Stories for May 2001


Thursday, May 31

Expansion of Elkhead remains a possibility

Barbecue, conversation cover benefits, impacts of proposal

Over a meal of ribs and corn on the cob, residents and Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) directors and staff discussed the possibility of expanding Elkhead Reservoir and the pros and cons of such a project.

Postal drive earns many meals for area's needy

The May 12 Help Stamp Out Hunger drive by post offices across the nation was a great success, and Craig's carriers were again impressed with the generosity of the community.

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Golfers get shot at helping young football players

Golfing and the gridiron don't usually mix, but they will next month in Craig.

Youth invited to day of fun, fishing

Corn cobb pipes, ragged overalls and straw hats spell only one thing Huck Finn Fun Day

Electricity from coal protects Coloradans

I learned much about Colorado's energy future while attending the Western Governors' Energy Roundtable in Portland in February, where the focus was California's energy crisis.

Hospital's belt tightening efforts successful

The Memorial Hospital expects savings of more than $600,000 with new efficiency plan

The Memorial Hospital has a plan to help it operate more efficiently, which will save money in the long run and could net the county health care facility $600,000 in savings.

TWA put on notice for damages to airport runway

County to send letter, bill to airline for March mishap

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to TransWorld Airlines informing the corporation that they are liable for future repairs should the runway begin to show damage from the March 14 landing at Craig/Moffat Airport.

Fire burns north of Meeker

Officials let second fire go

Thunderstorms that passed through Northwest Colorado Monday and Tuesday left a mark that can still be seen today. Lightning from the storms ignited a 110-acre fire a half-mile north of Meeker.

Wednesday, May 30

Skate park upgrades underway

Rad rails and stoked aerials are what some children, and possibly a few adults, are attempting to complete today on the northeast side of Craig.

No. 1 ski state reports comeback from two lean years

The nation's No. 1 ski state reported a big comeback this year from two straight dismal seasons.


Arnold E. Lieske, Ruby Opal Giddens, Shirley Edith Dell, Virginia May Ditges

Little linksters invited to learn about golf

Tom Dockstader, the Moffat County High School Lady Bulldogs golf coach, will welcome young linksters from around the Yampa Valley Saturday with a barbecue and prize drawing, and hopefully most will want to stick around to learn a little bit about golf.

Hoopsters hit hardwood, again

Craig Mortensen and Blaine Corlett are bringing back memories of a tough winter.

Cat problem needs quick fix

Stray cats, kittens overcrowding Craig Animal Shelter

Ah, spring. When a young man's, and a young animal's, fancy turns to love.

Six retire from school district, others resign

The beginning of summer also signifies the end of the school year.

County officials new Foundation continue battle

Foundation's refusal to complete audit sparks debate over accounting

The main point of contention is the fact that the Foundation has turned in financial compilations, not an audit as the county has requested

Tuesday, May 29

GOWD deemed successful event

Business, organizers happy with weekend turnout, sales, events

After all the sunshine, rides, shows, events and good times at Grand Olde West Days, organizers and participants are calling the four-day event a success.

Fastest gunslingers in three states gather in Craig

If you blink you'll miss the whole thing.


Dancing horses shine in new GOWD event

Military bulletin

Joshua D. Hope

Class of 1991 to hold reunion

The class of 1991 will be having its 10-year reunion on July 20-21 in Craig.


Lanie Elizabeth Edmonds, Katelynn Desiraker, Kayli Elizabeth Plantiko, Audrey Maria Wright

Nurse Reishus heads back to Belize

I'm packing up, getting ready to return to Belize after a very full four weeks in Colorado.

Children's Health Fair a huge success

The Children's Health Fair, held April 26-27, was a success this year due to the hard work and dedication of many employees and volunteers.

Camp gives young hoopsters opportunity to play

Moffat County High School coaches Blaine Corlett and Craig Mortensen will sponsor a basketball camp for boys and girls grades three through eight June 11-14 at the Moffat County High School.

Former Moffat County runner is top American finisher in Bolder, Boulder

Former Moffat County High School Bulldog Clint Wells was the top-American finisher at Monday's Bolder Boulder, running the 10K, a 6.2-mile race, in 29.51 good enough for a seventh-place finish.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for May 29

Health physicist to examine Moffat County's indoor arena

Radioactivity, possible health risks to be investigated

Moffat County Administrative Services Director Debra Murray will update the County Commissioners on the search for a health physicist to examine the Indoor Arena during the board's regular meeting May 31.

