Stories for December 2001


Sunday, December 30

College savings now tax deductible

For the first time this year, Colorado families can deduct their contributions to a college savings account when calculating their Colorado state income taxes. They can do so using CollegeInvest, the only Colorado tax-deductible 529 college savings plan.

Cougars log three victories in two days

Senior center Alton Simones is becoming so tricky that they may have to start calling him the Houdinie of hockey. Simones posted his second hat trick of the year Saturday, putting three in the net against the Vernal Utes, this coming just a week after Simones, along with Travis Menge and Mike Armstrong, scored the Cougars first hat-tricks of the season against the Oak Creek Kodiaks with Menge and Armstrong scoring three apiece, while Simones hit the net four times.

New hotline helps smokers kick habit

People in Colorado wanting to make the New Year's resolution to quit smoking this year don't have to do it on their own. Experts from the Colorado Department of Health are encouraging those who want to kick the habit to utilize the new Colorado Quitline, a toll-free number people can call for counseling in their effort to quit smoking.

Commissioners walk through courthouse reorganization

Vacated office space provides county the opportunity for streamlining, shifting departments

The county has a need for office space and, with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office's move to the Public Safety Center, that space is now available. Additional working room has given the county the opportunity reorganize the offices to improve efficiency and cooperation. On Friday, the Commissioners did a walk-through of the courthouse, reviewing several options on where departments should be moved and how the present configuration of the building could be changed to handle any moves.

Search draws immediate response

Four apply for

The search for a new superintendent of Moffat County schools is off to a fast start. One day after an ad was placed in several statewide publications, personnel supervisor Bruce Gregg said four people had already responded to the ad. Board member John Kinkaid, who was delegated the responsibility of working with the personnel department to conduct the search, said he was pleased with the immediate response received by the school district.

Bomb plot evokes

Most vow to conduct business as usual despite serious threats

Community reactions are varied in the aftermath of the arrest of three Moffat County High School students for allegedly planning to bomb the school and the Moffat County Courthouse. The county will not be implementing any additional security measures, the school won't discuss the issue, student opinion about the situation is diverse and a mother of one of the accused youths has labeled the arrests as an "overreaction."

Mail Call

Hospital officials update community on progress

To the Editor: The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital and I made a commitment to provide you with an update this month on the planning activities that are underway toward the objective of constructing a replacement facility. As you know, the Board has been engaged in a facility master planning process for more than ten years with the objective of providing our community with a modern, code compliant, user friendly and attractive new medical center. We are convinced that a new facility is required to sustain and expand the health care services, which will support the improved health status and quality of life for the population we serve. The purpose of this communication is to give you an update on our planning activities.

Obituaries / Funerals

Margueritte Rolando

Margueritte Rolando

Thursday, December 27

Grand Futures asks partiers to be responsible

With the end of the year only days away, people are making plans to toast in 2002. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition along with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are warning people not to tip back too many drinks on New Year's Eve. And, if partiers have a few too many, to have a designated driver to get them safely home.

Students arrested for bomb threat

Three MCHS students detained on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, terrorist acts

Three Moffat County High School students have been arrested on felony charges of conspiracy to commit murder and terrorist training activities. One student was also charged with felony stalking. Bond has been set at $50,000 for each defendant.

Local gas prices will not result in investigation

Colorado Attorney General's Office cannot investigate high price of fuel; state has no price gouging law

The Colorado Attorney General's Office will not be investigating the reasons behind higher gasoline prices in Craig as compared to the rest of the state. Colorado does not have a price gouging law, and high and/or uniform prices do not warrant an investigation. The only way the Attorney General's Office could investigate the prices would be if a witness stepped forward with information about wholesalers or retailers of gasoline coordinating on or communicating about prices.

Wednesday, December 26

Ranch offers late-season hunting opportunities

Division of Wildlife, private game ranch near Hayden, issuing special hunting permits to reduce number of deer and elk

If you are a Northwest Colorado deer hunter who was unsuccessful in filling your tag this year, there is still a chance to harvest that record buck. The Colorado Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with the Motherwell Ranch near Hayden, will be holding a special deer management hunt from Jan. 9 through Jan. 13.


Dru Cypher Bates Copeland Courtney Louise Smith Maliki Adama Taegel Tucker Kalvin Slaugh Elijah Slininger

Retailers survive holiday season

Despite predictions, local business owners report successful holiday sales

Some local business owners report they got a healthy boost to their bottom line during the Christmas season this year. Preliminary estimates show that revenues for some stores are up nearly 30 percent over last year's holiday season. Prophecies that sales would be poor because of the national terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and the resulting economic downturn, didn't come to pass.


Don Van Tassel 1919 - 2001

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Hospital board moves ahead with remodel

The Memorial Hospital approves improvements to meeting room, basement of Visiting Nurse Association

The Memorial Hospital may have a new interior look in the near future. At The Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night, members voted to accept the low bid of $116,000 by Rodewald Construction to remodel the TMH meeting room and the unfinished basement of the Visiting Nurse Association building.

