Stories for March 2001


Friday, March 30

Ag facts presents Best of the West Food Fest

The mission of the Best of the West Food Fest is to promote and showcase western Colorado's food and beverage products as a way of increasing consumer/industry awareness of the quality and diversity of farmers' and ranchers' products in this region. In addition, the event seeks to educate the public about the role agriculture plays in providing open space in western Colorado.

Choices, choices, choices: How, and when, to chose flowers, attire

Like with any other portion of your wedding, flowers and attire are a personal choice for the bride and groom. Again, there is no right or wrong in this area of your wedding planning. People choose everything from blue jeans to three-piece tuxedos, from fresh-cut flowers to extravagant bouquets.

Thursday, March 29

Boeing hires LA help for move; Texas officials plan meeting

DALLAS (AP) In continued efforts to lure Boeing Co. leaders to North Texas, business leaders have been setting up better lines of communications to the giant aerospace company.

Bulldogs bear down in preparation for game

Moffat County High School baseball team ready to take on Rifle Bears

It's been said by baseball experts that the art of base running is dead, specifically the art off-base stealing.

Rx for spring colds, allergies is health fair

9Health Fair offers advice, tests, check-ups

Feeling a little under the weather? Eyes not responding like they used to? Want to check your general health? Mark your calendar for the 22nd annual 9Health Fair.

Steamboat sails past Bulldog kickers

Steamboat Springs soccer player Bernadette Norman made a corner kick and Andra Lenn scored with the header into the Moffat County goal. The plays took Thursday's Sailor/Bulldog soccer game game to 4-0 in the first half, putting it game out of reach for the Lady 'Dogs. The Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors went on to win the game 7-0.

State legislature approves school-finance bill

DENVER (AP) The Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Bill Owens an education-finance bill that some lawmakers said gave everybody something to hate, but the governor said it was good enough for him to sign.

More than a woodshop, More than a teacher

Craig Conrad breathes life into dying program

Nineteen years ago a young man from the state of Pennsylvania came to Craig, and has made ripples across the city, state, and country the man is Craig Conrad.

Craig teens went hungry to change the world

On Feb. 23-24, 23 young people from First Christian Church changed their world as a part of World Vision's 30-Hour Famine. Students raised hundreds of dollars, which will be used, through World Vision, to make a difference in the lives of many of the world's neediest kids.


Teen committee finalizes plan for park

Skate park upgrades on line with equipment purchase

More than 30 Craig teens went before the Craig City Council, and the City Council listened.

Wednesday, March 28

Golfers place second on tough Rifle course

Junior Lindsey Scott won her first individual meet Tuesday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, and led her team to a second-place finish in the tournament.

'Dogs sharpen mental edge to face Sailors

For sophomore goaltender Kelly Howl and her teammates, waiting for today's match-up against Steamboat Spring has caused nothing but butterflies in their stomachs.

Club News

Alpha Tau


Local government puts itself in spotlight

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners is expected to pass a proclamation celebrating the role of local government on Friday. A "yea" vote is expected to be on the resolution at the commissioner meeting Friday.

CDOT eyes safety of U.S. Highway 40

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The Colorado Department of Transportation has earmarked $4.8 million for safety improvements to a two-mile stretch of U.S. 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Swimmers head into home meet with only half a team

Saturday will present one of the two chances Jim Vorhies and his Bulldog swimmers have to compete in their home pool a chance that only half the team will take advantage of.

Fiber under fire

County officials justify $1.2 million telecommunication expenditure

The Moffat County Commissioners have come under the scrutiny of county residents for spending $1.2 million taxpayer dollars to bring high speed telecommunications to Northwest Colorado.

CNCC grows in mind, and possibly in body

Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC) is gearing up add several new courses in the near future, and is looking at the possibilities for expanding its services and facilities in the not-so-near future.

Tuesday, March 27


World Com chief fires at competition, legislators

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) WorldCom Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ebbers claims the monopolies of Qwest and the Baby Bells are being protected at the expense of large long-distance companies.


Future of Armory under contention

Suggestions abound for possible use

Storing ambulances, providing a setting for educational programs or becoming a recreation center are all possible futures for the National Guard Armory, but for now it will continue being a youth care center. Moffat County officials held a public meeting Tuesday to talk about the future of the Armory, which houses the Moffat County Youth Care Center and what the community thinks would be the best use of the facility.

Hotchkiss meet used as measuring stick

Non-qualifying tournament gives the track team a chance for worry free competition

Saturday will mark the beginning of the busy season for both girls and boys track, when the teams travel south of Delta for the Hotchkiss Tournament. From there the team will participate in a meet a week on average.