Husband, wife injured after fall from pickup during GOWD

Jeffery Duncan, 22, and his wife Sarah, 21, were seriously injured after falling from the bed of a pickup truck on Sunday evening.

Quality of life gets good marks on city survey

High response rate logged on questionnaire

Living in Northwest Colorado is just fine by some local residents, at least according to the results of a recent survey done by the city of Craig.

Monday, May 28

Some reminded of the true meaning of Memorial Day

Eighty-year-old Chester Backes remembers when Memorial Day wasn't just another day off from work.

Mosquito Open challenges local linksters

Net team score, skins, individual title up for grabs

On a day that many described as "perfect for golf," the Yampa Valley Golf Club held its annual Mosquito Open

Xcel may pay private electricity users to use less this summer

Xcel Energy will offer homeowners $25 if they agree to turn off their air conditioners for short periods during the hottest days of the summer.

Bull riding results

Short Round


Emma Ence

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for May 28, 27

Rowdy bulls make

"Nitro" broke out of the chute, putting himself and Cody Mahar into a flat spin, but Mahar was able to hold tight and endure eight seconds, earning a score of 80 points.

Sunday, May 27

The Memorial Hospital plans June events

During the month of June, The Memorial Hospital in Craig has many exciting events for the entire family to promote Wellness in our community.

Chamber of Commerce board, staff make it all come together

Members of the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are:

Mental Health offers variety of services on limited funding

May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and with it came a need to bring awareness regarding what a community mental health center provides.

Local BBB member targeted by business phone scam

Thanks to a local BBB member business we are able to alert you to a scam that could affect your business today.

Your Chamber At Work!

The Craig Chamber of Commerce made numerous contacts to help promote the Craig area.

Businesses welcome FFA June 4-9

Entertainment, educational exhibits and discounts are all part of the agenda when 1,400 FFA members, their advisors and dignitaries pull into Craig next week.

CNCC's 100 percent tuition to benefit local businesses

When the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control voted to fund full-tuition scholarships for Moffat County residents at its May meeting, business people in the county received an affordable way to get valuable training and take college classes.

A word from the Chamber's executive director

I'm sure you have noticed an increase of visitors to the Craig area.

Women's foundation hosts breakfast

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. June 27 at the Holiday Inn in Craig.

County to give volunteer service awards

The Colorado Cares Volunteer Service Awards have been established to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.

Moffat County should be proud of the athletes it's produced

I entered the community of Craig a little more than four months ago, embarking in a career I never saw myself pursuing journalism.

Rodeo gives families chance to compete together

Making sandwiches, feeding a chickens, and milking goats.

Gunslingers pull out western garb for old-fashioned shoot

Looking more like a set for a cowboy movie rather than a Northwest Colorado shooting range, Cedar Mountain played host to old-west style gunslingers this weekend.

Moffat County graduates ready for new challenges

Family members and friends gathered at the Moffat County High School gymnasium Saturday morning for one of the most celebrated rights of passage that our nation's youth see high school graduation.

Thursday, May 24

United Way exceeds $265,000 goal

Money donated to the Moffat County United Way is already making its way into the community, working to help many in a variety of ways.

Memorial weekend, GOWD kicks off today

At 7 p.m. this evening, Colorado's "annual kick-off to summer," Grand Olde West Days, will officially kick-off.

TMH officials invite neighbors to discuss expansion options

School board counters the hospital's offer for administration building, several other sites reviewed

Plans to expand The Memorial Hospital won't stop because the Moffat County School District countered an offer for the School Administration Building.

Six-year-old shows generous spirit

Erica Dilldine recently turned six years old. She hosted a birthday party for her friends and asked them not to bring her a present, but canned food for the food bank. Erica did this very same thing for her birthday last year.

People should remember flag protocol

As Grand Olde West Days approach, I would like to remind everyone of protocol regarding our American Flag.

Community to lose to giving people

The Reglin family is moving. I know people move in and out of Craig all the time, but I wanted the community to know because the Reglins are people who contribute much without seeking to be recognized for their efforts.

