Stories for August 2001


Tuesday, August 28

Bush betting on strong future economy for budget

WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration is pinning its budget hopes on a rapid, robust economic recovery driven by its huge tax cut despite figures released Wednesday that show a steep drop in the government surpluses projected for 2001 and 2002.

Governor makes money available to lure teachers

DENVER (AP) Gov. Bill Owens is making $6 million available to potential teachers in hopes it will help ease the state's shortage.

Information about sexual offenders scarce on state's college campuses

DENVER (AP) College police are concerned that the state has not established a system to keep track of sex offenders who take classes or work at college campuses.

Lady 'Dog spiker's start season

Though the games the Lady Bulldogs will play in Saturday's Moffat County High School Tournament are the start of the regular season, and will count on the team's record, Coach Vickie Haddan still considers them an evaluation.

Absence of beer can cause rowdiness

Over the past month, a number of Front Range newspapers have run stories debating whether beer should be served at the University of Colorado football games.

Cross country, middle school's rising program

In David Morris' hand is a deck of cards. Not a full deck, but for his purposes, a full deck isn't needed.

Nuisance law goes to voters

Council allows public final say on ordinance

After making the final decision on a highly-controversial tobacco ordinance at its last meeting, the Craig City Council elected to leave another possible change in the law up to voters Tuesday night.

Accident sends four to hospital

Vehicle flips after passing semi; 'driver error' named as cause

A rollover accident early Tuesday morning sent four Craig residents to The Memorial Hospital

Hospital plans to recruit additional surgeon

Two weeks ago, while general surgeon Dr. David James went on vacation, The Memorial Hospital officials made the decision to turn away business.

Prisoner walks away from Rifle prison facility

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) Authorities were searching Wednesday for an inmate who escaped from the minimum-security Rifle Correctional Center Tuesday night.

Teacher reaches settlement with Routt County School District

A Hayden high school teacher whose position was cut this summer by the School Board has agreed to drop an appeal in return for a settlement.

Student News

Sean Raymond Durham, Jill Brown

Hayden Board of Education election taking shape

Come January, the Hayden School Board will be without its top two officers.

Many stem cells not ready for U.S.-backed research, labs say

WASHINGTON (AP) Researchers who developed some of the 64 embryonic stem cell lines that can be studied under federal grants say some of the lines they produced may prove unsuitable for further use and others are mired in patenting and licensing issues.

District graded on CSAP results

Schools receive reviews based on test scores

Shortly after he distributed Moffat County's results on the Colorado Student Assessment Program at the Monday night school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Pete Bergmann offered words of encouragement and warning.

Community college's student body expands

Tuition buy down, new classes cited as reason for increased fall semester enrollment

The higher education system in Moffat County is seeing a higher number of students this year, as Colorado Northwest Community College (CNCC) begins its fall semester.

Monday, August 27

Four go to TMH

A one-car accident closed down one lane of U.S. Highway 40 this morning,

Attorneys accused of providing information

District Attorney Paul McLimans has accused his former assistant, Charles Feldmann, of providing information to the defense team representing suspected murderer Thomas Lee Johnson.

Fire claims mobile home

No one injured in Sunday morning blaze

A Moffat County residence was lost to fire on Sunday, as a blaze consumed a mobile home off of Moffat County Road 210.

The Bear Valley Fishing Company

Craig's Only Full-Service Fly Shop

Board unveils new Search and Rescue Card

A new safety card from the Colorado Search and Rescue Board may help to save the lives of some outdoor enthusiasts.

Bulldogs shooting mid-pack in tournaments

Four varsity golfers set for Moffat County's season

Nate Vaccari, the Bulldogs only senior linkster, hasn't been shooting the way he like to.

Craig Youth Hockey teams to hit ice

The Craig Cougars midget hockey team, which is the club equivalent of high school hockey, sent three representatives to Colorado Prospect Weekend Aug. 16-18 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Oil shale exploration resumes as energy demand rises

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) Shell has resumed a modest oil shale test program, nearly 20 years after the collapse of the industry left portions of western Colorado looking like ghost towns.

Bulldogs' offense has different options to offer

If there's one thing people need it's options.

Teacher shortage affects class size

After one week of school, many Moffat County students have likely already been assigned a report to do in one of their classes.

