News for Friday, February 1, 2013



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 (, 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.