News for Wednesday, November 3, 2010



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.