Stories for December 2012

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Monday, December 31

Commissioners Gray, Danner discuss their terms in office

On Monday the Moffat County Commission is hosting a short meeting to address two business items that can’t wait until after the New Year. The commissioners are scheduled to reconvene Wednesday for a more typical meeting. For two current commissioners it will be their last meeting as an elected county official. Last week Commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Gray spoke with the Craig Daily Press about their goals coming into office, the state of the county, and how they were influenced by past commissioners.

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Shell donates $10,000 to TMH Foundation

Shell Exploration and Production Company recently donated $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation to support a new Picture Archiving and Communication System for the hospital. In the process of upgrading their current archiving system, a news release from the Foundation stated the new system would allow quick access to radiological images such as CT scans and X-Rays, creating improved transfer of those images to major hospitals concurrently with flight-for-life transfers.

Al Cashion: Old Year’s resolutions

I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions some years ago. I came to realize that I had not realized any changes at all. All my Old Year’s Resolutions never resolved a thing. No matter how resolutely I approached Jan. 1 with shoulders squared, jaw set, furrowed brow and a heroic and magnificent meeting of both frontal lobes converging upon that singular goal, I rarely saw a Jan. 31 that gave any evidence whatsoever of my promise to myself. In my Old Year’s Resolutions, I have committed to stop doing something, start doing something, go somewhere, learn something, lose something, gain something, build something, or … whatever.

Leona Hemmerich: The rule of nepotism

The root definition of nepotism is favoritism. It sprung from the Feudal practice of granting privilege to a relative. Papal power in old Europe would grant titles, lands and other privileges by edict to family and close ties. Inequities spawned from nepotism have plagued mankind through millennia. Nepotism is a very clear conflict of interest. Is the spirit of nepotism ruling in Moffat county? At the Dec. 18 commissioners’ meeting, when the BOCC fired MCTA board members due to supposed insubordination (doing our job), a number of people pointed out that Tom Mathers should not have a vote on that matter because of his personal conflict. The county attorney is aware that Mathers’ daughter is the director of the chamber. When Mathers ignored that request, the attorney said nothing. Considering the fact that not only is one commissioner related to the chamber director, two of the chamber board members are also Craig City Council members. Considering the amount of non-tourism tax dollars that are spent on the chamber by the city and county (even though businesses that are not chamber members pay some of those taxes) it seems odd that no complaint arose from any officials (who, by the way, are elected by the general populace) about the tax money going to a private entity, until you remember that nepotism rules. Craig seems to be rife with the “conflict of interest” syndrome. Some actually practice it.

Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

(AP) — A 31-year-old woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Erika Menendez, 31, was charged Saturday night with murder as a hate crime after she told police she spontaneously pushed Sunando Sen, according to prosecutors. “There is no reason. I just pushed him in front of the train because I thought it would be cool,” she said, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. She laughed so hard during her arraignment in Queens criminal court that Judge Gia Morris told her lawyer: “You’re going to have to have your client stop laughing.”

Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

(AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Clinton’s doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication. “Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion,” Reines said in a statement. “They will determine if any further action is required.” Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.

US pending home sales rise to highest in 2-1/2 years

A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the once-battered housing market. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 1.7 percent in November from October to 106.4. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit caused a spike in sales. And after excluding those months when the tax credit was available, it’s the best reading since February 2007. The increase followed a 5 percent gain in October and suggests higher sales of previously occupied homes in the coming months. There’s generally a lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.

Sunday, December 30

Broncos beat Chiefs, earn top seed

Peyton Manning figured one one-handed catch deserved another. So, up the ladder he went — throwing the ball high in the back of the end zone to Demaryius Thomas. Thomas leaped and brought it down with his right hand, then got both feet down inside the line for a touchdown. With that, he joined Eric Decker in Denver’s one-handed-touchdown club Sunday and gave the Broncos another otherworldly highlight to go with their home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after a 38-3 runaway over the Kansas City Chiefs. “They claim they can do that all the time,” said cornerback Champ Bailey, who got to watch the replays of both catches about a half-dozen times on the scoreboard. “They say they practice that. I don’t see it. But as long as they do it on Sunday, I’m all for it. Those are some great, hard-working boys and I expect nothing less.”

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Bulldog Sports for Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013

The coming week in sports for Moffat County High School, Parks and Recreation and Craig Middle School

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 31, 2012

The old year is now history; a new year has started with our new and old dreams, hopes and wondering what it will bring. Being asked what are your New Year resolutions? Resolutions can be exciting, but they can also fizzle as we realize we can’t do what we dreamed of doing, so look for new beginnings that we may add in addition to the taking care of family, jobs etc. that are not resolutions that we must accomplish.

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Monday Morning Chat: 5 minutes with Greg Bauer of Royal T Electric

Hometown: "Loveland." How long have you lived here: "9 years." What brought you here: "Family." Name of your business: "Royal T Electric."

Craig hockey team ends losing streak

Breaking their losing streak and boosting their spirit, the Craig hockey team Saturday won two non-league games. The Midget 14-18 team played Vernal, Utah, and won the first game 3-1 before taking the second 6-3. Although still 0-15 in league play, the hard work Craig’s hockey team has been putting in all season finally resulted in wins and a confidence boost. “We’re pumped,” said coach Tanya Ferguson. “The players were pretty excited. These are the first games we’ve won. They played really well and really hard.”

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Lebron looking to build off past track success

Alfredo Lebron believes he is a stronger competitor on the track than cross-country. That’s why the freshman at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., is looking forward to his first season of competitive collegiate track. Lebron said his inconsistent cross-country season still was a positive experience, so he feels it will give a boost to his track performance.

Saturday, December 29

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Girls basketball reconvenes in Craig

After a 1-2 start, the Moffat County girls basketball team won three of four games to turn its record positive before winter break. In an even better turn for the team, Roaring Fork lost two games before break, putting the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat in the Western Slope League. Now head coach Matt Ray wants to solidify that position. Ray and the Bulldogs basketball team got together Friday and Saturday for open gyms. After a strong finish to 2012, Moffat County took time off during break in accordance Colorado High School Activities Association rules.

Friday, December 28

Woman OK after car breaks through frozen pond

A woman whose car overturned and slid into the water of an icy pond in Windsor is crediting a passer-by with helping get her to safety. A car driven by 22-year-old Kimberly Garcia of Evans ended up upside-down in the pond off Colorado 257 near the entrance of the Kodak/Carestream campus Thursday evening. The passenger side of her car was submerged.

Slaying suspect also charged with sex assault

A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 14-year-old sister in Commerce City also is accused of sexual assault. Prosecutors said Friday that 24-year-old Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos (pah-DEE'-yah vee-ah-LOH-bohs) of Chihuahua, Mexico, is being charged with first-degree murder and five counts of sexual assault.

Coach cleared of child porn wants files sealed

A football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who was cleared of child pornography charges last month that stemmed from videos found on his cellphone of his naked children clowning around after a bath, wants to keep the police investigative reports sealed. Todd Hoffner has been taken off administrative leave, but hasn't been reinstated as head coach and is facing a 20-day, unpaid school suspension in January for unspecified reasons. Earlier this month, he asked for an injunction in an effort to keep the police reports private, after a Twin Cities television station asked to see them. Hoffner is seeking a temporary restraining order that would keep anyone from disseminating the investigative file. District Court Judge Krista Jass ruled last week that the reports will remain private until they can be reviewed, The Free Press of Mankato reported (http://bit.ly/ZFYA0c).

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Shell looks to expand exploration of Niobrara Formation

SWEPI applies for new test well 12 miles southwest of Craig

The winter months may not be prime times to drill, but that didn’t stop a major energy operator from trying to expand its exploration operations in the Niobrara Formation. In August Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP filed a permit application with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to add a new test well in Moffat County on Iles Mountain about 12 miles southwest of Craig. The application went live on the COGCC’s web site earlier this month.

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Swimmers from Moffat County return to the pool

Swimming is already a sport associated with the summer more than the winter, so taking time off for winter break seems like the natural thing to do. But Moffat County High School head coach Meghan Francone says those days off can provide difficulty for swimmers to stay in peak form during the middle portion of the season. The Moffat County girls swim team is competing in just eight meets this season before the state championships, meaning they have a more limited amount of chances to qualify for state. With four meets gone, each of the remaining four will take on added value.

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Moffat County boys start working for season's second half

It’s time for the Moffat County boys basketball team to get back to work. The Bulldogs enjoyed a 6-1 start to the season before winter break, an almost-perfect way to begin a season for which the players and coaches have high hopes. Now they will look to continue that after taking some time off.

Briefs: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Briefs: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 St. Michael's Soup Kitchen. Holiday Hours for medical facilities. Bears Ears Patriots business meeting Avalanche Safely Class Bears Ears Patriots business meeting

On the Record Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

On the Record Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

From Pipi's Pasture: Doing the winter chores

Pipi’s pasture is covered with snow, and we’re delighted to finally have some moisture! However, the snow means lots more work where chores are concerned. For example, snow has to be plowed around the house so we can get our cars out, and also on the feedlot and to the hay yard. Gates have to be shoveled out, especially where the snow has drifted, so we can get into the corrals. Hoses, used to fill stock tanks, have to be brought into the heated shop or back portion of the house so they won’t freeze. Then they have to be carried back out, unrolled, laid out, and once the tanks are filled, drained and rolled back up again.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Clam Chowder

I haven’t had the time to try the fruit cake bars or fruit cookies yet. I’m so thankful for the snow (I keep thinking about more green grass this year), but it surely has made for more chores. However, I did take some time to make clam chowder a couple of nights ago, and it was delicious. Last year I asked readers if they had a clam chowder recipe and most said they used an oyster stew recipe, substituting clams for the oysters. So that’s what I did. These are the ingredients I used: two 7 ½ ounce cans of minced clams, 3 slices of bacon (cut up), 2 medium potatoes (peeled and diced), 1 large onion (chopped), ¾ cup chicken broth, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 cup whipping cream, and ¾ cup milk. I looked at some oyster stew recipes in cookbooks. Some of the recipes called for ½ teaspoon dried thyme and a clove of minced garlic, but I didn’t use these two ingredients in my chowder.

Letter to the editor: Rapid fire rifles

To the editor: The question is being asked: Why do I want a rapid fire rifle with a high capacity magazine? Has everyone forgotten that our own government was an early pioneer in school shootings? When the Army National Guard fired into unarmed students at Kent State University. Four dead in Ohio.

Government update for Dec. 29

Government update

Baxter Black: Christmas letter from Baxter

We started out the year in Pasadena riding in the Rose Parade as part of RFD-TV’s 100 Palominos entry. I came home with flowers in my hair! It was one of five speaking programs I did (out of 65 in 2012) that were in California. The National Western Stock Show in Denver has been a big part of our lives for years. I see a lot of friends walking the barns and signing books and often do a program somewhere in town. We lived in Colorado for many years before moving to Arizona. January-February also included two events I never miss, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and the National Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting, in Nashville this year. I spent time with my TV and radio sponsors. They include B&W Trailer Hitches, Sweetlix, IMI Global, The Beef Checkoff, RFD-TV and U.S. Farm Report. I’m a good boy and try to make myself useful! March brought in the “Southern Alberta Cowboy Tour”, which was me! We hit all the big cities; Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal…no, pardon me, Pincher Creek, Stavely and Youngstown! They’ve got more character in one community hall than all the legislators in Washington, DC and Ottawa combined!

Rig Count for Dec. 29

Rig count

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Moffat County graduate learning to deal with changes in college

Heading to college is a momentous time in anyone’s life, signifying a significant change in one’s life, even if school is not far from home. There are new responsibilities coupled with greater freedom, and all sorts of new people to meet and places to see. It can be a difficult adjustment for even the most prepared of young adults.

Thursday, December 27

Despite snow, Colorado's drought outlook uncertain

The outlook for a major change in Colorado's drought is uncertain even though holiday storms have improved the mountain snowpack, a climate researcher said Thursday. "It's not quite good enough to pull us out of the 'drought,' but at least (it's) bringing temporary relief and optimism," State Climatologist Nolan Doesken said. Snow levels were as low as 40 percent of average earlier this month in the state's eight major river basins. On Thursday, the levels ranged from a low of 63 percent of average in the Arkansas River Basin to 85 percent in the Yampa and White river basins.

Broncos pass-rushing duo credits Del Rio, Manning

The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks in their wake can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning. Dumervil and Miller have 28½ sacks, earning the league's most prolific pass-rushing tandem return trips to the Pro Bowl — although they're determined to spend all-star weekend preparing for the Super Bowl in New Orleans rather than enjoying the sand, surf and sun. Miller's outlandish athletic ability and Dumervil's freakishly long arms that give him built-in leverage on every tackle he faces are two of the biggest reasons for the Broncos' league-best 10-game winning streak. In their eyes, though, the credit for all these sacks goes to the team's two biggest offseason additions, Del Rio and Manning, who embarked on comebacks in Colorado after messy exits from their former teams.

Newtown trying to give kids a sense of normalcy

The children at the Sandy Hook Elementary school won't be returning to classes for another week, but officials from the town, school district and local agencies are doing their best in the meantime to keep them occupied following a massacre at their school two weeks ago. The students have not attended school since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six adults on Dec. 14. They are slated to return to a different school next Thursday. In the meantime, they've been treated to field trips, toy giveaways and some organized play time. "A couple of the teachers have done pizza parties," said Janet Robinson, Newtown's school superintendent. "Another met her kids at the library so they could have a little reading time together. The most important thing has been connecting the students back to their teacher and their classmates."

Local gun sales skyrocket causing background checks to slow

Residents searching for high-powered rifles on Walmart’s website or in-store at the Craig location will quickly find most are sold out. A Sig Sauer M400 with prismatic scope, Sig Sauer M400 Enhanced Carbine ODG, Colt LE6920 Carbine Semi-Auto Rifle, and a host of others including AR 15’s are all out of stock. As many fear for their safety and right to bear arms in wake of the Newtown, Conn. shootings, gun sales have soared through the roof.

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Craig fans of Broncos excited for NFL playoffs

Heading into the final week of the season the Denver Broncos are guaranteed a home playoff game. Now the question becomes how many can they host? The 12-3 Broncos have won 10 games in a row and currently sit in the second spot in the AFC playoff picture. With a win they will secure a first-round bye and, with a Houston Texans loss on top of that, they will own home-field advantage through the Super Bowl.

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Joel Browning joins Moffat County School District Board of Education

Though a well-known face around town, Joel Browning is a new face to the Moffat County School District Board of Education. Barely making the deadline to apply for the vacancy, Browning was chosen and joined the board representing District 5 at the December board of education meeting.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 28, 2012: NOWECOS announces raffle winners

The latest sports news, including raffle winners from a Craig area club fundraiser, the newest Parks and Rec opportunities and additional events for high school sports.

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Operation rescue fawn

Two fawns saved from Elkhead Reservoir over holiday

It’s not uncommon to hear stories about multiple agencies collaborating together on a case to serve the public good. But too often those tales are told in reference to crimes, fires or some kind of natural disaster. Last week rangers from two local agencies came together to pull off a daring rescue to save a pair of mule deer fawns trapped in the ice at Elkhead Reservoir.

Janet Sheridan: The gift of a child

Every Christmas, I think about the gift of babies and remember the birth of my brother. At the age of nine on a worn-out day in February, I heard a car approaching and ran to the kitchen window. The barren branches of cottonwood trees streaked shadows across dirty snow; and a pale sun fled behind West Mountain as Mom stepped from Mrs. Gunderson’s car. She slammed the resistant car door behind her—launching our resident crows into an orbit of admonishment—and walked along our sidewalk of frozen mud, her face as worn-out as the day. Entering the house, Mom glanced at me—my scattered paper dolls, their newly cut-out costumes, and her forbidden sewing scissors. She took a poker to the coals in the stove and remained silent.

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Craig McDonalds donates $1,490 to Sandrock Elementary School

In a generous move Chris Nichols, owner of McDonald’s in Craig, donated 50 percent of the proceeds from the McTeacher’s Night fundraiser to Sandrock Elementary. Although McDonald’s suggested donation amount is between 15 and 20 percent of sales, according to a news release, Nichols donated half of all sales between 4 and 7 p.m. September 26, for a total of $1,490.96. Principals, teachers, parents and administrators all help conduct the event, the release states, taking on the role of McDonald’s employees for an evening.

Late season youth hunters reminded about changes

Late season youth hunts are underway, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind young elk hunters, their parents or mentors about eligibility information. New youth hunt rules include limits according to color-coded Game Management Units as defined on page four of the 2012 Colorado Big Game brochure. However on rule remains unchanged, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release. Youth hunters with an unfilled bull tag do not qualify for a late season hunt. A list of late season hunting opportunities also can be found online.

Udall rejects GOP idea to raise revenues by selling public lands

Congressional Republicans float idea to avoid fiscal cliff

In an effort to avoid a fiscal cliff Congressional Republicans earlier this month floated an idea to raise revenues by selling public lands. Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Stevan Pearce, R-N.M., first presented the idea in November through a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. Because the western United States is home to the country’s largest expanses of public lands Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., rejected the idea, saying a sell off of public lands would be imprudent and detrimental to western economies.

Letter to the Editor: Grave robbers

Jayne Pflughoeft: Letter to EditorDear Editor, I placed two solar Christmas tree's for my daughter, grandson and son in law at the cemetery.

Karina Browning: Letter to Editor

Karina Browning: Letter to Editor

On the Record Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

On the Record Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26

Moffat County Social Services and Connections 4 Kids to offer Parenting the Love and Logic Way course

Parenting the Love and Logic Way, a course teaching simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages is available to Moffat County residents beginning Jan. 15. Brought to residents by the Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the six-week course is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19 at the Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St. in Craig.

First Day Hikes offered throughout Colorado on New Year's Day

While much of the time around the holidays is spent indoors with friends and family, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is ready to help Coloradans get back outside. CPW will sponsor guided hikesNew Year’s Day in 15 state parks across Colorado, according to a news release, as part of the First Day Hikes Initiative. The hikes will start in the morning of Jan.1 with a few offerings beginning in the early afternoon.

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Moffat County High School graduate accepts internship at Disney World

As Craig residents continue to receive some much-appreciated snow, the cold that accompanies it is less than enjoyable. Former Craig resident and Moffat County High School graduate Andrew Drake headed for warmer weather the day after Christmas, traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to complete an internship with Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Gabriel Daigle: Letter to Editor

Gabriel Daigle: Letter to Editor

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day storms blamed for 3 deaths

Twisters hopscotched across the Deep South, and, along with brutal, straight-line winds, knocked down countless trees, blew the roofs off homes and left many Christmas celebrations in the dark. Holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions from the same fast-moving storms. As predicted, conditions were volatile throughout the day and into the night with tornado warnings still out for some parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The storms were blamed for three deaths, several injuries, and left homes from Louisiana to Alabama damaged. In Mobile, Ala., a tornado or high winds damaged homes, a high school and church, and knocked down power lines and large tree limbs in an area just west of downtown around nightfall. WALA-TV's tower camera captured the image of a large funnel cloud headed toward downtown. Rick Cauley, his wife, Ashley, and two children were hosting members of both of their families. When the sirens went off, the family headed down block to take shelter at the athletic field house at Mobile's Murphy High School.

Child's progress brings joy to Fort Collins family

The joy and excitement of Christmas is back to full strength at the home of Jade and Stacy Loughlin. Festive lights and ornaments decorate the tree; this year's family holiday greeting card featuring their three sons — Lir, Cormac and Conn — is strung along with those from years past across a living room wall. A year ago, some of the decor was up at the west Fort Collins home, but the celebration was muted as the family faced grave uncertainty about the months ahead and the possibility that Conn, who was 18 months old, would not live to see another Christmas. Despite the grim predictions of medical specialists, Conn has made progress in adapting to the physical challenges caused by a metabolic disorder that damaged his brain and nearly took his life.

Colorado gets up to 8 inches of white Christmas

Much of Colorado is enjoying a white Christmas after a storm dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the northwest part of the state and up to 7 inches along the Front Range. The National Weather Service reports more than 8.2 inches west of Steamboat Springs and nearly 7 inches near Eldorado Springs outside Boulder. Up to 6 inches was reported in the Grand Valley in west-central Colorado.

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Moffat County girls start win streak with victory against Gunnison

The Moffat County girls basketball team headed into its winter break on a high note. After a rousing victory against Olathe on Friday night, the Bulldogs followed it up with a 54-26 win against Gunnison High School on Saturday afternoon. Moffat County (4-3, 3-1 Western Slope League) beat a Cowboys team (0-6) which has had its fair share of struggles. Head Coach Matt Ray said it was a case of the Bulldogs being better across the board.

25 Shades of Craig: New Year's Kiss

Christmas is over and right around the corner is New Year’s. For many, New Year’s is the party of the year. It’s time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. There are many ways to ring in the New Year. Most of us will watch the ball drop with family and friends and others will go out on the town to party it up. As a single woman, I have been thinking about how I am going to ring in 2013, which got me thinking, why is the pressure to go out on New Year so big compared to any other night? Could it be that a kiss at midnight is so appealing to many of us or the chance of finding love? As the clock ticks closer and closer, you are on constant search for the perfect pair of lips to lock with when the clock strikes twelve.

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Keeping spirits bright while working Christmas

Claudia Molina, of Craig, was able to see her daughter Yoselin, 5, and son Diego, 2, tear into their presents this morning when they woke up at 5 a.m., excited to see if Santa had come. Yoselin had stayed up until midnight, attempting to catch Santa delivering presents until Molina told her Santa wouldn’t come if she were awake. “As soon as she went to bed I ran to the closet and put the presents under the tree,” Molina said. “I even left a note from Santa, thanking her for the cookies and milk. She wants to put the note in a photo album.” A perfect start to Christmas, Molina’s spirits weren’t dampened even though she had to go in for an afternoon shift at the Kum n’ Go on Yampa.

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Mathers hosts community for Christmas meal

With almost 200 pounds of turkey at this year’s feast, Mathers Lounge and Cafe was ready for one of its longest-standing traditions. The bar and restaurant held a Christmas Day meal in Craig for residents and visitors to come enjoy food and the company of loved ones, friends and other community members. Owner Tom Mathers considers it one of the best things they do at the restaurant.

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St. Michael's serves Christmas dinner

What Christmas lunch at St. Michael’s Catholic Church was lacking in attendance, it made up for in laughter and love. Three generations of the Bolton and Jarvis families served lunch, told jokes and shared smiles with everyone who came through the line.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2012: Bad Dogs have big upcoming tournament

The latest sports news around Craig and Moffat County. Get the most recent news from Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling, an update on pool and bowling leagues in Craig and Craig Parks and Recreation opportunities.

Monday, December 24

Many Craig stores stay open for last-minute shoppers

It’s inevitable. The harried last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, time spent searching the shelves for that specific item that should’ve been bought a month ago. David Ross, assistant manager at K-mart in Craig for 11 years, said the store has been open on Christmas Eve as far back as he can remember. And for good reason.

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A White Christmas

There was no dreaming of a white Christmas in Craig on Monday, as flakes began to fly again, just in time to greet the holidays.

Neil McCandless: TMH needs changes

To the editor: Since it is the end of the year it seems to me it would be a good time for the hospital board to remove Quorum from their contract and to change the administration.

Sunday, December 23

Manhunt for music teacher ends in Palisade

A nationwide manhunt for a man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl has ended in Garfield County where is being held without bail. The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) reports (http://bit.ly/UU05AV ) that authorities arrested 59-year-old James David Tiner early Saturday morning after a short pursuit after police closed in on his home in Palisade. His first court appearance is pending.

Manning's 3 TDs lead Broncos to 34-12 win

By his own estimation, Peyton Manning is not the quarterback he used to be. Try telling that to the Cleveland Browns. Manning threw for a season-high 339 yards and three touchdowns, two of which he zinged into impossibly tight windows to well-covered receivers, that pushed the Denver Broncos into a first-place tie in the AFC standings with a 34-12 win over the Browns. The 36-year-old quarterback recorded his 72nd career three-touchdown game Sunday as Denver (12-3) won its 10th straight. Manning has 34 touchdowns and 4,355 passing yards this season — second-most touchdowns he's thrown in his 14 seasons and 203 away from second-most yards, as well.

Police: US Sen. Crapo arrested, charged with DUI

Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.. "There was no refusal (to take sobriety tests), no accident, no injuries," Donaldson said. "Just a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI." Donaldson said he didn't immediately know what Crapo's blood alcohol level was, where he was coming from or the type of vehicle he was driving.

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Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosts Christmas Party for residents

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosted its Christmas party Saturday, much to the enjoyment of its residents. Served lunch and offered time to visit with family and friends, residents munched on sweets and watched as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children. Mary Gillingham, activities director at Sandrock Ridge, said Santa and Mrs. Claus have been coming for eight years, always to the delight of residents and visiting grandkids.

Moffat County Department of Social Services addresses welfare fraud

Most would like to believe that people are, at their core, honest and good. But there’s always the few who will take advantage of a system meant to benefit those who truly need it. For the Moffat County Social Services Department, welfare fraud is happening more frequently than it would like to see. Investigating 18 fraud cases in the past two years, and filing seven of those cases with the district attorney, welfare fraud is not something the department takes lightly, self-sufficience supervisor Laura Willems said.

Senior Spotlight for December 24, 2012

The Bells of Saint Mary are calling to the children of the sea. Is what I'm hearing being sung on my CD. I wonder how many bells have to ring to remind people that December 25 is Christmas Day a very special church day, or should be a special point to think of Christ sometimes during the day for without him there wouldn't be any Christmas. So you wouldn't be getting or giving any presents, parties, etc. So what some of you say? So I say please don't leave Christ out of Christmas. Say a prayer or thank him for what you have. Might not be much but it's better than nothing. Like one of the songs on other CD is I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas, cause somebody snitched on me. But hey way I see it where there's life there's hope and I'm still hoping for a better everything good for this world.

Rollover crash is a reminder to residents to drive sober this holiday season

Thursday’s one-car rollover crash near milepost 92 on Colorado Highway 13 saw no injuries, but it served as a reminder to residents not to drink and drive this holiday season.

Rose White: Change needed at TMH

I recently found myself as a patient at The Memorial Hospital. Please bear with me, I need to start from the beginning for any of this to make sense. I was admitted to the hospital via the Emergency Room Sunday night, Dec. 9. By Thursday afternoon I was feeling much better and able to finally get out of bed for a couple short forays in the hallway. Friday started out as another positive day health wise. I was thrilled knowing I would soon be going home. That thrill was short-lived!

Kathy Bassett: Trouble at TMH

Now that we have had the privilege of reading the comments and thoughts from the hospital administration employees discussing the quality of care issues and the impact on the community resulting from physician departures, I would like to put in my 2 cents worth as a patient! I’ve had to come to TMH on several occasions in the past 3 years. The longest stay I had was over 3 weeks and then re-admission for another week or so. Since then I’ve been in the hospital a few more times with two of them being this year. It is not fun to be in a hospital and I’d rather be anywhere else but why do we go to hospitals except to be treated so that we can get healthy and well again. I would interrupt at this point to say that I can’t complain about the quality of the nurse care. Most of the nurses were excellent and helpful and in fact went way beyond the call of duty to take care of me.

Saturday, December 22

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Moffat County uses third-quarter push to beat Gunnison

Heading into Moffat County’s boys basketball game against Gunnison, travel was a small concern for the Bulldogs. After finishing Friday night in Craig against Olathe, the Bulldogs had to get to sleep and get prepared for a five-hour bus trip to Gunnison on Saturday. Sophomore Tyler Davis didn’t seem concerned about it in the week leading up to the game.

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Yampa Valley Data Partners releases 2012 consumer preference study

Moffat County leakage report yields surprising facts about local consumer spending

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board received the results of a 2012 Moffat County consumer preference report last week. The report, also known as a leakage study, was compiled by Kate Nowak, executive director of Yampa Valley Data Partners, and Scott Ford, a Steamboat Springs economic analyst and an advisor for YVDP. The purpose of the study was to determine where and on what types of products local residents decide to spend their disposable income, and the report yielded some surprising results. “I thought you were coming to Routt County more than you do, but you don’t,” Ford said about Moffat County residents' spending habits. “We’re fooling ourselves up valley and what we found is there is not as much leakage to Routt County as we originally thought.”

Craig sports briefs for Dec. 24, 2012: Time running out to register for Trailbusters 2013

There are some registration deadlines approaching for Craig Parks and Recreation programs, including ski and snowboard lessons and youth basketball. A new session of water aerobics is set to begin in mid-January as well.

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Maybell home wins Tour of Lights contest

The Craig Daily Press thanks all of this year’s participants in the Holiday Tour of Lights. With a variety of strong entrants, the esteemed panel of judges had its hands full in picking winners. The winners for 2012 are Mick and Nancy O’Conor of 401 Ellis Ave. in Maybell. Their “winter carnival” themed lighting, complete with a Christmas ferris wheel and carousel, impressed the judges and earned the O’Conors the $200 first prize.

