News for Monday, January 16, 2012

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Moffat, Routt counties discuss regional broadband

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner told her counterparts from Routt County on Monday that she is encouraging economic development officials in the region to look to the private sector in the ongoing effort to increase the telecommunications broadband pipeline into and out of Northwest Colorado.

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Hayden airport restaurant has strong 1st month

With Three Wire eatery, YVRA’s food and beverage revenue for December is highest since 2007

Despite getting a late start because of a water leak, Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s new Three Wire Bar and Grill nearly posted record revenue in December.

Guest commentary: Lance Scranton: All in for facility upgrades

Since moving to Craig to be an English teacher and football coach 14 years ago, there have been many changes at our high school. When Joel Sheridan hired me in 1998, Moffat County High School was a hub of activity with a student body of more than 875. John Haddan asked me to run the football team’s offense. I met Kip Hafey, and we all got to work on the upcoming season. We had a coaching staff of former high school and college players, and I was confident we could whip 70 players into a fighting machine.

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 16, 2012

Thursday 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team competes against Palisade High School and Steamboat Springs High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Friday 3 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays Delta High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Business Beat: Clothing store ends run in Craig

Sharyn’s Upscale Consignment Boutique, 29 W. Victory Way, recently closed its doors. The clothing outlet, which offered shoppers the chance to trade old apparel for new, had its last day of business Jan. 11. “It’s kind of a bittersweet thing,” owner Sharon Martin said. “I’ve really loved this and my customers, all the laughter.” Martin first opened Sharyn’s — featuring a quirky twist on her name in the title — in spring 2010. She said she has been splitting her time between the store and Jones Trucking, the business run by her husband.

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State treasurer to appear at Lincoln Day Dinner

The Republican Party’s signature fundraiser is less than a week away in Moffat County, and a few changes have been made to the lineup of speakers. KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, discovered over the weekend that Ryan Call, Colorado GOP chairman, has a scheduling conflict and will not be able to attend Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Call was scheduled to deliver the event’s keynote address. Walker Stapleton, Colorado’s elected state treasurer, will speak in Call’s place. Hume said he wasn’t necessarily disappointed by the change because the state treasurer will also have insight for local residents who attend the event.

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Bulldog swimmers dominate in home meet

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team didn’t waste the only opportunity to swim in front of a home crowd. The Bulldogs competed against Delta in a dual meet Saturday at MCHS, the team’s lone home meet of the 2011-12 season. MCHS took first place in every event except one — the 100-meter breaststroke — en route to a 633-537 victory. “We swam well,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “This is the only pool this season we swim in that is a meter pool, so the girls did a great job on their starts, streamlines and wall turns.

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Monday Morning Chat: Jesse Aitken

Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised right here.” What has kept you in Craig? “I’m a small-town kind of guy. I tried living in big towns and didn’t like it. I moved to (Grand) Junction, I lived in Minneapolis for a while and other small towns up there. For the most part, I’ve been here for 28 years.”

Horizons saying goodbye to ‘anchor’

A long and celebrated career is coming to a close for one of Horizons Specialized Services most beloved and respected employees. Judy Shelton is a lifelong Coloradan. She was born in Salida, raised in Pueblo and has been a North- west Colorado resident for more than 35 years. She and her husband, Pete, first met in her hometown, and they moved to Grand Junction in 1974. The couple later migrated east to Meeker before settling in Maybell.

Vonn shares milestone WCup win with younger sister

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn finally got to share a World Cup victory with her little sister, a milestone that moved her into third place on the career wins list. The American ended a five-week winless streak Sunday with a dominating victory in the super-G, capturing her 47th career title. Vonn finished a massive 0.61 seconds ahead of rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third. Laura Kildow began a visit to Europe last weekend only to witness Vonn uncharacteristically miss the podium in two speed races because of a stomach illness. "I felt bad last week because I didn't do very well," said Vonn, the overall World Cup leader. "It wasn't a very good example of a World Cup weekend, but this weekend went much better."

Giants stun Packers, Ravens beat Texans

(AP) — The New York Giants became the only road team to win in this month's NFL playoffs, stunning the Green Bay Packers 37-20 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game. With huge plays from their offense and defense, plus plenty of help from the mistake-plagued Packers, the Giants got their second consecutive playoff victory at Lambeau Field. The previous win, in 2008, lifted them into the Super Bowl. This one got them a trip to San Francisco for the NFC championship game next weekend. "This team knows how to win on the road," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "It seems like right now it's our time." Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns for the second straight week, Hakeem Nicks caught two of his scoring throws — one a 37-yard desperation pass at the end of the first half — and the Giants (11-7) forced four turnovers from the usually precise defending Super Bowl champions and had four sacks.

Rivals see split conservative vote; Huntsman out

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A splintered conservative vote in South Carolina could pave the way for Mitt Romney to win this week's pivotal primary — a contest due to have one fewer candidate after the withdrawal of moderate Jon Huntsman. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, will withdraw from the race Monday, campaign manager Matt David told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Huntsman will endorse Romney, aides said. Before news of Huntsman's decision broke, Romney's other rivals wrestled with the likelihood that they'll split the vote of South Carolina's social conservatives. "I think the only way that a Massachusetts moderate can get through South Carolina is if the vote is split," said Newt Gingrich, portraying himself as the lone conservative with a "realistic chance" of beating Romney in the first-in-the-South contest.

Patrick Germond: The Greatest Generation

As I was driving to the Veterans Administration hospital in Grand Junction last week, I thought about memories I’ve had making this trip in the Moffat County veterans van. The van is part of a program that provides free rides to veterans who need to go to the VA. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 bought the van, Moffat County funds the gas and upkeep, and a grant from tobacco taxes pays for drivers. Sites from the drive brought me to a moment of reverie and reminiscing. There’s the big blue gate on the left side a few miles down Rio Blanco Hill that Richard Maxson, one of the drivers of the VA van, used to always point out as the halfway point between Craig and Grand Junction.

Briefs for Jan. 16, 2012: Eye presentation at Wellness Wednesday

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, hosts Wellness Wednesday for older adults at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. A Colorado Northwestern Community College memoir writing class takes place at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arthritis Foundation exercise at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $3. At noon Wednesday, Dr. Ron Danner will discuss eye care issues for older adults. Senior wellness and foot checks also are available. For more information, call 871-7676.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 16, 2012

I got a DVD for Christmas of playful kittens. It was educational in the presentation. The storyline was a kitten having a birthday party with his kitten friends. I collect cat/kitten stuff, so I enjoyed the DVD. The point I’m making is my dog-loving friends I know didn’t enjoy my kitten party DVD, so I learned when dog people outnumber feline stuff, put on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” or when looking for something to sit down and watch with guests, family, etc. Theirs are always reruns.

Jane Hume: ‘A slap in the face’

To the editor: I do not think I have ever seen anyone dismissed from a board with more accolades. Missy Bonaker was blind-sided, and so is the public.