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On the Record for Nov. 16, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 16, 2011

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

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:

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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.

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:

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.”

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.

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Crossword for Nov. 16, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 16, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 16, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 16, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 16, 2011

Comics 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.