Stories for September 2012


Sunday, September 30

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with stay-at-home mom Marissa David, of Craig

Five minutes with stay-at-home mom Marissa David, of Craig

Where are you originally from: "Arizona" How long have you lived in the Craig area: "11 years" What brought you to the area: "Family" What do you do for a living: "Stay-at-home mom"

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Moffat County prep sports wrapup for Oct. 1, 2012

The Moffat County boys soccer team beat Vail Mountain High School in Vail, 2-1 on Saturday. Sophomore Hugh Turner and senior Eric Silva scored for the Bulldogs, as they picked up their second win of the season and improved to 2-6. With a game from last week rescheduled to this Thursday, the Bulldogs will get to close out their regular season with three home games at Loudy-Simpson Park. The next game will come against Grand Valley High School 4 p.m. Thursday.

Woman dies in fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

A 50-year-old Littleton woman is dead after falling 40 to 50 feet from the north side of Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Manning leads Denver to 37-6 win over Oakland

After throwing yet another touchdown on a play that worked exactly as it was drawn up, Peyton Manning ran to the end zone and head-butted the lucky receiver, running back Lance Ball. That was about as rough as things got for Manning on Sunday — an afternoon he spent piling on in the second half instead of catching up. Off to a fast start for the first time as a Bronco, Manning led Denver to three third-quarter touchdowns in a 37-6 rout over the Oakland Raiders — the first time Denver has beaten its AFC West rival at home since 2007. Denver (2-2) outscored the Raiders 27-0 in the second half. "He's getting more comfortable," coach John Fox said. "Let's not forget he didn't play for over a year and this is a new team, new coaching staff, new city, new field, new everything for him. The type of guy he is, he's going to get better and better."

Thousands pray for US at 'America for Jesus' rally

Thousands of conservative Christians gathered Saturday on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to pray for the future of the United States in the weeks before the presidential election. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins topped a full day of speakers at "The America for Jesus 2012" prayer rally. Robertson, a former Republican candidate for president, called the election important, but didn't mention either major political party or candidate by name.

Senior Spotlight for October 1, 2012

Autumn is in full swing, leaves falling like gentle rain, silently offering their gift of cover to the ground. Making a pattern of different shades of yellow and rustic reds. The breeze gently rearranging the design now and then. Every season has its beauty.

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Bulldog Sports for Oct. 1, 2012

The week in sports for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7.

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Business Beat: New sign business open in Craig

Plasti-Size, a new sign and plastics shop has made its home in Craig. Although new to Craig, owner Elwood Martinson said he is not new to the business, with15 years experience in making signs and seven working with plastic. Plasti-Size offers an array of services, including building signs, roadside signs, vehicle lettering, window lettering, banners, logo design, 3D cut out letters, real estate signs and installation, address signs, sandblasted cedar signs, A-frames and sandwich boards. Martinson said customers can buy any kind of plastic sheet, stocking the most common types, 4x8 white, clear and color, but can special order anything else.

Saturday, September 29

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Infusion Clinic provides comfort during treatment

While receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer, it’s hard to imagine anything that could make patients forget they’re in a hospital receiving treatment. Nurse Marie Kettle, who runs the infusion clinic at The Memorial Hospital, knows this. That’s why she tries to make her patients as comfortable as possible by providing recliners, blankets, TVs, hats, food and candy.

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CMS football doubles up on Rifle

In the second week of the 2012 football season, Moffat County was beaten by Rifle, 45-0, in a disappointing game. On Saturday, the next generation of Bulldogs got a measure of revenge against Rifle. The seventh- and eighth-grade football teams from Craig Middle School took on the Rifle Cubs on Saturday morning at CMS. Both teams came away with decisive victories, 38-0.

Tipton, Pace trade barbs about healthcare

Tipton: Pace can’t reinvent himself as Congressional candidate

A single-payer, government run healthcare system dominated the most recent round of political volleys this week in the race for the Third Congressional District of Colorado. Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said Wednesday the ongoing national healthcare debate — specifically in regards to Obamacare — represents one of many important issues to voters that challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, has dodged since announcing his bid for the office of CD3. Fortney referenced a June 9, 2009 article in the Pueblo Chieftan in which Pace stated he would not stop pressing for a single-payer healthcare system in Colorado despite the fact HB09-1273 failed to pass through the Colorado General Assembly.

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Moffat County loses 2nd straight at Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School football team lost its second straight game in a 48-14 setback at Eagle Valley Friday night. The Bulldogs, playing at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum, again lost the turnover battle and could not avoid big plays from the Devils. Eagle Valley had touchdowns of 35, 40, 60 and 73 yards in the win. The loss dropped Moffat County to 2-3, and 1-3 in the Western Slope League. The Bulldogs' next game is the team's homecoming game, Oct. 5 vs. Summit County.

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New MOPS program offers outlet for mothers of young children

Kids laugh and scream in the background during a phone conversation with Annie Kawchack and Candace Havey. On speakerphone, Havey leaves the call to mediate as laughter turns to tears. “We have a Play-Doh fight,” Kawchack says. The mothers of young children, Kawchack and Havey said hectic is normal. That’s why they’re starting a group for others like them, MOPS, mothers of preschoolers.

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Snake River winstreak ends, but Rattlers still battling

The winning streak has come to an end in Baggs. The six-man football team from Little Snake River School, which went undefeated in each of the past two seasons en route to consecutive state titles, lost in the second week of the season to Dubois High School to bring its run to an end. But the Rattlers are far from allowing their streak of championships to end as well. The team expected to be a serious contender from the start of the season due to a large senior class, all with playing experience. But replacing last year’s stars and getting this year’s players in the right positions has proved to be a challenge.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 29, 2012: Youth bowling league getting under way this weekend

The annual youth bowling league at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center will begin Sunday. The league, which in past years held rounds Saturday through Monday, is moving all divisions to Sunday evenings for the 2012-13 season. Players of any skill level are welcome. Certified bowling coaches will be at each match, ready to help children improve their game. Three divisions for children ages 3-18 are available. The pee-wee division, for children ages 3-6, will bowl starting at 5 p.m. Sundays, and will bowl one game. The cost per Sunday is $3.

Editorial: Entertainment opportunity

Our View: Even though Craig is a rural community, various groups work hard each year to provide residents with entertainment opportunities. The Craig Concert Association is one one of those organizations.

Al Cashion: Which political animal are you?

Are you a political lemming? A Yellow Labrador? Chimpanzee? Homo Erectus? I made a simple twelve question test that will tell you: 1. Is the word, “freedom” most easily understood when a Democrat says it or does it make more sense when a Republican uses it? 2. In terms of actual spending, not “campaign speak” or talking points rhetoric, do you trust the Republicans with your money or the Democrats? (Trick question?)

Government Update for Sept. 29, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Friday, September 28

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State runner-up team to be honored in Craig

This homecoming week, the people of Craig will be treated to a special homecoming beyond the normal festivities. The 1967 Moffat County High School football team, the most successful team in the school’s history, will be hosted at events and honored before the Oct. 5 homecoming football game vs. Summit. The team was composed of a large group of outstanding senior athletes. The Bulldogs had four players selected to the all-state team and 11 on the all-conference team. The ’67 Bulldogs are a singular entity in Moffat County football. Their playoff run was the longest in school history when it happened, and they remain the only team to play for a state championship to this day.

David Morris: Vote for Baxter

Sometimes it is in the best interest of voters to cross party lines when a special candidate clearly represents the needs and concerns of those voters. For the first time in a long time we are fortunate here in Moffat County to have one our own running for a seat in the state legislature. The winner of the race for HD57 will be decided in November, and the best candidate for the job is a Moffat County resident. That candidate is Jo Ann Baxter. Jo Ann has lived in Craig for 38 years. She taught school in Moffat County for 29 of those years while raising three children, serving in a variety of local leadership roles, and obtaining a PHD.

On The Record for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

On The Record for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27

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Moffat County prepping for another key league tussle

Moffat County prepping for another key league tussle

If there is a time in every season to put up or shut up, this is it for Moffat County football. The Bulldogs, coming off a disappointing home loss to Delta, in which they did not play their best football, travel to Eagle Valley today to take on a 3-1 Devils squad in another key Western Slope League clash. For Moffat County (2-2, 1-2 WSL), the game represents a chance to get back on track and keep their preseason playoff aspirations intact. Last season Frederick High School was the final seed in the Colorado 3A State Playoffs, finishing the regular season with a 7-3 record. That means a loss to Eagle Valley would be crippling to Moffat County’s chances this year. The Devils and Bulldogs run contrasting styles, but have produced similar results so far. Both teams have played Steamboat Springs and Delta in the first four games of the season, with comparable final scores.

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Moffat County High School speech and debate team receives national recognition

The The Moffat County High School Speech and Debate Program can add yet another accolade to its impressive resume. They have received recognition from the National Forensic League for achieving 100 degrees or more in the last year and placing in the top 10 percent of NFL chapters nationwide. And earning 100 degrees is no easy feat. Students receive six points for a win and three points for a loss in an event at a competition.

Over A Cup: Sister's recipe for 'Peach Bread'

This week’s recipe for “Peach Bread” comes from my sister, Charlotte Allum of Fort Collins. I have not tried the recipe yet, but both of my sisters report that it’s good. An added bonus is that you can use any kind of peaches—fresh, frozen or canned. To make “Peach Bread”, you will need the following ingredients: 1-1/2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup margarine or shortening, 2 cups mashed peaches (fresh, frozen, or canned), 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup nuts (optional). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour pans. (Charlotte added a note to the recipe: “very important to grease and flour.”)

Accreditation report presented to Moffat County School Board

In a presentation to the Moffat County School Board on Thursday night, assistant superintendent Brent Curtice had good things to report about the district’s accreditation. Identified by four performance indicators within performance frameworks, schools receive ratings in the area of academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and postsecondary and workforce readiness. Performance indicator ratings were exceeds, meets, approaching and does not meet. Points and ratings were assigned at every indicator. Below 30 percent classified as turnaround, 33-47 percent classified as priority improvement, 47-69 percent classified as improvement and 60 percent or above classified as performance.

Shell enters into development agreement with Quicksilver

Quicksilver Resources, Inc. announced Monday it has entered into an agreement with Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP — a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, plc. Quicksilver and SWEPI are exploring the viability of the Niobrara formation and have each drilled exploratory wells in Moffat and Routt counties. The agreement outlines a joint venture to develop oil and natural gas interests in Sand Wash Basin in northwest Moffat County and establishes an Area of Mutual Interest encompassing more than 850,000 acres in the basin.

Broncos receivers still adjusting to Manning

Some things just can't be sped up. Building a rhythm and rapport with receivers is one of them, as the Denver Broncos are discovering. Never had so many of Peyton Manning's passes missed their mark as they did last weekend, when the star quarterback completed just half of his 52 throws in a 31-25 loss to Houston. Take away his three spikes and that leaves 23 times that Manning's throws ended up somewhere other than in the hands of the man he targeted — and that doesn't count the toss that went off Eric Decker's hands in the end zone only to flop into the waiting arms of tight end Joel Dreessen for the touchdown. Demaryius Thomas is the Broncos' best receiver, but he caught just three of 11 passes thrown his way Sunday.

2 mudslides in Larimer County after more rain

More rain in an area that burned in the High Park wildfire in Larimer County has led to at least two mudslides. One slide left about 50 yards of debris and rushing water on Colorado Highway 14, leaving that part of the road impassable Thursday afternoon. The Colorado Department of Transportation was working to clear the road.

Romney decries military cuts; Obama talking jobs

President Barack Obama pledged to create many more jobs and "make the middle class secure again" in a campaign-closing appeal on Thursday — more than five weeks before Election Day — to voters already casting ballots in large numbers. Republican Mitt Romney, focusing on threats beyond American shores, accused the commander in chief of backing dangerous cuts in defense spending. "The idea of cutting our military is unthinkable and devastating. And when I become president we will not," declared the challenger, struggling to reverse a slide in opinion polls.

25 Shades of Craig: Single-parent dating — part 1

Being a single parent who is dating has been a new adventure for me. I’ve found that the mindset has to switch from “would this person be good match for me?” to “would this person be a good match for us?” Dating a single parent is a package deal. My child is the most important thing in my life and she looks up to me, which is why I believe there should be a standard for dating a single parent. One thing that my ex and I decided on was a set of dating rules. These rules were set up to protect our child, to make sure we are on the same page, and so there wouldn’t be any questions about what was or wasn’t going on around or in front of our child.

Lance Scranton: Literary lessons

A firestorm of controversy over teacher dedication and participation on committees generated a blaze of letters to the Daily Press last week. While all parties have since concluded their respective “peace talks,” an indelible perception will linger on far into the future. The perception isn’t as important as the lessons each of us might be reminded of when something like this happens. The first, and most enduring lesson is that something like this will happen again. Human nature being what it is, we should be reminded that in the long history of mankind, people say things that get others “fired up.” In our Senior English class we have been reading Gilgamesh and the enduring reality of hubris reaching out and swiping away the commonest of sense. Gilgamesh eventually comes to the realization, after much searching, much pain, and many disappointments, that life is to be lived from a viewpoint best learned on the shoulders of those who have come before us.

Glenda Bellio: Support MCHS student council

To the editor: The Moffat County Farm Bureau Board, being a bi-partisan political group, is proudly supporting the Moffat County High School Student Council members fundraising efforts to attend the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. As these students are showing a desire to continue to develop their leadership experience, we feel that encouraging them in the effort is certainly a worthwhile cause. As they become our further leaders we recognize the value of their representation to our area.

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CMS volleyball splits vs. Meeker

The Craig Middle School volleyball teams split a pair of tightly contested matches Thursday at CMS. The eighth grade A and B volleyball teams played matches against Meeker Thursday afternoon, and while the A team lost in two close sets, the B team dug deep to win in three. In the first match of the afternoon, the B team split the first two sets with Meeker 25-18, 18-25. In the third set, the Bulldogs took an early lead with good serving from Shaeli Hatten and they never looked back. The result was a 15-9 result in the decisive third set. Coach Sarah Wiseman was happy with the way her group played as a unit.

