News for Friday, September 21, 2012

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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 www.nwrmcasa.org. 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.