News for Monday, November 26, 2012

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Large roster has MCHS girls swimming looking up

With a host of returning veterans and a large group of new recruits, the girls swimming team is excited for a new season. The team, which normally has about a dozen swimmers, had 18 girls come out this year, making for a much deeper group. That will pay dividends in several areas. While other sports have dropped to Class-3A this season, swimming only has two classific

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MCHS girls basketball seeking a deep playoff run

Coming off a dominant WSL season and postseason berth, the sky is the limit for the Moffat County girls basketball team. Last year’s 18-7 (10-2 WSL) team brings back host of experience with seven seniors on the team. Several of those played significant minutes on last year’s team, which made the Sweet 16 of the Colorado 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament.

Colorado companies receive federal contracts to improve national forests

Contracts focus on trees affected by beetle kill in Medicine Bow, White River forests

Two Colorado companies have been awarded United States Forest Service stewardship contracts to improve the health of forests in Colorado and Wyoming. The contracts, announced Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture, total $13.4 million, and were awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling and West Range Reclamation of Hotchkiss. The money will be used to remove trees affected by mountain pine beetle on 20,000 acres of the Medicine Bow—Routt and the White River national forests in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.

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CASA hosts Holiday Home Tour

Court Appointed Special Advocates is hosting its Holiday Home Tour from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday in Craig. It's the second year the program has hosted the event and Tanya Ferguson, program coordinator for Moffat County CASA, said she’s excited to see all the houses. “My house is all decorated," Ferguson said. "I’ve heard in the past that people decorate every nook and cranny possible." She herself has two large Christmas trees and six small ones up in her home, which she says is the smallest of all the homes on the tour.

USDA preparing to collect 2012 final crop inventories

The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to collect final nationwide crop inventories. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting the survey, which serves as the basis for USDA estimates of production and harvested acres for all major agricultural commodities in the U.S., according to a USDA news release. Select producers in Colorado can expect to be contacted by NASS during the first two weeks of December.

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Craig hockey faces uphill battle against tough teams

Craig hockey is looking to make its mark on the state this winter. While not a varsity high school sport at Moffat County High School, a dedicated group of high school-age (14-18) players spend their winters competing on the ice. The Bulldogs team from Craig plays in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League against teams from across the state.

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Moffat County grapplers have high hopes

Moffat County wrestling has struggled recently in team competitions, but has individuals succeed. The Bulldogs small team size has meant they often have to surrender several weight classes to their opponents due to not having a wrestler to compete. With the team moving to Class-3A from 4A this year, that could change. Coach Roman Gutierrez knows the team will still be outnumbered in some dual meets, but believes they will have a chance to take some as well. Whatever the team’s record ends up being, the Bulldogs sport several individuals with aspirations to go deep in the state tournament.

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Boys basketball will run in 2013

The boys basketball team at Moffat County has high expectations of taking the next step as a program. The team, which won just two games two seasons ago, begins its second year in the Eric Hamilton era this December. Hamilton took over as coach last season and the Bulldogs showed a marked improvement, going 6-15 but also playing more competitively in the majority of their games. After a successful summer league that saw the Bulldogs play with and beat 5A teams from Grand Junction and Utah, Hamilton and his players are looking to make another leap, this time into the postseason.

Athletic eligibility changing in Craig

During the Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting last month, there was a sense of growing concern expressed by members over the athletic eligibility rules for high school students in Moffat County. Currently, students are allowed to participate in their sporting events and activities even if they are failing one class. Moffat County High School has followed the Colorado High School Activities Association eligibility guidelines, allowing for one F. But concerns at the Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting centered around the issue of allowing a student to fail in one arena of their life while asking them for their very best in another.

On the Record for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

On the Record for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012