay and umpires determined that the game could proceed. During the sixth inning, a beekeeper arrived with a large vacuum cleaner. Without any further interruption to the game, the beekeeper gradually suctioned the entire swarm into a bag.

Letter: Principal: No celebrating during graduation

The month of May at Moffat County High School means nothing more to a quarter of the student population than graduation on Memorial Weekend in the high school gym. Without a doubt, the students have worked very hard, and their accomplishments are varied and significant. The students who gave the last four years their all will fully reap the benefits of their work with a number of opportunities, college acceptances and scholarships. For some, just the act of completing this portion of their education is a significant achievement.

Letter: Circus cruelty

I had lived in Craig for seven years and recently moved away but come back for regular visits to the family. I recently saw a flyer for the Carson and Barnes Circus and am extremely disappointed with the city of Craig and Moffat County for allowing this circus to perform. Since 1982 to 2011, there are six pages of violations they have failed to fix, mostly dealing with people's safety and animal welfare. There are several things you can read up on, even watch.

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Daily Press names John Haddan 2012 Teacher of the Year

John Haddan didn’t see it coming. When the Moffat County High School agriculture education instructor first learned Thursday morning that he’d been named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Craig Daily Press, his face registered astonishment bordering on disbelief. He was “extremely surprised,” he said. That was the point. Every year, the newspaper's editorial board selects one teacher for the award from a list of names submitted by the community.

Feds again reject Colorado-Wyoming water pipeline

A federal agency for the second time has denied a permit requested by a Colorado businessman who wants to build a 500-mile pipeline to carry water from southwestern Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday refused a request from Aaron Million of Fort Collins, Colo., to reconsider its February denial of his permit. In denying Million's application in February, FERC said it was premature and lacked specifics about the proposed pipeline. Million proposes to draw water from the Green River in southwestern Wyoming and pipe it as far as Pueblo, Colo. His plans have drawn opposition from Gov. Matt Mead as well as county and local governments in southwestern Wyoming and downstream states.

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26th annual Maybell bicycle event set for Saturday

The early stillness of Northwest Colorado is a sight to behold, whether you’re standing in one spot or whizzing past the scenery in a car. One activity allows people to enjoy the views at a leisurely pace and still get from Point A to Point B. The 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation, takes place Saturday morning. The 30-mile cycling trek from Craig to Maybell is free to all and starts at 7 a.m., as riders meet at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. Highway 40, before heading out.

Janet Sheridan: Spring becoming summer

What a glorious ride we share as our world transitions from the gray bluster of early spring to the green warmth of new summer: a Craig miracle that depends on Mother Nature more than the calendar. In a gentled environment of bird song and sunshine, we welcome the familiar signs of spring becoming summer: the paper’s annual editorial urging us to clean up our properties, lines of dirty vehicles waiting at car washes to shed their coats of winter grime and floating puffs of cotton exhaled by trees sighing happily as the sun warms their winter-weary branches. We take happy note of the peeping chicks at Murdoch’s waiting for adoption, the first meeting of the commendable Craig Beautification Committee, water gushing into the pools at Veterans Memorial Park, newborn calves and ponies dotting outlying fields, and the bustle at local nurseries in preparation for plant-crazed customers who can’t wait to have dirt under their fingernails.

Briefs for May 18: Relay For Life fundraiser

A yard sale benefiting Relay For Life is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at 760 Finley Lane. For more information, call 629-5245.

Documents shed new light on Trayvon Martin killing

Trayvon Martin's autopsy shows he had marijuana in his system the night he was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a gunshot to his chest came from close range, according to nearly 200 pages of previously undisclosed documents released Thursday. At least one investigator wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter but was overruled, according to the documents, which are shedding new light on a case that has raised questions about racial profiling and "stand your ground" laws. The investigator, who was on the scene after the shooting, wrote on March 13 that the confrontation should have been avoided. That report came nearly a month before Zimmerman was arrested. The documents, photos and video were turned over by prosecutors to defense attorneys earlier this week before they were released to the media. Included in the many witness interviews were accounts by an acquaintance of Zimmerman's who said he's racist and a co-worker who said Zimmerman bullied him and mocked him with an exaggerated Middle Eastern accent.

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MCHS boys relay team breaks school record en route to 4A state championship

Going into Thursday’s 4A state track finals at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Moffat County High School track coach Todd Trapp was confident his 4-by-800 meter relay team was about to embark on something special. “They get really excited about coming down to the state meet because they get to compete against the top people in the state,” the coach said. “And coming down here after breaking the school record was exciting for them.” A week earlier seniors Alfredo Lebron, Rene Molina, Miguel Molina and Johnny Landa scorched through the Western Slope League meet in Grand Junction taking first place in the regional relay race, which boosted the Bulldogs track team to a second-place WSL finish overall. The team crossed the finish line in 7 minutes and 56.62 seconds, breaking the eight-minute barrier and destroying the previous school record by a full eight seconds.

Thursday, May 17

A new standard

MCHS boys relay team re-breaks school record en route to 4A state title

Less than a week after setting a new benchmark, the Moffat County High School boys 4-by-800-meter relay team set a new school best en route to the 4A state championship. Seniors Alfredo Lebron, Rene Molina, Miguel Molina and Johnny Landa broke the tape in 7:53 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

On the Record for May 17, 2012

On the Record for May 17, 2012

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Free veterans legal clinic this weekend in Craig

The Colorado Bar Association and the CBA Young Lawyers Division will host a free veterans legal clinic Saturday in Craig. The effort is driven by Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans, a statewide initiative done in cooperation with local bar associations to offer free legal clinics to veterans across Colorado. Erica Longnecker, a Routt County deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District and Young Lawyers Division board member, is organizing the first of its kind event in Craig. It is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

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Recollections of the big top

Carson and Barnes Circus’ arrival Tuesday evokes childhood memories

The air inside the tent was sultry Tuesday afternoon with the mingled aromas of cotton candy and popcorn. The crowd watched, entranced, as two acrobats nimbly walked the tightrope while a third performer slowly lifted herself into a handstand on a bar between them. The Carson and Barnes Circus was in full swing at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Among the 100 or so people who came to the big top was Jeff Schlim of Craig, with wife Stacy and their daughters, Ema, 7, and Taryn, 4, in tow.

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MCHS golfers Fox, Harjes prepping to compete at state

In spring 2011, Moffat County High School golfer Sam Fox was the youngest of three varsity girls golfers to attend the season’s final tournamnet. Fox will be returning to the state level next week, but this time the MCHS senior will be the more experienced representative of her team to attend. Fox and sophomore Caitlin Harjes will tee off Monday at Greeley’s Boomerang Links for the 4A state tournament, the final meet of a season in which, according to their coach, both consistently have improved their game. Coach Ann Marie Roberts said Fox’s fundamentals are noticeably stronger from where they were last year.

Wednesday, May 16

Craig fire board to talk CNCC land transfer, burn tower contract

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board is scheduled to discuss its land transfer agreement with Colorado Northwestern Community College during its regular meeting Thursday. The pending contract is for a plot of land south of The Memorial Hospital of Craig where fire officials want to construct a live fire training tower.

Big game hunting license numbers set for upcoming seasons

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during its regular May meeting approved big game hunting license numbers for the upcoming fall hunting seasons, the agency reported in a news release. The agency utilized herd population estimates in recommending reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears, according to the release. The agency will issue more than 240,000 limited licenses for the state's 'big three' species — elk, deer and pronghorn — it announced in the press release. Wildlife managers and biologists around the state recommended the issuance of 139,461 limited elk licenses, 79,800 limited deer licenses and 23,862 pronghorn licenses for the 2012 fall seasons. Statewide, mule deer licenses declined 5.8 percent from 2011. 

On the Record for May 16, 2012

On the Record for May 16, 2012

5 MCHS swimmers headed to state

Phenomenal. That was the word Meghan Francone used to describe the Moffat County High School boys varsity swim team’s performance last weekend at the 4A Western Slope Meet at Colorado Mesa University. As the final opportunity for the team members to qualify for state, the boys hit the water hard. Of six total team members, five will represent MCHS Friday and Saturday at the 4A state championship in Thornton. Coach Francone said their showing at the regional meet indicates just how well she expects them to do at the biggest event of their season.

Man sentenced to life in prison for child's death

A man convicted in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old-child is sentenced to life in prison. Angel Montoya was sentenced Tuesday to a life sentence without parole in the death of Neveah Gallegos in 2007. Last week, Montoya was found guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse. Montoya's lawyer maintains Montoya is innocent and intends to appeal. Neveah's mother, Miriam Gallegos, pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and is serving a 12-year-sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Prosecutors say Montoya killed the child while Gallegos was at work and that the couple conspired to cover the crime by disposing of the body in a ravine in September 2007. The couple had told authorities the girl was missing.

Shell to host open house in Craig

Shell representatives will be in Craig next week for a repeat performance of what took place last month in Hayden. Scott Scheffler, Shell communications specialist, said Tuesday a venue has been obtained for what will be the energy company’s fourth community open house in as many weeks. “Hayden is a good midway point between our operations in Moffat County and Routt County,” Scheffler said. “But we wanted to make sure to bring an open house to each local community.” The open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 24 at the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Letter: Council thanks local education groups

There are some very negative consequences that come from a down-turned economy, which are felt both directly and indirectly throughout our community. Kindergarten through 12th-grade education is no different and has felt the effects from the lack of funding in the last three years. Although, the funding per pupil is lower for the Moffat County School District, there are some new programs that have been recently initiated by three citizen groups that are supporting our kids here in Craig and Moffat County. Maximum Commitment to Excellence, The Booster Club and Friends of Moffat County Education have all been developed with certain goals in mind that will benefit our students.

Colo. wildfire believed to be human-caused

Firefighters say a wildfire burning on an estimated 640 acres in northern Colorado is 5 percent contained. Fire officials said Tuesday that the blaze northwest of Fort Collins has grown as temperatures rise and the humidity drops, but it is growing in a direction away from homes. Fire spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman says calls were made to 160 phone numbers telling residents to prepare to leave, just in case. Cloudman says the fire is within a quarter mile of some homes.

Letter: In defense of Monty Pilgrim

This letter is written regarding the ranching dispute with Monty Pilgrim as the defendant. Having grown up with generations of ranching family and currently surrounded by ranching neighbors, I can appreciate the various aspects of this case. For example, I know that sometimes tacit and imperfect arrangements come into existence over years, for dealing with ongoing issues. Cows crawl under fences and wander and mingle back and forth both directions between properties.

