News for Friday, December 23, 2011



Craig man and woman sought for stealing from bodies

Authorities are looking for two people they say stole a gun, credit card and other items from the scene of a murder-suicide in Grand County. Arrest warrants have been issued for Jerod Morris Reeves, 29, and Kimberly Mae McCaffery, 35, both of Craig, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.

Kate Grobe: The lasting gift of a difficult decision

I’ve often been asked what I do at Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center. My volunteers and I get to meet people and help during difficult times. We get to hear life stories and get to know people who come to us. It’s that process of getting to know people and hearing so many stories that can be challenging and yet rewarding.

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Former MCHS hoops coach tackling new challenges at Adams State

Craig Mortensen joined the Adams State College girls basketball team in October, albeit in a different role than he’s accustomed to. Mortensen coached Moffat County High School basketball teams for 34 years — 19 years in charge of the boys team and 15 at the helm of the girls team. But in Alamosa, Mortensen is an assistant coach to Grizzlies head coach Kelly Kruger for the 2011-12 season. “I am enjoying this,” Mortensen said Thursday of his new gig. “Coach Kruger is an excellent coach, runs a good program and is very detailed in what he does.”

Briefs for Dec. 23, 2011: Aging Well classes begin in January

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will offer two new classes beginning Jan. 9. A new beginning Tai Chi class for older adults will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A $3 donation per class is requested.

Commission candidates gearing up for 2012 campaigns

The 2012 general election is less than a year away and candidates vying for a variety of public service positions are emerging. In the last 10 days, a host of veteran players and newcomers have announced their candidacy, including state representative Ran- dy Baumgardner and incumbent state senator Jean White, who will battle it out for the District 8 state senate seat, and assistant district attorney Brett Barkey, who has thrown his hat into the ring for 14th Judicial District Attorney. At the county level, two Moffat County Commission seats are up for grabs in 2012 including the district 1 position, which will be vacated by Tom Gray who is term limited, and the district 2 spot currently held by Republican Audrey Danner.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course battled turbulent weather in up-and-down season

Jason Back had to overcome several obstacles in his first year as Yampa Valley Golf Course’s club professional. A late end to winter and early spring showers kept the first part of the season in flux while flooding of the Yampa River caused trouble in early June. The golf course is reporting a total profit down approximately 10 to 12 percent from last season, Back said, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. “A lot of what we lost was because of the weather,” he said. “We had a decent year and survived a lot of issues. Overall, it was a good year and we survived some unexpected things, but we are not financially devastated for next year so we can bounce back.”

City, county leaders reflect on 2011

The last year has been productive for Moffat County, said Tom Mathers, chairman of the three-member Moffat County Commission. Twentymile Mine announced it is moving into a new pit, Western Fuels-Colorado, LLC acquired Colowyo Coal Co. and years of fiscally conservative policies have resulted in growth in the county’s general fund. “Those things are huge and there’s a lot to be positive about,” Mathers said. “I don’t want to steal any thunder from our state of the county speech, which we do every year in February, but this was a very good year for Moffat County. “We planned for the worst and it came in a lot better than we thought it would.”

Production for TEs missing from Broncos offense

(AP) — Around the league, the tight end position is a dynamic source of offensive production. Look at New Orleans' Jimmy Graham, the NFC leader in receptions (87), or New England's Rob Gronkowski, who already has the most TD catches ever in a season by a tight end (15). However, the tight end revolution hasn't materialized quite yet in Denver. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow insists he's not ignoring them, just simply taking what the defense gives him.

Dorothy Gray: ‘Very fortunate’

To the editor: With many thanks to all who shared in my birthday party: lots of relatives (especially those who did all the work and planning), all my friends, old and new, the lovely music of the orchestra, and for the cards and gifts of those who were unable to attend.

Terri A. Jourgensen: ‘Very rewarding’ work

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to so many wonderful faculty, students, parents and community members I’ve had the privilege of working with the past 10 years. Being the district nurse for the Moffat County School District has been very rewarding and has given me the ability to grow both professionally and personally.

Donna Johnson: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Craig Lions Club thanks all the community for supporting the Christmas tree sale and all the people who have helped: Kmart for the tree lot space; the Moffat County High School wrestling team for muscle; McDonalds for electricity and coffee to keep us warm; and Moffat County’s Bill Sixkiller for use of the panels. The tree sale is the club’s big fundraiser for our 1- to 6-year-old eye screenings and eye glasses programs for kids and seniors.

Datebook for Dec. 23, 2011

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554. 7 p.m. Fellowship Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 657 Green St. Call 326-6646. 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874. 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets at 1150 W. Ninth St. The group is designed to help people overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups. Childcare is provided and late-comers are welcome. Call 824-5926.

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2011

Sports Briefs for Dec. 24, 2011: Youth hoops registration deadline set for Jan. 11

Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for kindergarten, first- and second-grade basketball teams. Players will learn basic basketball skills, including dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and playing as a team. Games are played on weekdays during the early evening. Boys will play Monday and Wednesday nights and girls will play Tuesday and Thursday nights.

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Sudoku for Dec. 23, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 23, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 23, 2011

Comics for Dec. 23, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2011

In the next year, you should align yourself from persons who understand the rudiments of success and who are willing to work towards those ends. Only then can joint endeavors prove to be both productive and profitable.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 23, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 23, 2011