News for Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Christmas Day storms blamed for 3 deaths

Twisters hopscotched across the Deep South, and, along with brutal, straight-line winds, knocked down countless trees, blew the roofs off homes and left many Christmas celebrations in the dark. Holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions from the same fast-moving storms. As predicted, conditions were volatile throughout the day and into the night with tornado warnings still out for some parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The storms were blamed for three deaths, several injuries, and left homes from Louisiana to Alabama damaged. In Mobile, Ala., a tornado or high winds damaged homes, a high school and church, and knocked down power lines and large tree limbs in an area just west of downtown around nightfall. WALA-TV's tower camera captured the image of a large funnel cloud headed toward downtown. Rick Cauley, his wife, Ashley, and two children were hosting members of both of their families. When the sirens went off, the family headed down block to take shelter at the athletic field house at Mobile's Murphy High School.

Child's progress brings joy to Fort Collins family

The joy and excitement of Christmas is back to full strength at the home of Jade and Stacy Loughlin. Festive lights and ornaments decorate the tree; this year's family holiday greeting card featuring their three sons — Lir, Cormac and Conn — is strung along with those from years past across a living room wall. A year ago, some of the decor was up at the west Fort Collins home, but the celebration was muted as the family faced grave uncertainty about the months ahead and the possibility that Conn, who was 18 months old, would not live to see another Christmas. Despite the grim predictions of medical specialists, Conn has made progress in adapting to the physical challenges caused by a metabolic disorder that damaged his brain and nearly took his life.

Colorado gets up to 8 inches of white Christmas

Much of Colorado is enjoying a white Christmas after a storm dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the northwest part of the state and up to 7 inches along the Front Range. The National Weather Service reports more than 8.2 inches west of Steamboat Springs and nearly 7 inches near Eldorado Springs outside Boulder. Up to 6 inches was reported in the Grand Valley in west-central Colorado.

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Moffat County girls start win streak with victory against Gunnison

The Moffat County girls basketball team headed into its winter break on a high note. After a rousing victory against Olathe on Friday night, the Bulldogs followed it up with a 54-26 win against Gunnison High School on Saturday afternoon. Moffat County (4-3, 3-1 Western Slope League) beat a Cowboys team (0-6) which has had its fair share of struggles. Head Coach Matt Ray said it was a case of the Bulldogs being better across the board.

25 Shades of Craig: New Year's Kiss

Christmas is over and right around the corner is New Year’s. For many, New Year’s is the party of the year. It’s time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. There are many ways to ring in the New Year. Most of us will watch the ball drop with family and friends and others will go out on the town to party it up. As a single woman, I have been thinking about how I am going to ring in 2013, which got me thinking, why is the pressure to go out on New Year so big compared to any other night? Could it be that a kiss at midnight is so appealing to many of us or the chance of finding love? As the clock ticks closer and closer, you are on constant search for the perfect pair of lips to lock with when the clock strikes twelve.

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Keeping spirits bright while working Christmas

Claudia Molina, of Craig, was able to see her daughter Yoselin, 5, and son Diego, 2, tear into their presents this morning when they woke up at 5 a.m., excited to see if Santa had come. Yoselin had stayed up until midnight, attempting to catch Santa delivering presents until Molina told her Santa wouldn’t come if she were awake. “As soon as she went to bed I ran to the closet and put the presents under the tree,” Molina said. “I even left a note from Santa, thanking her for the cookies and milk. She wants to put the note in a photo album.” A perfect start to Christmas, Molina’s spirits weren’t dampened even though she had to go in for an afternoon shift at the Kum n’ Go on Yampa.

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Mathers hosts community for Christmas meal

With almost 200 pounds of turkey at this year’s feast, Mathers Lounge and Cafe was ready for one of its longest-standing traditions. The bar and restaurant held a Christmas Day meal in Craig for residents and visitors to come enjoy food and the company of loved ones, friends and other community members. Owner Tom Mathers considers it one of the best things they do at the restaurant.

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St. Michael's serves Christmas dinner

What Christmas lunch at St. Michael’s Catholic Church was lacking in attendance, it made up for in laughter and love. Three generations of the Bolton and Jarvis families served lunch, told jokes and shared smiles with everyone who came through the line.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2012: Bad Dogs have big upcoming tournament

The latest sports news around Craig and Moffat County. Get the most recent news from Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling, an update on pool and bowling leagues in Craig and Craig Parks and Recreation opportunities.