News for Thursday, November 15, 2012



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Craig Middle School takes down LSRV

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.

Moffat County School District Board of Education approves action items

During its regular meeting Thursday night the Moffat County School District Board of Education unanimously approved:

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Colorado Meth Project spends week in Craig

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,, there were activities for kids at the Boys and Girls Club including face painting, cookie decorating, headband making and other activities.

Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

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.

Vail, Eldora opening for ski season Friday

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.

Colo. to get $1.9M in GlaxoSmithKline settlement

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.

4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

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.

Tony Grajeda: Sore losers

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.

Bain White: Changes under way at local church

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.

Colorado BLM signs RD&D leases for oil shale development in Rio Blanco County

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.

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Meeker's young thespians to perform Seussical Jr.

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.

Janet Sheridan: Lesser blessings

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.

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Andy Bockelman: James Bond rises to his former glory in ‘Skyfall’

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.

Colorado PERA Board upholds 8 percent rate of return expectation

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.