News for Sunday, October 7, 2012

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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: