Stories for September 2011

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Friday, September 30

On the Record for Sept. 30, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 30, 2011

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 30, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig:

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Bulldogs rally to beat Eagle Valley, 4-2, at home

Rusty Cox has wanted his younger players to step up their game all season. On Thursday at home, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s first underclassman put a goal in the back of the net. Freshman Tanner Snyder waited in the goalie box as junior Alan Flores sent a penalty kick over the Eagle Valley High School goalie’s head.

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Humane Society fundraising calendars now for sale in Moffat County

The Humane Society of Moffat County’s 2012 Pet Mates Calendar is now for sale at various locations in Craig. The winning pets featured in this year’s calendar are:

MCHS volleyball loses to rival Steamboat

For part of the matchup, it was everything anyone expected out of the Moffat County -Steamboat Springs rivalry. But while the squads were evenly matched in some parts, Steamboat took over in others and beat the Moffat County volleyball team, 3-0, on Thursday in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. “I think that’s been our issue all year,” Bulldogs coach Sandy Camilletti said. “Opponents score two or three or we get down by two or three, and we just lose our confidence.

TMH Board gives green light to pursue national award

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board voted unanimously to pursue a national award. But, the end goal, Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich said, isn’t simply winning the accolade. “I really do believe it will guide us to achieve all of our goals,” he said.

CNCC to receive $258,660 through Department of Labor energy grant

Colorado Northwest Community College will receive $258,660 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Colorado Community College System announced Wednesday. CNCC’s grant is part of a larger $17.3 million package aimed at enhancing energy-related programs and job training at community colleges throughout the state.

Partisan deadlock stalls CO health effort

(AP) — Colorado will miss a Friday deadline to apply for $22 million in federal funds to set up an insurance marketplace because Republicans and Democrats can't agree on how to apply for the money.

Ala. immigration law stands, but cops still wary

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The police chief of a small town in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama didn't know what to do about checking the immigration status of a Hispanic man his department recently arrested on an old warrant. So he didn't do anything. Alabama's strict new immigration law, which was largely upheld Wednesday by a federal judge, requires police to jail anyone who can't prove he or she is in the country legally.

4 arrested, 1 sought in robbery in SW Colorado

NORWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with a bizarre robbery in southwestern Colorado. The San Miguel County sheriff's office says two men are accused of assaulting three people on Sept. 6 outside Norwood, Colo, allegedly tying them up, robbing them and holding them for over 12 hours. The victims were able to escape the next morning and notified authorities.

Janet Sheridan: My friend, Ann Etta

The day before I attended my class reunion, I visited Uncle Norley. He greeted me at the door: “Your 50th reunion, huh? Next week I’m going to my 67th. I’m not looking forward to it, though. I don’t really like the other guy who’ll be there.” I laughed with my uncle who seems easy with his aging; but the next night I reflected more soberly about mine as the master of ceremonies read the names of forty-three deceased classmates.

John Kinkaid: ‘Fought with every fiber’

To the editor: We wouldn’t even be having this conversation if government were not involved in picking winners and losers. Coal is the most affordable source of electricity and it is clean. Believe me.

Briefs for Sept. 30, 2011: TMH to offer deal on mammograms

In October, The Memorial Hospital will offer mammograms at a reduced rate to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The discounted mammograms will cost $80, or about $270 less than the normal price. The program covers screening mammograms only and does not include diagnostic mammograms.

Datebook for Sept. 30, 2011

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.

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Sudoku for Sept. 30, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 30, 2011

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Survivor: early breast cancer detection key to beating disease

The mammogram Carol Allen had in 2005 was supposed to have been routine. Allen, who has lived in Craig now for nearly 15 years, got mammograms regularly, although she didn’t expect they would reveal any trace of breast cancer. After all, there was no history of the disease in her family. But on that day six years ago, the unexpected became reality. It was through that mammogram Allen learned she had cancer in both breasts. Allen is still battling a metastasized form of the disease, yet she has hope. Cancer, she said, is not a death sentence.

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Oct. 5 candlelight walk, vigil to raise awareness of domestic violence

To honor those who survived. To remember those who did not. And to recognize domestic violence is an all-too present reality across the nation and in Moffat County. These are the reasons Advocates-Crisis Support Services is organizing a candlelight walk and vigil scheduled for Oct. 5.

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Comics for Sept. 30, 2011

Comics for Sept. 30, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 30, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 30, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 30, 2011

Your earning potential continues to look encouraging in the next year, provided you don't make any needless vocational alterations. You could lose out by making a careless switch.

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Results from the 2011 Moffat County Fair

Results from the 2011 Moffat County Fair, as supplied by the Moffat County Extension Office

It’s volunteers who make the Moffat County Fair an annual success

Completion Day 2011 for general 4-H projects is now a memory. So are the 2011 Moffat County Fair events such as the livestock, dog, horse, and pavilion open class competitions. That goes for the Junior Livestock Sale and Carcass Contest, too. All memories. The county fair is over for another year. It takes a lot of planning and leg work to put on a county fair, and it all happens because volunteers are there to help — lots of them — of every age and from every walk of life.

Thursday, September 29

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LSRV battles Hanna for first time since 2010 state championship

In the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s first Friday game of the season, the Rattlers find themselves in a rematch of the 2010 Wyoming State Championship game. LSRV (4-0) travels Friday to Hanna-Elk Mountain High School, off Wyoming Highway 72, in Hanna, Wyo. In the state championship game Nov. 12, 2010, in Laramie, Wyo., the Rattlers easily handled Hanna, 67-12.

On the Record for Sept. 29, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 29, 2011

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Army Ranger with Craig ties injured Saturday in Afghanistan

About every three days, Don Penner would get on Facebook and chat with his friend, Casey Greene, a specialist with the U.S. Army Rangers. And Penner always asked his fellow Moffat County High School graduate the same question. “Every time I talked to him, I would say, ‘Hey, man, are you staying safe?’” said Penner, who lives north of Craig. “And he would just say, ‘I’m trying to, but it’s hard.’” Penner had reason to ask. Greene was stationed in Afghanistan and serving his third deployment.

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Bulldogs prepare for No. 2 Palisade on the road

A week after recording the first win of the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity football team heads into the biggest challenge of the season. The Bulldogs travel Saturday to Palisade High School to take on the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A, according to the Denver Post. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. “It is really going to come down to execution when you play one of the best teams in the state,” MCHS head coach Kip Hafey said.

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Senate passes legislation to rename Craig VA clinic after hometown hero

Clinic to bear the name of Maj. William Edward Adams

Legislation to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth Clinic in Craig passed with unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 23. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the legislation in February to honor the late Congressional Medal of Honor winner Army Maj. William Edward Adams. “Maj. Adams embodied the independent and selfless spirit of the community he called home, and his heroism is an inspiration to us all,” Bennet said in a news release.

Briefs for Sept. 29, 2011: TMH to offer discounted mammograms

In October, The Memorial Hospital will offer mammograms at a reduced rate to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The discounted mammograms will cost $80, or about $270 less than the normal price. The program covers screening mammograms only and does not include diagnostic mammograms. To participate, women must get a doctor’s order to get a mammogram.

Datebook for Sept. 29, 2011

6:47 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce hosts its Wake-up Breakfast at Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Ct. RSVP by calling 824-5689 or emailing office@craig-chamber.com.

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Crossword for Sept. 29, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 29, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 29, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 29, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 29, 2011

In coming months, you're apt to make a very valuable and unique friendship. This person, who is introduced to you through a mutual friend, will open doors for you and take you to places you can only imagine.

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Comics for Sept. 29, 2011

Comics for Sept. 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28

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Yampa Valley Mental Health Conference draws 155

It’s not sexy to talk about suicide, but that’s what Jarrod Hindman, director of the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, did Saturday afternoon at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. To an audience of 155 people at the first Yampa Valley Mental Health Conference: Building a Caring Community, the lunchtime keynote speaker addressed the elephant in the room of the suicide realm: men and depression. “There’s a cultural stigma against seeking help,” Hindman said. “Especially in the West, the notion is, ‘Suck it up, pick yourself up by your bootstraps and take care of it on your own.’”

On the Record for Sept. 28, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 28, 2011

MCTA eyes next steps on projects

The Moffat County Tourism Association put one project on hold as it looks to move forward with another. The MCTA board met with Josh Lowe, owner of Yampa Geo, and Linda Hill, president of Hill Aevium, during a special meeting Monday. The board tabled a decision on Lowe’s collaborative interactive mapping project and had forward-looking discussion based on Hill’s presentation about her firm’s research into Moffat County’s assets and possible future branding work.

TMH Board meeting agenda for Sept. 29

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C, The Memorial Hospital in Craig, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

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Bulldogs soccer earns split for the weekend

After a 1-1 weekend for the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team, head coach Rusty Cox said he realized what his team needs to work on. “The guys would start out slow, very slow, and then would pick it up,” the coach said Monday. “We have to be able to play more consistent. We are playing good, but they keep going, from slow to aggressive to slow again, and it is not good.” The Bulldogs played Friday at Grand Junction Central High School, the second meeting between the two teams.

Attorney briefs Craig City Council on oil and gas rights

In oil and natural gas exploration, drilling and production, it’s not uncommon for landowners and energy companies to become entangled in disputes. Often, the origin of the disagreement involves differing opinions on whose rights take precedence — the landowner who owns the surface or an energy operator who has leased the subsurface minerals. It’s called a split estate, and in all cases the law protects the rights of the subsurface owner.

Michelle Balleck: A little of this and that

There’s a little bit of this and that to enjoy this warm weather before it’s too late. From Elkhead’s last weekend with the primary boat ramp to some live music, you’re sure to find a few things going this weekend. ■ The Cabin Fever Band is playing Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave., beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Commission approves amended agreement with Axia Energy

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday entering into a sole source contract with Axia Energy, LLC, to lease 460 county-owned mineral acres for $162,068.81. Jeff Comstock, Moffat County’s natural resources director, said the agreement is unusual because the county typically puts its mineral interests up for public bid. The county strayed from the typical process with Axia because of circumstances surrounding another mineral lease contract with the company dating back to December 2010, Comstock said.

Democratic Congressmen seek CO mail ballot review

(AP) — Two Democratic members of Congress asked Tuesday for a federal review of a decision by Colorado's top elections officer to challenge a Denver decision to mail early ballots to inactive voters. The Denver Post reported (http://goo.gl/KJHgq ) that Democratic Reps. Robert A. Brady of Pennsylvania and Charles A. Gonzalez of Texas have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the actions of Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Gessler has sued Denver for seeking to automatically mail ballots to all eligible voters for all-mail municipal elections this fall, even those who didn't vote last year. Gessler says only active voters should automatically get ballots in the mail.

Perry immigration strategy may help woo Hispanics

MIAMI (AP) — Rick Perry is calling his Republican rivals "heartless" and using ethnically charged language to defend moderate parts of his immigration record. That strategy may endear the Texas governor to Hispanics and their allies even as it angers others the presidential candidate must woo to win the nomination for president. His in-your-face approach to addressing what many non-Hispanic conservatives consider a black mark on his record underscores the difficult politics at play for Perry. He's a border-state governor who for a decade has taken great care to avoid alienating the nation's fastest-growing minority group. Now he finds himself running for president in a Republican primary whose core supporters are staunchly opposed to illegal immigration, much like George W. Bush did when he ran for the White House.

Obama returns to Colorado with new stimulus pitch

(AP) — President Barack Obama brought his jobs pitch to Colorado Tuesday, getting a warm but not boisterous reception in the city where he signed into law the sweeping stimulus plan more than two years ago. Standing outside a high school in southwest Denver, in a struggling neighborhood dogged by high unemployment, Obama promoted his $447 billion jobs bill and tailored his pitch to the state. Colorado's unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent, is slightly higher than it was in 2009 when the first stimulus package was signed. Obama won cheers when he argued the money in the new measure would save teachers' jobs and put others back to work.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 28, 2011

The thought came to my mind as I sat here working on a different color on the afghan. I hadn’t checked my mind tapestry, or what I call the tapestry of my life. I looked back on the whole picture as I remember it. So, I decided to check it out.

