Stories for October 2010


Sunday, October 31

Hayden football draws Monte Vista

Tigers likely to play on road Saturday

As of Sunday afternoon, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner didn’t know much that couldn’t be gleaned from a quick Google search. He knew the important part, though: His Tigers were officially in the Class 1A playoffs.

Saturday, October 30

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Moffat County forces three turnovers in dominating 34-14 win

No overtime needed this week for the Moffat County High School football team. Three forced turnovers and a dominating performance from both lines led the Bulldogs to a 34-14 win at Eagle Valley on Friday night. “We work everyday on forcing turnovers,” Moffat coach Kip Hafey said. “This week, it paid off.” On the other sideline, the perspective was painful.

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CMS science teacher blows up pumpkins for educational purposes

On Friday morning, Norm Yoast addressed his eighth-grade science class by asking students to don safety goggles. Yoast stood at the head of the class. Directly in front of him lay a pumpkin on a pedestal. “There are two types of energy — kinetic energy and potential energy,” Yoast said. “Kinetic energy is anything moving.

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CNCC, Moffat County reach agreement on cooperative education program

Ray Pearcey walked between two semi-trucks parked in the garage of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department. “I can remember when I was young and coming into a shop like this,” Pearcey said. “It was like being in awe land.” Pearcey, a mechanic for the road and bridge department and an adjunct instructor for the automotive program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, now has an opportunity to share that thrill with students.

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The ‘thin veil between’

Craig resident, ghost hunter claims photos prove life after death

Craig resident Barbara Nicholes contends there is another realm close to our own, a place one can see and almost touch, with the right perception. “It is like there is a thin veil between the living and the dead,” Nicholes said. Nicholes, who has lived in Craig since 1985, started searching for a way to connect with the world of the dead about six months ago.

Veteran's Hotline: Bowling center hosting upcoming flag dedication

There will be a flag dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig. Veterans can also bowl from 1 to 5 p.m. for free on that day. The bowling center is also having a raffle for bowling balls.

Andy Bockelman: New and vintage — the best in Halloween creature features

Just as “Sleepless in Seattle” gets demand viewing on Valentine’s Day and the old family cassette of “It’s a Wonderful Life” gets a little more worn out each Christmas Eve, so does the movie-viewing world spark to life come the end of October. With hundreds of choices in what to view around Halloween, it’s hard to pick out what can give you the best fright, especially if you’re picky about what makes your skin crawl.

Moffat County School District facing $400K fund deficit

At the Moffat County School Board’s meeting Thursday, finance director Mark Rydberg directed the board’s attention to a budget table that painted a bleak picture during a first quarter report. “Just a couple of things to point out,” Rydberg said. “You can see in table 3 the difference in revenues and the difference in expenses.” According to the table’s bottom line, the difference in revenues — from what was established during budget talks in March to first quarter forecasts — results in a $103,450 shortfall. The difference in expenditures over the same period of time results in an increase of $221,927.

A&L: Achievement Night a celebration, look ahead

Moffat County 4-H Agent Alisa Comstock said the annual Achievement Night “recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H members and the 4-H program for the previous (ending) year.” In addition to being a year-end event, the 2010 Achievement Night, scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, will celebrate Colorado 4-H’s 100th birthday. All year, Colorado 4-H clubs have been carrying out special activities to celebrate the 4-H centennial.

EDP: Yes on lodging tax

To the editor: It’s on everybody’s mind these days — the economy. But, what can we do about it? Sometimes it feels like the world is too complicated and that one person or one community can’t really make a difference. You already work hard at your job or businesses.

Mary Jane Horrocks: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: I just completed my mail-in ballot. This is the first time I have voted for a write-in candidate. I appreciate this opportunity for choice and wholeheartedly endorse Kerry Moe in the race of Moffat County Commissioner, District 3.

Sandy Beran: More deer ideas needed

The experts have presented Craig three ideas for dealing with the deer in our town: kill them, kill them, kill them. Is that really the best we can do? Is that good stewardship with our natural resources? We moved to Craig from Steamboat Springs in 2002 because it was more affordable. We have come to value the uniqueness of Craig that is still part of the Wild West. While more and more communities become generic and similar, Craig has kept its own identity.

Jody Maxson: DOW deer plan ‘wrong’

To the editor: What is about to happen to the deer is so wrong. I have lived in the same house on Stout Street for 40 years, and lived with the deer in my yard with no problems whatsoever.

Craig Rummel: 2B’s welfare mentality

To the editor: While everyone is debating the pros and cons of the lodging tax, one important idea has been missed. The entire county believes “We the People” are being taxed to death. Almost 50 percent of Americans are on some sort of entitlement program. Welfare recipients don’t care who pays the tab as long as they receive the benefits.

Gail Severson: Vote for lodging tax

To the editor: I am writing in support of Referendum 2B, the city lodging tax. I was part of the original group of people who got the current county lodging tax passed about 20 years ago. As the previous director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, I realize the importance of passing the city lodging tax. My reasons are many.

On the Record for Oct. 30, 2010

Craig Police Department Thursday, Oct. 28 Officers responded to a report of an open door. Officers responded to a report of a weapons violation.

Government update for Oct. 30

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 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

The Memorial Hospital Board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, The Memorial Hospital Board: • Approved, 5-0, medical staff privileges as presented.

Craig Briefs: Youth wrestling tournament Sunday

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program will host its Fall Classic at 10 a.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The four- and six-man round robin tournament will feature wrestlers ages 4 to 14. Check-in is at 8 a.m., with a coaches meeting at 9 a.m. General admission is $5. For more information on the Bad Dogs, call Billy Bingham at 824-1741.

Phyllis Barainca: Don’t ‘destroy’ the deer

To the editor: Leave it to the Colorado Division of Wildlife to come up with three ways to reap death and destruction in the streets and outskirts of Craig. I attended the Tuesday meeting and learned that the DOW has a plan to remove deer from the town. Apparently, the DOW presented it to other Colorado towns and were turned down. The town-folks wouldn’t do it.

Datebook for Oct. 30

11 a.m. Scott Tipton, a Republican candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, is at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., to meet with community members. Noon to 2 p.m. The Craig coffee party meets in the back room at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group will discuss Tuesday’s general election. The meeting is open to anyone. Call Jim Blevins at 824-4564.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother worried about daughter

Dear Annie: My 15-year-old daughter, “Tracie,” is attractive, a top student, a volunteer and a Sunday school teacher. She planned to become a doctor. Recently, Tracie became sexually involved with a 20-year-old man who is known to be a drug pusher. Moreover, he has a girlfriend. Tracie does not claim to love him.

Horoscope for Oct. 30

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Continue to operate as diligently as you can in the sensible manner you’ve been moving and a major, ambitious objective can be realized. However, it behooves you not to mention your intentions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Although it may have been a while, don’t lower your expectations and hopes. What you are visualizing is achievable and now within the realm of possibility. Think win.

Friday, October 29

Moffat County football team ready for Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School varsity football team looks to continue a late-season surge at 7 p.m. tonight when they face the Eagle Valley Devils in Gypsum.

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Little Snake River Valley football team drills 1st-round playoff foe

In the Little Snake River Valley football team’s last meeting with the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, the six-man squad from Baggs, Wyo., sailed to a 79-0 victory. The Rattlers looked almost as dominant Friday at the Snake Pit. Little Snake River Valley scored 64 points in a first-round playoff shutout against the Pronghorns. The win sends the Little Snake River Valley team to the second-round of Wyoming’s six-man state playoffs.

Randy and Cindy Looper: Ref. 2B — Vote no, vote to try again

The lodging tax issue, or Referendum 2B, is one of the many decisions you must make next week. Before you decide how you want to vote on this measure, please make sure that you are not deceived by the propaganda. We have read several times that the tax is only 6.9 percent, and will mean only $5 on an average room. Please be aware that this 6.9 percent is on top of the other state, and local taxes for a grand total of 14.05 percent. Based on the $90 rate that has been discussed, the total for the room goes from $98.15 at the current tax rate to $102.65 at the proposed rate. This is where the “mere” $5 makes a difference.

Chris Jones: Ref. 2B — A step forward

This Tuesday, Craig residents will vote on Referendum 2B, the proposed city lodging tax. Referendum 2B is more than a ballot initiative. Referendum 2B is a grassroots effort from the citizens of Craig to grow our tourism industry and diversify the local economy. Vote yes for 2B and vote for Craig’s future. Vote no and vote against progress. Unfortunately, the fear of the unknown has created a misperception of 2B within the community. This misperception is fueled by individuals presenting opinion as fact and by opponents sensationalizing the impact of the proposed tax.

On the Record for Oct. 29

On the Record for Oct. 29

DA investigator search ongoing

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, is continuing her search for a replacement chief investigator. Oldham began looking for a replacement for former chief investigator Joe DeAngelo earlier this month. DeAngelo’s last day in the office was Oct. 1. He left for a position with the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office in Denver.

Specialized Services in Craig seeking volunteers for 1-on-1 mentorship

Craig resident Tom Beachman did not intend wordplay when he described the personal impact of his volunteer work for Horizons Specialized Services in Craig. “It’s an expanding experience,” Beachman said of his personal growth as a mentor. Horizons Specialized Services, works in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with, or at risk of, developmental disabilities, according to the agency’s mission statement.

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MCHS runners ready for state competition

Moffat County High School runner Miguel Molina was at the peak of his cross-country season three weeks ago. He had posted his fastest time and was ready to continue strong. However, he sustained an injury playing varsity football, which slowed him down.

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Traditional double-wing Eagle Valley not expected to be easy for Moffat County

The last time the Moffat County High School football team traveled to Vail Valley, it hopped off the bus prepared to face an option attack. But to their surprise, Battle Mountain had a new quarterback and ended up throwing for more than 350 yards. This week, the Bulldogs don’t expect too many surprises as they return to the I-70 corridor to face Eagle Valley.

Daily Press welcomes new manager

The Craig Daily Press welcomes a new creative services manager, as Laura Vermeulen re-joined the staff Thursday. Vermeulen, 26, of Steamboat Springs, most recently was an ad designer at the Steamboat Pilot & Today and before that, a designer for the Daily Press’ The Print Shop. “In that period of time that she worked here, she impressed time and time again with her ability and work ethic,” Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson said of Vermeulen. “So, when I needed a new creative services manager, she was my first pick.”

Local fuel gauge for Oct. 29

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.98 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way

Halloween happenings in Craig area

What: The “After Dark” Light Show When: 7 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday Where: The Jungle Pet Shop, 465 Yampa Ave. Cost: Free

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Application process begins soon in Craig for assistance program

Marie Peer, director of the Moffat County Department of Social Services, said no home should go without heat. “We found they would have their heat turned off for part of the day,” Peer said of low-income residents of Moffat County. “They would be wearing sweaters and doing everything they could to stay warm. That is just horrific when people are not warm enough and their pipes freeze and they get sick.” Peer said her department has a solution for those residents who cannot afford, or are struggling to pay, their heating bill this winter.

Publisher's Notebook: Wanted — One trick-or-treat czar

Confusion is running mad throughout Moffat County today, as I am sure it is in all other counties. In today’s day and age when our leader, President Barack Obama, names a czar for almost every issue that arises, he has apparently overlooked this very important one. The downtown businesses, Centennial Mall, Sunset Meadows and Craig Christian Church are hosting Halloween trick-or-treating events Saturday, which happens to be the day before the actual holiday.

The Rev. Michael Rapp: Saints?!

Halloween is right around the corner. Orange and black displays fill the grocery stores with candy and rubber masks, pumpkin pie bakes in the oven and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot is heard as children enjoy nature’s last call before winter arrives. For Christians, Halloween has a special significance. Most of our holidays in America come from religious celebrations (holidays equals “holy-days”), and Halloween is no exception.

Ed and Shannan Koucherik: We need an alternative

To the editor: We are sadly resigned to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s plan to decimate up to 75 percent of the deer population in Craig. While we understand that there have been some isolated incidents of deer being aggressive, it’s hard to believe that there are not some alternatives available. We agree that injured and sick animals should be humanely killed, but the approach of trapping and/or shooting deer of all ages and gender doesn’t seem to fall under the heading of good wildlife management.

Frank Sadvar: More than a deer issue

To the editor: We all know we have a lot of deer in town, and unless something is done, we will have more. But, this archery idea concerns me as an archery hunter. OK now, we also know dogs and deer are natural enemies

John Williams: Fixing problems

To the editor: In this election cycle, President Barack Obama and the liberals have called me uneducated, misguided, redneck, gun nut, right-wing extremist, racist, bigot and now I am confused and scared. If you have ever noticed, this is standard operating procedure for the left — as soon as anyone disagrees with them they bring out the name-calling to try and distract from what they are really doing. You can judge how much trouble they are in by the number and frequency of names used. I will clarify just a couple of points for them.

H. Neal Glanville: Night vision and spotlights on the great deer hunt

I had thought better of speaking about Craig’s deer “problem,” having poked common sense at it several times in the past, but in light of comments by my 11-year-old grandson, Trey Daniel Gallegos, I thought common sense should raise its ugly head, once more. While Grandma Jane was cruising town with Trey, the subject of killing the city deer came up and Trey remarked “the only deer you see in town, Grandma, are does and fawns, and they just come to town to stay safe.”

Datebook for Oct. 29

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. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 5 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

Craig Briefs: Candidate slated to visit Craig

Scott Tipton, a Republican candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, will appear at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., in Craig, to meet with community members. Coffee party to meet Saturday The Craig coffee party is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the back room at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group will discuss Tuesday’s general election.

Gene and Loretta Counts: Thank you for coming

To the editor: We would like to thank all the family and friends who came to our 60th wedding anniversary party Oct. 9 and made it a success. A special thanks to our kids and their spouses, and grandkids and their spouses for putting it on for us. They put a lot of thought and work into it. It was a wonderful party.

Horoscope for Oct. 29

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Should conditions at times appear to be a bit critical when it comes to a joint endeavor that is important to you, stay calm. Know that in the long run your possibilities for success are excellent. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Unusual methods might be called for in order to strengthen the bonds of one of your more significant relationships. However, that should be right up your alley.

Hayden football eyeing playoff berth

Tigers set to face Lake County Panthers today

Only one Western Slope League team gets an automatic bid to the 16-team Class 1A playoffs, and, thanks to a big win against the Hayden High School football team this month, Hotchkiss has that spot locked up.

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Hayden, Soroco volleyball teams to square off

2 teams will advance from district volleyball tournament

The message from the Class 2A high school volleyball teams staked out on opposite ends of the county is the same. Hayden and Soroco, headed Saturday to play in the district volleyball tournament in Rangely, see an opening — a chance to advance to the regional tournament.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman concerned for grandson’s safety

Dear Annie: Our son recently informed us that our 7-year-old grandson has high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. I have extensive experience with children on the autism spectrum. “Jeremy’s” behaviors, while rowdy, are not typical of Asperger’s. What we have noticed, however, is a crippling degree of anxiety and numerous phobias in our daughter-in-law, “Lois.”

Thursday, October 28

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Steamboat Ski Area snowmaking system gets added horsepower

Ski area crews won’t start piling up the powder until next month

Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane said a new snowmaking pump house is being completed opposite Casey’s Pond, but snowmaking isn't expected to start until November. Construction crews are also picking up the pace on turning the deck at the Bear River Bar & Grill into a glass-enclosed umbrella bar.

Janet Sheridan: Halloween remembered

Except for the miniature Snickers bars, I could do without Halloween. As a teacher, I presided over the dance of the imps and acted as a wardrobe mistress during the school party: adjusting wigs knocked askew, pinning up Tinker Bell’s tulle and re-tying Superman’s cape, ripped off in a tussle with Igor. As a partygoer, I lacked the imagination needed for clever costuming.

Routt County caught up on ballot copying

Weinland: Judges have hand-copied all 1,775 mailed ballots

Bipartisan teams of election judges have worked a succession of four-hour shifts this week, hand-copying unreadable ballots onto new ballots in conference rooms on the third floor of the Routt County Courthouse. They had completed 1,775 as of Wednesday night.

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Playoffs begin today in Baggs

Six-man football team prepared for familiar foe in first-round action

Players on the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man football team are ready to extend their undefeated season. In the first round of Wyoming’s playoff schedule, the Rattlers will play a familiar opponent, welcoming back the Farson-Eden Pronghorns at 2 p.m. today. The game is the second meeting between the two teams. In their first match-up Sept. 17, the top-seeded Rattlers crushed the eighth-seeded Pronghorns, 79-0, and scored 12 touchdowns for the highest-scoring game of the Rattlers’ 7-0 season.

Andy Bockelman: New and vintage — the best in Halloween in creature features

Different horror movies can still produce the same results of terror

Just as “Sleepless in Seattle” gets demand viewing on Valentine’s Day and the old family cassette of “It’s a Wonderful Life” gets a little more worn out each Christmas Eve, so does the movie-viewing world spark to life come the end of October. With hundreds of choices in what to view during Halloween, it’s hard to pick out what can give you the best fright, especially if you’re picky about what makes your skin crawl.

On the Record for Oct. 28, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 28, 2010

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Weather leads to crashes on U.S. 40

Icy conditions east of Hayden caused several drivers to slide off U.S. Highway 40 and forced a closure of the road from about 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. As of Wednesday evening, there were no serious injuries reported from the crashes. Mellisa Baumgartner, public information officer for the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, said a vehicle slide blocked both lanes of traffic on the highway during the morning commute.

Katie’s Kostumes in Craig caters to last-minute shoppers

Katie Johnson has an unconventional take on Halloween. “I just think Halloween should be fun,” Johnson said. “It should never have become a gory icky.” Johnson is the owner of Katie’s Kostumes, a costume rental shop at 1172 Washington St. Today and Friday will be the biggest business days of the year for Johnson, as people make last-minute decisions on what to wear to a slew of Halloween events in Craig this weekend.

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Craig City Council seeks input for deer removal plan

A Tuesday work session with the Craig City Council and Colorado Division of Wildlife didn’t turn out the way Craig resident Shannan Koucherik expected. Koucherik said she was hoping for more of a dialogue between interested residents and the two organizations during the meeting on how to manage deer within city limits. However, a day later, Koucherik said she is still trying to understand the meeting.

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Progress for Craig promotes 2B

Joe Ence, a Moffat County resident who lives outside Craig city limits, came to a Craig lodging tax forum Wednesday with a few questions. Ence said he was concerned about potential damage the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax would have on the area’s image for visitors. “Maybe the hunters that have been coming every year … go, ‘You know, this little town is expensive — milk, eggs, gas and now hotels,’” he said.

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MCHS soccer team loses 1st-round playoff game against Windsor, 4-1

With about five minutes left in the first round of the state playoffs, Moffat County soccer player Tracy Mendoza put in his 30th goal of the season. But, the personal milestone was not enough to put his team in the second round.

BLM set to burn slash piles

Smoke may be visible this week southwest of Meeker as the Bureau of Land Management begins burning slash piles generated from fuel reduction work in the summer, the BLM reported in a news release. The agency plans to burn 250 to 300 piles across 15 acres on Wolf Ridge, south of Rio Blanco County Road 24, beginning this week through December, according to the release. Burning will be conducted on days when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread, the BLM reported.

Clarence Corriveau: Leave the deer alone

To the editor: I read, with great interest, your recent news article about the “aggressive” deer problem in Craig. I cannot believe that anyone in Craig America could be afraid to go out of their house because of the deer. What has become of my hometown?

Ida Gordon: Thank you, Cortners

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Red and Linda Cortner for the incredibly generous pumpkin giveaway. They are a true asset to Craig.

Marquilla Hood: Too cold to play outside

To the editor: When is it too cold for children to play outside at school? According to the Moffat County School District, it is 10 degrees with wind chill. I believe that is too cold for children.

Craig Briefs: Howl at the Moon to benefit food bank

The Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court, hosts the Howl at the Moon costume party from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. The event includes food, drinks and music. The event also includes prizes for best carved jack-o-lantern and best couple costume, as well as wildest and mildest costumes. Attendees must be age 21 or older with identification.

Datebook for Oct. 28

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. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. The Craig Middle School library, 915 Yampa Ave., hosts a Scholastic book fair. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the library. Local author Daphne Stroh will be on hand from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Call 826-6332.

Brad and Lorrie Butler: Thanks for the support

To the editor: We would like to thank everybody for the support and kindness when Brad was injured. The EMTs and The Memorial hospital were great. We also want to thank the Talkingtons for waiting with Brad until help arrived. Thank you to all our many friends who visited, called, sent cards, brought in meals and helped with our chores around the house.

Sports Briefs: Bad Dogs Wrestling team takes 24 to season’s 1st tournament

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program started its season strong at Saturday’s Wolfpack Wrestling’s Second Annual Beat’m Down for Breast Cancer Youth Wrestling Tournament in Edwards. Cody Baker, Kyler Cox, Noah Duran, Sebastian Hadley, Mikinzie Klimper, Christopher Moschetti, Mathew Moschetti, Ethan Powers, Tyler Roberts, Drew Rothermund and Dagan White took home first-place finishes, with TJ Shelton finishing in first in both the 12-and-under and the 14-and-under age groups.

Jennifer Riley: Yes on lodging tax

To the editor: I am writing to express my support for Referendum 2B, which would provide a municipal lodging tax. For me, there are many reasons to support this referendum, not the least of which is the additional revenue that will be available to help market new tourism in our community.

Cathy Hamilton: Normality is a moving target

I am pleased to report that, according to Oprah, I’m perfectly normal. “Perfectly” is a stretch, of course, as anyone who knows me or watched this week’s “Am I Normal?” show will attest. I haven’t been overly concerned about personal normalcy since 10th grade (and those three years around menopause when I spent more time searching symptoms on Web MD than I did cooking meals for my family.)

Horoscope for Oct. 28

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t allow an old, established relationship to suffer because of your enthusiasm for a new one. You should be able to handle both without hurting anyone’s feelings. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — This can be a better than average day where your finances and career are concerned, as long as you aren’t afraid to operate in areas where you have true chances for rewarding results. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re likely to get an opportunity to follow Kipling’s advice about meeting “both triumph and disaster and treating those two imposters just the same.” It’ll pay to view life philosophically

Annie's Mailbox: Husband suspicious of wife’s new social interests

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 13 years, married for four. We have a wonderful 11-year-old son. We got together while we were in high school. Neither of us ever had many close friends or much of a social life. But all of a sudden, my wife has become a social butterfly.

Wednesday, October 27

Michelle Balleck: All about the costume this weekend

From witches to pop culture icons and French maids to zombies, the most creative, original and all-out costumes will win big this weekend. So dig through your digs and score yourself a sweet one. First, here’s the adult fun planned for this weekend.

Moffat County soccer team begins playoff chase tonight

Bulldogs facing Windsor High School on the road in first-round action

For the first time in five years, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team is part of the 32-team 4A high school playoffs. The Bulldogs will play at 7 p.m. tonight at Windsor High School in the first round. The Bulldogs will be in for a fight against Windsor.

On the Record for Oct. 27, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 27, 2010

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Icy roads cause two Highway 40 incidents

Traffic stopped for more than an hour east of Hayden

Icy road conditions are the suspected cause of two traffic incidents this morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden, a Routt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. The first incident involved two vehicles near Hayden. The spokeswoman said a Dodge Durango slid to the side of the road about 6:30 a.m. as it was traveling east. She said the vehicle made contact with a Jeep Wagoneer, but no air bags were deployed.

Editorial: 86ing 62

In less than a week, Colorado voters will go to the polls with a chance to shape the state’s immediate and long-term outlook. There are several ballot questions that are extremely important this year, but one in particular dominated the Editorial Board’s discussion Monday, Amendment 62. This question — which voters should consider extremely carefully before casting their ballots — proposes amending the state constitution to extend rights under the Colorado Bill of Rights to “every human being from the beginning of biological development.”

City mulls deer removal

The Craig City Council chambers were almost filled Tuesday with residents interested in hearing and weighing in on a proposal regarding management of the urban deer in Craig. During a public work session hosted before the city council’s regular Tuesday meeting, the Colorado Division of Wildlife presented the about 50 residents with three options for helping curb the amount of urban deer living in city limits. After the meeting, Craig Mayor Don Jones said the council would move forward with a form of deer removal in the city, but was unsure of how the removal would take place.

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CMS library raising funds through book fair, magazine sales

Librarian Jan Prestidge said the Craig Middle School library is a busy place. “This is a very heavily used library,” Prestidge said. “I don’t think people realize how much their kids are reading. They really are reading a lot.” Since Oct. 21, the CMS library has been even busier. It has been the site of an ongoing Scholastic book fair and magazine sale, which continues until Thursday. The book and magazine sales are meant to raise money for the library.

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First impressions: Stormy Schuler discusses inaugural season with Moffat County volleyball team

Playing hard and playing strong. In the eyes of Stormy Schuler, these are the attributes the Moffat County High School volleyball teams exhibited throughout the season. As the assistant coach for the varsity team and the head coach of the junior varsity squad, Schuler saw a consistently high level of play from both teams.

Terry Carwile: A yes vote on 2B

To the editor: In the 2 1/2 years that I’ve worked at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, I’ve taken many questions about lodging in our community. My co-workers have taken numerous calls of this type as well. Some of them have worked there longer than me, by the way. We get questions about room rates, which we answer in a general manner because rates vary by establishment, by day of the week or other circumstances.

Craig Briefs: LEAP benefits to begin Monday

The Moffat County Department of Social Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be processing applications from Monday through April 30, 2011. LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. For most households, LEAP benefits will be paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier.

Bill Muldoon: Deer a minor nuisance

To the editor: Deer are no strangers in our yard. They eat our shrubs. They bed down in our flowers. They are a minor nuisance, but they are not dangerous.

Moffat County School Board work session, meeting agendas for Oct. 28

Moffat County School Board work session When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Oct. 28

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference room A, B and C, The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

Datebook for Oct. 27

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed today. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The workshop is free. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Donations are accepted. Call 875-2941. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Craig Middle School library, 915 Yampa Ave., hosts a Scholastic book fair. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the library. Call 826-6332.

Gary Collins: In need of some work

To the editor: I was very disappointed in the appearance of the Craig Cemetery grounds. Having friends and relatives interred there, we decorate their graves in May and September. On Sept. 19, the cemetery needed some TLC.

John Kinkaid: ‘Get out and vote’

To the editor: Please don’t stay home this election cycle. Get out and vote. Sit down at your kitchen table and go over your ballot or a sample ballot. What’s important to you? Economics and jobs? Government debt and spending? The direction of the nation? Immigration? A lodging tax?

Patricia McCaffrey: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: I have had the privilege of being associated with Kerry Moe, write-in candidate for Moffat County Commissioner, District 3, for several years. She is very bright with a strong business sense. She is very open-minded, and willing to look at all options of an issue before making a qualified decision.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom worried about daughter

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter came home for the summer after her first year of college. When I did her laundry, I couldn’t help noticing there were no panties. I was stunned when my daughter told me that she and many other girls at school had stopped wearing panties altogether.

Horoscope for Oct. 27

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — When entertaining, if you permit a pal to bring along an additional guest, you won’t have anyone to blame but yourself if it creates a problem for you. Grin and bear it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Do your best to restrict a sticky family issue to the household. By allowing outsiders to get involved, you are asking for additional problems to be introduced.

Tuesday, October 26

Winter vehicle preparation checklist

Before the snow flies, be sure to prepare your vehicle for the cold temperatures and icy conditions that come with it. AAA recommends checking the following items on your vehicle in advance of winter, and recommends drivers refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for maintenance recommendations.

Emergency kit checklist

Part of a well-rounded plan for winter driving includes an emergency kit in your vehicle, should you find yourself stranded due to road conditions or an accident. AAA Colorado recommends drivers assemble a winter vehicle kit with the following items.

Drive prepared with proper tires

Winter is approaching and one of the most important things that we tend to forget about or put off until the last minute is one of the most important things — the tires on our vehicles. They are the only thing between us and our families and the road while driving.

Protect your investment with proper oil care

The easiest way to choose the right oil for your engine is to lift your car’s hood. In the majority of late model vehicles, the specification is written on your oil cap. You can safely run this oil in your car year-round.

Keeping your car fully charged in frigid weather

In the often brutal cold winters of Northwest Colorado, one of the most important things you can do to make sure that you get to work, or for you and your family’s safety, is to maintain your car’s battery. An engine at -30° F requires double the battery power to turn it over at 60° F.

Simple tips to get wipers in check

When preparing your car for the winter months, it is very important that your windshield wipers don’t get overlooked. A simple quality test is to pull on the end of the wiper. If the rubber is separating away from the blade, now is the time for replacement.

Make sure all systems are go for winter

Getting prepared for winter is very important for you and your vehicle. If your cooling system is not working properly, you may have issues with your vehicle overheating or not getting heat out of your heater. This could be caused by leaks in your hoses, low anti-freeze or improper mixture of your anti-freeze (a contaminated system).

Moffat County alum J.T. Haddan picks up collegiate football honor

A former Moffat County High School football player has been recognized for his ability at the next level. Last week, J.T. Haddan, a 2008 MCHS graduate, was named to the first team for the Academic All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as part of the ThunderWolves football team at Colorado State University at Pueblo.

Community forum to focus on proposed Craig lodging tax

Chris Jones hopes Craig voters of all stripes will attend tonight’s community forum on the lodging tax proposal, or Referendum 2B as it will appear on Tuesday’s general election ballot. “Any time you go into an election, you need to know what you’re voting on,” said Jones, a member of the organization supporting the lodging tax, Progress for Craig.

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Browns Park swinging bridge reopens to traffic

After about a year of being closed for repairs, the Browns Park swinging bridge was opened for all traffic Thursday. Moffat County road and bridge director Bill Mack announced the bridge’s reopening to the Moffat County Commission at its regular Tuesday meeting. The commission decided to close the bridge in November 2009 after noticing several broken cable strands where they met the towers.

On the Record for Oct. 26, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 26, 2010

Early voting continues through Friday

With a week remaining before the Nov. 2 general election, the time residents have to participate in various early voting services is winding down. Today is the last day residents can request a mail ballot be sent to them, Moffat County elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said.

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MCHS soccer prepares for playoffs

With a 3-1 victory over Steamboat Springs still on their minds, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer players are preparing for a foe they have not faced this year. Moreover, they’ll be playing on a level at which none of them have yet reached. MCHS will meet the Windsor Wizards at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Windsor High School as part of the first round of the state playoffs. This is the first year the team has made it to the playoff level since 2005. It is also the first year Rusty Cox — who is in his third year as the team’s coach — has been to the playoffs.

Bulldog sports for Oct. 26

Today 4:30 p.m. The Craig Middle School boys basketball team plays at Meeker. Wednesday 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team plays in the first round of the state playoffs at Windsor.

District 57 candidates outline platforms

When residents of Northwest Colorado hit the voting booths Nov. 2, they will choose between three candidates representing three different parties vying for the Colorado House District 57 seat. Steamboat Springs Democrat Steve Ivancie and Oak Creek Libertarian Mike Kien are challenging incumbent State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, for the seat. A representative elected to House District 57 represents residents of Moffat, Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Garfield counties.

Andy Bockelman: ‘My Soul to Take’ is lazy effort for horror master

As the night for creepy movies comes ever closer on the calendar, audiences prepare to scare themselves silly whether through classic horror fare or whatever new material is out for Halloween. And, if you go through enough of the slasher films of the last few decades, you’ll notice a similar pattern in this year’s “My Soul to Take.” But, what else is new?

Datebook for Oct. 26

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Craig Briefs: TMH hosting blood drive today

A Craig community blood drive is scheduled for 12:30 to 6 p.m. today in the conference room at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. People who donate are encouraged to eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006, (303) 363-2300, or visit

Sports Briefs: CNCC soccer team loses at Glenwood Springs

The Craig branch of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s soccer team was defeated, 11-1, in its Sunday game against the Glenwood Springs branch of Colorado Mountain College. The score was 6-0 at halftime, with Craig player Martin Ayala scoring the team’s only goal in the second half.

Mary Karen Solomon: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: Since we are facing such economic and political challenges, this upcoming election is a very important one. We need commissioners who can work with the state government in Denver. We need commissioners who are knowledgeable, quick to learn and hardworking.

Craig Beautification Committee members: Yes on lodging tax

To the editor: The members of the Craig Beautification Committee support the lodging tax question, Referendum 2B on the November ballot. The increase to visitors who use local amenities and lodging will not burden local taxpayers.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Spontaneously consistent

After my most recent trip to Chicago for my best friend’s brother’s wedding, I realized that I have yet to spend one full weekend in my new city and in my new home. Between weddings, football games, birthdays and homecoming, my time here is flying by. This Halloween weekend will mark the first weekend that my roommate and I have spent together in our new house.

Browns Park Alumni Association: Historical preservation

To the editor: The Browns Park Alumni Association has been working to preserve the Browns Park School — the little white one on Highway 318, not the Lodore Hall. We are having a fundraising Halloween party at the schoolhouse Oct. 30.

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 26

Quite a change of scenery — snow. Be careful how you say that; to some, it’s a four-letter word. I was told by some people they were hoping it wouldn’t come. I figured it would soon enough. Probably by Halloween. Hey, everyone knows winter is on its way. Bring out the boots, gloves or mittens, shovels, and anything else you think you may need.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman angry at estranged sister

Dear Annie: I have several siblings. One, “Emily,” divorced when her children were young. We tried to be supportive and helpful. We believed her horror stories about her ex-husband’s affairs and sexual perversions. At various times, Emily would also privately tell us nasty stories about our other siblings. To our shame, we believed a few of them.

Horoscope for Oct. 26

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you wish to captivate people, speak from the heart and include everyone in your conversations, and you’ll find listeners will sit up and take notice. People hear what involves them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — When trying to negotiate an important financial matter, let the other guy do most of the selling. Once the person has talked him/herself out, you’ll know exactly how to get what you want.

Monday, October 25

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Craig City Council, DOW to address local deer population

Groups to discuss management, removal options of urban deer

The Craig City Council will host a meeting tonight with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to address what Mayor Don Jones said is a growing concern for many Craig residents. The two groups will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Hall during a public work session to discuss several deer population management and removal options. They will also seek feedback and concerns from residents.

Steamboat businessman Kellogg remains in custody

Hearing date postponed; Steamboat businessman held at federal facility in Englewood

Steamboat Springs homeowner and real estate developer Brooks Kellogg remains in custody, at a federal detention facility in Englewood, after his arrest last week on suspicion of trying to pay for murder. His rescheduled court date is 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at U.S. District Court in Denver.

On the Record for Oct. 25, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 25, 2010

Sports spotlight: Kelly Ciesco

Age: 16, Moffat County High School junior Sport: Cross-country How did you get your start in your sport? “I don’t know what it was that got me excited about it. (Coach Todd) Trapp was always talking about it in PE in my freshman year, and I joined my sophomore year.”

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MCHS cross-country teams win 1st overall, individually in regional races

At their last meet, the Moffat County High School boys and girls cross-country teams took home first place in every category. So, it only made sense to do the same thing again, only at a higher level. The MCHS runners repeated their sweep of the Oct. 14 Rifle Invitational by winning the 4A Region 5 meet Saturday in Cortez.

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My Life, My Words: Bob Meckley — Sowing the seeds of business

“We’ve been in business for 22 years, we started in 1989. When we first opened, we only had a couple pallets sitting out front and very little flowers. From that time, we’ve went to a full greenhouse and probably over 100 trees and 100 shrubs available for the customers. We offer a long line of service, building retaining walls and block walls. We have fountains for sale, we have Christmas trees at Christmastime. This year, in addition to the Christmas trees, I’m going to be doing an angel room. They’ll be smaller than the big ones I’ve got here. They’re in honor of my wife and my daughter.

