Stories for July 2001


Tuesday, July 31

Student News

Nikki Zulian and Jennifer Anthony, Jesse Lee Hart, CLinton J. Kowach, Michael Simones, CU graduates, Adam Brosious

Juvenile arrests increase in 2000

Despite increase in arrests, most juvenile crimes committed are for minor offenses

When crime increases, residents often become concerned as to reasons for it. In Craig, although crime statistics rose in 2000, the seriousness of the offenses has decreased.

Commissioners organize grant funding for city, fire district

Infrastructure projects, training center fund requests prioritized

Eeny, meeny, miney, moe ... catch a funding grant by its toe.

Venture capital still flowing into Colorado

Enough venture capital flowed into Colorado to rank the state sixth in the nation during the second quarter despite the cooling economy.


Camilletti, Kaisler to wed

Nielson, Overton engaged

Nielson, Overton engaged

Clements, Marshall plan to wed

Clements, Marshall plan to wed

Moralez, VanDriver to wed

Moralez, VanDriver to wed

DOW studies future with long-range plan

State officials to address issues of property rights, hunting, fishing, and conservation

Officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife will meet this fall to determine the effects that its long-range plan is having on outdoor recreation, after seeing many changes that have occurred throughout Colorado in the last seven years.

Questions create few answers, but many arguments

Since this is the last month, well actually the last few weeks, of my summer vacation (the high school sports season is starting to rear it ugly head), my brain is working on seven-second delay.

Gleason, Schmidt celebrate nuptuals

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


Jaiden Louise Sund, Callie Marie Warren,

Rare Breed kicks-off skills camp

The Broncos Rare Breed Football Camp kicked off its first day Tuesday at the Moffat County High School practice field with players such as incoming sophomore Cody Palmer taking their first cleated step of the season.

Interference in child's disipline not appreciated

Yesterday 7/26/01, I was at Kum and Go to pick up a newspaper.

Acord, Dooley engaged

Acord, Dooley engaged

Monday, July 30

Ecklund Complex fires put out with technology

Helicopter supply drops, thermal sensors, rappelling from helicopters, complex mathematical prediction models and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping technology.

Moffat County second-leading supplier of coal in Colorado

Being number one is important, but being number two isn't so bad, especially when it's connected with providing a valuable resource.


Gary Nall, Joseph Schneider

Final version of county oil, gas lease reviewed

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners expect to review and approve the final piece of the proposed oil and gas lease application that will cover all applications for resource exploration in Moffat County

Owens offers grants to help communities address growth

Applications for a state grant program to help governments address growth issues were made available Monday.

Colorado sheep ranchers wary of bighorn sheep relocation plans

Sheep ranchers and state wildlife officials have reached a tentative truce in a dispute over the relocation of wild bighorn sheep to areas near public grazing lands.

Wilderness fire growth slows

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A fire burning in timber downed by a 1997 windstorm in a wilderness area north of Steamboat Springs has calmed significantly due to cool, cloudy weather.

Bush threatens veto of Senate's $7.5 billion farm bill

The White House is threatening to veto a $7.5 billion farm aid package under consideration in the Senate because it would spend $2 billion more than the administration says is necessary.

Money raised for van

July 26 was the anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Bulldogs pin to win at team camp

Flattery could mean everything when it's coming from the mouths of everyone.

Community thanked

The 4-H Junior. Leaders would like to thank the community for supporting us with the car wash last weekend.

Doak Walker football starts soon

In the dwindling years of the 1940s, a halfback from Southern Methodist University blew through defenses in the South Western Conference on his way to a Heisman Trophy.

Residents to absorb another increase on natural gas bills

Snafu forces customers to back pay up to six months of city sales tax not previously collected by Greeley Gas Company

Natural gas customers in Craig will see another slight increase on their bills in the near future because Greeley Gas Company failed to charge customers for the increase in city sales tax that went into effect Jan. 1.

Sunday, July 29

Families find local resources for teens

Shiloh Homes provides for troubled youth throughout Moffat County

For many, having a youth care facility in Craig is important.

4-H shooters aim to qualify for state fair

When Nick Lee fired his .22-caliber rifle at the Cedar Mountain Shooting Range on July 21, it was the last round he fired in the 4-H regular season, and it was also his last chance to qualify to shoot at the state fair.

Wyoming Pro Stock hits Hayden Speedway

Saturday was IMCA Madness night at the Hayden Speedway, but that was no surprise to the speedway's vice-president, Justin Gallegos.