John Husband: Fundraiser a success

To the editor: The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads sends a warm tropical thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Art’n the Park’n Lot fundraiser a resounding success. The weather Sept. 10 could not have been better, and we had a great turnout from the public to support the event.

Rosemary Potter: Work of the creator

To the editor: The article on the front page of the Saturday Morning Press is amazing. The “65 Million Years in 65 Miles” tour looks like a great way to take in some wonderful scenery, but to say that it shows 65 million years is quite a stretch.

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Editorial: Casino support

A proposal to bring a casino to Craig some years back died on the table. The discussion resurfaced recently, this time in Dinosaur. Considering how they’ve passed up other promising developments before, residents and elected officials would be wise to support this idea to bring a casino to Moffat County.

Datebook for Sept. 28, 2011

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. Noon to 1 p.m. Communities 4 Healthy Relationships, a volunteer group designed to end relationship violence in Moffat County, meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Anngie Sparks at 826-2329.

Briefs for Sept. 28, 2011: Auction to benefit local woman

A silent auction to benefit Cindy Rudell Smith is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Victory Motors of Craig, 2705 W. First St. Smith, a Yampa Valley native who has been involved in banking for more than 25 years, is suffering from a medical condition that has her currently in respiratory and physical therapy.

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Comics for Sept. 28, 2011

Comics for Sept. 28, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 28, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 28, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 28, 2011

If from time to time in the year ahead you get some very strong hunches regarding business or other serious matters, do not treat them with indifference. They will definitely be worthy of further investigation.

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Crossword for Sept. 28, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27

At the movies: 'Contagion': It's hard to miss the fever

When your nose is stuffed up and you have the chills, it’s natural to curl up in the fetal position and feel like you’re awaiting the sweet release of death. But, the symptoms of the common cold are nothing compared to what the people of the world face in a movie like “Contagion.” When his wife Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to their Minneapolis, Minn., home from an international business trip, Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon) is expecting nothing out of the ordinary for their Thanksgiving holiday. Although Beth is feeling a little under the weather, the two of them chalk it up to jet lag — until she collapses unexpectedly, resulting in a visit to the emergency room from which she doesn’t come back.

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Rancher turns himself into authorities

A Moffat County rancher suspected of violating state cattle branding statutes turned himself into authorities Monday morning. Monty Luke Pilgrim, 51, of Little Snake River, reported to the Moffat County Jail about 10 a.m. He was booked into jail on suspicion of theft, a Class 3 felony; theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony; and concealing estrays, a Class 6 felony.

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Elkhead Reservoir boat ramp to close Sunday

The primary boat ramp at Elkhead Reservoir is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Sunday. Still, park manager Ron DellaCroce said the season is far from over. “It’s important for people to understand that the lake is not closed,” DellaCroce said. “Just that primary boat ramp. People can still come out and fish from shore, hand launch boats, camp, duck hunt and use the beaches.” DellaCroce said he’s heard a common question as of late: why close the ramp considering the late start to this year’s fishing season and the recent warm weather?

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Oil and gas activity focus of tonight’s city workshop

The Craig City Council will meet with a Steamboat Springs attorney tonight during a workshop on oil and gas activity inside city limits. The workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. It is open to the public, and precedes the council’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jessica Ryan, an attorney with Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC, will meet with the council.

Datebook for Sept. 27, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for Sept. 27, 2011: Magic show to benefit Humane Society

A magic show to benefit the Humane Society of Moffat County is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The show is indoors and will be held rain or shine. Coupons for free admission for a child 13 and younger or for $1 off admission for an adult are available at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave., and other locations in Craig.

Horoscope for Sept. 27, 2011

In the next year, don't be reluctant to assume additional responsibilities where your major interests are concerned, including your work. All new positive undertakings will lead to increased personal and financial well-being.

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Comics for Sept. 27, 2011

Comics for Sept. 27, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 27, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 27, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 27, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 27, 2011

Monday, September 26

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LSRV wins in a 79-24 rout

By time the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team stepped off the field Saturday in Meeteetse, Wyo., the game was soundly in hand. But, it was only halfway through the second quarter. “Our varsity basically played halfway through the second quarter because we didn’t want to run up the score,” head coach Mike Bates said.

Craig Middle School football slams Rifle

The Craig Middle School football teams were prepared to reclaim victory Saturday morning after their first loss of the season earlier in the week. And, by that afternoon, the teams had regained that winning feeling. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams each won their Saturday games in Rifle. The seventh-grade Bulldogs came out on top, 43-32, while the eighth-grade finished the day 46-16.

CMS eighth-grade volleyball team dominates Rangely

Both the seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams were involved in a sweep during their Saturday games in Rangely. However, they were on different sides of the broom. The eighth-grade A- and B-teams each won, 2-0. Coach Michelle Henderson said her teams were successful all around. “Both teams were really on fire,” she said.

On the Record for Sept. 26, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 26, 2011

EDP discusses implementing incubation grant

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership discussed Wednesday creating an implementation team to manage a business incubation grant it received through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The three-year, $115,000 grant will fund a program tentatively called the Craig/Moffat One Stop Incubation Center that will provide services to help start and grow small businesses, small business counseling and classes on entrepreneurialism and business skills.

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1999 MCHS grad, Navy serviceman, awarded position of leadership

On Sept. 16, Andy Kitzman came home. And, in some ways, you could say he returned a different man. Kitzman, a hull maintenance technician chief in the U.S. Navy, had just returned from a six-month deployment aboard the USS Thach.

Obama says GOP would 'cripple' America

ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama charged Sunday that the GOP vision of government would "fundamentally cripple America," as he tried out his newly combative message on the liberal West Coast. Aiming to renew the ardor of Democratic loyalists who have grown increasingly disenchanted with him, the president mixed frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up.

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MCHS cross-country team shows strong at home meet

About 100 meters from the finish line, three runners were neck and neck Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. On the right was Rene Molina, and on the left, Miguel Molina. In between the two Moffat County High School seniors was a Rangely athlete.

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MCHS volleyball struggles in 3-2 loss to Glenwood

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team had moments of brilliance Saturday against Glenwood Springs High School at MCHS. However, the Bulldogs also showed they have areas to improve on in a 3-2 loss to the Demons. After dropping the first set, 26-24, the Bulldogs bounced back to take the second set, 25-21.

Area officials, energy reps discuss H.B. 10-1365 in Craig

Eleven state and local officials and representatives from the energy industry met Wednesday in Craig to discuss state legislation that could put area coal miners out of work. H.B. 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, was passed in the Colorado state legislature in March 2010 to assist Xcel Energy with its plans to convert three Front Range power plants from coal to natural gas by 2018. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission, a third-party agency that provides oversight of utility companies on behalf of the public, had the authority to approve or block Xcel’s plan.

Business Beat: Bookstore finds success with niche, online sales

About six months ago, Terry Carwile had a new business on his hands and a plan to make it his own. And, with a little time for percolation, his changes have proved to be a robust blend within the local retail scene. The staff of Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., has seen a surge in its customer traffic since adding a coffee bar to its layout.

Water lease test aims to end ‘buy and dry’ trend

ROCKY FORD (AP) — A pilot project in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley seeks to break a “buy and dry” trend in which thirsty cities buy water rights from farmers desperate for cash in times of severe drought, only to permanently parch cropland, shutter farms and hurt the tax bases of agricultural towns. The three-year project would pay farmers to dry up some of their land on a rotating basis and let cities temporarily lease the unused water.

Broncos stopped short in 17-14 loss to Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Denver coach John Fox would do it again. On a crucial fourth-and-goal from about a foot out early in the fourth quarter, Fox called a timeout and pulled his kicker off the field. He sent the offense back out to punch the ball in to the end zone looking for a bigger lead, already up 14-10. The Tennessee Titans stonewalled Willis McGahee for no gain, and the Titans rallied for a 17-14 win Sunday.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 26, 2011

Today None Tuesday 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen football team plays Meeker High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Briefs for Sept. 26, 2011: CNCC plans spring break trip to Greece

Colorado Northwestern Community College is planning a trip to Greece during CNCC’s spring break from March 9 to 18, 2012. The trip is open to community members and students. The trip itinerary includes Athens (Acropolis and Agora), Delphi and Olympia. Deposits for the trip are due by Oct. 1.

Datebook for Sept. 26, 2011

8 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association board meets in the second-floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335. 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.

Horoscope for Sept. 26, 2011

Provided you don't unhinge helpful alliances, a resurgence of your independence is possible once again in the year ahead. Before you cut anybody loose, however, make sure it's to the advantage of yourself and your colleagues.

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Crossword for Sept. 26, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 26, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 26, 2011

Comics for Sept. 26, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 26, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25

Hayden schools take advantage of grant funding

Hayden School District spent more than $400,000 toward improvements this year on projects ranging from the demolition of a condemned gym to a major overhaul of the district’s technology offerings, with a substantial amount of that funding coming from a variety of grant sources.

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130 participants come out for Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot

About 130 participants come out to the third annual Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot held Sunday at the Routt County Rifle Club. Named for Farrow, who died in 2009, the Fun Shoot again honored the memory of the woman who for more than 20 years helped to promote the participation of women and children in shooting sports.

Saturday, September 24

Cold Weather Home Tips

While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your home. Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business -- both as it builds up and as it melts. The three most important things to do are: Watch for snow accumulation on the downwind side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect.

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Bulldogs defense cracks down in 22-14 victory over Delta

As a Delta High School receiver went up for a pass Friday at Moffat County High School, Jarret Walt kept his eye on his opponent and leveled him to force an incomplete pass. Walt’s intensity turned the momentum in the MCHS varsity football team’s favor and a fourth quarter touchdown gave the Bulldogs their first win of the season, 22-14.

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Buyers turn out Friday to Craig storage unit sale hoping for big payout

At about a quarter to noon Friday, the curious and the hopeful gathered at Durose Storage in Craig. Some milled around the door that marked unit AA29 while others took shade nearby from the warm September sun. What lay beyond AA29’s door … well, that was anyone’s guess.

Agriculture & Livestock: State Fair General 4-H Project Awards

Exhibitors from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties brought home ribbons galore for General 4-H Projects at the 2011 Colorado State Fair in August. Placings for the exhibit categories are as follows:

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Teacher: MCHS musical a new experience for actors, singers, musicians

Heather Dahlberg, a Moffat County High School theater and choir teacher, decided on something different this year. Instead of practicing numbers like “Do-Re-Mi” and “The Surrey With Fringe on Top,” her students are learning songs with titles like “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” and, of course, “Footloose.” That’s the title of the musical, after all, a stage adaptation of the 1984 film with the same name.

Dinosaur Town Council, Ute tribe exploring casino project agreement

The Dinosaur Town Council, Moffat County Commission and a representative from the Ute tribe explored an agreement Tuesday concerning a potential casino in the small town 90 miles west of Craig. Informal conversations between Dinosaur Mayor L.D. Smith and members of the Ute Tribal Council have been going on for some time, said Ed Sands, Dinosaur town attorney. A potential gaming facility is one of many options Dinosaur officials have examined to boost the local economy.

Government Update for Sept. 24, 2011

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

Over A Cup: Especially anxious to try ‘Zucchini Pie’

Our zucchini plants recently got nipped by frost. I hope the little zucchinis will somehow survive, especially since Craig resident Mary Burnett sent me two zucchini recipes. The first recipe is unusual, and I’m especially anxious to try it. To make “Zucchini Pie,” you’ll need: 1 baked pie shell (cooled); 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk; 9-ounce carton Cool Whip; 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate; and 2 cups shredded raw unpeeled zucchini (drain on paper towels).