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Models, pets grace catwalk during Rescues and Runways fashion show in Craig

On Saturday, 30 amateur local models strutted the length of an improvised runway in the center of the Centennial Mall in Craig. The models twirled and posed amid the sounds of thumping bass grooves and barking dogs. Yes, barking dogs.

Immediate future bright for downtown Craig

Clint Gabbert sat behind the counter at his pet store, The Jungle, on Saturday amid the ambient sounds of bubbling aquariums and chirping crickets. But, that wasn’t the only noise — ominous Halloween music streamed from his open laptop computer. The musical selections that filled the air — songs like “Purple People Eater” and “The Witch Doctor” — are part of a grand spectacle Gabbert plans to unleash on Craig beginning today.

Datebook for Oct. 25

8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Craig Middle School library, 915 Yampa Ave., hosts a Scholastic book fair. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the library. Call 826-6332. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

On the Record for Oct. 25, 2010

The Memorial Hospital EMS Saturday, Oct. 23 An ambulance crew conducted a transport. An ambulance crew responded to a report of a trauma.

Ponikvar: To a job well done

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Craig City Council, Randy Call, and the City Road and Bridge Department for a job well done completing the road and utilities project on Steele Street. The paving of Steele Street was well overdue. Other streets paved and chip sealed this year continue to provide Craig with some of the best streets of anywhere we have been.

Sports Briefs: MCHS volleyball falls Saturday

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team finished its regular season Saturday, losing in match-ups with Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. The team was swept in both games, losing three straight sets each time. The morning game with Battle Mountain saw scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-16. The Bulldogs beat the Huskies 3-1 in their last meeting on Oct. 2.

H. Neal Glanville: Sewing up the loopholes

As we approach the mid-term elections, the majority of us realize any change no matter how slight is a step in the right direction. The name-calling and attempts at degrading an opponent’s character are in fact “much ado about nothing.” Very little can be said about a candidate’s personal life that hasn’t been magnified tenfold by some pork barrel-fed rug rat that’s been in office long enough to know just how hard to pull on anyone’s string and just when to let go.

Briefs: Workshop for brain injury survivors set

A workshop for brain injury survivors is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The workshop will inform visitors on benefits and programs available to help them find employment.

Criswell: To a great program

To the editor: Thank you for Brian Smith’s great article and pictures of the Little Snake River Valley School’s football team you printed in Saturday’s paper. Coach Bates is to be commended for the terrific job he has done, along with his capable assistants Scott Herold, Jesse Herold and Jack Cobb.

Gorbet: Vote no on lodging tax

To the editor: I have worked for the lodging industry here in Craig for 5 1/2 years. I deal with our visitors on a daily basis, and have conversations with them about things ranging from the weather to the proposed lodging tax.

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Steamboat greets governor hopeful Hickenlooper

Denver Mayor draws cheers on brief campaign stop

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, got a warm reception on a chilly day during a brief visit to Steamboat on Sunday.

Business Beat: Chiropractic clinic employee gains certification

Dr. Kirk McKey’s chiropractic clinic has been offering drug and alcohol testing for some time now. The business recently announced that Hazel Holdridge has been certified with LifeLock to perform the tests, in addition to McKey. The tests are available to be purchased by businesses or individuals.

Horoscope for Oct. 25

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Check to see if something you’re planning for the future can be reorganized in a manner that would actually suit your present needs. If it would work later, why not try it now? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you find yourself once again involved with someone who previously treated you shabbily, be on guard. Generally, people are creatures of habit and you could end up being a “patsy” once again.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife wondering if she should take hubby back

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 26 years. “Cliff” had a midlife crisis after seeing photographs of himself at our daughter’s wedding. I knew he took the aging process hard, and I tried to help him through it.

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Completion of Yampa Valley Regional Airport project a year away

Improvements slated for completion in 12 months; winter preparations under way

In about a year, Dean Smith said, Yampa Valley Regional Airport will look very different than it does now. It’ll look very different in a few weeks, too, when winter travel season is in full swing and crowds throng the Hayden airport’s terminal.

Saturday, October 23

Sports spotlight: Phillip Chadwick

Age: 14, Craig Middle School eighth-grader Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “My friend, Tyler Davis, brought me into it, and I started to play after I quit wrestling.”

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Undefeated Rattlers football team becoming the pride of Baggs, Wyo.

A group of 17 young men clad in yellow and purple uniforms stood Thursday afternoon with green grass under their feet, a bright sun on their backs, and hope for a season’s perfection in their hearts. As the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man football team began stretching for practice, the players paused before each stretch to clap three times. Each clap has meaning. They represent the team’s themes — pride, tradition and excellence. Not far from the players stood a shovel painted gold and planted in the ground. Burned into the handle are results from the team’s 7-0 season thus far.

Government update for Oct. 23

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

Over a Cup: A recipe for hearty roast beef

This past week, I’ve been forced to stay off my feet (my knees, to be precise) a good deal of the time, so I used a slow cooker recipe for one of our meals. It made me think about slow cooker recipes in general. As most everyone knows, the slow cooker is a great way to cook up delicious, nutritious meals.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Let Me In’ is viable vampire flick

If there’s one thing that horror movies like “Carrie” and “The Craft” have taught us, it’s that picking on the weird kid in your class will end badly for you, a tried and true lesson that is furthered in the spine-tingling scare show “Let Me In.” In 1983 Los Alamos, N.M., life is not happy for 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). His mother (Cara Buono) barely wants him around, his father has virtually no connection with him, and school is just a series of beatings and death threats from his classmate Kenny (Dylan Minnette).

BLM completes Colorado wild horse gather

The Bureau of Land Management completed its wild horse gather operation Thursday in Northwest Colorado, according to a news release from the agency. The BLM reported it gathered a total of 73 wild horses from outside the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, southwest of Meeker.

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MCHS football upsets Rifle, 21-18

When a Bear backs a Bulldog into the corner, they’re going to fight back. Moffat County High School showed their teeth Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, claiming a 21-18 overtime victory against the Rifle Bears. The result was an upset against the leaders of the 3A Western Slope League, whose record now stands at 4-1 in the league, 6-2 overall.

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Moffat County Education Association opposed to 3 ballot measures

To explain voters’ choices on ballot measures Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101, Michele Conroy put a finer point on Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage that “death and taxes” are life’s only certainties. “Death we have no control over, but taxes we do,” said Conroy, a second-grade teacher at Sandrock Elementary School and member of the Moffat County Education Association. “But, with that control comes responsibility in examining taxes and understanding what the impacts of those taxes are, or the impacts from loss of taxes.”

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Club offers square dancing every Friday in Hayden

Twelve couples stood still under florescent lights on a hardwood floor. The men dressed in jeans, Western shirts and cowboy boots; the women in petticoats and frilly dresses. Over a loudspeaker, the couples were implored to bow to each other. After a gentle bow, country western music played and the couples danced. Every Friday night during the school year, the Greenridge Mountaineers, a 24-member square dancing club, meets at the American Legion in Hayden. The club’s members — who range in age from 10 to 79 and ability levels from beginner to advanced — perform square dances and round dances.

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Moffat County runners making a habit of leading the pack

Six consecutive first-place finishes isn’t enough for Moffat County High School cross-country runner Chris Zirkle. He wants lucky number seven. At each of the last six meets, the senior homeschool student from Hayden who runs for MCHS has not only finished at the front of the pack, but he’s also had a friendly face behind him each time — MCHS junior Alfredo Lebron. Zirkle and Lebron are among the team of runners who will represent Moffat County today at the regional cross-country meet at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

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MCHS volleyball team falls, 3-0, on Thursday night

The latest match for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team has all but pushed them out of tournament contention. The Bulldogs fell to rival Steamboat Springs, losing three straight sets, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-17, on Thursday night. The sweep is the first of the season for the Sailors, who narrowly defeated MCHS, 3-2, in their last meeting. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for and talking about but hadn’t been executing,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “It’s just very nice to see those kids go out on a really meaningful night.”

Diane Prather: Time for shipping, big paychecks

At this time of year, area ranchers are busy gathering up livestock, hunting up stragglers (animals that have strayed off the property), and shipping. Remarkably, this same fall schedule has been followed for years, changed only by modern advances. I remember how it was when I was growing up on the family ranch. Fall season started with gathering the cattle that had grazed all summer on the national forest.

Manley: The case for restraint

To the editor: I have been following the recent debate regarding rape shield laws with more than casual interest. I have a degree in mass communications from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University) in Pueblo. I also have personal experience with sexual assault victims and shield laws.

Moe: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: I would like to endorse my business partner and wife, Kerry Moe, for Moffat County Commission, District 3. As a business partner, co-owner and manager of the Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites, Kerry has proven that she is a true business leader and dynamic business owner.

Craig Briefs: Road department announces closure

Moffat County Road 206 (Highland Drive) will be temporarily closed at the intersection of county roads 206 and 33 (Knez Divide) beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 1 for culver replacement, the Moffat County Road Department announced. The road will reopen no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 19. For more information, call the road department at 824-3211.

Sports Briefs: CNCC soccer travels to Glenwood

The Craig branch of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s soccer team will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glenwood Springs branch of Colorado Mountain College. The team’s season record is 2-1, most recently losing, 6-3, to the Steamboat Springs Co-Ed Adult Town League All-Stars. For more information about the CNCC soccer program, call coach Bill Sawer at 824-0116.

Winey: ‘The people’s choice’

To the editor: What a dilemma we are in. We have two men running on the conservative ticket for governor, and neither are backed by the conservative movement as a whole. Each of us, as conservatives, has to decide which candidate we are going to vote for.

Baxter Black: The Gift of U.S. giving

Last spring, many criticized Florida strawberry growers for plowing under their crop when it was obvious that spending more money to pick and distribute it would only add to their financial loss. They were called stingy and greedy by their detractors, and told they should harvest the crop and give it to the needy. When I suggested the critics pay for the harvesting and distribution, then join with the farmers to give it to the needy, I was chastised by these do-gooders for my gullibility.

Editorial: Split on lodging tax

A progressive proposal that seeks to bolster the local economy by reinvesting back in the community. An extreme, muddled idea that lost focus, and was poorly crafted and marketed to the public. Editorial Board members used various descriptions at their Monday meeting for the Craig lodging tax, or Referendum 2B, that will appear before local voters in the Nov. 2 general election, but the two above seemed to be the most common.

Datebook for Oct. 23

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed today. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Snake River Shutterbugs Photography Club hosts the Baggs Photography Show at the Little Snake River Valley School, 333 N. Main St., in Baggs, Wyo. 1:30 p.m. The deadline to submit entries in the Boxers & Bras for a Cause contest at The Flower Mine/Gift Shop, 410 W. Victory Way. The contest benefits the Moffat County Cancer Society.

Bergmann: No on ‘terrible three’

To the editor: As a recently retired educator and school superintendent, I follow school news and business closely. It has been nice being on the sidelines instead of in the stressful “game” of public education, but I feel compelled to share what I believe will be the real effects of Amendment 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 on public education.

Horoscope for Oct. 23

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Before doing any business with persons who want to handle certain situations involving expenses, figure who they are and what their rep is. A poor choice could be costly. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you hit a responsive chord in your involvements with others, be willing to make the same compromises and concessions as they are. Give and take must be involved.

Friday, October 22

Steamboat acquaintance: Kellogg was helpful with club

Man accused of trying to hire hit man to kill former business partner

Rotary club President Jane Denning said part-time Steamboat resident Brooks Kellogg was always willing to help with Rotary events. FBI agents arrested Kellogg this week on allegations that he was trying to hire a man to kill a former business partner who had twice sued him.

Field goal sends Bulldogs to OT victory over Rifle

The Moffat County High School varsity football team will play the Rifle Bears at 7 p.m. tonight in a game that will continue to shape the Bulldogs’ chances of making the state playoffs. MCHS has an overall record of 3-4 this season, and is coming off a 40-34 overtime victory over Battle Mountain. At 2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League, the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them against Rifle, which is tied with Glenwood Springs as the top team in the division. The Bears are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league. Last week, they beat Delta, 14-10.

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Sailors sweep past Bulldogs

MCHS volleyball team falls, 3-0, on Thursday night

The latest game for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team has all but pushed them out of tournament contention. The Bulldogs fell to rival Steamboat Springs, losing three straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, and 25-17, on Thursday night. The sweep is the first of the season for the Sailors, who narrowly defeated MCHS 3-2 in their last meeting. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for and talking about but hadn’t been executing,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “It’s just very nice to see those kids go out on a really meaningful night.”

On the Record for Oct. 22, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 22, 2010

Saturday event in Craig to benefit animals at local shelter

Maurice’s store manager Rose Lindquist said it was easy to convince local women to model for the second annual Rescues and Runways fashion show. “They’re happy to be in it, and it’s fun,” Lindquist said. “Plus, they get a discount on clothes.” At 2 p.m. Saturday, 30 local women ranging from 14 to “middle age” will model a variety of casual and dress clothing from sizes 1 to 24.

Local fuel gauge for Oct. 22

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.98

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MCHS football takes on league-leading Rifle tonight

Having beaten a pack of Huskies, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs are now facing a larger threat. Bears. The MCHS varsity football team will take on the Rifle Bears at 7 p.m. tonight in a home game the Bulldogs hope will get them closer to the playoffs.

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Next on the schedule for MCHS soccer team — state playoffs

Air horns blasted, Silly String flew through the air, and anybody wearing a white and blue jersey was in danger of having ice water dumped over their head. This was the scene Thursday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, as fans and players alike charged the field at the end of the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s latest game. But, the excitement wasn’t because of the end of the season.

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Russell Walsh remembered during balloon vigil at MCHS football field

Students, faculty and family members gathered on the Moffat County High School football field Thursday night as the sun was setting. People stood together at the 50-yard line, each person holding a balloon aloft. From the stadium loudspeaker, an announcer’s voice silenced the din of the crowd. “We share this day to honor that smile that we so love. Today is the day to remember, to remember those corny jokes that only he got. To remember his goofy laugh, and the eyes that never had an ounce of hate within.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo slated for Saturday

American Legion Post 62 is hosting bingo Saturday night at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The games are open to the public.

Bea (Whitaker) Hutton: Thank you for the help

To the editor: A very sincere thank you goes to the following people and organizations for all of their time and help in caring for “Pee Wee” W.D. Lloyd during his recent illness. The Noyes Health Care Center is one of the best health care facilities that I have had the privilege to use. Having a P.A. as caring and knowledgeable as Ron Taylor is a blessing to this community.

Gene Bilodeau: Vote yes on lodging tax

To the editor: I would ask voters to consider a yes vote for the proposed lodging tax question that is on this year’s local ballot. The many people who support the lodging tax realize that in order to draw visitors, tourists and potential citizens to our area, we must have the ability to attract them and offer amenities once they arrive. This lodging money will be generated by individuals outside of Craig and Moffat County, not local citizens.

V.L. Wyman: Vote no on lodging tax

To the editor: I am not in favor of the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax. Do not defeat the intended goal of tourism by overreaching.

Yampa Valley Golf Course Board: Good work appreciated

To the editor: We want to gratefully acknowledge the incredible Lou Hahn for donating his time and expertise to level the No. 9 tee box at Yampa Valley Golf Course. He cheerfully completed this project and said he was glad to give something back to the course he loves so much.

Datebook for Oct. 22

7 to 11:30 a.m. The Colorado Division of Wildlife sponsors an Internet completion Hunter Education Course at the Maybell Community Center. Call 272-3238. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Craig Middle School library, 915 Yampa Ave., hosts a Scholastic book fair. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the library. Call 826-6332. 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

Horoscope for Oct. 22

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Even though you and your mate may have a common objective, if you aren’t being supportive of one another, each could go about handling it in a manner that would undermine the entire effort. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Enjoy yourself and have a good time, but be extra mindful of common health concerns. Be careful not to eat or drink more than you should, and don’t overtax your physical stamina.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman wants to end feud with brother

Dear Annie: About 10 years ago, my brother, “Sam,” stopped speaking to me. The reason was that he set me up with his best friend when I was 18. But after two years together, I realized it wasn’t going anywhere and broke it off. Sam went ballistic on me: I broke up with the greatest guy in the world.

Thursday, October 21

Charges filed against Dinosaur man in accidental shooting

Terry Billings faces charges stemming from leaving handgun accessible

A 63-year-old Dinosaur man turned himself in this morning at the Moffat County Jail in connection to an accidental shooting earlier this month in the town 90 miles west of Craig. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Terry Warren Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. On Oct. 4, the boy allegedly shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ handgun, according to authorities.

Bulldog soccer team facing rival Steamboat Springs at Loudy-Simpson Park

Today could be the last time this season that the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team step out onto a field. The Bulldogs play the Steamboat Springs Sailors at 3:30 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park in a game that will determine which team will accompany Battle Mountain, the top team in the 4A Western Slope League, to the state playoffs.

On the Record for Oct. 22, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 21, 2010

H. Neal Glanville: Odd observations from a grumpy old guy

How can something be “new and improved?” If it’s new, then isn’t everything inside the box or bottle just plain new, unused, or unchanged in any way? And yet they throw “improved” on the label to have us believe they’ve improved something that’s never been used, or perhaps they’ve added light purple dye No. 56 to improve the newness so we won’t notice it’s really the old stuff tossed in a different container. What about “all new, but still the same original scents you’ve come to love and trust?”

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FBI: Steamboat businessman Brooks Kellogg sought hit

Developer accused of trying to have man in $2.5M lawsuit killed

Steamboat Springs real estate developer Brooks Kellogg was arrested Tuesday at DIA after giving $2,000 to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man, according to court documents. The money allegedly was a payment for expenses to kill a Florida man who settled for $2.5 million in a lawsuit against business entities owned by Kellogg and Richard Friedman, also of Steamboat. Friedman denied Thursday any knowledge of the circumstances that led to Kellogg's arrest.

