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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.