News for Tuesday, November 27, 2012



Craig residents seek council support to lower Colorado Highway 13 speed limit

Residents near Pineridge Drive hoping to drop speed limit to 45 mph

In an effort to create a safer driving environment a group of local residents is petitioning to get the speed limit reduced at one intersection in Craig. The intersection in question is located at Colorado Highway 13 and Pineridge Drive, on the stretch of Highway 13 that connects Craig to Hamilton. Currently the speed limit for southbound traffic at the Pineridge Drive intersection is 65 mph. Northbound traffic at that same intersection is 55 mph.

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MCHS soccer players earn league honors, Cox named Coach of the Year

Five members from the Moffat County High School boys soccer team earned All-Western Slope League 3A honors for their efforts this season. Seniors Bryant Cox and Alan Flores were named first-team all-conference, while head coach Rusty Cox was awarded Coach of the Year in the WSL. Junior Nestor Arrellano and senior Erik Silva were given honorable mention. The selections were made based on votes from league coaches.

Gusts fuel Rocky Mountain National Park wildfire

Strong gusts and low relative humidities have stoked a wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park, prompting the fire's incident commander to order more resources to contain the flames. The 1,370-acre Fern Lake Fire started Oct. 9. Its cause hasn't been determined. Firefighters have been trying to suppress it, but direct attacks have been limited because the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, some of which includes trees killed by beetles.

Colo woman gets life terms for killing her 2 kids

A Colorado mother was convicted Tuesday of murdering her two children in a crime prosecutors said was revenge against her husband over their divorce. Kelli Lynn Murphy, 43, of Castle Rock was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation, and first-degree murder of a victim under 12 by a person in a position of trust. The jury verdict came on the same day her son would have turned 11. A judge immediately sentenced Murphy to two life sentences without parole.

Tampa socialite fighting back in Petraeus scandal

A Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job fought back Tuesday after more than two weeks of silence as her attorneys released emails, telephone recordings and other material that they say show she never tried to exploit her friendship with Petraeus. Jill Kelley, through her attorneys, went on the attack against a New York businessman who accused her of incompetence in her work trying to set up a deal he was negotiating with South Korean companies; an attorney who accused her of name-dropping and of being a social climber; and the FBI agent who first leaked her name in connection with the Petraeus scandal. Kelley, 37, became the focus of national media attention earlier this month after it was revealed that she was the recipient of anonymous emails from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and mistress. Broadwell allegedly told Kelley she should stay away from the former general and Gen. John Allen, who had replaced Petraeus as leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus and Allen had become friends with Kelley and her husband, Scott Kelley, a noted cancer surgeon, when the generals served at U.S. Central Command, which is headquartered at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. Kelley became an unofficial social ambassador for the base, hosting numerous parties for the officers.

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Staying in the community

Wyman Museum receives Euclid dump truck from Trapper Mine

On Tuesday The Wyman Museum welcomed the latest addition to its collection of historical artifacts, a Euclid 302LD Dump Truck. The Euclid, known as Truck 711, was donated by Trapper Mine where it was used to haul coal and ash, to and from neighboring Craig Station from May 1979 until July 2009. During that time Truck 711 accumulated 54,785 operating hours and hauled more than 1,344,000 tons of coal and ash. With a payload of 50 tons, Truck 711 made more than 26,880 trips during its 20 years of service at Trapper Mine.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 28, 2012: K-2 Basketball leagues taking registrations

Youth basketball leagues for boys and girls from kindergarten through second grade are accepting registrations for the leagues, which start in February. There is potential for six leagues, depending on the number of participants, which will play games on weeknight evenings. Boys leagues will play Mondays and Wednesdays while girls will play Tuesdays and Thursdays. The league will focus on teaching players the basics: dribbling, passing, shooting and learning to play as part of a team. Practices start Feb. 11. Anyone registering after Jan. 9 will be placed on a waitlist with no guarantee of being put on a team. League fees are $30. For more information, call Parks and Rec at 826-2004.

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Craig Boys & Girls Club gears up for Cowboy Christmas

Club to honor community members during annual fundraiser

It's not their first rodeo for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig Cowboy Christmas fundraiser, and it promises to be as entertaining as ever, with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, an auction and poker. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 East Highway 40, dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The Club’s biggest fundraiser, executive director Dana Duran said she hopes the event raises around $40,000 for the club. What began in 2005 as a masquerade ball, has transformed into an annual Christmas tradition drawing nearly 300 people each year. Tickets cost $35 and Duran said they sell out nearly every year. “It’s a good chance to support our local club. Every dollar raised stays right here,” Duran said. “This is the really big one that makes the club possible.”

Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run suspect arraigned in Moffat County Court

Lay remains in custody at Moffat County Jail

A Craig woman suspected of being involved in a Thanksgiving Day hit and run crash at Kum & Go in Hayden was arraigned Tuesday in Moffat County Court. Andrea Lay, 31, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, and child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving, all misdemeanors. In addition to being formerly notified of the charges against her, Lay also was ordered by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner to abstain from alcohol or substance use, according to court records.

Dick Prosence: A letter to Sen. Bennet

Thank you for your response to my expression of concern over the problem with illegal immigrants residing in our country. A bipartisan solution is important for the wellbeing of the country. I am personally in favor of a regulated guest worker program after making it less inviting for illegals to come here by levying heavy fines to employers who hire without proper documentation. Without jobs, the incentive to invade us will be less compelling. I will be watching the Sunday Denver Post to see how you vote on this issue.

25 Shades of Craig: Choices

Have you ever taken a minute to evaluate what kind of person you are? Do you kick someone when they are down, or do you offer them a hand to help them up? Do you judge someone on their past or look at who they are now? Do you treat others disrespectfully? Do your family and friends treat you with less respect than they would give a stranger? We all say we don't care what others think about us and the decisions we make. But honestly, deep down inside, we do. It is human nature and it is easier to deny, make excuses, or run and hide then it is to stand up and face the truth.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Denver Post Editorial: A plan to preserve Thompson Divide

Faced with the prospect of natural gas drilling on public land that has significant environmental, agricultural and recreational value, a group on the Western Slope has come up with a novel way to take on energy development in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Rather than fight it out in court, the Thompson Divide Coalition is attempting first to buy the leases from would-be energy developers. The coalition represents a broad array of interest groups from the Roaring Fork Valley, including ranchers, environmentalists, outdoor users and local governments. They are pursuing a practical — and laudable — approach to balancing the sometimes competing interests of energy production and land preservation, and we'd like to see it succeed. The group was born out of concern with how 61 federal leases to drill on more than 200,000 acres in the White River National Forest would change what the coalition calls "one of the last great swaths of mid-elevation forest in Colorado." The area is a key migration corridor for wildlife, consists of important watersheds and grazing allotments, and is loved by outdoor recreationists.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducting mule deer study in Piceance Basin

Late season GMU 22 hunters may be affected by capture, collar operations

Hunters planning a late season hunt in northwest Colorado are advised that state officials will be in the area to conduct an ongoing mule deer population study. Beginning in December Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin helicopter capture and collaring operations in the Piceance Basin — specifically in Game Management Unit 22, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release states. Hunters heading into the field next month may be affected by the study.

On the Record for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012