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Tuesday, May 31

On the Record for May 31, 2011

On the Record for May 31, 2011

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VFW, American Legion honor veterans at Memorial Day service

As the wind picked up Monday morning, the flag Al Shepherd was holding flapped mightily. But, he held his ground along with the rest of the color guard overseeing ceremonies at the Craig Cemetery. The breezy weather was nothing he and his comrades couldn’t handle in doing something as important as honoring the people who served in the military. “It’s a great honor to be part of Memorial Day, which I have done all my life,” he said.

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Weather hinders Grand Olde West Days turnout

As the end of May rolls around each year, Carol Wilson looks forward to the Memorial Day weekend celebration Grand Olde West Days. However, one thing she doesn’t long for is the unpredictable weather that comes with the late spring and early summer in Northwest Colorado. But, Wilson was not the only one who was apprehensive about the weather conditions. She estimated that GOWD’s Monday street festival in downtown Craig had a turnout of about 1,500 people throughout the day, considerably less than the average amount the planning committee sees each year.

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Craig Swimming Complex set to open today

Visitors to the Craig Swimming Complex will notice a few subtle changes when the complex opens for the season today. This biggest improvement, aquatics manager Sylvia Griffiths said, is one that has been in the making for years. “This season, we will have over five different wave patterns in our wave pool,” she said. “Before, we only had one, but in the wave pool’s 31st year of existence, we wanted to change things up.”

Briefs for May 31, 2011: Patriots to host Sen. Jean White on Thursday

State Sen. Jean White will speak during the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots’ monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. White will discuss state legislation currently under consideration and will answer questions from the public. The organization’s July 7 meeting will feature a program on emergency preparedness — both personal and community.

Datebook for May 31, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Annie's Mailbox for May 31, 2011: Husband is manipulating now that we're married

I've been married to "Sherwin" for two years. We are both in our 50s. He has two grown children, and I have two teenagers who still live with us. Before we married, I thought Sherwin was perfect for me. We enjoyed everything together, and he made me feel special. Once we said "I do," however, I saw a different side.

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Crossword for May 31, 2011

Crossword for May 31, 2011

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Sudoku for May 31, 2011

Sudoku for May 31, 2011

Horoscope for May 31, 2011

Your material circumstances could brighten considerably in the next year, through the good graces of people who like you. If you want to get ahead, it's important to make yourself accepted by those who work at your side.

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Comics for May 31, 2011

Comics for May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30

On the Record for May 30, 2011

On the Record for May 30, 2011

Aging Well: Conference highlights caregiver resources, support

Living in the Yampa Valley, we accept many things, including long winters, delayed springs and limited services to help us through difficult times. The challenges of living in geographically-isolated communities can be particularly hard on the elderly, people with health problems and, especially, family members who care for these individuals.

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My Life, My Words: Tracey Lynne Hart — ‘Sharing the music’

“I’ve been teaching music since 1999 since I moved over here. It had always been part-time and then about a year ago, I moved into this spot and started doing it more full-time. We’re going into a summer schedule now that the kids are getting out of school, so they can come in earlier. “I live out in Sunbeam, out past Maybell. I used to live out in the Oak Creek, Steamboat area for several years. I used to work for the forest service many years ago. I’ve been in education a lot. I worked for the college for a few years when I first moved over here, but ever since I was always in music since I was in college. In addition to my natural resource career, I got a degree in music. I used to do a lot of performing and always did a little part-time teaching.

VFW, American Legion to host Memorial Day events today in Craig

Mark Wick, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, said Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work. “You know, these holidays aren’t just dates on a calendar,” he said. “These are events that people went forward to give us.” Today, the VFW and American Legion Post 62 are combining forces to commemorate the fallen in four separate events.

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MCHS graduates 136 seniors from the Class of 2011

During her commencement address, Moffat County High School senior Lauren Roberts evoked the first day of kindergarten. “This day was far from our minds,” Roberts recalled. “But, on that day, when our moms dropped us off at the door and went to the car to cry, we took our first steps on the road that would eventually lead us to this day.” On Saturday, roughly 3,000 area residents packed into the MCHS gymnasium to watch 136 seniors stride across the stage and become graduates.

Business Beat: New thrift store gets on its feet

When she first opened her new business at the beginning of March, Leslie Neely had a bit of a struggle. But, after a month or two of adjustments, her store has entered a different stage, appropriately reflected in its name. Faze II, 80 E. Fourth St., is a new thrift store in Craig, offering a wide selection of used items, including clothing, toys, DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, books, video games, antique dolls and more.

Grand Olde West Days schedule of events for May 30

Today • 7 a.m. — 5K Fun Run sign-in, 595 Russell St. • 7 a.m. — Car show registration, 400 block of Yampa Avenue

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MCHS football, volleyball teams looking forward to 2011 seasons

Lance Scranton said the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s goal for the 2011 season is to get back to the playoffs after being the last team out the previous two seasons. It all starts, Scranton said, with summer workouts. “Having kids come to summer workouts helps continue the things we worked on all school year,” he said. “If they can get into the weight room a couple of days a week, they won’t lose what they have been working toward.”

Bulldog Sports for May 30, 2011

Today None Tuesday 4:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation girls softball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The choices we make

Choices. We have so many in our everyday lives, from the clothes we wear to work every day, to the way we like our coffee in the morning, to how we spend our free time, and let’s not even get started on dissecting the grocery store and the endless amounts of options for your cart. At the end of the day, choices consume nearly our every minute. Looking at it like this is very overwhelming, so much so that it is easy to stick to the norm out of the fear of uncertainty.

Datebook for May 30, 2011

Grand Olde West Days is at various locations throughout Craig. Find a schedule of events on page 3. 9 a.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 host a flag-raising ceremony at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, 943 W. Eighth Drive. The community is invited. Call Mary at 826-4100.

Briefs for May 30, 2011: Patriots to host Sen. Jean White

State Sen. Jean White will speak during the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots’ monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. White will discuss state legislation currently under consideration and will answer questions from the public.

Sports Briefs for May 30, 2011: Pre-register for boating safety class

Yampa River State Park will host boating safety review sessions and exams June 11 for anyone age 14 or older who wishes to operate motorboats or personal watercraft. The class will begin at 10 a.m. Anyone operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in Colorado must be at least age 16.

Allen J. Hischke: Keep your yard clean

To the editor: I would like to make an observation that is very true for many that live in and around Craig. There are far too many people who spend far too much time surrounding their properties with monstrous heaps of junk.

Senior Spotlight for May 30, 2011

School is out and skateboards, bikes and flags are showing up more. Spring has sprung and the rain is probably going to go somewhere else one of these days.

H. Neal Glanville: The interior loop

Being paid to hunt, fish and ski while raising your kids, though a gift from the parenting big dog, was at times beyond worry. When away on pack trips, we always tried to leave at least one wrangler at the lodge to feed and move horses from pasture to pasture. The kids would often saddle up and help with each move.

'The Dove'

Submitted in memory of Pat (Boone) Snare, Jim Snare’s wife, who died Sept. 7, 2010. She said, “Wait, I want to walk with you, just let me take your arm.” We walked together on the path that led from the house to the barn.

Horoscope for May 30, 2011

Although lots of hard work will play a major role in enabling you to grow your assets during coming months, your own ingenuity will also be a big factor. Thus, it may be important for you to act upon your ideas instead of merely sitting on them.

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Comics for May 30, 2011

Comics for May 30, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 30, 2011: Remember to honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. We know for many, this is simply part of a long weekend. But we hope you will keep in mind the reason behind the holiday — a day to remember those servicemen and women who have died serving their country. Please honor our fallen heroes by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of veterans. It is also customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon.

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Sudoku for May 30, 2011

Sudoku for May 30, 2011

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Crossword for May 30, 2011

Crossword for May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28

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Moffat County School District pays tribute to 20 retiring employees

Delaine Voloshin has spent the past 14 years helping students at Moffat County High School make transitions. “I helped students who are transitioning out of school get into employment,” she said. Now Voloshin herself is transitioning, out of MCHS and into retirement.

Over a Cup: Indian butter chicken seasoned to your tastes

This week’s column features another of Heidi Balaraman’s Indian recipes. Heidi lives in Colorado Springs, and as you may remember, is a frequent contributor to this column. She wrote that this recipe came from an Indian restaurant owner in San Francisco. To make “Authentic Butter Chicken,” you will need the following ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter, 2 to 3 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon pounded ginger, 1 teaspoon pounded garlic, 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno, 1 diced onion, 1 whole chicken (cut up), 3 tablespoons tomato paste, 2 teaspoons garam masala powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 tablespoon + salt, 10 cashews (soaked and ground up), 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup cream (divided into two half cups) and 1 bunch of cilantro (chopped).

Agriculture & Livestock: Preventative measures taken against EHV-1

A media release from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, dated May 23, updated the status of EHV-1 (equine herpesvirus) in the state. As of noon May 23: • Nine horses have been confirmed with EHV-1. • Two horses, which tested positive for EHV-1, were euthanized after showing severe neurological signs associated with the disease.

Government update for May 28, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Veterans Hotline: Veterans invited to ride on veterans float

All veterans are invited to ride on the veterans float for the parade at 2 p.m. today. Also, Monday’s Memorial Day service will take place at 11 a.m. at Craig Cemetery. There’s another service at 3 p.m. in Maybell. Regulation tidbits The following was taken from U.S. Army regulations in 1861:

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1 school year, 3 state titles in Baggs, Wyo.

Walk through Little Snake River Valley School in the coming months and chances are there will be little to no activity. School has let out in Baggs, Wyo., graduated seniors have moved onto the next chapter in their lives and families have packed up their vehicles to go on much-anticipated camping trips. But, the 2010-11 school year won’t be one forgotten anytime soon.

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MCHS athletes awarded for performance in, out of classroom

As a three-time state placer in wrestling, Charlie Griffiths could have forgotten about academics to better concentrate on his future athletic career. However, Griffiths, a Moffat County High School senior, will graduate today with a 3.66 grade point average and enroll in the University of Wyoming in the fall. The combination of Griffiths’ athletic and academic success earned him the 2011 MCHS male athlete of the year award.

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TMH mulling hospitalist proposal

Sukhbir Pannu sat Thursday night before The Memorial Hospital Board and recounted his experiences of raising a family in a rural setting. In particular, he discussed the quality of medical care in areas off the beaten path. “The system doesn’t think we deserve the same kind of care,” he said of small towns. “The best physicians, the best providers are at large hospitals in urban settings.”

Caroline Dotson: Thanks for recycling

To the editor: Thank you to the patrons of Moffat County, the City of Craig and all surrounding areas that use the recycling facilities. Not only are you helping the environment, but you are also helping me and my fellow couponing friends.

Briefs for May 28, 2011: American Legion bingo postponed

American Legion Post 62 bingo, regularly scheduled for today, has been postponed to June 4 at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 5:45 p.m.

Datebook for May 28, 2011

Grand Olde West Days is at various locations throughout Craig. 9 a.m. Hal Glanville teaches fly-fishing techniques at Glen Sherman Park at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. The park is open to youths and seniors. Call Glanville at 826-9771. 10 a.m. Moffat County High School graduates the Class of 2011 at the school gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

Baxter Black: Father of the bride

It was a chance for Kurt to shine. He was father of the bride. Kurt is a seasoned, tough-hided, bow-legged Wyoming cowboy. He was not the kind of person you would ask to help you select the bridesmaid dresses or the pattern on your china. But his daughter knew that, so she asked if he could make it possible for her and her bridal party to arrive in a horse drawn surrey. “Sure,” he said beaming, “That’s what dads are for!”

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Comics for May 28, 2011

Comics for May 28, 2011

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Young Craig artist following family traditions

Michelangelo spent four years working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Leonardo da Vinci contemplated the “Mona Lisa” for more than a decade. By contrast, the time it takes 12-year-old Craig artist Breyden Clark to work his craft seems like a drop of water in a large bucket. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t put the same effort into his paintings as the masters of the Renaissance period.

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MCHS student carries on after losing her father

When Britteny Ivers graduates from Moffat County High School today, an important figure in her life sadly won’t be there. Steve Ivers, Britteny’s father and a respected community member, died of lung cancer in May 2008 at the age of 37. “It’s sad because I want him to be there,” Britteny said. “But, you can’t think like that.”

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MCHS senior returns from semester-long teaching opportunity in Mexico

At this time of year, parents of graduating seniors will face a period of adjustment. Their kids have grown up, and many of them will soon leave home to pursue college, careers and lives of their own choosing. For Craig resident and mother Lynae Ellgen, the experience of letting go came a few months earlier. In December 2010, Lynae helped send her daughter, Katie Ellgen, away to Mexico for four months.

Moffat County High School Class of 2011 at a glance

Moffat County High School Class of 2011 at a glance

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10 MCHS seniors receive college-level credentials before their diplomas

Today, the graduating seniors of Moffat County High School will stride across the stage, collect their diplomas, and toss their caps skyward. For six of those students, however, the ceremony may seem like old hat. They will arrive at their high school graduation having already earned college degrees. MCHS Counselor Paula Duzik explained.

Horoscope for May 28, 2011

A flurry of social activity will envelop you during the coming months. As a result, you are apt to establish several new relationships with people who could become lifelong friends.

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Crossword for May 28, 2011

Crossword for May 28, 2011

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Sudoku for May 28, 2011

Sudoku for May 28, 2011

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig to reach 2,000-member milestone this summer

Imelda Hernandez sat in the homework room at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Tuesday with a child on each side of her. Hernandez, who was a member when the club first opened in 2004, said she always remembers one thing when she works with children. “I learned from my past staff how to treat other kids,” she said. “I take what they taught me and teach that to kids now.”

Annie's Mailbox for May 28, 2011: Want to contact former boss who I had affair with

A few years ago, I had a one-night stand with my married boss while attending a work-related seminar in another town. On the third evening, we had dinner and drinks, and one thing led to another. We had always been attracted to each other, and co-workers noticed all the flirting. We resumed our work relationship, although we stopped having occasional lunches together like we used to.

Friday, May 27

Andy Bockelman: Fourth ‘Pirates’ is as waterlogged as the rest

In a place where water drips upward and enormous ships are vacuum-packed in tiny bottles, a lot of things don’t make sense. While the financial need for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” seems perfectly rational, that kind of logic doesn’t make the full journey from the account’s office to the poop deck.

On the Record for May 27, 2011

On the Record for May 27, 2011

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Craig Parks and recreation summer leagues throw 1st pitches of season

Taking a break from the pitching mound, Tristen Rohn took his turn batting Wednesday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Rohn, 10, was in a pitching duel with Rehab Services of Craig’s Dylan Chalmers, also 10. As Rohn stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth and final inning, the score was tied 0-0.

2011 Grand Olde West Days schedule

Grand Olde West Days Rides Again! schedule of events: Saturday • 9 a.m. — Antique tractor pull, 300 block of Breeze Street

Katie Grobe: Ultimate expression of worship

I have been an instrumentalist at various churches over the years, and there are some conversations I have had which surprised me regarding views on what worship is. A lot of people believe worship is merely the songs sung Sunday mornings, and that is the only time they spend worshipping God. To some, it includes attending the church service, but that is also confined to Sunday mornings.

Local fuel gauge for May 27. 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 seeking new members

Guy Bradshaw stands out among fellow members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. While many group members are veterans from the Vietnam era or older, Bradshaw, 34, was involved in the Iraq War. As such, he might just be the youngest post member. “Yep,” Bradshaw said. “Pretty much.” But, Bradshaw won’t hold that distinction for long. Not if he can help it.

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MCHS seniors play final round of golf at state tournament

Callie Papoulas said for her to shoot under 90 at the 4A girls golf state tournament, she had to change things up. However, the changes didn’t pertain to the way she was swinging her clubs. “I had to concentrate and stay inside the fairway, but mostly I had to have fun out there,” Papoulas said. “When I have fun, I play a lot better than when I am super serious.”

Prathers Picks: ‘A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea’ an enjoyable children’s book

Imagine that you’re standing along a street in your hometown, watching a parade pass by. A few hundred members of a marching band look regal, indeed, in their red and white uniforms, trimmed with gold buttons and braid. The band members march in perfect formation as they play a band tune. There’s nothing unusual about this scene, but now imagine that the band members are pigs.

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MCHS graduation ceremony set for Saturday

Moffat County High School seniors had one final order of business Thursday — graduation rehearsal. For nearly two hours, the 136 students of the Class of 2011 received pointers on attire, poise and how to turn their tassels. The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony in the 3,000-person-capacity gym.

Moffat County School Board reaches consensus on MCHS swimming pool

Moffat County School Board President Jo Ann Baxter summarized the results of a board work session Thursday. “We’re going to keep the pool open,” she said. “It’s not on our cuts.” The announcement follows a nearly year-long study of the Moffat County High School swimming pool by a commission known as the Swim Pool Task Force.

H. Neal Glanville: Rebuilding Joplin

On Thursday morning, I watched news footage of the remains of Joplin, Mo. Throughout the newscast, commentators were nonstop in their whining about how much it was going to cost to rebuild a city that for most residents, is no longer there. Not only is there a path of complete destruction, everything these people owned and cherished, old or new, is gone.

Ray Beck: A tribute to our military

To the editor: I can remember from 1968 to 1970 when the military draft was in effect and many of my classmates were drafted into the military. My draft number never came up, so I did not serve this great nation in that capacity. I have always been very thankful for those young men and women who were either drafted or volunteered to serve their country by putting on a military uniform and fighting for the U.S. Constitution and our freedoms here in America.

Vicki Barron: Be a quitter today

To the editor: If you are a tobacco user and are considering quitting, set a “quit date” as your first step toward a tobacco-free future. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, a day developed by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the negative impact of tobacco around the world.

Explorer Post 2196: Thank you, United Way

To the editor: Explorer Post 2196 would like to thank Moffat County Youth United Way for the recent grant money for our program. Explorer Post 2196 is sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and the Craig Police Departme

Datebook for May 27, 2011

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 Carissa at 826-9742. 5 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

Briefs for May 27, 2011: Elks Lodge to sell lunch as fundraiser

The Elks Lodge will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs this weekend as fundraiser. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Monday, the Elks will offer a hamburger or hot dog with fixings plus macaroni or potato salad, chips and a drink at the lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.

Horoscope for May 27, 2011

There is a good chance that some exciting developments spurred by welcome changes will be in the offing for you in the next year. Once the chain of events begins, a ripple effect of good fortune will cascade through your life.

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Sudoku for May 27, 2011

Sudoku for May 27, 2011

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Comics for May 27, 2011

Comics for May 27, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 27, 2011: Playgroup moms are rude

I am in an awkward social situation. My 3-year-old daughter and I were invited to join a group of moms and children at a local park. At first, it was great, but now the other mothers have decided they don't like me. They don't say it to my face, and they aren't obviously rude, but they mostly ignore me when I speak, and if they do respond, their answers are curt.

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Crossword for May 27, 2011

Crossword for May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26

Andy Bockelman: ‘Fast Five’ keeps its action in low gear for too long

With any successful movie series, there has to be a point where the makers admit that there is a conclusion somewhere on the horizon. Though it’s taken long enough, it would seem that the people responsible for “Fast Five” and all that came before it are aware that there is indeed a bottom to the gas tank. When last we left FBI Agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), he was about to say goodbye to his career by liberating good friend Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) from prison.

Janet Sheridan: Memorial Day remembrances

s we noisily celebrate graduations and kick-off the rowdy rituals of summer, Memorial Day calmly awaits our attention. This gentle holiday offers only quiet pleasures — no prettily wrapped presents, no festive parties, no treats of chocolate and caramel. Instead, this springtime day of commemoration brings solemn reflections, fond memories, and feelings of gratitude.

On the Record for May 26, 2011

On the Record for May 26, 2011

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MCHS, Twentymile award scholarships to students for wearing seatbelts

Earlier this semester, Moffat County High School junior Adam Foster noticed there were student council members patrolling the school parking lot and making note of drivers who were wearing their seatbelts. Foster, who said he always wears his seat belt, wondered if the student council members had noticed him. “I guess they did,” he said.

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Yampa Valley pool league crowns champion

Having played billiards in Las Vegas before, Val Tuthill said the experience was worth another trip. “It is an unbelievable feeling,” Tuthill said. “You walk into a tournament room with 100 pool tables and with teams from all over the United States and Canada. It is truly unbelievable.” Tuthill’s team, Rock Out With Your Chalk Out, competed in the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association championships May 21 and 22 at Mathers Bar.

Vandalism recurring at Sunset Arboretum in Craig

School principal, police encourage community watch

Acts of vandalism, including the destruction of plants, have been prevalent recently in and around the Sunset Arboretum, the nature area near Sunset Elementary School. Principal Zack Allen said the destruction of trees and other plant life in the arboretum has been a problem for the school since before he started his job there six years ago.

Datebook for May 26, 2011

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for May 26, 2011: Grand Olde West Days’ horse show postponed

The second annual Draft Horse Show & Jackpot Feed Team Race will not be part of this year’s Grand Olde West Days activities. The temporary cancellation is a precautionary measure against the spread of the disease EHV-1 among horses. The show, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Arena, will be tentatively moved to Aug. 7, coordinator Mardi Anson said.

Annie's Mailbox for May 26, 2011: Worried about bedbug repeat with visiting friends

For the past 10 summers, "Dan and Kelly" have stopped at our house on the way to visit their relatives up north. It's a long trip, so they often need to stop at a motel before reaching our place. Sometimes they stay with us overnight, and other times, it can be as long as five days. My husband and I sleep in different bedrooms. He gave up his bed for Dan and Kelly.

Horoscope for May 26, 2011

In the year ahead, try to circulate with the doers of the world, because you will fare better than usual when you hang out with those who make things happen. Their vigor and competitiveness will rub off on you and help you assert yourself.

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Crossword for May 26, 2011

Crossword for May 26, 2011

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Sudoku for May 26, 2011

Sudoku for May 26, 2011

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Comics for May 26, 2011

Comics for May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25

On the Record for May 25, 2011

On the Record for May 25, 2011

Sgt. John Forgay: The invisible crime — elder abuse

Recently, the noted actor Mickey Rooney, at the age of 90, testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In his testimony, Rooney said, “I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated. Above all, I felt helpless.” On this occasion, he was the voice for older Americans who are victimized physically, emotionally and financially every day.

Lauren Roberts wins Young Patriot essay contest

Editor’s note: Lauren Roberts won first place in the recent Moffat County Young Patriots Essay Contest. Her essay won her $100. Melissa Hill took second prize and a $75 award. The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots sponsored the essay contest, which was open to all Moffat County students in grades 9 to 12, last month. Students answered the prompt, “What does it mean to be an American?” Roberts’ winning essay follows: What it means to be an American

Moffat County School Board meeting agenda for May 26

Moffat County School Board meeting When: 6 p.m. ceremony to celebrate retiring staff, and 7 p.m. regular meeting Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Regular meeting agenda:

Michelle Balleck: Kickoff summer with carnival rides, dances & a parade

This weekend — notorious for its rain but which forecasts predict will be beautiful — allows you to let your hair down, relive your youth, and celebrate the close of another school year and start of another summer. It’s a weekend for barbecues, gardening and remembering our fallen servicemen and women.

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CNCC flight team tops 2-year aviation program rankings

Jennessee Forster stood near a field a few years ago and looked up. She saw a crop duster, she said, that changed her life from there on out. “When I saw the crop duster go over my head, I knew I wanted to fly,” Forster said. “That was my ‘aha’ moment. It looked like pure excitement. When you know (flying is) something you want to do, you just know.” Three years ago, Forster started taking private flying lessons in Fort Collins. On May 7, the 22-year-old graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College’s aviation program.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting for May 26

When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

Grand Olde West Days begins this weekend in Craig

In recent years, Kandee Dilldine has seen varying attendance numbers for Grand Olde West Days, one of Northwest Colorado’s signature events of the year. But, while not every event sees the optimal turnout, she knows everyone involved is ready to get right back on the horse planning for next year. So, this time around, she wanted the name to reflect that spirit.

Craig City Council lends support to energy education program

On Tuesday night, the Yampa Valley Partners’ Regional Energy Education Plan got a little more energy behind it. The Craig City Council voted, 7-0, to endorse the plan put forward by the Northwest Colorado Energy Steering Committee, a group of 21 representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties promoting the importance of learning more about the viable energy options within the region.

Editorial: How hope, faith can save

In his 2003 book, “A Million Little Pieces,” author James Frey described a seemingly simple philosophy for people to get through traumatic times — “just hold on.” While many parts of the book — originally marketed as a memoir about Frey’s battle with and treatment for drug and alcohol addiction — were later famously discredited as being untruthful, there remains nonetheless a value in his basic blueprint for people mired in hardships.

Student News: Dale Lyons

Dale Lyons, a former Craig resident, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society Alpha Beta Kappa. Dale attended the Institute of Business and Medical Careers.

Pat Pearce: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • Nora Jones for donating the cat food.

Rosemary Potter: Obama ‘challenged God’

To the editor: President Barack Obama has just challenged God. He has said that Israel should retreat to the pre-1967 borders, giving away half of Jerusalem and much more. This would make that tiny nation indefensible.

Briefs for May 25, 2011: Baccalaureate scheduled for tonight

Baccalaureate for the Class of 2011, an ecumenical celebration for graduating high school seniors, is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Friends of family of graduating seniors are welcome to attend.

Student News: Brian Behrman

Brian Thomas Behrman, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate,

Lee Thomson: Children ‘deserve more’

To the editor: As is common knowledge, the Moffat County School District is in the process of dramatically reducing expenditures in a laudable effort to meet current financial setbacks. Four years ago, Moffat County residents voted on a bond referendum to build a desperately needed middle school as well as other capital improvements. The bond passed and a beautiful new middle school was built, designed with input from both the public and teaching staff to reflect a “middle school model.”

Datebook for May 25, 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. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

Sports Briefs for May 25, 2011: Pre-register for boating safety class

Yampa River State Park will host boating safety review sessions and exams June 11 for anyone age 14 or older who wishes to operate motorboats or personal watercraft. The class will begin at 10 a.m.

Annie's Mailbox for May 25, 2011: Siblings don't acknowledge recovery from depression

Nearly 23 years ago, at the end of my Ph.D. studies, I became ill with severe depression. Not recognizing the problem, I self-medicated with illegal drugs and became an addict. I was so messed up that I had to move back in with my parents, who provided a roof over my head but nothing else. My father, a doctor, sent me to a psychiatrist who misdiagnosed me with bipolar disease. I was unable to work and had no money.

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Sudoku for May 25, 2011

Sudoku for May 25, 2011

Horoscope for May 25, 2011

A number of impediments and restrictions that have been blocking your path will finally be alleviated in the coming months. What results will help you career-wise and provide you with the wherewithal to get where you want to go.

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Comics for May 25, 2011

Comics for May 25, 2011

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Crossword for May 25, 2011

Crossword for May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a payroll warrant resolution. • Approved, 3-0, an A/P warrant resolution.

On the Record for May 24, 2011

On the Record for May 24, 2011

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Downed power line causes outages in Craig, Maybell

A downed power line on the airport road near Loudy-Simpson Park caused outages for more than 1,000 homes and businesses, Yampa Valley Electric Association reported Monday afternoon. The outage occurred at 1:42 p.m., knocking power out for 1,153 homes and businesses in southwest Craig. At about the same time, Maybell experienced a transmission line failure, affecting 276 YVEA customers.

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Waste piles up during Craig Clean-Up Days

Children’s swing sets, lawnmowers, air conditioners and other junk and refuse materials lined the bottoms of trash containers Saturday and Sunday at the north end of Crag City Park. The City of Craig’s Solid Waste Department collected one Dumpster after another of used tires, appliances and other metal objects during the weekend’s Craig Clean-Up Days. The department’s crew filled 11 40-yard roll-off dumpsters with tires and three 20-yard roll-offs with all sorts of large, metal items from dishwashers to swamp coolers.

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MCHS soccer players earn all-conference honors

Kelly Ciesco led the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team in goals scored this season with 10. Ciesco’s goals, while an achievement on their own, also helped the MCHS junior achieve a more prestigious goal she had set earlier in the season. At Saturday’s season-ending banquet, Ciesco received Western Slope League all-conference honors, making her the only Bulldog to be named to the first team.

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MCHS swimmer Matt Hulstine swims to 5th place finish at state meet, relay takes 11th

Heading into the 4A state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Matt Hulstine said his goal was to break the 1-minute mark in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hulstine took fifth place in the event at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, and while his official time was less than half a second over a minute — 1 minute, .47 seconds — he said he was nothing but pleased with his performance.

Datebook for May 24, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for May 24, 2011: Relay for Life hosting fundraisers

Yampa Valley Relay for Life is hosting a series of fundraisers at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant in Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Every Monday evening through July 11, a team involved in Relay for Life will receive 25 percent of the night’s sales. The Hayden H.E.A.T. team is also hosting a fundraiser dance from 9 p.m. to close Saturday at the Hiway Bar, 136 E. Jefferson St., Hayden.

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Crossword for May 24, 2011

Crossword for May 24, 2011

Horoscope for May 24, 2011

Because there is likely to be a large array of opportunities presented to you in the next year, you may not be able to take advantage of all of them. This will necessitate you making choices and being very wise about doing so.

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Comics for May 24, 2011

Comics for May 24, 2011

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Sudoku for May 24, 2011

Sudoku for May 24, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 24, 2011: Can't find a way to like son-in-law

My daughter recently married and had a baby. The problem is my son-in-law. I have tried to like him, but it's hard. He is in the military in another state, and my daughter lives at home in order to finish college. It was his idea to save money by having her live here instead of renting an apartment. When the baby was born, my son-in-law was very affectionate with his child.

Monday, May 23

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Interest in Routt County oil leases increases

Planner reports increased interest from oil companies in lease process

Routt County officials are expecting local oil speculation to increase in coming months. Routt County planner Chris Brookshire said there have been inquiries about the county's lease process in the past months from three oil companies.

On the Record for May 23, 2011

On the Record for May 23, 2011

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38 Hayden seniors move on; class honored during Sunday event

Student's death cited as a unifying factor for class

All the traditions were observed Sunday afternoon during the Hayden Secondary Schools Class of 2011 graduation ceremony. A video montage of photographs highlighted the seniors’ growth from children to adults. And the faculty and staff started a silly string war, which quickly became a losing battle, after the class was presented. But Sunday’s ceremony seemed different.

LSRV boys win 3rd state title this school year

Heading into the final day of the 1A state track and field meet in Casper, Wyo., the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys team held a slim lead over Dubois High School. When Saturday rolled around, however, the Rattlers did what they have been doing all year — they stepped up in a pressure situation and took home the state title. The track title completes the sweep for the LSRV boys this school year, as they also won the six-man football and the basketball state titles earlier in the year.

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Annual Hometown Heroes Community Picnic in Craig pays tribute to veterans

Despite intermittent rain, the Hometown Heroes Community Picnic soldiered on Saturday. U.S. Army Ranger veteran Bob McConnell stood at a microphone under a tent at Craig City Park and thanked the crowd for braving the elements. “This is what we call ‘Ranger weather,’” the guest speaker said.

Bulldog Sports for May 23, 2011

Today 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team competes in the 4A state tournament at Elmwood Golf Course, 3900 Thatcher Ave., in Pueblo. 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St., and Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

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Bulldog runners finish in top 5 at state

Maddy Jourgensen will leave the Moffat County High School track and field team the way she wanted. After breaking the school’s 3,200-meter run record Friday, Jourgensen, a MCHS senior, followed up with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run Saturday at the 4A state meet in Lakewood. “I was really happy with my finish,” Jourgensen said. “I went in ranked sixth, and I wanted a top five finish and I got it.”

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Nearly 100 Western Slope athletes compete in Craig Special Olympics

Jesse Middlebrook snapped through the ribbon at the end of a 400-meter dash with his face beaming. Middlebrook, 17, had just beaten his nearest opponent by several yards. After the race, he slowed to a walk, and caught his breath before speaking. “It feels pretty good,” the Olathe resident said of his win.

