News for Monday, May 28, 2012

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Early year movies — Highs, lows, mostly right in the middle

Movies released from January to April have a reputation for being placeholders between the award winners of the previous year and the summer fare to come. Though there are a few exceptions to the rule, the early months of 2012 have proved that status is all but a fact.

Woman adopted as baby faces deportation to India

Attorneys are scrambling to find a way to prevent the deportation of a woman who was adopted from an orphanage in India as a 3-month-old baby following a determination by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that she is in the country illegally. Kairi Abha Shepherd's adoptive mother died when she was 8-years-old, never having filed citizenship paperwork, her attorney Alan L. Smith of Salt Lake City said. The Denver-based appellate court earlier this month upheld an immigration court's ruling that Shepherd, now 30, is too old to qualify for automatic citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 that applies to children from foreign countries who are adopted by Americans. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began efforts to deport Shepherd in 2007 after she was jailed in Salt Lake City for probation violation of a 2004 guilty plea to a felony charge of forgery. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Shepherd's conviction was an aggravated felony, making her an immigration enforcement priority.

Wildfires burn 7,000 acres in western Colorado

Gusty winds have spread two wildfires in western Colorado that have burned more than 7,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of several campgrounds. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says crews are battling a wildfire that has scorched at least 5,000 acres of rugged canyon land north of Paradox near the Colorado-Utah border. Sheriff's deputies on Saturday evacuated the Buckeye Reservoir area, a popular recreation spot near the Utah border. The Rock Creek and Sinbad Valley areas also were evacuated. Meanwhile, winds of more than 60 mph fueled a 2,325-acre fire northwest of Pagosa Springs, and several campgrounds in the area have been evacuated. The lightning-caused fire was reported May 13. Also Sunday, a large wildfire was reported east of Pueblo near Fowler, prompting the closure of U.S. 50. The exact size of the fire was not immediately clear.

Tropical Storm Beryl brings wind, rain to Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl moved across northeastern Florida early Monday, bringing drenching rains, driving winds and the threat of flooding to the southeastern U.S. coast, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the center of Beryl made landfall near Jacksonville Beach at around 12:10 a.m., with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph). The weather system was expected to continue dumping rain over parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday. It should weaken as it moves inland Monday and Tuesday, and as a frontal system comes down from the Great Lakes, Beryl will move out into the Atlantic Ocean. "We're seeing about the best that Beryl has right now as far as its winds are concerned, with winds about 70 mph," forecaster Al Sandrik said in an audio briefing late Sunday. "The model shows significant weakening of the storm in 12 hours."

Sports Briefs for May 28: 5K Fun Run today

A 5K Fun Run sponsored by Holistic Health & Fitness will take place today in conjunction with Grand Olde West Days. Event signup starts at 7:30 a.m. at Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but runners must be prepared for a route slightly more than three miles. Following the event, participants can partake in the Flapjack Feed fundraiser hosted by the Moffat County High School girls basketball team. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Craig. For more information on the Fun Run, call 824-4700.

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Sea Sharks program's 1st meet this weekend in Rangely

Although the Moffat County High School swimming season is over, the girls and boys varsity swim coaches aren’t getting away from the water anytime soon. This summer, they’re working to develop talent with swimmers signed on with the Craig Sea Sharks. The summer swimming program is still accepting registration for the 2012 season. The team heads into competition shortly, and this week is the last opportunity for participants to sign up. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Registration options include the silver team for $130 or gold team for $230. The silver team practices twice weekly, and the gold team is in the water five days a week.

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Bulldog Sports for May 28

Bulldog sports for the week of May 28, 2012.

Auto retailer offering military special

Showing appreciation for those who have fought for our country is something that can’t be overdone, and those who have served have a short opportunity to take advantage of a great deal. Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St., will continue its special discount program for members of the military through the end of May. The program, offered through auto manufacturer Chrysler, offers a $1,000 rebate for car buyers who have served in the military. “It can be for someone retired, someone active in the military or the reserves (or) pretty much anyone who can show us honorable discharge papers,” sales manager Brian Kitzman said. “I think it’s a great thing because it’s a little heads up that we care about them and all they’ve done for us. We’ve already had a few takers, and I think we should get some more activity this week.”

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‘Live your days as they come’: Five minutes with Mandy More, 30, assistant manager at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised in Steamboat.” What brought you to Craig? “I live in Hayden now, so I just started commuting here instead of to Steamboat. It’s a great town, great community and everybody’s just like a family here.” Motto or outlook on life? “Do your best and it is what it is. You live your days as they come.” When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been at Murdoch’s since November. I worked at the feed store in Steamboat for nine years and I just wanted to continue working in the ranching and home supply business so I started here cashiering and continued on from there.”

Senior Spotlight for May 28: Grand Olde West Days and Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend and Grand Olde West Days— a good combination. Memories flood back. Yes, I remember well my dad, sitting me on a pickle barrel in a store where he worked. Mom in the hospital, he babysat.

Government Update for May 28: Moffat County Commission meeting

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Briefs for May 28: Chamber mixer set for June 7

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Business After-Hours Mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. June 7 at Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill, 572 Breeze St. The event is free to the public.

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Spokeswoman: Presidential candidate to discuss energy, job creation during Craig event

Sarah Pompei, a campaign spokeswoman for Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discussed Sunday topics local residents can expect to hear Tuesday morning when the former Massachusetts governor appears for a public event in Craig. The Romney event is scheduled to begin between 9 and 9:15 a.m. at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. “Craig is facing a lot of economic challenges due to the burdensome regulations implemented by this (President Barack Obama's) administration,” Pompei said. “The governor is going to talk about some of his solutions to get the country back on track again.” Romney is expected to cite Craig and Moffat County’s abundant natural resources and dependence on the energy industry in his speech about the economy and job creation.

Trapper Mining, Inc. donates $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation

Trapper Mining, Inc. donated $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation earlier this month to contribute to the hospital’s integrated health information technology project. The funds will allow the hospital to purchase a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) to more efficiently manage images and data from medical imaging instruments and technology, including X-rays and magnetic resource imaging (MRI), according to a release from the foundation. The new system will enhance telemedicine, allowing improved transmission of medical images to major hospitals in conjunction with Flight for Life transports. “This funding assistance is so exciting because it reinforces the solid vision that the foundation and the community share for improving health care in our community,” said Sue Lyster, chairwoman of the TMH Foundation Board, in the release.