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Hayden casino lacks support of current Colorado governor

The local group proposing a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport was dealt a major blow during a meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration Tuesday.

John Williams: Election of highest importance

To the editor: The movie now showing at the local theater “2016 Obama’s America” should be required viewing for all voters. If you are not sure if you want to vote or just don’t think it is important then this movie is a must for you. If you are conservative or liberal this will confirm for some and should open closed minds for others on where this country is headed without a change in leadership. This is the most important election in your lifetime regardless of your age. Consider what is at stake for your children and grandchildren.

Toni Marshall: An unforgivable act

On the night of Tuesday, September 4, I had just gotten home from work and a vehicle passed my house, my street is very busy so I didn’t pay any attention to the vehicle until I heard that very distinctive thud and a horrible scream from a dog. The vehicle screeched then took off. I knew a poor dog had been hit.

Three Springs wildfire contained in Moffat County

Five blazes ignite near Massadona

Less than a week after fire restrictions were rescinded on public lands in Moffat County at least five fires were sparked Monday near Massadona. Massadona is located in western Moffat County about 20 miles east of Dinosaur. The Three Springs fire, as the multiple fires were collectively named by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, was ignited off of U.S. Highway 40 near Massadona by sparks from a chain being dragged behind a vehicle.

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Bear River Young Life building gets new mural, pays tribute to former member and leader

Sporadic green circles and handprints are what used to cover the Bear River Young Life building in Craig. But that was before Labor Day Weekend, when it received a facelift in the form of a mural, paying tribute to one of the groups leaders.

Viral disease confirmed in 3 Colorado yaks

Colorado agriculture officials say a viral disease that can cause fever, loss of appetite, and lesions of the mouth in animals has been diagnosed in at least three yaks. State agriculture officials said Tuesday that epizootic hemorraghic disease was diagnosed in yaks at two locations in Larimer County and one location in Alamosa County.

Frontier adds Colorado Springs-San Diego flights

Frontier Airlines has launched nonstop flights between Colorado Springs and San Diego.

Romney tries to stem damage from new controversy

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night the occupant of the Oval Office must "work for everyone, not just for some," jabbing back at Mitt Romney's jarring statement that as a candidate, he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of the country that pays no income taxes. Romney neither disavowed nor apologized for his remarks, which included an observation that nearly half of the country believe they are victims and entitled to a range of government support. Instead, Romney cast his comment as evidence of a fundamental difference with Obama over the economy, adding the federal government should not "take from some to give to the others." As the rivals sparred with seven weeks remaining in a close race for the White House, two GOP Senate candidates publicly disavowed Romney's remarks and Republican officials openly debated the impact that a series of controversies would have on the party's prospects of winning the presidency. Top Republicans in Congress volunteered no reaction to Romney's remarks — just as they generally refrained from commenting a week ago when he issued a statement that inaccurately accused the Obama administration of giving comfort to demonstrators after they breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Editorial: Commitment to excellence?

A lack of funding for education has taken center stage at the national, state and local levels. In Craig there are three community organizations dedicated to improving education both inside and outside of the classroom. Yet, in a time when our own Moffat County School District is yelling poverty, it’s interesting to note that not one teacher or administrator is active on any of the community boards. Teachers: where is your commitment to excellence?

Don and Molly Austin: Thanks, Craig

Recently, my wife and I came to Craig to visit our daughter, who works for the newspaper in town. We did not anticipate anything special from a small town that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. We couldn't have been more wrong. The town of Craig is filled with that wonderful small town charm that used to be commonplace, but is now a rarity in this day and age.

