Stories for October 2001


Wednesday, October 31

Bullpups post season's first wins

Healthy, smart and ready to rumble, both the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams scored their first two wins of the season. Both Bullpup teams played at Hayden Friday, and then faced Steamboat Springs in Craig.

Students upset by board's decision

School Board's decision to block gay, lesbian sites met with resistance

At the Oct. 22 meeting, the Moffat County Board of Education made a decision to block all sex education and gay and lesbian material from students' viewing on the Internet. Some students and instructors at Moffat County High School disagree with the decision, and were also offended by comments made by board member Jerry Magas.

Commissioners remove department supervisor

Moffat County Road and Bridge supervisor terminated after 18 years; Commissioners refuse to comment on decision

Dennis Jones has been removed as director of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department. He was offered a severance package at Wednesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, and Billy Mack is now acting supervisor of the Road and Bridge Department. Jones worked in the department for 18 years, serving as the supervisor since April of 1987.

Residents sound-off about plans for new hopsital

Prior to the start of The Memorial Hospital board of trustees meeting Wednesday night, board chair Judy Downing announced that a half hour would be allotted to the Citizens for Affordable and Quality Health Care to express their concerns about plans to build a new hospital. The Citizens for Affordable and Quality Health Care is a group consisting of anonymous members that ran an advertisement in last Wednesday's Craig Daily Press expressing their concerns about the proposed hospital.

Tri-State Generation hires private security firm

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has added private security guards and is completing a fence at the entrance to the Craig Station power plant. The power plant has been working to improve security since the Sept. 11 attacks. The Craig station is listed on a federal list of national infrastructure sites that could be a possible terrorist target.

Tuesday, October 30

Wild world of little asked questions

Does Moffat County High School have a fight song? If so, I've missed it, if not someone should write one. There's nothing quite as rabble-rousing as a crowd at full decibel singing a fight song, or the band backing them up.

Clinic teaches skill, roll modeling

Snatch the pebble grasshopper, the student has now become the teacher. Since the start of the Little Lady 'Dogs' Basketball Clinic this week, a number of Lady Bulldogs from the high school basketball team have done exactly that moved from the learning to the teaching role.


Shiloh House addresses program's structure, needs

The Shiloh House Community Advisory Board gathered at Shiloh House on Tuesday for the first meeting with the Shiloh House and Shiloh Home, Inc. administration. The board and the staff discussed the progress of the program, and what needs to be done to continue its success. During the formation of the Shiloh House facility, which is housed at 1324 East Highway 40, the Shiloh Home, Inc. staff which runs Shiloh House encouraged and agreed to the creation of an advisory board. The board would provide the community an opportunity to participate and have input into the future of the facility.

Hayden News

Terror threat remains minimal

Sheriff says local threats remain low despite warnings

Local law enforcement wants to assure residents, that despite yesterday's warning from the federal government, the threat of a terrorist strike in this area is very low. Both the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police Department want residents to be vigilant about their personal security, but at the same time continue to live a normal life.

Domestic Violence

A group of women sit around a table picking from two bowls of jelly beans, sipping coffee and talking about their lives. Two relax on a couch in the corner. There are about 10 women present. Some of them are old enough to be the mothers and grandmothers of others in the room.

Conrad teaches students to be 'unstoppable'

Tuesday morning, Craig Conrad stood in front of the Moffat County High School student body, and challenged them to be unstoppable. In a presentation that lasted close to two hours, Conrad, the MCHS wood shop teacher, told stories mostly based on his first hand accounts with people who have ruined their lives due to alcohol and drug use.

Monday, October 29

Haskins' bond not reduced

Judge refuses to lower bond for Maybell man

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) A judge refused on Monday to lower bond for a University of Wyoming student charged in the deaths of eight fellow student-athletes in a head-on collision. District Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell set a Feb. 25 trial date for Clinton Guy Haskins, 21, of Maybell, Colo., who is free on $100,000 bond.

Ferrets to be reintroduced in Moffat County

Non-essential Experimental Population designation calls for blackfooted ferret reintroduction in Wolf Creek

A plan that will allow for populations of blackfooted ferrets to be released onto public lands in Moffat County, Rio Blanco County and Utah is nearing finalization. Blackfooted ferrets, an endangered species, would be released into the Wolf Creek Management Area in Moffat and Rio Blanco County.

