News for Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Keeping the family afloat in Moffat County

Coal miners: Jobs provide numerous benefits

In 2006, Steve Swindler had a decision to make. It had been three years since he was laid off from his job at Rawhide gold mine in Nevada. Steve had worked at the mine, owned by Rio Tinto, for seven-and-a-half years. He had a growing family with his wife, Janese, and needed a steady, well-paying job, he said. He applied for two positions — one at Colowyo Coal Co., also owned by Rio Tinto, and the other at the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Datebook for June 19

8 a.m. Wood carvers begin carving at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. The public is welcome to watch the sculptures take shape.

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The shapes of things to come

Whittle the Wood carvers keep focused as deadline approaches

As tents, tables and vendors were being set up Friday afternoon in Craig City Park, carvers in the 11th Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous were hard at work forming their sculptures for public viewing today.

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Speech nationals a ‘really great experience’

From Monday to Wednesday, four Moffat County High School boys worked non-stop in a sea of 5,000 high school students from across the country. For 10 hours each day, with hardly a break for lunch, 2010 MCHS graduates Brodie Schulze and Greg Blackstun, incoming senior Ryan Neece and incoming junior Ryan Zehner spoke and debated their way through the nation’s largest speech and debate competition, hosted in Kansas City, Mo.

Craig briefs: New Editorial Board members wanted

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins July 1.

Over a Cup of Coffee: ‘Father’s Favorite’ quite a fitting weekend meal

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and, if it isn’t raining, most of us will probably grill for a Father’s Day celebration. But, just in case you decide to cook a meal indoors, this column features two recipes that Dad will enjoy.

A&L: Turning out the cows

In Northwest Colorado, “spring” (or spring as it gets in this part of the state) is finally here. On ranches, the calving season has been over for awhile and likewise for the branding season that goes with it.

Government update for June 19

Craig City Council Last met: June 8 Actions: • Approved, 7-0, meeting minutes from May 25.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife being mistreated by mom

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law always has to be the center of attention. She insists on buying expensive things and believes she’s always right even when you have proof that she isn’t. If you don’t agree with her, she gets nasty. My wife is the polar opposite -- she doesn’t care about material things and spends her free time volunteering at the soup kitchen.

Editorial: Time for a decision

It’s said that marijuana causes slow reaction times. Given the Moffat County Commission’s recent bout of inaction, the same must apply to governing bodies attempting to decide rules regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

‘Marmaduke’ is dog-gone mediocre

It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and when you’re a breed that can stand up to a full height of more than six feet, you can write your own ticket.

Veterans Hotline: Veterans and health care reform

Many veterans have questions about the new health care reform law. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers information about the law and its impact on veterans.