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Hayden community mourns death of high school wrestling coach

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Chad Jones represented Hayden High School when he was a senior by bringing home a state wrestling title, and he influenced his community by passing on his love of sports to a new generation of athletes as a youth football and wrestling coach.

On Tuesday, Jones was remembered by many as a man who seemed to have an impact on the entire town.

“He touched a lot of people’s lives in a very positive way, both young and old,” said Nick Planansky, who worked under Jones as an assistant coach for the Hayden High School wrestling team. “He loved his coaching. He was there night and day for the kids, and anytime anybody needed anything he was there for them.”

The 39-year-old Jones, who took the job as the Tigers head wrestling coach in 2012, died Monday afternoon in his Hayden home.

The news passed through the small West Routt County community Tuesday, leaving many local residents saddened by the news.

“I don’t think there is person who is not affected by this,” said Ashley McMurray, a friend and town council member. “His goal in life was to make kids smile, and he would do anything to do that — it made him happy.”

Jones graduated from Hayden High School in 1997 and won a state wrestling title in the 171-pound class that same year. Shortly after high school, he started coaching youth wrestling and peewee football.

“He was into peewee football and wrestling since just a few years after high school,” said former Hayden wrestling coach and athletic director Ty Zabel. “Chad was all about the kids, always. He would help them out if they were having trouble with their school work, and he always had their back.”

Jones also loved getting outdoors, normally with a fishing rod, whenever possible. He also loved being part of the Hayden community.

“Chad was my godfather. He was there when I was born in the hospital with my dad, and him and my dad smoked cigars celebrating after I was born,” said Christian Carson, who was coached by Jones throughout his wrestling career. “I grew up with Chad. We would go fishing together, we would do everything … He wasn’t just my coach, he was a family member.”

Carson said Jones was there for him in 2017 when he blew out his hamstring during his final high school football season and then struggled to get back into shape for wrestling.

“Chad was always there in your ear whether he was talking to you or yelling from across wrestling floor,” Carson said. “He told us that we were winners no matter what the scoreboard says and no matter what anyone says as long as you know in your heart that you gave 110 percent."

With Jones' support, Carson worked hard his senior season, and by the time the state championships rolled around, he was not only back in shape but found himself fighting for a state title.

Of course, Jones was in Carson’s corner as he battled in the 195-pound class at the state finals. Carson lost the match to John Mall's Jason Murphy, 3-2, but Jones was there to put the match into perspective.

“After I lost my finals match my senior year and after I was all done crying, he told me, ‘You know what a dollar and a state title will get you in Denver?’" Carson recalls. “You can buy a cup of coffee.”

On the mat, Soroco wrestling coach Jay Whaley and Jones were opponents, but the two shared a love of wrestling and a love for teaching kids.

“It’s a huge loss and my heart is broke over the whole situation. I knew him as a competitor, I knew him as a coach and I knew him, mostly, as a friend,” Whaley said.

“The one thing I always appreciated about Chad is that he knew it was all about wrestling and the kids,” Whaley said. “We supported each other when we had home dual meets. We went to each other’s home tournaments, and we knew in order for wrestling to survive in Routt County we needed to support each other.”

Whaley said he had talked to Jones a few weeks ago about the upcoming season.

“I feel bad for all those kids in that community,” Whaley said. “I feel bad for the whole wrestling community here. ”

Jones' father Mike and younger brother Justin still live in Hayden. His younger sister, who now lives in Colorado Springs, fought through tears Tuesday when asked how she would want community members to remember her brother.

“I would want people to know just how proud he was of his own kids, just how proud of Piperjo and Saben he was, and just — from my own private conversations — how much he looked up to my dad,” Davis said. “I would want them to know just how proud he was of all the kids that he coached and how proud he was to be a part of the community in Hayden.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

Bulldog Sports — Week of Sept. 19, 2018

Wednesday

5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade tackle football at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane

Thursday

None

Friday

1 p.m. Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School cross country at Shana Ward Memorial Invitational in Saratoga, Wyoming

3 p.m. Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s soccer at College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada

Saturday

9 a.m. Craig Middle School volleyball vs. Rifle and Soroco at Rifle

9 a.m. Craig Middle School football at Rifle

11 a.m. Moffat County High School boys soccer vs. Grand Valley High School in Parachute

Noon Moffat County High School C-Team volleyball vs. Gunnison at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

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

1 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Pagosa Springs at Olathe High School

1 p.m. Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s soccer at College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada

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

5 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling prime rib dinner at Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

5:30 p.m. Humane Society of Moffat County bowling fundraiser at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 900 Industrial Ave.

Sunday

None

Monday

4:30 p.m. Moffat County High School junior varsity football vs. Meeker at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

7 p.m. Moffat County High School Homecoming Powder Puff Football at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

Tuesday

4 p.m. Moffat County High School boys soccer vs. Aspen at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

4:15 p.m. Craig Middle School football vs. Saratoga, Wyoming at CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.

4:30 p.m. Craig Middle School cross country at Soroco Invitational in Oak Creek

5:15 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker fifth- and sixth-grade tackle football at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane

Janet Sheridan: While others frolicked     

"Remember," Mom said, "I want the washing finished and the young ones happy when I get home." Then, she escaped out the door, leaving me with a mountain of dirty clothes and three unabashedly disorderly siblings.

I headed to the basement, leaving Barbara, Blaine, and JL at the breakfast table making up inane jokes, then laughing inordinately: "Knock, knock." "Who’s there?" "Janet." "Janet who?" "Janet’s stupid!"

I descended six stairs to the cement-floored laundry room with its sluggish floor drain and musty smell. Sighing with self-pity, I inserted a hose into the washtub of our antique wringer washer, turned on the water, adjusted it to warm, and dumped in a measure of grainy detergent.

Wrinkling my nose with distaste when I dealt with other people's underwear, I methodically sorted the laundry into piles of dark, white, and light until loud wails summoned me to the kitchen. The boys having disappeared, an anguished Barbara sat alone, sobbing and saying she knew she shouldn't leave the table until she finished her oatmeal, but a fly had landed in it, and she couldn't take another bite. I told her I wasn't about to fall for that old trick and thumped her to reinforce the message.

When I returned to my task, the washtub was about to overflow. Grabbing the hose, I inserted it in the rinse tub, then scooped a couple of bucketfuls of excess water from the washtub and, deciding a few suds wouldn't matter, added them to the rinse water. As I put a load of whites into the wash water and engaged the agitator, suspicious sounds again issued from the kitchen.

The little boys were wrestling, knocking into the chair where a sad-eyed Barbara still sat. To my amazement, she had managed to capture a fly and drown it in her oatmeal. I told her to get out of my sight before I made her eat it like a raisin. She escaped, and I sent the boys outside to ride their beat-up tricycle, ignoring their protests that it had no front tire. Maybe riding on the rim would build muscle somewhere other than between their ears.

The rinse tub full, I now had to deal with the dreaded wringer. Dad had warned us about washing-machine wringers that mangled the arms of wee children, and for the rest of their lives, they had to be fed like baby birds. We still had our arms, but Carolyn once forced two pair of jeans into the wringer and stalled it. Then, the weight of the wet denim broke the wringer free from its locked position, so it began rotating on its axis in circles, the levis flying out like arms on a horizontal windmill. We played a thrilling game of dodge the jeans until Lawrence, the first of us to gain any sense of maturity, came to investigate and ruined our fun.

I hated inserting small items like stockings and handkerchiefs into the wringer, because they sometimes failed to exit obediently on the other side of the rollers, so they continued to go around and around. Theory dictated stopping the wringer, popping a roller, and removing the stocking. Daring demanded snatching one end of it without wringing your fingers and hanging on until the offending item unwound.

Finally, the first load wrung into the rinse water, and a second load chugging in the soapy water, I checked on the terrible trio. I found them playing in the yard and told Barbara throwing rocks in the air and telling her little brothers to run under them was proof she'd been adopted. All three looked at me with puzzlement, then headed for the garden, where they'd pick and eat green gooseberries.

Soon, the sheets were wrung into the laundry basket, and the other loads were progressing in an orderly fashion. Carolyn had been told to hang the wet laundry when she returned from babysitting, so I'd soon be sitting on the porch, enjoying another Bobbsey Twins book in which chores didn't exist, older children went adventuring, and younger children obeyed without question.