City makes waves to chase away heat

Lap, wave pools to open in one week

Get set to get wet.

Wednesday, May 23

Second-grade students learn not to fear sirens, flashing lights

EMTs focus on children's emergencies, education during week of celebration

The deafening sound can startle children and adults alike, and the mere sight of them can make people cringe.

Liquor stores get high marks

Nine of 10 Craig businesses tested refuse to sell alcohol to minors

The Craig Police Department went on a liquor-buying binge Tuesday, hitting every store in the city that sells beer, liquor and wine, but the purpose wasn't self-serving.

College offers free tuition for residents

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but some good things do come cheap.

Girls softball starts month-long season

Girls with uniforms consisting of blue jeans or shorts and Tee-shirts with insignias such as Cook's Backhoe or Craig Steel can mean only one thing softball.

Little league games mark beginning of summer

Throngs of proud parents crowd the baselines, clapping for good plays made by both teams.

Qwest expanding DSL availability in Colorado

A speedier Internet connection could be coming to a neighborhood near you.


Harva Lou (Wyman) Buchanan, Antoinette "Toni" Kasper, Henry Gustaf Kracht, Manuel Sanchez,

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for May 22, 21, 20, 19

Craig couple fares poorly in attempt to sell house

A Craig couple who was inspired by to sell their home through an essay contest is not having much luck.

Tuesday, May 22

Military Bulletin

Douglas A. Hawks, Johan A. Svensson, Andrew W. Gore, Kathleen E. Bernard

Cedar Mountain Lions club helps four to college

The Cedar Mountain Lions Club presented two $500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships to Moffat County High School seniors.

Student News

Travis Butts, Amy Cox, Leah talkington


Frank N. Gross, Ruth J. Dahm, Josephine Gonzales, Beverly Washburn

Public Safety Center final tally: $13.1M

Officials say cost of facility is under budget

The Moffat County Public Safety Center is almost complete reportedly on time, and projected to be on budget.

Youth could face stiff penalties for tabacco use

City Council considers fines, public service as punishment

Responsibility was the word in question Tuesday night, as City Council members attempted to iron out some of the issues raised in conjunction with a proposed tobacco ordinance.

Students 'challenged'

Like a page out of a Judy Blume book, Ridgeview Elem-entary School students were able to act out, have fun, yell and play Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

New logo chosen for Mile High Stadium

The new logo for Invesco Field at Mile High was designed to reflect Denver Broncos' history and the support of the six surrounding counties, not the mutual fund company that purchased the naming rights.

Six Moffat County High School athletes sign letters of intent

Spring means new calves for the rancher, new sprouts for the farmer and a new freshmen class for a college athletic recruiter.

Scott makes top ten in State Golf Tournament

Moffat County golfers play two solid days at Hollydot links

A top-three showing in Regionals and a top-ten showing at state were the goals junior Lindsey Scott set for herself this season.


Samuel Lynn Updike

Local Ace retailer 'truckin' with NFL's John Madden

Blaine Kawcak of M.J.K. Sales and Feed Inc., at 288 Ranney St., in Craig, met longtime Ace Hardware spokesman and former NFL coach, John Madden, in front of the world's largest "toolbox," a huge truck designed like an Ace toolbox.

Social Security launches new Web page, online application for benefits

Recognizing the special importance of Social Security to women and the need for women to have access to timely, accurate information about their rights to benefits under the program.

Students place trail markers at park

The Ridgeview Elementary School first grade, Sunset Elementary School second and fourth grade, and East Elementary School fourth grade students and their teachers, Mrs. Bray, Mrs. Arnett, Mrs. Petch and Mrs. Samuelson, want to thank all of those who helped with the research, construction, and installation of the new trail markers project at Loudy-Simpson.

Food drive was a big success

Our food drive on Saturday was a big success, thanks to the generous people of Craig.

Thanks for helping

We would like to thank you all once again for your contributions to the Chad Wayne Cookston Memorial Scholarship fund.

Why are Craig's prices so high?

Why on earth is everything in Craig so expensive?

