News for Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Diane Prather: Tips for a safe Christmas

It’s common to overhear statements like the following these days: “It’s Dec. 1 already, and we don’t have our outdoor decorations up yet,” or “I need to bake so that I can send Aunt Ruth her favorite cookies by Christmas.” Thoughts concerned with getting everything done by Christmas can be overwhelming, indeed. And yet, we need to take care that the holiday is safe for our family and friends, pets and even livestock. For example, consider the placement of outdoor lights, garlands and wreaths. On a ranch they need to be put up out of the reach of cattle and sheep.

Agency warns public about pharmaceutical scam

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warns the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents, according to a recent news release from the Craig Police Department. The DEA claims criminals are posing as agents or other law enforcement officers as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals reportedly call victims, who in many cases previously purchased drugs via the Internet or by telephone, and identify themselves as agents.

Seismograph company hosting Q&A session in Craig

A company looking to conduct seismic exploration of the area has organized a question and answer session for interested landowners. Geokinetics, a Texas-based company, is proposing a seismic survey of about 53 square miles to look for oil and gas in the Craig and Moffat County area.

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VFW essay contest winners unveiled at Craig Middle School

Mark Wick, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, said participation for this year’s essay contest was higher than usual. “The word is out that the vets are good for Spree Bucks,” he said. Wick and several other members of the VFW were at the Craig Middle School cafeteria Thursday to announce winners of the VFW’s third annual Patriot’s Pen Contest and to hand out awards of Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks to an assembly of seventh- and eighth-grade students.

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Craig resident nabs 703-pound bear, possible state record

Richard Kendall got on the ground. It was a cold November morning, but the 56-year-old Craig resident didn’t pay much attention to the frozen earth and snow under his body. What consumed his thoughts was the monstrosity resting in the cave ahead of him.

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Girls basketball loses season opener, 38-35

For one second Friday night, it looked like the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was headed into overtime as the ball sailed toward the basket at the buzzer. But, the final shot of the Lady Bulldogs’ first game of the season barely missed its destination. Still, there’s always the promise of a new day, MCHS senior Lauren Roberts said.

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig names 2010 People of the Year

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig has chosen its 2010 People of the Year. Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said the recognition is tradition. “Each year, the Boys & Girls Club selects an outstanding Man and/or Woman of the year, Volunteers of the Year, and Business of the Year,” Duran said. “And, the kids compete for Youth of the Year.”

On the Record for Dec. 4

The Memorial Hospital EMS Thursday, Dec. 2 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call. Craig Fire/Rescue Thursday, Dec. 2 Firefighters responded to a vehicle crash.

Over a Cup: Recipes ripe for the season

Whoever heard of Christmas without fruitcake? This week, Beulah Kline, of Craig, sent her recipe for fruitcake. This recipe and my sister Darlene Blackford’s recipe for peanut butter honey cookies are featured in this column.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Unstoppable’ doesn’t quit being entertaining

Just when you think that there’s been a disaster movie made with every conceivable subject matter, the genre keeps chugging along. And, if that’s not an appropriate segue for the movie “Unstoppable,” then what is? As a rookie at the Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad, conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) is none too happy about having to work with his new partner, Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington), an engineer who’s been with the company nearly 30 years.

Sports Briefs: Aurora student named state’s top football player

Gatorade named Jaleel Awini, of Aurora, the 2010-11 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year. Awini, a senior at Rangeview High School, led the Raiders to the 5A state quarterfinals as the team’s quarterback. His statistics for the season include 1,266 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns, completing 78 of 136 attempts with a single interception for the season. He also rushed for 1,078 yards on 116 carries, and scored 16 touchdowns. He was named the 2010 Central Metro League Offensive Player of the Year.

Datebook for Dec. 4

8 a.m. Colorado Northwestern Community College is taking students to the annual John Jarvie Winter Festival in Browns Park. The event includes demonstrations in pioneer crafts, including blacksmithing and rope making. Students will depart the Craig campus at 8 a.m. Participants from Maybell will be picked up at the Community Center at 8:45 a.m. Call Mary Morris at 824-1135. 9 a.m. to noon. The Ladies Mite Society’s Annual Christmas Bazaar is at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. The event includes fresh-baked goods, hand-embroidered pillowcases and other handmade items. Call Ina Faye Mack at 824-309 or Ruth Haskins at 824-6024.

Craig City Council: Background on the safety center issue

As members of the Craig City Council, we feel it’s in the best interests of the taxpayers of Craig and Moffat County to share with you the background that helped shape our decision pertaining to the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Our primary intention has been to keep all law enforcement under one roof and spend tax dollars prudently. This column is meant to provide you with the more salient points.

Ron Kruczek: Deal with gas prices

To the editor: Kudos to the Craig Daily Press for publishing the price of gas at the various locations around Craig. This is very helpful in allowing our local residents to shop around for the best deals. Nonetheless, there are some who feel the need to vent regarding what they perceive as unnecessarily high prices. This is not very productive.

Government update for Dec. 4

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday, Dec. 7 Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

John Kinkaid: Make ‘our voices heard’

To the editor: We have, looming before us, what is termed the largest income tax hike in the history of the United States on Jan. 1. On Dec. 31, the Bush tax “cuts” end. Your take home pay will take a huge hit, at a time when you can probably little afford it. The IRS is waiting for Congress to act (or not). There is, by one estimate, only one week for Congressional action before it’s too late for the IRS to make changes in time for 2011.

Joby, Trent, Abigail and Taya Told: Thanks, Dr. Hepworth

To the editor: Our family wanted to send a very special thank you to Dr. Kelly Hepworth and his staff at Bear Creek Animal Hospital. On the weekend of Nov. 12, we were out of town. Our daughter’s very friendly Australian shepherd, who is partially blind, escaped from our backyard, and we believe at some point on Nov. 13, he was shot.

Jade Wilhite: Pink Ladies wonderful

To the editor: The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers, more affectionately known as the Pink Ladies, have been instrumental not only in the day-to-day operations of the hospital but also in providing items ranging from blood pressure cuffs to diapers. All with the goal of providing for a patient’s comfort and safety. The Pink Ladies strive to make every patient’s experience at the hospital a positive one. One of the comforts day surgery patients may enjoy is the use of iPods that were purchased by the Pink ladies. Patients who do not need to be fully anesthetized during their procedure use the iPods to help them relax during surgery.

Craig Briefs: Community invited to go caroling

The community is invited to join a group who will be Christmas caroling in the evening on Dec. 10. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the north parking lot of First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., and will travel in cars. The group will sing at Sunset Meadows I and II, Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, and The Memorial Hospital.

Horoscope for Dec. 4

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Chances are you will be able to operate far more freely now than you will be tomorrow, so do something special that you’ve been putting off doing for a long time. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Instead of trying to run the show, you could be far more productive and effective by keeping a low profile. Of course, stay on top of everything, but don’t try to be the boss.

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Food assistance swells in Routt County

Number of households receiving aid reaches 316 in Routt County

Times are tough and getting tougher in Routt County. The number of households receiving federal food assistance has more than doubled to 316 in two years, and the total amount of those benefits is expected to reach $1.125 million this year and grow to $1.25 million in 2011.

Annie's Mailbox: In-law’s mothball use stressful

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is coming to stay with us for a weeklong visit. We get along OK for the most part. The problem is that she packs all of her belongings in mothballs — every last item. She keeps mothballs in her closets, her dresser drawers, her bathrooms and bedrooms. She even keeps a big box of them in the hallway of her home.