News for Tuesday, September 11, 2012



Broncos sign center Dan Koppen

Former Pro Bowl center Dan Koppen, who spent nine season snapping the ball to Tom Brady in New England, will now have the chance to work with Peyton Manning. Koppen signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, two weeks after his release from the New England Patriots, where he played from 2003-11. Koppen, who turns 33 on Wednesday, adds experience and depth to the interior line and might push starting center J.D. Walton for playing time.

51 human cases of West Nile reported in Colorado

Colorado health officials say 51 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the state health department as of last Friday, including two deaths in Montrose County. That's more than the seven cases reported in 2011 but still far below the peak of 2,847 cases reported in 2003.

Smaller memorials on 11th anniversary of 9/11

There were still the tearful messages to loved ones, clutches of photos and flowers, and moments of silence. But 11 years after Sept. 11, Americans appeared to enter a new, scaled-back chapter of collective mourning for the worst terror attack in U.S history. Crowds gathered, as always, at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania memorial Tuesday to mourn the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks, reciting their names and remembering with music, tolling bells and prayer. But they came in fewer numbers, ceremonies were less elaborate and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether. A year after the milestone 10th anniversary, some said the memorials may have reached an emotional turning point. "It's human nature, so people move on," said Wanda Ortiz, of New York City, whose husband, Emilio Ortiz, was killed in the trade center's north tower, leaving behind her and their 5-month-old twin daughters. "My concern now is ... how I keep the memory of my husband alive." It was also a year when politicians largely took a back seat to grieving families; no elected officials spoke at all at New York's 3½ -hour ceremony. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney pulled negative campaign ads and avoided rallies, with the president laying a wreath at the Pentagon ceremony and visiting wounded soldiers at a Maryland hospital. And beyond the victims of the 2001 attacks, attention was paid to the wars that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cashion addresses Craig City Council after Aug. 28 outburst

Cashion: Perception is reality to the perceiver

Perception is one of the most interesting words in the English vocabulary, Craig resident and Craig Daily Press contributor Al Cashion told members of the Craig City Council Tuesday night. It can be woefully errant or almost magically accurate, he said. In regards to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board’s fire tower and the way city council approved Aug. 28 a site plan for the project, Cashion argued perception often trumps reality. “Perception is reality to the perceiver,” Cashion said. “Perception is everything.” Cashion waxed eloquent for more than 18 minutes about his and the public’s perception of the fire tower project.

Editorial: Follow their lead

Walking the streets of Craig it doesn’t take long before you find yourself stepping over or around trash left by some irresponsible citizen. The members of this editorial board have witnessed, on routine occasions, local residents dumping the contents of their car ashtrays on the pavement, leaving a small mound of ash and cigarette butts for someone else to clean up, before driving away. Children practice their hook shots with empty soda bottles and not-too-distant garbage cans, miss, and continue on their way. And this complete sense of apathy isn’t confined to the public thoroughfares of the City of Craig. Many residents appear content to allow their private residences to stand in a state of disarray.

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Moffat County soccer suffers loss in home opener

Giving up one bad goal is difficult enough to overcome in a low scoring soccer game. On Tuesday, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team gave up two bad goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Rifle High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. In their home debut for the 2012 season, the boys team was treated to a rainy afternoon game, but played well for most of the game. After giving up an early goal to Rifle, the Bulldogs tied the game quickly, then took a lead which they held for most of the second half. But a poor clearance to the middle of the field resulted in an equalizing goal for the Bears with less than two minutes to play.

Joe Bird and Ray Beck: Thanks to those who helped with flagpole project

To the editor: On behalf of the Craig city council, we would like to acknowledge and thank those who are responsible for donating money and contributing towards the flagpole project at Alice Pleasant Park: • Pam Foster • Patt Mccaffrey • Tom and Jessie Cramer • The Craig Rotary Club

Rosemary Potter: Vote them out

Healthcare is like a three-legged stool, according to Dr. Kelly Victory, who has more degrees than a thermometer. The legs are cost, access, and quality. They have to balance with each other or the stool falls over. The stats on Obamacare do not look good at all, according to Dr. Victory. See what you think:

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Dave Summers: Thanks for the support

To the editor: On behalf of the Moffat County FFA Alumni I would like to thank all of the people that attended our Tailgate BBQ Friday night before the football game. Your support was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the Craig Daily Press and KRAI.

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Police standoff in Craig ends with man's arrest

A Craig man is in custody after a standoff Monday night with law enforcement officers from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office that lasted more than two hours. Geoffrey Ward Mansfield, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail Monday on suspicion of menacing assault against a family member with a weapon, a felony; and domestic violence, obstructing a peace officer, criminal mischief and refusal to leave premises upon request of a peace officer, all misdemeanors. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Patt McCaffrey: Vote for Dave DeRose

County commissioner candidate Dave DeRose has consistently demonstrated why he is the most qualified candidate to be our county commissioner. Dave knows the importance of asking and answering questions to start a dialogue for our community to initiate ongoing improvements for Moffat County. He has the ability to see through the smoke to find true solutions to problems. He is not afraid to take the less traveled road to accomplish goals and with his leadership, he gathers others to help with the process.

Ketchum: DeRose doesn't represent me

Recently I have been asked a lot about my Anti-DeRose campaign. Hopefully this will answer any questions folks may have. Many of you may remember me as the crossing guard at East Elementary School from Sept. of 1993 to the end of the school year in 2005. In 12 years I have spent over 900 hours on that corner. I had a state patrolman who would frequently hang around to make sure people slowed down, (and a few City Cops and also Moffat Sheriff's Deputies). This patrolman suggested that I go to the City Council or at least talk to the Mayor about having fines doubled for speeding in the school zone.

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CSP investigating truck crash in Moffat County

Road and bridge employee requires extraction by Craig Fire/Rescue

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one vehicle crash on Moffat County Road 64, about three miles west of Craig. According to preliminary reports from the CSP, a Moffat County road and bridge water truck, operated by a male county employee, drove off CR 64 and rolled into a ditch. The crash occurred about 11 a.m. Monday. It is unclear at this point if the truck rolled over and how many times, but it did come to rest on its right side about 30 feet below the roadway, the CSP reported. The truck leaked some diesel fuel as a result of the crash, but no waterways were affected, according to CSP officials.

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Craig VFW offers scholarship opportunities

The Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4265, is offering an opportunity for students to compete for scholarships, and also a chance to understand the freedoms that U.S. soldiers protect every day.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday's meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

MCHS runners showing improvement

The Moffat County High School cross-country teams have run their first two meets, and results have come mostly as expected. The girls team, laden with experienced runners and new talent, has produced two third-place finishes and enjoyed significant improvement across the board. The boys team is still working on overcoming the significant losses it suffered to graduation from last season. The team also dropped a great deal of time from its first meet to the second, though. Todd Trapp has been pleased with the runners progress so far.