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Thursday, February 28

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Gumber huge as Moffat County boys basketball defeats Gunnison

With the team at less than full strength, a Moffat County freshman stepped up and helped deliver a district playoffs win.

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Moffat County girls beat Basalt, qualify for regionals

A slow start couldn’t keep the Moffat County girls basketball team down for long. The Bulldogs played a poor first quarter but came back strong in the final three, beating Basalt 56-26 Thursday and moving on to the district semifinals. The win also guaranteed them a spot in the regional tournament next weekend.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership fires its executive director

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board fired Betsy Nauman-Cook, its executive director, earlier this week. EDP officials have not provided a reason for her dismissal, but they appointed Audrey Danner to serve in an interim capacity.

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No timetable for when Yampa Valley Regional Airport might get replacement security equipment

Colorado’s two United States senators are hopeful the return of pat-downs and metal detectors at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is only temporary.

Routt County agencies, agriculture groups refocus on irrigation water measuring devices

Feathers were ruffled in August when eight irrigation ditches in the Elk River Valley were shut down because they didn’t have flow-measuring devices. This year, the Routt County CSU Extension is working to get ahead of the drought.

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WATCH LIVE: MCHS hoops teams open playoffs today at home

Click here to watch a live broadcast of Moffat County High School's playoff games today. The girls battle Basalt at 5:30 p.m. before the boys take on Gunnison at 7 p.m.

Craig women opening new salon Friday

Track lighting and black-and-white pictures of iconic superstars define the remodeled space at 458 Yampa Ave. in Craig. The salon is also offering a complimentary beer or glass of wine for customers.

Agencies to host meeting on second phase of Jensen-Ute Park Trail

The first phase of the trail was completed last summer by the BLM and ERBM. The non-motorized trail spurs off the existing trail at Phillip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park, ending at a high point above China Wall. The proposed Jensen-Ute Park Trail will connect two Meeker parks across almost two miles of BLM lands. The second phase is to continue on BLM land along the ridgeline above the cliff walls down to Ute Park, according to a news release.

Annual Crane Fest to take place in Monte Vista

Before the greater sandhill cranes come to Northwest Colorado to nest and breed, they put on a show in the southern part of the state.

The Record for March 1, 2013

Moffat County and Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Wednesday, February 27

TMH officials: Sleep vital for healthy living

As National Sleep Awareness Week approaches, The Memorial Hospital at Craig is reminding community members about the importance of getting the proper amount of sleep.

Sweepstakes scam arrives in Craig resident's mailbox

CPD warns residents of sweepstakes scam

“You can’t win if you don’t play” is a phrase often heard in a line to buy lottery tickets, but it’s also one of the telltale signs of a scam, according to a Craig Police Department news release.

Craig Police Department: Beware of online vendors

A local man recently fell victim to an online scam, providing a reminder to other residents to be cautious when conducting business over the internet.

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M2: Moffat County alum Sadvar is good to her core

Going to college can be a thrilling experience of personal growth. Moffat County High School graduate Annie Sadvar has embraced that opportunity and is furthering her passions through opportunities at school.

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M2: Craig sixth-grader Alicea Diedrich never ceases to amaze

An ability beyond her years has helped Alicea Diedrich make her mark on Craig Middle School. It’s a fact that hasn’t surprised her mother, Veronica, who said Alicea was impressing the adults around her as a toddler.

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M2: MCHS junior Derek Maiolo leads with compassion

Moffat County High School junior Derek Maiolo is in constant motion. Involved in numerous clubs and activities in and out of school, Maiolo not only participates, he advocates for change and leads by example.

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M2: 'A 5th-grade entrepreneur extraordinaire'

It can be hard for 10-year-olds to find ways to make money. Logan Duke learned that lesson last summer when he wound up owing his mom $5 after paying overhead costs to run a lemonade stand.

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M2: CMS seventh-grader returns from presidential inauguration

Craig Middle School seventh-grader Tristan Farquharson may only be 12, but he’s already building an impressive resume of stories and life experiences, including a trip to Washington, D.C. to witness the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama.

M2: Craig's Zoe Sowers is driving down the right path

CNCC student Zoe Sowers on her way to psychology career

Colorado Northwestern Community College student Zoe Sowers, 20, knows she’s one of the fortunate ones who discovered her passion at a young age.

Briefs for Feb. 27, 2013: State awarded grant for health care development

A Moffat County High School teacher and coach was arrested Saturday at his home in the 800 block of Russell Street.

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M2: Getting to know Kaycee Stagner, MCHS grad now pursuing goal of becoming a veterinarian

Kaycee Stagner moved to Craig with her family when she was 4 and is a graduate of Moffat County High School and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. She now attends veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Chris J. Wiant: Dental care still an issue

A recent report issued by the Pew Center on the States highlights the fact that dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children. For adults, the Colorado Health Access Survey revealed that nearly four in 10 Coloradans lacked dental insurance in 2011 and nearly one in four Coloradans (approximately 1.2 million people) did not get needed dental care due to cost.

M2: 10 million decisions facing Craig's Taelor Stagner

Craig resident Taelor Stagner eyes Air Force, PR, divinity, public health after college

Name: Taelor Stagner Age: 21 From: Craig College: University of Wyoming Major: Kinesiology and Health Promotion — the study of movement and physical therapy

Ben and Lisa Vannoy and family: Thanks for the support

We would like to thank the people who have been there for our family in our time of need. To start with, my co-worker who started CPR and the passer-by who aided with the 911 call. The Moffat County emergency services were terrific with their quick response to the accident scene.

Lance Scranton: Doing what’s right

While generally agreed that leadership requires time-honored traits such as courage, integrity and honesty, it increasingly is apparent while watching the news that many leaders are taught to avoid responsibility for their beliefs (and most assuredly their decisions). But, if you read about most successful leaders throughout history, an unceasing commitment to a particular vision was apparent.

M2: Teen Jose Duarte provides inspirational company

Craig youth Jose Duarte a welcome sight for Boys & Girls Club kids

On a recent Friday, Craig resident Jose Duarte, 16, a junior staff member at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, took a break from his duties to sit down with Moffat Monthly. The interview was routinely interrupted by children curious to learn why Duarte was not at his usual post in the gym teaching kids the game of soccer.

Tuesday, February 26

Craig City Council considers extending its moratorium against pot clubs

The Craig City Council on Tuesday took one step closer to extending its moratorium against private marijuana clubs until Oct. 1.

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Meeker freshman, former Bad Dog wows with state wrestling title

Amid the massive crowds at the Pepsi Center in Denver last weekend for the state wrestling championships, TJ Shelton knocked down yet another impressive barrier.

Moffat County High School basketball teams start playoffs Thursday at home

The Moffat County High School basketball teams find themselves in must-win situations this week when the postseason tips off Thursday. First up for the Bulldogs is the district tournament, beginning Thursday in Craig and continuing Friday and Saturday in Palisade. The top four teams from the district tournament qualify for regionals.

Moffat County Commission approves marijuana moratorium

Ordinance prohibits marijuana consumption on commercial properties

The Moffat County Commission voted Tuesday to impose a moratorium against the use or consumption of marijuana on commercial or industrial-zoned properties in unincorporated areas of the county.

MCHS teacher, coach arrested Saturday

Casey John Kilpatrick, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, false imprisonment and several related misdemeanor charges. Formal charges have not yet been filed in Moffat County Court, according to court records.

Craig police gearing up for spring citizens academy

The Craig Police Department is hosting its spring 2013 Citizens Police Academy beginning March 14. The academy, which runs for 10 weeks, is not intended to certify participants for police duty, but to provide knowledge of the basic functions of the department.

The Record for Feb. 27

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls.

Moffat County United Way recognizes local businesses for fundraising efforts

Local coal companies are some of the largest employers in Moffat County and Northwest Colorado, and they’re also some of its biggest philanthropists. Trapper Mining, Colowyo Mine and Twentymile Coal Co., including donations from their employees, contributed $186,937 to the 2013 Moffat County United Way fundraising campaign, amounting to 40 percent of the total $460,000 raised by the community.

Sportsmen delegates selected to represent northwest region

Members of the sportsmen’s caucus for Northwest Colorado elected two delegates to represent the region at the statewide Sporstmen’s Roundtable next month.

Colorado awarded $2 million to improve health services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center recently announced that Colorado was awarded $2 million in State Innovation Models initiatives funding. The funding will be used over the next six months to further develop a State Health Care Innovation Plan with a focus on improved integration of physical and behavioral health services.

George and Ann Kidder: Humble thanks

Friday night turned into a special evening for Ann and I. While at the State of the County event hosted by the Chamber, we were presented with the Citizens of the Year award.

