News for Friday, May 17, 2013



Craig Briefs: Teacher retirement gift entries sought by school

Sandrock Elementary School teacher Michele Conroy is retiring after 23 years of teaching, and the school is sending out a call for letters from former students, parents of students, colleagues and friends to add to a scrapbook being compiled for her.

Baxter Black: Me and Albert

Back in the days before satellite TV, cellphones, video players, Netflix and laptops, many ranchers in the West were isolated from civilization.

From Pipi's Pasture: A shopping day in Craig, part 2

When my sisters and I were kids, Dad and Mom sometimes planned a full day of shopping in Craig.

Over A Cup: Spring salad that’s good anytime

We’ll be branding calves at our place this weekend.

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Five finalists to run Saturday for Moffat County track at state championships

It has been a full two days for Moffat County athletes at the 2013 state track meet, and they have done well enough to have another busy one on the meet’s final day.

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Moffat County swimmers finish strong at first day of state meet

The afternoon started rough for the Moffat County boys swimming team at the first day of the state meet, but the Bulldogs turned it around in the second half of the competition.

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Barn dances return to Hayden on Saturday

The first of five community barn dances this summer kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. and will go until 11 p.m. Future dances are June 15, July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 28.

Janet Sheridan: Mars and Venus shop

A pervasive joke about the shopping tendencies of men and women alleges that a man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants, while a woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she doesn’t want.

Improved load factors, higher fares boost Steamboat airline program reserves

The committee that reports to Steamboat Springs City Council on the airline contracts that secure the majority of Steamboat’s and Routt County’s air service received good news Friday — the past winter’s ski season jet flights weren’t nearly as expensive as once feared. But challenges remain.

Town of Nucla passes mandatory firearm ownership ordinance; is Craig next?

Local resident plans to again appear before council with a similar ordinance for Craig

A small Colorado town’s decision this week to pass an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory likely won’t impact whether Craig city officials adopt a similar law.

It's official: The Memorial Hospital has a new CEO

Smolik accepts hospital board’s offer to join team as chief

During a special meeting Friday, the TMH Board of Trustees named Chris Smolik as its new CEO.

Routt County's Wiggins, Moffat County's Jantz join sheriffs' lawsuit over gun control bills

At issue are two laws passed this spring that are set to take effect July 1, limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expanding background checks to private and online firearm sales. now free to all users

The switch, which went into effect Thursday, eliminates a paywall that was put in place in August 2012.

Moffat County High School MVPs by team

Moffat County High School MVPs by team

Steamboat Springs High School MVPs by team

Steamboat Springs High School MVPs by team

Top Yampa Valley athletes

A list of the other top Yampa Valley athletes this past year.

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Boys Team of the Year: Steamboat lacrosse

The season started with a high ranking and all the optimism possible, but there were plenty of times during the regular season when it appeared this Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team might not be all that special.

Hayden High School MVPs by team

Hayden High School MVPs by team

Soroco High School MVPs by team

Soroco High School MVPs by team

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The Yampa Valley's top 10 games of the year

Playing in the state quarterfinals, the Steamboat and Cheyenne Mountain boys lacrosse teams went back and forth with Steamboat narrowly holding on. The win put the Sailors in the Final Four for the first time in school history.

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Girls Team of the Year: Moffat County basketball

The Moffat County girls basketball team had work ethic and a been-here-before attitude for the 2012-13 season. With seven seniors who had contributed varsity minutes the year before, expectations were high for the Bulldogs.

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Coach of the Year: Steamboat's Betsy Frick

The challenge in front of Betsy Frick was daunting. The task was to restart a youth program from scratch with little to no help. But Frick said she had no reservations about the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team.

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Comeback Player of the Year: Hayden's Ryan Domson

Ryan Domson’s return from a devastating offseason knee injury wasn’t the stuff of movies or sporting legend. The Hayden High School senior’s journey might not have been made for Hollywood, but it still dropped plenty of jaws across the Yampa Valley.

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Soroco Female Athlete of the Year: Josie Rossi

Senior Josie Rossi may have been farther down the offensive stat sheet, but she was one of the key cogs for the Rams girls basketball team just the same.

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Soroco Male Athlete of the Year: Nic Paxton

The spotlight was nothing new for Nic Paxton as he prepared for his senior year. Paxton jumped onto the Soroco stage as a sophomore, assuming playmaker roles on the Rams football and basketball teams.

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Hayden Female Athlete of the Year: Savannah Williams

Coach Michelle Wilkie said basketball was where Savannah Williams’ distance-running heart shined through.

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Moffat County Male Athlete of the Year: Bubba Ivers

Brentten “Bubba” Ivers has seen success in everything he’s done. It’s why the Moffat County senior never is satisfied with being just good.

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Steamboat Female Athlete of the Year: Nikki Fry

Despite missing the fall volleyball season and half the basketball season recovering from an ACL tear to her left knee, Nikki Fry showed why she is an elite athlete.

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Steamboat Male Athlete of the Year: Peter White

As Peter White has navigated his junior year of playing soccer, skiing Alpine and Nordic and playing lacrosse, there isn’t a person who can say White ever took a practice or a game off.

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Female Athlete of the Year: Moffat County's Eryn Leonard

While much of her competitive time has been spent elsewhere on the Western Slope, when you produce results like Eryn Leonard does, the news tends to make it back home all the same.

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Male Athlete of the Year: Hayden's Mark Doolin

Doolin, the 2013 Yampa Valley Male Athlete of the Year, doesn’t scream and shout. His competitive heart doesn’t beat in your face. It smolders, burning on and on.

Craig Briefs: Free workplace anger seminar today at CNCC

A free seminar about “How to handle an upset or agitated employee” is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today in Colorado Northwestern Community College Academic Building Room 175.

David Pressgrove: Baccalaureate an opportunity worth taking advantage of

I still have fond memories of my high school baccalaureate.