News for Saturday, January 5, 2013

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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