News for Saturday, October 27, 2012



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Freedom Hooves therapeutic riding offers help for those with physical/mental challenges

sabelle and Jory Herod patiently brushed, cleaned the hooves and prepared horses Remington and Salsa to ride Saturday morning at the Dr. Scott and Connie Sue Ellis’s riding center. Isabelle, 8, and Jory, 6, are part of a new therapeutic riding program, Freedom Hooves.

Craig UTV/ATV club purchases traildozer with grant

Craig’s local ATV/UTV club is making strides to improve ATV trails in Northwest Colorado.

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CMS beats Hayden in basketball

It was a two-win Saturday morning at Craig Middle School, as the Bulldogs took down Hayden in boys basketball. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams were playing their second game of the season, after it tipped off Thursday in Baggs, Wyo. At 9 a.m., the seventh-graders played Hayden to a 7-5 halftime score after both teams struggled to hit shots in the first half. In the third quarter, however, the Bulldogs turned it on, putting together a 7-2 quarter for a 14-7 lead. Coach Justin Folley said the biggest difference was rebounding.

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'Just me and her'

Craig resident recalls time spent as teen caregiver

Part 2 of Craig resident Kia Fisher's story about being her mother's caregiver during her battle with cancer.

Dana Duran: Vote for DeRose

As early voting begins and mail in ballots become available, we write to remind Moffat County to do their duty as a citizen and vote. When you cast your ballot, Vote Dave for Moffat County Commissioner. Dave DeRose is a dedicated public servant, a passionate leader, a true visionary and the right choice for County Commissioner. As a past City Council member and Craig Mayor, Dave served our community with intelligence, common sense and dedication. He is committed to Craig and Moffat County as evidence of his service to many local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Young Life, Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Economic Development Partnership, Maximum Commitment to Excellence and many more. Dave and his wife Linda along with their business, Masterworks Mechanical, support a majority of the functions treasured by our community. Dave’s generosity with his time and talents are true community assets.

Barb Coddington: I trust Baxter

Bob Rankin let the ideological cat out of the bag with his stand on a proposed analysis of Federal land decisions. I guess this stance is why the Colorado Peak Politics web site, the self proclaimed “Colorado conservative bully pulpit,” proclaims Bob Rankin a “conservative thoroughbred” and “one hellava of a proven candidate.” Mr Rankin’s corporate experience was as vice-president of Ford Aerospace Corporation which had defense contracts for the government. I guess that is part of his thoroughbred breeding. He is a proven candidate according to the web site because of his ability to raise money. That might make him a “proven” candidate but not a good candidate for our district.

Bob Rankin: I will serve proudly

My name is Bob Rankin. I’m a Carbondale resident and I’m running for your seat in the Colorado State House District 57 representing Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Moffat counties. With their vast space and abundant resources, our counties are unique and politically challenging. I will be proud to serve and be accountable to you, their citizens. I can contribute uniquely to the state legislature. My life experience includes being an electrical engineer, army officer, systems engineer, project manager, a vice president at Ford Motor Company’s aerospace subsidiary and a Division President at Computer Sciences Corporation. In the last few years, I’ve been a small business entrepreneur, owner and operator in the Roaring Fork Valley. I’ve hired employees, and I’ve had to lay off friends when times were bad.

Moffat County Cancer Society Board of Directors: Than you, Ladies Golf Association

The Moffat County Cancer Society would like to Thank The Yampa Valley Piece Makers Quilt Guild who made a beautiful quilt specifically for The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association annual fund raiser to help raise money for us. We personally want to Thank The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association for the generous donation they send to us each year. The donation is greatly appreciated and will again be appreciated by each recipient.

John Williams: Facts about Obama

Here are some FACTS about the Obama administration to consider when you vote. The PROMISE, cut the national debt in half: FACT it is now 300 percent above promise and climbing by the minute. YOUR children and grandchildren will pay for this. The PROMISE, cut unemployment to 5.4 percent: FACT it is now for the first time in the Obama term the so called official rate has dropped below 8 percent and still 44 percent over promise, we are still at a net loss on jobs since Obama took office. Remember the actual rate is much higher and the party in charge has the ability to control the numbers by manipulating the data involved in the calculation of them. Obama policies have failed miserably.

Pamela Kinder M.D.: Update on TMH situation

I have had such an overwhelming response to my letter published Oct 24 that I thought I should publicly update everyone. I have since spoken with several of The Memorial Hospital Board members. These people volunteer their time, and considerable talent, to see that the hospital achieves its mission, vision and values. If you have concerns, please call or write a Board member - this information is posted on the website - or attend a TMH Board of Trustees meeting.

Darryl Willshire: Vote for Kinkaid

Who’s Dave? I would like to give my support to John Kinkaid for county commissioner. I have known John for several years and I believe he truly cares about our community and our country. John's campaign signs read, "Honest and Humble," I have found this to be a true statement. I ask you to take a look at the competitors signs, they simply say vote for Dave, Dave who?

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Craig local turns part time job into career

Four days after getting her license, Emily Willems backed into a car. To pay for it, she took what she thought would be a part time job at the McDonald's in Craig. As soon as she paid off the damages, she backed into another truck. Six years later, Willems is the general manager and loving her career at McDonald's. “I would be bored if I were working a desk job,” Willems said. It’s becoming a more rare occurrence for young people to work their way up within a company without having incurred student loans and debt along their path to success. But Willems has done just that.

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Bulldogs win big on senior night

The Bulldogs would not be denied a good time on senior night. Neither the chilly weather nor the Battle Mountain Huskies could slow down a potent Bulldogs attack Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, as the Moffat County football cruised to a 48-14 win. The Bulldogs went three and out on their first drive of the game, but were not stopped much after that. In a 90-second span, Moffat County broke the game open, scoring three touchdowns with big play after big play to create a 23-0 lead.

Government Update for Oct. 27, 2012

The agenda for the upcoming Moffat County Commission meeting.

Rig Count for Oct. 27, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company:

Baxter Black: Keeping our priorities straight

I’ve had occasion to rub shoulders with influential people in the cattle business at all levels. I see them at state cattlemen’s meetings, or serving on the Beef Board, at bull sales, giving speeches, expounding on political, economic or international subjects AND people are listening to them! They may be elected by their peers, sought after for fiscal contributions, knowledge or heritage, or honored for their service to the industry. Their opinion matters. I have watched these influential men and women operate. They make decisions that ripple through our industry and affect many thousands of us. And yet, if they are cowmen, when they saddle a horse or climb on the four-wheeler, they revert to their basic calling.

CDP Editorial: Collaborative bond

Our View: The recent appearance of the Earth Dome at all the elementary schools in the Moffat Count School District as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a good chance for area students to learn in a different way. It also served as a great example of positive collaboration between community groups and educators.