News for Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Middle Park grinds up Hayden in 28-21 win

Middle Park’s slow style eats away Hayden’s big gains

Seasons change with more urgency than the Middle Park High School football team’s offense operates. And like the cold creeps into Routt County — slowly and depressingly surely — the Panthers overpowered Hayden on Friday night, knocking the Tigers off at home, 28-21.

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Hayden volleyball takes West Grand in 4

The Hayden girls volleyball team again came out on fire. It again let its intensity dip the middle of a match, and it again walked away victorious. The Tigers bounced back from a second-game defeat to beat West Grand on Friday night, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20.

Sports Spotlight: Eryn Leonard

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Cross-country How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been running since I was a little kid. Sixth-grade was the first year I did cross-country, and I just liked it a lot.”

Over a Cup: A pizza that isn’t frozen or delivered

This was pizza week at our house. I had not made pizza from scratch for a while, well, sort of from scratch, at least. I have pizza dough recipes that I’ve used on occasion, but since my time is limited, I usually use packages of pizza dough mix.

Horoscope for Sept. 25

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Forgo talking about your family run-ins or problems with others, because what you say in anger will get back to whomever is the target. What you say will not just be repeated but embellished. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Someone with whom you’ve had personal problems might start to get chummy with a buddy of yours. Before s/he can do any harm, explain your consternation to your friend. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Take care not to place a friend or yourself in an awkward position by asking to borrow something in front of others, in case s/he needs to say no. Be more discreet.

Government update for Sept. 25

Craig City Council Next meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 28 Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Agenda: • Roll call

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Craig area environmental reps share passion for work

Whenever public land uses are at issue in the West, “inherent controversy” exists, Soren Jespersen contends. As the Northwest Colorado wildlands coordinator for The Wilderness Society, it’s Jespersen’s job to mitigate that controversy — often a stressful task, he said. But, Jespersen isn’t alone in his responsibilities for advocating for a balanced approach to environmental issues.

Datebook for Sept. 25

8:30 a.m. The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office hosts a GPS/geocache tutorial at the BLM office, 455 Emerson St., followed by a clean-up at Cedar Mountain at 10 a.m. and a barbecue and raffle. Call Gina Robison at 826-5083. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craig Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Residents can anonymously drop off unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Earning the emblem: Recent MCHS grads return from boot camp as U.S. Marines

Paul Collins and Devon Enochs reached a significant milestone in their lives earlier this month — they went up a mountain as recruits and came down as U.S. Marines. “The Reaper is the last challenge (of boot camp),” Enochs said of the 700-foot mountain near Camp Pendleton in Southern California. “It’s the defining moment of becoming a Marine,” Collins said.

Trask: EDP — No economic lessons needed

This is in response to the guest column by Michelle Haefele, of The Wilderness Society, that appeared in the Sept. 11 Saturday Morning Press, titled “A protected Vermillion Basin strengthens NW Colorado economy.” In your column, you use your status as an economist to make several points that the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership believes are unnecessary or misleading.

Craig Briefs: Play presented twice today

Black Mountain Theatre presents “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” an original play by David Morris, of Craig, that looks into the county’s future in 2025. The play is performed at 2 and 7 p.m. today at the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. “Craig’s in big trouble when this play takes place,” Morris said during an interview earlier this month. “(Corporations) are buying up the county to turn it into a toxic-waste landfill.”

Annie's Mailbox: Dad’s whining becoming worrisome

Dear Annie: Our dad is in his 80s. In the past few years, he has become the poster child for whining. My siblings and I have gently brought this to his attention, but he insists it is not whining, it’s commentary. We call every day and visit once a week. It has become a running joke to see how long it will take before he complains. It starts with “I didn’t sleep well” or “My stomach is upset” or “I’m so tired.”

Sports briefs: CMS and MCHS rodeo team to finish fall season this weekend

The final Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School rodeo meet of the fall starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Ten team members will be representing CMS and MCHS in events such as bull riding, bareback riding, goat tying and more. Rodeo team sponsor Janice Edwards said about 75 to 100 competitors from around the state will be attending the meet, which continues at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Moffat County School District in the process of gauging student health

On Wednesday morning, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Morgan Lawton echoed the sentiments of many of her classmates. Health screenings, she said, are “boring.” Nonetheless, the in-school screenings are an annual occurrence within the Moffat County School District and a step to ensure student wellness, district officials said.

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MCHS soccer rolls over Palisade, 8-2

Home sweet home. This was the sentiment shared by the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team in their Friday game hosting Palisade High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. The MCHS Bulldogs (7-1-0 overall, 3-1 Western Slope League) got right back on their feet following Tuesday’s loss at Battle Mountain (5-1-0, 4-1), returning home and defeating the Palisade Bulldogs (2-5-1, 0-3-1), 8-2.

‘Town’ is directing at its best

The star of “Armageddon,” “Gigli” and “Surviving Christmas” has had more than his fair share of second chances, but at long last, it looks like his movie career is back on track, on both sides of the camera, in “The Town.” When it comes to crime in Boston, there’s no neighborhood that breeds more corruption than Charlestown. Bank robberies, in particular, are an epidemic, especially when local boy Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) and his crew are out and about.

Potter: ‘Vote yes on 62’

To the editor: Amendment 62 on our Colorado ballot for Nov. 2 is the only one of its kind in the nation. The exact wording is, “The term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”