News for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

Three California men excited at the prospect of training in Afghanistan to become terrorists prepared, authorities say, by simulating combat with paintball rifles, wiping their Facebook profiles of any Islamic references and concocting cover stories. Just two days before they were going to board a plane bound for Istanbul — and then onto Afghanistan — FBI agents thwarted plans that officials said included killing Americans and bombing U.S. military bases overseas. The arrests last week in the U.S. and of the man said to be the ringleader, 34-year-old American Sohiel Omar Kabir, in Afghanistan was laid out in a 77-page affidavit, which included references to the group's online video conversations and audio recordings. While authorities don't believe there were any plans for an attack in the U.S., two of the men arrested told a confidential FBI informant they would consider American jihad, according to the court documents unsealed in federal court Monday.

US, Mexico sign rules on sharing Colorado River

The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought and reap the benefits of wet years. The far-reaching agreement gives Mexico badly needed water storage capacity in Lake Mead, which stretches across Nevada and Arizona. Mexico will forfeit some of its share of the river during shortages, bringing itself in line with western U.S. states that already have agreed how much they will surrender when waters recede. Mexico also will capture some surpluses when waters rise.

Deputies: Missing teen may be exploitation victim

Authorities say a 19-year-old aspiring model from Colorado Springs has been missing for more than a month and might be the victim of a subculture that exploits would-be models. El Paso County sheriff's deputies identified her Tuesday as Kara Nichols. They wouldn't elaborate on what kind of exploitation she might have fallen victim to.

25 Shades of Craig: Gratitude

Being grateful for what we all have should happen more than the few times a year when family and friends are all gathered together. Having an attitude of gratitude should be practiced every day. When you become grateful for what you have in your life no matter how big or small, it becomes a life altering experience. I learned about this and started living with an attitude of gratitude/ laws of attraction over two years ago, and I will be the first to admit that ever since then I have not only been happier and healthier, but I also have had so many amazing things happen to me. It’s easy to obtain this attitude and it should start every single morning before your feet hit the floor.

Gale Norman turning 90

Please join us as we celebrate Gale Norman's 90th Birthday.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

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Connections 4 Kids busy with new programs

Connections 4 Kids, serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, has been busy. With the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Awesome Parent program, environment rating scale trainings and compiling resource lists for parents, coordinator Michelle Balleck has been busy too. Balleck said the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program received an overwhelming response from the community, registering as many kids in the first eight days of the launch as the national organization projected them to register by the end of the second year of the program. And although Balleck is happy with the response, she said it breaks her heart the agency will have to suspend registration for the time being while seeking additional funding for the program.

Donna Lougee: Thanks, TMH Auxiliary

All of us at the Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for their generous donation of $1160.00. All of you ladies are so awsome to help us continue to be a part of the Craig community in helping those less fortunate. The food bank has had a struggle this year, so any and all donations are so greatly appreciated.

Michelle Balleck & Corrie Ponikvar: Thank you to libraries, funders, families

On Nov. 8 in Craig, Nov. 13 in Rangely and Nov. 14 in Meeker, Connections 4 Kids and Moffat County Youth United Way launched the amazing program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. We have been thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this terrific opportunity to our communities’ youngest members thanks to funding through Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services. And the response from local families has equaled our enthusiasm – thus far, we have enrolled more than 300 children in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in Imagination Library so that they can receive a free book in the mail every month until their fifth birthday. We want to thank Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services for funding this program at the local level and Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation for providing the infrastructure for this program at that national level.

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Michelle E. Hale: Property rights need protection

Recently, Routt County Commissioners put in place regulatory restrictions that effectively stop energy development in Routt County. That defacto ban likely goes against Colorado state law. But, there is an even more basic right that is being infringed upon by the actions of Routt County: The property rights of the mineral estate owner are being eliminated. The established law of Colorado is that surface rights are subservient to subsurface rights. It is clear that some residents of Routt County do not agree with that approach. But without such a system, traditional ideas of property are meaningless.

CDP Editorial: Blessings all around

Our View: After a couple frustrating months for our region, it may seem like there is less to be thankful for this year than in years past. However with Thanksgiving upon us it doesn’t take long to realize the many ways in which we here in the Moffat County community are truly blessed.

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‘It could have been a lot worse’

Carelli’s Pizza reopens Friday after water line break

After a brief and unexpected hiatus Carelli’s Pizza in Craig is scheduled to reopen in time for the Holiday weekend. Co-owner Brett Etzler said Tuesday he and the staff plan to open on Black Friday for lunch and dinner. To thank the community for its years of support Etzler plans to feature prime rib and salmon as Friday and Saturday’s dinner specials. “Prime rib and salmon are going to be amazing,” he said. “Normally we wouldn’t be open Black Friday and during Thanksgiving weekend, but we’d like the community to come out and give us a little support.”

National Forest Christmas tree permits available

Christmas tree permits are now available for $10 at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming, the U.S Forest Service announced in a press release earlier this month. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System lands. There is a limit of five permits per household and trees must be for personal use, not for resale, according to the release. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area. Anyone planning to cut a tree is encouraged to contact the Ranger District in their desired cut area for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions, the release stated. In the release, the Forest Service emphasized cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. Additionally, tree cutting is not allowed in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District.

On The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Bobbi Peed: Thanks to those who have helped

The members of the Upper Big Gulch Better Community Club light the star on the Sandrocks each year. We would like to thank Mark Samuelson and Samuelson's Hardware for the generous donation of lights to keep the star burning. The star is a tradition that adds to the festivity of the season. The business men who cleaned up Signal Hill also get a big thank you. For the old timers who remember Signal Hill in its hayday, and because it is one of the first buildings seen when coming to town from the west, the new paint and cleanup is wonderful.

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Tae Kwon Do taking hold in Craig

Hidden away in the world of fitness in Craig, but gaining notoriety, are the martial arts. Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do, a business operating at 420 Breeze St. in a room at Holistic Health and Fitness, was started three years ago by Paul Cruz the Northwest Regional Director for Kom Do Kwan Martial Arts Association. At the time, it was a realization of a lifelong pursuit for Cruz. “Ever since I was 14 this has been the thing I wanted to do with my life,” Cruz said. Northwest began as a small operation in Craig, with just a handful of students showing up. Over time, though, it has taken on a life of its own.

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Young Yampa hunter bags trophy bull

Parents hope to see their children succeed, but Kendra Halder's level of success this hunting season exceeded even her mother's hopes. Halder, a native of Yampa, bagged a monster bull elk — the first bull she has ever harvested — during second elk season earlier this fall. It was not Halder’s first hunt, as the 13-year-old has taken down cows in the past while hunting with her father, John. But this hunt was special, mother Amanda said. “I hadn't gone hunting with her yet, her dad had done that,” Amanda said. "I had usually been working. It was fun to go on a hunt with her."