News for Thursday, September 6, 2012



Broncos' Dreessen doesn't mind ban on his jersey

Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen says he isn't bothered by the Greeley school district's ban on his jersey number and others because they're associated with local gangs. The district bans 13, 14 and 18 and their reverse, 31, 41 and 81. Dreessen wears 81. The rule is three years old but made headlines this week after a third-grader wearing Peyton Manning's No. 18 was sent home to change.

Amid legal threat, UW, CSU prepare to sell Y Cross

Two former governors of Colorado and Wyoming are scheduled to unseal bids in November for a vast ranch in southeast Wyoming while the woman who donated the property to two university foundations threatens to sue if the sale moves forward as planned. Denver philanthropist Amy Davis, who gave the Y Cross Ranch to the University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation in 1997, claims the schools haven't done enough to use the ranch for hands-on agriculture education as intended. The two foundations jointly own 50,000-acre ranch between Cheyenne and Laramie. Davis' attorney, Steve Miller, told the foundations in an Aug. 22 letter they violated the gift agreement by insufficiently promoting the ranch to university faculty as an available educational tool. "Accordingly, the Donors demand that the proposed sale of the Y Cross Ranch be terminated," Miller wrote.

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

The most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years of state politics. But the practical effect of what critics call the "show me your papers" provision remains to be seen. Immigrants are worried they'll be harassed by officers emboldened to pull them over because they look Hispanic. Officers — who will be required to ask people they encounter while enforcing other laws to show they're in the county legally if they find them suspicious — say they'll be open to lawsuits if they're accused of racially profiling, or if they're accused of not adequately enforcing the law. "It leaves us in a very, very, very, extremely gray area," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Thursday. "So now we get sued when we do profile, and we get sued if we don't profile."

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Moffat County 4th and 5th graders get Passports to Reading

Moffat County 4th and 5th graders get Passports to Reading

Moffat County fourth and fifth graders are going places. Just look at their passports, they’re covered in stamps. But not stamps from countries, rather, their stamps represent books they have read.

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Health chat: Dr. Victory rips Obamacare during Bears Ears Patriots meeting

Dr. Victory rips Obamacare during Bears Ears Patriots meeting

Healthcare took center stage Thursday when the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots played host to Dr. Kelly Victory at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Victory holds a bachelor of sciences degree from Duke and Oxford universities, a masters in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois, and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She also is a member of Gov. Mitt Romney’s healthcare policy team and is widely touted as an expert on American healthcare legislation. On Thursday she spoke to more than 60 people about Obamacare, which was advertised by Congressional Democrats to accomplish two goals, provide Americans with universal healthcare and bend the cost curve. Victory compared healthcare coverage to a three-legged stool, with each leg representing cost, quality and access.

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees approves emergency purchase, switching audit firms Thursday

At its regular meeting Thursday, the Memorial Hospital at Craig’s board of trustees:

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Moffat County football gets early test at home vs. Rifle

Although an opening-game win for Moffat County High School football was nice, it was expected against a weaker opponent in Ridge View Academy In week two, it’s a different story. The Bulldogs will take on Rifle High School, the defending Western Slope League champions in an important early-season matchup. The Bears enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2011 but were ousted in the state quarterfinals by Windsor High School. Rifle sports a run early, run often-style offense that rarely puts the ball in the air. In the team’s first game against Coal Ridge High School, a 45-6 win, the Bears ran for 456 yards and passed for none. Against Moffat County last year, Rifle won 48-6. They were able to avoid passing because star running back Ryan Moeller rumbled for 319 yards against the Bulldogs.

25 shades of Craig: Everyday supr heroes

"Where have all the good men gone?" is a question that I hear women asking on a daily basis. My response is that they are all around us, we just need to give them the opportunity to be our Supermen. Little boys love super heroes and want to grow up to be those super heroes. This doesn’t mean that they want to fly around in a cape and red tights, but it does mean that they want to save the day and be needed. Men like independent women who can take care of themselves, they like knowing that if they leave town for a week that we can take care of things.

