News for Saturday, December 8, 2012



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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.