Stories for November 2010


Tuesday, November 30

MCHS student council requests addresses for active-duty soldiers

The Moffat County High School Student Council is preparing care packages to ship to active-duty soldiers. There’s just one problem, said Delaine Brown, MCHS registrar and student council advisor. The council needs addresses. “We only have about five addresses,” Brown said.

Moffat County Commission wants safety center talks to continue

Mathers ‘disappointed’ city rejected offer, looking to build new space

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers thinks the county and city of Craig can agree on a purchase price for the Craig Police Department’s space in the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “I think if we leave personalities out of it and what happened years ago here or what happened years ago there, and the city and the county stay together and hammer this out, I think we can come to a price,” Mathers said. “But, we can’t just be mad and say, ‘We ain’t going to do it.’” Mathers and commissioner Audrey Danner discussed the progress of the safety center lease and purchase negotiations after the commission’s regular Tuesday meeting.

On the Record for Nov. 30, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 30, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Sitclali Navarez

Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Cheerleading How did you get your start in your sport? “My friend Jordan got me into it with the all-star team in seventh grade and ever since, I’ve been doing cheerleading.”

Student News: Mary K. ‘Katy’ Gray

Mary K. “Katy” Gray, a former Moffat County High School teacher, has received Certified Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association. Gray was honored Nov. 13 at the organization’s fall national convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Thankful for the memories

It is in the air, on your coffee cup and on the radio. The holidays have arrived and I’m feeling less festive than usual. I am a very festive person and so was my mother. I learned it from her. She taught me how to set the dining room table, to never go to a party empty-handed, the flavors of the holidays and that the most important people in the world is your family. For a festive person, it is hard for me to smile with Thanksgiving complete and Christmas on the way because every bite of turkey, every hung Christmas light and every holiday song is hard to bear without her.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 30

The weekend went by and the memories made at this Thanksgiving will be talked about as people get together after their holiday doings. Black Friday carried over to Saturday. Now, Christmas time is getting closer. Get out your overcoats, parkas, snow boots and don’t forget gloves and mittens. After all, Jack Frost is nipping around.

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Early hunting license numbers fall in Moffat County

For Eric Gray, the transition from late summer to fall and into early winter means big business. As the manager of sporting goods outlet Craig Sports, Gray sees hunters come in and out of his store ready to bag a big one. And, even with the national economy still in flux, Gray said he has not seen much of a dip in sales. The fourth season of hunting through the Colorado Division of Wildlife came to a close on Nov. 21. The season for licensed limited rifle hunters of deer, elk and bear had varied effects for local businesses.

Moffat County unemployment drops slightly

October unemployment rate lowest since December of last year

Being a 21-year-old single mother of two without a steady source of income is a scary situation for Craig resident Stephanie Bailey. But, that is the reality she is faced with. About two weeks ago, Bailey lost her job. In order to pay the bills, she was forced to file for unemployment compensation and has since been looking for a job.

Carol Wilson: Thanks, all who helped

To the editor: On behalf of the Craig Downtown Business Association, I would like to express our appreciation to the sponsors and participants of this year’s Parade of Lights. The individuals and organizations that build those lighted floats put in a lot of time, energy, and creativity in order to be a part of this great community event.

Pat Pearce: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank April from “Dog and I” for grooming the shelter animals; Murdoch’s for space for the adopt-a-thon; Bear Creek staff and Dr. Hepworth for going the extra mile; and Dr. Wayne Davis and staff for the help and support.

Craig Briefs: Flags to be lowered in honor of deputy

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered on state and federal buildings in honor of Weld County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Brownlee. Brownlee was shot and killed in the line of duty Nov. 23 following a high-speed chase with a robbery suspect. Brownlee, 43, was a deputy sheriff in Weld County and had worked for the sheriff’s department for five years. He was the first Weld County deputy to die in the line of duty in 70 years.

Datebook for Nov. 30

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 30

5 p.m. The Craig Middle School boys basketball teams play Little Snake River Valley in Baggs, Wyo. 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade boys Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade boys Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

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Kellogg trial date likely to be pushed back

Defense requests review of bond ruling for man suspected of trying to pay for killing

The three-day trial for Brooks Kellogg likely will be pushed back from its original start date of Jan. 3. A judicial assistant for U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello said Monday that Kellogg’s defense has filed an unopposed motion to declare the case “complex,” which if granted would delay the trial date.

Horoscope for Nov. 30

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you need some kind of specific favor that can only be granted from someone who has the wherewithal, go directly to an individual who fits this need. Don’t use an intermediary. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Your chances for being able to overcome an adversarial arrangement look extremely encouraging. However, you’ll be most effective if you play your trump cards last.

Annie's Mailbox: Man frustrated with messy wife

Dear Annie: I’ve known my wife for two years. We’ve been living together for five months and married for one. I love her a ton. I pull my share of the load around here, including paying half the bills and buying the groceries. I cook, clean and do all of the yard work and home maintenance. The problem is, my wife is a slob.

Monday, November 29

CNCC president John Boyd leaving for position at East Coast community college

John Boyd to take position with East Coast community college

There has been one goal, above all others, that John Boyd has set his sights on during his tenure holding the reins of Colorado Northwestern Community College as its president. Growth. Expansion of any community college, especially CNCC, is important not just to the success of the institution, but also the community that supports it, Boyd said. “You are either growing, or you are not,” he said. “If you are not growing, then you’re going to have problems. I believe the only way you get yourself out of a bad economy is through growth.”

On the Record for Nov. 29, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 29, 2010

Sports Spotlight

Makayla Camilletti Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “I just started when I was really little and kept playing.” What do you enjoy about your sport? “It’s very competitive, and a lot of my friends do it.”

My brother, prince of the pranks

As any record book will attest, my baby brother, Kris, the toughest kid in all of Butler, Utah history, is the uncontested master of the practical joke. In 1974, while stationed with the U.S. Army on the island of Okinawa, he single-handedly changed the course of family events on three continents by answering the telephone.

Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I went on a trip to Europe with my longtime boyfriend, “Conor,” whom I love dearly. While there, he struck up a friendship with one of the women in our group. After a few days, she started making teasing comments, saying, “I’m coming to visit you tonight, Conor.” The next morning she would say, “You were wonderful last night,” and he would answer, “Was it good for you, too? Did the earth move?”


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t optimistically take bows prematurely for something you have yet to accomplish. If things don’t work out as you anticipate, things could get quite embarrassing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Unless you follow though on your goal in an orderly manner, there is a strong chance that you will leave out some kind of small but essential element. Don’t gum up the works.

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Aging Well: Calendar Journal offers motivation for all

It was a windy spring day when Nancy Smith and two of her Tai Chi students practiced their art barefoot in the park as traffic whizzed nearby. It wasn’t an ideal setting for Tai Chi, but in a sense, that was the point — for the women to break out of their comfort zone just a bit while still enjoying themselves in the process.

Sunday, November 28

in brief

Upcoming CNCC meeting to focus on elementary licensure degree An orientation for community members interested in earning an elementary licensure degree at Colorado Northwestern Community College, in partnership with Mesa State College, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at CNCC’s Craig Campus, 50 College Drive, Room 304. Individual appointments will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and a general advising session takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information and to schedule an advising session, contact Sandra Murray at (970) 248-1438, or Medicare workshop Thursday in Maybell Local organizations are presenting a free workshop Thursday in Maybell for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

‘Deer are wild animals’

To the editor: This is regarding the deer problem. Our 2-year-old grandson recently walked around the corner of our house and two deer bolted and came within inches of knocking him down and trampling him. The deer are wild animals and will react as wild animals.

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Bulldogs scrimmage Rifle, Coal Ridge

MCHS girls basketball team preparing for season opener in Utah

Having been off the basketball court competitively for about nine months, Moffat County High School seniors Maddy Jourgensen and Callie Papoulas were ready to get back into the swing of things. Over the weekend, they got the chance to ease back into the game before the season’s official start. The girls basketball team participated in a three-team scrimmage Saturday at Rifle High School, facing off against the host Bears and the Coal Ridge Titans.

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Parade of Lights shines

On Saturday night, downtown Craig came to life with the bright lights of the annual Parade of Lights. Carol Wilson, Downtown Business Association treasurer, said she estimated 1,000 local residents turned out to see the parade as it made its way from Craig Middle School to Centennial Mall. The parade, which doubled as a float contest, featured more than 12 registered floats competing for three prizes, Wilson said.

Law enforcement should share building

To the editor: As citizens, we’ve heard some of the discussion between our Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission concerning the Moffat County Public Safety Center for the Craig Police Department. Both entities represent us, the voters and taxpayers, as they should with a slightly different agenda. One of the pillars for Craig and Northwest Colorado, or any other city, is their police department. Without an effective police force, hospital, or fire department, we as a community are not as secure as a whole.

Radio show adds airwaves

Hermacinski, Douglas see success with talk show

By early January, a Steam–boat Springs-based talk radio show featuring the City Council president will have expanded to markets including Greeley,Montrose and Moab, Utah. The Cari and Rob Show, hosted by Council President Cari Hermacinski and former Steamboat Pilot & Today columnist Rob Douglas, broadcasts out of a Yampa Street studio and can be heard locally on KRAI AM 550. The show is seeing significant growth as it enters its second year on the air.


Today 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Incredible Years Parent Group hosts a dinner and meeting at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The meeting is open to any parent of a Sunset student. Call school counselor Jackie Schnellinger at 826-6524 or Kim Hernandez at 826-6526.


Shannon Aguirre Shannon Aguirre, daughter of Craig residents Ray and Sharon Oletski, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at their home. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Adeline Mann Adeline Mann, a longtime Craig resident, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. A service is pending.

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Debbie Belleville: Works of art at your fingertips

I have been doing nails for 10 years. I have been teaching nails for two years, and I hope that (Colorado Northwestern Community College) will give me the chance to teach it again. We teach everything from anatomy to nail disease and disorders to application and more of the creative stuff like nail art and acrylic painting.

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‘Worthy of far greater’

Medal of Honor recipient’s family attend highway dedication ceremony

Larry Neu spoke with reverence and determination Saturday before a crowd of about 30 residents gathered on the side of Colorado Highway 13. “This man is worthy of far greater recognition than mere words or markers,” said Neu, a Vietnam veteran and quartermaster with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig. “The sacrifice he made and the deeds he performed shall be written in history and shall remain alive in our memories for generations to come.

Saturday, November 27

Craig resident Les Shirkey bowls 3rd perfect game

In December 2009, bowler Les Shirkey was able to achieve a lifelong goal by rolling a perfect, 300 game. He complemented the feat by bowling another perfect game in February, making him the only bowler to have bowled two 300 games in the same league season at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. Recently, he picked up another.

MCHS Student Council takes a break from this year’s agenda

Delaine Brown, Moffat County High School registrar and student council advisor, said the student council needs to get out more. “We highly encouraged them to come up with a fun activity just for themselves,” Brown said. “Just go do something. No meeting, no nothing, just have fun. “Sometimes they just get too wrapped up into things.”

Government update for Nov. 27

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday, Nov. 30 Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

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Bowling over the competition in Craig

A week before Thanksgiving, Trey Leray already had turkey on his mind. However, his turkey was served up on the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center instead of the dinner table. Rolling three straight strikes, he was already making a strong showing in his first bowling tournament in an adult league. “At first, I was really nervous. But then, I just started rolling,” he said.

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Craig-area residents flood stores for Black Friday, but economy could weigh on spending

It was 3 a.m. when Teresa Tingle awoke Friday. The 50-year-old Tingle, who lives in the Meeker area, faced an hour drive before arriving in Craig for the numerous Black Friday shopping deals. But, she said that’s something she’s used to.

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Security measures from 2008 school bond fully operational in Moffat County

Mike Taylor, facilities manager for the Moffat County School District, stood in his office on Rose Street and pointed to a large, flat-screen computer screen. On display, in neatly ordered columns and rows, were dozens of live, full-color, high-definition video images from a building across town. “That’s the high school now,” Taylor said of the images. “I can see what’s going on in the gymnasium, I can see what’s going on in the parking lot, just by sitting here.

Diane Prather: A farmer or rancher’s Christmas list

The wheat harvest is done, and the hay is stacked, waiting for winter feeding. Hunting season is over (for the most part, anyway), and farmers and ranchers got a well-deserved break while celebrating Thanksgiving. While enjoying leftover turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, people are going over their Christmas lists, trying to decide what gifts to buy for friends and family.

Veterans Hotline: An assistance group comes ‘Out of the Shadows’

There is a new organization starting up called “Out of the Shadows.” It involves veterans helping veterans. Anyone that has been to war has probably changed, and this is a group designed specifically to show that veterans can help other veterans overcome their difficulties.

Editorial: Give a little, get a lot back

Whether it’s time or money, when it comes to donating, our community comes through each and every instance. This degree of giving and how freely it’s done, Editorial Board members contend, separates Craig and Moffat County from just about all other communities.

Craig Briefs: Variety Show slated to begin Dec. 3

The Craig Variety Show will take place the first Friday of every month at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, according to a news release. The next event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. There will be food and drinks, and local singer/songwriters, poets and storytellers are welcome to perform.

Sports Briefs: Craig BCA Pool League weekly score update

The following are the latest scores for the Craig BCA Pool League following the 11th week of play. League nights are at 5 p.m. Sundays and at 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar. • Sunday night 8-ball Motley Cue 1,841

Datebook for Nov. 27

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Thanksgiving through Sunday. Branches are scheduled to reopen Monday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A craft sale takes place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Call Mary Walters at 824-2923.

Jim Blevins: ‘War is not the answer’

To the editor: I am very concerned about the continuing demonization of Islam by Diane West and the letter of support by Bob Grubb. This concerns me because such attitudes lead directly to wars and hate crimes. I certainly cannot defend violence and oppression that comes from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nor can I defend the millennium of oppression of Europe that came from the Christian church leadership in Rome. I cannot defend the amputations and stonings that are called for by some implementations of Sharia Law. But then, I can’t defend developing torture to an art form by the centuries of inquisition used to enforce purity of Christian dogma.

Kerrie Clarke: Please be aware

To the editor: This is to the people who live in Moffat County. Please be aware that a company has sent us a letter asking our permission to do a 3-D seismic survey on our property to locate gas and/or oil. We live on Thompson Hill, only a stone’s throw away from the Yampa River.

Horoscope for Nov. 27

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you have to choose between doing something acceptable for appearance’s sake and doing something that offers personal benefits, you might find it difficult to select. Choose wisely. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — When it comes to anything important, such as matters having to do with your job or family, do not rush to judgment. Your immediate impression might be biased and off course.

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Black Friday with a Steamboat twist

Steady, often snow-focused business replaces big city madness

Long lines of customers, insane deals and perfect people-watching conditions have come to define the post-Thanksgiving Day shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. Steamboat Springs wasn’t ex­­­cluded from the money-making pot­­ential of Black Fri­­day. In typical Steam­­boat fashion, things were a little slower and minds often were focused on skiing and snow.

Annie's Mailbox: Siblings’ weight worries woman

Dear Annie: Four of my five siblings and their partners are tremendously overweight. Two of my sisters claim to have the “family fat genes.” I don’t believe such nonsense. I love my siblings dearly, but sadly, their children are now “blossoming” into overweight adults and a few have children of their own who are getting pudgy.

Friday, November 26

On the Record for Nov. 26, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 26, 2010

Highway in Craig to be formally dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient

William Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot serving in Vietnam, was trying to evacuate wounded soldiers from a hostile area in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military achievement.

TMH agenda for Nov. 26

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Road Agenda:

Legislators talk plans for upcoming session

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner said he has a focused plan heading into the 2011 state legislative session starting in early January. For Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, this year is all about the economy and making Colorado a “more business friendly state,” he said. “We are going to concentrate on jobs and the economy, trying to put out good legislation to put people back to work or possibly repealing legislation that has passed,” he said.

Sports Spotlight: Brittany Walker

Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been playing since I was in kindergarten.”

On The Record for Nov. 26

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 23 Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers responded to request to assist a resident.

Andy Bockelman: Fall movie selections that aren’t quite so holiday

With the start of the holiday season, the name of the game is “feel-good,” with plenty of films lined up to give audiences moments of motivation, touching sentiment, or just a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. But, for those who prefer material that has less of an intent of forceful happiness behind it, here’s an overview of recently released movies — some of which are already on DVD — that focus on stories you generally wouldn’t want to watch when the whole family is in town for Turkey Day. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t make a good viewing experience. Well, some of them, anyway.

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Red Dogs hockey team member pulls double duty in Craig

Kevin Oxley has spent much of his life on ice skates. But, recently he has been on the ice both as a player and coach. “It’s been pretty weird being on the other side of it,” he said. Oxley, a member of the Craig Red Dogs Adult A hockey team, is in his first year working as an assistant coach for the Moffat County Bulldogs club team under head coach Mark Samuelson.

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St. Michael’s Thanksgiving dinner in Craig celebrates fellowship

Twice a week, Dan McIntyre and his wife, Betty, load up their Chevy pickup truck with meals from St. Michael’s Kitchen to take to homebound Craig residents. Thanksgiving Day was just like any other Thursday, but with a little less demand. Dan said that was a good sign.

Secretary Salazar appoints Craig residents to BLM advisory board

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced five appointments to the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, a board that advises the BLM on area public land issues. Three Craig residents were among the appointments. The three Craig appointees are Wes McStay, Dan Davidson, and Jeff Comstock, who is a re-appointment.

Datebook for Nov. 26

There is no city of Craig residential trash service today. All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Thanksgiving through Sunday. Branches are scheduled to reopen Monday. 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.

Kenny Burch: Deer not a problem

To the editor: OK, we have all followed the letters and the concern of the deer running in our nice little town. But, why is it that our city leaders are not as concerned about the amount we all pay for gas here in Craig?

Andy and Karol Bullen: 'Childish argument'

To the editor: This is an open letter to the Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commission about the lack of agreement between the parties regarding space in the Moffat County Public Safety Center. These two elected bodies represent and are paid by essentially the same group of voters. Their law enforcement agencies and infrastructure are financed by that same group of voters.

Craig Briefs: Preparations underway for John Jarvie Winter Festival

The John Jarvie Winter Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the historic John Jarvie Ranch at Browns Park. The event is free and open to the public. In anticipation of the event, the ranch has been decorated in a historical re-creation of an authentic 1880s Christmas. The Jarvie Store has also been decorated with a holiday tree and ornaments.

Bill Snare: deer good for tourism

To the editor: This is regarding the problem of deer within city limits. After decades of living amongst deer, I have never been attacked by one. In these decades, I have also had the opportunity to observe the behavior of the human species.

H. Neal Glanville: A chat with Mr. Weak Side

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I, such as you should be, am reasonably thankful we’ve made it this far. Though it is confusing that the day after Thanksgiving has been given the same name as the day the stock market crashed in 1929. This past Tuesday, on that Wally world street with its own landing strip from the Planet Stupid, all the major retail stores posted losses.

Janet Sheridan: My father, the giant

My dad’s birthday was last Wednesday, two weeks after mine. We shared the plunge-into-winter month of November and the same reply when Mom asked what kind of cake we wanted for our celebratory dinners: raisin cake with caramel frosting. When I think of my dad, I find I tend to remember the ordinary and unremarkable more than the momentous. The life he lived day by day weaves the fabric of my memories.

Sports Briefs: No league play for Craig BCA Pool League on Sunday, Monday

The Craig BCA Pool League will not host its regular league nights on Sunday or Monday at The Popular Bar in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. League play will continue at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 with Sunday night 8-ball. For more information on the Craig BCA Pool League, call Jolene Walls at 620-0056.

Stubborn dad concerns woman

Dear Annie: Both of my parents are in their mid-80s. My father has become rather frail, but won't admit it, and my mother requires a walker to get around. Over the past 30 years, they have had several lovely dogs. The last one, "Rex," passed away last summer. I believe lack of exercise and a poor diet contributed much to his declining health. Rather than make sure Rex got regular walks, my father allowed the dog to forget his house training. Although Dad did his best to "clean up," the accumulation left in the carpets created an overwhelming stench.

Horoscope for Nov. 26

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Be mindful of your past experiences or those of your companions when plotting a course of action. Don't allow someone with little knowledge do the thinking or direct the group. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Don't hesitate to request a favor from someone you helped in the past. This person has been looking for a way to reciprocate, and will jump at the chance to do so for you.

Baumgardner, White gear up for state legislative session

Economy, jobs, budget and tourism top priorities

State Rep. Randy Baum­gard­ner said he has a focused plan heading into the 2011 state legislative session starting in early January. Baumgardner, a Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs who represents House District 57, said the upcoming session will be all about the economy and making Colorado a “more business friendly state.”

Thursday, November 25

Members of Moffat County community thankful for many things this year

Thankful to have friends, family Thanksgiving dinner, we all think of gathering with family and friends to enjoy a bountiful meal. When the food has been spread across the table most families go around the table with each guest saying aloud what they are thankful for. Usually giving answers such as family and friends, employment and the food that has been provided. While I believe all of us are thankful for these things, I have always found that I am thankful for my family and friends being with me on this particular day!

Michelle Balleck: Gobble, gobble & ho, ho, ho

Happy Thanksgiving! I think that’s all the introduction to fun we need this weekend. So, enjoy stuffing your face, relaxing on the couch and catching some football. Oh, and hanging with family, of course.

Craig Balloon Fest committee to explore expansion

The Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival committee recently got some “wonderful news,” committee member Randy Looper said. Looper was talking about the Moffat County Commission’s decision Tuesday to allow the committee to host the second annual balloon festival in Loudy-Simpson Park, located south of Craig. The commission approved, 3-0, to close the park for the festival and to waive the park fee for the committee, save for extra county personnel and other expenses.

Craig Mayor sends deer letter to DOW

The Craig City Council examined Tuesday a letter Craig Mayor Don Jones drafted for the Colorado Division of Wildlife regarding recent discussions about managing the city’s deer population. The letter is an update, of sorts, as to what options originally presented by the DOW are still being considered by the city council, have been eliminated or need to be further examined in order for the council to rule on them. The letter is also a result of last week’s Craig deer committee meeting, which fostered several concerns and ideas about the DOW’s recommended plans for removing a portion of the city’s deer.

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Bad Dogs take home 11 top finishes at tourney

Cody Pleasant has a lot to be thankful for this holiday. Besides getting his arm out of a cast quickly and relatively painlessly, he recently performed a personal best in a wrestling tournament. Pleasant was one of 27 young athletes representing the Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program at Saturday’s Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament in Gypsum.

Datebook for Nov. 25

There is no city of Craig residential trash service today. All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Thanksgiving through Sunday. Branches are scheduled to reopen Monday. 4 to 6 p.m. A free Thanksgiving meal is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The meal is open to anyone. Call 824-5330.

Craig Briefs: Craig coffee party meeting Saturday

The Craig coffee party is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the back room at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. A topic of discussion will be the Nov. 2 election. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Chris, Brenda and Travis Walsh: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Russell Walsh would like to thank all of you who brought food, cards, etc., to the home of George and Ann Kidder. A list of names was not given to us, so we have no way of knowing who you are. If there are items such as coolers, food dishes, etc., that we need to get back to you, please let us know and we will see to it that they are returned.

The Ketchum family: Thanks for kind wishes

To the editor: The family of Marty Ketchum would like to thank everyone who sent cards, kind words, and food and refreshments in our time of sorrow. A special thanks to Pastor John Turner and Tim Jantz for the wonderful services.

Annie's Mailbox: Much to be thankful for

Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are fortunate enough to be spending the holiday with family and friends, and that you remembered those who are alone today and would love to be part of your family on this occasion. For those readers who are spending the day volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens, bless you for your kind hearts and generosity of spirit. Many families have had a difficult year, and it may be hard to think of things to be grateful for, so we have provided some reminders:

Horoscope for Nov. 25

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — An important matter that has caused you considerable concern is on track to be concluded to your satisfaction. Now is the time to show faith in those who are involved. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You are likely to learn that several of your friends followed to the letter an example you recently set. There is no reason why you shouldn’t feel flattered — pat yourself on the back! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Because financial trends are currently surging in your favor, if you take advantage of them and handle your affairs properly, your returns could be far greater than even you anticipate.

Wednesday, November 24

On the Record for Nov. 24, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 24, 2010

Moffat County Commission OKs mineral sale bids

Christmas came early for Moffat County this year. Or, at least that’s how Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers feels about a recent county mineral lease sale, which netted various county organizations an estimated $3.2 million. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, to accept the results of a sealed bid auction and recommendation for sale of 13,463.65 acres of minerals, which provided an estimated $2.49 million in revenue to the county and $785,983.81 to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Judge sentences escapee to 15 years in prison

A man who walked away from a Moffat County Jail work detail in the summer was sentenced Monday in Moffat County District Court for escape and burglary. Brian Nuebel pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Shelley Hill to second-degree burglary of a building, a Class 4 felony, and escape, a Class 3 felony.

Over a Cup: A couple of Thanksgiving recipe favorites

Thanksgiving is Thursday, so cooks everywhere have been searching for their favorite family recipes. Have you ever noticed how popular plates of “finger foods” are with Thanksgiving guests? For example, guests are drawn to “veggies” and a dip, arranged on a pretty serving plate. Nibbling on celery and carrots helps keep hunger in check as the main course dishes are set out. And then in the evening, after the meal has settled, guests can’t resist a plate of cookies.

Sports Spotlight: Larissa Grammer

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Diving How did you get your start in your sport? “I was a gymnast growing up, and we moved away for a few years, and when we came back to Craig, due to the commitment involved in gymnastics, I ended up picking diving instead, just to try it out, and ended up really liking it.”

TMH chef shares easy, healthy holiday appetizer recipes

Mark Stanczak, executive chef for The Memorial Hospital, has shared some easy and healthy appetizer recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday. “These are a few of my favorite appetizers for the holidays,” he said. “They are lower in fat, with full flavor.”

Editorial: The right reasons

It hasn’t been the easiest of years for many in our country, or community. A troubled and uncertain economy has claimed jobs, reduced incomes and caused stress for many families across the United States, not to mention Craig and Moffat County. While an end to these hard financial times is perhaps the best gift our country could receive nearing the end of the year, it’s not realistic to expect that wish will come true just yet.

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Craig City Council declines Moffat County's safety center offer

The Craig City Council declined Tuesday night the Moffat County Commission’s sale price for the Craig Police Department’s space at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Although no formal action was taken, Craig Mayor Don Jones said the city can’t afford the commission’s asking price. At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, the county commission approved, 3-0, offering the city a one-time purchase price for the police department’s space totaling $1.083 million.

Sports Briefs: Yampa Valley APA league standings

The following are results for the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association in the 11th week of league play. The YVAPA plays at locations around Northwest Colorado, including Mathers Lounge in Craig, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Steamboat Springs, and Rifle Moose Lodge, The Texan, The Sports Corner and Cheermeisters in Rifle.

Datebook for Nov. 24

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 3:30 p.m. An Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The program is for adults ages 50 and older. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7676.

Illena Updike: Solution for deer issue

To the editor: I have been reading all the letters on the deer that are in town. For a long time, they were in the country and that was great with all the people. Now they are in town and causing a lot of conflict.

Bob Grubb: Article ‘hit the spot’

To the editor: As a counterpoint to the letter by Emily Nagle, I found Diane West’s article hit the spot. I understand Islam to be a violent religion with Shariah Law being its oppressive extension over all of the societal areas it conquers. Islam may have started as a nonviolent faith, but once it tasted blood at Medina in Arabia, it gradually changed into a land-hungry empire, sweeping in five bloody centuries in Asia Minor to India and through North Africa into Spain.

Craig Briefs: Upcoming banquet to include auctions

Ducks Unlimited will host a banquet Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Social hour and games will begin at 4 p.m., with dinner slated for 6 p.m. A live and silent auction will follow. Items up for auction include several guns, a Labrador puppy, a sporting clay shoot for four people, art and gift items.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman fed up with step-son’s lifestyle, treatment of dad

Dear Annie: I am running out of patience with my 24-year-old stepson. “Andy” lives with his mother, but in the same town we do. Since his senior year in high school, he has never finished anything he starts. He has tried college three different times at my husband’s expense. He simply quits going to class. He tried the military, but washed out after a week.

Horoscope for Nov. 24

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Follow that old saying: “If you can’t find something nice to say about someone, say nothing at all.” Any critique you make could end up sounding abrasive and mean-spirited. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Be careful how you treat someone who has always cooperated with you in the past. If you fail to support him/her, this person won’t get your back the next time you need his/her help.

Tuesday, November 23

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Bulldogs receive gridiron honors

Eight players named to WSL first team, honorable mention

Moffat County High School seniors Brady Conner and CJ Walt spent much of their spare time during the football season getting their bodies in peak physical condition. The two were focused on having their best year yet on the gridiron. Although the final results weren’t everything they hoped to achieve during their time training, the work still paid off.

County makes city offer on Moffat County Public Safety Center space

City to consider purchase of space for $1.083 million

The Moffat County Commission made an offer to the City of Craig on Tuesday for purchase of the Craig Police Department’s space at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, to offer the city a one-time purchase price for the police department’s space totaling $1.083 million.

On the Record for Nov. 23, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 23, 2010

Secretary Salazar appoints Craig residents to BLM advisory board

Appointees will advise BLM officials on public land issues

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced five appointments Friday to the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, a board that advises the BLM on area public land issues. Three Craig residents were among the appointments.

Hayden's mayor-elect Chuck Grobe moving to Craig

Grobe steps down, leaving town after 32 years

Chuck Grobe said last week was the roughest of his life. Hayden’s mayor-elect stepped down from the Hayden Town Council after more than 10 years. And Grobe and his wife, Julie, have decided to leave the community they have called home for the past 32 years.

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Hayden airport doing pat-downs but doesn’t have full-body scanners

One of the busiest travel weeks of the year shouldn’t affect those flying into and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Monday that with the winter air schedule yet to begin, there still are only two inbound and two outbound flights a day.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 23

It was the week before Thanksgiving, and there was turkey that I did eat. I want to thank all of you folks who had Thanksgiving meals for seniors. It was, and will always be, a very special treat. I am enjoying the Christmas music and as usual, I’ll probably be one of the people who wait until the last minute. But, I won’t be last on birthdays.

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Puck Ewes hockey falls to 0-3

Now in her ninth year playing for the women’s hockey team, the Craig Puck Ewes, Terri Jourgensen enjoys the sport this season just as much as she did in any other year. But, the team’s first few games this year have been a little less enjoyable for her. “It’s always a lot of fun, just not as much when you’re losing,” she said.

Suicide prevention event aims to reach students, Craig community

The decision to host an event with a well-known suicide prevention speaker and his “very moving” documentary was an easy one for Ronna Autrey. Autrey, the suicide prevention coordinator for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said she wants to reach students and residents who may be depressed or having suicidal thoughts. A great way to accomplish that goal is through Bryce Mackie’s documentary, “Eternal High,” Autrey said.

Suicide risk higher during holiday season

Suicide numbers for the Yampa Valley are already high for the year. There have been five suicide deaths in Moffat County thus far this year and 10 in Routt County. “I’m sick about Routt. We had five last year and we’re double,” said Ronna Autrey, suicide prevention coordinator for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide. “But, it ties in with the state numbers and the whole country being up.”

Craig Briefs: Honor Flight seeks veterans for trip

The Western Slope Honor Flight is actively seeking World War II veterans and guardians for its fourth flight to Washington, D.C., on May 4 and 5, 2011. Applications for both veterans and guardians can be accessed at, or by calling Kris Baugh at (970) 434-2916. Applications can be mailed to Western Slope Honor Flight, P.O. Box 3950, Grand Junction 81502.

Datebook for Nov. 23

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Bulldog sports for Nov. 23

Today 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade boys Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade boys Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Bad Dog Wrestling: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Bad Dogs would like to thank the following for supporting us at the barbecue cook-off: Severson Supply, with a special thanks to Les Christiansen from Meadow Gold, and all the patrons who purchased ice cream.

Karen Vassek: No ‘problem’ with deer

To the editor: I have read all the letters concerning the “deer problem” in Craig. I personally feel there is no problem. I love them here and so does everyone I have talked to. We have watched many fawns grow up, including some triplets. I love to watch all the deer in our yards.

Annie's Mailbox: Grandmother upset

Dear Annie: When my husband retired, our daughter asked us to move near her because she was expecting twins. We took care of the children every day. Two years ago, our daughter announced she was getting a cat. Unfortunately, I am allergic to cats and cannot take allergy shots because they conflict with my heart medication.

Monday, November 22

More deer options sought by Craig committee

Riley: Committee agreed DOW options as presented are ‘not acceptable’

A recent meeting of the small Craig deer committee produced a strong message that the Craig City Council should consider slowing talks about a proposed removal plan for the city’s deer population, council member Jennifer Riley said. Riley and Mayor Don Jones met with the four-person committee Thursday to discuss how the city council should move forward with a three-tiered deer removal plan recommended by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, she said.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Due Date’ a familiar road movie with good guffaws

There are worse things than being trapped in a Subaru Impreza with a talentless actor, his ugly dog and a coffee can full of human ashes. Nothing jumps to mind immediately, but the makers of “Due Date” show us that circumstances can always get worse.

On the Record for Nov. 22, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 22, 2010

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Wiggins wants investigator Joe DeAngelo as his undersheriff

Sheriff-elect wants former DA’s Office investigator as undersheriff

Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins wants investigator Joe DeAngelo to be his undersheriff. DeAngelo, however, isn’t sure he’s ready to move back to Northwest Colorado.

Sports Spotlight: Austin Gabbert

Sports Spotlight: Austin Gabbert

Sports briefs: Football team awards banquet set for tonight

The Moffat County High School football team will host its end-of-the-season awards banquet at 6 p.m. today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The event will include a potluck dinner in the school cafeteria and an awards ceremony in the auditorium. This event is open to members of the football team and their families. For more information, call Richard Wildenhaus at 826-6553.

H. Neal Glanville: Lems-fertile and trips to Planet Stupid

We are wandering into my favorite time of year. I know how could a fish-aholic even daydream of winter as a favorite time of year? I don’t have a clue; you’ll have to ask the weak side. Anyway, it would seem we’ve come to terms with the tree huggers’ outcry over the deer cruising town. After all, it’s gone to committee and there’s enough snow on the ground that the splintered branch of the tree hugger party — I think it’s called “knot heads” — will start their campaigning over the poor little dears being all cold and hungry for the next five to six months.

Datebook for Nov. 22

Monday, Nov. 22 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Christmas tree permits now on sale

Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. Each permit, which costs $10, allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household, according to the release.