Kent Walter: BLM to host public meetings about Piceance Basin management

On behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, I’d like to invite you to one of several public meetings about managing oil and natural gas development over the next 20 years on a large part of the Piceance Basin, a place rich in both energy and wildlife resources. The BLM’s White River Field Office in Meeker recently released a draft plan outlining multiple alternatives for managing the expected increase in oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres of federal mineral resources in Rio Blanco County, southern Moffat County, and a small part of northern Garfield County. The White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Development Amendment looks at the potential impacts of this anticipated development and proposes various options for mitigating those impacts. With most of the area already leased, BLM’s task is to find innovative ways for managing this increasing development while minimizing impacts to wildlife and other sensitive resources. The plan and supporting documents are available on-line at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html. You can learn more and have your questions answered at one of the open house meetings we are holding throughout the region.

Christopher Isensee: In support of Sal Pace

Anyone remember the Summitville Disaster? The people of Rio Grande County do. Twenty years ago the Canadian mining operation at Summitville declared bankruptcy and walked off, leaving a moonscape with piles of cyanide treated rubble draining acidic, mineral and cyanide laden water into streams and ground water, rendering the Alamosa River lifeless and the downstream users and well owners out of luck. 250 million taxpayer dollars later the site is somewhat remediated. A $16 million water treatment plant provided by the 2009 stimulus is allowing the river to recover, a process the EPA estimates will require 100 years.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 19, 2012

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 19, 2012

Citizens Supporting Property Rights: Responsible energy development possible

In Routt County, two words have been ignored in the debate around responsible energy development. Citizens Supporting Property Rights, a new citizens group, is committed to bringing those words, property rights, back to the debate. Our organization represents citizens and landowners with mineral property rights they seek to protect. After all, we believe the valuable minerals beneath our lands can complement the priceless treasures above. We’ve paid taxes on our minerals for up to 100 years. Revenues from these minerals to the county, while consistent, have been modest. But once we bring those minerals to the surface, Routt County will benefit in measurable, meaningful ways.

Xcel Energy utility rates could drop in 4th quarter

Cost adjustments for electricity, natural gas requires PUC approval

Xcel Energy customers could see a drop in electricity and natural gas rates beginning next month. On Monday Excel Energy in Colorado filed to change Colorado electricity and natural gas prices for the fourth quarter of 2012, according to an Xcel Energy news release. If the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves the Quarterly Gas Adjustment, customers can expect to see a nine percent drop on their natural gas bills — based on the same use — when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Dale Walling: Support your fire board

As a former Craig resident (1977 - 1984), I follow your local news. As a 20 year veteran full time firefighter in a suburb of Seattle, I've taken interest in your training tower conflict. Craig has always enjoyed the benefits (even way back in the '70's) of an outstanding, dedicated group of volunteer firefighters. These men and women have dedicated countless hours to providing fire protection and life safety for your community. Two of the most important aspects to maintaining such a quality program is to maintain a high level of morale and provide quality training opportunities.

Ryan, Falcons beat mistake-prone Broncos 27-21

Peyton Manning knew there would be some stumbles along the way. There had to be after four neck surgeries, a year away from the field, and the transition to a new team. But even at his most pessimistic, Manning surely never envisioned a quarter like this. One pick. Then another. Then a third.

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Moffat County runners set season-bests — again

The Moffat County High School boys and girls cross-country teams ran at the Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational Friday, and had their best meet of the year. The girls team finished sixth overall, running as the only Class-3A team in their race. The boys team was 23rd, but was also running against all 4A competition and each varsity runner set a personal-best time. Head coach Todd Trapp was pleased with teams' races and thinks both are in good spots for the early portion of the season. The team's next meet will the home meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in Loudy-Simpson Park.

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CNCC Fundraiser Dinner tries different approach, sees benefits

This year’s Colorado Northwestern Community College foundation fundraiser took on a snazzier look, and raised almost $6,000 by doing so. Its second year, the event was modeled after the foundation fundraiser dinner at the Rangeley campus, rather than the picnic style of last year. It was held to raise funds and awareness of the need for residential facilities at Craig. A dinner including a silent and live auction, the semi-formal event was held last Saturday evening at the Craig Campus Commons.