Stories for January 2011

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Monday, January 31

On the Record for Jan. 31, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 31, 2011

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All Crimes Enforcement Team raids Hayden house

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, with assistance from several Routt County law enforcement agencies, entered a Hayden home suspected of being a methamphetamine lab Saturday morning.

Craig Fire/Rescue exploring year-round recruiting

For several years, Craig Fire/Rescue has been working on getting a full staff, but hasn’t quite been able to do so. “Recruiting has always been difficult for us,” battalion chief Dennis Jones said. “For the last five years to seven years, we’ve been trying to get to 35 firefighters and we’ve never been able to accomplish that because no one has the necessary time that it takes.”

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MCHS boys freshmen team wins a pair in home tourney

Time after time, Dalton Kendall took the inbounds pass and led his Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team down the court. And in the third game Saturday of the Moffat County Tournament, the Bulldogs were able to put points on the board on almost every possession. This was a change of pace from earlier in the season, coach Jim Loughran said.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 31, 2011

Today 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays at Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave. 6:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team plays at Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave.

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MCHS freshmen girls excel in new offense

After losing to Grand Junction and Unitah, the Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team faced the prospect of finishing their home tournament winless. The team, however, stayed focused and rebounded from the earlier defeats to top Eagle Valley in the final game of the Moffat County Tournament on Saturday, 23-10. The Bulldogs jumped to a 13-2 lead after the first half.

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Craig Coffee Party remembers founding member Jim Blevins

Penny Nelson participated in her first Craig Coffee Party meeting Saturday. Nelson said her brother, Jim Blevins, had every intention of attending as well. Instead, Jim was notably absent.

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MCHS graduate scheduled for deployment

Pfc. Paul Collins, of the U.S. Marine Corps, said he’s excited to ship off to warmer climes early next month. “I’m going to Okinawa,” Collins said. “It’s a tropical climate. People go there for vacation, and I get to work and live there.” First, however, Collins is cooling his heels in a decidedly colder place. On Saturday night, he returned to his hometown of Craig for nearly two weeks of leave.

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My Life, My Words: Chris Wilkey — Accumulating stories

“I come from Central Utah. I’ve been here for — good heavens, I came here in 1997— so what’s that, 14 years? “My wife’s family is from here. There was an opening here and I just transferred. … I’ve got 23 years with the Postal Service “I started (with the Postal Service) in Price, Utah, worked there for 10 years.

Diane Prather: Preparing Betty Ann’s ‘Crispix Mix’

Craig resident Betty Ann Duzik said she received a great recipe just before Christmas. Over the holidays, she got comments that it was better than Chex Mix. Betty Ann adapted the recipe for “Crispix Mix” for the oven, but the microwave directions are included in this column, too. First of all, here are the ingredients, which are the same no matter which way you prepare them. You will need: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 stick butter, 1/4 cup white corn syrup, 12.3-ounce box Crispix cereal, 10-ounce package pretzels, 2 cups peanuts, 2 pounds M&Ms, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon soda.

H. Neal Glanville: A brush with Pig Biscuit

Yup, there I was, surrounded on a side-and-a-half when I said to myself, “Self,” I said, because that’s what I call myself when I’m talking to myself, “we need to bring the horses round the back and start searching for the normal side. Monday’s column may be brought to you by …” Meanwhile, back at the evil computer whatcha call it, the weak side is popping his knuckles in anticipation, humming the tune from the real “True Grit,” and remembering what it’s like to ride a “green broke horse” full out.

Datebook for Jan. 31, 2011

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for Jan. 31, 2011: Culture Night coming to library

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be hosting Culture Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month, the library announced in a news release. The next Culture Night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the library, 570 Green St., and will feature harpist Charleah Firestone.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 31, 2011: Spring volleyball registration open

Craig Parks and Recreation is now taking registration for spring co-ed volleyball. There will be two leagues — competitive and semi-competitive. Competitive teams will play on Monday nights, and semi-competitive teams will play on Tuesday or Thursday nights.

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Sudoku for Jan. 31, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 31, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 31, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 31, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 31, 2011

Comics for Jan. 31, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 31, 2011

A number of advantageous changes that could better your financial wherewithal could be effected in the coming year, if you are courageous enough to make them. Nothing will happen without your willingness to take an educated move.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 31, 2011: Niece causing family rift

A few years ago, my husband and I moved across the country to help with his aging parents. Everyone welcomed me, with the exception of one niece who has gone out of her way to let me know that I am not part of this family. When this niece visited us as a teenager, she treated me the same way, but I attributed it to her being young. I even sent her money while she was in college and gifts for her birthday and Christmas. I thought she would outgrow her aversion to me, but she hasn't.

Saturday, January 29

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Baggs, Wyo., resident publishes 1st poetry book

In 2007, Linda Battson came home from her job as a manager at Starbucks Coffee in Colorado Springs. Something didn’t feel right. She was in an emotionally dark place and didn’t know what was wrong. The feeling wasn’t something she was used to growing up as an adventurous tomboy in Los Angeles.

PUC denies request to revisit Xcel plan

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently made one of its last rulings on a plan many Northwest Colorado residents think could significantly harm the local coal industry. The PUC deliberated and denied Wednesday a motion for reconsideration to change Xcel Energy’s plans to comply with Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The Colorado Mining Association and the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado filed the motion.

MCHS boys hoops falls after late Steamboat free throw

A free throw in the final three seconds of Friday night’s game against Steamboat Springs caused heartbreak for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team. A jump shot by MCHS senior Dylon Camilletti with less than 10 seconds left bounced out and was rebounded by the Sailors. As Steamboat’s Charles Wood was dribbling down the sideline, Camilletti was called for a foul, sending Wood to the line.

A friendly reminder: January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cancer touches many people. Just like breast cancer and mammograms, great advances in the early detection of cervical cancer have occurred because of routine female examinations and screenings with the pap smear. Cervical cancer is almost 100-percent preventable. Despite this, almost 13,000 women are diagnosed annually with cancer of the uterine cervix, and more than 4,000 die annually.

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Sandrock officials present draft improvement plan

Sandrock Elementary School Principal Kamisha Siminoe said she feels optimistic. “Oh, absolutely,” Siminoe said. “When I look at the staff that comes together at Sandrock, I am overwhelmed by the level of passion and dedication that these people have for kids and the work they do for them.” That work, however, has come under scrutiny in recent months, beginning with Colorado Student Assessment Program scores released in August, and continuing with the Colorado Department of Education’s publication of the 2010 Performance Framework Reports on its website, www.schoolview.org.

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Science and faith intersect for Craig's Dr. J. Scott Ellis

Years ago, when Dr. J. Scott Ellis was in his residency, he had a flashback to his childhood. “I was doing a difficult forceps delivery late one night,” Ellis said. “I don’t know where the thought came from, but I was suddenly reminiscing on being a kid, and I couldn’t help but chuckle.” Ellis is the chief of obstetrics and chief of staff at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He is a certified physician executive, Moffat County’s medical officer, a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team, and a former U.S. Army major.

MCHS girls basketball’s new offense sparks 61-51 victory in Steamboat

With the first six points in the game against Steamboat Friday night, Moffat County High School junior Melissa Camilletti looked poised for a breakout game. An impossible hook shot in the lane she made possible in the third quarter and eight points in the decisive fourth quarter later, Camilletti said she played the game she had been looking for. “I’ve had a couple of bad games in the past,” she said. “Tonight, I got out of my rut.”

Editorial: Mineral management

Last spring, the Moffat County economy was left beat up from the 2010 legislative session and a growing attitude about a certain natural resource. That attitude was manifested in Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, a measure aimed at coal and by no means beneficial to the area. But, Editorial Board members are relieved to learn of a new, expanding interest in harvesting two other resources Moffat County has to offer — oil and gas.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 29, 2011: Moffat County Thunder wins Loveland competition

The Moffat County Thunder cheer team, which is comprised of 16 youths from ages 6 to 18, won the Mardi Gras competition Jan. 22 in Loveland. The team is made up of 15 girls and one boy. The Thunder did their routine to a musical mix put together by cheerleader Jordan Porter, which included songs by Def Leppard and the Black Eyed Peas.

Government update for Jan. 29

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Briefs for Jan 29, 2011: Preserving the Last Frontier meeting set

The next Preserving the Last Frontier meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in the second-floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. John Raftopoulos will speak during the meeting about the history of his family. The meeting is open to the public.

Datebook for Jan. 29, 2011

9 a.m. Sunset Elementary School’s School Accountability Committee hosts a one-hour Zumba Fitness fundraiser at the school’s gym, 800 W. Seventh St. The cost is $5 for adults or $2 for children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the school at 824-5762. 9 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays in the MCHS tournament at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Andrea Camp: ‘Please call me’

To the editor: To the people driving a white SUV who witnessed an accident on Dec. 30, 2010,

Penny McCoy, Sara Musgrave, Katie Musgrave and Jessica Musgrave: Thank you, TMH

To the editor: We would like to thank the people at The Memorial Hospital for everything they did to help us with the baby shower for our daughter-in-law, Megan.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 29, 2011: Offer help to those grieving

My husband died suddenly at the age of 46. For the first few months, you're in shock and have lots of life-altering decisions to make. Simple tasks become overwhelming. I expected friends to be there to help, but I found out through talking with many widows that this is not the case. I have always tried to be there for my friends, listening to their problems over a long period of time, helping with packing and moving, home repair projects, gardening, hobbies, etc. So why is it so hard for them to figure out what I might need help with?

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Comics for Jan. 29, 2011

Comics for Jan. 29, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 29, 2011

Conditions will be far better in the next solar cycle than they have been for a long time. Significant opportunities could now develop that never have been there for you previously. Make the most of them.

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Sudoku for Jan. 29, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 29, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 29, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 29, 2011

Friday, January 28

Long-time resident to run for Moffat County Commission

In September 2010, John Kinkaid traveled to Denver to testify against an action he felt could jeopardize jobs. Kinkaid spoke out against Xcel Energy’s plans to comply with Colorado House Bill 10-1365 in hopes of helping his son, Caleb, keep his job at Twentymile Coal Co. The feeling he had at the time is similar to one he has now.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Country Strong’ features sharp music, flat story

The strum of an acoustic guitar, a chorus of melancholy lyrics and the remnants of a few too many empty whiskey bottles littered across the floor. Like any movie about the world of honky-tonk, “Country Strong” has these basic elements down, but as the music plays on, it doesn’t resonate quite as strongly as it should for those in the cheap seats.

Bulldogs close out Steamboat on the road

MCHS girls varsity basketball team defeats Steamboat, 61-51

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team looks to continue their rise in the Western Slope League standings tonight as they battle the Steamboat Springs Sailors. The game is set to tip at 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 E. Maple St.

Bulldog boys drop heartbreaker to Steamboat

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will travel 42 miles down the highway to Steamboat Springs for tonight’s Western Slope League rivalry game against the Sailors. The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 E. Maple St.

Craig students hope to educate during Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

Miranda Blomquist, 17, said she’s had friends abused by boyfriends or girlfriends. “It just makes you feel like (the violence) shouldn’t be there,” Blomquist said. “It’s something that needs to be taken care of, but shouldn’t be there.”

On the Record for Jan. 28, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 28, 2011

Craig/Fire Rescue proposes 2nd fire station

K.C. Hume, battalion chief for Craig Fire/Rescue, said the need for a firefighter training facility has grown in recent years. “We can’t just go and burn a house down anymore,” he said. Hume was referring to the practice of burning down donated buildings for training purposes. He said Environmental Protection Agency regulations on smoke pollution, handling of asbestos and more has removed that option from consideration.

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Craig resident pegged as host of new outdoor television series

Three months ago, Craig Conrad said he received a life-changing phone call. He and his wife, Vicki, were preparing for an upcoming trip to Oklahoma as part of a tour to promote his book, “Unstoppable,” when the phone rang. “When I answered, it was Orion Multimedia,” Conrad said. “They wanted to do an outdoor nature show and wanted me to host it.”

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MCHS wrestler regains form, helps lead Bulldogs to victory

For two years, Moffat County High School senior Kye Adams has been on and off the wrestling mat due to injuries. His sophomore, year a dislocated knee. Then, a broken back in his junior year sidelined him and to start his senior season, he dislocated his other knee. Finally, in the last few weeks of his last season as a Bulldogs wrestler, Adams said he feels he is starting to make the strides he has been pushing for his entire high school career.

Moffat County School Board gets update on gifted education review

Vera Turner made an impression on Moffat County School Board members during Thursday’s regular monthly meeting. Turner, the school district’s gifted education coordinator, presented the board with a copy of a program review by the Colorado Department of Education. As board members read the opening paragraphs of the report that praised Turner, they started making positive comments about her efforts.

The Rev. Len Browning: Communication connection

My wife recently told me I need to be a better listener, and a whole bunch of other stuff I don’t remember. Actually, I heard every word she said, I just chose to process only part of it. My staff and I are finding that we’re frequently guilty of miscommunication causing misunderstandings.

Local fuel gauge for Jan. 28, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.04; Diesel: $3.39

H. Neal Glanville: Traditions held and then broken

It’s the end of January and I’m going to break with an almost lifelong tradition of being resolute about resolutions. I’ve always thought that coming up with something you may or may not be doing that needs some sort of repair is fibbing to your friends and then truly lying to yourself. Of course, that’s not to say we shouldn’t try and live our lives a little better, but it is my firm belief we should chip away at the crud of adulthood a little each day and fall asleep knowing we did our best, instead of being prideful we stole a bigger piece of the pie than our neighbor and got away with it.

Janet Sheridan: Different strokes

I’m sometimes surprised by the odd habits of others: Some bake brownies without walnuts. Why do they bother? Some stay up beyond 9 p.m. How do they do that? Some open their presents Christmas Eve. What do they do the next morning? I’m most puzzled when the peculiarities belong to my friends and family. In college, it boggled my mind when my roommates postponed studying for a test until the evening before and then pulled an all-nighter. I shook my well-rested head in disbelief as they stumbled into class, bleary-eyed and mumbling.

Kelly Corson: Thanks for ‘being there’

To the editor: I was recently hospitalized for quite some time due to complications from surgery. I would like to thank all of those who kept me in their thoughts and prayers, and who made phone calls, visits or sent flowers.

Briefs for Jan. 28, 2011: Commission to meet briefly today

The Moffat County Commission is scheduled to host a short special meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The agenda is listed below: • 10 to 10:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 10:05 to 10:10 a.m. Consent agenda

Datebook for Jan. 28, 2011

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

John Ponikvar: ‘Proud of the process’

To the editor: As a member of the Colorado Eighth Senate District Vacancy Committee, I have to say I’m extremely happy with the process that was used to replace outgoing Senator Al White. The steps taken to provide transparency by chairman Phil Vaughn and secretary Audrey Danner were well thought out. Out of the 35 votes cast during the five ballots, my vote on the first ballot was the only one that Bob McConnell received in the whole process.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1610

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1610 Original Grantor(s): Donald J. Quick Jr. and Ramona Quick Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for American Bank

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Comics for Jan. 28, 2011

Comics for Jan. 28, 2011

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1576

COMBINED NOTICE - RESTART - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-109(2)(b)(II) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1576 Original Grantor(s): Virgil J Beaver and Cynthia Beaver Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 28, 2011: Concerned about mother-in-law's mental state

ast August, one of my favorite authors published a new book. My husband told me not to buy it and hinted that his parents were planning to get it for me for Christmas. This was the type of thing they had done before, and I was happy to wait. However, come Christmas Day, the book they gave me was something entirely different and not one I was eager to read.

Horoscope for Jan. 28, 2011

Interestingly, it is likely to be some of your old endeavors rather than any new ones that will hold the biggest advantages for you in the near future. Stick to what you know and/or have, because this is where your luck resides.

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Crossword for Jan. 28, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 28, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 28, 2011

Case Number 11PR02

Deceased J. Richard Tremaine KLAUZER & TREMAINE, LLC 320 Lincoln Avenue, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 774525 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-4525 (970) 879-5003, e-mail: rich @ktlaw.com FAX: (970) 879-1131 Atty. Reg. #17695 Case Number: 11PR02

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1609

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1609 Original Grantor(s): Michael E. Myers Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for GMAC Mortgage, LLC f/k/a GMAC Mortgage Corporation

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1607

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1607 Original Grantor(s): James R. Fagg and Coleen Fagg Original Beneficiary(ies): Option One Mortgage Corporation

Thursday, January 27

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Moffat County residents voice concerns about proposed power line

Moffat County resident James Cooper owns two pieces of land — one north of Craig and one south of Hamilton. His property could rest in the path of a proposed power line, he said. For that reason, Cooper attended a Bureau of Land Management public scoping meeting Wednesday at the Moffat County School District administration building.