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CMS River Watch program propels students to the top of water quality testing

Students can test river water in a class exercise, but they can’t produce the same reliable results as experts, right? Wrong, said Barb Horn, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife water resource specialist. More than 20 years ago, she helped kick start River Watch, a program that recruits school children and teachers to gather and analyze data from state rivers. Since then, one school has stood out for producing consistently accurate results.

Commission names new Moffat County attorney

Following months of discussion, workshops and interviews, the Moffat County Commission extended an offer Tuesday to a candidate vying for the county attorney position. Rebecca Tyree, who currently serves as the assistant county attorney for Logan County, accepted the position by phone shortly after commissioners approved the offer. “I’m excited to be working with Moffat County,” Tyree said. “I liked what I saw when I interviewed with them and I like the people I will be working with.” For the last 11 ½ years, Tyree has handled cases for the Logan County Social Services Department on child welfare, adult protection and child support enforcement.

Letter: Complaints with the Craig Police Department

I was born and raised in Craig, but upon joining the U.S. Navy I was forced to move. I was deployed to the Middle East six months ago, and I have been following the news in my beloved hometown from the Craig Daily Press website. Lately, I have been slightly disturbed about the articles about the Craig Police Department and its employees. Now, as I am still deployed on the other side of the world, I recently received notification from a friend of mine that the car she is currently storing for me was cited by police because it does not have current license plates.

Lack of trust in Facebook may hold back ad sales

Facebook's reach is wide but not deep. Few users surveyed in an Associated Press-CNBC poll say they click on the site's ads or buy the virtual goods that make money for it. More than 40 percent of American adults log in to the site — to share news, personal observations, photos and more — at least once a week. In all, some 900 million people around the world are users. But many of them don't have a very high opinion of Facebook or trust it to keep their information private. If Facebook the company were a Facebook user, it would have a lot of virtual friends but not many real ones, the poll suggested. Users' distrust limits the value of the site's ads. Advertisers want to target their messages to the people most likely to respond to them. And the more Facebook knows about us, the better it will be at tailoring those ads to our interests.

Briefs for May 16: Land Use Board meeting today at courthouse

The Moffat County Land Use Board is scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way The agenda is below:

letter: Remember pet safety during summer months

It's that time of year again, so please remember that "a matter of minutes, five or 10 minutes, is all it takes on a hot day for a dog to wind up organ-damaged or dead." Please educate your friends and neighbors and be an advocate for dogs left in hot cars this summer. If you're worried about an animal and you can't find the owners, call the police. Please leave your pets at home where they can be cool, safe, and comfortable. The bed of a truck is super hot as well — try standing in there with your bare feet.

Lance Scranton: Five life lessons for seniors

Congratulations, seniors. Graduation is almost here and the “rest” of your “lessons” are about to begin! I graduated from high school in 1982 — back when President Reagan was going to “fix” public education — and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life except that I dreamed of becoming a professional football player. I didn’t have a great GPA and my parents were hoping that I could find a job (the economy wasn’t healthy then, either). I was hired as an aircraft mechanic apprentice at a small regional airport and began to experience a series of life lessons:

Editorial: For a brighter tomorrow

Last week, about 70 area young women attended the annual Girls to Women career conference at the Holiday Inn of Craig. The aim of the event, as conference committee member Dana Duran put it, was to show local 8th-grade girls that despite how limited their options might seem for life after school, career possibilities are endless. The event included presentations from area professional women and, for the first time this year, an etiquette lesson given before attendees ate lunch. The editorial board applauds the efforts of the Girls to Women conference committee, as well as partnering agency the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Tuesday, May 15

Debate about civil unions bill sour for Northwest Colorado candidates

It got a second chance in a special legislative session Monday, but a bill that would have established civil unions for same-sex couples died once again at the Capitol in Denver. The renewed debate about the bill that would have granted gay couples in Colorado rights similar to ones enjoyed by married couples proved sour for Northwest Colorado legislators who stood on both sides of the issue. For state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and Republican House District 56 candidate Chuck McConnell, the debate was a distraction from jobs and the economy. Both men oppose civil unions. “We have an economy that is not robust right now, and to me, one of the most basic things that attention needs to be placed on is jobs and the economy,” McConnell, a Steamboat Springs resident and head of the Routt County Republican Party, said Monday morning. “I really would love to see the energy of the Legislature be directed and focused on an area that is truly hurting people now in our communities.”

At the Movies: ‘Five-Year Engagement’ — First comes love … then what?

If there’s one part of a relationship that’s nearly universal, it’s powering through a movie you hate just to please your significant other. A film like “The Five-Year Engagement” presents a conundrum since it’s hard to tell who’s doing it for whom.

On the Record for May 15, 2012

On the Record for May 15, 2012

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Longtime aide looks back on career in Moffat County School District

The story of how Julia Foster got where she is today sounds commonplace at first. The usual career twists are there. Foster, now an instructional aide for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School, studied to be an English teacher before she came to Craig with her husband, Steve, nearly 40 years ago. In 1999, she found herself in the aide’s position where her job included playing accompaniment for the schools’ choir, band and theater departments. As she reflects on her upcoming retirement, the memories are there, too. “I will miss the kids,” said Foster, 61. “I will miss them very much.”

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More than 120 turn out for youth track meet

Sadie Smilanich has a few points of pride in her athletic skills. Besides winning back-to-back blue ribbons Monday afternoon, the 7-year-old also loves to bring up the fact that she can outrun her older brother. But, the competition isn’t the only thing that’s important to her when she’s out on the field. “It’s mostly all about having fun and trying your hardest,” she said.

Monday, May 14

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Rockwell exhibit draws crowd in Craig

Opening day creates interest from Craig and beyond

Monday was opening day for a new Norman Rockwell exhibit featuring all 323 covers the American artist illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post magazine throughout almost five decades.

BLM to discuss old munitions sites at May 22 open house

A munitions study of two former Colorado National Guard training sites located in Moffat County will be the subject of an upcoming open house hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency reported in a news release. The open house is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. May 22 at the BLM’s Little Snake Field office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig. The study is designed to assess the nature and extent of old military munitions possibly present at the old Sand Wash Artillery Range and Craig Small Arms Range at Cedar Mountain, both of which are located on BLM land, and to determine if the munitions pose a safety problem for people or the environment.

On the Record for May 14, 2012

On the Record for May 14, 2012

Briefs for May 14: Land Use Board meeting today at courthouse

The Moffat County Land Use Board is scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way The agenda is below: • Call to order • Roll call/new member introductions

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'Where I was meant to be': Craig resident keeps family close to heart while serving in Afghanistan

On May 1, President Barack Obama marked the one-year anniversary of U.S. forces locating and killing Osama bin Laden by visiting Afghanistan. n a televised address from Bagram Air Base, Obama discussed an agreement he signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to pull U.S. combat forces out of the country by 2014. But, the president also pledged to continue to send an undisclosed number of soldiers to train Afghan forces and carry out limited counterterrorism operations until 2024. For the next 12 years American servicemen and women will continue to travel to a far away country to engage the enemy, leaving behind friends, family, husbands, wives and children.

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Boys track team places 2nd at WSL, readies for state

Setting a new standard of excellence for future athletes isn’t something that happens at every track and field meet, but Moffat County High School runners have made their mark as they head into the last leg of the season. A record-setting, first-place time in the boys 4-by-800-meter relay event was one of many victories for the MCHS track team at the 4A Western Slope League Meet on Thursday and Friday in Grand Junction. The boys team notched six wins in individual events and took second overall. The relay set a positive tone for the meet as one of the first events of the day.

Sports Briefs for May 14: Steamboat gun group offering shooting seminar

The Routt County Rifle Club will host a free event for those looking to learn the proper techniques of gun usage — “First Shots: An Introduction to Shooting.” The class is meant purely for beginners and is open to families and friends interested in rifle shooting. Approved by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the curriculum focuses on safety, ownership requirements and hands-on instruction. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the club’s building at 28610 U.S. Highway 40, two miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Abreu, A.J. Ellis lead Dodgers over Rockies 11-5

Matt Kemp and his teammates didn't spent much time celebrating their three-game sweep of the slumping Colorado Rockies. All their attention was focused on whether his troublesome left hamstring would result in a lengthy absence from the lineup. Kemp, who leads the Los Angeles Dodgers with 12 homers and a .359 batting average, left Sunday's 11-5 victory because of an irritated left hamstring after grounding out in the third inning. The All-Star center fielder has played in 399 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the majors, but that streak is in serious jeopardy. "It's been a little bit scary, not knowing how my hamstring would hold up," said Kemp, who has an MRI scheduled for Monday. "I think I just need to let it heal for a little bit. I don't know how much time that's going to take. I'll see how it feels later on tonight and tomorrow, and we'll go from there.

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Bulldog Sports for May 14

Moffat County High School sports schedule for the week of May 14, 2012.

Burger eatery builds awareness

In a location that has seen several food entrepreneurs come and go, the latest tenant is still cooking up a storm after the rocky first few months. Since opening in January, The Burger Shack has made its mark on the local restaurant scene. Located within Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave., the small grilling operation features a menu that includes hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and of course, hamburgers, in addition to a wide selection of appetizers. Owner Michelle Reed said she focuses on providing patrons of the establishment with something that would go well with a drink.

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‘It always gets better’: Five minutes with Julie Gates, 35, a registered nurse and mother of two

Where is your hometown? “Right here. I was born here.” What has kept you in Craig? “Family, my parents and my sister live here, too.” Motto or outlook on life? “It always gets better.” When did you first get started in your job? “It was in 2008. I was working in a veterinary clinic and really liked it, so I went to nursing school and switched to humans. (Laughs)”

Letter: Former firefighter speaks out- part 2

At this time, Craig Fire/Rescue has 30 members who have to pass an agility test. In the old days, we had 20 members of which two were well overweight. Did we stick them on ladders or send them into burning buildings? No.

Ousted Nuggets still feeling good about future

The Denver Nuggets are one-and-done in the NBA playoffs again. Only this ouster has a much different feel. The young team grew up in a hurry in taking the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers to the brink before losing a thrilling Game 7 at Staples Center on Saturday night. They even impressed Kobe Bryant, who said the Nuggets "showed a lot of heart." Along with plenty of promise.

