News for Monday, December 13, 2010



Hayden's Ray Birch accepts Routt County undersheriff position

Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll take the job.

Warrior whooping: MCHS girls rout Grand Junction Central

MCHS varsity basketball team wins home opener, 65-24

The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will play Grand Junction Central High School today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tonight’s games are the first home contests for the girls teams. The girls junior varsity team tipped off at 3 p.m. The varsity team will play at 6 p.m.

Into the win column: Bulldogs claim OT victory

Bulldogs varsity basketball team defeats GJ Central, 58-56

The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will play Grand Junction Central High School today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tonight’s games are the first home contests of the season for the boys teams. The junior varsity team will play at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity is slated for 7:30 p.m.

On the Record for Dec. 13, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 13, 2010

Annie's Mailbox for Monday, December 13, 2010

Dear Annie: After 18 years of marriage, my husband and I divorced three years ago. My daughter has always been a Daddy’s girl and resents me for divorcing her father. We never see eye to eye on anything. “Keisha” is now 13 years old and lives with her father. Her 11-year-old brother recently told me he wants to live with Dad, too. My son has not been happy living here because he’s often by himself. My ex still lives in our old house where the children grew up, and they still have friends next door. I understand why my kids prefer to live in the old neighborhood, and I want to do what’s best for them. Their dad is a good provider and a loving father, and I believe having a male influence would be especially beneficial for my son. But I don’t want my family and friends to think of me as a bad person for “giving my children away.” And I don’t know whether I can handle seeing my children every other weekend. What do you think I should do? — At a Loss

Horoscope for Monday, December 13, 2010

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Some kind of situation that has caused you a degree of anxiety looks like it will work out wonderfully. In fact, it might even pave the way for something new that you hadn’t anticipated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Something you didn’t bank on could eclipse your present hopes and expectations, but don’t fret. This new addition might engender a great happening that otherwise would not have occurred.

Datebook for Monday, December 13, 2010

Today 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Sports Spotlight: Mariah Bangs

Mariah Bangs Age: 13, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “My friends convinced me to try it, and it’s been pretty good so far.” What’s your favorite part of your sport? “I like to work on defensive drills.”

Scotia Pepping: Way to reduce deer and help others

To the editor: The residents of the town of Craig understand all too well the concerns of the deer population in a city. They leave droppings in lawns, increase the likelihood of hitting one in town and the possibility they will cause injury to residents. This past summer, at Lowdy Simpson a stray fawn ran through the stands of the baseball fields and came running straight towards me. Luckily, the deer veered and missed me entirely. Recently a reader posted a comment regarding options as to how a city could reduce deer population in town. This along with my recent experience of being a victim of theft got me thinking about a way that we can reduce the deer population in town as well as help those that are less fortunate.

Briefs for Monday, December 13, 2010

Nurturing Parenting Class registration due Thursday Registration forms for the upcoming Nurturing Parenting Class are due by Thursday. Nurturing Parenting emphasizes the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting and emphatic household, according to a news release. “We believe that a child who is cared for can learn to care for himself and will develop healthy interactions with others,” the release states. “We will look at why each of us parent the way we do and how we can help our children be happy, compliant and respectful.” Classes begin Jan. 11 and run until March 29. They take place from 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday at the Moffat County School District administrative building at 775 Yampa Ave. Dinner is provided, along with classes for parents and children. Registration forms can be picked up at the Early Childhood Center, 775 Yampa Ave., or by calling Lynae Ellgen at 328-8138.

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Aging Well: Easy gift ideas for older family, friends

Older relatives and friends may present a challenge when it comes to buying gifts. After all, most have downsized to smaller living spaces and typically don’t need more things. Often, the best gift a person can give an older adult is to spend time with that person. Still, families and friends like to bring tokens of their affection when they visit, or to send a little something to let someone know they are in their thoughts. Like anyone, older adults appreciate items that are useful, engaging or meaningful.

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Fire tax efforts begin to form in Steamboat

The fire district surrounding Steamboat Springs is formalizing its efforts to place a property tax before city voters next year in order to consolidate local fire and emergency services in one funding entity. Such a consolidation would implement a property tax for city residents. A reduction of some of the city’s sales tax, potentially on utilities and food purchases, would offset that property tax. The issue could be one of several local tax measures on the table in 2011.

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My Life, My Words: Frank Morton

“I’ve been (at Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts) for a little over a year. I started out as a full-time assistant manager, and I recently started out as a part-time parts tech so that I could go to (Colorado Northwestern Community College). Right now I’m getting my associate’s degree in art. I wanted to go into the criminal justice program, but since they stopped doing that, this was the closest I could get. Hopefully, my credits will transfer to another college and I can finish up my law degree there. “I want to become a law enforcement officer. My goal is to try to get on with a state patrol agency, but eventually I think it would be cool to get on with United States Marshals Office or the FBI.

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Law enforcement, community gather in Steamboat to remember Sgt. Dale Coyner

There weren’t enough seats in the auditorium. There weren’t enough lines in the signature books for friends and relatives. And there were nowhere near enough tissues Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School, where it felt like all of Steamboat Springs gathered to honor and remember native son Dale Coyner, a sergeant in the Steamboat Springs Police Department, a husband and a father, and a man unquestionably loved by the hundreds in attendance.

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Girls hoops takes seventh, boys eighth in Steamboat tourney

The Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams had similar results in the first two days of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, but Saturday’s games saw the boys and girls get a boost in how they were competing. And, though neither Bulldog team ended up victorious, they each played the strongest they had in the entirety of the tournament. The girls varsity team won its third of three games Saturday morning against the Wolves of Green River, Wyo., in a hard-played 52-27 triumph. The win landed the team in seventh out of eight girls teams in the Shoot-Out. The team lost 47-41 Thursday to Montrose and 45-43 Friday to Castle View. Coach Matt Ray said a win was a welcome change of pace in the series.

Glanville: Moral for the season

As we inch ever closer to the holiest of days, days should be filled with reflection on the past year and what we as individuals can do to make life go a bit easier for those around us. We should demand of ourselves the repayment of each small act of kindness we once received yet choose out of personal greed not to repay, greed that is so overcoming we didn’t even need an excuse when we had the perfect opportunity for payment.

Craig Rotary Club to mentor children in reading

Dr. Greg Roberts said the Craig Rotary Club is all about action. “We do a lot,” he said. “We don’t just sit around and chat.” That observation is evident in the organization’s Reading Buddy program, he said. “One of our goals in Rotary is to help with reading, to help kids be more literate, stronger readers, and also to help kids succeed,” Roberts said. “This project is a way to combine those goals.” In January, the Craig Rotary Club will begin its Reading Buddy program. The club has partnered with literacy coordinator Shannon Samuelson to provide one-on-one reading mentorship with first- and second-graders at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Craig physical therapist forms cancer support group

In 2001, Missy Detzner and her father climbed to the 14,259-foot summit of Longs Peak. Detzner said the beauty and challenge of that hike eventually brought her to Craig. “That was really what sold me,” Detzner said of the mountainous West. “On the way home, I told my dad, ‘As soon as I’m done with school, I’m moving to Colorado.’” Four years later, Detzner fulfilled that promise. After graduating from Marquette University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005, Detzner packed her bags to take a job at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, where she’s been ever since.