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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.