Research reveals tax policy impact on small business growth

WASHINGTON, D.C The Office of Advocacy released a study by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers and a Syracuse University economist, and Harvey S. Rosen, an economist from Princeton University

High-speed chase nets DUI

Driver flees from four local enforcement agencies

An attempt to pull over a driver on a reckless driving charge led to an eight minute, high-speed chase through the east side of Craig.

Old tires baled for new uses

Moffat County bales tires as way of helping recycling effort

Tires are fairly limited in their uses.

Thursday, July 26

Bill would offer tax incentives for rural broadband providers

Legislation encourages rural technological expansion

In any race, it's always good to have a head start.

Briefly in Maybell

Maybell Days has been postponed until Sept. 8. Originally, the event was scheduled for July 28, but that has been canceled. The events begin at 2 p.m. in the Maybell Park and the potluck dinner will follow at 5 p.m.

Sky is limit for local 4-H rocketeer

For Maybell resident Lance Poole, the sky is the limit.

Administrators pleased with CSAP test results

Moffat County schools score higher than state average

The results of the statewide Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests have been released and Moffat County School District officials are pleased with the improvements they have seen since the test's inception in 1997.

Craig Farmer's Market produces local flavor

Saturday will mark the beginning of the second Craig Farmer's Market, and organizer Genevieve Spencer is hoping this year's event builds on the success of last year's.

Wednesday, July 25

Fishermen raise Yampa concerns

Anglers, DOW discuss future of Yampa River

Anglers from Steamboat and Craig convened Wednesday night at the Carpenter Ranch outside of Hayden, looking for answers regarding the future of the Yampa River.

Local 4-H champion gives pig show pointers to youth

Take one-part swine and one-part Devin Roberson, and you have a winning combination. The 17-year-old 4-H member has won Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship once, Reserve Grand Champion Market twice and Grand Champion Showmanship three times.

Sunshine Loop dusty, dry and fast

The Sunshine Loop on Mt. Werner was dusty and fast.

Pet of the week

Pet of the week

Firefighters continue battling Mad Creek fire

Wilderness area near Steamboat on fire again

Dry conditions, downed trees and wind stoked up the Mad Creek Fire this week, causing smoke to trickle into the air north of Steamboat Springs and fire officials to re-examine containing the blaze.

Coors second-quarter earnings rise, but below expectations

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) Beer-maker Adolph Coors Co. reported a 3 percent rise in second-quarter profit Thursday, but still failed to meet analysts' expectations.

Qwest sends out incorrect bills

DENVER (AP) Another computer glitch within a week at Qwest Communications International has left 250 wireless phone customers with bills for Internet service they never ordered.

Hospital Board elects to leave question off November ballot

Renovation questions still remain unanswered

The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital (TMH) voted 5-2 not to put a ballot initiative for the November 2001 election on the Moffat County election register.

Tuesday, July 24

Firefighters respond to false alarm at pool

Craig Fire/Rescue responded Tuesday evening to a report of a fire at the City Pool complex.

Buff and beer, traditions which should not be broken

Now, I realize 25-years of age is rather young to start reminiscing about the good-old-days, since most of my good-old-days may still be in my future but I'm going to do it anyway.

Craig All-Stars title hopes over

Billy Ivey, one of the 10- to 12-year-old Craig All-Star team's pitchers, has been part of a Little League team looking to go the distance this year.


Jayden Lee Walker, Jesse Forrest Lumpkin, Meredith Paige Kopsa

Area fires allowed to burn unrestrained

Brown's Park fires to be part of fuel management plan

At first, the plan may sound like no plan at all: If there is a fire, let it burn, and that's exactly what firefighters are doing for two fires in Northwest Colorado.

Craig Intermediate School students review books

In an effort to gauge student's reading comprehension and ability to express themselves in written form, Debra Frazier's fifth-grade class reviewed different books during the school year. Their reviews follow as they were submitted:

Teen tobacco use ordinance approved

Ordinance must pass again to become law

By a 5-2 vote, the Craig City Council passed the first reading of one of the most debated ordinances in recent history.

Monday, July 23

Sunshine Loop may rain on racers parade

A dust storm is predicted for the mountain bikers at the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, according to Roger Watson of Craig's Mo Phat racing team.

Clean coal technology empowers future electricity

President Bush's new energy policy is causing many to take a second look at America's most abundant, affordable and reliable energy resource


Kenneth Simpson

Swine, steer abound at Ride 'N Tie

The swine of Moffat County should beware, because if Katy Oberwitte is on the job there is no escape.

