Stories for April 2001


Monday, April 30

Fire training center could be built in city

4.5 acres could be purchased on Industrial Avenue in Craig

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District may be a step closer to completing a process that has gone on for seven years.

Batista family to perform in Craig

The Craig Community Concert Association will present its last concert of the 2000-2001 season May 1.

Program teaches students joy of reading

For most people, continuing education usually comes in the form of community college classwork or an undergraduate or master's degree.

Company picks $779,000 lot for well site, causes concern

A $779,000 lot in a commercial subdivision has been picked by a company to drill a well, and the selection is raising questions.

New parents thankful for help

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the caring residents of our community.

More peaceful in city than Craig

I just spent a pleasant week visiting my daughter in Las Vegas, where none of the full-time residents I met gambled.

Plans for new softball fields in Hayden underway

Graduate students compiling master plan for area

Town officials are starting to make decisions that will pave the way for the development of 23 acres of property that is intended for ball fields.

Colorado faces insurance crisis

David Malehorn has become an accidental expert on health insurance in rural Colorado, where a crisis is forcing thousands to go without coverage and thousands more to do everything possible to keep it.


Charles Dale Fletcher, Cheston Solace

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for April 30, 29 & 28

Employers honored by working students

Everyone gets something different from their high school years that will help in the future.

Sunday, April 29

MCHS music department reaps awards at festival

Choirs, bands perform in Colorado Springs

Last weekend, the Moffat County High School Music department traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to perform in the annual Colorado Springs Music Festival.

93.7 KRAI named Radio Station of the Year

Congratulations to KRAI for winning the Colorado Broadcasters Association Radio Station of the Year award.

A word from the executive director

If you haven't heard, the Future Farmers of America will be arriving in our community around June 6, for their state convention.

TRW legislative golf tournament comes to Craig in May

Plan to attend the 14th Annual Taylor-Rippy-White (TRW) Legislative Golf Tournament May 19.

Hard-to-swallow thoughts about tap water

According to the American Journal of Public Health*, as many as one in three gastrointestinal illnesses -- often blamed on the "stomach flu" -- are caused by microorganisms in contaminated drinking water.

County needs land survey responses

Researchers look to landowners, residents for land use, planning data

What Moffat County will look like, and how the land and resources are utilized in the near and not-so-near future.

'Dogs ranked second after regular season

MCHS to face No. 4 team Tuesday

There are no second chances in post-season play.

Get carnival tickets at discount prices

Wright's Amusement Carnival is coming to Craig, Memorial Day weekend.

Bears Ears Sportsmen Club receives NRA grant

Bears Years Sportsmen Club (BESC) has been awarded a Range Development Grant from the NRA Foundation.

Refuse to be a Victim classes offered in Craig

The Refuse to be a Victim personal safety program was established in 1993 for women and taught by women, then in 1997 the Board allowed men to attend the seminars and become certified instructors.

Foundation changes name, expands direction

The Museum of Northwest Colorado Foundation Board of Directors voted to change the Foundation's name.

Space tourist arrives at international station

The world's first space tourist, California millionaire Dennis Tito, arrived at the international space station on Monday and floated inside with a huge grin. "I love space," he said.

Mobile dental clinic helps Colorado's poor kids

Van provides services for Northwest Colorado's uninsured children

For a growing number of underprivileged Western Slope kids, going to the dentist might mean heading to a rodeo arena, a bank, a town hall or a school.

Museum foundation changes name, hosts fund-raiser

Craig residents will the chance to fund the future of their city at 6 p.m. May 10, as the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado hosts its annual fund-raising dinner at the Center of Craig.

Craig plans warm welcome for FFA members

Moffat County High School Vocational Agriculture instructors/local Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsors, John Haddan and John Hogge, are gearing up for FFA's state convention the week of June 4.

Business bureau offers tips for handling unruly customers

Occasionally, every business has to deal with an unruly customer; it's part of doing business.

Saturday, April 28

City clerk inducted into Academy

Shirley Seely, City Clerk for the city of Craig, has been accepted as a member in the Master Municipal Clerk Academy of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care/ Horizon's Easter Egg hunt a great success

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Craig Daily Press and Kmart for their support of our Easter Egg Hunt.

Public safety center contract changes

CSP lease may be shorter than anticipated

$1.2 million was supposed to buy the Colorado State Patrol a 10-year lease at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

Moffat County teams head into final games

The Bulldog's baseball team wraps up its regular season at 11 a.m. Saturday, when its faces top-ranked Glenwood Springs at Craig Middle School.

Expressing one's opinion is the right of every citizen

This is in response to Rebecca Tochtrop letter on April 2.

Youth United Way distributes funds

$8,000 to be divided among several agencies throughout Colorado

As the saying goes, Money talks.

Thursday, April 26

AT&T will audit cable lines

AT&T Broadband plans to audit every cable line by the end of the year in an effort to track down illegal connections.

Pastor has hopes for 'one nation under God'

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Psalm 33:12

Accident causes death in Maybell

When a conveyer belt in a Maybell gravel pit collapsed Wednesday, it took the life of a 39-year old worker Wednesday.

