News for Thursday, November 18, 2010



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.