Stories for October 1999


Sunday, October 31

Consumer advocate recommends penalties for poor US West service

US West Inc. should give millions of dollars in credit to consumers for violating state mandates on repair and installation services, a consumer advocacy agency has recommended.


Readers deserve more from media

Haunted Houses pushing limits for some

As a smoke machine billows out sweet-smelling mist and the overhead speakers cackle and moan, four preteen boys try to maintain a brave facade.

TMH solicits support for funding reform

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 continues to affect The Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Craig. Numbers of Medicare patients continue to rise, but reimbursement payments are not keeping up with costs.

Bulldogs rope Cowboys

Fourth quarter effort produces 22-21 win, chance for playoffs

Thursday, October 28

Earth Religion Week condemned

Mayor Leni Sitnick says she will no longer issue proclamations honoring people or groups after her recent recognition of pagan religions sparked protest and anger in the community.

Community needs informed vote

Maybell tid bits

Cooking school tickets selling quickly

Senior scoop

Attorney questions evidence in local killing

Craig Police Department stands behind its interrogation, investigation techniques

The 14th Judicial District deputy district attorney may not be able to use an alleged killers statement that "I killed my husband" as evidence to convict her because the opposing attorney contends the admission was illegally obtained.

Commissioners approve subdivision, dig up time capsule

Officials decide to adjust Moffat County Public Safety Center layout by 30 feet

Wednesday, October 27

Craig resident dies in rollover accident northwest of Maybell

A Craig resident died in a rollover car accident and two other people were injured at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday northwest of Maybell.

Upcoming cooking school picking up momentum

Avid rider turns passion into profession

SAN ANSELMO, CALIF. (AP) — Watching Gary Fisher try to contain his 6-foot-1-inch, 160-pound frame within the confines of a chair, it becomes quite obvious he's more comfortable in motion.

46-year-old Moffat County mine fire continues to burn

Plans to extinguish mine fire put on hold

TMH seeks $1.2 million in funds

The Memorial Hospital wants 'critical access' status

Residents invited to 'pre-Halloween' Dixon Club dance

Forest plan deserves attention

Tuesday, October 26

Greiser, St. Louis to wed

High school students inducted into National Honor Society

Local students make national dean's list

Former Broncos player visits Craig

Athlete urges students to stay away from drugs

Hayden Tid Bits

Transportation issues fill school board agenda

School board considers providing bus for qualifying preschool students

Obituary - Mildred Viola Yoast

Birth announcement - Colby Foster Beckett

DOW charges Texas man

Hunter ticketed for trespassing on private property, illegal taking of big game animal

A Texas man who came to Moffat County on a hunting trip ended up spending more money on his excursion than he expected.

Obituary - Donald D. Chandler

Qwest reports profits after merger

Qwest Communications International Inc. said today its revenue topped $1 billion for the first time in the third quarter, attributing the increase to a growing demand for Internet and data services.

Obituary - Arnold R. Holly

Beware of deadly dog in Craig

Obituary - Gordon Ross Burl

Birth announcement - Kyle Marshall Walsh

Access for disabled persons to public land a concern

Birth announcement - Samuel Amarantalls

Doctor attends class reunion

Monday, October 25

Resident trespasses using weapons permit

A Craig resident thought his concealed weapons permit would be enough to get him out of a trespassing ticket, but instead it ended up earning him a ticket from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and the possible loss of his permit.

US West officials say service is improving

Hounded by complaints from customers who have waited too long to have their phone lines installed or repaired, US West said Monday the worst is over and pledged significant service improvements across its 14-state region by the end of the year.

Area counties partner for state grant

Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco counties apply for beanpole funds


Guts can't overcome youthful fears

Sunday, October 24

DOW reporting fewer hunters

Weather has ill effect on game harvest

Businesses in Craig have noticed a drop in the number of hunters this year and the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is confirming the decrease in the number of people attempting to harvest big game in Northwest Colorado and statewide.

Funeral notice - George L. Dixon

Incident reports, October 6 through October 20


Senator fights for welfare families

Thursday, October 21

Fire spares Craig home

A fire started under suspicious circumstances came within 10 feet of the home of Craig resident Dean Visintainer at the corner of Sixth Street and Finley Lane Thursday afternoon.

