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New candidates announce at Lincoln Day Dinner in Craig

Two local residents announced Saturday night their intentions to seek public office. The announcements came during the Moffat County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 21, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 21, 2012

Over A Cup: A hearty meal for the cold winter months

Recently, over a morning cup of coffee, I checked out my files and cookbooks, searching for main meal recipes to cook for supper. It seems like I always have a struggle deciding what to cook after having all of the luscious food during the holidays. So I found a recipe for “Whole Meal Ground Beef Casserole” that I’ve made one time before. I cut the recipe from some newspaper a bunch of years ago. The recipe gets its name because the casserole dish has meat, a green vegetable, and potatoes, everything to make a whole meal. It’s a variation on other potato puff casseroles. To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 1 pound ground beef, ½ medium chopped onion, ½ cup chopped celery, 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas (unthawed), 1 can (10 ¾ -ounce) cream of asparagus soup, ½ cup milk, salt and pepper (to taste), and 1 package frozen potato puffs, unthawed.

Agriculture & Livestock: Poring over spring seed catalogs

Seed catalogs start arriving in the mail each year just before Christmas, some with discount coupons for orders sent in before the spring rush begins. Poring over seed catalogs can cause the senses to trigger memories of warm April/May planting days, the once-a-year odor of richly tilled soils that are “coming alive,” and the feel of garden soil on the hands. So, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, many gardeners like to take out the seed catalogs and pass long winter nights by deciding what to plant in that summer’s garden. Not so with others, however. “Shame on you for doing this to us (writing about seed catalogs) in January,” Craig resident Lorrae Moon said. Moon chuckled.

Rattlers girls basketball team prepares for No. 3 Cokeville

Rematch was the theme of the week for the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team last week. The Rattlers played host to Hayden on Jan. 10 before heading to Rangely and Saratoga on Jan. 12 and 13, respectively. Each of the match-ups was a rematch from earlier games in the season, each of which the Rattlers won. The results were similar, with LSRV winning all three games last week, but head coach Jodi Stanley said playing a non-conference opponent two times in a season could present challenges. “The first time we play teams, they have a hard time adjusting to our speed,” Stanley said. “The second time, we have to do a better job in our half-court sets and cause pressure and focus on making our own adjustments.

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Ryan’s ‘true grit’

3 generations of local women have stared down adversity, cancer

Gail Allen’s words hung suspended over the heads of the more than 200 somber faces before him Jan. 13 in the Moffat County Fairgrounds indoor arena. “How do we see God in times like this?” said Allen, who was officiating over the memorial ceremony. His voice echoed through the cavernous interior that seemed to swallow the crowd filling nearly every available folding chair and almost every foot of dusty ground beyond the podium where he stood. Framed photographs of Ryan Sixkiller-Allen filled the table before him — reminders of better times and a life cut cruelly short. In one, she is a radiant bride standing next to her husband, Eli Allen. The two were married for a little more than a year when cancer claimed her life Jan. 6.

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MCHS girls basketball falls 2 games back in WSL with 54-39 loss to Delta

The first half Friday between the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team and the Delta Panthers consisted of lead changes and hard-nosed defense. In the second half, however, the Panthers kept Moffat County from penetrating the ball inside and held the Bulldogs to 12 points in the third and fourth quarter combined en route to a 54-39 win over MCHS. “We came out and tried to force things instead of taking what was open,” Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said of the second half. “I told the girls to penetrate, and we had about half the girls do it and the other half not. “Our passing hurt us as well, and I guess these are things we just need to work on in practice more.”

LSRV boys basketball stays perfect with tough wins

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team jumped back into Three Trails Conference play this weekend, but the team got a nice warm-up last week. The Rattlers stayed perfect with wins over Rangely and Saratoga on Jan. 12 and 13, respectively At Rangely, the Panthers jumped on LSRV early, taking an 18-16 lead after the first quarter — only the third time this season the Rattlers have trailed after the first. However, Rattlers head coach Paul Prestrud said his players’ conditioning was the difference maker in the final three quarters, with LSRV pulling out a 77-44 win. “In the second quarter, we pulled up by eight points and in the second half, we ran away with it,” Prestrud said. “I think we were just in better shape than them, because they started to get a little tired, and we played well down the stretch.”

Rig Count for Jan. 21, 2012

Rig Count for Jan. 21, 2012

Joshua Roberts: For my friend, with love

Just tell the truth, I love you, everything will be fine, I said to the friend wrapped inside my arms. We were on the courthouse’s second floor, sharing a quick hug, she seconds from testifying in the custody case, me awaiting outcome of the closed hearing in the hallway. My final words — everything will be fine — were a lie. I didn’t know it then, but I’d deceived her. She disappeared behind wooden doors into the courtroom, believing she’d keep her miracle, the orphaned infant boy who appeared like heaven’s reward. I should have known better, that hope and good intentions only go so far. I should have warned her.