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My Life, My Words: Andrea Camp — ‘Controlled chaos’

“I took paralegal classes through Colorado Northwestern Community College, and I did my internship with Sherman (Romney), and after that, he hired me to go to work for him. We do a little of everything. We do document preparation for adoption cases, probate cases, we do contracts and real estate paperwork. We handle family law cases, one of our attorneys does criminal law, so it’s a pretty wide variety.

Business Beat: Lariat Liquors in Craig to kick off new ownership with grand opening

Lariat Liquors will be celebrating three things Saturday: the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, a new owner and a new name. The store, seller of spirits of all kinds, has officially changed its name to Lariat Lee Liquors. The new-ish name combines the original moniker with that of its new owner, Lori Matuska, whose middle name is Lee.

H. Neal Glanville: I tip my hat

One morning, I sat the weak side and Mr. Normal down in a quiet room and we discussed gathering money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Of course, there were a few giggles about just who would give “the grumpy old guy” anything but a bus ticket or a gift card to the liberal house of horrors. Then, someone suggested we look in the mirror and practice asking for money.

Senior Spotlight for May 23, 2011

I helped a little with the AARP driver’s safety class Thursday by registering people, so I decided to stay and listen, although I no longer drive because of my eyesight. The video was refreshing as I remember it was the last time I saw it.

Datebook for May 23, 2011

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807. 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.

John Milligan: ‘Very grateful’

To the editor: I would like to tell the community that Jane and I are flying to Los Angeles on Monday for a Tuesday treatment to lower her antibodies. We will be back Wednesday, and do it once again the next week.

Briefs for May 23, 2011: Missionary visiting Area church

Missionary Kennedy Cruz will share his story about the work that he does in Cambodia during a presentation at 9 a.m. May 29 at Friendship United Methodist Church, 700 Barclay St. Cruz serves with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He is in mission in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agriculture Development Program as a community development specialist, serving in that position since October 2007. Anyone interested in hearing about Cruz’s work is invited to attend.

Gina Toothaker: What makes children happy?

We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged early, when young people have more independence than ever, but also far more depression, anxiety, cynicism and loneliness. Today’s children are being raised to shoot for the stars at a time when it’s more difficult than ever to get into college, find a good job and afford a house. Their expectations are very high just as the world is becoming more competitive, leaving a huge discrepancy between expectations and reality. More than any other generation, the children of Baby Boomers are often disappointed by what they find when they arrive at adulthood. So how do we help our kids be happy and successful, without becoming what many experts dub the “Entitled Generation?”

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Crossword for May 23, 2011

Crossword for May 23, 2011

Horoscope for May 23, 2011

Some kind of interesting development that could offer you a second source of income might unfold in the year ahead. In fact, it could even progress to the point of equaling or surpassing what you're already earning.

Annie's Mailbox for May 23, 2011: Family members taking advantage of temporary living situation

I have always been a generous person. I have allowed my brother, niece, nephew and now mother-in-law to live with me on a temporary basis in order to get their lives together. This hasn't been easy, and I have tried to deal with them in the calmest possible way, but somehow they always resent it when I ask what their future plans are.

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Sudoku for May 23, 2011

Sudoku for May 23, 2011

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Comics for May 23, 2011

Comics for May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22

What happens in Vegas...

All the hard work and sweat the juniors put in to make prom perfect made it a huge success. "I thought it was fantastic. I had a good time, and the decorations were better than last year," said Tyler Francetich. The theme for prom was Viva Las Vegas, with a dancing pink flamingo on one side of the gym and a big sign on the other side with the name of one of the big casino in Las Vegas.

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A day without hate

No matter what group, sport, or even grade, students at Moffat County High School are often picked on for outfits, skin color, race, or friends they choose to hang out with. But all of that changed on April 29th when MCHS Student Council unveiled Day Without Hate. MCHS students recently enjoyed one day without hate, one day free of tension, one day to be free-spirited and themselves without being judged.

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Delaine Brown keeps Moffat County High School afloat

Walk towards the back hallway of the second floor office and the first thing that will catch your attention is a huge, intricate, colorful, wall. On it, little pieces of paper and stickers with teacher names, classes, and hours fill the wall from corner to corner. To any passerby, it seems almost too complicated to even look at. But to Moffat County High School Registrar Delaine Brown, its all under control and part of her everyday job.

Empathy or Stupidity?

The views expressed in these columns do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter or The Blue Print newspaper. Reporters have been asked to take a specific position on an issue in order to share its perspective.

Jackpot!

Prom is said to be the best night of a young person's life. At Moffat County High School, the tradition of after-prom has been going on for around eleven years, and has recently occurred after this year's prom on April 30, 2011. This year's after prom was put on by Katrina Willey, the school nurse, who had great goals in mind for the event.

April Rogers: Trip to Europe highlights differences

Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Europe on a school trip with Mr. Simon and a small group of other students. Although it was a great trip, there were some crazy differences between the great country we live in and the country we should all visit. Though everything seemed a little diversified, there were four main things I could not believe.

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Life behind bars

"Everybody should be in a prison at least once in their life," says Joy Tegtman, criminology teacher at Moffat County High School. Recently, the high school's criminology class went on a field trip to two prisons in Wyoming; The Wyoming State Penitentiary and the Wyoming Frontier Prison.

Student Council dedicates time and effort to Cystic Fibrosis

"I honestly over-looked Cystic Fibrosis before the Student Council brought it to my attention. Although I had heard about the disease, I did not know what the disease was, or how it impacted our community," said Heather Fross, Student Council advisor. Every year the Moffat County High School Student Council puts on a variety of different activities and fundraisers.

Brittany Madigan: Water for Elephants: Missing the spectacular

One hundred and twenty eight weeks. That’s all it took for the book about the most spectacular show on earth to become internationally known. The book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was released in 2006 and spent two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list. The book has sold 4.5 million copies to date.

Sylvia Duncan: Thank you for article

Thank you for the nice feature article regarding Mr. Duncan and me. It has been my distinct pleasure to work with the students and staff of MCHS for over a decade.

6-word memoirs

It was always there; never happened. Anonymous A boy, a girl, a dance. Tyler Francetich

MCHS senior class: Graduation without distraction

After years of endless homework assignments and after school activities, the class of 2011 has finally made it to Graduation Day. We know at the Graduation Ceremony everyone will be filled with excitement, and the traditional beach balls will bounce across the matriculating students’ section.

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Track meeting their goal

Throughout their spring season, the athletes of the Moffat County High School track and field team have pushed themselves toward success despite the snow and cold this spring. According to Coach Lance Scranton, the weather has been one of his discus and shot putter’s biggest setbacks. “[The season] has gone pretty well considering the weather’s been terrible and we haven’t had much time to work.”

Summer offers teens options

The summer brings long awaited warm weather and, for high school students, time off from tests, homework, and long hours of studying. With all that time out of school, students have a whole lot of free time to do what they want. Some students plans include running in marathons, foreign travel, trips to local swimming areas to get out of the hot Colorado sun, or even getting themselves a summer job.

Pleasure in pain

Have you ever laughed at someone for falling down the stairs or dropping their things in the hallway? Have you ever fantasized about revenge against someone you dislike, or looked at someone less fortunate than you and thought, “Better him than me”? Human nature has given people of all ages a somewhat unnatural obsession with other’s grief.

Easy money for college education

Student scholarships are not that hard to come by in the state of Colorado. So why is it that many students don't apply for them? "The mail reason that they don't sign up is because they're afraid that they'll get rejected," said senior Austin Lee.

Aging Well: Doctor shares tai chi experience, benefits

It was only a matter of time before tai chi played a starring role in Pam Kircher’s life. A family physician, Kircher has spent much of her career exploring complementary medicine, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture and massage, that contribute to health and wellness. While working at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Kircher had the opportunity to attend a weekend tai chi workshop with Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian doctor who developed a modified tai chi program for people with arthritis, balance problems and other health challenges.

Saturday, May 21

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MCHS' Jourgensen takes 3rd at state, breaks school record in 3,200-meter run

With 100 meters left Friday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, Maddy Jourgensen looked up at the clock and kicked her speed into another gear. As she crossed the finish line in the 3,200-meter run, Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, said she knew she accomplished her season-long goal. Jourgensen clocked in at 8 minutes, 15.22 seconds — good for third place in the 4A state meet as well as a new MCHS school record.

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LSRV track teams hold narrow lead heading into finale

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys and girls track and field teams are trying to sweep the 1A state meet, but it won’t be easy. After the second of three days in Casper, Wyo., on Friday, the boys team leads Dubios High School by less than 11 points and the girls team leads Cokeville High School by eight points. “We are set up good heading into the final day,” head coach Mike Bates said. “We haven’t had a lot of personal records because the weather has been bad, but everyone is doing the best they can, overall.”

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LSRV sixth-graders compose, learn music on trash cans

When selecting a trash can to use as a drum, consider pitch, resonance and sustain. It doesn’t hurt to check smell, either. “Mine smells like Cheerios,” said Summer Henderson, a Little Snake River Valley School sixth-grader. “You don’t have to write that, but no, it really does.”

Veterans Hotline: A little knowledge goes a long way

I recently returned from a week of training in Denver, so now I know enough to be dangerous. Trivia tidbits: • Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless heated above 450 degrees.

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Sandrock Elementary students nominated for national leadership program

While researching 18th century American figure Nathanael Greene, Sandrock Elementary School fifth-grader Dajia Lewis came to a conclusion about how much of a role the Revolutionary War general played in the history of the country. “He was important to the war because without him, we wouldn’t have won,” she said. Although the forging of a nation might not be upon her shoulders, Lewis said she hopes to be a leader like Greene, who was one of George Washington’s most trusted officers.

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Moffat County students share memories of CMS band teacher Craig Smith

The sun had set and the crowd had broken away, but a small group of Moffat County High School students remained on an empty and darkened football field Thursday. They huddled together against a sharp breeze and shared stories about the Craig Middle School band teacher who had been memorialized minutes earlier. Craig Smith was the reason the friends had gathered. But, perhaps more importantly, Smith was the reason they are all friends, some said.

Government Update for May 21, 2011

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

Moffat County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program begins May 31

The Moffat County Libraries is launching our annual Summer Reading Program on May 31. Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as we present “One World, Many Stories” during the program. Children will explore all seven continents through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities.

Over a Cup: Glutten-free ‘Homemade Spaghetti Sauce’

This column features another gluten-free recipe, courtesy of Meeker resident Peggy Bodine-Reese. First, check out the recipe for “Homemade Spaghetti Sauce,” which I want to try, followed by Peggy’s comments concerning gluten-free pastas. To make “Homemade Spaghetti Sauce,” you will need the following ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil; 4 tablespoons sweet butter; 3 cloves crushed garlic; 6 large tomatoes, chopped, or one No. 2 can Italian tomatoes with liquid; 2 bay leaves; 8 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped; 1 sprig thyme, chopped; and 1 sprig fennel or basil, chopped.

Agriculture & Livestock: Spring cleaning always a chore

Along with warmer weather comes spring cleaning, and as I prepare to clean the house, my thoughts turn to the rural women of years ago who spring cleaned without the modern conveniences such as the washer and dryer, vacuum, steam cleaners, and running water. How much we take for granted in today’s world. Back when ranchers and farmers settled in the West, houses were closed up all winter so the women took advantage of a sunny, spring day to open the windows and doors and let their houses air out.

Editorial: Choosing our destiny — part 2

The conclusion of Wednesday’s editorial — the first part of a two-part opinion piece — stated that “forward-looking projects and people are the key to a strong future for our community.” That idea is one that deserves to be expanded. As wonderful as the Craig and Moffat County community is — unlike most places, residents here have a strong interest in local happenings and affairs, and are possessed by a tremendously giving spirit, among numerous other traits — there also exists a closed and at times stodgy culture to new ways and approaches.

Baxter Black: The middle of nowhere

Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching the waves. The more I work with real cowboys, the more I realize how little I know.

Datebook for May 21, 2011

7 a.m. The 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride starts from Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40, weather permitting. The ride is free to all. A start time of 7:30 a.m. from the Western Knolls is also available. A $6 breakfast will be available at the end of the ride. Call 826-2029. 9 a.m. The Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games will take place at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. About 100 regional athletes competing in track and field, aquatic and weighlifting events will participate. Spectators are welcome. Call Julie Fite at (970) 945-0395.

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Coping during a down economy

An economic recession can present increased stress and hardship on individuals, families and communities. The daily news of war, the failing economy and the adversity experienced by friends and family is trying on the emotional health of individuals and families. What happens when these hardships enter a person’s home? Unemployment is one of the most significant emotional hardships that a person will experience in adulthood. Job loss can lead to loss-of-life meaning and purpose, which in turn makes an individual and their families more vulnerable to depression, anxiety, anger, family discord and substance abuse.

Briefs for May 21, 2011: Dance scheduled for tonight

A country dance is scheduled for tonight at Lodore Hall in Browns Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dancing starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and dinner will be available. The event includes cake walks, a cake drawing, a quilt auction and door prizes.

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Crossword for May 21, 2011

Crossword for May 21, 2011

Horoscope for May 21, 2011

There are indications that more good things than usual will happen for you in the next solar cycle. However, because there are so many of positives, you could become complacent and miss out on several wonderful opportunities.

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Sudoku for May 21, 2011

Sudoku for May 21, 2011

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Comics for May 21, 2011

Comics for May 21, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 21, 2011: Dad disagrees with sharing family death on Facebook

I'm 20 years old, and lately, I've been catching a lot of criticism about my Facebook page. My grandfather passed away, and I updated my status to say that he is loved and deeply missed. People offered condolences and support. My father thought it was wrong for people to find out on Facebook.

Friday, May 20

Top 10 Outdoor Spring-Cleaning Tips

You’ll want to tackle your screens first, in preparation for those perfect, sunny, breezy spring days that just call out for open windows. Take the screens off and take them outside for a gentle bath with a hose. If they’re especially icky, you might want to rub them with some soapy water and a brush — that old, dead fly is exactly the kind of depressing winter sight we’re trying to get rid of.

Hard Rock/Metal Mining Reclamation Permit

Jubilee Venture, LLC; 19754 E. Euclid Drive, Centennial, Colorado 80016, Phone 720-289-1455, has filed an application for a Regular (112) Hard Rock/Metal Mining Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board under provisions of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Act.

Permit No. C-1981-019

Permit No. C-1981-019

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1622

COMBINED NOTICE- AMENDED- PUBLICATION FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1622 Original Grantor(s): Heath Scroggs and Stacy Scroggs Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Bank of the West, a California Corporation

CASE NUMBER 11DR48

CASE NUMBER 11DR48

Motor Grader bids

Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on June 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for a Motor Grader. Bids must be submitted no later than June 9, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626.

Lariat Lee Liquors Inc

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Jack & Linda Paulson dba Lariat Lee Liquors Inc., 391 Lincoln Street, Craig, Colorado has by application dated April 27, 2011, applied for a Retail Liquor Store License on the premises hereinabove described.

On the Record for May 20, 2011

On the Record for May 20, 2011

Local fuel gauge for May 20, 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

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Bulldogs' Williams wins WSL co-player of the year award

Ben Williams finished the 2011 season with an ERA of 4.26, 52 strikeouts and half of the Moffat County High School baseball team’s eight wins. But, Williams’s contribution wasn’t only on the pitching mound. At the plate, Williams had team-highs with 37 RBIs and nine home runs, and was second on the team with a batting average of .593.

Tim Douglas: Come, You’re invited

May and June bring additional mail to our mailboxes in the form of invitations to college and high school graduations, and summer weddings. We are excited when we see a different colored envelope and realize it’s an invitation to a special event in someone’s life that thought enough of us to invite us to share their special day.

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TMH in Craig has biggest month ever

Bryan Chalmers said The Memorial Hospital broke a new record earlier this year. “March was an amazing month,” Chalmers, TMH’s chief financial officer, said. “Our (patient) volumes were up substantially. This was the first time it was ever so high.” In March, the hospital saw 906 adjusted patient days — an accounting expression that combines inpatient and outpatient services into units — and grossed more than $4 million, Chalmers said.

