News for Thursday, December 13, 2012



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 ( ) 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.