LSRV looks to avoid letdown against Meeteetse

With the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team’s 13-game winning streak comes budding confidence on both sides of the ball. However, head coach Mike Bates said if his players plan to keep the streak alive, that confidence must be kept in check. “I convinced the guys that the biggest enemy and toughest opponent we would have this year is ourselves,” Bates said. “We have to make sure we are prepared for every opponent. We

Obama to talk jobs at Denver high school

(AP) — President Barack Obama's visit to Colorado next week will be at a high school in Denver when the president will promote his jobs bill. The spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party confirms Friday that Obama will speak Tuesday afternoon at Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver.

Missing Utah mom's father-in-law pleads not guilty

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — For now, the two young sons of a missing Utah woman are living with strangers. They are in state custody as the paternal grandfather they lived with in Washington state sits in jail, accused of possessing child pornography and secretly videotaping their mother, other women and naked neighbor girls. Now, the family of their mother, Susan Powell, is for the first time publicly accusing the boys' father of being involved in her disappearance. On Friday, they asked, for the first time, to get immediate custody of the boys, ages 4 and 6.

Broncos DE Dumervil ruled out for Sunday

(AP) — Just when it looked as though the Denver Broncos were finally returning to health, coach John Fox went over the injury list following practice Friday. Eddie Royal — out. Julius Thomas — out. Elvis Dumervil — out.

CNCC Foundation members: Barbecue a success

To the editor: Last week’s fundraiser barbecue at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus was a success, thanks to the many business donors and purchasers at the silent auction, the helpfulness of the college staff and CNCC Foundation members, the caterer, the musicians and cosmetology students, and many volunteers.

Datebook for Sept. 24, 2011

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Valley Community Mental Health Conference is at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs. The conference is free to Yampa Valley residents and is $20 for out-of-town attendees. Call Ronna Autrey at 846-8182 or Christina Rosch McLean at 708-5662. 10 a.m. The Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team competes at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Briefs for Sept. 24, 2011: Tourism board to meet Monday

The Moffat County Tourism Association board will have a special meeting at 8 a.m. Monday in the second-floor conference room at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The agenda includes action on Colorado Tourism Office Vacation Guide advertising, visitor center memorandum of understanding, YampaGeo’s interactive mapping proposal and next steps with Hill Aevium marketing research firm.

Editorial: Opportunity to hold

You want more money to flow into Craig schools? One of the ways of having it waits on the corner of Ranney and First streets. The rig that sits idle there could pump a rich revenue stream into this county, and part of it would go to the Moffat County School District.

Val Pleasant: Thanks, coaches

To the editor: It was nice to read coach Matt Ray’s comment in the Sept. 17 Saturday Morning Press in the report on the Craig Middle School football game, acknowledging the benefits of the Doak Walker program in getting players ready for the next level. He said the players have “a lot of football knowledge and they play real hard.”

Doggin’ days at ol’ Cheyenne

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it’s because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight ship.

Veterans Hotline: Moffat County has new veterans van

We now have the new veterans van. It is a 2006 Freestar and has low mileage. I know this van will last us a long time. If anyone is interested in driving veterans to Grand Junction periodically, contact me and I will give you the information and paperwork to fill out, and then put you on the driving list.

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Sudoku for Sept. 24, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 24, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 24, 2011

In the coming months, you're likely to do far better in ventures or endeavors where partners or co-workers play limited roles. It's likely to be a case of too many hands spoiling the pot. Do as much as you can unassisted.

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Comics for Sept. 24, 2011

Comics for Sept. 24, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 24, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 24, 2011

Friday, September 23

Hayden man gets 12 years for making meth

A Hayden man pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections on Friday.

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The road previously taken

‘Journey 65 Million Years in 65 Miles’ tour brings past to present

Gina Robison gazed out over the valley from a scenic trail on Duffy Mountain. “Look at this,” Robison said Tuesday morning. “Can you see why I love this area? It’s just so primitive and peaceful. “I want people to get outdoors and experience this.” Count that as a top reason Robison, outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, has created a new project.

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2011

MCHS wins first game of the season

The Moffat County High School varsity football team heads into Western Slope League play tonight against Delta High School. The Bulldogs are seeking their victory of the season. The game is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane.

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Bulldogs open league play seeking 1st victory of the season

The Moffat County High School varsity football team is facing a must-win situation in the fourth game of the season. The Bulldogs host Delta High School in the Western Slope League opener for both teams at 7 p.m. tonight at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. After an 0-3 start in non-conference play, head coach Kip Hafey said his team is ready to go.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 23, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig:

Doak Walker tackle football standings

Below are the standings for the 2011 Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade tackle football teams as of Sept. 19: (Team — record)

Moffat County School Board members dig into details of SB 191

At the Moffat County School District board meeting Thursday, Superintendent Joe Petrone summed up the complexities of piloting a new evaluation system for the state. With Moffat County being part of the pilot program for Colorado Senate Bill 10-191, it’s “like building the airplane while we’re flying it,” he said. Petrone and board members discussed the bill, also known as the “Great Teachers and Leaders Bill,” and the “Educator Effectiveness Bill,” as they tried to unravel the complexities of a measure designed to create a consistent statewide system for evaluating educators.

Briefs for Sept. 23, 2011: Aging Well offers class, workshop

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering Tai Chi for Health with an emphasis on diabetes and Healthier Living, a workshop to help participants better manage health conditions or challenges. Tai Chi runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Tuesday to Nov. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. There is a $3 suggested donation per class.

The Rev. Michael Rapp: Fishin’ out West

A lot of people admire Jesus for being a healer, a wise man, a good guy or God. Those are nice, but I’m impressed that he was a good angler. I’ve been trying to learn to fly fish for a year and half now, and I’m still lost. I grew up fishing lakes in Minnesota, where you stick a worm on a metal hook and then throw it in the water with what I always considered a regular pole, but have recently learned that having a spinning reel is like training wheels and live bait is cheating. Well, I haven’t yet discovered how to pick the right fly, manage to cast it without tangling in the reeds or my own hat, or even figure out where a fish might be swimming around in the river.

BLM extends mineral protection for Colo Army sites

(AP) — Federal land managers have agreed to bar drilling and mining on two Army sites in Colorado for 15 more years. The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday the protection covers about nine square miles of surface land and 221 square miles of subsurface land at the Pinon Canyon training site in southeast Colorado and at Fort Carson, just outside Colorado Springs.

Lt. Gov. Garcia to attend White House announcement

(AP) — Colorado's lieutenant governor will be at the White House Friday when President Barack Obama discusses changes to the once-lauded No Child Left Behind law.

Obama challenges Boehner, McConnell on home turf

CINCINNATI (AP) — Needling his top Republican adversaries on their own turf, President Barack Obama stood in the shadow of an outdated and heavily used Ohio River bridge Thursday and called his rivals out by name to demand action on his $447 billion jobs bill. Making a point to choose a bridge linking House Speaker John Boehner's home state of Ohio with Kentucky, the home of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Obama struck a cheeky tone that underscored the politics of the moment.

Janet Sheridan: Home nursing

When my siblings and I complained of swollen glands, stomachache or ingrown toenails, Mom habitually prescribed sleep: “Go to bed. You’ll feel better after a nap.” When she was sick, she followed her own advice: going to bed and telling us to move our squabbles beyond her hearing. We felt unsettled when she was ill, so we tried to behave. If fisticuffs became necessary, we took them outside where her sleep wouldn’t be disturbed by our thumping.

Datebook for Sept. 23, 2011

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 11 a.m. The 11th annual Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. 5 to 9 p.m. Pankey’s BBQ, 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40, hosts the End-of-Summer Redneck Tailgator Party. The event is free for all ages, is alcohol-free and includes free country dance lessons. Call 826-9793.

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Comics for Sept. 23, 2011

Comics for Sept. 23, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 23, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 23, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 23, 2011

When you get any bright ideas about how to manage complex problems in the year ahead, discuss them with experienced people before taking action. When you do, you might surprise yourself and others with the rapid results.

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Crossword for Sept. 23, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22

Oak Creek Town Board denies marijuana grow license transfer

At its Thursday meeting, the Oak Creek Town Board denied, 3-2, a medical marijuana grow license transfer between two Northwest Colorado businesses.

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Local company hosting auction in hopes of attracting treasure seekers

Two furniture dollies, an office chair, a toddler bed, a table, car keys and a tackle box. That’s a sampling of what’s for sale at noon Friday when the contents of unit AA29 at Durose Storage go to auction. But, that’s not everything. Friday's buyer also will purchase what he or she cannot see in the unit—and what he or she hopes is there.

On the Record for Sept. 22, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 22, 2011

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DEA: Dispose of bath salts

Agency institutes emergency ban on substance

The idea of bath salts may bring to mind colorful crystals that add fragrance to a long, hot soak. But, it’s also become a common name for a dangerous cocktail of synthetic stimulants made to replicate the effects of hard drugs. Until recently, the drugs were not controlled and could be purchased legally in stores.

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MCHS senior golfers miss on state tournament

Parker King watched as his putt for par lipped out of the 15th hole and headed toward the edge of the green Tuesday at Rifle Creek Golf Course. What should have been three strokes turned into five, King said. Later, during a playoff on the first hole, King’s drive didn’t go as planned and the Moffat County High School senior couldn’t recover, shooting a six on the par 4.

Warrant issued in Moffat County for wrongful branding

An arrest warrant has been issued in Moffat County District Court for a local rancher suspected of violating Colorado Revised Statutes regarding cattle. Monty Luke Pilgrim, 51, of Little Snake River, is suspected of theft, a Class 3 felony; theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony; and concealing estrays, a Class 6 felony, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in district court. Formal charges have not been filed, according to records.

Datebook for Sept. 22, 2011

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for Sept. 22, 2011: Aging Well offers Tai Chi, Healthier Living

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering Tai Chi for Health with an emphasis on diabetes and Healthier Living, a workshop to help participants better manage health conditions or challenges. Tai Chi runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Tuesday to Nov. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. There is a $3 suggested donation per class.

Horoscope for Sept. 22, 2011

In the next year, you should seek personal fulfillment by joining a social organization that has members who enjoy the same activities as you. If you like golf, join a golf club, if you like bridge, join a bridge group, and so on.

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Crossword for Sept. 22, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 22, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 22, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 22, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 22, 2011

Comics for Sept. 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21

Soroco halts Craig Middle School grid winning streak

Stepping onto the field Tuesday afternoon in Oak Creek, Craig Middle School football players were ready to continue an undefeated season. What the Bulldogs weren’t prepared for was an opponent that would require them to change up their game. The CMS eighth- and seventh-grade teams experienced their first loss of the season in a combined game against Soroco, falling 26-16.

Andy Bockelman: ‘The Debt’ a taut tale of long-kept secrets

After a summer season filled with non-stop movement and idiotic dialogue to accompany it, it’s refreshing to see a movie that doesn’t need to be hyperkinetic and loud. Such is the case of “The Debt,” a film that can convert stillness and silence into genuine thrills handily. In 1965, Israeli Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain) and colleagues David Peretz (Sam Worthington) and Stephan Gold (Marton Csokas) are tasked by their government to track down and apprehend Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen).

On the Record for Sept. 21, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 21, 2011

Yampa Valley mental health conference to be the 1st of its kind

At this weekend’s Yampa Valley Community Mental Health Conference, mental wellness issues will be brought to the surface for the benefit of community members.

Briefs for Sept. 21, 2011: Redneck Tailgator Party set for Friday

Pankey’s BBQ, 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40, is hosting the End-of-Summer Redneck Tailgator Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. The event is free for all ages and is alcohol-free. The party will include a name-the-alligator contest and free country dance lessons, including the two-step, three-step and cowboy waltz. The first 50 attendees will receive a free ice cream cone.

