News for Saturday, January 15, 2011



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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

Crossword for Jan. 15, 2011

Crossword for Jan. 15, 2011

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Comics for Jan. 15, 2011

Comics for Jan. 15, 2011

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Sudoku for Jan. 15, 2011

Sudoku 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.