Wednesday, September 26

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Great-grandnephew publishes new book on Butch Cassidy

Museum of Northwest Colorado hosts Betenson for discussion, book signing

On July 27, 1897, Robert Leroy Parker, 31, more famously known as Butch Cassidy, traveled to the town of Baggs, Wyo. Four months earlier, Cassidy and his closest friend, Elzy Lay, robbed a small group of Pleasant Valley Coal Co. employees of $7,000 in gold near Castle Gate, Utah. With the loot in hand, Cassidy and Lay rode into Baggs to meet the other members of the Wild Bunch for a celebratory gambling and drinking binge. On one occasion, at Jack Ryan’s Bulldog Saloon in Baggs, the bandits shot up the place. But before retiring for the evening, Cassidy paid Ryan $1 for each of the 25 bullet holes he and his gang fired into the bar, according to reports.

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Craig artist Israel Holloway's work gaining attention

Local artist Israel Holloway's work gaining attention

Making it as an artist can be difficult. Many struggle for years to perfect their work in a chosen medium before making a name for themselves. Craig local, Israel Holloway, didn’t need quite so long to begin garnering attention for his work.

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25

Craig, Moffat County rescind fire restrictions

Storm cell ignites several small fires in Moffat, Rio Blanco

The Craig City Council followed suit Tuesday night by unanimously voting to rescind fire restrictions in Craig city limits. The decision takes effect immediately. “It’s time,” said city council member Don Jones. “In the morning the grass is wet, evenings are cool and I know we’re getting into that time of year when people like to sit out on their porches and light a fire in a pit. “Now it’s about education and making sure people understand there is still a danger out there.” Earlier in the day the Moffat County Commission also voted unanimously to rescind all fire restrictions in unincorporated portions of Moffat County. Their decision went into effect at Noon.

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MCHS Soccer team loses close game to Rocky Mountain

It’s safe to say that Moffat County’s boys soccer team is now mighty familiar with the roads between Craig to Carbondale. For the second time in four days, the Bulldogs visited Carbondale. On Saturday, they were in town to play Roaring Fork. On Tuesday, it was Colorado Rocky Mountain School. “We ought to just do a doubleheader,” Moffat County coach Rusty Cox joked. Although the Bulldogs again left Carbondale with a loss on Tuesday, the coach saw a spirited effort out of his team in a 3-2 loss to the Oysters. “Much better,” said Cox, whose team suffered a 4-1 loss to Roaring Fork on Saturday. “We just made little mistakes, really. It was a good game. It was a very evenly matched game. They just came out on top. It’s all good. It’s probably one of the better games I’ve seen my boys play.”

Deadline draws near for voter registration

Moffat County residents have until Oct. 9 to register for general election

In 41 days voters across the nation will go to the polls to decide the next president of the United States. And as election day draws nearer, so do some important deadlines for Craig and Moffat County voters. Stephanie Beckett, Moffat County elections supervisor, said there are currently 9,215 registered voters in the county, up from 8,526 during the 2008 general election and 9,097 from June’s primary election, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Editorial: Running toward success

Our View: While it’s normal for high school sports programs to endure “down” seasons due to constant turnover of team members, the MCHS cross-country program has found a way to consistently improve and compete. The editorial board wants to recognize coaches Todd Trapp and Jennifer Pressgrove for their work in producing consistent teams each year.

Frank Moe: ‘An excellent choice for the future’

I support Dave DeRose for Moffat County Commissioner, District 1. I have known Dave DeRose personally, professionally, and politically for over 24 years. I have personally witnessed Dave’s passion for community involvement and leadership here in Moffat County. Whether he is working with a youth group or youth activity, mentoring a young entrepreneur, assisting senior citizens, or even just providing a good deeds project, Dave has quietly given of himself, his time and resources, all while being humble and modest. Professionally, I cannot list the countless times when we have called Dave during an emergency at either one of our businesses or our home. No matter what the hour, the day of the week, or the circumstance, Dave has graciously made himself or one of his crew available to us, in order to ensure superior customer service for our guest comfort, and even our own comfort.

Kerry Moe: ‘An exemplary candidate’

This is a letter of support for Dave DeRose, for Moffat County Commissioner in District 1. I met Dave DeRose towards the end of 1987, due to a plumbing emergency call for a hotel my husband and I worked for when we first moved to Craig. It was the middle of the night, the hotel was out of hot water, and he came to our aid without hesitation. I immediately liked Dave, admired his knowledge and steadfast commitment to excellence, and over the years, have found him to be an integral part of our own business success. He has always been there for us professionally, and personally. I feel confident Dave will do the same for Moffat County.

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Adopting Sofie: Baggs couple learns to listen to their hearts

Baggs couple learns to listen to their hearts

The afghan hanging on Angeli and Todd Skalberg’s wall has five children needle worked on it. A gift at the birth of their first daughter, next to four of the five children is a name and birth date. “We had my friend who made it for me, needlework the three girls names on there, then Isaiah was born, and all of a sudden we have this little person in the corner that didn’t have a name,” Angeli said. And it appeared it would stay that way. The Skalbergs decided they weren’t having any more children. “It kind of bugged me you know, but not a reason to have another one,” Angeli laughed. But after six years, the nameless little person on the afghan will soon be Sofie, a seven-month-old girl the Skalbergs are adopting from Ethiopia.

Grandson considers move for 'Frozen Dead Guy'

The frozen corpse of the man who inspired Colorado's Frozen Dead Guy Days festival could be moving to Michigan. Bredo Morstoel was cryogenically frozen after he died in 1989 in hopes he could one day be revived. His body is being stored in a Tuff Shed in Nederland, Colo., with regular deliveries of dry ice helping to keep the body frozen.

Lawmakers review bills to address Colo. wildfires

Colorado lawmakers moved to tighten requirements for controlled burns Tuesday, but they're struggling to agree on a compensation figure for when the state is responsible for tragedies like a deadly March wildfire southwest of Denver. A panel reviewing legislation to introduce next year approved bills to implement minimum standards for when the state conducts burns, and a proposal to extend tax credits to landowners who conduct fire mitigation. The March wildfire in the Jefferson County foothills grew out of control from wind-blown embers from a prescribed burn. The wildfire scorched 6 square miles, damaged or destroyed two dozen homes, and killed three people. The proposed legislation still needs to be approved by another committee and lawmakers will continue to make changes in the coming year.

Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win

Ohio has emerged as the presidential race's undisputed focus. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making multiple stops this week alone in a state that's trending toward the president, endangering Romney's White House hopes. The popularity of Obama's auto industry bailout, and a better-than-average local economy, are undermining Romney's call for Ohioans to return to their GOP-leaning ways, which were crucial to George W. Bush's two elections. Ohio has 18 electoral votes, seventh most in the nation, and no Republican has won the White House without carrying it. Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead. On Tuesday, he made the first of his four planned Ohio stops this week, joining his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, for a rally near Dayton. On Wednesday, Obama will visit the college towns of Kent and Bowling Green, and Romney's bus tour will stop in the Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo areas. "If this president persists on the road of making it harder and harder for small businesses to grow and thrive, he's going to slowly but surely weaken our economy and turn us into Greece," Romney told supporters Tuesday in Vandalia. He said the Obama administration has put government between patients and their doctors, and is picking winners and losers in private business.

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

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Volleyball team looks to correct mistakes in second half

The girls volleyball team at Moffat County is still struggling with some of the issues that have plagued it all year. The team played at Grand Valley High School Saturday and lost in another close match—one that head coach Sandy Camilletti was expecting. Camilletti had said before the game they were evenly matched teams, and the score reflected that as the Bulldogs went down in four sets, 25-27, 26-24, 20-25, 21-25. Once again, Moffat County struggled to end their opponents’ serve at times. “We give up too many long runs of points,” Camilletti said. “Five (points) in a row, six in a row to the other team. We get stuck in a rotation and can’t get out of it. It kills us.”

Monday, September 24

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Clyde the elk passes away at Wyman Museum

Craig has lost a unique member of its community. The Wyman Living History Museum’s Clyde the elk died Saturday afternoon, leaving behind a legacy of friendliness to employees and visitors that lasted throughout his eight years there. The elk, born on the Wyman Elk ranch in 1994, came to the museum when it opened in 2004 and had been there to entertain visitors every day since. His draw was strong for anyone visiting the museum for the first time, but he was a favorite of children coming on field trips from the local schools.

Derrick Ferguson: MCHS teachers 'overly devoted'

To the editor: To those questioning the commitment of our teachers, I find it comical that you think the teachers of the community have the equivalent of a 'full time job' or 'a business to run.' I am an '09 grad of MCHS. I have experienced the phenomenal tutelage of most of the current staff as well as many of the retirees, and close to all of those writing in. I remember late nights with Katy Gray in the Journalism room putting out the latest issue of the PostScript and getting into my car well after dark. Or Liane Davis-Kling as my homeroom teacher, giving me resources to further my love of politics.

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Moffat County United Way and local banks team up to gather donations for food bank

Most people count on opening their fridge or pantry and finding food in it. Worrying about the next meal and feeling hungry is something often assigned to those in poverty-stricken third world countries. But the reality is there are regular families going hungry in communities in America, and Craig is no different. That’s why the Moffat County United Way has teamed up with local banks to help restock the Inter-Faith Food Bank in Craig.

LaVan Stehle: Kindness appreciated

To the editor: We would like to Thank everyone for the food, flowers, calls, cards and prayers we received during the passing of our Dad, Clyde.

On The Record for Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

On The Record for Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

Senior Spotlight for September 24, 2012

I don't usually watch television much, but I decided to see what was on. I got on channel 6 and Lawrence Welk was on, the theme for his program was remembering the Big Bands — Leo Brown, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey to name a few. I enjoyed the music, brought memories flooding back. I used to sing along with who even was singing on the radio and told myself I was really good when even I managed to hit the high notes.

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Casey's Pond Senior Living hires marketing officer

Casey's Pond Senior Living will provide a range of living accommodations for residents who live independently as well as for those who can benefit from supportive services.

Park Service defends refusal to use wolves to control elk population

(AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before a federal appeals court. The government also defended the use of trained volunteers to help Park Service employees shoot and kill excess elk, saying it didn't violate a hunting ban in national parks. In a hearing before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a law student representing the wildlife advocacy group WildEarth Guardians argued the Park Service did not give enough consideration to the wolf option and rejected it without giving the public a chance to comment. The group also said letting volunteers shoot elk instead of limiting the shooting to Park Service employees was tantamount to hunting.

Sunday, September 23

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Moffat County soccer falls at Roaring Fork

Long before the opening kickoff, the odds began to stack up against Moffat County’s boys soccer team in its Saturday game at Roaring Fork. “It got away from us when we left home and two guys didn’t show up today,” Bulldogs coach Rusty Cox lamented. “We had a starter that didn’t show up, so it started bad. We had to juggle our lineup a little bit.” That meant a number of freshmen logging big minutes. Mix in composure issues and it just wasn’t meant to be for Moffat County on Saturday. Getting their lone goal from Alan Flores, the Bulldogs suffered a 4-1 defeat in Carbondale.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Nadine Daszkiewicz, co-owner of the Kitchen Shop of Craig with her husband Mike

Five minutes with Nadine Daszkiewicz, co-owner of the Kitchen Shop of Craig with her husband Mike

Hometown: “I’ve been here for so long that I consider Craig my hometown. I wasn’t born here.” How long have you been here: “Since 84” How did you get started in your business: “Well it was just something I always had an interest in. Everybody in my family has worked in restaurants. I did have a bakery first before I had this and this just sort of evolved from that.”

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Bulldog Sports

The coming week in sports for CMS, MCHS and Recreation Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

Manning comes up short, Texans beat Broncos 31-25

Fall behind by 20. Mount a furious comeback. Lose by six. The ugly interceptions didn't play into Peyton Manning's second straight defeat, but so much of the rest of it sounded like a broken record — the likes of which the Broncos quarterback doesn't want to hear anymore. Matt Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear after a brutal hit, but still outplayed Manning, throwing for four touchdowns against a confused Broncos defense Sunday to stake the Houston Texans to a big lead on the way to a 31-25 victory. "We have to learn from this game, address it, be honest, everybody needs to be accountable and try to improve forward," Manning said. "It's not the ideal situation. Everybody would love to be 3-0. That's not the way it is right now."

Gov. says order will help ranchers during drought

Gov. John Hickenlooper says drought conditions have prompted him to sign an executive order that suspends permits necessary for the transportation of large bales of hay or baled livestock feed.

Romney strives to turn the page on rough week

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign strove to turn the page on a week of public stumbles and Republican hand-wringing Sunday, promising a redoubled effort in the most competitive states to undercut his opponent's economic record as voters tune in for the final six weeks of a close race. President Barack Obama, taking a rare break from the campaigning ahead of an address to world leaders on Tuesday, dispatched top allies to try to keep Romney's missteps alive in the minds of a dwindling cadre of undecided voters. Both candidates were looking ahead to the pivotal next phase of the campaign, where the three presidential debates — the first on Oct. 3 in Denver — present the greatest opportunities to speak directly to voters or to get tripped up by a gaffe-turned-sound bite with little time to recover before Election Day.

Saturday, September 22

Sheriff’s Office enters into contract to patrol Colowyo Mine borders during hunting season

Program aimed at reducing trespassing, limiting access to critical mine operating zones

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office recently entered into a contract with Colowyo Mine to conduct patrols during the 2012 to 2014 hunting seasons. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said deputies have been patrolling the boundaries of Colowyo Mine for about the past five seasons in an effort to minimize the number of trespassing violations by hunters. Colowyo Mine is private property.

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Yampa Valley Economic Development Council hears DU panel report on Colorado government

Vaughan: Funding reform for education key to avoiding future economic collapse in Colorado

Between fiscal years 2008 and 2010, Colorado’s general fund revenue declined by $1.3 billion, or 16.6 percent, as a result of the national economic downturn. Those declining revenues, coupled with rising program expenditures, resulted in significant budget shortfalls of $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2009, $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2010, $1 billion in fiscal year 2011 and $1 billion in fiscal year 2012. Because the Colorado Legislature is required by law to pass a balanced budget annually, many state funds have been cut drastically in recent years. For example, in fiscal year 2012, spending cuts included the closing of a state prison, a $230 million cut to K-12 education and an $81 million cut to higher education.

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Moffat County girls take 1st, boys 2nd at Loudy-Simpson

Home sporting events always are exciting. For sports like cross-country, where many schools don’t host a meet at all, getting to run at home is extra special. Junior Brenna Ciesco made the most of the Bulldogs’ home meet Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park, winning the varsity girls race in 20 minutes and 42 seconds. The Bulldogs meet was a small affair, in stark contrast to some of the large meets they’ve attended this season. In the girls race, just Moffat County and Steamboat Springs participated, but that didn’t make Ciesco’s victory any less sweet.

