Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31

CNCC Craig campus update ...

What’s going on at Colorado Northwestern Community College:

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Craig resident reflects on earning GED diploma at CNCC

Brittney Byers works hard. The single mother of two spends long and busy days at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig while also ferrying her kids to the different places they need to be. And getting to this point in her life was a challenge itself.

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Wilson family creates 4H awards in honor of late father

The late Homer Wilson knew how to make others laugh and had a passion for kids and the 4H and FFA programs in Moffat County. In honor of his father, and to carry on his legacy, Shane Wilson and his wife Shelly have made it possible for a 10 year program that awards three five hundred dollar scholarships each year to outstanding kids in the Moffat County 4H and FFA programs. “It was really important to Homer to be there to represent the kids. He wanted to help the kids that spent the time to start and finish a project,” Shelly said.

Another AF Academy cadet charged with sex crime

The Air Force Academy says another male cadet has been charged with aggravated sexual assault. The school announced the charge Thursday but said it would not immediately release the cadet's name or any details of the alleged incident. Jocelyn Stewart, a civilian attorney who says she represents the cadet, says he is innocent. Stewart also declined to identify him by name.

Colo. lawmakers weigh abortion ban, defeat likely

Colorado lawmakers are considering a Republican proposal to ban abortions and make it a crime to perform them. Lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on the bill, but a vote on the proposal was delayed until Tuesday so every lawmaker in the committee can vote. Democrats who oppose the measure control the committee, and the bill is expected to fail.

Negotiators talking to Ala. captor through pipe

Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day. The man identified by multiple neighbors and witnesses as 65-year-old retired truck driver Jimmy Lee Dykes was accused of pulling the boy from a school bus on Tuesday and killing the driver. The pair was holed up in a small room on his property that authorities compared to tornado shelters common in the area. James Arrington, police chief of the neighboring town of Pinckard, said the shelter was about 4 feet underground, with about 6-by-8 feet of floor space and a PVC pipe that negotiators were speaking through. There were signs that the standoff could continue for some time: A state legislator said the shelter has electricity, food and TV. The police chief said the captor has been sleeping and told negotiators that he has spent long periods in the shelter before.

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Moffat County wrestling goes 2-0 in final home duals

It was a good way to close January at Moffat County High School. Moffat County hosted its final home wrestling competition of the season Thursday in the MCHS gym, a triangular of duals with Coal Ridge and Highway 40 rivals Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs, who have struggled at recent meets in Green River, Wyo. and Rifle, turned it around and picked up two wins Thursday beating Coal Ridge 48-19 and Steamboat 38-24.

Matt Winey: The tea party is dead

Well, at least that is what my progressive liberal friends try to convince me of. They tell me the Tea Party movement is what has caused all the problems we are facing as a nation. They also tell me how much they hate the tea party. I am starting to see their point. Why wouldn’t you hate some stupid group that stands for constitutionally limited government?

Pat Pearce: Humane Society Thanks

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank those that help animals in Moffat County.

Duce Vandivere: Girl Scout cookie memories

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when thousands of greenclad girls set up shop in front of City Markets, Wal-Marts, and various other places of business to peddle their wares. I'm referring of course, to the Girl Scouts of America and their famous cookies. I love 'em. A box of thin mints and a tall glass of milk and I'm happy all day.

CPD alerted of new phone scam

The Craig Police Department has learned of a new telephone scam targeting Medicare recipients. Craig and Moffat County residents have received calls from people with Indian or Asian accents who asked for the residents by name and were able to confirm their addresses, according to a CPD news release.

Assault case continued

Busy Tuesday coming for Derik Scott in county, district courts

A Craig resident charged with second-degree assault appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court for a preliminary hearing. But Chief Judge Michael O’Hara granted a request to waive the preliminary hearing upon learning that the defendant, Derik Scott, and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office were on the cusp of reaching a plea deal.

Olathe presents tough test Friday for Moffat County

Moffat County High School’s basketball teams will be back in Craig Saturday, but first they have to take on Olathe High School Friday. The 6 (girls) and 7:30 (boys) p.m. games in Olathe will be another set of important ones, and likely will be one of the the toughest games of the regular season for the girls team.

Karen Gibson: There will be interruptions

How could it be the flu? After all he had gotten a flu shot. The Visiting Nurses said for vulnerable people the extra strength type of vaccine is a good idea. Somehow the germs got through the invisible barrier and now the nagging cough keeps him awake all night, interrupting his routine.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeking volunteers for Sportsmen’s Roundtable

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to serve on a statewide advisory panel. The Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable meets twice per year to discuss and provide feedback to Parks and Wildlife officials on hunting, fishing, and wildlife management issues.

Learn to ice fish

Parks and Wildlife hosting ice fishing outing in Pine

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a learn to ice fish outing in Jefferson County. The event, open to families and novice anglers, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Pine Valley Ranch Park located on Jefferson County Road 126 in Pine, according to a news release from the agency. The event is free but limited to the 20 participants. Ice fishing equipment will be provided. To register, email or call 303-291-7804.

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board workshop

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board workshop

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CNCC Waving Hands Review literary magazine accepting submissions

Walking his dog in a snowstorm, David Morris saw five bucks jump a fence right in front of him. Morris said the sight of the incredibly black bucks against the white inspired a potential poem. “Whenever I go anywhere, especially out in nature, I’m always hunting poems,” Morris said. “You never know what you’re going to come across that you can do something with. If a real powerful image hits me I’ll write about it.” Morris is a regular contributor to Colorado Northwestern Community College’s literary magazine, “Waving Hands Review” and has also self-published three books of poetry. CNCC’s “Waving Hands Review” is now accepting submissions of original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal and political essays, humorous essays, serious journalism, photography, photos of 2-D and 3-D artwork, digital artwork, drawings and fragments through March 1.

MCSD school bus involved in accident

A Moffat County School District school bus was involved in a vehicle accident Wednesday, according to a MCSD new release. The accident took place at 4:30 p.m. on Moffat County Road 35 between bus number 60 and another vehicle. No students were on the bus and no injuries were reported, according to the release. The accident is under investigation.

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Moffat County swimming eyes Western Slope meet

It’s now or never for the Moffat County girls swimming team. The Bulldogs head to the Western Slope League 4A Championships this Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, the team’s final meet of the season before the state meet Feb. 8 and 9. Because it’s their final meet of the season, it’s also the last chance to qualify for the state meet for many Moffat County swimmers. And going into this weekend, there is a lot on the line.

Meeting this weekend on lesser prairie chicken management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Lamar Community College to discuss the lesser prairie chicken management plan. Lesser prairie-chickens are mid-sized ground-nesting birds weighing from one to two pounds that are members of the grouse family. The birds occupy a range that includes portions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Wednesday, January 30

Editorial: Program progression

When the MCHS boys basketball team made a late push to beat Grand Valley Saturday in Parachute, the team elevated its record to 11-1 and the season. Though that mark would be excellent for virtually any program, it is especially impressive when considering the MCHS boys won a total of 8 games in the last two seasons combined. Second-year head coach Eric Hamilton, who sowed the seeds for this season’s success during a much-improved campaign last year, deserves a lot of credit. He so far has navigated a new league schedule while keeping his players focused — no small feat when dealing with high school students. The boys’ success is even more satisfying when paired with the continued success of the MCHS girls basketball program. Coming off consecutive playoff births — which includes last season’s appearance Sweet 16 — third-year coach Matt Ray again has his team in prime position with a 9-3 record after last weekend’s games.

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Moffat County Bulldogs outlast Hayden Tigers to win, 51-47

There were no girls games leading up to it and no varsity games to follow, but the Hayden and Moffat County C teams delivered a doozy of a game on their own. The Tigers and Bulldogs played at a white-knuckle pace from start to finish in Hayden Tuesday. In the end, Moffat County outlasted the Tigers to win, 51-47. The Bulldogs held a small lead for much of the first half but used a couple of spurts to open up a 38-27 advantage midway through the third quarter. After a timeout Hayden came out with a renewed energy just when the game looked to be slipping away and went on a huge run, taking the lead 40-39 early in the fourth quarter.

Lance Scranton: Disillusioned?

Imagine living through a half-century that experienced WWI, The Roaring Twenties, The 1929 Stock Market Crash, The Great Depression and WWII. The Period from 1900 – 1945 is described as the Modern Era of American literature. Poets such as Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot, authors like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald began to question their belief in American traditions and the American dream. Couple this literary movement with the “intellectual” trends of Marx and Engels “Communist Manifesto,” Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis and the popular Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species” based on his theories of our “common descent” (evolution). What took place between 1890 and 1945 was a seismic shift in how we perceive the world around us, our actions and how we approach literature.

Tuesday, January 29

Moffat County inches closer to Kum & Go deal

Commission approves contract for groundwater monitoring

On Tuesday the Moffat County Commission took the next step in the process of striking a potential deal with Kum & Go to expand its location at 700 E. Victory Way. Kum & Go first approached the county in April about acquiring the Moffat County road and bridge maintenance shop located next door at 640 E. Victory Way to make room for a new 5,000-square foot convenience store plus 10 to 18 new gasoline pumps. to undergo maintenance Tuesday night, also expected to experience temporary service restrictions

The websites, and are undergoing maintenance tonight that will temporarily prevent the posting of new stories and new comments as well as new user registrations. The interruptions will occur as the sites are being upgraded to a new cloud-based server. However, users still will be able to access stories and other content on all of the sites during the maintenance period on a read-only basis. The sites are expected to function fully again by around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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Connections 4 Kids prepares for Cherish the Little Things children's art show

Connections 4 Kids in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties is gearing up for its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February. The show runs February 7, 3-6 p.m.; February 8, 2-6 p.m.; February 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. including during the annual ArtWalk in downtown Craig from 5-8 p.m. at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The show features more than 300 pieces of artwork from Moffat County kids in preschool through high school. Twenty finalists will be chosen out of entries from kids in preschool through fifth grade. Community members may vote for their favorite pieces by way of monetary donations. The top vote getter will be featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 Connections 4 Kids calendar. The next top 12 vote getters will be featured on their own month while the seven runner-ups will be featured in a tiled display on the final month.

Rose Counts: Bravo to 'The Pied Piper'

I give a standing ovation to all involved in the "The Pied Piper" production instructed by the Missoula Children's Theatre.

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Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012: Youth hockey teams take on Telluride over the weekend

Get updated on the latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County. High school teams were in action over the weekend, and both wrestling and girls swimming are approaching their postseasons. Youth hockey teams also hit the ice both in Craig and on the road, while the Billiards Congress of America finished off the playoffs from its winter session.

Former county employee appears in court

Patterson resigns from Youth Services Department

A Craig woman and former Moffat County employee facing domestic violence charges appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court for a review hearing. Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in county court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors. The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute with her husband on New Year’s Day.

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Aaron's doing well after opening in December

After opening last December in the Centennial Mall, Aaron’s General Manager Debbie Montgomery said Craig residents seem to like the leasing option as well as bedroom groups, which have been her No. 1 seller. With lots of retail sales, where a customer purchases product outright, as well as leasing sales, Montgomery said business has been really good.

Scouts' future uncertain if ban on gays is dropped

The Boy Scouts of America's proposed move away from its no-gays membership policy has outraged some longtime admirers, gratified many critics and raised intriguing questions about the iconic organization's future. Will the Scouts now be split between troops with gay-friendly policies and those that keep the ban? What will a National Jamboree be like if it brings together these disparate groups with conflicting ideologies? Will the churches long devoted to scouting now be torn by internal debate over the choices that may lie ahead? A top official of the Southern Baptist Convention, whose conservative churches sponsor hundreds of Scout units that embrace the ban, was among those alarmed that the BSA is proposing to allow sponsoring organizations to decide for themselves whether to admit gays as scouts and adult leaders. "We understand that we are now a minority, that it is not popular to have biblical values, not popular to take stands that seem intolerant," said Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee. "This is going to lead to a disintegration of faith-based values."

Oilers get 4 PP goals , beat Avalanche 4-1

The Edmonton Oilers have made a habit of falling behind early in games this season. They finally got an early lead against Colorado and Devan Dubnyk did the rest. Dubnyk made 37 saves — including 23 in the third period — and the Oilers scored of all their goals on the power play to beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night. Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Nail Yakupov, into an empty net, scored on the man advantage for the Oilers (3-2-0). Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner each had two assists as Edmonton finally got a strong start to a game after falling behind in each of its first four outings. "They had a really strong push at the end," Dubnyk said of the Avalanche. "You are able to get through things like that when you have earned a three-goal lead with how well we played in the first 40 minutes. There are going to be swings in momentum throughout the game. We wanted to get that first goal and get a lead, which we hadn't been able to do all year. It was good to see." Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was glad to see his squad not have to dig itself out of a hole.

Snowmobiler in critical condition after Winter X

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival. Moore was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars and landed face first into the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion. Moore later developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain. "Caleb is not doing good at all." Caleb's grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post. "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it."

Yampa Valley Data Partners hires new economic analyst

Brandon Owens is joining the nonprofit organization as an independent contractor and adviser on data projects and products, according to a news release.