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Bulldog sports for Dec. 24 to 30

The coming week in sports for Moffat County High School, Parks and Recreation and Craig Middle School

Al Cashion: Ignorance, Illiteracy, Innumeracy

Merry Christmas! There. That’s out of the way. Now, to the subject at hand. The three nouns in the headline describe a state of being. Very often, they are used to describe a state of being resulting from one’s own volition. If one is of average IQ and chooses not to read, he has chosen illiteracy.

Friday, December 21

Colo retailer won't sell guns with large magazines

Colorado outdoor retailer Jax Mercantile has stopped selling rifles and handguns with high-capacity magazines at its six stores in Colorado and Iowa because of last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Jax President Jim Quinlan said Friday that the ban applies to firearms that come with magazines holding more than 10 rounds and to firearms designed for military or paramilitary use. Jax will continue selling conventional hunting rifles. The type of weapon covered is "a judgment call," Quinlan said. He said the deciding factor will be, "Does this firearm have a sporting application?"

Adams finally gets his chance at playoffs

He was a veteran deemed expendable by his old team when the Denver Broncos came calling, figuring an extra dose of savvy in the backfield might help them get where they were trying to go. Unlike Peyton Manning, however, strong safety Mike Adams didn't know how to navigate the road to the Super Bowl. In fact, he had never even been to the playoffs. The ninth-year veteran spent five of those years with the Cleveland Browns, a team in a near-constant state of turmoil, rebuilding, hiring, firing and, of course, losing. On Sunday, it will be Adams going against his old team, which is guaranteed another losing record, while his new team is taking him on his first ride to the playoffs, with many signs pointing toward a deep run.

Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted. Already, there are an estimated 10,000 sworn officers serving in schools around the country, most of them armed and employed by local police departments, according to a membership association for the officers. Still, they're deployed at only a fraction of the country's approximately 98,000 public schools, and their numbers have declined during the economic downturn. Some departments have increased police presence at schools since last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 dead, but say they can only do so temporarily because of funding. The National Rifle Association said at a news conference that it wants Congress to fund armed officers in every American school, breaking its silence on the Connecticut shootings. The idea made sense to some anxious parents and teachers, but provoked outright anger in others. "Their solution to resolve the issue around guns is to put more guns in the equation?" said Superintendent Hank Grishman of the Jericho, N.Y., schools on Long Island, who has been an educator for 44 years. "If anything it would be less safe for kids. You would be putting them in the midst of potentially more gunfire."

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Moffat County defense stifles Olathe

The Moffat County boys basketball team likes to get out and run as much as possible, feeling it is at its best when the ball is getting up the court quickly. The Bulldogs had some trouble playing at their speed for part of Friday night’s game against Olathe at MCHS, but they turned on the jets in the second half. Moffat County scored 20 points in the first 16 minutes followed by 39 in the next 16 to deliver a 59-32 win and improve to 5-1 this season. MCHS imposed its will on the Pirates starting in the third quarter and pushed the game out of reach.

Yampa White River region selected for USDA rural development program

Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco counties applied for SET grant together

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office announced Monday three counties in northwest Colorado were chosen to participate in a rural economic development program in 2013. The program, known as Stronger Economies Together, helps regional teams develop new approaches to strengthen and enhance regional economic development activities, according to a USDA RD news release.

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Moffat County girls adjust to take down Olathe

A basketball game can always turn when coaches have a chance to make adjustments. Head coach Matt Ray seemed to make all the right adjustments, and his players responded with a tough second half in beating Olathe, 43-33. The Bulldogs (3-3, 2-1 Western Slope League) overcame a difficult first half offensively and dominated the second half to overwhelm the Pirates (4-1, 2-1).

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WATCH LIVE: MCHS hoops teams battle Olathe

Click here to watch a live broadcast of Moffat County High School's games tonight against Olathe. The girls tip off around 6 p.m. while the boys start at 7:30 p.m.

Rose White: Change needed at TMH, part 1

I recently found myself as a patient at The Memorial Hospital. Please bear with me, I need to start from the beginning for any of this to make sense. I was admitted to the hospital via the Emergency Room Sunday night, Dec. 9. By Thursday afternoon I was feeling much better and able to finally get out of bed for a couple short forays in the hallway. Friday started out as another positive day health wise. I was thrilled knowing I would soon be going home. That thrill was short-lived!

Kathy Bassett: Trouble at TMH, part 1

Now that we have had the privilege of reading the comments and thoughts from the hospital administration employees discussing the quality of care issues and the impact on the community resulting from physician departures, I would like to put in my 2 cents worth as a patient! I’ve had to come to TMH on several occasions in the past 3 years. The longest stay I had was over 3 weeks and then re-admission for another week or so. Since then I’ve been in the hospital a few more times with two of them being this year. It is not fun to be in a hospital and I’d rather be anywhere else but why do we go to hospitals except to be treated so that we can get healthy and well again. I would interrupt at this point to say that I can’t complain about the quality of the nurse care. Most of the nurses were excellent and helpful and in fact went way beyond the call of duty to take care of me.

Lois Stoffle: Thank you, anonymous helpers

While trying help my husband (who has Alzheimer's disease) cross Sixth street at the light, from the south side to the north side to get to Grant Mortuary, he stumbled and almost pulled me down with him into the street as he fell. While I struggled to get him up, a lady in a little red car quickly pulled to the curb and came running to help us. At the same time, a young man parked his vehicle in front of the Museum and came running across Yampa Avenue to help also.

Baxter Black: Moustache safety

Moustaches have become de rigueur in certain lifestyle choices: mountain men, Arctic explorers, Fu Man Chu-ists, carnival acts like the bearded lady and cowboy poets. As we know, if something becomes popular, the government soon tries to get involved. A word about moustache safety and maintenance: HAPHAZARD! There are really no official rules, no regulations passed down by the Department of Sanitation or Landscaping or Aerodynamics. But I suppose one might encounter moustache restrictions for certain jobs like wine tasting, orthodontry, or swallowing fire. However, moustache freedom may soon be endangered. Already, well-meaning socialist potentates have passed intrusive laws in their kingdom decreeing No Smoking, No Soda Pop, No Big Macs, No Voting Republican, and No Spitting On The Sidewalk Laws. What if these little self-appointed kinglets discovered that moustaches can be life threatening? Let’s consider the story of LeeRay, a good ol’ Nebraska farm boy. It was calving season and things were not going well. They had a lot of scouring calves and heifers not pairing up. LeeRay was the ground-man at the calving barn. He’s a big fellow, not fleet-of-foot but strong and hard working. He was being helped by two cowboys who watched the “heavy bunch.”

Alice and Leo Snowden: A thank you to our children

We would like to Thank all our children for the 60th Anniversary Party at The Holiday Inn and all the friends that came by to help us celebrate.

Leona Hemmerich: Letter to Editor

Now that the Commissioners have removed Bryce and me from the MCTA board, I think it is important to point out what that removal means for all of Moffat County. Oops, I forgot, the BOCC seems to be only interested in serving the Greater Craig area, definitely the Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who believe Moffat County includes ALL of Moffat County, I will explain what has happened. For the first time in years, the MCTA Board has been moving cohesively in a positive direction to promote ALL of Moffat County. We’ve tackled differences, but work toward the same goal. Last January this BOCC refused to re-seat Kerry Moe, who has been instrumental in the progress we made. Over this past year the BOCC chose to remove three MCTA board members who were indispensible in making the fabulous Tourism Center at the mall a reality.

Rig Count for Dec. 22, 2012

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Phyllis Virden: Time for TMH administration to go

I've been reading the doctor hospital controversy with interest. Dr. Told was our family doctor for many years and when he was a new doctor here, there seemed to be a problem among other doctors or the hospital and they seemed to want to get him to leave but his patients had some town meetings in support of him and he stayed and served the community for many years. When he left, it left a lot of people without a family physician. Finally about one or two years ago, we started going to Dr. Phillips and really liked him and got to know him. From visiting with him, I understood that he loved the area and planned to raise his children here and be a part of the community for a long time.

Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services receives million dollar grant

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services was awarded $1,053,710 as part of the Colorado Department of Education’s Increasing Achievement and Growth Grant. According to a news release from NW BOCES, the money will be used to support literacy initiatives in the seven school districts NW BOCES serves, including East Grand, Hayden, Moffat County, North Park, South Routt, Steamboat Springs and West Grand school districts.

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CNCC cosmetology director settling into Craig community

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Cosmetology program has always been good, but with new program director Erica Dreckman, the program is on its way to being even better. Dreckman came to run the program nearly four months ago, leaving a teaching position in Fort Collins to do so. And although Dreckman said the program was good before she got there, she has some changes in mind to help improve the program, including a change in curriculum.

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Mountain West honors Pleasant at retirement party

Pete Pleasant decided 50 years in the insurance game is enough. Mountain West Insurance, 100 E. Victory Way, held a retirement party for Pleasant Wednesday night, trying to send the Craig native and longtime insurance man a proper sendoff. Daryl Camilletti spoke about Pleasant’s contribution to Mountain West and the company’s appreciation for his hard work.

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Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin honored at VFW Christmas Dinner

Craig local, Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin of the United States Navy, returned home last week to spend the holidays with his family, Travis attended the annual VFW Christmas dinner Monday as the guest of honor, where he received recognition for his quick rise through the ranks after enlisting in the Navy ten years ago. “He flew up the ranks,” VFW commander Guy Bradshaw said addressing those at the dinner. “That’s one hell of an achievement.” Travis was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September during a pinning ceremony, following a six-week induction process unique to the Navy.

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Over a Cup: Fruit Cake Bars

Last week’s “Over a Cup of Coffee” featured a recipe for “Holiday Fruit Bars”. I had not taken the time to try the recipe so I asked for feedback from anyone who baked the cookies. Lois Stoffle, of Maybell, tried the recipe. She reported that the cookies were moist and tasty and that they are a good substitute for fruit cake. Lois added a little nutmeg and a little ginger to the ingredients. Thanks, Lois! Then today Marilyn Riedman called from Williamette Valley, Ore. She also baked the cookies.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Decorating the Tree

When my sisters, brother, and I were growing up on the ranch, it was tradition for Dad to cut the Christmas tree. Before he left to get the tree, we kids always reminded him that we wanted a tall tree. Our sister Charlotte Allum remembers at least one time when Dad came back and teased us that he couldn’t get through the deep snow to find a tall tree so he had to bring a short one. We were pretty worried, but, of course, the tree was tall as usual. I remember decorating the tree the same day that Dad brought it home, but Charlotte recalls Dad putting the tree in water for a couple of days before he brought it into the house and set it up. By that time we had gotten down the box of decorations. We could hardly wait until the tree warmed up and the icicles and snow in the branches melted.

DA’s office amends charges in Scott case

A local resident charged with assault appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court for a status conference. Derik Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in district court with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of violating the conditions of a bail bond, a Class 6 felony. In addition Scott faces two counts of sentence enhancers, including one count of committing a violent crime with the use of a weapon and one count of committing a violent crime causing serious bodily injury.

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Firefighters respond to fire at Barnes residence

Barnes: When it comes to having a crisis this is one of the best communities

On Monday Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to a report of a house fire on Moffat County Road 174 about 10 miles west of Craig. The home belongs to longtime Moffat County residents Rick and Tami Barnes. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said the blaze, which started at approximately 10 p.m., was ignited by a faulty wood-burning stove. Firefighters battled blizzard conditions, Johnston said, but had the fire under control after about an hour and a half.

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The Williams Brothers Band to play at Holiday Inn in Craig

The popular Grand Junction based Williams Brothers Band will help Craig residents celebrate the Mayan prophesized end of the world tonight at 9 p.m. the Holiday Inn of Craig’s End of the World Party. Playing what they call east bay funk and high desert boogie, James Williams of the band said the band has much of their musical roots grounded in their musical experiences growing up in California’s east bay. Members of the band include James Williams, Phillip Williams, Jared Schmidt, Allen Bradley and extras Donny Morales, Andy Schmidt and Glenn Patterson.

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Festival of Trees wraps up last Thursday with caroling

Moffat County Youth United Way and Key Club wrapped up its last night in a series of Thursday activities this week for its Festival of Trees. Twenty-two non-profits decorated trees in the Moffat County Courthouse for the community to enjoy throughout December.

Thursday, December 20

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2012

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MCSD hosts meetings to address concerns following Newtown tragedy

The unthinkable became a nightmarish reality last week in Newtown, Connecticut, when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, releasing fire that resulted in 26 deaths of students and staff. Taking the lives of 20 innocent children and six of those charged with their safety, the gunman also took the peace of mind, safety and security that parents across the nation had in sending their child off to school each day. As the nation deals with the tragedy, Craig is not exempt from coping and attempting to rebuild their trust that its students will be safe at school. In an attempt to alleviate parents concerns and answer questions, Moffat County School District hosted two community meetings this week, one at Moffat County High School and one at Sandrock Elementary School. Addressing those in attendance at Sandrock Wednesday night, Moffat County School District superintendent Dr. Joe Petrone, told parents the meetings were held to give parents a sense of what the district had in place for the security and safety of the children.

In Mexico, New Agers hope Dec. 21 brings new era

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) — The crystal skulls have spoken: The world is not going to end. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. The skulls weren't the only inheritances left by the ancient civilization that have been making waves this week: The supposed end of the Maya long-count calendar on Friday has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe. "This is not the end of the world, this is the beginning of the new world," Johnsen-Moser said at a gathering of hundreds of spiritualists at a convention center in Merida. "It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet ... Fear is out of place."

Manning's choice added pressure in Denver

(AP) — Knowing as well as anyone that time is no longer his friend, Peyton Manning went looking for a team last summer. He gambled on the Denver Broncos, and when he signed the contract, the players who were already in Denver got the message: Their new quarterback thought the pieces were in place to win the Super Bowl, and win one quickly. "You had a guy like Peyton. He had the opportunity to go several places," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "You know he wants to win and he goes to the place that can help him win. It raises your expectations." On a nine-game winning streak and positioned for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it's safe to say the Broncos (11-3) are living up to what Manning hoped they would be.

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Boys hoops team looks to correct errors in Craig

Eric Hamilton wants his team to finish 2012 with some momentum heading into the new year. The Moffat County High School boys basketball coach thinks a couple wins this weekend are imperative coming off a 54-51 loss to Roaring Fork last Saturday. In the loss, the Bulldogs held a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but fell apart in the fourth and surrendered a winnable game.

