News for Monday, November 19, 2012

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Craig harpist to perform at Moffat County Library

After her sixth hernia surgery due to her trumpet playing, doctors told Charleah Firestone she should stop. But it wasn’t until her twelfth hernia surgery that Firestone made the decision to quit playing the trumpet as it was hurting her health. A trumpet major in college, a performer in the Yampa Valley Brass group and a musician all her life, it would be difficult to simply quit making music. After a coworker told her about a hospice harpist who played by her father’s bedside and created the most beautiful music she’d ever heard, and attending a harp concert in Grand Junction, Firestone said she was totally enthralled with it.

Pat Pearce: Humane Society grateful

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: April at the "Dog and I" for grooming shelter dogs, City Market for the donation of cat fountains, and Glenwood Petco for donating dog and cat toys. Thanks to Diane Knez, Debbie Markham, Sally Beachum, Elaine Webber and Karen Rohnke for donations of pet food and pet dishes.

On The Record for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

On The Record for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

CPW releases wild turkey update, facts as Thanksgiving approaches

Once nearly extinct throughout the state, there are more wild turkeys in Colorado now than ever before, according to a news release issued by biologists at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "The increase of wild turkeys in Colorado is due to their adaptability, high reproductive capability and careful management of hunting," said Brian Dreher, a senior terrestrial biologist for CPW, in the release. Dreher said state wildlife managers have been developing strategies to increase the wild turkey population since the early 1980s. Since that time the agency has successfully transplanted wild turkeys into most of the available habitat in the state, according to the release. Turkeys were plentiful in the North America when the Pilgrims landed, but as colonists spread west turkey populations plummeted to approximately 30,000 by 1900. In the release Dreher said wild turkeys faced a double whammy in the early years of our country.

Is stem cell research ethical?

Do the benefits from stem cell research outweigh the ethical dilemmas? What are the potential ramifications?

The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter, the Blue Print newspaper or Moffat County School District. Reporters are asked to take a specific position in order to share selected perspectives.

Who really needs an education in art?

Application of the arts enhances learning in core subjects

Math…Science…Literature…History…Art? Is art really necessary in K-12 education? Well, according to the Welch Medical Library, when asked, 41% of students who nearly dropped out of high school reported that the arts were what kept them in school. Many would also say that the arts are a way to bring people together to work towards a common goal or to find common ground. It often times speaks where words cannot. For example, visual arts can be many things; an expression of someone’s views of the world, an interpretation of life, or simply a random creative illustration. Theatrical arts can be the ultimate imitation of life, history and emotion. And music is a universal language that anyone can understand no matter their sex, race, religion or cultural background.

Our kids ain’t writing so good

Technology skill doesn’t automatically make better writers

Spell check doesn’t help. Even with the aid of word processing technology, only about a fourth of American eighth- and 12th-graders can be considered reasonably conversant with Mother English. So goes a bleak assessment of U.S. students’ writing skills by the National Assessment Governing Board, which issues the annual “Nation’s Report Card.” According to the report, a whopping 24 percent of students in those grades in 2011 could write coherent essays with proper grammar and usage.

Winning isn’t the most important thing

Positive response to one game played with different emphasis

One football game stood out from all the rest this season and not because of the score. Our community, students, and members of the band cheered for the opposing team. Ridgeview Academy was the reason. Football coach Kip Hafey was inspired to follow in the footsteps of a Christian church in Texas and invite Ridgeview Academy to play the Bulldogs after learning about the One Heart Project. Hafey saw it as a perfect opportunity for MCHS. The One Heart Project started in Grapevine, TX in 2008 when the Gainesville Tornadoes, a detention school, organized a football game against Faith Christian High School. Faith Christian made a spirit line for the Tornadoes and cheered for them during the game. Faith Christian wanted to let the Tornadoes know they had support as well.

New faces in the building

The high school had several new members join the staff this school year. Some are new in town. Some are returning to old grounds. Here are the new members of the staff and a little background about each of them.

Giving as good as she gets

Debra Ann Harris reflects on her life and a conversation with God

Debra Ann Harris, 57, describes her favorite job as being an at-home caregiver. “[I was] taking care of all these wonderful old ladies and old men and it was an honor talking and living with these people.” She was a caregiver six days a week doing jobs for her patients such as cooking, cleaning, check writing, paying bills, and mailing things out. Mrs. Harris believes that becoming a caregiver is a special calling. She says it was “handed to me by God and I kind of balked at it and He kicked me in the butt with it and said, ‘This is what you want to be!’”

What happens after midnight?

Enforcement of curfew law meant to protect rather than harm

“It’s past curfew” is a line some students hear frequently whether it is from their parents or, if they are unfortunate enough, a patrol officer. Strategies that underage minors use so they won’t get caught don’t always work and they end up having to face the consequences. The curfew law in Craig has always been a debatable issue. People such as law enforcement find it helpful and productive, others, such as students, see it as unnecessary. Places such as Grand Junction and Delta don’t have a curfew law. Student Resource Officer Mark Brown,who has worked in other cities in Colorado, says that places without curfew laws including Delta and Grand Junction have to deal with more juvenile crime on a regular basis. He contends that with only a few businesses being open after midnight, minors are not usually up to any good when they are out during those late hours.