Stories for December 2011

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Saturday, December 31

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Craig-area couple relives unexpected visit from grandson serving abroad

If Fran Davis’ memory of Christmas Eve could take form, it would be a photograph, its edges worn soft by use from a loving hand. Some of the details in the picture are blurry, like a background out of focus. She can’t remember the songs she was supposed to sing that night for mass at St. Michael Catholic Church or what she said when she greeted other members of the congregation. But the focal point is crisp, the subject clear and distinct. “Do you know how many times a day I relive that moment?” she said, tears spilling down her cheeks.

YVEDC to hold economic development discussion

State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, is among a list of featured speakers scheduled to be in Craig Wednesday night to provide residents with a regional economic update. The event is sponsored by the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council and will also feature discussions led by Ken Lund, executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade; and Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs. Among the topics of conversation to be covered by Lund and Brown are reorganization efforts for OEDIT’s regional services and how the partnership between OEDIT and DOLA will strengthen rural Colorado economies at the local level. However, the highlight of the evening is expected to be White’s talk on “clean up” legislation she has penned in regards to federal mineral lease districts.

Rig Count for Dec. 31, 2011

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Dec. 29, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

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Elkhead Wranglers build shelters for bats, learn about animal’s role in ecosystem

Bats: the silent scourge of the night, haunters of lonely belfries, elusive and dark. But, this is only part of the story. Forget the grainy horror films and the Count Dracula references. Children and teens in the local Elkhead Wranglers 4-H club got the real scoop on bats recently, and it has more to do with crops and flowers than one might think.

NCAA sends 2011 out with a bang, NFL welcomes 2012

With 2011 almost over, college athletes will have one last game before the calendar turns over. College football and basketball teams compete today with the bowl season continuing on the gridiron and conference match-ups heating up the basketball court. When the calendar flips to January, professional athletes take over the spotlight. All 32 NFL teams will be playing on New Year’s Day with three playoff spots still to be decided in the final week. Seeding positions are also up for grabs as teams try to earn the right to play at home.

Sports Rewind: Recapping Moffat County's top sports stories of 2011

Below were the top sports stories in Craig and Moffat County in 2011:

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 31, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.49; Diesel: $3.84

Government Update for Dec. 31, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 10:45 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Craig resident appointed to state coal board

For Justin Fedinec, being a coal miner is not simply about earning a weekly paycheck. Mining is in his blood. The 31-year old father of two was born and raised in Craig, and comes from a family steeped in mining tradition. His father, Geral, is a 20-plus-years veteran of Colowyo Coal Company and his mother, Carol, is a lab technician at Craig Station.

Colorado mall bomber pleads guilty to 1 count

(AP) — A man has acknowledged planting a homemade bomb at a Colorado shopping mall on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Earl Albert Moore, 56, pleaded guilty in Denver federal court Friday to one count of using a destructive device in a crime of violence. An April 20 fire at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton and the discovery of the bomb raised fears it was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 1999 school shootings at nearby Columbine in which two students killed 13 people and then themselves. Moore later told investigators the bomb had nothing to do with Columbine and that he did not realize it was the anniversary of the shootings, according to a plea agreement released Friday.

Orton can hurt Broncos 1 last time Sunday

(AP) — Kyle Orton won't come out and say it, calling his much-anticipated return to Denver on Sunday just another chance to take the field and play a football game. It's a whole lot more than that. With a victory over the Broncos, Orton, who was masterful in ending the Green Bay Packers' perfect season two weeks ago, perhaps can secure starter's money and a long-term deal he's been longing for as he heads off into unrestricted free agency. And he could also help Kansas City Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel secure his own future. Perhaps biggest of all, Orton can stick it to the team that benched him after he finally caved under the weight of Tebowmania and the Broncos stumbled to a 1-4 start.

Hope reigns as US rings in 2012, after dud 2011

(AP) — Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it prepared to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers looking to cast off a rough year and cheer their way to something better in 2012. For all of the holiday's bittersweet potential, New York City always treats it like a big party — albeit one that, for a decade now, has taken place under the watchful eye of a massive security force. Pessimism has no place on Broadway. Not this week, anyway. The masses of tourists who began streaming through the square Friday for a glimpse of the crystal-paneled ball that drops at midnight Saturday were there to kiss, pose for silly snapshots and gawk at the stages being prepared for performers like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Glum wasn't on the agenda, even for those whose 2011 ended on a sour note.

Baxter Black: Keep the faith, a survival kit

President Jimmy Carter’s reign was called the time of malaise, defined as a feeling of discomfort. Present times might be described as a time of anxiety. Still hopeful, but with very little trust in the people we put in office. The recession has hit everybody and each of us has to find a way to get through it. We cannot let the dread of what our well-meaning but inept government has wrought bring us down. I’m guessing there is a segment of our population that doesn’t worry about our economic condition much. They are on both ends of the spectrum — those who live on a private or government pension, or welfare, who pay little or no taxes, and have no doubt the next check is coming, and …

Jack and Bobbi Peed: ‘Much more meaningful’

To the editor: A few days before Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law was shopping at City Market. When she was ready to check out, a young woman stepped up and asked if she could buy her groceries, that she wanted to do something for the seniors. My mother-in-law was so overcome by this kindness and generosity that she can’t remember if she thanked the young woman. It makes the Christmas season so much more meaningful when this happens.

Datebook for Dec. 31, 2011

5:45 p.m. The American Legion, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The jackpot is more than $1,200 this week. New Years Eve refreshments. Call 824-8376 or 824-3625. 8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.

Briefs for Dec. 31, 2011: Aging Well rolls out winter class schedule

Winter class calendars are now available for Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The schedule includes tai chi for health classes and arthritis foundation exercise and aquatics. Winter classes also include Healthier Living Diabetes, a chronic disease self-management workshop. Fitness classes in Craig for older adults begin Jan. 2. Unless otherwise noted, participants are asked to pay a $3 donation per class. For a copy of the schedule, visit the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., or visit www.nwcovna.org. For more information, call 871-7676.

CDP Editorial: Economic encouragement

Our View The calendar didn’t have to turn to a new year for Craig and Moffat County to receive encouraging economic news. The prospect of a new commercial development could mean big things for our community, as would keeping a current big box retailer rather than losing it to national cutbacks. The biggest concern for many in 2011 was, and rightly so, the state of the economy. It’s a worry likely to fester and carry over into the coming new year. But, news came out this week that leads us to believe things may begin turning around with the calendar turning the page. This week, Craig and Moffat County residents learned that a new commercial development, the Tebo Center, a project encompassing 10,477 square feet, will be built near Walmart in west Craig. The project will house three retail businesses, and is one of the few new commercial developments to come along in our community in recent years.

Horoscope for Dec. 31, 2011

In the year ahead, you are likely to strike a better balance in your personal affairs. In doing so, you will acquire a better balance between work and play, allowing you to devote more time to pleasurable pursuits.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 31, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 31, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 31, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 31, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 31, 2011

Comics for Dec. 31, 2011

Friday, December 30

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New reality show hosted by Craig Conrad now on air

For the past year, Craig Conrad has been living a busy life. Conrad, a Craig resident and former Moffat County High School teacher, was chosen last November as the host of a new outdoor experience reality show, “Wyoming’s Call of the Wild,” produced by Orion Entertainment. In February, Conrad and Orion began searching to find youth to take out on hunting and fishing trips for the 13-episode series before filming began in May. Filming wrapped up in November, but for almost seven months, Conrad had to pull double duty. As the author of “Unstoppable,” Conrad goes on the road multiple weeks a year as a motivational speaker at high schools all over the country.

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

Missing Meeker woman found dead

The body of a Meeker woman was found inside an overturned vehicle Thursday morning at the bottom of a 40-foot ravine near Rio Blanco County Road 13. Shirlee Coy, 77, of 5757 Rio Blanco County Road 13, was reported missing Dec. 23. She was last seen the afternoon of Dec. 21 driving her dark gray 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with her two dogs. Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos said search and rescue efforts began when the missing person report was filed Dec. 23. Efforts included deputies driving in the area of Coy’s home looking for signs of an accident, an aerial search by plane and a team of searchers on four wheelers, Joos said.

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City of Craig, VFW reopen park talks

The City of Craig and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 recently exchanged letters, opening up lines of communication regarding the 2.88-acre Craig City Park. Talks regarding the park were prompted by Craig City Council member Jennifer Riley, who voiced during the Dec. 13 city council meeting that a resolution needs to be hammered out between the two parties. “The issue with the VFW is still unresolved,” Riley said during the meeting. “We need to know where they are because we still have things to plan for next year.” Riley recommended the city re-issue, in writing, its offer to buy the park for the appraised value of $25,500, and request the VFW to respond before the end of the year.

Janet Sheridan: Sweet on sugar

With no adults around and no sweets in sight, my friends and I sometimes licked our index fingers, stuck them into the host family’s sugar bowl and lapped at the clinging crystals like starving puppies. Now sugar bowls have followed the Edsel into oblivion, and our favorite flavoring stands accused of sabotaging the nation’s health. We’re told sugar is a disguised scoundrel lurking in unlikely places: the sauce we enjoy with spaghetti, the crackers we serve with cheese and the mouthwash with which we gargle. According to a Department of Agriculture report, the average American consumes between 150 and 170 pounds of sugar annually.

Colorado snow is lagging but has time to catch up

(AP) — Snowfall in the Colorado mountains is lagging this season, but forecasters say the winter is young and there's plenty of time to catch up. The snowpack statewide was 73 percent of the long-term average as of midweek. It ranges from 90 to 98 percent in the south and southeast parts of Colorado to just 63 percent in the northwest corner. The jet stream has been steering snow to the south of Colorado and cold weather to the north, despite La Nina conditions that would normally bring the storms over Colorado, said Kyle Fredin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder. The pattern could shift back to normal in mid-January, bringing more snow, he said.

Republicans battle over undecided voters in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With time running short, Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich battled Thursday to win over a pivotal crop of undecided conservative voters. Of all the candidates, only Mitt Romney seemed to largely escape attack as he worked to win a state that long seemed out of reach until this week. "Don't settle for what's not good enough to save the country," the newly ascendant Santorum implored Iowans at city hall in Coralville, urging voters to put conservative principles above everything else and suggesting that his rivals, and specifically Ron Paul, lacked them. For the first time, though, the former Pennsylvania senator became a target. "When he talks about fiscal conservatism, every now and then it leaves me scratching my head because he was a prolific earmarker," Perry, the Texas governor, said of Santorum as the day began, referring to special spending projects members of Congress seek. "He loaded up his bill with Pennsylvania pork.'"

Neck again keeps Dawkins out of Broncos practice

(AP) — Dressed in sweats and an orange beanie, Broncos safety Brian Dawkins watched practice from the sideline Thursday, unable to participate for a second day because of a neck injury that has left him questionable for Sunday's pivotal matchup against Kansas City. Dawkins, who spent the open locker room session getting treatment in the training room, has been sorely missed by the Broncos since pinching a nerve in his neck in the third quarter of the Broncos' 16-13 overtime victory over Chicago three weeks ago. A 16-year veteran responsible for pre-snap defensive adjustments, Dawkins has been sidelined for all but one quarter in the last two weeks, when the Broncos have given up 40 and 41 points in losses to Buffalo and New England. That's way up from the 17 points on average the Broncos (8-7) allowed during a six-game winning streak that was fueled by Tim Tebow's play at quarterback and Dawkins' defensive leadership.

Briefs for Dec. 30, 2011: Auditions for kids' performance set

A touring theater is seeking children in kindergarten through fifth grade to audition for its production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.” Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. No advance preparation for the audition is necessary. The group is seeking more than 50 local children to participate. There are no guarantees that everyone who auditions for the play will be cast.

Datebook for Dec. 30, 2011

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Craig Parks and Recreation’s Red Cross lifeguard training class takes place at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554. 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874. 7 p.m. Fellowship Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 657 Green St. Call 326-6646.

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Comics for Dec. 30, 2011

Comics for Dec. 30, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 30, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 30, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 30, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 30, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 30, 2011

It's likely that in the year ahead you will experience a significant improvement in your personal relationships. One of the biggest causes of this is that someone who is jealous of you and has caused you complications will be leaving the scene.

Thursday, December 29

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Bulldog grapplers look to improve as season goes on

Roman Gutierrez has coached the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team for 30 years. In that time, Gutierrez has led the Bulldogs to five team state championships. But, like any team in any sport, Gutierrez knows there are bound to be down years intertwined with successful ones. The 2011-12 season is one of those seasons, Gutierrez said. “You always go in cycles with teams, and right now we are in the rebuilding cycle,” he said. “It is a process every team has to go through, and kids need to press on because once you go through that process, the next couple of years you will have success and be able to compete again.”

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At the movies: ‘Zoo’ is nothing new, but still fun

When parents want to make a difference in their children’s lives, most of them will stop short of completely altering their progeny’s world. While a new baseball bat or a college savings bond will suffice for some, there’s at least one dad who decided he wanted his kids to be able to tell people “We Bought a Zoo.” California newspaper columnist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) has made his mark by tackling big stories about the scary parts of life. But, facing swarms of bees in an apiary suit or a hurricane in a tiny craft was nothing compared to his new escapade: single father.

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

Datebook for Dec. 29, 2011

Datebook for Dec. 29, 2011

Briefs for Dec. 29, 2011: Auditions for children’s performance set for Jan. 17

A touring theater is seeking children in kindergarten through fifth grade to audition for its production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.” Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. No advance preparation for the audition is necessary. The group is seeking more than 50 local children to participate. There are no guarantees that everyone who auditions for the play will be cast.

Horoscope for Dec. 29, 2011

During the next solar cycle, you're likely to have a good reason or strong desire to make a more concerted effort to increase your stature in your community. The results of your efforts will pay off more than you can imagine.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 29, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 29, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 29, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 29, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 29, 2011

Comics for Dec. 29, 2011

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Craig couple who perished in Christmas Day fire fondly remembered

Charles Hurtt had a way of coaxing a smile out of other people. You just couldn’t help it, his daughters Jeannetta Baird and Jennifer Boston said. His untiring sense of humor could defuse a conflict, soothe an aching heart, or just make another person laugh. “He liked to make people smile and feel good,” said Baird, 31. “You couldn’t be mad for more than two minutes around my daddy.”

Wednesday, December 28

State ANS boat inspection program deemed a success

In Jan. 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed zebra mussels had invaded Pueblo Reservoir. Nine months later, four more reservoirs northwest of Denver were infected with the aquatic nuisance species. The discovery prompted the Colorado General Assembly to pass legislation in February 2009 allowing Colorado Parks and Wildlife to implement one of the nation’s most aggressive boat inspection programs in an effort to curb the spread of the clam-like animal, which can be detrimental not only to non-native lakes, streams and reservoirs, but to a municipality’s utility infrastructure as well. Last month, Parks and Wildlife released the results of its 2011 campaign in which 420,000 boats were inspected throughout the state. Only eight boats were found to be carrying ANS.

Craig store manager confident local Kmart will avoid closure

A final decision on the future of Craig’s Kmart and its more than 50 employees will be made at the corporate office more than 1,200 miles away. Sears Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Ill., announced Tuesday it will be closing 100 to 120 Kmart and Sears full-line stores. The corporation cited a struggling economy as the reason behind its decision, according to a news release issued Tuesday. “Given our performance and the difficult economic environment, especially for big ticket items, we intend to implement a series of actions to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” chief executive officer Lou D’Ambrosio said in the release. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers through integrated retail — at the store, online and in the home.”

