News for Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Craig-area couple relives unexpected visit from grandson serving abroad

If Fran Davis’ memory of Christmas Eve could take form, it would be a photograph, its edges worn soft by use from a loving hand. Some of the details in the picture are blurry, like a background out of focus. She can’t remember the songs she was supposed to sing that night for mass at St. Michael Catholic Church or what she said when she greeted other members of the congregation. But the focal point is crisp, the subject clear and distinct. “Do you know how many times a day I relive that moment?” she said, tears spilling down her cheeks.

YVEDC to hold economic development discussion

State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, is among a list of featured speakers scheduled to be in Craig Wednesday night to provide residents with a regional economic update. The event is sponsored by the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council and will also feature discussions led by Ken Lund, executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade; and Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs. Among the topics of conversation to be covered by Lund and Brown are reorganization efforts for OEDIT’s regional services and how the partnership between OEDIT and DOLA will strengthen rural Colorado economies at the local level. However, the highlight of the evening is expected to be White’s talk on “clean up” legislation she has penned in regards to federal mineral lease districts.

Rig Count for Dec. 31, 2011

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Dec. 29, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

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Elkhead Wranglers build shelters for bats, learn about animal’s role in ecosystem

Bats: the silent scourge of the night, haunters of lonely belfries, elusive and dark. But, this is only part of the story. Forget the grainy horror films and the Count Dracula references. Children and teens in the local Elkhead Wranglers 4-H club got the real scoop on bats recently, and it has more to do with crops and flowers than one might think.

NCAA sends 2011 out with a bang, NFL welcomes 2012

With 2011 almost over, college athletes will have one last game before the calendar turns over. College football and basketball teams compete today with the bowl season continuing on the gridiron and conference match-ups heating up the basketball court. When the calendar flips to January, professional athletes take over the spotlight. All 32 NFL teams will be playing on New Year’s Day with three playoff spots still to be decided in the final week. Seeding positions are also up for grabs as teams try to earn the right to play at home.

Sports Rewind: Recapping Moffat County's top sports stories of 2011

Below were the top sports stories in Craig and Moffat County in 2011:

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 31, 2011

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

Government Update for Dec. 31, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 10:45 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Craig resident appointed to state coal board

For Justin Fedinec, being a coal miner is not simply about earning a weekly paycheck. Mining is in his blood. The 31-year old father of two was born and raised in Craig, and comes from a family steeped in mining tradition. His father, Geral, is a 20-plus-years veteran of Colowyo Coal Company and his mother, Carol, is a lab technician at Craig Station.

Colorado mall bomber pleads guilty to 1 count

(AP) — A man has acknowledged planting a homemade bomb at a Colorado shopping mall on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Earl Albert Moore, 56, pleaded guilty in Denver federal court Friday to one count of using a destructive device in a crime of violence. An April 20 fire at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton and the discovery of the bomb raised fears it was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 1999 school shootings at nearby Columbine in which two students killed 13 people and then themselves. Moore later told investigators the bomb had nothing to do with Columbine and that he did not realize it was the anniversary of the shootings, according to a plea agreement released Friday.

Orton can hurt Broncos 1 last time Sunday

(AP) — Kyle Orton won't come out and say it, calling his much-anticipated return to Denver on Sunday just another chance to take the field and play a football game. It's a whole lot more than that. With a victory over the Broncos, Orton, who was masterful in ending the Green Bay Packers' perfect season two weeks ago, perhaps can secure starter's money and a long-term deal he's been longing for as he heads off into unrestricted free agency. And he could also help Kansas City Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel secure his own future. Perhaps biggest of all, Orton can stick it to the team that benched him after he finally caved under the weight of Tebowmania and the Broncos stumbled to a 1-4 start.

Hope reigns as US rings in 2012, after dud 2011

(AP) — Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it prepared to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers looking to cast off a rough year and cheer their way to something better in 2012. For all of the holiday's bittersweet potential, New York City always treats it like a big party — albeit one that, for a decade now, has taken place under the watchful eye of a massive security force. Pessimism has no place on Broadway. Not this week, anyway. The masses of tourists who began streaming through the square Friday for a glimpse of the crystal-paneled ball that drops at midnight Saturday were there to kiss, pose for silly snapshots and gawk at the stages being prepared for performers like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Glum wasn't on the agenda, even for those whose 2011 ended on a sour note.

Baxter Black: Keep the faith, a survival kit

President Jimmy Carter’s reign was called the time of malaise, defined as a feeling of discomfort. Present times might be described as a time of anxiety. Still hopeful, but with very little trust in the people we put in office. The recession has hit everybody and each of us has to find a way to get through it. We cannot let the dread of what our well-meaning but inept government has wrought bring us down. I’m guessing there is a segment of our population that doesn’t worry about our economic condition much. They are on both ends of the spectrum — those who live on a private or government pension, or welfare, who pay little or no taxes, and have no doubt the next check is coming, and …

Jack and Bobbi Peed: ‘Much more meaningful’

To the editor: A few days before Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law was shopping at City Market. When she was ready to check out, a young woman stepped up and asked if she could buy her groceries, that she wanted to do something for the seniors. My mother-in-law was so overcome by this kindness and generosity that she can’t remember if she thanked the young woman. It makes the Christmas season so much more meaningful when this happens.

Datebook for Dec. 31, 2011

5:45 p.m. The American Legion, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The jackpot is more than $1,200 this week. New Years Eve refreshments. Call 824-8376 or 824-3625. 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.

Briefs for Dec. 31, 2011: Aging Well rolls out winter class schedule

Winter class calendars are now available for Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The schedule includes tai chi for health classes and arthritis foundation exercise and aquatics. Winter classes also include Healthier Living Diabetes, a chronic disease self-management workshop. Fitness classes in Craig for older adults begin Jan. 2. Unless otherwise noted, participants are asked to pay a $3 donation per class. For a copy of the schedule, visit the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., or visit www.nwcovna.org. For more information, call 871-7676.

CDP Editorial: Economic encouragement

Our View The calendar didn’t have to turn to a new year for Craig and Moffat County to receive encouraging economic news. The prospect of a new commercial development could mean big things for our community, as would keeping a current big box retailer rather than losing it to national cutbacks. The biggest concern for many in 2011 was, and rightly so, the state of the economy. It’s a worry likely to fester and carry over into the coming new year. But, news came out this week that leads us to believe things may begin turning around with the calendar turning the page. This week, Craig and Moffat County residents learned that a new commercial development, the Tebo Center, a project encompassing 10,477 square feet, will be built near Walmart in west Craig. The project will house three retail businesses, and is one of the few new commercial developments to come along in our community in recent years.

Horoscope for Dec. 31, 2011

In the year ahead, you are likely to strike a better balance in your personal affairs. In doing so, you will acquire a better balance between work and play, allowing you to devote more time to pleasurable pursuits.

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 31, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 31, 2011

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Sudoku for Dec. 31, 2011

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