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Moffat County juniors lead way for Bulldogs at state track meet

The rise in the shot put state rankings continued for Garrett Spears on Thursday. Two weeks ago, Spears, a Moffat County High School junior, was ranked 22nd and didn’t look to be competing in the 4A state meet. At the regional meet May 14 in Grand Junction, Spears threw a personal-record 48 feet, 2 inches to move up to 11th and make the state cut.

Briefs for May 20, 2011: MCHS auction set for tonight

The 2011 Moffat County High School FFA Project Auction and Oyster Fry will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the MCHS Ag Shop, 900 Finley Lane. Projects to be auctioned include metal artwork, yard ornaments, bird feeders, wishing wells, a wide variety of flowers and more.

Craig/Moffat County EDP board considers adding new position

Darcy Trask believes having as many great minds as possible in the same room can be beneficial to the local economy. “The more the merrier,” she said. At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s board of directors voted to table an election for new officers and board members until next month.

Datebook for May 20, 2011

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 Carissa at 826-9742. 4:30 p.m. A public memorial service for the late Craig Middle School band director Craig Smith at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Jordan Harmon: Exercising free speech

To the editor: My name is Jordan Harmon. I am 14 years old. I am the eighth-grader at Craig Middle School who asked my dad to contact the ACLU. I am not ashamed by it, either, because I was told I could not wear the “I heart boobies” bracelets that I bought with my own money for several people I love who I have either lost or is fighting cancer, still.

H. Neal Glanville: Little miracles

There’ll be no words this Friday of worthless cousins or the planet stupid. This is the weekend for the miracle of spring. By nature’s clock, I’m unsure how long it lasts. In real time, maybe an hour or so. Oh sure, it’s going to snow again before the end of June, but why worry on the inevitable?

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Comics for May 20, 2011

Comics for May 20, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 20, 2011: Can't tell parents college is not for me

I am a college student. I graduated from community college with an associate's degree in December and am finishing my first semester at the university. No matter how hard I try (tutoring, studying more and for longer hours), I am not doing well. I don't think college is for me, and I want to drop out. The problem is, I don't know how to tell my parents about my decision.

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Crossword for May 20, 2011

Crossword for May 20, 2011

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Sudoku for May 20, 2011

Sudoku for May 20, 2011

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1625

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Horoscope for May 20, 2011

More changes than usual are likely to be in store for you both socially and commercially in the year ahead, but not to worry, because you should like what transpires. In fact, things may work out better than you hoped.

Thursday, May 19

Hayden seeks help with hiring principal

School district wants assistance reviewing applications, interviewing candidates

The Hayden School District wants faculty and staff members, parents and community members to participate in the review and selection of the next Hayden Secondary Schools principal.

Janet Sheridan: Graduation distress

Last year, I packed into crowded bleachers with a multitude of proud, camera-toting families at my granddaughter’s high school graduation. From the “Pomp and Circumstance” entrance to the mortarboard-tossing finale, I enjoyed her ceremony far more than any of mine. My commencement disappointments began in ninth grade.

Andy Bockelman: Despite formulaic story, ‘Something Borrowed’ has something unique

Before getting married to the man of her dreams, every bride needs a few things to fulfill tradition. But, when her fiancé becomes “Something Borrowed,” does she really need to bother worrying about anything else? While in law school, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Dex (Colin Egglesfield) looked like they were always on the verge of taking their friendship to the next level. But, that was before Rachel’s best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), caught Dex’s eye.

On the Record for May 19, 2011

On the Record for May 19, 2011

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MCHS golfers prepare for state tournament

Nike Cleverly said the “biggest emotional roller coaster of her life” happened in a 24-hour period last week. Cleverly, a Moffat County High School senior, seemed destined to end her high school golfing career on a low note after losing a playoff for the final state tournament spot May 10 in Parachute.

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Hometown Heroes Picnic set for Saturday

With the weather of Northwest Colorado unpredictable during the spring months, scheduling outdoor events can be tricky. But, the organizers of one gathering will soldier through any conditions the weekend can throw at them in honor of those who have had to deal with situations much tougher than a little rain.

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8 cases of equine herpes confirmed in Colorado, none in Moffat County

Veterinarian Kelly Hepworth stood in a corral Wednesday at Bear Creek Animal Hospital and vaccinated his own horse against EHV-1, or equine herpes virus. Hepworth said he has received numerous phone calls from horse owners interested in the same vaccination.

Briefs for May 19, 2011: Fire District to host public hearing today

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District will host a public hearing for petitioning at 7 p.m. today at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave. Robert and Karen Snavely, 45570 N. Colo. Hwy. 13, and Tyler and Megan McWilliams, 316 Sunset Drive, are requesting to join the fire protection district.

Datebook for May 19, 2011

*9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The AARP driver safety program is in the second-floor activity room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Call Beverly at 824-5123.

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Comics for May 19, 2011

Comics for May 19, 2011

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Sudoku for May 19, 2011

Sudoku for May 19, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 19, 2011: Parents are enabling daughter's financial dependence

I have been trying to teach my 20-year-old daughter the value of saving money and staying within a budget. Meanwhile, my parents give her money every time she asks. I am newly divorced and feel it is important for my daughter to learn to live within her means.

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Crossword for May 19, 2011

Crossword for May 19, 2011

Horoscope for May 19, 2011

Your success in the year ahead will be predicated upon the foundations you lay. If what you do is solid and strong, the results will be as well. If you are wishy-washy in your efforts, your life could quickly spin out of control.

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Soroco, Hayden track and field ready for state

The state championships open Thursday and continue through Saturday in Denver. Soroco qualified 17 of its 21 athletes. The Hayden High School track team has brought home a few top results from the state track meet in recent years, and it will have more chances on all three days of this year’s event.

Hayden Town Council to consider creation of park

The Hayden Town Council will consider a small park when it meets at 7:30 p.m. today at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

Wednesday, May 18

Hayden School Board keeps traditional calendar

Officials also change woodworking class to building trades but retain teacher

The Hayden School Board voted, 3-2, to adopt a calendar for 2011-12 that is similar to calendars of previous years. Hayden Secondary Schools teachers presented a calendar at last month’s meeting that would have moved the start before Labor Day and added eight days with students to increase instruction time.

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Charges filed in downtown Steamboat burglaries

18-year-old Clive Ellifritz faces 14 charges

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed 14 charges against a man suspected of breaking into downtown Steamboat Springs businesses May 4.

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Habitat for Humanity, church help Hayden senior

Volunteers build wheelchair ramp for Randy Clark

Hayden resident Randy Clark can get a tan now, if he wants. As of Saturday, he can steer his power wheelchair out the front door of his trailer and down a fresh wooden wheelchair ramp built last weekend by volunteers from Concordia Lutheran Church in conjunction with Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

The mystery of addiction

If you asked 10 different people the definition of the word “addiction,” chances are you are likely to hear 10 unique answers. There are myriad misunderstandings about addiction, which include addiction is a weakness of people who won’t take responsibility for their behavior or that addicts choose to abuse.

On the Record for May 18, 2011

On the Record for May 18, 2011

Andy Bockelman: The hits and misses of spring’s flicks

As the summer movie season comes once again, we reflect on movies from the last few months — some of which are either still in theaters or already on DVD — a period between the more influential films of the year and the high energy popcorn flicks of May, June, July and August. And while not every movie of the winter and spring months is a keeper, occasionally quality does show itself in this dry spell. But then again, so does garbage.

Hayden students walk, run to benefit teammate

Fundraiser Wednesday to benefit Trenten Kelley

Middle-school-age Hayden students participating in track and field will run and walk for a good cause Wednesday. They have been raising money, through pledges per lap they will run or walk, or donations from Hayden community members. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, they’ll run and walk around the track, or inside if the weather is bad, during Tracks for Trenten.

Hayden School Board to take another look at woods class Wednesday night

Board members will consider program shift to building trades

The Hayden School Board again will consider whether to change the Hayden Secondary Schools’ woodworking program at its meeting tonight.

Michelle Balleck: Full weekend will keep you running — or pedaling

If you’re bored this weekend, you’re not paying attention. Check out all the fun the entertainment gods have in store for you. ■ Grab your bike, a helmet and some friends and hit the highway. The 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40, or at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Western Knolls.

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More than 60 Craig youth compete in Little Feet Fun Meet

As Burke Henderson bounced off the high jump mat Monday at Moffat County High School, she ran back toward her friends with a smile on her face. Burke, a fourth-grader, was one of more than 60 first- through sixth-graders who took part in the Little Feet Fun Meet track and field day put on by the MCHS varsity track and field team. Burke said after the event, she was glad she signed up.

Moffat County Pet calendar contest deadline extended

The deadline for entries to the Humane Society of Moffat County’s 2012 Pet Mates Calendar Contest has been extended to Monday. The contest is free, and digital photo entries must be submitted to hsmc2012@yahoo.com. The Humane Society recommends participants set their cameras to the highest resolution possible because photos will be enlarged.

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Humane Society offering reduced-cost adoptions in face of rising numbers

Carol Scott, treasurer for the Humane Society of Moffat County, said the number of animals that end up in the Craig Animal Shelter seems to be on the rise. To cope with the numbers, the Humane Society is offering a reduced-price adoption event, something they have done several times this year. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the animal shelter, adopting a pet will cost $60. The usual fee is $114.

Agencies caution recreational water users about rising levels

Every year, once May rolls around, Ron Dellacroce sees an outbreak of spring fever, as people start to head into the rivers of Northwest Colorado for some water fun. But, the renewed interest in boating and rafting can be “a good kind of bad” if the weather shift has too much of an effect on river levels. Dellacroce, a ranger with Colorado State Parks, was one of several group representatives who attended the Moffat County Commission’s quarterly intergovernmental agencies meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Sports Briefs for May 18, 2011: Youth tennis lessons open for registration

Registration for the Craig Parks and Recreation youth tennis lessons is now open. The classes are open for ages 8 to 12 and will start June 1 and end on June 23. Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Lincoln Street courts.

Briefs for May 18, 2011: Events planned to honor late teacher

Events to memorialize Craig Smith are planned for Thursday and Friday. Smith, who taught band at Craig Middle School for nine years, died Sunday of a brain aneurysm at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 64. The Craig Middle School band concert — led by Moffat County High School band director John Bolton in Smith’s place — is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Editorial: Choosing our destiny — part 1

What is the direction of our community? Where are we headed? Are we steered in the direction in which we want to go or are we just allowing ourselves to be led wherever we might be taken? In order to figure out where we truly want to go we must encourage discussion by the entire community. We think a discussion of this magnitude calls for input from a wide range of residents, not only the 40 or 50 people who seem to be involved in everything. The Moffat County Quality of Life Project, organized by Chris Jones of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board, is a good first step.

Datebook for May 18, 2011

9 to 9:30 a.m. The United States Department of Agriculture distributes food at the Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282, ext. 11. 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.

Marcus Nielsen: Good sportsmanship

To the editor: I would like to comment on an outstanding performance and sportsmanship act that was performed on May 14 by the Moffat County Little Bulldog soccer team. They are Santiago Aragon, Hugo Hernandes, Axeel Mendoza, Wyatt Nielsen, Joshua Pando, Ulises Silva, Julio (Daniel) Perez, Eduardo and Nayeli Perez Rodriguez.

Carol Talbot: ‘What’s fair is fair’

To the editor: This letter is in regard to Mrs. Bolek about the fence issue at the cemetery. They should have never taken down her fence and let another family keep theirs up!

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Comics for May 18, 2011

Comics for May 18, 2011

Horoscope for May 18, 2011

You're likely to do far better in joint endeavors than you will when you decide to play a solo role, in coming months. Recognize when it is to your advantage to team up with others and when its best to go it alone.

Annie's Mailbox for May 18, 2011: Worried about neighbor's paranoia controlling his life

How can I help a friend who is convinced his neighbors are bombarding his house with rays that have affected his health and caused the death of one of his dogs? "Edwin" is a retired engineer in his early 70s, divorced for 10 years. When my husband was ill, Edwin was the only co-worker who bothered to visit. In the 15 years since my husband passed away, I'd lost track of Edwin until he showed up at my door six months ago, haggard and disheveled.

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Crossword for May 18, 2011

Crossword for May 18, 2011

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Sudoku for May 18, 2011

Sudoku for May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17

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2 teens arrested in connection with downtown Steamboat burglaries

Boy stabbed in library and his brother booked

Police say the 14-year-old boy who was stabbed April 4 during an altercation at Bud Werner Memorial Library has confessed to helping burglarize six downtown businesses May 4. The boy’s 18-­­­­ ­year­­­-old brother, Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz, also has been arrested and is in custody at Routt Coun­­ty Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

On the Record for May 17, 2011

On the Record for May 17, 2011

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Museum director discusses possible uses for $1.2 million windfall

Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, sat Friday in his sunny corner office and crunched numbers into an adding machine. “It appears to be over $1.2 million,” he said. “It’s a nice windfall.” That windfall is the result of mineral leasing activity in late 2010 and early 2011 in Northwest Colorado, he said.

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MCHS athletic director announces resignation

As the 2010-11 school year nears an end, Moffat County High School will have its’ hands full trying to find a new athletic director. Richard Wildenhaus, who is finishing up his second year in the position, turned in his official resignation May 12 and has accepted a job as the new assistant principal and athletic director at Fort Morgan High School. The decision, Wildenhaus said, comes on the heels of finishing up his second master’s degree in educational leadership and earning his administrative license.

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MCHS freshman, sophomore swimmers shine at WSL meet, look toward state

Colter Tegtman knew he needed a strong race Saturday in the Western Slope League swimming meet. In his last chance to qualify for the 4A state swimming meet, Tegtman, a Moffat County High School freshman, came into Mesa State College seeded with a time of about 25 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. The state qualifying time sat at 23.9 seconds.

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Special Olympics to host spring games Saturday at MCHS

Everybody wins – athletes and spectators alike – this weekend, according to Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games organizers. The games take place Saturday at Moffat County High School. The event, which first began in Chicago in 1968, has been hosted in Craig for more than 30 years and includes track and field, aquatics and weightlifting events for regional children and adults with disabilities.

Briefs for May 17, 2011: McDonald’s offers reading program today

McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald present the school show “Read to Achieve” at 11:30 a.m. today at the Craig McDonald’s restaurant, 1080 W. Victory Way. The show includes a magic act, information on how children can access library resources and presentations on famous people who had their lives enhanced by reading.

Datebook for May 17, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

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Comics for May 17, 2011

Comics for May 17, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 17, 2011: Don't know how to help friend in abusive relationship

I have a dear friend who has been in an abusive relationship for many years. The abuse is mostly verbal, but occasionally physical. Apparently, this has been going on for their entire 23-year relationship. When she would temporarily leave him, I would be very supportive, cheering her on when she took his name off of titles and deeds.

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Crossword for May 17, 2011

Crossword for May 17, 2011

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Sudoku for May 17, 2011

Sudoku for May 17, 2011

Horoscope for May 17, 2011

Both a bit of luck and some unexpected opportunities will help improve your effectiveness in the coming months. However, it will be up to you to recognize these fortunate chances, because they could come in unique guises.

Monday, May 16

Andy Bockelman: Superhero movie ‘Thor’ brings the thunder

As you go into the theater to see “Thor,” you need to be adequately prepared to see some astonishing feats, performed by a man who’s more powerful than a locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Wait, that was another guy… Well, this particular hero also comes from another world and wears a red cape, but the piece of hardware he carries sets him apart from others of his kind.

On the Record for May 16, 2011

On the Record for May 16, 2011

Gina Toothaker: It’s not just the blues

Everyone gets down from time to time — a brief blue mood, disappointments, grief after losing a loved one — but depression is different. It’s not just a case of having the blues. Clinical depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status.

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Craig Middle School band teacher Craig Smith dies at 64

Linda Smith said her husband, Craig Smith, would want to be remembered for his music and teaching. “All he talked about was his band succeeding,” she said. “He loved it. He just loved to be a teacher — a musical teacher.” Craig Smith, who taught band at Craig Middle School for nine years, died Sunday of a brain aneurysm at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 64.

