News for Thursday, October 18, 2012

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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.