Friday, November 30
There was no hardware to accompany the Snocross sleds on the way back from Minnesota, but plenty to be proud of and plenty to look forward to. Three Craig teenagers returned Monday from the International Series of Champions kickoff event, the AMSOIL Duluth National in Duluth, Minn. A.J. Stoffle, Wesley Chapman and Austin Gabbert were competing at their first race of the Snocross season. Chapman and Gabbert, both 18, raced in the Sport category, which is for amateur racers ages 18 and up. Neither racer qualified for the finals on Friday or Saturday’s Sport classes, and said they didn’t feel as prepared as they could have been.
Check out the latest pool standings for the BCA leagues in Craig, read about open gyms at Craig Middle School, and keep up to date with the start of winter sports regular seasons.
Rig Count for Dec. 1, 2012
Government update for Dec. 1, 2012
Covered in ribbons of Fiesta String, Sandrock Elementary School principal, Kamisha Siminoe, looked like a neon swamp monster standing in the middle of the gym Friday afternoon. Students in the bleachers roared with laughter and egged classmates on as they took turns emptying cans of silly string on Siminoe.
Thursday, November 29
There’s nothing that our son Jamie and young adult grandchildren Kenny and Megan like to do more than cook dinner. First, one of them cuts up potatoes and gets them cooking (I think probably frying). The other two check out the refrigerator to see what leftovers are available. They probably check out the pantry, too. Anyway, they mix everything together to make a delicious meal. I think they mostly enjoy the challenge of making a meal from what’s on hand.
Now that 2012 is behind them, 4-H members are enrolling for the 2013 year. In order to help both new and “old” 4-H members learn more about 4-H and the opportunities that are available to them through the Moffat County 4-H program, the Extension Office in Craig is having an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Activities at the open house will include: meeting 4-H leaders and project leaders; project and program information; enrollment; rules and regulations; expectations; and meeting 4-H Council members, Junior Leaders, and office staff. There will be still more activities and refreshments, too. This week’s story is Part II of the many awards and recognitions from Achievement Night, hosted Nov. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
Readers send me stories and ideas for the column. Sometimes they are so good they deserve retellin’ in their own words. This is Barry’s tale about a “real cowboy,” named Otis. Otis wore his long-sleeved shirt and long-handled underwear winter and summer. It worked like a thermos, he claimed; cold in the summer and warm in the winter. His old Blanchard spurs left tracks in the dirt when he walked because the heels were so wore down on his boots. Otis showed up at Barry’s place one morning to help him gather a cow and calf that had been missed. Otis is a real ol’ timer, a typical Arizona no-nonsense cowboy. “Is that a new horse?” asked Barry.
The Colorado Northwestern Community College Four Wheelers Club has just finished up its first year as a club, and for its first year, the group has been conquering more than tough trails. The club was started last December, and Jeffrey Wallmann, interim automotive director and instructor and student advisor to the club, said the non-profit group supports public land usage and education about the issue to community members.
The lack of snow and visitors to ski resorts this warm early season has left ski resort employees facing hard times. Aspen Skiing Co. is helping by picking up dinner for its workers. The company has revived an effort to help ski workers during dry seasons, The Aspen Times reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/X5aTB1 ).
A city park has been renamed in memory of a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed last month. The Denver Post reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/d2rf9yq ) the Westminster City Council voted to change the name of Chelsea Park to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Jessica lived in Westminster. City officials say the old park sign has been removed and will be replaced in about two weeks.
One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of high-profile fires across the West that focused national attention on a group of environmental radicals surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years in hiding in Canada. The U.S. attorney's office in Portland, Ore., said Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, a Canadian citizen, turned herself in to the FBI at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. Rubin was arrested after spending a decade as an international fugitive from the largest ecoterrorism investigation in U.S. history, the U.S. attorney's office said. The former wildlife researcher was part of a cell of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front known as The Family, based in Eugene, Ore. Rubin was sought on conspiracy and arson indictments dating to 2006 alleging she helped set fires at the Vail ski resort in Colorado and at federal wild horse corrals in Eastern Oregon and Northern California, and that she tried to set fire to a lumber mill office in Medford, Ore.
The Ridgeview Elementary School gym was filled with angelic little voices Thursday afternoon as first, second and third graders took turns performing their favorite songs during a school concert for their peers. The concert, “Our Favorite Songs,” featured a variety of songs, from patriotic, western themed, songs about animals and a crowd pleaser, “the little skunk hole.”
Entering the district tournament, Drew Morris likes where his team is. The Craig Middle School eighth grade boys basketball coach was pleased with what he saw in the second half of a 34-18 over Meeker at CMS Tuesday evening and hopes to see it translate into more success this weekend. The Bulldogs will try to live up to their No. 1 seed at the district tournament in Rangely. The A-team’s victory over Meeker didn’t look as certain in the first half. The Bulldogs were outplayed in the second quarter by the Cowboys and went into the intermission with just a 14-12 lead.
Also passes water, wastewater rate increases
The Craig City Council approved Tuesday its final version of the 2013 budget, which is up across nearly all funds when compared to this year. The general fund is increasing by six percent, or $635,705, over 2012. The city’s utility funds — water, wastewater and solid waste — also are increasing in 2013 by 48, 87 and 11 percent, respectively. The All Crimes Enforcement Team and the medical benefits funds are the only two experiencing reductions in 2013. But Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said it’s difficult to explain why funds are increasing next year considering the economy has not yet recovered.
A Moffat County High School student got a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity and made the most of it. Molly Nations, 17, drew a bull moose tag in just her fifth year putting in for tag. The 1-in-14,000 chance fell in Nations’ favor, though, and she got the most difficult tag to get a hold of in Colorado. “For most people it takes about 20 to 25 years,” Nations said of getting a bull tag. “So I got really lucky. Everyone that I talked to said they’ve put in more years than I’ve been alive.”
December 4 at midnight will mark the start of Colorado Gives Day. The opportunity for Coloradoans to, “give where you live,” by making online donations to the non-profits of their choice. Over a 24-hour period, people will be able to make online donations to hundreds of charities on the Community First Foundation’s online giving site, GivingFirst.org. According to the group’s web site, the goal of Colorado Gives Day is to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.
The best thing you can say about “Breaking Dawn — Part 2” is that it means the end of glitter-skinned heartthrobs, gawky staging and endless off-screen drama.
When I was nine, a Sunday school teacher shocked and alarmed me. I sat on my miniature chair, gazed up at her wobbling chins, and listened with growing panic as she described a heaven in which all my ancestors could look down and watch everything I did. Every day. Horrors! Plucky Great Great Grandmother Simmons, who crossed the plains with the Utah pioneers, saw me stomp from the room and slam the screen door when told to go get the mail? Grandpa Hall knew I lied when I swore I hadn’t run through the tomato patch, leaving broken plants behind? And cousin Eula knew I routinely swallowed my gum even after Carolyn warned me that eventually a big wad of undigested gum would plug up my stomach, and I’d never eat again?
On the Record for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Locals urged to use caution when online shopping this holiday season
The holidays are a time of giving thanks. And many people across the country express their appreciation by exchanging gifts with family and friends. But because technology has driven so much holiday business online it’s not uncommon for modern shoppers to face a veritable gauntlet of Internet scams. On Monday the Craig Police Department, in partnership with numerous state and federal agencies, issued a news release asking local residents to be extra cognizant this holiday season of the “12 scams of Christmas.”
The Oak Creek Police Department is pursuing multiple leads to determine who set off homemade bottle bombs around town Monday, but no suspects have been identified.
Wednesday, November 28
The winter sports cheer team is getting ready to bring its spirit to the Moffat County teams as their sports seasons begin. Without competition cheering on their docket for 2012-13, the team dedicates itself to the Bulldogs sports teams and their success. Coach Megan Jones preaches a positive attitude to her team to keep their spirit high, as well as the spirit of the Moffat County crowds. Attendees of football games during the fall should expect to see a slightly different cheer team at basketball games, as girls are free to come and go between seasons.
Resurfacing about much more than driving on ice
Americans have a certain affinity for high-powered machines and each year several rallies are hosted around the country to bring like-minded enthusiasts together. Bikers have Sturgis, drivers have the Gumball 3,000 and even tractor owners — more than 1,100 of them — convened this summer in Grand Island, Neb. to set a new Guinness world record for the most antique tractors in one location. But there is one American invented machine that doesn’t breed the same fanatic culture. And although Moffat County Grounds Department Director Lennie Gillam doesn’t expect ice resurfacers around the country to begin flocking once a year to Zamboni Company’s Paramount, Calif. headquarters, he did say it takes a certain personality to properly smooth the surface of an ice rink.
Connections 4 Kids is helping to create better environments for children in early childhood programs. Connections 4 Kids recently held Environmental Rating Scale training events in Meeker and Craig. The training taught early childhood providers to use a self-assessment tool to help identify needs in their programs.
On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 28
Another winter sports season is upon us, but just because the season has ended for our fall athletes doesn’t mean the training should too. It’s recommended for an athlete to take a short break physically and mentally after a long season. But keep in mind that there is a difference between taking a break and becoming a couch potato. Maintaining proper nutrition and continuing to get a good amount of physical activity are important during the off-season.
Authorities are encouraging anyone who finds a bottle bomb to avoid touching it and to call 911 because the detonated remains can be dangerous to handle.
Some interesting and important numbers for the winter sports teams entering the 2012-13 season
Tuesday, November 27
Residents near Pineridge Drive hoping to drop speed limit to 45 mph
In an effort to create a safer driving environment a group of local residents is petitioning to get the speed limit reduced at one intersection in Craig. The intersection in question is located at Colorado Highway 13 and Pineridge Drive, on the stretch of Highway 13 that connects Craig to Hamilton. Currently the speed limit for southbound traffic at the Pineridge Drive intersection is 65 mph. Northbound traffic at that same intersection is 55 mph.
Five members from the Moffat County High School boys soccer team earned All-Western Slope League 3A honors for their efforts this season. Seniors Bryant Cox and Alan Flores were named first-team all-conference, while head coach Rusty Cox was awarded Coach of the Year in the WSL. Junior Nestor Arrellano and senior Erik Silva were given honorable mention. The selections were made based on votes from league coaches.
Strong gusts and low relative humidities have stoked a wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park, prompting the fire's incident commander to order more resources to contain the flames. The 1,370-acre Fern Lake Fire started Oct. 9. Its cause hasn't been determined. Firefighters have been trying to suppress it, but direct attacks have been limited because the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, some of which includes trees killed by beetles.
A Colorado mother was convicted Tuesday of murdering her two children in a crime prosecutors said was revenge against her husband over their divorce. Kelli Lynn Murphy, 43, of Castle Rock was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation, and first-degree murder of a victim under 12 by a person in a position of trust. The jury verdict came on the same day her son would have turned 11. A judge immediately sentenced Murphy to two life sentences without parole.
A Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job fought back Tuesday after more than two weeks of silence as her attorneys released emails, telephone recordings and other material that they say show she never tried to exploit her friendship with Petraeus. Jill Kelley, through her attorneys, went on the attack against a New York businessman who accused her of incompetence in her work trying to set up a deal he was negotiating with South Korean companies; an attorney who accused her of name-dropping and of being a social climber; and the FBI agent who first leaked her name in connection with the Petraeus scandal. Kelley, 37, became the focus of national media attention earlier this month after it was revealed that she was the recipient of anonymous emails from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and mistress. Broadwell allegedly told Kelley she should stay away from the former general and Gen. John Allen, who had replaced Petraeus as leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus and Allen had become friends with Kelley and her husband, Scott Kelley, a noted cancer surgeon, when the generals served at U.S. Central Command, which is headquartered at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. Kelley became an unofficial social ambassador for the base, hosting numerous parties for the officers.
Wyman Museum receives Euclid dump truck from Trapper Mine
On Tuesday The Wyman Museum welcomed the latest addition to its collection of historical artifacts, a Euclid 302LD Dump Truck. The Euclid, known as Truck 711, was donated by Trapper Mine where it was used to haul coal and ash, to and from neighboring Craig Station from May 1979 until July 2009. During that time Truck 711 accumulated 54,785 operating hours and hauled more than 1,344,000 tons of coal and ash. With a payload of 50 tons, Truck 711 made more than 26,880 trips during its 20 years of service at Trapper Mine.
Youth basketball leagues for boys and girls from kindergarten through second grade are accepting registrations for the leagues, which start in February. There is potential for six leagues, depending on the number of participants, which will play games on weeknight evenings. Boys leagues will play Mondays and Wednesdays while girls will play Tuesdays and Thursdays. The league will focus on teaching players the basics: dribbling, passing, shooting and learning to play as part of a team. Practices start Feb. 11. Anyone registering after Jan. 9 will be placed on a waitlist with no guarantee of being put on a team. League fees are $30. For more information, call Parks and Rec at 826-2004.
Club to honor community members during annual fundraiser
It's not their first rodeo for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig Cowboy Christmas fundraiser, and it promises to be as entertaining as ever, with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, an auction and poker. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 East Highway 40, dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The Club’s biggest fundraiser, executive director Dana Duran said she hopes the event raises around $40,000 for the club. What began in 2005 as a masquerade ball, has transformed into an annual Christmas tradition drawing nearly 300 people each year. Tickets cost $35 and Duran said they sell out nearly every year. “It’s a good chance to support our local club. Every dollar raised stays right here,” Duran said. “This is the really big one that makes the club possible.”
Lay remains in custody at Moffat County Jail
A Craig woman suspected of being involved in a Thanksgiving Day hit and run crash at Kum & Go in Hayden was arraigned Tuesday in Moffat County Court. Andrea Lay, 31, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, and child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving, all misdemeanors. In addition to being formerly notified of the charges against her, Lay also was ordered by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner to abstain from alcohol or substance use, according to court records.
Thank you for your response to my expression of concern over the problem with illegal immigrants residing in our country. A bipartisan solution is important for the wellbeing of the country. I am personally in favor of a regulated guest worker program after making it less inviting for illegals to come here by levying heavy fines to employers who hire without proper documentation. Without jobs, the incentive to invade us will be less compelling. I will be watching the Sunday Denver Post to see how you vote on this issue.
Have you ever taken a minute to evaluate what kind of person you are? Do you kick someone when they are down, or do you offer them a hand to help them up? Do you judge someone on their past or look at who they are now? Do you treat others disrespectfully? Do your family and friends treat you with less respect than they would give a stranger? We all say we don't care what others think about us and the decisions we make. But honestly, deep down inside, we do. It is human nature and it is easier to deny, make excuses, or run and hide then it is to stand up and face the truth.
Holiday Gift Ideas
Faced with the prospect of natural gas drilling on public land that has significant environmental, agricultural and recreational value, a group on the Western Slope has come up with a novel way to take on energy development in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Rather than fight it out in court, the Thompson Divide Coalition is attempting first to buy the leases from would-be energy developers. The coalition represents a broad array of interest groups from the Roaring Fork Valley, including ranchers, environmentalists, outdoor users and local governments. They are pursuing a practical — and laudable — approach to balancing the sometimes competing interests of energy production and land preservation, and we'd like to see it succeed. The group was born out of concern with how 61 federal leases to drill on more than 200,000 acres in the White River National Forest would change what the coalition calls "one of the last great swaths of mid-elevation forest in Colorado." The area is a key migration corridor for wildlife, consists of important watersheds and grazing allotments, and is loved by outdoor recreationists.
Late season GMU 22 hunters may be affected by capture, collar operations
Hunters planning a late season hunt in northwest Colorado are advised that state officials will be in the area to conduct an ongoing mule deer population study. Beginning in December Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin helicopter capture and collaring operations in the Piceance Basin — specifically in Game Management Unit 22, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release states. Hunters heading into the field next month may be affected by the study.
On the Record for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
Monday, November 26
With a host of returning veterans and a large group of new recruits, the girls swimming team is excited for a new season. The team, which normally has about a dozen swimmers, had 18 girls come out this year, making for a much deeper group. That will pay dividends in several areas. While other sports have dropped to Class-3A this season, swimming only has two classific
Coming off a dominant WSL season and postseason berth, the sky is the limit for the Moffat County girls basketball team. Last year’s 18-7 (10-2 WSL) team brings back host of experience with seven seniors on the team. Several of those played significant minutes on last year’s team, which made the Sweet 16 of the Colorado 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament.
Contracts focus on trees affected by beetle kill in Medicine Bow, White River forests
Two Colorado companies have been awarded United States Forest Service stewardship contracts to improve the health of forests in Colorado and Wyoming. The contracts, announced Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture, total $13.4 million, and were awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling and West Range Reclamation of Hotchkiss. The money will be used to remove trees affected by mountain pine beetle on 20,000 acres of the Medicine Bow—Routt and the White River national forests in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.
Court Appointed Special Advocates is hosting its Holiday Home Tour from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday in Craig. It's the second year the program has hosted the event and Tanya Ferguson, program coordinator for Moffat County CASA, said she’s excited to see all the houses. “My house is all decorated," Ferguson said. "I’ve heard in the past that people decorate every nook and cranny possible." She herself has two large Christmas trees and six small ones up in her home, which she says is the smallest of all the homes on the tour.
The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to collect final nationwide crop inventories. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting the survey, which serves as the basis for USDA estimates of production and harvested acres for all major agricultural commodities in the U.S., according to a USDA news release. Select producers in Colorado can expect to be contacted by NASS during the first two weeks of December.
Craig hockey is looking to make its mark on the state this winter. While not a varsity high school sport at Moffat County High School, a dedicated group of high school-age (14-18) players spend their winters competing on the ice. The Bulldogs team from Craig plays in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League against teams from across the state.
Moffat County wrestling has struggled recently in team competitions, but has individuals succeed. The Bulldogs small team size has meant they often have to surrender several weight classes to their opponents due to not having a wrestler to compete. With the team moving to Class-3A from 4A this year, that could change. Coach Roman Gutierrez knows the team will still be outnumbered in some dual meets, but believes they will have a chance to take some as well. Whatever the team’s record ends up being, the Bulldogs sport several individuals with aspirations to go deep in the state tournament.
The boys basketball team at Moffat County has high expectations of taking the next step as a program. The team, which won just two games two seasons ago, begins its second year in the Eric Hamilton era this December. Hamilton took over as coach last season and the Bulldogs showed a marked improvement, going 6-15 but also playing more competitively in the majority of their games. After a successful summer league that saw the Bulldogs play with and beat 5A teams from Grand Junction and Utah, Hamilton and his players are looking to make another leap, this time into the postseason.
During the Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting last month, there was a sense of growing concern expressed by members over the athletic eligibility rules for high school students in Moffat County. Currently, students are allowed to participate in their sporting events and activities even if they are failing one class. Moffat County High School has followed the Colorado High School Activities Association eligibility guidelines, allowing for one F. But concerns at the Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting centered around the issue of allowing a student to fail in one arena of their life while asking them for their very best in another.
On the Record for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25
If you make holiday shopping convenient, Americans will come in droves. It's estimated that U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation on Sunday. They were attracted by retailers' efforts to make shopping easier, including opening stores on Thanksgiving evening, updating mobile shopping applications for smartphones and tablets, and expanding shipping and layaway options. All told, a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the four-day weekend starting on Thanksgiving, up 9.2 percent of last year, according to a survey of 4,000 shoppers that was conducted by research firm BIGinsight for the trade group. Americans spent more too: The average holiday shopper spent $423 over the entire weekend, up from $398. Total spending over the four-day weekend totaled $59.1 billion, up 12.8 percent from 2011. Caitlyn Maguire, 21, was one of the shoppers that took advantage of all the new conveniences of shopping this year. Maguire, who lives in New York, began buying on Thanksgiving night at Target's East Harlem store. During the two-hour wait in line, she also bought items on her iPhone on Amazon.com. On Friday, she picked up a few toys at Toys R Us. And on Saturday she was out at the stores again.
Peyton Manning was wooed by the Chiefs early in the offseason, after the four-time MVP had been cut loose by Indianapolis and before he signed a five-year deal with Denver. On Sunday, he showed exactly why Kansas City was after him. Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Broncos down the field in the final minutes when the Chiefs were frantically trying to get a stop, setting up a field goal that sealed a 17-9 victory and their sixth consecutive win. It allowed Manning to break a tie with his boss and Broncos vice president John Elway with his 149th win as a starting quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre (186) for most in NFL history.
Andre Iguodala scored 23 points, Kenneth Faried had his eighth double-double of the season and the Denver Nuggets beat the struggling New Orleans Hornets 102-84 on Sunday night. Iguodala was coming off a 29-point effort against Golden State. Faried had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, winners of four straight. Ty Lawson had 17 points and six assists for the Nuggets who are 4-1 at home. Reserve Brian Roberts led New Orleans with 17 points. Ryan Anderson added 16, but was held scoreless in the second half.
A tandem of brothers from Craig will be playing with the best in the U.S. when the new year rolls around. Cole White attends Craig Middle School and was the starting quarterback for the seventh-grade football team this season. His brother, Seth, 9, was a running back in the Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade league during September and October. Both attended an offense-defense football camp in June at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. The O-D camps are full-contact camps held across the country for players ages 7 to 18. O-D camp leaders also select top players to come back and play in games as well as participate in elite camps later in the year.
90 percent of funds raised in Craig stays in Moffat County
Black Friday may be synonymous with the start of the holiday shopping rush, but it also marks the beginning of one of the largest fundraising campaigns in the country. Armed with Christmas bells, volunteers across the United States rang in the Christmas season Friday, signaling the start of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The fundraiser is organized locally by the Salvation Army’s Service Extension Unit in Moffat County and runs on weekends from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.
Wyman Museum repeats with top float honors, Parrot Heads take second
For about an hour Saturday night Christmas came early as the Parade of Lights rolled through downtown Craig. And the annual event, hosted by the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association, didn’t disappoint. “There was a time when it wasn’t much more than a couple of (police) SUVs, a fire truck and maybe two or three floats,” said Craig resident Dave Pike. “Now I think it has grown into the best parade in Craig and I think people really went all out on their float designs this year.”
Note: Mozart’s answers to questions were relayed through store owner Ron Kester Hometown: “He was born and raised in Craig.” Age: “14 and a half human years, 85 cat years.” Job title: “Greeter and pretty much the boss.”
Enjoyed the Parade of Lights. Thanks to all who took part in it. I've been in a few parades and the time that goes into getting ready to get the float, vehicle, etc. ready is something. Weather is another factor. We got soaked one time. Had a ninety some year old friend on board. VFW float. Irene Eckart. She was terrific, enjoyed it and made us feel more able to bear with the rain all. Someone managed to get us an umbrella, but we were wet already so she and I passed it on to someone else.
Thanksgiving was last Thursday. I say that as if it were news you could use. It would have been news I could have used if I had come to that realization before last Monday’s column. It would have been timely to write nice things about gratitude and thankfulness and giving thanks and Whom to thank before the annual Thursday event in which we say nice things about gratitude and thankfulness and giving thanks and Whom to thank and watch football. All my calendars are sneaky. Holidays happen sporadically. Special days magically appear last week. I’ve bought more “Belated” birthday cards than any other brand. Walking three miles a day, plenty of rest, three squares a day for three weeks, a professional massage, two complete sessions with a six DVD set of Tony Robbins motivational seminars, a serious date with colonic cleansing and a good luck kiss from Swumbo should prepare almost anyone for a serious session of calendar planning.
Saturday, November 24
A new business in Craig hopes to fill a need for residents looking to keep themselves sharp during the winter. Archers and baseball players from Craig can find themselves at a disadvantage when competing against competitors who can practice year-round. Beginning Dec. 1 InsideOut Sports, 561 Russel St., is looking to even the playing field. That’s one reason Brad King is opening the business, which offers Craig residents an indoor archery range and batting cages. But he also thinks it is something many people in Craig will enjoy.
This season could mark the end of Black Friday as we know it. For decades, stores have opened their doors in the wee hours on the day after Thanksgiving. But this year, major chains such as Target and Sears ushered in customers on Thanksgiving itself, even before the turkey leftovers had gotten cold, turning the traditional busiest shopping day of the year into a two-day affair. Despite an outcry from some employees, both stores and shoppers seemed to like it. Some people went shopping with a full belly, going straight from the dinner table to the stores. Others slept off their big meal and went to the mall before daybreak on Black Friday. "I ate my turkey dinner and came right here," said Rasheed Ali, a college student in New York City who bought a 50-inch TV for $349 and a sewing machine for $50 when Target opened at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. "Then I'm going home and eating more."
Colorado's hopes for averting its worst season in more than a century were buoyed by Marques Mosley's game-tying 100-yard kickoff return — for all of 13 seconds. That's how long it took Reggie Dunn to return the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the decisive touchdown as Utah, helped by five takeaways, kept Colorado winless at home this season with a 42-35 victory on Friday. The Utes (5-7, 3-6 Pac-12) intercepted Colorado QB Nick Hirschman four times. Dunn showed his explosiveness once again the only time that he touched the ball during the game, extending his NCAA record with his fifth career 100-yard kickoff return — and fourth this season. The Buffaloes (1-11, 1-8 Pac-12) finished with their worst record since the school's inaugural 0-4 campaign in 1890. They also failed to win a game at home in six tries for the first time since 1920, when they were 0-1-2. It was their first winless campaign ever at Folsom Field, where the Buffaloes have played their home games since 1924.
The coach only needed to watch Von Miller for a practice or two before he realized what he was seeing. As Miller tells it, defensive coordinator Joe Kines came up to him shortly after he arrived at Texas A&M and said, "You play like a guy I used to coach." That guy: Derrick Thomas. This Sunday, like so many Sundays in years past, No. 58 will be roaming the field at Arrowhead Stadium, trying to make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, running backs, and offensive linemen. This No. 58 will be Miller, the Broncos linebacker, who became a big fan of Kansas City's No. 58, Thomas, after Kines pointed out the similarities.
Hard work has paid big dividends for Alicia Nelson. The senior for Adams State University and 2009 Moffat County High School graduate finished her cross country career in style last weekend at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships. At the Nov. 17 race on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., Nelson finished the six-kilometer race in 20:03.3, taking first place and setting a D-II meet record in the process.
On Monday several members of the Moffat County High School football team were honored for their achievements during the season. Bubba Ivers, Michael Samuelson and Garrett Stewart were all named to the all-Western Slope League team, while Josh Pritchard earned honorable mention. All seniors, the four players were common names to hear when attending Bulldogs games and contributed in significant ways to the team’s successes in 2012.
This Thanksgiving morning, over a cup of coffee, I’m wondering how my “Tapioca Fruit Salad” will go over during Thanksgiving dinner. (We’re going to drive to our son and family’s home for dinner a little later today.) The recipe for the salad was featured in last week’s column. Since my husband doesn’t care much for orange gelatin, I experimented with the recipe. I brought the tapioca and juice to a boil as called for in the recipe but then dissolved peach gelatin in the mixture. When it cooled, I added drained, sliced peaches and mandarin oranges, also drained. (I used the fruit juice to mix the tapioca.) I added the 8-ounce container of whipped topping and poured the salad into a 9x13-inch dish and put it in the refrigerator to set up. Later I took a spoonful of the salad from a corner of the dish so I could taste it.
Moffat County’s annual 4-H Achievement Night was Nov. 14 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig. Special guests, families, and 4-H members gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments that 4-Hers had during the 2012 year. “What’s Your H?”, the State 4-H promotional slogan for the coming year, was featured on the cover of the Achievement Night programs. (The slogan refers to the “H” words in the 4-H pledge.) The evening’s events began with a Welcome, Presentation of Colors, and Pledges, led by 4-H Agent JD Sexton. It was followed by the introduction of guests, including the Moffat County Commissioners, Moffat County 4-H Foundation, Moffat County Fair Board, several buyers, supporters, donors, and volunteer leaders. The first award of the evening, presented by Sexton, recognized the Outstanding 4-H Leaders for 2012. Each year the recipient(s) of the award are selected by the Moffat County 4-H program. Shawn Polly and Sarah Polly, this year’s recipients, have spent countless hours with project members in the Archery program. They have been leaders for six years.
Friday, November 23
Local shops balk at Black Friday sales to prep for Small Business Saturday
The official start of the Christmas shopping season began a few hours earlier this year when Walmart’s corporate office announced it would begin its Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at stores all across the country. The announcement sparked rumors of nationwide protests and by press time on Friday nearly every news agency from Miami to Seattle featured a report about an employee strike at a local Walmart.
High-speed car chase ends in Craig with arrest
What started Thursday with a hit and run accident in Hayden ended in Craig with the arrest of a local woman. Andrea Lay, 31, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, and child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
Government update for Nov. 24, 2012Government Update
The residents of Moffat County have a wonderful resource in the Surgical Department at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. As a traveling eye surgeon I operate in several locations throughout the intermountain west and I am always impressed by the facilities and staff at The Memorial Hospital. The new hospital building is welcoming and patient friendly – from the inviting fireplace in the lobby to the pristine pre-operative area only steps away from patient check-in. The ultra-modern operating rooms are designed to support the needs of the patients and the surgeons. However, the true treasure at The Memorial Hospital is the staff. These folks bend over backwards to make the surgical experience as easy and seamless as possible.
A special thanks to Jo Ann Baxter's supporters during the race for Colorado House District 57.
Rig Count for Nov. 24, 2012
Thursday, November 22
Hundreds turn out for St. Michael’s third annual Thanksgiving dinner
For a few hours Thursday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church ceased to resemble a typical community soup kitchen, giving way to a more traditional family gathering. A really, really big family gathering. Volunteer Robin Schiffbauer estimated about 150 to 200 Craig residents attended the third annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at St. Michael’s, 678 School St., to visit with friends and to fill their bellies with traditional holiday fare.
The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history leveled hundreds of homes but didn't touch a cherished tradition in Pike National Forest near Colorado Springs — cutting live Christmas trees. The U.S. Forest Service says last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire didn't touch the area of the forest where generations have gone to cut live Christmas trees. Each year, about 5,000 people buy $10 permits to cut a tree.
For 75 years, researchers, historians and scientists have tirelessly sought answers in the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Competing theories have emerged, but with those theories come more questions: Was the famed pilot lost at sea after a crash? Did she and her co-pilot Frank Noonan survive on a remote island? Was she kidnapped? For the past 27 years, Broomfield resident Bill Prymak has studied Earhart's final journey as the head of the Amelia Earhart Society, a group of researchers and history buffs who share theories and information across the globe. At the height of his research in the late '80s and early '90s, Prymak traveled four times to the Marshall Islands, where he interviewed potential eyewitnesses who said they saw a plane crash in 1937. After working for years with other Amelia Earhart Society researchers, he believes he knows exactly what happened to Earhart and her co-pilot in 1937: They crash-landed in the Mili Atoll of the Marshall Islands, where they were captured by the Japanese and put to their deaths on the island of Saipan, because they were believed to be spies.
Victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and — for some — front row seats to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "It means a lot," said Karen Panetta, of the hard-hit Broad Channel section of Queens, as she sat in a special viewing section set aside for New Yorkers displaced by the storm. "We're thankful to be here and actually be a family and to feel like life's a little normal today," she said. The popular Macy's parade, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Real-life stars included singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of "The X Factor."
Consider a few of the new state standards that your fourth and fifth grade child will be expected to know: U.S. History will learn the development of political, social, and economic institutions in the British American colonies. They will examine how important American documents have shaped uniquely held American beliefs and values. Science will examine, evaluate, question, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media to investigate questions about characteristics of living things. Are you struggling to come up with some answers to these standards? Rest assured, the bar has been raised on our children far and above what was expected of you and I during our free and easy (for most of us) elementary years. In order to develop a deep understanding of these new standards students will depend on their ability to read, reflect on what they’ve read, and develop meaningful responses.
Filled with depth, good humor and life lessons, “Life of Pi” is consistently riveting as we follow an unlikely pair — a meek, young Indian man and a full-grown Bengal tiger — adrift at sea.
Our View: Given the fact that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had to tell Congress not to spend more than they have, it seems like America is in an economic hole. In light of the opposite nature of spending by our local governments, we believe the answer will come from trying to find a balance between short-term spending and long-term financial planning.
The rancher’s dilemma; if it snows you don’t have enough hay. If it doesn’t snow you won’t have any hay! See, heavy snows will delay ‘turning out to grass’, so you’ll be feeding more hay. But if it doesn’t snow the reservoir won’t fill up and you won’t have enough water to irrigate the hay meadows. You’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t. If you don’t take off the tourniquet you’ll get gangrene. If you do take it off you’ll bleed to death! It’s a choice. If you order a BLT you get tomato. If you order a BLT without tomato, you don’t get a BLT. If you’re against global marketing because it takes jobs away from Americans, don’t shop at Walmart. But if you don’t shop at Walmart it will take jobs away from the Chinese and we’ll have to send them foreign aid.
Wednesday, November 21
For being a smaller community, Craig has plenty to boast about. Another accolade to add is first place for best organized and run Rocky Mountain BBQ Association CUP contest in 2012. The Colorado State BBQ Championships in Craig took first place for best event in the Rocky Mountain region for their event this past August. It’s second year participating, Craig took second, missing first by a couple fractions of a point during its first year. But not in 2012. Craig’s event won first place with a score of 157.322 out of a possible 160 points.
Craig Middle School 8th grade science teacher, Norm Yoast, was honored last Friday with the Excellence in Science Education 2012 Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. A huge honor, Yoast was selected as one of two middle school educators throughout the entire state of Colorado. Nominated by a fellow teacher, Yoast’s nomination went before the board of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers where they voted to select Yoast.
The Colorado Department of Transportation reminded drivers in a news release Wednesday to anticipate heavier than normal traffic through the weekend as people travel for Thanksgiving and crowd the larger shopping areas. “We wish all Coloradoans a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend,” CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt said in the release. “We’re doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there’s going to be a lot of people out traveling the state’s highways the next five days.” To reduce potential delays, most CDOT construction projects were suspended statewide Wednesday afternoon. Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, November 26, though projects located in rural or low-traffic areas may be operating Friday, according to the release.
Screen will protect native Colorado River species once complete
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with other agencies, has started construction on a long-sought fish screen in Rifle Creek. Rifle Creek is a tributary of the Colorado River. It is fed by the Rifle Gap Reservoir located northeast of Rifle. Once complete and operational in spring 2013 the screen will prevent non-native fish that have escaped from Rifle Gap Reservoir from traveling downstream to the Colorado River where they can harm native fish species, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award. The honor, bestowed annually, recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners to conserving wildlife, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing public access for hunting and fishing. The winner will be announced Jan. 22, 2013 in Denver at a banquet and awards ceremony during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competition scheduled to take place during the National Western Stock Show.
Management plan outlines draft energy development strategy on 1.7 million acres
The Bureau of Land Management has extended by 45 days the public comment period deadline for its draft White River Field Office Oil and Gas Resource Management Plan. The draft plan, unveiled in August, outlines a collection of management alternatives in anticipation of increased oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres managed by the White River field office in Piceance Basin. Much of the proposed development would take place in Rio Blanco County and could add 4,600 to 21,200 new wells in the Piceance Basin.
Check out what has been happening in the world of sports in Craig, including updated bowling standings, Parks and Recreation opportunities to learn to ski or snowboard and an upcoming lifeguard course. Also, youth basketball signups are open.
On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
With four seasons of elk and deer hunting gone, the largest draw for hunting in Moffat County has passed. Unfortunately, due to mostly warm weather conditions throughout October and November, those seasons did not yield fruitful harvests for many hunters. Colorado Parks and Wildlife collects information from the ground by talking to hunters after they return, and after slightly below average estimates on elk hunting through two seasons, the numbers did not improve. Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manager for Area 6 (which encompasses Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, as well as parts of Routt and Grand counties) said a couple cold, snowy days were not enough.
Another mainstay restaurant in Craig has closed its doors amidst a rash of restaurant closures that began in October with the Golden Cavvy. The VFW Restaurant closed its doors for the last time Friday. But just as the Cavvy has reopened as the Baker House, there are plans in the works to reopen the VFW Restaurant as a different restaurant.
Tuesday, November 20
Three California men excited at the prospect of training in Afghanistan to become terrorists prepared, authorities say, by simulating combat with paintball rifles, wiping their Facebook profiles of any Islamic references and concocting cover stories. Just two days before they were going to board a plane bound for Istanbul — and then onto Afghanistan — FBI agents thwarted plans that officials said included killing Americans and bombing U.S. military bases overseas. The arrests last week in the U.S. and of the man said to be the ringleader, 34-year-old American Sohiel Omar Kabir, in Afghanistan was laid out in a 77-page affidavit, which included references to the group's online video conversations and audio recordings. While authorities don't believe there were any plans for an attack in the U.S., two of the men arrested told a confidential FBI informant they would consider American jihad, according to the court documents unsealed in federal court Monday.
The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought and reap the benefits of wet years. The far-reaching agreement gives Mexico badly needed water storage capacity in Lake Mead, which stretches across Nevada and Arizona. Mexico will forfeit some of its share of the river during shortages, bringing itself in line with western U.S. states that already have agreed how much they will surrender when waters recede. Mexico also will capture some surpluses when waters rise.
Authorities say a 19-year-old aspiring model from Colorado Springs has been missing for more than a month and might be the victim of a subculture that exploits would-be models. El Paso County sheriff's deputies identified her Tuesday as Kara Nichols. They wouldn't elaborate on what kind of exploitation she might have fallen victim to.
Being grateful for what we all have should happen more than the few times a year when family and friends are all gathered together. Having an attitude of gratitude should be practiced every day. When you become grateful for what you have in your life no matter how big or small, it becomes a life altering experience. I learned about this and started living with an attitude of gratitude/ laws of attraction over two years ago, and I will be the first to admit that ever since then I have not only been happier and healthier, but I also have had so many amazing things happen to me. It’s easy to obtain this attitude and it should start every single morning before your feet hit the floor.
Please join us as we celebrate Gale Norman's 90th Birthday.
Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting
Connections 4 Kids, serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, has been busy. With the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Awesome Parent program, environment rating scale trainings and compiling resource lists for parents, coordinator Michelle Balleck has been busy too. Balleck said the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program received an overwhelming response from the community, registering as many kids in the first eight days of the launch as the national organization projected them to register by the end of the second year of the program. And although Balleck is happy with the response, she said it breaks her heart the agency will have to suspend registration for the time being while seeking additional funding for the program.
All of us at the Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for their generous donation of $1160.00. All of you ladies are so awsome to help us continue to be a part of the Craig community in helping those less fortunate. The food bank has had a struggle this year, so any and all donations are so greatly appreciated.
On Nov. 8 in Craig, Nov. 13 in Rangely and Nov. 14 in Meeker, Connections 4 Kids and Moffat County Youth United Way launched the amazing program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. We have been thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this terrific opportunity to our communities’ youngest members thanks to funding through Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services. And the response from local families has equaled our enthusiasm – thus far, we have enrolled more than 300 children in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in Imagination Library so that they can receive a free book in the mail every month until their fifth birthday. We want to thank Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services for funding this program at the local level and Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation for providing the infrastructure for this program at that national level.
John Williams: Letters to Editor
Recently, Routt County Commissioners put in place regulatory restrictions that effectively stop energy development in Routt County. That defacto ban likely goes against Colorado state law. But, there is an even more basic right that is being infringed upon by the actions of Routt County: The property rights of the mineral estate owner are being eliminated. The established law of Colorado is that surface rights are subservient to subsurface rights. It is clear that some residents of Routt County do not agree with that approach. But without such a system, traditional ideas of property are meaningless.
Our View: After a couple frustrating months for our region, it may seem like there is less to be thankful for this year than in years past. However with Thanksgiving upon us it doesn’t take long to realize the many ways in which we here in the Moffat County community are truly blessed.
Carelli’s Pizza reopens Friday after water line break
After a brief and unexpected hiatus Carelli’s Pizza in Craig is scheduled to reopen in time for the Holiday weekend. Co-owner Brett Etzler said Tuesday he and the staff plan to open on Black Friday for lunch and dinner. To thank the community for its years of support Etzler plans to feature prime rib and salmon as Friday and Saturday’s dinner specials. “Prime rib and salmon are going to be amazing,” he said. “Normally we wouldn’t be open Black Friday and during Thanksgiving weekend, but we’d like the community to come out and give us a little support.”
Christmas tree permits are now available for $10 at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming, the U.S Forest Service announced in a press release earlier this month. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System lands. There is a limit of five permits per household and trees must be for personal use, not for resale, according to the release. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area. Anyone planning to cut a tree is encouraged to contact the Ranger District in their desired cut area for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions, the release stated. In the release, the Forest Service emphasized cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. Additionally, tree cutting is not allowed in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District.
On The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
The members of the Upper Big Gulch Better Community Club light the star on the Sandrocks each year. We would like to thank Mark Samuelson and Samuelson's Hardware for the generous donation of lights to keep the star burning. The star is a tradition that adds to the festivity of the season. The business men who cleaned up Signal Hill also get a big thank you. For the old timers who remember Signal Hill in its hayday, and because it is one of the first buildings seen when coming to town from the west, the new paint and cleanup is wonderful.
Hidden away in the world of fitness in Craig, but gaining notoriety, are the martial arts. Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do, a business operating at 420 Breeze St. in a room at Holistic Health and Fitness, was started three years ago by Paul Cruz the Northwest Regional Director for Kom Do Kwan Martial Arts Association. At the time, it was a realization of a lifelong pursuit for Cruz. “Ever since I was 14 this has been the thing I wanted to do with my life,” Cruz said. Northwest began as a small operation in Craig, with just a handful of students showing up. Over time, though, it has taken on a life of its own.
Parents hope to see their children succeed, but Kendra Halder's level of success this hunting season exceeded even her mother's hopes. Halder, a native of Yampa, bagged a monster bull elk — the first bull she has ever harvested — during second elk season earlier this fall. It was not Halder’s first hunt, as the 13-year-old has taken down cows in the past while hunting with her father, John. But this hunt was special, mother Amanda said. “I hadn't gone hunting with her yet, her dad had done that,” Amanda said. "I had usually been working. It was fun to go on a hunt with her."
Monday, November 19
After her sixth hernia surgery due to her trumpet playing, doctors told Charleah Firestone she should stop. But it wasn’t until her twelfth hernia surgery that Firestone made the decision to quit playing the trumpet as it was hurting her health. A trumpet major in college, a performer in the Yampa Valley Brass group and a musician all her life, it would be difficult to simply quit making music. After a coworker told her about a hospice harpist who played by her father’s bedside and created the most beautiful music she’d ever heard, and attending a harp concert in Grand Junction, Firestone said she was totally enthralled with it.
The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: April at the "Dog and I" for grooming shelter dogs, City Market for the donation of cat fountains, and Glenwood Petco for donating dog and cat toys. Thanks to Diane Knez, Debbie Markham, Sally Beachum, Elaine Webber and Karen Rohnke for donations of pet food and pet dishes.
On The Record for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
Once nearly extinct throughout the state, there are more wild turkeys in Colorado now than ever before, according to a news release issued by biologists at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "The increase of wild turkeys in Colorado is due to their adaptability, high reproductive capability and careful management of hunting," said Brian Dreher, a senior terrestrial biologist for CPW, in the release. Dreher said state wildlife managers have been developing strategies to increase the wild turkey population since the early 1980s. Since that time the agency has successfully transplanted wild turkeys into most of the available habitat in the state, according to the release. Turkeys were plentiful in the North America when the Pilgrims landed, but as colonists spread west turkey populations plummeted to approximately 30,000 by 1900. In the release Dreher said wild turkeys faced a double whammy in the early years of our country.
Do the benefits from stem cell research outweigh the ethical dilemmas? What are the potential ramifications?
The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter, the Blue Print newspaper or Moffat County School District. Reporters are asked to take a specific position in order to share selected perspectives.
