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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
(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.
(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."
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.
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.
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.
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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