Business Beat: Mauka Bakery and Cafe now open for business

Originally slated to open last April, Muaka Bakery and Café finally opened its doors last Monday, and owner Naila Quintero said the first week of business had been good. “It’s surprisingly going really well,” Quintero said. She said they have to explain some of the menu items to customers to wary and excited customers. Quintero said one of the best sellers so far is the Green Coconut Smoothie, a blend of coconut, banana and spinach.

W. Kent Nielson: I support Dave DeRose

I would like to take this opportunity to show my support for Dave DeRose as a Moffat County Commissioner. I have lived in Craig for more than 30 years and have known Dave for the past 20. I had the opportunity to serve with Dave on the Craig City Council for 8 years and worked with him side by side. I can honestly say that Dave cares for Craig and Moffat County and his interests will benefit our County. Dave will devote his time to make sure he represents Moffat County in a way that will benefit our County. As Mayor of Craig and as a Member of the Craig City Council I have seen him in action as a public official. Dave committed his time and effort to serve the citizens of Craig. Dave and I didn’t agree on everything but he is the type of guy that allowed us to work through our differences. He was open minded and willing to listen to me and others and we could then come to the right conclusion.

Joe Bird: Vote for Dave DeRose

Things are changing before us everyday and making sure you have the right people make those decisions for you is critical to a community’s survival. Not only on a daily basis but for implementing a long term vision with the processes being put into place that will not only benefit us, but our children and the leaders that will follow. That is why it is so important to have those people in place that have your best interest at heart along with the passion, drive, and work ethic to carry out those plans and purposes. This is why I am not only asking you to get out there and vote but to also come along side in putting the correct person in the place of commissioner by voting for Dave DeRose. He has not only shown me along with numerous others what community involvement means and why it is so important but has also shown over and over again in his actions the passion he has for this community and what it looks like when you invest.

Rosemary Potter: 'A traitor in the White House'

To the editor: If you've never voted in your life before, you absolutely need to vote this time! We have a traitor in the white house, and we have to get him out of there. Consider only a few of the facts:

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Energy, economy, casino spotlighted during state candidate forum

Baxter, Tracy host discussion about issues at Downtown Books in Craig

Energy, the economy and the latest developments surrounding the proposed Hayden casino project were highlighted Thursday during the latest candidate forum in Craig. Colorado House District 57 candidate Jo Ann Baxter, D-Craig, and Colorado Senate District 8 candidate Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge, hosted the event at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. About 12 Craig and Moffat County voters attended the meeting, many voicing concerns about the economy, Tracy said.

Agriculture & Livestock: 2012 Livestock and Dog Results at the Colorado State Fair

Moffat County’s Darren McLaughlin has done it again. This year, as in previous years, he showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Colorado State Fair. But that’s not all. He showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb as well It’s a remarkable achievement, indeed.

Proud, Involved MCHS Teachers: Editorial was all wrong

We were disappointed in your generalization of teachers and their lack of commitment on the recently created community broads, financially and apparently in the classroom. Speaking only for ourselves — although we know many other teachers do the same and even more — we are not involved on one of the boards because we feel our involvement is on the school side and we do not want any editorial board or other community member to cry foul if a cause we are involved in were to receive funding. When we have a contribution to make we will be contacting the appropriate group. We each spend, at the minimum, $400-500 hundred every year on fundraisers and miscellaneous supplies, which aid our instruction for various activities in our classroom. We personally do not like fundraising, but it is one-way groups use to support their organization.

Kristin Allen: A very committed group

I would argue that the individuals in this community who are some of the most ‘committed to excellence’ are, without question, teachers. I am the wife, niece, friend, sister, granddaughter and colleague of a teacher. My colleagues, friends and family members are ‘committed to excellence’ with regard to providing a quality education to the children of this community. They are some of the most committed people I know. They commit their time. I can honestly say that I don’t know a single teacher who thinks that their “commitment begins and ends with the daily school bells.”

Al Cashion: A lesson I needed to learn again

Some lessons must be learned immediately after teaching them. Yeah. That’s what I said. Last week ‘s prose came out my nose. (Essential Sequential Linearity) Actually, there were a number of lessons I thought I had learned that went back into the furnace this week then were removed from the fire, placed on the anvil and subjected to the hammer to be shaped once more. I carelessly wounded a great number of good people. I hurt the heart of the God who loves them. I am a debtor to Moffat County School District at large and individually not to mention the community of Craig.

Editorial: Too soon for concern

Our View: On the heels of the departure of two local doctors and bolstered by claims made by former employees, there has been recent speculation throughout the community about The Memorial Hospital’s ability to retain physicians. After meeting with hospital administrators, the editorial board came to the conclusion that TMH is in a situation faced by most other businesses across the country.

Friday, September 21

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Moffat County makes too many errors in frustrating loss to Delta

In the end, there were just too many mistakes for Moffat County to overcome. The Bulldogs turned the ball over six times, and had a punt blocked to waste an excellent defensive performance in losing to Delta High School Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, 21-14. A week ago the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2 Western Slope League) defense was swarming and forcing mistakes out of Steamboat Springs. Again the defense delivered, forcing three turnovers and giving up just one drive of over 50 yards to the Panthers (3-1, 2-0), but it could not make up for the costly mistakes made by the offense. “It was 21-14, (we had) six turnovers,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “We shot ourselves in the foot, there’s no other way to look at it. It’s hard to win a game when you turn the ball over six times.”

Sports Briefs for Sept. 22, 2012: Craig women’s hockey seeking members

The Puck Ewes women’s hockey team in Craig is looking for members to help fill its roster for the coming season. The team, which plays in a league of teams from local cities, is short on players this year, and will have to drop out without more signups by the season’s start, team member Gayle Criswell said. So Criswell and her teammates are looking for women of any ability level with an interest in playing or learning hockey. Criswell said they will take anyone ages 14 and up, but players younger than 18 would need parental consent to play.

Making a child's voice heard

CASA volunteer Karen Stillion reflects on service

If interested in ways to help CASA, call Tanya Ferguson, program coordinator for the Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, at (970) 620-2342 or visit Although the child welfare system works within its powers to help the children in it, legal jargon and the complicated process of justice can drown out the small voice of a child. That’s why Karen Stillion, vice president of the Moffat County School Board and teacher at the CNCC Cosmetology School, donates her time to be a CASA volunteer. CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who donate much of their time and souls to helping abused or neglected children be heard in the foster care and child welfare system. “I’m a voice for the child in court, I visit with the kids, foster parents, counselors and teachers to try to make decisions that are in the best interest for the child,” Stillion said. “You’re trying to make a positive difference in a child’s life.”

Texans come to Denver and run into an old foe

(AP) — The Houston Texans finally broke through last year, winning their first division title and earning their first playoff spot in the 10-year history of the franchise. Not too big a surprise was the breakthrough came once a certain quarterback had moved out of the way in the AFC South. But Peyton Manning is neither gone nor forgotten — at least not this week for the Texans. On Sunday, they face their biggest nemesis, though he's wearing a different uniform and playing in a different division. Manning and the Denver Broncos host the Texans in a matchup that has always placed the 36-year-old quarterback squarely in his comfort zone.

Colo. revenue picture continues to improve

(AP) — Colorado's revenue picture is continuing to improve at a faster-than-expected rate because of taxes on stock sales and oil and gas development, state economists said Thursday, but they predicted growth will slow because of federal and global uncertainties. Economists from Gov. John Hickenlooper's office said the state will take in $239 million more in tax revenue in the current fiscal year, which began in July, than originally predicted. The growth brings the expected general fund revenue to $8 billion for the fiscal year, barely exceeding the pre-Great Recession peak of $7.7 billion in 2007. "It's always good to get positive news with the state revenue forecast," Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a statement. "But we know many households are still struggling and different sectors of the economy are still fragile."

Rig Count for Sept. 22

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:

Breaking down the budget: Moffat County School District's reserve funds restricted

After a controversial editorial, clarification about the $10 million in reserve that Moffat County School District has in its coffers seemed necessary. A sit down with Tinneal Gerber, finance director for the school district, helped to sort it all out.

Government Update for Sept. 25

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Hayden Chamber of Commerce denies sending annexation letter

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement saying it did not send a letter advocating the annexation of western Routt County into Moffat County nor does it, as a group, support the goals of the Committee for Less Intrusive Government, which signed the letter.

Thursday, September 20

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Golf season comes to an end for MCHS boys

Casey Kilpatrick came into the 2012 golf season knowing it wouldn’t be a banner year for the Bulldogs. That didn’t mean Kilpatrick wouldn’t have good things to take away from his first season as the team’s head coach. The Moffat County boys golf season came to and end Tuesday when they were ousted in the Colorado 3A Western Regional tournament at Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez. Tyler Jenkins led the varsity, shooting a 100. Casey Nations (102), Colten Yoast (107) and Jake Bingham (115) also played for the Bulldogs. The team score of 309 was not close to qualifying Moffat County for the state tournament, but the Bulldogs knew the writing was on the wall going in.

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Moffat County prepping for another important league game Friday

Moffat County prepping for another important league game Friday

Last year, after beating Delta 22-14, Moffat County was just 1-3, getting in the win column for the first time. This year, with a win over the Panthers (2-1, 1-0 Western Slope League) the Bulldogs would improve to 3-1, and perhaps be on their way to bigger and better things. The teams look similar beyond their records so far. Both boast a talented cast of offensive players, meaning defenses have to cover them all over the field. For the Panthers it starts with quarterback Mitchell Whiteside, who has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes while throwing for five touchdowns and just one interception this season. Whiteside is also a threat to run the ball, averaging 6.5 yards per carry on the season.

Regarding Wednesday's editorial

The most recent editorial opinion written by the Craig Daily Press regarding Commitment to Excellence contained some errors that I would like to explain and apologize for. This opinion piece stated that teachers are noticeably absent from community organizations committed to excellence in education in Moffat County. Fact is, there are indeed teachers, counselors, assistant principals, the athletic director, the assistant superintendent, the superintendent and board members involved in the three such community organizations.

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

25 Shades of Craig: Love languages

Knowing that you are loved and feeling loved are two totally different things. When you feel loved your attitude towards everyone and everything changes. When your “Love Tank” is full you feel validated, appreciated and unstoppable. You would walk to the ends of the earth to make the person who loves you this way feel that way back. The problem there lies in knowing the difference between knowing that you are loved and feeling that love.

Janet Sheridan: Beloved land

We watched Colorado burn. Nightly, reporters posed in front of leaping flames to talk about acres blackened, homes destroyed, lives lost. And it seemed unending. In Moffat County we worried about those caught up in the destruction of distant fires, watched smoke invade our valley, listened for the wail of sirens and hoped our luck would hold. Though we had experienced smaller-scale fires, so far we’d escaped the widespread devastation on the Front Range. Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana and Idaho also burned. I followed news reports about the distant fires and wondered if the land that had nurtured me all of my life—lands of towering grandeur and rushing streams—could survive the onslaught.

Lance Scranton: Making a difference

Many of us find ourselves in volunteer situations because of the activities in which our children choose to be involved. A number of fathers and other interested men find time each week during the fall to help coach and referee in the Doak Walker Football League. I marvel at the patience and calm demeanor that most of the volunteer coaches display. They consistently yell encouragement from the sidelines and show young children how to appreciate competition and love the game of football. The officials take time to make sure that safety is observed and that all the players get to know how to formation correctly and get set before a play is activated from the line of scrimmage. It’s amazing to watch all the little bodies flying around out on the field and how each team works in concert to make plays work on offense and not allow plays to be successful when on defense. All this made possible by parents and adults who pour their time into the lives of young boys.

USDA plans regional meetings to address drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans regional meetings with local officials to learn more about impacts from this year's drought and to discuss how to leverage existing resources to speed recovery efforts.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter in Boulder for ceremony

Astronaut Scott Carpenter has returned to Boulder for the rededication of a park named after him. This year is the 50th anniversary of Carpenter's 1962 flight on Aurora 7, when the Boulder High School graduate became the second American to orbit the Earth. Carpenter is now 87 years old.

Obama suggests Romney is out of touch with America

President Barack Obama cast Mitt Romney on Thursday as an out-of-touch challenger for the White House and an advocate of education cuts that could cause teacher strikes to spread from Chicago to other cities. The Republican countered that the U.S. economy "is bumping along the bottom" under the current administration and he predicted victory in the fall. The two men eyed each other across hotly contested Florida, a state with 29 electoral votes, more than any other battleground in the close race for the White House. "When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot," the president said. That was in response to a question about Romney's recent observation that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax and believe they are victims and entitled to an array of federal benefits. Obama spoke at a town hall-style forum aired by the Spanish-language television network Univision.

Casino group anticipates moving forward with Hayden project

With the message now clear that Gov. John Hickenlooper does not support off-reservation casinos in Colorado, Sleeping Giant Group partners plan to meet next week to decide how to proceed with their vision for a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Pilgrim sentenced in Moffat County cattle rustling case

Pilgrim to serve 90 days in Moffat County jail

Monty Luke Pilgrim, 52, of Little Snake River, was sentenced Thursday in Moffat County District Court on cattle rustling charges. Senior judge David Lass, who presided over the trial, handed down the sentence for the 15 felony counts against Pilgrim. The sentence included three years of supervised probation; 50 hours of useful community service for each year of probation for a total of 150 hours; letters of apology to the five of nine victims he was convicted; payment of restitution, fines and court costs of more than $14,000; and incarceration of 90 days at the Moffat County Jail. Pilgrim was ordered to begin serving his jail time Oct. 1.

Koucherik: Constitution Day volunteers appreciated

To the editor: The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank the volunteers who rang church bells during our observance of Constitution Day on Sept 17.

Soroco and Hayden football teams renew Routt County rivalry

The Hayden and Soroco high school football teams meet Friday for the first time since 2007.

Susan Whinery: Teachers deserve 'respect and appreciation'

Dear Editor: Too often, when I read a controversial article or letter that mentions what teachers do--or don’t do, I fume, and then quietly let my feelings fade away. After all, I’m not teaching any more. I was a teacher, though, and I spent 25 years in the Moffat County School District. Wednesday’s editorial struck a chord I couldn’t ignore. Why don’t teachers belong to any of the three newest educational support groups and why don’t they “pony up” a few more dollars now and then? Although I was lucky enough to spend most of my Moffat County teaching career during the years when money was less scarce, I regularly spent a considerable amount of money from my own pocket. The most basic purchases included spiral notebooks and pens/pencils for those kids who inevitably came to school with nothing.

Tipton endorses discharge petition for Farm Bill, later removes signature

Pace camp charges Tipton flip flops on Farm Bill

Last week Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, endorsed a discharge petition that would bring the Farm Bill before the U.S. House of Representatives for a floor vote. The next day, Sept. 13, Tipton removed his name from the petition. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, one of two challengers vying for the Third Congressional District of Colorado — an office currently occupied by Tipton, criticized the Congressman for flip flopping on the Farm Bill, and bowing to political pressure from House leaders and right wing special interest groups like Club for Growth.

Kate Nowak: We won the lottery!

To the editor: Yampa Valley Data Partners would like to give an enormous thank you to Yampa Valley Design Guild and their group of the Steamboat Design Campers. This summer, our organization was selected from a RFP process to be the nonprofit project the Steamboat Design Campers would focus on. We feel like we won the lottery. Nine bright, young, creative campers from all of the country convened in Steamboat Springs one August weekend to work on creating a new logo, design and brand for Yampa Valley Data Partners. As a nonprofit organization it is sometimes hard to make branding and marketing a priority in a tight budget. Most of our funds go to our products and services we provide for the community.

Tim Douglas: Displaced Hope

I have dealt a lot recently with people that seem to either have no hope or have what I would call displaced hope. By that I mean they are hopeful that the economy will turn around, that they will be able to find a job, that the election will bring a change or no change to the presidency, that they will be able to be well physically, that peace will be in their home and their relationships, and that their life will get better in general. We all seek a certain level of comfort, safety, and peace, in our lives and that is quite natural. As I reflect on God’s word the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” In other words Paul is stating that we must not only have hope in our relationship with Christ now, today, to get us through this tough spot, but also for the future, the promise of eternal life and rest.

Penny Nelson: Questions about CMS football coaching

I’m confused. Is the middle school football program designed to train all participants in the various aspects of team sports and teach each individual the techniques required or is it to win at all costs? If it is the former then why is the quarterback playing offense and defense while several players are on the bench not being utilized? Doesn’t playing both offense and defense exhaust the players to a point they are more susceptible to injury? What values are we instilling in our youth when Coach Hilderbrandt uses profanity to motivate our young people and Assistant Coach Maneotis threatens an upset parent with an invitation to settle the difference in the parking lot?

Group wants to annex western Routt County into Moffat County

A group calling itself Citizens for Less Intrusive Government is distributing flyers in Hayden that advocate annexing western Routt County into Moffat County.

Wednesday, September 19

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Moffat County School District physical education programs receive part of $825,553 grant for new curriculum, equipment

Moffat County School District physical education programs received part of an $825,553 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, along with six other area school districts, to spend on new curriculum and equipment.

Pace airs 2nd ad spot of cycle

Tipton camp charges ad is disingenuous

On Monday the Sal Pace campaign launched its second television advertisement of the cycle. Pace, a Pueblo Democrat, is one of two challengers running against Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, for the office of the Third Congressional District of Colorado. The ad, entitled “Nearby,” highlights Pace’s promise to champion for Colorado seniors in Congress if elected. It is currently running district wide. The ad features Pace’s father, Salvatore — a retired mechanic living off of social security.

Routt County officials welcome continued casino conversation

Despite opposition from the governor, some local officials say casino proponents should push forward if they think a casino would be beneficial to the community.

Romney's comments ripple across battleground map

Mitt Romney's off-handed comment that he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes has quickly entered the bloodstream in the presidential campaign's most hard-fought states. His comment, in a video revealed this week, is prompting expressions of shock — but also shrugs — from Nevada to Florida to New Hampshire and the handful of battleground states in between. Will it sway an election expected to be close? There was much discussion in the relatively few states that are still considered competitive, likely to decide the race. Here, as elsewhere, the question was whether Romney was showing himself to be insensitive or merely delivering the hard truth a nation at an economic crossroads must face.

Norm Yoast: 'My commitment to excellence'

To the editor: I am writing in reference to the editorial: Commitment to excellence? Here is my comment on your teachers in Moffat County. Take a look on Saturday or Sunday at any school parking lot. See the teachers’ cars? They are there on their time, away from their families, doing work so your kid is challenged and well educated on Monday! Those forced panhandlers you speak of, earn money for programs that the district is not fully funding, or not funding at all. They do this to maintain programs, buy equipment, materials, etc.

Chris Jones: A commitment to editorial excellence?

To the editor: Recently, these pages have contained some interesting discussions about perception. In its simplest form, a perception is an observation. The editorial board made some interesting observations in its piece titled, “Editorial: Commitment to Excellence?” Arguing observations based on individual perceptions is as productive as yelling in the wind. While the board observes that teachers do not contribute $20, $30, or $40 to these three community organizations, it fails to observe that teachers spend hundreds of their own dollars equipping their room for the year. The editorial board fails to observe the number of teachers that have participated in events sponsored by Friends of Moffat County Education, one of the three organizations referenced in the story. Why did the board fail to observe those teachers who rush to the store to buy a $20 Halloween costume or pair of winter mittens for students in need?

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 19

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Forest management proves to be a delicate balance

(AP) — Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Forest Service boldly announced a goal of eradicating hazardously overgrown forests nationwide by 2015. That goal is long gone. The threat to Colorado homes in 2013, it now appears, will likely be as high as ever. Forest restoration and bush clearance have lagged even as new housing is built in threatened areas. And, for a variety of reasons, little progress was made this year in reducing the fire danger. Instead, 2012 saw a drastic change in Forest Service policy. Officials say the shift was done for just one year because of the unusual emergency but that, nonetheless, the overall picture remains one of stretched resources, dry woodlands and endangered homes.

Tuesday, September 18

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Hayden casino lacks support of current Colorado governor

The local group proposing a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport was dealt a major blow during a meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration Tuesday.

John Williams: Election of highest importance

To the editor: The movie now showing at the local theater “2016 Obama’s America” should be required viewing for all voters. If you are not sure if you want to vote or just don’t think it is important then this movie is a must for you. If you are conservative or liberal this will confirm for some and should open closed minds for others on where this country is headed without a change in leadership. This is the most important election in your lifetime regardless of your age. Consider what is at stake for your children and grandchildren.

Toni Marshall: An unforgivable act

On the night of Tuesday, September 4, I had just gotten home from work and a vehicle passed my house, my street is very busy so I didn’t pay any attention to the vehicle until I heard that very distinctive thud and a horrible scream from a dog. The vehicle screeched then took off. I knew a poor dog had been hit.

Three Springs wildfire contained in Moffat County

Five blazes ignite near Massadona

Less than a week after fire restrictions were rescinded on public lands in Moffat County at least five fires were sparked Monday near Massadona. Massadona is located in western Moffat County about 20 miles east of Dinosaur. The Three Springs fire, as the multiple fires were collectively named by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, was ignited off of U.S. Highway 40 near Massadona by sparks from a chain being dragged behind a vehicle.

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Bear River Young Life building gets new mural, pays tribute to former member and leader

Sporadic green circles and handprints are what used to cover the Bear River Young Life building in Craig. But that was before Labor Day Weekend, when it received a facelift in the form of a mural, paying tribute to one of the groups leaders.

Viral disease confirmed in 3 Colorado yaks

Colorado agriculture officials say a viral disease that can cause fever, loss of appetite, and lesions of the mouth in animals has been diagnosed in at least three yaks. State agriculture officials said Tuesday that epizootic hemorraghic disease was diagnosed in yaks at two locations in Larimer County and one location in Alamosa County.

Frontier adds Colorado Springs-San Diego flights

Frontier Airlines has launched nonstop flights between Colorado Springs and San Diego.

Romney tries to stem damage from new controversy

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night the occupant of the Oval Office must "work for everyone, not just for some," jabbing back at Mitt Romney's jarring statement that as a candidate, he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of the country that pays no income taxes. Romney neither disavowed nor apologized for his remarks, which included an observation that nearly half of the country believe they are victims and entitled to a range of government support. Instead, Romney cast his comment as evidence of a fundamental difference with Obama over the economy, adding the federal government should not "take from some to give to the others." As the rivals sparred with seven weeks remaining in a close race for the White House, two GOP Senate candidates publicly disavowed Romney's remarks and Republican officials openly debated the impact that a series of controversies would have on the party's prospects of winning the presidency. Top Republicans in Congress volunteered no reaction to Romney's remarks — just as they generally refrained from commenting a week ago when he issued a statement that inaccurately accused the Obama administration of giving comfort to demonstrators after they breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Editorial: Commitment to excellence?

A lack of funding for education has taken center stage at the national, state and local levels. In Craig there are three community organizations dedicated to improving education both inside and outside of the classroom. Yet, in a time when our own Moffat County School District is yelling poverty, it’s interesting to note that not one teacher or administrator is active on any of the community boards. Teachers: where is your commitment to excellence?

Don and Molly Austin: Thanks, Craig

Recently, my wife and I came to Craig to visit our daughter, who works for the newspaper in town. We did not anticipate anything special from a small town that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. We couldn't have been more wrong. The town of Craig is filled with that wonderful small town charm that used to be commonplace, but is now a rarity in this day and age.

Kent Walter: BLM to host public meetings about Piceance Basin management

On behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, I’d like to invite you to one of several public meetings about managing oil and natural gas development over the next 20 years on a large part of the Piceance Basin, a place rich in both energy and wildlife resources. The BLM’s White River Field Office in Meeker recently released a draft plan outlining multiple alternatives for managing the expected increase in oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres of federal mineral resources in Rio Blanco County, southern Moffat County, and a small part of northern Garfield County. The White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Development Amendment looks at the potential impacts of this anticipated development and proposes various options for mitigating those impacts. With most of the area already leased, BLM’s task is to find innovative ways for managing this increasing development while minimizing impacts to wildlife and other sensitive resources. The plan and supporting documents are available on-line at You can learn more and have your questions answered at one of the open house meetings we are holding throughout the region.

Christopher Isensee: In support of Sal Pace

Anyone remember the Summitville Disaster? The people of Rio Grande County do. Twenty years ago the Canadian mining operation at Summitville declared bankruptcy and walked off, leaving a moonscape with piles of cyanide treated rubble draining acidic, mineral and cyanide laden water into streams and ground water, rendering the Alamosa River lifeless and the downstream users and well owners out of luck. 250 million taxpayer dollars later the site is somewhat remediated. A $16 million water treatment plant provided by the 2009 stimulus is allowing the river to recover, a process the EPA estimates will require 100 years.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 19, 2012

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 19, 2012

Citizens Supporting Property Rights: Responsible energy development possible

In Routt County, two words have been ignored in the debate around responsible energy development. Citizens Supporting Property Rights, a new citizens group, is committed to bringing those words, property rights, back to the debate. Our organization represents citizens and landowners with mineral property rights they seek to protect. After all, we believe the valuable minerals beneath our lands can complement the priceless treasures above. We’ve paid taxes on our minerals for up to 100 years. Revenues from these minerals to the county, while consistent, have been modest. But once we bring those minerals to the surface, Routt County will benefit in measurable, meaningful ways.

Xcel Energy utility rates could drop in 4th quarter

Cost adjustments for electricity, natural gas requires PUC approval

Xcel Energy customers could see a drop in electricity and natural gas rates beginning next month. On Monday Excel Energy in Colorado filed to change Colorado electricity and natural gas prices for the fourth quarter of 2012, according to an Xcel Energy news release. If the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves the Quarterly Gas Adjustment, customers can expect to see a nine percent drop on their natural gas bills — based on the same use — when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Dale Walling: Support your fire board

As a former Craig resident (1977 - 1984), I follow your local news. As a 20 year veteran full time firefighter in a suburb of Seattle, I've taken interest in your training tower conflict. Craig has always enjoyed the benefits (even way back in the '70's) of an outstanding, dedicated group of volunteer firefighters. These men and women have dedicated countless hours to providing fire protection and life safety for your community. Two of the most important aspects to maintaining such a quality program is to maintain a high level of morale and provide quality training opportunities.

Ryan, Falcons beat mistake-prone Broncos 27-21

Peyton Manning knew there would be some stumbles along the way. There had to be after four neck surgeries, a year away from the field, and the transition to a new team. But even at his most pessimistic, Manning surely never envisioned a quarter like this. One pick. Then another. Then a third.

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Moffat County runners set season-bests — again

The Moffat County High School boys and girls cross-country teams ran at the Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational Friday, and had their best meet of the year. The girls team finished sixth overall, running as the only Class-3A team in their race. The boys team was 23rd, but was also running against all 4A competition and each varsity runner set a personal-best time. Head coach Todd Trapp was pleased with teams' races and thinks both are in good spots for the early portion of the season. The team's next meet will the home meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in Loudy-Simpson Park.

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CNCC Fundraiser Dinner tries different approach, sees benefits

This year’s Colorado Northwestern Community College foundation fundraiser took on a snazzier look, and raised almost $6,000 by doing so. Its second year, the event was modeled after the foundation fundraiser dinner at the Rangeley campus, rather than the picnic style of last year. It was held to raise funds and awareness of the need for residential facilities at Craig. A dinner including a silent and live auction, the semi-formal event was held last Saturday evening at the Craig Campus Commons.

Monday, September 17

Romney: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'

(AP) — Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support and adding that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people." President Barack Obama's campaign quickly seized on the video, obtained by the magazine Mother Jones and made public on a day that Romney's campaign conceded it needed a change in campaign strategy to gain momentum in the presidential race. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney is shown saying in a video published by the magazine. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." Romney said his role "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

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Modern day cowboy, Filipe Leite, showcases commonalities in "Journey America"

Filipe Leite grew up hearing the story of Aime Tschiffely, who in 1925 rode 10,000 miles from Buenos Aires to New York City on two horses. Now, Leite is taking that story and making it his own modern day version, committing to a two-year journey on horseback, through 12 countries across North, South and Central America.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 17, 2012: FMCE sets date for final fall 5k race

The Friends of Moffat County Education had been planning a third 5-kilometer race after two successful events during the summer. Now the third race is set. The Leaf Cruncher 5k and One Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. in Loudy-Simpson Park. It will finish before Moffat County High School hosts its home cross-country meet later in the morning. The cost for registration is $20 for an adult and $5 for a child (17 and younger). Participants can register by messaging FMCE on Facebook or showing up early Saturday. Pre-registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Registering by Sept. 18 will ensure runners a t-shirt in their size. The one-mile fun run will start around 9:30 a.m., between the middle school and high school cross-country races. The high school meet will begin at 10 a.m.

Durango considers license for parking hunters

Want a parking place in downtown Durango overnight? You might have to pay for that. The city council is considering a proposal to sell a "hunting license" to drivers who want to look for an overnight parking space at a city lot.

On The Record for Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

On The Record for Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16

Cantaloupes distributed in Colo. could be tainted

A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination. Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing. The company did not respond to a phone message left by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Rockies lose wild game 12-11 to Padres

Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino spoke softly but it was very clear he took Sunday's loss personally. After Colorado rallied from a huge deficit to tie the game, rookie Yonder Alonso singled to drive in the winning run in the ninth, leading the San Diego Padres to a 12-11 win over the Rockies. Colorado scored six times in the eighth, tying the game on rookie Josh Rutledge's grand slam. Ottavino faced nine batters in the fifth inning and managed to get just two outs. By the time the Padres were finished, they tied a season-high with eight runs to take an 11-5 lead.

1 year on, Occupy is in disarray; spirit lives on

Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments. Punches were thrown and objects were hurled at moderators' heads. Protesters accused each other of being patriarchal and racist and domineering. Nobody could agree on anything and nobody was in charge. The moderators went on strike and refused to show up, followed in quick succession by the people who kept meeting minutes. And then the meetings stopped altogether. In the city where the movement was born, Occupy was falling apart. "We weren't talking about real things at that point," says Pete Dutro, a tattoo artist who used to manage Occupy's finances but became disillusioned by the infighting and walked away months ago. "We were talking about each other."

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Moffat County Volleyball pushing through tough season

Moffat County Volleyball pushing through tough season

Losing can wear on a team’s spirit, but it doesn’t seem to affect the Moffat County High School volleyball team. That could mean better results are on the horizon. After a 1-7 start to the season, the Bulldogs played three games last week, and went 1-2. It started with a three-set loss to Coal Ridge Thursday, 25-12, 25-7, 25-19. That had head coach Sandy Camilletti disappointed. “We could beat them,” Camilletti said. “We gave up too many big runs. Our goal is not to let a team score more than three points in a row. We give up runs of seven or eight in a row, and it’s killing us.” Surrendering extended runs to the other team is a problem Camilletti has noticed all season. In the rally scoring system of volleyball, giving up several points in a row can be difficult to recover from in a set.

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Craig, Moffat County communities turn out for EDP business incubator opening

Marianna Raftopoulos honored, remembered during grand opening

For two hours Friday the Colorado Northwestern Community College bell tower drew a stream of steady traffic during the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s grand opening of its business incubator. The event attracted Craig and Moffat County residents from across numerous sectors including business owners, local elected officials, CNCC staffers, nonprofit representatives and a handful of Moffat County High School students. But the guest of honor Friday was John Raftopoulos, husband of the late Marianna Raftopoulos for whom the business incubator and one stop business center is named. Raftopoulos cut the ceremonial red ribbon officially declaring the incubator open for business.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Sherri Fredrickson, co-owner of Favorite Things Antiques

Five minutes with Sherri Fredrickson, co-owner of Favorite Things Antiques

Hometown: Born and raised in Craig How did you get started in your career: I got started at the antique store across the street, Treasure’s Antiques years ago. I had a little booth and I made Barbie doll furniture and now I own it. I love old things. I like restoring old furniture; it’s what I mostly love. Motto or outlook on life: I like to be nice to people. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

John Kinkaid: Recognize Constitution Week

To the Editor: On September 17th in 1787, 39 brave men came together for the last time to sign the document that they had created, our United States Constitution. Take time today to think about the gift of freedom and liberty that we were given.

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Craig police officer receives state recognition

Cpl. Edwards receives CPPA award for actions during February Craig home fire

A Craig Police Department officer has received state recognition for his actions while serving in the line of duty. Cpl. Mike Edwards was presented Sept. 8 with the Colorado Police Protective Association’s Life Saving Award during the CPPA’s annual conference in Colorado Springs. The CPPA Life Saving Award is only presented to one officer each calendar year. Edwards was chosen out of a pool of nominees from across Colorado for his efforts Feb. 7 in removing a male Craig resident from a burning home near Woodbury Park.

Moffat County health care officials repond to questions about physician retention

Health care officials repond to questions about physician retention

We share intimate details with them, revealing parts of our body that we'd probably rather not. They earn our trust and sometimes our friendship. We put our faith in them to diagnose and heal our bodies. And then they leave. Physician retention in Craig, a major problem to some and expected by others, seems to have no clear cut answer.

Saturday, September 15

Government Update

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Friday, September 14

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Moffat County wins big in wild game in Steamboat

If there is one person — and one team — that understands the importance of fast starts to the season it’s the Moffat County football team. The Bulldogs watched the last two years slip away in the first half of the season. Each time furious finishes couldn’t couldn’t overcome porous starts. So for a team looking to get back to the playoffs Friday was a good sign. Moffat, after a quick start and then a lull, dominated the second half Friday, dispatching of Steamboat 56-27 Friday night at Gardner Field.

Al Cashion: Essential, sequential linearity

There is an essential, sequential linearity that orders big chunks of the Universe. Underwear first, pants second. Chew, then swallow. Deodorant before co-mingling. Deposit before withdrawal. B must be preceded by A and followed by C if D stands for Destination. Some adept and adroit minds are quite satisfied with that fact of life. These minds can set a goal, draw a horizontal line on a sheet of paper, dividing it into equal parts of time, manpower, skill set, capitol, materials or whatever and arrive precisely at the goal, on time, on budget and do so without a worry. Envy is a sin and I’m sorry, God.

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Gymfinity Gymnastics grand reopening set for Saturday

Gymfinity Gymnastics will have its grand reopening from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at their location inside the Centennial Mall.

Editorial: Extended exposure

Education, culture, arts, history

The editorial board recently learned the Museum of Northwest Colorado’s Norman Rockwell exhibit has been extended for another month. Rockwell is a renowned American illustrator and painter who is most famous for his images that graced 323 covers of The Saturday Evening Post over the course of four decades. The exhibit opened May 14 and features all 323 covers Rockwell illustrated for the Post, as well as “Spirit of Education,” an original painting on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Rig Count for Sept. 15, 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:

Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees regular meeting agenda

What: Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees regular meeting When: 5:30 P.M. Monday Where: Craig Branch Agenda:

Willems addresses Cashion’s Craig City Council meeting remarks

Willems: Council members were silent because this isn’t their issue

On Tuesday Craig resident, and Craig Daily Press contributor, Al Cashion appeared before Craig City Council in an effort to incite some kind of reaction about the public’s perception of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board’s fire tower project and the way a site plan was unanimously approved by city council members without public comment. But Cashion received no response after his 18-minute diatribe. Fire board president Byron Willems on Thursday addressed some of the issues raised by Cashion during Tuesday night’s meeting and explained why city council members remained silent.

Yampa Valley Golf Course closing 2012 with busy tournament slate

Yampa Valley Golf Course closing 2012 with busy tournament slate

While the busy golfing season has past in Craig, Yampa Valley Golf Course still has big weekends remaining in 2012. The summer months are over and school has started up, meaning the amount of golf being played at Yampa Valley has gone down. “There’s always that huge decline once school starts,” head golf professional Jason Back said. “It’s amazing every year. We do lose a lot of play once school begins. I think everybody just gets busy. The adults are busy with kids with sports.” And while the course is not seeing as many rounds during the week, it will still be packed the next couple weekends, starting tonight with the Grand Futures Shot in the Dark Midnight Golf Tournament.

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Moffat County boys play Haymaker

The Moffat County High School boys golf team played at the Steamboat Sailors Invitational Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course and took eighth place. The team was led by Tyler Jenkins, who shot 96. Casey Nations (102), Colten Yoast (105), Kyler Wilbanks (105) and Jake Bingham (113) also golfed for the Bulldogs varsity team. The team score of 303 was among the team's lowest of the season. Steamboat Springs High School lost to Vail Christian High School in a three-hole playoff for first place. Both teams shot 221.

Justin Jenison: A Heart for Moffat County

To the editor: Every once in a while I run into someone who tells me how Craig sucks, or they're stuck here. Usually the unsympathetic look on my face followed by the lack of confirming response is enough to end the complaint cold in its tracks. My wife Courtney and I willingly moved back here 9 years ago and we can't imagine living anywhere else. Throughout my time here in Craig, I've really gotten to know Dave DeRose. We've developed a professional relationship and friendship through mutual friends and organizations in the community.

Casey Herod: I support Dave DeRose

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Dave DeRose, a candidate for Moffat County Commissioner District 1. I have known Dave since I was very young and I worked for him as the shop helper at Masterworks Mechanical. Dave was a great employer and is still today my friend and mentor.

Francisco Reina: I will not stop teaching my game

To the editor: After reading Mr. Gomez’s letter to the editor, it looks to me like he has something to show or to prove. But I’ve been in Craig for 40 years and in all that time I’ve helped teach Mexicans and non-Mexicans, some that coach and referee today. Some play and teach my way and my game of soccer. If you don’t learn true soccer, you can’t be a fan, can’t understand the game and can’t prepare for competition. And my list goes on and on.

Madson Family: Thank you for the love and support

To the editor: It has taken me five months to write this. On April 3, 2012 we lost a great man, our dad, a husband, a papa, a brother, an uncle, and a son as well as a friend to all. My dad had many loves, his grandkids topped it all then coffee, then his wife and kids. A lot of you knew him because of his love for his family and coffee. I wanted to thank a wonderful community family and friends for the love and support in our time of hurt over the loss of this great man.

Scott Bideau: Facts about the casino

The proposed casino debate has focused on predictions of economic impact. I'd prefer to focus on the facts. Fact One: This casino will not be bound by state or local laws, just like any businesses on sovereign Native-American land. Fact Two: The casino will have no tax obligation.

Thursday, September 13

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Sunset and East Elementary 5th Graders head to Yampa River State Park for outdoor education experience

Sunset and East Elementary 5th Graders head to Yampa River State Park for outdoor education experience

Fifth graders of Sunset and East Elementary in Craig spent Thursday and Friday roughing it at Yampa River State Park. An outdoor education experience, the overnight field trip had students spend two days rotating through seven stations learning about the outdoors.

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Fire tower takes center stage during Craig fire board meeting

Audience comment incites surprising answers about fire tower project

Craig’s soon to be delivered five-story training tower once again took center stage Thursday during the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting. During audience comments members of the Craig community were invited to say their peace about the structure and received some surprising answers from board members. Craig resident, and Craig Daily Press contributor, Al Cashion stepped forward first armed with ballot language from the 1.5 mill levy increase that was passed by voters in 2006. “Chris (Nichols) you mentioned earlier that you are setting aside the 1.5 mill levy for capital improvements and that is not on that mill levy vote from 2006,” he said. “You cannot make ‘all such tax revenue to be credited to the district’s general fund for operating expenses, including fire acquisition and maintenance of firefighting equipment’ say capital improvements, which is exactly what the fire tower is. It’s real property.”

Crop insurance losses begin to mount amid drought

Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation's Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers' premiums. G.A. "Art" Barnaby, a Kansas State University Extension specialist in risk management, estimates underwriting losses on taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance will hit nearly $15 billion this year. He expects a staggering $25 billion in crop insurance claims to be filed by growers across the nation, driven primarily by one of the worst droughts in the U.S. decades. His loss estimate is based on a loss ratio of $2.50 for every dollar paid in premium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency made changes to the insurance program in the past year which are expected to increase the underwriting losses from the drought. The changes meant farmers in some states paid smaller premiums this year for corn and soybeans. Not only that, the agency adjusted yields for those crops upwards to reflect recent trends, Barnaby said.

F-16s intercept single-engine plane in Denver area

A single-engine plane that entered a temporary no-fly zone in the Denver area has landed without incident after the military scrambled two F-16s to intercept it. The plane was intercepted after President Barack Obama spoke in Golden, Colo., around 11 a.m. Thursday but before he flew out of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora a few hours later.

ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI's Chicago-based attorney. The lawsuit filed in a South Dakota state court also names several individuals as defendants, including ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and the Department of Agriculture microbiologist who coined the term "pink slime." The company's reporting "caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," Webb said before the company's official announcement.

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Moffat County soccer loses 2nd straight

The boys soccer team from Moffat County High School suffered another tough defeat Thursday after surrendering another late goal under odd circumstances. The Bulldogs played Colorado Rocky Mountain High School at Thursday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, and while the weather was much nicer than the team’s game Tuesday vs. Rifle, the result was similar. MCHS battled from behind for much of the game to gain a 3-3 tie, but gave up a goal with just over six minutes to play, and lost 4-3. The goal came after a punt from the Rocky Mountain goalkeeper, which was allowed to bounce and then misplayed by Moffat County defenders, which resulted in an easy, game-winning goal.

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Moffat County prepped for "Championship of the Valley" vs. Steamboat

Moffat County prepped for "Championship of the Valley" vs. Steamboat

The Moffat County High School football team is heading into its third game of the season in need of a victory. To get back on track, the Bulldogs will have to beat their rivals from Steamboat Springs High School. In 2012, the early-season matchup has taken on added significance. Last week, Steamboat beat Summit High School to break a 22-game losing streak. Now the Sailors and Bulldogs, each with 1-1 records and 0-1 marks in the Western Slope League, will be looking to get a leg up in the conference when they meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Truths and misconceptions about the Mormon faith

Moffat County LDS members, officials from other churches debunk misconceptions about Mormon faith

Members of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints stake at Craig, the Schnackenbergs hosted an open house for members of the community to come and ask questions about their religion. They acknowledged there is plenty of speculation surrounding their faith. And with presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, questions have been raised as to the misconceptions and truths regarding the faith. Better known as Mormonism.

25 shades of Craig: Dating

Dating these days is more complicated than ever. With chat rooms, online dating, speed dating and dating services we have links to communication all the time, not to mention texting. We can be in constant communication with a person we’re interested in, which can be both a blessing and bad thing. When we don’t hear back instantly from a person our minds instantly go to the negative. We are too quick to ponder what we did wrong or what is wrong with us. One of the best pieces of advice that I was given is to treat the person that you are interested in like you would a friend of the same sex. When you take all the emotions and feelings of doubt out of your mind then you can see things from a different point of view.