Application of the arts enhances learning in core subjects
Math…Science…Literature…History…Art? Is art really necessary in K-12 education? Well, according to the Welch Medical Library, when asked, 41% of students who nearly dropped out of high school reported that the arts were what kept them in school. Many would also say that the arts are a way to bring people together to work towards a common goal or to find common ground. It often times speaks where words cannot. For example, visual arts can be many things; an expression of someone’s views of the world, an interpretation of life, or simply a random creative illustration. Theatrical arts can be the ultimate imitation of life, history and emotion. And music is a universal language that anyone can understand no matter their sex, race, religion or cultural background.
Technology skill doesn’t automatically make better writers
Spell check doesn’t help. Even with the aid of word processing technology, only about a fourth of American eighth- and 12th-graders can be considered reasonably conversant with Mother English. So goes a bleak assessment of U.S. students’ writing skills by the National Assessment Governing Board, which issues the annual “Nation’s Report Card.” According to the report, a whopping 24 percent of students in those grades in 2011 could write coherent essays with proper grammar and usage.
Positive response to one game played with different emphasis
One football game stood out from all the rest this season and not because of the score. Our community, students, and members of the band cheered for the opposing team. Ridgeview Academy was the reason. Football coach Kip Hafey was inspired to follow in the footsteps of a Christian church in Texas and invite Ridgeview Academy to play the Bulldogs after learning about the One Heart Project. Hafey saw it as a perfect opportunity for MCHS. The One Heart Project started in Grapevine, TX in 2008 when the Gainesville Tornadoes, a detention school, organized a football game against Faith Christian High School. Faith Christian made a spirit line for the Tornadoes and cheered for them during the game. Faith Christian wanted to let the Tornadoes know they had support as well.
The high school had several new members join the staff this school year. Some are new in town. Some are returning to old grounds. Here are the new members of the staff and a little background about each of them.
Debra Ann Harris reflects on her life and a conversation with God
Debra Ann Harris, 57, describes her favorite job as being an at-home caregiver. “[I was] taking care of all these wonderful old ladies and old men and it was an honor talking and living with these people.” She was a caregiver six days a week doing jobs for her patients such as cooking, cleaning, check writing, paying bills, and mailing things out. Mrs. Harris believes that becoming a caregiver is a special calling. She says it was “handed to me by God and I kind of balked at it and He kicked me in the butt with it and said, ‘This is what you want to be!’”
Enforcement of curfew law meant to protect rather than harm
“It’s past curfew” is a line some students hear frequently whether it is from their parents or, if they are unfortunate enough, a patrol officer. Strategies that underage minors use so they won’t get caught don’t always work and they end up having to face the consequences. The curfew law in Craig has always been a debatable issue. People such as law enforcement find it helpful and productive, others, such as students, see it as unnecessary. Places such as Grand Junction and Delta don’t have a curfew law. Student Resource Officer Mark Brown,who has worked in other cities in Colorado, says that places without curfew laws including Delta and Grand Junction have to deal with more juvenile crime on a regular basis. He contends that with only a few businesses being open after midnight, minors are not usually up to any good when they are out during those late hours.
Sunday, November 18
Thunder Rolls Bowling Center is host to competitive, serious bowling leagues throughout the week. On Sundays, however, the alley takes a youthful, exuberant turn. Youth bowling leagues for children ages 4 to 18 take place at Thunder Rolls on Sunday evenings, as the next generation of Craig bowlers is shaped. There are three age groups with coaches trained to help them learn proper bowling technique.
Out of the hospital just a few days, Lindsey Vonn is already back on the hill. The four-time overall World Cup champion resumed her giant slalom training Sunday as she went through a series of gates on a course in Vail, Colo. The day before, Vonn did a little freeskiing on the mountain. She's quickly getting back up to speed after missing time with an intestinal illness. Should she feel up for it, Vonn will go through a super-G training session Monday. There's still no decision whether Vonn will take part in giant slalom and slalom races in Aspen over Thanksgiving weekend. The plan is to simply take things day by day. But this was a good start.
Passing by Peyton. Dancing by Von. On the day Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and drew even with John Elway in the career win column, it was Broncos linebacker Von Miller who stole the show — not only with the three sacks and two forced fumbles that rattled Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, but with the ever-evolving sack dance he uses to celebrate. "You've got to show some excitement when you make a play," Miller said after spearheading a 30-23 victory Sunday that gave Denver a three-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West. "It's hard enough as it is out there." But the Broncos (7-3) are making this look easy.
En route to a historic visit to long shunned Myanmar, President Barack Obama says he comes to "extend the hand of friendship" to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But the praise and personal attention come with an admonition from Obama: The work of democracy has just begun. "Instead of being repressed, the right of people to assemble together must now be fully respected," the president said in speech excerpts released ahead of his arrival Monday. "Instead of being stifled, the veil of media censorship must continue to be lifted. As you take these steps, you can draw on your progress." Obama is the first U.S. president to go to Myanmar, also known as Burma. He was flying from Thailand on Monday morning, local time, for a visit that would last just six hours but carries significant symbolism. It is the result of a remarkable turnaround in the countries' relationship. Obama has rewarded Myanmar's rapid adoption of democratic reforms by lifting some economic penalties. The president has appointed a permanent ambassador to the country, and pledged greater investment if Myanmar continues to progress following a half-century of military rule.
Beads of H2O coolant materialize across my forehead as ordered by my hypothalamus after receiving reports from thermal sensors in the skin that the fat boy is exerting himself. My hypothalamus could hibernate in the winter were it not for a little seven by nine wood shop where serenity and sanity dwell. They’re a nice couple. Serenity comes the moment I turn on the lights and pick up a tool standing over a nice piece of maple or oak in the bench vise. Sanity joins us when I plug my smart phone into my Bose and turn on my Pandora app.
Hometown: "I don’t really have one. I kind of grew up all over the place. I lived on the east coast until I was 12. I lived down south until I was 18. Then I’ve been in Colorado since I graduated from high school. College brought me out to Colorado. I went to CSU." What brought you to Craig: "I wanted to be in Steamboat, couldn’t afford it. Ended up in Hayden. When I got divorced, I ended up in Craig. Long story short.' How long have you lived in Craig: "10 years" Job title: "I don’t know how to answer that, I do everything here. The chicken with her head cut off. (laughs) Well I’m majority owner, manager, I’m also a personal trainer, I do exercise classes, and a massage therapist, wellness coach. I guess owner/manager would be it."
After a string of wins, including a thrilling come-from-behind victory last week, the Craig Middle School seventh graders’ winning streak came to a halt Saturday. The seventh-grade team recently had enjoyed comfortable wins against Hayden, Soroco and Meeker and a close win against Little Snake River Valley School. During that stretch, they also lost a 21-13 game in early November against Rangely Middle School’s A team at Sandrock Elementary School.
As November start to wane we celebrate Veteran's Day. Thanksgiving coming up soon, Thursday, Nov. 2. The memory of family, pumpkin pie, sharing news, etc. Don't forget to give thanks for our blessings of food, etc. McDonald's Senior Breakfast is Wednesday, Nov. 21. No meals or bus service at Sunset Meadows I on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Saturday, November 17
It’s the new baby in the family, and there’s no doubt it’s big, beautiful and exciting. MJK Sales Ace Hardware’s second location is open for business starting Monday. But just as any good mother would do, Lorraine Kawcak wants to make sure the new locations counterpart and original store on Ranney Street is not forgotten.
The cast of Moffat County High School’s fall musical, “Guys and Dolls,” gathered before its Friday night performance. Bouncing around the room while reciting tongue twisters and vocal warm ups, the group sang, laughed and talked about what it needed to improve for the performance that night. Krista Lawrence, stage manager for the production, said the activities the group was doing were part of a pre-show routine called Tradition. As they prepared to take the stage, the cast members grabbed hands and began a slow chant of “energy, energy, energy” that crescendoed into a yell. The show’s second performance went off without a hitch Friday night.
There’s a new auto body and paint shop in Craig. After a lifetime of working on cars, James Hand and his wife, Brenda, decided to open their own shop, Custom Auto and Paint, 324 School St. in Craig. Open since Nov. 1, Hand said business has been good.
On The Record for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
With winter coming and with it the need for snow plows to clear the streets, the Craig Police Department reminded residents of the procedure for snow removal from city streets in a news release. According to that release, plows normally start clearing the streets around 4 a.m. At that time they plow around any vehicles that are parked on the street. This creates a wind row around those vehicles, which if not removed, will build up and create traffic problems. As a result, the plows will come back later to plow where the parked cars were, the release stated. If the vehicles have not been moved the Police Department is then called to "Red Tag" the vehicles. While this helps clear the streets, it also creates conflicts.
I’m still hunting for my favorite “Pumpkin Bread” recipe. In fact that’s what I was doing when I found a recipe written on half a sheet of notebook paper. It had been slipped into a cookbook. (Putting recipes in cookbooks is a bad habit of mine. That’s where I’ll probably find the “Pumpkin Bread” recipe one of these days.) Anyway, the recipe is for “Tapioca Fruit Salad.” We like tapioca and the recipe ingredients sounded yummy so I decided to make the salad. “Tapioca Fruit Salad” is a fancy gelatin salad, and you might enjoy it with your Thanksgiving dinner. You will need the following ingredients: 2 boxes tapioca pudding (the kind you cook; I don’t think there’s an instant tapioca pudding); 1 small box orange gelatin; 2 cups of water or juice from the fruit; 1 (15-ounce) can pineapple tidbits; 1 can mandarin oranges (I used a small can); and 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping.
Kristin Ingalls, a math teacher at Moffat County High School, was honored with the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award Thursday morning in a surprise ceremony at the high school. The first of 12 who will be chosen in the Colorado region, which includes Moffat and Routt counties, Ingalls received a check for $1,000 to use at her discretion. “They can do whatever they want with it,” said Maureen Moore, program director for Peabody Energy Leaders in Education. “It’s our way of showing our appreciation to educators for choosing the profession. It’s a tough position and tough career to be an educator day in and day out. They’re molding our future. It’s important someone steps back and says thank you.” Educators can be nominated by anyone, and the only prerequisite for being nominated is it be someone who has been working full time in education for at least five years. This can include an educator, secretary, custodian, principal or coach for example.
This morning while I was filling the stock tank in Pipi’s Pasture, I was thinking about what I’m going to take to Thanksgiving dinner. We always celebrate with our son’s family, and I usually bake pies and cook up something else. So I was making a shopping list in my head. That got me to thinking about Thanksgiving dinners when I was growing up on the ranch. I’m sure that my mother had a shopping list, but it probably was for the basics (flour, sugar, and seasonings) because most of our dinner was homegrown. For example, turkey was the main dish, and we raised it on the ranch. The dressing was made from homemade bread that was sliced, dried, seasoned, and cut into cube-size pieces. I can’t remember not having turkey on Thanksgiving, but if we had ham, it was homegrown, too, and even smoked in our smokehouse. Mom made her own rolls from a “Three Hour Roll” recipe. They were served with butter that was churned from cream that came from our milk cow.
This fall I’m watching Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL follow in the footsteps of Bret Favre. They both had stellar careers as heroes of the game. But as their retirement drew near, they signed with a desperate team in hopes of one more year in the spotlight. In a small town with high unemployment and a poor economy, a local entrepreneur named Del converted open space into a recycling center. He takes everything from plastic bottles to scrap iron. It has become a small success. He has at least two employees. The community is pleased. Well, not all of them. You see, his property is on Main St. on the way into town. The Wednesday weekly paper has received several letters to the editor condemning the recycling center as an eyesore. Del promised to improve its appearance. He faced the road-front with old sheets of roofing tin 8’ high. Now it looks like a concentration camp but the pop cans, cardboard and wheel rims keep on coming, as do letters to the editor! Recycling isn’t pretty. I don’t care if you’re reclaiming open-pit mines, spreading chicken manure on the pasture, or hauling a dead horse to the rendering plant. It is the process that offends the sensibilities of some people watching, smelling, or even just imagining the act. The abhorrence of recycling is so strong that some people will object to it even through they know it is bettering the earth and the environment. Pink Slime is a perfect example. They destroyed a recycling process that had no downside just because the image in their brain was offensive.
Our View: In the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election, residents in several states have started petitions seeking to secede those states from the union. While we understand the feelings of disappointment, that reaction seems like sour grapes to us. Rather than walk away, we have a responsibility as residents to keep fighting for the changes we want to see in our nation. We feel the same concerning the efforts of two area groups pushing for secession on a local level.
Twinkies may not last forever after all. Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of the spongy snack with a mysterious cream filling, said Friday it would shutter after years of struggling with management turmoil, rising labor costs and the ever-changing tastes of Americans even as its pantry of sugary cakes seemed suspended in time. Some beloved Hostess brands such as Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's likely will be snapped up by buyers and find a second life, but for now the company says its snack cakes should be on shelves for another week or so. The news stoked an outpouring of nostalgia around kitchen tables, water coolers and online as people relived childhood memories of their favorite Hostess goodies. Customer streamed into the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet in a strip mall in Indianapolis Friday afternoon after they heard about the company's demise. Charles Selke, 42, pulled a pack of Zingers raspberry-flavored dessert cakes out of a plastic bag stuffed with treats as he left the store.
A mediator handling the distribution of about $5.3 million in donations to victims of the Colorado theater shootings said Friday that disbursement amounts have been finalized. A gunman killed 12 people and injured at least 58 others at an Aurora movie theater July 20. Aurora Victim Relief Fund special master Ken Feinberg said Friday that the families of the 12 people killed, plus victims who sustained permanent brain damage or paralysis, will each receive $220,000. Six people hospitalized at least 20 days will each receive $160,000. Two who were hospitalized between eight and 19 days will each receive $91,680. Thirteen people hospitalized for less than that will each receive $35,000.
Britton Colquitt’s right leg seemed to get as much work as Tim Tebow’s left arm last year. He punted 101 times, which he likens to packing two years’ worth of experience into one season. This year, it’s down to 37 punts, on pace for 66. Such is life with Peyton Manning under center in Denver. Colquitt’s still getting plenty of work — as Matt Prater’s holder. The Broncos kicker has already collected more PATs (31) than he did all of last season (30). Yes, Manning’s having a great year. Von Miller, too. It’s the special teams, though, that’s the binding to this story of the Broncos’ resurgence.
Friday, November 16
Craig resident Sean Smith, knows the importance of getting an education. Regardless of the field a person chooses, a degree can usually help in preparedness. Smith attended Colorado Northwestern Community College for that exact reason.
Fourth and fifth grade students from East Elementary had a good end to their school week. The elder students at East enjoyed a pizza lunch and an afternoon of cosmic bowling Friday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. The food and field trip were rewards for the students earning a “paws”, said teacher Britni Morton. A paws field trip is given for students earning a certain amount of stickers as a result of good behavior and responsibility over a given amount of time, like a month, Morton said.
Last week Moffat County voters arrived at the polls and voiced, by an overwhelming majority, their desire for a new leader in the Oval Office. Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney won big here earning 4,695 of the 6,239 ballots cast in Moffat County and topped incumbent President Barack Obama by a more than three to one margin. But Obama reclaimed the big prize by winning the Electoral College and carrying the national popular vote by almost 3.5 million votes. For some local residents Obama’s re-election was a bitter defeat.
Cow, 2 calves killed in Granby subdivision
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are investigating the shooting deaths of three moose killed earlier this week near Granby. The incident took place between 8 and 10 a.m. Wednesday in an empty lot at Shadow Mountain Estates, a subdivision located on Grand County Road 6421 between Granby and Grand Lake, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release. A witness reported to wildlife officials that he heard, while hunting near the subdivision, several shots fired in rapid succession. Upon further investigation, the witness reported he found a cow moose and a calf dead, with a second calf dying.
Check out what has been happening in the Craig sports world lately, including the mountain lion hunting season beginning, updated standings in the pool league at Popular Bar and Parks and Rec registrations for youth basketball.
For three teenagers from Craig, a winter sports season began today with a lengthy drive. A.J. Stoffle, Wesley Chapman and Austin Gabbert began driving early Saturday morning, along with Stoffle’s parents Teresa and Mike, for Duluth, Minn., to kick off their Snocross season. The three friends from Craig are going to the Daytona 500 of the Snocross circuit--a huge race that starts the season on a high note.
Government update for Nov. 17, 2012
Thursday, November 15
It was another double-victory night for Craig Middle School basketball, but this time it did not come easy. CMS seventh and eighth grade basketball teams took on their counterparts from Little Snake River Valley School Thursday in Craig. The Bulldogs emerged on top from two heated games. The seventh grade team, had to mount a furious rally to come from behind in the second half. After a quarter, the teams were tied at six and looked evenly matched. But in the second quarter, the Rattlers took over, hitting several outside shots and bothering the Bulldogs on defense.
During its regular meeting Thursday night the Moffat County School District Board of Education unanimously approved:
The Colorado Meth Project wrapped up a week of talking with Craig Students about meth use and prevention with a festival at the Boys and Girls Club Thursday evening. After spending the week presenting to schools about meth prevention and utilizing the group’s new website, www.coloradomethproject.org, there were activities for kids at the Boys and Girls Club including face painting, cookie decorating, headband making and other activities.
Despite imminent changes to the state’s marijuana laws, 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey said Thursday he has no plans to dismiss petty pot cases currently being prosecuted in the courts.
Colorado is getting $1.9 million as part of a settlement of allegations that the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline deceptively promoted the diabetes drug Avandia. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Thursday that the state's portion is due the money as part of a $90 million settlement between GlaxoSmithKline and attorneys general from 38 states. The prosecutors had accused the company of failing to disclose all of Avandia's side effects and risks.
Eldora Mountain Resort says it will open its 50th anniversary season Friday as a smoke-free environment. The resort in Nederland says smoking will be banned in lift lines, on the lifts, and within 15 feet of its decks and buildings around the ski area.
A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said. The train was sounding its horn and people were jumping off the decorated flatbed truck before the collision around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, according to witnesses and Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange. A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working, Lange said, though he didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching. Two people died at the scene, while two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout said. Six people remained hospitalized Thursday night, including at least one in critical condition; the other 11 people injured have been treated and released, hospital officials said.
Talk about some sore losers. Nobody likes to lose, but in every contest someone will lose. The democratic process, which was established by our Founding Fathers, in which the majority voted to represent them, is the rule of the land. After all, this is the United States of America. Everybody will not agree with whomever is elected to any and all positions. By a majority vote, items and personnel can be changed.
Changes are underway at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace, located at 657 Green Street in Craig. The congregation has not had a full time pastor for quite some time, and two Episcopal priests and one Episcopal deacon were filling in until the services of a full time pastor could be obtained. A committee of parishioners from both St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs and from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace in Craig met to form a Mission Partnership Agreement between the two parishes, whereby the two parishes would split my time between them. My time would be split with two-thirds spent in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace, and one-third spent with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs. This Mission Partnership Agreement would be beneficial to both parishes, and the ability to enhance the Episcopal/ELCA Church presence throughout the Yampa Valley region would also be increased. The two parishes formally agreed to this Partnership and it was effective on July 1, 2012.
ExxonMobil, Natural Soda to explore new techniques for oil shale extraction
This week the Colorado Bureau of Land Management Office in Lakewood signed two leases for research, demonstration and development of oil shale. The leases, first approved in September by the BLM’s White River Field Office in Meeker, were awarded to ExxonMobil Exploration Company and Natural Soda Holdings, Inc. to research and test new technologies for commercial oil shale development. The leases go into effect Dec. 1 on adjacent 160-acre parcels in Rio Blanco County and are valid for a period of 10 years.
The Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s Center Stage Youth Theatrical Group is performing “Seussical Jr.,” the musical this Friday and Saturday at the Meeker High School Auditorium, 500 School St. Director Laurie Zellers said 43 kids participated and ranged from first to seventh grade, with some high school students helping out on the technical crew. “Seussical Jr.” is comprised of characters and stories from a wide variety of Dr. Seuss's books.
During the Thanksgiving season when others mention the blessings for which they’re grateful, I never mention press ‘n seal plastic wrap. But I could. The struggle to decently cover leftovers has plagued me for decades: I’ve balanced plates atop half-full serving dishes, hurled plastic tubs and lids here and there searching for a matched pair, stretched elasticized bonnets until they snapped, and rued the wastefulness of discarding aluminum foil after one use. Since the invention of press ‘n seal, however, I unroll a sticky length of film, stretch it across a bowlful of dinner remains, smooth it’s stickiness down the container’s sides and dance on the inside.
A golden jubilee for anything is worth celebrating, even if it’s not quite the high quality it used to be. With its protagonist so deeply ingrained in our minds, “Skyfall” shows itself to be a semicentennial event more than a movie all its own, though not a bad one, by any means.
This week Colorado’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association Board met to discuss its portfolio’s 8 percent rate of return expectation. The assumed rate of return is the annual estimate PERA’s portfolio must achieve in order to pay current and future beneficiaries. PERA currently has a $26 billion unfunded liability, or money it owes to current and future beneficiaries that is not available in its fund, according to a Colorado Department of Treasury news release. And even though PERA does not meet its 8 percent expectation on an annual basis — in 2011 the portfolio earned a 1.9 percent return — the Board voted 8-7 to uphold the 8 percent return expectation, the release states.
Wednesday, November 14
Sewer line warranty protection available to local homeowners for $6 per month
Last month the City of Craig, in partnership with the National League of Cities, introduced a sewer warranty protection program for local homeowners. The optional program, administered by Service Line Warranties of America, provides residents with the opportunity to purchase $4,000 in sewer line repair coverage for $6 per month. The warranty also features an additional $4,000 allowance to cover public street cutting, if required for a repair, at no extra cost.
Craig City Council approves liquor license transfer from Golden Cavvy
An establishment formerly known as the Golden Cavvy is set to re-open Friday for an open house and cocktail hour under its new name The Baker House Bar & Grill. Bill Guess, one of The Baker House managers and son of building owner Harley Guess, said the doors at 538 Yampa Ave. are scheduled to open beginning at Noon Friday for an open house. A cocktail hour, featuring homemade red and green chili, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Guess said The Baker House would remain open as long as people are inside the building.
Craig Elementary School Students have begun, “Talk About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum for Grades K-3.” Something every elementary school counselor teaches each year, Jackie Schnellinger, counselor at Sunset Elementary said the curriculum provides valuable lessons in safety and social skills that every student can use. The curriculum, which is school board approved and a coordinated effort between all four elementary school counselors, covers personal safety, touching safety and assertiveness and support. Components of the three sections include, gun safety, fire safety, differences between safe/unsafe/unwanted touch, when to keep secrets and how to handle bullying.
Colorado West Mental Health is subtly shifting their focus. With a new emphasis on positive psychology and armed with new tools and resources for Craig residents, Colorado West is ready to approach mental health from a new angle. “Positive psychology is a type of therapy that’s been around a little while. It’s very strength based,” said Gina Toothaker, a licensed professional counselor and certified addictions counselor level 3. Toothaker is the program director for Craig Mental Health. “It focuses more on getting people more of what they do want rather than what they don’t. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong and not working in their life, now we’re switching to a focus on what is working and their strengths.”
Authorities from Colorado Parks and Wildlife are investigating a case of vandalism that resulted in several hundred dollars worth of damage at the Cheyenne County Shooting Range, the agency reported in a news release. The Cheyenne County shooting range is a public facility northeast of Cheyenne Wells. Illegal activities began several weeks ago when CPW officer Todd Marriott noticed tire tracks on the hills surrounding the range. Marriott talked to people at the range regarding safety concerns over ATVs that were driving on and off the range while it was in use, according to the release. Marriott installed a gate to prevent vehicles from driving in unsafe areas and a sign was put up to let people know the area was closed to ATVs, the release stated.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a waterfowl hunting seminar on Dec. 1 in Montrose, the agency reported in a news release. The class will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. Colorado Parks and Wildlife experts and the Montrose chapter of Ducks Unlimited will give instruction on all aspects of hunting waterfowl. Participants will learn about hunting tactics, use of dogs, calling, bird identification, setting decoys and more, according to the release.
Tuesday, November 13
Our View: The recent investigative report by the Denver Post and 9News has put the spotlight on Colorado’s child welfare system. In Moffat County, where the rate of child abuse referrals is the highest in the state, county officials have been looking for a new director of social services. The new hire faces a tall task and will need the support of the community.
Move made in response to Colorado voter passage of Amendment 64
Last week the state’s drug culture scored a significant victory when Colorado voters passed Amendment 64. But numerous questions have been raised amid Amendment 64’s week old cloud of stale victory smoke. Amendment 64, a ballot initiative designed to regulate marijuana like alcohol, removes legal penalties for personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, outlines initial guidelines for the establishment of retail marijuana stores, and makes personal use, possession and limited home growing of marijuana legal for persons 21 years of age and older, among others.
A suburban Denver man has been arrested after telling his therapist he wanted to shoot children, kill people on Halloween and kill President Barack Obama, federal court records show. Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, of Westminster, was being held Tuesday on suspicion of a federal charge of threats against a president. He identified himself as a student at Colorado Mesa University in western Colorado, investigators said.
The CEO of Waffle House said Tuesday that a former employee who claims he tried to force her to have sex actually was a participant in consensual sex and has been trying to blackmail him. "I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime — extortion," Joe W. Rogers Jr. said in a written statement. The woman told Atlanta police last month that Rogers demanded she perform sexual acts in exchange for keeping her job and that he also tried to force her to have sex with him despite her repeated protests. She said this occurred for nearly 10 years, from 2003 through June of this year. The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault. Rogers identified the woman as his former housekeeper, and said she is not telling the truth.
Colorado business groups are rallying against a ban approved by Longmont voters banning hydraulic fracturing in their city. Leaders of chambers of commerce from the Denver area were among about 200 hundred people who gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to show their support for the oil and gas industry. They say energy can be developed responsibly and help the Colorado economy.
Moffat County Commission chooses new social services director candidate
The Moffat County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday extending an offer to Kerri Klein to serve as the next director of the Moffat County Department of Social Services. Klein, a current resident of Lakewood, is a past Moffat County employee and worked for the social services department. If Klein accepts the offer she will replace current director Marie Peer who is retiring Jan. 4, 2013 after a 44-year career with Moffat County. The county received a total of 13 applications for the job, Moffat County Human Resources Director Lynette Running said Monday.
I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who sacrificed time, energy and money to help my campaign.
We all want it and we should all give it back, but at times it is very hard to give, especially when you feel like you are not on the receiving end. I am talking about respect. I admit at times that I don’t like or even care for my ex-husband, and at times I feel that my life would be easier if he would just disappear. But those are my thoughts and I would never in a million years express those feelings to him or in front of our child. Even though we are no longer together that doesn’t mean that my child doesn’t love, adore and cherish him. 25 Shades of Craig: Respect
This past Saturday in Meeker a student-athlete on the Craig Middle School 8th grade boys basketball B team, after losing a close game, kicked the game ball against the wall in frustration. This action upset the Meeker coach so much that he immediately got in the face of the CMS coach and began yelling at him until the referee separated the two. The CMS coach handled the situation appropriately by attempting to apologize for the mistake and even after the players shook hands attempted once again to apologize, which created about 10 more minutes of tense conversation while the A team prepared to play. I’m not saying the offending student-athlete's actions shouldn't be addressed. He made a mistake and needs to know that.
Review hearing set for December
A local resident accused of embezzling funds from a local business appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court for an arraignment. Craig Reuer, 36, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with theft in excess of $20,000, a Class 3 felony; identity theft, a Class 4 felony; and forgery, a Class 5 felony. The alleged crimes took place while Reuer was employed at Tri-State Equipment Company, LLC, 3025 W. Victory Way. Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner presided over Tuesday’s arraignment.
It’s National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and Craig residents are doing their part to make it a success. Julie Grobe will be at Calvary Baptist Church every day this week from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and until noon Sunday, collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child to take to Grand Junction Sunday. Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 and was started by Samaritan’s Purse. It works internationally to provide underprivileged children with Christmas gifts and the story of Christ’s love.
Last Thursday afternoon, former players, friends and family members gathered in Wray, Colo., to celebrate the life of an icon. The men had their hair cut above the collar and ears and wore ties, just like coach Reed taught them years ago. Edwin David Reed taught history and began coaching Little Snake River basketball in 1973. He demanded his players cut their hair short, wear ties to games and show sportsmanship. He taught them respect for themselves and others, Linda Fleming said.
Monday, November 12
Kaitlyn Shrode, a Craig resident, was part of a tournament-winning select hockey team from Colorado last weekend. Shrode, playing for the Tier II Rock Stars of the Mountain States Girls Hockey League, helped her team to a 4-1 weekend at the Western Regional Girls Silver Stick tournament, culminating in a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Selects to take the championship at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster.
Note on High Country Medical door only sign of closure
Dr. Joel Miller’s office may be closed indefinitely, according to a note posted on the entrance to High Country Medical at 535 Yampa Ave. The note reads: “They win! Police, sheriff, state and especially the feds decided for you that you don't need me in Craig. Never any charges, just shut me down. Sorry.” — Joel Miller, D.O.
I was a "Pink Lady" volunteer and got fired by the Hospital. I know I was set up. Several creditable people told me: some volunteers, some of the Hospital personnel, some still are there, some that Jennifer or George let go, "I suspect unfairly." They told me I broke a Hippa Law. That was wrong. I talked to a friend of mine in the front part of the hospital a while back. I only asked him if he was there to see someone I knew.
