News for Monday, January 23, 2012



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Reading and a twist of fun

Thursday’s literacy carnival designed to get children hooked on reading

Fishing can be a way for a child to hone his or her reading skills — if that child is fishing for words, that is. Playing putt-putt golf or cooking up a recipe can accomplish that goal. These and other games at Thursday’s literacy carnival are tailored to show parents “that they can turn reading into games,” said Amy Jones, a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Elementary School and co-president of the Sagebrush Reading Council, which is hosting the annual event. “Even though your child may not always want to sit down and listen to a book there’s other ways you can engage them in literacy,” she said.

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Two candidates vying for House District 57

Glenwood Springs, Parachute residents seeking legislative seat

While Moffat County Republicans were raising money for local candidates during Saturday’s semi-annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Garfield County GOP members were losing their chairman. Ron Roesener, 62, of Parachute, had been at the helm of the Garfield County Republican Party for the last year. He announced his resignation Saturday during a regularly scheduled county GOP meeting. Almost at the same time, KC Hume, Moffat County Republican Party chairman, was reading a letter from Roesener announcing his candidacy for the Colorado House District 57 seat.

Guest Commentary: Lance Scranton: 'Lead, follow, or get out of the way'

History is important, but what’s more critical is how you move forward. A wise community member referred to momentum a couple of weeks ago during the Booster Club meeting. Getting something started and changing a mindset can be incredibly difficult. If you attended the basketball game Friday night at Moffat County High School, you can see changes are happening. Led by athletic director Jeff Simon, the atmosphere was great. The band was playing, fans were cheering, and athletes were hard at work on the court. But, the Bulldogs came up short in both contests. Some might argue all the effort put forth to watch our team lose was wasted momentum.

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

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MCHS boys basketball team falls, 51-31, to league-leading Palisade

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team moved the ball around the perimeter with ease Saturday against Palisade at MCHS. The Bulldogs met more resistance when trying to pound the ball inside. Palisade’s man-to-man defense suffocated the Bulldogs’ offensive attack early in the first quarter and Moffat County had no answer for Palisade’s jump shots in a 51-31 loss. “Palisade is a really athletic and strong team, and we saw why they are first in the league,” MCHS sophomore Taft Cleverly said. “Their defense had a heck of a day and we couldn’t do much.”

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MCHS girls breeze past Palisade in rivalry game tune-up

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team inbounded the ball with time ticking away late in the fourth quarter Saturday against Palisade High School. The Bulldog starters were already on the bench with the game well in hand, but the younger players finding themselves in varsity action didn’t take the foot off the pedal. Sophomore Kelly Knez took a pass just outside the 3-point arc with seconds remaining and squared her feet as she launched the ball. Knez’s shot dropped — her only three points of the night — and her play told the story of the game in one shot.

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Republican, unaffiliated candidate vying for Moffat County Commission District 1 seat

The Republican Party’s field of candidates vying for public office became more defined Saturday night during the Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser. One of the local offices up for grabs in November is the Moffat County Commission District 1 seat. Commissioner Tom Gray holds the office currently, but is term limited. John Kinkaid, 58, of Craig, announced his candidacy for the seat in February 2011 and is running unaffiliated. He was joined in the race Saturday night by fellow Craig resident Dave DeRose, 57, who announced his bid for District 1 as a Republican.

Business Beat: Dance studio owner to return to teaching

For someone trained in the art of movement, staying in one place can be torture. But, one of the best known members of the Craig dance community will be returning to do what she loves best. Jeni Giedd, owner of Just Dance, 500 Yampa Ave., steps back into the role of dance instructor starting today following a lengthy maternity leave. Giedd, who has taught dance in Craig for five years at multiple locations, gave birth to her son, Kasen, in November. After participating in and studying dance her whole life, Giedd said she played a smaller role in her dance classes in the months leading up to motherhood.

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Newcomer challenging incumbent for Moffat County Commission District 2

Last year, a longtime Hayden public official decided to move west to Craig with his wife, Julie, to eventually retire in Moffat County. Chuck Grobe, 61, amassed a lengthy record of public service over 32 years in Hayden. His resume includes serving as town mayor for six years, mayor pro-tem for four years, vice chairman and chairman of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, and more than 20 years on the Hayden Planning & Zoning Commission, among others. On Saturday night, Grobe announced his intention to continue his tradition of public office by running for the Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat during the Moffat County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Paterno's death met with grief in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno's death from lung cancer Sunday just two months after his firing left many Penn State students, alumni and community members numb with grief and a sense that the legendary coach deserved better from the university after such a distinguished career. "His legacy is without question as far as I'm concerned," said 65-year-old Ed Hill of Altoona, a football season ticket-holder for 35 years. "The Board of Trustees threw him to the wolves. I think Joe was a scapegoat nationally. ... I'm heartbroken." On Sunday night, thousands of people, nearly all of them students, gathered outside Penn State's administration building in a solemn candlelight vigil. Former players were among those who spoke, including Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. "When I think back on Joe Paterno's legacy, the events of the last two months won't even cross my mind," Wisniewski said.

Pats-Giants in Super Bowl again, 4 years later

A Super Sequel. Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, the Patriots and Giants are going at it again at the Super Bowl — this time in Indianapolis. Brady and Belichick. Eli and Coughlin. Both teams rolling through the playoffs. Yep, here we go again. New England, which lost to New York 24-20 in early November, opened as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game. The Patriots have won 10 straight, with their last loss being to — you guessed it — the Giants.

No simple explanation in AF Academy sex crime data

(AP) — Nine years after a sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy sent shock waves across the military, the Defense Department last month announced a spike in reported assaults at the school — and days later the Air Force filed sex-crime charges against three cadets. It isn't clear whether the disturbing news means sexual predation is on the rise at the academy, experts and school officials say. It could reflect the academy's efforts to encourage cadets to report any kind of unwanted sexual contact. "I don't think anybody knows how to read that data," said Lory Manning, director of the Women in the Military Project at the Women's Research & Education Institute in Washington and a retired Navy captain. The number of assaults reported at the academy since the 2005-06 school year, when comprehensive record-keeping began, has varied widely. From 10 in the first year, the totals rose to 24 two years later, plummeted to eight in 2008-09 and then rose again, to 20 in 2009-10 and 33 last year. Nearly 80 percent of the academy's approximately 4,600 cadets are male. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday nearly 3,200 sexual assaults were reported across the military last year, but he said the real number is probably closer to 19,000 because so few victims report the crime.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 23, 2012

I like to watch game shows. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” are two of the regulars I watch. “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader” was another. I can’t find anyone who knows if it’s changed time slots or is not on anymore. I’m not a person who watches any kind of what I call horror, cult or stuff like “Buffy,” “Harry Potter,” “Ghost Whisperer,” etc., which seems to be the in thing right now.

Briefs for Jan. 23, 2012: Museum closed this week

The Museum of Northwest Colorado will be closed today through Friday for maintenance and cleaning. The museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the museum at 824-6360.

Patrick Germond: Improvement begins at home

Last year, the Moffat County School District struggled mightily on standardized tests. While the school board, teachers, and administrators work through issues they believe could improve our school system, I’d like to recommend an approach outside the system. Specifically, I’d like to address what parents can do to make certain their children succeed. The blame game will surely go on, and the system may or may not change. But, the game and the excuses, including the justifiable reasons, aren’t going to matter much to your child when they realize they’ve failed to receive a decent education.