News for Monday, December 6, 2010



On the Record for Dec. 6, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 6, 2010

Public Utilities Commission examines coal plans, could rule Wednesday

Vince Reed, a Craig resident and electrician at Twentymile Coal Co., spent most of Monday’s daylight hours asleep. He was resting for the hours of hard work awaiting him during his graveyard shift at the coal mine. While Reed slept, however, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission debated emission reduction plans filed by Xcel Energy that he contends could force him and many other miners at Twentymile out of a job. The plans being considered are required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The bill would seek to retire coal-fired generation at several Colorado power plants and re-power those and other plants with natural gas power or modern emissions control technology.


5 p.m. A senior dinner takes place today at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Call Larry Neu at 824-7145. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Incredible Years Parent Group hosts a dinner and meeting at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The meeting is open to any parent of a Sunset student. Call school counselor Jackie Schnellinger at 826-6524 or Kim Hernandez at 826-6526.

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Company, residents discuss possible survey project

As Leroy Lee exited a meeting Saturday in the conference room at the Holiday Inn of Craig, he shared a candid assessment with a small group of people assembled outside the door. “I survived,” Lee said. “But, I need to go put a Band-Aid on my butt.” Lee, a geophysical consultant for Gulfport Energy Corporation, was speaking of the question-and-answer session he and two representatives from Geokinetics, Inc., hosted. Geokinetics is a Texas-based company that conducts geological surveys via seismic sounding. In October, the company was commissioned by Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy to provide a survey of the subsurface of Craig and parts of Moffat County.

Cool head turned circus head

I enjoy the spontaneous conversations I have with you, the readers, about these columns. But, it’s often surprising when you walk up to me and start a conversation about something I’ve written, or take the time to comment on the newspaper’s website, like the gentleman who said, “You must have a three-ring circus in your head,” after reading my thoughts about the Moffat County Public Safety Center. He went on to add that I obviously knew very little about the complicated and often confusing world of politics and perhaps I should stick to the “simple stories” of my youth and forget about “the big stuff.” Well, he’s right about the circus wandering around the weak side of my brain, but in my defense, I’ve been involved in politics since 1960 something, when I ran for school president of the Utah Trade Technical Institute. It all started in my drafting class when the candidates, all 11 of them, started marching through each class convincing us they were the best person for the job.

Giving Trees now up at Kmart and Murdoch's

To the editor: It’s that time of the year again and Kmart and Murdoch’s have been generous enough to allow the Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors programs to put up the Giving Trees again. The Giving Trees have gift requests from local senior citizens and kids. If shoppers would like to donate a gift, they may choose a gift wish tag, purchase that gift and place the unwrapped, unopened gift in the box next to the tree. Applications for the Christmas for Seniors program are available at the Maybell Store, United Way and Sunset Meadows I and II. All senior citizens living in Moffat County are eligible to apply for a gift.

Sports Spotlight

Tanner Rust Age: 14, Rifle High School freshman Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “When I was young, my dad and my brother played, and my dad got me started.” Are there any competitors you’re looking forward to playing this season? “Not really, I just want to play one game at a time.” What kind of things do you want to improve on? “Rebounds.”

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Aging Well

Caring for a spouse, parent or loved one is demanding any time of year but can be even more so during the holidays. To-do lists grow longer, and emotions including feelings of isolation and sadness about life’s changes seem particularly amplified during a season wrought with expectation.

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For the family

Craig resident raising money to assist ill daughter

Craig resident Marge McKenzie spent weeks planning, followed by 14 hours of cooking, a weekend benefit dinner. There was a twist, however. She was the beneficiary of the fundraiser. From 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Kitchen, McKenzie and a small group of volunteers served homemade Mexican meals for $8 per person. McKenzie, a 30-year resident of Craig, said proceeds from the fundraiser will allow her to travel to New York and assist her ailing daughter and other family members.

New Restaurant

Local residents launch Hayden steakhouse

Moffat County residents Pat and Ann Marie Roberts, owners of R & R catering, have opened a restaurant in Hayden. The Double Barrel Steakhouse, located at 825 W. Jefferson, is a great place to eat. The menu is filled with great entrees such as hamburgers, chicken fried steak, steak and much more. The food is fantastic. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to close Sundays. You can visit the restaurant at the Hayden location, or call 276-2020 for more information or to book your holiday party.

On the record

Craig Fire/Rescue Saturday, Dec. 4 Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle crash near Craig City Park. The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, Dec. 3 An ambulance crew responded to a report of a trauma. An ambulance crew conducted a transport to the airport. An ambulance crew waited on standby for the fire department.

My Life, My Words

Barbara Fix

I’ve been working in Craig for eight years. I’ve moved around a bit, but it’s been with the same group of people. (Natural Health Care Center) opened up about four years ago. I’ve been with them since then. Here, we use natural techniques to treat the body, whether it be hands-on, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic. There’s no invasive technology or Western medicine.

In brief

Elegance’ novel on book club’s Thursday agenda The Craig Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. Audrey Kling is slated to review Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” For more information, call Jan Rinker at 824-4136.

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MCHS hoops team takes second in tourney

With the memories of the previous game fresh in their minds, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the court Saturday morning ready for a different result. And, coach Matt Ray said he noticed a new ferocity among his players. “They were really getting in people’s faces all day,” he said. Over the weekend, the Bulldogs placed second out of six teams in the Shanon Johnson Tournament in Vernal, Utah, leaving the team’s early season record at 2-1.

‘Thanks, Mr. Glanville’

To the editor: I would just like to let you know that I love each Monday and Friday’s paper. Why do I love those two, you may wonder? I look forward to Mr. Glanville’s articles. I usually agree with everything he writes and love the personal stories from his youth.

Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: For 30 years, my brother has been unhappily married to a horrible, selfish, evil woman who treats him terribly. Our entire family tolerates her only to keep the peace. Recently, I found out that my brother is involved with a beautiful, kind woman I know. I don’t know what to do. While I can’t stand my sister-in-law, how do I condone his affair? My sister and brother are also aware that he is cheating, but they are in support of it. They want him to leave his awful wife. What should I do? — Caught in the Middle


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Prospects that want to purchase what you’re selling might slip away if you don’t stay on top of things and close the deal. Start writing up the order with the first nod of approval. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — See things for what they are and not for what you fear they might be. Thinking in negative terms is unconstructive and will lead you down the road to Chumpville.