News for Thursday, October 11, 2012



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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.

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."

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.

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.

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.