Stories for October 2012

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Wednesday, October 31

Pet cancer in spotlight during November

They spend their lives as the ultimate companions, often times becoming like a member of the family. November is pet cancer awareness month, shedding light on a disease that commonly affects even our furry friends.

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Halloween 2012 festivities in Craig

When asked what her favorite costume from previous years was, Craig Middle School 8th grader Mattie Jo Duzik had no problem recalling her best outfit. "In 6th grade I was an old lady. It was awesome," said Duzik.

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Pitkin landfill manager loses job over dead bear

Pitkin County landfill manager Chris Hoofnagle is out of a job after an employee was cited for illegally hunting a bear on county property without a permit. According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/9chfhgn ), two people, including a landfill employee, were cited by state wildlife officials for illegally killing a bear without a permit at the facility last month. The two men face large fines if convicted.

Tuesday, October 30

Lawson signs 4-year extension with Nuggets

Ty Lawson has signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. The deal eliminates a distraction that's been hanging over the team and its star point guard for weeks. "It Looks like im going to be a nugget for another 4 yrs..Thanks to the Kronke family, Masai, nuggets fans and everybody 4 believing In me" Lawson tweeted before the team flew to Philadelphia on Tuesday for its season opener Wednesday night. A team spokesman told The Associated Press after the team's arrival in Philadelphia that Lawson had signed his extension. The Denver Post reported the deal was worth $48 million.

Bill Clinton stumps for Obama in Colorado

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for President Barack Obama at two stops in Colorado on Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy prompted the president to cancel his own event planned for today. Clinton derided Republican Mitt Romney as vague and backward in remarks to a small, but enthusiastic, crowd of Democrats at a high school just north of Denver, and to a larger gathering in a central Denver high school Tuesday evening. Obama scrapped a planned campaign event in Colorado Springs on Tuesday in order to monitor hurricane recovery efforts from Washington. Clinton filled in. "You got people taking this seriously?" an incredulous Clinton rhetorically asked an absent Romney on what Clinton called fuzzy plans to erase the national debt. Clinton went on, "Some days I feel like I got lost in a fun house."

Disarray, millions without power in Sandy's wake

The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country's most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal. A weakening Sandy, the hurricane turned fearsome superstorm, killed at least 50 people, many hit by falling trees, and still wasn't finished. It inched inland across Pennsylvania, ready to bank toward western New York to dump more of its water and likely cause more havoc Tuesday night. Behind it: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic Coast and a moonscape of disarray and debris — from unmoored shore-town boardwalks to submerged mass-transit systems to delicate presidential politics. "Nature," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, assessing the damage to his city, "is an awful lot more powerful than we are."

Jim Loughran: Vote for DeRose

In the past month some have wondered “Who is Dave?" Dave DeRose is a candidate for Moffat County Commissioner. He is a successful businessman, sponsor of adult and youth programs, mentor of future businessmen, and has experience in local government as our past Craig Mayor. I would like to take this opportunity to mention one example of Dave’s deep concern and commitment to our community. In 2005, Moffat County High School athletics was in need of replacing aging scoreboards and money wasn’t available to do so. With Dave’s help a new concept of selling sponsorships on the scoreboards would generate the money needed to purchase the energy efficient boards.

Nancy Loughran: DeRose for commissioner

As many letters to the editor have slated: Dave has a successful business with many employees that he supervises daily. He is involved with the youth of Craig by sponsoring school projects and coaching city youth teams. He supports the Boys and Girls Club and Young Life - exemplary programs for the betterment of Craig's youth with positive values. He has been a Mayor for Craig, so he has experience with managing local government and the process of decision making.

Lois Wymore: Vote for Baxter

The 2012 Election is wrapping up. For those whom are undecided about the race for House District 57-a newly drawn district, which includes Rio Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties, I wholeheartedly suggest you cast your ballot for JoAnn Baxter. Baxter has many assets we need at the state legislature. Above all she listens and understands those issues that are dear to us that choose to live in this region of the state.

25 Shades of Craig: Snow Days and your inner child

Have you ever wondered what happened to your inner child? The one that use to get excited about bubbles, ice cream, fireworks, staying up late or first snow fall of the season. Last week when that first snowfall hit I remember thinking about how cold it was outside, having to get up earlier to get my daughter to school and my least favorite part, shoveling. My daughter on the other hand was so excited to get home so that she could put on her snow clothes to run outside to play.

Health care seminar set for Friday in Craig

Craig residents will have an opportunity to hear a politically neutral presentation on Obamacare and it's impacts Friday. Susan E. Birch, RN, appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011, will speak on health care reform from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the City of Craig Building, 300 West 4th St in the City Council Chambers. Often referred to as Obamacare, the seminar, “Health Care Reform and How it Will Impact You,” aims to help navigate what can become a muddled view of health care reform as a result of overwhelming information and opinion, and turn it into something comprehensible.

CDP Editorial: Happy Halloween

Our View: Several people and organizations have set the stage for the season by offering fall- and Halloween-themed events in recent weeks. And several more are set to do so today. The community is lucky to have these opportunities that, along with some simple steps anyone can take, help ensure a safe, happy holiday for community members.

Debbie Bruell: Baxter has the experience needed

Jo Ann Baxter has the experience and ideas we need for a healthy future in Colorado. Baxter has extensive experience in education: 30 + years as a teacher, 8 years on the Moffat County School Board and a PhD in Educational leadership. She raises critical questions about our school system, such as whether standardized test scores should be the ultimate measure of our children's progress. In contrast, her opponent Bob Rankin has zero experience in public education. He wants to move Colorado to a voucher system, trusting the education of our children to “free market” competition.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Kim Doyle Wille: Vote for Baxter

So far, 50 political action committees (PACs), have contributed to Bob Rankin, the Republican running for state Legislature in House District 57. Among his individual contributors, 15 are lobbyists and 17 work in or with the oil and gas industry. More outside interests are financially involved in Mr. Rankin's campaign, than people who live in and contributed from the three counties that comprise House District 57. How did Mr. Rankin get so many associations and industries to "endorse" his campaign? Perhaps because just two years ago he ran an unsuccessful campaign in Pitkin County against Senator Gail Schwartz in Senate District 5.

Sylvia (Pat) Fread: Time for a change at TMH

The Memorial Hospital's administrators need to go.

Colleen Kennedy Rutledge: Vote for Baxter

I have voted for Jo Ann Baxter for Colorado House District 57, and here is why. Ms. Baxter has lived and worked on the western slope for 38 years, with many years of experience in teaching and managing. She clearly cares about the education of our children. This is vitally important as these children are our future. Her doctorate in education makes her uniquely qualified to take Colorado into the 21st century, a century that will revolve around our citizens’ capabilities to handle the ever-changing jobs of the future and to compete not only within Colorado and the US, but with the world.

Sports Briefs for Oct. 30, 2012: Bowling in full swing at Thunder Rolls

Check out the latests Bowling league standings and updated pool league standings, and find out about some Parks and Recreation opportunities coming up in Craig.

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to launch in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

A result of much talk about literacy in community groups, The Moffat County Youth United Way, Connection 4 Kids and the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

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Moffat County volleyball misses out on regionals

The Moffat County volleyball season did not end how Sandy Camilletti envisioned. In her mind’s eye, Camilletti saw the Bulldogs using their improved play of late to push for a 3-1 record at the Western Slope League Championships over the weekend, and then sneaking into the 3A regional pairings. But it was the opposite of a successful weekend, with MCHS going a quiet 0-4 in games Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.

Monday, October 29

Corrie & John Ponikvar: Vote for DeRose

Over the years we have had contact with Dave DeRose in professional, personal and business matters. Dave still runs his business in an old fashioned manner by taking care of his customer’s day, night and weekends. Dave and his staff have saved us and our family members several times in plumbing and heating emergencies at our homes and businesses. Dave’s understanding of customer service is a quality that he will bring with him as County Commissioner. In dealing with Dave, we hardly remember a time when a conversation didn’t come up about ways that our community could be improved with infrastructure, industry or additional job opportunities. Dave believes that strong schools, good jobs and a quality living environment for our young people will allow them to stay and thrive in Moffat County if they so choose.

Sunday, October 28

Manning throws for 305 yards, Broncos top Saints

A dinged-up right thumb wasn't enough to throw Peyton Manning off his game, and to no one's surprise, neither was the New Orleans Saints' defense. Despite banging his throwing thumb on an opponent's helmet in the second quarter Sunday night, Manning passed for 305 yards and three scores, led a pair of 90-plus-yard touchdown drives and easily outplayed Drew Brees to lead the Denver Broncos to a 34-14 victory over the Saints. Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark for the fifth straight time to match his personal best and set a franchise record for Denver (4-3). He completed 22 of 30 throws for a passer rating of 138.9. Willis McGahee ran for 122 yards and a score for the Broncos, who won two in a row for the first time this season and took sole possession of first place in the AFC West. The Broncos gained 530 yards — a season high — against the NFL's worst defense, which came in allowing more yards (2,793) over the first six games of a season than any team since 1950.

Woman's body found near Laramie in 2010 ID'd

Authorities have identified a 55-year-old woman whose body was found by a sheepherder north of Laramie in 2010. The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/ShD5gW ) the Albany County Sheriff's Office this week identified the remains as those of Rosella Lovell, who was a janitor at The University of Wyoming.

Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

From Washington to Boston, big cities and small towns Sunday buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm that could endanger 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning that the New York area could get the worst of it — an 11-foot wall of water. "The time for preparing and talking is about over," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate said as Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic on a collision course with two other weather systems that could turn it into one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. "People need to be acting now." Forecasters said the hurricane could blow ashore Monday night or early Tuesday along the New Jersey coast, then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York State on Wednesday. Airlines canceled more than 7,200 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the Northeast. New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore moved to shut down their subways, buses and trains and said schools would be closed on Monday. Boston also called off school. And all non-essential government offices closed in the nation's capital.

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Bulldog sports for October 29, 2012

Bulldog sports schedule for the week of October 29, 2012.

Moffat County takes 6th at state

It may not have ended with the glory the Bulldogs were looking for, but this was a successful cross-country season nonetheless. Moffat County ran in the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The girls team, which was expecting to be a contender for the top spots at the meet, ran well and placed sixth. As expected, the meet was a logjam at the top of the standings. Holy Family High School was crowned the champion, scoring 84 points. The spread to sixth place, where Moffat County finished, was just 32 points.

Senior Spotlight for October 29, 2012

October soon to be another month of memories ending in a flurry of Halloween doings, maybe early Christmas shopping. I really enjoyed the softly falling snow last week. However the neat time was a whizzer. Really brought back memories of white outs and drifts, all of the winters gone by. The seasons all offer a different picture of nature's beauty. The snow scenes were beautiful. Got my winter stuff out. Need to add one or two things looks like.

Real Estate Transactions for October 2012

Buyer: Stewart, Wade C & Ripkoski, Aubrey N Seller: Schmedeke, Larry G & Elise Address: 933 Lincoln St. Sale Price: $185,000.00

General Election early voting under way in Moffat County

Beckett: Voters who have not received a ballot should contact elections office

Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett reported last Wednesday that 1,346 voters already had cast their ballot in the 2012 general election. That’s because mail-in ballots were sent Oct. 15 to registered voters all across the state. But ballots were only sent to voters that had requested them. In Moffat County, 2,953 ballots were mailed to voters, Beckett said. Voters could begin returning those ballots or vote by machine at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, on Oct. 22 when early voting opened throughout Colorado.

John Williams: Why Romney is the clear choice

This is an open letter to voters, please be an informed voter as this is the most important election in you life, regardless of your age. Here are a few observations for your consideration. SENIORS: you will be the most effected by Obamacare and the least able to do anything about it. If you bought into the AARP line that it was a good thing then consider that they had a profit on the sale of insurance in mind. If you think the theft of $716 Billion from Medicare by the Obama administration to support Obamacare, the addition of 30 - 40 Million people to the system, while lowering payments to your Medicare providers is going to improve what you get you are sadly mistaken. THE YOUNG: you are greatly effected by the massive creation of debt by this administration, you simply get to pay for it.

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Business Beat: Thrift store owner enjoying her shop

Michelle Nolan has enjoyed frequenting thrift stores for years, shopping for her friends and family and always finding good items for great prices. That’s why her friends told her to open a thrift store of her own last summer, when the market was wide open. Dorothy Wyman had closed her thrift shop on Victory Way, Charlotte’s Web was on hiatus and only the Community Budget Center was providing the low prices.

Saturday, October 27

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Freedom Hooves therapeutic riding offers help for those with physical/mental challenges

sabelle and Jory Herod patiently brushed, cleaned the hooves and prepared horses Remington and Salsa to ride Saturday morning at the Dr. Scott and Connie Sue Ellis’s riding center. Isabelle, 8, and Jory, 6, are part of a new therapeutic riding program, Freedom Hooves.

Craig UTV/ATV club purchases traildozer with grant

Craig’s local ATV/UTV club is making strides to improve ATV trails in Northwest Colorado.

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CMS beats Hayden in basketball

It was a two-win Saturday morning at Craig Middle School, as the Bulldogs took down Hayden in boys basketball. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams were playing their second game of the season, after it tipped off Thursday in Baggs, Wyo. At 9 a.m., the seventh-graders played Hayden to a 7-5 halftime score after both teams struggled to hit shots in the first half. In the third quarter, however, the Bulldogs turned it on, putting together a 7-2 quarter for a 14-7 lead. Coach Justin Folley said the biggest difference was rebounding.

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'Just me and her'

Craig resident recalls time spent as teen caregiver

Part 2 of Craig resident Kia Fisher's story about being her mother's caregiver during her battle with cancer.

Dana Duran: Vote for DeRose

As early voting begins and mail in ballots become available, we write to remind Moffat County to do their duty as a citizen and vote. When you cast your ballot, Vote Dave for Moffat County Commissioner. Dave DeRose is a dedicated public servant, a passionate leader, a true visionary and the right choice for County Commissioner. As a past City Council member and Craig Mayor, Dave served our community with intelligence, common sense and dedication. He is committed to Craig and Moffat County as evidence of his service to many local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Young Life, Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Economic Development Partnership, Maximum Commitment to Excellence and many more. Dave and his wife Linda along with their business, Masterworks Mechanical, support a majority of the functions treasured by our community. Dave’s generosity with his time and talents are true community assets.

Barb Coddington: I trust Baxter

Bob Rankin let the ideological cat out of the bag with his stand on a proposed analysis of Federal land decisions. I guess this stance is why the Colorado Peak Politics web site, the self proclaimed “Colorado conservative bully pulpit,” proclaims Bob Rankin a “conservative thoroughbred” and “one hellava of a proven candidate.” Mr Rankin’s corporate experience was as vice-president of Ford Aerospace Corporation which had defense contracts for the government. I guess that is part of his thoroughbred breeding. He is a proven candidate according to the web site because of his ability to raise money. That might make him a “proven” candidate but not a good candidate for our district.

Bob Rankin: I will serve proudly

My name is Bob Rankin. I’m a Carbondale resident and I’m running for your seat in the Colorado State House District 57 representing Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Moffat counties. With their vast space and abundant resources, our counties are unique and politically challenging. I will be proud to serve and be accountable to you, their citizens. I can contribute uniquely to the state legislature. My life experience includes being an electrical engineer, army officer, systems engineer, project manager, a vice president at Ford Motor Company’s aerospace subsidiary and a Division President at Computer Sciences Corporation. In the last few years, I’ve been a small business entrepreneur, owner and operator in the Roaring Fork Valley. I’ve hired employees, and I’ve had to lay off friends when times were bad.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board of Directors: Than you, Ladies Golf Association

The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to Thank The Yampa Valley Piece Makers Quilt Guild who made a beautiful quilt specifically for The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association annual fund raiser to help raise money for us. We personally want to Thank The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association for the generous donation they send to us each year. The donation is greatly appreciated and will again be appreciated by each recipient.