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FFA students prepare projects for auction

Amid the buzz of angle grinders and the blinding blue light of acetylene torches Friday, the annual Moffat County High School FFA Auction was taking shape. Literally.

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Bulldogs struggle at the plate, fall to Palmer Ridge, 8-0

After a two-year hiatus from the state playoffs, the Moffat County High School baseball team returned to the post season Saturday at Palmer Ridge High School. The Bulldogs, however, couldn’t overcome the hitting and pitching that led Palmer Ridge to a No. 1 seed, falling in the first round, 8-0. “We mad a couple of mistakes and errors that allowed Palmer Ridge to get a couple of extra runs they shouldn’t have had,” head coach Justin Folley said. “Coming in as the No. 32 seed playing the best team, we played our game and didn’t change up a whole lot.”

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My Life, My Words: Steven ‘Rocco’ Skiff — ‘A new addiction’

“I’m a big fan of bowling. I bowl a lot, and I’ve got a big tournament coming up for the next four weeks in Colorado Springs. We won the Men’s City Tournament here, too. I used to be a mechanic at the bowling alley, but that kind of fell short and I just lost interest. So, I decided to become a server and wait tables at Gino’s. I really like this restaurant. It’s a fun atmosphere, a different kind of place compared to other restaurants. We have a good time here. I work with great people. They really help me out.

Business Beat: New deli appeases late night appetite

When Ryan Rowley opened Rhino’s Deli inside Mathers Bar last month, he said it would be the only late night open kitchen in Craig. The upside, he said, is being able to cater to a late night crowd. “Thursday, Friday, Saturday, I’m open until 2 a.m. and I deliver all that time, so it gives people an option and a niche that isn’t currently out there,” Rowley said.

MCHS junior qualifies for state Saturday at WSL meet

Garrett Spears entered the Western Slope League meet ranked 23rd in shot put for the 4A state track and field meet. With only the top 18 qualifying for the Thursday through Saturday state meet, Spears needed a personal best to move up in the rankings.

Bulldog Sports for May 16, 2011

Today 4:30 p.m. The Little Feet Fun Meet track and field day for first- through sixth-graders takes place at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Tuesday None

H. Neal Glanville: In the nick of time

We each have rituals in spring, rituals that by thought or deed, cleanse our souls of the savagery the crud of adulthood has left upon us. The crud, as we have learned through modern science, enjoys nothing more than the solace of winter to gather his troops. You’ve seen his men out there smashing the season’s first mud pies, or driving down quiet little streets merrily squashing night crawlers.

Briefs for May 16, 2011: EDP to host power line informational meeting

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will host Power Lines & The Economy from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today in the second floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The informational session will include information about the two proposed high-voltage power transmission lines and their economic and electrical system benefits and impacts.

Datebook for May 16, 2011

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership hosts Power Lines & The Economy in the second floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The free meeting includes representatives from TransWest Express and Rocky Mountain Power/PacifiCorp. RSVP to 826-2039 or director@cmedp.com.

Senior Spotlight for May 16, 2011

It’s been another busy weekend-type month. Easter, Mother’s Day, honoring our veterans, graduation, etc. Raining, snowing, cold wind blowing, the beat goes on. One thing about the weather, it is invigorating. To do or not to do, that is the question. Hey, why not?

Peyton Jacobson: Rest in peace, Mr. Smith

To the editor: The passing of Craig Smith on Sunday affected many people, including me. As the band teacher at Craig Middle School, Mr. Smith has made not just an impact, but an imprint on many teenagers’ lives. He was an amazing man, who taught in Oklahoma and Colorado.

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Comics for May 16, 2011

Comics for May 16, 2011

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Sudoku for May 16, 2011

Sudoku for May 16, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 16, 2011: Eight-year marriage suffering from husband's paranoia

My husband and I can no longer communicate effectively with each other, and our eight-year marriage is suffering as a result. It's like we are living in two separate worlds. In his, no one is trustworthy, including me. We are all out to get him. He sees signs of intentional disrespect from others where there are none, and when some minor issue doesn't go his way, he has a temper tantrum like a 2-year-old.

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Crossword for May 16, 2011

Crossword for May 16, 2011

Horoscope for May 16, 2011

An incident in the year ahead could turn out to be quite an eye-opener, teaching you how much more successful you are when acting in accordance with your highest ideals and standards. It may even turn your life around.

Sunday, May 15

Aging Well: Understanding Medicare prescription drug coverage

Costs of medications can pile up quickly; correct information and good choices are vital

Prescription medicine is a routine part of many older adults’ lives, and the costs of these medications add up quickly. Understanding Medicare prescription drug coverage can help older adults make the right choices and choose plans that will save them the most money. The following information outlines important points about Medicare Part D for prescription drug coverage.

Saturday, May 14

Horizons Specialized Services in Northwest Colorado receives grant for Family Support Program

Horizons Specialized Services has received a $15,000 Daniels Fund grant to supplement funding for its five-county Family Support Program, the organization announced in a news release. The Family Support Program involves working in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with, or at risk of, developmental disabilities. “The grant will enable our program to achieve its goal of reducing the financial stress associated with raising a child with a developmental disability,” said Deirdre Pepin, Horizons grants and publications coordinator.

LSRV track and field teams have good showing at 1st day of regional meet

For the boys of Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School to bring home their third state title this school year, they first must get through the 1A West regional track and field meet. After Friday’s first day of the two-day meet in Lander, Wyo., the Rattlers are in a great position, heading into the final day in first place. “All the kids came out (Friday), and it seemed whatever race they were in, they had a personal best,” head coach Mike Bates said. “They came out strong and we had a lot of kids place and a lot of kids qualify for the finals (today).”

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda for May 16

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:

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MCHS Boys track team 1st, girls 3rd after 1st day of WSL meet

The Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field team is looking to finish this year’s season in similar fashion to the 2010 season. In the 4A Western Slope League meet last May, the boys team split the league title with Glenwood Springs. After Friday’s opening round of the 2011 WSL meet in Grand Junction, the Bulldogs are again in position to bring home the first-place trophy.

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MCHS speech and debate students share thoughts after studying U.S. troop deployments

Four members of the Moffat County High School speech and debate team sat at a table in the school library Friday. In a few short weeks, they, along with another member of the team, will travel to Dallas, Texas to compete in the National Forensics League’s National Tournament. The four students — Matt Balderston, Collin Dilldine, Ben East and Ryan Zehner — qualified for nationals for their work in the cross-examination category of speech and debate.

Over a Cup: Hush puppies good to complement a fish dinner

A couple of days ago, I received a recipe for hush puppies from Dixie Jones, of Meeker. You might remember that recipes for hush puppies was a request of Heidi Balaraman, of Colorado Springs, who was looking for one for her mother, Robbie Estus, of Craig. Dixie remembered the hush puppies recipe from “New Southern Cooking” book, written by Nathalie Dupree and copyrighted in 1986. The recipe is included in this column so that you can make hush puppies, too.

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MCHS sending 5 students to national competitions in FBLA, speech and debate

Krista Schenk said the Future Business Leaders of America program at Moffat County High School is making history. In June, three MCHS students will participate in an FBLA National Competition “This is the first time,” she said of MCHS’ presence at FBLA’s annual national event.

Agriculture & Livestock: A tribute to ranch and farm wives

This time of year, when the weather is unpredictable, ranchers have to brand when they get a dry day and when help is available, even on a day like Mother’s Day. So, on Mother’s Day, some ranch moms may have spent the day sorting calves, filling hypodermic syringes and fixing a meal for the branding crew. Thinking about Mother’s Day brandings led this author to reflect on the responsibilities of ranch and farm wives.

Moffat County 5th-graders graduate from DARE program

At Friday’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation, Craig Police Officer Norm Rimmer told area fifth-graders that they didn’t have to take the program’s pledge. “(Officer) Tony (Gianinetti) and I aren’t going to be able to hear you guys pledge, but I want you to ask yourself, with the last 10 weeks of hard work that you guys put in, why wouldn’t you?” he said. “Not once in any of your essays did I see you guys say, ‘I want to grow up and be a druggie,’ ‘When I grow up, I want to be an alcoholic,’ ‘When I grow up I want to make poor choices in my life.’ “Not one of your essays said that, so I would ask you guys, why wouldn’t you promise this to yourself and to your friends and to Tony and I?”

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Baggs, Wyo., residents celebrate new community center

For years, Tom Spicer racked up laps in the Little Snake River Valley School gym in Baggs, Wyo., but it seemed like he was imposing. “I always felt like it kind of interrupted the school when I did that,” said Spicer, a longtime Baggs resident. “Don’t have to do that anymore.” Spicer and a host of others expressed similar sentiments Wednesday during the grand opening of the Valley Community Center in Baggs.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting agenda for May 16

Craig 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:

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda for May 16

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda:

Government update for May 14, 2011

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

VFW voices membership, lease concerns to Craig Chamber

Mark Wick, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 commander, presented concerns to the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board during its Thursday meeting. He said members feel the organization wasn’t getting what it should out of its Chamber membership. “Everyone said, ‘What are we getting for our money?’” Wick said. “That’s basically why I come over today, to let you know we’ve got a lot of heartburn, and it’s been (happening) over years.”

Wildlife Commission bans hunting bears in dens

Issue arose from a November 2010 hunt involving Moffat County resident

The Colorado Wildlife Commission approved a regulation May 5 that bans hunters from hunting, killing or otherwise harassing bears in their dens. The issue first came to the attention of the Colorado Division of Wildlife in November 2010, when Craig resident Richard Kendall tracked and killed a 703-pound black bear in its den in Moffat County. Spokesman Randy Hampton said the DOW made the decision in an effort to promote safety and fair chase while hunting.

Editorial: Drawing the line

With pressing concerns like sagging test scores and decimated budgets, our Moffat County School District administrators were pressed into action this week. Not to address either of those two important issues mind you, but rather to solve the complexities of whether students will be allowed to wear little rubber bracelets. Specifically, cancer awareness bracelets that read “I (heart) boobies! Keep a Breast Alive!”

Diane Miller: Hepatitis Awareness Month

To the editor: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. An estimated 4.5 million Americans have chronic Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, which together account for the major cause of chronic liver disease and liver cancer.

Sports Briefs for May 13, 2011: USDA to distribute food supplements

The United States Department of Agriculture has scheduled food supplement distributions for later this month. Food will be distributed from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at 595 Breeze St. at the northeast alley entrance, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maybell Community Center and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County office in Dinosaur.

CNCC nursing class of 2012: Thank you, TMH staff

To the editor: The Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing class of 2012 would like to thank the nursing staff of The Memorial Hospital for a wonderful learning experience this past school year. We came into the acute care setting with anxiety, trepidation and excitement.

Datebook for May 14, 2011

Letter carriers collect food on their routes today as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Put canned, packaged and non-perishable food items in a plastic bag and leave it by mailboxes. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hayden’s Spring Fling, the fourth annual community garage sale and flea market, is at the exhibit hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds. Call 276-3386 or 734-4485.

Baxter Black: The high price of hay

In the Southwest, the price of hay can be daunting to horse owners. I keep our ranch horses up in the corral. When hay gets above $10 a bale, I actually weigh each feeding. Clyde has a little band of broodmares on his southern California operation. His place is sandwiched by irrigated alfalfa fields to the west and 5,000 acres of desert to the east. To save money on his feed bill, the neighboring farmer lets him pick up “tags” after the field is cut. Tags are what’s left after the baling is complete.

Briefs for May 14, 2011: USDA to distribute food supplements

The United States Department of Agriculture has scheduled food supplement distributions for later this month. Food will be distributed from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at 595 Breeze St. at the northeast alley entrance, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maybell Community Center and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County office in Dinosaur.

Annie's Mailbox for May 14, 2011: Wife convinced kids are scheming against her

Two years ago, my wife and our 25-year-old daughter had a falling out right after our son's wedding. They talk during family get-togethers, but otherwise haven't spoken in the past six months. Meanwhile, my newly married son moved to his wife's hometown five hours away. My wife is now convinced that our daughter-in-law is scheming to create a family rift and is manipulating the fights with our daughter.

Horoscope for May 14, 2011

Although both progress and recognition in your chosen field of endeavor are indicted for the coming months, it behooves you to be patient and move slowly. Small gains could accumulate into something impressive.

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Comics for May 14, 2011

Comics for May 14, 2011

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Sudoku for May 14, 2011

Sudoku for May 14, 2011

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Crossword for May 14, 2011

Crossword for May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13

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MCHS track teams to host Little Feet Fun Meet on Monday

More than 70 Craig youth participated in last year’s Little Feet Fun Meet track and field day. Todd Trapp, Moffat County High School girls track coach, said based on feedback he and fellow coaches received, they would go ahead with the event again this year.

On the Record for May 13, 2011

On the Record for May 13, 2011

MCSD responds to ACLU allegations

The Moffat County School District responded Friday to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the district’s actions on students wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets. In a news release, the school district stated that administrators never banned the bracelets, which read “I (heart) Boobies. Keep a Breast Alive!” The school district “did try, in isolated individual instances, to find alternatives to the bracelet that did not cause interruptions to our primary goals of teaching and learning,” the district said in the release.

MCTA given approval for 2nd staffer

Kandee Dilldine, chairwoman of the Moffat County Tourism Association Board, said having only one paid staff member has kept the organization from accomplishing as much as it would like at times. The problem, she said, comes from administrative duties that take time away from the MCTA director. “That’s what happens a lot of times when you have a director like that, they’re doing more administrative (work) than the director part of it, the marketing part, which is what we want from that position,” Dilldine said.

The Rev. Tony Bohrer: The power of forgiveness — part 2

I chose forgiveness as a column topic again because I think there is liberty in forgiveness. It’s something that from a young age we have to learn or we will be miserable in this life. I believe it is one of the most important lessons we have to learn, and at times it’s the most difficult lesson to learn.

Local fuel gauge for May 13, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way

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MCHS student named 1st recipient of Sarah Fleming Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Wiseman said she barely knew Sarah Fleming. “I knew of her,” Wiseman said. “I participated in 4-H with her, but I was so much younger than her. “But, she was one of those people that I looked up to in the 4-H program. She was always great with the younger kids.”

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Sisterhood support: Craig residents starting women’s running club

Whether it’s sitting outside alone or having dinner with friends, Craig resident Kristin Allen said mothers need their personal time. Such is the inspiration behind a new exercise group, the Sole Sisters Women’s Running Club, started by Allen and a group of her close friends. “It is hard to juggle kids, making dinner and just all the running around,” said Allen, 37. “Running was one of the things I could fit into my schedule.”

Briefs for May 13, 2011: VNA now offering free vaccines

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering a variety of vaccinations. The VNA offers the Zostavax vaccine for shingles. Those ages 60 or older who are low-income and uninsured (without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance) may qualify to receive the vaccine at no cost. A $14 administration fee applies. The vaccine is offered through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

Thom Schnellinger: A day of respect, honor

To the editor: Graduation. Here we are, May, at the door to the senior graduation. As I told the students, the year would go fast. Many confirm this. Our seniors have been a delightful class. They are polite, respectful and full of warmth. I am very proud of this group, their hard work and discipline.

Sports briefs for May 13, 2011: British soccer camp comes to Craig

Craig Parks and Recreation is hosting a weeklong British soccer camp from July 11 to 15 at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Offered by Challenger Sports, the camp will teach youth foot skills, technical drills and tactical practices, and there will also be daily scrimmages.

Datebook for May 13, 2011

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 Carissa at 826-9742. 5 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

H. Neal Glanville: Dinner in the clink

My uncle Blaine accomplished things most of us only dream about. Although some were firmly in the grey area, most were just about having fun. He and several friends decided looking up old girlfriends might be the way to spend a few early spring days. Only one of these men had ever been married — he’d lost his wife and three good horses to a schoolteacher in Heber, Utah.

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Comics for May 13, 2011

Comics for May 13, 2011

Horoscope for May 13, 2011

When unexpected pleasant developments occur in the near future, do not let them sweep you off your feet. Focus on them one at a time, and only when you're prepared to develop them to their fullest.

