Tuesday, August 31
After three weeks of practice, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team is preparing to kick of its season at 11 a.m. Saturday in Palisade.
Sun Microsystems Inc. intends to transform the way everyday computer users do their word processing, spreadsheet operations and business presentations. But a not-so-small software rival stands directly in Sun's path: Microsoft Corp.
Renowned horse trainer gives demonstration in Craig
Curt Pate could have ridden the young mustang into the sunset Tuesday night. While explaining his every move to a crowd gathered outside the Country General Store in Craig, Pate broke a 3-year-old wild mustang stallion. He appeared to speak directly to the mind of the horse and added humor to his efforts as the crowd watched, impressed with Pate's abilities. The horse that once ran wild and free throughout Nevada was fit for riding in less than two hours.
English as a second language classes begin today at area community college
It took the Moffat County Board of Commissioners less than 20 minutes to issue Don Steele and Darryl Steele a conditional use permit for a 30-site camping facility. The site will be on the brothers' property along the Yampa River on the south side of the Maybell Bridge west of Craig.
The Moffat County Public Safety Center took one step closer to breaking ground Tuesday.
Two male juveniles have been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after investigators connected them to the July 13 vandalism at East Elementary School.
The City of Craig has seen three Parks and Recreation Department directors, years of staff turnover and many volunteer hours in the creation of Woodbury Park. The nearly-complete project made the time, effort and money all worth it and people across the state will know it.
Stocks fell sharply today after the early release of a key economic report rattled the market and ignited fears of higher inflation.
Monday, August 30
Initiation turns sour at Moffat County High School as five seniors wear shirts hazing others
In a first-day-of-school ritual, a group of Moffat County High School (MCHS) seniors took the idea of initiation to possible extremes. A group of senior girls pinpointed a group of other girls Wednesday and printed their names on T-shirts next to derogatory remarks.
John Henry Simmons, 60, accused of stabbing a neighbor and charged with first-degree assault and felony menacing, is undergoing a court-ordered competency evaluation.
Judge finds probable cause to hold Nelums
Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Joel Thompson ruled Tuesday there was sufficient evidence to keep accused killer Luree Nelums, 44, behind bars.
A new program entitled "Healthy Kids for our County" wants to enroll at least 10,000 Colorado children in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program by Oct. 22. Routt and Moffat counties are teaming up to help enroll children. Marilyn Bouldin, campaign coordinator, said the enrollment goal is to sign up 25 children in Moffat County and 31 children in Routt County by the deadline.
Living outside the law can get touchy
The Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction 'Sooners' made a run for the top spot Thursday through Sunday at the 1999 Triple Crown Softball World Series Tournament in Steamboat Springs. The Sooners placed third among 51 teams.
Sunday, August 29
More than 100 golfers competed for bragging rights on the Yampa Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday during the City and Senior Championships.
Kmart in Craig is in the midst of a transformation to increase customer convenience. The local department store is being converted into a popular "Big Kmart" format.
NEWRK (AP) — The maker of Norplant will pay a reported $50 million-plus to more than 36,000 women to settle claims that the implantable contraceptive device caused headaches, irregular menstrual bleeding, nausea and depression.
Regional airport flight increase slated to last until Labor Day weekend
Flight activity at Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA) has increased slightly this summer and will stay that way for another week. Airport Director Jim Parker said the county has signed a lease agreement with Great Lakes Aviation, working as a commuter airline under the United Express banner, to increase the number of daily commuter flights to Denver to seven.
Money to be used to improve CIS student technical literacy
The Colorado Technology Literacy Challenge Fund recently awarded Craig Middle School $100,000 to assure that students are technologically literate...
Thursday, August 26
Maybell school opened its doors Wednesday morning for the first day of school. This year the Maybell school has two first-graders, three second-graders, three third-graders and three fourth-graders. All 11 children were eager to start the new year with all their new school supplies.
During the August Board of Trustees meeting, The Memorial Hospital (TMH) received approval to purchase new equipment.
After two weeks of practice, the Moffat County High School football team will get a taste of battling an opponent.
Lance Armstrong, the 1999 Tour de France champion, has apparently had enough of mountain biking for the time being.
A former Moffat County Sheriff's Department deputy has demanded the Moffat County Board of Commissioners pay him $500,000 because he claims he was slandered and libeled by Sheriff Buddy Grinstead.
One way we can tell autumn is near is seeing children getting ready for school. Here at Sunset Meadows we had two young ladies, Mandy Grant and Robyn Hertzog, who worked during summer break and are getting ready to go back to college.