Monday, May 21

Sharp-eyed resident helps foil burglar

Jewelry store broken into Saturday; suspect arrested same day after description given

Kester Jewelry, at 530 Yampa Ave., was broken into at approximately 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

Editorial Column

A Haven for a hack

Baby boomer population nearly doubles in 1990s

Baby boomers made up Colorado's fastest-growing age group in the 1990s, nearly doubling in size and outpacing the national growth rate, according to census data released Monday.

CNCC-Craig graduates 22 students, honors others

Twenty-two students earned their diplomas from Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig this month and several others where honored at the college's fifth-annual student recognition night held May

"Where the Hell is Maybell?" 30 miles west

Those not scared off by Saturday's moist morning weather, hit the road for the 15th annual, "Where the Hell's Maybell" bike ride.

NC Telecom, commissioners cut deal on DS3 line division

$28,000 of prepaid services to cover work

As the old saying goes, "the only way to be sure a compromise is fair is that everyone comes away from the negotiations unhappy."

Residents take advantage of free trash services

Clean-up Craig Week is over for another year, and according to some of those in charge of overseeing the event, this year was another success.

Standout seniors earn Athlete of the Year

Between seniors Emily Mortensen and Kevin Voorhees, there are enough varsity letters to start their own alphabet.

Two bills benefit school coffers

Districts to see an increase in per pupil funding, book allocations

A measure that voters passed last fall is soon to become a reality, which is good news for school district coffers.

Nine-month-old crime solved

After more than 150 hours of investigation, following countless rumors and false leads, Craig Police Department Detective Sgt. Henry Stoffel has brought in two suspects.

Sunday, May 20

Driver charged with homicide makes bail

Rhonda Daley posts bond, returns to Craig

After voluntarily surrendering to the Colorado State Patrol Troop 4A of Grand Junction on May 12, Rhonda Daley, a.k.a. Rhonda Zimmerman, was released May 15 after posting $40,000 of a $100,000 bond.

Prescribed burns put on hold until fall

Safety window for controlled fires closes in Northwest Colorado

The window of time in which local U.S. Forest Service officials have said it is safe to do controlled burns has closed, meaning no more prescribed fires will happen in the Routt National Forest until fall.

Council to hear introduction of youth tobacco ordinance

Things should be somewhat calmer this week in City Council chambers, as the issue of the Ironclad Trailer park has now been laid to rest.

Volunteers needed for Paint-A-Thon

For the fifth year, local State Farm Agent Bob Johnson will paint the exterior of residences in Craig for free.


Shirley Dell, Virginia Ditges, Harva Lou (Wyman) Buchanan

Fast-moving storm hits Colorado

A snow storm that ripped quickly through Colorado left dozens of boaters stranded at a southern Colorado reservoir, thousands of people without electricity and trees uprooted by strong gusts or broken by wet, heavy snow.

Cheney says price caps, pressure on OPEC won't solve energy crisis

Vice President Dick Cheney is offering few encouraging words for Democrats seeking immediate relief for California's energy crisis.

Moffat County girls team finishes third in state

Stephanie Hurd, Emily Mortensen, Charlotte Steele and Laurel Mortensen, the fab-four relayers of Moffat County, shared two heartfelt embraces during Saturday's state meet at Lakewood's Jefferson County Stadium.

Swimmers hungry for next season after state

Moffat County traveled to Epic Pool in Ft. Collins to make a point.

Scientific minds

Danielle Connor, 10, demonstrates her project at East Elementary School's 10th annual science fair on Friday.

Safety belt program grand prizes awarded

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta presided over a raffle at Moffat County High School on Tuesday, honoring the students who earned safety belt awards this school year.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for May 9, and 10th

Friday, May 18

Time for registration at State Parks

Owners of boats, off highway vehicles (OHVs) and snowmobiles have reason torejoice this summer with the unveiling of Colorado State Parks Owners of boats, off highway vehicles (OHVs) and snowmobiles have reason torejoice this summer with the unveiling of Colorado State Parks

Jackson, Linton plan wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Linton of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Marla Colleen to Jesse James Jackson, son of Mr. and James Donald Jackson Jr. of Auburn, Wash., and Ms. Debbie Marie Waldron of Muscoda, Wisc.

Emergency response recognized

They are the unsung heroes in communities throughout the U.S., working diligently, and often without pay, to help improve the lives of those around them.