Grant paves the way to changes at Colorado West

Regional mental health agency now offering same-day services

Colorado West Regional Mental Health implemented big changes last year, director of development Andrea Richardson said. “It’s huge,” Richardson said. “It’s a huge paradigm shift in community mental health.” The changes, which included same-day service for walk-in patients, are described in Colorado West’s 2010 annual report, which was released earlier this month. Richardson said the same-day access program is the result of an Access and Engagement Grant from the National Council of Behavior Health Care.

MCHS coaches strategizing for rival Sailors

Varsity basketball teams on the road Friday for WSL tilt

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will change up its game plan in anticipation of Friday’s road game against rival Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs recently faced two teams who emphasized transition baskets and getting the ball inside. The Sailors, however, are a different team than the Bulldogs’ recent opponents.

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2011

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Incidents of abandoned horses at Sand Wash Basin concern BLM

Kathy McKinstry, a rangeland management specialist with the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig, said releasing domestic horses into the wild is wrong. “People may think they are doing their domestic horse a favor by abandoning it near wild horses,” McKinstry said. “The harsh reality is that most likely their pets will die a cruel and painful death through starvation or dehydration.”

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MCHS girls swim team set sights on league, state

Coach: Outcome in girls’ hands

With less than two weeks until the Western Slope league meet, the top 16 in each of the 10 non-relay events were released on Sunday. As the swimming season starts to wind down, Moffat County High School girls swimming team head coach Meghan Francone said she is proud of her team’s performance thus far this season.

Briefs for Jan. 27, 2011: Market beef weigh-in set for Feb. 6

The Moffat County 4-H/FFA market beef mandatory weigh-in and tagging is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb 6 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. In order to show or sell a market beef animal at the 2011 Moffat County Fair, participants must have animals tagged and weighed in on this date.

Datebook for Jan. 27, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 27, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 27, 2011

Comics for Jan. 27, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 27, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 27, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 27, 2011: Pregnant and confused

I have been divorced from "Bill" for more than a year and separated for almost two. I am currently expecting his baby. Obviously, we were still sleeping together, but this pregnancy was a total accident. I've always wanted a second child, and this should be a happy time for me, but I am miserable.

Horoscope for Jan. 27, 2011

The year ahead is a good time to increase your group affiliation in areas that interest you or with activities that are in your field of endeavor. Good things could develop through your interactions with fellow enthusiasts.

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Sudoku for Jan. 27, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 27, 2011

Court orders Chadwick Real Estate's Friedman to pay more than $44K

Ruling tied to real estate deals; judge decides Friedman doesn’t owe additional $245K

A Tuesday court ruling ordered Richard Friedman, of Chadwick Real Estate Group and other entities, to pay more than $44,000 to Florida developer Stephen Bun­yard’s First Land Development.

Wednesday, January 26

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Firefighters rescue dog from icy pond in Hayden

West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters crawled across a frozen pond Saturday to save a dog from almost certain death. Hayden resident Vonnie Frent­ress spotted the dog in a pond along Routt County Road 65 while driving to town at about 10 a.m. Frentress and neighbors Sheila Woodley and Charlene Barnes began looking for help and then called firefighters.

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REPS hosts suicide intervention training in Craig

Ronna Autrey stood in front of a group of trainees in The Memorial Hospital conference room. Her nametag read “Jack.” Autrey was playing the role of a teenager during the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training that took place Tuesday and Wednesday at TMH. The training seminar, hosted by Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, combined group exercises, workbook lessons, role-playing and more to teach people how to identify and help suicidal persons.

On the Record for Jan. 26, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 26, 2011

Moffat County Commission talks capital projects

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said there are several county capital improvement projects that have been stacking up over the years, but they simply can’t wait any longer. Gray said after the Moffat County Commission’s regular Tuesday meeting the county had been waiting to do the projects in hopes that grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs would be approved to help pay for them. But those grants didn’t come through, and future grant cycles aren’t looking good either, Gray said.

Club 20 readies for legislative trip

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said he has been worried about the state’s approach to regulation of the energy industry. Beck’s concerns aren’t far from those of many other area residents, he said. With that in mind and as the county’s voting delegate in Club 20, Beck hopes to give state legislators a Moffat County perspective on energy issues when the governmental, business and civic advocacy group makes its annual legislative trip to Denver on Thursday and Friday.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 26, 2011

My Christmas cactus is now blooming and really beautiful. It usually blooms around Thanksgiving and lasts for some time, as the blooms are not all at the same time. Like me, my plant is getting slower as time goes by, but we both continue to keep on going, like the ever-ready rabbit. We pop up here and there.

Michelle Ballack: Dance ‘till you drop this weekend

Whether it’s inspired by tunes from your childhood or the desire to begin your New Year’s resolution, this week will have you on your feet and feeling the beat. ■ Boogie down with the Boogie Machine at Mathers on Friday. The band will play classic 70s tunes — including covers of Wild Cherry, Diana Ross, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more — from 9 p.m. to midnight at Mathers Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.

Craig man pleads guilty to exploitation charges

A 29-year-old man charged with 40 felonies, including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, pleaded guilty to nine counts Monday in Moffat County District Court. As part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Stephan White pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, also a Class 4 felony.

Student News: Alyssa Beth Macomber

Tom and Jeanne Macomber announce the graduation of Alyssa Beth Macomber on Dec. 17, 2010, from Colorado State University.

Coal bill root of energy summit cancellation in Moffat County

Kate Nowak, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners said Colorado House Bill 10-1365 took the Northwest Colorado community by surprise, shaking it to its core. Nowak outlined one of the bill’s lasting effects during an update on her organization’s activities to the Craig City Council during its regular Tuesday meeting. The director said YVP recently decided it would not host the Energy Summit in the future — a sign of the rift recently created between the coal industry and the oil and gas industry, she said.

Michelle Duncan: Thankful for great help

To the editor: I hope the residents of Craig and Moffat County realize how lucky they are to have the excellent EMTs, emergency room staff, fire/rescue personnel, deputies, and state troopers that they do. Two weeks ago, my mother had the misfortune of sliding off the road and was helped by the abovementioned teams. Everyone made a difficult situation easier while I drove down from Savery, Wyo., not knowing what shape Mom was in.

Briefs for Jan. 26, 2011: Coffee party to honor late member

The Craig Coffee Party, a non-partisan group that discusses a variety of political topics, is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The meeting is in honor of the late Jim Blevins, a Craig resident and party member. He died Jan. 22. Saturday’s meeting is open to the public.

Datebook for Jan. 26, 2011

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents the free Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Call 846-8182. 9 to 9:30 a.m. A United States Department of Agriculture food supplement distribution is at Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at 824-8282, ext. 11.

Editorial: Pedestrian priority

It’s been said transportation infrastructure is one of the key elements all successful and prosperous municipalities have in common. However, the Editorial Board contends Craig is sorely lacking in one of the most basic of those infrastructures — sidewalks. While the issue of sidewalk construction and maintenance isn’t new to the community, the Editorial Board concluded Monday it is time for city officials to take a long, hard look at the sidewalks, or lack thereof, around Craig.

John Burke: Hearing aid help needed

To the editor: In November 2009, a boy in the Moffat County School District received a hearing test at school, which determined that he has an educationally significant hearing loss. His parents said his hearing loss affects him in many ways at home and at school. At times, he cannot hear what instruction his teachers and/or parents give him, and in turn, he is unable to comply and follow through.

Terry Carwile: Good work, Daily Press

To the editor: Hats off to the Craig Daily Press for the Moffat Monthly feature “Prominent Women of Moffat County.” It is my pleasure and privilege to be acquainted with and to associate with almost all of the great people profiled. I can tell you from personal experience that they all bring energy, intelligence, leadership and dedication to our community.

Dick Prosence: Shrink the government

To the editor: What has happened to our country? We owe other people and others countries more money than most of us can comprehend. One thousand billion dollars equals a trillion dollars. Our debt is 14 times one thousand billion dollars.

Sports Briefs for Jan 26, 2011: Volleyball registration now open for spring

Craig Parks & Recreation is now taking registration for spring coed volleyball. There will be two leagues — competitive and semi-competitive.

Moffat County School Board agendas for Jan. 26, 2011

Moffat County School Board work session When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Jan. 26, 2011

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Road Agenda:

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Comics for Jan. 26, 2011

Comics for Jan. 26, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 26, 2011

Because you'll be far more enterprising and fearless than usual, the next year is likely to be an exciting one. Even though your efforts will bear fruit, don't let impulsive boldness exceed your common sense.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 26, 2011: Disappointed in son's behavior

Our son, "Colin," is 19 years old and a sophomore in college. He was always helpful and a good student. Last spring, Colin became rude and condescending. We found out he was living with a 33-year-old man who is infected with HIV. This man was controlling and used sexual blackmail to keep Colin in line. We finally got our son back home, but it was a long, difficult summer.

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Crossword for Jan. 26, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 26, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Trapper’s Top Ten List

Fitness center owners give advice on staying healthy in 2011

There are 168 hours of life per week. Subtract 40 hours for work and subtract 56 hours for sleep and you have a balance of 72 hours. Clean the house, walk the dog, fix meals, brush teeth, watch the Broncos, nap, etc. You can put aside at least three one-hour sessions per week, minimum to exercise. You can’t say you don’t have time — you do that because all else is being lazy.

Andy Bockelman: ‘King’s Speech’: A majestic historical biopic

When you go to a movie, you expect any stuttering to sound rehearsed and phony, particularly with heavy usage. Yet, with “The King’s Speech,” despite having the eponymous character’s dialogue endemic with flubs and falters, it never sounds the slightest bit fake. As the technological advances of the world become greater and greater in the 1930s, so does the visibility of the British monarchy, a fact not lost on Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George, the Duke of York (Colin Firth).

On the Record for Jan. 25, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 25, 2011

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MCHS sophomore shows improvement at latest wrestling tourney

Bulldogs trip to Rifle tournament yields standout performances

When 2008 Moffat County High School graduate Matt Kincheloe left MCHS, he probably never expected to win a wrestling match for the Bulldogs again. In a way, that is what Kincheloe, a state placer for the Bulldogs, did when he helped current sophomore Garrett Stewart in the wrestling room. Heading into his fifth match in the Rumble in the Rockies Dual Team Tournament on Saturday at Rifle High School, Stewart was tired and worn out.

BLM asking for public feedback on proposed power line

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public feedback on a proposal to build a high-voltage power line, which could run through portions of Moffat County. The BLM hopes to include residents’ comments in an environmental impact statement concerning construction of the 600-kilovolt, direct current TransWest Express transmission line, which is proposed to run through Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, according to a news release from the agency.

Datebook for Jan. 25, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 25, 2011

Briefs for Jan. 25, 2011: REPS offers suicide prevention training today

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is slated to present Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training today and Wednesday at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. Participants will learn to recognize suicide and depression warning signs, apply a model for intervention, and how to link people with community resources. The workshop lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free.

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Sudoku for Jan. 25, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 25, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 25, 2011: Upset boyfriend involved mother in relationship

I come from an extremely dysfunctional family. I am 50 years old and have been estranged from my family since I was 31. I do not miss them and have no desire for contact. I've had only a few long-term relationships in my life. I am currently cohabiting with a 52-year-old man who had never been in a relationship before me. For the first two years, he was wonderful, but when I pressed for marriage, he backed away.

Horoscope for Jan. 25, 2011

Don't be surprised if some powerful ambitions that will inspire you to work toward greater material accumulation are awakened during the coming months. Don't give up too easily, and a substantial amount of your desires could be fulfilled.

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Comics for Jan. 25, 2011

Comics for Jan. 25, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 25, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 25, 2011

Monday, January 24

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Local senior credits racquetball with improved health, sharing the sport with others

Craig resident Bill Muldoon seemed destined to be a badminton player. He grew up with a mother who was an all star in the sport, and she put a racquet in her son’s hands early. But, badminton had its limitations, Muldoon said. He was more suited to another sport, but one that still included a racquet.

Steamboat's McConnell challenging whether Senate appointment vote was legal

Former congressional candidate says vote should have been public; lawyer calls it 'an open question'

Former U.S. congressional candidate Bob McConnell questions whether the state's open meetings law was violated when a Senate District 8 vacancy committee voted by secret ballot Jan. 3 to have Jean White replace her husband, Al, in the state Legislature.

On the Record for Jan. 24, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 24, 2011

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American Legion Post 62 in Craig seeking contributions to keep pool afloat

Mel Shockley, commander of the Mark Anthony Evans Lawton American Legion Post 62 in Craig, said he’s faced with a difficult decision. “I’m just telling you how I feel,” Shockley said. “I don’t want to see it happen, I hope it does not happen, and our members don’t want it to happen. “But, I have a fiduciary duty to the American Legion post and its members to see to it that we don’t get in a financial jam.”

Robert Told remembered at Saturday service in Craig

When Robert Bruce Told died last week, Dr. Thomas Told lost his youngest child. “He was the baby of the family. He was an attractive little guy,”Thomas said. “You always look at the baby of the family as the kiddo who’s going to put everybody to rest and turn out the lights.

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MCHS girls varsity basketball team drops Palisade, 45-39

With three minutes left in the first quarter of Saturday’s Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball game against Palisade, head coach Matt Ray went to his bench and inserted junior varsity players. The score was 16-0 in Palisade’s favor and things were getting out of control. The JV experiment worked, as the Bulldogs were able to storm back and win their fourth consecutive game, 45-39.

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1st half dooms MCHS boys hoops team in Palisade

A flat start and lack of intensity Saturday from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team led to a 57-43 defeat to Western Slope League foe Palisade. With the score 31-15 at the half, head coach David Bradshaw said he took responsibility for his team not being ready to play.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 24, 2011

Tuesday 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays at Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson St. 6:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team plays at Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson St.

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My Life, My Words: Dave Clegg — ‘What you call a cush job’

“I’ve been (in Craig) since like (1997). … (I worked at) the Hayden Power Plant and have been here ever since. “It was pretty cool, it was electrical, so that’s what I was doing at the time. After that ended, I did electrical for another year and then went into HVAC and stuff.

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My Life, My Words: Remembering Jim Blevins

Editor’s note: Jim Blevins, owner of Blevins Electronics in downtown Craig, member of the Craig Coffee Party, and a one-time member of the Craig Daily Press’ Editorial Board, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. An official cause of death has not been determined. Grant Mortuary is handling the arrangements. As of Sunday, a service was pending. Mr. Blevins was featured in the newspaper’s Locals special section in 2009. That profile reappears below.

Datebook for Jan. 24, 2011

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 2 p.m. The monthly AARP meeting takes place in the dining room at Sunset Meadows 1, 633 Ledford St. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people ages 50 and older. Call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

Craig Briefs for Jan. 24, 2011: Preserving the Last Frontier meeting set

The next Preserving the Last Frontier meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the second-floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. John Raftopoulos will speak during the meeting about the history of his family. The meeting is open to the public

E.V. Peterson: ‘Irresponsible’ city

To the editor: This is regarding Craig, the city of no sidewalks. I, like Ms. Rohrich, am gravely concerned that our school children have to walk to school on the streets.

Glanville: War in a horse pasture

Each spring, the half grown June grass would mark the time my two brothers and I would start building forts in Buck’s pasture. Buck was one of Grandpa’s favorite horses. I’m fairly certain he was as old as Grandpa, but he didn’t mind the forts, as long as we didn’t use him to try out the Wild West tricks we’d seen on TV. These forts, there were always three, were to be our only defense against marauding neighbors that crossed the Cattle Guard into the Kingdom of Glanville to lay pillage to Grandma’s apricot and apple trees.

Aging Well: Doing better when stress hits

Identifying and reducing burdens while making positive, long-term choices essential

In the story of the three little pigs, one pig builds an abode strong enough to resist the wolf’s wrath. The pig’s willingness to look at the problem wolf and prepare makes the difference in the story and, as it turns out, can make a difference in our lives when it comes to stress. Stress management “is the extent to which we are able to identify what real demands we are likely to face and if we are willing to start developing resources for that,” said Tom Traynor, a Steamboat Springs psychologist who conducts stress management workshops.

