News for Sunday, September 2, 2012

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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.