Senior Spotlightfor January 28, 2013

January is going out in splendor a mixture of sun, rain and snow. Moody like some people I know. Life is that way. I look at it like okay, start the day thinking another day. Time to get up and take some pills, etc. I practically quit planning my day. Never comes out one way or another on how I thought it would. But it's okay. I learn something different every day no matter how small it is. The ifs of life are many, I learned some time ago, if I had done certain things different way back when. My whole life would be unfolding differently. But here I be.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program seeking applications

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is seeking applications from eligible seventh graders excelling in the academic arena. The scholarship program aims to help promising students from low-income families across the country, providing guidance as well as monetary assistance to those selected. Once selected, recipients enter the program in eight grade and continue through high school receiving educational support.

Monday, January 28

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VFW Ladies Auxiliary looks to leave legacy with younger generation

The community work and compassion shown by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4265 has been made evident over the years. It’s the individual acts of kindness and selflessness that make the women of the VFW ladies auxiliary prominent women in Moffat County. The group has donated countless dinners, monetary donations and hours of service to support the community many of them have grown up in.

'People like you'

Craig residents honored for their work with St. Michael Community Kitchen

There are people in this world who are committed to helping others. Though their motivation for doing so doesn’t always align with their good intentions, there are still plenty of people who dedicate their time simply because it is the right thing to do. Craig residents Gail Severson and Robin Schiffbauer are two people who fit into the latter and on Saturday they were honored as the first ever Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarians of the Year by the Craig Rotary Club.

M2 Minute: Audrey Danner — The satisfaction of serving

A political appointment and a successful election offered me the opportunity to serve as your Moffat County Commissioner. My role as an elected official in Moffat County was to understand our community issues and offer options for change. The unique position allowed me to know the vast number of public services and information we expect as citizens, how they are paid for and work with our capable staff as they deliver those services each day. I have had the great fortune to work with a variety of people to explore ideas and develop strategies that helped our community move forward in a unique way. Each person and his or her unique perspective brings value to the conversation.

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Bringing her best back to Craig

Whether it’s hitting the links or serving up a top-notch steak, Ann Marie Roberts is a top choice in Craig. Roberts has been making her mark on the youth of Craig for years, and has recently taken another step to serving the entire community. A Craig native, she recently started working and living in the city full-time, and has therefore been able to get involved even more.

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Taking care of the little things

Residents in need of understanding or help having been going to Shirley Seely to get it for longer than some of them have been alive. Seely, the City Clerk and Personnel Director for the City of Craig, has been playing the instrumental-but-overlooked role of clerk for almost 25 years, and has been working for the city more than 30. The Craig native moved there as an administrative assistant from Moffat County Safe Bank in 1982, and became the clerk seven years later.

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A commitment to serve

Kamisha Siminoe balances family with service to community

The state of equality has evolved considerably since the dark ages of human history, and much more so in the United States since the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements of the 20th century. Though modern women can be found working, and excelling, beside their male counterparts across multiple industries the ranks of certain professions continue to be dominated by men. And there are few jobs where that trend holds more truth than in the business of firefighting.

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Roots in reporting

Although Jane Hume and Lois Wymore are many things, there are just as many they are not. Hume is not a lawyer’s wife, nor is she the brains of the operation. “That’s Lois,” she said. Wymore is not a pushover. Set a challenge before her and she’ll take it on, more than likely succeeding.

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Craig woman doing great work behind the scenes

Dedication, experience and a willingness to learn. These are the values espoused and used by Craig resident Lynn Barclay of the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake River Field Office. Barclay, who has been in Craig for over 20 years now, has taken on countless jobs of the behind-the-scenes variety and been instrumental in working on fires and natural disasters across the country.

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Top 10 reasons to support locally owned businesses

Sunday, January 27

Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework. So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble. It's a technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework — the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice. "It was hard to get used to," said Nguyen, an 11th-grader. "I was like 'why do I have to watch these videos, this is so dumb.' But then I stopped complaining and I learned the material quicker. My grade went from a D to an A."

School gun bill kicks off CO gun debates

Gun control and violence is up for its first debate of the year in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee was scheduled Monday to consider the first gun-related bill of the legislative term. The bill would allow schools to allow employees to carry concealed weapons. Under current law, an individual with a valid permit may not carry a concealed handgun at any public K-12 school.

Routine traffic stop leads to large drug bust

Authorities say a routine traffic stop in western Colorado turned up almost 5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $218,500. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled a vehicle over on Interstate 70 on Saturday morning because the driver was weaving in and out of lanes and adjusting speeds erratically. The vehicle was impounded because the driver was unable to provide proof of insurance and his driving status had been revoked.

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Craig hockey finishes league season

The Craig Midget Hockey team closed out its league season in similar fashion to the beginning of the year in wins vs. losses, but those watching and playing could see a difference. The local hockey team for 14- through 18-year-olds hosted four games at the Moffat County Ice Rink this weekend. They lost a pair of games to Crested Butte, 8-1 and 8-3, on Saturday, followed by two losses to Gunnison on Sunday, 7-0 and 6-2.

Saturday, January 26

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Craig kids star in Saturday performances of 'The Pied Piper'

The Moffat County High School auditorium was overrun with adorable rats Saturday afternoon. Craig children in kindergarten through sixth grade starred in the Missoula Children’s Theatre two Saturday performances of "The Pied Piper," a tale of a town in serious need of laughter and happiness. Taught to laugh only after the Pied Piper leads the rats and then their children away, the Hamelin townspeople learn the importance of living a happy existence and even invite the rats back to town. The youngest actors played the parts of the rats, but they were far from big and scary. With stage makeup, costumes and one short week of preparation, children took the stage having memorized all their lines and gave a professional performance to the large audience.

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Late push gets Moffat County past Grand Valley

This time, it was the Moffat County boys basketball team’s turn to survive a tough test on the road. The Bulldogs emerged victorious from a back-and-forth game with Grand Valley on Saturday in Parachute, 51-46. The boys had to step up in the final quarter to secure the win. The Bulldogs trailed, 40-36, entering the fourth quarter and did not regain the lead until there were about two minutes left in the game. But after taking the lead, MCHS got clutch foul shooting from senior Tyler Hildebrandt, who hit four free throws down the stretch to help seal the game.

Crash on US 40 near Mount Harris Canyon sends 3 to hospital

The Colorado State Patrol on Saturday afternoon still was trying to piece together how four cars crashed in the morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Stephanie Pearce: Inspiration — That’s Important to me

Inspiration is something all of us need at times. I’m always looking for inspiration to help me be a better assistant, mother, and wife. When I’m searching for inspiration to be a better person, I don’t have to look far. In fact, I have two friends that pop right in mind for that sort of encouragement; Mo and Susan.

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Poker Run draws more than 100 participants

Event benefits the NOWCOS scholarship fund

Last weekend the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosted more than 100 riders for its 11th annual Poker Run. The event, which encompassed four card stations spread out over 24 miles of groomed trails, is one of NOWECOS’ marquee fundraisers for its college scholarship program. NOWECOS awards two $1,200 scholarships to graduating Moffat County High School seniors each year.

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Gilt and innocence: Farrowing on a Moffat County hog farm

Raising hogs is an enterprise as dirty and physically demanding as it sounds. Regardless of the type of operation hogs have never been widely regarded for their sanitary existence by the general population. Though breeders in the industry are quick to dispel the myth that hogs are filthy, and tout the animal as being the smartest found on the farm, hog barns are notoriously foul smelling places, and are famous for dropping ill prepared visitors to their ever-loving knees.

Editorial: Searching for support

Our View: With suicide rates in Colorado and especially on the Western Slope much higher than the national average, the editorial board finds the lack of a local support system for those who need help dealing with suicide troubling. Because state and local agencies appear to lack the resources and public support to deal with the issue, it may be up to community members to make sure Moffat County residents affected by suicide have an option for getting help at the local level.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Showing Shorty at the stock show

This month local youth and adults are exhibiting animals, competing in the rodeo, or otherwise participating in events at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. My granddaughter Megan is competing in livestock competitions, too, and when she talks about the Stock Show it brings back memories of the years (and years and years) ago when I was a 4-H member. As a teenager, I exhibited steers at the National Western.

Over A Cup: ‘Quick Soup’ for a Cold Day

I don’t know about you, but with the cold weather we’ve been having lately about all we want to eat is soup. Most of the soup recipes I have require lots of chopping of vegetables and cooking meats, and sometimes I just don’t have a lot of cooking time. So it’s great to have some quick soup recipes on hand.

LSRV still among state's best

The Snake River Rattlers once again find themselves among Wyoming’s best in basketball. The two-time defending state champs figured to have some growing pains this season after losing stars from the past two years. But the Rattlers also brought back a strong core of seniors and since discovering their identity early in the season, have been on a roll.

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Lady Bulldogs rally to take down Coal Ridge

The Moffat County girls basketball team would not be denied Friday in New Castle. The Bulldogs recovered from a poor-shooting first half and got it going in the second to survive a game Coal Ridge team, 54-46. Moffat County (8-3, 7-1 Western Slope League) struggled in its first road game of 2013, but dispatched the Titans (5-7, 4-5 WSL) with a strong second half on both sides of the ball. Down 11 at halftime, the Bulldogs looked out of sorts. Their shots weren’t falling from beyond the arc or in the paint, and they turned the ball over much more than normal in the first half.

Rig Count for Jan. 26

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Local tax professional weighs in on tax law changes

Craig’s community, comprised of many business owners, farmers, ranchers and landlords may want to think twice about doing their own taxes this year. If they haven’t used professional tax services before, now may be the time. Because congress didn’t approve many things until January 2, the United States Internal Revenue Service, IRS, is now behind as far as getting tax forms done and released to the public.

Government update for Jan. 26

Government update

Craig Daily Press accepting applications for Citizens Academic Scholarship

The Craig Daily Press is now accepting applications for the 2013 Citizens Academic Scholarship, $500 to be applied to the Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Current Moffat County High School seniors and graduates within the last three years are eligible to apply, as long as they are U.S. citizens and current residents of Moffat, Rio-Blanco, Routt or Carbon counties. Graduates must be enrolled for the fall semester at CNCC.

Friday, January 25

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Literacy carnival broadens reading horizons for Craig elementary students

Sunset Elementary School hosted the twelfth annual literacy carnival Thursday night, showing students reading is fun and can be found in all different forms. With new takes on some old games like Twister, students incorporated reading while playing games such as bean bag toss, putt putt and fishing. Twister became sight word Twister and was a favorite amongst students. All four elementary schools and preschools participated.

Thursday, January 24

CNCC Craig campus update ...

News from Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig Campus:

Baxter Black: Gone fishin’ with Pinto

Pinto had inherited a nice little fishing boat. He waited all winter to launch it. When springtime time came he invited his friend John to go with him. Friday after work they hosed it down and patched the holes to get it ready.

Women in combat face doubts over emotions, ability

During her time in Iraq, Alma Felix would see her fellow female soldiers leave the Army installations where she worked at a desk job and head into combat with their male counterparts. But many returned home feeling that few knew of their contributions. "I guess we do disappear into the background," the 27-year-old former Army specialist said. "You always hear we're losing our sons out there. And although women have fallen out there, you really don't see very much of it." Now, with the Pentagon ending its ban on women in combat, Felix and other female troops hope the military's plan to open hundreds of thousands of combat jobs to them will lead society to recognize that they, too, can be courageous warriors. "We are the support. Those are the positions we fill and that's a big deal — we often run the show — but people don't see that," she said. "Maybe it will put more females forward and give people a sense there are women out there fighting for our country.

Agents find explosives in suburban Denver home

Federal agents have arrested a suburban Denver man accused of trying to trade explosive devices for cocaine or cash. Federal prosecutors said U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents removed multiple explosive devices from the Morrison man's home Thursday and rendered them safe.

Duchene leads Avalanche over Blue Jackets 4-0

Matt Duchene scored two goals and set up another, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. Varlamov preserved his ninth career shutout and first of the season when he used his chest to block a shot from in close by Ryan Johansen early in the third period. Varlamov also got an assist from the Avalanche's penalty-killing unit, which shut down all six power plays by the Blue Jackets. Since allowing two power-play goals in a season-opening loss at Minnesota last Saturday, the Avalanche have killed 16 consecutive power-play opportunities by the opposition. Playing their first game since learning they had lost Steve Downie to a season-ending knee injury in Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Kings, the Avalanche got another scare when John Mitchell took a puck off his face in the first period and left the ice holding a towel to his bleeding nose.

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MCHS Girls hoops with 2 tough games away from Craig

hit the road this weekend. Moffat County (7-3, 6-1 Western Slope League) will visit Coal Ridge High School Friday in New Castle, then go to Grand Valley Saturday in Parachute. In addition to being on the road, both opponents should provide greater challenges for the Bulldogs than their recent games against teams at the bottom of the league standings.

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Moffat County boys look to bolster WSL record

Moffat County has been perfect since break, but now the Bulldogs will have to prove they can get wins on the road as well. The Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 Western Slope League) will play Coal Ridge Friday in New Castle and Grand Valley Saturday in Parachute in a league doubleheader. Both teams have gone 1-10 to start the season, but getting wins will still be important for the Bulldogs, who are sandwiched between Roaring Fork and Aspen atop the league standings.

Moffat County School Board takes action at Thursday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Moffat County School Board unanimously approved:

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Craig elementary students to perform 'The Pied Piper' Saturday

Sixty Craig kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are spending some long days this week preparing for Saturday’s production of The Pied Piper, put on by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. With auditions held Monday, kids and directors have just six short days to put together an entire play. That means about three and a half hours of rehearsal each night, with a little less for the little ones in kindergarten and first grade.

