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Golf in full swing for local athletes

With the 2016 season officially under way for boys golf, plenty of local athletes in the valley have taken to courses all over the area to hone in their games. Recently, local schools Rifle and Basalt hit the links, starting with Monday’s tournament at Yampa Valley.

At the Moffat County High School Invitational, Basalt finished fourth overall with a team score of 245, while Rifle finished seventh overall with a team score of 258.

For Rifle, Jacob Smith finished sixth overall with a score of 74, just six strokes behind the invitational winner, Trevor Olkowski, of Grand Junction with a score of 68. Wolfgang Smith shot an 86 for the Bears, while Keegan McCarthy shot a 98 to round out the day for the Rifle varsity team.

Holden Kleager had a strong day for the Basalt Longhorns, shooting a round of 79 to finish ninth overall, while Kleager’s brother, Linc, shot a round of 83, finishing just four shots off the top spot for Basalt. Joining the Kleager brothers was Drew Broadhurst, who also shot a season-best round of 83 in competition, tying Linc’s mark for second on the team.

Brandon Benzel shot a 92 for the Longhorns, while Tanner Korn’s round of 98 closed out the tournament for the Basalt squad.

In junior varsity action at the Moffat County High School Invitational, Basalt’s Blake Exelbert shot a tournament-low round of 84, winning the JV competition, while teammate Matt McGarry recorded a round of 98 on the day.

With Monday’s action behind them, the Longhorns played another tournament, Tuesday, this time in Steamboat Springs at the Steamboat Springs High School Invitational.

While in Steamboat, the Longhorns finished fifth overall in team scores with a single-day total of 234.

Linc Kleager led the way with a round of 75, while Holden Kleager finished two shots behind with a 77. Linc’s round was good for seventh overall, while Holden tied for 10th overall.

Along with the Kleager brothers, Blake Exelbert shot a round of 82, while Tanner Korn (91) and Drew Broadhurst (94) rounded out a second straight strong showing for the Longhorns early in the season.

Your photos: Garfield 16 heads back to school

Students in Garfield County School District 16 headed back to school Tuesday to start the 2016-17 school year in Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

The Citizen Telegram asked parents throughout the district to share their photos from the first day of school. The following pictures were shared by parents.

Charles A. Marshall (September 12, 1960 – August 22, 2016)

Charles A. Marshall had a courageous 26 month battle with cancer that ended surrounded by family on Monday morning, August 22, 2016. He never complained about the many ups and downs that came with this journey. Anytime anyone would ask him how he was, he replied “I am good!” He was a fighter till the end.

Charles served in the US Army from 1982 through 1988.

He is survived by his wife and caregiver through this journey, Jackie Caufield Marshall. Two sons, Marine Sergeant Zachary A. Marshall stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. and Ryan (Amanda) Dickover of Dunnegan, MO. He was one of six children born to Bill and Betty Marshall both who preceded him in death. His siblings, Janet, Kenneth, Carolyn, Gary and Douglas all survive him as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to many family and friends is his long time childhood friend and brother in-law John E. Caufield. He is preceded in death by his first wife Debbie Heidland Marshall who lost her life mountain climbing the Annapurna in 1997.

Local memorial services will be at Veltus Park on Saturday September 17, 2016 from 12-4 p.m. followed by one back in Missouri in the Spring of 2017.

Community Briefs

“Dollar-A-Day Boys” with Bill Jamerson

If you’ve ever admired the overlooks at Rocky Mountain National Park, driven the Scenic Rimrock Highway in Colorado National Monument, or enjoyed a concert at the amphitheatre in Red Rocks Park, you’ve benefited from the labors of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Michigan-based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present music and storytelling about the program, which was part of the New Deal, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rifle Branch Library and at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. This event is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit gcpld.org.

Roald Dahl birthday party

As a most amazing human bean, you are invited to a very phizz-whizzing Roald Dahl 100th birthday party. Contests, prizes and special snacks can be expected for mischief makers of all ages. Join the celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the New Castle Branch Library. This event is free and open to all ages. For more information call 970-984-2346.

Broncos’ Ware makes return to practice field

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina.

Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015 but said he feels much better than he did during Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in the Super Bowl last February.

“I was probably playing at 70 percent in the Super Bowl, still trying to be a little bit effective. Now I feel like I’m 94 percent,” he said, referring to his jersey number. “I feel great.”

He took part in the walkthrough and drills at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice before going in to work with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson. Ware came back and watched the rest of practice from the sidelines.

“He did all the individual, all the walkthrough and then he went with Luke for about 20 minutes and worked even harder,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “DeMarcus is doing good, he’s right on schedule to get to Carolina, which is where we’re trying to go. You’ll see him do a little more each day.”

Ware is entering his 12th NFL season and third with Denver after starting his career with Dallas. He didn’t miss a game in his first eight years with the Cowboys, and his 20 sacks in 2008 led the NFL. He has 134 1/2 career sacks, 17 1/2 with the Broncos.

Ware didn’t take part in any of Denver’s offseason workouts because of his back injury.

Ware said he isn’t concerned about playing in the last two preseason games and that the goal is to have him at full strength for the Broncos’ first game on Sept. 8. He acknowledged that while he feels great he needs to get up to game speed.

“You have to get out there and do it,” he said. “See the ball hiked by the quarterback, see the formations, see what everybody else is doing and getting that feel. I got some of that feel (Tuesday).”

Ware teamed with fellow linebacker Von Miller to anchor a stingy Denver defense last season that got better in the playoffs. The pair combined for 8 1/2 sacks in the Broncos’ three postseason games. Ware had two in the win over the Panthers.

That was his last time on a football field until Tuesday.

“If we get to Carolina and he’s playing, that’s been the plan all along,” Kubiak said. “But you’re not going to see him play 60 plays.”

Also Tuesday, quarterback Trevor Siemian didn’t throw because of a sore right shoulder. Kubiak said Siemian is day to day but is still the starter for Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Siemian hurt his shoulder trying to tackle San Francisco’s Ed Reid on an interception in Saturday’s 31-24 preseason loss to the 49ers.

“I expect him to be there but it’s going to be a day-to-day process,” said Kubiak, who classified Siemian’s injury as a bruise. “He’s not used to tackling.”

Siemian took part in some drills early and then handed the ball off in a scrimmage but stood by while Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch ran passing plays.

Lynch got a bulk of the reps, working with the first team and also running the scout team. He was picked off by cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and safety Darian Stewart on passes to the flat.

“The kid’s out here running the Rams’ offense, the Broncos’ offense. It’s very, very difficult,” Kubiak said. “That’s what gives you a chance to get better. You’ve got to wear a lot of hats being a young player on a team. You’ve got to come here on a given day and do a lot of things.”

NOTES: CB Aqib Talib did not practice because of illness. … DE Derek Wolfe and LB Dekoda Watson both were excused from practice to deal with personal issues. … Kubiak said OL Darrion Weems is in the concussion protocol but is “doing well.” His status for Saturday is unknown.

Dotsero man pleads guilty to attempted murder

EAGLE – Jesus Miranda admitted he tried to rob two local check cashing businesses at gunpoint, within a half hour of each other, and shot a man three times who was trying to stop him.

Miranda pleaded guilty to six felonies for a crime spree last Labor Day weekend. He remains in the Eagle County jail on $1 million bond, and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23.

His crime spree could land him in jail for 50 years.

Miranda already had an open assault case at the time of the alleged robbery attempts. Court records show he also has at least nine criminal convictions, beginning in 2005 when he was convicted as a sex offender.

What they did

Jesus Manuel Miranda and a 17-year old female accomplice tried to rob two businesses within a half hour on Sept. 4, 2015 — Dinero Rapido in Eagle and Tienda Montes in Gypsum. They got away with no money from either.

During the second failed robbery attempt, at Tienda Montes in Gypsum, he held two women were held at gunpoint and ordered them to empty the safe.

The store’s owner told Miranda there wasn’t any money in the safe. That’s when Miranda hit her in the head with the butt of his pistol.