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Comics for Jan. 24, 2011

Comics for Jan. 24, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 24, 2011

Variance request to Section 16.07.060 (Number of Signs) of the Craig Land Use Code

A public hearing will be held on Monday, February 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., before the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625, to consider a variance request to Section 16.07.060 (Number of Signs) of the Craig Land Use Code submitted by Chris Nichols, owner/operator McDonald's of Craig, on the following property situated in the County of Moffat, State of Colorado.

Peretzler, Inc., Brett Etzler & Stephanie Perez dba Carelli's has by applied for a Hotel & Restaurant Liquor License

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Peretzler, Inc., Brett Etzler & Stephanie Perez dba Carelli's, 465 Yampa Avenue, Craig, Colorado has by application dated January 17, 2011, applied for a Hotel & Restaurant Liquor License on the premises herein above described.

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Crossword for Jan. 24, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 24, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 24, 2011: Husband's illness could be abusive

I believe my husband of 19 years is suffering from some form of mental illness. I need to know where to go for help — not for "Steve," because he doesn't think he has a problem — but for our teenage children and me. It breaks my heart that our kids despise their father. I'm not sure they will ever forgive him for the damaging things he has said and done since they were little.

Horoscope for Jan. 24, 2011

Numerous happy circumstances are likely to prevail for you and your loved ones in the next year, and even disappointing conditions could prove to be of value. Something important can be learned from mistakes.

Saturday, January 22

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Craig City Council sits in on Moffat County School Board retreat

Craig Mayor Don Jones said he followed his own advice when he helped coordinate a Craig City Council visit to the Moffat County School Board retreat. “I’ve had a lot of community members ask me, ‘Why are our test scores low? What are we doing about it?’ I say, ‘Well, you’re asking the wrong people,’” Jones said. “‘You need to ask your school board.’” The school board hosted a six-hour retreat Friday.

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MCHS girls basketball team overcomes slow start, eyes Western Slope lead

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a slow start Friday night to hand league foe Delta High School their first Western Slop loss, 46-39. After scoring just four points in the first quarter, the Bulldogs, led by seniors Britteny Ivers and Lauren Roberts, stormed back to take over the lead in the third quarter and hold on for the victory.

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Officials optimistic oil and gas activity can boost Moffat County economy

There’s a buzz in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s office, a level of activity officials said hasn’t been seen for decades. At one time, anywhere from 10 to 25 people have been filling the back room of the office, combing through hundreds of thick books stacked in neat rows and columns. Jeremy Mitchell, 34, is one of those people.

MCHS boys hoops falls to Delta

Headed into Friday’s game against Delta, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team had momentum from their first Western Slope victory. In the first quarter, the momentum looked to push the Bulldogs to a second consecutive win when they lead the Panthers, 19-9, after one. However, Delta put up 31 points in the second quarter to take the lead and never surrendered, beating MCHS, 82-56.

Sports Spotlight: Ben Winslow

Grade: Senior, Moffat County High School Sport: Wrestling, 215 pounds How did you get your start in your sport? “In middle school, all my friends were doing it, so I figured I might as well do it, too.”

Craig Fire District formalizes system compliance

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board approved a resolution to adopt the National Incident Management System at Thursday’s meeting at the fire station. The system is not new to Craig Fire/Rescue, chief Bill Johnston said. The fire department has been using the program for several years, and Thursday’s resolution was a formality to stay compliant.

Diane Prather: Ag projects on tap for 2011

A new year has just begun, but the Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University Extension Office are already announcing plans for upcoming events and projects. First off, Northwest Colorado farmers and ranchers might be interested in attending the seventh annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show on Feb. 3 at the William L. Gobin Community Building in Rocky Ford. The one-day workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Over a Cup: Looking forward to Valentine’s Day

The holidays usually sneak up on me, so I decided to get a jump on Valentine’s Day that will be here before we know it. When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of cherries, and this week I have two recipes using them. The first recipe is a favorite that I’d actually forgotten about until I found it in my file. It’s easy to make and delicious.

Government update for Jan. 22

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Victory Motors and Northwest Detail Shop team: Thanks, Fire/Rescue

To the editor: To the community and our valued customers, the Maneotis family and employees of Victory Motors and Northwest Detail Shop would like to thank Craig Fire/Rescue for fighting through the frigid cold and for the work that they had to tend to with the fire and loss of our building. The community should know what a great group of captains, lieutenants, firefighters and equipment that we as a community have and the training these group of people go through to try to protect the homes, businesses and things we cherish.

Editorial: Basic economics

There’s no bigger issue for any community today than bolstering economic development. That’s especially true for Craig and Moffat County, where our economy is not only feeling the ripples from the national strain but could also be hindered in the future by regulations.

Briefs for Jan. 22, 2011: REPS offers suicide prevention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is slated to present Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. Participants will learn to recognize suicide and depression warning signs, apply a model for intervention, and how to link people with community resources. The workshop lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free.

Datebook for Jan. 22, 2011

9:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s 10th annual fundraising Poker Run begins at the Freeman Reservoir trailhead parking lot, 10.5 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13. The cost is $10 for each hand or three hands for $25. A banquet follows at the O.P. Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Visit www.northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org. 11 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays at Palisade High School, 3679 G Road. 12:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball team plays at Palisade High School, 3679 G Road.

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Sudoku for Jan. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 22, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 22, 2011: Parents demand apology

A few years ago, my husband and I had some problems and we separated. My parents were wonderfully supportive at the time, but when I decided to return to my marriage, they insisted my husband apologize to them. He refused, saying he only owed apologies to me and the children, and even if he did apologize to my parents, it wouldn't change their feelings toward him. I tend to agree with him. They have had a rocky relationship since we were engaged.

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Comics for Jan. 22, 2011

Comics for Jan. 22, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 22, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 22, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 22, 2011

A couple of new, constructive relationships are likely to be formed with persons in your field of endeavor during the year ahead. What you have in common is what will draw you together, but your personalities will cement the friendship.

Friday, January 21

Delta downs Bulldogs

MCHS boys varsity basketball team on the road tonight against Delta

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team facing Western Slope League foe, Delta Panthers, tonight on the road.

Bulldogs win league road contest

MCHS girls varsity basketball team gives Delta first WSL loss

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team has now won three straight.

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Wyman Museum in Craig dredging fishing pond for spring opening

Nicky Boulger pointed out her office window Thursday toward yellow excavators digging into black mud at the Wyman Museum. “I can die now,” Boulger joked. “This was my final goal in life.” Boulger was referring to adding fish to an ox bow pond on the museum grounds.

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United Way of Moffat County exploring community concerns through Community Conversations

At each meeting, the invited guests broke into small groups to discuss their thoughts with a United Way representative. Pearce said a broad range of issues were raised, including a lack of transitional housing and public transportation, an overall unstable economy, the need to teach parenting skills, and a shortage of programs for substance abuse treatment and prevention. “We also talked about the assets of the community,” Pearce said. “A lot of that was the people of the community, the caring nature and generosity of the community, the college, the outdoor lifestyle that we have.”

Craig auto dealers braving bad economy, seeking a better spring

Jerry Thompson, owner of Craig Ford, said he has a simple philosophy about going to work each morning. “I guess my saying is that I just get up and come to work every day and see what it is going to bring,” he said. Thompson said his attitude has been developed over the many years he’s worked in car sales and is indicative that one simply can’t predict or forecast the auto industry.

On the Record for Jan. 21, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 21, 2011

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MCHS grad preparing for Saturday match in Las Vegas

Ask Tyler Pogline why he fights and hear him deliver a Rocky Balboa quote. “Because I can’t sing or dance,” said Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, echoing the famous fictional boxer. Those talent shortcomings notwithstanding, Pogline will perform this weekend before a national audience.

Local fuel gauge for Jan. 21, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.39

Moffat County School Board retreat agenda for Jan 21, 2011

Moffat County School Board retreat When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

Datebook for Jan. 21, 2011

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Moffat County School Board hosts a retreat at the school district administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. The retreat is open to the public. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

MCHS basketball teams gear up for Delta

Vying for their first winning streak of the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team takes on Western Slope League foe Delta at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the road. After beating Battle Mountain on Saturday, the Bulldogs will face a similar opponent in Delta, head coach David Bradshaw said. “(Delta’s) preference is to push the ball and they don’t really run a lot of offensive sets,” the coach said. “They like to get the ball to the corners and get off quick shots.”

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Sheriff’s office employees honored for years of service

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said it’s rare for someone to stay 30 years at one job, especially in law enforcement. Earlier this year, Jantz awarded three people with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office for reaching such a milestone. “Look at the nature of the business that we’re in and for those guys to do 30 years in Moffat County is outstanding,” Jantz said.

Briefs for Jan. 21, 2011

Starting today, Friday classes at Moffat County High School will end at 2:15 p.m. To better accommodate lunch, passing periods and bus supervision, the Friday schedule will run five minutes longer, according to a news release.

Michelle Reed: What our event is about

To the editor: As the public relations committee chairwoman for the Craig Rotary Club, I would like to convey what the club’s Diamonds & Spurs event is really about. The event is and always has been a fundraiser to support the various projects the club performs in our community including scholarships, reading and dictionary programs for elementary-level students, lifeline as well as partnering with other Rotary Clubs to donate funds for medical and educational needs on an international level.

Valerie Rohrich: Watch your speed

To the editor: I am writing about an incident that I observed Wednesday morning. As I was driving on Colorado Avenue and reached the intersection with Seventh Street, I saw a car coming down the hill traveling at a high rate of speed.

Weeldreyer, Simones and Johnson families: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The families of Storei Thyme Mae Weeldreyer would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to her. Storei continues to do well with her chemotherapy, and is in very good spirits. She will continue with her therapy, radiation and surgeries throughout this summer.

H. Neal Glanville: Remember our roots

Here’s a startling revelation: I love Craig, and other than my childhood haunts, I can think of no better place to live and grow older than Craig. Oh sure, I’ve made more than my share of trips over the hill, which is why the sign was posted directly across from Lake Dumont on Rabbit Ears Pass that simply reads “it’s time to go home now, H. Neal.” I know you’re either smiling or grumbling about what we have or don’t have, but Craig has a quality that you can’t quite put your finger on and that keeps us here.

David Pressgrove: Taking on choices

In the 2005 remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the climax of the movie takes place when Willy Wonka offers his factory to Charlie on one condition: Charlie leave his family in order to live in the factory. Willy is taken aback when Charlie chooses his family over the factory. Willy had just offered Charlie a child’s dream — to be in charge of a magical factory with the Oompa Loompas as friends for life.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 21, 2011: Adult indoor soccer league to play Saturday

An adult co-ed soccer league, which began last weekend, will play every Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Games will be played from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday. The cost is $2 per night, per player.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1603

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1603 Original Grantor(s): Jeff Johns and Melissa Johns Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Hayden developers withdraw fee waiver request

Town Council was asked for water base rates for Redstone to be waived

After a lengthy discussion at the Hayden Town Council meeting Thursday, the group that plans to redevelop the Red­­stone Motel in Hayden withdrew its request to have water base rates waived for three years. Developers David Josfan, Chris Paoli and Ben Spiegel had requested that the fees be waived because the taps are no longer in use.

Case Number: 2011PR04

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH A. VAOS, ALSO KNOWN AS ELIZABETH ANN VAOS ONE AND THE SAME PERSON, DECEASED Case Number: 2011PR04

The City of Craig is accepting bids for the 2011 Construction Materials

The City of Craig is accepting bids for the 2011 Construction Materials, ie road base, pit run, 3/8" chips, and other gravel materials. Bids will be due at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at which time they will be opened and read aloud.

Notice is hereby given to Talin Smith

NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT Notice is hereby given to Talin Smith, whose last known address is 7333 Pecos St., Denver, CO 80201 pursuant to Colorado Statute 38-20-116 has abandoned the below described property that is stored at Northwest Storage managed by Central Park Management, Inc., 4295 Hwy. 40 W., Craig, Colorado - Unit 247.

Bids for a new full size 4x4 pickup for the Moffat County Sheriffs Office

Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625 on February 10, 2011 at 9am for the purchase of a new full size 4x4 pickup for the Moffat County Sheriffs Office. Bids must be submitted no later than February 9, 2010 at 4pm in the Moffat County Sheriffs Office, 800 W 1st Street, Suite 100, Craig, CO 81625.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1605

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1605 Original Grantor(s): James E. Bohrer and Nancy D. Bohrer Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for AMERICAN MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1604

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1604 Original Grantor(s): Daniel J. Rolando Original Beneficiary(ies): First National Bank of the Rockies

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Crossword for Jan. 21, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 21, 2011

Proposed supplemental budget has been submitted for budget year 2010.

NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET A proposed supplemental budget has been submitted for budget year 2010. A copy of which is on file with the Administration Department, where it is open for public inspection. That the proposed supplemental budget will be considered at the Commissioners' Meeting to be held on January 25, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Horoscope for Jan. 21, 2011

There are indications that you will see some improvements in your earning abilities in the next solar cycle. However, even if this becomes a reality, it won't count for much if you spend it as quickly as it comes in.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 21, 2011: Husband's generosity an inconvenience

I have been in a relationship with a wonderful man for four years. Six months ago, we were blessed with a little boy who has become our world. The problem is, "Greg" is constantly going out of his way for his family. Recently, his sister was in a car accident, and her husband refused to give her the money to pay the deductible for repairs, so Greg gave her his car to use.

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Comics for Jan. 21, 2011

Comics for Jan. 21, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 21, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20

The list begins here

The idea for the section you’re about to read came, simply enough, from an offhand comment in a casual conversation, probably during lunch or an idle moment at the office. “Moffat County wouldn’t be where it is without women.” I don’t remember who said it or the context, so the author remains anonymous for today’s purpose.

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‘Let it roll off’

Undersheriff has passion for public service, but humor keeps her grounded

Charlene Abdella walked into a bar. It was the early 1990s and the bar was The White Horse Inn, which no longer stands. With her were two other female Craig Police Department officers and they were looking for someone who had been in a bar fight. As the three walked through the crowd, a man propped on a bar stool noticed the three women and made a comment Abdella said was unfit for print. But, the comment didn’t shake her.

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The strengths inside

Growing, learning lifelong goals for Moffat County Commissioner

Hard work never hurt anybody. That’s the message that was engrained into Audrey Danner from an early age growing up in rural Kansas. The message was spoken by her father, a carpenter and locksmith, and echoed by her mother, a rural postal carrier. It struck a chord with Danner, now a 58-year-old Craig resident and current Moffat County Commissioner. To this day, she draws on her conservative upbringing to help her manage one of Colorado’s largest counties. “I know the value of money, I know the value of family, and I appreciate both as a part of my upbringing,” she said.

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Making her own way

Craig Chamber director’s journey renews faith in abilities to make a difference

When Christina Oxley was 14, she found herself lying on her bed, telephone in hand. Her goal that night was simple, but represented the life and career she would one day seek. Oxley was calling Moffat County residents, encouraging them to vote for her father, Tom Mathers, as county commissioner. “I’d say, ‘Hi, my name is Chris and the election is tomorrow and I hope you support my dad,’” she recalled. “I loved that. I wanted to grow up too fast. I didn’t want to go sit at the kids table — I wanted to be sitting at the adults table learning to play poker and pinochle.”

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‘Sweetness … not too much toughness’

Corrie Ponikvar’s drive pushes United Way in helping others

Corrie Ponikvar said her daughter had no choice — she was going to college. “Her father and I were both very, very adamant that Lindsey (Scott) get a college degree,” Ponikvar said. “She went to college. She graduated from Regis (University) with a business degree. “Summa Cum Laude, I might add.” Ponikvar, on the other hand, didn’t go to college, a decision that’s had a lasting impact.

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A light from the West

A tribute to late Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos

You knew her as Mrs. Marianna Raftopoulos, a Moffat County Commissioner, Colorado Division of Wildlife commissioner and a prominent woman of the West. I knew her as Mom, best friend, confidant, and sometimes “Mert,” the nickname given to her as an eager child. I could recount all the impressive boards and organizations she was a part of, that she was the first female county commissioner, helped put Craig on the map via telecommunications, or in her more recreational moments, was the Moffat County High School Bulldogs biggest fan.