Bullpups defend their 13th District Championship

There are some things in this world that happen so often that people take them for granted. In the 1980s, the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowls under Bill Walsh. In the 90s, Phil Jackson led the Chicago Bulls to championship after championship. This Saturday, Craig athletics had an event occur in Meeker that produced a result Craig residents are used to the Craig Middle School wrestling team won its 13th consecutive District Wrestling Championship with Coach Don Guffy at the helm.

City Council denies loading zone request

Visitors to Yampa Valley Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics will face the same parking issues and challenges customers of other downtown businesses do. The Craig City Council voted unanimously to deny a request from resident Saed Tayyara to install either a 10-foot loading or no-parking zone in front of the clinic.


Keeney, Correia plan wedding

Teens question each side of gun debate

WASHINGTON (AP) High-schoolers brought personal experience and tough questions to a debate Tuesday on how to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Monday, March 26

BLM hiring for wildland firefighting positions

Smoky the Bear wants you for the wildland firefighting team, that is.

Craig Rotary Club sponsors reading pen pals

The Craig Rotary Club and Ridgeview Elementary School students have teamed up this spring in an effort to improve reading skills and reading interest in youth. Local Rotarians and the students have become pen pals reading pen pals, and the project has been a success.

Lady Bulldog's outside hitter named All-Conference in volleyball

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Resident says thanks

Fast foods not good for children

To the Editor; This month, McDonald's and Burger King recalled a combined total of 634,000 cheap, Chinesemade "Scotter Bug" and "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" plastic toys because of safety defects. Yet, the inherent irony appears lost on the corporate leaders who announced those warranted precautions.

Student safety draws attention

Resident wants better way to get children up dangerous street

A lack of sidewalks, combined with speeding vehicles, is a recipe for an accident and an elementary school student could be the victim, said Craig resident Paula Terry.

State patrol to host 40 students at camp for week-long 'training'

Area youth invited to participate in first youth academy

This summer, 40 youths will be invited by the Colorado State Patrol to shoot the CSP's guns, drive its training course, operate a command center and learn some of the philosophy and ethics that are integral to a trooper's job. And, they get go to a Rockies game.

Energy trading floors represent ground zero in electricity crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In Houston, it's simply known as ''the power corner.'' Separated by just a few city blocks, four major power wholesalers run Byzantine trading systems that sway energy prices across the nation with minimal oversight from the government.

Rifle's back nine could be hazardous to MCHS

Lady Bulldogs start into regular season rush with Rifle Creek Tournament today

Today might be a long day for the Moffat County High School girls golf team, who traveled to Rifle to compete at the Rifle Creek Golf Course. The course features one of the toughest back nines that the Lady Bulldogs will see this year, according to Coach Chuck Cobb.

Sunday, March 25

Off-site automation for mail proves successful

Test shows local mail arrives on time

Three for three. Craig Post Office proved its case concerning automation. By delivering three letters that were mailed in Craig on Wednesday to their destinations by Thursday, the system that sends all mail in Craig, including local mail, to Glenwood Springs for automated sorting made a strong case for itself.

Background check requirement kicks in during weekend gun show

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A state law requiring criminal background checks for all sales at gun shows gets its first test next weekend when the new rules kick in halfway through a show.

Reader clarifies position on sex offenders

To the Editor; Last week the Daily Press published an article entitled "When Justice is Questioned" written by Ryan Sheridan. The article described the viewpoints of several people, including myself, regarding the sentencing of sex offenders and specifically addressing a recent plea agreement made between Chief Deputy District Attorney, David Waite and former Craig resident Grant Taylor. When I spoke with Sheridan he asked me how I felt about this plea agreement and I told him several times that I had mixed feelings about the outcome of this case. After reading the article and noting the statement that was attributed to me, I am compelled to clarify my position.

Five seats open on land board

BLM seeks nominees to Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council

The Western Slope Center of the Bureau of Land Management is accepting nominations for members of the Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The RAC enables residents to have a voice in how public lands are managed. Members offer input on a broad array or resources, social an economic issues that confront land managers, and local communities.

Denver relying on more than work force, lifestyle to woo Boeing

DENVER (AP) Colorado is relying on more than lifestyle and an educated work force to lure Boeing Co.'s headquarters. Gov. Bill Owens and Denver Mayor Wellington Webb on Friday announced the formation of a task force of state, city and business leaders to woo the commercial jet manufacturer and aerospace company's headquarters.

Grants available from USDA to promote value-added products

USDA has announced that 25 million dollars is available in grants for the development of agricultural producer-owned processing businesses.

11th annual Grand Olde West Days approaches

The 11th Annual Grand Olde West Days will be May 25 - 28 at Moffat County Fairgrounds

Plan for annual legislatuve golf tournament

Plan to attend the 14th Annual Taylor-Rippy-White (TRW) Legislative Golf Tournament May 19th. This is a great way to meet your Colorado senators and representatives while enjoying a game of golf.

