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Moffat County residents share recollections of holidays past

Embracing a loved one newly returned from the battlefields of World War II. Finding an unexpected gift that heralded the beginning of a couple’s life together. These are some of the memories students in a Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class reflected on recently. These and other Christmas recollections are included in some of the students’ memoirs, which are printed below, along with the author’s name and place of residence.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 24, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.49; Diesel: $3.84

Rig Count for Dec. 24, 2011

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Dec. 22, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 77 rigs online — three less than Dec. 16, but 13 more than Dec. 23, 2010. • Wyoming has 56 rigs online — three more than Dec. 16, and 14 more than Dec. 23, 2010. • The U.S. has 2,008 rigs online — 11 less than Dec.16, but 294 more than Dec. 23, 2010.

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3rd-graders in Craig wrap up simulation of pioneer life

Dalton Reed showed a group of wide-eyed third-graders how heat can shape metal Wednesday afternoon. At least one of them had a hard time believing such a transformation was possible. Reed, a blacksmith and mechanic at Wyman Museum, showed the children metal that had been molded into radically different forms using flame, an anvil and hammer. “What?” one student said, his voice full of wonder.

At The Movies: Yuletide spirit comes in all forms on film

When it comes to holiday movies, there are the classics like “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn” that have become ingrained in our memories for their timeless depiction of a winter wonderland, as have “Ben-Hur” and “King of Kings” for their showing of the Nativity. There are plenty more on the list of favorite viewing on or around Dec. 25, but some films having to do with the topic have fallen by the wayside. But, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth watching, especially for fans of the many subgenres of Christmas movies.

Over A Cup: ‘Chocolate Mice’ a treat for the holidays

Here it is at last — the recipe for chocolate mice. It was sent in by Dollie Frentress, of Craig. To make “Chocolate Eve Mice,” you will need these ingredients: 24 double-stuffed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies; 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips; 2 teaspoons shortening; 24 red maraschino cherries with stems (well-drained);24 milk chocolate kisses; 48 sliced almonds; 1 small tube green decorative icing gel; and 1 small tube red decorative icing gel. Carefully twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening.

Agriculture & Livestock: Taking down the tree

There are memories associated with decorating the house for Christmas for those connected to family traditions. This is especially true with the Christmas tree. Sometimes it’s after all the hustle and bustle that we really take time to reflect on these memories — like the day we take the tree down. For this story, assume that it’s a grandma who is doing the “taking down.” She goes to the storage shed to bring out the boxes marked “Christmas” and “fragile.”

Daily Press helps local children get their requests to Santa

Editor’s note: Santa asked the Daily Press to help him collect letters from local boys and girls, which we are publishing here. Please note we typed the letters exactly as they were written to maintain the integrity of the children’s wishes and youthfulness.

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LSRV hoops keeps up winning ways

Thanks to hard work and determination, the Little Snake River Valley School basketball teams are already enjoying their Christmas present for the year — a well-deserved rest. The boys and girls varsity teams of Baggs, Wyo., finished the 2011 portion of their schedules on a high note. The 8-0 teams each added two to the win column after a pair of games against Colorado teams Rangely and Hayden.

A busy sports schedule awaits holiday weekend

This holiday season, the sporting world has given us early gifts in the form of key match-ups and the official start of the NBA season. After a 149-day work stoppage, the NBA will open a shortened 66-game regular season Christmas Day with many big-market teams battling for early-season supremacy. On the gridiron, the NFL continues week 16 today, Sunday and Monday. With only two weeks left in the regular season, teams are still battling for final playoff spots.

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Holiday Chat: 5 minutes with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus

Where is your hometown? Santa: “The North Pole, of course.” Most rewarding part of your job? Santa: “The smiles on the kids’ faces when we walk into the room.” Mrs. Claus: “Working with the charities here is important to us, too.”

McGahee revitalizes career with Broncos

(AP) — A change in scenery and eating habits has done wonders for Willis McGahee. By playing in a run-friendly system, along with reuniting with his former position coach, the Denver Broncos tailback has revitalized his career. McGahee, who even eliminated red meat from his diet to become leaner, is on the cusp of his first 1,000-yard season in four years. A surprise? Maybe to some. But not to running backs coach Eric Studesville, who lobbied hard for the Broncos to sign the free agent just before camp. Sure, McGahee was coming off a pedestrian 380-yard season for Baltimore in 2010, but Studesville saw flashes of the vision, the power and the quick feet that made McGahee a two-time 1,000-yard back when they were paired in Buffalo.

Briefs for Dec. 24, 2011: Connections 4 Kids seeks art show contributions

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is seeking contributions from youths for its upcoming “Cherish the Little Things” art show. Entries from youths ages 3 to 18 throughout Moffat and Rio Blanco counties will be displayed during show, which is scheduled for Feb. 11 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., during downtown Craig’s annual Art Walk. Selected art pieces will be auctioned and voted on for inclusion in Connections 4 Kids’ 2013 calendar. The event is a fundraiser for Connections 4 Kids and its projects, the agency reported in a news release.

On the Record for Dec. 23, 2011

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, Dec. 22 Deputies responded to two requests to assist another agency. Deputies responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle.

Datebook for Dec. 24, 2011

8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. Sunday, Dec. 25 1 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. 2 p.m. A free Christmas dinner takes place at Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 824-9946.

Horoscope for Dec. 24, 2011

Conditions in general look to be extremely encouraging in the year ahead, but you're likely to be rewarded the most when you're able to do things that everybody else has given up on.

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Sudoku for Dec. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 24, 2011

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Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 24, 2011

Crossword Puzzle for Dec. 24, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 24, 2011

Comics for Dec. 24, 2011