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Overcoming the time crunch

Jennifer Riley balances life as a wife, mother, council member and hospital administrator

Life’s a balancing act, Jennifer Riley said. Between her position on the administrative team at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, her seat on Craig City Council, her role as a wife and mother, and her additional community responsibilities, Riley certainly stays busy. But, she said it’s worth every minute and each endeavor is worthwhile. “I love Craig and I believe that Craig is a great community. … It’s nice to be able to give back,” Riley said. “And it sounds cliché, but this is a way to really demonstrate that giving back.”

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Lessons from the links

Ann Marie Roberts reflects on game's importance in her life

At the age of 10, Ann Marie Roberts was in a car with her mother and seven other children headed to Steamboat Springs. They weren’t hitting the slopes or jumping in the river. The group was headed down the valley to compete in a junior golf tournament. “My older brother and my parents all played (golf) while I was growing up,” Roberts said. “It is something I have done my whole life.” Thirty years later, Roberts is using her lifetime knowledge of golf to coach the Moffat County High School girls golf team.

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Forging partnerships

Open mind, communication, cooperation instrumental in leading EDP

In 2008, Darcy Owens-Trask almost missed getting a job. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership had just lost its director and the organization’s board was considering dissolving. Owens-Trask caught two breaks. The first was when the board decided to keep the organization intact. “They decided not to (disband) and hired an interim director for a short time to help them with some strategic planning,” Owens-Trask said. “Then they opened up a part-time position and actually (offered) somebody else.”

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Annual Poker Run to trek up Black Mountain

Rob Albert, Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club vice president, said poker is an activity for the whole family. At least his version is, anyway. On Saturday, the club hosts its 10th annual Poker Run on Black Mountain. Half of the proceeds from the event go toward a local student scholarship fund, and the other half is distributed as cash prizes to participants.

Janet Sheridan: Ramblings on reading

I pour a cup of coffee and prepare to immerse myself in a library book — until Joel wanders by. Reading is not his idea of entertainment, so he doesn’t understand my inability to concentrate on a book while carrying on a conversation about his missing socks. Though his teachers taught him to read with skill, they were evidently unable to inspire him to love doing so. And that’s OK.

Craig-Moffat EDP identifies diversification as a primary goal

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is organizing priorities for the year. “If you think about Craig a year ago, we were in a completely different world than we are now because we didn’t have all these perceived threats and all the things that are going on right now,” EDP Board Chairman Scott Cook said during the organization’s meeting Wednesday at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Mining association files motion to reconsider Xcel plans

Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson said his organization is working to bring to light the “flawed process” behind recent legislation concerning the coal industry and coal-fired power plants. “And flawed is really an understatement here,” said Sanderson, of the implementation of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The two bodies that conducted that process, Sanderson said, were Colorado lawmakers and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2011

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Lineup changes key Bulldogs win

Moffat County club hockey team goes 2-1 over weekend

Change can be a good thing. At least Moffat County boys club hockey team head coach Mark Samuelson thinks so. After a lackluster, 3-2 victory Jan. 15 over Steamboat Springs and a poor effort in a 7-0 loss Jan. 17 to Kremmling, Samuelson and other Bulldog coaches tweaked the lineup. In the second game of the Jan. 17 doubleheader against Kremmling, the team switched goalies, mixed up the lines and sent the players back onto the ice for another shot at their opponent.

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MCHS assembly promotes good choices, seatbelt usage

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner stood on the Moffat County High School auditorium stage Tuesday and addressed a full house. “I believe each of you make a choice for your future every time you buckle up,” Danner said. “Our son, Ryan Danner, chose one day not to wear a seatbelt.” Ryan died in a car crash in August 1994.

Briefs for Jan. 20, 2011: Literacy Carnival set for today

The ninth annual Literacy Carnival for all elementary school-aged children is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The event includes games involving reading and writing plus prizes. Children can take a book or two to trade. The carnival is open to children in preschool through fifth grade accompanied by an adult.

Datebook for Jan. 20, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 20, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 20, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 20, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 20, 2011: Worried about husband's drinking

y husband has several friends he's known for years. All of them are heavy drinkers. "Tom" is not a big drinker, but when he is with these friends, he gets sloppy drunk. We are in our 60s, and for medical reasons, Tom should not be drinking at all. Worse, he drives home after these binges. It often happens around sporting events. His friends will get him tickets, and although we discuss the drinking ahead of time, it doesn't help. When I call his cell phone and get no response, I know he's getting drunk. I pace the floor until he arrives home safely.

Horoscope for Jan. 20, 2011

Your chart indicates the possibility of forming some kind of relationship with an unusual individual, which could make for some interesting times. This person could even be instrumental in changing your lifestyle.

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Crossword for Jan. 20, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 20, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 20, 2011

Comics for Jan. 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19

Moffat County Commissioner talks new lobbying approach

Mathers: Leaner AGNC could help governments respond quicker to bills

Heading into this year’s state legislative session, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he is content with the commission’s lobbying efforts. It is those efforts, Mathers said during the commission’s Tuesday meeting, that play a large roll in how the commission is able to effectively respond to certain bills. Between the organizations the county belongs to, namely Club 20, Colorado Counties Inc., and the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, Mathers expects the county to have “a pretty active role” in bills that impact Northwest Colorado.

On the Record for Jan. 19, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 19, 2011

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Bulldogs wrestlers drop season's 1st dual home meet to Palisade

As everyone in the Moffat County High School gymnasium looked at the scoreboard Tuesday night, freshman wrestler Brayden Peterson was fighting to push his match into overtime. With the score tied 6-6, the Palisade’s 130-pounder Trevor Garcia turned Peterson on his back. The third period buzzer went off and a 3-point near fall was awarded as Palisade took the first match of the night, 9-6, to take a 3-0 lead in team points.

Diamonds & Spurs, aka ‘adult prom,’ sells out

Craig Rotary Club members said they have plenty to do in advance of Saturday’s Diamonds & Spurs dinner and dance at the Moffat County Pavilion. Sales for the event have gone well — the event is sold out. Normally, the club sells tickets for 10 to 15 tables at the event. This year, the club sold 20. “It’s been the best year we’ve had with ticket sales, at least in the seven years I’ve been involved,” Rotary Club Treasurer Randy Looper said.

Craig man sentenced to prison for drug offense

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a 27-year-old Craig man to prison Tuesday for a drug offense. Brian Keith Koppe pleaded guilty in district court to attempted possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He did not attend Tuesday’s hearing — he is currently in custody at the Sterling Correctional Facility — but appeared by phone and was represented at the hearing by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith.

Michelle Balleck: Dancing, riding & reading

Whether you’re in the mood to boogie down, ride hard or relax with some music, this weekend has got a little bit of culture and a little bit of rugged fun. ■ Dust off your tux and get ready to show your stuff Saturday night.

Datebook for Jan. 19, 2011

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039.

Ray Beck and Bryce Jacobson: ‘Great way to give back’

To the editor: In January 2009, we developed the Citizens Academic Scholarship. This scholarship is a great way for the community to give back to our young adults who are seeking higher education in order to better themselves and land a job that will support them the rest of their lives. The scholarship has certain requirements that need to be accomplished in order for applicants to qualify.

Editorial: Get the word out

It’s no secret Craig and Moffat County, with its numerous amenities and attributes, is a special place when it comes to recreational opportunities. No secret to those of us who live here, anyway. Beyond the county limits, and outside of the small number who have been lucky enough to stumble onto what our community has to offer, our home is a relative unknown among outsiders.

Sports Briefs: Local youths place in snocross event

Three Craig children placed in the International Series of Champions national snocross event Jan. 8 in Sandy, Utah. Wesley Chapman won second place in the Junior 14 to 17 division, and Michelle Stoffle placed fifth in the same division. She was one of only two girls to compete in the event.

Briefs for Jan. 19, 2011: Oil and gas update on EDP agenda

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board is scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • Call to order, roll call, welcome and introductions • Nov. 17, 2010 meeting minutes

Pamela Kinder, M.D.: Move creating confusion

To the editor: Dr. Dennis Kinder’s move to The Memorial Hospital Clinic is creating confusion. I wish to clarify that his appointments are now made there at 826-2400.

Horoscope for Jan. 19, 2011

In the coming year, you are likely to get involved in several joint endeavors, in the business and the social spheres. Your social affairs could enhance your commercial involvements and vice versa.

Sealed bids for the Magnesium Chloride Bid

LEGAL NOTICE Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on February 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for the Magnesium Chloride Bid. Bids must be submitted no later than February 10, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626.

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Comics for Jan. 19, 2011

Comics for Jan. 19, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 19, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 19, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 19, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 19, 2011: Distrustful of defensive wife

I am a 36-year-old husband and father, married for four years. Two years ago, I caught my wife cheating on me. I was willing to forgive her for the sake of our children. But lately, our marriage seems to have fallen into that dark alley again. My wife is always on Facebook or buried in her cell phone, texting. She won't tell me with whom. Every time I dare peek at what she is doing, she goes immediately on the defensive.

Tuesday, January 18

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Craig City Council member announces mayoral bid

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile announced this afternoon his intent to run for mayor in the city’s April municipal election. The 63-year-old Carwile will be running for the position currently held by Don Jones. Jones, who is term limited as mayor, served several terms as a council member and six years as mayor.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Green Hornet’ flies askew as action comedy

Remember the paunchy comedian that starred in “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” who made us laugh by playing an average guy whose greatest talent is spouting pithy rejoinders? Naturally, he needs to play a superhero in a movie, right? And to make it even better, he’ll still be funny. Can’t fail, right?

Colorado Northwestern Community College appoints new president

School names top pick Russell George to position

Colorado Northwestern Community College has a new president, and it’s a name familiar to local residents. Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, announced this afternoon the appointment of Russell George as CNCC president. George will assume the position Monday. He replaces former college president John Boyd, who resigned in late 2010.

Craig Chamber launching new group for young professionals

When Mel Ferree moved to Craig three years ago, she hoped to find friends of a similar age. Ferree, who was in her late 20s, quickly learned that wouldn’t be an easy task. “When I moved here I found it somewhat hard to find new friends my own age,” Ferree said. “My age group is all working and has families and sometimes it’s just hard to find people your own age.”

On the Record for Jan. 18, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 18, 2011

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DOW hopes to mitigate elk, rancher encounters

Moffat County resident Darryl Steele said he woke up Monday morning to quite a sight in his pasture three miles east of Maybell. About 40 elk had moved onto Steele’s land and were looking for a rare meal in the harsh winter conditions, he said. The elk were contained in an area about 100 yards from Steele’s home and closely shared the area with his cattle and horses — something concerning to the rancher and former Moffat County Commissioner.

MCTA moving forward with marketing survey

Director: Previous surveys didn’t capture travelers reason for visiting area

A small investment now can potentially pay big dividends later. At least that’s the attitude Moffat County Tourism Association Director Marilynn Hill has as she and the MCTA Board near the launch of an in-depth marketing survey of the county. The MCTA Board and the Moffat County Commission both gave unanimous approval earlier this month to spend $20,000 on a county marketing survey with the Edwards-based Hill Aevium.

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2 Moffat County swimmers, relay teams qualify at Jeffco Invitational for state competition

With her team qualifying for four more state events, Moffat County High School girls swimming coach Meghan Francone said she was thrilled with the Bulldogs performance over the weekend at the Jeffco Invitational. “The girls put in some really great events and we had some really good learning moments,” she said. “It is always exciting to see competition we wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Datebook for Jan. 18, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 18, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 18, 2011: My father's touching is annoying

My father has a habit of touching me when he talks. He'll tap my hand or leg, and he often touches my arm when it's unnecessary. I've told him many times that I don't like it, but he gets quite unhappy if I ask him to stop. He's done this since I was a kid, and I'm 33 now. Once, when I was 13, he kept tapping his leg against mine under the table at an outdoor restaurant. I couldn't tolerate it and moved my leg away. My father flew into a rage, snarling and gritting his teeth and telling me I had a "disgusting habit."

Horoscope for Jan. 18, 2011

Some clever ideas regarding new ways to add to your income shouldn't go ignored or unacknowledged in the coming months. Both luck and your own skillful insights will be on your side.

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Sudoku for Jan. 18, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 18, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 18, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 18, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 18, 2011

Comics for Jan. 18, 2011

Briefs for Jan. 18, 2011: Cancer support group gathering Tuesday at Rehab Services

The next cancer support group meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. today at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 473 Yampa Ave. All cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and friends are welcome to attend. For more information, call Missy at 824-9359 or Kim at 824-8421.

Monday, January 17

Andy Bockelman: ‘Yogi Bear’: Not quite smarter than average family film

Sometimes when you’re out among nature, it’s hard to resist providing sustenance for all the cuddly critters of the forest — a few breadcrumbs for a hungry deer, an apple core for a friendly raccoon. But, other times the local fauna takes the initiative to get its own food, even if not all the animals can pull off the pork pie hat and tie ensemble of “Yogi Bear” while satisfying their munchies.

On the Record for Jan. 17, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 17, 2011

Moffat County business leaders meet with governor

On Friday, several local business leaders traveled to Fruita, where they represented Moffat County in a discussion with Gov. John Hickenlooper about a plan to improve the state’s economy. Over the weekend, Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, and Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office, participated in eight meetings around the state centered on economic development.

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Family-themed event draws local residents to Yampa River State Park’s annual Ski and Skate

Mountain climbing wasn’t a planned activity during Yampa River State Park’s Annual Ski and Skate event Saturday, but that didn’t stop Kassie and Tanner Yeager from doing so. Kassie, 7, and Tanner, 4, finished a round of cross-country skiing with their parents and then spent some time tackling a pile of snow about 10-feet tall near the parking lot of the park’s visitor center.

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MCHS boys basketball team wins 1st league game, 60-55

Things started in a similar fashion Saturday night for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team. A couple of good shots to get the game going, followed by a slew of points by the visiting team, who on this night, was the Battle Mountain Huskies. Trailing 16-8 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs seemed like they were running toward their ninth straight loss.

Bulldog sports for Jan 17, 2011

5 p.m. The Moffat County High School junior varsity wrestling team competes against Palisade High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6 p.m. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team competes against Palisade High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

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MCHS girls basketball tames Huskies

Elbows in and use the legs. Those were the thoughts going through sophomore Sassy Murray’s mind as she heaved a half-court shot at the buzzer ending the first quarter. The ball went in, and the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team had a 22-point lead only a quarter of the way through their home game against Battle Mountain on Saturday.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 17, 2011

I read the letters to the editor in the Craig Daily Press and it amazes and amuses. I either agree or disagree on what the subject is. You see, we all have an opinion on anything, and our right to state it is a precious thing. My opinion is a man goes hunting and spies bear tracks. He says, “Wow, let’s follow and get that bear.”

Local residents react positively to Craig-centered program on Altitude TV

Wyman Museum office manager Nicky Boulger recently watched a television special that featured Winter Festival at the museum, parts of Craig and extreme snowmobiling. Boulger said time flies when you’re having fun.

2 Moffat County organizations find synergy in respective projects

There’s a handwritten sign next to the old Simmons Rooming House in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue. The sign seeks “destructive” volunteers. Neil Folks, president of the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing, explained. “If somebody wants to get some animosity out, we’ll hand them a wrecking bar and say, ‘Here, take your aggression out on the building,’” Folks said.

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My Life, My Words: Donna Adrian — ‘Never scared to work’

“I moved here from Steamboat (Springs) and I originally was from Nebraska. My folks lived there. “My father was a farmer, a rancher there in Nebraska. We milked cows and all that noise and worked hard, you know?

Heidi Cardenas: Too cold for recess

To the editor: I have wanted to write this for a long time now and after reading the story about the school district’s policy on cold weather recess, I felt it was necessary. When I read the superintendent’s comment, “It could be 11 degrees, but if the wind is crisp and biting, the principal can make a decision,” it made me mad.

Briefs for Jan. 17, 2011: Library board meeting today

The Moffat County Libraries Board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. The meeting is open to the public, and the agenda includes reports from library branches and the appointment of board officers.

Datebook for Jan. 17, 2011

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5:30 p.m. The Moffat County Libraries Board meets at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Stephen Ghirardelli: ‘Feeling a little cheated’

To the editor: I often read H. Neal Glanville’s columns because I subscribe to the Craig Daily Press, and like many people these days, I like to get my money’s worth. But, after reading his essay, “The Results Are Your Answer,” I’m feeling a little cheated.

