Thursday, November 29
Craig's business expansion project is getting a boost from funds donated by local companies. Some companies have committed, and have pledged money, to the Economic Development Committee's efforts to create a corporation, board and position to guide the economic diversification and expansion of the greater Craig area.
Increasing number of youth promotions, door-to-door sales calls school-program funding into question
Craig residents have recently been greeted by a barrage of red nosed, stocking hat- and snow boot-wearing children, selling items that many say they don't need, but think they have to buy. This fund-raiser overload for valid school projects is being questioned by community members. Bettina Magas was concerned enough about the situation to address the Moffat County Board of Education during the "Let's Listen" session at this week's board meeting.
Lack of funding causes delays for road construction
Roads closed for construction may meet an economic traffic jam of their own. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) representatives held a meeting in Steamboat on Thursday evening to tell a familiar tale: With the recent economic downturn, there just isn't enough money to do all road improvements that have been planned over the last several years.
There's a lot of time and money involve in Craig Gym Gem Gymnastics. Ceresa Grammer, the coach of Gym Gem will tell you the same. For a majority of the competition season, Grammer and countless parents tote their gymnasts to Grand Junction or Denver to compete.
Freshman Brent Chamberlin is no fool. He knows the pin he got Thursday is out of the ordinary. He knows as a freshman not every competitor at the varsity level will so readily go to his back but he hopes they will.
The Yampa River Basin Partnership presented the final draft of its management plan Thursday night at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to a less hostile crowd than they usually address. The group is in charge of the recovery efforts for four native Colorado River Basin fish the pike minnow, bonytail, humpback chub and the razorback sucker.
Wednesday, November 28
Instead of establishing a military tribunal to punish terrorists, America needs a single justice system that is swift and harsh in its process one system that applies to all those committing crimes in America, or against America. Establishing a separate justice system for certain people is dangerous. It threatens the very concept of equality this country was founded on. Either all criminals should be tried under a tribunal system or all criminals should be tried under our current criminal justice system.
Those who have been craving some finger-lickin' good chicken will have to sit back and wait. Taco Bell in Craig will convert to a combination Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken, but the question of when still remains unanswered.
I was sitting in the newspaper office Tuesday afternoon when the call came in. Fully expecting the worst someone's name was misspelled, the person in the 'Home Of' header was dead, we misspelled the dead person's name in the 'Home Of' header I picked up the phone anyway.
A second can be a long time. Ask junior Kallie Murphy, she'll tell you the same since it was a second that kept her from qualifying for state in the first swim meet last season. But the elusive 1:17 state qualification time in the 100-yard breaststroke is firmly in her cross-hairs for the first meet of the season Saturday in Montrose.
Craig man will have competency evaluation before case goes to trial
Judge Richard Doucette granted the defense's motion this week that Steven Skufca, 41, undergo a competency evaluation before going on trial for felony traffic charges. Doucette then discharged the jury.
Chief Investigator will be moving to Fruita, K.C. Hume will assume new role for Sheriff's Office
Chuck Warner, who has been Chief Investigator for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office for almost three years, is leaving the department on Friday. Warner has been involved in law enforcement since 1980, working with the Craig Police Department full-time from 1985 until he joined the Sheriff's Office on Jan. 12, 1999. "I've seen Craig go from a boomtown to what is now a very nice place to live," Warner said. "When I first started with the police department, we would have to deal with bar fights with 20 to 30 people duking it out.
Congress has offered a funding solution to the revenue problems many rural hospitals across the country face, and The Memorial Hospital in Craig has decided to take advantage of it. Board of Trustees member Jack Bonaker stated this was his reason voting in favor of the TMH administration pursuing the option of converting TMH to critical access hospital status.
Moffat County Commissioners to host a budget hearing Friday at the courthouse for public input
The Moffat County administration is closing in on the final numbers for the 2002 budget, and a public hearing on the budget will be held at Friday's Board of County Commissioners meeting. The hearing will take place at 11 a.m., and will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions or voice any opinions or concerns they may have about the budget.