Craig Chamber of Commerce sets sights on big year

Everyone has those days when items on a to-do list take a backseat to more pressing matters. For the Craig Chamber of Commerce, such a day stretched into a year. Despite a flurry of unforeseen opportunities in 2012, Jeff Smith, chairman of the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, said the organization is poised to accomplish amazing things in 2013.

Moffat County foreclosure filings remain flat to previous years

Unlike the spike in foreclosures experienced in neighboring Routt County in recent years, the Moffat County real estate market has seen relative stability since the recession began.

Monday, February 25

Ridgeview Elementary participating in national reading event

Ridgeview Elementary School students will participate in the national reading event “Read the Most From Coast to Coast” this Friday.

Sunday, February 24

Craig briefs for Monday, Feb. 25

The deadline for submissions to be included in the 2013 edition of CNCC’s “Waving Hands Review” is Friday.

Craig Daily Press wins 50 awards

The Craig Daily Press won 50 awards in the 2012 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented to newspapers across the state during the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention at the Westin Downtown Denver Hotel on Saturday.

Stephanie Pearce: Grandma’s apron

I read a post on Facebook the other day about a grandmother’s apron, and it made me smile as I thought of my Grandma’s aprons. I always have loved aprons, and today I enjoy sewing old time lookalikes.

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Craig youth hockey teams close regular season on high notes

The Bantam Cougars hockey team will make the postseason and could even end up the top seed. The Pee Wee team ended its season on a two-game winning streak.

Mathers: Conservative planning pays off for Moffat County

Mathers: But challenges remain

Sometimes it’s better to reference history than to repeat it. It’s a life lesson often preached by Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile says historic events made 2012 a memorable year for the city

Romney, Rockwell among 2012 Craig highlights

Every year is eventful. But Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said 2012 was historical, if not even a little bit magical. On Friday, Carwile delivered the State of the City address during the seventh annual State of the County event hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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Local band performs for large crowd Friday

Beyond the Wreckage band members were in their element Friday night as they performed for a hometown crowd of nearly 100 people at the Craig Pavilion. Audience members sang along to many of the songs played by the metal group. There was even a mosh pit and some crowd surfing.

Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Alejandro Servin

Get to know new Craig resident Alejandro Servin

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Craig grocery shoppers get a reminder about the source of their food

City Market shoppers in downtown Craig were reminded where the food in their shopping carts came from Sunday thanks to representatives of the Moffat County Farm Bureau and Moffat County Cattlewomen.

Saturday, February 23

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Moffat's DeMoor falls in state wrestling tourney

Moffat County junior Jesse DeMoor lost in the consolation quarterfinals of the 182-pound bracket at the state wrestling tournament in Denver, falling to Cody Garrett, of Middle Park, 7-3, in a grinding match that left both wrestlers panting.

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Bulldog Sports Feb. 25 to March 3, 2013

The upcoming week in local sports, including the postseason for high school basketball and start of the season for middle school wrestling.

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Steamboat Institute announces Dick and Liz Cheney as keynote speakers at Freedom Conference

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his oldest daughter, Liz Cheney, were announced Saturday as the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.

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CNCC President Russell George delivers keynote address at State of the County event

If a society is to thrive it must have a couple of key ingredients. Strong leadership, successful businesses and businesspeople, and a dedicated community are fundamental pieces of a broader pie that all great cities and towns share.

Daily Press wins 3 awards from Associated Press

The Craig Daily Press won three awards at the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual banquet Friday night in downtown Denver. The newspaper won first place in the Feature Story category for former editor Josh Roberts’ “Soul Survivor,” a story that detailed a Craig woman’s coming to terms with the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.

Family of Ken Martin: Thanks for the support

We would like to take some time and say all of our “thank yous” to the many people who have brought food to the house, prayers, phone calls, cards and flowers, as well as for the donations from the coal miners of Twentymile Coal Co.

Editorial: Continued sources of concern

Ongoing dental and mental health issues in Moffat County serve as reminder that more still needs to be done to help ourselves

Baxter Black: My new horse, and Tom

I traded for a new horse awhile back. He’s a buckskin, 11 years old by his teeth, no papers, 15 hands and sound.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Winter at Morapos

As I look out on Pipi’s Pasture, I’m reminded of winter days when I was a child growing up on the ranch at Morapos (south of Hamilton). Memories take me back to when I was in the elementary grades, around 7 to 9 years of age.

Over a Cup: Kickin’ Cajun Dirty Rice

This week’s recipe can be found in the “Family Mealtimes” flier produced by the Colorado Beef Council (and funded by Beef Checkoff dollars). According to the flier, the recipe provides “an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc and is a good source of fiber and iron.” Besides that, it’s easy to prepare, it’s quick and it’s delicious.

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DeMoor advances to state’s final day

Jesse DeMoor’s dreams of a state championship ended early Friday, but the Moffat County High School junior bounced back from a defeat at the state wrestling championships and dominated his first consolation match. Now he’ll wrestle today in the consolation semifinals of the 182-pound Class 3A bracket at the tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Moffat County girls basketball finishes regular season in style

From national anthem to final buzzer, it was a great senior night for the Moffat County girls basketball team. Led by seven seniors all season long, the Bulldogs did not disappoint a raucous crowd Friday at Moffat County High School, beating Coal Ridge 61-47. The good will for the seniors began before the game even started.

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Moffat County boys light up scoreboard on senior night

In their final home game of the regular season, the Moffat County boys team made sure to go out with a bang. The best way the team could find to honor its senior members was with its highest offensive output of the season. Moffat County scored 34 points in the fourth quarter en route to an 86-59 win over Coal Ridge Friday in Craig.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Feb. 23

Local gas prices heading into the weekend

Friday, February 22

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Hayden students awarded with assembly after fitness challenge

Hayden Valley Elementary School students got a healthy jump on the weekend by breaking a sweat and cutting a rug during a school assembly Friday afternoon.

New foreclosures wane in Routt since last quarter of 2012

The number of new foreclosure filings in Routt County in the fourth quarter of 2012 fell to less than half of what they were during the same period in 2011.

Government update for Feb. 23

Moffat County Commission and Moffat County School Board meeting agendas for the upcoming week

The Record for Feb. 23

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

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Moffat County High School FFA hosts barnyard day

Moffat County kindergartners got an up-close and personal look at agriculture Thursday with some help from the Moffat County High School FFA club. FFA students with puppies and roping gear welcomed the kindergarteners to Barnyard Day in honor of national FFA Week.

Colorado Northwestern Community College update

An update on courses and upcoming events at Colorado Northwestern Community College

Rob Douglas: 'Top Secret America'

The United States has become a security state so large, so pervasive, and so classified, that no one — not the president or anyone else in the chain of command — has a grasp of the inherent waste resulting from our bloated national security apparatus.

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Moffat County's DeMoor wins opening match at state tournament

The first day of the Class 3A state wrestling tournament got off to a slow start for the Moffat County High School team, but the action finished with a bang thanks to a thrilling performance from junior Jesse DeMoor.

Thursday, February 21

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Hayden leaders discuss pot, direct staff to draft emergency ordinance to prohibit 'pot clubs'

During a colorful discussion at a Hayden Town Council meeting Thursday night, marijuana was considered a potential tax revenue source at one point and was called poison a few minutes later.

Moffat County Commission accepts latest settlement from Questar

More than $1 million in back valuations to benefit county taxing districts

The Moffat County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a settlement with Questar Gas worth more than $1 million. The settlement will benefit the county’s taxing districts. The latest settlement with the energy operator stems from a personal property valuation dispute going back to tax years 2003 through 2008.

Craig man sentenced to 2 years for felony assault

A Craig man who pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. Derik Scott, 24, pleaded guilty to the Class 5 felony charge earlier this month as part of a deal with the Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The Record for Feb. 22

Moffat County and Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Accused killer's wife admits to extramarital affair during preliminary hearing Thursday

Jury trial set for June

After nearly 11 hours of testimony Thursday, a judge ruled there’s sufficient evidence to move forward with a first-degree murder case against Craig resident Leroy David Fief. A two-week jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. June 17. In the meantime, 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O’Hara ordered that Fief continue to be held without bond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

Advocates-Crisis Support Services: Help stop teen dating violence in February

February is now recognized by the city of Craig as “Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.”

Janet Sheridan: Stamped in my bones

Aunt Mary delivered me home, then settled in for a visit with Mom while my cousins played with Bob and Barbara. Unnoticed, I sneaked away to see if anything had changed during my extended absence. First, I looked for our creaky cat and found her as alive and irritable as ever. Next, I climbed a cottonwood and inched along a sturdy branch to see if anyone had defaced the initials “JB” I had gouged into the tree’s bark on my 8th birthday. They were untouched.

Concerned by area suicide rates, group meets to discuss solutions

Mental illness, a disease as real as cancer or diabetes, can lead to the most tragic of consequences: suicide. But with just a little training about what to watch for and how to help, the friends, family and coworkers of those suffering from suicidal thoughts can help them get the help they need. That’s a message Ronna Autrey of Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and other community members are trying to spread.

Tony Bohrer: It is what it is ... or is it?

I can’t stand the saying “It is what it is.” Who came up with it and why is it so popular? To me it seems like a cop out. Sounds like, “Well, I will just put up with it.”

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Lady Bulldogs and their seven seniors prepare for special night

While the Bulldogs are guaranteed to be the top seed in next week’s district tournament (they lead second-place Olathe by two games), their home game against the Titans at 6 p.m. Friday has special meaning beyond the standings. It is Senior Night for the girls team, which will honor seven seniors who have been instrumental to the program’s success this year and in the recent past.

Briefs for Feb. 21, 2013: Cutthroats meeting set

News and notes from around Moffat County and Craig

Hayden School District seeking community members to serve on District Improvement Team

The Hayden School District is looking for parents and community members to serve on its District Improvement Team.

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Andy Bockelman: Oscar night know-how

Some people take these bets pretty seriously — who’s got a wager on how long it takes host Seth MacFarlane to break into the voice of Stewie Griffin? — and in case your pals have an inside line, here are some predictions and personal picks to help you fill out your Oscar ballot.

Boys basketball to honor big men on Friday's Senior Night

Moffat County High School’s boys basketball team gets contributions from members of every grade. The guards creating steals and havoc at the front of the press are sophomores and juniors. Freshman Kort Hatthorn has emerged as a big scorer for the Bulldogs in recent games. But the two seniors on this season’s team are as valuable as any Bulldogs.

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees' work session agenda

The following is the agenda for The Memorial Hospital at Craig board of trustees work session beginning 10 a.m. Friday at the hospital in Room AB: A. Call to order by Don Cook, Chair B. Executive Session to discuss matters relating to legal advice pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(b). C. Board Education – Michael Mullins, QHR, Region 9 VP D. Adjourn

Tuesday, February 19

Meeker outfitter sentenced in U.S. District Court

Rodebaugh to serve 41 months in prison for six Lacey Act violations

A Meeker resident convicted of six felony violations of the Lacey Act was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, owner of D&S Outfitters in Meeker, was sentenced to serve 41 months in federal prison, pay $37,390 in restitution to the State of Colorado, and forfeit two all terrain vehicles and a trailer used in the commission of his crimes, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.

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Craig Middle School girls basketball take first, second at districts

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams from CMS hosted the district championships Saturday at CMS and Sandrock Elementary School, with the eighth-graders emerging from the tournament as champion. The seventh-grade team finished as runners-up to Rangely.

Three Bulldogs ready for state wrestling

A freshman and two juniors will represent the Bulldogs starting Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, where the Colorado 3A state meet is held. Issic Herod (120 pounds), Brayden Peterson (138 pounds) and Jesse Demoor (182 pounds) all have hopes of placing, but they’ll have their hands full in stacked brackets.

Colorado gun control bills pass along party lines; local legislators vote mostly as expected

Yampa Valley gun enthusiasts may have a few new hoops to jump through after legislators in the Colorado House of Representatives passed four new gun control bills Monday. It went down almost exactly as one local lawmaker predicted.

Craig briefs: Moffat County Booster Club meets at school

The Moffat County Booster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria.

Lance Scranton: The mirror that reflects

Tradition. Many artists, writers and philosophers began the 20th century thinking that traditional methods of viewing the world were outdated and in need of a contemporary fix. One such movement that flourished in the early 1900s and continued through the 1950s was cubism. Cubism was an attempt to elicit an understanding of the fourth dimension (time) by the artistic representation of multiple views of an object.

Robin Schiffbauer and Gail Severson: Proud of community

We would like to thank the Craig Rotary Club for the beautiful awards and kindness shown to us for our work with St. Michael’s Community Kitchen.

Editorial: Time to speak up is now

It’s likely many Moffat County residents woke up Tuesday feeling a bit helpless — and certainly frustrated — at the recent flurry of gun control-related legislation making its way through the state Capitol in Denver.

Roadblock to oral health no longer a matter of resources

Three years ago the roadblock to achieving good oral health for all Northwest Colorado children was a lack of resources and financially feasible care options. While there remains an alarming number of local children who continue to suffer from dental diseases, the root of the problem has switched from one of resources to one of education about preventative care.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

A rundown of action for Tuesday's regularly scheduled Moffat County Commission meeting

Local Boy Scouts troop to face Klondike test

Craig’s newly formed Boy Scouts Troop 1150 will get its first real test this weekend during the annual Klondike event at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle. The one-day event will test the Boy Scouts’ ability to work together and independently of their leader to complete a 10-mile course pulling a handmade sled on homemade snowshoes.

CNCC President Russell George to keynote State of the County event Feb. 22

An event known in recent years for drawing the likes of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sens. Al and Jean White, and local federal agency representatives is going hyper local in 2013. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual State of the County is slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The event will be headlined by Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Monday, February 18

Briefs for Feb. 18, 2013: BLM reminds residents about Emerald closures

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to comply with seasonal closures at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs. The closures are in place to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a Little Snake Field Office news release.

Stephanie Pearce: Give each day a new start

Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with my son about how I’ve raised him and made so many mistakes. He assured me that he has turned out OK. He also told me something that really hit home: He told me not to hold on to the past or to grudges, but to give each day a new start. I know, he’s pretty wise for being so young. This is easier said than done for most humans, but not so much for dogs. I have a dog that is really good at this.

Sunday, February 17

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 18, 2013

I remember when Valentine’s Day had sayings like “Do you carrot at all for me?” and “Bee my honeybee” and “I can’t bear it if you won’t be my Valentine.” The carrot saying, of course, featured a bunny rabbit holding a carrot, the bee one had a bee buzzing around, and so on.

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3 Moffat County wrestlers qualify for state meet

Numerous Bulldogs had put themselves in good position after Friday’s preliminary rounds, but against the stiffer competition Saturday trying to place in the top four and advance to the state meet, several came up just short. Of the 11 wrestlers Moffat County sent to the regionals, Jesse Demoor, Brayden Peterson and Issic Herod were the three to qualify to wrestle another week.

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Craig couple opens restaurant with a fresh focus

After years of cooking in restaurants owned by others, Mike Breen and his wife, Amanda, finally have taken the plunge and opened their own restaurant, Sidewayz.

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Selling cookies helps local Girl Scouts bond

Girl Scouts touting Samoa’s, Thin Mints and Tagalongs, amongst others, have returned to storefronts to tempt those coming and going with their brightly colored boxes of cookies. Kyanna Woods, 12, Kristi Barnes, 10, and Vanessa Libbee, 13, were at Walgreens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday selling cookies to passerby.

Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest accepting entries

In celebration of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated May 17, K-12 students are eligible to participate in the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. The day recognizes conservation efforts to help endangered species across the nation.

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Bulldog sports for Feb. 18-24, 2013

The upcoming week in local sports

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With plenty of snow and added events, Wyman's Winter Festival delivers for crowds

It has become one of Craig’s premier events during winter, and Saturday’s all-day seventh annual Winter Festival at the Wyman Museum did not disappoint. On the heels of 2012’s lack of snow and scaled back Winter Festival events, this weekend’s 2013 version was back at full strength and even included some expanded snow-related events.

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Moffat County girls lock up Western Slope League with win over Roaring Fork

The Lady Bulldogs wanted nothing to do with Roaring Fork spoiling another game for them. The Rams beat Moffat County by 10 in December, but the Bulldogs hadn’t lost since. On Saturday, Moffat County avenged its only loss in the Western Slope League and sealed up the league title with an easy 65-44 win at home.

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Moffat County boys comes up just short vs. Roaring Fork on Saturday

In a back-and-forth game between two of the league’s heavyweights, Roaring Fork came away on top when Moffat County sophomore Tyler Davis’ desperation three from the corner fell short as time expired.

Saturday, February 16

Veteran's Hotline: New travel pay rules

Starting March 1, travel pay will be paid to your bank account on a direct deposit basis. The money will go into the same account as your compensation or pension pay. The procedure is as follows: The veteran completes the appointment, then goes to the travel clerk who processes the claim and confirms eligibility. The paperwork is then printed in the cashier cage. The cashier then inputs the information for the EFT (electronic fund transfer).

Briefs for Feb. 16, 2013: Taste of chocolate winner named

Patricia Stauffer and her chocolate cheesecake was the winner of last weekend’s seventh annual Taste of Chocolate in downtown Craig. Stauffer’s delectable dessert was featured at Cornerstone Realty. This year’s Taste of Chocolate featured 12 resident chocolatiers. For $12, attendees could sample and vote for their favorites.

