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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.

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.

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."

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.