Partners has egg-ceptional fund-raising plan

Agencies and business throughout Moffat County have again prepared themselves to throw eggs at customers. More than 100 business and agencies are readying eggs for anyone who comes into their premises to benefit the Moffat County Partners, a youth mentoring program. Fortunately, the eggs will be paper.

Bulldogs stage comeback in fourth inning

Bulldogs even up season record at .500 with win over Class 3A Olathe Saturday

It was not until the bottom of the fourth that the Moffat County's bats really came alive in the Saturday match up against the Class 3A Olathe Pirates (3-3). It started with a Jerod Estey RBI that tied the game at three.

Web page connects services with people

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of what's happening in Northwest Colorado? If so, the Community Resource Directory is for you! This Resource Directory, a project of Yampa Valley Partners, is a list of local health and human service agencies, government and educational agencies, and other organizations that benefit the citizens of Routt and Moffat Counties. Best of all, there is absolutely no charge for this valuable service!

Chamber logs several accomplishments in 2000

This past year was both positive and productive for the Chamber. We have completed a restructuring of our organization and are operating in a more effective and efficient manner.

BBB rewards marketplace ethics with annual award

It's the time of year when we are preparing to award businesses in our area for excellence in demonstrating Marketplace Ethics. While this subject may be difficult to define in some instances, I believe it is essentially "choosing to do the right thing."

Three-sport senior earns All-Conference honors in two sports

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Tuesday, March 20

Alpha Tau

The February business meeting of Alpha Tau was attended by Virginia Cromer, Jean Smith, Gwen Parker, Margaret Thompson, Ronnie Rogers, Pat Hering, Sharon Mostenan, Sue Harless, Thelma Rogers and Verniece Self.

Four Bulldog swimmers qualify for state competition

Bulldog swimmers are no longer dreaming about what the water will be like at the Edora Pool in Fort Collins, they'll know first hand. After a meet Saturday in Grand Junction, four boys qualified for state in their first event.

Commission sets fees for parking at airport

ROUTT COUNTY The Routt County Commission has formally approved the parking prices for the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but some people are still not paying and are getting away with it.


Kroese, Peed plan to wed

Kyanna Lea Woods


Haynes, Grant plan nuptuals

Law Enforcement


Jacob Everett Ellis

Efficiency of snail mail criticized

The saying goes "neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail" would delay the mail, but the originator of that phrase had no idea what the modern postal service is up against: Automation.

Bulldog senior successful in soccer

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Military Bulletin

Joseph A. Amon

Monday, March 19

Work release moves to jail

Sheriff's Department to take over CAPS' work release program

Soon those who participate in a work-release incarceration program in Moffat County, and possibly several other counties, will be the guests of the Moffat County Sheriff's Department. At the end of this month, any new work release "clients" in this vicinity will be housed in the Moffat County Courthouse. When the Public Safety Center opens, for July 18, there will be 16 beds reserved specifically for work release inmates.

Coach, teacher honored at Chamber luncheon

More than 60 Craig Chamber of Commerce members attended the Chamber's annual business luncheon last week at the Craig Holiday Inn. The event was held to inform members of the Chamber's accomplishments during the last year.

Testing teachers not fair

Four qualify for state

Reader says thanks for help

100-year-old killing still a mystery

The Museum of Northwest Colorado will host Chip Carlson, a historian and author from Cheyenne, Wyo., at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at the museum.

In other county business:

Suburban counties were fastest growing, census data shows

Partial list of city growth

Thumbs up for pro-gamblers


State returns money

2001 Great Colorado Payback list published

Believe it or not, the state might be looking for you to return your unclaimed property. That's right, the government is making a list of unclaimed assets and the legal owners of that money and making an effort to return it to them. It's possible they're checking this list twice, but in a letter from State Treasurer Mike Coffman, there was no reference to any "naughty" or "nice" provisions for claiming property.

Lady Bulldog soccer has hard luck road trip

Coach Eric Johnson and his Lady Bulldogs soccer team ended up traveling across half the state for one game, only to end up snowed out Saturday.

Sunday, March 18

Water expansion plans blocked

ERIE, Colo. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is blocking Erie's plans to expand its water supplies, ruling they would violate a law protecting wetlands.

Man who starved cattle ordered to pay restitution

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) A Denver man who starved 13 pregnant cows and several calves to death has been ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution to the two Texas ranching families who owned the animals.

Snowpack edges toward 'normal'

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The windblown snow that fell on the mountains last Wednesday helped nudge the snowpack closer to 20-year averages.

Accident kills Craig woman

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A little more than four hours after authorities started to crack down on drunken drivers Friday night, a 46-year-old Craig woman was killed in a one-car accident authorities believe is alcohol related.

Bulldog hitters go 1-2 in season-opening tournament

It was in the third inning of the final game of the Thomas Jefferson Tournament, against the tournament's namesake, when the call came for the sophomore Eric Bastow. With senior Rob Satterwhite up to bat and Bastow on third, the signal to steal home was made. Satterwhite swung high and Bastow, with a good inside slide, touched home plate for the run.

MCHS runner could overthrow 800-meter champ

Moffat County track team qualifies eight for state

Grand Junction's Micky-Dunn track meet may have been a preview for the state class 4A 800-meter race and the chance of an upset it might hold for Palisade's queen of distance events Natalie Hughes.

Nothing stands in way of American Airlines, TWA merger

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department announced Friday it will not challenge American Airlines' proposed acquisition of TWA, a decision that effectively retires one of most storied names in the annals of U.S. aviation.

Aurora, southeastern water district clash over water storage issues

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) The city of Aurora and the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District are in a dispute over whether a federal agency can allow the Denver suburb to store water in Lake Pueblo.

Gun locks recalled

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Gun locks distributed free in several Front Range counties last year are being recalled after officials discovered they can be opened without a key.

Northwest Colorado site of Multiple Sclerosis study

The Yampa Valley has become a focus area for multiple sclerosis research, and regional educators and physicians are calling those with the debilitating disease to aid in the study.

Red Dogs hockey team victorious in Rock Springs

For the first time in 10 attempts, the Craig Red Dogs did something that Craig teams before them could not do they came away from Rock Springs, Wyo., as tournament champions. Propelled by an amazing offensive performance by newcomer Kris Heilman, and strong goaltending by Steve Ivers, the Red Dogs were able to come away victorious.

Help for energy bills available

Community Budget Center gets grant for heating, lighting bill assistance

For some, paying the bills is a constant struggle. This winter, increasing energy costs have been hard on everyone, but especially hard on the less fortunate. But help is available.

Friday, March 16

Commission approves new fish stocking regulations

The Colorado Wildlife Commission has revised regulations that require ponds, lakes and reservoirs in the Colorado River Drainage to have dikes or screens. The action is an attempt to prevent exotic fish from escaping into the river where they could prey on endangered native fish species.

Thursday, March 15

Plane safely departs

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) A TWA jet that landed on a short, narrow runway at the wrong airport took off safely Thursday.

Junior runner looks forward to senior year

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Runner Stephanie Hurd is leader of the pack

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Public officials need executive session oversight

"Apparently it's not enough for public entities to police themselves during an executive session," is the first sentence of a story in the Colorado Association of School Boards' (CASB) March newslwtter urging officials to oppose a bill that would place stiffer requirements on executive sessions. CASB, and several other governing boards, have opposed House Bill 1359, which would require government entities to record the minutes of open meetings. Colorado Counties Inc., has tentatively opposed the bill.

Health care provider having problems in rural Colorado

DENVER (AP) United Healthcare is the latest health care provider to say it is losing too much money in rural areas.

Inhalant abuse can leave children breathless, lifeless

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week highlights problem

These days, the wolf that's huffing to blow your house down could very well be your own child.

Craig family searches for answers only body holds

Uncle looking for missing nephew for more than 3 years

Ray Wagner is searching for the body of his nephew, Shane Turner. Shane, the son of George Turner of Meeker and Tina Wagner-Turner of Craig, was last seen May 21, 1997, and is presumed dead presumed murdered.

Wednesday, March 14


State working with feds to keep foot-and-mouth out of Colorado

DENVER (AP) Colorado agriculture officials are meeting with federal officials this week to prevent an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Europe from reaching the state.

McInnis calls for investigation into United Airlines antitrust

] Colorado Rep. Scott McInnis has asked the government's antitrust division to block the proposed merger of United Airlines and US Airways and investigate United's operations at Denver International Airport.

Pilot misses mark by 17 miles

TWA investigating whether airplane pilot was 'confused'

Heavy snow, fast winds and a little confusion on the part of the pilot caused a TransWorld Airlines flight to land 17 miles off its mark Wednesday afternoon.

Fast snowstorm causes wreck, snarls traffic on I-70

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) A fast-moving morning snowstorm stopped traffic on Interstate 70 in both directions Wednesday afternoon and caused a three-vehicle accident.

Do you really want to contribute to Sierra Club?

To the Editor; A recent article talked about the money that would be realized from the workers performing the updates on the power plant south of Craig.

Sophomore runner looks to keep marks high

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Leg pain at state did not hinder sophomore runner

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Moffat County High School weekend sports briefs

The Assisted Living Center Steering Committee is ready to study different lots and designs in anticipation of applying for funding and beginning construction, b

Private businessman considers opening assisted living center

The Assisted Living Center Steering Committee is ready to study different lots and designs in anticipation of applying for funding and beginning construction, but a new proposal may give the county another option for getting the much-needed facility.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for March 12

Drive-in theater owner promises upgrades

For decades, Moffat County's drive-in theater has dominated the east entrance to the city, and has dominated the list of eyesores Moffat County and Craig wished would go away.


