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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.

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

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

Moffat County girls pummel their way through Homecoming Powder Puff Football tourney

The last group standing in the latest rendition of Moffat County High School’s annual Powder Puff Football tournament may have had the most sugary name, but make no mistake, they were anything but sweet in handling their opponents.

The yearly Homecoming week trip to the gridiron for MCHS ladies proved as hard-hitting as ever as four teams took to the Bulldog Proving Grounds for fast-moving flag football and bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Taking the top honors were the Cereal Killers, taking their cue from the theme “A Spoonful of Homecoming,” finishing the night with a 14-7 victory against the Bad-Itudes.

The roster of players each had an alias that was part of a balanced breakfast: Tiffany Hildebrandt (Cap’n Crunch), Madie Weber (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Bailey Lawton (Lucky Charm), Terry Gillett (Trixster), Jaidyn Steele (Mini-Wheat), Quinn Pinnt (Frosted Flake), Kinlie Brennise (Special K) and Ebawnee Smercina (Fruity Pebble).

As the only junior among seniors, Faith Morgan had slim pickings with a lot of cereal names spoken for, though she was still happy with her nickname: Froot Loop.

“I got the leftovers,” she laughed.

Fellow team Coco Puffs also followed suit with the theme, while Locked & Loaded went with their own style, namely uniforms of camo tops and orange hunter hats, which weren’t staying on their heads as an evening breeze hit the field.

With coaching by MCHS varsity football players, girls enacted the trick plays that would rarely fly in most games, like the hidden ball play or a double reverse, both of which worked well to gain big yardage.

Still, most moments came from the tried-and-true run game with the occasional passing, though turnovers were frequent.

Reese Weber helped clinch a first-round win for the Bad-Itudes over Coco Puffs with an interception, the first time in the Powder Puff ranks for the freshman.

“I was really nervous at first, but once we got going I felt comfortable and knew what I had to do,” she said.

She also faced off with older sister Madie, the Cereal Killers’ quarterback, in the championship round, but nether was taking it easy on the other.

“It’s just fun for us to have that tough competition with each other,” Reese said.

While coaches tended to escalate the energy of the night with disputes with refs, players focused on keeping the game fun.

“I see why boys love it so much,” Hildebrandt said.

Moffat County JV football kicks off Homecoming week with win over Meeker

With hard-fought losses by their older compatriots over the past two weeks on their minds, members of Moffat County High School junior varsity football kept their eyes on the prize as Bulldog Homecoming began.

MCHS’s JV squad maintained its unblemished record Monday with a 26-20 win over Meeker.

A game that ultimately went to the Dogs didn’t start that way. The Cowboys added a touchdown in no time, picking up six points off a reception for more than 60 yards on the first play of the afternoon.

With TD’s by MCHS’s Ryan Peck and Taran Teeter in the first half and another trip to the end zone for Meeker, the only advantage the Dogs had headed into the third quarter was the Cowboys’ struggles with extra points as Moffat County led 14-12.

It was turnovers that would make the difference. An interception by Blake Juergens got the ball back just as Meeker was getting moving, and Juergens also scored on a short pass from Peck. Likewise, a fourth-quarter pick by Donnie Quick and the subsequent touchdown that came with it gave Moffat County a two-score advantage.

But, the Cowboys weren’t taking that lying down and caught a break with an unscathed touchdown catch coupled with a two-point conversion that put them well within an upset.

Less than two minutes of game time took nearly 10 in real time as Meeker used all their timeouts while their defense kept pushing back against the Dogs.

Still, the timing wasn’t quite enough as Moffat County punted with seven seconds remaining, needing only to stop the return.

Close as it may have been, the win put Bulldog JV at 4-0 this fall.

“They fought hard, and Meeker was a good team. They were big,” said coach Ben Egger.

Coaches Egger and Shane Hadley emphasized that players should be happy with the win but not yet satisfied, as the goal is to take every game for the remainder of the season.

That objective has been on Juergens’ mind.

“The way things are stacking up, it really looks like we could make that happen,” he said.

