News for Saturday, December 19, 2009



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Sports briefs: Hockey to face Crested Butte

The Moffat County Bull­dogs club hockey team will face Crested Butte at 7:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

McMillen places 5th in steer wrestling at National Finals

By all accounts, it has been a good year for Casey McMillen. The 1999 Moffat County High School graduate was married in May, and he and his wife, Rayanna, welcomed a baby boy, Tucson James, in October. On Dec. 12, McMillen’s year improved even more when he placed fifth in steer wrestling at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

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Les Shirkey bowls a perfect 300 on Dec. 10 after years of just misses

For years, Les Shirkey, 65, has tried to achieve a bowler’s dream — ten throws, ten strikes — only to come up short. On Dec. 10, Shirkey hit every pin and joined bowling’s most exclusive club. Bowling in the first game of the mixed doubles league at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, Shirkey bowled a 300 — a perfect game.

Diane Prather: Sugar cookies great for holiday cut-outs

This past Friday and Saturday, my sister Darlene Blackford and her husband, Miner, of Rocky Ford, visited and managed to return home before the snowstorm hit. Each year they host an open house before Christmas, so they spend weeks beforehand baking goodies and freezing them.

Carroll Moore and Paula Duzik: Wonderful volunteers

Christmas for Kids has gotten lots of newspaper coverage recently, but I would like to thank them for a special service they provide to high school students.

County asks area residents to obey plow laws

As the evidence of winter’s arrival lay in alternately wet and frozen piles on the ground, plow trucks can be seen traveling local roadways in people’s attempts to tame the season.

Ed Wilkinson: Clinic has H1N1 shots for veterans

The Craig Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic has received 100 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to veterans. These doses are available by appointment only to veterans enrolled as patients with the VA.

Horoscope for Dec. 19

Horoscope for Dec. 19

Police Blotter for Dec. 17

Police Blotter for Dec. 17

Annie's Mailbox: Mom not interested in having assisted living

Dear Annie: Our 90-year-old mother’s brain is turning to mush. She was one of the smartest, brightest people we knew, but after years of sitting in her home alone, she is getting duller by the day, and it is not because of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Datebook for Dec. 19

Datebook for Dec. 19

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Communities at work: Holiday season shopping

Some local storeowners said the holiday shopping season hasn’t been as busy this year as in years past.

A childhood country Christmas

There wasn’t a lot of money when my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, but at Christmas we never knew any different. Santa always visited us.

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Ridgeview Elementary students read to therapy dogs in new program

Five children were chosen to participate in the first year of the Yampa Valley Canine Connection’s pet partners program, which offers children who struggle with reading the chance to have a trained therapy dog by their side once a week. Kim Thompson, a literacy paraprofessional at Ridgeview who also trains therapy dogs, said a similar program in Steamboat Springs was helping children make large strides in literacy.

Government update for Dec. 15

Government update for Dec. 15

MCHS Student Council: Program a success

The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank the students and staff at Moffat County High School and the many community members who donated used cell phones to the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program we sponsored in honor of Veterans Day.

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17-year-old single mother Jessie Gorley learns to grow up quickly

On Friday afternoon, Jessie Gor­ley, 17, returned home with her son, Tristin, from a Christmas party at the Moffat County Alternative School, which she attends each morning. This holiday will be her first with her son, but it wasn’t that long ago that Christmas presents and decorations were the furthest thing from her mind.

Craig briefs: MCTA promoting local businesses

The Moffat County Tour­ism Association plans to sponsor a booth at the 2010 International Sportsmen’s Exposition from Jan. 7 to 10 in Denver, and the group would like items from local businesses to help promote Moffat County.

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Annual museum tour starts at 7:30 a.m. today in Craig

For the second year in a row, Yampa Valley history aficionados are in for a treat. The Northwest Colorado Parade of Museums will start at 7:30 a.m. today from the Wyman Museum in Craig.