News for Friday, December 21, 2012



Colo retailer won't sell guns with large magazines

Colorado outdoor retailer Jax Mercantile has stopped selling rifles and handguns with high-capacity magazines at its six stores in Colorado and Iowa because of last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Jax President Jim Quinlan said Friday that the ban applies to firearms that come with magazines holding more than 10 rounds and to firearms designed for military or paramilitary use. Jax will continue selling conventional hunting rifles. The type of weapon covered is "a judgment call," Quinlan said. He said the deciding factor will be, "Does this firearm have a sporting application?"

Adams finally gets his chance at playoffs

He was a veteran deemed expendable by his old team when the Denver Broncos came calling, figuring an extra dose of savvy in the backfield might help them get where they were trying to go. Unlike Peyton Manning, however, strong safety Mike Adams didn't know how to navigate the road to the Super Bowl. In fact, he had never even been to the playoffs. The ninth-year veteran spent five of those years with the Cleveland Browns, a team in a near-constant state of turmoil, rebuilding, hiring, firing and, of course, losing. On Sunday, it will be Adams going against his old team, which is guaranteed another losing record, while his new team is taking him on his first ride to the playoffs, with many signs pointing toward a deep run.

Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted. Already, there are an estimated 10,000 sworn officers serving in schools around the country, most of them armed and employed by local police departments, according to a membership association for the officers. Still, they're deployed at only a fraction of the country's approximately 98,000 public schools, and their numbers have declined during the economic downturn. Some departments have increased police presence at schools since last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 dead, but say they can only do so temporarily because of funding. The National Rifle Association said at a news conference that it wants Congress to fund armed officers in every American school, breaking its silence on the Connecticut shootings. The idea made sense to some anxious parents and teachers, but provoked outright anger in others. "Their solution to resolve the issue around guns is to put more guns in the equation?" said Superintendent Hank Grishman of the Jericho, N.Y., schools on Long Island, who has been an educator for 44 years. "If anything it would be less safe for kids. You would be putting them in the midst of potentially more gunfire."

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Moffat County defense stifles Olathe

The Moffat County boys basketball team likes to get out and run as much as possible, feeling it is at its best when the ball is getting up the court quickly. The Bulldogs had some trouble playing at their speed for part of Friday night’s game against Olathe at MCHS, but they turned on the jets in the second half. Moffat County scored 20 points in the first 16 minutes followed by 39 in the next 16 to deliver a 59-32 win and improve to 5-1 this season. MCHS imposed its will on the Pirates starting in the third quarter and pushed the game out of reach.

Yampa White River region selected for USDA rural development program

Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco counties applied for SET grant together

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office announced Monday three counties in northwest Colorado were chosen to participate in a rural economic development program in 2013. The program, known as Stronger Economies Together, helps regional teams develop new approaches to strengthen and enhance regional economic development activities, according to a USDA RD news release.

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Moffat County girls adjust to take down Olathe

A basketball game can always turn when coaches have a chance to make adjustments. Head coach Matt Ray seemed to make all the right adjustments, and his players responded with a tough second half in beating Olathe, 43-33. The Bulldogs (3-3, 2-1 Western Slope League) overcame a difficult first half offensively and dominated the second half to overwhelm the Pirates (4-1, 2-1).

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WATCH LIVE: MCHS hoops teams battle Olathe

Click here to watch a live broadcast of Moffat County High School's games tonight against Olathe. The girls tip off around 6 p.m. while the boys start at 7:30 p.m.

Rose White: Change needed at TMH, part 1

I recently found myself as a patient at The Memorial Hospital. Please bear with me, I need to start from the beginning for any of this to make sense. I was admitted to the hospital via the Emergency Room Sunday night, Dec. 9. By Thursday afternoon I was feeling much better and able to finally get out of bed for a couple short forays in the hallway. Friday started out as another positive day health wise. I was thrilled knowing I would soon be going home. That thrill was short-lived!

