News for Thursday, January 3, 2013



Community debate continues at TMH board meeting

The debate continued Thursday night at The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees regular meeting, as many of Craig’s residents came for the public comment section of the meeting. Ranging from those who wanted proof the board was listening and acting upon concerns from some residents, to those who thought the newspaper and others were leading the charge for a witch hunt, a variety of community members gave their input on the administration and staffing procedures at The Memorial Hospital.

Oregon runs past K-State 35-17 at Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — De'Anthony Thomas caught the opening kickoff, raced past Oregon's sideline and leaned his head into the end zone like a sprinter crossing the finish line. The track meet had started and the fifth-ranked Ducks barely looked back after that. Triggered by Thomas' 94-yard return, Oregon bolted by No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 Thursday night at the Fiesta Bowl in what may have been coach Chip Kelly's final game with the Ducks. "I felt like my role in this game was to be a momentum-builder and a game-changer," Thomas said. "Once I saw that edge, I wanted to get to the end zone as fast as I could so I could celebrate with my teammates."

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Craig resident dies in tank explosion

A tank battery explosion Thursday morning on Moffat County Road 103 about seven miles north of Craig has resulted in the death of a local male resident. Jon Herod, 49, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene after a 300 barrel tank exploded. The incident, which Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating as an accident, occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Axia Energy's Bulldog rig site 531. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and multiple engines from Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the incident.

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Bigger rigs, more snowmobilers could lead to expanded parking lots on Rabbit Ears Pass

U.S. Forest Service officials are asking recreationists, including snowmobilers, skiers and snowshoers, to provide written comments with ideas about improving parking facilities for winter recreation on Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Jan. 3, 2013

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 5 p.m. educational presentation and 6 p.m. regular meeting tonight, Jan. 3, 2013. Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. Agenda:

Congress reaches agreement to avoid fiscal cliffcraig

White House touts plan as victory for middle class

Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. at almost zero hour reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The White House is touting the deal as a significant victory for the country’s middle class. “Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today (Tuesday) that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike,” said President Barack Obama in a statement.

Moffat County Youth Services coordinator jailed New Year’s Day

Patterson charged in county court with assault, domestic violence

A Craig resident and Moffat County employee was arrested early New Year’s Day following an alleged domestic dispute with her husband. Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors. Patterson, who is the coordinator/case manager for the Youth Services Department of Moffat County, was released Wednesday from Moffat County Jail on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.