On The Record for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
National Park Service invites public comment for use, management
Last week the National Park Service announced a plan to seek public input about how visitor activities in Colorado National Monument are managed. Colorado National Monument is located near Fruita. The NPS plan deals specifically with how to manage full and partial road closures on and in the vicinity of Rimrock Drive.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at its November meeting in Yuma last week gave final approval to fishing regulations for the 2013 fishing season, the agency reported in a news release. Additionally, commissioners started reviewing big-game hunting regulations and received informational updates on wildlife research projects, financial issues, an agency marketing plan and the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program. Commissioners received a briefing on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan, which is being rewritten to fulfill requirements of legislation that merged the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks last year, according to the release. The fishing regulations for the 2013 fishing season, which begins April 1 of next year, were widely unchanged. Anglers will see new regulations extending walleye and saugeye regulations upstream of Lake Pueblo State Park, standardizing regulations below Kenny Reservoir near Rangely and allowing the take of carp at Switzer Lake in Delta County, the release stated. Commissioners also extended a full fishing closure on Bear Creek in El Paso County. The closure is designed to protect the unique, native population of greenback cutthroat trout found in the creek, according to the release.
Sunday, November 11
Splintered beams and boards on a piece of charred earth were all that remained Sunday where at least two Indianapolis homes were leveled in a blast that killed two people and rendered homes for blocks uninhabitable. A backhoe raked through the rubble in the middle-class subdivision as clusters of firefighters and rescue workers weary from a long, chaotic day that began late the night before waited for their next assignment. The two-story, brick-faced homes on either side of those demolished by the blast were ruins. One home's roof was gone, a blackened husk left behind. On the other side of the gap, the side of a home was sheared off. Across the street, garage doors had buckled from the heat. It wasn't yet clear what caused the blast that shook the neighborhood at 11 p.m. Saturday. Residents described hearing a loud boom that blew out windows and collapsed ceilings. Some thought a plane had crashed or that it was an earthquake.
Workers at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal are ready for a major move. They've packed some 33,000 dinosaur fossils, rock samples and other specimens for the move from an aging building to a state-of-the-art repository two blocks away. The pieces of the region's prehistoric past will be moved beginning this week, officials said, and the bulk of them should be at their new home by the end of this month. Employees began preparing for the move in August. "If you were to move an entire neighborhood of houses, you're kind of looking at what we're up against here at the museum," said Mary Beth Bennis-Bottomley, the park's curator of education.
Moments after the Denver Broncos gave the Carolina Panthers a good old-fashioned shellacking Sunday, they gave coach John Fox a game ball. "There were a lot of motivating factors to help us win this game, and coach Fox was the biggest one," Von Miller said. Peyton Manning made sure Fox's return to Carolina was successful, throwing for 301 yards and a touchdown, and the defense turned in a dominating performance to lead the Broncos to a 36-14 rout.au Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's list with his childhood hero Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).
Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Charleah Firestone, Library assistant at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library
Job title or position: Library assistant at Moffat County Library Craig branch How long have you held this position: "Since 2009" Previous job: "I'm a retired music teacher. I taught here in Craig for 30 years." Hometown: "Born and raised in Grand Junction so I'm a Western Slope girl."
The 2012 version of Bowling for Veterans turned out to be a bigger success than its first run two years ago. The Bowl for Veterans event from noon to 4 p.m. at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center brought members of the community out for its entirety, encouraging Beryl Dschaak, owner of the bowling alley. “This is a very important day, I’m very patriotic,” Dschaak said about the Sunday event. “It turned out better this year. I’m still a little disappointed in the community, but I am so happy for the support we got.”
When I turned my TV on last night, thinking I had the weather channel on, when Santa Clause's smiley figure came on. I watched the story awhile and it was a new one for me, but enjoyable. It made me more aware of how close Christmas Day was. So my daughter Jane and I decided I better get more cards to send and get busy. I have most of my Christmas Cards sent out of state and to Denver and surrounding areas. When some of the residents go to nursing homes or their family relocate I keep up with them for as long as they answer my cards and letters. Each year i delete some, add some.
The Craig “Midget” hockey players kicked off their season with a pair of losses Saturday. The Midgets, the 14-18 age group of players in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League, dropped the puck for the first time Saturday versus Aspen at 11 a.m. and against Arapahoe at 4:30 p.m.
A look at the upcoming week in sports for Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
It felt closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving inside Centennial Mall on Saturday during the Holiday Craft Show. Filled with crafters booths and an array of creative gifts, attendees meandered from table to table as the snow fell outside. From jewelry, furniture, food, candles and clothing, to marshmallow shooter guns and tomboy tools, there was plenty to choose from.
Driving up to McDonald’s on Saturday morning, the packed parking lot was an indicator of the mad house inside. McDonald’s hosted the Substance Abuse Prevention Program's pancake breakfast Saturday morning, and the turnout was strong. Nearly every seat was filled, the line was continuous and the smell of pancakes hung in the air.
Saturday, November 10
I want to express my congratulations to John Kinkaid in his victory in the recent election. Also I want to congratulate Chuck Grobe who was elected to the District 2 seat. The days ahead will be ones of great decisions and many issues that the voters of Moffat County will depend on you to resolve. I hope and pray for wisdom and vision for all of the commission as we navigate the future in Moffat County and in this great nation.
I like SciFi as much as the next guy but I never was what some would call a “Trekky”. Trekkies are Star Trek fans whose passion for the space fantasy drama is so intense that they “beamed” themselves up without Scotty’s aid. Many haven’t beamed back. The original series starring the overacting actor William Shatner was fun for me as I was in Junior High, the perfect age for such things. Overacting bothered me not one whit.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Broncos coach John Fox returns to Carolina on Sunday with a marquee quarterback in tow. Having a four-time league MVP like Peyton Manning calling the shots on offense is a luxury Fox didn't have during his nine seasons coaching the Panthers. Instead, Fox made do with the likes of Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen, a few rungs down the quarterback totem pole. He's hoping that with Manning running the offense he can find the playoff consistency that eluded him in Carolina. Fox took the Panthers to the playoffs three times in nine seasons, including two NFC championship games and a Super Bowl, but never could put together back-to-back playoff seasons, which ultimately was his undoing.
Moffat County High School held a Veteran’s Day celebration Friday morning, taking the time to honor heroes in the community. Not only was the event well put together, but students demonstrated respect and appreciation for the veterans who attended, including: Guy Bradshaw, current commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Craig, Johnny Garcia, Edward Garcia, Howdy Davis, Jim Meineke, Gaylord Flies, Ray Magness and Leon Meats. The wars the veterans had served in spanned decades, starting with Flies who served in World War II all the way up to Bradshaw who served in Iraq.
Friday, November 9
Dubois made sure the Snake River Dynasty would not keep going. The 6-man football team from Little Snake River Valley School had a gangbusters start, but could not hang on short-handed against Dubois in the Wyoming 6-man state championship. The Rams (11-0) beat the Rattlers (9-2) in the second week of the season, 43-36 to put an end to Snake River’s 22-game winning streak. But the Rattlers rolled the rest of the season and looked to get revenge and keep their streak of state titles alive.
At the midpoint of their season, the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams are keeping on rolling. The seventh and eighth grade teams both handled Soroco in back-to-back games at CMS Friday afternoon. The seventh grade won first by a final count of 34-7, then the eighth-graders put up a 41-9 tally to finish off a good day for Bulldogs basketball.
Government update for Nov. 10, 2012
Moffat County High School students fine tuned performances Thursday evening during a dress rehearsal for their upcoming fall musical, “Guys and Dolls.” Although still working out some of the kinks, the dress rehearsal saw no major issues. The play follows the troubles of Nathan Detroit as he attempts to secure a place for his floating crap game in New York City while his fellow gamblers Benny Southstreet and Nicely-Nicely Johnson attempt to help. The play also follows the two love stories of Nathan and his long time girlfriend Adelaide, and Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown.
Bill Guess to appear before Craig City Council for liquor license permit transfer
The doors to the Golden Cavvy restaurant may not stay closed for long if the son of the building’s owner has anything to say about it. On Tuesday Bill Guess is scheduled to appear before the Craig City Council to request a temporary liquor license permit transfer in hopes of reopening the longtime establishment under a new name, The Baker House Bar & Grill. Guess’ father, Harley, owns the building at 538 Yampa Ave. after he voluntarily repossessed the note for the property when the Golden Cavvy was recently closed by its previous operators.
On the Record for Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
After three and a half years as the counselor at Craig Middle School, Michelle Henderson’s last day was Friday. A move to Owatonna, Minnesota for her husband's job, Henderson feels it’s the right thing for her and her family. But during her last week as CMS counselor, Henderson reflected on the things she’s learned and lessons she’s left behind during her time at CMS.
Thursday, November 8
Happy Birthday Dad!!! You have been the best father a daughter could ask for. You have always been there for us, whatever our need. Your selfless community service is an amazing example to all. If most people could only volunteer ¼ of the time you give, this world would be a better place.
We would like to Thank our family for planning and attending the services and celebration of life for our son, Tony Terry.
Visually impaired and blind residents of Northwest Colorado may see more resources available to them in the future, as The American Council of the Blind of Colorado explores the idea of creating a chapter in the area. Long time Craig resident and former executive director of the Independent Life Center, Evelyn Tileston, said she felt there were not enough resources available to the visually impaired, which is why she is helping to establish a chapter in the area.
Colorado Democrats elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history Thursday, giving control of the chamber to a man who was the public face of a fierce debate over civil union legislation that Republicans defeated six months ago. In an emotional speech witnessed by his tearful parents, Denver Democratic Rep. Mark Ferrandino thanked his colleagues for nominating him for the chamber's highest honor. "I am so humbled by the honor of being able to do this, and I told myself I wasn't going to cry," he said, before detailing his childhood in Bardonia, N.Y., where he was picked on and called names because he had learning disabilities and was in special education classes. "To be where I am, to have your support to do that is, is awesome," said Ferrandino, 35.
Last week a couple of readers asked me about a “Pumpkin Roll” recipe. I didn’t have one so I appealed to other readers. In a few days I had a “Pumpkin Roll” recipe, sent in by Dorothy Martin. I’ve been so busy since I received the recipe that I haven’t had time to try it. If you bake this pumpkin recipe, call and let me know how you like it. And thanks so much. Dorothy! To make “Pumpkin Roll”, you will need these ingredients: For the cake — 3 eggs, separated (save the egg whites); 1-cup sugar; 2/3-cup pumpkin; 1-teaspoon lemon juice; 3/4-cup flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 2 teaspoons cinnamon; and 1/2-teaspoon salt.
A few of his high school players sauntered out to the diamond on a balmy Thursday afternoon, congregating near the infield grass that's beginning to turn brown. A day after hearing the news that Walt Weiss, their coach at Regis Jesuit, was heading back to the big leagues as manager of the Colorado Rockies, they were still a little stunned. That was their coach, the one who just six months ago was taking grounders with them in practice — on this field — as he guided the team to the state semifinals. Now, Weiss is making the unusual leap from high school coach to major league manager. His players are already imagining the possibilities. Maybe Weiss will give them a tour of the clubhouse, or perhaps invite them to watch batting practice at Coors Field.
With long gas lines persisting more than a week after Superstorm Sandy, New York imposed a gasoline rationing plan Thursday that lets motorists fill up every other day. Police will be at gas stations Friday morning to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. Gas will be available to drivers with license-plate numbers ending in an odd number or a letter on Friday. On Saturday, drivers with license plates that end in even numbers or zero can fuel up. "It'll be bad. How am I going to get my jobs done?" said Parris Hancock, a driver for a Manhattan catering company who makes deliveries from morning to night. "I'll have to get up at 4 a.m. and just keep going back for gas and waiting in long lines." Officials said something had to be done to ease the long waits for fuel, which they say has caused panic-buying and hoarding.
Moffat County’s annual 4-H Achievement Night is less than a week away. On November 14, 4-H members, their families, and 4-H leaders will celebrate the 2012 4-H year. And then enrollment will begin for the 2013 4-H year. To join 4-H, a youngster must be 8 years old by December 31. However, there is a 4-H program for younger children, and that’s what this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is all about. Cloverbuds is a program for children of ages 5 to 7, as of December 31.
One of my Texas buddies was talkin’ about stockdogs “down south” being different than those “up north.” I agreed, depending on where you draw the Mason-Dixon Line. I describe those coming from the cooler climes as “suave, smooth, nervous and quick.” Think of hockey pucks, machine guns and playing zone defense. Border Collies, Kelpies and Aussies fit that description. The handler continuously moves his canine leaf-blower into position to “blow” the sheep through the gate. It’s almost like opposing magnets dancing.
Editor’s note: The following guest editorial was written by the National Commander of the American Legion. We are running it in honor of Veterans Day, which this year falls on Sunday. We encourage every resident to thank a veteran this weekend for their service to our country. When people think of veterans they often think of warriors, but Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often times life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis. As Sandy was still wreaking devastation on the east coast, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members mobilized on the opposite coast –at March Air Reserve Base in California to trek nearly 3,000 miles to assist their fellow Americans. The Navy sent large-deck amphibious ships off the shores of New York and New Jersey, where Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen were busy rescuing storm victims, rebuilding ravaged areas and providing food and fuel. Memorial Day is appropriately set aside to honor our fallen war veterans — those who made the Supreme Sacrifice for this great country. Unfortunately, we are unable to personally show our appreciation to these heroes.
The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge is all about helping residents identify ways to consume less energy in their homes and businesses, and therefore to save money on their monthly bills. Today’s final look at the Energy Diet Challenge checklist involves the “Advanced” items — those that take a little longer and perhaps more effort to accomplish. Of the eight advanced actions, five require detailed planning, additional financial resources and most likely contracting skilled professionals to be effective. The remaining three can be completed by either a skilled homeowner or a skilled professional. The details below will help you make that decision.
Medical pilot made multiple low-altitude passes over heard near Grand Junction
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has cited an Arizona helicopter pilot for harassing elk near Grand Junction. Owen Park, 35, of Page, Ariz., a pilot for Classic Lifeguard Air Medical in Page, was assessed 10 penalty points against his hunting and fishing privileges, and a $200 fine for flying his ship Sept. 23 very low over an elk herd in a canyon near the headwaters of Granite Creek, southwest of Grand Junction. Park has paid his fine, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release. There was not a patient onboard at the time of the incident.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library kicked off Thursday at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The program offers free books for children from birth to age five. After registering, children receive a book each month mailed to their house. A collaboration between Connections 4 Kids and the Moffat County Youth United Way, the launch event included locals reading books from the Imagination Library.
Check out the latest in sports news around Craig and Moffat County. Updated pool league standings, hockey getting started, as well as Parks and Recreation opportunities in basketball and exercise.
