As anyone who’s ever used a Xerox machine can attest, making a copy of a copy of a copy rarely results in something worthwhile. Considering the agenda of the creature in “The Thing,” that lesson seems especially appropriate. Columbia University paleontology graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has just been approached with a very unusual offer, of which she only knows two details: it involves traveling to Antarctica and it could change the face of the world. The high level of confidentiality alone is intriguing enough, leading her to accompany a Norwegian scientist (Ulrich Thomsen) to a site where something astonishing has been found by a research team.
On the Record for Thursday, Oct. 27
Candy and costumes have lined store shelves for weeks in preparation for the hullabaloo of Halloween, when costumed children dash about to scarily decorated houses so they can get the goods. It’s fun, but not nearly as thrilling as the fear-provoking tricks children inflict on each other — no adults allowed. “See it?” Bob whispered as we stopped, held our breath, and searched the night with terrified eyes. “I tell you, it’s following us.” It had started like any other summer walk home from Great Aunt Bertha’s, where we had spent the evening eating cookies and pumping her player piano.
You don’t stop learning when you leave school, Craig residents Joel and Janet Sheridan told a group of Sunset Elementary School second-graders Wednesday. The Sheridans described the skills they had to learn at every stage of life, from learning how to read and solve basic math problems to using new technology, like computers and cell phones.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers settled his debt Wednesday with the Moffat County Treasurer’s Office for unpaid property taxes totaling approximately $11,000. Mathers was delinquent in payment on four undeveloped, commercial lots he and two partners own near the Colorado Highway 13 bypass. “I’m a busy man,” Mathers said Wednesday. “I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire — personal, business and county-wise — which keeps me really, really busy.
On Senior Night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, the Moffat County High School varsity football team may get the break it has been looking for. After eight weeks of playing teams that were ranked or had been ranked in the top 10 at one point in the season, the Bulldogs host Eagle Valley High School at 7 p.m. Friday.
Moffat County High School will host parent/teacher conferences from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Tuesday on the first and second floors of the school, 900 Finley Lane. Parents can attend at any time during the conferences.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free Medicare workshop is in room 117 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. The workshop is designed to help residents compare plans and make sure they have the right coverage. Take prescriptions. Call Betsy Packer at 819-6937.
Comics for Oct. 27, 2011
There is likely to be a noticeable improvement in your social life in the year ahead, stemming from palling around with a new group of people while still doing things with your old group. Keeping busy will be good for you.
Sudoku for Oct. 27, 2011
Crossword for Oct. 27, 2011