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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

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.