Craig Briefs: Upcoming banquet to include dinner, auctions

Salvation Army seeking volunteer bell ringers The Salvation Army’s Craig Service Extension Unit is looking for as many as 100 people to volunteer as bell ringers this holiday season. The annual kettle drive begins Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The Salvation Army is hoping to have three kettles — outside City Market, Walmart and Kmart. Half- or full-day shifts are available. Hours for a full shift are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone interested should call LuAnn Kline at The Journey at First Baptist at 824-5926.

Business Beat: Capture your family’s holiday moment

A Moment’s Focus is offering family photo mini sessions this holiday season. They include a 30-minute sitting session, online gallery and 25 pre-designed holiday cards for a total of $50. These sessions are available from now until Dec. 5.

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Lighting the Way: Parade of Lights accepting float applications

Craig Lions Club president Al Shepherd said he doesn’t know how many years the annual Parade of Lights has rolled down Yampa Avenue. But, Shepherd had a quick answer anyway. “A lot,” he said with a laugh.

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My Life, My Words: Donna Aldridge: Never too early for the holidays

“I’ve been here with Walgreens for two years. I love it. It’s a nice store to work for. It’s very family-oriented and very down-to-earth. I love it. And being a local, it’s very nice. We’ve had a lot more hunter traffic lately. We have been getting people in for holiday stuff. We’ve also had a lot of senior citizens come in because we offer the senior discount rate.

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CMS basketball teams top Steamboat, Rangely

Eighth-grade A team hoops season stands 10-0

Craig Middle School basketball coach Steve Loveland has had a hot streak in his first season. And, he plans to keep the heat on all competing teams through the December district tournament. The eighth-grade A team holds an undefeated record for the season, standing as the top team in the area at 10-0. Loveland reminded his team of this fact as they got pumped up before their Thursday game against Steamboat Springs, the last home game of the season.

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First Congregational hosts annual Thanksgiving meal for congregation, Craig community

Vicki Burns, member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, had her hands full Sunday. The church is between ministers, she said. Former pastor Bob Woods is in the process of relocating to northern California, and incoming pastor Virginia Taylor won’t begin her work in Craig until mid-December.

Saturday, November 20

Moffat County mulls revamping track

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he has a clear idea of why the commission is working to foster community interest about developing new management and operations of the county’s motocross track. Mathers said he’s interested in the potential tourism and economic benefits of a motocross track to the area. “There is an economic benefit to it,” he said. “Although dirt biking might not be really, really high profile here, in other parts of the country, it is. If you get on the circuit, they would have races here, which they have had in the past, and it looks like a little city out there.

Sports Spotlight: Emily Kendall

Age: 12, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Sport: Cheerleading How did you get your start in your sport? “I wanted to do something new because I’ve done soccer and volleyball and other sports. I just haven’t ever been a cheerleader so I decided to do it.”

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A dog and dialogue in Craig

The distinct smells of cooking hot dogs and onions came from a new business with a quirky name — The Keener Weener. Craig resident Murray Fenstermacher parked his truck Friday nearby. As Fenstermacher walked to the small hot dog stand in the parking lot of the Centennial Mall, his Pomeranian dog, Alvin, began to bark from inside the car.

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‘Sound’ soars on stage in Moffat County

Kat Thompson said playing Maria Rainer in the “The Sound of Music” is a daunting task. Beyond singing the highs and lows, hitting the marks and remembering the lines, she’s also filling some big shoes. The character Maria was made iconic by Julie Andrews nearly 50 years ago in the film version — a movie that won five Oscars and the hearts of millions worldwide.

Craig-area highway to be dedicated to war hero

William Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot serving in Vietnam, was killed trying to evacuate wounded soldiers from a hostile area in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military achievement. Adams, a former Craig resident, will receive another posthumous honor Nov. 27 when a segment of Colorado Highway 13 is dedicated as the Major William Adams Medal of Honor Highway.

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David Bradshaw begins tenure as MCHS boys basketball coach

Season after season, adjustments must be made as teams revamp their lineups and learn what kind of talents new blood brings to the table. The same can be true of new coaches, as they gauge what they have to work with in their roster. But, David Bradshaw, the new head basketball coach at Moffat County High School, has quickly familiarized himself with his team in the days leading up to the season opener.

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Adult learners travel to New York City on CNCC-guided trip

Mary Morris said she leads a charmed life. “I have the best job,” she said. “And, I have the best students.” Morris is the director of community education and public information for Colorado Northwestern Community College. The position, she said, requires travel.

Datebook for Nov. 20

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Valley Artisans Holiday Market takes place at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The market includes door prizes, refreshments, pottery, jewelry, photography, cards, food gifts, art and more. 1 to 3 p.m. New Creation Church hosts an open house at 520 Westridge Road. Light refreshments are served. Call the church office at 826-0792. 2 p.m. The Moffat County High School Theatre Department presents “The Sound of Music” at the school’s auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The cost is $5 per person.

Craig Briefs: Church to host open house at new home

New Creation Church is hosting an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church’s new facility, 520 Westridge Road. The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the church’s office at 826-0792 or e-mail

Paul and Mona Blee: Waiting for justice

To the editor: We once heard someone say that justice delayed is justice denied, and we certainly agree with that. Thirty-one years ago this Thanksgiving, justice for our family was delayed and therefore denied. Our daughter, Marie, left home to go to a dance in Craig and never made it home. We were denied ever seeing her again, to see her dressed up for her prom, to see her graduate from school, denied the pleasure of walking her down the aisle for her wedding, perhaps seeing our grandchildren.

Diane Prather: 4-H Achievement Night — part II

Last week’s story featured part I of the awards presented to 4-H members during the annual Achievement Night. This week’s story is a continuation of the awards. • Best Photo Award (Grand Champion Best Photo at the fair) — Rebekkah Carslay (Intermediate Class Champion). • Outstanding Dog Exhibitor Award (points earned through obedience, showmanship and record book scores) — Emma Balstad. • Outstanding Poultry Exhibitor (points earned through showmanship, record book and leader scores) — Hannah Coy.

Over a Cup: A white chili recipe from Texas

I enjoy hearing from my readers. This past week, for example, I received several letters and phone calls from readers, and we talked about everything from piecrust to roasting pumpkin seeds. Call or write anytime.

Lila Herod: Thank you, voters

To the editor: I want to send a big thank you to all the voters of Moffat County. Thank you for your support of my candidacy for Moffat County Clerk and Recorder. This has definitely been an interesting and challenging year. After my campaign was challenged under the federal Hatch Act and I was forced to resign my 20 years of employment with Moffat County, I thought this would be the longest and most depressing and dreadful year.

Emily Nagle: Work towards equality

To the editor: I found the article by Diana West in the Nov. 11 newspaper offensive. I’m not saying that Shariah is good by any means, however her article lets on that Islam is a violent religion. As someone with a bachelor’s in theology, I have not found that any religion is necessarily violent. Instead it is the people who practice it and the way they interpret it. Some of my best friends are Muslim, and every Muslim in America that I have met are some of the most compassionate people I know. And I’ve met a lot of Christians who are the most violent people I know.

Government update for Nov. 23

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Annie's Mailbox: Husband worried about wife’s moods

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Lori,” a wonderful woman, for six months. I’ve never been happier and wouldn’t change my life for the world. The problem is, Lori allows every little thing to get to her, and I get hit with the backlash. The list of things that can send her over the edge is endless — one of her kids gets in trouble, her mother annoys her, she’s feeling a little under the weather.

Horoscope for Nov. 20

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Improvements in conditions affecting your material security are likely to come about, not so much from your efforts as from those of certain interested parties. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Put forth the effort and you’ll quickly discover how you can turn things to your personal advantage. It’s a case of taking charge of developments instead of outsiders taking charge of you.

Friday, November 19

Andy Bockelman: First half of ‘Harry Potter’ finale has viewers ready for Round 2

Would-be wizards and witches, have your wands at the ready. The newest entry in the saga of the most famous magic-maker of the millennium has hit theaters, and you may want to have something to grab onto. And the constant sense of impending danger is only half the story in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1.”

On the Record for Nov. 19, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 19, 2010

NWRAC set to meet in Grand Junction

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will host its quarterly meeting Dec. 2 in Grand Junction. The Resource Advisory Council is scheduled to meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., in Grand Junction, according to a news release.

MCHS student council organizes new student welcoming program

Joseph Callahan, a junior at Moffat County High School, is a newcomer to Craig. “It’s a lot better than my last town,” Callahan said of his new surroundings. “My last town was kind of dumb.” Callahan moved to Craig with his family last summer from Idaho. He was a new student to MCHS when classes began in August.

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 19

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.19

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Boys, girls begin youth basketball season in Craig

For Leon Harrington and Brad King, basketball is about more than athleticism. It’s about having the chance to bond with their daughters. “She’s probably taught me more than I’ve taught her,” Leon said of his 11-year-old daughter, Brianna. The Craig Youth Basketball season is in full swing, with games starting at the beginning of November.

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Laura Willems reaches 25-year anniversary with social services in Moffat County

It was Nov. 1, 1985, and Craig native Laura Willems’ first day at the Moffat County Department of Social Services. Willems had just been hired as a part-time, temporary employee to handle cases for the low income energy assistance program, also known as LEAP. But, what happened when she walked through the department’s doors for the first time 25 years ago came as quite a surprise, she said.

Moffat County School Board addresses SAFE2TELL

Moffat County School Board member Tony St. John posed a question at the end of Thursday night’s board meeting. “Do we know if the SAFE2TELL program is working for our kids?” he asked. SAFE2TELL is a nonprofit organization that helps students deal with bullying or harassment.

Craig Briefs: Honor Flight seeks veterans for trip

The Western Slope Honor Flight is actively seeking World War II veterans and guardians for their fourth flight to Washington, D.C., on May 4 and 5, 2011. Applications for both veterans and guardians can be accessed at, or by calling Kris Baugh at 434-2916.

Sports Briefs: Football team banquet set for Monday

The Moffat County High School football team will host its end-of-the-season awards banquet at 6 p.m. Monday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The event will include a potluck dinner in the school cafeteria and an awards ceremony in the auditorium. This event is offered only to members of the football team and their families.

Restaurant gets ‘5 stars’

To the editor: I just wanted people in Craig to know Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill is outstanding.

Datebook for Nov. 19

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. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Moffat and Routt counties Council on Aging, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well Program present a free workshop on the Medicare Part D (Prescription) Plan and Medicare Health Plan updates. Attendees should take their Medicare card and prescriptions. Call Cathy at 826-0807.

Horoscope for Nov. 19

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — One of the qualities of your sign is that there is nothing wishy-washy about you. When events call for a strong character, you’ll be the first one to stand up and be noticed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You are likely to team up again with someone with whom you’ve been successful in the past. You’ll most likely use similar means to achieve another collective goal.

Annie's Mailbox: Couple concerned for grandchildren

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law have a 14-year-old son and a well-endowed 12-year-old daughter, and the two of them behave like lovers. They will sit crammed together in the same chair with their arms wrapped around each other, holding hands with their legs entwined. If he goes outside, she follows. Their bodies are constantly touching each other.

Thursday, November 18

Janet Sheridan: Some lesser joys

One year during Thanksgiving dinner, between the blessing on the food and the passing of potatoes, Mom asked us to express gratitude. “Mention something meaningful,” she said with a stern look at Dad. “Don’t talk about pumpkin pie or being happy your belt expands.” We started strong. We talked about good health, our grandparents, and Lawrence home from Korea.

On the Record for Nov. 18, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 18, 2010

Police arrest two Craig men suspected of burglary, trespassing, theft, mischief

Two Craig residents were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing, theft and criminal mischief, according to a news release from the Craig Police Department. Shane Meimerstorf, 38, and Scott Steckel, 36, were arrested after an investigation by police officers allegedly found them in possession of various tools and a bicycle reported missing.

Craig city officials make safety center offer

Mayor Don Jones did not comment on dollar amount

Craig city officials have made an offer to Moffat County concerning the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center, mayor Don Jones said Wednesday. The offer was made during a meeting Tuesday night, the mayor said. He said he wouldn’t comment on the dollar figure attached to the offer. Releasing the amount of the offer, Jones said, “wouldn’t be fair to both parties” and the city would keep the specifics of the offer under wraps until county officials discuss it.

17 local artists to sell works Saturday at The Center of Craig

Local artist Sue Jones will be wading into the world of commerce for the first time this weekend. “I give most of it away,” Jones said of her handcrafted beadwork. “This is going to be an experiment.” The experiment, which organizers have dubbed the Yampa Valley Artisans Holiday Market, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The event will combine 17 local artists under one roof to sell pottery, jewelry, photography, handcrafts and more.

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Northwest Colorado coal production decreasing

The coal industry was once in a time of high optimism, riding a wave of “robust” production levels, Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson said. The year was 2004, and the state’s coal industry was producing 40 million tons of coal. “At that point in time, it looked as though we had the potential to hit 50 million tons,” he said. “Demand for energy was increasing and the export markets were robust.”

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Basketball, wrestling practices begin at Moffat County High School

After several months of playing outdoor sports, the boys of Moffat County High School are still hard at work in a different location: the school’s indoor facilities. The boys basketball and wrestling teams officially kicked off practices this week, preparing for the upcoming seasons. David Bradshaw, in his first year as the basketball team’s head coach, had his players attend open gym sessions last week before starting regular practices.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Megamind’ is hardly thought-provoking, but still a fun cartoon

A life of super-villainy is a lonely one and not for the faint of heart. Why do you think Lex Luthor is such a grouch? The title character of “Megamind” can sympathize, not only in the disappointment of being foiled time and again but also in the ostracism involved with having a head that looks like a bowling ball.

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Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families changes name to Connections 4 Kids

The organization formerly known as Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families rolled out a new name and logo during its Tuesday board meeting. The group is now called Connections 4 Kids. Coordinator Barb West said the reason for the name change is simple.

Sports Briefs: CMS boys basketball to play Steamboat

The Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams will play rivals Steamboat Springs today starting at 4:30 p.m. in the CMS gym, 915 Yampa Ave. In the team’s last meeting in Steamboat, the eighth-graders won and the seventh-graders lost. Most recently, the Bulldogs played Meeker at home Nov. 13.

Moffat County school board agendas for Nov. 18

Moffat County School Board work session When: 4 p.m. today Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

David H. Burns: Agree to disagree

To the editor: The question is 2B or not to be a deer. In America, we agree to disagree civilly. I voted against measure 2B because of its unilateral imposition. I considered its language, rate and intent. I concluded it was unfair to invite company to Craig and ask them to pay an extra 6.9 percent for the privilege. I saw a full-page ad, sponsored by a group endorsing the measure, I think it was actually after its defeat at the polls. I couldn’t understand what the intent of that ad was. It was confusing. It was typically bureaucratic and numbing.

Francisco Reina: Good work, soccer team

To the editor: This is to congratulate the Moffat County High School soccer team for a great year and all the hard work each player put into each game throughout the season. Remember, winning or losing is not important. It’s all about having fun.

Datebook for Nov. 18

8 a.m. The Moffat County Commission hosts a special meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. See the meeting agenda on page 8. Call 824-5517. 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. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Craig Briefs: Medicare updates presented Friday

Local organizations are presenting a free workshop for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the second floor computer lab I at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 College Drive. It will cover the Medicare Part D (Prescription) Plan and Medicare Health Plan updates.

Mark Parchman: Thoughts about deer

To the editor: I’d like to present some ideas for your consideration on the deer subject. Many have said we should fence the deer out of our yards. So, let’s present a mill increase to the voters to help. Many people can’t afford the price of fencing. That’s not fair to them and we could all share the pain with a levy increase. We can require a tax return and billing statements to see if they qualify.

Rachel May: Helping a good cause

To the editor: After reading some of the articles in the newspaper regarding the deer issue in town, I was discussing with some friends about what we could do to limit the deer in town.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for Nov. 18

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Horoscope for Nov. 18

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you do very little but expect a whole lot back in return, you’re in for a major disappointment. Unfortunately, your rewards will be commensurate to the work you put out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You’ll come off better working with small groups right now, so be careful where you go. Don’t inadvertently get yourself involved with large crowds. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you’re getting together with a group for a specific purpose, you must be careful not to invite anyone who wouldn’t naturally fit in, because the wrong type could upset the applecart.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife concerned over hubby’s relationship with ex

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 11 years. We both were married twice before, and both of my ex-husbands left me for other women. My husband recently re-established e-mail, text and phone contact with his former fiance, who broke off their relationship nearly 20 years ago.

Wednesday, November 17

Michelle Balleck: Ready yourself for the holiday rush

This weekend is all about resting up for the holidays and working ahead if you can. Enjoy a relaxing night at the theater and do some early Christmas shopping for items made locally. Plus, “Harry Potter” comes to town, if you’re into it. But whatever you choose for fun this weekend, be sure to get rested and get ready for the holiday season upon us.

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2010

Basketball, wrestling practices begin at Moffat County High School

After several months of playing outdoor sports, the boys of Moffat County High School are still hard at work in a different location: the school’s indoor facilities. The boys basketball and wrestling teams officially kicked off practices this week, preparing for their upcoming seasons.

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TMH donates 2,650 pounds of food to St. Michael’s Kitchen in Craig

Susan Domer, a volunteer at St. Michael’s Kitchen, was pushing a cart loaded with 150 pounds of potatoes Tuesday. “I don’t know where to put these,” Domer said. “I guess that’s a good problem.” The “good problem” was a result of a 2,650-pound food donation by the employees of The Memorial Hospital.

Dental Coalition in Craig receives $146K in grant money

Janet Pearcey, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, said patient demand outstrips capacity at the nonprofit dental clinic on Yampa Avenue. “There continues to be a huge need,” Pearcey said. However, the clinic has recently received two grants to help cope with demand.

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Practices underway for MCHS girls winter sports teams

Standing by the edge of the Moffat County High School swimming pool Tuesday afternoon, freshman Regina Acosta was ready to begin her first day on the girls swim team. Although she has had little experience in the pool, seeing her teammates practicing laps and soaring off the diving board gave her a good feeling about her new sport. “It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said.

Moffat County wants dialogue with new governor

Governor-elect John Hickenlooper’s approach to managing Colorado’s natural resources is somewhat of a mystery to Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, he said. That’s all the more reason why Mathers wants to sit down and discuss land policy with the governor to be, he said. “I guess I’d like to meet with him and talk with him and let him know how important our natural resources are not only to just us in Moffat County, but as revenue in the state to help balance the budget,” he said. “I’d like him to help us develop our natural resources, which would help him balance the state budget.

EDP board meeting agenda for Nov. 17

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13

Sports Briefs: Craig BCA Pool League weekly score update

The following are the latest scores for the Craig BCA Pool League following the 10th week of play. League nights are at 5 p.m. Sundays and at 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar:

Clarence Corriveau: Deer problem ‘solvable’

To the editor: Oh, what a tangled web we weave. The deer “problem” is infinitely solvable. Individually. Repellants seem to be Cabela’s solution.

Craig Briefs: TMH board meeting to discuss budget

The Memorial Hospital Board is scheduled to host a workshop at 6 p.m. today in conference rooms A, B and C at the hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Road. The sole item listed on the meeting’s agenda is a discussion about TMH’s 2011 budget.

Editorial: Respect part of routine

The list of Veterans Day-related services and ceremonies was impressive last week in Craig and Moffat County, our small community that exhibits fairly extraordinary acts of patriotism on a fairly ordinary basis. The list included an educational and honorable presentation at Moffat County High School; a thoughtful luncheon for veterans and their families hosted by a local business; a dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265; and the culmination of a fundraiser for veterans at a local bowling alley.

Datebook for Nov. 17

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags on all state and federal buildings be lowered to half staff today in honor of two fallen Army soldiers — Sgt. Aaron B. Cruttenden, 25, and Spc. Dale J. Kridlo, 33. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served each week lunchtime. Call 871-7676.

Sam Seales: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The Golden Cavvy would like to thank all of the wonderful people who volunteered to be our mystery and celebrity waiters and waitresses for our Christmas for Kids fundraiser. It was a huge success. You raised a total of $2,600, way over our goal. And a big thank you to all of our customers who generously donated.

MCHS: Thanks for participating

To the editor: On behalf of the students and staff at Moffat County High School, we would like to thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 for participating in the Veterans Day service. The ceremonies were educational and memorable.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife worried about husband’s ex

Dear Annie: I have been with “Ted” for a year. He is a wonderful man, and I love every moment we spend together. But he talks to his ex-wife on a regular basis. She left him after a 13-year relationship, and they had no children together. Yet, he still tells her he loves her and talks to her exactly the same way he talks to me.

New Hayden town manager praised

David Torgler had successful 8 years as city administrator in Wisconsin

David Torgler didn’t spend much time at his previous two jobs, but a former boss said the new Hayden town manager would be an asset to the community. Claude Lois, who was mayor of Bur­lington, Wis., from 2000 to 2008 and was a member of the city council before that, said Torgler, who was city administrator, jumped into his position with both feet.

Horoscope for Nov. 17

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Make certain the buck stops with you if you make a serious gaffe; don’t resist taking any blame. You’ll gain the respect of others by ‘fessing up to the matter. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You normally tend to be a bit of a risk-taker, but it could end up hurting you if you take a financial gamble on limited information. It’ll be a case of what you don’t know hurting you.

Tuesday, November 16

US 40 reopens from Steamboat to Kremmling

The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the 50-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Kremmling at about 11:30p.m. Tuesday. It has been closed for about five hours because of adverse conditions.

Commission overturns MCTA decision

The Moffat County Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to overturn a recent decision made by the Moffat County Tourism Association Board. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, to reverse MCTA’s decision to give 30 days notice to cancel a memorandum of understanding with the Craig Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 1 concerning funding for the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Hayden voters approve property tax by 10 votes

Voters narrowly approve revenue-boosting measure for schools

By just 10 votes, Hayden voters approved a property tax increase that will generate additional revenue for the school district. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Tuesday that Hayden residents cast 505 ballots in favor of Referendum 3B, while 495 opposed it — a 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent margin.

On the Record for Nov. 16, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 16, 2010

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MCHS' Rusty Cox named Western Slope League soccer coach of the year

It didn’t take long for Rusty Cox to see that his soccer team was going to be something special this year. “I could see the kids really realized they had a special group about two or three days into two-a-days,” the Moffat County High School boys soccer coach said. “They started to believe that I thought they’d be good. Of course, I’ve known that for a while.” Cox has helped coach the sophomores, juniors and seniors as he moved up the age groups since they were playing on small goals. The team and coach suffered through two losing seasons together. But, this year was a different story.

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Conference for women in Craig could become annual event

In February, Dee Byram said she felt a calling from God. The pivotal moment came when her husband, Lee, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, was at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver with their children on a mission trip. “I just had more time on my hands than I normally do,” Byram said. “I just had more time to spend with the Lord, and just felt like he laid this on my heart.”

Senior spotlight for Nov. 16

As Christmas gets closer, there are more things to do that come around again. Christmas for Seniors is in full swing. Any Moffat County senior citizen is eligible to receive a gift. Applications are available at the front desks at Sunset Meadows I and II, Moffat County United Way, and the Maybell Store.

Members appointed to deer committee in Craig

A small committee of residents has been organized to discuss and recommend a path of action for the Craig City Council to take regarding the management of the city’s deer population. City manager Jim Ferree said committee members have been chosen and a meeting date has been set for later this week. The members of the committee are residents Dave Watson, Dean Gent, Shannan Koucherik and Tim Ciesco, Ferree said.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 16

Wednesday 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Betty Gorbet: Not giving up on deer

To the editor: I attended the Craig City Council meeting last Tuesday and I must say that I was very disappointed. How can the mayor of this town be so arrogant to think that he has heard all of our concerns or ideas? I know he has definitely not heard mine.

Craig Briefs: Sandrock Ridge hosting craft fair

Sandrock Ridge hosting craft fair Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, 943 W. Eighth Dr., will host a holiday craft fair, which includes fall and Christmas items, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today. The fair is presented by the Knit-Wits Craft Club and Sandrock Ridge. Anyone is welcome to visit the fair.

Datebook for Nov. 16

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Brent Barnes: Do the ‘decent thing’

To the editor: This is a note to the creep or creeps that stole my wife’s purse Friday night out of our car on Stout Street. Thanks to you, we could not attend the Broncos game we had been planning for six months. Also, do you know how hard it is to replace the items that were in her purse, such as her driver’s license and photos of our kids, and also switching bank accounts and canceling cards, etc?

Jane Hume: Parade theme expanded

To the editor: The theme for the Parade of Lights floats this year has been expanded to include characters from children’s stories and Christmas stories, not from just one author. The Craig Lions Club and Downtown Business Association sponsor the Parade of Lights on the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year. The parade offers cash prizes for first-, second- and third- place and a traveling trophy for the best float, won by the Parrotheads in 2009, which is given at the starting point so it can be displayed on the float during the parade.

Shirley Simpson: More important things

To the editor: In this world we live in today, where there are jobs lost, homes gone, lost and hungry children, abandoned animals, crime on the rise, and drugs tearing apart families, why are there so few to reach out and help?

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Wrong turns can be right

Recently I have been having flashbacks to my time spent studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. I see myself running through the crooked and cobbled stone streets of a historical plaza, or sitting in local coffee shop midday with a glass of red wine and a Spanish book by my side. I see myself rushing through the subway, dropping everything in my hands and falling in love with the stranger who helped put my life back together, only to miss the train and class.

Horoscope for Nov. 16

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although you won’t be putting on any airs or affectations, you are likely to make a far more dynamic impression than usual on others, simply by relaxing and being the person you really are. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — By doing something different, such as preparing a special food that everybody likes or bringing home a person whom the entire family loves, you could make this day special and extremely upbeat.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife suspicious of ‘emotional affair’

Dear Annie: “Roy” and I have been married for 43 years. We have two married children and several grandchildren. We’ve had our share of problems, but I have always trusted him — until now. Roy retired three years ago. Recently, close friends of ours informed me that they saw him at a diner on the outskirts of town, having lunch with a female in a “cozy” booth.

Monday, November 15

Veteran Craig PD officer to take reins at ACET

Marvin Cameron, a Craig resident and longtime Craig Police Department officer, will soon become the new commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team. Cameron, 46, who has about 23 years of law enforcement experience, will replace Garrett Wiggins, who was elected Routt County Sheriff in the Nov. 2 general election.

On the Record for Nov. 15, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 15, 2010

Salvation Army looking for a few good volunteers in Moffat County

Shannan Koucherik is more than familiar with Moffat County’s cold winters. For the last 14 years, Koucherik has stood outside local businesses ringing bells as part of the Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive. Despite having rung a bell in below-freezing weather, it’s a tradition that Koucherik looks forward to each year.

Business Beat: A little bit more local

Holiday shopping dollars spent in Craig can go a long way

As many of you know, I am a big proponent of shopping locally. Normally around this time of year, I would be asking you to spend all of your holiday gift shopping money in Craig, but not this year. My request this time around is a little different.

My Life, My Words: Debbie Winder — The secret of being a grandma

“I grew up here. I was born in Utah, but I moved here when I was four. I’m 56. Craig has changed a lot over the years. We have a Walmart and we have more stores, more people. The power plant brought in more people. “We didn’t have the college back then, or the new high school. When I went to high school, it was where the middle school is now. We only had Sunset and East and Yampa — the Yampa Building was a school — as grade schools. And the middle school was where Sandrock Elementary is. So, I’m really old.

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Bowling for a cause in Craig

U.S. Army veteran Archie Albaugh served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He was in charge of artillery. “Most people run away from flying bullets,” Albaugh said. “We ran toward them because we wanted to take the shooters out.” On Saturday, however, Albaugh was focused on targets of a safer nature. Bowling pins.

Moffat County Libraries board meeting agenda for Nov. 15

When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Datebook for Nov. 15

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Craig Briefs: Newspaper seeks thankfulness pieces

In honor of Thanksgiving, on Nov. 25, the Craig Daily Press is soliciting written pieces about why you’re thankful this holiday season. Entries should be 150 words or fewer and should be e-mailed to Michelle Balleck at or dropped off at the Daily Press office, 466 Yampa Ave. Include the full name of the author, phone number and ages for those ages 18 and younger.

H. Neal Glanville: Cider or moonshine?

A few years ago, when wet behind the ears was commonplace, my worthless cousins would travel from the land of earthquakes and oranges to visit the “little people” living in Utah and Wyoming. News of their visit came by individual letter to each family they intended to invade along with an itinerary of what they expected to do during their occupation. Grandma and Ruthie would start cleaning as soon as they saw the postmark on the letter. They’d giggle like teenage girls talking about how big and handsome the boys would be. And the girls, Ruthie would say, “Oh my heavens, they’ll be so cute, there won’t be a boy safe in the valley.”

Aging Well: Program empowers spirit during loss, change

Creative Expressions uses artistic activities to help individuals through tough times

Everywhere we go, we carry beliefs that help us navigate the twists and turns of everyday life. Sometimes, however, our unconscious beliefs actually inhibit our ability to grow through adversity. During times of loss, grief and change, especially, embedded assumptions can build a conceptual jail around us, preventing us from exploring the difficulty of change in a way that also helps us see hope and possibilities in the future.

Annie's Mailbox: Teacher concerned with pupil’s behavior

Dear Annie: I’m a public school teacher with 20 years of experience, but this one has me shaken. The sweetest and brightest of my 9-year-old students spends most of the day positioning herself so she can rub against her chair in a way that gives her pleasure. Her previous teachers noticed this, too, and it was brought to the principal’s attention when she was in first grade.

Horoscope for Nov. 15

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Managing and directing others with extreme skill is within you, but you’ll need to reach out in a manner that is not only acceptable, but is also welcomed. Show your stuff. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — The victory that you’re envisioning can only be accomplished with a lot of tenacity combined with much optimism. Both are needed to pull off what you want.

Saturday, November 13

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Hayden football falls to Wray in playoffs

Tigers knew top Class 1A team would present a challenge

Wray, the top seed and the only undefeated team in the Class 1A playoffs, relied on a stingy defense and a second-quarter burst to run away with a 47-7 victory in Hayden.

Tri-State receives upgraded credit rating

Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association’s credit rating has been upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service, benefiting from what the rating agency reported as a “stable outlook, sound financial profile and ample liquidity resources,” according to a news release from Tri-State. Tri-State’s financial ratings were raised from Baa1 to A3.

Over a Cup: ‘15-Minute Chicken Chili’

Last week, this column featured a white chili recipe, courtesy of Phyllis Barainca of Craig. This week, Mary Burnett, also of Craig, sent two more white chili recipes.

Former area student to play college hoops

Brian Davidson, a former student in the Moffat County School District and now a senior at Montrose High School, recently announced that he has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, according to a news release. Davidson attended Craig Intermediate School and Craig Middle School while living in Craig. Other schools to recruit or contact Davidson, according to the release, were Denver University, Davidson College, Adams State College and Western State College.

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Janet Sheridan: Opening minds, opening hearts

Editor’s note: Craig Daily Press columnist and Denver Post contributor Janet Sheridan wrote the column below about Sunset Elementary School teacher Cheryl Arnett. The column originally appeared in the Nov. 7 edition of the Post. When I was seven, my teacher clasped her hands in front of her prominent bosom, wobbled her chins and exclaimed, “Aren’t we fortunate to be citizens of America, the greatest country of all; and to live in Utah, the best state of all!” At first, I glowed with pride at the marvelous double play I had achieved. Then a question popped into my mind and pierced my rosy glow: What about the children who live in faraway places?

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LSRV Rattlers bring state title home to Baggs, Wyo.

The clock struck zero, but the celebration had only begun. The Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers football team rushed the field waiving their helmets and jumping in the air. In the middle of the field, the team huddled, knocked helmets, shouted and embraced each other.

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Children to perform ‘Annie Jr.’ next weekend at Meeker High School auditorium

There’s an old adage in show business: never work with animals and children. But, Laurie Zellers doesn’t buy it. She’s working with both. Zellers, along with fellow Meeker resident Kim Kummer, are co-directing “Annie Jr.,” an abridged version of the famous musical, reworked for younger actors.

Diane Prather: 4-H Achievement Night 2010 — part 1

Moffat County’s Annual 4-H Achievement Night, recognizing the many accomplishments of 4-H members for 2010, took place Nov. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. 4-H members were able to pick up completion certificates, livestock record books, and picture trophies (for Grand Champion winners). Packets of such items were placed in boxes, names in alphabetical order, at the back of the pavilion.

Veterans Hotline: VA sets new goals for veteran claims

Below are excerpts taken from an interview with Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs: The VA will have “no claim over 125 days and a 98-percent accuracy rate,” Shinseki told thousands of Legionnaires. “Our average is now 160 days. Our goal is not to average 125 days. Our goal is no claim over 125 days, with 98-percent accuracy.” Two recent developments have arisen, though: The easing of proof requirements for veterans seeking VA benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder and the addition of three diseases to those VA presumes were caused by exposure to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Stumbling into a 2nd career

If it hadn’t been for a vivid dream, former Craig resident William Post may have never become an author. “It was the first dream I’d ever had that I wasn’t in,” Post said. “I just saw it … like a movie. “And the next morning, I told my sister about it and she said, ‘You ought to write that.'”

Government update for Nov. 13

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday, Nov. 16 Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Mike Wilson: ‘Leave the deer alone’

To the editor: The wife and I have been reading all the opinions regarding the so-called deer problem in Craig. What a mess that’s turned into. We live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, in a subdivision of 292 homes out in the country. The subdivision has a covenant that states “no domestic animals such as dogs, cats or other, can run loose.”

Joe Ence: Thank you, Kerry Moe

To the editor: I would like to publicly thank Kerry Moe for donating her time and talent to organizing the postcard campaign mailing to Colorado Public Utilities Commission board members. I believe her message was well written and the invitation to visit our area was sincere.

Margaret Culverwell: Big act of kindness

To the editor: They haven’t been open long, and yet they’re already making a contribution to our community. Dollar Tree manager Abel Salazar wanted to help out citizens of Craig in one way or another. On thought he had was to collect donated school supplies before next year’s school hearing. After hearing about the upcoming Holiday Drive, he decided the Christmas for Seniors and Christmas for Kids programs would be one of the recipients of this fall’s project.

Datebook for Nov. 13

Flags on all state and federal buildings are to be lowered today in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Pearson, a 21-year-old Arvada man who was killed in action Nov. 4 in Afghanistan. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Holiday Craft Show takes place at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, and features 80 vendors. Call 824-7011 or visit 1 p.m. Hayden High School, the No. 9 seed, plays a Class 1A playoff football game against No. 1 seed Wray at HHS, 495 W. Jefferson St. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for seniors.

Editorial: Kid connection

Where once teaching was limited to books and blackboards, the field of education is now gradually moving toward integrating the new frontier — technology. Tools such as the web, blogs, wikis and iPods are a foreign concept to some Craig and Moffat County residents whose familiarity with these tools is either limited or non-existent. That’s understandable. Embracing new technologies is sometimes difficult.

