Stories for November 2011

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Wednesday, November 30

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Holiday Drive in Craig seeking charitable donations

The reason for the season is giving. But, you don’t have to break the bank to do so. In Frank Hanel’s view, if everyone in Northwest Colorado opens their wallets a tiny bit, it will help provide a happy holiday for those who don’t have as much. Hanel, owner of radio station 93.7, 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country, is hosting the 13th annual Holiday Drive, a charitable endeavor to benefit the less fortunate in the region. The event begins bright and early at 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday, running for 12 hours, as volunteers at the entrance of the Centennial Mall take in donations of money, food and toys on behalf of local charities Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, the Interfaith Food Bank and Advocates-Crisis Support Services.

On the Record for Nov. 30, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 30, 2011

Janet Sheridan: Gettin’ over it

I sometimes dream I’ve breached airport security: lights blink, buzzers buzz, heads swivel, and security personnel — clad in pants two sizes too small — converge and yell contradictory orders. But, this time the nightmare was real. Joel and I had halted security operations at the St. Louis airport by dumping a bag of large ripe tomatoes all over the conveyer belt. Our daughter had sent us home with tomatoes from her garden: “We’ve eaten so many this summer, the kids will cheer when you take them.”

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EDP director steps down

Darcy Owens-Trask accepts economic development position in Denver

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership announced Wednesday that its director has stepped down. Darcy Owens-Trask said she has accepted an economic development position with the state in Denver, according to a news release. She pledges a smooth transition as EDP continues economic gardening initiatives, primary industry support and prepares to open the One-Stop Business Incubation Center at the Colorado Northwestern Community College bell tower.

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CMS hoops dominate Hayden in district primer

Coming back from a holiday that involves stuffing one’s self with food and lying around the house could be detrimental for a young athlete. Fortunately, the Thanksgiving break did not provide such a damper on the winning ways of the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams. If there was any tryptophan remaining in the bodies of CMS seventh- and eighth-grade hoopsters, it didn’t show during their last home game of the season. The seventh-grade A-team and eighth-grade B-team came back from their holiday to trump Hayden with gusto.

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LSRV boys basketball team sets sights on another championship

On Feb. 26, the Little Snake River Valley boys varsity basketball team lost to St. Stephens High School, 62-59, in the Wyoming 1A West Regional championship game. The defeat was the first of the year for the Rattlers, who had a 22-0 record heading into the contest. The loss, however, would be the one and only of an otherwise perfect season. LSRV went on to avenge the St. Stephens loss with a 79-61 victory in the Wyoming 1A state championship game.

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Future of Craig Motel site uncertain

Owner Qi Lin Wu: Insurance coverage insufficient to renovate

It’s been more than two years since a faulty wall-mounted heater sparked a blaze in room 11 of the Craig Motel, sparking a fire that destroyed almost half of the site. Since the Oct. 21, 2009, fire, little has been done to the property at 894 Yampa Ave. Dave Costa, Craig city director of community development, said the city has been patient with the motel owner, Qi Lin Wu, because it was believed he intended to rehab the property. “We’re affording the gentleman some time to seek some financing to rehabilitate the motel,” Costa said. “Based on the economic hard times, he has had a little difficulty with his insurance coverage and collecting on the fire damage.

Maybell Post Office to remain open — for now

The post office in Maybell, a town 30 miles west of Craig, has been removed from a list of branches that could potentially close due to cost-cutting measures, the U.S. Postal Service announced earlier this month. David Rupert, a USPS spokesman in Denver, confirmed the announcement Tuesday. He said closing the rural Moffat County facility that serves approximately 200 residents from Maybell to Browns Park wasn’t logical. “We looked at a number of different factors,” Rupert said. “Availability of alternative services, the needs of the population and the distance from the nearest office, and it just didn’t make sense to us to close the office in the end.”

TMH Board approves purchases required for meeting federal mandate

The Memorial Hospital Board took a step Tuesday toward meeting a federal mandate that could have long-term impacts on hospitals around the country. The board voted unanimously to purchase computer systems and modules to help implement the mandate, commonly known as meaningful use, which requires all medical records be electronic, portable and easily shared with other facilities. Combined, they cost a total of $109,000, not including annual maintenance costs. These components are required to meet the July 1, 2012 deadline for implementing the mandate’s first stage

Issues found at another school built by Neenan Co.

Structural issues have emerged at another school being constructed by the Neenan Co., a major builder of rural Colorado schools, including Craig Middle School, that already has admitted making mistakes that closed an $18.9 million school in Meeker. Neenan has agreed to pay for repairs at Monte Vista High School in southern Colorado “to stiffen it up in case of a catastrophic event like an earthquake,” the district’s superintendent, Dwayne Newman, told The Denver Post on Monday. He said Neenan plans to strengthen the connections between columns and a large metal beam in the gym, as well as perform additional work on the foundation. The school district received a $27.6 million state grant to help pay for the new high school — which is scheduled to open in August — as well as an elementary-school renovation and addition.

Americans Elect gets spot on Colo.'s 2012 ballot

(AP) — A group planning to nominate an independent presidential candidate online has won a spot on Colorado's 2012 ballot. Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Tuesday that Americans Elect qualified as a new minor political party in Colorado after collecting more than 12,000 valid signatures, about 2,000 more than the minimum number required. Americans Elect spokeswoman Ileana Wachtel said Colorado is the 10th state where it has won the right to list a presidential candidate. It hopes to be on all 50 by next year's presidential elections.

Cain tells aides he is reassessing his campaign

(AP) — Herman Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him "create too much of a cloud" for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward. Acknowledging the "firestorm" arising from an accusation of infidelity, Cain only committed to keeping his campaign schedule for the next several days, in a conference call with his senior staff. "If a decision is made, different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know," he said, according to a transcript of the call made by the National Review, which listened to the conversation. It was the first time doubts about Cain's continued candidacy had surfaced from the candidate himself. As recently as Tuesday morning, a campaign spokesman had stated unequivocally that Cain would not quit.

Tebow the king of the comebacks this year

(AP) — Tim Tebow might want to update his autobiography, and not just because it's a best-seller. In "Through My Eyes," Denver's unconventional quarterback writes about how those who finish strong in football or life will achieve success and even greatness. He devoted just two pages to the topic but has enough material now to write several chapters. Since taking over as the Broncos' starter a month and a half ago, Tebow has engineered three fourth-quarter comebacks, two of which set up overtime wins for Denver, and another win at Oakland in which he rallied the Broncos from a halftime deficit to win going away.

Joni Reynolds: Flu shots are important

To the editor: Fall and winter typically bring stormy weather to Colorado, along with a storm front of a different kind: the annual flu season. So, just as Coloradans should have a snow shovel and an ice scrapper handy for inclement weather, everyone older than 6 months should get an annual flu vaccination. Unfortunately, I encounter many individuals who simply don’t get vaccinated. Last week, I got my vaccination at my husband’s worksite. Unfortunately, while my husband works among many colleagues at a busy office, very few had registered to get the vaccine.

Datebook for Nov. 30, 2011

Noon to 1 p.m. Communities 4 Healthy Relationships, a volunteer group designed to end relationship violence in Moffat County, meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Anngie Sparks at 826-2329. 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. 8 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Call 756-5531.

The family of Levi Trent Weber: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Levi Trent Weber would like to thank everyone for all that has been done for us. Thanks to all who called, stopped by and brought food, and for all the support and prayers. Thank you also for all the support for this last year after the losses of Jim and our baby girl, Jamy Lynn.

Michelle Balleck: Kick-starting the holiday season

There’s plenty on the calendar for this weekend, with a range of feel-good activities to heel-stomping fun, many geared toward throwing you full-force into the holiday season. But, before I tell you what’s planned, a couple of personal notes first. This will be my final Livin’ It Up column, and next week you’ll see a new face here. I am moving onto a new challenge and am very excited. Also, I’d like to shamelessly use this space to wish our little man happy birthday today. He’s now 9, and a “tween” — yikes. Happy birthday, Shane!

Briefs for Nov. 30, 2011: Cowboy Christmas fundraiser set

Cowboy Christmas 2011, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, is scheduled for Saturday night at the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The event also includes live and silent auctions, gambling and dancing. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the club, the Craig Daily Press or Spirit Pass. For more information, call 826-0411.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 30, 2011: Lifeguard training class registration ends today

Craig Parks and Recreation is offering a Red Cross lifeguard training class to anyone interested. The class will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 to 4 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Participants must be at least age 15 and be able to pass a pre-course swimming test. The pre-course swimming test is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at MCHS.

CDP Editorial: A test worth taking

Nov. 7 marked the 20th anniversary of what one ESPN.com story described as a “Kennedy Moment.” What transpired that day in 1991 was Magic Johnson, one of the brightest stars in the sports universe, stunning the globe by announcing he was leaving the glitz, glamour and glory of professional basketball because he had contracted HIV. It was a moment that transcended sports and culture: until then, many believed HIV and AIDS to be the plague of drug addicts and homosexuals. Magic’s announcement reinforced what we now know — the disease doesn’t discriminate and there are several ways someone can contract it.

Horoscope for Nov. 30, 2011

It may be during those very times in the coming months when you feel everything is going against you that you will achieve some of your greatest successes. There is a lesson to be learned here: Never give up.

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Crossword for Nov. 30, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 30, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 30, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 30, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 30, 2011

Comics for Nov. 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29

On the Record for Nov. 29, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 29, 2011

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Risk management: VNA offering free HIV testing Thursday in light of World AIDS Day

The number of reported HIV cases in Moffat and Routt counties may be small, yet the risk is always there. “It’s not like we have this large population of people living with the disease here, but a lot of people are at risk for it,” said Suzi Mariano, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association public information coordinator. In recognition of World AIDS Day, the VNA will offer free HIV testing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Residents can get tested at the VNA office in Craig, 745 Russell St., or Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. Testing is open to all ages, and no appointments are required, Mariano said.

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CNCC hosting open house for automotive technology building

David May is no newcomer to the automotive technician’s trade. The proof is all around him, from his fingers stained black from oil and grease to the automotive service manuals sitting on the bookshelf in his office at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. So when May, director of CNCC’s automotive and diesel technology programs, said the campus’ new automotive technology building is “state of the art,” he can be viewed as a qualified source.

Briefs for Nov. 29, 2011: Variety Show set for Friday night

The monthly Variety Show is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The event is a showcase of local talent.

Datebook for Nov. 29, 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. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free hot lunch is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The church is looking for volunteers to help set up and cook and drivers to help deliver meals. Call 826-2895.

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Crossword for Nov. 29, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 29, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 29, 2011

Comics for Nov. 29, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 29, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 29, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 29, 2011

Your chart for the year ahead indicates a great deal of new activities and moving about. Any trips you'll make aren't likely to be of long duration, but they will be colorful and full of interesting, unusual activities.

Monday, November 28

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MCHS basketball teams use scrimmages to prepare for season

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will open the season Friday and Saturday in the Uintah Classic Tournament in Vernal, Utah. But, before games officially count, the Bulldogs had a preseason primer over the holiday weekend as they scrimmaged Friday at Rifle High School and Saturday at Hayden High School. Head coach Matt Ray said there were times when his team played well and other times they made mistakes.

On the Record for Nov. 28, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 28, 2011

Craig Police Department officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, harassment

Eight-year veteran Frank Schmedeke released on bond, suspended with pay

A Craig Police Department officer has been released from Moffat County Jail following his arrest Sunday night for an alleged domestic violence incident. Frank Schmedeke, 37, an eight-year police department veteran, was arrested at 9:41 p.m. at his home in the 1100 block of Legion Street on suspicion of harassment and domestic violence against his wife. Schmedeke posted a $750 personal recognizance bond Monday, according to court records. He has no prior convictions in Moffat or Routt counties, according to records.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Tower Heist’ snatches some good laughs

Most thieves have the sense to wear ski masks or at least pantyhose on their heads when they’re in the middle of breaking and entering. When the rookie burglars of “Tower Heist” have to settle for Peruvian chullos with pom-poms, there’s little doubt they might not be the best in the business. At Manhattan’s premier apartment complex The Tower, everyone on staff from Lester the doorman (Stephen McKinley Henderson) to general manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) is devoted to providing wealthy residents with the best service money can buy.

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MCHS grad Alicia Nelson continues to succeed on collegiate level

Alicia Nelson isn’t a stranger to success. Nelson, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate, won the 4A state cross-country title in her senior season at MCHS. Then, in the spring, she broke the Bulldogs’ mile record during track season. During her freshman year at Adams State College, Nelson broke the NCAA Division II 3,000-meter steeplechase record and won a national title. So, on Nov. 19, when Nelson, now a junior at Adams State, competed in the Division II women’s national cross-country meet in Spokane, Wash., she knew her chances of a top five finish were high.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 28, 2011

Tuesday 4:15 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys basketball teams scrimmage at Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave. Thursday TBA. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team competes at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave. Friday

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My Life, My Words: LaDeana Cook — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

“I’ve been on staff here for eight, eight-and-a-half years. I’m very much like a volunteer. Even though we get paid to be here, we don’t get paid much, but it fits right into things that I enjoy. First and foremost, I enjoy the customers. I’m very much a people person. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s new every day. “We take care of a range of things from bringing donations in the front door and the back door to going through them to taking things upstairs to hauling it to the trailer to helping out in the office to helping out with the register. We’re all responsible for trying to learn as much of the organization as we can. “It’s been open for 31 years. It started out in a one-car garage, and it built up from there. It started out as the Salvation Army, but they only got to keep 10 percent of the profits for Moffat County, so a bunch of ladies got together, formed a board and started the Community Budget Center.

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Annual Parade of Lights signals beginning of holiday season in Moffat County

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving weekend in Craig without the sirens, twinkling lights and special visit from a certain North Pole guest as part of the annual Parade of Lights. “It was awesome, as always,” said Ed Corriveau, a lifelong Craig resident who watched the parade stroll through downtown Saturday night. “Cold and a little shorter than in the past, but awesome.” Corriveau and his sister, Heather, said they have been going to the Parade of Lights for more than 30 years, but this was the first year there wasn’t a defined theme for the annual event sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and Downtown Business Association. Kristi Shepherd, a Lions Club member and parade chairwoman for the eighth straight year, explained the “Pick Your Own Christmas” theme.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 28, 2011

I was looking for something to watch on TV and I came upon a musical. After watching it for a while, I asked my daughter Jane, who was working on our jigsaw puzzle, “Is this Scrooge?” Yes, she said, that’s him. How wonderful is this, I thought. I’m a fan of musicals and I collect them. “A Christmas Carol” is one of my favorites around the holidays. I’ve seen three versions of it already, each with the same plot. Different ghost get-ups, dressed in interesting versions of present, past and future attire. But, my favorite is still the original.

Business Beat: Winter weather necessitates snow tire sales

With the first day of winter come and gone, Northwest Colorado is far from immune to the driving conditions that come with the coldest months of the year. Snow, slush and ice will be in plentiful supply on the highways, city streets and back roads of the region. And if you haven’t already taken the precautions to deal with these, the time is now to contact your preferred tire dealer. Fred Shaffer, owner of Big O Tires, 1111 W. Victory Way, said he is still receiving requests for snow tires. “We’ve been selling them for three months, that’s when we started to advertise,” he said. “It gets really busy at that time. It’s the nature of the business.”

Investigation of packing peanut incident at CMS concluded

The investigation is finished concerning an incident at Craig Middle School in which students ate packing peanuts. “We’re moving on,” Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, said on Sunday. The incident occurred during a science class Nov. 3, CMS Principal Bill Toovey said during an interview earlier this month. “We discussed this matter with all the families,” according to a CMS news release issued Nov. 21. “These discussions between administrators, students and parents focused on communications, which might have led to the ingestion of biodegradable, non-toxic packing peanuts as well as future responsibilities of all concerned.”

Syracuse fires assistant basketball coach Fine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Bernie Fine was fired Sunday by Syracuse University after a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago. "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement. The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I. Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday that he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He said Fine touched him "multiple" times in that one incident.

Colo. school incentive program awaits more funds

(AP) — A pilot program to improve college readiness among Colorado teens produced more high scores on students' Advanced Placement tests — and paid $69,500 to teachers as a reward. But it's still unclear how well the National Math and Science Initiative's AP program could work in Colorado because some incentives — such as payments to students who get high scores — were dropped when Colorado didn't get federal Race to the Top funds to fully implement the program in 2010-2011. Educators are waiting to hear whether grant money will be available to expand it in coming years. The program, which originated in Dallas, aims to expand access to tough AP classes to lower-income students, Hispanics and African Americans, and to help them pass AP tests administered by the College Board. It uses a mix of teacher training, open enrollment in AP classes, and $100 for teachers and students for each passing score. Seven Colorado high schools participated in 2010-2011.

Tebow leads Broncos to 16-13 OT win over Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Tebow wasn't watching as San Diego's Nick Novak lined up to attempt a 53-yard field goal that would have given the Chargers an overtime victory over the Denver Broncos. He was praying, of course. Did Tebow ask for a miss? "I might have said that. Or maybe a block. Maybe all of it," the Denver quarterback said with a laugh. Whatever, it worked.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 28, 2011: Club open for registration

Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for ski club. Registration is $10 and open to everyone. Members can receive $53 lift tickets on Saturdays in Steamboat Springs. Regular tickets in Steamboat this year are $99 for adults, $85 for teens and $60 for children.

Briefs for Nov. 28, 2011: AARP to meet this afternoon

Craig AARP Chapter 1418 will meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. For more information, call 824-5123.

Horoscope for Nov. 28, 2011

In the year ahead, it might not be as important to have a large number of friends as it will be to have a few good, loyal ones. However, even if you intend to keep your friendship circle intimate, remain nice to everybody.

Datebook for Nov. 28, 2011

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. 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. 2 p.m. Craig AARP Chapter 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. Call 824-5123. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

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Crossword for Nov. 28, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 28, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 28, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27

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New Hayden coach Wilkie stems from long line of local educators

The dusty gymnasium at the old Steamboat Springs Middle School is the setting for some of Michelle Wilkie’s first and most treasured memories. Now Wilkie prepares for her first season coaching a high school varsity team.

Saturday, November 26

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Hayden boys basketball hopes to turn heads this year

Tigers eager to continue winning ways

As two-time defending district champs, it may seem far fetched to think the Hayden High School boys basketball team is in a position to sneak up on anyone. But that’s exactly what the Tigers have in mind.