Annie's Mailbox for May 13, 2011: Daughter's children ill behaved when she's around

My daughter has five beautiful children whom we love very much. My husband and I often take the kids overnight and on weekends to give some quiet time to their parents. When the children are with us, they behave beautifully. But when their parents walk back in the door, it is a total disaster. This past weekend was the worst.

Permit No. C-1981-019

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety has issued a proposed decision to Partially approve Bond Release Application No. 4 (SL-4) for the Colowyo Coal Mine, Permit No. C-1981-019. The mine is operated by Colowyo Coal Company L.P. under the provisions of the Colorado Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Act of 1979. The bond release application was submitted by Colowyo Coal Company L.P. on June 1, 2010.

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Crossword for May 13, 2011

Crossword for May 13, 2011

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Sudoku for May 13, 2011

Sudoku for May 13, 2011

CLOSED BIDS ACCEPTED AT NORTHWEST STORAGE FOR UNIT 506.

NOTICE is hereby given that on the 11th day of June, 2011, at the hour of 1p.m. at 4295 US HWY 40 West, a public sale or other disposal of the below described property will be held.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1608

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1608 Original Grantor(s): Pat J. Weber and Bonnie M. Weber Original Beneficiary(ies): Power Screening, LLC

Thursday, May 12

Events allow Hayden residents to get rid of, sell unwanted items

If you live in Hayden and want to get rid of something, whether it’s trash or treasure, this weekend is your opportunity. Hayden Clean-Up Day and the fourth annual Spring Fling Community Garage Sale and Flea Market is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Janet Sheridan: Label 3 piles

At this time of year, we know days will lengthen, snow will cease, and birds will reproduce. Perhaps you’ve also noticed a more bothersome sign of spring: the cleaning experts who surface in the media to lecture us about the clutter that litters our homes after a long winter.

On the Record for May 12, 2011

On the Record for May 12, 2011

Third-grade reading scores on the rise in Moffat County

The Colorado Department of Education released a batch of unofficial Colorado State Assessment Program scores Tuesday. Those scores pertain to reading tests taken by third-graders in Moffat County in February. Christine Villard, assistant superintendent for Moffat County School District, said the scores were well received. “It was good news,” she said.

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Craig Police officer awarded for helping inmate facing a heart attack

When Ryan Fritz, an officer for the Craig Police Department, heard a request for help in the Moffat County Jail early in the morning April 3, he said his instincts kicked in. At around 4:30 a.m., an inmate suffered a heart attack, was unconscious and had quit breathing. By Fritz’s knowledge, the progression was simple — the man’s heart would stop.

Datebook for May 12, 2011

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Susie Begam-Violette will review Brad Thor’s novel, “The Last Patriot.” Susan Domer is the hostess. Call 824-6436.

Briefs for May 12, 2011: VNA offering free shingles, Hepatitis, HPV vaccines

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering a variety of vaccinations. The VNA offers the Zostavax vaccine for shingles. Those 60 or older who are low-income and uninsured (without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance) may qualify to receive the vaccine at no cost. A $14 administration fee applies. The vaccine is offered through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

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Sudoku for May 12, 2011

Sudoku for May 12, 2011

Horoscope for May 12, 2011

In the year ahead, favorable recognition as well as advancement in your chosen field of endeavor will be slated if you do good work. It behooves you to stay on your toes and knock 'em dead.

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Crossword for May 12, 2011

Crossword for May 12, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 12, 2011: Wife's continued communication with other man causing rift

My wife recently had an affair. She told me she was in love with the guy and was going to leave me. Now she says she realizes he was only using her physically and she isn't interested in him anymore. This affair ended last winter, and they had no contact for a while. Our marriage seemed to be mending. However, about six weeks ago, my wife grew more and more distant and had no interest in being intimate. I then discovered she was texting this same man.

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Comics for May 12, 2011

Comics for May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11

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MCHS baseball team draws last seed, Palmer Ridge in playoffs

The Moffat County High School baseball team had one goal coming into this season — not to have a repeat of last year. Last season, the Bulldogs went into their final four games needing to win one to clinch the fourth and final Western Slope League playoff spot.

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Moffat County Youth United Way distributes more than $10K to local groups

Handshakes, hugs and some sizable funds. These were among the things exchanged Tuesday afternoon at The Center of Craig when Moffat County Youth United Way members distributed money they raised throughout the year to seven local service groups.

On the Record for May 11, 2011

On the Record for May 11, 2011

Craig City Council updated on Elkhead Reservoir

Elkhead Reservoir Manager Ron Dellacroce told the Craig City Council on Tuesday night that while the water at the reservoir northeast of Craig is murky, residents looking to get out and boat will soon get their chance. “Most of the folks that have been around here very long know that it’s chocolate milk (colored water) up there right now, and they probably won’t be running a boat,” Dellacroce said. “For those who just really have to do it because it’s been a long winter, we thought we’d give them an opportunity.”

Michelle Balleck: Sunny weather & spring garage sales calling your name

With temps around the 70s and sunshine predicted, preparing my garden is where you’ll find me this weekend. And, I can’t wait for some more welcome sunburn. ■ Enjoy a laidback night out with the Friday Night Variety Show at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. There promises to be some great local talent plus food and drinks to keep you happy.

Moffat County tweaking election format

Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett said Moffat County has been behind the curve by not conducting coordinated elections by mail-in ballot only. “Most of the state already does that,” Beckett said. “We were one of four counties last year in the election that did not have an all-mail ballot election, and it just seems like voters are leaning that way, to have their ballots mailed to them.” At Tuesday’s regular Moffat County Commission meeting, commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers approved a resolution to have this year’s November coordinated election done by mail ballot only. Commissioner Audrey Danner was absent.

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MCHS chosen to participate in global air quality study

Roger Spears plugged a Tesla Coil into an outlet Tuesday morning, made a few adjustments and watched a blue spark take shape at the top of the device. “Ozone has a distinct odor to it,” the Moffat County High School science teacher said. “You can demonstrate that odor by using a Tesla Coil.” The smell of ozone is sharp, unpleasant and in high concentrations, it can be harmful.

MCHS girls golf team qualifies 2 for state tournament

Coming off the front 9 Tuesday at Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Callie Papoulas knew she had to change something up. Papoulas, a Moffat County High School senior, shot a 53 in the first half of the 4A Western Regional girls golf tournament. The problem, she said, was her driver.

Briefs for May 11, 2011: Women’s running club to begin

A new women’s running club in Craig will meet at 8:15 a.m. on Saturdays in the Sunset Elementary School parking lot, 800 W. Seventh St. The first meeting of the club, Sole Sisters Women’s Running Club, is Saturday.

Editorial: Help for Heritage Days

Sombrero Ranches completed another successful Great American Horse Drive on Sunday, when 800 horses trotted through Maybell. Waiting for them in the small town 30 miles west of Craig were numerous interested onlookers. Although there was an impressive turnout to watch the horses and cowboys, the Editorial Board can’t help but think there would have been many more had Maybell Cultural Heritage Days, an event that’s coincided with the horse drive in past years, not been canceled.

MCHS After Prom Committee: Thanks for the donation

To the editor: We would like to send a great big thank you to Mr. George Avgares at Colorado Student Care for his generous donation to our After Prom Party this year.

Rosemary Crosthwaite: Festival ‘a success’

To the editor: On behalf of the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition, I would like to thank all the people responsible for making the Children’s Festival a success this year. It is wonderful that so many people are willing to give their time and energy to making a fun time for the community’s children.

Kim Boyce: ‘It’s your time’

To the editor: National Women’s Health Week is celebrated May 8 through 14. The theme for 2011 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Those steps include:

Datebook for May 11, 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. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

Sports briefs for May 11, 2011: British youth soccer camp coming to Craig

Craig Parks and Recreation is hosting a weeklong British soccer camp from July 11 to 15 at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Hosted on by Challenger Sports, the camp will teach players foot skills, technical drills, and tactical practices, and there will also be daily scrimmages. The First Kicks session is for 3 year olds and costs $73 to register. It will be hosted from 9 to 10 a.m. each day.

Horoscope for May 11, 2011

You are likely to find not one, but numerous ways in the near future to make your material position much more secure. Each is likely to come through a friend or an associate, but it'll be your hard work that brings it about.

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Sudoku for May 11, 2011

Sudoku for May 11, 2011

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Crossword for May 11, 2011

Crossword for May 11, 2011

In memory of Pat (Boone) Snare

She said, “Wait, I want to walk with you, just let me take your arm.” We walked together on the path that led from the house to the barn. She always loved horses and gave each one a gentle stroke.

Annie's Mailbox for May 11, 2011: Fellow condo owner hoarding trash

I live in a small condominium community of 24 units. Two units down, there is an older woman who is a hoarder. She continually has trash piled up by her front door and back porch. When you look through her glass sliding doors, you can see trash from floor to ceiling. She piles up garbage on her car, and it sits there for several days before she takes it to the dumpster.

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Comics for May 11, 2011

Comics for May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10

Trial date set in Capote wrongful death civil case

Eduardo Capote faces another trial date once he completes his three-year prison sentence related to the Jan. 1, 2009, fight in downtown Steamboat Springs that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Nicholas Lopez, the son of Richard Lopez, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in December against Capote.

Andy Bockelman: Fourth ‘Scream’ movie can still shock just as well

When Dorothy chanted “There’s no place like home” at the conclusion of “The Wizard of Oz,” it served to remind people of all the coziness and warmth that comes with your hometown. For the heroine of “Scream 4,” the old adage has a slightly different implication. It’s been 15 years since Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) survived the Woodsboro murders that catapulted her to an unwanted celebrity status.

On the Record for May 10, 2011

On the Record for May 10, 2011

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Craig campus bolstering CNCC graduation numbers

Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, said the school had to break out as many chairs as it could for Saturday’s commencement ceremony. “We had this sea of colors of the robes,” George said. “Gosh, there was just row after row after row. It just was fun.” Much of that, he said, was due to Craig campus students, who made the 100-mile drive to Rangely to participate and made up nearly half the graduates at the ceremony.

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MCHS baseball team secures playoff spot with doubleheader wins against Glenwood Springs

Kulen Turner trotted around the bases after jacking a home run Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School knowing his hit was big. The score before the Moffat County High School senior stepped up to the plate was 9-3 in favor of the MCHS baseball team. His home run — which came with two men on base — pushed it to 12-3. The Bulldogs went on to win the first game of the doubleheader against the Demons, 14-3, and followed up with a 9-6 victory to finish out the regular season.

Craig man sentenced in Weld County motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Craig man was sentenced to prison last month for his role in a Weld County traffic fatality. Tyrell Kochenower appeared April 28 in front of Weld County District Court Judge Thomas Quammen. He was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections for the 2007 death of 21-year-old Bethany Gibson.

Moffat County runners, throwers show well in Grand Junction

The Tiger Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction was the final tune up for the Moffat County High School track and field team before this weekend’s 4A Western Slope League meet. The WSL meet could be the last time some of the Bulldogs get to run this year, unless they qualify for the 4A state meet.

Datebook for May 10, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for May 10, 2011: Moffat County Commission to meet this morning

The Moffat County Commission is scheduled to meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. today at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The commission’s agenda is listed below.

Horoscope for May 10, 2011

You are likely to be most fortunate working with systems that you either personally create or control during the next year. Your imagination and creativity can be a powerful force in helping you realize your ambitions.

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Crossword for May 10, 2011

Crossword for May 10, 2011

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Sudoku for May 10, 2011

Sudoku for May 10, 2011

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Comics for May 10, 2011

Comics for May 10, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 10, 2011: Fed up with boyfriend not working

I married "Theo" three years ago. The marriage started out OK, but then I discovered he had a drug addiction. After a great deal of pushing from me, Theo finally got clean two years ago. The problem is, he has not held down a job since he moved in with me six years ago, while I have worked a full-time third shift to support my children and household. It's not enough to make ends meet.

Monday, May 9

H. Neal Glanville: Dinner in the clink

My uncle Blaine accomplished things most of us only dream about. Although some were firmly in the grey area, most were just about having fun. He and several friends decided looking up old girlfriends might be the way to spend a few early spring days. Only one of these men had ever been married — he’d lost his wife and three good horses to a schoolteacher in Heber, Utah.

On the Record for May 9, 2011

On the Record for May 9, 2011

Business Beat: Plenty of local options for aspiring gardeners

Andrea Meckley, an employee at Tunies & Such, said opening for the season has been hard work. “It’s nice to see color though, not just a bunch of snow,” said Meckley, one of the family employees who works at the business. Tunies & Such, 690 Yampa Ave., is one of several local businesses selling trees, flowers, shrubs and other items to scratch the itch of any restless green thumb.

Bulldog Sports for May 9, 2011

Today None Tuesday

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Craig resident 1st in family to graduate college, high school

When Corey Bruce walked across the stage Saturday and collected his degree, he achieved two milestones at once. First, of course, Corey graduated. Second, he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Those accomplishments come on the heels of a similar achievement, when, two years ago, Corey became the first person in his family to graduate from high school.

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My Life, My Words: Morganne Foster — ‘Finding a good fit’

“I’m an employment specialist — Community Worker II is the official title. I’ve been here for about two years. Basically we help employers by finding them qualified applicants and we help jobseekers by matching them with jobs. I work a lot with youth, as well. I do most of the business services with flash marketing for the region.

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Craig youth wrestling programs wrap up season at home tournament

Matt Moschetti got up off the mat in pain after the second period Saturday at Moffat County High School. Moschetti, 12, was competing in the last match of the Fifth Annual Bad Dogs Classic wrestling tournament and was leading, 10-8, heading into the final period. But, the bell saved the Bad Dogs’ wrestler as his opponent had him in a cradle at the end of the period.

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Sombrero Ranches’ Great American Horse Drive mixes new traditions with old

It was 10 a.m. Sunday when 800 horses driving east on U.S. Highway 40 rumbled into Maybell. The horses, led by three ranch hands from Sombrero Ranches, took up both lanes of the highway as they trotted through town. The sight of them brought tears to Christine Kozisek’s eyes.

Sports briefs for May 9, 2011: Maybell bike event open for registration

Craig Parks and Recreation’s 25th Annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride is now accepting registration. The ride will take place May 21 and registration is free. There are two departure times — 7 a.m. from Northwest Storage, 4295 W. Highway 40, and 7:30 a.m. from Western Knolls.

Becky Plummer: ‘He will be truly missed’

To the editor: I was saddened to see that Hugh Self has passed away. My condolences go out to the family. He was truly the best, most honest and kindest law enforcement officer of his time, and I for one loved him like a father figure.

Senior Spotlight for May 9, 2011

As I got my stuff out to write Senior Spotlight, the light reflected on my ring, a mother’s ring. Looking at it, I thought of four stones — five children, with one stone counting for two people.

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Crossword for May 9, 2011

Crossword for May 9, 2011

Horoscope for May 9, 2011

Something big, but not necessarily material in nature that you've always wanted for yourself might be successfully obtained in the year ahead. However, it isn't likely to come about without help from others, so let friends get your back.

Annie's Mailbox for May 9, 2011: Worried about sister's night vision

I'm worried about my younger sister, "Louise." I recently retired, and Louise will be eligible to retire in four years. She is a full-time operating-room nurse who is required to rotate being on call at night. The problem is that Louise's night vision has become terrible this past year. Her optometrist says that it will undoubtedly get worse the older she gets.

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Sudoku for May 9, 2011

Sudoku for May 9, 2011

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Comics for May 9, 2011

Comics for May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8

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Steamboat spins cycling ideas for possible grant

$11M grant proposal spurs talk on possible tourism projects

Several ideas all are on the table for the city’s pending application for an $11 million state grant that, if awarded to Steamboat Springs through the Regional Tourism Act approved in 2010, would give the city a slice of future Colorado sales tax revenues to benefit cycling projects to boost tourism.

Briefs for May 9, 2011: Middle school PAC to host meeting

The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee will host its final meeting of the school year at 6:30 p.m. today in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave. All parents of CMS students are encouraged to attend.

