News for Saturday, December 3, 2011



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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