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MCHS grad Mark Dockstader improves in 1st collegiate golf season

While attempting to qualify for the Carl Sandburg College men’s first golf team, Mark Dockstader said nerves got the best of him. “Honestly, I was a little homesick at first,” he said. “When qualifying started, I didn’t play well and I had to be one of the top five golfers to be on the first team.” Dockstader, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate, didn’t make the cut, but still was able to play on Carl Sandburg’s second team. The junior college in Galesburg, Ill., has 10 golfers on the team, with five on each of the first and second squads.

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Dealerships, community at forefront for Craig businessman

In the summer of 1979, Scott Cook had just graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a degree in business management. Like many new grads, Cook wasn’t ready to jump into the business world and spend the rest of his working days toiling behind a desk. “I love the outdoors,” Cook said. “So, I had visions of becoming a ski instructor or whitewater rafting guide or something where I could be outside.” Cook’s father, Larry, had bought out one of his partners about 10 years earlier to take ownership of Cook Chevrolet, but joining the family business wasn’t at the forefront of his son’s mind. “It was never really decided that I would come back to Craig after college and work in the car business,” Cook said. “My parents said I could if I wanted to, or I could do something else.”

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Craig residents feel economic slump on Black Friday

Craig resident Amanda Jackson had one word to describe the scene at Walmart at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday: insanity. “It was just pure madness,” she said. She was at the Craig superstore at that late hour to take advantage of the store’s midnight sales, she said. She had her sights set on a few laptops and a TV. She got what she wanted. Well, almost.

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Moffat County Teachers use new method to engage young students

Jennifer Willems, a second-grade teacher at East Elementary School, could have easily posted her classroom rules on the wall and left it at that. Instead, she chose a different method. “Rule No. 1,” she said Tuesday morning as her students sat on the floor in front of her. “Rule No. 1: Follow directions quickly,” her students chorused. They made a weaving gesture with their hands, as if to indicate forward motion. “Rule No. 2,” Willems said, holding up two fingers.

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My Life, My Words: Kris Patel — Offering a home away from home

“This place used to be a Super 8, and that’s what it was when I bought it in 2003. Then, because of the economy in 2008, I just changed. It’s pretty much the same as Rocky Mountain Inn. As the owner, I pretty much take care of the front desk, me and my wife. I worked in the hotel industry before in California and I worked as a bellhop at a hotel in Florida. “When I came out here in 2003 from California, I was looking around for a hotel and I saw that Craig was a small town that’d be good for my kids and perfect for starting a business. I used to work at a small hotel and I was hoping to move up to a bigger one, so Super 8 worked out for me perfect.

Agriculture & Livestock: Celebrating 2011 4-H Year — Part 3

Moffat County 4-H members excelled in project work during 2011, and over three weeks the Agriculture & Livestock pages of the Craig Daily Press have featured stories about their achievements that were recognized during the annual 4-H Achievement Night on Nov. 4. The following 4-H members went that extra step to understand and demonstrate the importance of good record-keeping during their project journeys. The Best-Kept Livestock and Horse Records were presented to: • One Enterprise — junior: first place: Josie Timmer, second place: Jared Baker, third place: Joel Ross, fourth place: Tiffany Hildebrandt, and fifth place: Brayden Tuttle. • One Enterprise — intermediate: first place: Sarye Morgan, second place: Sadye Morgan, third place: Keenan Hildebrandt, fourth place: Bryce Tuttle, and fifth place: Brittany Swindler.

Over A Cup: Using those Thanksgiving leftovers

There I was on Tuesday, with Thanksgiving just two days away. Before I could start cooking dishes to take to our son and family’s house, my husband and I had to clean up leftovers from meals I fixed when our other son and grandchildren were here last week. When thinking of Thanksgiving leftovers, I was considering ways to use up traditional holiday dishes that we find in our refrigerators after the big dinner. Leftover vegetables (from veggie trays) can be used in lunches when we go back to work. Or, they can be chopped up and used in making soups and stews.

Craig Youth Hockey Association teaching sport from the ice up

Just as youths have to learn to walk before they can run, first-time hockey players have to skate before they can play. The Craig Youth Hockey Association has set out to help youths who want to learn hockey, whether they are learning to skate or need tutelage on basics of the game. Through a three-step program, players can be more equipped with the skills they need to succeed in hockey as they get older, board member Matt Beckett said. “Hockey is unlike a lot of other sports in that you don’t run, but skate to move around,” Beckett said. “Part of being a good hockey player is knowing how to skate well, and if you don’t learn it, you will struggle in every area of the game.”

MCHS winter JV, freshman sports schedules

MCHS winter JV, freshman sports schedules

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Patrol: Speed possible factor in Thursday crash in Moffat County

Colorado State Patrol officials are investigating excessive speed as the possible cause of a rollover that killed a man Thursday near Colowyo Mine, Cpl. Robert Roberts said.

Sharp elbows: Shoppers scuffle on Black Friday

A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday. For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl's opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows. Near Muskegon, Mich., a teenage girl was knocked down and stepped on several times after getting caught in the rush to a sale in the electronics department at a Walmart. She suffered minor injuries. On Thanksgiving night, a Walmart in Los Angeles brought out a crate of discounted Xboxes, and as a crowd waited for the video game players to be unwrapped, a woman fired pepper spray at the other shoppers "in order to get an advantage," police said.

Colorado ends road woes with 17-14 win at Utah

(AP) — Inheriting a lengthy losing streak in road games never sat well with Colorado Buffaloes coach Jon Embree. A program that had produced Heisman Trophy winners and won a national championship had no business dealing with such futility from Embree's perspective. When Coleman Petersen missed a 48-yard field goal try with two seconds remaining to seal Colorado's 17-14 victory over Utah on Friday, Embree and his players could finally feel some relief. The Buffaloes ended a 23-game road losing streak and dashed the Utes' hopes for playing in the Pac-12 championship game. "That was our No. 1 goal going into this season, to end that streak," Embree said. "This is awesome. I'm happy for those kids. It was four years of not winning on the road. And for them to finally get that (win), they see what it feels like."

Tebow knows Elway is right: He has to get better

(AP) — John Elway took plenty of heat for affirming the conventional wisdom across the league: Tim Tebow must improve his passing and his third-down conversions if he is to succeed in the NFL. While his legion of supporters took to Twitter and the airwaves to assail Elway for not sticking up for Denver's young quarterback, Tebow ever so graciously agreed with his boss, saying he most certainly has to complete more passes and find ways for his team to stay on the field. Less than half of Tebow's throws, 44.8 percent, are finding their targets and less than a quarter of the Broncos' third-down plays, 23.6 percent, are working out since he took over from Kyle Orton at halftime against the Chargers on Oct. 9. Boosting his passing prowess is a meticulous and mostly individual process, but upgrading the third-down success rate is a team effort, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy sai

Baxter Black: Run of bad luck

The Fort Worth Stock Show is a mecca for a lot of purebred breeders. Many, many thousands have made the trip over the years, often overcoming daunting obstacles. But Galen’s journey from Illinois takes the cake. He and his cow-partner Dave loaded their prize Hereford bull in Galen’s gooseneck stock trailer (G1), being pulled with Dave’s new Dodge V-10 diesel (D1). They had to rewire G1 to make the lights work. They were to be accompanied by Dave’s brother Mort. Mort was driving Dave’s old truck (D2) and trailer (D3) with a load of straw. Swinging by the tire store in Quincy to fix the spare on D3, they noticed a bolt sticking in the right front tire on D2. Thank goodness they caught it before they left.

Briefs for Nov. 26, 2011: Moffat County Commission meeting canceled

The Moffat County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning has been canceled. The next meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. For more information, call administrative assistant Erin Miller at 824-5517.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 26, 2011: Bad Dogs take 2nd in Gypsum

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program took 14 wrestlers to compete in the Bald Eagle Invitational on Nov. 19 in Gypsum. With the top wrestlers from the Intermountain League competing, the Bad Dogs finished in second place, losing by a point to the Bald Eagle wrestling program. The Bad Dogs will compete next in the Tour of America King of the Mountain national tournament Dec. 2 and 3 in Castle Rock. The following are results from the Bald Eagle Invitational: Bad Dogs individual placers: (Name — place — record) • Daniel Caddy — 1 — 5-0 • Shandon Hadley — 1 — 2-0

Datebook for Nov. 26, 2011

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 6 p.m. The Parade of Lights begins at Craig Middle School, travels south on Yampa Avenue, turns west on Victory Way and then turns north on Ledford Street. 8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.

TMH Board meeting agenda for Nov. 29, 2011

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Tuesday Where: Conference rooms A, B, C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairwoman Missy Bonaker • Agenda review

CDP Editorial: ‘Not Even Once’ deserves repeating

There’s been numerous discussions and events in Craig and Moffat County in the last five or six years regarding methamphetamine education and awareness. Of the many descriptions used for the drug, one seems to be more fitting than others. Insidious. Methamphetamine, once such a plague in our community, doesn’t discriminate, and has claimed users and wrecked families of people across all demographics. The problem, while not nearly as bad as it once was, still exists today but with far less attention.

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Crossword for Nov. 26, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 26, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 26, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2011

Chances are the year ahead will quickly prove whether the path you're on is the correct one. Do not make any unnecessary changes until you know for sure which way the worm is turning.

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Comics for Nov. 26, 2011

Comics for Nov. 26, 2011

Friday, November 25

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Holiday Wish List

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Men Car/Truck/Snowmobile Household Appliance Sports Memorabilia Electronics Satellite Radio Sports Subscription or Tickets Power Tools Beer of the month club Gift Cards Subscription to the Craig Daily Press

Andy Bockelman: ‘Happy Feet’ sequel still dancing up a storm

If every ballet recital or musical came to a screeching halt because its youngest troupe member did a face-plant and peed themselves out of embarrassment, we’d probably have a lot less opportunities to take in the arts. Fortunately, when such a thing occurs in “Happy Feet Two,” it’s only the beginning of a bigger story. Emperor penguins Mumble and Gloria (voices of Elijah Wood, Alecia Moore) have long since found their place in the dancing, singing landscape of their part of Antarctica. Their son, Erik (Ava Acres), isn’t so lucky, feeling ostracized from his more melody-inclined brethren, so much so that he runs away from home.

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Strong at the top

MCHS girls swim team returns 3 state qualifiers

While almost every other Moffat County High School winter sport is faced with young teams, the MCHS girls varsity swimming team is on the other end of the spectrum. The team returns 11 swimmers from last season, including three seniors, and has 18 total swimmers — almost double the number from previous seasons. Head coach Meghan Francone said she and co-head coach Anita Reynolds are excited about the numbers. “I’m hoping we have strength in numbers,” she said.

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Youth movement

Bulldogs hockey starts fresh with new coach, young players

In high school sports, every team has to deal with losing players and rebuilding. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team is no different. After taking third in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League Frozen Four last season, the Bulldogs will start the 2011 season without their five leading scorers from a year ago. Nathan Tomlin and Colin Walt exceeded the age limit, while Moffat County High School juniors Bubba Ivers, Michael Samuelson and Jarrett Walt decided to play in Steamboat Springs. The team will also have a new face in charge, as Rick Villa starts his first season as head coach of the midget team, taking over for Mark Samuelson.

Struggling during the holidays

Depression can cast shadow over holidays for those with mental illness

The winter holidays may elicit warm memories for some, but for others, the effect is just the opposite. The risk of depression is higher during the holiday season, local specialists said, especially for people who suffer from depression or mental illness. Christmas and Thanksgiving “are the two most difficult days where we will see depression and symptoms of depression at their highest,” said Gary Gurney, a licensed professional counselor with Yampa Valley Psychotherapists. When asked if she’d noticed this trend, Ronna Autrey replied, “Absolutely.”

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Inspiration on a deadline

Craig resident accepts challenge to write 50,000-word novel in one month

A typical workflow for a National Novel Writing Month participant goes like this: Get an idea for a novel, then sit down Nov. 1 and begin writing. And write. And write. And write until you have 50,000 words and a complete novel. The sole caveat: You’ve got only 30 days to do it. Craig resident Bethany Longwell, 20, took on that challenge for the first time this year. She’s in good company. More than 250,000 people around the globe — “armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story and a ridiculous deadline”— are participating in the annual November event, organizers of the event, commonly known as NaNoWriMo, reported in a release.

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‘Will to win’

MCHS boys basketball heads into season under new direction

If Colby Haddan knows only one thing about the upcoming Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball season, it’s that he wants to win. In his freshman year, Haddan and the Bulldogs enjoyed a winning record. However, the last two seasons haven’t gone as planned, with MCHS recording only eight wins in the past two years including a 2-20 record last season. “I feel we have had pretty strong open gym sessions,” said Haddan, now a senior.

Hamilton looks to bring stability back to boys basketball program

Stability, Eric Hamilton said, is what is missing from the Moffat County High School boys basketball program. As the MCHS senior boys basketball players enter their final year, they will be playing for Hamilton, their third head coach in as many years. During their freshmen and sophomore years, Steve Maneotis was in charge. Last season, David Bradshaw was at the helm. “I want to bring back stability and dependability to the program,” Hamilton said.

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Everything they have

MCHS girls basketball team looks for return trip to playoffs

In his first year as head coach, Matt Ray led the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team to the 4A state playoffs. As he is set to begin his second season, Ray said the goal is no different. The Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 round before falling to No. 1 seed Longmont High School, 88-47, in March. To advance further, Ray said it all began during the summer with workouts and camps. “Experience-wise, we had a great summer,” he said. “Every girl did all the stuff to jumpstart the season, and the experience from last year will only help.”

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Confidence

MCHS wrestler Stewart hopes to build on last year’s success

In February, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team sent three wrestlers to the 4A state tournament in Denver. As the 2011 season gets underway in December, the Bulldogs return one of the qualifiers — junior Garrett Stewart. Stewart, who said in February he never expected to qualify for the state tournament as a sophomore, placed fourth in the 4A regional tournament before going 1-2 at state. This year, Stewart said his goal is to place in the state tournament.

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 25, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.64; Diesel: $3.99 • Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way

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Tractor-trailer rollover claims driver

A tractor-trailer rollover Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine left one man dead and sparked a wildland fire, officials from Craig Fire/Rescue and the Colorado State Patrol reported. The one-vehicle wreck was called in at 9:04 a.m. and took place at the intersection of Moffat County roads 51 and 32, according to a news release from Craig/Fire Rescue. The driver, an adult male, died on the scene, Trooper Heather Cobler, a State Patrol public information officer, wrote in an email. The name, age and residence of the driver could not be confirmed Thursday afternoon.

MCHS winter season varsity sports schedule

MCHS winter season varsity sports schedule

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MCHS grad Maddy Jourgensen enjoys success in freshman year

Most freshmen collegiate athletes don’t see much action in their first year. But, that wasn’t the case for Maddy Jourgensen, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate. Jourgensen competed in her first season as a member of the Augustana College women’s cross-country team in South Dakota. On Saturday, Jourgensen ran in the NCAA Division II women’s national championship cross-country race in Spokane, Wash., a meet in which her team finished first and was crowned national champions.

Hold the Tebow hype for a moment, it's Miller Time

(AP) — Forget Tim Tebow for just a moment. It's Miller Time in Denver. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the second overall selection in the draft, has led Denver's defensive revival along with pass-rushing partner Elvis Dumervil. The duo has been collecting sacks and crumpling quarterbacks at a prolific pace over the last three weeks, battering Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez in wins over the Raiders, Chiefs and Jets.

Consumer advocate reviewing Xcel rate hike request

(AP) — The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel is closely studying Xcel Energy Inc.'s request for a $141.9 million electricity rate hike, which would raise the typical residential customer's monthly bill by about 6 percent. The state office represents consumer interests before the Public Utilities Commission, which will review the request. Historically, Minneapolis-based Xcel has sought a larger rate increase than what the commission approves, Consumer Counsel Bill Levis said. "Just because they're asking for it doesn't mean they're entitled to it. They have to prove it's prudent," Levis said. Xcel is Colorado's largest utility. Levis said Wednesday it appears more of the company's proposed rate hike will fall on residential customers than others, such as some commercial customers who would see smaller percentage increases in their bills.

Former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley dies at 68

(AP) — Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a gracious promoter of the city's cultural and educational programs, has died. She was 68. The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night, family spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard told The Associated Press. Daley had been a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor. Heard said Daley was surrounded by her husband and children when she died just after 6 p.m. CDT. "The mayor and his family would like to thank the people of Chicago for the many kindnesses they've shown Mrs. Daley over the years, and they appreciate your prayers during this time," Heard said.

Briefs for Nov. 25, 2011: AARP to meet Monday afternoon

Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: Craig AARP Chapter 1418 will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. For more information, call 824-5123. Elks Lodge cancels bingo this week The Elks Lodge, which hosts bingo at 6 p.m. Fridays, has canceled this week’s games due to the holiday. Games will resume Dec. 2. The doors open at 5 p.m. for the games, which take place at the lodge, 43 E. Victory Way. For more information, call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874. Library closed for Thanksgiving All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today and Saturday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, call 824-5116. Nativity display seeks contributions Organizers of the Interfaith Community Nativity Display, scheduled for Dec. 1 to 3, are accepting contributions of nativity sets. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St. The public is invited to view the display. To contribute a nativity, call Mae Vallem at 326-7300. Car care clinic set for Dec. 10 A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way. Car care clinic staffers will check all fluids and top them off, if needed; test anti-freeze; air up tires and check treads; and check lights, battery connections, horns, wipers and belts. Staffers can also arrange for discounted repairs and oil changes, if possible. The clinic is by appointment only and is a project by a small group from The Journey at First Baptist. For an appointment or more information, call Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley at 826-4400. Click here to have the print version of the Craig Daily Press delivered to your home. Craig AARP Chapter 1418 will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. For more information, call 824-5123.

Datebook for Nov. 25, 2011

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 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. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.

Eugene Counts: Thanks for ‘great care’

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Memorial Hospital in Craig for the care I received when I had my recent surgery, and also for when my wife was in there with a broken hip. The care was excellent and all of the staff went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable.

Pat Jones: Prayer — Heartfelt conversations with God

I attended a Love INC conference near Chicago. It’s a beautiful area and the people I met are so nice. Our Love INC national is restructuring to be more “grassroots” and to provide leadership and mentoring to affiliates such as ours by having a strong, well-established Love INC available to provide training and advice as needed. We’re excited to come back to our valley filled to the brim with encouraging words, practical help, and sound training. In one of the sessions, our trainer offered some insight about the importance of prayer. The difference between good work and God’s work is prayer.

