News for Saturday, January 30, 2010



FINAL: Rifle downs MCHS boys

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will look to pick up its second Western Slope League win at 5:30 p.m. tonight when they play Rifle High School.

FINAL: MCHS girls lose in Rifle

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, fresh off a Friday night victory over Battle Mountain, will play at 4 p.m. today in Rifle.

Suicide prevention forum set for Thursday

After three suicides in Moffat County in the past month, Ronna Autrey, suicide prevention coordinator for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said now is a critical time for awareness. “Three sui­cides in a month is a real wakeup call,” Autrey said.

Bulldogs girls basketball hushes Huskies, 55-26

Despite a slow start, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was able to win, 55-26, Friday in Battle Mountain. The team jumped out to an early 15-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Craig briefs: Bookmark contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss

March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. When he was 50 years old in 1954, he created his first and maybe most famous book, “The Cat in The Hat.” A publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to use 250 of the most important words for children to learn. Dr. Seuss used 220 words in “The Cat in The Hat,” which was an instant success.

Ed Wilkinson: Potential Marines’ tattoos eyed

This is for all Marines who might re-up. Steps are being taken to ensure that all members know which types of tattoos or brands are appropriate and which are not.

Ray Beck: Census important to community

Ten questions — 10 minutes. It’s safe, it’s easy and it’s the law, mandated by the U.S. Constitution that everyone residing in the United States be counted every 10 years.

Datebook for Jan. 30

Datebook for Jan. 30

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MCHS wrestling performs well in Meeker

Bulldogs dominate Cowboys on Friday night

In his first action since injuring his forearm, Moffat County High School wrestler Nathan Tomlin was told to stretch out his Friday night dual. Wrestling against Meeker High School’s Pat Love, Tomlin couldn’t resist the urge to show that he was back at almost full strength. Tomlin was just one of 10 Moffat County victors Friday night in Meeker.

Judge rules that photographer may be in the courtroom for Capote case

Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill granted the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s request to have still photography from inside the courtroom during the Capote assault trial on two conditions: that the photographer take no photos of the jury and that the photographer not be a distraction during the proceedings.

Horoscopes for Jan. 30, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Unless you are extremely careful, you could make an important decision based on unverified factors. See conditions as they are and not merely as you want them to be.

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Girl Scouts pay it forward

Local troops donate 75 new books to Moffat County Libraries

Kayla Keith was at story time at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries last summer when the idea first struck her. The theme for that month’s event was “Helping others,” and Kayla, a Girl Scout, started to think ahead to her next community service project.

Kathy Bassett: Rules of the border collie

What’s black and white and hops through the snow like a giant rabbit? A giant rabbit?? Nope. It’s a border collie. She has to mimic everything she sees. She is a human and dog.

Dissecting the noble traits of being a winner

While working on a story about local exhibitors who attended the 2010 National Western Stock Show — to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Craig Daily Press — this author has been pondering the word “winner.” Just who is a “winner,” anyway?

Over A Cup of Coffee: An easy recipe for when you’re on the go

Last night, I had lots of paperwork to complete so I had to come up with something quick for supper. I had to stop by the grocery store anyway, so I picked up a 40-ounce can of chili with beans and a bag of tortilla chips.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Lovely Bones’ features fractured storytelling

It’s tough to blend the themes of utter repulsion and unconditional love in a movie. “The Lovely Bones” shows how the combination can be detrimental to what is basically a solid story. The Salmon family is the average, picture-perfect clan of 1970s Pennsylvania.

Dick Prosence: Rails not a good idea

The total debt is a staggering amount and incomprehensible to most of us. And yet our president stands before Congress and proposes spending more than $8 billion on high-speed rail in various locations, including Florida and California. This is part of his “jobs” bill, formerly called “stimulus.”

City extends bid deadline to Feb. 17 for office furniture

The city of Craig published a legal notice in the Jan. 27 and 29 issues of the Craig Daily Press requesting bids for office furniture for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Telehealth clinic considers move

Surge in patients leads managers thinking of moving facility

Operators of the Craig VA Telehealth Outreach Clinic are considering a move. The clinic, at 551 Tucker St., has seen a surge in patients in the past six months. The upturn in patients has indicated to managers that moving the facility to a bigger building in Craig will be helpful in dealing with the increased volume.

TMH turnover 23 percent in 2009

Official: Hospital is exactly where it needs to be, regardless of numbers

At first glance, The Memorial Hospital’s employee turnover numbers look concerning, said Samantha Johnston, TMH chief of organizational excellence. However, when assessed in the context of “cultural change,” Johnston said TMH is exactly where it needs to be.

Census seeks local workers for March questionnaire distribution

At the beginning of March, Coloradans will start trooping from door to door to count their neighbors as part of the 2010 census. That requires about 80 workers in Routt County, and census workers said there is a test nearly every day within driving distance of Steamboat Springs for people who would like to work.

Annie's Mailbox: Friend’s negativity is troublesome

Dear Annie: I am a 23-year-old girl, and my best friend, “Natalie,” is my roommate. We have been best friends since childhood and have a strong bond. We went to the same high school, now attend the same college and even studied abroad together.

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Staci Nichols helping shape deaf community in Craig

Staci Nichols, 27, leaned through the window of her rusted 1964 Ford truck Friday, her wide blue eyes shining through the dim light of the garage. Unemployed for nearly 15 months, Nichols, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she has applied for almost 70 jobs. She got one interview, but she said she was turned down because she is unable to answer phones, having been born deaf.