Kerrie Clarke: A bad 1st impression

To the editor: Upon re-registering my son back into Moffat County High School last week, I was shocked at the very first impression I had when we walked in the front doors. There was an enclosed corridor that a visitor must walk through to the front office and then you must present a driver’s license to make a nametag.

H. Neal Glanville: Life lessons of the bucket

As a teen, my beloved Aunt Ruthie took me under her wing with the hope she could save me from myself and the rest of the world. I wasn’t a bad kid by any stretch of the imagination, I just saw things differently than most kids and was constant about my search for answers to things I may or may not have had a reason for. Various adults thought this a tragic miscarriage of parenting and my two brothers thought it a crime against boyhood that I could ski all winter and appear to be goofing off all summer.

Bids to purchase two (2) 10' Dump Beds for the Road & Bridge Department

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase two (2) 10' Dump Beds for the Road & Bridge Department. Bids will be opened and read aloud at City Hall, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 at 2:30 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase two (2) Single Axle Truck Cab and Chassis

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase two (2) Single Axle Truck Cab and Chassis for the Road & Bridge Department. Bids will be opened and read aloud at City Hall, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 at 2:30 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Award of bid will be at the City Council meeting on February 8, 2011.

Permit Revision PR-03 to the existing Colowyo Coal Mine, Permit C-81-019

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given of the filing of Permit Revision PR-03 to the existing Colowyo Coal Mine, Permit C-81-019, by Colowyo Coal Company, L.P., 5731 State Highway 13, in Meeker, Colorado 81641, with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (CDRMS), Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, in Denver, Colorado.

Moffat County School District Re-1 Advertisement for Bids Point of Sale System for Food Service

Advertisement for Bids Point of Sale System for Food Service Moffat County School District Re-1 is accepting bids from interested and qualified Point of Sale (POS) Food Service Vendors for all of the district's Food Service venues, 6 locations. Interested and qualified Vendors can obtain a Request for Proposal (RFP) from Mark Rydberg at 970 826 6265 or mark.rydberg@moffatsd.org. All responses to the Proposal are due to Mark Rydberg by 2:00 pm February 15, 2011.

Aging Well: Instructors cite soothing, challenging benefits of water exercise

This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears once per month on the Aging Well page.

DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302

DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN WATER DIVISION 6 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following pages comprise a resume of Applications and Amended Applications filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of DECEMBER, 2010.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase three (3) Special Service Vehicles

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase three (3) Special Service Vehicles, for the Police Department. Bids will be due in the City Clerk's Office no later than 2;00 pm, on Wednesday , February 2, 2011.

Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302

DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN WATER DIVISION 6 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following pages comprise a resume of Applications and Amended Applications filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of DECEMBER, 2010.

Sunday, January 16

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Comics for Jan. 17, 2011

Comics for Jan. 17, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 17, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 17, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 17, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 17, 2011: Had it with in-laws

I've been married to "Nate" for 16 years. He is wonderful, but blind to the way his family behaves. These people have never been particularly warm toward me or my children from my first marriage. Nate and I have a child together, and they treat her with the same indifference. They give the other grandchildren expensive toys for Christmas, and ours get junk. The favoritism now extends to the great-grandchildren. I've tried to be nice about their treatment, but a person can only take so much. I told Nate I've had it with his family, but he says that's just the way they are.

Horoscope for Jan. 17, 2011

Although material gratification might come much easier for you in the next year, guard against taking anything for granted and complacency. You could lose out just as quickly as you lucked out, and end up right back where you started.

Saturday, January 15

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Turnovers cost MCHS boys in 55-43 loss

A solid defensive effort combined with a turnover-prone offense saw the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team drop their eighth-straight game Friday night. In their second league game, the Bulldogs lost to Eagle Valley High School, 55-43. Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said the defensive played a good game by trying different styles.

Diane Prather: County ag organizations setting 2011 agendas

What 2011 will bring is anybody’s guess, but one thing’s for sure: Moffat County agriculture organizations are already busy planning their agendas for the year. Take Moffat County Farm Bureau, for example. Newly-elected president Stan Sjostrom said the organization is going to organize a membership drive. Indeed, it will take lots of members to carry out the organization’s goals.

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MCHS girls basketball rides strong 2nd half to victory, 43-31

Snapping a two-game losing streak, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team posted another one in the win column Friday night. With an explosive second half, the Bulldogs were able to fend off Eagle Valley, 43-31. MCHS head coach Matt Ray said the team used a good defense combined with an effective offense who moved the ball to beat the Devils on their home court.

Veteran's Hotline: Rifle veterans home staying open

In response to recent news reports, the Colorado Department of Human Services has confirmed that the state veterans home in Rifle is not at risk of closure. Several media outlets around the state reported the veterans home could be forced to close because of financial losses. Not so.

BLM official leaves for national job

David Blackstun sat on top of a horse. To his side was one of Moffat County’s most prominent ranchers and in front of him lay the land he depended on — Cold Springs Mountain, South Green River and Vermillion Basin. The year was 2006 and Blackstun, then associate field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, was riding horseback with Wright Dickinson.

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Respect, dignity, care for families new coroner’s top priorities

Kirk McKey has assumed various roles over the years —chiropractor, board member, golfer, husband and father. In November’s general election, Moffat County voters elected him to take on a new position that sometimes constitutes three roles — doctor, detective and friend. He was elected Moffat County Coroner.

Over a Cup:A soup for cold days and nights

First of all, I have a request for gluten-free recipes. If you have any of these recipes, please call me at 824-8809 or write to me at PO box 415, Craig, CO, 81626. A hearty bowl of soup, a salad, and bread — it’s a menu made for cold days and nights. I tend to rely on the same soup and chili recipes because I can make them from memory. However, this weekend I found enough time to try a new “Beef Barley Soup” recipe.

Amanda Carrico: ‘No one’s perfect’

To the editor: I remember sitting in the Moffat County Pavilion as a teenager, when our lands were going to be regulated so that none of us would be able to afford to run our livestock on public lands, much less hunt it. I was in awe because our entire community came together and publicly stood up for what they believed in. We may have been separate ranchers, but everyone came together for one cause. Everyone had their disagreements, but at the end of the day only one thing mattered — defending a way of life that is the backbone of this nation.

Marvin Cattoor: Kendall owed apology

To the editor: I feel the Division of Wildlife owes an apology to Mr. Richard Kendall for the way they have handled the now infamous bear hunt. This has become a vigilante party out to hang Mr. Kendall. The Division of Wildlife stated that it is unethical to shoot a bear in a den. They didn’t say the bear was denned up — they just made it sound that way.

Briefs for Jan. 15. 2011: Next concert association performance Jan. 20

The Craig Concert Association presents a performance by guitarist Edgar Cruz at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in the auditorium at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The cost is $20 at the door, or free with an association membership. For more information, visit www.craigconcerts.org.

Datebook for Jan. 15, 2011

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Casa Loya, 351 Ranney St., donates a portion of proceeds from lunch and dinner to the Moffat County Thunder Cheer Team for an upcoming competition. 1 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays Battle Mountain High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Government update for Jan. 15

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 and moment of silence • 8:40 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda:

Editorial: System failure

There seems to be but a few times a year society decides to take a good, long look at the education system and that’s when student test scores are released. Throughout the year, we allow education to be hindered by deep budget cuts, short salaries for teachers, tenure for teachers whose performance is weak, an emphasis on standardized tests above real learning, and a lack of parental involvement, among others.

Ron and Lois Stoffle: Thanks for coming

To the editor: We would like to thank all of our family, friends, acquaintances and hunter education graduates who attended our 50th wedding anniversary party on Jan. 8 in Maybell. You overwhelmed us with your good wishes, love and support. Our children gave this party in our honor and devoted so much time and effort to it and we cannot thank them enough for doing it.

Crossword for Jan. 15, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 15, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 15, 2011

Comics for Jan. 15, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 15, 2011

Even though Capricorns don't wait for luck because they make things happen, there's a good chance many of you are in a benefic cycle in which you should be able to acquire some of the material things you've always wanted to have.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 15, 2011: Torn between husband and daughter

I am 55, married for 29 years, and the mother of three children. The problem is our middle child, "Martina," who is living with a 50-year-old divorced father of two. One of his children is married with kids, so our 24-year-old daughter is living with a grandfather. Martina lied to us for eight months, and when we found out about the relationship, we were furious and threw her out. The fight was nasty and physical, and the police were involved.

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Sudoku for Jan. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 15, 2011

Friday, January 14

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School district outlines policy for winter weather conditions

Just before noon Thursday, the Ridgeview Elementary School west doors flung open and an energetic pack of students poured out. The second- and third-grade students ran toward the school’s playground, specifically the swing set and jungle gym, for recess. Second-grader Jeremy Pritchard, however, had his own plans. He stood atop a labyrinthine snow fort dug into a snow bank. Pritchard struck a fighting pose under a bluebird sky. “We’re playing Power Rangers,” he said.

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Tri-State controls take step forward

State, EPA to rule on hybrid tech plan for Craig Station

A plan for new emission controls at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station has taken another step toward implementation. Paul Tourangeau, Director of the Air Pollution Control Division, said the Air Quality Control Commission unanimously approved a plan Jan. 7 for the coal-fired Craig Station to comply with Environmental Protection Agency’s regional haze program. The 60-year federal program aims to reduce visibility impairments in the country’s national parks and wilderness areas, he said.

Andy Bockelman: ‘True Grit’: A dusty dirty, dominant Western remake

When you wear an eye patch, your capacity for successfully using a firearm is questionable at best. At least, that’s the case for people who don’t have something called “True Grit.” When her father is shot and killed in 1878 Arkansas as a result of a trivial argument, 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) has to step up and handle her family’s affairs, namely tracking down the culprit who left her mother a widow.

Woman suspected of stealing nearly $70,000 from former Steamboat employer

Kayla Dawn Barker turned herself in to police Wednesday

An arrest affidavit states that Kayla Dawn Barker took the money by forging checks while working as a bookkeeper at Aspen Grove Plumbing and Heating in Steamboat Springs. Police began investigating the theft in November 2009.

On the Record for Jan. 14, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 14, 2011

Local fuel gauge for Jan. 14, 2011

Local fuel gauge Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.29

Dinosaur man pleads guilty in accidental shooting

A 63-year-old man connected with an accidental shooting in October 2010 has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Moffat County District Court. Terry Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy who allegedly shot his 2-year-old sister, was charged with child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to the child abuse charge as part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Craig women’s hockey team looks to improve on season

When the Craig Puck Ewes women’s hockey team plays a game, they generally have 13 ladies dressed to play. Minus a goalie, that isn’t enough players for two-and-a-half lines. “A lot of places, boys grow up playing hockey and when they are old enough, they are ready for a men’s team,” said Gayle Criswell, Puck Ewes manager and player. “There just aren’t as many girls growing up playing hockey.”

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United Way campaign raises $498K in Moffat County

Corrie Ponikvar, executive director of the United Way of Moffat County, pointed to a long table in her Yampa Avenue office. Heaps of papers covered the table’s surface. The papers, she said, are applications from area nonprofit organizations — detailed requests for a portion of funds raised by United Way during its most recent campaign.

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Candidate for CNCC president Russell George reintroduces himself to Craig community

Former state representative Russell George stood beside a podium in a dark suit Thursday and reflected on the early days of his relationship with Northwest Colorado. “The first few times I came up to Moffat County as a new candidate, I felt that this was a tough crowd,” George said to laughter from the audience. “But, I remember it didn’t take very long until you opened your arms and welcomed me, my wife and the boys in.” “It really feels right to be back here today.”

Planning and Zoning Commission meeting agenda

Planning and Zoning Commission meeting When: 5:30 p.m. work session, and 6 p.m. regular meeting Monday Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Regular meeting agenda:

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Bulldogs club hockey learns from 15-0 blowout

After suffering a 15-0 defeat Saturday to Gunnison, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team could have hung their heads. The team could have given up and suffered a similar fate in the two team’s second game Sunday. The Bulldogs didn’t, however, and though they lost again to Gunnison, 5-1, head coach Mark Samuelson said his team changed its whole attitude.

H. Neal Glanville: The results are your answer

I read Monday’s story in the Craig Daily Press, “Scoring the schools,” three times and had yet to make heads, tails or even apples and grapes out of it. “Without jumping to any conclusions,” I decided I was going to set the paper aside and try again later. It was 4:30 a.m. Thursday when I went for a fresh start on the Moffat County School District’s assessment of our student test scores.

How’s that working out for you?

As I look around, I see so many people suffering from something that has happened in their lives — illness, death, abuse, children that are out of control, the division in our country that seems to grow stronger with each passing day. It saddens my heart to see so many continue to go it alone. They have survived so far, and believe they will continue to get through life’s trials one way or the other.

Briefs for Jan. 14, 2011: Park’s Ski and Skate all day Saturday

Yampa River State Park’s Annual Ski and Skate is scheduled for 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the park, located between Craig and Hayden on U.S. Highway 40. There will be ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. The event is free.

Janet Sheridan: Pursuing beauty

“Joel,” I cautioned, “your meeting starts in 20 minutes.” “Yup,” he replied, concentrating on the endless game of computer pool he plays. “No problem.” Five minutes later, game finished, he went from shaving and showering to out-the-door in 10 minutes.

Datebook for Jan. 14, 2011

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Jim Blevins: An attack on America

To the editor: As the shock wears off and the facts become clear, I realize that the attack on Gabrielle Giffords was really an attack on the very concept of America. Extreme violence was used in an attempt to nullify an election and prevent an elected representative from communicating with those she represents. We will never know what the gunman was thinking or why. That doesn’t really matter. What matters are the objective facts and their impacts. What matters is that this attack was against the most basic principles on which America was formed.

Elberta Cochran: ‘Something to think over’

To the editor: This is about killing the bear in its den.

Susie Coleman: Thanks for the help

To the editor: Around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, I was headed to Steamboat Springs to take my young children to a birthday party. Coming down 10th Street, I tried to turn onto Colorado Street, but instead headed into a snow-bank.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 14, 2011: Needing excitement in my marriage

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 20 years, and in that time, we have become homebodies. Every year since we tied the knot, the passion has gradually declined, and lately, it's about dead. I am beginning to see life slip away without having done anything exciting. I happily gave up many interests for my wife, but I have recently regained my enjoyment of thrilling adventures, even if it means doing so alone.

Sealed bids for Cattleguard Iron

LEGAL NOTICE Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on January 21, 2011at 9:00 a.m. for Cattleguard Iron. Bids must be submitted no later than January 20, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626.

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Crossword for Jan. 14, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 14, 2011

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1597

COMBINED NOTICE - AMENDED - PUBLICATION FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1597 Original Grantor(s): Chad Davis and Betty Davis Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for First NLC Financial Services, LLC, dba The Lending Center

Estate of Adeline G. Mann, Deceased Case Number 10PR61

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Adeline G. Mann, a/k/a Adeline Gertrude Mann, Deceased Case Number 10PR61

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Comics for Jan. 14, 2011

Comics for Jan. 14, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 14, 2011

The year ahead could be one of your more successful solar cycles, when it comes to enterprises you either originate or personally direct and control. It will be important to keep this in mind if you are considering a partnership arrangement.

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Sudoku for Jan. 14, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13

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First baby of new year arrives at The Memorial Hospital in Craig

After 12 days, The Memorial Hospital in Craig finally has its first newborn of 2011. Jacob Dallas Schmedeke was born at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday to parents Tiffany and Frank Schmedeke, of Craig. Jacob weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Mother and child are doing well, hospital officials reported. Jacob is Tiffany’s first child and Frank’s fourth.

Craig City Council seats, mayor’s position on April’s municipal ballot

Three Craig City Council positions and the mayor’s seat are up for grabs in April’s municipal election. The terms of council members Ray Beck, Joe Herod and Byron Willems, as well as Mayor Don Jones, are expiring. Council members serve four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms. The mayor’s position is limited to three, two-year consecutive terms.

On the Record for Jan. 13, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 13, 2011

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Moffat County Commission delays safety center negotiations

With city election nearing, mayor questions whether request is politically motivated

Two months. That’s how long Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner asked the commission and Craig City Council delay negotiations concerning the Moffat County Public Safety Center lease. However, Danner and Craig Mayor Don Jones disagree about the reasoning for the discussion delay.