Tuesday, December 25

Hotline allows students, teachers to feel safe

Students or teachers in Colorado who are threatened, or have heard of a threat being directed at a school building, have a phone number available that they can call for help. The Colorado Safe School Hotline is 1-877-542-SAFE, and is in place to encourage the reporting of threats or violence against teachers, students and school property.

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Drunk driving is no accident

To the Editor; My nephew, Shane Shatto, was one of the eight University of Wyoming cross country runners killed on Sept. 16. These eight boys were not killed by an accident. An accident is when something happens beyond our control. These eight boys were killed by an impaired driver. A driver that made a decision to drive impaired. When someone makes a decision to run a stop sign, drive drunk, etc., and someone is hurt or killed due to that decision, no on else can be held accountable except the person that made the decision. No one else!

Students can begin aid search next week

Counselors urge high school students to seek financial aid opportunities

Jan. 1 is a significant day for high school seniors who are planning to go to college, and many of them may not even know it. The first day of the year marks the first day students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), which determines a student's eligibility for aid from federal programs.

Sunday, December 23

TMH board remains in operation for Wednesday night's meeting

Despite the fact that The Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees monthly meeting falls on the day after Christmas this month, administration and board members will gather for their December meeting Wednesday night. Hospital administrator Randy Phelps said he tried to keep Wednesday's schedule light, due to the fact that many people will likely have family at home they want to spend time with.

Land Use Survey reaches completion

University of Wyoming, Colorado State University finalize use for federal lands in Moffat County

The land use survey conducted by the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University last year has been finalized. The survey asked recipients in Moffat County to respond to how federal lands should be used in the county, and how private land should be developed.

Presents high on childrens' wish lists

Parents beware: Local children expected to check stockings twice on Tuesday

Many people identify Christmas as a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and celebrating family, music, good tidings and traditions. But for a group of first- and second-graders, Christmas primarily means one thing presents.

Cougars pull out bag of tricks in series

One hat trick in a season is frosting on the cake, but three hat tricks in one game is the entire cake. To senior forward Mike Armstrong, it's a near impossibility.

Thursday, December 20

Student violates weapons policy

MCHS issues five-day suspension, conducts incident investigation

On Wednesday, a student at Moffat County High School was suspended for bringing a weapon to school. "There is a student that has been suspended for a violation of the weapons policy," MCHS Principal Jane Krogman said. "The student has been suspended for five days, pending an investigation."

Police send letters to unregistered sex offenders

33 offenders living in Moffat County, must re-register with local law enforcement officials every three months

The Craig Police Department sent letters this week to registered sex offenders who live within Craig and Moffat County who have failed to re-register with local authorities. Since July 1 of 2000, all registered sex offenders are required to register with the local authorities every three months for their entire lives. If they fail to continually re-register, a warrant is issued for their arrest. There are currently 33 sex offenders registered within Moffat County, 22 of whom are registered in Craig.

County announces final price for Public Safety Center

The construction of the Moffat County Public Safety Center is entering its final stages. With the construction company paid in full, and final adjustments, corrections work, and the telecommunications requirements nearly finished, the project came in with a $12.7 million price tag.

Horizons honored for helping attain self-sufficiency

Horizons Specialized Services was recently honored for its work in helping disabled people obtain self-sufficiency. After the agency was presented the award at a ceremony for Colorado non-profit organizations, Dorothy Thomas, the adult community coordinator for Horizons in Moffat County, said the award would not have been possible without the partnerships the agency has with other organizations in the community.

Cougars still undefeated in season

Hard skating and intense pressure is the Craig Cougars' recipe for the home-ice advantage. When the puck drops Saturday to mark the first meeting of the season between the Craig Cougars and the Oak Creek Kodiaks, the Cougars will have edge. Originally scheduled in Oak Creek, the game has been rescheduled in Craig at Loudy-Simpson to accommodate the intense Cougar team.

Holiday charities set new record

United Way officials believe 2001 was best year ever for donations

The Moffat County United Way has announced a record year for the various charitable drives the community has supported this holiday season. Clothes earmarked for the Community Budget Center, food for the Inter-Faith Food Bank, Toys for the Christmas for Kids program and money for those programs and Advocates-Crisis Support Services were donated at higher numbers than ever.

A touch of spice

America caters to the lazy, mothers grateful

America is a society that caters to the lazy, and I am no exception. The only time I work up a sweat is when I'm searching frantically for one of our three remote controls so that I don't have to do the unthinkable actually walk across the room to change the channel on the television. I even have a remote control for my video camera. I can set it on a shelf and make it record, stop or fade, all while sitting comfortably on a couch that has permanently sculpted to fit my ... me. I realized that laziness was endorsed in a time I couldn't have it any other way while hauling two very small children.

Wednesday, December 19

Santa's sleigh arrives in Craig

With 5 days to go before big day, Claus makes stop in Craig

The Moffat County High School's woodshop looked more like a famous guy's hideaway at the North Pole Wednesday night. Students in Craig Conrad's Woodshop III and Woodshop IV classes put on the 12th annual Santa's Woodshop for local children.

