News for Friday, December 18, 2009



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Swim team prepares for first home meet at Moffat County Invitational

With this weekend’s Moffat County Invitational swim meet coming up, coach Anita Reynolds said the community has a chance to see progress in action.

Sexually violent predator in Craig

Jeff W. Hammond, who the state has labeled a “sexually violent predator,” arrived Wednesday in Moffat County, according to a news release from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

Dinosaur closing roads for winter

Dinosaur National Monument officials are preparing to transition into winter operations. Monument superintendent Mary Risser said the park’s Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument, will close Jan. 1.

Hoop shoot contest winners named

Winners could go to state competition

The winners of the Craig Elks Club hoop shoot contest have been announced.

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Christmas for Kids helps hundreds in need

Courtney Niedermeier is trying to start a new tradition this Christmas. “I want them each to pick out a present and have everyone watch while they open the first one,” she said. But each of the four children in her house have been talking about waking up extra early in an effort to make the day of unwrapping presents last as long as possible.

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First-graders reach out beyond Craig with use of iPods

Cheryl Arnett’s first-graders stomped in from recess Thursday, cheeks flushed with cold and bouncing with energy from lunchtime. As they sat down in front of the white board, Joey Kenney’s hand shot into the air. “Ms. Arnett, are we going to use the iPods?” she asked her teacher.

Janet Sheridan: Montgomery Ward’s catalog

Because we lived without television and far from town, my siblings and I didn’t consider store displays or TV commercials when deciding what we wanted for Christmas. Instead, our inspiration for letters to Santa Claus came from the Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog.

Datebook for Dec. 18, 2009

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig Briefs: Division Of Wildlife Calendar available

For the first time, Colorado Outdoors — the official bimonthly magazine of the Colorado Division of Wildlife — will publish a calendar featuring the magazine’s photography.

Annie's Mailbox: In love with a married man from work

Dear Annie: For two years and counting, I have been attracted to a married man. We became friends at work and would go out to lunch occasionally.

Horoscope for Dec. 18, 2009

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Sometimes taking a shortcut can work out, but it isn’t likely to do so today. Thus, insisting upon doing things the easy way will cripple your success.

Police Blotter for Dec. 18

Police Blotter for Dec. 18

Kathy Bassett: Hold Christmas in your heart

Poor grandpa. He just couldn’t win for losing. Last Christmas, he was feeling his age and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So, he decided to send checks to everyone instead. In each card he wrote, “Buy your own present!” and mailed them early.

Stage set for Capote trial

Judge: Statements brothers made to detective will be allowed

A judge ruled Thursday that the statements Eduardo and David Capote made to a Steamboat Springs detective at Yampa Valley Regional Airport early this year will be allowed at the February 2010 trial of the brothers accused of playing a role in the Jan. 5 death of an Army sergeant.

Heidi Click: Thanks, Holiday Inn

I want to thank Melody and her Holiday Inn of Craig crew, from the front desk, kitchen staff, hostess, bartender and servers for hosting an outstanding Christmas party for the City Market employees.

Sheriff, jail affected by budget crunch

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is quite familiar with the budget crunch now sweeping through local, state and federal governments. Unfortunately, Sheriff Tim Jantz said, much of his department’s revenue comes from government sources, such as the state of Colorado or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, that pay Moffat County’s jail for keeping their prisoners.