News for Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Al White to lead Colorado Tourism Office

State Sen. Al White accepted an appointment Tuesday by Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper. White will submit his resignation from the General Assembly today.

Craig Daily Press adds newsroom staffers

The Craig Daily Press welcomed two new staff members to its newsroom Monday. Josh Gordon and Scott Schlaufman, both 22, are the newspaper’s new sports reporter and general assignment reporter, respectively. Editor Joshua Roberts said the two newcomers bring a diverse set of skills to the Daily Press. “They were our first picks all along,” Roberts said. “Our search to fill the two positions basically started and stopped with Josh and Scott.

Andy Bockelman: Both offbeat, mainstream films help make Xmas merry

Everybody celebrates the holiday season with their own traditions. And, no matter what your plans are, you’ll likely wind up watching some yuletide film selections, whether it’s inescapable favorites like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home Alone” and “A Christmas Story” or hard-to-find, so-bad-it’s-good features such as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” But, as with any genre, Christmas-themed movies have their own subsets and branches for multiple tastes. So, whether your favorite thing about the holiday is the fellowship, the generosity or guzzling gallons of eggnog, you can probably find something to your liking from the following list, arranged by categories.

County yet to hear back from governor-elect

About a month after requesting a meeting with Governor-elect John Hickenlooper, the Moffat County Commission has yet to receive a firm response. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission discussed the letter it approved and sent to the soon-to-be Democratic governor drafted by the Moffat County Land Use Board requesting a meeting in Moffat County or Denver in early November. The letter also outlined the commission’s stance on energy development in Vermillion Basin, Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and other energy development, land and water management issues.

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2010

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Moffat County teen’s holiday lights shine bright downtown, at home

Beer commercials aren’t typically a source of inspiration, but several years ago Clint Gabbert had an epiphany while watching one. The commercial featured the house of Ohio resident Carson Williams decked in lights that synchronized with music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “I saw that and I’m like, ‘I always wanted to do that,’” the 19-year-old Gabbert said.

Jordan Rollins: Solving the problem

To the editor: I see the big bear kill earlier this month has stirred up quite a bit of controversy over whether it should be legal to shoot animals in their dens, as so many people deem it “unethical.”

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MCHS seniors inspired by tourney

It might take a couple of days, but Charlie Griffiths and Cody Nelson will be happy they took home medals from the Warrior Classic. On Saturday night, they weren’t too excited because they wanted medals of a different color. Both Moffat County seniors went into the prestigious tournament with the goal to win. Instead, Nelson finished sixth and Griffiths finished fourth. Both wrestlers lost their medal round matches by one point in the final seconds.

Latest stats reveal rise in county jobless rate

The holidays have been rough for Craig resident Larry Hubbard the last several years. The 49-year-old resident has been out of work since losing his license to drive trucks a few years ago. “If it wasn’t for friends and family and stuff, I might be homeless,” he said Monday while looking at job postings at the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig.

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 21

Today 6 p.m. The Craig Cougar Squirts hockey team plays Oak Creek at Oak Creek Kodiak Ice Arena, 222 Kodiak Lane.

Craig Briefs: Permit applications focus of upcoming meeting

Moffat County will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, to approve a revised transport permit application for oversized loads and a proposed resolution adopting the revised transport permit applications. The meeting was originally set for Dec. 28, but was later rescheduled.

Datebook for Dec. 21

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Margaret Culverwell: Seniors grateful for gifts

To the editor: This recent weekend, gifts were delivered to seniors in our county who participated in the Christmas for Seniors program. The impact that this program has on applicants is almost indescribable. Some seniors actually wait in anticipation of the knock on their door for the delivery of their gift. I’d like the community to know that the recipients were extremely grateful for the gifts. They were also very touched that their community cared enough to make sure they had a gift to open on Christmas morning.

John Burke: Help with hearing aids

To the editor: In November 2009, a boy in the Moffat County School District received a hearing test at school, which determined that he has an educationally significant hearing loss. His parents said his hearing loss affects him in many ways at home and at school. At times, he cannot hear what instruction his teachers and/or parents give him and, in turn, he is unable to comply and follow through.

H. Neal Glanville: Tickle Me Elmo, and season’s miracles

“De plane, de plane.” Well, maybe not de plane, but Moffat County sure has been hit by the gravy train. First, the county gets a goober of cash, but we still aren’t sure where that’s going. Maybe after all the head-butting is over regarding the rent at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, someone will give us a breakdown of that cash flow.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Memories behind ornaments

Every year, when my mom started on her Christmas kick, it was as if Santa came to town and filled our house with the most vibrant holiday cheer. My mother was so good at Christmas, as both a child and an adult, it was hard for me to believe that there wasn’t a magical element intertwined in all of her holiday décor and spirit. There wasn’t an inch of our house that wasn’t festive, a minute didn’t go by in our day that wasn’t filled with an advent calendar chocolate and there wasn’t a single night in December without every Christmas light lit around the house.

Annie's Mailbox: Man concerned about fiance’s past

Dear Annie: I am living with the girl I fell in love with 40 years ago. “Nancy” and I were separated during the Vietnam War. Last year, we reconnected, divorced our respective spouses and began planning a future together. I told Nancy I wanted an honest relationship, and she agreed. She told me she was sexually abused by her boss’s son and never filed a complaint.

Horoscope for Dec. 21

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You might think you’re being clever when you attempt to camouflage a selfish act from others, but there will be someone who has your number who will out you the moment you try. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It’s OK to be both realistic and optimistic over the outcome of something important. If you don’t base your instincts only on wishful thinking, everything should come out fine. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Anything you borrow must be treated with the respect you would give to one of your prized possessions. If anything unfortunate should happen to it, it’ll be your responsibility to replace it.