News for Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Laurie Meineke: Happy birthday, Dad

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.

James E. and Mary Lou Terry: Thanks for the support

We would like to Thank our family for planning and attending the services and celebration of life for our son, Tony Terry.

American Council of the Blind of Colorado looking to add chapter in Northwest Colorado

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.

Colo. Dem. lawmakers pick 1st gay House speaker

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.

Over A Cup: Pumpkin Roll

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.

Weiss takes unusual coaching path to majors

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.

NYC, Long Island to ration gas to ease fuel crunch

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.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Joining Cloverbuds

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.

Baxter Black: The right dog for the occasion

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.

James E. Koutz: Every day is Veterans Day

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.

Energy Diet: Advanced actions to save energy

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.

Arizona helicopter pilot cited for harassing Colorado elk

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.

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library opens registration

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.

Moffat County Sports Briefs for Nov. 9, 2012: Craig BCA Pool League week 8 standings

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.

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Craig resident given lifetime achievement award by Colorado PGA

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.

Craig resident arrested on suspicion of embezzlement offenses

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.

Linda Taylor: Please God, I just want to see

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.

Lance Scranton: Courage over tyranny

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.

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Andy Bockelman: "Wreck-It Ralph" an awesome arcade homage

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

On the Record for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012