News for Tuesday, October 26, 2010



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.