News for Sunday, September 9, 2012

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Risk of lawsuits preventing abandoned mine cleanup

Colorado mining authorities have dug through a mountainside and reopened the dark granite shaft of an abandoned mine that turned deadly — trying to find options for dealing with one of the West's worst environmental problems. The Pennsylvania Mine, perched above timberline, discharges an acidic orange stream moving 181 pounds per day of toxic metals into Peru Creek and the Snake River, which flow into Denver Water's Dillon Reservoir. The poisoning of the watershed has gone on for more than 60 years. Yet state officials say the risk of lawsuits prevents cleanup of this mine and thousands of other abandoned mines that have impaired 1,300 miles of Colorado streams and, according to federal estimates, the headwaters of 40 percent of Western rivers.

Manning successful in Denver debut, 31-19

After 611 days away, Peyton Manning couldn't wait to get back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger seemed determined to keep him on the sideline. Manning overcame Pittsburgh's 10-minute advantage in time of possession and led a hurry-up offense that helped the Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 on Sunday night in his Denver debut. "It's just one game. I try to keep it in perspective," Manning said. "I know how hard I've worked to get to this point. I know how much help that I've gotten along the way, from a lot of people. I'm very grateful for that. It's special. I will definitely say it's special." The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries that wiped out his final season in Indianapolis last year completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice and bounced up both times without trouble.

Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail

Chicago's public school teachers will be on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years after their union announced that intense, months-long contract talks with the school district had failed over issues including compensation, health benefits and teacher evaluations. "We will be on the (picket) line," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said after emerging from all-day talks with district negotiators. "This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could have avoided," she said. "We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve." More than 26,000 teachers and support staff are expected to hit the picket lines first thing Monday, while the school district and parents carry out plans for keeping nearly 400,000 students safe and occupied while classes remain empty in the coming days in the nation's third largest school district.

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Craig candidate takes stage in first debate for HD57

It’s uncommon to find two candidates from rival parties who agree on a majority of the issues. It’s also surprising that during a debate featuring two Northwest Colorado residents, not one question was posed about energy. But that’s how it worked out Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as Jo Ann Baxter, D-Craig, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, squared off in their first public debate for the office of Colorado House District 57. And it was one of the more pleasant exchanges out of an entire day of debates hosted by Club 20. Baxter and Rankin’s mutual respect for one another seemed to outshine the issues.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Heather Lorio, owner of Elbe Gray’s Thrift Store in Craig

Name: Heather Lorio How long have you lived in Craig: About five years Where did you live previously: Fort Collins How did you get started running the thrift store? “I’ve been a thrift store junkie all my life. I love to treasure hunt. I love that I can clothe my kids at an inexpensive rate, especially since they grow through clothes so fast.

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Sports Spotlight: Tyler Gerber

Tyler Gerber Age: 16 Grade: Junior Hometown: Craig Sport: Cross-country

Tipton, Pace, Casida debate merits for 3rd Congressional District seat

The atmosphere at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction turned electric Saturday night during Club 20’s featured candidate debate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez; Sal Pace, D-Pueblo; and Tisha Casida, U-Pueblo, fielded questions on topics ranging from job growth, the economy and the national debt to Medicare to the U.S. Forest Service’s outdated wildfire management policy.

Senior Spotlight for September 10, 2012

I turned the TV on this Sunday morning and Pastor Mark was on. I usually don’t turn the TV on until later. I hadn’t heard anything about Pastor Mark before. But he was talking about faith. I’m a strong believer in faith. I have faith in my life every day. The faith in my family, past and present, unconditional love is a form of faith. Believe strongly in our country, friends, etc. different kinds of faith.