News for Saturday, November 27, 2010



Craig resident Les Shirkey bowls 3rd perfect game

In December 2009, bowler Les Shirkey was able to achieve a lifelong goal by rolling a perfect, 300 game. He complemented the feat by bowling another perfect game in February, making him the only bowler to have bowled two 300 games in the same league season at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. Recently, he picked up another.

MCHS Student Council takes a break from this year’s agenda

Delaine Brown, Moffat County High School registrar and student council advisor, said the student council needs to get out more. “We highly encouraged them to come up with a fun activity just for themselves,” Brown said. “Just go do something. No meeting, no nothing, just have fun. “Sometimes they just get too wrapped up into things.”

Government update for Nov. 27

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday, Nov. 30 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

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Bowling over the competition in Craig

A week before Thanksgiving, Trey Leray already had turkey on his mind. However, his turkey was served up on the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center instead of the dinner table. Rolling three straight strikes, he was already making a strong showing in his first bowling tournament in an adult league. “At first, I was really nervous. But then, I just started rolling,” he said.

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Craig-area residents flood stores for Black Friday, but economy could weigh on spending

It was 3 a.m. when Teresa Tingle awoke Friday. The 50-year-old Tingle, who lives in the Meeker area, faced an hour drive before arriving in Craig for the numerous Black Friday shopping deals. But, she said that’s something she’s used to.

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Security measures from 2008 school bond fully operational in Moffat County

Mike Taylor, facilities manager for the Moffat County School District, stood in his office on Rose Street and pointed to a large, flat-screen computer screen. On display, in neatly ordered columns and rows, were dozens of live, full-color, high-definition video images from a building across town. “That’s the high school now,” Taylor said of the images. “I can see what’s going on in the gymnasium, I can see what’s going on in the parking lot, just by sitting here.

Diane Prather: A farmer or rancher’s Christmas list

The wheat harvest is done, and the hay is stacked, waiting for winter feeding. Hunting season is over (for the most part, anyway), and farmers and ranchers got a well-deserved break while celebrating Thanksgiving. While enjoying leftover turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, people are going over their Christmas lists, trying to decide what gifts to buy for friends and family.

Veterans Hotline: An assistance group comes ‘Out of the Shadows’

There is a new organization starting up called “Out of the Shadows.” It involves veterans helping veterans. Anyone that has been to war has probably changed, and this is a group designed specifically to show that veterans can help other veterans overcome their difficulties.

Editorial: Give a little, get a lot back

Whether it’s time or money, when it comes to donating, our community comes through each and every instance. This degree of giving and how freely it’s done, Editorial Board members contend, separates Craig and Moffat County from just about all other communities.

Craig Briefs: Variety Show slated to begin Dec. 3

The Craig Variety Show will take place the first Friday of every month at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, according to a news release. The next event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. There will be food and drinks, and local singer/songwriters, poets and storytellers are welcome to perform.

Sports Briefs: Craig BCA Pool League weekly score update

The following are the latest scores for the Craig BCA Pool League following the 11th week of play. League nights are at 5 p.m. Sundays and at 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar. • Sunday night 8-ball Motley Cue 1,841

Datebook for Nov. 27

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Thanksgiving through Sunday. Branches are scheduled to reopen Monday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A craft sale takes place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Call Mary Walters at 824-2923.

Jim Blevins: ‘War is not the answer’

To the editor: I am very concerned about the continuing demonization of Islam by Diane West and the letter of support by Bob Grubb. This concerns me because such attitudes lead directly to wars and hate crimes. I certainly cannot defend violence and oppression that comes from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nor can I defend the millennium of oppression of Europe that came from the Christian church leadership in Rome. I cannot defend the amputations and stonings that are called for by some implementations of Sharia Law. But then, I can’t defend developing torture to an art form by the centuries of inquisition used to enforce purity of Christian dogma.

Kerrie Clarke: Please be aware

To the editor: This is to the people who live in Moffat County. Please be aware that a company has sent us a letter asking our permission to do a 3-D seismic survey on our property to locate gas and/or oil. We live on Thompson Hill, only a stone’s throw away from the Yampa River.

Horoscope for Nov. 27

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you have to choose between doing something acceptable for appearance’s sake and doing something that offers personal benefits, you might find it difficult to select. Choose wisely. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — When it comes to anything important, such as matters having to do with your job or family, do not rush to judgment. Your immediate impression might be biased and off course.

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Black Friday with a Steamboat twist

Steady, often snow-focused business replaces big city madness

Long lines of customers, insane deals and perfect people-watching conditions have come to define the post-Thanksgiving Day shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. Steamboat Springs wasn’t ex­­­cluded from the money-making pot­­ential of Black Fri­­day. In typical Steam­­boat fashion, things were a little slower and minds often were focused on skiing and snow.

Annie's Mailbox: Siblings’ weight worries woman

Dear Annie: Four of my five siblings and their partners are tremendously overweight. Two of my sisters claim to have the “family fat genes.” I don’t believe such nonsense. I love my siblings dearly, but sadly, their children are now “blossoming” into overweight adults and a few have children of their own who are getting pudgy.