Thursday, May 17


Alonzo Russell "Lonnie" Meek, James David Pierson, Roger M. Saunders

Golfers getting ready for tough state meet

Lindsey Scott and Kristen Reid have never played Colorado City's, Hollydot Golf Course.

Several Bulldog tracksters qualify for season finale

The Moffat County track coaches have it all worked out.

Officials work out PSC telecommunication details

In every major project, especially one as complex and uncharted as the Moffat County Public Safety Center, there are bound to be snags, problems, changes, adjustments and delays.

Police officers nab one burglar, still searching for second

Theft from Mathers' Bar nearly accounted for, other business burglaries remain unsolved

The Craig Police Department made one arrest in connection with the Monday night burglary of Mathers' Bar.

Prenuptial parties mean the big day is getting closer, have fun while waiting

Traditionally, there are a series of parties and events leading up to the wedding day and brides and grooms each have their own special occasions.

Museum funds being withheld

Director says he's not getting his money

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is having trouble getting the money it's entitled to, and Director Dan Davidson wants what's his.

Wednesday, May 16

Emergency responders handle 911 call well

To the Editor:

Six swimmers set for state competition

Being an alternate is a position of duality.

Gas drillers could benefit from new energy plan

Natural gas production in the Rockies, which has increased in recent years, stands to grow even more under provisions expected to be included in President Bush's energy policy.

State health board approves new vaccine

Children younger than 2 soon will have to get the pneumococcal vaccine before they can enter preschool under a proposal approved by the Colorado State Board of Health Wednesday.

Foundation changes cause waves

Commissioners contend Community Foundation's moves ill-advised, possibly illegal

The Museum of Northwest Colorado Foundation's recent reorganization has raised some serious concerns from the Moffat County Commissioners.

Deputy DA resigns

Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann abruptly resigned from his position within the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office Monday.

Rumors of rest area closing unfounded

Despite speculation that it may be closed forever, local travelers can rest easy because an old, familiar landmark will be opening back up for another year of service.


Manuel Sanchez, Leo BaylessManuel Sanchez

Youth team takes second

The Craig sixth-grade girls basketball team, the Bullpups, traveled to Grand Junction May 5-6 to participate in the All Star Classic five-team tournament.

Tuesday, May 15

Burglars plague Craig businesses

Five local businesses struck in four days

Within a five-day span, five Craig businesses were broken into.


Lanie Elizabeth Edmonds, Samuel Lynn Updike, Spencer Patrick Rice, Kaleb Zachary Younger, Brooks Andrew Birkinbine, Tianna Marley Owens, Caitlin Marie Running

Phillips, Stark to wed

Steve and Donna Smith and Richard and Karen Stark, all of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dixy Ann Stark, to Andrew Charles Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phillips of Covington.

Military Bulletin

Jeremy L. Fineran

Memorial awards given

School officials proud of accomplishments

Each month, department heads submit reasons they are proud to the Moffat County High School Board of Education, which recognizes staff and students for their accomplishments.

Price for dental van visits increases

Children around Moffat County should have good reason to smile.

Sheriff looks to increase patrols on BLM lands

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead and the rest of the Western States Sheriff Association want the federal government to pay their bills.

Digital provider to raise tower

UBET Communications gains preliminary county approval for 100 foot service tower

Craig will soon be making the step up from cellular service to digital service, and it shouldn't be too long before it's available.

Moo Sul Kwan championship

Moo Sul Kwan championship, April 29

Investigators entered Romanowski home illegally

Statements to investigators by Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski and his wife cannot be used in their prescription drug trials because officers entered their home illegally, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Moffat County rides into final three rodeos

The nice thing about rodeo is you usually don't have to listen to your partner complain.

Monday, May 14

Moffat County schools enter into six-year contract with state

The Moffat County School District has signed on the dotted line, and expects the state Board of Education to soon do the same.

Moffat County sends six swimmers to state

There was a tie at the Western Slope Conference Swimming and Diving Championship in Durango on Saturday, though out there wasn't a swimmer involved.

Top cops honored at law enforcement dinner

Annual fete recognizes outstanding efforts, service

Day after day, night after night, the law enforcement divisions of Moffat County work to create and protect a peaceful, productive community.