Something new is in the wind in Colorado

Maybell tid bits

Wedding announcement - Winn, Nuebel

Senior scoop

King - er, principal - for a day

Churches rebuild after Floyd

Like thousands of families who have lost their homes under Hurricane Floyd's floodwaters, houses of worship have suffered, too. Ministers like the Rev. Pat Kilby face uncertainty for their flocks.

Birth announcement - Jacob Anthony Erbe

Fatty foods save rare squirrels


Simplicity can say a lot

Wednesday, October 20

Decision on Blue Cross sale expected within 30 days

A decision on whether to allow an Indianapolis company to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado, the state's oldest health insurer, is expected within 30 days.

Children deserve better safety

Bulldogs start home stretch

Snake River tid bits

Company applies for broadcasting permit

Area may see new talk radio station

Craig power plant reaches safety goal

Funeral notice - Don Chandler

Area sees fewer hunters, dollars

Hunting season usually brings good fortune to businesses around Craig in the form of people in orange who spend a lot of green. Business owners say this year the number of hunters visiting Craig is down and the effect is hitting local business owners in the pockets.

Tuesday, October 19

Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena construction on schedule

With the start of the National Hockey League season, the tinge of coolness in the air and the winding down of hunting season, hockey players around Craig are starting to salivate over the opportunity to play hockey on consistent ice.

Students invited to solve 'kidnapping' case

Library hosts mystery night where students act out drama

Gridiron competition likened to cop brawl

Routt, Moffat lawmen competed in spirited, 'too serious' DARE football game fund-raiser

Lady 'Dogs up to the challenge

Speech team fares well at recent meet

Hayden tid bits

Obituary - Lewis Yost

Obituary - James D. Eskridge

Obituary - William "Harry" Dobbs

Funeral notice - Don Chandler

Funeral notice - Gordon Burl

Hayden school enrollment down

Birth announcement -

Birth announcement - Autumn Joy Mays

Official promotes hospital plan

Off the Wall

Life in the fast lane puts on too much mileage

Monday, October 18

Funeral notice - Gordon Burl

Funeral notice - Mildred Yoast

CNCC board meets Wednesday

Hollywood, Colorado?

Film production promoted in Northwest Colorado

United Way off to strong start

Generous community support cited as reason for campaign success

The Moffat County United Way campaign is under way and people aren't disappointing United Way officials with their generosity.


Loneliness, fear of fighters enters ring

New auction service opens in Craig

Sunday, October 17

Economic workshop set

Pennsylvania hunter injured after shooting

There was a close call in Slater Creek Saturday as a hunter from Pennsylvania accidently shot himself.


'Blue wall' code protects police officers

Thursday, October 14

Cops deal with stress through prayer

VENTURA, CALIF. (AP) — Christian law enforcement officers gather once a week to arrest stress: Sipping coffee and flipping through well-worn Bibles, they talk shop, share anxieties, read Scripture and bow their heads in prayer.

Unpaid doctors trying to block Blue Cross sale

A group of doctors wants to stop the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield unless the health insurance company discloses how much money it owes them.

PUC officials propose local expansion of calling areas

Craig to Steamboat Springs could become local call

If a proposal on the table is accepted, residents in Moffat and Routt counties may have a larger local calling area.

Maybell tid bits

Broncos fan gets recognition

Senior scoop

Funeral notice - James D. Eskridge


Member canvassing akin to begging

Moffat lawmen vow revenge in annual D.A.R.E. Bowl

Wednesday, October 13

Snake River tid bits

Separate fact from fiction as clock ticks toward 2000

New hospital in works for Craig

TMH Board hires group to survey community support of new facility

Building a new hospital is still on the drawing board, but an action plan has been put into motion at The Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Craig.

He said, she said

Sexual harassment often used as weapon

City to spend more than $12 million in 2000

Council completes workshop phase of budgeting process, considers approval

Obituary - Cleo Knowles

Bears in woods and hunters don't care

Tuesday, October 12

Obituary - Margaret Elsie Jones

Dell to stick to PCs

Dell Computer Corp., the No. 1 seller of personal computers directly to customers, says it will stick to its strengths despite Wall Street pressure to vigorously branch into areas such as computer services.

Funeral notice - Cleo Knowles

Bears outscore Bulldogs, 7-2


Old-fashioned drive better than TV

Obituary - Thomas M. Sommers

Craig resident gathers 418 signatures

Petition calls for termination of Craig city code enforcement officer

Craig resident Dave Manley has wanted Code Enforcement Specialist Rex Splitt to be terminated and now he believes he has the ammunition to do it.

