Stories for April 2002

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Tuesday, April 30

Moffat County baseball team blasts Delta

The Bulldogs' 22-21 win over the Delta Panthers Tuesday was the greatest team effort coach Kip Hafey said he has ever seen in all his years of baseball.

High school wrestlers make college plans

It's been three years since Roman Gutierrez has watched any of his wrestlers move on past high school.

City bid process raises concerns

Attorney assures council that decisions made are on solid legal ground

City bid procedures were called into question at Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting, with several members characterizing the process as being "willy-nilly."

Blue Montain landowners seek predator study of predators

Landowners in western Moffat County say they are concerned about predators killing their cattle and a dwindling deer population.

Craig Police Department hires two new officers

The Craig Police Department has hired two Craig residents to join the force less than two months after announcing the initiative of local recruitment.

Endemic area label undecided

State Wildlife Commission to discuss chronic wasting disease situation Thursday

Northeast Colorado has long been labeled a chronic wasting disease endemic area because of the large number of deer and elk that have been discovered to be infected with the disease.

Embezzlement suspect released on personal recognizance bond

The defendant accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from two local charities is free on bond.

Dental coalition kicks off fund drive

A local charity bankrupted by embezzlement is beginning a fund drive to revitalize itself.

Monday, April 29

Final words

Two residents attend last meeting on fire district's mill levy increase plan

Firefighters made their last presentation on their arguments for a mill levy increase that would double the fire district's budget Monday night.

Crime Stoppers to host skeet shoot

Club hopes to attract 30 to 40 sportsmen to event

The local chapter of Crime Stoppers has organized its first fund-raiser to solicit operational and promotional finances from Craig and Moffat County residents.

Best shots

Golfers take top spots at home tournament

In the five years Tom Dockstader has been coaching girls golf at Moffat County High School he's never seen a team score like it did Monday.

Moffat County rodeo team rides against the wind

It turned out to be one of those weekends for the Moffat County High School rodeo team, Danette Webber said.

Meat packer worried about CWD

Mountain Meat and Sausage will not accept untested wild game

Due to the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease south of Hayden, one local meat packer said he will not accept wild game unless it has been tested for the disease and been proven to be CWD free.

Craig Middle School drops home ec class

Parents say they fear other elective classes may be next

Two weeks ago when students brought home elective class sign-up sheets for next year for Craig Middle School, a few parents were surprised when no home economics classes were listed.

Sunday, April 28

Officer promoted to sergeant

Larry Mullen to focus on administrative, community-oriented duties

A 10-year veteran of law enforcement has moved from beat duty into a position with a greater emphasis on administrative and community-centered responsibilities with the Craig Police Department.

Democrats back candidates unanimously

The local Democratic Party held its county assembly Saturday night, voting unanimously to support its local and state candidates and several resolutions.

Police to distribute firearms safety kits

Gun locks, educational literature to be handed out at charity skeet shoot

The Craig Police Department will distribute free gun locks at a charity fund-raiser on May 4 as part of a national initiative concerning firearms safety.

City Council to review property transactions

A discussion of two pending property sales will be the focus of an executive session Tuesday night at the Craig City Council meeting.

Living in the past

Dinosaur resident shares prehistory with future generations

Wearing his wide brim hat and big black sunglasses, Dana Forbes treks through weeds and over hills pointing out bones and fossils most people would assume are just rocks.

Diving into competition

MCHS continues to pool state qualifiers

John Shipley knows what it's like to miss out.

High school baseball team splits Saturday doubleheader

One run put the Bulldogs a seed lower in the district tournament when the team split the final doubleheader of the season Saturday in Palisade.

Three golfers score swing into season's best at tournament

With three of the four Lady 'Dogs golfers hitting their season's best scores Saturday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, the team was able to salvage a fourth-place finish in the two-day Grand Valley Invitational.

Class action

Attendance policy could land students, parents in court

Last spring when the Moffat County School District revised its student attendance policy, school officials wanted to send a message that excessive student absences would not be tolerated.

Thursday, April 25

Goliath Project makes stop in Chocolate Town

Greetings from the sweetest place on earth yes, you guessed it we are in Hershey, Pa.

