Stories for September 1999


Thursday, September 30

Bids for public safety center disappointing

The Moffat County Public Safety Center project has run into a glitch. Bids from the two remaining contractors vying for the project have come in and both are not what the Moffat County Board of Commissioners wanted to see.

CIS encourages more reading

Maybell tid bits

State median income ranks 7th nationwide

The Colorado median household income jumped last year to $45,253, the seventh highest in the nation, the Census Bureau reported.

Dogs sunk by Sailors twice

Senior scoop

Briefly in religion

MCHS runners host meet Saturday


Thinking like a child pays off

Wednesday, September 29

Alleged killer pleads not guilty to manslaughter

Luree Highpines Nelums, 44, pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in her plea hearing Monday. She requested a trial by jury which is set for 8 a.m. Feb. 15 and is expected to last four days.

Obituary - Rod W. Wilson

Obituary - William "Harry" Dobbs

Bulldogs ready for showdown

Qwest, Hewlett-Packard sign data storage services pact

Qwest Communications International Inc. has signed a three-year agreement to provide data storage services using Hewlett-Packard Co.'s SureStore E line of hardware and software.

Hayden power plant prepared for Y2K

Area committee wants to improve economic future

Group gets glance at first stage of economic study

Smile, you're on radar

Device to help monitor local speeders

Point, click, drive latest option for Internet car buyers

Point, click, drive. That's the latest option for Internet car-buyers, after started taking orders this week.


Stroll on wild side best thing for family

Miss America

Contest comes up losers, not winners

Snake River tid bits

Tuesday, September 28

Hayden Tidbits

Qwest CEO promises better service

US West's 25 million customers can expect to receive better basic telephone service thanks to the Baby Bell's merger with upstart Qwest Communications, a top executive said.

Obituary - Karen Sue Main

Hayden schools earn $300,000 grant

Lack of support stalls street paving, drainage improvements

City manager looking for more property owner support

Funeral notice - Derald Kinderknecht

Monday, September 27

Cyprus Amax, Asarco look at alternatives to merger

The boards of Cyprus Amax Minerals and Asarco Inc. have authorized managers to explore alternatives to their planned merger, both companies said.

Obituary - Avice Louise Siebott

Health Care Services Corp. bid for Blue Cross Blue Shield unveiled

Health Care Services Corp. has offered to buy the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado for $165 million, officials said.

Man dead after accidental shooting

A man was found dead Friday in west Moffat County and Moffat County Sheriff's Department investigators said he died from an accidental shooting.

Bullpups dominate Rangley at home

Birth announcment - Levi Steven Womack

Wedding announcement - Kerchal and Duzik

Bow hunter kills mountain lion

Hunter says big cat was set to attack

Off the Wall

Broken hearts means broken boy toys

Sunday, September 26

Justice Dept. won't question Phelps Dodge acquisition plan

The U.S. Justice Department antitrust division signed off on the Phelps Dodge Corp. proposal to acquire two copper rivals.

Sierra Club lawsuit loses momentum

A lawsuit filed against the owners of the Craig Station electric power plant is progressing slowly. The Sierra Club filed a citizen suit against Craig Station and its owners in October, 1996, citing violations of the Clean Air Act. The Sierra Club alleges Craig Station violated visible pollution limits about 14,000 times between 1991 and 1996 and is asking that fines of up to $25,000 for each violation be imposed.

Coal train collides with oil machinery

A train that collided with a piece of mobile machinery on the railroad track near Milner Friday morning sustained around $5,000 in damage, but no one was injured.

Craig sports league to be dedicated to Doak Walker

Doak Walker, 1948 Heisman Trophy winner, was an inspiration to youth and adults alike. Walker starred on two National Football League championship teams, but was paralyzed in a skiing accident in early 1998. He died later that year. To preserve his memory and the ideals Walker stood for, Craig Parks and Recreation Department officials have chosen to name a local sport after Walker.

Officers commended for catching criminals

Three officers with the Craig Police Department received certificates and commendations from Chief Walt Vanatta Thursday for catching two alleged burglars in the act Sept. 19. Josh Johnson, Storm Fallon and Doug Kaiser were all part of a team that ended in the arrest of Joshua Driver, 18, and Edward Martinson, 19, suspects in a recent rash of burglaries to several downtown businesses. Johnson was on foot patrol the night of the burglaries and heard unusual noises. He traced the sounds to the back of Hutton's Communications where he saw Driver a

MCHS spikers earn huge victory

Revenge. That's exactly what the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team got Friday against the Glenwood Springs Demons in a conference matchup at the high school gym.

