Stories for November 2000

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Thursday, November 30

Maybell

The monthly meeting for the Maybell 4-H club will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Maybell Library. This meeting will be to discuss the up-coming Christmas party and enrollments for the club. The Maybell Rustlers would like to thank everyone that donated to their deer and elk hide collection. The club had a very successful year.

Suffering farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans

Fields around Moffat County are covered with snow, the tractors are in the barns, and farmers who worked hard all summer are trying to figure out how to make up for losses suffered after a tough year.

Deputy escapes $1 M lawsuit

The Moffat County Sheriff's Department was vindicated in a court room last week and dodged a million dollar bullet when a lawsuit filed by Moffat County Jail inmate Scott Overton was dismissed.

Rancher still eligible to get foreign workers

The H-2A program is a temporary foreign worker program run through the U.S. Department of Labor to help American employers fill positions they are unable to fill with U.S. workers. It helps a broad range of employers from cattle ranches to high-tech firms. Employers who hire H-2A workers must follow strict recruitment, pay and treatment guidelines.

Rancher faces federal charges

Complaints recorded against the Peroulis family for nearly a decade

Verbally and physically abusing foreign sheepherders, confiscating passports and visas, and providing workers with insufficient amounts of food and unsuitable housing are some of the charges the United States Department of Labor has brought against local sheep rancher John Peroulis and his sons, Louis and Stan.

Bullpups bring down Rams

Once the Craig Middle School seventh grade B team took control, the Soroco Rams didn't have a chance. The 'Pups won the game, 27-22, but not without a last-minute fight.

Young hunters get help from businesses, volunteers

Colorado Division of Wildlife honors local coal company for its work with inner-city youth

Young hunters have some great opportunities due to the cooperation between local businesses and dedicated volunteers.

Survey solicits opinions on services, projects

Residents can find a place to voice their concerns about, frustrations with and praises for the city of Craig right in their mailboxes.

World AIDS Day looks to men for attitude changes, solutions

Jane (her real name withheld upon request) is a 32-year-old single parent living and working in Craig. Last month her life fell apart when she tested positive for HIV.

St. Mark's welcomes new priest

A welcoming reception will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. for the Rev. and Mrs. Bruce Moncrieffat at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green Street in Craig.

Wednesday, November 29

Dickinson appointed to committee

Moffat County's voice on federal land issues just got stronger. Moffat County Commissioner, T. Wright Dickinson, has been named vice chair of the Federal Land Management Subcommittee of the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Public Lands Steering Committee. Jane Hague, NACo president, named Dickinson to the position.

Girls swim heads

The Moffat County High School girls swimmers will open the season and dive into action during the Montrose Relays Saturday in Montrose.

PSC loan request surprises officials

Commissioner's plan to borrow money

"What we have here is a failure to communicate," the warden said in the movie "Cool Hand Luke."

Lady 'Dogs open season in Vernal

The Moffat County High School Lady 'Dogs have been wearing out the gym floor the last three weeks in practice while polishing up their basketball skills in preparation for an outstanding season.

Some residents forget county leash law

The Moffat County Sheriff's Department would like to remind all county residents that there exists a leash law in the county as well as within

Safety center construction rolls along

With hard hats on and surrounded by the noise of construction, some community members got their first look at the Moffat County Public Safety Center Wednesday.

Trespass ordinance passes

New law approved without contention

Craig city Council members discussed the constitutionality of a trespass ordinance before approving modifications to it at their meeting Tuesday evening.