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MCHS girls basketball team ready for WSL opener

Three early-season tournaments have the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team primed for the start of 2012. And, head coach Matt Ray said the experience gained at those tournaments will be invaluable when Western Slope League play starts Jan. 7 in Glenwood Springs. “The girls are playing really well and have shot really good as a team early on,” Ray said. “We have been able to compete in every game and been able to beat some good schools, and that is going to help us throughout the rest of the season.” The Bulldogs (6-3) started the season in the Uintah Classic on Dec. 2. MCHS went 2-1 in the tournament, falling only to Wasatch High School.

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2011

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Never stop looking for your miracle

With the many hardships happening around us, I thought it would be nice to share a story about Shawn, a 16-year-old young man who was diagnosed with leukemia, and his miracle. I pray it will bless you and allow you to see there are still miracles happening today. This occurred during my ministry in Arizona. With excitement in the air, it was time to load our suitcase into the limousine and head to the airport. Shawn, Maggie, Chris and myself were about to experience how God answers prayer.

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Coach: MCHS boys hoops needs more scoring punch

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season hasn’t gone quite the way new head coach Eric Hamilton expected. Hamilton, who took over the team during the summer after former coach David Bradshaw resigned, has gone 1-5 through two early-season tournaments. Hamilton, a former MCHS hoops player, a two-year college player and a coach who saw playoff success for the Hayden High School girls team, brought the right attitude to a team that has been on the losing end lately. But, the coach said it’s going to take time with so many new parts before the Bulldogs break bad habits.

At the Movies: Ink fades on ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

When filmmakers decide to create their own version of an already popular movie, their process starts with a choice as to whether they will build on what has been done with the material before or start entirely from scratch. In the case of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the cast and crew clearly worked with a stencil. Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) has just been rocked by a lawsuit from a powerful businessman (Ulf Friberg) who claims he was slandered. With his reputation and bank account demolished as a result, Blomkvist doesn’t have high hopes for the future of his magazine, Millennium, or his own career.

FFA alumni collect old Christmas trees to raise scholarship funds

A college education is no small investment, as Jessica Wiseman knows well. Wiseman, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate and four-year member of its FFA program, is in her freshman year at the University of Wyoming, where tuition is cheaper than anywhere else in the country, she said. “But, I mean, every little penny counts … because college tuition isn’t cheap no matter where you go,” she said. That financial load is a little easier, thanks to a $500 scholarship she received in May from the Moffat County FFA Alumni chapter.

MCHS girls swimming not satisfied with 7 state qualifying times

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team has gotten out to a fast start this season, posting seven state-qualifying times in the first four meets. Yet, head coach Meghan Francone said the team has no plans to slow down. Junior Eryn Leonard swam qualifying times for the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle in the first meet of the season Dec. 2 in Glenwood Springs. The Bulldogs qualified in four more events during the last meet before the holiday break Dec. 16 in Montrose. Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie qualified in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke while the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays swam qualifying times, as well.

Livin' It Up: 1 holiday down, 1 more on the horizon

Hopefully your Christmas was filled with fun and plenty of heartwarming moments, whether you were watching your kids rip open their presents or camped out in front of the tube for the annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Now that the cuddly family part of December has come and gone, it’s time to party hearty for us adults. Finish 2011 in style with any of the many shindigs happening around town Saturday night.

Appeals court says Anschutz owes $17.3M in taxes

(AP) — A federal appeals on Tuesday agreed with a tax court that determined Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz owed at least $17.3 million in taxes. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld the tax court's 2010 ruling. The court said the Anschutz Co., which Anschutz owns, is also liable for at least $77 million in taxes. Anschutz spokesman Jim Monaghan said Anschutz already paid the taxes but appealed that he owed them. Anschutz's wife, Nancy, was also named in the case because they file tax returns jointly. The taxes are from stock transactions in 2000 and 2001.

Broncos are downplaying Orton's return

(AP) — The wheels have come off in Denver. We're not talking about the Broncos' season, although it's teetering with two straight ugly losses. All they have to do to end their long playoff drought is beat their former quarterback Kyle Orton and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Their fix-it list which includes the pass rush, the turnover differential and sputtering offense grew, by one item Tuesday. Guard Zane Beadles was toying around with his radio controlled car fresh out of the box and it slammed into a teammate's locker, leaving the right front wheel bowed.

Company to close at least 100 Sears, Kmart stores

(AP) — After a disastrous holiday shopping season, the parent company of Sears and Kmart will close at least 100 stores to raise cash — a move that sparked speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can avoid a death spiral fed by declining sales and deteriorating stores. Sears Holdings Corp., a pillar of American retailing that famously began with a mail-order catalog in the 1880s, declared Tuesday that it would no longer prop up "marginally performing" locations. The company pledged to refocus its efforts on stores that make money. Sears' stock quickly plunged, dropping 27 percent.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Fast and Furious explanation has holes

Mendacity, meaning to purposely mislead people, is the perfect word to describe the Fast & Furious gun running scandal. As it stands now, the federal government isn’t going to answer any more questions concerning the matter until an Inspector General report comes out in three months. We know the F&F program allowed the purchase of more than 2,000 guns — mostly battle rifles — by straw buyers here in the U.S. Many of these guns are now in the hands of this continent’s most deadly criminals — the Mexican drug cartels. In hundreds of cases, the straw buyers couldn’t afford the guns, so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms used taxpayer money to buy the guns for criminal insurgents.

Datebook for Dec. 28, 2011

Noon to 1 p.m. Communities 4 Healthy Relationships, a volunteer group designed to end relationship violence in Moffat County, meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Anngie Sparks at 826-2329. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

Terrie Barrie: ‘More must be done’

What if there was a federal law that promised to take care of people who were poisoned by working at a government facility? What if the lead agency requires the equivalent of waterboarding to approve a claim for a covered disease? What if the lead agency allowed derogatory names to be used in a training manual for claimants or their doctors? What if, two months after an apology and a promise to do better by that particular agency, an agency employee refers to a claimant’s physician as a “quack?” What if this agency approves one claimant for a disease but denies a co-worker with the same disease who worked next to the approved claimant?

Briefs for Dec. 28, 2011: Newspaper seeks board members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins Monday. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. Editorial Board terms last three months.

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Sudoku for Dec. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 28, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 28, 2011

Comics for Dec. 28, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 28, 2011

Numerous propitious developments are in the offing for you in the coming months, stemming from personal effort and from certain group involvements. Each facet will have a significant effect on your life.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 28, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27

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Department of Revenue shuts down Hayden's HiWay Bar

Officials said the bar's owner owes nine months of sales taxes. The bar was scheduled to close Saturday, but instead, an asset auction is scheduled for Jan. 5.

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2 perish in Christmas Day fire in Craig

A fire in east Craig claimed the lives of two Craig residents Christmas morning. Charles Hurtt, 54, and Frances Burkleo, 63, died in a blaze that consumed their home in the 600 block of East Fourth Street. Beka Warren, Moffat County Deputy Coroner, said the official cause of death is under investigation. Services are pending, Grant Mortuary reported Tuesday afternoon.

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New commercial development slated for Craig

Elected leaders in Craig and Moffat County maintained a positive outlook throughout 2011 concerning the local economy, and a new commercial development slated for the west end of town may be their reward for the optimism. Dave Costa, Craig building inspector and director of community development, said the city’ planning and zoning commission has approved a new commercial development near Walmart. A site package submitted by Stephen Tebo of Boulder-based Tebo Development outlines plans for a retail building on Lot 6 on the east side of the Walmart subdivision at 1830 W. Victory Way.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 27

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 27

Annual Craig kettle campaign nets record donations

Craig and Moffat County community members “freely opened their pockets again this holiday season and filled Salvation Army kettles with record donations,” the Salvation Army’s Craig Service Extension Unit reported in a news release.

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Comics for Dec. 27, 2011

Comics for Dec. 27, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 27, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 27, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 27, 2011

Notable improvements in your material affairs are likely in the year ahead if you put your mind to it. Although some might not consider your acquisitions gigantic, they will be significant and meaningful to you.

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Sudoku for Dec. 27, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 27, 2011

Monday, December 26

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Local woman finds solace from rare condition in holiday program for children

A smile spread across Amanda Reed’s face Tuesday morning as she packaged her young customer’s gifts. “Your mom’s going to like that,” Reed said to a Ridgeview Elementary School student as she gently wrapped the child’s purchases. Reed, 33, is a stay-at-home mom, wife and volunteer at Sunset Elementary School, where her son, Trayton, 9, is a third-grader. On this day, she’s a volunteer for Penguin Patch, a program at Ridgeview and Sunset elementary schools this year that offers affordable gifts children can buy for their families.

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USPS issues 6-month moratorium on post office closures

The U.S. Postal Service, while in the midst of a dire financial situation, has put a temporarily halt on closure studies. On Dec. 13, at the behest of many U.S. senators, USPS issued a six-month moratorium to delay plans to close or consolidate certain post offices until May 15, 2012, according to a USPS news release. “The postal service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public meetings,” the release stated. “The postal service hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation.”

Senior spotlight for Dec. 26, 2011

The year is winding down to a few days of remembering and getting ready for the New Year’s celebration. Should we talk about what we got for Christmas, or talk about New Year’s resolutions? Maybe those went out the door with the Christmas trees, wrapping, etc.? Well, whatever.

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MCHS juniors choose hockey in Steamboat over Moffat County

Last hockey season, Michael Samuelson, Jarrett Walt and Colin Walt played on both the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team and the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team. Samuelson said the three players had to go back and forth between the two teams, participate in multiple practices a day and sometimes travel to two different cities in one day for games. This year, Samuelson, Jarrett and Bubba Ivers, all Moffat County High School juniors, are playing only for Steamboat.

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‘Live and learn … Simple as that’: Five minutes with Whitney Showalter, 22, loan administrator at Yampa Valley Bank

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised right here in Craig.” What’s kept you in Craig? “My whole family is here, and I like that it’s a small community. It’s a good place to raise a family, not that I have one yet, but I just like the feeling you get from a small town. Everybody knows everybody and everybody’s willing to lend a willing hand.” Motto or outlook on life? “You’ve just got to live and learn. Simple as that.”

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 26, 2011

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Program designed to help parents examine, improve their approach to childrearing

Parenting is one of the most important roles an adult can assume, and its effects are among the longest lasting, Sandy Beran said. Paradoxically, it’s also one of the roles they often have the least training for. “Many times, we tend to take on the traits that we learned as children and just kind of assimilate them,” said Beran, who works with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, “and don’t … take time to step back and say, ‘Now, is this resulting in the effect that I want it to?’”

Business Beat: Local liquor stores offering holiday deals

If you need to stock up on libations for your New Year’s Eve party, the outlets around Craig have the supplies for every holiday bash big or small. Stop by Lariat Lee Liquors, 391 Lincoln St., for specials to ring in the New Year. All domestic beer 20-packs are on sale for $17.03, as are six-packs of Shiner Bock for $6.99. As for heavier alcohol, fifths of Crown Royal Camo are $24.79 and bottles of Cherry on Top Wine are $10.25. All bottles of Barefoot Wine are $6.50.

Broncos, Ravens, Falcons hold advantages

(AP) — Win and you are in as a division champion. That’s the easy scenario for the Broncos and either the Cowboys or Giants next weekend. And while Baltimore already owns at least a wild-card spot, a victory for the Ravens earns them the AFC North and a first-round bye. Denver is tied atop the AFC North with Oakland at 8-7, with the Broncos hosting Kansas City and the Raiders at home for San Diego next Sunday. Denver has the tiebreaker, but if it loses and Oakland wins, the Broncos can’t get a wild card.

Datebook for Dec. 26, 2011

Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. “Pulse,” a New Creation Church youth group, meets at the church, 520 Westridge Road. Ages 11 to 18 are welcome.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2011: Basketball coaches needed

Moffat County Youth Basketball is looking for any individuals interested in coaching the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls basketball teams for the upcoming season. Coaching responsibilities include holding practices during the week, typically twice, and participating in regional tournaments throughout February, March and possibly April.

Briefs for Dec. 26, 2011: FFA fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday and Jan. 4

Moffat County FFA alumni will pick up and dispose of discarded Christmas trees Wednesday and Jan. 4 for a $5 fee. Residents must call to schedule a pickup time. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship for graduating Moffat County High School seniors who are members of FFA. For more information or to schedule a pickup time, call Dave Summers at 819-2915, Sarah Wiseman at 629-5039 or Paula Duzik at 326-8049.

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Sudoku for Dec. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 26, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 26, 2011

It might take some elbow grease, but if you handle things effectively in the year ahead, not only should all go smoothly, it's likely to be an exceptionally fun time for you as well. Make the most of all your opportunities.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 26, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 26, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 26, 2011

Comics for Dec. 26, 2011

Saturday, December 24

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Moffat County residents share recollections of holidays past

Embracing a loved one newly returned from the battlefields of World War II. Finding an unexpected gift that heralded the beginning of a couple’s life together. These are some of the memories students in a Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class reflected on recently. These and other Christmas recollections are included in some of the students’ memoirs, which are printed below, along with the author’s name and place of residence.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 24, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.49; Diesel: $3.84

Rig Count for Dec. 24, 2011

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Dec. 22, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 77 rigs online — three less than Dec. 16, but 13 more than Dec. 23, 2010. • Wyoming has 56 rigs online — three more than Dec. 16, and 14 more than Dec. 23, 2010. • The U.S. has 2,008 rigs online — 11 less than Dec.16, but 294 more than Dec. 23, 2010.

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3rd-graders in Craig wrap up simulation of pioneer life

Dalton Reed showed a group of wide-eyed third-graders how heat can shape metal Wednesday afternoon. At least one of them had a hard time believing such a transformation was possible. Reed, a blacksmith and mechanic at Wyman Museum, showed the children metal that had been molded into radically different forms using flame, an anvil and hammer. “What?” one student said, his voice full of wonder.

At The Movies: Yuletide spirit comes in all forms on film

When it comes to holiday movies, there are the classics like “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn” that have become ingrained in our memories for their timeless depiction of a winter wonderland, as have “Ben-Hur” and “King of Kings” for their showing of the Nativity. There are plenty more on the list of favorite viewing on or around Dec. 25, but some films having to do with the topic have fallen by the wayside. But, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth watching, especially for fans of the many subgenres of Christmas movies.

Over A Cup: ‘Chocolate Mice’ a treat for the holidays

Here it is at last — the recipe for chocolate mice. It was sent in by Dollie Frentress, of Craig. To make “Chocolate Eve Mice,” you will need these ingredients: 24 double-stuffed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies; 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips; 2 teaspoons shortening; 24 red maraschino cherries with stems (well-drained);24 milk chocolate kisses; 48 sliced almonds; 1 small tube green decorative icing gel; and 1 small tube red decorative icing gel. Carefully twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening.

Agriculture & Livestock: Taking down the tree

There are memories associated with decorating the house for Christmas for those connected to family traditions. This is especially true with the Christmas tree. Sometimes it’s after all the hustle and bustle that we really take time to reflect on these memories — like the day we take the tree down. For this story, assume that it’s a grandma who is doing the “taking down.” She goes to the storage shed to bring out the boxes marked “Christmas” and “fragile.”

Daily Press helps local children get their requests to Santa

Editor’s note: Santa asked the Daily Press to help him collect letters from local boys and girls, which we are publishing here. Please note we typed the letters exactly as they were written to maintain the integrity of the children’s wishes and youthfulness.

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LSRV hoops keeps up winning ways

Thanks to hard work and determination, the Little Snake River Valley School basketball teams are already enjoying their Christmas present for the year — a well-deserved rest. The boys and girls varsity teams of Baggs, Wyo., finished the 2011 portion of their schedules on a high note. The 8-0 teams each added two to the win column after a pair of games against Colorado teams Rangely and Hayden.