Credit union representative argues city should pay for water line connection
Providing a water service line to the Moffat County Schools Federal Credit Union should be the responsibility of the city, Credit Union Treasurer Linda Osborn said, but the Craig City Council disagreed.
Will West wield more political clout?
Many people have been inquiring and expressing a desire to contribute toward the memorial for Joe Koonce. It is a well-known fact that Joe's true love was for the Yampa River and specifically kayaking the river.
With a round of characteristic chuckling, the 14th Dalai Lama told a small group of reporters about the arduous seven-year process it took to produce his latest book.
Investors who drove blue-chip stocks to record highs this week paused to take profits Thursday, knocking the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 120 points. Technology stocks once again outperformed the rest of the market.
Wednesday, August 25
Thompson Hill home owner takes summertime odor protest to Craig City Council
Thompson Hill resident Rena Olsen wants to get the ball rolling on a complaint that has lasted for 10 years. She wants the Craig City Council to place on the top of its list of priorities alleviating the odor from the sewer lagoons.
Knez Divide has gone under the shovel. Bulldozing roads has begun in the new Knez Divide development located south of the Yampa Valley Golf Course along Moffat County Road 33.
The Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction "Sooners" will compete for a national title today through Sunday at the 1999 Triple Crown Softball World Series Tournament in Steamboat Springs.
More than 100 golfers will converge on the Yampa Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday for the City and Senior Championships.
Hospital losing revenue on Medicare patients
Twelve years ago The Memorial Hospital (TMH) was laying off people to stay in the black financially. Today the hospital has gone from merely covering the payroll checks to having millions in the bank and the medical staff has doubled. But not all is perfect.
PHEONIX (AP) — Asarco Inc. and Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. have set a stiff price if Phelps Dodge Corp. wants to persist with plans for a three-way merger.
Tuesday, August 24
Fire broke out last night in a storage trailer located at 851 Colorado St. in Craig. Around 8:30 p.m., firefighters were called to the scene and found flames coming out of the door of a storage trailer. The cause of the fire was due to a charging battery that malfunctioned.
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Weaver were in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 6-8 to celebrate their grandson, Riley's, birthday.
The Moffat County High School boys golf team continued its stretch of finishing in the middle of the pack Monday at the Bookcliff Invitational in Grand Junction, Colo.
Group having success
The Northwest Colorado Wildkats, a cheerleading squad, has been making a name for itself over the past few months and according to coach Dawn Rader, more than 20 girls are on the team.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory said it has accepted a $16.3 million buyout offer by Whitman Candies Inc.
Although an official date has not been set, it looks as if Moffat County High School Seniors will be graduating on May 21, 2000. During the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, Moffat County High School Principal Joel Sheridan brought to the board four different dates: May 20, 21, 23 and 27.
Just as colleges such as University of Colorado began as a single building and have grown to large proportions, Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC) may be on the same track.
A Meeker man was killed Monday when a ditch caved in on top of him while he was installing plumbing.
Dave Manley hasn't gotten anywhere with city officials with his argument that the city nuisance ordinance is unjust, now he is taking his cause to the public. On Monday, Manley began circulating a petition calling for the termination of city Code Enforcement Specialist Rex Splitt.
Members of the U.S. Army were called to Craig to detonate a bomb found by the Craig Police Department (CPD) at a residence at 1006 Yampa Ave. in Craig.
The Hayden Town Board had some tough competition Aug. 19. The Routt County Fair was hosting the country showdown talent contest less than a mile from Town Hall, at the same time the board was meeting.
Monday, August 23
The Moffat County High School rodeo team is gearing up for another season of solid performances.
Reports of concert ticket sale scam unfounded, show staged as fund-raiser
With all the warnings out about groups who falsely represent different charities and organizations while soliciting donations over the phone, it's not a surprise that people have been concerned over a group that has been making calls to Craig residents.
The Craig-Moffat County Library has hired an architect who is seeking input as to what renovations are needed for the library.
The Craig Police Department recently gave a grant to the Craig Youth Baseball Association to help upgrade a batting cage behind the Craig Middle School baseball field.
Big game hunting licenses still available for sale in Northwest Colorado
At least 7,786 leftover big game limited licenses remained Friday morning after last week's rush of hunters looking to buy the remaining licenses.
The Federal Reserve is poised to bump up interest rates for the second time in eight weeks in an effort to cool the economy and prevent an outbreak of inflation, private economists believe.
Prior to arriving in Craig, Gladden was graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, took graduate classes and worked as the principal of an alternative high school in Idaho. Most recently he worked as an assistant principal of a school in Westminster, Colo., with 800 students.