Janet Sheridan: The puzzle of pills

After my mother’s death, my dad disposed of her many prescriptions. He thought the pills — big, small, yellow, white, and twice a day, as needed — contributed to her death. Dad never questioned the home remedies recommended by his grandmother — oatmeal baths for chicken pox, licorice paste for corns, onion juice for earaches, and Pepto Bismol, Epsom salts, or witch hazel for all else. But, if he had to swallow a pill, his demise was imminent.

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CMS 7th-grade volleyball team sweeps Rangely to win district tourney

Leaps and bounds. That’s how coach Michelle Henderson described the progress made by the Craig Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team between the first day of practice and the final game of the season. And, for half her players, their leaps took them all the way to the top.

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Trapper Fitness in Craig changes operators

When Milner resident Jim Gregoire was a young physical trainer, he knew what type of person he wanted to be when he grew older. “All the people that I admired were in their 70s and 80s — all these crusty old trainers that just knew so much,” said Gregoire, 63. “It takes a lifetime to really know (a craft) in anything.” Now, Gregoire is at the age where he feels comfortable enough as a physical trainer that he “can really help people,” he said.

Blevins: ‘No going back’

To the editor: There is no going back. This is the 21st century. In this century, it is no longer acceptable to leave 20 or 30 million people without health care, even if there will be temporary problems in caring for them. It is no longer reasonable to assume that capitalism is the opposite of socialism when a communist country has proven to be so capable at capitalism as to acquire a trillion dollars of our debt.

Sports Briefs: Western Slope football schedule

The playoffs loom for football teams across the state, and the Western Slope is no exception. Steamboat Springs (0-7 overall, 0-4 league) kicks off the football weekend early, with a game at 7 p.m. tonight in Palisade (6-1, 3-1). At the top of the 3A division, Glenwood Springs (6-1, 4-0) hosts Eagle Valley (2-4, 1-3) on Friday night, while Rifle, (6-1, 4-0) striving to stay tied for first, heads to Moffat County (2-4,1-2).

Potter: Don’t believe the slander

To the editor: Tuesday’s mail included two ads against Scott Tipton that were full of lies. The ad said Scott wants to “add to our crushing tax burden by adding a new 23 percent national sales tax to the cost of everything we buy.” The truth is that this proposed tax is not “added” — it is to replace the income tax — a much fairer way than the present inconsistent and convoluted system, which takes thousands of pages to explain.

St. John: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: When I think of Kerry Moe, that’s Kerry Moe, a write-in candidate for Moffat County Commissioner, District 3, I think of someone who is worthy of your vote on the Nov. 2 election ballot. Kerry has lived in Moffat County for the past 23 years.

Datebook for Oct. 21

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. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. The Craig Middle School library, 915 Yampa Ave., hosts a Scholastic book fair. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the library. Local author RaeAnne Hadley will be on hand from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., and local author Daphne Stroh will be on hand from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Call 826-6332.

Cathy Hamilton: The boredom of tight spaces

Seventy days, people. Seventy days trapped in a hole. OK, it wasn’t a hole like, say, Baby Jessica’s well. (Can you believe that was 23 years ago? One minute, you’re fixated on a baby stuck in the backyard; next minute, you’re glued to a white Bronco tooling down the Interstate. Before you know it, you’re tearing up while Miner No. 27 hugs his wife under unflattering spotlights. Where does the time go?)

Craig Briefs: Two services to honor crash victim

Russell Walsh, 16, of Craig, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Maybell on Saturday, will be memorialized during two occasions this week. A community balloon vigil will take place at 6 p.m. today on the Moffat County High School football field, 900 Finley Lane. A funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Annie's Mailbox: Teen involved with older man

Dear Annie: I’m a freshman in high school. It has been stressful, and I have difficult classes. However, I recently met this amazing guy who lifts my spirits and keeps me grounded. Now, before you start the whole “teenagers don’t really know what love is” speech, I just want to say that I know what love is not, and this is different.

Horoscope for Oct. 21

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t make a major decision that affects the family without getting their input. You’ll end up suffering their wrath. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your normal persistency and stick-to-itiveness is extremely limited right now, so don’t take on anything that you first have to tear apart. It isn’t likely it’ll be put back together again for a long time.

Wednesday, October 20

Michelle Balleck: Crab-cracking, comedy, canines & causes

If you like to eat, laugh and/or shop, this weekend’s got something for you. Lucky me, those are three of my favorite things.

On the Record for Oct. 20, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 20, 2010

Police arrest Craig man suspected of arson

Police arrest 18-year-old Craig man suspected of second-degree arson

A Craig man was booked into Moffat County Jail early Wednesday morning on suspicion of three counts of second-degree arson. Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay said Cody Custer, 18, is suspected to have started three Dumpster fires beginning at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Craig.

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Craig Chamber of Commerce gears up for Crabfest 2010

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said that even veteran attendees of the annual Crabfest can expect to be taken aback by this year’s offerings. “This year it’s a different level of king crab (legs),” Oxley said. The Alaskan crab legs, Oxley said, are grades 12 to 16—meaning there will be 12 to 16 crab legs for every 10 pounds delivered. “Which basically means they’re ginormous,” Oxley said of the crab legs.

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Routt County must copy mailed ballots after error

Teams of bipartisan election judges will have to replicate mail ballots that already have been cast, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Wednesday. Other options exist for voters who haven't yet cast their mail ballot.

EDP meeting agenda for Oct. 20

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Call to order, roll call and welcome and introductions

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Early voting begins in Moffat County

Activity in the Moffat County Courthouse is heating up, as early voting began Monday. Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett said her office has seen increased activity in the last several weeks, with county residents inquiring when they could start voting early for the Nov. 2 general election, or when their mail ballots would arrive.

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Love INC prepares to distribute free coats in Moffat County

Love in the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley’s annual coat drive is underway, but donations are down this year, executive director Pat Jones said. “I don’t know if that’s the natural order of things because people have been cleaning out the closets so many years to give to us that they’re finally down to, ‘I really need this coat, I can’t give it away this year,’” Jones said.

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State-level youth bowler competes in Craig leagues

Situating yourself time and again at the end of a long wooden track can get repetitive. But, for Sheyenne Cromer, doing the same thing over and over has paid off. And, it’s been fun at the same time. Cromer, 12, bowled at the state level in May, winning the Girls Singles Division 2 bracket of the Colorado State Youth Championship Tournament in Aurora.

Investigations ongoing in several Craig-area cases

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting of a 2-year-old Dinosaur girl is continuing. The girl was allegedly shot Oct. 4 by her 4-year-old brother in what authorities consider to be an accident. Sheriff’s office investigators said the firearm was a large caliber handgun, which was left in an area accessible to the children.

Parchman: Vote no on lodging tax

To the editor: The lodging tax issue seems like an easy vote. I personally find it a problem that we can vote, and the faceless traveler has no say in this matter. A tax is a tax in a situation like this, even if there are good intentions. Some will say it’s “just” $5 more per night at the 6.9-percent tax. Some workers from out of town who spend a week or more wouldn’t agree.

Potter: Yes on Amendment 62

To the editor: One issue on the ballot is a matter of life and death. It is Amendment 62, which states, “The term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”

Sports Briefs: CMS basketball plays 1st game this weekend

Craig Middle School boys basketball kicks off the season with a game at 9 a.m. Saturday in Steamboat Springs. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams began practicing last week.

Ivy: ‘A life depends’ on 62

To the editor: I passionately support Amendment 62 and urge other voters to do the same in this election. I was an unplanned pregnancy. My teenage birth parents gave me up for adoption as an infant into Forrest and Polly Siminoe’s loving family.

Craig Briefs: Two services to honor crash victim

Russell Walsh, 16, of Craig, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Maybell on Saturday, will be memorialized during two occasions this week. A community balloon vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Moffat County High School football field, 900 Finley Lane. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Datebook for Oct. 20

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. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039.

Editorial: Proper and practical reform

In politics, sometimes a bad idea can prove valuable if for no other reason than one — it stimulates public debate. In the Editorial Board’s opinion, three proposals appearing before voters in the Nov. 2 general election fall under this category. “The Ugly Three,” otherwise known as Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101, have been valuable in getting people talking about politics, and considering the current state of voter apathy and involvement, that’s an accomplishment, indeed.

Herring: Vote for the best man

To the editor: For years, I have been writing letters warning your readers that the Republican Party was corrupt, and that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Neither party is for the people or for the Constitution, but rather for themselves, and for power and money. The race for governor in Colorado is a sad, infuriating example. We had a primary election. We voted for a candidate.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden School Board to hear update about Referendum 3B

Hayden School District Super­intendent Mike Luppes will provide the School Board with a presentation tonight about the campaign efforts of Citizens for Ref­erendum 3B, a committee created to promote the district’s proposed property tax increase.

Annie's Mailbox: Sister wearing out welcome

Dear Annie: My sister, “Didi,” has been living with my husband and me for several months. Didi pays a modest amount of rent based on her income — but we set it up before she started working more consistently. She now has a part-time job and still doesn’t contribute anything more.

Horoscope for Oct. 20

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Conditions look extremely favorable concerning your worldly desires and material wants. Take advantage of this period to try to advance your career or work-related interests. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — There are strong indications that you could end up the victor in two competitive involvements related either to business or sports. In both cases you will have your lance ready.

Tuesday, October 19

Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 2-0, voided warrant resolutions for October totaling $1,443.85. • Approved, 2-0, transfer of payment of warrants for September totaling $741,267.13.

On the Record for Oct. 19, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 19, 2010

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Volunteers provide free car care to 13 vehicles Saturday in Craig

Mae McCollum drove her car Saturday to First Baptist Church to have the oil checked, tires filled and more. “I don’t have anyone here in town to check it over for me besides them,” said McCollum, an 82-year-old Craig resident.

Datebook for Oct. 19

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Bulldog sports for Oct. 19

Thursday 3:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team plays Steamboat Springs at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball team plays at Steamboat Springs.

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Pageant winners crowned in Craig

Below are results from Saturday’s Miss Yampa Valley Pageant — open to all girls ages 3 to 18 — at the Holiday Inn of Craig: Princess (ages 3 to 6) • Winner: Ella Herring • First runner-up: Faith Weathers • Second runner-up: Rylee Villard

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MCHS soccer shuts out Palisade, 7-0

A change in location for the Moffat County High School soccer team’s Saturday game saw them playing in unfamiliar territory, but the results were no less fruitful. The second meeting between the MCHS Bulldogs and the Palisade team of the same name had even better results than their first game, with Moffat County winning, 7-0. The game was moved from Palisade’s usual venue, the Peach Bowl, to the soccer field of Mesa State College.

Survey: Craig-area builders OK with processes

Local construction companies, contractors and other area builders are generally satisfied with the area’s commercial building processes, according to results of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s BUILD survey. In the survey, contractors, businesses and individuals were asked to rank their experience with local providers of natural gas, propane, telephone and data lines, electricity, water, construction waste, and septic services, among others.

Pearce: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • Karen Peroulis for the dog food.

Winey: Who to vote for, then?

To the editor: I have received what I would call disturbing news about Dan Maes. First, that he was never a successful businessman, but a salesman. Then there is how his finances are going for this campaign.

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 19

This weekend, I went exploring a new horizon full of many amazing and magical things. My daughter, Jane, and I went to the Dollar Tree at Centennial Mall. It was interesting to see all the displays. We went mostly to see what it had in stock, and just to go somewhere different.

Craig Briefs: Quilt guild hosting auction today

The Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild is hosting its annual auction today at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. Pre-viewing and registration begin at 6 p.m., and the auction at 6:30 p.m. Items for sale include: afternoon tea for four, a pick-up load of firewood, Wildflower Salon gift certificate, Creative Memories basket, and various fabrics, classes, and notions. Fundraising supports quilt guild programs such as one to make a quilts for area cancer patients.

Student News: Desirae Pearcey

Desirae Pearcey, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Johnson and Wales University in Denver on May 22, 2010. She graduated summa cum laude and was recognized as an outstanding criminal justice student.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Complexity of simple words

I am settling in to my new life and routine in Denver. I never realized how amazing it is to be a drive away instead of a phone call away. The difference is significant. Because of my relocation to Colorado, I see my family often and can experience my favorite moments with them, instead of telling them about the experience on the phone.

Williams: Apathy ‘not an option’

To the editor: Apathy is not an option this year when it comes time to vote. Apathy is the reason we are in the mess we have now. We have watched the Washington, D.C., politicians trample our constitution, freedoms and use our tax dollars to bribe senators for votes to get legislation through that we, the people, didn’t want.

Sports Briefs: Western Slope football results

Rifle brought its season record to 6-1 overall, remaining undefeated in the Western Slope League at 4-0, with a 14-10 victory against Delta (4-3, 2-2). Eagle Valley (2-4, 1-3) experienced a heavy, 47-10 loss at Palisade (6-1, 3-1). Glenwood Springs (6-1, 4-0) beat Steamboat Springs (0-7, 0-4), 39-14, while Moffat County (3-4, 2-2) won 40-34 in overtime against Battle Mountain (1-6, 0-4).

Horoscope for Oct. 19

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It doesn’t make any sense to go beyond your present sphere of influence to look for elusive opportunities. Stay within your own circle. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Someone you meet through a close friend might take a shine to you and assume a role in your affairs that could be truly helpful. This new acquaintance will be a valuable contact. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Everyone is entitled to some lucky breaks, but you seem to have more than your share. Be ready to respond to some very favorable shifts in conditions.

Annie's Mailbox: Man wants intimacy with wife

Dear Annie: I love my wife more than when I met her 35 years ago. We rarely disagree on anything. She shows her love in many ways — managing the household, doing things with me and for me, and providing a sterling example for our two children. One way she chooses not to show love is through intimacy. I can’t remember the last time she initiated lovemaking. Most of the time, my advances result in rebuffs.

Monday, October 18

COMA kicks off Not Even Once Week

Simpson: Key to meth prevention is reaching youths early

For Shirley Simpson, activities coordinator for Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, the goal of the organization’s Not Even Once Week is simple, but powerful. “We figured that if we can get the children to understand how horrendous and how dangerous this drug is, if we can prevent them from ever once doing it, then we prevent so many from this horrible life that it presents,” she said.

On the Record for Oct. 18, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 18, 2010

Craig teen dies after crash

A one-vehicle wreck Saturday resulted in the death of a 16-year-old from Craig, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol. Just before noon Saturday, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Samuel Jesse Sheridan, 18, rolled on Moffat County Road 10 about 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

Sports Spotlight: Jordan Meagher

Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve always liked sports, so I started playing it in my seventh-grade year.”

Bryce Jacobson: Vote yes on lodging tax

I would not be doing my job as a business columnist if I didn’t address the lodging tax issue that is going to be presented to you on the general election ballot this year. During my tenure here at the Craig Daily Press, which is now nearing five years, I have heard and been involved in many conversations regarding the lack of diversity in our economy.

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Fall-themed events draw hundreds of Craig-area residents

The sun was barely cresting the trees Saturday morning when hundreds of area children descended on Ranney Street to collect pumpkins. Red and Linda Cortner, along with several friends, arranged 700 pumpkins on the ground as part of the Cortners’ annual pumpkin giveaway. “Look at all the happy kids today,” Red said of the children clamoring over pumpkin piles.

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My Life, My Words: Janna Thompson — ‘Helping people dress for success’

“I started working here June 1. I did this as well as lifeguarding to make some money for school. I decided to stick around for a year so I could go next September. I graduated (from Moffat County High School) in May. “I like working at Maurice’s because I needed business experience. I’m going to school for acting for film, and I did speech and debate for four years, but I needed a business edge. Selling clothes is a lot like selling your product in acting, and that’s really what I was struggling with, getting out there. I love fashion, too.

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Baggs football team defeats Midwest, 68-19

BAGGS, WYO. — With a season that includes a 79-0 victory, the Little Snake River Valley School has gotten used to winning, but that didn’t make their latest football game any less significant. The Baggs, Wyo., school’s football team, the Rattlers, completed their regular season Saturday with a 7-0 record in Wyoming’s six-man league. The latest on their list of victims were the Midwest Oilers, who felt the snake bite on the gridiron, falling, 68-19, to their hosts.

On the Record for Oct. 17

The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, Oct. 15 An ambulance crew responded to a report of a vehicle crash. An ambulance crew responded to a medical call.

MCHS volleyball drops close game

Lauren Roberts has gotten used to the volleyball court at Moffat County High School, experiencing both wins and losses there. Looking back on her final competition at home, she couldn’t help but wish that it could have been one of triumph. In the last home game of the season, the MCHS varsity volleyball team lost, 3-2, to the Glenwood Springs Demons.

Craig Briefs: Fundraising craft sale seeking vendors

Fundraising craft sale seeking vendors Organizers of a fundraising craft sale this fall are seeking vendors to participate. The craft sale, which will feature handmade items only, runs from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

Datebook for Oct. 18

9 to 10 a.m. The Moffat County Commission hosts a special meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse. The commission will meet in executive session with county attorney Jeremy Snow to discuss lease negotiations of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

H. Neal Glanville: Volunteers and snow tires

I’m a great believer in volunteerism. It’s one of a very few things you can give away just for the fun of giving it away. There’s nothing to buy, sell or rent. You gather with a group of people that prefer giving back to the community in a quite, no-nonsense manner, and just pitch in the best you can.

McCaffrey: Vote no on lodging tax

To the editor: It has been a very interesting process for the Lodging Tax 2B to be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot. The lodging industry (15 hotel, motel, and campground owners) gave a petition to the Craig City Council saying the proposal is not fair to those who collect the tax, and that a large increase in such a downward economy in Northwest Colorado was not good business sense.

