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Wednesday, September 26

PReVent appreciates involvement

To the Editor, We the members of PReVENT, would like to express our sincere appreciation of the community involvement at the candlelight ceremony we sponsored on Thursday night. It was wonderful to see that more than 100 people can gather at a moments notice in support of our nation. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Local's prayers go out to friend

To the Editor, There's no way to imagine the hurt and suffering that the Parents, Family and Friends of the Eight University of Wyoming Students that were killed Sunday Morning are Feeling at this very moment. With Gods grace I hope that I will never feel the anguish of such a tragedy. I have two sons of my own that are now just making it out into the world. These two are my heart and soul as the son's of these families are to them. My heart and prayers go out to you.

Student News

Births

Gage Jared Kawcak Shane and Amber Kawcak announce the birth of their son, Gage Jared, born at 3:12 p.m., Aug. 21, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Obituaries

Faye Meeks 1925 - 2001 Faye Meeks of Hayden died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 75.

Hayden News

The Hayden Public Library will again sponsor the preschool story hour beginning at 10 a.m., Oct. 4. All children and mothers welcome. The Colorado State Patrol sponsored a childrens car seat check at the Hayden Town Hall last Saturday, Sept. 15. Reports are that it was very informative and well spent time to learn so much about your childs safety.

MCHS rodeo team wraps-up fall season at home

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer There's nothing quite like finishing a season at home. This was the case for the sophomore cowgirl Kelly White, who racked up three top 10 places at Saturday and Sunday's Moffat County High School Rodeo. White, who placed twice in barrel racing, a second and forth place, and once in poles, a seventh place, during the two-day rodeo said the home arena is the way to end the fall season.

Jordan, keep your sneakers hung up

I love horse racing. And, the most important lesson ever taught to me through my 25-year association with horse racing is, thoroughbred horses never make triumphant returns let alone, two triumphant returns. Once a horse is done racing, it's done racing. Either it's put out to stud or mare, or it's sold to live out its life as a barrel or pole racer. But, once done running furlongs, a horse is done running furlongs. Perhaps, this is why if I were someone like Rick Rilley ( a Sports Illustrated writer), or Jim Rome (sports big mouth) the first thing I'd do this week would be to take Michael Jordan to the closest racetrack after his announcement that he'll return to the hardwood.

Moffat County falls to Sailors in two

John F. Russell Special to the Daily Press Who would blame the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team if they were a little tight at the start of Tuesday night's game against Moffat County? In front of a gym packed with fans the Sailors warmed up to the comforting sounds of Quiet Riot which were pumped in over the gym's sound system.

Alzheimer's Association sponsors Memory Walk 2001

Walkers to collect donations to help in fight against disease that affects one in ten people

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer To help people who are left to care for loved ones who often times can't even remember the name of their caretaker, the Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring the first ever "Memory Walk 2001" at 2 p.m. this Saturday. Event walkers are welcome to collect donations for the Alzheimer's Association prior to Saturday then meet at Alice Pleasant Park on Yampa Ave. Saturday afternoon. Walkers will then have the option of the short walk, which is a walk around the block, or a long walk, which is to the mall and back.

Dinosaur Welcome Center receives funding

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer Tourists driving into Colorado through Dinosaur will continue to be greeted by the Dinosaur State Welcome Center's staff. The center was in jeopardy of losing state funding, but after receiving a $15,986 check and an annual budget approval from the state, the welcome mat is out to visitors. The Colorado Economic Development Commission (CEDC) has finalized the funding contract with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) to keep the center's doors open for the next year. The contract had been delayed by three months, subsequently draining the revenue reserves of the AGNC and sending it into an economic crunch.

Burglary suspect pleads guilty to charges

Man faces up to eight years in prison after being charged with five different break-ins

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer Frederick Charles Weis III, 20, plead guilty to one charge of second degree burglary of a building and one charge of forgery of commercial instruments on Tuesday. The plea bargain agreement was one part in cases stemming from a string of burglaries that occurred in early May. Mountain Meat Packing, Ken Meyer Auto Body, TNT Custom Body and Paint, Eaton's Auto Body, and a residence were burglarized over the weekend of May 11. Five other charges related to the burglaries have been dropped as part of the agreement. The charge of second degree burglary of a building is a class 4 felony, and the charge of forgery of commercial instruments is a class 5 felony.

