News for Monday, May 7, 2012



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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