Sunday, August 26

Good deals available despite ski industry recovery

DENVER (AP) Ski resorts will be offering discounted passes again this year even though skiers and boarders hit the slopes in record numbers last season.

City Council to consider questions for November ballot

After approving the much-debated tobacco ordinance, which has now moved to the County Commissioners for their consideration, the Craig City Council can once again turn its attention to other matters such as nuisance ordinances.

Is everything going to be banned?

A "countywide" ban on smoking?

Buffs fail in final quarter against Fresno State

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) David Carr passed for one touchdown and ran for another, and Fresno State converted three Colorado turnovers into 17 points en route to a 24-22 victory on Sunday night.

Judge replaces Thompson in Steamboat murder trial

Former Colorado Supreme Court justice assigned to murder trial

A former Colorado Supreme Court chief justice will preside over Routt County's only murder case.

Group addresses water concerns

A public that does not understand the importance of its water rights today, jeopardizes its claim to that water in the future, state lawmakers said.

Vendors may face tax fees

Mobile businesses may be held to same standard as local employers

Out-of-town mobile vendors who come to Craig looking to set up shop on street corners may face a new obstacle if the Craig City Council has anything to say about it

Sports Datebok

Punt, Pass & Kick

Loophole could allow development

DENVER (AP) Legislators say they'll try to fix a loophole in a state law intended to help preserve open space that could allow land owners to develop their property and still receive a tax credit.

Nurse Reishus moves to new home

I'm so excited!


Jake Satterwhite, Earl Ervin Short, Joseph John Schneider, Aloysius (Al) Joseph Schumacher, Hila Parker

Thursday, August 23

Lady Bullpups' volleyball starts season

April Sanchez knows that in a year, everything will change.

Women's 2002 national touring hockey team announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Fourteen members of the U.S. women's hockey team that won Olympic gold in 1998 are part of a 25-woman touring team that will play in preparation for the 2002 Sale Lake City Olympics.

Lucent says it has enough cash to focus on reorganization

NEW YORK (AP) Lucent Technologies Inc. says it has more than enough cash on hand to weather the downturn in the telecommunications industry and expects its operations to become profitable by next year.

Climatologist urges preparation for major drought

DENVER (AP) The best time to prepare for a devastating drought is now, while vegetation grows and rain is probable, a climatologist warned.

Car accident claims life of Craig teen

Craig resident Jake Satterwhite, 13, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo after a three-car accident.

Politics, money, civil rights at heart of census complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) Got a problem with how the Census Bureau is counting Americans? Take a number and get in line.

Speaker to address substance abuse

Jim Burkett, National Field Representative of the "Spirit of Freedom Ministries" in New Orleans, La., will be at the Apostolic Lighthouse Church of Craig to present a special program designed to help today's youth and families who are battling the effects of alcoholism and drugs.

Hayden, Routt County consider hiring parking officer for airport

Hayden's code enforcement officer will get a hefty pay raise from Routt County to enforce parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport for the upcoming ski season.

CNCC approves property purchase

At 10 a.m. today, the Moffat County Affiliated Board of Control, acting at the behest of Colorado Northwest Community College (CNCC), closed on 100 acres of real estate, securing land that will be used for future expansions of the college. The land is located along the U.S. Highway 13 bypass, to the north of Signal Hill restaurant and west of the Shadow Mountain subdivision.

Sports Datebook

Sports Datebook

Routt, Moffat officials discuss options for future of health care

Recent demographic shifts in Moffat and Routt county populations have already caused health problems and may create future medical dilemmas, county commissioners decided Thursday night.

Slaying of daughter inspires man to counsel to inmates

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) The heavy iron bars clang open, and 80-year-old Paul Stevens strolls calmly into the midst of Kentucky's condemned killers.

Mo Phat racing heads into home stretch of season

For many in the Yampa Valley, Wednesday's cool weather is a sign of the ever-approaching autumn, and means many outdoor activities will be put on hold

Judge's decision means murder suspect may walk

14th Judicial District Judge Joel Thompson's recusal may jeopardize 'speedy trial' requirement

Appointing a new judge for the Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial is not the only obstacle in the case meeting Johnson's right to a speedy trial is also an issue that will have to be resolved.

Local facility will not accept sex offenders

CAPS board has strict entrance policy for applicants

As Michael Ballard, 56, searches for a halfway house as part a sentence handed down for his role in prostituting his seven children, he can be cross off Craig as a possible destination.


Leah Anita Holden, Gary Wayne Nall, Xenia Kawchack, Paul Leslie Bremner, Jacqueline C. Morgan

Wednesday, August 22

Resident meets governor

Resident meets governor

Circus Chimera coming to Craig

Grand Futures sponsors fund-raising effort in September

Something whimsical this way comes.

Total number of jobless workers hits nine-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) New claims for state unemployment insurance rose last week to the highest level since mid-July while the number of laid-off workers drawing unemployment benefits rose the highest level in nine years.

Fifth annual Poker Run a big success

Moffat County Partners would like to extend a big thank you to Delbert Knez, owner of the O.P. Bar & Grill for sponsoring the 5th Annual O.P. Bar & Grill Poker Run on July 22.

Support greatly appreciated

We, the family of Kenneth Simpson, thank the many people who supported us

Doak Walker teams start practice

In a huddle of fifth- and sixth-graders, Ernie DelGrosso and Dusty Schulze ran down a list of football do's and don'ts

Judge quits murder trial

Thompson cites conflict of interest after DEA arrests live-in girlfriend

The judge presiding over the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson has removed himself from the case, citing the arrest of his live-in girlfriend by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who could be a key witness in Johnson's trial as the reason.


Stephen Vair, Robert Scott, Lucille Dunbar

Senate leaders eye gas tax hike

DENVER (AP) Senate Democrats are considering raising the gasoline tax to pay for transportation projects needed to keep pace with Colorado's booming population, Senate President Stan Matsunaka said.

Thanks for sucker sale support

We want to thank everyone who supported our sucker sale

Funds are foundation of Philanthropy Days

Event helps non-profit groups receive more money

Non-profit organizations, charities and government agencies are in constant need of funds.

Maybell Fire Department awarded $90,000 grant from FEMA

The Maybell Volunteer Fire Department will soon purchase the largest tanker truck it has ever had.

Moffat County may form Human Resource Council

Fund dispersal would become Council's responsibility

With some cooperation and agreement between the Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commissioners, both elected bodies may be able to free up some of their time.

Tuesday, August 21

Bridge Department invests in planning system

Internet-based program rental will give comprehensive picture of department's responsibilities

The tools and equipment available to the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department are many, ranging from hand tools to earth moving equipment.

Students urged to apply for free, reduced price lunches

Moffat County School District today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program.

Rumors about Elkhead addressed

On behalf of the Yampa River Basin Partnership, a citizens group that represents the views of the Yampa Valley and works with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies

Commissioners vote against tax hike

Mill levy increase will not be decided on November ballot; existing funds to be reallocated instead

One of Moffat County's bragging points is that it has the second-lowest tax in the state, and that selling point will continue to be true for the near future.

City purchases card-operated water station

Safety major concern as Water Department officials consider two different locations on North Yampa

Water customers in Craig will soon have a new option when it comes to where and how they make their purchases as last week, the City Council approved a request to order a new water sales station.

McMahon, Simpson to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Sheryl McMahon of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie, to Daniel Simpson.

Keever, Kusel announce engagement

Becky and Ed Roop of Kirtland, N.M., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Larissa Lynn Keever of Boulder to Daniel George Kusel, also of Boulder.


Avery James Tucker, Kelsea Grace Hyde, Jacob George Block Austin, Jacob Daniel Bohannon, Justice Mikal McEntee, Jacob Arthur Olsen

Military Bulletin

Tyrel T. Miles, Christopher L. Pierce

Monday, August 20

Kiwanis Tournament shoots for scholarship goals

When Kirk McKey and his son Caleb started playing the annual Kiwanis golf tournament four years ago, they came in dead last

Mud worshipers gather at Loudy-Simpson Park

In the dwindling hours of Saturday's Mud Splash volleyball tournament, with a slight breeze making it cooler than it should be for anyone covered in mud and water, the Shadow Mountain Wholesaler's team wallowed their way to victory over Darkhorse Liquor's Hog Heaven, ending the rein of the Crawdads.

Tobacco issue addressed by Commissioners

Group organizes luncheon with hope of creating countywide tobacco ordinance

With expectant mothers smoking at almost double the state average, and 55 percent of eighth graders having tried cigarettes, Moffat County faces a serious threat to its health, according to members of the Citizens For Healthy Children.

