Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31

On the Record for Jan. 31, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 31, 2012

New candidate joins Moffat County Commission District 2 chase

A third Republican candidate has joined the race for Moffat County Commission District 2. Rick Barnes, 45, a local rancher and former miner with Trapper Mine, Tuesday announced his bid Tuesday for the commission seat currently occupied by incumbent Republican Audrey Danner. “I think the people need more choices,” Barnes said. “I’ve been trying to get local matters fixed from the outside with no avail. I figure it will be a better outcome if I try to fix it from the inside out.” Barnes is the third District 2 candidate, joining Danner and Chuck Grobe, a former Hayden mayor.

Whittle the Wood shifting locations to Loudy-Simpson Park

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, a summer fixture in Craig and perhaps the most popular local event of the year, is moving from its traditional site at Craig City Park. Whittle the Wood, scheduled for June 13 through 16, will move this year from City Park to Loudy-Simpson Park, as agreed upon Tuesday by the Moffat County Commission and City of Craig officials. “I am very supportive of that because it is a very good facility,” commissioner Audrey Danner said. “I think it will make for a good event.” Craig City Manager Jim Ferree and Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike represented the city at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

Sports store announces new location in Craig

A new development is on the horizon that could mean good things for local sports enthusiasts and possibly the Moffat County economy. Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc., a Birmingham, Ala.-based company, is on track to open a new store in Craig, said Jeff Gray, Hibbett Sporting Goods vice president of real estate. Although he’s unsure when construction will begin, he said he expects work to start “really soon.” The retailer would feature an array of athletic equipment, clothing and footwear, primarily for team sports like football and basketball, he said.

Monday, January 30

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At the movies: ‘Joyful Noise’ volume doesn’t undo uplifting theme

If life’s got you down and you don’t know where else to turn, there are always groups of people who can sympathize. And, if you want to don a purple robe, maybe you can help them make some “Joyful Noise.” When Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson), the director of his church choir, passes away unexpectedly, the town of Pacashau, Ga., doesn’t know how to handle it. Beyond grieving, the small town populace is up in arms about who will lead them to glory as the musical ensemble competes in the annual gospel competition, in which they have always come up short.

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Moffat County hockey team struggles in Crested Butte

Rick Villa knows what the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team is capable of, but over the weekend, he didn’t see it. Villa, the Bulldogs head coach, said his players didn’t have the right attitude heading into Saturday and Sunday’s games against Crested Butte and Durango/Telluride, resulting in the team leaving Crested Butte with an 0-4 record. “We weren’t passing the puck and we weren’t playing aggressive,” Villa said Monday. “Crested Butte is a tough team, but we should be able to win against Durango.”

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New assistant principal settling in at MCHS

After nearly two months, Moffat County High School now has a full roster of administrators. David Grabowski, former MCHS math teacher, started as the school’s interim assistant principal Jan. 23. He replaces Travis Jensen, a former assistant principal who resigned from the school district in December 2011. Grabowski, a veteran teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience, was settling into his new role Monday afternoon after his first week on the job.

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Today's fundraiser to benefit Craig family

A fundraiser will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Vallartas Restaurant inside Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Bird family, of Craig.

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MCHS boys freshmen hoops team caps undefeated tourney with OT win

The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team saw a six-point lead in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Union High School quickly evaporate. The Bulldogs led almost the entire way in their third and final game of the Moffat County High School Tournament at MCHS. But with a minute left, Union hit a 3-pointer to pull within three. Union stopped the Bulldogs on the ensuing possession and again, with five seconds remaining, hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and send the game to overtime. That didn’t faze Joe Camilletti.

BLM seeking nominations for Western Slope Resource Advisory Councils

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest and Southwest Colorado districts are seeking public nominations for 10 open positions on their Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils, composed of residents chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The BLM, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 29 Resource Advisory Councils across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.

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Monday Morning Chat: Betty Barnes

Where is your hometown? “I was born in Asheville, N.C.” When did you first move to Craig? “My dad came to Hayden in 1964 to work on the first unit of the power plant when I was in junior high. My husband and I still live in Hayden, but I started coming here a lot for my business.” Motto or outlook on life? “Life is not a dress rehearsal. You’ve got to live every day like it counts and make a difference for other people and for yourself.”

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 30, 2012

I was waiting for someone and time seemed to crawl. I got to thinking how many ways can I think of that people wait in lines — bus stops, markets, department stores, waiting rooms, beauty salons, elevator receiving lines, the list goes on and on. So, we go and most of the time don’t want to be late, so we hurry up and wait.

Briefs for Jan. 30. 2012: Tea party town hall meeting slated

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host a town hall meeting with Moffat County Commissioners and candidates running for two open commission seats at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to come with questions for the commissioners and candidates.

Hayden church group preparing for April mission trip to Joplin, Mo.

One of the worst tornados in American history ripped apart the small Midwestern town of Joplin, Mo., in May 2011. Laura Corriveau, a radiologist and member of Hayden Congregational Church, was sent to Joplin in the aftermath as part of a government task force. Her job was to X-Ray and identify bodies and body parts. News of the tornado’s destruction resonated with Corriveau and other church congregation members. “As soon as I heard that, it just spoke to our hearts,” HCC Pastor Janet Babish said. “I knew that as soon as there was a mission trip available, we would organize something to send people down there.”

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ACET commander presents 2011 report

Marvin Cameron, All Crimes Enforcement Team commander, met Wednesday with area law enforcement officials to summarize last year’s task force activity on narcotics investigations and seizures. Cameron’s report was delivered to the six-member ACET Executive Board, which is comprised of Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta; Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz; Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Ray; Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins; Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco; and 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham. Of the 29 investigations conducted by ACET officers last year, 23 resulted in arrests. Four narcotics suspects went through the legal process last year and were sentenced to prison, including two Craig residents convicted of distributing methamphetamine.

Colorado Geological Survey unveils web tool for understanding Niobrara

The Colorado Geological Survey, a branch of the state Department of Natural Resources, unveiled Jan. 26 a web tool to help the public visualize geologic conditions in the Niobrara Formation. The Niobrara is the focus of oil and natural gas development and production through the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Citizens around the state have been seeking a better understanding of how ground water supplies are protected amid energy development and the geologic conditions that separate ground water from the oil and natural gas deposits in the Niobrara.

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MCHS girls freshmen basketball team finishes home tournament 2-1

The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team opened the Moffat County High School Tournament with two easy wins. The Bulldogs routed Battle Mountain, 57-5, before scoring a victory over Meeker, 38-18, on Saturday at MCHS. But MCHS struggled to control the ball against Uintah in their third game, and a late rally fell short in a 28-23 loss to end the tournament with a 2-1 record. “I’m really happy they got challenged in the last game,” head coach Norm Yoast said. “I think the girls can get more from a close game than they can in the first two wins.

Business Beat: Area auto dealer joins manufacturer sales effort

The icy months of January and February may give some vehicle owners cause to consider purchasing a new car better suited to winter conditions. The problem is that it may not be the best time financially for some people. But, kicking the tires in certain car lots may result in better savings than you’d think. Cook Chevrolet and Subaru is participating in the Factory Challenge, a sales drive designed to increase numbers in dealerships at the beginning of the year, running throughout February. Owner Scott Cook said the quota for the challenge is 150 units between the dealerships he owns in Craig and Steamboat Springs, which applies to both new and used vehicles.

Time short for Gingrich to close gap in Florida

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary. And despite surging ahead in polls, Romney wasn't letting up, relentlessly casting Gingrich as an influence peddler with a "record of failed leadership." In what has become a wildly unpredictable race, the momentum has swung back to Romney, staggered last weekend by Gingrich's victory in South Carolina. Romney has begun advertising in Nevada ahead of that state's caucuses next Saturday, illustrating the challenges ahead for Gingrich, who has pledged to push ahead no matter what happens in Florida. An NBC News/Marist poll published Sunday showed Romney with support from 42 percent of likely Florida primary voters, compared with 27 percent for Gingrich.

Tanning bed warnings prompt another Colorado bill

(AP) — Colorado is in the minority of states in not passing tanning bed limits for children. But a proposal this year to require parental notification for teens using UV tanning beds may run into opposition from lawmakers who have vowed to shun more regulation. This year's tanning bed bill would require a parent's permission before a person under 18 could use a tanning bed with UV exposure. For children under 14, parents would have to be present while their children use a tanning bed. Dr. Robert Dellavalle, chief of dermatology at the Denver VA Medical Center and an associate professor at the University of Colorado's medical school, pointed to near-universal agreement in the medical community that exposure to UV rays in tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer. "We're seeing a swing in all states toward regulation," Dellavalle said. More than 30 states limit youth tanning bed use or require parental consent. California last year banned commercial UV tanning beds completely for children, something other states are considering this year.

Billups leads Clippers to 109-105 win over Nuggets

(AP) — After fans in Denver showed him their appreciation, Chauncey Billups gave them one more reason to miss their native son and rue the day he left. Billups' homecoming couldn't have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers' 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets' six-game winning streak Sunday night. It was Billups' first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony trade nearly a year ago. The veteran guard received a rousing ovation during introductions. "That was beautiful, man," Billups said. "That was beautiful."

Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012: Indoor soccer set through March

An adult co-ed soccer league, which began earlier this month, plays Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Games will be played from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday through March 17. The cost is $2 per night per player. Tennis flats must be worn to play and all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For more information, call Bill Sawer at 824-0116.

Patrick Germond: If tomorrow doesn’t come

A growing population of Americans believes our country may succumb to any number of possible disasters, either man-made or natural. This sense of impending doom has created a new cultural phenomenon of people called “preppers.” I’d like to give some attention to some aspects of preparation that are often overlooked. Preppers store food, fuel, clothing, medicine and whatever else they may need in life in case the modern-day grid was to disappear.

Saturday, January 28

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 28, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 28, 2012

Moffat County School board takes action at workshop, meeting

At its workshop Thursday afternoon, the Moffat County School Board: • Reviewed policies 5510 and 5280, concerning student dress code and home-based education, respectively. • Heard a progress report from Maximum Commitment to Excellence, a grassroots group designed to bolster education in Moffat County. • Took a tutorial on the fiscal year 2012 budget revision and financial report.

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Sunset Elementary dance program melds music and physical education

A lively Greek tune began to play, and clusters of fifth-graders began to move in synch to the music. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Susan Nicholson called into the microphone positioned at the front of the Sunset Elementary School gym. On Friday morning, the gymnasium looked more like the setting of a barn dance than a basketball game. Instead of T-shirts and shorts, most students wore button-up shirts and colorful blouses. Parents, some toting cameras, filled nearly every folding chair around the gym’s perimeter.

Rig Count for Jan. 28, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 71 rigs online — 2 less than Jan. 20, but 7 more than Jan. 28, 2011. • Wyoming has 48 rigs online — 3 less than Jan. 20, but 1 more than Jan. 28, 2011. • The U.S. has 2,008 rigs online — the same as Jan 20, and 276 more than Jan. 28, 2011.

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CMS girls hoops dominates Soroco

In October 2011, seventh-grader Alex Hamilton experienced the joy of a sports season capped off with a huge win when her volleyball team took top honors at the district tournament. Now, she and her teammates are well on their way to repeating the success with a different sport. The Craig Middle School girls basketball teams were at the top of their games Thursday afternoon when they hosted the Soroco Rams. The Bulldogs’ seventh- and eighth-grade squads each overran their Oak Creek opponents from the opening tip. After taking the lead early in the first half, the seventh-graders had a comfortable 27-8 cushion at the close of the third quarter, with strong shooting from Mattie Jo Duzik and Josey King.

Over A Cup: A hearty meal for the cold winter months

Recently, over a morning cup of coffee, I checked out my files and cookbooks, searching for main meal recipes to cook for supper. It seems like I always have a struggle deciding what to cook after having all of the luscious food during the holidays. So, I found a recipe for “Whole Meal Ground Beef Casserole” that I’ve made one time before. I cut the recipe from some newspaper a bunch of years ago. The recipe gets its name because the casserole dish has meat, a green vegetable, and potatoes, everything to make a whole meal. It’s a variation on other potato puff casseroles.

TMH facilities on track to becoming tobacco free by July 1

Starting this summer, The Memorial Hospital, along with its satellite facilities, will be completely tobacco-free. At its regular meeting Thursday, the hospital board unanimously approved the final draft of a plan to prohibit smoking and any other kind of tobacco use on TMH grounds. Hospital officials are planning to put the new policy in place July 1. Smoking is already prohibited within a short distance outside a hospital, said Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence.

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Moffat County Deputy Gary Nichols receives CCA award for 2nd time

Last year was an active one for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office concerning livestock investigations. In addition to being home to one of the state’s largest cattle theft cases in recent memory, Moffat County was also the site of the first confirmed case of Equine Piroplasmosis in state history. Equine Piroplasmosis is a parasitic disease that affects horses, mules, donkeys and zebras. It’s most prevalent in South and Central America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and causes fever, anemia, jaundice, swollen abdomens and labored breathing in infected animals. Equine Piroplasmosis is most commonly transmitted by ticks, but has been widely spread of late through contaminated hypodermic needles used on racehorses.

Government Update for Jan. 28, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda:

Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney urged conservatives to back off aggressive anti-immigration policies as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, a day marked by heightened tensions entering the final weekend before Florida's primary. "I'm very concerned about those who are already here illegally and how we deal with those 11 million or so," Romney said. "My heart goes out to that group of people. ... We're not going to go around and round people up in buses and ship them home." The compassionate approach, like Gingrich's calls for politically practical reform, was aimed at improving the Republican Party's tarnished reputation among Hispanics. Both men delivered speeches Friday to the same group of Hispanic leaders gathered in Miami but avoided — at least briefly — criticizing each other in what now looks like a two-man race for the nomination.

Broncos hire Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator

(AP) — John Fox and Jack Del Rio are together again. The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club's new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was Fox's first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.

Denver appeals court upholds military impostor law

(AP) — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is constitutional and making false statements is not always protected free speech. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Denver-based court reverses a district judge's decision that the Stolen Valor Act violates the First Amendment. Courts in California, Georgia and Missouri have considered similar cases, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down the law on the basis of free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court said in October it would take up the issue of whether the Stolen Valor Act is constitutional. The Colorado case involves Rick Strandlof, who was arrested after claiming he was wounded in Iraq as a Marine and had received military medals. His lawyers have acknowledged the claims were false.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board: Thank you, Daily Press

To the editor: The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to thank the Craig Daily Press and employees for the generous donation we recently received from them. It was greatly appreciated. You have more than blessed Moffat County residents in their time of need through donations to our agency sent to us from Moffat County United Way.

Editorial: Community buy-in needed

With the formation of new support organizations and a renewed emphasis on spirit at games and contests, the tea leaves read that more attention is being paid to Moffat County School District academics, athletics and activities, with eyes fixed on improvement. These developments are positive for our school district and students. District teachers, administrators and officials have seemingly embraced the enhanced community support, and for this they deserve praise. Rather than being territorial or bucking at the assistance effort of outsiders, our school district staffers have joined the effort with open minds. Still, it’s going to take more of a collective effort, that is more from everyone involved, to get educational, athletic and extracurricular activities headed in a direction more indicative of our students’ vast potential, and in a direction that better reflects on the Craig and Moffat County community.

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2012

Mike and Suzanne Brinks: Thank you, Missy

To the editor: We wanted to further express our gratitude and thanks to Missy Bonaker for all she has done and continues to do for our community. Since moving to Craig some 30-plus years ago, Missy and her late husband, Jack, devoted countless hours to many organizations in Craig: the Craig Sea Sharks, The Center of Craig, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Northwestern Community College, The Memorial Hospital, and the list could go on and on. The Bonakers were a driving force behind obtaining The Center of Craig from First Christian Church. They wrote and helped obtain the grant that made the purchase of the building possible.

Briefs for Jan. 28, 2012: Fundraiser to assist Bird family, of Craig

A fundraiser will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Vallartas Restaurant inside Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Bird family, of Craig. A memorial account has also been set up at Yampa Valley Bank. Or, if you’d like a tax credit, checks can be made out to New Creation Church and all donations will be deposited into the Yampa Valley Bank Account.

Al Cashion: Environmental euphoria

“Seventy-five and sunny,” the Accuweather app on my Android reported one day last June. A quick check through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration verified the report. The gorgeous meteorologist on TV said the same the night before. But, I don’t believe weather girls actually have to have degrees to talk about degrees; the gorgeous part is usually enough for ratings.

Lisa Brown: ‘Meant to move’

To the editor: Jack Kirk, who ran his last race at 96, said it best: “You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running.” The human body is meant to move. Whether your movement of choice is running, swimming, walking, tai chi, or gentle movements like yoga, we believe regular exercise and social engagement keeps you healthy and more independent for a longer period.

Friday, January 27

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MCHS grad Tyler Pogline squares off today in New York

If you look at Tyler Pogline’s boxing record, the Craig native has gone 1-4 in his past five bouts dating back to March 6, 2010. Pogline fought Jan. 22, 2011, in Las Vegas in his first televised six-round match against Anthony Lenk. Lenk won the contest by a 60-53, 60-53, 60-54 decision. But, as Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, prepares for his next match today against Cletus Seldin in Huntington, N.Y., he has no doubts where he stands in his boxing career.

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TMH service one of many community contributions by Missy Bonaker

The Memorial Hospital Board’s meeting Thursday started much like any other. Call to order: Check. Agenda review: Approved. Conflicts of interest: None. It was when chairwoman Missy Bonaker opened the floor to public comment in her quiet, matter-of-fact way that the meeting drifted into personal channels. As members of the audience took their turn to speak, the discussion wasn’t about budgets, hospital programs or day-to-day details Bonaker grew familiar with during her seven years on the board.

Man on the Street: The public’s view on the State of the Union address

Name: Aletha Dove Age: 59 Hometown: Craig What was your opinion of Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama? “He reminded me of what he has done and what he has been able to get through. If he did everything he said, then as a country, we would start improving. I also think he was right about the taxes and that people who make millions should have to pay their fair share.”

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CMS Athletic Director Jill Hafey takes joy into all aspects of life

Four years ago, Jill Hafey was a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School. Hafey, who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mesa State College, said she loved what she was doing, but felt she had more to give. Taking over as coordinator of the English Language Learners program helped, but Hafey still believed she had more to offer. Then, an assistant principal/athletic director position opened at Craig Middle School, and Hafey jumped at the opportunity. “I’m always climbing the ladder of life, and I was at my (teaching) position for 11 years and loved every day of it, but I wanted to impact a greater population than the 25 kids,” she said. “It was a hard, hard decision, but I wanted to get my feelers out there to see how I could make a bigger impact in education.”

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Ann Anderson devoted to caring for cast-off animals at Craig Animal Shelter

By the time the little Shih Tzu mix arrived at the Craig Animal Shelter, life had already taken a brutal toll on him. He was missing an eye. His fur was matted. He smelled. “He was … a real big mess when he came to the shelter,” Ann Anderson said. But, she looked past all that.

Judge denies effort to block CO abortion protester

(AP) — A judge Thursday denied the federal government's request to keep a longtime anti-abortion protester from being able to stop cars and talk to drivers as they enter Denver's Planned Parenthood center. U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer rejected the Justice Department's argument that Kenneth Scott's actions make it "unreasonably difficult" for patients and employees to get to the clinic. "Great news," one of Scott's lawyers, Peter Breen, said of Brimmer's late-evening ruling. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Gayle Winsome argued during a hearing earlier Thursday that a 1994 law protecting access to abortion clinics requires that Scott be at least 25 feet away from the entrance, in this case a driveway leading to the clinic.

AP Source: Raiders finalize 4-year deal with Allen

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders formally agreed Thursday on a four-year deal to make Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen their new head coach. New general manager Reggie McKenzie had decided Tuesday to hire Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson as head coach. The two sides finalized the details Thursday, a person familiar with the process said on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing the search. first reported the length of the deal. Allen is Oakland's seventh head coach since 2003. The Raiders have gone nine straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth, just missing out on the AFC West title on tiebreakers with an 8-8 record last season.

Romney responds to Gingrich immigration shot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Notable moments from the GOP presidential debate Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla., just days before the state's Jan. 31 primary: IMMIGRATION FIGHT Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney had their sharpest exchange when Gingrich said Romney was the most anti-immigrant candidate in the GOP field. Romney responded indignantly, reminding Gingrich that Romney's father, George, was born in Mexico.

Sports briefs for Jan. 27, 2012: Account established in memory of Steve Deyo

Local members of the Colorado football officials association have established a memorial account at First National Bank of the Rockies in memory of Steve Deyo, who died Jan. 17 in Craig. Deyo graduated from Moffat County High School in 1978 and played football at the University of Northern Colorado. He officiated high school football for more than 20 years, including as a referee in two state championship football games. Memorial donations may also be made to the Moffat County 4-H Club, the Moffat County Booster Club or a charity of your choice, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Lois Wymore: MCTA board ‘blindsided’

To the editor: The Memorial Hospital Board was not the only county board blindsided by the Moffat County Commission’s last rounds of appointments. Kerry Moe was also dumped from the Moffat County Tourism Association Board without any notice for the “encouraging new ideas” platform of the current Moffat County Commissioners. I question their logic in “encouraging new ideas” while dismissing the value of long-time volunteers.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board: Donations appreciated

To the editor: The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to thank Shirley Balleck of The Flower Mine and the generous people who participated in the Bras and Boxers contest. The donations were greatly appreciated and we, personally, want to let you know that your proceeds will bless Moffat County residents in their time of need.

Briefs for Jan. 27, 2012: Cavity Free at Three slated for today

Free oral health screenings for children from ages 6 months to 3 years will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. The screenings include a free fluoride varnish. The screenings are part of Connections 4 Kids’ Cavity Free at Three Program. RSVP is required. Contact Michelle Balleck at or 824-8282, ext. 47.

Thursday, January 26

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Positively Pets

Tips for Winter Care Exposure Precautions Dogs engaged in outdoor activities should have an increase of food supply and water to stay healthy. Transitioning between cold and inside may cause itchy, flaky skin. After outdoor activities, wipe dog’s legs and stomach. Salt, antifreeze and other potentially dangerous chemicals may be stuck to fur and paws.

On the Record for Jan. 26, 2012

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Jan. 25 Richard Mark Medina, 51, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Rachel Leigh Call, 24, of Dinosaur, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Janet Sheridan: About writing

When readers talk to me about my columns, they don’t question my balance of accuracy and exaggeration or take issue with my overabundance of colons and dashes. Instead, they ask about my writing process. Recently, a friend wanted to know where I get ideas for 52 columns a year. I could have answered him, admitted that ideas swarm into my mind like mosquitoes and persistently pierce my thoughts until I notice them. But I didn’t.

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State treasurer talks entitlements, closing budget gaps in Moffat County

Walker Stapleton, Colorado treasurer, addressed a Craig and Moffat County audience Saturday night as keynote speaker during the local Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. In addition to explaining his position, which he said first and foremost involves investing taxpayer money for the benefit of the state, Stapleton outlined looming issues facing Colorado’s $18 billion budget. The two primary concerns, Stapleton said, involve automatic spending ratchets and pension entitlements, which have hindered the legislature’s flexibility on how it funds state programs. Those automatic spending ratchets, particularly concerning education and Medicaid, soak up more than three-fourths of the state’s budget, leaving little left to spread among programs such as roads, infrastructure, mental health services and corrections, he said.

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Dana Duran enjoying life’s balance of family and career

In 2002, Dana Duran was living in Denver, a new graduate of Regis University, facing the most important decision of her life. Duran, a Fruita native, had a degree in math and biology, but found herself working at the Cheesecake Factory. She served as student body president in her senior year at Regis, but once out of school, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. “I was a big fish in a small pond at (Regis), and then I graduated and I was nobody,” she said. “I was a server at Cheesecake Factory and I hit rock bottom and didn’t know what to do. “When you graduate with a teaching degree, you are a teacher. When you graduate with a math degree you are a math major.”

Wednesday, January 25

In memory of Sherry Bird, of Craig

There comes a time for all of us when life begins to take more than it provides. It’s a law as true as the sun rising and setting each day, as real as the air we breathe, an instinctual knowledge ingrained in our souls from the hour of our births. It’s left to us to make what we will of our time, to choose how brightly we’ll allow these momentary flashes called life to burn. Sherry Bird, of Craig, was taken from us far too soon.

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Bulldogs hockey team notches 1st win of the season in Glenwood

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team went into Glenwood Springs over the weekend with a 0-6 record. The Bulldogs already had lost to Glenwood twice earlier in the season, and after the first of four games on Saturday, a 9-0 loss to Glenwood, Moffat County looked to fall even further behind in the standings. But, the Bulldogs bounced back in the next game against Grand Valley to notch their first win of the season, 8-3. On Sunday, Moffat County again beat Grand Valley, 4-2, before playing their closest game against Glenwood in a 2-0 loss.

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MCHS girls basketball team contains Steamboat in 55-31 home victory

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team jumped out to an early 9-8 lead in Tuesday’s contest with Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs stopped the Sailors from getting the ball inside in the first quarter and made good use of their open shots. But, Steamboat made adjustments before the second quarter and used an 11-0 run to open the period and take a 19-9 lead. The Sailors never relinquished the lead en route to a 54-32 win at MCHS. “(Steamboat) was deliberate and made very few errors,” MCHS head coach Eric Hamilton said. “They worked for their open shots and they were disciplined and really well coached.

Bulldog wrestlers use dual tourney to improve individual skills

Roman Gutierrez understands the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will struggle this season in dual meets because of low numbers. In a dual tournament, such as the Rumble in the Rockies on Saturday at Rifle High School, Gutierrez said the Bulldogs needed personal gains more than team wins. The Bulldogs went 0-4, falling to Rifle, Pueblo West, Grand Valley and Delta. Hotchkiss won the tournament with a victory over Delta, and fellow Yampa Valley-school Hayden took fifth place by beating Coal Ridge.

Vehicle theft suspect faces new charges

A suspect in an August 2011 vehicle theft in Craig faces new charges in Moffat County Court. Jarod Bays, 26, is charged with third-degree assault, criminal mischief and obstructing government operations, all misdemeanors, for his alleged involvement in a Thursday altercation with another inmate at the Moffat County Jail. According to court reports filed by jail Sgt. Delores Crow, Bays instigated a fight with inmate Mark Wentling, 40, over a television remote control in a jail lounge. Wentling has been in custody since October 2011 for his alleged involvement in a separate vehicle theft in Craig, according to court records. Crow wrote that jail surveillance video shows Wentling and three other inmates sitting at a table playing cards.

Council, VFW reopen lease talks on Craig City Park

Craig City Council members sat down Tuesday with representatives from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 to resume lease negotiations concerning Craig City Park. As part of a list of seven possible deals, the VFW suggested the city begin paying $2,500 rent per month to ensure continued public access to the park. After the meeting, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said money has never changed hands between the two entities in the form of rent in more than 60 years. Mark Wick, former VFW post commander, served as VFW spokesman at the meeting. Current commander David Walters, and VFW members Jim Meineke, Guy Bradshaw and Johnny Garcia joined him.

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MCHS boys basketball falls flat offensively in loss

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team jumped out to an early 9-8 lead in Tuesday’s contest with Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs stopped the Sailors from getting the ball inside in the first quarter and made good use of their open shots. But, Steamboat made adjustments before the second quarter and used an 11-0 run to open the period and take a 19-9 lead. The Sailors never relinquished the lead en route to a 54-32 win at MCHS.

Singing, dancing, games abound this weekend

After a slow entry into 2012, things are starting to heat up around here, with a busy few days for the people who want to do it all. Just be sure to take some time to breathe, folks. ■ If you’re a child enrolled in preschool through fifth-grade or the parent of someone this age, you can’t miss the literacy carnival running from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. Be sure to bookmark it in your day planner.

MCHS girls swim team qualifies for five finals at Jeffco Invite

Meghan Francone said the Jeffco Invitational is as big a meet as the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team will compete in this season. The meet has more teams than the state meet and includes a mix of Class 4A and 5A teams. So, Francone said, to see two relay teams and two individuals qualify for the finals Saturday at the Jeffco Invite is a big accomplishment. Junior Eryn Leonard finished in the top 10 in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly — seventh and eighth place, respectively — while Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie, who swims for the Bulldogs, took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.

Weak snowpack, heavy snow raising avalanche danger

(AP) — A weak, sugary snowpack is raising the avalanche danger in parts of the West, leaving slopes vulnerable to crumbling under the pressure of heavy snowstorms that also have lured skiers and snowmobilers looking for fresh powder. Avalanches killed three people in Colorado over the weekend, including two who were skiing at resorts that were pounded with new snow. On Monday, an avalanche buried a man in Montana, but snowmobilers and skiers were able to quickly dig him out. In Wyoming, U.S. Forest Service officials warned backcountry enthusiasts to beware of dangerous conditions. Avalanche forecasters say a weak base layer of snow, packed with large grains of ice that aren't well connected to each other, is plaguing parts of Colorado, Utah, Montana and California and could keep avalanche risks high for the rest of the season. "This has the potential to be a pretty dangerous winter because of the foundation," Colorado Avalanche Information Center avalanche forecaster Scott Toepfer said Tuesday. "It may haunt us into the spring."

Obama to Republicans: Game on

(AP) — President Barack Obama delivered an election-year broadside to Republicans: Game on. The GOP, from Congress to the campaign trail, signaled it's ready for the fight. In his third State of the Union address, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term. Facing a deeply divided Congress, Obama appealed for lawmakers to send him legislation on immigration, clean energy and housing, knowing full well the election-year prospects are bleak but aware that polls show that the independent voters who lifted him to the presidency crave bipartisanship.

Reports: Raiders to hire Allen as new head coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders reportedly agreed Tuesday to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach, breaking a more than three-decade stretch of offensive-minded head coaches for the franchise. The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports and ESPN, with both outlets saying final details were still being worked out Tuesday night. The Raiders had no immediate comment on the reports. New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided on his new coach exactly two weeks after he was hired. He immediately fired Hue Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season as coach, and began the search. McKenzie interviewed Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay assistants Winston Moss and Dom Capers.

Briefs for Jan. 25, 2012: Free oral health screenings

Free oral health screenings for children from ages 6 months to 3 years will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. The screenings include a free fluoride varnish. The screenings are part of Connections 4 Kids’ Cavity Free at Three Program. RSVP is required.

Moffat County School Board work session, meeting agendas for Jan. 26, 2012

Moffat County School Board work session When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

Editorial: Ignoring vigilance at a cost

A lesson learned from the sad ending of Joe Paterno’s career and life is we’re best served not allowing individuals, no matter how great their accomplishments may be, to become bigger than institutions they serve. The scandal that claimed Paterno is also a sobering reminder to parents that boogeymen lurk, and there’s no such thing as being too vigilant.

TMH Board meeting agenda for Jan. 26, 2012

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C, The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

On the Record for Jan. 25, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24

Peabody announces Twentymile Mine extension

Peabody Energy announced Monday an extension of its Twentymile Mine in Northwest Colorado, secured by 40 million tons in long-term coal supply agreements. The Twentymile extension is being developed to supply coal to power plants, and industrial and export customers, including a 16-year agreement with the nearby Hayden Station. The project involves developing the new Twentymile Sage Creek portal in the existing Wadge coal seam and moving the longwall, the company reported in a news release.

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesdat meeting

An update from today's Moffat County Commission meeting.

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Now playing: ‘War Horse’ a proud, stirring wartime saga

Whether you’re in the Armed Forces or not, the things one takes in during combat can affect them forever. As seen in “War Horse,” you can be shaped by such incidents just as much, if not more, when your eyes are on opposite sides of your head. In the English countryside of the 1910s, a man is judged by the success of the land he tills. By those standards, veteran and farmer Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) is the laughingstock of Devon, unable to coax much of anything from his little parcel of earth.

Monday, January 23

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Reading and a twist of fun

Thursday’s literacy carnival designed to get children hooked on reading

Fishing can be a way for a child to hone his or her reading skills — if that child is fishing for words, that is. Playing putt-putt golf or cooking up a recipe can accomplish that goal. These and other games at Thursday’s literacy carnival are tailored to show parents “that they can turn reading into games,” said Amy Jones, a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Elementary School and co-president of the Sagebrush Reading Council, which is hosting the annual event. “Even though your child may not always want to sit down and listen to a book there’s other ways you can engage them in literacy,” she said.

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Two candidates vying for House District 57

Glenwood Springs, Parachute residents seeking legislative seat

While Moffat County Republicans were raising money for local candidates during Saturday’s semi-annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Garfield County GOP members were losing their chairman. Ron Roesener, 62, of Parachute, had been at the helm of the Garfield County Republican Party for the last year. He announced his resignation Saturday during a regularly scheduled county GOP meeting. Almost at the same time, KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, was reading a letter from Roesener announcing his candidacy for the Colorado House District 57 seat.

Guest Commentary: Lance Scranton: 'Lead, follow, or get out of the way'

History is important, but what’s more critical is how you move forward. A wise community member referred to momentum a couple of weeks ago during the Booster Club meeting. Getting something started and changing a mindset can be incredibly difficult. If you attended the basketball game Friday night at Moffat County High School, you can see changes are happening. Led by athletic director Jeff Simon, the atmosphere was great. The band was playing, fans were cheering, and athletes were hard at work on the court. But, the Bulldogs came up short in both contests. Some might argue all the effort put forth to watch our team lose was wasted momentum.

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

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MCHS boys basketball team falls, 51-31, to league-leading Palisade

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team moved the ball around the perimeter with ease Saturday against Palisade at MCHS. The Bulldogs met more resistance when trying to pound the ball inside. Palisade’s man-to-man defense suffocated the Bulldogs’ offensive attack early in the first quarter and Moffat County had no answer for Palisade’s jump shots in a 51-31 loss. “Palisade is a really athletic and strong team, and we saw why they are first in the league,” MCHS sophomore Taft Cleverly said. “Their defense had a heck of a day and we couldn’t do much.”

