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Sports Briefs: CNCC hosting girls softball clinic today

The Colorado Northwestern Community College softball team from Rangely will be hosting a fast-pitch softball clinic next weekend. Any girls ages 8-18 interested in playing softball or learning about the game can sign up for $30. The clinic will start at 10 a.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane, and last an undetermined amount of time, depending on the number of participants. It will teach all basic softball skills, such as hitting, fielding and running. More advanced softball players will have the opportunity to receive more advanced direction as well. There will also be a “closest to the pin” contest, in which participants throw from the outfield and attempt to land their ball closest to home plate. Each ball will cost $5, and proceeds will go to the softball program. For more information, contact Jason Marshall at 824-2594.

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School routes, safe routes

City wins grant for sidewalks near CMS, Sandrock Elementary

It’s not uncommon to see school children walking in the street or along Colorado Highway 13 during their daily commute to Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary. But those days are officially numbered. On Tuesday Craig City Manager Jim Ferree announced to the Craig City Council its Safe Routes to School grant application had been accepted. Safe Routes to School provides federal money for improvement projects in and around schools. The 100 percent reimbursable grant is funneled through the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Moffat County School District wrote the grant, Ferree said, but it was submitted by the city because only political subdivisions of the state — cities and counties — are eligible to apply.

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Craig pregnancy center continues services in wake of 2007 fire

Director set sights on new building

It’s been almost five years since an arsonist lit the Country Mall fire and completely destroyed a building that housed 12 offices. And like many of the organizations that lost everything that chilly November night in 2007, the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center found a way to persevere. “There was such a generous outpouring from the community,” said director Katie Grobe. “We also received a lot of donations from other pregnancy centers throughout the state and from Gerber, which helped us to maintain services.” Grobe is entering her third year as the director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, which has been housed in the Faith Lutheran Church annex building at 580 Green St. since the Country Mall fire.

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Hayden football rolls to easy 8-man victory

Hayden had little trouble winning Friday night, using big plays to blow by Belleview Christian and start off with a 1-0 record. The road gets a lot more difficult next week when the Tigers are set to play the No. 1 team in the state.

Briefs for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012: Labor meeting set for Thursday

Mark Kochman and the Colorado Department of Labor will present “Wage and Hour Law” at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 175 of Colorado Northwest Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. Topics include Colorado minimum wage; tipped employees, overtime and breaks; wage and employment laws; and Colorado youth laws. For More information or to RSVP, call 970-824-3246 The RSVP deadline is Monday.

Prather's Picks: Staking Her Claim — Women Homesteading the West

Most of us recognize the word “homesteader.” After all, characters in western movies and novels are often homesteaders. Some of us even have grandparents and great grandparents who were homesteaders. But did you know that some of the homesteaders were single women? That’s what “Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West” is all about. This nonfiction book was written by Marcia Meredith Hensley who did years of research about single women homesteaders.

Al Cashion: Rulz is for Fulz

A Brief History of Rules This week I had the occasion to pick up “Robert’s Rules of Order”. I quickly had occasion to put it down. My ADHD meds are neither magic nor miraculous. It is by far the most mind numbing assemblage of verbiage ever published. Detailed beyond comprehension, methodical and methodically void of anything to pique the imagination or stir the emotion, it is the manual of manuals.

Editorial: School safety

Our View: With the start of a new school year, residents need to pay attention while driving. While the presence of school children walking to and from school is an uplifting sight, it also means a huge increase in pedestrian traffic around town.

Kip Hafey: One Heart Project

One Heart is the amazing story of the 2008 football players and coaches from Gainesville State School and Grapevine Faith in Texas - two groups from diverse backgrounds whose paths cross to create life-changing hope and inspiration for both teams. Two Teams. Two Cultures. One Heart. Reminiscent of The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and Chariots of Fire, One Heart is a moving story that transcends sports, touches the heart and shows how a simple act of compassion creates a powerful and lasting impact. One Heart demonstrates the power of unconditional love to transform lives. Today, the Moffat County Bulldogs football team begins its regular season schedule by hosting the Ridge View Academy Rams.

Over A Cup: Zucchini Raisin Cookies — Another use for the gourd

Remember the zucchini brownie/bar cookie recipes that were printed in this column on Aug. 11? I had several inquiries about the recipes. Then Donna Deakins of Craig made the “Zucchini Brownies” from the column. She brought me a brownie, too. It was delicious. At the time I wrote the column, I wondered about the olive oil ingredient for this recipe. Although olive oil is good for us, I don’t particularly like its taste. However, I could not detect any olive oil in Donna’s brownie. In case you missed this recipe or it’s confusing which recipe is which, here is the “Zucchini Brownies” recipe one more time.

Letter: Lifelong learning

To the editor: As all of the kids, from kindergarten to college, are back in school, so are some of the Senior citizens! We are so fortunate here in Moffat County to have CNCC available to us. The college has a senior advocate in Ms. Mary Morris, who cheerleads for us in getting classes that interest our age group. Classes in computers-all levels from very beginning to super advanced, memoirs writing, sewing, all sorts of classes, are available at free or reduced costs. And she plans wonderful “senior” trips for us so we can take our learning on the road.

Government Update for Sept. 1, 2012

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

Local Fuel Gauge for Sept. 1, 2012

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon in the Yampa Valley

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Moffat County football taking on Ridge View Academy in season-opener

To open its season, the Moffat County High School football team will be playing against a team with contrasting style. The Bulldog’s switch to a spread offense this season is well known by now. Their opponents today will run an offense that looks similar to what MCHS has done in the past. Head coach Kip Hafey said Ridge View Academy, a school from Watkins, runs a power offense which will feature a great deal of running from the I-formation. “They run a lot of I-backfield and they run a lot of old-school, smash-mouth football so they’re gonna come at you,” Hafey said. “They’ve got some big linemen so we’re going to have to use fundamentals to establish the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively in the trenches.”

