Briefs for Dec. 21

Starting Jan. 3, changes go into effect at Moffat County High School "to maintain a safe, orderly, educational environment," according to a press release.

The changes include:

The main offices for MCHS will be located on the first floor.

All admits and blue passes will be completed in the first floor offices and the athletics office will move to the second floor.

For parents dropping off students: The north, back doors will be unlocked until 8:10 a.m., and will then be locked during the school day. Students maybe picked up from the back of the school.

During the school day, drop off students in the front of the building.

Do not block the fire and bus lane.

Call 824-7026 for more information.

Holidays looking bright for local businesses

Business is good.

Craig businesses are doing well this holiday season, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

"From the feedback I've gotten, businesses are having a record holiday shopping season," Currie said. "It seems like people are really shopping at home and finding what they're looking for. And that's good news."

Mike and Nadine Daszkiewicz, owners of The Kitchen Shop on Yampa Avenue, can attest to a profitable shopping season.

"It's been very busy," Mike Daszkiewicz said. "It's been almost nonstop."

Speech and Debate Team places high

Members of the Moffat County High School Speech and Debate Team placed high at recent tournaments.

On Dec. 9, the team went to Cherry Creek. Emily Norris placed second out of 45 poetry interpretation competitors.

On Dec. 16, the team went to Delta High School, and Gavin Thompson and Michael Zehner took first place in cross-examination debate. The duo is undefeated.

Also at Delta, Brodie Schulze and Greg Blackstun took fourth place in cross-examination debate, Courtney Teeter took second place in poetry interpretation, and Sam Leonard and Derrick Ferguson took sixth place in public forum debate.

"Our team has made some great strides in the past few years, and this year's season has proven that we have become very competitive across the state," speech advisor Eric Hansen said.

Moffat County High School hosts the district tournament in February. Hansen said he expects several of his students to qualify for the state competition.

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