News for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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CDP Editorial: A tragic reality

Our View: The recent investigative report by the Denver Post and 9News has put the spotlight on Colorado’s child welfare system. In Moffat County, where the rate of child abuse referrals is the highest in the state, county officials have been looking for a new director of social services. The new hire faces a tall task and will need the support of the community.

Craig City Council begins marijuana amendment process

Move made in response to Colorado voter passage of Amendment 64

Last week the state’s drug culture scored a significant victory when Colorado voters passed Amendment 64. But numerous questions have been raised amid Amendment 64’s week old cloud of stale victory smoke. Amendment 64, a ballot initiative designed to regulate marijuana like alcohol, removes legal penalties for personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, outlines initial guidelines for the establishment of retail marijuana stores, and makes personal use, possession and limited home growing of marijuana legal for persons 21 years of age and older, among others.

Colo. man accused of threats against kids, Obama

A suburban Denver man has been arrested after telling his therapist he wanted to shoot children, kill people on Halloween and kill President Barack Obama, federal court records show. Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, of Westminster, was being held Tuesday on suspicion of a federal charge of threats against a president. He identified himself as a student at Colorado Mesa University in western Colorado, investigators said.

Waffle House CEO: Sex charges false, 'blackmail'

The CEO of Waffle House said Tuesday that a former employee who claims he tried to force her to have sex actually was a participant in consensual sex and has been trying to blackmail him. "I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime — extortion," Joe W. Rogers Jr. said in a written statement. The woman told Atlanta police last month that Rogers demanded she perform sexual acts in exchange for keeping her job and that he also tried to force her to have sex with him despite her repeated protests. She said this occurred for nearly 10 years, from 2003 through June of this year. The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault. Rogers identified the woman as his former housekeeper, and said she is not telling the truth.

Colorado oil and gas supporters fight regulations

Colorado business groups are rallying against a ban approved by Longmont voters banning hydraulic fracturing in their city. Leaders of chambers of commerce from the Denver area were among about 200 hundred people who gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to show their support for the oil and gas industry. They say energy can be developed responsibly and help the Colorado economy.

Offer extended

Moffat County Commission chooses new social services director candidate

The Moffat County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday extending an offer to Kerri Klein to serve as the next director of the Moffat County Department of Social Services. Klein, a current resident of Lakewood, is a past Moffat County employee and worked for the social services department. If Klein accepts the offer she will replace current director Marie Peer who is retiring Jan. 4, 2013 after a 44-year career with Moffat County. The county received a total of 13 applications for the job, Moffat County Human Resources Director Lynette Running said Monday.

John Kinkaid: Thanks for the support

I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who sacrificed time, energy and money to help my campaign.

25 Shades of Craig: Respect

We all want it and we should all give it back, but at times it is very hard to give, especially when you feel like you are not on the receiving end. I am talking about respect. I admit at times that I don’t like or even care for my ex-husband, and at times I feel that my life would be easier if he would just disappear. But those are my thoughts and I would never in a million years express those feelings to him or in front of our child. Even though we are no longer together that doesn’t mean that my child doesn’t love, adore and cherish him. 25 Shades of Craig: Respect

Publisher's Notebook: News Flash — Kids are going to make mistakes

This past Saturday in Meeker a student-athlete on the Craig Middle School 8th grade boys basketball B team, after losing a close game, kicked the game ball against the wall in frustration. This action upset the Meeker coach so much that he immediately got in the face of the CMS coach and began yelling at him until the referee separated the two. The CMS coach handled the situation appropriately by attempting to apologize for the mistake and even after the players shook hands attempted once again to apologize, which created about 10 more minutes of tense conversation while the A team prepared to play. I’m not saying the offending student-athlete's actions shouldn't be addressed. He made a mistake and needs to know that.

Reuer arraigned in Moffat County Court

Review hearing set for December

A local resident accused of embezzling funds from a local business appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court for an arraignment. Craig Reuer, 36, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with theft in excess of $20,000, a Class 3 felony; identity theft, a Class 4 felony; and forgery, a Class 5 felony. The alleged crimes took place while Reuer was employed at Tri-State Equipment Company, LLC, 3025 W. Victory Way. Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner presided over Tuesday’s arraignment.

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Operation Christmas Child in full swing in Craig

It’s National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and Craig residents are doing their part to make it a success. Julie Grobe will be at Calvary Baptist Church every day this week from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and until noon Sunday, collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child to take to Grand Junction Sunday. Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 and was started by Samaritan’s Purse. It works internationally to provide underprivileged children with Christmas gifts and the story of Christ’s love.

Little Snake River legendary coach Reed passes away

Last Thursday afternoon, former players, friends and family members gathered in Wray, Colo., to celebrate the life of an icon. The men had their hair cut above the collar and ears and wore ties, just like coach Reed taught them years ago. Edwin David Reed taught history and began coaching Little Snake River basketball in 1973. He demanded his players cut their hair short, wear ties to games and show sportsmanship. He taught them respect for themselves and others, Linda Fleming said.