A busy sports schedule awaits holiday weekend

This holiday season, the sporting world has given us early gifts in the form of key match-ups and the official start of the NBA season. After a 149-day work stoppage, the NBA will open a shortened 66-game regular season Christmas Day with many big-market teams battling for early-season supremacy. On the gridiron, the NFL continues week 16 today, Sunday and Monday. With only two weeks left in the regular season, teams are still battling for final playoff spots.

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Holiday Chat: 5 minutes with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus

Where is your hometown? Santa: “The North Pole, of course.” Most rewarding part of your job? Santa: “The smiles on the kids’ faces when we walk into the room.” Mrs. Claus: “Working with the charities here is important to us, too.”

McGahee revitalizes career with Broncos

(AP) — A change in scenery and eating habits has done wonders for Willis McGahee. By playing in a run-friendly system, along with reuniting with his former position coach, the Denver Broncos tailback has revitalized his career. McGahee, who even eliminated red meat from his diet to become leaner, is on the cusp of his first 1,000-yard season in four years. A surprise? Maybe to some. But not to running backs coach Eric Studesville, who lobbied hard for the Broncos to sign the free agent just before camp. Sure, McGahee was coming off a pedestrian 380-yard season for Baltimore in 2010, but Studesville saw flashes of the vision, the power and the quick feet that made McGahee a two-time 1,000-yard back when they were paired in Buffalo.

Briefs for Dec. 24, 2011: Connections 4 Kids seeks art show contributions

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is seeking contributions from youths for its upcoming “Cherish the Little Things” art show. Entries from youths ages 3 to 18 throughout Moffat and Rio Blanco counties will be displayed during show, which is scheduled for Feb. 11 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., during downtown Craig’s annual Art Walk. Selected art pieces will be auctioned and voted on for inclusion in Connections 4 Kids’ 2013 calendar. The event is a fundraiser for Connections 4 Kids and its projects, the agency reported in a news release.

On the Record for Dec. 23, 2011

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, Dec. 22 Deputies responded to two requests to assist another agency. Deputies responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle.

Datebook for Dec. 24, 2011

8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. Sunday, Dec. 25 1 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. 2 p.m. A free Christmas dinner takes place at Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 824-9946.

Horoscope for Dec. 24, 2011

Conditions in general look to be extremely encouraging in the year ahead, but you're likely to be rewarded the most when you're able to do things that everybody else has given up on.

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Sudoku for Dec. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 24, 2011

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Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 24, 2011

Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 24, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 24, 2011

Comics for Dec. 24, 2011

Friday, December 23

Craig man and woman sought for stealing from bodies

Authorities are looking for two people they say stole a gun, credit card and other items from the scene of a murder-suicide in Grand County. Arrest warrants have been issued for Jerod Morris Reeves, 29, and Kimberly Mae McCaffery, 35, both of Craig, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.

Kate Grobe: The lasting gift of a difficult decision

I’ve often been asked what I do at Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center. My volunteers and I get to meet people and help during difficult times. We get to hear life stories and get to know people who come to us. It’s that process of getting to know people and hearing so many stories that can be challenging and yet rewarding.

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Former MCHS hoops coach tackling new challenges at Adams State

Craig Mortensen joined the Adams State College girls basketball team in October, albeit in a different role than he’s accustomed to. Mortensen coached Moffat County High School basketball teams for 34 years — 19 years in charge of the boys team and 15 at the helm of the girls team. But in Alamosa, Mortensen is an assistant coach to Grizzlies head coach Kelly Kruger for the 2011-12 season. “I am enjoying this,” Mortensen said Thursday of his new gig. “Coach Kruger is an excellent coach, runs a good program and is very detailed in what he does.”

Briefs for Dec. 23, 2011: Aging Well classes begin in January

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will offer two new classes beginning Jan. 9. A new beginning Tai Chi class for older adults will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A $3 donation per class is requested.

Commission candidates gearing up for 2012 campaigns

The 2012 general election is less than a year away and candidates vying for a variety of public service positions are emerging. In the last 10 days, a host of veteran players and newcomers have announced their candidacy, including state representative Ran- dy Baumgardner and incumbent state senator Jean White, who will battle it out for the District 8 state senate seat, and assistant district attorney Brett Barkey, who has thrown his hat into the ring for 14th Judicial District Attorney. At the county level, two Moffat County Commission seats are up for grabs in 2012 including the district 1 position, which will be vacated by Tom Gray who is term limited, and the district 2 spot currently held by Republican Audrey Danner.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course battled turbulent weather in up-and-down season

Jason Back had to overcome several obstacles in his first year as Yampa Valley Golf Course’s club professional. A late end to winter and early spring showers kept the first part of the season in flux while flooding of the Yampa River caused trouble in early June. The golf course is reporting a total profit down approximately 10 to 12 percent from last season, Back said, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. “A lot of what we lost was because of the weather,” he said. “We had a decent year and survived a lot of issues. Overall, it was a good year and we survived some unexpected things, but we are not financially devastated for next year so we can bounce back.”

City, county leaders reflect on 2011

The last year has been productive for Moffat County, said Tom Mathers, chairman of the three-member Moffat County Commission. Twentymile Mine announced it is moving into a new pit, Western Fuels-Colorado, LLC acquired Colowyo Coal Co. and years of fiscally conservative policies have resulted in growth in the county’s general fund. “Those things are huge and there’s a lot to be positive about,” Mathers said. “I don’t want to steal any thunder from our state of the county speech, which we do every year in February, but this was a very good year for Moffat County. “We planned for the worst and it came in a lot better than we thought it would.”

Production for TEs missing from Broncos offense

(AP) — Around the league, the tight end position is a dynamic source of offensive production. Look at New Orleans' Jimmy Graham, the NFC leader in receptions (87), or New England's Rob Gronkowski, who already has the most TD catches ever in a season by a tight end (15). However, the tight end revolution hasn't materialized quite yet in Denver. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow insists he's not ignoring them, just simply taking what the defense gives him.

Dorothy Gray: ‘Very fortunate’

To the editor: With many thanks to all who shared in my birthday party: lots of relatives (especially those who did all the work and planning), all my friends, old and new, the lovely music of the orchestra, and for the cards and gifts of those who were unable to attend.

Terri A. Jourgensen: ‘Very rewarding’ work

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to so many wonderful faculty, students, parents and community members I’ve had the privilege of working with the past 10 years. Being the district nurse for the Moffat County School District has been very rewarding and has given me the ability to grow both professionally and personally.

Donna Johnson: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Craig Lions Club thanks all the community for supporting the Christmas tree sale and all the people who have helped: Kmart for the tree lot space; the Moffat County High School wrestling team for muscle; McDonalds for electricity and coffee to keep us warm; and Moffat County’s Bill Sixkiller for use of the panels. The tree sale is the club’s big fundraiser for our 1- to 6-year-old eye screenings and eye glasses programs for kids and seniors.

Datebook for Dec. 23, 2011

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554. 7 p.m. Fellowship Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 657 Green St. Call 326-6646. 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874. 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets at 1150 W. Ninth St. The group is designed to help people overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups. Childcare is provided and late-comers are welcome. Call 824-5926.

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2011

Sports Briefs for Dec. 24, 2011: Youth hoops registration deadline set for Jan. 11

Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for kindergarten, first- and second-grade basketball teams. Players will learn basic basketball skills, including dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and playing as a team. Games are played on weekdays during the early evening. Boys will play Monday and Wednesday nights and girls will play Tuesday and Thursday nights.

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Sudoku for Dec. 23, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 23, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 23, 2011

Comics for Dec. 23, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2011

In the next year, you should align yourself from persons who understand the rudiments of success and who are willing to work towards those ends. Only then can joint endeavors prove to be both productive and profitable.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 23, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22

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A return to roots: Businessman, MCHS grad gives back to high school program

When asked what motivated him to sell $3,400 worth of fruit and other assorted goodies in three days, Cody Cox’s answer was simple. “Tires,” said Cox, a Moffat County High School senior. Specifically, four BFGoodrich all-terrain K/O tires, donated by Chapman’s Automotive and American Tire Distributors. Cox earned the new set of wheels for being the top seller in an annual fundraiser for the high school’s FFA program. He’s a four-year member of the program and has participated in the fundraiser before, but for the last three years, his sales usually added up to $50 or $60, “nothing like this,” he said.

Janet Sheridan: Memories of Christmases gone by

Most people — your grumpy uncle, eccentric neighbor, or dental hygienist — have Christmas memories tucked away in their hearts and would share them if asked. My oldest brother, Lawrence, tells one of my favorite stories. Ten years before I was born, he and my parents spent Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma Hall and a bevy of aunts, uncles and cousins in a large house near Utah Lake. The early 1900s home had a central living room and several bedrooms that opened off it, each crowded with children sleeping in quilt beds on the floor. Early Christmas morning, Grandpa Hall started a fire in the living room’s coal-burning heater, knocked on the bedroom doors, and yelled, “You kids get your lazy selves up. You won’t believe what Santa brought.”

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 22, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 22, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 22, 2011

Comics for Dec. 22, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 22, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 22, 2011

In the coming months, you'll be developing several enviable attributes that will enable you to better cope with the world around you. As these qualities develop, you're likely to become far more self-assured.

Wednesday, December 21

Services for Cynthia Renfro today in Craig

Cynthia "Cindy" Jane (Bellis) Renfro July 30, 1958 — Dec. 6, 2011

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Hayden's HiWay Bar set to close

Since the mid-1930s, the bar inside 136 E. Jefferson Ave. has served as a gathering place for many western Routt County residents. Throngs of men and women in their 20s brushed shoulders and swapped countless stories in the venue years ago when business there was more frequent and parties inside more common, according to longtime patrons.

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2011

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Casey Kilpatrick named head coach of MCHS boys golf team

Casey Kilpatrick didn’t grow up on the golf course and doesn’t compete in the championship flight of any tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Kilpatrick, a born and raised Craig resident, probably ranks among the more casual players in a game that requires life-long dedication to rise to the top. But, it’s Kilpatrick’s passion for the game of golf that gave him the edge for the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf head coach position when long-time coach Ken Harjes retired after the 2011 season. And, MCHS athletic director Jeff Simon said it was Kilpatrick’s vision for the program that led him to offer Kilpatrick the position.

New allegation surfaces against former Craig PD officer

A new allegation has been made against a former Craig Police Department officer who was fired Dec. 16, authorities reported today. Jeremy Ashton, a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said an anonymous person reported to investigators that Frank Schmedeke, 37, engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor in the late 1990s in Mesa County. Craig Daily Press policy is to withhold names of suspects connected to sexual-related offenses unless there is a conviction. The suspect’s name is being used today because he served as a police officer for eight years.

White, Baumgardner both seek Senate District 8 seat

White, a Hayden Republican, was appointed a year ago to fill the vacancy left by her husband's departure. Baumgardner, the House District 57 Republican representative, was left with few other options after redistricting.

Livin' It Up: Countdown to Christmas

With only a few more shopping days until Christmas, there’s precious little time to waste to make your holiday the best it can be for you and yours. With the holiday falling on the weekend this year, it shouldn’t upset your schedule too much to spend Dec. 24 and 25 at home. But before you settle in for the family togetherness, there are still some fun activities leading up to the big day to bring your spirit to its peak.

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CMS students see science in action during 15th annual mousetrap car rally

Slowly but steadily, Tanner Hampton’s mousetrap car crept away from the starting line Tuesday morning. His car didn’t make it to the other end of the Craig Middle School gym, where he and other eighth-graders participated in the 15th annual mousetrap car rally. But, the 12 hours he spent on the project was far from a loss. If nothing else, it helped him understand how some of the simplest machines work. “I learned how friction has a lot to do with how things move and operate,” he said, examining his car after its run across the polished hardwood.

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VA TeleHealth Clinic in Craig to host Thursday open house

The Craig Veterans TeleHealth Clinic, 785 Russell St., will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Paul Sweeney, chief of customer relations for the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, said the event is intended to not only inform local veterans of the services available, but to also boost patient numbers. “We’re losing our World War II veterans at a rapid rate, and our Vietnam veterans are not enrolling in the program like they should,” Sweeney said. “This open house is another way to open up our doors, let people know we’re there and to try to get vets to come in and see us, and show them this is a viable health care plan.”

Daily Press announces news editor addition

Jerry Martin, a native of La Grange, Ill., and Craig Daily Press copy editor, has been promoted to news editor, the newspaper announced Tuesday. Martin, 27, has worked at the Daily Press since March 2010. As copy editor, he was tasked with editing content for print and online and was the newspaper’s primary page designer. His design skills have been recognized by the Colorado Press Association, which named him Best of Show award winner in 2010 for his design of a Moffat Monthly cover.

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Bulldogs club hockey team swept in weekend games

For goaltender Trent Parrott, being in the crease means seeing a lot of pucks come flying from all angles in any given game. A trio of matches over the weekend left the Moffat County High School junior doing all he could to keep his net protected from a pair of teams that would not relent. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team fell in each of its three weekend games. Glenwood Springs and Crested Butte defeated the team in two Saturday matches, and the Bulldogs again lost to Crested Butte on Sunday. The weekend started positively Saturday afternoon, when senior Alfredo Lebron scored the first goal of the game with an assist from sophomore Cade Bangs a minute into the second period.

Moffat County Commission certifies 2012 mill levies

The Moffat County Commission certified 2012 mill levies Tuesday for the county and its taxing districts. Tinneal Gerber, Moffat County budget analyst, said the total voter approved levy for the county is 20.872 mills, which the commission can appropriate as it sees fit. Last year, the majority of the levy, 19.948 mills, went to the county’s general fund. But, for the first time since 2000, a bulk of the county’s levy — 12.4 mills — will be appropriated to the road and bridge department to help pay for road projects in 2012.

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MCHS grappler Jake Blevins only notable finish for Bulldogs at Warrior Classic

Jake Blevins was handed a tall order this season as the only senior on the Moffat County High School wrestling team. After last season’s squad included five seniors, Blevins is one of only a handful of returning wrestlers this year. But, his performance Friday and Saturday in the Warrior Classic at Colorado Mesa University can go a long way to helping develop the young team, coach Roman Gutierrez said. Blevins was the only Bulldog to place in the 32-team tournament, finishing in sixth place with a record of 3-3 in the 160-pound weight class.

John Elway quickly reversing Broncos' fortunes

(AP) — A year ago, John Elway agreed to another comeback with his beloved Denver Broncos shortly after the ouster of Josh McDaniels, whom many felt had doomed the franchise to mediocrity for years to come. The Hall of Famer has pulled all the right strings in rapidly reversing the team's fortunes. And for all those fans worried that the Broncos' boss isn't completely sold on Tim Tebow and might put the unorthodox quarterback on the trading block this winter, relax. Elway said the city's new comeback king is here to stay. In an interview with The Associated Press, Elway gave his strongest indication yet that he believes Tebow can morph from a scrambling quarterback into a pocket passer, which suggests he won't be spending a high draft pick on another QB in April.

The family of Warren O. Fread: ‘Acts of kindness’

To the editor: Words cannot express the gratitude we have for everyone’s acts of kindness, support and donations after the loss of a wonderful man. It took a lot of weight off our shoulders and showed us what great friends and family we have here.

CDP Editorial: Building better business

In a perfect world, three local nonprofit groups in Craig and Moffat County would have a breakdown of responsibilities and functions as follows: • Craig Chamber of Commerce — promote and service existing businesses. • Moffat County Tourism Association — publicize and fund community events and attempt to draw out-of-town visitors. • Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership — assist current businesses and recruit new ones. All three of these groups do a commendable job serving the community in a variety of ways. Let the Craig Daily Press today applaud the agencies, their employees, board members and volunteers for their efforts.

