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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.