Economic Development Partnership to meet today

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Michelle Balleck: Weekend events signs of the season

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change. That can only mean one thing. I love autumn, but am dreading what comes next. • Shine up your boots for the country stylings of the Teka Brock Band, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Francisco Reina: Time to enjoy retirement

To the editor: I feel like it is time to enjoy my retirement and my memories of my work at the soccer fields over the last 40 years. Please be proud of what you do, as proud as I am of what I have accomplished. I do it for the love of the fans, the players, the game, the sport.

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Crossword for Sept. 21, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 21, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 21, 2011

Provided you do not spread your forces too thin, your probabilities for success in the next year look strong. Focus on areas of your greatest potential, and use them as a springboard to success in everything else that you do.

Lebron earns third first-place finish this season

Alfredo Lebron has become accustomed to running by himself during the 2011 cross-country season. The Moffat County High School senior, the top returning 4A runner from a year ago, said entering his final season his goal was to come out on top in every race. After Friday’s race in the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton, Lebron is three for four in first-place finishes. Lebron clocked in at a personal-best 15 minutes, 36 seconds to lead the pack.

Michael D. Chapman: Thank you for prayers

To the editor: I am writing to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, phone calls, visits and especially for all the prayers on my behalf during my recent surgery and recovery from lung cancer. I was truly amazed that so many would take time out of their busy schedules to pray for me.

Datebook for Sept. 21, 2011

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. Options include art, writing, and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

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Sudoku for Sept. 21, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 21, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 21, 2011

Comics for Sept. 21, 2011

Our view: Wrong solution, wrong time

If Proposition 103 passes in November, you, the taxpayer, could see your state income tax increase by up to $100 or more a year. Make that $315 a year if you’re filing jointly with your spouse and have a taxable income of about $85,000. That extra money you’d be paying would go to fund education in Colorado. And you’d be paying it for five years.

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Attorney General discusses fraud with Craig residents

Fraud happens everywhere. Whether it’s through telemarketing or direct mail solicitations, email pop ups, identity theft or fraudulent charities, scammers in the U.S. are preying on the unsuspecting and earning hundreds of billions of dollars in the process. Colorado State Attorney General John Suthers is an expert on con men and the scams they operate.

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Craig resident a semifinalist in global contest for McDonald’s employees

Monday was just another day at the McDonald’s restaurant in Craig. Or, at least that’s what store manager Melissa Hawthorne thought. About a month ago, Hawthorne entered the fourth Voice of McDonald’s, a singing competition for McDonald’s employees worldwide. But, on Monday morning, she wasn’t thinking about how she fared in the contest.

Tuesday, September 20

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Illness, Battle Mountain catch-up to Bulldogs

Despite their best efforts, Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer players couldn’t overcome their toughest opponent all season. Illness got the best of the Bulldogs. Going up against Battle Mountain High School on Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park, numerous MCHS players suffered from illness in a 5-0 loss to the Huskies.

Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot upholds advocate's legacy

More than two years after her death, Lorna Farrow’s passion for youth and women’s shooting sports continues with Sunday's annual Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot.

CDOT completes US 40 work between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs

The 14-mile stretch of highway received new asphalt, wider shoulders and rumble strips. The $4.2 million project created delays for motorists through much of the summer.

Social Services Department to track employee hours electronically

The Moffat County Commission approved several action items at its meeting today.

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

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Taste of Home Cooking School to return to Craig

The Taste of Home Cooking School will return to Craig in less than two weeks. The two-and-a half-hour event, hosted by the Craig Daily Press, features a cooking demonstration of 10 to 12 recipes by featured culinary specialist Guy Klinzing. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

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MCHS volleyball goes 0-2 over the weekend

he start of Western Slope League play didn’t go quite as expected for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team. The Bulldogs traveled Friday to Palisade High School and couldn’t overcome Palisade’s star player in a 3-0 defeat. On Saturday, MCHS played at Delta High School and again fell in three sets.

Datebook for Sept. 20, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Briefs for Sept. 20, 2011: MCHS announces Homecoming parade theme

Moffat County High School has announced the theme for Homecoming activities next month. Oct. 3 to 8 is Homecoming Week with a theme of “Under the Sea.” The Homecoming parade is scheduled for Oct. 7. Entry forms are available in the first-floor office at Moffat County High School and must be returned by Oct. 4.

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Comics for Sept. 20, 2011

Comics for Sept. 20, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 20, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 20, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 20, 2011

Be alert in the year ahead for opportunities that could take you into a totally different field of endeavor. Should something big occur, which path you choose will determine where life will lead you in the following months.

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Crossword for Sept. 20, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 20, 2011

Monday, September 19

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Tom Ross: Pump back plan puts pressure on Yampa

Last week’s news that the Colorado Water Conservation Board has approved spending $72,000 to study Aaron Million’s plan to take 81 billion gallons of water out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and transfer it to Colorado’s Front Range is a heads up. It’s time to pay attention to the Regional Watershed Supply Project.

Moffat County School Board to meet Thursday

Agenda: Moffat County School Board When: 4 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District board room, 775 Yampa Ave.

On the Record for Sept. 19, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 19, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 19, 2011

In the next year, it will be far easier and quicker to finalize important matters yourself rather than depend on others to do things for you. When something is vital, you'll have no trouble dedicating yourself to the endeavor.

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Comics for Sept. 19, 2011

Comics for Sept. 19, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 19, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 19, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 19, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18

Fuel gauge for Friday, September 16, 2011

Local fuel gauge Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.79; Diesel: $3.99

Evelyn Tileston: Thanks to The Memorial Hospital

To the editor: I am writing to express my thanks and appreciation for the wonderful and compassionate care provided by the staff of The Memorial Hospital to my husband, Gordon, while he was a patient there recently.

Dorothy Seip Janet and Michael Schad and family Joyce and Tony Balleck and family Jeri and Keith Carr and family: Thankful Family

To the editor: On behalf of the family of Harry Seip, we would like to thank all who offered so many expressions of sympathy during his passing.

John Milligan: Happy Milligan Update

To the editor: This is our last update. I wanted to write one more time and tell all who have been following our story that Jane is being released to go home Sept. 19.

Elaine DeuPree: Disappointed by theft

I am extremely disappointed in the person or people who stole the American flag from the carved bear on Sixth Street midday Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Eighth-grade volleyball trumps Meeker, falls to Baggs

In 2010, Michelle Henderson was entering her first year as a coach for Craig Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball team. By the end of the season, she and her team had a district championship title to their names. Now, as eighth-graders, Henderson’s players are looking to repeat that feat.

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MCHS football loses footrace to Kennedy in 51-22 defeat

The Moffat County High School varsity football team learned Saturday that size and speed can change the dynamics of any game, head coach Kip Hafey said. The Bulldogs took on John F. Kennedy High School at Denver All-City Stadium, where the Commanders’ bigger and faster players overwhelmed the MCHS defense in a 51-22 defeat for Moffat County.

Bulldog Sports for Monday, September 19, 2011

Today 5:15 p.m. Doak Walker tackle football games take place at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Tuesday 8 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays in the 4A regional tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course, 3004 Colorado Highway 325.

Senior Spotlight for Monday, September 19, 2011

Watching television the other night, I switched channels and came across a woman singing as hard and as fast as she could to keep up with the music. She was really going for broke.

BLM seeking comment on land use plans

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on two draft resource management plan revisions that encompass more than 900,000 acres of BLM lands in Northwest Colorado, the agency reported in a news release. BLM officials will use public comments as they develop final plans for the Colorado River Valley and Kremmling field offices. Final plans are scheduled for release in 2012.

Business Beat: Mall apparel store offering teacher discounts

The new school year means an updated wardrobe for kids. But, students aren’t the only ones who might need some new styles for fall, which is why one Centennial Mall store is giving educators a discount on fashions. Women’s clothing shop Maurices, 1111 W. Victory Way, Ste. 133, is hosting a Teacher Outreach sale through the end of the month. The program offers local educators discounts on the store’s selection of blouses, skirts, pants, shoes, accessories and more.

Wyoming remembers 10-year anniversary of tragedy

LARAMIE, WYO. — For the families and friends of these eight running men, 10 years feels like both yesterday and forever ago. But they recently came together as they always do at this time of year — more than 225 people, the largest turnout in years, gathered at Undine Park in town, one of the most beautiful days for the “Always a Cowboy” run in recent memory.

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2011 MCHS grad opts to join U.S. Marine Corps

The list of Colin Walt’s achievements would make almost any college dean look twice. A 4.0 student all through high school. Captain of the Moffat County High School football team and the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team. A student who earned 34 college credits at Colorado Northwestern Community College by the time he earned his high school diploma.

Hayden approves higher parking fines at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Starting next month, drivers who park illegally at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be facing significantly higher ticket prices.

Saturday, September 17

Bulldogs fall to 0-3

JFK blows out MCHS in Denver

The Moffat County High School varsity football team is seeking its first win of the season today as the Bulldogs play John F. Kennedy High School at Denver All-City Stadium. The game kicked off at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs struggled with mistakes in a season-opening 17-7 loss Aug. 26 at Evergreen High School before falling 18-yards short in a 32-28 defeat Sept. 2 at home against Aspen High School.

Eighth-grade Bulldogs win in triple overtime

Craig Middle School coach Todd Hildebrandt had one thing to say to his players after their game Friday. “Gentlemen,” he began. “Now that was a football game.” Hildebrandt’s eighth-grade Bulldogs raised their season record to 4-0 after a nail-biter game against the Meeker Cowboys. The hard-fought game came down to the final moments and beyond, with the 14-6 final score the result of three overtimes.

LSRV earns 13th straight win via forfeit

The Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team, seeking a Wyoming best 13-game win streak, did so without getting on the field Friday. The Rattlers’ game against Guernsey-Sunrise High School, scheduled for 3 p.m. today in Baggs, Wyo., was forfeited by Guernsey due to a sickness outbreak on the team, LSRV head coach Mike Bates said Friday.

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Bulldogs seeking first win of season in Denver against Kennedy

After an 0-2 start, the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s coaching staff needed the recent bye week to try and get the season back on track, coach Kip Hafey said. With two weeks of practice under their belt, the Bulldogs battle John F. Kennedy High School at 1 p.m. today at Denver All-City Stadium, 1450 S. Franklin St.

Over a cup: ‘Italian Zucchini Casserole’ the right fit for garden vegetables

The fall season is here, but there are still late garden vegetables to cook. We didn’t plant much of a garden this past spring, but I did put in two hills of zucchini, and even though the plants have been slow in producing squash, I’ve been picking a few. Last night, I used about four cups to make “Italian Zucchini Casserole.”

Agenda: Moffat County Libraries Board meeting

When: 10 a.m. today Where: Dinosaur branch, 400 W. School St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Government update for Saturday, September 17, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Vet hotline: Craig clinic offering flu shots to veterans

The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic will be sending out postcards reminding veterans about getting their flu shot. The vaccine is in, so you can drop in and get a shot.

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Local organization focused on bolstering services for young children

Barbara West won’t see the 3-year-old who gets an oral checkup. Nor will West, coordinator for the Connections 4 Kids nonprofit group, see children under the watchful eye of a childcare provider who’s continuing his or her education. But, West and the organization she oversees can improve the lives of these children, albeit indirectly and with less fanfare.

Editorial Board: Pilot procedure

Public education is no easy profession these days. The emphasis on test scores, made openly available through departments of education and the media, often prompt scrutiny on teachers and administrators in districts not performing at a high level.

Western Fuels-Colorado buys Colowyo Mine

Fuel supply cooperative to continue to serve Craig Station

Western Fuels-Colorado LLC, a cooperative fuel supplier that delivers coal under contract to the Craig Station and Nucla Station power plants in western Colorado, has entered into an agreement to purchase the Colowyo Mine from Rio Tinto, according to a news release. Western Fuels-Colorado currently delivers coal produced by Colowyo Mine to the 1,304- megawatt Craig Station, which is operated by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2011

You could build quite a reputation for your leadership qualities in the year ahead. Because you'll place great importance on organization, you'll take the initiative and let others fall in line.