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Axis Steel donates site, equipment for fire training

Axis Steel donates site, equipment for fire training To the Editor, Craig Fire/Rescue would like to thank Axis Steel for their support of the Fire Department and this community this past year.

Bulldogs head to Mesquite Tourney

It's the buzz around town. It's on the tips of their tongues. It's the Mesquite Tournament. Nearly every Bulldog hoopster has mentioned the importance of the tournament and how it could be a boost for team morale heading into the holiday break.

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Craig mom donates blankets to Denver cancer patients

Craig mom donates blankets to Denver cancer patients To the Editor; I have been making blankets for children with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). The children are Dr. Cullen's patients in Denver. (Dr. Cullen is Amanda Wooten's doctor. Wooten is a Craig resident who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma).

Millions of Americans not traveling this holiday season

AAA officials in Colorado believe 6 percent fewer people will be traveling; Sept. 11 attacks not as detrimental to travel industry as first believed

A declining economy and fear of traveling is what many industry experts believe will slow travel over the Christmas holiday this year. AAA Colorado officials predict travel will be down 6 percent from 57.1million in 2000 to 53.7 million this year.

Students incorporate patriotism into holiday play

Students at East Elementary put on the Christmas play "North Pole Exposure" at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and will perform at 9:30 a.m. today. They filed into the school gymnasium wearing reindeer, Santa and elf costumes, typical garb for a holiday play.

Opportunities for family, career reason for Stoffel's move

Craig Police Department will say farewell to 11-year veteran, new job will be in Mesa County's Complex Crimes Unit

Friday, the Craig Police Department will lose an officer who has served in this community for more than 11 years. Administrative Sergeant Henry Stoffel is leaving the department to join the Mesa County Sheriff's Department in February.

Monday, December 17

School board begins superintendent search

A week ago the Moffat County Board of Education decided how it would conduct a search for a new superintendent. Monday night at the board's official monthly meeting, the board took the first small step forward in the search process.

Bulldogs win second game of season

There hasn't been a first quarter this season where the Bulldogs have outscored an opponent, a trend that is making Moffat County a second-half team. Coach Blaine Corlett said it's a mystery as to why his team is struggling so much in the first minutes of the games.

Lady Dogs take Panthers with little effort

Maybe water mains should break more often. When the water mains broke in the high school gym, coach Craig Mortensen had to move Friday night's match up with Rangely somewhere else, and the Craig Middle School gym was the location.

Swimmers battle tough teams, bus accident blues

There's something hanging over the Lady Bulldogs' swim practice a couple tons of twisted metal. The Dec. 11 bus accident, when the girls were en route to Durango for their season opening meet, still looms over the team in many forms.

Charities near holiday goals

Local organizations still accepting help from Craig residents

This holiday season has seen charitable giving of great magnitudes. Last week's media drive by local radio station KRAI raised pledges of more than $14,000 for various charities, along with collecting food and Christmas presents for less fortunate families.

President Bush applauds Grand Futures' efforts

Local representative present for president's speech on nation's anti-drug efforts, signing of drug-prevention bill

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition members from Craig attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Convention in Washington D.C. Dec. 12 through Dec. 14. The coalition was one of many anti-drug organizations recently nominated for national recognition. Although the local coalition didn't win the award, it, along with the other hundreds of coalitions in attendance, received a different treat.

Downtown landmark may be seeing final days

The White Horse Inn, known for its honkey-tonking and piano-playing owner, has storied history

A historic landmark in downtown Craig may soon be reduced to a pile of rubble, but not necessarily because the owner of the building would like to see it that way. The White Horse Inn, located at 476 Yampa Ave., is reaching its final days in Craig and owner Aleka Butler believes that its destruction may be in the best interests of the community.

County clears roads less-traveled for emergency crews

Moffat County will be hosting three open houses in January to review the draft of the Moffat County addressing, naming and signing policy, and the proposed list of road name clarifications. The policy and the clarification would allow emergency services crews access to correct address information.

Sunday, December 16

Bulldogs finish off three-peat at Warrior Classic

In the world of Colorado high school wrestling, the victor of Grand Junction's Warrior Classic could easily be the victor of the state wrestling tournament in February. And, by wrestling standards it's clear the Bulldogs are on their way to state after their performance on Friday and Saturday night at the Warrior Classic. The mass of Bulldog wins at the tournament spelled out a record breaking year. Moffat County won its third Warrior Classic in a row, and scored more points than any other team in the history of the tournament 246 to be exact.

Craig Middle School students learn healthy lifestyle tips

Students at Craig Middle School were provided healthy lifestyle tips Friday by area professionals, volunteers and most importantly, fellow students. An all-day health fair with approximately 10 educational booths was held in the school gymnasium.

Pump prices remain high

Customers continue to raise questions about price gouging

At $1.39 a gallon, gasoline prices in Craig remain significantly higher than the state average of $1.10. "People feel like they're being gouged," Craig Chamber of Commerce Director Cathy Vanatta said.

