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State ANS boat inspection program deemed a success

In Jan. 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed zebra mussels had invaded Pueblo Reservoir. Nine months later, four more reservoirs northwest of Denver were infected with the aquatic nuisance species. The discovery prompted the Colorado General Assembly to pass legislation in February 2009 allowing Colorado Parks and Wildlife to implement one of the nation’s most aggressive boat inspection programs in an effort to curb the spread of the clam-like animal, which can be detrimental not only to non-native lakes, streams and reservoirs, but to a municipality’s utility infrastructure as well. Last month, Parks and Wildlife released the results of its 2011 campaign in which 420,000 boats were inspected throughout the state. Only eight boats were found to be carrying ANS.

Craig store manager confident local Kmart will avoid closure

A final decision on the future of Craig’s Kmart and its more than 50 employees will be made at the corporate office more than 1,200 miles away. Sears Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Ill., announced Tuesday it will be closing 100 to 120 Kmart and Sears full-line stores. The corporation cited a struggling economy as the reason behind its decision, according to a news release issued Tuesday. “Given our performance and the difficult economic environment, especially for big ticket items, we intend to implement a series of actions to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” chief executive officer Lou D’Ambrosio said in the release. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers through integrated retail — at the store, online and in the home.”

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MCHS girls basketball team ready for WSL opener

Three early-season tournaments have the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team primed for the start of 2012. And, head coach Matt Ray said the experience gained at those tournaments will be invaluable when Western Slope League play starts Jan. 7 in Glenwood Springs. “The girls are playing really well and have shot really good as a team early on,” Ray said. “We have been able to compete in every game and been able to beat some good schools, and that is going to help us throughout the rest of the season.” The Bulldogs (6-3) started the season in the Uintah Classic on Dec. 2. MCHS went 2-1 in the tournament, falling only to Wasatch High School.

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2011

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2011

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Never stop looking for your miracle

With the many hardships happening around us, I thought it would be nice to share a story about Shawn, a 16-year-old young man who was diagnosed with leukemia, and his miracle. I pray it will bless you and allow you to see there are still miracles happening today. This occurred during my ministry in Arizona. With excitement in the air, it was time to load our suitcase into the limousine and head to the airport. Shawn, Maggie, Chris and myself were about to experience how God answers prayer.

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Coach: MCHS boys hoops needs more scoring punch

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season hasn’t gone quite the way new head coach Eric Hamilton expected. Hamilton, who took over the team during the summer after former coach David Bradshaw resigned, has gone 1-5 through two early-season tournaments. Hamilton, a former MCHS hoops player, a two-year college player and a coach who saw playoff success for the Hayden High School girls team, brought the right attitude to a team that has been on the losing end lately. But, the coach said it’s going to take time with so many new parts before the Bulldogs break bad habits.

At the Movies: Ink fades on ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

When filmmakers decide to create their own version of an already popular movie, their process starts with a choice as to whether they will build on what has been done with the material before or start entirely from scratch. In the case of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the cast and crew clearly worked with a stencil. Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) has just been rocked by a lawsuit from a powerful businessman (Ulf Friberg) who claims he was slandered. With his reputation and bank account demolished as a result, Blomkvist doesn’t have high hopes for the future of his magazine, Millennium, or his own career.

FFA alumni collect old Christmas trees to raise scholarship funds

A college education is no small investment, as Jessica Wiseman knows well. Wiseman, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate and four-year member of its FFA program, is in her freshman year at the University of Wyoming, where tuition is cheaper than anywhere else in the country, she said. “But, I mean, every little penny counts … because college tuition isn’t cheap no matter where you go,” she said. That financial load is a little easier, thanks to a $500 scholarship she received in May from the Moffat County FFA Alumni chapter.