Dona Shue: Obligation to our animals

To the editor: I want to commend Colette Erickson for addressing a difficult and heartbreaking situation but she didn’t go far enough. People have an obligation to care for animals until the end and doing what is best for the animal is not always easy or pleasant but necessary if you truly care about an animal.

Rosemary Pottr: Don't let them take our 2nd Amendment rights

To the editor: Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made. And as much as some want you to think differently, the UN Gun Ban is proving harder to kill than a horror movie killer! As you know, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to work hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new "Small Arms Treaty."

Trish Snyder: Thanks, Coach Hafey

Hats off to you, Coach Hafey, for providing a life lesson to your football squad, students, staff, coaches and community members. I believe it is admirable that you have inspired others to place value and care towards the young men of Ridge View Academy. It is my hope that it does not stop there. We have students and athletes right here in Craig that need to know “that they do have people that care about them, that they are as valuable as anyone else and that we are proud of them for their work.”

Pete Bergmann: In support of Dave DeRose

To the editor: Dave DeRose has the personal attributes, business background and community governing experience to be and outstanding county commissioner. I have known Dave for over two decades and observed him working in a variety of leadership positions. Recently and most directly, as Superintendent of Schools, I worked hand-in-hand with Dave during the Moffat County School District’s bond campaign to build our new middle school and renovate facilities. Here is why we asked Dave to lead our campaign and why you should cast your vote to elect him as our County Commissioner.

Lance Scranton: Fight songs and foundations

The Moffat County High School Football team has a tradition of singing the school fight song after each victory. I’m hoping we get to sing it often this season and was thinking that our fight song is pretty good and contains some important lessons worth remembering: Oh when the mighty Bulldogs fall in line, we’re going to win again another time… We are mighty when we stick together and work toward a common purpose. We’ve already won if we stay together and continue to strive for excellence.

Moffat County High School senior travels to leadership summit, brings back ideas to community

Moffat County High School senior travels to leadership summit, brings back ideas to community

For Matthew Balderston, leadership doesn’t mean grandiose speeches and empty promises. “You don’t have to spout out a thousand words when you can show leadership with one simple action,” Balderston said. A 17-year-old senior at Moffat County High School, Balderston had an opportunity to gather with teenagers from across the nation to take part in the People to People Leadership Summit in early August.

Janet Sheridan: Making the Grade

Last week as I watched spruced-up children scamper by my house, wearing new backpacks and excitement, I wondered what they were thinking about as they began another school year. My teaching experience tells me they weren’t focused on increasing their knowledge and earning straight A’s. Instead, they were probably thinking about friends, recess and teachers—in that order. It wasn’t until I sat at the teacher’s desk that student learning and a fair system of grading dominated my thoughts as a school year began. I worked hard to establish procedures for collecting scores and assigning grades that would fairly represent the progress of each student, refining and improving my procedures year in and year out. Still as an educator, I was often surprised by the reactions of parents and students when reports cards were issued.

Moffat County Land Use Board Meeting agenda for Sept. 10, 2012

What: Moffat County Land Use Board Meeting When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 Where: Moffat County Courthouse Main Floor Conference Room , 221 W. Victory Way, Craig, CO. Agenda:

Tony Bohrer: Yesterday is gone, today is what matters

Most people early in life figure out that life can be hard at times. It doesn’t matter what family you come from or what ethnic background you have some times bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people it is simply called life. The Bible say’s “it rains on the just and the unjust”. What matters more than what we have to go through in life whether it is fair or not is how we respond to the situation at hand. I have met a lot of people including myself that have allowed their pasts to dictate their futures. It is human nature to feel sorry for ourselves during the rough times in life and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that unless you never let it go.

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

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Hunters heading to Grand County advised of closures

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are advising hunters in Game Management Units 28 and 18 that beginning Tuesday, hunting access to these areas may be restricted by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming seasons as they continue a project to cut hazard trees along the area's roads and trails, the agency reported in a news release. The closures coincide with several big-game hunting seasons, including moose, mule deer, elk, bear and mountain goat during archery, muzzleloading and the first through third rifle seasons, according to the release.