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Some adults' actions hurtful to youth

To the Editor: The actions of the lunch room teachers, the ones that sit at the bottom of the stairs and yell at students.

Northwest Colorado remains whooping cough-free

Diagnosis of recent disease outbreaks remains mostly concentrated in communities along Front Range

Despite a recent outbreak of whooping cough cases in parts of Colorado, Moffat County remains whooping cough-free. "There haven't been any cases reported here," said Susan Bowler, a registered nurse and public health team leader at the Visiting Nurse Association. "It seems to be centered in the Denver and Fort Collins area."

Mine employees donate time, effort for Craig youth

Thanks to the efforts by the employees at Trapper Mine, some children in Craig will be riding high next spring. In a combined effort with the Craig Police Department, United Way and Severson Supply Company, mine employees began the first Adopt-A-Bike Program.

Wrestler sustains head injury

A potentially dangerous situation turned out to be a routine injury Friday night at the Warrior Classic Grand Junction. Montezuma-Cortez High School 103-pound wrestler Cody Dennison appeared to sustain a serious head or neck injury, when in the second round of his match a takedown landed Dennison on his head.

Committee sets deadlines

Craig Economic Development Committee searches for director

The Craig Economic Development Committee has set a definite timeline for hiring an Economic Development Director, and creating a nonprofit economic development corporation. The proposed schedule slates board members of the corporation elected, and an Economic Development Director in place by early April.

Thursday, December 13

Employees will see benefits of compensation plan

New payroll adjustments will be implemented by Jan. 1 for Moffat County employees; plan will be spread over three years

Over the next three years, some county employee salaries will be brought to 90, 95, then 100 percent of market value for similar county employment. Additional salary data for the Moffat County compensation program will be presented at Monday's Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Tree of Life grows branches in Craig

Star of Life memorial ornaments now available

For the fourth holiday season, the Tree of Life fund raising program is being organized. The tree's ornaments can be bought and named in honor of a family, family member, an inspirational person, a special accomplishment, or a loved one for a gift of $25 or more to the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado.

Season creates hidden risks

1,200 deaths are attributed each year to Christmas decorations

Christmas trees, lights and candles are all wonderful items used to decorate for the holidays they're also fire hazards. According to assistant fire chief Bill Johnston, the local fire department usually gets at least one call a year for fires caused by holiday decor.

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Community needs to support hospital

To the Editor, A town our size should have a hospital, and we have an excellent one. In order for The Memorial Hospital to stay here, it must remain financially sound. If it loses too much money, the doors will have to close. As health care consumers, we have important issues to consider when we choose to have tests and procedures done.

College works to meet needs of area businesses

Colorado Northwestern Community College and the Small Business Development Center is distributing surveys to Northwest Colorado businesses in an effort to determine what needs are being met by the college. The survey is one distributed periodically by the state and this year,

Gymnast places fourth at state competition

In her first return to competition since taking a year off, freshman Leah Lambrect placed fourth Saturday at the state gymnastics competition in Denver. Lambrect had fallen out of gymnastics for nearly a year, then returned to the competitive side of the sport a year ago with Gym Gem Gymnastics. Since that time, she has competed in three regular season competitions and gained her berth to the state competition.

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Residents thankful for medical services, prayers

The family of Bill Lord would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who sent flowers, food and cards with our recent loss. I would like to thank Dr. Sisk and his staff at Craig and at Yampa Valley Medical in Steamboat for the great job they did with my surgery.

Ferrets beating odds after critical first weeks

Colorado's newly released populations of black-footed ferrets are beating the odds and surviving. With the critical first weeks past and only two ferret deaths confirmed, Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists are optimistic that the new populations of the endangered species will endure.

Holiday Home Tour another successful event

Craig Rotary Club contributes to scholarships for local students, cultural exchange, literacy programs

Nearly 175 people participated in the Craig Rotary Club's first Holiday Home Tour. The event was designed to help the club raise money for local scholarships, cultural exchanges and literacy programs.

MCHS choir may play Carnegie Hall

If students can raise funds, the show will go on

Carnegie Hall in New York City has hosted some of the world's greatest orchestras, ensembles, conductors and soloists for more than a century. Soon, a group of Moffat County students might be added to the list of amazing performers who have graced the famous hall's stage.

RAD concludes first semester

Craig Intermediate School calls first year of program 'successful'

The first semester activities of the Recreational/After-School/Doorway program (RAD) came to an end Thursday, and RAD coordinator Dianne Gould said the first half-year of the program was a success. Mondays through Thursdays, throughout the entire semester, Craig Intermediate school students had the opportunity to get academic help, learn to play the guitar, investigate crimes and learn sign language courtesy of RAD.

Students get day off after water main breaks

Moffat County High School students got a surprise day off from school today after a water main break at the high school. But students should be back to school on Monday, according to Interim-Superintendent Pete Bergmann.

People can trim their taxes before trimming their tree

Getting an early start on tax season allows workers the opportunity to prepare for what's to come in April

In the midst of hectic holidays, most people are counting the days until Christmas, not the days until tax season. But, in the 17 days remaining before 2002, people can be working to trim their 2001 tax bill. Uncle Sam will be paying a visit to your pocketbook in April, and now's the time to loosen his grasp. Going over your finances could pay off with a smaller tax bill come April 15.

Wednesday, December 12

Farm Bureau recognizes Menge

The Moffat County Farm Bureau was recognized Nov. 26 for achieving its 2001 membership goal at the 83rd annual Colorado Farm Bureau meeting in Colorado Springs. Randy Menge, county president from Baggs, Wyo., accepted the award from Dr. Alan Foutz, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau.

County completes draft of fire management plan

Plan will be first of its kind in U.S.; coordinating wildfire management and suppression on federal, state, public lands

A draft for a fire management plan for the northwest corner of Moffat County is complete. The fire plan is Phase 1 of the county's initiative to coordinate wildfire management and suppression and wildfire fuel treatments on private, state and federal lands.

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Community doesn't want a countywide junk ordinance

This letter is in regards to the article "our view" in the Daily Press Friday, Dec. 7. First off, who wrote this opinion anyway? Is it the opinion of the entire staff at the paper or just a couple of people? Truthfully, I would find it hard to believe that the whole staff feel this way, so in the future be brave enough to put your name down just as your reporters do and the people who write opinions into the paper.

Bulldogs prepare for 3A teams

There's a lot to do before winter break, and little time in which to do it. In two weeks, the Bulldogs will go on winter vacation, a downtime that is notorious for destroying a team's momentum, and sending them back to square one.

Propane prices create concern

High prices in Craig area attributed to lack of supply, overhead costs

Some propane customers in Craig have raised concerns about the high price they are paying for the gas, and according to one Utah propane dealer, they should be concerned. Propane customers in the Craig area are currently paying between $1.15 and $1.20 for a gallon of the home-delivered gas.

Rangely, Basalt pose threat to Lady 'Dogs

Coach Craig Mortensen knows the difference between the seasons. He knows a lot can change between summer and winter basketball that teams in-season are hungrier than they are during the off-season.

Monday, December 10

our view

Shop Craig first

Living in a small town has several benefits. And, despite what some may think, variety is one of them. If you haven't shopped Craig lately, you don't know what you're missing. Now is the ideal time to support your community and your local economy by shopping for Christmas and holiday gifts right here at home.

Commissioners investigate party boycott memo

Document urges employees to boycott County's Christmas party, protest Commissioners' actions

The Moffat County Commissioners are investigating an unsigned memo, purportedly from a Moffat County employee, that urges other county employees to boycott the annual Christmas party. The memo, which referred to itself as a "silent defiant act of solidarity" is apparently in protest to a number of recent Commissioner projects and changes.

Juniors Padon, Loya help team's scoring

Growing up is hard to do. Juniors Joe Padon and Pablo Loya have had to grow up quickly to meet their varsity roles. And, the two players have done so in the first two games of the season.

City looks at increasing water rates

The Craig City Council will take their second look at increasing the rates water and wastewater customers may pay in 2002 at tonight's City Council meeting at City Hall. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. At the Nov. 27 meeting, the Council discussed Ordinance No. 907, which would increase water and wastewater rates 4 percent, serving as a starting block in the City's attempt to balance the water department's budget.

School board schedules special meeting Tuesday

Mill levy certification must be completed by Dec. 15; superintendent search action will also be finalized

A special Moffat County Board of Education meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight. The meeting was scheduled so the board can meet state law specifications in certifying its mill levy.

Tradition of tree-cutting alive in Northwest Colorado

Number of permits issued to cut on public lands has nearly doubled in last year

Tree cutting permits purchased this year have nearly doubled over 2000, indicating to land management officials that more people are taking the time to chop down their own Christmas trees this holiday season. "People love to do it as a family thing," said Jane Leche, the Front Range Christmas Tree Coordinator in Golden. "They also like to get together with friends and make a whole day out of it."

Swimmers finish fourth in relays

It's good to get back on the horse again. Or at least those were coach Ed Stehlin's sentiments, the week after his swim team survived a potentially deadly bus accident.

Loss is reality check for 'Dogs wrestlers

There's always someone better. But the Bulldog grapplers had to travel out of state to find them. The Bulldogs came in second place to Tamecula Valley High School from California in Friday and Saturday's Las Vegas Tournament. The second place is the second-ever for the Bulldogs in the seven years the team has traveled to Las Vegas.

County, BLM near dig deal

Commissioners nearing agreement on archeological cooperation agreement

The Moffat County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field office are moving closer to an agreement on county input to archeological designations. At Monday's meeting, the Commissioners heard an update from Marvin Moore, a private consultant who specializes in public land issues.

Sunday, December 9

High School students revert to story time

It's story time for a group of Moffat County High School students. Dressed as elves and toting Christmas presents, speech students at MCHS will be available until Christmas to come to homes and read Christmas stories.

Shotgun wound cause of death for local man

Former Craig resident Robert Beard's body found in northest Moffat County, circumstances surrounding death undetermined

The circumstances surrounding the death of Robert Leonard Beard have officially been labeled as undetermined. Beard's body was discovered Nov. 4 by Karen Knez of Craig while she was hunting on private land. Moffat County Coroner Bruce Zobel determined that the cause of death was a shotgun wound to the roof of Beard's mouth, although how the shotgun wound occurred is not known.

Santa Claus opens new workshop in Craig

Craig Conrad's MCHS wood shop classes make gifts to be distributed among local children

Contrary to popular belief, Santa's toy shop is not at the North Pole. Well, maybe it is, but a corporate branch of the shop is located at the Moffat County High School woodshop.

Firemen ask for mill levy increase

Craig Fire District asking residents to support increase

The Craig Rural Fire District will be asking residents to support a mill levy increase next year. If approved, the district will use the money to cover revenue loss because of the devaluation of local utilities, fund future capital replacements and create a fund to build a firefighter training facility.

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Residents should comment on food labeling regulation

To the Editor: Concerned Western Slope consumers and agricultural producers have a small window of opportunity this week to show support for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of food. Currently, mandatory labeling exists for a number of products from clothing to auto parts, but not for our food. Why is this important? We now receive beef and live cattle from 26 foreign nations. There are times of the year when almost 100 percent of our produce is imported. Dried apricots, for example, are coming almost exclusively from Turkey. Much of our honey comes from Argentina and China, apples and grapes from Chile and Honduras. All of these are products that are produced in our region. Yet, there is no labeling required to help us as consumers choose America first.

Lady Bulldogs on winning track

It didn't take long for the Lady Bulldogs to get the upper hand Saturday night against the Roaring Fork Lady Rams. But that's the way it goes when five lady hoopsters shoot in the double digits. Seniors Charlotte Steele, Amber Sanchez, Ashliegh Gregg, Jessica Norman and junior Laurel Mortensen combined for 66 points in Saturday's 81-38 win.

Both teams of Bullpups go undefeated

When coach Norm Yoast started this season, he had only one major worry where would he find competition for his team? Yoast has touted the Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team as the most talented to be under his tutelage, and the undefeated Bullpups proved why in Saturday's end-of-the-year tournament. The Bullpups won their first game against Meeker by the score of 91-9. They then went on to win the championship game against Steamboat Springs by a score of 63-14.

Thursday, December 6

2-1-1 statewide system nearing approval

New three-digit service will provide health and welfare information to Colorado residents

A 2-1-1 telephone system is being created for Colorado and 47 other states, and the new three-digit service will provide health and welfare information to those seeking assistance. The groundwork is being done now, and the system's advocates expect the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will approve their application in January, allowing them to begin organizing the databases and phone systems.

Ear tags help to track animals with scrapie

Since Nov. 19, sheep or goats sold or leased to new owners are supposed to be tagged on their ear. The federal regulation was implemented as a means to track the animals' histories in case they acquired scrapie, a fatal disease of the nervous system.

Downtown Craig businesses offer customers holiday specials

In an effort to draw shoppers to historic downtown Craig this holiday season, the Downtown Business Association is sponsoring several holiday specials and events. Starting Sunday, participating stores will offer expanded holiday hours. Most Yampa Avenue stores will be open until 7 p.m. through Dec. 24, giving shoppers extra time to fill Christmas wish lists, which businesses are keeping on file.

Something's afowl at Loudy-Simpson

Talk about a Christmas goose. What the future holds for a group of local birds is ruffling a few feathers among some community members.

County finalizes budget

Commissioners will run Moffat County on $22.4 million in 2002

The Moffat County Commissioners are expected to approve the final version of the 2002 County Budget at Monday's Board of County Commissioners meeting. Moffat County will spend $22.4 million on its departments, services and funds on revenues of $21.4 million. The Commissioners' plan to make up the expense overage by spending less in certain areas that they budgeted as "worst case scenarios."

Cougars face rival in Saturday match-up

Add three things together and you have a big game: Seniors, home ice and facing the team's rival. For the seniors who tend the net, Caleb Kinkaid and Victor Gonzalez, Saturday's game against Steamboat Springs is as big as it gets in season play.

Lady 'Dogs face tough Ram team

Crazy as it may sound, sometimes losing is good. After losing two games in the season opening Uintah Tournament, the Lady Bulldogs eyes are definitely open.

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County should have junk ordinance

Local, state and federal governments spend taxpayer dollars on many assistance programs, but maid service shouldn't be one of them. But, that's exactly what some Moffat County residents are asking for when discussing how the county should deal with property covered with junk. Sue Graler, a representative from the Junk Ordinance Committee and the director of the Moffat County Planning Department reported Monday that some residents want incentives for cleaning up their property as opposed to adopting a countywide junk ordinance.

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Two Craig residents say 'thanks' to community for its concern

Moffat County health agencies plan for worst

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, combined with recent anthrax scares and a war waging overseas has left many people asking "What if?" "What if" a bomb were to strike or "what if" there was an outbreak of a deadly disease.

