News for Friday, November 2, 2012

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CDP Editorial: Exercise your right

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.

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Deyo to be inducted in officials' hall of fame

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.

Snake River headed back to state championship

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.

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Birch leads health care reform discussion as election looms

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.

Keystone, Copper Mountain open for ski season Fri.

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.

Dozens of theater shooting victims seek fund aid

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.

Obama, GOP scramble for early votes in Colorado

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.

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Craig High School siblings to travel to Australia

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

Government Update for Nov. 3, 2012

Rig Count for Nov. 3, 2012

Rig Count for Nov. 3, 2012

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Winter Driving

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.