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MCHS girls breeze past Palisade in rivalry game tune-up

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team inbounded the ball with time ticking away late in the fourth quarter Saturday against Palisade High School. The Bulldog starters were already on the bench with the game well in hand, but the younger players finding themselves in varsity action didn’t take the foot off the pedal. Sophomore Kelly Knez took a pass just outside the 3-point arc with seconds remaining and squared her feet as she launched the ball. Knez’s shot dropped — her only three points of the night — and her play told the story of the game in one shot.

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Republican, unaffiliated candidate vying for Moffat County Commission District 1 seat

The Republican Party’s field of candidates vying for public office became more defined Saturday night during the Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser. One of the local offices up for grabs in November is the Moffat County Commission District 1 seat. Commissioner Tom Gray holds the office currently, but is term limited. John Kinkaid, 58, of Craig, announced his candidacy for the seat in February 2011 and is running unaffiliated. He was joined in the race Saturday night by fellow Craig resident Dave DeRose, 57, who announced his bid for District 1 as a Republican.

Business Beat: Dance studio owner to return to teaching

For someone trained in the art of movement, staying in one place can be torture. But, one of the best known members of the Craig dance community will be returning to do what she loves best. Jeni Giedd, owner of Just Dance, 500 Yampa Ave., steps back into the role of dance instructor starting today following a lengthy maternity leave. Giedd, who has taught dance in Craig for five years at multiple locations, gave birth to her son, Kasen, in November. After participating in and studying dance her whole life, Giedd said she played a smaller role in her dance classes in the months leading up to motherhood.

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Newcomer challenging incumbent for Moffat County Commission District 2

Last year, a longtime Hayden public official decided to move west to Craig with his wife, Julie, to eventually retire in Moffat County. Chuck Grobe, 61, amassed a lengthy record of public service over 32 years in Hayden. His resume includes serving as town mayor for six years, mayor pro-tem for four years, vice chairman and chairman of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, and more than 20 years on the Hayden Planning & Zoning Commission, among others. On Saturday night, Grobe announced his intention to continue his tradition of public office by running for the Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat during the Moffat County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Paterno's death met with grief in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno's death from lung cancer Sunday just two months after his firing left many Penn State students, alumni and community members numb with grief and a sense that the legendary coach deserved better from the university after such a distinguished career. "His legacy is without question as far as I'm concerned," said 65-year-old Ed Hill of Altoona, a football season ticket-holder for 35 years. "The Board of Trustees threw him to the wolves. I think Joe was a scapegoat nationally. ... I'm heartbroken." On Sunday night, thousands of people, nearly all of them students, gathered outside Penn State's administration building in a solemn candlelight vigil. Former players were among those who spoke, including Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. "When I think back on Joe Paterno's legacy, the events of the last two months won't even cross my mind," Wisniewski said.

Pats-Giants in Super Bowl again, 4 years later

A Super Sequel. Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, the Patriots and Giants are going at it again at the Super Bowl — this time in Indianapolis. Brady and Belichick. Eli and Coughlin. Both teams rolling through the playoffs. Yep, here we go again. New England, which lost to New York 24-20 in early November, opened as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game. The Patriots have won 10 straight, with their last loss being to — you guessed it — the Giants.

No simple explanation in AF Academy sex crime data

(AP) — Nine years after a sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy sent shock waves across the military, the Defense Department last month announced a spike in reported assaults at the school — and days later the Air Force filed sex-crime charges against three cadets. It isn't clear whether the disturbing news means sexual predation is on the rise at the academy, experts and school officials say. It could reflect the academy's efforts to encourage cadets to report any kind of unwanted sexual contact. "I don't think anybody knows how to read that data," said Lory Manning, director of the Women in the Military Project at the Women's Research & Education Institute in Washington and a retired Navy captain. The number of assaults reported at the academy since the 2005-06 school year, when comprehensive record-keeping began, has varied widely. From 10 in the first year, the totals rose to 24 two years later, plummeted to eight in 2008-09 and then rose again, to 20 in 2009-10 and 33 last year. Nearly 80 percent of the academy's approximately 4,600 cadets are male. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday nearly 3,200 sexual assaults were reported across the military last year, but he said the real number is probably closer to 19,000 because so few victims report the crime.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 23, 2012

I like to watch game shows. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” are two of the regulars I watch. “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader” was another. I can’t find anyone who knows if it’s changed time slots or is not on anymore. I’m not a person who watches any kind of what I call horror, cult or stuff like “Buffy,” “Harry Potter,” “Ghost Whisperer,” etc., which seems to be the in thing right now.

Briefs for Jan. 23, 2012: Museum closed this week

The Museum of Northwest Colorado will be closed today through Friday for maintenance and cleaning. The museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the museum at 824-6360.

Patrick Germond: Improvement begins at home

Last year, the Moffat County School District struggled mightily on standardized tests. While the school board, teachers, and administrators work through issues they believe could improve our school system, I’d like to recommend an approach outside the system. Specifically, I’d like to address what parents can do to make certain their children succeed. The blame game will surely go on, and the system may or may not change. But, the game and the excuses, including the justifiable reasons, aren’t going to matter much to your child when they realize they’ve failed to receive a decent education.

Saturday, January 21

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New candidates announce at Lincoln Day Dinner in Craig

Two local residents announced Saturday night their intentions to seek public office. The announcements came during the Moffat County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 21, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 21, 2012

Over A Cup: A hearty meal for the cold winter months

Recently, over a morning cup of coffee, I checked out my files and cookbooks, searching for main meal recipes to cook for supper. It seems like I always have a struggle deciding what to cook after having all of the luscious food during the holidays. So I found a recipe for “Whole Meal Ground Beef Casserole” that I’ve made one time before. I cut the recipe from some newspaper a bunch of years ago. The recipe gets its name because the casserole dish has meat, a green vegetable, and potatoes, everything to make a whole meal. It’s a variation on other potato puff casseroles. To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 1 pound ground beef, ½ medium chopped onion, ½ cup chopped celery, 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas (unthawed), 1 can (10 ¾ -ounce) cream of asparagus soup, ½ cup milk, salt and pepper (to taste), and 1 package frozen potato puffs, unthawed.

Agriculture & Livestock: Poring over spring seed catalogs

Seed catalogs start arriving in the mail each year just before Christmas, some with discount coupons for orders sent in before the spring rush begins. Poring over seed catalogs can cause the senses to trigger memories of warm April/May planting days, the once-a-year odor of richly tilled soils that are “coming alive,” and the feel of garden soil on the hands. So, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, many gardeners like to take out the seed catalogs and pass long winter nights by deciding what to plant in that summer’s garden. Not so with others, however. “Shame on you for doing this to us (writing about seed catalogs) in January,” Craig resident Lorrae Moon said. Moon chuckled.

Rattlers girls basketball team prepares for No. 3 Cokeville

Rematch was the theme of the week for the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team last week. The Rattlers played host to Hayden on Jan. 10 before heading to Rangely and Saratoga on Jan. 12 and 13, respectively. Each of the match-ups was a rematch from earlier games in the season, each of which the Rattlers won. The results were similar, with LSRV winning all three games last week, but head coach Jodi Stanley said playing a non-conference opponent two times in a season could present challenges. “The first time we play teams, they have a hard time adjusting to our speed,” Stanley said. “The second time, we have to do a better job in our half-court sets and cause pressure and focus on making our own adjustments.

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Ryan’s ‘true grit’

3 generations of local women have stared down adversity, cancer

Gail Allen’s words hung suspended over the heads of the more than 200 somber faces before him Jan. 13 in the Moffat County Fairgrounds indoor arena. “How do we see God in times like this?” said Allen, who was officiating over the memorial ceremony. His voice echoed through the cavernous interior that seemed to swallow the crowd filling nearly every available folding chair and almost every foot of dusty ground beyond the podium where he stood. Framed photographs of Ryan Sixkiller-Allen filled the table before him — reminders of better times and a life cut cruelly short. In one, she is a radiant bride standing next to her husband, Eli Allen. The two were married for a little more than a year when cancer claimed her life Jan. 6.

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MCHS girls basketball falls 2 games back in WSL with 54-39 loss to Delta

The first half Friday between the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team and the Delta Panthers consisted of lead changes and hard-nosed defense. In the second half, however, the Panthers kept Moffat County from penetrating the ball inside and held the Bulldogs to 12 points in the third and fourth quarter combined en route to a 54-39 win over MCHS. “We came out and tried to force things instead of taking what was open,” Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said of the second half. “I told the girls to penetrate, and we had about half the girls do it and the other half not. “Our passing hurt us as well, and I guess these are things we just need to work on in practice more.”

LSRV boys basketball stays perfect with tough wins

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team jumped back into Three Trails Conference play this weekend, but the team got a nice warm-up last week. The Rattlers stayed perfect with wins over Rangely and Saratoga on Jan. 12 and 13, respectively At Rangely, the Panthers jumped on LSRV early, taking an 18-16 lead after the first quarter — only the third time this season the Rattlers have trailed after the first. However, Rattlers head coach Paul Prestrud said his players’ conditioning was the difference maker in the final three quarters, with LSRV pulling out a 77-44 win. “In the second quarter, we pulled up by eight points and in the second half, we ran away with it,” Prestrud said. “I think we were just in better shape than them, because they started to get a little tired, and we played well down the stretch.”

Rig Count for Jan. 21, 2012

Rig Count for Jan. 21, 2012

Joshua Roberts: For my friend, with love

Just tell the truth, I love you, everything will be fine, I said to the friend wrapped inside my arms. We were on the courthouse’s second floor, sharing a quick hug, she seconds from testifying in the custody case, me awaiting outcome of the closed hearing in the hallway. My final words — everything will be fine — were a lie. I didn’t know it then, but I’d deceived her. She disappeared behind wooden doors into the courtroom, believing she’d keep her miracle, the orphaned infant boy who appeared like heaven’s reward. I should have known better, that hope and good intentions only go so far. I should have warned her.

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Singer/songwriter uses music to teach CMS students about writing

With his black jeans, embroidered Western shirt and cowboy boots burnished to a sheen, Monte Selby looked like he just stepped from a Nashville recording studio. That impression isn’t far from truth. Selby, a singer/songwriter from Boulder, was on an independent label in the Tennessee music hub. He’s been stringing together lyrics since he was a child and has a few CDs under his name. But, there’s more to this musician than meets the eye. He’s also a former educator with a doctorate degree and these days he’s on the road, but not for what you might expect.

Editorial: Appointment disappointment

The Moffat County Commission’s ouster of a longtime The Memorial Hospital Board member was a decision counter-productive to improving the hospital or bettering the community. The move has drawn criticism from community members, and the commission owes the public an explanation.

Candidate announcements, keynote address to highlight GOP fundraiser

KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, said the past week has been busy. In addition to his day job at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Hume said he has been fielding calls from a handful of Northwest Colorado residents expected to announce bids for public office tonight during the Moffat County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. But, Hume isn’t clueing anyone in about who those candidates are just yet. He’s deferring them until tonight’s dinner. “I anticipate two announcements for local races in Moffat County and one for a state race,” he said. “That’s my impression, anyway. Either they or their representatives have asked for an opportunity to address the attendees at the Lincoln Day Dinner.”

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MCHS boys basketball plays tough in 73-58 loss to Delta

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team played themselves into a hole numerous times Friday at home against Delta. But, more than once, the Bulldogs played their way back to within a few points. However, Moffat County’s defense struggled to contain the explosive Panthers’ offense in a 73-58 loss. “I thought we played great,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “We had a ton of outstanding performances and the guys played with guts against a very good Delta team. “It was a fun, exciting game to be part of and we came so close to getting an upset and a big win.”

Government Update for Jan. 21, 2012

Government Update for Jan. 21, 2012

Briefs for Jan. 21, 2012: Concert Association installment slated

The Craig Concert Association will present the musical group “Threestyle” from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The group includes singer Jimmy Martin, along with Jody Briskey and Drew Jansen of the band “Three Hits and a Miss.” “All three artists are consummate entertainers and bring tremendous experience to this cabaret-style evening featuring well-known and loved favorites from the likes of Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Patti Page to classics like ‘Moon River’ and ‘Malaguena,’” according to a news release.

Harrington leads Nuggets over Wizards, 108-104

(AP) — The Denver Nuggets are off to an 11-5 start, and each night it seems a different player takes over. On Friday night, they were without starting forward Nene, who was out with a bruised right heel. That gave Al Harrington a chance to shine. Harrington scored a season-high 29 points — going 5 for 8 on 3-pointers — and Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson each had 21 to lead the Nuggets over the Washington Wizards 108-104. In the last five games, the Nuggets have had a different leading scorer each time. "I think that's probably who we'll be for most of the year. Sometimes you piece it together throughout the game," coach George Karl said.

Colo. girl escapes apparent kidnapper, calls 911

(AP) — A missing 9-year-old girl escaped from an apparent kidnapper and called 911 herself from a convenience store in Colorado Springs on Friday. The Pueblo girl was reported missing Thursday night after she didn't return home from school. The suspect, Jose Garcia, 29, is also a suspect in an alleged molestation involving a different girl, Pueblo police Capt. Eric Bravo said. The car of the man accused of kidnapping the girl broke down Friday morning in Colorado Springs, and a passerby gave them a ride to a Circle K, police said. The girl ran into the convenience store and asked to use the phone to call her uncle but instead called 911, which prompted the man to take off, authorities said.

South Carolina GOP primary races to dramatic close

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are not ceding one inch of South Carolina as the unpredictable campaign for the South's first presidential primary concludes — and certainly not Tommy's Ham House. Romney is fighting a suddenly surging Gingrich, while rivals Rick Santorum and Ron Paul look to surprise in a four-man race that has spun wildly in its last 48 hours. Seen as Romney's to lose just days ago, South Carolina's primary has become a close contest between Romney, the former Massachusetts governor portraying himself as the best able to beat President Barack Obama, and Gingrich, the confrontational former House speaker and former Georgia congressman. Both were scheduled to hold dueling campaign events at Tommy's, in Republican-rich Greenville, late Saturday morning. And neither campaign was stepping back from a primary day showdown.

Rosemary Potter: ‘Open violations’ of rights

To the editor: We have been bombarded with open violations of our U.S. Constitution by the highest officer of the land, President Barack Obama. He delights in appointing czars and ruling by fiat to forward his agenda, even ignoring decisions of the judiciary. Dismay and frustration are the order of the day for those of us who value the freedoms our Constitution guarantees. Apparently, the mechanism for such guarantees is badly in need of a swift kick. Our Congress, which is supposed to keep the president in line either cannot or will not. So, what to do?

Friday, January 20

Craig EDP names new director

Betsy Nauman Cook pegged as new business agency leader

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership has hired a new full-time executive director, the agency announced this afternoon in a news release. Betsy Nauman Cook has been chosen as the successor to former director Darcy Owens-Trask. She is set to begin Monday.

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CNCC art, literary magazine seeking submissions for 2012 publication

The story starts outside a honky-tonk joint in a sweltering, gritty, west Texas town. A faithful dog sits inside a 1957 Ford Ranchero, waiting patiently for his master to return. In a moment, this dog’s life will be upended by impulsive act. He’ll be forced to make his way in a land dominated by oil rigs, rattlesnakes and roughnecks with hands stained black by the lifeblood that fuels this region. Thus begins “Instinct and Consequences,” a short story written by Craig resident Mary Morris and published in the 2010 edition of “Waving Hands Review,” Colorado Northwestern Community College’s art and literary magazine.

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2012

New D9 group forming to assist Moffat County economy

Communities around the state are experimenting with a new approach to economic development, and the Craig Workforce Center is attempting to tailor that program for Moffat County. Discovery 9 is a concept that brings unemployed adults together to serve as a think tank for creating jobs and bringing businesses to local communities. The program is an idea of the Economic Enrichment Networks based in Grand Junction and is endorsed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Three D9 teams have been established in the region — two in Grand Junction and another in Rifle.

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MCHS grapplers fall to Palisade, tie Steamboat at lone home meet of season

Garrett Stewart was up 5-0 after the first period Friday against Palisade’s Trevor Garcia and looked to be riding to an easy victory. Stewart, a Moffat County High School junior, was trying to get the MCHS varsity wrestling team’s first win in the Bulldogs lone home meet of the season, but it wasn’t going to come easy. Garcia trailed 8-2 heading into the third and final period of the 138-pound match-up, but used a combination of takedowns and nearfalls to tie the match, 11-11, in the final 10 seconds to force overtime. Stewart said he had no energy left heading into the overtime period, but somehow turned Garcia’s attempted throw into a takedown and scored the pin with 14 seconds remaining.

Craig/Moffat EDP narrows director search to 5 candidates

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board members met in executive session Wednesday to continue discussions on new director candidates. After more than 30 minutes in executive session, the regular board meeting was reconvened. Board members unanimously approved giving the director hiring committee, consisting of Dave Fleming, Mike Anson, Scott Cook and Gene Bilodeau, more time for its search. “We’re progressing at a rapidly slow pace,” Cook said. “The most noteworthy thing is we have some very strong candidates.”