Assisted living proposal moving to its next step

Private businessman considers opening assisted living center

The Assisted Living Center Steering Committee is ready to study different lots and designs in anticipation of applying for funding and beginning construction, but a new proposal may give the county another option for getting the much-needed facility.

Tuesday, March 13

First woman named as interim chief of police in Oak Creek

OAK CREEK Oak Creek has named Eileen Rossi interim chief of police, making her the first woman to lead the department.

Driver, Gisel celebrate August wedding

Miss Heather Alene Driver of Craig became the wife of Phillip David Gisel of Independence, Mo., in a candlelight ceremony held in the chapel of The Center of Craig on Aug. 12, 2000.

Snow on Roof? Should you remove it?

Don't be too hasty to shovel the snow off your roof

Military Bulletin

Joseph D. Clarke Army Staff Sgt. Joseph D. Clarke has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal.

Students thanked for their time

To the Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to all the Moffat County High School Students and adult chaperones that took time out of their Saturday night to provide an evening of entertainment and supervision for our children.

Coldwell Banker strengthens position in Colorado market

DENVER (AP) Coldwell Banker has bought Perry & Butler, the sixth-largest residential real estate firm in the Denver area.


Weston Anthony Garcia Mark and Keeley Garcia of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., announce the birth of their son, Weston Anthony, born at 11:09 p.m. March 5, 2001.

High school announces second-quarter honor roll

To be listed on the MCHS 'High Honors' honor roll, a student must have earned 3.80 a grade average for the quarter or higher. To be listed on the 'Honors 'honor roll, a student must have earned a 3.5 to 3.799 grade average for the quarter. Grades for aide, on-the job training, driver's education and resource room are not considered for the honor roll.

Students make Dean's List

The following students at Western State College in Gunnison earned places on the Dean's List for the fall semester. To qualify for this honor, each student earned a grade-point average of 3.7 or above for at least 12 credit hours.

Lady 'Dogs soccer team heads into season

The air was warm enough to break a sweat, but cold enough to make that sweat freeze to exposed skin. Snow remained around the sidelines of the Moffat County High School practice field, and where it had melted, the only thing keeping the ground from turning to mud was the winter-browned grass. Those hurdles didn't stop the Lady 'Dogs soccer team from hitting the field for practice.

Opening meets an eye opener for MCHS golfers

The golf meets Friday and Monday left many of the Moffat County High School girls feeling behind the pack compared to other teams.

Bookcliff Tournament Results

Bookcliff Tournament Results

Sixth-grade students place third in knowlege master competition

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

When justice is questioned

Sentence seen as what sex offender needed, but jail time was an option

The question of what is considered justice in a case like convicted sex offender Grant Taylor's is one that each person has a different answer to.

Monday, March 12

CMS claws its way to second place at Montrose

"We stepped into the lion's den in Montrose, and the lion was hungry," Craig Middle School wresting Coach Don Guffy said about the meet his team attended last weekend.

MCHS swimmers a stroke away from state

Head boys swimming coach Jim Vorhies was delivered a pleasant surprise from the team Saturday in Durango, they were only a breath away from qualifying several racers for state and it was just the first meet.

Lutheran church officially opens

After nearly eight years of operating as "mission" church a congregation that is considered under development and temporary the Lutheran Church of Grace is now a permanent addition to the Craig community.

Testimony heard on visitation bill

DENVER (AP) Bill Stein and his wife have filed a $2 million lawsuit against his son and daughter-in-law accusing them of intentionally inflicting emotional harm by not allowing him and his wife to see their grandchildren.

Companies ready quieter, cleaner snowmachines for market

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) Ed Klim was snowmobiling recently in the northern Michigan countryside when a cross-country skier beckoned. Klim braced for a lecture about spoiling the peaceful setting.

Bulldog Sports

Child molester gets 21 years in prison

Steamboat Springs deputy district attorney pushes for jail time in assault case

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 55-year-old Hayden man was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison for sexually assaulting his step-granddaughter.

Punishment does not fit the crime

To the Editor; In reference to Grant Taylor, I believe in this case the punishment does not fit the crime. Here is a man who was a scout leader, an Eagle Scout himself, active in his church, a soccer coach, a volunteer at school ... in short, a man who deliberately placed himself in positions of trust with children and adults. This same man then assaults a child and, instead of receiving any jail time for this crime, is given probation. I understand the concerns of the victim's family and how difficult a trial process could be. However, couldn't this child have been interviewed on tape to ease this very diffficult situation? Why must the victim be subjected to numerous interviews to convict someone of a crime when the accused can only be tried once?

Officials consider expanding Elkhead

Field studies for reservoir expansion organized

Several studies including an environmental impact study and an inquiry into private land issues may be the only roadblocks to the proposed expansion of Elkhead Reservoir.

Area elk hunters have record year

Colorado elk hunters reaffirmed the Centennial state's claim as the elk capitol of the world in 2000, killing 60,120 elk the largest elk harvest since wildlife agencies have been keeping track of elk harvest statistics. The 2000 harvest was more than 6,000 animals higher than the previous record of 54,078 in 1996.

Northwest Colorado stockmen hope for more snow

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Stockmen don't always pray for snow it makes feeding cattle a chore, and this time of year, it's tough on newborn calves but the return to winter weather over the weekend was a blessing for local ranchers and farmers.

Sunday, March 11

Shell makes direct offer to shareholders

DENVER (AP) Shell Oil Co. announced Monday that it has commenced a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Barrett Resources Corp. at $55 per share in cash.

Uranium tailings found in arena

Moffat County commissioners seek public input on future of indoor arena

The Board of County Commissioners wants public input on the possibility of building a new indoor roping arena. What they'd like know is whether town feels that building a new indoor arena is warranted, and whether it should be built now.

Cougars dull Blades in hockey's title game

The bleachers at Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena were filled Saturday and spectators huddled against the sideboards. There was a hush in the crowd as the organizer of the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League (RMYHL) tournament, Jim Woods, proclaimed over the loudspeaker, "Hockey is alive in Craig, and it was proven today."

Casino could help Craig's economy

To the Editor; My! My! My! Who had the audacity to think the fine residents of our town would want a casino here?

Senate gives final approval to school finance bill

DENVER (AP) The Senate gave final approval Friday to a school finance bill that increases state spending to more than $2.2 billion and implements an education fund approved by voters.

2001 legislative session moving smoothly

Gun storage laws, delayed divorce out

DENVER (AP) Gun storage and mandatory divorce counseling are out. Road improvement money is restored. Some conservative issues are not even up for debate.


Nellie B. Clapp 1917-2001 Nellie Clapp died at her home Feb. 21, 2001. She was 83.

Small-town pharmacist is throwback in time

Oak Creek druggist offers natural remedies, unique remedies to customers nationwide

OAK CREEK, Colo. (AP) Something unusual is happening in the small town of Oak Creek, population around 650. Local pharmacist David Bonfiglio is conferring with clients who live in places like New York, Florida, California and Arizona.

Patients soon to have access to MRI

Northwest Health Specialists Center in Craig will be installing a new MRI machine on March 20, and plans to begin taking appointments for the high-tech X-ray machine by April 9.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for March 9

City, county officials work to meet transportation need of disabled

A solution may be at hand for the transportation issues disabled Craig residents are facing.

Triple-header marks end of preseason for Bulldogs baseball

After Saturday's scrimmage in Paonia, the Moffat County Bulldogs will have put close to 700 miles on their gas card, and regular season hasn't even started.

Parents demand improvements to Hispanic education

The population of Hispanic students in the Moffat County School District has more than doubled in a year, leaving parents to question whether students are getting the best education available.

Friday, March 9

Dance for life ...Dance for health

Hair tied tightly in a bun on the heads of slim, swaying dancers in pink tights and black leotards. Classical music softly playing on the stereo. A poised instructor watching over her students through their reflection in the room of mirrors. An ever-slight smile crosses the pink lips of the girls in the dance line.

Giving a used gun a home

Today more than ever, folks across the country are looking for bargains. From just about everything from "A" to "Z," people are keyed in on what is a good deal and what is not.

Thursday, March 8

Resolution overturning roadless area protection approved

DENVER (AP) State and federal officials would be asked to help overturn a federal rule preventing some development on 4.43 million acres of national forest land in Colorado under a resolution adopted by a House committee Wednesday.

Peace officer standards for Colorado to be raised

Proposal calls for stricter decertification process

The standards of conduct for peace officers in Colorado may soon become stricter. A bill in the Colorado Senate, SB01-016, proposes to expand the category of criminal offenses for which a peace officer could lose certification. The bill, sponsored Sen. Peggy Reeves, D-14th District, has passed through the Judicial Committee, and is presently in Appropriations. The House sponsor is Rep. Mark Larsen, R-Cortez.

Sophomore finds talent at running

Brice Ellgen started his high school days much like any incoming freshman he took it easy, not looking to do to much but get used to high school.

Law Enforcement

Schools raise grade on absence policy

District proposal could punish both youth, parents

The Moffat County School District is attempting to address a serious issue in the schools. The proposal could make both students and their parents liable to the ramifications of logging excessive absences.

Two students suspended for making threats

Middle school classmates report boy who said he was 'going to pull a Columbine'

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Two Steamboat Springs Middle School students have been suspended for five days for making threatening statements.

