In the Wild West, if you had an enemy, you had to watch that they didn’t blast you with a laser cannon when your back was turned. Likewise, on many distant planets, six-shooters and shotguns settle all disputes when mere words won’t do the job. That assessment may sound backward, but in “Cowboys & Aliens” it’s all the same whether you’re on Dodge City’s Main Street or the surface of Mars.
On the Record for Aug. 8, 2011
Emerald City Opera, a professional opera company in Steamboat Springs, will introduce its ninth season with artists from its Opera Artist Institute, now in its fourth year. Young singers from across the country arrive Sunday for three weeks of intensive training and multiple performances, including one in Craig next week.
Fred Ellis stood Sunday morning before a small crowd at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and preached what he believes to be the Word of God. During an hour-long ceremony, Ellis touched on subjects ranging from Genesis, Revelations and horses. The last topic is understandable. Ellis is, after all, a cowboy.
Had the Colorado seasonal state swim meet been earlier in the season, Molly Neton may not have been as successful in the 100-meter backstroke. However, Neton, 10, steadily improved over the summer and posted her best time during the swim meet, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Craig Swimming Complex. Swimming as a member of the Craig Sea Sharks, Neton came in at 1 minute, 40.51 seconds — about four seconds faster than her previous personal best — to place fifth in the state in the girls 9- and 10-year-old division.
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“I’ve been a service technician here for two-and-a-half years. I work on chainsaws, trimmers, lawnmowers, tractors, all that. I’m Kohler certified with Kohler Generators, high residential and commercial. I’m certified with Stihl (Power Tools) to do their equipment and with MTD (Products). I spent a week in Sheboygan, Wisc., for Kohler to get certification with them and a two-day class in Denver for Stihl for that certification.
A line of men and women stood quietly Saturday afternoon under a light rain, each waiting patiently for a chance to sign the guestbook and enter Hayden Congregational Church. Once inside, an usher directed visitors past a collection of family photographs, rows of crowded pews, and into a back room set up to handle crowd overflow. A big screen television would display live video of the upcoming service, and seats had been arranged in long rows.
For the remainder of the summer, one local retail outlet will feature products priced to help shoppers sleep soundly. Intermountain Appliances, 395 School St., has slashed prices on mattresses through the end of August. The store is selling twin, full and queen-sized beds from Serta’s Majestic Sleep line. “Our best-seller is the Eurotop bed, but we try to keep about five different styles in stock,” sales office manager Jennifer Barlean said. “They can be sold as a set with the box spring, or just the mattress.”
Colorado Northwestern Community College’s grand opening celebration for its new Craig campus for today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for noon today at the new campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. Campus tours will follow from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The Moffat County High School volleyball coaches will be conducting a preseason conditioning camp today through Thursday this week. The camp will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. All players who are interested in being part of the varsity, junior varsity or C-team are encouraged to attend.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Farm insurance agency, 690 W. Victory Way, invites youths to have their photos taken with cardboard cutouts of cartoon characters Mater and Lightning McQueen next week. Photos are free. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676.
The cause of transparent government in Colorado suffered a major blow last week when the Court of Appeals ruled that elected officials could cast secret votes on important public issues. The appellate court ruled in a case involving the Fort Morgan City Council, which used secret ballots to fill several positions.
Major improvements involving your social connections are indicated for you in the year ahead. Some new friends will be likely to set everything in motion, drawing you into a world of new activities.
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