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Crossword for Jan. 13, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 13, 2011

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Red Dogs hockey team goes 0-2-2 in tourney that included younger players

A “B-plus” team playing in an “A” tournament. That’s how Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey manager and player Greg Neal described his team’s weekend in the 17th Annual Yampa Valley Invitational. After going 0-2-2 on their home ice at the Moffat County Ice Arena, Neal said the Red Dogs played well considering the tough competition.

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Comics for Jan. 13, 2011

Comics for Jan. 13, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 13, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 13, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 13, 2011: Am I being strung along?

was in a nine-year relationship with "Louisa." We were engaged for three years before we moved in together. Once we were living in the same house, however, we couldn't tolerate each other. We didn't touch, kiss or have sex. I fell in love with "Brenda" and had a torrid love affair. I didn't get caught cheating, but I ended things because I knew it was wrong. After Louisa and I finally broke up, I reconnected with Brenda, but she was still hurt and unsure about me. She moved on with someone else. However, Brenda keeps telling me that she loves me and needs time to sort things out.

Horoscope for Jan. 13, 2011

A certain enterprise or endeavor initiated by another in which you're asked to participate in the near future could turn out better than everyone expected. Be sure to keep an open mind about other people's proposals.

Datebook for Jan. 13, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 13, 2011

Briefs for Jan. 13, 2011: Community forum today to meet CNCC presidential candidate

Local residents will have an opportunity to meet Russell George, the finalist to replace John Boyd as president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today. The forum is meant to give community members a chance to “hear George’s ideas for the future of the college and … to ask questions about those ideas and share their own,” according to a news release from the Colorado Community College System.

Wednesday, January 12

Andy Bockelman: ‘The Tourist’: Not worth the price of a passport

It seems that whenever Americans travel to Europe, amazing things can happen. However, the filming of “The Tourist” is not one of those things. The biggest excitement in Wisconsin math teacher Frank Tupelo’s (Johnny Depp) life is what he reads in spy novels. But, while he’s glancing over the latest page-turner on a train from France to Italy, he meets someone who changes everything. Elise (Angelina Jolie) is a beautiful, cryptic British stranger with whom Frank is instantly smitten. And, to his disbelief, she is actually interested in him, too, inviting him to join her once they reach their Venice destination.

On the Record for Jan. 12, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 12, 2010

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MCHS boys basketball team can’t hang with Grand Junction, fall 70-37

The visiting Grand Junction High School Tigers brought a degree of skill, size and athleticism to the Moffat County High School gymnasium Tuesday night that the Bulldogs hadn’t seen this season. And, judging by the final, it was a combination the boys varsity basketball team hopes it won’t see again.

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Turnovers, slow start bite Bulldogs in loss

Flat third quarter allows Grand Junction to take game, 64-53

On Tuesday night at Moffat County High School, senior post player Lauren Roberts grabbed an offensive rebound and passed the ball back to Sassy Murray. Murray never received it — a Grand Junction defender snatched it away. Such was the way the night went for the MCHS girls varsity basketball team against the Grand Junction Tigers.

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New members appointed to TMH Board

Todd Jourgensen, sales manager for Severson Supply & Rental Co., has lived in Craig for more than a decade. “I’ve been here for 16 years, and I figured it was about time I gave back to the community in some way,” Jourgensen said. He’ll get his chance beginning this month.

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New Moffat County elected officials sworn in

Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner stood in front of the district courtroom and took note of the people sitting before her. “It’s really nice to look out into a crowd of smiling faces,” she said. “That doesn’t always happen in a courtroom.” Rather than prosecutors, defendants, and a jury, the courtroom played host Tuesday to eight newly elected Moffat County officials, their families, friends and well-wishers.

Real estate transactions for December 2010

Real estate transactions for December 2010

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Joanne Palmer: An argument for the basic, everyday checklist

Turn off coffee pot. Check. Print out boarding pass. Check. Return library books. Check. Check. Check. I am now a fan of checklists. Here’s how it happened. I went to the store five (count ’em, five) times to buy a new toothbrush for my pearly whites. I left the store five (count ’em, five) times without the toothbrush.

EDP director outlines growth plan to city council

Darcy Trask, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, said her organization is often torn between focusing on two slightly different economic philosophies. Economic hunting or gardening. Trask outlined to the Craig City Council at its regular Tuesday meeting EDP’s plan that would seek to use the better aspects of the two philosophies to grow and develop business in Moffat County in a way that fits with the current economic and political climate.

Datebook for Jan. 12, 2011

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 12, 2011

The snow is coming down faster now, or at least there’s more of it at once. The Sunset Meadows maintenance crew is trying to clear the walks at both places. It is a chore for anyone. It is a constant here. I give Beverly and John big kudos for putting in hours of work any time , day, evening, weekends, etc.

Briefs for Jan. 12, 2011: Dinner to benefit St. Michael’s Kitchen

St. Michael’s Kitchen, 678 School St., is hosting its annual fundraising dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. The dinner, which is open to anyone and costs $10, will include “Southern cooking at its finest.” For more information, call Gail Severson at 824-5283.

Interfaith Food Bank volunteers: Volunteers work hard

To the editor: The letter from Denise Rogers on Dec. 31, 2010, is just another example of a letter written to the editor by someone who knows absolutely nothing about the organization or the situation that is being questioned. We volunteers at the Interfaith Food Bank try very hard all year to provide food for those in need in the community. We have been in existence since the 1970s, and are staffed entirely by volunteers.

Weber Family: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Jim Weber would like to thank everyone for the prayers, phone calls, food and all the wonderful cards, and for giving us a shoulder to cry on and for holding us up during this trying time.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Learning my capacity

Life after college is quite the transition. I remember being in school and imagining what the real world would be like. Is it Sunday morning brunch? Is it more dinner parties? Is it routine over-spontaneity? What’s it all about?

Editorial: Snowplow salute

It’s an impossible job crews in our community tackle each year , plowing and removing Northwest Colorado’s considerable snowfall. And yet there crews are, in cold and incredibly difficult winter weather, battling through the elements to make our streets more safe each winter. The Editorial Board discussed the work of our city employees during Monday’s meeting and walked away wishing to express thanks for making this winter a little more bearable.

Charles Erick: ‘Apologies’ to Kendall

To the editor: I went back and re-read Mr. Kendall’s story about his killing of the big black bear. I guess I should have read a little closer. The date of the shooting/killing was Nov. 20. The black bear was probably not in hibernation , maybe a little too early at the onset of winter.

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Sudoku for Jan. 12, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 12, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 12, 2011

Comics for Jan. 12, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 12, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 12, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 12, 2011: Scared by husband's anger

I am disturbed by my husband's behavior. We were married in June, and I knew that "Clark" had a short temper. But an incident happened last night that frightened me. He became upset over a silly matter and screamed profanities, called me a horrible name and threw one of our couch pillows at my face. Clark knows he has anger issues. I usually let these outbursts slide because I understand he doesn't mean the things he says, but last night changed that. I truly believe that had I been standing next to him, he would have physically harmed me.

MOBILE HOME TREASURER'S DEED 20010-27

MOBILE HOME TREASURER'S DEED 20010-27 Tax Lien Certificate Number: 2008118 Tax Schedule Number: M000676 Certificate Owner: MOFFAT COUNTY assigned to Golden Stream Investments

Horoscope for Jan. 12, 2011

Conditions in general look very promising in the next year, both regarding your social life and where your material welfare is concerned. There is one word of warning, however: take care to whom you tell your financial secrets.

Tuesday, January 11

Michelle Balleck: Inside or out this weekend — your pick

If you can defrost yourself first, there are some fun things on the docket for the weekend. With temperatures warming up this weekend and hovering around the freezing point for highs, there are good times to be had whether you’re ready to strap on your skates or prefer cozying up with a good book or movie.

Moffat County Commission emphasizes desire to meet with new governor

With several pending land management decisions on his mind, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray expressed concern Tuesday that the commission needs to reach out to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The bottom line, he said, is the county commission needs to be more proactive with the new governor, mainly in organizing a meeting to discuss the area’s issues.

Tigers controlling MCHS boys basketball team

Bulldogs attempting to break six-game losing streak tonight

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team is on the wrong side of a six-game streak, and seeks to breakout tonight against the Grand Junction High School Tigers. The Bulldogs are vying for their second win of the season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The Bulldogs are 1-9 overall and 0-1 in the Western Slope League after losing Saturday’s league opener against Glenwood Springs High School.

Bulldogs fall in the fourth

Grand Junction pulls away from MCHS late, leaves with road win

A back-and-forth contest tonight at MCHS ends with the visitors pulling away from the home team.

On the Record for Jan. 11, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 11, 2011

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Reception in Craig honors outgoing VNA CEO

Sue Birch, chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, reminisced Monday surrounded by co-workers, friends and community members. She told those attending a reception in her honor about a time before she assumed her current duties at the organization.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Black Swan’: A beautiful dance with dark movements

Pursuing a future in ballet involves endless sacrifices: time, physicality, sanity. Well, maybe that last one isn’t something that every hoofer has to forgo, but then, the girl in “Black Swan” is a bit of an odd duck. All the world’s a stage and life is merely one big dance performance.

Datebook for Jan. 11, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 11, 2011

Bulldog wrestlers win big in Vegas

MCHS records third-place finish in tourney out West

Heading into the Las Vegas Tournament, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team’s goal was to gain experience and improve. With half of the team placing Saturday in the individual tournament, head coach Roman Gutierrez said the effort was there. “The kids put out the best performance they could with the capabilities they have,” he said. “A lot of the younger kids are making gains and the seniors are doing their part.” Of the 12 wrestlers the Bulldogs took to Las Vegas, 11 advanced to Saturday’s individual tournament after the team went 4-1 in Friday’s dual meets.

Horoscope for Jan. 11, 2011

A number of impediments that previously blocked your road to success are likely to be lifted in the coming months. Once these are gone, a clear path will open up for you, making it easier to attain your goals and objectives.

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 11, 2011: Scared after a break-in

I'm 15 years old. Two years ago, I arrived home from school to find a burglar in my room. My bedroom door was locked, and when I got near it, the thief burst through the door. I attempted to kick him in the groin, but missed. He grabbed my throat, squeezing it tight, and then went out the window. I called 911 and waited inside a closet for help. I made out a report and told my parents.

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Crossword for Jan. 11, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 11, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 11, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 11, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 11, 2011

Comics for Jan. 11, 2011

Monday, January 10

On the Record for Jan. 10, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 10, 2011

YVEA: Fault cause of today’s power outage in Craig

Craig’s north side and customers north to Wyoming affected

An underground fault, or blown piece of cable, is the cause of this morning’s power outage, Yampa Valley Electric Association operations manager Bill Caynor said. Power was lost at 8:45 a.m. and was restored at 10:24 a.m. to 710 customers on the northeast side of Craig and from Colorado Highway 13 in Craig north to Wyoming, Caynor said.

VNA names acting chief executive officer

Reception today in Craig to recognize Sue Birch, welcome Lisa Brown

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Board announced this morning the replacement for exiting chief executive officer Sue Birch.

Veterans Hotline: New VA committee chairman against adding costs to veterans

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a great beginning to 2011. Everything slows down at the end of the year, so I haven’t written any articles for a while. Let’s start the new year with this quote from Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.: “With the (Veterans Affairs) budgets rising dramatically in recent years, it’s time for Congress to check if those extra billions of dollars are being spent wisely,” Miller said.

Craig Daily Press launches Whittle the Wood website

The Craig Daily Press, in partnership with the City of Craig and YampaGeo, recently announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the promotion of the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. The site, www.whittlethewood.com, offers visitors a unique new way to experience year-round the sculptures created by professional chainsaw carvers during the festival, Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson said. “In the past, when people came to Craig we had some ability to tell them where the statues are, but nothing printable or visual,” Jacobson said of the sculptures, many of which are displayed at various places around the city. “With the Carving Tour on this website, we are able to provide an interactive map that shows people where the statues are located.”

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Ex-Craig law enforcement officer impressed with Dateline special

Jeff Corriveau, a former Moffat County Sheriff, said it was difficult to watch Friday’s installment of Dateline NBC. But, the difficulty had nothing to do with the quality of the program. Quite the contrary, he said. “I thought they did a wonderful job,” Corriveau said. “It was a wonderful, compelling story.”

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My Life, My Words: Peggy Tabor — A matter of teamwork

“I needed a job. I came and applied. I was here for February, March, April— three months, and the deli manager’s position came open and I applied for it and got it. “Becoming a manager was a lot to learn, there was a lot of paperwork involved. “I went to Grand Junction for a week of training. Most of these girls have been here longer than I have, so some of them, you know, trying to get them to adjust to the fact that you’re the new manager and you’re the new boss and getting them to do things the way they should be done and the way the company wants it done, sometimes its difficult to get the point across.

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Assistant superintendent reflects on Moffat County School district’s performance scores

Christine Villard, assistant superintendent of the Moffat County School District, put a fine point on her district’s results in the 2010 Performance Framework Reports. “Our scores are not where we want them to be,” she said. “We need to be performing better.” The reports, which are generated by the Colorado Department of Education, were released at the end of 2010 and are posted for public viewing at www.schoolview.com, a website the Department of Education maintains.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 10

Tuesday 3 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays Grand Junction High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball team plays Grand Junction High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team plays Grand Junction High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Sports Spotlight: Tiarra Schroeder

photo Tiarra Schroeder Name: Tiarra Schroeder Grade: Freshman, Moffat County High School Sport: Swimming, freestyle and backstroke

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MCHS boys fall in league opener

A strong performance by the reigning Western Slope League player of the year stifled the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team in a 63-50 home loss Saturday to the Glenwood Springs Demons. Despite the outcome, Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said his team came out with great effort. “We lost the game, but defensively we battled great,” MCHS’ first year coach said. “The effort was absolutely there and I am proud of the team.”

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MCHS girls’ rally falls short as Demons win at the end

A fourth-quarter comeback by the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team fell short Saturday when the Glenwood Springs Demon hit a lay-up at the buzzer for the win, 50-48. Trailing, 40-24, entering the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs used a 10-2 run and a lay-up with under 10 seconds to tie the game. Caught celebrating, the Glenwood Springs Demons took advantage with a breakaway lay-up at the end to win.

Briefs: Accountability meetings next week

Moffat County School District’s School Accountability Committee meetings are scheduled for this week. Moffat County High School’s SAC will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. today in the school’s library, 900 Finley Lane. Craig Middle School’s SAC will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the school’s library, 915 Yampa Ave.

Charles Erick: ‘Shame on you’

To the editor: The Craig resident Kendall is quite the hunter, eh? He tracked a black bear to its hibernating den, entered the den, found the black bear asleep and shot it twice from six feet. Wow? What a great hunter?

Mike Albee: Insurance to blame, too

To the editor: For the sake of argument, let’s pretend you are a member of the United States Congress and you are holding a town hall meeting somewhere back in your home state. The subject of the new health care reform comes up and you say you want to repeal it. Several parents express concern because some of them have kids that just graduated from college and are about to turn 23.

Datebook for Jan. 10, 2011

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 2 to 4 p.m. A farewell reception takes place at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., for VNA Chief Executive Officer Sue Birch. The event is open to anyone. Contact Suzi Mariano at 870-871-7631 or smariano@nwcovna.org.

Dick Prosence: Let states run education

To the editor: I recently wrote to I wrote to our two U.S. Senators and the representative for our district and asked them to support phasing out the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years. Please don’t immediately assume that I am against the best education for our young people, since the opposite is true. What I am against is intrusion by the feds into areas best managed by local and state authorities.

H. Neal Glanville: Bitter trips of the tongue

The other day, our last good snowstorm, several elderly people asked me, some demandingly, to know why they couldn’t get their sidewalks or driveways cleaned well enough to move three degrees in any direction. My first trip of the tongue bitter was to ask if they had snow shovels and warm pants. The second and bloodiest was when my friend Grant Dalton, rolling up in his wheelchair, hands in the air wondering the same thing, not to be outdone by our friend Ken Fleming, an old buddy from the early days, joined in the conversation.

David A. Lien: Sportsmen back DOW

To the editor: The phrase “fair chase” has a very specific meaning in the hunting world. The Boone and Crockett Club defines it as “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big-game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.” Last November, a Colorado “hunter” tracked a black bear to its den, where it was likely preparing to hibernate for the winter, then shot it in the den. Such an act, although not currently illegal, is an unfortunate example of excessively poor judgment and a complete lack of fair chase ethics, and Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers fully supports the state wildlife commission’s plans to draft a rule banning the hunting of bears in dens.