Wednesday, March 7

Former ice cream exec takes over health food chain

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Perry Odak, former CEO of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, will replace Wild Oats co-founder Mike Gilliland as head of the nation's second-largest natural foods retailer.

State officials look forward to summer

ROUTT COUNTY After problems with its septic system and an electrical system, the new Yampa River State Park is nearly 100 percent and officials are looking forward to a good summer.

Hard work key for MCHS cross country runner

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons. For the junior Beth White, running has turned out to be a life-long fixation. She started in cross country when she was in seventh grade and has gone nowhere but up from there. White finished in eighth place in regionals this fall, a position which helped her earn her third All-Conference title, one for each year of her high school career.

Sloppy field won't hinder Bulldoag baseball

While the Moffat County Bulldog baseball team worked on their batting and fielding during their first outside practice of the year, Head Coach Kip Hafey and his assistants were armed with shovels and brooms to insure the team wouldn't have to retreat to the indoors anytime soon. The Craig Middle School's baseball field had pools of standing water up to an inch deep, and an infield that was more mud then dirt.

Sentence angers officials, residents

Some say sentencing sex offender to probation instead of jail is not justice

Deputy District Attorney David Waite believes his recommendation that convicted sex offender Grant Taylor be sentenced to 10 years to life of probation was the right choice.

Tuesday, March 6

James Joshua Fouberg

Josh and Kandi Fouberg of Craig, announce the birth of their son, James Joshua, born at 2:40 a.m. Feb. 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Trouths celebrate 50th anniversary

Phyllis and Fred Trouth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 14, 2001. They were married in the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Craig Feb. 14, 1951. From this union there were three children, Steve Trouth (deceased), Pam Brenner and Linda Redmon. They raised their grandson, Todd Trouth.

Class of '81 seeks classmates

Following is a list of people who were graduated from Moffat County High School in 1981 the reunion committee is having difficulty locating. Contact Denise at 824-4732 with any information regarding these graduates.

Internet voting not the answer

WASHINGTON (AP) Voting through the Internet from home or the workplace has not yet received widespread acceptance. But don't tell that to Arizona Democrats.

Four vie for three Council seats

Petitions have been returned and verified by City Clerk Shirley Seeley and one petition made the difference between the city holding an election and cancelling it.

First year of running begins career of achievement for MCHS senior

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

PUC may change rules to protect natural gas consumers

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is considering an emergency rule requiring gas utilities to reduce customers' exposure to highly volatile natural gas prices.

Attendants say they could strike as early as April 2

CHICAGO (AP) Flight attendants for United Airlines announced Tuesday they could strike the carrier as early as April 2 over its plan to purchase US Airways.

MCHS basketball coach named WSC Coach of the Year

Six years ago Craig Mortensen left a successful career as head coach of the Moffat County boys basketball team, where he helped mold teams which were nearly invincible on the home court, and led them to a number of Western Slope Conference (WSC) championships.

Andrea Rose Hall

Jon Hall and Jennifer Mitchell of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Andrea Rose, born at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Barber celebrates 90th birthday

Former resident of Craig, Inez (Snooks) Voeltzel Barber of Paul, Idaho, celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her daughter, Vicki and Dallas Serr in Paul.

Crafter's group forms in Craig

Are you interested in spinning, weaving, knitting or crocheting? An informal group has formed to give crafters an outlet to learn or teach their skill. The group's first meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Moffat County to get Hotshot team

Firefighting specialists to be stationed in Northwest Colorado this summer

This summer Moffat County will become host to a Hotshot Crew firefighting team. The 20-person crew, and the families they might bring with them, will be moving into the community. To accommodate the firefighters, a new station, barracks and training area to be built on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property.

Sex offender sentenced to probation

Craig resident Grant Taylor was convicted of molesting a child, but will not serve a single day in prison. Taylor, 34, agreed to a plea bargain that sentences him only to probation. As a part of the agreement, he pleaded guilty to the lesser of the two charges that were filed against him.

Kiwanis present another rip roaring play

The weekend was cool, but sunny. Perfect days to lie in bed and recover either from the punches taken or the alcohol consumed.

Monday, March 5

Attorney General continues push for sex offender guidelines

In January, Attorney General Ken Salazar proposed several legislative initiatives, one concerning expanded sex offender registration requirements and availability. His push was, in part, a reaction to the decision last year of the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court rulings that excluded some sex offenders from the mandatory parole law. This initiative exists now in the form of two bills.

Man wants statewide rail system

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) A Boulder man is drafting a proposed initiative to create a statewide rail district that would connect the Front Range with mountain communities and the plains.

Bulldog Sports

Tough winter for cattle sends beef prices soaring

WASHINGTON (AP) The harsh, cold winter on the Plains has left cattle thinner than usual and sent retail beef prices soaring to record levels.

Business Around Town

Leaking roofs, falling ice chunks, masses of falling snow and ice dams. Sound familiar? It doesn't have to. A new state-of-the-art machine and a family dedicated to prompt, quality workmanship may be the answer to your winter snow and spring rain nightmares.

Nebraska student needs your help

To the Editor; I am in the fifth grade at Northeast Elementary in Kearney, Neb. I have adopted your state as a class project. I will be doing a report and other projects in which I will give information about your state's history, economy, culture, physical region and climate. Then in May, my class is having a "States' Fair". I will display and report everything I have learned about your state. I am writing in hopes of getting some postcards that will help me report about your state.

Colorado's suffering a drought protection crisis

To the Editor; Insidious political infighting has caused brownouts in California and a major drought protection crisis throughout Colorado.

Cross country runner overcomes adversity to excel

Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.

Gunman may have warned of plan to shoot up school

SANTEE, Calif. (AP) Some classmates described the 15-year-old alleged shooter as a ''nerd'' and a ''dork'' and said he was taunted relentlessly. Others said the high school freshman told them he was going to shoot up the campus but they didn't take him seriously.

Craig Police Department develops five-year plan

Safety, security emphasis of new law enforcement strategy

Safety of the community and of law enforcement officers are two objectives the Craig Police Department is trying to meet. There are several philosophies for achieving those goals, so the police department went to the community for input.

Starter gun sounds for MCHS track season

Nate Browning may be stuck running inside because of the weather, but that limitation hasn't affected his goals for his senior year track season.

Sunday, March 4

Colorado's manufacturing economy rebounding

DENVER (AP) Although still sluggish, Colorado's manufacturing economy, rebounded last month from January's severe downturn.

Cities to supply used water to power plant

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Boulder, Greeley and Longmont are expected to lease water already used once by their customers to a California-based power company that plans to build a gas- and steam-powered electricity plant north of Denver.

State snowpack averages improve

The amount of water in Colorado's high-country snowpack has edged a bit closer to normal levels in several basins as the end of the snow season approaches.

Carrier says thanks to patrons

To the Editor; To all Craig Daily Press readers on County Roads 64, 81, 212, 174, 7, 31, 15 and 30, Columbine Apartments, Victory Motors of Craig, Black Nugget Motel, Trav-o-tel Motel, Tri State Equipment, Western Knolles, Mack Lane, Fleischli Oil and Colorado Highway 40 West: Thank you for being such good customers. Thank you for all the good tips, praise, and appreciation in the last five months. I greatly appeciate each one of you.

Local pastor proposes charitable 'clearinghouse'

New office would coordinate, distribute aid within community

Pastor Brian Haynes of the First Baptist Church wants to form an office that would function as a clearinghouse for the charitable foundations here in Moffat County.

New board works toward growth

Marketing Alliance proposed for Western Colorado

Patty Snidow, director of Business and Industry Training for Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig, has a few plans for Western Colorado, and hopes related communities feel as strongly as she does about her presentation.

McInnis, Allard say locals must be involved

Congresswoman introduces another bill to turn Northwest Colorado land into wilderness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) Two Republican lawmakers say they will support only a bottom-up approach to designating more wilderness areas and will fight legislation that doesn't involve people directly affected.

A little smoke

Peewee wrestlers start on road to success

The sport of wrestling and the game of chess have several things in common. Both are competitions of mental skill, knowing certain moves and how to counter to those moves. Both are kinds of battle, and both are only truly mastered if started at a young age.

Thursday, March 1

Mayor to seek second term

In the April 3 city election, Craig residents will see a familiar name on the ballot. Mayor Dave DeRose announced today he will run for re-election.

TMH soon to get surgery

Hospital officials consider options for renovations, relocation

The Memorial Hospital (TMH) is under examination and will soon to go under the knife. In the coming days hospital officials will be reviewing its options for moving into new facility, and educating the community on where and how TMH will move as decisions are made and approved.

Moffat County golfers drive into spotlight

LIfe on the fairway - from seven from seven iron to state play

Golf started for Jarrod Aragon more than a decade ago, when he accompanied his father on Sunday trips to the golf course. The only club that Aragon swung was the one his father fashioned for him a cut-off seven iron. "I used to go out with him on Sunday's, then he started buying me passes when he saw I liked the game, now I work out there. Its kind of been a progression," Aragon said. Aragon, a 82.4 stroke golfer, is a veteran of Moffat County's High School's golf circuit, having played since he was a freshman and improving every year.

Parents get tax breaks for children

WASHINGTON (AP) The unbridled joy of children extends into to the federal tax code, where parents can qualify for breaks for education expenses and student loans, adoption costs and even for simply having a child at all.