News for Saturday, November 13, 2010

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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.

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.

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.

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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 www.centennialmall.com. 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 www.petfinder.com 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.