News for Monday, January 30, 2012

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At the movies: ‘Joyful Noise’ volume doesn’t undo uplifting theme

If life’s got you down and you don’t know where else to turn, there are always groups of people who can sympathize. And, if you want to don a purple robe, maybe you can help them make some “Joyful Noise.” When Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson), the director of his church choir, passes away unexpectedly, the town of Pacashau, Ga., doesn’t know how to handle it. Beyond grieving, the small town populace is up in arms about who will lead them to glory as the musical ensemble competes in the annual gospel competition, in which they have always come up short.

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Moffat County hockey team struggles in Crested Butte

Rick Villa knows what the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team is capable of, but over the weekend, he didn’t see it. Villa, the Bulldogs head coach, said his players didn’t have the right attitude heading into Saturday and Sunday’s games against Crested Butte and Durango/Telluride, resulting in the team leaving Crested Butte with an 0-4 record. “We weren’t passing the puck and we weren’t playing aggressive,” Villa said Monday. “Crested Butte is a tough team, but we should be able to win against Durango.”

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New assistant principal settling in at MCHS

After nearly two months, Moffat County High School now has a full roster of administrators. David Grabowski, former MCHS math teacher, started as the school’s interim assistant principal Jan. 23. He replaces Travis Jensen, a former assistant principal who resigned from the school district in December 2011. Grabowski, a veteran teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience, was settling into his new role Monday afternoon after his first week on the job.

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Today's fundraiser to benefit Craig family

A fundraiser will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Vallartas Restaurant inside Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Bird family, of Craig.

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MCHS boys freshmen hoops team caps undefeated tourney with OT win

The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team saw a six-point lead in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Union High School quickly evaporate. The Bulldogs led almost the entire way in their third and final game of the Moffat County High School Tournament at MCHS. But with a minute left, Union hit a 3-pointer to pull within three. Union stopped the Bulldogs on the ensuing possession and again, with five seconds remaining, hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and send the game to overtime. That didn’t faze Joe Camilletti.

BLM seeking nominations for Western Slope Resource Advisory Councils

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest and Southwest Colorado districts are seeking public nominations for 10 open positions on their Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils, composed of residents chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The BLM, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 29 Resource Advisory Councils across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.

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Monday Morning Chat: Betty Barnes

Where is your hometown? “I was born in Asheville, N.C.” When did you first move to Craig? “My dad came to Hayden in 1964 to work on the first unit of the power plant when I was in junior high. My husband and I still live in Hayden, but I started coming here a lot for my business.” Motto or outlook on life? “Life is not a dress rehearsal. You’ve got to live every day like it counts and make a difference for other people and for yourself.”

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 30, 2012

I was waiting for someone and time seemed to crawl. I got to thinking how many ways can I think of that people wait in lines — bus stops, markets, department stores, waiting rooms, beauty salons, elevator receiving lines, the list goes on and on. So, we go and most of the time don’t want to be late, so we hurry up and wait.

Briefs for Jan. 30. 2012: Tea party town hall meeting slated

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host a town hall meeting with Moffat County Commissioners and candidates running for two open commission seats at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to come with questions for the commissioners and candidates.

Hayden church group preparing for April mission trip to Joplin, Mo.

One of the worst tornados in American history ripped apart the small Midwestern town of Joplin, Mo., in May 2011. Laura Corriveau, a radiologist and member of Hayden Congregational Church, was sent to Joplin in the aftermath as part of a government task force. Her job was to X-Ray and identify bodies and body parts. News of the tornado’s destruction resonated with Corriveau and other church congregation members. “As soon as I heard that, it just spoke to our hearts,” HCC Pastor Janet Babish said. “I knew that as soon as there was a mission trip available, we would organize something to send people down there.”

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ACET commander presents 2011 report

Marvin Cameron, All Crimes Enforcement Team commander, met Wednesday with area law enforcement officials to summarize last year’s task force activity on narcotics investigations and seizures. Cameron’s report was delivered to the six-member ACET Executive Board, which is comprised of Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta; Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz; Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Ray; Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins; Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco; and 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham. Of the 29 investigations conducted by ACET officers last year, 23 resulted in arrests. Four narcotics suspects went through the legal process last year and were sentenced to prison, including two Craig residents convicted of distributing methamphetamine.

Colorado Geological Survey unveils web tool for understanding Niobrara

The Colorado Geological Survey, a branch of the state Department of Natural Resources, unveiled Jan. 26 a web tool to help the public visualize geologic conditions in the Niobrara Formation. The Niobrara is the focus of oil and natural gas development and production through the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Citizens around the state have been seeking a better understanding of how ground water supplies are protected amid energy development and the geologic conditions that separate ground water from the oil and natural gas deposits in the Niobrara.

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MCHS girls freshmen basketball team finishes home tournament 2-1

The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team opened the Moffat County High School Tournament with two easy wins. The Bulldogs routed Battle Mountain, 57-5, before scoring a victory over Meeker, 38-18, on Saturday at MCHS. But MCHS struggled to control the ball against Uintah in their third game, and a late rally fell short in a 28-23 loss to end the tournament with a 2-1 record. “I’m really happy they got challenged in the last game,” head coach Norm Yoast said. “I think the girls can get more from a close game than they can in the first two wins.

Business Beat: Area auto dealer joins manufacturer sales effort

The icy months of January and February may give some vehicle owners cause to consider purchasing a new car better suited to winter conditions. The problem is that it may not be the best time financially for some people. But, kicking the tires in certain car lots may result in better savings than you’d think. Cook Chevrolet and Subaru is participating in the Factory Challenge, a sales drive designed to increase numbers in dealerships at the beginning of the year, running throughout February. Owner Scott Cook said the quota for the challenge is 150 units between the dealerships he owns in Craig and Steamboat Springs, which applies to both new and used vehicles.

Time short for Gingrich to close gap in Florida

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary. And despite surging ahead in polls, Romney wasn't letting up, relentlessly casting Gingrich as an influence peddler with a "record of failed leadership." In what has become a wildly unpredictable race, the momentum has swung back to Romney, staggered last weekend by Gingrich's victory in South Carolina. Romney has begun advertising in Nevada ahead of that state's caucuses next Saturday, illustrating the challenges ahead for Gingrich, who has pledged to push ahead no matter what happens in Florida. An NBC News/Marist poll published Sunday showed Romney with support from 42 percent of likely Florida primary voters, compared with 27 percent for Gingrich.

Tanning bed warnings prompt another Colorado bill

(AP) — Colorado is in the minority of states in not passing tanning bed limits for children. But a proposal this year to require parental notification for teens using UV tanning beds may run into opposition from lawmakers who have vowed to shun more regulation. This year's tanning bed bill would require a parent's permission before a person under 18 could use a tanning bed with UV exposure. For children under 14, parents would have to be present while their children use a tanning bed. Dr. Robert Dellavalle, chief of dermatology at the Denver VA Medical Center and an associate professor at the University of Colorado's medical school, pointed to near-universal agreement in the medical community that exposure to UV rays in tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer. "We're seeing a swing in all states toward regulation," Dellavalle said. More than 30 states limit youth tanning bed use or require parental consent. California last year banned commercial UV tanning beds completely for children, something other states are considering this year.

Billups leads Clippers to 109-105 win over Nuggets

(AP) — After fans in Denver showed him their appreciation, Chauncey Billups gave them one more reason to miss their native son and rue the day he left. Billups' homecoming couldn't have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers' 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets' six-game winning streak Sunday night. It was Billups' first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony trade nearly a year ago. The veteran guard received a rousing ovation during introductions. "That was beautiful, man," Billups said. "That was beautiful."

Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012: Indoor soccer set through March

An adult co-ed soccer league, which began earlier this month, plays Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Games will be played from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday through March 17. The cost is $2 per night per player. Tennis flats must be worn to play and all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For more information, call Bill Sawer at 824-0116.

Patrick Germond: If tomorrow doesn’t come

A growing population of Americans believes our country may succumb to any number of possible disasters, either man-made or natural. This sense of impending doom has created a new cultural phenomenon of people called “preppers.” I’d like to give some attention to some aspects of preparation that are often overlooked. Preppers store food, fuel, clothing, medicine and whatever else they may need in life in case the modern-day grid was to disappear.