Moffat County School Board adopts three-page policy as part of Children's Internet Protection Act
The Moffat County Board of Education voted to approve the Internet use policy for Moffat County Schools this week. The policy outlines what the district considers to be appropriate and inappropriate use of the Internet.
Coach Craig Mortensen doesn't get worried about how his team can preform, after 28 years of coaching it's hard to get worried. But that doesn't mean he's not anxious.
Tuesday, November 27
In junior Trevor Slone's opinion, there's no better or tougher state to wrestle in than Colorado. And no better team to wrestle for in Colorado than the Moffat County Bulldogs. Slone, last year's regional champion, is ready to get the show on the road, and confirm to the state that the Bulldogs are still the pin kings they were last season.
The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, which educates children in Grand, Routt and Moffat counties about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, has been nominated for a national award to be handed out at a national conference in December. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) presents the Outstanding Coalition award every year at the CADCA conference in Washington D.C.
The Moffat County Board of Education has voted to adopt a new health curriculum. 'New' would be the wrong word though, because there has been no curriculum in place in the past, said Becky Field, a part-time eighth grade science teacher who was recently appointed as the district's health curriculum coordinator.
"We need to do what we usually do pin everyone," was uttered in such a matter of fact way by junior Trevor Slone that you would have thought he was discussing the weather. Well, I suppose if you're part of the rising storm known as Bulldogs wrestling it is easy to speak in such a casual fashion.
Craig trailer park to remain open until at least Oct. 1, 2002
George May got his wish. May, owner of the Ironclad Trailer Park at 1664 Yampa Ave., received one last extension from the Craig City Council after complying with a completion of the majority of work that needed to be done.
Four turn out to discuss BLM appointments, rural health care and imported beef issues
The Area Representative of Senator Wayne Allard visited Craig Tuesday to hear opinions, issues and concerns from the community. Four residents took advantage of the opportunity to send a message to the senator.
Monday, November 26
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A tractor-trailer carrying food and supplies for McDonald's slid down an embankment on Rabbit Ears Pass, forcing the closure of U.S. Highway 40 for much of the day Saturday. The driver, whose name was not released, escaped unharmed after the truck rolled over on the driver's side near mile marker 149 before sliding down the hill.
Fugitive reaches 120 mph in chase from Dinosaur to Maybell
A fugitive from Utah blasted through the western half of Moffat County in a stolen car on Saturday at speeds in excess of 120 mph with the Colorado State Patrol and Moffat County Sheriff's Office in hot pursuit. Joshua Brent Christiansen, 21, stole a 1997 Toyota Camry in Murray, Utah, eluded Utah authorities and crossed into Dinosaur.
Local departments cite common sense, preparation and caution as keys to staying safe on winter roads
Winter, and winter driving, is upon us. With snow, sleet, ice and slush about to become regular hazards for the next several months, the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol are asking drivers to prepare for winter road conditions.
After a Thanksgiving visit to see his daughter in Idaho, which included traveling through the weekend's winter storm, Moffat County School Board member Gary Ellgen was unable to make it to Monday's meeting. It's unfortunate, because the board really could have used him.
Several items, including the decision to become a critical access hospital, considerations for the 2002 budget and an educational presentation by a strategic quality management consultant, are on the agenda for The Memorial Hospital board of trustees meeting Wednesday night. Hospital administrator Randy Phelps said it is the board's decision, but a likely one that a vote will be taken on whether to become a critical access hospital.
Craig residents may see a slight increase in their water bills, if the Craig City Council approves a new ordinance that would increase water and wastewater rates. The Council will hear the introduction of the ordinance at their meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall.
In senior Mike Charchalis' opinion, the Bulldogs are ready for the season after Saturday's scrimmage at Grand Junction High School. But the senior and the rest of his teammates will have two weeks to wait before they hit the hardwood for their Dec. 7 home opener against Aspen.
The game of basketball has become a balancing act for coach Craig Mortensen. The coach is in the process of moving the Lady Bulldogs from a guard-led scoring system, to one that will rely heavily on the post as well.