Datebook for Dec. 21, 2011

10:30 a.m. Wellness Wednesday takes place at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. The event includes senior wellness and foot checks and Colorado Northwestern Community College classes. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $3. Call 871-7676. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

Briefs for Dec. 21, 2011: Connections 4 Kids seeks art entries

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is seeking contributions from youths for its upcoming “Cherish the Little Things” art show. Entries from youths 3 to 18 throughout Moffat and Rio Blanco counties will be displayed during the show, which is scheduled for Feb. 11 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., during downtown Craig’s annual Art Walk. Selected art pieces will be auctioned and voted on for inclusion in Connections 4 Kids’ 2013 calendar. The event is a fundraiser for Connections 4 Kids and its projects, the agency reported in a news release.

Karen Burley: ‘Very generous donation’

To the editor: This year, the Haven Assisted Living Residence in Hayden is thrilled to be the recipient of many pounds of meat from 4-H Livestock Sale Buyers. This very generous donation included six lambs, two hogs, and two beef. Many of our residents of the Haven have lived in Northwest Colorado for a very long time and have strong family histories in ranching and agriculture. And, they simply love meat.

Horoscope for Dec. 21, 2011

Take advantage of all opportunities to mingle with new groups in the coming solar cycle. You're in a brief period in which the people you meet will awaken fresh interests, as well as become valuable friends.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 21, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 21, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 21, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 21, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 21, 2011

Comics for Dec. 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

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Bulldogs post six state-qualifying times in Montrose

Meghan Francone said she was hoping for a strong meet before the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team headed into holiday break. On Friday and Saturday in Montrose, the Bulldogs swam six Class 4A state qualifying times, including two relays, en route to a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams. Junior Eryn Leonard swam qualifying times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly for the second time this season while Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie posted qualifying times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. The 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays also swam state qualifying times of 1 minute, 49.75 seconds and 4:04.17, respectively, in fourth-place finishes. “The two relays were expected and we were hoping to get all three relays qualified,” said Francone, the Bulldogs head coach. “We have three girls returning from the state teams last season and just one new swimmer."

Horoscope for Dec. 20, 2011

In the next year, refrain from limiting your hopes and expectations. If you're prepared to work hard and do what needs to be done, your resolve and commitment will be enough to make it happen.

Sudoku for Dec. 20, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 20, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 20, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 20, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 20, 2011

Comics for Dec. 20, 2011

Monday, December 19

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Commissioner announces 2012 campaign

Audrey Danner seeking additional term in public office

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner announced Friday her intent to run for reelection for the commission’s District 2 seat. “One reason I chose to run again is because I truly enjoy the job and I see that I can be successful at this,” she said. “In learning about all the issues that face our community large and small, I’ve found that they are important to people for many different reasons. I’m enjoying the aspects of learning about those issues and responding to them. That’s why I’m pleased to put my name out there for November 2012.”

Now playing: ‘New Year’s Eve’: Join the party if you dare

If noisemakers, party hats and glasses shaped like numbers aren’t your thing, “New Year’s Eve” likely isn’t your flick. But, if you like all those in addition to half the stars in Hollywood packed into one feature, you’ve found yourself a new holiday favorite. Around the world, people are preparing to say farewell to 2011. However, if you want to do it up right, the only place to be is in The Big Apple, preferably in Times Square for the biggest party of all.

Judge: School finance system unconstitutional

School districts in Moffat County, across the state, win lawsuit against Colorado

A Colorado Association of School Boards convention turned into a scene of jubilation Dec. 9 when the decision in the Lobato vs. State of Colorado case was announced. News that the judge had ruled in favor of the plaintiffs elicited tears and applause, said Sandie Johns, Moffat County School Board president. She was at the convention in Colorado Springs, along with other Moffat County School Board members and administrators. “It was pretty exciting,” she said.

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 11, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 19, 2011

Comics for Dec. 19, 2011

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After six months in the hospital, Craig resident Steven Sharp returns home

Steven Sharp sat in his wheelchair Sunday in the middle of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s gymnasium surrounded by people. Behind Sharp stood his fiancée, Kailee Greenwood, but everywhere else around him were people he wasn’t familiar with.

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Wyman Museum’s holiday event draws a crowd

A snowfall shortage isn’t something Northwest Colorado residents are familiar with around the Christmas season. But, the precipitation deficiency wasn’t enough to dampen spirits Saturday at Wyman Museum.

Senior Spotlight for Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Time went by so fast this past week. I finally got around to doing my Christmas cards. I got a lovely card from Laura Swanson — she’s still in Lingle, Wyo., and doing well. She sends her regards to all of her friends, etc., here in Craig.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

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

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Bulldog sports for Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Today 6 p.m. The Craig BCA 8-ball Monday Night pool league plays at the Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way. Tuesday None

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MCHS boys basketball team goes 0-3 in Black Canyon Classic

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team seemed to buck the trend of poor second-quarter performances with 21 points in the period Saturday against Denver North. The Bulldogs headed into halftime of their third game of the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School leading 30-20.

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Monday morning chat: Steve Deyo

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised here.” What’s kept you in Craig? “I like the town, small-town life, small-town feel, and it’s still close enough to the city that it’s not that big of a drive.”

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Craig resident’s new book promotes tips for happier living

From what Craig resident Cammi Balleck has seen, women sometimes look to the “next big thing” as the key to happiness, she said. But, as time passes, those things — whether it’s a new relationship or a new car — wear off, said Balleck, a naturopathic doctor and certified massage therapist.

Business Beat: Auto outfitters offering holiday discount

If your car or truck needs protection from the harsh winter weather of Northwest Colorado, your best bet would be something like the leathery epidermis of a pachyderm. Now is the time to get such a covering. Rhino Linings of Craig, 451 Green St., is offering a 10-percent discount on its products throughout the holiday season.

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MCHS girls basketball defeats 5A schools, finishes weekend 3-0

Melissa Camilletti went up for a shot in the fourth quarter Saturday against Fruita-Monument High School, but couldn’t get the ball to fall. The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was tied 35-35 in the final game of the Black Canyon Classic and Fruita came down with the rebound.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 19, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 19, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 19, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2011

Getting involved with large groups or organizations in the year ahead could produce a number of excellent, peripheral benefits for you, such as many new friends. This is an especially good time to become a joiner.

Saturday, December 17

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21 MCHS DECA competitors headed to state competition in February

Moriah Mecham faced a perplexing problem earlier this month. She was a marketing manager for a potato chip company that faced lagging sales with the younger market, and her task was to find a way to make the snacks appealing to the demographic. In theory, anyway. Mecham, 14, is a Moffat County High School freshman, and the above scenario was a hypothetical situation posed in one of two role-playing assignments during a Distributive Education Clubs of America district competition Dec. 4 and 5 in Aspen. Her role-play performances helped her qualify for a state event Feb. 25 through 28 in Colorado Springs.

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Defensive prowess: MCHS girls basketball buckles down on defense in 40-29 victory

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team usually wins games with a great offensive performance. On Friday, however, it was the Bulldogs defense that stepped up in the first round of the Black Canyon Classic against Montrose High School. MCHS held Montrose under 10 points in each of the first three quarters and used a well-rounded scoring attack en rout to a 40-29 victory. “It was a very good defensive battle,” head coach Matt Ray said. “It was in your face, you had to move your feet and it was hard to get a shot off on both sides. We had to cut hard and screen hard to get the shot we wanted.”

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The Bolton Bunch: Faith, love, music constants for Craig family

Music is always playing somewhere in John and Teri Bolton’s Craig home — faint, sometimes, but there nonetheless. It drifts down the stairs into a cozy room where John, 43, and his wife, Teri, 41, are recalling their life together, with its allegros and adagios, its peaks and valleys. It’s barely audible when their seven daughters talk over each other, their voices melding like instruments in a symphony. “Well, I was really good looking and kind of smart,” John said, laughing, when asked what brought he and his wife together. “He had big glasses,” one of his daughters quipped. “… They were huge.”

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Craig teen writes, directs church Christmas play

Grace. The word is an important part of any Christian church, and it’s an element of faith Janna Thompson wants people to associate with the holiday season. “It’s the greatest gift, better than any Christmas present,” Thompson said. But, rather than telling people about the importance of God’s grace, she’ll be showing them. Thompson is the writer and director of “We Three Nails,” a Christmas play set to debut at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

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MCHS boys basketball falls, 78-51, in Montrose

Eric Hamilton, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s head coach, said the Bulldogs played their best quarter of the season to open Friday’s game against Montrose High School. However in the second quarter, the team collapsed and was outscored 27-7, eventually falling, 78-51, in the opening round of the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. “We had nine turnovers in the first quarter, but it was still 15-13 and we had a good attack against the press,” Hamilton said. “In the second quarter, we fell apart and we had no teamwork. They switched to a man-to-man (defense) and it was just a horrible quarter.”

Publisher's Notebook: About that editorial ...

We’ve received plenty of feedback here at the Craig Daily Press regarding Wednesday’s editorial about sports and coaching performances at Moffat County High School, so much that I felt it necessary to explain a bit more about the opinion conveyed. These opinion pages are designed to share and create dialogue, and with those goals in mind, we believe Wednesday’s opinion was a success. The newspaper’s opinion — note that Wednesday’s editorial was the work of newspaper representatives, not the editorial board — attempts to convey feelings and views of our staffers and sentiments we’ve heard in the community. We believe Wednesday’s opinion provided an accurate viewpoint of the feelings many in our community have regarding the current state of athletics at MCHS, as well as expectations overall on the court, field of play and in the classroom.

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Sudoku for Dec. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 17, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 17, 2011

Comics for Dec. 17, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 17, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 17, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 17, 2011

You love teaming up with others, which makes you a perfect candidate for partnership situations. Some of the arrangements you make in the coming months may be the best you'll ever experience. Make the most of it.

Friday, December 16

Craig Police Department: Internal investigation results in officer termination

The Craig Police Department issued a news release Friday morning regarding the department’s internal investigation of Officer Frank Schmedeke. The release is below: “On Nov. 27, 2011, at approximately 10:15 p.m., officers from the Craig Police Department were dispatched to (the 1100 block of) Legion Street in reference to a domestic violence incident that Officer Frank Schmedeke was involved in.

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MCHS basketball teams head to Montrose before winter break

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will suit up for the final time in 2011 this weekend during the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. The Bulldogs will have a break in their schedule for the holidays before picking back up Jan. 5 against Central Grand Junction High School. Head coach Matt Ray said it’s important for his team to head into the break with confidence. “It is pretty important that we play well so we can go into the break on a high note,” he said. “If they play well this weekend, it will be encouraging and they will keep working hard as we head into January.”

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Coffee and conversations: MCHS principal begins new event to gather community feedback

The Village Inn in Craig was nearly empty at 6 a.m. on a cold Thursday morning. Thom Schnellinger, Moffat County High School principal, sat alone at a booth, with a sign on the table announcing his purpose at the restaurant. “Join me for coffee,” it reads. Welcome to the second session of Coffee With the Principal, a regular event Schnellinger started this month in an effort to gather feedback from parents and the public.

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VNA’s Celebration of Life Tree in Craig honors loved ones

It’s not unusual to see an evergreen decked with shiny balls of red, blue, gold, silver and other colors during the holiday season. While such decorations may have special meanings for people, the ornaments hanging from the boughs of the tree at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig mean a whole lot. The VNA’s fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event offered residents an opportunity to slow down from the fast-paced holiday fervor and take some time to remember those that they won’t be seeing in person at Christmas.

CIA contractor to face trial for parking lot fight

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A CIA contractor involved in a fatal shootout in Pakistan will face trial on assault charges stemming from a fight over a parking space in Colorado, a judge ruled Thursday. Raymond Davis, 37, of Highlands Ranch, was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the altercation outside a bagel shop on Oct. 1. He was accused of causing a vertebrae fracture and other injuries to Jeffrey Maes. Davis’ attorney William Frankfurt argued that Maes injured himself when he allegedly tried to tackle Davis during the altercation, and disputed that Maes had a broken back. Prosecutor Rich Orman argued that despite conflicting witness statements, he asked Arapahoe County Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler to put Davis on trial based on Davis’ alleged admission that he hit Maes first, according to testimony during the preliminary hearing.

Report: western states edging toward recovery

The West is recovering faster than the nation as a whole, but employment across the region remained far below pre-recession levels and the housing market showed few signs of improvement, according to an economic report released Thursday. The report prepared by Brookings Mountain West researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas focused on economic growth in 10 metropolitan areas spread across Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. Overall, the region saw a modest 0.3 percent growth in employment in the quarter ending in September, compared to the national rate of 0.1 percent, the study found. Utah, Colorado and New Mexico — states that have built broad economic bases — struggled the least, researchers said. In Arizona and Nevada, the housing collapse continued to limit job growth. “We don’t have a robust, steady recovery yet,” said Mark Muro, policy director for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. “The real estate crack up continues to have a severe influence on the places that struggle with it.”

Broncos trying to buck trend of slow starts

Tim Tebow has tried everything else. Now, he’s going to set his alarm for the crack of dawn. Maybe the early bird will get the offense rolling. With the Denver Broncos relying on his last-minute magic to pull off six comebacks in the eight games he’s started, Tebow joked that maybe he should arrive at the stadium even earlier than he already does on game days, perhaps toss a few more pregame passes than usual. He’s open to anything to try to find his rhythm sometime before halftime instead of well after. A faster start may definitely be needed with Tom Brady leading the high-scoring New England Patriots (10-3) into Denver for a showdown with the resurgent Broncos (8-5) on Sunday.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 16, 2011: Annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot set for Saturday

The annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot will take place Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event is free for all shooters. The competition begins at 9 a.m. There are three age groups — 8- and 9-year-olds, 10- and 11-year-olds, and 12- and 13-year-olds. The competition will consist of two rounds, with shooters shooting 10 free throws in the first round and 15 in the second round.

Datebook for Dec. 16, 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. 11:30 a.m. Commitment to Excellence meets in the conference room of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way. The group is designed to improve local education. 1 to 4 p.m. Free crochet classes are offered at 655 Ranney St. Call Mary Walters at 824-2923. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.

Briefs for Dec. 16, 2011: Daily Press a drop-off for Santa letters

Santa Claus has asked the Craig Daily Press to help him gather Christmas letters. Bring your letter, which should include your first name and age, to the newspaper at 466 Yampa Ave. The letters will be printed in the Dec. 24 issue of the Saturday Morning Press and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

Janet Sheridan: Served with love

In a recent issue of Cooking Light magazine, the editor bragged about his mother’s pies. “The best on the North American continent,” he wrote. I reacted with righteous indignation: obviously, the deprived fellow had never tasted my mother’s pies. Perhaps he should sample more widely before making such a misguided statement. But, I forgave him for declaring a winner without sponsoring a contest when he added that others might think their mothers baked the world’s best pie, too. And, they’d be right, because “Pie is one of those foods properly made with love, not just skill, and whose goodness is, in the end, privately understood.”

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 16, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 16, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 16, 2011

Certain alliances and/or relationships that you'll be establishing in the year ahead will prove to be extremely fortunate for all parties. The mutual reinforcement will pay off for everyone.

Birthday celebration: Dorothy Gray

Dorothy Gray is turning 90.

Sudoku for Dec. 16, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 16, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 16, 2011

Comics for Dec. 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Road to recovery: Sunday reception to welcome home injured Craig man

The last six months have been full of uncertainty for Craig resident Steven Sharp and his family. No one was certain how serious an injury Sharp suffered when he crashed his dirt bike June 26 at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park. Sharp, 21, was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where doctors concluded he needed to be immediately transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for treatment of a traumatic brain injury. Only now, almost six months later, is Sharp able to come home.