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Singer/songwriter uses music to teach CMS students about writing

With his black jeans, embroidered Western shirt and cowboy boots burnished to a sheen, Monte Selby looked like he just stepped from a Nashville recording studio. That impression isn’t far from truth. Selby, a singer/songwriter from Boulder, was on an independent label in the Tennessee music hub. He’s been stringing together lyrics since he was a child and has a few CDs under his name. But, there’s more to this musician than meets the eye. He’s also a former educator with a doctorate degree and these days he’s on the road, but not for what you might expect.

Editorial: Appointment disappointment

The Moffat County Commission’s ouster of a longtime The Memorial Hospital Board member was a decision counter-productive to improving the hospital or bettering the community. The move has drawn criticism from community members, and the commission owes the public an explanation.

Candidate announcements, keynote address to highlight GOP fundraiser

KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, said the past week has been busy. In addition to his day job at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Hume said he has been fielding calls from a handful of Northwest Colorado residents expected to announce bids for public office tonight during the Moffat County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. But, Hume isn’t clueing anyone in about who those candidates are just yet. He’s deferring them until tonight’s dinner. “I anticipate two announcements for local races in Moffat County and one for a state race,” he said. “That’s my impression, anyway. Either they or their representatives have asked for an opportunity to address the attendees at the Lincoln Day Dinner.”

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MCHS boys basketball plays tough in 73-58 loss to Delta

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team played themselves into a hole numerous times Friday at home against Delta. But, more than once, the Bulldogs played their way back to within a few points. However, Moffat County’s defense struggled to contain the explosive Panthers’ offense in a 73-58 loss. “I thought we played great,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “We had a ton of outstanding performances and the guys played with guts against a very good Delta team. “It was a fun, exciting game to be part of and we came so close to getting an upset and a big win.”

Government Update for Jan. 21, 2012

Government Update for Jan. 21, 2012

Briefs for Jan. 21, 2012: Concert Association installment slated

The Craig Concert Association will present the musical group “Threestyle” from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The group includes singer Jimmy Martin, along with Jody Briskey and Drew Jansen of the band “Three Hits and a Miss.” “All three artists are consummate entertainers and bring tremendous experience to this cabaret-style evening featuring well-known and loved favorites from the likes of Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Patti Page to classics like ‘Moon River’ and ‘Malaguena,’” according to a news release.

Harrington leads Nuggets over Wizards, 108-104

(AP) — The Denver Nuggets are off to an 11-5 start, and each night it seems a different player takes over. On Friday night, they were without starting forward Nene, who was out with a bruised right heel. That gave Al Harrington a chance to shine. Harrington scored a season-high 29 points — going 5 for 8 on 3-pointers — and Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson each had 21 to lead the Nuggets over the Washington Wizards 108-104. In the last five games, the Nuggets have had a different leading scorer each time. "I think that's probably who we'll be for most of the year. Sometimes you piece it together throughout the game," coach George Karl said.

Colo. girl escapes apparent kidnapper, calls 911

(AP) — A missing 9-year-old girl escaped from an apparent kidnapper and called 911 herself from a convenience store in Colorado Springs on Friday. The Pueblo girl was reported missing Thursday night after she didn't return home from school. The suspect, Jose Garcia, 29, is also a suspect in an alleged molestation involving a different girl, Pueblo police Capt. Eric Bravo said. The car of the man accused of kidnapping the girl broke down Friday morning in Colorado Springs, and a passerby gave them a ride to a Circle K, police said. The girl ran into the convenience store and asked to use the phone to call her uncle but instead called 911, which prompted the man to take off, authorities said.

South Carolina GOP primary races to dramatic close

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are not ceding one inch of South Carolina as the unpredictable campaign for the South's first presidential primary concludes — and certainly not Tommy's Ham House. Romney is fighting a suddenly surging Gingrich, while rivals Rick Santorum and Ron Paul look to surprise in a four-man race that has spun wildly in its last 48 hours. Seen as Romney's to lose just days ago, South Carolina's primary has become a close contest between Romney, the former Massachusetts governor portraying himself as the best able to beat President Barack Obama, and Gingrich, the confrontational former House speaker and former Georgia congressman. Both were scheduled to hold dueling campaign events at Tommy's, in Republican-rich Greenville, late Saturday morning. And neither campaign was stepping back from a primary day showdown.

Rosemary Potter: ‘Open violations’ of rights

To the editor: We have been bombarded with open violations of our U.S. Constitution by the highest officer of the land, President Barack Obama. He delights in appointing czars and ruling by fiat to forward his agenda, even ignoring decisions of the judiciary. Dismay and frustration are the order of the day for those of us who value the freedoms our Constitution guarantees. Apparently, the mechanism for such guarantees is badly in need of a swift kick. Our Congress, which is supposed to keep the president in line either cannot or will not. So, what to do?