News for Thursday, December 9, 2010



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COMA in Craig has final meeting before disbanding

Organization votes to distribute funding to carry on message

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse Chairman Joel Sheridan called for a motion to adjourn Thursday. The comment echoed around the room filled with COMA board members. Hours earlier, the board entered into what would be COMA’s last meeting as an organization. Sheridan’s remark, which would cement the organization’s finality, seemed to weigh on the board members.

Craig Red Dogs win Wyoming tourney for second consecutive year

After a discouraging beginning to the hockey season, Greg Neal held his head high Sunday as his team put memories of the last few weeks behind and clinched a tournament title. The Craig Red Dogs Men’s A hockey team won the Rock Springs, Wyo., hockey tournament for the second consecutive year.

Andy Bockelman: ‘127 Hours’ is harrowing tale of survival, self-discovery

From the guy who brought you the lives of junkies in “Trainspotting” and zombies in “28 Days Later” comes a story that can motivate just as well as it can make you squirm — “127 Hours.” Life’s not worth living unless you’re outdoors. That’s the philosophy of sportsman Aron Ralston (James Franco), who spends as much of his free time as possible trekking around the splendor of nature.

H. Neal Glanville: Stupidity incurable

Until about five seconds ago, I had a good column brewing in my head, and then that thinkable thing occurred that causes the weak side to take command. I had one or two paragraphs, OK, a complete sentence, on Gov. Bill Ritter’s endorsement of the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, also known as “B.S.” Bill 10-1365, when it dawned on me: Ron White is right when he says “you can get new eyes that see better than an eagle’s, and legs that will make you run faster than the Bionic Man, they can build you a new hand that can pick up dimes, but you just can’t fix stupid.”

Janet Sheridan: Adventures on Rabbit Ears

I first experienced the deceit of Rabbit Ears when Joel and I drove from Denver to Craig on a balmy June day. New green waved us on, and the air flowed warm under an immense sky, until Rabbit Ears. As we began to climb, fat moist flakes fell through sunshine; I had to stretch out the window to knock clumps of snow off the struggling wipers.

On the Record for Dec. 9, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 9, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Tyler Paxton

Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Wrestling How did you get your start in your sport? “I started in about third grade. My dad got me into it.”

Elks to sponsor annual basketball contest

The shoes toeing the line, the swish of the net and the look on children’s faces when they sink a basket. These are just some of the reasons that Frank Sadvar looks forward to early December. As part of a nationwide program, Elks Lodge No. 1577 will host its annual Free Throw Hoop Shoot Contest at 8 a.m. Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 with an interest in basketball.

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Craig Middle School 8th-grade hoops wins districts

During his team’s 13th game of the season, Craig Middle School boys basketball coach Steve Loveland was afraid that the Bulldogs were about to hit a run of bad luck. But, not only did the team end the game victorious, they repeated the feat to complete an undefeated season. The eighth-grade boys took home the top honors at the district tournament Saturday, beating host team Rangely, as well as Steamboat Springs, to finish the season 14-0.

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MCHS student picked for program, awarded $5,000 scholarship

When Moffat County High School senior Slade Gurr was called to the principal’s office on Dec. 1, he thought he was in trouble. “Is it bad, bad? Or inconvenience bad? All of these things were going through my mind,” Gurr recalled. Gurr said he was asked by MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger to take a seat. “(Schnellinger) said, ‘You’re parked in the wrong spot,’” Gurr recalled. “He said, ‘We’re going to have to reassign you. You’re going to have to park at the Senate in D.C.’

DOW responds to Craig mayor Don Jones

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said he was pleased with the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s recent response to a letter from Craig Mayor Don Jones. “I think they are showing a willingness to collaborate and work with the city and city council,” he said. “I thought overall that we might have some working solutions that would work for all the citizens of Craig.” Jones’s letter, which was sent in late November, asked for more information on several options for dealing with the city’s deer population.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Morning Glory’: Not the best part of waking up

Films like “Broadcast News” and “Network” have shown audiences just what goes into the thought process of television production and give a clear picture of where the medium is headed, for better or worse. While “Morning Glory” has the same intent, the screen is much more static-filled. When you’re married to your job, getting laid off is even worse than divorce.

Craig Briefs: TMH Board slated for special meeting

The Memorial Hospital Board is scheduled to host a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop. Action items listed on the meeting are: adjustment to the 2011 budget and approval of strategic plan. The meeting is open to the public. Arts and Crafts Show this weekend Centennial Mall hosts the Winter Arts and Crafts Show this weekend.

Joe Gallegos: ‘Appease everyone’

To the editor: It seems like the voters who voted for the Moffat County Public Safety Center, and the taxpayers who are footing the bill, are being left out of this battle between the Craig City Council and Moffat County over who gets what and for how much. Wouldn’t it benefit everyone if the safety center was kept as is, and the city therefore wouldn’t build a new building? The taxpayers are paying for everything, so why have two buildings, with the large one having a vacancy in it? Who would they put in there to fill that vacancy? No one, so they lose income while it sits empty.

Craig Briefs: Craig BCA Pool League weekly score update

The following are the latest scores for the Craig BCA Pool League following the 12th week of play. League nights are at 5 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar. • Sunday night 8-ball (Team, total score) Motley Cue, 1,941

Datebook for Dec. 9

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KRAI hosts the Holiday Drive, 1111 W. Victory Way. Take donations for Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, Advocates Crisis Support Services and Interfaith Food Bank. Visit 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. 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. Audrey Kling reviews Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” Call Jan Rinker at 824-4136.

Kristy A. Miner: Health records private

To the editor: I was a bit irritated with the article printed last week in reference to Dr. Dennis Kinder and his move to The Memorial Hospital clinic. As a health care professional as well as an occasional patient of Dr. Kinder’s, I was at a loss for a bit of how to address my concerns. I finally realized that the trigger for my reaction could very well be a grammatical error and decided a letter to the editor was in order. In the article, it stated that all of Dr. Kinder’s patient files would be sold to the other clinic at fair market value, according to George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Cheating hubby has woman torn

Dear Annie: I have been married for 16 years. I was recently diagnosed with trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection. My doctor explained that if I have been faithful to my husband, then he must have cheated on me. When I confronted my husband, he denied it. I had symptoms, but some women can have trichomoniasis for decades and not know it.

Horoscope for Dec. 9

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Try to engage in taking more protective action that will directly affect your security instead of thinking nothing could ever happen to you. There are always crooked people around. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — An individual you don’t know too well might approach you regarding going in with him/her on an enticing situation. Check things out thoroughly before getting involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Continue to do everything in accordance with your highest standards, because the slightest deviation from doing so could get you into all kinds of trouble. Stay on the straight and narrow.