News for Thursday, October 21, 2010

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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.