News for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Lawson signs 4-year extension with Nuggets

Ty Lawson has signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. The deal eliminates a distraction that's been hanging over the team and its star point guard for weeks. "It Looks like im going to be a nugget for another 4 yrs..Thanks to the Kronke family, Masai, nuggets fans and everybody 4 believing In me" Lawson tweeted before the team flew to Philadelphia on Tuesday for its season opener Wednesday night. A team spokesman told The Associated Press after the team's arrival in Philadelphia that Lawson had signed his extension. The Denver Post reported the deal was worth $48 million.

Bill Clinton stumps for Obama in Colorado

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for President Barack Obama at two stops in Colorado on Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy prompted the president to cancel his own event planned for today. Clinton derided Republican Mitt Romney as vague and backward in remarks to a small, but enthusiastic, crowd of Democrats at a high school just north of Denver, and to a larger gathering in a central Denver high school Tuesday evening. Obama scrapped a planned campaign event in Colorado Springs on Tuesday in order to monitor hurricane recovery efforts from Washington. Clinton filled in. "You got people taking this seriously?" an incredulous Clinton rhetorically asked an absent Romney on what Clinton called fuzzy plans to erase the national debt. Clinton went on, "Some days I feel like I got lost in a fun house."

Disarray, millions without power in Sandy's wake

The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country's most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal. A weakening Sandy, the hurricane turned fearsome superstorm, killed at least 50 people, many hit by falling trees, and still wasn't finished. It inched inland across Pennsylvania, ready to bank toward western New York to dump more of its water and likely cause more havoc Tuesday night. Behind it: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic Coast and a moonscape of disarray and debris — from unmoored shore-town boardwalks to submerged mass-transit systems to delicate presidential politics. "Nature," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, assessing the damage to his city, "is an awful lot more powerful than we are."

Jim Loughran: Vote for DeRose

In the past month some have wondered “Who is Dave?" Dave DeRose is a candidate for Moffat County Commissioner. He is a successful businessman, sponsor of adult and youth programs, mentor of future businessmen, and has experience in local government as our past Craig Mayor. I would like to take this opportunity to mention one example of Dave’s deep concern and commitment to our community. In 2005, Moffat County High School athletics was in need of replacing aging scoreboards and money wasn’t available to do so. With Dave’s help a new concept of selling sponsorships on the scoreboards would generate the money needed to purchase the energy efficient boards.

Nancy Loughran: DeRose for commissioner

As many letters to the editor have slated: Dave has a successful business with many employees that he supervises daily. He is involved with the youth of Craig by sponsoring school projects and coaching city youth teams. He supports the Boys and Girls Club and Young Life - exemplary programs for the betterment of Craig's youth with positive values. He has been a Mayor for Craig, so he has experience with managing local government and the process of decision making.

Lois Wymore: Vote for Baxter

The 2012 Election is wrapping up. For those whom are undecided about the race for House District 57-a newly drawn district, which includes Rio Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties, I wholeheartedly suggest you cast your ballot for JoAnn Baxter. Baxter has many assets we need at the state legislature. Above all she listens and understands those issues that are dear to us that choose to live in this region of the state.

25 Shades of Craig: Snow Days and your inner child

Have you ever wondered what happened to your inner child? The one that use to get excited about bubbles, ice cream, fireworks, staying up late or first snow fall of the season. Last week when that first snowfall hit I remember thinking about how cold it was outside, having to get up earlier to get my daughter to school and my least favorite part, shoveling. My daughter on the other hand was so excited to get home so that she could put on her snow clothes to run outside to play.

Health care seminar set for Friday in Craig

Craig residents will have an opportunity to hear a politically neutral presentation on Obamacare and it's impacts Friday. Susan E. Birch, RN, appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011, will speak on health care reform from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the City of Craig Building, 300 West 4th St in the City Council Chambers. Often referred to as Obamacare, the seminar, “Health Care Reform and How it Will Impact You,” aims to help navigate what can become a muddled view of health care reform as a result of overwhelming information and opinion, and turn it into something comprehensible.

CDP Editorial: Happy Halloween

Our View: Several people and organizations have set the stage for the season by offering fall- and Halloween-themed events in recent weeks. And several more are set to do so today. The community is lucky to have these opportunities that, along with some simple steps anyone can take, help ensure a safe, happy holiday for community members.

Debbie Bruell: Baxter has the experience needed

Jo Ann Baxter has the experience and ideas we need for a healthy future in Colorado. Baxter has extensive experience in education: 30 + years as a teacher, 8 years on the Moffat County School Board and a PhD in Educational leadership. She raises critical questions about our school system, such as whether standardized test scores should be the ultimate measure of our children's progress. In contrast, her opponent Bob Rankin has zero experience in public education. He wants to move Colorado to a voucher system, trusting the education of our children to “free market” competition.

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Kim Doyle Wille: Vote for Baxter

So far, 50 political action committees (PACs), have contributed to Bob Rankin, the Republican running for state Legislature in House District 57. Among his individual contributors, 15 are lobbyists and 17 work in or with the oil and gas industry. More outside interests are financially involved in Mr. Rankin's campaign, than people who live in and contributed from the three counties that comprise House District 57. How did Mr. Rankin get so many associations and industries to "endorse" his campaign? Perhaps because just two years ago he ran an unsuccessful campaign in Pitkin County against Senator Gail Schwartz in Senate District 5.

Sylvia (Pat) Fread: Time for a change at TMH

The Memorial Hospital's administrators need to go.

Colleen Kennedy Rutledge: Vote for Baxter

I have voted for Jo Ann Baxter for Colorado House District 57, and here is why. Ms. Baxter has lived and worked on the western slope for 38 years, with many years of experience in teaching and managing. She clearly cares about the education of our children. This is vitally important as these children are our future. Her doctorate in education makes her uniquely qualified to take Colorado into the 21st century, a century that will revolve around our citizens’ capabilities to handle the ever-changing jobs of the future and to compete not only within Colorado and the US, but with the world.

Sports Briefs for Oct. 30, 2012: Bowling in full swing at Thunder Rolls

Check out the latests Bowling league standings and updated pool league standings, and find out about some Parks and Recreation opportunities coming up in Craig.

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to launch in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

A result of much talk about literacy in community groups, The Moffat County Youth United Way, Connection 4 Kids and the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

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Moffat County volleyball misses out on regionals

The Moffat County volleyball season did not end how Sandy Camilletti envisioned. In her mind’s eye, Camilletti saw the Bulldogs using their improved play of late to push for a 3-1 record at the Western Slope League Championships over the weekend, and then sneaking into the 3A regional pairings. But it was the opposite of a successful weekend, with MCHS going a quiet 0-4 in games Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.