Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

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Bank of Colorado names new Craig branch president

When Alisa Corey was 21, many of her friends were in college studying and preparing for the professional, working world. Corey, on the other hand, embraced her Gunnison ranch upbringing and decided to ride the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer. Although still passionate about horses, Corey knew she wanted more out of life than working minimum wage jobs to supplement her passion for riding. So, at age 22, Corey followed the path of many of her friends and went to college.

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MCHS speech and debate team to send six competitors to state

Qualifying for state speech and debate competitions is a tradition at Moffat County High School that spans longer than co-coach Eric Hansen can remember. “It’s been a long time since Moffat County hasn’t taken somebody to state,” said Hansen, also an MCHS social studies teacher. The team will continue the tradition later this month. Juniors Morgan Carrico, Ben East, Matt Balderston and Rose Howe, along with seniors Skyler Leonard and Cullen Dilldine, earned a berth at state during a district competition Feb. 24 and 25 in Durango.

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MCHS spring sports compete with weather in early season

The spring sports season got into full swing Monday with the first day of official practice for Moffat County High School teams. For four of the five teams — baseball, track and field, girls golf, and girls soccer — practice means staying indoors for at least a couple more weeks. For coaches and players who compete outside, practicing indoors because of the weather can make the early part of the season tough.

Thursday choir performance designed to reinforce need for music education

To say Tanya Young’s fourth- and fifth-grade vocalists are looking forward to a concert Thursday is an understatement. “They are so excited,” said Young, East Elementary School music teacher. “It’s amazing how much kids want to perform.” The annual performance, titled “Music Lasts a Lifetime,” starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Passenger: Plane seemed to stall before YVRA crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report about the Feb. 19 crash that killed two people and injured four others. No cause has been determined.

On the Record for Feb. 29, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 29, 2012

Winter storm hits Colorado's mountains

A significant winter storm has dropped more than a foot of snow in western Colorado. Kari Bowen of the National Weather Service in Boulder said Coal Bank Pass already recorded a foot of snow by Tuesday morning. Other parts of central Colorado have gotten a half foot. Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwest Colorado reported 20 inches of new snow. Accidents shut down a snowy stretch of eastbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon for about an hour. Westbound I-70 was temporarily closed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday due to snow and an accident. Heavy snow also closed U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass. Whiteout conditions were reported at times Tuesday night in Frisco.

Testimony to continue in former Broncos trial

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox is the first witness in a trial that could send him to prison for life. The woman testified Tuesday about the night of the alleged assault in September 2010. Jurors also heard audio from a phone call the woman made to Cox while police listened, the Denver Post reported. The woman, whose name is not being published by The Associated Press because she's an alleged victim of a sexual assault, is expected to continue her testimony Wednesday. Cox has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless, and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. He faces two years to life in prison if convicted.

Tsunami debris spreads halfway across Pacific

Lumber, boats and other debris ripped from Japanese coastal towns by tsunamis last year have spread across some 3,000 miles of the North Pacific, where they could wash ashore on remote islands north of Hawaii this winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the first bits of tsunami debris will make landfall soon on small atolls northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Other pieces were expected to reach the coasts of Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Canada between March 2013 and March 2014. NOAA's tsunami marine debris coordinator, Ruth Yender, told an online news conference Tuesday that agency workers were boarding Coast Guard flights that patrol the archipelago. NOAA also asked scientists stationed at Midway and other atolls to look for the debris. Debris initially collected in a thick mass in the ocean after tsunamis dragged homes, boats, cars and other parts of daily life from coastal towns out to sea. Most likely sank not far from Japan's eastern coast.

Craig City Council discusses Veterans Memorial Park lease

A proposed lease agreement between the City of Craig and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 for Veterans Memorial Park was once again a topic of conversation during Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting. The two parties reopened negotiations Jan. 24 during a city council workshop and a draft of what the lease could look like has appeared on the agenda for both council meetings this month. The council was expected to take action on whether to adopt or amend the lease Tuesday, but issues have arisen. Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said he had a recent phone conversation with VFW Commander David Walters, who said the VFW membership would like to see some items on the lease changed.

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Exceeding expectations

Garrett Stewart was in fifth grade when he started wrestling. The sport was a kind of family tradition, Stewart said, with his dad, uncles, cousins and brothers having wrestled at one time or another. But it was the feeling Stewart got when he was on the mat, the feeling of fighting for his own success, that kept him around. “Wrestling is a unique sport, not like anything else,” Stewart said. “It is you and only you on the mat and there is no team to blame if you don’t do good. It is all up to you what you end up doing.”

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Building a solid foundation

In May 2006, Derek Duran’s name was mentioned multiple times during Moffat County High School’s graduation ceremony. Besides being read off the list of many receiving diplomas that day, the college-bound student also received acknowledgment as Outstanding Senior Boy. The award was the result of four years of hard work in the classroom, in the gym and elsewhere in the Craig community. And, though only two students, one male and one female, can achieve the top honor each year, Duran hopes to help future graduates of MCHS attain such standards. As part of the local group Maximum Commitment to Excellence, Duran, 24, strives to promote greater involvement in schools across Moffat County. “There’s some real successful businessmen in that group like Dave DeRose, Scott Cook, John Ponikvar, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s all about raising the bar for educational standards for the youth of the community.”

Congressional candidate appearing Thursday in Craig

In 2009, Tisha Casida said she began worrying about the economy and federal regulations handcuffing small business owners. Rather than sit idly by, she decided to act. The 30-year-old owner of That’s Natural! Marketing & Consulting company in Pueblo is an independent running for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, a seat held by Republican Rep. Scott Tipton. This is her first bid for public office.

Briefs for February 29: Senior breakfast set for today

Senior breakfast set for today A senior breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. today at McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way, in Craig. The event is open to all local senior citizens. For more information, call Mary Jo Brown at 824-2139.

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Little cowboy, big dreams

Kasen Brennise’s dream is to rodeo in one of the biggest arenas of them all: the National Finals Rodeo. The 12-year-old Craig resident is well on his way to realizing that goal. Kasen secured the title of world champion barrel racer during the 2008 National Finals Little Britches Rodeo. He was only 8 years old at the time. The Craig Middle School sixth-grader also won several saddles during his rodeo career and “I don’t know how many buckles,” said his father, Scott Brennise, 46.

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MCHS grad divides energies between work and education

A smartphone, complete with a digital calendar, isn’t an indulgence to Dorina Fredrickson. It’s a necessity, considering Fredrickson is trying to fit two major time commitments into her schedule. The 20-year-old Craig resident is a full-time student at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. She also works full-time as a receptionist at Country Living Realty. Any time she gets in between is partly devoted to preparing for her real estate license.

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Basketball building blocks

Joe Camilletti, Taft Cleverly and Tyler Davis each started playing basketball when they were in grade school. All three worked their way through the ranks, starting in the youth leagues before suiting up for the Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade teams. But Cleverly, a Moffat County High School sophomore, and freshmen Camilletti and Davis, found themselves in a rare position in the 2011-12 season — contributing as young players for a varsity basketball team. “All three of those guys are dedicated to basketball,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “They have put in a lot of hours in the sport and they are only getting better. They each have a great work ethic and we coaches expect them to help make this program successful.”

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Edible art

While other young artists work in oils or pastels, 13-year-old Allie Dilldine prefers to work with a more mouth-watering medium. She’s a champion cake decorator whose creations have two appeals, she said. “People love it because it tastes really good,” the Craig Middle School eighth-grader said. “ … They like it before and they love it after.” Judges at the 2011 Colorado State Fair apparently were of the same mind. They awarded Allie a grand champion ribbon in her division for a cake she fashioned to look like a dollhouse.

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Balancing work and passion

It seems no matter what Kat Thompson adds to her schedule, she is never overwhelmed. Thompson, a Moffat County High School senior, is part of the high school’s National Honor Society as well as the yearbook committee. After school, she’s usually working on the next MCHS theater production, working as a sales associate at Maurices, or finding time to sing the national anthem at Bulldog sporting events. This year, she's also competing in the Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, earning a trip to the state competition after only competing twice.

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Entrepreneur learns by doing

Clint Gabbert doesn’t put too much stock in learning through books. “I’ve always learned better by just doing something,” the 20-year-old said. It’s no surprise, then, that he chose business as a career. In March 2010, a little more than two years after he graduated from Moffat County High School, he and his mother, Leona, opened The Jungle Pet Shop at 565 Yampa Ave.

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‘This is what I want to do’

A.J. Stoffle found his calling at 4 years old. He watched his cousin in a snowmobile race in Steamboat Springs and decided he wanted to try it, his mother Teresa Stoffle said. His family happened to have his tyke-sized snowmobile with them that day in 2002, Teresa Stoffle. That afternoon, they bought him the safety equipment he needed to race that night. A decade later, A.J. is still certain of his calling.

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Despite falling short of goal, 2011-12 season a success for MCHS girls cagers

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s goal this season was to advance to the Elite 8 in the 4A state playoffs. While the Bulldogs were eliminated in the Sweet 16, head coach Matt Ray said the season was far from a disappointment. “It was a great season, we had a great record, and we had a good finish,” he said Tuesday. “We were a little disappointed we lost when we did, but overall, it was a great year.” The Bulldogs wrapped up the season with an 18-7 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the Western Slope League.

Leap into fun this weekend

Ah, Leap Day, the holiday that comes around only once every four years and means nothing other than an additional square on the calendar. But the lack of real significance for this particular day doesn’t mean you can’t create your own special traditions to take advantage of Feb. 29 as best you can until its next appearance in 2016. No, I’m not talking about watching the pitiful Amy Adams movie “Leap Year,” I mean trying something new or something you could never do again, and letting that spirit of spontaneity carry over into the next few days.

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Enjoying the challenge

Christalin Thompson is a busy woman. She raises three children, 5-year-old Riley, 2-year-old Carson and 5-month-old Addison, works three 12-hour shifts a week as a concierge at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and teaches Zumba classes three days a week from Holistic Health & Fitness. “I’ve always been busy,” the 25-year-old Craig resident said. “Even when I was in high school, I was in cheerleading and student council and I had a job.” As an adult, Thompson’s active lifestyle has helped her discover new passions. This was the case in 2007, when she was living in Oceanside, Calif., raising Riley, who was 10 months old.

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The makings of a leader

Until this school year, Nicole Ferree hated politics, pure and simple, she said. She couldn’t get away from the subject. She heard about it often at home, which isn't surprising. Her father, Jim Ferree, is Craig’s city manager. In recent months, though, her attitude has changed. Politics is no longer a wearisome subject to her. Instead, it intrigues her, and she’s ready to get involved in the political process.

Editorial: Beautification committees of one

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Tuesday, February 28

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Museum bringing Norman Rockwell collection to Craig

The name Norman Rockwell is synonymous with The Saturday Evening Post. In 47 years the publication featured 322 of Rockwell’s illustrations on its cover. It’s been 96 years since Rockwell’s first cover piece, “Mother’s Day Off,” appeared on the Post cover. Beginning in May, all of Rockwell’s original Post tear sheets will be on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

On the Record for Feb. 28, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 28, 2012

Lance Scranton: It's the little things that add up

Ask successful people in our community to what they attribute their success and most will say, “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.” Communities and businesses are constantly looking for ways to look more attractive and inviting. As I make my way around our neighborhood on my weekly jogs, I often see a couple out walking and picking up trash. Cool. It’s just a little thing, but they do anyway.

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CMS wrestling team thrives on having a full squad

Ron Linsacum said with 43 seventh- and eighth-grade wrestlers in one room, things can get intense. But, it is the intensity large numbers foster that makes the Craig Middle School wrestling team something special. “The wrestling room is packed,” said Linsacum, the Bulldogs head coach. “The kids feed off each other and they have so many wrestling partners, they can see a lot of different styles and share their knowledge with each other. “It is just the atmosphere and the engery in the room, everything is falling into place for (this program).”

Monday, February 27

Jean White-sponsored bill proposes keeping federal mineral lease money in communities

Senate Bill 31 unanimously passed the Senate on Monday. White said it would help cash-strapped communities.

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TMH rehab relocation postponed

Plans to relocate The Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center to TMH Medical Clinic are on hold for now. “We’ll put together a plan and go back to the board,” said Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence. The hospital’s initial plan was to move the rehabilitation center from its current location in Suite 116 in Centennial Mall to the east end of the clinic in April. The move would have placed rehabilitation closer to physicians in the clinic, thereby making it a more convenient location for patients, Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers said during an interview in early February.

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Becca Pugh overcame fears to win a seat on MCHS Student Council

Becca Pugh is nothing like the student body president portrayed in most teen movies. She wasn’t the popular girl in school, at least not initially. The 18-year-old Moffat County High School senior is quiet by nature, and learning to speak publicly was sometimes a painful process, she said. In short, Becca’s ascent to the student council presidency wasn’t a product of effortless charm or graced social status. She earned it through hard work and by extending herself far beyond her self-perceived limitations.

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At the Movies: ‘One for the Money’ is bankrupt of humor

If you’re planning to view “One for the Money,” but you’re not sure what to expect, the old expression from which it gets its title provides the best advice. As long as you skip over the whole “two for the show, three to get ready” part and jump ahead to “four to go,” by which I mean leave the theater as quick as you can. Unemployment hasn’t been kind to Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl). Months of trying to find a new career after being laid off from the lingerie department of Macy’s have only brought repossession of her car and an eviction notice at her apartment. Applying for a position with her bail bondsman cousin (Patrick Fischler) doesn’t grant her the filing job she’d hoped for, but the idea of being a bounty hunter intrigues her. Even better is the prospect of tracking down her high school boyfriend (Jason O’Mara), a cop who’s been on the run from the courts in disgrace after a drug bust gone bad. Taking home $50,000 for nabbing the guy who dumped her as teenager is all the inspiration Stephanie needs to take up the new line of work, training with an experienced “bail enforcement agent” (Daniel Sunjata).

On the Record for Feb. 27, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 27, 2012

'The Artist' earns best-picture, lead-actor Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards voters have spoken up for "The Artist," the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood's highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago. The black-and-white comic melodrama took four prizes Sunday, including best picture, actor for Jean Dujardin and director for Michel Hazanavicius. Not since the World War I saga "Wings" was named outstanding picture at the first Oscars in 1929 had a silent film earned the top prize. The other top Oscars went to Meryl Streep as best actress for "The Iron Lady," Octavia Spencer as supporting actress for "The Help" and Christopher Plummer as supporting actor for "Beginners."

Boxer suspended 1 year for doping-rules violation

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended a boxer who it says failed three times to meet requirements for his whereabouts so he could be found for out-of-competition drug testing. The agency said Sunday that an independent arbitrator found 23-year-old Lenroy Thompson, of Lenexa, Kan., violated whereabouts requirements three times in 18 months. He has been suspended from the sport for one year. All of his competitive results will be disqualified dating back to Nov. 9, the date of his third whereabouts failure.

Patrick Germond: Help with the hams

“No worries, mate, no worries. Give your Sheila a kiss for me. Sydney, Australia clear.” “Copy that, Sydney. Take care and I’ll talk to you later. This is Kilo Delta Zero Juliet Alfa India out, and the frequency is clear.” What you just read was part of a short wave (ham radio) conversation I had with a fellow from down under last October.

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Local accountant named 2012 Businessperson of the Year

Tracking down the 2012 Businessperson of the Year on a Saturday afternoon in Craig isn’t difficult, but you have to know where to look. This year’s winner is a passionate college hockey fan and also dedicated to his family. It would be a safe expectation to find him at home combing the networks for a rare afternoon telecast of his beloved Colorado College Tigers or spending quality time with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Emma, 8, and Hudson, 6. But less than 24 hours after being honored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at Friday night’s annual State of the County dinner, Chris Jones was at 458 Yampa Ave., with his brother, Don, working.

Five minutes with Rick Dickson, 56, surface coal mine inspector for U.S Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration

Hometown? “I’m from Arvada, which is a suburb of Denver.” When did you come to Craig? “1977. I came here for a job with Colowyo.” Motto or outlook on life? “If I can do one thing to make somebody’s job or life easier, I’ll do it because I know that’s going to come back to me. It took me a long time to learn, but getting ahead isn’t as important as letting it come to you.” How long has your office been in its current location? “It’s maybe just a hair over a year old. Our old one burned down when the Country Mall burned down. We were working on the east side of town when they got the new one built.”

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Elkhorn Outfitters named 2012 Small Business of the Year

In November 2011, Parker resident Chris Peltz was in Moffat County hunting elk. The 37-year-old stalked herds for six day but had little success bagging one of the animals. Then, on Thanksgiving morning, his last day of the trip, Peltz harvested a spiked bull. For Peltz it was the hunt of a lifetime because he can’t see.

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TMH recognized as Craig Chamber’s Large Business of the Year

Service. Volunteerism. Commitment. These attributes make The Memorial Hospital in Craig stand out in the Craig business community, Craig City Councilor Don Jones said during Friday night’s State of the County event.

LSRV girls win regionals, set sights on state

Jodi Stanley said the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team wanted to come out strong Saturday in the finals of the 1A West Regional Tournament. The Rattlers wasted no time, jumping out to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter and cruising to a 70-46 victory over Cokeville. “We forced a lot of turnovers in the first four minutes of play and we capitalized on them and set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Stanley, the Rattlers head coach. “I think we made them a little nervous early, but they played us even for the next three quarters. We just came out strong early.” Senior Morgan Wille started the Rattlers off with two steals, which turned into four quick points to give LSRV a 4-0 lead.

LSRV boys win elusive regional championship

Paul Prestrud said when a shooter is on, there is no stopping them. Such was the case for Daniel Wille, a Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School senior, on Saturday in the finals of the 1A West Regional Tournament. The Burlington defense collapsed inside the paint, forcing the LSRV boys varsity basketball team to take shots from the outside. Wille responded, scoring 36 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Rattlers to a 63-53 victory and the senior class’s first regional championship.

