News for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Craig City Council introduces draft 2013 budget

Downtown may benefit from more streetlights in 2013

On Tuesday the Craig City Council introduced a draft of Ordinance Number 1021 outlining its proposed 2013 budget. The total operating budget, as presented Tuesday, tops out at $21,132,630, which is a $2,931,145 increase over 2012. Almost $6 million, more than 25 percent of the city’s total 2012 revenue and carryover funds, has been earmarked for the city’s reserve accounts. In addition nearly all of the city’s major funds are penciled to increase slightly next year. Some of that additional money accounts for a three percent cost of living increase for city employees, said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree.

Delta County commissioners again OK 2 egg farms

Delta County commissioners have reaffirmed their approval of two egg-laying operations that some residents had challenged. The commissioners had to reanalyze their decision after a judge found "abuse of discretion" in their original approvals of the 15,000-hen, cage-free farms.

Police link Colo. girl's killing to jogger attack

Police said Tuesday the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver this month is connected to a May kidnapping attempt in which a woman fought off a stranger who grabbed her from behind and put a rag over her mouth that smelled of chemicals. The 22-year-old woman was jogging when a man attacked her May 28, Memorial Day, authorities said. It happened at a lake near the Westminster elementary school where Jessica Ridgeway was headed when she disappeared Oct. 5. Jessica's body was found Oct. 10 in a nearby field. Police didn't say why they believe the two cases are related. But Westminster investigator Trevor Materasso said Tuesday authorities are looking for a suspect in both attacks who they describe as a "light-skinned man" between 18 and his mid-30s of average height and build.

Romney and Ryan headline Red Rocks rally

Move over, U2. Here comes Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate was joined by running mate Paul Ryan, Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins for a rally with thousands of supporters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Tuesday evening. The Republican ticket hoped to use the famous concert venue to juice up the GOP faithful as early voting continues in Colorado. The amphitheater was the setting for the U2 concert film "Under A Blood Red Sky."

Zach Carlson: Vote for Rankin

As a local business owner of Glenwood Springs Ford, I encourage you to vote for Bob Rankin for House District 57. As an outdoor recreation enthusiast I appreciate that Bob is encouraging access to public lands. He has taken the time to listen to the needs of small business owners and has been one himself so he understands what we need to revitalize our Colorado economy.

Luke Schafer: Hunters have 'paid their way'

I'll admit that I can be the excitable sort whenever the opportunity arises to talk to a captive audience about conservation and the role that sportsmen have had in furthering conservation efforts across the United States. Therefore, it isn't terribly surprising that torrent of statements can be a bit confusing to follow if you're trying to take notes. Here is my brief attempt at clarification regarding some statements that were attributed to me.

Ginny Love: Vote for Rankin

It is my pleasure to take this time to support Bob Rankin for House District 57. Bob has shown a genuine interest in our county and our way of life. He is supportive of oil and gas, of small business, the retirement community as well as education and agriculture. This across the board base shows Bob Rankin will be a voice we can count on in the Colorado House. Bob has been endorsed by the following:

Lois Stoffle: Thanks for supporting Maybell seniors

Thank you for helping spread the word regarding the Maybell Senior Chili supper on Friday, October 19. It was so much fun to see so many familiar faces from Craig and many new folks from Craig and the surrounding areas. Hunters, visitors and locals alike enjoyed each others company and some great chili and delicious homemade pies of every variety. Dinners like this promote Community goodwill and help us all to make new friends, besides sharing recipes for special pies and chili, too! And where we have seen the elk or deer!

Kerry Moe: Vote for Romney

My Husband and I extended an invitation for Mitt Romney to visit Craig, Colorado, back in the early part of this year. We asked him to come and see for himself how the the over regulation of America's energy industries by the current administration have adversity affected our area, our economy, and ultimately our country. Mitt Romney accepted our invitation, and visited Craig May 28 and 29. He was campaigning in southern California at the time, and made a special trip up here to Northwest Colorado. Governor Romney stayed the evening of the 28 at our Motel, visited with us that evening for a very short time, and then visited with us again as well as several other people from Craig the following morning for over an hour in our hotel lobby.

25 Shades of Craig: A girl has to eat

Have you ever went out on a date hoping that sparks would fly and it turns out that you just want to run home and cry. You are excited and nervous all in one, and then it hits you. You’re sitting here looking at this person across from you and you would rather have bamboo shoots stuck under your nails then spend another minute listening to them talk about how they were a four time wrestling champ in high school and how they could still kick anyone’s butt. You’re trying to be polite and act interested when all the sudden you notice that he has one long nose hair and every time he breaths it seems to dance. Crazy thoughts are running through your mind at this point, you are trying to think of every excuse to get out of this date.

Rotary District Governor to visit Craig Rotary Club

Craig Rotary Club is getting a visit from Rotary District Governor, Mike Forney.

Plant a tree, save a forest

CEC schedules Brown’s Park volunteer opportunity

The Colorado Environmental Coalition in Craig has a volunteer opportunity approaching when in November it returns to the Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge to plant cottonwood seedlings. Volunteers have been planting native cottonwoods in Brown’s Park for the last 10 years. This is at least the fifth year CEC is taking crews out to the refuge, said Sasha Nelson, CEC’s northwest organizer. “There are few things more rewarding or long lasting than planting trees that may live 300 years or more,” Nelson said. “We’ve seen a 99 percent success rate with the trees we’ve planted surviving.”

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CPD investigating burglary at MJK

Two safes missing from Sunday night break in

The Craig Police Department is investigating a burglary at MJK Sales & Feed Ace Hardware, 290 Ranney Street. The break in, by forcible entry, occurred some time after 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, said Sgt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department. In addition to missing two small safes, Forgay said MJK suffered damage to its computer and surveillance systems. No arrests have been made.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting