News for Tuesday, August 31, 2010




Coal miners rally in Grand Junction against clean-energy plans

Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig, Steamboat Springs attend packed public hearing

Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig and Steamboat Springs made their voices heard last night at a packed Mesa County Courthouse.

Craig/Moffat County EDP to examine building processes

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will soon conduct a survey aimed at examining the local planning and building process through the eyes of construction companies and contractors. The surveys are part of EDP’s BUILD project, which seeks to understand the customer experience for users of local gas and electric utilities, city and county planning, and other organizations builders may do business with, according to a news release. EDP hopes to determine if building processes and organizations are efficient and easy to work with, according to the release.

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Moffat County miners protest coal bill

GRAND JUNCTION — When Craig resident Matt Winey’s name was called on a speaker system Monday night in Grand Junction, he was met with applause, whistling and shouts of encouragement from the audience. Winey, a shift foreman for Twentymile Coal Co., located east of Craig, knew why he received the applause. “You might wonder why I got all the applause,” he said speaking to a crowd of hundreds. “It’s (because) I’m just one of the coal miners here. I’m one of the ones … afraid this bill is going to do away with my job.”

Young Life golf tourney in Moffat County nets more than $5K

On Saturday, every drive, chip and putt at the Yampa Valley Golf Course went to a good cause, Bear River Young Life area director David Pressgrove said. The third annual Young Life Golf Tournament went smoothly Saturday despite the constant threat of foul weather, Pressgrove said. “Overall, it went well,” he said. “We had some ominous looking clouds around 8 a.m., but the weather held.”

Datebook for Aug. 31

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Robinson: A call for kindness

To the editor: On Wednesday, Aug. 25, at about 6:35 p.m., I left Bank of the West after making a withdrawal. As I went out to my car, I dropped my wallet and did not notice that it was missing. I was back within minutes to look for it, but it had already been picked up. I called the police, hoping that whoever picked up my wallet had turned it in. The police didn’t have it, but they went to the bank and looked at the recordings that they have for the bank, and they have a picture of a young boy who picked up my wallet.

Craig Briefs: Pool league set to begin Sept. 7

The American Poolplayers Association league is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Mathers’ Club, 420 Yampa Ave. Interested players can call Michelle at 826-2783, or sign-up at the door.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Opportunities to create

This is the first fall since I was 5 that I haven’t had a first day of school. Now, as a recent college graduate, the first of September will mark the first day of the real world. And this first day of reality gives me feelings like the first day of school used to. Something about the crisp fall air, the Friday night lights that illuminate the entire town, and the first day of school make me giddy.

St. Michael’s Kitchen volunteers: Thanks for donating

To the editor: St. Michael’s Kitchen would like to thank several participants in the Colorado State Barbecue Championship for their generous food donations.

Schedules for 2010 Moffat County High School fall sports teams

(Time Date Place Host) MCHS cross-country: 4 p.m. Sept. 3 Away Arapahoe 10 a.m. Sept. 4 Away Cherry Creek 5 p.m. Sept. 10 Away Grand Jnct. 5 p.m. Sept. 17 Away Liberty Bell 10 a.m. Sept. 25 Home Moffat Cnty.

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On the run

Both MCHS cross-country teams return experienced runners. But, is it enough?

The names of individuals who won state cross-country titles during their time in Bulldog blue aren’t engraved. Their jerseys aren’t lifted into the rafters. For one, cross-country runners don’t have numbers, and even if they did, they probably wouldn’t be retired. State and school records aren’t hung up on the wall, like with track and field athletes. But, on the walls of the Moffat County High School gymnasium, there are still banners.

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The twin pillars

When the Bulldogs get down, Matthews and Roberts pull them up

Off the court, the 2010 Moffat County High School volleyball team looks quite different, with two new coaches representing the biggest changes the team has seen from last season to this one. On the court, however, the Bulldogs have two of their pillars back for 2010.