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Crossword for Jan. 10, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 10, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 10, 2011: Daughter taking advantage of living situation

My wife and I are in our mid-60s. For most of our lives, we have done pretty well, but lately we've had financial difficulties because our incomes have been significantly decreased while our debt has not. My health is failing, and I don't know how much longer I can continue to work.

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Sudoku for Jan. 10, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 10, 2011

Aging Well: Downsizing doesn’t have to be daunting

Downsizing is a process we undertake, to various degrees, throughout our lives. Still, as we age, we seem to accumulate more stuff while growing more attached to items that have accompanied us throughout the years. Inevitably, a person must dramatically pare down all belongings to accommodate smaller, more convenient living quarters or a simpler lifestyle.

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Comics for Jan. 10, 2011

Comics for Jan. 10, 2011

Proposed decision to Approve Bond Release Application No. 11 (SL-11) for the Trapper Mine, Permit No. C-1981-010

Notice of Proposed Decision The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety has issued a proposed decision to Approve Bond Release Application No. 11 (SL-11) for the Trapper Mine, Permit No. C-1981-010. The mine is operated by Trapper Mining, Inc. under the provisions of the Colorado Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Act of 1979. The bond release application was submitted by Trapper Mining, Inc. on February 25, 2010.

Horoscope for Jan. 10, 2011

By utilizing sources that have been untapped, you will produce great benefits in the next year. These were always in your grasp, but up until now you might not have had enough faith in yourself to use them. Believe to achieve!

Saturday, January 8

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Craig-area Vietnam veteran preserves experience in journal for family

The year was 1970, and Archie Albaugh was walking with his wife in downtown Colorado Springs. A car backfired. Old reflexes kicked in. Archie hit the pavement. He stood up, dusted himself off and looked into the eyes of a man approaching him on the sidewalk. Today, Archie is 41 years removed that incident but remembers with crystal clarity exactly what the man said to him.

Moffat County officials to be sworn into office next week

Although she’s been sworn into office twice before, Tuesday will be a day Elaine Sullivan said she won’t soon forget. Each swearing in ceremony is a mixture of emotions, she said, from nervousness to patriotism. “Every time I was thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” she said. “After you sit there and you listen to it, of course I am an emotional person anyway, I get a big lump in my throat and the last time I think I cried.”

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Craig resident teaching sign language to hearing and hearing-impaired

Staci Nichols likes working with her hands. On Thursday nights in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, she teaches a small group of Craig residents how to communicate through sign language. Nichols, speaking through interpreter Deena Armstrong, said the need to teach sign language in Craig is greater than most people believe.

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Craig resident rediscovers crocheting despite blindness

Marie Switzer is blind. Life, however, hasn’t always been in darkness for the 87-year-old Craig resident. About 10 years ago, when macular degeneration and glaucoma started to take hold, progressively limiting Marie’s sight, she had to give up much of what she once loved. “She used to do all kinds of crafts,” said Cathy Rogers, a Craig resident and Switzer’s former caretaker. “We had all kinds of different things that she made — Christmas ornaments and earrings and tons of crafting stuff.

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Leonard twice qualifies for state meet in MCHS swim team victory

Early in the swimming season, Moffat County High School sophomore Eryn Leonard knows she can do better. Better will, in fact, entail improving on a state qualifying time. Leonard qualified in 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly in leading MCHS to a victory at the Moffat County Invitational Friday night at MCHS.

Government update for Jan. 8

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Bulldogs seeking experience at Vegas tourney

The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team traveled Thursday to “America’s Playground,” otherwise known as Las Vegas. However, the trip West has nothing to do with recreation. The Bulldogs are there to work. The Bulldogs are competing in the Las Vegas Tournament, the second day of which is today.

Barry Barnes: ‘A valuable service’

To the editor: Hello, my name is Barry Barnes. I’m the captain of Moffat County Search and Rescue. I just finished reading the article, “Surviving Subzero” of Jan. 5. I thought the article was poorly written and discredited Moffat County Search and Rescue. We are a professional group of trained volunteers with an excellent reputation that provide a valuable service to the community of Moffat County.

Amanda Carrico: ‘Did nothing illegal’

To the editor: As a Moffat County native, Colorado resident and avid outdoorsman and hunter, I am enraged at the attention being brought to Richard Kendall’s story. The man did nothing illegal and yet the media and public have turned what should have been the highlight of his hunting career into a nightmare that could end his life as he knows it.

Datebook for Jan. 8, 2011

6:45 a.m. The Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey team plays Rock Springs, Wyo., on the second day of the 17th Annual Yampa Valley Invitational at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 Ranney St. 9 a.m. Colorado State Parks, in conjunction with the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, hosts an avalanche awareness field session at Black Mountain, leaving from the Freeman Reservoir parking lot. Call Yampa River State Park at 276-2061. 10:30 a.m. The Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey team plays Laramie, Wyo., on the second day of the 17th Annual Yampa Valley Invitational at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 Ranney St.

Craig Briefs: Participants sought for Artwalk

The 16th annual Artwalk and fifth annual Taste of Chocolate are scheduled for Feb. 12 and organizers are seeking participants. Those interested in sharing their artwork should call KS Kreations at 824-2151. Those interested in competing in the Taste of Chocolate should call The Kitchen Shop at 824-8148.

Cheer team fundraier slated in Craig

A fundraiser next week through Casa Loya, 351 Ranney St., will go toward the Moffat County Thunder Cheer Team.

Editorial: Set sights on diversification

Last year was not one many in natural resources would most likely care to remember. First, our coal mines came under attack with Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. Next came regulations that entail Tri-State Generation & Transmission spending millions on new technology.

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Sudoku for Jan. 8, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 8, 2011

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Crossword for Jan. 8, 2011

Comics for Jan. 8, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 8, 2011: Don't rule out infections with children's rubbing

This is for "Concerned Teacher," whose 9-year-old pupil rubs herself against her seat all day long. I am a school psychologist. If sexual abuse has been ruled out, she should simply treat it like any other publicly unacceptable behavior, the same way you would treat a child picking his nose in class.

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Comics for Jan. 8, 2011

Comics for Jan. 8, 2011

Horoscope for Jan. 8, 2011

Dame Fortune is likely to have a few aces up her sleeves for you in the next solar cycle, so be prepared to take advantage of them when they arise. Benefits to which you're entitled but were previously denied will be part of her winning hand.

Friday, January 7

DOW to draft den hunting regulation

Craig hunter’s kill at center of potential ethics rule

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is in the process of developing a regulation that would prohibit the hunting and killing of bears in dens. During a Wednesday meeting in Denver, the Colorado Wildlife Commission directed the DOW to develop a regulation prohibiting such an action after hearing about a Craig man’s bear kill. In late November, Richard Kendall shot a 703-pound black bear after he tracked it to its cave in Moffat County. Kendall said he shot the bear from about six feet away after entering the cave.

On the Record for Jan. 7, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 7, 2011

Hayden Town Council approves airport liquor license

Beer and wine available starting today in Yampa Valley Regional Airport secure area

Beer and wine are available today at Charlie Epp’s Yampa Valley Regional Airport sec­ure-area eatery. The Hayden Town Council unanimously approved a liquor license transfer and temporary liquor permit for Epp, who began operating from the airport’s secure area in late December.

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CMS students collect more than 4,000 pounds during annual drive

Ginger McPherson, an eighth-grade science teacher, said she was impressed by this year’s food drive at Craig Middle School. “It was a shock,” she said. The students collected 4,044 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishible items between late November and mid-December. The food was donated to the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig.

Craig Fire/Rescue welcomes new recruits

In the face of declining interest in firefighting positions, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said he was happy to have three new recruits. But, the problem, he said, is just that — the number is only three. “I am disappointed that not more probationary firefighters were hired and can go through the academy,” he said.

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YVEA: Raven behind Craig power outage

Jim Chappell, spokesman for Yampa Valley Electric Association, said power was restored Thursday afternoon to Craig after about three hours. Chappell said the power outage mainly affected east portions of Craig, but also spread to the city’s north and southwestern areas. Power went down about 9:45 a.m. and was restored about 12:35 p.m. Crews initially thought the outage was caused by a blown fuse at a YVEA substation, but Chappell said crews later determined a bird was the cause.

Sports Spotlight: Chet Harvey

Grade: Senior, Moffat County High School Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “I started playing in third grade and I liked it, so I stuck with it.”

Craig man’s drug case pushed to next week

An arraignment hearing in the drug case of a 27-year-old Craig man was continued Wednesday in Moffat County District Court. Bryan Keith Koppe is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. He was unable to appear at Wednesday’s hearing with Judge Thomas Ossola, who presided over district court in Judge Shelley Hill’s absence, due to a pending motion to allow him to appear by phone.

Dateline NBC special featuring Craig, Moffat County slated for tonight

A two-hour Dateline NBC special that includes Craig and parts of Moffat County is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. tonight. The story focuses on Steven Hatch and Glen Ake, two fugitives who were wanted for murders in Texas and Oklahoma, and later apprehended at a ranch north of Craig in 1979. Ake was sentenced to life in prison. Hatch was executed.

Red Dogs hockey loses close battle with league rival

A late surge Tuesday night was not enough for the Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey team, as the Dogs came up short in a 6-5 loss to KBCR. The Red Dogs, who play in the Steamboat Sunday Night League, were down 5-1 in the middle of the second period to a league rival. Then the team came together and made a late push, team manager/player Greg Neal said.

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Moffat County’s 1st female assessor reflects on service

For 24 years, a certain plain and slightly dusty item has rested on Suzanne Brinks’ desk in the Moffat County Assessor’s office. That item is her nameplate — the same one she received when she was hired in 1987 as an entry-level transfer clerk under then-assessor Dennis Shanahan. But, through the years, unlike the plaque, the woman behind it has changed significantly.

Local fuel gauge for Jan. 7, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.29

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Shoe Program reaches milestone

It was between classes at the East Elementary School gymnasium when Ke’ona Nunnery, a second-grader with a streak of fuchsia in her hair, surveyed a neatly arranged row of tennis shoes on an empty stage. Nunnery grabbed a pair of pink and black sneakers. “I’ll take these,” she said.

Datebook for Jan. 7, 2011

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 2 p.m. Colorado State Parks, in conjunction with the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, hosts a free avalanche awareness session in the auditorium at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Call Yampa River State Park at 276-2061.

Moffat County Jail: Program needs bikes

To the editor: For the last three years, the Moffat County Jail has collected used bicycles and the inmates have refurbished them to be donated to local organizations, local churches, needy families and several Native American tribes who we house. This past season we refinished 75 bikes and delivered them for Christmas.

Janet Sheridan: Wow, it’s cold

Last Sunday, I raised the blinds as a hardy neighbor walked his dog by our house: an ordinary sight, except for the lowered earflaps on his hat and the hound’s embarrassment at wearing a red-and-yellow doggy sweater. Fingernail-resistant frost edged our windows. When Joel opened the door to retrieve the paper, frigid air invaded, bullied the furnace heat and touched my face with frozen fingers.

Greg Roberts, MD: ‘Lucky to live in Craig’

To the editor: I am greatly honored by the very kind words from the Editorial Board, published in the paper Dec. 29. I would like to make one clarification. While it is true that my family and I are moving to Minnesota, we are not leaving quite yet.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 7, 2011: MCHS varsity swimming team hosting home meet today

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team is hosting the Moffat County Invitational at 4 p.m. today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. There is no cost for admission.

Briefs for Jan. 7, 2011: Memorial service today for resident

A local memorial service has been organized for late Craig resident Justin Bliss, who was killed Dec. 28 on U.S. Highway 40. Residents are invited to attend a service at 2 p.m. today at New Creation Church, 520 Westridge Road. The service is an opportunity for residents to share memories and celebrate the life of Bliss.

Horoscope for Jan. 7, 2011

You might take it upon yourself to establish far more important objectives than usual in future months. Whether or not you'll be able to do all of them will depend upon your knowledge, skills and the time you have allotted.

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Sudoku for Jan. 7, 2011

Sudoku for Jan. 7, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT

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Comics for Jan. 7, 2011

Comics for Jan. 7, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 7, 2011: Tell the track team I'm gay?

Annie's Mailbox for Jan. 7, 2011: Tell the track team I'm gay?

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Crossword for Jan. 7, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6

YVEA: Raven behind power outage in Craig

More than 2,000 customers left without power

Jim Chappell, spokesman for Yampa Valley Electric Association, said power was restored this afternoon to Craig after about three hours. Chappell said the power outage mainly affected east portions of Craig, but also spread to the city’s north and southwestern areas. Power went down about 9:45 a.m. and was restored about 12:35 p.m.

On the Record for Jan. 6, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 6, 2011

Moffat County officials to be sworn into office next week

For Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan, Tuesday will be one she won’t soon forget. And even though she has done it twice before, she doesn’t think the day’s activities will be any less moving. Sullivan will join seven other elected officials at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Moffat County District Court to be sworn into their respective elected offices. The ceremony will be a completely new experience for some, and for others it will be one they have had the honor of participating in several times before.

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Sudoku for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sudoku for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Annie's Mailbox: Pushing grads for a stronger future

It is a tragic fact that one in four young people in America does not graduate from high school. We are at risk of losing our leadership position in the global economy. But I am convinced that by working together we can change this situation. Already, in some of the poorest performing schools in the nation, we are seeing signs of improvement. In some communities, graduation rates have increased 10 or more percent in just six years. These glimmers of hope inspire me, but the pace of progress is far too slow. We must act now.

Horoscope for Thursday, January 6, 2011

New technology and/or techniques you'll develop in the future will help you achieve several very impressive accomplishments. Your skills will help pay everyone's bills.

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Crossword for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crossword for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 6

Datebook for Jan. 6

Andy Bockelman: Newest ‘Fockers’ offers little in terms of laughs

Remember that time you had a fight to the death with your wife’s father in the middle of a ball pit? Of course you don’t, that would be stupid. But, even this isn’t the most moronic thing in the so-called comedy “Little Fockers.”

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MCHS boys basketball team struggles inside in 58-32 loss

The battle against Aspen in the paint didn’t go well Tuesday night for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team. Facing a height disadvantage, the Bulldogs were overrun by the bigger Skiers, 58-32. Aspen’s senior post player Bridger Dawson played through foul trouble to score 25 points, frustrating MCHS inside.

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Detective Kenney wins Advocates award

Jen Kenney began working as a Craig Police Department investigator in 2005, a time when she said there was little communication between law enforcement agencies regarding sexual assault cases. “When I came in and started doing the investigations, everybody really wasn’t on the same page and we didn’t know what everyone else was doing,” Kenney said. To bolster communication, she helped start monthly meetings for the Sexual Assault Response Team, a group that includes police officers, sheriff’s office deputies, advocates, attorneys and health care professionals.

Craig Briefs: Free sign language class starts today

Free adult sign language classes are being offered beginning today. The first class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The textbook, “Learning American Sign Language” by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden, can be purchased at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 College Drive.

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Comics for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Comics for Thursday, January 6, 2011

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30 moose spotted in Routt County

Limited hunt in 2011 a possibility after aerial survey

The moose population in Routt County has grown to the point that Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are preparing for the likelihood that for the first time a limited number of moose hunting licenses could be issued here in 2011. District Wildlife Manager Dan­ielle Domson said a recent aerial survey of the game unit located 30 moose.

Hayden Town Council to consider liquor license for airport eatery

Group to consider alcohol permit transfer at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Charlie Epp is awaiting a single approval to offer a full menu at his secure-area eatery in Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider at a meeting at 7 p.m. today whether to transfer the liquor license from Trini Riley’s Hot Dog’n Para­­dise to Epp’s Charlie’s Chuck­­Wagon.

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Colorado coal industry representatives plan to increase lobbying after tough year

Stuart Sanderson said Wednesday that coal representatives, to an extent, could have themselves to blame for impacts from legislation adopted last year that has coal and mining industries in an uproar. Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association, said part of the problem is a lack of education — particularly at the Capitol in Denver. “The lawmakers did not have sufficient knowledge of our industry and thus did not take into consideration the seriously harmful impacts that HB 1365 is going to have — and it’s going to hit Routt County right between the eyes,” Sanderson said Wednesday, citing potential impacts to local employment and tax revenues.

Wednesday, January 5

Hayden girls hoops opens 2011 with win

Team wins at Basalt, 62-43

Hayden used its defense to key the team to a 62-43 win at Basalt on Tuesday. The Tigers, now 6-1, used a 10-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take an 18-12 lead they would never give up.