Warm weather drying up river

The Yampa River is about two weeks ahead of historical summer low-flow time, but officials say the fish population is not being stressed too badly by the early conditions.

Children enroll in college classes

Youth go in search of bugs during CNCC's 'College for Kids'

Lost as to where to send your young children for the day?

Second teen pleads guilty to vandalism

Sentence could include restitution for damages, jail time

Thomas James Kober, 18, plead guilty to all charges stemming from the Aug. 10 break-ins of Moffat County High School and Sunset Elementary School, in which the vandalism to both schools exceeded $50,000 in damages.

Children could pay for parents' welfare fraud

Women fight against government's stance on collections

DENVER (AP) Brianna DeHart thought it was a mistake when she read the letter saying she owed $11,857 for welfare payments her mother had fraudulently obtained.

Officers find crime isn't the only thing that doesn't pay

Dave Kleiber has chased fugitives with the U.S. Marshals, worked on a special city crime unit and been part of an FBI task force.

Napster looks to become legitimate service provider

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Napster Inc. is replacing its leader with an executive from its German backer, who will try to steer the company out of its renegade past into a legitimate service that requires fans to pay for music.

Simple steps can lead to an enriched, more healthy life

An epidemic rages in this country. It's called "settling."

Sunday, July 22

No refund coming to more than 34 million taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush said Friday that ''help is on the way'' as the first tax refund checks hit the mail, but more than 34 million taxpayers will get no check

Redistricting subcommittee hold hearings around state

DENVER (AP) Members of a state legislative subcommittee on redistricting agreed Friday to take their show on the road, saying it is important to hear what voters around the state see as the top priorities in Congress.

Residents offer thanks for help in times of need

Our warmest thanks go to the following people:

Funds available for senior citizen programs

Agency on Aging requesting proposals

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado has begun its annual effort to assist public and private organizations that work with seniors to apply for the various monies that are available.

Firefighters let monument blazes burn

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) Firefighters let three lightning-sparked blazes near Dinosaur National Monument burn unhindered Saturday because they were on remote, unpopulated land.

Citizens Communications defends itself in failed deal with Qwest

DENVER (AP) Citizens Communications on Saturday defended its actions in a $1.65 billion deal with Qwest Communications International that fell apart.

Junior golf tourney tailors course for children

Nate Vaccari, 17, is a veteran of the Yampa River Classic Junior Golf Tournament, having played in it for as long as he can remember.

Women only winners at Poker Run

On the back of a black, red, white and chrome Suzuki Marauder 800, Terry Scott of Craig drew four kings, ace high the hand that won the fifth annual Poker Run Sunday.

Healthy moms, babies goal of WIC program

Babies need a lot, as do moms taking care of them, and one of the most important needs is nutrition.

Thursday, July 19

Fires burn 2,000 acres in Northwest Colorado

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) Three lightning-sparked fires burned 2,000 acres near Dinosaur National Monument by Thursday night and consumed an abandoned cabin.

Born again: Pastor's pitch on rock radio saves church

ATLANTA (AP) Along Ponce de Leon Avenue, where fast-food signs stand out like neon exclamation points, Grace United Methodist Church is easy to miss

Residents gather for grand opening

Safety Center project complete

After nearly 10 years of planning, public forums and committee meetings, the final product of a huge public effort is complete and open to the public.

Grant will help PD pay to spay, neuter animals

Thanks to a grant from the Animal Assistance Foundation of Denver, pet owners in Moffat County will get a break if their dog or cat turns up missing.

Nurse sends salutations from Belize, Punta Gorda

OK, here's a good one for anyone who has ever been upset with the electric company

Colorado coal buyers could get tax break

Lobbyists, legislature encourage power plants to shop locally

Power issues have been charging politicians both large and small, and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) caught the current on Thursday when members passed a resolution to support a coal production income tax credit.

Poker Run offers fund-raising fun

When Delbert Knez mounts his '99 Harley-Davidson Fatboy and draws his first card in the Poker Run, he'll be doing so for the sake of the community's youth.

Rodeo officials to honor VFW for years of service

Last year, the Ride 'N Tie Rodeo was dedicated to Wendy Snyder, a long-time rodeo committee board member who had passed away.

Little League team off to state

Little League team off to state

Hurd, Tweit plan wedding

Hurd, Tweit plan wedding

50th anniversary celebration successful

We would like to take this means to thank everyone for our 50th anniversary party.

