News for Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Andy Bockelman: ‘American’ is smart but slow tale of international intrigue

If there’s one thing Hollywood knows how to make, it’s a slam-bang action movie. But, do the makers of European art house cinema share the same style? That’s the biggest question of all in “The American.” The life of a gun for hire is a dangerous one, something that professional assassin Jack (George Clooney) knows now more than ever. After a disastrous incident in Sweden, he’s ready to get out of his line of work, which means not looking over his shoulder everywhere he goes.

Club 20 supporting coal industry

Moffat County Commission introduced to organization’s new policy

Club 20, a Western Slope lobbying organization, unanimously agreed the coal industry in Colorado is vital to communities and local economies during a meeting Friday in Grand Junction. Club 20 Chairman Jeff Comstock, who is also Moffat County’s natural resources director, discussed his organization’s support of the industry at the Moffat County Commission’s regular Tuesday meeting. Comstock said Club 20 approved a policy stating the organization supports the viability of the coal industry and acknowledges the social and economic contributions it makes to local communities.

On the Record for Sept. 14, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 14, 2010

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MCHS cross country sweeps top 3 positions in Grand Junction

Although the meet may have been smaller, the results were the same for the Moffat County High School cross country team. Running Friday at Grand Junction Central’s Warrior Invitational, the boys team finished first overall with four of its runners placing in the top 10, while the girls finished second, also with four top-10 finishers. “It was a good meet,” head coach Todd Trapp said. “So many kids improved on their times from a year ago.

Moffat County candidates file financial reports

John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said there is more to a campaign than the amount of money spent on advertising and promotions. “I still don’t think it makes that big of a difference, locally,” he said of candidate campaign spending. Ponikvar said most voters already know who candidates are and may not be influenced by campaign advertising and spending, particularly in a small community.

Moffat County Census committee receives award

The Craig-Moffat County Complete Count Committee received a national award Thursday for the area’s initial participation rate in the 2010 Census. Doug Wayland, spokesman for the Denver region of the Census, said the award is part of a “thank you campaign” to acknowledge the support received from local communities in fostering positive Census survey participation rates. Moffat County had an initial mail-back rate of 63 percent — one of the highest in the region.

Craig lodging tax committee focusing on education

Council member organizing members, planning first meeting

In August, the Craig City Council approved placing a 6.9-percent city lodging tax measure before city voters in November. Now, city officials and lodging tax supporters are looking for ways to promote the proposed tax. City council member Terry Carwile, who originally raised the lodging tax idea, is in the process of organizing a committee to oversee the promotion, education and support of the tax.

Craig Briefs: High school hosting college fair today

The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations will host a college fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The council coordinates with high schools and colleges to provide current information to students and parents. About 40 colleges and universities will be represented today at the high school, according to a news release from MCHS.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A second wind

We have been waiting for this event since we heard the news that he popped the question — a big fat Greek wedding in Craig, where our ancestors first settled from their homeland villages. While most of them were arranged marriages at the time, their love for the culture and the land continues to influence the Yampa Valley. It started with them, but it is the Christmases, the countless New Year’s Eve parties and the weddings that have made our bond timeless. Whether we are all smashed into the basement of the Kourlis house, fighting over who was mouthing the words during Pictionary, or sledding in the crisp snow of the Charchalis sledding hill on New Year’s Day, fourth and fifth cousins have become first cousins and those with no blood ties at all have become family.

Sports Briefs: WSL football results

In weekend Western Slope League high school football action, Palisade (2-0) defeated No. 2-ranked D’Evelyn (1-1), 36-29. In a tight game, Glenwood Springs (1-1) fell to 4A’s Montrose (3-0), 6-0. Battle Mountain (1-1) fell to Roaring Fork (1-1), 42-20.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 14

Today 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen volleyball team plays Hayden High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6 p.m. The MCHS girls junior varsity volleyball team plays Hayden High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Moe: ‘Stand up and be counted’

To the editor: The next Public Utilities Commission hearing for individuals to voice their concerns about Colorado House Bill 1365, the so called Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2010 in Denver. The hearing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in hearing Room A. The address is 1560 Broadway.

Datebook for Sept. 14

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. Noon. The Craig Lions Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome. The Lions Club is an international organization that provides the community with vision projects and eye screenings for area children. Call Al Shepherd at 824-6697.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 14

This past weekend, we went to Loudy-Simpson Park for what was called the “last hurrah” before winter. We being family members, some couldn’t make it. Those of us who were there first were met by a cold wind. Most of the time we spent wondering stay or go.

Miesner: A day to remember

To the editor: Saturday was Sept. 11, a day that saddened and changed many lives across this country and the world. I would like to thank the businesses and individual residences that chose to honor this day of remembrance and reflection by displaying and or lowering (if able) their flags to half-staff. It does however, seem such a sad shame that many did not. The Craig Daily Press published the governor’s order Sept. 11. Hello, page 2. Wake up, Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman hates family sleeping arrangements

Dear Annie: I just returned from a weeklong family vacation, and once again, I am disturbed by the sleeping arrangements of my relatives. My large family rents several condos, so we have plenty of beds, couches and ample floor space. Here’s the creepy part: There are mothers sleeping with teenage sons, teenage boys sleeping with their sisters, dads sleeping with teenage daughters.

Horoscope for Sept. 14

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Instead of attempting to outrun your competition, you should outthink them. When it comes to competitive situations, the race is more likely to go to the smartest person, not necessarily the fastest. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Trying to force something could be like trying to push square pegs into round holes. In fact, developments that are dictated by chance and circumstance will turn out far better. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Only self-doubt and negative thinking can impede your progress, but, sadly, that’s exactly how you’re likely to handle what’s important. You’d be better off if you can think fearlessly.