John Williams: Facts about Obama

Here are some FACTS about the Obama administration to consider when you vote. The PROMISE, cut the national debt in half: FACT it is now 300 percent above promise and climbing by the minute. YOUR children and grandchildren will pay for this. The PROMISE, cut unemployment to 5.4 percent: FACT it is now for the first time in the Obama term the so called official rate has dropped below 8 percent and still 44 percent over promise, we are still at a net loss on jobs since Obama took office. Remember the actual rate is much higher and the party in charge has the ability to control the numbers by manipulating the data involved in the calculation of them. Obama policies have failed miserably.

Pamela Kinder M.D.: Update on TMH situation

I have had such an overwhelming response to my letter published Oct 24 that I thought I should publicly update everyone. I have since spoken with several of The Memorial Hospital Board members. These people volunteer their time, and considerable talent, to see that the hospital achieves its mission, vision and values. If you have concerns, please call or write a Board member - this information is posted on the website - or attend a TMH Board of Trustees meeting.

Darryl Willshire: Vote for Kinkaid

Who’s Dave? I would like to give my support to John Kinkaid for county commissioner. I have known John for several years and I believe he truly cares about our community and our country. John's campaign signs read, "Honest and Humble," I have found this to be a true statement. I ask you to take a look at the competitors signs, they simply say vote for Dave, Dave who?

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Craig local turns part time job into career

Four days after getting her license, Emily Willems backed into a car. To pay for it, she took what she thought would be a part time job at the McDonald's in Craig. As soon as she paid off the damages, she backed into another truck. Six years later, Willems is the general manager and loving her career at McDonald's. “I would be bored if I were working a desk job,” Willems said. It’s becoming a more rare occurrence for young people to work their way up within a company without having incurred student loans and debt along their path to success. But Willems has done just that.

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Bulldogs win big on senior night

The Bulldogs would not be denied a good time on senior night. Neither the chilly weather nor the Battle Mountain Huskies could slow down a potent Bulldogs attack Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, as the Moffat County football cruised to a 48-14 win. The Bulldogs went three and out on their first drive of the game, but were not stopped much after that. In a 90-second span, Moffat County broke the game open, scoring three touchdowns with big play after big play to create a 23-0 lead.

Government Update for Oct. 27, 2012

The agenda for the upcoming Moffat County Commission meeting.

Rig Count for Oct. 27, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

Baxter Black: Keeping our priorities straight

I’ve had occasion to rub shoulders with influential people in the cattle business at all levels. I see them at state cattlemen’s meetings, or serving on the Beef Board, at bull sales, giving speeches, expounding on political, economic or international subjects AND people are listening to them! They may be elected by their peers, sought after for fiscal contributions, knowledge or heritage, or honored for their service to the industry. Their opinion matters. I have watched these influential men and women operate. They make decisions that ripple through our industry and affect many thousands of us. And yet, if they are cowmen, when they saddle a horse or climb on the four-wheeler, they revert to their basic calling.

CDP Editorial: Collaborative bond

Our View: The recent appearance of the Earth Dome at all the elementary schools in the Moffat Count School District as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a good chance for area students to learn in a different way. It also served as a great example of positive collaboration between community groups and educators.

Friday, October 26

Police look at Colo. teen in 2 other child cases

Police in a Colorado town where the body of a missing 10-year-old girl was found said Friday that they want to question a teenage suspect in two unsolved child enticement cases. A sketch developed in the September incidents bears some resemblance to 17-year-old Austin Sigg, who’s being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Jessica Ridgeway, Arvada police spokesman Sgt. Mark Nazaryk said. The sketch and Sigg’s mug shot wasn’t an exact match, Nazaryk noted. He also said investigators were trying to determine if Sigg had access to a royal blue, four-door sedan described by witnesses in both cases.

4th quarter belongs to Broncos in a big way

Some teams like to say the fourth quarter is theirs. The Denver Broncos are taking it to a different level. With Peyton Manning putting a new spin on the art of the comeback almost every week and the Denver defense doing its part to keep him in every game, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 79-6 in the fourth quarter this season. The 73-point differential is 37 points better than the next best team, the New York Giants, and is the second-highest total through six games in the Super Bowl era. Only the 1980 Detroit Lions, who finished 9-7, had a better differential at this point in the season, according to STATS LLC. The ‘80 Lions outscored teams 84-10. Or course, some of Denver’s strong finishes have come out of necessity — make that, desperation — because of slow starts that have also become a trademark of this team early in the year. The Broncos have been outscored 98-42 in the first half. The slow starts have caused handwringing, while the fast finishes have kept Denver (3-3) competitive and, at times, triggered huge sighs of relief.

John Williams: Liberals the problem in Congress

Letter writer John Egan has a lot to say about the gridlock and the failure of a conservative Congress to do anything. Since one of the most important subjects for the current administration has been jobs let me point something out to Mr. Egan about how this was handled by the liberal side. I am sure we can all remember the great pretense made By President Obama about the GOP and its failure to pass his jobs bill. Here is how it worked, President Obama wondered around the country in his CANADIAN made bus paid for by American taxpayer money while promoting American jobs that might have been saved if taxpayers would have bought an American made bus. This whole trip was spent castigating the GOP for not signing his jobs bill, said bill was quietly being held hostage by Senator Harry Reid in the Senate where there were no Democrat takers to sponsor the bill.

Jeremy Browning: Letters to Editor

The signs around town say, "Vote Dave." But when I think of the race for Moffat County Commissioner, the phrase that comes to mind is "Hire Dave." There's plenty of county business to be done, decisions that need to be made, projects that need direction and pitfalls that must be avoided. And thanks to our representative form of government, each of us can focus primarily on our own business and our own lives while public servants and elected officials do much of our work for us. In that sense, voting is essentially a hiring decision. And we can't go wrong by hiring Dave DeRose.

Energy Diet: Make home comfort a priority

The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge is a tool that encourages us to take steps to reduce our energy usage and thus reduce how much we pay in our monthly energy bills. The Energy Diet Challenge checklist includes a number of “Do Right Away” action items under the “Nice & Easy” category. This week, we take a look at some of those possibilities.

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Discussion on weighted classes brought before Board of Education

Although only a discussion at this point, Moffat County High School administration is looking into adding honors and advanced placement, AP classes, on a weighted grading scale.

Halloween Safety Tips

The following is a list of Halloween safety tips from the Craig Police Department

Club 20 hosts Caucus in Moffat County

The Club 20 Moffat County Caucus didn’t see any drama Friday as members Ray Beck, Audrey Danner and Bob Johnson were unanimously reelected to their positions for the next two years as voting director and alternates. As voting director, Beck is responsible for representing Moffat County within Club 20 and for casting Moffat County’s vote based on member’s preferences. Club 20 is a coalition of individuals, businesses, organizations and communities in Western Colorado’s twenty-two counties. The club was created 59 years ago when business leaders from the western slope got together for the common cause of lobbying the state for more funds to pave roads. At the time 50 percent of all roads in Colorado were in western Colorado, but the region only received 10 percent of the state’s funding for roads.

Over A Cup: Diane’s Favorite Pumpkin Cake

For the past three days I’ve been searching the house for my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. It’s especially delicious because of the filling. I’ve checked my files more than once and have looked in every recipe book I own (in case I put the recipe in one of them), but I can’t find it. Maybe later… Yesterday when I was at the grocery store, I met up with a reader who wondered if I had a recipe for a pumpkin roll, a cake filled with cream cheese and then rolled up. Her request was interesting because I had a conversation with someone else that morning about a pumpkin roll. She didn’t have a recipe for it, either, and neither do I. So, if you have such a recipe that you’d like to share, please call or write to me. Meanwhile, since I’ve been featuring pumpkin recipes, here’s a favorite “Pumpkin Cake” recipe of mine (although the “Pumpkin Pie Cake” in a recent column is also very good). This recipe can also be used to make pumpkin bars, if you use a jelly roll sheet.

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 26

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 26

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Moffat county cross country ready for state meet

Now is the time Moffat County runners hope a season of training pays off. With a regional title under their belts, the girls cross country team left Craig for Colorado Springs Friday morning to get ready for the Colorado High School Cross Country Championship Saturday. In their noon race, the girls will be looking to bring home another trophy and return to Craig as state champions. Head coach Todd Trapp has calibrated the team’s training since regionals Oct. 17 to put them in the best position he can for the final race.

Frank Moe: Vote for Bob Rankin

A vote for Bob Rankin for State House District 57 is a vote for coal! Bob Rankin is a fiscal and constitutional conservative. He is an engineer and businessman who has spend his career creating jobs and meeting payrolls. Bob Rankin will support small businesses, teachers, public schools and most importantly, students. Bob Rankin feels if we do not have a strong economy, we are limiting EVERYONE'S ability to succeed.

Jim Gardner: Modern day deer hunters

I grew up hearing the stories of my Dad and Grandpa Art at the homestead on Douglas Mountain in Moffat County, Colorado. Much of their diet consisted of venison and the garden vegetables they harvested. I was intrigued at a young age by the deer hunting tales told by Dad. My first hunt was on Douglas Mountain. Dad and I drove up there in a 1950 Chevy. We stayed with Pete Perusic, an old bachelor, who homesteaded on Douglas Mountain in the early 1900s. There was no plumbing or electricity of course.

Board of Education approves action items

The Moffat County School District Board of Education approved all action items Thursday.

Thursday, October 25

A 'different' situation

Craig resident recalls time spent as teen caregiver

Cancer can reach far beyond the person whose body it invades and spread ill effects to those thrust into the role of caregiver, taking an emotional and physical toll on them as well. At 15 years old, Kia Fisher found herself in that position when she learned her mother, Janice Fisher, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kia spent ten years as her mother’s primary caregiver in New Jersey, before Janice passed when Kia was 26. “Basically at the age of 16, when I was learning how to drive, I was taking my mom to and from chemotherapy, surgeries," Said Kia, who now lives in Craig. "I was cooking, cleaning I was the parent basically. To learn to drive is stressful enough, but when you’re driving with a parent who’s receiving chemotherapy, it makes the situation a little different.” Kia said her mother went into remission three times over the ten-year period, with the cancer coming back stronger than ever each time.

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Youth wrestling team season starts this weekend

Local youth are hitting the mat as another Bad Dogs season is under way. The youth wrestling team, which includes children ages four to 14, began practice last week, and is closing in on its first meet this weekend. For some of the participants, it marked an introduction to the vaunted sport in Craig. For others, last week was the start of a new season. The Bad Dogs began practice Oct. 16, which means the coaches are working on getting their wrestlers back into the swing of things.

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Moffat County hosting final home game of season

Coming down to the wire, it’s do or die time for the football team. The Bulldogs will play Battle Mountain Friday night for a chance to improve to 5-4 and be over .500 for the first time since, Sept. 14, when a win over Steamboat Springs propelled them to 2-1. A win would also keep Moffat County in the playoff hunt. A loss would have the opposite effect, and also stick the Bulldogs with the dubious distinction of giving Battle Mountain its first win the of the season.

Looking out for the community

Neighborhood watch members discuss low turnout, importance of group

Due to a recent hash of break-ins and incoveniences in her life, Yvonne McAnally is looking to make a difference in Craig. McAnally, of American Northwest Realty, is trying to drum up interest in a new version of a neighborhood watch. From 2005-10, Craig had a well-organized neighborhood watch, designed to help neighbors and community members look out for each other and prevent crimes from happening at their homes, in their cars, or in public places.

Len Browning: Safe passage

Recently we upgraded the portion of our property that borders Ninth Street here in Craig. Where formerly large river rock bordered this section we now have a concrete sidewalk. I originally opposed this expenditure, citing our finite, limited resources and other projects screaming for priority. Even though the project was promised to receive discounts from local suppliers for materials and much of the labor would be donated I still questioned the need, timing and wisdom of making a new sidewalk a priority. My mind (and heart) was changed as I listened to numerous members of our church talk about the unsightly river rock which does not fit the style of the rest of our landscape now, the inability to walk on it or use it and the opportunity to “give a gift” to the community in a safe passage off a busy street setting the precedent for other property owners to do the same when changing or upgrading their property adjacent to Ninth Street.

Lance Scranton: A united people

History will be made this year in the presidential election when Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is elected. We may have the first Black President who will serve a second term, or our country will elect its first Mormon President. In my 20 years of living in this great United States, I have never experienced the type of visceral passions stirred up by opponents and supporters of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The candidates have done a remarkable job of clearly defining their differing worldviews and dissimilar attitudes toward government. I teach American Literature each day to over 90 students who constantly hear me describing America as a country that would be unique from every other when it declared in 1776 that hereditary status, class distinctions and religious affiliation would be replaced by the merits and actions of individuals with liberty.

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 25

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 25

New program seeks to recognize local parents

Connections 4 Kids, an early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, has unveiled a new initiative. According to coordinator Michelle Balleck, the agency is seeking to honor local parents through the Awesome Parent Program. “Through this project, Connections 4 Kids seeks to publically recognize effective and loving parenting moments and strategies, honoring the parents demonstrating the skills and encouraging other parents to think about their own parenting skills and consider adding new strategies to their parenting toolboxes,” Balleck said in an email. According to Balleck, Connections 4 Kids based on nominations will select the Awesome Parents. Members of the council then will contact selected parents to gather more information and solicit a photograph.

CPW to hunters: Be sure of your target

As Colorado’s main hunting seasons progress, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that good judgment and ethical behavior are critical to ensure a safe and successful hunting experience, the agency said in a news release. The wildlife agency said in that release over 250,000 hunters enjoy the big game seasons in the state each year, adding billions of dollars annually to the state's tourism economy. Based on the number of incidents versus the overall number of hunters, it appears that the vast majority are careful in the field. However, officers say that even one incident of carelessness is too many, the release stated. "We ask for 100 percent compliance," Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said in the release. "Because of the serious consequences of an accident, avoiding this kind of mistake entirely should be every hunter's primary goal."

17-year-old suspect arrested in Jessica Ridgeway case

Family braces for next step of investigation

The police search for the killer of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway led them just a mile from where it began, to the home of a teenager with an aptitude for crime-scene forensics and an interest in mortuary science. Authorities arrested Austin Reed Sigg, 17, who lived about 1½ miles from Jessica in a neighborhood near Ketner Lake. The arrest was made Tuesday evening after Sigg's mother called authorities and he turned himself in. "Today, I believe we have taken a significant step toward justice for Jessica," Westminster police Chief Lee Birk said. "We hope and pray that this arrest gives (the family) some measure of closure." The family's pastor, Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada, said that for Jessica's mother, Sarah, the arrest "begins another phase of the nightmare."

Stuart Sanderson: Rankin supports coal

In my 25 years of service to the mining industry (more than 18 with the Colorado Mining Association), I can say – without hesitation – that this year’s elections are the most important that rural and coal mining communities throughout Colorado and the United States have ever faced. The Obama administration and even some of our elected leaders have launched a war on the coal industry through initiatives designed to curtail or even end coal use. The Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations may force the retirement of nearly 25percent of current electricity generation served by coal. Here in Colorado, lawmakers have cited EPA initiatives as the basis for enacting House Bill 10-1365, which will cause up to 4 million tons in production losses, much of which will be felt in Northwest Colorado.

Rosemary Potter: Protect your wallet

The results of the election on November 6 are going to affect you right smack in the wallet. Take a look at what the last four years have done to your bottom line: In 2008, the average salary was over $54,000 - now the average is $50,054. The price of gasoline rose 100 percent! The price of ground beef rose 23.7 percent, bacon rose 22 percent, and ice cream rose 19.1 percent.

Delores Hart: TMH care great, communication skills were not

I wish to relay an experience at The Memorial Hospital on Oct. 16, 2012. My daughter was scheduled for knee surgery. The schedule was: She'd arrive at 1:30, surgery at 2:30 with a purposed time of 45 minutes. Unfortunately my daughter had a seizure before surgery so change in schedule. Finally at 5:25 p.m. they were ready to take her in. I was told I could wait in that pre-op room or the waiting room by front door, Nurses words " We'll find you".

