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Joe Moylan: So long, Moffat County

I’ve never enjoyed goodbyes. I find them sad, uncomfortable and awkward to the point of being almost itchy. I’m a weird guy when it comes to saying goodbye because I do everything I can to avoid them.

Economic Development Partnership to host Inventor's Boot Camp

EDP to host inventor’s boot camp

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and The Marianna Raftopoulos Business Incubator One Stop Business Center are accepting applications for a never-before-offered business development class scheduled for next month in Craig.

Despite decent moisture levels, wildfires still a concern heading into Memorial Day weekend

Fire management unit provides safety tips going into holiday weekend

Smoke will be visible beginning this morning east of Craig as Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado River Conservation District officials conduct a controlled burn at Elkhead Reservoir. The controlled burn, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will take place off of Elkhead Dam Road, also known as Moffat County Road 28. Deputies and Colorado River Conservation District officials will be burning driftwood piles previously removed from Elkhead as part of an effort to improve boater and public safety at the reservoir.

The Record for May 24, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

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Craig resident opens quilting studio

Local resident opens longarm shop in Craig

Quilting is a way of life for Craig resident Linda Pinnt. It’s a passion she said she got from her mother, who left Pinnt a collection of quilting supplies, including a longarm machine, when she died.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Moffat County resident Frank Moe announces bid for Moffat County Commission

The 2014 election is 19 months away, but a local candidate has emerged for the District 3 office of Moffat County commissioner.

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler: Gov. John Hickenlooper is a partisan rubberstamp

Troubles loom with new election rules

Depending on political affiliation, the first session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly could be summed up as monumentally historic or woefully un-American.

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.

Recovery plans key to mass tragedy healing

7/20 Recovery Committee members discuss lessons learned from Aurora shooting

During the course of a large-scale tragedy or a natural disaster, many communities discover they were better equipped to respond to the emergency than they expected. What’s often forgotten is the aftermath and the vast amount of resources a community needs to negotiate the long and difficult road to recovery.

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Hospital CEO candidate meets Craig community at TMH

Hospital CEO candidate meets Craig community at TMH

Words like “transparency” and “teamwork” are too often used by politicians to create buzz, Chris Smolik said Thursday, but they’re also basic professional philosophies upon which he has built a successful career in health care.

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Dinosaur National Monument’s Ely Creek campground closed due to black bear activity

The Ely Creek backcountry campsites, located along the Jones Hole Trail, are a popular destination for anglers and hikers, and although Dinosaur doesn’t seem like the most ideal habitat for bears, several black bear sightings have been reported to monument officials during the past several weeks.

Craig man arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim is between 15 and 17 years old. The suspect first contacted the victim using Facebook, according to court documents.

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Hoyt archery bows now available in Craig

Sand Springs Archery expands shop, product line

Archery bows are a lot like automobiles: they all have their defining characteristics that can breed lifelong customers. Allen Jenkins, 58, owner of Sand Springs Archery, said although archery shooters all have their unique preferences there is one product line that stands out as the Cadillac among Moffat County bow hunters, the Hoyt.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council took the following action.

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Sunset Elementary receives 1st shipment of classroom iPads

Cheryl Arnett, a second-grade teacher at Sunset, said the 13 iPads arrived this week as part of a pilot program funded through a partnership with Friends of Moffat County Education to modernize learning for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Learning safety with Smokey Bear

Public safety officers host Kindergarten Safety Day

On Tuesday, Smokey Bear joined Craig Police Department officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers, Craig Fire/Rescue and Bureau of Land Management firefighters and a host of public safety personnel for Kindergarten Safety Day at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Downtown Business Association, residents collaborate on summertime activity

Do It Downtown Thursdays to feature art, sales, entertainment

Inspired by Downtown Colorado Inc.’s two-day downtown revitalization assessment conducted in March, members of Craig’s Downtown Business Association have collaborated with local artists to develop an event designed to drive more foot traffic to Craig’s core.