Police nab Fugitive of the Week

Crime Stoppers' program successful in first week since return

Over the weekend, local law enforcement received a tip that lead to the capture of last week's featured Fugitive of the Week. Nathaniel (Nate) Pearce, 29, was arrested by Craig Police at Mather's Bar at 420 Yampa Ave. at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Pearce was wanted in connection with an assault that had occurred at 485 Washington St. on Oct. 9. He is charged with third degree assault, a class one misdemeanor, which is punishable by a sentence of up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Sunday, October 28

Lady 'Dogs second, Bulldogs 13th

With junior runner Sheila McNicol unable to finish Saturday's state championship cross country meet because of knee pain, the Lady Bulldogs ended their season with a second place finish at state. The girls were edged out of the first place finish, and a two-year defense of the state championship title, by Lewis-Palmer High School from Monument. Though, the Lady 'Dogs didn't take first place, it was by the narrowest of margins eight team points separated Lewis-Palmer and Moffat County.

Lady Bulldogs stuck in pool play

It was goals met, and goals missed. At least it was that way for senior volleyball player Katie Telfer. Telfer was pleased the volleyball team met its goal of making the district tournament this year but was disappointed when the team failed to make it out of pool play.

Theatre class to perform skits for younger children

A woman driving down the road in her car listens to an update on the radio about "The Slasher," a man going around killing people in town. She peers out her window and sees a mysterious man on the side of the road waving her down.

Depot to be torn down

Union Pacific believes landmark building is liability

Union Pacific Railroad has decided that its train depot at 304 Yampa Ave. should be demolished. During a periodic review of unused holdings, the company has ruled it's no longer necessary to hold the piece of property and pay taxes on the building. Union Pacific has begun the process of finding a company to handle the dismantling and disposal of the building.

Safety Center holds celebration honoring local veterans

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police Department will host an open house on Nov. 12 at the Moffat County Public Safety Center for veterans of military service. The open house is being held in recognition of Veterans' Day, Nov. 11. Presentations and artwork by elementary students will be part of the program, as well as letters from the community which the departments hope to collect.

Halloween danger can be avoided

One of year's most fun holidays can also be one of its most dangerous

For children, Halloween might be one of the most fun nights of the year, but it's also one of the most dangerous, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. A child is four times as likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Thursday, October 25

Cross country geared up for state

Ready or not, here they come. Amidst surprises and challenges, the Moffat County Lady Bulldogs cross country team knows one thing is certain they're on the way to state, and they're ready to rumble. Junior cross country runner Laurel Mortensen expected her team to make state since she joined them this year, but what she didn't expect was to be running in her current position.

ELL program work in progress

112 Moffat County School District students not proficient in English

For 112 out of the 2,564 students in the Moffat County school district, English is a second language. More than half of these students are so new to the United States that they hardly speak any English at all. With a jump of 87 to 112 students deficient in English this year from last continuing the recent influx, the school district can only assume that there are more to come.

Public input closed on Trust

Commissioners will receive final draft on Monday

The proposed Northwest Colorado Working Landscape Trust draft has completed its cycle through the public process, and is approaching the final approval steps for the local level. Public comment on the Land Trust draft closed Thursday at 5 p.m., and on Monday the input collected will be reviewed by the Moffat County Land Use Board and revised into the text of the proposal. On Wednesday, the proposal will be presented for approval to the Moffat County Commissioners.

Wednesday, October 24

Children learn dangers of drug use

If only everyone would attack life with the same attitudes and beliefs they had in the 4th grade. Decked out in "Be drug free" T-shirts and wearing ribbons that read "I've got better things to do than drugs," 4th graders at Ridgeview Elementary gathered in the library Wednesday afternoon to get an education on the dangers of tobacco use.