MCHS Swim Team: Grateful for support

To the editor: The members of the Moffat County High School swimming team would like to send out a giant heartfelt thank you to the following community members for their support in our recent fundraiser. It’s because of community support that our sport can succeed. We’d like to thank:

Horoscope for Nov. 25, 2011

If you should find that time is finally granting you a more secure and independent self, the year ahead will likely be a very impressive one. You could ably tackle endeavors that previously would have been overwhelming.

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Comics for Nov. 25, 2011

Comics for Nov. 25, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 25, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 25, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 25, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24

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New restaurant poised to open at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

When Three Wire Bar and Grill opens in a new dining room at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Routt County will be in the restaurant business. That’s not exactly what the Routt County Board of Commissioners had in mind.

Salvation Army recruiting holiday bell ringers

The Craig Service Extension Unit of the Salvation Army is planning its annual Kettle Campaign for Moffat County. The campaign will run on weekends from Friday through Christmas Eve. Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at various locations in Craig. Shifts may be as short as one hour or as long as four hours. All of the money raised during the Craig Kettle Campaign remains in Moffat County to help residents throughout the year. Rent, utilities and medical needs are some of the areas the Salvation Army helps people in need. Ten percent of the donations are added to an emergency fund that may only be used in Moffat County.

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Craig resident Daniel Curtis bowls 300 at Thunder Rolls

Craig resident Daniel Curtis grabbed his ball Nov. 6 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center and approached the lane for his 10th frame. It was the Sunday Night Mixed league, but the lanes were quiet as Curtis prepared for his final frame. Everyone was surrounding lanes 13 and 14, including Curtis’ wife, Heather, and his friend and teammate, John Walker. Curtis had nine strikes and needed three more to complete a perfect 300 game. All three fell just as the first nine had, and Curtis turned around and jumped with excitement.

Moffat County authorities offer tips for safe winter driving

Jerry Delong, Craig Police Department commander, said vehicle crashes within city limits are down this month. According to police data, officers responded to 13 reported vehicle crashes between Nov. 1 and 23, as opposed to 20 during the same timeframe a year ago. However, with Friday’s forecast calling for a mixture of rain and snow, which could result in icy roads as temperatures drop below freezing early in the evening, Delong said it’s never a bad time for motorists to brush up on winter driving skills. “The number one most common mistake motorists make is driving too fast for the conditions,” Delong said. “Accidents are easily avoidable if people simply slow down.”

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Army Ranger and MCHS grad back in Craig for holiday

Picture the wounded soldier returning to the place of his youth. The familiar landmarks — schools, parks, streets — are dusted with snow. Thanksgiving is coming, and holiday lights twinkle in the storefronts. Maybe he thinks of boyhood games he played here. Maybe he thinks of friends left behind. He spends the holiday with family, who rejoice that their son, nephew and grandson has come home alive. These images could easily belong to the realm of Hollywood and black-and-white celluloid film.

Datebook for Nov. 24, 2011

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Noon. Faith Lutheran Church hosts a potluck-style Thanksgiving meal at the church, 580 Green St. Call 824-3043. 1 p.m. Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts a potluck-style Thanksgiving meal at the church, 3900 E. Victory Way. Call 824-5424.

Briefs for Nov. 24, 2011: CASA to host Holiday Home Tour

The Northwest Rocky Mountain Craig chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates will host the Holiday Home Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. The cost is $10, and tickets are available at Pam Designs, The Kitchen Shop, Cramer Flooring and Furniture Connection. A cookie and cider finale, with a silent auction of winter-themed figurines, at The Center of Craig concludes the tour.

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Comics for Nov. 24, 2011

Comics for Nov. 24, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 24, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 24, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 24, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 24, 2011

Because you'll likely be inspired to work harder in order to take care of those you love, the year ahead could turn out to be a far more prosperous one than usual. In attempting to provide well for your kin, you'll do so for yourself.

Wednesday, November 23

Janet Sheridan: Curbing culinary catastrophes

I usually think company dinners I prepare taste like braised cardboard. As I plan, shop, and cook, I believe I’m creating a meal destined for the culinary hall of fame. Then I eat it. “Everything’s so delicious,” my guests say with honest eyes and straight faces. “Right,” I think, “and I’ll bet your children still believe in the Easter bunny.”

On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Annual Parade of Lights set for Saturday evening in Craig

Twinkling lights, smiling faces and a generous bearded man in a red suit. These are a few of the things that can be found every year during Craig’s annual event to enter the Christmas season, and this year will be no exception. The Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association, is scheduled for Saturday evening. Karen Brown, president of the DBA, said this year’s parade should prove to be different because of a theme that will let people tap into their ingenuity. “The theme is ‘pick-your-own Christmas,’” Brown said. “We made it broad enough so it should be interesting to see what people come up with. It gives them some options.”

Football highlights holiday sports offerings

As families gather around the turkey on Thanksgiving and the leftovers sure to follow, more than a few will make it back to the couch after the stuffing to watch big games scheduled for the next few days. From NFL to college football and basketball to the Avalanche, there is something for everyone. The following are a few of the contests this holiday weekend:

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TMH, community kitchen gearing up for holiday meals

Turkeys: check. Potatoes: got it. Pumpkin pie: you bet. Enough to feed 40 to 100 or more people? Hope so.

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Bulldogs named WSL football all-conference players

It’s no secret, the Moffat County High School varsity football team pounds the ball on the ground when the Bulldogs are on offense. But, senior Miguel Molina, who plays tight end and cornerback for the Bulldogs, was named a 3A Western Slope League all-conference player alongside junior teammate Michael Samuelson at the fall sports awards ceremony Monday at MCHS. Molina was third on the team in total tackles with 60 and led the team with three interceptions. On offense, however, head coach Kip Hafey said Molina took advantage of opportunities he was given as a receiver to lead the team with 444 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Craig City Council approves flat 2012 budget

Ask any Craig City Council member about next year’s budget and you’re likely to hear one word more than others — flat. For Craig City Manager Jim Ferree, a flat budget is better than a decreasing budget. “We don’t have as dramatic peaks and valleys as a lot of mountain resort communities, so we’ve been able to weather the (economic) storm,” Ferree said. “When times were good, we didn’t add a ton of unnecessary employees, which has allowed us to maintain services while a lot of other municipalities struggle.” The city council presented its proposed 2012 budget Tuesday night for a second reading and a final opportunity for the public to issue comments. Hearing none, the council approved the budget 6-0.

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MCHS volleyball players, runners honored

After four years of playing on struggling volleyball teams, Annie Sadvar received the credit she was due. Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, was named a 4A Western Slope League all-conference player during Monday’s fall sports awards ceremony at MCHS. “It’s been four years, so it felt really good to win the award,” Sadvar said. “I think I had good passing this season and my hitting came around this year. Everything just clicked and I understood what the coaches wanted me to do.” Sadvar led the MCHS varsity volleyball team with 100 kills and 20 blocks on the season.

Craig area residents comment on reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving

“First and foremost, I am thankful for my friends and family. I am also thankful for good weather. I am already tired of shoveling and it has only been a few days.” — Liz Davis, 63, of Hayden

Michelle Balleck: Feast in the fun

It’s Thanksgiving week, the official beginning to the holiday season and an open invitation to gorge yourself for five weeks straight. Enjoy the merriment, thankful spirit and memories that come with the indigestion. ■ If you don’t have family plans on Thanksgiving, head to one of three community meals. Faith Lutheran Church hosts a potluck-style meal at noon Thursday at the church, 580 Green St. Call 824-3043 to find out more. There’s another potluck at 1 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way. Get info. from 824-5424. St. Michael’s Kitchen, 678 School St., hosts its weekly Thursday meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Everyone’s invited for the full Thanksgiving spread. Get details by calling 824-7148.

Ore. governor bans death penalty for rest of term

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Haunted by regret for allowing two men to be executed more than a decade ago, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber now says it'll never happen again on his watch. Calling Oregon's death penalty scheme "compromised and inequitable," the Democratic governor said Tuesday he'll issue a reprieve to a twice-convicted murderer who was scheduled to die by lethal injection in two weeks. He said he'd do the same for any other condemned inmates facing execution during his tenure in office. "I simply cannot participate once again in something that I believe to be morally wrong," the governor said in uncharacteristically emotional remarks during a news conference in his office. "It is time for this state to consider a different approach," he said.

Broncos cut quarterback Kyle Orton

(AP) — Kyle Orton has gone from Jay Cutler's replacement to Tim Tebow's backup to the unemployment line. The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, six weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start. "I spoke with Kyle earlier today and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I've got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person," coach John Fox said in a statement. "This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents." Orton shouldn't stay unemployed for long.

Murder-suicide suspected in 2 Jamestown deaths

(AP) — Boulder County sheriff's investigators say they believe a single mother whose body was found in Jamestown in September was sexually assaulted and killed by a sex offender who then killed himself. County Coroner Emma Hall said Tuesday that 30-year-old Solange Haikkala died of blunt force trauma to the neck. Her body was found in her home Sept. 10, a day after she had attended a gathering that 35-year-old Thomas Altimus also attended. Altimus was found dead a few days later in a wooded area.

David Morris: ‘Where were you?’

To the editor: As a teacher and an environmentalist, I have to say that I am not too pleased with the complaints being made by the Colorado State Board of Education and Marcia Neal, Republican vice chairwoman of the education board, in particular. Neal wrote a letter complaining about protections that have been given to the Vermillion Basin. She wants the basin exploited as a means of getting money for education.

Datebook for Nov. 23, 2011

9 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture food supplements at the Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at 824-8282, ext. 11. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture food supplements at the Moffat County office in Dinosaur. Call Meghan Rudd at 824-8282, ext. 11. 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.

Briefs for Nov. 23, 2011: Elks Lodge cancels bingo this week

The Elks Lodge, which hosts bingo at 6 p.m. Fridays, has canceled this week’s games due to the holiday. Games will resume Dec. 2. The doors open at 5 p.m. for the games, which take place at the lodge, 43 E. Victory Way. For more information, call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

CDP Editorial: Necessarily narrow-minded

It’s not often a smaller viewpoint of life is considered a good thing. Thanksgiving is an exception. While it’s true this year hasn’t been the best for our cherished Craig and Moffat County community, beloved state of Colorado, or glorious USA, it’s equally accurate to say that these 11 months haven’t been the worst we’ve ever had, either. Thursday is a day we need to forget all that falls under the former and embrace everything under the latter.

Rosemary Potter: Hope for our nation

To the editor: In contrast to the constant in your face politics of the present administration, there is a breath of fresh air available to you by listening to six of the major candidates for the Republican nomination. Ron Paul, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich all weighed in on the real issues of life importance to conservatives. You can hear and see them for yourself as they answer penetrating questions from moderator Frank Luntz.

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Sudoku for Nov. 23, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 23, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 23, 2011

Comics for Nov. 23, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 23, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 23, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 23, 2011

Circumstances could put you in a fortuitous position in the year ahead, when something others do will provide you with an opportunity to achieve what you'd like to accomplish. Your best efforts are likely to be required, but it'll be worth it.

Tuesday, November 22

Moffat County Commission backs BLM inventory study

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Awarded, 3-0, hiring a part-time information technology technician for the information technology department. • Approved, 3-0, hiring a part-time master control employee for the Moffat County Public Safety Center. • Approved, 3-0, a $210,172 bid from County Technical Services, Inc. to provide worker’s compensation insurance for Moffat County employees.

Churches preparing for Thanksgiving offerings

The holiday season means different things to different people. Whether it’s a time to worship, reflect on things to be grateful for, or an opportunity to volunteer and give something back to the community, one Thanksgiving tradition never changes — the gathering of friends and family. This year, Craig churches are opening their doors to provide local residents with the opportunity to give thanks, give back or simply get together. Robin Schiffbauer, of St. Michael’s Community Kitchen, said there is something extra special on this year’s Thanksgiving menu. “We are going to do our Thanksgiving dinner,” Schiffbauer said. “The menu features turkey with all of the trimmings and pumpkin pie made from scratch.”

New group focusing attention on Moffat County education system

The world has changed since Scott Cook graduated from Moffat County High School in 1975. “It used to be you just had to be kind of better than your fellow Americans to get a good job,” said Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet. “Now you’ve got to be better than everybody in the world.” In his view, competing on a global level makes high-quality education particularly important now. Cook is one of several Craig businessmen who are part of a newly formed group called Commitment to Excellence. Its mission: To help improve the local school system.

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MCHS speech and debate team seals second-place finish with young team

If this weekend’s performance is any indication, the Moffat County High School speech and debate team could have a winning season ahead. The team earned 201 points at a competition Friday and Saturday in Delta, cinching second-place overall among 14 teams, coach Casey Kilpatrick said. The kind of competitors MCHS brought to the meet may make the win more significant. A total of 16 students went to the meet, Kilpatrick said, and 10 of them were novices, meaning this is their first year in speech and debate. The finish was “incredibly impressive,” he added. “We beat schools that had three to four times more varsity members than we did.”

Datebook for Nov. 22, 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. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free hot lunch is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The church is looking for volunteers to help set up and cook and drivers to help deliver meals. Call 826-2895.

Briefs for Nov. 22, 2011: Car care clinic set for Dec. 10

A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way. Car care clinic staffers will check all fluids and top them off, if needed; test anti-freeze; air up tires and check treads; and check lights, battery connections, horns, wipers and belts. Staffers can also arrange for discounted repairs and oil changes, if possible.

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Comics for Nov. 22, 2011

Comics for Nov. 22, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 22, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 22, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 22, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 22, 2011

Many things in your chart say that you will have numerous powerful interests that you'll want to develop in the year ahead. As you figure out how to progress, you'll carry others along with you.

Monday, November 21

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MCHS runners struggle in Nike cross-country meet

At the mile marker of the Nike Cross Southwest Regional meet Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., Alfredo Lebron found himself in an unfamiliar situation. Competing with the best cross-country runners from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, Lebron was falling back in the pack. After winning the Colorado 4A state cross-country championship, Lebron, a Moffat County High School senior, said he expected to compete for a top five position and a spot in the Nike Cross National meet.

Andy Bockelman: Double the Sandler insanity in ‘Jack and Jill’

When Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “Fish and visitors stink after three days,” he must have had a houseguest such as the one in “Jack and Jill” in mind. But, even Poor Richard himself would long for a nice rotting trout after spending 24 hours with the second half of this duo. It’d probably be more attractive, too. Thanksgiving is a time reserved for family.

On the Record for Nov. 21, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 21, 2011

Marleau's hat trick lifts Sharks past Avs 4-1

(AP) — Patrick Marleau kept San Jose rolling and Colorado stumbling at home. Marleau had his first hat trick in two years, Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots and the Sharks beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday night. Joe Pavelski also scored and Joe Thornton and Mark-Edouard Vlasic had three assists each for the Sharks, who swept their two-day, two-game road trip. Marleau played a large part in those wins, totaling five points in the two games. "He gets a lot of points every year but it's the little things he does that don't show up on the scoresheet," said Vlasic, who got the first assist on all of Marleau's goals. "He gets rewarded tonight with three goals. It's nice to see."

Palisade advances, Rifle ousted in football playoffs

As the only two teams left to represent the 3A Western Slope League, Palisade High School and Rifle High School suited up Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 3A state football playoffs. Palisade hosted Kennedy at Stocker Stadium and used physical play to score a victory over the Commanders, 47-7. Rifle, entering the contest 11-0, wasn’t as lucky, as the Bears fell at home to Windsor, 36-15.

Business Beat: Salon set to bring in extensive product line

Whether your mane is long, short, curly, straight or any other variation, you can likely find what you need in way of hair care all in one convenient locale. As of Nov. 10, Studio 7, 2017 W. Victory Way, is an official carrier of KMS California hair products. The KMS line includes more than 60 types of shampoos, conditioners, gels and other items. “To the best of my knowledge, I think we’re the only place in town that carries their full line,” owner Megan Mudge said. “They’re very extensive, and we just had a company rep from Grand Junction talk to us about all they have to offer.” Studio 7 also sells products from brand names like Moroccanoil and Matrix, as well as implements like hair dryers and curling irons. But, tools for the tresses aren’t the only objects available for purchase, with nail accessories and tanning creams ready for customers to buy.

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Craig Middle School hoops slams Meeker, Rangely in home games

After a set of games out of town, a team might need some adjustment coming back to home turf. But, that was not the case with the boys of Craig Middle School basketball. The CMS seventh- and eighth-grade teams played fiercely against incoming teams from Meeker and Rangely on Thursday and Saturday. Having played Meeker in their most recent game on Nov. 12, the Bulldogs were ready to repeat past victories. With the Cowboys’ diminished roster, only A-team played on behalf of the eighth-grade, though coach Drew Morris changed up his own lineup.

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Meeker school remains closed due to stuctural issues

State agency to investigate other projects including Craig Middle School

The new grade school sits empty up Sulphur Creek Road. The doors are locked. A sign taped to the window tells delivery drivers to take their packages elsewhere. Children attended classes in the $18.9 million building for an entire school year before it was deemed unsafe to occupy — the result of mistakes by the company that designed and built it, a state agency that missed a glaring error and local school officials who kept the building open despite repeated warnings, The Denver Post has found. The first sign that something was wrong came in October 2010, when dirt piled outside the gym caused a wall to lean a few inches. When Meeker School District RE-1 finally brought in an outside firm to review the structural integrity of the school nine months later, much deeper problems became apparent: The school had been designed with a building-code standard used for storage sheds and was at risk of collapse in severe weather. The Neenan Co., the Fort Collins design-and-build firm the district hired, has acknowledged making mistakes and pledged to pay for repairs.

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Shows in Craig offer handmade, local holiday gifts

The local lead-in to Black Friday — the notorious shopping day the morning after Thanksgiving — got a considerable response over the weekend with numerous events around town showcasing artists’ wares. The second annual Holiday Artisans Market was hopping with customers looking for individually made items for loved ones. Among the tables of handcrafted goods were greeting cards, paintings, jewelry and birdhouses. “I think people appreciate when they know the artist, when it’s local, at an affordable price,” event organizer and potter Roberta Hawks said. “They can say, ‘I know the person who made this,’ and if they’re keeping it for themselves, then it has more meaning.