Wednesday, October 24

Forrest Luke: Vote for Rankin, Romney

Over the past few years I have come to know Bob Rankin as both a friend and a political activist. I find him to be very bright and engaging and I am convinced he would represent the interests of Northwest Colorado very well in the Colorado state legislature. Bob is a fiscal and constitutional conservative and a strong supporter of our coal and electrical generation jobs. He is an engineer and business man and has spent time at our coal mines and power station.

Diane Gallegos: My husband is the right choice

I want to tell you why I am voting for Glen Gallegos for CI Regent. I've been married to him for 37 years, and to this day I am amazed at his honesty, how hard he works, and his passion for helping others and serving his community. He knows how to get things done and I'm not the only one that knows this. He was selected from the best leaders in Colorado for the Governor's Education Leadership Board. He was appointed from the Governor to serve as a Board of Trustee at Colorado Mesa University, asked ti serve in the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau, District 51 Strategic Planning, Partners Board, etc...

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A taste of winter in the Yampa Valley

Photos from Wednesday's 1st snowfall of the year

Shannan Koucherik: Small businesses can succeed

I was interested to read your recent special section about small businesses surviving in Craig. While neither presidential candidate has put forward his definition of a "small business," it's easy to see driving around Craig, that most businesses fall into that category. It takes a lot of vision, courage and determination to start and run a true small business. Each business faces its own challenges on a daily basis and the owners put in many more hours than are shown on the signs on the door. They don't have the luxury of regular days off or guaranteed paychecks.

Doug Yajko: Vote for Rankin

As a general surgeon serving the Roaring Fork valley, I encourage you to join me in voting for Bob Rankin for House District 57. He has taken the time to understand the complicated healthcare environment of the Western Slope. The Colorado Medical Society, representing more than 70 percent of all Colorado doctors, joins me in endorsing Bob because we know we can trust him to represent our profession and those we serve.

Lynne Herring: Questions for Mr. Obama

Lynne herring: Letters to Editor

Gregg Rippy: Vote for Rankin

We need a representative like Bob Rankin in Denver who can help get our economy on track and also solve some big issues facing our state. Our legislators have to deal with a myriad of technical issues and difficult budget. Hundreds of bills pass through the Colorado Legislature every year but we still don’t have solutions to school financing or a way to fund our roads and bridges. Health care alone can break the state budget. We have structural problems brought on by constitutional amendments that need to be addressed. Bob will be a unique representative for our district. He has been a corporate president responsible for thousands of employees. He has founded and operated several small businesses in Colorado.

JoAnn Baxter: I am ready to serve

I am asking the voters of Moffat County to vote for me to be your state representative in House District 57. Redistricting has opened this seat to the possibility of having a Moffat County resident elected to the state legislature for the first time since 1968! My husband and I raised our children in Moffat County. I love this part of the state and I understand the issues that are important to people in this area. I am a native Coloradan and a 38-year resident of Moffat County. I taught at Moffat County High School for 29 years and served on the Moffat County Board of Education for 8 years, four as president.

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 24

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 24

Glenda Tibbs: Take tower outside of town

Glenda Tibbs: Letters to EditorI am writing because I am opposed to a fire tower in town. If you really think you absolutely have to build, build it outside of town, where the smoke from it does not bother the businesses or the residents of the town. I know for fact that the trailer park behind where you want to build has people that are on oxygen. You harm these people with the smoke that you will create.

Tuesday, October 23

Craig City Council introduces draft 2013 budget

Downtown may benefit from more streetlights in 2013

On Tuesday the Craig City Council introduced a draft of Ordinance Number 1021 outlining its proposed 2013 budget. The total operating budget, as presented Tuesday, tops out at $21,132,630, which is a $2,931,145 increase over 2012. Almost $6 million, more than 25 percent of the city’s total 2012 revenue and carryover funds, has been earmarked for the city’s reserve accounts. In addition nearly all of the city’s major funds are penciled to increase slightly next year. Some of that additional money accounts for a three percent cost of living increase for city employees, said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree.

Delta County commissioners again OK 2 egg farms

Delta County commissioners have reaffirmed their approval of two egg-laying operations that some residents had challenged. The commissioners had to reanalyze their decision after a judge found "abuse of discretion" in their original approvals of the 15,000-hen, cage-free farms.

Police link Colo. girl's killing to jogger attack

Police said Tuesday the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver this month is connected to a May kidnapping attempt in which a woman fought off a stranger who grabbed her from behind and put a rag over her mouth that smelled of chemicals. The 22-year-old woman was jogging when a man attacked her May 28, Memorial Day, authorities said. It happened at a lake near the Westminster elementary school where Jessica Ridgeway was headed when she disappeared Oct. 5. Jessica's body was found Oct. 10 in a nearby field. Police didn't say why they believe the two cases are related. But Westminster investigator Trevor Materasso said Tuesday authorities are looking for a suspect in both attacks who they describe as a "light-skinned man" between 18 and his mid-30s of average height and build.

Romney and Ryan headline Red Rocks rally

Move over, U2. Here comes Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate was joined by running mate Paul Ryan, Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins for a rally with thousands of supporters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Tuesday evening. The Republican ticket hoped to use the famous concert venue to juice up the GOP faithful as early voting continues in Colorado. The amphitheater was the setting for the U2 concert film "Under A Blood Red Sky."

Zach Carlson: Vote for Rankin

As a local business owner of Glenwood Springs Ford, I encourage you to vote for Bob Rankin for House District 57. As an outdoor recreation enthusiast I appreciate that Bob is encouraging access to public lands. He has taken the time to listen to the needs of small business owners and has been one himself so he understands what we need to revitalize our Colorado economy.

Luke Schafer: Hunters have 'paid their way'

I'll admit that I can be the excitable sort whenever the opportunity arises to talk to a captive audience about conservation and the role that sportsmen have had in furthering conservation efforts across the United States. Therefore, it isn't terribly surprising that torrent of statements can be a bit confusing to follow if you're trying to take notes. Here is my brief attempt at clarification regarding some statements that were attributed to me.

Ginny Love: Vote for Rankin

It is my pleasure to take this time to support Bob Rankin for House District 57. Bob has shown a genuine interest in our county and our way of life. He is supportive of oil and gas, of small business, the retirement community as well as education and agriculture. This across the board base shows Bob Rankin will be a voice we can count on in the Colorado House. Bob has been endorsed by the following:

Lois Stoffle: Thanks for supporting Maybell seniors

Thank you for helping spread the word regarding the Maybell Senior Chili supper on Friday, October 19. It was so much fun to see so many familiar faces from Craig and many new folks from Craig and the surrounding areas. Hunters, visitors and locals alike enjoyed each others company and some great chili and delicious homemade pies of every variety. Dinners like this promote Community goodwill and help us all to make new friends, besides sharing recipes for special pies and chili, too! And where we have seen the elk or deer!

Kerry Moe: Vote for Romney

My Husband and I extended an invitation for Mitt Romney to visit Craig, Colorado, back in the early part of this year. We asked him to come and see for himself how the the over regulation of America's energy industries by the current administration have adversity affected our area, our economy, and ultimately our country. Mitt Romney accepted our invitation, and visited Craig May 28 and 29. He was campaigning in southern California at the time, and made a special trip up here to Northwest Colorado. Governor Romney stayed the evening of the 28 at our Motel, visited with us that evening for a very short time, and then visited with us again as well as several other people from Craig the following morning for over an hour in our hotel lobby.

25 Shades of Craig: A girl has to eat

Have you ever went out on a date hoping that sparks would fly and it turns out that you just want to run home and cry. You are excited and nervous all in one, and then it hits you. You’re sitting here looking at this person across from you and you would rather have bamboo shoots stuck under your nails then spend another minute listening to them talk about how they were a four time wrestling champ in high school and how they could still kick anyone’s butt. You’re trying to be polite and act interested when all the sudden you notice that he has one long nose hair and every time he breaths it seems to dance. Crazy thoughts are running through your mind at this point, you are trying to think of every excuse to get out of this date.

Rotary District Governor to visit Craig Rotary Club

Craig Rotary Club is getting a visit from Rotary District Governor, Mike Forney.

Plant a tree, save a forest

CEC schedules Brown’s Park volunteer opportunity

The Colorado Environmental Coalition in Craig has a volunteer opportunity approaching when in November it returns to the Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge to plant cottonwood seedlings. Volunteers have been planting native cottonwoods in Brown’s Park for the last 10 years. This is at least the fifth year CEC is taking crews out to the refuge, said Sasha Nelson, CEC’s northwest organizer. “There are few things more rewarding or long lasting than planting trees that may live 300 years or more,” Nelson said. “We’ve seen a 99 percent success rate with the trees we’ve planted surviving.”

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CPD investigating burglary at MJK

Two safes missing from Sunday night break in

The Craig Police Department is investigating a burglary at MJK Sales & Feed Ace Hardware, 290 Ranney Street. The break in, by forcible entry, occurred some time after 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, said Sgt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department. In addition to missing two small safes, Forgay said MJK suffered damage to its computer and surveillance systems. No arrests have been made.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

Monday, October 22

Sports Briefs for Oct. 23, 2012: Moffat County grad wins conference championship

Alicia Nelson once again made her mark on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference over the weekend. The Moffat County High School graduate, who is now a senior at Adams State University, won the conference cross country championship as an individual, while her teammates also placed in the top ten to take home the team title as well. It was Nelson’s first ever cross country win, after a slew of top ten finishes, and earned her RMAC Runner of the Year honors.

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Moffat County volleyball ready for final shot

The Moffat County volleyball team ended its regular season with two matches in Craig Saturday. After a three-set win over Rifle earlier in the week, the Bulldogs played two of the better teams in the Western Slope League at home. The result was two losses to Olathe and Gunnison, but Moffat County will have one last shot to make a push for the playoffs.

CPW accepting applications for habitat improvement projects

Agencies, organizations, individuals encouraged to apply for up to $500k

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program is accepting grant applications for large-scale habitat improvement projects. Agencies, entities, organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply for up to $500,000 for a variety of projects including tree, shrub cutting, water developments, weed control and reseeding. The minimum amount awarded for large-scale projects will be $100,000, according to a CPW news release.

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Craig chorus group to compete on international stage in Denver

Although small in number, their voices are powerful. And ranked No. 4 in the world, these ladies have a reason to be loud. Craig's own chorus group, the Bella Voces, travel to Denver at the end of October to compete on an international stage.

On The Record for Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

On The Record

CPW approves Moffat County conservation easement

Winter range for elk, mule deer, pronghorn protected on 15,000-acre ranch near Maybell

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved last week a perpetual conservation easement on 15,000 acres in Moffat County. Consisting of sagebrush steppe, foothills grassland and pinyon-juniper woodlands, the Tuttle Ranch near Maybell is home to the greater sage grouse and provides winter range for elk, mule deer and pronghorn. The purchase from RSH Land Company, LLC, using funds from CPW, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Great Outdoors Colorado, will protect critical wildlife habitat while permitting continued ranching operations, a CPW news release states.

Sunday, October 21

VP candidate Ryan adds more stops in Colorado

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has added a couple of more campaign stops in Colorado this week.

Wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park

Crews are battling a wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park that is being aided by warm and dry weather.

Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support

Elizabeth Alvisar is exactly the sort of voter Mitt Romney needs. A victim of the brutal economy in this swing state, the 30-year-old tax preparer has been out of work for months. She's a foe of abortion and gay marriage, and was naturally drawn to the Republican ticket. But Alvisar has switched her support to President Barack Obama because of his support for legislation known as the DREAM Act. While Democrats failed to get the bill through Congress, Obama in August signed a directive that implemented its key provision — allowing young people brought into the country without authorization as children to avoid deportation if they graduate high school or join the military. "I have a lot of friends who've taken advantage of that opportunity," Alvisar said.

MCHS Soccer misses out on playoffs

The Moffat County boys soccer team looked like a long shot to make the postseason, and the team’s slow start proved to be too much to overcome, as they were passed by for a playoff spot Sunday. A Colorado High School Activities Association selection committee put together a 32-team bracket Sunday night, seeding the automatic qualifiers and wildcard teams, which were selected over the weekend.

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Win puts Bulldogs in position to make postseason push

Friday’s football game was not a special win for Moffat County, but it was an important way for the Bulldogs to get going at the end of their season. The team’s 42-19 win over Montezuma-Cortez brought Moffat County back up to .500 on the season and kept the team alive in the playoff hunt. Head coach Kip Hafey liked his team’s performance, especially in the first half, which saw the Bulldogs take a 20-0 lead.

Senior Spotlight for October 22, 2012

On this nice October morning I send warm beauty greetings to all who read my article faithfully. I have gotten several telephone calls, people who stop me or come to me and tell me how they like or have a comment about the article. That gives me an idea of how I'm affecting others by what I put in the articles. Thank you for letting me know. I enjoy reading, let me also tell you the get well - speedy recovery names I put in my articles are prayer requests I get or have gotten. I don't know if the person is home, in hospital, etc. unless I am told.

Yampa River water conservation focus of student visit

EcoFlight program blends water, energy issues during student flight over Craig Station

On Thursday five students representing Colorado Mountain College, the University of Colorado and Colorado Mesa University flew over Craig as part of an educational program exploring the relationship between energy development and water conservation. The program, organized by EcoFlight, an Aspen-based environmental nonprofit, blends airborne and ground-based education designed to inform college students about current conservation issues from a broad range of perspectives. EcoFlight’s Flight Across America Student Program is in its 10th year and Craig marked the final destination of 2012.

Saturday, October 20

Neil McCandless: TMH administrators need to go

I believe it is time to change the administration at The Memorial Hospital. The town cannot afford to have any more doctors run off. Many quality employees have also left. I have talked to two people who have moved their family members from Craig to Steamboat and Denver.

YVMC: Breast cancer care available close to home

Although one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, Yampa Valley Medical Center Cancer Services Director Jan Fritz has a message of hope. “The promising news is that a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer is greatly improved with early detection and treatment,” Fritz said. “It may also be comforting to know that most treatment options are available close to home.” A certified oncology nurse, Fritz has been providing cancer treatments, education and resources for individuals and families in northwest Colorado since 1990. She outlined the following services that are available at YVMC:

Al Cashion: From crazy to insane

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from goin' insane." One of the original stars of “Outlaw” Country, Waylon Jennings, wrote this famous lyric. He stole that from me before I could write it. I’m sure. I confess it fits me to a tee. Some say I’ve rocked over a time or two. Some say I’m going to get a ticket for loitering on Insanity St.

Craig teachers give feedback on new curriculum at Commitment to Excellence meeting

The school district has adopted a new curriculum, and at a Commitment to Excellence meeting, teacher's gave feedback on how the curriculum is working in their classrooms.

Women's Wellness Connection offers free services for qualified women

The Women’s Wellness Connection serving Northwest Colorado is helping uninsured and underinsured women receive free breast and and cervical cancer screenings.

Judy Bryce: Gallegos for CU Regent

I want you to know that I am voting for Glen Gallegos for University of Colorado Regent. He is the right person for this job. Here is why. He has excellent experience in K-16 education as an educator for 26 years, Assistant Superintendent in District 51 Schools, President of the Board of Trustees Colorado Mesa University, Western Colorado Community College, etc… Just look at CMU and the growth that has happened there.

Harry E. Russell, Jr. turning 101

Harry E. Russell, Jr., turns 101 years old on Oct. 27. There will be a birthday party at 6 p.m. that day at the Savory Museum in Savory, Wyo. Beef and birthday cake will be provided, carry-in dinners are welcome.

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1 injured in Friday rollover accident

The Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance from the Memorial Hospital of Craig responded Friday afternoon to a report of a one-car rollover crash on Moffat County Road 200 about seven miles northwest of Craig. The call was issued at 4:15 p.m. Sgt. Kirk Gardner, of the Colorado State Patrol, processed the scene and said 17-year-old Kaylie Clawson, driver, and 17-year-old Austin Edwards, passenger, were traveling westbound on CR 200 in a white 1996 Ford Ranger towards CR 15.

