News for Thursday, October 28, 2010

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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.