Craig briefs: Curtice will not reveal hazing punishment


The Craig Daily Press wrote an editorial that appeared in the July 19 Saturday Morning Press, asking Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice to reveal what punishment the school district has in store for the upperclassmen who allegedly hazed freshmen at football camp in Evanston, Wyoming, in June.

Curtice did not change his stance on the issue, and he will not tell the community or the newspaper what punishment the students might receive.

“The administration has followed school board policies and procedures keeping our students’ safety top priority,” Curtice said in a text message. “The school district will not comment on the specifics of the investigation or any discipline imposed as a result of this investigation due to the privacy rights of student and staff.”

Evanston (Wyoming) Police Department officials were in Craig on Thursday, investigating the alleged hazing incident. Wyoming police officials will be back in Craig on Thursday to further investigate. It’s not yet known when the police investigation will be complete.

The school district completed its investigation of the alleged hazing two weeks ago.

EPA rally to be held in Denver, Craig next week

A number of Moffat County residents are headed to Denver on Tuesday to attend Environmental Protection Agency hearings about its proposed Clean Power Energy Plan that targets the coal industry and coal-fired power plants.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid will testify at the 9:15 a.m. hearing. Additionally, a rally in support of coal will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Park — Veterans Memorial across from the state Capitol.

Craig will host its own rally at the Clarion Inn & Suites from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, where those attending will Skype into the rally in Denver. Hot dogs will be served.

A free shuttle service from Craig to Denver will be provided for those who wish to attend the hearings and rally in person. For information about transportation, call 970-824-9282.

Udall confirms Basin is not on Obama’s radar

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is not considering an Antiquities Act designation for the Vermillion Basin in Northwest Colorado, according to a press release.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell confirmed this fact during a meeting with Udall.

“Secretary Jewell confirmed for me today that the Vermillion Basin is not in line for a national monument designation through the Antiquities Act,” Udall said in a statement. “When exercised in close consultation with the local community, the Antiquities Act is an important tool that has been used throughout Colorado’s history to preserve and protect many of the iconic public lands that strengthen our special way of life and support our outdoor-recreation economy. That said, I am glad Secretary Jewell has rebutted the rumors some lawmakers have used to create uncertainty for the residents of Northwest Colorado.”

Udall has been a vocal advocate for Colorado’s public lands and the jobs they support. He also has fought for proposals to strengthen the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expands recreationists’ access to public lands.

Call Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.

Three Springs Fire in Moffat County contained

The Three Springs Fire was reported to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center at about 7 p.m. Monday, according to a Bureau of Land Management press release.

The lightning-caused wildland fire was on private land 4 miles north of U.S. Highway 40 and 9 miles west of Elk Springs. It was reported to be 28 acres. The fire burned grass with some pinion and juniper trees.

Mobilized to the incident were two Artesia Fire Protection District engines, one National Park Service engine, one Bureau of Land Management engine and fire management officers from Moffat County, NPS and BLM.

Crews fought the fire late into the evening. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. The fire was contained at 2 p.m. Tuesday.


Jason McMillan 2 years, 9 months ago

Mr Curtis is not withholding any information from the public.

For someone to withhold something they must first have the ability to release it.

The Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA) says that the School cannot release such details.

The Editorial Board has insisted that Curtis break the law. This shows a certain amount of ignorance on their part, or a lack of maturity.

The first two choices here are a sign of human weakness. There is a third one: an axe to grind.

Reasonable folks would know that a school can't issue press releases about students.

A reasonable person would wait for the police report to be completed, then the details of the incident will become public record. Even then the names of individual students would be redacted.

On a personal note, I don't like bullies much. If the late Mr. Fejet were here; he would not be able (FERPA) to tell you that I was not allowed to corner a bully in the SE stairwell of the school when his buddies were not around and point out the error of his ways.

When I was a FB player under Mr Yester, hazing was filling a guys cleats with water before practice. Anything else was going to earn you and everybody else laps or hills.

Coach Yester taught us integrity by doing the right thing even when it hurt. My senior year we played our last game without six of our best players. They broke school policy in a big way while on the bus ride back from a game.The coach got some nasty phone calls over it. From the kids parents and from folks who think football is more important than ethics. It did not matter who they were. They were not benched. They were off the team: lockers emptied, gear turned in.

I would say all of us benefited from it. the coaches, the offenders and the rest of the team not involved.

That is the purpose of school sports. A tool to create adults out of kids.

I do not know the details of this incident. I will trust that the school admin will deliver measured justice for those involved.

That is the reasonable thing to do.


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