From Pipi’s Pasture: New Fair Book contest offers opportunity for 4-H youths

There are lots of talented young people in Moffat County, and this year 4-H members have a chance to use their artistic talents to vie for the cover of the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book. Each year’s book features a unique cover design. Past covers have been designed by Moffat County Extension Office personnel, but this year the Fair Board has decided to try something different. They are having a contest for the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book cover, and they’ve opened it to 4-H members. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, so if you’re a 4-H member who’s interested in entering the contest, you’ll have to hurry.

Baxter Black: Your own worst enemy

It usually happens when you’re by yourself. You’re trying to load a bunch of cows in the 1-ton. It should hold 12 head, but with four to go, they plug up. You’re slappin’ them with the BQA-approved paddle, you chunk a piece of wood at the one in the gate. You’ve actually turned around and leaned up against the last cow in the loading chute, pushing like you were trying to jumpstart your car. You slide into that stage where cussing is mandatory.

Editorial: Applaud MCHS for efforts at change

Our View: It is encouraging to see teachers at MCHS utilizing new methods to try and improve student performance, especially given the school’s recent performance.

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With corporate career behind her, Craig woman focuses time and energy on communicating with animals

Karen Cantrell is a self-described animal whisperer. Employing a gift she's honed over the years, Cantrell said she communicates with animals through energy and by picking up the vibrational frequencies animals put out to share their experiences.

Colorado Northwestern Community College campus update

The state Community College System has received the Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, grant. CNCC has created a faster, more direct series of college prep courses as part of that program.

Moffat County education briefs

Kudos are in order for several Moffat County High School students who recently were recognized for their musical accomplishments.

Over a Cup: Taco casserole with green onions

Years ago I had cut out of a newspaper (I can’t remember which one) a recipe for a taco casserole. I recently found the yellowed clipping tucked into the pages of one of my cookbooks. We had never tried it — until now. We liked it, and I hope you will, too.

NM strikes deal over plant emissions

New Mexico has brokered an agreement with federal regulators and the state’s largest utility that aims to settle more than a year of wrangling over the best way to curb pollution from a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico unveiled details of the agreement Friday. It calls for shutting down two units at the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017 and replacing them with a new natural gas-fired plant capable of producing at least 150 megawatts of electricity.

Government Update for Feb. 16, 2013

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig Branch Agenda:

Broncos to use franchise tag on Clady

(AP) — Peyton Manning can rest easy: his blindside protector isn’t going anywhere. Denver Broncos boss John Elway is planning to put the franchise tag on his All Pro left tackle Ryan Clady as early as Tuesday. A franchise tag would mean a salary of just under $10 million for Clady in 2013, about three times what he earned last season, when he surrendered just one sack in more than 1,100 snaps.

Moffat County boys spoil senior night at Cedaredge

After losing for the first time in almost two months Tuesday at Aspen, it was important for the Moffat County boys basketball team to respond well and get back on track. The Bulldogs did just that at Cedaredge, beating the Bruins 69-59 Friday night. In front of a raucous senior night crowd in Cedaredge, they battled through a tense game, head coach Eric Hamilton said, but played well and came away with a win.

Friday, February 15

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Moffat County wrestlers seeking final push for state

With one day of the Colorado 3A Region 1 wrestling meet finished, most Moffat County wrestlers have put themselves in good position to advance to the state meet. With more strong wrestling today, several Bulldogs will have a great opportunity to qualify in the top four and move on. But day two at the regional will take wrestlers deeper into the bracket, pitting them against tougher opponents.

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Aloha's medical marijuana dispensary closes shop in Routt County

In the midst of a divorce and a stack of criminal cases, Chris Ward on Wednesday closed his Aloha's medical marijuana center in Milner.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Feb. 16, 2013

Local gas prices as of Friday afternoon in Craig.

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Students become the teachers at Craig Middle School's inaugural health fair

It was a bit of a role reversal earlier this week when Craig Middle School seventh-graders became the teachers during an inaugural health fair. Students of Brynna Vogt and Becky Field’s science classes worked together to create stations for fifth-graders to learn about the human body and how to keep it healthy.

Pam Foster: Downtown Business Association pleased with Art Walk support

To the editor: The Craig Downtown Business Association would like to thank the citizens of Craig and Moffat County for a very successful Art Walk last Saturday evening.

The Record for Feb. 16, 2013

Police, fire and ambulance calls for Moffat County and the city of Craig.

Ice fishing tournament slated Sunday at Stagecoach Reservoir

Steamboat Great Outdoors is sponsoring an ice fishing tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Stagecoach State Park. The event is limited to 200 adult anglers and requires a registration fee of $30 to participate (or $25 if paid before the day of the tournament). Youth anglers can participate at no cost.

High Plains Snow Goose Fest slated for later this month in Lamar

Hundreds of bird species migrate through eastern Colorado each year, but the migration of tens of thousands of snow geese makes for a dramatic sight. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Lamar Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to celebrate the migration with the 11th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival.

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Good season Bulldogs Wrestling!

Great season Bulldogs! Good luck at Regionals and State!

Leonard Browning: The Gospel according to Victor Hugo

“Les Miserables” is one of my favorite stories. I thought I fell in love with “Les Mis” (forget the full name, no one can pronounce it anyway) after watching the 1998 film production starring Liam Neeson, but only after reading the print version of the time-honored classic did I experience my true love affair with the story. While the Neeson film does justice to the book and story, so much more is revealed in each character, story line and plot in the pages of the book itself.

Michelle Balleck: ‘Cherishing’ the support of the community

Connections 4 Kids early childhood council hosted its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show Feb. 7 to 9, featuring 307 pieces of art by 263 artists in preschool through high school. The event was a wonderful way to showcase the work of these talented youths, and the community was so supportive of the children, their art and our efforts. Thank you to all of our art patron businesses, organizations and individuals who supported the show and Connections 4 Kids. And thanks to our “friend” businesses that made in-kind donations to help make our show a great experience for the artists and the community.

Kathie “Momma” Butts: Thank you for celebrating

I would like to thank everyone who helped me celebrate my “second 35th birthday.”

John Williams: Gun control impacts law-abiding owners

The continuing rant on gun control by left-wing zealots is becoming nauseating. As usual, there is nothing but drama and overreaction with little fact and common sense involved. They would have you believe that all criminals and people determined to cause mayhem will just stop if we enact more gun laws. Consider that it has been against the law to murder someone for many years and these laws have not stopped murder.

Tracy Winder: What you missed at tea party meeting

With gun control topics dominating national and Colorado news, nearly 200 people filled the Shadow Mountain Village Meeting Hall last Thursday to hear Moffat County residents speak about Second Amendment issues. The meeting’s sponsor, Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots, hosted a public business meeting before the main event, and Chairman Matt Winey announced that the local tea party chapter is now an official 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. Plans for membership and annual dues or contributions will be finalized in the near future. County Commissioner John Kinkaid announced his appointment to a steering committee on Energy, Environment and Land Use as part of the National Association of Counties. He will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to meet with Colorado’s legislators.

Regional test coming for Moffat County wrestlers

Moffat County High School’s wrestling team heads to Parachute this weekend with high hopes for the postseason. The Bulldogs will compete at the Colorado Class 3A Region 1 meet at Grand Valley High School. The meet serves as a qualifier for next week’s state meet in Denver.

Q&A with professional snowmobile freestyle rider Justin Hoyer

Professional snowmobile rider Justin Hoyer, an X Games medalist, will wow Craig residents Saturday during an exhibition at Wyman's Winter Festival. The freestyle rider from Wisconsin typically spends more of his time riding in large, profeesional events, but a connection with Warrior Freestyle has him coming out to Craig to participate this weekend.

Report hits on hunters' economic impact

Data released in a new report by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) attempts to underscore the significance of hunters and anglers to the Colorado and national economies. Information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation was used in the CSF report, called “America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy.” According to the report, the outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen of Colorado spent $1.3 billion and supported nearly 19,000 jobs in the state.

Thursday, February 14

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Rescues spike in backcountry near Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski Area recently has seen a rash of incidents where skiers have gone into the backcountry and needed to be rescued. A ski area spokesperson said Thursday that ski patrollers had been on rescues five days during the past week.

Guns dominate state legislative debates

Rankin: Keep a close eye on health care, education reform too

The focus of attention among legislators at the state Capitol in Denver can be summed up in one word: guns. This week, the Colorado House Appropriations Committee took up three bills that would reform or ban certain gun-related activities and product sales in Colorado. A fourth bill, which would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more, was sent directly to the House floor. Beginning today, state legislators will debate those bills, which aim to prohibit conceal carry permit holders from carrying a firearm on college campuses, require background checks for private firearm sales and transfers, and enact a fee for gun buyers to cover the cost of background checks associated with firearms purchases.