Craig Briefs: Humane Society extending reduced pet adoptions

The Humane Society of Moffat County is continuing the animal shelter discount adoption fee through Monday. Any dog or cat can be adopted for $60 each. The fee includes spay/neuter and vaccinations. Visit to see what animals the shelter has available.

Toys for Tots fundraisers aim to bring holiday cheer to Routt County

Concert, bowling tournament to raise money for gifts

The Toys for Tots local organizers have pulled together two fundraisers to boost the event’s annual toy buy, even as only about half of the local sponsors returned this year. The Toys for Tots program handed out toys to 229 families last year in Routt and Moffat counties.

Horoscope for Nov. 13

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Start rehashing old issues and watch how quickly the domestic tranquility within your household disappears. Instead, spend your energy finding ways to heal past wounds. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Pleas for assistance are likely to be ignored if you demand that others drop what they’re doing and do your bidding instead of asking nicely for help. Be considerate.

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Uptick in rushing helps lead Hayden Tigers to playoffs

Things were rough, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner readily admitted. It wasn’t that his team, which plays at 1 p.m. today in the Class 1A state quarterfinals, had been terrible. The squad lost three of its first four games, all three one-score defeats. Two came against larger-class opponents and the third to defending 1A champion Yuma.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife has concerns about husband’s debts

Dear Annie: My husband is overextended on his credit cards and sometimes skips several months of payments or juggles between one card and another. Creditors and collection agencies call our house all the time, and I’m losing sleep over it. These accounts are in his name only. Our only joint possession is the house, which is paid off because I took over the mortgage payments years ago.

Friday, November 12

On the Record for Nov. 12, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 12, 2010

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 12

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.19

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Veterans thanked with free meals Thursday in Craig

Mark Wick, who served in the Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972, said he wasn’t afforded much respect when he returned home. “Not at all,” he said. Wick stood behind the bar Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and recalled his arrival back home. When his ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, Wick said protesters dropped cans of paint onto the vessel’s deck from high above.

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Home starter kit trunks part of spreading message of runaway, homeless youth program in Craig

Sitting in the south window of the Community Budget Center in downtown Craig is an open trunk containing various home items. A sign hangs near the trunk reading “basic survival gear.”

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Veterans Day, ceremonies have special meaning for Craig resident

Kenneth “Howdy” Davis sat Thursday behind the spotlight at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Davis, a 73-year-old Craig resident, remained still as he listened to the words of his fellow veterans ring throughout the auditorium, their message heard by hundreds of MCHS students.

Linda Taylor: Earth vs. Heaven

In Heaven, we will all have a mansion. John 14:1: “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.”

Datebook for Nov. 12

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.

Craig Briefs: Holiday Craft Show begins today

The Holiday Craft Show is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The craft show features more than 80 vendors selling jewelry, food, candles, bath products, toys and many more gift items.

Drake Zimmerman: Killing deer ‘wrong’

To the editor: I, Drake Zimmerman, am 11 years old and I think it’s wrong to kill the deer in town. I only heard once about a deer attacking a dog. But, the dog got between the deer and her fawn. All the deer don’t deserve to die, they’re just trying to protect their young. It’s also plain stupid having a person with a high-powered rifle trying to kill the deer. I love seeing the deer in town. I think that’s pretty awesome seeing the deer in town.

Kathi Milner: Let’s thin the heard

To the editor: I have heard countless arguments about the local herd of deer. I am one of the few that support the idea of thinning out the herd. I hear, “Oh, the deer are harmless.” Yeah right, tell that to my checkbook. They eat the feed that I put out in the morning for my chickens.

Dorothy Tabor: Deer are not a problem

To the editor: I have a few questions and a couple of possible solutions to the so-called deer problem in Craig, which I don’t see as a problem. The first question: Who counted the deer population in Craig? I haven’t have seen 300-plus deer in town. I was born in Mount Harris and have lived in Craig since I was 4. The second question: How do you tell the difference from one doe to another? They all look alike to me. The same with bucks.

H. Neal Glanville: Lost marbles and common sense

Remember grade school, when looking forward to recess pretty much carried the day? Waiting for your turn on the big slide or getting tangled up in the monkey bars was little kid stuff compared to getting on the swing to see if you could make it go all the way around. It was also memorable trying to find your oiled baseball glove with last year’s ball wrapped tight inside with the belt you were supposed to use to hold up Sunday pants.

Janet Sheridan: What’s in a name?

I think cake, presents and the happy birthday ditty obscure a significant event connected to birth: the naming of innocent, trusting babies who have no say in the matter. How many times have you heard: “You’ll never believe this, but in college I knew a girl named Wanna Hickey, ha ha ha” Such statements are natural conversation starters; everyone in the room can participate, sharing hilarious names bestowed on precious newborns — April Schauer, Walter Melon, Willie Leak.

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No. 9 Hayden welcomes No. 1 Wray for Class 1A playoff football game

The Hayden High School football team has been here before. The Tigers, winners of three straight and five of their last six, have peered across the field in the past and seen what most outsiders deem as the best team in Class 1A. No. 9 Hayden prepares to welcome top-seeded Wray at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Horoscope for Nov. 12

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Shifting conditions over which you have no control can sometimes put you at a severe disadvantage. However, these unexpected changes will now benefit you instead of work against you. Enjoy! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — All your better qualities will be in evidence, but your best assets will be your sales and promotional skills. Use them well to put yourself on top of the heap. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Situations that previously produced obstacles can now generate special opportunities. Breathe new vitality into your work and/or whatever it is that has always brought you status and rewards.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman accused of relationship with in-law

Dear Annie: I have been dating “Tom” for two years and am close to his family. Since early in the relationship, Tom’s cousin “Jeremy” and his two sons have been maintaining my yard. When they come over, I always talk to them because I consider us one big family. Recently, Jeremy’s wife, “Rachel,” accused me of having sex with her husband. She said she checked his cell phone account online and saw that he had spoken to me for 38 minutes. She went on to say that she heard he had been bad-mouthing her to some woman on the phone and concluded it must have been me.

Thursday, November 11

On the Record for Nov. 11, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 11, 2010

TMH in Craig celebrating one-year anniversary Friday

Jennifer Riley, The Memorial Hospital’s chief of organizational excellence, said the hospital and its employees are ready to share an important milestone with community members. “Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the new facility, so to celebrate that we’re doing a couple of different activities here at the hospital,” Riley said.

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Veterans Day activities continue today in Craig

Veterans Day commemorative activities kicked off early today in Craig, but more activities are scheduled throughout the day. This morning, Moffat County High School students heard a presentation from several members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 in the school’s auditorium.

Moffat County Libraries board meeting agenda for Nov. 11

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

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Craig Police Department hosts competition shoot

Several Craig Police Department officers stood in the cold shade of a pavilion Wednesday morning loading ammunition into magazines. Cpl. Alvin Luker said the officers were waiting for other law enforcement agencies to answer their invitation. “We invited pretty much everybody in Northwest Colorado: (Division of Wildlife), state parks, Routt County, Steamboat, Rio Blanco, Rangely, Meeker, Baggs,” said Luker, of area sheriff offices and police departments.

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Little Snake River Valley traveling to Laramie for state championship game

Growing up in Laramie, Wyo., Michael Bates would go to University of Wyoming football games. He told himself when he watched, “I want to coach on this field someday.” On Friday, that dream will be realized. Bates and his 9-0 Little Snake River Valley football team will take the field against 7-2 Hanna Elk Mountain Medicine Bow in the 6-Man Wyoming State Championship game.

Fraudulent e-mail circulating community

An e-mail sent out Wednesday is circulating in Craig and Moffat County that fraudulently claims to be from the ownership of the Craig Daily Press. The e-mail, which was sent in the afternoon from and accounts, contains a link to an online survey requesting feedback on Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson. It was sent to numerous local businesses and residents.

Michelle Balleck: Kicking off the season right

This season calls for thankfulness, remembrance, eating and yes, shopping. Hey, you might not be ready to think about Christmas or making lists and checking them twice, but I sure am. Let the countdown begin! ■ Thank you. Two simple words sum up today. Nationally, it’s Veterans Day, a time to say “thank you” and reflect.

MCTA opts for part-time help instead of full-time director

The Moffat County Tourism Association board revisited Wednesday the issue of whether to make the organization’s executive director a full-time position. However, the board approved, 5-0, hiring a part-time employee to help director Marilynn Hill with administrative and clerical duties. The personnel requisition will need to be approved by the Moffat County Commission.

Craig Rotary Club: Thank you, Daily Press

To the editor: The Craig Rotary Club would like to thank the Craig Daily Press for participating in our Dictionary Project. Every year, the Craig Rotary Club provides dictionaries to each third-grader in Moffat County, and this year the Daily Press kindly helped us with that project.

Datebook for Nov. 11

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Veterans Day. 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. 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Marian Simons will review “South of Broad,” by Pat Conroy. Jan Rogers is the hostess. Call 824-4982.

Craig Briefs: Chamber mixer today at State Farm

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are having a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at State Farm Insurance, 690 W. Victory Way. The Golden Cavvy is catering. RSVP by calling 824-5689 or e-mailing

Cathy Copeland: Council should listen

To the editor: Wow. Nothing else fits for what I experienced at the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday. And, it’s not even a good wow. I brought my 10-year-old son to this meeting because I thought it was an opportunity to see how a government entity can work with the people, and listen to the people.

Cathy Hamilton: Mom’s new boyfriend

You think your life is weird, my mom has a new boyfriend. I’ll admit, my reaction to the news could have been more, well, measured. “Who is this boy — I mean, man — and where did you meet him?” I demanded. “How long have you known each other? What do his parents do?” (I later realized the last question was likely moot.)

Katherine Compestine: Seeing deer ‘a privilege’

To the editor: We woke up Wednesday morning seeing about six or seven beautiful deer gracing our yard. They are so lovely and peaceful, and it’s a privilege to have them there. I hope the minority doesn’t rule because they don’t want them. We, the majority, want to live with the deer.

Vicki Barron: ‘Not impossible’ to quit

To the editor: Thirty-five years ago, the American Cancer Society launched the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to not smoke for at least 24 hours, and hopefully inspire many to quit smoking for good. On Nov. 18, the 35th Great American Smokeout will occur. Success in quitting smoking doesn’t come easy for most smokers, and many will attempt more than once before they completely quit.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband jealous of old photos

Dear Annie: My wife and I were childhood sweethearts, and we have been happily married for 30 years. We’ve been together most of our lives except for a brief time in our late teens, when she left me for another guy. Here’s the problem. She still keeps some photos and memorabilia from that relationship and, on occasion, communicates with this guy via e-mail.

Horoscope for Nov. 11

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Brushing your responsibilities aside, thinking that you’ll take care of them later is likely to be a mistake. Even if you work at an accelerated pace, you’re not likely to make up for lost time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Be complimentary if someone does something worthy of praise, even if this person never applauds anybody else’s work. It actually might shame him/her into doing so in the future.

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Hayden senior's choice of football over baseball helps the Tigers

There was convincing and cajoling, friendly wagers and deals. In the end, though, Hayden High School senior Ben Williams said it was a desire not to miss his senior season that convinced him to go out for football after skipping his junior campaign to play baseball.

Wednesday, November 10

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COMA board votes to disband

Board approves ending organization by Dec. 31, distributing assets

By a near unanimous vote, the Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse board voted Wednesday to dissolve the organization by Dec. 31. The vote was 9-1 in favor of disbanding and dispersing its assets to other community groups. Board member Ron Schaeffer was the lone vote in opposition. Schaeffer declined to comment on why he voted against dissolving the organization.

Hayden hires new town manager

New Hayden Town Manager David Torgler said the community has challenges, but its opportunities are just one reason he was attracted to the position. Like most cities and towns across the country, Hayden’s biggest challenge is finances, he said Wednesday.

Craig City Council introduces deer feeding ordinance

Council member Riley doubtful measure would solve deer issue

The Craig City Council introduced an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting it hopes will help reduce the number of deer living in the city. The ordinance, which was drafted at the suggestion of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, would increase the penalties for feeding deer or other big game in the city. If passed, the ordinance would amend the care and treatment of animals section of the Craig municipal code.

On the Record for Nov. 10, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 10, 2010

MCTA agenda for Nov. 10

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board is hosting a regular monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. today in the downstairs conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse. An executive session, originally scheduled to follow the meeting at 1:15 p.m., was amended and is now set for 12:50 p.m., during the regular meeting. The agenda for the meeting is listed below: • Introduction: Call to order, roll call

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Tracy Mendoza named WSL’s top player, 4 others honored

There wasn’t much hesitation among teammates when asked why Moffat County High School senior Tracy Mendoza was named the 2010 Western Slope League Player of the Year. “He scored lots of goals,” sophomore Alan Flores said. Everyone else nodded their heads in agreement. Mendoza became the first Bulldog to receive the league’s top honor in team history.

Moffat County Commission addresses state budget

The Moffat County Commission discussed Tuesday the recently proposed state budget and what it might mean for Northwest Colorado and its rural counties. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission discussed the cuts made by the state in an attempt to balance its budget, as well as how governor-elect John Hickenlooper may address the budget in the future and what steps he may take to boost the state’s economy.

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Craig to establish deer committee

A line formed out of the Craig City Council chambers Tuesday night with residents eager to hear how the council and Mayor Don Jones would move forward with a plan to remove deer inside city limits. After about 45 minutes of discussion, the city council agreed more discussion was needed before moving forward with one or more of the options presented by the Colorado Division of Wildlife for dealing with deer in the city.

Busy slate scheduled for Veterans Day in Craig

Moffat County High School teacher Deborah Roberts said last year’s Veterans Day program at MCHS was such a success, the decision to repeat it this year was easy. “The veterans love this,” she said. “It gives them a place to go for a formal ceremony.” Veterans and their families will be honored Thursday in Craig.

Craig meth prevention group considering future

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, a local organization designed to eradicate methamphetamine use, faces an uncertain future, member Tom Cramer said. “Maybe we’ll decide to call it a day,” he said. COMA members will meet to discuss the future of the organization from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

Craig Briefs: Fontenot inducted into Rotary Club

The Craig Rotary Club recently inducted Amy Fontenot, Craig Daily Press office/circulation manager, as the newest member to the club. The induction ceremony was conducted by Randy Morton, Rotary membership chairman. Even before her official induction, Fontenot had assisted in some of the club’s activities, such as St. Michael’s Kitchen.

Datebook for Nov. 10

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public.

Tiptons: Thanks for the support

To the editor: We want to thank everyone who helped and supported my husband and our dad, Congressman-elect Scott Tipton. We hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work, and we could not have done this without each of you.

Jean Tucker: Deer debate divisive

To the editor: I think that I shall never hear As much uproar again as about the deer.

Alta Wisdom: ‘On the side of the deer’

To the editor: I’ve lived in Craig most of my life — 86 years — so maybe I’m considered a red neck. At any rate, I’m on the side of the deer. I’m sick and tired of reading these letters in the newspaper from these whiners.

Joe Gallegos: No food means no deer

To the editor: In my opinion, the solution to the deer problem is really a simple one, but finding a way to accomplish this might become a challenge. Ask yourself, why are the deer in my yard to begin with? Is it to look at my Christmas lights hanging year-round? Or maybe, they want to be social and just pay me a visit.

William Ronis: Vote against gouging

To the editor: I was surprised that the lodging tax was voted down. Communities all over the country have lodging taxes to help improve their areas.

Chuck Zulian and Pat Mosher: A ‘knowledgeable store’

To the editor: We would like to say a big thank you to Cramer Flooring for the help we got in picking out our carpet.

Ken Rice: Deer solutions exist

To the editor: I have been following the letters to the editor on deer. Personally, I like seeing the deer in town. If a car has to slow down for a deer, it might save a child’s life. A lot of people say they want them gone at all cost, but have offered no suggestions other than killing them.

Ty Reed: Restaurant ‘wonderful’

To the editor: I took my wife to dinner the other night at Castle Ranch Steakhouse at the Holiday Inn here in Craig, and discovered the all-you-can-eat prime rib special. Wow. Great food, great service, great atmosphere and a great price.

Pat Pearce: Thank you for the help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • Don and Linda Riley for use of the rabbit hutch.

Duane Koukol: Fear for the deer

To the editor: Hel-O, Mr. J. How are you doing This fair, fine day?

Editorial: Wisdom from past elections

Last week’s general election did much to shape not only the political landscape of our country and state, but also that of the Craig and Moffat County community. For better or worse, voters spoke loudly by rejecting the city’s proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax proposal, re-electing two incumbent Moffat County Commissioners and ushering in a host of new and sitting public officials, among other decisions.

Routt County's Birch, Mitsch Bush to aid in Hickenlooper transition

Hickenlooper invites input from VNA leader, county commissioner

Sue Birch, CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will be one of 16 statewide transition team co-chairs, and Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush will serve on a transportation committee.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman upset at needy friend over hotel bill dispute

Dear Annie: My friend “Janet” booked some discounted hotel rooms through an online auction. One of them was a two-bedroom suite for two nights, which she booked with me in mind, hoping I would share it with her for an upcoming occasion. Janet doesn’t have any children at home, but I have two teenagers and a husband.

Horoscope for Nov. 10

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’ll be able to express yourself in a rather eloquent fashion when you want to, due to your quick thinking. If there is something you desire to promote, now is the time to do it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Even though they are likely to come about in a rather roundabout fashion, personal goals can be accomplished. Be sure to keep all of your windows of opportunity open.

