Brian Smith graduated from Mesa State College in December of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He started at the Daily Press as the government, environment and courts reporter in January 2010. He interned with the Longmont Times-Call and was the editor of The Criterion, Mesa State’s student newspaper. He was named mass communications outstanding senior in May 2010.
Smith was raised in Longmont and attended Skyline High School. He enjoys the Western Slope because of the friendly people and laid-back attitude towards life. He enjoys fishing, disc golf, snowboarding, camping and hiking.
Moffat County resident reflects on great-grandfather’s life, Civil War service, struggle for independence
Leonidas Osbert Clements signed up to fight in the Civil War at the tender age of 16. The Georgia native joined Company G of the Georgia Calvary’s second regiment in the Confederate Army to fight for Old Dixie. He spent the next two-and-a-half years fighting in battles and raiding masses of Union troops near Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mark-Lee Curtis has always heard the phrase, “You have to do what you have to do.” On April 17, however, Mark-Lee found himself doing something he never thought would fit into that expression. At 9:23 a.m., the Baggs, Wyo., native held his son, Parker, in his arms as he took his first breath of life.
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner considers it the commission’s job to pay attention to the future of energy development and the extraction industry in the county. That’s why Danner said she and the rest of the commission are keeping an eye on developing interest from oil companies in drilling a local portion of a geological layer known for its oil called the Niobrara formation. “This opportunity of increased energy development and extraction is part of our economy,” she said. “I want to support it as long as those companies are respectful of the rules and work within our community as good corporate citizens.”
Lorrae Moon had to make a quick detour before Wednesday’s volunteer luncheon. She’s tasked with keeping an eye on her son’s flock of sheep during the day. But, as she drove by on her way to town, she noticed some newborn lambs were huddled among the rest of the sheep, separated from their mothers. So, Moon stopped to lend a hand. Although she would have rather not gotten dirty just before lunch, she jumped in to help because it was needed, she said.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said there’s a reason the commission is keeping the issue of carbon sequestration in its sights. “If it works, it’ll keep our coal industry alive,” he said. “Because then, they can take the carbons that come out of the stacks and put it in the ground, and therefore coal is the cleanest burning energy out there.”
A “heroic American.” An “inspiration to every citizen.” A man who showed “conspicuous gallantry.” Craig resident Larry Neu contends those are all accurate descriptions of Major William E. Adams. But, they aren’t Neu’s words.
The fate of the old Moffat County Jail has been a conversation topic since before Tom Gray was elected to the Moffat County Commission, he said. But, nobody was quite sure what to do with the metal, modular-constructed space connected to the north side of the courthouse and vacated in 2001 when the Moffat County Public Safety Center was built with a new jail facility, Gray said.
Steamboat Springs resident Lisa Watts recited a poem Friday she said captured the spirit of why she and many others were standing on the lawn of the Moffat County Courthouse. “They tax our land, they tax our bed, tax the table at which we are fed,” she said, clad in an American flag shirt. “They tax our work, they tax our pay, we work for peanuts, anyway.” Watts was speaking at the 2011 Tax Day Freedom Rally hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots at the courthouse. The event featured speakers, music and prizes including a wide array of messages centered on the Federal government and taxation.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said two rounds of voting Thursday in Washington, D.C., proved to be “real good news” for Northwest Colorado. Mathers was referring to Congress’ approval of the 2011 budget and more specifically a provision in it to eliminate funding for an order given by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to inventory wildlands across the country.
Motorcycle duo — Craig resident and his dog — becoming local celebrities
Alvin Fenstermacher once rode his motorcycle 157 miles in one day. It was a benefit poker run for a girl with leukemia in Dinosaur, and it took Alvin in a loop around the countryside. After the exhausting day of churning out miles of pavement, he was rewarded with a seat at the bar and a plate of pulled pork with all the fixings.