BLM to offer Moffat County acreage for federal mineral lease sale

Some parcels held due to greater sage-grouse habitat

The Bureau of Land Management is offering three parcels totaling 2,125 acres. A 381-acre U.S. Forest Service parcel located in Garfield County also will be offered during the August sale, according to a BLM Colorado news release.

Craig woman arrested following altercation with police, doctor

A Craig woman was arrested this week after an alleged altercation with Craig Police Department officers and a doctor at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

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Moffat County third-graders score below state average in reading proficiency

State releases third grade TCAP reading scores

Results from the state’s standardized reading test show third-graders in Moffat County are a little behind the curve, but local administrators are waiting for the full report before they evaluate educational programs in the district.

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Back to fishing fun

Cops and Kids Fishing Day slated for May 29

Every angler remembers the day they caught their first fish. Though they may not remember the exact date, location or even the species, they remember the bite that seemed to come without warning and the excitement of a fish tugging on the end of their line.

Top TMH candidate will return to Craig next week for second round of interviews

Smolik: Hopefully we can bring it home next week

Chris Smolik said he's excited about his upcoming return to Craig, which was scheduled in conjunction with National Hospital Week. He expects the weeklong celebration will provide ample opportunities to interact with staff, but he also has requested time to get to know the Craig community.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid on leave of absence, collecting paycheck

Commissioner John Kinkaid out of contact after taking leave of absence

Less than four months into his first term as a Moffat County commissioner, John Kinkaid abruptly announced a 30-day leave of absence and hasn’t been heard from since.

Shell to begin fracturing wells this month in Moffat County

Shell conducts winter drilling program to test safety practices

Shell Oil officials said the past year has been characterized by experimentation, a trend that will continue when the energy company turns to hydraulic fracturing of at least two of its Moffat County wells.

Craig firefighters respond to Wyman’s for ditch fire

The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. The fire, which burned less than 1 acre, was contained in about an hour. No injuries were reported.

TMH officials discuss CEO finalist James “Chris” Christian Smolik

Return visit could happen during National Hospital Week

Officials at The Memorial Hospital in Craig talked Friday about James “Chris” Christian Smolik, a finalist for TMH’s chief operating officer vacancy. The TMH Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to extend Smolik an invitation to return to Craig for a second round of interviews, bringing the TMH community one step closer to completing what Board Chairman Don Cook called an arduous CEO search.

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Craig youngsters receive education in Western heritage

Moffat County Cattlewomen host annual Fourth Grade Ag Day

Craig elementary school students received a lesson in their western heritage Thursday during Fourth Grade Ag Day at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The educational event, sponsored by Moffat County Cattlewomen, teaches youngsters from Sunset, Ridgeview, Sandrock and East elementary schools about a variety of farm and ranching activities, including livestock health, old fashioned techniques, water, farm safety, agriculture, butchering and branding.

Rep. Scott Tipton outlines healthy forest, wildfire prevention bill

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, was in Denver on Thursday for a field hearing of the Congressional Western Caucus hosted at the state Capitol. The theme of the hearing focused on forest health, wildfires and habitat protection, which provided Tipton an optimal venue to tout legislation he is carrying that would provide state and local elected officials the authority to designate high-risk wildfire areas.

TMH a step closer to naming new CEO

Board of Trustees votes to bring one finalist back for community visit

The trustees unanimously approved Thursday night naming James “Chris” Christian Smolik as the primary finalist for the vacancy. Smolik was one of four potential finalists the TMH board discussed in executive session Thursday night.

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Regional leaders begin to develop shared economic vision

Community leaders from throughout the Yampa Valley congregated in Craig on Wednesday to begin developing a collaborative vision statement for the region.

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Little Snake River Valley student earns trip to Washington, D.C.

Last month, Espy, 15, a sophomore at Little Snake River Valley School in Baggs, Wyo., traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 50 middle and high school students from across the country for President Barack Obama’s fourth annual White House Science Fair.

House passes controversial renewable energy mandate bill

A controversial bill that increases renewable energy mandates for rural electricity cooperatives was approved by the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday.

