News for Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Batting cages, archery range to open in Craig

A new business in Craig hopes to fill a need for residents looking to keep themselves sharp during the winter. Archers and baseball players from Craig can find themselves at a disadvantage when competing against competitors who can practice year-round. Beginning Dec. 1 InsideOut Sports, 561 Russel St., is looking to even the playing field. That’s one reason Brad King is opening the business, which offers Craig residents an indoor archery range and batting cages. But he also thinks it is something many people in Craig will enjoy.

Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving permanently?

This season could mark the end of Black Friday as we know it. For decades, stores have opened their doors in the wee hours on the day after Thanksgiving. But this year, major chains such as Target and Sears ushered in customers on Thanksgiving itself, even before the turkey leftovers had gotten cold, turning the traditional busiest shopping day of the year into a two-day affair. Despite an outcry from some employees, both stores and shoppers seemed to like it. Some people went shopping with a full belly, going straight from the dinner table to the stores. Others slept off their big meal and went to the mall before daybreak on Black Friday. "I ate my turkey dinner and came right here," said Rasheed Ali, a college student in New York City who bought a 50-inch TV for $349 and a sewing machine for $50 when Target opened at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. "Then I'm going home and eating more."

Dunn, Utah seal Colorado's fate with 100-yard KO

Colorado's hopes for averting its worst season in more than a century were buoyed by Marques Mosley's game-tying 100-yard kickoff return — for all of 13 seconds. That's how long it took Reggie Dunn to return the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the decisive touchdown as Utah, helped by five takeaways, kept Colorado winless at home this season with a 42-35 victory on Friday. The Utes (5-7, 3-6 Pac-12) intercepted Colorado QB Nick Hirschman four times. Dunn showed his explosiveness once again the only time that he touched the ball during the game, extending his NCAA record with his fifth career 100-yard kickoff return — and fourth this season. The Buffaloes (1-11, 1-8 Pac-12) finished with their worst record since the school's inaugural 0-4 campaign in 1890. They also failed to win a game at home in six tries for the first time since 1920, when they were 0-1-2. It was their first winless campaign ever at Folsom Field, where the Buffaloes have played their home games since 1924.

Miller racking up numbers reminiscent of Thomas

The coach only needed to watch Von Miller for a practice or two before he realized what he was seeing. As Miller tells it, defensive coordinator Joe Kines came up to him shortly after he arrived at Texas A&M and said, "You play like a guy I used to coach." That guy: Derrick Thomas. This Sunday, like so many Sundays in years past, No. 58 will be roaming the field at Arrowhead Stadium, trying to make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, running backs, and offensive linemen. This No. 58 will be Miller, the Broncos linebacker, who became a big fan of Kansas City's No. 58, Thomas, after Kines pointed out the similarities.

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Moffat County grad takes national title

Hard work has paid big dividends for Alicia Nelson. The senior for Adams State University and 2009 Moffat County High School graduate finished her cross country career in style last weekend at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships. At the Nov. 17 race on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., Nelson finished the six-kilometer race in 20:03.3, taking first place and setting a D-II meet record in the process.

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Moffat County players make All-WSL

On Monday several members of the Moffat County High School football team were honored for their achievements during the season. Bubba Ivers, Michael Samuelson and Garrett Stewart were all named to the all-Western Slope League team, while Josh Pritchard earned honorable mention. All seniors, the four players were common names to hear when attending Bulldogs games and contributed in significant ways to the team’s successes in 2012.

Over A Cup: Lola’s Fruit Cocktail Cake

This Thanksgiving morning, over a cup of coffee, I’m wondering how my “Tapioca Fruit Salad” will go over during Thanksgiving dinner. (We’re going to drive to our son and family’s home for dinner a little later today.) The recipe for the salad was featured in last week’s column. Since my husband doesn’t care much for orange gelatin, I experimented with the recipe. I brought the tapioca and juice to a boil as called for in the recipe but then dissolved peach gelatin in the mixture. When it cooled, I added drained, sliced peaches and mandarin oranges, also drained. (I used the fruit juice to mix the tapioca.) I added the 8-ounce container of whipped topping and poured the salad into a 9x13-inch dish and put it in the refrigerator to set up. Later I took a spoonful of the salad from a corner of the dish so I could taste it.

Agriculture & Livestock: 4-H Achievement Night, 2012

Moffat County’s annual 4-H Achievement Night was Nov. 14 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig. Special guests, families, and 4-H members gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments that 4-Hers had during the 2012 year. “What’s Your H?”, the State 4-H promotional slogan for the coming year, was featured on the cover of the Achievement Night programs. (The slogan refers to the “H” words in the 4-H pledge.) The evening’s events began with a Welcome, Presentation of Colors, and Pledges, led by 4-H Agent JD Sexton. It was followed by the introduction of guests, including the Moffat County Commissioners, Moffat County 4-H Foundation, Moffat County Fair Board, several buyers, supporters, donors, and volunteer leaders. The first award of the evening, presented by Sexton, recognized the Outstanding 4-H Leaders for 2012. Each year the recipient(s) of the award are selected by the Moffat County 4-H program. Shawn Polly and Sarah Polly, this year’s recipients, have spent countless hours with project members in the Archery program. They have been leaders for six years.