Report: Number of Colorado farms up in 2011

The total number of farms and ranches in Colorado increased last year, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farms and ranches in Colorado in 2011 totaled 36,700, up 300 from 2010, according to National Agricultural Statistics Services numbers cited in the USDA release. Total farmland in Colorado in 2011 was unchanged from 2010, while the average size of a farm in Colorado decreased from 860 acres in 2010 to 853 acres in 2011, according to the release. Nationally, the total number of farms and ranches in 2011 was estimated at 2.2 million, down slightly from 2010, according to the release.

New affiliation boosts musical group’s profile

Making your voice heard is easy when you can articulate yourself through music. But, publicity sometimes takes outside help. Since joining the Craig Chamber of Commerce, members of the Bella Vocé chorus have enjoyed a newfound backing in endorsing their group. “We joined back in January because we wanted to get a lot of the benefits they give to their members,” Bella Vocé team leader Aaron Gillett said. “The Chamber has been really great in helping us create awareness of our group and what we do by promoting us on their site and doing everything else they do for members.” Chamber membership couldn’t have come at a better time for the all-female singing ensemble, which is striving to raise money for trips later this year.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 27, 2012: Hold on to your hats, umbrellas, etc.

Hold on to your hats, umbrellas, etc. March is just around the corner. March winds are getting an early start. That means it’s time to fly kites. My brother, Charlie, and I would make our own kites from the Denver Post cut out in different shapes. There would be sticks crossed together, rags for a tail and a ball of string to tie it all together. We had to find the right kind of sticks. Most of the time we found broken kites and used what we could off of them.

Briefs for February 27: Hospice training today

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking for volunteers to help with its hospice program. Volunteer training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road, in Steamboat Springs. Participants must complete an application before registering for the training. Applications are available at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., or its Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information or to register, call Shannon Winegarner at 871-7626.

Sunday, February 26

Daily Press recognized in annual Colorado Press Association contest

The Craig Daily Press was named the best newspaper in its circulation category in the state Saturday during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in downtown Denver. Overall, the newspaper won sweepstakes awards in three categories — editorial coverage, advertising, and photography and design — as well as the general excellence award among newspapers with a circulation up to 7,500. Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson commented on the newspaper’s sustained success in the contest. “I continue to be impressed with our performance in this contest,” the publisher said. “A different panel of judges from different states has named us the best in Colorado in each of the last six years.

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End of the road: MCHS basketball team struggles offensively in 45-32 loss in Sweet 16

Annie Sadvar and Melissa Camilletti were upset following Saturday’s Sweet 16 game at Centaurus High School. It wasn’t only because the 45-32 loss was the two Moffat County High School seniors’ last game, but because they felt they should have won. “We shouldn’t have lost,” Melissa said. “We were the better team and we should not have lost.” “We played terrible and gave up for pretty much the whole fourth quarter,” Sadvar said.

Saturday, February 25

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Hayden boys hoops dominates against Paonia

There are times like Friday against West Grand when the Hayden High School boys basketball team can be frustrating. Then there are games like Saturday’s.

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Hayden girls basketball cruises against Rangely, takes 3rd seed

A night after playing with top-ranked Paonia for three quarters, Hayden ran away from Rangely on Saturday with a 61-43 win.

LSRV girls basketball readies for regional finals match-up against Cokeville

Farson-Eden gave the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity players their closest game of an undefeated season this year. On Jan. 20, Farson came close to upending the Rattlers, but ultimately fell, 37-31, at home. The Pronghorns met a similar fate Feb. 11 in Baggs, Wyo., falling 45-33. On Friday, Farson had one more chance to beat LSRV in the semifinals of the 1A West Regional Tournament in Lander, Wyo.

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County to continue streamlining services in 2012

As state and federal politicians continue to struggle with balancing their budgets, local officials pledged to continue to streamline government services to ensure Moffat County stays in the black. Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner voiced that sentiment Friday night during the annual State of the County dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. More than 80 people listened to Danner cite the loss of energy impact assistance grants — which at one time funded road, infrastructure and social service projects — as just one of the many signs of a struggling economy. And as the Feds and state legislators tighten their proverbial belts, Danner said the county must also get creative in how it continues to provide valuable services.

2012 National Western Stock Show results

Eight Moffat County 4-H/FFA members and two former Moffat County 4-H members exhibited livestock during the 2012 National Western Stock Show held in Denver during January. In livestock showmanship, exhibitors, according to age, are divided into several heats, from which small numbers of exhibitors are selected to participate in final age-division classes to pick the top overall showmen. Makayla Goodnow of Craig was named Reserve Grand Champion Senior Showman with her Junior Market Goat. Megan Prather of Bailey, formerly of Craig, was selected Reserve Grand Champion Junior Showman in Junior Ewe Lambs.

Briefs for February 25: Oral health screenings in Meeker, Rangely

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, will offer free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish to children up to age 5 during the Children’s Health Fairs in Meeker and Rangely, the agency reported in a news release. The Children’s Health Fairs are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Fairfield Community Center, 200 Main St., Meeker, and March 5 and 6 at the Early Education Center, 402 W. Main St., Rangely. Appointments are required. The dental screenings include a tooth decay risk assessment, goals that can be put in place to help children stay cavity-free and a professionally applied fluoride varnish.

Editorial: Flight focus

About 20 miles east of Craig an opportunity is waiting to be fully developed. Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden brings visitors from just about everywhere to the Yampa Valley. And, if these travelers’ interests are piqued enough, hopefully their stop in the area includes visiting Craig and Moffat County. But herein lies the problem.

Advocates, SAFE, shedding light on abusive teenage relationships

Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with? For a teenager entangled in an unhealthy relationship, the stream of text messages from a boyfriend or girlfriend can be constant, Carol Romero-Crossman said.

Letter: Overturn Citizens United

We know there has always been and probably always will be money in politics, affecting decisions from the budget, environment, civil rights, and this year especially, women's rights. However, it appears we may have the opportunity to revisit the ridiculous Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, thanks to Montana. It has been recently noted almost all of the funding for the primaries is coming from four or five people. Very wealthy people who will spend whatever it takes to get their particular candidate into office, and then their priorities will become the issues most fervently addressed. It is outrageous the amount of money being spent, especially in times that are so difficult for the average person. Imagine just giving some of that money to pay off people's homes that are under water, or helping with medical bills, etc. I digress.

LSRV boys basketball team advances to regional finals

Miles Englehart, Rex Stanley and Daniel Wille have brought a state basketball title back to Baggs, Wyo., but never a regional championship. After two blowout wins Thursday and Friday, the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School seniors will have a chance to complete their goal today in the 1A West Regional Tournament finals. The Rattlers (24-0) beat St. Stephens, 85-58, Thursday in the quarterfinals in Lander, Wyo., and pulled away Friday against Ten Sleep to score a 79-51 victory and a spot in the finals. LSRV will match-up against Burlington at 1 p.m. today in the championship game in Lander.

TMH Board takes action at Thursday meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board: • Approved, 6-0, provisional medical staff privileges for one emergency medicine physician, two certified registered nurses and one hospitalist. Board members also approved reappointment of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a radiologist. • Accepted, 6-0, the hospital’s 2012 strategic plan, which includes goals for growth, staff, quality, organization and finances. • Accepted, 6-0, the hospital’s 2011 annual safety report. The hospital’s disaster plan has been updated, and plans to monitor security at TMH facilities and conduct a patient safety survey are ongoing.

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Job creation, cutting red tape focus of State of State address

Gov. John Hickenlooper once said, “The core business of government is not to create jobs…entrepreneurs do that. But we can help. What we do here and how we do it matters.” District 8 State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, relayed those words Friday night to more than 80 people in attendance for the State of the County dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The annual affair highlights the events of the previous year and forecasts the things to come at the state, county, city, and chamber levels.

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Mayor highlights Craig’s fiscal health in 2012 State of the City address

Signs indicate the City of Craig’s financial picture is improving, leading city officials to adopt an attitude of “cautious optimism,” Craig Mayor Terry Carwile told an audience of more than 80 people Friday night at the State of the County. Carwile highlighted the fiscal factors that will impact the city now and in the future during his State of the City address, on of several speeches given by state and local officials during the annual event at Holiday Inn.

Government Update for February 25: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 9:30 to 9:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Friday, February 24

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At The Movies: Oscar’s locks and long shots

It’s been nearly 10 years since the last time we saw Billy Crystal do what he does best: host the Oscars. With the 84th Academy Awards, the seasoned comic is back again to make us laugh while the Hollywood crowd honors the best of the best of the previous year. As with any year, there’s sure to be certain surprises and letdowns as some celebs take home the gold and others go home empty-handed. Nobody knows exactly what will happen until the envelope is opened at the podium, but while some wins are foregone conclusions, that doesn’t mean we can’t hope for a shocker to complete the sentence “And the Oscar goes to…”

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MCHS girls basketball team wins, 65-41, to advance to Sweet 16

LAFAYETTE — Melissa Camilletti said the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team works on free throws all the time in practice. The shots from the charity strip may be uncontested, but are not always a given. The Bulldogs showed hard work pays off Friday in the second round of the 4A state playoffs against Thompson Valley, as they went 30 for 35 from the free throw line, including a 10 for 10 run to start the fourth quarter, en route to a 65-41 victory. “When both teams got in foul trouble, we finished and they didn’t,” said Melissa, an MCHS senior. “Our free throws were crucial and we stepped up and made them when we needed them.”

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2012

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MCHS girls basketball plays Thompson Valley today in 2nd round of state playoffs

Annie Sadvar said playoff basketball is faster, more physical and overall has a more competitive feel to it. Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, will help lead the MCHS girls varsity basketball team into a second-round match-up with Thompson Valley at 5 p.m. today at Centaurus High School. The sixth-seeded Eagles (16-8) beat No. 11 Frederick, 57-28, on Wednesday in the first round, advancing to take on the Bulldogs. Sadvar said Thursday was the only day Moffat County had to solely focus on Thompson Valley, but they feel prepared.

CO dad suspected of burning home with kids inside

NORTHGLENN, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver man is accused of setting his home on fire with his two children inside after assaulting his estranged wife Thursday, police said. Firefighters rescued the father, William Johnson, 26, and his 5-year-old and 18-month-old children from their home in Northglenn. All were unconscious and taken to hospitals, where they were in critical condition, police said. Johnson is considered to be in custody for investigation of attempted homicide, domestic violence and assault. Sgt. Ron Haralson, a police spokesman, said officers were called to the home by Johnson's estranged wife at 4:20 a.m. after she arrived to check on the children following an earlier incident at her home in Aurora. The woman, whose identity hasn't been released, said Johnson assaulted her then ran inside the house.

Federal authorities subpoena info from Penn State

Penn State has received a federal subpoena related to a former assistant football coach accused of molesting boys and is cooperating with the request, a university spokeswoman said Thursday. Harrisburg-based federal prosecutors this month sought "certain information" about Jerry Sandusky, a charity for children he founded, the university and three university administrators, Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. Sandusky is confined to his home as he awaits trial on charges he molested 10 boys over a 15-year span, allegations he denies. His attorney, Joe Amendola, said he learned of the subpoena from Harrisburg's The Patriot-News, which first reported it Thursday night. Powers declined to comment on the contents of the subpoena, dated Feb. 2, citing an ongoing investigation.

COGCC official talks baseline testing in NW Colorado

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state’s oversight agency for the energy industry, does not require companies to perform groundwater testing as part of its rules. However, the COGCC has been known to make energy companies perform baseline testing of groundwater reserves under certain circumstances. Thom Kerr, interim director of the COGCC, was in northwest Colorado Tuesday night and fielded questions on the subject from Routt County officials. Although groundwater testing is currently done on a voluntary basis by the energy industry, Kerr said the COGCC will mandate baseline testing of water wells, groundwater aquifers and springs as a condition of drilling permit approval.

Douglas: Come home

Anyone who has been around church very much is probably familiar with the story Jesus told about “The Prodigal Son” in Luke 15. Let me offer a few questions and observations about the father in the story. Was this a wise father? When approached by his younger son with a very odd request for their culture the father considered the request for his inheritance and gave his younger son his portion, but also his elder son his inheritance as well. Why didn’t the father plead with his son to stay home when he found out he was leaving? I believe this father was not one to force his will upon his son, or on anyone else he loved. He just relied on the teaching and guidance he himself had instilled in him and trusted that his son would make wise decisions.

Letter: Family of missing teen thanks emergency services

We would like to thank Moffat County Search and Rescue and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office for the wonderful job they did Sunday night when our son, Justin McAlexander, and his friends, Jessie and Mason Burke, were stuck in a ravine on Freeman Reservoir. The Moffat County Search and Rescue team is incredible. They went over and above the call of duty with a great deal of dedication to finding these boys. Some of these rescuers were out there for more than 15 hours looking for these boys and they never once stopped. They are an awesome group who are very skilled at what they do and Moffat County is very lucky to have their skills and dedication. We would also like to thank the Moffat County Sheriff's Office for their dedication as well, especially deputy Todd Wheeler and sheriff Tim Jantz. They were at Freeman as well the entire night and did an excellent job.

Hickenlooper: Rural lawmakers' pay hike is right

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday he favors a scheduled $33 daily pay hike for rural lawmakers because it's "the right thing to do," even though it's unpopular. Hickenlooper said that the lawmakers who live far from the state Capitol are subsidizing their day-to-day expenses for "all the time they commit here." "And when they're here, they're working from first thing in the morning to just about when they go to sleep," he said. The per diem daily increase would go to 41 lawmakers who live more than 50 miles from Denver. Hickenlooper made the comments during an annual luncheon at the governor's mansion with newspaper publishers and editors who are in Denver for the Colorado Press Association convention this weekend.

Letter: Department of Education should be eliminated

The question has again been raised, “Will more money put into schools improve the results of education?” Consider several constants that have been imbedded in our education system for a long time and until these are eliminated there will never be enough money to fix the problem of poor results. The Department of Education: eliminate it. The one size fits all out of Washington, D.C., has never worked and will not work. The only thing it provides is a conduit for social engineering by whichever party is in power at the time. Teacher unions: eliminate them. They are simply counterproductive to the job of educating students. Regardless of what’s claimed, their concern is for the teacher, not the student. The current structure also places too many constraints on taxpayers and administrators. Teacher tenure: eliminate it. As with any vocation, longevity does not guarantee success. Any and all job retention or pay raises should be based on merit. It’s unfair for the taxpayer to foot the bill and a disservice to the student who goes to school. An honest look by parents, students and even teachers will show the majority can think of at least one or two teachers who are not cut out for the job. These will affect the overall outcome. Remove unqualified or unproductive teachers, and hire those who can produce results and pay them accordingly.

Briefs for February 24: Chili cook-off Saturday

The second annual Chili Challenge will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. Attendees must enter the east door by the steps. The chili cook-off is put on by the college’s student government and includes divisions for red, green and white chili. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in all divisions. Competitors pay $4 to enter the event.

School board accepts resignation of nearly 20-year educator

The Moffat County School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of a longtime administrator Thursday night. Bill Toovey will step down as Craig Middle School’s principal at the end of the 2011-12 school year and head into a future yet unknown. “We’re just framing up our options and we’ll decide down the road,” he said before Thursday’s meeting. His last day is June 30.

Janet Sheridan: Of Gardens and Quirks

My friend Mary, an expert gardener, presides over a generous yard filled with green treasures that invite exploration and discovery. When I wander through it, I’m reminded of a book I read when young, The Secret Garden. Though Mary’s yard lacks high rock walls and a locked door hidden behind roses, it compensates with a picket fence and a deck that seeps into the yard’s casual beauty. During a recent telephone conversation, Mary told me that she now prunes, thins and discards more than she used to grow. Her words validated the learning curve Joel and I’ve experienced: We used to agonize over plants that failed to flourish as we waited for flowerbeds to fill and saplings to gain girth. Any plant that prospered was precious and protected. I was reluctant to cut a blossom to enjoy indoors because I feared there’d never be another.

Bill to repeal criminal libel passed unanimously in Senate

In early 2004, the home of a former University of Northern Colorado student was raided by Greeley police officers that were investigating a case of criminal libel. The home belonged to Tom Mink, the publisher of a satirical web site called “The Howling Pig.” Mink used the site to post satirical criticisms of university officials. One professor did not take a particular post, of which he was the subject, in good humor and convinced Weld County prosecutor Susan Knox to sign off on the libel investigation.

Thursday, February 23

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MCHS junior selected to play hockey in Switzerland

Jarret Walt has a dream of playing hockey at the next level. Walt, a Moffat County High School junior, lives in a town without an official high school hockey team, so he commutes to Steamboat Springs to play for the Sailors. Because Walt lives on the Western Slope instead of the Front Range, where he says the best hockey teams are, he plans to go to a camp this summer in Arvada to get his name out there. But Walt may have found his biggest opportunity in Craig.

On the Record for Feb. 23, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22

Moffat County GOP announces precinct leaders

Local Republicans prepping for county assembly in March

Moffat County Republicans turned out in droves Feb. 7 for the statewide precinct caucuses, the most grassroots form of the political process in Colorado, organizers said. In addition to participating in a statewide presidential preference poll, caucus participants also elected precinct chairpersons. KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, announced the precinct chairs over the weekend. “For the most part, the precinct chairs are the same people,” Hume said. “But, we did get some new additions this year.”

NTSB investigation into Hayden plane crash to focus on weather

An investigator said Wednesday that the Cessna 414A that crashed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon, killing two people and injuring four others, did not have its landing gear down.

MCHS works out sports postseason expense issue

Miscommunications between Jeff Simon, Moffat County High School athletic director, the Moffat County School District, and MCHS varsity coaches resulted in a preemptive hold on all postseason expenses for varsity teams this school year. Simon said discussions took place before the 2011-12 school year about the district not paying for team expenses during the postseason due to budgetary concerns. In past years, the school district paid for player and coach hotel rooms and gave meal stipends when teams qualified for the postseason.

