News for Saturday, October 22, 2011



A Guide to Winter Driving

Winter Vehicle Preparation Checklist: • Check the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts. • Change and adjust the spark plugs. • Check the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.

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Bulldogs offense shut out in 48-6 loss in Rifle

Moffat County head football coach Kip Hafey and his Bulldogs didn’t have an answer for Ryan Moeller and the Rifle Bears. With Moeller rushing for 324 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries behind an offensive line that pried open gaping holes all night long, Rifle cruised to a 48-6 win over Hafey’s squad on Friday. “They really did well up front,” Moffat County’s coach said. “They kept trapping us up the middle. They just did a really good job with it. We tried to mix it up and do some different things, do some different line stunts.”

Agriculture & Livestock: Keeping food safe

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that are an important part of our diets. Even when winter sets in, and there are no gardens or produce markets, we still find a wide variety of fresh produce at local grocery stores. What a lot of ways we can prepare fresh fruit and vegetable dishes.

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LSRV Rattlers use early surge to cap undefeated regular season

As Daniel Wille led his team to the sidelines Friday in Baggs, Wyo., the Little Snake River Valley School senior smiled as he grabbed his teammates’ hands. Together, the LSRV six-man varsity football team sang the school’s fight song to family and friends in attendance. The Rattlers scored 43 first-quarter points in their regular-season finale against Farson-Eden High School on way to a 63-30 victory.

Over A Cup: Calling for wild game recipes

Someone asked me the other day if I had any good wild meat recipes, so that’s what I was thinking about one recent morning over a cup of coffee. I remember when my sisters, brother and I were kids growing up on the ranch. Our family used to take day outings in the fall (when the work was finished), and we often cooked elk burgers over an outdoor fire. The elk meat had been mixed with beef suet when it was being processed, and it was delicious. I also enjoy chili made with ground elk.

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Clues from the past: Museum employee ‘intrigued’ by woman buried near home

On a hill some five miles west of Craig, a mystery lingers. A group of mourners gathered here in January 1915 to lay to rest Mary Dillon, a mother, widow and invalid of nearly 30 years. According to her obituary in The Craig Empire, Dillon’s gravesite on the hill was intended to be a temporary resting place. Her body was interred there, at her request, “awaiting the time of removal to McDonald County, Mo., where the wife and mother will eventually rest beside the bodies of husband and son.”

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Moffat County Educators: Technology crucial for preparing students for changes ahead

Forget the latex gloves, scalpels and formaldehyde. If you want to dissect a frog without actually slicing into a dead amphibian, there’s an app for that, said Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School business, marketing and technology teacher. “There’s just a ridiculous amount of applications that you can get for education,” she added.

Officials attempt to answer H.B. 10-1365 questions

For Darcy Owens-Trask, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, questions about coal miner retraining as a result of Colorado House Bill 10-1365 can be summed up in one word. Accountability. However, Owens-Trask believes state legislators and the Public Utilities Commission may be trying to back out of a pledge to provide worker retraining funds should the local coal mining industry be forced to shed jobs.

Iraq war over, troops coming home, Obama says

America’s long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq will be over by year’s end and all U.S. troops “’’will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Barack Obama declared Friday. Stretching more than eight years, the war cost the United States heavily: More than 4,400 members of the military have been killed, and more than 32,000 have been wounded. The final exit date was sealed after months of intensive talks between Washington and Baghdad failed to reach agreement on conditions for leaving several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq as a training force. The U.S. also had been interested in keeping a small force to help the Iraqis deal with possible Iranian meddling.

US appeals court upholds roadless rule in forests

(AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades. Mining and energy companies, however, say it could limit development of natural resources such as coal, oil and natural gas. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule after lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association contended it was a violation of the law.

Tebow may face depleted Dolphins secondary

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow may face an injury-depleted Miami Dolphins secondary Sunday. Safety Reshad Jones is doubtful and cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Chris Clemons are questionable for the game against Tebow and the Denver Broncos. All are hampered by hamstring injuries, as is cornerback Nolan Carroll, who is probable.

CDP Editorial: Don’t sit on surplus

For individual residents and families, saving money in case of rainy days makes sound financial sense. For governments and public agencies, it makes little to none. Unfortunately, many of our local leaders don’t seem to agree.

Briefs for Oct. 22, 2011: CNCC to host Halloween dance

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Student Government is hosting the CNCC Halloween Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29 in the west wing of the Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. The cost is $4 per person or $6 per couple.

Joan and Harold Bates: An enjoyable program

To the editor: There was a program on helping children to become a better reader at East Elementary School given by Gary Johnston on Wednesday night. It was very informative and enjoyable.

Lois Wymore: Moffat County Dems support Prop. 103

To the editor: The Moffat County School District’s funding for the 2011-12 school year was cut by $730,000. We are not alone. All state funds for education were cut trying to balance the deficit in the state’s budget. The projections for the next few years are more cuts.

Brad King: ‘Amazing’ support

To the editor: I would like to thank Chad and Lisa Lawton, Dave Pike, Shane and Sandy Camilletti, Glen and Paula Duzik, Ann Marie Roberts, Jason and Hanna Walker, Kurt and Vonnie Frentress, Nancy Day, my parents, brother and daughter for writing letters and believing in me enough to apply for the girls basketball coaching job in Hayden.

Baxter Black: Fowl Play

Darrie took a likin’ to Hangin’ Tree cow dogs. They are slick, short-haired and promoted for their endurance and stamina. They have that hound dog look and come in various colors. Darrie bought her pup out of Missouri and brought her to Arizona. It was female so she named her Billie. Billie soon adapted to the new neighborhood and was already “workin’” all the animals on the place: barn cats, old dogs, saddle horses, jackrabbits, and the occasional javelina. By the time she was nine months old, she had begun to travel farther afield so it was necessary to pen her up at night.

Datebook for Oct. 22, 2011

Today 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hayden’s Rebekah Lodge No. 75 hosts a pumpkin-painting contest at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Pumpkins are $2 each and will be judged in various age categories. Call Kris Brannan at 734-7915. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, hosts its third annual Pumpkin Patch. Activities include contests, helicopter rides, a scarecrow-making station and more. Admission is free. Call 824-6346.

John Ponikvar: Are we doing enough?

To the editor: Reading the Saturday Morning Press editorial entitled “Sports Centered” brought to mind a question that I have had for a long time now. Can a school system be a reflection of a community? Observations that I have made over the years are that the schools that have good sports programs also have good academics. Those school systems strive for excellence in everything they do; it is a culture. Another observation is that those good schools are usually part of a community where parents, community leaders and industry work together to make the community the best it can be to the advantage of all; it is a culture.

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Crossword for Oct. 22, 2011

Crossword for Oct. 22, 2011

Horoscope for Oct. 22, 2011

An opportunity of considerable proportion might develop for you in the year ahead, through a recently established social contact. It could enable you to team up with someone who already has a huge success underway.

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Comics for Oct. 22, 2011

Comics for Oct. 22, 2011

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Sudoku for Oct. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Oct. 22, 2011