Datebook for May 9, 2011

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807. 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.

Saturday, May 7

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MCHS girls soccer team falls just short against Battle Mountain

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team came into their last game of the season with a lot at stake. The Bulldogs were hoping for revenge against their opponent, Battle Mountain High School. The Huskies beat MCHS on March 31, 4-1.

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Ceremony for Valley Community Center planned for Wednesday in Baggs, Wyo.

The Valley Community Center has been uniting citizens of the Little Snake River Valley in Wyoming for more than 20 years. For much of that time, the center was an idea pinned to a wall. Now, after decades spent in funding limbo, idling on and off government agendas, community members are finally readying for a ribbon cutting.

Craig man pleads no contest in alleged poaching case

A Craig man has pleaded no contest to willful destruction of wildlife, a Class 5 felony, following an investigation by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the agency reported in a news release Thursday. The investigation revealed the man’s part in a “large poaching case,” the DOW reported.

Government update for May 7, 2011

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

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MCHS yearbook — compiled by 16 students — arriving soon

Casey Kilpatrick, yearbook advisor at Moffat County High School, said the 2010-2011 yearbook will be available on May 19. It is an event that spurs such intense excitement among students, the staff has rearranged the school schedule to accommodate it. “We have a special schedule that day where students get their yearbooks, and they have about a half an hour to run around the school like crazy and get as many people to sign their books as they can,” Kilpatrick said. “It’s pretty chaotic. It’s wild.”

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Assessed residential property value down in Moffat County

Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano said trying put an average on the change in assessed values of homes throughout the county is not an easy task. “It’s going to be hard to get any numbers out there that are going to be useful as far as putting a percentage out there,” Razzano said, noting how large and diverse the county is. But, he said, one thing was clear across the board.

Moffat County Officials prepared for possible high river flows

Tom Soos, Moffat County Office of Emergency Management coordinator, said the county is doing what it can to prepare for potentially high river flows this year. “At this time, all we’re doing is watching and waiting and being vigilant , keeping an eye on temperatures and flows, and that’s about all we can do at this stage,” Soos said.

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First Baptist in Craig to host 100th anniversary weekend event

The Journey at First Baptist Church will be celebrating its centennial with a weekend-long event May 14 and 15. The anniversary celebration will include a birthday party for the congregation, complete with cupcakes, a sing-along with church favorites, a potluck dinner and a catered lunch. The activities will take place around the Saturday and Sunday services. “Everybody’s welcome,” church secretary LuAnn Kline said. “We’re going to have 144 cupcakes for the party, and for the music, we’ll be singing some old songs and some new ones, too. For the catered lunch, we’ll be having this great roasted pig with all the trimmings.

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MCHS boys swim team competes in only home meet of the season

Matt Hulstine popped his head out of the Moffat County High School pool Friday and looked up to see his team cheering him on. Hulstine, a MCHS sophomore, slapped teammate John Kirk’s hand with a smile on his face. Swimming in the only home meet of the season, Hulstine narrowly beat Montrose High School swimmer Michael Barnosky in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Editorial: Beyond the curriculum

Maybe it’s no surprise that Cheryl Arnett is this Editorial Board’s pick for the 2010-2011 Craig Daily Press Teacher of the Year. Her classroom work and students’ projects are often featured in these pages for being creative, innovative and technologically advanced. She was selected to attend Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Baxter Black: Consolation

To my aching friend, thanks for writing about your mother. I empathize with your need to let the air out before you blow your top. It’s the reversal of roles. Now you are the parent, the responsible one. She is the one unable to do her part. You have a particularly crushing affliction to deal with. Alzheimer’s. It is a slow poison. It stretches the heartstrings until the one you care for becomes a stranger.

Jane Hume: Rule should apply to all

To the editor: Nguyen Bolek wrote last week about her frustration of not being allowed to protect a tree at her late husband’s gravesite at the Craig Cemetery The policy is, “no fences.”

Datebook for May 7, 2011

9 a.m. The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program is hosting a tournament at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. About 60 Craig wrestlers will compete with over 400 wrestlers total. The cost of admission is $3 per person. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Spring Mother’s Day Bazaar is at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The fair will include more than 70 vendors with jewelry, crafts, potted flowers, candles and more. Call 824-7011.

Sports Briefs for May 7, 2011: Bull’s-eye pistol shooting every Thursday

The Bears Ears Sportsman Club is hosting a bull’s-eye pistol shooting practice every Thursday starting in May and continuing through August. The range is located north of Craig off of Moffat County Road 7. Practice will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and shooters will need to bring their own .22 pistols.

Al Shepherd: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The 9Health Fair was able to serve more than 485 people at the Craig Lions Club’s 31st annual health screening. Its success is due to the unstinted efforts of more than 40 volunteers, and the Lions want to thank everyone for their help.

Briefs for May 7, 2011: USDA to distribute food supplements this month

The United States Department of Agriculture has scheduled food supplement distributions for later this month. Food will be distributed from 9 to 11 a.m. May 17 at 595 Breeze St. at the northeast alley entrance, 9 to 9:30 a.m. May 18 at the Maybell Community Center and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 18 at the Moffat County office in Dinosaur.

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Crossword for May 7, 2011

Crossword for May 7, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 7, 2011: 'Dead at Seventeen'

You recently printed a "Contract for Drivers," by John Violette. It requires teenage drivers to maintain decent grades, follow all traffic laws and never drive impaired or get in the car with a driver who is. It reminded me of the essay "Dead at 17," which relates what happens when kids don't follow those rules. Every year there are new teenage drivers who haven't seen it.

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Sudoku for May 7, 2011

Sudoku for May 7, 2011

Over a Cup of Coffee: Cooking with cabbage

This week, Terrie Barrie, of Craig, called me with some interesting information about cabbage rolls. She had read last week’s “Over a Cup of Coffee,” in which I wrote about a reader’s request for a cabbage roll recipe that called for either vinegar or lemon juice. Terrie called her mother. It turns out that Terrie’s mother has made cabbage rolls using the recipe that most of us have.

Agriculture & Livestock: Turning the calendar to May

In March, a story by this author on the Agriculture & Livestock page reflected on the signs that spring was not far off. It seems that spring is late this year, possibly because the weather turned wintery-like back in the fall. But we’ve finally turned our calendars to May, a busy month for ranchers since it marks “turn out” time for livestock and field work in hay meadows — both of which require plenty of work.

Horoscope for May 7, 2011

Be friendly to all new people you meet in the next year, because several folks whose thinking and morals closely parallel yours could become very valuable friends and could contribute greatly to your happiness.

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Comics for May 7, 2011

Comics for May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6

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Report: Jobless stress easing in Routt County

Yampa Valley Partners says workforce to jobs ratio improving

Retail sales through June are projected to be slightly better than the second quarter of 2010, and stress related to unemployment is decreasing in Northwest Colorado, according to a regional economic forecast.

Warrick Property will be auctioned

The above-described lease parcel, known locally as the Warrick Property will be auctioned for lease. The minimum acceptable bid for this parcel is $5,502.00 for grazing and $13,815.09 for recreational use.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1570

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1570 Original Grantor(s): Mable E. O'Mailia Original Beneficiary(ies): ABN AMRO MORTGAGE GROUP, INC.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1635

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1635 Original Grantor(s): Jacob E. Olsen Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for INTERMOUNTAIN INDUSTRIES, INC. D/B/A MAJOR MORTGAGE USA

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1636

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1636 Original Grantor(s): Jeffery Haggard and Marie Haggard Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Mining Permit No. C-81-019

Notice is hereby given of the filing of a Technical Revision 90 to the Colowyo Coal Mine, Mining Permit No. C-81-019, by the Colowyo Coal Company L.P., 5731 State Highway 13, Meeker, CO. 81641, with the Colorado Division Reclamation Mining and Safety, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, Colorado 80203. This change provides a Small Area Exemption and a right of way demonstration within Phase III bond release applied areas.

FORECLOSURE NO. 1540

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1540 Original Grantor(s): Mindy L. Hickson and Daniel G. Barrett Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for VECTRA BANK COLORADO, NA

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Cheryl Arnett named 2010-2011 Craig Daily Press Teacher of the Year

It was Friday morning, shortly after the start of another day at Sunset Elementary School, when Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson marched into Cheryl Arnett’s second-grade classroom. Jacobson, accompanied by a phalanx of Moffat County educators and community members, extended a bouquet of balloons toward Arnett. Arnett’s students were huddled cross-legged on the floor in the midst of a lesson. One of them spoke. “Is it your birthday?” the student asked Arnett.

On the Record for May 6, 2011

On the Record for May 6, 2011

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Former Craig resident, city council member Ralph Henderson dies

Marlene Henderson said she has been overwhelmed with messages of support and sympathy in the days since her husband died. “He was very well liked. Very, very well liked,” Marlene said. “I think that says a lot about him. He was respected and loved.” Ralph Henderson, a former Craig resident and Craig City Council member, died Monday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Fort Collins. He was 68.

Local fuel gauge for May 6, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.89; Diesel: $4.09

Andy Bockelman: ‘Water for Elephants’ an eye-catching circus film that runs a little dry

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, are you ready for a stupendous show the likes of which you’ve never seen? Wait, you say the story in “Water for Elephants” has been done before? Well, that kind of kills the hoopla, but the show must go on!

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MCHS junior makes time for swimming, debate, school, hobbies

It seems wherever John Kirk goes he creates close relationships. Kirk, a Moffat County High School junior, swims for the MCHS boys varsity swimming team. But, it may be another team he is a part of that helps him create those relationships. “John is a phenomenal leader,” swim team head coach Megan Francone said. “He is able to lead even when people don’t want to be led. He sways them and motivates them in a way others can’t.”

MCHS Freshman golfer has career day in Montrose

Caitlin Harjes, a Moffat County High School freshman, is in her first year of competing on the high school golf team. If Tuesday’s round of golf is any indication, she may be in for a successful four-year run. Harjes shot an 85 at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, her lowest score ever on 18 holes.

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Wyman Museum and DOW stock pond with 1,000 rainbow trout

Nicky Boulger, office manager for the Wyman Museum, used one word to describe her feelings Thursday. “Yay!” said Boulger. On Thursday, a tanker truck loaded with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout rolled onto the museum grounds and disgorged its contents into the oxbow pond.

The Rev. Michael Rapp: Imitation of the artist

Happy Easter, Yampa Valley. The spring is springing around us and the world is again telling of the grandeur of her creator. We have been released from the bondage of walls and shut windows, opening ourselves to that fascinating place that we call home.

Shirley Cromer: Please coach again

To the editor: I have come to find out that Ms. Debbie Tomlin isn’t coaching the girls softball team this year. I am not sure if this is true or not, but they say she was too strict of a coach.

Kline families: ‘Thanks so much’

To the editor: The family of Beulah Kline would like to thank all of those who sent cards, brought food, called, dropped by, cried with us and prayed with us when Beulah went home to heaven recently.

Datebook for May 6, 2011

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 Carissa at 826-9742. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks, the local chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood, will meet at the Moffat County extension office, 539 Barclay St. A talk on show chickens, presented by youth members of the group, will follow the meeting at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply. Call Susan Domer at 824-6436.

H. Neal Glanville: Kinder, softer side out for a moment

For the next few minutes, the kinder, softer, gentler side of me is going outside to play. I’m having a very hard time understanding the latest concoction of dealmaking over a pedophile. There we see this insipid criminal face smiling at us in the newspaper, knowing his wrist is about to get slapped.

Briefs for May 6, 2011: Flags to be lowered in honor of fallen police officers

Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an order that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings in the state today in honor of Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Hickenlooper will deliver remarks and present the Colorado Wreath at 10 a.m. today at the annual Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Colorado State Patrol Academy in Golden. Since 1979, the names of 236 Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have been added to the memorial.

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Comics for May 6, 2011

Comics for May 6, 2011

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Sudoku for May 6, 2011

Sudoku for May 6, 2011

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Crossword for May 6, 2011

Crossword for May 6, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 6, 2011: Family disapproving of interracial relationship

I am a white male and have fallen in love with an African-American woman who is 12 years older. I have never met such a wonderful, kind, sweet, caring and loving woman. She makes me laugh. She is my soul mate. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. At the moment, we aren't dating. We are just friends, but I'd like more than that. The problem is my family.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1540

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1540 Original Grantor(s): Mindy L. Hickson and Daniel G. Barrett Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for VECTRA BANK COLORADO, NA

Horoscope for May 6, 2011

There is a strong chance that in the coming months you could meet someone new who will introduce you to a number of new friends and fresh interests. Network like crazy, but be sure to include your old friends as well.

Thursday, May 5

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Double Duncan

Moffat County High School has many teachers that help students grow and influence them through the course of their four years in high school. These teachers mentor, educate, and guide students as they take part in classes, groups, and clubs. They help shape the people that students will later become.

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Student body president wins award

Eye-opening is how Student Body President Slade Gurr would describe his recent experience with The U.S.Youth Senate Program. Gurr was one of 30 applicants from Colorado who was chosen to win this prestigious award which included a week long trip to Washington D.C., as well as receiving a $5,000 scholarship towards college.

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Leading the way

"He is just goofy Ben," described Carli Griffith, a sophomore, with a laugh. Griffith, had just described Ben Winslow, a senior at Moffat County High School who is well known for his charismatic and upbeat attitude throughout the school. Winslow, who is extremely well rounded in his free time activities, is finishing up his last semester of high school with the activities that he enjoys.

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Playing the field

"It stinks but we can practice more to beat the other teams," declared sophomore Taylor Wells. Brenna Ciesco, a freshman, agreed, "[It's] very disappointing but we have more time to practice." Ciesco and Wells described their feelings towards the changes in their schedule and their teammates agreed whole-heartedly.

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Acting in good faith

Moffat County School District choir director Heather Dahlberg is more than just another new teacher. The former actress and singer is an inspiration to everyone around her, including students, friends, and family. Her impressive background in the field of fine arts along with her effective and unique teaching methods make her an ideal new faculty member to MCHS.

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Robin Hood meets comedy

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - a classic children’s tale meets modern comedy, creating entertainment for every age group. Hoping to prove the talent the Moffat County High School Theatre Department was capable of, former actresses Colleen Lee and Heather Dahlberg collaborated with each other to direct this play for a cast of 23 dedicated student actors.

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Robin Hood aims for bullseye at MCHS

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - a classic children’s tale meets modern comedy, creating entertainment for every age group. Hoping to prove the talent the Moffat County High School Theatre Department was capable of, former actresses Colleen Lee and Heather Dahlberg collaborated with each other to direct this play for a cast of 23 dedicated student actors.

April Rogers: Budget cuts strike again

As a Student Council member, I find myself at all the school budget meetings. Of course I was sad to see our budget being slashed to pieces this year; we were suffering another nearly two million dollars in cuts out of our budget. So, I started some investigating to see why so much money was being stripped from our school. What I stumbled across was a little confusing and even shocking.

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Nature vs. nurture

Nature vs. Nurture is a debate that has been going on for quite some time. Nurture is the side that believes that a homosexual person chooses to be attracted to the same sex. Nature is the belief that homosexual people are born that way, and are just attracted to the opposite sex naturally. Who is right? Wrong? That decision is all up to you.

Janna Thompson: Free speech

“No God fearing man or woman would lift a finger to fight for a country that is washed in sin the way the United States is.” These are the words of Reverend Fred Phelps, the man that editor, April Rogers, spoke out against in her last column. I want to congratulate her for speaking out against some the most hateful and blinded people in this great nation. I absolutely agree with April that these people are washed not in the love of Christ, but raw, callous hatred.

Thom Schnellinger: Breast cancer awareness or something else?

As I read with interest, the student article by Ms. Madigan entitled “Breast Cancer Awareness in Schools Banned”, I could not help but wonder if the writer was representing the issue of protest or of cancer awareness. At no time is the topic of breast cancer awareness banned in Moffat County High School. We address cancer awareness in many forums, health classes and on appropriate wristbands. In the past, the school has been an ardent supporter of Relay for Life.

