News for Wednesday, December 19, 2012



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VFW Patriot's Pen Essay contest winners announced

Winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest were announced at Craig Middle School Tuesday afternoon. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the contest required students write a 300-400 word essay about what they would tell America’s founding fathers.

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Bound by a bridge

Craig residents share cancer treatment experience through daughter, coworker

The world is a small place, or at least sometimes it feels that way. And although the phrase is most often reserved for chance encounters far from home or the discovery of mutual friends, colleagues and acquaintances, it also can be a small world for residents facing similar illnesses at almost the exact same time. In October 2011 Craig residents Lila Herod and Tony Grajeda were diagnosed with cancer about a week apart. Not only were Herod and Grajeda diagnosed in the same month, they also underwent treatment at about the same time and had their respective surgeries two days apart at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

M2 Minute: Amendment 64 — What now?

On Nov. 2, 2012, Colorado made history alongside Washington, when the majority voted in favor of Amendment 64, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Amendment 64 legalizes possession, consumption, and cultivation of up to six plants for adults 21 years of age and older, and set in place the outline for the regulation of retail cannabis stores. The amendment also sets aside the first 24 Million dollars in Tax revenue from those stores for schools and education. Governor John Hickenlooper then signed the bill into law on Dec. 10, 2012, officially enacting the amendment and effectively changing Colorado's legal stance on cannabis. All other laws regarding cannabis remain in place. Like alcohol, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public and to drive under the influence.

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Stella Hall a fixture in Craig community

Stella Hall has been a fixture in Craig for many years. A retired teacher, Hall spent 42 years teaching in Moffat County. Having taught science in high school, junior high and elementary school, Hall said she didn’t have a favorite, enjoying the unique experiences each grade level provided.

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Craig transplant makes his mark through work

Good customer service is attempted by many but only achieved by few. At the City Market in Craig, Marcus LASTNAME sets the bar for how good customer service can be. Marcus, a 48-year-old transplant from Waco, Texas who has been in Craig for 17 years, is an instantly recognizable figure to any City Market frequenters in Craig. Mention the really friendly guy and you’ve probably got him pegged in your mind.

Murder suspect appears in district court for status conference

Preliminary hearing rescheduled for February 2013

A Craig resident suspected of murder appeared today in Moffat County District Court for a status conference. Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of murder, a Class 1 felony. He remains in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond.

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Craig men enjoy each other's company at morning gatherings

Head to the Coolwater Grille on weekday mornings and you’ll see a typical grouping of citizens of Craig strewn throughout the restaurant enjoying coffee, breakfast and company. Head into the café’s back room and you’ll see a more unique grouping, carrying on a tradition of friendship that goes back years and generations in Craig. A group of Craig men ranging anywhere from a few to as many as 10 gathers for coffee, tea and a good time. The clique of some of Craig’s (and Moffat County’s) long-living citizens get together and no topic is off limits.

Keith Prescott: Happy at TMH, part 2

I have worked other places, and I do not plan on leaving The Memorial Hospital. I am in daily contact with George Rohrich, Scott Ellis, and Jeff Womble. I am grateful that they are here. We are better because of their care they give to our community. I want to thank Mike Lyon for giving me the opportunity to live among the good people of Craig. He has served this community for years. I hope to follow in his footsteps.