The sale barn rang out with the calls of the auctioneer, who was competing with the squeals of the 252-pound grand champion market swine. "Bud" had just been sold to Bear River Valley Co-op for $1,000 and he might have sensed his time was near.
Sunday, August 22
The Montana man who came to Routt County hoping to become the next principal of Hayden High School was sentenced Wednesday in Routt County Court for violating state weapons laws and driving under the influence of alcohol.
People who lease land from the State Land Board (SLB) could benefit from a new management incentive lease structure.
Hayden resident Kenneth Muhme will spend 90 days in jail and pay $2,000 restitution for his involvement in the burglary of Hayden High School in February, but a felony charge could be erased if he behaves for three years.
Northwest Health Specialists Center announced that Dr. Charles Hamlin, M.D. of the Hand Surgery Associates, PC. will be performing his third clinic at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. Dr. Hamlin is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand.
The Moffat County High School golf team competed in two golf tournaments Thursday and Friday.
Investigation into an accident that caused the death of Joseph Koonce, 42, at Trapper Mine Aug. 12 is proceeding slowly.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phelps Dodge Corp. made two unsolicited proposals Friday to acquire Asarco Inc. and Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., two of the world's leading producers of copper and metals, in a stock-for-stock merger.
City officials, council ponder future of Craig Improvement Authority
The Craig Improvement Authority is hard-pressed to continue its mission of beautifying Craig. It lacks funds, direction and volunteers.
With the first day of school just around the corner, the Craig Community Wellness Team is working to get parents more involved in that important day.
Changes have CNCC-Craig campus ready for the upcoming year.
Thursday, August 19
Sherilyn Stoffel and Brittany Rummel, players on the 12-and-under team, recently returned from a soccer camp in Denver put on by members of the U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer team.
In girls fast-pitch action, Team I ran past Team 2, winning with a whopping 30-10 score Thursday in the league's final game of the year at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Microsoft Corp. is promising to fix by this week's end a bug in its new Internet chat software that permits co-workers and others to see a person's e-mail password.
Virgin Enterprises Ltd., owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, has filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against a tiny distributor of exotic chocolates in a Denver suburb.
Craig Youth Soccer Association is building for the future as the Craig Storm a girls 12-and-under team will hit the soccer field this fall playing competitive soccer.
There are more than 400 children in Moffat County who are eligible for the Children's Health Plan one of the groups targeted by Kids in Need of Dentistry as children who are not getting sufficient dental care.
Phone company cuts back on service
US West has recently sold off 60 rural exchanges in Colorado, including five in Northwest Colorado. Exchanges in Maybell, Meeker, Mesa, Oak Creek and Yampa have been sold by the Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC). This move has sparked some controversy from special interest groups due to US West's lobby in Washington to escape pro-competitive provisions of the telecommunications act.
Starting Sept 1, a familiar face at the Maybell Public Library will be missed. After 24 years at the library, 83-year-old Katie Buffham is calling it a career.
The 25,512 students in the Colorado High School Class of 1999 remained above average in terms of the American College Testing Program (ACT). The class of 1999 received an average score of 21.5 and in Moffat County, students graduating in 1999 averaged a score of 22. The national average for 1999 was 21.
Try rap, not Brahms, for that lullaby
WASHINGTON (AP) America's trade deficit mushroomed to an all-time monthly high in June as a flood of foreign cars, computers and clothing sent imports to a record level, overwhelming a small rise in exports.
Wednesday, August 18
Today the Bulldogs played at Battlement Mesa golf course in Parachute, Colo., and Friday they will play at the Cedaredge Invitational.
"The results are better than we anticipated because we switched to a much harder test," said Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, Janet Bohart.
The Moffat County High School cross country teams are off and running, and the teams want to make some noise for the 1999 season.
Craig Police Department officials classify church vandalism spree as hate crime
Theft and vandalism from four Craig churches Tuesday night will be classified as hate crimes, possibly making the penalties worse when the suspects are caught.
Hunters who have been waiting for their turn to take a shot at a Colorado bighorn sheep, mountain goat or moose may have a better chance at drawing a tag for one of these coveted hunts during the 2001 season.
Abstinence is the best policy
Tuesday, August 17
Craig Intermediate School hosted an orientation Tuesday for new students. Fifth-graders new to the school were welcomed with games, a barbecue and an introduction to a sixth-grade student.
School offers discount to low-income families
Again this year, the Moffat County School District will continue a policy to help children from families whose income is at or below certain levels receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program. Depending on family size and income, students may be eligible for this service.