Brittany Madigan: Red Riding Hood review

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Obviously not Amanda Seyfried who plays Valerie in the 2011 adaptation of the story Little Red Riding Hood. The movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who is known for directing the movie Twilight. Ironically, Red Riding Hood includes the same type of music, a few of the same actors, and almost identical screen shots as Twilight.

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Splashing toward state

In the past, the Moffat County High School boys’ swimming team has had only a small number of swimmers. This year's 13 member team is the largest boys’ swim team MCHS has had in the past decade, and they have a potential for success. The group of 13 consists of five freshmen, four sophomores, one junior, and three seniors; all are prepared to work hard to achieve a successful season and secure spots at the state meet.

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MCHS falls to Palisade, 5-2, in season’s last home soccer game

Amanda Brewer took the soccer field in front of the Moffat County High School home crowd for the last time Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The MCHS senior made it count. Trailing 2-0 against Palisade High School, Brewer took a direct shot on goal after the Palisade goalie stepped out of the goalie box with the ball in hand.

Janet Sheridan: Moments with my mother

I awoke late at night to a crescendo of crickets as a fever surged through me. Mussed bedding trapped my limbs. Pain entangled my body. When I heard a whimper, I wondered who was crying. A shadowed presence appeared at my bedside, palmed hair from my forehead, freed me from sodden sheets. I was offered sips of warm liquid, then soothed until I found sleep.

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School bus crashes into trees near home south of Craig

Four people were transported to The Memorial Hospital without serious injury after a school bus went off the road Thursday morning south of Craig. The accident occurred around 7 a.m. at 1679 County Road 35. The bus, driven by Patricia Hering, 70, was headed south to pick up students when it went off the right side of the road and crashed into trees in the front yard of a house, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Adam Winsett said.

On the Record for May 5, 2011

On the Record for May 5, 2011

Moffat County School District predicts $2 million in surplus funds for FY2011

Moffat County School District finance director Mark Rydberg is predicting a $2 million dollar surplus in fiscal year 2011, according to a third-quarter report. The report, which was published March 31 and discussed at the April School Board meeting, forecasts a surplus of $810,000 greater than the $1.2 million surplus described in the 2011 budget.

Moffat County Tourism Association updated on marketing survey

Hill-Aevium president Linda Hill told the Moffat County Tourism Association board Wednesday that in order to improve tourism locally, there will need to be an improvement in communicating what opportunities are available. “Right now, it’s not apparent to somebody coming in what there is to see or do here,” Hill said.

Briefs for May 5, 2011: Governor orders flags lowered today

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering the Zostavax vaccine for shingles. Those 60 or older who are low-income and uninsured (without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance) may qualify to receive the vaccine at no cost. A $14 administration fee applies. The vaccine is offered through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

Datebook for May 5, 2011

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

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Comics for May 5, 2011

Comics for May 5, 2011

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Sudoku for May 5, 2011

Sudoku for May 5, 2011

Horoscope for May 5, 2011

Because the year ahead is destined to contain an excellent growth cycle, keep your head out of the clouds and your feet squarely on the ground. It's the best way for you to make every one of your numerous opportunities count.

Annie's Mailbox for May 5, 2011: Need to be informed about herpes

Would you please give your readers some information on herpes, both types? Can you address the fact that the lip type doesn't always stay above the waist, or the genital type below? Also, this virus can be in your body for years before it ever manifests itself. (That's when your spouse claims to have been faithful and it might be true.)

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Crossword for May 5, 2011

Crossword for May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4

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Steamboat stifles MCHS soccer team's offense, sweeps season series

More shots on goal couldn’t yield a better result for the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team Wednesday. Playing Western Slope League rival Steamboat Springs at Loudy-Simpson Park, the Bulldogs more than tripled their shot attempts from the two teams’ first meeting on April 11.

Man agrees to 6 months in jail in library stabbing

Adam Huber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault

The man who admitted in Routt County Court on Wednesday that he stabbed a teenager’s hand during a fight April 4 has been sentenced to six months in jail.

On the Record for May 4, 2011

On the Record for May 4, 2011

Commission votes to move forward with safety center agreement

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said Tuesday it is important for the county to reach an agreement with the City of Craig to lease space at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “I know, from talking to the three law enforcement agencies out there, they work well together,” Danner said. “We, as elected officials … I believe we all must make a conscious decision to work together for the good of our community.”

MCHS senior nearing pre-season goal

Monday saw Lauren Roberts take another step toward her season-long goal. The Moffat County High School senior took first place in long jump at the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand High School in Kremmling as well as second in the high jump and triple jump. Roberts said her goal before the season started was to qualify for the 4A state track and field meet in all three jumping events.

Centennial Mall in Craig preparing for Mother’s Day Bazaar

For all those who have difficulty finding the perfect gift for the special women in their lives, the Centennial Mall may have just the ticket. The mall will host the Spring Mother’s Day Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will provide booth space for more than 70 vendors of crafts of all kinds, including jewelry, purses, candles, cheeses, baked goods and more. Mall manager Vicki Hall said the materials available are mostly aimed toward people shopping for Mother’s Day gifts for mothers, wives and grandmothers, but she has worked at packing the floor with vendors whose wares will attract all types of people.

White sentenced to 15 years in prison in sexual exploitation case

A 29-year-old Craig man who pleaded guilty to nine felonies relating to sexual exploitation of children was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday. As part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Stephan White pleaded guilty in January 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.

Michelle Balleck: A little bit of something for everyone

Whether you’re into shopping or golfing, horse herds or wrestling, you’re sure to find a lot of fun in the variety of offerings this weekend in Moffat County. ■ If you’ve never been to Maybell to watch as the Sombrero Ranches horses are driven through town, you’re missing out. The 800 horses will be led along U.S. Highway 40 on their 60-mile trek from Browns Park to a ranch near Craig.

MCTA board meeting agenda for May 4

MCTA board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Bulldogs sweep Sailors at home, strengthen playoff case

Ben Williams has been a driving force for the Moffat County High School baseball team all season. On Tuesday, in a double header against Steamboat Springs High School, Williams didn’t disappoint. The Hayden High School senior hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 victory on their home diamond at Craig Middle School.

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Sandrock teacher wins statewide award

Every year, the Colorado Education Association picks one of its roughly 40,000 members for its highest honor. On Saturday, during an awards ceremony in Denver, the CEA bestowed that honor on one of Moffat County’s own. Michele Conroy, a second-grade teacher at Sandrock Elementary School, received the 2011 CEA Award.

Briefs for May 4, 2011: Health care speaker set to present

As part of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., Dr. Kelly Victory, who also spoke in Craig in 2010, will be addressing the topic of health care. Victory has more than 15 years of experience in the field of health care as a trauma and emergency specialist, and in other capacities.

Paula Sadvar: Auction a ‘great success’

To the editor: I would like to thank all my friends, family and the numerous merchants of Craig and Steamboat Springs. Without them, my auction for Landon Hatcher would not have been a great success.

Datebook for May 4, 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 Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.

Gabbi Steele and Danielle Knez: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The students of Moffat County High School would like to thank all of the businesses and community members who sponsored and volunteered their time for the 2011 Afterprom Party. We appreciate all of the local businesses who donated the great prizes.

Nguyen Bolek: I deserve an explanation

To the editor: I am Nguyen Bolek and I have buried my husband, Larry Bolek, at the cemetery here in Craig in November 2009. In July 2010, I was told I would need to purchase another plot since I wanted to plant a tree next to my husband’s grave. I did purchase the plot next to my husband and was given permission by Bill Sixkiller to have a tree planted.

Horoscope for May 4, 2011

Certain career prospects could brighten considerably for you in the near future, even if slowly in some cases. However, once positive changes are on the radar screen, they will make their presence felt.

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Comics for May 4, 2011

Comics for May 4, 2011

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Sudoku for May 4, 2011

Sudoku for May 4, 2011

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Crossword for May 4, 2011

Crossword for May 4, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 4, 2011: Struggling with how to react to rude mother

My mother is in her late 80s and is becoming increasingly difficult. She's always been rather critical, but now she is downright rude and insulting. It's as though being old gives her the right to say anything that pops into her head without consideration for anyone else's feelings. My husband tells me to ignore her comments.

Tuesday, May 3

Andy Bockelman: Historical drama ‘The Conspirator’ has powerful modern moral

For anybody who thinks that history ends within the pages of textbooks, the period piece “The Conspirator” will show just how wrong you are. In April 1865, the United States is wrapped in jubilance following the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee effectively ending the Civil War.

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Craig Police collects 25 pounds of prescription meds

As an investigations detective for the Craig Police Department, preventing dangerous substances from being readily available is important to Dale Secules. But, the task is even more important to him in another capacity — as a father. Secules was one of several law enforcement officers who spent Saturday collecting unwanted medications as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, in its second year in Craig.

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Horse drive gallops on Sunday in Maybell

Sombrero Ranches President Rex Walker said he doesn’t understand the appeal of the company’s annual Great American Horse Drive. “I’m amazed that people come up to see horses run up and down the road and I have been for 40 years, at least,” Walker said. “A lot of people like to do it.” This weekend, the company will once again take its annual horse drive through Maybell.

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Craig veterans react to death of Osama bin Laden

Craig resident and former Marine Greg Hixson said the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday had a bit of meaning to it. “I went over there twice. My brother (Cory) has been over there twice,” said Hixson, who served in Iraq in the early 2000s. “It’s just good that we finally got him. It just makes all my time in the Marines worth it.”

Datebook for May 3, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for May 3, 2011: Health care speaker to present at Tea Party meeting

As part of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., Dr. Kelly Victory, who also spoke in Craig in 2010, will be addressing the topic of health care. Victory has more than 15 years of experience in the field of health care as a trauma and emergency specialist, and in other capacities.

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Crossword for May 3, 2011

Crossword for May 3, 2011

Horoscope for May 3, 2011

There are strong indications that in the next year that could give you a major role reversal. For example, instead of being simply a member of the ranks, you might strive for and attain a leadership position.

Annie's Mailbox for May 3, 2011: Can't leave husband with no job, car

I have been with my husband for more than 25 years. During that period, he has cheated countless times, left me for other women and developed a crack habit. I have tried to stick it out because I believe marriage is for better or worse. Right now is definitely "worse." He will not admit that he has a problem. He hangs out with some shady individuals who knock on our door day and night. He cannot pay the bills because he spends the money on drugs.

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Sudoku for May 3, 2011

Sudoku for May 3, 2011

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Comics for May 3, 2011

Comics for May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2

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Water deal eases tensions along the Yampa and Colorado rivers

Officials see no direct impact to Yampa River, but less pumpback pressure

A landmark agreement unveiled last week could make talk of massive pipelines and trans-mountain diversions from the Yampa River nothing more than water under the bridge. At least for the foreseeable future.

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MCHS soccer blasts GJ Central, ties school record

It seems the only thing the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team needed to succeed was a little bet. The Bulldogs’ head coach, Harry Tripp, told his team last week if they beat the MCHS record for wins in a season, currently set at five, he would shave his goatee for the first time ever.

On the Record for May 2, 2011

On the Record for May 2, 2011

President Obama: al-Qaida leader bin Laden killed in U.S. raid

(AP) — Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. “Justice has been done,” the president said in a dramatic late-night announcement from the White House. A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, the president said, and took custody of his remains. American officials said they were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.

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Annual 9Health Fair in Craig helps residents, medical students

Kelly Dewey, a third-year medical student at Rocky Vista University, stood next to first-year student Melissa Fujan on Saturday and helped her find a vein on a patient. The patient — a member of the Cedar Mountain Lions Club — waited for his blood to be drawn. Nearby, Dr. Thomas Told, the assistant dean for clinical education at RVU and formerly a long-time Craig physician and resident, surveyed the scene.

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Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Craig draws 1,000 visitors

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon at Centennial Mall in Craig when snow flurries outside finally lifted and bright sunlight streamed through a skylight above. Below, two lines of dancers fanned out their traditional Mexican dresses and waited for the music to begin. A strum of recorded Spanish-style guitars suddenly sounded, and the dancers took to their feet. They twirled in unison, and their dresses — illuminated by bright light from above — spun like brightly colored tops.

2nd Annual walk/run to honor fallen BLM firefighter

When Brett Stearns died nearly two years ago, he left an imprint on his co-workers, family and friends, Mac Zimmerman said. Zimmerman, who worked with Stearns at the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig, said the best way to remember his late friend was to do something Stearns loved to do. On May 14, Zimmerman, along with many of Stearns’ friends and family, will host the Second Annual Brett Stearns Memorial Walk/Run at Cedar Mountain.

Business Beat: NAPA’s Ponikvar reaches milestone anniversary

John Ponikvar, owner of T&H Napa Auto Parts in Craig, said his time at the store has gone by too fast. “I used to look at other people who had been at their job for 25 or 30 or 40 years and say, ‘How could they do that?’” Ponikvar said. “I couldn’t possibly fathom that 30 years ago, and here it came upon before I even knew it.” Last month, Ponikvar, 54, hit his 30th anniversary at the store.

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MCHS swimmers post personal bests in Grand Junction

As the season dwindles down, the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team continues to churn out personal bests. The Bulldogs swam April 30 in Grand Junction, and many swimmers had one of their best meets, head coach Meghan Francone said. “We didn’t match up well with number of swimmers, but we swam great,” she said. “They have been training and working hard this past week to make a late push to qualify for state.”

Bulldog Sports for May 2, 2011

Monday Noon The Moffat County High School varsity track and field team competes at West Grand High School, 208 N. 12th. 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team plays Central High School at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Golden guitarist to bring Celtic tunes to Moffat County Libraries

When finger-style guitarist Jerry Barlow moved to the Appalachian Mountain region of Tennessee in the mid-1990s, he found himself heavily influenced by Celtic music. “When you live there, you start to hear a lot of Celtic influence in the music, and the reason for it is the Irish and the Scots settled in those mountains in about the early 1700s,” Barlow said. “Their influence is still heard and felt there quite strongly.” The more Celtic music he heard, the more he enjoyed it. Not long afterward, he made the decision to take that Celtic influence and put it to use with his own guitar.

Datebook for May 2, 2011

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807. 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.

Briefs for May 2, 2011: Pet Mates Calendar Contest under way

The Humane Society of Moffat County is now accepting entries for the 2012 Pet Mates Calendar Contest. The contest is free, and digital photo entries must be submitted by May 21 to hsmc2012@yahoo.com. The Humane Society recommends participants set their cameras to the highest resolution possible because photos will be enlarged.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Taking flight

Whether the sun is setting behind a set of clouds, a mountainside, the edge of the Pacific Ocean or a very tall building, I have always been one to chase the sunset. I will race anywhere to catch that final drop of sun, even knowing that there will be another one the next day. In fact, it is one of my most favorite and cherished times.

H. Neal Glanville: Of mice and fish

Most of my life has been consumed by fishing. I’d be more than happy to say all of it, but my earliest years were spent working babyhood for all I could get. My first fishing rod was a 6-foot chunk of quarter-round molding with string attached.

Senior Spotlight for May 2, 2011

May baskets, May poles and flowers galore. Things we may have in done in days gone by. I’ll never understand the reason for a bunch of us dancing around a Maypole. Was it fun? Sort of, pretty much, yeah. It kept us out of school for a while doing it, too.

Horoscope for May 2, 2011

Spend your time and talents in the year ahead on objectives that are meaningful and can bring you something of value to show for your hard work. The near future will be a period in which elevating your talents could pay off handsomely.

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Crossword for May 2, 2011

Crossword for May 2, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 2, 2011: Children's biological mom wanting to re-enter their lives

When I married my husband, I suddenly became a full-time stepmother to his three young children, all under age 5. Their mother would pop up when it was convenient for her. She rarely called on their birthdays and often left them waiting for scheduled visits. I raised those children, and they called me "Mommy." Now, after 10 years, the mother has returned and plans to stick around.

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Comics for May 2, 2011

Comics for May 2, 2011

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Sudoku for May 2, 2011

Sudoku for May 2, 2011

Sunday, May 1

Aging Well: Make fruits and vegetables a priority

The message from health organizations about eating fruits and vegetables is straightforward: More, more, more. Americans are not getting enough nutrient and fiber-rich produce, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention