News for Saturday, December 15, 2012

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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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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.