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On the Record for March 5, 2012

On the Record for March 5, 2012

Lance Scranton: Get plugged in with positive connections

I understand it. Three words every teacher, coach, or parent loves to hear. Making the connection from what is taught to what is understood to what is practiced can be the most challenging part of raising young people. When athletes make the connection some spectacular things happen on the competitive surface. Inevitably a coach whose players buy in to the system and understand the strategy begin to do things as a team that were previously impossible. Talent is a measure of success but infusing talent with team leads to incredible results. We all have memories of the season, or game, or practice when we were all in the zone and the connection was solid.

Patrick Germond: Dear Mr. President

I’m just an average Joe in flyover country asking for help with rising fuel costs. Please don’t be offended. This letter is not meant to be angry or invective. Nonetheless, when you took office in 2009, the country on average was spending a mere $1.84 per gallon, compared to $3.76 or more per gallon in some areas of the country today. This increase in price is a problem.

Colo. church moves toward leaving denomination

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 4,000-member First Presbyterian Church in Colorado has taken another step toward leaving its denomination. KRDO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/xBWP3B) 80 percent of the Colorado Springs congregation on Sunday voted in favor of proceeding with efforts to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Senior Pastor Jim Singleton cited disagreements with the denomination's direction, including a decision last year to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships. Church leaders are expected to vote this summer on whether to allow ministers to officiate at same-sex weddings.

LSRV boys, girls basketball teams win state titles

Last year, the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) boys varsity basketball team got back to prominence, winning the 1A state title. This season was about staying on top, head coach Paul Prestrud said. The Rattlers went from November to March, never losing in 28 games, capped by a 70-59 victory Saturday over Burlington in Casper, Wyo., to capture their second consecutive state championship. “Last year was the first time in a while we won a title, so I think this year there was a little more pressure,” Prestrud said. “It was nice to go undefeated and prove in the final game that we didn’t just beat easy teams because we played a good team in Burlington and beat them playing our game.”

Letter: In memory of Harriette Decker

To the editor: This is in memory of Harriette Decker. Thank you to all our family and friends for helping in any way, no matter how small. Words could not have meant any more.

Government Update for March 5: Moffat County Commission meeting

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Moffat County Tourism Association Board metting agenda

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. Wednesday Where: Conference room at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court Agenda: • Introduction:

Crews fighting grass fire near Wellington

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say they are close to fully containing a large grass fire burning on private property just north of Fort Collins. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the fire began shortly after noon on Sunday and scorched about 650 acres about 5 miles north of Wellington. The fire was about 90 percent contained by late Sunday afternoon, and no injuries have been reported.

Financial expert to speak about technology opportunities

If you’ve got extra funds put away for a rainy day, now might be the time to break them out and get your portfolio to see some growth. And, if you get involved with the right business venture, you might be strengthening the world around you, as well. As part of this month’s 5:05 Drinks Program, Yampa Valley Data Partners will host special guest speaker Sam Jones with the presentation “Investing Your Money: Clean & Green.” Jones, of Steamboat Springs, is the president of Denver-based business All Season Financial Advisors. He will discuss potential investments in the field of green energy, especially those that would be appealing to Northwest Colorado residents. Organizer Kate Nowak said Jones has been quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and SmartMoney Magazine.

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Five minutes with Haley Brumback, 33, employee at Bob Johnson Insurance Agency

Where is your hometown? “Right here. I grew up in Craig.” What’s kept you in town? “I just moved back this past August to be closer to my family.” Motto or outlook on life? “Just always try to be positive.” Favorite part of the job? “Everybody I work with and the clients. Just all the people.” Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “I prefer Subway’s cold cut combo.”

YVDP unveils Community Indicators Project report

The number of nonprofit organizations in Moffat County and the average hourly wage for local employees is on the rise. That information, along with other statistics, comes from the 2012-13 Community Indicators Project report, recently released by Yampa Valley Data Partners. “It’s meant to be a reference guide for people working on a variety of projects,” YVDP Executive Director Kate Nowak said. “It has a lot of great community information people may need when building a business plan or when nonprofits need to apply for a grant.” YVDP began the project in 2006 to measure quality of life in the Yampa Valley by studying the health of civic, economic, environmental and social factors in Moffat and Routt counties.

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Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club finally hits the trail

For Joe Tonso, 71, snowmobiling isn’t simply about the power of the machine, the speed, or the exhilaration of the ride, though the sport does offer those perks. A Glenwood Springs native, Tonso moved to Craig in 1969 with his wife, Jenn, to teach math and computer science at Moffat County High School. Avid outdoor enthusiasts, Tonso and Jenn spent much of their free time hunting and fishing. Then, in the late 1960s, a friend who owned a Ski-Doo dealership in Glenwood Springs convinced the couple to take out two of his sleds for the day.

Sports Briefs for March 5: Peewee wrestling program begins March 12

Moffat County Youth Wrestling, a wrestling program for kids in kindergarten to sixth grade, will begin practice March 12 at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Practice will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and practice will be twice a week, with exact days to be determined per enrollment. Wrestlers can join for practice or to compete in tournaments. Registration is $30 and the tournament fee is $40.

Senior Spotlight for March 5, 2012: Scrapbooking

My daughter, Jane, is making a scrapbook for me, about me and what I’ve done, the different organizations I’ve worked with, etc. It brings back a lot of memories. The pictures bring back faces of people I still remember doing things with and going places with, but names and dates sometimes escape me. Sometimes the event will come to mind, and yeah, I can recall the whole thing.

Limbaugh comments overshadow GOP contest

Intensifying debate over conservative social values — and Republican icon Rush Limbaugh — overshadowed the nation's economic concerns Sunday as the Republican presidential campaign hurtled toward Super Tuesday contests that could re-shape the nomination battle and shift the direction of the Grand Old Party. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum distanced themselves from Limbaugh, who boasts a huge conservative following and recently apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his nationally syndicated radio program. The woman testified at a congressional hearing in favor of an Obama administration mandate that employee health plans include free contraceptive coverage. While religious institutions are exempt, their affiliates, such as hospitals and universities, were at first included in the requirement. Under harsh criticism from conservatives, President Barack Obama later said the affiliates could opt out, but insurers must pay for the coverage. The GOP framed the issue as one of religious liberty. But Obama's chief political strategist suggested the Limbaugh's reaction — and Republicans slow repudiation of his comments — would benefit Democrats in the general election this fall. "I think what Rush Limbaugh said about that young woman was not only vile and degrading to her, but to women across the country," David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning.