Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 15, 2016: Free boys basketball clinic available

Jim Loughran and Steve Maneotis will host a basketball camp for boys in grades five through seven Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:35 to 5 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St, starting Tuesday. There is no cost for this program, which will teach basic skills in the sport and help players develop a love for the game. The clinic will last about a month and organizers plan to host a tournament at the end of the run.

Hayden School District plans for staffing cuts

The Hayden School District is planning for staffing cuts in an effort to not further drain the district’s savings.

Play practice cultivates confidence as children prepare 'Red Riding Hood'

More than 50 students are preparing for a production of "Red Riding Hood," to be performed on Saturday. The students have been rehearsing this past week in the Moffat County High School auditorium, practicing a version of the tale conceived written by Michael McGill.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 13, 2016: Bulldog hockey opens year, to play at home this weekend

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey team opened its season 1-3 against two league opponents this past weekend, playing West Elk and Telluride in a series of four games in Gunnison.

Record Powerball jackpot brings thousands of Utahns to Dinosaur

With more than a billion-dollar prize expected in the next Powerball drawing, the town of Dinosaur is being invaded by Utahns hoping to win big.

CNCC staff seeks comfort zone for adult students

Melissa Dowd noted a cluster of classes coming up this semester at the Colorado Northwestern Community College designed to help adults read, speak and gain competency in areas such as computer skills.

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Moffat County animals, handlers take big honors in Arizona

Young agriculturalists next headed to Western Stock Show in Denver

A break from the chilly weather of Northwest Colorado was just what some local kids needed to end the year of 2015, and for some of them it paid off in more ways than one. It was sun, fun and some considerable profits for Moffat County youths who traveled to the Arizona National Livestock Show in late December.

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Young CNCC duo seeks to reach diverse student group

Desiree Moore has begun a job as director of community education and summer programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College, and Kirstie McPherson has started work as the college’s interim marketing director. Moore and McPherson, both in their 20s, don’t have to reach back far to recall the things students need to thrive.

Judy Holland: Young kids and childcare

Though Americans continue to debate whether very young children should receive care and education outside the home, the reality is that people other than parents are caring for children for at least part of the day.

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Moffat County: 2015 in review

A year of boycotting beer, fighting lawsuits and digging up a dinosaur

Craig and Moffat County had an exciting 2015, with the greater sage grouse not being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and the local coal mines battling lawsuits.

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Jimmy Westlake: Start your new year with a meteor shower

The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 when up to 120 meteors per hour can be viewed.

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Craig Rotary Club bestows Humanitarian Award on Cheryl Arnett

Retired teacher’s global efforts enhance local learning

In the 21st century, it’s easier than ever to reach out and connect with someone on the other side of the globe. That’s the way Cheryl Arnett views the capabilities of the modern world, and that’s partly why she’s been given a big honor.

Education Briefs: CNCC offers free week of adult read-write program in January

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a read-write program to help adults who are struggling with reading to improve their skills. Classes meet twice per week and two sections will be offered, one on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting the week of Jan. 11. Students are invited to try the class for free the first week of Jan. 11.

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Kari Beauvais: Warmed-up to a cool mountain Christmas

This Christmas season is a special one for Kari Beauvais — the sensation of a cold but fun holiday in the mountains feels just right after several years in desert climate. Beauvais, a third-grade teacher at East Elementary School, comes to Colorado following a stint of nearly five years as an instructor in the United Arab Emirates.