School Board to fill three seats

Even with all the changes the Moffat County School District administration is experiencing, even more personnel changes could be on the way.

Technology officials upbeat despite economic downturn

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) The battered technology industry should begin to recuperate next year, pulled out of the doldrums by fundamentals such as sound finances and the availability of high-speed Internet access, industry leaders said Monday.

Sunday, August 19

Awards to help working poor get health care

DENVER (AP) About 25,000 uninsured Coloradans will have better access to health care as a result of federal money going to 12 health and dental clinics across the state.

Rain falls on wildfire near Rangely

RANGELY, Colo. (AP) Fire crews were monitoring a wildfire that grew 50 acres Sunday to 2,110 acres.

Women, minorities are battleground in Social Security debate

WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration and its allies are focusing on women and minorities as they try to build support for overhauling Social Security by creating personal investment accounts.

State Farm consolidates support operations; no layoffs expected

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) Insurance giant State Farm announced a reorganization Friday that it said will consolidate many of its administrative and support operations but not cost any jobs.

Oil employee injured after pipe accident

Rock Springs man suffers head, chest injuries after being crushed by pipes

A veteran oil field worker was seriously injured in an accident on Thursday afternoon at a site one mile north of the Powderwash camp.

District names Bergmann interim-superintendent

Administrators join forces to take 'team approach' in wake of Wrightson's departure

When it comes to job advancement, no one knows better than Pete Bergmann how to move to the next level.

Parents encouraged to take children to school

'First Day of School 2001' program encourages interraction between parents and children

Of all the things parents need to remember to send with their children, there is one thing some see as the most important: Themselves.


Carrol Cathey, Dorris J. Ridenour, Stephen Vair

'Dogs go head-to-head in full-contact practice

Sunday, the day after the Bulldogs' "Discovery of Character Day" a fancy term for the first day of full-speed hitting in football senior running back and linebacker Chris Field discovered something. He was sore.

Golfers place third on home links

Three weeks ago, during a friendly game of golf, senior linkster Evan Pressley stroked his best game ever a 73.

Thursday, August 16

Lady 'Dog spikers hit hardwood

Come Saturday, head volleyball coach Vicki Haddan will have to take part in the most dreaded of a coaches' duties the cut.

Cheer squad ready to show school spirit

As of Monday, a rash of cheers could be heard echoing in the halls of the high school, as Moffat County High School cheerleading team coach Suzy Lord took the 14 members of this year's squad through its moves.

First Christian Church hosts community picnic

The members of First Christian Church would like to invite the community of Craig and the surrounding areas to enjoy free food and entertainment during our third annual "Share the Harvest" celebration

Officials mobilize fresh crews as fires stretch resources

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Three hundred more firefighters flew into the nation's wildfire command center on Thursday to prepare for dispatch,

Hungry bruins leave wilderness for suburbs

DENVER (AP) Two bears have waddled through the city's southwest suburbs in two days, the latest in a series of bear encounters in Colorado.

Ocean Journey denied funding

DENVER (AP) Ocean Journey's efforts to survive financial woes were dealt a blow Thursday when the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District denied the aquarium's application for funding.

Judge denies bail for drug defendants

Craig residents charged in GRAMNET operation will remain in jail until trial

Craig residents Jesse Grijalva, 49, and Stephen Skufca, 41, and Michael Steiger, 40, of Steamboat Springs, were formerly charged in connection with last Friday's drug raids.

Youth travel to state fair

The 129th annual Colorado State Fair will kick off Saturday in Pueblo with over 700,000 people expected to attend this year's event.

Transformer causes local power outage

Many Craig residents likely slept through a power outage Thursday night that may have also caused them to oversleep this morning

County Commissioners to hear tobacco ordinance

Now that the City of Craig has passed an ordinance making the possession of tobacco by teens illegal, the Citizens For Healthy Children (CFHC) are beginning the process to pass a countywide tobacco ordinance.

Fort Collins, Loveland want representation

DENVER (AP) Residents of Loveland and Fort Collins asked the Colorado Reapportionment Commission on Thursday to give both communities their own representatives in the Legislature, saying they have different goals.

Wednesday, August 15

Consumer prices hit biggest decline in 15 years

WASHINGTON (AP) Consumer prices in July registered the biggest decline in 15 years, pushed down by a sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and other energy products.

Cross country runs headlong into season

"Miles, miles and more miles" is the mantra of the Moffat County High School cross country team.

Bear Creek Classic results


Soccer kicks into high gear with new coach

Being part of one of the Moffat County High School soccer teams means a rocky ride and a lot of perseverance

Symposium targets land use issues

Conflicts lead to alternative solutions being sought by local groups, residents

Land management and designation issues are some of the most controversial and intractable problems facing Colorado communities today

Hospital operates without surgeon

Patients may be diverted to other facilities because general surgeon is on vacation

Until Saturday, one extra piece of information will have to be assessed before severe trauma case can be brought into The Memorial Hospital: Is a surgeon available?

Wilderness Network accuses lobbyists of ignoring public

Environmental group claims public was not informed of meetings to discuss state's designated wilderness areas

A Colorado environmental group is making some heated accusations, charging that a group of Colorado lobbyists has violated the public's right to have its opinion heard.

Tuesday, August 14

State gets $35.7 M in mineral revenue

DENVER (AP) Colorado received $35.7 million in federal mineral revenue through June, a 58 percent jump from last year.

Rain helps rein in Northwest Colorado wildfires

MEEKER, Colo. (AP) Overnight rain helped crews contain a 1,000-acre fire in northwest Colorado on Tuesday.

County OKs change in system for collecting forest dollars

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a change in the way the board receives a share of fees collected locally on the national forests.

Teen trampled by cow

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Thirteen-year-old Colton Wheeler has not spent the Routt County Fair the way he would have liked.

Discount deadline approaches

Wednesday last day to get lowest prices on ski passes

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Skiers, riders and, in many cases, their employers have until Wednesday to take advantage of the lowest prices offered by the Steamboat Ski Area on season passes and value cards for the upcoming ski season.

Coke, Procter & Gamble to launch joint venture

ATLANTA (AP) Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble are scaling back their planned $4 billion joint venture that would have combined brands like Minute Maid juice and Pringles potato chips.

Olympic Committee, give us tubing or give us death

This last Sunday, with the sun high in the sky, and the rain clouds hiding for the weekend, (entire editorial staff) and I headed to Steamboat Springs. Well almost the entire staff.

Loudy-Simpson to be site of dirty little pleasures

Four years ago, Mikki O'Brien, general manager of the Holiday Inn and then president of the Chamber of Commerce, started a fundraiser

First timer wins Trapper Triathlon

Getting out of the pool, Cathy DelGrosso and Bryna Larsen ran neck and neck.


Avery James Tucker, Katelyn Kay Marie Hoffman, Patrick James Underwood Hunter, Samantha Lynn Marten, Trevor Dustin McDaniel, Carter Allen Ogden, Zachary Lee James Petterson, Loren Elizabeth King

military bulletin

Dalyn E. Dunn

Club News

Alpha Tau

Thanks for helping

Thanks again to Sherry Farnsworth, Kendra Magness-Lee, Lou Ann Jones, Linda Pinnt, May Vallem, Sally Vallem, Torie Barainca, Scott Jones and his Boy Scout Troop No. 192

Community Budget Center needs funds, school supplies

Items collected will help children in need of school necessities

The school year is approaching, and parents and children are in a frenzy to get all the supplies, books, clothes and bookbags they need for the coming year.

City passes tobacco law

Tobacco possession by minors can result in fines, community service

No Vacancy. That was the message the Craig City Council sent last night after once again amending

Power plant modernization rules put on hold by EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration has put off announcing whether it will stop tightening pollution requirements for power plants that are being repaired or upgraded.

Firefighters keep busy as West remains ablaze

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Crews throughout the West continued to fight nearly 300 wildfires that scorched more than 100,000 acres since the week began

Monday, August 13

Authorities raid local home, business

Investigation leads to arrests in smuggling ring that extended to Mexico; involved multi-kilo deals

In full Special Response Team (SRT) combat gear and with weapons drawn, officers of the Moffat County Sheriff's Department and Craig Police Department smashed through the door of a Craig residence Friday and rushed into a local business as part of a coordinated multi-county and multi-state drug bust.

Mobile home standards increase

Starting April 1, any manufactured home moved onto private property will require a foundation that reaches to the depth of the frost line, four feet into the earth.

July wholesale prices by largest amount in eight years

WASHINGTON (AP) A sharp drop in the costs of gasoline and other energy products helped drive down wholesale prices in July by the largest amount in eight years.


