News for Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Janet Sheridan: The one who needs you most

I ran on shaking legs into the kitchen and the clean smell of my mother’s ironing. Gasping for breath, my heart pounding, I poured out my story of the stranger with too much hair who offered me a ride: how I clung to the passenger door as his shabby car crawled the gravel road; the way he stared at me and asked where I was headed alone on the road. “He was creepy, Mom, so when we approached Anderson’s, I opened the door and jumped out and fell on the gravel and scraped my knees and hands — see, look at them — and he kept driving, and I waited by Anderson’s until I couldn’t see his car anymore; then I ran home.”

Andy Bockelman: Oscar breakdown 2011

Oscar time is upon us again, and as the red carpet is unfurled in Hollywood for the 83rd Academy Awards, those of us in the real world prepare for office betting pools and other friendly wagers regarding the outcome. While you’re waiting for the biggest night in cinema, take a moment to ponder whether the most hyped and popular movies and performances of the last year are most deserving of taking home the famed little gold man.

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2011

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2011

EDP discusses Moffat County economic plan

Officials emphasize ‘unusual suspects’ of local economy

Chris Jones, a board member for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, shared Tuesday responses to the organization’s economic development plan at a public meeting. He compared the variety of responses to a crime drama. “When we got the responses back, there was a lot of commonality,” Jones said. “I said ‘those are the usual suspects, those are who the cops think did it.’”

Craig to vote by mail in April

Council hopes mail-in ballots boost turnout

Craig City Council member Joe Herod said residents don’t often think they have a voice in government. But, “They do,” Herod said. The city council recently took action Herod thinks could help residents understand the role they play in city government by increasing the chances voters will participate in municipal elections.

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MCHS junior varsity teams wrap up basketball season

The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity team has a closeness rarely seen, head coach Sara Linsacum said. Linsacum said the team’s ability to work together and know how each other works is a big reason they finished the 2010-2011 basketball season 17-1 “The girls team dynamic is amazing,” she said. “I coached the same girls in middle school, and they have been together for a long time.” The Bulldogs’ only loss came on Dec. 7 to Soroco.

Suicide prevention training provided in Craig

Sheila Linwood, a mental health associate from the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said Colorado suicide statistics are surprising for two reasons. First is the raw data. The national average for suicide is 10.7 out of 100,000 people. In Moffat County, the rate is more than double — 25 out of 100,000.

Briefs for Feb. 24, 2011: St. Michael Church plans Mardi Gras party

St. Michael Catholic Church has scheduled its annual Mardi Grad Party and Dinner for March 4 at the church, 678 School St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour, and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. A disc jockey will provide entertainment, and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

Datebook for Feb. 24, 2011

Datebook for Feb. 24, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Feb. 24, 2011: Boyfriend helping single female neighbor

My boyfriend and I have been together for three years. We are compatible in every way but one. He feels compelled to run to the aid of his single, female neighbor, even though she has a boyfriend. He watches her dog, fixes her fence, helps with clogged drains, etc. I've told him this makes me uncomfortable.

Horoscope for Feb. 24, 2011

Even if you are subjected to some unexpected changes orchestrated by outside forces in the year ahead, take advantage of what occurs and you'll stay one step ahead of them. Make things work as if you designed them yourself.

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Sudoku for Feb. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Feb. 24, 2011

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Comics for Feb. 24, 2011

Comics for Feb. 24, 2011

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Crossword for Feb. 24, 2011

Crossword for Feb. 24, 2011

CMA joins in suits against PUC

The Colorado Mining Association has joined the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to take action against the Public Utilities Commission in Routt County District Court. “Today marks the beginning of an independent and impartial review of the actions of the Commission, which were taken at the expense of electricity consumers through out Colorado and the citizens of local communities who rely upon the good jobs generated by coal mining,” CMA president Stuart Sanderson said in a release.