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MCHS girls face tough test with Olathe

Heading into Christmas, it’s already time for a big basketball game in Craig. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will look to get back on track Friday when they take on Olathe in a key Western Slope League matchup. Olathe is the defending champion of the 3A WSL, and has started its season a perfect 4-0. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have had a more up-and-down 2-3 start, most recently with a 51-41 loss to Roaring Fork. That loss was a difficult one for the Bulldogs, which did not play with the same intensity as in their home-opener, head coach Matt Ray said.

Pastor Tim Douglas: Seek & Find

There is a lot of anticipation for Christmas to arrive in less than a week. Children as well as adults get excited about receiving gifts under the tree from those they love and also in giving gifts to others. Just over 2,000 years ago the greatest gift that could ever be given arrived in a stable behind an inn in Bethlehem in Judea. The gift was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a feed trough. The gift was announced to shepherds watching out for predators at night as the sheep slept. After the announcement to the shepherds of the birth of a Savior they decided to go into Bethlehem and find this new Savior. The story says they hurried to find him.

Leona Hemmerich: ‘If you can’t stand the heat’

It appears as though freedom of speech is now banned in Moffat County government. This was shown through the recent action of the commissioners (orchestrated by Tom Mathers) to remove two members of the MCTA Board because of statements cited in the paper that went against the decisions of the Board of County Commissioners. Therefore I think it must be said: They don’t like the notion of freedom of expression. Those who were present at that meeting may recall that after Mathers tried to explain why he wanted to remove the two MCTA members immediately (rather than waiting until the new BOCC is seated), he stated that the reason Bryce and I needed to be booted off the Board was because we were making statements that signaled our disagreement with the commissioners and their apparent ties to the Craig Chamber of Commerce. While Mathers also made some statements that are very debatable, he came back again to his premise that by disagreeing in public with the BOCC, we were insubordinate.

Interfaith Food Bank: Thank you, community

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Interfaith Food Bank would like to sincerely thank the community for their gifts of food and money this past month to our food bank.

Allan Reishus: Turn-over at TMH

The 3-part series “Turnover at TMH” by Ms. Warden brought to light some of the problems at TMH. However, the exposure was superficial. Five local doctors have been dismissed from TMH in 2012. Five others left town in the two years prior to that. Only four or five doctors are left who live in Craig and work at TMH. Those may be honestly happy with their practices in the community. I am hoping so.

Wednesday, December 19

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VFW Patriot's Pen Essay contest winners announced

Winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest were announced at Craig Middle School Tuesday afternoon. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the contest required students write a 300-400 word essay about what they would tell America’s founding fathers.

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Bound by a bridge

Craig residents share cancer treatment experience through daughter, coworker

The world is a small place, or at least sometimes it feels that way. And although the phrase is most often reserved for chance encounters far from home or the discovery of mutual friends, colleagues and acquaintances, it also can be a small world for residents facing similar illnesses at almost the exact same time. In October 2011 Craig residents Lila Herod and Tony Grajeda were diagnosed with cancer about a week apart. Not only were Herod and Grajeda diagnosed in the same month, they also underwent treatment at about the same time and had their respective surgeries two days apart at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

M2 Minute: Amendment 64 — What now?

On Nov. 2, 2012, Colorado made history alongside Washington, when the majority voted in favor of Amendment 64, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Amendment 64 legalizes possession, consumption, and cultivation of up to six plants for adults 21 years of age and older, and set in place the outline for the regulation of retail cannabis stores. The amendment also sets aside the first 24 Million dollars in Tax revenue from those stores for schools and education. Governor John Hickenlooper then signed the bill into law on Dec. 10, 2012, officially enacting the amendment and effectively changing Colorado's legal stance on cannabis. All other laws regarding cannabis remain in place. Like alcohol, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public and to drive under the influence.

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Stella Hall a fixture in Craig community

Stella Hall has been a fixture in Craig for many years. A retired teacher, Hall spent 42 years teaching in Moffat County. Having taught science in high school, junior high and elementary school, Hall said she didn’t have a favorite, enjoying the unique experiences each grade level provided.

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Craig transplant makes his mark through work

Good customer service is attempted by many but only achieved by few. At the City Market in Craig, Marcus LASTNAME sets the bar for how good customer service can be. Marcus, a 48-year-old transplant from Waco, Texas who has been in Craig for 17 years, is an instantly recognizable figure to any City Market frequenters in Craig. Mention the really friendly guy and you’ve probably got him pegged in your mind.

Murder suspect appears in district court for status conference

Preliminary hearing rescheduled for February 2013

A Craig resident suspected of murder appeared today in Moffat County District Court for a status conference. Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of murder, a Class 1 felony. He remains in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond.

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Craig men enjoy each other's company at morning gatherings

Head to the Coolwater Grille on weekday mornings and you’ll see a typical grouping of citizens of Craig strewn throughout the restaurant enjoying coffee, breakfast and company. Head into the café’s back room and you’ll see a more unique grouping, carrying on a tradition of friendship that goes back years and generations in Craig. A group of Craig men ranging anywhere from a few to as many as 10 gathers for coffee, tea and a good time. The clique of some of Craig’s (and Moffat County’s) long-living citizens get together and no topic is off limits.

Keith Prescott: Happy at TMH, part 2

I have worked other places, and I do not plan on leaving The Memorial Hospital. I am in daily contact with George Rohrich, Scott Ellis, and Jeff Womble. I am grateful that they are here. We are better because of their care they give to our community. I want to thank Mike Lyon for giving me the opportunity to live among the good people of Craig. He has served this community for years. I hope to follow in his footsteps.

Tuesday, December 18

Classes resume in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week's massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest, as this grieving town wrestled with the same issues gripping the country: violence, gun control and finding a way forward. Funerals were held for two more of the tiny fallen, a 6-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. A total of 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S history. The gunman also killed his mother in her home before committing suicide. The resumption of classes at all Newtown's schools except Sandy Hook brought a return of familiar routines, something students seemed to welcome as they arrived aboard buses festooned with large green-and-white ribbons — the colors of the stricken elementary school. "We're going to be able to comfort each other and try and help each other get through this, because that's the only way we're going to do it," said 17-year-old P.J. Hickey, a senior at Newtown High School. "Nobody can do this alone."

Gold panning ban defeated in Larimer County

Panning for gold in Larimer County will still be allowed after commissioners rejected a measure that would have banned it. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/V4xxD5 ) that two members of the three-person commission rejected a proposal that would have prohibited taking minerals from county lands. A third commissioner was on vacation.

Colorado transportation officials brace for storm

Colorado transportation of crews were fanning out across the Denver metro area to keep the roads open during a wintry storm. Up to 75 Colorado Department of Transportation snowplows were expected to begin working 12 hours shifts in the metro area late Tuesday as the storm moved into the area.

25 Shades of Craig: Songs

“Where there is desire there is going to be a flame, where there is a flame someone is bound to get burned, just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die, you gotta to get up and try, try, try.” When I hear the song “Try” by Pink it not only lifts my spirits, it also inspires me to get back up and keep trying. Songs have always played an important role in my life. Every time I hear certain song it not only transports me back to an exact moment in time, it also changes my mood. I don’t think we fully understand the power music has over us. Every song is a story put to a combination of notes.

CDP Editorial: Searching for security

Our View: Following last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., community members were left with many questions regarding the safety of our children. While Moffat County School District administrators may not have answers to all those questions, their actions in the wake of last week’s shooting show how serious they are about keeping our students safe.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 19, 2012: Week 15 bowling league standings

The latest sports news in Craig, including updated standings from bowling leagues at Thunder Rolls, as well as approaching deadlines for signups in Parks and Recreation events.

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Moffat County wrestlers finish well in Grand Junction tournament

In its first individual-based event of the season, the Moffat County wrestling team came back from Grand Junction with a couple results to write home about. The 35th annual Warrior Classic was held Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, with 38 teams from four states competing in individual weight-class tournaments. As one of the strongest early-season tournaments in Colorado, the Warrior presented Moffat County wrestlers with a unique test to gauge their progress so far.

Donna Johnson: Thank you, Caring Consumers program

Donna Johnson President of Craig Lions Club :Letter to Editor

Darryl Willshire: More abuse from CPW

“Colorado Parks and Wildlife to be harassing deer in a area near you.” That’s what the headline should of read Dec. 17 on craigdailypress.com instead of "Low-flying aircraft to count deer in eastern Colorado." Actually the CPW has already been harassing them here. I was snowmobiling Friday and they were up on Freeman Road chasing deer. They were flying approximately 50-100 feet off the ground and were herding the deer out of the brush and chasing them over the hills.

Moffat County Cancer Society: Thank you, Daily Press

The board members of The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to thank The Craig Daily Press for its very generous donation. All of the money received by The Moffat County Cancer Society remains in Moffat County for our Moffat County cancer recipients. The Moffat County Cancer Society strives to make a bad time a little more tolerable for our Moffat County recipients going through the cancer process. Your very generous donation we recently received from you helps make this happen for many people in Moffat County.

Carissa Condor: Sidewalks mean safety

My family moved to Craig just less than five years ago and almost immediately I noticed a lack of sidewalks and bike lanes in town. This bothered me almost immediately but I have been pushed to the point of writing this letter only recently. And that's because the significant risk that no sidewalks entails has presented itself to me in a very real way. My daughter is a first grader at Sandrock Elementary. In good weather we ride bikes, but in bad weather we tend to drive. Unfortunately I was recently in an accident and we are now a one-car family, which means on certain days we walk. What I have seen walking to and from my daughter's school is, quite frankly, alarming. Of the five blocks we walk to school only one of those blocks has a sidewalk and lucky for us it is mostly kept shoveled by the residents of the block.

Moffat County Commissioners approve items for tax exemption

The Moffat County Commissioners voted to enact tax exemptions at the county level on renewable energy components, beetle wood products, school related sales, farm equipment and the occasional sale by charitable organizations at their regular meeting Tuesday morning. The commission held off on voting on other items the state is now exempting from taxes such as food, until they said they could better know the impact it would have.

Commissioners remove 2 from MCTA board

Moffat County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to remove Bryce Jacobson and Leona Hemmerich from the Moffat County Tourism Association’s board of directors. Commissioner Tom Mathers made the motion to remove Jacobson — the board’s chair — and Hemmerich, saying the two board members had been insubordinate and disruptive. Tom Gray also voted for their removal, while Commissioner Audrey Danner dissented. Jacobson is publisher of the Craig Daily Press. Mathers said he initially considered dissolving the entire MCTA board and starting over, then decided against it after discussion with MCTA director Melody Villard.Tuesday’s county commissioner’s meeting was packed, as people crowded outside the door to hear discussion and give comment on commissioner Tom Mather’s motion to remove Bryce Jacobson and Leona Hemmerich from the Moffat County Tourism Association board.

Manfred J. Woog: Ongoing issues at TMH

It really saddens me as well as my wife that so may doctors that we have come to know and trust, like Drs. Huffmire, Reishus, Crowe, Roberts, Phillips, Pense, Ossen and Rice, have recently left TMH, not to retire, but to take their medical skills to other communities. What an enormous loss this has been to our Craig and Moffat County community. “Craig Daily Press This is our Hospital Monday December 17” Hats off to Al Cashion for his backbone and comments, our sentiment exactly. We need more people with backbones to stand up for what we see and feel is wrong particularly with our own TMH administration and board. The board may have chosen to contract Quorum Health Systems to provide executive administration but they do not own TMH and our board should have the necessary backbone and common sense to direct them in the direction to what we feel is fair and just for our good and valued staff of Doctors and not each and every one given the option of “My Way or the Highway attitude and method of conduct”.

Keith Prescott: Happy at TMH, part 1

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Keith Prescott. I am a Nurse Anesthetist and work with Mike Lyon to provide anesthesia services at The Memorial Hospital. Presently I am pursuing a Jurist Doctorate degree to use in conjunction with my profession of anesthesia. I did my undergraduate in nursing and received a BSN at Thoracic at Mckay-Dee hospital. We took care of many sick patients and I pride myself on the exceptional care and interventions I made on these patients’ behalf. I also worked at a long-term care facility that had chronic tracheotomy and ventilator patients who had suffered paralysis or other neurological events that left them needing constant care. I'm also a father to 5 boys and this coming year I will celebrate 17 years of marriage.

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Craig man charged with criminal intent

Kenneth Layton Arnett, 20, of Craig, was arrested Thursday on theft and shoplifting charges. On Monday he was charged with one count of criminal attempt for possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of possession of two or more chemicals with the intent to manufacture amphetamines.

Monday, December 17

Moffat County School District to host community meetings

The Moffat County School District will be hosting two community meetings to assist parents in understanding safety procedures as a result of last week’s tragic event in Connecticut. The first is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Moffat County High School, the second will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sandrock Elementary School in the cafeteria. District administrators, school administrators and school counselors will be on hand to answer questions and assist parents.

Caroline Dotson: Thank you, teachers

Caroline Dotson :Letter to Editor

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

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Sandrock Elementary School third graders take trip back to 1800s at Wyman Museum

Sandrock Elementary School third graders had the opportunity to see just how tough life would’ve been back in the 1800s Monday afternoon at the Wyman Museum. During a field trip to the museum, students helped make applesauce, learned about daily chores such as churning butter, saw a real blacksmith at work and met JR the elk.

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Craig's Anson a donator, born and bred

For many people, giving back to their home community is a way to show appreciation for what the people and organizations that got them to where they are. Resident Mardi Anson takes it to another level. Anson, 40, is a third-generation Craig native who will be seen active in many of Craig’s organizations and groups. The mother of two has been doing it for years and has a list of activities outside of her job that doesn’t seem to end.

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Pizza Hut general manager Ken Prescott putting in extra effort for his customers

Ken Prescott has worn many hats, having been a marine, EMT, CNA, manager, a mobile DJ and event planner and most recently the new general manager at the Craig Pizza Hut. Prescott began managing Pizza Hut at the beginning of November, and his customers have noticed his management style.

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Christiansen siblings find 4-hour commute worth the effort

Driving to the Christiansen’s house, watch the mile markers until coming to two, a mile and a half from the Utah border. Nearly a two-hour drive from Craig through windy roads filled with plenty of wildlife, the Christiansen’s live on the Brown’s Park Wildlife Refuge headquarters. A long commute is putting it mildly, but Faith Christiansen, 16, James Christiansen, 12 and Trevor Christiansen, 10, wake up around 4 a.m. everyday, leave the house at 5:10 to catch the bus at 5:30, for a two hour bus ride to school in Craig.