FBI nicknames mean trouble for bank robbers

Super Sleuth got 18 months in prison after a bank manager in Colorado Springs recognized his description from three previous bank robberies. Tom Thumb got 14 years after the FBI and Colorado police alerted the public that a man with a thumb bandage was wanted for bank robbery. The Shaggy Bandit got 3 years in prison after television spots identified him using his nickname. Police credit these and other bank robbery arrests to nicknames they give suspects based on surveillance video and witness reports. The nicknames, plus photos, generate publicity that increases the chances of an arrest, officials say.

Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States. A California appeals court is considering whether to overturn a landmark 2003 agreement that created the nation's largest farm-to-city water transfer and set new rules for dividing the state's share of the Colorado River. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Appellate District in Sacramento will hear arguments Monday and is expected to rule within three months. Farmers and environmentalists involved in the lawsuit argue the pact is deeply flawed, while California water agencies say it is critical to keeping an uneasy peace on the river. The court has given each side 45 minutes to make its case and asked lawyers to focus on whether the state of California violated its constitution by essentially writing a blank check to restore the shrinking Salton Sea.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 21, 2011

Thanksgiving — what does it mean to you? Going to some relative’s house for a visit and dinner?Or are you the one doing dinner, getting ready for company? Actually, whatever the preparation is or isn’t, the true meaning I believe is giving thanks to our Lord for all we have, regardless of the situation. I’ve learned during my journey through this world, it’s the pits a lot of times. But I still have part of my family, some of my health, people some more in tune with my needs, moods, etc. Some stinkers, but hey, we can’t have it all. Otherwise there would be no need for the challenge of getting to heaven and being where we truly belong.

Datebook for Nov. 21, 2011

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. 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. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 21, 2011

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Briefs for Nov. 21, 2011: CNCC slated to host holiday workshop

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering the workshop “Creating Scared Space” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hayden Public Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden. Sharon Miller of Crystal Sanctuary leads the workshop that teaches students ways to have a stress-free holiday season. The cost is $10. Register by calling Lindsay at 276-7291.

John Williams: Nation facing a threat

To the editor: After attending a moving Veterans Day memorial, I would like to thank veterans past, present and future for their service to our country and our way of life. Thank you. Let’s make sure their sacrifices were not in vain. Americans need to wake up to the fact that we are facing the greatest threat in our nation’s history to our freedoms and way of life.

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Comics for Nov. 21, 2011

Comics for Nov. 21, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 21, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 21, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 21, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 21, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 21, 2011

During the next year, an opportunity might develop for you to take advantage of a little-known program that could increase your financial wherewithal. If it checks out, go for it in a quiet manner.

Saturday, November 19

Landfill requires asbestos certificate

Moffat County Landfill staff reminds residents that the site cannot accept any demolition materials without a Colorado Certified Asbestos Inspection Certificate. Anyone hauling any demolition materials to the Moffat County Landfill are highly encouraged to call the landfill for special instructions on the handling of materials before demolishing or renovating any structures.

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LSRV Rattlers bring home numerous individual awards

Winning a state title requires championship-caliber players to get a team to the grand stage. For the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s players, their individual contributions were recognized Thursday during the Wyoming 1A coaches’ meeting. The Rattlers won the Wyoming 1A six-man state championship, 54-33, over Dubois High School on Nov. 12 in Laramie. Senior Daniel Wille recorded four rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns during the game to cap off a season in which he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and had 36 total touchdowns.

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MCHS grad JT Haddan to play in NCAA football playoffs

Four years ago, JT Haddan was playing running back and linebacker at the Bulldogs Proving Grounds for the Moffat County High School varsity football team. On Dec. 14, Haddan, now in his fourth year at Colorado State University-Pueblo, could be playing for a national championship. Haddan made the move to offensive guard and has been part of a dominate Thunderwolves offensive line unit that has led CSU-Pueblo to an 11-0 record, a No. 1 ranking in the American Football Coaches’ Association NCAA Division II poll and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II playoffs. “We just all bought into playing one game at a time,” Haddan said Thursday of his team. “We have to play hard on every play and focus on the details.”

Moffat County School Board seeks applicant for District 7 seat

The Moffat County School Board is seeking applicants for the board’s District 7 seat. Qualified applicants must live within District 7, which begins at Colorado Street and extends east to Haughey Road. Residents interested in the position must send a letter of intent by Dec. 5 to Vicki Duncan, c/o Moffat County School District, 775 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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Colorado Meth Project, Boys & Girls Club educate MCHS students on meth abuse

A photo flashed on the projector screen, and about 20 Moffat County High School students saw what to some may be unthinkable. The picture showed a woman whose forearms were marred with deep gashes that had scabbed over. The skin around the wounds still looked red and inflamed. These injuries were self-inflicted, Jonathan Judge, Colorado Meth Project program manager, told the students. The woman had gouged them herself during a methamphetamine-induced hallucination in which she believed insects were crawling under her skin.

Analyst: Moffat County budget ‘fairly flat’

Two residents attended a public forum Tuesday about Moffat County’s proposed 2012 budget, and none have issued comments about the document since it went public last month. Tinneal Gerber, Moffat County budget analyst, believes the lack of interest is due to the fact that little is changing in 2012. “Nothing has really changed in operations,” Gerber said. “It’s pretty much the same and fairly flat with what we were working with before.” Generally speaking, the county’s budget is expected to increase by $2.58 million, or 4 percent, over 2011. The 2012 proposed budget is $73,120,762.

Over A Cup: Pumpkin cookies: the spice of Thanksgiving

You may have noticed that last week’s column was a little short in length. There were supposed to be two recipes in the column, but when the editor tried to retrieve the column from my flash drive device, part of the first recipe was missing. She couldn’t reach me in time to get the entire recipe so she had no choice but to go with just one. So, you’ll find “Pumpkin Cookies” in this week’s column. First, however, is another cookie recipe with pumpkin in its ingredients. It comes from Courtney Ewing, of Moab, Utah. Courtney is a physical therapist who has been helping out at Rehabilitation Services of Craig this week. She says this recipe is quick and delicious. I know that I’m going to try the recipe this weekend. Here it is — just in time for Thanksgiving.

Agriculture & Livestock: Celebrating the 2011 4-H Year: Part 2

This is the second part of the awards and recognitions from Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night, held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on the evening of Nov. 4. During the year, three 4-H members in the horse project passed advancement levels. Those members are: Mattie Jo Duzik, Level 2 Western; Ripley Bellio, Level 2 Western; and Taylor Duzik, Level 4 Western. Awards were presented to 4-H members enrolled in livestock, horse, dog, rabbit and poultry projects. The following members received awards: • Outstanding Dog Exhibitor Award (composition of points from obedience score, showmanship score and record book score): Emma Balstad.

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New Moffat County School Board members cast 1st votes at Friday meeting

Nearly 20 sheets of paper hung on a white board in the Moffat County School District boardroom Friday morning. As J.B. Chapman and Sherry St. Louis cast their first votes as Moffat County School Board members, these pages were a visible reminder of everything they had yet to learn.

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Shell completes Harper Hill drilling near Craig

Shell Oil Company announced Tuesday it is moving on to the next phase of drilling at its location atop Harper Hill. “We finished drilling on the Harper Hill location, and that rig has been moved offsite,” said Carolyn Tucker, community relations representative for Shell. “We’re moving in a smaller rig to complete the wells to see if there is any flow.” A stick pipe rig — Rig 111 — has been working at the junction of Colorado Highway 317 and Moffat County Road 37 since mid-August, drilling two separate horizontal wells from one pad. Tucker said the Harper Hill wells were first drilled to a depth of 3,500 feet, then 3,000 horizontal feet. Each well is composed of more than 200 sections of pipe measuring 30 feet each.

Government Update for Nov. 19, 2011

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

Broncos defense shines in Tebow's shadow

(AP) — Lost in all the hoopla over Tim Tebow and his recent success is the performance of Denver's dominant defense over the last month. The Broncos have been able to keep it close so that their unconventional quarterback can orchestrate all those comebacks. Led by relentless rookie pass rusher Von Miller, the Broncos (5-5) stymied Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in a 17-13 win Thursday to climb to within a half-game of the Oakland Raiders in the middling AFC West race.

CDOT commissions $1.8 mil high speed rail study

(AP) — The Colorado Department of Transportation has commissioned a $1.8 million study to examine the feasibility of a high speed train to the mountains, which early estimates predict would cost $20 billion. Dan Gibbs, a commissioner in Summit County that would be benefit from the project, tells KCNC-TV (http://cbsloc.al/uFJMTK ) that the study will begin early next year.

Firefighter burned, 25 homes damaged in Reno fire

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A cloud of grayish-white smoke settled over upscale homes and horse pastures at Reno's edge Friday as firefighters from across Nevada came close to taming a sudden wildfire that sent 16 people to hospitals and destroyed or damaged 25 houses. The unexplained blaze also gave a firefighter first- and second-degree burns and was blamed for the death of a 74-year-old man who had a heart attack while trying to flee, but authorities said the worst was likely over as growing snow flurries and falling temperatures stoked hopes that the remaining showers of ember and ash would die down. Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said firefighters made large advances against the blaze that sent nearly 10,000 people from their homes in the middle of the night and sent flames licking the edges of the region's mountain roads. "We are actually backtracking and going over areas that have burned and extinguishing hot spots," Hernandez said.

Datebook for Nov. 19, 2011

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations are accepted for Operation Christmas Child at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Donations include shoeboxes filled with toys and necessities. Visit www.samaritanspurse.com/occ or call Julie Grobe at 824-4940. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The St. Michael’s Bazaar is at the church, 678 School St. The bazaar will include gifts and crafts, baked goods and a white elephant sale. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., and a prize drawing is at 1 p.m. Call 824-5330. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second annual Holiday Artisans Market is at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The event includes hand-crafted gifts, door prizes and refreshments.

Briefs for Nov. 19, 2011: VNA hosts Celebration of Life Tree event

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event on Dec. 15 at the VNA, 745 Russell St. The event includes ornament decorating in memory of a loved one at 4:30 p.m. and a reading and story-sharing at 5:15 p.m. Ornaments will be placed on the tree and can be taken home after the holidays. Refreshments will be served. Ornaments and decorations will be provided.

CDP Editorial: Relishing the opportunity

Today’s two performances of Moffat County High School’s presentation of “Footloose” mark the close of another successful production by our community’s talented young actors. It also marks the close of another opportunity for residents to enjoy live theater — a chance we get twice a year thanks to MCHS. The students performing in “Footloose” are clearly talented, belting out well-known tunes, demonstrating their dance skills and completely falling into their roles as teenage rebels. The adult actors — teachers and other community members playing the parental and administrative roles — add authenticity to the show.

Baxter Black: Thanksgiving thoughts

Not everyone has a car, owns a home, carries a cell phone, can swim, knows the 18th president and can hum “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.” But everyone in this country — rich or homeless, conservative, liberal, gray, green, black, white, brown or yellow — eats what we in agriculture produce; everyone, no exceptions. Do those of you who farm and ranch think about the lives you touch? Steve Jobs invented Apple computers, Oprah Winfrey had a talk show that reached 7.4 million people five days a week, J.K. Rowling sold 450 million Harry Potter books, and 111 million watched Superbowl XLV. Talk about reaching out. But every day, every person eats something you produce. Your contribution to their wellbeing exceeds Hollywood, the Nobel Prize or their psychiatrist. The public’s dependence on your ability to keep them fed is deeper than their need to text, jog, work, play golf or go to school.

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Crossword for Nov. 19, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 19, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 19, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 19, 2011

Comics for Nov. 19, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 19, 2011

Overall conditions that surround you are likely to show marked improvements in the year ahead, especially where your work or career is concerned. Both a promotion and increased earnings are possibilities.

Friday, November 18

On the Record for Nov. 18, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 18, 2011

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Education officials issue letter on Vermillion Basin

The Colorado State Board of Education issued Nov. 9 a letter to the Bureau of Land Management about Vermillion Basin being closed to mineral development. Marcia Neal, Republican vice-chairwoman of the education board, penned the letter, which was addressed to BLM Director Robert Abbey in Washington D.C. In the letter, the school board raises concerns about significant Colorado School Trust lands that are contained within Vermillion Basin, a 77,067-acre tract of land in northwest Moffat County, that were closed to mineral exploration and development by the Little Snake Field Office last month. BLM announced the oil and natural gas ban in Vermillion as part of a highly debated Record of Decision for the Little Snake Resource Management Plan in Northwest Colorado.

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 18, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.69; Diesel: $4.09 • Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.69; Diesel: $3.99

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MCHS senior Pando earns WSL all-conference honors

Having played with coach Rusty Cox and his fellow seniors for more than 8 years, Jonathan Pando said he is sad to be leaving the Moffat County High School soccer team behind. But, the MCHS senior will be leaving with more than just memories. Pando received Western Slope League all-conference honors during the MCHS boys varsity soccer team’s season-end banquet Wednesday. “It is a good way to end my high school career,” Pando said of winning the award. “I played my hardest every game and I tried to help everyone on the team have fun out on the field.

Idaho man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House believed he was Jesus and thought President Barack Obama was the Antichrist, according to court documents and those who knew him. At one point, he even suggested to an acquaintance the president was planning to implant computer tracking chips into children. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was charged Thursday with attempting to assassinate the president or his staff. He is accused of firing nine rounds at the White House last Friday night — one of them cracking a window of the first family's living quarters — when Obama and the first lady were away. If convicted, Ortega faces up to life in prison. Ortega was arrested Wednesday at a western Pennsylvania hotel when a desk clerk there recognized him and called police. Ortega's public defender, Christopher Brown, declined comment after his first court hearing in Pennsylvania. Ortega's mother has said he has no history of mental illness, though when authorities were looking for him, they reported he had "mental health issues."

Moffat County School District seeking to boost parent involvement through Nov. 29 conversations

Christine Balderston got involved with her children’s education early on. She participated in events held at Sunset Elementary School when her children were students there, she said. She also talked to school administrators when she had concerns, and “I made sure I knew what their teachers expected of them,” she said. Balderston, a Moffat County School Board member, and other members of the District Accountability Committee are trying to get other parents on board with their children’s education. The committee is scheduled to host discussions with community members and parents at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Craig.

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Veterans overcoming disabilities with hunting in Moffat County

On Oct. 2, Jared Midgley was hunting at Bord Gulch Ranch northwest of Craig with an antelope buck in his crosshairs. The U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom had never been hunting before and had only acquired his hunter education card three weeks earlier. “I was probably a little nervous,” Midgley said. “This being my first time hunting, I didn’t think I would hit one right off the bat, but I did. “I don’t even know how to describe it other than wow.”

Tebow, Broncos top Jets 17-13 on last-minute drive

(AP) — There's a new Comeback Kid in Denver, and John Elway's proudly looking on as this plucky quarterback wins with his legs, not his arm. Tim Tebow's 20-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds left capped a 95-yard drive and sent the Broncos to a 17-13 victory over the stunned New York Jets on Thursday night. "I like winning," Tebow said after his third comeback in a month, "but I wish it wasn't this stressful." The Broncos had punted on their eight previous possessions when they got the ball with less than 6 minutes and 95 yards to go. Tebow calmly drove Denver down the field, thwarting a Jets defense that had throttled him all night.

Occupy Denver march halts traffic; no one arrested

(AP) — Boisterous but peaceful Occupy Denver protesters marched through downtown Thursday chanting "We are the 99 percent" and bringing traffic to a halt. Police followed them on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles but made no move to arrest anyone or clear the streets. Officers in squad cars zipped ahead to block traffic on cross streets once it was clear which direction the crowd was moving. There appeared to be little or no violence, although one protester threw a small white object at an SUV that darted out of an alley and forced one marcher to jump out of the way. After a rally outside the Denver City and County Building, protesters streamed down a pedestrian mall, stopping in front of a Federal Reserve branch to denounce big banks and corporate excess. They briefly blocked at least two busy intersections before returning to the downtown park where they started.

Briefs for Nov. 18, 2011: Turkey Shoot set for Sunday

The Craig Trap Club, located two miles west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40, is holding its Turkey Shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday. Participants may only use shotguns. The event will occur in rain, snow or shine. For more information, call Dick King at 824-6544.

F. Neil Folks: God’s projects — Accepting others as they are

It is said that holding a grudge can be hazardous to your health. When we hold grudges or resentments from the past towards someone, this hidden emotional endeavor masks or shrouds our heart and it loses its ability to feel and love again, the loss of empowerment. Not only does it suppress the immune system, it creates dysfunctional relationships and situations. Both end in bad health — mentally, physically and spiritually. We fail to see what Jesus attempted to teach the Jews: “See your enemies, not as God’s failures, but as God’s works in progress.” While we are in the throws of anger, vindictiveness, “ouches” and resentments, we fail to see the hurting face of the Christ in others, the same face that’s in us.

Datebook for Nov. 18, 2011

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sandrock Elementary School hosts a book fair at the school, 201 E. Ninth St. Books also can be ordered until Nov. 25 at www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs. Call 824-3287. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ridgeview Elementary School hosts a book fair in the school library, 600 Westridge Road. Books also can be ordered online through Nov. 21 at www.scholastic.com. Call 824-7018. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moffat County School Board conducts an organizational meeting at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

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Sudoku for Nov. 18, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 18, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 18, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 18, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 18, 2011

Surprise earnings in the year ahead could come through an unusual channel. You may not be looking for one, but once it's there, it'll bring you all those little extras you've been craving.

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Comics for Nov. 18, 2011

Comics for Nov. 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17

A Family Guy turns musical

Seth Macfarlane creator of the TV show Family Guy has released a vocal album

The theme song from the Fox cartoon Family Guy is recognizable to almost any teenager. The jazz and big band oriented music of the show normally take cues from old movies, musicals, and songs such as The Sound of Music or the musical style of Frank Sinatra. This genre of music is the showcase of Seth Macfarlane's first solo release album, Music is Better than Words. Macfarlane, along with being the mastermind behind the comedy of Family Guy, is also vocally trained and greatly inspired by old jazz standards and show tunes.

Actors give the inside look on musical life

Cast's acting background is presented

This year, the fast-paced rock musical Footloose will be presented to the public on November 17-19. The actors are excited for it to kick off. Mitch Romney, Travis Johnson and Emily Counts are three of the actors in the musical this year. Romney has played with the band in the pit and on stage as an actor. Romney prefers the stage, but he still helps the music department as a percussionist for the band.

