News for Sunday, January 13, 2013

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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).