City looks at Welcome signs

Often-postponed plan may finally become reality at city entrances

BY JEFF SWANSON Daily Press writer After having his designs for a new 'Welcome to Craig' sign shot down by the City Council at the last meeting, Danny Griffith of Sign Source came back with some ammunition of his own. And plenty of it. Griffith approached the Council on Tuesday night with new designs for Welcome signs, including an elk, eagle, pine trees, antelope, an elementary school without sidewalks, and a mugshot of Mayor Dave DeRose.

Bureau ends probe

FBI closes book on Tri-State plant scare

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The Federal Bureau of Investigation has closed its investigation into the chemical delivery that roused local emergency crews and the Craig Fire/Rescue Hazardous Materials team to Tri-State Generation and Transmission on Sunday. "There is nothing warranting further investigation," Agent Ann Atanasia, media representative for the FBI, Denver office, said. "The delivery turned out not to be an issue. We looked at this, and there is nothing there. We're glad to be able to say that there is no situation in Craig, and everyone can sleep easy there."

Birthdays

Monday, September 24

Festival leaves visitors feeling golden

BY BRYNA LARSEN Daily Press Writer With clear sunny skies, the smell of fall leaves in the air and a strong sense of community pride, the Craig Downtown Business Association hosted the fall Golden Leaf Festival on Saturday to hundreds of visitors. In honor of the fall solstice, changing weather and changing seasons, the group planned a fall festival with activities for children and adults. The event was held along Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig. "A lot of people kept saying there's nothing to do," said Nadine Daszkiewicz, president of the Downtown Business Association. "We've been talking about doing something all summer. We wanted to have all of the local people come out and participate in the festival. We wanted live music and we didn't solicit vendors from outside the community."

C-SPAN school bus visits Craig for first time

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The C-SPAN School Bus came to Craig Friday making stops at Craig Middle School and the Centennial Mall. The bus is a 45-foot mobile television production studio and media demonstration center. The traveling production crew covers public affairs and events in communities and produces special programs featuring sites of political, historical or social significance. The Bus Vignettes air regularly on C-SPAN and include short features on museums, historical sites, bookstores, libraries and national parks across the United States.

Board to reveal meaning of state's test results

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer When the first ever Colorado School Accountability reports were released Sept. 12., two Moffat County schools scored high, five were average and one scored low, according to Interim Superintendent Pete Bergmann. At tonight's Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting, Bergmann will explain what the scores mean and "bring the board up to speed" on how the results are going to be used in school improvement plans.

City Council will take second look at new Welcome signs

BY JEFF SWANSON Daily Press writer Visitors to Craig may be seeing new 'Welcome to Craig' signs sometime in the future, but what adorns them will be up to the City Council. The Council saw the first version of a proposed 'Welcome' sign, presented by Danny Griffith of Sign Source, that featured a bald eagle, green meadows and a backdrop of the Elkhead Mountains. Councilors were unable to agree on a final design and asked Griffith to bring another version of the sign featuring an elk to Tuesday's meeting.

School takes new approach to communication

Faculty, students hope new planners will lead to better organizational skills, more responsibility

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer This fall at the Craig Middle School, the faculty wanted to help students be more organized and improve communication among teachers, parents and students. So they gave every student a planner. "The potential for these is wonderful," Middle School Counselor Kathy Bockelman said. "We all need tools to get better organized."

Philanthropy Days relates importance of generosity

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The prospect of $3 billion dollars for use by non-profit organizations brought 250 people from inside and outside the Yampa Valley to a conference to improve funding from philanthropists to the communities in Northwest Colorado. Non-profit organizations and government agencies gathered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for Philanthropy Days. The goal of the conference show the funders that the Valley is a good place to invest their money.

Feds ground crop dusters

WASHINGTON (AP) In a step stemming from the FBI's terrorist attack probe, the U.S. government Sunday grounded crop-dusting planes across the country for the day. It was the second time that agricultural pilots have been told not to fly since the Sept. 11 attacks. Responding to questions about the latest grounding, the FBI said that it was one of the steps the bureau has taken out of ''an abundance of caution'' and ''in reaction to every bit of information and threats received during the course of this investigation.''

Bulldogs win first game in conference play

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer Sometimes all it takes is one game. That's all it took senior fullback Chris Field to nearly double his rushing average for the season. Field, the leading rusher for Moffat County High School with 149-yards, rushed for 126-yards in the conference opener Friday night at Battle Mountain High School (1-3).

Friday, September 21

Seventh grade volleyball, courts worth of sportsman

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer The Craig Intermediate School gym is not only the site of kill, digs and serves, but is also a classroom for lessons in humanity. Head seventh grade volleyball coach Ann Stehlin prides herself in not only producing competent athletes, but also competent humans as well. She works the girls hard, but with a soft touch - which has translated in some true scenes of sportsmanship.

Bullpup yet undefeated on gridiron

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer There's nothing quite as comforting as having you feet on the ground. This especially holds true if your are a middle school football coach. Coach Gary Tague, the Craig Middle School Bullpups head coach, has his feet firmly planted on the ground as far as coaching philosophy and game planning. "The most important thing the kids should get from in middle school football is a grasp of the running game," Tague said. "I'm know as a running coach, and almost all of our plays will be run based."

Colonel Sanders returning to Craig

Taco Bell expanding to include Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The Colonel has returned. After losing a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise a more than a decade ago, Craig residents will once again be able to enjoy the Colonel's secret recipe. The Taco Bell at 707 W. Victory Way in Craig will soon be undergoing renovations to add Kentucky Fried Chicken to the menu.

Two residents arrested in bust

By the Daily Press staff A drug raid on a Craig home Thursday morning led to the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia, and to the arrest of two residents. Karen Marie Sadvar Gerber, 32, and Joshua Lawrence, 22, were taken into custody during the raid. Both are being held the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Charges have not yet been filed, and no bail has been set. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Sidney C. Lawrence in connection with the case.

Ceremony promotes closure to tragedies

Teenagers organize vigil to help heal wounds of last Tuesday's tragic attack

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer The same night President Bush told the nation "justice will be done" and "our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution," a group of Craig teenagers hosted a memorial urging Americans to stick together and move on. Thursday night, the teen-based group PReVENT held a candlelight remembrance honoring those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. As the sun began to set, kindergartners, senior citizens and people of every age in between walked to the front of the Moffat County Courthouse.

State plan could reduce funding for emergency servics

Change may reduce amount of control local groups have over way state-appropriated money is spent

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer Cooperation and coordination with emergency services is critical in a rural area like Northwest Colorado, and a plan by the state to change the funding process could lead to financial problems and a loss of local control. The Northwest Colorado Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC) was organized in 2000 so that area emergency services could have regional planning and cooperation.

TMH offers residents chance at medical school

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer For those who have always dreamed of going to medical school, they can do it this month in Craig. Starting Tuesday, via a distance education video conferencing system, The Memorial Hospital will be the site of a Mini Medical School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each week through Nov. 13 in the conference room.

Residents may see telecom services by next year

Infrastructure completion will give customers, law-enforcement agencies high-speed telecommunications

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer NC Telecom has finished laying the high capacity lines that will bring state-of-the-art telecommunication services to Northwest Colorado. The only step remaining to complete service is to have a section of the electronic infrastructure connected from Rifle to Grand Junction. Qwest will be doing that final work, and expects to be done by Sept. 28, said Dennie Mecham, general manager for NC Telecom. That work will give law enforcement agencies immediate access to high-speed telecommunication services. Government offices will get connected next, and the private sector will follow, possibly by the middle of 2002.

Cross country team takes two-state road trip

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer It was last Friday Moffat County High School cross country runner Bryce Ellgen had to slow down at the Liberty Bell Invitational because of a sore thigh. But the injury, which made him the third finisher for the Bulldogs Friday, was almost non-existent at Tuesday's Vernal Invitational when he placed eighth overall, and was once again the top finisher for the Bulldogs.

One MCHS golfer qualifies for state

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer Junior linkster Cody DeGuelle can pack his bags, because his ticket to state has been punched. DeGuelle shot a 77 at Grand Junction's Tiara Rado Golf Course, enough to pull in a sixth-place finish at Tuesday's Western Slope Regional Golf Tournament. DeGuelle played impressively the entire day, shooting one over on the front nine, and remaining solid on the back nine, according to coach Ken Harjes.

Wednesday, September 19

Tragedy stirs post-traumatic stress

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer About three decades ago, many who served in the Vietnam War were returning home different people than they were before they left. They were edgy, startled easily, angered easily, had nightmares and had memory flashbacks to horrible events they experienced during the war. Many returning soldiers carried with them horrible memories, but not all experienced horrible after effects. However, those who did, were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

United Way begins annual fundraiser

Service agency sets goal at $275,000 for donation drive as demand grows

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The Moffat County United Way kicked off its annual donation drive this month with the goal of raising $275,000. In 2000, Moffat County United Way helped fund 24 agencies and provided six venture grants to local groups. This year's goal of $275,000 is a 4 percent jump from last year's goal of $265,000. Moffat County communities have grown in size, and the demand for services from the various agencies has increased, according to Corrie Scott, executive director of Moffat County United Way.