Moffat County JV will next travel to Basalt Oct. 1 following the Longhorns’ Saturday afternoon varsity game in Craig.

Craig City Council to receive report from water rate study

CRAIG — The Craig City Council will be receive an update on a recent water/wastewater rate study during its regular meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 25, at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Raftelis representative Todd Cristiano will provide details on tbe water rate study, which was undertaken to develop multi-year financial plans and set appropriate user charges designed to sustain the long-term financial health of the city's water and wastewater utilities. The study proposes increases in the water and wastwater fee schedules.

Under the proposal included in the rate study, the existing rate structures would be retained for both water and wastewater services, though both services would see slight increases. These increases are being proposed to generate rate revenue sufficient to meet annual operating expenses, debt service, and capital expenditures; fund capital projects in a way that least impacts consumers; maintain reserve levels according to best industry practices; and generate equitable rates to recover costs.

The following items also appear on the council's agenda

• Approve a quote from Grainger for a replacement motor for the #3 recycling pump at the Wastewater Plant for $11,659.72.

• Approve a resolution expressing the city's opposition to Proposition 112, which will appear on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. The proposition would increase setback requirements for oil and gas development.

• Approve renewal of a liquor license Irvin's LLC, dba Loadout Liquor, 1800 W. Victory Way. No cause has been shown for denial.

• Approve renewal of a 3.2 percent, off-premises beer license for Walmart Inc., dba Walmart Store #4377, 2000 W. Victory Way. No cause has been shown for denial,

• Approve a special events permit for the Downtown Business Association to operate a beer garden during Octoberfest, to be held Oct. 6 in Alice Pleasant Park.

• Approve a special events permit for Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA for an event to be held Oct. 6 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

• Approve a special events permit for Northwest Colorado Arts Council for a community art show Oct. 5 and 6 at 80 E. Fourth St., Stes 117 and 118.

• Receive the August 2018 water/wastewater report.

• Receive the August 2018 financial Report.

• Receive reports from the city manager and city attorney.

Before the City Council meeting, council members will meet at 4:30 p.m. for a joint workshop with the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners.

Gunnison serves up trouble for Moffat County volleyball

Some slow reflexes made for a fast few sets Saturday during Moffat County High School volleyball’s game against Gunnison.

The visiting Lady Cowboys swept the Bulldogs in three rounds with two 25-14 sets, wrapping up at 25-12.

The hosts for the day had difficulty responding to Gunnison’s style of play, with their opponents getting plentiful points from serves that went unreturned, said coach Jessica Profumo.

“All of their servers served super-deep. A lot of shots they were thinking were out and were right at the line. Or we thought they were in when they were out and wound up shanking them,” she said. “It got pretty bad.”

Reception errors were a headache, as was Gunnison’s leading outside hitter.

“She pretty much put the ball wherever she wanted to put it,” Profumo said.

MCHS girls claimed 10 kills, four of which were courtesy of Jaidyn Steele and three by Bailey Lawton. A tough day at the line amounted to 11 total service errors for Lady Dogs, though Hailee Herndon added two aces.

Kenzie Rehor and Olivia Profumo each had seven successful digs and Lawton six to keep the ball alive.

The coach credited the loss largely to a lack of focus leading up to MCHS Homecoming, the anticipation for which she hopes will dissipate once game time comes around again.

On Thursday night, 4-8 Moffat County — ranked eighth in the 3A Western Slope League — hosts seventh-place Roaring Fork. A home game against Olathe follows the next day.

“Roaring Fork should be really tough competition, and as long as they fight hard and don’t get discouraged on Thursday, we should be able to have an awesome game on Friday,” she said.

With the Pirates sitting ninth in the 3A Western Slope League, the Olathe game will likely be the less challenging of the series but with Lady Bulldogs in eighth place and Roaring Fork seventh, Profumo doesn’t want any misconceptions that athletes should hold back Thursday for the sake of Friday.

“We’ve gotta work for it every time,” she said. “You can’t expect to win or expect to lose.”