Lance Scranton: Finding unity from tragedy

Many high schools took time this week to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Eleven years have passed and most people remember where they were the day that radical terrorism made its destructive appearance in our country. We’ve mostly moved on from the painful days that followed the news of a planned attack on the World Trade Center, but the lessons we learned from what we now refer to as “9-11” can be found in what we recite together each day in our classrooms. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”

Sports Briefs for Sept. 13, 2012: FMCE sets date for final fall 5k race

Friends of Moffat County Education had been planning a third 5-kilometer race after two successful events during the summer. Now the third race is set. The Leaf Cruncher 5k and One Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. in Loudy-Simpson Park. It will finish before Moffat County High School hosts its home cross-country meet later in the morning. The cost for registration is $20 for an adult and $5 for a child (17 and younger). Participants can register by messaging FMCE on Facebook or showing up early Saturday. Pre-registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Registering by Sept. 18 will ensure runners a t-shirt in their size. The one-mile fun run will start around 9:30 a.m., between the middle school and high school cross-country races. The high school meet will begin at 10 a.m.

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

High quality big-game hunts announced in Meeker

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, high-quality elk and mule deer hunts beginning Nov. 3, the agency announced in a news release. Interested hunters must submit a written application by 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 2012, to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Meeker Office Attn: Bailey Franklin/Special Miller Creek Ranch Hunts PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641

Mariana Raftopoulos business incubator grand opening Friday

Nauman-Cook: Everyone is welcome

Friday marks the official grand opening of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s business incubator. Named in honor of a late Craig resident and former county commissioner Mariana Raftopoulos, EDP Director Betsy Nauman-Cook said Friday’s event is all about growing business in Moffat County. "It’s an honor to the family and Marianna’s legacy of spurring growth and community involvement," she said. The grand opening of The Mariana Raftopoulos Business Incubator and One Stop Business Center takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower, 50 College Drive.

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Baumgardner, Tracy debate issues in Grand Junction

Short format provides little contrast on issues

On Saturday Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge, engaged in their first public debate for the office of Colorado Senate District 8. The debate was hosted by Club 20 and took place at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Among some of the topics were energy and the budget. But it was a short format, Tracy said, leaving little time to truly draw a distinct contrast between to two candidates about the issues. “I would have talked more about public schools and healthcare, and probably a few dozen others,” Tracy said. “I’m very much a supporter of public schools and it’s very concerning we’re struggling with funding at the local and state level. “I see quality public school education as being at the core of our form of government in this country. We need a well-educated populace to take part in this governing that we do.”

Wednesday, September 12

Visitation up at Dinosaur National Monument

Moffat County attractions begin closing Sept. 30

More than 260,000 people have visited the Dinosaur National Monument this year, monument officials stated Tuesday in a news release. It’s a 54 percent spike in visitation with almost 100,000 more people visiting the monument this year than in 2011. “We have seen a tremendous boost in our visitation since the Quarry Exhibit Hall opened last October, providing access to view the dinosaur fossils for which the monument is famous,” said Mary Risser, superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument, in the release. “But, it has not just been visitation to the Quarry Exhibit Hall, we have also seen an increase in the use of many of our campgrounds, backcountry, and even a slight increase in the number of boaters on the monument’s rivers.” But time is running out.

PWC approves lion quotas, tweaks falconry rules at September meeting

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved mountain lion harvest quotas for the upcoming lion season in the state last week at the commission's September meeting in Glenwood Springs, the agency announced in a news release. During Friday's morning session, the Parks and Wildlife Commission also denied a citizen petition requesting that crossbows be approved for use during archery seasons. Commissioners also approved changes to falconry regulations to make it easier for non-resident falconers to participate in falconry events in Colorado, the release stated. The meeting was held at The Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs.

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Janie Withers: A letter of thanks and gratitude

A letter of Thanks to TMH & its staff for the care & good food.

Tuesday, September 11

Broncos sign center Dan Koppen

Former Pro Bowl center Dan Koppen, who spent nine season snapping the ball to Tom Brady in New England, will now have the chance to work with Peyton Manning. Koppen signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, two weeks after his release from the New England Patriots, where he played from 2003-11. Koppen, who turns 33 on Wednesday, adds experience and depth to the interior line and might push starting center J.D. Walton for playing time.

51 human cases of West Nile reported in Colorado

Colorado health officials say 51 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the state health department as of last Friday, including two deaths in Montrose County. That's more than the seven cases reported in 2011 but still far below the peak of 2,847 cases reported in 2003.

Smaller memorials on 11th anniversary of 9/11

There were still the tearful messages to loved ones, clutches of photos and flowers, and moments of silence. But 11 years after Sept. 11, Americans appeared to enter a new, scaled-back chapter of collective mourning for the worst terror attack in U.S history. Crowds gathered, as always, at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania memorial Tuesday to mourn the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks, reciting their names and remembering with music, tolling bells and prayer. But they came in fewer numbers, ceremonies were less elaborate and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether. A year after the milestone 10th anniversary, some said the memorials may have reached an emotional turning point. "It's human nature, so people move on," said Wanda Ortiz, of New York City, whose husband, Emilio Ortiz, was killed in the trade center's north tower, leaving behind her and their 5-month-old twin daughters. "My concern now is ... how I keep the memory of my husband alive." It was also a year when politicians largely took a back seat to grieving families; no elected officials spoke at all at New York's 3½ -hour ceremony. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney pulled negative campaign ads and avoided rallies, with the president laying a wreath at the Pentagon ceremony and visiting wounded soldiers at a Maryland hospital. And beyond the victims of the 2001 attacks, attention was paid to the wars that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cashion addresses Craig City Council after Aug. 28 outburst

Cashion: Perception is reality to the perceiver

Perception is one of the most interesting words in the English vocabulary, Craig resident and Craig Daily Press contributor Al Cashion told members of the Craig City Council Tuesday night. It can be woefully errant or almost magically accurate, he said. In regards to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board’s fire tower and the way city council approved Aug. 28 a site plan for the project, Cashion argued perception often trumps reality. “Perception is reality to the perceiver,” Cashion said. “Perception is everything.” Cashion waxed eloquent for more than 18 minutes about his and the public’s perception of the fire tower project.

Editorial: Follow their lead

Walking the streets of Craig it doesn’t take long before you find yourself stepping over or around trash left by some irresponsible citizen. The members of this editorial board have witnessed, on routine occasions, local residents dumping the contents of their car ashtrays on the pavement, leaving a small mound of ash and cigarette butts for someone else to clean up, before driving away. Children practice their hook shots with empty soda bottles and not-too-distant garbage cans, miss, and continue on their way. And this complete sense of apathy isn’t confined to the public thoroughfares of the City of Craig. Many residents appear content to allow their private residences to stand in a state of disarray.

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Moffat County soccer suffers loss in home opener

Giving up one bad goal is difficult enough to overcome in a low scoring soccer game. On Tuesday, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team gave up two bad goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Rifle High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. In their home debut for the 2012 season, the boys team was treated to a rainy afternoon game, but played well for most of the game. After giving up an early goal to Rifle, the Bulldogs tied the game quickly, then took a lead which they held for most of the second half. But a poor clearance to the middle of the field resulted in an equalizing goal for the Bears with less than two minutes to play.

Joe Bird and Ray Beck: Thanks to those who helped with flagpole project

To the editor: On behalf of the Craig city council, we would like to acknowledge and thank those who are responsible for donating money and contributing towards the flagpole project at Alice Pleasant Park: • Pam Foster • Patt Mccaffrey • Tom and Jessie Cramer • The Craig Rotary Club

Rosemary Potter: Vote them out

Healthcare is like a three-legged stool, according to Dr. Kelly Victory, who has more degrees than a thermometer. The legs are cost, access, and quality. They have to balance with each other or the stool falls over. The stats on Obamacare do not look good at all, according to Dr. Victory. See what you think:

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

On The Record for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Dave Summers: Thanks for the support

To the editor: On behalf of the Moffat County FFA Alumni I would like to thank all of the people that attended our Tailgate BBQ Friday night before the football game. Your support was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the Craig Daily Press and KRAI.

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Police standoff in Craig ends with man's arrest

A Craig man is in custody after a standoff Monday night with law enforcement officers from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office that lasted more than two hours. Geoffrey Ward Mansfield, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail Monday on suspicion of menacing assault against a family member with a weapon, a felony; and domestic violence, obstructing a peace officer, criminal mischief and refusal to leave premises upon request of a peace officer, all misdemeanors. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Patt McCaffrey: Vote for Dave DeRose

County commissioner candidate Dave DeRose has consistently demonstrated why he is the most qualified candidate to be our county commissioner. Dave knows the importance of asking and answering questions to start a dialogue for our community to initiate ongoing improvements for Moffat County. He has the ability to see through the smoke to find true solutions to problems. He is not afraid to take the less traveled road to accomplish goals and with his leadership, he gathers others to help with the process.

Ketchum: DeRose doesn't represent me

Recently I have been asked a lot about my Anti-DeRose campaign. Hopefully this will answer any questions folks may have. Many of you may remember me as the crossing guard at East Elementary School from Sept. of 1993 to the end of the school year in 2005. In 12 years I have spent over 900 hours on that corner. I had a state patrolman who would frequently hang around to make sure people slowed down, (and a few City Cops and also Moffat Sheriff's Deputies). This patrolman suggested that I go to the City Council or at least talk to the Mayor about having fines doubled for speeding in the school zone.

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CSP investigating truck crash in Moffat County

Road and bridge employee requires extraction by Craig Fire/Rescue

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one vehicle crash on Moffat County Road 64, about three miles west of Craig. According to preliminary reports from the CSP, a Moffat County road and bridge water truck, operated by a male county employee, drove off CR 64 and rolled into a ditch. The crash occurred about 11 a.m. Monday. It is unclear at this point if the truck rolled over and how many times, but it did come to rest on its right side about 30 feet below the roadway, the CSP reported. The truck leaked some diesel fuel as a result of the crash, but no waterways were affected, according to CSP officials.

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Craig VFW offers scholarship opportunities

The Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4265, is offering an opportunity for students to compete for scholarships, and also a chance to understand the freedoms that U.S. soldiers protect every day.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday's meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

MCHS runners showing improvement

The Moffat County High School cross-country teams have run their first two meets, and results have come mostly as expected. The girls team, laden with experienced runners and new talent, has produced two third-place finishes and enjoyed significant improvement across the board. The boys team is still working on overcoming the significant losses it suffered to graduation from last season. The team also dropped a great deal of time from its first meet to the second, though. Todd Trapp has been pleased with the runners progress so far.

Sunday, September 9

Risk of lawsuits preventing abandoned mine cleanup

Colorado mining authorities have dug through a mountainside and reopened the dark granite shaft of an abandoned mine that turned deadly — trying to find options for dealing with one of the West's worst environmental problems. The Pennsylvania Mine, perched above timberline, discharges an acidic orange stream moving 181 pounds per day of toxic metals into Peru Creek and the Snake River, which flow into Denver Water's Dillon Reservoir. The poisoning of the watershed has gone on for more than 60 years. Yet state officials say the risk of lawsuits prevents cleanup of this mine and thousands of other abandoned mines that have impaired 1,300 miles of Colorado streams and, according to federal estimates, the headwaters of 40 percent of Western rivers.

Manning successful in Denver debut, 31-19

After 611 days away, Peyton Manning couldn't wait to get back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger seemed determined to keep him on the sideline. Manning overcame Pittsburgh's 10-minute advantage in time of possession and led a hurry-up offense that helped the Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 on Sunday night in his Denver debut. "It's just one game. I try to keep it in perspective," Manning said. "I know how hard I've worked to get to this point. I know how much help that I've gotten along the way, from a lot of people. I'm very grateful for that. It's special. I will definitely say it's special." The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries that wiped out his final season in Indianapolis last year completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice and bounced up both times without trouble.

Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail

Chicago's public school teachers will be on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years after their union announced that intense, months-long contract talks with the school district had failed over issues including compensation, health benefits and teacher evaluations. "We will be on the (picket) line," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said after emerging from all-day talks with district negotiators. "This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could have avoided," she said. "We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve." More than 26,000 teachers and support staff are expected to hit the picket lines first thing Monday, while the school district and parents carry out plans for keeping nearly 400,000 students safe and occupied while classes remain empty in the coming days in the nation's third largest school district.

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Craig candidate takes stage in first debate for HD57

It’s uncommon to find two candidates from rival parties who agree on a majority of the issues. It’s also surprising that during a debate featuring two Northwest Colorado residents, not one question was posed about energy. But that’s how it worked out Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as Jo Ann Baxter, D-Craig, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, squared off in their first public debate for the office of Colorado House District 57. And it was one of the more pleasant exchanges out of an entire day of debates hosted by Club 20. Baxter and Rankin’s mutual respect for one another seemed to outshine the issues.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Heather Lorio, owner of Elbe Gray’s Thrift Store in Craig

Name: Heather Lorio How long have you lived in Craig: About five years Where did you live previously: Fort Collins How did you get started running the thrift store? “I’ve been a thrift store junkie all my life. I love to treasure hunt. I love that I can clothe my kids at an inexpensive rate, especially since they grow through clothes so fast.

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Sports Spotlight: Tyler Gerber

Tyler Gerber Age: 16 Grade: Junior Hometown: Craig Sport: Cross-country

Tipton, Pace, Casida debate merits for 3rd Congressional District seat

The atmosphere at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction turned electric Saturday night during Club 20’s featured candidate debate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez; Sal Pace, D-Pueblo; and Tisha Casida, U-Pueblo, fielded questions on topics ranging from job growth, the economy and the national debt to Medicare to the U.S. Forest Service’s outdated wildfire management policy.

Senior Spotlight for September 10, 2012

I turned the TV on this Sunday morning and Pastor Mark was on. I usually don’t turn the TV on until later. I hadn’t heard anything about Pastor Mark before. But he was talking about faith. I’m a strong believer in faith. I have faith in my life every day. The faith in my family, past and present, unconditional love is a form of faith. Believe strongly in our country, friends, etc. different kinds of faith.

