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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