News for Friday, October 29, 2010



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.”