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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.

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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.

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

MCHS winter season varsity sports schedule

MCHS winter season varsity sports schedule

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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