News for Wednesday, September 1, 2010



On the Record for Sept. 1, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 1, 2010

Moffat County Commission discusses Vermillion plan

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he has a clear idea of how the efforts of local entities that developed the 1-percent drilling plan for Vermillion Basin should be viewed. Gray contends they are on the “moral high ground” for reaching a “balanced approach” to managing drilling in the area. But, several months after the Bureau of Land Management proposed keeping Vermillion closed to natural gas drilling in its resource management plan, Gray said many have raised eyebrows at the integrity of the decision.

MCHS junior varsity golf takes on The Hill

MCHS matches up against Aspen, Rifle

Just like golf courses vary, so too have Ken Harjes’ teams for the past 30 years. This year’s team, however, shares a common goal from top to bottom, the Moffat County High School head golf coach said. “Everyone on this team comes ready to work,” Harjes said. “They come to practice, they listen, they try to incorporate what we are teaching them.”

Big action from little players in Craig

Christine Balderston started recording football stats five years ago. When she started, she recorded tackles and rushing yards, but as the years went by, she expanded her stat sheet to include pass attempts, penalty yards, sacks, receiving yards and kick returns. All these stats are kept for the Bengals of the Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker football team.

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Barbecue teams make large food donation to Craig kitchen

Like the taste of a good barbecue sauce, the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig continues to resonate. St. Michael’s Kitchen was the recent recipient of “hundreds of pounds” of barbecued pork, brisket, ribs and chicken donated by teams from Friday and Saturday’s championship at the Wyman Museum. The kitchen, a non-denominational charitable organization of St. Michael Catholic Church, serves free food to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in the church basement, 678 School St.

Judge sentences Craig woman to jail term

Tausha Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail

Judge Shelley Hill had stern words for Craig resident Tausha Merwin before sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. “I do not hesitate in telling you, do not come before me or Judge (Michael) O’Hara again, because you will not like it,” she said. Hill sentenced Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail. Merwin was convicted July 14 of attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, after a three-day jury trial. She pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 17.

Craig Briefs: Groups hosting business courses

Three local business groups are sponsoring “How to Use the Internet to Grow Your Business” later this month. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Moffat County Courthouse. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Craig Chamber of Commerce and Service Corps of Retired Executives are hosting the event.

Moffat County Fair Board: Thanks for the support

The Moffat County Fair Board would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire community for their generous support of the Moffat County Fair. Many months are spent planning and organizing the fair.

Datebook for Sept. 1

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676 for more information. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association hosts a meeting in the second-floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.

Garrett: A good job appreciated

To the editor: I recently had a windshield replaced. I called Northwest Auto Glass, and they got it in that day. I was without a vehicle, but they brought me home and when it was done they came and got me.

Wilderness Ranch cabin owners: Thank you for your work

To the editor: This is to all the firefighters who helped contain the fire at Wilderness Ranch. We were very sorry that Adam Smith’s family cabin burnt. But, we are very grateful for the responding agencies that worked so hard to contain the fire from getting into the forest. There are many cabins at Wilderness, some close to the Smith’s cabin. With the beetle kill that is in the forest at Wilderness Ranch, it would have been terrible if that fire had not been contained.

Editorial: Too loose with spruce

To borrow a phrase from Craig Daily Press contributor Mary Pat Dunn, “Big white,” also known as the long and sometimes grueling Northwest Colorado winter, is closing in. That annual passing of the seasons means several lifestyle changes for local residents. From the river, we go to the ski slopes; from little league and adult softball games, we turn to Sundays — and hopefully victorious ones — with the Broncos; and from lawn-mowing, hedging and weed-eating, we begin snow-shoveling and de-icing.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 1

The trees are starting to change their green leaves to shades of yellow and orange, a good sign that autumn is nearly here. School has started, so I’ll get to see children go by carrying their backpacks and whatever else they take along. I wonder if someone watched as I went by on my way carrying Big Chief tablets, crayons and pencils. What a difference time makes.

Horoscope for Sept. 1

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Let others take center stage if you are uncomfortable in the presence of someone who has a powerful influence over your work or career. Don’t talk; just smile and be attentive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A known gossip who doesn’t have your best interests at heart might skillfully try to get you to talk about things you shouldn’t. If you’re aware of things and on your toes, you can remain mum. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Unproven tips passed onto you by a well-intentioned friend should not be taken at face value. Your pal might mean well, but his or her information is likely to be greatly distorted.

Annie's Mailbox: Man wants to find life partner

Dear Annie: I am a divorced male in my mid-50s. I cannot seem to find anyone to connect with. I am a fit, intelligent, successful businessman. I can prepare a gourmet meal, clean a bathroom and change the head gasket on a 1986 Pontiac. Most of the women my age tend to be rather fuddy-duddy. They are only interested in their grandchildren, quilting or gardening.