Alan Gonzalez was approaching Tienda Montes, and saw Miranda and the teenager robbing the store. As Miranda and the girl fled the store, Miranda pointed a 9-millimeter handgun at Gonzalez’ head and told him “not to call the cops.”

As Miranda ran, Gonzalez chased him and grabbed Miranda, slamming him into a headlock.

As they wrestled, Miranda shot Gonzalez three times, including once in the chest. Gonzalez was hospitalized, and has since recovered.

After shooting Gonzalez, Miranda dropped the Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter with the serial numbers filed off and fled.

The girl was arrested shortly after that second robbery attempt. She pleaded guilty and is serving a six-year sentence.

Getaway gone wrong

Garfield County resident Daniel Happle drove Miranda’s getaway car, but they didn’t get far.

Happle picked Miranda up from his hiding place, behind a Dumpster in a Gypsum convenience store. From there, Happle rolled west at 50 mph along I-70 through the 20 mph construction zone that was Glenwood Canyon at the time.

When Happle turned west on Highway 6, he topped 100 mph. A Garfield County deputy tried to pull him over for an expired plate near New Castle.

Near Coal Ridge High School, Happle slowed to around 10 mph and jumped out of the car to flee on foot, leaving Miranda in the passenger’s seat. Once a deputy managed to pull the car’s brake, Miranda identified himself as Roberto Neveraz, of whom there was no record, so police added criminal impersonal (a felony) to his long list of charges.

Meanwhile, Happle was found about a half hour later by the Glenwood Springs Police Department’s K9 unit, hiding in some bushes. Police told him to come out, and when he refused, police reportedly sent the dog in to fetch him, which it did.

Police said they smelled alcohol, and started questioning Happle, who told them he had eaten a bag of methamphetamine during the pursuit, according to his arrest affidavit.

Miranda’s trail of trouble

Miranda wasn’t out of the legal woods from his last bout with the law when he tried to rob the check cashing stores.

He has an open case in Eagle County, stemming from an incident for fighting. He turned himself in Aug. 18, 2015, and was in court six days later for a bond hearing.

In 2011 he pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, a Class 1 misdemeanor. In 2007 he did the same thing.

Two other co-defendants, Arnaldo Lucero-Almanza and Mateo Serna-Gutierrez, have been charged in connection with these robberies, and their cases are pending.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Garfield 16 heads back to school

Students in Garfield County School District 16 headed back to school today to start the 2016-17 school year in Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

Parents can submit their back-to-school photos by sending them to rhoffman@citizentelegram.com. Be sure to include the complete name for those in the photo, as well as the school each child is attending this year.

Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday. A selection of photos will be published in this week’s Citizen Telegram.

Possible mountain lion in Silt area

SILT — The police department is encouraging residents to be alert following a “probable” mountain lion attack on a deer Sunday.

A resident living in the eastern rural part of town came home Sunday night to find a dead deer in his fenced-in backyard, Silt Police Chief Levy Burris said.

A police officer observed what Burris said were “pretty definitive claw marks and bite marks to the throat” of the deer, indicating a lion attack.

There have been lion sightings reported over the past several months along Peach Valley Road about 3 miles east of town, according to Burris.

“Three miles is not a long distance for any animal … to travel,” he said.

The Silt department put a call in to Colorado Parks and Wildlife to try and get a definitive ruling, but a wildlife officer was unavailable at the time.

CPW’s officers tend to be flooded with calls over the summer involving actual wildlife sightings, including lions, bears and other animals, said Mike Porras, public information officer for CPW’s northwest region.

Porras was unaware of the incident and the recent lion sightings in the area, but he said it can be difficult to definitively link such an incident to lion activity without an actual sighting or tracks.

“If there were no tracks, no witnesses, no visual information, it would be difficult to determine if it was a lion without a real close inspection of the carcass,” Porras said.

Unless the lion is a juvenile, it seems unlikely that a deer would escape a lion, which are adept at killing deer.

“If it had been a lion it would have snapped its neck and carried it off immediately,” Porras said.

The Silt officer who responded to the incident has lived in rural areas and is familiar with mountain lion attacks, Burris said.