High school rodeo, more than just a competition

Moffat County's western tradition lives on in the form of one sport rodeo.


Frieda Hill, Louise Patro

Webb bids fond farewell

Dorothy Webb retires after 25 years with Cashway Distributors

Dorothy Webb has spent the last quarter century helping folks in Northwest Colorado.

Wednesday, April 25

Nurse helps parents counter child abuse

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering suggestions for parents to help prevent abusive behavior toward their children, and stressed that child abuse, even if unintentional, can forever change the course of a life.

Former resident anxious for visit from friends

Some bad news and good news this time. The women's group that was suppose to fund the bathroom for my clinic has withdrawn all of the funding except for $500.

Parents thankful to community

This letter goes out with an overwhelming amount of emotion and gratitude.

11 Bulldog wrestlers achieve All-Conference honors

While snow blanketed the Yampa Valley, a group of boys honed their skills in the Moffat County High School wrestling room.

Pre-dawn fire caught in time

The Conoco gas station at 140 W. Victory Way was beginning to burn this morning when a early-morning passerby heard some popping and cracking in the garage of the gas station.

United Way honors volunteers for 2000

"Every year, this is our worst decision to make," said Corrie Scott, director of the Moffat County United Way.

Bill Gates foundation gives Colorado schools $8 million

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday donated $8 million to promote small high schools in Colorado by starting new ones and splitting existing ones into smaller units.

Couple keeps small-farm alive, sells products to community

Diversity is the name of the farming game for Ryan and Betsy Morris.

Regulators working to control rising energy prices

Responding to growing political pressure, federal regulators are ordering limited price caps during California electricity emergencies in an attempt to head off severe price spikes this summer when the state is expected to face critical power shortages.

Sage grouse decline indicates health of western terrain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The threat of the Endangered Species Act has kindled awareness to the plight of sage grouse and energized efforts to try to save the plump bird that covered the high deserts when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made their way West.

Bulldog wrestler invited to Junior Olympics camp

Once every four years athletic spectators are treated to an obscure form of wrestling.

Moffat County income increases by $1 million

Assessor's office distributes property taxes

The taxman cometh. Again. And he's bringing good news for Moffat County coffers.

Tuesday, April 24

Post office loses mail

Complaint hotline established

The mail from Moffat County, and other counties with a zip code beginning with 816, entered the Twilight Zone March 26.

Group wants Council to help curb teen smoking

Teen smoking is getting out of hand in Craig, and a group of residents wants the City Council to take a stand.

Hayden in the news

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Copeland spent Easter in Utah at the home of their daughter, Katy.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported April 24

Student News

Northeastern Junior College, Johnson and Wales University

Tae Kwon Do promotions held in Craig

On April 7, the Moo Sul Kwan students of the Tae kwon do Martial Arts Institute had a very busy day.

Maybell students grateful

To the editor, The Maybell school students and the Parent Advisory Committee would like to give thanks.

Job fair works to get teens employed

There were balloons and refreshments, places to sit and chat, but idle talk was the last thing on anyone's mind.

GVI tournamnet next stop for Lady Bulldogs golf

One day you have it, the next day you don't.

Girls, and boys track teams endure five meets in one week

Within a week's time, the boys and girls track teams will have run five meets, and only two of those will have been qualifying meets.

Things about television everyone should know

To The Editor, There is a correlation between watching violence on television and committing acts of real-life violence.


Rosemary Parker, Ruthann Hardway, Eric Neeley

Monday, April 23

Swimmers two meets away from end of regular season

Last Saturday's Jeffco Invitational at the Arvada pool held many surprises for the boys swim team.

Teachers want to see changes

Schools could better serve kindergartners will full-day program, extended class time

A child's early years are the most formative, and Moffat County early childhood teachers want the school district to adapt its preschool and kindergarten programs to meet students' needs.

Map to aid county with its fire plan

Commissioners partner with BLM to map county for fire response, set property lines

Moffat County is preparing to take firefighting into the 21st century.


Rosemary Parker, Ruthann Hardway, Eric Neeley

ACT tests set to begin

Students nervous about Wednesday's exams

The first state-mandated tests for Colorado juniors will appear on their desks Wednesday morning, and some students are nervous.

Doctors ask for help with rural health care

The president-elect of the Colorado Medical Society urged lawmakers Monday to bypass insurance companies and let health care providers directly offer medical coverage to help solve a rural health care crisis.

Gun purchasing bill passes first hurdle

A bill that would raise the legal age for handgun purchases passed its first hurdle Monday.

Law Enforcemenlt

Incidents reported for April 23, 22, 21, 20.

Bulldogs baseball team takes down top of WSC

The Western Slope Conference (WSC) high school season has held so many losses and wins against the same teams, it's beginning to look like the old collegiate Western Athletic Conference during football season.

Hospital hosts dinner to honor volunteers

At a time when most U.S. workers are seeking increased wages and overtime, a few people still exist who aren't interested in the money or the accolades.

Bulldog Sports Schedule

Boys & Girls Swimming, Track, Baseball, Girls Golf

Sunday, April 22

Lady Bulldogs sustain ninth season loss to Palisade

Team heads into last four games of season

Coach Eric Johnson watched his Lady Bulldogs slip into what he calls "a reactive game" Saturday against Palisade.

Ski resorts have strongest season in three years

Every spring the question at ski resorts arises: What if nature provides a snow storm and nobody comes?

Town meeting thinly attended

Moffat County residents had the opportunity to weigh in on the topic of growth legislation and the final form the bill might take.

Bulldogs win one, lose one against Panthers

Junior Chris Field and senior Rob Satterwhite played a game of one-upmanship Saturday when they switched battery positions in a doubleheader against Delta.

Raffle winner will win unrestricted elk license

With help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a little luck, one Colorado resident could win a chance to hunt elk anywhere in the state and that's no bull.

Council to hold workshop on tobacco issues

The Craig City Council will face a venue change for its Tuesday meeting, convening at The Center of Craig, as scheduling problems have temporarily forced them out of City Hall.

Rancher settles abuse case

Peroulis family required to write handbook on how to treat employees, foreign workers

A Craig sheep ranching family, accused of beating and starving their workers, settled a suit with the federal government resulting in no jail time or financial penalties.

Thursday, April 19

Officers may not remain in area schools

Moffat County School District could lose federal funding for school resource officers

President Bush's preliminary budget does not include funding for school resource officers, and it is not clear how the lack will affect the officers in schools program in Moffat County.

Schools district makes administrative change

Ridgeview Elementary principal promoted

Technology, testing, and putting children first, are three areas that Pete Bergmann sees as important to the future of Moffat County Schools.

Job fair

The Colorado Workforce Center is participating in the Governor's Summer Job Hunt.

First Baptist Church celebrates 90th anniversary

Can you believe it? Spring is here and it is time to celebrate!

Area softball association requests shade

The Craig Softball Association has enjoyed using the county's fields, and now wants to give something back.

Moving toward the future

Group heads 1,000 feet below the surface in mine tour

The familiar sound of a diesel engine filled the air, as the truck bounced its way into the tunnel.

Wednesday, April 18

Two golfers make it through tournament

The Moffat County girls golf team braved the foul weather of a winter reluctant to leave Thursday, when they competed in the Eagle Valley Tournament at the Cotton Ranch Golf Course in Gypsum.

Antelope, moose, sheep harvests high

There are approximately 60,000 antelope, also called pronghorn, in Colorado.

Greenspan takes another whack at federal interest rates

The Federal Reserve's latest sneak attack against recession probably won't be the last.

Officials seek volunteer victims

Hazardous materials accident planned in May as training exercise

There is going to be a disastrous accident involving a vehicle carrying toxic chemicals next month, and there will be approximately 20 casualties.

Law Enforcememt

Incidents reported for April 18th & 17th

Moffat County program earns national attention

Visiting Nurse Association to be featured on CBS news

A segment due to air on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather will feature a program that will begin next month in Craig.

Broncos look to draft to rebuild lagging defense

Look for defense to be the thrust of the Denver Broncos' draft this weekend as head coach Mike Shanahan rebuilds what had become a tattered, demoralized unit by the end of last season.


Austin Lyn Blake, 1982-2001 Feliciano Gomez, 1919-2001 Kathleen M. Roberts, 1908 - 2001 Wayne Everett Turner, 1925-2001

New principal to start work at Moffat County High School

Moffat County High School students will see a new face in the principal's office this August. The school board voted 7-0, to hire South Dakota native, Jane Krogman for the position.

Tuesday, April 17

Amoco to pay $26,000 fine for drilling violations

Amoco Production Co. will spend $82,000 in a settlement for violations of the Safe Water Drinking Act at three drilling sites on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Nurse Reishus says hello from Belize

Thanks for all the e-mails; it's like coming home from work to a wonderful dessert every day!

Amy (Spalding) Poole

Amy (Spalding) Poole 1975-2001

Wilderness, education top list of county issues

Sen. Wayne Allard spends hour with Moffat residents

In keeping with his pledge to hold at least one annual meeting in each of Colorado's 64 counties, Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., held a town meeting Tuesday at the Shadow Mountain Community Center.

Forrest W. Conrow

Forrest W. Conrow 1915-2001

Hammonds, Schneider plan wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hammonds announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Theresa Hammonds, to Douglas Schneider Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Schneider.

Craig student earns rank of Eagle Scout

Tim Bailey was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor held by Troop 166 on March 3.

Trooper in high-speed chase, shoot out on Hwy 139

A speeder and a Colorado State Trooper exchanged more than a dozen pistol shots after a car chase that reached 100 mph on Hwy 139, with the gun battle ending when the Trooper wounded the assailant in the head.

Soccer skunked early in second half against Olathe

At the start of Tuesday's game, the Lady Bulldogs soccer team looked as if they might chalk up their first win of the year against Class 3A Olathe (1-5).

Bulldogs baseball drowns Sailors in sea of runs

Moffat County's 9-1 victory over Steamboat Springs marks three conference game winning streak

Tuesday's sun brought nearly 70 degree weather to the Yampa Valley, tentatively announcing the arrival of spring.

Drug task force busts cocaine seller in Craig

Three residents arrested in three-agency sting

While most are dealing with spring colds and allergies, several Craig residents are suffering a serious case of "smuggler's blues".

