News for Thursday, January 7, 2010



I refuse to resolve

I enjoy the fresh feel of January when stark coldness freezes the bad stuff—germs, jaywalking, poor posture—and encourages new beginnings. I contemplate ways to better myself. I could be more intellectual, seek consistency with my grooming, sew without profanity.

Horoscope for Jan. 7

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Look for an opportunity to become involved in an arrangement that can add to your resources and enhance your holdings. That’s where your luck lies.

Men’s hockey to play at home Friday

Yampa Valley Invitational largest in Western Slope

The 16th annual Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament will begin play Friday and continue through the weekend at Moffat County Ice Arena.

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Friday’s home opener will be last for MCHS seniors

When Lindsey Yoast, Amanda Snyder and Jessi Moser suit up Friday, it will be with a mixture of emotions.

Police blotter for Jan. 5

Gilberto Silva Tarango, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while license under restraint and displaying expired numbered plates.

Datebook for Jan. 7

9 to 11 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a H1N1 flu clinic for free swine flu shots for adults ages 65 and older at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call 871-7684 or visit

Craig briefs: Concert Association auditions are soon

The Craig Concert Association invites all musicians, singers and dancers to try out Jan. 30 for the Local Talent Concert, according to a news release.

More wet snow needed to bolster snowpack

Snow in Northwest Colorado has less water than average

The wet snow that fell on the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs throughout the day Wednesday added to the water stored in the mountain snowpack, but it wasn’t enough to bring the number up to average.

Steamboat sales tax slide slows in November

Steamboat Springs’ Nov­ember sales tax collections dropped only 8.7 percent compared with November 2008, bringing city coffers some relief after months of plummeting revenues.

Avalanche forecasters encourage cautious recreation this winter

The realities of avalanche danger is becoming strikingly real this year, with many risks lying hidden deep in the snow.

Annie's Mailbox: Where are people allowed to bring dogs?

Dear Annie: Some time ago, relatives from out of town asked to visit us when they were here for a nearby event. We agreed, as we seldom get to see these people. To our surprise, they arrived with the dog they had recently rescued from the pound. It was just a few months old and not housebroken. Worse, we were stuck dog-sitting the evening they went out.

Cathy Hamilton: New decade, new me

It has all started, people. New year, new decade, new me. Yes, I realize that, technically, 2010 began several days ago. But, have you ever seen any real positive change occur on the weekend following a Thursday New Year’s Eve? Let’s get real, shall we?

The Gabbert Family: Thanks to community

The Gabbert Family would like to thank Craig Steel, which, in a major crisis, opened it doors for us and donated everything we have needed. Thank you.

MCHS girls to face Eagle Valley

After opening the season with games in Utah, Denver and Palisade, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will return home this week.

Local officials discuss Gov. Ritter withdrawal

Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter’s announcement Wednesday morning that he would not seek re-election elicited no tears from two Moffat County commissioners, both Republicans.

TMH chief financial officer discusses 2010 budget

The Memorial Hospital has a lot to look forward to in the coming year, officials said, some of it exciting and new, and some daunting and uncertain.