News for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Jill L. Brake: Kids are my business

Our world is changing rapidly and our education system is struggling to keep pace. Demand for a highly skilled and educated workforce is growing, 20th-century jobs are falling by the wayside and the global marketplace is a reality. But, as a commissioner for higher education, I know we are losing too many kids and wasting too much talent. Nationwide, about one in three students drops out of school before graduation and many graduate unprepared for college and work. I also recognize that support of public education and quality early childhood programs is an investment in a better Colorado and one that I plan on making a priority if elected to the Colorado State Board of Education, third congressional district.

Kerry Alonso: Letter clarification

I would just like to clarify one thing: Just because my letter was in the paper on Thursday, Oct 16, next to John Mann's letter does not make me in any way responsible for or involved in the so-called "pop incident" at the homecoming football game.

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Speed kills

Bulldog Mile final tune-up for state

High school cross country is a 5,000-meter race - or a little more than three miles - on dirt, other times grass, and many times gravel.

Ruth Greenwood: Flowers beautiful

I would like to comment on the awesome flowers Craig had all around town this summer. The caretakers did a wonderful job keeping them flourishing. I'm sorry to see them go. A great job of beautifying Craig.

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Standing on energy

Udall, Salazar visit Craig power plant

After U.S. Rep. Mark Udall finished an hourlong tour of the Tri-State power plant in Craig, two workers felt like they had to come out and shake his hand.

Apology not enough

Judge sentences convicted distributor to 10 years in prison

A 29-year-old man convicted of methamphetamine distribution apologized and asked for leniency Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. It wasn't enough to keep a judge from handing down a lengthy prison sentence.

CNCC board approves added $60,000 expense

Funds for changes to new campus's water system

Pipe, valves and hydrants cost money.

Datebook for Oct. 22

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a meet-and-greet, hosted by a local business.

Craig briefs for Oct. 22

Energy Producers dinner Nov. 11

Claudia Peters: Obama vote risky

For those who haven't been keeping up with Sen. Obama's rare appearances at his day job in the Senate, he proposed the Global Poverty Act, which would cost the American taxpayer $845 billion during the next 10 years. After which, I assume American taxpayers will need a Poverty Act to bail us out of the poor house after paying for all of this. But wait. He claims he'll only tax those nasty rich people for all of this. Folks, there aren't enough wealthy people in the entire Western Hemisphere to pay for all of this. Bill Clinton promised a middle class tax cut in 1992. The confetti hadn't been swept up yet from the inaugural balls when Clinton declared that things were much worse than he thought and the middle class would have to pony up for his spending increases. Can you spell dejà vu?

Police blotter for Oct. 20

Ralph Wendall Hall Jr., 62, of Dodge City, Kan., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Our View: Fighting about cheering futile

Too much already has been made of a squabble between a group of parents and high school students seeking to cheer on the Bulldogs at a football game.

Trish Snyder: Adults inappropriate

After reading Kerry Alonso's editorial in Thursday's paper, I felt the need to expound on a few details.

Wanted: Piece of severance-tax pie

2 amendments propose different ways of using industry money for state projects

Two ballot questions in the Nov. 4 general election present voters with different options for how to use severance taxes to fix the state's problems.

Fantasy Fix: Catching Week 7 from afar

I am writing this week's column to you from Honolulu, Hawaii, where I have been on vacation for about a week. Even though I'm having a great time, I have been able to keep up with what's going on in the world of Fantasy Football.