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Mystery letter finds its way home

One afternoon in early December, a Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing volunteer found a trace of the past. She was helping the nonprofit group dismantle the Simmons Rooming House and was removing baseboard trim in one of the downstairs rooms when she discovered a letter postmarked July 1948 wedged between the baseboard and the wall. The envelope bore only the typewritten initials and last name of the addressee: "M. W. Lefferdink" with "Craig, Colo." on the line below. No street address was listed.

Moffat County Commission approves recommendation for federal acquisitions

About 60 percent of land in Moffat County is under federal management, and consensus reached at Tuesday’s Moffat County Commission meeting is to keep it that way. Ten people representing the Moffat County Land Use Board, the Bureau of Land Management, and the public discussed land acquisitions for more than an hour Tuesday during the commission meeting. Members of the Land Use Board convened before Tuesday’s meeting to discuss making a policy recommendation to the commissioners on how to address federal land acquisitions. Bob Grubb, who serves as an environmental representative on the Land Use Board, acted as spokesman during the meeting. He read the motion as unanimously passed by the Land Use Board.

Colo. loses 9,000 sheep, lambs to predators in '11

A new survey says Colorado farmers and ranchers lost about 9,000 head of sheep and lambs to predators in 2011. The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service conducted the survey in January. It says the 9,000 animals were worth an estimated $1.64 million. A comparable survey in 2009 showed 16,000 sheep and lambs were lost to predators. The dollar value lost was nearly the same because sheep and lamb prices have risen. The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service says that overall, sheep producers lost 36,000 head to all causes in 2011, representing about $6.53 million and 6.3 percent of the supply of animals. That's about the same number of animals lost overall in 2009 due to predators, disease, weather or other causes, representing 6 percent of the 2009 supply.

Quinn says he's sorry for Tebow comments

Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unflattering comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in a GQ article. The article on Tebowmania was written by Michael Silver and titled "The year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time." In it, Quinn was quoted as saying, "We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply." He also said he felt the fans were the reason Tebow leapfrogged him on the depth chart when supplanting Kyle Orton as the starter after a 1-4 start. "I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that," Quinn said in the article. "Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I don't have any billboards. That would have been nice."

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‘Live for Levi’ event elicits stories of pain, loss and hope

In late September 2011, the clouds seemed to lift for Jeana Weber’s 22-year-old son, Levi. He had been going through a difficult time in life, Jeana told a group of about 45 people Tuesday night at The Journey at First Baptist. His father, Jim Weber, and Jeana’s husband of almost three decades, had taken his own life Christmas Day 2010. But on Sept. 21, 2011, “he was the happiest I had seen him for a long time,” she said.

Draft OHV map presented Tuesday

Moffat County officials, federal agency representatives, and all terrain vehicle enthusiasts met Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse to review a draft off highway vehicle trail map. The multi-county/multi-agency group first met in September 2011 with the intention of identifying and mapping OHV trails in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, and Uintah County, Utah, in an effort to increase tourism to the region. It was the first time since the collaborative effort began that those contributing to the OHV mapping project received a tangible example of what their efforts were going into. “This is pretty exciting stuff,” Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said. “We’re making progress and it is good to see a rough example of what this map could look like.”

Spicy Saturday, shiny Sunday

As you read this, hopefully you’re not smarting from the overindulgence of Mardi Gras. If so, you’ve only got a day or two to suck it up and prepare for another busy weekend. • The holiday, which translates to Fat Tuesday, may have been the best day to spoil yourself. But if you want to go a little further in treating yourself, you can still do it on behalf of a good cause. If you’re still in need of a sugar rush and still have a few bills in your wallet, head to one of many Craig locations where area Girl Scouts will be selling cookies. Buy Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Samoas and more from the tables set up in front of City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens and Kmart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For exact sales times or to place an order in advance, call 824-2624.

Editorial: Hardwood harmony

If you’re a Moffat County High School basketball fan, there’s a lot to be happy about — both for what’s currently happening on the hardwood and the potential for what could happen in the future. This week, the big story is the MCHS girls varsity basketball team, which earned a share of the Western Slope League title for a second consecutive year, and a No. 3 seed in the state tournament. The Bulldogs, 17-6 overall and 10-2 in the WSL, begin postseason play Friday against the winner of the No. 6 Thompson Valley/No. 11 Frederick game at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. Led by coach Matt Ray, who inherited and has sustained a successful program from longtime MCHS coach Craig Mortensen, girls basketball has become the flagship athletic program at MCHS.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda

When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairman Don Myers

Briefs for February 22: Hospice volunteer trainings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking for volunteers for its hospice program. Volunteer trainings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road, in Steamboat Springs. Participants must complete an application before registering for the training. Applications are available at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., or its Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information or to register, call Shannon Winegarner at 871-7626.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

When: 10 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 10 to 10:05 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Moffat County School Board work session and meeting agendas

When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Public hearings on policies 5510, student dress code, and 5280, home-based education • 4:10 p.m. Budget development process

Costumes, beads give way to ashes in New Orleans

Officers on horseback cleared Bourbon Street early Wednesday, declaring an end to Carnival 2012 as Mardi Gras revelers began to prepare for the beginning of Lent, the period of fasting and repentance before Easter. Streams of people poured into the French Quarter as the sun began to set Tuesday to continue the party that began earlier along the city's traditional Garden District family-friendly parade route which follows stately St. Charles Avenue. Bathed in springlike warmth and showered with trinkets, beads and music, New Orleans reveled in the excesses of Fat Tuesday. The drinking was in full swing shortly after dawn, and with it came outrageous costumes and flesh-flashing that drew thousands to the Quarter. New Orleans police said late Tuesday they were investigating a stabbing on Esplanade Avenue but had few details. In a second incident, a victim was shot in the leg and a suspect was taken in custody, police said.

Sports Briefs for February 22: Charchalis receives award

Angie Charchalis named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Angie Charchalis, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was named Monday the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her contributions to the Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team. Charchalis, a redshirt junior guard, helped lead the Orediggers to a pair of wins last week including an upset of No. 10 Fort Lewis. In the two games, which also included a win over Adams State College, Charchalis averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals and a block. Against Fort Lewis, Charchalis tied her career high with 28 points and narrowly missed on a double-double with nine rebounds.

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MCHS boys basketball team sees 2011-12 as foundation for coming years

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season didn’t start the way coaches or players hoped. The Bulldogs had just two wins a month into the season and the team’s offense was streaky. But, first-year head coach Eric Hamilton said he knew there would be growing pains along the way. Hamilton was the team’s third head coach in as many years and seven freshmen suited up for the varsity during the season.

Tuesday, February 21

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Hayden plane crash investigation ongoing as family continues recovery

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday morning concluded their on-site inspection of the plane that crashed Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, killing two people.

Lance Scranton: ‘Those people’ — them and us

Everybody knows “those people.” We’re glad to talk about them because they tend to make us feel better about ourselves. Almost every night of the week, there’s a full line-up of “those people” on TV. People who hoard, need an intervention, make a living picking garbage, dig through the swamp, make illegal alcohol, or drive around repossessing vehicles from unsuspecting delinquents. Every community has some of “those people.” They stand by the exit at Walmart holding up a sign asking for help. Some won’t find a job or always seem to be on welfare.

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At the Movies: ‘This Means War’ means a good time

You know the old saying about the only time when “all’s fair” no matter what the conditions. In “This Means War,” the two environments of that old chestnut combine like you’ve never seen before. In their operations as CIA agents, FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck Henson (Tom Hardy) always have each other’s backs even when things don’t go as planned. Such is the case with their latest mission, in which a renowned terrorist (Til Schweiger) eludes their capture and swears to track them down and kill them.

Monday, February 20

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Undefeated LSRV boys prep for postseason

Protecting one’s home turf is a point of pride for any athlete. For upperclassmen on the Little Snake River Valley School’s boys varsity basketball team, the duty of keeping up the sanctity of the home gym has been passed on to the next class. The Rattlers of Baggs, Wyo., ended their regular season Saturday, signaling the beginning of the biggest tournaments of the season and the chance to advance to state.

Stranded snowmobilers rescued near Freeman Reservoir

Three Moffat County teens were recovering Monday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after spending Sunday night stranded in Routt National Forest north of Craig. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said William Burke, 17, Mason Burke, 13, and Justin McAlexander, 17, were snowmobiling Sunday above Freeman Reservoir, in an area known to local snowmobilers as “Top of the World.” Around 6 p.m., McAlexander contacted his father to tell him the group had gotten stuck and was in need of assistance, Jantz said. McAlexander’s father called the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, which alerted Moffat County Search and Rescue. At 8 p.m., several search and rescue teams established a base of operations for the search and began looking for the stranded group.

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Undefeated, No. 1 LSRV girls look to defend regional title

A strange number of players stepped Saturday onto the basketball court of the Little Snake River Valley School in Baggs, Wyo. With six girls on the court against the traditional five from the opponent, the Rattlers received a technical foul immediately following the opening tip. However, the penalty was one of the most special moments of the year for the LSRV coach, made all the better by the end of the game. The LSRV girls varsity team ended the regular season Saturday undefeated, capped by a 62-34 victory against the Encampment Tigers.

On the Record for Feb. 20, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 20, 2012

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Weather changed dramatically just before plane crash

A snow squall reduced visibility to near zero minutes before the crash that killed two and injured four others. Sara Humpal, 10, was transported to Children's Hospital in Denver today. Her father and two brothers remain at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Steamboat basketball teams make state tournament

A key win against rival Moffat County was just what the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team needed to clinch a spot in the state tournament. A loss against the Bulldogs didn’t prevent the Sailors girls from getting a ticket to the dance, either.

Letter: Through With Chew

Most people are aware of the health risks associated with smoking, but smokeless tobacco is often viewed as less of a health risk. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. According to information published by the National Institutes of Health, holding an average-sized dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking 3 cigarettes. And a two-can-a-week dipper gets as much nicotine as a pack and a half a day smoker does. Feb. 19 through 25 is Through With Chew Week and Feb. 23 is the Great American Spit Out. These events were created to raise awareness about the importance of quitting smokeless tobacco. Whether you want to quit completely or just try it for 24 hours, this is the perfect time for you to break away from smokeless tobacco. One of the most common diseases caused by smokeless tobacco is mouth or oral cancer. Other harms from smokeless tobacco are tooth decay and exposed tooth roots from the sugars in the products, receding gums (even when you quit, they don’t grow back), and leathery white patches in the mouth that can turn into cancer.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 20, 2012

Presidents Day. For me, good old Abraham Lincoln and George Washington lead the way with all other presidents just part of the list. We used to memorize the names of all presidents and the state they came from, party affiliation, terms in office, etc. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office when I was in school, but I kept up with the presidents up until Richard M. Nixon.

Government Update: Moffat County Commission meeting

When: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 10:15 to 10:20 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Local bookseller heats up with new products

That first cup of liquid energy is a must-have for most, but if your home-brewed Folger’s isn’t doing the trick to give you the kick you need in the morning, you can find a fancier blend in downtown Craig for a reasonable rate. Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., hosted the grand opening of its new espresso bar Saturday, with a sizable reception by residents looking for a warm drink. “It was busy and we had a line about two-deep, three-deep at the counter all morning,” store owner Terry Carwile said. “We came close to running out of milk and we had to get more change for the register twice.” Barista Josh Beadle said the biggest crowds came early in the morning, not long after the shop opened.

BLM advisory: Motorized travel limited to existing roads and trails in Little Snake

With a mild winter continuing and spring fast approaching, the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is reminding the public that motorized-use within the majority of its boundaries in Moffat, Routt and northern Rio Blanco counties is now limited to existing roads and trails. Under the Little Snake Field Office Resource Management Plan signed in fall 2011, motorized access is allowed on the majority of the lands managed by the field office, but motorized vehicles need to stay on existing roads and trails unless they are marked otherwise. Prior to this updated plan, motorized users could travel cross-county over about 73 percent of the 1.1 million acres managed by the field office. To continue to provide the opportunity for off-road recreation, the field office specifically manages nearly 20,000 acres in the South Sand Wash Basin as an area open to off-road motorized use. “These decisions allow us to continue to manage the majority of the field office for motorized access while also protecting sensitive resources,” said Wendy Reynolds, Little Snake Field Manager.

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'Live for Levi': Late son, husband Craig woman's inspiration for upcoming event

Life hasn’t been easy for Jeana Weber since Christmas 2010. Her husband, Jim Weber, a 47-year-old Craig resident and maintenance mechanic at Trapper Mine, committed suicide that day, bringing a heartbreaking end to a nearly 30-year marriage that produced three sons — Jimmy, 29, Ty, 26, and Levi, 22 — and three grandchildren. Jeana, 47, a veteran dispatcher for the Colorado State Patrol at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, had 11 months to heal before tragedy dealt another blow. On Sept. 22, 2011, Levi also killed himself.

Oil & Gas Symposium II set for Hayden

Oil and natural gas development can be a complicated topic. And as Northwest Colorado prepares for a potential energy boom, two Yampa Valley organizations are hosting a second symposium to discuss how minerals may affect Moffat and Routt counties. Yampa Valley Data Partners, together with the Community Agriculture Alliance, hosted the first Northwest Colorado Oil & Gas Symposium in September 2011 in Hayden, which was attended by more than 150 people. The second event is slated for 5 p.m. March 14 at the Hayden High School auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson.

104-car coal train derails in western Colorado

An investigation is under way after a 104-car train loaded with coal derailed in De Beque Canyon in western Colorado. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ( ) the train was headed from the West Elk Mine in Arco to Kentucky when one of its cars went off the rails just before 6 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. Davis says the derailed car remained upright and did not dump its load.

Coal production increased 10.4 percent in 2011

After seven years of decline, coal production in Colorado increased 10.4 percent in 2011 to nearly 28 million tons as companies tapped into new markets abroad. The state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety says employment at Colorado's 10 mines also rose 12 percent to 2,363 in the first nine months of 2011. And, there are plans for four new mines — led by Peabody Energy's $200 million proposal for a new operation in Routt County — and eight expansions of existing mines. The Denver Post ( ) reported Sunday the jump in production is the result of an improving economy, some mines going back into production after resolving technical problems and improving prospects for international exports. "After some tough years, this is good news," said Stuart Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association.

ESPN fires employee for headline on Jeremy Lin

ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese. "I don't think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don't care anymore," Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. "Have to learn to forgive, and I don't even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not." Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

Bulldog Sports for Feb. 20, 2012

Today 7:30 a.m. The Cold Corner Cup youth hockey tournament takes place at Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St. Tuesday None Wednesday None Thursday None

Letter: Learn more about the U.S. Constitution

Here is what President Abraham Lincoln said about President Barack Obama: "The people are the master of both Congress and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” Do you know what the Constitution says, and are you able to detect when our elected officials ignore it, and force upon you their own laws?

Patrick Germond: Happiness found in small things

One of my favorite things in life is spending time with my family. Whether we’re riding bikes or playing softball at Woodbury Park, we’re making memories and having fun. In my youth, I chased wealth and pleasure more often than not, stepping completely over happiness. As funny as it sounds, I wanted to be rich and famous, like a rock star.

Briefs for February 20: Medicare presentation Tuesday

A presentation on Medicare will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Bell Tower Building, 50 College Dr. The presentation will review options available to new Medicare recipients and what is covered under Medicare. Betsy Packer, a Medicare counselor for the Routt County Council on Aging, will give the presentation and will allow time for individuals to visit with her one-on-one afterward. The event is open to everyone near 65 years old who has questions about Medicare, as well as caregivers to someone going onto Medicare.

Sunday, February 19

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MCHS girls basketball team earns No. 3 seed, first-round bye in state playoffs

On Jan. 20, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team lost 54-39 to Delta and fell two games back in the Western Slope League title race. But, the Bulldogs never wavered from their league title aspirations, and went on to win the remaining eight games on their schedule, including victories at Delta and over Glenwood Springs. The late-season win streak earned MCHS a three-way split of the league title on Friday, and on Sunday the Bulldogs learned they’d be a No. 3 seed in the 4A state basketball playoffs and have a first-round bye. MCHS has the best seed of the five WSL teams to earn a berth in the state tournament.

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Identities of plane crash victims confirmed by officials

The private plane was en route to Hayden from Texas when it crashed short of the runway during a snowstorm Sunday afternoon. The four survivors were rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where three are in fair condition and one is in critical condition. Two people died in the accident.

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Craig resident bowls perfect game during city tournament

Sometimes luck is all an athlete needs to accomplish a rare achievement. For Jonathan Marks, it was a case of beginner’s luck. The greatest individual accomplishment a bowler can achieve is to bowl a perfect 300 game. Marks’ father bowled for years, but never accomplished a 300 game.

Saturday, February 18

4 charges filed against Columbine attack suspect

A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a 14-year-old girl suspected in a hammer attack that injured two students at Columbine High School. The attack Monday was the first assault with a weapon at the Colorado high school since the 1999 shootings that left 12 students, a teacher and the gunmen dead. Jefferson County district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell says a magistrate judge Friday granted $7,500 bail and ordered the evaluation as a condition of release. Prosecutors have charged the girl, whose name is being withheld because she's a minor, with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of menacing. The injured 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy are recovering.

Denver man pleads guilty to kidnapping hikers

A 44-year-old Denver man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping two hikers near Nederland in 2010. The Times-Call reports ( Joseph Carter pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping. He could be sentenced to between 10 and 24 years in prison at a hearing scheduled for April 13. Authorities say Carter had confronted a man and woman near a campground, separated them at gunpoint and handcuffed the man to a tree. Carter eventually let the woman go. The man told police he dislocated his thumb to free himself from the cuffs.

Expect heavy weekend traffic at Eisenhower Tunnel

Colorado transportation officials are reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic along Interstate 70 west of Denver over Presidents Day weekend. Colorado Department of Transportation officials say westbound traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Friday and Saturday, and eastbound I-70 traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Sunday and Monday, especially between Vail and the Denver area. Traffic could be especially heavy at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Last year 156,619 vehicles passed through the tunnel over Presidents Day weekend. CDOT says it may have to hold traffic at the tunnel for up to 20 minutes at a time to clear congestion if the tunnel backs up. The tunnel has no shoulders, and CDOT has to keep traffic moving there so crews can respond in case of emergencies.