County human resources director on track

Moffat County government has been busy reorganizing the human resources department with the help of Janiene Rader, the new human resources director.

Soccer team falls to Demons


Tales of past enter into election battle

Thursday, September 23

Children's author visits Craig

Snior scoop

Maybell great place to visit, hunt

Incidents reported for Sept. 16

Craig realtors name new officers

Sailors sink Bulldogs

Catholic seminary opens in Colorado

The first Roman Catholic seminary United States affiliated with a papal university in Rome has opened in Denver with 59 students.

Internet paper attracts readers

Alpha Tau chapter meets

Birth announcement - Americo John Callor

Man convicted in wildlife slaughter

Second participant in deer, antelope shooting spree could face jail time, heavy fines

Josh Lawrence, 20, one of three young men accused of killing more than 34 deer and pronghorn antelope in Northwest Colorado, was convicted of 27 felony counts of willful destruction of wildlife Thursday. The conviction could get Lawrence up to six years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count when sentenced by 14th Judicial District Court Judge Joel Thompson on Oct. 18.

Incidents reported for Sept. 14

Maybell tid bits

Incidents for Sept. 21

Incidents reported for Sept. 20

Incidents reported for Sept. 18

Incidents reported for Sept. 15

Gasoline prices increase

Several factors contribute to rise in fuel prices

Wednesday, September 22

Craig woman still in critical condition

Tatum Hart, 19, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Mary's Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., after suffering severe injuries in a one-vehicle accident near Pueblo on Interstate 2

Obituary - William Glen Bilsing

Obituary - Daniel Morales Sanchez

Obituary - Leo Rutter

Author overcomes disability

Cheerleaders always out in front

Phelps Dodge increases bid for copper giants

PHEONIX (AP) — Phelps Dodge Corp. upped its bid Wednesday for copper rivals Asarco Inc. and Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., hoping to persuade stockholders to gut a planned merger between the two companies.

Owens emphasizes economic development

Rural communities focus of Governor Bill Owens' administration, officials say

Under the new leadership of Gov. Bill Owens, rural communities in Colorado have the attention and resources of the governor's economic development specialists.

Snake River tid bits


Traffic hell kills dream of 'real West'

Tuesday, September 21

School student enrollement down

Funeral notice - Leo Rutter

Hayden tid bits

MCHS soccer team earns first win

Wildcats edge Bulldogs

Man convicted of assault in Maybell

Man jailed after hitting co-workers with tire iron, trying to run over others

Vernon Hanway, 36, from Lander, Wyo., was convicted of two counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and one count of reckless driving on Friday.

Funeral notice - Avice Siebott

Lawmakers work on aid to farmers

The cost of bailing out the nation's farm economy reached $8 billion as Republican congressional leaders introduced their plan to aid growers who have been hurt by low prices or lost crops to droughts and floods.


Student grades don't show performance

Monday, September 20

MCHS freshmen blank Rangely

Off the Wall

Little stings bring big bills

Senior scoop

Birth announcement - Mya Marie Archuleta

Smoke ruins all merchandise in area business

Owners plan to reopen Sweetwater Trading Co. despite devastating loss from fire

A fire that struck Sweetwater Trading Co. Sept. 4 despite being mostly smoke damaged far more of the business than firefighters originally estimated.

MCHS golfers aim for regionals

United Way set $250,000 goal

This year, United Way celebrates "It's you, it's me, it's all of us," the theme for its 2000 campaign. The theme is meant to show people that their single donation, added to the donations from others, results in a fund used to help the entire community.

Stedents to attend 'Cowboy Camp'

County Commissioners begin sorting budget issues

The fall is a hectic time for the county. Commissioners and county department heads have started looking at approving next year's budget. The task will take until December to complete.

Mattern, Stavlun to wed

Birth announcement - Dustin Wade Lawton

Sunday, September 19

Women are from Venus, Men are from AOL?

AOL and author debate differences between "mail" and "male"

Her book title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the perils of Internet dating, but America Online isn't laughing.

Longhorns trample Bulldogs

Alleged burglars caught

Six Craig businesses burglarized Sunday morning

Craig residents Joshua Driver, 18, and Edward Martinson, 19, were arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly being caught burglarizing a Craig business.

Demons down Dogs

Big plays turned the tide for Durango as the Demons downed the Moffat County High School Bulldogs, 44-6, Friday night in Craig at the high school field.