Military Bulletin

Nicole Simones

Alpha Tau

Alpha Tau

Makayah Mae Hampton, Trystan James

Makaylah Mae Hampton, Trystan James

Foundation awards 12 scholarships

The Western Colorado Golf Foundation has announced that it is awarding 12 scholarships to seniors graduating from Western Slope high schools.

Moffat County Sheriff's Department offers students $1,000 scholarships

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is offering three $1,000.00 scholarships again this year.

Monday, April 16

Gun law changes have little impact on local show

Changes in Colorado law brought a new aspect to the show: Background checks for potential gun sellers.

Handicapped access focus of rural grant

The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is accepting applications for the fifth and final round of Rural Accessibility Grants.

School report cards could be delayed

School officials and parents would have to wait at least a month longer than usual to see their schools' overall performance on state assessment tests under a measure headed to the House floor.

No telephone service a possibility in Colorado

Local telephone service for hundreds of residential customers in several subdivisions is in jeopardy because of the bankruptcy reorganization of Tess Communications Inc. of Westminster.

City crews do well

Our town looks pretty nice this spring.

Bulldog Sports schedule

Boys swimming, Girls, Soccer, Track, Baseball, Girls golf

Hockey team says thanks

To Moffat County Craig Adult Hockey, City of Craig, Tom Nogoda, Randy Armstrong and Company:

Police department praised

Kudos to the Craig Police Department for giving Craig citizens the chance to see up close and personal what a policeman's job is all about.

Senator to kill bill regulating mail-order drugs

A Senate committee voted unanimously Monday to kill a bill that would have regulated mail-order drug sales.

4x800 sets tone for state competition at Mullen

Far from the big sky of the Yampa Valley and the crisp clean air it holds, the Moffat County girl's 4x800-meter relay showed Colorado they're the team to beat.

Council to limit development far from, near to water tanks

As Craig slowly works its way out of mud season and escapes another year of flooding, water remains an issue on the minds of many residents, and the Craig City Council.

Officials take stance against school bullies

Policymakers address school bullying on local, state levels

Moffat County is not immune to problems communities across the nation face.

Bulldogs cheerleaders tryout for the autumn season

Junior Ben Vikse is trying out for his second year of cheerleading.

Sunday, April 15

Report: First Union to buy Wachovia in $13 billion stock deal

First Union Corp., the nation's sixth largest bank, is reportedly set to buy Wachovia Corp. for about $13 billion in stock in a move that would unite two North Carolina banking rivals.

Senate majority leaders head to Craig

Colorado Senate president Stan Matsunaka, D-Loveland, and Senate President pro tem Ed Perlmutter, D-Wheatridge, will be in Craig from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig.

Businesses face health care crisis

Rural health care bill moves toward Senate, closes in on House approval

Small businesses rarely provide health insurance to their employees, and the reason is simple they just can't afford it.

Columbine killers becoming cultural icons to some

Before 13-year-old Seth Trickey shot and wounded five classmates at an Oklahoma middle school, a psychiatrist testified, he wondered what it was like to be in the shoes of the Columbine killers.

Courses groom global managers for tough reality

Mandy Chooi is feeling the heat. It's her first day on the job and she's been asked to quell a staff rebellion in a strange country.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for April 15th and 14th

Seventh-inning single wins first conference game

Moffat County breaks conference losing streak in a 8-7 victory over Palisade

Late in the seventh inning, Shane Burum hit a bloop-single to right field, scoring Shane Mosher from third base, and giving the 'Dogs an 8-7 win over Palisade.

Indigent care preference shifts

University Hospital in Denver, which gets about $30 million a year in federal funds for indigent care, now places rural residents needing care on a preferential list for treatment .

Methamphetamine labs becoming more transient

Ten years ago, making methamphetamine meant a 72-hour "cooking" session that generated an intense odor similar to cat urine, which tended to limit the locations where the drug could be made.

Bulldogs take first place at last home meet

The Bulldogs pulled in a solid first place, on Friday, at the Moffat County High School pool.

Saturday, April 14

Accidents increase in highway work zones

Traffic crashes in Colorado construction zones nearly doubled during the last decade, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Thursday, April 12

Today is both Good Friday and Friday the 13th

For more than 2,000 years, Christians have been celebrating Good Friday, today, as the day Jesus Christ died for the redemption of sinners.

The resurrection of Jesus is true meaning of Easter

Easter is truly about a man named Jesus, whose Father "so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

Highway 131 road work planned

Commuters can expect short delays this month

Commuters driving on Colorado 131 can expect travel delays in the coming weeks because of a reconstruction project planned on 4 miles of the highway.

Agricultural relief deadline nearing

Crop and livestock producers who wish to apply for emergency loans or disaster payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of production difficulties in the 2000 seasons need to fill out the necessary applications soon.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for April 9,11 and 12.

Relay winners

The first Cinder Block Relay championship was won by team Tricka.

Helton breaks slump and Rockies losing streak

The NL batting champion is starting to find his stroke.