Janet Sheridan: Moments of clarity

Throughout my life, I’ve experienced moments of clarity that occurred without fanfare or expectation and illuminated my future. I’m not referring to the probing reflections that often accompany a mile-stone birthday or significant life event—marriage, major illness, the death of a loved one, the birth of a child—but moments that come unbidden, surprising me with their lucidity. At fourteen, rather than going straight home after the church youth meeting as instructed by our parents, I joined five friends for a joyride in an aging Ford. I sat between the Lindstrom sisters in the back seat as we fled parental authority through a lake-tinged night.

Neil Folks: Spiritual gifts and natural abilities

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed." — Paul, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. There seems to be some misunderstanding as to the difference between a spiritual gift and a natural ability. We are all born with a natural ability to be good at something — chef, preacher, administrator, baseball player, sheriff, US President, etc. — if we work hard to develop the natural gift given to us in our genes, so–to-speak. A spiritual gift is not something we develop on our own. It is given to us from the outside, a source that transcends the human mind.

Wednesday, January 23

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Bolton sisters preparing for separate 18-month missions

Sarah Bolton describes it as an inspired work. Sarah and her younger sister Karen Bolton, 19, report on the same day, January 30, to begin their 18 month missions as part of their Mormon faith. Sarah, 21, sent her paperwork in nearly two weeks before Karen, yet they received their assignments in the mail only a day apart. Karen said with headquarters in Utah receiving about 1,400 applications a week, the timing for the sisters was nothing short of the Lord’s work.

Civil unions gets first vote in Colorado

A proposal to grant gay couples rights similar to marriage is expected to pass its first vote from Colorado lawmakers. A Senate committee is hearing testimony Wednesday from gay couples and supporters of traditional marriage on a civil unions bill that is expected to become law this year. Democrats tried unsuccessfully the last two years to pass civil unions, but House Republicans have defeated the measure. But Democrats now control both chambers of the legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the measure. Here's what people are saying about the vote:

Military considers joining firefighting sooner

Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., head of the U.S. Northern Command, said making specially equipped C-130 cargo aircraft available sooner is under discussion as military and civilian officials get ready for the 2013 wildfire season. The Defense Department has eight C-130s that can be equipped to drop thousands of gallons of retardant on wildfires. Under current rules, they can't be called up unless all the civilian and commercial firefighting aircraft are in use or unavailable.

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Students perform dances as part of music and PE

Sunset Elementary School was moving and grooving Wednesday with students in first through fifth grade giving dance performances throughout most the day. Dressed in their best, students combined musical skills such as rhythm and timing with their physical education learning to perform line dances and other dances such as the Virginia reel dance. Sunset’s music teacher Amanda Peltier and physical education teacher Susan Nicholson teamed up beginning January 7 to teach students the dances.

Tuesday, January 22

Wal-Mart warns suppliers on stricter measures

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has alerted its global suppliers that it will immediately drop them if they subcontract their work to factories that haven't been authorized by the discounter. Wal-Mart's stricter contracting rule, along with other changes to its policy, comes amid increasing calls for better safety oversight after a deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplied clothing to Wal-Mart and other retailers. The fire in late November killed 112 workers at a factory owned by Tazreen Fashions Ltd. Wal-Mart has said the factory wasn't authorized to make its clothes. In a letter sent Tuesday to suppliers of its Wal-Mart stores as well as Sam's Clubs in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, the company says it will adopt a "zero tolerance" policy on subcontracting without the company's knowledge, effective March. 1. Previously, suppliers had three chances to rectify mistakes. Wal-Mart also said it plans to publish on its corporate website a list of factories that haven't been authorized to manufacture goods for Wal-Mart.

Colorado civil unions near, bigger fight looms

As a proposal to allow civil unions for gay couples is set to breeze through the Colorado Legislature, a larger battle looms over same-sex marriage. Senate Democrats stand poised to give initial approval to a civil unions bill Wednesday as the plan comes before a legislative committee for the first time this session. The measure has been turned back in past years, but with Democrats controlling the state House, Senate and governor's office it is expected to pass easily. Debate over the proposal has been contentious and emotional the last two years. In each of those sessions civil union plans were defeated by House Republicans. "This is the time that we get to be on the side that wins," said Shawna Kemppainen, 47, who has testified in favor of the bill previously, along with her partner, Lisa Green, 48.

Officers accused in elk death in Boulder resign

Two police officers accused of conspiring to illegally kill a trophy elk in Boulder have resigned. Boulder police said Tuesday that an internal investigation into Sam Carter and Brent Curnow is continuing despite the resignations.

Craig City Council approves moratorium on pot clubs

Emergency ordinance passed in wake of private marijuana clubs on Front Range

Marijuana was once again of topic of discussion Tuesday night as the Craig City Council approved an ordinance restricting private marijuana clubs. Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said since the November 2012 passage of Amendment 64 a rash of private marijuana clubs have been established primarily along the Front Range.

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Moffat County wrestling entering season's final month

The Moffat County wrestlers had a difficult weekend going against some tough competition in Wyoming last Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs attended the Bill Thoman Invite at Green River High School in Green River, Wyo. and participated in five duals over the course of two days. They came out of the weekend with a 1-4 record going against teams from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 23, 2012: Bad Dogs deliver across wrestling disciplines

The Bad Dogs had a successful weekend wrestling in Wyoming. Also, get the latest in sports for Craig in Moffat County, including Parks and Rec volleyball, Moffat County Youth Wrestling, and an educational presentation this week on concussions.

Quicksilver wins approval in record time for latest Routt County oil well

The brevity of Tuesday night’s hearing was in marked contrast to a March 20, 2012, Quicksilver Resources permit hearing that lasted for seven hours and ended after midnight.

Editorial: Broader horizons

Our View: With five Moffat County students attending this week’s presidential inauguration, the editorial board would like to take a moment to thank them for their desire to experience something new. Board members also want to thank community members for also supporting those efforts.

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Q & A session with TMH's interim CEO Joyce Hein

With a warm smile and a firm handshake The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s new interim CEO Joyce Hein is no stranger to change. The retiree spends her time working as an interim CEO where needed for Quorum Health Resources, TMH’s management company. This keeps Hein busy traveling around the country overseeing the transition between hospital CEOs and makes her a pro at handling hospitals and communities to make sure nothing’s lost during the leadership change. The Craig Daily Press sat down with Hein and Chief of Organizational Excellence Jennifer Riley on Hein’s second day on the job to find out some background about TMH’s new interim CEO.

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Firefighters, EMS respond to smoke report at Pizza Hut

Three employees treated at TMH

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded Friday to a report of smoke at Pizza Hut, 1070 W. Victory Way. Also responding to the call, which came in about 4:45 p.m., were officers with the Craig Police Department and an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Jacobson resigns as CDP publisher, accepts ad director job in Greeley

Bryce Jacobson announced today his resignation as the publisher and editor of the Craig Daily Press. He is leaving to accept a position as the advertising director of the Greeley Tribune, a Swift Communications newspaper. Jacobson, 35, has served as the publisher of the Daily Press since January 2006, and as editor for the last several months. His last day is Feb. 6.

25 shades of Craig: “Catfish”

Many people are reaching out to the Internet to help them find that special someone who will capture their heart and also love them for who they are. One of the problems with this way of courting is where the urban dictionary’s definition of catfish comes into play. “A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”<br /

Police warn residents, businesses of counterfeit money scam

The Craig Police Department issued a statement Tuesday warning local businesses and residents about an influx of counterfeit $10 bills circulating in the area. The phony bills are computer copies of legal currency and may be mistaken as authentic if not checked by vendors and employees, according to a department press release.

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Craig Community Budget Center utilizes events like senior Tuesdays to help local residents

The Community Budget Center in Craig has trumped the 10 percent senior discount and thrown the senior courtesy cup out the window. Instead, the CBC offers Senior Tuesday every week, where seniors age 62 and over can purchase clothing at 50 percent off. As a non-profit organization all sales benefit those locally, which is what manager Karen Brown said the store is all about.

Monday, January 21

Ed and Shannan Koucherik: Chamber should include all

The Craig Chamber of Commerce's current recruitment of the best large and small business of Moffat County is a pointed statement that no matter how well a business serves its customers, if that business is not a part of the Chamber, it can't possibly be a good business.

Obama's second inaugural is a political speech

President Barack Obama never mentioned the words Democrat or Republican, yet his second inaugural address was a decidedly political speech. The president was careful not to make his remarks overtly partisan, but he had a message for Republicans: Compromise and embrace government as part of the solution. Obama, emboldened by his re-election with ultimately comfortable margins, laid out a progressive agenda. He stood up for spending on entitlement programs, promoted immigration reform, gay marriage, tax reform and voter identification laws, and unexpectedly gave one of his most impassioned calls for climate change — an issue that has not been at the forefront of the political debate. "The president may have spent more time discussing climate change in this speech than his entire first term in office," said University of Michigan debate director Aaron Kall. He described the address as "certainly a bolder and riskier speech from a president that doesn't have to run for re-election again."

Ute Mountain Utes, Colorado update game agreement

(AP) — Colorado officials and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe have signed a memorandum of understanding updating an agreement on how wildlife will be managed in part of southwest Colorado. The 1874 Brunot Agreement ceded Ute lands to the U.S. government but preserved the right of Indians to hunt there.

Affidavit: Boulder cop told others he planned to kill elk

(AP) — A court document alleges that a Boulder police officer charged with poaching an elk and tampering with evidence told other officers a week beforehand that he planned to kill the animal. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Sunday ( ) that an arrest warrant affidavit accused officer Sam Carter of mentioning a plan to kill the elk during a routine shift briefing on Dec. 26. The elk was shot on Jan. 1.

Sunday, January 20

New rule may help clean up polluting old mines

A new federal policy should protect "good Samaritan" groups from liability if they try to stanch dangerous chemicals leaking from abandoned mining sites in the Colorado mountains and beyond, environmental officials say. The Denver Post reported Sunday ( ) that the Environmental Protection Agency tweaked its policy after years of prodding by Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Udall visited the abandoned Iron Springs Mill site on Boreas Pass Friday and said the region's water and air quality, its wildlife and its travel industry are at risk unless leaks are contained. "We're going to go to work. I predict we're going to see projects all over this state, from the Red and Bonita Mine above Silverton to Willow Creek near Creede, to the Pennsylvania Mine, to the Tiger Mine near Leadville," Udall said.

Nuggets snap Thunder's win streak with OT victory

Kenneth Faried scored the go-ahead layup in overtime, and the Denver Nuggets overcame 30-plus point games from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to beat Oklahoma City 121-118, snapping the Thunder's six-game winning streak. Corey Brewer scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nuggets, who reversed a 20-point loss to Oklahoma City last Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and Faried finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Thunder, who beat Dallas in overtime Friday night behind a career-high 52 points from Durant, lost for the first time in five overtime games this season. They got 37 points from Durant and 36 from Westbrook. The game was a difficult one emotionally as well for Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose 79-year-old mother, Lee, died on Saturday. In a statement released by the club earlier, Brooks thanked friends, family and the team for their support and said his mom would have wanted him to coach Sunday night's game.

Ravens upset Patriots 28-13 to reach Super Bowl

Oh, brother! John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens set up a family reunion at the Super Bowl, shutting down the New England Patriots 28-13 Sunday in the AFC championship game. The Ravens reached their first Super Bowl in 12 years, thanks to three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and a defense led by Ray Lewis that made Tom Brady look downright ordinary. Next up for Harbaugh and the Ravens is younger brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers, who beat Atlanta 28-24 earlier in the day for the NFC title.

Be aware of heart attack symptoms

As the leading killer of men and women in America, heart attacks and their symptoms can range from mild discomfort to intense pain. Seeking immediate help when experiencing a heart attack is key to surviving. With next month as American Heart Month, The Memorial Hospital at Craig and Quorum Health Resources sent a news release reminding Craig’s residents not to ignore heart attack symptoms.

Senior Spotlight for January 21, 2013

I can see the whole apartment across the street is clear of snow on its shingles, window sills, icicles are gone. It was a picture of beauty seldom seen when it had the snow plastered to it. The trees still have some snow on some of the lower boughs. I am an avid jig saw puzzle person and I said to myself, this would make an awesome jig saw puzzle. I'm sure the present picture I see would please most people due to the face it doesn't make it so cold looking. Two pictures, one location, later on add flowers.

Suicide support groups struggle in Craig

Whether contemplating or attempting suicide, it’s a tough subject to discuss or seek help for, and one the Craig community seems reluctant to discuss.

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Bulldogs shut down Bruins

Visiting Cedaredge couldn’t stand up to the pressure against the Moffat County boys basketball defense Saturday. Moffat County worked through a rough shooting first half and got its scoring done in transition for much of the game, winning 71-41 in Craig. Guards Taft Cleverly and Tyler Davis led the way for the Bulldogs, each scoring 15 points.

Saturday, January 19

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Moffat County hits from outside to beat Cedaredge

The girls basketball team from Moffat County broke another opponent down Saturday en route to its fifth straight win. The Bulldogs was coming off two easy wins against Aspen and Basalt, the two bottom teams in the Western Slope League. With Cedaredge visiting Saturday, Moffat County figured to have its hands more full with a tough Bruins squad that entered the weekend 3-2 in WSL play.

