News for Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Where I come from — That's important to me

This Valentine’s Day has brought to mind to me several country music songs. One that really stands out is Brad Paisley’s “Two People Fell in Love.” It talks about how the love of two people can have an effect on so many whether it’s through their actions or through those they have brought into this world.

Family of Craig Browning: Thanks for the support

The family of Craig Browning would like to thank the wonderful community in which we live for the gracious outpouring of encouragement and support we have received during the last months of Craig’s life and especially at his passing.

CPW honors Habitat Partnership Program awards recipients

Two Coloradans were recognized for their contributions to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program and dedication to continuing to improve the agency’s efforts. Duane Scholl of Kremmling was given the Joe Gerrans Private Individual Memorial Award for 2013 while Dave Bradford of Paonia received the Joe Gerrans Public Agency Memorial Award. Both men have been major contributors to HPP for years.

Moffat County real estate transactions for November 2012

Moffat County real estate transactions for November 2012

Super Bowl blackout caused by electrical relay

(AP) — The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure. But the utility stopped short of taking all the blame and said Friday that it was looking into whether the electrical relay at fault had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.

After early start, worst of flu season may be over

(AP) — The worst of the flu season appears to be over. The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday. The season started earlier than normal, first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths also dropped the last two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Over A Cup: Valentine’s Day Gelatin Salad

A couple of weeks ago this column featured a recipe for “Sausage Bean Soup”. The seasoning ingredients were a tablespoon each of dried onion and dried chopped green pepper. A few days after the recipe appeared in the column, Chuck and Ginger Osborn of Craig called to tell me that they couldn’t find any dried green pepper in the Craig stores. They looked in Steamboat, too. No luck.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Reflecting on Winter Livestock Shows

This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is a reflection on the accomplishments of the young people who competed in two winter livestock competitions—the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show and the 2013 National Western Stock Show. One evening during the last week of the Stock Show our granddaughter Megan (Prather), of Bailey, called to tell us that her registered Columbian ewe, Jolie Chose, was selected as the Supreme Ewe in the Natural Colored Sheep Category, winning over other Champions in their wool breed classes. (The Natural Colored Sheep Category places emphasis on wool production.)

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CMS teacher honored by Peabody Energy

Craig Middle School seventh grade science teacher Brynna Vogt was honored with the Peabody Energy Leader in Education award Wednesday during a surprise assembly. Vogt was nominated and selected to receive the award of $1,000 to be used at her discretion. More then simply helping her students excel in the classroom, Vogt has been instrumental in programs for students outside of class as well. Vogt designed the CSI Craig class, secured a grant that will establish a recycling program and school garden, implemented the first gifted and talented program, runs Model United Nations and is involved in Girls on the Run. Vogt also serves as a representative on the local education association and numerous other committees for Moffat County Schools.

Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate slated for today

The 18th annual Art Walk, sponsored by the Craig Downtown Business Association, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. today in historic downtown Craig. Also taking place during the same hours is the seventh annual Taste of Chocolate. The combined event will feature 30 artists and 12 chocolatiers spread out among 23 down town Craig businesses, including two first time participants in Carelli’s Pizza and The Galaxy Restaurant.

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Twentymile Mine honored as Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award winner

This week executives of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy traveled to Routt County to bestow a special honor on the employees of Twentymile Mine. Though Twentymile Mine has built a reputation as the largest coal mining operation in Colorado, this week’s visit had little to do with production. Instead Twentymile Mine was honored with Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award for achieving the company’s best U.S. safety performance rating for an underground coal mining operation in 2012.

Basketball taking on Basalt on the road

Both Moffat County basketball teams control their own destiny in the Western Slope League. But while the biggest games for each team are in the weeks to come, neither can afford a slip-up Saturday when the Bulldogs head to Basalt for a road league game. Moffat County’s boys team has been one game behind Roaring Fork since a loss to the Rams in Carbondale in December.

Moffat County wrestling wins 2 in Cedaredge

In its final dual of the season, the Moffat County wrestling team was at full strength and took down Cedaredge High School, 51-31. The Bulldogs have been missing a wrestler or two for most of the season due to injuries and sickness, but they fielded all their top wrestlers Friday while visiting Cedaredge. The health produced good results for the Bulldogs as they look forward to regionals next week.

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Snocross to headline Wyman Winter Festival

One of Craig’s best winter activities is back next weekend, and returns at full strength for 2013. A lackluster winter coupled with little snowfall forced staff at the Wyman Living History Museum to come up with new activities for last year’s winter festival. But snow has fallen in plentiful supply and has stuck around through February, meaning this year’s festival will be everything it has bees been in the past.

Rig Count for Feb. 9, 2013

Rig count.

Government update for Feb. 9, 2013

Government update.