News for Saturday, April 7, 2012



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MCHS athletes O’Mailia, Walt experience new world of hockey in Switzerland

Jarret Walt sat in a Switzerland hostel last week with his hockey teammates, flipping through mostly German-speaking TV stations. After finding a sports channel and muting the voices, Walt said he saw something that inspired him. “Hockey players in Europe take their celebrations after goals a lot more seriously than we do in America,” Walt said. “My teammates and I picked up a bunch of new celebrations and decided to try one. After a sweet play and my teammates goal, we slide to our knees and high-fived each other.” New celebrations was one of the many things Walt, a Moffat County High School junior, and senior Ethan O’Mailia got to experience last week as part of the Colorado Ski Country Selects youth hockey team.

City, VFW exchange letters in park negotiations

Tensions between the Craig City Council and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 seemed to ease when the groups met in late January to discuss Craig City Park. But a recent exchange of letters again has put the fate of the park in question. On March 7, following speculation the VFW was exploring legal avenues to have certain deed restrictions lifted from City Park, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree issued a letter to VFW Post Commander Dave Walters. The letter was initiated by city council members concerned that, if successful in removing the deed restrictions, the VFW would be in possession of valuable commercial real estate it could put up for sale, eliminating park space.

Guest column: Rationale behind proposed Craig fire training facility

Why do firefighters need a live burn building and training tower in Craig when Hayden already has one? There are two primary reasons for better training facilities in Craig — protection of the fire district and safety of our firefighters. Craig Fire/Rescue maintains an excellent working relationship with the West Routt Fire Protection District. We have used the Hayden burn facility many times since it was built.

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Teacher couples balance families with shared enthusiasm for education

Norm Yoast is a science teacher to the core. Abbreviations from the periodic table of elements take the place of numbers on the clock in his eighth-grade classroom at Craig Middle School, and a picture of a wild-haired Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” hangs near the door. It’s only a few steps away from his door to the eighth-grade math teacher’s classroom. That teacher happens to be his wife, Deb Yoast.

Government Update for April 7: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 8 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8 to 8:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

LSRV track and field teams looking to repeat as champions

Both the Little Snake River Valley School boys and girls varsity basketball teams brought home state titles in March to Baggs, Wyo. Neither team lost a game all season as the boys repeated as champions and the girls team got retribution for a third-place finish in 2011. But, the celebration couldn’t last too long, as both sets of athletes had another state title to aim for. The LSRV track and field team got under way March 23 at the Natrona Invite in Casper.

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CNCC nursing program receives accreditation from national commission

Kelly Martin-Puleo was teaching a class at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus Monday when the envelope came. The piece of paper inside would reveal whether two years of work had paid off for the college’s nursing program, which was seeking a nod of approval from a national accrediting commission. Martin-Puleo, the program’s director, opened the envelope and found the answer she was looking for: the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission had granted the program initial accreditation. Receiving the distinction was a welcome conclusion to a two-year candidacy process that included a site visit in fall 2011.

Letter: Obama's re-election could be doomsday

Nov. 6 could be doomsday for our nation. We absolutely have to replace the dictator in the White House with someone who believes in our constitution. We have to vote in senators and representatives who will stand up against any such person in the Oval Office and say, "Enough." Just look at the damage President Barack Obama has done:

Police blotter for April 7

Kyra L. McLean, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer. Matthew Tee Weidner, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

Editorial: Moving forward

Every year when spring arrives, the community’s attention turns to the condition of our surroundings here in Craig and Moffat County. This attention comes both in praise for the natural beauty of the Yampa Valley as well as frustration over the various nicks and blemishes that mask that aesthetic appeal. One eyesore has fallen into the latter category the last couple of years yet remains unaddressed. We’re talking, of course, about the dilapidated site of the Craig Motel on north Yampa Avenue. The sorry condition of the hotel is not a new problem. It burned in a fire in late October 2009.

Briefs for April 7: Mobile food pantry returning to Craig

Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. There are no eligibility requirements. Food will be distributed to anyone who needs it.

“Pie”: A young adult novel

“Pie” is the title of a 2011 young adult novel written by Sarah Weeks. It has a delightfully creative and engaging storyline, and I’ll bet it will leave the reader craving a piece of pie, too. In fact, the reader may even go so far as to bake the pie. The book’s cover art features a big white cat that’s sitting on the word “Pie.” He’s looking up at a hot cherry pie (at least it looks like a cherry pie).