News for Monday, February 6, 2012

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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.