EAGLE-Net suspension lifted, paving way for new broadband access in Moffat and Routt counties

Moffat County, Steamboat Springs slated for broadband infrastructure

High-speed broadband Internet service could be on its way to the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs school districts after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Tuesday that it lifted its stop construction order against the maligned EAGLE-Net Alliance.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

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Moffat County sheriff given more authority to spend money to fight fires

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz has been given greater authority over how certain county funds may be spent during the upcoming wildland fire season.

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Parks and Wildlife: Don’t feed wild animals

Feeding wildlife attracts predators, spreads diseases

Mike Porras, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said feeding the animals not only has a variety of negative effects on big game, it also can result in fines under Colorado law.

Parks and Wildlife awards Bitterbrush State Wildlife Area with a reclamation grant

Funds to be used to reseed public lands affected by Cedar Knob fire

The grant funding was part of $280,000 awarded this week by Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program. The Bears Ears Winter Range Habitat Enhancement Initiative was the recipient of $100,000 for the project in the Bitterbrush SWA.

M2: Christmas comes early for Craig’s own Santa, Mrs. Claus

George and Ann Kidder honored as Moffat County United Way volunteers of the year

For a short period of time each year, the entire country undergoes an almost magical transformation. The Christmas season evokes a spirit of brotherhood, and people everywhere find themselves smiling easier, laughing louder and spending more time in the service of others. A big reason for that transformation is the sight of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Since 1997, George and Ann Kidder, otherwise known as Craig’s own Santa and Mrs. Claus, have generously donated their time to help children of all ages embrace the spirit of Christmas.

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M2: Al Shepherd, volunteer for life

Craig resident Al Shepherd has sealed his legacy through volunteering

This month the Moffat County United Way honored a number of people in Craig who have made a difference in the community through serving others. Al Shepherd, 81, was one of the standouts. He’s been serving on the 14th Judicial Community Corrections Board since 1984 and is one of the longest tenured Moffat County government volunteers, second only to Owen Grant, who has been serving on the Moffat County Cemetery Board since 1978.

The Record for April 26, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in Craig murder case

Charge added, trial rescheduled to September

Craig murder suspect Leroy Fief’s Fifth Amendments rights against self-incrimination were not violated in the aftermath of the Dec. 9 death of Shane Armondo Arrendondo in a downtown parking lot, a Moffat County judge ruled Wednesday.

Craig resident proposes ordinance requiring heads of households to own rifles

Craig resident requests council pass pro-gun ordinance

Citing years of attacks by the Colorado General Assembly on the industries that drive Craig and Moffat County’s economy — namely coal, power and hunting — Craig Rummel asked City Council members to consider passing an ordinance requiring heads of households within city limits to maintain a modern sporting rifle capable of accepting high-capacity magazines.

Moffat County Commission exploring refinance options for public safety center

The Moffat County Commission on Tuesday explored its options to refinance the second of two certificates of participation used to fund construction of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. A certificate of participation is similar to a bond. Dave Fleming, a member of the Moffat County Finance Corporation Board, said the second certificate, issued in 2001, could be refinanced after 10 years.

Resources available for sex assault victims

Karen Zimmerman, sex assault response team coordinator at Advocates Crisis Support Services, said that last year, her agency responded to cases involving 32 primary victims and 51 secondary victims of sexual assault in Moffat County.

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Colorado lawmakers debating several education bills

Moffat County School District could see increased funding for preschool, special education

Colorado senators passed a bill Friday that would modify the Public School Finance Act of 1994. Senate Bill 13-260, sponsored by District 19 Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, and District 31 Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, would change K-12 public school financing for fiscal year 2013-14 by increasing base per pupil funding to $5,954.28 to reflect a 1.9 percent inflation rate.

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Local elected officials continue to slam renewable energy bill

Moffat County’s elected officials continue to rip a bill now making its way through the Colorado House of Representatives that would require Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 25 percent by 2020.

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Weather slows training tower construction

Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire training tower was slated to go vertical this week, but three days of snow has tabled construction.

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Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

This week, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., urged the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to include a permanent livestock insurance program in the 2013 Farm Bill. In a letter to committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich., Udall said ranchers need a safety net considering ongoing drought conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain west.