News for Monday, December 20, 2010



Storm blocking flights from YVRA

Several inbound planes unable to land in Hayden today; snow forecast into Friday

A Pacific storm named the Pineapple Express is dumping heavy, wet snow on Steamboat Springs, preventing flights from landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport today and creating sloppy, hazardous conditions on local roadways. The snow is expected to continue through Friday morning.

Latest stats reveal rise in Moffat County unemployment

Unemployment jumps from 7.8 percent in October to 8.7 percent in November

Regional economist Scott Ford isn’t taking recent economic news lightly. With unemployment rates up in most parts of the state including Moffat County, Ford is seeing that the stress placed on local economies by prolonged unemployment is getting worse. “This is a significantly serious economic time,” he said. “I never want to minimize it and there are always people behind these numbers. “A negative number means somebody got bruised.”

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Two-point quarter dooms MCHS varsity boys hoops team

To give up just five points in one quarter is considered a quality defensive effort in basketball. Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, such an effort was negated when the Bulldogs scored only two points of their own in the same quarter. MCHS finished the first half of its game Saturday against Palisade with 10 points.

On the Record for Dec. 20, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 20, 2010

Business Beat: New year to bring exciting changes to Craig Daily Press

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas this year. The staff and I at the Craig Daily Press and The Print Shop are appreciative of the products and services you allowed us to provide you in 2010, and look forward to working hard on your behalf in 2011.

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My Life, My Words: Alicia Longan

“I do stuff here (at Serendipity Coffee Shop) like help customers and refill coffee and set out the food. I don’t really work here, I’m mostly just a helper. Right now I’m going to school to be a massage therapist. I was supposed to start this fall, but I’ve taken the course before, I just need to get certified. I already have the massage table. I just like helping people feel better.

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Full-court press propels MCHS girls to win

21-6 first quarter key for win against WSL foe

PALISADE – One advantage of having a three-day tournament is that by the third game, a coach has had a chance to scout the upcoming opponent twice in a matter of 48 hours. Matt Ray, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach, had a pretty good idea of what his team could do against Saturday’s opponent, Palisade. “Cortez and Rifle pressed them and it worked well,” Ray said. “I felt pretty good about our chances if we did the same.” The Bulldogs defense made it hard on Palisade to get past half court in the first quarter, and at one point MCHS led 21-4. The quarter ended with the Bulldogs in blue leading the Bulldogs in maroon, 21-6. The rest of the game wasn’t as lopsided, but MCHS finished with a 53-41 win.

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Decking the halls: Kids get creative at third annual Christmas for Kids event at Wyman Museum in Craig

The Wyman Museum’s trove of antiques took a backseat to decidedly younger curiosities Saturday. Amid twinkling lights and the strains of holy carols, the museum was filled with children. “They came in gobs and bunches,” museum employee Benna Haughey said. And yet despite the overwhelming number of children, the museum was surprisingly quiet. Nearly every child was immersed in creating Christmas ornaments. Office manager Nicky Boulger said that’s what Christmas for Kids is all about. “I think this is a good thing for the kids,” she said. “They get together with their parents, and they get to make something with them. “Hopefully it gets them a little more into the Christmas spirit.”

Broadcast news: TV special featuring Craig to air next month on Altitude TV

Teresa Stoffle, a Craig resident and co-owner of Xtreme Mountain Racing, said she hasn’t gotten a sneak peek at the upcoming TV special she helped bring into existence. “I’ve seen teasers of it, and I’m really excited to see the whole thing together,” she said. Stoffle, and the rest of the world, will get their chance to see Craig on the small screen next month when Altitude TV broadcasts a 30-minute episode of PowerSports Adventures filmed entirely in Northwest Colorado. The episode was filmed last year by BAM Film Productions, a production company for the motorsports industry, during Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival.