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Crossword for Sept. 17, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 17, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 17, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 17, 2011

Comics for Sept. 17, 2011

Friday, September 16

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Officials discuss Moffat County’s oil and gas activity

One of the world’s most sophisticated oil rigs, as one employee described it, sits idle at the corner of Ranney and First streets in Craig. The rig belongs to Nabors Industries, Ltd., a contract company headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda that operates a fleet of 1,356 land and offshore drilling rigs around the world. The rig in Craig is one of 911 land drilling and workover rigs currently stationed in the lower 48 states. Of those 911 rigs stationed in the U.S., 318 are actively drilling, according to company data from June 30.

Rio Blanco County shooting suspect to appear Oct. 7

Defense attorney waiting on reports before building strategy

The suspect in a fatal shooting last month in Rio Blanco County is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 7. Neil James Joy, 30, is charged in Rio Blanco County District Court with reckless manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Martin Beeson, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, filed charges Aug. 19. The alleged offenses stem from the Aug. 5 shooting death of Meeker resident James “Jeb” Berthelson, 32, in rural Rio Blanco County. Grand Junction attorney Gordon Gallagher is representing Joy. He said he is waiting on reports from prosecutors before building a defense strategy.

On the Record for Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

On the Record for Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

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Colorado attorney general to address local residents

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will be visiting towns in Northwest Colorado next week to discuss crime — specifically, scams and fraud in the state. Suthers is scheduled to speak in Craig and Steamboat Springs on Monday, and Meeker, Rifle and Eagle on Tuesday.

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Sheep Wagon Days provides visitors with insight into industry, agriculture

Seven-year-old Annalee Goodwin knew exactly where her butter came from. She made it Thursday afternoon at Wyman Museum, where she and other Sandrock Elementary School second-graders got a sneak peek of the annual Sheep Wagon Days. “You had to shake it until it turned into a hard lump,” she said, referring to the creamy butter in a small, plastic container she was holding.

MCHS boys golf team finishes second in regular-season finale

The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team had one last chance Wednesday to improve before next week’s regional tournament. However, sub par conditions made that task more difficult. Still, the Bulldogs placed two golfers in the top 10 at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison — seniors Parker King (2) and Colby Haddan (T7) — and finished second overall for one of the team’s best finishes of the season.

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MCHS, Steamboat battle to 3-3 tie in WSL rivalry game

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team found themselves in a similar situation Thursday against Western Slope League rival Steamboat Springs High School. The Bulldogs were plagued by injuries, but found a way to keep up with the opponent, and forced a tie, 3-3, at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Horoscope for Sept. 16, 2011

Conditions look extremely favorable for you in the year ahead, involving several major constructive changes that need to be made. Even if it isn't you who precipitates them, they will turn out to be to your liking.

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Crossword for Sept. 16, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 16, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 16, 2011

Comics for Sept. 16, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 16, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15

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ACET activity results in 15 arrests, $40K in seizures

Craig Police Chief updates city council on drug task force operations

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, an area drug task force, has arrested 15 people suspected of narcotics violations this year, resulting in the seizure of more than $40,000 in illegal drugs. ACET investigates narcotics in Moffat and Routt counties. The task force includes one officer each from the Craig and Steamboat Springs police departments and a deputy from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

Janet Sheridan: The best of times

In this morning’s mail, I received the photograph taken at my 50th class reunion in August. The photographer shot it with a wide-angle lens to accommodate the 93 attendees and our increased girth. We made an effort to look good for the occasion. “I bought a new outfit for tonight,” a friend told me. “I’d planned to get a manicure and pedicure as well, but decided to replace the batteries in my hearing aids and call it good.”

At the movies: ‘Apollo 18’: Houston, we have a conspiracy

Strolling around in darkness can be scary enough. Walking inside a crater with only the occasional flash of light is even worse, especially if you see the kinds of things the men in “Apollo 18” have to glimpse. In 1970, NASA scaled back its Apollo space missions because of budgetary concerns. Four years later, the newest space flight, Apollo 18, is a go once again. However, the lunar mission is kept under strict scrutiny compared to previous projects, with the U.S. Department of Defense insisting on secrecy. The crew involved is uninterested in publicity as long as they’re able to be part of something important on behalf of their country.

On the Record for Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

On the Record for Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

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Cross-country girls finish first, boys second at Warrior Invitational

Todd Trapp said the depth of the Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team would result in success sooner or later this season. “When you are able to run with a teammate, you can encourage each other to keep pushing,” said Trapp, head coach of the cross-country team. “All the runners practice together every day, so during the race, if one person pulls and is ready to push forward, the others know it is time to go.”

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CNCC students react positively to Craig campus

What difference can about $28.6 million in new construction make at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus? In the eyes of several students who attend classes there, it can go a long way toward improving their educational experience. Charles Pourier spent two and a half years at CNCC’s Craig campus before he went away in the spring to attend Boise Bible College.

Datebook for Sept. 15, 2011

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craig Sheep Wagon Days is at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40. Events include hands-on demonstrations, a hay maze, sheep wagon tours and a petting zoo. Visit www.sheepwagondays.com.

Briefs for Sept. 15, 2011: Variety Show set for Friday

The Craig Variety Show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Performing this month are Ray Cartwright, Steve Ghirardelli, Bill Ronis and more.

Horoscope for Sept. 15, 2011

A couple of contacts you've developed over the years might find themselves in positions of importance in the year ahead, and will be able to help you out in new and exciting ways. They'll be happy to share the wealth.

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Comics for Sept. 15, 2011

Comics for Sept. 15, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 15, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 15, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 15, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14

Sports Briefs for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yahoo golf ball drop to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Craig The 12th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and ball drop is scheduled for Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Golf balls purchased will be dropped from an airplane around the 18th hole. Prizes will be awarded for balls closest and furthest from the pin.

CMS football, volleyball programs prepare athletes for next level

Todd Hildebrandt, head coach of the Craig Middle School eighth-grade football team, hasn’t had much trouble continuing the winning tradition established by his predecessor. Hildebrandt replaced coach Gary Tague, who retired last fall after 30 years at CMS. Tague had numerous winning seasons, including some undefeated campaigns.

City moving forward with efforts to purchase park

The Craig City Council approved next steps Tuesday night in an effort to resolve an issue with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 regarding Craig City Park. VFW quartermaster Larry Neu said the VFW owns the park land and the city has leased it since 1949. However, the lease expired in 2009.

Marcia Neal and David Ludlam: Oil, gas can help fund Colorado schools

No news but bad news clouds the horizon when it comes to funding Colorado’s school districts. But there is a beacon of good news shining from an energy-rich corner of Colorado. Moffat and Routt counties are uniquely situated to provide new sources of long-term funding for schools.

On the record for September 14, 2011

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Sept. 8 Lawrence Wayne Adair, 50, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. John Andrew Maneotis, Jr., 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Livin' it up for Wednesday, September 14, 2011: Choices a’plenty for a full weekend

There is more than enough to keep you occupied and enjoying the newly cooled weather. We’re off to Denver for a wedding shindig, fruit picking and, oh yes, some Oktoberfest refreshment. ■ Pet a lamb then learn how to shear it. The annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days are this week at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40. Check out the demonstrations, petting zoo, hay maze and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Saturday also includes live music and helicopter rides.

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Northwest Title recognized for supporting local projects

The Craig Association of Realtors recognized a Craig company Tuesday for putting local dollars back to work in the community. Association members lauded Kevin Peck and Jeannie Thornberry — Northwest Title Co. president and co-owner, respectively — as major supporters of the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation, which provides money for housing-related projects in the area and across the state.

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Despite dropping first set, Bulldogs pull away from Hayden

After the first set Tuesday at Hayden High School, the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team gathered around head coach Sandy Camilletti. The Bulldogs played Hayden close early in the initial set, but unforced errors allowed the Tigers to pull out a 26-24 win and go up 1-0 for the match.

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Years spent in competitive barbecue pay off for Moffat County couple

When award time came around Saturday at the Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge in Grand Junction, Alan Webber had no idea what was coming. Alan and his wife, Denette, who live north of Craig, had been barbecuing competitively for five years. The couple — along with Alan’s brother and sister, Brian and Donna Webber — make up Webber’s Old West BBQ, a team that hadn’t been able to break into the top 10 at competitions.

American Legion Post 62 granted payment extension

American Legion Post 62 received a five-year extension Tuesday from the Moffat County Commission to pay for its post headquarters at 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The county sold the building last year to the American Legion. The parties entered into a promissory note agreement in January 2010 giving the American Legion a year to pay for the building, at a cost of $250,000.

Horoscope for Sept. 14, 2011

Wonderful benefits could develop for you during the next solar cycle, through one of your many contacts or large social organizations. It behooves you to take an active role in group activities that contain multiple opportunities.

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Crossword for Sept. 14, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 14, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 14, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 14, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 14, 2011

Comics for Sept. 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13

Moffat County Commission takes action at today’s meeting

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, extending American Legion Post 62’s $250,000 promissory note deadline until Feb. 1, 2016. • Approved, 3-0, changing the property line in relation to the Hamilton Community Center fence project. • Heard a monthly report from Bill Mack, of the road and bridge department.

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Secretary of Interior to dedicate new Dinosaur visitor center Sept. 28

Dinosaur National Monument’s fossil quarry is scheduled to reopen next month, a week after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar dedicates the park’s new Quarry Visitor Center, about four miles north of Jensen, Utah. Monument Superintendent Mary Risser announced Salazar’s involvement Tuesday in a news release.

On the Record for Sept. 13, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 13, 2011

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Local family considering legal action against YVEA

Ray Wagner, an 87-year-old decorated World War II veteran, rounded up four of his colts on a recent day at his home in Hamilton and returned them to their pin. A few feet away stood part of a wooden pole with a disconnected electrical box. The pole, now about 4-feet high, was once taller, and was used as the routing point for a power line that fed into Wagner’s home, shop and well-house. But today, there is no power coming into Wagner’s property, and the electrical box has been stripped of its wiring. “It’s felony theft in my opinion,” said Wagner’s son, Jay. “It’s criminal trespassing. It’s on our property. We own it. They (Yampa Valley Electric Association) did not obtain permission to come here and take it.”

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Schools conduct fall testing to pinpoint student skills, track progress

For Moffat County School District second- through 10th-graders, the beginning of the school year entails more than memorizing a class schedule or getting acquainted with a new teacher. It also includes tests — specifically, Measures of Academic Progress tests, an assessment that can evaluate students on subjects including reading, math and language usage. Testing students at the beginning of the school year may seem counterproductive, but educators throughout the district contend it’s an essential component in determining where students stand in the fall and tracking their progress in the months to come.

Briefs for Sept. 13, 2011: Elkhead boat ramp to close on Oct. 2

Elkhead Reservoir State Park will close the boat ramp for the season on Oct. 2. The boat ramp hours until Oct. 2 are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. After the boat ramp closure, only hand-launched watercraft will be able to access the lake. The entry and exit points are at Greenwood Cove and the northeast access area.

Datebook for Sept. 13, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

Horoscope for Sept. 13, 2011

You'll understand that a game plan you engineer for yourself in the coming months might not be easy to accomplish but will be a smart way to go. Don't allow the uninformed to dissuade you from its merits and lead you astray.

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Comics for Sept. 13, 2011

Comics for Sept. 13, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 13, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 13, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 13, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 13, 2011

Monday, September 12

On the Record for Sept. 12, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 12, 2011

BLM accepting public comment on coal exploration in Rio Blanco County

MEEKER — The Bureau of Land Management has released an environmental assessment for public comment on an application for a coal exploration license northwest of Deserado Mine in Rio Blanco County. Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., which operates Deserado Mine, is proposing to drill up to 15 coal exploration wells using a truck-mounted air-water drill rig, the BLM reported in a news release. Hole depths would vary from 300 to 685 feet. The estimated seven acres of land that would be disturbed would be reseeded and reclaimed once the work is completed.