MCHS basketball teams prepare for Delta

Just like a year ago, one of the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s biggest games this season is against Delta. The Bulldogs tripped up against Glenwood Springs on Jan. 7 in a 60-47 loss and Delta posted a 56-49 win over the Demons on Saturday. If Moffat County beats Delta today at home, it would create a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League between the three teams who shared the title in 2011. “It is very important to be able to go in and win this game,” head coach Matt Ray said Wednesday. “If we win, worst-case scenario is playing for a three-way tie at the end of the season, but if we win out, we would be league champs.”

Gingrich angrily denies he sought open marriage

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Thursday angrily denied that he asked his second wife for an "open marriage" that would allow him to have a mistress as she claims in an interview broadcast two days before the South Carolina primary. "Let me be quite clear. The story is false," Gingrich said at a debate, without elaborating. At the same time, his campaign released his tax returns, showing that he paid more than $994,000 in federal taxes on more $3.1 million in income in 2010. It was a day of ups and downs for Gingrich, who picked up the endorsement for former rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The former House speaker is working to consolidate the support of conservatives behind his candidacy with polls showing him rising in his bid to overtake Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. "Newt is not perfect but who among us is," Perry said as he bowed out of the race, seeking to provide Gingrich with some political cover in a state filled with evangelicals likely to cringe at Gingrich's two divorces and acknowledged infidelity.

Tebow played through injuries in playoff loss

(AP) — Tim Tebow needs more R&R than anyone thought. The Broncos quarterback played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver's 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend. He won't need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some down time and his offseason training program shouldn't be affected in any way. ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle, then had trouble sleeping because of the pain and underwent an MRI on his chest Monday.

US Attorney Walsh: Pot letters are not a bluff

(AP) — U.S. Attorney John Walsh on Thursday rebuffed claims that the federal government sat idly by as state lawmakers enacted regulations that have allowed Colorado's marijuana industry to boom the past two years. Walsh said letters sent last week to 23 marijuana dispensaries near schools and their landlords — giving them until Feb. 27 to shut down, move or face federal penalties — are not a bluff and that criminal prosecution is possible. Dispensary and property owners are being threatened with losing their assets and property in civil action in federal court if they don't comply with the letters. Marijuana advocates in Colorado say the feds, by not stepping up enforcement action earlier, tacitly approved of Colorado's booming marijuana industry that now includes tight regulations that tax pot from seed to sale. "We haven't been sitting by," Walsh said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. "We've been taking marijuana enforcement action."

Pastor Karen Gibson: Friendship, love and self-sufficiency

I had just finished sending an email asking someone for forgiveness. The reason I had to ask for forgiveness was because of my weakness in thinking I don’t need help. Why is it we become so independent and prideful that we exclude others from our lives, and would rather live in this world by ourselves? It’s almost like we don’t like to share. We don’t want to share the recognition, joy, or blessing of whatever God has given us with anyone else. As children we were all taught to learn and develop independence. Dressing ourselves, feeding ourselves, walking, and tying our shoes were some of the activities we were taught to do.

On The Record for Jan. 19, 2012

On The Record for Jan. 19, 2012

Dr. Andrew G. Hughes: ‘Disingenuous’ explanation

To the editor: I know and respect each of our Moffat County Commissioners. They are dedicated public servants. Their job is difficult and they work hard in the best interests of Moffat County. However, I find their decision to not reappoint Missy Bonaker to The Memorial Hospital Board disappointing and their public explanations as to why disingenuous. Missy has done an exceptional job during her tenure. The hospital board is one of the most important in our county as well as one of the more difficult on which to serve.

Beck, Jacobson: Support higher education

To the editor: The Citizens Academic Scholarship was established in January 2009. The scholarship is a great way for the community to give back to our young adults who are seeking higher education to better themselves and land a job that will support them the rest of their lives. The scholarship has certain requirements that need to be met in order for applicants to qualify. Scholarship applicants will have graduated from Moffat County High School within the last three years; reside in one of the four counties in our local region; be a U.S. citizen; and be in good standing within the community.

Briefs for Jan. 20, 2012: Seedling tree orders being taken

The Colorado First Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees. The trees will arrive the first week of May and the average cost of each tree is less than $1. A variety of trees and shrubs are available to create windbreaks and living snow fences and enhance wildlife. Residents must own at least two acres of land to purchase trees. Trees are limited and residents are encouraged to order early. Order forms are available at the Bureau of Land Management office or the U.S. Department of Agriculture district office at 145 Commerce St. For more information, call 824-3476, extension 101.

Thursday, January 19

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Now Playing: ‘Chipmunks’ sequel about as solid as a sandpile

If Bob Denver proved anything during his time on “Gilligan’s Island,” it’s that only disaster can come on a tropical destination from a hyperactive inhabitant who’s always clad in a crimson shirt. But, the Skipper’s “little buddy” couldn’t have been anymore tiring than the title character of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” It’s vacation time for the world’s two biggest musical trios. On their way to an international awards show, the Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore (voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney), and the Chipettes, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor (Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler) are guests on a transatlantic cruise promising sun, fun and more.

Janet Sheridan: Little green deaths

My mother raised houseplants as calmly and productively as she raised children. I never offered to help her care for her plants and wasn’t impressed by their green good looks — probably because I couldn’t eat them. Then my high school speech and drama teacher assigned a how-to speech: I had to explain and demonstrate a skill unique to me. My classmates felt inspired. Blake decided to teach us magic tricks; Jeanette said she’d do fingering techniques on a violin; Neldon planned to simulate branding a calf. I realized I was skill-less. Desperately, I cast about for possibilities: I rejected tying my shoes as common, peeling foil from a gum wrapper as boring, and arm wrestling as unladylike.

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Jury finds Robert Cash guilty of attempted first-degree murder

Shooting victim Rhonda Heaton was overcome with emotion after a 12-person jury ruled Thursday that Steamboat Springs resident Robert Cash is guilty of attempted first-degree murder, the most serious charge he faced.

Wednesday, January 18

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Jury begins deliberations in Cash's attempted-murder trial

It’s now up to the jury to decide the fate of Robert Cash, the man on trial for attempting to murder his wife in Steamboat Springs. The prosecution and defense delivered their closing arguments Wednesday.

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Craig Chamber director graduates from leadership program

After the New Year, Christina Oxley, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, took a trip to Tucson, Ariz., with her husband, Kevin, and newborn baby girl, Kaliyah. But, it wasn’t to introduce the six-week-old to family or for vacation. Rather, Oxley was at Marriot University Park to take part in a graduation ceremony from the Institute of Organization Management, a leadership and training program sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The program was originally touted as the best professional development opportunity for Chamber or association executives,” Oxley said. “I attended the first year and found that all of the hype was very well-deserved."

Local CASA group forms non-profit corporation

Northwest Rocky Mountain Court –Appointed Special Advocates since forming in 2008 has worked with the state-wide coordinating agency Colorado CASA to give abused and neglected children a voice in court proceedings. With the help of a local steering community, NWRM CASA on January 1 became an independent not for profit corporation serving the 14th Judicial District comprised of Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, the organization said in a news release. “It is a big step to take on the responsibilities once performed for us by Colorado CASA,” board President Kim Linin, from Grand County, said in the release. “Our Goal is to build a locally-based organization to successfully meet the needs of victims of child abuse and neglect.”

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Craig woman merges love for art with passion for teaching

When Deb Coniff talks about art, she doesn’t use esoteric terms or complicated jargon. Instead, she talks about what she believes art is really like—personal, expressive and sometimes, a little unpredictable. “I’ll sit down with same-sized pieces of clay to do a set of mugs or bowls,” she said, “and each one — the clay kind of says, ‘No, I want to do this.’ “And so, I let it. …. I have more of a conversation than a dictatorship,” the 53-year-old said, laughing. She’s helped others discover art over the decades by offering lessons and, she believes most importantly, encouragement.

CMS girls basketball teams having success using the basics

The main focus for the Craig Middle School girls seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams this season has been getting the girls prepared for high school ball. With help from Matt Ray, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach, the teams are learning the new offense Ray installed for his team last season. So far, so good, as both the seventh- and eighth-grade A-teams have started the season 4-0 and the B-teams have only lost one game apiece. “It is a good offense to teach the girls ball movements and to always look to get open,” seventh-grade coach Candi Helladner said. “For Matt, it will make it easier for him because the girls won’t have to taught the basics again and they can make more progress as a team that way.”

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Craig EDP honors late community leader

Business center to be named after former commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of naming the One-Stop Business Incubator in memory of late Moffat County Commissioner and community leader Marianna Raftopoulos. Raftopoulos, who died in April 2010 at 55 following an 11-year battle with chronic lymphoid leukemia, was very active in public service, most notably becoming the first woman elected to the Moffat County Commission. Commissioner Audrey Danner, county liaison to the EDP Board, recalled fond memories Wednesday of her friend and the person who paved the way for women to hold county office.

On The Record for Jan. 18, 2012

On The Record for Jan. 18, 2012

Livin' It Up: Knit, sculpt, talk politics — whatever it takes to stay warm

With winter cold still hitting the area hard, people in Northwest Colorado are in need of something to keep their minds off the weather, which can be harsh at best.Keep indoors with this week’s lineup of things to do.

EDP Board meeting agenda for Jan. 18, 2012

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Clady, McGahee added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

(AP) — Denver Broncos tailback Willis McGahee and left tackle Ryan Clady have been added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster. McGahee replaces injured Houston running back Arian Foster and Clady replaces injured Miami tackle Jake Long. McGahee rushed for 1,199 yards, becoming the second running back in league history to top 1,000 yards for three teams, and he helped the Broncos set a franchise record with 2,532 yards rushing. He also was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Colo. man died on one of toughest US ice climbs

(AP) — A nationally known ice climber who died after falling 60 feet in Colorado over the weekend was attempting to ascend a 365-foot waterfall regarded as one of the toughest ice climbs in the United States. Jack Roberts, 59, was leading a climb at Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday when he fell, injuring his hip and possibly sustaining internal injuries, authorities said. He survived the long drop but died of cardiac arrest after rescue workers arrived. Bridal Veil Falls is at the end of a box canyon near Telluride, a ski resort town where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889. Roberts wrote an authoritative book on ice climbing in Colorado and also worked as a guide and instructor, recently teaching an ice climbing course in Telluride. He climbed for more than 40 years, traveling to Alaska, Argentina and several locations in the Alps.

Authorities: Body spent days in theater restroom

(AP) — Family members are waiting for answers about how a 66-year-old Colorado man's body went unnoticed in a locked movie theater restroom for about five days after he died there. George DeGrazio, of Loveland, died of a heart attack on about Jan. 9, Larimer County Deputy Coroner James MacNaughton said Tuesday. "It appears he was using the restroom facility and then fell over and died on the floor," MacNaughton said. The body was found Jan. 14 after theater workers noticed an odor in the restroom and forced their way in, authorities said. DeGrazio was in a small family restroom that was locked from the inside, said James Meredith, vice president for marketing and communication for Cinemark, which operates the Fort Collins theater where DeGrazio died.

Briefs for Jan. 18, 2012: Bella Voce presents ‘Amor’e’ on Feb. 4

The local chorus Bella Voce will present “Amor’e: A Celebration of Love” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $25 for students, 21 and younger, and are available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Lois Wymore: ‘Were they thinking?’

To the editor: I don’t know what the Moffat County commissioners were thinking when they made the decision not to reappoint Missy Bonaker to The Memorial Hospital Board. Actually, I wondered if they were thinking at all. Did they assume we were all asleep and wouldn’t notice? To date, their public comments and lack of them are nearly as callous as the decision. They certainly weren’t thinking about the value of a volunteer or really inspiring others to serve.

Bob Grubb: Stop the ‘tantrums’

To the editor: Let the race begin. King Arthur in the lead. Every hair in place, not a pound of fat on his lean erect frame. Buzz Lightyear in the flesh. A master of commerce, but will Wall Street deliver us from itself? It could if it would. A sign of repentance (Luke 13:3). Nipping at his heels, the terrier also known as the terror. Small but mighty, old but healthy, steady as a bulldog, planted like a flagpole. The rest of the runners are scared of him but he has his cheering section. Running third is the sensible one also known as the moderate one. The only one with international and state experience.

Editorial: Taking charge to make change

The Moffat County Booster Club and Maximum Commitment to Excellence, two new organizations trying to tackle local education issues, are a blueprint for how to make positive change in Moffat County. Instead of waiting for a cumbersome bureaucracy to fix the problem, these groups are jumping in to make a difference.

Student News: Mackenzie Maneotis

Mackenzie Maneotis, daughter of Tony and Kim Maneotis, was recently recognized on the vice president’s honor roll at Laramie (Wyo.) County Community College’s Cheyenne Campus, according to a news release.

The Urie and Weldon families: A heartfelt thanks

To the editor: Just a note to say thank you to all of you in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Unitah and Mesa counties who reached out to us during the illness and death of Nigel Urie-Stanton-Weldon. Her worst fears, and ours, happened Christmas Eve when she had a massive stroke that completed her life here on Earth on Jan. 5. But don’t be sad.

Tuesday, January 17

New facilities bolster Dinosaur National Monument visits

The opening of the new Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall in October 2011 at Dinosaur National Monument pushed the year’s park visitation numbers beyond the previous year, Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mary Risser said this week in a news release. “Visitation increased from 198,544 visits in 2010 to 214,291 in 2011, a 7.93-percent increase,” she said in the release. “For just the month of December, we recorded 1,629 visitors at the new Quarry Visitor Center, compared to 144 at our temporary facility the previous year. Many of these visits came during the weeks around the holiday, as area residents brought family and friends visiting from out of town to the new facility.”

Moffat County Commission considers details in linking events

Organizers of two of the community’s newest summer events have decided to join forces for three days of balloons and barbecue. Randy Looper and Jeff Smith said Tuesday that the planning committees for the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival and the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig have agreed to combine events into one weekend. Looper and Smith, representing the balloon festival, met Tuesday with the Moffat County Commission to request access to Loudy-Simpson Park for the combined event. “Their (BBQ Championship) strengths are Friday night and Saturday afternoon,” Looper said. “Our strengths are Saturday morning, Saturday night and Sunday morning, so if you combine them it makes a big event and a solid weekend.”

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Cash testifies Tuesday that shooting was an accident

Robert Cash told a jury that he did not mean for his gun to go off and that he was not aiming it at his former wife, Rhonda Heaton.

Rescue effort falls short: Unknown cause of death claims truck driver’s life near Hayden

A 52-year-old Brighton man died Monday following a crash about 1:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden.

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

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Bulldog grapplers record strong individual performances in Green River

Roman Gutierrez has been looking for a breakout tournament for his Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team since the season began in December. Gutierrez, the Bulldogs head coach, said the team is starting to make major strides and showed what they are capable of Friday and Saturday during a tournament in Green River, Wyo. “The competition was really good and everyone that went wrestled really well,” he said. “They wrestled more aggressive than they have all season and did great with what they have been able to learn this season.”

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Rally rousers: Booster club seeking to bolster MCHS activities

Move over, Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s a new Terrible Towel in town. Technically, it’s called a rally towel, said Danny Griffith, owner of JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, but the purpose is the same — stir up fan excitement, and with any luck, maybe rattle the visiting team some. Griffith and Chaos Ink partnered to buy nearly 300 towels in the Bulldog blue and white. Griffith plans to give them away to anyone wearing MCHS colors when the Bulldogs take on the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Jan. 24 at MCHS.

Monday, January 16

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Moffat, Routt counties discuss regional broadband

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner told her counterparts from Routt County on Monday that she is encouraging economic development officials in the region to look to the private sector in the ongoing effort to increase the telecommunications broadband pipeline into and out of Northwest Colorado.

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Hayden airport restaurant has strong 1st month

With Three Wire eatery, YVRA’s food and beverage revenue for December is highest since 2007

Despite getting a late start because of a water leak, Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s new Three Wire Bar and Grill nearly posted record revenue in December.

Guest commentary: Lance Scranton: All in for facility upgrades

Since moving to Craig to be an English teacher and football coach 14 years ago, there have been many changes at our high school. When Joel Sheridan hired me in 1998, Moffat County High School was a hub of activity with a student body of more than 875. John Haddan asked me to run the football team’s offense. I met Kip Hafey, and we all got to work on the upcoming season. We had a coaching staff of former high school and college players, and I was confident we could whip 70 players into a fighting machine.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 16, 2012

Thursday 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team competes against Palisade High School and Steamboat Springs High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Friday 3 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays Delta High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Business Beat: Clothing store ends run in Craig

Sharyn’s Upscale Consignment Boutique, 29 W. Victory Way, recently closed its doors. The clothing outlet, which offered shoppers the chance to trade old apparel for new, had its last day of business Jan. 11. “It’s kind of a bittersweet thing,” owner Sharon Martin said. “I’ve really loved this and my customers, all the laughter.” Martin first opened Sharyn’s — featuring a quirky twist on her name in the title — in spring 2010. She said she has been splitting her time between the store and Jones Trucking, the business run by her husband.

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State treasurer to appear at Lincoln Day Dinner

The Republican Party’s signature fundraiser is less than a week away in Moffat County, and a few changes have been made to the lineup of speakers. KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, discovered over the weekend that Ryan Call, Colorado GOP chairman, has a scheduling conflict and will not be able to attend Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Call was scheduled to deliver the event’s keynote address. Walker Stapleton, Colorado’s elected state treasurer, will speak in Call’s place. Hume said he wasn’t necessarily disappointed by the change because the state treasurer will also have insight for local residents who attend the event.

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Bulldog swimmers dominate in home meet

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team didn’t waste the only opportunity to swim in front of a home crowd. The Bulldogs competed against Delta in a dual meet Saturday at MCHS, the team’s lone home meet of the 2011-12 season. MCHS took first place in every event except one — the 100-meter breaststroke — en route to a 633-537 victory. “We swam well,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “This is the only pool this season we swim in that is a meter pool, so the girls did a great job on their starts, streamlines and wall turns.

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Monday Morning Chat: Jesse Aitken

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised right here.” What has kept you in Craig? “I’m a small-town kind of guy. I tried living in big towns and didn’t like it. I moved to (Grand) Junction, I lived in Minneapolis for a while and other small towns up there. For the most part, I’ve been here for 28 years.”

Horizons saying goodbye to ‘anchor’

A long and celebrated career is coming to a close for one of Horizons Specialized Services most beloved and respected employees. Judy Shelton is a lifelong Coloradan. She was born in Salida, raised in Pueblo and has been a North- west Colorado resident for more than 35 years. She and her husband, Pete, first met in her hometown, and they moved to Grand Junction in 1974. The couple later migrated east to Meeker before settling in Maybell.

Vonn shares milestone WCup win with younger sister

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn finally got to share a World Cup victory with her little sister, a milestone that moved her into third place on the career wins list. The American ended a five-week winless streak Sunday with a dominating victory in the super-G, capturing her 47th career title. Vonn finished a massive 0.61 seconds ahead of rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third. Laura Kildow began a visit to Europe last weekend only to witness Vonn uncharacteristically miss the podium in two speed races because of a stomach illness. "I felt bad last week because I didn't do very well," said Vonn, the overall World Cup leader. "It wasn't a very good example of a World Cup weekend, but this weekend went much better."

Rivals see split conservative vote; Huntsman out

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A splintered conservative vote in South Carolina could pave the way for Mitt Romney to win this week's pivotal primary — a contest due to have one fewer candidate after the withdrawal of moderate Jon Huntsman. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, will withdraw from the race Monday, campaign manager Matt David told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Huntsman will endorse Romney, aides said. Before news of Huntsman's decision broke, Romney's other rivals wrestled with the likelihood that they'll split the vote of South Carolina's social conservatives. "I think the only way that a Massachusetts moderate can get through South Carolina is if the vote is split," said Newt Gingrich, portraying himself as the lone conservative with a "realistic chance" of beating Romney in the first-in-the-South contest.

Giants stun Packers, Ravens beat Texans

(AP) — The New York Giants became the only road team to win in this month's NFL playoffs, stunning the Green Bay Packers 37-20 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game. With huge plays from their offense and defense, plus plenty of help from the mistake-plagued Packers, the Giants got their second consecutive playoff victory at Lambeau Field. The previous win, in 2008, lifted them into the Super Bowl. This one got them a trip to San Francisco for the NFC championship game next weekend. "This team knows how to win on the road," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "It seems like right now it's our time." Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns for the second straight week, Hakeem Nicks caught two of his scoring throws — one a 37-yard desperation pass at the end of the first half — and the Giants (11-7) forced four turnovers from the usually precise defending Super Bowl champions and had four sacks.

Patrick Germond: The Greatest Generation

As I was driving to the Veterans Administration hospital in Grand Junction last week, I thought about memories I’ve had making this trip in the Moffat County veterans van. The van is part of a program that provides free rides to veterans who need to go to the VA. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 bought the van, Moffat County funds the gas and upkeep, and a grant from tobacco taxes pays for drivers. Sites from the drive brought me to a moment of reverie and reminiscing. There’s the big blue gate on the left side a few miles down Rio Blanco Hill that Richard Maxson, one of the drivers of the VA van, used to always point out as the halfway point between Craig and Grand Junction.

Briefs for Jan. 16, 2012: Eye presentation at Wellness Wednesday

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, hosts Wellness Wednesday for older adults at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class takes place at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arthritis Foundation exercise at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $3. At noon Wednesday, Dr. Ron Danner will discuss eye care issues for older adults. Senior wellness and foot checks also are available. For more information, call 871-7676.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 16, 2012

I got a DVD for Christmas of playful kittens. It was educational in the presentation. The storyline was a kitten having a birthday party with his kitten friends. I collect cat/kitten stuff, so I enjoyed the DVD. The point I’m making is my dog-loving friends I know didn’t enjoy my kitten party DVD, so I learned when dog people outnumber feline stuff, put on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” or when looking for something to sit down and watch with guests, family, etc. Theirs are always reruns.

Jane Hume: ‘A slap in the face’

To the editor: I do not think I have ever seen anyone dismissed from a board with more accolades. Missy Bonaker was blind-sided, and so is the public.

Sunday, January 15

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Hayden's HiWay Bar reopens

Fawna Odom doesn’t yet have enough food to offer a full menu or enough money to pay her staff of four volunteers. But her HiWay Bar is open again, and that’s what matters most.

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MCHS boys get 1st WSL victory at Battle Mountain

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball players headed into their fourth game in five days Saturday against Battle Mountain. Having lost the previous three, head coach Eric Hamilton said he told his players they needed to finish the week off strong on the road. “I wanted the guys to be able to finish this tough week on a positive note,” Hamilton said. “We really needed to come out and get a good win.” The Bulldogs took control of the game early, leading 19-9 after the first quarter, and never relinquished the lead in a 53-39 win on the Huskies’ home court.

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MCHS girls roll in 58-27 victory over Battle Mountain

Matt Ray said playing one of the bottom teams in the Western Slope League could have made it hard for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team to keep up the intensity. However, on Saturday at Battle Mountain High School, the Bulldogs did what they needed to in a 58-27 victory. “We came out and played our style of game,” said Ray, the Bulldogs’ head coach. “We took care of the ball and were patient on offense and played really good defense.” The Bulldogs (9-5 overall, 2-1 WSL) came out strong, outscoring the Huskies (2-10 overall, 0-3 WSL) 16-6 in the first quarter.

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NOW PLAYING: ‘Ghost Protocol’ is impossibly good entry in action series

If there’s a match being lit with the flame passed along to a lengthy fuse, it can only mean one thing: dum-dum-dum-da-da-da-dum-dum-dum-da-da-da-dum … In case you couldn’t interpret a musical interlude spelled out in words, I’m talking about “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” In his dealings as an agent for the Impossible Missions Force, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) can’t stay out of trouble for long.

Saturday, January 14

Government Update for Jan. 14, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Agriculture & Livestock: Looking back on 2011, ahead to the new year

The end of 2011 and the beginning of the new year may have found area residents in a reflective mood. These reflections may include reasons to be thankful. For example, a ranch or farm family might be grateful for: • A stackyard full of hay bales. • The previous summer’s plentiful pasture and stock ponds filled with water. • Enough summer pasture to let cattle and sheep graze into fall.

Over a Cup: Making hamburger buns

Craig resident Betty Ann Duzik submitted this week’s recipes. She said she adapted the recipes, which originally came from Taste of Home, an annual event sponsored each year by the Craig Daily Press. The first recipe for “40-Minute Hamburger Buns” makes buns that Betty Ann said her husband Pat likes better than the store-bought kind. Betty Ann also uses the recipe to make hot dog buns. To make “40-Minute Hamburger Buns,” you’ll need the following ingredients: 2 tablespoons active dry yeast; 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110 to 115 degrees); 1/3 cup vegetable oil; 1/4 cup sugar; 1 egg; 1 teaspoon salt; and 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to make a soft dough.

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MCHS girls basketball ends two-game skid with 57-27 victory

Makayla Camilletti said she knew the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team would have to take care of the ball Friday if they wanted to get back on track. The Bulldogs dropped two straight games heading into Friday’s match-up against Eagle Valley High School at home. Makayla, a MCHS junior, started Moffat County out on the right foot, following a lay-up to open the game with a 3-pointer to give her team an early 5-2 lead. The Bulldogs never looked back, keeping Eagle Valley at bay on offense and limiting their turnovers en route to a 57-27 victory.

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Gamble settling in to new home

Craig’s newest resident, and the local hotel industry’s latest manager, said he is settling into his new position and life in Moffat County. Christopher Gamble, general manager of the Holiday Inn of Craig, arrived Jan. 2 and has already cemented himself as a fixture in the community. The 26-year hotel and lodging veteran was appointed Wednesday by the Moffat County Commission to the Moffat County Tourism Association. “I’m looking forward to sitting on the board, bringing my assets to the table and seeing what I can contribute,” Gamble said. “I think working with MCTA, the Chamber and the county to further tourism is going to make a huge difference for all of us.”

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 14, 2012

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.45; Diesel: $3.83

City, VFW inching closer to park negotiations

The future of Craig’s premier summer event has been lumped into the ongoing controversy surrounding City Park. Whittle the Wood, which has been held at City Park since its inception in 2000, was the focus of discussion Tuesday during the Craig City Council meeting. “Whittle the Wood is the signature event of the summer,” Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said. “If we can’t resolve this issue in a very timely fashion I think we need to consider a move to Loudy-Simpson or some other facility.” The “issue” at hand stems from failed lease negotiations and, most recently, a failed attempt by the city to purchase the park from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

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The write stuff: Contest win inspires Craig author to increase output

A Kindle Fire tablet was among the best of RaeAnne Hadley’s Christmas presents from her family. With the capability of downloading e-books onto the hottest new device, the Craig writer was ready for reading. But, a phone call a week later alerted her to an equally big gift from people she had never met before. On New Year’s Day, Hadley received news she had won first place in the Extreme Author Makeover, a writer’s contest sponsored by Master Koda, a Utah-based literary marketing and publicity firm. Hadley said her response to the news was joyous.

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MCHS boys basketball has no answer for full-court pressure in 65-47 loss

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team took an early 8-3 lead Friday at home against Eagle Valley High School. Then, the turnovers started to pile up. Eagle Valley used a full-court pressure defense to cause turnovers in the first quarter and used a 22-2 run into the second quarter to take a commanding 25-10 lead. MCHS couldn’t overcome the deficit, falling 65-47 at home.

Broncos hope to put pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

New England's Tom Brady doesn't rank among the NFL's most nimble quarterbacks, and at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he has good, but not exceptional size for the position. So how does Brady always seem to rank among the best at avoiding the pass rush? "It's his awareness," Broncos coach John Fox said Thursday. "You don't have to be real fast to be efficient. He has a good feel for how to slide away and find the soft spots in the pass rush."

Judge: John Edwards has serious heart condition

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards has a serious heart condition that will require a medical procedure next month and his illness limits his travel including for an upcoming court case over possible campaign violations, his doctor told a judge, who delayed the trial. Federal Judge Catherine Eagles did not disclose the exact nature of Edwards' illness Friday or what procedure he needed. However, she said the two-time presidential candidate had "three episodes" and indicated his condition could be life-threatening if left untreated. A cardiologist for the 58-year-old ex-North Carolina senator wrote two letters about his condition to Eagles, who talked about them during a hearing to consider whether the trial on six felony and misdemeanor counts should begin this month. Eagles said jury selection will now start March 26, at the earliest. Edwards is taking medication and is scheduled to undergo a procedure in February from which it will take several days to recover, Eagles said. She did not describe what the episodes involved or if the procedure would require unclogging arteries or other common treatments. The doctor's letters and other medical records have been kept under seal by the court.

Extensive Colo. pot rules don't prevent crackdown

(AP) — Colorado's booming medical marijuana industry is regulated like no other. Public officials boast of tracking, measuring and taxing pot from seed to sale, calling Colorado a model of how to bring order to a medical marijuana business often compared to the Wild West. The controls were thought to protect Colorado's 700 or so medical marijuana dispensaries from a federal crackdown. It didn't work. U.S. Attorney John Walsh in Denver sent letters this week to 23 dispensaries near schools telling them to shut down or else. The warnings are the strongest message to date that federal law enforcement won't tolerate commercial marijuana sales in Colorado. "When the voters of Colorado passed the limited medical marijuana amendment in 2000, they could not have anticipated that their vote would be used to justify large marijuana stores located within blocks of our schools," Walsh wrote.

Briefs for Jan. 14, 2012: Craig branch closed today

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed today, library officials announced in a news release. The branch is slated to reopen Monday.

Baxter Black: The ground blizzard

I looked at my schedule for the first week in December: Jamestown, N.D., Denver, Laramie, Wyo., and Springfield, Ohio. I asked my secretary why she couldn’t book me in Victoria, Texas or San Diego in the winter? She reminded me she had booked me in Miami last winter. “Yeah,” I said. “Miami, Manitoba.” Actually, I don’t worry about traveling in cold weather. It would be easier to plan if I could count on global warming, but it’s just not reliable. Al Gore found that out. You just can’t count on it when you need it. Jamestown started out clear and cool but Denver turned frosty. I made it to Laramie behind the snowplow. We had a great crowd at the evening show — winter doesn’t stop Wyoming cowboys from comin’ to town.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting agenda for Jan. 18, 2012

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting agenda for Jan. 16, 2012

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch, 570 Green St. Agenda:

Sports Briefs for Jan. 14, 2012: Mandatory youth basketball meeting set for Wednesday

Moffat County Youth Basketball will host a mandatory parents and players meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. Any interested players and their parents must attend. Players will register for their respective divisions. Boys and girls sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade divisions are available. All players must sign an insurance and liability waiver at the meeting. A $50 registration fee and $20 uniform deposit must also be paid at the meeting.

Editorial: City needs to finish what it started

Anyone who starts a project should follow it through to the end. Common sense, right? Yet completion is noticeably lacking when it comes to some of Craig’s streets and pathways. The stretch of Barclay Street that crosses the Sandrocks is a good example. It’s a hazard that a little forethought and follow through could have prevented. The street is narrow, winding and steep on both sides of the Sandrocks, making it an invitation for young, reckless drivers to catch air.

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 14, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 14, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 14, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 14, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 14, 2012

The objectives that you thought well beyond your scope last year could now be within your reach. You have an abundance of potential waiting to be expressed and put to work that will propel you onward and upward.

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Comics for Jan. 14, 2012

Comics for Jan. 14, 2012

Friday, January 13

Rig count for Jan. 14, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Jan. 13, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 71 rigs online — 6 less than Jan. 6, but 8 more than Jan. 14, 2011. • Wyoming has 47 rigs online — 8 less than Jan. 6, but 1 more than Jan. 14, 2011. • The U.S. has 1,987 rigs online — 20 less than Jan 6, but 287 more than Jan. 14, 2011.

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

At the movies: ‘Tintin’ revisits director’s technique with new format

The exhilaration of a John Williams musical score coupled with a slam-bang opening was something we were first introduced to years ago. Still, the man who perfected the audio/visual combination demonstrates that such a style never gets old, as evidenced by “The Adventures of Tintin.” Across Europe, there is no newspaper reporter more respected than Tintin (Jamie Bell), whose ability to track down any story about any subject is unparalleled. In fact, sometimes he even comes across something to write about completely unintentionally.

Craig Chamber of Commerce preparing for U.S. accreditation

The Craig Chamber of Commerce voted Thursday in favor of going through a national certification process few other organizations in the state have successfully completed. In March, August and December of each calendar year, the United States Chamber of Commerce accepts applications for national accreditation. It is the only program in the country that defines a standard of excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.

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‘A loss for the hospital’

TMH officials: Outgoing board member’s knowledge, experience will be missed

Missy Bonaker doesn’t need to go far to see a result from her years of service to The Memorial Hospital Board. The new hospital, perched atop a hill in northwest Craig, is easily visible from Moffat County Road 7. She doesn’t need time to ponder before she names the new facility as her proudest achievement on the board. “That’s an easy one,” she said. But starting next month, a new person will take Bonaker’s place on the board.

Negotiations on drilling at Colo. park to proceed

(AP) — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has authorized negotiations with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to allow for energy development at St. Vrain State Park near Longmont, with some restrictions. Anadarko has proposed drilling seven horizontal wells from a single 10-acre pad at the northern edge of the 688-acre park on the productive Wattenberg oil field. Commissioners agreed Thursday to authorize Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables to finalize a surface use agreement and lease with Anadarko that includes environmental protections.

Bailey, Brady renew their rivalry this weekend

(AP) — The last time the Broncos and Patriots met in the playoffs, Champ Bailey returned an interception 100 yards, sparking a big Denver win and handing Tom Brady his first postseason defeat after 10 wins and three titles. Six years later, they meet again this weekend, both men a lot longer in the tooth but just as transcendent. At 33, Bailey was just named to his 11th Pro Bowl, extending his record for cornerbacks. He helped the Broncos (9-8) reach the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. "He's really a playmaker for them," Brady said. "He's a great leader. He's everything you look for in a football player." That's pretty much what Bailey said about Brady.

Gingrich tempers Romney attacks in South Carolina

(AP) — Under pressure from some in his own party, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday tempered his public attacks on front-runner Mitt Romney while defending his right to question the former Massachusetts governor's business record. "If you ask about his career, it's because he's running for president," Gingrich said of the questions he and his allies have raised about Romney's tenure as head of a private equity fund. "I think he owes the country a much more detailed answer about what his career was like, what decisions they made, because we're looking at the judgment, the values of a particular person," he said during a Fox News interview Thursday night. Gingrich and other GOP presidential hopefuls have drawn the ire of an array of Republicans who believe the attacks on Romney's record at Bain Capital could hurt the party in the general election against President Barack Obama.

Briefs for Jan. 13, 2012: Time for DAR meeting changes

The time for the monthly meeting of the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has changed. The group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday. Call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518 for more information.

Pastor Len Browning: Evidence of grace

The church at Antioch in Syria, 300 miles north of Jerusalem, was among the first Christian churches established outside of the Jerusalem area and one of the first to have Gentile convert members. The gospel reached Antioch in the dispersion of Jesus’ disciples due to their persecution in Jerusalem. There are two interesting statements made about this church found in Acts 11. First, we are told that when Barnabas, the Apostle, visited this church he witnessed, or saw the evidence of, the grace of God. The “grace of God” is the undeserved favor of God and therefore unseen, similar to love or hate. How can anyone “see” the grace of God?

Horoscope for Jan. 13, 2012

An unfulfilled ambition of yours has a good chance of being gratified in the year ahead, but only if you stick with it. Where you previously met with defeat, you may now get a new opportunity that will grant you success.

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 13, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 13, 2012

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Comics for Jan. 13, 2012

Comics for Jan. 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12

Janet Sheridan: Achieving relaxation

As I stepped onto the gleaming lane, my bowling teacher issued last minute instructions: I should swing my arm straightforward, down, back, and forward again, in rhythm with four perfectly timed steps, remembering to release the ball at the optimum moment. He then reminded me to relax. Did he really think I could relax while remembering his instructions, coordinating my appendages, and worrying about the rear view I’ve exposed to fellow bowlers and innocent bystanders?

Horoscope for Jan. 12, 2012

Much of the preparation and all of the studying you've done over the past several years will be utilized to your advantage in your present field of endeavor. Don't be surprised if the payoff is far larger than you anticipated.

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Comics for Jan. 12, 2012

Comics for Jan. 12, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 12, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 12, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 12, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11

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MCHS boys fall, 59-50, in Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team played one of its best offensive games of the season Wednesday at Grand Junction High School. But despite the Bulldogs’ offensive output, head coach Eric Hamilton said his team couldn’t keep up with Grand Junction’s perimeter shooting. The Tigers hit six 3-pointers in the second half en route to a 59-50 win over MCHS. “I thought, overall, our stats were the best they have been all year,” Hamilton said. “We had more rebounds and had fewer turnovers, but Grand Junction shot lights out in the second half and it didn’t matter if we were playing zone or man defense. “It is hard to defend so many guys who can hit the outside shot.”

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Turnovers haunt MCHS girls in 43-32 loss in Grand Junction

Matt Ray said the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team played a great game in every category but one Wednesday in Grand Junction. But, it was the one category — turnovers — that cost the Bulldogs against Grand Junction High School. Moffat County turned the ball over more than 35 times in a 43-32 loss to the Tigers. “We worked hard and we hustled, but we just turned the ball over too many times,” said Ray, the Bulldogs’ head coach. “We played smart defense, we just rushed the ball and it is hard to win playing that type of game.”

Moffat County Commission names board appointees

The Moffat County Commission appointed Wednesday several community residents to an assortment of county boards. But, before the commission announced the appointments, it first designated a chairperson for 2012. Unlike other counties where the chairperson is elected or the commissioner with the most seniority is appointed, it has been a tradition in Moffat County to rotate the position each year by district. This year, Tom Gray, county representative from District 1, will oversee the commission.

Moffat County Commission approves December 2011 mineral sale

On Jan. 4, Moffat County officials recorded bids from the December 2011 mineral lease sale that netted $152,080.64 for the Museum of Northwest Colorado and $158,984.10 for Moffat County. A week later, Jeff Comstock, Moffat County’s natural resources director, and Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director, appeared before the Moffat County Commission and recommended the board approve results from the sale. The commission did so by a 3-0 vote Wednesday.

On the Record for Jan. 11, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 11, 2012

Announcers in the fold for Craig Daily Press sports broadcasts

The Craig Daily Press has hired two announcers for play-by-play and color commentary during broadcasts of Moffat County High School athletic events. Gaylon Kent, 46, will be announcing while Steve Moss, also 46, will be in charge of controlling the systems as well as announcing. Kent and Moss are from Steamboat Springs. “I have done radio announcing before so I wanted to see if I could still do it, and it sounded like fun,” Kent said. “When you are doing video it is different than radio, so I am looking forward to the challenges this position brings.”

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A view from the senate floor

East Elementary School student chosen to represent District 8 at Girls With Goals Day

Kinlie Brennise may not have known it at the time, but she left a lasting impression on Colorado Sen. Jean White. Brennise helped guide the first-term senator through East Elementary School in October 2011 during White’s tour of Moffat County School District schools. Brennise, a fifth-grader at East Elementary, seemed “very interested in the political process,” White said. Now, White, R-Hayden, is returning the favor. In March, she’ll be the one showing Kinlie around only this time they’ll be in the Colorado state capitol where the 10-year-old will get a taste of what life is like on the senate floor.

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Memorial to honor former Craig resident

A memorial service Friday afternoon at the Moffat County Fairgrounds will honor former Craig resident Ryan Sixkiller-Allen, who passed away Jan. 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Ryan’s father, Bill Sixkiller, of Craig, said his daughter was at peace after a long battle with multiple kinds of cancer. “She’d been dealing with that all her life,” Bill said.

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Bulldogs can’t adjust against Aspen in 66-46 home loss

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team jumped out to an early 8-1 lead Tuesday at home against Aspen High School, but a timeout spoiled the Bulldogs home opener. MCHS used fast break points and points off of turnovers in the first few minutes to force Aspen’s hand to call a timeout, but the Skiers made quick adjustments. Aspen took a 14-12 lead after a 3-pointer and never relinquished the lead, as the Bulldogs fell 66-46. “We played good in spurts and came out with an 8-1 run, but the timeout took something out of us,” MCHS senior Colby Haddan said. “All of sudden we were all down after coming out pumped up, and (Aspen) made good adjustments.”

Craig car theft suspect sentenced in district court

A suspect involved in an August 2011 vehicle theft will not serve jail time following a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Moffat County District Court. Alicia Colvin, 31, of Craig, pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2011, before Chief Judge Michael O’Hara in district court to trespass of an auto with intent to commit, a Class 5 felony. A second charge of first-degree motor vehicle theft, a Class 4 felony, was dropped, according to court records. Colvin appeared Tuesday before O’Hara for sentencing. She was represented by public defender Leslie Goldstein.

Craig couple accused of stealing from murder scene appear in court

The couple from Craig who is accused of stealing evidence from a murder-suicide scene near Kremmling last month appeared in Grand County Court Monday afternoon. Jerod Reeves, 29, and Kimberly McCaffery, 35, admitted to FBI investigators they stole money and other items, and even sawed the fingers off the hand of a dead body to get a gun.

Craig City Council approves Tebo Center site plan

Representatives from Boulder-based Tebo Development were in attendance Tuesday night to see if the Craig City Council would approve a site plan for a new commercial development in the city. Prior to the meeting Dave Costa, Craig building inspector and director of community development, predicted city council would approve the plan as presented. “At this point in time it’s going through the planning process,” Costa said. “There’s no changes on my end and I expect the city council to approve the proposal on the consent agenda seven to zero.” As anticipated, city council unanimously accepted the site plan for the 10,477 square-foot building known as Tebo Center.

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CNCC rolls out new spring classes

David Johnson is looking forward to teaching a new history course at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus this spring. The course, titled “Women in U.S. History,” takes an in-depth look at how women’s identity morphed from pre-colonial times to the present day, said Johnson, a history teacher at the college. “I’m really excited about the class,” he said.

Craig Red Dogs go 1-3 in home tourney

Greg Neal said he wasn’t disappointed with the Craig Red Dogs men’s hockey team’s 1-3 record over the weekend. Neal, manager and player for the Red Dogs, said the competition level at the 18th annual Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament was some of the best and the Red Dogs battled in all four games Friday through Sunday at Moffat County Ice Arena. “We matched up and had a gritty, respectable showing all weekend,” Neal said. “We surprised even ourselves with how we played some of these teams and going up against some of the better players in the state.” The Red Dogs opened the tournament Friday against Rock Springs, falling 6-2.

MCHS sophomore Jesse Demoor takes 3rd place in Las Vegas Tournament

Jesse Demoor has stood out on a Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team in the middle of a rebuilding stage this season. Demoor, a Moffat County High School sophomore, has held his own in the 170-pound class all season, head coach Roman Gutierrez said. On Saturday, Demoor was the lone Bulldog grappler to place in the Las Vegas Tournament, finishing in third place. The Bulldogs went 1-3 in the dual tournament Friday and sent five wrestlers to the individual tournament Saturday.

United Way needs $23K to meet fundraising goal

At Thursday’s Moffat County United Way Board meeting, executive director Corrie Ponikvar announced the organization fell short of its 2011 fundraising campaign goal by $23,000. The goal for the year was $490,000. Ponikvar said it’s the first year United Way has not met goal since beginning in the area in 1978. She attributed the shortfall to the economic downturn. “I think it’s an anomaly for this year,” she said. “With the economy, the way it was at the national level in 2008, I guess we’re a little bit behind the curve, and we didn’t anticipate how many factors could change in the course of a year.” The 2011 goal was about the same as the 2010 campaign, which ultimately brought in $498,000.

Livin' It Up: Strike gold — on stage, screen or in your junk drawer

There’s never a bad time to discover a new hobby or learn more about things you’ve always been curious of. This week has plenty of opportunities to do both within Northwest Colorado, as well as the possibility of maybe hitting it big while cleaning out your house.

McDaniels' return to Patriots sparks intrigue

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — On the chilly practice field, Josh McDaniels tucked his hands into the pockets of his new — or previously used — dark blue Patriots hoodie and smiled broadly at Bill Belichick. His new boss, same as the old boss, grinned right back while bundled in a blue parka and knit cap with a pom-pom on top. Were the reunited duo just happy to be working together again on Tuesday, a combo that had New England just one minute away from an unbeaten season four years ago? Or were they chuckling over having pulled off a fast one — allowed though it is by the NFL — that could help the Patriots in Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos and beyond?

Romney sweeps NH to cement top status; Paul second

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney cruised to a solid victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, picking up steam from his first-place finish in the lead-off Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination. "Tonight we made history," Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President Barack Obama. "The middle class has been crushed ... our debt is too high and our opportunities too few," he declared — ignoring the rivals who had been assailing him for weeks and making clear he intends to be viewed as the party's nominee in waiting after only two contests. His Republican rivals said otherwise, looking ahead to South Carolina on Jan. 21 as the place to stop the former Massachusetts governor. Already, several contenders and committees supporting them had put down heavy money to reserve time for television advertising there. Even so, the order of finish — Ron Paul second, followed by Jon Huntsman, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing — scrambled the field and prolonged the increasingly desperate competition to emerge as the true conservative rival to Romney.

Colo. bill hits lawmakers if budget isn't passed

(AP) — Colorado's top Senate Democrat wants state lawmakers to go without pay and benefits if they can't agree on a budget, saying his proposal addresses a public perception that legislators bicker too much. But opponents say political cooperation hasn't been a problem in the past are accusing Senate President Brandon Shaffer of pushing a gimmick. Shaffer, of Longmont, said he'll sponsor legislation Wednesday to penalize lawmakers' pay and benefits if they force a special session by failing to pass a budget for state government and schools before they adjourn. Such a scenario has not happened in recent memory, but Shaffer said his goal is to have a safety net in place and encourage lawmakers to cooperate.

Editorial: Shadow Mountain in limbo

Consider Shadow Mountain, a subdivision in limbo. The City of Craig won’t take it. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given the massive amount of work it will take to fix its aging infrastructure. Shadow Mountain, then, falls under Moffat County’s purview by default — except that its water and sewer lines, which weren’t built to city codes to begin with, are on Craig’s grid, meaning the city’s responsible for fixing them. So, the subdivision remains caught between two government entities that at times seem more adept at sparring with each other than collaborating for the good of constituents.

Briefs for Jan. 11, 2012: Driver safety class set for Saturday

An AARP driver safety class takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Craig Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. The class is open to anyone ages 50 and older and costs $12 for AARP members. Non-members pay $14. For more information, call Donna at 629-6014.

Horoscope for Jan. 11, 2012

Something you've always treated as a simple hobby could become a paying endeavor in the year ahead. Of course, it's going to require marketing expertise and knowledge of just how to spread the word. If you don't have the goods, find someone who does.

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Comics for Jan. 11, 2012

Comics for Jan. 11, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 11, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 11, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 11, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 10, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 10, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 10, 2012

In coming months, recent successes will give you much more faith in yourself than you've had in the past. This new self-confidence will give you a boldness to do now what you feared to take on previously.

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Comics for Jan. 10, 2012

Comics for Jan. 10, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 10, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 10, 2012

Monday, January 9

Eyes on achievement: New Craig, Moffat County group designed to assist educational efforts

Scott Cook said he’s often heard his preteen children ask the question when they’re doing math homework: Why do I have to learn this stuff? A group designed to augment the local education system intends to provide an answer. “I think some of the businesses can go in and show the kids how they (can) use the things they learn in school when they get into the work world,” said Cook, a member of Maximum Commitment to Excellence, a newly formed local group.

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MCHS swim team posts two more state-qualifying times in Delta

Saturday was the second consecutive day of competition for the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team. The Bulldogs competed Friday in Gunnison before traveling to Delta for a Saturday morning meet. Head coach Meghan Francone said any coach would say the second day of a two-day competition schedule is always the toughest. The Bulldog swimmers, however, proved the theory isn’t always necessarily so.

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

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Musical on a deadline: Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre production set for Tuesday

The word “audition” may evoke anxious thoughts for a child whose experience with the stage is minimal. But for children who want to perform in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare,” an audition is much less stressful than one might think, said Jonna Michelson, tour marketing director for the group based in Missoula, Mont. “It’s a group process,” she said. “… It’s a gentle process in that regard. Children don’t have to have experience to be comfortable participating.”

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Monday Morning Chat: Rebecca Rolando

Where is your hometown? “I was born in Redding, Calif.” When did you move to Craig? “My parents moved here when I was 11 or 12 years old.” Motto or outlook on life? “I try to live every day as if it was my last. You never know when your life is going to end and I always try to be a happy, upbeat person and positive.”

Government Update for Jan. 9, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

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MCHS girls undone by poor 2nd quarter in Glenwood

One poor quarter is all it took to put the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team in a deep hole Saturday in Glenwood Springs. Trailing 16-13 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs were outscored 21-5 in the second. The Demons never relinquished the lead in a 60-47 Western Slope League victory over MCHS. “In the second quarter, we missed some wide open shots and we just weren’t in the groove,” head coach Matt Ray said. “We didn’t cut off (Glenwood) when they got things going, and for whatever reason our intensity just wasn’t there in the first half.”

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Craig teen wins 3rd place at national livestock competition in Arizona

Cali has that winning attitude. You can see it in his walk — the way he prances when he enters the ring — and you can see it in his face, said Andrea Maneotis. He has the look: confident and assured. “He always held his ears up and kind of was just cocky,” Andrea’s mother, Karen Maneotis, said.

MCHS boys basketball team struggles offensively in 54-45 loss

Eric Hamilton said he accepts much of the blame for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s performance Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School. The Bulldogs never got into a rhythm offensively, scoring single-digit points in two quarters, and struggled against the Demons’ zone defense in a 54-45 loss in their Western Slope League opener. “I take a lot of the responsibility myself because not one of the adjustments I made worked,” said Hamilton, the Bulldogs head coach, said. “We didn’t have the players ready to go when they got on the floor and it just wasn’t a good game for us.” The Bulldogs (2-6 overall, 0-1 WSL) trailed, 33-20, at halftime. They held the Demons (6-4 overall, 1-1 WSL) to three points in the third quarter.

Broncos, Tim Tebow stun Steelers in OT, win 29-23 in NFL playoffs

Don't feel bad, Tebow bashers. The Tim Tebow​ bandwagon does not discriminate. Degrade him. Blister him with insults. Shout defiantly that the kid can't play NFL quarterback. And then slump those shoulders, Merrill Hoge​, Bill Maher, Jermichael Finley​, Joe Flacco​, Steve Smith, and climb on back. Tebow did it again.

MSHA releases 2011 fatality data

The U.S Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released Jan. 5 fatality figures for 2011. According to reports, 37 miners died in work-related accidents across the country last year. One of those deaths occurred in Colorado. It was the first such fatality in the state since 2007 and the ninth since 2001. The location of the mine was not released in the MSHA report. Of the 37 mining fatalities recorded across the nation in 2011, 23 occurred at surface coal and metal mines, while 14 happened at underground mines.

Business Beat: Company to continue local acquisition’s high standards

Craig’s latest addition to the business community isn’t so much a new face as a familiar one with a new name. Northwest Weed Management Inc., 1581 A St., is now part of the industrial herbicide company Chemical Weed Control. The company was originally founded in 1999 by Chad Running, who passed away in September when he drowned during a camping trip. Running’s widow, Lynnette, completed the deal with Chemical Weed Control owner Donnie Wilson Thursday.

Giffords leads crowd in Pledge of Allegiance

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting. The Democratic congresswoman — who has struggled to re-learn to walk after being shot in the head — stepped onstage to cheers from the crowd. Ron Barber, a staffer who was wounded in the rampage that killed six one year ago, invited her to lead the audience in the pledge. The crowd chanted: "Gabby, Gabby." She limped to the podium, and husband Mark Kelly helped lift her left hand over her heart. After months of intensive speech therapy, Giffords recited the pledge with the audience, head held high and a smile on her face as she punched each word.

Police say Colo. bomb that hurt 2 was in paper bag

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — A bomb that seriously injured a Colorado couple was left beside their car in a paper bag with their names written on it, and the woman's ex-husband is a person of interest in the case, police said Sunday. Allyson Stone, 44, and her current husband, 59-year-old Christopher Stone, were hospitalized with burns after the explosion Saturday in Lafayette. The couple found the bag as they were preparing to drive to Boulder, and they put it in the car with them, police said. Christopher Stone told investigators it exploded as his wife began to open it when they had driven about a block. About 20 homes were evacuated as police investigated. Residents were allowed to return about eight hours later when no other explosives were found.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 9, 2012

Tuesday 3 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays Aspen High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team plays Aspen High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team plays Aspen High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Briefs for Jan. 9, 2012: ‘Legend of Crystals’ slated in Hayden

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering “The Legends of Crystals,” a workshop taught by Sharon Miller from Crystal Sanctuary in Craig. The event takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave. The workshop is designed to teach participants about the energies stones contain. For more information or to sign up, call Lindsay at 276-7291.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 9, 2012

I spent this past weekend watching the snowflakes softly falling like feathers from the sky, sun peeking out some here and there, more snow and so on. Yes, it’s the good ‘ol Colorado weather, snow dance or not. We’ll get snow from now on, off and on, until spring. I like the snow — it makes everything look clean.

Datebook for Jan. 9, 2012

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Arthritis Foundation aquatics for older adults takes place at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The class costs $32 for one class per week, $50 for two classes per week or $6 for drop-in participants. Call 871-7676. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A beginning tai chi class for older adults takes place at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A $3 donation is requested for each class. Call 871-7676.

Carol Balleck: Thanks for ‘excellent care’

To the editor: I recently had my second hip replacement and because of referrals from friends and the local community, I went to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. What a great group of people from the clinic to the day of my surgery. I was so impressed by the staff there and wish to say many thanks to everyone involved. Dr. Brian Bromberg is a great surgeon with a good smile and sense of humor. Jenny and the entire OR staff made me feel at home. Thank you to Aaron at the pharmacy, Tamara in charge of the joint, hip and spine ward, and all the wonderful nurses who work with her.

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Sudoku for Jan. 9, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 9, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 9, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 9, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 9, 2012

Being determined to get more out of life in the year ahead, you'll be motivated to make some favorable changes in your daily round. Once you put your mind to it, you'll come up with several good ideas to refresh your existence.

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Comics for Jan. 9, 2012

Comics for Jan. 9, 2012

Saturday, January 7

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Retiring Steamboat police Chief Hays put ‘community 1st’

When JD Hays first interviewed with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Los Angeles cop had never heard of Steamboat, and it was snowing so hard he couldn’t see his hand in front of his face.

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At the Movies: Scenic views can’t hide family discord in ‘The Descendants’

As the waves lap up the shore, all the driftwood, shells and other beach bric-a-brac are swept out to sea, only to be replaced again by new items again and again. Such is the way of the human mind, with fresh crises filling the role of old problems before they’re even dealt with. A hard lesson, to be sure, but one the people in “The Descendants” have to go through in order to cope with the hand life has dealt them. “Harmonious” has never been a word used to describe the family of Honolulu lawyer Matt King (George Clooney).

Moffat County GOP, Democratic caucuses taking shape

The Republican Party precinct caucuses are right around the corner and the Moffat County Republican Central Committee has made it easier for caucus goers to register. KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, announced Jan. 3 the launch of www.caucus.colo-, which allows registered Colorado Republicans interested in participating in local precinct caucuses to streamline the registration process online. “Colorado Republicans are committed to investing in new technologies in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the upcoming 2012 elections,” Hume said in a news release. “I am pleased to announce our new caucus registration website will not only allow caucus goers to find their local caucus location, but also allow attendees to pre-register for their caucus.”

MCHS boys and girls basketball teams open WSL slate at Glenwood

As first-year coach of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, Eric Hamilton said he’s ready to begin Western Slope League play. The Bulldogs (2-5 overall) play at 3:30 p.m. today at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave. “Every league game is huge and important to us,” Hamilton said. “We have to look at every game in our league as a do-or-die situation and we need to go in with the mindset that we need a big win. “We can take the momentum from the Central (Grand Junction) game and play tough on the road.”

Glenwood Springs’ Bob Rankin to run for HD 57 seat on pro business platform

A Glenwood Springs man Friday announced his candidacy for the District 57 seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Bob Rankin, 69, said he is a small government conservative who will be running on a platform centered on free market capitalism. “The most important criteria is to provide job growth through the private free market,” Rankin said. “Jobs are not created by the government, but by farmers, ranchers and small businessmen.” Rankin is an electrical engineer. He received his degree in the field from Mississippi State University, and spent more than 30 years in the defense electronics industry.

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School board president, secretary consider 2012 challenges, goals

As Sandie Johns and Christine Balderston reflected on 2011, they kept referring to one word — budget. “Of course, the budget was an issue,” said Johns, Moffat County School Board president. “That was huge.” “Definitely, the budget cuts affected all of us,” echoed Balderston, the board secretary. Money —or lack thereof — was a prevailing theme for the school board last year, yet it wasn’t the only topic on Johns’ and Balderston’s minds as they recounted 2011’s highlights and considered the year to come.

A look at some of the top news stories of 2011 in Craig and Moffat County

A look at some of the top news stories of 2011 in Craig and Moffat County

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LSRV girls basketball stifles Hanna offense in 60-11 victory

Caelee Criswell and Morgan Wille showed no signs of rust coming off their holiday break Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain. The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School seniors shot the LSRV girls varsity basketball team to an early 9-0 lead in the first minute of play in Baggs, Wyo., and the Rattlers never let up en route to a 60-11 victory on their home court. “We knew Hanna was really young and they would struggle against our pressure defense,” head coach Jodi Stanley said. “We did a good job early on executing our offense and moving the ball around. It was the first zone (defense) we saw all year, and I thought we did a good job.” The Rattlers (9-0 overall, 1-0 Three Trails Conference) didn’t allow Hanna to score a bucket until almost halfway through the first quarter.

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Separated by distance and culture, love still bloomed for Craig couple

It’s hard to imagine Owen Jenrich anywhere but in the blue collar American West. His Carhartt cap, Western shirt and quiet smile suit him well, as does Craig, his home for 18 years. At first glance, the self-professed “small-town boy” doesn’t seem the type for far-flung travels and adventures in foreign lands. But there was a time Owen had an adventure abroad, far from his familiar home.

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LSRV boys basketball uses 30-point 1st quarter en route to 62-35 win

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team wanted a fast start Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain on its home court. Miles Englehart made sure it happened. The LSRV senior’s 3-pointer early in the first quarter got the Rattlers going, but it was his dunk seconds later that put the crowd on their feet and gave his team a 19-1 lead. The Rattlers rode the early momentum to a 62-35 victory in their Three Trails Conference opener.

Broncos Brian Dawkins ruled out for playoff game

(AP) — Brian Dawkins' biggest contribution Sunday in the AFC wild card playoffs will be with his talking and not his tackling. Hampered by a neck injury, the Denver Broncos' emotional leader hasn't practiced in weeks and was ruled out Friday for the first-round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, Dawkins will be heard, even if it's screaming from the sideline instead of barking out the calls. His voice has already energized the Broncos (8-8) after Dawkins delivered a rare speech following a 7-3 loss to Kansas City last week. He emphatically urged his teammates to forget about backing into the AFC West crown and fervently focus on the Steelers (12-4).

Tea party role uncertain in Colorado GOP this year

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) — A month before Colorado's Republican presidential caucuses, uncertainty about which candidates will be left in the race is only one big question. The other unknown: What role will tea party groups play? Two years ago, Colorado's tea party activists packed precinct caucuses and county and state Republican assemblies. They helped oust well-connected candidates for both top-ticket races — governor and U.S. Senate — in favor of less experienced contenders with grassroots appeal and folksy charm. The GOP went on to lose both contests while Republicans in many other states cruised to victory. This year, opinions vary about whether tea party activists will be splinter spoilers or part of the mainstream Republican Party.

Santorum: Trim Social Security now even if painful

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Friday for immediate cuts to Social Security benefits, risking the wrath of older voters and countless others who balk at changes to the entitlement program. "We can't wait 10 years," even though "everybody wants to," Santorum told a crowd while campaigning in New Hampshire and looking to set himself apart from his Republican rivals four days before the New Hampshire primary. Most of his opponents have advocated phasing in a reduction and say immediate cuts would be too big a shock to current and soon-to-be retirees. Politicians typically suggest phase-in periods of up to a decade when broaching the topic of changing Social Security to avoid grievous consequences from angering older voters.

Datebook for Jan. 7, 2012

1 p.m. Denver author Linda Petrie Bunch will be at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., for a book signing and book reading. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5343. 6:45 a.m. The Craig Red Dogs host the 18th annual Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament at Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St. 8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.

Rig Count for Jan. 7, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Jan. 6, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 77 rigs online — the same as Dec. 29, 2011, and 13 more than Jan. 7, 2011. • Wyoming has 55 rigs online — 1 less than Dec. 29, 2011, but 8 more than Jan. 7, 2011.

Birthday: Winfield Pankey, January 7, 2012

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Winfield Pankey’s 80th birthday party from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, in Craig.

Editorial: Routt County’s folly could be Craig’s gain

Editorial board members had to shake their heads and smile Tuesday at a new plan afoot in Routt County. A working group there is pushing forward with tighter regulations on oil and gas development within the county’s boundaries. These new conditions would go beyond the energy restrictions already in place at the state level. Energy development shouldn’t be allowed to wreck the natural landscape, but this latest push to muzzle progress goes too far. The oil and gas industry is regulated enough. The state already has plenty of stopgaps in place to prevent companies from pillaging the environment.

Bears Ears Patriots: ‘Inevitable’ disaster

To the editor: Do you need a budget in your home or business? Many families and businesses have realized the danger of just putting whatever they want on a credit card, and then doing without the things they really need to pay off their enormous debt. These families and businesses have realized they must set a budget and stick to it or suffer financial devastation. It doesn’t take a genius to know if you don’t budget you may well soon be in dire financial straits.

Bill Cook: ‘Prophecy’ coming true

To the editor: Most Americans are familiar with the threat made by the communist dictator Nikita Krushchev in 1956 when he said, “We will bury you.” But, how many realize he also said, “Your children will live under communism?” The scary thing is that he was right, and his prophecy is coming true under Barack Obama.

Briefs for Jan. 7, 2012: CNCC classes to begin Monday

Spring semester classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College start Monday. The last day to register for full-semester classes is Wednesday. Students can register at the Craig campus until 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Craig campus facilities, including the automotive and diesel technology shop, are fully operational for the spring semester. Lifelong learning classes, including those for computers, stained glass and watercolors take place at the Bell Tower Building. For more information, call 824-1101.

Local fuel gauge for Jan. 7, 2012

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Friday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.45; Diesel: $3.84

Baxter Black: Taking the other side

Like many of you, I receive all kinds of news stories, jokes, blogs, etc. Last week, three items came my way that stimulated a predictable knee-jerk response. Why, I asked myself, can’t I be more generous and examine the opposite side of view? So today, I will. The first item was, “In France, eating animals becomes legal obligation.”

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 7, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 7, 2012

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Comics for Jan. 7, 2012

Comics for Jan. 7, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 7, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 7, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 7, 2012

Because in the year ahead most of your hopes and expectations will be founded upon realistic premises and not on wishful thinking, many of your objectives will be accomplished in a pragmatic and realistic manner.

Friday, January 6

A meal with a message: TMH preparing new educational series

The Memorial Hospital in Craig is kicking off a new monthly series next week designed to keep residents updated on the hospital and health care. The first installment of Lunch and Learn takes place at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop. The event is free and open to anyone, and no reservations are required. The series was specially designed to fit into residents’ busy schedules, said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence at TMH. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Sessions will begin at noon and conclude by 12:45 p.m.

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

Shadow Mountain the focus of DOLA meeting

Capital improvements to roads and water infrastructure at Shadow Mountain have been on the radar for both the City of Craig and Moffat County for several months. Although both parties recognize upgrades to the subdivision are overdue, how to fund those improvements — estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $5 million — is another issue. City and county representatives may have inched closer to figuring out a solution when they sat down with Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, on Thursday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse for a conversation on the future of energy impact grant funding. In the past, a portion of energy impact funds were managed by DOLA and distributed among Colorado communities to assist with capital improvement projects similar to those required at Shadow Mountain.

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MCHS boys basketball hangs on in 57-55 victory Thursday

Eric Hamilton said he was looking for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team to play four quarters of basketball Thursday at Central Grand Junction High School. The Warriors heaved a 3-point shot with two seconds remaining in the fourth and the Bulldogs grabbed the rebound to sew up a 57-55 victory. Hamilton, the Bulldogs’ head coach, said his team played its most complete game of the season. “I thought the guys played an excellent ball game,” Hamilton said. “It was a fun, fast-paced game and the guys did a good job of hanging tough all four quarters.”

YVEDC attracts top officials for economic discussion

The Yampa Valley Economic Development Council Wednes- day night played host to more than 80 residents, elected officials and business representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties. The group packed the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion to hear two of Colorado’s top officials lead a discussion on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado Blueprint and the services available to rural communities for economic development. Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, believes Colorado is on the cusp of some serious and exciting economic changes under the Hickenlooper administration.

Craig Daily Press announces new lead designer addition

The creative services department at the Craig Daily Press has hired a new lead graphic designer. Lindsay Porter, 30, of Shawnee, Kan., started at the newspaper Dec. 28. She will be responsible for coordinating with local clients and building online and print advertising to strengthen their businesses. Porter is a graduate of Kansas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2007. She worked as a manager at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Kansas City, Kan., and taught journalism, yearbook and newspaper at Derby High School for three years.

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MCHS girls hoops scores win over Central Grand Junction

Makayla Camilletti wasted no time in the opening minute Thursday against Central Grand Junction High School. Makayla, a Moffat County High School junior, opened the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s first game since Dec. 17 with two 3-pointers to give the Bulldogs an early lead. The Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense en route to a 56-37 victory over Central on the Warriors’ home court. “Coming out of the break, we played really well,” head coach Matt Ray said. “We scored 16 points in the first quarter and the girls came ready to play and played their game.”

My confession (and hopeful repentance) of privilege

In the fall, I went back to my college alma mater for the first time in eight years. When I returned I was surprised about how God spoke to me during that trip, and it’s an important lesson I’d like share. The reason I returned to my school was my cross country and track coach, the coach there for 27 years, officially “retired” in the fall. But, unofficially and off-the-record, he was asked to step down. I was extremely upset and disappointed in how the situation was handled by the administration.

Broncos sport NFL's top ground game but TDs rare

(AP) — The Denver Broncos boast the best running game in the NFL. The numbers are a bit deceiving, though. They pile up yards on the ground but not points. The Broncos led the league with a 164.5-yard average and set a franchise mark with 2,632 yards rushing. Yet, they ran for just 11 touchdowns, including six by scrambling quarterback Tim Tebow and four by resurgent running back Willis McGahee. "It's definitely helped us get to where we are," coach John Fox said. "... at the end of the day, we have improved every week. We're doing it against loaded boxes, which is why we need to get the other phase on our offense rolling." Ah yes, the passing game.

Monitor blasts Denver cops for misconduct probes

(AP) — Denver's outgoing police monitor is calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation after he issued a scathing report Thursday that said the police department has substantial problems in how it checks itself. Richard Rosenthal said he documented cases where police showed bias in favor of officers and internal affairs investigators appear to drag their feet on probes. Examples in his report included a sergeant accused of trying to explain away an officer's conduct to a woman who had called to complain about how she was treated. In a pending case involving allegations of false reporting and perjury against an officer, Rosenthal said it took nearly two years for the department to order officers to turn over cellphone records crucial to the investigation. "The subject officers have been left in their current patrol assignments making arrests, writing reports and testifying in court while the investigation continues to languish," Rosenthal wrote, adding that culture must change "to ensure unbiased, thorough and complete investigations and the appropriate documentation of such investigations."

After Texas school shooting, many questions loom

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy's middle school. In an office across town, a police chief insisted that his officers had no choice. And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented? A day after police fatally shot an eighth-grader who was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun, his anguished parents pleaded for answers, demanding to know why police didn't try a Taser or beanbag gun before resorting to deadly force. In front of the family home, the father lamented his loss and called on authorities to explain their actions.

Briefs for Jan. 6, 2012: Missoula Children’s Theatre tryouts set

A touring theater is seeking children in kindergarten through sixth grade to audition for its production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.” Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. No advance preparation for the audition is necessary. The group is seeking more than 50 local children to participate. There are no guarantees that everyone who auditions for the play will be cast. Rehearsals will take place every day from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Jan. 18 through Jan. 20 at the MCHS auditorium.

Datebook for Jan. 6, 2012

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Farm Girls Hens and Chicks group meets for a potluck in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The event is open to anyone. Call 826-2881. 5 p.m. Today is the deadline to register for Craig Parks and Recreation’s 2012 Trailbusters season. The course is for youth 6 to 15 years old looking to learn to ski or snowboard. Registration is $295. For more information, call 826-2029. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.

Horoscope for Jan. 6, 2012

Fortuitous times could be in the offing for you socially in the year ahead. There is a good chance that you will form and build a strong new alliance that will be the envy of all your present friends and associates.

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Comics for Jan. 6, 2012

Comics for Jan. 6, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 6, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 6, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 6, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 6, 2012

Thursday, January 5

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At the Movies: Downey shines through murkiness of ‘Sherlock’ sequel

The olfactory sensation of body odor and vodka might mean little to most people. For the hero of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” it's just one of many observations that keep him from getting one-upped in a world where everybody's trying to futilely stay a step ahead of him. Mass bombings by anarchists all over Europe have rocked the core of 1891 Great Britain as ordinary citizens wonder if their society can hold up under these conditions. Right in the thick of things is super sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), who is less concerned with these events and more worried about the prospect of losing his partner and best friend, Dr. John Watson (Jude Law). With Watson's marriage inevitable, he intends to associate less and less with Holmes and his erratic behavior, but the world's greatest detective doesn't give his companions up so easily.

Janet Sheridan: When will it happen?

We can’t stop talking about it. We look through unfrosted windows at visible ground, walk ice-free sidewalks next to parched pavement, drive cars with no need to brush away snow, and talk about the untimeliness of these actions. When we meet, we exchange words like unseasonal, unbelievable, eerie, and bizarre. We question long-time residents, “When was the last time you saw December fade into January with so little snow?”

On the Record for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

On the Record for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 5, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 5, 2012

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Comics for Jan. 5, 2012

Comics for Jan. 5, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 5, 2012

In the next solar cycle, you are likely to be more fortunate than usual in enterprises or endeavors that are quite novel and/or glamorous. Even if these types of activities are rare for you, you'll still do quite well.

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 5, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4

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Mineral lease auction yields funds for Moffat County, museum

On Dec. 13, the Moffat County Commission unanimously approved conducting its third mineral lease auction. Up for grabs were 32 tracts encompassing 444 mineral acres owned by the Museum of Northwest Colorado, plus an additional 200 acres divided into two parcels owned by Moffat County. On Wednesday, county officials released results of the sealed bid auction, in which all 34 tracts were leased — netting more than $152,000 and $158,000 for the museum and county, respectively.

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Community raises $10K to stop seizure of Hayden's HiWay Bar

The liquor, fixtures and furniture inside Hayden’s HiWay Bar will not be auctioned off to the public Thursday after the community rallied to pay off $10,000 worth of unpaid sales taxes and employee wage withholdings.

Craig Red Dogs hope to overcome big-city teams in home tournament

Greg Neal remembers when the Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament only included three teams. Neal, along with Craig Red Dogs teammates Blake Abdella and Eric Schille, are the only three men hockey players to have competed in every home tournament. Now, in the tournament’s 18th year, Neal, still a Red Dogs player and now manager, is excited to compete with some of the best teams in the state. “We started the tournament with three teams and now I have to turn away teams because the rink can only handle 10 teams,” he said. “We use to have to play the game at midnight because there was no refrigeration, but now we go basically from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon non-stop.”

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MCHS basketball teams return from break against Central Grand Junction

Matt Ray said the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team had a good week of practice coming out of the holiday break. Whether the hard work translates to success, Ray said, will be determined Thursday at Central Grand Junction High School. The Bulldogs (6-3) come out of the break on a three-game winning streak and will battle the 2-8 Warriors. “We haven’t had a game in about three weeks but if our practice has been any indicator, we will play good,” Ray said Wednesday. “If we play like we can we will be OK, but we don’t want to look back down the road and have had a let down in this game.”

On the Record for Jan. 4, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 4, 2012

Livin' It Up: A New Year with new goals ahead

With all the hoopla of the holidays quieted down, it’s time to start making 2012 count. And, what better time to start on those resolutions than the first week of January? ■ Get more involved in your community by letting people know what’s on your mind for making Craig a better place. Stop by the Community Envisioning Session hosted by the Moffat County Tourism Association at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Voice your opinion on the best attributes of the area to advertise to prospective tourists, be it summer’s Whittle the Wood or all the natural beauty that is Moffat County.

Moffat County road and bridge close to mining limestone pit

In 2007, Moffat County officials began searching for a limestone reserve in the region. After two years of exploration, a site was chosen on the north side of Cedar Mountain off Moffat County Road 10. The reserve was named County Road 10 Limestone Pit, but for more than two years no activity had taken place there. Now, more than four years since the process began, the Moffat County road and bridge department has pulled the necessary permits and appears poised to begin mining operations.

Assessor: mineral activity ensures flat valuation for Moffat County

Moffat County residents can expect their property taxes to drop a bit in 2012, county assessor Robert Razzano said. That’s because the county’s assessed values in residential and commercial property decreased by 4 and 8 percent, respectively, in 2011. The county’s vacant property, industrial property, and natural resource values also experienced significant reductions in 2011, but a spike in oil and gas activity has ensured Moffat County’s total value will remain flat going into next year, according to a 2010 v. 2011 valuation report certified by the assessor’s office Dec. 1. Overall, the county’s total assessed value increased by 2 percent, or $10.9 million, to $487.1 million in 2011, according to the report.

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Craig Middle School retrofit on track

Students returning Thursday from winter break to Craig Middle School may notice something different inside the school’s small gym. It’s a narrow beam bolted about halfway down the wall. It’s painted white like the rest of the wall, and can be easily overlooked upon casual glance. As unobtrusive as it looks, this and other changes will allow students to use portions of the school that were restricted to them in early December after an independent review found parts of the building’s north wing didn’t meet code. Work done to bring CMS up to code underwent inspection Tuesday, and the school should be ready for students when they return from winter break Thursday, said Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent. If so, the project will have met its projected deadline.

EDP director search ongoing

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is taking next steps in its search for a new director. Darcy Owens-Trask, who had been at EDP’s helm for four years, announced her resignation Nov. 30. She accepted a position with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. EDP has been searching for her replacement for more than a month. The process began with the creation of a special hiring committee consisting of chairman Dave Fleming, and EDP board members Scott Cook, Mike Anson and Gene Bilodeau.

Car theft suspect’s case continued to February

An eight-year Department of Corrections sentence could have been handed down Tuesday in Moffat County District Court against a Craig man charged in an Aug. 9 vehicle theft. Jarod Bays, 25, pleaded guilty Oct. 24, 2011, before Judge Shelley Hill to aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, a Class 4 felony, and driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors. Hill presided over a sentencing hearing Tuesday, but rather than delivering the agreed upon sentence, the hearing was continued at the request of Bays’ attorney, Douglas Timmerman. Timmerman told the court his client was recently accepted to an inpatient treatment program sponsored by Denver Rescue Mission, and he asked for additional time to learn whether the program would be a viable alternative to jail time.

Broncos attempting to regroup for playoffs

(AP) — Brian Dawkins soothed smarting egos with a spontaneous pep talk. Usually not one for rah-rah speeches, the Denver Broncos captain got in front of the team Monday and basically broke it down like this: They're in the playoffs and that's all that matters. Granted, the Broncos (8-8) enter the postseason with hardly any momentum after closing out the regular season with three straight losses and needing help just to sneak into the party. Even more, Tim Tebow's late-game magic has disappeared. Still, their season has been extended and anything can happen.

Gingrich has new aggressive stance against Romney

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Newt Gingrich blamed a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on his rivals' attack ads and seemed to conclude that turnabout is fair play as he pressed on with a new aggressive stance against front-runner Mitt Romney. After criticizing Romney for running a negative campaign and promising to stay positive, Gingrich appeared before supporters to criticize the former Massachusetts governor as someone who couldn't bring change to Washington. He also planned to run television ads against Romney in the next three states to vote — New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. The former House speaker called Romney a "Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, is pretty good at managing the decay." He said the ex-governor has "given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts of any ability to change the culture or change the political structure." Gingrich's turnabout in strategy came as he was running fourth in returns from the nation's first Republican presidential nominating contest, after he led polls in the state just a few weeks ago. But Gingrich said he does not foresee the GOP race ending anytime soon.

Hickenlooper on presidency: 'I wouldn't be good'

(AP) — Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper shot down rumblings of a potential 2016 presidential run, saying Tuesday that he "couldn't possibly win." Hickenlooper is among the nation's most popular governors, prompting supporters to speculate about his chances if he were to run for president. A luncheon attendee at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel asked him about "rumors" that he would consider running for president, but Hickenlooper responded: "A, I wouldn't be good. B, I couldn't possibly win. C, I love what I'm doing." Hickenlooper began his first term as governor in January. He was previously Denver mayor.

Sports briefs for Jan. 4, 2012: Trailbusters registration deadline Friday

Trailbusters is now accepting registration for the 2012 season. The program is put on by Craig Parks and Recreation and provides ski or snowboard lessons for youths 6 to 15 years old. The program will take place Jan. 21 and 28 and Feb. 4, 11 and 25. Registration is $295 with transportation provided. Lift tickets are $29 each day.

Briefs for Jan. 4, 2012: MCTA seeking community input

A Community Envisioning Session is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is designed to gather feedback as the Moffat County Tourism Association moves into the second phase of its branding and marketing project.

Editorial: Time for a resolution

The situation surrounding Craig City Park is, simply put, a mess. Residents concerned about the fate of the much-used park have reason to be worried. The City of Craig and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 have opened up lines of communication again, but there’s no guarantee the conversation between the two entities won’t collapse or end in a deadlock. With discussions starting fresh, it’s a good time for the city and VFW to take a step back and consider what they stand to gain if they put their differences aside and hammer out an agreement.

Datebook for Jan. 4, 2012

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Craig Parks and Recreation’s Red Cross lifeguard training class takes place at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. 11 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the conference room at Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court. The meeting is open to the public. See the agenda on page 5. Call 824-2335. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.

MCTA Board meeting agenda for Jan. 4, 2012

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. today Where: Conference room at Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court Agenda:

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Comics for Jan. 4, 2012

Comics for Jan. 4, 2012

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 4, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 4, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 4, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 4, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 4, 2012

Although your material prospects look to be positive in the coming months, they could be a bit unusual in nature. You might strike it rich where you least expect to make any money, while doing what would normally bring in the big bucks won't do so.

Tuesday, January 3

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Former MCHS athletic director enjoying new position in Fort Morgan

Over the summer, Richard Wildenhaus moved his family almost 300 miles from Craig to Fort Morgan. Wildenhaus, Moffat County High School’s former athletic director, accepted the athletic director/assistant principal position in May at Fort Morgan High School. The school is bigger and his home is now on the other side of the state, but Wildenhaus said similarities outweigh differences between Craig and Fort Morgan. “(Fort Morgan) isn’t much bigger with about 15,000 people and the community is very supportive, just as Craig was,” Wildenhaus said Tuesday. “The high school has about 850 students and 16 sports, but we compete in 4A and the schools aren’t much different.”

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

On the Record for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 3, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 3, 2012

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Comics for Jan. 3, 2012

Comics for Jan. 3, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 3, 2012

It looks like an active social calendar is in the offing for you in the year ahead. The more involvements you have with business associates, family and friends, both old and new, the more new vistas and interests will open up for you.

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 3, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 3, 2012

Monday, January 2

At the movies: ‘My Week with Marilyn’ a loving look at one of the greats

Andy Warhol tried to capture her image in silkscreen diptych paintings. Elton John paid homage to her through song. The many attempts to portray one of the most matchless women ever to live don’t do her justice, but “My Week with Marilyn” comes closer than any before. In 1956, the only name in Hollywood is that of Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), the fantasy of every red-blooded male and the envy of every female. Her fame in the U.S. is just as prominent worldwide, with British movie personnel scrambling to get the actress involved in a project in their country.

Craig/Moffat EDP director search continuing

Hiring committee preparing for second round of interviews

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership met behind closed doors Dec. 29, with board members mum about what was discussed during the meeting. “All I can tell you is we were there to discuss personnel,” Craig City Council liaison Jennifer Riley said. “No action was taken and there will be more to discuss in early 2012.” An EDP hiring committee has been tasked with finding a new director since Darcy Owens-Trask announced her resignation Nov. 30 to accept a position with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in Denver. The EDP hiring committee consists of chairman Dave Fleming, and members Mike Anson, Scott Cook and Gene Bilodeau.

Assessor: Oil and natural gas activity ensures flat valuation for Moffat County

Moffat County residents can expect their property taxes to drop a bit in 2012, county assessor Robert Razzano said. That’s because the county’s assessed values in residential and commercial property decreased by 4 and 8 percent, respectively, in 2011. The county’s vacant property, industrial property, and natural resource values also experienced significant reductions in 2011, but a spike in oil and gas activity has ensured Moffat County’s total value will remain flat going into next year, according to a 2010 v. 2011 valuation report certified by the assessor’s office Dec. 1.

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Crossword puzzle for Jan. 2, 2012

Crossword puzzle for Jan. 2, 2012

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Park officials: Boat inspection program a success

In January 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed zebra mussels had invaded Pueblo Reservoir. Nine months later, four more reservoirs northwest of Denver were also found to be infected with the aquatic nuisance species.

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Facebook offers service to give help to users contemplating suicide

People grappling with suicidal thoughts and feelings now have another way to get help, and it comes from a social networking site they potentially visit daily.

Senior Spotlight for Monday, Jan. 2, 2012

The old year is gone to where old years go, and Baby New Year is starting to settle in. Hopefully, we won’t have too many unpleasant surprises weather-wise.

BCS bowl games ring in the New Year

With the New Year comes the five most anticipated bowl games of the season — the Bowl Championship Series. The Rose Bowl and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl are today, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is Tuesday and the Discover Orange Bowl is Wednesday.

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Comics for Jan. 2, 2012

Comics for Jan. 2, 2012

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Sudoku for Jan. 2, 2012

Sudoku for Jan. 2, 2012

Horoscope for Jan. 2, 2012

In order to enhance your material base in the year ahead, you must be hardworking, prudent and practical over long periods of time. Conditions in general favor you when you're willing to do your part, but there's no room for wastefulness.

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Monday morning chat: Dorina Fredrickson

5 minutes with Dorina Fredrickson, 20, receptionist at Country Living Realty

Where is your hometown? “I was born in the Steamboat hospital, but my family lived here so I was raised here.”

Business Beat: Health outlet kicks off year with rigorous program

For people who have spent the last month slumped on the couch with a bag of potato chips, it’s time to jump to your feet and yell, “Ten-hut!”

Bulldog sports for Monday, Jan. 2, 2012

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Bulldogs club hockey team hopes to rebound from 0-6 start

Ethan O’Mailia is the first to admit when his unit is hampering the play of the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team. As a senior defender and team captain, O’Mailia said the team’s defense needs to pick things up if the Bulldogs want to work their way out of an early 0-6 start to the season.

Sunday, January 1

Movie rewind: Cream of the crop of 2011’s movies — Part 1

Looking back at the end of the year and thinking about all the good times we had in the cinema evokes different kinds of memories for different people. There’s the first half of the year, full of light summer entertainment and the occasional heavy independent film and then the second half, with moviemakers angling for Golden Globes, Oscars and high returns at the box office. Comparing the two halves of the year is an unenviable task, so the only fair thing to do is count down the best of the year in separate lists. Let’s start with the top selections released between January and June.