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Confirmed: Mitt Romney to visit Craig

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate, will appear in Craig on Tuesday, campaign officials confirmed today.

School Board takes action on policies Thursday

At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board: • Conducted an executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations. • Approved, 5-0, clubs for the 2012-13 school year that included Moffat County High School Future Farmers of America, Craig Middle School student government and Sandrockers, a student choir at Sandrock Elementary School. The school board approves clubs annually. • Adopted, 5-0, the school board's 2012-13 meeting schedule.

Briefs for May 25: Master crafters sought

The Wyman Museum Master Crafters are looking for more members. Interested crafters would have to work about four hours a week and display their crafts for sale. For more information, call Mary Davis at 629-2578.

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More than 200 people visit with Shell officials at open house Thursday

Matt Holman, project lead for Shell’s Northwest Colorado operations, measures the success of a public meeting in an interesting way. “It’s about educating people on what you're doing, being honest and making good local contacts,” Holman said. “I’ve got seven new contacts here and one of Shell’s hallmarks in hosting these events is to mature these contacts into local vendors that we’ll use. “We want to be able to demonstrate to the community that we’re using the people that already live right here. It’s really difficult to do that if you don’t have the contacts or the people in place to interface with the company.” More than 200 people attended Shell’s open house Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado in Craig to learn more about the company, the company's operations plan for Moffat County and Shell’s policies regarding drilling, safety, environmental protections and community involvement.

Expansion of Colo. energy office becomes law

The scope of Colorado's energy office will expand beyond renewables, with funding for all types of energy development projects in the mix under legislation that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Thursday. The office will now include two funds — one for clean and renewable energy development and another for all other sources of energy, including traditional sources such as oil and gas and coal. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Becker and Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman also changes the name of the office from the Governor's Energy Office to the Colorado Energy Office. First created in 1977 to promote energy conservation, the office took on new significance under former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, whose focus on renewable energy development was a legacy of his term from 2007 to 2011. The legislation went through several changes before passing, and environmental groups that were critical saw it as a Republican attempt to dismantle a hallmark of Ritter's time in office.

Permits to build single-family homes in Colo. up

Interest in building homes in Colorado appears to be growing. State housing officials say that through the first three months of this year, permits for single-family home construction in Colorado are up 34 percent compared with the same time last year. Pat Hamill with Oakwood Homes in Denver tells Colorado Public Radio that along Colorado's northern Front Range, high rents are encouraging more people to buy. That means home prices are likely to rise, giving builders the incentive they need to start construction.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states. "We intend to go forward," the Republican governor said. "If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented. "Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes," the governor said. "But I have every confidence we're going to be successful."

Sports Briefs for May 25: Sportsman Club to offer shooting group

Bears Ears Sportsman Club will be offering the .22 Bullseye Pistol League from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout June and July at its building on Moffat County Road 7. The activity of bullseye shooting includes the conventional pistol style — one hand, unsupported — with a slow fire rate at targets from 50 yards or a sustained fire rate from 25 yards. Those who prefer to shoot with two hands are welcome as well. John Jepkema, who has coached competitive shooting at various levels, will oversee the activity. For more information, email jjepkema@bresnan.net or call 824-6423.

Janet Sheridan: Craig — where everybody knows your name

We wanted a reason to remain outdoors. Soft light, sandwiched between dusk and dark, flattered our aging neighborhood. Cool air swirled through cottonwood leaves and rogue hollyhocks, nudging away summer heat. “Janet,” my husband suggested, “let’s take a walk to see how that remodeling job’s going.”

Letter: Basketball fundraiser a success

Thank you to everyone who helped make our fundraiser a success. The Moffat County High School boys basketball team would like to thank everyone who helped make the recent fundraiser a success. Thank you to those who donated auction items, purchased tickets, donated food and supplies and everyone who bid on auction items. The community support was great to see and very much appreciated. Go Bulldogs.