News for Saturday, March 10, 2012

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A parent's 'privilege': Disabled Craig teen a source of hope, inspiration for family

In Katelynn Hildebrandt’s room there are no posters of teenage heartthrobs, no pictures of friends, no cell phone, no computer or any other trademarks of a typical 16-year-old girl. Instead, a group of dolls holds silent conference on a dresser near her bed. Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls smile placidly from the top of a nearby bookcase, while plush lambs and rabbits fill a shelf above a row of books. Katelynn did not choose the toys, the books or anything else in her bedroom, the typical bastion of teenage self-expression and freedom.

Letter: Dinosaur is a jewel of Moffat County

In response to Moffat County Tourism Association Board member and Bedrock Depot owner Leona Hemmerich’s letter published in Friday’s Craig Daily Press, I’d like to say we’re truly disappointed when any member doesn’t see value to Chamber membership, but especially a business located in what we consider to be one of the jewels of Moffat County.

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda

2 indicted on counts related to human trafficking

DENVER (AP) — A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted two men on a total of 132 counts related to human trafficking. The indictment alleges 47-year-old Kizzy Kalu of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and 77-year-old Philip Langerman of McDonough, Ga., worked together to lure foreign nationals to work for Kalu's health care company. Their phone numbers aren't listed, and they couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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Craig Chamber preparing for health care roundtable

Employers have a lot on their plates, particularly in a down economy. In addition to managing the books, meeting payroll, and ensuring customer service, many business owners around the country are questioning whether they can afford to provide health care benefits in the midst of rising insurance costs. At 5:30 p.m. March 30, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Mountain Employers Health Alliance are hosting a health care roundtable at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 377 Cedar Court, in Craig. The event is free and open to the public.

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College moving forward with residence hall, art reception

A new residence hall at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus may not open as early as expected, but plans to build it are falling into place. The project has entered the design phase, and crews could break ground as early as April 30, said Gene Bilodeau, Craig campus vice president. Preliminary plans call for a two-story, 5,088-square-foot building featuring room for 30 beds and two small laundry areas. The building was initially scheduled to open this fall, but college officials pushed the projected completion date back to January 2013.

Briefs for March 10: Animal shelter hosting pet adoption event today

“Second Chance Saturday,” an adopt-a-thon sponsored by the Humane Society of Moffat County, takes place from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Craig Animal Shelter, 2430 E. Victory Way. All shelter animals cost $60 to adopt at the event. Visit www.craigdailypress.com for a slideshow of available animals. For more information, call Ann at 620-2014.

‘Kicking Up the Dust’ at 4-H District Retreat

This is what 16-year-old Derek Maiolo, of Craig, had to say about the 19th annual 4-H District Retreat. “It was an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends and to understand how they are successful, not only in 4-H but also in their communities,” he said. The retreat was March 2 through 4 at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs. Derek was one of eight Moffat County 4-H members who attended the retreat.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board special meeting agenda

Agenda for the Moffat County Tourism Board special meeting

1st stop: Peyton Manning meets with Broncos brass

Peyton Manning spent the day on Tim Tebow's turf, meeting for nearly six hours with the Denver Broncos on Day 1 of his free-agent tour of the NFL. Two days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning got the star treatment Friday in the Mile High City — flown to town on a chartered plane from Miami and spending the day with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who also serves as Denver's vice president of football operations. They spent the afternoon and early evening together; coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders were along, too, as Manning took a tour of the complex. When he left after the marathon meeting, Manning didn't talk to reporters and jumped into the same silver SUV he arrived in, then was whisked away.

Obama: 'America is coming back'

HOUSTON (AP) — Raising campaign cash in Republican territory, President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a rebounding economy and accused Republicans of banking on voters having "amnesia" about the steps that led to a brutal economic collapse. "The recovery is accelerating. America is coming back," Obama told 600 supporters at a Texas fundraiser. Bidding for re-election, Obama bounded between a rally-style event in a sprawling Rolls-Royce manufacturing plant south of Richmond, Va., to a pair of Houston fundraisers. Framing the trip: a new monthly jobs report showing employers 227,000 jobs in February, the latest sign that the economy is headed in the right direction. Every month's jobs report is seen as a barometer of the economy and an important factor in the presidential race. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, the result of more Americans looking for work as job growth takes hold month by month.

Editorial: Priority improvements

The crumbling and inferior state of our community’s sidewalks have been a recurring issue for a number of years — for both editorial board members and residents — and yet today the walkways are as hit-and-miss as ever. Walk, run or ride a bike around town and it won’t take long to recognize the obvious — there are adequate, crumbling or missing sections altogether of sidewalks throughout the city. Sidewalks are particularly concerning to editorial board members because it’s a safety issue.

MCHS girls soccer falls, 1-0, in season opener

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team’s rust became apparent early in the first half of Thursday’s season-opening game at Central Grand Junction High School. As Central set up for a free kick outside the penalty box, the Bulldogs rushed around to get their wall set up, all the while talking back and forth with goalie Skylar Tripp. The Warriors didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the Bulldogs confusion, sneaking the ball past Skylar’s hands for the only goal of the game, beating Moffat County, 1-0.

Over A Cup: Lisa’s luscious Jell-O Cake has different options

It’s not long now until St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, too. This week’s recipe comes courtesy of Lisa Davis, of Craig. It’s one of those luscious recipes that’s versatile, and Lisa is sharing it with us just in time for the spring holidays. To make “Lisa’s Jell-O Cake,” you will need: a yellow cake (from either “scratch” or a box mix) that is cooled; a large box of Jell-O gelatin (any flavor); a large box of instant pudding mix (any flavor); milk as called for in the pudding directions; and 2 packets of dry Dream Whip mix.

Real estate transactions

A listing of recent real estate sales and purchases in Moffat County