News for Sunday, November 4, 2012

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Devnnte Johnson, eighth grade student at Craig Middle School

What grade are you in: “Eighth grade” Favorite subject in school: “Reading class” Favorite book or series: “Fear Street”

Craig fire board hosts training tower special meeting Sunday

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.

Colorado spending $208 million on empty prison

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.

Manning's 3 TDs rally Broncos over Bengals 31-23

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.

Obama leads; Romney with chance in electoral race

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.

Pace visits Yampa Valley during final tour of Western Slope before election

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.

Senior Spotlight for November 4, 2012

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.

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Yampa Valley Pregnancy Resource Center chili supper a success

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.

Registration open for Trailbusters 2013

Upcoming Craig Parks and Recreation opportunities, including skiing and snowboarding lessons, youth basketball leagues and a lifeguard training course.

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Bulldog Sports Nov. 5 to 11

Check out the week in sports from Nov. 5 to 11 for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.