Donald Nall

Council to hear final reading of tobacco ordinance

One of the most heated debates in recent years may be laid to rest tonight

Local police officer earns two medals at Police, Fire Games

The saying goes that "if you never stop moving, you never get old," and nobody personifies this adage better than 51-year-old Larry Mullen.

Bulldogs optimistic after season's first practice

With one two-a-day practice under their belts, members of the Moffat County High School football team already feel confident about their chances.

Public Safety Center frees up office space

Move allows more room for government agencies

When the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Department moved into the new Moffat County Public Safety Center, both agencies left one thing behind space.

Turkey Federation hosts educational day for children

Although Thanksgiving is still three months away, it is already time for a few local hunters to start talking turkey.

Sunday, August 12

83rd annual Moffat County Fair

83rd annual Moffat County Fair

Around 70 show cattle at County Fair

A ribbon in the cattle show can be a long time coming, just ask this year's Senior Market Beef Showmanship Grand Champion Lacey Green.

Why should you see a family doctor for your pregnancy care?

These days, many women wonder who they should see for their pregnancy care.

Fair officials pleased with local turnout

83rd Moffat County Fair deemed successful by organizers, community

Words like "good," "well-organized" and "smooth" were used to describe this year's county fair by almost everyone asked

FFA program contributes to County Fair's success

Different agricultural groups combine efforts to improve organizational, ranch-related skills

For many participants in the Moffat County Fair, 4-H is the driving force behind learning the advanced organizational and social skills that are shown in the different events.

AT&T finishes spinoff from Liberty Media

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) AT&T Corp. completed its spinoff Friday of Liberty Media Corp., allowing the television programming unit to operate as an independent company.


William M. "Bill" Hix

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting

Thursday, August 9

Sheep show is baaack ...

Sheep, handlers invade Moffat County Fairgrounds indoor arena for showmanship, market class events

For many 4-H members who show sheep, winning a ribbon or placing in an event is one of the last things on their mind.

Contractors seek payment from computer-chip giant

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Construction companies that built a new flash-memory plant for Intel Corp. have filed more than $36 million in liens seeking payment for their work.

Elementary school students can take classes online

DENVER (AP) Some elementary-school students in Colorado will be able to telecommute to school this fall with the state's first online instructional program for young students.

World Series players fill up Valley

For the past two weeks, the Yampa Valley has been inundated with out-of-state visitors, who have filled area ball park parking lots with cars from Texas, Nebraska and California.

Mo Phat still sits atop Town Challenge

While Craig was swimming in the monsoon-like weather of Wednesday night, Eric Havrilla, 16, of the Mo Phat racing team was jockeying for a first-place finish at the Howlsen Hill Cross Country race, which is part of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike race series.

State assessment costs Moffat County $284,000

County gets $166,000 back from property tax revenue previously kept by state

To lose $20, $50, even $80 is not disastrous

Rain slows Mad Creek fire north of Steamboat Springs

Thursday's rain put a damper on the Mad Creek Fire after more than one inch fell from thunderstorms that blanketed the area.

First Christian Church hosts gospel singers

Nicholas and Rhonda Walmer, a Gospel Music duo, will appear at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at First Christian Church of Craig.

Owens rules out presidential bid, but is considering Senate

DENVER (AP) Gov. Bill Owens says he'll never make a run for the White House, but he isn't ruling out the U.S. Capitol.

School strains family budgets

Supplies, fees can create financial constraints

With the first day of the school year being Aug. 23, parents and children are both aware of the school supplies that will be needed for the upcoming year, and the cost associated with those purchases.

Handlers ham it up for judge

Market swine show brings out best in competition, teaches life skills

With visiting livestock judge Shawn Apt looking on, young handlers showed off their skills in spraying, grooming and showing their pigs in the Market Swine Judging and Swine Showmanship portion of the Moffat County Fair.

Average gas price drops 6.6 cents

DENVER (AP) The average price of a gallon of unleaded, self-serve gasoline in Colorado dropped 6.6 cents this week to $1.40 a gallon, the American Automobile Association said Thursday.

TMH seeks funds

Hospital may form foundation to raise money for building

The Memorial Hospital has formed a steering committee to examine the need for a hospital foundation.

Queens credit success to experiences, responsibility

Being a leader, meeting new friends and developing social skills are a few of the reasons members of this year's Moffat County Fair Queen Court gave for wanting to be involved in 4-H.

