News for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Congressman-elect talks with Moffat County Commission

Natural resources, economy, telecommunications top local concerns

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray thinks the county has a friend in Congressman-elect Scott Tipton. “His values and philosophies match Moffat County pretty well, I’d say,” he said. Tipton, a Republican from Cortez, discussed those values and goals with the commission Tuesday during a public workshop at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Michelle Balleck: Stock up — last weekend to shop

With Christmas right around the corner, there are only nine days left to shop for presents, so it’s time to get in gear. I think we’re mostly done but definitely need to get a few more things this weekend. Plus, we’ll be baking up a storm, cleaning house and just getting organized. But between final preparations, make time for some holiday fun this weekend.

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Annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot in Craig draws 19 youths

Alexi Goodnow, Josey King, Hannah Walker and Mattie Jo Duzik have been playing basketball together in one venue or another for several years, including the annual Hoop Shoot contest hosted by Elks Lodge No. 1577. Even though this was the last year all four of them will compete together, Goodnow said the latest competition provided exactly what it’s supposed to — a fun time. “It’s always a good experience,” she said.

On the Record for Dec. 15, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 15, 2010

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Dateline NBC takes an interest in Craig for upcoming special

Adam Wald, an associate producer for Dateline NBC, is a long way from home. “I do a lot of traveling in the states, following stories where we find them,” said Wald, who typically works at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Wald said Dateline NBC has found a story in Craig, albeit one that took place more than 30 years ago.

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Bulldogs club hockey team downs Telluride in weekend doubleheader

Mark Samuelson was pleased with how his team performed in its first two games of the season. But, if he had any complaint, it would be how quickly his players went from cool to hotheaded. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team dominated a doubleheader against the Telluride Lizard Heads on Sunday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena, leaving the team 2-0 early in the season.

Craig City Council, Moffat County Commission agree to Geokinetics survey

The Craig City Council examined Tuesday a proposal for a seismic exploration survey in the city and portions of the county. Brent Jacobsen, a project manager for Geokinetics, gave the city council an overview of the project, which entails about 53 acres and is expected to start in mid-January and be completed before the summer. The council reached general agreement to allow Geokinetics to conduct their survey, which will look for oil and gas in the area, on city properties and right-of-ways.

Moffat County School Board updated on ELL program

Bill Ronis, the English Language Learner coordinator for the Moffat County School District, said his objective is simple. “We want them to speak English,” Ronis said. “That’s what it’s all about.” Ronis addressed the Moffat County School Board during its Tuesday meeting. Ronis said recent test results indicated the district’s ELL students were lagging.

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MCHS wrestling team takes 1st at Union Duals

“Pin to win” is a mantra that is printed on all kinds of wrestling gear and memorabilia. On Dec. 10 at the Union Duals in Roosevelt, Utah, the mantra became truth for the Moffat County High School wrestling team. “We had to get pins if we were to win because of our open weights,” MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez said. The Bulldogs had four empty weights, which yielded 24 points to their opponents before a wrestler stepped on the mat.

Craig Briefs: CMS drama students performing today

David Morris’ seventh- and eighth-grade drama students will perform an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” called “Scroogerella Learns Her Lesson” at 1 and 3 p.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Free consultation today at City Market This fall, most carriers and providers of Medicare Advantage Plans announced the termination of Private Fee for Service plans in Colorado and across the country. Approximately 13,000 seniors in rural Colorado counties are impacted. Medicare Part D, as well as Medicare Supplement information and enrollment, will be available from 9 a.m to noon today at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. The free consultation will also be provided Dec. 22 and 29.

Lawrence L. Sober: We need to diversify

To the editor: Craig and Moffat County is truly a unique community. We are fortunate to have some very talented and intelligent people in this community. We do not always agree on things like philosophy, religion or politics, but whenever we have a crisis or a family in need, people are quick to forget our differences and then do whatever they can to help out. Our nation, state and local governments will have some really serious issues to face in the coming year. As a nation, we are living on borrowed time and money. What is happening in Europe will soon happen here because taxpayers cannot continue to support all the people who do not pay taxes. Locally, we are facing the loss of both jobs and revenue due to this Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

Editorial: So long, governor

According to his office, Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to appear in Northwest Colorado today, but that trip won’t include a stop in Craig and Moffat County. No surprise there. Throughout his ineffective term, the governor has done little to improve the lives of residents in our community, and in his last gasp at manufacturing a legacy, helped usher along legislation that could cripple our economy in the future, the Editorial Board contends.

Danny Griffith: A taste of ‘smart pills’

To the editor: When I was a child, my father took me on a hike where we came across a pile of deer droppings. The droppings looked much like a pile of Milk Duds candy. So, I said to my father, “Hey, Dad, look.” Dad replied, “Yep, looks like a big pile of smart pills.”

Karen Vassek: Reindeer scared of Craig

To the editor: News flash. Rumor has it that all presents this year will not be delivered by Santa. Instead, they will be delivered by the mail, FedEx, or UPS.

Datebook for Dec. 15

9 a.m to Noon. A free consultation on Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement enrollments takes place at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. Call Lloyd Waldron at 303-819-4523. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 826-2039.

Horoscope for Dec. 15

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Even if you are in your usual convivial and friendly mood, if you go to a gathering at which someone you dislike is present, you might allow it to sour your mood. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It’s not like you to be complacent, yet you might allow someone who is jealous of you to rain on your parade, instead of putting this person in his/her place. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’ll be your own fault if you discuss an idea about which you’re an optimist with someone who is a known pessimist, and you end up with your enthusiasm being considerably subdued.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law sick of argument

Dear Annie: My two daughters-in-law, “Dolly and Cynthia,” have been arguing for the past nine years. These women are in their 30s and act like teenagers. They had a shouting match at a grandchild’s birthday party and last week fought publicly in the church parking lot. Dolly lies continually, and Cynthia shouts out four-letter words in front of the kids. I told Dolly we will not be able to do any holiday get-togethers if this situation is not resolved.