Stephanie Pearce: Volunteering — That’s Important to Me

It is amazing to me how we teach our kids values and they don’t even know it. I was working more on my list of things that are important to me and I started remembering happy childhood memories of very teachable moments. I started thinking about how I learned that giving back to my community by volunteering is so important. When I was little one of my very first memories is sitting on my mom’s lap while she was playing piano in this little white house made into a rest home on Yampa Avenue here in Craig. At least once a month you could find my mom in there on a Sunday afternoon playing and singing hymns for the residents.

Editorial: Fuel folly

Our View: Though gas prices have decreased recently to levels comparable with stations in surrounding communities, it seemed as though Craig prices for a long time were more expensive. This fact, when combined with the sometimes-uniform movement in the prices at local stations, is a recipe for residents to be suspicious of price fixing. The editorial board hopes those days are over, but if the discrepancy returns residents do have options.

From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s Cold Outside

It’s cold outside, and everybody’s talking about it. Here at Pipi’s Pasture it is a little warmer than in Craig, but no matter whether the thermometer reads -24 degrees or -30 degrees, one thing is for sure—it’s plenty cold. There are signs typical of the changing seasons on a ranch or farm. You know that it’s a cold winter because:

CNCC Craig campus update for Jan. 19, 2013

CNCC Craig campus update

Over a Cup: Make a Cake with just 1 egg

This week I came upon a recipe that brought back memories. It came from a time when I was a young mother. I did a lot more cooking then. I’m not sure why—perhaps I just had more energy.

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Moffat County basketball doubles up on Basalt

It was another good night for basketball in Craig. The Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams both took big first half leads and coasted to victories over Basalt High School Friday in the MCHS gym. The home court has been good to the Bulldogs, which have gone a combined 8-0 in home games this season. The girls team led off the night in similar fashion to its game against Aspen a week ago. The Bulldogs came out in a full-court press and took a 10-0 lead by forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets.

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Snow paving way for Snocross races

After racing in Duluth, Minn., local Snocross riders came back to Craig disappointed in their performance. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much they could do about it. At the time, there was no snow on the ground in Craig, which meant no opportunity to get back on their sleds and practice. But since the snow came down in force, Wesley Chapman, Austin Gabbert and A.J. Stoffle have been making the most of it. The teenage Snocross competitors have gone snowmobiling at Black Mountain several times and Chapman even built a snow ramp in his back yard.

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board takes action at Thursday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board:

Rig Count for Jan. 19

Rig Count

Government update for Jan. 19, 2013

Government update

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More than just a hunter

Chris Jurney recognized as 2012 Colorado Outfitter of the Year

Some say it takes a lifetime to perfect a craft. And although Craig resident Chris Jurney, owner of Chris Jurney Outfitting, has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, the Colorado Outfitters Association cited a lifetime of achievements when the organization last weekend in Grand Junction named Jurney its 2012 Outfitter of the Year. The annual award is bestowed upon a COA member who demonstrates a commitment to the outfitting industry, wildlife and wildlife management, and the ideals of the organization

Vets, not rookies, key to success in NFL playoffs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ray Lewis remembers when he was a twentysomething kid on the Baltimore Ravens en route to a Super Bowl title. Back then, a dozen years ago, he was the one paying attention to the advice offered, and example set, by a pair of Hall-of-Famers-to-be in their 30s: tight end Shannon Sharpe and safety Rod Woodson. "Shannon, because he had done it already," Lewis recalled this week. "Rod, because he hadn't done it. ... To look in his eyes, to know how he wanted to touch that Lombardi (Trophy) together, and then to listen to Shannon tell him how calm you had to be and how prepared you had to be."

Armstrong turns emotional in 2nd part of interview

(AP) — Lance Armstrong finally cracked. Not while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night's second part of Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey. It wasn't over the $75 million in sponsorship deals that evaporated over the course of two days, or having to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity he founded and called his "sixth child." It wasn't even about his lifetime ban from competition, though he said that was more than he deserved.

Friday, January 18

On the record for Jan. 19, 2013

On the record for Jan. 19, 2013

Tracy Winder: Gun-free-zone laws and school safety

The United States Congress enacted the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 (GFSZA), which was amended later to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling regarding constitutionality. The U.S. Code defines “school zone” as any public, parochial, or private school which provides elementary or secondary education (K-12). Other federally-mandated ‘gun-free zones’ were created later. States and local jurisdictions quickly followed suit with their own ‘gun-free zones’, including Colorado. Since then, nearly all multiple shootings in the USA have taken place in public or private ‘gun-free zones’. The common feature of mass shootings in Europe is that they all take place in gun-free zones. Since 1990, I count 14 mass shootings in the USA that have taken place on ‘gun-free zone’ school properties, including the latest in California.

Thursday, January 17

TMH adds 3 new physicians to staff

The Memorial Hospital at Craig has added three new doctors to its staff, Emergency Room Physician Dr. Nadia lovettz-Tereshchenko, OB/GYN Physician Dr. James Summers and Family Medicine Physician Dr. Jon Hamilton. Don Myers, the Board of Trustee’s chair, said in a news release he felt fortunate to have the doctors join the hospital team. Lovettz-Tereshchenko started Wednesday in the Emergency and Trauma Department. Most recently she was an emergency medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente in North Valley, Calif., working in an E.R. that saw several thousand patients each year.

Colo. governor paying off lamb chop Broncos bet

It's time for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to pay up for the Denver Broncos' loss to Baltimore in their NFL playoff game last week. Hickenlooper grilled lamb chops Thursday and was mailing a package of ready-to-cook chops to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to make good on their bet.

Colorado movie theater reopens in somber ceremony

The Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage last year reopened Thursday with a somber remembrance ceremony and a screening of the latest "Hobbit" film for survivors — but the pain was too much, the idea too horrific, for many Aurora victims to attend. "We as a community have not been defeated," Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told victims, officials, and dozens of police officers and other first responders who filled half the theater's seats at the ceremony. "We are a community of survivors," Hogan declared. "We will not let this tragedy define us." Pierce O'Farrill, who was wounded three times in the shooting, said: "It's important for me to come here and sit in the same seat that I was sitting in. It's all part of the healing process, I guess."

Armstrong admits doping: 'I'm a flawed character'

He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. He was light on the details and didn't name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins from 1999-2005, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities. But right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN network, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what had been one of the worst-kept secrets for the better part of a week: He was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on a U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France time after time. "I'm a flawed character," he said.

Want a job? What’s your password?

What would happen if someone walked into a company for a job interview and the interviewer asked them for their Facebook password? This is occurring more and more in the work place. Give up the information and share all personal information.

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Carving out a familiar place in town

Much recognized ‘Town Bear’ began in 2002 on a whim

Tree carvings have been around for centuries. Elaine DeuPree changed things up a bit when she decided to dress up the carving in front of her house on Sixth Street. The carving goes by the name DeuBear, but many people know it as “The Town Bear.”

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First-hand witnesses to history in the making

Student Council members traveling to D.C. to see Obama Inauguration

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn into office, becoming the first President of the United States. This January 20th, President Barack Obama will be sworn into office for his second term, making this the 44th U.S. Presidential inauguration.

Baxter Black: The Heeler mentality

It all started when my wife asked, “What happened to your head?” “Where?” I asked, thinking I had scratched it in the mesquite or during the night while I was sleeping someone had tattooed “KICK ME” across my forehead. She reached up and touched me above the left ear. “Oh,” I said, “I had a little hair trim.”

Should America police the world?

The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter, the Blue Print newspaper or Moffat County School District. Reporters are asked to take a specific position in order to share selected perspectives.

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One Bilbo, one Gandolf, one Gollum, one MCHS

One Book, One MCHS returns with a classic adventure tale

Travelling with 13 dwarves and the legendary wizard Gandalf is not a bad way to start off a journey. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien, introduces such familiar faces as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Gray. Bilbo’s quiet existence is shattered when Gandolf shows up at his doorstep and convinces him to embark on a dangerous journey.

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Remembering a man of service

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice. He encouraged citizens to apply the concept of nonviolence in efforts to make America a better, stronger place. King’s “I Have A Dream” and “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speeches inspired and guided America towards equality for African Americans. Across the country, his impact is recognized on the third Monday of every January. This year, King’s efforts will be celebrated on January 21st.

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GOAL Academy surpasses 2 year enrollment goal in nearly 2 months

When Annette McCurdy signed on as Guided Online Academic Learning Academy's academic coach in Craig in August 2011, officials from the online high school warned her it may take two years of working from home to enroll enough students, 50, to warrant moving into a facility. A month and a half later McCurdy rented out space in the Centennial Mall for a drop-in learning center. She had already reached the two-year goal.

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Fusing diverse cultures yields delicious results

Mauka restaurant looking to make a name for itself in Craig

Spinach in a smoothie? Yep, you heard it. The Mauka Bakery puts spinach in every deliciously crafted green coconut smoothie they make. It consists of coconut milk, banana and spinach.

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Master Chief and Cortana Return

Halo 4 introduces new features

The world is crumbling; buildings are crashing and lava is bursting through the ground. Master Chief floors the pedal of his warthog and launches off a ramp, landing him and Arbiter into the cargo bay of “Forward Unto Dawn.” As they make their escape from the destruction behind them, the ship is engulfed in a bright light. Halo 3 ends.

From punching paper to tying goats, competition reins

Sophomore Dakota Ahlstrom works to be competitive in several arenas

Shooting rifles and riding horses. Both are rather common occurrences in Moffat County. However, fifteen year old sophomore Dakota Ahlstrom has made an art form out of both. Between school and studying, she is working on refining her skills and competitiveness in both.

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Reading between the lines

Manufacturers offer insightful information upon closer review

The energy drink market is a $3.4 billion dollar a year industry. By some estimates, nearly one-third of US teenagers consume energy drinks. That’s nearly 8 million kids.

Derik Scott arrested on suspicion of violating restraining order

Total number of active cases against Scott raised to four

A Craig resident facing assault charges in Moffat County District Court was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating a restraining order. Derik Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with one count of violating a restraining order, a misdemeanor. Wednesday’s arrest stems from an active case in district court where Scott is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of violating the conditions of a bail bond, a Class 6 felony.

David Pressgrove: Serving, not working, can cure our case of the 'Mondays'

“Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays.” – The annoying, nameless, secretary in the movie “Office Space.” The above quote changed my path in life. “Office Space” is about three men who work for a computer software company and they hate their jobs so much they decide to rip off the company they work for.

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CMS girls lose nail-biter to Rawlins

Sometimes in basketball one bad quarter can doom a team. The Craig Middle School eighth grade girls A basketball team learned that lesson the hard way Thursday evening at CMS. The Bulldogs suffered a loss at the hands of Rawlins Middle School, 35-33, in a game that went down to the wire, but saw the Bulldogs come up short. CMS outscored the Colts over the majority of the game, but surrendered 14 points in the second quarter and could not complete a comeback.

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East fourth grader overcomes language barrier, leads school in Passport to Reading

When fourth grade teacher Linda Davis met then third grader Grisel Moriel last year during the Girls on the Run program, Moriel was unable to speak English and communicated with the group through a translator. One year later the East fourth grader is now in Davis’s class, and it’s her name alone on the list of students who have already met the goal of reading 20 books for the Passport to Reading program. Although her English is still a little broken, Davis says Moriel has grown in leaps and bounds, unrecognizable as the little girl who couldn’t speak English only last year.

Herod Family: Thank you for your kindness

The family of Jon Herod would like to thank each of you for the kindness shown...

Robin Schiffbauer: Thank you, TMH administration

St. Michael's Community Kitchen would like to thank The Memorial Hospital Staff, George and Val Rohrich and Jennifer Riley for their support.

On the Record for Jan. 17, 2013

On the Record for Jan. 17, 2013

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting agenda for Jan. 17

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Agenda:

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Andy Bockelman: 'Zero Dark Thirty': The hunt is on

Whether you believe a film like “Zero Dark Thirty” is authentic, you have to admire the boldness involved in recreating one of America’s most controversial ongoing sagas.

TMH board, QHR name interim CEO

The Memorial Hospital at Craig Board of Trustees and its management company Quorum Health Resources announced the appointment of Joyce Grove Hein as interim Chief Executive Officer in a news release Thursday. The release said Hein has been with QHR since 2007; serving in various interim positions with QHR managed hospitals.

Wednesday, January 16

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Bulldogs prepping for weekend doubleheader

It’s a big weekend for Moffat County basketball, with home games Friday and Saturday at Moffat County High School. It will be the Bulldogs’ last home games until Feb. 2. Both MCHS teams will be expected to win their games, playing at homes against teams that have either struggled or been middle-of-the-road so far this season. But the wins will still be important ones for Moffat County to secure.

Alman Nicodemus appointed to TMH Board of Trustees

Commissioner John Kinkaid remains as county ex-officio

The Moffat County Commission Tuesday approved numerous appointments to a variety of county boards. Though the Commission reappointed a number of residents to existing seats, they also were able to mix in a few fresh faces.

