News for Monday, February 21, 2011



Meeker teen dies in avalanche

Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old found under 15 feet of snow

A Meeker teenager who had been trapped by an avalanche in the Routt National Forest on Sunday afternoon was found dead Monday. James Sizemore, 19, was found under 15 feet of snow about 200 yards from the top of the avalanche, Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported.

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Moe seeks mayor’s seat

Former county commission candidate vying for city office

Last summer, Craig resident Frank Moe went for a walk. He tallied 55 miles during his trip knocking on doors and meeting one-on-one with residents for several months. The walk was part of a larger goal — winning a seat on the Moffat County Commission.

On the Record for Feb. 21, 2011

On the Record for Feb. 21, 2011

Craig Mayor to seek council position

Don Jones vying to continue longtime city service in April election

The last six years of Craig resident Don Jones’ life were the best yet, he said. It’s no coincidence, Jones said, those years were spent serving as Craig’s mayor. But, he was recently faced with a decision regarding his public service.

West Theatre in Craig upgrades technology

Moviegoers rejoice — the West Theatre recently made upgrades that could allow 3-D flicks to come to Moffat County in the future. Manager Debbie Winder said theater one had a silver screen installed just before Valentine’s Day. The new screen allows for 3-D movies, although a pricey new projector will be needed to utilize it, and as of now there are no plans to purchase one.

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New county surveyor settling into new role, starting GIS project

When Peter Epp was growing up in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, there weren’t any schools that offered surveying degrees. In fact, the trade Epp took up to pay the bills years later isn’t one many people know about, understand or think of as a viable profession growing up, he said. But, Epp got his start as a surveyor down in a muddy hole.

Craig Daily Press recognized with 54 state awards

The Craig Daily Press was named the best newspaper in its circulation class during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Saturday at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The Daily Press was presented with 49 awards in three categories: advertising, photography and design, and editorial. The newspaper also won the sweepstakes award in all three of those categories and the General Excellence Award.

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Winter Festival in Craig entertains an estimated 2,500 in event’s 7th year

The Warrior Freestyle stunt show got off to an inauspicious start Saturday night at the Wyman Museum in Craig. On the show’s first jump, freestyle snowmobile rider Nick “Little Nicky” Acord gunned his snowmobile engine, launched off a kicker ramp, and came down hard on the snow-packed landing. Acord broke his kneecap and was driven to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment.

Bulldog Sports for Feb. 21, 2011

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Charlie Griffiths finishes MCHS tenure with 5th place at state tourney

Charlie Griffiths realized all dreams don’t become reality. In the last tournament of his senior season, Griffiths’ ultimate goal was to become a 4A state wrestling champion. After a narrow 4-3 loss in the semi-finals of the state tournament Friday to Garet Krohn of Arvada High School, Griffiths fell to the consolation bracket.

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MCHS girls hoops team draws 17 seed, Erie High School in playoffs

Two days after winning a share of the Western Slope League title, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team learned its postseason fate Sunday. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 17, will face 16-seeded Erie High School in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Friday in Longmont. Longmont was awarded the number one overall seed in the Lou Piel Region, and the first two rounds will be hosted on its home court.

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My Life, My Words: Eric Duran — ‘I’ll stay here forever’

“I’m born and raised here, lived here for 29 years. “I started working with my dad when I was like 12 and I never left. “He always did stuff with us when we were kids, then he started his businesses and I started working for him right away.

Nancy Roberts: Spare Sand Wash Basin

To the editor: I oppose these mega power lines going through Sand Wash Basin. I think it would ruin the look and feel of this pristine place of beauty.

Briefs for Feb. 21, 2011: Aquatics class moves to inn

The Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well program has moved its aquatics class to the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The class takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session, or $6 for drop-ins. For more information, call Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807.

Datebook for Feb. 21, 2011

Many state offices are closed today in observance of President’s Day. All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of President’s Day. Branches will reopen Tuesday. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well program hosts an aquatics class at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session, or $6 for drop-ins.

H. Neal Glanville: A nonsensical statement

The editorial in the Saturday Morning Press was well-written, making several important points along the way. I contend that “appearing childish” is the understatement of the year, if not the last five years. I keep picturing two small bands of fifth graders pouting over who gets stuck with the kid who can’t play ball or who bats first.

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Sudoku for Feb. 21, 2011

Sudoku for Feb. 21, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Feb. 21, 2011: Uncomfortable around my drug addict brother

My adult brother is a drug addict. "Keith" has been in and out of rehab programs, but hasn't succeeded in staying clean. He lies to family members and lives in his car and various fleabag motels. He is still working, but only enough to support his habit. Frankly, I'm amazed he can hold down a job. I feel torn when it comes to being in his company and having him in my home.

Horoscope for Feb. 21, 2011

Although certain commercial prospects may look quite interesting and encouraging for you in the year ahead, be careful about getting involved with friends, especially if it involves financial matters. You may do better with strangers.

Aging Well: Smiles and success highlight instructors’ experience

This is part of an ongoing series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears monthly on the Aging Well page

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Comics for Feb. 21, 2011

Comics for Feb. 21, 2011

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Crossword for Feb. 21, 2011

Crossword for Feb. 21, 2011