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Thursday brings special graduation for 'Apple Vally School' third-graders

Stepping into Amber Beaver’s third-grade classroom at Sunset Elementary School on Thursday was like stepping into a time machine. Her students were dressed in bonnets, dresses and suspenders, and they were scattered around the room playing marbles, checkers and learning to make a cat’s cradle out of yarn.

Briefs for Feb. 14, 2013: CNCC President to speak at State of the County

Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, will headline this year's State of the County event Feb. 22 in Craig.

Steamboat Springs homes priced below luxury market going fast

A sudden burst Tuesday of seven real estate contracts on homes in Steamboat Springs with list prices from $875,000 to $1.3 million gave the local market a healthy jolt.

The Jail Report for Feb. 15, 2013

A list of those who were booked into Moffat County Jail.

Candidates emerge for April’s municipal election, including contested mayoral race

Less than one week into the municipal campaign period and Craig already has a contested race for mayor as well as five candidates running for three open City Council seats. There’s still plenty of time for more candidates to jump into the fray; residents interested in vying for the mayoral or City Council seats have two more weeks to file ballot petitions.

Wednesday, February 13

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Mountain climbing natural for Craig family

Kim Patterson said mountain climbing is in her son Kessler’s blood. How could it not be? The Sandrock Elementary School fifth-grader was scaling mountains even before he was born.

MCHS senior selected to all-state choir

There was no school-wide send-off or big to-do last week when Moffat County High School senior Gaven Spears was selected for the Colorado all-state choir. That’s probably the way the modest Spears prefers it.

Body slam for wrestling: Sport cut from Olympics

For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings. The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves. While wrestling will be included at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it was cut from the games in 2020, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.

Obama: Nation now stronger

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term. In his first State of the Union address since winning re-election, Obama conceded economic revival is an "unfinished task," but he claimed clear progress and said he prepared to build on it as he embarks on four more years in office. "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong," Obama said in an hour-long address to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions.

Lance Scranton: Innovation in eye of beholder

Ideas. They present themselves with palpable zeal when we are excited by them and can stand as roadblocks when we find them lacking. Worse than disagreeing with an idea is to disregard it, especially when it involves the potential for solving an issue or reminding us of what’s important. Ideas are made up of words and take on a personality, which is why we become so attracted to giving our concepts such earnest-sounding descriptions.

Editorial: Worthy of support

Our View: After having to cancel the snowmobile events last year, this year’s Wyman’s Winter Festival is set to take place at full strength this weekend at the museum east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40. The editorial board encourages residents to attend and support this annual event.

Tuesday, February 12

Moffat County basketball splits a pair at Aspen

It was business as usual for the Moffat County girls basketball team. The Bulldogs were visiting Aspen, a team they had handled easily during their previous matchup in Craig. Playing on the road did not change the outcome much, as Moffat County came away with a 63-21 win, improving to 12-1 in the Western Slope League. Moffat County was playing without senior Kyleen Ellgen, who stayed in Craig with a nagging injury.

Moffat County commissioners make move to ban marijuana businesses

The Moffat County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance banning commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county. If approved on second reading, the ordinance would ban the establishment of marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing and testing facilities as well as retail marijuana stores.

Briefs for Feb. 12, 2013: State representatives plan meet and greet

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner and Rep. Bob Rankin will host a meet and greet in Meeker on Saturday. That's just one of many activities during a busy February weekend in Craig and Moffat County.

The Record and Jail Report for Feb. 13, 2013

Police, fire and ambulance calls for the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office

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50 years later, former Craig resident hopes community can help lead him to lost wedding ring

It’s a love story 50 years in the making, but with an important missing piece that the Craig community might be able to provide.

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Moffat County commissioners draft language to uphold gun owner rights

In response to gun control legislation being discussed at the state and federal levels, the Moffat County Commission is readying a resolution of its own supporting Second Amendment rights. Commissioner John Kinkaid presented draft language during Tuesday’s meeting that would, if approved by the board, confirm the commissioner’s position about the rights of citizens in Moffat County to bear arms.

Shell's level of drilling activity unlikely to increase in Northwest Colorado in 2013

Shell Social Performance Adviser Garrett Dolan said he would begin a socioeconomic impact analysis that would study potential effects on Routt and Moffat counties.

Connections 4 Kids art show a success

Connections 4 Kids hosted its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show, which featured 307 pieces of art made by 263 Moffat County youths in preschool through high school.

Craig's Eryn Leonard takes eighth at state swim meet

Moffat County didn’t factor in the team standings at the 2013 Colorado 4A State Swimming Championships. But one athlete in attendance for the Bulldogs scored enough points to beat out 17 other teams with at least one swimmer at the meet. Senior Eryn Leonard scored 11 points on Moffat County’s behalf, with an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

Craig sports briefs for Feb. 13, 2012: Squirt hockey goes 1-1 in road games

The latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County. Get up to date on the Craig Cougars hockey results as well as youth hockey players from Craig entertaining at a Colorado Avalanche game later this season. Additionally, the home games for the basketball teams have been rescheduled for later in the day Saturday, and it's the final week to play recreational basketball at CMS' open gym sessions.

Sgt. Rick Holford: Proud to wear the badge

Law enforcement officers (and firemen) represent a special breed of individuals unlike any others. They are willing to give everything to keep the people safe.

Monday, February 11

Board members appointed at TMH board of trustees meeting Thursday

At The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees last Thursday: — The board welcomed interim CEO Joyce Hein to her first official meeting. — The board welcomed newly appointed trustee Alman Nicodemus. The board also expressed appreciation for Forrest Luke’s interest in staying on the board and congratulated him on his reappointment. — The board elected new officers. Don Cook was elected chairman, Forrest Luke was elected chair-elect, and Todd Jourgensen was elected secretary/treasurer. — Board members were appointed to committees: o Credentials — Alman Nicodemus, liaison; Gary Ellgen, alternate o Finance — Todd Jourgensen, chair; Tinneal Gerber, alternate o Joint Conference — Gary Ellgen, chair; Todd Jourgensen, alternate o Quality — Todd Jourgensen, chair; Don Myers, alternate o TMH Foundation — Alman Nicodemus, liaison; Todd Jourgensen, alternate o Medical Staff Liaison — Gary Ellgen; Don Cook, alternate o Medical Staff Development — Forrest Luke; Tinneal Gerber o Board Development — Don Cook; Forrest Luke — Official places for meeting notification were approved. They are: the TMH website, the hospital's front foyer, and the Moffat County Courthouse. — Hein presented an end-of-year update to the 2012 strategic plan. — Beka Warren presented the annual infection control report. TMH’s acquired infection rate is 0.99 percent, meaning about one in every 100 patients acquire an infection while at the hospital. The average infection rate for Critical Access hospitals is between 3 and 4 percent. — Angela Smith, director of executive recruitment, provided information about the CEO recruitment process. Smith estimated the search would take roughly four to six months.

Craig Sports Briefs for Feb. 11, 2013: Moffat County wrestling defeats Basalt

In its third dual Friday night, which ended late, Moffat County High School’s wrestling team beat Basalt 42-32.

Sunday, February 10

Moffat County news roundup for Feb. 11, 2013: Moffat County Democratic Party Meeting tonight

The Moffat County Democratic Party is hosting its bi-annual reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Officers will be elected. All legally registered Moffat County Democratic Party voters are eligible for elected positions. For more information, contact Brian and Jo Ann Baxter at 824-3049 or jabaxter6140@yahoo.com.

Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse

Oil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species' dwindling grassland habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold its final public hearings this week on its proposal to list the prairie grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This comes after decades of population declines that experts blame in part on the expansion of farms, ranches and energy industry operations across the Southwest and other states. Even as wildlife advocates make their case, companies have been developing habitat conservation plans they hope will prevent the agency from taking such action. A similar strategy worked last year in Texas and New Mexico when the federal government considered protections for the dunes sagebrush lizard. A federal listing would "make life more complicated for producers," said Alex Mills, president of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. "I am optimistic that our conservation efforts toward the bird and the habitat can be effective."

Elderly woman saved from Boulder home explosion

Two law enforcement officers and a neighbor are being credited with saving an elderly woman from a Boulder home that burned following two explosions thought to have been sparked by a natural gas leak. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Yk7yd2 ) sheriff's deputy Jeff George arrived at the home Saturday night and was told by neighbor John Walpole the woman lived alone in the residence, which was on fire.

Homes wrecked, dozen hurt in Mississippi tornado

A tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and injured more than a dozen people. The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg's main streets and mangled homes, commercial buildings and structures on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Emergency officials said at least 10 people were injured in surrounding Forrest County and three were hurt to the west in Marion County, but they weren't aware of any deaths. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said it appears that a single tornado caused the damage in those two counties and Lamar County. Hundreds of homes are damaged in Forrest County, along with a couple dozen in the other two. Flynn said the sheer scope of the damage was slowing the assessment of damage.