Based on a blood trail, it appears the deer escaped the attack, then jumped a fence into the backyard, Burris said. But it was too weak to jump over the other side of the fence farther away.

Lions do prey on deer, so if there are deer in an area it is not unusual for lions to be nearby, Porras said.

“We have lions in Colorado, they eat deer and if deer are in your neighborhood or in your area it’s likely lions are not far away,” he said.

Burris recommended residents be mindful of the potential lion presence, much like residents in other areas that regularly encounter large predators such as bears.

“It looks like we’ve got a lion in close proximity,” he said. “Make sure you know where your kids are and lock up your small pets so that you don’t leave them out unattended.”

Further, Porras reminded residents to avoid feeding wildlife at all times. Feeding or trying to care for deer and other animals often attracts larger predators.

“You want wildlife to remain in the wild, not in your residential neighborhoods,” he said.

Anyone who sees a mountain lion in a residential area should call the local CPW office.

Park and Pak share legacy in South Korean women’s golf

RIO DE JANEIRO — Se Ri Pak could hear the burst of noise from 500 yards away and it wasn’t hard to figure out what was causing the commotion.

Inbee Park had made one last birdie.

Pak could hear it from the back of the 18th green at Olympic Golf Course. She was the team leader for South Korea at the Olympics, the player who inspired a nation that has become the most formidable in women’s golf. Park with a gold medal around her neck only affirmed that.

Long ago, in another big moment for women’s golf in South Korea, their roles were reversed.

Park was fast asleep in her apartment outside Seoul when she was jarred awake in the middle of the night. The 9-year-old girl came downstairs to find her parents in front of the TV, cheering wildly as Pak won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run, a landmark moment for golf in South Korea.

Two days later, Park wrapped her hands around a golf club for the first time.

Ten years later, she was the youngest U.S. Women’s Open champion ever.

That was the first of seven majors for Park, and a big reason why this year she became the youngest player (27) to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame. Her most recent major was the Women’s British Open last year to complete the career Grand Slam.

And now she’s an Olympic champion.

“I’ve won majors, but I haven’t won a gold medal,” Park said after her five-shot victory over Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women’s golf. “So this feels very, very special, nothing I want to exchange. … Being able to receive the gold medal on the golf course was an unforgettable moment.”

She had been coping with a ligament injury in her left thumb that led her to take two months off from the LPGA Tour — including the U.S. Women’s Open and her title defense at the Women’s British Open — to get ready for the Olympics. She wanted to test her thumb in competition, so she played a Korean LPGA event and missed the cut.

All that did was spark chatter that she should give up her spot in Rio to another South Korean, and it created unnecessary confusion and doubt for Park.

She responded with a quiet determination.

“I really wanted to do well this week to show a lot of people that I can still play,” Park said.

But this victory was more than just validation.

An Olympic gold medal, particularly under these circumstances, should allow Park to take her place among the best in LPGA history.

Think about it. She had not faced top competition in two months and had not broken par in any round since April, the last time she even finished a tournament. She wasn’t sure she could play the Olympics amid speculation she might not ever play again, especially after she fulfilled her final requirement in June for the Hall of Fame.

“There was nothing guaranteed because I haven’t played that well this season, and I haven’t really played that many events with the injury,” Park said. “So I had to overcome a lot of obstacles.”

And then over four days in Rio, it was as if she had never left.

She was one shot behind after the first round to Ariya Jutanugarn, the No. 2 player in the world with four victories and a major this year. She had a one-shot lead over Stacy Lewis, her rival from two years ago. She played in the final group with Ko, another four-time winner and major champion this year.

None had a chance.

Park kept the ball in play and let her putter to do the rest.

“Inbee Park is the coolest individual,” said Peter Dawson, the former R&A chief who now is president of the International Golf Federation. “And I think she is the best putter in the world, male or female.”

Park wants to start a family, so maybe retirement is closer than she lets on. She said on a couple of occasions last week that she had no retirement plans.

Then again, how much longer Park plays is no longer relevant.

She already has earned a spot in the same conversation as Pak. There will never be another like Pak, whose legacy goes beyond her five majors and 25 victories on the LPGA Tour. She was the pioneer, whose exploits woke up a little girl in South Korea and inspired greatness.