Moffat County gets pummeled by Rifle, 18-7

Moffat County High School junior Joe Padon gave the Bulldogs hope in the bottom of the third inning Thursday against the Rifle Bears but it was short lasting.

Samuel Deluca

Longtime Craig resident celebrates 90 years

A longtime resident of Craig is celebrating his 90th birthday Saturday, sharing his memories and accomplishments with family and friends.

Health officials want cows removed from river

Approximately 25 dead cows discovered in the Yampa River at Dinosaur National Monument on April 1 are still there.

Touch of Spice

Food for thought

When I walked in the house, I wasn't sure if it was dinner time or Halloween. Katie was covered, from the bridge of her nose to the tip of her chin, in an unbroken sheet of orange.

New hospital target price: $18 million

If The Memorial Hospital can find a firm to build a new hospital for $18 million, construction of a new building can be pursued without asking Moffat County residents for a tax increase, said TMH Administrator Randy Phelps.

Craig water gets high marks

Craig's drinking water received passing marks or better for all applicable standards for 2001, and water treatment plant officials has begun the planning needed to keep producing high-quality drinking water for the near future.

Wednesday, April 24

Financial future crowded

Residents face several large-scale projects in need of funding

Various groups and local governments hope to build a recreation center, a convention center, a training center for firefighters, a new hospital, a college campus.

William Tilford

Tuesday, April 23

Amos F. Humphrey

Grant received for master plan, equipment

Moffat County recently received more than $75,000 in grants from the state government through the State Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance fund.

DA faces disqualified from sex assault case

The lawyer for a former Craig resident charged with sexually assaulting his daughter filed a motion Tuesday to have the local District Attorney's office disqualified from the case.

Embezzlement suspect receives reduced bond

A suspect charged with embezzling funds from two non-profit organizations in Craig was granted a reduced bond Tuesday.

Looking at sexual assault

Play offers understanding of issue

When friends of Miranda Kipe, an 18-year-old senior at Moffat County High School, were in trouble she said they came to her rather than an adult.

Brad Alan Skufca

Goldie Sherman

Moffat County High school loses volleyball staff

The Moffat County High School volleyball team's spikes and kills will be taught not by just one new coach in the fall of 2002 but by an entire new coaching staff.

Jaycee Layne May

Ellee Anne Edwards

Kelsi Brianne McAnally

Ashton Bryant Smith

Marjorie W. McKinstry

Morene Ethel Seely

Letitia Ann Flores

Mildred Hays

What it takes to be a coach

There's more than just "x"s and "o"s in coaching.

Guitierrez pins Wrestling Coach of the Year

Coach Roman Gutierrez knows how to play the hand he's dealt and play it well.

A 'nasty' fire season

Local Hot Shot crew remains on schedule

Dry conditions that pushed Gov. Bill Owens Tuesday to request the federal government declare a drought emergency in Colorado have set the stage for a "nasty fire season," Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason said.

Stanley Riskus

Samuel Deluca

Monday, April 22

Hearing for burglary suspect gets postponed

The second suspect in a series of car break-ins had a hearing postponed until early May.

Adding it up

School board, employees clash over benefits

More than 50 Moffat County School District employees showed their disapproval Monday of a recent board of education decision to discontinue the use of a sick day buy-back option for retiring workers.

Stanley Riskus

School rodeo team saddles up success

Wyoming really is only a stone's throw from where Camie Haskins lives. But on the high plains a stone's throw can extend to the horizon.

Wind plays havoc with golf team's lineup

With gusts of wind surpassing 40 mph at last week's Eagle Valley Invitational one thing was certainly blown away any die-hard idea on who will be the fourth golfer for the Lady 'Dogs.

Albert Pulliam

Preliminary subdivision plan approved for Dinosaur

National monument superintendent says impact to natural resources could be 'severe'

To the dismay of Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Chas Cartwright, the Moffat County commissioners approved preliminary plans to subdivide more than 400 acres of property at Dinosaur National Monument Monday morning.

