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MCHS basketball teams use scrimmages to prepare for season

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will open the season Friday and Saturday in the Uintah Classic Tournament in Vernal, Utah. But, before games officially count, the Bulldogs had a preseason primer over the holiday weekend as they scrimmaged Friday at Rifle High School and Saturday at Hayden High School. Head coach Matt Ray said there were times when his team played well and other times they made mistakes.

On the Record for Nov. 28, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 28, 2011

Craig Police Department officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, harassment

Eight-year veteran Frank Schmedeke released on bond, suspended with pay

A Craig Police Department officer has been released from Moffat County Jail following his arrest Sunday night for an alleged domestic violence incident. Frank Schmedeke, 37, an eight-year police department veteran, was arrested at 9:41 p.m. at his home in the 1100 block of Legion Street on suspicion of harassment and domestic violence against his wife. Schmedeke posted a $750 personal recognizance bond Monday, according to court records. He has no prior convictions in Moffat or Routt counties, according to records.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Tower Heist’ snatches some good laughs

Most thieves have the sense to wear ski masks or at least pantyhose on their heads when they’re in the middle of breaking and entering. When the rookie burglars of “Tower Heist” have to settle for Peruvian chullos with pom-poms, there’s little doubt they might not be the best in the business. At Manhattan’s premier apartment complex The Tower, everyone on staff from Lester the doorman (Stephen McKinley Henderson) to general manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) is devoted to providing wealthy residents with the best service money can buy.

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Annual Parade of Lights signals beginning of holiday season in Moffat County

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving weekend in Craig without the sirens, twinkling lights and special visit from a certain North Pole guest as part of the annual Parade of Lights. “It was awesome, as always,” said Ed Corriveau, a lifelong Craig resident who watched the parade stroll through downtown Saturday night. “Cold and a little shorter than in the past, but awesome.” Corriveau and his sister, Heather, said they have been going to the Parade of Lights for more than 30 years, but this was the first year there wasn’t a defined theme for the annual event sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and Downtown Business Association. Kristi Shepherd, a Lions Club member and parade chairwoman for the eighth straight year, explained the “Pick Your Own Christmas” theme.

Bulldog Sports for Nov. 28, 2011

Tuesday 4:15 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys basketball teams scrimmage at Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave. Thursday TBA. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team competes at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave. Friday

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MCHS grad Alicia Nelson continues to succeed on collegiate level

Alicia Nelson isn’t a stranger to success. Nelson, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate, won the 4A state cross-country title in her senior season at MCHS. Then, in the spring, she broke the Bulldogs’ mile record during track season. During her freshman year at Adams State College, Nelson broke the NCAA Division II 3,000-meter steeplechase record and won a national title. So, on Nov. 19, when Nelson, now a junior at Adams State, competed in the Division II women’s national cross-country meet in Spokane, Wash., she knew her chances of a top five finish were high.

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My Life, My Words: LaDeana Cook — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

“I’ve been on staff here for eight, eight-and-a-half years. I’m very much like a volunteer. Even though we get paid to be here, we don’t get paid much, but it fits right into things that I enjoy. First and foremost, I enjoy the customers. I’m very much a people person. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s new every day. “We take care of a range of things from bringing donations in the front door and the back door to going through them to taking things upstairs to hauling it to the trailer to helping out in the office to helping out with the register. We’re all responsible for trying to learn as much of the organization as we can. “It’s been open for 31 years. It started out in a one-car garage, and it built up from there. It started out as the Salvation Army, but they only got to keep 10 percent of the profits for Moffat County, so a bunch of ladies got together, formed a board and started the Community Budget Center.

Business Beat: Winter weather necessitates snow tire sales

With the first day of winter come and gone, Northwest Colorado is far from immune to the driving conditions that come with the coldest months of the year. Snow, slush and ice will be in plentiful supply on the highways, city streets and back roads of the region. And if you haven’t already taken the precautions to deal with these, the time is now to contact your preferred tire dealer. Fred Shaffer, owner of Big O Tires, 1111 W. Victory Way, said he is still receiving requests for snow tires. “We’ve been selling them for three months, that’s when we started to advertise,” he said. “It gets really busy at that time. It’s the nature of the business.”

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 28, 2011

I was looking for something to watch on TV and I came upon a musical. After watching it for a while, I asked my daughter Jane, who was working on our jigsaw puzzle, “Is this Scrooge?” Yes, she said, that’s him. How wonderful is this, I thought. I’m a fan of musicals and I collect them. “A Christmas Carol” is one of my favorites around the holidays. I’ve seen three versions of it already, each with the same plot. Different ghost get-ups, dressed in interesting versions of present, past and future attire. But, my favorite is still the original.

Investigation of packing peanut incident at CMS concluded

The investigation is finished concerning an incident at Craig Middle School in which students ate packing peanuts. “We’re moving on,” Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, said on Sunday. The incident occurred during a science class Nov. 3, CMS Principal Bill Toovey said during an interview earlier this month. “We discussed this matter with all the families,” according to a CMS news release issued Nov. 21. “These discussions between administrators, students and parents focused on communications, which might have led to the ingestion of biodegradable, non-toxic packing peanuts as well as future responsibilities of all concerned.”

Syracuse fires assistant basketball coach Fine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Bernie Fine was fired Sunday by Syracuse University after a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago. "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement. The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I. Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday that he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He said Fine touched him "multiple" times in that one incident.

Colo. school incentive program awaits more funds

(AP) — A pilot program to improve college readiness among Colorado teens produced more high scores on students' Advanced Placement tests — and paid $69,500 to teachers as a reward. But it's still unclear how well the National Math and Science Initiative's AP program could work in Colorado because some incentives — such as payments to students who get high scores — were dropped when Colorado didn't get federal Race to the Top funds to fully implement the program in 2010-2011. Educators are waiting to hear whether grant money will be available to expand it in coming years. The program, which originated in Dallas, aims to expand access to tough AP classes to lower-income students, Hispanics and African Americans, and to help them pass AP tests administered by the College Board. It uses a mix of teacher training, open enrollment in AP classes, and $100 for teachers and students for each passing score. Seven Colorado high schools participated in 2010-2011.

Tebow leads Broncos to 16-13 OT win over Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Tebow wasn't watching as San Diego's Nick Novak lined up to attempt a 53-yard field goal that would have given the Chargers an overtime victory over the Denver Broncos. He was praying, of course. Did Tebow ask for a miss? "I might have said that. Or maybe a block. Maybe all of it," the Denver quarterback said with a laugh. Whatever, it worked.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 28, 2011: Club open for registration

Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for ski club. Registration is $10 and open to everyone. Members can receive $53 lift tickets on Saturdays in Steamboat Springs. Regular tickets in Steamboat this year are $99 for adults, $85 for teens and $60 for children.

Datebook for Nov. 28, 2011

Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 2 p.m. Craig AARP Chapter 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. Call 824-5123. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for Nov. 28, 2011: AARP to meet this afternoon

Craig AARP Chapter 1418 will meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. A pharmacist from Walgreens will present about Medicare Pharmacy D. For more information, call 824-5123.

Horoscope for Nov. 28, 2011

In the year ahead, it might not be as important to have a large number of friends as it will be to have a few good, loyal ones. However, even if you intend to keep your friendship circle intimate, remain nice to everybody.

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Sudoku for Nov. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 28, 2011

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Comics for Nov. 28, 2011

Comics for Nov. 28, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 28, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 28, 2011