News for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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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