News for Wednesday, September 5, 2012



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Moffat County golfers post lowest team score of season

Even without any standout individual performances, the familiarity of a home course led the Moffat County High School boys golf team to a season-best. The Bulldogs, playing in their home tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course Wednesday, shot a varsity team score of 295, five strokes better than their previous best on the season. While 295 was only good enough for 10th out of the 13 varsity teams attending, head coach Casey Kilpatrick was pleased with his players’ performances. “That’s another one of those scores where we’re getting lower, little by little,” Kilpatrick said. “I’m happy with the varsity team in that even though we didn’t have one really low score, they all scored pretty consistently and that helped us get a little lower than our previous team best score.”

Public advised about fall bear activity

Cooler mornings and shorter days are reminders for people that fall will soon arrive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises everyone that black bears notice the subtle change in seasons too, and will soon begin their annual food binge as they prepare for hibernation, the agency reported in a news release. "Obey local ordinances, secure your trash, remove any accessible food source and never intentionally feed a bear," said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde in the release. "If more people follow just these few simple recommendations, it can reduce the possibility of conflicts." Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides extensive information through their website, volunteer teams and publications. Bear information can be quickly found online at, according to the web site.

Craig resident calls out fire board, city council about training tower

Cashion: fire training tower unnecessary

A local resident opposed to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s planned live fire training tower has taken his campaign to members of the Craig community. Craig resident Al Cashion, who also is a regular contributor to the Craig Daily Press and a member of the editorial board, last week sent a four-part letter to the fire board and members of the Craig City Council. The letter also has been widely circulated to Craig residents by email.

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Cornell graduate student walking across country to raise awareness for orphans

Barrett Keene, a PhD student at Cornell University, is walking 3,475 miles from Miami to San Francisco to help raise awareness about the struggles of nearly 145 million orphaned and abandoned children around the world. As an education student and educator himself, Keene said he was fortunate to serve children as a teacher and through his Go Walk America challenge. His relationship with Christ motivated him to serve those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take care of their own needs, especially children. Donations will directly benefit orphaned and abandoned children in places like Uganda and Haiti by providing school uniforms, a necessity that would otherwise keeps children in these places from accessing education.

PWC to meet in Glenwood Springs

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will establish harvest limits for the 2012-2013 mountain lion season when the Commission meets Thursday and Friday in Glenwood Springs, the agency announced in a news release. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Denver, 402 Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs. The commission agenda begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, with an agenda including general updates on agency strategic priorities and a financial update. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, when regulation items will be considered, according to the release. The Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider changes to raptor importation guidelines for competitive national falconry events held in the state. Commissioners also will receive information about the annual update to fishing regulations as well as draft regulations regarding prohibited species and fish stocking procedures, the release stated.

Editorial: More than a passing change

When a new sports season starts at any high school across the country, it isn’t uncommon to hear a coach hype all the changes and improvements in store for his or her team during that season. It’s also pretty common for community members to dismiss that hype. After all, part of a coach’s job is to make his or her team look good, why should the public find any validity in those claims? So when Moffat County High School had football coach Kip Hafey commented over the summer about the installation of new offensive and defensive systems for his team this offseason, the community — including members of the editorial board — didn’t exactly buy in right away. They had reason to be skeptical. For as long as Hafey has been around, the game plan on offense for MCHS football was simple: run early and often, pass rarely.

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

On The Record for Wdnesday, Sept. 5, 2012