Over A Cup: Virginia’s Lazy Day Pumpkin Pie

I have enjoyed all of the calls regarding the “Pumpkin Pie Cake” recipe from this column of about three weeks ago. I’m glad that you enjoyed the cake. This week’s column features another pumpkin recipe. I have not tried this one because the oven has been “busy” baking banana squash from our garden—at least on the days that I have been home. However my sister, Darlene Blackford, has made it, and she got the recipe from her mother-in-law, the late Virginia Blackford of Rocky Ford.

Sports Briefs for Oct. 20, 2012: Postseason still in play for some fall sports

While the situation is bleak, the playoffs are not out of the question for a couple Moffat County Sports teams. The football team, at 3-4 this season, is currently on the outside looking in. In the 3A playoffs, seven teams automatically qualify for winning their league, and the final nine qualifers are selected based on a wildcard points system from Colorado High School Activities Association. After seven games, the final wildcard qualifying team is Thomas Jefferson High School, with 67 points. Moffat County was sitting 25th, with 58. 571.

Friday, October 19

Hayden beats Vail Christian, wraps up home game

Hayden ensured it would play at home next week in the first postseason game, beating Vail Christian, 49-20, on Friday.

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Fading siren: Battalion Chief Dennis Jones retires from Craig Fire/Rescue after 23 years

Few things get the blood pumping harder than the sound of a late night page, the whirring of a siren or chasing after a cloud of smoke out on the distant horizon. Craig Fire/Rescue is an organization that not only prides itself on recruiting, training and retaining high quality firemen and women, but also for attracting thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies to join its ranks. And for more than two decades one name has been synonymous with the Craig fire department. But Battalion Chief Dennis Jones, 52, said Thursday he wasn’t looking for a thrill when he reported to the Craig fire station for the first time on Oct. 26, 1989, which coincidentally also was his 30th birthday.

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 19

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 19

Rig Count for Oct. 20, 2012

Rig Count

Government Update for Oct. 20, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

1968: National Leaning Toward Socialistic State

Editors note: The following editorial, written by Charles Stoddard, Jr., appeared in a 1968 edition of the Empire Courier. The Daily Press acquired the editorial from Tom Mathers, and we were struck at how current it sounded despite its age. Without citing its origins, this editorial — which is appearing now exactly how it did in 1968 — could be mistaken for one written today. The trend of America thinking in political circles for years has been leading to a Socialistic State. This means everyone contributes to the pot and its dolled out to those who don't have as much as those who are contributing. We have been of the opinion that American Democracy, designed to encourage and flourish under capitalism was one of the reasons this nation has achieved the goal it has. But now, more and more, the nation is being let to believe this isn't a good thing. An editorial in a recent issue of a large daily newspaper stated in part "The United States is approaching, if it has not reached, the point at which enough is being produced for everybody to live at a minimum level of decency and for many to live in affluence at the same time.

Francisco Reina: All players deserve to play

This letter is to congratulate my friends who represent me at the soccer field. Some of them are Tim Ciesco and family, Karen Bolton, Alan Flores, Alan Perez, Jonathan Pando, Tracy Mendoza, Dusty Carzon, Bryant Cox, Alfredo LeBron, Rene Molina, Pablo Salcido, Johnny Landa, Balbuena Duarte, Manuel Tarango, and to all who have the privilege of to show my way of soccer and represent me at the soccer field.

3 Colo. men banned from hunting amid Utah poaching

PRICE, Utah (AP) — Three Colorado men have been fined and banned from hunting in Utah after a doe and buck were killed illegally last fall. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says Ostan Ware, Ryan Hagin and Kody Kean didn't have proper permits for either animal. Officials say the men posted pictures of the dead deer online, and left the doe to rot. A tipster calling the state's Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline reported the incident, which wardens say happened in November about three miles away from the Colorado border in Utah's Book Cliffs.

Thursday, October 18

Broncos relying on veterans to turn things around

Peyton Manning's arrival alone would have made John Elway's second year as boss of the Denver Broncos a success. The powerful pair needed much more than each other's company, however, to have any realistic shot of hoisting another Super Bowl trophy like they talked about on that spring day when Manning decided to sign on with the Broncos and help them end more than a decade of disappointment. After landing one of the biggest free agents in NFL history, Elway and his new front office team of Matt Russell and Keith Kidd kept searching for more building blocks for a club that has won two playoff games since Elway's Hall of Fame playing career ended with a second straight title in 1999. They signed cornerback Tracy Porter, tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme.

Police in Ridgeway case look for link in May case

Police are searching for a link between the abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and the attempted abduction of a 22-year-old woman at a neighborhood lake in May. Westminster police Thursday said the suspect in the May 28 case involved a white male, approximately 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 8 inches tall with a medium build. No vehicle information is available.

Nightmare election scenarios worry both parties

Here in a county that knows a thing or two about Election Day meltdowns, both parties are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during or just after the Nov. 6 presidential election. "More than 50 percent of the provisional ballots are thrown in the trash in this state," Florida state Rep. Mark Pafford told about 80 retirees who gathered for last week's meeting of the Golden Lakes Democratic Club. That's only a slight exaggeration — 48 percent of the provisional ballots cast in Florida in 2008 were rejected. And Pafford's warning underscores anxiety in Florida and other states about legal challenges, ballot problems or bizarre outcomes that could bedevil a race that seems likely to be close — conceivably as close as the 2000 contest that people still quarrel about.

Baxter Black: It’s woman’s work

You don’t have to hang around the cattle business long to realize how many women are running their own farms or ranches. Often they are widows who have taken over the operation with the help of their children and made it work. More recently, these women-farmers are daughters who have come home after schooling and become part of the family team. And there are occasions when women decide on the occupation and buy their own place. In today’s world nobody questions a woman’s ability to run the ranch.

Energy Diet: 5 easy actions to save energy

Reducing your energy consumption and costs doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge Checklist provides a list of easy energy-reducing actions to “Do Right Away.” Here are five “Nice and Easy” action items you can accomplish today: 1) Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED light bulbs. Of the many “Nice and Easy” actions that can be taken, changing your light bulbs is the most controversial and confusing. CFL and LED bulbs vary greatly among manufacturers, and the design should be specific to the lighting situation (ceiling lights, lamps, recessed lights, outdoor lights, etc.).

EDP adds 3 new members during board member election

Petrone joins to represent MCSD, Johnson on for energy

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership held elections Wednesday and in addition to retaining some of its longstanding board members, it also welcomed some new faces. Though the organization’s bylaws allow for up to 13 members to sit on the board, the EDP had been operating for some time with 10. Active member seats up for election this year included former chairman Scott Cook and treasurer Alisa Corey, both of whom petitioned to serve another term and were re-elected. But with the recent departures of Jerry Thompson, who has been a board member since EDP’s founding, and Mike Anson, who opted not to seek re-election, EDP had the opportunity to attract three new people to sit on the board.

Fire Board takes action at Thursday meeting

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board takes action at Thursday’s meeting

Lance Scranton: Reputation and truth

Lance Armstrong made the news this week as he stepped away from his LiveStrong Foundation so that fundraising would not be hampered. Armstrong has claimed that charges of using performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping are malicious characterizations of his reputation as a professional bicyclist. As the world of professional sports is rocked by another allegation of an athlete who put their reputation above telling the truth, we are learning some important lessons from this tale of caution in our American Literature classes. Lance Armstrong, like so many athletes before him, became so wrapped up in preserving a reputation that the truth was set aside. This is not a new phenomenon in our country, or in our world. History is replete with examples of people who sacrificed their character and reputation for the short-term accolades of winning.

Moffat runners shine at regionals

Expectations were high for one team and more of a question mark for the other when Moffat County’s cross-country teams ran at the regional meet in Delta Wednesday. On both sides, those expectations were met and surpassed. The girls team won the region by a comfortable margin, scoring 31 points and beating runner-up Middle Park by 12. In a race that scores the top four runners, Moffat County had a big advantage in its top three. Eryn Leonard, Brenna Ciesco and Aubrey Campbell finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 18

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 18

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Bulldogs close regular season with win in Craig

With a season in the books, now the Bulldogs must sit and wait. The Moffat County boys soccer team closed its regular season on a high note Thursday, beating Delta 4-1. It was a much more complete performance from Moffat County, which lost twice earlier in the week, head coach Rusty Cox said. “Much better game,” Cox said of his team’s play. “A lot of better touches on the ball, spreading the ball and a lot more confident play.”

Pilgrim appeals Moffat County cattle rustling conviction

State appellate court grants stay of execution

Earlier this month Monty Luke Pilgrim, 52, of Little Snake River, was expected to report to the Moffat County Public Safety Center to begin serving his 90-day jail sentence. But Pilgrim has decided to take his case to the Colorado Court of Appeals. He was granted a stay of execution pending his appeal, according to court documents. The notice was filed by Lakewood attorney Anthony Noble following Pilgrim’s Sept. 20 sentencing in Moffat County District Court. Pilgrim was charged in district court with nine counts of theft of agricultural animals, a Class 4 felony; nine counts of concealing strays, a Class 6 felony; and nine counts of wrongful branding, a Class 6 felony.

Janet Sheridan: A Lesson Well Taught

For many years, fourth-grade children smelling of summer surged into my classroom in early September, bouncing and squirming like puppies surprised at being indoors. District procedure suggested that I begin the first day of school by explaining the routines necessary for order throughout the year. But as I welcomed my students, shining with hope in their new clothes, I felt a lengthy lecture would be inexcusable. So rather than burdening my youngsters with two hundred rules for happy living, I chose to spend thirty minutes teaching them how to listen. I believed then, and now, that careful listening in school, as in the world, could solve most problems. I explained three steps for skillful listening: stop what you are doing, look at the speaker and attend so closely that you could summarize the speaker’s words, if asked.

David Pressgrove: Have you thanked your shepherds this month?

This week I received a well-timed message on Facebook. It had been a long day of meetings and I wasn’t overly excited about the challenges ahead of me the next day. The message was from a former Young Lifer and he thanked me for walking alongside him and how much he appreciated it now that he was at a different stage in life. I write this not to brag about how great I am, but because it sufficiently lead me into some thoughts on how October is pastor appreciation month. Webster defines a pastor as “a person authorized to conduct religious ownership.” The definition fits our modern idea of the word, but biblically, “pastor” has more to do with compassion than authority.

Wednesday, October 17

Small business loan environment not impossible

Craig bankers advise entrepreneurs on how to successfully secure a startup loan

Throughout the 2012 campaign season one theme has dominated the political landscape more than any other at both the state and national levels, the economy. While members on one side of the aisle champion a plan to cut the deficit through increased taxes, the other side argues for less government spending. But many Craig business and financial professionals do not believe either party has a firm grasp on how to improve the economy and put Americans back to work. “The bottom line is we can’t tax our way out of this recession and we can’t cut our way out of this recession,” said Betsy Nauman-Cook, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. “We have to grow our way out of this recession.”

Jane Yazzie: Vote for Baxter

Jo Ann Baxter of Craig, retired secondary school teacher and dean and former president of the Moffat County School Board, is campaigning for the Colorado House District 57 seat that would represent Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Jo Ann received public attention in 2005 and 2006 when, as school board leader, she was able to represent consensus and trust to Moffat County voters who passed a school bond initiative in November 2006. Jo Ann, a Democrat in a Republican-dominated county, was wonderful in that important request for public support, listening to citizen group, even individual citizens, answering their questions of whether increased public money (bonds) would be spent wisely and used to bolster students' safety and learning. The passage of the bond issue was a victory for all the county's people.

Laura S. Day: Puzzling things

I have lived in Craig since 2003, and love this community. There are some things, however, that puzzle me: 1) At the bottom of Ashley Road there is a three-way intersection with only one stop sign. There are no yield signs or other means to show which of the two other directions has right of way. The way people just drive through. It's an accident waiting to happen, and when it does, there is the potential for serious injury. Shouldn't there be at least one more stop sign to prevent this? 2) On First Street, by Lamplighter Trailer Park, there is a passing zone. One morning, as I was trying to turn left (and yes, my blinker was on a block ahead of my turn), I was passed on the left by someone in a pickup truck who obviously was more concerned with passing than the fact that s/he almost hit me. Why is the passing zone right there, and not just a little further east?

Rosemary Potter: Vote Obama out

The differences between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are striking. They are polar opposites on vital issues that have to do with our everyday lives. Romney says "YES" on the following: Repeal Obamacare, 20 percent across-the-board income tax cut, balanced budget amendment, and the defense of marriage. Obama says "No" to all of the these.

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

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Treasures abound at local thrift stores

Craig has become a hub of competition for an unlikely business-type: thrift stores. With a few thrift stores already in place for years, three more have opened in Craig in the past 15 months, making the city a hot spot for the shopper looking for great deals or unusual items. Without the massive infrastructure of an organization like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, Craig residents have nonetheless dived into the thrift store business. For those owners, the businesses started for a variety of different reasons and at different times in their lives, but one characteristic is similar: a love for thrift.

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Big O Tires doing well in 1st month of business

Having been open for a little under a month, Travis Wondra, owner of Big O Tires said business has been very good, and is happy with his location in Craig.

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Craig store fills hockey niche in Craig

As winter and hockey season approach, replacing old, worn gear or getting equipment for a first-timer becomes a top priority. While hockey never has taken a major hold in Craig, it does have a loyal following. That is why Samuelson True Value Hardware, 456 Breeze St., sells hockey equipment during the sport’s winter season. Storeowner Mark Samuelson has been involved with hockey for years and wanted to provide a place in town for parents and players to be able to gear up.

Christina Oxley: Be an informed consumer

I've been advocating for and promoting Craig's business community nearly all of my adult life, and especially for the almost seven years that I've served as the executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, and here's what I have to say about shopping locally: It's your money. You should spend it however and wherever you want. To that statement, about half of you responded mentally with a defiant, “I will, and I don't really need your permission.” The other half is looking up my phone number to lambast me for writing the exact opposite of what my position, and my conscience, dictates.

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One Hour Photo offers more than meets the eye

Quality Plus One Hour Photo in Craig may deceive passersby. With One Hour in the name and a sign proclaiming, “We still do film,” it may seem an antiquated business considering advances in digital photography. But chatting with owner Robert Libbee and wife Tina, they said customers will find the business has updated in terms of technology but kept the small town friendly atmosphere that keep customers coming back.

Tuesday, October 16

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JV football shuts down Steamboat

It took most of the season, but the Bulldogs football C team broke through. Bolstered by the help of a couple sophomores, Moffat County’s team of underclassmen picked up its first win of the season Tuesday when it beat Steamboat Springs 35-0 at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. The team, which is composed of mostly freshman, got a boost from sophomores Matt Hamilton and Phillip Chadwick, who have played a very limited amount for the varsity team this season.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

On The Record

Larry Brinkley: Know your mineral rights

Re Mineral Rights: You do not have to lease, however you must stay informed. Save all letters and note all phone calls you get. The time to act is on Integration. Once your section is Integrated, You have only 15 days to act. Consider participating if you have an extra $6,000 available, or choose non-consent. Non-consent is even for the folks who have No money. You can receive 100 percent of your royalties by choosing participate or non-consent.

Jennifer Bugay: Thanks to those who helped with float

As the sponsoring business of the Junior class float, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people and businesses that made it possible: • Dan Kawcak at Western United Realty providing a warehouse for us to build the float in. • Tyler at Rocky Mountain TLC for donating carpet tubes Robert at Northwest Auto Glass for donating cardboard boxes. • Frank at Snyder and Counts for providing feed sacks used to hand out candy.

25 Shades of Craig: Foundations

Like any structure, relationships that can stand the test of time all begin with the same thing: a strong and sturdy foundation. And when I say foundation, I mean two people who have the same goals, morals and values. We all have a picture in our head of what we want our partner to look like: tall, built, brown eyes, curvy, amazing smile, smart, funny, confident, honest, and compassionate. But, these are all physical traits and should not be the base for building a strong relationship.

Veterans Hotline: Deadline nears to apply for special ‘Stop Loss’ pay

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP. To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay. Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to service members, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations and the media. But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. The average benefit it $3,700.

CDP Editorial: Closing thoughts

Our View: The recent closure of two restaurants in Craig could have left a void for those looking for early and easy access to food in Craig. However other local establishments have stepped up to fill that void.

Atmos Energy files for Colorado Gas Cost Adjustment

Monthly bills could increase 3 percent for residential, commercial customers

This week Atmos Energy Corp. became the second local utility provider in as many months to petition the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for a cost adjustment. In September Xcel Energy filed for Quarterly Gas and Electric Commodity adjustments in an effort to drive down consumer costs during the fourth quarter. Dallas-based Atmos Energy, on the other hand, filed for a GCA to reflect the corporation’s increased natural gas costs for its northwest and central Colorado customers. To stay on pace with its own costs Atmos Energy’s GCA asks the PUC to approve a three percent rate hike on current residential and commercial gas commodities.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

October Domestic Violence Awareness month

October plays host to many important issues facing the community, with much coverage about breast cancer awareness month. But October is also domestic violence awareness month. And at 6 p.m. on October 26, Advocates Crisis Support Services of Craig will hold a walk for awareness.

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J.R. the elk arrives at his new home at Wyman Museum

Northwest Colorado is famous for its elk. Yet one in particular stood out as being more special than the rest. Clyde was a rare animal, a docile member of a species not well-known for its domestic characteristics. Nevertheless, he was as identifiable with the City of Craig and Moffat County as Dinosaur National Monument, the Sandwash Basin wild horses or even Craig Station. And when Clyde the elk passed away last month at the age of 18 at the Wyman Living History Museum, his home since 2004, the Craig community lost much more than its most unique attraction. It lost a friend.

Tennessee men sentenced in Colorado poaching case

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say two Tennessee men have been sentenced for killing a bear out of season and throwing the carcass off a cliff. The agency said Tuesday that Harley Boss Manley, of Martin, and David Ronnie Coleman, of Union City, pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing a black bear north of Glenwood Springs just before fall bear hunting season started Sept. 1.

More than 2,000 attend slain Colo. girl's memorial

More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others gathered Tuesday to remember a 10-year-old suburban Denver girl who was abducted on her way to school and killed. As the public memorial for Jessica Ridgeway was held, the search for her killer continued, with multiple agencies checking leads and asking for more tips. Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said at the evening service that investigators are working the case "tirelessly, diligently, and we are committed until we achieve justice for Jessica." Earlier, police said they had received more than 350 more phone tips Tuesday. The ceremony at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada opened with a slideshow of pictures set to the Jessica's favorite songs, including "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Many attendees wore the fifth-grader's favorite color, purple.

Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a "sketchy deal" to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election. Romney pushed back hard, saying the middle class "has been crushed over the last four years" under Obama's leadership and that 23 million Americans are still struggling to find work. He contended the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya was part of an unraveling of the administration's foreign policy. The president was feistier from the outset than he had been in their initial encounter two weeks ago, when he turned in a listless performance that sent shudders through his supporters and helped fuel a rise by Romney in opinion polls nationally and in some battleground states. When Romney said Tuesday night that he had a five-point plan to create 12 million jobs, Obama said, "Gov. Romney says he's got a five-point plan. Gov. Romney doesn't have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules."

Pamela Kinder M.D.: TMH aministration has gone too far

I am writing a frank letter because frankly, I am tired and upset. I hope this letter runs just above the colored advertisement that announces the new Grand Junction neurologist will be seeing patients at The Memorial Hospital (TMH) clinic. At best, this is a thoughtless response by TMH administration to the St. Mary’s outreach clinic: “We have a new neurologist, can he see patient’s once/month in Craig at your facility?” “Sure.” At worst, it’s a calculated affront by TMH administration to recruit patients from competing, local clinics. Either way, hosting a physician who has absolutely no commitment to our community is ill-conceived. Dennis and I moved to Craig 17 years ago, and have faithfully served you over that time. In this seventeen years, not once has The Memorial Hospital assisted me in promoting my neurology services. Not once have they assisted with private recruitment efforts.

Monday, October 15

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Moffat County soccer drops pair at home

It wasn’t a tale of two halves, but each half had two tales Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Moffat County boys soccer team hosted Roaring Fork and despite making a comeback in the first half, didn’t have the same intensity in the second frame and fell 5-2. The improvement the Bulldogs have shown in recent weeks was not enough to overcome a tough Roaring Fork squad, which outmatched Moffat County in the second half. Head coach Rusty Cox said it was a case of the Bulldogs losing some of their drive during the intermession. “They just kind of laid off,” Cox said. “I’m not sure what to say about it. They went into a defensive mode, and then (Roaring Fork) was winning in the middle and getting good touches and nice passes.”

COGCC online water quality database goes live

In its ongoing regulatory oversight of oil and natural gas development the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Monday launched an online tool focused on water quality. The tool, which can be found on the agency’s web site at www.cogcc.state.co.us, features an interactive map of Colorado and allows the public to view water quality data taken from more than 450 sites throughout the state. The data was compiled beginning in Jan. 2011, according to a COGCC news release.

Fewer qualms for gun-rights groups over Romney now

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gun-rights groups perceive President Barack Obama as a threat to unfettered access to firearms. They once had qualms about Mitt Romney, too. But times and circumstances have changed for Romney, the GOP presidential nominee now in tune with the National Rifle Association and similar organizations, whose members are motivated voters. In the tight White House race, every bit of support helps, especially in the most closely contested states and particularly from groups that claim millions of members nationwide. Romney's prior embrace of weapon-control proposals had put him crossways with the NRA and others. These days, Romney is on their good side by opposing renewal of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons, additional regulations on gun shows and suggested federal gun registration requirements.

Sunday, October 14

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Jacob Baron, retail service specialist at O'Reilly Auto Parts

Hometown: "Craig is my hometown, but I was born in Wheat Ridge. Lived there until I was about 5. Then I’ve been back and forth between Denver." Job title: Retail service specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts How long have you been working here: “About a year and a half. I also work at Conoco as a mechanic there and I go to school for automotive.” How did you get started at your job: “I started working here because I needed a job so my parents wouldn’t kick me out. But I also work here because of all the automotive stuff I do.”

Rebuilding after Colo.'s most destructive wildfire

A week after the Waldo Canyon fire roared through their hillside neighborhood, Joseph Boyd and Trish Nelson-Boyd returned to a five-bedroom home reduced to 18 inches of ash. A fireball with temperatures estimated at 2,000 degrees left little more than the twisted motors from their kitchen appliances. On that same spot today on Yankton Place — only three months later — stands a nearly completed stucco home scheduled for move-in Nov. 5, the first rebuilt house in the Waldo Canyon fire zone. All around the building site, backhoes and other heavy construction equipment buzz and rumble — the stirrings of a community coming back to life much quicker than many might have imagined. "We saw the horrific loss of the house that had all our memories in it," said Joseph Boyd, standing in what soon will be his master bedroom. "Now, we're anxious to start creating new memories here."

Manning still crossing paths with Chargers

Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? It was the big question going into the 1998 draft and one that was quickly answered that fall. Indianapolis made the right choice and Bobby Beathard and the San Diego Chargers were stuck with a colossal mistake. Nearly 15 years later, Manning is still crossing paths with the Chargers. On Monday night, he'll bring his Denver Broncos (2-3) to Qualcomm Stadium to face the AFC West rival Chargers (3-2).

Fewer qualms for gun-rights groups over Romney now

Gun-rights groups perceive President Barack Obama as a threat to unfettered access to firearms. They once had qualms about Mitt Romney, too. But times and circumstances have changed for Romney, the GOP presidential nominee now in tune with the National Rifle Association and similar organizations, whose members are motivated voters. In the tight White House race, every bit of support helps, especially in the most closely contested states and particularly from groups that claim millions of members nationwide. Romney's prior embrace of weapon-control proposals had put him crossways with the NRA and others. These days, Romney is on their good side by opposing renewal of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons, additional regulations on gun shows and suggested federal gun registration requirements.

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Moffat County volleyball keeps battling

The Moffat County volleyball team has made a habit out of getting into tight contests. The Bulldogs (4-12) have played three straight five set matches, and a four-setter in the match before that. It may be a more stressful team to watch for the coaches and fans of the team, but it has also signified the Bulldogs becoming a more competitive unit. “I don’t know what that is all about,” head coach Sandy Camilletti said of her team going the distance in so many matches. “They told me the other day during a timeout that they just liked playing volleyball so much and that’s why they keep playing. Seriously though, it’s not a matter of losing focus and letting up.”

Senior Spotlight for October 15, 2012

The season for getting fresh, delicious different kinds of bread. Zucchini, pumpkin, banana, also the squash is used more right now. Really an interesting variety of ways to use the harvest of fall besides canning. I used to can salmon when we lived in Granby, a friend of ours went fishing and Grand Lake. Later on a friend taught me how to make beet jelly using the beet juices, plum jam, peaches, etc.

Saturday, October 13

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Pankey's Smoked BBQ closes

Pankey’s Smoked BBQ has closed its doors after a little more than a year in business.

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Moffat County soccer ousts Aspen

A wet morning in Aspen could not slow the Moffat County boys soccer team. The Bulldogs, all of a sudden as hot as any team on the Western Slope, continued to show improvement in a 5-0 victory against Aspen High School on Saturday. Alex Perez scored all five goals for Moffat County as he was continuously fed the ball up the field. Head coach Rusty Cox said the win was one that came because of strong passing and ball control on the wet field.

Moffat County Republicans to host debate watch party Tuesday

The Moffat County “Get Out The Vote” Republican project group is hosting a debate watch party Tuesday at the Hampton Inn in Craig.

CNCC gets new Early-Childhood Education program director

Judi Whilden is redefining the term “babysitting” and all the ideas associated with it. As the first program director for the Early-Childhood Education program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, Whilden brings a plethora of ideas to the table, including the deconstruction of the terms babysitting and babysitter.

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Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Ladies Golf Association raise $1,266 to fight cancer

The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association and the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild have teamed up to raise $1,266 this year for the Moffat County Cancer Society.

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The Memorial Hospital employees compete in pink glove dance competition

Physicians, employees and administrators at The Memorial Hospital dancing around in pink gloves and zany outfits to Katy Perry is probably something most people would expect to see in a dream. A video of that exact scenario was posted online as part of the Pink Glove Dance Competition.

John Egan: Vote for Pace

This is a rational argument why conservatives should vote for Sal Pace If there’s one thing congress has proven in the last four years it’s that it can’t get anything done. Our political system has become an unmanageable log jam thanks in large part to an unwillingness on the conservative side of the aisle to negotiate or compromise in good faith. It’s like congress has forgotten what it’s there for. Do you remember? Congress is suppose to move our country ahead; to protect its People, to improve the quality of life toward for all the People of the United States; young, old, rich, poor, men, women, gay, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Baptists, Methodists and the ever burdened middle class.

Conor Laing: Pace supports higher education

I am one of the many young adults entering the world of higher education with the hope of earning a four-year college degree and giving back to this country. I was raised in Leadville, so it was easy to fall in love with the mountains, the town, and especially Fort Lewis College. Even though my college career at The Fort is young, I have not been disappointed by my choice in school. There is one factor I am ashamed to admit went into my calculation as to where to go to school: Cost. An inescapable fact is that a college education is very expensive. I was mindful that, compared with many other schools in our state, Fort Lewis College is more affordable.

Jennifer Bugay: Parade was 'tremendous'

First of all I want to say how great it was to see so many businesses, classes, and entries involved in the parade. It was a perfect day and there was a tremendous turn out. Yampa Valley Bank would like to thank the following people for making our Crocodile Rock float such a success:

Friday, October 12

Moffat County Sports produce mixed results Thursday

In addition to the football game Thursday night, other Moffat County fall sports were on display. The boys soccer team lost in Steamboat Springs, 4-1. The Sailors scored two goals in each half, while Alan Flores scored on a penalty kick to supply the Bulldogs’ lone goal. Moffat County was shorthanded in the game due to injuries and players missing because they were playing in the football game. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, who are now 4-7 this season. Meanwhile, the Moffat County volleyball team was locked in another tight match, this time hosting Aspen in the MCHS gym.

Baxter Black: Hunting the wiley hog

So there I was in the early morning haze between the hours of dawn and daylight, stealthily walking across a mowed field in search of the wily feral hog. Actually the first half-mile was not as stealthy, it was more like trudging, since my packer whom we’ll call Newt, had partied the night before and failed to gas up the four-wheeler. Carrying pistols, rifles, ammo, bandoliers, reams of toilet tissue and video filming equipment, we looked more like refugees fleeing the Libyan conflict, followed by the paparazzi! Suddenly my guide, who asked us to call him Bwana, froze in his tracks! It was quite dark but we could hear his “Shush! There, on the edge of the field, see’em?” he said.

CDP Editorial: Happy hunting

Our View: Hunting season has arrived in earnest, and with it the increased presence around town of bright orange and camouflage. The season brings a lot of excitement to the area, and understandably so. However it’s also important to follow some basic safety guidelines.

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Craig plays host to national hunting magazine writers

Craig took center stage in the hunting world recently, when writers and editors from national hunting publications traveled to the city to experience what it had to offer. Elkhorn Outfitters hosted a hunt last week in its Pilot Camp north of town, where a group of hunters came to hunt elk in the high country. Among those visiting were Mike Schoby, editor-in-chief of Petersen’s Hunting Magazine. Schoby said Craig is a place he likes to visit regularly to get a story for his magazine. “This is my sixth Craig trip,” Schoby said. “It’s a pretty special place. This year I’ve been in Spain, Argentina, Africa and Canada, but every year we try to get to a place like Craig. We have to do a story on elk hunting and you want a photo with that story. You can’t do it any better than here.”

Salazar approves Chokecherry wind energy project

Southern Wyoming could be home to nation’s largest wind farm

Colorado’s neighbor to the north may soon be home to the largest wind farm in the nation. On Tuesday Power Company of Wyoming, LLC announced U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a record of decision authorizing the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy site in Carbon County, Wyo. south of Rawlins. “Wyoming, we know, has some of the best wind energy resources in the entire world,” Salazar said during the announcement. “There’s no doubt that this project has the potential to be a landmark project for the U.S. and the entire world.”

Earth Dome coming to Craig Elementary Schools, Boys & Girls Club

Craig Elementary students will have an opportunity to see what the earth looks like from space, up close and personal. Friends of Moffat County Education have arranged for the Earth Dome to come to Craig, visiting all elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club in the course of a week.

Government Update for Oct. 13, 2012

Government Update

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Moffat County runners look to regionals

The Moffat County cross-country teams are now staring down the final part of their season, when the results matter most. After running Thursday in Rifle, season is over for some members of the team. For the rest, all eyes are turned toward next Wednesday's Colorado 3A Region 1 meet . The girls team placed second out of five teams in Rifle, losing only to Battle Mountain, one of the top 4A cross-country teams in Colorado. The girls were led by Brenna Ciesco (20:15) and Eryn Leonard (20:50) who placed second and third in the race.

Kent Peppler: We need to defend America’s Renewable Fuel Standard

Among the topics not addressed at the first Presidential debate was the need to defend America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the economic, clean energy and national security benefits it provides. It’s time for our elected leaders to recognize the central role that renewable fuels play in increasing America’s energy independence. Colorado is on the cutting edge of the renewable fuel economy.

Rig Count for Oct. 13, 2012

Rig Count

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11

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Bulldogs fall behind early, fall to Demons

Not even a successful Hail Mary could save the Bulldogs Thursday night. After a poor first half that saw Moffat County miss connections on several pass long pass plays, Bubba Ivers hit Jarret Walt from 55 yards out. Ivers’ throw came as time expired in the half, and gave Moffat County momentum going into the break. It was a play Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth had not seen successful in years. “I’ve watched enough football before that I’ve seen it happen, it just hadn’t happened to me in a lot of years,” Whitworth said. “It was just one of those things where the defensive back let him get behind and the quarterback made a great play.”

Diane Prather: From Pipi’s Pasture

Welcome to “From Pipi’s Pasture.” It’s a brand new look for my agriculture and livestock stories. The name comes from a real live cow named “Pipi” that lives in the little pasture next to the cottage office where I do lots of my writing. Pipi is an older black and brown cow with a white face and speckled nose. Her ears are short because their tips froze one cold spring night when she was a calf. Perhaps it’s the ears that cause Pipi to be somewhat grumpy looking. However, grumpy is really not the case. The drawing of Pipi was done by my brother, Duane Osborn of Hamilton.

