News for Thursday, January 10, 2013

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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 MaxPreps.com.

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.