A battle for the bucks

Residents: Other projects could suffer because of a fire-district tax hike

Future community projects could outweigh the Craig Rural Fire District's need for a mill levy increase, two Craig residents who attended Monday night's fire district meeting, said.

Sunday, April 21

Department of Ag monitoring Motherwell Ranch elk

Despite the ongoing effort by Division of Wildlife officials to depopulate wild elk and deer in the Motherwell Ranch area south of Hayden, the domestic elk within the ranch have been left alone.

Boys track team continues seeking stride

Drew Morris has been too proficient on the 4x400-meter relay team not to let him run the open 400 run.

Prom trumps meet for swimmers around state

Coach Jim Vorhies found the only thing that could stop his swimmers at the Jeffco Invitational was dinner and dancing.

Preparing for the worst

When a family loses it's home to a fire, it is the job of Red Cross volunteers to assist them in recovering from their material and emotional losses. Now Red Cross volunteers' roles have expanded to h

When a family loses it's home to a fire, it is the job of Red Cross volunteers to assist them in recovering from their material and emotional losses. Now Red Cross volunteers' roles have expanded to help educate people on taking the steps necessary to avoid losing their home to a wildland fire.

Tough decisions

Roster for girls relay team up in air

Moffat County High School track Coach Mike Gleason still doesn't know what to do with many of the girls relay teams.

Albert Pulliam

Coalition plans out fund-raising strategy

Group clears way to receive United Way money

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition conducted a marathon workshop Saturday to complete work so the coalition could recover after it was left destitute by alleged embezzlement.

Thursday, April 18

Sunset classrooms overcrowded

Approximately 20 first graders at Sunset Elementary School might be sitting in a second grade classroom at Ridgeview Elementary School or East Elementary School next year because of classroom overcrowding.

Caucus for Democratic candidates Tuesday

The Democratic party of Moffat County is holding its caucus for the 2002 election Tuesday.

The Goliath Project reaches Washington, D.C.

Our past week has been a good week and a very active week. In fact, we have decided that the theme for this week is walking. Every day has involved lots of walking. First we endure Washington, D.C. traffic and also the Metrorail and then we walk.

Moffat County basketball coach resigns

Bulldog fans will see a new face courtside in the 2002-2003 Moffat County boys' basketball season, though it is not yet known who it will be.

CWD 'dream team' sought

Allard wants partnership to fight disease

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard said he wants to see a partnership among local, state and federal agencies in combating chronic wasting disease, which is why he is lobbying both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior to create a "dream team" to fight the disease.

Female-only mental health facility planned

Building would allow women with dependent children to complete substance abuse treatment

The parent organization of Craig Mental Health wants to create a female-only facility for treating drug and alcohol abuse in Western Slope communities.

Craig couple celebrates 53 years of marriage

Statistics show that today when people get married there's a 50-50 chance the marriage will last.

Touch of Spice

If I knew then ...

I was a model parent until I actually had children. I was one of those "that's not how I would do it" people.

Pitcher comes through for Bulldogs

Jon Bugay always has to be on his toes because he never knows when he'll take the mound.

Wednesday, April 17

Soccer team stumbles against Roaring Fork

It's not Kelly Howle is opposing her coach it's she doesn't agree with him.

Wrestlers return from tourney empty handed

Two Moffat County state-champion wrestlers returned from the Senior National Tournament empty handed.

Pulling up stakes on property rights

When would-be summer camp owner Douglas Weers didn't show up to the Moffat County commissioners' meeting Tuesday, was anybody surprised?

After-prom party offers alternative

For some late night entertainment this Saturday, Moffat County High School juniors and seniors will have an opportunity test their luck at a casino.

Prom weekend prompts patrols

Representatives of local law enforcement agencies say they will concentrate on making this weekend prom weekend a safe one for teens.

White Horse Inn faces demolition this summer

By the end of this summer, there should be nothing but a gaping hole where the White Horse Inn stands on Yampa Avenue.

Taking credit

Counselors help residents handle money woes

For those saddled with seemingly impossible budget or debt problems, there are expert resources available locally and to a large part offered free of charge.

