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New parking fines in effect at YVRA

The commercial airline season took flight Thursday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden with travelers experiencing a host of changes compared to years past. YVRA is in the midst of a renovation that includes construction of new offices, installation of an additional bag belt and the opening of a new restaurant. But, travelers in violation of parking restrictions at the terminal can also expect stiffer penalties. Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco said the Hayden Town Council adopted Sept. 15 a new parking fine structure to curb the number of unattended vehicles in front of YVRA, which has reached “epidemic” proportions in recent years.

At the Movies: ‘Hugo’ a glorious, gleaming visual experience

By this point in the year, you’ve probably tired of superficial popcorn movies with halfhearted effects. If you’re hoping to rekindle your love of movies, all you need to do is get a ticket to meet a child named “Hugo.” Within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931 lives a boy named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield). He has managed to stay out of trouble and out of an orphanage by keeping out of sight and performing maintenance on the station’s many clocks, a task left to him by his drunken uncle (Ray Winstone), who has since absconded. Hugo’s sense of survival is coupled with a need to repair a project of his late father (Jude Law), a mechanical man that the boy believes may contain a secret.

Congressman urges federal reconsideration on mineral lease districts

United States Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) issued a letter Nov. 30 supporting the efforts of western Colorado counties to maintain control of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes and federal mineral lease funds. The letter comes on the heels of an October correspondence to Colorado, Counties, Inc. from Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, challenging the autonomy of Federal Mineral Lease Districts set up by many Colorado counties in an effort to safeguard dwindling PILT payments. “PILT was created to bridge the revenue gap many western counties face as the result of having large expanses of un-taxable federal lands,” Tipton said in the letter. “PILT is already historically under funded and rural communities have felt a tighter budget crunch than many areas.”

Pastor Tim Douglas: It’s Christmas, but there’s no reason to keep these secrets

Christmas is a time when families gather and enjoy time catching up on what’s been happening in their lives. Of course, there is also the giving and receiving of gifts from family, friends, and co-workers. Christmas also is a time for keeping secrets. We’ve learned in our family that some can keep a secret and some find it very difficult. My teenage daughter will never be a spy for the government. I think I figured out why she has such difficulty keeping a secret — it’s because she doesn’t want a secret kept from her. In today’s column, I want to share about two secrets that should never be kept.

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2011

Opposition causes Hayden to reconsider utility rate increase

The Hayden Town Council on Tuesday night significantly dampened the 71 percent base water rate hike it passed on first reading earlier this month.

Craig/Moffat EDP Board meeting agenda for Dec. 14, 2011

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Livin' it Up: Dashing through the snow, in song or in reality

If you’re hoping for a quiet, uneventful lead-up to Christmas Day, you’re going to have to work extra hard to not get swept up in the festivities. Ebenezer Scrooge himself would have a difficult time staying away from some of the holiday activities in store for Northwest Colorado throughout the next week. ■ Start things off with a moment of remembrance Thursday at the fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. Commemorate the loved ones in your life with a decorative ornament and visit with others doing the same.

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MCHS wrestling team goes 3-1 in Union Duals

Roman Gutierrez, Moffat County High School’s longtime wrestling coach, understands there’s a steep learning curve involved for his young team this season. But, going 3-1 at the Union Duals on Friday at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, is a good start to acquiring experience necessary to compete at a high level. The Bulldogs defeated North Summit, Rangely and Uintah before falling to Union in the final match-up, earning a 3-1 mark in the meet.

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MCHS girls swim team uses meet to gauge strengths

Saturday’s Western Slope League Relays in Grand Junction presented a unique opportunity for the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team. Head coach Meghan Francone said the event gave swimmers who don’t usually swim on relays a chance to impress in the all-relay meet. “We like this meet because it gives the girls a chance to get good times and it builds camaraderie early in the season,” Francone said. “There are only so many relay events in regular meets and only the top four girls get to swim at the end of the season, so this is an opportunity for each girl to show what they can bring to a relay. “Some girls are better individual swimmers, some are better on relays, so we want to see how they all do when put on a team.”

Colo. GOP Sen. King won't run for re-election

(AP) — Colorado Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman says GOP Sen. Keith King has "gracefully bowed out" of running for re-election in a new Democratic-drawn district that pits both lawmakers in the same El Paso County seat next year. Cadman said Tuesday he's "extremely torn" about losing King, who will serve his last session in the Legislature next spring. The Colorado Supreme Court approved new legislative districts Monday.

