News for Friday, February 15, 2013



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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.