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Hayden boys basketball hopes to turn heads this year

Tigers eager to continue winning ways

As two-time defending district champs, it may seem far fetched to think the Hayden High School boys basketball team is in a position to sneak up on anyone. But that’s exactly what the Tigers have in mind.

Craig Youth Hockey Association teaching sport from the ice up

Just as youths have to learn to walk before they can run, first-time hockey players have to skate before they can play. The Craig Youth Hockey Association has set out to help youths who want to learn hockey, whether they are learning to skate or need tutelage on basics of the game. Through a three-step program, players can be more equipped with the skills they need to succeed in hockey as they get older, board member Matt Beckett said. “Hockey is unlike a lot of other sports in that you don’t run, but skate to move around,” Beckett said. “Part of being a good hockey player is knowing how to skate well, and if you don’t learn it, you will struggle in every area of the game.”

MCHS winter JV, freshman sports schedules

MCHS winter JV, freshman sports schedules

Agriculture & Livestock: Celebrating 2011 4-H Year — Part 3

Moffat County 4-H members excelled in project work during 2011, and over three weeks the Agriculture & Livestock pages of the Craig Daily Press have featured stories about their achievements that were recognized during the annual 4-H Achievement Night on Nov. 4. The following 4-H members went that extra step to understand and demonstrate the importance of good record-keeping during their project journeys. The Best-Kept Livestock and Horse Records were presented to: • One Enterprise — junior: first place: Josie Timmer, second place: Jared Baker, third place: Joel Ross, fourth place: Tiffany Hildebrandt, and fifth place: Brayden Tuttle. • One Enterprise — intermediate: first place: Sarye Morgan, second place: Sadye Morgan, third place: Keenan Hildebrandt, fourth place: Bryce Tuttle, and fifth place: Brittany Swindler.

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Patrol: Speed possible factor in Thursday crash in Moffat County

Colorado State Patrol officials are investigating excessive speed as the possible cause of a rollover that killed a man Thursday near Colowyo Mine, Cpl. Robert Roberts said.

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MCHS grad Mark Dockstader improves in 1st collegiate golf season

While attempting to qualify for the Carl Sandburg College men’s first golf team, Mark Dockstader said nerves got the best of him. “Honestly, I was a little homesick at first,” he said. “When qualifying started, I didn’t play well and I had to be one of the top five golfers to be on the first team.” Dockstader, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate, didn’t make the cut, but still was able to play on Carl Sandburg’s second team. The junior college in Galesburg, Ill., has 10 golfers on the team, with five on each of the first and second squads.

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Moffat County Teachers use new method to engage young students

Jennifer Willems, a second-grade teacher at East Elementary School, could have easily posted her classroom rules on the wall and left it at that. Instead, she chose a different method. “Rule No. 1,” she said Tuesday morning as her students sat on the floor in front of her. “Rule No. 1: Follow directions quickly,” her students chorused. They made a weaving gesture with their hands, as if to indicate forward motion. “Rule No. 2,” Willems said, holding up two fingers.

Over A Cup: Using those Thanksgiving leftovers

There I was on Tuesday, with Thanksgiving just two days away. Before I could start cooking dishes to take to our son and family’s house, my husband and I had to clean up leftovers from meals I fixed when our other son and grandchildren were here last week. When thinking of Thanksgiving leftovers, I was considering ways to use up traditional holiday dishes that we find in our refrigerators after the big dinner. Leftover vegetables (from veggie trays) can be used in lunches when we go back to work. Or, they can be chopped up and used in making soups and stews.

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Dealerships, community at forefront for Craig businessman

In the summer of 1979, Scott Cook had just graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a degree in business management. Like many new grads, Cook wasn’t ready to jump into the business world and spend the rest of his working days toiling behind a desk. “I love the outdoors,” Cook said. “So, I had visions of becoming a ski instructor or whitewater rafting guide or something where I could be outside.” Cook’s father, Larry, had bought out one of his partners about 10 years earlier to take ownership of Cook Chevrolet, but joining the family business wasn’t at the forefront of his son’s mind. “It was never really decided that I would come back to Craig after college and work in the car business,” Cook said. “My parents said I could if I wanted to, or I could do something else.”

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Craig residents feel economic slump on Black Friday

Craig resident Amanda Jackson had one word to describe the scene at Walmart at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday: insanity. “It was just pure madness,” she said. She was at the Craig superstore at that late hour to take advantage of the store’s midnight sales, she said. She had her sights set on a few laptops and a TV. She got what she wanted. Well, almost.

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My Life, My Words: Kris Patel — Offering a home away from home

“This place used to be a Super 8, and that’s what it was when I bought it in 2003. Then, because of the economy in 2008, I just changed. It’s pretty much the same as Rocky Mountain Inn. As the owner, I pretty much take care of the front desk, me and my wife. I worked in the hotel industry before in California and I worked as a bellhop at a hotel in Florida. “When I came out here in 2003 from California, I was looking around for a hotel and I saw that Craig was a small town that’d be good for my kids and perfect for starting a business. I used to work at a small hotel and I was hoping to move up to a bigger one, so Super 8 worked out for me perfect.

