News for Monday, October 18, 2010

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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.

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.

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.

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.