News for Wednesday, May 16, 2012



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.