Manuel Sanchez

Resident shocked about fish tales

Agency accused of removing pike, smallmouth bass from Yampa River

A question has been raised in the last few weeks about the fish shocking methods used by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials on the Yampa River.

Olympic gold medalist speaks at Moffat County High School

Yesterday in the Moffat County gym, Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner took some time to speak to high school students.

Thursday, May 10

Foundation sets goal of restoring train depot

Community Foundation hosts fund-raising dinner, silent auction, election of officers

The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado held its first fund-raiser since changing its name and mission.

Craig man faces several charges after alleged theft

23-year-old allegedly tried to steal change, credit cards and cash in Steamboat Springs

A 23-year-old Craig man faces numerous felony charges for allegedly trying to steal a change machine from a hotel and stealing credit cards and cash from a grocery store last week.

Heating help still available

Community Budget Center receives additional funds for heating bill aid

The second payment of a grant to help residents with heating bills has been received by the Community Budget Center (CBC) in Craig.

MCHS runners prepare for Regionals

Bulldogs' tracksters have high hopes of winning final regular-season meet

Going for a third Regional title can have a calming effect on a guy.

Tuesday, May 8


Elliot Lee Diaz, Faith Victoria Day, Paige Leiann Hoth, Brianna Renechmidt, Trystan James Stapleton, Sydnie DaNae Main, Thomas Henry Duncan, Kristen April Peters, Caitlin Marie Running, Jaidyn Leigh Steele

Jones, Richards plan wedding

Jeff and Diana Richards announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Sue.

Craig Youth Hockey Association says thanks

The Craig Youth Hockey Association would personally like to thank all the coaches involved in the hockey programs.

Gas prices continue to increase in Craig

As Colorado residents continue to pay more at the pump, many are looking for alternatives to combat the rising gas prices.

City Council shuts down trailer park

Heated exchanges and wild accusations were flying at City Hall Tuesday night, as the City Council voted unanimously to close down the Ironclad Trailer Park at 1664 Yampa Ave.

MCHS swimmers finish season with a first place

Bulldogs compete at regionals this weekend

The 200-medley relay team became the second squad from Moffat County to qualify for state Saturday at Orchard Mesa in Grand Junction.

Barainca to graduate

Rochelle Barainca, daughter of Torie and Phyllis Barainca of Craig, will graduate from the University of Hawaii-Hilo at the Spring.

Student News

John Grant

Sheriff's department awards scholarships

The Moffat County Sheriff's Department announced the names of this year's scholarship recipients.

Beef producers can get free yellow page listing

May 20 is the deadline for cattle ranchers to sign up for a free listing in Beef Business, the industry's yellow pages directory.

Officials take steps to improve Courthouse security

Panic buttons, X-ray machine to be used to secure Moffat County agencies after Sheriff's Department moves

Moffat County has always valued unfettered freedom and access, and still does.

Monday, May 7


Ruth Dahm, Charles "Dale" Fletcher

Bulldog Sports

Boys swimming, Track, Girls Golf

Moffat County Freestyle Wrestling Club results

Two Mile High Tournament at Leadville High School

City activities a step away from the usual

The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and the grass is greening.

Law enforcement

Incidents reported for May 7, and 5

City Council considers future of Ironclad Trailer Park tonight

A local trailer court may be shut down by the city if its owners are unwilling to meet the city's standards and abide by an abatement agreement.

Students get closer to nature

On-site environmental studies added to curriculum

Elementary school students are learning about the environment while helping to improve it in a cooperative project with the Craig Kiwanis Club.

Care center feasibility study available

Public comment to assist planning, organizing possible use for building

A feasibility study discussed at a March meeting about the future use of the Moffat County Youth Care Center is available to anyone who would like to offer ideas.

County finalizes contract

County, CSP work out dispute over public safety cente details

Another piece of the Moffat County Public Safety Center was put into place on Monday.

Sunday, May 6

Mining Visionary

steve Hafey started at Trapper Mine hoping to earn more money than he did as an English teacher and coach. While at Trapper, he has worked to create safety training programs modeled all over the world

In 1929, 2,785 coal miners died in the United States. That number dramatically fell in 1999.