Wednesday, December 5

Survey to be part of local policing philosophy

Craig will be blanketed with a survey this week and feedback from residents could mean police policy that is a clearer reflection of the community's wants and needs. The Craig Police Department will be distributing the survey.

Craig Fire/Rescue hosts annual awards banquet

Johnston, Decker, competitive teams recognized by local department for outstanding firefighting efforts

Craig Fire/Rescue and the Craig Fire District named Bill Johnston Firefighter of the Year for 2001, and Randy Decker Unsung Hero of the Year, at their annual awards banquet. They were recognized for their dedication, commitment and efforts for the Craig Fire/Rescue team.

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Establishing "trust" not the answer for wilderness To the Editor, A couple of letters in the Steamboat Today (11/8/01) prompt this discourse on the 300,000-acre statewide lowlands wilderness designation. The part in nearby Moffat County is the subject at hand, for which our Steamboat Springs City Council has expressed support.

'Dogs open at home with extra player

Dorothy had it right when she said there's no place like home. Coach Blaine Corlett and his Bulldogs' will be following the same mantra, when at 6 p.m., Friday they opens their season at home against Aspen. A home opener may not be that big of deal to some, but this is the first one Corlett has had in his three years as head coach. The home opener also gives Corlett a chance to be the first to instate a new program for the Bulldog fans in attendance the Sixth Man Club.

Bulldogs take a gamble on Vegas tourney

Las Vegas may draw the world's best poker players, but it leaves something to want for wrestlers until the Bulldogs roll into town Friday and Saturday. Seniors like Kyle Kostur (130 pounds) and Mark Hastings (125 pounds) have made a career of dominating the city-of-sin's mats.

Schools focus on bullies

New curriculum item addresses violence in Moffat County Schools

It's been more than a decade since the Moffat County School District last updated its guidance curriculum, and within that time, a lot has changed. One major change is that schools are addressing the topics of violence and bullying when writing new policies.

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Newspaper column on 'one-size-fits-all' justice ludicrous, simplistic

To the Editor; Christina Currie's column about the deficiency of the American judicial system to provide equal justice (Nov. 29) is both simplistic and naive. The system was not created to hand out swift and harsh punishment. In fact, nowhere in the definition of justice is punishment mentioned. It does say, however, that justice is the upholding of what is just, fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards or law. The reason for military tribunals is that the same standards do not apply in war as in peace.

Tuesday, December 4

Residents can take advantage of ski deals this weekend

Now that the snow is finally here, Steamboat Ski Area is offering deals for Valleywide residents and beginning skiers and boarders who want to hit the slopes. Learn to Ski weekend will take place Dec. 8 and 9th at the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School.

School busses should have seat belts

Colorado State Law requires the use of seat belts in motor vehicles. It seems a grave oversight that schools are not required to follow that law our children need to buckle up on school busses. Saturday morning's accident involving the Moffat County swim team traveling by bus to a swim meet Durango has brought this seat belt issue, that has only been addressed on the national front, to our backyard.

CNCC offers new class schedule for spring 2002

Catalog of classes available at local pick-up spots, Internet; registration for semester begins Jan. 4

Colorado Northwest Community College's spring schedule is now available, and registration will begin Jan. 4. This year, the catalog of classes will be have to picked up at several locations throughout Craig and Moffat County, or accessed via the Internet. CNCC will not be mailing out the schedule as in the past.

Cheer gears up for state competition

In the next three days, the Moffat County cheerleaders will be center stage for the first time in more than a year. The boys and girls will be on center stage at the Denver Coliseum, as part of the Colorado State High School Cheer Competition.

Colorado stigma to be surpassed by Huskers

There are two stigmas the University of Colorado will never escape from its national championship year of 1990. The fifth down against Missouri. The phantom clip that brought back Rocket Ishmail's punt return in the Orange Bowl.

Drivers warned to be careful this holiday season

Drivers across the state will want to be extra careful this holiday season, as law enforcement agencies will once again hold roadside safety checkpoints in an attempt curb drunk driving. The Colorado State Patrol and 52 Colorado police and sheriff's departments have been the recipients of Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF) grants, which are administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation to help fund additional officers during the holiday season.

Moffat County jail solves temperature problems

Computer glitch in Grand Junction was keeping baffles open in ceiling, system is now operating properly

Just in time for the winter weather, the Moffat County Public Safety Center had its temperature problems solved. For several weeks, some of the jail's cell pods could not be properly heated without making the rest of the jail uncomfortably hot. Several angles were taken to solve the problem with the Heat/Vent/Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

Hospital budget raises concerns

Community member believes TMH spends too much on advertising

This year, The Memorial Hospital has spent $87,000 on advertising, and is budgeted to spend $93,000 by the end of 2001. Some members of the community say this advertising expense by TMH is too much. But, hospital spokespeople argue that without advertising, the community will be unaware of hospital wellness programs.