Community

Fairs, 4-H participants and livestock go together like bacon, eggs and orange juice, and the Colorado State Fair is just the place to display that combination. The State Fair is the event of the year to spotlight the hard work and dedication of Moffat County 4-H members. The Fair was held in Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 19 through Sept. 4, and Moffat County was well represented. Fairs, 4-H participants and livestock go together like bacon, eggs and orange juice, and the Colorado State Fair is just the place to display that combination. The State Fair is the event of the year to spotlight the hard work and dedication of Moffat County 4-H members. The Fair was held in Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 19 through Sept. 4, and Moffat County was well represented. "This year we had two Champion Showman in market sheep, a Grand Champion Junior in leathercraft and 25 blue ribbons it was spectacular," said Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Agent Ann Franklin. "It takes a lot of work to go to state, and all the kids did very well this year they really excelled." All the results have not been reported to Franklin's office yet; the lambs and hogs are still out. Here is partial list of Moffat County winners at the Fair: Leathercraft Unit 2, Jr. Bailee Porter, Blue Unit 3, Jr. Frankie Stetson, Blue, Champion in Unit, Grand Champion Junior Leathercraft Overall Unit 4, Jr. Kacey Snowden, Red Veterinary Science Unit 2, Sr. Trinity Perry, Blue Model Rocketry Unit 6, Jr. Lance Poole, Red Woodworking Unit 3, Jr. Brian Poole, Blue Entomology Unit 1, Jr. Ari Osborn, Red Shooting Sports Projects Archery, Jr. Chris Thompson, Blue and 9th in Unit Archery, Sr. Derrick Thompson, Blue and 8th in Unit Air Rifle, Jr. Nick Lee, Blue and 8th in Unit Shotgun, Jr. Brandon Murray, Red .22-caliber Rifle, Jr. Jacob Pearson, Blue .22-caliber Rifle, Sr. Melissa Haskins, Blue and 6th in Unit Muzzleloading, Jr. Richard Bailey, Blue and Champion in Unit Shooting Sports Competition Senior .22-caliber Hunt Rifle Team 3rd in State Amanda Haskins, Lucas Wilson, Olivia Davis, Jake Haskins Junior .22-caliber Junior Rifle Team 1st in State Zach Pearson, Nick Lee, Amanda Cutler, Jacob Pearson Junior .22-caliber Target Rifle Team 2nd in State Zach Pearson, Megan Price, Jacob Pearson, Madison Aaberg Senior .22-caliber Target Rifle Team 3rd in State Amanda Haskins, Olivia Davis, Jake Haskins, Melissa Haskins Individual Shooting Senior .22-caliber Target Rifle Amanda Haskins, 7th Place Jake Haskins, 10th Place Junior .22-caliber Target Rifle Madison Aaberg, 1st Place Zach Pearson, 2nd Place Megan Price, 10th Place Senior .22-caliber Hunt Rifle Jake Haskins, 9th Place Junior .22-caliber Hunt Rifle Jacob Pearson, 2nd Place Nick Lee, 3rd Place Megan Price, 4th Place Zach Pearson, 5th Place Range Management Unit 1, Jr. Doyle Moon, Blue Macrame Unit 1, Jr. Alesha Forbes, Blue, 8th in Unit Ceramics Unit 2 Megan Nielson, Blue, 7th in Unit Unit 4 Danielle Nielson, Red Cake Decorating Unit 1 Kaleigh Cutler, Red Unit 2 Trinity Perry, Blue International Intrigue Unit 1, Jr. Clara Stiefel, Blue, 7th in Unit Photography Unit 1, Jr. Amanda Cutler, Blue Clothing Unit 1, Jr. Leah Perry, Blue Unit 2, Jr. Cassie Rogers, Red Unit 4, Sr. Rebekah Longwell, Blue, 5th in Unit Unit 22, Sr. Lena Parker, Blue Decorate Your Duds, Jr. Camie Robinson, Blue Crocheting Juniors Bailee Porter, Blue, 3rd in Unit Knitting Seniors Trinity Perry, Blue, 3rd in Unit Juniors Kaleigh Cutler, Red Quilting Intermediate Elizabeth Dunn, Blue Foods Unit 1 Kristen Verplanck, Red Unit 2 Cassie Rogers, Red Unit 3 Lyndi Wellman, Blue Unit 4 Alesha Forbes, Red Unit 13 Lena Parker, Blue, 5th in Unit Unit 35 Jenna Stiefel, Red Market Sheep 8-10 year olds Eli Buckner, Champion Showman Weight Class 120 lb Suffolk, 1st Place Weight Class 125 lb Suffolk Chance Buckner, 1st Place Suffolk Jessica Willingham, Reserve Champion Overall 14-16 years old Jessica Willingham, Champion Showman Lightweight Suffolk, 4th Place Crossbred Kristen Reid, 2nd in Class; Heavy Weight, 4th in Class Weight Class Blaine Kawcak, placed in top ten *Results are according to information provided by participants.

Tuesday, November 28

Bulldogs open season on road

Bulldog wrestling mania begins with three days of solid matches and will start the team on its quest for a state championship.

Bulldogs open season with tournament

The Moffat County High School basketball team will hit the court after eight months in hibernation. The Bulldogs have been hiding out in the high school's gym for the past three weeks gearing up for another grueling season.

births

Alicea Diderrich

club news

STUDENT NEWS

Citizenship awards

Parade route poorly planned, Moffat County seniors left out

To the Editor, I never write in to complain, but now I'm not just upset, I'm angry. Just who plans the route for the parades the city?

Holiday craft bazaar at St. Michael's Church a great success

To the Editor, St. Michael's Catholic Christmas Bazaar and Mexican luncheon, sponsored by the Alter and Rosary Society, was a great success

CIS students honored for high grades

1st QUARTER 00-01 STRAIGHT A REPORT

Residents oppose Brown's Park expansion

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants BLM land to increase size of refuge

On one side of the room, Brown's Park ranchers and residents gathered in their coveralls and flannel hats. On the other side, U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees stood in their tan, embroidered shirts. Their views on a proposal to expand Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge were as divided as the room and their dress.

Monday, November 27

Bulldogs gear up to be state champs

The Bulldog wrestlers have been hitting the mat and gearing up for the season. After finishing third in the state last year, the team is focused and dedicated to bringing home a state championship this season.

Rancher charged after complaints of abuse

John Peroulis, sons accused of beating, witholding food from Peruvian workers

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) A Moffat County sheep rancher and his two sons have been charged with mistreating their foreign employees after the workers complained they were beaten and ill-fed.

Recreation sports in full swing

Recreation sports in full swing

Christmas tree care prompts questions

Now that Thanksgiving is over, residents are getting into the Christmas spirit and that means breaking out the outdoors light and buy a Christmas tree.

