Stories for January 2000


Monday, January 31

Utilities merger could save Coloradans millions

Coloradans would save a total of $22 million on their electric bills under a proposed settlement agreement filed Monday in the planned merger of New Century Energies and Minnesota-based Northern States Power.

Religion, safety top education agenda

Legislature deals with several bills

Off the Wall

Onces classy chassis, wife now just wrecked

Cold paws!

Ice Dawgs start season

Auto thief pleads guilty

Thomas Longinotti, 19, was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and attempted escape after he left Correctional Placement Alternative Systems (CAPS) in Craig without permission, stole a Craig resident's vehicle and left town.

Vaccination clinic a big succes

Sunday, January 30

The sky's the limit

Students study the Solar system

MCHS wrestlers win again

Lockheed slashes dividends after labor cut

Lockheed Martin Corp. slashed its dividend in half Friday, continuing a belt-tightening that already includes plans for 2,800 new job cuts in an attempt to reverse setbacks at its aerospace and aviation businesses.

Ordinance not enforced

Avalanches claim lives in Colorado

Colorado is close to breaking the record for most avalanche deaths in a year. A record that the people who work for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) would rather not see.

Saturday, January 29

FDIC proposes increasing requirements for risky loans

Socked by $1 billion in losses from bank failures, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is proposing doubling the minimum required funding for banks that specialize in risky loans to people with damaged credit histories.

Thursday, January 27

Churches to help farmers

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) — As farmers head to banks to arrange loans for spring planting, some will be turned down following losses during last season's drought. Some will become depressed again and will need help. Farmer Richard Jameson has been there, and he knows.

Wednesday, January 26

Grisl to face Panthers

Resident wants ordinance changes on city ballot

Four petitions to be circulated to make changes to city nuisance ordinance

Craig resident Dave Manley has set out to prove his belief that the city nuisance ordinance doesn't have wide public support. On Saturday, he will begin circulating four petitions to change portions of the ordinance.

Tuesday, January 25

Birth Announcements

Obituary - Edna Mae Bittler

Hayden tidbits

CoorsTek reports 56 percent income increase

Industrial ceramics maker CoorsTek Inc. on Tuesday reported a 56 percent increase in annual net income behind a strong performance in the semiconductor sector and acquisitions completed in the first quarter.

Council finalizes park ordinance

Obituary - Edgar Curtis Picard

School board denies resident's policy change request

Board says 'no' to including 'Parent Power' brochure in monthly school newsletter

Trooper's son in alternative care

The Hayden infant whose father is accused of violently shaking him is being cared for by child welfare agents. Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans confirmed Tuesday that 11-week-old Matthew Crider is in the custody of the Routt County Human Services Department.

Student news

State group studies child welfare issues

Task force releases 34 recommendations


Democratic candidates work to sway electorate

Monday, January 24

Troopers infant son released from hospital

Colorado one of 16 states to sue Publishers Clearing House

Cubs tangle with Steamboat Springs

Manslaughter case to be tried in Craig

District court judge denies motion to move case, suppress evidence

In response to a request filed by defense attorney Kristopher Hammond, 14th Judicial District Court Judge Joel Thompson denied the motion to change venue and part of a motion to suppress evidence in the manslaughter case against Luree Highpines Nelums, 44.

Pregnancy Center's mission personal, not political

Cougars harness Summit Lightning

Sunday, January 23


Colorado casinos have record year

Colorado casinos hit the jackpot in 1999.

Changes to hunting regulations coming

Wildlife Commission changes face of big game hunting in 2000


New Dems puch big ideas on classroom reform

Firefighters plan to open training center in Craig

After five years of searching, Craig firefighters are planning to buy property on which to build a fire training center.

Thursday, January 20

Obituary - Aleksander Kaye Kwiecinski

Senior scoop

Birth announcement - Natalie Rose Simon

MCHS swimmers off to big city

'Trooper Defense Fund' is local scam

Maybell tidbits

Rowland, Hughes celebrate December wedding

Drug task force arrests four in Rio Blanco County

Funeral Notice - James B. Hume

Census takers gear up

City, college partner to complete renovations to The Center of Craig

The City of Craig and Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig decided to put in extra time and money to ensure The Center of Craig is complete when it opens following extensive renovation.

Briefly in Religion


Strange new number brings quizzical, futuristic outlook

Wednesday, January 19

Sport show continues

Bulldogs enjoy winning streak

Sleep research comes to Craig

Dinosaur clerk resigns

Survey studies assisted living care

Field, Craig celebrate wedding

Mayer, Bauer announce engagement

'Wild' homes spark debate

The slick real estate brochure ballyhoos mountaintop retreats amid hundreds of acres of wilderness, offering the ultimate in privacy and great views. One deal even throws in a helicopter.

Scout builds sign and character

After 250 hours of work, Brian Haslem of Craig organized, built and completed a sign at the junction of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, the Three Corners Monument (near Dutch John, Utah).

Rowland, Hughes celebrate wedding

Many support family after death

Tuesday, January 18

Hayden tidbits

Obituary - Betty Coppock

DOW director retires

Company claims service is improving

Missile defense

Intercepting warheads becomes focus

Judge sets trooper's bail at $100,000

Emotional Colorado State Patrol trooper advised of felony charge, infant in critical condition

Colorado State Patrol trooper Wesley Crider sobbed Tuesday when he heard in court that his 2-month-old baby, whom he's accused of abusing, is expected to die.

Monday, January 17

Trooper jailed on child abuse

Infant in critical condition

A Colorado State Patrol trooper assigned to Routt County has been charged with child abuse after allegedly shaking his 9-week-old baby at his Hayden residence Saturday.

Mental Health Center hires new employee

MCHS swimmers claim team title

Health care

Two foes join forces to change policy

Sunday, January 16

Division of Wildlife director resigns unexpectedly

Girl Scout cookies for sale

Funeral notice - Genevieve Clark

Wrestlers win again at home

Young authors to read at CIS

Craig man arrested for sexual assault

Resident attempts suicide in Irish Canyon before local police serve arrest warrant

Craig resident Grant P. Taylor, 32, was charged Dec. 31 for receiving child pornography through the mail. Because of publicity surrounding that charge, a resident of Craig came forward accusing Taylor of sexually assaulting a child.

Funeral notice - Alexsander Kaye


Debate on rights falls before the Supreme Court

Thursday, January 13

Life in the fast lane

Swimmers want more fast times

Escaped car thief caught

Thomas Longinotti, 19, escaped detection from law enforcement seven times before being caught in a stolen vehicle. He then escaped in May from Correctional Alternative Placement Systems (CAPS) of Craig, but wasn't free for long. Less than a week after his escape, Longinotti was apprehended by officers in La Plata County, who arrested him in another vehicle he stole from a Craig resident while on the run.

Obituary - Nella Carroll

Maybell tidbits

Senior scoop

Elks works hard for hides

Scam alert

First Colorado class-action lawsuit filed against software giant

A class action suit has been filed in federal court in Colorado against Microsoft, claiming damages for the company's alleged monopolistic practices.

Bulldogs rope Outlaws

Rawlins runs past Bulldogs

Funeral notice - Rosemary Patton

Christian polygamists quote Biblical justifications

A decade ago, Stephen Butt says he was happily married, busy with his church and working as a cult exit counselor in Maine. His work with a young woman who had been abused by a cult took an unexpected direction. She became his wife.


Brides stumble over 'obey' in vows

Wednesday, January 12

Bulldogs finally back at home

Retired group accuses US West

A group of US West retirees has asked Minnesota regulators not to approve the company's planned merger with Qwest Communications International unless more pension protections are established.

Juvenile sent to hospital for alcohol consumption

Moffat County Sheriff's Department deputy Gary Nichols is investigating an incident disturbing to law enforcement officials.

ILC works to provide information about public school responsibilities

School districts across the nation required by statute to provide adequate services to disabled students

Area teachers attend workshop in Dinosaur

Teacher trip provided information about leading student field trips to monument


Future of the west possibly stranger than fiction

Tuesday, January 11

StorageTek announces plans for further consolidation

Storage Technology in the next month will consolidate its six business units into two, the latest effort to turn the company's poor financial situation around.

Hayden tidbits

Bulldogs get back into action

Obituary - Robert L. Clifton

Gas explosion closes road

Obituary - Elaine Mellott

Obituary - Marilyn K. Prickett

Jackson, Carson to wed in February

Earles celebrate 60th anniversary


Search for American delight produces never-ending trail

Time off doesn't slow down MCHS speechsters

Birth announcement - Drew Lee Rothermund

Residents protest park hour changes to

Several Craig residents whose homes border Woodbury Park attended the Tuesday night Craig City Council meeting to protest an ordinance extending park hours.

