On the Record for May 24, 2012
Last week I thought I would surprise my husband and fix him a nice breakfast. I was going all out: bacon, eggs, hash browns toast, and a glass of orange juice. I thought he would be surprised, mostly shocked being this does not happen very often. It’s usually a slice of toast and some bacon. I started getting the food out to fix and realized I didn’t have any hash browns, I had potatoes I could have peeled and fried, “but let’s not get carried away.” Frozen hash browns is the only way to go. My husband was busy working outside, so that gave me time to run to the store for some frozen hash browns. I hurried and grabbed my purse and keys and headed for the store thinking, “how surprised he will be to have a nice breakfast.”
As Memorial Day approaches, residents of Northwest Colorado have much to look forward to during the three-day holiday weekend. The 22nd annual Grand Olde West Days has a schedule packed with events for all tastes and all ages this weekend, from gunslinger lovers who attend nationally sanctioned Cowboy Action Shoot hosted by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club Saturday and Sunday to the families who always attend the carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds provided by Brown’s Amusements from Thursday to Monday. Organizer Kandee Dilldine said the return of several other events that were sorely missed last year, such as Sunday morning’s Draft Horse Show, which was canceled due to an outbreak of an equine virus, and Saturday’s parade through town, will likely mean big crowds.
Makayla Goodnow may never look at steak the same way again. The Moffat County High School senior now knows what constitutes a good piece of meat, where the most tender cuts can be found on an animal, and what it means when a cut is labeled “select” or “prime,” she said, thanks all to the school’s Future Farmers of America meat judging team. She and her teammates — senior Emily Wellman and juniors Brady Martinez and Tyler Hildebrandt — had to become intimately familiar with meat production to prepare for an FFA state competition this spring. “It was fun realizing how much you’re actually learning and how you can use it in everyday life,” Wellman said.
Last month Lisa Brown, chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, presented the Moffat County Commission with startling statistics about the health behaviors of local residents. According to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a report compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Moffat County residents ranked 50th out of 59 Colorado counties in regards to overall health. Even more concerning, Moffat County ranked dead last in the health behaviors category, which rates residents on certain lifestyle choices such as substance abuse, exercise and diet.
Finishing the 2011-2012 Moffat County High School varsity baseball season with a 4-14 record didn’t dampen Carlos Maldonado’s competitive spirit. If anything, it made him hungrier for the opportunity to prove himself. The day after the Bulldogs’ final game of the season, the MCHS senior walked onto the field of Lakewood’s Coca Cola All-Star Park ready to hit, field and do everything possible to show his talent for the sport. And those watching took notice.