News for Saturday, February 11, 2012

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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 (http://bit.ly/zHfpEv ) 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 (http://noconow.co/ysMD2M ) 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.