Craig offers what Steamboat doesn't affordable housing

Routt County apartments scarce, pricey; vacancy is 2.6 percent

Rental apartments in Steamboat Springs are scarce, and people who manage to locate one will find they have to pay about $40 more per month than the average for the state of Colorado.

Growth bills raise concern from smaller counties

Several officials concerned about the burden legislation might place on rural communities

The crush of growth Colorado has experienced during this economic boom has been considerable, resulting in calls for some sort of legislation to balance the demand for housing.

Drug-sniffing dogs come up empty

Law enforcement officers search for contraband at high school

Police officers and K-9 units from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties convened at the Moffat County High School Thursday morning for a surprise drug sweep of the hallways and parking lots of MCHS.

Wednesday, April 11

Bush plan means possible cuts for rural health center

DENVER (AP) - President Bush's proposed budget includes more money for Colorado researchers and the uninsured.

Extra trout from Yampa River earns man a ticket

DOW officer believes other rules broken, too

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A Denver man received a ticket this week for illegally taking too many trout from the Yampa River.

AAU basketball teams end successful season

The girls AAU basketball season came to a close last weekend with an end-of-the year tournament in Laramie, Wyo.

Procrastinators beware, post office won't be open late

The deadline is Monday, April 16, with the emphasis on "dead."

Fiber investment a good thing for some agencies

Many see opportunities for telecommunications future

Two DS3 or not two DS3? That, in Moffat County at least, is definitely the question.

Wholesale prices fall 0.1 percent in March

Wholesale prices fell in March as a record drop in the price of natural gas used in homes and sharp declines in other energy costs outweighed rising food prices.

Travelers locked in by storm

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Anyone looking to get to Denver by an airplane or a shuttle were out of luck Wednesday because of an April snowstorm that crippled the metro area.

Accident leads to long chase in Routt County

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A Steamboat Springs police officer was given authorization to apprehend an alleged drunken driver outside of the city limits just before noon Tuesday.

MCHS athletes travel far and wide

Baseball The Bulldogs are sniffing for the sweet smell of success, and today they will do it in a town permeated by the scent of sulfur Glenwood Springs.

Suspect waives hearing

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 30-year-old Craig man facing felony charges for allegedly burglarizing and stealing from his former employer waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Routt County Court

Gas companies poking around Routt County

Phillips, KLT interested in methane reserves

Phillips Petroleum executives are thinking seriously about doubling down on their bet on coal bed methane gas in west Routt County.

Tuesday, April 10

Former resident sends update from Belize

Hi Everyone! Dustin was here visiting on his spring break from March 13-18. We had a great time playing tourists!

Steamboat Springs sends flurry of goals at Moffat County

Tuesday's cold front swept through the Yampa Valley, sending chills across the mountains and plains.

Baseball team makes Middle Park game add up

Moffat County baseball goes on two-game winning streak

There are a lot of fours around the Moffat County Bulldogs baseball team lately.

Colorado homeowners could qualify tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) Owning a home provides great potential tax deductions for millions of people, but many probably aren't fully aware of every tax break they could claim. Buying and selling a home also raises a number of tax possibilities.

EPA will give initial approval to Denver's air-quality plan

DENVER (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give preliminary approval to Denver's air-quality plan after concerns about emissions from large companies were addressed.

Spring storm pummels several towns

A powerful spring storm unleashed blizzard-like conditions across Colorado Wednesday, virtually shutting down travel in the state with widespread road problems and the closure of Denver International Airport.

Budget plan could mean $35 M more for Colorado schools

Colorado schools would get an extra $35 million in federal funding under President Bush's budget proposal.


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Sheriff's Deputy honored for contributions, reaction

Moffat County Sheriff's Department Deputy Clyde Anderson was honored as the department's Employee of the Month.

Man pleads guilty to pot charge

HAYDEN A 41-year-old Hayden man pleaded guilty Monday to felony possession of marijuana, but has the opportunity to clear his name of the conviction if he stays out of trouble for two years.

Welfare testing updated

High-priced tests expected to earn high-priced results

Do you think you have what it takes to be a corporate lawyer?


In a poem published in the April 9 edition of the Craig Daily Press, author Lynn Nichols was mistakenly identified as a dispatcher. She actually works for the ambulance crew. The staff of the Daily Press regrets the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

Resident says thanks for help

To the Editor; I would like to thank The Memorial Hospital staff for the quality care that I received during a recent stay at the hospital.

CIS releases third quarter honor roll

The Craig Intermediate School third quarter straight A report and honor roll is as follows:

Military Bulletin

Rob Krol John W. Kier

Class Reunion

The class of 1981 is looking for the following persons for its class reunion:


Kyle Scott Gerber Trystan James Stapleton Jada Paige Switzler Ashleigh Katherine Wheeler

Council schedules tobacco workshop

Youth tobacco use object of resident scrutiny

Cigarette butts line the ground on corners outside of Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School, and many students don't even make an attempt to hide the cigarettes in their hands as people drive by.

Monday, April 9

Below-average snowpack means low chance of flooding low

It doesn't appear as if Craig residents will have any reason to swim with the fishes anytime soon.