Facebook CEO turns 28, IPO could be $100B gift

Don't let the hoodie and sneakers fool you. Mark Zuckerberg is no wet-behind-the-ears CEO. Facebook's chief executive turns 28 on Monday, setting in motion the social network's biggest week ever. The company is expected to start selling stock to the public for the first time and begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday. The IPO could value Facebook at nearly $100 billion, making it worth more than such iconic companies as Disney, Ford and Kraft Foods. At 28, Zuckerberg is exactly half the age of the average S&P 500 CEO, according to executive search firm Spencer Stuart. With eight years on the job, he's logged more time as leader than the average CEO, whose tenure is a little more than seven years, according to Spencer Stuart. Even so, the pressures of running a public company will undoubtedly take some getting used to. Once Facebook begins selling stock, Zuckerberg will be expected to please a host of new stakeholders, including Wall Street investment firms, hedge funds and pension funds who will pressure him to keep the company growing.

Sunday, May 13

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Victim found Saturday identified as Craig resident David Burns

Craig Mayor: 'It's time' to look into preventative measures at sandrocks

The Craig Police Department has released the identity of an adult male found dead Saturday morning at the base of the sandrocks. Bill Leonard, police department commander, reported Sunday the victim is longtime Crag resident David Burns. He was 53. Preliminary findings indicate Burns fell from the top of the rock formation, but it's too early to confirm the cause of death, Leonard said.

Saturday, May 12

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No injuries after crash at Steamboat Springs Airport

Three men were able to walk away from an aircraft that flipped onto its roof during a crash landing shortly after noon Saturday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Diane Prather: Bringing in the milk cow

When my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, we didn’t get much in the way of “store-bought” groceries. The family raised most everything. Vegetables and some fruits were grown, harvested and canned. We had our own meat and eggs.

Letter: Fire Department has better options for new facility location

I've been holding off submitting this letter in hopes that the officers of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District would wake up and use some common sense. I'm a former fire chief and firefighter with the Craig Rural Volunteer Fire Department who worked under the same fire district as the current firefighters do. Who in their right mind would build a burn tower next to a trauma center? The hospital was worried about their filter system and the smoke.

Letter: Lester's fundraiser a success

We would like to thank our family, friends and the community for their time and donations for Lester’s fundraiser. Your generosity, kind words and prayers for us in our time of need is appreciated more than words can express. We are blessed and fortunate to live in a community that is so caring.

Editorial: Take a number

Been to the mess at the Department of Motor Vehicles lately? How about relying on the hit-and-miss U.S. Postal Service? Have you had a question for someone in your government, tried reaching an actual person, only to find a maze of canned prompts and recordings directing you to nowhere in particular? Chances are one of the three scenarios — DMV (absolute nightmare), USPS (roll of the dice), or reaching a real person (good luck) — has happened to you at some point recently.

USPS encourages public to aid in today's Stamp Out Hunger food drive

Postal carriers typically spend their days trying to ensure the public receives its mail. But, one day a year U.S. Postal Service employees break from the usual routine to participate in what has become the single largest one-day food drive in the country. Stamp Out Hunger takes place today and Craig letter carriers are asking local residents to help the hungry. “This is all about the entire Postal Service coming together to help our neighbors,” local coordinator Barb Sholes said in a news release.

Chimney Rock considered for national monument

Dozens of people are telling members of Congress their thoughts on a proposal to designate the Chimney Rock archaeological area as a national monument. The office of Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says about 120 people attended a listening session Friday in Pagosa Springs to give their thoughts to Bennet, Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman and others. Bennet says many at the listening session support the proposal. Chimney Rock lies on 4,100 acres of the San Juan National Forest and is surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians lived there 1,000 years ago.

Lawyer: 'Birdman' allegations involve spurned fan

An attorney for Chris "Birdman" Andersen says he believes the allegations that led to a search of the Denver Nuggets player's home this week involve a spurned female fan. Denver attorney M. Colin Bresee confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday a statement he gave to the Denver Post, saying the woman asked Andersen for "financial remuneration" after traveling to Colorado last year. Bresee's statement says he expects that a Douglas County sheriff's task force that investigates allegations of cybercrime against children will find no criminal wrongdoing by Andersen. Bresee also said he expects the investigation will take about three weeks. Authorities confirm that the cybercrime unit began investigating Andersen in February after a law enforcement tip from California. Sheriff's officials, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to comment about Bresee's statement.

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MCHS girls soccer reflects on season

Moffat County High School juniors Skylar Tripp, Bailey Hellander and Kelsie Pomeroy admit this year wasn’t the best for the girls varsity soccer team. While not every senior-to-be can expect a total overhaul following a poor season, this year’s crop may see the game change drastically for the 2012-2013 school year. The girls soccer team finished its season May 3 with a 2-13 record, 1-11 in the 4A Western Slope League, tied for last place in the bracket. This is the last year the Bulldog soccer program will play in the 4A level as MCHS athletics drops to the 3A for the next school year, which Coach Harry Tripp said will situate his players right where they should be.

Mitt Romney's 'hijinks' seen as bullying today

When Mitt Romney was a good-looking teen in the buttoned-up '60s, corporal punishment was the norm and bullying had a different, more acceptable name: hijinks. Yet in today's zero-tolerance world when it comes to, well, just about everything, things haven't changed all that much for young victims of bullies. Definitions have tightened, become law, but bullying is far from over. "Bullying's never going to go away," said one crusader, ex-Marine James McGibney, a dad who founded a new social network,, where victims can find help. "What makes it a million times worse is the advent of the Internet." There was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or sexting when several fellow students at a posh Detroit-area prep school say 18-year-old Romney led a boy posse to hold down one among them perceived as different and snip off his bleached blond hair.

Quicksilver closes deal for Craig office

While energy operators were busy finalizing this year's drilling plans Wednesday, representatives from Quicksilver Resources were closing a deal for a new office building in Craig. The oil and natural gas production company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has had a presence in the Yampa Valley since early 2011 when it purchased an office in Steamboat Springs to serve as a base of operations in the company’s play for Niobrara shale oil. Steve Lindsey, Quicksilver's senior director of government and community affairs, said the company would keep its Steamboat Springs office despite having no plans to drill in Routt County this year. “It’s just an expansion of our operations in the area and it gives us the flexibility to operate out of (Craig and Steamboat Springs),” Lindsey said. “I could see both offices being utilized as the workload dictates, but for the foreseeable future the bulk of the work will be conducted out of the Craig office.”

Briefs for May 12: Special Olympics set for today

The Western Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games take place today in Craig. The event begins at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way, and athlete and volunteer registration takes place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. A torch run begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot, 1295 W. Victory Way, and continues to MCHS. Opening ceremonies take place at 9 a.m. at the high school track. The event includes track and field events, aquatics in the MCHS swimming pool, and powerlifting in the MCHS weight room.

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A town gone Rockwell: Exhibit of iconic American artist’s work opens Monday in Craig

Encased in light plastic to protect it during its long journey from Stockbridge, Mass., was Norman Rockwell’s “Spirit of Education,” an original painting on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the crown jewel of the museum’s most expensive exhibit to date.

Sports briefs for May 12: Parks & Recreation to provide baseball day trips for seniors

Craig Parks & Recreation is arranging a series of trips to Colorado Rockies games throughout the summer and early fall for interested senior citizens over the age of 55. A $30 entry fee buys participants transportation and a ticket to a Colorado Rockies game. The group will leave for Denver at 7 a.m. for each game and return by 9 p.m. the same night. Space is limited. The deadline to register for the first game, the May 20 game between the Rockies and the Seattle Mariners, is Wednesday. For more information, call 826-2004.

Friday, May 11

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Local senior tunes up for college

Screaming trumpets and bellowing trombones. A bass thumps out a beat. Then the sound of the choir joins in. These are the sounds that are familiar to senior Kaitlen Bird. Music has been a large part of Bird’s life for many years. Seven, in fact, four of which she has spent in Jazz Band at MCHS. Bird is also involved with music at her church. When asked which instruments she plays, Bird responded, “All of them.”

Tech-knowledge-y: Skullcandy & Macbook

One model of Skullcandy's latest over-the-ear headphones is making quite an impression on the headphone industry. The Mix Master headphones have become studio quality, street worthy "DJ" headphones. These headphones have a built-in mute button for quick access to silence and are flexible enough to be turned inside out to listen to a conversation and listen to the music at the same time. They also have a detachable audio cable for easy transportation and for that one audio cable that seems to disappear when needed. It includes a stashable case, encore ear pads, and is built with polycarbonate, ABS, stainless steel, aluminum for protection.

Talented seniors share one last concert together

There are only a couple of weeks left in the school year and one last concert for the choir department. That means there is only a couple weeks left until Center Stage choir loses five of their seniors, Jordyn Caddy, Kat Thompson, Kelsey Nylander, Shilo Simpson, and Kaitlen Bird. The choir performed for the last time as a group on May 8th. Choir Director Heather Dahlberg has been working with these five seniors since last year. Dahlberg and the Center Stage seniors have a very close relationship. The entire choir is sad to see the five of them go.

See you later

In a few short weeks, seniors will no longer be able to charm the halls of Moffat County High School with their presence. Instead of counting down the days until summer, we find ourselves counting down the days until graduation. A day recognized annually for the exchange of a simple piece of paper stating that the seniors at MCHS undoubtedly share a part in the graduating class of 2012. That piece of paper will also remind us of all of the countless sleepless nights we encountered finishing homework and studying for tests. All of our exertion and achievement will pay off on May 26, 2012. No longer will we be high school students, but graduates and alumni. Time seems to fly when you’re having fun, right?

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Graduate recruits envision personal and professional rewards

"I believe that the reason Moffat County High School students join is a strong of patriotism. They are usually raised to be hard workers and good old boys, so the military seems like a good fit for these individuals," says Northwest Colorado Marine recruiter Sergeant Brian Scoggins. For years, enlistment in the armed forces has been a strong trend amongst teens from Craig. Every year, Scoggins recruits about ten young students from Colorado's western slope into the United States Marine Corps, at least four of them coming from Moffat County High School.

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Girls to Women gives students a glimpse into career possibilities

When Dana Duran was a girl, she believed she could grow up to be one of four things: a doctor, lawyer, teacher or a blue-collar worker. As she learned later, though, her career opportunities were more varied than she was ever led to believe. “There’s millions of options, and I didn’t figure that out until I went to college,” said Duran, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado executive director. She hoped the Girls to Women career conference Thursday helped local eighth-grade girls discover a wealth of career options at an earlier age.

Dance school performances slated

Just Dance, 500 Yampa Ave., will present its annual May recital at 6:30 p.m. today and 5 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Owner and teacher Jennifer Giedd said about 165 students from ages 3 through 18 will perform dances of various styles ranging from tap to ballet to hip-hop. The theme for this year’s recital is “Dancing Through Time,” and each class will present a routine representing a different period of time, ending with the future, Giedd said.