Moe: Please send comments

To the editor: A lot of miners, business people, residents and civic leaders have worked hard to address Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and how it will negatively affect all of our lives here in the Yampa Valley, as well as the Western Slope. The past two weeks I have printed and distributed through local businesses more than 4,000 post cards addressed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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Down syndrome brings Steamboat family closer together

For Steamboat Springs residents Nick and Tracy Metzler, the news that their second daughter, Christa, had Down syndrome was devastating. Her arrival nearly 12 years ago should have been a cause for celebration, but it became a traumatic, sorrowful event. With time, the Metzlers said they have come to view Christa’s arrival as a blessing

Aging Well: Program provides free help with Medicare

If Betsy Packer wore a Halloween costume, it might be that of a super hero with a large “M” emblazoned on the cape. Packer is the Northwest Colorado coordinator for SHIP — the Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. She provides free counseling to older adults overwhelmed and confused by Medicare.

Horoscope for Oct. 18

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If it’s at all possible, try to start this week off working on a labor of love. It will engender a good mood that will help you handle everything that confronts you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t be too busy to meet someone new whom a friend thinks could be of some assistance to you. You can never have too many associates to whom you can go to for help.

Annie's Mailbox: Student wants to make friends

Dear Annie: I’m 23 and work at an office at a medical university. I got out of therapy about a month ago and returned to my job, feeling better than ever. I’m taking antidepressants, and they’ve been working well. My co-workers are friendly, generous people, and we get along.

Sunday, October 17

Craig teen dies after one-car wreck

Russell Walsh, 16, was ejected from a pickup during a crash Saturday about 20 miles northwest of Maybell. The driver sustained moderate injuries in the crash, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Saturday, October 16

Sports Briefs: Mark Dockstader

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Golf How did you get your start in your sport? “My dad (Tom Dockstader) was the golf pro here, and I’ve been playing my whole life. I quit for a couple years, then came back to it my sophomore year. I’ve really committed myself to it the last couple summers.”

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Bulldogs escape wild ‘battle,’ 40-34

EDWARDS – Six Flags Denver could make a new rollercoaster ride based on the ups and downs of this game. Maybe call it the Excite-a-tron or the Friday Night Lights Express, or even the Knock Down Dragster. Any of those rides would still be hard to capture the essence of what happened here on Friday. After 11 touchdowns, almost 1,000 yards of offense and nearly countless big plays, Moffat County came away with a 40-34 overtime win against Battle Mountain.

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Local law enforcement officers begin this year’s DARE program instruction in Moffat County

Of the training courses Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ryan Hess has taken, he said the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was the hardest. “Seriously,” Hess said of the two-week course. “We had 10-hour days, and a minimum of six or seven hours of homework every night.” Hess and officers Tony Gianetti, Mike Edwards and Norm Rimmer of the Craig Police Department are local law enforcement representatives of the DARE program.

Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic relocating to larger space

The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic is closed until Oct. 25. Clinic staffers are in the process of moving the clinic from its current location at 551 Tucker St., to 785 Russell Street, Suite 400, the former site of The Memorial Hospital. “We’ve outgrown our space,” registered nurse April Branstetter said of the Tucker Street location.

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Golden Cavvy fundraiser in Craig sees sizable turnout

For Moffat County clerk and recorder Elaine Sullivan, a day’s work does not usually consist of carrying soft drinks and plates of hamburgers and fries. But, in between taking orders, refilling drinks and making her way to the kitchen and back Friday afternoon, Sullivan found time to get to the front of the Golden Cavvy to complete the most important task of all. Ringing a bell.

Over a Cup: A delicious soup for fall

I’m on the trail of a white chili recipe, but don’t let that stop you. If you have such a recipe, please let me know. Meanwhile, this week’s column features a soup recipe that appeared in one of the very first “Over a Cup of Coffee” columns. I mixed up a batch of the soup the other day, and the aroma is wonderful, especially when first coming in from outside.

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Craig museum book tells story of the man behind Buster Brown

Richard “Dick” Barker dreamt of being a cowboy. However, the East Coast-born Barker was caught in a trap, of sorts — while envisioning life the cowboy way, he was the centerpiece of a national marketing campaign for the Brown Shoe Company from 1907 to 1913. From age 7 to 14, Barker was the real-life persona known as Buster Brown, a well-known symbol of the 20th century. The role entailed capitalizing on Barker’s recognizable golden curls, dressing in feminine-like clothing, polished black shoes and being joined by his trusty sidekick, dog Tige.

CNCC to play Steamboat Springs in Sunday game

The soccer team of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus will travel Sunday to Steamboat Springs for a game. The team will face off against the Coed Adult Town League All-Stars in their third game of the season. The CNCC Craig team has defeated CNCC’s Rangely branch twice.

Veteran's Hotline: A background on the flag

During the National Anthem, everyone should rise and render the proper salute. This includes singing. The colors of the flag have a meaning. White signifies purity and innocence. Red signifies hardiness and valor. Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. The custom of the 21-gun salute began in the 14th century on the high seas with the salute by cannon.

Maria Ellis and Bob Fuller: Thanks for the support

To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the car show and silent auction to make it a great success. We would like to thank Diane and Delbert Knez at the OP Bar & Grill for donating the spaghetti dinner and for having it out at their place. Thank you also to Tausha at the OP for taking her time to collect the donations.

DeRose: A vote for Craig’s future

To the editor: In 2000, the Craig City Council funded Connect to Craig, which was a study of the economy of Craig and what could be done in the future to diversify our economic base. Three things stand out in that study.

‘Remembering Mount Harris’ now available in area museums

A book by a late local author is now available for purchase at area museums. “Remembering Mount Harris,” written by former Saturday Morning Press columnist Chuck Mack, chronicles the history of Mount Harris, its coal mines and Mack’s recollections of growing up in the coal mining town.

Oxley: Measures bad for Craig

To the editor: The Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors is urging residents to vote against Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101. These ballot questions combine to make Colorado a bad place to live and do business. Once these measures are fully implemented, the state will lose about $2.1 billion in revenue each year and will have to increase K-12 education funding by $1.6 billion annually in today’s dollars.

Editorial: Proceed with caution

It’s doubtful there is a crime more shocking and offensive to society’s senses than sexual assaults, especially those against innocent and defenseless children. These crimes are heinous and entail a degree of violence and trauma to the victim that’s beyond comprehension. News stories of these crimes, and the disturbing fact that they’re showing an increasing trend in Craig and Moffat County, have been documented in the Craig Daily Press.

Government update for Oct. 16

Moffat County Commission Special meeting When: 9 a.m. Monday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 9 to 9:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Craig Briefs: Volunteers sought for tree planting

The Colorado Environmental Coalition, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge to restore cottonwood forests along the Green River and invite the public to join two workdays later this month. The workdays are scheduled for Friday and Oct. 23. Groups will meet in Steamboat Springs and Craig, and then travel to Browns Park.

Datebook for Oct. 16

8 a.m. to noon. Marvin “Red” and Linda Cortner offer free pumpkins to area youths at Homemaker Furnishings, 468 Ranney St.; Rio Blanco County Courthouse, 555 Main St., Meeker; and Little Snake River Valley School, 333 N. Main St., Baggs, Wyo. 8 a.m. to noon. A free car care clinic for single mothers, senior citizens and people with disabilities is at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Car checks are available by appointment by calling 826-4400.

Horoscope for Oct. 16

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Matters or situations that you handle personally are likely to work out quite satisfactorily. If you use a surrogate to handle things, it could be a completely different story. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Peers and co-workers appreciate us far more when we don’t attempt to upstage them, so be on guard not to come off as doing just that. Stand back in the footlights and let others bask in the glow.

Friday, October 15

MCHS beats Battle Mountain in overtime

MCHS facing league foe Battle Mountain tonight

The Moffat County High School varsity football team travels to Edwards today to play Battle Mountain High School. The Bulldogs have a 2-4 overall record this season, with 1-2 mark in the Western Slope League. The Huskies are 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the league.

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Craig law enforcement officers begin this year’s DARE program instruction

Of the training courses Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ryan Hess has taken, he said the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was the hardest. “Seriously,” Hess said of the two-week course. “We had 10-hour days, and a minimum of six or seven hours of homework every night.”

On the Record for Oct. 15, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 15, 2010

Sex assaults of a child on rise in area

Sexual assault cases against children have been trending upward, the Craig Police Department reported, prompting police to raise community awareness of the issue. Investigator Jen Kenney said child sex assault cases have been increasing since about 2005. Kenney said the number of reported incidents of sexual assaults in the area are “concerning” compared to similar communities, “especially when it comes to sexual assaults on children.”

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Moffat County High School band grows in numbers, quality

After six years as band director at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School, John Bolton said his music program has hit its stride. “I think the band is operating at my capacity — for what I currently know, and for what I can currently get kids to do ... Unless I get smarter,” Bolton said. Since Bolton took over in 2004, the music department has seen a steady rise in participation and quality, both of which are quantifiable.

Local fuel gauge for Oct. 15

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers in the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.98 1. Maxum Petroleum, 702 Industrial Ave. • Unleaded: $2.87; Diesel: $2.99 1. Sinclair, 666 W. First St.

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MCHS football in must-win situation

It’s do-or-done time for the Moffat County High School football team. With a 1-2 record in the Western Slope League, the Bulldogs must win their final four games for any chance to end a three-year playoff drought. Head coach Kip Hafey said he and his staff have made sure to tell his team these facts going into tonight’s matchup against 1-5 Battle Mountain.

Libraries Board meeting agenda for Oct. 15

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday Craig branch, 570 Green St.

Home prices in Moffat County declining

Chuck Cobb, president of the Craig Association of Realtors, said there is “no doubt” the current economic climate has been tough on the local real estate industry. But, Cobb said he doesn’t think housing prices have dropped as low as national averages. “However, we certainly have seen some softening of prices in our area, for sure,” he said. “We do have at, or near, record numbers of product on the market.”

Winey: Don’t vote for Tancredo

To the editor: I hope you have not been duped into voting for Tom Tancredo as I almost was. I learned something recently that convinced me Tom would not be a good governor for Colorado. What I learned was the kind of people that Tom Tancredo was appointing to his administration, if he won.

Sports Briefs: Western Slope weekend schedule

Pigskin season continues on the Western Slope with varsity football going strong. Rifle (5-1 overall, 3-0 Western Slope League) looks to keep their winning streak up tonight against visiting Delta (3-2, 1-1), who is fresh off a shutout of Eagle Valley (2-3, 1-2), who will host Palisade (4-1, 1-1).

Fair Board: Thanks for all the help

To the editor: We would like to thank Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, Lt. Dean Herndon, and the detention staff for their support of the Moffat County Fair through the county trustee program. For the past several years, the inmates have helped set up the county fair by carrying out such jobs as moving the supplies from the extension office to the fairgrounds and putting up tables, photo and quilt racks, midway tents, livestock pens, and alleyways in the barn.

Craig Briefs: Horizons seeking volunteer mentors

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with developmentally disabled clients, the organization reported in a news release. For more information, call volunteer coordinator Rebecca Hanson at 879-4466.

Datebook for Oct. 15

Today is the deposit deadline for CNCC’s life-long learning spring break trip to Italy from March 10 to 19, 2011. Call Mary Morris at 824-1100, or e-mail her at 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., hosts a fundraiser for Christmas for Kids featuring community members as “celebrity servers.” All tips collected will be donated to Christmas for Kids. Call 824-6038.

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House District 57 candidates discuss medical marijuana at Steamboat forum

Trio differs about medical marijuana, other issues

The three candidates for state House District 57 gave their opinions about the booming industry and the controversies surrounding it during a Thursday night forum at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Horoscope for Oct. 15

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It will be no surprise that your leadership qualities are seeking expression, just be sure to do so in a manner that ingratiates you to others. Done right, it’ll be hail to the chief. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although you might be anxious to get a start on the weekend festivities, you’ll first need to finalize matters and tie things down, which you can do through your natural-born tenacity.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom worried about 16-year-old daughter

Dear Annie: I have been fighting a lot with my 16-year-old daughter, “Rebecca.” It has escalated to the point where she moved into an apartment with her 19-year-old boyfriend, “Rick.” I am not comfortable with the age difference and have tried to talk to her, but she just won’t listen.

Thursday, October 14

Golden Cavvy fundraiser to benefit Christmas for Kids in Craig

Karrissa Garcia, a waitress at the Golden Cavvy in downtown Craig, goes about her job with a couple of simple rules. “Be nice and smile, no matter what (the customers) say,” said Garcia, who has waited tables at the restaurant for a year. That bit of advice may come in handy today for 45 local “celebrities,” who will don aprons and handle food orders from patrons at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave.

H. Neal Glanville: If it’s fun, it’s illegal

Each year at this time, the normal side starts remembering all the hunting expeditions my brother and I shared together. Unfortunately, a particular “hunt” was under the control of the weak side and didn’t include Roy — he was working and I was kind of, no, I was just goofing off. It all started late one afternoon with a lady complaining about the vultures and/or buzzards spending their nights in the trees surrounding her home and causing a great gooey mess for both her yard and two vehicles.

Janet Sheridan: Channeling my parents

Being childless, I’ve never watched my traits emerge in offspring, but I do see shadows of myself in my siblings: JL worries too much; Barbara doesn’t return calls; and Carolyn never drives if someone else will. These behaviors drive me bonkers — because I share them. I don’t know whether we inherited these traits from our parents or caught them from each other. I do know Mom and Dad bequeathed us their physical characteristics.

On the Record for Oct. 14, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 14, 2010

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Vikings defeat Packer rivals, 18-6, in Craig 3rd-, 4th-grade Doak Walker finale

Sitting on the sidelines of the football field Tuesday night at Woodbury Sports Complex, 9-year-old Connor Murphy was in pain in more ways than one. Though his left arm was in a sling, the real agony he was going through was in not being able to finish what he had started. But, he couldn’t really complain about the result.

MCHS soccer dominates Glenwood Springs, 6-3

While any victory is cause for celebration, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s latest win came when they needed it most. After a dry spell, MCHS soccer beat Glenwood Springs, 6-3, Tuesday afternoon, proving their initial 3-1 win against the team was no fluke. The win comes after defeats against Battle Mountain and Grand Junction, which put a damper on one of the Bulldogs’ strongest seasons.

Moffat County candidates file financial reports

John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said campaign spending among county candidates for office may not have a substantial impact on local elections. “I think that meeting people and visiting with them just means more than any of the money they have spent,” he said. However, as the November general election approaches, Ponikvar said he doesn’t expect to see much more spending among the various candidates for office.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Secretariat’: Always root for the underhorse

If there’s one thing Disney has taught us from “The Mighty Ducks,” “The Rookie,” “Air Bud” and too many more movies to count, it’s that the best results in sports always come when the odds are against you. That lesson is furthered in the equine epic “Secretariat.” In 1969, Denver homemaker Penny Tweedy (Diane Lane) is called back home to Virginia upon the death of her mother. At the family horse farm Meadow Stables, business has been in decline for years along with her health of her father, Christopher Chenery (Scott Glenn).

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Pumpkins at center of Saturday’s community events in Craig

Though festive this time of year, Marvin “Red” Cortner recognizes that pumpkins aren’t exactly practical. “Pumpkins are a real strange thing,” said Cortner, owner of Homemaker Furnishings in Craig. “Nobody eats them. They’re toys.” Nonetheless, pumpkins will be at the center of community happenings Saturday in Craig.

Eagle’s Nest Preschool hosting Saturday conference in Craig

Times have changed, said Angie Roberts, director of Eagle’s Nest Preschool. The difference, as it relates to her profession at least, lies in child behavior, she said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Roberts said of early childhood education. “There’s a difference from when I started to the way it is now.”

Datebook for Oct. 14

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. 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 630 Green St. Susie Begam-Violette will review Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girls Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Susan Domer is the hostess. Call 824-6436.

St. Michael’s Kitchen: Thank you, community

To the editor: St. Michael’s Kitchen was opened last December. We started small and now feed approximately 100 people twice a week. This has been made possible by the generosity of the entire community. We have received food from a number of events: The Memorial Hospital’s barbecue cook-off, Relay for Life, graduation parties, reunions, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 monthly senior dinners, Wellness Wednesday and more.

Cathy Hamilton: Vows I’d like to see

This week, I became an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church Monastery on the World Wide Web. I am now legally qualified to perform marriages in this county. Or, at least, I will be as soon as I turn in proof of my ordination to the proper authorities. (I didn’t want to pay overnight FedEx fees, so I’m waiting for my $6.95 certificate to come by snail mail. I may be a reverend in all my glory, but I’m still cheap.) I did this, of course, as research for a story. There is no impending wedding over which I am scheduled to preside, nor did I plan to market my services as “Have vestments, will travel.”

Craig Briefs: Partners set to host networking event

Yampa Valley Partners is launching its 5:05 Drinks program tonight. At 5:05 p.m., the organization offers free food and drinks, networking and a presentation by Chad Feagler of Mountain Energy Inc. about how to save money at home through rebates and home energy audits. The event is at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

McIntyre: Please comment to PUC

To the editor: A concerned Moffat County Commissioner ran ads in the Oct. 9 and 12 editions of the Craig Daily Press concerning Colorado House Bill 10-1365 at personal expense to him. A county commissioner candidate wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Press on Oct. 12 addressing the same issue.

Loopers: Vote no on lodging tax

To the editor: We would like to thank Dave DeRose for all the effort he has put into trying to make Craig a better place to live and visit. We agree in principle with what Progress for Craig is trying to do. Where the problem lies is in the dramatic amount that this group and the Craig City Council decided to pursue in this ballot question.

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Hayden elementary students to perform stories, play, songs tonight

Several budding stars will take to the stage tonight in Hayden. Eight Hayden Valley Ele­mentary School second- through fifth-grade students will tell stories, either solo or with a partner, at 6:30 p.m. today during an all-school performance in the Hayden High School auditorium.

Horoscope for Oct. 14

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Your mate or counterpart could be luckier than you, so if there is a toss-up as to whose ideas should be used, opt for his/hers. At the very least, it gets you off the hook. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Be careful what you say when socializing with co-workers. One among them could be looking for something to hang on the rest of you, and is anxious to carry back tales to the boss.

