News for Friday, January 27, 2012



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MCHS grad Tyler Pogline squares off today in New York

If you look at Tyler Pogline’s boxing record, the Craig native has gone 1-4 in his past five bouts dating back to March 6, 2010. Pogline fought Jan. 22, 2011, in Las Vegas in his first televised six-round match against Anthony Lenk. Lenk won the contest by a 60-53, 60-53, 60-54 decision. But, as Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, prepares for his next match today against Cletus Seldin in Huntington, N.Y., he has no doubts where he stands in his boxing career.

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TMH service one of many community contributions by Missy Bonaker

The Memorial Hospital Board’s meeting Thursday started much like any other. Call to order: Check. Agenda review: Approved. Conflicts of interest: None. It was when chairwoman Missy Bonaker opened the floor to public comment in her quiet, matter-of-fact way that the meeting drifted into personal channels. As members of the audience took their turn to speak, the discussion wasn’t about budgets, hospital programs or day-to-day details Bonaker grew familiar with during her seven years on the board.

Man on the Street: The public’s view on the State of the Union address

Name: Aletha Dove Age: 59 Hometown: Craig What was your opinion of Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama? “He reminded me of what he has done and what he has been able to get through. If he did everything he said, then as a country, we would start improving. I also think he was right about the taxes and that people who make millions should have to pay their fair share.”

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CMS Athletic Director Jill Hafey takes joy into all aspects of life

Four years ago, Jill Hafey was a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School. Hafey, who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mesa State College, said she loved what she was doing, but felt she had more to give. Taking over as coordinator of the English Language Learners program helped, but Hafey still believed she had more to offer. Then, an assistant principal/athletic director position opened at Craig Middle School, and Hafey jumped at the opportunity. “I’m always climbing the ladder of life, and I was at my (teaching) position for 11 years and loved every day of it, but I wanted to impact a greater population than the 25 kids,” she said. “It was a hard, hard decision, but I wanted to get my feelers out there to see how I could make a bigger impact in education.”

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Ann Anderson devoted to caring for cast-off animals at Craig Animal Shelter

By the time the little Shih Tzu mix arrived at the Craig Animal Shelter, life had already taken a brutal toll on him. He was missing an eye. His fur was matted. He smelled. “He was … a real big mess when he came to the shelter,” Ann Anderson said. But, she looked past all that.

Judge denies effort to block CO abortion protester

(AP) — A judge Thursday denied the federal government's request to keep a longtime anti-abortion protester from being able to stop cars and talk to drivers as they enter Denver's Planned Parenthood center. U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer rejected the Justice Department's argument that Kenneth Scott's actions make it "unreasonably difficult" for patients and employees to get to the clinic. "Great news," one of Scott's lawyers, Peter Breen, said of Brimmer's late-evening ruling. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Gayle Winsome argued during a hearing earlier Thursday that a 1994 law protecting access to abortion clinics requires that Scott be at least 25 feet away from the entrance, in this case a driveway leading to the clinic.

AP Source: Raiders finalize 4-year deal with Allen

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders formally agreed Thursday on a four-year deal to make Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen their new head coach. New general manager Reggie McKenzie had decided Tuesday to hire Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson as head coach. The two sides finalized the details Thursday, a person familiar with the process said on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing the search. first reported the length of the deal. Allen is Oakland's seventh head coach since 2003. The Raiders have gone nine straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth, just missing out on the AFC West title on tiebreakers with an 8-8 record last season.

Romney responds to Gingrich immigration shot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Notable moments from the GOP presidential debate Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla., just days before the state's Jan. 31 primary: IMMIGRATION FIGHT Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney had their sharpest exchange when Gingrich said Romney was the most anti-immigrant candidate in the GOP field. Romney responded indignantly, reminding Gingrich that Romney's father, George, was born in Mexico.

Sports briefs for Jan. 27, 2012: Account established in memory of Steve Deyo

Local members of the Colorado football officials association have established a memorial account at First National Bank of the Rockies in memory of Steve Deyo, who died Jan. 17 in Craig. Deyo graduated from Moffat County High School in 1978 and played football at the University of Northern Colorado. He officiated high school football for more than 20 years, including as a referee in two state championship football games. Memorial donations may also be made to the Moffat County 4-H Club, the Moffat County Booster Club or a charity of your choice, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Lois Wymore: MCTA board ‘blindsided’

To the editor: The Memorial Hospital Board was not the only county board blindsided by the Moffat County Commission’s last rounds of appointments. Kerry Moe was also dumped from the Moffat County Tourism Association Board without any notice for the “encouraging new ideas” platform of the current Moffat County Commissioners. I question their logic in “encouraging new ideas” while dismissing the value of long-time volunteers.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board: Donations appreciated

To the editor: The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to thank Shirley Balleck of The Flower Mine and the generous people who participated in the Bras and Boxers contest. The donations were greatly appreciated and we, personally, want to let you know that your proceeds will bless Moffat County residents in their time of need.

Briefs for Jan. 27, 2012: Cavity Free at Three slated for today

Free oral health screenings for children from ages 6 months to 3 years will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. The screenings include a free fluoride varnish. The screenings are part of Connections 4 Kids’ Cavity Free at Three Program. RSVP is required. Contact Michelle Balleck at or 824-8282, ext. 47.