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Sudoku for Dec. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 15, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 15, 2011

In the year ahead, you might find yourself involved in many projects that could have a larger-than-usual impact on others. Doing things on a grander scale than normal might be scary, but it also will be rewarding.

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Comics for Dec. 15, 2011

Comics for Dec. 15, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 15, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 15, 2011

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School board members consider causes, remedies for CMS structural issues

Moffat County School Board members listened Tuesday night as they tried to grasp the finer details surrounding a structural problem plaguing Craig Middle School. Board members have several questions. Why does a portion of the roof on the building’s north wing fall short of building codes? How did the issue escape detection when the building was under construction? And, how will the issue be repaired by the time students return to school after winter break? David Shigekane, The Neenan Co. vice president, spoke directly to the last question.

Wednesday, December 14

New parking fines in effect at YVRA

The commercial airline season took flight Thursday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden with travelers experiencing a host of changes compared to years past. YVRA is in the midst of a renovation that includes construction of new offices, installation of an additional bag belt and the opening of a new restaurant. But, travelers in violation of parking restrictions at the terminal can also expect stiffer penalties. Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco said the Hayden Town Council adopted Sept. 15 a new parking fine structure to curb the number of unattended vehicles in front of YVRA, which has reached “epidemic” proportions in recent years.

At the Movies: ‘Hugo’ a glorious, gleaming visual experience

By this point in the year, you’ve probably tired of superficial popcorn movies with halfhearted effects. If you’re hoping to rekindle your love of movies, all you need to do is get a ticket to meet a child named “Hugo.” Within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931 lives a boy named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield). He has managed to stay out of trouble and out of an orphanage by keeping out of sight and performing maintenance on the station’s many clocks, a task left to him by his drunken uncle (Ray Winstone), who has since absconded. Hugo’s sense of survival is coupled with a need to repair a project of his late father (Jude Law), a mechanical man that the boy believes may contain a secret.

Congressman urges federal reconsideration on mineral lease districts

United States Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) issued a letter Nov. 30 supporting the efforts of western Colorado counties to maintain control of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes and federal mineral lease funds. The letter comes on the heels of an October correspondence to Colorado, Counties, Inc. from Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, challenging the autonomy of Federal Mineral Lease Districts set up by many Colorado counties in an effort to safeguard dwindling PILT payments. “PILT was created to bridge the revenue gap many western counties face as the result of having large expanses of un-taxable federal lands,” Tipton said in the letter. “PILT is already historically under funded and rural communities have felt a tighter budget crunch than many areas.”

Pastor Tim Douglas: It’s Christmas, but there’s no reason to keep these secrets

Christmas is a time when families gather and enjoy time catching up on what’s been happening in their lives. Of course, there is also the giving and receiving of gifts from family, friends, and co-workers. Christmas also is a time for keeping secrets. We’ve learned in our family that some can keep a secret and some find it very difficult. My teenage daughter will never be a spy for the government. I think I figured out why she has such difficulty keeping a secret — it’s because she doesn’t want a secret kept from her. In today’s column, I want to share about two secrets that should never be kept.

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2011

Opposition causes Hayden to reconsider utility rate increase

The Hayden Town Council on Tuesday night significantly dampened the 71 percent base water rate hike it passed on first reading earlier this month.

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda for Dec. 14, 2011

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Livin' it Up: Dashing through the snow, in song or in reality

If you’re hoping for a quiet, uneventful lead-up to Christmas Day, you’re going to have to work extra hard to not get swept up in the festivities. Ebenezer Scrooge himself would have a difficult time staying away from some of the holiday activities in store for Northwest Colorado throughout the next week. ■ Start things off with a moment of remembrance Thursday at the fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. Commemorate the loved ones in your life with a decorative ornament and visit with others doing the same.

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MCHS wrestling team goes 3-1 in Union Duals

Roman Gutierrez, Moffat County High School’s longtime wrestling coach, understands there’s a steep learning curve involved for his young team this season. But, going 3-1 at the Union Duals on Friday at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, is a good start to acquiring experience necessary to compete at a high level. The Bulldogs defeated North Summit, Rangely and Uintah before falling to Union in the final match-up, earning a 3-1 mark in the meet.

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MCHS girls swim team uses meet to gauge strengths

Saturday’s Western Slope League Relays in Grand Junction presented a unique opportunity for the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team. Head coach Meghan Francone said the event gave swimmers who don’t usually swim on relays a chance to impress in the all-relay meet. “We like this meet because it gives the girls a chance to get good times and it builds camaraderie early in the season,” Francone said. “There are only so many relay events in regular meets and only the top four girls get to swim at the end of the season, so this is an opportunity for each girl to show what they can bring to a relay. “Some girls are better individual swimmers, some are better on relays, so we want to see how they all do when put on a team.”

Colo. GOP Sen. King won't run for re-election

(AP) — Colorado Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman says GOP Sen. Keith King has "gracefully bowed out" of running for re-election in a new Democratic-drawn district that pits both lawmakers in the same El Paso County seat next year. Cadman said Tuesday he's "extremely torn" about losing King, who will serve his last session in the Legislature next spring. The Colorado Supreme Court approved new legislative districts Monday.

US urges ban on texting, talking while driving

(AP) — Ren Bishop is one of many American drivers who texts, tweets and talks on her cellphone while she's behind the wheel — and thinks it should be up to drivers to use their discretion when it comes to safety. Though she admits thumbing her phone while driving is bad habit, the University of Missouri student says drivers "are mature enough to understand when it is appropriate and when it is not." The National Transportation Safety Board disagrees, and it declared Tuesday that texting, emailing or chatting while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere in the United States. The board is urging all states to impose total bans except for emergencies following recent deadly crashes, including one in Missouri after a teenager sent or received 11 text messages within 11 minutes.

Broncos want to focus only on 2011 with Tebow

(AP) — Tim Tebow's fans want to know what else the man has to do to win over the Denver Broncos' brain trust. He's won seven of eight games since taking over as their starting quarterback, turning a team that was foundering at 1-4 under Kyle Orton into an improbable playoff contender at 8-5, atop the AFC West. Still, coach John Fox is reticent about committing to Tebow for the long term, saying he'd rather focus on the task at hand, which is ending Denver's five-year playoff drought.

Briefs for Dec. 14, 2011: Daily Press a drop-off for Santa letters

Santa Claus has asked the Craig Daily Press to help him gather Christmas letters. Bring your letter, which should include your first name and age, to the newspaper at 466 Yampa Ave. The letters will be printed in the Dec. 24 issue of the Saturday Morning Press and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

CDP Editorial: Exceptions to the rule

It was a simple quote — just 41 words spread across two sentences — in the next to last paragraph of a game recap. Matt Ray, a Moffat County High School graduate, longtime assistant coach and now the Bulldogs’ second-year girls varsity basketball coach, commented on his team’s 53-40 defeat in the second round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout. “They are very fast and aggressive and we know we have to learn how to stop that,” Ray said of Fossil Ridge High School, the 5A school that bested his Bulldogs. “We might not see this type of play in our league, but come playoffs, we will and we need to stop it to win.” Note those words: “But come playoffs …” We know a lot about Ray and his team from those three words.

Margaret Culverwell: A caring community

To the editor: Christmas for Seniors was very busy this year, as 416 senior citizens benefited from this year’s program. Whether you are the person who stopped by the Holiday Drive and donated or the person who removed an angel ornament from the trees at Kmart or Murdoch’s and purchased a gift, I thank all of you. Many seniors in our county will enjoy a Merry Christmas knowing their community cares about them because of people like you.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 14, 2011: Annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot set for Saturday

The annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot will take place Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event is free for all shooters. The competition begins at 9 a.m. There are three age groups — 8- and 9-year-olds, 10- and 11-year-olds and 12- and 13-year-olds. The competition will consist of two rounds, with shooters shooting 10 free throws in the first round and 15 in the second round.

Joel Clift: Honor Pearl Harbor vets

To the editor: On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. was attacked by the Japanese when they bombed Pearl Harbor. We found it a little disturbing, however, that on Wednesday, Dec. 7, there were some businesses and government buildings that failed to lower their flags in recognition of those who fought and died in that attack. Like many other families, generations have served their country. Both of my wife’s parents and all of our uncles fought in World War II. One uncle served in Korea, and my eldest brother served during the Vietnam era. I am a veteran, but never saw combat, and my youngest son who is still on active duty has served in Korea and fought in Iraq.

Stephen Ghirardelli: Differing information

To the editor: After reading the Saturday Morning Press article, “New fracking rules under consideration,” I became confused by Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray’s statement that “there has never been a documented case of ground water pollution resulting from mineral extraction.” Commissioner Gray asserted, “The Environmental Protection Agency and the (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) are both on public record stating there has never been a case of fracking polluting a water source. I think there is some public misconception that there is this great risk and I think there is a middle ground between the extreme environmental viewpoint and common sense.”

Datebook for Dec. 14, 2011

10:30 a.m. Wellness Wednesday takes place at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. The event includes senior wellness and foot checks and Colorado Northwestern Community College classes. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $3. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 14, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 14, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 14, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 14, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 14, 2011

In the coming months, the basic qualities of leadership you possess will be polished and enhanced. As others start to notice, supporters from both your business and social worlds will begin to edge you to the front ranks.

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Comics for Dec. 14, 2011

Comics for Dec. 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13

Moffat County to conduct mineral lease auction this month

The Moffat County Commission voted Tuesday in favor of hosting another mineral lease auction this month. Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resources director, presented the commission with a list of 34 parcels encompassing more than 640 mineral acres. The county owns approximately 200 acres going up for bid. The museum owns the remaining 440 acres. Davidson said the parcels are smaller than what has been put up for auction in the past and that all but one of the tracts have been leased before, but never developed. Tracts range in size from three-tenths of an acre up to 153 acres.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

Colorado approves fracking disclosure rules

Energy companies will now have to publicly disclose the chemicals used in fracking, but they still can protect trade secrets and must give only 48 hours notice before pumping chemicals underground.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 13, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 13, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 13, 2011

Comics for Dec. 13, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 13, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 13, 2011

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Engineering firm: CMS north wing not up to code

Access restricted to parts of north wing; building not deemed to be dangerous

A portion of Craig Middle School is off-limits to students after a structural engineering firm found that areas of the building don’t meet building code. Students are restricted from the school’s locker rooms, band room, theater storage room and adjoining hallway areas, which are located in the building’s north wing, school district superintendent Joe Petrone said. Adults can access these areas only on an “as-need basis,” he wrote in a letter Sunday. The principal engineer from KL&A, a Golden-based firm, reported the issue to district administrators Friday night, Petrone said.

Horoscope for Dec. 13, 2011

There is a good chance that the kind of friends you like to hang out with will shift in the year ahead. People with a practical look to the future might draw you into their circle.

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Moffat County School Board appoints District 7 rep

Election Day has come and gone, but a position on the Moffat County School Board remains unclaimed. That could change soon. During a regular work session at 4 p.m. today, school board members are scheduled to interview Lawrence Sober, the sole applicant for the District 7 position. Sober, 65, has lived in Craig since 2005. He’s employed as a truck driver for AmeriGas, but he will retire Dec. 30, allowing him more time to devote to the school board, if appointed.

Monday, December 12

Case dismissed against Craig Police Department officer

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office announced Monday the case against a Craig Police Department officer has been dismissed. Officer Frank Schmedeke was arrested Nov. 27 on suspicion of harassment and domestic violence stemming from an incident with his wife at their home in the 1100 block of Legion Street. To avoid bias, Schmedeke’s case was handled by the Routt County DA’s office in Steamboat Springs.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Arthur Christmas’ is full of good cheer

Not everyone can lull a pride of hungry lions to sleep chanting “Silent Night” and swinging glow-in-the-dark slippers. But, if anyone is foolhardy enough to try, it’s “Arthur Christmas.” Dec. 24 is the biggest night of the year at the North Pole, as a staff of hundreds gears up to assist Santa Claus (voice of Jim Broadbent) in delivering gifts to two billion children across the world. With the jolly old man’s son, Steve (Hugh Laurie), overseeing everything, Santa and his elves have managed to make their yearly excursion smoother then ever this year with everyone working at their peak in each skill set.

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 12, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 12, 2011

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Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 12, 2011

Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 12, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 12, 2011

Comics for Dec. 12, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 12, 2011

Even though your earning potential looks pretty good in the year ahead, if you're not careful, you may be extravagant and end up broke. Keep everything in proper perspective so that you'll end up with a profit.

Senior Spotlight for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

I have a Christmas cactus my daughter, Jane, gave me quite a few years ago. It was a small plant we transplanted.

Bulldog sports for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Today - Thursday None Friday 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team competes in the Montrose Invitational at Montrose High School, 600 S. Selig Ave.

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Girls basketball team falls in narrow defeat

After the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s final game Saturday in the Steamboat Springs Shootout, head coach Matt Ray said he saw all levels of shooting his team is capable of. In the Bulldogs Thursday win over D’Evelyn, his players shot 48 percent from the field. On Friday, in a loss to Fossil Ridge, MCHS shot less than 30 percent.

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Loss sends boys to sixth-place finish in Steamboat tourney

Despite trailing 10-2 early in Saturday’s contest, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team wasn’t going to go quietly. The Bulldogs faced Castle View High School in the fifth- and sixth-place game of the Steamboat Springs Shootout, and used multiple runs to stay in the game, but ultimately fell to consistent shooting from Castle View in a 64-51 loss.

LSRV boys basketball team wins Meeker tourney

Following a 57-41 victory Saturday over Meeker, Paul Prestrud was happy with his Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team’s performance. The win gave the Rattlers a first-place finish in the Meeker Cowboy Shootout, but Prestrud, the team’s head coach, said he knew it wasn’t the best ball his team could play.

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Craig family: Local nonprofit agency a benefit to families in need

At first blush, Kelton Mudge appears to be just like any other 3-year-old boy. He’s quick with a smile, loves to laugh and sing, and can invent new games on a whim, like “zipper coat” — zipping and unzipping someone’s jacket to hear the funny noise it makes. But, there was a time when Kelton’s parents, Megan and Steve, worried whether their son would be able to lead a normal life.

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Monday morning chat: Julie Camp

Five minutes with Julie Camp, 46, stylist at Wildflowers Salon

Where is your hometown? “I’m originally from Steamboat Springs.” What brought you to Craig? “I moved here in 1992 to raise my children in a small town. I just couldn’t afford living in Steamboat.”

Business: Craig salon changes its image

One local business offering customers the opportunity to bolster their appearance has performed a new rejuvenation — on itself. The staff of Aesthetic Apeel Salon & Day Spa, 401 Russell St., is operating under a new banner in a well-known Craig locale. The location, which formerly housed The Hairtage, underwent alterations in mid-November.

Sunday, December 11

Horizons Specialized Services kicks off annual fundraising campaign

December is an important month for Moffat County families who rely on Horizons Specialized Services. Deirdre Pepin, Horizons grants and publications coordinator, said an annual fundraising campaign organized by the nonprofit group every December helps determine the extent of services it can offer developmentally disabled residents and their families in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand counties.

Candidate emerges: Brett Barkey announces bid to become next DA

There will be a shakeup next year in the tri-county 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, encompassing Moffat, Routt and Grand counties. District attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Saturday she wouldn’t seek re-election, a move she’s contemplated for some time now. “When I finally came to the decision that I wasn’t going to run again, I started searching for someone I thought would be good to transition into that role,” Oldham said. “I wouldn’t say bringing Brett (Barkey) in was a calculated move, but he is someone I think would bring a lot of experience to the office.” Barkey, 50, a Hayden resident and the 14th’s assistant district attorney, announced Saturday he’s seeking the district attorney’s position in the November 2012 election.

Saturday, December 10

Sports briefs for Saturday, December 10, 2011

Booster club meeting set for Friday A meeting for a potential booster club to support Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School athletic and academic extracurricular activities will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The meeting will take place during the Commitment to Excellence meeting in the conference room of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way. Anyone who is interested in helping to organize the club or helping in the future should attend. For more information, call Tony Peroulis at 620-2403.

Moffat County School Board Agenda

Moffat County School Board Agenda Moffat County School Board work session When: 4 p.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

Agriculture & Livestock: Memories like books in a library

A few weeks ago, our family went to watch our granddaughter, Jessica, perform in Moffat County High School’s musical production of “Footloose.” After the performance, as everyone was congratulating the cast, one of the parents talked about memories made that night. I’ve thought about memories since then. To me, it seems memories are stored in the brain much like books are shelved in a library. Some memories are “pushed back in the stacks” because they’re painful. Others seem to be stored right where we can get them.

Over a cup of coffee: ‘Beef Candy’ a recommendation from a great cook

This week, I baked “Courtney’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies.” A reader described the cookies as “awesome.” When I gathered up the ingredients for the cookies, I realized I had only a half a bag of chocolate chips. I made them anyway, but I think the cookies would have been richer with a full bag of chips. My husband and I agreed that some chopped nuts could be added to the ingredients. Thanks again, Courtney.

Evelyn Tileston: Thoughts for the season

To the editor: People say, “Rules are meant to be broken,” and “Nothing stays the same,” and “Everybody is unique and different.”

Ann Anderson: Thank you from the Humane Society

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank all the businesses that contributed to the success of Rescues and Runways on Dec. 3.  We would like to thank Maurices for sponsoring the event. Thanks to April Rubley for grooming the shelter dogs and thanks to Laura Tyler and Sandra Kruczek for donating the space and their time and knowledge.   

Gary Aldrich: Newspaper overlooked Pearl Harbor anniversary

To the editor: I was disappointed to find absolutely nothing in the Dec. 7 Craig Daily Press about the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

On the record for Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Dec. 8 Darrin Murdock, 21, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Shawn Ethan Telford, 47, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

Government Update for Saturday, December 10, 2011

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

Rig count for Saturday, December 10, 2011

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Dec. 2, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

Connections 4 Kids announces new coordinator hire

Michelle Balleck takes over for early childhood council serving Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, announced this week the hire of its new coordinator, Michelle Balleck. Her first day was Monday. “We are pleased to welcome Michelle to Connections 4 Kids,” council chairwoman Corrie Ponikvar said in a news release. “Michelle’s education and experience in marketing and education, along with her enthusiasm for the work of the council, make her a great addition to the organization.”

New fracking rules under consideration

CEC: Potential loophole would block intended transparency

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission heard testimony for more than 10 hours Dec. 5 in its consideration of a proposed rule intended to provide greater transparency concerning chemicals used in mineral fracking. Fracking is the process of pumping fluids into the ground to break up rock and release oil and natural gas deposits. Gov. John Hickenlooper has said oil and natural gas companies need to be up front with state residents about the potential danger hydraulic fracturing poses to ground water reserves. Currently, oil and natural gas companies can voluntarily disclose the fluids used in fracking at www.fracfocus.com. The governor wants to make reporting mandatory.

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A family fare: After long wait, Craig family begins new taxi venture

After a two-year delay, a Craig family has received approval to open a new taxi/courier service. Craig Taxi is owned and operated by Mike, Soni and Sarah Vice. The home-based, family business located at 322 Sage Court in Craig began operations Dec. 1. The process to launch the business began in February 2010 when Mike and Soni applied for a passenger service license with the Public Utilities Commission in Denver. “Any time you apply for a business license with the PUC, they have to alert similar businesses of your petition and give them a chance to protest,” Mike said. “We ended up fighting Alpine Taxi and All Around Taxi in court.”

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SAPP fundraiser earns $6K

Five Craig elementary school students walked away from a celebratory breakfast Thursday at McDonald’s with prizes ranging from an iPod to a new laptop. The awards recognized their status as top ticket sellers for pancake breakfasts that took place in November at the restaurant.

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From the cover: Browning family of Craig unified in business as in life

Spend enough time with the Brownings, and you’ll notice several common threads. Entrepreneurship is one of them. Before he was pastor at The Journey at First Baptist Church, patriarch Len Browning, 52, tried his hand at a variety of ventures, from owning an alfalfa sprout business to selling sanitation supplies and equipment. His business ambition was passed down to three of his children, who own their own businesses in Craig.

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MCHS girls fall 53-40 in tourney semi-final

Riding high from a 62-61 victory over D’Evelyn on Thursday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s semi-final game Friday didn’t go the Bulldogs way. After Thursday’s high-scoring contest, the Bulldogs couldn’t find the bottom of the net early in their second game of the Steamboat Springs Shootout against Fossil Ridge High School, falling 53-40.

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MCHS boys basketball team bounces back with 50-47 victory

As Taft Cleverly stood at the foul line Friday at Steamboat Springs High School, he and his teammates found themselves in a very different situation than from the day before. On Thursday, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team struggled mightily against Windsor High School, losing in a 95-48 blowout in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout.

CDP editorial: Police probe needs outside presence

There was a collective groan from many in Craig and Moffat County when learning of another Craig Police Department officer’s alleged brush with the wrong side of the law. Hearing about this officer’s trouble must have had many thinking the same thing: Not. Again. Officer Frank Schmedeke is the third police officer in recent years to have trouble with the law.

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Comics for Dec. 10, 2011

Comics for Dec. 10, 2011

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Crossword for Dec. 10, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 10, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 10, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 10, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 10, 2011

Coincidentally, what previously proved unlucky for you in the past might pay off in the year ahead. Be prepared to go back and hoe some old ground in order to accomplish what you want.

Friday, December 9

Briefs for Dec. 9, 2011: Parenting class to begin in January

Registrations are being accepted for a free parenting class scheduled to begin in January. The class takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 through March 27 at the Moffat County School District boardroom, 775 Yampa Ave. Dinner will be served during the weekly event, and activities will be provided for children. Classes also are open to grandparents raising children.

Datebook for Dec. 9

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. 11:45 a.m. Republican Women meet at the Galaxy Restaurant, 524 Yampa Ave. Call Carol Haskins at 824-5958. Noon to 7 p.m. Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, hosts the Winter Arts & Crafts Show. Call 824-7011.

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Doctor: New cardiac ultrasound at TMH helps in emergency situations

The new cardiac ultrasound at The Memorial Hospital in Craig doesn’t take up much space, but don’t let the understated appearance fool you. The machine — which looks like little more than a wand and a monitor on wheels — stands only shoulder high, yet it can be a big help, especially in the emergency room, said Dr. Tinh Huyn, an ER physician at TMH. Physicians can use it to detect a heartbeat when a patient’s pulse is weak, he said, and it can reveal if there’s bleeding in a lung.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 9, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices for Craig and the surrounding area as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.59; Diesel: $3.94

Claudean Talkington: Thank you, KRAI

To the editor: Thank you to Frank Hanel and the KRAI crew for their time and labor in sponsoring the Holiday Drive. Thanks to the many generous contributions to the Interfaith Food Bank that will help our organization.

Tony Bohrer: You’re his masterpiece

Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, is enshrined at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy. Thousands of tourists wait for hours every day to get a glimpse. But, many of them hardly notice the series of unfinished sculptures that line the corridor on the way to David. Like petrified prisoners, their forms are identifiable — a hand here, a torso there, a protruding leg or part of a head. The statues were intended to adorn the tomb of Pope Julius II, but they are not finished. It’s almost as if these sculptures are trying to break free and become what they were intended to be, but they are stuck in stone. Michelangelo called them “captives.” They are captives precisely because they did not receive enough “chiseling” from the master.

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MCHS boy basketball can’t hang with Windsor in 95-48 rout

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team opened the season by taking an early 2-0 lead over Windsor High School on Thursday. However, the early lead was the only time the Bulldogs were in the game against a superior Windsor hoops team, as MCHS fell in the opening round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout, 95-48. “I felt we did some good things, but (Windsor) was too much, too fast and too talented,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “We did some things we can build on and the effort was there, we just couldn’t keep up with them.”

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Clutch at the line: MCHS girls win on last-second free throw

When Lisa Camilletti drove to the hoop Thursday against D’Evelyn High School, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team trailed 61-59. With less than 15 seconds left, the MCHS junior’s shot attempt was blocked and D’Evelyn rebounded, leaving the Bulldogs with no choice but to immediately foul. All hope looked lost for the Bulldogs in the opening round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout. However, the D’Evelyn player missed her first shot on the one-and-one and MCHS rebounded.

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Sudoku for Dec. 9, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 9, 2011

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Crossword for Dec. 9, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 9, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 9, 2011

In the year ahead, regardless of whether or not the objectives you establish for yourself make sense to anybody else, stand by your guns and give them a try. You might find some ingenious ways to realize your ambitions.

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Comics for Dec. 9, 2011

Comics for Dec. 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8

Moffat County Landfill Tire Disposal Bids

Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on January 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for Landfill Tire Disposal.

MCHS basketball teams slated for games today in Steamboat tourney

The Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams begin tournament play today in the Steamboat Springs Shootout. The tournament, which concludes Saturday, takes place at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St., and each team is guaranteed three games in the 8-team bracket. A three-day pass costs $20 for adults and $14 for students. Daily passes are $8 for adults and $6 for students. The MCHS boys, who have not played a game yet this season, are matched up today against Windsor High School. The contest is slated for 3 p.m., and opens tournament play.

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Crossword for Dec. 8, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 8, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 8, 2011

It might be highly advantageous to carefully investigate all developments that could produce a second source of income for you in the year ahead. Something you would enjoy doing might produce that extra cabbage you'd love to have.

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Comics for Dec. 8, 2011

Comics for Dec. 8, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 8, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7

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'Honeymoon at Graveside Manor' premieres Friday at Hayden High School

Hayden High School teacher Sonia Salberg chose “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor,” a farcical mystery-comedy play that premieres Friday, to fit the wild personalities of the young cast.

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Moffat County sheriff addresses community about offender

More than 230 residents attend public gathering on Dale Matthew Waite

More than 230 residents attended a public meeting Wednesday night at The Center of Craig to discuss a paroled sex offender who has moved to Moffat County. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz led the meeting, which he said was designed to inform the public and address concerns. “I am extremely pleased with the turnout,” Jantz said. “I was concerned we were not going to have a lot of community involvement and I know that I can’t alleviate all of the fears that people have, but every step starts with a first one and that is what we were trying to do here tonight.”

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Firefighters battle mobile home blaze in Maybell

Town residents begin assistance effort for man who lost his home

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to a mobile home fire Wednesday afternoon in Maybell, about 30 miles west of Craig. Daniel Manley, 67, was trying to thaw water pipes with a propane heater at 347 Collom St., when he noticed smoke coming out of the walls, the fire department reported. Manley left his home with the only possession he was able to save — his cell phone — and dialed 911.

Horizons Specialized Services kicks off annual fundraising campaign

December is an important month for Moffat County families who rely on Horizons Specialized Services. Deirdre Pepin, Horizons grants and publications coordinator, said an annual fundraising campaign organized by the nonprofit group every December helps determine the extent of services it can offer developmentally disabled residents and their families in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand counties. Due to a mill levy, the organization cannot solicit donations in Routt County. Horizons kicked off the 2011 Little Points of Light campaign Dec. 1 by sending an appeal letter to residents and supporters asking for donations to help fund the organization’s Early Intervention and Family Support Services programs.

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CMS 8th-grade hoops wins championship, 7th-grade finishes 2nd

At the end of the 2010 season, the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams took home a first- and second-place title following the district tournament. Last year’s seventh-graders took home the latter while the older Bulldogs basked in glory of the former. The final results were the same this year with eighth-graders Kody Fief and Ben Robinson, as well as their coach, coming out on top. The two starters were among the blue and white victors Saturday when the CMS eighth-graders won the district tournament in Steamboat Springs, defeating their hosts, 39-30, in the last game of the season.

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MCHS students tour Moffat County Jail as part of Law Week

They walked down narrow hallways, filed past holding cells and peered into small, empty rooms containing a payphone — one of the few links to the outside. If Moffat County High School students needed to be reminded of where they were, the signs on the heavy door leading to the booking area spelled it out. “Jail facility is tobacco free,” the sign reads in red block lettering. The MCHS American government students were learning about one aspect of the justice system firsthand Monday as they toured the Moffat County Jail.

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 7, 2011

Andy Bockelman: 1st ‘Breaking Dawn’ segment nears ‘Twilight’ conclusion

At one point or another during pregnancy, every expectant mother jokes that the new life growing inside her is trying to kill her. In “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” this mommy is right on the money. The time has come at last for the wedding of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire soul mate, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). As preparations are made for her to walk down the aisle, Bella can’t help but marvel at what the future will hold, a baffling concept since the phrase “Till death do we part” will have no significance once Edward brings her into his family as a bona fide vampire, with immortality only one of the perks. A honeymoon on a private South American island sets the tone for an amazing life together. That is, until an uninvited guest changes everything.

Moffat County Road and bridge issues compliance with air pollution regulations

The Moffat County road and bridge department met with the Moffat County Commission on Tuesday to seek final approval of self-certification permits with the state Air Pollution Control Division. The APCD sets standards for air quality that a variety of county and municipal departments must comply with. For Moffat County, the self-certification permit concerns dust pollution at the landfill, which is managed by the road and bridge department. “Basically the state is concerned with the amount of travel in and out of the landfill, and the amount of dust that is released into the atmosphere,” road and bridge director Bill Mack said.

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MCHS junior posts 3 state-qualifying times in season's 1st swim meet

When Eryn Leonard jumped out of the pool for the last time Friday at Glenwood Springs High School, the 2011-12 girls swimming season was only nine events old. Yet Leonard, a Moffat County High School junior, had recorded her third state-qualifying time in the Bulldogs’ first meet. Leonard finished the 200-yard individual medley race in 2 minutes and 24.48 seconds to take second place. Two events later, the junior won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.84. In her final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Leonard led the Bulldogs off with a 26.49-second 50-yard swim en route to another second-place finish.

Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death

HONOLULU (AP) — Lee Soucy decided five years ago that when he died he wanted to join his shipmates killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soucy lived to be 90, passing away just last year. On Tuesday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, a Navy diver took a small urn containing his ashes and put it in a porthole of the ship. The ceremony is one of five memorials being held this week for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind. "They want to return and be with the shipmates that they lost during the attack," said Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies.

Andy Bockelman: Summarizing this week’s social scene

Stepping into the shoes of a legend is never easy, but I’ll do my best as I try to take over for Michelle Balleck in getting Northwest Colorado details about the local social scene. Fortunately, there’s plenty to work with for the following week. ■ Get an early start on the weekend with two separate events Thursday night that will let community members mingle, and maybe learn a little something. The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host its Business After-Hours Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. at THPK Accounting, 555 Breeze St. The free event is a festive way to get to know Chamber members with food, drinks and prizes. Call in your RSVP to 824-5689 or email it to office@craig-chamber.com.

Bodies of 2 plane crash victims found in SW Colo.

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — The final two people killed in a plane crash in the southwest Colorado mountains were found Tuesday as federal investigators arrived to search for clues in the crash that killed three bank employees and a fourth person on their way to a Christmas party. La Plata County sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said the victims were found midday during a search involving more than 30 rescuers from nine agencies. Their names won't be released until they are identified by the coroner, and that wasn't expected until Wednesday, he said. The two other people killed, who were previously found at the site near Silverton, were identified by the sheriff's office as Tyler Black, 24, and Jenna Rich, 26, who both worked for Alpine Bank. Rich was known as Gena Rych, but her driver's license identified her as Jenna Rich.

Retired scramblers weigh in on Tim Tebow debate

(AP) — Nobody knows what will come of the Tim Tebow experiment, not even those scrambling ramblers who came before him. Yet it seems like everybody wants to talk about it. Retired QBs who made a living with their legs, and who also turned the NFL on its ear in their day, have strong opinions about what's happening in Denver, where Tebow has led the once lowly Broncos to six wins in his seven starts.

Sari Cobb: ‘Honest customer service’

To the editor: In this busy corporate, gotta make a buck world of ours, real honest customer service is so very hard to find. If you are having reception or sync issues with your cell phone, you can call an 800 number and hang there for hours with no resolution or you can send an email and pray for a response — but not with Union Wireless. RaChell Novacek and Carson Hawkins have worked tirelessly for five days (including the weekend) to resolve my problem, and they did not give up until we had it fully resolved to my satisfaction.

MCTA Board meeting agenda for Dec. 7, 2011

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court Agenda: • Introduction:

Datebook for Dec. 7, 2011

11 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court. See the meeting agenda on page 5. Call 824-2335. Noon to 1:30 p.m. A drop-in flu clinic takes place at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St. Call 871-7624 or visit www.nwcovna.org. 1:30 p.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., opens later than usual. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for Dec. 7, 2011: Drop-in flu clinic takes place today

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a drop-in flu clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Craig office, 745 Russell St. Flu shots and flu mist vaccinations for children cost $14. Adult flu shots cost $22 and adult flu mist vaccinations cost $25. A variety of payment methods will be accepted. Patients who pay for the vaccinations using commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or CHP+ must bring their cards with them.

Bobbie Harper: Thanks for the support

To the editor: I would like to thank my special friend, Ken Martin, and many other friends who helped me before surgery and after. I don’t know what I would have done without your help. Everyone has been so special and good to me. I just want to say thank you. I would also like to mention the wellness group, Dr. Bromberg and staff, physical therapists, trainer and the hospital for all the needs and the good work you have done for me.

CDP Editorial: Vigilance, not vigilantism

They are crimes more heinous than all others, the type of offenses that create fear, anger and outrage among the public, and understandably so. Sexual offenses, particularly those against defenseless children, are horrific, barbaric acts and perpetrators deserve to be dealt with harshly. They deserve justice, as everyone does under the color of law, and its application applied in the strictest of measures. This disturbing topic has reared its ugly head in recent weeks on a national level due to the flurry of allegations against coaches at Penn State University and Syracuse University.

Delaine Voloshin, Ida Gordon: A ‘wonderful’ dinner

To the editor: The senior citizens of Craig and Moffat County attended a wonderful Christmas progressive dinner this week, sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department. The staff worked hard to make this a special evening. There were beautifully decorated tables, great atmosphere, laughter and surprises. The food was delicious everywhere we went.

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Sudoku for Dec. 7, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 7, 2011

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Crossword for Dec. 7, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 7, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 7, 2011

Overdue remuneration will finally manifest in the next solar cycle, leading to a prolonged windfall. Make hay while the sun shines, and invest your newfound holdings in something that has a future.

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Comics for Dec. 7, 2011

Comics for Dec. 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6

TREASURER'S DEED 2011-19

NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER'S DEED TREASURER'S DEED 2011-19

MCHS assistant principal resigns

Superintendent: Travis Jensen left for ‘personal and family reasons’

Moffat County High School will be short one of two assistant principals at least until after the New Year. That’s the earliest school administrators will begin looking at how to address the vacancy created by Friday’s resignation of assistant principal Travis Jensen, MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said. The options include advertising for a replacement and looking for an interim replacement. “As I spoke to it with my staff, we will answer those issues coming out of the winter break,” Schnellinger said.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

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Prosecutor back for second stint with 14th Judicial DA

There’s one thing Brett Barkey knows well, and there’s another deep in his blood. The first is the legal system. Barkey has more than 20 years in the legal field, following his graduation from Georgetown University Law Center and his subsequent admittance to the bar in 1986. The second is his connection to Colorado. “I’m a fourth-generation Coloradan,” he said. “My ancestors came out here from Iowa on a covered wagon in the 1860s and settled in the South Park area.

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Crossword for Dec. 6, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 6, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 6, 2011

Comics for Dec. 6, 2011

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Growing pains: MCHS wrestling team struggles in first meet

With such a young team, Roman Gutierrez said he didn’t expect the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team to be very competitive in dual meets. After Saturday’s Mesa Duals at Colorado Mesa University, Gutierrez, the Bulldogs’ head coach, said it’s clear his team has work to do. Going up against five teams, the Bulldogs exited with a 1-4 record with the only win coming over an undermanned Rangely squad. “We have a lot of young wrestlers and a lot of them haven’t been on a team since junior high,” Gutierrez said. “We have a lot of open weights, but we fill some wrestlers in there because the experience and exposure is what they need to get this year.”

Convicted offender subject of Moffat County public meeting

Moffat County sheriff: Responsibility is to inform public ‘in a timely manner’

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office will host a community meeting Wednesday night in Craig to provide the public with information concerning a “sexually violent predator” in the community. The offender is Dale Matthew Waite, who was paroled Nov. 30 by the Colorado Department of Corrections. Waite, 49, was convicted in 2009 for sexual assault. Waite was also convicted of similar crimes in California dating back to the 1980s. Since his release, he has registered as a sexual offender in Moffat County, where he now resides, outside Craig city limits.

Horoscope for Dec. 6, 2011

The more education or facts you've collected in the past, the better off you'll be in coming months. The more you know, the more ways there will be to use this knowledge.

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Sudoku for Dec. 6, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 6, 2011

Monday, December 5

Charge filed against Craig police officer

A Craig Police Department officer faces a misdemeanor following an alleged domestic violence incident against his wife in late November. Frank Schmedeke, 37, is charged with harassment, a class 3 misdemeanor. The charge was filed Thursday and comes with a domestic violence enhancer, which identifies the victim in the alleged incident as someone in his household.

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Fall flick rewind: Harvest of movies has both good and bad apples

As we head toward the end of the year, the studios prepare their best and brightest in the hopes of grabbing gold. For some movie viewers, this may be the only time going to the theater may be worth the price of popcorn and Pepsi, but the months leading up to awards season has had its triumphs with some autumn films proving powerful. Then again, other entries have shown exactly why the period between the end of summer and the beginning of winter doesn’t bring in the biggest crowds.

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Bulldogs wrap up Uintah Classic with 2-1 record

After a fantastic shooting night to open the Uintah Classic Tournament on Friday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team couldn’t replicate the performance in the first game Saturday. Going up against a big Wasatch High School team, the Bulldogs struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first half and couldn’t overcome a 10-point halftime deficit in a 45-37 loss. However, MCHS bounced back in the third and final game against Uintah High School with a 60-53 victory to go 2-1 to open the season. “It was a great weekend for our program,” head coach Matt Ray said. “In the first game we played phenomenal, and the next two we played well. “We played a good team in Wasatch and we were tired against Uintah, but we found a way to win one and keep playing hard.”

Business Beat: Local hotel under new ownership

A Craig hotel is now operating under new ownership. Holiday Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, is part of the portfolio of GF Management, based out of Philadelphia. Renee Campbell, director of sales and marketing for Holiday Inn, said the staff learned of the change in ownership in September. “They were originally supposed to take over Oct. 19, but it got pushed back to Nov. 23, that was their first day here,” she said. Campbell said the change is barely discernible for guests, since GF has yet to make alterations. “If you didn’t know that we were under new ownership, you wouldn’t know the difference,” she said.

HIV screenings a success, health agency reports

With a turnout of nearly 30 people in Moffat and Routt counties combined, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association considers Thursday’s free HIV screenings a success, public information coordinator Suzi Mariano said. Residents up to age 60 came in for testing, which is a good sign, as “HIV affects all ages,” Mariano wrote in an email. “We are really pleased that we reached such a wide audience and that we were able to provide the test to so many people,” she wrote. The VNA offered the free, drop-in screenings at its Craig and Steamboat Springs offices Thursday in recognition of World AIDS Day. Seven people came to the Craig office for screening, and 22 were tested in Steamboat, Mariano said.

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 5, 2011

3 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team plays in the Steamboat Springs Shootout at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St. 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team plays at Soroco High School, 305 S. Grant, in Oak Creek. 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays Soroco High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 5:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball team plays at Soroco High School, 305 S. Grant, in Oak Creek.

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KRAI in Craig's Holiday Drive fundraising total exceeds last year’s effort

Boxes of Ramen noodles, piles of stuffed animals, personal checks and cash. Every little bit helps when you’re collecting for charity, and the people of Craig made their goodwill known Thursday and Friday afternoon. The 13th annual Holiday Drive, hosted by radio station 93.7, 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country, brought in $24,198 to benefit the less fortunate in Northwest Colorado. Donated money overflowed from collection envelopes, as did toys and nonperishable food items brimming from the beds of pickup trucks parked in front of Centennial Mall. The endeavor was rough going as it began, with donations on the small side the first day.

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My Life, My Words: Ellisa Doolin — The 1st face you see

“I have been working here for six months. I’m the second newbie here. I wear glasses and contacts, so I thought I’d be pretty good here. I was glad when I found out they were hiring here. Everybody here is really nice, and it’s just a good place to work. “I’m one of the receptionists. We do everything, basically. I was working in leasing at Columbine Apartments before this. I just wanted to do something different. The people here are amazing. It’s really neat working here because you get to do all kinds of different stuff. I can do some of the pre-testing stuff for the patients, and I can do repairs and stuff like that. Since I wear glasses, I think I kind of have a feel for it.

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Humane Society fundraiser nets $1,700 in Moffat County

For a few hours Saturday, the west end of Centennial Mall in Craig transformed from a place of commerce to one of catwalks. There was music, amateur models, and the latest fashions. And dogs. Twenty-four models and five pooches participated in the third annual Rescues and Runways, a fundraising event for the Humane Society of Moffat County sponsored by Maurices women’s clothing store. Rose Lindquist, Maurices store manager, said the idea to sponsor an event to benefit local animal shelters came down three years ago from the company’s corporate offices in Duluth, Minn.

Tebow, Broncos do it again, beat Vikings 35-32

(AP) — Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos came through again with a strong, determined finish after enduring another slow start. This time, Tebow was in a groove the entire second half -- not just in the waning minutes -- and his teammates on defense were getting gobbled up. But there they were in the end, emulating Tebow's late-game touch. Tebow passed for a season-best 202 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns to help the unflappable Broncos win their fifth straight game, 35-32 over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday on Matt Prater's 23-yard field goal as time expired. "I know that I had a lot of help. Offensive line did a great job, and receivers stepped up and made me look a lot better than I really am," said Tebow, who completed 10 of 15 passes, his best percentage as an NFL starter, and posted a career-high passer rating of 149.3. Prater kicked two field goals in the final 93 seconds for the Broncos (7-5), who forged a first-place tie in the AFC West with a loss by the Oakland Raiders. Christian Ponder set Minnesota's single-game rookie record with 381 yards passing, including a pair of long touchdowns to Percy Harvin, but his sideline throw with 1:33 remaining was intercepted by Andre Goodman and returned to the 15-yard line.

FAA: 4 killed in crash of small plane in Colorado

SILVERTON (AP) — All four people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the southwest Colorado mountains, authorities said Sunday. The single-engine plane was flying from Durango to Aspen when it crashed Saturday afternoon. Local officials say the crash site was about 1½ miles north of Silverton. None of the victims' names have been released, and the cause of the crash was unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The Socata TB-21 left Durango at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. About 40 minutes later its emergency beacon signal was detected near Silverton, The Denver Post reported. Bad weather cut short the search on Saturday. Temperatures in Silverton dipped to 4 degrees between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and 8 to 10 inches of snow had fallen at the scene after the crash, San Juan County Emergency Manager Kristina Maxfield said.

Romney, Gingrich focus of GOP race with Cain exit

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With the implosion of Herman Cain's campaign amid accusations of adultery and sexual harassment, the once-crowded 2012 Republican presidential field appears to be narrowing to a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. GOP voters have one month before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Gingrich is showing strength in the latest Iowa poll, while Romney is strong in New Hampshire, site of the first primary. Romney has maintained a political network since his failed 2008 presidential bid, especially in New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying on his debate performances and the good will he built up with some conservatives as a congressional leader in the 1980s and 1990s. Gingrich's efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found the former House speaker leading the GOP field with 25 percent support, ahead of Ron Paul at 18 percent and Romney at 16. Cain's suspension of his campaign Saturday, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's continued struggles to make headway with voters, have focused the party's attention on Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, a one-time congressman from Georgia. They offer striking contrasts in personality, government experience and campaign organization.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 5, 2011: Winter pick-up basketball set at CMS

Craig Parks and Recreation’s winter pick-up basketball is currently taking place at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. The program is open to players ages 15 and older. Games are semi-organized and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Pre-registration is not required and the $2.50 fee can be paid to the gym supervisor at the door or a punch pass can be purchased. For more information, call 826-2004.

Datebook for Dec. 5, 2011

Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 5, 2011

The Sunset Meadows halls got decorated this past week, so we’re decked out for Christmas in whatever anyone felt like decorating their section in. There’s a talking moose head on my door and poinsettias on my corner table. There are decorations on the residents’ tree, which was put up and decorated Saturday by some of the residents. So, Christmas time is in full swing and the carols are being sung. Join in the merriment while you can — Christmas won’t be around for too long.

Horoscope for Dec. 5, 2011

Compensation previously denied you for past works could finally start flowing into your coffers in the year ahead. Chances are this will include payment that you thought totally non-collectable and had written off.

Briefs for Dec. 5, 2011: Culture Night to feature local author

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., hosts Culture Night with local author RaeAnne Hadley from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. Hadley is the author of “Mechanics of Murder,” “With Love; Now & Forever,” “Shadows” and “Love’s Everlasting Song.” Her next book, “A Wrench in the Plan,” is expected in 2012. For more information, call 824-5116.

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Sudoku for Dec. 5, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 5, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 5, 2011

Comics for Dec. 5, 2011

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Crossword for Dec. 5, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 5, 2011

Saturday, December 3

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Chemistry’s the thing: Craig couple named award winners

Laughter key for David and Julie Dempster in life, volunteerism, family

Meet David and Julie Dempster. David is 42 — he does some quick math on a nearby calculator to make sure — and Julie says she’s 37. “Actually, you know what, I think you just turned 38,” David said. Julie paused. “Seriously?” she said as a smile spread across her face. The Dempsters met in 1991 at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb., and married June 24, 1995. Or was it the 25th? They can’t remember for certain.

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Bulldogs stifle Union in 67-29 victory on opening night

In the first game of the season Friday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Union High School. Before the season started, head coach Matt Ray said his team would have to come out ready to go if they wanted to make a push for the state playoffs. During the opening game of the Uintah Classic Tournament, Ray said the Bulldogs did just that on way to a 67-29 victory. “We came out on fire,” he said. “The girls set the tempo right out the gate and played really well in the first game.”

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Award-winning Kruse Builders remains true to its motto

In 1992, while still practicing dentistry in Craig, Dale Kruse built his first home. He retired from the dentistry field six years later to start Kruse Builders, a family-owned and operated home construction business that Kruse still operates with his two sons, Jake and Matt. “Working with my sons has been the most wonderful thing in my life,” Kruse said. “They are awesome to be with and I get to work with my family, which few people get to do. It’s been the dream of my life.”

