News for Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Colo. beekeepers hope to educate with hives

Tarrin George and Levi Miller have created a home for 12,000 Italian honeybees to live inside their Palisade fruit and vegetable stand, and they're hoping folks from around the Grand Valley will take an interest in these small but vital agricultural linchpins. The bees live in an observation hive made of acrylic glass and wood, using clear tubes to transport them from the hive to the outside world, closer to farm crops and far away from customers. Chad Ragland, owner of Grand Junction-based Apis Hive and Honey Co., mentioned the idea of an observation hive during one of his regular visits to stock the stand with honey, which he harvests from his own hives. A year later, George and Miller had built a hive at The Red Barn Farms and Gardens, 3419 U.S. Highway 6, and bought a starter set of 12,000 honeybees — about 3 pounds worth — from Ragland.

Former band teacher sentenced on sex charge

A former band teacher accused of using his cell phone to record video under the skirts, dresses and shorts of female students has been sentenced to two years in jail. Matthew James Taylor also was accused of recording shots of the students' cleavage. He was sentenced Friday to 15 years of sex offender intensive supervision probation and must register as a sex offender.

Moody's: More Calif. cities at risk of bankruptcy

One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds. Moody's Investors Service said in a report that the growing fiscal distress in many California cities was putting bondholders at risk. The service announced that it will undertake a wide-ranging review of municipal finances in the nation's most populous state because of what it sees as a growing threat of insolvency. The report has both investors and government leaders worried.

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Sports Spotlight: Jeff Anderson

Name: Jeff Anderson Age: 14 Sport: Football Year: Freshman How did you get your start in your sport?

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LSRV volleyball team looking to overcome rivals in 2012

After a tough end to its season in 2011, the volleyball team from Little Snake River Valley School is ready to do damage at the state tournament. The Rattlers have been a perennial state contender in recent years, but have come up short of a state championship. That was the case last year, when they were bounced by Kaycee High School in the state semifinals. This year’s schedule for LSRV looks similar to past years: filled with Class-1A league opponents and a few tournaments to see foes from other corners of the state. Head coach Brianna Braun said that means the team will be able to look forward to some of the school’s big rivalry games.

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Weekend warriors: Club championship tourney starts today Yampa Valley Golf Course

The painful proof was there but Dan Brown verbalized it anyway. The avid Craig golfer plopped his 100-yard approach shot on the sixth green at Yampa Valley Golf Course nearly right on top of the hole and it only rolled a few feet away. Then, with a groan, he missed the putt. When he again came up just shy on the seventh, leaving the ball hanging on the rim, he tapped in, then reset everything, working the putt one last time.

Tamale corn casserole: A tried and true Mexican offering

I’ve had some calls about the zucchini recipes that were featured in last week’s column. One of the recipes does not call for sugar. I thought I remembered trying this recipe, but perhaps not. I checked it out against the original recipe, from a newspaper clipping I’ve had for some time, but I did not leave out the sugar when I typed the ingredients. I’ll try this recipe as soon as I get a chance. Another inquiry concerned the second featured recipe. Someone wanted to know if there should be cocoa with the ingredients. Again I checked the original. No cocoa was called for, which isn’t unusual with zucchini recipes — especially muffins.

Diane Prather: After the Fair

Northwest Colorado 4-H and FFA members look forward to competing in their county fairs. Adults look forward to the fairs, too. Now that the county fairs are over for the year, it’s time to: • Write thank-you notes to Junior Livestock Sale buyers and trophy donors. • Send qualifying General 4-H Projects to State Fair. • Get 4-H and FFA livestock ready to compete at State Fair.

Letter: A definition of insanity

To the editor: One very good definition you have probably heard is the following line: Doing something the same way you have always done it, and expecting a different result. (I believe I have to first say to anyone reading this, though I write quite a bit using the opinion of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots of Craig, this letter is my opinion. It is also the opinion of many in our tea party group, but not the opinion of all in our group.)

Al Cashion: Sail on, Oh Ship of State

Winning a verbal contest on a political issue was once as stimulating to me as was the salt spray of the sea in my face as I stood, statuesque, with jutted jaw and firm set brow, at the bowsprit of a swift and powerful clipper ship racing toward exotic ports in the Malay Archipelago. Ok, a bit of a stretch, a tad hyperbolic. I didn’t really do that. But were you to have a couple spare tickets for that experience, I would appreciate your generosity greatly. You get my point though.

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order • Introduction of guests

Government Update for August 18, 2012: 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

Briefs for August 18: School assistance program taking applications

Families with school-aged children at any grade level can apply for assistance in clothing and supplies from several local programs. The deadline for applications is Sept. 7. For more information contact (970) 826-4400 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, and just from 2 p.m. to 5 Tuesday and Thursdays. The Love INC program includes necessities such as backpacks, pencils and paper as well as two full sets of clothing and one pair of shoes.

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Ng, Tjosvold promoted under new 14th Judicial District administration

Earlier this week Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Brett Barkey to the office of district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. The announcement was made following the July resignation of Elizabeth Oldham, who stepped down as the 14th Judicial District Attorney to accept the senior deputy district attorney job in Arapahoe County. Though the appointment is technically slated to expire in January, Barkey, a Hayden Republican, also is the only candidate vying for Oldham’s former position in November’s general election. With victory in November more or less a formality, Barkey has wasted little time in reorganizing the structure of the 14th Judicial District.

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Kawcak family eager for opening of MJK’s new location

Some say the people of Craig are tied to this town by a boomerang effect. An almost supernatural phenomenon that first encourages young people to leave home, explore and chart their own paths. But as powerful the urge may be to experience a world beyond northwest Colorado’s boundaries, so too is the desire to one day return, settle down or join the family business. Blaine Kawcak, 27, is one of many Craig natives who appears to be following that familiar story line.