News for Wednesday, May 23, 2012



On the Record for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CO teacher accused of sex assault working out plea

Authorities say a former Colorado high school teacher accused of having sex with a student won't face sexual assault charges under a pending plea deal. The Aspen Times reported Tuesday ( ) that the attorneys for 26-year-old Lauren Redfern and Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert confirmed that a plea deal is in the works. Under the agreement, Redfern pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her attorney says the plea is not an admission of having a sexual relationship with the student, who was 17 at the time. Redfern won't face sexual assault charges in exchange for the plea.

Briefs for May 23: Farmers Market meeting Thursday

A meeting for all vendors planning to participate in the Craig Farmers Market takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. Discussion items include a reduced youth vendor fee, record keeping, tax issues and product limitations. Vendor sites also will be chosen. The market is scheduled to take place from June 21 through Sept. 20. Seasonal site fees are $50, and a single month fee is $25.

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Council again denies proposed nightclub owner

More than 20 residents attended Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting to participate in a public hearing on a proposed night club in Craig. The audience was split between those in support of Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango and those against Tarango’s Night Club, which was slated to be located at 535 Green St. Tarango appeared before the council in late March seeking approval for tavern liquor and retail gaming licenses, but was denied because of false information contained in his application. Most notably, Tarango failed to declare that between 2000 and 2010 his driver’s license had been suspended on four different occasions — once in 2000 for a driving while ability impaired conviction and three times for failure to pay child support.

Broncos' restocked secondary gets high marks

Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey are giving the Denver Broncos' restocked secondary two thumbs up. Replacing retired safety Brian Dawkins in the starting lineup is free agent Mike Adams alongside second-year pro Quinton Carter. And instead of Andre' Goodman playing opposite Champ Bailey at cornerback, it'll be Tracy Porter with fellow free agent Drayton Florence helping defend the spread offenses that are all the rage in the NFL these days. "I miss the guys that were here, but the good thing is we replaced them with some really good players," Bailey said. Manning likes seeing the newcomers across the line of scrimmage, too, suggesting they're going to do as much as he will to help the Broncos' young wide receivers led by Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker get better.

Passenger's suspicious claim diverts jet to Maine

A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. There is no evidence the plane was ever in danger, officials said. An examination by two doctors aboard the plane found that the passenger, a French citizen born in Cameroon, had no scars or incisions, said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who was briefed by Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole. The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned airlines last summer that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

Sports Briefs for May 23: MCHS hoops hosts fundraiser tonight

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will host its inaugural Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser tonight at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the meal with tickets available at the door. The cost is $10 per person and ages 5 and younger eat for free. “We will be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert, and all the food will be donated by the players and their families along with the coach and his family,” said Keri Hamilton, wife of coach Eric Hamilton. “The basketball players will be serving up the food, waiting tables, cooking, doing it all.”

Shell reps talk drilling plans with Moffat County officials

Nabors Rig 94 returned May 10 to Moffat County after spending the winter months in Wyoming. About a week later, Savanna 650 completed its 23-day, 1,640-mile trek from Waynesburg, Pa., and arrived Sunday in Craig. What the two rigs have in common is they've both been contracted by Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP to drill exploratory wells in the Niobrara Formation. Representatives from Shell met with Moffat County officials Tuesday to discuss details of the company’s 2012 drilling schedule, which calls for 11 new wells — nine in Moffat County and two in Routt County.

MCHS golfers Fox, Harjes shoot well at state tourney

It can take some time to get your bearings on an unfamiliar golf course, an aspect of the game that can either plague players mentally or make them better each time they tackle new surroundings. Moffat County High School competitors Sam Fox and Caitlin Harjes chose the latter. Fox and Harjes placed 59th and 70th, respectively, at the 4A state championships Monday and Tuesday at the Boomerang Links in Greeley. Fox, an MCHS senior, shot a combined score of 190 for the two-day tournament — 97 Monday and 93 Tuesday.

Pipeline opponents send letter to governor

More than 100 Western Slope businesses sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. John Hickenlooper expressing opposition to the proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline, a 501-mile pipeline that would bring water from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge to Colorado’s Front Range, the organization Protect the Flows announced in a news release. All businesses involved in sending the letter are members of Protect the Flows, a coalition of businesses located along the Colorado River and its tributaries that economically depend on the river and its flows and believe the Flaming Gorge pipeline poses a threat to those flows while failing to address water usage issues. The letter asks the administration to stop devoting state resources to studying the Flaming Gorge pipeline upon conclusion of the state's special task force examining the project's feasibility, slated to wrap up at the end of the year.

Letter: Thanks from the Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • April Rubley of the Dog and I for grooming the shelter dog, Blade. • Nora Jones for the donation of cat food and litter. • Pam Horn of Re-Max, Kerry and Frank Moe of Deer Park Inn, and Scott McKinney of The Copy shop for judging the photos for the 2013 Pet Mate Calendar. Thanks to the Golden Cavvy for the hospitality.

Editorial: Banner days

It's an exciting time for Moffat County High School. Last week, the MCHS track team competed in the state meet in Lakewood. Overall, the Bulldogs finished in eighth place, a respectable showing on the season's biggest stage. The team's appearance, however, was magnified and highlighted by two championship performances.

Letter: Family of Gary Roberts thank community

We would like to thank the many caring professionals in our community for the care that was given Gary during his battle with cancer. The oncology staff and nursing staff at The Memorial Hospital were wonderful. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association nurses and case workers provided him with loving care and concern while he was allowed to remain in his home. We want them to know how deeply our family appreciated the services provided us.