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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.