News for Friday, December 31, 2010



Moffat County Commissioner, Mathers encouraged to consider Senate seat

Commissioner declines, says he will keep eye on applicants

Shortly after State Sen. Al White announced he would resign from his seat in the legislature, a Moffat County Commissioner’s cell phone started to ring. That cell phone belonged to commissioner Tom Mathers and on the other end were several former state senators encouraging the 61-year-old Craig native to throw his hat in the ring for White’s position, he said. White, a Hayden Republican, will be named director of the Colorado Tour­­ism Office on January 11. The Eighth State Senate District Central Committee vacancy committee will soon start looking to replace him. The committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss appointing a person to serve the remaining two years of White’s term. The committee will review letters of interest and interview candidates for the position Monday, several of whom have already stepped forward.

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Steamboat's Sue Birch named to Gov.-elect Hickenlooper's Cabinet

VNA leader to direct Colorado health department

Sue Birch, who has been CEO of the Northwest Colo­­­rado Visiting Nurse Association since 1994, will be the next executive director of the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She’ll start in Denver on or about Jan. 18.

Briefs for Friday, December 31, 2010

Culture Night coming to Craig library branch The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be hosting Culture Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month, the library announced in a news release. The next Culture Night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the library, 570 Green St, and will feature harpist Charleah Firestone. Local residents are encouraged to bring their families for the hour of entertainment provided by local artists.

Rogers: Christmas charity could be better organized

To the editor: I was rather surprised by the lack of organization for the Christmas food baskets for the less fortunate.

Glanville: The normal side raises his hand

I’m torn between the year we should have had and the year that’s sneaking up on us. As life will have it, at present we’re stuck between “a Barack” and a hard place and even as his licked thumb raises to face the direction of the new breeze, we can’t be sure of anything along his version of the beltway. His smiley face idea of ram it down your throat health care was a bust before it was even read. Oops, no one had time to read it before the vote was taken and still nobody stands up and says they did. Now it’s bouncing around the courts as unconstitutional.

Estate of Marianna M. Raftopoulos, Deceased [Case No. 2010PR60]

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Marianna M. Raftopoulos, AKA Marianna Raftopoulos, One and the Same Person, Deceased [Case No. 2010PR60].

Fuel gauge for Friday, December 31, 2010

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.29

Annie's Mailbox for Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Annie: A year ago, I became ill and was in the hospital for a month. I was told that my children were there the entire time. Since then, I have been declared legally disabled. There is some room for improvement in my condition, but it will take a lot of time. I would love to have my old life back, but it isn’t going to happen.

Craig Kum & Go addressing ‘minor fuel problem’

A problem with premium fuel at a Kum & Go station in Craig possibly left at least two vehicles in need of repair. Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, said his service shop worked on two vehicles this week with “a lot of water” in the gas tank.

‘Offended by injustice:’ book published about Craig area

Former 14th Judicial District Attorney publishes 1st novel

After 40 years of trial work, and being on all three sides of the courtroom as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, Carroll Multz has learned a thing or two about the concept of justice. But, one thing stands out to the 74-year-old Grand Junction resident. “I can tell you that justice is not always attained,” he said. However, Multz, who served as the 14th Judicial District Attorney from 1974 to 1981, has penned his first novel, which he hopes will send a different message.

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Low to no heat

Near-record low temps to possibly hit Craig

Clint Durdick was among the few people who braved the wintry weather Thursday afternoon in Craig. Durdick, who shovels sidewalks for work, said he didn’t mind the snow that fell steadily onto a nearly empty Yampa Avenue sidewalk. “It’s job security,” he said.

Blevins: Call for boycott is unsettling

To the editor: The Ministry of Truth and the boycott of the Dixie Chicks are both brought to mind by Kathryn Lopez’s editorial in the Dec. 29 edition of the Craig Daily Press (also in National Review).

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Craig golf course revenue declines in 2010

Despite revenue decline, course manager says course memberships up

In a shortened season, Yampa Valley Golf Course is reporting decreased revenue from last year, but an increase in membership. Jason Back, the interim course manager in 2010, said approximately 19,000 rounds were played this year, representing an 8-percent decrease in revenue from the year before.

Horoscope for Friday, December 31, 2010

APRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — What a wonderful way to end the year with two great things going for you! First is your natural ability to form amicable relationships and second is having Lady Luck in your corner.