Tuesday, April 16

Bulldogs pound the Sailors, 6-2

Jerod Estey showed what coach Kip Hafey was talking about when he said his Moffat County High School Bulldogs are aggressive.

Pulling up stakes on property rights

When would-be summer camp owner Douglas Weers didn't show up to the Moffat County commissioners' meeting Tuesday, was anybody surprised?

Sue Martin

Dental coalition board votes to continue operation

Organization to form fund-raising plan for financial recovery at Saturday meeting

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition board has voted to stay in existence and move forward toward recovering from financial ruin that threatened to end the service organization.

County commission looks at hiring health inspector

Several local health officials were present at Tuesday's Moffat County Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the county's need for an environmental health inspector.

Swimmers continue race for qualification

To senior Randy Runyan Saturday's Montrose Invitational was a dream fulfilled.

Sheriff pushes for local CWD testing facility

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead told county commissioners Tuesday that a testing facility for chronic wasting disease should be set up in the Craig area.

CDC to set up exam site

The CDC will be in Moffat County for six weeks beginning in May to collect data from volunteers for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Monday, April 15

Maybell man recovering

The Maybell man who was injured when a semi truck fell has now been home for a week and continues to recover from his injuries.

Program to host open house

New CNCC cosmetology students get ready for customers

CNCC is inviting the Craig community to a grand opening for its cosmetology salon this Saturday at 1280 Industrial Ave.

Boys track team continues qualification hunt

Moffat County High School track coach Gary Tague wasn't surprised that at the first state-qualifying meet of the season the Bulldogs came home empty handed; his team is still young.

Rodeo team corrals first-place finishes

Moffat County High School cowboys and cowgirls find that practice is paying off

Tia Brannan knows how to tie up a rodeo.

Girls track team maintaining momentum

Moffat County High School senior Charlotte Steele dashes through 800 meters but her coach knows she can run faster.

The killing continues

Fifth deer discovered with wasting disease

Division of Wildlife officials began killing more wild deer and elk today in the Motherwell Ranch area south of Hayden after a fifth wild deer was discovered to be carrying chronic wasting disease.

Hospital to buy computer system

The Moffat County commissioners signed a lease/purchase option for The Memorial Hospital to purchase a new computer system at Monday morning's Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Scavenger hunt planned for Thursday

More than 200 students Thursday night will be looking for just the right word literally as they comb through several businesses taking part in the Downtown Literacy Scavenger Hunt.

Conference to provide role models for girls

Giving eighth-grade girls career options and helping them set educational goals is the mission of the first-ever girls conference in Moffat County.

Armed with information

When the media report on controversial issues they are often accused of being sensational or hounding a subject so long that it becomes overkill. Certainly in some cases there could be some truth in those accusations. But when it comes to chronic wasting disease and how it could impact this area, we at the Craig Daily Press believe that keeping the public armed with sound information to defend itself against potentially harmful rumors is an important obligation.

Mari Sue Martin

Amos Humphrey

Sunday, April 14

Bank warns area residents of scam

Ruse includes fake tax documents

The United States Department of the Treasury has sent out a warning to all national banks regarding a scam involving fictitious IRS forms being sent in the mail in an effort to steal people's personal information.

Girls soccer team loses, continues to see improvement

To coach Tom St. Louis a 3-1 loss showed worlds of improvement.

Moffat County High School splits doubleheader

Nick Goodenow stepped it up in the bottom of the third to wake up the Bulldogs' bats and lead them to an 11-6 win over Delta in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Amos Humphrey

States place ban on live animals, not meat

Texas, Michigan say Wisconsin case, not Colorado, reason behind prohibition of live big game

Despite new restrictions by several states prohibiting the importation of live big game, no states have put restrictions on bringing home meat from animals killed in other states, including Colorado.

Jake Satterwhite remembered

Ballplayer's catch phrase, 'Walk it off,' taken to heart by many

It was as if Jake Satterwhite himself approved of Sunday's memorial service in his honor.

