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Bulldog Sports — Week of Sept. 26, 2018

Wednesday

6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade tackle football championships at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

7 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Thursday

4 p.m. Moffat County High School C-Team volleyball vs. Roaring Fork at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

5 p.m. Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball vs. Roaring Fork at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

6 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity volleyball vs. Roaring Fork at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

Friday

1 p.m. Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade at Craig City Park and Victory Way

3 p.m. Moffat County High School C-Team volleyball vs. Olathe at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

4 p.m. Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball vs. Olathe at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

5 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity volleyball vs. Olathe at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

Saturday

8 a.m. Friends of Moffat County Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.

9 a.m. Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School cross country at MCHS Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.

9 a.m. Craig Middle School football at Steamboat Springs

10 a.m. Craig Middle School volleyball vs. Rock Springs, Rawlins, Wyoming and Vernal, Utah at Rock Springs, Wyoming

10 a.m. Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo at Latigo Trails Equestrian Center in Elbert

11 a.m. Moffat County High School Homecoming Tailgate Party at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

1 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Basalt at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

Sunday

9 a.m. Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo at Latigo Trails Equestrian Center in Elbert

4 p.m. Moffat County High School golfer Torin Reed at 3A State Championships at Boulder Country Club

Monday

9 a.m. Moffat County High School golfer Torin Reed at 3A State Championships at Boulder Country Club

4 p.m. Moffat County High School junior varsity football at Basalt

7 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Tuesday

9 a.m. Moffat County High School golfer Torin Reed at 3A State Championships at Boulder Country Club

4 p.m. Moffat County High School boys soccer at Basalt

4:30 p.m. Craig Middle School volleyball at Baggs, Wyoming

Half-naked tattoo man acts strangely: On the Record — Monday, Sept. 24

Craig Police Department

Monday, Sept. 24

1:21 a.m. On the 2400 block of Victory Way, officers responded to a man sleeping at the side of a building. They asked the man to leave.

9:35 p.m. On the 2000 block of Victory Way, a man asked officers for a ride home.

1:40 p.m. On the 600 block of Riford Road, a caller reported property being stolen from a car. Officers saw no signs of forced entry and took a report.

1:31 p.m. On the 800 block of First Street, a man came to the Public Safety Center to report possible identity theft. Officers took a report.

2:45 p.m. On the 400 block of 13th Street, a caller reported a case of domestic violence.

5:31 p.m. On the 3000 block of Westridge Court, officers responded to an crash involving a bicycle and a car. The bicyclist wasn't injured, but officers arrested the driver, a 23-year-old Craig woman, for driving under restraint, expired license plates, and no insurance.

5:54 p.m. On the 800 block of Yampa Avenue, a caller reported seeing a half-naked man with tattoos acting strangely. Officers could not find the man.

7:28 p.m. On the 2000 block of Victory Way, a caller reported seeing a man sleeping in a parked car that was running. Officers could not find the car or the man when they arrived.

9:29 p.m. At the fairgrounds, officers saw an unoccupied parked car. They determined everything was OK.

Senior Center has new director; new brand to be unveiled

CRAIG — The Senior Social Center has hired its first executive director.

Krystal Baker began part-time with the Senior Social Center in July.

She returned to Moffat County about 17 years ago to raise her three children and one step-child and enjoy camping and other recreational opportunities afforded in the area.

In addition to her new role as executive director, she will also retain her position with Northwest Colorado Health as its senior services manager for Moffat and Routt counties.

"These positions will certainly complement each other, and we are so very happy to have Krystal at the helm of the Senior Center," the board of directors wrote in a news release.

Baker agreed.

"At Northwest Colorado Health, we have collaborated a lot with the Senior Social Center in aquatics and Geri-Fit. I learned of the opening, and the boards worked together to create a shared position," she said.

Since her start date in mid-July, Baker has been settling in, working on new and different collaborations and grant funding opportunities.

"Baker's duties will be many, and we are certain she can handle both positions with a great deal of dignity, passion, and a caring heart," according to the news release.

One of her goals is to find the center a more permanent home that offers larger space, especially for teh aging well programs.

"It's pretty crowded at the Bell Tower," she said.

Another goal is to further grow the organizations membership to include seniors older than 60, as well as those approaching their senior years, by securing grant funding to expand hours and develop a volunteer program.

To help broaden the appeal of the Senior Social Center and its programs, a new logo will be unveiled during the quarterly membership meeting, set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Veteran's Hall, 419 E Victory Way.

"Anyone can come," Baker said.

During the meeting, Baker will provide an executive director update, the board will provide an update, board members will reveal the new logo, and Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, will talk about the museum and the mill levy designed to help pay for it and the library.

"Our main goal is to keep our seniors active — socially, mentally, and physically — aging in place, so that they can stay in their homes as long as possible," Baker said. "This opportunity has kept me busy the last couple of months, but I feel like I have the best job in Moffat County."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Spilled soup raises alarm: On the Record — Sept. 21 through 23

Craig Police Department

Friday, Sept. 21

4:26 a.m. In Craig, officers with the Craig Police Department investigated a possible runaway.

8:30 a.m. In Craig, officers attempted to make a warrant arrest. They were unable to make contact with the subject.

1:43 p.m. On the 500 block of West Victory Way, officers investigated a hit-and-run crash resulting in property damage. The backing accident occurred on private property and involved a red Nissan pickup truck and a Dodge pickup truck. The woman who allegedly caused the crash drove away, and the other driver caught up with her. The woman who left the scene was issued summons.

1:49 p.m.  On the 2000 block of West Victory Way, officers investigated a theft. A man was issued a summons for theft of binoculars and a watch.

4:28 p.m. On the 200 block of West Victory Way, officers found a bicycle. It was taken to the Public Safety Center for safe keeping.

4:45 p.m. On the 800 block of Jeremiah Avenue, officers responded to a report of harassment. A woman called claiming she was being harassed in person and over the phone by her ex. Officers spoke with both parties, and they agreed not to talk with each other and handle the matter in civil court.

8:29 p.m. In Craig, officers investigated a suspected drug violation.

9:19 p.m.  At East Kum and Go, officers made a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of a 27-year-old Craig man who was arrested on a warrant out of Moffat County for failure to comply with terms of probation.

9:44 p.m. In Craig, officers investigated a case of suspected child neglect. A caller reported a child was screaming. A woman was contacted, and she said she had spilled hot soup and that's why she was screaming.

11:32 p.m. Near Super 8 and the Hampton Inn, officers responded to a report of an antelope that had been hit and was on the road. It was moved off the road.

Saturday, Sept. 22

2:14 a.m. On the 300 block of School Street, officers investigated a report of a suspicious person.

9:47 a.m. In Craig, officers investigated a report of possible domestic violence.

9:58 a.m. On the 1100 block of East Victory Way, officers investigated a theft report.

10:12 a.m. In Craig, officers investigated a domestic violence report.

10:29 a.m. On Finley Lane, officers investigated a report of a suspicious person, article, or vehicle.  

2:44 p.m. In Craig, officers attempted to make a warrant arrest.

2:49 p.m. On the 600 block of East Victory Way, officers investigated a burglary.

3:12 p.m. On the 700 block of Legion Street, officers investigated a report of a suspicious person, article, or vehicle.  

6:56 p.m. Near the intersection of West Victory Way and Fourth Street, officers investigated a crash resulting in property damage.

8:44 p.m. On the 600 block of Wickes Avenue, officers responded to a report of criminal mischief.

10:11 p.m. On Jeremiah Way, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.  

11:04 p.m. Near the intersection of West Victory Way and Woodbury Drive, officers responded to a crash resulting in property damage.

Sunday, Sept. 23

3:26 a.m. Near the intersection of East Seventh and Colorado streets, officers made a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of a 19-year-old Craig man for possession of alcohol.   

1:55 p.m. On the 600 block of Barclay Street, officers investigated a report of a suspicious person.

2:05 p.m. At Elkrun Apartments, officers investigated reports of a disturbance.

2:03 p.m. On the 900 block of East Victory Way, officers investigated a report of a suspicious person.

5:22 p.m. Near Cathy Cisar Hill, officers investigated a crash resulting in unknown injuries.

8:37 p.m. On the 300 block of Woodbury Drive, officers investigated a noise complaint.

Interior Department changes Obama-era methane rule

The U.S. Department of Interior announced Sept. 18 it was rolling back Obama era rules on methane gas to help promote oil and gas development on public lands. President Donald Trump issued an executive order to reduce regulations in March 2017, and the recent decision is part of that order.

The final changes to the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule, also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule, reduces regulations on the oil and gas energy sector.

Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a Rifle native, said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is dedicated to fulfilling Trump’s goal of rolling back regulations to help the country’s energy sector.

"The Trump administration is committed to innovative regulatory improvement and environmental stewardship," Bernhardt said.

The rules were created to cut methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands by requiring oil and gas producers to repair leaking infrastructures and create gas capture plans before starting development.