For his contributions to golf in Colorado — especially the Western part of the state — the Colorado Section of the Professional Golf Association last weekend honored Craig resident Chuck Cobb. The Colorado PGA gave Cobb the Warren Smith Award last Friday because of his long-time service to the game of golf on a local level. The Warren Smith Award, named after a golf pro at Cherry Hills Country Club for almost 30 years, is given to “a PGA professional for special contributions to the game of golf, the Colorado Section PGA, junior golf and to their facility,” according to the Colorado PGA’s description. Ben Welsh, golf pro at Eagle Vail Golf Club and Awards Committee chair for Colorado PGA, described it as a lifetime achievement award.
Reuer in custody at the Moffat County Public Safety Center
The Craig Police Department arrested a local resident Thursday morning on suspicion of committing certain crimes consistent to embezzlement. Craig Reuer, 36, of Craig, is in custody at the Moffat County Public Safety Center on suspicion of theft, a Class 3 felony; identity theft, a Class 4 felony; and forgery, a Class 5 felony. He is being held on $20,000 bond.
As I have prayed many times asking God to heal my eyes. I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve cried and none of it seems to work. Every time I have a bad day trying to see I say to God, ‘OK, let’s have a talk,’ yet he seems to be silent on this matter. I really didn’t realize how much I would miss seeing the simple things such as the features of someone face, or knowing something is in front of me as my eyes struggle to see what it is. Is this fair? Heck no. Do I like what’s happen to my eye site? No.
As we read Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention” in our American Literature class this past week, I was struck by the lessons he can still teach us today. Henry was radically anti-slavery for his day and used slave imagery to make his case in a speech whose final cry, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” still reverberates throughout history. He fervently implored his countrymen to support a declaration of grievances against the King of England. Henry’s major theme in his fiery speech was for his fellow Virginians to break loose the chains of fear and hatred. His rhetoric was impeccable as he persuaded those who were listening to forbear fear of the British military and hatred of the English King that would cloud their judgment because their “holy cause” was liberty in opposition to tyranny. The lessons are implicit in our understanding of our Republic. We must not give in to fear and hatred affecting our judgment.
Whether your preference is for a plastic firearm, a joystick and buttons, or a car constructed from cookies, this is the ideal film for anyone who’s ever loved video games.
On the Record for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7
Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve celebrations. But when the Independence Day fireworks display was canceled, due to this summer’s extreme wildfire season, officials with Moffat County and the City of Craig were presented with the unique challenge of deciding on an alternate holiday to shoot the show. The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board spearheaded the discussion because Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters manage the fireworks display each year.
Commission, Questar meet in middle on $19 million agreement
A long dispute about taxes came to a close Tuesday when the Moffat County Commission hosted a special meeting to approve a settlement with Questar Gas. Questar operates a natural gas pipeline in Moffat County. For years Questar’s pipelines and equipment had not been valuated in accordance with Colorado’s state assessed guidelines. To rectify the lost revenue the commission hired about four years ago Visual Lease Services, a Holdenville, Okla.-based re-evaluation projects company, to map and valuate Questar’s pipelines.
I am writing this letter to let the people of Craig know about an incredible event that occurred this last week on October 30. Craig has a women's barbershop chorus that has been established since the early 80's. Their name is Bella Voce, formally known as the Yampa Valley Chorus. Through song, this small group of women has supported the area and the arts while keeping barbershop music, one of the true American art forms, alive. Well, they certainly kept it alive at the Pepse Center in Denver last Tuesday. This little chorus of 16 members competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition to an almost full house.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, currently proceeding with phase two of a fishery and wetland rehabilitation project at Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area, recently asked for public patience in a news release as the work will temporarily limit public access to the popular fishing spot. Agency officials are asking visitors to use caution and avoid construction areas until the project has been completed, according to the news release. Phase one of the project concluded earlier this year and increased the height of the berm around the main pond, enhancing fish habitat by making the water deeper. The elevated berm will also help prevent water encroachment from the Eagle River, the release stated. Phase two will continue through November of this year and includes making the east pond deeper to improve fish habitat. In addition, a small pond at the south end will be filled to create a wetland environment with a goal of increasing the diversity of forage for waterfowl, according to the release.
On The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Colorado voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a clash with federal drug policy. A similar measure was also approved in Washington state, though voters in Oregon rejected recreational pot. When state and federal laws conflict, federal law takes precedence. Federal authorities could sue in an attempt to block the measures in Colorado and Washington from taking effect. It remained unclear how the federal government would respond. "Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the measure, said in a prepared statement.
Colorado voters have approved an overhaul of how the state hires and fires employees. Amendment S increases the number and type of employees who are exempt from the state personnel system. It gives the state more flexibility in deciding who to hire, rather than simply relying on test results. It also phases out a little-used rule that protects senior employees from layoffs, and it creates a new merit pay system.
Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, has been through his share of elections since first running for public office. But on Tuesday Baumgardner said they never get easier no matter how many he’s through. “You just don’t know going in,” Baumgardner said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you campaign or how good you feel, anything can happen.”
Our View: With the close of the 2012 election, it can be easy for us to remain divided. However if we want our nation to move forward, we need to get past the differences highlighted during this past campaign season and focus on ways to improve our nation.
Carbondale Republican wins in all three counties
Carbondale businessman Bob Rankin sailed to an early victory over retired educator Jo Ann Baxter in the race for the open state House District 57 seat. "Since the registration was in my favor, the campaign was about learning the job, learning the issues," Rankin said Tuesday evening.
Tuesday, November 6
Despite falling in Moffat County, Amendment 64 to the Colorado State Constitution passed Tuesday, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado. While there are still many questions to be answered and regulations to enact before using marijuana is legal, it was a landmark decision which could spearhead a creation of the marijuana industry. While in the Moffat County the amendment lost by over 300 votes, or by 53-47 percent, The Denver Post called it passing at 9:15 p.m., when Amendment 64 had 52.7 percent voting yes statewide.
Election does not come down to wire as predicted
Contrary to what the last public polls showed a month ago the race for the Third Congressional District of Colorado did not come down to the wire. Not only wasn’t it close, numerous agencies across the state called the election for incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, with 50 percent of the ballots still to be tallied. “Our internal polling looked pretty positive going into the election, but this exceeded our expectations,” Tipton said. “I’m very grateful to my staff that traveled with me to debates and town hall meetings all over the district, and to all of our volunteers that worked so hard throughout the campaign.”
His reach for the presidency thwarted, Mitt Romney stayed out of sight late Tuesday as news organizations including The Associated Press announced that President Barack Obama had won a second term. Dejected Romney supporters milled around a hotel ballroom where the Republican hopeful had planned to declare victory and groaned as key battlegrounds moved Obama's way. Obama's victory in closely fought Ohio narrowed Romney's path to the 270 electoral vote. The Democrat also was declared the winner in other swing states including New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa. Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Republicans hoped to put in play, stayed in Obama's camp as well. Florida and Virginia remained too close to call. Romney supporters cheered a win in North Carolina, which Obama captured four years ago. But it was a rare prize in an evening that broadly favored the presidency.
In what many have considered a huge upset, John Kinkaid beat Dave DeRose 3,130 to 2,669 to win the race for county commissioner of District 1. Prior to receiving the results, Kinkaid said he wasn’t as nervous as he thought he would be throughout the day. “It’s been a great day. This whole thing’s been a great adventure. People have been so wonderful to me,” Kinkaid said.
Polling places located throughout Moffat County open until 7 p.m.
With 13 out of 14 precincts reporting and only provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted, election results in Moffat County are:
Women, do you ever feel like men aren’t listening to you when you have a problem? Men, do you sometimes feel like women are incapable of just solving a problem and moving on? Men and Women have many differences and one of them is the way that we problem solve. When a woman has a problem she has to explain the whole entire problem, every which way. Then she will ask for a man’s input, she will then listen to the man’s advice, she will take parts of it in even though it doesn’t seem like she does and then will get straight back on the path of her problem again re-explaining it and how she wants to handle it, how she might handle it and then how she will handle it. She will then move onto her friend’s problems and what is going on with them.
Thank You for all your prayers and visits to me while I was at Sandrock Care and Therapy. I got a lot of good care there and therapy. Special Thanks to my loving family and to Nancy Core, my Pastor Turner and Church friends.
Marc Leier: Letters to EditorSince 2005 I’ve purchased 3, 3.6R Outback models from Cook Chevrolet and Subaru in Craig. The first two vehicles were absolutely incredible. However, the last car purchased (the 2011) turned out to be a major pain! At less than 10k miles, the car began having a couple issues: 1) The entire right side speaker bank would randomly cut out for minutes, hours or even days at a time. 2) There’s an intermittent but noticeable vibration/rumbling sound coming from the center of the car. These problems were reported to the dealership in Craig immediately. The Craig Dealership explained they didn’t have a Certified Subaru Technician there.
Craig elementary students squirmed in anticipation as they waited for the Capitol Christmas Tree to make its stop in Craig Tuesday afternoon. A crowd of several hundred people came to see the tree at the Moffat County Fairgrounds as it made its way from Rangely to Steamboat. The Capitol Christmas Tree was selected to come from Colorado this year, and was cut down in Meeker.
Veterans day is Sunday, Nov. 11. There are various activities planned for the weekend, so please try to attend. Remember, this Friday, Nov. 9, a Veterans Service will take place at the Moffat County High School at 8:45 a.m. Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be a luncheon hosted by American Northwest Realty for all veterans and their families. The luncheon will be at the American Legion Hall on Moffat County Road 7. On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Thunder Rolls Bowling Center will have free bowling for Veterans starting at 1 p.m. Any proceeds taken in will be donated to the Wounded Warriors program through the Bowlers to Veterans Link.
On The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
After a one-year hiatus, veterans will once again benefit from an event at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center this Veteran’s Day. The local bowling alley, 900 Industrial Lane, hosted a Bowl for Veterans event in 2010 to raise money for the non-profit charity organization Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) and was successful. The nearly $3200 raised by the alley that day was the ninth-most by a 16-lane bowling alley in the country. But according to Thunder Rolls employee Chris Runyan, the turnout was not as good as hoped.
Monday, November 5
Commission to approve final statewide fishing regulations
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to approve final annual changes to statewide fishing regulations when it meets later this week in Yuma. The meeting, scheduled to take place beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Yuma Community Center, 421 E. Second Ave., also will provide commissioners with the opportunity to consider and approve Consumer Price Index adjustments of non-resident license fees for the 2013-2014 fishing season.
Big game hunting is a tradition for a lot of Craig families, but it also comes with certain inherent risks. And with the Elk and Mule Deer rifle seasons well under way Lt. KC Hume of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office said now is not the time to forget the cardinal rule of hunting — be sure of your target and beyond.
Craig residents will have an opportunity today to view the Capitol Christmas tree harvested from the White River Forest on its way to Washington, D.C. starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion parking lot at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Craig Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with other sponsors, has organized a schedule of activities that coincide with the Tree’s stop in Craig, the Chamber announced Monday. The scheduled activities include:
Greg Cortez:Letters to Editor
With the changing of the clocks, falling back an hour will put motorists in more danger of collisions with wildlife. Going from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time early Sunday morning will make it dark earlier in the day, giving motorists going home from work and driving in the evening more likelihood of coming across wildlife. "November is a dangerous month for motorists and wildlife," said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator John Koshak. "Commuters will be driving at dusk when visibility is poor and when wildlife is most active."
On The Record for Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
MCTA marketing committee meeting agenda
Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11 a.m. Wednesday Where: Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane Agenda:
Sunday, November 4
What grade are you in: “Eighth grade” Favorite subject in school: “Reading class” Favorite book or series: “Fear Street”
Fire board awards construction contract to local bidder
The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board hosted a special meeting Sunday to discuss the next phase of its live fire training tower project. After opening the meeting at 5 p.m., the board moved into executive session with its consultant for the project Todd Ficken, of Niwot-based F&D International, LLC, an architectural and engineering firm.
Three days ago, Colorado shut down a brand-new prison it didn't need. Unless the state government finds someone else who can use it, Colorado taxpayers can expect to spend $208 million for an empty building. Finding someone else may not be easy. Colorado State Penitentiary II, also known as Centennial South, consists of 948 solitary-confinement cells. It has no dining room, no gym, no rooms where a group of prisoners could take classes or go to therapy or get vocational training. It's row after identical row of empty cells. From the beginning, critics of this project objected, correctly, that Colorado was putting people in solitary confinement at a rate that dwarfed the national average.
Peyton Manning's two interceptions had put the Broncos behind. The four-time MVP was going to need yet another fourth-quarter comeback to pull it out. No one's better at it. Manning stayed perfect against Cincinnati on Sunday, overcoming his two interceptions with three touchdown passes for a 31-23 victory that gave him yet another NFL record that measures calmness under pressure. His 48th game-winning drive moved him ahead of Dan Marino for the NFL record and showed Denver (5-3) that he's still got it when everything's on the line. "He is special at it," coach John Fox said.
President Barack Obama enters the final hours of the 2012 campaign with an edge in the hunt for the 270 electoral votes needed to win and more ways to reach that magic number. Yet the race is remarkably close in at least six states that could go either way, giving Republican Mitt Romney hope that he can pull off a come-from-behind victory. If the election were held now, an Associated Press analysis found that Obama would be all but assured of 249 votes, by carrying 20 states that are solidly Democratic or leaning his way — Iowa, Nevada and Pennsylvania among them — and the District of Columbia. Romney would lay claim to 206, from probable victories in 24 states that are strong Republican turf or tilt toward the GOP, including North Carolina. Up for grabs are 83 electoral votes spread across Colorado, Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin. Of those, Republicans and Democrats alike say Obama seems in a bit better shape than Romney in Ohio and Wisconsin, while Romney appears to be performing slightly better than Obama or has pulled even in Florida and Virginia.
CD3 candidate thanks Steamboat Springs volunteers
Last week Sal Pace, Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, made his final pitch to Yampa Valley voters when he visited with two-dozen volunteers at the Team Obama Office in Steamboat Springs. The event in Routt County was the first of a four-stop tour of the Western Slope that also included visits to Grand Junction, Rifle and Edwards. During his 10-minute discussion with local democrats Pace thanked volunteers who have been canvassing Steamboat Springs neighborhoods and calling Yampa Valley voters on his behalf.
The pumpkins are being replaced by trees to become Christmas trees, Thanksgiving is sacked in somewhere between. It's not as festive (seems like to me) as it used to be. Some families are more not able to travel to get together due to the economy, health, weather. Anyway, we can still I believe take a little time during the Thanksgiving time and give thanks to God for what we do have and also may God bless America. I always take time to pray every morning and night, thankful for making thru the day and night, regardless of how good or bad my day or night went. Because I realized years ago there is always going to be someone better or worse off than I am. My life is not pink clouds, sunshine, roses.
The Center of Craig was packed Saturday night for the 20th annual Chili Supper and Auction to benefit the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center. Katie Grobe, director for the center, said the event saw significantly more people than the previous year, with 130 guests. The event brought in $3,200 for the center.
