News for Wednesday, September 15, 2010



On the Record for Sept. 15, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 15, 2010

Club 20 supporting coal industry on Western Slope

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.

Legal issues halt seatbelt awareness program in Craig

A 16-year community initiative has drawn to a close in Craig, and Tony St. John isn’t happy about it. “A few bad apples have ruined a great program,” St. John said. St. John was speaking of the Craig Police Safety Belt Awareness Program he organized in 1994, and a few drivers who had inadvertently been caught with illicit materials. This month, the Craig Police Department ended the program, citing changes in “case law.”

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Safety center lease at issue in Craig

Craig City Council member Byron Willems has an idea of how area law enforcement agencies will be affected if negotiations are not resolved concerning the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “If this doesn’t work out, law enforcement in Moffat County and the City of Craig will be damaged,” he said in a work session Tuesday. “We have to always remember that it works great the way it is.” Willems was discussing an expiring lease agreement between the county and city for the police department to rent space in the safety center.

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Moffat County volleyball team victorious against Hayden Tigers, 3-0

Moffat County High School senior Lauren Roberts knows volleyball is a balancing act. From riding too high or too low, a volleyball team can fall behind and a balance is needed, Roberts said. On Tuesday night, that’s exactly what MCHS varsity volleyball did at home against Hayden High School.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Get Low’ is highly enjoyable comedy-drama

No matter where you live, it seems like there’s a crotchety old man who makes everyone live in fear. But, as the curmudgeon of “Get Low” proves, there are two sides to every story. In 1930s Tennessee, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a social outcast. With a nickname like “The Mysterious Hermit of Caleb County,” you’d hardly expect him to be popular, but he has lived in isolation in a forest shack for more than 40 years, leaving people in all the surrounding towns to gossip about just why he has separated himself from society.

Datebook for Sept. 15

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. 3:30 p.m. An Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The program is for adults ages 50 and older. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7676.

Clarke: More alike than different

To the editor: Everyone loves a good rivalry, and the Moffat County High School Bulldogs and Steamboat Springs Sailors are symbolic of this: the rich vs. the not so rich, the elite vs. the redneck, and so on. But, as the mother of a son who has now played for both teams, it has become clear to me that while may be a few differences, they are more alike than you would think.

Sports briefs: CMS Bulldogs on the move this weekend

The Craig Middle School football and volleyball teams will be on the road this Saturday, as both play in Meeker against the Cowboys. The boys eighth-grade football team will play at 9 a.m. in Meeker, with the seventh-grade football team following afterwards. The eighth-grade volleyball team will also play at 9 a.m. with the seventh-graders following.

Ferguson: For the protection of all

To the editor: This letter is regarding the recent publication of the story, “Craig man charged with 40 felonies.” I am a current resident of Craig and have children in the community. It concerns me that there is a resident who has had 40 charges brought against him. Three of these counts are for sexual exploitation of children, four counts are for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 33 counts are sexual exploitation of a child, and there is one count of indecent exposure.

Editorial: Competing at a cost

A key and exciting aspect to every new school year in Moffat County is student activities. And by activities, the Editorial Board means all student endeavors outside the classroom, not just sports. Our students here in Moffat County are blessed with a number of talents that are displayed in a variety of ways, and it’s in this selection that the community should be assured that our youth are being offered the chance at a well-rounded educational experience.

Singleton: Thanks for ongoing help

To the editor: I want to thank our community for the recent show of support for Ryan and Hannah Sixkiller. And, I want to urge you to provide additional help if you possibly can. Ryan has lost her job because she missed so much time in the past for her own medical problems and was also missing work to support her young daughter in her fight against cancer.

Craig Briefs: Tax promotion committee to meet

A community group designed to educate and support the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax in Craig will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Yampa Valley Bank boardroom, 435 Mack Lane. The meeting is open to the public.

Horoscope for Sept. 15

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Guard against strong inclinations to take any material risks. Something might sound good, but unless you fully understand it, you’ll be taking a flyer on a potential loss. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It might seem like the clever thing to do, but getting your associates to handle things for you instead of doing the work yourself will end poorly. Be self-sufficient. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t do anything that could greatly weaken your financial wherewithal if things go south. Loading up more debt will place you in a hopeless position.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom worried about obsessive in-law

Dear Annie: My husband and I have a year-old baby boy. He is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to us. However, my husband’s family almost makes me regret having a child. His stepmom didn’t like me before I got pregnant, but as soon as I gave birth, there was a complete turnaround. She is obsessed with babies.