Kathy Bassett: Trouble at TMH, part 1

Now that we have had the privilege of reading the comments and thoughts from the hospital administration employees discussing the quality of care issues and the impact on the community resulting from physician departures, I would like to put in my 2 cents worth as a patient! I’ve had to come to TMH on several occasions in the past 3 years. The longest stay I had was over 3 weeks and then re-admission for another week or so. Since then I’ve been in the hospital a few more times with two of them being this year. It is not fun to be in a hospital and I’d rather be anywhere else but why do we go to hospitals except to be treated so that we can get healthy and well again. I would interrupt at this point to say that I can’t complain about the quality of the nurse care. Most of the nurses were excellent and helpful and in fact went way beyond the call of duty to take care of me.

Lois Stoffle: Thank you, anonymous helpers

While trying help my husband (who has Alzheimer's disease) cross Sixth street at the light, from the south side to the north side to get to Grant Mortuary, he stumbled and almost pulled me down with him into the street as he fell. While I struggled to get him up, a lady in a little red car quickly pulled to the curb and came running to help us. At the same time, a young man parked his vehicle in front of the Museum and came running across Yampa Avenue to help also.

Baxter Black: Moustache safety

Moustaches have become de rigueur in certain lifestyle choices: mountain men, Arctic explorers, Fu Man Chu-ists, carnival acts like the bearded lady and cowboy poets. As we know, if something becomes popular, the government soon tries to get involved. A word about moustache safety and maintenance: HAPHAZARD! There are really no official rules, no regulations passed down by the Department of Sanitation or Landscaping or Aerodynamics. But I suppose one might encounter moustache restrictions for certain jobs like wine tasting, orthodontry, or swallowing fire. However, moustache freedom may soon be endangered. Already, well-meaning socialist potentates have passed intrusive laws in their kingdom decreeing No Smoking, No Soda Pop, No Big Macs, No Voting Republican, and No Spitting On The Sidewalk Laws. What if these little self-appointed kinglets discovered that moustaches can be life threatening? Let’s consider the story of LeeRay, a good ol’ Nebraska farm boy. It was calving season and things were not going well. They had a lot of scouring calves and heifers not pairing up. LeeRay was the ground-man at the calving barn. He’s a big fellow, not fleet-of-foot but strong and hard working. He was being helped by two cowboys who watched the “heavy bunch.”

Alice and Leo Snowden: A thank you to our children

We would like to Thank all our children for the 60th Anniversary Party at The Holiday Inn and all the friends that came by to help us celebrate.

Leona Hemmerich: Letter to Editor

Now that the Commissioners have removed Bryce and me from the MCTA board, I think it is important to point out what that removal means for all of Moffat County. Oops, I forgot, the BOCC seems to be only interested in serving the Greater Craig area, definitely the Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who believe Moffat County includes ALL of Moffat County, I will explain what has happened. For the first time in years, the MCTA Board has been moving cohesively in a positive direction to promote ALL of Moffat County. We’ve tackled differences, but work toward the same goal. Last January this BOCC refused to re-seat Kerry Moe, who has been instrumental in the progress we made. Over this past year the BOCC chose to remove three MCTA board members who were indispensible in making the fabulous Tourism Center at the mall a reality.

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Phyllis Virden: Time for TMH administration to go

I've been reading the doctor hospital controversy with interest. Dr. Told was our family doctor for many years and when he was a new doctor here, there seemed to be a problem among other doctors or the hospital and they seemed to want to get him to leave but his patients had some town meetings in support of him and he stayed and served the community for many years. When he left, it left a lot of people without a family physician. Finally about one or two years ago, we started going to Dr. Phillips and really liked him and got to know him. From visiting with him, I understood that he loved the area and planned to raise his children here and be a part of the community for a long time.

Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services receives million dollar grant

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services was awarded $1,053,710 as part of the Colorado Department of Education’s Increasing Achievement and Growth Grant. According to a news release from NW BOCES, the money will be used to support literacy initiatives in the seven school districts NW BOCES serves, including East Grand, Hayden, Moffat County, North Park, South Routt, Steamboat Springs and West Grand school districts.