Soundbytes: If your life could be like any movie or TV show, what would it be?

Soundbytes: If your life could be like any movie or TV show, what would it be?

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Not Your Regular Math Class

New Statistics Class Added at MCHS

Could you ever image a class bungee jumping Barbie’s off the second floor of the Moffat County High School? They are in the new statistics class taught by Ms. Kristin Ingalls. This is the first year the class has been offered. Ingalls said, "As a math department, we decided to add this class to give students another option."

Not just a word or just another term?

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.

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Strict director, better performance

Heather Dahlberg's strict directing helps Footloose cast

Heather Dahlberg, director of this year's musical, Footloose, chose this specific play for two reasons. Last year's Sound of Music was very traditional. The slow, traditional music made Dahlberg realize a more contemporary musical would be better for the kids this year. The revision of the 80's movie Footloose came out only a couple weeks ago. "I thought we could use that as kind of a marketing tool," Dahlberg said.

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The Pit Loves Rock N' Roll

Bolton and the pit orchestra are adjusting to the Rock N' Roll genre for Footloose

and director John Bolton's eye for more professional band players is what makes the pit orchestra. The pit is made of band players that Bolton thinks have potential. The music they play is professional music - pieces big time musicians play. "It's definitely more advanced," said Nicole Ferree, a guitar player in the orchestra.

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SAFE works to solve abuse

The SAFE group is working to encourage healthy relationships among teens. To Carol Crossman, coordinator of the SAFE group, abusive dating behavior should never be the norm, but to some teens it is.

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DECA/FBLA working through budget cuts

To deal with budget cuts, competitions have been dropped

Budget cuts are effecting DECA/FBLA members very harshly. While their membership has nearly tripled, their budget has been cut recently. They have had to drop many competitions because they can't afford to attend. According to Krista Schenck adviser to both groups, students are also doing three times the amount of fundraising this year to keep up with the lack of funding.

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At MCHS girls know how to tackle

The last time that a girl played on the Moffat County High School football team was 12 years ago. But that changed when senior Kelsea DeBowes joined the team this year. DeBowes loves to play football, however wrestling is her favorite sport. Last year, she started to play for Hayden High School but quit after only a few weeks.

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Head coach blazes into season

Although head coaching for the Lady Dogs is new for Matt Ray, he brings years of experience to the table. "I was the head coach for Hayden for three years until I came to Craig, and I was the JV and freshman coach for nine years. This is my second year as head coach for Craig," said Ray. That is almost 15 years of experience that Ray has brought to his new team.

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Contrary to popular belief

Most people perceive cheerleaders in a stereotypical fashion as dumb blonde barbies and drama queens. "I think that it is definitely a misconception and I think that if people would take the time to observe and understand the components in cheerleading they would realize that it is a sport," said coach Jennifer Vallem. Contrary to popular belief, the cheerleaders are actually extremely athletic.

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Girls swim team: five to one

The Moffat County girl's swim team kicks off their season this month. They have an initial meeting the 8th. Practice will begin the following Monday. Junior Hannah Kirk described our team as, "absolutely tiny." Last year, they had a total of eleven girls on the team. This year, they have an estimated twenty. The girls compete against teams with up to 80 girls.

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MCHS honors those who served

On November 11th, Moffat County High School took a full day to honor those who have and still are sacrificing their lives for our freedom. The day began with an assembly where the band performed "The Armed Forces Salute" and the choir sang, "Song for an Unsung Hero." Directly after, a panel of local veterans took the stage and answered questions from both students and teachers. Questions ranged from what combat was like, to how it felt living without family.

Arts and sports made even

In recent years, sports have been somewhat of a pride and joy for Moffat County High School. Football, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, track, swimming, and many more of the sports offered at MCHS are extremely popular among the students. In fact, many of the students themselves are also well known throughout schools and around town.

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Brittany Madigan: Suffering from a severe case of senioritis

Being a senior in high school brings a lot of excitement and high expectations. At Moffat County High School, being a senior means being top dog on campus, owning the best parking spots in the parking lot, getting off-campus lunches, enduring the “easy” schedule, and of course trying to withstand the anticipation of graduation. What a lot of people don’t realize though, there are two sides to the last year of high school.

Janet Sheridan: Adolescent angst

“Aunt Janet, watch Dad. See how he’s gulping down his Slurpee? Wait a second. It’s funny.” I sat on the bleachers surrounded by young nieces and nephews and watched my brother down his icy concoction. Almost immediately, he clutched his temples and moaned, “Wow, brain freeze. Ooh! Why’d I do it?” He then looked woebegone as we laughed. His oldest daughter didn’t participate in the fun. Instead, full of self-righteous scorn, she leaned toward me and complained: “No matter where we are, he always does that. I hate it. He can be so dumb.”

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2011

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Ridgeview Elementary students express gratitude to Craig veterans

When you’re in the military, the food sometimes falls short of gourmet cooking, local veteran Jim Meineke told a group of Ridgeview Elementary School students Wednesday afternoon. “Beans and weenies,” he said of the cuisine during his service in the Korean War. “Lots of beans and weenies.” Meineke, a decorated veteran who served with U.S. Marine Corps, was one of four local veterans who spoke to a group of about 15 Ridgeview third- through fifth-graders at the school.

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2011 season learning experience for MCHS volleyball

As the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team walked off the MCHS gymnasium floor Oct. 22, the players and coaches were all smiles. While the 2011 season didn’t go quite the way the Bulldogs had expected, the team finished the season with a 3-2 victory at home over Battle Mountain High School. Like the season as a whole, head coach Sandy Camilletti said it is the small things that matter. “I feel pretty good about the season,” she said Wednesday. “I think every game we had some kind of improvement, but we didn’t always come out on the right end.”

EDP discusses business incubator, strategic plan

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board discussed Wednesday its short- and long-term goals. EDP director Darcy Owens-Trask said the majority of the organization’s focus would shift to creating the business incubator in the next year. “We have a contract with the state and a financial obligation to get the business incubator off the ground in the next year,” Owens-Trask said after the meeting. “It’s going to require about 75 percent of our focus.”

Briefs for Nov. 17, 2011: CMS hosts food drive through Dec. 9

A canned food drive takes place at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., through Dec. 9. The drive is open to students and community members, and cash donations also will be accepted. Canned food and donations can be dropped off at the CMS front office during regular school hours. Middle school students can earn $1 off the entry fee to Friday’s CMS school dance by bringing in two cans of food for the drive.

Datebook for Nov. 17, 2011

A canned food drive takes place at Craig Middle School through Dec. 9. Food can be donated to the school’s front office, 915 Yampa Ave. Call 824-3289.

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Sudoku for Nov. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 17, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 17, 2011

Comics for Nov. 17, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 17, 2011

Consider acquiring supplemental earnings from places other than your usual sources in the year ahead. They are likely to come from either a hobby or a new interest of yours. Don't hesitate to try different enterprises.

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Crossword for Nov. 17, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16

On the Record for Nov. 16, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 16, 2011

Michelle Balleck: Avoid the snow with shopping, ‘Footloose’ & ‘Happy Feet Two’

There’s plenty of indoor fun on the docket for this weekend, when it’s forecasted to snow some more. Get into the holiday spirit with craft shows, a turkey giveaway, a donation collection and the adorable “Happy Feet Two.” ■ Everybody cut “Footloose” at Moffat County High School’s performance of the famed musical this weekend. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The cost is $5 per person at the door. Call the high school at 824-7036 for more information.

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Bad Dogs wrestling program seeing positive results early in season

After a successful opening weekend on the wrestling mat Oct. 29 in Kremmling, Mikinzie Klimper went home with a 4-0 record and two first-place finishes. On Saturday, Klimper kept his streak going, taking first place with a 5-0 record at the Bad Dogs Rumble at Moffat County High School. The next day, Klimper beat all his opponents again on way to a 3-0 record in Steamboat Springs.

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Coordinator: Updated standards to help educators teach ELL students in Moffat County

Andi Murphy, coordinator for Moffat County School District’s English Language Learners program, tries to put herself in the shoes of the students she works with. “It is difficult for them,” she said. “I’m sure it is.” Teaching those students isn’t always easy, either. The school district uses the full-immersion model to teach ELL students, Murphy said, meaning students who aren’t proficient in English are taught in the regular classroom and pick up the language as they go. That means that on top of the content standards teachers must meet, they also must teach to standards tailored specifically to these students. Updated state standards the Moffat County School Board adopted last month may help by rolling academics standards and language development standards into one.

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Former Craig man saves life of suicidal soldier

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by the Fort Hood Sentinel in Fort Hood, Texas. Staff Sgt. Timothy Warden lived in Craig with his family for about 25 years. He is the son of Don and Louise Warden and sister to Dawn Goethe, of Greeley. Warden and his wife, Jennifer, live in Fort Hood, Texas, have two daughters, Michaela and Alexa. FORT HOOD, TEXAS — Just past 6 a.m. Oct. 9, few people were inside the III Corps Shoppette on T.J. Mills Boulevard. Staff Sgt. Timothy Warden stopped in to buy some ice and soft drinks on the way to work. “I was getting ready to go to the range,” he said. “We had a unit preparing to train on urban operations.” Inside the shoppette, the staff sergeant, an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, noticed another patron having issues with the cashier.

EDP board meeting agenda for Nov. 16, 2011

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board of directors meeting When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County School Board organizational meeting agenda for Nov. 18, 2011

Moffat County School Board organizational meeting • When: 8:30 a.m. Friday • Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

Volunteer bell-ringers needed

The Craig Service Extension Unit of the Salvation Army is planning its annual Kettle Campaign for Moffat County. The campaign will run on weekends from Nov. 25 through Christmas Eve. Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at various locations in Craig. Shifts may be as short as one hour or as long as four hours.

Moffat County School Board work session, meeting agendas for Nov. 17, 2011

Moffat County School Board work session • When: 4 p.m. Thursday • Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Public hearing on policy 4102, staff conduct • 4:10 p.m. Unified improvement plans, presented by district principals • 5:15 p.m. Break

State agency examines Colorado headwaters areas

(AP) — A study by the Colorado Geological Survey says poor surface-water quality in some headwaters areas isn't due to human activities like mining but to geology. The agency launched the study after working with the U.S. Forest Service to identify environmental problems related to abandoned mines. Former Colorado Geological Survey Deputy Director Matt Sares says that during that work, researchers found that water upstream of mine sites wasn't always as pristine as researchers thought it would be. The Colorado Geological Survey's new study identifies streams in 11 headwater areas where surface water is acidic and has high concentrations of metals even upstream of any significant human impacts.

Jets' D faces tough challenge in Broncos' Tebow

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have watched as much film as they can gather on Tim Tebow, and still aren't quite sure what to expect. They know Denver's quarterback will run a whole lot Thursday night in the Broncos' unconventional option-style offense. But will he throw some, too? And, how much? "You're looking at formations or personnel groupings that tell you it's going to be a pass, and it's not with this group," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "That's a little different, but you better be sound and obviously assume he's running with it." After spending last week preparing for New England's Tom Brady, a quarterback they've had plenty of experience playing against, the Jets have only a few days to get ready for a player who's a completely different type of opponent.

Coach K alone atop Division I list

NEW YORK (AP) — Cheek to cheek, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight hugged, a player and his coach celebrating a big win — one it's safe to say might never happen again in college basketball. The man known simply as "Coach K" became Division I's winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Blue Devils gave Krzyzewski his 903rd win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.

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Editorial: Park’s future in jeopardy

Negotiations between the City of Craig and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 erupted recently, leaving unanswered questions in the wake. The most important question concerns the future of the contested property: a 2.88-acre parcel of land called Veterans Park, but more commonly known as the south end of Craig City Park. This parcel may seem comparatively small, but it plays a big role in Craig’s public life. It hosts important community events such as Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, not to mention residents and visitors throughout the year. The VFW has leased this property to the city for 60 years, but the expiration of the lease in 2009 — or, more specifically, the actions of representatives on both sides of the argument — has led to threats from the VFW to shut the park down to the public.

Datebook for Nov. 16, 2011

8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. East Elementary School hosts a book fair at the school, 600 Texas Ave. Books also can be purchased online until Nov. 26 at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/1east. Call 826-6442. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sandrock Elementary School hosts a book fair at the school, 201 E. Ninth St. Books also can be ordered until Nov. 25 at www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs. Call 824-3287. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ridgeview Elementary School hosts a book fair in the school library, 600 Westridge Road. Books also can be ordered online through Nov. 21 at www.scholastic.com. Call 824-7018.

Vicki Barron: A winnable battle

To the editor: Thursday is the 36th annual Great American Smokeout, bringing attention to the personal battle that so many tobacco users deal with every day. Hopefully, this year, they will take this day to avoid using tobacco and maybe even make this the first day of a tobacco-free life. Most adult tobacco users wish that they had never started using tobacco, and what if they hadn’t? According to the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey 4,300 people die each year from smoking in the state of Colorado alone. And of current Colorado youth who are under the age of 18, 92,000 will die prematurely from smoking. And we are all affected by the ravages of tobacco and should take action to prevent a new generation of tobacco users. Each year, the negative impact of smoking costs every single Colorado household $579.

Larry Neu: City ‘Strong-arming’ VFW

After reading some of the anonymous comments on the Daily Press blog, I feel like I should straighten out some of the facts. The property in question is south of the city pool to Victory Way on both sides of Washington Street. The property was deeded to the VFW by the Women’s Civic Improvement Club of Craig subject to the following terms and conditions: 1: The land described hereinabove shall be used only by the second party, its successors and assigns as a public park and as a site for a home, a hall or other meeting place or structure for the party of the second part or any business incident thereto.

Briefs for Nov. 16, 2011: Survey available online until Friday

Craig Middle School administrators are asking parents to complete an online survey about the school. The survey can be found at www.moffatsd.org and contains 14 questions on topics ranging from instructional quality to staff and administrators. Parents also can leave comments at the end of the survey, which is anonymous. The survey will be available until Friday, and results are expected by early next week, CMS counselor Michelle Henderson said. The survey offers “a snapshot of how the parents feel we’re doing,” she said. “We want to make sure that the parents are happy with what we’re doing here at CMS and that … we’re meeting parents’ needs as well as students’ needs.”

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Comics for Nov. 16, 2011

Comics for Nov. 16, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 16, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 16, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 16, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 16, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 16, 2011

There is a strong possibility that you could end up being far more socially active in the year ahead, mostly because of a new group you meet. You don't want to forsake old pals, because they are likely to follow you into your new life.

Tuesday, November 15

Andy Bockelman: Third ‘Paranormal’ entry keeps scare streak going strong

They say history repeats itself, but just as the exact source of this theory remains uncertain, so does the first occurrence of many phenomena. “Paranormal Activity 3” doesn’t quite give us an answer as to what’s going on in future events, but now we know a little more about just what’s going on in this horror series. In 1988, sisters Katie and Kristi (Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown) live an idyllic life with their mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) and her devoted live-in boyfriend, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith). The two girls are happy enough, but Dennis can’t help noticing Kristi’s creation of an imaginary friend named Toby who she fixates on intensely.

Child welfare assessment shows improvements in Social Services

The Moffat County Department of Social Services has improved its child welfare programs, according to a self-assessment presented Tuesday to the Moffat County Commission. The “Child Welfare Scorecard Report” was adopted by the “big 10” Front Range counties as well as some less populated Colorado counties in 2006. The scorecard allows the Department of Social Services to set its own goals and evaluate itself in 20 child welfare categories including number of repeat cases, number of children placed in foster care, length of time it takes to reunify children with their families, and the amount of time it takes caseworkers to respond to a child abuse report, among others.

On the Record for Nov. 15, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 15, 2011

Craig City Council: City still wishes to work with VFW

To the editor: In response to Friday’s article in the Craig Daily Press, we, the members of Craig City Council, feel it is important to present additional information regarding the city’s desire to work with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 to lease or purchase the park. For more than 60 years, the City of Craig and the VFW have worked together under a lease agreement to maintain the park north of the VFW for the betterment of our community. The city still wishes to do so.

Independent Life Center restructuring, likely moving to Steamboat Springs

The founder of the Independent Life Center in Craig announced Saturday she has resigned amid restructuring efforts within the organization. Evelyn Tileston said ILC’s board of directors has decided to take the organization in a new direction. She cited her age and family responsibilities for her decision to step down. “The board of directors decided they need to move in a new direction and at my age and with my family responsibilities, I didn’t feel like I could take on a whole new system and do the ILC justice and do justice to my family,” Tileston said. “My husband is the most important responsibility I have, and I have to do what is best for my family.”

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My Life, My Words: Caleb Kinkaid — New baby, new expectations

“My daughter is about 11 weeks old. She was born on Aug. 25. I definitely wasn’t ready for being a dad, but it’s been a lot of fun. She’s a pretty easy baby, so I got really lucky. The sleep is hard to get used to. There’s no sleep, I only get four hours at a time anymore. Life is different when you see someone that’s part you. I don’t know how I’d put it. It just makes you feel good taking care of her. “Her name is Onalee Mae. Onalee is my grandmother’s name, and Mae is (my wife) Kristina’s grandmother’s name.

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Soroco, Meeker fall to CMS basketball teams

A successful set of games over the course of a weekend has the boys of Craig Middle School’s basketball teams in a good mind frame. Nevertheless, their coaches have no intention of letting them rest on their laurels. Friday and Saturday translated to pure victory for CMS’s seventh- and eighth-grade hoops teams in road games against Soroco and Meeker. Traveling to Oak Creek on Friday afternoon, the eighth-grade A-team was ready to take home a win against the Rams after a disappointing loss to Rawlins, Wyo. By the end of the night, they were more than satisfied, beating Soroco, 47-18.

Datebook for Nov. 15, 2011

Elks Lodge 1577 hosts a Life Line Screening for cardiovascular conditions and risk for osteoporosis today. Packages start at $149. To make an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287.

Briefs for Nov. 15, 2011: Elks to offer stroke screenings today

Elks Lodge 1577 will host a Life Line Screening today. The screenings help to identify potential cardiovascular conditions and assess risk for osteoporosis. The five screenings are painless and take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. Packages start at $149.

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Sudoku for Nov. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 15, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 15, 2011

Comics for Nov. 15, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 15, 2011

Don't get discouraged in the year ahead if opportunities where you work don't come as easily to you as you would like. The important thing is to keep trying to improve yourself.

