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DOW moving forward with Wounded Warriors Program

Wildlife commission approves free hunting licenses to injured combat veterans

The Colorado Wildlife Commission announced Thursday that the Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer free hunting licenses this fall to combat veterans severely wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the military’s Wounded Warriors Program and the regulations of Colorado Senate Bill 10-211, the DOW will provide a free license to veterans for deer, elk and pronghorn antelope for the hunting season.

On the Record for Sept. 10, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 10, 2010

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MCHS soccer batters Rams

Though he may be on a tear, Tracy Mendoza, Moffat County High School senior, said he has bigger plans for the boys varsity soccer team. “It’s just winning that counts,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see how we would do against some harder teams.” Mendoza, who scored three goals Tuesday in the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over Grand Junction Central, scored five more Thursday as MCHS toppled the Roaring Fork Rams, 7-5.

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Statistics indicate visitations increasing at Elkhead State Park

Aside from two boat inspectors on duty, Elkhead State Park was nearly empty Thursday afternoon. The inspectors had good ideas as to why. “It’s too windy for boats today,” inspector Maureen Underhill said of the strong autumn winds that pushed through the Yampa Valley. “September (attendance) always drops off because of school and hunting,” inspector Stacy Kapferer added.

Craig Hotshots dig in

Thirty-two Northwest Colorado firefighters and administrators have been called to duty at the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder, including all 21 members of the Craig Hotshots. “The Craig ‘shots are here,” said Lynn Barclay, an interagency spokesperson for the Fourmile effort, who typically serves as education and mitigation specialist for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig. The fire, which began Monday morning, has burned 6,365 acres and burned or damaged 198 structures, including 169 residences, Barclay reported Thursday afternoon.

State suicide rate highest in 2 decades

Highest number ever. That’s the sobering reality Jarrod Hindman is faced with. Hindman, program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Suicide Prevention, announced Tuesday that in 2009, Colorado saw its highest number of suicide deaths in history.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 10

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: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94

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MCHS golfers battle high winds at Yampa Valley

Something out of the ordinary happened an hour into the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf tournament today at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Battle Mountain sophomore Michael Wilhelm teed off on the seventh hole and hooked his shot into the wind. But, a fortunate bounce sent his ball straight into the hole, earning him an ace on the scorecard.

Craig Briefs: No Elks bingo this weekend

The Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 62 will not host bingo this weekend due to most of the event volunteers being unavailable. The regular bingo schedule will resume next week. Food distributions later this month The United States Department of Agriculture food supplement distributions have been scheduled for later this month.

Janet Sheridan: Rambling wrecks

I grew up with cars that clanked, shook like a belly dancer, and scattered parts willy-nilly across the countryside. Though I knew other families took pride in their cars and even cleaned them, I appreciated the pluck of the dilapidated cars my dad chose. I remember bouncing around with my siblings in an icy breeze from the missing side flap of a bucking jeep. We cheered as Dad yelled, “Go, old boy, go!” and rammed the hard-charging jeep into the mountainous snowdrifts that lined the lane leading to our house.

Datebook for Sept. 10

7 a.m. The third preliminary round of the 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials takes place west of Meeker on Colorado Highway 13. A single day pass costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 to 16. Children younger than 8 are admitted for free. The event includes booths from numerous craft and food vendors, as well as demonstrations from dog experts. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Blue Ribbon Kitchens hosts an EPA-certified renovator training class at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The class will teach safe practices for renovating lead paint–covered surfaces. Enroll online at safeobjectives.com.

WSL football schedule for week 2

Moffat County High School and Steamboat Springs High School both have bye weeks in the second week of the Class 3A football season. Games on this week’s schedule are:

Taylor: A conversation with God

God asks: What is it that I have done wrong? You seem so angry with me, please tell me why you dislike me so much. The person responds: OK, God, I will tell you, being that you asked me. You never answer my prayers.

Weber family: Thanks for love, support

To the editor: This is to our dear friends and family. Thank you so much for all of the love, support, food, flowers, visits, calls, sympathy and assistance of all kind that our family has received during this very difficult time.

Horoscope for Sept. 10

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Certain perceptions you get about people could be more on target than usual. If you get any strong feelings about somebody in particular, don’t underestimate your hunches. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — People in general could be more scrutinizing about others and life than usual. Keep this in mind if you’re trying to make a good impression on those with whom you spend your day. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your abilities to achieve material success are particularly good, but it won’t mean a thing if you fail to acknowledge those who helped you open those doors. Give them their just due.

Annie's Mailbox: Father wants son to mend rift with sister

Dear Annie: Three years ago, our daughter, “Lucy,” married a wonderful biracial man, and they now have a beautiful little girl. Our son-in-law has a great job and is a positive influence in Lucy’s life. She is going back to school to obtain a career in a related field, and we are helping her with the tuition. We also have a son, who is married and has a lovely wife, a 5-year-old daughter and a baby boy on the way. Lucy loves her niece and used to spend a lot of time with her.