News for Saturday, October 3, 2009



Daily horoscope for Oct. 3

Daily horoscope for Oct. 3

Judi Whilden: How to choose quality child care

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a high-quality, early childhood program provides a "safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children."

Formal charges filed against ex-detective

Charges mirror those suggested in affidavits

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Friday morning against former Craig police detective Ken Johnson and local resident Tausha Merwin in Moffat County Court.

Government update for Sept. 29

Government update for Sept. 29

Our View: Help wanted

If we know one thing about Craig and Moffat County, it's that there's generally no shortage of volunteers willing to pick up the slack to help with a good community cause.

Gale and Lois Norman: Anniversary thanks

We would like to send our thanks and appreciation to all our dear friends and family for honoring us on our 65th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful event it was.

David Morris: Park should be valued

Loudy-Simpson Park is one of the places that really makes Craig a great place to live. It seems our county commissioners are willing to throw that away for a chance to reap a few dollars off of drilling leases, without even bothering with stipulations on where the drilling might take place within the park.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Informant!' espionage and business don't mix - and that's funny

What do you get when you cross the main characters of "Erin Brockovich," "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Office?" The daring, deceptive, deluded amalgam wouldn't even come close to the off-the-charts, seriocomic corporate antics of the man known as "The Informant!"

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Middle and high school class sizes on target

1 out of 120 sections exceeds limit

Every school day, Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School faculty teach about 120 sections of math, science, English and social studies, or what educators refer to as core classes. Out of those classes, only one, a high school English class, exceeds the district target class size of 30 students per class.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents pressuring widow to move in

Dear Annie: I am a 52-year-old registered nurse. I have been widowed for seven years and happily live alone. My parents, ages 80 and 71, live in the same city, and I visit them at least once a week to help with chores. Although they could afford to hire outside help, they refuse to do so.

Craig briefs: Concert association preparing for first show

The first performance of the Craig Concert Association's 2009-10 season is nearing.

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Local couple operates independent radio station

Ricky Ratzlaff's favorite moment of the past four months running an independent radio station with his wife, Katie, came when a friend stumbled upon his broadcast and simply liked what he heard. "He just came on it looking for something to listen to, and he liked it," Ricky said.

Datebook for Oct. 3

Datebook for Oct. 3

MCHS parent advisory group to meet Monday

The Moffat County High School parent advisory meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday inside the library at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The meetings take place on the first Monday of every month.

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New CFO starts work at hospital

Brian Chalmers brings 10 years of health care experience

Brian Chalmers didn't know it when he graduated college with a degree in social work, but the apple didn't fall far from his family tree of accountants. Today, Chalmers, 40, sits behind a large desk in his own office as the new chief financial officer for The Memorial Hospital.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park and Greystone - part three

Greystone actually had its early start down the road to the north about a mile or two behind the big dry knob you see at the forks of Moffat County roads 10 and 12. Later, it was moved to its present location.

Music to return to State Bridge Lodge

Owner hopes to revive the venue, which closed in 2007

Doug Moog never went to a show at the old State Bridge Lodge, but he's heard the stories. He'd heard about it from locals he talked to, of course, and from his friends in the band Donna the Buffalo, which played at State Bridge several years ago.

Craig briefs: Monday deadline to register to vote

On Nov. 3, Craig and Moffat County residents will have the chance to vote on the Moffat County School Board and one question regarding the city's charter. However, residents have to be registered in order to vote in the election by 5 p.m. Monday.

Janet Sheridan: Winds of change for rural medicine

Each morning I wake up happy and mostly healthy in Craig, a town with 9,189 residents. When I moved here in 1996, my new hometown had eight family doctors serving the far-flung, hardy inhabitants of Moffat County.

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Delta pounces on Moffat County football, 20-0

Although he ran for 70 yards, quarterback Matt Linsacum wished two of his normal running backs would return. With injuries to Pablo Salcido and Jasen Kettle, the Moffat County High School boys varsity football offense struggled to get yards during Friday night's 20-0 loss to Delta High School.