Moffat County Commission meeting

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

On the record for September 12, 2011

Craig Police Department Thursday, Sept. 8 Officers responded to a noise complaint. Officers responded to a report of a disturbance in progress. Officers responded to four requests to assist another agency.

‘A great victory’: EDP receives business incubation grant

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership announced Thursday it has received a three-year business incubation grant through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The grant totals $115,000 — $50,000 in the first year, $35,000 in the second year and $30,000 in the third year. Following the grant’s end, the program it will fund is designed to be sustainable.

Senior Spotlight for Monday, September 12, 2011

The best philosophy I have learned and try to follow is to take one day at a time. It’s hard to do sometimes. Things seem to happen that I have to take time to really understand. There is one thing that happened several years ago that I still have trouble with, mainly because I don’t know why it happened. If we understand why, then hopefully we can resolve the problem and go on with our lives knowing we tried our best.

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting

When: 7 to 9 p.m. today Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

LSRV has little trouble in dispatching Dubois, 66-28

The Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team’s latest opponent turned out to be just another notch in the Rattlers’ win column. LSRV, the state’s defending state champions, and Dubois High School battled for the first time Saturday in Dubois, Wyo., with the team from Baggs winning easily, 66-28. The win puts LSRV 2-0 early in the season.

Bulldog Sports for Monday, September 12, 2011

Today 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School junior varsity football team plays Steamboat Springs High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 5:15 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen football team plays Steamboat Springs High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

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Senior captain leads Bulldogs to tie against 5A opponent

When the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team’s leading scorer went down with an injury Saturday, the Bulldogs needed someone to step up. Junior Alex Perez, who has three goals on the season, hit the ground early in the second half against Grand Junction High School at Loudy-Simpson Park and left a void in the middle of the field for the Bulldogs.

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Sudoku for Sept. 12, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 12, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 12, 2011

Comics for Sept. 12, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 12, 2011

In the next year try to develop friendships or associations with people who could help you further your ambitions. Just be careful not to do so in a manner that would cause you to be labeled a user or a manipulator.

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Crossword for Sept. 12, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11

Josh Roberts: This, above all, I believe

(Writer’s note: The majority of this column was written Sept. 11, 2001, and in the early hours of the following morning. It appears today with revisions.) Before this morning, I thought I’d do anything to cover a war. Now, I just feel guilt for being asleep while people were helpless and dying.

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From the rooftop: Local woman recalls seeing 9/11 unfold from apartment building

Natalie Hatch said she knew something was wrong the moment she awoke Sept. 11, 2001. Around 4:15 that morning, she had returned to her apartment in Hoboken, N.J., after finishing a 12-hour shift at NBC where she worked on the international news desk. A few hours later, her husband at the time woke her up.

‘The ultimate sacrifice’: Emergency first responders reflect on 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the people of Northwest Colorado awoke to what they believed would be a day like any other. By nightfall, their worldview, like the rest of the country’s, had changed. The thousands of lives lost on 9/11 took a heavy toll, especially on law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency first responders in Craig and Moffat County, who felt the loss of their colleagues in arms hundreds of miles away.

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Freedom through sacrifice: Veterans, VFW members encouraged by citizenry’s support of soldiers

n Sept. 11, 2001, Mark Wick was living outside of Sacramento, Calif. As he watched the terrorist attacks in New York City unfold on television, he decided to do something he thought he’d never do again. He hoisted an American flag outside his home. “It renewed my patriotism,” said Wick, now commander at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. “It really pumped me up.”

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Fighting for a world without war: Craig resident, longtime military veteran re-enters service post 9/11

In spring 2003, Franklin Holloway called it quits. He was ready to leave the military, become a civilian again and wait things out until his retirement kicked in. Life had a different plan, however. Later that year, three days before his stepson Trent Lawrence’s fifth birthday, something happened that changed the trajectory of Franklin’s life.

Stefka White: When the towers fell: Remembering 9/11

It was a day that began like any other. I woke up early and decided to dress for my water aerobics class. I looked out the window and saw a clear blue sky, a paler blue because it was fall. The sun was shining brightly, signaling it would be another beautiful and warm Indian summer day. It was early, so I turned on the TV to catch the latest news as I brushed my teeth and got dressed, putting on my swimsuit, and my dress over the top of it.

9/11 — then and now: Time may have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, but the emotions haven’t

Frank Baron Age: 65 Hometown: Craig Occupation: HVAC tech at Masterworks Mechanical First reaction to the 9/11 attacks: “I saw it on the television before I came to work. … It was just, you know, disturbing that someone could do that accidentally on a clear day, but at the time, they thought it was a private plane. I guess it’s, ‘What do we do now?’ It’s, ‘Who’s responsible?’ (We) didn’t have much information at the time and (we were) concerned about the people who were in the buildings.”

Saturday, September 10

LSRV, Dubois prepare to battle for Wyoming 1A supremacy

The toughest test the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team may have in repeating as state champions could come in today’s game against Dubois High School. The Rattlers, 1-0 this season after mauling Ten Sleep High School last week, 45-6, are riding an 11-game winning streak.

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Crossword for Sept. 10, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 10, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 10, 2011

Being both pennywise and pound conscious is a practice you should seriously consider and follow in the year ahead. Your chart shows a great deal of potential for accumulation that could come about in both large and small amounts.

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Craig teachers bring Sept. 11 lessons into the classroom

Most adults need no textbook to remember what happened Sept. 11, 2001 — the details of that tragic day are forever seared into their memory. But, what about young children, like the ones in Alegra Corey’s first-grade classroom at East Elementary School? The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center took place years before those students were born, and footage from the event may be too disturbing to show in class.

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MCHS boys soccer team scores five in victory over Roaring Fork

Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer players knew they would need to make a few adjustments following a season-opening loss to Grand Junction Central High School. Better passing and communication and tough defense from the midfielders were on head coach Rusty Cox’s short list before Thursday’s game at Roaring Fork High School. When all facets came together, Cox said, it resulted in a 5-2 road victory for the Bulldogs (1-1 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League).

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Sudoku for Sept. 10, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 10, 2011

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Craig PD awards officers for service

Sgt. Tony Fandel and Det. Dale Secules named 2010 employees of the year

The Craig Police Department recognized all of its employees earlier this month, but cited two veteran officers in particular for the department’s most prestigious award. The police department hosted its annual employee picnic Sept. 1 at Loudy-Simpson Park. During the luncheon, Sgt. Tony Fandel, who has been with the department for nine years, and Det. Dale Secules, a Craig officer for five years, were named 2010 employees of the year.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Idiot Brother’ is one sweet guy

What would you call someone who always believes the best in people and tries not to be hateful of anyone? Most folks would probably refer to a person like that as a good guy to have around, but there are three sisters who think of this hypothetical man as “Our Idiot Brother.” After a massive blunder that leads to incarceration, nice guy Ned (Paul Rudd) is hoping to get his life back on track. But, during his time in prison, his girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn) has moved, bringing in a new lover (TJ Miller) and claiming Ned’s golden retriever, Willie Nelson, as her own.

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Comics for Sept. 10, 2011

Comics for Sept. 10, 2011

Friday, September 9

'El Diablo es aqui': A firsthand account of NYC on Sept. 11, 2001

For a few minutes on Sept. 11, 2001, I hid. When the second plane struck the World Trade Center, I walked to the nearest bathroom in the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan and sat in a toilet stall. In a nearby office, my co-workers continued watching the news unfold on television, but I simply hid. I sat in a trembling heap and silently wondered how many other planes would fall. Twenty? Thirty? More?

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MCHS volleyball team falls 3-2 to Grand Junction in home opener

The Moffat County High School and Grand Junction High School varsity volleyball teams went back and forth all night Thursday. So, it was no surprise in the fifth and final set when the two teams had to go beyond the 15-point mark to determine a winner.

Craig Chamber passes on interactive mapping project

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board decided at its Thursday meeting to pass on an interactive mapping opportunity with local company YampaGeo. Josh Lowe, owner of YampaGeo, during a presentation at the Moffat County Tourism Association board Wednesday, said his goal is to launch a tourism website for Northwest Colorado that includes an interactive mapping feature for attractions, businesses, campgrounds, events and more.

Lloyd Rollins: In defense of the postal system

To the editor: The U.S. Postal Service does not use one cent of taxpayer money. The USPS is the most efficient and economical postal system in the world.

Kathy Bockelman: CASA seeks volunteers

To the editor: Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sept. 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who perished and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11.

On the record for September 9, 2011

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Sept. 6 Adam John Tucker, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of unlawful distribution/manufacture dispensing/sale/possession and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Fuel gauge for Friday, September 9, 2011

Local fuel gauge Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Commissioner advises government caution concerning oil and gas production

Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis, one of the featured speakers at Wednesday night’s Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Symposium in Hayden, described oil and gas activity in Colorado as volatile. The Community Agri-cultural Alliance and Yampa Valley Partners hosted the event, which included more than 150 area landowners, industry representatives and elected officials.

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MCHS grad, military veteran preparing for next deployment

When Timothy McCoy went to Iraq, he came face-to-face with a different world. Stateside, you flip a switch and take for granted electricity will come on. Cable television and XBox gaming systems are common in households. Not so in Iraq, said McCoy, a 1989 Moffat County High School graduate. “They have technology there,” he said. “It’s just that most of the people can’t afford it.”

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CNCC film series examines history

For two hours, moviegoers sit in a darkened theater, immersed in a world they’ve only read about in history books. Lush scenes, ornate costumes and dramatic revelations make the past seem real and immediate. Then, the credits roll, and everyone gets up to leave. A few may linger, though, hungry to learn more about what they just saw.

Horoscope for Sept. 9, 2011

You could be extremely fortunate in the upcoming solar cycle, through an arrangement that another has started and upon which you can build your own nest egg. Don't hesitate to take advantage of this unusual opportunity.

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Sudoku for Sept. 9, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 9, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 9, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 9, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 9, 2011

Comics for Sept. 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8

On the Record for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

On the Record for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

Janet Sheridan: A fondness for hiking

I came to hiking late in life. When young, I clamored to climb West Mountain with my friends. In reality, we ran up the first foothill, declared ourselves exhausted, and spent the rest of the afternoon eating enormous lunches and acting silly. I began to hike for pleasure in my 20s when I backpacked in the Sierra Nevada’s with my first husband, a man of quirks. He ate freeze-dried food with gusto, scooted rattlers safely off the trail, and refused to build campfires or sleep in tents because to do so would isolate us from the night. I admit his desire to embrace nighttime advanced my stargazing from the Big Dipper and North Star to Cassiopeia and Vega’s blue glow. It’s easy to recognize constellations and stars when they hang within reach, like sparkling fruit.

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King, Haddan lead Bulldogs to fourth-place finish in home tournament

Colby Haddan’s smile Wednesday as he walked off Yampa Valley Golf Course told the story of how his round went. Haddan, a Moffat County High School senior, shot a 79 — his first time shooting under 80 — to tie for eighth place and help lead the MCHS boys varsity golf team to a fourth-place overall finish in their lone home tournament of the season.

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CNCC film series examines history through Hollywood in Craig

For two hours, moviegoers sit in a darkened theater, immersed in a world they’ve only read about in history books. Lush scenes, ornate costumes and dramatic revelations make the past seem real and immediate. Then, the credits roll, and everyone gets up to leave. A few may linger, though, hungry to learn more about what they just saw. In David Johnson’s view, this is exactly what a historical film should do.

MCTA, Chamber discuss relationship, shared office space

A discussion about the Moffat County Tourism Association seeking new office space Thursday at the Craig Chamber of Commerce board meeting turned from square footage to relationships. MCTA, currently located in the northwest corner of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., is considering several commercial rental spaces in Craig.

Briefs for Sept. 8, 2011: Lunch Chamber mixer set for Friday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ next After-hours Mixer is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. The event is free and includes lunch. RSVP by calling 824-5689 or emailing office@craig-chamber.com.

