News for Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Hundreds turn out for St. Michael’s third annual Thanksgiving dinner

For a few hours Thursday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church ceased to resemble a typical community soup kitchen, giving way to a more traditional family gathering. A really, really big family gathering. Volunteer Robin Schiffbauer estimated about 150 to 200 Craig residents attended the third annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at St. Michael’s, 678 School St., to visit with friends and to fill their bellies with traditional holiday fare.

Christmas tree tradition survives CO wildfire

The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history leveled hundreds of homes but didn't touch a cherished tradition in Pike National Forest near Colorado Springs — cutting live Christmas trees. The U.S. Forest Service says last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire didn't touch the area of the forest where generations have gone to cut live Christmas trees. Each year, about 5,000 people buy $10 permits to cut a tree.

CO man digs for truth in Earhart's disappearance

For 75 years, researchers, historians and scientists have tirelessly sought answers in the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Competing theories have emerged, but with those theories come more questions: Was the famed pilot lost at sea after a crash? Did she and her co-pilot Frank Noonan survive on a remote island? Was she kidnapped? For the past 27 years, Broomfield resident Bill Prymak has studied Earhart's final journey as the head of the Amelia Earhart Society, a group of researchers and history buffs who share theories and information across the globe. At the height of his research in the late '80s and early '90s, Prymak traveled four times to the Marshall Islands, where he interviewed potential eyewitnesses who said they saw a plane crash in 1937. After working for years with other Amelia Earhart Society researchers, he believes he knows exactly what happened to Earhart and her co-pilot in 1937: They crash-landed in the Mili Atoll of the Marshall Islands, where they were captured by the Japanese and put to their deaths on the island of Saipan, because they were believed to be spies.

Sandy victims cheered by NYC's Thanksgiving parade

Victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and — for some — front row seats to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "It means a lot," said Karen Panetta, of the hard-hit Broad Channel section of Queens, as she sat in a special viewing section set aside for New Yorkers displaced by the storm. "We're thankful to be here and actually be a family and to feel like life's a little normal today," she said. The popular Macy's parade, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Real-life stars included singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of "The X Factor."

James Neaton: ‘Passport to Reading’ under way in Moffat County

Consider a few of the new state standards that your fourth and fifth grade child will be expected to know: U.S. History will learn the development of political, social, and economic institutions in the British American colonies. They will examine how important American documents have shaped uniquely held American beliefs and values. Science will examine, evaluate, question, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media to investigate questions about characteristics of living things. Are you struggling to come up with some answers to these standards? Rest assured, the bar has been raised on our children far and above what was expected of you and I during our free and easy (for most of us) elementary years. In order to develop a deep understanding of these new standards students will depend on their ability to read, reflect on what they’ve read, and develop meaningful responses.

CDP Editorial: Balancing act

Our View: Given the fact that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had to tell Congress not to spend more than they have, it seems like America is in an economic hole. In light of the opposite nature of spending by our local governments, we believe the answer will come from trying to find a balance between short-term spending and long-term financial planning.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Life of Pi’ a complex coming-of-age tale on the high seas

Filled with depth, good humor and life lessons, “Life of Pi” is consistently riveting as we follow an unlikely pair — a meek, young Indian man and a full-grown Bengal tiger — adrift at sea.

Baxter Black: Danged if you do

The rancher’s dilemma; if it snows you don’t have enough hay. If it doesn’t snow you won’t have any hay! See, heavy snows will delay ‘turning out to grass’, so you’ll be feeding more hay. But if it doesn’t snow the reservoir won’t fill up and you won’t have enough water to irrigate the hay meadows. You’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t. If you don’t take off the tourniquet you’ll get gangrene. If you do take it off you’ll bleed to death! It’s a choice. If you order a BLT you get tomato. If you order a BLT without tomato, you don’t get a BLT. If you’re against global marketing because it takes jobs away from Americans, don’t shop at Walmart. But if you don’t shop at Walmart it will take jobs away from the Chinese and we’ll have to send them foreign aid.