On the Record for May 11, 2012

On the Record for May 11, 2012

Craig Chamber Board takes no action at Thursday meeting

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Board did not have a quorum for Thursday's board meeting and did not take action on any agenda items. Board members Renee Campbell, Missy Bonaker, Ryan Duran, Gail Severson, Audrey Anna Charchalis and Jared Schultz were absent from the meeting. Remaining board members discussed organization goals; volunteers for a Whittle the Wood Rendezvous beer garden; printing bids for a membership directory; policy changes to a review manual; and the 20/20 Vision program to establish long-term goals.

Colorado civil unions session to start next week

Same-sex unions will take center stage in Colorado next week, with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper taking the unusual and expensive step of calling lawmakers back to work, saying Thursday, "This is civil rights." Hickenlooper outlined the scope of the special session, which he said will begin Monday, instructing lawmakers to focus on several issues including a divisive proposal to set a standard on what's considered too high to drive. But it's clear that a Democrat-backed civil union proposal that died on the House floor this week was the driving force behind the governor's call. "This is people's legal rights," said Hickenlooper, a supporter of the plan. "It's supposed to be guaranteed in our constitution, right?"

Briefs for May 11: Preschool accepting applications

Craig Head Start Preschool is accepting applications for the 2012-13 program year. Application is open to parents with children who will turn 3 or 4 years old on or before Aug. 31. Space is limited. For more information, call Adriana at 824-9307 or the main office at 1-800-659-4970.

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Dig this: Students begin exploring potential mammoth site

It only took a few hours before a potential Columbian Mammoth site in Craig began unveiling its hidden treasures beneath the surface. Although it's going to take many months and a lot of hard hours before Craig and Steamboat Springs high school students reach the depth where the remains of as many as three mammoths could be located, the site is already producing exciting discoveries including an array of fossilized plants and a potential hearth site. On Wednesday, more than 30 students from Steamboat Springs High School put their shovels into the ground at the mammoth dig site near 12th and Pine streets in the Old Craig View neighborhood. Connor Mayo, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, first discovered what could be a hearth site, which are the remains of a camp or cooking fire.

Moffat County rancher appears in court for pretrial conference

A Moffat County rancher charged with violating state cattle statutes will be tried by jury beginning July 9. Monty Luke Pilgrim, 51, of Little Snake River, is charged in Moffat County District Court with one count of theft exceeding $20,000, a Class 3 felony; nine counts of theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; one count of concealing estrays, a Class 6 felony; and one count of wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony. In a pretrial conference Wednesday, Judge Michael O’Hara confirmed the jury trial and set the ground rules for jury selection, opening statements and witness examinations. O’Hara said he will randomly select 25 residents for the panel and prosecutors and the defense would each be able to remove six from jury duty, which would leave 12 jurors plus an alternate.

Letter: Craig Chamber thankful for Rotarians

Rotarians make our community a better place. They read to students and distribute dictionaries. They sponsor and host exchange programs. They put out an amazing display of flags for every appropriate holiday. They educate themselves about the community, its programs and politics by encouraging guest speakers and dialogue at their meetings. And, they do so much more. Rotarians believe in four guiding principles: Is it the truth, is it fair, will it build goodwill and better friendships and will it be beneficial to all concerned?

MCHS girls golf sending 2 to state

Poor weather conditions looked to be an unfavorable omen for the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team in the practice round of the regional tournament Monday at Gunnison’s Dos Rios Golf Club. But the quartet has never allowed one bad day to ruin their whole experience, and by the end of the next afternoon, all the clouds and precipitation were well out of the minds of its top two finishers. MCHS senior Sam Fox and sophomore Caitlin Harjes qualified Tuesday at the 4A Western Regional golf tournament to compete at the state tournament. Fox shot a 98, placing 10th, while 12th place Harjes finished with a 101. The MCHS team placed fourth overall out of 13 teams, with a combined 317 to combat first-place Rifle’s 277. Rifle’s Taylor Walters also won the event with an 86.

Police: Kidnap-slaying suspect slain; 2 girls OK

As a SWAT team closed in, a fugitive accused of killing a Tennessee mother and daughter before disappearing for nearly two weeks with her two other children killed himself Thursday evening, allowing authorities to safely recover the kidnapped girls, police said. Adam Mayes, 35, shot himself in the head Thursday evening after authorities, acting on a tip, found him and the girls near New Albany, Miss., said Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall. Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were taken to a hospital for observation, Hall said. Additional details were not immediately known Thursday evening. Mayes had been charged with first-degree murder in the April 27 deaths of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne, 14. Their bodies were found buried outside the Mayes' home a week after they were reported missing by Jo Ann Bain's husband.

Letter: Head Start a valuable service

I would like to take this opportunity to announce to our community that Rocky Mountain SER Head Start, headquartered in Grand Junction, wants to continue its valuable service in our community. Head Start has had a presence in Craig for more than 15 years. Head Start is a nonprofit organization offering free preschool for children ages 3 through 5. Families must meet financial guidelines to qualify.

2 Wyoming teens accused in armed robbery in Colo.

Police in Wyoming have arrested two high school students accused in an armed robbery at a home in Fort Collins, Colo. Police said Thursday that 18-year-olds Dycus Gregory Kelly and Luke James Lindsey were arrested at Laramie High School on suspicion of aggravated robbery, second-degree kidnapping and felony menacing. The two are suspected of forcing their way into a home in Fort Collins on May 2 where they had bought marijuana earlier in the day. The teens are accused of robbing the four people inside at gunpoint of marijuana and cash. The victims sustained minor injuries.

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Student Council had only two members on recent ballot

There are certain requirements that one needs to meet to become a member of Student Council. In order for a student to be part of the Student Council, he or she must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. For class representatives, a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained. Officers such as a Student Council President or a Vice President must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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The Band Boom Sonic Performs Sonic Boom

The band’s name, Boom Sonic, was chosen by mistake. While rehearsing the song titled Sonic Boom. One of the group members said Boom Sonic instead of Sonic Boom. The twist of words made for an interesting name for the group and it stuck.

The Alabama Shakes release powerful debut album

“Hold On”, the first song from the album Boy and Girls is fantastic. Powered by soulful vocals and a catchy guitar, the song is something new, innovative and a summary for what to expect from the album. The band, The Alabama Shakes are fairly young and unknown, yet for their first debut album, they have managed a home run. The band officially came together in 2009 when singer and rhythm guitarist Brittany Howard approached bassist Zac Cockrell in a high school class and asked about getting a band together.

Letter: Be respectful at graduation

Working endlessly and tirelessly we as a class have made it over mountains to get to this Graduation day. Excitement will fill every corner and every seat of the gymnasium that day, which is as it should be. The class of 2012 does ask for respect in the proceedings of the ceremony. The beach balls and air horns have their place in the events after the speakers and awards are given.

Softball team has problems sanctioning the sport

Many MCHS students wonder why softball is not a school sanctioned sport. Most players would prefer it to be. Freshman Mica Porter said it would be more fun if the softball team was school sanctioned because they would be competing against other teams instead of each other. She said they would have a lot less people on the team because athletes would actually have to try out. Porter also believes they would get more support from their school since they would be a school team.

Soundbytes: If you could choose the sex and appearance of your child, would you do it?

Taylor Shrode Junior - “Yes I would because it would be nice too see what your kid would look like before you had it.” Jamie Brown Senior - “Yes because I would rather my kid have brown eyes than blue but my genetics probably won’t work that way.” Brynnae Dempster Freshman - “No because they are their own person and they are what they are.” Kaylie Clawson Junior - “No because I believe that each and every baby is beautiful in their own way and if I changed the appearance it would be messing everything up.”

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Due to dry winter, river activities bottom out in shallow waters

Summer is right around the corner. The snow is melting, the grass is greener, and the river is flowing. The summer of 2012 may cause problems though. The lack of snow this winter has greatly affected the Yampa rivers flow.

Thursday, May 10

Janet Sheridan: Missed opportunities

Hearing no answer to my query about lunch, I studied my mother and her remote expression. Lost in thought as she pressed Dad’s shirt, she seemed unaware of her surroundings: the fresh scent of drying cotton that rose in the wake of her iron, the soft thump and scrape from the game of jacks I played on the kitchen floor, my question. Earlier, I’d helped her sprinkle the freshly laundered skirts, dresses, and shirts she’d iron by shaking water on them from a Nehi soda bottle with a perforated nozzle. “This one’s a little too wet,” she teased as she took a skirt from me, rolled it loosely, and nestled it in a plastic-lined basket, “Are you sure you can see what you’re doing through that jumble of uncombed hair?”

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Craig kids learn fundamentals at Big Blue Football Camp

Safety and fun the hallmark of 8-year program

Pig skins were flying, whistles were blowing and athletes were hitting the tackle bags as members of the Moffat County High School football team broke camp Wednesday. But the action on the MCHS practice field wasn’t in preparation for the upcoming season. Rather, it was designed to teach Craig’s budding grid stars basics of the sport. More than 50 local children in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the Eighth Annual Big Blue Football Camp at MCHS this week. The two-day camp provided Craig and Moffat County youth with the opportunity to learn skills such as throwing, catching, blocking, kicking and tackling in a non-contact environment from more than 20 current MCHS players and coaches.

On the Record for May 10, 2012

On the Record for May 10, 2012

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At the Movies: Bigger is better in ‘The Avengers’

The more popular comic book movies get, the more we can expect to see. And, the more we see, the greater in scope each one will become until soon all the world’s resources will go to supporting the process. At this rate, perhaps the team that makes up “The Avengers” will have to save us from the future they’ve created. At least until then, we can enjoy the ride.

Wednesday, May 9

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Craig couple reunites through hardship, faith

As Barbara Jean Sonntag sees it, her husband Frank has nothing if not a good sense of humor. It doesn’t take long to see what she means. At their Craig home Monday morning, she lists off the names and ages of their five children — Jeff, 51; Lisa, 50; Richard, 49; Danny, 47; and Cathy, 43—when Frank chimes in. Having children, he said, is “like eating peanuts. Once you start, you can’t quit.”

On the Record for May 9, 2012

On the Record for May 9, 2012

Lance Scranton: Happiness: Getting strictly a byproduct of giving

Many students — and some teachers — are counting down the days until the end of the school year. A countdown suggests that what’s coming next will be something that is more enjoyable or happier as we escape from institutional learning and rediscover a taste of liberty. At our house, the kids don’t get off so easily as we resist the urge for unfettered summer freedom. Summer reading is mandatory and activities for the sake of keeping our sons busy is regarded as a failure on our part to effectively parent.