Firefighters battle extreme chill during home fire

Early morning blaze near CR 15 extinguished with no injuries

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters battled extreme overnight temperatures this week, but were able to extinguish a home fire in Moffat County with no injuries. The report of a house fire came in shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Moffat County Road 15 about 20 miles west of Craig, said Fire Chief Bill Johnston.

Fee-free recreation days set for 2013

The U.S. Forest Service announced it will join other agencies in participating in fee-free days for 2013. The free access to public lands will begin Jan. 21 in conjunction with Martin luther King, Jr. Day. It will be the first of four fee-free days offered throughout the year by the Forest Service. The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.

On the record for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

On the record for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Moffat County Commission takes action at this week’s meetings

During a special meeting Monday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, writing a letter supporting Club 20’s position on telecommunications services.

Tuesday, January 15

Chandler lifts Nuggets over Blazers 115-111 in OT

Wilson Chandler hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-111 Tuesday night for their season-best sixth consecutive victory. Danilo Gallinari added 25 points, including a key 3-pointer in the extra period. Ty Lawson had 24 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who are 2-0 in overtime this season. Portland, which lost for the first time in six OT games this season, was led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 28 points. Nicolas Batum had 22 points, J.J. Hickson 19 and Damian Lillard 16. Gallinari hit his third 3 of the game for an overtime lead but Aldridge responded with a turnaround jumper that tied it 109-all with 51.8 seconds left. Lawson then lobbed a pass to JaVale McGee for an alley-oop dunk.

Wal-Mart to hire vets, buy more American products

Why wait on Washington when there's Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the biggest private employer in the U.S. with 1.4 million workers here, said Tuesday that it is rolling out a three-part plan to help jumpstart the sluggish U.S. economy. The plan includes hiring more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years, spending $50 billion to buy more American-made merchandise in the next 10 years and helping its part-time workers move into full-time positions. The move comes as Wal-Mart tries to bolster its image amid widespread criticism. The company, which often is criticized for its low-paying jobs and buying habits in the U.S., recently has faced allegations that it made bribes in Mexico and calls for better safety oversight after a deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplies its clothes. Wal-Mart said its initiatives are unrelated to those events, but rather are meant to highlight that companies don't have to wait for lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to fix the economy.

MCTA Board meeting agenda for Jan. 16, 2013

Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting

YVDP: Local economy getting stronger

Many economic indicators show improvement despite slow jobs recovery

The economy in Moffat County continues to show slow, but steady improvement, according to Yampa Valley Data Partners. YVDP last week released its first quarter economic forecast, which measures the local economy based off factors such as retail sales, real estate, employment, and construction. Those primary sectors show the local economy is improving slightly and has been for about the last year, the YVDP report states.

25 Shades of Craig: Cheating, part 2

Cheating is a topic that many people don’t like to discuss, but let’s be honest cheating has been going on for years. Look at relationships in the past and present and list the people not only in the public eye that have cheated, but also the people in your own personal life. Over the years, cheating has become easier and easier to do because of our advances in technology. These days a majority of people have cell phones where they can text, send pictures, email, chat and visit web sites all in one place.

Editorial: Uncommon cold

Our View: Given the amount of snowfall Moffat County has seen over the past month, the editorial board wants to thank those responsible for the excellent road maintenance and snow removal our area has received, and also to remind residents to stay vigilant in their own snow removal efforts. And with arctic-cold spells seemingly on the heels of every snowfall, board members also wanted to give credit to those individuals tasked with facing the brutal conditions as part of their livelihood.

Barnes family: Many Thanks

THANK YOU! Those two little words will NEVER show our gratitude to the known, as well as the unknown, people who came to our aid after our home burned down.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 16, 2012: Youth hockey team splits weekend matchups

The Craig 10 and under youth hockey team played four games over the weekend. Get the scoop on how they performed, as well as the newest standings from the bowling leagues at Thunder Rolls and from the Billiards Congress of America leagues. The pool leagues are headed for the playoffs starting next week.

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Charchalis making most of final year at Mines

A Moffat County graduate is making the most of her final year playing basketball. Angie Charchalis, a 2008 graduate of MCHS, is playing in her fifth year on the basketball team at the Colorado School of Mines and is leading the Orediggers in scoring this season. The former Bulldog has been a big scoring contributor in each of her seasons playing at CSM, averaging better than 11 points per game in the 2009-10 season, and more each year since. The Orediggers’ style of play has gotten steadily faster during that time, meaning she has had to be a scorer for CSM in different styles.

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Moffat County has long history with snow and cold

“Silently, relentlessly, the snow piled up,” Sylvia Beeler wrote in the 1979 February edition of the Northwest Daily Press. Recalling the great snowstorm of 1949, Beeler wrote then about the same things occurring present day. With snow piled up and temperatures dropping, the process of digging out of homes, bundling up, getting the car started and preparing for winter storms has become second nature for the residents of Craig and Moffat County. Moffat County’s residents have a long history with battling the cold, and not always a winning one.

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Snowflake exhibit on display at Museum of Northwest Colorado

One of a kind

Surrounded by it, snow is comprised of millions of snowflakes, each unique in design and composition. Befuddling people since 135 B.C., technology has allowed a better look at how a snowflake forms and what it looks like close up. The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig has a snowflake exhibit on display that’s second to none, featuring photos from William Bentley and Kenneth Libbrecht; the exhibit has many other items for patrons viewing pleasure. Before ascending the stairs to the exhibit, the center of the museum features a video on the history of recording snowflakes and displays some of the first microscopes ever used to view them on loan from Yale University.

Monday, January 14

Craig's kids at Boys & Girls Club thank mentors as part of national mentoring month

January has been proclaimed National Mentoring month by President Obama, with National Mentoring Day to be celebrated Thursday. In honor and celebration of all the wonderful things mentors do and mean to the Craig community, the Craig Daily Press visited with some of Craig’s youngest and most honest residents at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig Monday to talk about who their mentors were and why.

Voting for One Book 4 Colorado under way

One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative to support family reading at home and instill a passion for learning in young children, launched the public book selection process Monday. The announcement came from Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who according to a news release said, “One Book 4 Colorado puts books in the hands of children and helps inspire a culture of reading in their homes. We’re excited to kick-off the program by inviting Coloradoans of all ages to help us select this year’s book. One Book 4 Colorado is just one way for communities to come together to teach children how to read.” One of three books will be chosen and the public is invited to visit the OB4C website,, to vote for their favorite.

120-acre donation provides public land connectivity in California Park

Private landowners gave the property to the U.S. Forest Service at the end of 2012. Forest Service officials say they'll now be able to more effectively manage wildlife species such as native cutthrout trout that live in some of the streams in California Park.

On the record for Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

On the record for Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Parks and Wildlife Commission finalizes 2013 big game hunting regulations

Youth elk hunting program, mountain lion season modified for New Year

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission last week met in Denver to finalize big game hunting regulations for 2013. Among the more significant changes is a modification to the late season youth elk hunting program. Originally developed to address overpopulations of elk on agricultural, private lands in western Colorado, the program is transitioning to allow young hunters with an unfilled 2013 cow or either sex tag to hunt late seasons in the general area of their original license, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Sunday, January 13

Fans fill bleachers as Avalanche open camp

The fans crammed into the bleachers and lined one side of the ice rink, waiting for the Colorado Avalanche to take the ice. Maybe they were there to simply catch a glimpse of the Avalanche during their first official practice since the lockout was lifted. Or maybe they filled the tiny facility on Sunday because it was a way to forget — at least for a moment — the Denver Broncos' stinging loss the day before to Baltimore that ended a promising season and sent the city into a somber mood. Either way, the players were sure appreciative. A little shocked even, when they were greeted by cheers as they stepped out of the locker room and onto the ice.

A day later, Broncos still making sense of loss

The intended target for Peyton Manning's last pass of the season didn't sleep much after the game that brought Denver's run to the Super Bowl to an unexpected halt. "I kept playing it back in my head," Brandon Stokley said Sunday, as he discussed the loss in a rapidly clearing locker room. "It's like a bad dream that keeps playing over and over." But yes, that really happened. The 38-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens goes down as one of the most crushing defeats in Broncos history, as much for when it came — two games short of the Super Bowl — as the surreal way it came about.

Newtown weighs fate of Conn. school where 26 died

Newtown residents are divided on what to do with the school building where 26 people were killed, with some favoring demolition and construction of a memorial and others encouraging renovations. Many passionately gave their opinions at an emotional public meeting Sunday about the fate of Sandy Hook Elementary. "I have two children who had everything taken from them," said Audrey Bart, whose children attend the school but weren't injured in the shooting. "The Sandy Hook Elementary School is their school. It is not the world's school. It is not Newtown's school. We cannot pretend it never happened, but I am not prepared to ask my children to run and hide. You can't take away their school." But fellow Sandy Hook parent Stephanie Carson said she can't imagine ever sending her son back to the building.

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Twentymile Mine donates $25,000 to TMH

Two-year total of $50k to enhance electronic medical record system

Last week, employees of Oak Creek-based Twentymile Mine presented The Memorial Hospital Foundation in Craig with a $25,000 donation. Twentymile Mine, operated by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, matched its 2012 contribution to the hospital, bringing its two-year total to $50,000, according to a TMH Foundation news release.

Senior Spotlight for January 14, 2013

The main topic is the cold weather. Well, it is very cold. February is looming closer in the future. It will bring forth a change in the temperature. In the mean time, I watch the weather channel often. Thank my lucky stars I'm not in Indiana with not only cold weather but tornadoes some places having news on floods, etc. So I focus towards the future one day at a time. Think someone told me Valentine's stuff is showing up already. So I need to see what all I got in my decorations and start thinking about hearts and flowers. I know it's hard to do when you have to go out in sub-zero weather.

Humane Society of Moffat County helping out in big ways

Although small, the Humane Society of Moffat County helps out animals in a big way by hosting events, fundraising and coordinating transfers. The group is set to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

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Moffat County boys basketball shuts down Aspen offense

Tyler Davis saw his fourth quarter 3-pointer go through the hoop and he let out a whoop of glee. It was Davis’ second 3 in a row, and it put the Bulldogs up on Aspen by 20 points, as well as moved the game out of reach. In a game of spurts, those 3s were the tail-end of the biggest one for Moffat County, which defeated Aspen, 45-35, on Saturday in the MCHS gym. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 7-1 (4-1 Western Slope League) this season, while Aspen fell to 6-2 (4-1).

Saturday, January 12

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Moffat County girls basketball hounds Aspen on defense

From the opening tip, the Moffat County girls basketball team was all over Aspen. The Bulldogs used full-court defense, and they forced a host of turnovers by the Skiers to take control early and win, 62-19, on Saturday at MCHS. Aspen didn’t score until about the midway point of the first quarter and finished the frame down 11-2. The Bulldogs’ aggressive defense during the first half would allow just two more points in the second quarter, as Moffat County took a 27-4 lead into the break.

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Bulldogs swimmers take 1st at Moffat County Invite

It was all Moffat County at their home swim meet Saturday morning in Craig. The Bulldogs, hosting Aspen High School and Delta High School at the MCHS pool, filled up the standings sheets en route to scoring 155 points. Aspen was second with 50, while Delta scored 43.

Stephanie Pearce: That’s important to me

As this New Year is upon us, I’m thinking how I want this year to look. In doing so, I’m organizing the things that are important to me. The trend seems to be getting back to the basics and I am all about that. After all, I live on a ranch and I enjoy “the basics.”

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Year in review: CDP’s top stories of 2012

2012 was a rollercoaster ride for Moffat County. The community celebrated many wonderful events and stories, and also endured frustrations and mourned tragedy. The following is a list of the top 10 stories from the Craig Daily Press in 2012 as chosen by its staff. Some stories are grouped together — like court cases or health care stories — while other entries consist of a single feature story. Each of the listed stories can be found in its entirety by finding this story at

Editorial: Concussion discussion

Our View: With increased awareness of head injuries in professional and collegiate sports, coaches and parents of athletes at the high school level and younger are dealing with the same issue. Moffat County is lucky to have several great resources available to help residents with all aspects of pre- and post-concussion care.

COGCC adopts new rules for groundwater testing, setbacks

New drilling rules touted as most comprehensive in the country

This week members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission convened in Denver to adopt new drilling rules that have been touted as the most comprehensive in the country. The three-day meeting concluded Wednesday with the COGCC granting preliminary approval of new guidelines for setbacks. Setbacks refer to the distance between drilling rigs and occupied dwellings.

Rig Count for Jan. 12

Rig count

Government update for Jan. 12, 2013

Government update

Colorado Parks and Wildlife accepting applications for 2013 recreation grants

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments for grants that benefit outdoor recreation activities in Colorado. The agency announced this week it would distribute up to $1.7 million in matching grants in 2013 for Colorado projects that benefit fishing, shooting ranges or boating.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 12, 2013: Big weekend for Moffat County sports

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County. Get the newest standings from the BCA pool league at Popular Bar and the most recent Parks and Rec information. Check out a schedule for this weekend's sporting events in Craig, one of the busiest of the winter.

Report: Lance to admit doping in Oprah interview

(AP) — Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas. Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.

Weather is blustery but focused Broncos aren't

(AP) — Try as they might, the Baltimore Ravens just couldn't get under the skin or into the heads of the Denver Broncos, who were more concerned about talking up their opponents than trash-talking them. Most of the Ravens were exceedingly complimentary of the Broncos this week, but some spent time excusing their 34-17 home loss to Denver last month with dismissals ranging from the soon-to-retire Ray Lewis and several others being out of the lineup to the Broncos' receivers pushing off too much.

Thursday, January 10

Baxter Black: Working mothers

Pam and I were having a deep discussion on cow psychology. Subjects such as horn envy, chuteaphobia, the empty nest syndrome at weaning time and unsightly hair on udders. Then she brought up a subject that I have wondered about myself, even as a cross-species problem; females working together in a tight community. We all know the tension that occurs when you put a new mare into the herd, or buy a new blue heeler bitch and bring her home to meet the other dogs, or put six mothers of second-graders in a small room with the objective of picking out new school colors.

Veterans Hotline: New Telehealth service offered

The Craig Telehealth Clinic is offering another service to our Veterans. It is called “Tele-Spiritual” with a pastor via the Denver VAMC. If anyone has an interest, please contact the Craig clinic to schedule an appointment at 970-824-6721. There will be brochures out in the near future. In October, the Social Security Administration announced that it would increase SSA benefits by 1.7 percent based on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the third quarter of 2012.

A&L: 4-H Members Compete in Arizona National Livestock Show

Four Moffat County 4-H members and one 4-H member formerly of Moffat County competed in the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, held the last week of December 2012. Exhibiting livestock were Call and Mackenzie Camblin of Maybell, Andrea Maneotis and Jerica DeLong of Craig, and Megan Prather of Bailey, formerly of Craig.

Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement. The Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta said in a statement he withdrew because it was likely that the "prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration." Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the committee had chosen Giglio because of his work to end human trafficking. Giglio organizes the Passion evangelical conferences that draw tens of thousands of young people. "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural," Whisenant said in a statement.

Decker, Thomas flourish under Manning

They were frustrated a year ago when Tim Tebow didn't target them very often — and often missed his targets when he did. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have flourished with Peyton Manning under center, combining for 179 catches, 2,498 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. They're two of the biggest reasons the Denver Broncos (13-3) haven't lost in three months heading into their AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens (11-6) on Saturday. Having Manning around can do wonders for young receivers, but only if they work hard and stay healthy, the two things that allowed this pair of third-year pros to put aside a history of injuries and have bust-out seasons.

US taking steps to protect Gunnison sage grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday the Gunnison sage grouse is in danger of extinction as it proposed protecting the chicken-like bird with spiky tail feathers as an endangered species. The agency has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird known for elaborate courtship displays. The designation sometimes, but not always, means restrictions on human activities on that land. The public and the scientific community have until March 12 to comment before the agency makes a final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables was disappointed with the proposal, which would give the state less flexibility in managing the species under federal law than if it were to be listed as threatened.

Over A Cup: Homemade soup

Boy, has it been cold, and if the weather forecast is correct we’re in for some more frigid temperatures this weekend. I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that hits the spot than a pot of hot homemade soup when it’s cold outside. The soup smells so good when it’s cooking, too.

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Beauchamp honored as 3A All-State performer

Over two months since the Moffat County High School football season ended, one Bulldog got the biggest award of the year. Senior Zach Beauchamp, a defensive lineman for Moffat County, was a 3A All-State Honorable Mention selection. Beauchamp had spent much of the season, along with the rest of the Bulldog defensive line, in the backfields of opponents, recording 23.5 sacks on the year. Despite not making the postseason and playing less games than many counterparts, those 23.5 sacks were still more than any other player in any classification in Colorado, according to

Sunset's SAC approves funds for after school intervention

Sunset Elementary School's School Accountability Committee met Tuesday to discuss their fundraiser, improvement plan and extended day intervention and enrichment programs. Members discussed:

Pointing in the right direction

CNCC official working on new signage

If looking for the new Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Craig without knowing where it was, it would be easy to become wind up in the wrong place. Although the new campus has been open over a year now, highway signage still directs people to the old location at the CNCC bell tower. Marketing director Jeff Stoddard has been working ardently on getting signage corrected and pointing to the correct campus.

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Moffat wrestlers come up short vs. Grand Valley

In their first home meet of two this season, the Moffat County wrestling team’s debut in Craig didn’t quite go as planned. The Bulldogs didn’t have their full arsenal of wrestlers competing due to injuries or a lack of an opponent from Grand Valley, and lost to the Cardinals, 39-30. But that didn’t take away from a raucus evening in the MCHS gym. Through each match, an energetic crowd added more intensity to the competition on the mat. The effect was not lost on head coach Roman Gutierrez.

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Firefighters battle blaze near pump jack in Moffat County

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Fire/Rescue and EMTs from The Memorial Hospital in Craig contained a fire Thursday near a pump jack location on Colorado Highway 394 and Moffat County Road 33.

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The Memorial Hospital gets new executive chef

Layle Dees knows how and what to feed people. In her previous role as general manager of dining services for Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat, Dees had to have plenty of food for the college kids she served, and the right kind too. “College kids need comfort food,” Dees said. “Especially freshman. If you can make college kids happy you can definitely make adults happy.” In her new role as the executive chef for The Memorial Hospital at Craig, the Texas native brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with a little bit of southern charm.

Birthday: Chuck Osborn

There will be an open house in celebration of Chuck Osborn’s 80th Birthday from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 430 Woodbury in Craig.

Janet Sheridan: My resolution for the New Year

There’s a chance that going public with my intended change for 2013 will shame me into keeping it, so here it is: I am going to stop talking about my medical issues with anyone who will listen, even though doing so will be more painful for me than my recently developed plantar fasciitis—I love clucking away with friends and family about the latest indignity imposed on me by my body. I first noticed an upswing in my interest in discussing bunions and bursitis a few years ago when I stood in a circle of men and women at party and thought, “I used to run from conversations like this.”

Greg Smith: God given rights

We the People need to understand that the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States of America does not GIVE you any rights, it simply affirms that these rights are God given, and not subject to man's interpretation.

YVDP: Nonprofit organization doesn't take positions on political issues

In response to the article “Steamboat economic analyst Scott Ford ends relationship with Yampa Valley Data Partners” (Jan. 9 Craig Daily Press), Yampa Valley Data Partners (YVDP) is a neutral, non-advocacy, nonprofit organization with the mission of developing collaborative partnerships and to provide relevant, timely data to decision makers. Scott Ford was an independent contractor to the organization who worked closely with YVDP Executive Director Kate Nowak for four years. During this time, Scott represented the organization in numerous public meetings and reports.

Linda Taylor: Lord send the angels, send the angels

It was during one of our Wednesday night youth meetings that I had at our little town church in Texas “that God showed me how awesome he truly is.” It was a cool damp evening and we were waiting for one of the youth’s to join us, he usually came to the meeting on time but seemed to be late this particular night.

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Peabody Energy recognizes Hayden kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees

Hayden teacher Laura Voorhees got a nice surprise Thursday when she was recognized as a leader in education by Peabody Energy.

EDP receives increased funding from city, county

Craig City Council approves $10k increase

On Tuesday the Craig City Council approved a resolution upping its 2013 contribution to the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership to $35,000. Council had been contributing $25,000 a year for about the last 10 years, said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree. The approval came after the budget process and is $5,000 more than the Moffat County Commission’s 2013 contribution. The county approved last month increasing its EDP funding from $14,500 in 2012 to $30,000 in 2013.

Wednesday, January 9

Tipton applauds passage of Endangered Fish Recovery Act

Measure helps restore populations of four species in the Colorado River

Last week Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, of the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, lauded the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2012. Tipton was an original co-sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. It passed the Senate un-amended and with unanimous consent, according to a Tipton news release.

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Khyler Edmond Fross 1st baby of the new year

The fresh start of a new life entering the world is something to be celebrated whenever it occurs. But Khyler Edmond Fross, born at 4:01 p.m. January 4, 2013 to Amber and Chris Fross of Craig had even more to be celebrated, being the first baby born in Craig in the new year. “We really had no idea. We weren’t planning on being the first,” Chris said. “Everything went really well.” Joining sister Shaelynne Fross, 2, Khyler came into the world weighing 9 pounds, zero ounces and was 19 ¼ inches long.

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Home swimming meet hosted by Bulldogs Saturday

Swimming in the middle of winter, especially while on break from school and practice, takes dedication and commitment. At times it can be difficult to convince yourself to keep working while on vacation. But that’s what the Moffat County girls swimmers had to do in order to stay in the hunt for the state meet. The Bulldogs spent two weeks apart due to Colorado High School Activities Association rules, but returned to the MCHS pool last week to prepare for their first meet of 2013. That will be Moffat County’s lone home competition of the season, a tri-meet between the Bulldogs, Aspen and Delta High Schools beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Calling all artists

Parks and Wildlife seeks artwork for 2013 waterfowl stamp competition

Last week Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced it is accepting original artwork entries for its 2013 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp art contest. This year’s species of focus is the Greater Scaup, a cousin of the Lesser Scaup, which also are more commonly known as bluebills.

Skype-A-Lawyer Night a new take on old idea

Northwest Colorado Legal Services coordinator Sherri Ferree is reviving the meet with a lawyer forum and giving it a technological update. A new take on an old idea, Northwest Colorado Legal Services has teamed up with The Memorial Hospital at Craig to bring Moffat County residents Skype–A-Lawyer night. The second Thursday of every month, the next meeting time is 5:30 Thursday at the Memorial Hospital at Craig.

On the record for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

On the record for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Parks and Wildlife finalizing 2013 big-game regs

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet in Westminster Thursday and Friday to finalize big-game hunting regulations for 2013. The meeting, held at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Dr., will begin at 8:30 a.m. The commission will review more than 40 proposed changes to the big-game regulations. Among the biggest proposed changes is a proposal to further reduce the areas allowed for youth late-season elk hunting, as a result of elk populations being reduced to desired long-term levels.

Annual Ski and Skate slated for Saturday at Yampa River State Park

The cross-country trail is groomed and the pond has been cleared in anticipation for the annual Ski and Skate at Yampa River State Park.

Craig City Council at Tuesday’s meeting

Craig City Council at Tuesday’s meeting

GOAL Academy to host Family Night Thursday

Guided Online Academic Learning Academy of Craig, GOAL, will host its second family night Thursday to engage parents with their students learning. Having had a family night earlier this month, GOAL parent coordinator Nikki Frederickson said she wasn’t quite at her full potential accounting for what she considered lower participation. Frederickson joined the GOAL Academy team in November and said she hopes to increase attendance from the 12 students and their parents who attended the first family session.

Tuesday, January 8

Manning goes with glove as weather gets frightful

There's a new "Gloved One" — in Denver, at least. Ripping a page from Michael Jackson's playbook, Peyton Manning has practiced for and played in the last two games with a sticky-feeling, orange-and-grey glove on his throwing hand. Sure, Manning has earned his fair share of curious glances for donning cold-weather gear when the temperatures are in the 50s, as they were Tuesday at practice. But in getting ready for the playoff push, which could include two games in sometimes-snowy Denver, Manning is leaving no stone unturned. And, as if on cue, a strong arctic storm is expected to roll into Denver on Friday night, bringing snow and bitter cold. The high for Saturday's playoff game against Baltimore is forecast to be 20 degrees.

Franklin swims in 1st meet of year for high school

It's hard to determine which meant more to Missy Franklin: Meeting singer Justin Bieber backstage at a recent concert or swimming in her first high school meet of the season. Mention both and her eyes grow wide. But only one made her nervous — and no, it wasn't visiting with the teen sensation after his performance in Denver on Monday. The Olympic gold medalist was an emotional wreck before her Regis Jesuit High School team took on rival Highlands Ranch in a dual meet on Tuesday. She's not sure why that was, either. Franklin swam in front of a worldwide audience at the London Olympics over the summer and took home four gold medals along with a bronze. But swimming with her high school teammates before roughly 250 fans, well, she was shaking in anticipation.

Wife says poisoned lottery winner had no enemies

The wife of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide said Tuesday she was devastated by his death and cannot believe her husband could have had enemies. Shabana Ansari spoke to The Associated Press a day after news emerged that 46-year-old Urooj Khan's death in July was the result of cyanide poisoning and not natural causes, as authorities initially concluded. Prosecutors, Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating Khan's death as a homicide, but they have not given any details, announced any suspects or said whether they believed the lottery win could have presented a motive. Ansari would not talk about the circumstances of her husband's death, saying it was too painful to recall. She said only that he fell ill shortly after they had dinner together. She described Khan as a hard-working and generous man who would send money to orphanages in their native India.

Editorial: Complicated conversations

Our View: In the weeks since the Sandyhook shootings, community and national conversations have focused on gun control. We hope policy makers grasp the complexity of the issue and stay away from simple, easy solutions. We also hope the issue of mental illness and how it relates to tragedies like Sandyhook will be examined with the same fervor and sense of urgency as gun control.

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Young bulldogs return to action

The future of Moffat County basketball looked bright, at least Tuesday afternoon. The boys and girls freshman basketball teams each beat Meeker in the MCHS gym after taking off nearly a month from their last set of games. Playing in the friendly confines of MCHS for the first time this season, both teams took advantage. The girls dominated from the tip en route to a 69-8 victory, while the boys used a strong second half to separate for a 46-35 win.

