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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, BullyVille.com, 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.