News for Friday, September 24, 2010



Bulldogs ‘thunder’ past Delta, 26-7

DELTA – Before last week, the last time Hodge Raftopoulos ran the football in a game was his freshman year. Friday night in Delta, the senior and Moffat County’s “thunder” formation ran over the Panthers for a 26-7 victory. “The thunder is the easiest offensive formation in football to prepare for,” said Raftopoulos, who spends most of his time as a lineman. “We just run the ball right up the gut and challenge teams to stop us. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d run the ball at all going into this season, but I’ll do whatever the coaches need.”

On the Record for Sept. 24, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 24, 2010

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 24

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way

Andy Bockelman: ‘Machete’ hacks away at topical material

Someone once said, “Those who live by the sword die by the sword.” While that’s a nice pearl of wisdom about non-violence, much can be gleaned from getting one’s hands bloody, too. And, if the B-movie material in “Machete”

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Yampa Valley Medical Center launches Craig clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center, based in Steamboat Springs, launched a new medical clinic May 4 in Craig, and spent the summer enhancing services and adding physicians. The clinic, which occupies 6,378 square feet at 651 Yampa Ave., in downtown Craig, now includes five doctors and laboratory services.

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Craig community speaks out to PUC

DENVER — When Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman Ron Binz sat in his chair Thursday before a public comment hearing, he paused a moment. “I’ve been in churches that are louder than this,” he said, commenting on the tense silence of the crowd. The PUC took public comments Thursday from hundreds of attendees on Xcel Energy’s emission reduction plans required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

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Coal miners, community members rally on capitol steps against coal bill

DENVER — Craig resident and retired coal miner Tony St. John had a message Thursday for Gov. Bill Ritter when he began his speech at a rally on the west steps of the state capitol in Denver. “Shame on you,” he said. “Shame on you with (Colorado) House Bill 10-1365 and shame on … those legislators that voted for it.”

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Moffat County starts league play against physical Panthers

Starting tonight, everybody in the Class 3A Western Slope League has the same record. That’s the message Moffat County High School head football coach Kip Hafey and his staff delivered to their team this week. The Bulldogs, 1-2, travel to Delta, 2-1, today to start the games that really matter.

Barrie: An important effort

To the editor: On Sept. 14, advocates for the sickened uranium and nuclear weapons workers delivered a petition to Congress asking for Congressional hearings and for Congress to introduce legislation to create an independent advisory board. This board will examine the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended.

Craig Briefs: Suicide prevention training next month

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is slated to present ASIST Gatekeeper Training on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. ASIST stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

A&L: Project list for next year

Isn’t it wonderful that there’s always a next year? At the end of each season, or even during a season, we reflect on things we wish we’d gotten done or things we wish we had done differently, vowing to make changes “next year.”

Sports briefs: Local football schedule

In addition to the Moffat County High School varsity football game at 7 p.m. today in Delta, other local football teams will also be in action. On the schedule for today is Steamboat Springs (0-3) hosting Eagle Valley (1-1); Hayden (1-2) hosting Middle Park (2-1); and Soroco (3-0) hosting Vail Christian (1-2).

Moffat County School Board takes action at meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board: • Approved, 4-0, the first reading on policy 1111 on accreditation.

Janet Sheridan: Craig revisited

After my column about worthy locations in Craig, several of you told me about local places you enjoy. Realizing what discriminating people my readers are, I immediately added your suggestions to my list. A friend chose the fairgrounds when it’s bustling with 4-H and FFA activity. It is rewarding to watch our youth display meticulous projects, model self-sewn clothing, demonstrate marksmanship and show well-groomed animals from beef to rabbits. When finished with serious competition, they ride the mechanical bull, rope chickens or chase pigs. You have to love them.

Datebook for Sept. 24

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office is closed for a staff meeting. 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. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Annie's Mailbox: Man worried old flame still burns 

Dear Annie: Fifty years ago, I met and fell in love with the most beautiful, perfect woman. “Denise” and I were both teenagers, and due to errors in judgment on my part, we went our separate ways. But I never stopped thinking about her. We are both divorced from our first spouses, and our children are grown. Denise remarried, and I have been in a relationship with a nice woman for 25 years.

Horoscope for Sept. 24

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Let that wonderful spirit of cooperation and fairness you naturally possess be pronounced in all that you do, and you’ll easily find harmony in your dealings. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’re in an especially good cycle for beginning something that normally might be difficult, such as going on a diet or starting an exercise program. Don’t waste this point in time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Contact that impressive person you recently met whom you would like to know better, and suggest doing something interesting together. That person is equally eager to cozy up to you, too.