News for Saturday, February 25, 2012



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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