News for Sunday, December 2, 2012

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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.