Monday, December 3

IRS offers tax help to those with filing questions

For those who don't understand those mind-boggling tax forms, help may now be available. For those who do understand the tax forms, the Internal Revenue Service is asking for their help.

Students should not be prevented from raising funds

Saying there are too many fund-raisers is like saying there are too many businesses. People like variety and they like to have choices. They can choose to walk into a business and purchase something, they can go in and browse, or they can just walk by. And, people have the same options when dealing with pint-sized sales people.

Local cowgirl represents Wrangler

Sophomore Kelly White has always looked up to her sister Lacy, but perhaps now Lacy will look up to her. That's because Kelly White achieved something that her older sister always wanted to be part of in her high school career attaining a position on the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team.

Now is time for flu shots

Full shipment arrives in Craig; VNA ready to begin vaccinations

If people don't want the flu this winter, they'd better get a flu shot. This is the advice experts give, said Liz Dellit, a registered nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association who handles flu shots.

Hunting licenses will be available electronically

New system will allow hunters nationwide easier access in purchasing Colorado hunting licenses

Hunters across the nation will soon be able to purchase a Colorado hunting license by using their computer or one of 900 electronic terminals that will be installed statewide. The system is slated to be fully operational by the end of 2002, but could be accessible for the 2002 hunting season, which begins Aug. 15.

Commissioners rule out temporary road closures

For this season, the Moffat County Commissioners have ruled out temporary road closures on Moffat County Roads 11, 27 and 38. Instead, the county will install more explicit signage, and research the statutes and precedents concerning temporary road closures, with the possibility of using that prerogative next season, if needed.

Junk Ordinance committee recommends incentives

Group members believe that opportunities to dispose of trash and junk should be more accessible

Moffat County should provide incentives and a more flexible schedule for countywide clean-up days, the Junk Ordinance Advisory Committee reported to the Moffat County Commissioners Monday. The opportunities for residents to dispose of trash and junk should be more accessible. If any changes are made in how the county defines or deals with trash, it should be done by strengthening the existing ordinances rather than creating another ordinance specifically targeted at junk, said Sue Graler, Moffat County Panning Department director.

Moffat County cowboys place at national rodeo

For eight years, David From and Wes Hertzog have logged thousands of miles and hundreds of falls together on the National Senior Pro Rodeo circuit. In that time, Hertzog has been crowned world champion saddle bronc rider five times, and all-around cowboy once. The 2001 season was no different than years past, because Hertzog added another world title to his rodeo resume not surprisingly in saddle bronc.

Sunday, December 2

Bulldogs winning streak continues

Big wheels keep on rolling. That was the theme for the Bulldogs' wrestlers this weekend as they kept their winning steak rolling with a dual meet win Friday night, and their first season tournament win Saturday.

TMH board approves new computer system

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees decided last week that it was time to replace TMH's decade old computer system. With a unanimous vote, the board approved to lease finance a $750,000 system from Custom Programming Services, Inc. (CPSI), a Dallas-based computer company. The new system should be in place April 1, 2002.

Poor hunting season hurts some local businesses

Despite many businesses reporting a downward trend, restaurants and bars report a successful year

Mother Nature sided with her four-legged creatures this year, and the warm fall weather made for a poor season for both hunters and local businesses. "I don't think any of them did as well as they'd hoped," said Tony Stoffle, sportsman's information specialist at the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioners receive confirmation from NC Telecom

Last major piece of State Patrol telecommunications loop completed; Local network is next project

The Moffat County Commissioners received confirmation from NC Telecom that the Colorado State Patrol telecommunications loop has been completed and it is up and running. The project was the last major piece remaining for the Moffat County Public Safety Center initiative. NC Telecom will now concentrate on building a local network in Craig and other surrounding communities, and plans to open an office at 540 Russell Street this summer.

Women's foundation discusses critical local issues

More than 40 women convene at Carpenter Ranch to discuss allocation of possible $10,000 grant

More than 40 women from Routt and Moffat County braved snowy conditions Friday to gather at the Carpenter Ranch near Hayden. Organized by the Women's Foundation of Colorado of Denver, the women gathered to discuss what will be done with a potential $10,000 grant the foundation wants to award to an organization or group in Northwest Colorado.

Lady 'Dogs hold own at tourney but come up short

The Lady Bulldogs learned something this Saturday the game of basketball is a work in progress. That work in progress starts with conditioning, and Senior Jessica Norman said conditioning is currently the team's biggest hurdle.

Swim team escapes disaster

Swimmers, coach praised for reaction to rollover accident

A bus carrying the Moffat County High School girls swim team slid off the road at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The bus tipped on its side six miles north of Rifle on State Highway 13. The team was heading to a meet in Montrose.

Craig restaurant owner assaulted at business

Domestic situation turns violent after husband of business owner pulls knife on estranged wife

Early Friday morning, a divorce turned into a violent confrontation, and a husband is now in jail for threatening his wife. At approximately 7:40 a.m., Craig Police responded to a report of assault at 441 W. Victory Way Norma Jean's Family Restaurant.