News for Saturday, July 9, 2011




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MCHS grad returns to coach 2-day volleyball camp

Deb Barnes, a 1987 Moffat County High School graduate, returned Thursday to her alma mater to pass on knowledge she learned at the school 24 years before. However, she wasn’t at MCHS to teach in the classroom. Barnes, a former Bulldogs volleyball player, was there to impress on 15 current MCHS volleyball players the joy she has taken away from the game during a two-day camp, which began Thursday and concludes today.

MCHS football schedule lays out non-conference, rival games

The Moffat County High School varsity football team didn’t let a 2-2 start derail the 2010 season, with the Bulldogs rallying off four consecutive wins to finish the campaign. MCHS ended 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Western Slope League. However, the Bulldogs narrowly missed the 3A state playoffs for the second year in a row.

Agriculture & Livestock: Why not a day designated for cows?

People celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents’ Day. There’s even a Children’s Day. Secretaries have their own day, and bosses, too. Some stores have a Customer Appreciation Day, and there are a lot more examples of days set aside to honor and show appreciation for people, even animals. This week, Craig resident Deana Cheatham told me that July 16 is designated as Cow Appreciation Day.

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TMH chief executive officer recognized for bolstering revenue

In March 2006, when George Rohrich assumed the chief executive officer position at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, the organization was in the midst of a rough patch. “The weekend before I started … we had a physician, I believe it was the chief of staff at the time, camping out on the hospital lawn in the snow,” Rohrich recalled. On the new CEO’s third day, during the TMH monthly board meeting, that same physician aired a litany of accusations against the hospital, its board members and staff.

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CNCC approaching August opening for new Craig campus

With the snip of a pair of scissors, the faculty at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus will be able to look toward the future in providing secondary education in a new home. CNCC will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Aug. 8 at its new site, 2801 W. Ninth St., which includes an academic building and a career technical building. The opening event marks the culmination of a project that has been in the works for the school since the mid-1990s.

Jim Sinclair: Thank you, officer

To the editor: This is a note of thanks to one of your local law enforcement officers. While hunting elk in the Craig area last fall, I lost my cell phone in a fairly remote area with a lot of new fallen snow. On the last day of a successful trip, we decided it was not likely to be found and returned to Minnesota.

Briefs for July 9, 2011: Pregnancy Center fundraiser slated

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center is hosting a putting contest today at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 for three putts and a raffle ticket.

Land Use Board meeting agenda for July 11, 2011

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Datebook for July 9, 2011

Tonight’s scheduled stock car races at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, located south of Craig, have been postponed due to rain. The races will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. General admission will be $10 and registration will be $25. Spectators may bring their own chairs. 8 a.m. The Craig Sea Sharks ABC Meet takes place at the Craig Swimming Complex, 650 Washington St. General admission is free. 8 a.m. The Yampa Valley Horse Show Association hosts an open horse show at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $9 in advance at or $10 on show day. Call Christina at 871-4567.

Government Update for July 9, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Animal naming abuse

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias. “Words such as ‘pets,’ ‘wildlife,’ and ‘vermin’ are derogatory,” the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics said. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that it has truly gone to the dogs.

Editorial: Planet Yampa — Pipedream or progress?

The numbers behind a project attempting to gain foothold in Moffat County are both considerable and attractive. Former Moffat County Tourism Association Director Marilynn Hill’s attempt at developing a large-scale hydroponic greenhouse complex has been publicized with the following figures: 12 greenhouses each equal to the size of 32 football fields; potentially eight years to complete; $50,000 in support via a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant; 600 jobs; and a $200 million price tag.

Johnny Garcia: ‘Heartbeats of pride’

To the editor: How do you begin to thank everyone who turned out for the Fourth of July parade? The town of Craig was represented by hundreds of beautiful people. It shows we are ready for something new in the tradition of celebrating independence and our Constitution.

Horoscope for July 9, 2011

There is a good chance that, in coming months, you could end up being part of three different groups of friends for three different purposes or reasons. Each cluster will be involved in something fun that you'll want to participate in.

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Crossword for July 9, 2011

Crossword for July 9, 2011

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Sudoku for July 9, 2011

Sudoku for July 9, 2011

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Comics for July 9, 2011

Comics for July 9, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for July 9, 2011: Husband stays away from home, kids

I have been married to my husband for 20 years, and we have two children in their teens. Over the years, my husband has purchased rental property that will hopefully turn out to be a good investment. Along with maintaining those properties and his full-time job, he also participates in sports and plays in a band. This leaves me home with the kids four nights a week and sometimes weekends.