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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

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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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Crossword for Nov. 2, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 2, 2011

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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

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.