News for Saturday, November 19, 2011



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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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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.”

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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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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.

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 ( ) 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Comics for Nov. 19, 2011

Comics for Nov. 19, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 19, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 19, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 19, 2011