News for Friday, March 30, 2012

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On the Record for March 30, 2012

On the Record for March 30, 2012

Letter: Thank you to Craig Fire/Rescue and Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Mollie and I and our granddaughter, Taya, would like to publicly thank deputy Todd Wheeler and members of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, as well as commend the swift action by Craig Fire/Rescue in helping us control a blaze in our field Saturday. Deputy Wheeler was first on the scene and pitched right in to lend a hand, providing help and resources to temporarily contain the fire. When the wind became so strong the fire jumped our line, members of the fire department were there to bring the bigger fire under control.

Briefs for March 20: Health care roundtable today

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Moffat County Booster Club pushing for more members

Mark Samuelson stood in front of about 30 people Wednesday in the Moffat County High School auditorium. As vice president of the Moffat County Booster Club, Samuelson had one simple message for anyone interested in signing up. “This is the most important time to be here,” he said. “If you are here in the beginning, you can help set the course of how this club goes and how we can help the schools.” The Booster Club had their first official membership drive Wednesday, and Samuelson and club president Tony Peroulis estimated they had about 50 to 60 members signed up as of Wednesday night.

TMH Board backs proposed fire training facility, with a provision

A proposal to build a firefighter training facility south of The Memorial Hospital in Craig got a unanimous green light from the hospital board Thursday. However, the board’s support of the facility, which includes a live fire simulator, came with a condition. “I support the project,” Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich told Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board members at the meeting. But, the CEO expressed concern that smoke generated by the fire simulator could interfere with the air filtration systems that feed into the hospital’s operating rooms.

Karen Gibson: Shout Hosanna!

In most churches this coming Sunday, there will be some form of palms being waved. In fact, there may be some Saturday night worship services, or masses where palms will be waved. It is a tradition that traces back in history to the time when the incarnate Jesus lived among other humans. In fact, Jesus’ popularity had spread to the point that when Jesus and his disciples made plans to attend the Passover in Jerusalem, special plans were made on how Jesus would enter Jereusalem.

Colo. officials seeing Mega Millions riches, too

Lottery players aren't the only ones in Colorado seeing dollar signs in the record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. State budget-writers could also benefit from an unexpected windfall. A lone winner Friday from Colorado, one of 42 states when Mega Millions is played, would owe the state anywhere from several hundred thousand dollars in taxes for the next 26 years, to a single payment of more than $18 million worth of income taxes.

Govs tour Neb. beef plant to see 'pink slime'

Governors of three states got up close with "pink slime" Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and eating hamburgers made with it in a bid to persuade grossed-out consumers and grocery stores the product is safe to consume. The three governors and two lieutenant governors spent about a half hour learning about the process of creating finely-textured lean beef in a tour of the main plant that makes the product, then blasted the media for scaring consumers with a moniker coined by critics.

Company says alert system worked in Colo. wildfire

Mary Thuente says her neighbors got an automated call warning them to flee their home as a wildfire spread over the mountains southwest of Denver, but she never got one before she left. Jack Ogg doesn't think he got a telephone warning either, though it's possible it may have come while he was outside rounding up his dogs and his neighbors' pets. After that, he rushed away with 15 people and animals squeezed into his Jeep after firefighters asked him to take some neighbors with him.

Today’s job fair at CNCC to connect job seekers with local employers

In most cases, the job search goes like this: Step one: fill out an application. Step two: Wait, sometimes for months, to hear back from the employer. The 2012 Moffat County Job Fair scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. today in Craig, however, offers “instant gratification” to job seekers and employers alike, said Jonny Murray, an employee with the Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office.

Why 'trust' and 'Calipari' rarely share a sentence

The words "trust" and "John Calipari" rarely turn up in the same sentence for a very good reason. Here's why, beginning with the most recent examples and working backward. The Kentucky coach took a seat in the interview room Thursday at the Final Four and was asked how he gets his kids to play so unselfishly. That's an impressive coaching feat with any team at any time, no matter what you think about Calipari, his checkered past or the way he recruits high-schoolers who are already NBA-caliber athletes and will never be students.

Letter: Take advantage of WIC benefits

Where do you go for advice on nutrition and breastfeeding? If you live in Moffat or Routt counties, you have likely heard of a program referred to as WIC, but you may not know exactly what it is and who it’s for. WIC, or Women, Infants, and Children, is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and supplemental food program. WIC is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is intended to help low income families develop healthy lifestyles. The program serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5. In 2011, the program served 248 women, 169 infants, and 481 children in Moffat and Routt counties.

Sports Briefs for March 30: MCHS boys track and field finishes 7th in Grand Junction, girls 19th

The Moffat County High School varsity track and field team competed Saturday in the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The boys team finished seventh and the girls team finished 19th out of 19 teams. Seniors Rene Molina and Miguel Molina finished second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run to move into 10th and 11th in the state. Fellow seniors Garrett Spears and Johnny Landa also bettered their positioning for the state meet, as Spears moved into eighth in discus with a fourth-place finish in Grand Junction and Landa moved up to 16th after taking eighth in the 1,600-meter run.

New products and old favorites highlight Spring Expo

It’s been a Craig staple for almost three decades and an event as much about good times as it is local businesses. The 29th annual KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo begins at noon today at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, featuring a range of local businesses and nonprofit groups. The expo is designed for businesses to showcase new products and services, and provide customers with an opportunity to purchase items for home, work and play. KRAI owner Frank Hanel said Saturday’s weenie dog and crawling baby races are the weekend’s main draws.