Annie's Mailbox: Couple in awkward spot with neighbors

Dear Annie: I am 26 years old and happily married. We recently moved into our first home, next door to “Tom and Sophie,” a childless 45-year-old couple. My wife likes Sophie, and I enjoyed Tom’s company until he asked me to join him on a fishing trip. We rented a single-room cabin for two nights, sharing all expenses.

Wednesday, October 13

Michelle Balleck: Fall family fun & frightening flicks

With Halloween just around the corner and autumn in full swing, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the crisp weather, get in the spooky spirit and start carving. And that’s just what we intend to do this weekend. Lucky for you, there’s plenty happening this weekend to help you celebrate however you choose.

Moffat County resident supporting ballot measures

Rick Barnes: Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101 would limit government control

Moffat County resident Rick Barnes contends government is expanding dramatically in size and scope, and is close to controlling “everything.” “They run our lives now, to the point where we have no control over what we do,” he said. For that reason, Barnes is supporting Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 — three measures he said would limit government control and spending.

On the Record for Oct. 13, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 13, 2010

Craig, Moffat County continue police department lease discussions

The City of Craig and Moffat County officials are continuing negotiations of the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center following an initial public workshop to discuss the matter. Craig City Council member Gene Bilodeau said the two parties met once after the initial discussion, and plan to meet again next week.

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For ER nurses in Craig, predictability lies in the unpredictable

The professional life of a nurse certainly has its challenges, especially when the work environment is a place like an emergency room. Just ask Dave Higgins, a nurse who has worked for 14 years in the ER at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The only thing predictable about the ER, he said, is the unpredictability. “I’ve had people literally dying in front of my eyes,” said Higgins, a Craig native. “Then, an hour later, they say, ‘Can I go home?’

Moffat County examines proposed budget

The Moffat County Commission reviewed Tuesday its proposed 2011 budget, which it worked on with county department heads and employees for several months in the face of declining revenues. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission met with county budget analyst Tinneal Gerber to review the proposed budget, and a budget that would account for possible revenue decreases if Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 pass in November’s general election.

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MCHS volleyball team beats Palisade

Midway through their Tuesday night match, the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team found themselves in a familiar spot, having just won the second of two sets. But, things went a little differently from that point compared to their last game. It was a battle of the Bulldogs as MCHS beat Palisade High School, 3-1, at MCHS. The game was the second of the season between the two teams, with MCHS losing 3-0 the first time around to Palisade, the second-ranked team in the 4A Western Slope.

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Bengals beat Hayden, 30-12, in Craig Doak Walker championship

Speechless. That was the word 11-year-old Quinn Sigismond used to describe how he felt after his last game of the season in the fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker football league. And, with good reason, because he and his teammates had just completed an undefeated season.

Donations sought for ‘Project Soldier’ in Moffat County

Christy Gonzalez stood next to a cardboard donation box Tuesday in the lobby of the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. She rummaged through the container and pulled out a child’s drawing of an Air Force jet flown by a smiley-faced pilot. “You see?” Gonzalez said. “It just brings a smile to your face.”

Vandenbark and team: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Fleming baseball team would like to thank the community of Craig, and all of the wonderful support from your community that was given to the summer state American Legion baseball tournament. Your parent group provided a very high-quality tournament, and the parents of the Fleming team would like to extend an extra special thank you for taking care of our boys that attended.

Datebook for Oct. 13

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. 3:30 p.m. An Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The program is for adults ages 50 and older. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7676.

Editorial: Needful things

There are two community groups — the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing and St. Michael’s Kitchen — designed to provide important services to area residents, and both are operating somewhat under-the-radar. Hopefully this opinion piece sheds some needed and deserved spotlight on both of them. When it comes to necessities, there aren’t many things more critical than what the two groups attempt to provide — shelter and food.

Annie's Mailbox: Concerned mother baffled over child’s use of tobacco

Dear Annie: My parents were heavy smokers, and they both died due to complications from COPD and emphysema. My daughter watched their agony. Now she smokes herself. Having watched her grandparents die from the effects of smoking, I cannot understand why she would start a habit that kills. Worse, she exposes my granddaughter to secondhand smoke.

Horoscope for Oct. 13

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Before making any social arrangements with your friends, make sure there is no one at home who is depending on you. Your plans could radically interfere with theirs and cause complications. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Needless hurrying enhances carelessness, so for the sake of your own productivity and efficacy, pace yourself sensibly, especially where important work is concerned.

Tuesday, October 12

On the Record for Oct. 12, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 12, 2010

Bulldog cross-country runners shine in Englewood

With the season winding down, the Moffat County High School cross-country team has not let up in its quest for the finish line. The MCHS boys and girls teams finished strong at a Saturday meet in Englewood, the Windjammer Invitational, a large-scale meet which saw attendance from more than 20 teams across the state. But, the size of the meet did not encumber the MCHS runners, who paced themselves by keeping in step with their standing times, ranking third overall in boys varsity, sixth in girls varsity and seventh in girls junior varsity.

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Craig Doak Walker championship on the line tonight at Woodbury

As the football fields at Woodbury Sports Complex fill up today for the final games of the fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker youth football league season, uniforms in various color combinations will be visible: blue and yellow, yellow and black, purple and white. But, to find the biggest game of the day, you only need to look for one color scheme. Orange and black.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Guardians’ features legendary animation, soaring storyline

In asking what big animation studio will next make its mark, you may want to keep the word “who” in mind. This isn’t because you’ll want to inquire about one person above others, but because such a word makes it that much easier to connect with the heroes of “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” In days long ago, the owl world was at war, with the noble warrior Lyze of Kiel leading the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a parliament of owls sworn to protect the world from evil.

GOP candidate makes sixth campaign stop in Craig

Since announcing his candidacy for governor, Republican Dan Maes has been to Craig six times to campaign, speak with residents and raise money. Maes said making campaign visits to small, rural towns like Craig is the primary reason for his success at the Republican assembly and why he defeated former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis in the August primary.

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Candidate stops in Craig

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo said he has heard many voters are opposed to electing candidates they consider “career politicians.” However, Tancredo, an American Constitution Party candidate, said just because a person has been involved in public policy for a long time, doesn’t mean he or she fits that description. “The best way to tell what anyone is going to do in the job they are seeking is to see what they’ve done in the jobs they’ve had of a similar nature — elected office,” said Tancredo during a Sunday stop in Craig for a visit with the Craig Daily Press. “In my case, it has been a pretty consistent pattern of behavior, and that is conservative.”

Moe: Send PUC your thoughts

To the editor: On Sept. 12, I wrote a letter to the editor encouraging all Moffat County residents to participate in the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s public hearing in Denver on Sept. 23. In order to make sure I had the opportunity to testify before the PUC and state my beliefs of what would happen to this community, our friends and neighbors, and our local economy if Colorado House Bill 10-1365 were to be implemented, I arrived at the P.U.C. offices early. I wanted to make sure my voice would be heard.

Oxley: Say yes to lodging tax

To the editor: The Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors unanimously agreed to support a question on November’s ballot to implement a lodging tax in the city of Craig. The tax would be minimal, about $5 a night paid by travelers, but the impact to Craig’s economy would be significant — more than $500,000 to spend on capital projects, marketing, economic development and community beautification, all of which the Chamber believes are critical to a growing, diverse and vibrant economy.

Datebook for Oct. 12

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Wittwer: Thanks for kindness

To the editor: I would love to express my sincere gratitude to Tom and Susan Mikesell. Tom and Susan operate M&M Outfitters near Craig. My son entered a raffle for a youth cow elk hunt and won. After a year-and-a-half, my son was able to come to their home and experience something that very few people get an opportunity to do.

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 12

Another week, another dollar in the hole? Hope not. I have a friend who helps me all the time. His name is Christ. As I grow older, I find myself leaning on him, more and more. Last week, I had some very emotionally bad days brought on by a situation that was totally out of concept as to what I had in mind.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Growing into contentment

My favorite part of traveling is the journey to get there. No matter the method of transportation, whether it is a drive, flight, or boat ride, the journey helps me settle into my next location. For me, it is the moment when I don’t have to think about what the next step might be. It is the moment when I no longer have to worry about what to pack or if I tied up every loose end, because once you start the journey, there is only forward movement.

Craig Briefs: TMH offering reduced-cost mammograms

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Memorial Hospital is offering reduced-cost digital screening mammograms to women older than 40 throughout the month. Women younger than 40 may qualify if they have risk factors for breast cancer and their doctor’s approval. Before scheduling an appointment, get an order from a health care provider.

Bulldog Sports for Oct. 12

Today 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball team plays Palisade at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 5:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball team plays Palisade at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Horoscope for Oct. 12

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It’s rare when you can’t be relied upon, but it could be one of those days. Try not to make any promises that lack substance or have good chances of not being fulfilled. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — There is a strong chance that a lot of self-discipline will be required in order to cope with your extravagant whims. Remember, if you’re wasteful, there will be a day of reckoning.

Annie's Mailbox: Boyfriend’s fantasy concerning

Dear Annie: My wonderful boyfriend of two years recently told me he has rape fantasies — both of being the rapist and of being raped. He said that, for obvious reasons, it’s not something he talks about. But things are getting really serious between us, and he doesn’t want to keep any secrets hidden from me. I am fairly open-minded, but this seems strange, and I’m not comfortable discussing it with my friends or family.

Hayden group wants tax increase

Hayden committee urges residents to vote yes on Referendum 3B

A committee in Hayden is urging residents to vote yes on a property tax increase that would generate $321,473 for the school district. Citizens for Referendum 3B, the committee promoting the ballot measure Hayden School District voters will consider next month, has been meeting with local community groups in town.

Monday, October 11

On the Record for Oct. 11, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 11, 2010

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Thunder Rolls raises money for military vets at Saturday event

The sounds of rolling balls, falling pins and Guns ‘n’ Roses filled the air at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center Saturday night in Craig. More than 20 area residents visited the bowling alley to try their luck at strike contests, door prize giveaways and a high-score competition that took place during a fundraiser to benefit the Bowlers to Veterans Link, a national nonprofit organization that supports veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. Absolute Drains, an area drain cleaning company, hosted the event, which raised $462.

Sports Spotlight: Jessica Behrman

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “My cousin, Jennifer Harris, got me into it.”

MCHS soccer loses Grand Junction grudge match, 3-2

GRAND JUNCTION — A few things were different in the Moffat County High School soccer team’s rematch against Grand Junction. Besides not having the home field advantage against the 5A team this time around, the Bulldogs were taking on a team eager for payback. After a 6-2 victory earlier in the season against the Tigers, the Bulldogs lost, 3-2, to the team in Saturday’s road game.

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Hayden history buff Jan Leslie dies at age 72

Historical author leaves behind what she thought shouldn’t be forgotten

Jan Leslie lives on through her contributions to Hayden. Her legacy is the three books she wrote and the nearly 25 three-ring binders of newspaper clippings and photos she compiled to make sure the history of the small west Routt County town wasn’t forgotten.

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MCHS volleyball suffers 3-1 defeat to Delta

After two sets of play Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs were looking formidable on the volleyball court. But, as the match progressed, their Panther opponents fired back with everything they had. The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team (5-9 overall, 2-5 Western Slope League) lost their weekend bout with Delta (7-7, 4-4), 3-1, the second match of the season they have lost to the team.

My Life, My Words: Kristen Stranger-Thorsen — ‘Burning the midnight oil’

“When I was little, kids couldn’t sit next to me because I was a ‘Stranger.’ My whole name didn’t fit on the roll, so any time we had a substitute (teacher) that was lots of fun, because it was like, ‘STRANGER-THOR, KRI.’ That’s what showed up. (Stranger-Thorsen) was my dad’s name, and his father’s name. I’m sure it was combined somewhere down the line. It’s Norwegian. “I’m a cashier. In August it was (for) a year. I just moved back (to Craig) before I started working here. I lived in Texas for a little bit, and I lived here for a little bit before that. I’ve been here off and on for about five years.

Datebook for Oct. 11

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

Craig Briefs: Humane Society seeks new members

The Humane Society of Moffat County is seeking new members and invites anyone interested to two events this week. The Humane Society’s monthly meeting will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The organization is also hosting an open house/volunteer drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the fire station conference room, 431 Yampa Ave. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Glanville: The trouble with middle of the road

What a week. First, I hear and then read about a task force investigating the condition of our swimming pool at Moffat County High School, and then I’m assaulted by the lack of decision making from some members of the Moffat County Tourism Association. Apparently the school is built atop a natural spring that’s causing serious rust problems with the pool’s aluminum frame, and the 15-year-old plastic liner installed to protect the frame has exceeded its life by five years and is now brittle and becoming susceptible to tearing.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman fed up with roommate’s rude boyfriend

Dear Annie: My roommate, “Trish,” and I are good friends, and we are both attending the same college. Last spring, her boyfriend spent a lot of time at our apartment. He stayed overnight several times, which made me uncomfortable. I spoke with both of them about it and offered to spend one night a week at my parents’ house so they could have the apartment to themselves.

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Aging Well: Health fair offers array of services

So you forgot to sign up for the early blood draw and can’t make it to the Community Health Fair later this month. Or you prefer to avoid crowds. Whatever the reason, if you’re 60 or older, there is another opportunity for you to take advantage of low cost blood tests and other services and information for older adults.

Horoscope for Oct. 11

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You will put something to work for yourself that you just recently learned from a friend. This useful bit of information will work equally well for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It might be more important than usual to dicker a bit for better terms concerning a commercial matter. The reason: someone is not being fair.

Saturday, October 9

Rangely sweeps Hayden girls volleyball

Panthers overpower Tigers in 3-game win Friday night

Less than two weeks ago, the Hayden High School volleyball team pushed a talented Rangely squad to five games before losing. On Friday, Rangely stole the Tigers’ homecoming thunder with a quick three-set victory. Rangely won, 25-21, 25-14, 25-13.

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Hayden football crushes Rangely, 47-14, in homecoming game

Tigers charge through winless Panthers, 47-14, in homecoming game

The Rangely High School football squad came into the game 0-4 and with only 14 players. The Tigers quickly took their opponents out of the proverbial hole and set them in a real one, rattling off 33 first-quarter points to set up a huge homecoming victory.

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‘This old store’: Brown’s Park Store reaches 25th anniversary as last outpost in Moffat County

On the shoulder of the dry Colorado Highway 318, a tattered blue and white sign is propped against a sagebrush landscape. Displayed is the silhouetted image of a cowboy in pursuit of two calves. Above the image, in the same sun-washed black letters reads, “Brown’s Park Store and RV Park — 17 miles.”

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MCHS library off to a good start for 2010–11 school year

James Neton borrows most of his reading material from work. “Right now I’m reading ‘Helmet for My Pillow,’ by Robert Leckie. It’s excellent,” Neton said.

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MCHS grad qualifies for Olympic Trials

Returning to the University of Wyoming for her junior year, Kelsey Conci was expecting another good year of representing her school on the swim team, but she hadn’t anticipated the news that her coach gave her Labor Day weekend.

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Turnovers haunt Moffat County in loss to Glennwood

It was almost as if Moffat County High School head coach Kip Hafey had a crystal ball when he predicted what the football game against Glenwood Springs would look like — at least in the first half anyway. Hafey said his team was going to try to keep the ball in their own hands as much as possible, which they did possessing the ball for 20 of the first half’s 24 minutes.

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Ink on Spot: Craig body artist tattoos animals to prevent cancer

Pam Wilson-Orth contends she doesn’t look like a typical tattoo artist. “I don’t have tattoos all over me like a lot of tattooists do,” Wilson-Orth said. “I do have a few little tattoos that mean something to me, but you’ll never see them unless I show them to you.

Horoscope for October 9

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It can be an asset to know when to be quiet and when to be assertive, without carrying either to extremes. You’ll get an opportunity to show if you understand when each should be applied.

Annie's Mailbox: Parenting skills questioned

Dear Annie: My daughter, “Jennifer,” is 33 years old and has a 2-year-old child. Jennifer is generally a good mother, but she does two things that I question.

Craig briefs: American Legion hosts bingo tonight

American Legion Post 62 will host bingo tonight. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Datebook for October 9

Saturday 10 a.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball team plays Delta High School at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

Letter to the Editor: Vote no on 101, 60, 61

To the editor: We are writing to ask voters to vote no on Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61. You have probably heard that these measures would have devastating impacts on state and county revenue, jobs,\ and school districts. Passage of these measures would also hurt more than 400 individuals and families who receive services from our organizations in Moffat and Routt counties.

Sports briefs: MCHS volleyball game start time moved up

The Moffat County High School volleyball games, originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. today, will begin an hour earlier to accommodate opponent Delta’s traveling schedule. The freshman team plays at 10 a.m., the junior varsity at 11 a.m. and the varsity team at noon. All games take place in the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane

Environmental organizations planning tree-planting

Sasha Nelson, northwest organizer for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, said there is no feeling better than planting a tree. Nelson, along with other members of the CEC, The Wilderness Society and the Friends of Northwest Colorado, will work to plant several trees in Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 22 and 23.

Editorial: Be the solution not the problem

At many coffee shops, family gatherings and community meetings, you are likely to hear the same complaints about the government’s inability to manage the taxpayers’ dollars. The editorial board contends that the point being made is valid.

Letter to the Editor: Trash an eyesore

To the editor: I really don’t care much about what my neighbors’ yards look like or if they have a lot of what I might perceive as junk, but the bags and piles of trash setting outside a older trailer house on North Yampa Avenue is really starting to gross me out. This is one of the ways people come to Craig, and I can’t imagine seeing it would leave a positive impression.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Southwestern beef shortcakes

Last week, Michelle Balleck, online content producer at the Craig Daily Press, asked me if I’d heard of white chili. I hadn’t. Michelle had been looking for a white chili recipe and finally found one. The recipe she found was made with chicken. If anyone knows about white chili, I’d appreciate hearing from you. (My phone number and address appear at the end of this column.) Meanwhile, I can hardly wait to hear how Michelle made out with her chili.

A&L: Once Cowbelles, now CattleWomen

After more than 50 years, the Moffat County Cowbelles organization has voted to change its name to Moffat County CattleWomen. Moffat County is one of the last longtime state Cowbelle organizations to change its name to “CattleWomen.” But that’s all that has changed. For the Moffat County Cattlewomen, it’s business as usual.

October recognized as Physical Therapy Month

October is recognized as Physical Therapy Month, and the American Physical Therapy Association offers tips to stay healthy. Teresa Schuemann, of Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists in Fort Collins, said families should be at the forefront of establishing physical activity habits.

Government Update for October 9

Moffat County Commission Next meeting: Tuesday, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Friday, October 8

Glenwood Springs beats Moffat County, 35-7

The Moffat County High School varsity football team faces the Glenwood Springs Demons in a road game tonight. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Social Network’ connects with all users

Remember the dark ages of mass communication when “friending” someone meant actually talking to them and interfacing on a regular basis? It’s hard to believe those backward times were plaguing us less than a decade ago. Speaking of something that’s hard to believe, let’s discuss “The Social Network,” the story behind this media breakthrough and the man who heralded a new dawn in human connections.

On the Record for Oct. 8, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 8, 2010

Janet Sheridan: Thoughts about hunting

I remember waiting for seating at a popular restaurant in the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nev. A gaggle of local teenage girls walked by the line that spilled onto the sidewalk. As they passed, they spoke loudly about the summer tourists who invaded downtown, dressed funny and didn’t tip enough. A ruddy-faced gentleman wearing plaid Bermuda shorts with dress shoes and white socks pulled high, stepped out of the waiting crowd and addressed them: “Girls, with good health, hard work and an active IQ, someday you may be lucky enough to have the time, money and interest to visit other places. If so, I hope nobody pokes fun at you or finds you annoying.” His embarrassed wife shushed him, but others applauded.

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Bulldogs prepare for speed game of Glenwood Demons

For three-and-a-half quarters, Glenwood Springs and Moffat County were both down two touchdowns in their games against Palisade. What happened in the final six minutes of the respective games is what sets the two teams apart. Glenwood rallied for two touchdowns and a win, Moffat County gave up two touchdowns for a lopsided loss (at least on the scoreboard).

Local Fuel Gauge for Oct. 8

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99

Lions Club announces holiday parade, tree sale

The Craig Lions Club announced details of its annual Parade of Lights and Christmas tree sales this week. The parade, a joint project of the Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 27 with a theme of characters from Dr. Seuss books.

Gibson: An attitude of gratitude

I have been looking forward to writing an article for the religion page in the Craig Daily Press for quite a few weeks now. The last time it was my turn, I sort of dropped off the face of the earth because I was helping with Vacation Bible School done as a joint effort at St. Michael Catholic Church, along with St. Mark’s Episcopal, Congregational and Friendship United Methodist Church. We had a very good week.

AGNC files testimony against Xcel plans

Doug Monger, a Routt County commissioner and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado board chairman, said he has little faith in the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He said he doubts the PUC will take into serious consideration the numerous public comments and testimonies provided by residents and agencies of Northwest Colorado in regards to Xcel Energy’s emission reduction plans required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365. “They have to listen, (but) they don’t have to do anything,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, with the way this operation has been going forward so far, I don’t think they (will) do anything.”

Battle Mountain strong-arms MCHS soccer, 5-3

Moffat County High School junior Jonathan Pando noticed a difference in the attitude of his teammates at their Thursday game at Loudy-Simpson Park, one that affected them more and more as the afternoon wore on. His fellow Bulldogs weren’t communicating on the soccer field like they normally do. And, the result was reflected in the final score.

Bowling fundraiser for veterans set for Saturday

Beryl Dschaak, co-owner of Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, said she had grown apathetic to U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “You get so wrapped up on other stuff, that you don’t stop and think,” Dschaak said. Then Dschaak saw “Taking Chance” — a 2009 HBO film about the death and funeral of Chance Phelps, a U.S. Marine who formerly lived in Craig — and felt inspired.

Veteran's Hotline: Stop-loss bonus pay available

If you qualify for stop-loss bonus, time is running out to apply. Retroactive bonus pay for 145,000 military personnel who were forced to remain on duty beyond their original discharge date following the Sept. 11 attacks are is available. Congress has approved back pay of $500 for each month of involuntary service.

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Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing begins inaugural project

Neil Folks stood in front of a dilapidated, boarded-up building on Thursday. “Yeah, it’s been quite an eyesore in the community,” Folks said. “The building was condemned by the city because the south foundation fell into the basement.” The structure he spoke of is the old Simmons Rooming House in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue. Soon, volunteer laborers with the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing will tear the building down and erect a new one in its place. It will be the group’s first project.

Andy Bockelman: Yawn-inducing antics run high in ‘You Again’

Everybody has things about their past that they’d like to forget. That seems to be the chief thought in the comedy “You Again,” although for the cast members involved, it seems that starring in such a movie will be something they’ll need time to get over. Marni Olsen (Kristen Bell) is one of the top public relations workers in California, dating back to her first client — herself.

Datebook for Oct. 8

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags be lowered to half staff on all state and federal buildings today in honor of Army Sgt. Justin A. Officer. 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.

Sports Briefs: Western Slope football schedule

In Western Slope varsity football, scheduling between intra-league 3A teams continues. Top-ranked Rifle (4-1 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) takes on Steamboat Springs (0-5, 0-2) tonight. Elsewhere, leading contender Glenwood Springs (4-1, 2-0) hosts Moffat County (2-3,1-1) and Eagle Valley (2-2, 1-1) travels to Delta (3-2, 1-1).

Glanville: Trading affair

It’s always been a contention in our family who the better trader was, Grandpa or Uncle Blaine. Granted, some of Blaine’s trades were well across the border of legality, but they always seemed to even out. Grandpa, on the other hand, was in it for the trade. He didn’t care one way or the other what he traded or what he was trading for, he loved the art of the trade, and expected to come out ahead, which he always did, except when it came to horses.

Jones: A vote for Craig’s future

To the editor: Recent legislative and regulatory actions by the state and federal governments have threatened the future viability of the coal and natural gas industries, two staples of the Craig economy. These actions have uncovered two vulnerabilities threatening the stability of our wonderful community. The first vulnerability is the impact organizations far-removed from this community have on the coal and natural gas industries.

Craig Briefs: Governor order flags lowered today

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags be lowered to half staff on all state and federal buildings today in honor of Army Sgt. Justin A. Officer, 26, of Colorado Springs. Officer was killed on Sept. 29 in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Annie's Mailbox: He doesn’t want to be nephew’s character reference

Dear Annie: I don’t have the best relationship with my nephew, “Bob.” He has asked for a number of favors from me in the past and has gotten very nasty when things didn’t go his way. He has also bragged about abusing people and pets, and he enjoys making people angry, violating laws and bucking authority. Here’s the problem: Bob was recently arrested for giving attitude to a policeman.

Horoscope for Oct. 8

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Pay heed to any hunches you get concerning financial matters. It is quite likely that you’ll be blessed with a sixth sense that can serve you well when it comes to buying or selling. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Concentrate on your mental attributes and leave the muscle work for another day. It’s likely to be the projects that permit you to utilize your artistic imagination that will turn out to be rewarding.

Thursday, October 7

Colorado municipalities choose their own medical marijuana destinies

Want a feel for the varied response to Colorado’s booming medical marijuana industry? Here in Northwest Colorado, the city of Steamboat Springs allowed three medical marijuana centers to operate after creating an ordinance to regulate them. Two dozen miles west, the town of Hayden approved an ordinance prohibiting them.

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Final tweaks under way on US 40 construction project in Steamboat

End of paving brings relief to businesses

Joe Kboudi isn’t ready to give a final verdict on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steam­­­­boat Springs, but he’s sure happy it’s done. Kboudi, the longtime owner of All That Jazz, has been a Lincoln Avenue retailer for 33 years.

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Growing Pains: Spotlight lands on Colorado, the medical marijuana leader

At the Medical Marijuana Business Alliance’s August networking meeting, Kush Magazine Publisher Michael Lerner said, "Colorado is so far ahead of the rest of the country in this industry, there is no second.” In Steamboat Springs, upcoming changes to the city's ordinance could allow more medical marijuana centers in town.

Yampa residents to vote about medical marijuana laws next year

The Town of Yampa will take the issue of medical marijuana to voters, possibly as soon as January. Yampa Town Board members made the decision during their meeting Wednesday night. Town Clerk Janet Ray said Thurs­­day that Town Board members still want to check on law enforcement issues and potential liability for the town before the election is official.

Steamboat shooting case goes to district court

Robert Cash scheduled to appear Nov. 2 on attempted murder charge

Robert Cash is scheduled to appear Nov. 2 in district court on an attempted murder charge. Lawyers called several Steamboat Springs Police De­­part­­ment detectives as witnesses during the preliminary hearing on Thursday, and a recording of a hospital-room interview with Rhonda Cash brought Robert Cash to tears.

On the Record for Oct. 7, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 7, 2010

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Candidates forum draws 60 in Hayden

County sheriff hopefuls again trade jabs

About 60 people attended a forum Wednesday night at the Routt County Fairgrounds Ex­­hibit Hall in Hayden at which 15 candidates spoke. Like other forums this election season, Routt County sheriff candidates Democrat Gary Wall and Republican Garrett Wiggins traded a few jabs.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend agenda: Bowling, politics & sleep

If you ask me, this weekend is made for catching up, sleeping in and making Halloween plans. We’re trying to figure out our costumes, and it’s a great weekend to start getting those together. But, if you want to get out of the house, there are a few options to allow you to do just that.

MCTA mulls lodging tax position

The Moffat County Tourism Association discussed Wednesday the possibility of taking a formal stance on the Craig City Council’s proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax. The MCTA board mulled the decision to support or oppose the tax at its regular monthly meeting, but made no official decision on the matter. However, the board reached a general consensus to remain neutral on the subject.

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Moffat County United Way kicks off annual donation campaign

The Moffat County United Way has kicked off its 2011 donation campaign, Executive Director Corrie Ponikvar said Wednesday. The annual campaign, which runs this year from Sept. 27 to Nov. 19, seeks to raise $485,000 for distribution among 75 to 80 nonprofit agencies within Moffat County. The Moffat County United Way receives most of its donations through workplaces, Ponikvar said. Typically, employees will contribute a small portion of their earnings from each pay period, and many employers will match those donations dollar for dollar.

DA seeking replacement investigator

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, is looking to replace the office’s chief investigator, but said she will take her time with the decision. Oldham will soon begin the process of replacing Joe DeAngelo, former chief investigator for the three-county district, who left for a position with Colorado State Attorney General’s office in Denver. DeAngelo’s last day with the DA’s office was Friday, and he begins work in his new position on Oct. 15.

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CMS football teams defeat Meeker, prepare for Steamboat

With their final game as members of the Craig Middle School football team days away, eighth-graders Tyler Davis and Miguel Cruz have mixed emotions. On one hand, they’re sad to see the end of an era. But, they’re also excited at the prospect of finishing their season undefeated.

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Swim Pool Task Force weighs options, seeks support for MCHS pool

Five members of the Swim Pool Task Force stood at the bottom of the pool at Moffat County High School. The pool was dry, but — without assistance from outside sources — the school district’s swim program might be underwater. “We thought it would be good to come down and let this committee assess the condition of the pool,” said Mike Taylor, facilities manager for Moffat County School District.

Craig Briefs: Humane Society seeks new members

The Humane Society of Moffat County is seeking new members and invites any interested to two events next week. The Humane Society’s monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for Oct. 7

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. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents about depression, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The presentation is open to the public. Call Ken Wergin at 824-4671.

Thompson family: Thanks for the support

To the editor: Gary Thompson and family have an overwhelming sense of appreciation for all who attended or contributed to the dinner that was held to raise money for Gary in September. We want to say an enormous thank you to both Cherie Blomquist and Peggy Ponikvar for organizing and putting on the dinner, as well as the entire staff at Sandrock Elementary.

Sports Briefs: MCHS soccer to play Battle Mountain

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team will play Battle Mountain today at 4 p.m. Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. The game is a crucial one for both teams, with their records each standing at 8-2 overall. MCHS’s Western Slope League record is 4-2, with one loss to Battle Mountain, whose league record is 6-1.

Editorial: Benefits outweigh dollars

Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commission are in the midst of negotiating the rental agreement for the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street. The editorial board contends that the benefits that come from having the police department in the same building as the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol are important to consider.

Routt County medical marijuana timeline

August 2009: Rocky Mountain Remedies and D and C Medical Marijuana and Therapeutic Massage open and agree to follow Steamboat Springs Police Department guidelines.

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Growing Pains: Entrepreneurs cash in on medical marijuana

Kevin Fisher and Ryan Fisher are building a medical marijuana empire, though it may not be obvious from their unassuming warehouse office in the industrial area west of downtown Steamboat Springs. The thirtysomethings have made Rocky Mountain Remedies one of the largest medical marijuana centers in Colorado.

Colorado medical marijuana centers capitalize on a variety of products

Smoking marijuana isn’t the only way to consume it. Colorado’s medical marijuana centers typically offer a variety of infused products, from baked goods to tinctures and just about everything in between.

Annie's Mailbox: Transgender child fed up with mother’s antics

Dear Annie: I’m a 23-year-old transsexual man, and my mother is actively sabotaging my life and transition. I came out to her six years ago, and despite my trying to keep the lines of conversation open, she has been making every effort to stop me. She has outed me to employers, which eventually resulted in me losing my job. I’ve spent the past six months attempting to find employment while living under her roof to save money.

Horoscope for Oct. 7

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This is an excellent time to weed out all those endeavors that have not lived up to your expectations. Don’t waste any more time on things that aren’t working out. It’s time to start anew. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Much more can be revealed from something that you’ve only been viewing from a limited level. If you’ll let them, your perceptions can be viable sources of information and inspiration.

Colorado House Bill 1284 highlights

Colorado House Bill 1284 was created to regulate the business side of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry.

Wednesday, October 6

On the Record for Oct. 6, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 6, 2010

Moffat County's Parker King ties for 44th at state golf tourney

With several improvements, Moffat County High School golfer Parker King was able to trim a few strokes from his score in the second day of play at the 4A state tournament Tuesday. Placing about in the middle of the competition, he was happy with the results.

LEAP to offer benefits beginning Nov. 1

The Moffat County Department of Social Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will be processing applications from Nov. 1 through April 30, 2011. LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs, it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. For most households, LEAP benefits will be paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier.

2-year-old shot by sibling in Dinosaur

Sheriff’s office investigating how juvenile came in possession of firearm

Two Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alleged shooting in Dinosaur Monday night. Jeremy Ashton, a sheriff’s office investigator, said a 2-year-old female was allegedly shot by a 4-year-old sibling in what appears to be an accident.

EPA orders Elam Construction to mitigate damage to Yampa River Wetlands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a compliance order to Elam Construction, and 4B Land and Livestock for impacts to wetlands at the gravel mine site adjacent to the Yampa River, according to a news release issued by the EPA on Tuesday afternoon. The EPA reports the companies’ actions were conducted without a required Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Company hosting Craig job fair for Yampa Valley airport positions

Kelly Pierce said it is sometimes hard to see the number of unemployed residents come through the Colorado Workforce Center of Craig looking for work on a daily basis. “It is tough because you want to be able to help everybody,” said Pierce, a labor and employment specialist with the center. Pierce said most people looking for employment talk to at least 20 or 30 employers before getting a call back or being offered a job.

Craig Fire/Rescue promotes 4 firefighters

Craig Fire/Rescue will celebrate the promotions of four firefighters at 6 p.m. Thursday at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave. Lt. Troy Hampton and Lt. Steve Lingo will be promoted to captains. Officer candidates Brian Slaight and Doug Willems will be promoted to lieutenants. In an announcement from Craig Fire/Rescue on Tuesday, Chief Bill Johnston stated that he and two battalion chiefs considered seven candidates.

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Hayden Doak Walker team beats Chargers, 22-14

Hayden football coach Chris Carson’s feelings Tuesday evening at Woodbury Sports Complex were better expressed through one of his players, namely his 11-year-old son, Christian. “We’re going to the kids’ Super Bowl!” Christian shouted after the final whistle blew.

Moffat County commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a transfer of payments of warrants for September totaling $274,163.87. • Approved, 3-0, a conservation trust fund eligibility certificate with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for 2011.

Datebook for Oct. 6

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 presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.

Student Council: Thank you for making Homecoming great

Dear editor: The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2010 Homecoming week a success. We would not be able to have Homecoming week without the support of MCHS staff, parents, businesses and community members throughout Moffat County.

Craig Briefs: Bowlers to Veterans fundraiser slated

Absolute Drains will be hosting a fundraiser for the Bowlers to Veterans Link from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. The cost is $15 per person for three games of bowling. The event also includes a strike competition, 50/50 raffle, free food and prizes.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom mad at daughter’s coach

Dear Annie: Last night, my daughter’s high school held tryouts for cheerleading. Many girls and their parents were shocked by the actions of the cheer coach, who advanced her own sophomore daughter and six of her daughter’s friends to the varsity level, thereby cutting experienced juniors and seniors.

Federal and Colorado medical marijuana timeline

1937: The U.S. Congress passes the Marihuana Tax Act making it illegal to possess or transfer cannabis, except for medical or industrial uses, which were subject to an excise tax.

Medical marijuana debate rages between ardent critics and supporters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not studied marijuana because it is an illegal drug at the federal level. Across the country, the medical marijuana debate rages between ardent critics and supporters.

Many Steamboat employers say there is no need for marijuana-specific policies

Many of Steamboat Springs’ larger employers don’t have policies related specifically to medical marijuana. Many of them said they’ve yet to deal with issues related to employees who have been authorized to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Growing Pains: Colorado's medical marijuana industry ignites

Colorado scrambles to manage an industry some say is rife with abuse

Kara Rosen is among the more than 100,000 Colorado residents who have become legal users of marijuana since 2009. The 32-year-old Hayden resident and cancer survivor has used medical marijuana every day for about a year. It’s the only remedy she’s found to treat pain, digestion problems, nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia. Rosen is happy she had that option when confronting her post-cancer pain.