Meeker swept by Bulldogs

Funeral notice - Karen Main

Funeral notice - Minnie Hartman

Funeral notice - Bill Bilsing

Attorney general warns seniors against scams

Junk mail and telephone solicitations tend to annoy most people, and for Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar they have become a priority.

Funeral notice - Avice Siebott


Group faces new constitutional waters

Thursday, September 16

Maybell tid bits

Golfers finish regular season

Greenspan: Threat of massive Y2K computer failures 'negligible'

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan today characterized as virtually nonexistent the threat that the United States will suffer massive computer failures because of the Year 2000 date change.

First Christian Church offers to sahre harvest

Obituary - Christine A. Diaz


People should look for the best in all things

Obituary - Shane Michael Gaulke

Wednesday, September 15

Woman in serious condition after accident

A serious traffic accident on Tuesday sent a Craig resident to the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. Tatum Hart suffered severe head injuries and was critically injured after a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 25 near Pueblo.

Bulldog runners on a roll

Obituary -

Obituary - Shirley D. Nelson

Funeral notice - Christine Diaz

Funeral notice - Allan Laddre-Zimmerman

Who's watching?

Orwellian fiction too close for comfort

Obituary - Randy Donald Wirgau

Scam information tops agenda for official visit

Attorney general to be in Craig Friday

Snake River tid bits

Tuesday, September 14

Hayden tid bits

Resorts drop in popularity

County searching for additional tax revenue

Tax formula for Craig Station owner may be changed

MCHS soccer team back in action


Fall brings spiritual renewal in outdoors

Internet offere education help

Wildlife commission lends ear to local group

Moffat County interest group protests DOW plan of limiting out-of-state hunters

Monday, September 13

Obituary - Randy Donald Wirgall

Funeral notice - Daniel M. Sanchez

Local channel to carry new network

Two up, two down for Bullpups

Bulldogs nab top spot at Montrose

City provides fun for everyone

Former resident dies in accident

A former Craig resident died after an illegal drag race competition in Grand Junction Wednesday night.

Local family thankful for support

Birth announcement - Brent Trey Cook

Birth announcement - Jana Lea Camilletti

Birth announcement - Kyla Nicole Pogline

Clean up dog mess in City Park

Birth announcement - Dustin Wade Lawton

Hamblin, Swenson to wed

Sunday, September 12


New west oblivious to world events

Bulldogs stomp Saints Saturday

Firefighters quickly douse grass fire

Officials still unsure of cause of Friday's blaze east of Craig

Craig police chief offers tips on preventing theft and burglary

In the past few months, residents have learned that crime sprees can happen even in small-town America. From residential thefts to car thefts to school vandalism to the recent rash of burglaries along Fourth Street, many of the crimes people think won't happen in Craig have happened.

Funeral - Shane Gaulke

Fire takes Craig resident's home

A Craig resident lost his house Saturday to a fire that started in his kitchen and burned through the rest of his house.

Thursday, September 9

Maybell tid bits

Siedschlaw, Schulze to marry

Christensen, Kitchen to wed

Gaylord, Ence to marry


Bush takes on DC about dope, draft

Funeral - Shirley Nelson

Obituary - Fern Estella Blevins

Obituary - Wendy Ann Schneider

Chief executives cite obstacles to getting services to rural communities

Regulation and costs may be slowing the pace of offering high-speed Internet access and other advanced telecommunications services to rural communities, say some of the industry's top leaders.

Statistical scholars debunk 'Bible code'

An international team of statisticians is debunking the controversial ''Bible code,'' which claims the Old Testament has hidden references to 20th century events that can be revealed by a computer.

Wednesday, September 8

Hunter found dead

Search dogs locate body at base of cliff in Routt County

A pair of search dogs named Schwar and Pepper led searchers late Monday afternoon to the body of a missing Louisiana bowhunter in the rugged mountains 35 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Sheep Wagon Days coming to Craig

MCHS golfers take first place

People should claim opinions

Code enforcer not needed here

People criticize phone company during first round of meetings

About 25 people complained about US West phone service Wednesday night in the first of five Front Range hearings held by the Public Utilities Commission.

Obituary - Esther M. Bohrer

Funeral - Randy Wirgau

Funeral - Shirley Nelson

Snake River tid bits

Internet offers hometown news

Tuesday, September 7

Hayden school receives grant for academic achievement

Thanks to a $39,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education, Hayden Middle School is embarking on a three-year program that should further individualize each student's instruction while continuing to bring curriculum in line with new state standards.