Craig Fire/Rescue rejected for DOLA grant

Department of Local Affairs recommends grants for waterline system improvements, updates to software systems

Representatives for the city of Craig, Moffat County and the Craig Rural Fire District traveled to Denver Oct. 19 to face the Department of Local Affair's (DOLA) advisory board. Three of the four grant requests made were recommended for funding by the board, but the grant request concerning the construction of a training center for firefighters and rescue crews was denied. The advisory board recommends to DOLA that a grant be funded, but the final decision on how much is granted is still at the discretion of the department, said Craig city manager Jim Ferree.

Gates Foundation grant provides computers for library

Moffat County libraries just received new computers compliments of one of the richest couples in the world. Courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, libraries in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur received a $31,465 cash grant to purchase eight new computers and three high-end laser printers.

Dinosaur hopes to rebound by adding new sales tax

Residents of Dinosaur will go to the polls this fall 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. The budget is the main reason this initiative was put on the books, according to Clint Morrill, mayor of Dinosaur.

Loveland happy to supply early-season bruises

Ouch. That would be the one word to best describe the opening ski weekend at Loveland Valley, as early-season skiers and snowboarders took to the ice, er .............. snow for a little refresher course last Saturday. With some help from our good friends at the Ski Haus in Steamboat, who were willing to set us up with boards and boots despite their ski season not starting for another month, we were on our way.

Injuries still plaguing football

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but the Moffat County Bulldogs football team seems to be on a mission to rewrite that theory. After 10 strikes this season, Coach John Haddan has seen his seniors plagued with injury.

Lady 'Dogs face Demons first at districts

This is where the going gets tough. It's a time in the season when every outside hitter is looking for a kill, and every middle blocker is looking to put the ball in her opponent's face, coach Vicki Haddan said.

Tuesday, October 23

Safety Center turns up heat

Commissioners tour facility after employees report fluctuating temperatures

Machinery issues at the Moffat County Safety Center dominated the conversation at the latest Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Moffat County Commissioners, the Moffat County Maintenance Department Director, Lt. Dean Herndon of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Jim Robertson and the TCD, Inc. team that built the PSC recently toured the jail, discussing unresolved maintenance or machinery problems.

Referendum may authorize land purchases

Initiative would allow GOCo to borrow up to $115 million for public land purchases throughout Colorado

Since 1992, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCo) has distributed grants to communities funded by money generated from the Colorado state lottery. GOCo funds projects that support with wildlife, outdoor recreation, open spaces, and related local government projects. GOCo receives 50 percent of the Colorado's net lottery proceeds, and through June of this year, GOCo had awarded $265.9 million in grants for 1,678 projects across the state. Referendum A, which will be listed on the Nov. 6 statewide election ballot, seeks to authorize the 15-member GOCo board to borrow up to $115 million by issuing bonds to help local governments, state agencies and non-profit land conservation organizations buy land for open space, parks and wildlife habitat projects.

Board candidates questioned about CSAP, class size

Approximately 30 people, mostly Moffat County school teachers and staff, picked the brains of the seven Moffat County School board candidates Tuesday night. Questions for the candidates ranged from what candidates thought were appropriate class sizes, whether creationism should be taught as part of the science curriculum and whether limits should be put on how far teams should travel for athletic events.

Council approves renaming field for Satterwhite

Woodbury Park field to be renamed "Jake's Field Walk it Off" for young man killed in August car accident

A young man who contributed his spirit to both family and friends will be remembered for just that, as Tuesday night the Craig City Council voted unanimously to rename Aspen Baseball Field "Jake's Field Walk it Off". The field, located at Woodbury Park, will be renamed for the late Jake Satterwhite, who was killed in a car accident in Pueblo on Aug. 23, while attending the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

Lady 'Dogs get district tourney nod

Relaxed and tense make a big difference. Coach Vicki Haddan watched the difference between the two Tuesday night during the volleyball team's three-set win over the Battle Mountain Huskies.

Teams need fans' season-long support

It's great to be in America, the land of second chances. Those who filled the Moffat County High School gym Tuesday night played witness to the self-made second chance of the Lady Bulldogs' volleyball team.

Gloeckles celebrate 50th anniversary

Durhams celebrate 25th annicersary

Wirtz celebrate 1st anniversary


obituaries / funerals

Monday, October 22

Voters asked to fund future monorail research

Transportation officials continue to look for new ways to reduce the amount of road travel throughout state

Traffic is one of the modern concerns that has found its way to Colorado along with the economic and population boom the state has seen over the last several years. As the state roadways become more and more crowded, planners and designers are beginning to look at other ways that could provide mass transit. Along Interstate 25, the battle has raged for several years on whether or not to build a light rail that ran along the I-25 corridor.

Cost of natural gas may decrease

Greeley Gas Company files for 44.92 percent decrease in local rates

Greeley Gas Company announced this week that it plans to lower natural gas prices this winter. The company filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission requesting a 44.92 percent decrease in natural gas commodity rates for customers in the Craig area.

Hospital addresses Critical Access designation

Hospital board members, staff, commissioners and community educated on administration's future plans

Education is the key to support. Questions, concerns and motives were first on the priority list at the Critical Access meeting at The Memorial Hospital on Monday night. Hospital board members, hospital staff, county commissioners and members of the Visiting Nurse Association staff were educated on why the hospital administration is considering becoming a Critical Access Hospital. "Our focus is to talk about the opportunity our community has to reclassify our hospital," hospital administrator Randy Phelps, said.

Ski wars begin to heat up

DENVER (AP) The leaves are gone from the aspens and Gambel oak in the high country, but skiers and snowboarders can still buy discounted ski passes. The major resorts closest to Denver have extended the deadline for buying the so-called ''buddy passes'' to Nov. 4. Most offers were initially set to expire Sept. 30.

Concealed weapons permits on rise

Many Colorado residents obtaining permits from northeast prairie town

STRATTON, Colo. (AP) While some cities are allowing voters to cast their ballots by mail, Coloradans who want to pack a concealed weapon can get a permit by mail from this northeastern prairie town. Officials in some other areas are unhappy that their residents can get permits from a town hundreds of miles away.

Ailing economy drives down Aspen home sales

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) An ailing economy and the Sept. 11 attacks have pushed home sales in this ritzy resort town down 11 percent, while sales in nearby Roaring Fork Valley towns increased slightly. Through late September there were 850 sales, down from 953 during the same period last year, according to the Aspen Board of Realtors. Homes sold were worth $629.18 million, a 37 percent drop from last year's $998.33 million.

Officer honored for work

Nichols recognized for work with Northwest Colorado livestock industry

The Colorado Brand Board and the Colorado Cattleman's Association has recognized Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Nichols as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Nichols was awarded this honor for his work with and for the state livestock industry. Nichols was selected from 15 nominees from across the state of Colorado. The nomination was made by local cattleman and brand inspectors through the Colorado Cattleman's Association (CCA) and the state board of stock inspection, said Gary Shoun, Colorado Brand Commissioner.

Craig resident attacked with crowbar

A Craig resident was attacked in his home on Sunday morning, and was beaten with a crowbar. The man was conscious when Craig police officers arrived, and was able to describe his assailants, leading to their arrest. At 12:37 a.m. Sunday, Craig Police responded to a report of assault at 875 Lincoln St., where they discovered Jeff Radke, 37, with head injuries. He had suffered contusions and a laceration on the back of his head.

Program addresses local drug, alcohol issues

Partners, Grand Futures sponsoring program to educate parents about ways of preventing abuse

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Moffat County Partners are sponsoring a program to help strengthen one of the most powerful deterrents to drug and alcohol abuse parents. A presentation put together by the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office will be presented Tuesday night in Craig. The program will cover various drugs, warning signs of abuse, and new trends in use and how parents can work to keep their children from abusing drugs and alcohol.

Sunset to begin pilot program

On Oct. 29, Sunset Elementary will begin a pilot program that brings together parents, students and school staff once a week to communicate and hopefully improve student achievement. Jim Rugh, principal at Sunset Elementary, will do a presentation on the new program for school board members at tonight's Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting.

Cross country teams state bound

Even in pain, people can achieve. Sophomore Kyle Eitel learned this firsthand Saturday at the regional cross country meet in Delta. Eitel ran his best time of the season despite the pain of stomach cramps. The sophomore posted a time of 18:30, nearly a minute faster than he has run all year. The time not only meant a personal record for Eitel, but that he and his team will make the trip to Kent High School in Denver to compete in the state meet.


Jeremiah and Traci Smith of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter Hailee Rose, born at 5:48 p.m. Oct. 4, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Mosbey, Weaver celebrate marriage

Michael Jack Mosbey and Rebecca Sage Weaver surprised their parents, Pat and Patti Mosbey and Mona Weaver with a beautiful outdoor wedding on Sept. 15, 2001, at 5:45 p.m.

obituaries / funerals

Helen E. Hall 1917-2001 M. Dolores Cox 1934-2001 Harry Hettinger 1921-2001

Farmers receive assistance through AgrAbility program

New agricultural assistance program will help more than 200,000 farmers injured on the job every year

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 200,000 farmers and ranchers lose work time each year due to injuries or illnesses acquired on the job. Five percent of those injuries and illnesses result in permanent disabilities. Bob Fetsch, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension family life state specialist, wants to show these farmers that assistance and alternatives are available so they can keep working, if at all possible.

Steamboat actions concern county

Moffat County Commissioners say Steamboat City Council acted in haste

The Moffat County Commissioners have asked the Steamboat Springs City Council to reconsider its resolution supporting wilderness designations on Bureau of Land Management areas. The Steamboat City Council recently passed Resolution 2001-21 supporting the designation of 59 areas covering approximately 1.6 million acres in Colorado as Wilderness, as proposed in the Citizens' Wilderness Proposal. Nine of the proposed areas fall within Moffat County, totaling 319,051 acres of public land.

Students learn about nature

A group of third graders spent Friday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park working on a kiosk and learning about nature. Students from Gail Petch's third grade class at Sunset Elementary were instructed by Colorado State Park rangers Ed Keleher and Jennifer Castro. A kiosk is a panel set up at many nature areas that provides information about wildlife in the area.

School Board takes on students' Internet rights

Hastings concerned with gay and lesbian 'perversions' that students can access on high school computers

The federal government has already sent a message that it believes students should use the Internet for educational purposes, not to view pornography and other distasteful images. At Monday night's board of education meeting, the consensus was that students should be limited on what they can access on the Internet. The question was how much they should be limited. Since the beginning of the school year, new software has been used in computers throughout the Moffat County School District to filter what information children can access on the Internet.

Red Cross serves America

Whenever a disaster occurs, whether it be a flood, hurricane, tornado or forest fire, one mainstay that always seems to show up in video footage of the disaster, is that big red cross. Whether it be on the side of a big white van, on the T-shirts of volunteers, or on the helmets of relief workers, it is always there. That big red cross is the symbol of the American Red Cross. With the relief effort of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack still being conducted, the Red Cross has already put together its largest relief effort ever.

Early voting begins Monday

County Clerk's office open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for early ballots

Moffat County voters will be able to begin early voting on Monday. The County Clerk's office in the Courthouse will allow any registered voter to vote from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. There is no paperwork or application to fill out ahead of time, a voter can simply go to the Clerk's office, ask to vote, and once their registration is confirmed, they can vote, said Lyla Herod, Moffat County election supervisor.

Son accidentally kills father on hunting trip

46-year-old Colorado Springs man was shot and killed by his son in an elk hunting accident in the mountains, Saguache County Sheriff's investigators said.

Smokers can find help over the phone

Colorado Quitline unveils new help program

For those who want to quit smoking, help is now literally a phone call away. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Colorado Quitline and Colorado QuitNet were unveiled as new alternatives for people who want to quit smoking. The Colorado Quitline is a toll-free telephone counseling service that connects people who want to quit smoking with counselors who can guide and support them through the quitting process.

Thompson suppresses drug evidence

Law enforcement officials 'surprised' by judge's first ruling since girlfriend arrested on drug charges

In the first drug case since his girlfriend was arrested in a drug sweep in August, District 14 Judge Joel Thompson ruled against the prosecution in a motions hearing concerning a drug arrest. The defense claimed that Franklin Charles Taylor, 36, was actually in custody without being advised of his rights when police searched his vehicle, and Thompson supported that assertion.

Commissioners to review TMH's Critical Access report

Memorial Hospital administration will outline possible options for revenue, construction of new facility

The Memorial Hospital (TMH) Administrator Randy Phelps, will be giving a report to the Moffat County Commissioners concerning the Critical Access System (CAS) on Monday. TMH has been researching this designation as a possibility since August. The estimated revenue streams from this system could enable TMH to finance the construction of a new facility with little or no tax support.

Junk Advisory Committee organizes survey

A short survey will be made available to Moffat County residents asking questions concerning the creation of a countywide Junk Ordinance. The survey will appear in Friday and Saturday's editions of the Craig Daily Press, and the results will help determine what direction the process of creating the ordinance takes, or if it will continue at all. The survey was created by the Junk Ordinance Advisory Board.

Tuesday, October 16

Hunters survive explosion

Men escape serious injuries after heater explodes in camper

A camping trailer exploded in Craig early Friday morning while three hunters were asleep inside. All three survived, but two of the occupants suffered second degree burns. The camper was parked in front of the Ridgeview Church of God at 690 Riford Rd., and at approximately 2:15 a.m., leaking propane was ignited by an electrical charge.

Crime Stoppers returns to Moffat County

Nationwide program dedicated to netting criminals returns to area after 6-year absence

For the first time since 1994, Craig residents will be able to police themselves, as the Crime Stoppers program has returned. Crime Stoppers is a citizen-run program that collects evidence and tips anonymously, and if the information provided is helpful in a solving a case, a reward is issued.

Teamwork, volunteerism drive school board candidates

With four years under his belt, District 2 school board candidate, John Wellman thinks his past experiences as a board member will make him an effective representative the next fours years. The first two years of his term were a learning experience, he said, and that experience has enabled him to be a more effective member the past two years.

NC Telecom refutes allegations

Communications company denies knowledge of source of phone call reporting financial problems

A phone call to the Moffat County Attorney by a person claiming to be an employee of an NC Telecom competitor claimed that NC Telecom is in financial straits. The allegation was refuted by NC Telecom's general manager on Thursday. Moffat County attorney Kathleen Taylor, received a phone call on Monday afternoon from a person who identified himself as Eric Hall, an employee of Adesta Communications of Omaha, Nebraska. The caller refused to give a position within Adesta or a phone number, and advised that the county should review its contracts because NC Telecom was in financial trouble, and the county's investment in the company was at risk. Taylor immediately reported the incident to the Moffat County Commissioners.

Colowyo's future may include underground mine

Kenecott's presentation Thursday covers both short-term, long-term plans for future operations

The future of Colowyo mine is a solid one. With the new western pit opening 40 million tons of coal and the possibility of an underground mining operation in the coming years, said John Harmon, general manager of Colowyo Coal Company L.P. Colowyo mine is presently a three pit operation that owns or controls 150,000 acres in Routt and Moffat Counties.

Residents discover new options with Life Center van

If a Craig resident is confined to a wheelchair and needs to go to the grocery store, his or her only means of getting there is by wheelchair. Evelyn Tileston, executive director of the Independent Life Center, said that is the option that many residents are forced to use., unless they own a wheel chair accessible car, which many don't.

State park officials create new e-registration program

New program eliminates need for middle-man

If the first snow unexpectedly hits and you don't have your snowmobile registered, don't worry, you can still take your machine out that day. Colorado State Parks has made registering one's snowmobile available on the internet via e-Registration, available at "You can fill out your registration just like you would if you went in to the park office," said Ron Dellacroce, state park manager in Hayden. "This service just takes out the middle man."

Potential buyer won't give word on Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A potential suitor for the Steamboat Ski Area complimented the resort's management Wednesday but refused to say whether his company would make a bid. ''I'm very interested in businesses which are well run by a good management team and that don't require that a whole lot be done,'' said Mike Sweeney, a managing director of Minneapolis-based investment bank Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Inc.

DENVER (AP) An emergeEmpty envelopes from Florida cause alarm for Windsor residentsncy response plan for Interstate 25 during the T-REX construction project w

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) Two households called authorities after receiving empty brown envelopes from Florida, where anthrax was discovered, but authorities said Wednesday the envelopes posed no health risk. Larimer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Eloise B. Campanella said the envelopes were sent by Mailing By Innovation, of DeLand, Fla. The company accidentally omitted advertising brochures from the envelopes, which resembled lunch bags.

Bulldogs' soccer ends season with loss

Taking the high road can be rewarding, even if you lose. For coach Tom St. Louis, it was a proud moment watching his team take the high road against the yellow-card happy Glenwood Springs Demons. The Demons racked up a total of four yellow cards in Saturday's game, with the Bulldogs ignoring their antics and focusing on playing their game.

Cross country team heads into regionals this week

If only they were off-roading instead of running. Perhaps then the rough, muddy, uneven cross-country course at Rangely might have been better anticipated and a little more fun. Despite atypical conditions, the Moffat County boys and girls cross country teams both raced their way to first place team finishes across terrain more fit for a mountain goat than a human. course at Rangely might have been better anticipated and a little more fun.

Bulldogs fall to Sailors at Homecoming

Costly mistakes and bad timing turned a potential Homecoming upset into a disappointing loss for the Moffat County football team. Had senior Mike Charchalis come down in the end zone with the ball for an interception, instead of Cory Beck of Steamboat Springs Sailors for a touch down the game could have been different.

Second conference win for Lady Bulldog volleyball

A win is a win. Not only was Saturday's win against Battle Mountain a win, but it may just be the momentum-booster the volleyball team has been looking for. Although the Lady Bulldogs beat Battle Mountain (2-13) early in the season, the 'Dogs haven't posted a win since then five games ago.

Students learn about environmental issues

All the best books, overhead slides and computer software in the world can't top getting out in nature and experiencing the ecosystem first hand. Especially for a group of sometimes restless fifth-grade students.

Mountain colors begin to change

Hunter orange will soon replace red and gold leaves of fall

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) The colors are about to change in the mountains again, and this time it will be hunter orange. Thousands of Coloradans and visitors will begin taking to the hills Saturday as the big-game rifle season opens with a limited draw, elk-only season. Tony Gurzick, local manager for the Division of Wildlife, said he expects 34,000 hunters in the Durango area alone during the season.


Alexandrea Page Suessmeier Fletch and Carly Suessmeier of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandrea Page, born at 11:04 a.m. Sept. 26, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Alexandrea Page weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Richard and Okie Jennings of Meeker. Alanah Jordyn Sandoval Jesse Sandoval and Beverly Hodges of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Alanah Jordyn, born at 6:11 p.m. Sept. 24, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Alanah Jordyn weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Diane Beasley of Craig. Maternal great-grandparents are Joe and Eliria Cordova of Craig. Paternal grandparents are John and Jane Sandoval of Grand Junction and Ted and Annie Long of Grand Junction. Darbi Nakol Zimmerman Mark and Gayle Zimmerman of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Darbi Nakol, born at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Darbi Nakol weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Pat and Carolyn Robson of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Orvie and Margie Zimmerman of Craig. Hailee Rose Smith Jeremiah and Traci Smith of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Hailee Rose, born at 5:48 p.m. Oct. 4, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Hailee Rose weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Dale and Mary Burnett of Howard, Kan. Paternal grandparents are Dave Smith of Hayden and Susan Signs of Estes Park


Bohrer, Davidson to marry

Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Davidson and Mr. Manuel Espino and Ms. Belinda Espino announce the forthcoming marriage of their children, Shannon Leah Davidson to Tony Lee Bohrer, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at First Christian Church in Craig. A reception will follow at the Holiday Inn in Craig.

Sheriff quells anthrax fears

Biological attacks low threat in Moffat County

War is raging in Afghanistan while America remains vigilante at home, working to thwart any terrorist plots that may still be looming. One of the most reported threats has been anthrax, and with a handful of cases being discovered in New York City and Florida via the mail, others around the county have become nervous that their area might be next.

I-25 emergency response plan will help rescue officials

DENVER (AP) An emergency response plan for Interstate 25 during the T-REX construction project will help officials handle both fender benders and nuclear waste shipments. The $1.67 billion highway expansion project officially starts Sunday night. For months, highway officials, law enforcement agencies and contractors have been working on an ''incident response'' plan to lessen traffic delays.

Low turnout expected for November elections

Despite patriotic displays throughout nation, few expected to turn out for off-year election in Moffat County

A patriotic mood is evident across the United States, but one of the major functions of democracy looks to be underutilized again this fall voting. Registration for voting on Nov. 6 closed on Oct. 9, and the numbers don't show a major change in voting patterns in this area. The number of registered voters for this November's election in Craig and Moffat County is down, and recent history shows that these numbers will translate to low voter turn-out. In April's election, Moffat County faced a severe case of voter apathy with 5,293 voters registered, but only 370 people who actually turned out to vote. For the Nov. 6 elections, 6,094 voters in Craig have registered. For the county, including the Craig voters, 8,884 residents have registered.

Commissionersfix road issues

Disputes resolved; landowner claims rejected

In two public hearings on Tuesday, the Moffat County Commissioners resolved two road issues. The Commissioners deliberated over hearings concerning the Bakers Peak Association's request for a second access to its subdivision and an access dispute over Moffat County Road 60A.

City Council to review temporary vendor tax

A sales tax that would affect temporary vendors in Craig will have to wait for final approval before becoming law, as the Craig City Council elected to table the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting. Ordinance no. 905, which would require temporary vendors to register with the city and report all income for sales tax purposes, was tabled after Councilor Tom Gilchrist raised concerns about the ordinance wording.


Ella Clara Short 1913-2001 Lillian LaRaine Murphy 1911-2001 Laurel Sue Graff 1946-2001 Carmelita M. Martinez 1909-2001 Laurence Robert Newell 1919-2001

Candidates lead with experience, communication skills

With nine years service, District 4 school board candidate Gary Ellgen is the candidate with the most the most experience in the 2001 election class. "It's really been a neat experience," Ellgen said. "It takes a few years to get your feet under you."

Wednesday, October 10

County initiates hiring freeze

Organizational issues reason behind change

Vacancies within departments of Moffat County's administration and services will not be filled for approximately two months. The Board of Moffat County Commissioners voted this week to freeze all county employment at their present levels. And, hirings that are deemed unessential will be held off for four-to-six weeks.

East Elementary purchases playground equipment

Flippopotamus: a three chute slide installed on a local playground, meant for fun and funded by kind people. Although the fancy slide with a fancy name may not mean a lot to many Craig residents, students at East Elementary cherish the piece of equipment and parents and teachers are working hard to purchase more funny named add-ons for the school.

Community Foundation submits audit to county

The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado submitted a full audit of its finances to the Moffat County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The finances were given a clear opinion by Jack Bonaker, of Bonaker and Associates, CPAS P.C. Bonaker called the financial audit one of going concern. But, he said that the foundation was a viable financial organization for one year into the future. Accounting practices dictate that an accountant look at an organizations financial stability for one year into the future.

Health physicist says Indoor Arena safe for use

Rio Caromo, The Board of County Commissioners and Health Physicist Shane Brightwell met Wednesday to discuss the final draft of the Indoor Arena safety assessment. The group concluded the arena is safe for use barring any structural changes. Despite the go ahead to use the facility, commissioners are toying with the idea of making changes to the potentially hazardous structure. The decision to replace the building is one that should be visited, said Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton.

Bulldogs hungry for win against rival

When out to prove a point there's no better time to do it than against a rival, especially when the rival is ranked fifth in the state. The Steamboat Springs Sailors (5-0) are the only undefeated team in the Western Slope Conference (WSC), and they sit in the No. 5 spot in Class 3A football, according to the Denver Rocky Mountain News rankings.

Tigers begin season with high expectations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) For Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens, recognition is nice. Being a target, however, is not. Returning 20 players while losing just five from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA final four, the Tigers have been picked to win the Western Collegiate Hockey Association title in a coach's poll conducted by the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, and were picked to finish third nationally in a U.S. College Hockey Online preseason poll.

X-Factor hockey camp skates Craig's ice arena

Among the hoards of youth hockey players Dave Strang and his partner, John Seymoure, look like gliding giants. Through sticks, pucks and youngsters they skate, leading the first hockey camp to come to the Craig Ice Arena the X-Factor Camp from Steamboat Springs. The camp is the brainchild of Strang and Seymoure, who led team camps for years, before deciding to put it together as a business.