Saturday, September 8

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Moffat County volleyball team endures tough start to season

The Moffat County High School volleyball team has had a difficult start to its season, but a breakthrough may be near. The team has played in two tournaments and one individual game so far, struggling to a 1-7 record. While some of the losses have come against strong Class 4A foes like Glenwood Springs and Rifle, others have been against new league opponents or smaller teams, like Meeker, Roaring Fork and Cedaredge. But head coach Sandy Camilletti is trying not to overreact to the slow start. Camilletti thinks the Bulldogs are a couple small steps away from being a different, and better, team.

Steamboat candidates for Colorado House District 26 debate in Grand Junction

This weekend marked what one candidate called the first substantial debate of the campaign season. On Saturday, Club 20 hosted a series of debates for Western Slope candidates vying for state and national offices at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Bob Grubb: A slippery slope

Letters to Editor

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Moffat County beaten badly at home by Rifle

The Moffat County High School football team has aspirations of being a Western Slope League contender, but Rifle High School showed it is still king Friday night. The Bears (2-0), which went undefeated in WSL play last year, gave a top-tier rushing performance and had strong defense to back it up in beating Moffat County, 45-0. The Bulldogs (1-1) spread offense was shut down all game, and Rifle star running back Ryan Moeller showed why he is one of the state’s best at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. Moeller, who rushed for over 300 yards last year against MCHS, was up to his old tricks. The senior broke runs of 93, 86 and 75 yards to bust the game open in the first half. The 93-yarder came at a key point in the game.

Cross Country performs well at CM Stampede to open season

The Moffat County High School cross-country teams ran at the CM Stampede meet in its first competition of the season. The meet, hosted by Cheyenne-Mountain High School in Colorado Springs Aug. 31, featured 135 teams from several classifications and the course run at the state championship meet. MCHS competed in races for Class-2A and 3A schools. The girls team took third place, and the boys finished 28th. Leading the way for the girls was senior Eryn Leonard, who finished fifth overall in a time of 21:01.9. Other varsity runners for MCHS were Brenna Ciesco (22:37.6), Savannah Williams (23:29.8), Aubrey Campbell (24:01.8), Katelyn Peroulis (24:13) and Ary Shaffer (24:35.4).

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Craig second graders experience hands on learning at Meeker Classic Sheep Dog Trials

Craig second graders found out what hands on learning meant while attending the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials throughout the week of September 5th. Students had the opportunity to watch border collies compete in herding sheep, learn about service and therapy dogs, visit a petting zoo and watch an agility demonstration.

Over A Cup: Zucchini Casserole with Sausage

This week’s column features yet another zucchini recipe- a good one, too- and I’ve tried it! The recipe came from a 2010 Gooseberry Patch “Classic Christmas Recipes” cookbook. I called Jean Towry from Gooseberry Patch (Oxmoor House, Inc.) who graciously gave permission so that I could reprint the recipe in this column. (Thanks so much.) To make “Squash Casserole”, you will need the following ingredients: 8 ounces ground pork sausage (hot sausage if you like spicier dishes), 3 zucchini (sliced), 1 onion (finely chopped), 2 tablespoons butter, 2 (8 3/4-ounce) cans cream-style corn, 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 3/4 cup cornbread stuffing, and 1 (4 1/2-ounce) can chopped green chiles (drained).

A&L: State Fair General Projects results 2012

The results are in for judging of the General 4-H Projects exhibited at the 2012 Colorado State Fair, and exhibitors from Northwest Colorado have brought home lots of ribbons, including some Champion and Reserve Champion honors. All of the projects qualified for State Fair during local fair competitions. Following are the results for 4-H exhibits from Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties.

Al Cashion: Young Joy – Wisdom Joy

(An email to my daughters sometime back after a little talk with God on their behalf.) Hi, Jennifer, Amy and Erin. I learned something about you guys this morning. I was talking with God and your names came up ... That happens a lot lately. I said that I wished ... “I wished that they could get back the joy they had when they were young.” God said, “The season for Young Joy has passed in their life.” “Why?” I asked.

Editorial: So be it?

Our View: Conflicts of interest are an annoying but inevitable part of life. How those conflicts are handled makes a big difference in how they are perceived, especially for elected officials. In those situations voters deserve disclosure of any conflicts as well as an explanation as to how that conflict will or will not affect an official’s actions moving forward.

Government Update for Sept. 8, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda: — Review and sign the following documents: resolution for transfer of payment warrants, resolution of payment of payroll warrants, Department of Social Services accounts payable and electronic transactions, final bill from Connell for 2012 asphalt paving projects. • 8:45 to 9 a.m. General discussion: — Note commissioners may discuss any topic relevant to county business whether or not the topic has been specifically noted on the agenda • 9 to 9:15 a.m. Discussion with Charlene Abdella, Moffat County Undersheriff — Present bid recommendation for pickup truck purchase • 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Discussion with Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Data Partners — Present final report for Governors Energy Office grant. — Update on Yampa Valley Data Partners

Moffat County news round-up for Sept. 8, 2012: Art'n the Park'n Lot set for today

The Moffat County Future Farmers of America Alumni Tailgate BBQ takes place at 5 p.m. today in the parking lot at Moffat County High School. Burgers, beans, chips, a drink and dessert can be purchased for $5 before the MCHS varsity football team battles Rife High School at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

Friday, September 7

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Craig, Moffat County business owners sound off on Hayden casino

Danner: Hayden casino should be treated like any other private business venture

Simply uttering the word “casino” in some circles can conjure up images of sin, human degradation and the worst qualities of the general public. And although the social impacts of the Sleeping Giant Group’s proposal to bring an Indian gaming facility to Hayden still need further discussion, members of the Craig and Moffat County business communities were content to save that debate for another day. Instead, the talk around town has been focused on increased tourist traffic and economic development opportunities that could spill over the line into Moffat County. Betsy Nauman-Cook, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, said Friday she has yet to hear an opinion opposed to the casino from the business community, budding entrepreneurs or local residents.

Rig Count for Spt. 8, 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: • Colorado has 59 rigs online — 2 less than Aug. 31, and 18 less than Sept. 9, 2011. • Wyoming has 52 rigs online — the same as Aug. 31, and 2 more than Sept. 9, 2011. • The U.S. has 1,864 rigs online — 30 less than Aug. 31, and 94 less than Sept. 9, 2011. Of those rigs:

BLM accepting public comment on coal lease sale in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

BLM awards oil shale RD&D leases to test heat extraction technologies

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on a coal lease application on land managed by the White River Field Office. Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., which operates the Deserado Mine seven miles northeast of Rangely, submitted the application. The land under consideration encompasses 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves located in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The reserve is estimated to contain more than 21 million tons of coal. A preliminary environmental assessment, which includes a summary of the proposal, may be viewed on the White River Field Office web site.

Craig's Centennial Mall sees positive changes

Atmos Energy Corporation names new president for Colorado-Kansas division

Eric Tegl, property manager for Craig's Centennial Mall, shares upgrades and progress being made there with the community. He says although some think the mall is dead and empty, new tenants and upgrades have been installed over the past six months.

Tipton calls out Pace as Colorado Mesa University debate approaches

Tipton: Let’s have that conversation about taxes

Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, said recently he would welcome the opportunity to compare his record on taxes with that of his opponent and CD3 incumbent Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. And with the Colorado Mesa University debate on the horizon, Tipton called out Pace, saying Saturday’s event would be a perfect opportunity to “have the conversation.” “I welcome this comparison,” Tipton said in a Tuesday news release. “There is a great divide between Sal Pace’s rhetoric and record when it comes to raising taxes. He can continue to say he has stood up for families and small businesses, but that does not mean it’s true.”

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Town of Dinosaur still working with tribe to build casino in Northwest Colorado

An official in the town of Dinosaur says his town’s residents are well aware of the proposal for a casino 107 miles east in Routt County, but they are continuing to move forward with building one of their own.

Back in business: Suspension of Craig doctor's license lifted

CBME vacates suspension of Dr. Joel Miller

The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners has vacated its suspension of a local doctor’s license. Dr. Joel Miller, operator of High Country Medical at 535 Yampa Ave. in Craig, met with the CBME Thursday to appeal the suspension of his license to practice as a physician in the state of Colorado. His license was suspended last month when he declined to comply with a Colorado Physician Health Program recommendation that Miller seek an out of state medical assessment to evaluate a potential alcohol abuse problem. According to the CBME order, the suspension was vacated when the “respondent, through counsel, and CPHP, provided adequate confirmation to the Board of Respondent’s compliance with CPHP’s recommendations.” The order went into effect Aug. 31, according to the CBME order. Attempts to reach Dr. Miller have been unsuccessful thus far.

Thursday, September 6

Broncos' Dreessen doesn't mind ban on his jersey

Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen says he isn't bothered by the Greeley school district's ban on his jersey number and others because they're associated with local gangs. The district bans 13, 14 and 18 and their reverse, 31, 41 and 81. Dreessen wears 81. The rule is three years old but made headlines this week after a third-grader wearing Peyton Manning's No. 18 was sent home to change.

Amid legal threat, UW, CSU prepare to sell Y Cross

Two former governors of Colorado and Wyoming are scheduled to unseal bids in November for a vast ranch in southeast Wyoming while the woman who donated the property to two university foundations threatens to sue if the sale moves forward as planned. Denver philanthropist Amy Davis, who gave the Y Cross Ranch to the University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation in 1997, claims the schools haven't done enough to use the ranch for hands-on agriculture education as intended. The two foundations jointly own 50,000-acre ranch between Cheyenne and Laramie. Davis' attorney, Steve Miller, told the foundations in an Aug. 22 letter they violated the gift agreement by insufficiently promoting the ranch to university faculty as an available educational tool. "Accordingly, the Donors demand that the proposed sale of the Y Cross Ranch be terminated," Miller wrote.

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

The most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years of state politics. But the practical effect of what critics call the "show me your papers" provision remains to be seen. Immigrants are worried they'll be harassed by officers emboldened to pull them over because they look Hispanic. Officers — who will be required to ask people they encounter while enforcing other laws to show they're in the county legally if they find them suspicious — say they'll be open to lawsuits if they're accused of racially profiling, or if they're accused of not adequately enforcing the law. "It leaves us in a very, very, very, extremely gray area," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Thursday. "So now we get sued when we do profile, and we get sued if we don't profile."

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Moffat County 4th and 5th graders get Passports to Reading

Moffat County 4th and 5th graders get Passports to Reading

Moffat County fourth and fifth graders are going places. Just look at their passports, they’re covered in stamps. But not stamps from countries, rather, their stamps represent books they have read.

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Health chat: Dr. Victory rips Obamacare during Bears Ears Patriots meeting

Dr. Victory rips Obamacare during Bears Ears Patriots meeting

Healthcare took center stage Thursday when the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots played host to Dr. Kelly Victory at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Victory holds a bachelor of sciences degree from Duke and Oxford universities, a masters in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois, and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She also is a member of Gov. Mitt Romney’s healthcare policy team and is widely touted as an expert on American healthcare legislation. On Thursday she spoke to more than 60 people about Obamacare, which was advertised by Congressional Democrats to accomplish two goals, provide Americans with universal healthcare and bend the cost curve. Victory compared healthcare coverage to a three-legged stool, with each leg representing cost, quality and access.

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees approves emergency purchase, switching audit firms Thursday

At its regular meeting Thursday, the Memorial Hospital at Craig’s board of trustees:

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Moffat County football gets early test at home vs. Rifle

Although an opening-game win for Moffat County High School football was nice, it was expected against a weaker opponent in Ridge View Academy In week two, it’s a different story. The Bulldogs will take on Rifle High School, the defending Western Slope League champions in an important early-season matchup. The Bears enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2011 but were ousted in the state quarterfinals by Windsor High School. Rifle sports a run early, run often-style offense that rarely puts the ball in the air. In the team’s first game against Coal Ridge High School, a 45-6 win, the Bears ran for 456 yards and passed for none. Against Moffat County last year, Rifle won 48-6. They were able to avoid passing because star running back Ryan Moeller rumbled for 319 yards against the Bulldogs.

25 shades of Craig: Everyday supr heroes

"Where have all the good men gone?" is a question that I hear women asking on a daily basis. My response is that they are all around us, we just need to give them the opportunity to be our Supermen. Little boys love super heroes and want to grow up to be those super heroes. This doesn’t mean that they want to fly around in a cape and red tights, but it does mean that they want to save the day and be needed. Men like independent women who can take care of themselves, they like knowing that if they leave town for a week that we can take care of things.

Dona Shue: Obligation to our animals

To the editor: I want to commend Colette Erickson for addressing a difficult and heartbreaking situation but she didn’t go far enough. People have an obligation to care for animals until the end and doing what is best for the animal is not always easy or pleasant but necessary if you truly care about an animal.

Rosemary Pottr: Don't let them take our 2nd Amendment rights

To the editor: Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made. And as much as some want you to think differently, the UN Gun Ban is proving harder to kill than a horror movie killer! As you know, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to work hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new "Small Arms Treaty."

Trish Snyder: Thanks, Coach Hafey

Hats off to you, Coach Hafey, for providing a life lesson to your football squad, students, staff, coaches and community members. I believe it is admirable that you have inspired others to place value and care towards the young men of Ridge View Academy. It is my hope that it does not stop there. We have students and athletes right here in Craig that need to know “that they do have people that care about them, that they are as valuable as anyone else and that we are proud of them for their work.”

Pete Bergmann: In support of Dave DeRose

To the editor: Dave DeRose has the personal attributes, business background and community governing experience to be and outstanding county commissioner. I have known Dave for over two decades and observed him working in a variety of leadership positions. Recently and most directly, as Superintendent of Schools, I worked hand-in-hand with Dave during the Moffat County School District’s bond campaign to build our new middle school and renovate facilities. Here is why we asked Dave to lead our campaign and why you should cast your vote to elect him as our County Commissioner.

Lance Scranton: Fight songs and foundations

The Moffat County High School Football team has a tradition of singing the school fight song after each victory. I’m hoping we get to sing it often this season and was thinking that our fight song is pretty good and contains some important lessons worth remembering: Oh when the mighty Bulldogs fall in line, we’re going to win again another time… We are mighty when we stick together and work toward a common purpose. We’ve already won if we stay together and continue to strive for excellence.

Moffat County High School senior travels to leadership summit, brings back ideas to community

Moffat County High School senior travels to leadership summit, brings back ideas to community

For Matthew Balderston, leadership doesn’t mean grandiose speeches and empty promises. “You don’t have to spout out a thousand words when you can show leadership with one simple action,” Balderston said. A 17-year-old senior at Moffat County High School, Balderston had an opportunity to gather with teenagers from across the nation to take part in the People to People Leadership Summit in early August.

