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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