News for Wednesday, December 29, 2010



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On the right track

Craig Chamber of Commerce awarded $11K for Marcia Car maintenance

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is in a unique position. “It’s not often that a Chamber of Commerce owns a historical asset,” Oxley said. “Maintaining that historical asset is kind of difficult.”

Craig man accidentally shoots himself

A 21-year-old Craig resident was injured Monday night when the handgun he was cleaning accidentally went off. The accidental shooting happened at 8:45 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of West First Street, the Craig Police Department reported. In the home, the man was cleaning his gun and apparently did not empty the weapon’s chamber beforehand, Sgt. John Forgay said.

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Craig man dies in early morning highway incident

State patrol identifies victim as Justin Dean Bliss

A 34-year-old Craig resident died Tuesday after being hit by a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40 in Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported. Troopers reported that Justin Dean Bliss was walking at about 5:15 a.m. on the highway’s northern shoulder when part of a semitrailer heading west struck him.

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Hoops tradition thriving at Little Snake River Valley

Three years ago, five Little Snake River Valley School girls took the court for a varsity basketball game. There were no substitutes sitting on the bench, but not because players were injured or ineligible, rather because there were only five girls on the team. In the two previous seasons, head coach Jodi Stanley was lucky to have two more players, other than her starting five. “Practice was hard because there was no down time,” Stanley said. “No lines for drills, no slow periods.”

Craig City Council pauses on deer issue

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile thinks this is a “wait and see” time for the council concerning the city’s deer population. After receiving a letter written by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in response to Craig Mayor Don Jones, Carwile thinks it would be wise for the council to pause its activities concerning management of the city’s deer population to see if the organization would follow through with the message of the letter. The response letter, sent to Jones in early December, stated the DOW “remains willing” to respond to the sick, injured and aggressive deer in the city.

Wendy Reynolds returning to Craig to take over BLM's Little Snake office

Northwest Colorado is one of Wendy Reynolds’ favorite places. That’s why the 57-year-old resident of Idaho Springs, Idaho is “delighted” to return to the area where she once worked to take the reins of the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office. Reynolds, currently the field manager for the BLM’s Upper Snake Field Office in Idaho, accepted the position to become John Husband’s replacement.

MCHS swimmers solid this season, preparing for home meet

With the high school swimming season not even a month over, the expectations are already high for the Moffat County High School girls swimming team. However, head coach Meghan Francone said she didn’t set the expectations. “All the girls set their expectations and they are expecting to make them,” Francone said. “It is nice to have a group of girls who are willing to step up.”

Datebook for Dec. 29

9 a.m. to noon. A free consultation on Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement enrollments takes place today 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 lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

Editorial: Roster thinner, but not bare

Two physicians with a lengthy track record of service in Craig and Moffat County will soon depart from our community, leaving a small void in the number of health care providers for the foreseeable future. It was reported in Monday’s Craig Daily Press that doctors Catherine Crowe and Greg Roberts are leaving the staff at Moffat Family Clinic, located at 600 Russell St. The exits of both physicians appear to be amicable.

John Kinkaid: Citizen involvement key

To the editor: On Tuesday, I read the article about filling Al White’s State Senate seat with great interest. I wish Al great success in his new position heading the Colorado Tourism Office. Tourism is critical to the state’s economy, along of course, with energy production as we well know. I’m excited to hear that Bob McConnell has submitted a letter of interest for Al’s Senate seat.

Craig Briefs: County commission meeting Thursday

The Moffat County Commission will host its weekly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Denise Rogers: Plow makes it worse

To the editor: We live in the 500 block of Rose Street. After the recent snowstorm, the city was plowing the streets. Our next-door neighbor waived to his friend operating the city plow coming down the street and pointed to his driveway entrance.

Kent Ketchum: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Ketchum family would like to thank everyone who sent food and cards.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Dec. 29

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Road Agenda:

Annie's Malbox: Woman sick of mean stepfather

Dear Annie: My mother passed away two years ago. She had been with “Biff” for about 13 years. Biff is a jerk. Most of the family discontinued all contact with my mother because no one could stand him. I tolerated him, but he made me uncomfortable.

Horoscope for Dec. 29

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Before pushing yourself beyond your limits, be absolutely certain that what you are doing is what you really want. Otherwise, you could end up kicking yourself for getting involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Getting in a few digs about people you dislike might make you feel vindicated, but it will do nothing for your image in the eyes of your audience, especially if your comments are unfair. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t give excessive consideration to someone who is a dominating, older individual. It is likely to be a person who will take advantage of your giving nature and push you to the limits.