Company makes headway in laying fiber-optic cable

The ground has been broken that will bring the information age to Craig's doorstep. On Nov. 10 NC Telecom's General Manager, Dennie Mecham, announced construction had begun on the company's fiber optic network in Northwestern Colorado. Mecham said it was the first stage in the development of NC Telecom's advanced digital telecommunications network, which when completed will connect the communities in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Sunday, November 26

Dangers accompany use of gas, propane heaters

Case of carbon monoxide poisoning increase in winter

Headache, fatigue, body aches, nausea. Those symptoms commonly accompany the flu, but could indicate something more dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning a danger more real in the wintertime with heaters working overtime and doors and windows sealed to keep out the cold

A word from our executive director

Colorado Northwestern Community College and The Craig Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a workshop on November 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Center of Craig. Chris Snowberger with the Governor's Office of Economic Development will be discussing topics on international trade. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 824-5689.

law enforcement

Incidents reported for Nov. 23

'Band-O-Rama' swings into MCHS with Big Band rhythm

Hang onto your hats and start those feet tapping. The Moffat County High School Marching Band is tuning up for Band-O-Rama, an indoor concert scheduled for Tuesday at the high school. Hang onto your hats and start those feet tapping. The Moffat County High School Marching Band is tuning up for Band-O-Rama, an indoor concert scheduled for Tuesday at the high school. In rehearsal last week, the band was belted out a jazzy rhythm of that 1940s big swing favorite, Zoot Suit Riot. The rest of the Band-O-Rama program promises to be just as lively, with lots of shoulder-moving tunes Sing, Sing, Sing, Rock This Town, Spanish Fire, It Don't Mean A Thing, Born To Be Wild, Secret Agent Man. To top it all off, the flag bearers will twirl their colors to the band's field-show music featuring a Latin theme. "We perform Band-O-Rama for the public to enjoy, and because a lot of parents can't make it to football games," music instructor Bill Toovey said. According to Toovey, music gives students a different outlet and a change from sitting behind a desk. "Music helps their creativity," he said. "It's called the 'Mozart Effect.'" Toovey referred to a 1993 study by neurobiologists at the University of California at Irvine who reported that listening to a Mozart sonata enhanced college students' scores on a spatial thinking test. Although the study said nothing about brain development, parents began playing Mozart for their babies and unborn children, hoping to give them an early intellectual edge. Follow up studies at Appalachian State University and Harvard found no correlation between Mozart listeners and IQ. A significant finding was the discovery of an unmistakable link between music and spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive the visual world accurately, to form mental images of physical objects, and to recognize variations of objects all highly critical learning skills. But the audience at Band-O-Rama won't need to think spatially. All they have to do is close their eyes and swing, swing, swing.Hang onto your hats and start those feet tapping. The Moffat County High School Marching Band is tuning up for Band-O-Rama, an indoor concert scheduled for Tuesday at the high school. In rehearsal last week, the band was belted out a jazzy rhythm of that 1940s big swing favorite, Zoot Suit Riot. The rest of the Band-O-Rama program promises to be just as lively, with lots of shoulder-moving tunes Sing, Sing, Sing, Rock This Town, Spanish Fire, It Don't Mean A Thing, Born To Be Wild, Secret Agent Man. To top it all off, the flag bearers will twirl their colors to the band's field-show music featuring a Latin theme. "We perform Band-O-Rama for the public to enjoy, and because a lot of parents can't make it to football games," music instructor Bill Toovey said. According to Toovey, music gives students a different outlet and a change from sitting behind a desk. "Music helps their creativity," he said. "It's called the 'Mozart Effect.'" Toovey referred to a 1993 study by neurobiologists at the University of California at Irvine who reported that listening to a Mozart sonata enhanced college students' scores on a spatial thinking test. Although the study said nothing about brain development, parents began playing Mozart for their babies and unborn children, hoping to give them an early intellectual edge. Follow up studies at Appalachian State University and Harvard found no correlation between Mozart listeners and IQ. A significant finding was the discovery of an unmistakable link between music and spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive the visual world accurately, to form mental images of physical objects, and to recognize variations of objects all highly critical learning skills. But the audience at Band-O-Rama won't need to think spatially. All they have to do is close their eyes and swing, swing, swing.

Small town friendliness sets well with visitors

To the Editor: My mother and I spent eight days in your town in October while my husband went hunting.

Ribbon cutting

Predator control topic of Dow Director's visit

Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) Director Russell George will be in Northwest Colorado Monday to discuss deer populations and predator control.

Holiday tradition of 'too much'

Most people can't escape the holidays without feeling a little stressed out. The stress comes from holiday overload overeating, drinking too much, sleeping too little, overspending, trying to do too many things, or dealing with family expectations, said Craig Mental Health Clinical Program Coordinator Gina Golden.

SHOP CRAIG!

HOP CRAIG! Before you go out of town to shop, look first at what your local merchants can offer. If they don't have what you want in stock, many of them can make special orders.

Cold, diet drugs pulled after warning issued

FDA finds popular medicines have harmful effects

If you can't find your favorite cold or weight-control remedy, it has probably been pulled from the shelf.

Thursday, November 23

Social security number not mandated by Constitution

Every day citizens of the United States are confronted with requests or demands from many sources to disclose their Federal Social Security Account Number. Many states are now requiring Social Security Account Numbers for driver's license applications; public school officials demand that school-age children have Social Security Account Numbers before the child may be enrolled; some hospitals intimidate parents into applying for a Social Security Account Number for their newborn child by informing the parents that without complying with this policy, the child cannot be discharged. Private parties of all kinds from banks to employers claim federal and state law mandates that they obtain the Social Security Account Number of everyone with whom they conduct business. Qualified potential employees have not been hired because they do not have, or were not willing to divulge, a Social Security Account Number. Employees have actually been terminated from employment when they refused to obtain a Social Security Account Number. And now, the State of Colorado has joined this ever-expanding group demanding your Social Security Account Number.

Proposal could

Fisherman may be able to show more tangible results of their day at the lake.

Snowfall increases avalanche risk

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) Snowfall in the San Juan Mountains is nearly twice as deep as last year, but experts say wind and temperatures are more important in determining the avalanche risk than snowfall amounts.

Moffat County commissioner honored by congressman

Rep. Scott McInnis presents Joe Janosec with a plaque for his years of service

Moffat County Commissioner Joe Janosec's name echoed on the congressional floor earlier this fall.

Columbine death gives meaning

"Columbine has been called the JFK assassination of the younger generation," Dana Scott said. "It served as a wake-up call that this is the type of society we live in, and we're supposed to think about what we can do to make sure it doesn't happen again." "Columbine has been called the JFK assassination of the younger generation," Dana Scott said. "It served as a wake-up call that this is the type of society we live in, and we're supposed to think about what we can do to make sure it doesn't happen again." Dana, 23, is the older sister of Rachel Joy Scott, 17, who was killed during the Columbine High School massacre. Her brother, Craig Scott, 16, survived the shootings. Two teenage gunmen, Erik Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and one teacher before turning their guns on themselves at the Littleton, Colo., high school on April 20, 1999. The tragedy stunned the nation and impacted teenagers in ways words cannot describe. Dana spoke to about 400 people at the Craig Assembly of God Church on Sunday and performed "Watch the Lamb," a mime performance Rachel created and performed before her death. Dana also performed the mime at Rachel's funeral, an event broadcast Intern-ationally on CNN. On Mon-day, Dana spoke to about 200 Moffat County High School students. "After Dana Scott was here on Monday, quite a few of us talked with our students about tolerance and pride," said Deb Schott, MCHS social studies teacher. "I wish I wasn't here under these circumstances, but I'm here to share a message I think is important for other people to hear," Dana said to the students. Rachel was the first person killed at Columbine. She was sitting on the steps outside the cafeteria eating lunch with other students when the two gunmen approached the group and opened fire. One of them walked up to the wounded Rachel, grabbed her by the hair and pressed the gun to her head. He asked her if she believed in God. Richard, another student who was playing dead next to Rachel, heard the conversation. Rachel said "Yes," she did believe. The gunman pulled the trigger. She died instantly. "I am really proud of my sister because she didn't compromise something she believed in with all her heart, and that was her choice," Dana said. "It makes us think, what are we living for? What is worth dying for? In situations like this, our true character comes out." Her brother, Craig, was in the school library studying with two of his friends, Matt Kechter and Isaiah Shoels. They heard "pops" in the hallway and thought it was a senior prank until a student stumbled into the room, bleeding, and collapsed on the floor. Then the gunmen entered the library. They held guns on the three boys and taunted Shoels with racial slurs. "I believe with all my heart we are not to hold prejudice in our hearts of any kind," Scott said. "That causes us to store up bitterness. I strongly encourage you to let that go." The gunmen shot the boys. Kechter and Shoels died. Craig said a prayer and later led other students out of the library and through an emergency exit to safety. "It's really a miracle Craig didn't die," Scott said. "There was a reason, a genuine purpose why he lived and why my sister died that day." After Rachel's death, many students told her family how she had reached out to them with encouragement and kind words and deeds. "The thing that was coolest about Rachel was she had a sense of compassion I didn't know she had," Scott said. "She kept a journal, and in it she had written that she wanted to have a positive impact on her generation to give them hope. And she's done that. She's touched a lot of lives." Rachel's journal entries talk about people going out of their way to help others, creating a chain reaction of kindness. "Rachel thought it was possible for one person to make a difference in another person's life, and that person in another, and so on like planting seeds," Scott said. She said you never know how a simple act of kindness will have a positive effect on someone's life. We're brought up in our society to look out for number one, always be on guard. If someone had reached out to those gunmen, maybe they would have had a change of heart. "They broke 24 laws to do this, and I don't think another law or two would have stopped them. The government will probably enact a lot of new gun control laws over this. But you know what? The anecdote to acts of violence is kindness never underestimate the power of kindness." The students in the audience sat in silence, absorbing Scott's words the way audiences do at the end of a film that has opened new windows of the mind and soul. "It's very healing for me to talk about this," Scott said. "I've seen people challenged and open up their lives when they hear my message. I'm hoping you take away from this a sense of hope and knowing that you can make a difference in other people's lives. The young people are the ones who will make a change in violence in our country." Students rose and gave Scott a standing ovation.

Wednesday, November 22

Thanksgiving celebration is going to the birds

Contrary to popular belief, there are about three vegetarians living in Moffat County.

Pool league draws local players

For many, pool is a game played in somebody else's cramped basement with sticks that are too long for the narrow room. At the Popular Bar, there is plenty of room for the 18-team league that meets twice a week during winter and fall.

Woman's hockey league swells with participants

The women's hockey team, the Falling Stars, are shining bright this season after sign-ups showed that more and more people wanted to spend some time on the ice.

Northwest Mens League

Northwest Mens League Week No. 11

Students at East Elementary School received awards

Students at East Elementary School received awards Monday for the spectacular amount of candles they sold as a fund-raiser for playground equipment. Students raised more than $7,600 $3,000 more than they raised last year. The top sellers were Tiara Boyle, Nancy Gutierrez and Robert Baker. Boyle received a bicycle and helment for earning $1,533, Gutierrez won a

Holiday history wrought with misconceptions

What is the true story of Thanksgiving Day?

Every year it seems someone at the family Thanksgiving gathering pipes up with an opinion about "the myth of Thanksgiving." This usually ignites a flurry of points and counterpoints and raises the question: What is the real story behind Thanksgiving?

Turkey trouble? Call Butterball's fowl hot-line

It's Thanksgiving Day. Are you in a panic about how to stuff that turkey? Relax. Help is only a phone call away.

Food bank makes sure no one goes hungry

You can be a lot of things in Moffat County, but hopefully hungry isn't one of them. Especially during the holiday season.

County borrows money to finish safety center

Ten million dollars wasn't enough.

Enviro groups campaign for monument expansion

The National Wildlife Federation and the other environmental organizations that developed a proposal for the Vermillion National Monument have started a marketing campaign to drum up support for the proposal.

Tuesday, November 21

Backhoe blaze breaks fireless streak in county

The Craig Fire/Rescue got some action in what has been a quiet winter for firemen. A backhoe, which was in an equipment storage building owned by Duran and Pierce Construction Compan caught fire at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday. The fire caused more than $30,000 in damage.

Local BLM supports wilderness designation

Officials say Vermillion area fits criteria

The local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office finished an inventory of 81,028 acres in the Vermillion Basin area and decided it meets criteria necessary for wilderness designation.

Drama students present "Our Town"

Moffat County High School drama students are in the final throes of rehearsal for the play, "Our Town." The 22-member cast will toss their scripts aside next week as they move into final dress rehearsal before opening night on Dec. 7.

Bullpups continue undefeated season

Bullpups continue undefeated season

CIS students receive citizenship awards

Craig Intermediate School (CIS) honored students at a luncheon Friday, commending them for their oustanding citizenship traits. Each month, teachers nominate students for the Citizen of the Month award.

Student News

Local students on National Dean's List

Students from Moffat County are among the approximately 140,000 students included in the 23rd Annual Edition of The National Dean's List, 1999-2000. The National Dean's List is the largest recognition program and publication in the nation honoring high achieving college students.

Wildkats earn first place at regional competition

The Northwest Colorado All Star Wildkats cheerleading team won the National Cheerleader Association (NCA) regional competition held in Grand Junction Saturday.

Splitt resigns as code enforcement specialist

After 13 years of serving the residents of Craig on the police department and most recently as the city code enforcement specialist, Rex Splitt has resigned to take another position, and city officials aren't sure how they are going to replace him.

The Northwest Colorado Wildkat All-Star Cheerleaders

In 1884 Thomas Peebler gathered six men to lead a yell on the sidelines in front of the Princeton University student body; thus began the history of cheerleading.

Monday, November 20

Few show concern on land use issues

Three residents attend public meeting

The Moffat County Land Use Board met last night to give residents a chance to comment on public land use issues in Moffat County.

Residents can help put gifts under tree for less fortunate

The Toys for Tots program has a new name this year, but its mission is still the same: to make sure children from low-income families in Moffat County have presents to open on Christmas morning.

Utes beat Pups 52-19

The Vernal Utes came to Craig Middle School Saturday morning with winning on their agenda. The Utes beat the eighth grade" A" team Bullpups in a 52-19 rout.

County attorney resigns after more than 20 years

Moffat County Attorney, Tom Thornberry, wrote a letter to the Moffat County Board of Commissioners on Monday announcing his resignation effective Jan. 1. Thornberry has served as the county attorney for more than 20 years.

Air Force band performs in Craig, residents honored

Two Moffat County High School seniors were presented with an Honorary Recruiter Award during the Sunday afternoon performance of The United States Air Force Band of the Rockies, Solar Winds.

Girls Basketball

Bulldogs gear up to be state champs

The Bulldog wrestlers have been hitting the mat and gearing up for the season. After finishing third in the state last year, the team is focused and dedicated to bringing home a state championship this season.

Key Computer Source, Inc.

Very few products on the market today require as much support as PC's. Computer technology advances faster and faster every day, and people need continued support from someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and certified. Very few products on the market today require as much support as PC's. Computer technology advances faster and faster every day, and people need continued support from someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and certified. Step inside Key Computer Source's new store at Centennial Mall and you will find that it is THE source in town for all your computer needs. The friendly staff are computer sales and technical experts who specialize in computers, parts, accessories, software, maintenance, upgrades, and repair services to fit anyone's needs and budget. They design websites and build custom computers, and are A+ Certified by the Computer Technology Industry Association. Key Computer Source, Inc. offers the best in software programs, video games, and hardware. They have controllers, blasters, processors, cases, printers, digital cameras, mice, video boards, monitors, power cords, cables - anything you want. If they don't have it on the floor, they can special order it for you. The contemporary decor in the Craig store is an abstract blend of turquoise and silver, with a high-tech pattern on the counters and mirrors on the walls. But best of all, manager Mike Espinosa and the rest of the staff always have the customer in mind first and work to meet your needs. Owner Jeff Baber had that in mind when he founded Key Computer Source in Grand Junction in 1995. He opened the first branch store in Craig at the Centennial Mall in July. Mike Espinosa, manager of the new Craig store, said, "We are proud to serve western Colorado, with our store in Grand Junction and now Craig, too. We are excited that our sixth anniversary is almost here, and we look forward to serving you Very few products on the market today require as much support as PC's. Computer technology advances faster and faster every day, and people need continued support from someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and certified. for many years ahead!"

ILC gives gift ideas for disabled

Evelyn Tileston feels fortunate she has a husband and friends who read the clothing catalogues to her so she can decide on what to order. That may seem frivolous, but not when you realize she is visually impaired.

Wrestling

Boy basketball

4-H participants reap rewards for achievements

"We have some outstanding 4-H members here," Ann Franklin, agriculture and natural resources agent with Colorado State University's Cooperative Extension office, said. "The 4-H model is making the best better, and our slogan this year was 'No goals, no glory.' "

Sunday, November 19

Bullpups defeat Cowboys, 31-29 Meeker

After losing to Meeker by 25 points in their last bought, the Bullpups A team weren't about to suffer the same defeat again. The team drove into Meeker with these thoughts on their minds Friday afternoon, and came out victorious with a close 31-29 win.

Northwest Bowling League

Seminar focuses on winter survival

Northwest Colorado has gotten a thick blanket of snow and been subjected to cold temperatures so far this winter. For many area residents, this is becoming a dream outdoor recreation year. But, the protection agencies want to make sure locals play safe in the snow.

Bullpups don't hold off hot shooting Utes, lose 58 -24

The Vernal Utes came to the Craig Middle School gym with their height and hot-shooting and mishandled the Bullpups B team, 58-24.

law enforcement

Incidents reported for Nov. 15

MCHS students get lessons on sexual harassment issues

"Since Columbine, everyone has spent a lot more time thinking about how we want kids to interact with one another," said Susan Whinery, junior dean and English teacher at Moffat Country High School.

State patrol

The holiday season is a time for traveling for most people and the Colorado State Patrol will be cracking down in an effort to help drivers and their passengers get over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house in one piece.

Jury convicts skier of negligent homicide

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) One of the last holdouts in the jury that convicted a former ski racer of negligent homicide in the death of a Denver man in a collision at Vail said she made up her mind only after determining the suspect was an expert skier.

Aspen's living costs among

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Residents now have official documentation proving that their city's living costs are among the highest in the country.

Preschool students encouraged to value books, reading during literacy night

The 34 three- and four-year-olds from the Craig Head Start program who attended Family Literacy Night with their parents were read to by members of the Moffat Country High School speech team. Students also got library cards of their own all in the name of promoting literacy.

obituaries/funerals

Thursday, November 16

Law gives business owners more rights

Council approves ordinance

Craig business owners will have more say about which patrons can enter their businesses if the City Council votes to modify a trespassing ordinance at the next Council meeting.

Mountain men make mark on Rockies

Mountain Rendezvous About 170 years ago, mountain men, fur trappers in search of beaver and fortunes, were brave individuals who placed their mark upon the unexplored and unsettled American West. Some of their names are familiar - John Jacob Astor, Jedidiah Smith, John Colter, Jim Bridger, Benjamin Bonneville, Kit Carson.

Dart throwers aim for great season

Dart throwers from Craig came to Mathers' bar, Thursday night, and signed up for this years dart league.

Girls swim team kick off 2000 season

The Moffat County High School girls swim team will most likely dive into a pool of winning this season. The Bulldogs had their first practice at Moffat County High School swimming pool Monday afternoon.

No show angers residents from

Talk on National Monument proposal cancelled due to inclement weather

Brown's Park residents who drove 115 miles to hear Cathy Carlson, grasslands specialist for the National Wildlife Federation, speak about the proposed Vermilion National Monument at the Bureau of Land Management Northwest Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting Thursday were pretty upset when she no-showed.

Holiday changes city trash pick up schedule

The Craig Solid Waste Department will not provide trash service Thursday and Friday.

Maybell student 'fur traders' hold Mountain Rendezvous

Students walk in shoes of trappers for an afternoon

Imagine being a beaver trapper in the Rocky Mountains in 1830, traveling by canoe down the old Bear River, trading your story-telling bookmarks for beads with the native Indians.

Wednesday, November 15

New standards issued for mine safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently caught up with other industries by publishing standards to help reduce chemical-related injuries. But, at least one local mine has had many of the new regulations in place for about 10 years.

Defensive driving is a mental attitude

Road warriors. We've all seen it. A car zigzags, swerves and curves along the highway, while the driver concentrates not on the road, but on the cell phone. Or how about this: a coffee cup in her left hand and an eyelash curler in her right hand, she's curling her eyelashes in the rearview mirror as she changes two lanes in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Or you're driving over snow packed ice at dusk, praying you won't hit black ice, and a deer suddenly jumps out of nowhere.

