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What happens after midnight?

Enforcement of curfew law meant to protect rather than harm

“It’s past curfew” is a line some students hear frequently whether it is from their parents or, if they are unfortunate enough, a patrol officer. Strategies that underage minors use so they won’t get caught don’t always work and they end up having to face the consequences. The curfew law in Craig has always been a debatable issue. People such as law enforcement find it helpful and productive, others, such as students, see it as unnecessary. Places such as Grand Junction and Delta don’t have a curfew law. Student Resource Officer Mark Brown,who has worked in other cities in Colorado, says that places without curfew laws including Delta and Grand Junction have to deal with more juvenile crime on a regular basis. He contends that with only a few businesses being open after midnight, minors are not usually up to any good when they are out during those late hours.

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Local senior tunes up for college

Screaming trumpets and bellowing trombones. A bass thumps out a beat. Then the sound of the choir joins in. These are the sounds that are familiar to senior Kaitlen Bird. Music has been a large part of Bird’s life for many years. Seven, in fact, four of which she has spent in Jazz Band at MCHS. Bird is also involved with music at her church. When asked which instruments she plays, Bird responded, “All of them.”

Tech-knowledge-y: Skullcandy & Macbook

One model of Skullcandy's latest over-the-ear headphones is making quite an impression on the headphone industry. The Mix Master headphones have become studio quality, street worthy "DJ" headphones. These headphones have a built-in mute button for quick access to silence and are flexible enough to be turned inside out to listen to a conversation and listen to the music at the same time. They also have a detachable audio cable for easy transportation and for that one audio cable that seems to disappear when needed. It includes a stashable case, encore ear pads, and is built with polycarbonate, ABS, stainless steel, aluminum for protection.

Talented seniors share one last concert together

There are only a couple of weeks left in the school year and one last concert for the choir department. That means there is only a couple weeks left until Center Stage choir loses five of their seniors, Jordyn Caddy, Kat Thompson, Kelsey Nylander, Shilo Simpson, and Kaitlen Bird. The choir performed for the last time as a group on May 8th. Choir Director Heather Dahlberg has been working with these five seniors since last year. Dahlberg and the Center Stage seniors have a very close relationship. The entire choir is sad to see the five of them go.

See you later

In a few short weeks, seniors will no longer be able to charm the halls of Moffat County High School with their presence. Instead of counting down the days until summer, we find ourselves counting down the days until graduation. A day recognized annually for the exchange of a simple piece of paper stating that the seniors at MCHS undoubtedly share a part in the graduating class of 2012. That piece of paper will also remind us of all of the countless sleepless nights we encountered finishing homework and studying for tests. All of our exertion and achievement will pay off on May 26, 2012. No longer will we be high school students, but graduates and alumni. Time seems to fly when you’re having fun, right?

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Graduate recruits envision personal and professional rewards

"I believe that the reason Moffat County High School students join is a strong of patriotism. They are usually raised to be hard workers and good old boys, so the military seems like a good fit for these individuals," says Northwest Colorado Marine recruiter Sergeant Brian Scoggins. For years, enlistment in the armed forces has been a strong trend amongst teens from Craig. Every year, Scoggins recruits about ten young students from Colorado's western slope into the United States Marine Corps, at least four of them coming from Moffat County High School.

The Alabama Shakes release powerful debut album

“Hold On”, the first song from the album Boy and Girls is fantastic. Powered by soulful vocals and a catchy guitar, the song is something new, innovative and a summary for what to expect from the album. The band, The Alabama Shakes are fairly young and unknown, yet for their first debut album, they have managed a home run. The band officially came together in 2009 when singer and rhythm guitarist Brittany Howard approached bassist Zac Cockrell in a high school class and asked about getting a band together.

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Due to dry winter, river activities bottom out in shallow waters

Summer is right around the corner. The snow is melting, the grass is greener, and the river is flowing. The summer of 2012 may cause problems though. The lack of snow this winter has greatly affected the Yampa rivers flow.

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The Band Boom Sonic Performs Sonic Boom

The band’s name, Boom Sonic, was chosen by mistake. While rehearsing the song titled Sonic Boom. One of the group members said Boom Sonic instead of Sonic Boom. The twist of words made for an interesting name for the group and it stuck.

Soundbytes: If you could choose the sex and appearance of your child, would you do it?

Taylor Shrode Junior - “Yes I would because it would be nice too see what your kid would look like before you had it.” Jamie Brown Senior - “Yes because I would rather my kid have brown eyes than blue but my genetics probably won’t work that way.” Brynnae Dempster Freshman - “No because they are their own person and they are what they are.” Kaylie Clawson Junior - “No because I believe that each and every baby is beautiful in their own way and if I changed the appearance it would be messing everything up.”

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Student Council had only two members on recent ballot

There are certain requirements that one needs to meet to become a member of Student Council. In order for a student to be part of the Student Council, he or she must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. For class representatives, a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained. Officers such as a Student Council President or a Vice President must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Softball team has problems sanctioning the sport

Many MCHS students wonder why softball is not a school sanctioned sport. Most players would prefer it to be. Freshman Mica Porter said it would be more fun if the softball team was school sanctioned because they would be competing against other teams instead of each other. She said they would have a lot less people on the team because athletes would actually have to try out. Porter also believes they would get more support from their school since they would be a school team.

Letter: Be respectful at graduation

Working endlessly and tirelessly we as a class have made it over mountains to get to this Graduation day. Excitement will fill every corner and every seat of the gymnasium that day, which is as it should be. The class of 2012 does ask for respect in the proceedings of the ceremony. The beach balls and air horns have their place in the events after the speakers and awards are given.

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National project sets out to help world's ozone

Started in 2008, the Global Ozone Project (GO3 project) was created for students to have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) through work focusing on air pollution and ground level ozone. GO3 data is collected all over the world, from Jakarta, Indonesia to Boston, Massachusetts. It’s even done at Moffat County High School. In 2009, Mr. Spears, a former MCHS science teacher, and the science department selected a team of three sophomores and a freshman who showed maturity and responsibility in their school work. This year though, the team consists of only four students, all juniors. The supervisor of the group has also changed. Mrs. Clark, a MCHS science teacher, now heads the GO3 project at MCHS since Mr. Spears’ departure. But that doesn’t stop the efficiency of the group.

Youth players hope for high school help

For many students across the Western Slope, hockey has recently resumed for the winter season. But for Moffat County High School students on the Craig Youth Hockey Team, they've been preparing for this season months ahead due to funding issues. MCHS has found difficulty fitting requirements for a school sponsored hockey team, leading student’s at MCHS to play on a community club. Even though CYH supports the needs for many students, a few have decided to play for different teams in the region as well. Hockey is a sponsored winter sport in many schools' athletic departments, sponsored by the school and CHASA. Due to insufficient finances, CYH's traveling costs and ice time must be provided on their own by players.

Opinion: Let he without sin cast the first stone

Imagine living in a community that’s supportive, proactive and safe. The real community isn’t the streets or buildings it’s built on, but the satisfactory relationships between the people belonging to the society. Members within it are successful when making strategic implementations, whether it’s trying to achieve goals with public input or notifying the citizens of issues arising in the community. One might find Craig, Colorado a perfect fit for themselves, feeling comfortable enough to reside in this small town. Say you consider yourself a “good Samaritan,” unselfishly helping anyone in need of assistance, always making correct decisions because you know it’s the right thing to do. Now flip the scenario, you’re the antagonist. You’ve made some unforgiveable choices that have harmed other people and, consequently, your future. Would a “good Samaritan” stop to help you, or just let you become the latest notch at the bottom of the totem pole?