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30 cheers in nine days

Spirit team working hard to prepare for upcoming season

Eat. Cheer. Sleep. Repeat. This has seemingly been the routine the last nine days for Moffat County High School freshman cheerleader Brianna Combs.

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Kicking it in

After years of maturing, MCHS boys soccer team ready for breakout season

With his boys soccer team just beginning to recover from their hardest conditioning drill of practice, Moffat County High School coach Rusty Cox decided to have a little fun. “Watch this,” he said, as sweat dripped from his athletes’ faces. “Alright, do it again. This time in reverse.” Team members quietly lined back up on the field and started the grueling conditioning again.

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‘A glass of lemonade and enjoy the view’

As BIG WHITE approaches, time is running short on admiring community improvements

Some of you readers deserve a heartfelt thank you from our community, and this is the best time I could think of to express it. Your gift to all of us might have been unintentional, but nevertheless, the results of your hard work have benefited our town as a whole. We all know that the BIG WHITE change is only about two months away.

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The rise

Brady Conner and the Bulldogs share a common story

Brady Conner was a 15-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore. As a tight end in the Bulldogs’ system, he was the first one out to block for running backs trying to turn the corner. The game was Sept. 26, 2008 in Delta. It was the Panthers’ homecoming, and the Bulldogs were looking to move to 2-2 in the Western Slope League. As usual, Conner was the man at the end of the line.

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A program is born

MCHS rodeo has staying power, and a crop of promising young cowboys on the horizon

What does it take to build a successful sports program? Veteran leadership, a strong will to improve, and a stock of young talent are good places to start. In that way, it’s check, check and check for the 2010 Moffat County High School rodeo team, sponsor Janice Edwards said. In addition to returning everyone but Gabby Miller and Taylor Vernon from last year’s team, the first of several promising young wranglers will be entering high school.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom worried about son's friend

Dear Annie: My good friend “Kathy” has an 8-year-old son, as do I. “Brian” is extremely smart, but has a sailor’s vocabulary.He also threatens other kids and says he will beat them up. Sometimes, Brian encourages other kids to hit him. Over the years, he’s been in trouble numerous times, but Kathy blames the school, saying Brian is too smart to sit still and acts up because he’s bored.

Horoscope for Aug. 31

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although Lady Luck might play a constructive role in your affairs, both financially and personally, she may not extend her favors onto others who are involved. Enjoy your good fortune. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You are likely to handle any and all major issues adroitly, while petty or frivolous ones may have you scurrying for the aspirin bottle. Go figure. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Stay in contact with your major sources, and keep your eyes open for any hidden financial opportunities not readily discernible. Something big is stirring behind the scenes.

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The road back

MCHS golf team looking to end streak of missing state

In 2009, a streak — and an unfortunate one at that — was almost broken. Mark Dockstader narrowly missed becoming the first Moffat County High School boys golfer to qualify for a state meet since 1998. He shot 83, but wound up in a one-hole playoff for second alternate. All summer, he spent his mornings and weekends making sure that when the scores roll in, he’s on the right end of a trip to state.

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Remembering pioneers

Grave renovations honor Moffat County pioneers in wildlife photography

Up on a hill a half-mile north of Lay, on a patch of ground surrounded by sagebrush, rest the graves Augusta and Allen Grant Wallihan. As one looks into the distance, few things break the sight of the surrounding hills in the distance save for a barn and a transmitter, said Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director. “You get a feeling of place when you see it,” he said. “More like what Northwest Colorado would have looked like 100 and some years ago.”

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Life behind the lens

Craig resident’s calling to photography blooms in retirement years

There aren’t a lot of comparisons to be drawn between Janele Husband’s two most recent trips. The first was a three-week sojourn through various parts of Alaska. The second was a weekend reunion with childhood friends in her native Nebraska, one nicknamed “The Chill,” and forbidden to spouses and children. But, for the 53-year-old Husband, scenery is irrelevant. Everywhere, no matter the location, is a potentially palette-rich environment for her photographer’s eye.