Visions, Agriculture Visionary

Keeping the family farm alive is difficult in this era of low prices, government regulation and increasing taxes, but Mark Voloshin wasn't ready to see his ancestors' dreams die in the face of adversi

In 1925 a homestead was claimed outside the town of Craig.

Business Visionary

Though fairly new to Northwest Colorado, Dean Hollenbeck has put his knowledge and experience behind the effort to ensure the community prospers through economic diversity, making him a Visionary in t

Dean Hollenbeck's ideas and initiatives are not those of a man with a singular vision; the word "singular" can hardly ever be applied to anything Hollenbeck is involved in.

Moffat County track teams close season at home track meet

Girls take first place, boys pull in fifth

It was a typical Saturday for the Lady Bulldogs track team.

Bulldogs' insure spot in state play off brackets

How sweet it is. To be one of the 16 teams left on the road to a Colorado State High School baseball title.


Tadayuki "Tad" Marumoto, Eric Murphy Neely, Ruthann C. Hardway

Education Visionary

Judy Foster is more than a teacher. She makes her students her family and helps them unload the extra baggage they bring to school as a result of increasingly difficult and separated home lives, makin

For Dixon, Ill., native Judy Foster, teaching is not just a profession it's a passion.

Medical Visionary

George Lewis has volunteered his time on several projects, on being to help to make The Memorial Hospital the best medical facility it can be, making him a Northwest Colorado Visionary.

George Lewis spends his retired years planting and caring for the tiny seedlings in his greenhouse and carefully manicuring his lovely lawn.

Burglar hits Daily Press

The Craig Daily Press building was the subject of news over the weekend, but unfortunately, not for the right reasons.

Communication issues, terrorist plots are highlight of disaster drill

Mass casualty drill shows strengths, weaknesses of responders

Hollywood would have been hard-pressed to create a better plot than the one cooked up for various emergency responders Saturday.

Riders make annual drive

More than 600 horses travel through rural towns

The scene that the Sombrero Ranch provided on Saturday and Sunday would have made even the most ardent cowboy or cowgirl envious.

FedEx pilot dies in plane crash

Blasting caps hamper recovery of body

A FedEx plane piloted by a 44-year-old Wyoming man crashed into a ridge on the south side of Emerald Mountain Saturday morning en route to Steamboat Springs Airport.

Growth debate intensifies as deadline nears

Six lawmakers failed to reach a compromise on growth control Sunday as the end of the session neared amid threats of a special session.

Friday, May 4

River Watch program provides opportunity for 'real science'

Students research, tabulate river data in advanced science program at CMS

In Norm Yoast's advanced science class at Craig Middle School, his students are hypothesizing, collecting, tabulating and organizing data for the Colorado Department of Wildlife (DOW).

Prescribed burn planned for White River National Forest

The Forest Service is planning two prescribed burns this spring.

Hunters ready for next season

Although it is only May and the first hunting season doesn't open until late September, estimates on next fall's seasons are already beginning to come in.

Thursday, May 3


Frank Gross, Linda Sue Collins

In other business


Moffat County Commissioners hires new attorney

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners will formally introduce the woman who will take over the job former county attorney Tom Thornberry.

Program forces students to make commitment

An educational program that has been working at schools in high-poverty areas throughout the country, may be able to help students in Craig.

Craig's third graders improve CSAP scores

There is good news out of Denver for some Moffat County third graders and their teachers.

Family escapes accident with minor injuries

Truck carrying Craig residents plummets 270 feet down embankment outside Eisenhower tunnel

"Somebody was looking over them,"

Track teams host home meet this Saturday

The early May snow has thrown every athletic teams' practice schedule out of kilter, and track is no different.

One week remains before Regional Golf Tournament

Pressure is when the Regional Golf Tournament is less than a week away, and when it's being held at your home course.

Church celebrates 90th year of service

First Baptist Church will celebrate it's 90th anniversary with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 19 at the Shadow Mountain Village Clubhouse.

Child Mental Health Act the wrong solution to violence

After a tragedy such as the Columbine High School shootings a "do something, even if it is wrong" mentality can develop.

Lady Bulldogs end season with a tie at Olathe

Tying is better than losing.

Wyoming man charged with felony theft in Routt County

On Wednesday, Harold Lloyd Hansen Jr. appeared in Routt County Court one day after he was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday, May 2

Businesses see drop in venture capital

Businesses in Colorado collected almost 40 percent less venture capital in the first quarter of 2001 as in the same period last year, a national survey shows.