Letter: Sandhill Crane conservation

Hunters have asked the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife to consider holding a limited hunt for Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado. Sandhill Cranes have been hunted in Colorado, east of I-25, since 1967, and it's the position of Parks and Wildlife biologists that a limited season as proposed will not negatively impact this population, which is already hunted in every other state in which it resides. The total number of available permits is determined annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are distributed to the states where this population is hunted. Colorado's share, less than 50 permits, will be distributed to the other states if this hunt is not approved.

Briefs for May 9: Beautification Committee meets today

The Craig Beautification Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Victory Garden, at the intersection of Finley Lane and West Victory Way, to weed and plant. The group gathers every Wednesday, as weather permits, from May through August. Members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information, call Julie Hanna at 824-5590.

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Boys track team makes push for strong end to season

A second-place finish in a footrace is an admirable feat, but the idea of what might have been can be tantalizing. That's certainly true for Moffat County High School senior Andy Browning, whose latest silver medal win may be just what he needs to grab gold at just the right moment. Browning and the other members of the MCHS boys varsity track and field team finished sixth overall in the weekend's Tiger Invitational, hosted in Grand Junction. The team was just shy of winning in several events, the closest of which was Browning’s 200-meter dash, when he missed a first-place finish by a single second, ending the day with a time of 23.64 seconds for the final round. Browning's time in the 200-meter preliminary round, as well as that of his 100-meter dash participation, proved to be his fastest ever.

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MCHS girls track places 14th at Junction meet

Being part of a medley team and two long-distance events can wear out any runner, and placing anywhere near the top is often good enough for athlete and coach alike. But like many of her teammates, Moffat County High School junior Eryn Leonard continues to better herself, even taking on several taxing events. The girls of the MCHS varsity track and field team saw further individual improvement in its last regular meet of the season, last weekend's Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction. Competing against some much larger groups of girls, the team placed 14th overall, but the individual results were the payoff.

NC approves amendment on gay marriage

North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages. With most of the precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against. North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage. Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC, said she believes the initiative awoke a silent majority of more active voters in the future. "I think it sends a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman," Fitzgerald said at a celebration Tuesday night. "The whole point is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design based on the demands of a group of adults."

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Nightclub hearing postponed: Residents petitioning against Tarango’s opening

A public hearing slated for Tuesday night on a proposed Craig nightclub has been postponed until May 22. More than 25 residents attended Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting, including Archie and Dorcas Albaugh, who oppose Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango’s aspirations of opening Tarango’s Nightclub at 535 Green St. The Albaughs plan to be out of town May 22 and wanted to make sure their concerns about the nightclub were included in the council record. “I was quoted in the newspaper, rightfully so, that I would be hearing noise from the place,” Archie told council members. “What the paper didn’t quote is Moffat County has been statistically shown to be one of the most unhealthiest places to live on account of the smoking and drinking.

Editorial: A couple of simple things

May is here, and with it better weather, school coming to a close, and plenty more children out and about during the week and for longer hours. The prospect of children around Craig and Moffat County during the summer got the editorial board thinking about signage, and how some areas could be drastically improved. The first area of concern for the board, and we’re betting many parents out in the community, are crosswalks and how they can be better spotted. They need to be better marked, for both pedestrians and motorists.

Search for new Moffat County attorney ongoing

Signs pointed to the Moffat County Commission making a decision Tuesday on Jeremy Snow’s successor as Moffat County attorney. Snow and the commissioners were scheduled to enter into executive session to discuss and hire one of two candidates for the position. But when Snow arrived, he told the commission one of the applicants withdrew from consideration last week. “I was prepared last week to come in today and offer the job to the person who withdrew their application,” commissioner Tom Gray said. “We need to sit down and discuss our options.”

Sports Briefs for May 9: Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament slated

After a one-year hiatus, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament returns June 9 to Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Moffat County High School graduates. The event, which was cancelled last year due to flooding, is in a 4-person scramble format. Players form their own teams. The cost is $40 per person, plus greens fees for nonmembers.

Deaths of Colo. wildfire victims ruled accidental

Coroner's officials have ruled the deaths of three people in a fast-moving wildfire west of Denver in March as accidental. Jefferson County coroner's officials say 77-year-old Sam Lucas and his 76-year-old wife, Linda Lucas, died from smoke-inhalation and exposure to flames. Deputy Coroner Carl Blesch tells The Denver Post ( it's likely that smoke from the fire rendered the Lucases unconscious before flames reached them. He says another victim, 51-year-old Ann Appel, died from exposure to the wildfire, but her exact cause of death couldn't be determined because of the condition of her remains.

Letter: Thank for supporting mission fundraisers

We want to thank each and every one of you who brought items, baked goods or donations to our fundraiser for John and Tracey Wall's mission aboard the Mercy Ship to Africa. Also, we thank the businesses who donated, as well as KRAI, the Craig Daily Press and Identity Graphics for the free advertising. We also thank The Journey at First Baptist for use of the church tables, and all the support that was given.

Colorado civil union bill in limbo after GOP halt

A proposal to allow civil unions in Colorado was in limbo Tuesday night, as Democrats pushed to halt a GOP filibuster in the House only to have Republicans abruptly stop floor work, potentially dooming the bill before a key deadline. Republicans have a 33-32 voting advantage, but enough members of their party support the civil unions bill to pass it. The bill needs to have an initial vote of the full House before midnight Tuesday or the proposal dies. That's because the Legislature adjourns Wednesday, so there wouldn't be time for a final vote. Democrats used a procedural move to try to stop debate on other bills when it became clear Republicans were talking at length about other measures, delaying any action on civil unions. "Were willing to figure out a way forward for all the bills," Democratic Rep. Ferrandino, his party's leader in the House, told the House's third-ranking Republican, Rep. Mark Waller. "We're willing to work with you to make sure every bill gets an up or down vote tonight."

Tuesday, May 8

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Incumbents retain fire board seats

Incumbents, one newcomer running for 2 open seats

Two incumbents sealed another term on the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board during an election Tuesday. Byron Willems, the board’s president, received 73 votes in the fire board election, and board member Alan Webber garnered 77 votes. Talia Johnson, who moved to Craig with her family in August, also put in a bid for one of the two four-year seats open on the board. She received 19 votes.

Police beat: A summary report of Craig Police Department activity for April 2012

Below is my report to the Craig City Council on police department activity for April.

On the Record for May 8, 2012

On the Record for May 8, 2012

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MCHS, CMS students present spring choir concert tonight

Moffat County High School students were putting the finishing touches Monday on a concert to wrap up the school year. “I’ve Got the Music in Me” is slated for 7 p.m. tonight in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Admission is free and concessions will be sold at the performance. The concert’s title isn’t simply a figure of speech for MCHS choir student Shilo Simpson, 18. “I was dancing to it in my car this morning,” she said, laughing.

Fort Carson welcomes home about 200 soldiers

About 200 soldiers based at Fort Carson have returned home from a yearlong deployment to southern Afghanistan. The Gazette ( ) reports the troops were greeted by thunderous cheers as they marched into a gymnasium on the post Saturday. Most of the returning soldiers, who are part of Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, spent a year in Kandahar and the Arghandab River Valley, where they trained Afghan soldiers and police and searched for insurgents and the bombs they left behind. The rest of the brigade is expected to return to Colorado Springs in the next couple of weeks.

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Opposed to proposed night club: Petitions circulating against Tarango's

If a proposed nightclub gets the nod from the Craig City Council this month, Archie Albaugh is worried it won’t bode well for his neighborhood. “I’m convinced I will be hearing Tarango’s if Tarango’s goes in,” he said, referring to a new business that has yet to open near his home in the 600 block of Pershing Street. Albaugh put his concerns on paper, signing a petition slated to go before the council today.

Monday, May 7

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'Show under the big top' coming to Craig

The Carson and Barnes Circus will perform at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, the circus announced Monday in a news release. Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Endangered Ark Foundation and the Craig Lions Club, according to the release. “For more than 75 years our family has brought the excitement and magic of the circus to people in towns of all sizes,” third-generation owner Barbara Miller-Byrd said in the release. “There is no bigger entertainment opportunity, or better value for the dollar than this year’s show under the big top.”

On the Record for May 7, 2012

On the Record for May 7, 2012

At the Movies: A return to the good old days with 'American Reunion'

Crazy stories about times gone by are nothing unusual when old classmates meet up to rehash their past. Considering the characters of “American Reunion” have imbibed “special” beer, made love to baked goods and eaten dog feces, their recollections must be a little more unpredictable.

Couple in Illinois Ponzi scheme caught in Arizona

An Illinois couple who spent a dozen years on the run after fleeing a conviction for running a Ponzi scheme has been captured in a small community west of Phoenix, the U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday. Nelson Grant Hallahan, 65, and wife Janet Hallahan, 54, were arrested by deputy marshals Saturday afternoon in Tonopah, a desert community 50 miles west of Phoenix. The couple had lived in several states in the Southwest during their flight and had used a number of aliases, the Marshals Service said in a statement. The Hallahans were living apart and were arrested at separate homes, said Matt Hershey, a supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal. The agency said it received a tip about their location after they were featured on "America's Most Wanted" the previous night.

Sports Briefs for May 7: MCHS girls soccer season ends

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team played its final two games of the season Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, losing both games to Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs. The Wednesday game against Battle Mountain — originally scheduled for a week earlier — was a 6-1 defeat, with the Bulldogs down, 2-0, at the half. The team was saved from a shutout by a goal from junior Rose Howe in the second half. The Glenwood game was closer.

Commissioner campaigns winding up

Wherever Chuck Grobe goes these days, he seems to be asked the same question: “How’s the golf game?” Known as one of the better ball strikers in Craig, it's not uncommon for Grobe to play as many as 54 holes in a week. But golf has taken a backseat lately to more pressing endeavors for Grobe, who's only played 27 holes this season.

Senior Spotlight for May 7: May Day

May began with May Day. We received May baskets with flowers made of paper from the children at Sunset Elementary School. Cinco de Mayo whizzed by and now National Teacher Day is on the horizon — it's Tuesday — with Mother's Day on Sunday. I wish all the mothers out there the best on that day. I also wish the best for the birthdays I have this week for Chloe Peterson, Sarah Van Grandt, Faye Paulson, who was surprised Saturday by a birthday party at Sunset Meadows I in her honor by her daughter, Maddie Gaskow, and also for Charles Gallegos, Bob Grubb, Christina Tabor, and George Davidson.

Bulldog Sports for May 7

Moffat County High School sports schedule for the week of May 7, 2012.