On the Record for Jan. 5, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 5, 2011

Andy Bockelman: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is agreeably silly fantasy

By now, everybody is familiar with the revelation that Darth Vader is, in fact, Luke Skywalker’s father. And, while the presentation of this scene has been parodied countless times, there are still people who have yet to see it. Of course, like the hero of “Gulliver’s Travels” finds, you have to seek them out.

Man who assaulted sheriff deputy sentenced to prison

A man who assaulted a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy while trying to escape arrest was sentenced Tuesday in Moffat County District Court to serve four years in prison. After reaching a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Russell Withrow was sentenced to prison on attempted second-degree assault on a peace officer, a Class 5 felony. Withrow was originally charged with second-degree assault on a peace officer, a Class 4 felony, but that charge was lowered as part of the plea deal, deputy district attorney Jon Pfeifer said.

CNCC targets top pick for school president

Russell George has been named as the top pick to replace John Boyd as Colorado Northwestern Community College president, according to a news release from the Colorado Community College System. George is a former speaker of the Colorado House and currently the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. As a house representative, George served Moffat, Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties from 1993 to 2000.

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3 snowmobilers withstand frigid elements for a night on Black Mountain

On New Year’s day, Craig resident Kevin Willbanks left with his son and a friend for a three-hour snowmobile tour of Black Mountain. But, things didn’t go according to plan. Something went wrong. The three men wouldn’t return until the next morning.

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Longhorns rush past MCHS Bulldogs

Bad shooting doomed the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team Monday, as the Bulldogs lost to Basalt High School, 54-41. Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said the team wasn’t able to execute offensively. “We didn’t get into our (offensive) sets the whole night,” Bradshaw said. “We couldn’t even set one pick.”

Local organization, business donate to improve MCHS audio

In the season of giving, Jackson’s Office Supply and Moffat County Youth Basketball gave back to the community. In 2010, the two donated more than $11,000 to enhance the audio equipment at the Moffat County High School gymnasium. “(Moffat County Youth Basketball) had extra money and we decided to put it back into the program,” said Shane Camilletti, a Moffat County Youth Basketball board member. “We figured the (high) school would be a good place to start.”

Michelle Balleck: R&R in the new year

Happy New Year, readers! Time to get on the treadmill and stick to those resolutions, at least for a week or two. I don’t know about you, but we’re still resting up and getting back into the swing of things after a fun-filled holiday vacation.

Moffat County real estate transactions for October, November 2011

Below are the recent real estate sales and purchases in Moffat County: October 2010 Seller: PUBLIC TRUSTEE Buyer: OMEGA PROPERTIES LLC Address: 2004 County Rd. 29 Sales Price: $140,600.00

Craig resident eyes building greenhouse, hydroponic food company

Craig resident Marilynn Hill has developed an idea she thinks could help pull local businesses out of the current economic slump and provide the area a much-needed lift from tough circumstances. Hill, also the Moffat County Tourism Association director, said Monday that she and others have begun looking into starting a new company that would bring fresh ideas and products into the area. That project comes in the form of 12 large-scale commercial greenhouses as part of a hydroponically-grown food business she is calling Planet Yampa.

Moffat County Tourism Association board meeting agenda for Jan. 5

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Second-floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Craig Briefs: Literacy Carnival set for Jan. 20

The ninth annual Literacy Carnival for all elementary school-aged children is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The event includes games involving reading and writing plus prizes. Children can take a book or two to trade. The carnival is open to children in preschool through fifth grade accompanied by an adult.

Datebook for Jan. 5

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.

Editorial: Sorting senator’s priorities

A marathon meeting Monday at the Moffat County Courthouse ended with the anointment of a new state senator tasked with representing our community. Jean White, a 60-year-old Hayden Republican and the wife of exiting senator Al White, was pegged as her husband’s replacement to the senate’s Eighth District, edging out five other candidates. Al, after 10 years of loyal and commendable service to Northwest Colorado, will take over as director of the Colorado Tourism Office on Jan. 11. Jean will serve the remaining two years of Al’s term in office.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Looking forward to my new year

For some reason, 2010 was a hard year to let go of for me. One would think that after this up-and-down year, I would celebrate the new year and the new beginning. Not that I’m not ready to turn the page in my journal, curl up in an oversized sofa of a quaint coffee shop and write down what 2011 will mean for me.

Sports Briefs: BCA Pool League week 14 scores

The following are the updated scores for the Craig BCA pool league following the 15th week of play. The league plays at 5 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar: Sunday night 8-ball (Team — total score) • Motley Cue — 2,438 • Jeans Angels — 2,313

Colowyo Coal Company L.P. Blasting Schedule for the 2011 Year

Year 2011 Blasting Schedule Colowyo Coal Company L.P. hereby publishes the following blasting schedule for the 2011 year.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman sick of husband’s ex

Dear Annie: I am a 24-year-old mother of a 9-month-old boy and a stepmother to three older children. My husband’s ex treats me like the third wheel. She walks into my house without knocking and goes through my stepchildren’s drawers and takes things. She won’t even look at me, let alone talk to me.

Horoscope for Jan. 5

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Although your financial trends look hopeful, if you get a bit extravagant you could negate any advantages that you might have realized. Don’t be your own worst enemy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’re apt to have a nifty way of managing things, which makes things good for everybody concerned. Don’t let someone come in and disrupt your plans with selfish ideas. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Both your instincts and rational thinking will have good effects on what you undertake to do. Neither should be circumvented or ignored; each will have its virtues.

Colorado First Conservation District Notice of Budget for the Ensuing Year of 2011

Colorado First Conservation District Notice of Budget Notice is hereby given that: a proposed budget has been submitted to the Colorado First Conservation District Board of Supervisors for the ensuing year of 2011;

Case Number: 10JV30

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO In the interest of: DAVID LOYA, ANGEL QUEZADA, ERIC QUEZADA and NAOMI ALEXA WALTON, Children. and Concerning: Respondents: MONICA QUEZADA, Mother, RICHARD THOMAS WALTON, Father of Eric Quezada and Naomi Alexa Walton; CARLOS QUEZADA, Father of Angel Quezada

Tuesday, January 4

Moffat County Commission sets goals for new year

Last year was one Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers won’t remember fondly. “It has just been a tough year,” he said after the commission’s Tuesday meeting. “The change we’ve seen over this last year hasn’t been healthy change for Moffat County.” Mathers referenced rising unemployment, attacks on the area’s natural resource industries and other news as signs the county “bottomed out” in 2010.

Club 20 leader to become next DOLA director

The first time Reeves Brown attended a function of Club 20, a governmental, business and civic advocacy group that represents 22 Western Slope counties, he felt overwhelmed. “It was a Denver legislative function in 2001 and I remember just sitting there observing. I wasn’t even on staff yet,” said Brown, who was hired to be the executive director for the organization at the time but hadn’t begun work yet.

On the Record for Jan. 4, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 4, 2011

Datebook for Jan. 4

Datebook for Jan. 4

Craig resident eyes building greenhouse, hydroponic food company

Craig resident Marilynn Hill has developed an idea she thinks could help pull local businesses out of the current economic slump and provide the area a much-needed lift from tough circumstances. Hill, also the Moffat County Tourism Association director, said Monday that she and others have begun looking into starting a new company that would bring fresh ideas and products into the area.

Horoscope for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Difficult enterprises and special endeavors that you personally manage in the next year should prove very successful. Don't hesitate to be your own person whenever you can, and shun all outside influence.

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Comics for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Comics for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Craig Briefs: Volunteers needed to plan 2011 Relay for Life

Moffat County Relay for Life is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the 2011 event, scheduled for July 15 and 16. Anyone interested in being on the planning committee should contact Ken Prescott at 620-3292, or e-mail him at djkenny@yahoo.com. The first planning meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Road.

Annie's Mailbox: Looking to make a summer fling longterm

I am a 20-year-old college sophomore. The summer before my senior year of high school, I took a trip to Europe with a religious youth group. From the moment we boarded the plane, "Rachel" and I shared a connection. By the second day, we were inseparable. After the trip, we stayed in touch.

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Sudoku for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sudoku for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Crossword for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crossword for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3

Moffat County falls to Basalt, 54-41

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team received a rough return to the court Monday night against the Basalt High School Longhorns.

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Jean White appointed to state senate

Hayden Republican to serve in husband’s place

After five hours of proceedings and five rounds of secret voting, Jean White’s heart was racing in anticipation of the committee’s decision. But, with the phrase “White: four,” she said her heart stopped, only to be restarted by the crowd’s applause Monday inside the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig signaling her appointment to the state senate.

On the Record for Jan. 3, 2011

On the Record for Jan. 3, 2011

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Fire damages shop in Craig

A fire early Sunday morning heavily damaged Northwest Detail, a Craig business at 197 Commerce St. Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the report of a structure fire at about 3:40 a.m. About three-quarters of the building was ablaze when firefighters arrived on the scene, fire chief Bill Johnston said.

Former Moffat County Commissioner vying for senate seat

T. Wright Dickinson said he’s considered a run for the Eighth State Senate District seat for a while. “I’d anticipated that when Al White’s term ended that I might run,” Dickinson said. “(White’s) transition to a new job just brought that on a little sooner.” White, a Hayden Republican, recently announced he was resigning his senate post to lead the Colorado Tourism Office. He will assume tourism director duties Jan. 11.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 3

In some places, it’s out with the old and in with the new.But, sometimes it’s hard to let go of the old. It’s something we’ve become used to, need or think we need, or can’t afford, etc. Resolutions are like that. It seems like we make them every year and keep them because we feel we need to, or next year comes around and it’s same old, same old. My resolution? Not to make any.

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Craig resident recognized in national quilting magazine

Craig resident Linda Pinnt said she can’t pinpoint the exact appeal of quilting. “I don’t know,” she said. “I like everything about quilting. To me, it’s kind of like painting with fabric.” For the past month, Pinnt — a 20-year quilter — has been working on her masterpiece. She’s also been under a tight deadline.

Bulldog sports for Jan. 3

Today 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball team plays Basalt High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team plays Basalt High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tuesday 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays at Aspen High School, 235 High School Rd.

Sports Spotlight: Trevor Hume

Age: 8 Sport: Ice skating How did you get your start in your sport? “One of my aunts took my family and after awhile I started getting good, so I kept with it.”

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Bulldogs hockey falls to Kremmling

Sunday was a day when nothing went right for head coach Mark Samuelson and his Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team. The Bulldogs followed up an inspired tie game against the Kremmling Cattle Kings on Dec. 17 with a 9-2 defeat at the hands of the same team. “We weren’t taking care of the puck or catching passes very well,” Samuelson said. “One of our biggest issues this season has been not finishing, and we weren’t able to do that again against (Kremmling).”

H. Neal Glanville: Don’t send it to the stupids

I’ve spoken about my visits to facilities with very caring people and special doctors for those that let their weak and normal sides square off to nose bleeding fisticuffs to resolve issues that seemingly don’t affect anyone but them. Had it not been for a long-haired psychologist — older than Pikes Pike I’d like to add — walking up to me on one of my many visits saying, “Go home, Mr. Glanville, you’re better than most of us,” I’d still be worrying over how I was going to explain to the normal side that eating soup out of a colander was fine. But, was I about to have this giver and teller of tests come along and tell me I’m a step and a bit ahead and should go home, never to worry again that my brain is just a sponge with a few minor leaks?

Datebook for Jan. 3

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 2 p.m. The Eighth State Senate District Central Committee vacancy committee meets to discuss appointing a replacement for State Sen. Al White at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Craig Briefs: High school PAC to meet today

The Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. today in the MCHS library. The hour-long meeting is to update parents on January events and current school issues. There will also be time for community input and dialogue with MCHS administrators.

Annie's Mailbox: Man worried about marriage

Dear Annie: I am in my late 40s, have a good career, am well-respected and well-educated, and have many friends and acquaintances. I keep in reasonable shape. I love my son, my siblings and my mother, and always want to do the best I can. The problem is “Janice,” my 41-year-old wife of two years. She criticizes me constantly. I can’t wash the dishes, empty the trash, drive a car, eat my food, buy the groceries, sleep or blow my nose without her berating me for doing it wrong or irritating her in the process.

Horoscope for Jan. 3

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — This could be an extremely favorable cycle for you, stemming from certain situations that you create or control, as long as you anticipate the gains involved and go after them. Be optimistic. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’ll be up to you to realize that you have a guardian angel hovering over you, providing you with the inner resolve to manage anything to which you put your mind. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Because you’re likely to be in a more gregarious mood than usual, plan something fun to do with friends in your spare time. It’ll make the rest of the week more satisfying.

Sunday, January 2

Fire damages detail shop in Craig

Early Sunday blaze causes significant damage to Northwest Detail

A fire early this morning heavily damaged Northwest Detail, a Craig business at 197 Commerce St.

ROUTT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

ROUTT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA January 06, 2011 Those matters coming before the Routt County Planning Commission at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 06, 2011 in the New Commissioners Hearing Room, Historic Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Avenue, THIRD FLOOR, Steamboat Springs are as follows:

Saturday, January 1

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Craig resident wins big in horse riding competition

Craig resident Carol Beumer said there’s a simple secret to winning a riding competition. “You have to have a good horse, for one thing,” she said. Beumer rode Misty Sunrise, a 14-year-old Palomino mare, to two significant honors this year. In September, Beumer, 76, won reserve champion in Western Pleasure Riding at the 2010 National Missouri Fox Trotter Fall Show and Celebration in Ava, Mo. But, that wasn’t all.

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The news year that was in Craig

A list of some of the most important happenings of 2010 in Craig and Moffat County

The past year was one marked by several major events in the Craig and Moffat County community, from a state bill that many contend could threaten local coal jobs, to discussions on how the city should manage its deer population. And there were others, to be sure, including ongoing discussions of energy development, a prestigious award for an innovative local teacher, and closure of a high-profile court case. The following are the top stories of the year, in a nutshell, compiled by the Saturday Morning Press staff.

Craig man Justin Bliss remembered for humor, kindness and helping others

Even in the toughest times, Justin Dean Bliss had the ability to make his friends smile. “One of my favorite memories of him, I was having a really bad day because my grandpa had just passed away,” said Jennifer Hall, a friend of Bliss’ for 18 years. “He made a joke about how it’s OK when you go to heaven because the angels will be there to get you.”

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Moffat County school board president reflects on 2010 accomplishments, looks toward 2011

Jo Ann Baxter is a retired schoolteacher. She taught social studies at Moffat County High School for 29 years, from fall 1974 until retirement in spring 2003. Her retirement, however, has been anything but leisurely or typical.

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Moffat County sports year in review

2010 sees legendary coach retire, Rattlers win titles and MCHS grads competing after high school

Below are the top sports stories for Craig and Moffat County of 2010. Debate, delight or disagree as you will.

Rancher's goodies for a new year

The day after Christmas, the gift-wrapping has been thrown out, but evidence that gifts have been opened remains. Gifts have been left on the coffee table, beside the sofa, or under the Christmas tree, for example, and next to a rancher’s recliner there’s apt to be a little pile of gifts that he took from his Christmas stocking — all waiting to be put away.

Horoscope for Saturday, January 1, 2011

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Wishing for something in particular to happen is one thing, but believing it will occur just because you want it to is another. Kidding yourself could cause depression.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter-in-law is a mess

Dear Readers: Happy New Year! We hope you are recovering nicely. Here’s a little New Year’s wish from us, author unknown: “A health to you, a wealth to you, and the best that life can give to you.”

BCS games ring in the New Year

With the New Year here, the Bowl Championship Series revs up today, with the Rose and Fiesta bowls. Some big-time football programs also play in non-BCS bowls.

Over a cup of coffee for Saturday, January 1, 2011

t doesn’t seem possible that I’ve written another year of “Over a Cup of Coffee” columns. One recent morning, over coffee, I thought about some of the recipes that were featured in the column over the year and the nice people I met who contributed recipes.

Briefs for Saturday, January 1, 2011

Daily Press changes begin Monday The Craig Daily Press staff would like to remind readers that beginning this year there will no longer be print editions of the newspaper on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The newspaper’s website, www.craigdailypress.com, will continue to provide news online daily. For a subscription or more information, call circulation manager Amy Fontenot or circulation assistant Teri Bolton at 824-2600.

Government update for Saturday, January 1, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way