Sheridan's book, "A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns," is available in Craig at Downtown Books and Steamboat Springs at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. She also blogs at auntbeulah.com the first and 15th of every month.

Lance Scranton: It’s gotta be true!

A long time ago, when I was a wee lad and I had all of my future well out in front of me, something happened. I can't really say what it was, because as embarrassing episodes go, this one was a doozy! But suffice it to say I learned a lesson, was disappointed in myself, and hoped it wouldn't be held against me as I moved forward with my life. Unlike some, I remained imperfect and made a few more mistakes along the way as I grew to maturity and realized that, at some point, my youthful indiscretions would amount to a reputation I wouldn't want to have should I continue.

Time went on, and I began to grow, mature, and look back on my actions as a time when I learned some valuable lessons and began to formulate some type of mature code for living. Many of the things I did when I was in Junior high and high school were just plain stupid, and being surrounded by fellow stupid people — stupidity tended to abound in many areas of life. But somehow, I made it through and became an adult with career aspirations and a lifestyle that reflected a more mature approach to life.

But, in all of the things I did as a teenager in high school, wrapped up in the frenzied era of the '80s, and in all the excesses and time youth affords, I am certain I did something to hurt people in some way, shape, or form. I'm certain I was selfish. I'm absolutely positive I made bad decisions. I'm confident I mishandled situations, and I'm forever embarrassed about some things I wish I hadn't done.

So, if you are like me and you wish you had done things differently as you look back across the years, I offer you the same advice I give my students should they care to listen: Sometimes, life can get the best of us, and we can get caught up in things that we regret later and may regret for the rest of our lives. But, people have this amazing capacity to forgive, and time can sometimes appease some of the bitterness that hurt can cause.

Being young is difficult, and we can make bad decisions, but if you own up to your mistakes and do your best to move in a better direction, your life can get better, and your capacity to make better decisions will grow exponentially.

It's gotta be true that we've all made mistakes. It's also gotta be true that we need to learn to live in the light of hoping we can each become better people if what we have done serves to teach us instead of consuming us.

It's gotta be true that, as messy as life can get sometimes, we all deserve a chance at redemption. It's gotta be true that what is true about each of us is that the truth does set us free from the bondage of fear and regret.

But, it's gotta be true, or it only serves to tear us down and destroy those of us who have learned from our past and lived lives in light of the truth of our imperfections.

But, it's gotta be true.

Lance Scranton is a teacher and coach at Moffat County High School.

Business Buzz: Economic Development Principles & Practices slated for Monday

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is hosting Economic Development Principles & Practices from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The agenda for the event includes Economic Development 101, presented by Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, executive director of Region 9 Economic Development District. CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry will present a report overview from the Business Opportunity Toolkit project and host a workshop discussion for implementation steps and local incentives.

Perry said the ideal audience for the event includes elected officials, board members, staff, and community members interested in economic development opportunities in Craig and Moffat County.

“This is a great opportunity to understand the foundational elements that make a strong economic development program and direct our implementation of the steps outlined in our soon-to-be-released toolkit,” Perry said.

The event is free, and lunch will be served. RSVPs are required by Sept. 19 to director@cmedp.comFor more information, contact 970-620-4370 or director@cmedp.com.

Chamber Mixer to be hosted by Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will hold a business after-hours mixer, hosted by the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, to celebrate the completion of a project house at 731 Yampa Ave. The home will also be transferred to its new owner during the event.

Attend to learn more about the Moffat County Fuller Center, mingle chamber members while enjoying fun, food, and prizes.

The event will be held at 731 Yampa Ave. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 970-824-5689 or info@craig-chamber.com.

Home buyer class slated for Tuesday

A free home buyer class will be conducted by Paul McGilton, of Guild Mortgage Company, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 318 W. Victory Way. The event promises "great information" for both first-time home buyers or the seasoned investor. Soda and water will also be provided.

RSVPs are needed by 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

Digital marketing workshop scheduled Thursday

Businesspersons, nonprofit leaders, and community members are invited to "Digital Marketing Fundamentals," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

The event is hosted by Colorado Small Business Development Center and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, with presenters from Animas Marketing of Durango.