BLM seeks public comment on drilling proposal

Gas, oil exploration possible near Vermillion Basin

President Bush has pushed for expanded resource exploration since the beginning of his administration, and Marathon Oil Co. has wasted no time in heeding the President's call. It has filed an expression of interest to lease approximately 1,600 acres for oil and gas exploration and development in the northwest corner of the Vermillion Basin in Moffat County.

House committee whittles growth bill options to two

DENVER (AP) The Legislature's options in working on growth-management plans this session were whittled by one on Monday after a House committee killed a bill backed by environmentalists.

Owens threatens to veto mail-order pharmacy bill

DENVER (AP) Gov. Bill Owens threatened Monday to veto a measure that would require insurance companies to charge the same copayment for prescription drugs picked up at a pharmacy as for those ordered by mail.

Forum participants look for answers to power woes

DENVER (AP) - A top federal energy regulator says the best way to stabilize the power grid is by promoting energy supply and delivery, discouraging demand and letting markets determine price.

Doctor says girl's breathing was impaired during therapy

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A doctor testified that external events impaired Candace Newmaker's breathing while she was undergoing "rebirthing therapy" and the lack of oxygen caused a medical domino effect.

Boeing outlines questions for officials

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials plan to meet Wednesday with The Boeing Co. representatives who are searching for a new home for their headquarters.

Ford warns of shattering rear glass in Explorers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is warning customers of a defect that can break the rear windows on some 2002-model Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicles.

Business Around Town

Caring about each individual's well-being and providing personalized care to every patient is simply how business is done at Craig Physical Therapy. If you are hoping to spend hours alone on exercise equipment, you won't be satisfied with the level of professionalism and standard of care at Craig Physical Therapy they are committed to assessing your individual needs and providing top-notch care to every patient, every visit.

Girls golf shoots to a solid fourth-place finish at Delta

Images of the mild conditions at Augusta National Golf Club inundated television screens across the nation all weekend, but they are a far cry from the tempestuous weather that western Colorado has dealt with.

Track teams earn first- and fourth-place finishes

On a blustery Saturday, in the hills south of Craig, Meeker held its annual invitational track meet.

Adesta withdraws from fiber project

NC Telecom has contingency plan; county project OK

Stock market volatility that has been torturing companies and investors for months has reached Colorado, and it's scrambled some major circuits concerning fiber optic enhancements. Last week Omaha-based Adesta Communications Inc., suspended further construction on fiber optic lines running along Interstate 70.Stock market volatility that has been torturing companies and investors for months has reached Colorado, and it's scrambled some major circuits concerning fiber optic enhancements. Last week Omaha-based Adesta Communications Inc., suspended further construction on fiber optic lines running along Interstate 70.

Northwest Colorado's birth weights too low

Pregnant women urged to gain weight, quit smoking

Colorado has one of the highest low birth weight rates in the nation. Inadequate maternal weight gain during pregnancy is the largest contributor to the number of low weight births, according to state demographer Sue Ricketts, PhD, and Karen Trierweiler with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Sunday, April 8

Four Council members to take oath of office

The new Craig City Council will hold its first meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council chambers of Craig City Hall.

Stocks move strongly higher early Monday

NEW YORK (AP) Taking advantage of the market's cheaper prices, investors gave stocks a strong boost in early trading Monday.

Soccer team allows late Husky comeback at Woodbury Park

The Moffat County girls soccer team's scoring drought was broken Saturday at Woodbury Park in Craig, when the first drop of rain was felt in the form of a Jeni Bamford goal.

People worried about drilling on their land

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) Colorado expects to close hundreds of oil and gas wells this year, and with national energy prices on the rise, the state will be under pressure to compensate.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for April 8

Bulldogs baseball rebounds in Roosevelt

Moffat County High School baseball coach Kip Hafey, armed with a revamped batting line-up, blazed his way across the high plains of Utah to the town of Roosevelt and to the Bulldogs' first victory since March 24.

Bulldogs gear up for second half of season after first place win

Parker Moore, John Shipley, Jeff Olree, and Danny Arnold have already qualified in the 200-meter freestyle relay once this year, however, once was not enough.

Requesting the honor of your presence ... Mailing invitations and registering for gifts

For brides- and grooms-to-be, choosing invitations and registering for gifts may seem like a minor part of the wedding planning process, but it's actually a very critical part because these two elements involve your wedding guests.

Celebration focuses on children's needs

As Americans soldiers sit detained by Chinese officials, and epidemics such as Mad Cow and Foot and Mouth disease threaten overseas meat production, many Americans tend to forget about the issues that we are facing in the U.S.

Emergency dispatchers honored for dedication

National Telecommunicators Week recognizes law enforcement employees for their efforts

They are one of the most important cogs in the machinery of law enforcement, yet they rarely receive public recognition.

Craig Cougars end season at Loudy-Simpson

The Craig Cougars Bantams team played its end-of-the-year tournament March 18, at the Loudy-Simpson ice arena.

Friday, April 6

Colorado State Parks taking camping reservations

Whether you're dreaming of a waterfront campsite at Jackson Lake or backcountry views from Mueller, summertime will soon be here. What better way to spend your summer than enjoying the great Colorado outdoors?