Wednesday, August 8

Resident swim, bike, run way to better health

For Jim Mattern and Janiene Rader, who were part of last year's winning triathlon team, the key to ensuring a victory at the Trapper Health Club Triathlon lies with the biker.

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting

Fair dedication honors volunteer participation

DeLaine Brown lauded for 16 years of planning, working with 4-H members, guidance of county fairs

This year, the Moffat County Fair is even more special than normal for DeLaine Brown.

New business keeps industry in motion

Motion Industries opened a new branch of its business at 536 E. First Street in Craig.

Tuesday, August 7

Nielson, Overton to wed

Dru and Catherine Nielson of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Nielson to Cory L. Overton, son of Ron and Cindy Hartung of Craig.

Rader's celebrate 40th anniversary

Rader's celebrate 40th anniversary


Parker Cameron Brown, Nathan Blake Cooper, Zoey Dawn Quale, Trinitie Ann Beckner

83rd annual Moffat County Fair

Schedule of Events

4-H participants honored for work

Ceremony honors entrants in 83rd annual Moffat County Fair

After all the work and effort and time, the last hurdle to conquer is the judgement rendered on your work, but that hurdle can also lead to praise and the satisfaction of being recognized for completing a project.

Trainers, their dogs on display for obedience show

For Courtney Grandbouche, Indy means more than just a race.

Employers benefit by supporting breastfeeding

More and more employers are realizing the importance of providing breastfeeding support in the workplace.

Major League Soccer to conduct camp

For the past three years, Craig Youth Soccer player Rowan DuBois has attended the Major League Soccer Camp sponsored by the Craig Youth Soccer Association

Cedar Mountain is Craig's own sleepy hollow

I try to consider myself an outdoor enthusiast, though many times my love for the outdoors gets put on the back burner for one reason or another.

Ribbon Cutting

Craig Chamber of Commerce employees and ambassadors were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Independent Beauty Consultant.

Student News

Byron Levkulich, CNCC graduates

Schmidt, Gleason wed

Lori DeAndra Schmidt is proud to announce the marriage of her parents, Wynter Lethonia Gleason and Richard Allen Schmidt.

Completion Day ends

Fair entrants display, discuss their projects

Decorated cakes, displays, lamps, ceramics and rockets highlighted the general leisure, education and food sections of the Moffat County Fair Tuesday afternoon, as 4-H members wrapped up their Completion Day projects.

What's the truth about Elkhead Reservoir?

We wanted to take the time to inform the citizens of Craig and Moffat County of some rumors we have heard from some very good sources.

Club News

Rotary seeks adventuous people for educational trip

Fall sports practices begin Monday

Practices for most of the Moffat County High School fall sports will begin on Monday. The exception is Boys Golf, for which practice started Aug. 6.

Fashion Revue highlights Fair

Modeling their outfits and accessories, the young ladies of 4-H strode onto the stages and posed as they presented the 2001 Fashion Revue of the 83rd annual Moffat County Fair.

Dispatch Center takes calls for nine counties

Department experiences 'standard growing pains' as training, new equipment mesh

People expect some questions when they call for assistance or emergency aid, but most are not prepared to hear "What county are you in?"

Monday, August 6

DOW revises license policy

Landowners could qualify for more hunting licenses, preference points

Landowners throughout Colorado have come one step closer to guaranteeing themselves the right to hunt on their own property.

83rd annual Moffat County Fair

Schedule of Events

'Tis the season to gather firewood ``

As winter approaches, many residents throughout the area will be spending their free time out in the woods hunting.

County hires new human resources director

Moffat County has filled the position of director of the Human Resource Department.

EchoStar offering $28.8 billion for Hughes Electronics

NEW YORK (AP) EchoStar Communications Corp.'s top executive acknowledged Monday that the company's $28.8 billion unsolicited bid for satellite television rival Hughes Electronics Corp. is sure to generate intense scrutiny by federal antitrust regulators.

4-H horse show fills day with equestrain events

It seemed almost like deja vu Monday afternoon when the 4-H Horse Show High Points Grand Champions were announced.

Sunday, August 5

Burglary suspect arrested

Coalin Hume taken into custody in connection with local burglaries

The second suspect wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in Craig during a three day spree beginning May 16 has been arrested.

