On the Record for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2012
The unthinkable became a nightmarish reality last week in Newtown, Connecticut, when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, releasing fire that resulted in 26 deaths of students and staff. Taking the lives of 20 innocent children and six of those charged with their safety, the gunman also took the peace of mind, safety and security that parents across the nation had in sending their child off to school each day. As the nation deals with the tragedy, Craig is not exempt from coping and attempting to rebuild their trust that its students will be safe at school. In an attempt to alleviate parents concerns and answer questions, Moffat County School District hosted two community meetings this week, one at Moffat County High School and one at Sandrock Elementary School. Addressing those in attendance at Sandrock Wednesday night, Moffat County School District superintendent Dr. Joe Petrone, told parents the meetings were held to give parents a sense of what the district had in place for the security and safety of the children.
(AP) — Knowing as well as anyone that time is no longer his friend, Peyton Manning went looking for a team last summer. He gambled on the Denver Broncos, and when he signed the contract, the players who were already in Denver got the message: Their new quarterback thought the pieces were in place to win the Super Bowl, and win one quickly. "You had a guy like Peyton. He had the opportunity to go several places," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "You know he wants to win and he goes to the place that can help him win. It raises your expectations." On a nine-game winning streak and positioned for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it's safe to say the Broncos (11-3) are living up to what Manning hoped they would be.
MERIDA, Mexico (AP) — The crystal skulls have spoken: The world is not going to end. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. The skulls weren't the only inheritances left by the ancient civilization that have been making waves this week: The supposed end of the Maya long-count calendar on Friday has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe. "This is not the end of the world, this is the beginning of the new world," Johnsen-Moser said at a gathering of hundreds of spiritualists at a convention center in Merida. "It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet ... Fear is out of place."
Eric Hamilton wants his team to finish 2012 with some momentum heading into the new year. The Moffat County High School boys basketball coach thinks a couple wins this weekend are imperative coming off a 54-51 loss to Roaring Fork last Saturday. In the loss, the Bulldogs held a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but fell apart in the fourth and surrendered a winnable game.
Heading into Christmas, it’s already time for a big basketball game in Craig. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will look to get back on track Friday when they take on Olathe in a key Western Slope League matchup. Olathe is the defending champion of the 3A WSL, and has started its season a perfect 4-0. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have had a more up-and-down 2-3 start, most recently with a 51-41 loss to Roaring Fork. That loss was a difficult one for the Bulldogs, which did not play with the same intensity as in their home-opener, head coach Matt Ray said.
There is a lot of anticipation for Christmas to arrive in less than a week. Children as well as adults get excited about receiving gifts under the tree from those they love and also in giving gifts to others. Just over 2,000 years ago the greatest gift that could ever be given arrived in a stable behind an inn in Bethlehem in Judea. The gift was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a feed trough. The gift was announced to shepherds watching out for predators at night as the sheep slept. After the announcement to the shepherds of the birth of a Savior they decided to go into Bethlehem and find this new Savior. The story says they hurried to find him.
It appears as though freedom of speech is now banned in Moffat County government. This was shown through the recent action of the commissioners (orchestrated by Tom Mathers) to remove two members of the MCTA Board because of statements cited in the paper that went against the decisions of the Board of County Commissioners. Therefore I think it must be said: They don’t like the notion of freedom of expression. Those who were present at that meeting may recall that after Mathers tried to explain why he wanted to remove the two MCTA members immediately (rather than waiting until the new BOCC is seated), he stated that the reason Bryce and I needed to be booted off the Board was because we were making statements that signaled our disagreement with the commissioners and their apparent ties to the Craig Chamber of Commerce. While Mathers also made some statements that are very debatable, he came back again to his premise that by disagreeing in public with the BOCC, we were insubordinate.
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Interfaith Food Bank would like to sincerely thank the community for their gifts of food and money this past month to our food bank.
The 3-part series “Turnover at TMH” by Ms. Warden brought to light some of the problems at TMH. However, the exposure was superficial. Five local doctors have been dismissed from TMH in 2012. Five others left town in the two years prior to that. Only four or five doctors are left who live in Craig and work at TMH. Those may be honestly happy with their practices in the community. I am hoping so.