A patient's best friend

Local trainer, dog certified to interact with patients, senior citizens

It became clear to Shannan Sparkman when she was 6 years old and observed a highly-respected trainer at work, that she wanted to work with animals. And, Sparkman has been doing just that for more than 40 years.

Thursday, April 5

Grant available to local producers

USDA, agricultural marketing center have $25 million for grants

Independent producers are being targeted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an effort to add value to agricultural producer's products.

Seeds from the sower

He was one of those David and Goliath type politicians. He was either stoned or slinging it.

Bill would allow insurance-rate flexibility to increase availability

DENVER (AP) Health insurance companies would gain flexibility in setting rates for certain policies under a bill designed to stop the flight of insurance carriers from Colorado.


Robert N. "Bobby" Robinson Sr. 1910 - 2001

Business and Professional Women endorses Equal Pay Day

Tuesday was Equal Pay Day to point out the fact that a woman has to work through Tuesday to catch up to a man's earnings from last week.

Congress plans to address Western energy woes

WASHINGTON (AP) House Republicans are working on a plan to waive some clean air provisions and direct the use of more federal portable generators to ease California's summer power crunch.

County accepts property bids

The County will be accepting bids on two lots at 9:30 a.m. Friday for property located near 1st Street, between Severson Supply and Lamplighter trailer park and a lot on Clay St.

Child struck by car near school

Boy suffers only scratches from accident

A 7-year-old boy was struck by a car and dragged 10 feet after darting out into School Street around 2:45 Thursday afternoon.

Impacts of Foot and Mouth Disease reach Moffat County

Although Craig lies nestled on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains in the high country of Colorado, its agricultural impacts may be felt on the other side of the world.

Two years of Wildkat cheerleading moves into the furture

Nowadays, the rah-rahs of cheerleading have been replaced with intricate human pyramids, and the pom-pons have been put away in favor of breath-taking aerial maneuvers.

School studies impact of sports activities on GPAs

Living on the Western Slope has its advantages.

Residents must take initiative to beautify town

Moffat County residents are proud of their community. They know the caliber of people who reside here, the high level of services provided, the commendable educational system and the staggering amount of recreational opportunities.

MCHS plans comeback in weekend events

Baseball Kip Hafey and his struggling Bulldogs will try to break their conference losing streak at 1 p.m., Saturday in a double header against winless Battle Mountain.

Wednesday, April 4

Local students perform with All-State honor bands

Music, it is said, has the power to tame even the wildest beasts. For four high school musicians, the stakes weren't life or death, but the pressure was intense none the less: Successfully playing through a live audition to be accepted to the 2001 Colorado All-State Honor Bands.

Sports Dateline

The Craig Youth Hockey Association will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 at the fire department to review by-laws. Call Randy at 824-2547 for more information.

Tax deductions for commuting not an option, but breaks available

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Steamboat Springs commuters don't get a tax break for their travels, but they should be aware of a business travel deduction option if they use their car for work expenses.

Ribbon cutting

Craig Chamber of Commerce employees and ambassadors were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Waste Management, a residential and commercial trash service that is branching into the Craig area.

School responds to safety concerns

Seventh Street walkers now have option to take bus to school

When Paula Terry, parent of two East Elementary School students, went on a safety crusade, the school district listened.

Law enforcement

Incidents reported for April 3, April 1, March 31, March 30, March 29, & March 28.


Jacob Everett Ellis Forrest Conrow

Colorado State Patrol trooper in favor of changes

Improvements to U.S. 40 on Muddy Pass long overdue

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A Colorado State Trooper who has more than 20 years of experience patrolling Muddy Pass believes safety improvements to the pass are long overdue.

AAU team on a roll

The Craig AAU sixth-grade basketball team is having an awesome season. ON March 24 the girls traveled to Rifle for a round-robin tournament.

Few concerned about future of care center

Ten attend presentation by Shiloh Homes officials

Several residents were concerned about the caliber of youth Shiloh Homes would let occupy the Moffat County Youth Care Center, but those residents didn't appear at Wednesday's fact-finding meeting.

Tuesday, April 3

Columbia House to close distribution center, 500 to lose jobs

COLORADO CITY, Colo. (AP) Columbia House announced Tuesday it will close its giant compact disc and video distribution center by the end of the year, a decision that means all 500 employees will lose their jobs.

Student News


Demons beat Bulldogs soccer team 5-0

A 5-0 loss may seem to be an absurd score to get excited about, especially if you're on the zero end of the score.

Western Knolls home engulfed in flame

Flames, fed by extremely high winds, consumed a major portion of the house at 730 Barbara St., in Western Knolls on Monday. The Craig/Rural Fire Department received a call at about 5 p.m. on Monday, and used nearly every truck available to battle the voracious fire. Homeowners George and Claudia Peters were unharmed.

Voters re-elect three City Council members

Low turnout Tuesday results in no changes

With a limited number of public issues and political controversy facing Craig, the city's voters decided that they would like to keep things just the way the are.

MCHS batters fall to Sailors

A loss in the district tournament would be hard, and one in the state tournament would be even harder.

Knowledge Bowl students ranked third in Colorado

Students from nearly every state and several countries competed Jan. 24 in the the Elementary Knowledge Master Open academic competition. The team, consisting of sixth-grade students, used computers to answer 100 very challenging questions from all curricular areas.

