News for Saturday, October 30, 2010



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Moffat County forces three turnovers in dominating 34-14 win

No overtime needed this week for the Moffat County High School football team. Three forced turnovers and a dominating performance from both lines led the Bulldogs to a 34-14 win at Eagle Valley on Friday night. “We work everyday on forcing turnovers,” Moffat coach Kip Hafey said. “This week, it paid off.” On the other sideline, the perspective was painful.

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CMS science teacher blows up pumpkins for educational purposes

On Friday morning, Norm Yoast addressed his eighth-grade science class by asking students to don safety goggles. Yoast stood at the head of the class. Directly in front of him lay a pumpkin on a pedestal. “There are two types of energy — kinetic energy and potential energy,” Yoast said. “Kinetic energy is anything moving.

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CNCC, Moffat County reach agreement on cooperative education program

Ray Pearcey walked between two semi-trucks parked in the garage of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department. “I can remember when I was young and coming into a shop like this,” Pearcey said. “It was like being in awe land.” Pearcey, a mechanic for the road and bridge department and an adjunct instructor for the automotive program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, now has an opportunity to share that thrill with students.

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The ‘thin veil between’

Craig resident, ghost hunter claims photos prove life after death

Craig resident Barbara Nicholes contends there is another realm close to our own, a place one can see and almost touch, with the right perception. “It is like there is a thin veil between the living and the dead,” Nicholes said. Nicholes, who has lived in Craig since 1985, started searching for a way to connect with the world of the dead about six months ago.

Veteran's Hotline: Bowling center hosting upcoming flag dedication

There will be a flag dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig. Veterans can also bowl from 1 to 5 p.m. for free on that day. The bowling center is also having a raffle for bowling balls.

Andy Bockelman: New and vintage — the best in Halloween creature features

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 around 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.

Moffat County School District facing $400K fund deficit

At the Moffat County School Board’s meeting Thursday, finance director Mark Rydberg directed the board’s attention to a budget table that painted a bleak picture during a first quarter report. “Just a couple of things to point out,” Rydberg said. “You can see in table 3 the difference in revenues and the difference in expenses.” According to the table’s bottom line, the difference in revenues — from what was established during budget talks in March to first quarter forecasts — results in a $103,450 shortfall. The difference in expenditures over the same period of time results in an increase of $221,927.

A&L: Achievement Night a celebration, look ahead

Moffat County 4-H Agent Alisa Comstock said the annual Achievement Night “recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H members and the 4-H program for the previous (ending) year.” In addition to being a year-end event, the 2010 Achievement Night, scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, will celebrate Colorado 4-H’s 100th birthday. All year, Colorado 4-H clubs have been carrying out special activities to celebrate the 4-H centennial.

EDP: Yes on lodging tax

To the editor: It’s on everybody’s mind these days — the economy. But, what can we do about it? Sometimes it feels like the world is too complicated and that one person or one community can’t really make a difference. You already work hard at your job or businesses.

Mary Jane Horrocks: Vote for Kerry Moe

To the editor: I just completed my mail-in ballot. This is the first time I have voted for a write-in candidate. I appreciate this opportunity for choice and wholeheartedly endorse Kerry Moe in the race of Moffat County Commissioner, District 3.

Sandy Beran: More deer ideas needed

The experts have presented Craig three ideas for dealing with the deer in our town: kill them, kill them, kill them. Is that really the best we can do? Is that good stewardship with our natural resources? We moved to Craig from Steamboat Springs in 2002 because it was more affordable. We have come to value the uniqueness of Craig that is still part of the Wild West. While more and more communities become generic and similar, Craig has kept its own identity.

Jody Maxson: DOW deer plan ‘wrong’

To the editor: What is about to happen to the deer is so wrong. I have lived in the same house on Stout Street for 40 years, and lived with the deer in my yard with no problems whatsoever.

Craig Rummel: 2B’s welfare mentality

To the editor: While everyone is debating the pros and cons of the lodging tax, one important idea has been missed. The entire county believes “We the People” are being taxed to death. Almost 50 percent of Americans are on some sort of entitlement program. Welfare recipients don’t care who pays the tab as long as they receive the benefits.

Gail Severson: Vote for lodging tax

To the editor: I am writing in support of Referendum 2B, the city lodging tax. I was part of the original group of people who got the current county lodging tax passed about 20 years ago. As the previous director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, I realize the importance of passing the city lodging tax. My reasons are many.

On the Record for Oct. 30, 2010

Craig Police Department Thursday, Oct. 28 Officers responded to a report of an open door. Officers responded to a report of a weapons violation.

Government update for Oct. 30

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

The Memorial Hospital Board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, The Memorial Hospital Board: • Approved, 5-0, medical staff privileges as presented.

Craig Briefs: Youth wrestling tournament Sunday

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program will host its Fall Classic at 10 a.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The four- and six-man round robin tournament will feature wrestlers ages 4 to 14. Check-in is at 8 a.m., with a coaches meeting at 9 a.m. General admission is $5. For more information on the Bad Dogs, call Billy Bingham at 824-1741.

Phyllis Barainca: Don’t ‘destroy’ the deer

To the editor: Leave it to the Colorado Division of Wildlife to come up with three ways to reap death and destruction in the streets and outskirts of Craig. I attended the Tuesday meeting and learned that the DOW has a plan to remove deer from the town. Apparently, the DOW presented it to other Colorado towns and were turned down. The town-folks wouldn’t do it.

Datebook for Oct. 30

11 a.m. Scott Tipton, a Republican candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, is at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., to meet with community members. Noon to 2 p.m. The Craig coffee party meets in the back room at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group will discuss Tuesday’s general election. The meeting is open to anyone. Call Jim Blevins at 824-4564.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother worried about daughter

Dear Annie: My 15-year-old daughter, “Tracie,” is attractive, a top student, a volunteer and a Sunday school teacher. She planned to become a doctor. Recently, Tracie became sexually involved with a 20-year-old man who is known to be a drug pusher. Moreover, he has a girlfriend. Tracie does not claim to love him.

Horoscope for Oct. 30

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Continue to operate as diligently as you can in the sensible manner you’ve been moving and a major, ambitious objective can be realized. However, it behooves you not to mention your intentions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Although it may have been a while, don’t lower your expectations and hopes. What you are visualizing is achievable and now within the realm of possibility. Think win.