News for Saturday, December 18, 2010



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Craig family credits growth to Horizon’s Specialized Services

Conner Herring kneeled on the living room carpet of his family’s Craig home. With his right hand, Conner, 2, drummed a perfect beat on the wooden surface of a coffee table. Boom. Boom. Boom. Conner’s parents and 4-year-old sister sat on the couch behind him.

Bear kill prompts rule consideration in Moffat County

The recent killing of a 703-pound black bear by a Craig resident has Colorado Division of Wildlife officials considering proposing a change in hunting rules. In late November, Richard Kendall shot a possible state record black bear after he tracked it to its cave in Moffat County. Kendall said he shot the bear from about six feet away after entering the cave. Currently, such an action is legal under Colorado hunting regulations, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

Government update for Dec. 18

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

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Craig resident eyes revamping track to boost area tourism

Gregg Kolbaba stood in a snowy field Friday. The 38-year-old Craig native fixed his gaze on the land, pointing to a distant hillside. He began to speak about his plans for the land sandwiched between the Moffat County Landfill and Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station.

Sports Spotlight: Wyatt Villa

Name: Wyatt Villa Age: 16, Moffat County High School junior Sport: Hockey How did you get your start in your sport? “My parents got me playing it when I was a little kid.”

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MCHS students hosting craft show to raise money for trip to Europe

Jeff Simon, a Moffat County High School social studies teacher, said his participation in class trips to Europe came as a surprise. “They called me out of the blue,” Simon said. “I just came to work one day and my principal said, ‘By the way, you need to go to Spain with the Spanish class so they can have another chaperone there.’” Simon said response was concise. “Awesome,” he said.

Diane Prather: A comprehensive community Christmas card

This author can remember a Christmas Eve tradition when she was growing up with her family on the ranch. After enjoying our Christmas Eve oyster stew and the dishes were cleaned up, we gathered around the dining room table again. It was time to open the Christmas cards. Mom had the stack of cards in front of her, and she opened them, one by one, reading the Christmas greetings and letters. Then the cards were passed around.

Over a Cup: Thumbprint Cookies a festive Christmas treat

The Christmas season and thumbprint cookies just seem to go together. The cookies are small and can be filled with chopped candied fruit, such as cherries, so they look festive when put on a pretty plate with other cookies. And, they aren’t hard to make, either. To make “Thumbprint Cookies,” you’ll need: 1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter), 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed), 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg white, 3/4 cup finely-chopped nuts and filling (see examples with the directions).

4 Bulldogs survive 1st day of Warrior Classic

It didn’t take Braeden Peterson to find a way to get his first win at the prestigious Warrior Classic here on Friday. Peterson, a Moffat County High School freshman, opened up his Warrior career against the top seed in his weight class. He was pinned in the first period in the match but he was able to bounce back. Peterson pinned his next two opponents to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. “Coming into today my goal was to make it to the second day,” he said. “By getting that first win it was a relief. That meant I was one step closer to getting to Saturday.”

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Halftime adjustments work in MCHS girls' favor

Boys lose big at Palisade tourney

At halftime against Montezuma-Cortez High School, Matt Ray set out a challenge to one of his Moffat County Bulldogs. “(Montezuma-Cortez) were raining threes in the first half,” he said. “So I told Maddy (Jourgensen) her job was to make sure that didn’t happen in the second half.” The Panther’s Keely Yanito hit three of the team’s six, three pointers in the half to give Cortez a 33-32 lead going into halftime.

Members of the Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for donating

To the editor: The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the community for the generous donations of food at the KRAI media drive. We received 3,598 pounds of food. At this time of year, any donations we receive are really appreciated, as there are so many in our community that really depend on the Food Bank and all the other organizations that help those in need.

Betty Lackey: Not a courageous act

To the editor: I cannot believe you are praising this man for shooting a black bear in its den. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing brave or courageous in this act. And the bear was probably more scared than the hunter. I hope the laws are changed to prevent this from happening again.

Dwayne and Donna Lougee: Thanks for the luncheon

To the editor: We would like to give a great big thank you to Pam Maneotis and her two Christmas elves for the wonderful luncheon they put together for the seniors Thursday at Tin Cup Grill. Pam and her elves do a wonderful job of making those of us seniors who use this wonderful service that Craig Parks and Recreation has put together be able to go on some great trips throughout the year.

Library board meeting agenda for Dec. 20

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Datebook for Dec. 18

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, hosts a craft show. Booth space is available. Proceeds go toward helping pay for MCHS students’ trip to Europe this spring. Call Jeff Simon at 826-6596. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Claus appears at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. 1 to 4 p.m. The third annual Christmas for Kids is at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Activities, including visits with Santa and craft projects, are free. Call Wyman Museum at 824-6346.

Craig Briefs: Craft show slated for today at MCHS

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, is hosting a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Booth space is available. Funds raised from the event will be used to pay for the cost of MCHS students’ trip to Europe this spring. For more information, call Jeff Simon at 826-6596.

Horoscope for Dec. 18

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t purchase an expensive article for your household if you are undecided about whether you really want it. If your need isn’t imminent or critical, sleep on it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Instead of doing things as correctly as they should be done because of the work involved, you may opt for taking a shortcut, and greatly diminish the value of what you were trying to accomplish. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Treating your financial affairs in a cavalier fashion is asking for big trouble down the line. Serious obligations must be acknowledged and handled accordingly.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried about marriage

Dear Annie: My husband and I each have our own profiles on Facebook, and we are “friends,” so we can see each other’s profiles. Several weeks ago, I noticed that he had deleted all pictures of me from his photo album. When I asked him about it, he said it was “accidental.”