News for Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Veteran's Hotline: New travel pay rules

Starting March 1, travel pay will be paid to your bank account on a direct deposit basis. The money will go into the same account as your compensation or pension pay. The procedure is as follows: The veteran completes the appointment, then goes to the travel clerk who processes the claim and confirms eligibility. The paperwork is then printed in the cashier cage. The cashier then inputs the information for the EFT (electronic fund transfer).

Briefs for Feb. 16, 2013: Taste of chocolate winner named

Patricia Stauffer and her chocolate cheesecake was the winner of last weekend’s seventh annual Taste of Chocolate in downtown Craig. Stauffer’s delectable dessert was featured at Cornerstone Realty. This year’s Taste of Chocolate featured 12 resident chocolatiers. For $12, attendees could sample and vote for their favorites.

From Pipi’s Pasture: New Fair Book contest offers opportunity for 4-H youths

There are lots of talented young people in Moffat County, and this year 4-H members have a chance to use their artistic talents to vie for the cover of the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book. Each year’s book features a unique cover design. Past covers have been designed by Moffat County Extension Office personnel, but this year the Fair Board has decided to try something different. They are having a contest for the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book cover, and they’ve opened it to 4-H members. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, so if you’re a 4-H member who’s interested in entering the contest, you’ll have to hurry.

Baxter Black: Your own worst enemy

It usually happens when you’re by yourself. You’re trying to load a bunch of cows in the 1-ton. It should hold 12 head, but with four to go, they plug up. You’re slappin’ them with the BQA-approved paddle, you chunk a piece of wood at the one in the gate. You’ve actually turned around and leaned up against the last cow in the loading chute, pushing like you were trying to jumpstart your car. You slide into that stage where cussing is mandatory.

Editorial: Applaud MCHS for efforts at change

Our View: It is encouraging to see teachers at MCHS utilizing new methods to try and improve student performance, especially given the school’s recent performance.

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With corporate career behind her, Craig woman focuses time and energy on communicating with animals

Karen Cantrell is a self-described animal whisperer. Employing a gift she's honed over the years, Cantrell said she communicates with animals through energy and by picking up the vibrational frequencies animals put out to share their experiences.

Colorado Northwestern Community College campus update

The state Community College System has received the Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, grant. CNCC has created a faster, more direct series of college prep courses as part of that program.

Moffat County education briefs

Kudos are in order for several Moffat County High School students who recently were recognized for their musical accomplishments.

Over a Cup: Taco casserole with green onions

Years ago I had cut out of a newspaper (I can’t remember which one) a recipe for a taco casserole. I recently found the yellowed clipping tucked into the pages of one of my cookbooks. We had never tried it — until now. We liked it, and I hope you will, too.

NM strikes deal over plant emissions

New Mexico has brokered an agreement with federal regulators and the state’s largest utility that aims to settle more than a year of wrangling over the best way to curb pollution from a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico unveiled details of the agreement Friday. It calls for shutting down two units at the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017 and replacing them with a new natural gas-fired plant capable of producing at least 150 megawatts of electricity.

Government Update for Feb. 16, 2013

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig Branch Agenda:

Broncos to use franchise tag on Clady

(AP) — Peyton Manning can rest easy: his blindside protector isn’t going anywhere. Denver Broncos boss John Elway is planning to put the franchise tag on his All Pro left tackle Ryan Clady as early as Tuesday. A franchise tag would mean a salary of just under $10 million for Clady in 2013, about three times what he earned last season, when he surrendered just one sack in more than 1,100 snaps.

Moffat County boys spoil senior night at Cedaredge

After losing for the first time in almost two months Tuesday at Aspen, it was important for the Moffat County boys basketball team to respond well and get back on track. The Bulldogs did just that at Cedaredge, beating the Bruins 69-59 Friday night. In front of a raucous senior night crowd in Cedaredge, they battled through a tense game, head coach Eric Hamilton said, but played well and came away with a win.