MCHS girls swimming not satisfied with 7 state qualifying times

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team has gotten out to a fast start this season, posting seven state-qualifying times in the first four meets. Yet, head coach Meghan Francone said the team has no plans to slow down. Junior Eryn Leonard swam qualifying times for the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle in the first meet of the season Dec. 2 in Glenwood Springs. The Bulldogs qualified in four more events during the last meet before the holiday break Dec. 16 in Montrose. Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie qualified in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke while the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays swam qualifying times, as well.

Livin' It Up: 1 holiday down, 1 more on the horizon

Hopefully your Christmas was filled with fun and plenty of heartwarming moments, whether you were watching your kids rip open their presents or camped out in front of the tube for the annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Now that the cuddly family part of December has come and gone, it’s time to party hearty for us adults. Finish 2011 in style with any of the many shindigs happening around town Saturday night.

Appeals court says Anschutz owes $17.3M in taxes

(AP) — A federal appeals on Tuesday agreed with a tax court that determined Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz owed at least $17.3 million in taxes. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld the tax court's 2010 ruling. The court said the Anschutz Co., which Anschutz owns, is also liable for at least $77 million in taxes. Anschutz spokesman Jim Monaghan said Anschutz already paid the taxes but appealed that he owed them. Anschutz's wife, Nancy, was also named in the case because they file tax returns jointly. The taxes are from stock transactions in 2000 and 2001.

Broncos are downplaying Orton's return

(AP) — The wheels have come off in Denver. We're not talking about the Broncos' season, although it's teetering with two straight ugly losses. All they have to do to end their long playoff drought is beat their former quarterback Kyle Orton and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Their fix-it list which includes the pass rush, the turnover differential and sputtering offense grew, by one item Tuesday. Guard Zane Beadles was toying around with his radio controlled car fresh out of the box and it slammed into a teammate's locker, leaving the right front wheel bowed.

Company to close at least 100 Sears, Kmart stores

(AP) — After a disastrous holiday shopping season, the parent company of Sears and Kmart will close at least 100 stores to raise cash — a move that sparked speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can avoid a death spiral fed by declining sales and deteriorating stores. Sears Holdings Corp., a pillar of American retailing that famously began with a mail-order catalog in the 1880s, declared Tuesday that it would no longer prop up "marginally performing" locations. The company pledged to refocus its efforts on stores that make money. Sears' stock quickly plunged, dropping 27 percent.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Fast and Furious explanation has holes

Mendacity, meaning to purposely mislead people, is the perfect word to describe the Fast & Furious gun running scandal. As it stands now, the federal government isn’t going to answer any more questions concerning the matter until an Inspector General report comes out in three months. We know the F&F program allowed the purchase of more than 2,000 guns — mostly battle rifles — by straw buyers here in the U.S. Many of these guns are now in the hands of this continent’s most deadly criminals — the Mexican drug cartels. In hundreds of cases, the straw buyers couldn’t afford the guns, so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms used taxpayer money to buy the guns for criminal insurgents.

Datebook for Dec. 28, 2011

Noon to 1 p.m. Communities 4 Healthy Relationships, a volunteer group designed to end relationship violence in Moffat County, meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Anngie Sparks at 826-2329. 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.

Terrie Barrie: ‘More must be done’

What if there was a federal law that promised to take care of people who were poisoned by working at a government facility? What if the lead agency requires the equivalent of waterboarding to approve a claim for a covered disease? What if the lead agency allowed derogatory names to be used in a training manual for claimants or their doctors? What if, two months after an apology and a promise to do better by that particular agency, an agency employee refers to a claimant’s physician as a “quack?” What if this agency approves one claimant for a disease but denies a co-worker with the same disease who worked next to the approved claimant?

Briefs for Dec. 28, 2011: Newspaper seeks board members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins Monday. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. Editorial Board terms last three months.

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Sudoku for Dec. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 28, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 28, 2011

Comics for Dec. 28, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 28, 2011

Numerous propitious developments are in the offing for you in the coming months, stemming from personal effort and from certain group involvements. Each facet will have a significant effect on your life.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 28, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 28, 2011