Photography firm celebrating anniversary with promotions

A can’t-miss gift for any mother this Sunday is a plentiful supply of pictures of her children. But, getting snapshots of the kids doesn’t have to be reserved just for Mother’s Day, and one local photographer wants to help capture those youthful family memories forever. As part of her eighth anniversary, Tracy Spencer, owner of Lifetime Photography, will be reinvigorating her business with multiple new facets, the first of which is The Cutest Kid in the Yampa Valley Photo Contest. Voting for the contest is underway on the studio’s Facebook page for pictures of children in Craig and surrounding towns.

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MCHS baseball team ends season with losses to Glenwood Springs

Moffat County High School seniors Carlos Maldonado and Ivan Nielsen have been on the baseball diamond for more than eight years. And although their latest season may not have ended the way they would have liked, that doesn’t mean they’ll be ending their tenure playing the sport so soon. The MCHS varsity baseball team finished its season Saturday with losses to Glenwood Springs. The doubleheader left the Bulldogs with a season record of 4-14 overall and a last-place finish in the 4A Western Slope League, with a 2-10 league mark.

Night club owner seeking council approval

Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango will appear Tuesday before the Craig City Council, the second time in just more than a month the aspiring nightclub owner has come before the governing body. Tarango is seeking to open a club bearing his name at 535 Green St. But, in late March his proposed enterprise hit a snag when city council members denied his application for retail gaming and liquor licenses, citing false information submitted on his applications. When asked to report previous criminal convictions or suspensions of driving privileges, Tarango allegedly marked “no” two times.

Briefs for May 7: Traffic delays on MCR 35 begin today

Culvert replacement will cause traffic delays beginning today at the intersection of Moffat County Road 35 and Colorado Highway 394. Delays are expected to continue through Thursday. For more information, call the Moffat County Road Department at 824-3211.

Prescribed burns caused five out-of-control fires in April

Last month marked one of the driest beginnings to spring in recent memory, and fire officials are asking Moffat County residents to take the lack of moisture into consideration when planning agriculture or trash burns. Cpl. Todd Wheeler, fire management officer with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to seven fires in April caused by prescribed burns that grew out of control. Five of those seven fires took place on Red Flag days when residents shouldn’t have been burning in the first place, Wheeler said. “There aren’t any repercussions for people who decide to burn on Red Flag days,” Wheeler said. “However, residents can be prosecuted civilly or criminally should a fire get out of control and cause property damage, injury or death.”

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‘Don’t let anything in life pass you by’: Five minutes with Kyle Perez, 19, employee at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta

Motto or outlook on life? “Don’t let anything in life pass you by.” When did you first get started in your job? “It was about December 2010 when my mom first bought (the restaurant).” Favorite part of your job? “I’ve always wanted to work here since I was a little kid. I’m into skateboarding and this was always the cool place to be, with all the extreme sports stuff on the walls and everything. I always wanted to be a pizza guy, and then when my mom told me they were taking over, it was a dream come true. Learning to make pizzas, it’s kind of like an art form.”

Matt Winey: Defining the tea party — what it is and isn't

Tell me, does this quote ring a bell with you: “I love my country, but am starting to fear my government." Of course, the modern day tea party grew out of what happened Dec. 16, 1773, when a group of American colonists dumped tea in Boston Harbor because of the “Tea Act” the British imposed on them. A revolution began. In the same spirit that flowed through these early American colonists, the American people of today are standing up to a government we are starting to fear.

Mom defends son suspended for reciting racy lyric

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he recited a racy line from a popular song says her son is not a sexual harasser and "is not a pervert in any way." Stephanie Meadows says she hopes to clear her son's name at a meeting with school officials Monday morning. D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students for allegedly telling a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a song by the popular duo LMFAO. He was suspended Wednesday.

Letter: Response to previous letters

This is in response to Mr. Albee’s letter to mine. Thank you for your response, and please see the top of the page that is titled opinion. Yes, some people are influenced by the constant repetition of questionable information provided by a liberal-leaning mainstream news media. Yes, I have a concern that too many people are not putting forth the effort to be properly informed, and it shows in the mess we have today. There was a mountain of evidence about Barack Obama, his past and his very questionable affiliations that the mainstream news media choose to ignore and still ignore today. Because of this, many did not make an informed decision. All media are capable of distortion at times, and I happen to think the mainstream media is worse. I try to get my information from various sources — it's amazing how often there is pertinent information left out or the information is presented in such a way to suit the liberal agenda

Saturday, May 5

Colo civil unions bill gets OK by another panel

Gay couples came one step closer Friday to having civil unions in Colorado after another Republican-led House committee approved legislation that appears to have enough support to get to the governor's desk. The finance committee approved the measure with a 7-6 vote after the bill passed the House judiciary committee late Thursday. Rep. Don Beezley was the only Republican to support the measure on the finance panel. "For me, it really came down to that basic issue of fairness and doing the right thing," Beezley said, echoing a similar comment made by Republican Rep. B.J. Nikkel, who joined Democrats on the judiciary committee in approving the measure.

Test confirms rabies in skunk near Fort Collins

Larimer County health officials say a skunk found close to the foothills west of Fort Collins has tested positive for rabies. They are warning hikers to keep their distance from wild skunks and predators. They also say dogs should be kept on leashes. Health officials say unvaccinated pets that come into contact with a rabid animal need to be euthanized or vaccinated and quarantined. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in mammals and is often deadly.

Lawyer: Edwards knew money was for his benefit

The lawyer for a wealthy heiress who provided secret payments intended to help John Edwards testified Friday that the former presidential candidate acknowledged the money had been given for his benefit. Alex D. Forger said that Edwards' then-lawyer Wade Smith told him in the fall of 2008 that the former candidate agreed that the $725,000 given by 101-year-old Rachel "Bunny" Mellon had been provided to help him. It wasn't clear from Forger's testimony at Edwards' criminal trial precisely when Edwards learned about the checks given to his aide, Andrew Young. Some of Mellon's money was used to hide Edwards' pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. Whether Edwards had knowledge of the cover-up is a key question in his prosecution on charges related to campaign finance corruption. Edwards has denied knowing about the secret payments from Mellon. Young testified last week his former boss directed the scheme from the start.

Sports Briefs for May 5: MCHS baseball playing final game of season today

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team will finish its season with a doubleheader against Glenwood Springs starting at 11 a.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. The Bulldogs are 4-12 overall and 2-8 in the 4A Western Slope League, after splitting a doubleheader against Steamboat Springs earlier this week. Coach Justin Folley said he expects a good, competitive set of games against the Demons (8-9, 6-4). Though MCHS is out of playoff contention, Glenwood is fighting for the postseason.

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LSRV senior preps for busy summer of hoops

2012 has been a big year for Little Snake River Valley School’s Morgan Wille, and will continue to be in the coming months. After her basketball team capped an undefeated season by winning the Wyoming 1A state title, the Baggs, Wyo., senior thought there couldn’t be a better way to end her high school hoops career. She couldn’t have known then that there was more in store. Wille was recently selected by Sheridan College for the Wyoming vs. Montana All-Star event scheduled for this summer. Wille, who will be attending the school in the fall following her graduation from LSRV, will play in the basketball tournament for college-bound high school seniors on in June in Sheridan, Wyo., and Billings, Mont.

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MCHS swimmers place 3rd at home

Before Friday afternoon, Steamboat Springs High School freshman Brenden Carta had yet to see what a home meet was like in the Moffat County High School pool facilities. By the end of the day, the MCHS boys varsity swimmer, who attends Steamboat Springs High School but swims with the Bulldogs, was looking forward to several more chances to host surrounding schools in the coming years. The swim team placed third out of four teams in the Moffat County Invitational, its last regular meet of the season, competing against visiting Montrose, Glenwood Springs and Gunnison. With 16 swimmers to Moffat County’s six, Montrose won the day by sheer numbers, gaining 614.5 total points to MCHS’ 240.5, due largely to multiple swimmers in every event, including numerous relay squads.

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The gift of goodbye: Craig Police Department officers awarded for heroic actions during February fire

When Craig Police Department officer Mike Edwards knocked on the door of a burning house on the night of Feb. 7, he didn’t expect anyone to answer. “People were saying, ‘There’s nobody in there,’ but for some reason, with a car parked in the driveway, I didn’t know if there was anybody in the house,” said Edwards, a 10-year police veteran. “I went up and knocked on the door and a guy from the inside said, ‘Come on in.’” The man inside the house, 75-year-old Patrick Hunter, was trying to escape from a fire that was engulfing his home at 1912 Woodlawn, a fire that claimed the life of his ex-wife and live-in companion, Ursula Hunter.

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Newcomers in HD57, SD8 participate in Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots forum

As a 29-year educator and past Moffat County School Board president, one might expect Jo Ann Baxter to side with U.S. Department of Education policies. But when asked Thursday what the federal government’s role should be in the education of Moffat County students, Baxter delivered an unexpected answer. “I’ve supported the Department of Education, but I haven’t always agreed with the Department of Education,” Baxter said. “Although it did bring public school education to the forefront in our country, No Child Left Behind is false. I’m the first one to admit that.” Baxter, a Democrat in the race for Colorado House District 57, taught for 29 years in the social studies department at Moffat County High School.

Editorial: A picturesque impression

A little more than a week from now, on May 14, an interesting and artistic exhibit will open at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig that not only captures and defines Americana, but is also wholly unique to anything that's appeared in town before. No, we're not talking about the remains of the bear killed Sunday in Craig, though that may be a topic for another opinion piece. We're referring to the 314 original tear sheets by Norman Rockwell, one tear sheet for each cover the legendary artist created for the Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 28, and the editorial board is not only looking forward to the display, but also encourages people in the community to check it out as well. The Rockwell exhibit, combined with a slate of activities set for this summer, are sure to draw out-of-town visitors, which bodes well for local businesses specifically and the local economy generally.

Diane Prather: Education and fun intermingle at Ag Day

Approximately 175 fourth-graders and their teachers gathered April 26 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds to participate in Ag Day, an annual agriculture awareness event. Sponsored by the Moffat County Cattlewomen, Ag Day’s purpose is to give students a chance to experience agriculture through exhibits and demonstrations, some of which were interactive. This year, Sunset, Sandrock and Ridgeview elementary schools attended the event. Students and teachers reported to the fairgrounds at appointed times — Sandrock and Ridgeview attended in the morning and Sunset in the afternoon.