Wednesday, July 18

Greeley Gas ups its rates

In the wake of lower gasoline prices, residents will see higher natural gas bills

With the escalating price of natural gas, the last thing customers want to see is another cost increase on their monthly gas bill.

Pediatricians start clinic in Craig

Steamboat Springs doctors will take appointments once a week

Two Steamboat Springs pediatricians will soon hold clinics in Craig each Thursday beginning Aug. 2. Their office will be housed at the Northwest Health Specialists Center.

Fire in monument spreads

DINOSAUR, Colo. (AP) Nearly 70 firefighters were en route Wednesday to battle a fast-growing wildfire burning on nearly 1,200 acres of federal land.

Group recommends wilderness areas

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.


Dorothy Carter

Rift between Foundation, County Commissioners shouldn't exist

Where did the good spirit go?

Union Pacific ends safety measures for engineer fatigue

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Citing expense and the hiring of more workers to give reasonable time off between trips, Union Pacific Railroad has ended safety measures designed to ease fatigue for some substitute locomotive engineers.

Craig Storm thunders to league title

When Jessica Uecker was 12-years-old, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a disabling injury for an athlete of any age.

Pig, steers and sheep in competition oh my!

Rodeo organizer Penny McCoy can't remember how long mutton busting has been part of the Ride 'N Tie Rodeo, but she can give a fairly good guess.

Tuesday, July 17

Motocross track closed after Indian site discovered

WOLCOTT, Colo. (AP) Federal authorities are closing a popular motocross area after discovering it sits on top of a significant Indian archaeological site.

Consumer prices follow rising electricity prices

WASHINGTON (AP) Consumer prices edged up last month as electricity prices continued to surge while the cost of gasoline and other energy products retreated.

Officials say computers, weapons missing from FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) In another black eye for the FBI, 449 side arms and submachine guns and more than 180 computers

Whistle Pig torney hits hole-in-one

The ninth hole at the Little Bear Miniature Golf Course, known as Bull Canyon, can shake even the steadiest of putters, and is consider the hardest of the course's holes by all players.

Sports Datebook

The Yampa Valley Golf Course

Sheep Racing, sport of kings and other people

The other day, while contemplating the possibility of sniffing glue, I came upon an idea which should be bigger than inhalants in small towns sheep racing.

Springs woman survives bout with bubonic plague

A woman who tested positive for a low-level strain of bubonic plague last month has returned home from the hospital.


Helen Henrietta Perry, Donald Axford, Dorothy Carter,

Dugouts to oil booms community tour revives history

A van full of history buffs and Museum of Northwest Colorado Director, Dan Davidson, traveled though Moffat County visiting historical sites throughout the Hamilton, Lay and Juniper Springs areas Saturday.

Craig Rotary wins big at conference

Awards were heaped on the Craig Rotary Club at the District 5440 Annual Conference in Scottsbluff, Neb., including the highest honor for any club in the four-state District.

Resident certified to train instructors

Safety pays, and in more ways than one.

Brittnee Amber Meats

Heidi and Roy Meats of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Brittnee Amber, born at 5:39 a.m. March 29, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Student News

Jack Quintana, Nicholas Bomba, Camren Beren, Chad W. GreenJack Quintana

Student new

Amy M. Schonert

Elementary students win story contest

The Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado wants to thank the 297 participants in our "Be Kind to Animals" story contests established by the American Humane Association.

Preservation effort continues

Even as the nonprofit Community Agriculture Alliance holds its annual meeting with a barbecue at Harmony Ranch, letters are making their way to people who could help stop the loss of Northwest Colorado's agricultural lands.

Punta Gorda resident suffers through rainy season

Hola Everyone! It is the rainy season, for true!

Man accused of burying wife, interview allowed

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) A pre-arrest interview with a man accused of killing his wife and burying her in their yard can be admitted at trial, a judge has ruled.

Resident certified to train instructors for Refuse to be a Victim program

Safety pays, and in more ways than one.

Briefly in Hayden

The Archuleta clan celebrated the 4th of July holiday with a family picnic at the Joe Sr. home. Good time for all!

Moffat County history in the making Ride 'N Tie Rodeo

In the year that followed the end of World War II, Craig's chapter of the American Legion founded the longest-running community event in Moffat County's history the Ride 'N Tie Rodeo.

Moffat County High School releases final honor roll

To be listed on the MCHS "High Honors" honor roll, a student must have earned a grade average of 3.80 or higher for the quarter.

Residents active in land use issues

Maybell, Dinosaur residents examine, react to Land Use Plan draft

Moffat County residents continue to prove that access to public lands for recreational and natural resource use is a critical concern, and the topic continues to bring people flooding to public forums to have their say.

Monday, July 16

Briefly in Business

he Used Book Store under new ownership

Hospital exceeds income projections

Cost reduction project cited as factor in revenue increase

Sometimes plans really do come together.

Reorganization helps CPD put focus on community relations

Craig Police Department undergoes personnel reorganization

In an attempt to bridge the gap that exists between the Craig Police Department and the public, Chief Walt Vanatta has organized an internal restructuring of the department.

Local volunteer to dine with Gov. Owens as reward for efforts

For many of her 83 years, Helen Moore has worked hard to help others in volunteer efforts that have spanned a number of decades, events and charities.

UPS man delivers at Hayden Speedway

After the rain stopped Saturday night, and a herd of spectators in 4x4's were finished repacking the dirt track, Hayden Speedway was open for business.

55th annual Ride 'N Tie rodeo promises activities for all

It is time again for the 55th Annual Moffat County Ride-N-Tie Rodeo July 20-21.

Watchdog group files complaint

Attacking an increasingly popular Internet business practice, a consumer watchdog group Monday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asserting that many online search engines are concealing the impact special fees have on search results by Internet users.

Little Britches season comes to end at Maybell

For Troy Vernon, Friday and Saturday's rodeo in Maybell meant he'd earn a fourth place in flag racing, but more importantly, it started his countdown to the Little Britches finals, which will be held in Colorado Springs at the end of the month.

Sunday, July 15

Local facilities surviving national nursing shortage

As Colorado works to combat the growing problem of nursing shortages, health care facilities in Craig are finding strategic ways to plan ahead and avoid some of the difficulties associated with a community having too few nurses.

TMH board begins quest for funding

New hospital to cost $17-$18 M

The ideas and needs have been analyzed and digested, the concept of the building and the reality of what can be built have been melded, and a final footprint has been finished.

VIN checks now offered at PSC

One of the adjustments that will be a part of the move into the Moffat County Public Safety Center is how VIN (vehicle identification number) inspections will be handled for vehicle registration.

Sheriff wants to stop youth tobacco use with ordinance

There will be a group asking for a workshop with City Council to present facts about tobacco use among teens and health issues relating to tobacco use.

More people write in support for tobacco ordinance

On behalf of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program, I am writing this letter in support of the efforts to bring about an ordinance in the City and County concerning tobacco use and possession among minors.

Successful test boosts hopes for Bush's defense plan

The Pentagon's successful missile defense test bolsters President Bush's hopes for building at least a rudimentary defense against ballistic missile attack on the United States and its allies by 2004.

Inventories remain flat, sales increase during May

Businesses' inventories of unsold goods were flat in May as sales registered the biggest increase in more than a year.

One Little League team heads to state

Though both the 8- to 11-year-old and the 11- to 12-year-old All-Stars teams played in the Little League District Championships Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

School vandal pleads guilty

Teen to be sentenced in September

The first of the two defendants arrested in connection with the Aug. 10 break-ins at Moffat County High School and Sunset Elementary School has pleaded guilty to all charges.

Thursday, July 12

New Mexico settles anti-trust suit against Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) After New Mexico surprised its fellow states by settling its antitrust suit against Microsoft, a legal expert who has followed the case suggested that the software maker is trying to chip away at its pursuers.

Mo Phat, Mo firsts in race series

The Mo Phat Racing team from Craig still remains atop the team standings in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, after Wednesday's race at Howlsen Hill.

VA offers grant to establish Colorado state cemetery

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi announced the award of a $5.9 million grant to the State of Colorado for the establishment of a new state veterans cemetery.

Coors curse leaves more than hangovers

Coors fields' curse not only stunts Rockies success, but hinders road to game

I don't know, but I'm starting to believe the stories about ballparks being cursed, and that goes for the teams that play in them as well.

Lightning starts new fires as others contained

Lightning started two wildfires in northwest Colorado Tuesday afternoon as firefighters made progress against fires elsewhere in the state.

4-H youth wildlife experts excel in state contest

Six 4-H youth represented Moffat County in the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) State Contest on Saturday.

City, county to hire person to promote economic development

Officials to solicit funds from businesses

The ideas about how Craig and Moffat County can and should change are many, and the dollars that are needed are many more.

Bells celebrate 40th

The children of Larry and Jan Bell, formerly of Craig, are hosting an open house to celebrate their parents' 40th wedding anniversary.

Council considers offering city services outside city limits

As urban sprawl continues to create headaches for residents and officials in the Denver-metro area, city officials in Craig continue to find ways to avoid the same type of situation in this part of the state.

Program matches students, employers

Summer Work Program offers area youth a step-up on the job market

For most high school and college students, summer break conjures up the vision of sleeping late and laying around taking it easy.

Girl donates hair to cancer victims

Six-year-old Sarlena Jenkins, had her first hair cut last month and sheared approximately 13 inches off.

County growing slowly

Over the last ten years, the population in Craig has grown by more than 1,000 people, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Craig Middle School announces fourth quarter honorees

Craig Middle School 4th quarter 2000-01

Wednesday, July 11

Most Northwest Colorado fires now contained

All but three large wildland fires out

Hundreds of wildland firefighters in Colorado were being sent home to rest as heavy rain and less wind combined to dampen fires.

Thomas family thanks community

We wish to thank everyone who shared in our sorrow of loosing a loved one.

Foundation, county have different goals

Groups clash on Foundation's priorities

Despite statements of goodwill and understanding, the priorities of the Moffat County Commissioners and the Community Foundation still don't mesh.

Parents Advisory Committee support anti-tobacco ordinance

This is a letter of concern from the Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee and Parents and Friends booster club. Lengthy discussions have occurred at the last couple of P.A.C. meetings concerning drug and alcohol abuse in our community.

Smokers won't go to jail if ordinance passes

As a member of this community, I thought it important to put a stop to the misconceptions that are surrounding the proposed tobacco ordinance for the City of Craig.

U.S. track officials blasted for faulty doping test

WASHINGTON (AP) At the end of the Sydney Olympics, with the C.J. Hunter controversy still fresh, USA Track & Field was criticized for the way it handled positive drug tests.

Center of Craig board says thanks

The Center of Craig Board of Directors would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who helped make The Center's first annual Art Expo a success.

Craig's pump prices slowly falling

As August approaches, it signals the beginning of the vacation season for many people throughout the country, and those people may not have to worry about the cost of filling the gasoline tank.

Tuesday, July 10

Report suggests more money be put into cities

WASHINGTON (AP) Metropolitan areas powered the nation's economic good times during the 1990s, said a U.S. Conference of Mayors report aimed at persuading Congress and the White House to pump more money into cities and suburbs.

Lawmakers, officials ask for look at sentence reformation

DENVER (AP) Sentencing laws have become so complicated that judges say they often call on a 15-member, full-time staff at the state Corrections Department to find out how long a prisoner might stay in prison.

PD program receives state recognition

During the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference June 14, Chief Walt Vanatta, on behalf of the Craig Police Department, was presented with the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Pioneer Policing Award for the department's Safety Belt Program.

Mother of slain woman will be allowed into U.S.

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) The mother of a woman fatally wounded in a shooting at an RV park last week will be allowed to enter the United States from Mexico after being turned away once.


Taya Nicole Berg, Jackson Hobbes Foote, Austin Corbin Wyatt

County to lose $450K in taxes

Tri-State Generation's assessed value drops for second year

Tri-State Generation's assessed value drops for second year in a row.

Smoking is topic of concern

City of Craig - Council Members:

Military Bulletin

Joseph A. Boscia,

Council tables youth tobacco ordinance

After a discussion that involved horses, pigs and geese, what was supposed to lead to the City Council's vote on the first reading of the proposed tobacco ordinance turned into nothing more than a real turkey.

County, BLM opinions differ on Vermillion Basin proposal

Management recommendation for public lands creates controversy

The Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office is beginning a management re-evaluation process for the Vermillion Basin area, but even before the paperwork is started, the Moffat County Commissioners are opposing any such actions.

Pfeifer, Meyer engaged

Daniel William Meyer of Craig and Jennifer Jo Pfeifer of Grand Junction announce their engagement. Both are Mesa State College graduates.

Monday, July 9

Fish would benefit from higher river water levels

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) Federal water managers will begin releasing extra water from Western Slope reservoirs this summer to make sure a 15-mile stretch of the Colorado River doesn't go dry.

Sea Sharks continue season progress

Although it served as a qualifier for five post-season swim meets, the Sea Sharks ABC Open was held more for the chance to compete and improve times.

Sunday, July 8

Hats off to the Craig Conoco Station on Victory Way for lowering its gas prices this last week and a half.