Low-flying aircraft to count deer in eastern Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are employing the use of aircraft in two separate operations to help monitor the deer population in eastern Colorado. Agency biologists started utilizing low-flying helicopters this past Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist in surveying deer herds in southeastern Colorado, the agency announced in a news release. "We will primarily be flying in the Arkansas River Valley in Prowers, Bent, Otero and Crowley Counties," terrestrial biologist Jonathan Reitz said in the release. "But we will also be flying low over portions of Kiowa and Baca Counties as well." Depending on weather, the operation in southeastern Colorado is expected to continue until the end of the year.

Sunday, December 16

Theater shooting victim awarded posthumous degree

Metropolitan State University of Denver has bestowed an honorary bachelor of arts degree upon a student who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting. Jessica Ghawi, who was among 12 people killed in the July 20 shooting that injured 58 others, was a junior majoring in speech communication with a focus on broadcast journalism.

Broncos rout Ravens, 34-17, for 9th straight win

The Denver Broncos no longer can be considered a notch below the best in the AFC, nor can they be viewed as a team that can succeed only when Peyton Manning puts up dazzling numbers. Their 34-17 rout of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday showed just how good these Broncos can be. Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and Denver cruised to its ninth straight victory in surprisingly easy fashion. "You come to the Ravens' house and beat them handily, it's definitely a statement game," Harris said. "We definitely wanted to show to everybody that we're an elite team."

Gunman's mother kept trials of home life hidden

At the bar, everybody knew her name. Nancy Lanza was the one who, if she heard you were short on cash, regularly offered to pick up the tab at My Place. Two or three nights a week, Lanza — the mother of the gunman in Connecticut's horrific school massacre — came in for carryout salads, but stayed for Chardonnay and good humor. The divorced mother of two — still smooth-skinned and ash blonde at 52 — clearly didn't have to work, but was always glad to share talk of her beloved Red Sox, gardening and a growing enthusiasm for target shooting. But while Lanza spoke proudly about her sons and brought them in for breakfast when they were younger, friends say she held one card very close: home life, especially its trials and setbacks, was off limits.

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Horizons Little Points of Light campaign to continue to provide services

Madison Simonette, 5, runs circles around the Simonette family's living room, with little brother, Jase, 2, in tow. Talking up a storm, you’d never guess Madison once worked with a Horizons Specialized Services speech therapist. Only saying mom, dad and hi by 18 months, Madison’s pediatrician recommended Ashley and John Simonette consider contacting Horizons and utilize their early intervention and family support programs.

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Wyman’s Museum hosts Christmas for Kids

Christmas still is just more than a week away, but the holiday was in full swing during the weekend in Craig. On Saturday, dozens of families and hundreds of people attended the Wyman Museum’s Christmas for Kids, which featured crafts, hot cocoa, sleigh rides, J.R. the elk, and, of course, Santa Claus.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Lexi Drgac, cosmetologist at Tumbleweeds and Lace Salon in Centennial Mall

ob title: "Cosmetologist." Hometown: “I’m originally from Denver and I’ve lived here for about 8 years.” How did you get started at your job: “My grandma’s friend actually was talking to Debbie and basically landed me the job.” Motto or phrase you live your life by: “Be happy.”

Senior Spotlight for December 17, 2012

Love thy neighbor, this past week was a very good example of that in carious ways, different parts of out nation, emotions were shown openly. One thing I thought was why does it take some form of tragedy to bring people together in a way that prejudice is forgotten for a while and the true meaning of Christmas comes through, togetherness in spirit— in thought, word and/or deed. Reality hits hard— forgiveness, remorse or whatever is there, most of the time is showing up but sometimes it's easier to put it aside and go back to after me and you come first, unless you are part of the tragedy.

Larry & Mary Bea Neu: A conflict of interest

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in the future of the Moffat County Tourism Association to attend the meetings at the courthouse tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec.18. There will be an MCTA meeting in the main floor conference room at 9:15a.m. followed by the BOCC discussion about MCTA 9:45 a.m. There has been controversy between the MCTA, Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Commissioners for the last six or seven years. In that time there has been chamber board members have changed, commissioners and MCTA members have come and gone, and the MCTA director has changed four times. There is a constant that has not changed in those years: the Chamber Director, Christine (Mathers) Oxley, and Commissioner Tom Mathers, Christine’s Father.

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Craig local a first prize winner in national quilting competition

Waiting until the last minute to get projects done, whether it be in work, school or personal life, can sometimes result in sub-par work. But Craig resident Renata Beason is re-evaluating that notion after she decided to enter a quilting contest only two weeks before the deadline and experienced success on a national level.

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Moffat County basketball teams fall at Roaring Fork

The Moffat County boys and girls traveled to Carbondale to take on Roaring Fork in another Western Slope League basketball game. Both teams held leads throughout the game but had lackluster fourth quarters and suffered losses. It was the boys team's first loss of the season, while the girls fell to 2-3.

Saturday, December 15

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Craig youths compete in free-throw contest

At the Elks Hoop Shoot in Craig on Saturday, shooting free throws was the task, but many different methods of doing it were shown off. Some children attending the event jumped when they shot, while others kept their feet planted on the ground. Some shot quickly, while others took their time with a few dribbles or flips of the ball in between. Most stuck with a traditional over-hand shot, but some put theirs up granny-style. And although the differing styles did result in some children making more shots than others and winning their age groups, Director Frank Sadvar felt everyone walked away a winner, including himself.

Al Cashion: This is OUR Hospital

The Chain of Command at TMH. It’s our hospital. We have control of the Hospital Board. They must answer to us. We’re the Boss. The board contracted Quorum Health Services for operational expertise and to provide executive administration. They answer (supposedly) to the board.

Letter: Joe Petrone on Newton, Conn. and helping kids cope

A letter from Moffat County School District Superintendent Joe Petrone to the community, concerning the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, its aftermath, and information to help children of this community.

Audrey Danner & Marie Peer: Continue to report child abuse cases

Recently the Denver media reported on the Colorado Child Welfare system. This 8 day report was the culmination of a review over the past eight months with unprecedented access to inform provided by the state and numerous counties to the media. Exclusive Director Reggie Richard of the Colorado Department of Human Services noted, "It is only by providing access to the painful realities of our work, the families we served and the professionals who served them, that we can work together to find the best solutions of children." Over the past two years, Governor Hckenlooper worked closely with the Department of Human Services to establish a child welfare plan for Colorado, "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy." Our focus on these strategies will continue to assist in improved outcomes as even one child hurt is too many. On November 11, the Denver Post reported that Moffat County has the highest rate in the state of child abuse and neglect reports per 1,000 people. A referral is a report a suspected child abuse of neglect to Social Services or one of the law enforcement agencies.

Teena Ray: Time to work together

The fiscal cliff presents an opportunity for members of Congress to reach across the partisan divide and create a comprehensive, balanced deficit-reduction plan — an approach that doesn't force the middle class to bear the brunt of the tough choices and helps strengthen our economy and job-growth again. In order to reach this budget deal, I agree with my senator, Mark Udall, that we ALL need to set aside our rigid pledges and ultimatums and get to work. Being stubborn has worked for very few people, and has alienated many. We need to work together as Americans, to make America great again.

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

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Bad Dogs hosting big weekend tournament in Craig

The Bad Dogs youth wrestling team is hosting its first of two major tournaments Saturday at Moffat County High School. The Bad Dogs Winter Rumble will host wrestlers from across the Western Slope as well as other parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Bad Dogs strength coach Jeff Pleasant said they are expecting over 200 participants to be in attendance at the tournament taking place in the MCHS gym. Pleasant said there will be six mats at the tournament, starting at 10 a.m., with wrestling for children ages 4 – 14. This tournament, while not as big as the Bad Dogs’ spring tournament, is still an important one where Craig residents can see what the team is all about and check out some of the region’s best youth wrestling. “We’ll have out of town teams from all over the Western Slope,” Pleasant said. “It’s kind of a warm-up and preview to what will happen in the spring. We’re going to see teams that have never been here before.”

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Moffat County boys and girls look to keep momentum going

The Moffat County basketball teams started their league seasons in style, going 4-0 in junior varsity and varsity games against Grand Valley Thursday at the MCHS gym. With 20 and 40-point wins by the two varsity programs, the trick now will be to get and keep a winning streak going. The Bulldogs head to Roaring Fork today to try and do just that.

Broncos hope Manning can end Baltimore woes

(AP) — The last time the Denver Broncos won a game in Baltimore, a baby-faced John Elway was making his second NFL start and producing his first career fourth-quarter comeback. That was way back in 1983, before the Colts left for Indianapolis. The Broncos are 0-5 in Baltimore since the Ravens entered the league in 1996. Champ Bailey doesn't care. He has Peyton Manning on his side this time. Manning is 8-0 against the Ravens since 2002 with half of those wins coming in Charm City, where the Broncos (10-3) will face the Ravens (9-4) Sunday in the marquee matchup of a weekend brimming with big games.

Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots reverberating through the building and screams echoing over the intercom. The 20-year-old killer, carrying at least two handguns, committed suicide at the school, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said. The rampage, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that claimed 33 lives in 2007. "Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama, struggling to maintain his composure, said at the White House. He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, saying, "As a country, we have been through this too many times."

Veterans Hotline: VA seeks to expand TBI benefits

Attn Military personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan: The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses, which are secondary to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) “We must always decide Veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available, and we will,” Secretary of veterans Affairs Erik K. Shinseki said. “Veterans who endure health problems deserve timely decisions based on solid evidence that ensure they receive benefits earned through their service to the country. VA proposes to add a new subsection to its adjudication regulation by revising 38 CFR 3.310 to state that if a Veteran who has a service-connected TBI also has one of the five illnesses, then the illness will be considered service connected as secondary to the TBI.

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Building relationships

Kerri Klein returns to Moffat County as new Social Services Director

Craig and Moffat County residents have coined a term to describe those who return to the area after taking time to strike out on their own and chart a new path. Though not often used to describe a non-Craig native an exception could be made in the case of Kerri Klein who epitomizes the spirit of the word Boomeranger.

Friday, December 14

Rig Count for Dec. 15, 2012

Rig count

Government update for Dec. 15, 2012

Government update

Thursday, December 13

CNCC movie night sees success 2nd time around

The Colorado Northwestern Community College first free movie nights received a mix turnout, with no one coming for the Tuesday showings, but getting a sizable crowd Wednesday. A festive movie, Jim Carey as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. for students and community members to enjoy.

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Ridgeview does recess in the snow

With the first big snowfall of the year, students are bundling up to head out for recess and play in the flakes. Although it can be quite the process to bundle up adequately, Ridgeview third and fourth graders don’t seem to mind. Fourth grader Gwenevere Doizaki said she was still hoping for snow reminiscent of years ago, where snow piled up in hills, “as tall as you,” Doizaki said. Students worked on snow forts, slides and snowmen during their afternoon recess, slipping and sliding down the hills they created.

Man accused in Ore. mall shooting had 'weird look'

Before police say Jacob Tyler Roberts walked into a mall wearing a hockey-style mask, firing gunshots that killed two people and injured a teenage girl, he visited the brother of his roommate, hugged him and told him he was going "somewhere south, somewhere warm." The roommate, 26-year-old Jaime Eheler, also said Roberts "had a weird look on his face" when he left the house they shared. Hours later, three people were dead, including Roberts, who shot himself after the Tuesday rampage. Although officials have not yet revealed a motive, a clearer picture of Roberts is emerging. According to his aunt, a foot injury prevented him from joining the Marines. He enjoyed skydiving and once wanted to be a smokejumper, according to Eheler. His mother died of cancer when he was young, he left his aunt's house as a teenager and lived with Eheler's family for a while, and he had told friends of plans to live in Hawaii for a year.

2 charged with felonies for pot-laced brownies

Two University of Colorado students have been charged with felonies for allegedly giving pot-laced brownies to classmates and a professor without their knowledge. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/UWvhBT ) that prosecutors Thursday charged 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa with 18 felony counts that include second-degree assault. Prosecutors had earlier charged 21-year-old Thomas Ricardo Cunning with similar counts. The incident last week at the school sickened seven students and professor.

4 people set afire in attack at Denver home

Police say four people were set on fire during an attack at a northwest Denver home. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says two men showed up at the front door of the residence at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Some words were exchanged, and a woman who answered the door was sprayed with a flammable liquid from a pump bug sprayer and set afire. Three other adults in the home also were sprayed flammable liquid and set afire.

Over A Cup: Holiday Fruit Cookies

It is less than two weeks until Christmas! This week I came across the cookie recipe for this column. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m a wee bit behind with my holiday chores. I haven’t even decorated the tree yet. Anyway, I intend to try the recipe soon because my husband likes fruit cake, and these cookies are made with candied fruits.

From Pipi’s Pasture: The Christmas tree

This time of year my memories go back to those years when my brother, sisters and I were growing up on the ranch. Perhaps my fondest memories are associated with the Christmas tree. During those years we didn’t put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving as many families do today. That’s because our parents grew up with the tradition of decorating the tree on Christmas Eve. It was also a tradition that Dad cut our evergreen tree. My sister, Darlene Blackford, remembers that it was “kind of hard to get Dad going” when it came to cutting the tree. That’s probably because he didn’t see any reason to get in a hurry until at least a couple of days before Christmas. (As memory serves, there may have been times when he didn’t cut the tree until December 24.)

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MCHS boys wear out Grand Valley in league opener

As the final horn sounded, the Moffat County boys basketball team dribbled out an impressive win to open its league season. The Bulldogs, after some offensive struggles in Meeker a week ago, delivered a full-game performance and put the rest of the Western Slope League 3A on notice with an 84-43 victory over Grand Valley High School Thursday night. Moffat County (now 4-0) built a lead in the first quarter by creating turnovers with full-court pressure on defense. Head coach Eric Hamilton believes this group of players feeds off early-game energy, so he forced it into the game from the opening tip.

Baxter Black: Pellets vs. piles

Henry David Thoreau wrote a whole book about a pond and never got wet. He simply took the time to ponder. I, too, find myself pondering life’s mystery; like what is the purpose of a dewclaw? To measure the dew? Why do horses have canine teeth? Were they once carnivores? How do sheep tell each other apart? Why do ants think they can drag a kibble of dog food back to the hill? Do they lack depth perception?