Sharp elbows: Shoppers scuffle on Black Friday

A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday. For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl's opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows. Near Muskegon, Mich., a teenage girl was knocked down and stepped on several times after getting caught in the rush to a sale in the electronics department at a Walmart. She suffered minor injuries. On Thanksgiving night, a Walmart in Los Angeles brought out a crate of discounted Xboxes, and as a crowd waited for the video game players to be unwrapped, a woman fired pepper spray at the other shoppers "in order to get an advantage," police said.

Colorado ends road woes with 17-14 win at Utah

(AP) — Inheriting a lengthy losing streak in road games never sat well with Colorado Buffaloes coach Jon Embree. A program that had produced Heisman Trophy winners and won a national championship had no business dealing with such futility from Embree's perspective. When Coleman Petersen missed a 48-yard field goal try with two seconds remaining to seal Colorado's 17-14 victory over Utah on Friday, Embree and his players could finally feel some relief. The Buffaloes ended a 23-game road losing streak and dashed the Utes' hopes for playing in the Pac-12 championship game. "That was our No. 1 goal going into this season, to end that streak," Embree said. "This is awesome. I'm happy for those kids. It was four years of not winning on the road. And for them to finally get that (win), they see what it feels like."

Tebow knows Elway is right: He has to get better

(AP) — John Elway took plenty of heat for affirming the conventional wisdom across the league: Tim Tebow must improve his passing and his third-down conversions if he is to succeed in the NFL. While his legion of supporters took to Twitter and the airwaves to assail Elway for not sticking up for Denver's young quarterback, Tebow ever so graciously agreed with his boss, saying he most certainly has to complete more passes and find ways for his team to stay on the field. Less than half of Tebow's throws, 44.8 percent, are finding their targets and less than a quarter of the Broncos' third-down plays, 23.6 percent, are working out since he took over from Kyle Orton at halftime against the Chargers on Oct. 9. Boosting his passing prowess is a meticulous and mostly individual process, but upgrading the third-down success rate is a team effort, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy sai

CDP Editorial: ‘Not Even Once’ deserves repeating

There’s been numerous discussions and events in Craig and Moffat County in the last five or six years regarding methamphetamine education and awareness. Of the many descriptions used for the drug, one seems to be more fitting than others. Insidious. Methamphetamine, once such a plague in our community, doesn’t discriminate, and has claimed users and wrecked families of people across all demographics. The problem, while not nearly as bad as it once was, still exists today but with far less attention.

TMH Board meeting agenda for Nov. 29, 2011

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Tuesday Where: Conference rooms A, B, C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairwoman Missy Bonaker • Agenda review

Sports Briefs for Nov. 26, 2011: Bad Dogs take 2nd in Gypsum

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program took 14 wrestlers to compete in the Bald Eagle Invitational on Nov. 19 in Gypsum. With the top wrestlers from the Intermountain League competing, the Bad Dogs finished in second place, losing by a point to the Bald Eagle wrestling program. The Bad Dogs will compete next in the Tour of America King of the Mountain national tournament Dec. 2 and 3 in Castle Rock. The following are results from the Bald Eagle Invitational: Bad Dogs individual placers: (Name — place — record) • Daniel Caddy — 1 — 5-0 • Shandon Hadley — 1 — 2-0

Briefs for Nov. 26, 2011: Moffat County Commission meeting canceled

The Moffat County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning has been canceled. The next meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. For more information, call administrative assistant Erin Miller at 824-5517.

Baxter Black: Run of bad luck

The Fort Worth Stock Show is a mecca for a lot of purebred breeders. Many, many thousands have made the trip over the years, often overcoming daunting obstacles. But Galen’s journey from Illinois takes the cake. He and his cow-partner Dave loaded their prize Hereford bull in Galen’s gooseneck stock trailer (G1), being pulled with Dave’s new Dodge V-10 diesel (D1). They had to rewire G1 to make the lights work. They were to be accompanied by Dave’s brother Mort. Mort was driving Dave’s old truck (D2) and trailer (D3) with a load of straw. Swinging by the tire store in Quincy to fix the spare on D3, they noticed a bolt sticking in the right front tire on D2. Thank goodness they caught it before they left.

Datebook for Nov. 26, 2011

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 6 p.m. The Parade of Lights begins at Craig Middle School, travels south on Yampa Avenue, turns west on Victory Way and then turns north on Ledford Street. 8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.

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Comics for Nov. 26, 2011

Comics for Nov. 26, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 26, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 26, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 26, 2011

Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2011

Chances are the year ahead will quickly prove whether the path you're on is the correct one. Do not make any unnecessary changes until you know for sure which way the worm is turning.