To the Editor; I don't know if this is the right place to write a letter to the editor, but here it goes. Hats off to the Craig Conoco Station on Victory Way for lowering its gas prices this last week and a half.

Five-hole playoff decides Silver Bullet

It came down to a battle of wills as to who would capture this year's Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament.

Above average temperatures roast Northwest Colorado

It's hot.

EMTs saved drowning boy

The six-year-old boy who came close to drowning July 4 has been home since Friday.

'Jail House Rock' tickets on sale now, price adjusted

From now until Friday, the Moffat County Public Safety Center will be undergoing final detail work, organization, and the hustle and bustle of law enforcement departments moving in and getting settled, all in anticipation of the first inmates: Law-abiding, charitable residents.


Helen Perry

Where are the deer?

Having been fortunate to grow up on a cattle ranch on the White River during the 50s and 60s, I was under the impression that our deer herds would never disappear.

More public comment sought on tobacco ordinance

With one of the hottest topics in recent years on the City Council's docket, Tuesday's meeting may provid

Thursday, July 5

Nurse supports tobacco ordinance

This letter is to convey the support of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association regarding a youth tobacco possession ordinance.

Administrator of hospital approves tobacco ordinance

I have been asked to comment on the need for our community to take proactive steps in reducing the abuse of tobacco by our young people.

Sea Sharks swim in home waters

Since the beginning of the season, Hollie Haskins, Camie Hillewaert and their Sea Sharks swim team has been plagued with middle-of-the-pack placing and low race turnouts.

Firefighters ask for help

Rocky Mountain firefighters have appealed to the National Interagency Fire Center for more people and equipment to fight a growing number of forest fires in Colorado.

Moffat County Partners focus on restorative justice

Girls group uses Curious George to examine several scenarios, outcomes in judicial lesson

With his quirky adventures and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat, Curious George is a favorite children's character.

Superintendent of Schools backs proposed ordinance

I fully support the idea of the City Council passing an ordinance that would prohibit the possession of and use of tobacco by minors.

National unemployment rates continue to rise in June

The nation's unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in June as manufacturers continued to suffer heavy job losses and demand for workers in service industries fell to the lowest level in 10 months.

Commissioners, Foundation to meet again

County officials to discuss changes to Foundation's bylaws, mission statement

Once again, the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado and the Moffat County Commissioners will meet in an attempt to resolve the conflict concerning the direction and management of the Foundation and its finances.

Golfers to shoot at Ladies Silver Bullet Classic

Although Yampa Valley Golf assistant golf pro Tom Dockstader hasn't worked at the course the for 17 years the Ladies Silver Bullet tournament has been running, he has been there long enough to notice something.

Family, neighbors convinced murders were racially motivated

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) One man was chatting on a pay phone outside a grocery store. His brother sipped beer with a co-worker in a nearby RV park.

Wednesday, July 4

CSP rolls out anti-road rage unit

DENVER (AP) The Colorado State Patrol has approved an anti-road-rage task force and ordered it into action this week.

Unemployement claims rise during time of struggling economy

WASHINGTON (AP) The number of Americans filing new claims for state unemployment insurance rose last week after falling for three weeks in a row.

Parks department spends nearly $40,000 on lawn mower

Officials say savings come in time, manpower

It has been nine years since the Craig Parks and Recreation Department has had much to brag about that is, unless they are talking about their ability to fix broken down lawnmowers.


Earl Ross Elarton

Crews battling wildfires

RANGELY, Colo. (AP) Fire crews and airplanes battled a fast-moving blaze that burned more than 45 acres in the Routt National Forest of northwestern Colorado on Wednesday.

USDA announces new grant program for ranchers, farmers

Program aimed at addressing natural resource concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the creation of a Soil and Water Conservation Assistance Program (SWCA).

Youth nearly drowns

During the fun of the Fourth of July holiday, a 6-year-old Craig boy almost lost his life.

Craig man named chairman

Charles B. (Chuck) McCulloh is the new chairman of the Colorado Mining Association (CMA).

Animal activists want prairie dogs sent to Texas as pets

DENVER (AP) An animal rights group says about 200 prairie dogs destined to become food for endangered ferrets could instead live out their lives in a Texas zoo and as pets.


Mary Elizabeth Anne Longwell, Sidney Michelle Atchison, Kaitlyn Theresa Broeg, Jason Woodrow Reeser, Corey Jacob Rice, Megan NiCole Shelton

Gunman reportedly threatened to shoot others, self

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) The man accused of shooting seven people, killing three, on a rampage through an RV park and a grocery store reportedly told a friend he planned to shoot some people and then himself.

Camp ends 'Dogs summer season

For the next three days, the Moffat County boys basketball team will compete against teams from across western America at the University of Wyoming Team Camp.

Tuesday, July 3

Affordable energy or clean environment?

With summer energy needs on the rise and more and more Colorodans concerned about our energy situation, I have heard lots of folks continuing to sing the same old song that Americans were going to have to make a choice between affordable and reliable energy or a clean environment.

Student news

Anna Reishus, Jennifer Lyn Preece, Mona Bergstrom

Community College awards scholarships

Western Wyoming Community College has awarded Superior Student Scholarships to Blake Uhrig of Rock Springs, Lyndsey Love and Sara Paoli of Green River, Kody Stocks of Savery and Angela Amos of Lafayette.

Hayden speeds, through summer

The Hayden Speedway already has three races under its belt, nearly half the eight races that are planned for the season.

The barely audible tale of the Yampa River

It was begrudgingly that I embarked on a canoe trip with one of the editors from our newspaper last Friday.


Dale Henderson, Dwayne Montieth

AT&T Cable names contest winners

AT&T Broadband and along with different television channels enjoy giving away items.

Phone numbers for law enforcement agencies to change with move to PSC

The Moffat County Public Safety Center will be open and fully functioning on July 23.

Campers urged to be cautious

Forest Service stresses camping etiquette

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The U.S. Forest Service is welcoming campers to the Routt National Forest, but officials want to make sure the expected 2,000 visitors to the public land are well-informed about camping etiquette.

Library renovations still in limbo

Lack of funding, other priorities delay in building upgrade

Even as the libraries of Moffat County undergo system improvements and upgrading, the Craig branch has to maneuver and adapt to change without any major structural renovations.

Monday, July 2

Uniqueness a gift at Sweetwater Trading

Sweetwater Trading Co. in downtown Craig has been helping customers find that special theme for the past year.

State wants to protect health coverage against suicide

State regulators plan to forbid health insurance companies from denying coverage to people who have tried to committ suicide.

United to proceed with Denver airport expansion

DENVER (AP) United Airlines will proceed with a 35-gate expansion at Denver International Airport, ending months of speculation that the project was in danger because of the company's recent financial problems.


Emma Ence 1916-2001

River searched

Operations were halted for close to half an hour Sunday on a section of the Yampa River in front of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Northwest Colorado libraries to upgrade automation system

Patrons get improved catalog services, interlibrary access

Even though the Dewey Decimal System remains supreme, the libraries in Moffat County will have faster, more user-friendly, more complex databases for both patrons and employees.

Local cancer rate lower than state

Not only does Colorado offer its inhabitants an ample amount of outdoor recreation and healthy lifestyle alternatives, it offers residents a little something extra lower cancer rates.

McInnis works to get more funds to Northwest Colorado

Moffat County faces a problem many people cannot understand.

Summer season over for Lady 'Dogs

That's all she wrote. The last fandango. The curtain has been drawn. The fat lady has sung.

Craig man defends title at Cottonwood Classic

More than 200 golfers were at the Yampa Valley Golf Course Thursday through Sunday for one of the largest tournaments that Craig sees the Cottonwood Classic.

Sunday, July 1

Visting cowboys dominate local rodeo

When Brandon Whitaker climbed on the back of a bull Saturday at the Little Britches rodeo, it was his first time to do so in competition.

SBDC offers free Internet seminar to residents

The explosion of Internet use in today's world has left many lagging behind.

Nurse Reishus happy about new fixture

I am so happy to be able to tell you that I have a working, flushing, sparkling white toilet in my clinic building!

Family gives thanks and appreciation

To the Editor;

Nearly 50 lambs participate in show

As ranch children and 4-H members from around the state prepare for the Colorado State Fair Aug. 19, a few were able to make some final adjustments Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for June 27

Five people honored for volunteer efforts

Moffat County has many people who are willing to use their time to help others, and at Friday's Moffat County Commissioners' meeting, five residents were recognized for the time and effort they donate in various volunteer functions at a small ceremony in the Courthouse.

Full fire bans in effect today

Dry conditions, high temps lead to countywide ban

Summer is in full swing in Northwest Colorado with its clear and bright days, temperatures drifting toward the 90s, kayakers, climbers and bikers everywhere, and summer fire restrictions in place.


Bill Baker