In the published version of Waste Prevention Rule, requirements listed in the Obama era rules requiring waste minimization plans from operators, well drilling and completion requirements, and other federal rules for storage and infrastructure were removed. These requirements would have prevented approximately 180,000 tons of methane gas from entering the atmosphere each year and save $188 million annually by allowing more natural gas to be sold and preventing gas and other pollutants from getting into the air.

The U.S. is ranked second in the world in the amount of methane and greenhouse gases produced, according to a 2016 United Nations study. China is ranked first by a significant margin. The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report, in 2014, said 25 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases are produced by heat and electricity production. However, the U.S. saw a steady decline in greenhouse gas output, which includes methane, beginning in 2008.

When asked how much methane gas the new rules would prevent or release, Zinke's Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Kate MacGregor said they do not have those numbers.

MacGregor said there needs to be “smart” regulations that harness domestic energy production, but do so responsibly. The Bureau of Land Management determined there are redundant and “cumbersome” requirements and decided to revise the rules

In a news release from the Interior Department, The BLM reviewed the 2016 rule and found it had considerable overlap into existing state, tribal and federal regulations. Additionally, the agency determined that the previous administration underestimated the cost of the 2016 rule.

"Sadly, the flawed 2016 rule was a radical assertion of legal authority that stood in stark contrast to the longstanding understanding of Interior's own lawyers," said Bernhardt.

Bernhardt added Colorado already has rules limiting methane venting and flaring, and the state is a leader in adopting those rules.

However, not all Coloradans share Bernhardt’s optimism on the ruling.

"I'm disappointed to learn that BLM did not listen to the people of our state and went ahead with this rollback, even after the Senate rejected it," U.S. Senator Michael Bennet said. "Tuesday's decision only has downsides for the people of Colorado. It will lead to more pollution, waste more natural gas, and decrease revenue for taxpayers.  Worst of all, it will put the health of our communities at risk."

Conservation Colorado deputy director Jessica Goad said 74 percent of Coloradans supports rules requiring oil and gas producers to prevent methane waste on public lands. In May, 600,000 public comments were submitted, with 99 percent of the responses supporting the rules.

Moffat County Natural Resources director Jeff Comstock said Colorado is stringent when it comes to methane rules in the country, adding that the Interior Department rollback regulations is redundant and repetitive and won’t have much impact in Moffat County’s oil and gas development.

Moffat County Tourism Association invites public to tourism learning lab

CRAIG — The Moffat County Tourism Association CRAFT program meeting on rural tourism and sustainable tourism will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept 27, at Colorado Northwestern Community College, Room 185.

A majority of the MCTA Board of Directors will attend the meeting, and the public is welcome to attend and participate. There are morning and afternoon meeting times, according to MCTA Director Tom Kleinschnitz. The morning meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m., and the afternoon meeting begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m.

The morning session will focus on how rural communities can play an important role in creating sustainable and viable economy, Kleinschnitz said. The afternoon session will be on sustainable tourism, which is focused on introducing concepts and best practices on sustainable tourism.

For more information, call Kleinschnitz at 970-824-2335

Superfood Tip: September is National Mushroom Month

There are more than 14,000 types of mushrooms. Only a few are edible, and of those, only a few more are eaten regularly. But all types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of protein and fiber.

They also contain B vitamins, as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.

According to WebMD, “Mushrooms may do a lot more for your health than fuel your body. They have antibacterial properties. They can help lower cholesterol. They're good for your immune system. They may even help prevent or treat Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.”

September is National Mushroom Month, a great time to use mushrooms in recipes to add flavor, texture, and vegetables to your day.

Fitness Tip: Get those steps in for better health

Do the low number of steps on your app or fitness watch make you sad? Aim to walk more when you can — park farther away, take the stairs, or try to get in a brisk walk during your morning and afternoon breaks. Following are some tips for increasing physical activity from choosemyplate.gov

Stay active at home

• Join a walking group in the neighborhood or at the local shopping mall. Recruit a partner for support and encouragement.

• Get the whole family involved — enjoy an afternoon bike ride with your kids.

• Walk up and down the soccer or softball field sidelines while watching the kids play.

• Walk the dog — don’t just watch the dog walk.

• Clean the house, or wash the car.

• Do stretches, exercises, or pedal a stationary bike while watching television.

• Mow the lawn with a push mower.

Stay active at work

• Replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask a friend to go with you.

• Take part in an exercise program at work or at a nearby gym.

• Join or create an office sports team or walking group.

Humane Society bowls for animals, pet owners

CRAIG – The Humane Society of Moffat County rolled another strike in the effort to raise funds for animals Saturday, Sept. 22, at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Humane Society representative Ann Anderson said this marks the organization’s fifth year doing a fundraiser to help animals and pet owners in need. Money raised will be used for many purposes, including providing assistance with spaying and neutering and helping owners with their pets’ medical bills.