Rates increase at Center of Craig

The Center of Craig, a once run-down First Christian church sitting on the corner of Yampa Ave. and 6th St., has been revived.

Prevention group addresses teen tobacco use

As Public Health Week 2001 begins, a recent statewide survey provided Coloradans with some unwelcome information regarding teens and smoking.

School board proud of student accomplishments

Each month the Moffat County School District Board of Education honors student, teacher and staff accomplishments. This month honorees were:

Military Bulletin

Steven L. Bernard

County officials may adopt junk ordinance

Resident concerns driving potential initiative

Defining junk and deciding how to handle it were two issues the Moffat County Planning Commission faced Tuesday in response to ongoing complaints about the county's appearance.

Monday, April 2

Bulldogs hope to sink Sailors in rival game

This will be the second-to-last match up against Steamboat Springs for the five seniors on the Bulldogs baseball team, and it will go off with a bang.

Bulldog Sports Schedule

Moffat, Routt county officials request radar

Landing patterns, safety could be upgraded

Some feel the only answer to eliminating local airplane mishaps is a radar installation, and at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Friday, the Commissioners agreed.

CSU takes extra measures to prevent spread of foot-and-mouth disease

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) People who have traveled to countries where foot-and-mouth disease has infected livestock are being asked to disinfect before stepping foot on Colorado State University's campus.

Homemade Delights Made-to-Order

You know who they are and you've been enjoying their home cooking every week. Two Sisters & a Mom Catering (Argie Peroulis, Toni Raftopoulos and Bia Peroulis Reyes) has hit the ground running and the word is out fantastic. Whether they're dishing up Mexican Casserole or grilled pork chops, the homemade touch makes every meal.

United earns next-to-last status in 2000 airline rankings

CHICAGO (AP) United Airlines followed its last-place performance among major U.S. airlines in 1999 with an even worse year in 2000, according to an annual ranking system released Monday.

Free resources at the Moffat County Library

To the Editor; It's National Library Week and the Moffat County Libraries encourages everyone to learn about the many wonderful, free resources available at your library.

Commissioner meeting highlights

State deer kill underway to slow spread of disease

DENVER (AP) Wildlife biologists have begun killing deer in an effort to slow the spread of a fatal brain disease in deer and elk.

Middle school smoking ranked high in Colorado

DENVER (AP) Students in Colorado middle schools are using tobacco at a higher rate than other children around the nation, state health officials said Monday.

Girls finish in first place at meet in Hotchkiss

Junior Kellie Dodds hurled the shot an impressive 29 feet and one inch, clenching the sixth-place spot at Saturday's Hotchkiss meet.

Nearby arena could eliminate need to build

Private indoor arena near completion in Hayden, may reduce Moffat County's need

Hayden resident Keith Barnett only needs to complete the finishing touches on the indoor horse arena he has constructed, and the site will then be open to the public.

Sunday, April 1

Historical site could reopen

Train depot to be refurbished and added to historic district

The history of Moffat County is the stuff of legends. Shoot-outs and determined homesteaders and ranchers, led to the creation of the West and western ideals. And a piece of that storied past is soon to be recovered.

Locke criticizes Bush for repealing water rules

WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush is leading a strategic assault on the environment after he announced plans to rescind a Clinton-era regulation limiting the amount of arsenic allowed in drinking water, a Democratic governor said Saturday.

Swap shop opposition wrong

To the Editor; THis is the second time I'm writing in response to E.C. Day's letter to the editor on March 13, 2001, on not wanting Swap Shop to allow the sale of fire arms onSwap Shop.

Community concert tonight

Moving effortlessly between Broadway, orchestra, recital and operatic performance, Douglas Webster is winning acclaim as one of America's most accomplished and versatile singers. Webster has everything you could want; a full operatic voice with range to match, stage presence and acting skills. Webster has performed before audiences across the country, been a regular at Co-munity Concerts, and taught music theater classes at the Breckenridge Music Festival in 1999.

Redisent says thanks for help

To The Editor; This is the second time I have written a letter to the editor and this one really makes me proud to be part of a mostly caring community. I hope this does make a difference and the person sees the problem with what they did.

Rifle shoots past Moffat County in ninth inning

With two outs in the bottom of seventh, and the Rifle Bears leading the Bulldogs 5-3, Moffat County sophmore Jerod Estey came up big.

Bulldog's paddle their way to a second place finish

The Bulldog's divers take first and second place in Saturday's competition

Sophomore John Shipley stepped confidently onto Moffat County High School's diving board Saturday, executing the meet's most difficult dive, and taking first place in the compeititon.

Divine buying MarchFirst assets for up to $120 million

CHICAGO (AP) Ailing Internet consultancy MarchFirst Inc. has agreed to sell many of its assets to software company Divine Inc. in a deal valued at up to $120 million, Divine chief executive Andrew ''Flip'' Filipowski announced Friday.

Four vie for three Council seats election Tuesday

Johnston values voter's opinions

Thinking like a representative of the community who reacts to taxpayer's desires and not his own, are some of the values that rank high on Craig City Council candidate Bill Johnston's list.