The agenda includes how to use search engine optimization tactics to increase customer acquisition and how to leverage social media for business growth.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

To register, visit coloradosbdc.org/training. For more information, call 970-620-4370.

Business consultants sought, invited to orientation

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is seeking experienced businesspersons to serve as Colorado Small Business Development Center consultants.

Local consultants are paid for their time, and their service allows the organizations to offer free, confidential consultations to start-up and growing companies.

"Serving as a consultant is a meaningful way to make a difference in our local economy," CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry said. "We seek to work with local businesspeople with experience in their field and passion for helping others. If that sounds like you, I hope you will consider serving in this rewarding role."

Those interested may learn more by attending an informational session from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

RSVP to director@cmedp.com. For more information, call Perry at 970-620-4370.

Country music star Michael Martin Murphey donates maps to museum, plans return for second benefit concert

CRAIG — Most who would recognize the name Michael Martin Murphey know the man for his music.

A multiple Grammy nominee with six gold albums to his name, Murphey — during his more than 50-year career in the industry — has definitely made his mark on the world of Western and country music.

But even the most die-hard fans of Murphey's music might not know he is also a history buff, and he's taken a keen personal interest in Craig's own Museum of Northwest Colorado.

"I've been interested in history since I was a boy," he said. "I started collecting Indian stuff during a vacation to the Grand Canyon, and that interest grew during my years in the Boy Scouts."

Since then, Murphey has even started a nonprofit — the Murphey Western Institute — established "for the education, preservation, and perpetuation of the arts, culture, history, and legacy of the American West," according to the website.

Murphey's interest in Western history was on prominent display Monday, Sept. 17, when he stopped by the museum to donate a set of historic maps created in the 1960s by Los Alamos physicist Perry Van Arsdale and depicting the historic pioneer and Indian trails of the lower 48 states.

Characterizing Van Arsdale as "a Western history buff," Murphey described the research behind the creation of the maps as "astounding."

"His (Van Arsdale's) whole mission was just to tie together all the Indian trails, pioneer trails, and trails that knit this country together in a very sophisticated way, long before we thought the populace knew anything about that," Murphey said, adding that he thought museum Director Dan Davidson and Assistant Director Paul Knowles would be interested because "these guys who run this place are trail fanatics."

He said the trails depicted on the maps graphically show much of the impetus behind the United States' Western expansion.

"It really brings out the fact that they thought there was a lot better chance for Western expansion because of these trails that the Indians had done," he said.

During Monday's visit, Murphey also reiterated his support for the museum, saying he is trying to organize his schedule so as to perform a second benefit concert for the museum. Murphey sold out two benefit shows for the museum in April 2017, and said he would welcome the opportunity to play another, given he can work it into his schedule.

"I am a Western history buff," Murphey said. "I've been all over the country, and I've seen just about every Western museum. (The Museum of Northwest Colorado) is a real gem, and it really deserves saving."

Murphey said he first learned of the museum through a promoter in Grand Junction, who told Murphey he should visit. Murphey took that suggestion, and the rest is history.

There is no definite word on when Murphey might return for another show, but he said he wants to organize the event before the Nov. 6 General Election, when Moffat County voters will decide on whether to approve a dedicated mill levy to benefit the museum and the Moffat County Libraries system.

"I just have to work it into my schedule somewhere," Murphey said, "but regardless of that, the museum could use a lot more private support. They have lots of exhibits here, and curating is expensive."

Contact Jim Patterson at 970-875-1790 or jpatterson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Reconstructed Swinging Bridge at Browns Park dedicated

BROWNS PARK — Following 10 weeks of construction, the historic Swinging Bridge at Browns Park was officially rededicated Tuesday, Sept. 18, during a ceremony held at the renovated structure.

But the short construction time belies the true scope of the challenge.

Tuesday's dedication brought to a close a more-than four year quest to restore the historic bridge, an effort that began in June 2014, when a tractor, owned by rancher and former Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson, partially broke through the bridge's decking as its driver was attempting to cross.

The tractor's operator was uninjured, and Dickinson, with assistance from the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department, was able to remove the tractor about a week later. But the damage left the bridge — which is located about a mile east of the Colorado-Utah border and is the only permanent crossing of the Green River in the area — impassable, effectively adding 30 miles and nearly an hour's driving time to the trip between Colorado and Utah and vice-versa.

It also — and for several reasons — left the county in a quandary.

First, the engineering inspection of the bridge — which is required following such an accident — uncovered a number of problems unrelated to the tractor incident, drawing into question how much of the needed work could be attributed to the accident and how much was the result of unrelated maintenance issues. This also injected uncertainty into how much repairing the bridge would cost.

Second, when Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton began researching potential grant funding to help repair and refurbish the bridge, he made a troubling discovery: The structure did not belong to Moffat County; rather, it belonged to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, meaning the county was ineligible for many of the grant opportunities which would have been afforded by ownership.

In the end — and through a lot of effort — these obstacles were transformed into opportunities, and thanks to an unprecedented level of cooperation between 14 federal and state agencies, the final solution resulted in an almost entirely new bridge that essentially cost Moffat County nothing.

"None of this could happen without a lot of help from all these various agencies — and their money, of course," Tipton said.

Bigger problems

"When they did all that inspection work, there were some items there besides the damage from the tractor that made repairs difficult," Tipton said. Specifically, the inspection revealed rust issues with some of the bridge's main beams, a situation what would have to be addressed.

"In order to fix that, you have to take the whole thing apart," he said. "So, at that point, it doesn't make any sense to put it back together like it was."

Given that a complete disassembly would be necessary, the county began discussing ways to improve the bridge during the repair process, and among these was the opportunity to increase the weight limit.

"One thing … (we thought) would be beneficial up there is to be able to get a wildland fire truck across that bridge," Tipton said. "So, we started to figure out what kind of design do we need in order to accommodate a fire truck, and that's how this design grew to being what it is now."

As a result, the reconstructed bridge boasts a weight limit of 20 tons, as compared to the 3-ton weight limit for the old bridge.

Funding

Once the inspection had been completed, it was estimated repairing the bridge would cost about $1.9 million. Due to the fact that the structure belonged to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rather than Moffat County, the prospect of raising this sum was problematic, and a big part of the eventual funding mechanism that repaired of the bridge originated in an unlikely spot: Utah.

Tipton said Utah's Seven County Infrastructure Coalition — comprised of Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, San Juan, Sevier, and Uintah counties in Utah — decided to step forward and help with the funding due to the importance of the bridge to commerce in eastern Utah.

“This bridge is important to Daggett County,” Tipton said. " So, they put up $100,000, and that's signficant, because it's coming from Utah.

"It seemed odd … but it is the shortcut to Vernal. You go up through Crous Canyon and down, and it's about an hour faster than going back to Maybell and around."

This makes the bridge vitally important to Utah commerce.

"Dominion Energy operates Clay Basin in Utah, and their guys use that to get to Vernal," Tipton said. "That's why they put some money into it."

And, though $100,000 was only a small part of the needed funding, Tipton said that, once Utah stepped forward with an offer of funding, agencies in Colorado — as well as federal agencies — decided they should also contribute.

All this represented a previously unheard of level of cooperation.

"It's not just the fact that all these people kicked in this money," Museum of Northwest Colorado Assistant Director Paul Knowles said, "it's the fact that this bridge was seen as important enough that all these govenrment agencies that usually don't work together came together. … Everybody came together saying this is a crucial bridge."

The ultimate funding arrangement included an agreement with Fish & Wildlife for Moffat County to retain right-of-way over the bridge for 50 years or "as long as the Swinging Bridge is used as a bridge, so, virtually forever," Tipton said.

The county also established a maintenance agreement with Fish & Wildlife which states the county will be responsible for routine maintenance up to $15,000 per year, but any single repair item that comes up in excess of $5,000, Fish & Wildlife will pay for.

As for the repair costs, Moffat County contributed $100,000 — money that had already been earmarked to replace the decking on the bridge prior to the tractor incident — and $68,000 from Dickinson's insurance settlement.

The remainder of the funds came from other Colorado and Utah agencies, as well as a $500,000 grant from the federal government.

"It's really brought all these agencies together to cooperate and make it work, which is kind of nice," Tipton said.

Engineering and design for the project were completed by SGM, and Mueller Construction Services, Inc. was the general contractor.