Tuesday, November 9

Kellogg trial scheduled for January

Legal expert says motions, evidence questions could delay start date

A three-day trial for Brooks Kellogg is scheduled to start Jan. 3, but a legal expert said Tuesday that pretrial motions and evidence questions could push that date back.

On the Record for Nov. 9, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 9, 2010

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 9

I remember when I was a child, reading the story and later seeing the movie, “Bambi.” I felt bad when I read the book. I cried when I saw the movie, even though I knew what was going to happen. Now, years later when I see deer going by my window almost every evening, heading for the back of our building here at Sunset Meadows, I wonder how many Bambis will be left.

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Craig resident’s passion for VWs evident in collection

It was 1982. A ghost white 1969 Volkswagen Beetle idled next to a Chevy Vega Station wagon. Scott McKinney was behind the Beetle’s wheel — the car many would have considered an underdog against the Vega’s V8 engine. McKinney, then a 16-year-old resident of Grants Pass, Ore., said he had a feeling he could edge his opponent.

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MCHS volleyball players Roberts, Camilletti recognized

Sandy Camilletti came away from her first Western Slope League postseason meeting happy with the results. She just wished she could have had more of her players recognized. “We didn’t have a lot of spots because of where we finished,” the MCHS volleyball coach said. “But, I think coaches recognized who earned it.” By finishing 3-9 and in a tie for seventh in the league with Battle Mountain, the Bulldogs were allowed one first-team award and one honorable-mention award.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 9

Today 4 to 7 p.m. The Craig Middle School boys basketball teams play at Rawlins (Wyo.) Middle School, 1001 Brooks St. Wednesday 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Craig Briefs: Sunset fundraiser set for Thursday

Sunset Elementary School is teaming up with Pizza Hut for a fundraiser Thursday. All day Thursday, a portion of sales — between 10 and 20 percent — will be donated to the school, as long as customers indicate that they would like to contribute to the fundraiser. The offer is valid on dine-in, carryout or delivery from the Craig Pizza Hut, 1070 W. Victory Way. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Josie Burch: Deer are not a threat

To the editor: I walk my dog just about every day. This summer, while on one of my walks, I came across a deer laying in someone’s yard. The deer did not jump up, did not even move. She just laid there, very still. She laid so still, my dog didn’t even know she was there, my dog didn’t even lift her head.

Datebook for Nov. 9

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Sports Briefs: MCHS to host parent meeting Wednesday

There will be a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the parents of all Moffat County High School students who are going to participate in winter sports. The meeting will take place in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. For more information, call MCHS at 824-6553.

Ron D. Velarde: Support needed for plan

To the editor: We have been following closely the discussion in these pages and in public meetings regarding the status of deer in Craig, and I want to make sure a few facts are explained. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has been involved in discussions about urban deer problems in Craig since 2008, when the Craig City Council established a committee to look at the issue.

Ron and Betty Gorbet: Help ‘stop this madness’

To the editor: We are writing this letter to ask all the people who want to save our deer in town to please attend the Craig City Council meeting today at 7:30 p.m. at Craig City Hall on Fourth Street.

Katie Knez: Find another way

To the editor: As a citizen of Craig, I am adamantly opposed to the proposal to kill the deer of this city. As a taxpayer, I do not want my tax dollars going to such a program.

Kerry Moe: Avoiding a ‘nightmare’

To the editor: Please, let us not be a negative news story and potentially harm the positive tourism image our area has. Killing one of our area’s main attractions within the city limits could turn out to be a public relations nightmare. Overlooking comments from outside organizations regarding how we resolve our deer issue could possibly have negative and long-lasting repercussions.

Mark Parchman: Use reason on deer issue

To the editor: Many have wrote that “few” and “not many” want the deer eliminated to some degree. I, for one, would like someone to provide an Internet link that shows there are only a few, or direct me to some survey or poll for support of your statements, please. There just simply are none that I’m aware of and thus, there are no facts for those statements. The same can be said for those who keep saying the Colorado Division of Wildlife wants to “kill, kill, kill.”

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The girl who never stops kicking

I remember reaching a point in the relationship with my parents where we started talking about the real moments in life — from our births to their wedding day, from their younger years to our futures. For some, these stories might cause embarrassment. But for me, this turning point was one of my favorite parts of growing up. And now, it is what I miss most about growing up. Every Christmas break that I came home from school and every summer vacation I spent at the ranch, my relationship with my mother grew.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife leery of husband’s friend

Dear Annie: I have been married for almost 20 years to a somewhat verbally abusive and manipulative man. We were separated for a year, but remained in the same house while I worked with him to understand how damaging his behavior was. During that time, my husband befriended another woman. To my knowledge, it was not sex, only conversation about how they were mistreated and how miserable their lives were.

Horoscope for Nov. 9

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Build on that strong new foundation that you recently laid, because its prospects for long-term success look better than anything else you have going. Get busy for tomorrow. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Set an example of being up front about a serious matter that needs to be decided, and the others will follow.

Monday, November 8

Deer issue back before Craig City Council

City receiving heavy public feedback on DOW proposal

Craig City Council member Jennifer Riley said she expects a full house tonight at Craig City Hall when the council is scheduled to make a decision on a proposed plan for removing a portion of the city’s deer population. “Certainly there have been a lot of people writing in the paper, a lot of people contacting us on our e-mail through the city council’s website, phone calls, people stopping me — I would imagine there will be a lot of people there,” she said. The city council is scheduled to consider the deer removal plan proposed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 7:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth Street.

On the Record for Nov. 8, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 8, 2010

H. Neal Glanville: A debt that can’t be repaid

As I’ve grown older, not old mind you, my memory sometimes gets a nudge from something that happens close by and I’ll recall a person or event that had an influence on how I’ve turned out. My grandparents and their immediate families have had the greatest influence on how I’ve tried to live my life. I just now understand some of the things they said on a daily basis that I’d been taking for granted. I once overheard my grandfather and his brothers talking about being “land and cattle poor.”

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MCHS speech and debate team excels at home tournament

John Kirk, a Moffat County High School junior, had a pat assessment of the speech and debate team’s weekend performance. “We kicked some butt,” Kirk said. On Friday and Saturday, teams from nine western Colorado high schools descended on MCHS to participate in the Moffat County Bulldog Invitational speech and debate tournament. MCHS students led the scores.

Bulldog football team misses playoffs by slim margin for 2nd consecutive year

When the Moffat County High School football coaching staff walked off the field after its season-opening 26-22 loss to Evergreen, James Neaton turned to Lance Scranton and said, “I hope that doesn’t come back to bite us.” Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Neaton’s fear became reality Sunday afternoon when the Colorado High School Activity Association released the Class 3A playoff bracket and wild card points. For the second-consecutive year, the Bulldogs finished the season with the 17th best power ranking. The top 16 make the playoffs.

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Business Beat: Craig businesses impacting world of tires

Executives from Toyo Tires USA visited Craig last week to meet with representatives from Chapman’s Automotive and Tri-State Equipment about the fleet test program implemented by Toyo. Toyo Tires USA, with the assistance of Chapman’s, is working with Tri-State Equipment’s fleet to analyze their cutting edge, innovative products to ensure they are meeting the needs of those in Northwest Colorado and southwestern Wyoming.

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My Life Words: Alayna kline — Laying out the welcome mat

“I’ve been working at Holiday Inn for more than five years now. My five-year anniversary was actually the 22nd of October, so just a couple weeks ago. I just got promoted to supervisor last month, and I had been doing the night audit position, which is 11 (p.m.) to 7 (a.m.), and I’d been doing that since July of 2006. Now I’m switching to doing days again, and it’s really crazy trying to get back into the day shift after working nights for so long. “Our front desk manager, David (Bradshaw), is actually the coach for the varsity basketball boys team, and in a couple weeks, he’ll be away for things like away games. While he’s gone, I’ll be the one in charge, basically. He’ll do the scheduling, but when there’s a manager’s position to be done, I’ll be the one who does it.

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New director brings focus, dedication to MCHS musical/theater group

Kat Thompson, a Moffat County High School junior, has high hopes for the school’s upcoming production of the “The Sound of Music.” “I hope it’s as big as ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Thompson said. “We need to make money.” Thompson will star as Maria when “The Sound of Music” opens Nov. 18, beginning a three-day run at the MCHS auditorium. She and a group of students, ranging from ages 5 to 17, have been rehearsing since early September.

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Little Snake River Valley football team earns trip to state title game

It was halftime, and the Little Snake River Valley six-man football team was in a tight contest, leading Saturday’s home playoff game in Baggs, Wyo., 18-12, against Kaycee. Rattler team members gathered behind the press box, talked and then a chant started. At first, it sounded like a murmur, but it grew louder with the words, “Won’t be beat.” And louder, “Won’t be beat.”

Kindra Jazwick: Deer are not scary

To the editor: Deer. They do not scare me, nor do they scare my children. I am scared by the plans of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. I have questions regarding the safety and logic of the actions the DOW has suggested.

Datebook for Nov. 8

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Rod Compton: ‘Leave the deer alone’

To the editor: I have watched, with great interest, the discussions and debates about the so called “deer problem” in Craig. As a former Craig City Council member, I realize that the council must try to act in the best interests of the citizens of Craig.

On the Record for Nov. 8

The Memorial Hospital EMS Thursday, Nov. 4 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call. Friday, Nov. 5 An ambulance crew conducted a patient transport to Grand Junction.

Craig Briefs: Moffat County Land Use Board meeting

The Moffat County Land Use Board is scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • Call to order

Julie Dempster: Deer need to be moved

To the editor: What stops my heart cold while walking down the street is coming upon a group of two or three bucks standing still, watching me. It happens quite a bit. I tell myself they only attack when provoked, and I keep walking. But, I certainly quicken my pace and keep an eye over my shoulder.

Paul and Sherrie Knez: Don’t kill the deer

To the editor: What has happened in our community? What do the people from the bigger cities see when they come to our community? Let us give you an idea. In the summer, they see a rural town with friendly neighborhoods, children playing in the parks, the wave pool full of children and adults, and the sun shining bright on a clear day, not too hot or too cold.

Aging Well: Finding peace in family gatherings, strained relationships

Thanksgiving is approaching, and families soon will be gathering in warm settings — content, at peace and immersed in the joy of the occasion. Unfortunately, this is not reality for most families. Whether it’s squabbles or sarcasm, feigned happiness or empty seats at the dinner table, Thanksgiving and the holidays often highlight tension and conflicts.

Horoscope for Nov. 8

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It would prove to be unwise to throw good money after bad. Generally, you can’t improve on an eyesore, so it is better to get rid of it completely and start all over again. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Time isn’t necessarily your ally regarding something important, so try to wrap matters involving a partnership up. Don’t leave things dangling in the breeze.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife smitten with another man

Dear Annie: I am a 45-year-old woman, married to a wonderful man for 23 years. But for the life of me, I cannot get over meeting “Ted” through my husband’s business 16 years ago. The second I shook hands with him, fireworks went off. It was as if I had known him all my life. I was so blown away, that I met him for lunch a few times. (Nothing else.)

Saturday, November 6

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Moffat County School District teacher returns from prestigious global conference

There’s a saying in South Africa, one Cheryl Arnett relates to. The gazelle wakes up knowing he has to be faster than the fastest lion, so goes the saying. The lion wakes up knowing he has to be faster than the slowest gazelle. And the Africans, they wake up knowing they have to be faster than the slowest gazelle and faster than the fastest lion. The saying resonates with Arnett because the central theme — acceleration — is at the heart of her goal as a teacher, to streamline the student learning process.

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Bulldogs stiff-arm sailors, 42-8

This one was fun. The atmosphere in the Moffat County locker room after the final home game of the season was jovial. That was expected, considering the Bulldogs had just snapped a five-year losing streak to their rivals, Steamboat Springs, and they did it in convincing fashion, 42-8. “That was the most fun I’ve had all year,” said senior fullback and linebacker Brady Conner. “We did our jobs tonight and it is a great way to end the season.”

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MCHS students assist with Tuesday’s election

Just a few days before her 18th birthday, Kaci Meek was disappointed she wasn’t yet old enough to vote in Tuesday’s general election. But, the Moffat County High School senior got the next best thing on Election Day: a first-hand glimpse at what she’ll be experiencing in November 2011. Meek was one of a half-dozen MCHS students who worked at the Craig voting center Tuesday.

Government update for Nov. 6

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Moffat County History

The Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Saturday Morning Press are partnering to feature 100-year-old images from the collection of Lewis Hellebust, an area photographer who “captured the dusty charm and vigor of the young town of Craig in 1910.” Included this week are two images from the Hellebust catalog.

Over a Cup: White chili a good fix for cold, blustery days

Most probably agree that a pot of chili is good any time. However, it’s especially good when the weather is cold and snowy. Last year, this column featured several chili recipes made with chili beans and ground beef. Our family associates this kind of chili with a Halloween years ago when our grandchildren were small. My husband and I always spent Halloween evening in Craig with our son, Jamie, and his family. It was our job to pass out candy while Jamie and Brandi took their own children out to get treats.

Diane Prather: You know it’s hunting season when …

This time of year, some of the area ranchers are involved in hunting season, whether it’s through leasing out private land for hunting or through outfitting. One thing’s for sure: With all of the other fall work to get done, the ranchers keep busy. There are so many different seasons nowadays that it’s hard to keep them all straight.

Don Marchbanks: Who’s the real victim?

To the editor: The stories and fairy tale deer attacks are getting lamer and whimpier as days progress. I mean, come on, you’re hitting a deer with a shovel because it charged you? Or, was it trying to get out the same way it got in after you snuck up and startled it, and you clubbed it with a shovel twice as it was trying to get away?

Walsh family: Thanks, Craig community

To the editor: The family of Russell Walsh would like to thank all of the rescue workers who responded to the accident, and the doctors and nurses at The Memorial Hospital who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Craig Rummel: Politicians need to listen

To the editor: I read with disbelief the front page of Thursday’s Craig Daily Press. After the lodging tax was soundly defeated by the voters of this community (the voting machines weren’t even cooled off yet), our elected officials are thinking of re-working the thing and trying to ram it down the voters’ throats.

Donna Lougee: Deer may carry disease

To the editor: I have read with interest all the letters concerning the deer problem in the city of Craig. As someone who lives in the county, we are glad they are in the city, as our plants and flowers seem to be safer now more than ever.

The Rev. Clarissa Vazquez: Further research needed

To the editor: I recently read “The Thin Veil Between” from the Oct. 30 Saturday Morning Press. I am shocked that you would print such an article without further research. Ms. Nicholes’ six months of cemetery-hopping by no means qualifies her as a “ghost hunter.” Her “evidence” is a series of photographs containing “orbs,” which I affectionately call Ordinary Bits of Stuff.

Datebook for Nov. 6

6 p.m. The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center’s 18th annual Chili Supper & Silent Auction takes place at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Victory Way. Tickets are available at the door for $6 per person, $10 per couple or $20 for a family of four. Additional children in families are $2 each. Call 824-5204. 6:15 p.m. American Legion Post 62 hosts bingo at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a drawing for a .25-06 rifle. Call the American Legion at 824-3625.

Craig Briefs: Moffat County Land Use Board meeting Monday

The Moffat County Land Use Board is scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • Call to order

Cory Overton: Let the people decide

To the editor: I have lived in Craig all my life. This so-called deer issue is so dumb. I have never seen any one of them attack, other than the ones that chase them. Same with dogs. My feelings are if you don’t like it, move, or, we can bait and trap you, and relocate the people like they want to do with the deer.

Winston Jagger: Dealing with deer, gas

To the editor: Having lived in Northwest Colorado since 1977 and owning a house in Craig since 1994, I feel I should express my thoughts. I have never written to any newspaper in either Steamboat Springs or Craig.

William Ronis: Easy answer to deer issue

To the editor: What about a fence? A simple solution to protecting your backyard from deer is to fence them out.

Kathy Hoyt: Don’t play with ghosts

To the editor: I need to reply to the comment by Bill Muldoon regarding his belief that he has been communicating with departed spirits with his camera. What is probably being captured is just dust or breath, not the spirits of the departed.

Editorial: Council vs. wild

The alleged problem of deer within Craig city limits has been a widely discussed community issue in recent weeks, with those weighing-in ranging from the politically-involved to those less civically minded. Should the Craig City Council move forward with a proposal to kill the deer — as suggested by the Colorado Division of Wildlife — you can bet the chatter won’t stop there. On Tuesday night, our city council members are scheduled to discuss the DOW’s three-tiered plan for eradicating city deer that a vocal minority has labeled a nuisance to property and potential safety hazard

Annie's Mailbox: Man suspicious of cheating wife

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for five years and have three children. Recently, she cheated on me, so we went for counseling. Toward the end of our six weeks of counseling, I caught her in bed with the “other man.” She begged for forgiveness, and we are now getting counseling through our pastor.

Horoscope for Nov. 6

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A large dose of common sense will help filter out useless information and needless filler. This asset will help you immensely in dealing with certain personal affairs. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — As long as you are not merely being a dreamer, honest intuition could serve you well in both a financial matter and a personal issue. Your hunches could be keener than usual.

Friday, November 5

Moffat County football beats Steamboat, 42-8

The Moffat County High School varsity football team is making a strong postseason push, and tonight’s game could make the difference. The Bulldogs play rival Steamboat Springs in the final game of the regular season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Traditionally known as the Yampa Valley Showdown, tonight’s game is a highly-anticipated one, with the Bulldogs looking for their first victory against the Sailors since 2004.

Preserving the West’s wild history: Browns Park author receives two book awards

Through Diana Allen Kouris’ words, she has been able to capture what life was like in the days of Old West cattle ranching in Browns Park, she said. “I have had many people tell me that they felt like they were right there, riding beside us, living that life and eating the meals with us, and all,” said Kouris, a Kinnear, Wyo., resident. “That is a tremendous compliment to me, for my writing, because that was my dream.” It was for her vivid depiction of Wild West life that Kouris thinks her book, “Riding the Edge of an Era: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail,” was recently honored with two awards.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Paranormal’ sequel has same scares, less surprises

A baby crying at 3 a.m. is normal. A baby crying at 3 a.m. because he’s being dangled in midair by an invisible spirit is something else entirely. Such is the conundrum in “Paranormal Activity 2.” The Reys are a typical San Diego clan consisting of Kristi (Sprague Grayden), Dan (Brian Boland) and Dan’s daughter from a previous marriage, Ali (Molly Ephraim). With the arrival of baby Hunter (Jackson Xenia and William Juan Prieto), the family is complete.

On the Record for Nov. 5, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 5, 2010

Routt County Search and Rescue finds woman dead on Rabbit Ears Pass

Foul play ruled out in death of local 37-year-old

Foul play was ruled out in the death of a local 37-year-old. Routt County Search and Rescue also was sent to search for a lost hunter south of Hayden. The hunter was found in good condition.

Sen. Al White pushed off Joint Budget Committee

Republican’s departure eliminates Western Slope representation

State Sen. Al White a Hayden Republican, essentially was ousted from the powerful House-Senate committee by his own party after serving on it for four years. He said one negative impact for Northwest Colorado residents would be the lack of Western Slope representation on the committee.

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 5

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

TMH doctor receives new designation

The Certifying Commission in Medical Management recently designated Dr. J. Scott Ellis, chief of obstetrics at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, as a Certified Physician Executive, according to a news release from the hospital. Ellis also completed his MBA in 2009, and was recently named as the hospital’s next chief of staff, beginning in January 2011. “We are very proud of Dr. Ellis’s accomplishment,” said George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer, in the hospital’s release. “It further demonstrates his commitment to excellence. We are excited about Dr. Ellis’s impending leadership role with the other medical staff, as he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the organization.”

CEC to share ‘One in a Vermillion’ video with policy makers

Luke Schafer, Colorado Environmental Coalition northwest campaign coordinator, said the message of the video “One in a Vermillion” is basic. “Vermillion Basin is a phenomenal place, and we in America need wild places like (it),” he said. “One of our purposes should be to make sure that our kids have a little bit of what we have had. “If nothing else, surely we can save this one place for posterity’s sake.”

Craig Mayor, PETA exchange letters

Craig Mayor Don Jones needed just a few words to describe his response to a letter from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the city’s discussion on deer removal. “Very politically correct,” he said with a laugh. Jones said the city received a letter from PETA on Oct. 28, and he responded Tuesday.

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Rivalry week brings Sailors to Craig

When CJ Walt saw the football schedule for this year, he liked that the last regular season game of his senior year was against Steamboat Springs. “I circled that game,” Walt said. “It’s a big one for us.” The Western Slope League athletic directors did what they could to set up rivalry games this year in the last week of the season.

Craig Briefs: Dinner slated for today in Maybell

The Maybell Seniors group is hosting a chili and pie dinner at 5 p.m. today at the Maybell Community Center. The all-you-can-eat dinner costs $6 per person. For more information, call 272-3226. Coffee House slated for today in Craig The Friday Night Coffee House is scheduled for tonight at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 578 Yampa Ave.

Bea Whitaker-Hutton: ‘Enjoy’ the deer in Craig

To the editor: I have been reading the letters in the Craig paper about the deer in town. I am appalled. I lived in Craig from 1959 until 1974 and managed the Montgomery Ward stores. I felt Craig was fortunate to have deer in town. We moved to Dixon, Wyo., and deer go down my street all the time and my dog barks at them and the deer run the other way.

Dave and Linda Watson: We need action on deer

To the editor: We agree with Kathy Harkner about the deer problem. The proposal should include a part about people who think deer are “pets,” who do not see them as a threat and to the people who refuse to go along with the proposals of the Craig City Council. These people can establish and maintain a fund to assist victims of deer attacks with vet bills, compensation for pets that are injured or killed, and for human victims and their families.

Datebook for Nov. 5

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.

Atusa Baghery: Help prevent diabetes

To the editor: Knowing about your family’s health history goes a long way toward preventing serious diseases like diabetes. Many people who develop type 2 diabetes have one or more family members with the disease, so it’s important to know your family’s diabetes health history. The good news is that people with a family history of diabetes can take steps now to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

H. Neal Glanville: How the lame duck was injured

As a kid, the land of politics and all that came with it was about as interesting as pulling weeds in one of Grandma’s gardens. My two brothers, myself and the occasional worthless cousin would wander all over the place dragging any tool that might pull a weed out of the dirt by itself. Of course, this would end with Uncle Blaine herding us all back to the tool shed with his simple — yet direct to our bottoms — speech about the joys of a short-handled hoe and the many reasons we had opposable thumbs and sheep didn’t.

Janet Sheridan: The truth in my mirror

One morning while brushing my teeth, I glimpsed myself in the mirror and saw an undeniable truth: I’m old. The approach of my birthday next week had nothing to do with my realization. I’ve looked forward to birthdays since my sister and I decreed them free-eating days: food without guilt. How could such a grand occasion not be happy? Seeing myself every day, I usually don’t notice gradual changes: wrinkles turning into crevices, gray hairs multiplying like rabbits, dry skin taking on the texture of a turtle’s sh

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Woman who says she was Kellogg's mistress lived in his Oak Creek home

Oak Creek neighbor, bartender respond to woman's involvement

On a thin slice of dirt road is 424 Bell Ave., a small house with plastic across several windows and a deteriorating exterior. Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg, 72, owns that house. It’s the former home of a woman who has told the FBI she used to be Kellogg’s mistress. Kellogg was arrested Oct. 19 on suspicion of trying to pay for the killing of a Florida man.

Hayden football set for playoffs

Tigers hope to slow run-1st Pirates

The Hayden High School football team is back in the playoffs, and it’s to make it more than a one-game stay, Tigers’ coach Shawn Baumgartner said the team would have to be at its best for a 1 p.m. Saturday game. The Tigers, the 16-team tourna­ment’s No. 9 seed, will open the playoffs on the road against 7-2 foe Monte Vista, No. 8.

Annie's Mailbox: Step-daughter lashing out at woman

Dear Annie: I’ve known my 26-year-old stepdaughter, “Monica,” since she was 5. She never spent much time with her father, but when the first grandchild was born, she came by more often because she wanted a babysitter. Her dad and I were together 21 years before he passed away six months ago.

Horoscope for Nov. 5

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You couldn’t find a better day to disengage yourself from an unproductive involvement. Once you cut loose, you’ll free yourself up and be able to work on a more profitable endeavor. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Something you’ve been viewing only from an intellectual level can be advanced even further by following a powerful hunch that you can’t ignore.

Thursday, November 4

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Little Snake River Valley six-man football team ready for Round 2 playoff opponent

At the end of the Little Snake River Valley School’s football game last week, coach Michael Bates told his players that their next test would be tougher. “We’re going to be playing a team with a lot more power behind them,” he said. Having finished off the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, 64-0, on Oct. 29, Bates knew that either of the teams that the Rattlers would face in the second round of Wyoming’s six-man playoffs would provide a challenge.

Grand jury indicts Kellogg

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said today that potential penalties for the two counts listed in the indictment of Brooks Kellogg total up to $500,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. Kellogg is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Denver.

On the Record for Nov. 4, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 4, 2010

Fundraiser Saturday to benefit Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center

Kate Grobe, director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, said her organization has a simple mission. “Pretty much what we do is love our moms,” Grobe said of the center’s clients. However, the Pregnancy Center will soon ask for a little affection from the community during its 18th annual Chili Supper & Silent Auction, a fundraiser for the organization.

Wife killed, husband injured in copter crash near Meeker

A Centennial aviation executive was injured and his wife was killed this afternoon when their helicopter clipped a power line north of Meeker. Rich Westra, president of Aviation Technology Services and a former pilot for KMGH TV station in Denver, was rushed to a hospital in Grand Junction after the crash that killed his wife, Kelly, at about 3:20 p.m.

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Disc golf course opens in Hayden

It didn’t take Ron Pannesi long to think of the best disc golf course in Northwest Colorado. Pannesi said with the course at Steamboat Ski Area closed because of logging operations, the recently opened course at Dry Creek Park in Hayden serves as this corner of the state’s best. “Right now,” said Pannesi, who designed the Hayden course, “it is the best course in Routt County.”

Moffat County sees good turnout for election

Moffat County Elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said she was pleased with the number of voters who turned out to have a say in Tuesday’s general election. “I am pleased with all the voters who turned out to cast their vote Tuesday,” she said. “I was pleased they were patient with the lines, and everything seemed to run smoothly throughout the day.” A total of 4,623 votes were received by the elections department, meaning that about 52 percent of the 8,877 registered voters eligible for the general election cast their ballots Tuesday.

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Craig museum kicks off traveling exhibit today

Wild West artifacts such as ranching equipment and cowboy apparel are plentiful in the Museum of Northwest Colorado. For three weeks, the collection will get a little bigger. The museum unveils the Harvest of Heritage exhibit today, complete with a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harvest of Heritage is a traveling display of agriculturally themed artworks that has been featured at museums in Fort Garland and Burlington. The exhibit will remain in Craig until Nov. 22, before moving on to Cortez.

Craig City Council member considers re-working lodging tax

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile said he was “disappointed, to say the least” at how city voters weighed in on Referendum 2B, the 6.9-percent lodging tax proposal, during Tuesday’s general election. Carwile said he was left wondering why voters had turned down a proposal that would have “benefited the community a great deal.” For that reason, Carwile said he is considering revisiting the lodging tax issue, possibly lowering the tax percentage and putting it up for vote again in the city’s municipal election in April.

Moffat County officials express relief on defeat of ‘ugly 3’

After the convincing defeat of Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 in Tuesday’s general election, one word encapsulates the feelings of many Craig residents. Relief. “‘Relief’ is an understatement,” said Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent. “I think many of us were relieved that the majority of those that voted in Moffat County and across our great state understood the negative impacts these ballot initiatives would have had on education and other governmental entities,” Petrone said.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Jackass’ is vile, juvenile and stupid ... and hilarious

The traditional gift for a 10th anniversary would be something made out of tin or aluminum accompanied by a bouquet of daffodils. If you’re looking to give something to the boys of the “Jackass” franchise, a better present might be a set of crash helmets or a group discount on tombstones. No sense in being unprepared.

Sports Spotlight: Dustin Carlson

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Soccer How did you get your start in your sport? “It was when I was younger and I lived in Baggs (Wyo.). A cop there introduced me to it.”

Terry Caras: Deer issue needs solution

To the editor: My experience with the deer go back four to five years. At that time, we grew a garden with many vegetables as well as strawberry, raspberry, currant bushes (three kinds), a cheery tree and an apple tree. We have five or six that visited our yard and they lived off our garden, etc.

Craig Briefs: Local rodeo group to host weekly event

The RioCaRoMo Roping Club will offer a weekly rodeo event beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. The event will include open team roping and a drawpot in which entrants will be randomly assigned times. Secretary-treasurer Dan Haskins said the entry fee for the first meet is $20. The event is open to residents of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Carbon (Wyo.) counties of all ages.

Datebook for Nov. 4

6:47 to 7:47 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s informational Wake-Up Craig breakfast takes place at the Hampton Inn of Craig, 377 Cedar Court, which is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per plate. Call the Chamber at 824-5689, or e-mail 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. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Monty R. Ages: Respect the cemetery

To the editor: It is utterly amazing how some people have little or no respect for our cemetery. This past weekend, I visited a family member’s gravesite. I couldn’t help but notice a marker a short distance away, someone’s dog had defecated on a headstone.

Helen Baysinger: Thank you to TMH staff

To the editor: I recently had surgery at The Memorial Hospital.

Horoscope for Nov. 4

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It’s always smart to be an attentive listener, because you never know when someone will say something that will resonate with you in a very valuable way. Keep an ear out! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Personal information an associate shares with you will likely serve in strengthening your relationship with this individual. This person senses you won’t betray his/her confidence in you.

Annie's Mailbox: Man thinks marriage might be in trouble

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 13 years. We have a son we both adore. About five years ago, I made a career switch. It was a tough time for us financially, and it put a strain on our relationship. I thought we were pulling out of it OK, but just as I got my new career going, my wife started to become distant.

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Wiggins, Wall reflect on Routt County sheriff race

New sheriff-elect considering his options for undersheriff

Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins said he got only two hours of sleep on the late election night Tuesday, and even then, his phone was ringing all night and he couldn’t sleep for long.

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Legal expert: ‘Glitch’ shouldn’t stop Kellogg murder-for-hire trial

26-year legal veteran assesses questions about evidence

An FBI agent testified Mon­day that there’s no auditory recording of an alleged murder-for-hire conversation that led to last month’s arrest of Brooks Kellogg, but a prominent Den­ver criminal defense lawyer said that “glitch” — and other evidence questions — shouldn’t prevent a trial.

Wednesday, November 3

Michelle Balleck: Simple pleasures, easy-going weekend

From music to bingo and football to chili, Friday and Saturday feature simple fun for a laidback autumn weekend.

Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a credit application between the Road and Bridge Department and FORCE America Credit. • Approved, 3-0, a catering contract with R&R catering for the county employee Christmas party not to exceed $5,000.

On the Record for Nov. 3, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 3, 2010

Hayden, South Routt voters OK school tax increases

Voters in Hayden and South Routt County approved property tax increases that will provide additional funding to each community’s school district. Each district’s superintendent said the annual funding boost would help them maintain current operations while facing anticipated cuts to K-12 education statewide.

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Republican Tipton unseats Salazar for 3rd Congressional District

Republican Scott Tipton, a state legislator from Cortez, will move his lawmaking career from the Capitol in Denver to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Tipton rode a nat­ionwide Republican wave Tues­day and unseated Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar to earn a seat in Congress.

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3 cruise to Hayden Town Council seats; fourth spot less clear

It looks as though there will be little turnover on Hayden Town Council. Lifelong resident Dallas Robinson and council members Jim Haskins and Tim Redmond were victorious, and Lorraine Johnson appears headed to a narrow win for the fourth and final seat.

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Routt County vote tallying finishes at 2:30 a.m.

The tallying of mail-in ballots extended past midnight and into this morning, causing election night complications. But voter turnout hit about 68 percent, with more than 9,000 Routt County residents weighing in.

Craig Daily Press welcomes new designer

The Craig Daily Press has a new addition in the creative services department. Kasey Wells, 23, has joined the Daily Press as its newest graphic designer. Wells fills a position previously held by Steamboat Springs resident Aaron Lugo. Her first day was Tuesday.

Little Snake River Valley volleyball strikes out at state tourney

Little Snake River Valley’s volleyball team lost a spot on the podium Saturday after losing 3-1 (25-13, 13-25, 25-21, 25-19) to Burlington in the consolation semifinals of the 1A state tournament in Casper, Wyo. The Rattlers were playing for a berth in the finals and a chance to finish in third place. Morgan Wille said two elements that have plagued the Rattlers throughout the season resurfaced against the West’s No. 2 on Saturday.

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MCHS soccer players reflect on season, look toward future

For Moffat County High School senior Tracy Mendoza, getting to the state soccer playoffs was a goal that took more time than the 90 minutes allotted for each match. But, after four seasons with the Bulldogs, Mendoza was able to reach the playoffs with his team. The MCHS boys varsity soccer team finished its season with the best record in the program’s 20-year history.

Ron and Betty Gorbet: Save our deer

To the editor: I am not so sure that it is the deer that need to be removed. How can anyone in their right mind categorize deer with bears and mountain lions? These animals are predators. They are carnivores and will kill to survive. Deer are herbivores.

JoHanna Wedemeyer: Deer plan horrifying

To the editor: I was so horrified to hear about the plans to destroy the majority of the deer living in Craig. I lived in Craig for a little over a year and feel that the deer were the best part about living in Craig.

Monty Ages: DOW deer plan faulty

To the editor: It is common knowledge that the entire business community prospers from the big game in our region. All community businesses and citizens need to stop the Colorado Division of Wildlife from senselessly killing our big game. The DOW’s strategy is to kill, kill and kill.

Craig Briefs: Newspaper seeks thankfulness pieces

In honor of Thanksgiving, on Nov. 25, the Craig Daily Press is soliciting written pieces about why you’re thankful this holiday season. Entries should be 150 words or fewer and should be e-mailed to Michelle Balleck at or dropped off at the Daily Press office, 466 Yampa Ave. Include the full name of the author and ages for those 18 and younger.

Don Marchbanks: Deer not a problem

To the editor: I’ve been in the Yampa Valley for 30 years. I hunt, fish, and spend as much time in the backcountry as I possible can.

Steve Cattoor: Deer issue needs action

To the editor: Some people have problems and some don’t with the way the Colorado Division of Wildlife has proposed to reduce the deer population in Craig. They have looked at various ways and will use the best ways to do this, but only with Craig City Council approval.

Bonnie Kerns: Deer issue overblown

To the editor: Let’s say there was a dog that went outside and was killed by a deer. Most dogs tend to be aggressive and will bark and/or chase deer. Maybe the dead dog tried to chase the deer to scare it away. Now you want to kill all the deer in town.