School board President George Wixon is retiring this fall after serving 12 years. He is happy about the changes in the schools in the past few years. The extra hours worked by Wixon are appreciated by the community.
Endangered fish swimming in the Yampa River have mucked up the future of water use issues. Area organizations are getting together to decide the best way to allow for water use and comply with the Endangered Species Act in the future.
After finishing its first of two-a-day practices, second year coach Eric Johnson was pleased with the effort the Bulldogs showed on the practice field.
Consumer groups are asking federal regulators to block AT&T's bid to buy Denver-based MediaOne, saying the cable merger would give the company too much control in the markets for cable TV and high-speed cable Internet services.
The Hayden Rebekah Lodge #75 will host its annual chicken dinner at the Routt Coutny Fair Saturday. The dinner will be in the elementary school cafeteria starting right after the parade, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner will be over-baked chicken, potato salad or coleslaw, baked beans, tomato, rolls and homemade pies. The cost will be $5.50 for adults and $2.75 for children under 12.
The Lady Bulldogs completed its second day of two-a-day practices Tuesday. The girls started at 7 a.m. and practiced until 9 a.m., had a break and began again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Downtown property owners may not have a say in whether the city forms a special improvement district to replace four alleys in downtown Craig.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A World War I-era gas mask modified for marijuana use was among the items confiscated by authorities during a drug bust Sunday on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Monday, August 16
As students prepare for their first day of school Aug. 25, parents prepare for the freeing experience of kids booked from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They should also prepare for the outlay of money the beginning of a school year brings, officials with Consumer Credit Counseling Service said.
Yampa Valley electric consumers can feel free to keep the lights on this New Year's Eve. As Dec. 31 and the much talked about computer problems associated with the new millennium creep closer and closer, Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) officals say they are prepared to maintain power to customers.
The Moffat County Board of Commissioners had some concern over the Moffat County Youth Care Center facility during its meeting Monday. According to commissioners, the rate of kids entering in the facility has dropped to the point where the facility has become a drain on Moffat County finances.
More than 80 Moffat County High School football players hit the practice field Monday to start the Bulldogs' 1999 season.
Tragedy struck again on the roads of Moffat County Monday when a Colorado Department of Transportation employee was killed two miles east of Lay on U.S. Highway 40.
Indelicacy in the eye of the beholder
Sunday, August 15
To grab the attention of a roomful of fidgety kids, Grace Fellowship Church sometimes turns to high drama.
On Friday, MCHS took part in the Rifle Invitational (the site of the regional tournament this year), and the Bulldogs finished in 12th place in team standings with a score of 252.
I have been associated with Trapper Mine for approximately seven years. In those seven years, at every Trapper picnic, at every Trapper Christmas party, somebody stands up and tells everyone how the employees of Trapper are all a family, and how by sticking together we can make things happen. If that were really true, something would be done to honor Joe Koonce, a man who gave his all to Trapper Mine for 18 years.
The Colorado State Land Board of Land Commissioners (SLB) will hold its August meeting in Craig. The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.
About 15 people poured into the streets of Craig Saturday for the ninth annual For the Health of It Triathlon.
The future of community colleges and how to become a "learning college" will be the focus of an Institutional Day speech at Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC).
Frank and Velda Hadley would like to take this opportunity to thank the friends, staff and clients from the office who prayed and called daily about our grandson's, Mikinzie Shaun Klimper, condition. Shortly after birth, he was flown on "Flight for Life" to Presbyterian St. Lukes' Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit in Denver, where he spent most of his first month.
Eastman Kodak took its business expansion to New York instead of Windsor and MCI WorldCom Inc. chose Nebraska over Aurora for the same reason: the state's business personal-property tax.
Thursday, August 12
On July 17, Advocates - Crisis Support Services (formerly Abused and Battered Humans, Inc.) held the Second Annual Human Ducky River Race fund-raiser.
Joseph Koonce of Craig died Thursday near Craig. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at the family cabin at Wilderness Ranch. Memorial donations may be made to the Yampa Valley River Conservation Group in care of Grant Mortuary.
The Moffat County high School golf team came in third place at the MCHS Invitational Thursday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Two Craig girls fast-pitch teams face off in a regular season game
In girls fast-pitch action, Team 3 scored six runs in the first two innings to down Team 4, 13-4, Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
There wasn't any potluck at Sunset Meadows Friday due to the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) luncheon at the fairgrounds.
More than 300 lose electricity, cable
For the first time in its 22-year history, a fatality occurred at Trapper Mine south of Craig.