Upcoming Craig Parks and Recreation opportunities, including skiing and snowboarding lessons, youth basketball leagues and a lifeguard training course.
Check out the week in sports from Nov. 5 to 11 for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.
Saturday, November 3
The Romney Campaign has said that Colorado is likely to be the state that determines the outcome of the election. That means all registered residents of Moffatt County have a moral obligation to vote. We could determine whether the United States of America remains a free country, or whether it will become the socialist nation of President Obama's dreams. Any president that tells us that we have to buy a product (his version of healthcare insurance) or pay a fine, deserves to be kicked out of office. Any president whose aim is to "spread the wealth around" by taking higher taxes from you in order to give all kinds of free stuff to illegal immigrants whom he arrogantly promotes coming across our southern border in violation of our law should be sent packing. Any president who sits in the Situation Room and watches our Embassy being attacked in real time, and sends the orders "Stand Down" three times, causing 4 Americans to lose their lives is not welcome to have any further access to that room.
The CMS eighth grade boys basketball team split a pair of partial games against Rangely Saturday morning in Craig. CMS fields two full rosters for its eighth grade basketball teams, but Rangely does not have the same participation level, with enough for just one team. So to make sure everyone got a chance to play and the Rangely boys weren’t run ragged, an agreement was reached to play two three-quarter games.
Jo Ann Baxter of Craig in Moffat County actually is the better choice to represent the diverse population of Colorado HD 57. Bob Rankin, successful electrical engineer, former corporate executive of broad experience, has endorsements from an impressive array of well-heeled business, commercial, and professional backers. Rankin’s emphatically conservative political outlook for economic development and job creation in northwestern Colorado, makes him seem like the favorite in these parts. He’s a successful businessman; he thinks like one. His answers to economic questions resonate with the majority of the Republican base up here.
I despise change, ….now. I used to demand change. Change feeds the frenzy of the youthful mind. I think I was really hungry. Change now seems to have become a cruel taskmaster as life becomes seasoned and tempered by age, experience, unexpected diversions and trials. Now that I’m knocking on the door of six decades, I understand the people I use to call old. Some of their foibles that were so irritating are starting to make a great deal of sense. Idiosyncrasies of seasoned Seniors I thought to be irrational now seem more than logical.
I first met Bob Rankin in 2000. I had been thinking about starting an education non-profit and was interested in meeting community leaders who were demonstrating a similar interest in public education. My inquiries led me to a group of technologically oriented people who were investigating the possibility of putting computers in the hands of those whose families were not able to afford them. The leader of this group was Bob Rankin; the non-profit that was ultimately formed was Computers for Kids, C4K. C4K was a great success. Students and adults worked together to gather, refurbish, distribute and recycle old computers and provide Internet access to those in need. Over the years I have come to know Bob well. His life and work history tell the story of a hardworking, dedicated, and determined man who strives to be the best at whatever he does.
The Moffat County High School football lost its final game of the season in Grand Junction Friday night. Palisade proved to be too much to handle in the fourth quarter after a tight first three, pulling away to win 35-14. Palisade will await its 3A playoff seeding, having finished 8-2. Moffat County will miss the postseason in 2012, finishing 5-5.
Friday, November 2
Our View: The election finally arrives Tuesday, and with it the chance to pick our new leaders. While it is important to be informed and to keep whatever the results may be in perspective, the most important thing to do is simply to vote.
Steve Deyo, a Craig resident who died in January, will be inducted to the Colorado Football Officials Association Hall of Fame in December. Deyo was a Moffat County High School football player and graduated in 1978. He officiated football games in the western part of Colorado for over 20 years, and worked in two state championship games during that time. He left a lasting impact on his family and football on the Western Slope.
With one more win, the Snake River Rattlers will three-peat as football state champions. After a loss to Dubois early in the regular season, the team from Little Snake River Valley School in Baggs, Wyo. has been on a roll. Now it has a chance at revenge against Dubois, on the state’s biggest stage. The Rattlers made it back to the state championship game with an 80-24 win over Meeteetse High School Friday afternoon in Baggs.
The election is days away and the big issue on the minds of voters, after jobs and the economy, is health care reform. Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party candidate for president, has pledged throughout his campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if elected. That’s music to the ears of a lot of small business owners in Craig and Moffat County who have raised concerns since Romney’s campaign stop in May about potential rate hikes for employee health insurance under the Act. But regardless of who wins the office Tuesday Sue Birch, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care & Financing, said Friday the state would continue to press forward with its reforms for health care in Colorado.
Skiers and snowboarders are getting a few more options of where to ride this weekend, as ski season picks up. Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort are opening for the season Friday, with incentives for people who show up early. Keystone plans to have doughnuts, hot cocoa and coffee for early birds, while Copper plans to pass out free drink holders that are good for drink specials.
With the presidential campaign back on after a storm-related pause, both sides rushed to Colorado to court voters in the final hours of early voting in this crucial battleground. President Barack Obama spoke to about 10,000 people in the Democratic stronghold of Boulder, and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was headed to Colorado for a rally Friday. Both campaigns are seeking to run up the score in parts of the state where they're strongest before early in-person voting ends Friday.
Dozens of victims of the Colorado movie theater shootings have submitted claims to receive money from a fund set up to support them. Thursday was the deadline for submissions. The governor's office says 52 claims, including three duplicates, have been received so far. Claims postmarked by Thursday also will be accepted.
Squabbling siblings often come to mind when thinking of long trips with teenage brothers and sisters. The common practice of attempting to annoy one another to their breaking point first seems to occupy the hours between point A and point B. But not Tori and Tanner Snyder. The siblings, Tori is 17 and Tanner 15, are traveling to Australia together in June, as part of the People to People Ambassador program, and say they have no qualms about getting along.
Government Update for Nov. 3, 2012
Rig Count for Nov. 3, 2012
Safety precautions from the Colorado Department of Transportation: SLIPPERY WHEN WET First snow or ice — Drivers aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.
Thursday, November 1
This past weekend some of you called with a question about “Diane’s Favorite Pumpkin Cake” recipe that was featured in last week’s column. The recipe within the “body” of the column was correct, but there was an error on the “card” at the end of the column. Somehow “one cup of rice” got inserted in the ingredients for the frosting. There is no rice in the frosting. So, the corrected recipe card is included at the end of this column. I appreciated your calls, and I’m sorry for any inconvenience. This week’s recipe isn’t pumpkin, for a change. Instead, the recipe is for a beef casserole that I make occasionally — when I have time to make it. It’s a good recipe for cold weather.
The opportunity to address The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s Board of Trustee’s meeting came and went without much adieu Thursday evening. Usually one to two present as wallflowers, Thursday night’s meeting saw about 25 people in the audience. Although there actually had to be chairs added for the public who wanted to address the board, the majority of the audience was comprised of Hospital employee’s and their spouses.
This past Saturday, as Pipi ate hay in the pasture next to my cottage office, I was thinking about the fall time of year when I was a kid growing up on the ranch on Morapos Creek. I remember the season for three things- gathering cattle, shipping calves and hunting season. In September the cattle were gathered from summer pasture, and about October the calves were sorted off. My dad, his brothers and at least one neighbor had their calves trucked to Craig where they were loaded onto train cars and “shipped” to the Denver Stockyards to be sold. Usually Dad and one of the other ranchers went with to Denver, too, so they could take care of the calves and see them sold. Meanwhile, the men who stayed home got ready for hunting season.
20-year career tied to snowy Hayden commute
There are a number of factors people consider when deciding on a place to settle down. Colorado’s numerous recreational opportunities are no doubt near the top of that list for both natives and transplants alike. Though many people are drawn to the northwest part of the state for its famous snow, Colorado’s wintertime weather also can influence a person’s career path. About 20 years ago Craig resident Patty Kroese was in the middle of her morning commute to Mountain Valley Bank in Hayden.
It was a late Saturday afternoon when Donelle glanced out the front window and saw a cow, one lone cow, standing on her front porch. She did not look docile or friendly like some cows do. This one had a wild look in her eye. Donelle was pretty sure the cow came from a bunch that Mr. Mark had unloaded into a nearby pasture near the Mariposa county fairgrounds several weeks ago. He’d come back to gather them this particular Saturday. The whole bunch was spooky and skitterish as a bag of yellow hornets in a paint shaker! Since he couldn’t ride within 50 yards of one, he had brought along his prized Catahoula hounds.
The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge checklist has three sections of action items you can implement in your home to save on energy usage and on energy costs. We’ve previously discussed some “Nice and Easy” actions to accomplish. Now we turn our focus to actions that are a bit more complex but will make significant savings in your energy usage. The checklist’s intermediate section has nine actions, seven of which are self-explanatory. Let’s talk about those other two actions.
Due to warm weather dominating most of the fall, hunting has not been as productive as Craig and the surrounding area is accustomed to. According to Mike Porras, the Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife northwest region, two seasons of hunting have been less successful than normal. Elk hunting in Parks and Wildlife’s area six, which includes Moffat, Rio Blanco and parts of Garfield and Routt Counties, has been characterized as below-average by a small margin.
It’s all going on the line Friday in Palisade. The Moffat County football team will make its last push for a playoff spot when it travels for an 8 p.m. game in Palisade to take on the other Bulldogs in the Western Slope League. Moffat County (5-4, 3-4 WSL) sit in 24th place in the most recent Colorado High School Activities Association wildcard points standings. They would need to make the top 16 in order to make the state playoffs.
Office to serve as hub for final campaign push
With polls predicting a statistical dead heat in the race for the presidency a group of Moffat County voters plans to open a campaign office for the final push to Election Day. Frank Moe, Moffat County Republican project manager, announced Thursday by news release the Mitt Romney Victory Center will open its doors Saturday in the meeting rooms of the Hampton Inn and Suites at 377 Cedar Court in Craig.
I suppose there are many who can say, “They have been on a journey few people have been on.” Yes there are many who can say that perhaps, but I find that I truly have had great opportunities come my way. In our little city of Craig, there are amazing people to meet, and visit with, and sights to see, and experience. What causes me to ponder today comes from my first and only exposure to delivering meals for St. Michael’s Kitchen. I actually wanted to say something about fall and pumpkins, and all the memories that come with the changing of the seasons. But God doesn’t seem to be shaping me in that direction, instead a song keeps coming up again and again.
Craig Middle School students took on the challenge of raising 3,000 cans for the Inter Faith Food Bank this month, and just in the nick of time it appears.
If you love to pay taxes, vote for Joann Baxter. Joann Baxter loves to pay taxes and thinks we should pay more. I Heard her speak those very words at a meeting with Michael Bennett when he was here to hype Obama's Health care tax. If you vote for Joann Baxter know that she will probably vote for higher taxes every chance she gets because to her taxes are a blessing and she wouldn't mind paying more.
We are law enforcement leaders in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, and we wanted to express our concerns about Amendment 64, the effort to legalize “recreational” use of marijuana in Colorado. First, we are concerned about any steps that might increase use of marijuana among children. Studies indicate that increased availability and increased perceptions of acceptability will increase underage use of marijuana, which already accounts for 67 percent of teenage substance abuse treatment in America. The evidence is also compelling to us that marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to use and abuse of even more dangerous drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. Because of the permanent, lifelong debilitating effects of marijuana on young people, we are gravely troubled about Amendment 64’s potential long term harm to our community’s youth. Second, the argument that the government should tax marijuana like alcohol and tobacco, and use those tax revenues to address the potential impacts, totally overlooks how little tax revenue is actually collected compared to the social costs of alcohol and tobacco use.
Most kids in middle school have heard the spiel, “don’t do drugs, they’re bad for you.” A staple in children’s education, the message seems to stick more coming from someone who's lived it. In a presentation to Craig Middle School 8th graders Tuesday afternoon, as part of Red Ribbon Week, a week of student awareness on drug and alcohol abuse, Matt Beckett, Moffat County Director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, warned students about the increased risks they would face entering high school. Craig resident Matt Beckett’s downward spiral from popular athlete to druggie in jail, a story so outrageous and yet relatable at the same time, allows students to see how easily they too might fall prey to the allure of drugs and alcohol.
Thank you to all who made the recent Downtown Halloween activities so enjoyable. It gets better every year.
On behalf of the Moffat County High School senior class, I would like to thank the Craig Daily Press for all they did to help us make our Homecoming class float. The float turned out amazing, and it was all due to your generous support and guidance. We appreciate all you did for us, thank you so much!
Well, it's near the end of the mud-slinging season. We have heard half lies, full lies and damn lies, and barely any items of full truth. Republicans and Democrats are both at it! Perot, where are you when we need you? Someone, please cut through the crap! They have us wage slaves (hear me Peabody) and retirees (hear me AARP). What really bothers me is that some of my friends who have entrusted their present and future lives to the Lord Jesus Christ have turned aside to trusting in horse and chariots. At least conversations with them and letters to the editor imply as much.
In 2011, a few months before my 69th birthday, Joel and I decided to climb Huron Peak near Buena Vista, a summit Colorado Fourteeners Magazine described as “a shapely, shy peak hidden in the heart of the Sawatch.” I worried as we finalized our plans, fearing I’d wear out when the hike became strenuous, and Joel would have to roll me back to the truck. In the preceding decade, I’d climbed other fourteeners with vigor and enjoyment, experiencing only brief moments of minor hysteria. Recently, however, during less challenging hikes, diminished energy and sore knees had reminded me of my dad, mournfully singing, “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.” I managed to banish my concerns as Joel and I started our climb on a promising day in August. My spirits soared, buoyed by the beauty of daybreak in the mountains and the companionship of my husband: a bond unharmed by our drive through an obliterating darkness to the trailhead on a rugged donkey path during which I miss-navigated two turns, and Joel used profanity.
The protection of our high school students was taken to an early Halloween extreme this past week to make a very important point. Students who might potentially lose their lives due to the choices they make (or fall prey to the decisions of others) were on display in our hallways last Friday. These students dressed up to look as if they were literally walking corpses with signs around their necks indicating their cause of death. The intent was to show the student body the impact of the loss of students at a “memorial” assembly where each student was eulogized. When students, or anyone in our community, forfeit their life because of their own poor decision or by the poor decisions of others, it is a tragedy. The lessons we can learn from such an ordeal have been lived out in our community more times than I care to remember in the past 15 years.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are seeking help from the public in solving a pronghorn poaching case that occurred near Lamar, the agency announced in a news release. Wildlife officers found two pronghorn antelope Oct. 13 dumped near North 13th Street and Canal Road. Portions of the animals were missing but the meat was still present, according to the release. Anyone who saw any suspicious activity or has information should call Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Kevin Mahan at 719-940-0233 or call the toll-free poaching tip line at 1-877-265-6648. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, the release stated.
On The Record for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 10-12, the agency announced in a news release. The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. According to the release, day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.