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Treats, talents wow downtown Craig visitors

DBA hosts annual Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate

More than two-dozen local artists came out this weekend for the 18th annual Art Walk. The event, sponsored by the Craig Downtown Business Association, provides residents with an opportunity to showcase their talents at 23 participating historic downtown Craig businesses and sell a variety of works, including photographs, pottery, quilts, paintings and drawings.

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Moffat County basketball tops Basalt

Moffat County basketball remained on track in league play, with both teams picking up wins at Basalt. The girls team had a hot start and took its foot off the gas in the second half, while the boys used a big second half to separate from the Longhorns. Both Bulldogs teams are 11-1 in the Western Slope League with four games to play.

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Local metal core group, Beyond the Wreckage, headlining at Craig Pavilion

Returning from a winter hiatus, Craig’s own metal core group, Beyond the Wreckage, is back headlining a Feb. 22 show at the Craig Pavilion. Self-described as a new-age take on classic metal, band members said their music involves break downs, meaning a tempo change or slow down in the song.

Saturday, February 9

Where I come from — That's important to me

This Valentine’s Day has brought to mind to me several country music songs. One that really stands out is Brad Paisley’s “Two People Fell in Love.” It talks about how the love of two people can have an effect on so many whether it’s through their actions or through those they have brought into this world.

Family of Craig Browning: Thanks for the support

The family of Craig Browning would like to thank the wonderful community in which we live for the gracious outpouring of encouragement and support we have received during the last months of Craig’s life and especially at his passing.

CPW honors Habitat Partnership Program awards recipients

Two Coloradans were recognized for their contributions to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program and dedication to continuing to improve the agency’s efforts. Duane Scholl of Kremmling was given the Joe Gerrans Private Individual Memorial Award for 2013 while Dave Bradford of Paonia received the Joe Gerrans Public Agency Memorial Award. Both men have been major contributors to HPP for years.

Moffat County real estate transactions for November 2012

Moffat County real estate transactions for November 2012

Super Bowl blackout caused by electrical relay

(AP) — The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure. But the utility stopped short of taking all the blame and said Friday that it was looking into whether the electrical relay at fault had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.

After early start, worst of flu season may be over

(AP) — The worst of the flu season appears to be over. The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday. The season started earlier than normal, first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths also dropped the last two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Over A Cup: Valentine’s Day Gelatin Salad

A couple of weeks ago this column featured a recipe for “Sausage Bean Soup”. The seasoning ingredients were a tablespoon each of dried onion and dried chopped green pepper. A few days after the recipe appeared in the column, Chuck and Ginger Osborn of Craig called to tell me that they couldn’t find any dried green pepper in the Craig stores. They looked in Steamboat, too. No luck.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Reflecting on Winter Livestock Shows

This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is a reflection on the accomplishments of the young people who competed in two winter livestock competitions—the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show and the 2013 National Western Stock Show. One evening during the last week of the Stock Show our granddaughter Megan (Prather), of Bailey, called to tell us that her registered Columbian ewe, Jolie Chose, was selected as the Supreme Ewe in the Natural Colored Sheep Category, winning over other Champions in their wool breed classes. (The Natural Colored Sheep Category places emphasis on wool production.)

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CMS teacher honored by Peabody Energy

Craig Middle School seventh grade science teacher Brynna Vogt was honored with the Peabody Energy Leader in Education award Wednesday during a surprise assembly. Vogt was nominated and selected to receive the award of $1,000 to be used at her discretion. More then simply helping her students excel in the classroom, Vogt has been instrumental in programs for students outside of class as well. Vogt designed the CSI Craig class, secured a grant that will establish a recycling program and school garden, implemented the first gifted and talented program, runs Model United Nations and is involved in Girls on the Run. Vogt also serves as a representative on the local education association and numerous other committees for Moffat County Schools.

Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate slated for today

The 18th annual Art Walk, sponsored by the Craig Downtown Business Association, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. today in historic downtown Craig. Also taking place during the same hours is the seventh annual Taste of Chocolate. The combined event will feature 30 artists and 12 chocolatiers spread out among 23 down town Craig businesses, including two first time participants in Carelli’s Pizza and The Galaxy Restaurant.

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Presidential preference

Twentymile Mine honored as Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award winner

This week executives of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy traveled to Routt County to bestow a special honor on the employees of Twentymile Mine. Though Twentymile Mine has built a reputation as the largest coal mining operation in Colorado, this week’s visit had little to do with production. Instead Twentymile Mine was honored with Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award for achieving the company’s best U.S. safety performance rating for an underground coal mining operation in 2012.

Basketball taking on Basalt on the road

Both Moffat County basketball teams control their own destiny in the Western Slope League. But while the biggest games for each team are in the weeks to come, neither can afford a slip-up Saturday when the Bulldogs head to Basalt for a road league game. Moffat County’s boys team has been one game behind Roaring Fork since a loss to the Rams in Carbondale in December.

Moffat County wrestling wins 2 in Cedaredge

In its final dual of the season, the Moffat County wrestling team was at full strength and took down Cedaredge High School, 51-31. The Bulldogs have been missing a wrestler or two for most of the season due to injuries and sickness, but they fielded all their top wrestlers Friday while visiting Cedaredge. The health produced good results for the Bulldogs as they look forward to regionals next week.

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Snocross to headline Wyman Winter Festival

One of Craig’s best winter activities is back next weekend, and returns at full strength for 2013. A lackluster winter coupled with little snowfall forced staff at the Wyman Living History Museum to come up with new activities for last year’s winter festival. But snow has fallen in plentiful supply and has stuck around through February, meaning this year’s festival will be everything it has bees been in the past.

Rig Count for Feb. 9, 2013

Rig count.

Government update for Feb. 9, 2013

Government update.

Thursday, February 7

Baxter Black: Sustainable Farming? Really?

Most of the agricultural community watches the pied pipers of “Sustainable Farming” the same way grandparents watch their grandkids play with toy trains. We humor them but don’t try to explain how real trains work. Many “Sustainable Farming” proposals are the exact opposite of their name. “Model T Farming,” or “Third World Farming” or “Farming to Feed the Few” would be more accurate.

Weekly CNCC Craig Campus update...

What’s going on at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig:

Bill to expand CO sex-education standards advances

Democrats advanced a proposal Thursday to revamp standards for teaching sex education at Colorado schools, despite objections from Republicans who say the measure infringes on local control. The bill passed the House Health, Insurance, and Environment committee on a 6-5 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would create new statewide standards for teaching abstinence and safe sex. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children. Denver Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran, the bill sponsor, said one of the goals is to move beyond teaching students only about abstinence and also inform them about sexually transmitted diseases and contraception. "So in the event that students choose to have sex that they can protect themselves," she said.

Groups file lawsuit over white-tailed prairie dog

Four conservation groups based in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana have filed a lawsuit seeking to compel federal officials to address the white-tailed prairie dog population. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said the species doesn't warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the groups disagree.

Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing 3

A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt that had three states and Mexico on alert for much of Thursday. The search for Christopher Dorner led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot at innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own. But the focus of police efforts shifted Thursday afternoon to the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where police found Dorner's burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said 125 officers were going door to door and attempting to track the suspect, and that a SWAT team was providing added security to those in the community. Schools were put on lockdown while investigators examined the vehicle and spread out across the area.

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Moffat County's Leonard to represent Bulldogs at state

The swimming pool at Moffat County High School is no longer full of life. The team of 18 swimmers, joking and making noise and churning up water in between, has all moved on—except for one. Moffat County senior Eryn Leonard is the final member of the team left in the pool, looking to close out her career as a Bulldog on a high note.

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Cherish the Little Things children's art show under way

Every artist has his or her own creative process when approaching a piece of work. First grader Ruby Short methodically explained hers Thursday evening during the Connections 4 Kids annual Cherish the Little Things Children’s art show. One of 20 finalists, Short explained how she created her final masterpiece, the owl, out of construction paper. Laboring over details such as creating the small beak of an owl and the shape and claws on the feet, Short said her creation took her about two days to complete. “I like art because you can make your own creation,” Short said. Short’s is just one of 307 pieces of art by 263 youth artists from preschool through high school featured in this year’s show.

USPS announces transition to 5-day delivery schedule

Saturday mail delivery to be dropped beginning in August

The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday it would transition to a five-day delivery schedule beginning in August. The Postal Service expects the save $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented, according to a USPS news release.

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Yampa River Basin playing catchup with peak snowpack date of April 11

Time is growing short if the snowpack — water content in the standing snow — surrounding Steamboat Springs is to reach the historic norm by the end of winter.

