News for Wednesday, January 11, 2012



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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