News for Friday, June 25, 2010

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Steamboat Lake State Park swim beach remains closed

E. coli slightly elevated in water samples

New water samples have been sent to a Denver-area lab but had not come back as of Saturday afternoon. Steamboat Lake State Park ranger Matthew Schuler expects the beach to be closed until at least Monday.

On the Record for June 25, 2010

On the Record for June 25, 2010

Hayden potluck is Saturday

Yampa Valley Feeds hosts 2nd supper and barn dance this year

Yampa Valley Feeds owner Tammie Delaney said last month’s Community Potluck Supper and Barn Dance in Hayden was such a success that she decided to host another.

Horoscope for June 25

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Steer clear of any political conversations with those who are passionate about their views, if their opinions conflict with yours. What should be a debate will turn into a heated debacle. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t break down and dip into funds that are earmarked for paying off some old obligations. If you do, you will quickly find yourself in big financial trouble, which will be difficult to extricate yourself from. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’s best not to be shy about making a decision, because there will always be someone who will quickly snatch that choice away from you. I guarantee you this person will feather his/her own nest.

Annie's Mailbox: Relatives keep mocking young cousins about their weight

Dear Annie: My widowed uncle has two sons, ages 11 and 13. My uncle is as skinny as a rail, but the boys are quite fat. They eat healthy food — my uncle is a great cook — but their portions are large, and their father makes no effort to control how much goes into their mouths. When we were with the extended family over the holidays, there were nonstop comments about the boys’ weight, none of which was constructive and all of which included ridicule.

Craig residents compete in 25th annual Ride the Rockies

Terry Carwile knew he was in for a trek when he signed up for his 13th Denver Post Ride the Rockies bike ride. After all, the ride spanned 532 miles and was considered the toughest in the ride’s 25-year history. “It was pretty tough,” Carwile said. “It was the most miles and the most hill-climbing of any Ride the Rockies I’ve done.” It was also the most in terms of days in which Carwile had participated, he said.

Local Fuel Gauge for June 25

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo.

Craig coffee party struggling forward

Craig coffee party founder Jim Blevins used one word to describe the work he hopes to accomplish through organizing and hosting party meetings with residents. Understanding. “I think most people have the idea that it’d be real nice to have a group of people be able to sit down and discuss widely-varying opinions in a friendly, civil manner,” he said. “That is really how you understand what the issues are.”

Datebook for June 25

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pink Ladies volunteers from The Memorial Hospital host a yard sale at 220 Mack Lane to benefit TMH. The sale is open to the public. Call 629-9583. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Moffat County School Board approves 2010-2011 budget

The Moffat County School Board breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night after unanimously approving, 7-0, the 2010-11 school year budget and financial resolutions. The final budget is the product of months of discussions throughout the school year due to decreased state and local funding for the school district. The district budgeted a revenue of $19,350,000, or about $1.5 million less than the previous year. The total anticipated expense is $19,425,000. The $75,00 deficit is the amount it costs to keep the Moffat County High School pool afloat, and will come out of the reserve fund, officials said.

Officials credit growth in Craig, Moffat County to recreation, resources, economy

Craig Mayor Don Jones contends growth is important to any city. “The citizens are always wanting more amenities and different places to eat and, as you grow, things grow with you, things come in,” he said. “Otherwise, if we have no growth, we are stale and we are going to die.” Craig and Moffat County both grew in population from 2008 to 2009, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

50 Craig elementary students finish up summer school

On Thursday at Sandrock Elementary School, a large block of ice sat melting in the hot sun near the playground. A group of third- and fourth-graders had first put out the ice block at about 8 a.m., when their last day at summer school began. About two hours later, it was time to evaluate the piece of ice as it succumbed to the summer rays.

Craig Briefs: Special Olympics meeting scheduled

A Special Olympics parent and coaches meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The meeting is for anyone interested in having their child participate in the games, or for anyone interested in possibly coaching a team.

Craig yard sale to benefit First Congregational

For anyone who has extra “junk” lying around, First Congregational United Church of Christ can lend a hand in selling those items. The church, located at 630 Green St., will host its second “Junk in the Trunk” yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot. The event is open to the public and anyone seeking to sell items can buy space for $5. A table can be rented for an additional $5. Pastor Bob Woods said the proceeds would go toward paying off the church’s new boiler system. “We welcome anyone from the church or from the community,” he said. “The money raised will go toward a great cause.”

Moffat County Humane Society fundraiser ‘a real family event’

Through fundraising, the Humane Society of Moffat County hopes to continue helping animals in need, Humane Society secretary Pat Pearce said. One of the organization’s most successful fundraisers the last two years has been the Bone Appetit BBQ. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

Tease photo

Craig Sea Sharks compete in Grand Junction

If swimmer Matt Hulstine accumulated any rust between the Moffat County High School swimming season and the Craig Sea Sharks’ meet Sunday in Grand Junction, it didn’t show. The MCHS sophomore, who qualified for the state meet in May as a freshman, kept up his strong swimming. Hulstine finished first in both the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley.