News for Saturday, August 28, 2010

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New CNCC campus construction on schedule

Standing behind a barbecue grill for three hours had an effect on Gene Bilodeau, who got a face full of smoke while preparing cheeseburgers and hot dogs Wednesday night. Although he wound up bleary-eyed by the end of the night, he still had his sights set on the future. Specifically, in a location a few miles north.

Veteran's Hotline: ‘Operation Welcome Home’ could face funding struggles

In California, the governor launched “Operation Welcome Home.” This $20 million program is designed to help veterans transition from battle to the home front. The governor said, “We are doing more than thanking them. We are showing them our gratitude through our actions.”

Over A Cup: More ‘Mac ‘n’ Cheese’

When Craig Daily Press reporter Brian Smith and I were sharing recipe ideas last week, he mentioned that he’d like to have more recipes that used macaroni and cheese. So, this week’s first recipe is with you in mind, Brian. The recipe was submitted last spring by Stacy Gray, of Craig, and it has appeared in this column before. However, it is good enough to repeat. And, if you’re cooking for yourself, the recipe is easy to fix and nutritious (and, Josh Roberts, you can probably make the whole thing in one pan, depending on its size).

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Craig resident shares photos of world travels

When Scott Patterson, 36, climbs to the top of a mountain, he has a distinct feeling — one of peace and accomplishment. “For me, it is a clear mind,” he said. “It helps you forget about everything else. Everyone has a hectic life, I guess, and it helps you focus on nature instead of on traffic or the noise of everything.” But that feeling of serenity isn’t new to Scott. During his life, Scott said he has climbed 1,469 mountains since climbing his first in 1981.

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MCHS football falls to Evergreen, 26-22, in zero-week game

For a while, the Moffat County High School varsity football team looked like it could do no wrong. Playing Friday night at home against the Evergreen High School Cougars, the Bulldogs scored an early touchdown and added a safety to take a 9-0 lead into the second quarter. Then, the momentum changed, coach Kip Hafey said. “We had it, then they took it right back from us,” he said. “We were able to get it early, then they had the momentum and kept it.”

A&L: Memories of Back-to-School Times

Did you ever notice how our senses can trigger memories? To name a few: the sound of rain on the roof, the scent of freshly mowed hay, the aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon, and the sound of a John Deere A tractor. They’re all examples of things heard and smelled that take us back to a time and place. For me, this back-to-school time of year has several triggers.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Piranha’ has nasty bite, but gutsy methods

What’s more disgusting than seeing a person devoured by an unstoppable killing force? If you disagree when I say the debauchery of college kids on vacation is more deplorable, just take a look at “Piranha 3-D.” To paraphrase another famous fish movie: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater…” Lake Victoria is a small, picture perfect little Arizona town for about 50 weeks out of the year.

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Local BBQ contestants compete against national talent in Craig

By mid-morning Friday, things were already heating up at the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig. A field of 29 regional and national contestants stood under blue skies, a warm sun and windswept clouds of smoke. Among the teams assembled for the weekend event at Wyman Museum are local cooks from Craig, Hayden and Meeker. “There’s some real competition here,” Craig resident and competitor Alan Webber said. “Johnny Trigg just showed up. He’s a two-time (Jack Daniels) champion, and he’s done the BBQ Pitmasters (television) series. That guy knows his ribs.”

Reina: Good luck this season

To the editor: This is to wish the best to the Moffat County High School soccer team and coach Rusty Cox this season. You can be number one, and your community will be proud of you.

Government update for Aug. 28

Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 24 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, a fiduciary insurance renewal form with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for one year starting Sept. 1. • Approved, 3-0, a yearly office lease with the state electrical inspector’s office totaling $1,200. • Approved, 3-0, a Qwest telecommunications contract for a line volume plan with eligible participants

Editorial: Praise for the pulpits

More than politics, more than anything, really, the most divisive issue societies have historically faced has involved religion. Wars have been — and are still being — fought over matters of faith, and it’s questionable whether that will ever change. It’s almost understandable — people are passionate about their respective beliefs of a higher power, and sometimes attach an intolerance to others who believe differently.

School Board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board: • Authorized, 7-0, Christine Villard, Renae Dove and Joe Petrone to serve as federal program representatives. • Approved, 7-0, the Colorado Preschool Program to contract preschool services for identified at-risk preschoolers through Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool & Child Care.

Craig Briefs: Holistic Fitness hosts Inner Diva classes

Holistic Health & Fitness is hosting a free informational meeting for its Inner Diva classes, which will be offered this fall. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Holistic, 420 Breeze St. Program classes include Sexy 101, belly dancing and pole fitness and are open to women of all sizes. Participants must be age 18 or older.

Datebook for Aug. 28

8 a.m. The third annual Young Life Golf Tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The format is a four-person scramble, and the cost is $240 per team. Call David Pressgrove at 629-9600, or e-mail him at ylbear_river@yahoo.com. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts its second Junk in the Trunk yard sale at the church, 630 Green St. Call the church at 824-6836, or Bev at 824-8727.

Annie's Mailbox: Was firing not warrented?

Dear Annie: I just got fired yesterday. In all my 18 years of working, I have never been fired. I was completely blindsided. My boss never addressed any issues she had with me. Yesterday, she called me into her office and simply said, “It’s not working out. I don’t think you’re a good fit.” I was outraged at her approach and “reason” for firing me. She’s new and has never been in management before. I am the second person she has fired since she became boss six months ago.

Horoscope for Aug. 28

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Putting strings on what you do for another would cause the person to regret ever asking for your help. In fact, s/he might never ask anything of you again, because they might even leave your life. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You and your partner must look out for one another’s interests when involved in a joint endeavor. Not doing so would not only hinder your efforts, but hurt the relationship as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t make quid pro quo all-important with your friends, or you could damage the relationship. Of course each should look for a way to repay a favor, but without pressure of any kind.