Daily Archives: August 19, 2012



There are a few changes to note for the final day of the Routt County Fair.  The team pull scheduled for today has been canceled, and the admission charge for  events at the fair has been eliminated.  Yesterday’s BBQ drew a huge crowd, and KRAI and 55 Country served nearly 400 free Coca-Cola floats to fair goers.  Pictured above KRAI staffers; Mandy Cramblett, Marci Marumoto, Mike Fuller and Frank Hanel.  Below is today’s Routt County Fair schedule:

8am Exhibit Hall Opens
Exhibition Hall, Vendors & Midway open, Inflatable Rides
9am Pretty Baby Contest
10am Mayors Brownie Contest & Commissioner’s Cookie Basket contest (EH)
10am Coloring contest judging
10:30am Flattops Ranch Supply Team Pull Competition
11:30am DeLine Land & Cattle Co./North Forty Fencing Mutton Bustin’
12:30pm Hunters Hot Shots Horse Races
1pm Youth Bull Riding
2pm RANCH BRONC FINALS – Adopt-A-Pig, pre-registration & fee required (immediately follows horse races)
2-6pm Open Class payout, Home Arts Exhibits released


This large buck was seen on Lucuyer Drive in Craig Saturday afternoon.  The deer was unconcerned with human activity while it was grazing on bushes and the lawn.  The deer finally bounded away when the automatic sprinkler system turned on.



Peyton Manning drew his biggest ovation on an in-completion.  Blasted by defensive end Bruce Irvin, the four-time MVP who missed all of last season with a neck injury that required four operations bounced right back up, shook it off and threw a 22-yard bullet to Brandon Stokley on the next play.  It was the highlight of a mostly forgettable home debut for Manning, whose Broncos lost 30-10 to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night after Denver’s backups were outscored 21-0.  Manning had shown throughout training camp that his arm strength was back along with his accuracy. The only question left was whether he could take a hard hit after undergoing neck fusion surgery last September.  The answer came with 1:25 left in the first half when Irvin beat right tackle Orlando Franklin and had a clean shot at the quarterback.


Tech Tips To Prepare Students For The School Year

Preparing children for a new school year is no longer just about stocking up on pencils and notebooks. The face of education is changing, and a well-equipped student should know how to use new technology to personalize the learning experience and succeed in school. “Digital resources and applications can stimulate and engage students by providing a more interactive learning experience,” says Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School Education. “Some of the best digital learning tools personalize learning, adapt to children’s individual strengths and help them overcome unique challenges.” While digital learning may come naturally to children, parents should get up to speed on technology as well to better understand how new tools and resources can help their children learn.Here are some great back-to-school tech-tips for parents:

• Talk to your children and their teachers about what they want to accomplish this year and how they can use traditional and new learning tools to meet goals.

• Encourage children to use computers and other web-enabled devices for more than just games and Facebook.

• If you think books are the same as when you went to school, think again. New digital textbooks available for download through applications like iBooks2, allow you to highlight text, make notes, or search inside the book. You can even have your tablet device read the book to you. Learn how this technology works so you can keep up with your kids.

• Some forward-thinking schools are using innovative programs like CINCH Learning, which makes the complete K-12 math and 7-12 grade science curricula accessible online. Programs like these go beyond the textbook, so talk to your children’s teachers to learn how to maximize the program’s interactive tools and games from home devices.

• Nearly half of all high school students who take Advanced Placement (AP) exams fail. But new subscription based programs like the ONboard series from McGraw-Hill Education are providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in these advanced courses. Parents of high school students should encourage teens to take advantage of such study aids before senior year.

• Pick a regular time each day dedicated to beefing up vocabulary, improving spelling, reading together and just talking about new topics and ideas. The International Reading Association (IRA) recommends giving children choices in what they read — browse the ever-growing selection of age-appropriate books and periodicals available for download to your e-reader.

• If you’re on a budget, don’t stress. Not all technology will break the bank. In fact, with a bit of effort, you can find e-readers on sites like eBay for much less than retail cost. And as more devices come onto the market, prices will become even more affordable. Many public libraries offer access to computers so you can familiarize children with basic technology and a range of digital resources, such as free ebooks.

For more information on how digital technology is changing the way kids learn, visit www.mheonline.com. Help make this school year successful for your children by learning about new educational tools.