News for Wednesday, December 7, 2011



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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

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 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