Lack of emotion proves frightening
When Chuck Sis thought he heard a gunshot at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, he didn't really think much of it. Neighbors around his home on County Road 30 often deal with varments after dark according to Sis. But when he woke up Thursday morning to find his homemade mailbox in pieces all over the road, he knew that what he heard that pervious night was no gunshot.
Wednesday, August 11
Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta has asked the Steamboat Springs Police Department to lead a criminal investigation into allegations a Craig police officer assaulted a local woman.
Farmers will harvest bin-busting crops of corn, soybeans, rice and other crops despite the drought and heat that have plagued parts of the country this summer, the Agriculture Department said today.
According to city calculations, if water use continues to increase at the current rate, the Craig Water Plant will reach its capacity by the year 2001. Circumventing the problem could cost the Water/Wastewater Department $5.3 million.
It appears a workshop has eliminated rezoning controversy between the City of Craig and Moffat County.
Animal testing benefits medicine
Attempted suicide raises questions of jail policy
It has been six days since inmate Donny Arnett tried to hang himself in the Moffat County Jail and, according to Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg, an internal investigation into the attempted suicide is proceeding.
Tuesday, August 10
Colorado Northwestern Community College announced the following students have been named to the President's Academic Distinction List and the Dean's List for the 1999 Spring Semester.
Group boasts about success of Memorial Day event
The Grand Olde West Days (GOWD) Committee always knew its event was successful, but this is the first year members have solid numbers to back their statement.
The 49-year-old Mullen, a Moffat County Sheriff's Department deputy, won a gold medal in the annual Colorado Police and Fire Games two weeks ago and Sunday he won a bronze medal in the Toughest Competitor Alive Competition in Denver, Colo.
The Craig City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to enter into a contract with the Colorado State Land Board to purchase 5.27 acres of property near the Sandrocks north of Craig.
Joe and Mickie Walker and their children visited Mickie's sister, Shelly Plummer, in Wynona, Kan.
Lief Albaugh, son of Archie and Dorcas Albaugh of Craig, has been called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve a two-year mission in the Taiwan Kaohsiung Mission. A farewell service for Lief will be held Aug.15 at the Craig LDS church at the corner of Ninth Street and Finley Lane.
DENVER (AP) Qwest Communications is countering a price war among major telephone carriers with a combination offer of Internet access and long distance to residential customers.
Region to benefit from fiber-optic infrastructure
New telecommunications technology makes for really fast access...
Just say 'no' to gift requests
Monday, August 9
For the first time in history, the Colorado Legislature voted to spend money to prevent and treat domestic violence, making Colorado the 49th state to appropriate funds for family violence.
Season ends for 10-and-under baseball players with close score...
With five seniors on the team, the Moffat County High School varsity boys golf team heads into the 1999 season with experience and confidence.
The Moffat County Fair gives residents the chance to showcase the projects they spent an entire year working on. From raising livestock to sewing an outfit to painting a landscape, fair is the time to pit a carefully developed skill against others.
Commissioners choose area company after 12-hour meeting Monday
The Moffat County Board of Commissioners have selected the telecommunications service provider to "close the loop."
Sunday, August 8
A new, but familiar champion has been crowned in the men's softball league.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will hold a workshop to allow the State Wildlife Commission to hear comments on the "first cut" of draft alternatives for the 2000-2004 big game hunting structure.
The 53rd annual Ride 'n Tie Rodeo took place Friday and Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and things went as planned, according to organizers.
Yampa Valley Sports Medicine/E.J. Bunk lit up the scoreboard Saturday against Mountain West Insurance during the coed championship game at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The truck bypass north of Craig may have made things easier for truckers, but it has complicated the job of the Moffat County Planning and Zoning Board.
Three MCHS students join campaign against gun control
More than 100 teen-agers across Colorado joined in a grass-roots campaign to stop new laws that put more restrictions on guns, calling them "ill conceived feel-good laws."
A bloodied lip and a bruised arm lead to allegations of unneccessary force
Saturday, August 7
Maybell 4-H kids took all their completed projects to the 4-H completion day in Craig Tuesday. After interviews with judges, the kids attended the award program and fashion revue.
A local barber will serve a three-year term on a state board. Bruce E. Gordon of Craig was appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to the State Examining Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.
A Moffat County Jail inmate attempted suicide by hanging Thursday afternoon. At 4:50 p.m. Moffat County Sheriff's Department employees found 29-year-old Donny Arnett hanging in his cell.
Business owners in Colorado are being urged to apply for a tax refund on personal property, and people with small bank accounts may also find some financial relief from the state.