News for Friday, January 10, 2014



Charlie Brown: Sage grouse preservation is important

As I sat in my pickup somewhere north of Maybell — in a sea of sagebrush, looking east at a slowly lightening sky — there was a pink glow edging the distant mountains.

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Hayden girls basketball overcomes 2nd-half lapse to beat West Grand

The Hayden girls basketball team was up and down Friday night but pulled out a 41-32 win against West Grand.

Craig briefs: Sign language classes set to launch in Craig

For those interested in learning sign language, an eight-week class is slated to start from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The instructor is deaf, so this is an opportunity to learn from a native signer.

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Going for the green: Craig residents head to Steamboat to purchase recreational marijuana

In February 2013, Moffat County passed a yearlong moratorium on recreational marijuana sales and Craig City Council followed in August, unanimously passing their own ban. Since the county’s moratorium is up, county commissioners are working on a permanent ordinance that would ban recreational sales. The commissioners heard the first reading of the ban in December and will vote on it in an upcoming meeting. While it is legal to grow, smoke, consume and even drink marijuana products in the privacy of your own home in Moffat County, because of the city and county’s bans residents cannot open a shop.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has two Saturday stops planned in Steamboat

The governor missed a stop in Hayden due to weather conditions Friday, but will be in Steamboat to discuss economic development.

Thinking About Your Health: How much should we pay for medicines?

At the end of last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug that may cure some 3 million Americans who have hepatitis C, a disease that interferes with liver function and eventually can lead to liver cancer. It’s a serious illness; many people don’t know they have it until the first symptoms show up years later, and those who do have it undergo grueling and sometimes ineffective treatments.

Superfood Tip: Sweet potatoes

The sweet potato edges out the white potato. It contains 400 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, Calcium, Manganese, and more B6 and Vitamin C.

Fitness Tips: Good sneakers are a must

In more ways than one, proper footwear is the base of a successful workout. Sneakers are a vital part to preventing injuries, getting a good workout and staying motivated.

TMH Living Well: HPV a major player in cervical and other cancers

When thinking about protecting themselves against cervical cancer most women, rightly so, think of the Pap test. Since its inception, the Pap test has caught cervical cancer early and saved many women’s lives. Yet there is another player that contributes to cervical cancer risk — HPV, or the human papillomavirus. It’s linked to about 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

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Rowdy Moffat County fans make sports fun

Craig Daily Press sports writer Nate Waggenspack on the fans at Thursday night's wrestling dual.

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Block schedule gets high marks from Moffat County High School

The first semester of MCHS’s 2013-14 year ended Dec. 20, marking the first full term under the new block schedule format. After returning from winter break Monday, students, teachers and administrators were looking forward to getting back to the system to which they’ve grown accustomed these last four months.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: 50 years of generating changes in the valley

Starting in Pittsburg, Pa., a generator for the new Hayden power plant started it tortuously slow journey across country 50 ago this month.

Pipi's Pasture: Winter get-togethers growing up, part II

Many of the community people did not have electricity in the early years, so even if there had been television or computer games, we couldn’t have enjoyed them. We did have battery-powered radios, however. We kids enjoyed listening to cowboy programs, and at night we all listened to our favorite programs. It was another way we passed the winter months.

Editorial: TMH has CEO challenges ahead

Perhaps the hospital’s board of trustees should evaluate Quorum Health Resources (QHR), which is the hospital’s management services. The board used QHR to find Smolik, and the board already announced the interim CEO for the hospital. His name is John Rossfield — an appointment made by QHR.

On the record for Moffat County, Jan. 10

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Hayden Superintendent Luppes resigning; national search set to begin

After more than two decades of service with the Hayden School District, Superintendent Mike Luppes is resigning. A national search for his full-time replacement will begin soon.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lone Survivor’ a somber tribute to slain soldiers

Compared to the hazardous tasks performed around the world by members of our bravest and boldest, recreating the kind of combat conditions they see in an accurate manner is nowhere near as difficult. Even so, staying true to their real encounters is no easy work, as seen in the harrowing depiction of real events within “Lone Survivor.”