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New licenses require new information

Colorado drivers must now provide social security number to get license

Effective Nov. 1, all applicants for driver's licenses in Colorado are now required to provide their Social Security Numbers (SSN) in order to receive the license. The SSN will be maintained as part of the driver's file but does not have to be displayed on the license itself. If an applicant does

Tuesday, November 14

Reader challenges private land owners to open lands to hunters

To the Editor, This is the year that the elk and deer are very likely to starve in vast numbers. They have been allowed to run in large numbers. Now, you may even see them come to town. Your forests and BLM grounds are over-grazed, so they are going to try to find food.

Lady Dogs ready to win

Snowy streets, bare trees, and cold air are signs that Moffat County girls basketball is heating up the gym for some wintertime action.

Students earn while they learn

Wood shop project turns into profits for teens

"Hey, mister, wanna buy a chair?" About 32 Moffat County High School students have been pitching the Craig community door-to-door. Their sales spiel may not be quite that blunt, but their hard work and enthusiasm have paid off to the tune of $20,000 earned by selling 520 slatted chairs with canvas seats.

MCHS speechsters slip on staggered schedule

Thirteen schools competed in the speech tournament and student congress held at Delta High School Friday and Saturday.

Blowdown logging activity wraps up for winter

ROUTT COUNTY With winter creeping in, logging operations in blowdown areas in Routt County are winding down.

Cougars ready to play

The refrigerated ice arena at Loudy-Simpsons has given the Craig Cougars three addition months of practice time, putting them ahead of last year's practice schedule.

Yampa River tubers, fishers agree on compromise plan

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS As of next summer, commercial tubing on the Yampa may be moving downriver for at least a year.

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Elinor Hockett was honored with a 90th birthday celebration Nov. 5 by her children at the Congregational Church parish hall. She was happy to have so many friends able to share her special day.

Seminar brings land use issues into focus

Recreational uses spotlighted in last of three-part class

Colorado Northwestern Community College held an informative meeting Tuesday focusing on gaining a better understanding of what residents deem important for federal lands use in Moffat County.

Spirit of volunteerism rewarded with food

Remember the time you shoveled snow for the nice lady next door because it was too cold for her to be out? Or the week you drove a friend's children to school because she was sick? Simple deeds out of the goodness of your heart can turn profitable through a local program designed to promote volunteering. All you have to do is purchase a monthly "share" for a small fee and perform two hours of volunteer work. The result is a box full of groceries to take home to your family.

Sheriff's department offers seniors added security

Seniors in the community have a new program that may help them feel more secure at home. The Home Alone Program has been recently iniaiated by the Moffat County Sheriff's Department to keep Moffat County's seniors feeling safe at home.

Monday, November 13

Craig business offers its

If you're looking for a stove, refrigerator or washing machine, there is only one place to visit Intermountain Appliances.

Commissioners protest land grab

Officials address monument, Brown's Park expansion by feds

In a move to defend western Moffat County from further monument designations and from a recently proposed expansion of Browns's Park National Wildlife refuge, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners claimed all public rights of way within the contested land Monday.

USFWS plans to expand Brown's Park

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a plan to expand Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge by 5,922 acres.

Young ladies cheering for win

The Northwest Colorado All Star Wildkat Cheerleader squad won the Cheerleader of America (COA) regional tournament held Saturday at Northglenn High School just north of Denver.

Mission to Romania:

Student's effort brings sight to

When her plane landed in Romania this April, Jen Bomba was startled by the poverty she met.

Sunday, November 12

Bullpups lose close one in overtime

The eighth grade B team Bullpups battled it out against Steamboat but came up short with a 27-26 overtime loss.

Three airlines offer new or expanded service

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) Three airlines are offering new or expanded service to this ski resort town or to nearby Montrose from Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Newark, N.J.

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Dorothy Vaughn

Committee makes 'Grand' plans for May

Grand Olde West Days may mean four days of fun in the sun for hundreds of Yampa Valley residents, but it means months of hard work for the Grand Old West Days committee.

Bullpups trounce Sailors

The eighth grade boys basketball A team sailed to an easy victory on Friday, trouncing Steamboat 31-24.

Hunters stampede into big-game processors

Successful season causes some meat processors to turn away business

The sight of pickup trucks with elk antlers and hooves cresting their beds seems to be the theme of the 2000 big game season. If the carcass-carrying trucks aren't enough proof, local business who cater to hunters are also seeing high numbers of successful hunters.

Gladys Kling

Consumers can't count on lower heating costs

Cold weather, energy rate hikes put focus on wise use, saving dollars

Recent rate increases by both Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) and Greeley Gas Company (GGC), coupled with freezing temperatures and early snows, have Moffat County residents looking for ways to save money while staying warm inside their homes

Youth create 'Camp Atl-Atl'

Students experience lifestyle of Native Americans on trip

Take a step back in time, about a thousand years or so, to Atl-Atl land. Pronounced attel-attel that's code language among some Craig Middle School students for Ancient Tribal Life.

Thursday, November 9

Maybell students honor veterans

Students at Maybell Elementary School invited members of the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign

Mar ak Twain heads to Craig

Jim Post impersonates famous writer at community concert

With the presidential election fresh on everybody's mind, it may be interesting to note that Mark Twain once ran for president by admitting all of his faults at the beginning of his campaign.

