News for Saturday, September 29, 2012



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Infusion Clinic provides comfort during treatment

While receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer, it’s hard to imagine anything that could make patients forget they’re in a hospital receiving treatment. Nurse Marie Kettle, who runs the infusion clinic at The Memorial Hospital, knows this. That’s why she tries to make her patients as comfortable as possible by providing recliners, blankets, TVs, hats, food and candy.

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CMS football doubles up on Rifle

In the second week of the 2012 football season, Moffat County was beaten by Rifle, 45-0, in a disappointing game. On Saturday, the next generation of Bulldogs got a measure of revenge against Rifle. The seventh- and eighth-grade football teams from Craig Middle School took on the Rifle Cubs on Saturday morning at CMS. Both teams came away with decisive victories, 38-0.

Tipton, Pace trade barbs about healthcare

Tipton: Pace can’t reinvent himself as Congressional candidate

A single-payer, government run healthcare system dominated the most recent round of political volleys this week in the race for the Third Congressional District of Colorado. Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said Wednesday the ongoing national healthcare debate — specifically in regards to Obamacare — represents one of many important issues to voters that challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, has dodged since announcing his bid for the office of CD3. Fortney referenced a June 9, 2009 article in the Pueblo Chieftan in which Pace stated he would not stop pressing for a single-payer healthcare system in Colorado despite the fact HB09-1273 failed to pass through the Colorado General Assembly.

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Moffat County loses 2nd straight at Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School football team lost its second straight game in a 48-14 setback at Eagle Valley Friday night. The Bulldogs, playing at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum, again lost the turnover battle and could not avoid big plays from the Devils. Eagle Valley had touchdowns of 35, 40, 60 and 73 yards in the win. The loss dropped Moffat County to 2-3, and 1-3 in the Western Slope League. The Bulldogs' next game is the team's homecoming game, Oct. 5 vs. Summit County.

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New MOPS program offers outlet for mothers of young children

Kids laugh and scream in the background during a phone conversation with Annie Kawchack and Candace Havey. On speakerphone, Havey leaves the call to mediate as laughter turns to tears. “We have a Play-Doh fight,” Kawchack says. The mothers of young children, Kawchack and Havey said hectic is normal. That’s why they’re starting a group for others like them, MOPS, mothers of preschoolers.

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Snake River winstreak ends, but Rattlers still battling

The winning streak has come to an end in Baggs. The six-man football team from Little Snake River School, which went undefeated in each of the past two seasons en route to consecutive state titles, lost in the second week of the season to Dubois High School to bring its run to an end. But the Rattlers are far from allowing their streak of championships to end as well. The team expected to be a serious contender from the start of the season due to a large senior class, all with playing experience. But replacing last year’s stars and getting this year’s players in the right positions has proved to be a challenge.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 29, 2012: Youth bowling league getting under way this weekend

The annual youth bowling league at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center will begin Sunday. The league, which in past years held rounds Saturday through Monday, is moving all divisions to Sunday evenings for the 2012-13 season. Players of any skill level are welcome. Certified bowling coaches will be at each match, ready to help children improve their game. Three divisions for children ages 3-18 are available. The pee-wee division, for children ages 3-6, will bowl starting at 5 p.m. Sundays, and will bowl one game. The cost per Sunday is $3.

Editorial: Entertainment opportunity

Our View: Even though Craig is a rural community, various groups work hard each year to provide residents with entertainment opportunities. The Craig Concert Association is one one of those organizations.

Al Cashion: Which political animal are you?

Are you a political lemming? A Yellow Labrador? Chimpanzee? Homo Erectus? I made a simple twelve question test that will tell you: 1. Is the word, “freedom” most easily understood when a Democrat says it or does it make more sense when a Republican uses it? 2. In terms of actual spending, not “campaign speak” or talking points rhetoric, do you trust the Republicans with your money or the Democrats? (Trick question?)

Government Update for Sept. 29, 2012

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: