News for Friday, April 8, 2011

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Craig man visits Augusta National, pays tribute to late father

Brett Etzler wanted his late father — the man who taught him to play golf — to be part of the game forever. On Monday, he made that happen. He paid tribute to the late Bevan Etzler, who died in August, by tossing a golf ball his father used on a hole-in-one and signed by all his sons into the pond on the 15th hole at Augusta National, home of the Masters.

Club 20 recognizes Rio Blanco official for work on Western Slope issues

Ken Parsons contends he isn’t a typical politician. “Usually a lot of people who are engaged in politics are not the kind of numbers-geeky kind of guy like I am,” the former college math professor said. The 64-year-old Rangely resident has served as a Rio Blanco County commissioner since 2004.

Andy Bockelman: Sleazy actioner ‘Sucker Punch’ has no power behind it

Pop quiz: Which of the following doesn’t belong? A. Bloodthirsty Spartan warriors. B. Superhero vigilantes with suspicious motives. C. Exotic dancers with overactive imaginations. D. None of the above. If you answered D, then you clearly haven’t seen how much of a departure the movie “Sucker Punch” is for its director.

On the Record for April 8, 2011

On the Record for April 8, 2011

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Craig man facing burglary charge arrested Wednesday

A Craig man with a pending burglary charge was one of two people arrested Wednesday night by the Craig Police Department on suspicion of drug possession. Scott Aaron Steckel, 36, of Craig, and Keli Marie Walls, 20, were each booked into Moffat County Jail for possession of less than a gram of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 6 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Steckel was also booked for violating bail bonds, a Class 6 felony, and Walls was booked for violating a restraining order. Both suspects also had outstanding warrants. Formal charges had not been filed by Thursday afternoon. Jerry DeLong, a Craig Police Department commander, said police had been looking for Steckel after the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the day Wednesday. The warrant was for attempted distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. According to an arrest affidavit, Walls had two warrants for her arrest. Both warrants are from Routt County, according to her booking sheet. Steckel and Walls were allegedly passengers Wednesday in a Subaru driven by a third person, who was later released without charges, according to the affidavit. After the car was pulled over near Seventh and Breeze streets Wednesday night, a police dog searched the car. Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly found a pipe and empty bags with white residue. Both items allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. Steckel and Walls are set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. In a separate case, Steckel is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, and two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony. He is also charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and five counts of being a habitual criminal. The charges stem from a November 2010 arrest with Shane Meimerstorf after the two were allegedly found in possession of various tools and a bike that had been reported missing. Steckel was set to enter a plea last month, but the hearing was continued until 1 p.m. May 11.

H. Neal Glanville: Jane’s right — again

A bit before Jane and I were married, I received a baseball-sized kitten as a gift and something to keep me company. I promptly named him Fred, which as time past became Fredrico Ramone of Hollywood. As life will have it, Fred and I slipped into a very quirky relationship that includes attacking each other when I come home and leaving each other alone when necessary.

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Moffat County youths win saddles in Little Britches Rodeo Series

When the Little Britches Rodeo winter session wrapped up March 27, six Moffat County youths walked away with awards and momentum with the summer session on the horizon. The Jacked Up Events Little Britches Rodeo Series included 13 rodeos from October 2010 until the final rodeo March 27, all in Rifle.When the Little Britches Rodeo winter session wrapped up March 27, six Moffat County youths walked away with awards and momentum with the summer session on the horizon.

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Moffat County Commission to host night meeting

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said government’s role is to make sure it is accessible to constituents. That’s why Gray and the rest of the Moffat County Commission have decided to host a night meeting Tuesday to tackle some of the bigger issues in the county.

What makes the Bible different?

Sixty-six books, written by 40 different authors over nearly 2,000 years, and yet the message is seamless throughout. The Bible, the best-selling and most widely read book of all time, is in nearly every home in America. It is unlike any other book — it’s alive and totally relevant to our lives.

John Milligan: A night to remember

To the editor: The Save Jane Campaign wants to invite everyone to “An Evening with Blue Rooster,” a mix of blues and rock in an evening you won't soon forget.

Bill Snare: Read the fine print

To the editor: The fire department is in control and out of control. In 2006, the voters of this community voted for a mill levy tax for the benefit of the fire department. This tax was three mills, which was more than the mill levy for the schools and justice center combined.

Frank Moe: Congrats, new officials

To the editor: I would like to publicly congratulate our newly elected Craig mayor and city council.

Lisa Brown: National Public Health Month

To the editor: On Monday, public health departments across Colorado began celebrating National Public Health Week by providing safety tips to prevent injuries at home, in the workplace, at play, or in the community. This year’s national theme, “Injury is No Accident: Live Injury-Free,” emphasizes injuries are not “accidents” because they can be prevented.

Datebook for April 8, 2011

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 Carissa at 826-9742. Noon to 1 p.m. The Grand Olde West Days committee meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., to discuss this year’s event. The meeting is open to the public. Call Kandee at 824-2151.

Briefs for April 8, 2011

The Craig Daily Press is seeking nominations for its 2010-11 Teacher of the Year. This is the sixth year the Daily Press will honor an area teacher for his or her commitment to students and for encouraging them to think outside the box.

Horoscope for April 8, 2011

Even though you may not usually need people around you, in the year ahead you could join up with certain individuals in order to take advantage of what they can offer. This could benefit you socially and financially.

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Comics for April 8, 2011

Comics for April 8, 2011

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Sudoku for April 8, 2011

Sudoku for April 8, 2011

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Crossword for April 8, 2011

Crossword for April 8, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for April 8, 2011: Children won't let widow move on

My sister-in-law, "Cathy," has been a widow for more than 18 months. Before her husband passed, they lost a young son in a tragic accident. Cathy recently met a divorced man through a church site for singles and is the happiest I've seen in a long time. The problem is her adult children. They are attacking her on Facebook with snide remarks, calling her crazy and saying she needs to be committed.