C-SPAN bus coming to Craig

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer C-SPAN, the cable network that is famous for its comprehensive coverage of the political processes that help run our country, is making a tour stop in Craig as part of its C-SPAN School Bus program. The program was launched in 1993 to bring the world of public affairs to communities throughout the nation. There are two buses now touring. A second one was added in 1996 in response to all the appearance requests from schools and cable affiliates.

Organizers ready for Oktoberfest

Committee says 'ja' to another year

BY JEFF SWANSON Daily Press writer Sauerkraut, bratwurst and frothy beer mugs will highlight the second annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 29-30 in the parking lot of the Centennial Mall. This year's celebration will include a German food cooking contest and a home brew competition. "We had a lot of fun with this last event last year, and we are hoping to do the same again this year," event coordinator Dawn Rader said. "Last year, we held this as a benefit to help the Wildkats cheerleading team. This year, though, we have moved away from that, and decided to hold the event so that the community can have a fun fall festival to attend.

Terrorist attacks have not affected hunters

Disaster not reducing number of visitors

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer Despite beefed up security and employee cutbacks at airports across the country, local hunting outfitters say local businesses need not worry because the hunters will still come. "We're not concerned," said Rick Rayl, co-owner of Bull Run Ranch in Hamilton. "Most hunters come in groups and they drive."

Gas rates may drop soon

Residential customers should see decrease on November bills

BY JEFF SWANSON Daily Press writer Natural gas customers in Craig may be paying less if the same trends seen on the Front Range are any indication of what's to come. This week, Xcel Energy, which supplies gas to a large portion of the eastern half of the state, filed for a gas cost adjustment with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), regulating their cost of natural gas over the last 12 months. Excel filed for its adjustment on Sept. 15, which the PUC approved, and customers will begin to notice the difference on their Oct. 1 bills.

Maybell man faces homicide charges

Haskins charged with eight counts after fatal accident

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) The lone survivor of a wreck that killed eight University of Wyoming runners was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and being drunk at the time of the crash. Clinton Haskins, a member of the university's rodeo team, was charged with eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. The complaint also charged Haskins was drunk but provided no specifics. The Albany County attorney's office and police refused to comment.

High school rodeo heads into last competition

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer The usual Moffat County High School cowgirls graced the leader board Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Ford Rodeo. Freshman Tia Brannan and sophomores Kelly White and Chelsey Schnackenberg were once again the top riders from the Yampa Valley in the second-to-last rodeo of the fall season. The rest of the team is not lagging far behind the three cowgirls who have placed at all three rodeos, but the competition for a top spot is tight.

Taps evolks strong patriotic emotions

It was a night unlike any other in the week. It was Friday night, the night for high school football. With the sun illuminating only the highest points of Utah to the west, and darkness flooding every nook and cranny of the Colorado Rockies to the east, a lone trumpeter stood silhouetted, just out of the reach of the Moffat County High School stadium lights. In this far off outpost of America, the trumpet cried the ageless tune of death, of remembrance, and above all, of honor. The tune the trumpeter wailed into a warm westerly wind on a night made for football was Taps.

County forms junk ordinance committee

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer What is junk? Where should it be disposed of? Who should pay to enforce a junk ordinance, move junk or dispose of problem pieces? Does Moffat County need an ordinance? What should the process of deciding what is a problem and isn't? These and several other questions were asked, debated, asked again and debated again Tuesday night at a junk ordinance meeting in the Moffat County Courthouse Annex, but no answers were reached.

Tuesday, September 18

Reapportionment proposal angers local officials

Proposed amendments labeled unfair, unwieldy by Northwest Colorado legislative districts

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer Colorado has grown and changed as a state over the last several years, and the 2000 census revealed just how much. Using those census numbers, the state has initiated a reapportionment process for legislative districts. With its last round of amendments, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission has angered representatives of Northwest Colorado, and spurred accusations of partisanship and unfair practices by the Democrat-controlled commission. At a meeting on Tuesday, local representatives, groups and residents met with members of the Commission. Reapportionment Commissioners Kathleen Beatty, Jay Fetcher and Rosemary Rodriguez traveled around the state to gather input on the latest proposals. The latest amendment would create one massive district, 57, made up of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson, and a majority of Grand and Garfield counties. Another proposed district, 61, would stretch over 300 miles from the northernmost part of Garfield County down to the southern end of Hinsdale County.

