News for Monday, May 21, 2012



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MCHS swimmer Hulstine places 7th, 15th at state meet

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swim team swam strong Friday and Saturday against fierce competition at the 4A state championship in Thornton. The team’s top individual finisher for the weekend was junior Matt Hulstine, who placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with one minute, .77 seconds, and 15th in the 100-yard butterfly at 57.32 seconds. Coach Meghan Francone said Hulstine showed well against some of the fastest swimmers in Colorado.

On the Record for May 21, 2012

On the Record for May 21, 2012

Plant nursery blossoms in second year

If the heat is getting greater, then you’re bound to see an oasis somewhere, whether real or imagined. But, one such business bearing that name is definitely not a figment of your imagination. The Oasis of Craig has set up its summer location in the parking lot of the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The plant nursery, owned by Anthony and Gloria Martin, is now in its second year of business.

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Bulldog Sports for May 21

TBA The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team competes in the 4A state tournament at Boomerang Links, 7309 W. Fourth St., in Greeley. 5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

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Wild horse club planning Sand Wash Basin volunteer clean-up event

Sand Wash Basin can mean different things to different people. For Craig resident Bernie Rose, the area is not only ripe for preserving Northwest Colorado’s wild heritage, but could also provide a unique opportunity to boost economic development in Craig and Moffat County. “In the long-term, this is as much an economic development project as it is about preservation,” Rose said. “A lot of people will be coming out here to see it, and what we’re doing is for our grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-, great-grandkids.” Rose is a member of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club, an organization that was started in November 2011 by Craig resident Nancy Roberts.

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‘Enjoy life to its fullest’: Five minutes with Jason Back, 34, club pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Where is your hometown? “Meeker.” What brought you to Craig? “We moved here in 2004. My wife went to work in Steamboat and I worked at Colowyo.” Motto or outlook on life? “Have fun and enjoy life to its fullest. I was in a serious car wreck seven years ago, and it can end at any time, so make sure you enjoy every second of it.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve always been involved in the golf industry. I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old. I worked at the Meeker course when I lived there. I just started helping out here and then it took off from there. I took my playability test two years ago, and now I’m just getting through the bookwork and doing all that to continue.”

Briefs for May 21: Moffat County Democrats meeting today

The Moffat County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Topics include creating a committee for Jo Ann Baxter, a Craig resident and Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 57 candidate. The meeting is open to the public.

MS prison riot leaves guard dead, 6 hurt

Officials say a riot at a privately run federal prison in southwest Mississippi that left one guard dead and five other correctional officers and an inmate injured has been brought under control. Prison spokeswoman Emilee Beach said the uprising at the Adams County facility was brought under control Sunday night, hours after it started. Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a prison guard died, but he said he could not provide any other details. An Adams County sheriff's spokeswoman said the guard died while being transported to a hospital. Beach said the prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after being deported.

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Craig sisters pay tribute to late mother at spring concert

The audience that filled the Moffat County High School auditorium sat silent Thursday night as sisters Rebekah, Christa and Kaitlen Bird began to play. Up until this point in the spring band concert, the combined voices of brass, strings, drums and woodwinds reverberated through the auditorium as Craig Middle School and MCHS band members performed rousing marches and slower, deeper pieces. But as the trio’s clear notes of trombone and French Horn alone blended together in a rendition of “Three Precious Gifts,” the mood in the auditorium changed. Although about 600 people filled the auditorium that night, Christa, 13, Rebekah, 14, and Kaitlen, 18, dedicated their music to one person: their late mother, Sherry Bird.

Rockies fail to deliver in clutch against Mariners

The Colorado Rockies were swept for the second time at home and the third time overall this season. Going 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position certainly doesn't help. Neither did the fact that Todd Helton struck out swinging on a 3-2 count with runners on second and third to end the game. "On a fastball right down the middle," said Helton. "We're not playing well. You are going to put more pressure on yourself to do what you have to do to win some games." Helton fanned to strand two other runners in the fifth inning. Catcher Wilin Rosario struck out twice and lined out softly leaving three runners in scoring position in a 0-for-4 game.

Oak Creek man challenging YVEA District 9 incumbent

Yampa Valley Electric Association will begin mailing ballots Thursday for its annual board election. Association members can vote for candidates in one of three districts up for election this year. Jim Chappell, YVEA manager of consumer accounts, said the only contested race is between District 9 incumbent Chuck Perry and challenger Russ Garrity. Garrity, 52, a 20-year Oak Creek resident, earned an engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1982 and has spent 30 years in the power business. He works as director of business development for GP Strategies, an international engineering consulting firm. Garrity said his niche is coal-fired power plants.

Sports Briefs for May 21: College offers off-road riding club

The Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College has a new group available for those who love to ride the rough terrain of Moffat County and surrounding areas. The CNCC 4-Wheelers Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the school’s career technical building, 2801 W. Ninth St. The group’s next meeting is June 11. Activities include monthly trail rides, rock-crawling, camping, a 4-wheel drive truck show, trips to Moab, Utah, and more to come as the weather shifts throughout the year.

Senior Spotlight for May 21: School days

School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days — graduations, proms, tests for one thing or another, children advancing to higher grades. Wow, I wonder what it will be like, exciting in some ways, I bet. Only four more days, and then school's out. Yep, it's time to become more aware of increases in traffic during the summer due to kids on bikes, skateboards, and others ages using cars.

Colorado wildfire could be contained by Tuesday

A wildfire that has scorched about 12 square miles in northern Colorado is expected to be fully contained in the next few days. Reghan Cloudman with the U.S. Forest Service says cool temperatures and higher humidity levels Saturday allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on the fire, which started Monday about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins. She said the blaze was 85 percent contained Sunday afternoon and should be completely contained by Tuesday. Some crews already have been pulled off the fire, and officials have reduced air support to three helicopters. The fire had required the resources of more than 500 firefighters, two planes and five helicopters. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a camper started the fire with an outdoor stove in the Roosevelt National Forest and was unable to stamp it out.

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Maybell cycling event draws small but enthusiastic crowd

Pedaling west on U.S. Highway 40, the Santistevan family of Craig powered through the chilly climate that surrounded them Saturday morning. Although the cool weather wasn’t quite what Tony, Sara and their son, Dustin, had expected for their big bicycling weekend, being able to ride together was well worth the unfavorable temperature. Cold weather led to a low turnout for the 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride. Craig Parks and Recreation organizers said the turnout was less than half of the usual crowd of 150 they had expected to join in the 30-mile day trip across Moffat County from Craig to Maybell.