Qwest-US West merger clears Justice Department scrutiny

The proposed purchase of Baby Bell phone company US West by Qwest Communications has cleared another regulatory hurdle with the Justice Department raising no antitrust objections.

Nine businesses hit by burglars

Nine Craig businesses were robbed early Friday morning in a rash of burglaries in two buildings on Fourth Street.

Hayden tid bits

John and Elinor Reagan were here from Grand Junction the weekend of Aug. 28. They came especially for the 100th celebration at the Congregational Church. En route home they were involved in a car accident at the intersection of First and Ranney streets in Craig. Their car was demolished, but neither sustained serious injuries. Karen and Tim Gilroy took them home.

MCHS freshmen earn first win

Northwest Colorado faces draw on deer, elk

It is possible the 1999 hunting season will be that last that hunters can buy an over-the-counter license for deer and elk in Northwest Colorado.

Bad news

No good way to deliver negative test results

Mock Y2K scenario to determine county preparedness

The question remains in the hours before midnight, Dec. 31 will officials and residents of Craig be prepared for any number of possible disasters? The answer to the question was determined today at a countywide tabletop disaster drill aimed at gauging Y2K preparedness.

Monday, September 6

Off the Wall

Husband reacts 'in the name of science'

Cyprus Amax denied water rights to mine molybdenum

Cyprus Amax Minerals has been denied conditional water rights to mine ore from a central Colorado mountain, a district court ruled.

Fire damages business

Sweetwater Trading Company in flames Saturday

A weekend fire caused $10,000 to $15,000 damage to a downtown Craig business.

Hunter dies in Routt County

Moffat County sheriff asks visitors to take precautions

MCHS soccer drops first game

Sunday, September 5

Public Service customers may get small refund

Some electricity customers of Public Service Co. of Colorado may get small refunds next year if the utility fails to reduce the number of power outages during the remainder of the year.

MCHS football falls in season opener

Flurry of ski discounts follows first snow on highest peaks

Vail Resorts, intent on winning back skiers and boarders who bought cheap buddy passes last year, is offering its own discounted pass.

Survey says... Satellite better than cable

Satellite TV companies continue to deliver more than cable, according to an annual survey by J.D. Powers and Associates.

Sheriff releases more information on hanging

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead has released more details in the attempted suicide by hanging at Moffat County Jail.

Eleven teachers join school system

Eleven teachers join school system


Bush should come clean

Thursday, September 2

United Methodist lay leader earns license

Senior scoop

Unemployment dips back to 29-year low

The nation's unemployment rate dipped back down to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in August as gains in computer, data processing and health care jobs helped offset continued job losses at factories.

Student news - Jared Kloos

Student news - Jo Ann Baxter

Craig Police Department loses $30,000 in lawsuit

Officers sued for battery, false arrest, false imprisonment

A Craig man was awarded $30,000 in a lawsuit against former Craig Police Department officer Donald Eric Cox.

Investigation continues into unlawful use of force complaint

Two simultaneous investigations into an unlawful use of force complaint are in progress at the Craig Police Department.


Incident details deserve open access to public

Student news - Clint Green

Student news - Robert Jason Rodela

New hunting regulations inspire movement by local merchants

With archery elk season already started, controversy over possible changes in hunting regulations for the next five years is growing faster than occupancy rates at local hotels.

Maybell tid bits

Wednesday, September 1

MCHS spikers host tournament

Hanging investigation kept behind bars

The Moffat County Sheriff's Department internal investigation into the attempted suicide at Moffat County Jail is being kept locked up.

Students can find discounts, relief from long lines by shopping online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Freshmen Loan Nguyen, 17, and Lady Dianne Decena, 17, staggered through the crowded bookstore at the University of California at Berkeley last week, each gripping one handle of a shopping basket.

Labor Day celebrations coming

Bull riding, smooth jazz, classic cars and vintage planes are just four of the highlights of the Classic Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Principal forced to down tin of sardines

Students rewarded for summer reading

A summer-long reading session paid off for Craig Intermediate School (CIS) students Wednesday as they watched Principal Bruce Gregg eat sardines.

Several charges filed against Dinosaur town clerk, treasurer

Employee requests public hearing to deny allegations

After almost two months of being suspended with pay, Dinosaur Town Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Morrill knows why. She received a list of the complaints by city officials against her Aug. 13.

Brakes applied to Routt County timber sale

U.S. Forest Service backs away from proposed Morrison Creek logging project

Biblical thought

Ten Commandments helps change thought