Letter: Thanks for supporting art show

n February 8 to 11, 2012, Connections 4 Kids early childhood council hosted its inaugural Cherish the Little Things art show featuring 210 pieces of art by 175 artists in preschool through high school. The event was a wonderful way to showcase the work of these talented youths, and the community was so supportive of the children, their art and our efforts. Thank you to the 14 art patron businesses and organizations that supported the show and Connections 4 Kids. And thanks to our “friend” organizations that made in-kind donations to help make our show a great experience for the artists and the community. I would like to thank our council chairwoman, Corrie Ponikvar, especially for the time and energy she put into this show.

Briefs for February 18: Play organizational meeting Tuesday

An organizational meeting for a Black Mountain Theatre production will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. The theater group is producing “Taming the Wilderness, or A Tale of Two Towns,” a farcical story of the founding of Craig written by CMS teacher David Morris. Anyone interested in performing in the play or helping in any way is welcome to attend the meeting. Attendees should use the school’s north entrance to access the auditorium.

Letter: Police treatment of officer was unfair — part 2

But, there’s an exception when people have a tendency to judge guilty or not guilty before the court ruling. Again, this can be linked to a newspaper article in the paper the day after the incident. I am going to say he was fired on the basis of conduct unbecoming. Now, the chief’s offense closely matches example H listed under Category III: violating safety/security rules where there is a threat to life, injury, property damage or escape. There is also example B under Category II: violating safety/security rules without a threat to life, injury or property damage.

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New MCHS reading program hopes to gain momentum with best-selling trilogy

Robin Weible knew “The Hunger Games” was popular. She heard about the first book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling series from students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School. Finally, Weible, MCHS library technician, decided to see for herself what all the excitement was about. She was sucked into the novel, which follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic future, who must compete against other young teens in a government-mandated fight to the death.

Over A Cup: One fancy gelatin salad

I experimented with a recipe for a fancy gelatin salad a couple of weeks ago. It was fancy because two of its ingredients are whipped topping and sherbet. I first made the salad for Thanksgiving dinner, and I thought it was good and our grandson Jaycee really liked it. However, if you’re not crazy about orange flavor, you might not like it. First, the recipe for “Orange Salad” and then I’ll explain how I varied it using a different gelatin flavor. To make “Orange Salad,” you’ll need these ingredients: 2 small or 1 large carton of orange gelatin; 2 cups boiling water; 2 small cans mandarin oranges (drained); 2 cups orange sherbet; and 2 cups whipped topping.

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MCHS girls outpace rival Sailors on the road, 48-35, to win share of WSL title

There weren’t any high fives, hugs or much jumping around. Instead, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team walked off the court Friday night focused. Yes, MCHS wrapped up a share of the Western Slope League title with a 48-35 win at rival Steamboat Springs. But judging from the reaction, the Bulldogs have other goals in mind. They expected a piece of the league championship, and want more.

MCHS grappler Garrett Stewart knocked out of state tournament

Qualifying for the state wrestling tournament is an achievement in itself, but Garrett Stewart wasn’t satisfied with just being a qualifier. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, said his goal was to place in his second year at the tournament. But, following a 14-8 loss in the second round of the 138-pound consolation bracket Friday, Stewart walked off the mat without achieving his goal, having been eliminated after going 1-2 overall in Denver. “I wrestled a lot better (Friday) than I did the first day because I didn’t wrestle well on my feet (Thursday),” Stewart said. “But, there is always room for improvement and I just couldn’t get it done.”

Boys basketball team struggles in road loss to Steamboat

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start and struggled to make shots down the stretch in falling to the rival Steamboat Springs Sailors, 57-49, on Friday night. The two teams went back and forth early in the game, before the Sailors took over in the second quarter. Up 17-15, Steamboat closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 27-15 lead into halftime. “We played Steamboat ball in the first half,” Bulldogs coach Eric Hamilton said. “Maybe we should have tried that press a little more. We missed a lot of easy things we should have converted.”

Editorial: Downtown needs vision

There have been several issues regularly raised by each editorial board the Craig Daily Press has formed the last several years. No matter the composition of the board, the need for an improved educational system, better sidewalks, more parental involvement, and a diversified economy are always popular topics. So, too, is an improved downtown. Downtown came up once again during Monday’s editorial board meeting.

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Soul Survivor: A Craig woman's journey beyond abuse

Wanna play a game? The 8-year-old second-grade girl was in the living room of her Craig home, killing time watching television on a lazy day. She was with her stepfather, “Jody.” They were alone. The girl looked up from the TV.

Economic development, PILT and Methane gas up for debate

The 68th regular session of the Colorado General Assembly is one month old and local legislators are busy moving bills through the house and senate that could affect Craig and Moffat County residents. Colorado House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, co-wrote six bills up for debate this session and is a sponsor of dozens more. One bill of interest is House Bill 12-1014, which modifies the penalty for late vehicle registration. Under current law, residents who do not register their vehicle face a $25 per month charge with a maximum penalty of $100.

Friday, February 17

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ACET investigating possible meth lab in Craig

The All Crimes Enforcement Team is investigating what officers believe is a dormant methamphetamine lab found in a vacant home at 826 Colorado St. “(Officers are) in the process of sampling right now” to determine if methamphetamine was created in the residence, ACET Commander Marvin Cameron said Friday afternoon.

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2012

Avalanche kills skier on Wolf Creek Pass

A backcountry skier has died in an avalanche on Wolf Creek Pass. The victim Thursday was a first-year ski patroller at Keystone Ski Resort, about 200 miles away. The resort says the patroller was skiing on personal time. The victim's name wasn't immediately released. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the slide was 3 feet deep by 600 feet wide and ran 600 vertical feet. Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus says two other skiers were with the victim. One suffered a knee injury. The other saw the slide but didn't get caught. He says all three skiers were originally from New Zealand.

Bill addressing Colo. child care rules defeated

Senators have rejected a Republican proposal to limit the scope of how Colorado regulates child care businesses. A Senate committee killed the bill on a 6-3 vote Thursday. The legislation from Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg would've limited the Colorado Department of Human Services to issuing regulations that deal only with health and safety. Lundberg proposed the legislation because of outcry from child care businesses about rules the department is considering that seek to promote early childhood education. The department's rules originally would've dictated the number of crayons per box at child care businesses and the color of dolls for children. The department is no longer considering those proposals, but they're continuing to draft new rules. Lundberg says he wanted to do away with red tape.

Letter: Police treatment of officer was unfair — part 1

I’ve found myself questioning the Craig Police Department a number of times over the past few years. Most recently, the police chief made not only the local newspaper but also news outside our area. What has really grabbed my attention, though, is the outcome of the situations. First, we have an officer who was arrested for domestic violence and made the paper the morning after he was detained before any court appearances. Charges were dismissed after new information came to light. I don’t condone any acts of domestic violence — there isn’t an excuse for it. What I find interesting, though, is the officer was then fired from his job because the whole thing reflected badly upon the department.

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Saturday fundraiser to support MCHS, CMS students bound for Costa Rica

If there’s one thing Patty Hebert wants students to learn from an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, it’s that a big world waits to be explored. “I just hope they have an incredible cultural experience,” said Hebert, 43, a Moffat County School District substitute teacher. “I hope that they gain a love and a knowledge of other cultures outside of Craig (and) outside the United States.” In early June, Hebert will lead three Moffat County High School students and two Craig Middle School eighth-graders on an excursion to the Central American country. The trip costs about $2,600 per student, and some participants have been working for more than a year to earn or save the money, Hebert said.

EDP mulls business incubator advisory board

Betsy Nauman Cook was at the helm Tuesday of her first Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership meeting since replacing Darcy Owens-Trask last month. In addition to addressing minor housekeeping issues, Cook said priority number one is moving into and opening the Marianna Raftopoulos One-Stop Business Incubator, which will be located at the Colorado Northwestern Community College bell tower. She believes moving her office into the incubator could happen as early as the end of next week, but a hard public opening is still at least a month away. In addition to prepping the new incubator for clients, Cook said now is an appropriate time to create a separate business incubator board.

Briefs for February 17: Father, daughter ball tonight

Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way, hosts a father and daughter ball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today. The event costs $7 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. The ball is open to all fathers and daughters. For more information, call 824-6024.

Bohrer: No harm in asking

I am personally kind of a dreamer. Sometimes I like to allow my mind to wonder a little bit and like a child begin to think of the impossible. As I begin to study the word of God I find more and more that when our prayers and dreams line up with God’s plan, the impossible can become possible. “But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). We understand that this scripture is talking about salvation. The question was just asked to Jesus “who can be saved”. The scripture states a truth that all followers of Christ need to understand.

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Garrett Stewart falls in first round at state, drops to consolation bracket

Garrett Stewart went into Thursday’s first round of the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver as the underdog. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, was matched up against the No. 2 seed in the 138-pound bracket, Josh Donkle of Windsor. Donkle took control of the match early and wrestled Stewart like he knew he had the win, letting Stewart escape without resistance after almost every takedown. Despite trying time and again to get a takedown, Stewart couldn’t overcome the stronger Donkle, as the Windsor senior scored a pin with 12 seconds remaining in the second period.

Obama promoting steps to boost US trade

President Barack Obama is outlining new steps to boost U.S. exports during a visit to a Boeing assembly plant in Washington state, calling on Congress to continue financing a national export credit agency crucial to a goal of doubling exports by 2014. Obama was touring the Boeing facility in Everett on Friday, promoting foreign trade and manufacturing at the end of a three-day trip that included a stop at a Milwaukee padlock manufacturer. Congress extended the Export-Import Bank's authorization through May of this year, but White House officials said the bank will reach its lending limit at the end of March. Obama has pointed to the bank as a key player in helping promote U.S. exports. At the same time, Obama was announcing that Boeing will participate in an Export-Import Bank program that helps companies advance money to suppliers on export-related contracts. Administration officials said Boeing would be committing to more than $700 million in short-term credit this year. Officials said the arrangement would help Boeing compete for foreign clients against European jet maker Airbus.

MCHS basketball teams wrap up regular season in Steamboat

It’s a different season, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team finds itself in a similar predicament as last season. With a regular-season finale against Steamboat Springs looming, a share of the Western Slope League title and a higher seed in the 4A state playoffs are on the line. A year ago, the Bulldogs took care of Steamboat at home to share the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs and earn a No. 17 seed in the playoffs. On Friday, the Bulldogs battle the league-rival Sailors in Steamboat.

Seventh-, eighth-grade A-teams finish undefeated

Craig Middle School seventh-grader Sidney Ferguson found herself in the right place at the right time Saturday afternoon in Meeker. The place: close enough to her team’s hoop to snag a rebound and toss it in the basket. The time: less than a minute to play in the district basketball tournament. Ferguson’s jump shot, which she attributed to more luck than anything, put her team up 32-31 in the final game of the Bulldogs’ season to claim first place in the tourney, one of many victories of the day.

Great American Spit Out urges chewing tobacco users to quit

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Utility corporation facing civil complaint for removing electrical equipment from Hamilton ranch

In August 2011, a highly decorated World War II veteran was moving out of his apartment at Sunset Meadows and back to his ranch in Hamilton. But when Ray Wagner, 87, arrived at his home there was no electricity. In fact, the electrical box had been disconnected and the power line pole, which routed electricity to the home, shop and well-house had been chopped down and removed. On Jan. 23, Wagner’s son, Jay, filed a civil complaint and jury demand against YVEA in Moffat County District Court.

Thursday, February 16

Great American Spit Out urges chewing tobacco users to quit

Every so often, Rodney Kowach is reminded of the habit he gave up more than 15 years ago. “Today, I still smell a fresh-opened can of Copenhagen and you go, ‘Oh, that smells good,’ but I know better,” said Kowach, 47, a lifelong Craig resident. He tried to quit chewing tobacco at least four times before he finally succeeded, he said. His story isn’t an uncommon one.

Janet Sheridan: Outhouse oddities and strange socializing

A few years ago, Carol Jacobson, my deceased mentor and friend, showed me an old photograph of a three-hole outhouse that once served a family in rural Moffat County. I remember wondering why a family, isolated among uninhabited acres, would need a three-holer, and I’ve continued to fret about it. Two holes I can understand: one cut smaller so little children don’t slide away into muck and consternation. But three holes could only mean a get-together, and I don’t see pit toilet as a site for socializing. I remember the outhouses from my early childhood as small, utilitarian buildings that smelled bad, not at all appropriate for enjoying the company of others — never mind appetizers and drinks.

On the Record for Feb. 16, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15

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Wyman Living History Museum gears up for annual winter festival Saturday

Fat flakes of snow fell Wednesday morning as a truck slowly lumbered to the pond below Wyman Living History Museum. It just arrived from the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery and contained an unusual cargo—about 200 rainbow trout that, with any luck, will end up on hooks Saturday during a free ice fishing derby for children ages 16 and younger. The derby is just one of the events slated for the museum’s first Not-So-Winter Festival. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will provide poles and bait to children who want to try ice fishing but don’t have the gear.

Sub from the sidelines: Norm Yoast led Bulldogs to key wins

Last week, Matt Ray received news that required him to put his coaching job on the back burner. Ray, head coach of the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, learned his mother-in-law had died. The Bulldogs had a big game coming up in Delta with a chance to take a step closer to a share of the league title. However, Ray’s family took precedence and he had to leave town.

Cattle theft case against rancher bound for Moffat County District Court

A Moffat County rancher charged with violating state cattle statutes will be tried in Moffat County District Court. Monty Luke Pilgrim, 51, of Little Snake River, is charged with one count of theft exceeding $20,000, a Class 3 felony; nine counts of theft of certain animals, a Class 4 felony; one count of concealing estrays, a Class 6 felony; and one count of wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony. In a preliminary hearing Monday, Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner found probable cause for the theft charge against Pilgrim, the only charge eligible for a preliminary hearing, and bound the case over to district court. He is scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. Feb. 29 in district court.

On the Record for Feb. 15, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 15, 2012

Pekingese becomes America's top dog at Westminster

Malachy the Pekingese, whose smushed-in face frames a mop of flyaway fur and whose pace rivals a snail's, is the fairest dog in the land. The Peke put on a peak performance Tuesday night, wobbling off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. This little stump of a dog beat out the likes of a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund to become America's most prized pooch. "He saved all his energy for the ring today," handler David Fitzpatrick said.

Loveland, Colo. still stamping Valentine's cards

Volunteers in Loveland are still stamping Valentine's Day cards sent to the northern Colorado city for its romantic postmark. For 66 years, people from around the world have been sending pre-addressed and stamped cards to Loveland to be postmarked and re-mailed to their loved ones. However, some people request that their cards not be stamped until Feb. 14. Loveland Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Nicole Yost says an estimated 150,000 valentines have come in this year. She said Tuesday that cards will probably still trickle in through the end of the month. Each year, about 175,000 cards pass through the city from across the country and over 100 countries.

Banking for pot shops rejected in Colorado

Medical marijuana is legal in 17 states, but the industry has a decidedly black-market aspect — it's mostly cash-only. Colorado lawmakers considered a bill setting up a special cooperative banking institution. But the first-of-its-kind measure was defeated Tuesday. Lawmakers from both parties worried that because marijuana is illegal under federal law, states can't step in to help dispensaries and growers store and borrow money. "I'm not sure this is a problem the state can solve," said the sponsor of the pot banking bill, Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman.

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MCHS boys hoops routs Glenwood in home finale

Colby Haddan broke loose with the basketball Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at Moffat County High School. Haddan, an MCHS senior playing in the final home game of his high school career, had a chance to do something he had wanted to do for three years. Dunk. Haddan elevated with the ball and slammed it through the hoop, and the crowd went crazy.

Briefs for February 15: Mardi Gras luncheon Saturday

Mardi Gras luncheon Saturday The Moffat County Thunder Cheer team will host a Mardi Gras luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The cost is $10 per ticket. A silent auction will take place during the event and door prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the cheer team.

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Now playing: ‘The Phantom Menace’: The Force is stronger in 3-D

Remember back in 1999, when people still thought Y2K was a genuine threat and the most irritating creation by George Lucas were the Ewoks? Even though they were proved wrong, the movie that changed everything, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” gets another chance. A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the task of interplanetary peace falls upon Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), as they work to negotiate a resolution between the Galactic Republic and the Trade Federation. When the two men are nearly killed on the orders of the Federation’s mysterious benefactor, they flee to the planet of Naboo, where they pick up spastic Gungan Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) and the entourage of threatened royal Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman).

Yampa River Partnership in purchase negotiations for Moffat County ranch

The Moffat County Commission engaged in a philosophical discussion Tuesday about the legitimacy of the federal government purchasing land from private owners. The discussion was spurred a week ago when the commission learned the Yampa River System Legacy Partnership is negotiating to purchase a 900-acre ranch in Moffat County near Cross Mountain. The Legacy Partnership convened last week to discuss the acquisition, but because of an email mishap commissioners did not receive notice of the meeting and therefore did not attend. The potential purchase is being conducted in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which has been championed by Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Craig Police Department officers recognized for heroism

Tears flowed Tuesday night at Craig City Hall as three Craig Police Department officers were recognized for their efforts to save a local resident from a burning home. Officer Mike Edwards was presented with the Craig Police Department’s Medal of Valor by Chief Walt Vanatta for his role in removing Patrick Hunter, 75, from his burning home Feb. 7 at 1912 Woodland Ave. The ceremony honoring the officers took place during the Craig City Council meeting. During the presentation, Vanatta read the narrative of events into the council record.

Editorial: Heroism in spite of tragedy

Monday morning was met with sad news in Craig and Moffat County when the family of Craig resident Patrick Hunter announced the 75-year-old man had succumbed to smoke inhalation sustained in a Feb. 7 home fire on Woodland Avenue. The loss compounded an already tragic event for the community — 67-year-old Ursula Hunter, Patrick’s ex-wife and live-in companion, could not be saved from the fire. Efforts were made, but sadly Ursula’s injuries were too severe. But, there was nothing more our brave public servants in uniform from the Craig Police Department, Craig Fire/Rescue and The Memorial Hospital EMS could have done to save the couple. Efforts by all involved were exemplary.

Chilling out for the weekend

Now that all the valentines are opened and candy boxes licked clean, it’s time to celebrate the next big holiday, President’s Day. Since there are few actual parties for this particular day, your entertainment will have to come from something other than Pin the Tail on the Democrat.

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Bulldogs swimmers bring home 4 top-16 finishes at state

Eryn Leonard said her performance at the 4A state swimming finals Friday and Saturday in Thornton was “pretty average.” Leonard’s average, however, was enough to earn her a top-10 finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a new school record. The Moffat County High School junior swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, .92 seconds, to finish in 10th place and top her own school record. “Nothing was fantastic but nothing was bad, and I was pretty happy with how I competed,” Leonard said Tuesday. “When I began (Friday) I was super nervous, but after that my instincts took over and I just went with it.”

Ainsley Graham: Thank you, Connections 4 Kids

To the editor: Thank you to Michelle Balleck and Corrie Ponikvar for the Connections 4 Kids art show.

Lisa Brown: Heart of the matter

To the editor: People have good hearts or bleeding hearts. They can break hearts, wear hearts on their sleeves and sometime they do or do not have the heart for something. Our culture’s many idioms reflect the integral nature of this powerful muscle to one’s wellbeing. Within these many ways to look at the heart, most fall either in the category of emotional or physical. Much of the work we do at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is making sure to look at both the physical and emotional aspects of health and acknowledging one does not operate in isolation from the other.

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MCHS girls hoops team forces 3-way tie atop WSL with 44-37 victory

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was no stranger to the circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s game against Glenwood Springs. A victory and the Bulldogs would move into a three-way tie for the Western Slope League title. A loss would knock them out of contention. MCHS faced the same situation last year in Glenwood, but this season the Bulldogs were playing at home on senior night. Senior Melissa Camilletti hit four clutch free throws down the stretch to secure a 44-37 victory for her team and move the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for first place in the league with Glenwood and Delta.

Tuesday, February 14

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Amateur chocolatier’s bid at Taste of Chocolate yields sweet reward

A casual observer would probably never guess Deborah Behringer’s kitchen was the scene of a chocolate-coated frenzy. A pan of rising bread dough sat neatly atop a warming oven in her Craig home Monday afternoon. Her counters were nearly spotless and her Kitchen Aid sat neatly in a corner. But it was a different scene Saturday, the end of a two-day marathon to prepare Behringer’s chocolate mocha truffles for the sixth annual Taste of Chocolate, she said. Bits of chocolate covered both sides of her cutting boards, and there was even a smidge of it on the pepper grinder, she said.

Lance Scranton: Defining our mantra

Look around our local community, sports teams or extra-curricular activities and you’ll see or hear mantras of all kinds. They’re found on T-shirts, banners, and even painted on the sides of vehicles. Most are clever, some are less than appropriate, but they all have an underlying meaning: This is what we stand for. As a teacher, I’m intrigued by these pithy phrases.

Craig Police Chief: ACET essential for fighting local drug trade

A complete picture of the All Crimes Enforcement Team’s 2011 activity wasn’t fully reflected in a year-end report, a task force board member said. A Craig Daily Press editorial published Feb. 1 questioned the task force’s effectiveness based on numbers provided in the 2011 report. In response to the opinion piece, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta provided the newspaper with a news release that included information he said gives perspective to the report written by ACET Commander Marvin Cameron. “There are reasons for a perceived reduction in numbers,” Vanatta said. “Most of them are budget driven.” Two funding streams — grants and asset forfeitures — have dwindled over the years, changing the way cooperating agencies approach funding ACET, according to the release.

On the Record for Feb. 14, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 14, 2012

Monday, February 13

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Junior Garrett Stewart takes 4th at regionals, qualifies for state

Garrett Stewart struggled at times this wrestling season to return to the form he had a year ago when he was a state qualifier. Stewart, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team’s only returning state qualifier this year, surprised his team and himself last season when he took fourth place at the regional meet and joined two seniors in Denver for state. Despite problems this season, Stewart, an MCHS junior, wrestled his way to another fourth-place finish Saturday in the 4A regional tournament at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum — the only Bulldog grappler to advance to the 4A state meet. However, Stewart said he wasn’t surprised this time.

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Commitment to Excellence member seeks volunteers to lend teachers a hand

Ann Marie Roberts, a local business owner and Maximum Commitment to Excellence member, believes community support and student achievement go hand-in-hand. If the community backs teachers and students, the latter “are going to want to be successful and they’re going to want to improve because they know … the community’s behind them,” said Roberts, who owns the Craig-based R & R Catering and Double Barrel Steakhouse in Hayden with her husband, Pat. She’s spearheading an effort to accomplish that goal by getting more volunteers into Moffat County School District classrooms

‘A genuinely good person’: Family mourns Patrick Hunter, 75, of Craig

A 75-year-old Craig man authorities pulled from a home fire last week died Friday in Aurora, a family member said Monday. The home of Patrick and Ursula Hunter, 67, at 1912 Woodland Ave., in Craig, caught fire Feb. 7. Efforts to save Ursula fell short. Patrick was flown to the University of Colorado Hospital to be treated in the burn unit for smoke inhalation.

On the Record for Feb. 13, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 13, 2012

Adele top winner with 6 Grammys

Adele, who captured the world's heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday's Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year. The singer, who also made a triumphant comeback from vocal cord surgery on the Grammy stage, sobbed as she won the night's final award, album of the year, for "21." It was last year's top-selling album with more than six million copies sold and remains lodged at the No. 1 spot on this year's charts. Her victories tied her with Beyonce as the most wins by a woman in one evening. "Mom, gold is good!" Adele shouted as she took the album of the year trophy.

Briefs for February 13: CNCC hosting Black History event today

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host “Black History Live” in honor of Black History Month at 1 p.m. today at the Rangely campus’ Weiss Center. The event features Hasan Davis, a Kentucky poet, scholar, storyteller, youth advocate, and Chautauquan, a portrayer of legendary and historical characters, the college reported in a news release. “Davis portrays Angus Augustus Burleigh, a 19th-century ex-slave, soldier and scholar who went on to become an acclaimed black educator and minister,” according to the release. “Davis' electrifying portrayal of Burleigh incorporates his vast knowledge of Burleigh and African-American history with his uncanny ability to connect and engage audiences.” Transportation from Craig will be provided for free. The shuttle leaves at 10 a.m. from the Craig Campus’ west parking lot, 2801 W. Ninth St.

Drillers cut natural gas production as prices drop

As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing. Drillers don't make money if prices go too low — and drilling wells isn't cheap. "It is safe to say that there will be fewer natural gas wells drilled in 2012," said Kathryn Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group based in Pennsylvania. In recent weeks, several companies have announced plans to cut gas production around the nation, but experts say the low prices are also opening up new markets. When the shale drilling boom was starting in 2008 the average price for a unit of gas was about $8. Two years ago it was down to $5.50, and now it's dropped to about $2.50. Part of the reason is that the shale gas formations became productive more rapidly than expected, as thousands of new wells have been drilled nationwide.

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Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate, youth show draws a crowd Saturday night

It was an event with a little bit of everything. Nice weather, homemade treats from 16 local chocolatiers, music, food, friends, and of course, the artistic displays of 21 of Craig’s most talented painters, potters, quilters, and photographers. The 17th annual Art Walk and sixth annual Taste of Chocolate sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and Colorado Northwestern Community College went smoothly, organizers said. Jan Gerber, assistant director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and her staff kept track of attendance. On Sunday, she reported 539 people took part in the combined event.

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MCHS boys basketball team shows improvement in road loss

Eric Hamilton knew his first season as head coach of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team would be a challenging learning experience. Hamilton is the Bulldogs third head coach in the same number of seasons and he inherited a team with young talent. So, despite falling 68-48 on Saturday in Palisade, Hamilton praised his players for their best game of the season. “Palisade is dang tough and played physical and aggressive, but I thought it was our best game of the year,” Hamilton said. “We matched their intensity and played hard. Again, the score didn’t show how close we were and we just played very physical.”

Business Beat: Beautiful blossoms fill the holiday

With Mother’s Day a possible exception, the biggest flower delivery date of the year is Tuesday. Some would-be Cupids may have had their gifts planned out for the past month, but others may need a little extra help deciding between the many options available for loved ones. The staff of The Flower Mine, 410 W. Victory Way, has seen booming business within the last two weeks with the onset of Valentine’s Day. Besides a selection of stuffed animals, cards and other knick-knacks, the main seller has been of the plant variety, shipped from all around. “Roses are always the big favorite,” employee Debbie Pfister said. “We’ve got them in all colors — purple, orange, even lime green.” The traditional flower of Feb. 14 is by no means the only one in supply.

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‘Today is a gift’: Five minutes with Annie Nelson, 39, curator at Wyman Museum

Where is your hometown? “Craig, born and raised.” What has kept you here? “Family, friends, history. Some of my original family members homesteaded, so that’s partly why I’m here.” Motto or outlook on life? “I’d say something like that famous quote, ‘Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.’” What all does your job involve? “I feed Clyde the elk, I help with all the special events here, I help load pallets, I help decorate, I work the forklift, I’ve done all kinds of stuff. I guess I’m kind of a jack of all trades.” Favorite part of the job? “For one, my boss is fabulous, I went to high school with her. I love the stories here and the history, and I have a deep fascination with antiques. And, I just like being able to interact with people in the community.”

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Free throws key in MCHS girls basketball team’s 48-36 victory in Palisade

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was riding high after a big win Friday over Delta. On Saturday at Palisade, however, the Bulldogs played like a team struggling with their energy level. MCHS took an early 12-5 lead after the first quarter, but Palisade tied the game at the break and again after the third quarter before the Bulldogs used clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out a 48-36 win. “It is tough coming off a huge win,” coach Norm Yoast said. “We came out and executed everything, but we were just a step off. We would bobble passes and have good shots but just miss.

CU reserving Ralphie logo solely for competition

The University of Colorado is trying to rein in the use of its Ralphie logo by reserving the buffalo mascot's image solely for competition. The logo is fair game for the athletic department or for use in academic competitions, but, for example, it shouldn't be used on university letterhead. The University Memorial Center also can no longer buy new uniforms with Ralphie's logo for its food service workers. CU system spokesman Ken McConnellogue told the Daily Camera ( ) for a story published Sunday that he doesn't like playing "logo cop," but "if we don't have standards and guidelines, you get the slide where there are hundreds of different logos." McConnellogue said consistency is necessary for the school's branding efforts, and university departments should be using the interlocking CU logo.

Officials preparing for 2012 State of the County

Local and state officials are preparing for the sixth annual State of the County, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said the dinner is technically the Chamber’s annual meeting, but has expanded to include addresses by city, county and state officials. State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, represents the Eighth Senate District and will give the keynote address. She said her speech will focus on budget issues, economic development, job retention and creation, education, and pending legislation important to Northwest Colorado. Terry Carwile, City of Craig mayor, will deliver the State of the City speech.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 13, 2012

We have Valentine’s Day this week. Roses, candy and cards remind us of the reason for the day and help us let someone special know we love them. Like Christmas, I believe we shouldn’t just come out and express our feelings on certain days — we should express our feelings every day. No, we don’t need to go buy something every day to express how we feel. A hug, smile, more consideration toward each other and small acts of kindness do the job just fine.

Sunday, February 12

Young girl hurt in crash Saturday in good condition

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. on County Road 55. The driver was issued a summons for careless driving causing bodily injury.

Saturday, February 11

Over A Cup: ‘Ham Chowder’ a decent replacement for clam chowder

Clam chowder has been on my mind lately, and I don’t really have a great clam chowder recipe, so that’s what I recently requested from readers. In the meantime, I recently fixed a ham. I searched my files for a recipe to use up the leftover ham pieces. That’s when I found a ham chowder recipe. The recipe calls for several ingredients, including vegetables, cubed ham and bacon. (I even thought about adding clams.) Anyway, I made the recipe, which makes a lot of servings, and it was quite tasty. I was wondering if the chowder might even have a more delicious taste if left in the refrigerator overnight. However, as it turns out, there were no leftovers, not because my husband and I ate the entire pot of chowder, but because after putting the chowder in a big bowl, I accidentally hit it with my arm. Chowder ran down the cabinet doors, drenched my socks, and covered the floor in one gooey mess. Pieces of potatoes and ham skipped across the floor to the other side of the kitchen. I hadn’t cleaned up such a mess in a long time.

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Buzzer beater gives MCHS girls basketball team 61-60 victory in Delta

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team needed a win Friday night in Delta. The Bulldogs trailed the Panthers in the Western Slope League by two games a week ago, but following Delta’s first league loss to Glenwood on Feb. 4, MCHS had a chance to pull even with their league foe with a victory. The MCHS seniors made it happen. Melissa Camilletti led MCHS with 27 points and Annie Sadvar scored 18 as the Bulldogs pulled out a 61-60 win in a thriller that saw Melissa hit a driving lay-up as the buzzer went off to give her team the win.

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Bulldog Hockey team prepares to face old foes in Frozen Four

Playing a sport that involves constant physical contact, Dylan Villa is used to getting his fair share of hits on the ice. A hockey stick to his Adam’s apple Saturday night resulted in the Moffat County High School sophomore being led out of the rink bent over a bucket in the second period. Though his neck showed a glaring reminder of his injury, he was back in the game minutes later, ready to finish the first of two victories that would drive his team to the postseason. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team finished its regular season over the weekend with a pair of victories against the Grand Valley Mavericks.

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CNCC hosts event to help college-bound students with finances

Getting accepted to Colorado Mesa University was the easy part, Morgan Knob said. Now, the Moffat County High School senior has to figure out how to pay for her education. She’s applied for three scholarships —“I’m going to apply for a lot more,” she said — but there’s one looming item on her to-do list. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the gateway to getting grants, student loans and any other financial help from Uncle Sam.

Dance, dinner events to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Listen up, lovebirds: two events on the horizon offer a gateway to the romance of the upcoming holiday. The festivities begin today with a St. Valentine’s Dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Maybell Elementary School, 30 Haynes Ave. Admission costs $10 per person or $12 per couple. The night kicks off with the traditional Western style of The John Wayne Band, which features local musicians John Allen and Wayne Davis. At 9 p.m., The Blue Rooster Band, featuring local musician Brian Ghirardelli among others, takes the stage with its “rocking Van Halen-type” of music, said Bill Ronis, event organizer and Maybell Elementary teacher.

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Prather: The story behind a heifer named Polly

The 2012 National Western Stock Show has come and gone, and this year’s event was memorable for 15-year-old Maybell resident Mackenzie Camblin because she has a new heifer as result of an event. Polly is the name Mackenzie has given the registered Hereford heifer she picked from a herd of registered Hereford cattle at the Largents Ranch in Kaycee, Wyo. The yearling heifer will be bred this summer, probably with an A.I. sire. It’s the beginning of a registered Hereford herd for Mackenzie. “That’s my plan, “ she said. Polly “came about” after Mackenzie caught a calf during the FFA Beef Heifer Wrangle, held during one of the night rodeos during the National Western.

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MCHS boys basketball team fails to slow Delta

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball players put up a fight Friday at Delta High School. While Delta was trying to stay in the race for the Western Slope League title, the Bulldogs were looking to get an upset on the road. MCHS pulled within two points in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome Delta’s hot shooters, falling 80-58. “The score doesn’t show how close the game really was,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “All our guys played their hearts out and they were really close to getting a win.

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High school FBLA in the midst of banner year

The results were staggering to Krista Schenck. “I just couldn’t believe it,” the Moffat County High School business, marketing and technology teacher said. Seventeen of the 20 MCHS students who went to a Future Business Leaders of America district competition Monday earned a berth at the state championship. That number constitutes the high school’s largest FBLA state team in Schenck’s seven-year career at MCHS, she said.

Sandusky says he feels people have turned on him

Jerry Sandusky declared Friday that people have turned against him, moments after the ex-Penn State football coordinator asked a judge for greater freedom while he awaits trial on child sex abuse charges. Sandusky was in a Centre County courtroom and asked a judge to let him see relatives, including supervised visits with his grandchildren, and friends. He denies the criminal allegations. The judge could rule early next week on Sandusky's request. Sandusky also said he felt people who had been welcomed in his home were now trying to keep him confined indoors.

Patrick Chan wins Four Continents

Patrick Chan has developed a short memory when it comes to miscues. Shaking off a poor morning practice session, the world champion from Canada nailed his program Friday night in the men's free skate to win the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Chan, also the 2009 winner, had a season-best 185.99 points to take the title with 273.94 points. "This whole week was a big test for me," Chan said. "It wasn't easy, and it wasn't like I just walked in and thought I was going to have it in the bag. Coming into the long (program), I was very unsure and very nervous — more nervous than I've been in this past year and a half. "But with the program, I just went with the flow. I knew that, if I just let things go, it would happen the way I wanted it to."

Man sentenced to public service over Crystal Fire

A man who pleaded guilty to starting a fire that destroyed 13 homes and structures west of Loveland has been sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports ( ) 37-year-old Thomas Howie also was sentenced Friday to six years of probation and 60 days in jail on work release. The Coloradoan reports ( ) prosecutors will seek restitution later. Some victims had asked the judge to require public service rather than prison time. The fire last April started on property owned by Howie's father and three football players. Howie has said he was burning a slash pile before winds pushed the flames. County records show he didn't have a burn permit.

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Business developments give officials cause to believe better economic days are ahead

The winter months are usually not prime for construction or economic development. This winter, though, defies the norm. Dave Costa, City of Craig planning and community development director, approved and issued Wednesday foundation permits to Boulder-based Tebo Development for the construction of Tebo Center. The company broke ground on the 10,477-square-foot retail structure Thursday.

Briefs for February 11: Kiwanis play tickets on sale

Tickets for the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play are still available. Tickets cost $20 each or $200 for a full table. Performances take place at 8 p.m. March 2 and 3. For tickets or more information, call Jeff Pleasant at 824-9359.

Editorial: Respectful request

The Craig Chamber of Commerce did a masterful job last year of landing Gov. John Hickenlooper as keynote speaker at its annual State of the County event. The governor lived up to billing by providing an insightful and at times humorous speech before an audience at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Booking noteworthy speakers appears to be a budding tradition for the Chamber: the keynote speaker at this year’s event, scheduled for Feb. 24 also at the Holiday Inn, is State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, who represents the Eighth Senate District. State of the County, which also includes speakers from a variety of local organizations and offices, is an engagement often overlooked in our community.

Friday, February 10

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Holiday Movie Rundown: Sad, funny, cute — V-Day viewing for all preferences

The day reserved for telling the people you love just how much they mean to you can invoke some pretty powerful emotions. What with the violent legends regarding the man for whom St. Valentine’s Day is named, it’s no surprise that romance on the silver screen can come in all varieties. Some couples may appreciate the lightness of something like “The Proposal,” while others may find the tragic “Love Story” their best bet. If you’re looking for something to snuggle up on the couch with, but you’re not sure which of the varying degrees of devotion in classic and current releases is for you, peruse the following list to determine where you stand on the Movie Love-o-Meter.

On the Record for Feb. 10, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 10, 2012

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2012 Wrestling

Local businesses congratulate the Bulldogs on a great season and wish Garrett Stewart good luck at State.

CMS students take top slots in essay contest

Craig Middle School students recently participated in Patriot’s Pen, a national essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Three Craig Middle School eighth-graders were selected as this year’s regional winners. Their essays are below.

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‘Haywire’ heroine has neither sugar nor spice

When you’re making a movie, getting all the individual details right is something that can take years to master. Yet, even when you’ve got all the elements in place, things can still go “Haywire.” As a special contractor for the American government’s cloak and dagger operations, Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is used to dealing with people trying to kill her. After a stressful mission to Spain that nearly costs her life, she’s hardly enthusiastic about jumping back into action. But, her boss (Ewan McGregor), who also happens to be her ex, is insistent that she’s the only one who can handle the latest job brought to him by his contacts (Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas). Meeting with a British agent (Michael Fassbender) in Ireland and going undercover as his wife is an easy enough task. Perhaps too easy.

Colorado bill to drug test for welfare advances

Welfare applicants would be subjected to drug tests before receiving benefits under a Colorado proposal that got its first approval Thursday as opponents called the idea immoral and an attack on the poor. Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg told lawmakers that the intent of the bill is not to pick on any group, but to ensure government funds are going to people who need aid, not to people who are using their money to buy drugs. The bill is part of a national wave aimed at cracking down on a perceived misuse of government services in tough economic times. "With our growing debt nationally, and the tough finances in the state, we have to be better at spending our money," Sonnenberg, of Sterling, said. A House committee voted in favor of the bill on a party-line vote with Democrats voting against. Opponents testifying against the bill said it makes negative assumptions about low-income people who are being used as scapegoats during tough economic times. About three dozen states debated proposals last year to require drug screenings before receiving government aid. A handful passed laws, including Florida, where the regulation is being challenged.

Judge allows Fort Collins pot shop ban to proceed

A judge says medical marijuana businesses in Fort Collins will have to shut down by a city-imposed deadline Tuesday. The owners of six marijuana businesses had asked a judge to block the voter-approved ban from taking effect. The Coloradoan reports ( ) a judge on Thursday denied their request for a temporary restraining order, saying the businesses had failed to demonstrate that their constitutional rights were violated by the ban. Colorado residents voted in 2000 to allow small uses of marijuana for medical purposes. But in 2010, lawmakers decided to allow cities and counties to decide whether to allow medical marijuana businesses within their boundaries.

Santorum: Obama trying to allow Iran to have nuke

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of actively seeking ways to allow Iran to gain a nuclear weapon and suggested that the administration had betrayed Israel by publicly disclosing what may be a plan to attack the Muslim nation. Santorum drew connections between the administration's opposition to the Keystone pipeline project, which would bring oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, and American dependency on foreign oil and U.S.-Israel relations. "We're throwing Israel under the bus because we know we're going to be dependent upon OPEC," Santorum said during a speech in Oklahoma City. "We're going to say, 'Oh, Iran, we don't want you to get a nuclear weapon — wink, wink, nod, nod — go ahead, just give us your oil.' Folks, the president of the United States is selling the economic security of the United States down the river right now." The U.S. doesn't purchase oil from Iran but its allies do. Pulling Iranian oil from the world market would wreak havoc on oil prices in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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MCHS senior Parker King commits to play golf at CMU

Parker King was 2 years old when he was first introduced to golf. In his grandparents’ backyard, King was swinging away at plastic wiffle balls with all his might. King has come a long way since then, qualifying for the 4A state tournament in his junior year and averaging a score of around 77 this season as a senior at Moffat County High School. Now, King has made the decision to play for the Colorado Mesa University men’s golf team beginning in the fall.

Janet Sheridan: No surprises, please

When I hear about surprise parties, I experience vague feelings of dread, shortness of breath, and hives. It’s the surprise that alarms me, not the party. I like celebrating important events with friends and family members. But what’s to enjoy about normally dignified people yelling “surprise!” and leaping from drapes and houseplants, while I stand agape, wishing I’d brushed my teeth? When surprised, I’d like to respond with a ladylike exclamation of astonishment and glee before trilling, “Thank you. Oh, thank you so much!” I’d like to work my way around the room, hugging and cooing, with appreciative tears making my eyes glisten fetchingly. But I can’t.

Thursday, February 9

On the Record for Feb. 9, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8

High turnout for Moffat County GOP precinct caucuses

Moffat County residents took part in Tuesday night’s Republican Party precinct caucuses, which Wednesday were touted as the most widely attended caucuses in recent memory. “There was a large turnout throughout the county, which is very good,” Rick Barnes, former Precinct 1 co-chairperson and candidate for the Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat, said. “At our precinct if we had had another 15 people show, they would have been looking for a bigger room at (Ridgeview Elementary) for us. We were packed.” Audrey Danner, a registered Republican in Precinct 1 and the incumbent candidate in the Moffat County Commission District 2 race, also commented on the turnout. “Forrest Luke and Rick Barnes ran a good session,” Danner said. “It was definitely one of the larger turnouts for that precinct.”

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Downtown Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday

Whether it’s coming from an artist’s palette or tickling the taste buds of your own, you can find more than one kind of aesthetically pleasing experience in downtown Craig this weekend. Businesses along Yampa Avenue will play host to the annual Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate on Saturday. From 5 to 8 p.m., residents can view and taste works of all types, be they on canvas or a baking sheet. Organizer Kandee Dilldine said 15 downtown businesses will have local artists and their work on display, with their creative expressions in multiple media.

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MCHS basketball teams look to impact league race in Delta

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team scored 12 points in the second half on Jan. 20 against Delta while falling, 54-39, at home. The loss dropped the Bulldogs two games behind Delta in the Western Slope League race and forced Moffat County to rely on another league team to trip the Panthers up. On Saturday, Glenwood Springs went into Delta and left with a 56-48 win to hand the Panthers their first WSL loss. Now, the Bulldogs have a chance Friday to go to Delta and pull even with the Panthers if they can score a road victory.

On the Record for Feb. 8, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 8, 2012

Fighting Sioux backers hand in petitions

Is it the return of the Fighting Sioux? Supporters of the University of North Dakota's nickname turned in more than 17,000 signatures Tuesday night to cap a petition drive to force a statewide vote on a moniker the NCAA says is insulting to American Indians. Campaign organizers said they had gathered far more than the 13,452 signatures needed to put a question before voters in June. Reed Soderstrom, chairman of the referendum campaign, said organizers counted 17,213 names. The petitions were delivered to Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. Jaeger planned to check the count Wednesday. He has 35 days to review the petition and decide whether it is sufficient to qualify for the ballot.

Romney intensifies fight for social conservatives

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shifted his focus from the economy to abortion, religious freedom and gay marriage in recent days, part of an intensified effort to win over social conservatives in states voting Tuesday. It didn't work. Republican Rick Santorum, a fierce and vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights, beat the GOP front-runner in Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and won bragging rights for placing first in Missouri's non-binding primary. The victories exposed Romney's longtime struggles to convince cultural conservatives that he's now in line with their beliefs despite his previous support of abortion rights. Before the results were in for Colorado, Romney told supporters in Denver: "This was a good night for Rick Santorum. I want to congratulate Sen. Santorum, but I expect to become the nominee with your help."

Colorado Republicans united only by Obama dislike

Colorado Republicans were divided on their presidential candidates Tuesday but united by a common conviction that the nation is headed in the wrong direction. In schools, churches and private homes, voters said their concerns were the economy, energy policy and federal spending. But the top worry was distrust of President Barack Obama and unease with the direction of the nation. "I honestly am afraid for our country," said 59-year-old Linda Hatch, who attended her first precinct caucus Tuesday at Columbine High School in Littleton. She supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Hatch and her husband, Bill, live in a townhome because they can't sell a house they own in California. Bill Hatch said the last four years have been tough and that he feels a special urgency this year that Republicans get it right.

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Investigator: fire’s cause remains undetermined

Preliminary reports suggest Tuesday night’s fire in Craig that claimed Craig resident Ursula Hunter was accidental. However, officials said a definitive cause has not been determined. John Forgay, a sergeant with the Craig Police Department, is investigating the fire at 1912 Woodland Ave. He said Wednesday the fire department views the fire as accidental. But, he said there are some concerning issues, and he and fire officials have theories on what sparked the blaze.

Commentary on Moffat County Commission’s EMS decision

I’ve been made aware of the decision of the Moffat County Commissioners to refuse a request by county emergency management director Tom Soos and George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital in Craig, for a study of Moffat County’s EMS. This came to me via the Colorado Hospital Association’s weekly newsletter. I was then astonished when I read some comments that referred to the rationale that underpinned my decision in the early 1990s to accept the local EMS as a department, and I felt I needed to clarify things. I believe it’s very important the reason for the change in management authority of the EMS operation that took place circa 1990 be clarified.

Primary to be conducted by mail

The political process in 2009 and 2011 had one thing in common in Moffat County — they were both off-year elections. Lila Herod, Moffat County Clerk & Recorder, said the comparisons between the two end there. The 2009 General Election was conducted by vote center and resulted in a voter turnout rate of about 11 percent throughout the county, Herod said. Two years later, Herod and Stephanie Beckett, Moffat County elections supervisor, decided to conduct the 2011 General Election by all mail-in ballot for the first time since 1993.

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MCHS boys basketball team earns second straight win

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s starters didn’t see the court much Tuesday against Basalt, but made use of the time they did have. The Bulldogs hosted the winless Basalt Longhorns in a non-league game and MCHS head coach Eric Hamilton said he wanted to make sure the younger players saw some playing time. The starting five each scored a bucket in the opening minutes to give Moffat County a 10-0 lead and a mixture of experienced and freshmen players closed out a 70-58 victory. The win gave the Bulldogs their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Tuesday, February 7

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Fire claims female Craig resident

Police officers lauded for saving man from burning home

Nearly the entire roster of Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire Tuesday night at 1912 Woodland Ave., the department’s fourth call in less than 24 hours. “But, the real story belongs to the Craig Police Department,” Fire Chief Bill Johnston said. “What those three officers did tonight was nothing short of heroic and they did great.” At approximately 7:44 p.m., emergency personnel were paged to a report of a fire near Woodbury Park. Sgt. Corey Wagner, and officers Lance Eldridge and Mike Edwards were first on the scene.

GOP precinct caucuses slated for tonight

Republican Party precinct caucuses begin at 7 p.m. tonight in Craig, Moffat County and throughout the state. Unlike a primary or other state caucuses around the country, participants will not be voting for local, state or national candidates tonight. The purpose of the precinct caucuses is to hold a “community meeting” to decide on new precinct committee persons and to elect delegates to represent the precinct at the Moffat County Assembly March 24 at Sand Rock Elementary.

On the Record for Feb. 7, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 7, 2012

Lance Scranton: Students are community’s primary resource

Moffat County is a land with incredible natural resource potential and companies have been around the area the past couple of years trying to realize that potential. The resource potential our school system is attempting to realize is one measured by success in two areas: academic and athletic. This resource is children 5 to 18 years old and their success sometimes hinges on laborious mandates from local, state and federal agencies. If you were to talk to teachers in our various buildings about how we can be more successful academically and athletically, you would get some very different answers.

Monday, February 6

Moffat County School District on track to erase $340K deficit

Finance director: Long-range view is more uncertain

The Moffat County School District’s financial situation is looking brighter than it did eight months ago. In June 2011, school district finance director Mark Rydberg unveiled proposed changes to what was then a draft 2012 fiscal year budget that introduced $340,000 in deficit spending. The quarterly general fund report he recently gave to Moffat County School Board members, however, painted a more promising picture. Projected mineral revenues came in at nearly $346,000 more than budgeted. The unbudgeted windfall more than made up for the $170,000 less the district is expected to receive in total program funds, or the number of students multiplied by how much the state gives the district per student.

Police chief reprimanded for misplacing firearm

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta received a letter of reprimand last week from the Craig Police Department after leaving his department-issued weapon inside a bathroom in the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “It was absolutely unintentional, but it is what it is,” Vanatta said of the incident, which occurred Jan. 30.

Annual Safari Club fundraiser slated for next month

An annual fundraiser banquet hosted by the Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is slated for 6 p.m. March 24 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, with dinner set to begin at 7 p.m. Chapter president Karl Huntsman said the event will feature a dinner of prime rib and blackened catfish, games, and both live and silent auctions offering hunting and fishing trips, among other items. Money raised will have a direct impact on the area, Huntsman said. “Seventy percent of the money raised stays right here in the Yampa Valley to help fund our projects,” he said.

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Bulldog swimmers show strong at Western Slope regional meet

Meghan Francone said the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team wanted to leave the Western Slope regional meet with the right mind set. The regional meet, held Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, was the Bulldogs final meet before this weekend’s 4A state competition in Thornton. The Bulldogs’ individual leaders — junior Eryn Leonard and Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie — showed no signs of slowing down in their events, with each swimming around their best times of the season. Brodie took first in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Leonard finished in third place in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.

On the Record for Feb. 6, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 6, 2012

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Moffat County Commissioners forgo county EMS review

In November 2007, when the Moffat County Commission signed off on a voter-approved mill levy for construction of a new The Memorial Hospital in Craig, it was done with an understanding health care services would not be affected, including EMS. At least that was commissioner Tom Gray’s interpretation of the agreement. However, TMH has been maintaining EMS each year at a net loss. George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer, said it costs the hospital $100,000 to $200,000 more a year to operate an ambulance service than the program generates in revenue.

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Local residents enjoy the atmosphere around Kiwanis Club ticket sales

Motorists traveling west through town over the weekend honked their horns, while passersby hooted and cheered in support of a congregation of local residents at the corner of Victory Way and Tucker Street. The outbursts were incited by signs that read, “Occupy Craig.” But this group was not exercising its right to join the anti-Wall Street movement and had no intention of beating down the “man,” “establishment,” or tearing down the infrastructure of capitalism. The signs were satirical and had nothing to do with the true purpose of the gathering — to pre-party outside J.W. Snack’s before tickets for the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play went on sale.

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MCHS boys earn 1st home victory with 58-31 rout

Tyler Hildebrandt was called into the starting lineup for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team earlier this season following an injury to senior Jacob Scroggs. On Saturday against Battle Mountain at home, Hildebrandt, an MCHS junior, got off to a hot start, scoring the game’s first seven points. Hildebrandt ended the game with a team-high 15 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 58-31 win and the team’s first home victory of the season. “It feels great,” Hildebrandt said. “We really played as a team and had a lot of trust in each other and put in a lot of effort. “It was just a good team win.”

Giants beat Patriots 21-17 to win the Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Take that, Brady. You too, Peyton. Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl — in older brother Peyton's house, at that. Just as Manning did four years ago when the Giants ruined New England's perfect season, he guided them 88 yards to the decisive touchdown, which the Patriots didn't contest as Ahmad Bradshaw ran 6 yards with 57 seconds left. Patriots coach Bill Belichick reasoned the Giants would run the clock down and kick a short field goal, so he gambled by allowing the six points. The gamble failed.

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MCHS girls overcome slow start in 56-24 home court win

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter Saturday against Battle Mountain at home. However, the six points were the only points the Bulldogs scored in the first quarter and MCHS only put 19 total on the board in the first half. Head coach Matt Ray said it could be hard for players to get ready for a game against a lesser opponent, such as the Huskies, who came into Saturday’s game without a league win. But, after halftime, the Bulldogs came out firing, scoring 22 points in the third quarter en route to a 56-24 victory.

Business Beat: Tax season is underway

With forms like W-2s and 1099s firmly in hand by now to be furnished to the Internal Revenue Service for the 2011 tax year, it’s time to get started on the annual task. But, before you lick the envelope or click the “submit” button on the electronic version of your 1040, be sure you have all the information you need. Changes in 2011’s tax process includes a two-percent decrease in Social Security deductions in paychecks, the abolishment of the Making Work Pay credit and an extra two days to file. “April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, and the next day is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., so the IRS will be closed that day, so the deadline is April 17,” said Chris Jones, an accountant at Jones & Associates, Inc. “Actually, it’s almost like we have an extra three days since it’s a Leap Year.”

Government Update for February 6, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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Monday Morning Chat: Angela Cordova

Where is your hometown? “I’m from St. Cloud, Minn.” When did you first move to Craig? “I was traveling and going to different resorts, and I was in Steamboat about seven years ago, and then just moved here.” Favorite part of your job? “Helping out the customers and trying to accommodate everybody with what they’re looking for and trying to make them comfortable. You get some customers who are happy and some who are grumpy, and I just like putting a smile on people’s faces whether they’ve had a bad day or their kids are screaming and they just want to rip their hair out. I just want to make everyone happy, one way or another.”

Daily Press adds new designer/copy editor to news staff

The Craig Daily Press added a new staff member to its editorial department late last week. Mary Austin began as the newspaper’s page designer and copy editor Thursday, replacing Jerry Martin, who has been named news editor. Austin, 22, comes to the Daily Press from her hometown, Summerville, S.C. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2011, majoring in visual communications. Her experience in journalism includes an internship with The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., and a paid internship with her college’s student housing organization.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 6, 2012

Reruns seem to be what I end up watching on TV. “Golden Girls” has been my pick lately. I’ve listened more than watched. The storyline was about having someone when you need support emotionally, about having a condition or a mind-boggling problem that makes you wonder about how you’re going to live through a certain thing. My thoughts went way back — how many times did I have a situation that I considered so bad? Too many that I don’t want to think about.

Briefs for Feb. 6, 2012: CNCC offering financial aid assistance

A free seminar about college financial aid is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in room 115 of the academic building on Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. College Goal Sunday, which will take place on a Saturday in Craig, is designed to give students assistance on how to pay for college, the college reported in a news release. Topics covered during the event include how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which must be completed for a student to receive any kind of financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and many scholarships, according to the release.

Patrick Germond: Law contrary to Christian doctrine

An upsetting and disconcerting situation has arisen in our country. Many people, including myself, believe our government has adopted a number of anti-Christian policies that purposely undermine religious liberties and freedom. The latest example is the federal government, through ObamaCare, forcing Christian entities to provide insurance coverage for contraception and chemical abortion (plan B) for employees.

Saturday, February 4

Craig Kiwanis Club Play ticket sales begin today

The chance to see people from around town performing onstage in a locally produced and unique show is something Craig residents have come to love year after year. Just as big of an event is the process of getting admission to the stage performance. Tickets to the 66th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play go on sale today at J.W. Snack’s, 210 E. Victory Way. For anyone who’s ever purchased tickets to the play in the past, it’s not just a walk-in, walk-out setup. Patrons of the show line up hours and sometimes days before the tickets go on sale, congregating with others who love the tradition.

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MCHS girls basketball cruises to 54-27 victory at Eagle Valley

Matt Ray said the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team expected to get a win Friday at Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs lived up to their own expectations, riding a big first-half lead to a 54-27 victory to score a sweep over the Devils this season. But, Ray said it is the work a team puts in against a lesser opponent that can make the difference later in the season, something his team didn’t do in the second half against Eagle Valley. “In the first half, we came out and did what we needed to take a 31-10 halftime lead,” he said. “But in the second half, we were not as good as I had hoped and we let one of their girls look better than she probably should have.”

Local Fuel Gauge for Feb. 4, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for Feb. 4, 2012

Rig Count for Feb. 4, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Feb. 3, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

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Craig youth hockey player Hunter Beckett selected to skate with Colorado Avalanche

At 5, Hunter Beckett had to decide which sport to pursue — hockey or wrestling. Hunter had been competing for the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program, but said he wanted to try something new. Hunter’s parents, Matt and Stephanie Beckett, had been playing hockey as he was growing up, and ultimately Hunter decided to follow his parents. Now, five years later, Hunter’s decision and hard work has paid off. The Moffat County Commission chose him to skate with the Colorado Avalanche during the team’s warm-up before a March 24 game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center.

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Sandrock Elementary singers chosen to participate in first elementary honor choir

Julie Laur believed Courtney Smith, Tiffany Hildebrandt and Alyssa Zimmerman had what it took to shine on the big stage. “They’re excellent,” said Laur, Sandrock Elementary School music teacher. Laur handpicked the three Sandrock Elementary vocalists to represent Moffat County at the Colorado Elementary All-State Choir on Jan. 28 the Broadmoor Hotel’s International Center in Colorado Springs. The performance, presented by the Colorado Music Educators Association, was the first of its kind in the state and was designed to showcase Colorado’s best up-and-coming singers.

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MCHS boys basketball outmatched in 71-43 loss to Eagle Valley

The game plan for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team Friday at Eagle Valley was to control the tempo and slow the game down. But, no matter how hard the Bulldogs tried, head coach Eric Hamilton said Eagle Valley forced the contest into a running match, one the Devils easily controlled. Moffat County struggled early to keep Eagle Valley at bay and couldn’t keep up with the scoring pace in a 71-43 loss on the road. “We played alright at times, but (Eagle Valley) is just a great ball team who can shoot lights out,” Hamilton said. “It was senior night there so they were motivated, and were in the game and we were just outmatched.”

Editorial: Refine rather than rebuild

It can hardly be argued The Memorial Hospital in Craig has vastly improved as a health care provider since it moved to a new facility west of town two-and-a-half years ago. Hospital officials deserve credit for this, but plenty of kudos should also go to the public for funding $42.6 million for the new hospital. One trip to TMH is all it takes to understand just how far the hospital has come from the old days of the Russell Street location. However, as improved as TMH has become, the editorial board believes the hospital should show more consideration to private practice health care providers. The hospital, which receives public money, has advantages other local providers don’t when it comes to the bottom line.

LSRV boys, girls hoops keep up winning streaks

With most of the season behind them, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams of Little Snake River Valley are ready to embark on the next level of play. Both the Baggs, Wyo., squads have an overall record of 17-0 and a 4-0 record in the Three Trails Conference following a string of victories in the last week.

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Todd and Glenda Bellio built a home on self-sufficiency, hard work

Rosie the Riveter is a prim little princess compared to Glenda Bellio. Glenda’s face is tanned from years of working in the elements. Her boots are worn and crusted with mud. Her fingers are black with what could be mechanic’s grease. Three weeks before she gave birth to Ripley, the first of her two children, she was repairing a snow cat at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort.

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New EDP director: Diversification is key

It was a Thursday in late January when Betsy Nauman Cook received a phone call from Dave Fleming, chairman of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership hiring committee. A few days earlier, Cook powered through a second round of interviews with Fleming, and EDP members Scott Cook, Mike Anson and Gene Bilodeau. She was competing against four other director candidates, a position vacated in November 2011 by Darcy Owens-Trask. Cook was not feeling her best. In fact, she lost her voice before the interview was finished.

Storm goes east after dumping on Colorado

(AP) — The most powerful storm of the winter season pounded Colorado with up to 6 feet of snow in the Rocky Mountain foothills and forced the cancellation of more than 600 flights in Denver before heading east toward the central plains. Blizzard conditions hit the eastern Colorado plains, with 5-foot drifts in parts of Elbert County. Snow was still falling Friday night, with another 2 to 4 inches expected in Denver and northeastern Colorado. Snow was expected to taper off Saturday as the storm moved east. Near-zero visibility forced officials to close all 160 miles of westbound Interstate 70 between the Kansas state line and Denver. A 70-mile stretch of eastbound I-70 from Denver to the plains town of Limon (LYE-min) also was closed. Highway officials said the freeway would likely remain closed overnight Friday.

Bynum, Bryant lead Lakers past Nuggets 93-89

DENVER (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers opened a season-high six-game trip Friday night with a rare win in Denver, where the Nuggets were bleary-eyed and, in Danilo Gallinari's case, blurry-eyed. Lakers coach Mike Brown was simply red-faced after a non-call in the waning seconds gave Denver one last shot at the victory. Andrew Bynum scored 22 points and Kobe Bryant added 20 in their 93-89 win that wasn't secured until Al Harrington missed a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left that would have put Denver ahead. "A step-back, that's my favorite shot," said Harrington, who hit two big 3-pointers earlier in the fourth quarter. "I thought it was going to go in." Matt Barnes was fouled on the rebound and sank two free throws with two-tenths of a second left.

Indiana election chief found guilty of voter fraud

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's top elections official could lose his job and his freedom after jurors convicted him of multiple voter fraud-related charges on Saturday, leaving in flux the fate of one of the state's most powerful positions. Republican Secretary of State Charlie White has held on to his office for more than a year despite being accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms. A Hamilton County jury found White guilty of six of seven felony charges, including false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot, theft and two counts of perjury. He was acquitted on one fraud charge. White expressed no outward emotion as the verdict was read, and later said outside the courtroom: "'I'm disappointed for my family and the people who supported me."

Briefs for Feb. 4, 2012: Wild Horse Club meeting Feb. 18

The Sandwash Basin Wild Horse Club will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in the local wild horse herd. For more information, call Nancy at 970-756-1978.

Baxter Black: Feedlot consultants — A tribute

When I started practicing feedlot medicine in the late 1960s, it was a fairly new specialty. Feedlots, as we picture them now in the Midwest and southwest, were not as common. But by this time I hired on with the Diamond A out of Roswell, N.M., and 20,000 head yards were spreading across the country. They prospered in the more arid southwest because mud is the biggest enemy of feedlot grain. The Imperial Valley of California, the desert country of Arizona and the Texas panhandle became popular places to feed cattle.

Friday, February 3

On the Record for February 3, 2012

On the Record for February 3, 2012

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TMH Rehab to relocate this spring

People who enter Suite 116 in Centennial Mall aren’t looking for a new ottoman, a new outfit, or anything else offered in neighboring stores. Instead, they’re seeking recovery, whether it’s from a sore back or a recent stroke, said Dale Little, The Memorial Hospital physical therapy manager. The rented space inside the mall has been home to the hospital’s Rehabilitation Center since 1994, he said. If all goes according to plan, though, it will have a new home this spring.

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MCHS basketball teams get 2nd crack at Eagle Valley

No basketball game is a guaranteed victory. But, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s contest today at Eagle Valley High School is the Bulldogs to lose, head coach Matt Ray said. MCHS beat the Devils, 57-27, on Jan. 13 at home, and as the Bulldogs prepare for their second trip through the Western Slope League, Ray said his players need to keep improving. “The biggest thing we need to do is play at our level and not (Eagle Valley’s),” Ray said. “We want to go in there and run our game plan.”

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Moffat County candidates address potential voters at tea party forum

The oil and natural gas industry, intergovernmental relationships, and county personnel were among the topics addressed by political candidates Thursday night at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. More than 50 Craig and Moffat County residents attended the forum hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots to hear five candidates vying for two Moffat County Commission seats outline their campaign platforms and field questions from a three-person panel and audience members. Participating in the forum were District 1 candidates Dave DeRose, who is running as a Republican, and John Kinkaid, who is running unaffiliated. Audrey Danner, Chuck Grobe and Rick Barnes also participated in the forum as Republican candidates for District 2.

Janet Sheridan: Cutting A Rug

I first wondered if my family had a dancing disability when I watched my oldest brother, Lawrence, dance at his wedding with an agonized expression and mincing, straight-ahead steps, like a reluctant dog tugged by a leash. Then Bob bounced by, looking like he was jumping hurdles. But, what the heck, I’d never be a Ginger Rogers if I didn’t give it a try, so I signed up for a parks and recreation summer session: Introduction to Dance. I remember peering at my stubborn feet during ballet class, trying to force them into first position with the backs of my heels touching and my sizeable feet turned out, forming a straight line.

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Bulldog swimmers compete in regional meet today

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimmers have one last opportunity to qualify for the 4A state swim meet. The Bulldogs compete today and Saturday in the Western Slope regional meet at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The meet is the final competition for the Bulldogs before the state meet Feb. 10 and 11 in Thornton. Junior Eryn Leonard and Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie, who competes for Moffat County, have qualified individually, and the 200-yard medley relay and 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays have also qualified for the state meet.

Stores busy as Colo. prepares for major snowstorm

AP) — Stores in Denver reported brisk business as customers stocked up on food ahead of a slow-moving winter storm that promised to bring nearly two feet of snow — an amount that would make it one of the heaviest snowstorms in the city's history. "The cheese wall is hammered, bread's kind of hammered, milk's kind of low," said Aaron McFadden, a manager at a King Soopers store. Ted Vaca at Argonaut Liquor said customers were snapping up all kinds of drink. "It was more like a Friday than a Thursday," he said.

Nuggets beat Clippers 112-91 behind Gallinari's 21

(AP) — Blake Griffin got Mozgov'd attempting one of his high-flying dunks, hitting the floor and taking the Los Angeles Clippers down with him. Timofey Mozgov's hard foul on the All-Star came in a dominant third quarter that helped Denver win 112-91 Thursday night and end the Clippers' season-high four-game winning streak that included a victory over the Nuggets last weekend. Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including all five of his 3-pointers, Ty Lawson added 18 points, Arron Afflalo 15 and Mozgov 11 for the Nuggets, who had lost two straight overall and three in a row to the Clippers, their longest active losing streak against any team. Mozgov sent Griffin to the court and he struck his head.

Briefs for Feb. 3, 2012: Elks Lodge hosting “must go” bingo

The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, is hosting “must go” bingo games today. The jackpot this week is $1,199, and a winner will be named no matter how many numbers are called. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

On the Record for Feb. 2, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 2, 2012

Zelda swings up to a whole new level

As far as video games go, no game has innovated the industry more then The Legend of Zelda. From the NES to the Wii, Zelda has captivated people generation to generation. The series made its trademark by putting the player into a landscape of the unknown, with only hints to start the player in the right direction. In many ways, it was the first attempt at a true adventure video game. Through past installments for every new Nintendo console, the Zelda series has managed to bring something new to the table every time. Take Ocarina of Time, A Zelda game for the N64 that was one of the first of it's kind with how it utilized 3D graphics. This innovation can be seen again in the newest Zelda game, Skyward Sword. The game uses the Wii Plus controller, a system that provides almost one-to-one motion. With this, the new game capitalizes on what Zelda has been known for - setting the standard for future games to come.

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National project sets out to help world's ozone

Started in 2008, the Global Ozone Project (GO3 project) was created for students to have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) through work focusing on air pollution and ground level ozone. GO3 data is collected all over the world, from Jakarta, Indonesia to Boston, Massachusetts. It’s even done at Moffat County High School. In 2009, Mr. Spears, a former MCHS science teacher, and the science department selected a team of three sophomores and a freshman who showed maturity and responsibility in their school work. This year though, the team consists of only four students, all juniors. The supervisor of the group has also changed. Mrs. Clark, a MCHS science teacher, now heads the GO3 project at MCHS since Mr. Spears’ departure. But that doesn’t stop the efficiency of the group.

Youth players hope for high school help

For many students across the Western Slope, hockey has recently resumed for the winter season. But for Moffat County High School students on the Craig Youth Hockey Team, they've been preparing for this season months ahead due to funding issues. MCHS has found difficulty fitting requirements for a school sponsored hockey team, leading student’s at MCHS to play on a community club. Even though CYH supports the needs for many students, a few have decided to play for different teams in the region as well. Hockey is a sponsored winter sport in many schools' athletic departments, sponsored by the school and CHASA. Due to insufficient finances, CYH's traveling costs and ice time must be provided on their own by players.

Opinion: Let he without sin cast the first stone

Imagine living in a community that’s supportive, proactive and safe. The real community isn’t the streets or buildings it’s built on, but the satisfactory relationships between the people belonging to the society. Members within it are successful when making strategic implementations, whether it’s trying to achieve goals with public input or notifying the citizens of issues arising in the community. One might find Craig, Colorado a perfect fit for themselves, feeling comfortable enough to reside in this small town. Say you consider yourself a “good Samaritan,” unselfishly helping anyone in need of assistance, always making correct decisions because you know it’s the right thing to do. Now flip the scenario, you’re the antagonist. You’ve made some unforgiveable choices that have harmed other people and, consequently, your future. Would a “good Samaritan” stop to help you, or just let you become the latest notch at the bottom of the totem pole?

Key Club helps out community during the holidays

The holidays are a joyful time of year, especially for the community of Moffat County and the high school’s Key Club students. The Key Club came to help the Moffat County area and those in need. From sleigh rides for the family to giving toys to little kids, Key Club has participated in numerous activities over the years. Students sign up for activities that Mrs. Morris, Key Club director, offers. Over the years, numerous Key Club members have reached out to the community.

SRO's making a difference in student's lives

Not very many Moffat County High School students realize what a school resource officer does. Junior Ben East doesn’t even know what they are. Freshman Laura Secules likes to chat with them every now and then at the police station, but she doesn’t know them on more than a personal level. Student Resource Officer Norm Rimmer says they actually have really good relationships with students. “Our number one priority is to be a good mentor to kids,” he said. Rimmer and Student Resource Officer Tony Gianetti likes to interact with students in the hallways. They also like to hang out with kids at lunch. This way they can build better relationships.

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Young, diverse wrestling team builds experience for state

The Moffat County wrestling team is a little different this year. Freshman Ashlee Griffiths, the only female wrestler, has joined the team. Griffiths says, “When I started on the team it was a little weird but it turned out to be a big family. I was accepted to the team because they knew I was here to stay.” Her brother, Charlie Griffiths, also wrestled for the team in the 2010-2011 school year. Ashlee Griffiths started wrestling when she was five years old on a traveling team. As for how she got started, Griffiths said, “My brother was wrestling, so I just did it.”

Athletes perform on and off the mat

Eligibility seems to be easily forgotten by the fans of high school sports. Amid the hard work that athletes do and the excitement of the games, the players' grades aren't often thought of. The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) rules state that the minimum requirements for eligibility is if a student has two F's by the time eligibility check comes, they are out of any practices and competitions for the rest of that week.

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Elder Scrolls' newest addition recieves 5 stars

One of the year’s most anticipated games, Skyrim, the fifth installment to the Elder Scrolls series, was released on Nov. 11, 2011 by Bethseda Game Studios. Stores held a midnight release that caused lines that were literally miles long in many places throughout the US. The cool release date, coupled with the rumors that the game would be even better than the last, it was a big hit for stores everywhere.

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Winter sports fans lament lack of snow

Winter break – those two simple words are enough to get any high school student excited. Kids bounce off the walls during the holidays, and businesses are at their peaks supplying customers with necessities for their favorite winter pastimes. But this season seems to feel a bit different than the rest. As opposed to our usual 60-90 inches of snow, the average snowfall this year predicted by the National Weather Service is estimated to be only 43.5 inches. How is this affecting students at Moffat County High School, along with the rest of the community?

Thursday, February 2

‘Contraband’ snatches story from others of its kind

You can find a lot of things in cargo containers that probably weren’t supposed to leave their country of origin. Speaking of which, if you open those big metal doors, the light of day might reveal the pilfered plotlines of the crime drama “Contraband.” In a previous life, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) was the best smuggler in the business, able to find a way to bring anything and everything into the port of New Orleans. Those days are behind him now, as he tries to go down the straight and narrow path, providing for his family, lest he end up like his incarcerated father (William Lucking). When his wife’s (Kate Beckinsale) younger brother (Caleb Landry Jones) is brutalized following a failed attempt to bring cocaine into the country, Chris isn’t too happy about having to clean up his mess. That means getting back in touch with scumbags he never wanted to see again — in this case, bottom-dweller Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), who demands thousands of dollars as repayment for the botched drug deal.

MCTA welcomes new member, elects officers

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board met for the first time Wednesday since board appointments were approved by the Moffat County Commission last month. In addition to welcoming new member Christopher Gamble, who moved to Craig from California to take over as general manager of the Holiday Inn of Craig, the board also elected officers for 2012. Bryce Jacobson, Craig Daily Press publisher, was elected chairman. Leona Hemmerich, Tammie Thompson-Booker and Dee Bates will remain in their positions of vice-chairwoman, treasurer and secretary, respectively. The board then addressed ongoing issues regarding a memorandum of understanding between MCTA and the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Craig man convicted in auto theft sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a Craig man to 10 years in prison Wednesday for his role in an August 2011 auto theft. The judge said 26-year-old Jarod Bays’ prior criminal history also factored into her decision. “We’ve been joined at the hip for almost as long as I’ve been a judge, and I had so much hope for you,” Judge Shelley Hill told Bays. “But, Mr. (Jon) Pfeifer is right. I have been too lenient with you and you’re going to get sober because I am sentencing you to 10 years in (the Department of Corrections). “I hope your days of being a tough guy are over because if you’re a tough guy in prison, you’re going to get beaten to a pulp.”

Convicted sex offender sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

Cyril Joseph Lenahan IV, 44, of Craig, sentenced Wednesday in district court

More than 30 people attended Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Moffat County District Court for a Craig resident a jury convicted of sexual assault against a child. Cyril Joseph Lenahan IV, 44, of Craig, was convicted in November 2011 of one count of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, a Class 3 felony; one count of sexual assault on a child, a Class 4 felony; and one count of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. Judge Shelley Hill presided over the case. She sentenced Lenahan to 15 years to life in prison.

Wednesday, February 1

Moffat County Tourism Association Board takes action at Wednesday meeting

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board took action on several agenda items during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Local law enforcement, FBI probe yields arrest in child pornography case

A Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and FBI joint investigation that began in December 2011 into distribution of child pornography led to the arrest of a 39-year-old Craig resident, police reported Wednesday in a news release. The suspect, who lives in the 2000 block of Crockett Drive, was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child. The newspaper is withholding the suspect’s name in accordance with a policy not to release the identities of suspected sexual offenders unless convicted. According to court records, the suspect is charged in Moffat County Court with solicitation to commit aggravated incest, solicitation to commit sexual exploitation of children, and solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, all Class 4 felonies.

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Of land and livelihood

Longtime Moffat County woman devoted herself to giving landowners a voice

Jean Stetson was fully immersed in the lifestyle she’d grown to love when the rumblings of change began. She and her husband, Frank “Pud” Stetson, were hard at work together on their ranch near Maybell. They were raising their two children, Frankie and Libby, who were as engaged in the ranch as much as their parents. In the late 1990s, discussions about sage grouse habitat came on the scene, which could have affected the Stetsons’ grazing permits on Bureau of Land Management lands, she said. Jean wasn’t about to sit on the sidelines. She stepped up to positions on working groups, boards and organizations, serving as the voice of local landowners. At the same time, she maintained the titles of mother, rancher’s wife and businesswoman.

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Finding her ‘best self’

Dana Duran enjoying life’s balance of family, career

In 2002, Dana Duran was living in Denver, a new graduate of Regis University, facing the most important decision of her life. Duran, a Fruita native, had a degree in math and biology, but found herself working at the Cheesecake Factory. She served as student body president in her senior year at Regis, but once out of school, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. “I was a big fish in a small pond at (Regis), and then I graduated and I was nobody,” she said. “I was a server at Cheesecake Factory and I hit rock bottom and didn’t know what to do.

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A judge’s mission

For Shelley Hill, it’s fairness, impartiality and integrity

Six years after earning a political science degree, Shelley Hill had a job working for the U.S. Department of Energy and an important decision looming. “I just knew that I didn’t want to be a Washington bureaucrat for the rest of my life,” said Hill, 60, now a Steamboat Springs resident and district court judge in the 14th Judicial District. “I decided to go to law school.” A legal career wasn’t something Hill was drawn to growing up, she said. Her father spent his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Hill, who was born in Beaufort, S.C., frequently moved with her family. “You name it, we lived there,” she said of her family, which included her parents, Twyman (Ty) and Grace, and sister Nancy.

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‘The kids are most important’

Parents, colleagues laud local nurse’s ability, compassion

Terri Jourgensen is heading out of the Moffat County High School nursing office — she’s got an appointment in about 10 minutes — when a student walks in the room. The girl immediately hugs Jourgensen, and in an instant, the laundry list of things to get done becomes the least of concerns for the nurse on this busy day. “How’s my girl?” Jourgensen says, wrapping her arms around the student, who is beaming under the glow of the nurse’s warm attention. Jourgensen is no longer the Moffat County School District nurse, but the legacy of her career with the district remains vibrant, the example above a fairly typical episode in her 10 years in education.

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A leap of faith landed in the law

A winding road — and a bungee jump — brought local judge to the bench

In the summer of 1991, young Nashville attorney Kirk Seufert found himself in a classroom at the University of Denver preparing for the Colorado Bar exam. As Seufert resisted the urge to take a nap, a young woman sitting two seats away caught his attention. As Seufert learned later, the woman was Sandy Gardner. “She was bright, not just intellectually, but she also had this bright hair,” Seufert recalled. “She was relatively quiet, but very, very articulate once I got her to open up.” He struck up a conversation with Gardner after class and the two agreed to be study partners. While getting to know each other, Gardner and Seufert found they had something in common: they both were overwhelmed by the prospect of dedicating three months to passing the bar.

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Janet Sheridan: Defining a Prominent Woman

I’ve recently startled friends and acquaintances by asking them to describe the qualities they think a woman would need to be considered prominent in her community. It would’ve been faster to go into a chat room, I suppose, but I wanted to judge the seriousness and sanity of the answers I received by the age, body language, and sobriety of the speakers. In general, once they realized I hadn’t asked about the Broncos or the weather, the men and women I questioned looked thoughtful, took their time, and provided insightful responses. No one talked about women of wealth, good looks, family connections, or impressive homes. Instead, they described personal traits such as competency, knowledge, trustworthiness, and respect for others.

On the Record for Feb. 1, 2012

On the Record for Feb. 1, 2012

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My Life, My WordS: The need for all to 'come together'

“I was born in Puyallup, Wash. I actually didn’t know whether I was born there or in Ellensburg until I had to go get my Social Security card again, and I found out it was Puyallup. “I came (to Craig) in 1979 when my folks got a job on a ranch. “I think God calls us here to serve, and we need to get out of ourselves. Our communities need to come together and quit being so individual and start being more collective.

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What’s most important

Audrey Anna Charchalis, 30, daughter, loan officer, volunteer

In the spring of 2008, Audrey Anna Charchalis was a contractor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, assisting with animal disease surveillance programs in Fort Collins. As with many governmental organizations at the time, the USDA was looking to cut costs. “I found myself being the sole contractor in the building,” Charchalis said. “No one ever told me they were going to have to cut my spot, but when you’re the last one left, you get the feeling that it’s going to happen eventually.” At the time, the Craig native was four years removed from Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she earned a double major in animal science and agricultural business, and a minor in Spanish.

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My Life, My Words: Just 'try to get along with folks'

Frances Chisholm, 78, Pink Lady volunteer at the memorial hospital in craig

“Growing up in Paynesville, Mo., was nice and quiet. It was a pretty basic farm setting. I had a pony and did a lot of things with 4-H and show cattle and things. “My three sisters didn’t have any interest in doing stuff outside like that, and I didn’t have any interest in cooking and so forth, either. I grew up like a farm boy, I guess you could say. “My sisters, Betty and Sally, live in Colorado Springs. Dorothy Ann lives in Missouri. They all went to college, but I didn’t really have any interest, so I hung around the farm for a long time. “I decided to go over to Sedalia and take a couple of courses once to see if there was anything out there for me besides hanging around the farm.

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My Life, My Words: Love God and look forward

Cuauhtemoc Barragan, 33, waiter and manager at fiesta jalisco in craig

“I’m from a little town in Jalisco. It’s called Ayutla. All the time since I was really small, I was working. My dad was a butcher. And I always helped him in whatever way I could. “I also worked in a small restaurant. After that, I worked at a factory, where they make dresses and clothing. All the clothing and dresses they did, they sold in California. When the factory did not have any work for six months, some people invited me to work at an office where they sold cows and boars. “My family had everything it needed, but I wanted to have something of my own. I stopped working at the office in 2003. (I came to the U.S.) because I wanted to have a better future. “(I ended up in Craig) because almost all my family is here. I have three sisters and a brother. I wanted to be with my family. They all live here. My brother lives here, and my sisters live in Steamboat.

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My Life, My Words: A full schedule, a fuller life

Kirstie McPherson, 18, MCHS senior and Sage Country Jewelry owner

“I am the senior class president with the student council and I’ve been the class president for two years in a row now. And I really enjoy that. I like having people come to me. “In my senior year, I’ve done a lot more with trying to get our motto and song and stuff like that ready. I’m the DECA president and DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. And I really like that one. It’s like speech and debate kind of related stuff, except that it’s more business related. … And that’s something that I really got involved in. “Last year was my first year. And then I do — I’m Key Club president. Well, … there’s two presidents, so April Rogers and I are the two presidents. And then I’m in (National Honor Society). And then I do multiple things within those groups. I sit on several different boards. I’m in the SAFE program, which is … Stopping Abuse Forever, in coalition with Advocates-(Crisis Support Services). I do lots of volunteer work. I’m pretty much just one of those people that like to do stuff.

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A life worth living

Dwight Siverson, 65, photographer, retired teacher

Craig resident Dwight Siverson said he’s tried to center his life on helping others. Siverson, 69, likes to help those he can, and his background testifies to that personal mission. Siverson spent 42 years teaching middle school mathematics, has helped numerous local residents navigate, manage or become more familiar with their computers, and has provided many parents over the years with free photos of their children playing sports. The longtime local resident said there’s no place he’d rather do all this than Northwest Colorado.

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The return of merry memories

Craig resident revisits holiday tradition in honor of late father

It’s a simple decoration outside Teresa Smith’s home in the 700 block of Park Court — the whimsical creation of a workingman’s imagination. A motor hidden behind a bright red cutout of Santa creaks faintly as it hoists a perpetually round-eyed St. Nick up and down on a pulley. A benevolent elf, cut from wood, points forever upward as a nearby reindeer with a chagrined look on its face appears to be heaving forward, trying to hoist Santa to the roof. Simple, yes. Festive, too.

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'Rather be roping'

Casey Barnes, 16, high school student, emerging cowboy

Casey Barnes describes his childhood in Maybell as simple, and an experience he wouldn’t change. Barnes lives about a mile east of Maybell on a ranch with his family, across the pasture from his grandfather, and only a few miles from many of his cousins. Instead of wasting away in front of the TV playing video games, Barnes helped move cows. Instead of toiling on the Internet, he rode horses. Elementary school was in a one-room structure in Maybell, a small town 30 miles west of Craig, instead of one of the three schools in Craig.

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Cattlewomen’s Association names Craig native Christina Rhyne Rookie of the Year

Grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, organic beef — what’s the difference? It’s a question Craig native Christina Rhyne tries to help shoppers answer as they navigate the meat section of City Market in Craig. “I think it’s important to know about agriculture in general because that’s where our food and fiber comes from,” said Rhyne, 31, a Moffat County Cattlewomen member. “And the more that we know about that, the better choices that we can make.” For her presentations at City Market, along with her other efforts to promote agriculture and the beef industry, the Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association named her its Rookie of the Year at an annual banquet Jan. 17 in Denver.

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Craig boxer determined to rebound from recent 1st-round loss

Tyler Pogline said when Cletus Seldin knocked him down in the first round Saturday in Huntington, N.Y., he had no problem getting up. But it was the lack of pain, said Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, that was a key indicator of how hard Seldin hit him. “I really didn’t feel anything when I went down and I got right back up because I was in the heat of the moment,” he said. “But you know it is a hard hit when you don’t feel anything. I had never been hit that hard in my career.” Despite getting back to his feet, Pogline took two more overhand right hooks to the same spot on his jaw.

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MCHS grad JT Haddan named all-region, All-American football player

Offensive linemen are often overlooked. The men in the trenches are critical to the success of every play, but skill players usually get the credit. However, with football season now over, JT Haddan, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, is receiving recognition for his play as an offensive guard for the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team. Haddan on Jan. 4 received first-team all-region honors from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. The same publication named Haddan a NCAA Division II third-team All-American selection Jan. 19.

Livin' It Up: Big-ticket weekend

With Super Bowl Sunday looming, fans of Eli Manning and Tom Brady alike are waiting for the biggest game of the year. With the eyes of the nation on the action happening in Indianapolis more than 1,200 miles away, it’s easy to forget the assortment of things happening on the home front the next several days.

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Health care as a global language

German native, health center director pushing forward VNA’s mission of access to care

As a young girl growing up in Marl, a small northwest German town, Gisela Garrison always sensed she was destined to one day live among people in a foreign land. Exactly where, however, was a mystery that wouldn’t be resolved until many years later. Marl, an industrial town for so long, had become dependent on the local coal industry. Garrison’s parents, Anne and Franz, were blue collar people who ran a small grocery store in town. They valued education, especially when it came to their daughter and their decision when she reached fifth grade reflected as much. They had two choices, Garrison said. Continue with elementary school and let the path make its way to higher education, or transfer to a vocational school.

Romney wins big in Florida, routing Gingrich

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback Romney, talking unity like a nominee, said he was ready to take the Republican helm and "lead this party and our nation." In remarks to cheering supporters, the former Massachusetts governor unleashed a strong attack on Democratic President Barack Obama and said the competitive fight for the GOP nomination "does not divide us, it prepares us" for the fall campaign. "Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it's time to get out of the way," he declared. Returns from 98 percent of Florida's precincts showed Romney with 46 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Gingrich, the former House speaker.

Denver police apologize to Colorado lawmaker

(AP) — Denver police apologized to a Colorado lawmaker Tuesday, saying they were "impugning her character" by mischaracterizing a traffic stop that made it appear she used her position to get out of a drunken driving arrest. Police Lt. Matt Murray said a police supervisor asked Republican Rep. Laura Bradford of Grand Junction whether she was a lawmaker, and that Bradford did not bring the topic up first, as city officials said earlier. Murray said the supervisor told Bradford she could face a DUI charge. "At that point she said, 'I want to be treated like everyone else,'" Murray said. Murray said the police supervisor told the officer who pulled Bradford over not to give the full account of the stop, but the officer came forward after the extensive media attention that followed. Murray said police will investigate the supervisor's actions.

CMS girls basketball hosts Meeker in final home game

With only away games left in their season, Craig Middle School basketball coaches Alicia Townsend and Candi Hellander are confident their girls can finish strong while on the road. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams played their last home game of the season Saturday against Meeker, with some varied results. Eighth-grade coach Townsend chose to play only her B-team, which lost in a close 18-14 match-up, putting them at 2-3 for the year. “We wanted to get the B girls a few more chances to play, and I think it worked out well,” she said. “They played Meeker’s A-team and got some good playing time in.”

Del Rio ignored advice to sit out 2012 season

(AP) — The links and lakes were appealing to Jack Del Rio, just not as enticing as the green grass and white lines of the football field where he's spent most of his life. So, after briefly contemplating sitting out the 2012 season, Del Rio decided to jump right back into the NFL fray, replacing Dennis Allen as Denver's defensive coordinator this week. He could have sat back and relaxed while earning the $5 million left on his contract when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him in November. Now, the Jaguars will pay him the difference between that total and his salary in Denver.

Editorial: Bang for the buck?

There were some surprising figures released in Monday’s Craig Daily Press story outlining last year’s activity by the All Crimes Enforcement Team, a task force that operates in Moffat and Routt counties. According to the report, the task force conducted 29 investigations last year, resulting in four convictions and the seizure of drugs with an estimated total street value of $42,807.68. The breakdown on seizures: 372.12 grams of cocaine, 2.8 grams of methamphetamine, and 3 grams of marijuana. Perhaps there are aspects of the task force’s activity that aren’t as tangible as the conviction and seizure numbers, and if that’s the case, forgive the editorial board’s opinion today.

Mary Morris: ‘Thank you, Mariana’

To the editor: During lunch Monday, $400 fell out of my wallet at Vallartas Restaurant. By the time I returned to my office, I had a telephone message from the restaurant to let me know they had found my money. I had no idea it was gone until I checked my purse.

Briefs for Feb. 1, 2012: Deadline for CNCC trip today

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus is hosting a trip to Louisiana from April 10 through 14 as part of its community education program. The deadline to make reservations is today. The tour takes participants to Crescent City, Cajun country and Shreveport. Trip highlights include plantation tours, a visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking and lunch in Crawfish Town, U.S.A., the college reported in a news release.