News for Friday, January 13, 2012

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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