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Moffat County girls rout Grand Valley

It wasn’t their best game, but the Moffat County girls basketball team got its league play underway the right way. The Bulldogs, coming into the season expecting to be a top contender in the Western Slope League, beat Grand Valley 52 – 31. The win, while one-sided, was not the play of a league champion, though. Head coach Matt Ray loved the effort of his team, but saw plenty to work on. “The players came out and played hard,” Ray said. “We made some early adjustments, going to a zone (defense) and from that point on they really didn’t have an answer. We won the rebounds by a big majority but had too many turnovers. It’s early in the season.”

Wyman Museum Christmas for kids slated for Saturday

Wyman Museum hosts its Christmas for Kids from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday out at the Wyman Museum. Nicky Boulger, of Wyman Museum, said the event features numerous craft tables where kids can make an ornament or Christmas craft, something to give grandma or grandpa. “It’s a fun thing for the kids,” Boulger said. “Some kids don’t have that opportunity at home to do it, but this gives them a place to do it with their family.”

Feds issue stop construction order against EAGLE-Net

Danner pens letter offering new framework for rural broadband success

Last week the National Telecommunications & Information Administration ordered EAGLE-Net Alliance to suspend its construction activity for broadband infrastructure in Colorado. The order came about two months after several Colorado Congressmen raised issues with NTIA about alleged over construction of existing broadband infrastructure in some the state’s more populous areas. The Congressmen think the alleged over construction is a sign EAGLE-Net intends to use its infrastructure to compete with local Internet providers.

MCTA Board special meeting agenda for Dec. 14, 2012

Moffat County Tourism Association Board special meeting When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: MCTA office, 1111 W. Victory Way #117

Commission considering sales tax exemptions

Ag, machine, pesticide, beetle kill products part of the discussion

On Tuesday the Moffat County Commission hosted a discussion about a proposed resolution that could make certain products exempt from county sales taxes. The sales tax rate in Moffat County is 2 percent and Colorado’s state sales tax rate is 2.9 percent. But over the years the state legislature has exempted 11 categories of products from state sales tax, and also has permitted local governing bodies to exempt those same products from local sales taxes without the need for an election.

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Turnover at TMH: Part 3

Quality of care issues, the board’s role and community communication

At the end of the day, what matters to most regarding a hospital is that it meets their health needs without forcing them to leave the community they live in. With much talk about physicians leaving the The Memorial Hospital in Craig to go elsewhere for employment, those on both sides of the issue — hospital administration, employees and employees who left — have spoken out about the hospital’s process for addressing quality of care issues as well as the community impact that results when a physician departs. The following is part three of a three-part series examining the issue of physician retention at TMH — if the current administration’s policies regarding review of quality care issues are causing doctors to depart as well as how the hospital’s board factors into the situation — told from the perspective of current and former hospital employees, as well as current administrators and board members.

Tony Bohrer: The wait before Christmas

Titus 2:11-13: "11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." The weeks before Christmas! In North America it’s business as usual, as people fight the traffic and the crowds, frantically scurrying from mall to mall, looking for that last-minute gift idea. It seems we have developed modern traditions for the Christmas holiday like rushing, stress and overspending. One website even suggests the following natural remedies to help people cope with the stress of Christmas:

Janet Sheridan: Stresses of the season

Joel and I disagree about holiday movies. He refuses to watch A Christmas Story every year, and I’m not interested in reruns of Miracle on 34th Street. Compared to other anxiety-ridden situations that surface during the holidays, disagreeing about whether to watch the shenanigans of a department-store Santa or Ralphie’s pleas for a BB gun seem insignificant. Years ago, my friend Judy invited me to drop by for a visit after Christmas. When I arrived, I found her draping wet laundry around her kitchen and wiping away tears.

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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Craig officially 'Elk Hunting Capital of the World'

It’s official, Craig is now the Elk Hunting Capital of the World, as local businessman John Ponikvar trademarked the phrase for the community. Having spent five years building the brand, Ponikvar said he thought it was time to trademark the phrase, beginning the process last March. “I think it’s fantastic,” Executive Director for the Craig Chamber of Commerce Christina Oxley said. “I have a lot of respect for a community member that took this entire effort on, supported it with his own dollars, really marketed it and went through with the process of having it trademarked.”

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MCHS talent show sees large crowd, talented performers

Moffat County High School’s first annual Kennel Club Talent Show went off without any technical difficulties and to a what organizer Evan Gaffney said was a surprisingly large crowd. Nearly 100 people attended, which Gaffney said shocked him considering the date of the show was changed only seven days in advance.

Moffat County swimmers closing in on state

The Moffat County girls swimming team came back from its first big meet of the season with a sixth-place finish but much more to be excited about. At the Southwest League Relays at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction last weekend, the Bulldogs, not quite swimming at full strength, took sixth out of 11 teams in the all-relays meet. While the Bulldogs lost to some familiar customers—Montrose and Glenwood Springs being two of the five—they came away from the meet with good news for the competitive season moving forward.

Fire board sets special meeting for tonight

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board has scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. tonight at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave.

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Oak Creek man suspected of setting off bottle bombs

Oak Creek Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested the man they think is responsible for setting off homemade acid bombs last month.

Wednesday, December 12

Connections 4 Kids seeking entries for Cherish the Little Things children's art show

In the middle of the holiday season, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and forget to take time for the little things. Connections 4 Kids is helping people to remember to take the time with its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show. Although not until February 7, Connections 4 Kids is seeking contributions now.

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Julie Grobe: Shoebox goal achieved

Many people have asked me if we made our goal of 600 shoeboxes for this year. I am happy to say "Yes we did." The Craig Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child received some late arrivals that put us over the top to 610. Thanks to everyone who donated a shoebox filled with gifts for the world's neediest children. Thanks also to those tho donated money, items and time to help us send some love. A special thank you goes to Dave DeRose and JB Chapman who allowed us to used their vehicles to haul all those boxes to Grand Junction for the next leg of their journey.

Julie Boren: Kathy Bankert's 'A Piece of Cloth'

The following piece was written by Kathy Bankert and was acquired courtesy of the Meeker Museum: They say I'm just a piece of cloth with stripes and stars, no feelings, but that's not true. I do have feelings. I'm not supposed to hear, so they say, but I do. From the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast, I hear what they say about me, about my country. They think that i can't see but I can. I've seen the bloody battles in which our boys have fought, and lost their lives; and I've seen my nation go through times of distress and times of gladness. And through all I was there, holding myself up proudly in the wind.

Tuesday, December 11

Attempted murder suspect appears in district court

Scott allegedly involved in second violent crime over the weekend

A Craig resident charged with attempted murder appeared in Moffat County District Court Monday for an advisement hearing. Derik Leroy Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in district court with criminal attempt of 2nd degree murder, a Class 3 felony; 2nd degree assault, a Class 4 felony; false imprisonment, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of violating a restraining order, domestic violence, child abuse, menacing, and violating conditions of a bail bond, all misdemeanors. Scott is currently in custody at Moffat County Jail. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

Sunset teachers talk trip at board of education meeting

There was plenty to celebrate at the Moffat County School DIstrict Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Kristin Ingalls was again honored for her Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award, Norm Yoast for his Excellence in Science Education 2012 award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and Cheryl Arnett and Melany Neton shared their experience attending the Partners in Learning Global Forum. Arnett and Neton recently traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic for the forum.

Gay couple in attack mailer urges suit to advance

A New Jersey gay couple whose engagement photo was used in Colorado political attack mailers are "innocent bystanders" whose image was stolen, and their federal lawsuit against a group who used the picture should proceed, attorneys said in a court filing. "They are not celebrities or public figures or emblems of the gay-rights movement. They did not insert themselves into Colorado politics," attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a court filing in Denver federal court Monday on behalf of 32-year-old Brian Edwards and 37-year-old Tom Privitere. The court filing was in response to arguments by the Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States, which said last month that the lawsuit should be dismissed. The group, which lobbies for issues like traditional marriage, said that by using the couple's photo in political attack mailers in Colorado they were "engaging in the type of political speech" that is protected by the First Amendment. "Whether one agrees with Public Advocate's position or even finds it hurtful, repulsive and beyond the bounds of decency is utterly beside the point," attorneys for the group argue in a November filing.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

Lawson scores 26 to lead Nuggets over Pistons

The Denver Nuggets have watched this scenario play out a few times already this season — just from the opposite viewpoint. Ty Lawson had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Denver to a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Denver. "We've had about four or five close games and didn't win," Lawson said. "We've lost a bunch of times when teams came back on us when we were up 17 or 18 points."

Moffat County Commission approves 2013 budget

County earmarks more than $8 million in 2013 capital projects

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday its final budget for 2013. The budget tops out at just over $82 million, which is a two percent decrease compared to 2012, said Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis. A couple of factors contributed to the modest drop in 2013 funds, Curtis said. Though sales tax increased by 1 percent, or $39,000, over 2012 budget projections property tax valuation dropped by $5.3 million, which resulted in $112,000 less in property tax revenue. In addition The Memorial Hospital in Craig budget decreased by $1.7 million to $36,148,028.

Gunman opens fire in Portland mall; 3 dead

A masked gunman wearing camouflage opened fire Thursday in a busy Portland mall, leaving the gunman and two others dead and forcing the mall's Santa Claus and hundreds of Christmas shoppers and employees to flee or hide among store displays. Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy's, said he saw a man in a white mask carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest. He heard the gunman say, "I am the shooter," as if announcing himself. A series of rapid-fire shots in short succession followed as Christmas music played. Patty said he ducked to the ground and then ran. His Macy's co-worker, Pam Moore, told The Associated Press the gunman was short, with dark hair. Witnesses said he started firing just outside Macy's in the food court of Clackamas Town Center. Brance Wilson, the mall Santa, said he heard gunshots and dove for the floor. By the time he looked up, seconds later, everyone around him had cleared out. Merchandise was scattered in some stores as he made his way to the door.

CDP Editorial: Showcasing skills

Our View: MCHS hosts its annual talent show at 6 p.m. tonight. It is important for the community to support the development of the talents that will be displayed in tonight’s show in the same way it supports the development of athletic skills.

25 shades of Craig: Gifting

It’s the holidays, the time of year where people tend to get stressed trying to find the perfect gift. Men, let me let you in on a little secret: For women bigger is not always better. Women are very sentimental and for us the little things matter. If you want to get her a gift that makes her heart melt and puts a huge smile on her face, get her a gift that she would not only treasure but that she will always remember. Take a minute and think about where her passions and love lie. Think of the things that she would love to have but would never get for herself.

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Moffat County wrestling using experience well

The Moffat County wrestling team came back from the second of its three weekends in Grand Junction with a great deal to hang its hat on. The Bulldogs, which followed up five duals last week with five more Saturday and have an individual tournament in Junction this weekend, are already showing they can contend more as a team than in years past. In the five duals Saturday at Grand Junction High School, the Bulldogs went 3-2, losing to Grand Junction and Thunder Ridge High Schools, but beating Center and Northglenn and notching a third win in an extras match that formed due to Brighton High School’s absence at the meet.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 12, 2012: Annual basketball shootout set for this weekend Craig

The Elks Club of Craig is hosting its annual basketball shootout at Sandrock Elementary School gym this Saturday. The Elks Hoop Shoot will take place at 8 a.m. Dec. 15, after which the club will host a brunch and awards ceremony for all participants and parents at the Elks Lodge in Craig, 43 W Victory Way. The free-throw shooting contest is for boys and girls ages 8-13, and will have kids shoot 25 foul shots in two rounds. The winners in each age group will have the opportunity to compete in the district, state, regional and national hoop shoot, if they keep placing high enough.

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Turnover at TMH: Part 2

Recruitment and the administration’s influence on workflow

Keeping a community’s residents healthy is no easy task. Getting patients in and out and treated correctly depends heavily on resources and available physicians in an area. As some doctors depart The Memorial Hospital in Craig harboring some ill feelings, residents are becoming concerned with how they’ll be affected as patients. The following is part two of a three-part series examining the issue of physician retention at TMH ¬¬— whether what’s happening in Craig is a problem caused by the current administration or part of a national trend — told from the perspective of current and former hospital employees, as well as current administrators.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Robert G. Cloer: Gas too expensive in Craig

Instead of the editor of the local paper worrying about what the the Moffat County Commissioners are discussing at lunch, in our small town, why doesn't he concentrate on issues that matter to all of us. I will give you one. The price of regular unleaded gas in Colorado Springs on Sunday was $3.12 per gallon. In Silverthorne it was $3.46 and in Craig it was $3.76 per gallon. Someone needs to find out why we are being screwed at the pump.

Monday, December 10

Craig murder suspect appears in Moffat County District Court for advisement

A Craig resident accused of murder appeared Monday in Moffat County District Court for an advisement hearing. Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony. He is in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond, pending a proof evident hearing scheduled for Dec. 19. Chief Judge Michael O’Hara presided over Monday’s proceedings. He explained to Fief his rights and potential penalties should he plead or be found guilty of the murder charge at trial.

Robbie Estus: Thank you, Craig

Saying Goodbye is hard to do. How do you say goodbye to Craig and a way of life after 35 years? For the first thirty-plus years of my life I moves quite a bit; by the time I graduated from college, I had attended thirteen schools. Now it is time to move again, but this time is different: I have lived in Moffat County for ever 35 years (Powder Wash Gas Camp for five years and in Craig since 1982.) I am leaving so many cherished friends and memories. I taught school in Moffat County from 1977 to 2003 and had the privilege and joy of working with hundreds of children and their families as well as the caring teachers, nurses, and staff members it takes to help children grow and mature. What a delight to watch students learn to read, opening up a whole new world through books and now computers.

Gray: MCTA accusations untrue

Commissioner practically begs MCTA Board to participate in budget process, recording verifies

Last week members of the Moffat County Tourism Association Board accused the Moffat County Commission, specifically Commissioner Tom Gray, of hijacking their budget. The rift stems back to July when MCTA submitted a proposed 2013 budget that cut, among other line items, funding for the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur and the Craig Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center by a combined $9,830. The commission responded that visitor center funding needed to be maintained at 2012 levels and recommended MCTA make additional cuts to other line items to cover those funds. But MCTA Board members claim they have been shut out from participating in that budget cut process.

Duck hunting clinic slated in Colorado Springs

A free clinic for duck hunters will be offered at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Hunter Education classroom at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at 4255 Sinton Rd. in Colorado Springs, the agency reported a news release. The clinic is designed to teach waterfowl hunters about hunting regulations, duck identification and hunting tactics with the hopes of increasing duck hunting success, according to the release.

