Monday, December 30
Owner says cabs put on hold because of a lack of business
New Year's Eve revelers won't have the option to call a taxi in Craig.
While getting set to make those New Year's resolutions, area insurance agents have some advice: Resolve to spend a little time making sure your insurance coverage is adequate.
Six-day window to apply for new position nets one resume
A Moffat County commissioner says he is "ashamed" of Sheriff Buddy Grinstead after the sheriff criticized the county's proposal to hire an EMS coordinator in Maybell.
Sunday, December 29
A pipe on a wood-burning stove is believed to have caused a fire Sunday that destroyed a ranch house northwest of the city, leaving a young couple and their infant daughter homeless.
Bruce Holmlund had never ice skated, Matt Ray couldn't remember when the last time that he went tubing and Elizabeth Garcia had never even seen snow shoes. On Saturday they competed in all three events at the Moffat County Partners' winter triathlon at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The Moffat County Humane Society is up and running but still needs volunteers
More than 270 animals were euthanized in Moffat County last year -- 28 percent of those picked up by animal control -- and several residents say that's too many.
William Barclay's self-described "long, strange trip" in and out of the U.S. Postal Service saw him officially installed as Craig's postmaster Friday.
State senator says budget top legislative issue
The rivers are going dry, and so is the cash flow coming into Colorado. Going into the 2003 legislative session that begins Jan. 8, Sen. Jack Taylor said those two issues are at the forefront of his and his fellow senators' minds.
Maybell ambulance president says new position is vital to community
The Maybell volunteer ambulance service was formed in the mid-1970s after three children died waiting for an ambulance to arrive in front of the Maybell schoolhouse, said Karen Burley, president of the Maybell Ambulance Service.
Thursday, December 26
Craig's sales tax collection dipped for the second consecutive month as hunter-driven October revenues were off nearly 9 percent from last year's pace.
Ever wonder how all the backcountry trails get groomed? How about how to be better prepared in case of an avalanche?
Bah humbug: Tears instead of cheers
Katie slept through her first Christmas. She ate wrapping paper at her second.
Time to lose this year's Christmas tree?
Chimney fire causes no damage
Craig Fire and Rescue said creo soot built-up in the chimney of a Thompson Hill home was the source of a flare-up Thursday morning.
County's building inspector gets trained in food service standards
About 76 million food born illnesses are reported nationwide each year, according to recently hired Moffat County Public Health Inspector Pat Mosbey.
Wednesday, December 25
Some without power Christmas morning
Christmas began in the dark for about 15 homes in the area of Villaview Drive and Ninth Street.
Brandon Duarte knew his time would come in soccer.
Management at Craig's Centennial Mall is pursuing a deal that could attract a national home entertainment/electronics chain.
Sports utility vehicles, trucks and mini-vans remain the most attractive targets for car thieves, as auto theft rose for a second consecutive year in 2001, according to a study released this month by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Despite opinions that position isn't needed, county budgets $35,000 for tech
Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson says the hiring of a full-time emergency medical services coordinator for western Moffat County is a step in the right direction toward improving ambulatory coverage in one of the largest counties in the state.
Consultant ranks potential recreation center properties
The difference between locating a recreation center at the old Country General building or at the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig property is about $760,000 -- much closer than the $5 million difference originally expected.
Monday, December 23
Investigators consider arson as possible cause
A fire at a School Street storage building caused as much as $80,000 worth of damage, while Craig police are looking into its cause.
It's the little things. That's what Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen said his team needs to work on coming off a two-win road trip including a 52-39 win over Northridge on Friday.
Moffat County High School girls swim coach Ed Stehlin didn't expect his team to do so well on Saturday at the Montrose relays, but he couldn't say he was surprised.
39 openings available on 12 Moffat County boards; letters of interest sought
It's the reorganizing time of year in Moffat County, and 39 seats are available on more than 12 county boards.
Funds used to help residents in emergency situations
They can be seen every Christmas season ringing bells and offering kind words in front of local grocery outlets and department stores. They are volunteers and their common cause is to help collect money for distribution in communities across America to help those in need.
Due to the generosity of local residents, more than 360 children received gifts this year that otherwise might not have through the annual "Christmas for Kids" program.
Sunday, December 22
Employee says too many politics in county government
Rich Anderson, Moffat County public works director since June, turned in a letter of resignation to the commissioner's office last Thursday.
Despite only one champion, depth provides key points
After every wrestling competition Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez records his team's matches on a computer program at home. After this weekend's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, sophomore Scott Garoutte (215) wrestled so much he maxed out Gutierrez's program.
