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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- gop.org, 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.