News for Saturday, May 26, 2012

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‘We can do anything’: MCHS seniors turn new chapter at graduation ceremony Saturday

In front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people, Moffat County High School senior John Kirk issued a challenge to his classmates. “Ladies and gentlemen of the Class of 2012, do not let the fire die,” he said, his words echoing through the MCHS gym. “Continue to perform and raise the bar. “We can do anything. Class of 2012, rise to the challenges. Never doubt yourself.” Kirk was one of three graduating seniors who addressed the MCHS Class of 2012 during a graduation ceremony Saturday.

Helton HRs, Rockies end Reds' streak with 6-3 win

Given how badly he's been swinging, Todd Helton was just trying to advance a runner. He got him all the way home, and joined him there, too. Helton hit his first homer in nearly a month and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at six games. Helton had a two-run homer — his first since April 29 — and a run-scoring single off Johnny Cueto (5-2), who gave up a career-high 11 hits in only 4 2-3 innings. When he came to bat in the second with Troy Tulowitzki on second base, he had a minimalist approach. "At that point with the way I've been swinging it, I was just trying to get the guy over," Helton said.

Regulators raise taxes for Colorado casinos

State gambling regulators have reversed tax breaks for casinos and raised the tax rates by about 5 percent, though casino owners wanted to keep the old rates. The commission reviews the casino tax structure each May and is required to set rates that encourage business growth and investment in the gambling industry. Gov. John Hickenlooper replaced the five-member Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission last summer after the commission approved the tax breaks. The new commission approved new rates on Thursday. "We have packaged a very, very attractive regulatory and taxing environment for the industry, especially when you look at other jurisdictions, other states, where the taxes are as high as 50 percent," commission chairman Robert Webb said.

NJ man charged with murdering NY boy Patz in 1979

The anniversary of the day 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to school dawned with his suspected killer in police custody, but it ended with many unanswered questions about the man whose lawyer claims he's schizophrenic. Pedro Hernandez was arraigned on a murder charge Friday and is being held without bail. A former neighbor says Hernandez was someone you wouldn't want to cross. But the pastor of his church says the 51-year-old is shy and timid. His lawyer says Hernandez is bipolar and has a history of hallucinations.

Sports Briefs for May 26: Craig Pool Complex to open Tuesday

The Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St., will officially open for the summer season at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Summer hours include lap swimming from noon to 1 p.m. every day and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; regular swimming from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; with family hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The wave pool facilities will be temporarily unavailable as they undergo maintenance. Regular admission prices are $4 for adults, $3.25 for 12- to 17-year-olds and $3 for 4- to 11-year-olds. Annual passes are $80 for adults, $65 for students, and $60 for children ages 4 to 11, with family passes $200 for four members and $25 for each additional member.

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LSRV Hurdler Rex Stanley sets 1A Wyoming record

For the athletes of Little Snake River Valley School, the end of the track and field season had absolutely everything that could make the culmination of their hard work exciting — a photo finish, a broken record and best of all, inevitable victory despite some setbacks. The LSRV boys track team defended its state title at the Wyoming State High School Class 1A Track and Field Championships May 17 to 19 in Casper, Wyo. The title is the sixth consecutive state win for the Baggs boys, who have dominated the 1A field in football, basketball and track since fall 2010.

Grand Olde West Days primed for big weekend

The 22nd annual Grand Olde West Days offers an array of events during this Memorial Day weekend, including a nationally-sanctioned Cowboy Action Shoot hosted by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club to the carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds provided by Brown’s Amusements. For more information about Grand Olde West Days, call 824-5689 or visit www.grandoldewestdays.com. Events scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday are below:

Diane Prather: Farmers at heart

This time of year, most of us are farmers at heart. It doesn’t matter what we plant, where we plant it, or the size of the planting area. We just like to garden. We enjoy getting our hands in the soil, planting seeds, and watching the tiny leaves pop through the ground.

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CMS student Kaylee Buckley a state winner in 'If I Were Mayor' essay contest

Kaylee Buckley could see clearly two characters in her mind when she wrote her submission to the “If I Were Mayor” contest this spring. One was a farmer, “an old guy in coveralls,” she said, who was complaining to his local city council about having to pay taxes. The other was the mayor himself, who explained that taxes go to pay for a broad range of services, from roads to parks. It was, in some ways, an experiment in conflict resolution.

Letter: One chance to vote Obama out of office

On this Memorial Day weekend, let us remember that we have one chance to save America — it's by voting Barack Obama out, along with the communist/socialists who have invaded the Democratic Party. Nov. 6 will be the hinge on which the door of the future of our nation swings. Already 51 percent of the people of the U.S. depend upon the extracted taxes of 49 percent. This equation has to be reversed if we are to survive. Some of the 51 percent are absolutely necessary — the defense of our borders and the strength of our military to protect us from those who are determined to take us down in the name of their god, or in the name of the globalism of the United Nations.

Letter: Search and Rescue thanks the community

On behalf of Moffat County Search and Rescue, we would like to thank the community for their outstanding support in 2011. We are grateful for all the donations we received in this tight economic time for our country. We would also like to thank Craig Fire and Safety, Craig Steel, T&H parts, and all other businesses that have helped us this year. We look forward to serving the community in 2012.

Editorial: History in the making

Prepare to be introduced to the world, Craig and Moffat County. That’s essentially what our community was told Friday afternoon when a spokeswoman with the Mitt Romney campaign confirmed to the Craig Daily Press the former Massachusetts governor and likely Republican presidential nominee would indeed make a campaign stop in our community next week. Word spread quickly around town of the news, and excitement built in some circles. “I love him,” said Sari Cobb, owner of Cornerstone Realty, a business a Peyton Manning spiral away from where Romney will appear Tuesday morning at Alice Pleasant Park. “I am thrilled with his ethics. I like basically everything he stands on.”

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Moffat County Memorial Day activities slated to remember fallen veterans

For American Legion Post 62 Commander Jake Garcia, the idea behind Memorial Day is simple. “It’s to respect and honor the fallen members of the military,” Garcia said. Craig and Moffat County residents will have several chances to pay those respects this holiday weekend. The first opportunity will come today during the Grand Olde West Days parade. Setup for the parade starts at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Craig Middle School before officially beginning at 4 p.m. The route runs down Yampa Avenue, turns right onto Victory Way and right on Ledford Street before ending at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

Briefs for May 26: American Cancer Society seeking Relay volunteers, teams

Moffat County’s 2012 Relay for Life will take place July 20 and 21 at Moffat County High School. The annual event is designed to celebrate cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, and raise money and awareness for the ongoing fight against cancer. Committee positions are still available and registration is still open for teams and sponsors. For more information on volunteering or ways to get involved, contact Sarah Blakeslee at sarah.blakeslee@cancer.org or (970) 276-4770.

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Mitt Romney … meet Craig, America

Frank Moe, owner of Deer Park Inn and Suites in Craig, sent Mitt Romney's presidential campaign a video earlier this year produced by Energy America. The video, titled "The Perfect Storm Over Craig, Colorado," highlighted the community's economic dependence on the energy industry. Along with the video was an invitation from Moe to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to visit Craig. "We (thought) this would be a good place for him to make the point that he is (in favor of) all forms of energy," Moe said.