News for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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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 (http://bit.ly/KNbKL6) 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."