Arid weather remains in forecast

After a hot, dry summer that has caused wildfires to spark up throughout the area,

The Memorial Hospital seeks funds for construction

Officials with The Memorial Hospital (TMH) are looking at a plan that could allow the construction of a new hospital with little or no tax support.

Two hurt in Rabbit Ears Pass accident

A head-on collision Sunday on a wet Rabbit Ears Pass resulted in minor injuries to two passengers, a Colorado State trooper said.


Al Schumacher

Survey offers glimpse of how Coloradans live

Colorado had the sixth-highest median cost of a home nationwide at $169,070, even beating out New York, according to estimates released Monday from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey.

Church collects $45,000 for Rifle's shooting victims

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) A church has collected about $45,000 in donations for the victims of a deadly shooting spree, but there is confusion about how to distribute the money.

Splashes made at championship

Since they competed in the Soapras meet in Carbondale earlier this season, the Craig Sea Sharks' 200-meter medley relay team has been trying to reach a goal

Sports Datebook

Sports Datebook

Seasonal Club Championship results

Seasonal Club Championship results

Horse show kicks off county fair

The Junior Horse High Points awards for Friday and Saturday's Open Horse show were a strictly Snowden affair.

Major ski area to be visited by potential buyers this week

Steamboat Springs Ski Resort could be under new ownership in five weeks, owners say

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) It's an open house of a different sort.

Thursday, August 2

Cornerbacks abound at Broncos pre-season camp

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - The way the Denver Broncos are collecting cornerbacks, it would hardly be surprising to see Deion Sanders saunter into training camp.

Co-ed softball to play final games of season

How is a softball tournament won? According to Sherma Ray, member of the co-ed division's defending champions the R-Team, all you need to do is go out and play.

Plant retrofit bids awarded

Tri-State selects Jersey company for $58.2 million upgrade project

The debate about whether the economy is slowing down may go on indefinitely, but beginning next summer, Craig is going to see a significant influx of workers and money,

Wrightson moving to Indiana schools

Superintendent close to deal with Indiana district; cites family as reason for decision

Moffat County School District Superintendent Duane Wrightson is very close to knowing if he'll be working in an Indiana school district this coming school year.

Powerball players look to cash in on new game

$66 million jackpot has ticket buyers purchasing tickets at rapid rate; Lotto sales begin to see decrease

Patti Bobonick walked into the 7-Eleven in west Steamboat Thursday and paid $2 for two lottery tickets:


Leah Holden, Al Schumacher

Nation slow to find solution to sluggish economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan foresees no quick end to sluggish economic growth and signaled Wednesday that the Fed stands ready to cut interest rates for a seventh time this year.

More power blowing in the wind in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) More electricity is being generated from wind just as wind power in Colorado is being sold at a premium.

Museum space crunch threatens state's artifacts

DENVER (AP) Archaeological artifacts statewide are threatened with irreparable damage and archaeological work on public lands could end because Colorado museums don't meet federal storage standards, a new report says.

Triple-Crown baseball returns to roots

For the past two weeks, Northwest Colorado has been inundated with baseball players from around the country for the Triple-Crown regional tournament and World Series.

Coalition ups recommendation for new wilderness

DENVER (AP) A citizens' group has recommended designating more federal wilderness areas in Colorado, boosting its previous proposal by 245,519 acres to a total of 1.6 million acres.

83rd annual Moffat County Fair

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 1

Consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June; incomes increase

Consumers, a key force keeping the economy afloat, spent vigorously in June despite rising layoffs and a volatile stock market. Incomes rose modestly.

Commissioners form local advisory board

The Moffat County Commissioners formed an advisory board for the Shiloh House, the county's youth care center.

Splashes to be made at city's pool

There will be more than 2,400 "splashes" into the Craig City pool Friday through Sunday for the Seasonal State Championships.

Participants gear up for county fair

When it comes to working a job year-round, not many know the routine better than the organizers of the Moffat County Fair.

Moffat County Fair

Schedule of Events

Craig man faces cocaine charges

Two ounces of drugs on their way to Craig seized by GRAMNET officials in Silverthorne

Crime doesn't pay.

Youth Care Center opens doors to community

Commissioners, Shiloh Home officials get feedback from residents

The staff of Shiloh House in Craig opened the facility's doors Tuesday evening to the community of Moffat County, inviting those interested to see the youth care facility and meet with the people who work there.