Some Craig residents on duty during holiday
On Christmas day Santa Claus may be the only one riding behind a red-nosed reindeer, but he won't be the only one working on the holiday.
The 14th Judicial District's newest judge will also be the chief judge, the Colorado Judicial Branch wrote in a Friday news release.
Thursday, December 19
The Moffat County High School girls basketball team headed east this week in search of an offense. So far, so good, as they ripped the nets up for a 71-32 win over Silver Creek.
Going into the game against the Rangely Panthers, the Moffat County High School boys basketball team was barely shooting better than 50 percent from the free-throw line. They had plenty of opportunities to improve that percentage as they went to the foul line 28 times in a 69-59 win over the visiting Panthers Thursday.
As we roll into the holiday week, the Craig Daily Press wants to remind area residents to have a great time but please celebrate responsibly.
The chitter, chatter of little tongues
Does it ever seem that no matter how much you're around your children they just go and get bigger and smarter when you're not looking?
Despite recent setbacks in their timeline to build a new hospital in Craig, hospital officials are still seeking letters of support from different community agencies and boards.
Holidays to bring increase in DUI enforcement
Law enforcement statewide is gearing up for 15 days of increased patrols, while local agencies say the bulk of their anti-drunk-driving efforts will focus on New Year's Eve.
People who want to distribute material for commercial purposes in Moffat County schools are not allowed to do so.
DA: Alleged car thief tampered with evidence
A 39-year-old Craig man who allegedly took auto parts off two cars -- stealing one in the process -- will be advised on new charges next week involving the burial and disposal of the items.
Wednesday, December 18
For journalists, it's better to give than receive
When it comes to receiving gifts, journalists often come off looking like Grinches because they don't -- and they shouldn't -- accept them.
When planning the schedule for the '02-'03 basketball season, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen had one thing in mind -- keep the small schools out. As a result of that plan, the girls travel east to Longmont today and Greeley Friday for games against newly established 4A schools Silver Creek and Northridge.
Depending on a person's outlook, Moffat County High School senior Eric Bastow's success on the football field can be seen from a couple of angles.
Friends and colleagues marked Marilyn Bouldin's 18 years of service to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association with laughter, food, certificates of recognition and a box of condoms for the Craig VNA chapter.
School superintendent says local district has budget safeguards in place
When a school district goes financially belly up to the tune of $12 million -- as was the case with Colorado's St. Vrain -- it's just baffling, said Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann.
List of three sent on to governor's office
The 14th Judicial District's nominating commission named three finalists today to replace Judge Joel Thompson.
Tuesday, December 17
Moffat County finds its 'winter driving legs' with first snow
Moffat County welcomed winter's first true blast with a collective shrug.
Fans of the Moffat County High School girls freshman and JV basketball teams traveled to Hayden Tuesday night expecting to watch the conventional eight quarters of basketball.
High School students learn about local laws
Moffat County High School students did their own investigation of local laws that impact their age group.
We support the Moffat County Tourism Association's desire to bring in more Triple Crown tournaments that could bring a royal economic boost to the area.
Marilyn Bouldin's nearly two decades of service to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be celebrated today, as the VNA's Craig office hosts an open house.
School district policy currently states that religious material cannot be distributed on Moffat County School grounds.
Monday, December 16
When measuring the health of this year's hunting seasons, numbers tracked over 2002 by the Craig Chamber of Commerce don't tell the whole story, officials said Monday.
Going into games, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team has two set goals. It wants to shoot more free throws than the other team and not put the team in the free-throw bonus with seven fouls in a half.
About halfway through the Moffat County High School-Glenwood Springs swim duel, Glenwood Springs coach Lynne Cassidy Swingert was a little nervous. Her third-ranked Demons were clinging on to a lead over the unranked Bulldogs, but it was a slight one.
The Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams faced their first deficits of the season at Saturday's district tournament in Rangely, but they overcame being behind and won both tournaments.
County says new tournaments could put a drain staff, field use by locals
The Moffat County Tourism Association has three citywide conventions booked for June, and it's considering other ideas to fill hotels and boost sales tax revenue this summer, Association Chairwoman Mikki O'Brien reported to the Moffat County Commissioners Monday.
Moffat County commissioners, staff and representatives of NC Telecom Monday agreed to negotiate an amendment to a $1.2 million 1999 contract concerning payments due to the company at the end of the 10-year deal.
Sunday, December 15
Valley View Manor clears state review with 'isolated' deficiencies discovered
While not spotless, Valley View Manor passed its unannounced visit by state Health Department inspectors, who finalized their report on the same day the facility's provider agreement was due to expire.
