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On the Record for Nov. 18, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 18, 2011

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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."

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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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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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Sudoku for Nov. 18, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 18, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 18, 2011

Comics for Nov. 18, 2011