US urges ban on texting, talking while driving

(AP) — Ren Bishop is one of many American drivers who texts, tweets and talks on her cellphone while she's behind the wheel — and thinks it should be up to drivers to use their discretion when it comes to safety. Though she admits thumbing her phone while driving is bad habit, the University of Missouri student says drivers "are mature enough to understand when it is appropriate and when it is not." The National Transportation Safety Board disagrees, and it declared Tuesday that texting, emailing or chatting while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere in the United States. The board is urging all states to impose total bans except for emergencies following recent deadly crashes, including one in Missouri after a teenager sent or received 11 text messages within 11 minutes.

Broncos want to focus only on 2011 with Tebow

(AP) — Tim Tebow's fans want to know what else the man has to do to win over the Denver Broncos' brain trust. He's won seven of eight games since taking over as their starting quarterback, turning a team that was foundering at 1-4 under Kyle Orton into an improbable playoff contender at 8-5, atop the AFC West. Still, coach John Fox is reticent about committing to Tebow for the long term, saying he'd rather focus on the task at hand, which is ending Denver's five-year playoff drought.

Briefs for Dec. 14, 2011: Daily Press a drop-off for Santa letters

Santa Claus has asked the Craig Daily Press to help him gather Christmas letters. Bring your letter, which should include your first name and age, to the newspaper at 466 Yampa Ave. The letters will be printed in the Dec. 24 issue of the Saturday Morning Press and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

CDP Editorial: Exceptions to the rule

It was a simple quote — just 41 words spread across two sentences — in the next to last paragraph of a game recap. Matt Ray, a Moffat County High School graduate, longtime assistant coach and now the Bulldogs’ second-year girls varsity basketball coach, commented on his team’s 53-40 defeat in the second round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout. “They are very fast and aggressive and we know we have to learn how to stop that,” Ray said of Fossil Ridge High School, the 5A school that bested his Bulldogs. “We might not see this type of play in our league, but come playoffs, we will and we need to stop it to win.” Note those words: “But come playoffs …” We know a lot about Ray and his team from those three words.

Margaret Culverwell: A caring community

To the editor: Christmas for Seniors was very busy this year, as 416 senior citizens benefited from this year’s program. Whether you are the person who stopped by the Holiday Drive and donated or the person who removed an angel ornament from the trees at Kmart or Murdoch’s and purchased a gift, I thank all of you. Many seniors in our county will enjoy a Merry Christmas knowing their community cares about them because of people like you.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 14, 2011: Annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot set for Saturday

The annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot will take place Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event is free for all shooters. The competition begins at 9 a.m. There are three age groups — 8- and 9-year-olds, 10- and 11-year-olds and 12- and 13-year-olds. The competition will consist of two rounds, with shooters shooting 10 free throws in the first round and 15 in the second round.

Joel Clift: Honor Pearl Harbor vets

To the editor: On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. was attacked by the Japanese when they bombed Pearl Harbor. We found it a little disturbing, however, that on Wednesday, Dec. 7, there were some businesses and government buildings that failed to lower their flags in recognition of those who fought and died in that attack. Like many other families, generations have served their country. Both of my wife’s parents and all of our uncles fought in World War II. One uncle served in Korea, and my eldest brother served during the Vietnam era. I am a veteran, but never saw combat, and my youngest son who is still on active duty has served in Korea and fought in Iraq.

Stephen Ghirardelli: Differing information

To the editor: After reading the Saturday Morning Press article, “New fracking rules under consideration,” I became confused by Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray’s statement that “there has never been a documented case of ground water pollution resulting from mineral extraction.” Commissioner Gray asserted, “The Environmental Protection Agency and the (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) are both on public record stating there has never been a case of fracking polluting a water source. I think there is some public misconception that there is this great risk and I think there is a middle ground between the extreme environmental viewpoint and common sense.”

Datebook for Dec. 14, 2011

10:30 a.m. Wellness Wednesday takes place at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. The event includes senior wellness and foot checks and Colorado Northwestern Community College classes. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $3. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 14, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 14, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 14, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 14, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 14, 2011

In the coming months, the basic qualities of leadership you possess will be polished and enhanced. As others start to notice, supporters from both your business and social worlds will begin to edge you to the front ranks.

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Comics for Dec. 14, 2011

Comics for Dec. 14, 2011