Letter: Tootsie Roll Drive a success

The Knights of Columbus of Craig would like to take the time to thank the Safeway and City Market stores for allowing us to set up our annual Tootsie Roll Drive at each store. Additionally, the Knights would like to thank all members of the community who donated to the Tootsie Roll Drive by which the Knights succeeded in raising approximately $2,000, which will be evenly divided between the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Horizons. The check was formally presented April 12. Thank you for your support.

Letter: Thanks to the angels in Craig

Our family would like to share with the community how our lives in the last two weeks have been touched by angels who live right here in our quiet little town. Our mother, Kathy Parsons-Gallagher, died April 23 from colon cancer. We brought her home on Hospice care April 13. The next day, Calvary Baptist Church started bringing food every day, and they fed our family for 10 days. Deacons and church members came by every day to read the Bible to our mother and pray with her. This meant so much to her and we believe helped her find peace with God and her death. We are very honored to be a part of such a wonderful gracious church as Calvary Baptist.

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Club opened doors, provided healing for Craig teen

Kadi Scott stepped out of the whirlwind of noise and laughter Wednesday afternoon, seeking a calm corner in the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Calm being a relative term. As the junior staff member spoke about her past and future, both now intricately connected to the club, a boy peeked into the room to show her a small vehicle he created from a toy construction set, his face alight with pride. It’s not unusual for children to be drawn to Scott. “She’s kind of like a magnet here,” said Kim Maneotis, Boys & Girls Club of Craig unit director.

Grassroots education group planning for future initiatives

With their inaugural project nearly completed, members of a newly formed education group are looking down the road. Friends of Moffat County Education is wrapping up its 13-3 Book Project, which was designed to gather enough used books and cash donations to give 13,000 books to children in preschool through fifth grade. The nonprofit organization exceeded its target by about 200 books, said Chris Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education Board president. Moffat County residents can expect to see the Book Project next year. FMCE plans to offer it annually through a literacy initiative, one of the group’s six funding targets. The next step is to find the financial resources.

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Hayden resident recalls discovery of locked deer antlers

Growing up I lived on a cattle and sheep ranch in Northwest Colorado. In the mid-1960s, Moffat County was overrun by jackrabbits, and like most teenage boys, jackrabbit hunting was one of my obsessions. My parents would encourage my brother and I to hunt rabbits whenever we wanted. The rabbits would eat into the stacks of baled hay and undermine the bottom row of bales considerably.

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Remodel underway at TMH Medical Clinic to make way for pediatrics

A long room where patients were once wheeled in for day surgery was nearly empty Friday morning. A small stack of Bibles sat on the windowsill, remnants from when the building, now The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, served as the hospital before a new facility was built at 750 Hospital Loop. But the empty room is taking on new life. This summer, it will become the main waiting and check-in area for a new pediatric unit.

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Weather delays Tebo Center opening until July

In December 2011 Stephen Tebo, of Boulder-based Tebo Development, announced plans to build a 10,477-square-foot retail complex in Craig. Tebo Center, slated to be the new home of Maurices women’s clothing store and Alabama-based Hibbett Sports, was scheduled to be open for business this month. But as of Friday, only the building’s exterior walls appear to be in place. Progress has been slow, Tebo said Friday, and a grand opening has subsequently been pushed back until later this summer.

Over a Cup: 'Strawberry Milkshake,' a tasty summer treat

One recent morning, over a cup of coffee, I was admiring the pink blossoms on the crabapple tree that’s just outside the window. Some calves were playing in the little pasture next to the backyard, not seeming to mind the sprinkles of rain that were falling. (Indeed, we’re delighted for rain.) And while I enjoy this early morning, I’ve decided to browse through a notebook of recipes and menu ideas, hoping to find some ideas for summer meals. I’ve had this notebook for a long time.

Briefs for May 5: Traffic delays on Moffat County Road 35 begin Monday

Culvert replacement will cause traffic delays beginning Monday at the intersection of Moffat County Road 35 and Colorado Highway 394. Delays are expected to continue through Thursday. For more information, call the Moffat County Road Department at 824-3211.

Government Update for May 5: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Friday, May 4

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Sunset Elementary uses international games to bring home math, physical education

Aaron Colby set his face in a resolute grimace Monday as he trotted through the Sunset Elementary School gym, a torch clutched in his determined hands. The Sunset Elementary kindergartener wasn’t carrying the real icon of the Olympic games. A paper cone with red and orange construction paper flames took the place of the torch that will signal the beginning of the international sporting event this summer. Aaron didn’t waver as he carried the torch dutifully to Moffat County High School track athletes, who would run it around the gym before the finale.

U.S. Senate passes bill to extend closure moratorium another year on rural post offices

The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that could save rural post offices from closure for at least another year. S.1789, also known as the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a vote of 62-37. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., was drafted to help the U.S. Postal Service modify its business practices and explore ways to manage the agency’s debt, which is estimated to reach $8 billion by the end of the year. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Moffat County roads scheduled for June improvements

The Moffat County road and bridge department will soon embark on an aggressive campaign to improve county roads for the first time since 2008. Roy Tipton, Moffat County developmental services director, said Wednesday five projects encompassing more than 10 miles of county roads are scheduled for overlay beginning in June. The Moffat County Commission approved plans in late April when it unanimously approved a $2.9 million bid from Connell Resources, Inc., for more than 42,000 tons of asphalt. The bulk of the road material will go towards repairing seven miles of Moffat County Road 4 east of Powder Wash camp and three miles of Moffat County Road 29 on the Moffat County side of Elkhead Reservoir, Tipton said.

Wildfire payment agreement reached in Colorado

A compensation agreement for victims of a deadly wildfire that chewed through the Colorado foothills in March and killed three people appears to have averted a political standoff. Colorado legislators agreed Thursday with a compromise suggestion from Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican who chastised members of his own party in the state House for seeking a way to give victims of the Lower North Fork Fire compensation beyond the $600,000 allowed under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act. Some Democrats agreed with Suthers, setting up a potentially ugly political confrontation in the closing days of the Colorado Legislature. Suthers' proposal was to keep the liability cap but add state-set fires to the exemptions. The proposal would allow fire victims to seek amounts greater than $600,000 while preserving the overall liability cap, which is in place to protect state taxpayers from unlimited payments in damage claims.

Letter: Dr. Joel Miller deserving of praise

I have been thinking of writing again and after seeing the letter from Renee Fuller, I echo her praise about Dr. Miller. He is the best doctor in this town since Dr. Told left, and I had him for 35 years. About a year and a half ago, I had to go to the hospital and I had to go to another doctor because Dr. Miller isn’t allowed to admit patients. My blood pressure was way too high and the doctor couldn’t get it down for six months, so I had Dr. Miller check me out.

Letter: 9Health Fair a success thanks to community support

The 9Health Fair was able to serve 420 people at the Craig Lions Club 32nd annual health screening at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The success was due to the unstinted efforts of more than 40 volunteers, and Craig Lions want to thank everyone for their help. Beka Warren and Christine Cooper, along with Lion Kristi Shepherd, spearheaded the move of the fair to the hospital. Volunteers from the nursing staff and students from Colorado Northwestern Community College's nursing program manned more than 10 blood draw stations, and maintenance employees, food servers and Pink Ladies pitched in.

Colorado snowpack remains well below average

Colorado's snowpack is quickly melting, as warm, dry conditions persist. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the statewide snowpack was 19 percent of average as of May 1, with more than half of all snow survey locations in the state reporting no snow. The statewide snowpack was listed at 22 percent of average Thursday. State conservationist Phyllis Ann Philipps of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says the statewide snowpack looks to have peaked around March 12, which is a month ahead of average. Current conditions match those recorded during the record-setting drought of 2002 in Colorado.

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MCHS swimmer to row for Merchant Marines in fall

Toning up his biceps and shoulders to propel himself through water has become a daily routine for Moffat County High School senior John Kirk. Practicing the backstroke, butterfly and other techniques in the MCHS pool has strengthened his body and mind continually, something that comes in useful during swim meets but will be even more constructive for his post-high school plans. Kirk this fall will be part of the rowing team for the United States Merchant Marine Academy this fall. He said the road to the academy has been a complicated one. Though he has always planned on a career in the military, it was only last summer when he chose the Merchant Marines.

Janet Sheridan: Anything worth doing

Each spring, I climb to the attic above the garage to fetch my clean and organized gardening gear: spades, pots, coiled hoses, pruning shears. As I carry the equipment downstairs, I congratulate myself on the care I took when I stored it away the previous fall. As she predicted, I’ve turned into my mother, but the conversion required time and effort on her part. “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” my mother told me one summer day as she shook her head over the floor I’d vacuumed without moving footstools, abandoned shoes, or babies.

Seau suicide turns up focus on brain injuries

Dave Duerson made it easy to understand why he was ending his tortured life. Before the former Chicago Bears star fired a bullet into his chest last year, he left word with his family to have his brain examined for damage he believed was caused by repeated blows to the head from his hell-bent style on the football field. Junior Seau was an even bigger star in the NFL, and yet he ended his life Wednesday in much the same way as Duerson and former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling: self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Now friends wonder if the San Diego icon hoped his death might leave a greater legacy than any of his amazing feats on the gridiron.

Briefs for May 4: Tobacco use survey underway

The N-CTRL coalition, led by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, is conducting a public opinion survey to gather information about children and teen tobacco use. The survey is open to Craig, Hayden and Oak Creek residents. To access the survey, visit or visit the N-CTRL Facebook page. For more information, call Vicki Barron, VNA community health educator, at 875-1883 or email her at

Thursday, May 3

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2 strikes and to the museum

Hide of bear killed Sunday donated to Museum of Northwest Colorado for display

A male bear euthanized Sunday in Craig by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers will now be allowed to stay in town — as a display. Jan Gerber, assistant director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, said Thursday that Bill de Vergie, Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager in Meeker, contacted museum staff to know whether they'd be interested in accepting the bear’s remains as a donation. “Dan (Davidson) and I talked about it and decided to accept the project for educational and display purposes,” Gerber said. “We think we’re a good venue for it because our mission is to educate, but it’s also very historical because it happened here and there are a lot of great pictures to paint the picture of what took place over the weekend.”

On the Record for May 3, 2012

On the Record for May 3, 2012

Wednesday, May 2

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Retired MCHS teacher gains insight into ancestor’s life through 1st novel

Sylvia Duncan never met Miriam Coulter Pence. Pence, Duncan’s great-grandmother, belonged era long past and her life was preserved only in relics and family lore. Yet Duncan, a Steamboat Springs resident and now-retired Moffat County High School English teacher, felt drawn to the spirited woman nonetheless. Duncan remembers her fascination growing when she saw a hairpiece Pence wore on her wedding day. She recalled the experience in the forward to “Hoosier Woman,” a book she self-published in March that evokes Pence’s life.