Internet provides homework help

Funeral notices - Leroy McCool

Monday, October 11

Craig girl recovers from accident

Tatum Hart ready for rehabilitation after prolonged coma

Milner fires flare again

Internet privacy advocates fear new technology

Engineers designing a new way to send information across the Internet want to include a unique serial number from each personal computer within every parcel of data, an idea that privacy advocates fear could lead to tracing senders' identities.

Off the Wall

Simplicity stage strikes each woman differently

Crime, accidents up over weekend

Two rollovers, six thefts top list of activities

Homecoming weekend might have meant two days off for most residents and an extra half a day for teachers and students, but officers with the Craig Police Department found themselves flooded with calls beginning with four traffic accidents before and during the parade Friday along with several thefts from vehicles and a rolled-over stolen pickup truck.

Sunday, October 10

Phelps Dodge won't raise bid

Company decides not to compete for Asarco against Grupo Mexico

Phelps Dodge Corp. is staying put in the fight for Asarco Inc., refusing to top the $1.17 billion offer made by Grupo Mexico for Asarco.

Bears outlast Bulldogs, 25-13

Schools enjoy quality bus drivers

Homes threatened by raging brush fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responds to Milner fire

A 150-acre brush fire south of Milner burned most of the day Sunday, threatening homes near Routt County Road 179 as winds reached 15 mph.

Streets still need work

Thursday, October 7

Senior scoop

Grupo Mexico raises offer for Asarco

Phelps Dodge Corp. may not be acquiring Asarco Inc. after all. Grupo Mexico is in with a higher bid.

Third man guilty in case of wildlife slaughter

Last man accused in deer, antelope killing spree pleads guilty to 17 charges

The last man to be charged in the August, 1998, slaying of more than 65 deer and pronghorn antelope along Moffat County roads has pleaded guilty to seven felony and 10 misdemeanor charges.

Article should tell 'rest of story'

Maybell tidbits

Homecoming Royalty Crowned

Christian Coalition no evangelical monolith

The most frequently mentioned role model was Ronald Reagan, not Jesus Christ. And the devil drew less attention than Jesse Ventura.

Wednesday, October 6

Suspicion surrounds mobile home blaze

A fire destroyed a mobile home at 1059 Sequoia St. in Craig early Tuesday morning and officials suspect foul play started the blaze.


City Market, King Soopers recall tainted ground beef

Bob Nourse, director of meat and seafood sales for King Soopers, said the only meat affected by the recall is labeled ''sell by Oct. 5.''

Plans for cost cuts raise hopes, worries

Phelps Dodge Corp. says it will evaluate all its operations once its buyout of two other copper giants is complete.

Snake River tid bits


Should taxpayers foot the bill?

Tuesday, October 5

Obituary - Derald D. Kinderknecht

Hayden tid bits

Jennifer Bomba receives grant

Look before shooting!

Booze making operation gets busted in Moffat County Jail

Happy hour has been shut down for an inmate with his own micro-brew in Moffat County Jail.

Incidents reported between September 30 and October 4

DOW must improve management

Big thanks to school for help

Monday, October 4

Officers prepare for hunting season

The Moffat County Sheriff's Department is gearing up for the onslaught of hunters that will take over Craig later this month.

Resident protests teacher tenure, encourages merit pay

Claiming some teachers in the Moffat County School District should not be in the classroom, Toby Grotz of Craig wrote a letter to the Moffat County Board of Education, Superintendent Duane Wrightson, school principals, Colorado State Board of Education and Gov. Bill Owens.

DOT tries new product

Off the Wall

Worst-dressed issue causes debate

Sunday, October 3

Bulldogs runners steal show

Prices continue to rise in mountain states

Prices continued to rise in the mountain states region while the overall index dropped slightly in September, an economist said Friday.

Incident reports for September 26 through 30

Local lifesavers hone skills during drill

Yampa Valley Regional Airport disaster drill puts emergency personnel to the test

Emergency workers from Moffat and Routt counties practiced their lifesaving skills Sunday by handling a simulated airplane crash that included a hazardous material "spill" into the Yampa River.

Class action status sought in lawsuit against US West

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit that charges US West Inc. with deceiving local telephone customers, spending money to court merger partners instead of improving service, and cutting costs at the expense of customers have filed for class action status.


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