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Weekend DECA competition to determine state contenders

Members of a Moffat County High School competitive marketing and business club will know Monday whether they will advance to the next round of competition. The MCHS Distributive Education Clubs of America group heads to its district competition Sunday in Aspen. The two-day event determines which members qualify for state, scheduled for Feb. 26 through 28 in Colorado Springs, said Krista Schenck, MCHS business, marketing and technology teacher. Twenty-six students are going to the competition, “Which is the largest DECA team we’ve ever had,” she said.

Miller hopeful of playing Sunday against Vikings

(AP) — Rookie pass-rusher Von Miller is itching to give a helping hand to the Denver Broncos' playoff push even if that means playing with a cumbersome cast protecting his surgically repaired right thumb. "I've just got to block it out," Miller said. "I went in there on a couple plays today and stuck it in there. It didn't feel too bad. I'm feeling pretty confident about everything." Miller is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota after practicing Friday for the first time this week. He wore a hard cast that goes up to his forearm and covers his thumb but leaves his fingers exposed.

Government Update for Dec. 3, 2011

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

Over A Cup: Making holiday candy

Over a cup of coffee, one recent morning, my thoughts went to gathering up all of the pumpkins, scarecrows and turkeys that have been decorating the house for the fall holidays. Soon to follow will be Christmas decorating, and cooking up candies and cookies. One of my favorite candy recipes came from the side of a Kroger saltine box. The recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious. It’s hard to tell from the ingredients, but this candy tastes just like toffee. To make “Saltine Chocolate Pieces,” you will need these ingredients: 1 sleeve (about 37 ) Kroger saltines; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 1 cup butter; 12-ounce (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces; and 3/4 cup chopped nuts.

Briefs for Dec. 3, 2011: Group distributing free coats in Craig

Love in the Name of Christ has scheduled distributions for the Community Coat Drive. Distributions are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 27 at Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Anyone in need of a winter coat, regardless of income, may pick up one for themselves and their children. The limit is one coat per person per year. Donations of gently used coats, gloves and other accessories are accepted at Love INC, 656 School St., or Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Agriculture & Livestock: Enrolling in 4-H for 2012

Youth development, life skills, leadership skills, and community service — they’re all part of the 4-H program. Moffat County 4-H members and leaders just celebrated the end of the 2011 4-H year, and now it’s time to enroll for 2012. The 4-H ages, as of Jan. 1 of the current enrollment year, are: traditional 4-H: 8 to 18 years old, and Cloverbuds: 5 to 7 years old. To be eligible for completion of 2012 projects, 4-H enrollment must be received by June 1, 2012.

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LSRV Rattlers eye run at state title

In March, the Little Snake River Valley School girls varsity basketball team took third place in the Wyoming 1A state tournament. Two months later, the LSRV girls track and field team tied for first place at the state track meet. Last month, the varsity volleyball team finished fourth at state. With several retuning players who have competed on the big stage, Jodi Stanley, the girls basketball head coach, said this could be the season the Rattlers rise to the top alone.

EPA says Colo. refinery contamination declining

(AP) — Federal officials said Friday that initial water quality tests show levels of toxic chemicals are declining after a gasoline-like substance was detected seeping into a creek from a Denver-area refinery, but environmentalists said even one barrel of the toxic brew is too much. An initial report the Environmental Protection Agency released Friday says the chemicals are rapidly dissipating because of evaporation and dilution. The agency's final report is expected to take up to 10 days. The seep from the Suncor Energy refinery into Sand Creek was detected this week, and officials were concerned it would flow into the South Platte River, which a major source of drinking water, wildlife habitat and agricultural water for Colorado and Nebraska. Gasoline contains known and suspected carcinogens, the EPA said, and the hazardous chemicals found in the creek include benzene and toluene.

End of the line for Cain? Announcement Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapidly becoming a mere footnote in the presidential race, Herman Cain sent mixed signals Friday on whether he would abandon his beleaguered White House bid on Saturday after a woman's allegation of an extramarital affair. He said he would make a "major announcement" on whether he would press on — at an event still being billed as the grand opening of a new headquarters. It is the latest — and perhaps final — twist in a campaign saga that has taken the Georgia businessman from unknown longshot to surprise frontrunner to embattled tabloid subject. He arrived at his suburban Atlanta home on Friday afternoon to talk with his wife of 42 years, Gloria, about whether to press on after his campaign was rocked by multiple sexual harassment allegations and this week's claim that he had a 13-year affair. He denies wrongdoing. It was their first face-to-face meeting since the allegation was made public.

Datebook for Dec. 3, 2011

9 a.m. to noon. A Christmas Bazaar is at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. The event features handmade gifts and home-baked goods. Call 824-6024. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Interfaith Community Nativity Display is at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St. The public is invited to view the display. Call Mae Vallem at 326-7300. 1 to 4 p.m. The Northwest Rocky Mountain Craig chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates hosts the Holiday Home Tour. The cost is $10, and tickets are available at Pam Designs, The Kitchen Shop, Cramer Flooring and Furniture Connection. Call 620-2342. 2 p.m. The Rescues and Runways fashion show is at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. A discounted pet adopt-a-thon runs from noon to 3 p.m.

CDP Editorial: Grace period has sunset

It’s a common criticism of government that it’s sometimes intrusive in the affairs of private lives and businesses. However, it appears the opposite may be true when it comes to the dilapidated site of the Craig Motel on north Yampa Avenue — a degree of government intrusion is exactly what’s needed to upgrade an area that’s long sat as an eyesore. The hotel burned in a fire Oct. 21, 2009. It was an unfortunate occurrence for the local business community and motel owner Qi Lin Wu. But, Craig city officials have been gracious in response. They’ve allowed Wu plenty of time to get his affairs in order and devise a plan for rehabbing the site.

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Crossword for Dec. 3, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 3, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 3, 2011

Some stronger and more ambitious elements of your personality will be aroused in the year ahead because of the actions you'll be willing to take. You're likely to develop a more feasible course where your probabilities for success are heightened.

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Comics for Dec. 3, 2011

Comics for Dec. 3, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 3, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 3, 2011

Friday, December 2

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Kadi Scott named Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s 2011 Youth of the Year

Taking the bus home from grade school, Kadi Scott said she remembers fellow students getting dropped off at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. With an older brother at home, Scott said she never felt the need to go to the club. Three years ago, however, Scott finally stepped inside the Boys & Girls Club, but for a different reason. She went there to help children. “I never came to the club when I was younger because I thought it was a babysitter,” she said.

On the Record for Dec. 2, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 2, 2011

Craig man not guilty in 2010 pedestrian fatality

A jury returned from deliberations Thursday night with a not guilty verdict in the case of a Craig man on trial in Moffat County Court for the 2010 death of a pedestrian. Nicholas Peroulis, owner of Peroulis Brothers trucking company, was charged in county court with one count of careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor.

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Retired educator learning about community through volunteer efforts

Janet Sheridan, 69, said she has reached a point in life where the pace slows and the workload lessens. Retirement seems to suit the longtime teacher. She now has time for trips to see her grandchildren, for outdoor excursions with her husband, Joel, and for honing her writing craft. One could get the impression the days of taking on new challenges may be long over for Sheridan, but don’t let first blush confuse reality. Since retiring from the Moffat County School District in 2001, she’s delved into the realms of health and dental care by working with local nonprofit agencies.

Public meeting to inform Craig residents of sexually violent predator

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to host a community meeting next week in Craig to provide the public with information concerning “the release of a sexually violent predator into this community,” according to a news release. The public meeting is pursuant to Colorado law, the sheriff’s office reported. “The goal of the meeting is to enhance the public’s safety and protection,” the sheriff’s office stated in the release.

Annual Boys & Girls Club fundraiser slated for Saturday

Dancing, dinner and an array of auction items await attendees during Cowboy Christmas, the Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s annual fundraiser. The event kicks off Saturday with a social hour and the opening of a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. at the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Dinner takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m. to recognize the club’s annual People of the Year awards.

Craig Red Dogs benefit from roster, youth

Greg Neal said the most important thing to consider when game planning for a hockey game is to play to your team’s strengths. This season, Neal, manager of the Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey team, is working with something he isn’t used to — numbers. The Red Dogs have 17 players on the squad this year, the most in 20 years, Neal said. “We’ve had recent graduates come back and settle in Craig, and they want to play,” he said. “We have five new guys and 12 returning, so this is the best team we have had in a long time, and having numbers is definitely our biggest strength.”

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 2, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.59; Diesel: $3.99 • Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.59; Diesel: $3.94

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Reviews under way at CMS, East Elementary

Firm brought in after structural flaws found in other Neenan Co. projects

An independent review of Craig Middle School is under way following the discovery of structural problems at other schools built by The Neenan Co. Moffat County School District officials chose KL&A, a Colorado-based structural engineering firm, “to immediately begin considering a thorough review of our project,” school district superintendent Joe Petrone said. Neenan was the district’s general contractor for the middle school project, which was funded by a $29.5 million bond issue and included construction of a new CMS and upgrades at other district schools. The district has also directed KL&A to review an upgrade to the East Elementary School cafeteria, another structural project included in the bond package, Petrone said.

For Herman Cain, the campaign all but over

ATLANTA (AP) — Herman Cain is still campaigning for president. But by most measures, his White House bid is all but over. His standing in polls is cratering. Supporters are wavering if not fleeing. Fundraising is suffering. And, these days, the former pizza company executive is less a serious candidate than the butt of late-night comedy jokes after a string of accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior and, now, an allegation of a 13-yearlong extramarital affair. "His chance at winning the presidency are effectively zero," said Dave Welch, a Republican strategist who worked on both of John McCain's presidential bids. And Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway said: "It's the daily dose of the wince-and-cringe factor that leaves people wondering what could be coming next," As it has since Ginger White stepped forward Monday, the allegation of an affair overshadowed Cain's campaign for another day Thursday, when he told the New Hampshire Union Leader that his wife, Gloria, did not know he was providing the 46-year-old Atlanta-area businesswoman with money for "month-to-month bills and expenses."

Suncor ordered to test air in wastewater plant

(AP) — State health officials on Thursday ordered Suncor Energy to immediately begin testing the air inside the Denver Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure worker safety near where a gasoline-like substance from the company's refinery was detected seeping into Sand Creek earlier this week. Suncor Energy Inc. must test the air for the known carcinogen benzene, as well as suspected carcinogens and other chemicals, and install a ventilation system if high levels are found, according to the order. Suncor must also step up water sampling in the creek and set up a system to recover any petroleum seeping into the creek by Dec. 31. Any signs of the seep, including staining on soil and vegetation, must be cleaned by March 1.

Decker has emerged as Denver's go-to receiver

(AP) — Eric Decker knew fewer passes were going to come his way with Tim Tebow at quarterback, even after All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's trade opened up opportunities for a new top target to emerge in Denver. Decker also figured his impact would only increase, and he was right. The second-year rising star caught 22 passes in the five games Kyle Orton started for Denver and 17 in the six games Tebow has started. He has eight TD catches, four from each.

Gene Counts: Don’t kill the cow

To the editor: I would like to comment on the letter David Morris wrote that was published in the Craig Daily Press on Nov. 23. First, I would like to tell Marcia Neal to keep up the good work. Sure, we depend on taxes to run our government and schools, etc. But like everything else, it grows so big it gets out of hand.

Datebook for Dec. 2, 2011

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 13th annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Drop off donations of nonperishable food items, toys and cash for local organizations. Visit www.krai.com. 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. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks, a chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood, meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The meeting includes a potluck lunch and cookie exchange. Call Susan Domer at 824-6436.

The Rev. Michael Rapp: Being secular is easy …

Tim Tebow gets a lot of press for talking about Jesus. Some say he’s the hero of Christian witness professional sports has been missing, some say it’s all fake and he’s just stirring up his own celebrity in a niche market, and some say he should be censored because it’s all annoying at best, if not downright offensive to shamelessly promote religion in the public square. “Don’t be fooled by good sports or a cheerful personality… he’s that guy,” dissenters say. He is that guy.

Briefs for Dec. 2, 2011: Next Chamber mixer slated for Thursday

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Business After-Hours Mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at THPK Accounting, 555 Breeze St. The event is free. RSVP by calling 824-5689 or emailing office@craig-chamber.com.

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Crossword for Dec. 2, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 2, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 2, 2011

In the year ahead, you could become involved in a new enterprise that might be huge, but is nevertheless quite promising. Even if early signals are a bit discouraging, if you stay with it, you will eventually succeed.

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Sudoku for Dec. 2, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 2, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 2, 2011

Comics for Dec. 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1

Western Fuels-Colorado closes on Colowyo acquisition

The acquisition of Colowyo Mine from Rio Tinto has been completed, Western Fuels-Colorado, LLC announced Thursday in a news release. Terms of the transaction will not be released, the company reported. Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association is the majority owner of Western Fuels-Colorado. The not-for-profit wholesale power supplier also owns Craig Station, a 1,304-megawatt, coal-fired power plant. In 2010, 1.5 million tons of coal mined at Colowyo fueled Craig Station. Total coal production at Colowyo in 2010 was 2.4 million tons.

Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed 2011culvert bid

Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on December 16, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for the 2011 Culvert Bid.

construction activity warrants public comment: BKEP Crude, LLC

NOTICE OF A PROPOSED PROJECT OR ACTIVITY WARRANTING PUBLIC COMMENT Notice is hereby given that the following proposed construction activity warrants public comment: BKEP Crude, LLC proposes to modify and operate a crude oil/condensate tank battery known as the Iles Grove Station.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1683

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FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1682

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Andy Bockelman: ‘J. Edgar’ breaks no laws, but offers little historical insight

When you’re responsible for taking on the criminal element of an entire country, some of your personal information is bound to be on a need-to-know basis. Based on what we already know — or think we know — about the enigmatic, eponymous man of “J. Edgar,” peering deeper into his dossier could unearth some very significant revelations. Or could it? Bright, ambitious and rigorous to a fault, young law enforcer John Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) is resolute in his crusade to stomp out anarchy in 1920s America. His tactics on the job with the Justice Department lead to a promotion as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On the Record for Dec. 1, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 1, 2011

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First female MCHS wrestler looks to follow in brother’s footsteps

At 5 years old, Ashlee Griffiths followed her brother, Charlie, onto the wrestling mat at Moffat County High School. As members of the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program, the brother-sister duo fought their way through the competition, recording wins on a regular basis. Charlie graduated from MCHS in May after making four trips to the 4A state wrestling meet and finishing as high as third in his junior year. This season, Ashlee, a MCHS freshman, will again follow her brother, but in a very unique situation.

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Annual Moffat County Humane Society fundraiser spotlights adoptable pets

Rescues and Runways may appear at first glance to be a typical holiday fashion show. Models showcase a range of styles from casual to formal outfits, said Rose Lindquist, manager of the Maurices store in Craig. But, the four-legged participants in the event set it apart from the normal fashion showcase. “What makes it unique is that we show fun fashions, but at the same time show pets that are in need of being adopted,” Lindquist said. Rescues and Runways, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Moffat County, is scheduled for Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Datebook for Dec. 1, 2011

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 13th annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Drop off donations of nonperishable food items, toys and cash for local organizations. Visit www.krai.com. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free HIV testing at its offices in Craig, 745 Russell St., and Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Testing is open to all ages, and no appointment is necessary. Call 824-8233 or 879-1632.

Briefs for Dec. 1, 2011: VNA to offer free HIV testing today

In honor of World Aids Day, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be offering free HIV testing for all ages today. Those interested may drop in for a test between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. For more information, call 824-8233.

Horoscope for Dec. 1, 2011

Both your ingenuity and cleverness will be among the major qualities that will contribute to your success in the year ahead. Don't be reluctant to try your hand at as many new things as you like.

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Crossword for Dec. 1, 2011

Crossword for Dec. 1, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 1, 2011

Comics for Dec. 1, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 1, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 1, 2011