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Mom and Pop's B.B.Q. opens

Stepping out of the blustery snow and into Gabriel and Joy Daigle’s restaurant Mom and Pop’s B.B.Q. is like visiting grandmas. Warm food, great smells and friendly faces invite visitors to come in and make themselves at home. The Daigle’s have opened where Pankey’s B.B.Q. used to be, 1740 E. Hwy. 40, and are serving Cajun style barbecue, along with malts, shakes, ooey gooey cakes and famous cheesecake. It’s famous for a reason.

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Hickenlooper signs marijuana legalization proclamation for Colorado

It's official: Recreational marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and older is now legal in Colorado.

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Sunday, December 9

Same-sex couples in Wash. state start wedding vows

Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state's voter-approved gay marriage law took effect. While numerous weddings were taking place across the state, both private and public, the city hall weddings were the largest public event, with more than 130 couples taking part. The city set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers. From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as marriages became official. After couples married, they exited city hall, greeted by a steady rain and dozens of supporters who shouted "congratulations" and offered flowers as they descended a large staircase to the street. "I don't even have words for this," said Caren Goldenberg of Seattle, who married her partner of seven years, Casey Evans. "It just makes me really proud of my city."

Obama praises special ops forces after rescue

A member of a U.S. special operations team was killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban outside of Kabul five days ago. President Barack Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism." A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued early Sunday, local time, in eastern Afghanistan. Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to the U.S. military. The U.S. did not immediately identify the special operator killed in the mission.

Anthony returns with 34, Knicks beat Nuggets

Carmelo Anthony insists there is no grudge against the Denver Nuggets. He just didn't want his old team — or anyone else — walking into his current home and leaving with a victory. Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the New York Knicks beat the Nuggets 112-106 on Sunday night to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team at home. Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points. "I don't have no hard feelings toward Denver. It was just one of them games that no matter how many runs we went on, they just wasn't going anywhere," Anthony said.

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Turnover at TMH: Part 1

Disagreements about administration’s role over retention

Dr. Jeffrey Womble, a general surgeon at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, compares a physician choosing a place of employment to a serious, personal relationship. “Everyone describes it, whether you go into private practice, are employed or whatever, as getting married,” Womble said. “Sometimes it works out, and we all work and do everything we can to make sure it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.” But what happens when it doesn’t? Divorce can be messy.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Viviana Becerra, cosmetologist at Tumbleweeds & Lace Salon

Hometown: “Bakersfield, California.” How long have you lived in Craig: “14 years, I think.” Job title: “Cosmetologist. I do everything.” How did you get started at your job: “I know Debbie and there was a job opening.”

Senior Spotlight for December 10, 2012

The snow finally got here and the weather man's predictions came true, about every day somebody would say it's supposed to snow or it's gonna snow today. I reply yeah it's coming. I go by the calendar winter officially starts on the 21 which is the winter solstice, shortest day of the year. But like any other season the changes start early on, so the weather is variable. Best bet is to dig out the winter stuff and enjoy the weather whatever it may be. 'Cause baby it's cold outside.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 10, 2012

Get the latest in sports news and opportunities for Craig and Moffat County. Updated pool league standings from Popular Bar, the last few days to sign up for lifeguard training and a youth basketball competition coming this weekend.

Craig man arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder

The Craig Police Department is investigating an alleged murder that took place early Sunday morning in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue. According to a police department news release, officers responded at approximately 12:20 a.m. to an ambulance assist call for an unknown problem. Upon arrival on scene officers located Armando Shane Arrendondo, 43, the victim of an apparent assault. Officers administered first aid until an ambulance crew arrived, at which point Arrendondo was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was pronounced dead.

Saturday, December 8

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Love Inc.'s Robbie Estus says goodbye to Craig community

Those who know Robbie Estus describe her as quiet and humble, with a heart so huge she does everything in her power to help everyone she can.

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Moffat County basketball brings trophy back from Meeker

Goal No. 1 for the Moffat County boys basketball season has been accomplished. The Bulldogs held off another late-game rally from an opponent to beat Meeker High School, 50-46, and win the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout in Meeker on Saturday. It was the perfect way to start the season, head coach Eric Hamilton said. “That was our first goal of the year was to come down and win this,” Hamilton said. “Now, we’ve got to buckle down and get ready for league because everything counts.”

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda for Dec. 10, 2012

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, main first-floor conference room, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Al Cashion: Convinced against his will — Part II

Revisionist historians must be some of the filmmakers’ most rabid consumers. There are quite a few historical pieces with rather unsubstantiated but strongly nuanced narratives that tend to pronounce a culturally modern thought on an issue or person of old. There are some, believe it or don't, that have revisionist effort that is not a bad thing. Discoveries and documents heretofore unknown often paint a noble person or cause as being all the more admirable and bad guys worse than we may have suspected. As I discovered in books, newspapers, lectures and just about any form of communication — including casual conversation — the intent to persuade is a rather common human agenda. We feel better about ourselves when we can convince another we are right.

Pearl Harbor dead remembered on 71st anniversary

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — More than 2,000 people at Pearl Harbor and many more around the country on Friday marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. The USS Michael Murphy, a recently christened ship named after a Pearl Harbor-based Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, sounded its ship's whistle to start a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941. Crew members lined the edge of the Navy guided-missile destroyer in the harbor where the USS Arizona and USS Utah, battleships that sank in the attack, still lie. Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets flew overhead in a special "missing man" formation to break the silence. "Let us remember that this is where it all began. Let us remember that the arc of history was bent at this place 71 years ago today and a generation of young men and women reached deep and rose up to lead our nation to victory," Rhea Suh, Interior Department assistant secretary, told the crowd. "Let us remember and be forever grateful for all of their sacrifices."

Broncos riding high but have some blemishes, too

(AP) — The Denver Broncos are as complete a team as the NFL has to offer, with Peyton Manning's pinpoint passes and Von Miller's sack-strips setting the tone for a squad that hasn't lost in two months. Still, there are blemishes for these Broncos (10-3), whose quest for that proverbial complete game marches on through maladies — red zone stalls, pass protection pitfalls, coverage blunders — that could derail their dreams. As coach John Fox said Friday following his team's latest win, a methodical 26-13 beatdown of the Oakland Raiders: "We still need to get better." Even though they've won eight straight, they have a lengthy to-do list. "Each week, there are little things we can tweak and fix," linebacker D.J. Williams said.

Over A Cup of Coffee: Refrigerator Cookies

First of all this week, I have a note about “Kenny’s Soup”, featured in last week’s column. I made a pot of soup last week and refrigerated the leftovers. The next day we warmed mugs of soup in the microwave. It was even tastier than on the day it was made. Thanks for the recipe again, Kenny! This week’s cookie recipe is good anytime, and it’s especially “handy” during the holidays . That’s because the dough for these “Refrigerator Cookies” can be stored in the refrigerator and then sliced and baked when friends show up for coffee.

CDP Editorial: ‘Do as I say, not as I do’

Our View: This week all three members of the Moffat County Commission were witnessed eating lunch at JW Snacks with commissioner-elect John Kinkaid. On the surface the lunch appeared to be in violation of Colorado Sunshine Laws. Though Sunshine Laws provide exceptions for certain gatherings — especially at the county level — we find it highly unlikely no conversations about county business took place at the luncheon. We also think it is politically irresponsible for this group — which has faced questions about transparency in the past — to put itself in such an easily avoidable difficult position.

Rig Count for Dec. 8, 2012

Rig Count for Dec. 8, 2012

Government update for Dec. 8, 2012

Government update for Dec. 8, 2012

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KRAI, 55 Country Holiday Drive celebrates 2nd best year ever

Despite a slow economy Craig and Moffat County residents opened up their wallets this week to make this year’s KRAI/55 Country Holiday Drive the second best in its history. “It's amazing we got to where we did with the economy the way it is and everything just not as strong,” said KRAI/55 Country owner Frank Hanel. “The first day was very disappointing and the second day exceeded all expectations. It was probably the biggest (single) day we've ever had.”

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MCHS swimmers looking for relay success

The girls swimming team heads to its first big meet this weekend, on just the second weekend of the season. Moffat County High School will compete at the Western Slope League Relay Meet today at Colorado-Mesa University in Grand Junction. While the Bulldogs will not be in the mix atop the standings, the meet will still serve as an indicator to how good this year’s team could be.

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Moffat County basketball wins to play in early tournament championship

The Moffat County boys basketball team is staring at a chance to win the Cowboy Shootout today, but its two wins to get there have come in strikingly different ways. The Bulldogs followed up an 81-44 dismantling of Soroco Thursday with a much messier 56 – 49 win over Rangely at Meeker High School Friday night. Sophomore Tyler Davis led Moffat County with 21 points and made a few key plays down the stretch in a game that turned out to be much closer than it looked like it would be after one half. Head coach Eric Hamilton said it best after the game.

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Hoping to heal

Family of hunting accident victim seeking closure

Accidents happen. But they can also have devastating affects on people’s lives. In the case of visiting hunter Tyler Rast, 38, of Bountiful, Utah, a bullet that missed its intended target and struck him in the arm last month has not only resulted in unique physical challenges, but also has weighed heavily on the emotions of his family. “Accidents can change lives and in this case it has,” said Kent Rast, Tyler’s uncle. “It’s really affected the family.” On Thursday Kent and Dan Rast, Tyler’s father, both also of Bountiful, returned to the scene of what Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating as an accidental shooting.

The Memorial Hospital in Craig board of trustees discuss upcoming vacancy at regular meeting

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustee’s meeting saw some excitement Thursday night as Craig resident Al Cashion was allowed about half an hour to interrogate the board at the beginning of the meeting. Cashion addressed each individual board member and members of administration with concerns he said himself and others in the community felt.

Friday, December 7

CNCC forms student activity council

Colorado Northwestern Community College is working hard to fill its beautiful new campus with plenty of students. Undertaking many initiatives, the school has formed a student activity council as one of its latest ways to get more students enrolled and involved. “It’s something we wanted on campus for many years,” said Jennifer Holloway, who runs the bookstore on campus and is helping to get the council started.

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Moffat County HIgh School students ready to show their talent

The atmosphere of the Moffat County High School auditorium Thursday afternoon was one of support, encouragement and hilarity. Students rehearsed for the first MCHS talent show, slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday. With around 14 acts signed up, Evan Gaffney, teacher advisor to the student council committee and in charge of the talent show, said he hoped the show would be as big and as good as possible. Gaffney told students not to be nervous rehearsing as they weren’t auditioning. Those signed up were in the show. “You’re in. I’m just here to make sure it’s not an absolute terrible spectacle,” Gaffney jokingly addressed the students.

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6

Baxter Black: Kayo and the mare

Getting bucked off is always a possibility in the daily life of a journeyman horse trainer. They take on horses to break and ride. Kayo (an alias to protect the guilty) had gained a good reputation for skilled horsemanship. Already accepted to Vet school at WSU, Kayo could probably teach the faculty a lot about horse psychology! One of the local horse traders brought over a six-year-old paint mare named Kahlua that had a bad reputation and needed some schooling. She liked to buck!

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Festival of Trees winners named

The Festival of Trees winner has been announced, but the decision was so difficult to make, judges added four trees as honorable mentions. “It was hard for judges to decide, there were so many great trees,” executive director for Moffat County United Way, Corrie Ponikvar said. Connections 4 Kids tree, Cherish the Little Things, took first place and the $500 prize to use for its programs. “I’m shocked. So many of the non-profits submitted beautiful trees and I’m just honored they chose ours,” said Michelle Balleck, coordinator for Connections 4 Kids.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 7, 2012: Local man bowls second perfect game

The latest local sports news, including updated bowling standings, a 300 game from last week in the bowling leagues and a youth foul shot competition happening soon. Also, check out information on the upcoming winter lifeguard training.

BLM investigates horse deaths in Canon City

Federal officials are investigating the deaths of 19 horses at its Cañon City Wild Horse Inmate Program facility, where Colorado inmates train select mustangs. KOAA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/YH2FAI) the Bureau of Land Management found dead horses in a pen at the facility Monday, and several other wild horses in the pen were showing signs of illness. The BLM is working with veterinarians to investigate the cause of the illness, and the facility has been quarantined as a precaution.

Manning leads Broncos past Raiders 26-13

After overwhelming another overmatched division rival, Peyton Manning and the streaking Denver Broncos can turn their attention to much more meaningful opponents. Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries, and Matt Prater kicked four field goals to help the Broncos (10-3) move a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC. Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye. Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance for the Raiders (3-10) and lost a fumble that set up a touchdown for the Broncos as Oakland lost its sixth straight game. This is the team's longest skid since also losing six in a row in 2007.

Gay Washington state couples get marriage licenses

Hundreds of same-sex couples across Washington state started picking up marriage licenses Thursday as a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage took effect. King County, the state's largest, opened the doors to its auditor's office in Seattle just after midnight to start distributing licenses. But hundreds of people had lined up hours earlier, snaking around the building on a chilly December night. The county said it issued 489 marriage licenses Thursday, mostly to same-sex couples, breaking a previous daily record of 212. On average, King County issues 75 to 100 marriage licenses a day. The mood in Seattle was festive in the overnight waiting line. "We waited a long time. We've been together 35 years, never thinking we'd get a legal marriage. Now I feel so joyous I can't hardly stand it," said 85-year-old Pete-e Petersen, who with her partner, 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty, were the first to get a license.

Agriculture & Livestock: 2012 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night — Part III

This is part three of a three-part story concerning awards and recognitions presented at Moffat County’s 4-H Achievement Night, which took place Nov. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. High Point Shooting Sports Awards were based on project score and shooting score. The 2012 High Points Awards went to: • .22: Senior Grand Champion- Natasha Sloan and Senior Reserve Champion- Dylan Villa; Junior Grand Champion- Kaitlyn Ahlstrom and Junior Reserve Champion-Lane Tuck. • Air Pistol: Senior Grand Champion- Dylan Villa and Senior Reserve Champion- Dakota Lee.

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Moffat County wrestlers headed back to Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School wrestling team started its season well and is looking to build on it with another weekend of duals in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs participated in five duals at Colorado Mesa University last Saturday and came away with a 2-3 record. While the win-loss mark doesn’t inspire awe at the Bulldogs’ performance, it came against several bigger schools while Moffat County was only able to field 10 out of 14 weight classes. That meant against some of the larger schools, like Fruita Monument and Palisade, MCHS was giving up free points. Against smaller schools, like Olathe and Ignacio, is where the Bulldogs got their wins.

