News for Thursday, October 25, 2012

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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".