Sunday, November 25
Despite needing more volunteers, local youth program makes beneficial changes for Craig children
In its third year of existence, the Moffat County Mentoring Program has made a difference in many young people's lives, but there is still a need for more adult volunteers. "Mentoring is not a big metal ball attached to your ankle," said Debi Landoll, director of Moffat County's mentoring program. "Mentoring is simply a commitment to be there."
Senator Wayne Allard's Area Representative, Beth Washburn, will be conducting Senate Office Hours in Moffat County on Nov. 27. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Colorado Northwest Community College, room 201.
Advisory board discusses future of new trail system
The Craig Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board met last week to discuss and plan the next projects for the Craig Parks and Recreation Department. The building of the Ridgeview trail and the memorial bench project are the focus of the department for the immediate future.
I was born and raised in Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and have spent many, many weekends celebrating the wins of my Nebraska Cornhusker football team.
Tonight, the Moffat County School Board will address the difficult and controversial question of whether to place filters on the school system's computers. These filters would prevent students from accessing Web sites that contain materials that are sexual in nature, drug related, involve gambling, shopping, on-line trading, abortion information, instant messaging, racism, hate, alcohol, personals and dating, violence, and detailed weapons information. What logical use could students have for explicit sexual or violent Web sites? Furthermore, children should not be shopping on the Internet while at school.
Boulder was full of blowing horns, co-eds on the corners holding banners, and a multitude of fans as shocked with the Colorado win as Nebraska was with its loss. I am talking about the scene in Boulder after the Buffaloes stormed to their biggest win of the season a 62-36 romp of the top-rated Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving brings inches of white stuff to Northwest Colorado
It has been 20 years since Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation has been forced to postpone opening day on the mountain. However, the weather has finally cooperated, and the new opening day target date is now in sight.
Funeral services for Bill Lord will be held at 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 26 at the Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.
Plans for an assisted living center in Craig have been dropped and the steering committee dedicated to researching options and locations for such a facility is going on hiatus. "The Assisted Living Center Committee was put together to assess the need for a assisted living facility," said Moffat County Housing Director Keith Antonson. "If you look around regionally, there's quite a few vacancies available the Haven in Hayden was put in, and Rangely, Rifle, Parachute, and the Doak Walker facility in Steamboat all have room. We're putting the situation on the back burner for now. We'll meet again in January or February to sit down and look at things. We'll be keeping our finger on the pulse, so to speak."
Search for superintendent, CSAP scores and Internet accessibility top school board's list
At the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting next Monday, the board will initiate its plan to recruit a new superintendent of schools, said board president Phil Hastings. The position was left vacant by former superintendent Duane Wrightson, who left last summer for a job in Michigan.
Teens are a curious lot. If they want information on a certain topic, they'll find it. And, in the absence of correct information, they'll take whatever information they get, which is why Internet censorship is a bad idea. It is not only a violation of the intent of the first amendment, but it can lead to children making up their own answers to uncomfortable questions. The Moffat County School Board is facing a difficult decision. Members must decide whether to install filters on school computers to prevent teens from logging onto sexually explicit sites, sites that deal with gay or lesbian issues or sites that promote violence.
Tuesday, November 20
Local law enforcement agencies are again warning residents of Craig and Moffat County about phony solicitation calls. The Craig Police Department has received questions and complaints about phone calls looking for donations to benefit peace officers.
It's test time for the Bulldogs. This Saturday the Bulldogs will have their first live action scrimmage at Grand Junction High School. The outcome of the game will be one of the major tools coach Blaine Corlett uses to decide his varsity line up for the season.
Third-grade student achieves success in fund-raising effort
Two months ago, when Chris Copeland, a third grader at Sunset Elementary, saw the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City on television, he decided he wanted to do something to help. He did something, and did it in a big way.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Authorities suspect someone may be trying to kill pets with rat poison in an area south of Steamboat Springs. Since Sept. 15, five dogs have been poisoned with strychnine, said Cindy DelValle, Routt County animal control officer. One of the dogs has died.
Three local artists are showing their watercolor works at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The paintings are displayed on the museum's balcony, and will be on view until after the holidays. Mary Pat Ettinger, Lynette "Sis" Pell and Kay Servatius are all local professional artists, and the museum has had their work on display since the beginning of November.
Government handout keeps doors open with Medicare
At the Nov. 28 Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting, board members may vote on converting the hospital to a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). If the board decides to go with the critical access designation, TMH would become one of 489 CAHs in 42 states and one of 13 CAHs in Colorado.
Roy M. Rodewald 1938-2001 Clarence Milton Culver 1912-2001
I think I may have done something wrong to the snow Gods, but I don't know what it was. I mean there has to be some reason why it isn't snowing.
Monday, November 19
Warm, dry conditions increase potential for late-season wildfires
The peak fire season in Northwest Colorado has been over for months but the danger is far from gone. Officials have warned that because of the unusually dry and warm weather conditions this fall, the potential for fire still exists.
County organizes applications for master plan, purchasing defibrilators for law enforcement officers
The next round of Mineral and Oil Energy Impact Grant applications were organized by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners on Monday. Funding for the revision of the county's master plan and purchasing automatic external defibrilators (AED) for law enforcement officers are the two grants the county will be filing with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).
Once a month, parents of children with special needs have an opportunity to support one another and share ideas at Power of Parents meetings. Michele Merrill, the area coordinator for Early Childhood Connections, said the club was started by parents years ago, but had gone by the wayside in recent years.
For the past two weeks, the Craig Wildkats have been searching for something a national qualification. Last Saturday they found one. The Wildkats earned a berth to the National Cheer Association (NCA), after placing first at the NCA's competition at Mesa State in Grand Junction.
It's been five quarterbacks and countless field goals, made and missed, since I last watched the Colorado Buffs win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It's been years of broken plays, fourth-quarter comebacks and late-game leads thrown away and the happy Huskers always seem to put a "w" in the win column.
Representatives from snowmobile club, Wilderness Ranch Landowners Association voice concerns
The winter road closure task force met Monday and created some options for the Moffat County Commissioners to deliberate. Representatives from the snowmobile club, the Wilderness Ranch Landowners Association, the Moffat County Planning and Road and Bridge departments met to discuss possible courses of action concerning the closure of County Roads 11, 27 and 38.
Sunday, November 18
Statewide hotline, Web sites to provide drivers updated road conditions
The Colorado State Patrol Communications Center in Moffat County will no longer handle road condition and weather information requests. A new statewide hotline has been set up, along with two Web sites that will disperse the information.
Craig Public Safety Center receives national recognition
The dispatch center of the Moffat County Public Safety Center recently received a national award The National Emergency Number Association's Outstanding Team Performance Award for Colorado. "The award is always given on Sept. 11, but this year was even more stressful and upsetting," said Lynnette Stieb-Sorensen, Regional Communications Manager for the State Patrol. "And on top of that, my team went through a hell of a year. I nominated them for the team effort they've shown in dealing with everything that's gone on."
New Craig resident finds way to give back to local community by providing holiday dinner
Being a part of a community means giving back what you can when you can, according to Norma Jean Granger. Granger has been a resident of Moffat County since August when she moved here after purchasing TK's Truck Stop. Despite being a new resident, she's ready to make a difference in Craig.
Local governmental agencies to discuss, review Moffat County's application for Energy Impact Grant
As several public processes are nearing completion on sectional master plans, local governmental agencies are now gearing up to begin revising the overall master plan for Craig and Moffat County. "The plan will coordinate all the regulations between the city and county, especially for the urban development area around the city," said Sue Graler, Moffat County Planning Department director. "It will also integrate or reference the other master plans parks and rec., the Land Use Plan to create a master document for planning."
Vermont quartet to bring bluegrass and folk rythyms to Craig Communtiy Concert series
A quartet of banjo pickin', suspender wearin', folk singin' musicians from Vermont will perform Tuesday night at Moffat County High School. The Craig Community Concert Association is presenting Wood's Tea Company, a traveling group that performs Celtic, bluegrass and folk songs to audiences throughout the United States.
El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence recognizes local organization for self-sufficiency
Horizons Specialized Services was honored at the El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence in Colorado Springs last week along with 33 nonprofit organizations from 11 different categories. The award for excellence in the area of self-sufficiency went to the agency which provides services for the developmentally disabled in five counties throughout Northwestern Colorado. One of Horizons' offices is located in Craig.
Thursday, November 15
Game on, eh. For coach Josh Magnuson and the Craig Cougars midget hockey team, game on started last Saturday with two wins over Steamboat Springs. A 3-2 win in the first game, and a 4-0 shutout in the second.
The Lady Bulldogs swim team might have to stop calling themselves Moffat County and change their name to "Tri-County." That's because there are a total of five swimmers from outside the Moffat County-area participating on the high school team this year.
More than 50 people attend presentation on TMH designation
More than 50 people attend presentation on TMH designation More than 50 people crowded into the Holiday Inn of Craig's meeting room Thursday night to view a presentation on The Memorial Hospital's plan to convert to a critical access hospital. The possibility of a new hospital facility was the catalyst that brought many attendees to the meeting. But, despite their concerns about a new facility, most guests left the meeting convinced that critical access is a good thing.
Public informed about impact power plant construction will have on local economy; projected timetable
More than 50 people gathered Thursday night at City Hall to hear the updated plan for Tri-State Generation's environmental update project. Dana Gregory, spokesperson for Tri-State, discussed how the $105 million project is developing, and the effect that construction will have on the community and the number of construction personnel that will come into the city once construction begins.
New program gives grades to Colorado schools
Parents of students in Moffat County schools will be receiving report cards in the mail sometime next week. If the word "report card" makes a student nervous, they need not worry, because this report card does not contain student grades. It contains school grades.
The Economic Development Committee (EDC) has successfully solicited commitments from several area businesses to help create and fund an Economic Development Director position. The EDC has estimated that it will take $120,000 to recruit a director and organize the position. With $50,000 annually coming from local government, the EDC is in the process of meeting with local industries to raise another $70,000 annually, said Jim Ferree, Craig City Manager and EDC board member.
Wednesday, November 14
Railroad company reviewing possibility of donating depot building
Union Pacific Corporation is rethinking the demolition of the Craig depot, looking again at the possibility of donating the depot to the community. Both the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado have been notified of the delay. Foundation board member Pam Foster spoke with Union Pacific representatives on Monday and received confirmation of the temporary stay of execution.
They're back and they're bloodthirsty. The Moffat County Bulldog wrestling team hit the mats Monday in preparation for another state-title season.
Recovering from the loss of the two lead characters and the entire supporting cast would be worrisome for most directors, but coach Blaine Corlett is on the road to a rebound. Top scorers Kevin Voorhees and Jeff Gaylord, who combined for more than 500 points last season, along with other key players graduated, leaving large shoes to fill on the Bulldog boy's basketball team.
Commissioners agree to finance, security issues
The Moffat County Commissioners and NC Telecom settled the dispute concerning financial security and financial backing issues. The Commissioners wanted more security written into the contracts concerning prepaid services, and NC Telecom wanted the county to subordinate to the Rural Utility Service (RUS) to allow NC Telecom to acquire long-term financing. Negotiations between the county attorney and NC Telecom's lawyers broke down last month.
High school actors, actresses learn lessons about character transformation in 'untypical' play
In acting, one must transform his or her personality into something or someone else during the extent of a performance. They learn the role of a character, and become it. Moffat County High School students putting on this year's fall play had to do more than just learn the part of one character. They had to learn the part of numerous different characters.
Tuesday, November 13
After amassing more than 10 injuries throughout the season, along with a 3-7 record, it seemed there was little for the Bulldog football team to celebrate. But the announcement of four players being named to the All-Conference team gave a lift to Tuesday nights football banquet.
All-Conference honors awarded to the members of Moffat County High School's fall sports teams mean more than individual success. And, the community should be proud of these gracious students who would have traded it all for the team. This past week it didn't seem like much to the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs who earned the conference and statewide accolades.
Public invited to presentation on Medicaid program
The Memorial Hospital staff has agreed that becoming a critical access hospital is a good idea. Now it's time to see what the public thinks. At 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, Hospital Administrator Randy Phelps will give a presentation outlining the benefits and disadvantages of becoming a critical access care facility.
Winter weather road closures will be open for debate following the formation of a road task force by the Moffat County Board of Commissioners. Final road closures in the County will be shaped through the committee formed by affected landowners, the Moffat County Planning Department and the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department.
A direction and draft for the Craig Parks and Recreation Master Plan has been approve, and a detailed plan will be delivered to Moffat County residents in January, 2002. The Moffat County Commissioners, Craig City Council, the Craig and Moffat County Parks and Recreation departments, Craig Mayor Dave DeRose, and dhm design corp. reviewed a draft of the master plan Tuesday night.
In November most people are debating whether to roast a turkey or fry it for Thanksgiving. But the biggest concern for some Craig business owners is that the turkey they purchased has a sense of direction in this year's turkey races.
Temporary vendors in Craig will now have to operate by the same rules as businesses that operate out of permanent structures, as the Craig City Council passed Ordinance No. 905 Tuesday night at City Hall. The new ordinance places regulations on outdoor vendors, requiring them to pay a $300 bond, which will be held by the city in lieu of the businesses providing receipts of their sales tax.
Monday, November 12
Everyone can be replaced unless it's the two senior Lady Bulldogs' basketball stars. With the loss of Krystal Voorhees and Emily Mortensen, it also meant the loss of the heart and soul of the girls' basketball program.
Police Department, Sheriff's Office and State Patrol work together to diffuse potentially dangerous situation
Even though the situation was handled without incident or arrest, a potentially dangerous scene was an important training tool for Moffat County law enforcement because of the way it was handled. The Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol worked together as a seamless team, fronting as a cooperative effort to tackle a challenging situation.
Local groups, organizations team to offer assistance during American Cancer Society's annual event
Try to put 'em out, at least for one day. The American Cancer Society is encouraging people to quit smoking during "The Great American Smokeout," Thursday.
Hastings replaces Ellgen; board convenes into executive session for discussion on search for superintendent
The Moffat County Board of Education did not see much change as a result of last week's elections with only one new member being named to the board. But at Monday night's meeting, a significant transformation was made in the infrastructure of the board.
Temporary vendors may finally know if they will be required to register with the city and report their income from sales tax, after the 7:30 p.m. Craig City Council meeting tonight at City Hall. The Council has twice tabled Ordinance No. 905 because of wording in the ordinance that may have affected local non-profit youth groups who sell items door-to-door.
5.5 percent rate hike will affect both local, national customers
Watching shows on Fox, ESPN, Lifetime or CNN will become more expensive beginning Jan. 1 when AT&T Broadband raises its rates for customers nationwide. Rates will increase an average of 5.5 percent nationwide, meaning most customers will see their bills go up by about $2.
Sunday, November 11
Three men will be asked to take an oath tonight at the Moffat County School Administration building. At the 7 p.m. meeting, newly-elected board members Gary Ellgen, John Wellman and Rod Durham will take their new oaths of office.
Despite plans for new facility, officials look to remodel TMH
The Memorial Hospital is now accepting bids for a meeting room and day-surgery remodels accepting the bids, though, is all the hospital is doing at this point. The project that the hospital is accepting bids for would add a finished lobby and meeting room to the unfinished basement of the Visiting Nurse Association building.
The Moffat County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday to consider the proposed road closures of County Roads 11, 27 and 38. The proposal would close the roads for 90 days, beginning Dec. 1.
This fall, there's something about the 11th. Although not as startling, nor as depressing as the events of Sept. 11, there is still something going on this month.
At approximately midnight on Saturday, the Craig Police Department received a phone call reporting glass being broken near Craig Middle School. According to Lieutenant John Forgay of the Craig Police Department, the officer responding to the call observed at least two suspects running from the area.
Thursday, November 8
Craig BLM agent will help provide additional security
Bureau of Land Management Ranger Brad Merrill will be leaving the Little Snake Field Office on Dec. 2 not permanently, but he will be temporarily reassigned to Washington, D.C., to join the effort to tighten the security of airports, public lands and other possible targets on the East Coast for terrorist attacks.
Recreation Center, trail system department's priorities for upcoming year
On Monday and Tuesday evenings, the final touches and refinements of the Craig/Moffat County Parks and Recreation master plan will be handled. The Parks and Recreation master plan steering committee will review, discuss and make some final adjustments on Monday.
The pine needle baskets that Craig resident Shirley Fuller calls "absolutely beautiful" are a product of tradition. The creation of the baskets is a skill passed from mothers to daughters and has resulted in a heritage of craftsmanship that has not only linked a family, but has been profitable, too. Fuller, her mother and her sister sell the baskets, ceramics and pottery at craft fairs around the country and their next display will be in Craig at the annual holiday craft fair sponsored by the Centennial Mall Merchant's Association.
More than 100 students from Northwest Colorado will convene at Moffat County High School to play with Honor Band
Young musicians from all over Northwest Colorado will be in town this weekend to play with the Colorado Music Education District 8 Honor Band. Approximately 120 students, 10 from Moffat County High School, will practice together Friday and Saturday for a 6 p.m. performance Saturday in the MCHS auditorium.
If you want to help support drug prevention education, you can head to the golden arches. From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday at McDonald's of Craig, a hotcake and sausage breakfast will be served for $3 per person. The $3 fee will be donated to the Craig Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP).
For Kacey Peed, and the entire Gunsmoke Taxidermy team, volleyball is a family affair. That's because nearly the whole Gunsmoke team is made of Peed's relatives and has been for the past few years. But that's why Peed and her family signed up for the Parks and Recreations simi-competitive volleyball league to do something as a family.
I've been thinking for some time now about packing up my skies and making a trip even further west to Salt Lake City and the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Winter Olympics have always intrigued me, more so than the summer, mainly because I'm from Colorado and have skied all my life both for fun and competitively. So, needless to say, there aren't many Winter Olympics I don't remember watching.
Tuesday, November 6
Proposed citizen's initiative receives little support from local voters
Residents of Craig won't have to worry about landfills and garbage dumps sprouting up throughout the city, as voters soundly defeated four initiatives that would have amended the current Craig nuisance ordinance. Dave Manley, a Craig resident who spearheaded the citizen's initiative to eliminate the current ordinance, believes that despite losing the battle, the residents of Craig have spoken.
Moffat County Commissioners voice opinion about resolution at Steamboat Springs City Council meeting
Moffat County Commissioners T. Wright Dickinson and Les Hampton traveled to Steamboat Springs to request that a Steamboat Springs City Council resolution supporting the Citizens Wilderness Proposal be rescinded. The Commissioners and Natural Resources Department Director Jeff Comstock made a presentation at the Council meeting Tuesday night in front of a mostly unsympathetic audience of approximately 55 people.
Wellman, Ellgen will continue to serve; Durham replaces seat vacated by Malley
Despite three school board seats being up for grabs this year, the make-up of the Moffat County school board did not change much as a result of Tuesday's election. Rod Durham will be the only new face sitting in at the next school board meeting.
The rich get richer, while the poor, well, they just sit back and watch the rich contemplate a strike. And we're not talking about the kind so prevalent in this year's World Series. Yes, when after all of the bad memories of the 1994 season were finally being erased with home-run races by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.
It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. And for seniors Amber Sanchez and Katie Telfer the game of volleyball was played so hard the 14 loses on the season didn't taint the Western Slope Conference's (WSC) coaches' opinion of the girls. Each girl was named to an All-Conference position, Sanchez to first team and Telfer to second.
The body discovered in Moffat County on Sunday has been identified with the help of dental records. The skeletal remains are those of Robert Leonard Beard, who had been reported missing since February. Beard's family in Craig had not heard from him since December 2000.
Residents of Dinosaur went to the polls on Tuesday to decide if the town should create a sales tax for itself. The proposed 2.1 percent tax would raise approximately $26,000 for the town's budget in the first financial cycle. The initiative passed with 59 votes in favor versus 27 votes against the proposed tax. Eighty-six of a possible 344 registered voters in Dinosaur cast their ballots a 25 percent turnout.
Monday, November 5
Museum of Northwest Colorado believes lack of communication is clouding building's fate
The effort to save the Craig train depot building is still underway but where the process is going depends on which angle is taken. Several different entities, including the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Union Pacific Railroad and the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado, seem to be at a different point in the process of saving, or not saving, the depot on Yampa St. The Museum's director, Dan Davidson, is concerned that time is running out for the depot to be saved.
Challenging seasons and disappointing statistics sometimes overshadow great accomplishments. For the Bulldogs' soccer team, this couldn't be more true. It's easy to gloss over top-notch play and true teamwork when every single hashmark is in the "L" column.
Despite newspaper advertisement, many residents say they weren't pressured into selling their property
With 14 of 18 properties already purchased, The Memorial Hospital has acquired enough land to accommodate its proposed plans for a new hospital. In a recent advertisement in the Craig Daily Press paid for by concerned local citizens, an assertion was made that, "many long-time Craig residents have been displaced from their homes through the aggressive property acquisition of the Hospital Board."
Hospital administrator believes most facilities are not adequately prepared
Last Thursday, the American Hospital Association sent information to Congress outlining how the $11.3 billion total it believes America's hospitals need to prepare for a biological, chemical or nuclear attack should be allocated. Randy Phelps, The Memorial Hospital Administrator, said, "It was a comprehensive report that took into account the gap between where the hospitals were and where they would be in an ideal state."
Questions linger after decomposed body found in woods north of Craig
The human skeletal remains discovered Sunday by hunters has only raised more questions, and provided very few immediate answers. The remains were discovered in the northeast corner of Moffat County, on private land near County Road 40.
Setting your sights on state seems reasonable when you're named to the All-Conference team. But junior Evan Pressley knows that there are no guarantees. Pressley, who shot the steadiest game for the Bulldogs during the season, earned All-Conference honorable Mention honors.
Sunday, November 4
Body discovered Sunday afternoon in southeast corner of Moffat County
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a human body in the southeast corner of the county. At 4:30 p.m., Sunday, the Sheriff's office received a call reporting the discovery of human remains on private land off of County Road 40.
Shipping delay may slow shots for residents until early-December
Despite a delay in shipment of the precious injection, the Visiting Nurse Association is assuring Moffat County residents that its flu vaccine will be available before peak flu season. Liz Dellit, a registered nurse at the VNA who handles flu shots, said the VNA is usually in full swing providing flu shots at this time of year.
Newspaper advertisement stirs controversy about communication between hospital administration, community
At The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting last week, the hospital board discussed if and how it would respond to a recent advertisement in the Craig Daily Press regarding the board's plans to build a new hospital. John Ponikvar, who is part of the Citizens for Affordable and Quality Health Care group that placed the advertisement, described his group as a loose knit organization consisting of approximately 30 people.
For registered voters, the polls for the Moffat County 2001 coordinated general election will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. People wanting to vote had to have been registered by Oct. 9, said Beverly Johnson, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder.
For six years the Head Start program in Craig has worked to help children prepare for successful school experiences, and successful lives. Children from low income homes, with learning disabilities, from single-parent homes, and with English as a second language, are eligible for the program. Head Start offers classes and activities that are aimed at laying the groundwork for these future students.
Thursday, November 1
This weekend students will be battling it out at Moffat County High school. Not on the field or the court, but behind podiums and on stage. The MCHS speech team is hosting their home tournament tonight and Saturday.
This is the end. For 15 seniors Saturday's football game against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers will be the last time they will put on pads, some for the rest of their lives.
Craig man cited for nuisance ordinance violations attempts to have enforcement of nuiscance law changed
On Nov. 6, residents of Craig will be asked to decide policy questions about how the city can and should enforce nuisance laws. The question has been posed by a resident of Craig who wrote the initiative and collected more than the 80 signatures needed to get the issue on Tuesday's ballot.
In a 1992 literacy survey, 800 adults in Moffat County were found to read at a level below an average seventh grader. To combat this situation, the Read for Life Adult Literacy Service was developed using a combination of funding from Colorado Northwestern Community College, the United Way and local fundraising efforts.
Grinstead warns phone solicitations are unauthorized
Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead is warning area residents about a phone solicitation scam that is attempting to falsely raise funds by using the Sheriff's Office as a platform. Grinstead was alerted to the problem when the solicitors called Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.