Sportsmen's Caucus for NW Colorado set for next weekend

Hunters and anglers looking to make their mark on Colorado Parks and Wildlife procedures will have an opportunity this month. CPW is forming regional sportsmen’s caucuses, and inviting all active hunters and anglers from the northwest region to discuss wildlife issues with CPW officials and biologists Feb. 20 at the Clarion Hotel in Grand Junction. The meeting will be a forum for hunter and anglers to express their opinions and concerns directly to CPW.

Janet Sheridan: A valentine for children

Joel and I collapsed into our seats on a crowded airplane, sleep deprived from raucous nights in a bedroom with joke-telling, wrestling grandchildren and half-sick from accompanying them down every slide at an indoor water park—over and over and over—in recycled waters enjoyed by a multitude of users. The plane felt like a snug, safe refuge as it carried us to our home and quiet lives. Two weeks later we began planning our next trip to see the youngsters who had exhausted us. How do children manage to tie up one’s heartstrings so easily and completely?

Scott reaches deal with district attorney

Pleads guilty to a Class 5 felony

Derik Scott appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court and plead guilty to criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault, a Class 5 felony. Wednesday’s plea was part of a deal reached with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Scott, 24, of Craig, was charged in district court with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of violating the conditions of a bail bond, a Class 6 felony.

Bain White: Preparing for the resurrection

Although it seems as though Christmas was just upon us, we are preparing to enter the season of Lent in the church. Ash Wednesday will be celebrated Feb. 13 this year. The day marks the beginning of Lent, a forty-day period of time in which we are called upon to prepare ourselves, through penitence and fasting, for Easter, the day of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On the Record for Feb. 7, 2013

On the Record for Feb. 7, 2013

Routt County relaxes drilling dates for oil well west of Steamboat Springs

Quicksilver has told Routt County officials that drilling activities could begin as soon as the week beginning Feb. 11.

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Moffat County seniors sign for 4 more years of football

It was a day for celebrating at Moffat County High School, as two young men took the next step in their football careers, and their lives. Jacob Teeter and Michael Samuelson, two seniors from the Moffat County football team, signed their letters of intent to play at the next level Wednesday morning. Teeter will attend and play football at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), and Samuelson will go to Colorado Mesa University.

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CNCC hosts showing of "Black and Blue" documentary

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s student activity council hosted Director Brian Kruger and his film “Black and Blue” at the Moffat County High School Auditorium Tuesday night. Coinciding with Black History Month, Kruger’s documentary centers on the friendship between former president Gerald Ford and outstanding athlete and businessman Willis Ward during the 1930s. The two played together on the University of Michigan football team and stood up for one another throughout their lifetimes.

Wednesday, February 6

Dinosaur National Monument seeks public comment on Deerlodge Road rehab project

Dinosaur National Monument officials are seeking public comment about an environmental assessment compiled for potential upgrades to Deerlodge Road. Deerlodge Road, which encompasses about 12.7 miles of pavement, has exceeded its service life and also is being encroached upon by the Yampa River at the oxbow area near milepost 9.5, according to a Dinosaur National Monument news release.

BLM to offer Colorado acreage in February oil and gas lease sale

BLM defers 20 parcels in North Fork Valley

The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday it will offer 151 parcels in Colorado for an oil and natural gas lease sale slated for later this month. The sale takes place Feb. 14 and the parcels total 88,578 acres, according to a BLM Colorado news release.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Taylor DeMent, 20, cashier at the Dollar Tree

Hometown: “I was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo.” How long have you lived in Craig: “I moved here 6 years ago.” What are your plans other than working: “Saving up for school. I’m going for my pilot’s license actually.” How long have you been working here: “About half a year, 6 months.”

Tuesday, February 5

Volunteer firefighter accused of starting wildfire

A 19-year-old Elbert County volunteer firefighter has been arrested on allegations that he started a wildfire that evacuated the town of Elbert last June. Sheriff's officials say Elbert Fire Protection District volunteer Alex J. Averette was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of charges including second-degree arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass. Bond was set at $50,000.

FBI: Ala. man was in 'firefight' with SWAT agents

The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before he was killed during the rescue operation, the FBI said Tuesday night. Also, bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man. Officers killed 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes Monday, said an official in Midland City, speaking on condition of anonymity. The bunker raid came six days after Dykes boarded a school bus, fatally shot the driver and abducted the boy, who by all accounts was unharmed. Dykes "reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement," FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said in an email. The devices found were "disrupted," Pack said, though he did not say whether that meant they were detonated or disarmed. Officers will continue Wednesday to sweep the 100-acre property and, when they finish, investigators can more thoroughly investigate, Pack said. For days, officers passed food, medicine, toys and other items into the bunker, which was similar to a tornado shelter and apparently had running water, heat and cable television.

Local leaders lobby governor about sage grouse

Hickenlooper says he supports protection, economic balance

Last week representatives from northwest Colorado traveled to Denver to meet with Gov. John Hickenlooper to discuss the future of the greater sage-grouse. Among those who made the trip were T. Wright Dickinson, of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association; Tom Gray, of the State Land Board; Rick Thompson, senior manager at Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association’s Craig Station; Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock, who represented Club 20; and Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, who represented the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado in addition to Moffat County.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

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Moffat County freshmen split with Steamboat

Pressure defense was only good enough to get one win for Moffat County Tuesday. The Moffat County C teams took over the court Tuesday afternoon in the MCHS gym. The Bulldogs freshmen split a pair of games with Steamboat Springs, as the girls team won 52-15, followed by a loss for the boys, 44-34. Both teams employed full court defense for much of the game, but it was not as successful in the second game as the first.

Scott cases postponed in county court

Judge Gardner cites sentencing in district court assault case for delay

Sentencing against a Craig resident charged in three separate cases in Moffat County Court was delayed Tuesday until later this month. Derik Scott, 24, of Craig, plead guilty in county court to one count of violating a restraining order and one count of probation revocation, both misdemeanors; and a felony charge of violating a restraining order.

Craig Sports Briefs for Feb. 6, 2012: Week 20 bowling standings

Check out the latest bowling standings from Thunder Rolls Bowling Center and recreational sports opportunities in Craig for children and adults. Also, a Moffat County youth hockey team picked up its first win of the season over the weekend.

Gene Counts: More gun laws won't help

More gun laws are not going to help anyone. It won't save lives, in fact it may even cost lives. One of the reasons shootings happen in theaters and schools is that the shooter feels safe, that there won't be any guns shooting back at them.

On the Record for Feb. 5, 2013

On the Record for Feb. 5, 2013

Colo. Dems want to hold gunmakers liable in attacks

(AP) — Colorado Democrats on Tuesday called for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, more background checks for gun purchases and new liability for assault-weapon manufacturers — all reactions to mass shootings that set up battles with Republicans and gun rights groups. "This sickness of violence is spreading through America like a plague, and inaction in the face of this death and destruction is completely unacceptable," said Democratic Senate President John Morse.

Proposal to ban abortion in Colo. fails

(AP) — A Republican proposal to ban abortions in Colorado and make it a crime to perform them failed in a Democrat-controlled committee. One Republican lawmaker joined six Democrats on the committee to defeat the bill Tuesday on a 7-4 vote. Republican Rep. Kathleen Conti called the measure "too extreme."

MCTA Board meeting agenda for Feb. 6, 2013

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting.

Lance Scranton: Identity

It’s a formidable task to navigate through the jungle of people, institutions, companies and groups that are vying to help influence our identity. Sports apparel companies seem to spend the most trying to help make sure we are wearing the right athletic clothes. Each one of us finds a certain amount of identity in our style of clothes or the shoes we wear. Businesses rely on identity to influence our decision-making in most aspects of our lives. Just ask most men what make or model of vehicle they drive or women where they buy their clothes or children what kind of cell phone they use.

Monday, February 4

MCHS teachers utilizing new teaching methods

Moffat County High School teachers are adapting to the needs of their twenty first century students by taking teaching theories and implementing them in their classrooms. Called Theory into Practice, several Moffat County high school teachers spent nearly a week learning effective teaching strategies last October at the invitation of the Colorado Education Association. When presenting the new teaching methods to the board of education last month MCHS principal Thom Schnellinger said the new teaching methods are aimed at engaging students by collaborating across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability. Schnellinger said there is a focus on initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information and curiosity and imagination.

Dick Prosence: Unanswered questions

Politicians can't stop talking!

On the Record for Feb. 4, 2013

On the Record for Feb. 4, 2013

Udall calls for firefighting fleet modernization

Presses USDA, Air Force to repurpose military aircraft for firefighting

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has asked the directors of two federal agencies to modernize or repurpose its equipment to fight wildfires. In a letter to Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture secretary, Udall requested information on the government’s efforts to modernize the USDA’s aging tanker fleet, according to a news release from Sen. Udall’s office.

