News for Thursday, November 1, 2012



Over A Cup: Biscuit Casserole for cold weather

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.

TMH Board addresses concerns, receives praise at Thursday meeting

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.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Hunting season back then

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.

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Kroese celebrates 20 years with Bank of Colorado

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.

Baxter Black: A Mariposa Saturday night

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.

Energy Diet: Are you losing yet?

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.

Weather affecting early season elk hunting

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.

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Football prepped for battle of the Bulldogs

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.

Romney Victory Center opens Saturday in Craig

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.

Karen Gibson: Walking with God

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.

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CMS students host drive to benefit food bank

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.

Lynne Herring: 'Vote for Rankin'

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.

Moffat County law enforcement officials: No on Amendment 64

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.

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Craig Middle School hosts presentation on drugs and alcohol during Red Ribbon Week

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.

Ron Schaeffer: Halloween activities a hit

Thank you to all who made the recent Downtown Halloween activities so enjoyable. It gets better every year.

Rose Howe: Thanks, Daily Press

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!

Bob Grubb: Election leading America astray

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.

Janet Sheridan: On Turning 70

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.

Lance Scranton: Raising the bar

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.

CPW officers investigating Lamar pronghorn poaching case

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, the release stated.

On The Record for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

US Forest Service waives fees during Veterans Day weekend

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.