News for Saturday, November 6, 2010



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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.