Area doctor injured in dirt bike wreck in Sandwash Basin

An area doctor was injured in motor bike accident Sunday afternoon while riding in the Sandwash Basin, and was airlifted directly from the western part of the county to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Weighing in on local issues

Chamber to take on more active role

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board is preparing to become a more active presence in community debates and decisions.

Werner H. Schwingdorf

Thursday, April 11

Superintendent to receive $89,000

Moffat County Board of Education President Phil Hastings said Thursday that the $89,000 salary to be paid new school Superintendent Pete Bergmann is comparable to other school districts that are similar in size.

Moffat County crime stats remain at 'status quo'

Last year was an average year for crime in Moffat County, but a markedly above-average year in the technology sector for the sheriff's office, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Thursday.

Commissioners to hear from would-be camp owner

At the last Moffat County Board of Commissioners meeting Douglas Weers was granted a conditional use permit with restrictions to host a youth summer camp on his property.

Haynes family travels to West Virginia

Since we've last written we've had our prayer days in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Every prayer day and every capitol experience is very different. Some capitols are hustling and busy; others are quiet and very empty. Regardless of the busyness around us, our mission remains the same to pray for that state.

Field dedication to be held Sunday

A year ago in August Jake Satterwhite was killed in a car accident in Pueblo.

MCHS golfers grab tie at Delta Invitational

Shooting an 87 in the first day of the Delta Invitational was good enough to win Lindsey Scott her second golf tournament of the season.

Coalition, United Way confer

Board members of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition met with the Moffat County United Way executive board and allocation committee Thursday to discuss what steps the coalition could take in an attempt to rescue the coalition from the recent embezzlement scandal.

Touch of Spice

And the Oscar goes to ...

As her face contorts and her hands fly into the air, Katie's knees buckle and she falls gracefully to the floor with a wail. She bangs her head on the carpet and her lip quivers. A small tear runs down her face and her breathing is made ragged by sobs.

Wednesday, April 10

Area non-profits receive El Pomar grants

More than 75 students, sponsors and charity representatives gathered in Craig Wednesday for the El Pomar Youth in Community Service grant presentation.

Coalition faces uncertain future

Lack of funds may cause group to fold

After the first board meeting of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition since the arrest of its former executive director for allegedly embezzling more than $30,000, officials say the non-profit organization's future is still undecided.

Twenty-five cows found dead in Yampa River

Cattle may have fallen through ice, drowned

Approximately 25 dead cows were found in the Yampa River at Dinosaur National Monument last week.

The Memorial Hospital gains critical access status

The Memorial Hospital received approval from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Wednesday to become a critical access hospital, which means an annual increase in revenue of more than $1 million.

Tuesday, April 9

City Council gives support to Hayden airport grant plan

The Craig City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support Routt County in its bid to get grant money that would bring more competition to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Man accused of embezzling from mother waives hearing

A man accused of stealing more than $130,000 from his elderly mother appeared in Moffat County Court Tuesday and waived his preliminary hearing.

Letitia Ann Flores

Alvin Carl Ridings

Golfers vie for final spots on team

Lauren Stover sees opportunity Thursday and Friday at the Delta Invitational.

Moffat County baseball loses to Rifle

Jerod Estey got all the strikeouts but the one that counted most against the Rifle Bears.

Uhri, Mott engaged

In the 'hot spot'

State officials say two more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease

Two of the 311 deer culled last week the Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

City seeks local control on Victory Way

Members of the Craig City Council say they think one possible solution to the growing number of traffic problems on W. Victory Way lies in more local control.

Fire department schedules mill levy meetings

The Craig Rural Fire District will be hosting two town meetings to present its arguments concerning a mill levy increase. The district is asking voters to approve on May 7 a $550,000 increase to its yearly budget.

Bryn Avery Callie

Samuel Darin Orvalla

Craig Police Department sees drop in criminal activity

Last year was a fairly busy year for the Craig Police Department, but a year that remained consistent with the last five years. And a year in which crime overall continued a small downward trend.

Daily Press hires new editor

Terrance Vestal has been named editor of the Craig Daily Press. Vestal was previously news editor of Steamboat Pilot & Today and has been with WorldWest Limited Liability Company, the parent company of the papers, since January 1997.

