News for Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Sheriff’s Office enters into contract to patrol Colowyo Mine borders during hunting season

Program aimed at reducing trespassing, limiting access to critical mine operating zones

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office recently entered into a contract with Colowyo Mine to conduct patrols during the 2012 to 2014 hunting seasons. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said deputies have been patrolling the boundaries of Colowyo Mine for about the past five seasons in an effort to minimize the number of trespassing violations by hunters. Colowyo Mine is private property.

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Yampa Valley Economic Development Council hears DU panel report on Colorado government

Vaughan: Funding reform for education key to avoiding future economic collapse in Colorado

Between fiscal years 2008 and 2010, Colorado’s general fund revenue declined by $1.3 billion, or 16.6 percent, as a result of the national economic downturn. Those declining revenues, coupled with rising program expenditures, resulted in significant budget shortfalls of $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2009, $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2010, $1 billion in fiscal year 2011 and $1 billion in fiscal year 2012. Because the Colorado Legislature is required by law to pass a balanced budget annually, many state funds have been cut drastically in recent years. For example, in fiscal year 2012, spending cuts included the closing of a state prison, a $230 million cut to K-12 education and an $81 million cut to higher education.

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Moffat County girls take 1st, boys 2nd at Loudy-Simpson

Home sporting events always are exciting. For sports like cross-country, where many schools don’t host a meet at all, getting to run at home is extra special. Junior Brenna Ciesco made the most of the Bulldogs’ home meet Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park, winning the varsity girls race in 20 minutes and 42 seconds. The Bulldogs meet was a small affair, in stark contrast to some of the large meets they’ve attended this season. In the girls race, just Moffat County and Steamboat Springs participated, but that didn’t make Ciesco’s victory any less sweet.

Business Beat: Mauka Bakery and Cafe now open for business

Originally slated to open last April, Muaka Bakery and Café finally opened its doors last Monday, and owner Naila Quintero said the first week of business had been good. “It’s surprisingly going really well,” Quintero said. She said they have to explain some of the menu items to customers to wary and excited customers. Quintero said one of the best sellers so far is the Green Coconut Smoothie, a blend of coconut, banana and spinach.

W. Kent Nielson: I support Dave DeRose

I would like to take this opportunity to show my support for Dave DeRose as a Moffat County Commissioner. I have lived in Craig for more than 30 years and have known Dave for the past 20. I had the opportunity to serve with Dave on the Craig City Council for 8 years and worked with him side by side. I can honestly say that Dave cares for Craig and Moffat County and his interests will benefit our County. Dave will devote his time to make sure he represents Moffat County in a way that will benefit our County. As Mayor of Craig and as a Member of the Craig City Council I have seen him in action as a public official. Dave committed his time and effort to serve the citizens of Craig. Dave and I didn’t agree on everything but he is the type of guy that allowed us to work through our differences. He was open minded and willing to listen to me and others and we could then come to the right conclusion.

Joe Bird: Vote for Dave DeRose

Things are changing before us everyday and making sure you have the right people make those decisions for you is critical to a community’s survival. Not only on a daily basis but for implementing a long term vision with the processes being put into place that will not only benefit us, but our children and the leaders that will follow. That is why it is so important to have those people in place that have your best interest at heart along with the passion, drive, and work ethic to carry out those plans and purposes. This is why I am not only asking you to get out there and vote but to also come along side in putting the correct person in the place of commissioner by voting for Dave DeRose. He has not only shown me along with numerous others what community involvement means and why it is so important but has also shown over and over again in his actions the passion he has for this community and what it looks like when you invest.

Rosemary Potter: 'A traitor in the White House'

To the editor: If you've never voted in your life before, you absolutely need to vote this time! We have a traitor in the white house, and we have to get him out of there. Consider only a few of the facts:

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Energy, economy, casino spotlighted during state candidate forum

Baxter, Tracy host discussion about issues at Downtown Books in Craig

Energy, the economy and the latest developments surrounding the proposed Hayden casino project were highlighted Thursday during the latest candidate forum in Craig. Colorado House District 57 candidate Jo Ann Baxter, D-Craig, and Colorado Senate District 8 candidate Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge, hosted the event at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. About 12 Craig and Moffat County voters attended the meeting, many voicing concerns about the economy, Tracy said.

Agriculture & Livestock: 2012 Livestock and Dog Results at the Colorado State Fair

Moffat County’s Darren McLaughlin has done it again. This year, as in previous years, he showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Colorado State Fair. But that’s not all. He showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb as well It’s a remarkable achievement, indeed.

Proud, Involved MCHS Teachers: Editorial was all wrong

We were disappointed in your generalization of teachers and their lack of commitment on the recently created community broads, financially and apparently in the classroom. Speaking only for ourselves — although we know many other teachers do the same and even more — we are not involved on one of the boards because we feel our involvement is on the school side and we do not want any editorial board or other community member to cry foul if a cause we are involved in were to receive funding. When we have a contribution to make we will be contacting the appropriate group. We each spend, at the minimum, $400-500 hundred every year on fundraisers and miscellaneous supplies, which aid our instruction for various activities in our classroom. We personally do not like fundraising, but it is one-way groups use to support their organization.

Kristin Allen: A very committed group

I would argue that the individuals in this community who are some of the most ‘committed to excellence’ are, without question, teachers. I am the wife, niece, friend, sister, granddaughter and colleague of a teacher. My colleagues, friends and family members are ‘committed to excellence’ with regard to providing a quality education to the children of this community. They are some of the most committed people I know. They commit their time. I can honestly say that I don’t know a single teacher who thinks that their “commitment begins and ends with the daily school bells.”

Al Cashion: A lesson I needed to learn again

Some lessons must be learned immediately after teaching them. Yeah. That’s what I said. Last week ‘s prose came out my nose. (Essential Sequential Linearity) Actually, there were a number of lessons I thought I had learned that went back into the furnace this week then were removed from the fire, placed on the anvil and subjected to the hammer to be shaped once more. I carelessly wounded a great number of good people. I hurt the heart of the God who loves them. I am a debtor to Moffat County School District at large and individually not to mention the community of Craig.

Editorial: Too soon for concern

Our View: On the heels of the departure of two local doctors and bolstered by claims made by former employees, there has been recent speculation throughout the community about The Memorial Hospital’s ability to retain physicians. After meeting with hospital administrators, the editorial board came to the conclusion that TMH is in a situation faced by most other businesses across the country.