News for Thursday, January 31, 2013



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Craig resident reflects on earning GED diploma at CNCC

Brittney Byers works hard. The single mother of two spends long and busy days at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig while also ferrying her kids to the different places they need to be. And getting to this point in her life was a challenge itself.

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Wilson family creates 4H awards in honor of late father

The late Homer Wilson knew how to make others laugh and had a passion for kids and the 4H and FFA programs in Moffat County. In honor of his father, and to carry on his legacy, Shane Wilson and his wife Shelly have made it possible for a 10 year program that awards three five hundred dollar scholarships each year to outstanding kids in the Moffat County 4H and FFA programs. “It was really important to Homer to be there to represent the kids. He wanted to help the kids that spent the time to start and finish a project,” Shelly said.

Another AF Academy cadet charged with sex crime

The Air Force Academy says another male cadet has been charged with aggravated sexual assault. The school announced the charge Thursday but said it would not immediately release the cadet's name or any details of the alleged incident. Jocelyn Stewart, a civilian attorney who says she represents the cadet, says he is innocent. Stewart also declined to identify him by name.

Colo. lawmakers weigh abortion ban, defeat likely

Colorado lawmakers are considering a Republican proposal to ban abortions and make it a crime to perform them. Lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on the bill, but a vote on the proposal was delayed until Tuesday so every lawmaker in the committee can vote. Democrats who oppose the measure control the committee, and the bill is expected to fail.

Negotiators talking to Ala. captor through pipe

Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day. The man identified by multiple neighbors and witnesses as 65-year-old retired truck driver Jimmy Lee Dykes was accused of pulling the boy from a school bus on Tuesday and killing the driver. The pair was holed up in a small room on his property that authorities compared to tornado shelters common in the area. James Arrington, police chief of the neighboring town of Pinckard, said the shelter was about 4 feet underground, with about 6-by-8 feet of floor space and a PVC pipe that negotiators were speaking through. There were signs that the standoff could continue for some time: A state legislator said the shelter has electricity, food and TV. The police chief said the captor has been sleeping and told negotiators that he has spent long periods in the shelter before.

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Moffat County wrestling goes 2-0 in final home duals

It was a good way to close January at Moffat County High School. Moffat County hosted its final home wrestling competition of the season Thursday in the MCHS gym, a triangular of duals with Coal Ridge and Highway 40 rivals Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs, who have struggled at recent meets in Green River, Wyo. and Rifle, turned it around and picked up two wins Thursday beating Coal Ridge 48-19 and Steamboat 38-24.

Matt Winey: The tea party is dead

Well, at least that is what my progressive liberal friends try to convince me of. They tell me the Tea Party movement is what has caused all the problems we are facing as a nation. They also tell me how much they hate the tea party. I am starting to see their point. Why wouldn’t you hate some stupid group that stands for constitutionally limited government?

Pat Pearce: Humane Society Thanks

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank those that help animals in Moffat County.

Duce Vandivere: Girl Scout cookie memories

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when thousands of greenclad girls set up shop in front of City Markets, Wal-Marts, and various other places of business to peddle their wares. I'm referring of course, to the Girl Scouts of America and their famous cookies. I love 'em. A box of thin mints and a tall glass of milk and I'm happy all day.

CPD alerted of new phone scam

The Craig Police Department has learned of a new telephone scam targeting Medicare recipients. Craig and Moffat County residents have received calls from people with Indian or Asian accents who asked for the residents by name and were able to confirm their addresses, according to a CPD news release.

Assault case continued

Busy Tuesday coming for Derik Scott in county, district courts

A Craig resident charged with second-degree assault appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court for a preliminary hearing. But Chief Judge Michael O’Hara granted a request to waive the preliminary hearing upon learning that the defendant, Derik Scott, and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office were on the cusp of reaching a plea deal.

Olathe presents tough test Friday for Moffat County

Moffat County High School’s basketball teams will be back in Craig Saturday, but first they have to take on Olathe High School Friday. The 6 (girls) and 7:30 (boys) p.m. games in Olathe will be another set of important ones, and likely will be one of the the toughest games of the regular season for the girls team.

Karen Gibson: There will be interruptions

How could it be the flu? After all he had gotten a flu shot. The Visiting Nurses said for vulnerable people the extra strength type of vaccine is a good idea. Somehow the germs got through the invisible barrier and now the nagging cough keeps him awake all night, interrupting his routine.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeking volunteers for Sportsmen’s Roundtable

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to serve on a statewide advisory panel. The Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable meets twice per year to discuss and provide feedback to Parks and Wildlife officials on hunting, fishing, and wildlife management issues.

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Parks and Wildlife hosting ice fishing outing in Pine

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a learn to ice fish outing in Jefferson County. The event, open to families and novice anglers, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Pine Valley Ranch Park located on Jefferson County Road 126 in Pine, according to a news release from the agency. The event is free but limited to the 20 participants. Ice fishing equipment will be provided. To register, email or call 303-291-7804.

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board workshop

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board workshop

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CNCC Waving Hands Review literary magazine accepting submissions

Walking his dog in a snowstorm, David Morris saw five bucks jump a fence right in front of him. Morris said the sight of the incredibly black bucks against the white inspired a potential poem. “Whenever I go anywhere, especially out in nature, I’m always hunting poems,” Morris said. “You never know what you’re going to come across that you can do something with. If a real powerful image hits me I’ll write about it.” Morris is a regular contributor to Colorado Northwestern Community College’s literary magazine, “Waving Hands Review” and has also self-published three books of poetry. CNCC’s “Waving Hands Review” is now accepting submissions of original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal and political essays, humorous essays, serious journalism, photography, photos of 2-D and 3-D artwork, digital artwork, drawings and fragments through March 1.

MCSD school bus involved in accident

A Moffat County School District school bus was involved in a vehicle accident Wednesday, according to a MCSD new release. The accident took place at 4:30 p.m. on Moffat County Road 35 between bus number 60 and another vehicle. No students were on the bus and no injuries were reported, according to the release. The accident is under investigation.

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Moffat County swimming eyes Western Slope meet

It’s now or never for the Moffat County girls swimming team. The Bulldogs head to the Western Slope League 4A Championships this Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, the team’s final meet of the season before the state meet Feb. 8 and 9. Because it’s their final meet of the season, it’s also the last chance to qualify for the state meet for many Moffat County swimmers. And going into this weekend, there is a lot on the line.

Meeting this weekend on lesser prairie chicken management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Lamar Community College to discuss the lesser prairie chicken management plan. Lesser prairie-chickens are mid-sized ground-nesting birds weighing from one to two pounds that are members of the grouse family. The birds occupy a range that includes portions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.