Anderson added the Humane Society helps with adoptions at the Craig Animal Shelter, ensuring adopted pets go to good homes.

On average, the organization raises about $5,000 with each fundraiser, Anderson said, adding that the Bank of Colorado usually tries to match any funds raised.

For more information about the Moffat County Humane Society, visit humanesocietyofmoffatcounty.org.

Living Well: 1, 2, 3 Delivery! — MRH offers new What to Expect series

There are plenty of books and websites about how to prepare for childbirth and delivery, but nothing can replace sitting down and talking with an expert or being in a group of other expectant parents asking questions. That's why medical providers at MRH are offering ongoing, no-cost classes for expectant moms and dads/partners to attend.

The past What to Expect classes were held quarterly on a Saturday and covered everything from morning sickness to breastfeeding. The new series breaks out classes by trimester, covering all three trimesters and postpartum care each month. The classes are offered once each week, on Wednesdays. The first Wednesday of each month covers first trimester topics, the second Wednesday covers second trimester topics, and the third Wednesday covers third trimester topics. The final Wednesday is for moms' post-delivery. If you are expecting, it's easy as 1, 2, 3 to remember which class to attend!

"Those who come say they love that they can ask any question that's on their minds. We have lively discussions on topics driven by those who attend," said Liz Kilmer-Sterling, RN, MSN, CNM, certified nurse midwife with Memorial Regional Health.

Another benefit of attending a childbirth preparation class is that you meet people who are in the exact place you are in your pregnancy. Sometimes, you form lifelong bonds.

"It takes a village to get through pregnancy. Making connections with other parents-to-be is especially important for young families who don't have other family nearby," Kilmer-Sterling added.

The class is led by Kilmer-Sterling and labor and delivery nurses. The third trimester class proves to be the most popular, partly because it offers a tour of the birthing center, but also because the end is drawing near, and moms want to make sure they understand what will happen during labor and delivery and also have established pain management techniques.

Preparing for childbirth

According to Kilmer-Sterling, one of the best ways to prepare for childbirth is to learn everything you can about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. That way, you can limit the surprises, and if you are surprised, you'll know what to expect.

"When you have the information you need, you can make good decisions for you and your baby. Remember, no question is silly," she said.

Next, she advises learning about different pain management techniques often used during labor and delivery and what might work best for you. For example, maybe you are soothed by warm water, so taking a bath or shower during labor would help. Or, maybe you are calmed by rhythmic breathing or imagery and visualization. Maybe you would like someone to rub your back or give certain words of encouragement.

"Identify how you best cope with stress and pain, and then practice those things before labor and delivery, so they'll be easy to use when the day comes," Kilmer-Sterling said.

Lastly, if you plan to breast feed, Kilmer-Sterling advises that you consult with someone about technique before delivering. That way, you'll understand about proper latch on and milk supply, making it easier to manage.

"Breastfeeding may look easy and like it comes naturally, but it can be something women struggle with," she added.

If you don't have a nursery or a new crib, consider signing up for a free Baby Box — a safe sleep space for infants up to six months — made possible by the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation. The Baby Box is portable, contains a firm, yet comfortable mattress, and boasts Colorado-themed designs. The Women's Health & OB/GYN office at MRH has plenty to hand out to new moms once they sign up online and complete a short education program on safe sleep habits.

"Our moms who have recently delivered love their Baby Boxes, because they are easy to move around the house, easy to set up, and they feel reassured that they have a safe space for their baby to sleep," Kilmer-Sterling said.

Free Baby Boxes for safe sleeping

If you are expecting and want a safe sleep space for your newborn, look no further. MRH has partnered with RM Children's Health Foundation to provide Best Start Baby Boxes to expectant parents. Reserve your baby box at babyboxuniversity.com/register, and present your code at the OB/GYN office at Memorial Regional Health, 750 Hospital Loop, Craig to pick up your box.

What to Expect Classes 

Expecting your first? New to the area? Attend a What to Expect class during each trimester and after delivery. Classes are ongoing, so each month, you'll find a class that speaks to your stage of pregnancy. Specific topics are covered, followed by open discussion. Birthing Center tour included with third semester class. The class is led by a nurse midwife and labor and delivery nurses. Partners are welcome, and snacks will be provided. RSVPs are preferred at 970-826-8230, but walk-ins are welcome. The class if free of charge.

What: What to Expect class

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

More information: 970-826-8230