Janet Sheridan: Making the Grade

Last week as I watched spruced-up children scamper by my house, wearing new backpacks and excitement, I wondered what they were thinking about as they began another school year. My teaching experience tells me they weren’t focused on increasing their knowledge and earning straight A’s. Instead, they were probably thinking about friends, recess and teachers—in that order. It wasn’t until I sat at the teacher’s desk that student learning and a fair system of grading dominated my thoughts as a school year began. I worked hard to establish procedures for collecting scores and assigning grades that would fairly represent the progress of each student, refining and improving my procedures year in and year out. Still as an educator, I was often surprised by the reactions of parents and students when reports cards were issued.

Moffat County Land Use Board Meeting agenda for Sept. 10, 2012

What: Moffat County Land Use Board Meeting When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 Where: Moffat County Courthouse Main Floor Conference Room , 221 W. Victory Way, Craig, CO. Agenda:

Tony Bohrer: Yesterday is gone, today is what matters

Most people early in life figure out that life can be hard at times. It doesn’t matter what family you come from or what ethnic background you have some times bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people it is simply called life. The Bible say’s “it rains on the just and the unjust”. What matters more than what we have to go through in life whether it is fair or not is how we respond to the situation at hand. I have met a lot of people including myself that have allowed their pasts to dictate their futures. It is human nature to feel sorry for ourselves during the rough times in life and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that unless you never let it go.

On The Record for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

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Hunters heading to Grand County advised of closures

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are advising hunters in Game Management Units 28 and 18 that beginning Tuesday, hunting access to these areas may be restricted by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming seasons as they continue a project to cut hazard trees along the area's roads and trails, the agency reported in a news release. The closures coincide with several big-game hunting seasons, including moose, mule deer, elk, bear and mountain goat during archery, muzzleloading and the first through third rifle seasons, according to the release.

Wednesday, September 5

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Moffat County golfers post lowest team score of season

Even without any standout individual performances, the familiarity of a home course led the Moffat County High School boys golf team to a season-best. The Bulldogs, playing in their home tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course Wednesday, shot a varsity team score of 295, five strokes better than their previous best on the season. While 295 was only good enough for 10th out of the 13 varsity teams attending, head coach Casey Kilpatrick was pleased with his players’ performances. “That’s another one of those scores where we’re getting lower, little by little,” Kilpatrick said. “I’m happy with the varsity team in that even though we didn’t have one really low score, they all scored pretty consistently and that helped us get a little lower than our previous team best score.”

Public advised about fall bear activity

Cooler mornings and shorter days are reminders for people that fall will soon arrive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises everyone that black bears notice the subtle change in seasons too, and will soon begin their annual food binge as they prepare for hibernation, the agency reported in a news release. "Obey local ordinances, secure your trash, remove any accessible food source and never intentionally feed a bear," said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde in the release. "If more people follow just these few simple recommendations, it can reduce the possibility of conflicts." Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides extensive information through their website, volunteer teams and publications. Bear information can be quickly found online at, according to the web site.

Craig resident calls out fire board, city council about training tower

Cashion: fire training tower unnecessary

A local resident opposed to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s planned live fire training tower has taken his campaign to members of the Craig community. Craig resident Al Cashion, who also is a regular contributor to the Craig Daily Press and a member of the editorial board, last week sent a four-part letter to the fire board and members of the Craig City Council. The letter also has been widely circulated to Craig residents by email.

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Cornell graduate student walking across country to raise awareness for orphans

Barrett Keene, a PhD student at Cornell University, is walking 3,475 miles from Miami to San Francisco to help raise awareness about the struggles of nearly 145 million orphaned and abandoned children around the world. As an education student and educator himself, Keene said he was fortunate to serve children as a teacher and through his Go Walk America challenge. His relationship with Christ motivated him to serve those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take care of their own needs, especially children. Donations will directly benefit orphaned and abandoned children in places like Uganda and Haiti by providing school uniforms, a necessity that would otherwise keeps children in these places from accessing education.

PWC to meet in Glenwood Springs

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will establish harvest limits for the 2012-2013 mountain lion season when the Commission meets Thursday and Friday in Glenwood Springs, the agency announced in a news release. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Denver, 402 Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs. The commission agenda begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, with an agenda including general updates on agency strategic priorities and a financial update. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, when regulation items will be considered, according to the release. The Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider changes to raptor importation guidelines for competitive national falconry events held in the state. Commissioners also will receive information about the annual update to fishing regulations as well as draft regulations regarding prohibited species and fish stocking procedures, the release stated.

Editorial: More than a passing change

When a new sports season starts at any high school across the country, it isn’t uncommon to hear a coach hype all the changes and improvements in store for his or her team during that season. It’s also pretty common for community members to dismiss that hype. After all, part of a coach’s job is to make his or her team look good, why should the public find any validity in those claims? So when Moffat County High School had football coach Kip Hafey commented over the summer about the installation of new offensive and defensive systems for his team this offseason, the community — including members of the editorial board — didn’t exactly buy in right away. They had reason to be skeptical. For as long as Hafey has been around, the game plan on offense for MCHS football was simple: run early and often, pass rarely.

On The Record for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

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Tuesday, September 4

Moffat County Tourism Association to revisit 2013 budget

Funding for visitor centers debated by board, county, chamber

In July members of the Moffat County Tourism Association board began the process of compiling its 2013 budget. With fewer funds in the county coffers than a year ago, MCTA was forced to scale back nearly all of its proposed 2013 expenses, including assistance money to the Dinosaur Welcome Center and the Craig Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 MCTA budgeted $31,200 and $9,000 for the Craig Chamber and the Dinosaur Welcome Center, respectively. This year MCTA proposed a reduction to $19,170 to the chamber and $5,000 to the Dinosaur Welcome Center. Upon receiving the draft budget, the Moffat County Commissioners said they would prefer to see MCTA maintain visitor center funding at 2012 levels. On Tuesday the MCTA board discussed whether to send their budget back to the county as written — and run the risk of the commissioners changing it, or revise the budget in an attempt to come up with a compromise.

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Hibbett Sports opens in Craig

Retailer saves residents from traveling long distances for sporting goods

On Saturday Hibbett Sports became the second business in as many weeks to open in the Tebo Center in the Walmart subdivision. Based in Birmingham, Ala., Hibbett Sports specializes in athletic footwear, team apparel and team athletic equipment. The new location in Craig, 1870 W. Victory Way, marks Hibbett Sports’ sixth Colorado location. The retailer also has stores in Canon City, Cortez, Delta, Trinidad and Fort Morgan. “This convenient new location is a win-win for our company and the Craig community,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., in a news release. “We are very excited to be serving the customers in this area.” Hibbett Sports plans to hire eight to 10 full and part-time employees to staff its Tebo Center location, the release states.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 4, 2012: 2 more holes-in-one to close the summer at golf course

Yampa Valley Golf Course has had a big summer for holes-in-one, and two more golfers added to the tally as summer came to a close. Bret Steele and Peyton Jacobson, 13, became the fifth and sixth players to achieve an ace this summer. Jacobson’s hole-in-one came on the 16th hole. He used a seven-iron and said he thought his ball had rolled to the far side of the green. “We were just sort of playing a screw-around round, not really caring much,” Jacobson said. “As soon as it came off I thought it had a chance. It hit right on the tip of the green and rolled up. We thought it rolled past but when we walked up there it was laying at the bottom.”

Craig Daily Press welcomes new reporter

Darian Warden starts as health, education reporter

The Craig Daily Press would like to announce the addition of a reporter to its staff. Darian Warden, 22, of Greeley, started at the Craig Daily Press Tuesday as the new education and health care reporter. Warden will be covering the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital in Craig as part of her daily beat, in addition to general assignment duties. “This is a good beat and I think it’s going to be really interesting,” she said. “It feels like the community is really focused on providing the best education for its kids.” Warden, originally from Lawrence, Kan., moved to Greeley at the age of 10 with her father, Steve, whose background is in the retail lumber business; mother, Larea, a fourth grade teacher at Harold S. Winograd school in Greeley; and brother, Trevor, a current student at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.

Tuck Communication Services founder dies in skateboarding accident

Sandra Park said her son-in-law Brent Tuck, 37, was skateboarding with his 13-year-old son outside their Grand Junction home when he fell and hit his head.

On the Record for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

On The Record for September 4, 2012

Monday, September 3

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City of Craig raises flag in Alice Pleasant Park

In an election year, conversations and interactions between people with different points of view can get divisive. On Labor Day morning, an effort was made to bring the community together. Residents of Craig, American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 gathered in Alice Pleasant Park in the 500 block of Yampa Avenue to raise a flag on the new flag pole in the park. The flag now will fly at all downtown city events. City Councilman Ray Beck got the idea for the flag pole at this year’s Grand Olde West Days, when he noticed the VFW using cement buckets to help raise a flag at the event. “I was standing here taking in the events that day and we noticed the veterans brought a portable flag pole,” Beck said. “They set it up in the street to do their presentation and I thought, ‘you know, we can do better than that.’”

Sunday, September 2

Colo. School of Mines gets $225,000 for research

Colorado School of Mines has received $225,000 to research what could one day be a potential energy source.

Nelson's homer lifts Rockies past Padres

Chris Nelson wasn't sure he had hit the ball hard enough for a homer. When he saw the saw ball disappear over the fence as he rounded first base, out came a celebratory fist pump, and a day marked by frustration at the plate and in the field turned noticeably bright. Nelson had his go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies overcame a career-best six RBIs by Chase Headley to beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday. "I was hustling out of the box, but I got it pretty good and I was thinking triple out there," said Nelson, who was still fuming over his strikeout in his previous at bat as well as what he considered his sloppy fielding of a grounder to third base that Cameron Maybin beat out for an infield hit in the Padres' three-run fourth.

Days after Isaac, flooding and outages remain

Much of a finger-shaped parish southeast of New Orleans was still covered with floodwater Sunday and more than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn't have any power, five days after Isaac ravaged the state. Thousands of evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives. "My family is split up," said Angela Serpas, from severely flooded Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish. Serpas and her daughter were staying with her in-laws while her husband and son were staying in Belle Chasse, a suburban area of the parish. "This is the second time we've lost our home. We lost it in Katrina," she said. At least seven people were killed in the storm in the U.S. — five in Louisiana and two in Mississippi. More than 2,800 people were registered at various state, local and Red Cross shelters in the state, down from around 4,000 earlier. State officials were uncertain how many people would eventually need longer-term temporary housing. Kevin Davis, head of the state's emergency office, said that housing would likely include hotels at first, then rental homes as close as possible to their damaged property.

Briefs for Sept. 3, 2012: Flag dedication slated

Flag dedication slated Veterans of Foreign War No. 4265 and the Craig City Council will dedicated the flag and flagpole at Alice Pleasant Park in the 500 block of Yampa Ave. at 9 a.m. Labor Day, Sept. 3. Libraries closed All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day. For more information, call the library at 824-7550.

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Moffat County High School students draw inspiration from The Beatles

Fundraising underway for trip to presidential inauguration

It’s been called a chance of a lifetime and a trip to ignite life-long passions. It’s also an event few people get the opportunity to experience live, and in person. Between George Washington and Barack Obama only 44 people have been elected to the highest office in the land, serving 56 terms in more than 223 years of U.S. presidential history. Last week a quartet of Moffat County High School leaders began a fundraising campaign in hopes of attending the 57th presidential inauguration in January. “We’re all involved in government obviously, but I’ve been involved at the state level for the last year and I’ve gotten a lot out of that experience,” said Nicole Ferree, 16, MCHS student body president. “Even thinking about government at the state level, it doesn’t compare to what goes on in Washington D.C. I think it would be so interesting to expose myself to it and learn about government at a national level.”

Sports Spotlight: Lisa Camilletti

Lisa Camilletti Age: 17 Grade: Senior Hometown: Craig

Cool Water offering more hours for hunting season

The Cool Water Grille has reached another milestone in the restaurant business. The breakfast and lunch restaurant at 337 W. Victory Way has now been open for a year and is trying out new business ideas as it dives into year two. Restaurant manager Erin Dunham said it has been a fun first year in Craig. “It’s been very good to us,” Dunham said. “The people in Craig have been great to us. We’re just happy to be able to survive the first year.” Dunham says the clientele has steadily grown over the past year, and that has allowed the staff to increase by five employees as well. A new year is allowing Cool Water Grille to try some new business ideas. The restaurant, typically open from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. has extended its hours in the morning to open at 4:30 a.m. for hunting season. “We weren’t really able to do this last year because we had just opened,” Dunham said. “We want to be able to give the hunters a good meal before they go out for the day. I think that either way, whether it’s a good turnout or bad turnout my dad would do it next year anyway.” Dunham’s father Dennis Otis, the owner of Cool Water Grille, arrives at the restaurant to set up at 4 a.m. most mornings, Dunham said.

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"Keep going, don't look back": 5 minutes with Bretta Buchanan, a senior at Moffat County High School

Name: Bretta Buchanan Hometown: Craig Motto or outlook on life: “Keep going, don’t look back”

Senior Spotlight for September 3, 2012

Labor Day — Some of us did labor on Labor Day. It wasn’t that much different than any other day. Except we usually were short on help. Seems like I always ended up working on the holidays. Due to the job I had at the time. But I felt good about it most of the time. Christmas was hard. But I learned to live with the knowledge that in giving up my time to help others less fortunate I was living the right kind of life by doing without, though my family had to adjust also. They still are doing very well in that way.

Barnes stays in Moffat County Commission race as write-in

With new party, local man to oppose Grobe for district 2 commission seat

Craig resident Rick Barnes has maintained a relatively low profile since the beginning months of the 2012 campaign season. Barnes is running as a write-in candidate against GOP primary election winner Chuck Grobe for Moffat County's district 2 commission seat. Barnes on Thursday broke his silence to announce he has switched to the American Constitution Party and plans to stay in the race against Grobe because of “a few differences of opinion.” However Barnes said he wasn’t motivated to thrust himself back into the race because of his own aspirations to win a county government seat.

Saturday, September 1

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MCHS football beats Ridge View to start season right

In its season opener, the Moffat County High School football team beat Ridge View Academy, 40-15. The Bulldogs got strong performances from several seniors, especially in a first half, which MCHS dominated.