NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH

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DOCTOR JOEL MILLER INDICTED BY GRAND JURY

joel millerA grand jury has indicted Doctor Joel Miller on 35 crimes, related to his practice in Craig.  The charges include health care fraud, dispensing a controlled substance resulting in death, and money laundering.  The grand jury says there is enough evidence to try Miller for what prosecutors say amounts to over prescribing pain killers.  Reports say Miller is denying the allegations.

 

KINKAID TALKING LOUD ABOUT SECESSION EFFORT

KINKAIDMoffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has been giving various interviews regarding rural counties’ secession efforts.  Kinkaid’s latest interview was for the Wall Street Journal.  Several rural counties in Northeast Colorado have put the secession question on their November ballots, and Kinkaid will present a similar proposal at this morning’s Moffat County Commissioners meeting.  That would make Moffat County the first on the Western Slope to do so.  This morning’s meeting starts at 8:30 in the commissioners meeting room of the Moffat County Courthouse.  You’ll find a link to the agenda at the bottom of this page.

 

CRAIG POLICE OFFER BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOLThe Craig Police Department has issued 10 back to school tips for students and parents. Along with these tips the Police Department wants parents to check out the Safe Kids web site. The department doesn’t endorse or encourage donations to the site, but says it contains a wealth of safety information for parents and children of all ages.  The tips are listed below.  You can also visit the website by clicking here.

Safety Tips:

1)      Always take a friend when walking or biking to and from school. Walk and ride in well-lit areas and never take shortcuts. Follow all the bicycle rules and wear a helmet.

2)      Stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. If anyone bothers you while going to or from school, get away from that person and tell a trusted adult like your parents or teacher. If an adult approaches you for help or directions, remember grownups needing help should not ask children for help; they should ask other adults.

3)      Teach your children not to accept a ride from anyone unless you have said it is ok in that instance.

4)      If someone follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. If someone follows you in a car, turn around and go in the other direction. Always be sure to tell your parents or a trusted adult, a School Resource Officer or call 911 and tell them what happened.

5)      Teach your children that if anyone bothers them or makes them feel scared or uncomfortable that they should trust their feelings and immediately get away from that person. Teach them it is ok to say no.

6)      Teach your children if anyone tries to take them somewhere they should resist by kicking and screaming, try to run away, and draw attention by kicking and screaming, “This person is trying to take me away” or “This person is not my father/mother.”

7)      Teach your children to never accept money or gifts from anyone unless you have told them it is ok to accept in each instance.

8)      Make sure the school has current and accurate emergency contact information on file for your children and confirm names of those authorized.

9)      Always know where your children will be. Teach your children to always check first before changing their plans before or after school. Teach your children to never leave school with anyone unless they check first with you or another trusted adult, even if someone tells them it is an emergency.

10)  If you go home alone after school, check to see that everything is okay before you go in. Once inside, call your parents to let them know that you are okay. Make sure you follow your “Home Alone” rules; keeping the door locked, not opening the door for or talking to anyone unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative and you feel comfortable being alone with that person and the visit has been preapproved by your parents. Do not tell people who call that you are home alone. Have a neighbor or trusted adult that you can call if you’re scared or there’s an emergency. Remember that you can always call the Craig Police for assistance.

 

ROAD TO STEAMBOAT SKATE PARK FINISHED

City-of-SteamboatLagoon Court, the recently paved roadway to the skateboard and bike jump parks located at Bear River Park, is now open to the public.  A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on site at noon tomorrow.  Over the course of the next month, Public Works crews will be performing some final work, which may result in minor delays and small impacts to the parking area. Once all construction is complete, the City Parks Department will be working toward implementation of the Bear River Park comprehensive plan, which was approved in 2004.  The total cost of the access road and parking lot was approximately $300,000. By using City resources, the project has been completed at about half the cost it could have been using contracted vendors.

 

STEAMBOAT TO HOST HISTORIC PRESERVATION SEMINARS

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat will host three seminars on Historic Preservation presented by Bob Yapp of Preservation Resources. The sessions will be held September 4th.  They are free and open to the public.  Yapp has been involved in the restoration and rehabilitation of over 150 historic properties, many of them award winning.   The seminars are made possible through the assistance of Federal funds from the National Historic Preservation Act, administered by the National Park Service, for the Colorado Historical Society. For more information call the Planning Department at 871-8258.  A schedule of the seminars is listed below.


Creating a Preservation Ethic in Your Community

9:00am – 10:30am124 10th Street, Centennial Hall, Room 113/114
Find out the process necessary to create a preservation ethic in your community.

Preservation Doesn’t Cost – It Pays
12:00pm – 2:00pm124 10th Street, Centennial Hall, Council Chambers
A fun and dynamic talk about the benefits of historic preservation.

Energy Efficiency for Old Houses & Buildings
5:00pm – 7:00pm1289 Lincoln Avenue, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Library Hall

 

CONNECTIONS FOR KIDS CALENDARS AVAILABLE

CONNECTIONS4KIDSConnections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, has released the third annual Connections 4 Kids calendar.  The calendar showcases artwork by 20 finalists featured during the organization’s Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February. The top vote-getting artwork is featured on the cover. The other 12 winners are featured on their own month. The seven runners-up are tiled on the final month of the calendar.  The calendar, which runs from August 2013 through August 2014, is free and is intended for young families in Moffat County. Included are Moffat County School District and Boys & Girls Club dates, community events and fun family activities.  A total of 1,100 calendars will be distributed throughout Moffat County.  A list of locations where you can find the calendar is listed below.

  • Elementary schools
  • Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches of Moffat County Libraries
  • Dr. Yarmer’s office at The Memorial Hospital¾Medical Clinic
  • Craig City Hall
  • Craig Daily Press
  • Boys & Girls Club of Craig
  • Bank of Colorado
  • First National Bank of the Rockies
  • Yampa Valley Bank

HICKENLOOPER PROCLAIMS AUGUST CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT MONTH

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Human Services, proclaim that August is Child Support Enforcement Month. Colorado child support professionals in Moffat County provided services for over 650 families by establishing paternity and enforcing child support and medical support orders. This directly supports the Division’s vision that children can depend upon their parents for the financial, medical, and emotional support they need to be healthy and successful.  In 2012, Moffat County Collected $1,650,000.00 on behalf of children.  For more information about child support enforcement services, contact Moffat County Child Support Enforcement office at 824-8282.

 

WYOMING MAN CHARGED WITH EXPLOSIVES CRIMES

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Sweetwater County deputies arrested a Green River man August 23rd after an explosion damaged his cousin’s pickup and more explosives were found in the vehicle’s tail pipe.  Deputies were dispatched to an address on Fairview Lane north of Rock Springs at about 10 the night before, where they discovered that the driver’s side rear tail light assembly of a Dodge Ram pickup belonging to Justin Palmer had been blown off with an explosives charge.  Palmer told investigating deputies that he was involved in a dispute with his cousin, Kyle Henderson, of Green River.  While examining Palmer’s pickup, deputies found, in the tailpipe, an unexploded “mortar shell”.  The fuse had been lit but had apparently gone out.  In the mean time, deputies located the suspect vehicle Palmer said he saw int he area right after the explosion, and stopped it. Inside were Kyle Henderson and a friend, who was also identified by Palmer.  Henderson was arrested and taken to the Sweetwater County Detention Center. He is charged with Possession, Manufacture, Transportation and Sale of Explosives, Improvised Explosive Device, or Incendiary Apparatus with Unlawful Intent, a felony that, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  No one was injured during the incident.

agenda tile -450The Moffat County Commissioners will talk secession at today’s meeting.  You’ll find the agenda here.

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In high school sports:
Today:
In boys golf:
Rangely goes to Tiara Rado at 8:30.