Just to be alongside her speaks to what Park has achieved.

Top European clubs set to win in new Champions League deal

GENEVA — The richest clubs and biggest leagues in Europe are set to tighten their grip on the Champions League’s future format and prize money this week.

A deal being prepared by UEFA should end threats by some elite clubs to break away and form a closed European Super League before 2021.

However, it could ensure that more guaranteed places in the 32-team group stage and bigger shares of billion-dollar prize money each season will go to teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus from the four highest-ranked national leagues.

In the hours before the group-stage draw on Thursday, a series of meetings with clubs and UEFA executive committee members in Monaco is expected to agree changes to entry slots for the 2018-2021 seasons.

UEFA and the influential European Club Association declined to comment on reports that the top leagues — in Spain, Germany, England and Italy — will each get four direct entries into the groups.

In a statement to The Associated Press, UEFA said only that it “expects to announce the evolution” of the Champions League at a news conference on Friday.

Italian clubs are looking to be the big winner. Serie A would offer four direct entries to the group stage, compared to two in the current three-season commercial cycle which expires in 2018.

Spain, England and Germany would also benefit by ending the risk of its fourth-placed club losing in the playoff round each August. Advancing through the playoffs is worth tens of millions of euros (dollars) as UEFA will share 1.3 billion euros ($1.47 billion) among the 32 group-stage clubs this season.

Italy has a dire recent record in playoffs. Serie A sends its third-placed team to the final qualifying stage and only AC Milan in 2014 has advanced in the past six seasons.

Changing the Champions League format is possible only every three years. It must be agreed before UEFA’s retained marketing agency can sell Champions League and Europa League rights to broadcasters and sponsors for the next cycle.

The debate this year has been intense with clubs seeming to take advantage of a UEFA leadership gap since outgoing president Michel Platini was suspended by FIFA last year.

It should be resolved ahead of a Champions League draw missing recent winners Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter Milan. They all failed to qualify, but would expect to join an American-style closed European league where the likes of surprise English champion Leicester would not automatically appeal to most broadcasters.

Options favorable to the most influential clubs included more entries for the top leagues, bigger shares of the prize fund, protected places for storied clubs with a global fan base, and playing matches on Saturdays rather than midweek to appeal to Asian and American audiences. Outside Europe, viewers are judged to want more games between high-profile teams.

The deal now reportedly on UEFA’s table gives clubs some concessions, while keeping Platini’s vision for the world’s most prestigious club competition.

Platini, who played in the 1980s-era European Cup when only national champions were in a pure knockout bracket, had worked to protect entries for more teams from middle-ranking countries.

This season, Bruges, Basel and Besiktas — title winners in Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey — are among 22 teams with direct group-stage entry. It is unclear how those places could be squeezed if the big-four leagues get 16 guaranteed slots instead of 11 at present.

Basel president Bernhard Heusler declined to comment to The AP ahead of attending Thursday’s meeting of the UEFA club competitions committee.

UEFA acknowledged the next format is being agreed sooner than expected. A deadline of December’s meeting of the UEFA executive committee was set after tense meetings in Milan on May 28, ahead of the Champions League final.

The new timetable should see the tournament’s immediate future settled before the UEFA presidential vote on Sept. 14 to replace Platini.

The election front-runner, Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia, has won public support from countries like Denmark and Sweden, whose title-holders regularly qualify for Champions League groups but are not seen as commercially attractive.

Some club leaders, including Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, say the Champions League is undervalued despite UEFA raising 2.24 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in annual commercial revenue for the Champions League and Europa League combined in the 2015-2018 cycle.

That gives a 12 million euro ($13.6 million) basic fee to each team in the Champions League groups. The top earner can get around 100 million euros ($113 million) from UEFA when results bonuses and TV rights shares are added.

Still, that is barely more than the English Premier League pays its last-place team from TV money, and the top European clubs want a bigger share of Champions League money from the next deal.

That deal could be struck, fittingly, on Thursday in a five-star hotel in Monte Carlo.