Datebook for Sept. 8, 2011

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Bonnie Thompson will review “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. Call 824-5824.

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Crossword for Sept. 8, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 8, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 8, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 8, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 8, 2011

Comics for Sept. 8, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 8, 2011

You could be luckier expanding your present undertakings than you might be starting something new in the next year. Don't avoid innovation entirely, but focus on developing what you already have going.

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150 gather in Hayden to discuss potential of Routt, Moffat oil boom

The Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Symposium explored the potential impact of a local oil and gas boom from the perspectives of elected officials, landowners, energy companies and scientists.

Wednesday, September 7

Craig Chamber of Commerce: Be wary of door-to-door sales

The Craig Chamber of Commerce has been informed that sales representatives from Vivint, a security system company, will be in Craig this month. The Chamber of Commerce is advising local residents to use caution when dealing with representatives from the company, according to a news release. Vivint, the Chamber reported, was formerly APX Security Systems, which was formerly Castlerock Security. The company had a D rating with the Better Business Bureau in its home state of Utah, after having 1,382 complaints in three years.

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Governor orders flags lowered for Patriot Day

Hickenlooper also calls for state residents to participate in Moment of Remembrance

Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an order this morning that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide Sunday, in honor of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Flags are to be lowered from sunrise to sunset. On Dec. 18, 2001, Congress approved Public Law 107-89, which designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day. It’s become customary for the president and governors to order flags lowered on this day annually.

On the Record for Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

On the Record for Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

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MCHS volleyball team goes 2-2 at season-opening tourney

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team may have opened the season similar to last year, but head coach Sandy Camilletti said the results feel different. The Bulldogs played in the Regis Jesuit Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Aurora, going 2-2 to finish fourth in a 16-team bracket. The Bulldogs posted the same 2-2 record in the tourney last year.

Moffat County School Board backs Prop 103

If approved, a proposed measure to increase education funding in Colorado would be felt in taxpayers’ pocketbooks — something critics contend could hurt the state’s struggling economy. But, in Jo Ann Baxter’s view, the cost of letting schools and districts go under funded will be higher.

Michelle Balleck: Intro to fall fun

As reluctant as I am to admit it, fall and the dirty “w” word are just around the corner. But, I am excited to begin enjoying some of my favorite autumn activities and fashions. ■ Party it up in a parking lot.

Gunman kills 4 at NV IHOP, including Guard members

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A gunman wielding an AK-47 opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday in an outburst of violence that killed five people, wounded seven others and put Nevada's capital city on high alert. Five Nevada National Guard troops sitting together at the back of the restaurant were shot — three of them fatally. Another woman was also killed, and the gunman, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, shot himself in the head and died at a hospital.

Auditor lauds Moffat County Commission's spending practices

All five of Moffat County’s major government funds experienced growth in 2010, according to findings of an independent audit conducted by McMahon and Associates, LLC, an Avon-based firm. Moffat County increased its net income by $5.2 million, according to the audit.

Colo. State student loses legs while train hopping

(AP) — A 17-year-old girl whose legs were severed while trying to hop a freight train was trying to get back to Fort Collins, Colo., where she attends Colorado State University, after a trip to Denver, police said Tuesday. The teen's legs were detached at the knee when she fell under the train on Monday in Longmont, Colo., about 30 miles north of Denver and 30 miles south of Fort Collins.

Firings of 2 Denver police officers overturned

(AP) — Two Denver police officers who were fired earlier this year after an aggressive, videotaped arrest that triggered public outcry were reinstated Tuesday. A panel of the Denver Civil Service Commission made the decision in response to an appeal by officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr. KUSA-TV, KDVR-TV, and KMGH-TV reported the decision.

Vicki Barron: ‘Know your risk factors’

To the editor: The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is to know your risk factors and learn how to manage them. Major risk factors for cardiovascular disease are divided into two categories: Risk factors that can be changed and risk factors that cannot be changed.

MCTA board meeting agenda for Sept. 7, 2011

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Main conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Donna Johnson: Ducky Race cancelled

To the editor: It is with regret the Craig Lions Club has cancelled the annual Ducky Race planned for Sept. 10. The event is a fundraiser for the Lions Club’s eyeglasses program.

Briefs for Sept. 7, 2011: Organization seeks demolition helpers

The Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing organization, having received approval for demolition, has scheduled work for Sept. 17 and 18 at the Simmons Rooming House, in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue. The workday, which is open to those ages 16 and older, runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18.

Datebook for Sept. 7, 2011

8 a.m. The Bureau of Land Management conducts a public field meeting to visit three parcels being considered in the White River Field Office for the May 2012 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The meeting departs from the office, 220 Market St., Meeker. RSVP to Paul Kelley at 878-3806 or pwkelley@blm.gov.

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Crossword for Sept. 7, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 7, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 7, 2011

Your chart indicates some excellent potential for increasing earning power in the year ahead. The opportunity to do so will come about in an extremely unusual way, which you miss out on if you're not willing to try something new.

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Sudoku for Sept. 7, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 7, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 7, 2011

Comics for Sept. 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6

On the Record for Sept. 6, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 6, 2011

Briefs for Sept. 6, 2011: Mental health conference set for Sept. 24

The Yampa Valley Community Mental Health Conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs. The event, dubbed “Building a Caring Community,” is presented by Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County United Way, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project and Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Inc. Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation headlines the event as keynote speaker.

Datebook for Sept. 6, 2011

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.

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Crossword for Sept. 6, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 6, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 6, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 6, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 6, 2011

Your prominence among your peers is likely to be substantially accentuated and enhanced during the next year. Whereas in the past you might have been barely noticed, in the times ahead you'll be invited to everything.

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Comics for Sept. 6, 2011

Comics for Sept. 6, 2011

Monday, September 5

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Art’n the Park’n Lot set for Saturday

Third annual fundraising event tailored for families

In the song “Margaritaville,” tropical rocker Jimmy Buffett sings of an island paradise where a cool beverage is always at hand. While his Northwest Colorado fans may not be able to completely replicate the musician’s vision of utopia and blended drinks, they can give it their best shot. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads will host the third annual Art’n the Park’n Lot on Saturday in the parking lot of J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill on the corner of Tucker Street and East Victory Way. Parrotheads member and event chairwoman Dory Brown said the day-long affair will mix old favorites from past years, as well as new features.

Movie rewind: summer offerings ranged from tedious to terrific

As with any seasonal selection of movies, this year’s summer cinema has had plenty of winners and losers. But, between films about braggart buccaneers, punch-happy robots, boy wizards and rapidly evolving simians, some features managed to have slipped through the cracks in terms of getting much attention. While the lack of a decent viewership is justifiable in some cases, other movies in theaters between May and August should have received more accolades. Here’s a breakdown of some of the flicks you may have missed but can still catch on DVD, as well as those you should be glad didn’t come up on your radar.

Rattler rout: LSRV opens season with 45-6 blowout win

Things tend to fall in place when a football team properly executes the game plan, Mike Bates said. The Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man football team routed Ten Sleep High School, 45-6, on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Bates, head coach of the Rattlers, told his players their execution throughout the game made him look good. “Our players came out and did what we told them and they made the coaches look like geniuses,” Bates said. “Everything we planned for came together and the players really came through.”

Business Beat: Craig liquor stores offering specialty brew

The customer is always right. The phrase means a lot to owners of local liquor stores, which is why they’ve tapped into a new market. Gluten-free products are now available at numerous liquor stores in Craig, including Loadout Liquors, Elk Liquor Store and Dark Horse Discount Liquor. A representative from Lariat Lee Liquors said the store is also checking into stocking the specialty product.

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Bulldogs soccer team outshoots Warriors, falls 2-1

It only takes one good shot and one missed assignment to lose a game. Such is the lesson the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team learned in Friday’s season opener against Grand Junction Central High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game, but Central scored on a penalty kick and late in the second half to steal a 2-1 victory.

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My Life, My Words: Faith Jones — Dedicated to 4-legged friends

“I’m a veterinary technician in training, but I don’t really have any college time put in. It’s like on-the-job training here. I don’t know how long I plan on doing it, but I really enjoy it.

November ballot takes shape in Moffat County

An anticipated state tax question was recently revealed when Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler certified the November 2011 election. Proposition 103, also known as “Bright Colorado,” is an initiative to restore state funding to public schools by raising the state’s income and sales taxes. If approved, Prop 103 will raise income tax from 4.63 percent to 5 percent for all Colorado residents in 2012. The increased tax would sunset in 2016.

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New tech program aiding Moffat County School District teachers

A task that once took weeks can now be done in a few seconds thanks to new technology in place in the Moffat County School District. Alpine Achievement stores information teachers can use to hone in on student needs in the classroom. “This is just a wonderful piece to make our work more effective and more efficient on a day-to-day basis,” assistant superintendent Brent Curtice said.

Storm-socked Vermont girds for more flooding

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — When the rain-swollen White River rose up and overflowed, it laid waste to the 125-year-old Perley dairy farm. Cows were carried away. Tractors and trucks were inundated with muddy floodwaters. The water took out a road, destroyed the first floor of the farmhouse, lifted a 6-foot long tank where milk is stored, knocked out power and smothered fields in the 10-acre spread. "I don't know what we're going to do, but we're going to make it," said farm manager Penny Severance, 48, fighting back tears as she showed the damage to a visitor.

Outdated computer systems threaten state services in Colo.

(AP) — It's the digital elephant in the room: An outdated state computer system at risk of a crash that would interrupt crucial government accounting services. In Colorado, a crash of the state's central financial reporting system would stall payments for food stamps and construction contracts and affect nearly every state agency, according to a July audit that said there was a significant risk of a crash because of obsolete technology and programming code.

National bond nosedive felt in Colorado

(AP) — A nationwide nosedive in government borrowing this year hasn't spared Colorado. Municipal bonding through mid-August in Colorado was down more than 30 percent from the same period last year, according to George K. Baum & Co., a prominent Denver underwriting firm that tracks bonding across the state. The total is down more than half from the same period in 2008, or about $6.3 billion that year to about $2.6 billion this year, according to a George K. Baum analysis.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 5, 2011

Tuesday 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen football team plays at Meeker High School, 550 School St., Meeker. 5:15 p.m. Doak Walker tackle football games take place at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 5, 2011: Volleyball signup deadline Wednesday

The Craig Parks and Recreation fall coed volleyball season begins Sept. 12. Teams will have the opportunity to register for two different leagues — competitive on Monday nights and semi-competitive on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Datebook for Sept. 5, 2011

All branches of Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Rebeccas will be handing out cookies and free drinks at the Hayden Rest Area, U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 101. Call Chris at 734-7915. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters request donations from drivers at the intersections of Fourth Street and Yampa Avenue and Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call 824-5914.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 5, 2011

September starts off with a bang — Labor Day. What does Labor Day mean to you? I usually ended up working on Labor Day on whatever shift I was on. It really wasn’t a work of labor, as I enjoy working with people, helping people, etc. I miss working now.

Briefs for Sept. 5, 2011: BLM to host field meeting Wednesday

The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a public field meeting Wednesday to visit three parcels being considered in the White River Field Office for the May 2012 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The meeting will provide participants an opportunity to see the parcels and express any concerns.

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Comics for Sept. 5, 2011

Comics for Sept. 5, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 5, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 5, 2011

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Crossword for Sept. 5, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 5, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 5, 2011

Conditions in general look extremely promising for you in the year ahead, especially in areas where you have already been busy laying solid foundations. One or more could take you straight to the winner's circle.

Saturday, September 3

Government Update for Sept. 3, 2011

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

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25th Meeker Classic promises to be doggone good time

For most people celebrating a 25th anniversary, the expected gift would be silver. For the participants in this year’s Meeker Classic, a couple of Milkbones will probably suffice. Now in its 25th year, the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials will take place from Wednesday to Sept. 11 west of downtown Meeker.