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Shadow Mountain residents talk improvement needs

Moffat County Commissioners receive project update from Craig City Council

Early Tuesday morning Moffat County Commissioners Chuck Grobe and John Kinkaid were sworn into office. And it didn’t take long for their counterparts at the City of Craig to invite them to a Tuesday night workshop to bring the newly elected county officials up to speed on a variety of projects, including Shadow Mountain.

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Moffat County grapplers back from Nevada

The Moffat County High School wrestling team returned from a tournament in Las Vegas last weekend and will now set its sights on the meat of its regular season. The Bulldogs competed at the Centennial Bulldog Grappler at Centennial High School in Las Vegas Jan. 4 and 5, a 20-team tournament which hosted teams multiple states. Moffat County represented itself well in both the team and individual competitions.

Steamboat economic analyst Scott Ford ends relationship with Yampa Valley Data Partners

The oft-cited economic analyst who handled a fair amount of data work for the nonprofit organization decided to end the relationship after he felt he was pressured to not take public stances on controversial civic issues. Ford has publicly opposed the city of Steamboat's sale of its public safety campus to local companies Big Agnes, Honey Stinger and BAP.

Donna Hackley: Commit to quit

Many cigarette smokers may want to quit but feel daunted by the challenge of ending their addiction, but support is available.

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Craig Marine finishes boot camp, prepares for more training

Recalling a pool of sweat in front of his face while his arms rhythmically pumped up and down doing endless pushups, Zach Hansen calls boot camp the most fun he’d never like to have again. The 18-year-old 2012 Moffat County High School graduate recently returned home for a ten-day leave after completing boot camp in San Diego and Camp Pendleton in California. Enlisting before graduating high school, there was never a doubt in Hansen’s mind he’d be joining the marines.

Colorado cities fare better than nation, increasing revenue

A survey by the Nation League of Cities showed cities in the nation ended 2012 with a 3.9 percent decrease in municipal revenue compared to 2011. However, a news release from the Colorado Municipal League said Colorado cities fared better than the nation, reporting 47 percent of Colorado’s municipalities had witnessed increased revenue since 2011, while 31 percent saw no major change.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Apprentice lineman recovering after shock

An apprentice lineman was working on equipment for the Yampa Valley Electric Association Jan. 2 at Loudy Simpson Park when he suffered an electrical contact. Todd Chapman, YVEA’s manager of consumer accounts, said the apprentice was at home recovering and the cause of the contact was still under investigation. Due to privacy laws, Chapman couldn't give the lineman's name or comment further on his condition.

Jim Kowach: Snow removal problems

I would like to thank the city plow truck workers for doing an excellent job with the snow removal. And just the opposite, I wonder why some people, especially businesses think they can pile snow — in some cases over 10 feet deep — on the sidewalks!

25 Shades of Craig: Cheating, part1

Having a broken heart is one thing, but when your broken heart is caused because someone cheated on you it takes thing to a different level. Most of us have been in a relationship where cheating was involved, it might have been back in high school but the effects from it last a life time.

Sandy Sorensen: Healthy weight loss programs should be supported

I'm writing in response to Darian Warden's Jan. 1 article about Jona Ely's weight loss program, Ideal Protein. I appreciate Ms. Ely's motives, as I too was concerned about Moffat County's ranking of 50 out of 59 in overall health when I heard about it in a Craig Daily Press article this summer. I have heard of this weight loss program and have friends that have had offers to take part in it as well. I've had friends who've been offered and I have not. There is a reason for this.

Monday, January 7

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Friends of Moffat County Education fundraising to provide iPads

The Friends of Moffat County Education group is seeking to help local students in kindergarten through second grade get a jump on their education through technology. What initially began as a grant request to FMCE from kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School, has turned into a district wide initiative to purchase iPads for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Boulder residents hold vigil for elk killed by cop

Several hundred people turned out for a vigil in Boulder for an elk killed by a police officer. Those honoring the animal on Sunday lit candles, sang and told stories.

Bill would let parents buy alcohol for adult kids

Parents could be able buy alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if they were 18 and older but not 21 yet, under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. Sen. Greg Brophy is introducing the bill for the legislative session that begins Wednesday. He says he thought of the proposal because he and his wife recently took their daughter to dinner to celebrate her 20th birthday, and she couldn't have a drink with them.

James Holmes preliminary hearing: Witnesses told police shooter was "very calm"

Afternoon testimony in the preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes included surveillance video that showed staff dropping to the floor and dozens of people rushing to exit the chaos. The video showed Holmes walking into the Century 16 theater in Aurora wearing a long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and a dark beanie stocking cap. He had purchased his ticket July 8, apparently online. Prosecutors also showed photos where bullets hit in Theater 9, with Aurora Police Det. Matthew Ingui pointing out where most of the slain victims were found. Three were in Row 8; one each in rows 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18; and one victim was found near the aisle stairs. Crime scene investigators had put trajectory rods on the seats to show the path of bullets.

Moffat County Commissioners vote to protest blanket drought restrictions

After a presentation from Jeff Comstock during a special county commissioner board meeting Monday morning, Moffat County commissioners unanimously voted to protest the White River field office’s decision to defer spring grazing on the Bureau of Land Management administered lands, reduce grazing by a minimum of 50 percent through the summer and winter of 2013-2014 and reduce utilization thresholds and minimum stubble heights on BLM lands. Comstock, director of the Natural Resources Department for Moffat County, said Moffat County acknowledged the drought and resulting reduced forage, but said the BLM made a mistake by administering a blanket decision rather than looking allotment by allotment, not considering the economic impact, violating their own regulations and not giving deference to range practices or variation in vegetation communities.

Sunday, January 6

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Monday Morning Chat: 5 minutes with Erin Durham, manager at Cool Water Grille

Hometown: "Craig, born and raised." Job title: "I’m the manager. My mom and dad are the owners." How long have you been working here: "Since day one. Since September 22, 2011.” What is your favorite thing about working with your family: “Probably when my dad starts singing in the kitchen. Just because it’s a side of him that I never really got to see before. The other part is just being able to have time with them. Life in general gets in the way of that sometimes. Your every day kind of living, you don’t get to see mom and dad much, but I get to see mom and dad every day.”

Police kill gunman, find 3 more dead in Colo. home

(AP) — SWAT officers who stormed a Colorado home where a gunman had holed up found a horrific scene — four dead bodies including that of the gunman. Police said the armed man fired shots at officers Saturday from a second-story window before officers killed him. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults. The suspect, whose name was withheld by police, held officers at bay for nearly six hours after neighbors reported gunfire at 3 a.m. inside the modest townhome in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. It wasn't known if officers shot the suspect or if he shot himself. Investigators said two men and a woman appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

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Bulldog Sports for Jan. 7-13, 2013

Bulldog Sports for Jan. 7-13, 2013

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 7, 2013

This past week I had a recall of a tune I hadn’t heard for some time. Actually, I couldn’t remember where I had heard it. It just came to my mind suddenly while I was watching TV. I hummed along, trying to recall the words. No luck. It wasn’t on any of my CDs, anyway. It came back with two lines of words: “If the sands of time were sands that I could hold, I’d put them in my hands and keep them warm.”

Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens

(AP) — Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts. His old team lost 24-9 at Baltimore in the AFC wild-card game Sunday. So the Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC's top seed. Had the Colts won, there would have been a circus-like atmosphere all week in Denver in anticipation of the reunion between the Broncos quarterback and the team he played with for 14 seasons before their split last spring. Instead, the Broncos get a chance to send Ray Lewis into retirement Saturday.

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MCHS boys readying for Aspen High School showdown

Bulldogs travel Saturday to Rifle for round robin scrimmage

On Saturday the Moffat County High School boys basketball team steps back out on the hardwood for a showdown with the 5-1 Aspen High School Skiers. With the statewide winter break still in full swing it will be nearly a month since the Bulldogs’ last game in Gunnison.

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Arctic angling

Local experts talk ice fishing in the Yampa Valley

There’s no shortage of wintertime activities for residents lucky enough to call northwest Colorado home. There’s world class downhill skiing a mere 40 miles to the east, snowmobiling right here in Craig, and endless opportunities to break out the snowshoes for a cold weather hike. But for Yampa Valley’s hard core anglers nothing says winter like taking a trip out to a frozen lake, drilling a few holes and plopping down on a plastic bucket for a few hours of ice fishing.

Government update for Jan. 7, 2013

Government update

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Craig's Die Hard Acafellas chorus group to compete in Florida

The Die Hard Acafellas, the newly formed youth barbershop chorus from Craig, is hoping to be a group contender at the International Youth Chorus Festival in Orlando, Fla., this year. The competition, which features chorus groups from around the world, takes place from Thursday to Sunday, but the group still is trying to raise funds to cover the cost of plane tickets and meals.

Saturday, January 5

Al Cashion: Orphans of War

The big box in the living room with rabbit ears that had given me Howdy Doody, Walter Cronkite and Combat was suddenly showing naked Asian children with significant burns running from a village in Vietnam. A few years prior to that, my living room entertainer with aluminum foil “bling” adorning the rabbit ears had shown me police dogs chewing black people while being clubbed by policemen, state troopers or National Guardsmen and being bruised internally and externally by fire hoses at full pressure. One scene showed the black children in the background screaming as they watched their parents brutalized. My concept of war was John Wayne movies where soldiers died much in the same way that I died playing cowboys and Indians with my buddies. Bloodless.

Patricia McCaffrey: A 'poor decision'

I am very disappointed in the Commissioners poor decision to remove two members of the MCTA Board. I needed some time to pass between the event and my letter to the editor. I did not want to send a letter from anger and frustration at their absurdity. Two of our elected officials forget that we, the citizens of Moffat County are their BOSSES. In addition, they forget our expectations of them, which include making decisions for the good of the county. They continue to have their own personal agendas. I was unable to attend that particular Commissioners’ meeting, but I am asking the County for a copy of the recording of the meeting, so I can hear it myself.

New BLM rules restrict sales of wild horses

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sales of wild horses and burros will be restricted under new rules announced Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after an investigation into the sale of more than 1,700 horses to a Colorado livestock hauler who supports the horse meat industry. "It is a response to that inquiry, which is being conducted right now by the Office of the Inspector General of the Interior Department," said Tom Gorey, BLM spokesman for the wild horse program in Washington, D.C. Wild horse advocates said the rules amount to "window dressing" and won't keep large numbers of mustangs out of the hands of so-called kill buyers. The inspector general is investigating what became of 1,777 horses sold since 2009 to Tom Davis. Wild horse advocates fear the animals were taken to Mexico for slaughter.

Manning still a master of study, preparation

(AP) — The play was called "62 Meyer," one of the staples of the Tennessee passing game back in the mid-1990s. If Peyton Manning's quarterbacks coach from college roots around in his files today, he can still pull out a notebook that includes three pages of handwritten questions and notes Manning handed him about that single play. Manning wrote the notes at some point between summer school of his freshman year and the time practice started. "What I learned very quickly," said David Cutcliffe, now the head coach at Duke, "was the amount of time he was willing to put in. He wanted such detail. I just walked out of the room and grinned."

Editorial: Transparency & accountability

When news broke Friday of The Memorial Hospital CEO George Rohrich’s resignation, it most likely received a very mixed reaction from members of the Moffat County community. As evidenced by comments from current and former TMH employees, those made by residents during open meetings, and letters to the editor sent to this newspaper, many people saw Rohrich as either the root of a serious problem at TMH or as a hardworking administrator responsible for the hospital’s growth and success. Either way, Rohrich’s influence on TMH and healthcare in Moffat County is undeniable. Since taking over as CEO in January 2006, he steered the hospital through the process of getting voter approval and funding for a new hospital building, and was instrumental in planning for and moving into the new facility, which has had a vastly positive effect on healthcare in the region.

Baxter Black: The Osamaconomy

Grandpa Tommy was reminiscing, “It’s a shame everybody couldn’t go through the Great Depression.” I know what he meant. I think. He didn’t mean it like “It’s a shame everybody hadn’t been in a concentration camp or had polio.” He was remarking that most of us Baby Boomers and younger are unable to appreciate how technology has pampered us. There was no safety net back then. Grandpa Tommy spent the Dirty 30’s in the depths of the Dust Bowl in Syracuse, Kansas. Then the first half of the 40’s he was on a Navy vessel in the Pacific.

Over A Cup: Beef Mincemeat

Awhile back some readers and I were talking about mincemeat. These days, people mostly use canned mincemeat to make their pies, but when I was growing up, women made their mincemeat “from scratch.” I never paid much attention as to the ingredients because I have never liked mincemeat. So this week as I was looking through “Cattlemen’s Favorite Beef Recipes,” a brochure printed by the Colorado Cowbelles in 1957, I found this week’s recipe. I had no idea there were so many ingredients in mincemeat! Please keep in mind, should you ever decide to use the recipe, that food safety guidelines have changed since 1957. I’m not sure what the safety guidelines would be for preparing food in crocks. Check it out.

