News for Friday, February 3, 2012



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?