News for Thursday, September 13, 2012



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Sunset and East Elementary 5th Graders head to Yampa River State Park for outdoor education experience

Sunset and East Elementary 5th Graders head to Yampa River State Park for outdoor education experience

Fifth graders of Sunset and East Elementary in Craig spent Thursday and Friday roughing it at Yampa River State Park. An outdoor education experience, the overnight field trip had students spend two days rotating through seven stations learning about the outdoors.

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Fire tower takes center stage during Craig fire board meeting

Audience comment incites surprising answers about fire tower project

Craig’s soon to be delivered five-story training tower once again took center stage Thursday during the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting. During audience comments members of the Craig community were invited to say their peace about the structure and received some surprising answers from board members. Craig resident, and Craig Daily Press contributor, Al Cashion stepped forward first armed with ballot language from the 1.5 mill levy increase that was passed by voters in 2006. “Chris (Nichols) you mentioned earlier that you are setting aside the 1.5 mill levy for capital improvements and that is not on that mill levy vote from 2006,” he said. “You cannot make ‘all such tax revenue to be credited to the district’s general fund for operating expenses, including fire acquisition and maintenance of firefighting equipment’ say capital improvements, which is exactly what the fire tower is. It’s real property.”

Crop insurance losses begin to mount amid drought

Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation's Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers' premiums. G.A. "Art" Barnaby, a Kansas State University Extension specialist in risk management, estimates underwriting losses on taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance will hit nearly $15 billion this year. He expects a staggering $25 billion in crop insurance claims to be filed by growers across the nation, driven primarily by one of the worst droughts in the U.S. decades. His loss estimate is based on a loss ratio of $2.50 for every dollar paid in premium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency made changes to the insurance program in the past year which are expected to increase the underwriting losses from the drought. The changes meant farmers in some states paid smaller premiums this year for corn and soybeans. Not only that, the agency adjusted yields for those crops upwards to reflect recent trends, Barnaby said.

F-16s intercept single-engine plane in Denver area

A single-engine plane that entered a temporary no-fly zone in the Denver area has landed without incident after the military scrambled two F-16s to intercept it. The plane was intercepted after President Barack Obama spoke in Golden, Colo., around 11 a.m. Thursday but before he flew out of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora a few hours later.

ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI's Chicago-based attorney. The lawsuit filed in a South Dakota state court also names several individuals as defendants, including ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and the Department of Agriculture microbiologist who coined the term "pink slime." The company's reporting "caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," Webb said before the company's official announcement.

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Moffat County soccer loses 2nd straight

The boys soccer team from Moffat County High School suffered another tough defeat Thursday after surrendering another late goal under odd circumstances. The Bulldogs played Colorado Rocky Mountain High School at Thursday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, and while the weather was much nicer than the team’s game Tuesday vs. Rifle, the result was similar. MCHS battled from behind for much of the game to gain a 3-3 tie, but gave up a goal with just over six minutes to play, and lost 4-3. The goal came after a punt from the Rocky Mountain goalkeeper, which was allowed to bounce and then misplayed by Moffat County defenders, which resulted in an easy, game-winning goal.

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Moffat County prepped for "Championship of the Valley" vs. Steamboat

Moffat County prepped for "Championship of the Valley" vs. Steamboat

The Moffat County High School football team is heading into its third game of the season in need of a victory. To get back on track, the Bulldogs will have to beat their rivals from Steamboat Springs High School. In 2012, the early-season matchup has taken on added significance. Last week, Steamboat beat Summit High School to break a 22-game losing streak. Now the Sailors and Bulldogs, each with 1-1 records and 0-1 marks in the Western Slope League, will be looking to get a leg up in the conference when they meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Truths and misconceptions about the Mormon faith

Moffat County LDS members, officials from other churches debunk misconceptions about Mormon faith

Members of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints stake at Craig, the Schnackenbergs hosted an open house for members of the community to come and ask questions about their religion. They acknowledged there is plenty of speculation surrounding their faith. And with presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, questions have been raised as to the misconceptions and truths regarding the faith. Better known as Mormonism.

25 shades of Craig: Dating

Dating these days is more complicated than ever. With chat rooms, online dating, speed dating and dating services we have links to communication all the time, not to mention texting. We can be in constant communication with a person we’re interested in, which can be both a blessing and bad thing. When we don’t hear back instantly from a person our minds instantly go to the negative. We are too quick to ponder what we did wrong or what is wrong with us. One of the best pieces of advice that I was given is to treat the person that you are interested in like you would a friend of the same sex. When you take all the emotions and feelings of doubt out of your mind then you can see things from a different point of view.

Lance Scranton: Finding unity from tragedy

Many high schools took time this week to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Eleven years have passed and most people remember where they were the day that radical terrorism made its destructive appearance in our country. We’ve mostly moved on from the painful days that followed the news of a planned attack on the World Trade Center, but the lessons we learned from what we now refer to as “9-11” can be found in what we recite together each day in our classrooms. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”

Sports Briefs for Sept. 13, 2012: FMCE sets date for final fall 5k race

Friends of Moffat County Education had been planning a third 5-kilometer race after two successful events during the summer. Now the third race is set. The Leaf Cruncher 5k and One Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. in Loudy-Simpson Park. It will finish before Moffat County High School hosts its home cross-country meet later in the morning. The cost for registration is $20 for an adult and $5 for a child (17 and younger). Participants can register by messaging FMCE on Facebook or showing up early Saturday. Pre-registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Registering by Sept. 18 will ensure runners a t-shirt in their size. The one-mile fun run will start around 9:30 a.m., between the middle school and high school cross-country races. The high school meet will begin at 10 a.m.

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

High quality big-game hunts announced in Meeker

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, high-quality elk and mule deer hunts beginning Nov. 3, the agency announced in a news release. Interested hunters must submit a written application by 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 2012, to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Meeker Office Attn: Bailey Franklin/Special Miller Creek Ranch Hunts PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641

Mariana Raftopoulos business incubator grand opening Friday

Nauman-Cook: Everyone is welcome

Friday marks the official grand opening of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s business incubator. Named in honor of a late Craig resident and former county commissioner Mariana Raftopoulos, EDP Director Betsy Nauman-Cook said Friday’s event is all about growing business in Moffat County. "It’s an honor to the family and Marianna’s legacy of spurring growth and community involvement," she said. The grand opening of The Mariana Raftopoulos Business Incubator and One Stop Business Center takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower, 50 College Drive.

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Baumgardner, Tracy debate issues in Grand Junction

Short format provides little contrast on issues

On Saturday Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge, engaged in their first public debate for the office of Colorado Senate District 8. The debate was hosted by Club 20 and took place at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Among some of the topics were energy and the budget. But it was a short format, Tracy said, leaving little time to truly draw a distinct contrast between to two candidates about the issues. “I would have talked more about public schools and healthcare, and probably a few dozen others,” Tracy said. “I’m very much a supporter of public schools and it’s very concerning we’re struggling with funding at the local and state level. “I see quality public school education as being at the core of our form of government in this country. We need a well-educated populace to take part in this governing that we do.”