News for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Moffat County inches closer to Kum & Go deal

Commission approves contract for groundwater monitoring

On Tuesday the Moffat County Commission took the next step in the process of striking a potential deal with Kum & Go to expand its location at 700 E. Victory Way. Kum & Go first approached the county in April about acquiring the Moffat County road and bridge maintenance shop located next door at 640 E. Victory Way to make room for a new 5,000-square foot convenience store plus 10 to 18 new gasoline pumps.

Craigdailypress.com to undergo maintenance Tuesday night

Explorecraig.com, cohunter.com also expected to experience temporary service restrictions

The websites craigdailypress.com, explorecraig.com and cohunter.com are undergoing maintenance tonight that will temporarily prevent the posting of new stories and new comments as well as new user registrations. The interruptions will occur as the sites are being upgraded to a new cloud-based server. However, users still will be able to access stories and other content on all of the sites during the maintenance period on a read-only basis. The sites are expected to function fully again by around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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Connections 4 Kids prepares for Cherish the Little Things children's art show

Connections 4 Kids in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties is gearing up for its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February. The show runs February 7, 3-6 p.m.; February 8, 2-6 p.m.; February 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. including during the annual ArtWalk in downtown Craig from 5-8 p.m. at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The show features more than 300 pieces of artwork from Moffat County kids in preschool through high school. Twenty finalists will be chosen out of entries from kids in preschool through fifth grade. Community members may vote for their favorite pieces by way of monetary donations. The top vote getter will be featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 Connections 4 Kids calendar. The next top 12 vote getters will be featured on their own month while the seven runner-ups will be featured in a tiled display on the final month.

Rose Counts: Bravo to 'The Pied Piper'

I give a standing ovation to all involved in the "The Pied Piper" production instructed by the Missoula Children's Theatre.

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Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012: Youth hockey teams take on Telluride over the weekend

Get updated on the latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County. High school teams were in action over the weekend, and both wrestling and girls swimming are approaching their postseasons. Youth hockey teams also hit the ice both in Craig and on the road, while the Billiards Congress of America finished off the playoffs from its winter session.

Former county employee appears in court

Patterson resigns from Youth Services Department

A Craig woman and former Moffat County employee facing domestic violence charges appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court for a review hearing. Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in county court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors. The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute with her husband on New Year’s Day.

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Aaron's doing well after opening in December

After opening last December in the Centennial Mall, Aaron’s General Manager Debbie Montgomery said Craig residents seem to like the leasing option as well as bedroom groups, which have been her No. 1 seller. With lots of retail sales, where a customer purchases product outright, as well as leasing sales, Montgomery said business has been really good.

Scouts' future uncertain if ban on gays is dropped

The Boy Scouts of America's proposed move away from its no-gays membership policy has outraged some longtime admirers, gratified many critics and raised intriguing questions about the iconic organization's future. Will the Scouts now be split between troops with gay-friendly policies and those that keep the ban? What will a National Jamboree be like if it brings together these disparate groups with conflicting ideologies? Will the churches long devoted to scouting now be torn by internal debate over the choices that may lie ahead? A top official of the Southern Baptist Convention, whose conservative churches sponsor hundreds of Scout units that embrace the ban, was among those alarmed that the BSA is proposing to allow sponsoring organizations to decide for themselves whether to admit gays as scouts and adult leaders. "We understand that we are now a minority, that it is not popular to have biblical values, not popular to take stands that seem intolerant," said Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee. "This is going to lead to a disintegration of faith-based values."

Oilers get 4 PP goals , beat Avalanche 4-1

The Edmonton Oilers have made a habit of falling behind early in games this season. They finally got an early lead against Colorado and Devan Dubnyk did the rest. Dubnyk made 37 saves — including 23 in the third period — and the Oilers scored of all their goals on the power play to beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night. Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Nail Yakupov, into an empty net, scored on the man advantage for the Oilers (3-2-0). Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner each had two assists as Edmonton finally got a strong start to a game after falling behind in each of its first four outings. "They had a really strong push at the end," Dubnyk said of the Avalanche. "You are able to get through things like that when you have earned a three-goal lead with how well we played in the first 40 minutes. There are going to be swings in momentum throughout the game. We wanted to get that first goal and get a lead, which we hadn't been able to do all year. It was good to see." Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was glad to see his squad not have to dig itself out of a hole.

Snowmobiler in critical condition after Winter X

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival. Moore was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars and landed face first into the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion. Moore later developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain. "Caleb is not doing good at all." Caleb's grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post. "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it."

Yampa Valley Data Partners hires new economic analyst

Brandon Owens is joining the nonprofit organization as an independent contractor and adviser on data projects and products, according to a news release.

Senior Spotlightfor January 28, 2013

January is going out in splendor a mixture of sun, rain and snow. Moody like some people I know. Life is that way. I look at it like okay, start the day thinking another day. Time to get up and take some pills, etc. I practically quit planning my day. Never comes out one way or another on how I thought it would. But it's okay. I learn something different every day no matter how small it is. The ifs of life are many, I learned some time ago, if I had done certain things different way back when. My whole life would be unfolding differently. But here I be.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program seeking applications

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is seeking applications from eligible seventh graders excelling in the academic arena. The scholarship program aims to help promising students from low-income families across the country, providing guidance as well as monetary assistance to those selected. Once selected, recipients enter the program in eight grade and continue through high school receiving educational support.