News for Wednesday, December 23, 2009



Moffat County Jail offers special visiting hours

Sheriff wants to let family, friends see inmates before Christmas

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office plans to provide special visitation hours to inmates from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today for the holiday season. Sheriff Tim Jantz said he wants to allow family and friends a chance to see inmates before Christmas if they want.

Sales tax still slumps in City of Craig

City budget plans for revenue decline in ’10

City sales tax revenue again was below budget in October, according to the latest figures from local officials. The state distributes sales taxes to local governments two months after they’re collected. Most economists consider sales tax a good barometer of economic activity because it directly represents consumer activity in the community.

Search and Rescue finds missing couple

Pair was stranded for the night in Powderwash Basin after rabbit hunting

Moffat County Search and Rescue officials have found a local man and woman who were stranded for a night in Powderwash Basin. Jimmy Weber Jr., and Leona Backus had been missing since 10:30 a.m. Monday but were found at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Our View: Are we ‘just Craig’?

During a recent discussion with the Editorial Board, Dr. Joseph Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, relayed an interesting conversation he had with a local patron. When Petrone described lofty goals for school district programs and students, the patron responded with something akin to, “We’re just Craig.”

Christmas church services in Craig

Many local churches will be offering special services this year in Craig. Several offer candlelight services Christmas Eve, as well as services Christmas morning. If you have any more services to add to the directory, call reporter Nicole Inglis at 875-1793.

Sports Briefs: Parks and Recreation water aerobics classes to begin Jan. 5

Registration is open for Craig Parks and Recreation water aerobics classes. Classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

ATV appeal reaches county commissioner

Tom Mathers voices strong support for vehicles’ sanctioned travel on county roads

Although the request to allow all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on county roads is new, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he’s ready to give his approval the first chance he gets.

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Students learn valuable skills at lifeguard training

Summer job options are limited for a 15-year-old like Kylee Gorringe. It was either explore the options of fast food or spend her days at the swimming pool. With those options in mind, Gorringe decided to take the plunge and become a lifeguard.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Annie's Mailbox: Sister’s boyfriend is trouble

Dear Annie: I live at home with my parents and three siblings. My sister “Hannah” has been dating “James” for four years, and he’s been in jail for three of them (gun possession and drug possession with intent to distribute).

Roving Christmas Tree tradition began 71 years ago

Five generations of Webbers have participated in the Roving Christmas Tree since it started on Christmas Eve in 1938 in Steamboat Springs.

Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2009

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you are negotiating something of great importance, it might be smart to make your best offer at the start. If the other person knows the strategy up front, it will save a lot of haggling.

Datebook for Dec. 23, 2009

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults age 50 and older. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. This event takes place at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7. Call 871-7676 for more information.

Craig Briefs: Craig AARP chapter meeting is Monday

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

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Nordic team members: Lost bags, jet lag are just part of the sport

Changed flights, missing bags and long international flights are just part of the game for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. “There is nothing that we can do about it,” said Dave Jarrett, U.S. Nordic combined coach. “Unless we want to live in Europe, we are always going to be faced with challenging flights and tight schedules.”

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Planned North Routt timber sale to span 4,500 acres

The way has been cleared this month for one of the largest timber sales on public land in Routt County in years, with the issuance of a final decision on the environmental assessment of the Little Snake North Timber Sales and fuels reduction project. It is intended to remove pine trees that have been killed by the statewide beetle infestation that is virtually wiping out lodgepole pine forests in Colorado.

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America’s best moguls skiers battle for Olympic slot today

The first moguls run on Voo Doo ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area takes place at 1 p.m. today for the men and women. The second run is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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TMH Café, local businesses donate food to feed hungry

More than anything else, Mark Stanczak hates throwing away food. The longtime cook and now executive chef at the Mountain Café at The Memorial Hospital, always has found something productive to do with leftovers: give them to someone who needs them more.