Freestyle wrestling supplements off-season

Moffat County High School's wrestling room, especially for high school wrestlers, is used as commonly as a classroom.

New vegetation planted along river to help combat erosion

Small, multicolored tents were nestled around the tall narrow leafed cottonwood trees next to the Yampa River on the Carpenter Ranch.

PReVENT takes steps to battle violence

Teen group reaches out to teach residents, students

There are many painful things a child has to learn as they grow into adulthood some are merely facts of life, while others are the dangers of the world.

Spring storm closes roads

A slow, steady late Spring storm left heavy, wet snow for many morning commuters.

Student faces felony charges after making death threats

CMS bully policy: Offer protection or persecution?

An eighth-grade student at Craig Middle School has been charged with three felonies after threatening to kill the school principal and two teachers

Crash derails illegal aliens

Five sent to hospital after three-car accident, minor injuries reported

A three-car accident north of the intersection of Ninth Street and Yampa Avenue netted some cuts and bruises, and more than a dozen illegal immigrants on Wednesday.

Former Craig resident defends Peroulis family, employee allegations

One of my old Craig friends faxed me the Associated Press story on the Peroulis sheep herding settlement.

New policy causes misunderstanding in community

In a small town, rumors go faster than a bull into a pasture full of heifers. And one is circulating that is no different.

AAA reports Colorado gas prices remain steady

The price of regular, self-service unleaded gasoline in Colorado remained steady this week, rising by only .07 cents to $1.68 a gallon, AAA Colorado said Thursday.

Moffat County Freestyle Wrestling Club results

Bald Eagle Open Tournament at Eagle Valley High School

Tuesday, May 1

Craig Intermediate School awards Citizens of the Month

Each month at Craig Intermediate School, students are honored with a luncheon to commend them for their citizenship.

Jackson, Linton plan wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Linton of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Marla Colleen, to Jesse James Jackson, son of James Donald Jackson Jr. of Auburn, Wash., and Debbie Marie Waldron of Muscoda, Wisc.

DOW repeats aerial deer count

Having been at odds for years over a variety of wildlife issues, Western Slope hunters may be able to once again put some faith into the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Residents offer solutions to junk problem

More than 40 residents offer ideas, disagreements at Planning meeting

Some Craig residents have been disappointed at the turnout for public meetings.

Student News

Johnson and Wales University, Laramie County Community College


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Lady 'Dogs suffer late-season strain on performance in meets

It's like the Lady Bulldogs' golf coaches are teaching math class things are adding up, and what they equal is fatigue.

Seventh-inning homer earns MCHS win

'Dogs advance to second round of districts

Moffat County's head baseball coach hasn't sweated the twelve, one-run games that his team has won this year, and junior Chris Field showed why Tuesday against Delta.

Celebrate the National Day of Prayer

We can no more separate ourselves from prayer and honoring God than we can disassociate ourselves from the founding fathers who brought us to these shores.

Law Enforcement

Incidents reported for May 1

Sheriff named Employer of Year

The Craig Business and Professional Women held its annual Employee of the Year luncheon at the Craig Holiday Inn Tuesday, and a surprised Moffat County Sheriff was the proud recipient.

Journey promotes nonviolence

Woman crosses state on donkey-back to bring awareness

After a 12-day trip across western Colorado, Lou Dean arrives on donkey in Steamboat Springs to promote her first novel about the preponderance of school violence.

Hundreds listed on MCHS third-quarter honor roll

To be listed on the Moffat County High School High Honors' honor roll, a student muut have earned a grade average for the quarter of 3.80 or higher.To be listed on the Moffat County High School High Honors' honor roll, a student muut have earned a grade average for the quarter of 3.80 or higher. To be listed on the 'Honors' honor roll, a student must have earned a grade average for the quarter of 3.5 to 3.799.

Boulder group proposes worldwide recycling plans

A Boulder County recycling organization has announced plans to launch an institute promoting the elimination of waste around the world.

Avalanche season not over yet, experts warn

The roads are dry, grass is green and winds are warmer, but experts are warning backcountry travelers Colorado's avalanche season isn't over yet.