News for Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 28, 2012

Local Fuel Gauge for Jan. 28, 2012

Moffat County School board takes action at workshop, meeting

At its workshop Thursday afternoon, the Moffat County School Board: • Reviewed policies 5510 and 5280, concerning student dress code and home-based education, respectively. • Heard a progress report from Maximum Commitment to Excellence, a grassroots group designed to bolster education in Moffat County. • Took a tutorial on the fiscal year 2012 budget revision and financial report.

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Sunset Elementary dance program melds music and physical education

A lively Greek tune began to play, and clusters of fifth-graders began to move in synch to the music. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Susan Nicholson called into the microphone positioned at the front of the Sunset Elementary School gym. On Friday morning, the gymnasium looked more like the setting of a barn dance than a basketball game. Instead of T-shirts and shorts, most students wore button-up shirts and colorful blouses. Parents, some toting cameras, filled nearly every folding chair around the gym’s perimeter.

Rig Count for Jan. 28, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 71 rigs online — 2 less than Jan. 20, but 7 more than Jan. 28, 2011. • Wyoming has 48 rigs online — 3 less than Jan. 20, but 1 more than Jan. 28, 2011. • The U.S. has 2,008 rigs online — the same as Jan 20, and 276 more than Jan. 28, 2011.

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CMS girls hoops dominates Soroco

In October 2011, seventh-grader Alex Hamilton experienced the joy of a sports season capped off with a huge win when her volleyball team took top honors at the district tournament. Now, she and her teammates are well on their way to repeating the success with a different sport. The Craig Middle School girls basketball teams were at the top of their games Thursday afternoon when they hosted the Soroco Rams. The Bulldogs’ seventh- and eighth-grade squads each overran their Oak Creek opponents from the opening tip. After taking the lead early in the first half, the seventh-graders had a comfortable 27-8 cushion at the close of the third quarter, with strong shooting from Mattie Jo Duzik and Josey King.

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.

TMH facilities on track to becoming tobacco free by July 1

Starting this summer, The Memorial Hospital, along with its satellite facilities, will be completely tobacco-free. At its regular meeting Thursday, the hospital board unanimously approved the final draft of a plan to prohibit smoking and any other kind of tobacco use on TMH grounds. Hospital officials are planning to put the new policy in place July 1. Smoking is already prohibited within a short distance outside a hospital, said Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence.

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Moffat County Deputy Gary Nichols receives CCA award for 2nd time

Last year was an active one for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office concerning livestock investigations. In addition to being home to one of the state’s largest cattle theft cases in recent memory, Moffat County was also the site of the first confirmed case of Equine Piroplasmosis in state history. Equine Piroplasmosis is a parasitic disease that affects horses, mules, donkeys and zebras. It’s most prevalent in South and Central America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and causes fever, anemia, jaundice, swollen abdomens and labored breathing in infected animals. Equine Piroplasmosis is most commonly transmitted by ticks, but has been widely spread of late through contaminated hypodermic needles used on racehorses.

Government Update for Jan. 28, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda:

Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney urged conservatives to back off aggressive anti-immigration policies as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, a day marked by heightened tensions entering the final weekend before Florida's primary. "I'm very concerned about those who are already here illegally and how we deal with those 11 million or so," Romney said. "My heart goes out to that group of people. ... We're not going to go around and round people up in buses and ship them home." The compassionate approach, like Gingrich's calls for politically practical reform, was aimed at improving the Republican Party's tarnished reputation among Hispanics. Both men delivered speeches Friday to the same group of Hispanic leaders gathered in Miami but avoided — at least briefly — criticizing each other in what now looks like a two-man race for the nomination.

Denver appeals court upholds military impostor law

(AP) — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is constitutional and making false statements is not always protected free speech. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Denver-based court reverses a district judge's decision that the Stolen Valor Act violates the First Amendment. Courts in California, Georgia and Missouri have considered similar cases, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down the law on the basis of free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court said in October it would take up the issue of whether the Stolen Valor Act is constitutional. The Colorado case involves Rick Strandlof, who was arrested after claiming he was wounded in Iraq as a Marine and had received military medals. His lawyers have acknowledged the claims were false.

Broncos hire Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator

(AP) — John Fox and Jack Del Rio are together again. The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club's new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was Fox's first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board: Thank you, Daily Press

To the editor: The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to thank the Craig Daily Press and employees for the generous donation we recently received from them. It was greatly appreciated. You have more than blessed Moffat County residents in their time of need through donations to our agency sent to us from Moffat County United Way.

Editorial: Community buy-in needed

With the formation of new support organizations and a renewed emphasis on spirit at games and contests, the tea leaves read that more attention is being paid to Moffat County School District academics, athletics and activities, with eyes fixed on improvement. These developments are positive for our school district and students. District teachers, administrators and officials have seemingly embraced the enhanced community support, and for this they deserve praise. Rather than being territorial or bucking at the assistance effort of outsiders, our school district staffers have joined the effort with open minds. Still, it’s going to take more of a collective effort, that is more from everyone involved, to get educational, athletic and extracurricular activities headed in a direction more indicative of our students’ vast potential, and in a direction that better reflects on the Craig and Moffat County community.

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2012

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2012

Mike and Suzanne Brinks: Thank you, Missy

To the editor: We wanted to further express our gratitude and thanks to Missy Bonaker for all she has done and continues to do for our community. Since moving to Craig some 30-plus years ago, Missy and her late husband, Jack, devoted countless hours to many organizations in Craig: the Craig Sea Sharks, The Center of Craig, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Northwestern Community College, The Memorial Hospital, and the list could go on and on. The Bonakers were a driving force behind obtaining The Center of Craig from First Christian Church. They wrote and helped obtain the grant that made the purchase of the building possible.

Briefs for Jan. 28, 2012: Fundraiser to assist Bird family, of Craig

A fundraiser will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Vallartas Restaurant inside Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Bird family, of Craig. A memorial account has also been set up at Yampa Valley Bank. Or, if you’d like a tax credit, checks can be made out to New Creation Church and all donations will be deposited into the Yampa Valley Bank Account.

Al Cashion: Environmental euphoria

“Seventy-five and sunny,” the Accuweather app on my Android reported one day last June. A quick check through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration verified the report. The gorgeous meteorologist on TV said the same the night before. But, I don’t believe weather girls actually have to have degrees to talk about degrees; the gorgeous part is usually enough for ratings.

Lisa Brown: ‘Meant to move’

To the editor: Jack Kirk, who ran his last race at 96, said it best: “You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running.” The human body is meant to move. Whether your movement of choice is running, swimming, walking, tai chi, or gentle movements like yoga, we believe regular exercise and social engagement keeps you healthy and more independent for a longer period.