Monday, April 8

Back from Washington

Commissioners say a recent trip that cost more than $2,000 was worth it

Three Moffat County commissioners and county Natural Resources Department Director Jeff Comstock recently attended a National Association of Counties conference in Washington D.C.

Mall sees departure of retailers

Centennial manager says national trend is hitting home

The closure of the Ben Franklin store in the Centennial Mall brings the number of vacancies there up to four.

Wyoming keeps watch on Colorado's wasting disease in Colorado

Official says chronic wasting illness has not impacted Wyoming's hunting season

Wyoming officials are closely monitoring the outcome of testing for chronic wasting disease being done on deer in and around the Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden.

Wyoming keeps watch on Colorado's wasting disease

Official says chronic wasting illness has not impacted Wyoming's hunting season

Wyoming officials are closely monitoring the outcome of testing for chronic wasting disease being done on deer in and around the Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden. "That's fairly close," said Jeff Obrecht, information officer with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "We're keeping our fingers crossed the eradication gets them."

High school ropers find success despite challenges

Junior Austin Schell did more than rope a calf Sunday in Golden, he rounded up the first top-10 finish for a Moffat County High School cowboy in the spring season.

Youth United Way to host grants presentation

The Moffat County Youth United Way, along with programs in Rio Blanco and Routt counties, will be awarding $30,000 in grant funds to a variety of charities, organizations and clubs.

Girls soccer team grabs first victory

Brandy Sherwood was elated with the goal she nudged past the Middle Park High School goalie it was the first time the Lady 'Dogs soccer team had the lead in a game.

Economic development group hires coordinator for area

The local Economic Development Council is one step closer to creating an economic development corporation with its hiring of a director.

Sunday, April 7

Bulldogs, Demons split doubleheader

The MCHS baseball field's warning track never seemed as inviting to Tad Behrens as it did Saturday against Glenwood Springs.

Track team has 'good showing' at Eagle Valley

In his first appearance of the year for Moffat County High School's boys track team, Cody Palmer jumped into the spotlight.

Girls track team shuffles team lineups, finds success

Coach Mike Gleason is still figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady 'Dogs track team, but that didn't stop his girls from placing in the top five at Friday's Eagle Valley Invitational.

County commission to seek public works director

Instead of five people each owning their own lawnmower and only using it once a week, why not just share one lawnmower?

Swim team wins again

The 200-yard medley relay team was on record pace Saturday at the Delta Invitational as the Bulldogs boys swim team won its second straight meet.

Juvenile arrested after chase

A Craig youth was arrested early Sunday morning after the vehicle was pulled over because the driver allegedly had pulled away from the gas station with the pump hose still attached.

City to discuss property sale in closed session

A year ago the Craig City Council decided to sell property on Victory Way that was the site of the Cosgriff Hotel.

Second game featured strong pitching

Junior Jerod Estey did it all in Saturday's second game against Glenwood Springs but it wasn't enough.

Short on shots

VNA, schools handle lack of vaccinations

Due to a nationwide vaccine supply shortage, the Visiting Nurses Association will not hold its annual "Supershot Day," normally held in April.

Thursday, April 4

Independent Life Center hosts fund-raiser

The Independent Life Center kicked off its "giant stuff sale" for the fourth year today in its continued effort toward buying a wheelchair-accessible van.

Golf team gets back into swing of things

One week of outside practice can work wonders. Just ask Moffat County High School girls golf coach Tom Dockstader.

Funds for coalition, Partners put on hold

Local non-profits involved in embezzlement investigation to meet with United Way allocation committee

The Moffat County United Way office voted Thursday to hold back this year's financial allocations for the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition and Moffat County Partners.

Many unknowns surround disease

To this date there is no proof of a human dying from or being infected with chronic wasting disease.

High school has something to cheer about

Students turn out in droves to become spirit leaders for sports

Spring is an exciting time of the year for Suzy Lord a time when she glimpses the future of Moffat County High School cheerleading.