Hayden residents celebrate Halloween with night of fun parties and carnival

nt to Texas to attend the marriage celebration of their daughter and son-in-law, Molly and Paul Manning, who were married in Hayden in October at the Forsyth home . Molly and Paul will be making their home in Lubbock, Texas, where they will both be practicing law.

Five Moffat County teachers make 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers' list

What qualities constitute a great teacher? A select group of America's teachers have been honored by their toughest critics their former students in the sixth edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000."

Jack Taylor holds slim lead for Senate seat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Despite losing his home county in a very tight race, Jack Taylor was poised to go back to Denver as a state Senator when he went to bed Tuesday night. Taylor was leading the Democratic candidate for District 8, Paul Ohri, by a slim majority early Wednesday morning, but the race was still much too close to call.

Yampa Valley family keeps ranch life alive

SOUTH ROUTT Local longtime rancher Elaine Gay was recently selected as a 2000 Master Farm Homemaker, while the agricultural operation she helped build, the Green Creek Ranch, was the winner of the Angus Journal's Land Stewardship Award Program.

Dorothy Vaughn

Early season snows excite snowmobile riders

The harbinger of winter is present with falling snow and cooler temperatures. It's time to get the snowmachine out of storage, gas it up and drive into the winter recreational season.

Turkey ticklers prod fowl with feathers

Tension was high just before the start. The turkeys looked around and clucked nervously as they tried to gain focus before the race. It would be an athletic event that would rank up there with some of the finest sporting events in Moffat County history. It was the second annual Feather Downs turkey races.

Wednesday, November 8

Sperl, Fanning celebrate

Mack and Sandra Fanning of Eaton, and Norma Inglett of Burke, S.D. announce the marriage of their children, Julia May Fanning and Brett Jay Sperl.

Red Dogs take to the ice

Just as winter has begun to take Northwest Colorado by storm, the Craig Red Dogs look to take the ice by storm as they kick off their season.

Craig resident wins world bronc riding title

Wes Hertzog is an inspiration for rodeo enthusiasts and novice bronc riders alike. Hertzog captured the world's senior saddle bronc riding championship Sunday in Reno, Nev. at the age of 49.

Janosec, Billinger wed

Joe and Kathy Janosec of Craig and Ada Billinger of Cheyenne Wells, Wyo., announce the marriage of their children, Jill Marie Janosec and Brent Billinger. They were married Sept. 4, 2000, at the Chapel by the Bay at Las Vegas, Nev.

Five area students named to Dean's list

A total of students from this area are among the approximately 140,000 students included in the 23rd Annual Edition of The National Dean's List, 1999-2000. The National Dean's List, published by Educational Communications, Inc., is the largest recognition program and publication in the nation honoring high achieving college students.

Bowling leagues spare no details

Each week, men from all over town flock to Craig Lanes to flaunt their bowling skills, to battle their wits and to congeal their male bonding in Wednesday night men's bowling league.

Partners' logo gets face lift

Partners Mentoring Association has changed their logo for a new look. A fitting move for a service organization that strives to be fluid to meet human needs.

Local artist captures spirit of people, animals in bronze

"I get lost in it," Bert Rakestraw said as he rubs his face with his hands and struggles to articulate what role his art plays in his life.

Monday, November 6

Spartan basketball comes to Craig

The Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Rangely Spartans men and womens basketball teams are playing a regular season game against the Otero Junior College Rattlers Monday, Nov. 13 at the Moffat County High School gym.

Woman listed as critical after monoxide intake

Nevada hunters frantic when woman discovered ill in camp

A hunting trip turned tragic for some Nevada hunters this past weekend after a female in their group was reported to be in critical condition from carbon monoxide poisoning.

'Nip and tuck' political race enters final sprint

Time is collapsing on the 2000 election. Voters have until 7 p.m. today to cast their vote in one of the tightest national races in years.

Sunday, November 5

Club 20 searches for new West Slope members

Club 20 is looking for people interested in voicing the views of the Western Slope.

Area residents push for new roping arena

Bond sale could fund improvements to Moffat County Fairground arena

A recent Moffat County Commissioners meeting attracted the attention of a group of ropers from Maybell to speak about the possibility of building a roping arena, campground and recreation facility in Maybell.

Statewide growth forces land use issue

Front Range growth is gradually creeping its way toward the Western Slope. Moffat County is attempting to deal with the growth in an organized pro-active manor. Part of the pro-active strategy is a se

Front Range growth is gradually creeping its way toward the Western Slope. Moffat County is attempting to deal with the growth in an organized pro-active manor. Part of the pro-active strategy is a series land use planning meetings sponsored by the county land use board the first of which will take place from 7:50 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Wednesday, November 1

Flu shots available

A recent batch of snow has blanketed Craig and Northwest Colorado locals can be sure that a dose of the flu won't be far behind.

Seventh grade basketball off to great start

The seventh grade basketball A B and C teams are all off to a great start this season. The A team, 2-0, beat-up Hayden 45-12 and Steamboat 45-2.

New moms receive gifts from firefighters

Craig firefighters may have taught elementary students to stop, drop and

Group gathers to solve adult literacy problem

Runner 11 seconds from achieving goal