News for Saturday, September 3, 2011



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