News for Saturday, April 23, 2011



Veterans Hotline: House committee studying potential VA cutbacks

A plan is being studied by the House Budget Committee to cut $6 billion annually in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care costs by canceling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have any service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal deficits and rein in galloping VA costs, are targeting 1.3 million veterans who claim priority group 7 or 8 status and have access to VA care. Priority group 8 veterans have no service-connected disabilities, annual incomes or net worth that exceed VA means-text thresholds and VA “geographic income” thresholds, which are set by family size.

Agriculture & Livestock: Memorable Easters, indeed

A late Easter means a late spring. That’s a common saying among Moffat County folks. Easter can’t be any later this year, but have we experienced a late spring?

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Moffat County Jail food supervisor emphasizes quality meals, treatment for inmates

When Mary Buchanan was interviewing for her position at the Moffat County Jail, she was asked a hypothetical question. How would she handle seeing a person in church one day and in jail the next? “I said, ‘I hope no differently than I treat them in church,’” said Buchanan, the jail’s food service supervisor for almost five years.

Government Update for April 23, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Possible scam attempt prompts woman to consult Craig Police

A possible scam attempt Wednesday morning left Craig resident Donna Stewart nervous for her safety and that of others in the community. As she was getting ready for work, Stewart said she received a call telling her she had won $900,000 and two men would be bringing a check to her home.

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Moffat County resident reflects on great-grandfather’s life, Civil War service, struggle for independence

Leonidas Osbert Clements signed up to fight in the Civil War at the tender age of 16. The Georgia native joined Company G of the Georgia Calvary’s second regiment in the Confederate Army to fight for Old Dixie. He spent the next two-and-a-half years fighting in battles and raiding masses of Union troops near Chattanooga, Tenn.

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MCHS soccer shuts down Rifle in 3-0 win

Harry Tripp said he wants his team to get more shots on goal in the second half of the season. On Thursday at Rifle High School, Tripp, the head coach of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, got what he asked for. The Bulldogs had about 45 shots on goal against the Bears en route to a 3-0 road victory, rebounding from a shutout loss to Glenwood Springs on April 16.

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MCHS swimming coach, athletes keeping close eye on school board’s pool decision

Swimming has been more than just recreation for Matt Hulstine in his high school career. As a Moffat County High School freshman, Hulstine qualified and placed at the 4A state swimming meet. This year, as a sophomore, he has already qualified for the state meet in two individual events and three relays.

Over A Cup: Heidi’s ‘Kaima with Veggies’ a unique chili

Happy Easter. This is an opportunity to try Iva Decker’s tips for using leftover ham and hardboiled eggs in her “Napa Cabbage Salad” and to bake her “No Crust Pie,” recipes that were featured in the April 9 column. This week’s column features an Indian recipe from Heidi Balaraman of Colorado Springs.

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MCHS business students ready for national competition

Ryan Neece and Zeb Strickland love to argue. But, their passion for defending a topic goes beyond the trappings of most teenagers. In fact, if all goes according to plan, it could put them on an early career path.

Dave Roberts: Let’s be honest — part 2

To the editor: I applied to be a firefighter for this district in 2005, along with about 20 other applicants. They picked six people to start their academy, and I was not one of them. Bill Johnston stated they typically have about half who don’t make it through the process. They have one academy per year, so that would mean this department should have about 18 new people since I applied.

Datebook for April 23, 2011

9 a.m. An indoor garage sale to benefit Jane Milligan takes place under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Call John Milligan at 756-7460. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Early Childhood Coalition hosts the Celebrate Children Festival at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The event includes a selection of activities for young children and their parents. Admission is free. Call Carol Taylor at 824-7457.

Briefs for April 23, 2011: Candy race begins at 1 p.m. today

The Craig Lions Club’s annual candy race is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the north end of Craig City Park. The event is free for youths younger than age 12. For more information, call 824-3095.

Editorial: Leave no trace

We’ve all seen them — communities so densely populated that seemingly every inch is covered by asphalt. Luckily, Craig and Moffat County isn’t one of those blacktop urban areas. We have plenty of parks and open spaces, and recreation opportunities are almost limitless.

Baxter Black: The Horse Sculpture

I wonder if he starts at the head? I mean to sculpt a horse that will one day stand in front of the stockyard gate. Or does he picture in his mind the kind of horse it will be?

Jacque Malley and Janice Poirot: Vaccinations important

To the editor: You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?

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Sudoku for April 23, 2011

Sudoku for April 23, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for April 23, 2011: Worried that grandson is being sexually abused

took care of my grandson three days a week for the first two years of his life. He is now 3, and I have not been allowed to see him for nearly a year because I noticed clear evidence of sexual abuse and told my son. I took my observations to many professionals, including pediatricians, therapists, Child Protective Services, a family law attorney and even therapists who treat perpetrators.

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Crossword for April 23, 2011

Crossword for April 23, 2011

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Comics for April 23, 2011

Comics for April 23, 2011

Horoscope for April 23, 2011

A new flutter of activity could be in store for you in the year ahead, where your social interests are concerned. There's a chance you could meet some people who will bring out the best in you and even open up new doors for you.