Haynes family makes its way toward D.C., New York

We have been gone from Craig now for four weeks. Since leaving Craig on March 3 we have traveled more than 4,000 miles through 10 states and we have visited seven capitals.

Touch of Spice

Easter discoveries: Bald as an egg

On Saturday I got up before 7 a.m. to ready the girls for their first Easter candy race, which started at 10 a.m.. By 8:30 a.m., I enlisted help.

Wednesday, April 3

Swimmers grab first-place finish

Moffat County High School boys swim coach Jim Vorhies seemed to speak more about his swimmers appetite rather than strategy or technique.

Unemployment numbers increase

Moffat County sees a growing workforce

Almost 500 Moffat County residents were out of work in February a jump of more than two percentage points from February of last year, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Clyde Cary

April court date set for McKenzie

The first hearing in an embezzlement case involving two local non-profit organizations is set for April 23.

Candidates questioned at forum

Residents had an opportunity to meet local Republican Party candidates Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Moffat County Republican Women.

Meeting offers few answers about disease

Second meeting scheduled for tonight

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials met with area residents Wednesday night at the Yampa River State Park headquarters in Hayden to answer questions about the recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease in southern Routt County.

Score kicks up soccer team's morale

When called upon by her coach and teammates, Jeni Bamford answered.

Tuesday, April 2

Paintball suspect pleads guilty to charges

The first of three Craig youths charged in connection with paintball attacks in January on children and livestock has pleaded guilty to all charges.

Third deer tests negative for wasting disease

A third wild mule deer suspected to have chronic wasting disease at the Motherwell Ranch east of Hayden has tested negative, Division of Wildlife officials announced Tuesday.

Wendy Marie Graham

Daniel James Ovenden

Dagan Delynn White

LaSawn Marie Riley

Laura Kayleen Kunkle

Wrestler takes Rocky Mountain Nationals

It has been nearly a month since Kyle Kostur has touched a wrestling mat in a competitive situation but he's still as aggressive as ever.

Bulldogs thrash Steamboat, 10-0

Outdoor practices bring continued improvement to Moffat County baseball team

Nobody appreciates warm spring weather more than Moffat County High School baseball coach Kip Hafey.

Former coalition director arrested

Court documents show embezzled funds could total more than $30,000

The District Attorney's office formally filed charges today against a Craig resident suspected of embezzling funds from two local non-profit organizations.

BLM wins first round in grazing permit fight

A judge recently rejected an environmental group's request that grazing permits for more than 370,000 acres of BLM land in Moffat and Routt counties be denied.

Monday, April 1

Local Republican candidates to speak at luncheon

This year's Republican hopefuls will be attending the traditional "meet the candidates" luncheon hosted by a local political group.

County adopts voucher system for drop-off days

Commissioners say new system to get rid of junk will be more convenient for residents

Moffat County landowners will have one free day of their choice to drop off trash at the landfill this summer.

Preschool celebrates Week of the Young Child

From the time they are born until they turn 8, children will develop the skills, values and self-esteem that will dictate their success later in life. Those early years are so important that the month of April has been proclaimed National Month of the Young Child a time when adults are educated on the importance of early childhood education and development.

Resident sentenced for menacing, restraining order violations

A man who pleaded guilty in January to menacing his wife was sentenced Monday for that crime and a related violation

Local shooting club to host Olympians

Laura Tyler said she is aiming to promote the sport of shooting by hosting two Olympic shooters Saturday in Craig.

Intermediate school students get a jump on health

Under the tutelage of physical education teacher Ann Stehlin, jump rope met science and philanthropy for the first time at Craig Intermediate School.

DOW begins killing deer

Second case of wasting disease confirmed

Some 15 state Division of Wildlife officials gathered at the Motherwell Ranch in southwestern Routt County Monday to begin killing deer within a five-mile radius of the 6,000-acre ranch.

Search warrants issued in embezzlement case

More than $30,000 could have been embezzled from the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, according to court documents released today.

Back in the saddle again

Moffat County High School boys, girls rodeo teams start off season at a gallop

Returning to Craig midnight Sunday, Denette Webber said she felt reassured in the foundation she's building for Moffat County High School rodeo.