News for Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Moffat County Tourism Association to revisit 2013 budget

Funding for visitor centers debated by board, county, chamber

In July members of the Moffat County Tourism Association board began the process of compiling its 2013 budget. With fewer funds in the county coffers than a year ago, MCTA was forced to scale back nearly all of its proposed 2013 expenses, including assistance money to the Dinosaur Welcome Center and the Craig Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 MCTA budgeted $31,200 and $9,000 for the Craig Chamber and the Dinosaur Welcome Center, respectively. This year MCTA proposed a reduction to $19,170 to the chamber and $5,000 to the Dinosaur Welcome Center. Upon receiving the draft budget, the Moffat County Commissioners said they would prefer to see MCTA maintain visitor center funding at 2012 levels. On Tuesday the MCTA board discussed whether to send their budget back to the county as written — and run the risk of the commissioners changing it, or revise the budget in an attempt to come up with a compromise.

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Hibbett Sports opens in Craig

Retailer saves residents from traveling long distances for sporting goods

On Saturday Hibbett Sports became the second business in as many weeks to open in the Tebo Center in the Walmart subdivision. Based in Birmingham, Ala., Hibbett Sports specializes in athletic footwear, team apparel and team athletic equipment. The new location in Craig, 1870 W. Victory Way, marks Hibbett Sports’ sixth Colorado location. The retailer also has stores in Canon City, Cortez, Delta, Trinidad and Fort Morgan. “This convenient new location is a win-win for our company and the Craig community,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., in a news release. “We are very excited to be serving the customers in this area.” Hibbett Sports plans to hire eight to 10 full and part-time employees to staff its Tebo Center location, the release states.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 4, 2012: 2 more holes-in-one to close the summer at golf course

Yampa Valley Golf Course has had a big summer for holes-in-one, and two more golfers added to the tally as summer came to a close. Bret Steele and Peyton Jacobson, 13, became the fifth and sixth players to achieve an ace this summer. Jacobson’s hole-in-one came on the 16th hole. He used a seven-iron and said he thought his ball had rolled to the far side of the green. “We were just sort of playing a screw-around round, not really caring much,” Jacobson said. “As soon as it came off I thought it had a chance. It hit right on the tip of the green and rolled up. We thought it rolled past but when we walked up there it was laying at the bottom.”

Craig Daily Press welcomes new reporter

Darian Warden starts as health, education reporter

The Craig Daily Press would like to announce the addition of a reporter to its staff. Darian Warden, 22, of Greeley, started at the Craig Daily Press Tuesday as the new education and health care reporter. Warden will be covering the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital in Craig as part of her daily beat, in addition to general assignment duties. “This is a good beat and I think it’s going to be really interesting,” she said. “It feels like the community is really focused on providing the best education for its kids.” Warden, originally from Lawrence, Kan., moved to Greeley at the age of 10 with her father, Steve, whose background is in the retail lumber business; mother, Larea, a fourth grade teacher at Harold S. Winograd school in Greeley; and brother, Trevor, a current student at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.

Tuck Communication Services founder dies in skateboarding accident

Sandra Park said her son-in-law Brent Tuck, 37, was skateboarding with his 13-year-old son outside their Grand Junction home when he fell and hit his head.

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

On The Record for September 4, 2012