News for Thursday, February 7, 2013

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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.