News for Saturday, April 16, 2011



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Frequent superintendent turnover not uncommon

School district leaders average 3 years in position

With Steamboat Springs Su­­perintendent Shalee Cunningham’s impending departure, the school district will be looking for its fourth superintendent since 2007. Her short stint isn’t unusual. It’s on par with the national average.

Government Update for April 16, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda for April 18

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda:

Dinosaur National Park approaching full opening

Dan Johnson said Dinosaur National Monument should be fully open in time for Easter, if all goes as planned. “Barring any kind of major blizzard or something blowing in … our hope is to try to get things open before the end of April,” said Johnson, the monument’s chief of interpretation. The Canyon Area Visitor Center, located off U.S. Highway 40 near Dinosaur, and all campgrounds in the park opened Friday. Entry to the monument is free, although there are fees for some campgrounds.

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Tea party hosts tax day freedom rally on courthouse lawn in Craig

Steamboat Springs resident Lisa Watts recited a poem Friday she said captured the spirit of why she and many others were standing on the lawn of the Moffat County Courthouse. “They tax our land, they tax our bed, tax the table at which we are fed,” she said, clad in an American flag shirt. “They tax our work, they tax our pay, we work for peanuts, anyway.” Watts was speaking at the 2011 Tax Day Freedom Rally hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots at the courthouse. The event featured speakers, music and prizes including a wide array of messages centered on the Federal government and taxation.

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Hayden athletes provide boost to Moffat County baseball team

Hayden High School students Ben Williams, Graig Medvesk and Mark Doolin drive to Craig each weekday to play with the Bulldogs varsity baseball team. The main reason, Doolin said, is because of the more advanced baseball program at Moffat County High School.

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Moffat County Sheriff inspired by father who died in line of duty

On an early morning in August 1961, two patrol officers with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin app- roached a car carrying three men from Chicago. A shootout ensued between the law enforcement officers and suspects.

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Meeker Drama Club to perform spring musical April 22, 23

As tunes like “Summer Nights,” “Beauty School Dropout” and “We Go Together” reverberate along the walls of the Meeker High School auditorium, some listeners may be taken back a few decades. Gary Zellers’ trip down memory lane only goes back to 2006, leaving him to reflect on how much he has learned in the past five years. The Meeker High School Drama Club and its director are sharpening those tunes and others for their upcoming performance of the 1950s-themed musical “Grease,” scheduled for April 22 and 23.

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MCHS girls soccer beats Eagle Valley, 2-0

After two hard-fought defeats this week, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team finally got over the hump on Friday. Playing at home against Eagle Valley High School, the Bulldogs scored late in the first half and again in the second to earn their first Western Slope League victory, 2-0. “It is like getting the monkey off our back,” head coach Harry Tripp said of the team’s first league win. “It feels really good.”

Diane Prather: Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks off, running

It may surprise readers to know there’s an international organization known as the Farmgirl Sisterhood. Now, there’s a local chapter, too, and its name is creative indeed. Susan Domer, a member of the Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks, chuckled as she explained how the local chapter got its name.

Over a Cup: ‘Radish Pickles’ a good addition to green salads, good on meat

Radish Pickles, what an intriguing recipe, and it’s gluten free. Besides that, I think you might enjoy trying this recipe even if you’re not on a special diet. Peggy Bodine-Reese sent this recipe in.

Editorial: NFL — No Finish Line

There’s not much left to say about the debacle otherwise known as the Moffat County Public Safety Center negotiations. After almost eight months of off-on-and-off again talks, our two governing bodies — the Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council — are no closer to reaching an agreement for the Craig Police Department’s continued use of the facility than they were when discussions began.

Briefs for April 16, 2011: Dine out for CASA

A portion of the proceeds from the Golden Cavvy, Carelli’s, Casa Loya, Wendy’s or Pizza Hut on Tuesday night and April 26 will be donated to Moffat County Court Appointed Special Advocates, a local volunteer organization that guides children through the court system. CASA encourages community members to dine at one of the establishments to help support the group.

Datebook for April 16, 2011

9 a.m. The North Western Colorado Bull Sale takes place at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The Routt County CattleWomen sell lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the auction begins at 1 p.m. 9 a.m. to noon. The Ladies Mite Society hosts the Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee are for sale. Call Ruth at 824-6024.

Baxter Black: The wandering bull

June was taking a renegade bull with a tendency to “wander” to the sale barn in Dodge City. Her son helped her load the beast in to their stock trailer. It was an authentic ranch trailer with lights that worked intermittently, gates that swung almost even, tires that didn’t match, and compressed rubber floor-planks whose 99-year warranty had expired. A few miles outside of Dodge, June heard and felt a thump, crack and crunch loud enough to be heard above George Strait on KBUF.

Horoscope for April 16, 2011

If you are willing to be a participant and not a leader, you'll get a chance to be part of a very successful involvement with another in the coming months. It could be one of the best alliances that you ever make.

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Sudoku for April 16, 2011

Sudoku for April 16, 2011

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Comics for April 16, 2011

Comics for April 16, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for April 16, 2011: Snorers should get tested for sleep apnea

You told "Upset," whose husband has no interest in sex, to have his testosterone level checked. Because "Upset" specifically mentioned their sleeping apart was due to his serious snoring, I suspect a much more likely cause of the problem is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is an insidious and treacherous health condition.

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Crossword for April 16, 2011

Crossword for April 16, 2011