Philanthropy Days begins this week

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer Time, as they say, is money, and starting Wednesday, time in Northwest Colorado will become very valuable indeed. Wednesday is the first day of Philanthropy Days, a three-day event organized to allow local non-profit organizations and government agencies to meet with Front Range philanthropic foundations. This is the first year this region has hosted such an event. Moffat, Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties will send representatives from 501c3 organizations and government equivalents to seek out funders that match up with their missions or projects.

Lady Bulldogs place first in Denver, boys take 12th

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer For some, three is a charm. In the first two meets of the cross country season, Lady Bulldogs senior Charlotte Steele has been the number one runner for the team, capturing a third place at the season-opening Arapaho Invitational and a first at the Grand Junction Tiger Invitational. At Friday's Liberty Bell Invitational held in Denver, Steele's streak as queen of the Lady 'Dogs hill was over when teammate, senior Beth White, edged her out of the fourth-place spot in overall standings by five seconds, and became the Lady Bulldogs' number-one finisher.

Lady 'Dogs volleyball falls twice in conference play

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer For most, two weeks of vacation is refreshing, but for the Lady Bulldogs' volleyball team it was anything but. After having two weeks of no competition following the Sept. 1 season opening Moffat County High School Tournament, the Lady Bulldogs' (0-3) played their first two conference games of the season against Palisade on Friday and Delta on Saturday.

Public invited to discuss uses of Lottery funds

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer Tonight, people from Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on how they think state lottery dollars should be spent. A portion of the state's Lottery proceeds are distributed by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and go toward parks, open space, outdoor recreation and wildlife. A significant amount of those dollars end up in the Yampa Valley.

County adopts Land Use Plan

'Guiding document' created to ensure residents have voice

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer The Moffat County Commissioners have adopted a plan that will give Moffat County residents a say in how public lands are managed in our area. At Monday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners adopted Resolution 2001-47, the amendments to Chapter One of the Moffat County Land Use Plan, which concentrate on the management of county, state and federal lands that lie within Moffat County.

Administrator denies working with group

Principal not involved with publication

BY JEFF SWANSON Daily Press writer A publication that has been seeking local advertising is improperly using a reference of a local principal to raise funds. Officials with the publication "The Good Life Directory," contacted Craig Middle School Principal Steve Wiersma about having Craig Middle School (CMS) receive the publication; however, they did not ask permission to use his name in advertising its existence. "I got a phone call from this group a few months back telling me that this new publication was going to be released, and they asked me if I would like CMS to receive some copies," Wiersma said. "I told them that would not be a problem, even though I wasn't sure what the publication was all about. I had never heard of it.

Wreck possibly alcohol related

Fatal collision may have been alcohol related; 700 attend memorial service

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Alcohol may have been a factor in a collision that killed eight University of Wyoming student-athletes, or two-thirds of the cross country team, a state official said Monday. However, Lisa Murphy, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the Wyoming Highway Patrol will offer no more details before the victims' blood test results are released. That could take up to two weeks. Another Transportation Department spokesperson, Bruce Burrows, also declined to speculate on the Highway Patrol's suspicions.

Variety show benefits DARE

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer Those who "dare" can contribute to an educational program that teaches children the dangers of peer pressure involving drugs, alcohol and other high risk activities. At 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, a music/magic variety show will be held and the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.). Carolyn Wade, school resource officer, said the money collected from the show will be used for supplies and materials given to students throughout the 17 week D.A.R.E. program.

Monday, September 17

Hospital implements new language service

Language Line Service helps TMH to better serve patients from different ethnic backgrounds

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer If an individual comes into the emergency room in severe pain, the first questions a doctor or nurse might ask are, "What happened?" or "Where does it hurt?" A definite problem arises if a patient doesn't answer because he or she can't understand the question. With a large influx of individuals in Northwest Colorado and the United States who do not speak English, this situation often affects health care.

