News for Monday, October 8, 2012

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Doak Walker playoffs begin

While the high school football postseason is still several weeks off, the youth teams in Craig got underway Monday. Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football leagues, which started their regular seasons in late August, began the playoffs with the fourth vs. fifth place game in the third and fourth grade league at 5:15 p.m. in Woodbury Sports Complex. If the playoffs’ first game was any indication, it will be a wild week. The Vikings, sponsored by Carelli’s, took on the Raiders of the Craig Police Dept. with a chance to play once more in the four-team playoffs Wednesday.

Moffat County cross-country uses week off to prepare for season's end

The Moffat County cross-country teams had the week off for homecoming and used it to prepare more rigorously for the rapidly approaching end of the season. The Bulldogs have just one more meet (in Rifle Thursday) before heading to Delta for their Colorado Class 3A Regional Oct. 17. Without a meet scheduled for homecoming week, the Bulldogs got to stay home and enjoy the festivities, but they kept working. “Last week we just had a couple tough workouts and Saturday we did a time trial,” head coach Todd Trapp said.

Jane Hume: Vote for Baxter

To the editor: Jo Ann Baxter is our chance, for the first time in forty years or so, to have a representative in the Colorado House of Representatives, and she will be a viable, knowledgeable, experienced representative as well. At the candidate’s forum hosted by the local tea party Thursday night, she showed once again she can speak to the issues, she has the entire District 57 at heart and can address the public’s concerns on education reforms with intelligence. And as she pointed out, she is a supporter of the Second Amendment.

Hofer rainbow to be stocked near Glenwood Springs

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is planning to stock several thousand large, whirling disease resistant Hofer rainbow trout into a section of the Colorado River where a large, natural fish kill occurred earlier this year, the agency reported in a news release. Wildlife managers will begin stocking operations on Tuesday between Dotsero and the Cottonwood boat ramp. After a heavy, monsoonal downpour last July, a large amount of silt and debris was washed into the Colorado River below Dotsero and through the Glenwood Canyon, eventually killing several thousand fish in this section, according to the news release.

Tai Chi for Health

Annette Zuber, Tai Chi instructor with the Northwest Colorado VNA Aging Well Program, leads a Tai Chi for Health class Monday at the Journey at First Baptist. Tai Chi is a form of martial art that many people practice as an effective exercise for the mind and body. It focuses on fluid, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo.

Organization opens to strike balance between energy development, conservation

Center for Western Priorities based in Denver

Last month a new, nonpartisan clearinghouse opened in Denver to serve as a source of information in the ongoing debate between energy development and conservation on public lands. The Center for Western Priorities launched in September to provide research-based accountability, data analyses and in-depth policy studies to ensure public lands and natural resources found throughout the western United States are used responsibly, according to a company news release.

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Cassidy author entertains in Craig

Norman Rockwell’s work wasn’t the only thing bringing crowds to the Museum of Northwest Colorado Saturday. A large contingent from Craig and the surrounding area also came to meet and speak with Bill Betenson, a great-grand-nephew to Butch Cassidy and author of the new book, Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: a Family Portrait. Betenson signed books, did a short presentation about his book and research and met with visitors at the museum Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During his presentation, Betenson spoke about how his fascination with Butch Cassidy began, when he attended the movie premiere of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at age four with his great-grandmother, Lula Parker. Lula was Cassidy’s (Robert Leroy Parker) younger sister.

Colo. wildlife officers investigate poaching cases

(AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating two cases in which hunters illegally killed an elk and abandoned the carcass. Officials say that in one case near Telluride last month, someone shot a bull elk with a rifle, removed its head and partially field dressed it. They say the elk was dragged by an all-terrain vehicle and was left in within a gated community, where it was found Sept. 28.

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