Bill Muldoon: Ghosts or poor photos

To the editor: The ghost hunter story had a valuable photographic tip for me. Even with my professional-grade Nikon D300S SLR camera, I pick up occasional orbs, mists, smoke and spirits.

Jenny Meyer: Save the deer in Craig

To the editor: I am a native of this area and have lived around the deer and elk here all my life. The country, rural lifestyle and wildlife that live here is why I continue to live here. Craig is a major deer and elk area, as many hunters from other states know. Naturally, we are going to have deer in town as Craig expands and claims their habitat.

Datebook for Nov. 3

8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.

Shawn Coleman: Craig a deer ‘sanctuary’

To the editor: What is it with the people of Craig? As an avid hunter and an animal lover, I am appalled that a few people and the Colorado Division of Wildlife think it’s OK to slaughter Craig’s deer. This is a sanctuary. Of course the deer like it here. With all the browse, no predators and no hunting, they have decided that dodging a few cars isn’t that bad.

Editorial: Appreciating athletic achievements

It’s been a notable fall sports season for Moffat County High School teams, as well as a couple of them up north. On the gridiron, the Bulldogs are making a late-season push for the playoffs. The football team stands 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the challenging Western Slope League. Our boys, winners of three straight, including an upset victory over then league-leading Rifle, can inch closer to the second season Friday, when they face rival Steamboat Springs.

Tim E. Ciesco: Relocate, not exterminate

To the editor: After attending the mock trial staged by the Craig City Council with an accompanying lynch crowd, I was appalled by what transpired. I am both pro-hunting and a dog lover, and strongly object to a unilateral decision to eradicate 241-plus deer solely on the basis of three “attacks” on dogs.

Sports briefs: Western Slope weekend football results

The high school football season may be coming to an end, but teams are still battling for the playoffs. Glenwood Springs (8-1 overall) remains undefeated within the 3A Western Slope League, standing 6-0 after a 24-7 win against Delta (5-4, 3-3) on Friday night. Rifle (6-3, 4-2) lost their second consecutive game to a team of Bulldogs — Palisade (8-1, 5-1) — falling 38-20.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman doesn’t like spending time with husband

Dear Annie: How do I deal with being married to someone I simply do not like? After 15 years, I realize that I don’t enjoy being around my husband. I look forward to him leaving the house. It is hard for me to do anything for someone I feel nothing for. I am just going through the motions. Is this what marriage is supposed to be? My parents contentedly spent time together, and I long for this in my own relationship. I want a companion.

Horoscope for Nov. 3

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Being the intense person you are, you can sometimes get overly concerned about achieving what is important to you. Don’t let any negative thoughts dominate your life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Until you’re sure that a misunderstanding you had with a friend is totally gone from his/her mind, it may not be too smart to confide in your pal about anything sensitive.

Tuesday, November 2

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Baumgardner rolls in House District 57

Hot Sulphur Springs rancher and Republican Randy Baum­gardner cruised to another victory in House District 57 on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie with 64 percent of the vote and continuing the GOP’s long hold on the Northwest Colorado seat.

Voters throw roadblocks in front of medical marijuana

Moffat County, Dinosaur voters reject new dispensaries from opening

Moffat County and Dinosaur voters considered two separate ballot measures in Tuesday’s general election regarding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Northwest Colorado. The answer in both measures: no new dispensaries. In Moffat County, the issue was whether voters would prohibit dispensaries and similar operations from opening within unincorporated parts of the county.

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Mathers over Moe — again

Incumbent commissioner ‘relieved’ by voters’ decision

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he knew exactly why county voters chose him to serve another four years in the District 3 seat during Tuesday’s general election. “It was my honesty,” he said. Mathers, 61, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, defeated write-in candidate Kerry Moe by 2,633 votes. He received 3,271 votes, or about 84 percent, to Moe’s 638 votes, or about 16 percent.

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Danner retains District 2

Republican incumbent secures another commissioner term

Audrey Danner said she wasn’t going to celebrate the general election results for the District 2 commissioner race in Moffat County. Instead, she was going directly home after leaving the Moffat County Courthouse on Tuesday night. But, that’s not because she wasn’t pleased with the results that gave her a 96-percent victory over write-in opponent Tami Barnes. “I’m going home,” Danner said. “I’ve got jury duty in the morning.”

Craig lodging tax not 2B

Opponent: Council should revisit issue and lower tax rate

Craig voters rejected the Craig City Council’s proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax during Tuesday’s general election. The measure failed by 1,226 votes. About 72 percent of Craig voters voted against the measure. The final vote total was 767 in favor and 1,993 against. Randy Looper, a Craig resident and co-owner of the Elk Run Inn, used one word to describe his feelings about the result of the lodging tax vote. Torn.

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Wiggins wins Routt County sheriff race

A late tally of about 4,000 mail ballots gave Garrett Wiggins the margin he needed to pull away from incumbent Gary Wall in the race for Routt County sheriff. “I’m excited to see I did pull away with the mail-in vote. It goes to show you hard work does pay,” Wiggins said.

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2010

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Final Moffat County results from Tuesday's general election

The Moffat County voters have spoken and have defeated measures to allow medical marijuana dispensaries as well as a Craig lodging tax proposal. Referendum 2B, the city of Craig’s 6.9-percent lodging tax proposal, has failed with a 72-percent no vote. Both Moffat County and Dinosaur voters have decided to not allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Incumbent Moffat County Commissioners Tom Mathers and Audrey Danner secured another term by defeating write-in candidates Kerry Moe and Tami Barnes, respectively. Read the full results here.

Competency questioned for Steamboat man accused of shooting wife

What was intended to be an arraignment in District Court for Robert Cash on Tuesday turned into a discussion about his competency to stand trial and the evaluations needed before the case can proceed.

Night delays on U.S. 40 near Hayden to start Wednesday

Work to set girders over U.S. 40 is scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, as part of the Hayden rail spur project. U.S. 40 will be closed just east of Routt County Road 27 for up to 45 minutes at a time, Xcel Energy said in a release.

Bears Ears Patriots begin new program to increase future voter turnout

While Election Day activity was in full swing Tuesday at the Centennial Mall voting center, Craig resident Tracy Winder was waiting by the telephone. Winder, a member of the Bears Ears Patriots, was ready to lend a hand and a set of wheels. The group’s Election Day project was offering free transportation to the mall for voters who needed it, as long as they called one of the available members and asked to be picked up.

Sports Spotlight: Kelly Syvertson

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “I just thought it looked like fun in seventh grade, so I kept playing it.”

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 2

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. I’m not much of a Halloween person. It’s OK, but I like events that include family gatherings better. I love pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and so on. So, I’ll be looking forward to the upcoming holidays.

Moffat County Candidates ready for general election results

With the 2010 election season almost over, Moffat County Commission candidates reflected Monday on their efforts to win votes and how they think today’s general election will take shape. Two write-in candidates are challenging two commission incumbents for open seats in Districts 2 and 3. Write-in candidate Tami Barnes is running against incumbent commissioner Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat, and write-in candidate Kerry Moe is running against incumbent commissioner Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat.

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Local DAR chapter buys Lay schoolhouse, envisions museum

Shannan Koucherik stood Sunday outside the one-room schoolhouse in Lay, admiring the building and recalling her first visit to the site more than a year ago. “I just fell in love with it,” Koucherik said. “The wind was blowing through the broken windows and there were shreds of curtains still up. “I just thought, ‘This could really be something.’”

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Bad Dogs tear up weekend meets

Luke Pleasant has been involved in wrestling for nearly half of his 8-year-old life. In that time, he’s accumulated quite a collection of trophies. But, there’s always room for more. Pleasant was one of 45 members of the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team who participated in tournaments in Steamboat Springs and Craig over the weekend. The team won 29 first-place distinctions, 11 in Steamboat’s Saturday meet and 18 in Craig’s Fall Classic at Moffat County High School on Sunday.

Moffat County, area officials discuss lodging tax, medical pot measures

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile said he is nervously but anxiously awaiting the results of how Craig residents vote on Referendum 2B, the city’s lodging tax proposal, during today’s general election. He said the same was true for the group Progress for Craig, which worked throughout the last several months to support the proposed 6.9-percent city lodging tax and educate voters about its benefits. “There is always just that little nervousness about the unknown — you never know what it is going to look like until a little bit after 7 p.m.,” Carwile said.

Craig Briefs: Chamber breakfast slated for this week

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s informational wake-up breakfast is scheduled to begin at 6:47 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn of Craig, 377 Cedar Court, which is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per plate. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689 or e-mail

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 2

Wednesday 5:45 p.m. The third- and fourth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 5:45 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls Craig youth basketball teams play at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Kimarie Hazelbaker: Don’t kill the deer

To the editor: I am absolutely, unequivocally opposed to killing the deer in Craig. In fact, I have been sick since reading about the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s options for “removing” the deer. It is really hard to believe that some of my Craig neighbors have so little respect for life that they can justify the killing of these beautiful animals. Our mayor apparently jumped right on the plan to kill the deer, saying “based on the support” he will “move forward” with the plan.

V.L. Wyman: No on lodging tax

To the editor: Points to ponder: The revenue generated by the 6.9-percent lodging tax comes from the tourism base we supposedly are trying to develop. The tourists, visitors and potential citizens are being asked to fund our capital projects, our economic development, our beautification programs and our community infrastructure while we residents pat ourselves on the back because the tax burden will be on them, not us.

Announcement: Pearl White-Wilson-Schneider

Pearl White-Wilson-Schneider, a former Craig resident and 1939 Moffat County High School graduate, collected 90 bears for her 90th birthday May 17, 2010.

Datebook for Nov. 2

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting in the general election takes place at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Craig; Hamilton Community Center, 17400 S. Colorado Highway 13; Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis St.; and the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 400 W. School St. Moffat County residents may vote at any of the four locations. Call 824-9104.

Bill Snare: ‘Production’ is the goal

To the editor: Wake up, America. It is disturbing to me the voting public has let America down. We continue to vote for the best-looking, best orator, most exciting politician, rather than the most practical. Today, Washington, D.C., is filled with the political agenda that you and I have put there.

Kathy Harkner: Deer problem ‘serious’

To the editor: The deer problem in Craig is serious and detrimental to the safety of pets and citizens of Craig. My first bad experience with them was five years ago, on Nov. 12, which you can look up in your archives and find an article on the front page of that day’s Craig Daily Press. It has only escalated since then. Enough already. These deer are just as much of a threat as bears, cougars, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, etc., and need to be destroyed.

Mari KAtherine Raftopoulos: Making a perfect picture

As a child, I loved to paint. Not portraits to hang on the fridge or still life fruit basket paintings made in art class, I loved to paint buildings, fences, walls and just about everything. Although my parents never really let me have a real bucket of paint, I still found ways to paint the town, and at that time my town was the ranch.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman thinks ex is talking trash

Dear Annie: I am an older divorced woman and belong to a square-dancing club. Shortly after I started, a single man joined and quickly became my dance partner. He was very smooth and a good dancer, and we also began dating. Then he said there was something I needed to know about him, but he was reluctant to tell me. Instead, he gave me his ex-wife’s telephone number and told me to call her.

Horoscope for Nov. 2

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t go along with the group if what they want to do violates your principles or high standards, regardless of the peer pressure some may place on you. Stand by your high-mindedness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Instead of being the disruptor within the household, contribute to the tranquility of the family. Selfish demands will cause kinfolk to rebel or behave similarly.

Monday, November 1

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Brooks Kellogg to remain in jail after judge denies bond request

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg will remain in jail after a U.S. District Court judge denied his attorney’s request for bail Monday. The hearing Monday was Kellogg’s first appearance in court since his Oct. 19 arrest at Denver International Airport.

Craig eighth-grade hoops team edges Hayden, 35-19

Seventh-grade team falls, 19-18, in Saturday hardwood action

Tyler Davis has grown accustomed to winning this year. After a 7-0 season on Craig Middle School’s eighth-grade football team, he wants to remain undefeated in every sport he plays. The transition to basketball season hasn’t slowed his winning ways. The CMS eighth-grade boys hoops team won, 35-19, in its Saturday morning game against Hayden. It was the first home game of the season for the 3-0 Bulldogs, who have previous wins against Steamboat Springs and Meeker.

On the Record for Nov. 1, 2010

On the Record for Nov. 1, 2010

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My Life My Words: Dale Little — Healing people through the ‘gamut of life’

“I’m a doctor of physical therapy and I’m the physical therapy manager for The (Memorial) Hospital. We’re the outpatient rehab facility for the hospital, so we do inpatient at the hospital, outpatient here (at the Centennial Mall) and we also provide home health care services. Most of my time is spent here. “My undergraduate degree was in biomechanics and exercise science, so that was a nice lead to physical therapy. I completed my physical therapy degree back in 1995 and completed my doctorate in 2007. I’m also an orthopedic manual physical therapist. Basically, it’s about understanding the joint structure better, understanding the way people move and function. I do spinal mobilization and manipulation, joint mobilization and manipulation to improve function and decrease pain.

Business Beat: Up and at ‘em with Elevated Technologies

If you’re looking to install or repair an elevator in your building, Elevated Technologies, located in Craig and serving Northwest and Central Colorado, is available to help you. Elevated Technologies is now offering free consultation and free estimates. Services that are offered include elevator service, repair, modernization, installation and inspection.

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Girls cross country finishes 12th at state

Maddy Jourgensen’s watery eyes summed it up for the Moffat County High School girls cross-country team. “It was just not a good race,” she said, fighting off tears after her race at the Colorado State High School Cross-Country Championships. Jourgensen finished her stellar cross-country career with an 11th-place finish. As a junior she was fourth and as a sophomore she was sixth.

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New Creation Church hosts 1st service at new location

The Rev. Jason Haskell stood at the podium. Behind him, five musicians and four singers waited silently on stage. “I think God is a party god,” Haskell said to his congregation Sunday. “If you look at the Scriptures of the Old Testament to the New, you’ll see that he was always into celebration. he would always say, ‘And on this day, set this day aside for celebration, set this day apart for the things I want to do. And rejoice and celebrate.’” With those words, the band struck up a rollicking song. The congregation waved arms, clapped hands and swayed in celebration.

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MCHS boys cross-country celebrates successful season despite missing goals

An hour after the last high school cross-country race of his career, Chris Zirkle was smiling, but he admitted it wasn’t his biggest smile. “I’m happy with my season, but not entirely with my race today,” said the Hayden resident who runs for Moffat County High School. “I wanted to finish in the top two.”

H. Neal Glanville: An unorthodox Halloween tale

In the 1900s, when large nations were beginning to realize how easy it was to grab power from smaller, basically unarmed countries, it was casually observed and often laughed about in the American newspapers of the day. The politicians of the time saw no real reason to worry about some European country squashing another country just so they could “crow” about how big and powerful they were getting. This was all about to change the first week of October 1904.

Thompson-Booker: Vote no on 2B

To the editor: I am writing to urge the citizens of Craig to vote no on 2B on Tuesday. It is not that I do not support a lodging tax, but I do not support increasing the lodging tax by 5 percent during this period of economic downturn. Many of the lodgers are being impacted by the lack of work that was in the area this spring and summer. Now we are asking those that do come to Craig for work, which is the primary reason most people rent hotel rooms, to pay 5 percent more.

Datebook for Nov. 1

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Craig Briefs: LEAP benefits begin today

The Moffat County Department of Social Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will be processing applications from today through April 30, 2011. LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.

Linda Cown: Finding a ‘better way’

To the editor: There has got to be a better way. I moved to Craig five years ago to be near my daughter after living in Denver for 35 years. I am disabled and rarely leave the house, especially in the winter.

Heidi Click: People a bigger threat

To the editor: The deer are dangerous? A threat? I disagree that the deer are to blame when there are incidents. People are more dangerous and more of a threat than deer have ever been. I see cars chasing deer. Yes, in town.

James Merett: Not worth supporting

To the editor: I have always been a registered Republican since I came of age to vote. I agree with limiting government size, spending, limiting government regulation of businesses, having a strong military and my Second Amendment rights. But voting for a Republican on Tuesday, I can’t do. John Williams brought up the name-calling used by some liberals to describe conservative in his letter to the editor.

Horoscope for Nov. 1

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Step out socially if you can make the time to do so, because good things could happen for you when friends are gathered together, especially if you have a kind word for everybody. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You could surprise others as well as yourself by displaying the tenacity to overcome all kinds of obstacles that might be blocking your path to reach an important objective.

Aging Well: Aging field offers growing career options

Increasing number of seniors fuels demand for wellness teachers, social workers and more

Many people assume working with older adults means having medical experience. Although there is an increasing need for health care professionals skilled in aging issues, the growing number of adults ages 50 and older also is fueling demand for people to work with, or on behalf of, older adults in many other settings and roles.

Annie's Mailbox: Cousin’s behavior concerning

Dear Annie: How do you get a mentally ill person to see a psychiatrist when he thinks he’s perfectly fine? I have a cousin who immigrated to the U.S. with his family a year ago. I believe he had some issues before they came, but the new environment and financial pressure finally buckled him. Two months ago, he started interrogating his wife about her hundreds of alleged affairs and other nonexistent misbehavior.

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Monger promotes coal industry impacts to state utilities commission

The future of Twentymile Coal Co., Routt County’s top taxpayer, briefly took center stage Friday in a windowless room in downtown Denver, where state electricity officials discussed how to balance clean-air requirements with the economic foundation and power generation of coal.