Stories for August 2002


Thursday, August 29

High school may STOP proficiency exams

Graduation requirements being revamped by school officials

School officials have decided it's time to do away with the Student Outcomes and Proficiencies (STOP) test, which is used to measure whether Moffat County High School seniors have met proficiency levels necessary to graduate high school.

Construction of new hospital may begin next summer

The Memorial Hospital hires project director

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of a project manager to oversee construction of a new hospital.

Gene McAnally

Cammellia Anne "Ratcliff" Busby

Hayden runs over younger 'Dawgs in second half

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The famous introduction into Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" describes Moffat County High School's freshmen/sophomore football game Thursday night. The Bulldog underclassmen experienced the "Tale of Two Halves" in a 20-6 loss to the Hayden Tigers in their season opener.

Kathryn "Kay" Kooman Dey

All dogs go to heaven

The advantage and responsibility of the written word is its ability to endure.

Wednesday, August 28

MCHS football season kicks off tonight

Freshmen team puts undefeated record on the line against Hayden varsity

The Moffat County High School freshman football team has the opportunity to keep the home winning streak alive for the third year in a row.

Heading home

Family hopes to transport accident victim

The family of a local man recently injured in a car crash in Idaho has established a fund to raise enough money to transport him closer to home.

County treasurer resigns

Official's term cut short by health issues

The lone candidate for Moffat County Treasurer in this November's election will take office a little earlier than expected.

Cammellia Anne "Ratcliff" Busby

Jeffrey Ryan Walker

Tuesday, August 27

Bone Crusher Attack

Bulldog football team focuses on unity as strength

It's Monday after practice and the coaching staff of the Moffat County High School football team is crammed into an office in the varsity locker no bigger than many walk-in closets.

Steamboat resident proposes local CWD testing effort

Steamboat Springs resident Cathy Neelan told the Craig Downtown Business Association Wednesday morning that the government is not doing enough to fund chronic wasting disease research.

The Pepsi choice

The Moffat County School Board, after taking its time in careful consideration, approved a three-year deal with Pepsi for sponsorship.

Lessons for the future

Teachers, agency leaders say a diversified community must learn to live together

It's Monday night in the basement at the Center of Craig and Sandra Duarte is teaching a group of students the alphabet.

Monday, August 26

Montri Srianan

Mary Elizabeth Jantz

Doris McFarland

Child safety seat inspections planned

State patrol officer says parents may not know how to use devices

The Colorado State Patrol, Craig Police Department and Craig Fire/Rescue want people buckled into automobiles safely but this time their focus isn't adults, it's children.

Origin of local E. coli case remains a mystery

While it is still unknown how a 6-year-old Moffat County boy contracted E. coli, the case is just about closed, a state official said Monday.

New pass required for sporting events

Family passes for Moffat County School District athletic events are now like an over-the-limit credit card at the local gas station, not accepted.

Pepsi contract approved

Beverage company pays more than $10,000 for a three-year monopoly

For the next three years students and teachers who want a soda at Moffat County High School will have one line of products to choose from in machines at the school.

ESPN Classic

Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh.

Sunday, August 25

Grand Futures seeks used cell phones

Fund-raiser to go toward substance-abuse prevention programs

Used cellular phones often present a problem to their owners.

Accident victim's status upgraded to 'stable'

Craig resident David Allen Honeycutt, 23, was upgraded from critical to stable condition over the weekend.

Mary Zulian

Council to review condemnation situation

Owner says taking all of her property not necessary

The Craig City Council passed a resolution in June giving the city the right to obtain four lots on Stout Street by eminent domain.

The Pepsi choice

Moffat County School Board to decide on issue of sponsorship tonight

The Moffat County Board of Education will decide tonight whether to accept a $25,000 offer from Pepsi to give it sole distribution rights in Moffat County High School.

Harvest Cup final full of everything

Hayden Speedway

The gate to the Hayden Speedway has been locked for the winter and with it the spine-shaking rumble of stock cars will hibernate in the curves of the track until the gates are reopened next summer.

Ardith Burton

A legacy of compassion

Humane society benefits from woman's life-long love for animals

Eloise Frary believed animals had a soul if they were loved properly by people, said her daughter, Sidney Johnson.

New comer wins YVGC's Championship

For once, playing it safe worked for golfer Robert Atkinson at the 2002 Club Championship Saturday and Sunday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Thursday, August 22

George Bryan Van Dorn

McKenzie sentencing pushed back

Craig resident Robin McKenzie, who in July pleaded guilty to theft of more than $30,000 from the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, a third-degree felony, and theft of less than $500 from Moffat County Partners, a second-degree misdemeanor, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28.

Reaping the rewards of 4-H

While the children who participate in 4-H and the Moffat County Fair have an opportunity to make thousands of dollars through the annual auction of the livestock they've raised, the true rewards they reap are priceless.

Commissioner: Internet project closer to reality

Latest NC Telecom contract approval puts 'everything in place'

With the latest contract approval in place, Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said today public agencies in Northwest Colorado will be hooked up to a high-speed telecommunication system by Dec. 20.

Craig resident killed in accident in Idaho

Craig resident Jeffrey R. Walker, 23, was killed and David Allen Honeycutt, 23, was critically injured after they were involved in an accident Aug. 18.

Teaming up

V-ballers hope that better communication, attitude will lead to wins

On coach Rosie Lear's clipboard is what she and the Moffat County High School volleyball team believe will be the key to playing well in the 2002 season.

Misconceptions of 'childproofing'

My cousin Michelle walked in the door with a belated birthday present for Katie. Now knowing what presents are, it took her no time to decide Barney would still be there when she was done.

Wednesday, August 21

Rain, hail greet cyclists on Buffalo Pass

The Buffalo Pass Hill Climb is known for two aspects that prove formidable to the bikers in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series a relentless climb and unpredictable weather.

Experts say Wednesday's rainfall too little, too late

The rain and hail Wednesday was too little, too late for drought-stricken farmers and not near enough for area firefighters to let up their guard.

Students can take advantage of CHP+

Funds still available for state insurance program

Colorado has a plan in place that helps to insure that no child 18 and under goes without health coverage, but many local families are not taking advantage of what the plan has to offer, said a local health official.

Madison Alyse Taylor

Kaden Scott Herring

Theodore Earl Albers

Jeffrey Walker

Experts recommend precautions for West Nile virus

As the West Nile Virus continues to creep its way west, local and state officials are advising people to take simple precautions to lessen their chance of infection.

MCHS golfers a few strokes behind at midpoint

The Moffat County High School golf team reached the halfway-point of the season Wednesday at Dos Rio Golf Course in Gunnison with its sixth tournament.

Tuesday, August 20

Ready to go

Superintendent says teachers, staff prepared for Thursday's first day of school

The doors to all Moffat County schools open tomorrow and Superintendent Pete Bergmann said the district staff is ready for another year.

Lauryn Jeannine Hughes

DeGuelle leads golfers

A new week brought a new golfer to the lead for the Moffat County High School golf team.

Total f

A team with past struggles hopes to turn the program around with their experience, attitude and 'advanced soccer'

"Listen to that talk, the beautiful sound of focus on the field."

Jessica Courtney Worster

Speaking the language of business

When Trinidad Loya Sr. was 15, his family moved to Craig from Chihuahua, Mexico. But Loya said he wasn't excited about the move.

VNA seeks volunteers for WIC program

State and federal funding cuts have left several non-profit organizations in the lurch and looking for volunteers to fill in the holes.

Teresa Kistler

Margaret Estella Flack

Ayla Grace Doyle

Monday, August 19

School supplies drive extended

The Community Budget Center has extended the deadline on its drive to collect school supplies for one more week because of the low response received so far.

Lucille G. Talkington

Anna Marie Dean

Well-traveled golfers look for improvement

MVP honors for the Moffat County High School golf team so far this season might go to the team's bus. According to coach Ken Harjes, the team's well-traveled van has added 1,500 miles to the odometer since Aug. 12.

IOCC's race to respond stops in Craig

For one team it was a homecoming for the others, they had a brief home away from home.

Whytney Marie Babbitt

Ode to two-a-days

Two-a-days. Depending on one's experience in athletics a variety of adjectives could precede the term describing the annual beginning of fall sports. But as MCHS athletic Director Jim Loughran said last week, each sport's double up on practice in the late summer heat is a right of passage for an athlete. If they have been training all summer it is something they look forward to and most likely will excel. No training, well the only thing looked forward to is the couch at home after practice.

Carmellia Anne Busby


Elizabeth Wood Callaway Beckett

Three arrested on drug charges

One Craig adult and a juvenile were taken into custody Aug. 16, after they were found to be in possession of methamphetamines. Another juvenile was released into the custody of his parents.

Tristin Jeffrey Hummel

'Awakened' by tragedy

A volunteer emergency medical technician discusses the challenges of serving rural Colorado

Imagine you're in the backcountry on an ATV that just flipped over. In a rural community, emergency responders worry whether they will even find you and that's just the first of many difficulties they face.

Sunday, August 18

Jeffrey Walker

New year, new faces

Moffat County School District welcomes 15 new staff members to its ranks for the upcoming year

Wendy's opens new restaurant in Craig

It took about four years to open up Craig's latest fast-food restaurant, but the director of operations for the area said it was worth the wait.

Circus headed for Craig

State-of-the-art technology not animals to accompany show

Lions and tigers and bears no way.

Paint Invasion

Paintball tournament attracts 'aliens' 'rednecks' and cops to local venue

Home field advantage was in full effect Saturday as the first paintball tournament hosted by Area 51 Paintball was won by the team named after and sponsored by the tournament host.

More wilderness fires expected to start today

Firefighters keep eye out as 'dry lightning' storms move in

A fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service said there is a fire weather watch in effect today because of the dry lightning that is expected to move into the area.

Close finish highlight of triathlon

In a race that took more than an hour to finish, it came down to the last second to decide who would be the team champion in the For the Health of it Triathlon 2002 in Craig Saturday.

Thursday, August 15

MCHS golfers continue similar ways

The early season for the Moffat County High School golf team is starting to sound like a broken record.

Former coalition director to be sentenced

The former executive director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for stealing money that coalition officials said nearly killed the non-profit organization.

Craig Rotarians attend international convention

Craig Rotary Club members Nancy and Bill Muldoon recently attended the 93rd Annual Convention of Rotary International (RI) held in Barcelona, Spain.

Family ties

It's been 11 months and Katie has just now found the time to discover she has a sister. Nikki, on the other hand, has been waiting 11 months for Katie to notice her, and despite the unavoidable abuse involved (Katie is two), the baby's never happier than when Katie is trying to force feed her a bottle or is trying to bounce on her stomach the way she does daddy.

Seniors look to pass on tradition

The Moffat County High School girls cross country team has quietly become one of the most successful athletic programs at the school.

Final kick of season keeps team undefeated

It is what every young soccer player dreams of, the equivalent of a bases-loaded grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in baseball, or a last-second, three-pointer in basketball.

Local nurse advises precaution, not panic

A Routt County Visiting Nurse Association representative said Friday that, with the confirmation of the West Nile virus in Colorado, people need to take precautions against mosquitoes, which is how the illness is spread.

Wednesday, August 14

'Root Canal' pains Mo Phat riders

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series in Steamboat Springs moved back to Howelsen Hill Wednesday for the Root Canal cross-country race. For the Mo Phat team only three riders competed with one racer on vacation and the other with a schedule conflict due to the race being changed from the previous Wednesday.

CU president calls visit successful

University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman said she received important feedback regarding the perception residents have of the institution during her visit to Moffat County this week.

Source of local E. coli case still a mystery

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment said Thursday that after a week of investigation the department has yet to determine how a 6-year-old Moffat County boy contracted E. coli.

County pursuing emergency aid for Dinosaur

Karen Burley, president of the Maybell Ambulance Service, is taking the lead in helping the Dinosaur Ambulatory Service meet the qualifications necessary to be able to transport patients.

County Road 57 almost complete

One of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department is nearly finished, county officials say.

High quality H2O

With heat-related deaths in athletics have been highly publicized in the last year, MCHS athletes and staff are taking the precautions for safety during two-a-days

Two-a-day practices are into their fourth day for Moffat County High School athletes and the coaches and trainers are making sure that dehydration and heat stroke does not become a problem at the outset of the new season.

Tuesday, August 13

Greeley Gas rate increase on hold

Residential customers need not fear their natural gas rates will increase this month. On the other hand, commercial customers won't get the price break they've been anticipating either.

Dinosaur seeks better emergency aid

Resident says heart attack victim might have been saved

Carla Roloff, a volunteer emergency medical technician in Dinosaur, said Tuesday a man who died last week might have been saved if the community had better emergency services in place.

Pressley leads MCHS golfers to ninth

While the rest of their friends and classmates were waking up early for the first sports practices of the new school year, the Moffat County High School boys golf team was busy warming up for the first tournament of the season in Grand Junction on Monday.

Residents oppose subdivision

Petition signed by more than 60 resident claims plan would hurt quality of life

A developer interested in subdividing about 500 acres of property west of Craig was scheduled to give the Moffat County commissioners an update on his plans at Monday's meeting.

Behind the scenes: The speedway safety crew

The number one priority for Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association President Justin Gallegos is safety for the drivers at the Hayden Speedway.

School vouchers' impact still in question by officials

Local school administrators say they are not sure how a proposed voucher system, which would pay students up to $4,300 annually to go to Colorado colleges of their choice, would impact small Western Slope institutions.

City Council to review cable franchise

The Craig City Council will make a decision Tuesday night that will decide whether residents are writing checks to AT&T Broadband or Bresnan Communications, the company that is buying all AT&T service areas in two states and rural Colorado.

Local E. coli source still unknown

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment still has no information on how a 6-year-old Moffat County boy might have contracted E. coli.

Northern Pike removal project on Yampa River complete

Biologists removed a total of 538 northern pike from the Yampa River this year as part of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program

Olga "Mickey" Gloeckle

Sea Sharks finish season at Summer Club

The Craig Sea Sharks season was finalized Aug. 2 at the Seasonal State swim meet in Lamar.

City hears economic development report

The Economic Development Partnership is up and running, its chairman, Les Hampton, reported to the Craig City Council Tuesday night but up and running wasn't good enough for council members who thought more would have been done by now to recruit businesses and secure grants.

CWD sampling site will be ready Aug. 31

A Colorado Division of Wildlife official said Tuesday his office is gearing up to test more animals for chronic wasting disease this hunting season than it ever has before.

Ready to run

New coaches, better understanding of training lead boy harriers

If all goes as planned for the Moffat County High School boys cross country team, its days of running workouts with the girls team are over.

CU president to visit Craig

Outreach tour mission to inform residents about distance programs

Local students interested in attending the University of Colorado have a chance to meet the school's top official Wednesday.

Adjustments make for smoother race night

Hayden Speedway

After each race at the Hayden Speedway, the officials of the Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association meet to evaluate how the next race can run smoother.

Margaret Flack

Returning to one's roots

Craig teen plans to rediscover the land of her ancestors as an exchange student

Like any other high school junior, Samantha Janiga will be taking many different classes this fall .

Seeing the strength of America's diversity

There are those among us who apparently would like to see the etchings on the Statue of Liberty changed.

Voters want new clerk

Sullivan beats out Johnson; Stetson wins over Nielson

The two contested races in Tuesday's Moffat County primary election resulted in one narrow victory and one landslide.

Smiling again

Dental service for low-income children returns to tri-county area

The Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Van arrived in Meeker for the fourth consecutive year today.

Eloise Frary

Batteries included

It happened. Katie's officially 2 and entitled to all the privileges and responsibilities of a 2-year-old (really it's only privileges, which she has many and she never fails to take advantage each one).

Donnovan Luis Vasquez

Emily Lauren Armstrong

ConAgra probe still ongoing

Department of Health continues investigation into local case

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment is still attempting to determine how a 6-year-old Moffat County boy might have contracted E. coli.

Residents take advantage of early voting

As of Thursday afternoon, 700 Moffat County residents had already voted in the 2002 primary election through absentee and early voting.

Agencies offer variety of business training

Between Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig, the Colorado Workforce Center and the Small Business Development Center, Northwest Colorado businesses are given several tools to start up and succeed, including employer and employee training.

Family finds the American dream in Craig

Jaime and Maria Sandoval are on the verge of the American dream.

Wednesday, August 7

E. coli hits Moffat County

How boy contracted illness still under investigation

An E. coli case has been confirmed in a 6-year-old Moffat County boy, state officials announced Wednesday.

Mulch, water keys to successful drought-resistant landscaping

Unseasonably hot and dry weather has made gardening and landscaping more challenging than usual for local home and business owners.

Local athletes urged to not ignore injuries

Exceptionally hot, dry weather and a lack of proper pre-season training can lead to serious injury for high school athletes.

Art festival showcases more than 40 artists

More than 40 artists displayed 121 works of art downtown during the first-ever Sagebrush Art Festival held on Yampa Avenue Saturday and Sunday.

Firm selected to study rec center feasibility

A firm has been chosen to complete the feasibility study on a recreation center in Craig. All that's left is to find a way to pay for it.

Olga Gloeckle

Producer's choice teaches life skills

Sarah Kawcak, a 15-year-old Craig resident involved in 4-H, might not win the Grand Champion prize for the lamb she shows every year at the fair, but she said she doesn't mind.

Kathleen R. (Delliquadri) Patti

Tuesday, August 6

Area under flash flood warning

Heavy rainfall Tuesday contributed to a flash flood warning today, which will last until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Primary should not be seen as secondary

Despite it being called the "primary," it seems that many area voters consider Tuesday's casting of ballots little more than a secondary event to the the big day in November.

Fair board seeks entries for Friday's parade

The Moffat County Fair Board will be having a parade this year in connection with the 84th Annual Moffat County Fair.

Schools teach reading, writing y matemcas

When Nidia Martinez was 4 years old her parents decided they wanted to move the family from Mexico to Craig.

Senior trio to lead golf team

At the beginning of a season all teams are confident in their ability whether they have been proven or not.

Monday, August 5


Reed Lloyd Wade

Virginia Carwile

Herndon says he is struggling this season

Pitcher from Moffat County hopes to make it back to the Majors

Moffat County High School graduate Junior Herndon, who pitches for the Triple A League Portland Beavers, said this season has been the roughest of his career.

Local gets judge nomination

Craig resident Sandra H. Gardner, who holds law offices in Steamboat Springs and Craig, has been nominated to replace retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette.

Drug charges dismissed against Craig woman

A Craig woman facing five drug charges had her case dismissed last week because, her attorney said, law enforcement officials had no hard evidence against her.

Gutierrez, Mortensen earn state recognition

Awards distinguish top achievement in high school athletics

Two Moffat County High School coaches received recognition Friday for leading teams that have attained success through their commitment to athletics.

Greeley Gas proposes rate increase for residents

A proposed change in the Greeley Gas rate structure is good news for commercial accounts, even while it represents the fifth increase since February of 2000 for residential accounts.

CWD sampling site coming to Craig

Facilities for hunters to be set up in Moffat County and Steamboat Springs

Northwest Colorado will have two chronic wasting disease sampling stations this fall, according to a spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Sunday, August 4

Keeping kids safe

Parents should make children aware of the potential dangers of strangers

Protecting children from abduction may be as simple as initiating a discussion, according to local law enforcement personnel.

Walk/run draws participants of all ages

They pushed strollers, led dogs and accompanied friends.

A hard win

Softball championship goes into extra innings

Big O Tires (JABT) won the Craig Slow Pitch Men's softball tournament Saturday night at the Loudy-Simpson softball fields, but the championship didn't come easy.

Dedicated to the devoted

84th annual Moffat County Fair dedicated to fairgrounds manager Bill Sixkiller

The horse is new to the sport. The man is not.

Thursday, August 1

Lucille Talkington

The real disease could be fear

With the news that medical experts are investigating the deaths of three Wisconsin hunters to determine if chronic wasting disease has crossed from animals into humans, an immediate response might be to run out and get a bright orange Hazmat suit just in time for hunting season.

Grant sought to remodel courthouse

The Moffat County Courthouse may soon get a facelift.

Grazing shortage

Ranchers could find little public land available for fall, winter

The public land that Moffat County ranchers used for grazing last fall and winter might not be available this coming season, according to officials with the Bureau of Land Management.

Tennis camp encourages younger players to embrace sport

Today the Craig Parks and Recreation tennis camp wrapped up after a week of teaching youngsters the proper swings, etiquette and rules of the sport.

Police seek apparent safe thief

The Craig Police Department continues to investigate the theft of a safe and its contents, which were stolen from Eagle Watch Inn restaurant at the Yampa Valley Golf Course earlier this week.

Annual Grizzly Open set for mini golfers

The course is admittedly not Augusta National or Pebble Beach or even, for that matter, the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Things that cry in the night

As Katie started her umpteenth lap around the living room, someone said, "she'll sleep good tonight."

Vets keep eye out for West Nile virus

State and local experts are urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals for the West Nile Virus, which is expected to arrive in Colorado soon.