Over A Cup: Jody’s Un-stuffed Pepper Soup

This past week I received a letter and recipe from Jody Meakins (Linden) of Meeker. Jody grew up on a dairy farm in the Meeker area and after college she taught at Ault High School in Ault. That’s where she met my sister, Darlene, who was also teaching at Ault. They have remained good friends ever since. Jody sent a recipe for “Un-stuffed Pepper Soup”. She wrote that the first time she tasted the soup was at the Meeker Café when it was featured as the soup of the day. Jody said she “had to try it” and set out to duplicate the soup. She started with several similar recipes and modified them to suit her taste. The result is this week’s recipe.

Energy Diet: Nice and easy 1st steps

The goal of the Energy Diet Challenge is to make the action of turning off all lights and power strips as much of a habit as turning off your bathroom light in your morning routine.

Lance Scranton: Excellence and inspiration

Our community had a chance to taste a little bit of the future last week during the Homecoming festivities. While there were several events that we can bite down on as indicators along the way for our future success, one stood out. Homecoming culminates on the high school football game but in past years some have tried to take the focus off of athletics and make the celebration more “inclusive” or “politically correct.” Fortunately, the 1967 Gridiron Gang came back to town this year to help all of us realize the importance of sports tradition and the value of sticking together. Their story is one to remember and a valuable lesson in dedication and desire.

State candidates address Moffat County voters

During a debate Thursday at JW Snacks in Craig, candidates who weren't debating had an opportunity to address Moffat County voters and discuss issues important to their races. Colorado House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, who is running for Colorado Senate District 8, could not make the debate and sent a surrogate to speak briefly to the crowd on his behalf. His surrogate, local resident Rod Durham, read a written speech by Baumgardner that cited his experience as a small business owner, rancher and as a state legislator for rural Colorado, representing issues important to the community. Durham also talked about why he supports Baumgardner.

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Baxter, Rankin debate for HD57 in Craig

Education highlighted as primary issue dividing candidates

There’s officially less than a month until the November general election. And with the final push well under way, numerous state and local candidates participated Thursday in one of the last candidate debates of the 2012 campaign season at JW Snacks, 210 E. Victory Way, in Craig. Moderated by Craig Daily Press editor and publisher Bryce Jacobson, the debates concluded with the race for Colorado House District 57 between hometown Democrat Jo Ann Baxter and Carbondale Republican Bob Rankin. The candidates fielded more than 50 minutes of questions on topics ranging from jobs and the economy to energy and natural resources. Baxter and Rankin have each said over the course of the campaign that they share similar views on a good portion of the issues, education not being one of them.

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Steamboat soccer wins against Moffat, 4-1

Steamboat broke open a close game to beat Moffat County on Thursday night, 4-1. The Sailors return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday at home against Glenwood Springs.

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Grobe, Barnes square off in candidate debate

Republican Chuck Grobe and Rick Barnes, member of the American Constitution Party, both running for Moffat County Commissioner District 2, said they would listen and get back the voice of Moffat County residents during a debate Thursday night at J.W. Snacks in Craig.

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Doak Walker leagues finish playoffs

The 2012 Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football season has come to a close, but its experiences leave a lasting impact on the players and coaches. Tuesday saw the fifth and sixth grade league play out its entire postseason tournament. The six-team league concluded its season with the Super Bowl under the lights at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. The Broncos, sponsored by Anson Excavating, beat the Chargers from Cook Chevrolet, 32-28. It was a great way to end a fun season, even in a loss, Chargers coach Greg Hixson said. “That was just two good teams playing each other in the Super Bowl,” Hixson said. “Both teams had great kids, and I thought it was a great finish to the season, playing under the lights at the high school with a close game. I think all the kids learned something tonight, win or lose.”

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Sunset Elementary Student Accountability Committee eyes priority improvement status

As the only school with a rating of priority improvement, Sunset Elementary School’s School Accountability Committee meeting Tuesday night saw concern from parents. Principal Zack Allen attempted to assuage those concerns by explaining how the rating is assigned and the numbers behind it.

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DeRose, Kinkaid debate issues at JW Snacks

It was a festive atmosphere Thursday night, but the mood was no less tense as numerous state and local candidates participated in an evening of debates at JW Snacks in Craig. The night began with a faceoff between Republican Dave DeRose and unaffiliated candidate John Kinkaid,, who are vying for Moffat County Commission’s District 1 seat. Bryce Jacobson, editor and publisher of the Craig Daily Press, served as moderator for the debate. The questions focused on local issues pertaining to economic development, natural resources, energy, governance and county relations.

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LIVE TONIGHT: Candidate forum & MCHS football

Live online streams of debates, football game offered

It's a busy night in Moffat County. To start, many state and local candidates are participating in one of the few remaining debates before the November general election. The event, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. at JW Snacks, 210 E. Victory Way, kicks off with a debate between Republican Dave DeRose and unaffiliated candidate John Kinkaid for Moffat County Commission’s District 1 seat. Following DeRose and Kinkaid will be a debate for Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat between Republican Chuck Grobe and American Constitution Party candidate Rick Barnes. Both debates will last 30 minutes each, follow no specific format, and feature questions focused on a variety of topics including, natural resources, economic development, governance, tourism, education, and county relations.

VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at each other on everything

At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. "That is a bunch of malarkey," the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration's foreign policy. "I know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don't interrupt each other," Ryan later scolded his rival, referring to Democratic pressure on Biden to make up for President Barack Obama's listless performance in last week's debate with Mitt Romney. There was nothing listless this time as the 69-year-old Biden sat next to the 42-year old Wisconsin congressman on a stage at Centre College in Kentucky. Nearly 90 minutes after the initial disagreement over foreign policy, the two men were still at it, clashing sharply over rival approaches to reducing federal deficits.

Mediator meets with Aurora shooting victims

The mediator trying to resolve a dispute over funds for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting is meeting with victims and their relatives. Kenneth Feinberg was meeting with the victims Thursday and Friday to discuss how $5 million in donations to victims and their families should be distributed.

FBI seeks help in finding missing Colorado girl

Authorities looking for a missing 10-year-old Colorado girl are asking the public for help finding who apparently kidnapped her, a day after a body was found in a park. Police have yet to link the body found seven miles from Jessica Ridgeway's home to her Oct. 5 disappearance, or even say if it belongs to a child. Jessica disappeared after leaving home to meet friends at a park for her walk to school. On Thursday, the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit released a list of changes that a person committing a crime against a child would exhibit. Among them: sudden differences in appearance, missed appointments, being absent from work, or leaving town with no explanation. Police have ruled out Jessica's parents. "It could be your boss, it could be your friend, and ultimately it could be your family member," FBI spokesman Dave Joly said. "Bring this information to law enforcement and let us vet that to a close. If that person is not the suspect, 'Thank you for your call.' Next lead."

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Wildfire burns in Rocky Mountain National Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A wildfire burning on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park has prompted evacuations of a nearby campground, along with backcountry campsites and trails in the area. No structures are threatened, and no evacuations have been ordered in the town of Estes Park to the east. The fire was reported around 2 p.m. Tuesday about 2 miles west of the Fern Lake trailhead. It had grown to about 300 acres by 5 p.m.

Play By Play: Fall and Winter 2012-13

Sport & Event Briefs: Youth Basketball Jr. Youth Basketball Adult Coed Volleyball Youth Hockey Gingerbread Houses Community Ski Club Trailbusters Intermediate Line Dance Lifeguard training..... Is for everyone CPR & First Aid Classes

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Craig resident still tackling tough projects at 82

The challenge of building a multi-tiered retaining wall from scratch on an uphill slope might seem daunting to a person in their twenties. But not to Lou Hahn, that exact retaining wall is his latest masterpiece, at the ripe young age of 82.

Wednesday, October 10

Colorado Congressmen condemn actions of middle mile broadband service provider

EAGLE-Net Alliance: We’re on task to bring service to rural Colorado

A state company tasked with establishing broadband infrastructure in rural Colorado communities has come under scrutiny by several Colorado Congressmen. EAGLE-Net Alliance, headquartered in Broomfield, is an intergovernmental organization affiliated with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. It was created in 2007 to improve broadband access across Colorado, particularly to public schools, to create a comprehensive, statewide network. In 2010, EAGLE-Net was awarded a $100.6 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, in coordination with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Officials at EAGLE-Net then identified more than 170 Colorado communities it intends to provide with “middle mile” broadband infrastructure, and to serve as anchor institutions between route lines, before the Aug. 2013 grant deadline. Craig is among those 170 Colorado communities identified to serve as an anchor institution.

Greg Hixson: Thanks for a great season

We would just like to start out by saying what a talented group of young athletes Craig has. We had the honor and privilege of coaching 11 of them on our Doak Walker Chargers team. Every player on the team gave 110 percent and had such great sportsmanship. They always left it all on the field and that's all any coach asks for. So we would just like to say thank you to all our boys for their hard work, great attitudes, and respect. ALL of you were truely amazing. We'd also like to thank their parents for allowing us to be a part of their growth in football and for trusting us to do so.

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

CPW officers investigating another poaching case

lorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating a case of suspected poaching involving a large buck deer found near mile marker 85 on Colorado Highway 96 east of Pueblo, the agency announce in a news release. According to the release, the head and antlers were removed. "It looks like the deer might have been shot somewhere else and dumped along Highway 96," Quentin Springer of Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in the release.

Tuesday, October 9

Mayor signs letter of intent for Craig community solar garden

State mandate requires certain percentage of utilities come from renewables

There was reluctance Tuesday among some Craig City Council members to support a nonbinding letter of intent for the construction of a solar array in Craig. Citing Tri-State Generation & Transmission, operator of Craig Station, as one of the largest employers and primary contributors to the Moffat County tax base, council member Don Jones questioned whether supporting construction of a solar garden in Craig City limits would send the wrong message to local energy industry employees. “Here we are trying to keep coal in the area and all of a sudden we’re going to buy into something like this?” Jones said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m for green energy, but what kind of a message are we sending to the power plant and the mines?”

Medicare open enrollment for Part D begins Monday

In the complicated maze healthcare has become, it can be easy to become lost. But there is help. Betsy Packer, SHIP/SMP counselor for the Routt County Council on Aging, will be in Craig to help seniors on Medicare navigate their drug plans.

Editorial: Election overload

Our View: As the 2012 campaign season comes to a frenzy in the weeks before Nov. 6, it can be easy to be disenfranchised with the whole process and lose interest. However we encourage anyone unfamiliar with the issues to learn what they are and how they could affect the country. The Craig Daily Press is hosting a debate at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at JW Snacks, 210 E. Victory Way, which gives residents another chance to do just that.

25 Shades of Craig: Women’s Rolls

Women have always filled many roles in their lives and they still do. We serve as wives, chefs, nurses, housekeepers, employees, therapists and friends. But probably the most important and influential of these roles is that of a mother. It is the most challenging and most rewarding job out there, and as times change, so too do the demands.

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Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge closes

Randy Knoche has gathered with friends every morning at the Golden Cavvy for the past ten years. "We have a bunch of us that don't sleep very well who go down there and drink coffee and solve the world's problems," Knoche said. But Knoche and his buddies have been left looking for a new place to meet, as the Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge closed its doors Tuesday after more than 50 years in business. An abrupt close with little forewarning, there is speculation the restaurant closed for financial reasons.

Long-missing Colo. Marine buried with full honors

A Colorado family's years of waiting ended Tuesday when they finally buried a fallen Marine who had been missing since a helicopter crash during the rescue of an American ship crew seized by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge in 1975. Pfc. James Jacques (HAW'-kas) was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on what would have been his 56th birthday. About 50 Vietnam War veterans holding American flags lined a street in the sprawling hilltop cemetery. Doves were released after three volleys were fired into the air. "We never lost hope that he would come home, and that day has come," said Delouise Guerra, Jacques' older sister. "Now we all have closure."

Race between Romney, Obama still all about Ohio

It's still all about Ohio. After a strong debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts in the state that's critical to his White House hopes, while President Barack Obama works to hang on to the polling edge he's had here for weeks. Both candidates campaigned hard in the state Tuesday, the last day of voter registration ahead of Election Day, now just four weeks away. "It's time for him to leave the White House," Romney said of Obama at an evening rally in Cuyahoga Falls. "Ohio's going to elect me the next president of the United States."

Police release video of missing Colorado girl

Authorities scoured a suburban Denver neighborhood for clues Tuesday and urged people to watch out for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared four days earlier on her way to school. Westminster police released more photos of Jessica Ridgeway along with a short home video, saying it would help the public learn her mannerisms and the sound of her voice. Authorities asked the public to note the fifth-grader's distinguishing characteristics, such as a small gap between her front teeth and a sore on her nose below where her eyeglasses sit, adding that she might not be wearing glasses. Jessica was last seen Friday morning after leaving home to meet friends at a park so they could walk to school. Police say she didn't meet up with her friends or reach the campus.

Moffat County Commission approves 2013 proposed budget

Budget 900K lighter than 2012, outlines numerous capital improvement projects

The 2013 Moffat County budget may be less than 2012’s, but the Moffat County Commission plans to continue its ambitious schedule of capital improvement projects next year. Mindy Curtis, Moffat County finance director, today presented the commission with the 2013 proposed budget, which totals $82,855,915 — a decrease of $904,716 over last year. Though the majority of her discussion highlighted infrastructure and community improvement projects slated to take place in 2013, Curtis cited flat revenues and a drop in the county’s overall valuation in 2012 for the decreased budget.

Rosemary Potter: 'Get rid of Obama'

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, should be renamed. It should be called The Affordable Management Act. Under that law, healthcare is to be managed like a business, with the most disposable human beings, unborn babies and old people, being jeopardized to insure that this plan is "affordable" for the rest of the population. All Americans are forced to purchase health insurance that could cover abortion, and in some cases, is required to cover abortion. This law also opens the door to Planned Parenthood-run clinics in public middle schools and high schools, which clinics could provide "counseling" and "referrals" which could include abortions and abortion related services. This provision violates the religious freedom of millions of people who believe that abortion is murder.

Man killed in roll-over crash near Meeker

A 79-year-old man was killed Monday when the vehicle he was traveling rolled off Colorado Highway 13, Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. According to the release a blue 2005 Ford Excursion carrying three people was traveling northbound at around noon on Colorado Highway 13 in south Moffat County, near milepost 61, when it crossed into the southbound lane and then drove off the left side of the road. The vehicle then rolled through a fence and landed on its driver’s side.

Chapman family: We support Dave DeRose

Fall Greetings to all of our friends, neighbors, and fellow voters in Craig and Moffat County. This year we have an awesome opportunity to select county, state and national leadership that we believe will be pivotal to the success or failure of our nation. You must get out and vote! The primary reason for this letter is to speak out on the local race for County Commissioner in District 1. Our family has been blessed to live in this valley for nearly one hundred years and have worked together with many individuals to make Northwest Colorado what it is today. We have been fortunate to serve and be served by both candidates and their families during their lives here, so it’s not a matter of whether either candidate is likeable or cares about our community. To us, it’s merely a decision of who has the ability to step up and lead our county, regardless of how complex the matter is.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

A day to remember hunting grouse in Wyoming

CARBON COUNTY, Wyo. (AP) — The 20-gauge shotgun rode easily in my hands as I walked down a trail on the north slope of a tangled ravine that cradled a trickling stream. The light was crisp with the fleeting, brief perfection of fall. The aspen leaves shimmered their best yellow and orange against the pale blue Wyoming sky. The breeze carried the tang of spruce warming in the sun. The dog zigzagged tightly up and down the slope ahead of me. He had cut a pad badly earlier in the day but continued hunting hard without complaint. He was methodical, intent and good at his work. Suddenly, two blue grouse broke cover close in front of me. The sound of their beating wings throbbed in the air as they pumped hard to make it across the ravine and into the safety of the dark forest. The gun came up fast as I worked the slide to chamber a round. The barrel settled on the bird on the left.

Monday, October 8

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Doak Walker playoffs begin

While the high school football postseason is still several weeks off, the youth teams in Craig got underway Monday. Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football leagues, which started their regular seasons in late August, began the playoffs with the fourth vs. fifth place game in the third and fourth grade league at 5:15 p.m. in Woodbury Sports Complex. If the playoffs’ first game was any indication, it will be a wild week. The Vikings, sponsored by Carelli’s, took on the Raiders of the Craig Police Dept. with a chance to play once more in the four-team playoffs Wednesday.

Moffat County cross-country uses week off to prepare for season's end

The Moffat County cross-country teams had the week off for homecoming and used it to prepare more rigorously for the rapidly approaching end of the season. The Bulldogs have just one more meet (in Rifle Thursday) before heading to Delta for their Colorado Class 3A Regional Oct. 17. Without a meet scheduled for homecoming week, the Bulldogs got to stay home and enjoy the festivities, but they kept working. “Last week we just had a couple tough workouts and Saturday we did a time trial,” head coach Todd Trapp said.

Jane Hume: Vote for Baxter

To the editor: Jo Ann Baxter is our chance, for the first time in forty years or so, to have a representative in the Colorado House of Representatives, and she will be a viable, knowledgeable, experienced representative as well. At the candidate’s forum hosted by the local tea party Thursday night, she showed once again she can speak to the issues, she has the entire District 57 at heart and can address the public’s concerns on education reforms with intelligence. And as she pointed out, she is a supporter of the Second Amendment.

Hofer rainbow to be stocked near Glenwood Springs

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is planning to stock several thousand large, whirling disease resistant Hofer rainbow trout into a section of the Colorado River where a large, natural fish kill occurred earlier this year, the agency reported in a news release. Wildlife managers will begin stocking operations on Tuesday between Dotsero and the Cottonwood boat ramp. After a heavy, monsoonal downpour last July, a large amount of silt and debris was washed into the Colorado River below Dotsero and through the Glenwood Canyon, eventually killing several thousand fish in this section, according to the news release.

Tai Chi for Health

Annette Zuber, Tai Chi instructor with the Northwest Colorado VNA Aging Well Program, leads a Tai Chi for Health class Monday at the Journey at First Baptist. Tai Chi is a form of martial art that many people practice as an effective exercise for the mind and body. It focuses on fluid, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo.

Organization opens to strike balance between energy development, conservation

Center for Western Priorities based in Denver

Last month a new, nonpartisan clearinghouse opened in Denver to serve as a source of information in the ongoing debate between energy development and conservation on public lands. The Center for Western Priorities launched in September to provide research-based accountability, data analyses and in-depth policy studies to ensure public lands and natural resources found throughout the western United States are used responsibly, according to a company news release.

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Cassidy author entertains in Craig

Norman Rockwell’s work wasn’t the only thing bringing crowds to the Museum of Northwest Colorado Saturday. A large contingent from Craig and the surrounding area also came to meet and speak with Bill Betenson, a great-grand-nephew to Butch Cassidy and author of the new book, Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: a Family Portrait. Betenson signed books, did a short presentation about his book and research and met with visitors at the museum Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During his presentation, Betenson spoke about how his fascination with Butch Cassidy began, when he attended the movie premiere of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at age four with his great-grandmother, Lula Parker. Lula was Cassidy’s (Robert Leroy Parker) younger sister.

Colo. wildlife officers investigate poaching cases

(AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating two cases in which hunters illegally killed an elk and abandoned the carcass. Officials say that in one case near Telluride last month, someone shot a bull elk with a rifle, removed its head and partially field dressed it. They say the elk was dragged by an all-terrain vehicle and was left in within a gated community, where it was found Sept. 28.

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Increase your efficiency in ENERGY

IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S COMFORT and save energy and money while doing the right thing for the environment. By using energy efficiently in your home, you can make a difference in the environment and your wallet. Follow these simple recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sunday, October 7

Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigns after 98 losses

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses. The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin immediately but they have no time frame for making a hire. Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98. Tracy was promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009. He was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs. The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy.

Brady tops Manning, Patriots beat Broncos 31-21

The familiar showdown had a new twist — Peyton Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform. It ended as it usually does with Tom Brady winning the matchup of marquee quarterbacks. But not before Manning nearly pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback in a career filled with them. In their 13th meeting, and first since Manning left the Indianapolis Colts, Brady directed four scoring marches of at least 80 yards and the Patriots won 31-21 on Sunday. He's 9-4 in his career against Manning. "Nobody I'd rather have than Tom Brady," New England coach Bill Belichick said, "but Manning's a great player."

SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station

A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA. It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring. This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents. The company's unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station Wednesday. The complex was soaring southwest of Tasmania when the Falcon took flight.

Senior Spotlight for October 8, 2012

Brr. Baby it’s cold outside— I’m hearing that refrain it’s cold outside more often. One friend of mine said that is a true sign of autumn, when you need to add a light jacket or a sweater. Depending on what time a person goes out in the morning. I enjoy the briskness of the breeze later in the day. Location also has a say in the way of things. I live on the North end of the apartment building. It stayed cool all summer, except for a couple of days. Now it is a lot cooler, and colder early in the morning, til the heat kicks in.

Al Cashion: Be who you iz

“Be who you iz and be so who you iz, you can’t be any izzer.” The older I get, the wiser it sounds. I say it from time to time when I think I can give the right delivery at the perfect moment. I didn’t ask his permission to use it though. I don’t remember who he was. Is that plagiarism…… thought theft… …. putting his words in my mouth?

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Beth Gilchrist, secretary at Craig Middle School

Hometown: Craig, CO Job title: “Secretary, aka mother of the middle school” How did you get started in your job: “I started volunteering as a parent volunteer and did that. We actually lived in Montrose for 3 years; I did it there for three years. I came here and volunteered and the position came open and I applied.” How long have you worked for the middle school: 15 years

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Bulldog Sports Oct. 8 to 14

Today: None Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. Moffat County High School football C team at Summit High School 4 p.m. Moffat County High School boys soccer at Grand Valley High School 4 p.m. Craig Middle School volleyball at Soroco. 5 p.m. Moffat County High School volleyball at Cedaredge High School Wednesday:

Saturday, October 6

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Middle schoolers end season strong

The seventh-graders from Craig Middle School finished their football season on a high note when they beat their rivals from Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon. In a tough game that featured good defensive play from both sides, the Bulldogs were able to make the big plays that made the difference in a 22-6 win. The first big play came midway through the first quarter, when Ty McDaniel took a reverse and got to the edge, cruising in for a long touchdown run. Up until that point, the Bulldogs had moved the ball but had their drives stalled.

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Rallying, Craig woman battles breast cancer, learns it's OK to accept help

Spunky. Strong. Independent. All of these words describe Joan Heinz. Tiny in appearance, Heinz is a spitfire raised in the West. “I was used to hearing, ‘Buck up cowgirl,’ all my life,” she said. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 1 1/2 years ago, Heinz had a difficult time learning to accept help.

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Cardboard Challenge sparks imagination at Sunset Elementary

Sunset Elementary School’s gym and cafeteria were filled with children laughing and yelling as well as what appeared to be a sea of trash.

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CMS 7th-grade volleyball team shows improvement

The seventh-grade volleyball teams at Craig Middle School split a pair of matches with Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning. The seventh-grade games, which took place in the gym at Sandrock Elementary School, are played in a best-of-three sets format. In the first match of the day, the B Team beat Steamboat in two sets, 25-18, 25-19. In both sets, the Bulldogs were able to create a short run to take the lead and then play from ahead the rest of the set. Head coach Melissa Dowd was pleased with the way they played. “They did really well. I was really proud of them,” Dowd said.

Manning and Brady meet again — for 13th time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady missed nearly an entire season with torn knee ligaments. Peyton Manning was sidelined all last season by neck surgery and nerve damage that weakened his throwing arm. That might have been the beginning of the end for lesser quarterbacks. Not for Brady and Manning, winners of four Super Bowls and six MVP awards between them. They'll renew their long-running competition on Sunday one week after their outstanding performances in the latest of their many victories. Brady's only team, the New England Patriots, will host Manning's new team, the Denver Broncos. Both are 2-2.

Baxter Black: Cherry bombs in the winter

Back in the days of yore in a high mountain valley of Colorado lived a ranch kid named Sparky. In the winter time his valley would be covered with snow. The evergreen forests, blue skies, frozen ponds, and snow-white meadows looked just like the pictures you have on your calendar. The kids ice-skated. School was let out on Friday so they could go skiing. It was a bucolic life.

CDP Editorial: Active awareness

Our View: October is breast cancer awareness month, and we want to send our gratitude to those in the community that are actively involved in the fight against this terrible disease, both during October as well as throughout the year. We also encourage anyone who wants to help the cause to start this month.

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Moffat County football dismantles Summit, 33-0

From the action on the field to the cheerleaders’ and band’s halftime performances, Moffat County would not be denied a good homecoming game. The Bulldogs turned a clinical defense performance into a 33-0 win over Summit County to complete a perfect homecoming week in varsity sports. After a slow offensive start which saw the Bulldogs punt and then turn the ball over, Moffat County got the spark it needed in the form of a turnover. While Summit running back Nic Berry was fighting for yardage in a pile, senior Garrett Stewart snuck in behind him and stripped the ball, then fell on it. On the next play, Michael Samuelson rumbled for 38 yards and the Bulldogs were in business.

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Former Moffat County players enjoy homecoming

Members of the 1967 football team have enjoyed the royal treatment all week, but being back in the town they grew up in with the friends they grew up with has been reward enough according to the players. Daryl Camilletti, a senior from the state runners-up in the 1967 season, said it was fun to see his teammates, some of whom he hadn’t seen in years. “It’s been good to get together,” Camilletti said. “Some of these guys, we haven’t seen each other since we graduated.” It was an effort from the Moffat County Booster Club to bring back several of the players and honor their success. While several of the players honored still live in Craig or the surrounding area, some were coming from far away.

Slow growth in Yampa Valley’s economic forecast

Retail sales up, unemployment down, home prices steady in Moffat County

A fourth quarter economic forecast predicts slow growth throughout the Yampa Valley, according to a recent report released by Yampa Valley Data Partners. Kate Nowak, executive director of YVDP, said the short-term economic future in the valley is looking more positive than on the national level. “It’s looking better, but, it’s really, really, really slow,” she said. “Throughout the valley retail sales are up, unemployment is down, home prices are up a tiny bit, but that’s been holding stable for some time, so that’s all good news.” And Moffat County is maintaining pace with the rest of the Yampa Valley, Nowak said, particularly when comparing local unemployment rates to the national average.

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda for Oct. 8, 2012

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, main first-floor conference room, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Friday, October 5

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Nothing promised, everything earned

4 Moffat County men prepare for U.S. Marine Corps. service

There are certain qualities every serviceman and servicewoman shares — a sense of duty, honor and tradition. Though they are like qualities found throughout the four branches of the military, how those characteristics are defined are as unique as each person who makes the commitment to wear the uniform. On Sunday two 2012 Moffat County High School graduates — Zach Hansen, 18, and Pat Thompson, 18 — depart for United States Marine Corps. boot camp. They will be followed in December by Tyler Ripka, 18, also a 2012 MCHS graduate, and in June 2013 by Jesse Maneotis upon his high school graduation.

Rig Count for Oct. 5, 2012

Rig Count

Government Update for Oct. 6

Government Update

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Titanic award sought at annual MCHS cardboard regatta

As the ship broke apart and sunk down into the frigid waters below, Brenden Spencer and Trent Parrott bravely clung on and went down with their ship “Big.” Then they slowly drug it to the shoreline at Loudy Simpson Park and shivered as they hauled it out of the water. Spencer and Parrot participated in the 2012-13 Moffat County High School Science Olympics event, the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta Friday afternoon.

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

On The Record for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Dr. Barbara Ann Smith: Glen Gallegos for CU Regent

I highly support Glen Gallegos for University of Colorado Board of Regents. He has enormous experience in the field of education, which spans over 26 years. Just one example is his commitment to keep CU affordable and accessible for Colorado students by incorporating partnerships with various business organizations and creative entrepreneurs to assist with offering real work experiences and scholarships. Providing CU with a vision of global competitiveness in the free market place with programs that will give each student a more than adequate education to compete globally and contribute to the economy of this great nation is one more example of Mr. Gallegos’ rich educational background. Furthermore, when Mr. Gallegos was on the Colorado Mesa University Trustee Board, he was instrumental in establishing an engineering program through a partnership with Colorado University.

Walker Family: Thanks for the support

From the family and relatives of Wanda Walker, we extend our greatest thanks to all of those who so graciously gave of their time and effort to make her celebration of life on September 22, 2012, such a great success. It was very heartwarming to see so many in attendance, a fine testimonial to the love and respect her friends and neighbors had for her.

Thursday, October 4

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Voters vetting candidates

Moffat County residents pose questions during Bears Ears Patriots forum

It’s been more than 50 years since a Moffat County resident was elected to state office and on Thursday Jo Ann Baxter asked her community for its support in her bid for Colorado House District 57. Baxter, a Craig Democrat, is running for HD57 against Carbondale Republican Bob Rankin. During closing statements Thursday night at the latest Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots candidate forum, Baxter said she recognized voting for a Democrat would be a tough decision for a lot of hometown voters, but pledged to build off her experience as an educator and as a Moffat County School Board member to foster relationships in the state legislature.

Over A Cup: Cake that tastes like pumpkin pie

Last week Darlene Harmer of Hamilton called me with a question about Annabelle Haddan’s fruitcake recipe, printed in the Sept. 15 “Over a Cup of Coffee”. The recipe calls for a “bunch of carrots,” and Darlene wanted to know how many carrots that would be. So I called Annabelle. She said she wondered as to the amount of carrots the first time she made the recipe, too, but had decided that there are about six or seven carrots in a bunch. She uses between one and two cups of carrots- not quite two cups. In the meantime, Darlene decided to compare the amount of carrots with zucchini called for in some of her zucchini recipes. She decided on two cups of grated carrots.

Rich Beason: How much enery can you save during the Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge?

Interested in reducing your energy waistline? How about lowering your home energy costs? Take the Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge with homeowners across Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to see how much you can lose in home energy usage. The Northwest Colorado Energy steering committee has developed an Energy Diet Challenge checklist tool to motivate and equip homeowners in reducing energy usage and thereby reducing home energy costs. This is the first of a six-article series to encourage homeowners to act now when the weather is getting cooler. Most homeowners think their houses provide adequate warmth. But are your family members wearing a coat indoors or complaining about drafts throughout your house?

TMH board of trustees takes action at Thursday meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s board of trustees:

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Moffat County looks to right the ship in homecoming game

This year’s homecoming football game features an opponent Moffat County has never played in its homecoming week. The Summit County Tigers will come to Craig to take on Moffat County in a non-league clash. The Bulldogs have had their fair share of struggles lately, losing two straight games, but the Tigers have not won since a 21-7 victory over Battle Mountain in their first game of the season. Since then, the season has taken a turn for the worse as the Tigers have lost four straight, and scored just seven points in their last three games combined. But head coach Kip Hafey insisted there is more to Summit than its record.

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New lineup delivering results for Moffat County soccer

Rusty Cox said it wasn’t the prettiest ending, but his team got the job done. The Moffat County boys soccer team used a strong start to hold off a hard-charging Grand Valley squad Thursday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, 4-3. It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-6 on the year. They have hit their stride as Cox has found a lineup formation he likes more. Senior Erik Silva started out as a defender on the team but has moved to starting striker. Conversely, Bryant Cox moved from forward to being the anchor of the defense.

Poll shows Tipton, Pace in statistical dead heat

Questions arise about poll’s validity, Pace’s latest ad

A recent poll shows Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, are in a statistical dead heat for the office of the Third Congressional District of Colorado. The poll, released Monday by Grove Insight, a Portland, Ore.-based opinion research and communications strategy company, is based on interviews with 400 likely voters in CD3. The interviews were conducted from Sept. 25-27, according to a Grove Insight news release. The poll shows Tipton in the lead, garnering support from 42 percent of the interview pool. Pace trails by just three points, with 13 percent reporting they are undecided, and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, according to the Grove Insight release.

