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Program teaches Craig students the basics about savings, credit

What’s the safest place to store your money, Lori Gowdy asked a group of East Elementary School first-graders Wednesday: your wallet or a hole in your back yard? “Wallet,” the children chorused. The exercise was part of a program called “Teach Children to Save,” one of two offered by First National Bank of the Rockies. The purpose of the programs: to teach children how to be financially savvy.

Printing error affects Meeker mail-in ballots

RIO BLANCO COUNTY — The Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder announced Friday that more than 1,200 ballots mailed to voters in Meeker School District RE-1 were accidentally marked “Sample Ballot” on the side of the documents. Rio Blanco County Clerk Nancy Amick said the error occurred during the printing process.

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For closure?: USPS considering shutdowns at area branches

Facing what one official described as financial “dire straights,” the U.S. Postal Service is considering closures at rural branches in Hamilton, Maybell, Slater and Dixon as well as Savery, Wyo. USPS is conducting discontinuing studies at 71 post offices in Colorado. Forty-one Wyoming branches are under consideration, as well. The post office in Craig, located at 555 Pershing St., is not on the list of USPS sites being considered for shutdown.

Governor orders flags lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide Sunday in observance of the 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

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MCHS Bulldogs hang with No. 9 Battle Mountain, but fall 28-13

As the game clock ticked down toward half time Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, the Moffat County High School varsity football team looked to punch the ball into the end zone. However, the Bulldogs first trip into the red zone resulted in a fourth-down stop by Battle Mountain High School inside the Huskies 1-yard line. The inability to finish drives stifled the Bulldogs’ offense on the night, and Battle Mountain went on to defeat MCHS, 28-13.

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MCHS cross-country teams win final regular season meet

In the last competition before the 4A regional meet, the Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team was looking for improvement, head coach Todd Trapp said. On Thursday at the Rifle Cross-Country Invitational, senior Alfredo Lebron and junior Eryn Leonard won their respective races to lead the boys and girls teams to first-place finishes. “The competition level wasn’t as high as the regional tournament or as we have seen this season, but the runners all came out and performed,” Trapp said. “Because it was a low-key meet, we were able to pack up and help each other with teamwork and help build confidence.”

CDOT to begin Highway 13 work Monday

RIO BLANCO COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a $4.9 million reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 near Meeker, the agency reported Friday in a news release. Impacting 1.95 miles of the highway from mile markers 25 to 27, the project will widen shoulders, and add guidedrails and new drainage pipes to the highway section.

Agriculture & Livestock: Keeping fruits and vegetables safe

All it takes is a visit to the grocery store to remind ourselves what a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are available to consumers. Fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious and nutritionally beneficial, but as with any other food products, steps must be taken to ensure product safety and quality. “Guide to Washing Fresh Produce,” No. 9.380, is one in a series of brochures produced by Colorado State University Extension. It was written by A. Zander, Boulder County Extension Agent and M. Bunning, Extension Food Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. According to information provided in the brochure, there are seven steps to limiting bacterial contamination and pesticides.

Over A Cup: Delicious salad recipes courtesy of Phyllis

While at the library last week, I came upon “Lettuce Feed You Luncheon Favorites,” a recipe book put together by the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association. (Remember when they used to host a salad luncheon?) The little recipe book was used in a fundraiser activity back in 2004. Among the book’s delicious recipes were several that had been submitted by Craig resident Phyllis Virden. So, I called Phyllis and got permission to include some of them in Over a Cup of Coffee.

Court blocks Ala. from checking student status

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Armando Cardenas says he has thought about leaving Alabama because of the possibility of being arrested as an illegal immigrant and the hostility he feels from residents. But now that a federal appeals court has sided with the Obama administration and dealt a blow to the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, Cardenas said he will stay for at least a while longer. "It's not easy to leave everything you have worked so hard for," Cardenas said after the appeals court blocked public schools from checking the immigration status of students.

Broncos might make another big change on offense

(AP) — The Denver Broncos made one bold move in promoting Tim Tebow this week. They might soon make another. The trade deadline is Tuesday, and there are reports the Broncos are shopping Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd is in the final year of his deal that pays him about $1.4 million this season, a bargain for a player who led the league with 1,448 yards receiving last year, when he caught 77 passes, 11 of them for touchdowns.

Cellphone use ruled out in CO crash that killed 6

KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Cellphone use was ruled out Friday as the reason a van driven by a Colorado sheriff s deputy slammed into a cattle trailer along a rural highway under repair, killing him and five foster and adopted children he and his wife had taken into their home. Seven other children in the van were injured, and at least one was in critical condition Friday. The 1999 Dodge Ram van driven by Cheyenne County Deputy Howard Mitchell, 57, crashed into the trailer that had stopped Thursday in a construction zone on U.S. 287 near the town of Kit Carson.

Gene Adamek: Warning signs

To the editor: Congresswoman Maxine Waters has not only told the Tea Party folks to “go straight to hell,” she has offered to take them there herself. As the Church Lady from “Saturday Night Live” was so fond of saying, “Isn’t that special?” I wonder if Maxine has filed for all the permits to have such an adventure. According to some news reports, this administration is pumping out as many as 10 new rules and regulations each working day.

DeLaine Brown: Thanks for the help

To the editor: The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2011 Homecoming Week a success. We would not be able to have Homecoming Week without the support of MCHS staff, parents, businesses and community members throughout Moffat County.

Rebecca R. Miller: Supporting our youth

To the editor: This summer, a group of children from the Boys & Girls Club of Craig built a cluster of barn wood birdhouses. These children put the houses together to donate in memory of a club member’s mother who recently passed away. In building these houses, the children learned about construction and their ability to create something with their hands, but it also instilled a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and most importantly, the value behind giving back to the community.

Briefs for Oct. 15, 2011: AARP to host driver safety course

AARP’s driver safety course is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor activity room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The cost is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-AARP members. Be sure to bring driver’s licenses and AARP membership cards.

Government Update for Oct. 15, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County Libraries board meeting agenda for Oct. 17, 2011

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda:

Baxter Black: No frills at sheep camp

For those of you to whom the word “sheep camp” conjures up a pastoral, nostalgic, even romantic vision of shepherds watching over their flocks by night, I suspect you’ve never slept in one. Sheep camp, in the real world of shepherding, is the wagon where you sleep, live and eat. It looks like a small covered wagon. A round top on a box. There is a built-in-bed with storage underneath. There is a small stove-heater propane unit and a drop-down kitchen cabinet behind.

Editorial: Avoiding a standstill

Politics is, by and large, the art of compromise. But, you couldn’t tell by looking at today’s political landscape. At the national level, gridlock has brought the wheels of government screeching to a standstill as Republicans and Democrats squabble over the federal budget. Only eleventh-hour deals have kept this country from plummeting into financial chaos.

Moffat County real estate transactions for September 2011

A listing of Moffat County property sales and purchases Buyer: Folks, Courtland & Tonia Seller: Billings, Timothy L & Deborah L Address: 774 Riford Rd. Sale price: $100,000

Datebook for Oct. 15, 2011

6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave., hosts its second annual fundraiser for Christmas for Kids, featuring “celebrity servers.” The event includes music by Cabin Fever and drawings. Call 824-6038. 8 a.m. Red and Linda Cortner give free pumpkins to area youths at Homemaker Furnishings, 468 Ranney St. Call 826-2706.

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Sudoku for Oct. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Oct. 15, 2011

Horoscope for Oct. 15, 2011

There is a good chance that events will cause you to do more traveling than normal in the near future. These multiple trips aren't likely to be of long duration, but chances are they'll be fun and adventurous, as well as profitable.

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Comics for Oct. 15, 2011

Comics for Oct. 15, 2011

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Crossword for Oct. 15, 2011

Crossword for Oct. 15, 2011