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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.