News for Thursday, February 14, 2013

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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.