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Crossword for Nov. 15, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 15, 2011

Monday, November 14

On the Record for Nov. 14, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 14, 2011

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Back on top: LSRV Rattlers take home 2nd straight state title

With their backups on the field, the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football starters congratulated each other with high fives and hugs on the sidelines. When time ran out, the Rattlers lined up to shake their opponents’ hands, but not before first drenching their head coach, Mike Bates, with Gatorade. The players’ next stop was the end zone, where they received their championship banner and trophy while chanting out loud to anyone who would listen. “Back-to-back.” The Rattlers played in one of their toughest games of the season against Dubois High School on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 14, 2011

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Business Beat: Thrift store offers items old, new

One way that Lucille Strange helps people remember her last name is with the phrase “Never talk to strangers.” But, once you step foot in her store, her personable attention will guarantee you never think of her as a stranger again. Strange is the proprietor of Stop & Shop Thrift Store, 2255 W. Victory Way, a business specializing in goods both second-hand and otherwise. The store’s grand opening was Oct. 21. “We’ve got old and new stuff here,” she said. “We have a very good selection for kids. We’ve got a lot of school supplies at a very low price, and they’re all brand-new.”

Obama: Iran sanctions have 'enormous bite'

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Defending his efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear threat, President Barack Obama said Sunday that the economic sanctions against the country have had "enormous bite," and that he is united with Russian and Chinese leaders in ensuring Iran does not develop an atomic weapon and unleash an arms race across the Middle East. The president, at a news conference that closed an Asia-Pacific economic summit, did not specifically say he would consider military action if Tehran were to persist in arming itself with a nuclear weapon. But he added: "We are not taking any options off the table. Iran with nuclear weapons would pose a threat not only to the region but also to the United States." Obama's stand came laced with presidential politics. Republican presidential contenders, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, have assailed Obama for not doing more to keep Iran from getting nuclear weaponry. Said Obama: "Is this an easy issue? No. Anyone who claims it is is either politicking or doesn't know what they're talking about."

Bruised, battered Chiefs fall to Broncos 17-10

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Cassel stood on the sideline helplessly, watching backup quarterback Tyler Palko run the Chiefs' two-minute offense. He'd been bruised and battered by the Denver Broncos, so much so that the Kansas City training staff wouldn't let him play. The ugly truth was that Cassel didn't do much when he was on the field Sunday. None of the Chiefs did. Tim Tebow completed only two passes, one of them a 56-yard touchdown throw to Eric Decker, and the Broncos rumbled their way to a humbling — even humiliating — 17-10 defeat of Kansas City.

Problems persist with Medicare fraud contractors

MIAMI (AP) — Contractors paid tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to detect fraudulent Medicare claims are using inaccurate and inconsistent data that makes it extremely difficult to catch bogus bills submitted by crooks, according to an inspector general's report released Monday. Medicare's contractor system has morphed into a complicated labyrinth, with one set of contractors paying claims and another combing through those claims in an effort to stop an estimated $60 billion a year in fraud. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general's report — obtained by The Associated Press before its official release — found repeated problems among the fraud contractors over a decade and systemic failures by federal health officials to adequately supervise them. Investigators found that health officials did not consistently evaluate key measures such as how many investigations were initiated by contractors. Investigators examined two contractors in charge of fraud hot spots in Florida and Texas during a nine-month period.

Datebook for Nov. 14, 2011

Moffat County High School hosts a food drive to help with the annual KRAI Holiday Drive through Nov. 30. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the school, 900 Finley Lane. Call 824-7036. 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. East Elementary School hosts a book fair at the school, 600 Texas Ave. Books also can be purchased online until Nov. 26 at www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs. Call 826-6442. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations are accepted for Operation Christmas Child at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Donations include shoe boxes filled with toys and necessities. Visit www.samaritanspurse.com/occ or call Julie Grobe at 824-4940.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 14, 2011

The snow is falling, and the South is calling, “Little bird, fly away.” Some of our Craigites are going to Arizona for the winter I hear. Hopefully the road conditions, etc. will be favorable. Getting more like I remember winter, not autumn. One season in and one season out? We’ll see. It’s still November. Happy birthday to Mike Phillips. Anyone having a birthday this week, happy birthday. Get well/speedy recovery to Leether Redmon, Brenda Knob, Scottie McMurtrey, Joan Duzik and Rose Razzano.

Student News: Elder Gage Alan Spears

Elder Gage Alan Spears has received his two-year mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been called to the Baltimore, Md., mission. He is the son of Brian and Mindy Spears and brother to Garrett, Gaven, Grayden and Gregory Spears.

Briefs for Nov. 14, 2011: Elks to host turkey bingo Friday

The Elks Lodge, which hosts bingo at 6 p.m. on Fridays, will host turkey bingo during this week’s games. The lodge will be giving away a turkey as well as the regular $45 payout for regular bingo. The progressive bingo is now up to $3,500 for blackout in 55 numbers or less. The doors open at 5 p.m. for the games, which are held at the lodge, 43 E. Victory Way.

Family of Mabel Vesely: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Mabel Vesely would like to express our thanks and appreciation for all the prayers, calls, flowers, food and cards during our time of loss. Special thanks to Calvary Baptist Church for the use of the church and the great meal.Also thanks to Grant Mortuary for their services.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 14, 2011: Ski club open for registration

Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for ski club. Registration is $10 and open to everyone. Members can receive $53 lift tickets on Saturdays in Steamboat Springs. Regular tickets in Steamboat this year are $99 for adults, $85 for teens and $60 for children. For more information, call 826-2029.

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Comics for Nov. 14, 2011

Comics for Nov. 14, 2011

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Craig teen earns U.S. Pony Club ratings

A Craig teen was recognized Oct. 25 for earning her D3 and C1 ratings by the Yampa Valley Pony Club, a local chapter of the United States Pony Club. Holly Dunaway, 14, took part in three full days of testing Aug. 6, Oct. 2 and Oct. 19 at Elk River Equestrian in Steamboat Springs. She was recognized by Patty Gold, district commissioner of Pony Club, for her distinctions in English-style riding. “It was pretty exhilarating, and I felt pretty accomplished,” Dunaway said. “It’s rewarding to know I have the physical and mental capabilities to get as far as I have in the horse world and it has given me the motivation to work even harder.” Dunaway said she would love to make a career out of riding.

Horoscope for Nov. 14, 2011

There are numerous ways for you to achieve success in the year ahead, but perhaps your best possibilities will come through undertakings where you are free to call all the shots yourself. Partnerships could limit your possibilities.

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Crossword for Nov. 14, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 14, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 14, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13

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MCHS actors prepare to perform, probe themes in 2011 musical “Footloose”

On the stage at the Moffat County High School auditorium Saturday, the actors’ movements were practiced and choreographed, trained through weeks of practice. Backstage was a different scene, though, during a dress rehearsal for the high school’s fall musical, “Footloose.” Actors dashed in and out of the dressing room, sometimes skidding on the linoleum before slamming the door behind them. They moved sets between scenes, practiced their dance moves off stage or simply waited for their entrances and tried to calm their nerves.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Puss in Boots’ is near-purrfect animation

Any pet care specialist will tell you that cats don’t like being sprayed in the face with water. It may go without saying, but most users of a litter box also don’t care to be smacked in the head with a guitar. Luckily, we have cartoons like “Puss in Boots” to hammer the point home. Some people know him as Frisky Two Times, some as the Chupacabra. But, most refer to him as Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas), a cat unlike any other, both because of his famous footwear and his legendary fighting skills.

Saturday, November 12

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Sgt. Major conveys values learned in Special Forces to MCHS students

Robbie, a 23-year-old Green Beret, was serving in eastern Afganistan during the snowy month of January. He was the lead man on patrol with Special Forces A-Team. As Robbie and his team walked through a valley, Taliban terrorists suddenly opened fire on three sides. Robbie’s captain was immediately hit in the chest. His lungs collapsed and he was unable to direct orders over his radio.

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Classes at MCHS designed to teach teenage girls how to ward off attackers

Knees. Elbows. Fists. And, most importantly, the mind — specifically, the awareness of what is going on around you.

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Local veterans answer questions, share life experiences

Moffat County High School played host to local heroes Friday for Veterans Day. As part of the ceremonies, a panel of 11 Moffat County veterans answered student questions and shared some of their military experiences with the community. Below are highlights from the question-and-answer session.

Over A Cup: Chocolate chip squares great for holidays

First of all, I made the “Quick Venison Rotini Soup” featured in last week’s column, using ground beef instead of venison. It turned out to be a thick soup that had a little too much chili seasoning for my taste. The next time, I would add one packet of seasoning and taste the soup before adding the other. I’d also add more liquid (water or juice from tomatoes) and eliminate the sugar.However, this would be for my taste. You might like it just fine.

Agriculture & Livestock: Celebrating the 2011 4-H Year — Part 1

Celebrating the achievements of the 2011 4-H year was the focus of the annual Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night, held the evening of November 4 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig. In attendance were 4-H members, leaders, parents and special guests. After the welcome, presentation of colors and pledges, 4-H agent Alisa Comstock introduced speaker Rich Wolter. Wolter, a motivational youth speaker, travels all over the world with his message that “Dreams don’t have to stay dreams.” He has spent the last decade mentoring, coaching, motivating and inspiring teens to reach for their dreams.

Craig Chamber of Commerce takes action at meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday, the Craig Chamber of Commerce: • Heard a monthly report from treasurer Missy Bonaker. • Heard Colorado Workforce Center presentation.

Government Update for Nov. 12, 2011

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

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LSRV Rattlers battle Dubois today in state title game

After months of not talking about it, the only thing left for the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team to do this season is win the state title. The Rattlers battle Dubois High School at 10 a.m. today at War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. LSRV, the defending Wyoming 1A six-man state champions and owners of a 20-game win streak, continued to rout teams this season led by head coach Mike Bates.

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MCHS seniors Lebron, Nakai to compete in Nike cross-country meet

With a Colorado state cross-country title under his belt, Alfredo Lebron is moving on to a bigger stage in his final year. Lebron, a Moffat County High School senior, and fellow senior Dale Nakai will compete in the Nike Cross Southwest Regional meet Nov. 19 in Mesa, Ariz. The meet is a qualifier for the seventh annual Nike Cross Nationals meet Dec. 3 in Portland, Ore.

Colorado a 'super battleground' with new districts

(AP) — A new congressional district map chosen by a Denver judge paves the way for big spending on high-profile races next year because Democrats will have a chance to unseat two Republican incumbents, political analysts said Friday. Democrats would get a huge boost from the new boundaries for the 6th Congressional District represented by Rep. Mike Coffman in the southern Denver suburbs. The GOP has held that seat since it was created after the 1980 census. And the sprawling, rural 3rd District on the Western Slope held by Republican Rep. Scott Tipton would become more competitive than it already is.

Candles try to brighten a dark week at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Candles, not police lights, lit Penn State's campus on Friday night as thousands of students and supporters gathered to show support for the victims in a child sex abuse scandal roiling one of the nation's largest universities. The vigil was organized by students in the wake of a shocking grand jury report that accuses a retired assistant football coach of repeatedly sexually assaulting boys, sometimes at university facilities. It suggested that school officials didn't aggressively investigate or report the activity.

Broncos meet Chiefs in key AFC West showdown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tim Tebow doesn’t understand why he’s such a polarizing figure, why some fans love him and so many others loath him. He’s willing to hazard a few guesses, though. Perhaps it’s the fact that he wears his faith on his sleeve, which rubs some people the wrong way. Or the fact that he always tries to do the right things, so much so that it doesn’t always seem genuine.

Education Briefs for Nov. 12, 2011: SAPP fundraiser slated for today at McDonald’s

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program takes place today from 6 to 10 a.m. at McDonalds, 1080 W. Victory Way. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds pay for scholarships, after-school programs and other initiatives designed to give students safe alternatives to drugs and alcohol.

Editorial: It’s great to give

When the topic of community involvement comes up, the first images that come to mind may be a local board or volunteers donating their time to put on an event. What if you don’t have the time to volunteer, though, or don’t consider yourself board member material? Fortunately, these aren’t the only ways to support vital resources and services in this community.

Baxter Black: A tale of ol’ Blue

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen, and I believe it. The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would go by himself. Dad would put two hide-boards out on the back porch: two medium or two large or two jumbo. He never used the small-size hide-boards because ol’ Blue always let the small ones go.

Briefs for Nov. 12, 2011: VNA offering immunizations

Today is World Pneumonia Day, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents it offers $14 pneumonia immunizations for those at risk. At-risk patients include anyone with diabetes, heart, lung, liver, kidney disease or without a spleen; adults who smoke, with asthma, or those who have an addiction to alcohol; and adults ages 65 and older.

Datebook for Nov. 12, 2011

6 a.m. to 10 a.m. A Substance Abuse Prevention Program fundraiser takes place at McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way. Tickets for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast can be purchased at the door for $3. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centennial Mall hosts its Holiday Craft Show at the mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Visit www.centennialmall.com or call 824-7011.

Community rallies behind Craig resident

A benefit dinner and auction to assist a Craig resident with medical expenses takes place tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Brenda Knob was diagnosed with brain tumors in August and underwent surgery to have them removed, but doctors couldn’t get to all of them. Knob’s daughter, Morgan, said the tumor left behind is located in the part of the brain that controls speech and was later diagnosed as cancerous. “When we first found out about it, she was having a tough time speaking,” Morgan Knob said. “She knew what she wanted to say, but was having difficulty getting it out.”

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Crossword for Nov. 12, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 12, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 12, 2011

In the year ahead, there's a good chance you will be establishing a number of partnerships for special purposes, which is well and good, as long as everyone you're involved with can offer something that you can't provide.

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Sudoku for Nov. 12, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 12, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 12, 2011

Comics for Nov. 12, 2011

Friday, November 11

Classical trio performs in Craig tonight

The Craig Concert Association presents Trio Voronezh at 7 p.m. today at the Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. The trio’s diverse repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to Russian folk songs, gypsy dance music and popular songs by Gershwin.

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Far from home: Yampa Valley native explores remote corner of world during WWII deployment

Cold, bracing winters. Nights lit by lamp or firelight, devoid of a town luxury called electricity. Meals harvested from the family garden and prepared by a mother’s hand. Rodney Duncan was used to these things. And hard work — yes, he was used to that, too. As a young man, Duncan and his father got up every day to farm the family homestead north of Oak Creek. Then, from 3 to 11 p.m., they went to work at the Moffat Coal Co., applying the welding skills they’d learned together at a welding school in Steamboat Springs.

On the Record for Nov. 11, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 11, 2011

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CMS hoops teams have mixed results against Rawlins

The act of taming a team of wild, out-of-state horses held different results for each of the four Craig Middle School basketball squads in their most recent games. The seventh- and eighth-graders each gained both a loss and a win Tuesday while hosting the Colts of Rawlins, Wyo. The highest-scoring game and the biggest heartbreaker of the day belonged to the eighth-grade A-team, suffering a 64-58 letdown.

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Outgoing Moffat County School Board members reflect, look ahead

During their eight years of service on the Moffat County School Board, vice president Andrea Camp, president Jo Ann Baxter and secretary Trish Snyder each witnessed sweeping changes both in the school district and in education. They saw the passage of a $29.5 million bond issue and the subsequent construction of a new Craig Middle School. They saw the use of technology evolve in the classroom, and they grappled with financial and policy issues from the state and federal governments.

Local fuel gauge for Nov. 11, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig:

Veterans Hotline: Small business workshop offered for veterans

There is a free workshop for small business owners who would like to know about getting certified for federal government contracting. This certification would be for the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program (socially and economically disadvantaged small business), Historically and Underutilized Zone (HUBZone) Program, and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.

VFW: Veterans Park not up for sale to City of Craig

A day after receiving an offer from the City of Craig to buy land commonly known as Craig City Park, representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 said Thursday the parcel is no longer for sale. “We’re withdrawing the offer for sale. It’s no longer for sale to the City of Craig,” said Larry Neu, quartermaster of VFW Post 4265. “That doesn’t mean it’s not for sale, but it’s not for sale to the City of Craig.” “For any money or any considerations, period,” Mark Wick, commander of VFW Post 4265, added.

Craig/Moffat EDP advertises business incubator positions

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board announced Monday it has begun the application process to hire a staff person for the soon-to-open Business Incubator One-Stop business support center. EDP Director Darcy Owens-Trask said she is looking to hire either an administrative assistant or an economic development specialist, but not both.

Tebow says he's not taking big hits on the run

(AP) — Twice in the three weeks since he took over as Denver's starting quarterback, Tim Tebow has had one of his sacks erased by the NFL's statistics keepers after reviews of the game film. The bruises are for keeps. Tebow has been sacked a league-high 14 times in his three starts but just once at Oakland last week, when the Broncos installed the read-option as a major component of their unorthodox offense.

Judge sides with Dems on congressional maps

(AP) — The GOP stronghold held by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman could be up for grabs after a Denver district judge sided Thursday with Democrats in their proposed redrawing of congressional lines. Judge Robert Hyatt's ruling makes Coffman's suburban Denver district more Democratic by incorporating all of Aurora, the state's third-largest city. It also moves Republican-leaning portions of Coffman's district into the eastern plains seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. Coffman is facing a challenge from Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi, who entered the race after Democrats proposed making Coffman's seat more competitive.

Paterno gone, but questions at Penn State remain

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Just because Joe Paterno is gone doesn't mean the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State is over. The Nittany Lions started life without the 84-year-old Paterno on Thursday, introducing interim coach Tom Bradley while the board of trustees was just beginning its formal investigation. "We're obviously in a very unprecedented situation," said Bradley, who was Paterno's lead assistant for the last 11 seasons. "I have to find a way to restore the confidence."

Pam Wilson-Orth: To all our brave soldiers, thank you

My brother have I told you That I’m proud you fought a war. To give our family freedom and more.

Robert Lewis Dey: Remember

Oh land, blest land, hold high in fond remembrance Those who served in answer to your call. They did not shrink when danger lurked before them.

Family of Joey Orris: Meaning so much

To the editor: A friendly smile, A casual touch, These are the things That mean so much,

Janet Sheridan: The pitfalls of packing

Packing for a trip ranks just below colonoscopies and bad haircuts on my list of dreadful experiences: too many clothes, too little space and the worrisome likelihood of looking wrinkled, cold or inappropriate. No matter where or when we travel, I fail to pack correctly. At my request, Joel checks the computer for the weather at our destination. As I listen to his report, I gaze out the window at the June snow falling in Craig and can’t imagine the 103-degree heat index predicted for St. Louis.