Lance Scranton: Celebrating our community

The annual Homecoming festivities and celebrations are a special time in the lives of almost every local community member. Homecoming has been very different this year at the high school and in the community. The support of organized local groups has had a palpable effect on our attitude toward Homecoming. Local businesses and community members made money and space available for classes to build floats for the parade. Student Council, motivated by local generosity, got prepared and organized for helping make certain that the parade will be successful this year. Very often the generosity of people is all that is needed to facilitate a different approach to how things are done, a great lesson for all people who rely on their community to ensure success with a bit of “gentle persuasion.”

Janet Sheridan: Words matter

As I navigated a sidewalk crowded with Nevada Day revelers, I saw a former student of mine standing along the parade route with her family. When in fourth grade, Anna had smiled shyly from behind shaggy bangs, learned adequately with some extra help and created intricate works of art she sometimes slipped onto my desk, whispering, “I made this for you.” Now in ninth grade, she looked like the teenager she was: makeup awkwardly applied to cover a spotty complexion, clothing approved by her peers, and an air of mingled boredom and embarrassment at being in the company of her family. As I approached, her eyes lit with recognition. The smile she gave me was the same, though it seemed more guarded.

Steve Martinson: Thanks for the help

I would like to thank a wide range of community members for helping make the Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Project a resounding success. A huge thank you goes to the White River National Forest Service Office in Meeker, Mary Cunnningham and Troy Osborn for securing and delivering the dried aspen logs, and Raymond Durham, a local citizen from Hamilton, for offering his time and his personal sawmill to slice the logs into "cookies" for students in Craig, Meeker and Rangely. I am very grateful to Chris Jones and the Friends of Moffat County Education for securing a grant to pay for weatherproof art materials for over one thousand art students, enabling them to participate in this project.

G. Schneider: Vote for Romney

Remember one thing; Barack Obama's stated goal is to bring down capitalism and establish a new world order. (Google UN Agenda 21). He intends on spending us over the financial cliff. He is going to hit you with a $4,000 tax increase Jan. 1, 2013. Wake Up! He is trying to shut down the coal industry also, and Colorado gets two-thirds of its electricity from coal.

Maghan Trubee: Monument needs to be protected

When President Woodrow Wilson used the Antiquities Act to designate Dinosaur National Monument on Oct. 4, 1915, he was setting aside and protecting a unique place that in addition to being exquisitely beautiful contains one of the most complete Jurassic era fossil beds in the world. Now, 97 years later, more than 200,000 people travel to Dinosaur National Monument annually to enjoy its beauty and journey back some 150 million years to when the earth was ruled by the Stegosaurus, Torvosaurus and Dryosaurus. Additionally, these visitors power the economies of Northwest Colorado and Northeast Utah by spending nearly $6.8 million here every year.

Romney on '47 percent': I was 'completely wrong'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong." The original remarks, secretly recorded during a fundraiser in May and posted online in September by the magazine Mother Jones, sparked intense criticism of Romney and provided fodder to those who portray him as an out-of-touch millionaire oblivious to the lives of average Americans. The remarks became a staple of Obama campaign criticism. Initially, Romney defended his view, telling reporters at a news conference shortly after the video was posted that his remarks were "not elegantly stated" and that they were spoken "off the cuff." He didn't disavow them, however, and later adopted as a response when the remarks were raised that his campaign supports "the 100 percent in America."

Chipotle signs on to group's Fair Food Program

Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has joined a human rights group's Fair Food Program. The program by the Coalition of Immokalee (ih-MAHK'-ah-lee) Workers aims to improve wages and working conditions for Florida farmworkers who pick tomatoes for restaurant chains.

Wildfire season hanging on in western Colorado

Wildfire season is hanging on in western Colorado. A 991-acre wildfire north of Rifle was 5 percent contained Thursday. It started Wednesday along a highway. Strong winds pushed it into the forest on the west side of the Grand Hogback. The terrain is rugged and steep so crews are mainly attacking it from the air.

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Proposal would add dino quarries to Garden Park

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — The public is getting time to comment on a proposal to expand the Garden Park Fossil Area north of Cañon City and designate it a national natural landmark. The National Park Service says the existing boundaries of the 40-acre area don't include five significant dinosaur quarries, including ones where some of the most complete Stegosaurus skeletons have ever been found. Some of the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus and Diplodocus also have been found there.

Trish Snyder: Vote for Baxter

I have had the opportunity to know Jo Ann Baxter for nine years. Eight of those years, I was able to proudly serve beside her on the Moffat County School District Board and was excited to see Jo Ann announce her candidacy for Colorado House District 57. Throughout our years on the board, four of which Jo Ann presided as our Board President, she brought composure to conflict, extensive years of classroom experience, and a wealth of knowledge and familiarity regarding legislative issues. I came to depend on Jo Ann's enthusiasm and expertise on legislative matters. She was able to provide guidance and explanation on the many complex issues we addressed and possesses the ability to lead the board with professionalism, efficiency and compassion.

Wednesday, October 3

Duncan: Coal drives energy policy, economy

Duncan: Coal drives energy policy, economy

On Wednesday two candidates vying for the highest office in the land participated in the first 2012 presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver. Mike Duncan, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity headquartered in Washington, D.C., said Colorado was an appropriate venue for a debate in which the economy was the dominant theme. Not only is Colorado a key battleground state for President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the upcoming general election, it’s also a state with a thriving coal production industry, Duncan said.

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Craig elementary and middle school students making ornaments for Capitol Christmas Tree

Although it’s only the beginning of October, Steve Martinson’s elementary art students are busy painting Christmas trees on ornaments they’re making. Elementary and middle school students are making ornaments to adorn the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, coming from the White River National Forest at Meeker this year.

High court rejects challenge to non-Colo. roadless rule

(AP) — Environmental groups hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, ending one of the main legal battles that had left the rule in doubt for more than a decade. "The Supreme Court action validates arguably one of most important public land conservation polices in a generation," said Jane Danowitz, a director of the Pew Environment Group, which has worked on the rulemaking since 1998. "Without the roadless rule and its national standard of protection these millions of acres of pristine forest land could be opened to a variety of development, including logging, mining and drilling." The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision in a case brought by the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton. Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.

Adam John Mercier: No one deserves my vote

Adam John Mercier: Letter to Editor

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

Drought expected to affect waterfowl hunters

(AP) — Drought conditions have affected waterfowl habitat on the Eastern Plains so much that hunters may have to work harder to find ducks and geese this fall and winter. Jim Gammonley is an avian research program leader for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He says the lack of moisture in Colorado this year may force many birds from the north to migrate elsewhere in search of better conditions.

Tuesday, October 2

New blood turns Colorado to political battleground

Not too long ago Colorado was political flyover country, known for skiing and football — and being a reliable vote for the Republican presidential candidate. In the past three elections, it's become a focus of national politics. This year, Colorado is a hotly contested battleground in the race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, and it hosts the first debate between them Wednesday night in Denver, a city that is the third-busiest political ad market in the country. In 2010, the U.S. Senate campaign in Colorado was the most expensive of that cycle. And in 2008, Obama put the state firmly on the political map by accepting his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention here. So what has changed over the years? People like Kelly Kuehl moved here.

Rep. Gardner takes aim at Biden's "buried" comment

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado says Vice President Joe Biden's comment that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years is a "tremendous acknowledgment" of the Obama administration's record. Biden made his comment Tuesday while arguing that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut taxes for millionaires and raise them for middle-class families.

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Moffat County beats Grand Valley in 5-set thriller

It was more tense than it needed to be, but the Moffat County volleyball team did its part to get homecoming week going. The Bulldogs (3-11) beat Grand Valley (6-7) in a wild five set match Tuesday night in the MCHS gym, 25-23, 25-18, 29-31, 21-25, 15-4. They earned the win while overcoming more than just their opponents. After the first two sets, it looked like a comfortable win was on the way for Moffat County. They had been the stronger team, especially in the second set when they took a lead early and pulled away at the end of the set. But in the third set, a point was taken from Moffat County due to their lineup being incorrect. Head coach Sandy Camilletti explained it was her fault after the match.

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Kinkaid dedicates October to Moffat County Commission bid

DeRose focused on keeping employees employed

On Tuesday one of the races for Moffat County Commissioner took an interesting turn. With just 34 days until the November general election John Kinkaid, 59, unaffiliated candidate for Moffat County Commission’s District 1 seat, announced in a news release he would not return to his post at Craig Station as a control room operator, opting instead to dedicate the entire month of October to his campaign. And just three days into the month Kinkaid said there’s been no shortage of activities to occupy his time. “This is a pretty huge gamble taking a month off from work,” Kinkaid said Tuesday night. “If today was any indication of how busy it’s going to be I feel good I made the right decision.”

USFS to close hunting access in portion of GMU 23

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit (GMU) 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area, CPW reported in a news release. Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, USFS officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through Dec. 31, but could end sooner if conditions warrant, according to the release. USFS officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire. Since it was discovered, it has grown to 257 acres, burning in a mix of spruce and fir trees, open areas and high elevation aspen groves west of Forest Road 245, also known as the Buford - New Castle Road. The road is not currently included in the closure and remains open to hunters, the release stated. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters and other outdoor recreationists to observe closure notices and to follow campfire rules and regulations as they head to their camps.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting agenda for Oct. 3, 2012

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting agenda for Oct. 3, 2012

Rosemary Pottr: 'Reckless Lunacy'

"Reckless Lunacy!" is what Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) calls President Obama's plan to slash the number of our nuclear weapons. The President wants to disarm America! Read on, and you will see for yourself: When he signed the START III treaty with Vladimer Putin, the president agreed to cut our arsenal of nuclear weapons in half -from 3000 down to 1500, and now he wants to take it down to 300! Mr. Obama has called for nearly $500 billion in new cuts in defense in his 2013 budget proposal. Here is how he wants to accomplish that:

Kevin Holman: Support CSSD professionals

Kevin Holman: Letter to Editor

Ann Romney's new role: Defender in chief

Ann Romney has stepped out into a new role for the final stretch of the campaign: Character witness and defender in chief. She admonishes her husband's Republican critics, and tries to convince woman that Mitt Romney is on their side. She also counters the portrait her husband's opponent paints of a soul-less corporate raider, and seeks to show his softer side, like she did Tuesday when she recalled how he made regular visits in the 1970s to a 14-year-old who was dying of cancer, even helping the boy write his will. "That is where Mitt is when someone's in trouble, he's there, he's by the bedside," Ann Romney told a crowd at a park in this vote-rich area as her husband stayed out of sight ahead of Wednesday's debate. "Right now the country's in trouble. We need someone who cares, who truly understands what is going on." In the weeks since her big convention debut, she has become the center of a campaign within the campaign. She has her own charter airplane, holds her own fundraisers, campaigns at her own events, and often sits down for more local interviews than her nominee husband does. On Monday, she held an event in Henderson, Nev., competing with President Barack Obama, who was in town to prepare for his head-to-head matchup with Mitt Romney. After her Tuesday appearance, she did three interviews with local stations.

Carpool resource now available to Northwest Colorado residents

The drive between Craig and Steamboat can seem like no big deal. Forty-five minutes to an hour and you’re there. Some can even make it in less time. But for those who commute to and from on a daily basis, that drive can seem to stretch on. Not to mention the money spent on gas. That’s why Yampa Valley Data Partners have organized an online system to bring together Northwest residents of Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties so they can carpool together.

Moffat County court conferencing system prepping for upgrades

County receives grant assistance from state

The video conferencing systems at the Moffat County Courthouse and the Moffat County Public Safety Center may be receiving a much-needed upgrade courtesy of the state. Mason Siedschlaw, information technology director, told the Moffat County Commission Tuesday the county recently received a $45,000 court security grant from the State of Colorado. The grant would not only provide significant system improvements, but also would connect the courthouse and the Moffat County Jail to the State of Colorado’s Judicial Network. The state is about a year from completing the network, which will be comprised of every jail, Colorado Department of Corrections facility and courtroom throughout Colorado, Siedschlaw said.

CDP Editorial: Community celebration

Our View: With homecoming week upon us, we are reminded of the powerful positive effect the event can have not only on the school community, but also on the Moffat County community in general. While that desired effect only works if the whole community participates, we are confident local residents will come through as they do each year.

25 Shades of Craig: Single-parent dating — part 2

Dating a single parent has it benefits and its drawbacks. You are no longer going to be involved in only one person’s life. As a single parent you should have enough respect for you and your child to take any relationship slow and steady. Slow and steady does not mean moving in with a budding love interest within the first week or month. Your children are your responsibility and when you bring people in and out of their lives it not only hurts them but also confuses them. Have some respect for yourself, for your child, and their feelings.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

CPW Commission to meet in Durango

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will receive an update on research involving black bears and cutthroat trout when the Commission meets in Durango Thursday and Friday, the agency reported in a news release. The meeting will be held at The Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. in Durango. The Commission agenda begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when agenda includes general updates on agency strategic priorities and a financial update, according to the release. Thursday briefings from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff will include an overview of ungulate population management plans. Commissioners will also receive a briefing on black bear research taking place in the Durango area, the release stated.

Monday, October 1

Senate moves on Tipton’s hydropower bill

Last month the Senate Energy and Resources subcommittee on water and power held a legislative hearing bringing small hydropower development one step closer to reality. H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act, is being carried by Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo. The bill passed in March in the U.S. House of Representatives and has been endorsed by the Family Farm Alliance, the National Water Resources Association, the Association of California Water Agencies and the American Public Power Association.

Gardner earns another Friend of Farm Bureau award

Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has once again been honored as a Friend of the Farm Bureau. Gardner first received the award in 2006 as a member of the Colorado General Assembly. He received the award in each of his subsequent years as a Colorado state legislator. This is the first time Gardner has been recognized by the Farm Bureau as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Meeker beats Moffat County in showcase for younger players

Homecoming week is underway for Moffat County High School, and in a busy sports slate, a group with less accolades kicked it off. The underclassmen that make up the Moffat County C football team took center stage Monday, playing Meeker at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. Meeker sophomore Jeff Wagner would have a field day, scoring four total touchdowns for the Cowboys in a 38-18 win. Turnovers plagued the mostly-freshman group for Moffat County, which gave up the ball three times deep in Meeker territory.

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United Way Campaign under way

The lifeblood of a community is its people. As the United Way campaign gets underway this year, volunteers will be visiting workplaces and urging members of the Craig community to give to maintain the services offered in community. Having kicked off September 17, the campaign runs through November 16. Corrie Ponikvar, executive director for the Moffat County United Way, said this year’s goal is to raise $490,000, the same as last year.

Robert Meckley: Thank you for the support

To the editor: Thanks to all the people who sent cards, flowers, meals, and prayers after our mother, Delia Eisenhauer's passing.

Sportsmen’s Act coming to floor during lame duck session

Last week Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., hailed U.S. Senate action that will bring S.3525 to the floor for final passage during the lame duck session following the November general election. S. 3525, also known as the Sportsmen’s Act, includes Udall’s Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support provision. If passed during lame duck the bill would provide states with greater flexibility to use funds collected from sporting equipment and ammunition sales to create more accessible gun ranges for safe target practice and recreational shooting.

Meeker outfitter convicted of six Lacey Act violations

A Meeker outfitter was convicted last month in federal court in Denver of six felony violations of the Lacey Act. Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, of Meeker, faces a stipulated maximum sentence of five years in prison for each felony conviction and up to a $250,000 fine, according to a Colorado Department of Justice news release. According to the indictment, between 2002 and 2007 Rodebaugh, operator of D&S Guide and Outfitter, allegedly guided numerous out of state clients on multi-day big game hunts in the White River National Forest where deer and elk were allegedly shot from tree stands. The stands were located in close proximity to where Rodebaugh annually placed each spring and summer hundreds of pounds of salt as bait.

On The Record for Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

On The Record for Monday, Oct. 1, 2012