News for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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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.