News for Thursday, September 27, 2012

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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.