State agencies: Park the sleigh if too blitzened this holiday season

CDOT, CSP launch holiday DUI crackdown

The holidays have arrived and during the next several weeks many residents will join friends and family for festive gatherings. And where there is a party so too is the presence of alcohol. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies want to remind residents to plan ahead this holiday season by designating a sober driver, taking public transportation or simply not driving if you’re tipsy, buzzed or too blitzened this holiday season.

On the Record for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5

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Craig Fire Board hosts ceremonial ground breaking at training tower site

Foundation construction to begin after Christmas

After months of discussions, planning and public meetings the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board hosted Wednesday a ceremonial ground breaking ceremony at its live fire training tower site on Industrial Ave. behind Kmart. Byron Willems, fire board president, said it was a monumental occasion considering the amount of attention the estimated $1.5 million project has received in recent months. “We’re excited about starting the actual physical process of accomplishing our goal,” he said.

MCTA 2013 budget in limbo

Board members claim exclusion from budget process by Moffat County Commission

The Moffat County Commission is scheduled Tuesday to present and approve its final 2013 budget. But members of one volunteer organization are unhappy about being excluded from this year’s budget process. On Wednesday the Moffat County Tourism Association Board convened to discuss its proposed 2013 budget, the status of which is unknown. Many MCTA board members voiced their disapproval, charging the commissioners with hijacking their budget and prohibiting MCTA from participating in discussions about 2013 funds.

Tuesday, December 4

Mother of missing boy takes polygraph test

The mother of a 13-year-old boy missing in southwestern Colorado says she and her ex-husband have taken polygraph tests to help authorities find him. Elaine Redwine told CNN Headline News on Monday she passed her lie detector test, but authorities cannot release the results.

Aspen Highlands opening delayed by lack of snow

Aspen Skiing Co. says Aspen Highlands won't open for the season Saturday as planned because there's not enough snow. The resort company said Tuesday that Aspen Highlands needs at least eight more inches of natural snow to open.

Sick girl sought after mom takes her from hospital

Emily has leukemia. She just underwent a month of chemotherapy and had her right arm amputated after suffering complications. Doctors say she is at risk of dying from an infection. But the sick 11-year-old isn't in a hospital. Her mother last week inexplicably unhooked a tube that had been carrying vital medication through the girl's heart, got her out of bed and changed her clothes. Then she did something police say is even more baffling — she walked the child out of the hospital, the tiny tube still protruding from her chest. Doctors say the device, if left unattended, could allow bacteria to quickly enter her body, leading to a potentially deadly infection.

Shell hosts local business event in Moffat County

More than 200 residents learn how to become an approved Shell supplier

There’s been a lot of excitement, some frustration and a little bit of mystery surrounding Shell since it first started exploring the Niobrara Formation in Moffat County and northwest Colorado. But the oil and natural gas giant set out to reconcile some of those frustrations Tuesday when representatives hosted an event at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St., in Craig. The event was geared toward local business owners interested in learning how to become a Shell service company or supplier, and attracted more than 200 residents, Shell officials said.

CDP Editorial: Tower talk

Our view: As Craig Fire/Rescue breaks ground on construction of its live fire training tower, the department deserves credit for keeping promises and awarding the construction contract to a local contractor as well as for keeping to the construction schedule, especially after facing strong public scrutiny during the planning phase of the project.

Matt Winey: Where do we go from here?

So the American people have voted and now we are headed down a socialistic path. So President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Bill of Second Rights” has become what the American citizenry desire. In case you have not heard of this bill from FDR, below is an excerpt from a speech of his that explains the philosophy. “This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty. As our Nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”

25 Shades of Craig: Happily ever after

Love at first sight and a good kiss goodnight is the “happily ever after” that the entertainment industry has put into not only in our heads but the heads of our children. Growing up I watched the Disney princess movies and that is how I grew up thinking that love should be, that one day my prince would come and sweep me off my feet, we would fall in love and live happily ever after, the end. So when it came time for dating I was let down. As a little girl you watch these movies and get false expectations of how love should be. You dream of being the princess of your own fairy tale wedding with the big dress.

CDOT outlines financial woes for Moffat County Commissioners

Regional officials launch public awareness campaign in hopes of gas tax increase

The Colorado Department of Transportation is broke. Maybe not completely broke, CDOT does have an operating budget of $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2013, but the agency responsible for maintaining more than 23,000 lane miles in Colorado is having difficulty keeping pace with increasing reconstruction needs. During a presentation Tuesday before the Moffat County Commission Mark Eike, CDOT deputy superintendent for the northwest Colorado region, said the bulk of CDOT’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. The Craig City Council received the same presentation during a workshop before its meeting last week.

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Moffat County Youth United Way's Festival of Trees kicks off

The spirit of Christmas has invaded the Moffat County Courthouse. Stepping inside, Christmas music is played between the 23 Christmas trees that fill the halls. The first, “Festival of Trees,” a program put on by the Moffat County Youth United Way and Key Club, features themed trees from local non-profits. “I think it’s just fun to have music and decorations up, and to see all the people coming and going,” said Stephanie Beckett, deputy clerk to the board of county commissioners.

Daily Press collecting letters to Santa

Attention, children of Craig. Santa Claus has asked the newspaper to help him gather Christmas letters. send your letter to Santa to the Daily Press at santa@craigdailypress.com by Dec. 19. You can download a letter form at www.craigdailypress.com. You also can pick up a hard copy from your school or the newspaper’s office, 466 Yampa Ave., any time before Dec. 19.

Robin Taylor: Thanksgiving dinner appreciated

I have been a resident of Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Facility in Craig since mid August. Around the beginning of November we were told that they were planning a Thanksgiving Dinner for us and to plan on inviting our family members and friends, and to sign everybody up.

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 4

On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 4

Monday, December 3

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MCHS Girls look to improve before league opener

The first weekend of Moffat County girls basketball didn’t quite go as planned. With high expectations coming into the season, the girls traveled to Vernal, Utah, to play three games against 3A and 4A Utah high schools. While there were plenty of good takeaways from the opening games of the season, the results did not go in the Bulldogs’ favor. MCHS started out 0-2, losing to Logan High School 51-47 Friday afternoon before falling to Wasatch High School, 41-29. They did manage to right the ship for their third game of the weekend, beating Uintah High School 37-31.

City, county to apply for dual DOLA grant for Shadow Mountain

It’s been more than a year since City of Craig and Moffat County elected officials first launched discussions about a joint effort to improve infrastructure at Shadow Mountain. On Monday local elected officials took the next step in that process when the Moffat County Commission hosted a special meeting with Craig City Manager Jim Ferree and Moffat County Developmental Services Director Roy Tipton to consider approving a dual application for an energy impact grant through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Eighth-graders bring title back to Craig

The boys basketball teams from Craig Middle School just keep on delivering. Despite the turnover from one year to the next, the eighth grade team has managed to win three consecutive district championships. The most recent came over the weekend, when the eighth grade Bulldogs bested Rangely and then Steamboat Springs Saturday at the district tournament in Rangely. Head coach Drew Morris said it was some of his team’s best play of the year.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers holiday gift ideas

During the holiday shopping rush there is one gift that often gets overlooked by Christmas shoppers, Colorado’s outdoors. But Colorado Parks and Wildlife is making it easier to find that perfect gift for the outdoorsman in the family through its online e-store and Shop Outdoors. Many of the Parks and Wildlife gift ideas start at just $5, according to an agency news release.

CPW Commission to meet in Colorado Springs

Updated plans for Cheyenne Mountain State Park tops the agenda for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission’s meeting Thursday and Friday in Colorado Springs, the agency announced in a news release. A full agenda for the meeting — set to start at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd — is available online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Commission/2012/Dec/Agenda.pdf. The Commissioners on Thursday morning will tour Cheyenne Mountain State Park, which opened in 2006 in cooperation with Great Outdoors Colorado and the City of Colorado Springs, according to the release.

On the Record for Monday, Nov. 29, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Nov. 29, 2012

Sunday, December 2

Skiing Santas hit the slopes in Maine

A bunch of Santas have hit the slopes at a Maine ski resort. Nearly 300 skiers and snowboarders decked out in red and white were gathering at the Sunday River resort for the annual "Santa Sunday" event. Spokeswoman Darcy Morse says 292 of them pre-registered.

Conn. neighbor: Wyoming killer was upset with dad

A man who police say killed his father, a woman and himself in Wyoming on Friday told a neighbor in Connecticut weeks before the killings that he believed his father gave him Asperger's syndrome and said his dad should be "castrated" to prevent him from having more children. Neighbor Matt DiPinto of Vernon, Conn., told local reporters that Christopher Krumm made the comments while giving him a ride home a few weeks ago. "He's like, 'So my dad gave me Asperger's ... and my dad should have never had any kids. He should have never had me and passed it on to me, and the government shouldn't have let him have kids,'" DiPinto told Fox affiliate WTIC-TV. "It was just out of nowhere ... but he seemed pretty livid about it."

Manning throws 3 TDs as Broncos top Bucs 31-23

Ah, that growing list of Broncos playmakers: Peyton Manning. Von Miller. Demaryius Thomas. Mitch Unrein? Well, yes. The second-year defensive lineman out of Wyoming played as big a role as Manning, Miller or anyone else Sunday in helping the Denver Broncos defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 and wrap up their second straight AFC West title. Unrein caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Manning to open the scoring, then got the hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman that forced a bad throw. It ended up in Miller's hands and, moments later, the end zone for the score that turned the game into a runaway.

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Cowboy Christmas a success once again

Jose Duarte steals show as Youth of the Year

What has become an annual holiday tradition once again failed to disappoint for the hundreds who attended Saturday’s Cowboy Christmas. In addition to featuring a live band and dinner by Brothers Custom Processing, the event, which serves as the primary fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, netted tens of thousands through ticket sales and live and silent auctions. The night also featured awards for Yampa Valley Bank and Zach Allen, which were honored as the 2012 Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively. Yet, considering funds raised by Cowboy Christmas benefit so many local youths it was fitting the show was stolen by a true product of the organization.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 3, 2012

Get updated on the latest Moffat County High School news, Craig Parks and Recreation opportunities and more about what's going on in the world of sports around Craig.

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Craig hockey team delivers better games

It hasn’t resulted in wins yet, but the Craig hockey team is coming along nicely. The Midget 14-18 team, playing in the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League, played four games this weekend, losing all four but producing markedly better games. Playing each team for the second time this season, the Bulldogs went down to Foothills Major A 6-2 and Hyland Hills Major A 6-0 Saturday at the Moffat County Ice Rink. The losses were much less one-sided than previous games against those opponents, though.

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Shell to host informational event for local vendors

Crowds gather for Aaron’s soft opening

Calendars are turned to the last month of 2012 and already December has marked fresh opportunities for local contractors and Craig shoppers. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Shell representatives are slated to host an educational event at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St. The event is geared toward local business owners interested in becoming an approved Shell service company. In addition to learning about potential business opportunities with the oil and natural gas operator, Shell representatives will educate local contractors about the company’s vendor requirements.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Christine Muzik, owner of Spirit Pass in Centennial Mall

Hometown: “Fairbanks, Alaska.” What brought you to the Craig area: “Rent was cheaper here than in steamboat. I moved to Colorado in ’93. My grandmother was in Denver and someone said Steamboat was nice. So I went there and all of a sudden the rent was really high and I saw an ad for Craig.” How did you get started with this business: “Ten years ago, exactly this month, I rented a little space to get rid of my crafts and I found that there was a need for something inexpensive in Craig, nice quality stuff that’s inexpensive. And then I found that there were some Native Americans that needed some money so it kind of worked out really well. But I wanted to bring stuff, something for everyone, because I believe regardless of how little or how much you make, you have a right to something nice at a decent price.”

Senior Spotlight for December 3, 2012

The halls are decked with holly, candy canes, Santas, snowflakes and a moose wearing a Santa hat. Couldn't be cuter than that. I've had that welcome moose sign on my door for several years at Christmas time, he greets people with a cheery laugh and a Merry Christmas. My daughter Jane brought my Christmas stuff over from where we stored it and we (mostly she) decorated the apartment and our space in the hall area. Sunset Meadows I residents decorated the tree, halls, etc. So it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Saturday, December 1

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New Craig sports business has good first day

InsideOut Sports opened for business Saturday and started out strong. Offering half-price deals for use of the batting cages and shooting on the archery range to go along with food from the grill, it was a productive first day of business for owner Brad King. “It started real slow; I opened at nine,” King said Saturday. “I really didn’t get anybody in here till about 11, but we’ve been steady since then.”

Al Cashion: Convinced Against His Will — Part I

On Netflix there is a documentary entitled "Pulling John." A film that follows professional arm wrestler John Bryzenk, the undefeated, undisputed arm wrestling King. "This film chronicles the aging Bryzenk's legendary career as he travels the globe … " I kid you not. Somebody produced it. Somebody wrote the narrative. Camera men, sound techs, mixers, film editors, background musicians and a gob of other folks had to get paid. The travel expenses alone following John as he traveled the globe in search of another single skilled athlete had to be a chunk of change.

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Compassion in the line of duty

Det. Jen Kenney honored as Daily Press' Citizen of the Year

The men and women of Craig’s public safety community are a special breed, working in a dangerous field most would say is more of a calling than a job. In addition to daily demands the Craig Police Department has a longstanding philosophy that requires community involvement and CPD prides itself on attracting compassionate employees that genuinely care about the people they serve. But there is one officer that exudes this philosophy more than the rest.

After missing on Martin, Broncos try to stop him

(AP) — Starting with the Peyton Manning signing, almost every big decision the Broncos front office has made since John Elway took over has worked out. One exception: the time they tried to draft the "Dougie." While zeroing in on Doug Martin in this year's draft, the Broncos traded away a late-first-round pick, thinking the running back from Boise State would still be there when they picked a few spots later. Their trading partner: Tampa Bay, which used the Broncos' pick to take Martin 31st in the draft. The teams meet Sunday with the Broncos (8-3) needing a win to wrap up the AFC West title and the Buccaneers (6-5), with their prize rookie, Martin, trying to stay in the thick of the NFC wild-card chase.

Police: Wyo. murder-suicide happened during class

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in a community college classroom, causing a campus-wide lockdown as authorities tried to piece together what happened. Police found the suspect and teacher dead at a science building on the Casper College campus, which was locked down for about two hours, school and police officials said. The other victim, a woman, was found in a street about two miles away. Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said the murder-suicide took place in a classroom with students present, but he didn't know how many students or what the class topic was. He said investigators were still trying to determine a motive.