Monday, January 10

Youth hockey team opens season on road

Off the Wall

Sound science comes to rescue of true love

Beer giant wants to expand in Colorado

With almost a year of existence under its belt, members of the Moffat County Youth Services Council are pleased with its accomplishments. It has sponsored several activities that give youth a taste of what they can do instead of drugs and alcohol.

Tracking big cat

Husband and wife team up for successful hunt

My dream for the Millennium

Group to adopt hunting changes

Wildlife commission considers changes to big-game season

Fewer hunting licenses may be available to the public for certain game management units in Northwest Colorado if the Colorado Wildlife Commission adopts final proposals at its meeting this week.

Bulldogs cash in at Las Vegas

Sunday, January 9

Funeral notice - Nella Carroll

Web site offers land use updates

The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension has some new technology to offer as it goes into the 21st century. The program has developed an electronic, Web-based newsletter.

Cripple Creek wants to diversify

The City Council wants to capitalize on its gambling wealth by diversifying its business community.


Issues, not echoes, need attention

Hockey team falters at home

Thursday, January 6

Senior scoop

Maybell tidbits

Obituary - Oakley Carl Ingersoll

Officials concerned about Internet trade

Local governments fear losing sales tax revenue due to Internet

Services may be high and funds adequate now, but local government officials say they will eventually need to collect sales tax on billions of dollars in Internet transactions to avoid erosion in services such as police protection and street improvement projects.

Obituary - Max R. Armstrong

Wednesday, January 5

Community helps diabetic team

New Century chairman retires

The chairman and chief executive of New Century Energies is advancing his departure from the utility company as it prepares to merge with Northern States Power.

Obituary - Rosemary Frances Patton-Flores

Funeral notice - Janes Edgar McPherson

Evacuation benefits senior group

Amendment 14 to be challenged

Rancher fights anti-trapping law

Since state voters enacted Amendment 14 in 1996, use of some types of traps for predators and other animals has been illegal in Colorado. That could change due to a court case in Pitkin County.

Tuesday, January 4

Input wanted on beetle epidemic management

Stehle, Kawcak celebrate wedding

Hayden tidbits

Obituary - James Henry Kelley<

Obituary - Barbara Bohrer

Obituary - Elaine Mellott

United, other airlines announce lower ticket prices through spring

In a bid to generate air traffic during the usually slow winter and early spring months, three major airlines are following Southwest Airlines' lead in slashing ticket prices.

'Dogs back on the hardwood

JV Wrestlers on a roll

Obituary - Paul D. McHan

Obituary - Floyd D. Norvell

BLM introduces fire management plan

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is ready to unveil a plan that would give some flexibility in fighting wildland fires. The new Fire Management Plan allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to let some fires burn, controlled, without any attempts to stop them.

Cattle ranchers have reason to look forward to new year

Officials anticipate rebound in livestock prices in 2000

Homework help is online

Wild West

Firefighters just say no because of dangerous fires

Monday, January 3

Qeust makes jump to NYSE

Qwest Communications International Inc. jumped from the Nasdaq stock market to the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in a move aimed at attracting global investors and lowering the volatility of the company's stock price.

TMH benefits from hunters

Hospital earns $102,000 in 1999 because of hunting accidents

Fewer hunters in the Craig area for the 1999 fall hunting season didn't slow the business responsible for patching up those hunters. The Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Craig experienced a slight increase in patients from last year.

TMH outlines goals for 2000


Leaders should return 'green' to GOP policy

Sunday, January 2

New year celebrations go off without glitch

No Y2K repercussions have been reported in Moffat County but small business tally not in

After billions of dollars were spent to avoid millennium glitches, most people were untouched, and unimpressed, by the dawn of the new year.

Tech stocks drive fourth quarter

Janus' Global Technology Fund topped a list of winners among Colorado mutual funds by closing the year up more than 200 percent.

Government program receives high rating

Women, Infants and Children program scores second in customer satisfaction

Funeral notice - J. Lyle Maxon

Funeral notice - Max Armstrong


Gore attacks on Bradley may backfire in election