Rig Count for Sept. 1, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

On the Record for Friday, Aug. 31

On the Record for Friday, Aug. 31

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Starting anew

Volleyball looking to rebound from difficult 2011 campaign

A new approach and new league could signal a turnaround season for the Moffat County High School volleyball team. Head coach Sandy Camilletti has tried a new method for getting her players prepared for the season over the summer, and players say they are seeing results. The different program, which has focused on a slow, concentrated buildup of basic skills, is Camilletti’s attempt to have the important, smaller parts of volleyball become second nature to her players. “I’m starting out slower and really making sure we’ve got it,” Camilletti said. “Last year we set out to have this whole perfect practice thing, but I’m not sure we followed through on it. So in this drill (at practice), I don’t care if they’re hitting the ball, I just want their feet to be right.

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Spreading the wealth

New offensive, defensive schemes give Bulldogs new look in 2012

Coming off a disappointing season in 2011, it was time for the Moffat County High School football team to make a change. Head Coach Kip Hafey knew it wouldn’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as one of the smallest schools in the 3A classification for football. So Hafey and assistant Lance Scranton decided to overhaul the team’s offensive and defensive approaches to the game, and go with a more modern, mobile style. The result is a spread offense instead of power formations, and going with a more aggressive style on defense.

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Off and Running

Questions abound for boys team; girls return experienced group

It’s time to start building that base. The boys and girls cross country teams at Moffat County High School have been running most of the summer, building up stamina for the fall season. Starting Aug. 31, runners will show their preparation has paid off, or be exposed in the early portion of the season for not being in great shape. In 2012, the two cross country teams at MCHS figure to look different from last year.

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Kicking it up a notch

Boys soccer team ready to roll

A grueling session of summer conditioning and skill work has the Moffat County High School boys soccer team primed for a big season. The team, which begins its season by traveling to Coal Ridge High School Sept. 4, has several contributing graduates to replace from last year’s team, but that’s a process head coach Rusty Cox has grown accustomed to. “We had six seniors last year, but every year we have to replace a bunch,” Cox said. “In our program we don’t have a whole lot of players. So every year when we lose people, it’s a lot.” The boys team had a middling year in 2011, going 6-7-2 in the Western Slope League, but showed off its talent in certain games, including a 3-3 tie against Steamboat Springs High School, which went 13-3-1 last year.

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Rebuilding their swing

Replacing a large group of seniors is a tall task for a high school team in any sport, but the Moffat County High School boys golf team is replacing its coach as well. Ken Harjes called it quits last year after 31 years at the helm of the Bulldogs varsity golf team. Replacing him this year is his former assistant Casey Kilpatrick, also a teacher at MCHS. Kilpatrick mostly worked with the underclassmen and inexperienced golfers on the team in the past, but will take over and deal with everyone in 2012. In addition to replacing Harjes, the Bulldogs lost four seniors from last year’s team, including Parker King, who accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Northern Colorado golf team last year. “We lost a very talented senior group last year,” Kilpatrick said. “We had some really great golfers. Right now we have a very young team.”

Letter: Thank you to police chief for response

To the editor: I recently submitted a letter to the editor in which I commented on the lack of attention of a Craig Police officer to a theft. At the same time as writing that letter, I also posted an email to Chief of Police Walt Vanatta expressing much the same opinion. It was within a day that I had a response and the report that had not been completed was available.

Letter: Casino a moral issue for community

To the editor: The casino question is one of the most critical issues that has faced our city in a long time. Since there are many church people in Craig from many denominations, which honor the Bible as God's message to us and would appreciate knowing what he has to say about it, I did a bit of study and came up with some verses that have a direct bearing on how we should vote:

Trinity Nicks: The 25 shades of Craig

If you haven't been among the millions of readers who put the "Fifty Shades of Gray" on the best sellers list, then the coming fall may be your time to snuggle up under a blanket and get a little "HOT". I am not only prescribing this read for women, but also for all you men out there. Now I know you men casually familiair with Fifty Shades are rolling your eyes and thinking I am crazy, but I am not, I assure you. I have been married for a long time and I know how easily couples can slip into a monotonous routine — how you would do almost anything to spark some of that passion and fire from when your relationship was fresh, exciting and new.

Bryce Jacobson: Your elected officials have spoken

They have said things such as, ‘sometimes you have to do what’s right,’ ‘if there is a conflict of interest – so be it,’ ‘there are citizens against virtually everything.’ They also have said, ‘we know the taxpayer said no in 2002, but this is different, we know we said we wouldn’t do this in 2006, but we have been fiscally responsible.’ I have also heard elected officials lament on many occasions in the past to the fact that taxpayers don’t attend their meetings, and that the public doesn’t seem to care what they are doing. Because of these comments, I was totally shocked that when taxpayers did show up in large numbers on Tuesday night, our elected officials didn’t allow them to have a voice.

Lance Scranton: Teaching with technology

Technology is ever-present in our culture and in our schools. The High School has taken advantage of some extra rooms and re-purposed these areas of the school and turn them into computer labs. The added computer centers mean our students have more access to technology than ever before. Combine the computer labs with iPads and Smartphones and we are definitely “wired.” Understanding by Design (UbD) is a curriculum planning movement in our School District that incorporates the best practices of teaching and takes into consideration how student learning has changed and adapted to technology.