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Buffalo Pass skier escapes avalanche after jumping off rock northeast of Steamboat Springs

“It is taking little additional stress to trigger large, deep and dangerous avalanches,” reports Scott Toepfer of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Farm Bill reintroduced in 113th Congress

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act was reintroduced last week in Congress, according to a U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., news release. Bennet serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, which is responsible for reintroducing the bill in the 113th Congress.

Sunday, February 3

DIA horse sculpture eligible for removal soon

Denver International Airport's often-maligned sculpture of a rearing blue mustang with glowing red eyes is about to turn 5 — an important milestone for public art in the city. Why? Because petitions to remove artwork aren't accepted in the first five years.

Work begins on war memorial in Aurora

Work has begun on a new memorial in Aurora that will commemorate Coloradoans who died in service to their country. Designed to resemble the shape of the Rocky Mountains, the $700,000 Colorado Freedom Memorial will list the names of nearly 6,000 fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/14KdimG ) organizers broke ground Saturday.

Lights out: Ravens beat 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl

From blowout to blackout to shootout, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens had just enough to survive one of the most electric Super Bowls ever. The outage flipped a switch for the San Francisco 49ers, but the Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold on Sunday night, 34-31. America's biggest sporting event came to a half-hour standstill in the third quarter when most of the Superdome lights and the scoreboards went dark. By then, the Ravens had a 22-point lead. Everything changed after that, though, and the 49ers staged a sensational rally before Ray Lewis and Co. shut it down. But there were plenty of white-knuckle moments and the Ravens (14-6) had to make four stops inside their 7 at the end.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Tressa Otis, 4th grade student at Ridgeview Elementary School

Have you lived in Craig your whole life? "Yes" How old are you? "10" What grade are you in? "4th" What is your favorite subject in school? "Writing is my favorite subject. I like mostly that we get to come back and see our teachers and our friends." Did you go anywhere cool while off of school? "No just stayed here and went to my grandparents houses."

Senior Spotlight for February 4, 2013

ebruary is coming in with a nice change the last few days here. According to Mr. Ground Hog six more weeks and spring will be here. Well, Mr. Ground Hog looked wide awake and very well fed to me. They should get a genuine dug out of its hole critter and while trying to wake it up get a good hold on it, 'cause he isn't going to like it. I know, it's been a yearly thing as long as I can remember. Good way to do something and have fun while breaking up the boredom of gray days, etc. Hope they all had a good time and so did everyone else, 'cause that's one of our good old American traditions. Making something good out of whatever we need to, to make things better. Happy birthday to Beatrice Roe, William Ping, Marie Switzer.

Craig building's roof collapses Sunday

Craig Police Department Officers, Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, EMTs with The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Atmos Energy and the city building inspector responded at about 9 a.m. Sunday to the building directly behind Go-fer Foods, 923 E. Victory Way, after the roof collapsed. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said no one was injured when the roof collapsed but said it caused a natural gas leak.

Stephanie Pearce: Learning Patience — That's important to me

Learning to have patience is important to me. Growing up I had a horse named Major that my Uncle Bill bought when I was about 8 years old and I eventually bought this horse from him. I loved him from the moment I saw him. My Uncle Wayne would always warn us kids to be careful on Major because he could get out of hand at times and be a little hard headed. This horse would teach me many things growing up – including learning patience.

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Bulldogs boys basketball closes out Gunnison at home

In the final minute of Saturday’s boys basketball game in Craig, Tyler Hildebrandt was singled out by Gunnison as the best option to foul in a close game. The Moffat County senior made the Cowboys pay for choosing him, sinking three of four foul shots on consecutive trips to push the basketball game in Craig out of reach. Moffat County would close out Gunnison a few possessions later, 55-46.

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Moffat County uses runs to dispatch Gunnison

They didn’t look their best for the entire game, but Moffat County’s girls still were very good in spurts and picked up another win at home. The Bulldogs’ offense looked sluggish at times during their game against Gunnison, but that was balanced out by quick scoring in bunches as they cruised to a 45-27 win Saturday in Craig.

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Ticket sales open Saturday for annual Kiwanis Play

Dozens of Craig residents camp out for chance to see raunchy performance

It’s a tradition as old as the event itself. And every February for over three score and seven years, Craig residents have not only battled frigid overnight temperatures, but also sleep deprivation, temporary alcohol-induced blindness and the occasional tragic encounter with the opposite sex for a chance to acquire ticket number 001 for the annual Kiwanis Play.

Moffat County Tourism Association Marketing Committee meeting

MCTA Marketing Committee agenda.

Saturday, February 2

BLM, Forest Service announce 2013 grazing fees

The 2013 federal grazing fees will not change from last year, according to a joint Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service news release. This year’s fee on BLM has been set at $1.35 per animal unit month, and $1.35 per head month on lands managed by the Forest Service.

Morgan Cobb: Happy Reunion with Pup

I want to say how proud I am to live in a community like Craig. I have lived here my whole life and it seems that whenever anyone needs help there is always someone willing to lend a hand.

Friday, February 1

Patrick Germond: Accountability needed

Denver’s Channel Nine News recently did a story about the schools in Colorado in which they compiled information about the school districts across the state, including Moffat County, giving each school a letter grade. Moffat County High School received a “D+”, and Sunset Elementary an “F” in the area of academic growth (coloradoschoolgrades.com, click the report card link for each school). This story coming on the heels of Moffat County School District scoring in the bottom one percent statewide last year. This level of epic failure from an organization is caused by systemic management collapse and inferior leadership. Speaking with Sandy Johns the Moffat County School Board President recently, she stated that, “this is just a phase our schools are going through”.

Editorial: Ready for the boom

Our View: With a recent increase in oil and gas activity, some members of the Moffat County community contend an oil boom is on the horizon. With Williston, N.D. — America’s hottest oil boomtown at the moment — as an example, the editorial board urges local officials, business owners and residents to prepare for the possibility of an oil boom in Moffat County in order to avoid the pitfalls of the boom and bust cycle.

BLM approves coal lease application in Moffat, Rio Blanco

The Bureau of Land Management signed Friday a final decision to offer 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in a competitive coal lease sale. Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., operator of Deserado Mine located seven miles northeast of Rangely, submitted a Lease by Application for the parcel, according to a BLM news release.

2013 National Western Livestock results

Six Moffat County 4-H/FFA members competed in livestock competition during the National Western Stock Show hosted last month in Denver. Competing were Andrea Maneotis, Alexi Goodnow, Jerica DeLong, Brice White, Call Camblin, and Mackenzie Camblin. The results of competition are as follows:

Government update for Feb. 2, 2013

Government update

Rig Count for Feb. 2

Rig count.

On the record for Feb. 2, 2013

On the record for Feb. 2, 2013

Sports Briefs for Feb. 1, 2013: Indoor soccer at Boys and Girls Club

The latest sports news in Craig. Sign up for Indoor Soccer, youth basketball or co-ed volleyball, all going now or starting soon. Also, look over the coming weekend for local sports teams.

Moffat County basketball escapes from Olathe

Moffat County’s varsity basketball teams endured another couple of adventurous games on the road, but both emerged with wins Friday. The girls came from behind to beat Olathe’s girls in the second half and take sole possession of first place in the Western Slope League with a 38-35 win. The boys team survived a cold shooting night and also had a strong third quarter to beat the Pirates, 36-35. Both teams will be back in Craig today to take on Gunnison in another league game.

BLM defers oil, gas leasing near Dinosaur

The Bureau of Land Management has pulled three parcels east of Dinosaur National Monument from its Feb. 14 Colorado oil and gas lease sale after concerns were raised by the National Park Service and conservation groups. The agency deferred the parcels, totaling more than 5,000 acres, for further analysis, after which it will decide whether to proceed later with leasing them.

Baxter Black: Shipping Mr. Gerald’s Hereford

Todd’s neighbor has raised good Hereford cattle as long as he has known him. As years went by Mr. Gerald, the neighbor, let his herd dwindle in numbers. Then last winter he fell and injured his knee. Todd offered to help and was called upon. Just a word about Todd, he is an east river Dakota cattle farmer with the heart of a west river rancher. He’s a good horseman, wears a big hat and carries a 60’ rope.

Over A Cup: Brandi’s Spicy Pork Roast

This week’s recipe comes courtesy of our daughter-in-law, Brandi, who lives in Bailey. It’s her original recipe, and Brandi reports that when she made it this past week, her family ate it all. Their only request was for her to make two shoulder roasts next time. (The shoulder roast she used came from our granddaughter Megan’s 4-H market swine.) Brandi says that the roast was not spicy hot but it had a wonderful flavor.