The Rev. Karen Gibson: We are all travelers

For the past 10 years, Matt Lauer has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show” in a special five-day world tour called “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” During that five-day tour, every morning the show opens with a catchy tune to attract the viewers’ attention. For the five days prior to the next show Matt offers a clue to help one guess where the weary traveler, Matt Lauer, may be found the next morning.

Datebook for Nov. 11, 2011

Many state offices are closed today in observance of Veterans Day. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, offers a free meal to all veterans with proper ID in honor of Veterans Day. Call 824-7145. 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.

Briefs for Nov. 11, 2011: Craig Police Department warns residents of scams

The Craig Police Department has issued a fraud alert to warn residents about the “grandparent scam” and illegitimate bank calls. According to a release, the “grandparent scam” involves a scammer posing as a relative claiming to have been robbed, mugged or arrested, often in a foreign country. In some instances, a second party may come on the line posing as an attorney or a law enforcement officer.

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Comics for Nov. 11, 2011

Comics for Nov. 11, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 11, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 11, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 11, 2011

It wouldn't hurt to spend more time in the next year attempting to find new ways to enhance your material well-being as well as your standing in the community. Chances are that you'll find some ingenious ways to do so.

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Sudoku for Nov. 11, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10

Hayden School District digs in for athletic gala fundraiser

In some ways, the Nov. 19 Hayden School District Athletic Gala is about providing the necessities. But if all goes as planned and the big-ticket items that will be available via auction are scooped up as expected, some of the money will be used in decidedly unique ways.

On the Record for Nov. 10, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 10, 2011

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig launches program to teach children about energy, environment

Starting this week, children who go to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will have a chance to learn what it means to be green. The newly launched Team Green Program is designed to teach participants about energy and the environment using hands-on activities, said Lissa Radman, the club’s education director. “The main focus of the whole … eight weeks is what they could do to better reduce their carbon footprint,” she added.

CMS investigating packing peanut ingestion incident

Craig Middle School administrators are investigating a Nov. 3 incident in which students reportedly ate packing peanuts during a science class, Principal Bill Toovey said Wednesday. Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence at The Memorial Hospital, confirmed Tuesday that three people were seen at the hospital’s emergency room Nov. 3 for ingesting packing peanuts but were not hospitalized. However, neither Riley nor Toovey confirmed if these patients were students involved in the incident. Parents of the students involved were contacted and the students “were put into the parents’ care,” Toovey said.

Craig water, wastewater rates could increase in 2012

The Craig City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will increase certain utility rates in 2012. Ordinance 1017 aims to hike water and wastewater rates by an average of 5 percent. City Manager Jim Ferree said water and wastewater bills are broken up into two separate charges — a base rate, or availability fee, that pays for system operations and another cost based on customer usage per 1,000 gallons. According to the ordinance, the city plans to increase usage rates in 2012. Ferree said the reason the adjustment is looked at in terms of a five-percent average is because rate increases will vary depending on each customer’s use.

MCHS winter sports start practice Friday

With fall sports all wrapped up for Moffat County High School, Bulldog athletes can turn their attention toward the winter athletics. The official first day of practice is Friday. Any athlete who did not do a fall sport but is participating in a winter sport must have the emergency consent form signed and filled out, the notice to athletes’ parents signed and completed, an up-to-date physical and proof of insurance. Participation fees must also be paid before practice starts.

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MCHS athletics to move down a class starting next school year

When Jeff Simon was a student at Moffat County High School in 1992, the Craig school enrolled over 900 students. Now, as the MCHS athletic director, Simon will see the Bulldog sports drop from Class 4A to Class 3A as part of the Colorado High School Activities Association starting at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.The change comes with new enrollment numbers being released and seeing MCHS come in at 600.5 students.

Briefs for Nov. 10, 2011: Many state offices closed on Friday

In observance of Veterans Day, many state offices will be closed Friday. State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Division of Wildlife Service Centers and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Friday.

Datebook for Nov. 10, 2011

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow is at Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court, and is looking to purchase coins, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, vintage toys and more.

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Crossword for Nov. 10, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 10, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 10, 2011

Comics for Nov. 10, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 10, 2011

It behooves you to associate as much as you can in the year ahead with those who could help advance your interests or objectives. Do so by being friendly and accepting help only when and if you really need it.

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Sudoku for Nov. 10, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9

On the Record for Nov. 9, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 9, 2011

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Locomotive catches fire while pulling cargo train through Steamboat

A passer-by first reported the fire shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The train was allowed to continue through town until firefighters could safely extinguish the blaze at about 8:30 a.m.

Andy Bockelman: Good or bad, ‘Big Year’ is for the birds

Spending a Saturday morning armed with a pair of binoculars and a notebook may not appeal to everyone, but for a select few, this is paradise. It’s hard to tap into that mindset, but “The Big Year” does its best to do just that. Every year, bird enthusiasts across the country migrate from point to point to get a glimpse of North America’s favorite fowls.

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Annual MCHS Veterans Day ceremony set for Friday

Men and women who serve in the military make a sacrifice — sometimes of their time, sometimes of their lives. “This is an ultimate sacrifice,” said Mark Wick, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig. “You give a portion of your life as well as some people give their life. “And we should never forget that.”

Craig City Council to offer appraised value for City Park

The City of Craig decided Tuesday to submit a formal offer to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 to purchase Craig City Park for $25,500. The city’s offer reflects the results of an appraisal conducted by the Grand Junction-based Arnie Butler & Company. The appraisal was delivered Tuesday morning to Dave Pike, director of the city’s parks and recreation department. Pike said a copy was also given to Mark Wick, commander of VFW Post 4265.

Michelle Balleck: Food, flicks & fun

There’s music and food and movies and shopping. What else could you ask for in a weekend? ■ Rock out with Chancey Williams this weekend at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but drink specials start at 5 p.m. each night if you’re looking for pre-game action.

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Bulldog football overcomes schedule, injuries to finish strong

The goal for the Moffat County High School varsity football team every season is the playoffs, head coach Kip Hafey said. But the Bulldogs’ schedule was daunting this season and though the team started the year with 12 seniors, only four finished because of injuries. “We always want the playoffs, but now we have to take the momentum of winning our last two games and use that for next year,” Hafey said. “The guys worked hard all season and gave everything they had.”

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Craig Rotary Club launches student award

The Craig Rotary Club honored Derek Maiolo as its Student of the Month at its Oct. 25 meeting. Maiolo is a sophomore at Moffat County High School and is the first recipient of the award.

CO Supreme Court discusses legislative districts

(AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments on proposed legislative districts that could make one-third of the state's races competitive. The maps approved by an 11-member bipartisan panel in September are part of a once-a-decade process to redraw legislative districts to account for population changes.

Broncos healthy again in time for second-half run

(AP) — The Denver Broncos are in contention at the halfway point of the season thanks to a middling AFC West and a return to health. In their 38-24 win at Oakland on Sunday, the Broncos got key contributions from four players who had been sidelined for a combined nine games earlier this season: Eddie Royal, Willis McGahee, Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey. Royal, who missed three games with a strained groin, caught his first touchdown pass of the year and returned his first punt 85 yards for another score.

Hickenlooper to announce natural gas initiative

(AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to announce a new multi-state natural gas vehicle initiative.

Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits

(AP) — The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment. In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. With nearly 95 percent of the votes counted late Tuesday, about 61 percent were to reject the law.

Datebook for Nov. 9, 2011

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow is at Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court, and is looking to purchase coins, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, vintage toys and more. 1 to 4 p.m. All veterans and their spouses are invited to a free AARP safe driving course at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. To register, call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

Chamber of Commerce Board meeting agenda for Nov. 10

When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way Agenda:

Sports Briefs for Nov. 9, 2011: MCHS sports to move down a class in 2012

With the new student body count in, the Moffat County High School athletics program will move down a class beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Steadily decreasing for the past few years, the MCHS count came in at 600.5 students on Tuesday, according to MCHS athletic director Jeff Simon.

Briefs for Nov. 9, 2011: National test to air today

The first nationwide Emergency Alert System test is scheduled for noon today on radio and television stations. The three-minute test is coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Family of Billie Sanchez: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Billie Sanchez would like to express our thanks and appreciation for all the calls, cards, flowers and prayers during our time of loss. Special thanks to Owen Grant and Judy and Jackie Pomroy. You were so helpful. We appreciate all you did for us.

Editorial: Success, on and off the field

Dedication. Hard work. Perseverance. These attributes paid off for athletes from and around Moffat County recently.

Ann Anderson: Sale ‘a huge hit’

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank all the people who donated items for our bake sale. It was a huge hit. We would also like to thank April, owner of the Dog & I, for donating her time to groom shelter dogs.

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Sudoku for Nov. 9, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 9, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 9, 2011

Comics for Nov. 9, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 9, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 9, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 9, 2011

During the coming year, someone with considerable influence might help you achieve more recognition in your chosen field of endeavor. Nurture any relationship that can help you get to where you want to go.

Tuesday, November 8

Moffat County real estate transactions for October 2011

A listing of Moffat County property sales and purchases

Moffat County real estate transactions for October 2011

Commission, BLM discuss constructive relationship for the future

Now that the long awaited and controversial Record of Decision for the Little Snake Resource Management Plan in Northwest Colorado is public, local Bureau of Land Management officials said Tuesday they are committed to fostering productive working relationships with the community, elected officials and Moffat County boards..

On the Record for Nov. 8, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 8, 2011

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CMS basketball trounces Steamboat

One game Craig sports coaches look forward to in their season is the match-up against Steamboat Springs. Craig Middle School basketball coaches Drew Morris and Justin Folley are no exception. And, after their most recent games against their rivals, that enjoyment has only increased.

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Retired physicist teaches hands-on science at Moffat County elementary schools

Give retired physicist John McConnell a piece of PVC pipe and an empty pop can, and he can show you a way to teach young children about static electricity. The experiment is simple. Rub the PVC pipe a little bit, then put it about an inch away from an empty pop can. The can will be attracted to the pipe, which now carries a static charge, he said.

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Craig BBQ contest voted best in state, second in region

The Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig was recognized Saturday as a premier event during the annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Association banquet in Canon City. According to the results of the “organizer’s challenge,” an evaluation submitted by cooks and judges, the state barbeque championship held in August at Loudy-Simpson Park ranked first out of 11 RMBBQA Cups held in Colorado in 2011.

Datebook for Nov. 8, 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 Nov. 8, 2011: Craft sale spaces available

The second annual craft sale at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Booth spaces are still available. The price of the space benefits the VFW’s youth programs.

Horoscope for Nov. 8, 2011

Provided you are more concerned about gaining material security in the year ahead than you are about being popular, you should be able to make significant gains in your work or career. Be pragmatic about your goals.

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Comics for Nov. 8, 2011

Comics for Nov. 8, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 8, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 8, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 8, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 8, 2011

Monday, November 7

On the Record for Nov. 7, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 7, 2011

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Campus color

CNCC welcomes art, gauges decreased enrollment

Jeffery Laudenslager has experienced a lot in his 65 years of life, he’s enjoyed success and gone through his fair share of tough times. He’s a Vietnam War veteran, a former owner of a successful construction company and a divorcee. But, Laudenslager, a San Diego native, is probably best defined by his hobby as a sculptor.

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MCHS grad improves in 2nd season in the minor leagues

As Chris Winder walked to home plate at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., this season, he went to bat in front of 5,000 to 7,000 fans a night. For the 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, the Dutchess Stadium crowd is a far cry from the crowds that watched Winder when he played for the Bulldogs in Craig. However, a deep breath and good at bat later, and Winder is right back to feeling at home as a member of the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team.

Patient revenue up at TMH in Craig

The Memorial Hospital is on the right track financially, hospital officials said, with revenue and key financial indicators on the rise from 2010. “Every indicator is up,” said Bryan Chalmers, chief financial officer for TMH. That includes primary indicators that track how many people are using TMH’s services.

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My Life, My Words: Angi Hinkle — Keeping business local

“I’ve been working for Mark (Samuelson) for about eight years, and I’ve been in the position of assistant store manager for five. I worked in Hayden for him for three years until he sold the store there. I moved to Craig after that. I started in hardware in Grand Junction, and I really liked it. I liked working in retail and lumber and hardware in general, and I just like working with people. I’ve been with True Value off and on for about 10 years. I love working for Mark. I’m always telling him he’s the best boss there ever was.

Business Beat: Area cell tower technician wins national award

Connecting the mountainous regions of Colorado and Wyoming with the rest of the world can be a perilous task. One of the men responsible for this accessibility is riding high as a result of his hard work. Union Wireless employee Matt Myers won the “Toughest Site Competition” sponsored by Anritsu Company for his work maintaining Union’s cell phone towers. Anritsu first announced the results of the competition in October.

Report: Most of Colorado gets priority tax status

(AP) — A report by The Denver Post shows that tax credits created more than 20 years ago to spark economic development in the poorest areas of Colorado are now available in more than 70 percent of the state. The newspaper reports (http://goo.gl/SzWfs ) that the Enterprise Zone Program benefits businesses ranging from oil companies to the Colorado Rockies. Last year, companies filed documents stating they were owed more than $75 million in tax credits. The Post says those companies created a net 564 jobs, a cost of nearly $133,000 per job.

Broncos run past Raiders, 38-24

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Tebow took the snap, put the ball in Willis McGahee's belly and decided whether to hand it off or keep it for his own run. Those plays looked a lot like what he did so often in college — especially the results. Tebow threw two TD passes and ran for 117 yards, McGahee added 163 yards rushing and two more scores and the Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 38-24 Sunday.

Oasis or mirage? Company wants to tap Mojave water

CADIZ, Calif. (AP) — Off historic Route 66 in the heart of the California desert the barren landscape of dry scrub and rock abruptly gives way to an oasis of tall green trees heavy with lemons and grape vines awaiting next month's harvest. Some believe this lush farm in the unlikeliest of places also sits atop a partial solution to Southern California's water woes. By tapping into an aquifer the size of Rhode Island under the 35,000-acre Cadiz ranch, proponents say they can supply 400,000 people with drinking water in only a few years.

Datebook for Nov. 7, 2011

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. 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.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 7, 2011

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 7, 2011

Briefs for Nov. 7, 2011: Middle school to host conferences

Craig Middle School will host parent/teacher conferences from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the school, 915 Yampa Ave. The conferences are open-house style. Teachers are not available until 4:15 p.m.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 7, 2011

I got the card table out again — jigsaw puzzle time. My daughter Jane and I do jigsaw puzzles when the weather says it’s that time of the year. They have jigsaw puzzles in the rec room we can borrow. I get some in my Christmas stuff or somebody brings me some.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 7, 2011: Bad Dogs host home tournament Saturday

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program is hosting the Bad Dogs Rumble on Saturday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Check-ins start at 8 a.m., the coaches meeting is at 9 a.m. and wrestling begins at 10 a.m. Registration is due by 1 p.m. Friday.

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Crossword for Nov. 7, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 7, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 7, 2011

Comics for Nov. 7, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 7, 2011

No one has to tell you that strong friendships are of enormous value and lend great support to your life. You'll do your part in making sure you have plenty of good people around you in the year ahead.

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Sudoku for Nov. 7, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6

On the Record for Nov. 6, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 6, 2011

Saturday, November 5

Sunset Elementary School classes share SWAP stories

Sunset Elementary School classes share SWAP stories

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Lifeline program helps Moffat County residents gain security, retain independence

Dwaine Chesser packs a pager on his hip, a visible reminder that the unexpected could happen at any time. Being a full-time emergency medical technician at The Memorial Hospital can make for a hectic life, but Chesser chose it for a reason. “What I love the most about it, I think, is the fact that I can change people’s lives, not though just sometimes using my skills as an EMT but being there for them when they need somebody,” he said. “A lot of calls we go on, some times people just need somebody’s hand to hold and talk to.”

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LSRV headed back to title game

After Rex Stanley caught a pass from Zach Filip in the first quarter Friday in Baggs, Wyo., the Little Snake Rive Valley School senior took off down the sidelines. When Stanley crossed the pylon, he flipped the ball to the ref and lined back up for the point after. The LSRV six-man varsity football team was only up 7-0 on Kaycee High School in the semifinals of the Wyoming 1A state playoffs, but like so many games before, it was just the beginning.

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Out on top: MCHS downs rival Steamboat 27-6 in season finale

Neither coach will tell you it was a success. They’d be crazy to think the seasons endured by the Moffat County and Steamboat football teams were remotely successful. But in what could be the last time the two teams meet in the Western Slope League — Moffat’s enrollment might push it down to Class 2A next year — the Bulldogs were able to win the battle of pride Friday night, downing the Sailors 27-6.

Government Update for Nov. 5, 2011

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

Agriculture & Livestock: Signs of a new hunting season

This time of year is a busy time for ranchers. Among their jobs: gathering strays from summer pasture; weaning, preconditioning and selling calves; “preg” testing; winterizing farm equipment; and, for some, hauling in hay. Besides all this work, some ranchers are now busy with another branch of their business — hunting season.

Bob Grubb: ‘Local loss for many’

To the editor: I wish to respond to Pastor Dale Potter’s “Did You Know” columns in Friday’s Oct. 14 and 21 papers about alcoholism. The first column uses the Gospel of John 2:1-10 to show that Jesus would never create actual alcoholic wine and therefore implies one should not drink alcoholic beverages at anytime, anywhere or in any amount.

Over A Cup: Venison time of year

Thanks to Marlene Meredith, of Meeker, this week’s column features two more wild game recipes. Marlene sent me a packet of wild game recipes that you’ll find in this column every now and then. Since the weather is so cold and snowy, I chose a chili and a soup recipe for this week. I haven’t tried these recipes, but they sound wonderful.

Meeker musical showing today

Envision the 1950 film “Cinderella.” Trim the running time by about 15 minutes, put it on stage and cast more than 40 child actors, and you’ll have an idea of what audiences can expect to see when the curtain opens at Meeker High School Auditorium today. Center Stage, a Meeker-based youth theater group, is scheduled to perform “Cinderella Kids” at 3 and 6 p.m. today at the high school, 550 School St.

Veterans Hotline: State VFW officers to host benefits meeting in Craig

Veterans of Foreign Wars state veterans service officers will be hosting a town hall meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the VFW in Craig, 419 E. Victory Way. All veterans are invited. The state officers will discuss veterans’ benefits. There will be a notice about this event in the Craig Daily Press at a later date.

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Biography project gives MCHS students a personal view of history

Call it an American success story. Call it a window into the era that now survives only in faded photographs, books and letters. Or, as Rose Howe prefers to see it, call it the adventure of one man’s dogged pursuit of a dream.

Trapper to begin coal exploration activity

Trapper Mine entered into an agreement Tuesday with the Museum of Northwest Colorado to conduct coal exploration activities on 167 acres of land shared by both parties. The parcel, known as Tract 100, runs adjacent to the east side of Trapper’s current permit area near Knez Divide Road. Trapper owns the surface estate and equally shares the coal interest with the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Quarter-mile-wide asteroid coming close to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid bigger than an aircraft carrier will dart between the Earth and moon on Tuesday — the closest encounter by such a huge rock in 35 years. But scientists say not to worry. It won't hit. "We're extremely confident, 100 percent confident, that this is not a threat," said the manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program, Don Yeomans. "But it is an opportunity."

QBs take center stage for Broncos, Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders last met less than two months ago, quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Carson Palmer found themselves in far different situations. Tebow was sitting behind Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn as the third-stringer in Denver, where fans pleaded to see him get a chance to play in the Broncos 23-20 loss to the Raiders. Palmer was back home in Southern California in a forced retirement because of his refusal to continue playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Occupy Denver protesters moving to fed building

(AP) — Occupy Wall Street supporters in Denver prepared to move from Civic Center Park to another city park across from the downtown Federal Reserve building last night to make way for a Veteran’s Day celebration that includes a parade and honor roll reading of war heroes. Protesters say they plan instead to march in front of downtown banks today as part of a national movement to urge people to close their national bank accounts and transfer their money to local credit unions.

Datebook for Nov. 5, 2011

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s Christmas Art and Craft Fair is at the airport, 11005 Routt County Road 51A, Hayden. Admission and parking are free. Call 276-5001. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Love in the Name of Christ has distributions for the Community Coat Drive at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St., Meeker. Anyone in need of a winter coat, regardless of income, may pick up one for themselves and their children. The limit is one coat per person per year. Call 826-4400.

Briefs for Nov. 5, 2011: Veterans offered free driving course

All veterans and their spouses are invited to a free AARP safe driving course from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. To register, call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

Baxter Black: Master of none

It helps to know a little about a lot of things. It gives you a broad perspective. It also allows you to make a fool of yourself in many different areas. In my column, readers may notice that I appear to have an opinion on almost everything in agriculture. It might impress some, but real authorities in certain areas can easily see how thin my expertise is spread.

On The Record for Nov. 4, 2011

On The Record for Nov. 4, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 5, 2011

If you have several significant goals you wish to accomplish in the next year, networking could help you weld them together and enable you to go after them collectively. It'll do wonders for your self-esteem when they're in the can.

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Crossword for Nov. 5, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 5, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 5, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 5, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 5, 2011

Comics for Nov. 5, 2011

Friday, November 4

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CMS basketball shows strong over weekend

One shot can make the difference on the basketball court. This is something Craig Middle School’s eighth-graders learned the hard way Oct. 28 against Baggs, Wyo. The eighth-grade A-team suffered its first loss of the season when the game against Baggs ended 35-34. A shot at the buzzer to win fell short for the Bulldogs.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Real Steel’ has both spots of rust and glimmer

With all the bizarre source materials that inspire movies today, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood started to turn to the world of plastic. Just take a look at the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” kind of creations in “Real Steel.” Human sporting events are almost completely a thing of the past by 2020, with the sport of robot boxing all the rage. Caught up in the fever is seasoned fighter Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), who’s never quite been able to make the transition to using a remote control resulting in a long string of losses, busted competitors and wagers gone bad.

Craig vehicle theft suspect faces new charges

A suspect in an August vehicle theft faces new charges for allegedly assaulting an officer while in custody at Moffat County Jail. Joseph A. Galvan, 20, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County District Court with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, as well as two counts of resisting arrest and four counts of obstructing government operations, misdemeanors.

11 moose illegally shot in Colorado this fall

(AP) — Colorado wildlife officers are investigating 11 cases of moose being illegally shot this fall, and the fall rifle seasons aren't over yet. Last year, officers investigated 14 cases of moose being mistakenly or illegally shot. Eleven hunters were cited for poaching or negligence.

Broncos defend their play-calling for Tebow

(AP) — The latest debate raging around Tim Tebow is whether the Denver Broncos are doing all they can to give their raw quarterback every chance to succeed. His pocket of protection has been disparaged and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's play-calling has drawn criticism from fans and broadcasters alike. A close look at the film, however, shows the Broncos have tailored their offense to Tebow's unorthodox skill set even though the results haven't been pretty.

East runs low on snow days after Irene, new storm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alison Takahashi thought autumn of her senior year would be filled with memories-to-be like the homecoming dance, crossing her fingers over college applications and counting down to graduation from Glastonbury High School. Instead, the dance is delayed, her graduation date is a question mark and she's squeezing in study time during daylight hours as she — and hundreds of thousands of other Northeast residents — spends days without power after last weekend's snowstorm. "I feel so disorganized and disoriented because we've been living all over the place," said the 17-year-old Takahashi, whose family has bunked in hotels since losing power Saturday, and who has squeezed in study time for an SAT specialty test in Spanish as part of her application to Georgetown University.

Michael Moore visits Occupy Denver protesters

(AP) — Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore told Occupy Wall Street supporters in Denver on Thursday to be mindful of people trying to incite violence within the movement, saying they could be working undercover for the government. Moore told a few hundred people gathered at a park across from the state Capitol to be weary of "provocateurs who try start to violence." He claimed that governments have a long history of infiltrating protest movements.

Local Fuel Gauge for Nov. 4, 2011

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

Briefs for Nov. 4, 2011: Author to read book today at club

A Colorado author who is donating a portion of book sales to Boys & Girls Clubs will be reading her book today in Craig. Author Linda Petrie, of Alamosa, will read “A Snow Day for Hannah” at 3 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Shara Ludlum: Avoiding a nightmare

To the editor: “Mom, I think I’m going to die.” These are words no mother should ever have to hear. But, my 10-year-old son Tyler said just that as he fought for his life in June 2008 battling meningococcal meningitis, a rare but serious illness that can potentially cause death or disability in just a single day.

Fay Hafey: Striving for perfection

To the editor: I appreciated John Ponikvar’s letter to the editor very much. Thanks to John for taking the effort and time out of his day to express his thoughts regarding Moffat County schools. I heard a speaker on television a year or so ago make the statement that our education would be the downfall of our nation. This is a definite crisis.

Lawrence L. Sober: ‘About surviving as a nation’

To the editor: I’m a simple man who is proud to be an American and a patriot. I am not special in any way, but I am a taxpayer and a veteran. When I see what is happening to this great country of ours, I get sick to my stomach. The 2012 election is going to be one of the most important elections this country has ever had.

The Rev. Len Browning: Life indeed

I have intentionally avoided news of the occupy movement. Fearing I might be tempted to empathize and knowing that I would definitely be driven to anger over the ignorant youthful zeal and misplaced impassioned activism, I have chosen blissful ignorance. So, I am not an expert on what is taking place or why the occupy movement is as phenomenal as it has become.

Datebook for Nov. 4, 2011

9 a.m. Hunter sight-ins are at the Bears Ears Sportsman Club Cedar Mountain Range on Moffat County Road 7. Targets are out to 400 yards. Call Howdy at 824-6109 or 629-8550 or Andy at 824-8407. 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.

Horoscope for Nov. 4, 2011

Jump at any chances you get in the year ahead to join new clubs, groups or organizations where you can make new friends. Substantial benefits could come your way through contacts you develop at this time.

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Crossword for Nov. 4, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 4, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 4, 2011

Comics for Nov. 4, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 4, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3

Hayden Town Council OKs pit bulls

Responding to a request to ban pit bull terriers, the Hayden Town Council said no breed should be singled out and instead decided to look into giving the municipal court judge the ability to impose higher fines and penalties on residents whose dogs are repeatedly caught running loose.

Janet Sheridan: And then I remember

Sometimes I forget, and the forgetting deprives me of my past joys and heartbreaks, successes and failures, progressions and regressions. My understanding of what I was, and why, is diminished when I forget. Recently, I was reminded of the deep happiness that flowed through my days when I worked with the fresh minds of students from kindergarten through high school.

On the Record for Nov. 3, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 3, 2011

MCTA considers hosting event for 2012 Bicycle Tour of Colorado

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board discussed Wednesday hosting a structured activity during the 2012 Bicycle Tour of Colorado. The tour is a seven-day bike tour in the central Rocky Mountains limited to 1,500 riders. It is scheduled to take place from June 17 through 23, 2012, and to make stops in Fort Collins, Laramie, Wyo., Saratoga, Wyo., Craig, Steamboat Springs and Walden. MCTA board members said they expect tour riders to arrive June 21 in Craig.

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LSRV Rattlers face Kaycee in state playoffs Friday

A week after the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team played an opponent they had never matched up with before, the Rattlers play a similar opponent Friday. LSRV will host Kaycee High School at noon in Baggs, Wyo., in the semifinals of the Wyoming 1A state playoffs. It will be the fifth meeting in three years between the two teams.

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Bulldogs close out football season against Steamboat Friday

Nothing fixes a broken season like a victory over a rival. While the Moffat County High School varsity football team hasn’t had the year the players had hoped for — sitting at 2-7 overall and 2-4 in Western Slope League play — a win Friday at Steamboat Springs High School would be huge, head coach Kip Hafey said.

Datebook for Nov. 3, 2011

9 a.m. Hunter sight-ins are at the Bears Ears Sportsman Club Cedar Mountain Range, on Moffat County Road 7. Targets are out to 400 yards. Call Howdy at 824-6109 or 629-8550 or Andy at 824-8407.

Briefs for Nov. 3, 2011: Tea Party to host involvement meeting

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host a meeting about how residents can become involved and have their voices heard at 7 p.m. today at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Bob McConnell, an Independent; K.C. Hume, a Republican; and Brain Baxter, a Democrat, will speak.

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Sudoku for Nov. 3, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 3, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 3, 2011

Advancement in your chosen field of endeavor is highly likely in the year ahead, but you'll need to be patient, because it's also very possible that your ascendancy will happen in fits and starts. Relax and go with the flow.

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Comics for Nov. 3, 2011

Comics for Nov. 3, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 3, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2

Hayden Town Council to hear pit bull ban request

Routt County resident Carolyn Montieth on Thursday night will ask the Hayden Town Council to consider banning pit bull terriers from the town.

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MCHS students selected to compete in regional honor band this weekend

When students from different high schools come together for an event, it’s usually in the name of competition, said John Bolton, Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School band director. The Northwest Colorado District Eight Honor Band is different. In honor band, students don’t vie for titles or jostle for awards. Instead, they harmonize.

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 2, 2011

Michelle Balleck: Settling in for winter

Halloween is over, and now’s when we all get settled in for a long winter. Oh the joy. Stores already have their Christmas decorations and merchandise out. Only 52 shopping days left.

MCTA board meeting agenda for Nov. 2, 2011

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

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School funding proposal falls in Moffat County, state

Moffat County voters were asked during the 2011 election to consider a state tax question that would have increased public school funding through higher state income and sales taxes. Proposition 103, also known as “Bright Colorado,” was defeated in Moffat County by a 2,111 to 639 margin. As of press time Tuesday night, with 81 percent of Colorado precincts tallied, election officials reported Prop 103 was trailing by approximately 250,000 votes across the state.

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Craig snocross racer joins national team

Two and a half years ago, Wes Chapman competed in his first snocross competition. Chapman had just started riding snowmobiles and the machine he was racing on wasn’t his own. However, it didn’t stop Chapman from winning all three qualifying races and the main event in his first four races.

Colo. storm could bring blizzard conditions

(AP) — Another snowstorm is bringing strong winds and frigid temperatures to parts of Colorado. The National Weather Service said gusts up to 40 mph could create blizzard conditions on the plains southeast of Denver and into northern El Paso County into Wednesday. Forecasters said travel could become impossible in parts of Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, including along Interstate 70.

Colorado rejects higher sales, income taxes

(AP) — Colorado voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the only statewide tax increase on November ballots nationwide — a proposal to raise income and sales taxes for five years to revive schools decimated by years of budget cuts. The measure would have sent an estimated $2.9 billion to K-12 schools and public colleges and universities, and the vote indicates Americans may not be willing to consider higher taxes in this down economy, despite deep budget cuts to high-priority services like schools. With 59 percent of the projected vote counted, Proposition 103 was trailing 65 percent to 35 percent.

First lady in La. urges more green peas, exercise

(AP) — First lady Michelle Obama led toddlers at a New Orleans daycare center in calisthenics and read them a book about a mouse that eats green peas, bidding to get America's children eating better and exercising more. Obama stretched, jumped and marched in place before reading to the children who gathered in a classroom with their parents and teachers at the Royal Castle Child Development Center. The center focuses on preschoolers from families with moderate and low incomes.

Datebook for Nov. 2, 2011

Today 11 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. 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.

Ron Schaeffer: ‘The most fun night’

To the editor: On behalf of the merchants, I would like to thank the Craig Police Department and Capt. Jerry DeLong, the Craig Road and Bridge Department, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for assisting with the downtown Halloween activities.

Lawrence L. Sober: Security deposits a scam

To the editor: There’s a misconception about the purpose of security deposits and rights a renter or landlord have. Security deposits have become one of the biggest scams in our nation. A security deposit is not a cleaning deposit as many renters have been led to believe.

Dick Prosence: State roads need help

To the editor: Some taxes are OK. For instance, the first federal gas tax, 4 cents, was levied by Congress during the mid-1950s for the express purpose of building the Interstate Highway System. Few objected to that, and after 38 years the last segment was completed in Glenwood Canyon in 1992. (Imagine not having an interstate highway system).

Briefs for Nov. 2, 2011: Smokeout seeks quitting stories

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the 36th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 and is seeking tobacco cessation stories for the cause. Former tobacco users are asked to share their stories of what age they started using tobacco, which method they used to quit, how long they’ve been tobacco-free and how many times they tried to quit before they were successful.

Professor Tim Keirn: Mary Dillon and family history

To the editor: I am speaking for the descendents of Mary Dillon in Southern California and Washington, D.C., in expressing our thanks to Jan Gerber and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and Jonathan Ritchey and Quicksilver Resources Inc., for marking and honoring her hillside grave. We also very much enjoyed Bridget Manley’s informative article and through the benefits of electronic media, we appreciate being able to stay connected to Moffat County through the Craig Daily Press.

Editorial: Cram session

Craig and Moffat County voters spoke with their most important voices in Tuesday’s election — through the ballot — and they earmarked three Moffat County School Board members. Voters elected J.B. Chapman and Sherry St. Louis and re-elected Tony St. John. The school board will appoint a fourth board member, representing District 7, at a later date.

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Crossword for Nov. 2, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 2, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 2, 2011

You can enhance your ability to overcome most challenges and adversities in the year ahead by maintaining a positive attitude as often as possible. Doing so will substantially strengthen your ability to get things done.

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Sudoku for Nov. 2, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 2, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 2, 2011

Comics for Nov. 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1

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Moffat County voters elect school board members

Two newcomers secured positions on the Moffat County School Board, and the sole incumbent in the race won a second term, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Sherry St. Louis secured 1,227 votes, or 55.5 percent of the total vote, in the race for the District 5 seat.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder: Voter turnout higher than expected

Votes are tallied and the results are in for Tuesday’s election that featured five Moffat County School Board candidates and Proposition 103, a state tax question. Tuesday’s election was the first since 1993 that local voters participated in an all mail-in election. Of Moffat County’s 9,014 registered voters, more than 5,400 were active and received mail-in ballots beginning Oct. 11.

TMH opens community kitchen

Commission approves facility use agreement

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Awarded, 3-0, a bid to Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill to cater the Moffat County employee Christmas party for up to $3,760. • Approved, 3-0, a community kitchen facility use agreement at The Memorial Hospital.

On the Record for Nov. 1, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 1, 2011

Sports briefs for Nov. 1, 2011: Bad Dogs compete in first invitational of new season

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program returned to action Saturday for the Lil’ Mustang Wrestling Tournament in Kremmling. The next events for the Bad Dogs will be the Rocky Mountain Nationals tournament in Denver and a tournament in Frisco.

MCSD a plaintiff in case on state’s school funding system

The Moffat County School District and other plaintiffs in Lobato v. Colorado, a case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system, are closer to learning the outcome. Findings of fact in the case were scheduled to be filed Friday, lawyer Kathy Gebhardt told Moffat County School Board members during their Thursday work session.

Twentymile sets tone for United Way fundraiser

Twentymile Coal Co. has historically been the largest contributor to Moffat County United Way, raising an average of $100,000 each year through employee donations that are matched by the company. In August, United Way announced Twentymile would be the pacesetter for the 2012 fundraising campaign. Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way executive director, said the pacesetter changes each year and the criteria upon which a company is picked varies. Sometimes a pacesetter is chosen based on improved internal participation or simply on the length of time since a company last kicked off the fall fundraising season. However, Ponikvar said workplace donations always increase when a company is selected as the pacesetter and this year was no different. According to fundraising records, Twentymile raised approximately $120,000, which is more than the company has raised in the past, Ponikvar said.

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LSRV volleyball finishes fourth at state

Brianna Braun, the Little Snake River Valley School’s varsity volleyball coach, said when her team left the Wyoming 1A state tournament, they would be bringing home a trophy.While it wasn’t the place they wanted, the Rattlers indeed brought home a trophy Saturday from Casper, Wyo., taking fourth place in the double-elimination tournament with a 2-2 record.

Datebook for Nov. 1, 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 Nov. 1, 2011: Middle school to host conferences

Craig Middle School will host parent-teacher conferences from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 10 at the school, 915 Yampa Ave. The conferences are open-house style. Teachers are not available until 4:15 p.m.

Horoscope for Nov. 1, 2011

Any yen you have for travel could be satisfied to some degree in the next year. Numerous short trips are indicated in your chart, as well as the possibility of making one journey of considerable distance.

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Comics for Nov. 1, 2011

Comics for Nov. 1, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 1, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 1, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 1, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 1, 2011