News for Friday, May 18, 2012

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At the Movies: Family devotion is eternal in ‘Dark Shadows’

Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, the Mad Hatter — they all basically boil down to the same character, a pale eccentric who’s just a few steps out of sync with the rest of the world. Just when you thought we’d seen the last of him, that archetype rises once again in “Dark Shadows.”

On the Record for May 18, 2012

On the Record for May 18, 2012

Fire board approves training tower contracts

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board convened in executive session Thursday to discuss two contracts pivotal to the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig. Fire officials have said the building of a training tower is the first phase of a second fire station, which will be constructed at some point in the future. The training tower has been a prominent topic in recent weeks because the proposed site is near The Memorial Hospital in Craig and slated to be built on Colorado Northwestern Community College land. Upon exiting the executive session, Todd Ficken, of Niwot-based F&D International, LLC, summarized the two contracts before the board for approval.

Swarm of bees causes delay in Rockies-Diamondbacks

Thousands of bees swarming around a camera bay next to the Colorado Rockies' dugout caused a brief delay in Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The swarm suddenly appeared in the top of the fifth inning and the action on the field was halted for a couple of minutes, though the teams never left the diamond. The bees landed on a pole in front of the camera bay, forcing the camera operator to vacate his post. The bees were contained to the field-level camera bay and umpires determined that the game could proceed. During the sixth inning, a beekeeper arrived with a large vacuum cleaner. Without any further interruption to the game, the beekeeper gradually suctioned the entire swarm into a bag.

Letter: Principal: No celebrating during graduation

The month of May at Moffat County High School means nothing more to a quarter of the student population than graduation on Memorial Weekend in the high school gym. Without a doubt, the students have worked very hard, and their accomplishments are varied and significant. The students who gave the last four years their all will fully reap the benefits of their work with a number of opportunities, college acceptances and scholarships. For some, just the act of completing this portion of their education is a significant achievement.

Letter: Circus cruelty

I had lived in Craig for seven years and recently moved away but come back for regular visits to the family. I recently saw a flyer for the Carson and Barnes Circus and am extremely disappointed with the city of Craig and Moffat County for allowing this circus to perform. Since 1982 to 2011, there are six pages of violations they have failed to fix, mostly dealing with people's safety and animal welfare. There are several things you can read up on, even watch.

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Daily Press names John Haddan 2012 Teacher of the Year

John Haddan didn’t see it coming. When the Moffat County High School agriculture education instructor first learned Thursday morning that he’d been named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Craig Daily Press, his face registered astonishment bordering on disbelief. He was “extremely surprised,” he said. That was the point. Every year, the newspaper's editorial board selects one teacher for the award from a list of names submitted by the community.

Feds again reject Colorado-Wyoming water pipeline

A federal agency for the second time has denied a permit requested by a Colorado businessman who wants to build a 500-mile pipeline to carry water from southwestern Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday refused a request from Aaron Million of Fort Collins, Colo., to reconsider its February denial of his permit. In denying Million's application in February, FERC said it was premature and lacked specifics about the proposed pipeline. Million proposes to draw water from the Green River in southwestern Wyoming and pipe it as far as Pueblo, Colo. His plans have drawn opposition from Gov. Matt Mead as well as county and local governments in southwestern Wyoming and downstream states.

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26th annual Maybell bicycle event set for Saturday

The early stillness of Northwest Colorado is a sight to behold, whether you’re standing in one spot or whizzing past the scenery in a car. One activity allows people to enjoy the views at a leisurely pace and still get from Point A to Point B. The 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation, takes place Saturday morning. The 30-mile cycling trek from Craig to Maybell is free to all and starts at 7 a.m., as riders meet at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. Highway 40, before heading out.

Janet Sheridan: Spring becoming summer

What a glorious ride we share as our world transitions from the gray bluster of early spring to the green warmth of new summer: a Craig miracle that depends on Mother Nature more than the calendar. In a gentled environment of bird song and sunshine, we welcome the familiar signs of spring becoming summer: the paper’s annual editorial urging us to clean up our properties, lines of dirty vehicles waiting at car washes to shed their coats of winter grime and floating puffs of cotton exhaled by trees sighing happily as the sun warms their winter-weary branches. We take happy note of the peeping chicks at Murdoch’s waiting for adoption, the first meeting of the commendable Craig Beautification Committee, water gushing into the pools at Veterans Memorial Park, newborn calves and ponies dotting outlying fields, and the bustle at local nurseries in preparation for plant-crazed customers who can’t wait to have dirt under their fingernails.

Briefs for May 18: Relay For Life fundraiser

A yard sale benefiting Relay For Life is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at 760 Finley Lane. For more information, call 629-5245.

Documents shed new light on Trayvon Martin killing

Trayvon Martin's autopsy shows he had marijuana in his system the night he was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a gunshot to his chest came from close range, according to nearly 200 pages of previously undisclosed documents released Thursday. At least one investigator wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter but was overruled, according to the documents, which are shedding new light on a case that has raised questions about racial profiling and "stand your ground" laws. The investigator, who was on the scene after the shooting, wrote on March 13 that the confrontation should have been avoided. That report came nearly a month before Zimmerman was arrested. The documents, photos and video were turned over by prosecutors to defense attorneys earlier this week before they were released to the media. Included in the many witness interviews were accounts by an acquaintance of Zimmerman's who said he's racist and a co-worker who said Zimmerman bullied him and mocked him with an exaggerated Middle Eastern accent.

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MCHS boys relay team breaks school record en route to 4A state championship

Going into Thursday’s 4A state track finals at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Moffat County High School track coach Todd Trapp was confident his 4-by-800 meter relay team was about to embark on something special. “They get really excited about coming down to the state meet because they get to compete against the top people in the state,” the coach said. “And coming down here after breaking the school record was exciting for them.” A week earlier seniors Alfredo Lebron, Rene Molina, Miguel Molina and Johnny Landa scorched through the Western Slope League meet in Grand Junction taking first place in the regional relay race, which boosted the Bulldogs track team to a second-place WSL finish overall. The team crossed the finish line in 7 minutes and 56.62 seconds, breaking the eight-minute barrier and destroying the previous school record by a full eight seconds.