News for Thursday, September 23, 2010



Rain keeps lid on wildfire south of Hayden

Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Hayden got an assist from a rainstorm Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The fire is expected to be fully contained today, officials said.

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2010

Fire officials turn attention to Beaver Flat Tops Fire

Ground crew and air support personnel were expected to be released Wednesday from the Big Ridge Fire southeast of Rangely, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The fire remained at 18 acres, and fire officials expected full containment to be reached Wednesday night.

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CMS volleyball teams split with Soroco

Tuesday was a day of both victory and defeat for the Craig Middle School volleyball teams. Facing off against Soroco Middle School, the seventh-grade team won its match, 2-0, while the eighth-graders had the opposite result, losing both games. The eighth-grade team lost 25-18 and 25-15.

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Craig Middle School seventh-, eighth-grade football teams perfect on the season so far

Craig Middle School is looking to finish the football season undefeated, and if a recent game is any indication, there is a strong chance both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams do so. In a combined game with seventh- and eighth-grade players Tuesday at CMS, the Bulldogs defeated Soroco Middle School, 40-6. The eighth-graders took the field in the first quarter, and dominated within the first 15 seconds. Tyler Davis, the starting quarterback and defensive end, ran back Soroco’s kickoff for a touchdown.

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Dollar Tree begins hiring, slated for Oct. 12 opening in Craig

Craig resident Geoffrey Mansfield finished a job interview Wednesday morning at the Centennial Mall, and was smiling as he walked out. “I think he hired me,” Mansfield said of his interviewer. “He told me to come back on (Sept. 29) for orientation, so that’s a good deal.” Mansfield was among numerous local residents who attended a hiring event for Dollar Tree, a new local business opening Oct. 12 inside the mall at 1111 W. Victory Way.

Michelle Balleck: Fall into fall with weekend of fun

A sunny, warm-temperature finish to the summer isn’t a bad way to go out. And I say, bring on the fall colors. I am excited for a weekend of bonding with my husband (insert “aww” here) and for shooting the heck out of the beautiful scenery around us. I think I’ll even dig out my old Pentax and shoot some film for the first time in years. Enjoy our nice weather any way you choose, but have a look at these events to keep you entertained this weekend.

Craig police to host drug drop-off day

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta hopes his police department can help impede a trend growing both nationally and locally. According to a news release from the police department, a 2008 national survey found more Americans abused prescription drugs than those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. In hopes of deterring the problem locally, the police department has signed on to be part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cathy Hamilton: Physical conjures unfair comparisons

My annual physical last week made me wish I was more like my Toyota. Seems no matter what I do to it, that car just runs and runs and runs (a record I just undoubtedly jinxed by putting my braggadocio in print). Sure, I give it an oil change every who-knows-how-many miles; gas and washer fluid, now and again. I’ll put air in its tires when someone on the street mentions they’re looking a bit deflated. Vacuum the interior twice a year. (Not this year, however. Or last. Suffice it to say, you don’t want to carpool with me.)

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Craig resident on path to cancer recovery, preparing for final treatment

Craig resident Dan Kennedy used one word to describe his family’s summer. Tragic. Dan and his wife, Karleen, who live in Ridgeview, recently experienced a death in the family, and were also faced with news their 13-year-old daughter, Katie, had cancer. “It has just been one thing after another,” Dan said.

Craig Briefs: Coffee party to meet Saturday

The Craig coffee party is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group’s purpose is to discuss political issues from all points of view for the purpose of better understanding. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Jim Blevins at 824-4564.

Yoast: Soldiers’ pics needed

To the editor: As part of our upcoming Veterans Day activities at Craig Middle School, I am asking any veteran or currently serving military personnel who has ever been a student at Craig Middle School to send me a picture in uniform. Our school would like to proudly honor these students by displaying their pictures at CMS. This may be an actual photograph or e-mail submission. Copies only, no originals to be returned, please.

Zimmerman: An ‘awkward’ defense

To the editor: The op-ed piece by Michelle Haefele in the Sept. 11 Saturday Morning Press was an awkward attempt at defending the “protection” of Vermillion Basin. In contrast, Scott Cook’s letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey director gave solid statistics on what it would cost our area if the 1-percent plan is scrapped and all of the two million acres first proposed were included.

Datebook for Sept. 23

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. The theme of the week is friends and family. Call 824-5116.

Kathy Bockelman: Good people wanted

To the editor: Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children has implemented a new program in Craig this past year. CASA is looking for people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. CASA is seeking people interested in being on a Community Development Committee to handle fundraising and public relations, etc.

Sports briefs: WSL football results

In weekend Western Slope League high school football action, Palisade (3-0) and Delta remained tied as the top-ranked teams in the league after defeating 2A’s Roaring Fork (1-2), 53-13, and 4A’s Belen (N.M.) (3-1), 51-7, respectively. Glenwood Springs picked up a win (2-1) against 4A/5A’s Fruita-Monument (0-3), 36-28. Steamboat Springs (0-3) lost to 4A Montrose (4-0), 40-7.

Horoscope for Sept. 23

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Look in the mirror if you are receiving a lack of cooperation from your mate or associates, because their withdrawal could be due to a lack of cooperation on your part. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A negative attitude could lead you to believe that what is assigned to you is far more difficult than anything given others, when, in reality, your job is apt to be the easiest. Quit whining and start signing!

Annie's Mailbox: Woman mad at kids

Dear Annie: I am an 80-year-old widow, and my doctor says I’m doing great for my age. I thought so, too, until recently. Some of my family members have begun to pop in — no phone calls beforehand, even though they all have cell phones, as do I. Last weekend while I slept, my son and daughter-in-law decided to clean out my refrigerator.