Moffat County golfer Torin Reed swings his way to state

With a trip to the regional golf tournament each year of his time as a Bulldog, Moffat County High School’s Torin Reed was more motivated than ever to get to the next level of the sport for his senior year. And, even a lengthy road trip didn’t slow him down.

Reed qualified for the 3A State Championships Monday with a successful round at the Region 4 Tournament at Gunnison’s Dos Rios Golf Club. Carding an 82 for the day, he placed 12th overall, fifth when excluding the top two teams — Aspen and Basalt — which each qualified as a group for state.

Though his score was several strokes over his best, starting with a couple frustrating bogies, Reed experienced a good run through Dos Rios’ front nine, shooting par on seven straight holes, part of 10 total in which he broke even on the par 71 course.

“I was just trying to keep the ball in play, hit the fairways and hit the greens in regulation to make it easy,” he said.

He noted two Par 5 holes that each had ponds tricky to clear, though possible water hazard penalties was a risk that led to reward.

“I just went for it on those, and it really paid off,” he said.

Reed has competed at the regional round all four years at MCHS and notched the lowest scores for the Bulldogs at regionals the past two years. He was only one stroke from alternate status for state in 2017.

Altogether, Moffat County golf placed eighth among 14 full teams. Connor Etzler and Dave Andujo each shot a 95 for the day to tie at 32nd, with Tyler Burkett taking 104 to rank 44th.

Despite a birdie on Dos Rios’ third hole, Andujo was held back by an 8 and a 9 on two Par 4’s, while Etzler shot several 8’s and Burkett a pair of 9’s to add to the struggle on the Gunnison course.

“There’s just so many places to get in trouble there,” MCHS coach Rod Compton. “There’s a lot of lateral hazards, a lot of out-of-bounds stuff, almost every hole is a dog-leg. There’s a lot of trees, a lot of creeks and water. Just a difficult course.”

The 3A state tournament is a two-day event, taking place Oct. 1 and 2 at Boulder Country Club.

“I’ve only looked at that place once online, so I haven’t had much of a chance to study it, don’t know much about it,” Compton said. “For sure, we’ll work on some fine-tuning.”

Reed said he will spend as much time as possible through the end of the month preparing for the tourney, the first time Moffat County has been to the finals since Mike Bingham in 2015.

“I’ll be trying to be more consistent on my irons. Today they were kind of slicing sometimes,” Reed said.

Reed has broken 80 in multiple tournaments this season, and though he’ll be seeing competitors who regularly shoot in the 60s, he’s striving to get as far up the leaderboard as he can.

“I definitely want to place in the top 30,” he said.

State tournament coverage will be available through a new mobile golf application available though Colorado High School Activities Association and Iwanamaker, which can be downloaded at Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Parents and other community members are encouraged to download the app, with 80 percent of the registration cost going toward the CHSAA golf team of their choice.

Moffat County commissioners to review bids, contracts

CRAIG — The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will receive a monthly report from the Road and Bridge Department and review bids for tire disposal during its regular meeting, set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 18, at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130.

Commissioners will also hear three presentations, including the following.

• A report from the the Office of Developmental Services about a grant contract for upgrades to Maybell Park Campground.

• A report from the Natural Resources Department about a rest stop cleaning agreement.

• A report from Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich about Amendment 73.

Other business includes the review of a letter of support for the National Rifle Association Foundation grant application and signature of a proclamation declaring Constitution Week.

Budget, operating plan, funding decisions scheduled for Moffat County Local Marketing District meeting Tuesday

CRAIG — The 2019 budget and operating plan will be up for discussion and possible approval when members of the Moffat County Local Marketing District board meet Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The board is also set to discuss and possibly approve funding for an application for events.

Board members will also receive a financial report and consider approval of expenses, discuss their procedures for invoices, discuss a date for an event funding discussion, and learn more about the Oct. 1 Sunshine Law workshop, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the library at the college.

The LMD board meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., Tuesday in Room 175, CNCC Academic Services Building Room 255 at 2801 W. Ninth St.

To view the complete agenda and learn more about the LMD visit colorado.gov/pacific/moffatcounty/moffat-county-local-marketing-district-2.