News for Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Letter: Preventing viral hepatitis

Are you under the age of 60 with diabetes? Have you ever had unprotected sex with more than one partner? Have you been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease? Are you traveling to a country where hepatitis disease is more common? These are (some of the) risk factors for chronic viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in the U.S. More than four million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.

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Alfredo Lebron wins MCHS track’s 2nd state title of 2012

The sound of clapping after a race is a welcome one for a first-place runner as he winds down, drinks some water, thinks about what he just accomplished and accepts congratulations. On the other hand, hearing people clapping before the race is over can be downright terrifying for someone who’s nearest the finish line because it means an opponent is making a move to come up from behind and take his victory. That was the situation Alfredo Lebron found himself in Friday, but the drive to win took over and propelled the Moffat County High School senior to claim what he’s wanted all season. Lebron won the 800-meter run at the 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood, marking the second state title for the MCHS varsity track team in 2012.

BLM releases assessment of 2 oil shale proposals

Federal officials have released a preliminary environmental assessment of two companies' proposals for oil shale research in western Colorado. Oil shale contains kerogen that must first be heated to high temperatures to produce oil. ExxonMobil Exploration Co. and Natural Soda Holdings Inc. each applied in 2010 for federal leases on 160-acre tracts near Meeker to research commercially viable ways to do so. Both companies have proposed in-situ projects to heat the kerogen underground. The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a document evaluating environmental effects of each proposal. It suggests steps the companies should take, such as limiting construction near raptor nests, to mitigate those effects. The agency is accepting public comments on the environmental assessment through June 16.

Denver airport moves toward becoming smoke-free

Denver International Airport is moving toward becoming smoke-free. Airport officials said Friday that concessionaires that run three of the four smoking lounges at the airport have agreed to close the lounges this year so they can be remodeled into non-smoking concessions concepts. The fourth smoking lounge won't close until after its concessionaire's lease expires in 2018. The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports ban smoking indoors.

Briefs for May 19: Craig Cleanup Days this weekend

Craig Cleanup Days are scheduled for today and Sunday. Residents can drop off used tires and appliances from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of Veterans Memorial Park, formerly known as Craig City Park. Drop-offs will not be accepted from commercial tire or appliance makers. For more information, call 824-3278 or 824-4463.

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For parents with college-bound teens, dodging debt is an uphill battle

Possessing a musical ear and an acceptance letter from Colorado Mesa University, Kaitlen Bird is ready to strike out on her own. But, whether her father’s financial resources are ready to bear the cost of her education — roughly $16,200 a year for a full course load, housing and a meal plan — is unclear. “Right now, that hasn’t all been decided,” Joe Bird said when asked if he and Kaitlen are considering college loans. He hopes a mutual fund he set up for Kaitlen when she was born —just as he did for her sisters, Rebekah, 15, and Christa, 13 — will be enough to pay for her bachelor’s degree in music.

Moffat County real estate transactions for March, 2012

Moffat County real estate transactions for March, 2012

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Government Update for May 19: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Letter: MCHS track coaches thank Michelle Chalmers

The Moffat County High School track and field team would like to thank Michelle Chalmers for hosting an exceptional track and field experience for our local youth during April and May. Michelle approached the track coaches about putting together a series of practices to introduce kids to track and field, culminating with an organized meet with events and ribbons. Michelle selflessly wanted to organize the practices and meet and wanted all money to go toward supporting our high school track program. Thank you, Michelle, so very much for taking on such a huge task (we had more than 140 registered participants) and allowing us to help out as you tirelessly worked to make sure this was a quality experience for children in our community.

Newspapers launch new hunting website

The Craig Daily Press and Steamboat Pilot & Today have launched of www.cohunter.com, a website designed to be the home of Colorado Hunter, a magazine produced annually by the newspapers. Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson said the new site provides a wider reach for information delivered in the magazine. “We’ve been producing the print edition of Colorado Hunter for a while now and the content is just excellent.” he said. “But that content generally has only been available to people in Northwest Colorado. This site allows us to bring stories and information from the magazine to a world wide audience, and that’s very exciting.” The website will provide readers with magazine content, news from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies that impact hunting in the state, and also has a platform for readers to submit personal hunting stories and pictures.

Sports briefs for May 19: Bad Dogs earn 1st-place honors in final tourney

The Bad Dogs Wrestling program finished the 2012 wrestling season May 5 at the Parachute Grappler in Parachute. Members of the Bad Dogs and Moffat County Youth Wrestling competed against teams from Hayden, Rifle, Rangely, Meeker and more in the league championship event for the Northwest Colorado Wrestling League. The Bad Dogs crowned six league champions: Colton Burke, Tyler Fortune, Luke Pleasant, Dagan White, Mikinzie Klimper, and Colton Jones, who wrestled in the team’s Pee Wee program. “Colton really came a long way because in the first tournament, he didn’t win anything and then to turn it around like that is just great,” said Rodney Klimper, the program’s spokesman. “It’s just the culmination of a really good season. We saw a lot of improvement from everyone.”

Editorial: Council's club conundrum

The Craig City Council is scheduled to again consider licensing applications for a proposed new nightclub in Craig during Tuesday's regular meeting, bringing a potentially controversial issue back before the public. Victor Tarango, a Steamboat Springs resident, is proposing to open Tarango's Night Club at 535 Green St., across the street from City Market and near the U.S. Post Office and Elk Run Inn, just off U.S. Highway 40. The club owner has hit snags during recent council meetings — the Craig Police Department uncovered false information on his applications, and more recently, local residents have circulated a petition asking the council to keep the club from opening. None of it looks good for Tarango or his club, and it's not difficult to see why.

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Simulation makes civics, economics approachable for young students

At the ripe age of 9, Laadan Griffin was making his first foray into business ownership Monday. He was the “L” in The B.Y.L Pet Shop, one of a handful of stores set up in Julie Sperl’s third-grade class Monday at Sandrock Elementary School. He and other third-graders took part in a simulation called Kid Town, designed to teach children about democracy and economics. The B.Y.L Pet Shop sold fish, birds, dogs, cats “and sometimes platypuses, if we run out of stuff,” Laadan said. Business was booming Monday.

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Students experiment with aerodynamics in model rocket competition

There was an air of excitement and anticipation as 38 teams gathered Friday afternoon on the Moffat County High School practice football field for a rocket launch competition. Dozens more joined their classmates for the seventh-period contest, taking seats on the north hill to watch the action. But, the MCHS science department’s spring Science Olympic event, “Rockin' Rockets,” got off to a slow start. Kylee Gorringe was the first student on the launch pad.

LA Police: 2 arrests in Chinese student killings

Two young men have were arrested Friday in the killings of two Chinese graduate students who were shot to death near the University of Southern California campus last month, police said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested on suspicion of the murders. Barnes was arrested at a home near campus Friday afternoon, and Bolden was arrested a few hours later in Palmdale, Beck said. Both were being held without bail. Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, were shot April 11 while sitting in a BMW about a mile away from the USC campus. Both students were 23 years old. The motive was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery."