News for Saturday, January 14, 2012

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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