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Moffat County School District opts to put full-time literacy coordinators in Craig elementary schools

You may not recall learning about phonics or phonemic awareness, but if you can read this, you probably use those skills every day without thinking about it. “Many of us don’t remember learning how to read,” said Vera Turner, a half-time literacy coordinator at Sandrock Elementary School. “We just read.”

Over a Cup: Cutting down on the sugar

If you want to cut down on the amount of sugar and still have delicious cookies, this is the column for you. The “Over the Cup of Coffee” column on Aug. 20, 2011, featured a recipe for “Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.” After she received the paper with the recipe, Donna Sweet, of Craig, called me to say that she has the exact recipe — but she makes some substitutions.

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Tough loss at the Proving Grounds in Craig

The Moffat County High School varsity football team looked at its books following Friday’s game against Aspen High School to see one stat standout above the rest. 160 yards. It wasn’t a rushing or passing total. It wasn’t the opposing team’s total offensive yards.

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Moffat County DA reflects on law career, overcoming cancer

In 2005, Moffat County Chief District Attorney Jon Pfeifer was worlds away from Northwest Colorado. Psychologically, he was even further removed from a career in the legal field. Pfeifer was on hiatus from Indiana University, where he had spent the previous year and a half working on a master’s degree in Public Administration, while also studying law.

Latino groups propose sweeping Colo. congressional map

(AP) — A new proposed congressional map suggests sweeping changes to Colorado's districts to reflect the state's growing Hispanic population.

Colo. school funding trial wrapping up in Denver

(AP) — An attorney defending Colorado in a lawsuit over how it funds schools said Friday that plaintiffs want "an educational utopia, limited only by imagination," but insisted that it's a vision the state is not mandated to provide. "We all may aspire to this utopia, but the constitution just doesn't require it," said assistant Attorney General Jon Fero, delivering closing arguments in a trial that could have major ramifications on the state's budget. Attorneys representing parents and 21 school districts said in their closing remarks that the state's method of funding education is random, irrational and leaves poor students at a disadvantage.

Rain-packed Tropical Storm Lee forms off Louisiana

Miami (AP) — A large storm system churning in the Gulf Of Mexico grew Friday into Tropical Storm Lee, beginning a Labor Day weekend-long assault that could bring up to 20 inches of rain in some spots from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. The storm was expected to make landfall on the central Louisiana coast late Saturday and turn east toward New Orleans, where it would provide the biggest test of rebuilt levees since Hurricane Gustav struck on Labor Day 2008.

Baxter Black: I know that hat

I don’t know you but I know that hat. I wore a hat just like it. Back in the days when men were men. You bet the pot and played to win And if you lost, you tried again. You bet your life I know that hat.

Datebook for Sept. 3, 2011

All branches of Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Rebeccas will be handing out cookies and free drinks at the Hayden Rest Area, U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 101. Call Chris at 734-7915.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 3, 2011: Memorial shooting event seeking volunteers

The Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot, taking place Sept. 25 at the Routt County Rifle Club, is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Briefs for Sept. 3, 2011: Crews battle 8 new fires Thursday

Fire crews fought eight new blazes reported Thursday in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported. Lightning is believed to have ignited the blazes.

David Ludlam: Community support

To the editor: For West Slope residents, this week brought excitement and anticipation building up to a well-earned holiday weekend. The holiday brings excitement for the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, too, but for a different reason. As reported, this week local governments and schools received checks for over $54 million dollars from the energy sectors. In fact, Moffat County and its municipalities alone inked over $3.3 million from natural gas, oil and coal. Not a bad way to wind down the summer season.

Editorial: A matter of pride

When compared to how pumped up other communities get about school sports, support for the Bulldogs fails in comparison. In some places, people go crazy for the hometown football team; the entire community revolves around it. Here, however, school spirit is muted and the fervor is lackluster.

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Crossword for Sept. 3, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 3, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 3, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 3, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 3, 2011

If you have prepared yourself well to do an admirable job in your field of endeavor, the approaching solar cycle could easily be a banner one. Advancement is in the picture for those who are ready to climb the ladder.

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Comics for Sept. 3, 2011

Comics for Sept. 3, 2011

Friday, September 2

On the Record for Sept. 2, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 2, 2011

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Craig man believed to have drowned at Flaming Gorge on Thursday

A Craig man is believed to have drowned Thursday at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. Daggett County Sheriff’s Office reported that Chad Running, 35, was swimming near a boat in the reservoir with a friend at Jug Hollow at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday when the wind picked up and the boat drifted away.

Hayden appoints new clerk, moves ahead with airport ordinance

Hayden’s new town clerk is no stranger to the inner workings of Town Hall. When the vote on his appointment was taken at a Town Council meeting Thursday night, he was sitting beside Mayor Jim Haskins, taking the meeting’s minutes. The Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Hayden native Nathan Archuleta to the post that has been vacant since previous clerk Susan Irvine left for Sedona, Ariz., earlier this summer. Archuleta had been serving as an administrative assistant for Town Manager David Torgler since Irvine’s departure.

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Moffat County School District selected to pilot SB 10-191

2010 legislation incorporates student growth into teacher performance

When Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 goes into effect in four years, it won’t be unfamiliar to Moffat County School District. The Colorado Department of Education has accepted the district into a pilot program for the bill, also known as the “Great Teachers and Leaders Bill,” or the “Educator Effectiveness Bill,” signed into law in May 2010 by then-governor Bill Ritter. Moffat County is one of 15 districts in the state selected to participate in the five-year program.

Quinn struggles in Broncos’ preseason finale

Brady Quinn, not Tim Tebow, had the rough game for Denver this time. Quinn was just 4 of 12 for 26 yards with one interception in one half of play as the Broncos fell to the Arizona Cardinals 26-7 in the teams’ final preseason game on Thursday night. Tebow came on after halftime to complete 7 of 11 for 116 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley with 2:57 to play.

State economy ‘healthy’ in August, but business confidence down

Colorado’s economy continued to expand in August, although it slowed slightly since July, according to a survey released today. The Goss Business Conditions Index, based on a survey of Colorado supply managers, was a healthy 53.8 in August, although it declined from July’s 54.2. July’s index of 54.2 was down from June’s 54.4.

Grand Junction pair indicted in connection with 3 Western Slope bank robberies

Two Grand Junction men are facing federal charges in connection with bank robberies in Rifle, Montrose and Cedaredge earlier this summer. Troy A. Ashley, 24, and Brandon D. Smith, 33, were arrested by Montrose police on suspicion of robbery on Aug. 1 and have been in jail in Montrose County since then, records show.

Steamboat developer gets six years in prison in murder-for-hire

A Steamboat Springs developer was sentenced to six years in prison today for hiring someone to kill a former business partner, a crime the judge said was about "greed with a capital 'G'." Brooks Kellogg, 72, also was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. The U.S. probation department had recommended a fine of $15,000, based on financial documents Kellogg submitted to the court that showed he had no income and that he is about $38 million in debt.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 2, 2011

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon in Craig. Numbers on the list correspond to numbers on the map.<

Karen Gibson: Doing God's work

As I drove away Tuesday from Sunset Meadows 2, after our Love INC fundraiser meeting for the annual pig roast on Sept. 17, I thought “Oh my gosh!” (OMG for those texters out there) I have a lot of contacts to make, which is another way of saying I have a lot of work to do. And so, I hastily headed towards home. As I drove along, the words ran through my mind like the print at the bottom of a television screen, like the one you see at my bank where they are reporting the day’s stock market prices, “DOING GOD’S WORK.”

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Nation must work to protect seniors’ interests

We must keep the promise to our senior citizens by protecting Medicare and Social Security. Currently, Medicare is on an unsustainable path. If Washington fails to act, the Medicare Trustees — made up primarily of members of President Obama’s cabinet — report that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024. I support a plan that ensures today’s seniors and those a decade away from retiring receive all of their benefits in full, while strengthening and securing Medicare for future generations.

Janet Sheridan: Concerning clothing

To introduce a lesson on organization, I asked my adult students to tell the class how they organized the clothes in their closets. Most arranged their clothing by type, season, color, or frequency of use; but some responses were less predictable. A young unmarried man said he either hung his clothing on the rod provided or heaped it on the closet floor. “How else,” he wondered, “could clothing be organized?”

Datebook for Sept. 2, 2011

Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742.

Briefs for Sept. 2, 2011: Lightning causes four fires reported Thursday

More than 6,000 lightning strikes were recorded across Northwest Colorado on Wednesday, according to a release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Four of the five wildland fires reported Thursday were caused by lightning. Three of the incidents are in western Moffat County and two are in Rio Blanco County.

CDOT offers tips for Labor Day weekend travelers

The Colorado Department of Transportation offered motorists tips for Labor Day weekend travel in a new release Thursday. CDOT reported that traffic volumes increase about 10 percent during the summer months, including over Labor Day weekend. Typically, Friday tends to be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend with steady traffic volumes the remainder of the weekend, according to the release

Chamber urges businesses to carefully evaluate advertising offers

In a new release Wednesday, the Craig Chamber of Commerce urged local businesses and parents to be cautious when responding to calls or emails soliciting advertising. Questionable contacts include advertising on community maps, magnets and community guides, according to the release. Currently, local businesses are being contacted via email by Communities Unlimited for sponsorship opportunities on a community magnet featuring emergency contact numbers.

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Bulldogs look to even record tonight against Aspen

With the first game and the missteps that came with it out of the way, the Moffat County High School varsity football team turned its focus toward the home opener this week. The Bulldogs (0-1 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) will host 2A foe Aspen High School at 7 p.m. today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. In the team’s first game of the season Aug. 26 at Evergreen High School, MCHS had to battle muffed handoffs and dropped interceptions all night in an eventual 17-7 defeat.

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Crossword for Sept. 2, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 2, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 2, 2011

Comics for Sept. 2, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 2, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 2, 2011

Horoscope for Sept. 2, 2011

In the next year, it looks like you'll be operating on a grander scale than you have in the past. Instinctively you'll know how to do the most with all of your advantages, enhancing everything in both size and scope.

Thursday, September 1

Brooks Kellogg sentenced to 6 years for murder-for-hire plot

The part-time Steamboat Springs resident and developer also will pay a $100,000 fine and be subject to two years of supervised release, according to Thursday's sentencing in U.S. District Court in Denver.

On the Record for Sept. 1, 2011

On the Record for Sept. 1, 2011

Board seats still open at CNCC, school district

Although the application deadline has passed, two local boards are still looking for members to fill vacant seats. Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Board of Control has three open positions — although a current board member has shown interest in filling one of them — and the District 7 seat on the Moffat County School Board is still unclaimed. Deadlines for applying for both boards was Aug. 26. The next step: keep looking.

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Little Snake Rattlers prepare for season opener against Ten Sleep

The Rattlers are ready to get back to the gridiron. The Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team opens its season at home Saturday against 1A foe Ten Sleep High School. In the team’s second year back after a 55-year hiatus, LSRV won the 2010 1A six-man state football title, finishing the year with a perfect 10-0 record.

Seven suspects arrested in Rangely drug raid Wednesday

The culmination of a three-month, multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of six suspected drug traffickers in Rangely on Wednesday morning. An additional suspect was arrested in Montana. The investigation and raid involved 26 law enforcement officials from the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Meeker and Rangely police departments, Grand Junction K-9 unit, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, Colorado Liquor Enforcement and the federal arm of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Briefs for Sept. 1, 2011: Patriots host medical marijuana talk today

The Bears Ears Patriots will host a presentation and discussion of the effect medical marijuana has had on the community at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 326-5315.

Datebook for Sept. 1, 2011

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Horoscope for Sept. 1, 2011

Excellent influences will be working on your behalf in the year ahead, trying to improve your material position in life. You must chip in and help things along, however. The more you do, the more your needs will be met.

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Crossword for Sept. 1, 2011

Crossword for Sept. 1, 2011

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Sudoku for Sept. 1, 2011

Sudoku for Sept. 1, 2011

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Comics for Sept. 1, 2011

Comics for Sept. 1, 2011