News for Saturday, February 5, 2011



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Craig native credits family in helping overcome life’s setbacks

As a third generation Moffat County resident and co-owner of Mathers Bar, Michael Mathers has seen Craig’s good times and bad, the booms and busts, and two more generations of Mathers born and raised in the area. He’s also survived a number of accidents, broken bones, bar fights and even polio. But, none of that has stopped him, he said, or will in the future.

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MCHS boys basketball comeback falls short

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s comeback Friday night came too little, too late. Trailing by 12 points to Eagle Valley High School at home, the Bulldogs fought back to pull within three points, but big free throws by the Devils sealed the victory for Eagle Valley, 53-45. A 3-pointer by senior Dylon Camilletti followed by two lay ups from fellow senior Angelo Raftopoulos had the Bulldogs in position to win with the score 46-43.

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Area residents brave the cold for tickets to the 65th annual Kiwanis play

At 5 p.m. Friday, tickets for the annual Kiwanis Club play were officially up for grabs. However, a line to purchase tickets took shape more than a day earlier at the J.W. Snacks parking lot on the southwest corner of East Victory Way and Tucker Street in Craig. By mid-afternoon Friday, more than 20 area residents had gathered under a cold, cloudy sky to wait for the ticket sale to begin.

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MCHS grad completes Marine Corps boot camp

Late in U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, Pvt. Taylor Fredrickson suffered a major setback. It was November 2010, with only four days of training left, and he was sent to the Medical Rehabilitation Platoon after suffering a stress fracture in his left tibia. “I got dropped, I was angry I couldn’t finish with my platoon, and I was all unmotivated and mad,” said Fredrickson, 18, a 2010 Moffat County High School graduate.

Craig area 2nd-grade students offer solutions to city deer issue

Second-grader Logan Montgomery said there’s a simple reason he and his fellow classmates have taken steps to tackle Craig’s deer problem. “Because we’re smart cookies,” he said. On Thursday, 15 students in Cheryl Arnett’s Sunset Elementary School classroom sat cross-legged on the floor and discussed “The Deer Are Here to Stay” — a student-produced brochure that offers practical solutions to manage the local deer population.

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MCHS girls basketball uses strong defense to win 6th WSL game

Practice outside of the gym paid off for Moffat County High School sophomore Sassy Murray Friday night. Dropping in four 3-pointers against Eagle Valley High School, Murray helped the MCHS girls varsity basketball team bury the Devils early and win the team’s sixth consecutive Western Slope League game, 67-13. Murray said she has been working on her outside shot both with the team and on her own.

Veteran's Hotline: Reminder — Veterans are entitled to benefits

The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic wants to remind local veterans that the facility is open to all veterans. Even if you feel others deserve it more remember, you are a veteran and entitled to the benefits. No matter if you have private insurance, you are still eligible for benefits.

Over a Cup: ‘America’s Best Bread’ a warm treat

As I wrote in my last column, I got a wonderful surprise about two weeks ago when my neighbor, Meriam Zimmerman, came to the house with a loaf of warm bread and the recipe for making it. It was perfect timing because I had just gotten home from work and was trying to get the chores done. I was cold, and tired and hungry, too, and I really enjoyed the bread when I finally got inside.

Technology team trying to improve broadband service in Yampa Valley

Frank Ohrtman posed a question on economic development to the 15 people attending Thursday’s Northwest Colorado Local Technology Planning Team meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse. “You ask yourself, ‘Gee, why wouldn’t somebody relocate to Craig?’” said Ohrtman, communications manager for the broadband data and development program in the state’s Office of Information Technology. “We’ve got mountain biking, we’ve got Steamboat (Springs) just down the road. Why wouldn’t Microsoft, Google, etcetera, etcetera, come to Hayden and set up a park out there?”

Government update for Feb. 5, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Briefs for Feb. 5, 2011: Group presents ‘Pan’ adaptation

Class Act Productions, a theater group in Hayden of students in grades 3 to 12, presents “Peter Pan and Wendy,” a comedic adventure adapted by Doug Rand. The youths will perform the play at 3 p.m. today at the Hayden High School auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson Ave., Hayden.

Datebook for Feb. 5, 2011

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, hosts a soccer tournament for all ages. The cost is $2 for players 14 or older and free for anyone under 14. Call Bill Sawer at 824-0116. 3 p.m. Class Act Productions presents “Peter Pan and Wendy” at the Hayden High School auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson Ave., Hayden. The cost is $3 for children ages 11 and younger and $7 for those ages 12 and older. 6:15 p.m. American Legion Post 62 hosts bingo at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 824-3625.

Editorial: Tackling the sensitive stuff

Suicide. It’s something no one likes to talk or think about. However, here in Craig, our community is fortunate to have a dedicated organization that works to push the issue out in the open and educate residents on warning signs.

Lawrence L. Sober: ‘Another grievous abuse’

To the editor: We are hearing a lot about Social Security and the fact that fund is going broke. What we don’t hear is why it is going broke. Funds were taken out of the Social Security fund to pay for other things. Fraud and people getting benefits that never contributed to the fund are just a few of the reasons it is going broke. People like Obama who feel that their benefits come from God are a good example.

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Sudoku for Feb. 5, 2011

Sudoku for Feb. 5, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Feb. 5, 2011: How do I handle an unsanitary guest?

We live in a community made up mostly of retired couples who rotate having dinner get-togethers. One of the men in our group seems unable to keep his hands out of the ice bucket. His usual routine is to remove the ice tongs, stir the ice around with his hand and then lift some into his wife's glass and his own.

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Crossword for Feb. 5, 2011

Crossword for Feb. 5, 2011

Horoscope for Feb. 5, 2011

The year ahead could be an especially good one for putting your artistic, literary or musical talents to constructive uses. That market for your expression of the gifts you possess may be able to be found.

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Comics for Feb. 5, 2011

Comics for Feb. 5, 2011