Sports Briefs for Monday, December 20, 2010

Ski Club offers discount lift tickets Craig Parks and Recreation has begun registration for Ski Club. Ski Club offers Craig residents the opportunity to ski and snowboard in Steamboat Springs at a reduced rate on Saturdays for the rest of the season. For a one-time $10 fee to join, Ski Club members can get lift tickets for $51 for Saturday ski sessions in Steamboat. The price is a flat rate for all ages. Regular lift ticket prices for the season are $97 for adults, $83 for teens and $59 for children. For more information, call Craig Parks and Recreation at 826-2029.

Sports Spotlight: Amber Forquer

Age: 16, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Bowling How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been bowling since I was 3. My whole family’s pretty involved in it.”

Datebook for Monday, December 20, 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. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5:30 p.m. The Moffat County Libraries Board meets at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Love and Other Drugs’ is good medicine

Life got you down? Is the daily grind too much to take? What if I told you I had a pill that could solve every single one of your problems? Well, then I’d be lying, but that’s why movies like “Love and Other Drugs” were created, to take your mind off your troubles. Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is good at two things: selling merchandise and bedding women. And, in his new job, one plays into the other constantly.

Briefs for Monday, December 20, 2010

Library board meeting today The monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. The meeting is open to the public. Today’s agenda is listed below: • Call meeting to order • Introduction of guests • Public comment • Approve minutes • Treasurer’s report Memorial account bank statement Edward Jones investment report • Chair report • Director’s report • Branch reports: Daily cash log Programs coordinator report Computer census Dinosaur branch report Maybell branch report • Unfinished business • New business Craig Ford lease Geophysical survey permit Executive session: Director’s evaluation • Other items for discussion • Adjournment

Rosemary Potter: Consider Life

To the editor: The killing of a hibernating bear has stirred up some very passionate opinions. It seems to some to be a very unethical way to bag a trophy, no matter if it was a legal action. I have no opinion on that, but I do have a very strong opinion on a similar, but much more serious situation.  

David Burns: Wishing Craig a Merry Christmas

To the editor: This Christmas I would like to thank family, friends and our great city for a wonderful life. My family moved to Craig in 1968 and though it seems another life ago, it is all the same good life. I have met new neighbors recently and I wish everyone coming to town the same degree of satisfaction that my family experienced those many years ago.

Aging Well: Instructors help pave way for better health

Nancy Smith, Mary Morris starting classes to help treat chronic conditions

This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature includes Healthier Living Colorado instructors Nancy Smith in Routt County and Mary Morris in Moffat County.

Horoscope for Monday, December 20, 2010

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Unless you make it a point to be cognizant of your mate’s needs, you are likely to accidentally do something thoughtless. You may think it trivial, but it’s a big deal to him/her. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Take on more responsibilities only if you are absolutely certain that you can comfortably handle them. If your productivity can’t match your industrious zeal, you’ll mess things up.

Annie's Mailbox: The right medicine for a mentally ill sibling?

Dear Annie: My 30-year-old sister is mentally ill and currently lives with my mother. “Stacy” used to live in her own place, but in the past six years, she has become gradually more dependent. She refuses to go anywhere alone and will no longer use the telephone or Internet at all. She has no interaction with anyone outside the immediate family. I’m concerned about Stacy’s well-being, but I’m also worried about my mother, who has become her caregiver. Mom works 80 hours a week and has health issues and needs all the sleep she can get. Stacy shares a room with her and wakes her up frequently during the night to tell her about the voices she’s hearing and the symptoms she’s having. She’s very demanding and won’t leave Mom alone for five minutes. I don’t know what to do. I fear for my sister’s future. My mother says she will eventually live in a group home, but anytime the subject is brought up, Stacy gets angry and says she’ll never go. She doesn’t recognize that she has an illness and is always going off her medication. She’s been in the hospital repeatedly. There are no other family members to take care of Stacy, and even if someone offered, she would refuse. Any advice? ­ — Blame the Disease, Not the Person