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CNCC cosmetology director settling into Craig community

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Cosmetology program has always been good, but with new program director Erica Dreckman, the program is on its way to being even better. Dreckman came to run the program nearly four months ago, leaving a teaching position in Fort Collins to do so. And although Dreckman said the program was good before she got there, she has some changes in mind to help improve the program, including a change in curriculum.

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Mountain West honors Pleasant at retirement party

Pete Pleasant decided 50 years in the insurance game is enough. Mountain West Insurance, 100 E. Victory Way, held a retirement party for Pleasant Wednesday night, trying to send the Craig native and longtime insurance man a proper sendoff. Daryl Camilletti spoke about Pleasant’s contribution to Mountain West and the company’s appreciation for his hard work.

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Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin honored at VFW Christmas Dinner

Craig local, Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin of the United States Navy, returned home last week to spend the holidays with his family, Travis attended the annual VFW Christmas dinner Monday as the guest of honor, where he received recognition for his quick rise through the ranks after enlisting in the Navy ten years ago. “He flew up the ranks,” VFW commander Guy Bradshaw said addressing those at the dinner. “That’s one hell of an achievement.” Travis was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September during a pinning ceremony, following a six-week induction process unique to the Navy.

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Over a Cup: Fruit Cake Bars

Last week’s “Over a Cup of Coffee” featured a recipe for “Holiday Fruit Bars”. I had not taken the time to try the recipe so I asked for feedback from anyone who baked the cookies. Lois Stoffle, of Maybell, tried the recipe. She reported that the cookies were moist and tasty and that they are a good substitute for fruit cake. Lois added a little nutmeg and a little ginger to the ingredients. Thanks, Lois! Then today Marilyn Riedman called from Williamette Valley, Ore. She also baked the cookies.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Decorating the Tree

When my sisters, brother, and I were growing up on the ranch, it was tradition for Dad to cut the Christmas tree. Before he left to get the tree, we kids always reminded him that we wanted a tall tree. Our sister Charlotte Allum remembers at least one time when Dad came back and teased us that he couldn’t get through the deep snow to find a tall tree so he had to bring a short one. We were pretty worried, but, of course, the tree was tall as usual. I remember decorating the tree the same day that Dad brought it home, but Charlotte recalls Dad putting the tree in water for a couple of days before he brought it into the house and set it up. By that time we had gotten down the box of decorations. We could hardly wait until the tree warmed up and the icicles and snow in the branches melted.

DA’s office amends charges in Scott case

A local resident charged with assault appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court for a status conference. Derik Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in district court with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of violating the conditions of a bail bond, a Class 6 felony. In addition Scott faces two counts of sentence enhancers, including one count of committing a violent crime with the use of a weapon and one count of committing a violent crime causing serious bodily injury.

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Firefighters respond to fire at Barnes residence

Barnes: When it comes to having a crisis this is one of the best communities

On Monday Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to a report of a house fire on Moffat County Road 174 about 10 miles west of Craig. The home belongs to longtime Moffat County residents Rick and Tami Barnes. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said the blaze, which started at approximately 10 p.m., was ignited by a faulty wood-burning stove. Firefighters battled blizzard conditions, Johnston said, but had the fire under control after about an hour and a half.

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The Williams Brothers Band to play at Holiday Inn in Craig

The popular Grand Junction based Williams Brothers Band will help Craig residents celebrate the Mayan prophesized end of the world tonight at 9 p.m. the Holiday Inn of Craig’s End of the World Party. Playing what they call east bay funk and high desert boogie, James Williams of the band said the band has much of their musical roots grounded in their musical experiences growing up in California’s east bay. Members of the band include James Williams, Phillip Williams, Jared Schmidt, Allen Bradley and extras Donny Morales, Andy Schmidt and Glenn Patterson.

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Festival of Trees wraps up last Thursday with caroling

Moffat County Youth United Way and Key Club wrapped up its last night in a series of Thursday activities this week for its Festival of Trees. Twenty-two non-profits decorated trees in the Moffat County Courthouse for the community to enjoy throughout December.