Horoscope for Oct. 6

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — There may be many times when it is OK to experiment a bit with taking some shortcuts or making some new innovations. However, if you see that it’s not one of those times, stick to proven methods. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A loss of respect and acceptance is possible if you are thoughtless or rude when dealing with your pals. Be extra mindful about your social graces when involved in activities with friends.

Tuesday, October 5

On the Record for Oct. 5, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 5, 2010

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 5

The gold on the trees is becoming more noticeable as fall progresses onward, making autumn more like I like. One of my favorite things is going out on the side roads and along the highways, and seeing the trees dressed in their autumn splendor, along with some of the bushes, flowers, etc. In the meantime, happy birthday to Ron Stoffel, Fran Davis, Walt Cisar, Jim Fuller, Judith McGoran and Jennifer Miller, my great-granddaughter.

Bulldog Sports for Oct. 5

Today 8:30 a.m. Moffat County High School golfer Parker King competes in the final day of the state golf tournament at Flying Horse Country Club in Colorado Springs. 4 p.m. The Craig Middle School football team plays Meeker at CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.

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Moffat County fire officials: Leave firefighting to pros

Following injuries during a fire Sunday, fire officials are urging residents and visitors to leave firefighting to professionals. Three people were injured during the early stages of the Pence Fire in Wildlife Estates north of Craig when they attempted to keep the fire from spreading, according to a release from Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire on Monday afternoon.

MCHS golfer tied for 59th at state tourney

Starting his day at the state golf tournament teeing off from the 10th hole of Flying Horse Country Club, Parker King felt optimistic about the day ahead. But, by the time he sunk his putt on the next hole, things were already beginning to get rough. King, a junior at Moffat County High School, finished his first day at the 4A state golf tournament with a score of 82, leaving him in a five-way tie for 59th place out of 84 total golfers.

Dinosaur council OKs pot ballot question

The Dinosaur Town Council has decided to place the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in voters’ hands. During an August meeting, the town council approved placing a measure on the ballot in the November general election asking the voters if they would permit medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits, Dinosaur Mayor L.D. Smith said. However, the council’s decision wasn’t unanimous, Smith said.

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Maybell family looking to start Boy Scout troop after relocating to area

When Maybell residents David and Vicky Miller moved to the area in January from northwestern Ohio, they were mostly pleased with what they found, but something was missing. A local Boy Scout troop. “We want our boys to continue with the Boy Scouting experience, and there was no troop in Craig that fit our needs,” Vicky said. “So we decided to start our own (troop) with the boys out this way.”

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MCHS boys cross-country places 1st, girls 2nd at weekend meet

The regional tournament for cross-country will not take place for nearly three weeks, but if his runners keep performing at their current level, Todd Trapp sees no reason why they can’t look to the Oct. 23 meet in Cortez with high expectations. The Moffat County High School cross-country team finished strongly at Saturday’s meet in Grand Junction, the Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational hosted by Fruita Monument High School. The boys team placed first overall, with the girls taking second.

Datebook for Oct. 5

Today 6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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.

MCTA meeting agenda for Oct. 5

11:30 a.m. Wednesday, upstairs conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: — Introduction • Call to order, roll call, welcome guests • Review and approval of minutes

Craig Briefs: CDOT begins work on Highways 13, 40

CDOT begins work on Highways 13, 40 The Colorado Department of Transportation is currently working to replace culverts under U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 13, the agency said Monday in a release. Work will continue through Nov. 19 to replace steel pipe structures on U.S. Highway 40 west of Elk Springs at mile point 32.38 and on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig at mile point 90.94. Tricon 2, of Castle Rock, was awarded the project for $684,000.

Clifton: Proud sister of honoree

To the editor: I am a very proud sister of Darwin Dunn, being honored at the Homecoming parade and game. He is a special person. He had more guts playing football then most pro players today. I was especially proud to march in the band at half time of the Gator Bowl when he played.

Martinez: Thank you for helping

To the editor: The citizens of Craig who supported honoring Darwin Dunn during Homecoming festivities would like to thank the following for the respect shown to a good man and a great athlete:

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Coming home

The bold oranges, the bright yellows and the deep reds painted the perfect picture of fall, a picture I had almost forgotten while being away. Although I am a Colorado native, I couldn’t help but stop on the side of the road on my way home for Homecoming to snap some pictures of the breathtaking landscape. This is the first change of season that I have seen in four years.

Dunn: Thanks for honoring me

To the editor: Thank you, Craig, Colo., and especially the following people:

Student News: Adam Crabtree

Adam Crabtree, son of David and Cindi Crabtree, graduated from Moffat County High School in 2003. He graduated from University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2006.

Annie's Mailbox: Teen frightened of abusive father

Dear Annie: I am 15 years old and the youngest of four children. My father and mother have had bickering matches for as long as I can remember. Their fights sometimes get physical, but not enough to do real harm. My mother has constantly tried to improve my father’s personality and parenting skills. He doesn’t understand how to communicate with his family, specifically his children.

oroscope for Oct. 5

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This could be an excellent day to check your sources to see if something you wanted to buy but couldn’t afford is now on sale. There are indications that you’ll be able to strike a good deal. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It always pays to be nice to everybody, because you never know who will step forward and help you out when you’re in need. Today might provide a good example of reaping what you sow.

Monday, October 4

On the Record for Oct. 4, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 4, 2010

Datebook for Oct. 4

Today 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. The Red Hat Society potluck takes place at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Call Peggie at 824-2338.

Craig Briefs: Ute elder to speak this month

Preserving the Last Frontier, the Vermilion Archeology Chapter and the Museum of Northwest Colorado will host Clifford Duncan later this month. Duncan is a Native American Ute elder whose ancestors lived in Moffat County. He will talk about his ancestors and their way of life at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Sports spotlight: Lauren Roberts

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “Once we got into middle school, if we wanted to play sports, it was the first one on the list, so we started playing. It was either that or running three miles in cross-country.”

Business beat: Dance studio finds downtown home

Located in downtown Craig is a new dance studio, Just Dance, owned and operated by Jeni Giedd. The studio is offering training to children ages 3 through 18 Monday through Friday. Giedd plans to add adult classes later this month. The style of dance training offered includes creative movement, ballet, hip hop to country swing.

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Magic show at MCHS auditorium raises funds for Humane Society

Magician Lanny Kibbey was raised by clowns. “My parents were professional clowns,” Kibbey said. “A lot of people say their parents are clowns, but mine actually were.” Kibbey started practicing magic when he was 8 years old and performed his first professional show alongside his father when he was 12.

My Life, My Words: Chris Muzik — ‘A feeling and a state of mind’

“I came in ’93. I went to retire in Steamboat (Springs) and my daughter showed up with a baby on the way and her husband had run off. I saw an ad in the paper (that) said, ‘Apartments: $200 up, Craig, Colorado.’ I said, ‘I don’t know where it is, but that is where we are going.’ And that is how I ended up in Craig. “Originally, I had rented (the store space) for 30 days to get rid of all my handmade stuff because it was really hard to travel with my mother-in-law who was in her mid-to-late 80s. Taking her to craft fairs was just a little more than we could handle. But then everybody really liked it and it seemed to be something needed in Craig that offered something nice and different at a reasonable price.

Richardson family: Thank you for ongoing support

To the editor: We would like to say thank you to Anthony Noble, Kristina Gustafson, Teresa Stoffle and Tara Wojtkiewicz for all the support you have provided our family the past 6 months.

2 weekend fires deemed suspicious in Moffat County

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two weekend fires deemed “suspicious.” The first fire began about five feet from 560 Behrman Road, west of Craig, at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston. The fire was fueled by grass and sagebrush, and burned less than one acre. No structures were damaged, and no people were injured.

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Dinner, silent auction, car show benefit crash survivor in Craig

Maria Ellis can’t recall the Aug. 29 car accident that nearly killed her. “I don’t remember anything from (before the accident) until the last week I was in the hospital,” Ellis said. “I lost three weeks.” Ellis, who lives in Rock Springs, Wyo., broke her neck, back, both collarbones and her right hand in the accident. She was flown from Baggs, Wyo., to Casper, Wyo., then from Casper to Salt Lake City where she spent a month in the hospital.

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MCHS Varsity volleyball wins 2nd half of doubleheader

With two matches in two different locations, Saturday saw some varying results for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team. But, for MCHS senior Annie Sadvar, one of the most important elements in the afternoon game was not on the court, but in the stands. And, in a smaller venue, the cheering crowd had a noticeable effect on the home team.

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MCHS soccer slams Glenwood Springs, 3-1

Standing in the goal of the soccer field Saturday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, Moffat County High School goaltender Dustin Carlson had just one thing on his mind. Shutout. And, though he didn’t quite obtain his objective, it wasn’t for lack of trying, as he and his teammates heightened their defenses against their latest opponent.

Glanville: Search for the elephant

Having searched for the “elephant” in a dozen or so big cities, I still haven’t got “it.” Not that it’s something to get, it just seems everybody there is either making up time to get it, or zipping about like they should already have it. Though I’ve never entered a mall alone without the weak side going over the deep end, it’s an example of life as they know it.

On the record for Oct. 3

The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, Oct. 1 An ambulance crew responded to three medical calls. Saturday, Oct. 2 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call.

Horoscope for Oct. 4

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Because co-workers are likely to lack your inspirational industriousness, it’s important that you that don’t make any demands on them. Simply set a good example that will be copied. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although you are presently in a good cycle for accomplishing your expectations, you may fail to do so, for reasons known only to yourself. Stop being negative about things and expect good happenings.

Annie's Mailbox: Student wants healthier friends

Dear Annie: I am 19 years old and a sophomore in college. I have a large circle of friends who are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Or so I thought. I have never been one to drink or party, not because I looked down on it, but simply because it wasn’t my scene. When I entered college, I made new friends who enjoyed going out and drinking every weekend. I thought I might be missing something, so I went along.

Saturday, October 2

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Penalties, lack of offense dooms Moffat County in 36-6 loss

There would be no fourth-quarter letdown this week for the Palisade football team. A week after giving up two-touchdown lead to Glenwood Springs in the final quarter, Palisade scored three touchdowns in the final quarter to put away Moffat County, 36-6.

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No. 22 comes home: MCHS gridiron great Darwin Dunn returns to Craig for Homecoming

Hundreds of people in the stands Friday night at the Moffat County High School football field cheered minutes before the start of the Bulldogs’ Homecoming game against Palisade.

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Boats afloat during annual MCHS cardboard boat regatta

Twenty-four cardboard boats departed Friday from the rocky shores of the pond at Loudy-Simpson Park, but only 15 returned intact. Fender Bender, a ukulele-shaped boat, was one of the unlucky vessels.

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DA investigator leaving for position with Attorney General

Joe DeAngelo doesn’t own a television, but that hasn’t prevented him from catching glimpses of crime dramas like “Law & Order.” He said he doesn’t quite understand what he sees.

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Sandrock Elementary School paraprofessional teaching Braille to vision-impaired first-grader

Shana Miles, a Sandrock Elementary School paraprofessional, wasn’t aware a skill such as reading Braille could be learned online. And then Moffat County School District administrators asked her to try.

Datebook for October 2

9 a.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball team plays Eagle Valley High School at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

Craig briefs: Fundraiser for Steamboat police officer today

The Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 S. Lincoln Ave., in Steamboat Springs, will host a fundraiser today for Steamboat Springs police officer Sgt. Dale Coyner.

Government Update for October 2

Moffat County Commission Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 5 Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Voter registration deadline Monday

The deadline for voters to have a say in November’s general election is approaching.

On the record for October 2

Craig Police Department Thursday, Sept. 30 Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency.

A&L: Volunteers make Moffat County Fair possible

Consider the hours of work that go into putting on any kind of major event, such as charitable fundraisers, athletic tournaments, and seasonal festivals.

Editorial: Don't stop now

Last week, a contingent of Craig and Moffat County residents appeared before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission with perhaps an insurmountable task — lobbying the PUC in opposition to Colorado House Bill 10-1365, more commonly known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

Horoscope for October 2

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Dare to be different and think creatively, especially when it comes to your work or a project that is extremely important. Use your smarts to avoid impediments and achieve objectives.

A recipe best suited for the bachelors out there

To begin with, I have a couple of notes about “Ham and Bacon Chowder,” featured in this column a couple of weeks ago. I made the chowder to use up some leftover ham. The recipe requires a lot of chopping, but it’s delicious.

Annie's Mailbox: After father’s death, house falling apart

Dear Annie: I am concerned about my mother, a 66-year-old widow of 15 years. When my father was alive, Mom worked full time, kept a reasonably clean house and raised two children by herself. (My father was an alcoholic who was not around much.) In the years since Dad died, however, the house has gone to ruin. The problem is, my sister and extended family convinced me to let Mom move into one of my properties. My sister cleans it once every six months. Each time, they remove 10 huge bags of garbage. By the way, Mom works full time, and her supervisors are always talking about how professional and neat her work area is. They even use her as an example when training new employees.

Friday, October 1

Palisade beats Moffat County 36-6

After a scoreless first quarter, Palisade gets on the board with a 10-yard run by Quinn Damora. Palisade goes for two and gets it to take an 8-0 lead.

Black Mountain Theatre Board: Play a big success

To the editor: This past weekend’s play, “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” was as much fun to produce as it was to watch. For those of you who missed it, don’t miss the next one. You never know who you will see on stage or in the script.

Craig forum focuses on ballot measures

At the start of a Thursday night ballot forum, Craig Chamber of Commerce Director Christina Oxley said forum organizers searched for advocates of what they called “The Ugly Three” — Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 — to speak to the crowd. But, she said they could not find any. “I think that is really telling right there that even members of the tea party (and) some big anti-tax campaigns say that as much as they favor less government and lower taxes, these are not the solutions,” she said.

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Firefighting helitanker crew stops in Craig before heading to next fire

Willie Dejesus takes pride in his job. “We save a lot of homes,” he said as he relaxed in a chair Thursday at the Craig-Moffat County Airport. “We save a lot of families, save a lot of lives.” As a traveling helicopter mechanic for the Oregon-based Helicopter Transport Services, Inc., Dejesus is tasked with keeping one of the company’s several firefighting helitankers tuned and running smooth as it travels the country helping fight fires. Dejesus has been working as a helicopter mechanic for more than 30 years beginning with his service in the Navy in the late 1970s.

Datebook for Oct. 1

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. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Craig Briefs: Judge retention focus forum

Matt Arnold of Clear the Bench Colorado is scheduled to host a forum today in Craig on all judges listed on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at noon at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, 465 Yampa Ave. For more information, call Matt at 326-7580.

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Eagle Valley drops MCHS soccer, 5-4

Not this time. Eagle Valley goalkeeper Jose Serna drew his team’s line in the sand as he was digging the second Moffat County goal out of the back of his net. It was three-and-a-half minutes into Thursday’s Homecoming soccer game, and the Devils were down 2-0 to a Bulldog team that beat them 12-4 earlier this season. Not this time.

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Local fuel gauge for Oct. 1

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99

MCHS Homecoming activities continue today and Saturday

Moffat County High School is celebrating Homecoming this week with a variety of activities that continue today and Saturday at the school and in the community. The theme for Homecoming is Bulldog luau.

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Don Jones

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Don Jones

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Mary Quinn

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Mary Quinn

Annie's Mailbox: Woman fed up with husband

Dear Annie: What do you do when you have been with someone for almost 40 years and he keeps becoming infatuated with other women? A few years ago, my husband became interested in a woman young enough to be his daughter.

Andy Bockelman: ‘A’ is for acerbic humor

American literature can affect readers in very different ways. How many kids in high school didn’t want to be a whaler after reading Herman Melville or a bootlegger after poring over the prose of F. Scott Fitzgerald?

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Jeff Schlim

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Jeff Schlim

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Bulldogs v. Bulldogs

MCHS prepared for visit by ranked opponent on Homecoming

Moffat County High School has been full of festivities this week. That was easy to see within the first 10 seconds of entering the high school when students walked around in themed outfit of the day, like 1980s, cowfolk or hippies. After school was also busy.

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Bulldog volleyball team drops heartbreaker to rival

MCHS takes Steamboat Springs to the limit, but loses 3-2

For Lauren Roberts, playing a team like Steamboat Springs has special significance. The Craig-Steamboat rivalry is one the Moffat County High School senior wanted to fuel her volleyball team’s performance in one of the last Homecoming games she’ll play in for her high school career. But, despite a close contest, the results did not turn out the way she wanted.

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Stacy Razzano

Honored Homecoming Alumni — Stacy Razzano

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Marching on Victory

More than 30 local groups to participate in MCHS Homecoming parade

At 2 p.m. today, more than 30 local groups will depart Craig City Park in cars and on foot or flatbed. These groups, which include Craig Fire/Rescue, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Craig Chamber of Commerce and more, will flow west along Victory Way as part of the 2010 Moffat County High School Homecoming parade.

Succeeding the throne

MCHS crowns royalty during coronation ceremony

Cherratina Pankey stood Thursday morning on the Moffat County High School auditorium stage holding her son’s new crown. Her eyes were wet with tears. She had just witnessed the 2010 Royalty Coronation ceremony in which her son, MCHS senior Michael Pankey, had been crowned Homecoming king. Michael had just taken yet another step in his late father’s footsteps, Cherratina said.

Horoscope for Oct. 1

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — In order to expedite getting something you want, you might promise things you can’t produce at this time. Be extremely careful, because you will be taken at your word and asked to deliver. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you’re going to take a gamble on anybody, it had better be on yourself. Don’t believe people who say they can do something without first verifying their ability.

Woods: Release the emergency brake

Have you ever been driving and discovered that you forgot to release the emergency brake? You wondered why you felt something holding you back, but you did not know what it was? That is what a spirit of fear will do to us.