Accident kills eight athletes

Wyoming cross-country team killed after colliding with pickup driven by Maybell man

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) After spending part of their weekend in Colorado, eight University of Wyoming cross-country runners crammed into a sport-utility vehicle to return to campus for a fraternity outing. On the way, their Jeep Wagoneer collided head-on with a pickup truck of a fellow Wyoming student who had apparently swerved into their lane, killing the eight runners. The driver of the truck was seriously injured in what was the latest in a series of tragedies to strike Wyoming athletics in recent years. ''They were focused on going somewhere. That's why this is so devastating,'' said Wyoming sophomore Ann Hedderman. ''It's such an unnecessary loss.''

Friday, September 14

Economic diversification plan unveiled to public

Growth strategy, target industry analysis offer options for future of community, business solicitation

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer In Colorado today, questions about growth, economic and population-wise, are not about if, but when and how much. Communities on the Front Range have been changed forever by massive influxes of people and money. That growth will reach here, and the Craig Economic Development Committee (EDC) on Thursday evening unveiled a plan they hope will act as a guide for Craig an Moffat County to deal with growth and economic expansion. John Whiteman, of Whiteman and Taintor Consulting of Denver, went through the plan he helped design for the EDC. Whiteman and Taintor specializes in consulting on economic development and tourism projects, working in a variety of states, including Alaska, Kentucky and Minnesota.

Dealing with the disaster:

Teachers help students cope with Trade Center attack

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer It's easy to do. Go home from work, sit in the recliner, and watch clip after clip of the 24-hour news coverage of arguably the worst disaster in the United States' history. Jim Rugh, Sunset Elementary School principal, said despite his own tendency to sit and stare at the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on television, he thinks it's unhealthy to watch the coverage for a long period of time, and he thinks that is especially true for young children. "Seeing it over and over is not healthy for anyone," he said. "If children are going to watch it, they should only do it in brief segments."

Gynastics vaults into season

By ELWOOD K. SHELTON Daily Press writer Last Friday, Gym Gem Instructor Ceresa Grammer watched as her team rolled their way through 101 cartwheels in the lobby of the Big Kmart in Craig. This was not just another random display of public gymnastics. The cartwheels had purpose. Every hand that was planted and every foot that followed meant that Gym Gem was that much closer to affording a mini-trampoline. "It was a great fundraiser. The girls went out and got donations for the cartwheels they did," Grammer said. "In all, we raised more than $1,000, and we had two girls who raised more than $250 apiece."

Bulldogs fall to Sailors by seven points

By ELWOOD K.SHELTON Daily Press writer With the Steamboat Springs Sailors ahead 2-0 in Thursday's high school soccer game, the shot junior Bulldog Brad Hurd scored in the middle of the first half looked to make the game right on course with every other the 'Dogs' have played close. But then the Sailors unleashed an offensive attack, which spread out the Bulldogs' man-to-man defense and sniped in five unanswered goal to win their first conference game of the season. "Steamboat brought a big offensive attack on us," Bulldogs Coach Tom St. Louis said. "They'd move their forwards back, and take our defenders back with them, which really opened some big gaps in front of the goal."

Insurance costs forcing many to go without

By JOSH NICHOLS Daily Press writer Coloradans spend nearly $14 billion annually on health expenditures, yet one in seven people are uninsured. Some say the reason for the high number of people uninsured is simple insurance is expensive. "There is a large class of people in this state who can't afford $300 to $600 a month," said Cory Leiker, owner of Accucomp Accounting.

County Commissioners to adopt land use plan

By RYAN SHERIDAN Daily Press writer More than a year has passed since the process began, and now after meetings, open houses and public tours, the land use plan draft is ready to become part of Moffat County's management plans. At Monday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, Natural Resources Department Director Jeff Comstock will present for approval the draft of Chapter One of the Amended Land Use Plan. The public input process closed on July 27 after a series of open houses hosted in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur. The comments, ideas and suggestions were then processed into the draft. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the commissioner's chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Obituaries

Carol M. Cathey 1915 - 2001 Carol M. Cathey died Aug. 15, 2001, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 85.

Americans always there to help

To the Editor; Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:

Thursday, September 13

Area schools score average

Interim Superintendent Pete Bergmann predicted weeks ago that Moffat County will fall somewhere in the middle of the ratings on the first-ever Colorado School Accountability reports. And he was right. Results were released Thursday showing most of the schools in the district weren't at the top of the charts, but they didn't sit at the bottom either. On a rating scale of excellent, high, average, low and unsatisfactory, two area schools scored a high rating, five an average rating and one a low rating. East Elementary school and Maybell Elementary School fell into the high category.