News for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Craig, Moffat County rescind fire restrictions

Storm cell ignites several small fires in Moffat, Rio Blanco

The Craig City Council followed suit Tuesday night by unanimously voting to rescind fire restrictions in Craig city limits. The decision takes effect immediately. “It’s time,” said city council member Don Jones. “In the morning the grass is wet, evenings are cool and I know we’re getting into that time of year when people like to sit out on their porches and light a fire in a pit. “Now it’s about education and making sure people understand there is still a danger out there.” Earlier in the day the Moffat County Commission also voted unanimously to rescind all fire restrictions in unincorporated portions of Moffat County. Their decision went into effect at Noon.

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MCHS Soccer team loses close game to Rocky Mountain

It’s safe to say that Moffat County’s boys soccer team is now mighty familiar with the roads between Craig to Carbondale. For the second time in four days, the Bulldogs visited Carbondale. On Saturday, they were in town to play Roaring Fork. On Tuesday, it was Colorado Rocky Mountain School. “We ought to just do a doubleheader,” Moffat County coach Rusty Cox joked. Although the Bulldogs again left Carbondale with a loss on Tuesday, the coach saw a spirited effort out of his team in a 3-2 loss to the Oysters. “Much better,” said Cox, whose team suffered a 4-1 loss to Roaring Fork on Saturday. “We just made little mistakes, really. It was a good game. It was a very evenly matched game. They just came out on top. It’s all good. It’s probably one of the better games I’ve seen my boys play.”

Deadline draws near for voter registration

Moffat County residents have until Oct. 9 to register for general election

In 41 days voters across the nation will go to the polls to decide the next president of the United States. And as election day draws nearer, so do some important deadlines for Craig and Moffat County voters. Stephanie Beckett, Moffat County elections supervisor, said there are currently 9,215 registered voters in the county, up from 8,526 during the 2008 general election and 9,097 from June’s primary election, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Editorial: Running toward success

Our View: While it’s normal for high school sports programs to endure “down” seasons due to constant turnover of team members, the MCHS cross-country program has found a way to consistently improve and compete. The editorial board wants to recognize coaches Todd Trapp and Jennifer Pressgrove for their work in producing consistent teams each year.

Frank Moe: ‘An excellent choice for the future’

I support Dave DeRose for Moffat County Commissioner, District 1. I have known Dave DeRose personally, professionally, and politically for over 24 years. I have personally witnessed Dave’s passion for community involvement and leadership here in Moffat County. Whether he is working with a youth group or youth activity, mentoring a young entrepreneur, assisting senior citizens, or even just providing a good deeds project, Dave has quietly given of himself, his time and resources, all while being humble and modest. Professionally, I cannot list the countless times when we have called Dave during an emergency at either one of our businesses or our home. No matter what the hour, the day of the week, or the circumstance, Dave has graciously made himself or one of his crew available to us, in order to ensure superior customer service for our guest comfort, and even our own comfort.

Kerry Moe: ‘An exemplary candidate’

This is a letter of support for Dave DeRose, for Moffat County Commissioner in District 1. I met Dave DeRose towards the end of 1987, due to a plumbing emergency call for a hotel my husband and I worked for when we first moved to Craig. It was the middle of the night, the hotel was out of hot water, and he came to our aid without hesitation. I immediately liked Dave, admired his knowledge and steadfast commitment to excellence, and over the years, have found him to be an integral part of our own business success. He has always been there for us professionally, and personally. I feel confident Dave will do the same for Moffat County.

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Adopting Sofie: Baggs couple learns to listen to their hearts

Baggs couple learns to listen to their hearts

The afghan hanging on Angeli and Todd Skalberg’s wall has five children needle worked on it. A gift at the birth of their first daughter, next to four of the five children is a name and birth date. “We had my friend who made it for me, needlework the three girls names on there, then Isaiah was born, and all of a sudden we have this little person in the corner that didn’t have a name,” Angeli said. And it appeared it would stay that way. The Skalbergs decided they weren’t having any more children. “It kind of bugged me you know, but not a reason to have another one,” Angeli laughed. But after six years, the nameless little person on the afghan will soon be Sofie, a seven-month-old girl the Skalbergs are adopting from Ethiopia.

Grandson considers move for 'Frozen Dead Guy'

The frozen corpse of the man who inspired Colorado's Frozen Dead Guy Days festival could be moving to Michigan. Bredo Morstoel was cryogenically frozen after he died in 1989 in hopes he could one day be revived. His body is being stored in a Tuff Shed in Nederland, Colo., with regular deliveries of dry ice helping to keep the body frozen.

Lawmakers review bills to address Colo. wildfires

Colorado lawmakers moved to tighten requirements for controlled burns Tuesday, but they're struggling to agree on a compensation figure for when the state is responsible for tragedies like a deadly March wildfire southwest of Denver. A panel reviewing legislation to introduce next year approved bills to implement minimum standards for when the state conducts burns, and a proposal to extend tax credits to landowners who conduct fire mitigation. The March wildfire in the Jefferson County foothills grew out of control from wind-blown embers from a prescribed burn. The wildfire scorched 6 square miles, damaged or destroyed two dozen homes, and killed three people. The proposed legislation still needs to be approved by another committee and lawmakers will continue to make changes in the coming year.

Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win

Ohio has emerged as the presidential race's undisputed focus. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making multiple stops this week alone in a state that's trending toward the president, endangering Romney's White House hopes. The popularity of Obama's auto industry bailout, and a better-than-average local economy, are undermining Romney's call for Ohioans to return to their GOP-leaning ways, which were crucial to George W. Bush's two elections. Ohio has 18 electoral votes, seventh most in the nation, and no Republican has won the White House without carrying it. Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead. On Tuesday, he made the first of his four planned Ohio stops this week, joining his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, for a rally near Dayton. On Wednesday, Obama will visit the college towns of Kent and Bowling Green, and Romney's bus tour will stop in the Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo areas. "If this president persists on the road of making it harder and harder for small businesses to grow and thrive, he's going to slowly but surely weaken our economy and turn us into Greece," Romney told supporters Tuesday in Vandalia. He said the Obama administration has put government between patients and their doctors, and is picking winners and losers in private business.

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

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Volleyball team looks to correct mistakes in second half

The girls volleyball team at Moffat County is still struggling with some of the issues that have plagued it all year. The team played at Grand Valley High School Saturday and lost in another close match—one that head coach Sandy Camilletti was expecting. Camilletti had said before the game they were evenly matched teams, and the score reflected that as the Bulldogs went down in four sets, 25-27, 26-24, 20-25, 21-25. Once again, Moffat County struggled to end their opponents’ serve at times. “We give up too many long runs of points,” Camilletti said. “Five (points) in a row, six in a row to the other team. We get stuck in a rotation and can’t get out of it. It kills us.”