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Rohrich resigns from hospital CEO post

Rohrich to remain at TMH until QHR, hospital board identifies an interim CEO

George Rohrich, CEO of The Memorial Hospital in Craig for about seven years, resigned Friday according to a TMH news release. The announcement was made at around 2 p.m. Friday by the TMH Board of Trustees. An interim CEO will be onsite before Rohrich’s resignation officially takes effect, said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence at TMH. Though there is no set timeline Riley expects the transition to happen sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Mutually beneficial

MCHS girls basketball team hosts Meeker High School for scrimmage

In international soccer, exhibition matches often are called “friendlies.” But there was work to be done Friday morning when the Moffat County High School girls basketball team hosted the Meeker High School Cowboys for a winter break scrimmage game. “It was a good scrimmage against Meeker and it helped us shake some of the rust off before we actually have a real game,” said MCHS girls coach Matt Ray. “It just helps get going and not beat up on ourselves all the time.”

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A new era

Peer retires from Moffat County Social Services after 43 years.

On Friday one of Moffat County’s longest tenured employees will retire after almost 44 years of service. And as one might expect the number one thing on Marie Peer’s to do list is to take a well-deserved vacation. But the 65-year-old retiring director of the Moffat County Department of Social Services isn’t going to Hawaii, Alaska or some exotic overseas locale. The family is treating Peer to her first visit to Washington, D.C., which is more than fine for the self-described history buff.

Government update for Jan. 5, 2013

Government update

Friday, January 4

Rig Count for Jan. 5, 2013

Rig count

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Boys & Girls Club offers winter activities over break

The end of the holidays has inevitably come, and as families return to work and schedules, kids who have yet to return to school have been able to have fun at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig. With the help of Yampa Valley Bank, $8,000 was raised to help both the Boys & Girls Club in Craig and Steamboat stay open Wednesday through Friday during the winter break. “As families have to go back to work and life resumes as normal, kids have a safe place to be,” said Dana Duran, executive director for the Craig Boys & Girls Club.

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

On the Record for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Don and Judy Laib: We lost a surgeon of integrity

We have known Dr. Pense for almost seven years. The first time I met him in January 2006, he shared that he is the new surgeon. I was excited. I could tell from that time that he was a good man. I, Don, was single in 2006 and was scheduled for a minor procedure with Dr. Pense. Before I left the hospital that day, he asked for my address. Later that same day, my door bell rang and it was Dr. Pense standing with a large hot container of chicken and dumplings that he made from scratch. Wow! That was awesome.

Ron Alexander: Snow plows and seniors

I was wondering why the city has time to make eight passes up and down west Ninth Street to MCR 7 and there is a pile of snow on Yampa that is so high you cannot open the right side door of the car let alone climb over the snow bank to get to the stores if you are a senior citizen.

William Ronis: Know your trail etiquette

Cross Country Skiing around the Yampa Valley Golf Course is something many of us have enjoy for years; when we have snow. On Saturday morning December 29, a couple had their unleashed large dogs on the track. The dogs were very threatening. Other dogs I have come across out there have been very well mannered.

Gray, Danner recognized for service on Moffat County Commission

Commissioners-elect trade questions about policies, procedures, security

On Wednesday, during their final meeting as elected officials, two members of the Moffat County Commission were presented with awards in recognition of their years of service. Lynette Running, Moffat County human resources director, and Mindy Curtis, Moffat County finance director, presented commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Gray with plaques during the general discussion portion of Wednesday’s meeting. Danner was inclined to respond by offering some advice to commissioners-elect Chuck Grobe and John Kinkaid, who also were in attendance.

Craig Salvation Army sets new record during 2012 fundraising

It seems Craig residents were extra generous this year, as donations to the Craig service extension unit of the Salvation Army set a new record with its 2012 Kettle Drive in Moffat County, raising more than $13,000. The now famous bell ringers stood outside local retailers accepting donations in their red boxes between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Thursday, January 3

Community debate continues at TMH board meeting

The debate continued Thursday night at The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees regular meeting, as many of Craig’s residents came for the public comment section of the meeting. Ranging from those who wanted proof the board was listening and acting upon concerns from some residents, to those who thought the newspaper and others were leading the charge for a witch hunt, a variety of community members gave their input on the administration and staffing procedures at The Memorial Hospital.

Oregon runs past K-State 35-17 at Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — De'Anthony Thomas caught the opening kickoff, raced past Oregon's sideline and leaned his head into the end zone like a sprinter crossing the finish line. The track meet had started and the fifth-ranked Ducks barely looked back after that. Triggered by Thomas' 94-yard return, Oregon bolted by No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 Thursday night at the Fiesta Bowl in what may have been coach Chip Kelly's final game with the Ducks. "I felt like my role in this game was to be a momentum-builder and a game-changer," Thomas said. "Once I saw that edge, I wanted to get to the end zone as fast as I could so I could celebrate with my teammates."

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Craig resident dies in tank explosion

A tank battery explosion Thursday morning on Moffat County Road 103 about seven miles north of Craig has resulted in the death of a local male resident. Jon Herod, 49, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene after a 300 barrel tank exploded. The incident, which Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating as an accident, occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Axia Energy's Bulldog rig site 531. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and multiple engines from Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the incident.

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Bigger rigs, more snowmobilers could lead to expanded parking lots on Rabbit Ears Pass

U.S. Forest Service officials are asking recreationists, including snowmobilers, skiers and snowshoers, to provide written comments with ideas about improving parking facilities for winter recreation on Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Jan. 3, 2013

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 5 p.m. educational presentation and 6 p.m. regular meeting tonight, Jan. 3, 2013. Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop. Agenda:

Congress reaches agreement to avoid fiscal cliffcraig

White House touts plan as victory for middle class

Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. at almost zero hour reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The White House is touting the deal as a significant victory for the country’s middle class. “Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today (Tuesday) that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike,” said President Barack Obama in a statement.

Moffat County Youth Services coordinator jailed New Year’s Day

Patterson charged in county court with assault, domestic violence

A Craig resident and Moffat County employee was arrested early New Year’s Day following an alleged domestic dispute with her husband. Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors. Patterson, who is the coordinator/case manager for the Youth Services Department of Moffat County, was released Wednesday from Moffat County Jail on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.

Wednesday, January 2

On the Record for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

On the Record for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Linda Riley: Craig's motto

This seems to be Craig's motto: I didn't get my way today, I think you should all go away! I went to get gas and look at the cost! I want them to get a new boss! I went to the store to buy a banana. What?! They're green! New manager!

John Williams: The truth about the tea party

A recent satirical cartoon in the Daily Press about the tea party has prompted this letter. As a tea party member and supporter here are a few observations. Contrary to what the liberal lap dog media would have you believe this is the bulk of what the tea party stands for, fiscal responsibility by our government, constitutionally limited government (set up by our founders to keep the federal government from becoming the mess it is today) and a free market economic system. Is the free market system perfect? No, but it provides the greatest number of people the greatest number of opportunities to succeed; unlike the mediocrity of socialism. Tea party members believe in personal responsibility where you take care of yourself and your family so future generations don’t have to pay for it later, they start each meeting with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer, they are not racist and they are not violent. Pretty radical stuff huh?

Terrie Barrie: My apologies

To the builders of the bonfire on Saturday night - my apologies if I shortened your celebration. It was never my intent to spoil anyone's fun. If you had seen the display from my back porch, you would have seen huge flames leaping from what I thought was my elderly neighbors' home or very close to their back property.

Bo and Myranda Lyons: Thank You TMH and Dr. Ellis

When we found out we were expecting a baby, we were THRILLED! Then we had some very crucial decisions to make: Who do we see for OB care? What hospital do we deliver at? We chose Dr. Ellis as our OB because he is very educated, has an amazing bedside manner and is extremely good at what he does. He made our experience the best it could be! I have to admit, we had our reservations about delivering at The Memorial Hospital. All you ever hear about is the bad experiences people have.

Susan Erikson: TMH full of dedicated hardworkers

I am a long time employee of TMH. I was hired back in 1973 at the tender age of 17, and I’m still here. I have worked at the nurse’s station, ER, EMT, surgery, billing and I now work in medical records. I have worked in the trenches and also in management. I have seen a lot of people come and go over the years, some with relief and some with great sadness. I find it very disturbing when an employee (Jennifer Riley) is attacked in your paper. Part of her job is to be a problem solver.

Margaret Perez and Susan Chenoweth: TMH administration misunderstood

We are writing in response to some of the recent editorials regarding TMH. Margaret and I are TMH Concierge. Most of you will know us from the front desk. Our direct supervisor is Jennifer Riley and we can tell you first hand that the things being said are untrue. Jennifer is a reasonable, fair and caring person. We believe her demeanor is misunderstood.

Audrey Danner: We need to follow TMH protocol

Recently I have received letters regarding The Memorial Hospital (TMH) and read several letters to the editor of the Craig Daily Press regarding TMH physicians, staff and administration. I heard the concern and angst of patients who have been cared for in our hospital. Many of the complaints were about their health care providers or hospital administration. I have also heard stories of very good care and patient satisfaction. We all must take pride in our hospital to maintain our local health care system. Thank you for those who took the time to report specific situations so the staff can make the necessary changes. I am concerned that rumors and misinformation are fueling some stories.

Tuesday, January 1

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Moffat County rings in the New Year

Balloons began venturing down from the ceiling, sitting stagnant in the empty rooms at Mather’s Bar early on in the evening New Year’s Eve. A type of calm before the storm, the earlier part of the evening was not an indicator of the party that took place later as Craig residents came to Mather’s to ring in the new year. As the countdown neared, resolutions were on the mind, and a quick survey of some of Mather’s patrons found most we’re just hoping to make the new year better than the last.

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Finding the 'Ideal You'

Local health care professional bringing weightloss program to Moffat County

With the New Year upon us and resolutions being formulated, losing weight, sticking with goals and taking on new challenges are often at the forefront of many minds. Moffat County resident Jona Ely, a Certified Family Nursing Practitioner, started working on her resolution back in August: improving the health and well being of Craig and Moffat County’s residents. After discovering Moffat County was ranked 50th out of 59 Colorado counties in overall health — and last in health behaviors including substance abuse, exercise and diet — Ely took it upon herself to provide a resource local residents actually would utilize. “As a healthcare provider, as a resident, it was really disheartening to see that we were at the bottom of the heap in Colorado,” Ely said. “It really hit me how few resources Moffat County really has and how little those resources are used.”

Government update for Jan. 2, 2013

Government update

25 Shades of Craig: Resolutions

Goodbye to the old hello to the new. Along with welcoming in 2013, many of us plan on saying goodbye to the old habits and hello to a new and improved lifestyle. Or at least, we hope to. The reality is many of us will set a New Year’s resolution but fail to follow through. We feed excuses to ourselves and others saying, “I haven’t had time,” “I don’t have enough money,” or “I don’t know where to start.” We all know the truth: we really don’t want to change or have no real reason to change. For some, it could be because we don’t know the correct way to set goals and how to follow through.

CDP Editorial: Promise of the New Year

Our View: As we turn the calendar from 2012 to 2013, it is natural to look back and reflect on the ups and downs on the past year. We also look ahead to 2013 and the promise it holds.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 2, 2013: NOWECOS announces raffle winners

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club (NOWECOS) of Craig announced the winners of its raffle for a new Snowmobile. The Craig group held a raffle, selling tickets to people throughout the Western Slope, with local businesses also helping in the selling effort. The winner of the raffle was Dale Hollingshead of Grand Junction, who will receive the top prize, a 2013 Arctic Cat M800 Snowmobile. Glen Miller of Montrose took second prize, $1,000. NOWECOS will also host the Poker Run Jan. 19 to raise more money for scholarships.

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Scrimmages to get Moffat County teams back in action

With important games coming up after winter break, the Moffat County basketball teams will scrimmage this weekend to prepare. The boys and girls host Aspen High School on Jan. 12 at Moffat County High School in another important Western Slope League matchup. For the boys team, it is an especially big game. Aspen is the defending WSL champ and atop the league standings again this season.

Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

(AP) — Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill's passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Moments later, Obama strode into the White House briefing room and declared, "Thanks to the votes of Republicans and Democrats in Congress I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing tax hikes that could have sent the economy back into recession." He spoke with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, a recognition of the former senator's role as the lead Democratic negotiator in final compromise talks with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Stanford holds off Wisconsin 20-14 in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Shayne Skov and Zach Ertz believe every game in Stanford's improbable football renaissance led the Cardinal to midfield at the Rose Bowl. That's where Usua Amanam made the interception that stopped Wisconsin's final drive with 2:30 to play in a grind-it-out game. That's where Kevin Hogan grinned broadly as he took the final snap on Stanford's first Rose Bowl victory in 40 years. And it's the spot where the once-struggling team from a school better known for brains than brawn raised the West Coast's most coveted trophy after a 20-14 victory over the Badgers on Tuesday night. "There's a sense of accomplishment, because we got somewhere we hadn't been yet," said Skov, who made eight tackles while leading Stanford's second-half shutout. "If you looked at our goals at the beginning of the season, this was on top of the list, and we got it done. We're extremely satisfied."

Northern Illinois falls to FSU, 31-10 in Orange

MIAMI (AP) — Northern Illinois started the night as a BCS-buster. The Huskies went home a BCS bust. A dismal first half put Northern Illinois in a hole, and two second-half turnovers proved costly as Florida State topped the Huskies 31-10 in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night — hardly the ending that the Mid-American Conference champions were seeking in their first trip to the Bowl Championship Series. The final numbers were far from pretty for the Huskies (12-2), whose 12-game winning streak was snapped after they were outgained 534-259. They converted five of their 18 third-down opportunities and were on the wrong end of a 23-17 disparity in first downs.