News for Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Positively Pets

Tips for Winter Care Exposure Precautions Dogs engaged in outdoor activities should have an increase of food supply and water to stay healthy. Transitioning between cold and inside may cause itchy, flaky skin. After outdoor activities, wipe dog’s legs and stomach. Salt, antifreeze and other potentially dangerous chemicals may be stuck to fur and paws.

On the Record for Jan. 26, 2012

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Jan. 25 Richard Mark Medina, 51, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Rachel Leigh Call, 24, of Dinosaur, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Janet Sheridan: About writing

When readers talk to me about my columns, they don’t question my balance of accuracy and exaggeration or take issue with my overabundance of colons and dashes. Instead, they ask about my writing process. Recently, a friend wanted to know where I get ideas for 52 columns a year. I could have answered him, admitted that ideas swarm into my mind like mosquitoes and persistently pierce my thoughts until I notice them. But I didn’t.

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State treasurer talks entitlements, closing budget gaps in Moffat County

Walker Stapleton, Colorado treasurer, addressed a Craig and Moffat County audience Saturday night as keynote speaker during the local Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. In addition to explaining his position, which he said first and foremost involves investing taxpayer money for the benefit of the state, Stapleton outlined looming issues facing Colorado’s $18 billion budget. The two primary concerns, Stapleton said, involve automatic spending ratchets and pension entitlements, which have hindered the legislature’s flexibility on how it funds state programs. Those automatic spending ratchets, particularly concerning education and Medicaid, soak up more than three-fourths of the state’s budget, leaving little left to spread among programs such as roads, infrastructure, mental health services and corrections, he said.

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Dana Duran enjoying life’s balance of family and career

In 2002, Dana Duran was living in Denver, a new graduate of Regis University, facing the most important decision of her life. Duran, a Fruita native, had a degree in math and biology, but found herself working at the Cheesecake Factory. She served as student body president in her senior year at Regis, but once out of school, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. “I was a big fish in a small pond at (Regis), and then I graduated and I was nobody,” she said. “I was a server at Cheesecake Factory and I hit rock bottom and didn’t know what to do. “When you graduate with a teaching degree, you are a teacher. When you graduate with a math degree you are a math major.”