News for Saturday, July 3, 2010

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Annie's Mailbox: Neighbors bothered by no wedding invitation

Dear Annie: For the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to have four neighbors who have become good friends. We socialize, take care of each others’ houses when one is out of town, and exchange birthday and Christmas gifts. We also have celebrated our children’s milestones. Last year, “Patty’s” son got married. For several months, she went on and on about the wedding plans, so we were all surprised when none of us was invited to the wedding. She never said a word about our being excluded. We thought maybe the guest list was limited or the groom’s family was given a smaller number of invitations. But after the wedding, Patty rambled on and on about the festivities and showed us all the pictures. It was a huge wedding, and several of Patty’s other friends were in attendance.

Horoscope for July 3

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful you aren’t paying too high a price to get what you think you want from another. Consider all the ramifications to be sure your objective is worth what it will end up costing you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Instead of adhering to some old methods or routines to do a job that doesn’t always turn out well, consider using some new techniques or equipment you’ve heard about. You’ll be glad you did.

Datebook for July 3

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. 7 a.m. The Cottonwood Classic tees off at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. Call the pro shop at 824-3673. 7:30 a.m. The 124th annual Meeker Range Call celebration begins today with a 5K run walk. Other attractions include a pancake breakfast, parade, barbecue, fireworks, barn dance and a carnival. Tickets for the weekend are $35 for adults, $30 for children younger than 12 and seniors older than 55, and free for children younger than 5. For a full schedule, visit www.rangecall.com.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo slated for tonight

American Legion Post 62 will host bingo today at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way in Craig. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, call the American Legion at 824-3625.

Veteran's Hotline: Local effort underway to make veterans’ lives ‘a little better and little easier’

The ladies at Sunset Meadows I and II are making afghans, caps, scarves and quilts for veterans at the Rifle Nursing Home and Grand Junction VA Medical Center. They welcome any donations of yarn, Velcro, batting material, bias tape, pillowcases, dowels, pipe cleaners, magnets, or money. If you have something to donate, please call Kathy Carlton at 826-9943. You will be helping to make a veteran’s life a little better and little easier and the donations will be greatly appreciated.

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Craig resident reflects on three months of world traveling

Andrew Christensen found a common thread throughout his recent travels through Asia. Everywhere he went, he saw statues of gods and animals were always portrayed with odd numbers of arms or legs. He said the odd numbers meant good luck, like the Scarab statue he walked around three times to ensure good health. “Here, people always seem to pick even numbers,” he said as he described intricate carvings of a multi-armed god in a Cambodian temple. “I think this is just so beautiful.”

Over a Cup: A dessert for the holiday weekend

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. This week’s recipe is made with canned peaches and peach-flavored gelatin, although I expect it could be made into a festive Fourth of July salad by using frozen strawberries and gelatin. To make the “Peach Salad” (which could also double as a dessert), you’ll need: 1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers, 1/4 cup margarine, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 (3-ounce) packages peach gelatin, 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups cold water, 29-ounce can of peaches, 8 ounces cream cheese, 8 ounces whipped topping, and 1 cup sugar.

Diane Prather: Spring arriving later than usual

Most Northwest Colorado residents agree that the spring of 2010 has been “wacky,” for lack of a better word. A late spring caused the usual garden planting to be postponed for two weeks, or if gardens were planted at the usual time, plants frosted (after perhaps more than one planting) and then were damaged by sudden hot winds. Ervin and Arloa Gerber, who live west of Craig, planted their tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in Walls-o-Water and as a result have some tomatoes “way over the tops” of the walls.

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A ‘50-50 shot’: Coal’s future looks strong but hinges on regulations, legislation

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a four-part series on the area’s coal mining industry. The first three parts can be viewed at www.craigdailypress.com. Travis Sondrol, 31, maintenance manager for Colowyo Coal Co., is tasked with overseeing maintenance on the mine’s numerous pieces of equipment. From haul trucks to drills, draglines and shovels, Sondrol and his staff of 67 mechanics keep the mine running so that it can operate 24 hours a day throughout most of the year.

Dotson: ‘Whiter than Snow’ a captivating dramatic tale

Sandra Dallas’s newest novel, “Whiter than Snow,” is just as epic as her other novels. Dallas stays true to telling stories of small towns and families coming together during times of tragedy. In “Whiter than Snow,” nine children are buried during a devastating avalanche in the fictional mining town of Swandyce, Colo., in 1920. The lives of the families involved individually unfold through each chapter, and during the avalanche rescue efforts, the people’s differences are put aside and a community is formed.

Fireworks show blasts off in Craig Sunday at dark

Craig Fire/Rescue again presents its Fourth of July fireworks display to help celebrate America’s independence. The fireworks show will begin at nightfall Sunday and is expected to last about 30 minutes. The show will contain $8,000 worth of fireworks — $4,000 paid for by the city of Craig and the other $4,000 paid for by Moffat County — including many types of aerial fireworks.

Government update for July 3

Moffat County Commission Last met: June 29 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, a Gulfport Energy Corp. division order for Museum of Northwest Colorado mineral lease royalties. • Approved, 3-0, voided warrant resolutions for the month of June totaling $7,862.50.

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MCHS senior represents Moffat County at national conference

A simple phrase became a sort of slogan among about 50 Colorado students who attended the National Association of Student Councils conference last week. “Student council should be like a railroad,” said Slade Gurr, who will be a senior at Moffat County High School in the fall.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Eclipse’ ushers in darker, deeper tone in ‘Twilight’ series

It took two false starts, but “The Twilight Saga” finally starts to show some fangs with its latest release, “Eclipse.” Life in Forks, Wash., is slow for most, but for teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), time is almost standing still. While most of her classmates can’t wait for their high school graduation, there’s a big event she’s looking forward to even more: becoming a vampire.

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Golfers open play in Cottonwood Classic in Craig

After his father became ill, Hayden resident Chester Hinkle had to cut back on one of his favorite hobbies — golf. “I used to play in seven to eight golf tournaments a year,” Hinkle said. “Lately, I am down to only a couple (tournaments) a year.” With the registration deadline looming, Hinkle, 49, decided at the last minute to play in the 43rd Annual Cottonwood Classic at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Rain delayed the tournament Friday, but after the weather cleared, play began.

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2nd day of Little Britches Rodeo is rain soaked in Craig

On Friday, the second of four days of the Little Britches Rodeo continued at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way. On-and-off rain showers provided extra challenges for several of the cowboys, including 12-year-old Trent Vernon. “It definitely makes it harder to rope,” he said. “When my (saddle) horn gets wet, it makes dally roping even harder.”