News for Saturday, December 11, 2010



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Winners announced for Boxers & Bras contest in Craig

The Flower Mine & Gift Shop has announced the winners of the Boxers & Bras for a Cause contest. The contest, a fundraiser for the Moffat County Cancer Society, entailed participants decorating and personalizing undergarments to be put on auction.

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Dinosaur fire department receives fire truck from Craig business

Persistence pays off. Just ask Robert Essex, board member of the Artesia Fire Protection District in Dinosaur. For six months, Essex and other members of the fire district tried to broker a trade with John Byrne, owner of Byrne Equipment Sales in Craig.

Over a Cup: Potato casseroles to warm you up

Awhile back, after our kids were here, I had some ham leftover — more than was needed for ham and beans. So, I looked through my “to try” file and found a recipe to use ham and potatoes in a casserole. (I later made the ham and beans, too.) First off, these are the ingredients to use in making “Potato and Ham Casserole.” (Then I’ll explain what happened when I made the casserole.) You’ll need: 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced; 1 medium onion, chopped; salt and pepper, to taste; 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of cooked ham, cut into 1-inch pieces; 3 tablespoons flour; 3 tablespoons butter or margarine; 21/2 cups milk; and 4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese.

Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors still accepting donations

Amber Kawcak, organizer for Christmas for Kids, said boys are tougher to shop for than girls. “Girls are a piece of cake. We’ve got them covered,” Kawcak said of this year’s gift drive. “It’s boys gifts that we still need.” Kawcak said the two-day KRAI Holiday Drive was a success, but her organization still needs bicycle helmets, sleds, remote-control cars and more.

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True blues: Passion for blues guitar runs deep for Craig father and son

In 1941, a man brought a recorder to Mississippi. He was looking for anyone to record, really, but found none other than blues legend Muddy Waters. The resulting historical recording session on the plantation where Waters lived still speaks volumes to Craig resident Stephen Ghirardelli today, almost 70 years later.

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MCHS Girls hoops outsized by Castle View

Size can be a big advantage in a basketball game. The Moffat County varsity girls team found that out the hard way in its Friday afternoon game against the Castle View High School Sabercats. Senior Maddy Jourgensen said two words summed up her Castle Rock opposition — “tall” and “muscular.” “They were just a really big team,” she said.

Diane Prather: Promoting learning the 4-H way

Recently, there’s been a nationwide push throughout the 4-H program to increase each 4-H member’s knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The push is known as STEM, the letters derived from each of the disciplines listed in the previous sentence. STEM is also an acknowledgment of what has already been done in this area, as science, technology, engineering and math are incorporated into the project work.

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CMS’ intervention/enrichment period seeing results

Craig Middle School Assistant Principal Jill Hafey acknowledges that the lives of school children are challenging. “Life is not easy these days,” Hafey said. “The kids carry a heavy load with just life itself. And, we add on learning expectations and sports expectations. “These kids just need to know that they can come here and be supported. And, if sometimes they feel like we’re riding on them, it’s because we care.”

Craig Briefs: Arts and Crafts Show this weekend

Centennial Mall is hosting the Winter Arts and Crafts Show today. The show began Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 1111 W. Victory Way. The event will feature more than 80 vendors.

Lawrence Sober: Tired of ‘Muslim rights’

To the editor: I, for one, am tired of hearing about Muslim rights and violations thereof. The current administration is dropping criminal charges against known terrorists because of the methods used during interrogations. Namely water boarding, because some believe that we should simply ask these people if they think they are guilty or not. Not once have I heard anyone mention the torture methods that have been used against our military once they were captured.

Sports Briefs: Yampa Valley APA league standings

The following are results for the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association in the 14th week of league play. The YVAPA plays at locations around Northwest Colorado, including Mathers Lounge in Craig, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Steamboat Springs, and Rifle Moose Lodge, The Texan, The Sports Corner and Cheermeisters in Rifle.

Bob and Karen Snavley: Thanks for great service

To the editor: We would like to let the community of Craig know about a great guy who went above and beyond the call of duty to help out our family. It was the night before Thanksgiving when the carbon monoxide detector went off in our daughter’s home. Thank God for the detector, which saved the lives of eight of our family members.

Marge Forbes, Phyllis Myers, Debbie Wellman and Robin Hamill: Thank you for helping

To the editor: Once again, our board is thankful for the small community we live in and the great people we neighbor. This summer, the community building had to put in a cistern so the building would have water.

Editorial: Weathering the storm

Anyone who watched Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke most likely came away with the same economic reservations some Editorial Board members did. Namely, that despite everyone’s best hopes and wishes for more prosperous times, our economy is still unstable. Bernanke said the U.S. is undergoing its worst economic recovery in history, with unemployment hovering around 10 percent being a primary concern.

MCHS Student Council Advisors Heather Fross and DeLaine Brown: Donations appreciated

To the editor: The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank the many MCHS students and staff members, as well as community members, who donated used cell phones to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program and items for the care packages, which will be sent to men and women serving in the military from our local area. We are also grateful to the Craig City Market, Walgreens and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 for allowing us to put collection boxes in their businesses.

Datebook for Dec. 11

8 to 10 a.m. The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St., hosts a garage sale. Sale items include office furniture, chairs, telephones, tables, white boards and cork boards, among others. Visitors should enter through the north dock doors on Eighth Street. Cash or check only. 8 a.m. The Elks Lodge hosts the Elks National Free Throw Hoop Shoot Contest at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 East 9th St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Call Frank Sadvar at 620-0874. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centennial Mall hosts the Winter Arts and Crafts Show at 1111 W. Victory Way. Call Centennial Mall at 824-7011.

Government update for Dec. 11

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Horoscope for Dec. 11

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Success comes to you from being able to discern the differences between constructive suggestions and criticism. Do not to take offense at what is meant as a helpful comment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Make sure the person who is closest to your heart gets the lion’s share of the attention. You can easily provide it while still being nice and friendly to everybody else. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — What makes material gains more pleasant than usual is your willingness to share the fruits of the labor with those who pitched in, even with cohorts who didn’t contribute as much as you.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman upset with husband’s mooching family

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Kirk” for 23 years. The problem is my in-laws. They always come to us when they are in need, and this occurs on a routine basis. I’m talking loans from $20 to $1000 and borrowing cars, pressure washers, a carpet cleaner (that was returned broken) and everything in between.

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Steamboat hospital buys CT scanner

Yampa Valley Medical Center's new $1.7M machine boasts best technology available

Three years of fundraising efforts involving hundreds of people have paid off for Yampa Valley Medical Center patients. On Tuesday, YVMC CEO Karl Gills volunteered his heart and body to show people the capabilities of the new $1.7 million CT scan machine.