News for Saturday, December 10, 2011



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 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.