News for Tuesday, October 16, 2012



Tease photo

JV football shuts down Steamboat

It took most of the season, but the Bulldogs football C team broke through. Bolstered by the help of a couple sophomores, Moffat County’s team of underclassmen picked up its first win of the season Tuesday when it beat Steamboat Springs 35-0 at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. The team, which is composed of mostly freshman, got a boost from sophomores Matt Hamilton and Phillip Chadwick, who have played a very limited amount for the varsity team this season.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

On The Record

Larry Brinkley: Know your mineral rights

Re Mineral Rights: You do not have to lease, however you must stay informed. Save all letters and note all phone calls you get. The time to act is on Integration. Once your section is Integrated, You have only 15 days to act. Consider participating if you have an extra $6,000 available, or choose non-consent. Non-consent is even for the folks who have No money. You can receive 100 percent of your royalties by choosing participate or non-consent.

Jennifer Bugay: Thanks to those who helped with float

As the sponsoring business of the Junior class float, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people and businesses that made it possible: • Dan Kawcak at Western United Realty providing a warehouse for us to build the float in. • Tyler at Rocky Mountain TLC for donating carpet tubes Robert at Northwest Auto Glass for donating cardboard boxes. • Frank at Snyder and Counts for providing feed sacks used to hand out candy.

25 Shades of Craig: Foundations

Like any structure, relationships that can stand the test of time all begin with the same thing: a strong and sturdy foundation. And when I say foundation, I mean two people who have the same goals, morals and values. We all have a picture in our head of what we want our partner to look like: tall, built, brown eyes, curvy, amazing smile, smart, funny, confident, honest, and compassionate. But, these are all physical traits and should not be the base for building a strong relationship.

Veterans Hotline: Deadline nears to apply for special ‘Stop Loss’ pay

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP. To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay. Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to service members, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations and the media. But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. The average benefit it $3,700.

CDP Editorial: Closing thoughts

Our View: The recent closure of two restaurants in Craig could have left a void for those looking for early and easy access to food in Craig. However other local establishments have stepped up to fill that void.

Atmos Energy files for Colorado Gas Cost Adjustment

Monthly bills could increase 3 percent for residential, commercial customers

This week Atmos Energy Corp. became the second local utility provider in as many months to petition the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for a cost adjustment. In September Xcel Energy filed for Quarterly Gas and Electric Commodity adjustments in an effort to drive down consumer costs during the fourth quarter. Dallas-based Atmos Energy, on the other hand, filed for a GCA to reflect the corporation’s increased natural gas costs for its northwest and central Colorado customers. To stay on pace with its own costs Atmos Energy’s GCA asks the PUC to approve a three percent rate hike on current residential and commercial gas commodities.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

October Domestic Violence Awareness month

October plays host to many important issues facing the community, with much coverage about breast cancer awareness month. But October is also domestic violence awareness month. And at 6 p.m. on October 26, Advocates Crisis Support Services of Craig will hold a walk for awareness.

Tease photo

J.R. the elk arrives at his new home at Wyman Museum

Northwest Colorado is famous for its elk. Yet one in particular stood out as being more special than the rest. Clyde was a rare animal, a docile member of a species not well-known for its domestic characteristics. Nevertheless, he was as identifiable with the City of Craig and Moffat County as Dinosaur National Monument, the Sandwash Basin wild horses or even Craig Station. And when Clyde the elk passed away last month at the age of 18 at the Wyman Living History Museum, his home since 2004, the Craig community lost much more than its most unique attraction. It lost a friend.

Tennessee men sentenced in Colorado poaching case

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say two Tennessee men have been sentenced for killing a bear out of season and throwing the carcass off a cliff. The agency said Tuesday that Harley Boss Manley, of Martin, and David Ronnie Coleman, of Union City, pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing a black bear north of Glenwood Springs just before fall bear hunting season started Sept. 1.

More than 2,000 attend slain Colo. girl's memorial

More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others gathered Tuesday to remember a 10-year-old suburban Denver girl who was abducted on her way to school and killed. As the public memorial for Jessica Ridgeway was held, the search for her killer continued, with multiple agencies checking leads and asking for more tips. Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said at the evening service that investigators are working the case "tirelessly, diligently, and we are committed until we achieve justice for Jessica." Earlier, police said they had received more than 350 more phone tips Tuesday. The ceremony at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada opened with a slideshow of pictures set to the Jessica's favorite songs, including "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Many attendees wore the fifth-grader's favorite color, purple.

Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a "sketchy deal" to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election. Romney pushed back hard, saying the middle class "has been crushed over the last four years" under Obama's leadership and that 23 million Americans are still struggling to find work. He contended the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya was part of an unraveling of the administration's foreign policy. The president was feistier from the outset than he had been in their initial encounter two weeks ago, when he turned in a listless performance that sent shudders through his supporters and helped fuel a rise by Romney in opinion polls nationally and in some battleground states. When Romney said Tuesday night that he had a five-point plan to create 12 million jobs, Obama said, "Gov. Romney says he's got a five-point plan. Gov. Romney doesn't have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules."

Pamela Kinder M.D.: TMH aministration has gone too far

I am writing a frank letter because frankly, I am tired and upset. I hope this letter runs just above the colored advertisement that announces the new Grand Junction neurologist will be seeing patients at The Memorial Hospital (TMH) clinic. At best, this is a thoughtless response by TMH administration to the St. Mary’s outreach clinic: “We have a new neurologist, can he see patient’s once/month in Craig at your facility?” “Sure.” At worst, it’s a calculated affront by TMH administration to recruit patients from competing, local clinics. Either way, hosting a physician who has absolutely no commitment to our community is ill-conceived. Dennis and I moved to Craig 17 years ago, and have faithfully served you over that time. In this seventeen years, not once has The Memorial Hospital assisted me in promoting my neurology services. Not once have they assisted with private recruitment efforts.