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At the Movies: ‘Cabin’ not your average weekend getaway

When it comes to horror audiences, everyone enjoys a good decapitation or disemboweling, no matter how you slice it. But most may argue is that the details leading up to graphic onscreen violence are what make or break any feature, whether it’s something quick and easy with a hint of the supernatural or painfully intricate and down to earth. Whatever your preferences, “The Cabin in the Woods” will leave you smiling. Or possibly vomiting. It’s vacation time for college students Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Dana (Kristen Connolly), Holden (Jesse Williams) and Marty (Fran Kranz). With an isolated mountain cabin reserved for their use, their plans for the next few days are to do nothing but have fun, fun, fun.

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East Elementary student selected for summer enrichment program

Call them gumshoes, private eyes or super sleuths. Whatever name you give sharp-witted fictional detectives, Hayden Short relishes reading about their exploits. “I love mystery books,” he said. “They’re just eye-catching.” Mysteries won’t simply be on the East Elementary School fourth-grader’s reading list this summer.

On the Record for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Moffat County Commission approves Shell temporary use permit

In its ongoing exploration of the Niobrara Formation, Shell representatives asked the Moffat County Commission on Tuesday to approve a five-acre temporary use permit near Hamilton. Peter Patten, of Patten Associates, Inc., a land management-consulting firm in Steamboat Springs, appeared before the commission to present the terms of the Durham ground lease as agreed upon by Shell, and landowners Raymond and Starla Durham. According to the lease signed in December 2011, Shell plans to utilize five acres of the Durham’s property to house two office trailers, a security building and a maintenance shop. The remaining acreage would be used as a “lay down” yard to store drilling rig equipment such as piping, wellheads, pump racks, rig anchors, and other heavy equipment and machinery.

Briefs for May 2: Daily Press seeking Teacher of the Year nominations

The Craig Daily Press is seeking nominations for its 2011-12 Teacher of the Year. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday. This is the seventh year the newspaper will honor an area teacher for his or her commitment to students and for encouraging them to think outside the box. Past recipients are Amy Pottinger, Rosie Crosthwaite, Sylvia Duncan, Deb Frazier, John Bolton and Cheryl Arnett.

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Craig couple enjoys trip to weekend draft

For most football fans, involvement with their team doesn’t go beyond Sunday afternoons. Now that Craig resident Tim Felten has seen behind the curtain and glimpsed all the preparation that goes into the National Football League, he has a whole new appreciation for the game. Tim and his wife, Jamie, got the experience of a lifetime last weekend when they flew to New York City for the 2012 NFL Draft as winners of the “Paint the Town Orange” contest sponsored by Denver company Kwal Paint on Facebook. Voted on by Denver Broncos fans in March and April, the Feltens’ photo of their son, Jerik, 5, dressed as Broncos personality Barrel Man earned them the trip, complete with VIP arrangements during the draft, team gear, a Q-and-A session with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the opportunity to announce one of their team’s picks.

Winter X Games staying in Aspen a little longer

ESPN and Aspen Skiing Co. have reached an agreement that will keep the Winter X Games in Aspen and Snowmass Village through 2014. Terms weren't announced Tuesday. The Winter X Games launched at Snow Summit Mountain Resort in California in 1997 before moving to Crested Butte, Colo., for two years and then Mount Snow in Vermont the next two years. The Winter X Games have been in Aspen since 2002.

Occupy Denver marches in support of May Day

Occupy Denver supporters are rallying with May Day marchers calling for workers' rights around the world. Nearly 200 people marched downtown on Tuesday on Broadway before turning onto the 16th Street pedestrian mall, blocking the mall's buses and traffic on intersecting streets as they walked. The marchers also stopped in front of the Federal Reserve Bank. Police officers accompanied the marchers but didn't try to interfere. After about two hours of marching through downtown, the demonstrators returned to their starting point, a park near the state Capitol.

Editorial: Time for a truce

"VFW, Craig City Council talk about talking," the headline read on page 5 of Friday's Craig Daily Press. The story recounted a conversation our elected municipal leaders had with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 members regarding the painfully slow and ultimately stalled negotiations regarding a new lease for Veterans Memorial Park, once known as Craig City Park. The headline is indicative of just how futile these negotiations have become in solving what should be a relatively simple matter — ensuring the park remains a park for the community. But, from the outside at least, it appears the talks and now talks about talks have become a battle of wills, a war of egos, or as one board member not so eloquently put it, "a (expletive) contest."

Lance Scranton: Teachers: More than costs on a spreadsheet

Local teachers made the news last week when a healthy representation appeared before the Moffat County School Board to seek common ground regarding the rising cost of medical insurance premiums. Plenty of discussion is tossed around when costs associated with running a school district are being negotiated. Employees are compelled to seek worthy remuneration for their efforts while management attempts to find cost-cutting measures intended to “ease” expenses. Some segments of society see teachers as people who can’t make it at a “real” job so they get into teaching. They work nine months of the year and have three months off every summer, go to work at 8 in the morning and are done by 3:30. What a life – how much do they need to be compensated, anyway?

Charges stacking up against 39-year-old Craig man

A 39-year-old Craig man in custody at Moffat County Jail on suspicion of sexual offenses against children faces new charges in Moffat County Court. The suspect’s name is being withheld in accordance with newspaper policy not to release identities of suspected sexual offenders unless convicted. The suspect was initially arrested in December 2011 following a joint investigation conducted by FBI and Craig Police Department investigators that allegedly yielded the recovery of several known child pornography images and videos from the defendant’s computer. He is charged in that probe with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child — video/20-plus items, a Class 4 felony.

Letter: College's art selection diverse

A big thank you to the art committee for the college in their selection of a wide variety of art expressing such a wonderful range of mediums. Their selection and the beautiful display cases highlight each piece of work. The various pieces, displayed on the walls, are so interesting that we will need benches and chairs so enjoy them to the fullest. These distinctive pieces represent a unique range that there is something for everyone to enjoy at any age group.

NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot

In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers. A jury deliberated less than two days before finding Adis Medunjanin guilty of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempting to commit an act of terrorism and other terrorism charges. At trial, the jurors had heard the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida's determination to strike America on its home turf. The former classmates, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, testified that the three men sought terror training after falling under the influence of inflammatory recordings of U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki that they downloaded and listened to on their iPods. Medunjanin's "journey of radicalization led him from Flushing, Queens to Peshawar, Pakistan, to the brink of a terrorist attack in New York City," U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. "As this case has proved, working against sophisticated terrorist organizations and against the clock, our law enforcement and intelligence agencies can detect, disrupt and destroy terrorist cells before they strike, saving countless innocent lives."

Letter: Dr. Joel Miller is a wonderful doctor

There is a man here in town, and he's a wonderful doctor. As a town, you're not getting these people abusing their meds and then when the doc says go somewhere else, then everyone gangs up on a man trying to take care of us. He has saved my husband's life and if you need someone to complain about, look in the mirror. No one can make you an addict. All of you made your own choices. It brings a smile to my face because my family still gets to go to Dr. Joel Miller and all you haters stay away.

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MCHS girls golf team finishes 4th in home tourney

Monday was a day of mixed emotions for Moffat County High School senior Sam Fox. On one hand, she finished a round of 18 holes with a personal best. On the other, it was the last time she would play for MCHS with the same teammates at the course that had become so familiar to all of them. Still, the season isn’t over yet.

Sports Briefs for May 2: Softball informational meeting scheduled for Thursday

A pre-season meeting for co-ed softball will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The meeting is for those looking to get involved in the league over the summer and for existing teams to get paperwork out of the way. Anyone older than age 14 is eligible to play. Each team must pay a $250 fee for the lights used at the fields. Organizer Tanya Ferguson said an additional entry fee will be determined after the meeting.

Tuesday, May 1

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Steamboat baseball, Moffat County split doubleheader Tuesday

The Sailors will need to sweep Western Slope League-leading Palisade on Saturday and will need some help from Glenwood Springs if they plan to reach playoff contention.

CNCC nursing student lands 2 scholarships for continuing education

Until recently, Colorado Northwestern Community College scholarships were barely out of Audria Herrera’s reach. “I have been applying to pretty much all scholarships that have been available, and including ones that I’ve been able to come across over the Internet,” said Herrera, who is earning her associate's degree in nursing at CNCC’s Craig campus. But when it came to landing scholarships offered through the college, she always came in as the runner-up, she said. This semester, however, the tables turned for the 34-year-old Yampa resident.

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Former school official seeking to improve community

In 2005, Joel Sheridan noticed a problem. “I had come in contact with a couple situations where some students were missing a lot of school, spending time in the nurse's office because of dental issues,” said Sheridan, then assistant superintendent of the Moffat County School District. To find a solution to the dental problems he saw, Sheridan, now 63, contacted the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, a nonprofit group that offers comprehensive dental care to area residents in need. “I started talking to the executive director at that time, trying to learn more about what was going on,” Sheridan said. “Through those conversations I ended up being on the board (of directors).”

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Craig musician lends his voice to residents at Sandrock Ridge

Every other Saturday, local musician Bob LaFord performs for devoted fans. He begins each show with a rendition of Roger Miller’s “Walking in the Sunshine.” He always ends with “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” a popular tune from the 1920s, which he sings as he strums his guitar. In between, he plays a motley assortment of pieces —“Home on the Range” and “Give My Regards to Broadway,” sometimes with a few tunes by Buddy Holly or Elvis Presley thrown in.

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Craig resident using people skills to help community

Myrtle Stagner is a people person. “I like to interact with people,” the 70-year-old Craig resident said. “It’s very rewarding.” This desire for interaction helped guide Stagner through various professional ventures. Since settling in Craig with her husband, Claude, about 27 years ago, the Pagoda native spent 10 years working at Kmart, operated a Curves For Women health center for four years and spent about a year working at Walmart.

TMH Auxiliary Volunteers president dedicated to making organization ‘shine’

Although patients at The Memorial Hospital in Craig may not know Anna Rippy personally, they’re likely to recognize the organization she’s volunteered with for about a decade. Members of The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers, informally known as “Pink Ladies,” are familiar faces at the hospital. They greet patients and their families at the concierge desk, staff the gift shop and offer refreshments from a traveling cart that makes rounds twice a day at the hospital. Behind it all stands Rippy, a Craig native and Auxiliary Volunteers president. Rippy, who is a retired office manager for a Grand Junction insurance agency, has offered her time at the hospital for about 10 years, and she’s served as the group’s president for nearly six of them, she said.

On the Record for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, May 1, 2012