Some are leery of hospital's design/build approach for new facility
Before the decision was made by The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees to investigate other properties for construction of a replacement hospital, an $18 million price tag had been set for construction of a new facility at the current site.
Craig's U.S. Post Office employees this morning braced for what looked to be among the busiest days this year.
Ariel Denney for president? "No new taxes" just might be part of the young Meeker Republican's platform, according to Denney's parents.
Seven prevent what could have been
A fire that could have burned thousands of acres near the White River National Forest was prevented by seven out-of-state hunters who happened to be in the right place at the right time and with the know-how to get it done.
Mesquite, Nev . Moffat County High School basketball coach Mike LeWarne told his players that they were going to have to gamble everything they had Saturday. Since they're all underage and can't enter a casino, the jackpot he hoped they would hit would be a win against last year's 3A Nevada state runner-up, Moapa Valley, in the Bulldogs' final game of the Virgin Valley Holiday Cactus Classic tournament in Mesquite, Nev.
Winning is a good thing, but for coach Roman Gutierrez and several of his more experienced Moffat County High School wrestlers, wins sometime come too easily.
Thursday, December 12
Mesquite, Nev. Watching the game from the bench isn't something that Moffat County High School junior Anthony Loughran is used to.
One step at a time
His eight-month-old baby is trying to walk.
Sometimes silence isn't golden.
A grant received recently at Colorado State University is designed to increases services offered to Alzheimer's patients in rural areas of the state.
Keith McLaughlin, the project coordinator hired by The Memorial Hospital to plan construction of a new hospital, posed a question to the 60 some residents at a public meeting Thursday.
Three years into Moffat County's $1.2 million deal with NC Telecom, some Craig entities listed in the contract are just now learning they're eligible to receive services from the deal.
For the Moffat County High School cheerleaders, the Colorado State Spirit Championship is the Super Bowl
Wednesday, December 11
Ten candidates include two Craig attorneys
Two Craig residents Deputy District Attorney David Waite and attorney Sandra Gardner are among 10 candidates in the running to fill the position to be vacated in January by Judge Joel Thompson.
Going into the season-opening swim meet at Breckenridge, Moffat County High School girls coach Ed Stehlin had two hunches that his team was swimming well for so early in the season and that senior Jenna Waite should swim freestyle for the first time in two years.
With the A-team for the eighth-grade Craig Middle School boys basketball team picking up a win against Rangely that head coach Brett Sperl called a "sleeper," 38-14, the B- and C-teams provided the entertainment.
When it comes to the Internet access deal that Moffat County got into three years ago with NC Telecom, "high speed" seems to have had little to do with it.
Increases based on work performance, state standards
About $180,000 has been budgeted this year for Moffat County employee pay raises.
City sees jump in operational, maintenance costs
Craig residents will see a 4 percent increase in water and sewer rates if an ordinance introduced at Tuesday night's council meeting passes.
A wooden cowboy statue, wooden wagon and a host of other holiday-theme decorations sitting on Craig lawns have been the target of thieves in recent days.
Senior Pablo Loya likes the idea of not having a scouting report on any of the teams that the Moffat County High School boys basketball team will face this weekend at the Virgin Valley High School Holiday Cactus Classic in Mesquite, Nev.
Former MCHS athlete, Clint Wells, is quietly becoming one of America's top distance runners
Last spring Moffat County High School renamed its annual track meet the Clint Wells Invitational but the '93 graduate couldn't make it back to Craig for the ceremony.
Keeping public business public
They're spending our money and creating policies that impact our daily lives. And, for the most part, governmental bodies, including county commissions, city councils, school boards and hospital boards, must conduct their business in the "Sunshine."
Two Moffat County commissioners were honored by their fellow commissioners from throughout the state last week at the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) annual winter conference.
Craig police are in the process of being outfitted with multi-purpose protective kits for chemical and biological hazards, as Moffat County awaits similar gear for other agencies bought in 2001 federal grant.
Forty area residents were on hand Wednesday night to guide the future of land use and development in Moffat County.
Monday, December 9
The Moffat County commissioners have proposed hiring a full-time EMS technician who would be based in Maybell to address recent concerns about emergency medical services in rural parts of the county.
Last season, the Craig Cougars hockey team was known more as the Craig Bruisers because of the time they spent on the penalty box. In the first weekend of their new season, the team stayed out of the penalty box and defeated Kremmling, 4-3 and 4-0.
For a guy who never started a college football game before this season, Iowa quarterback Brad Banks caught on pretty fast.
So far this season the only wrestler to take down Moffat County High School senior Ty Weber has been his partner in practice, Ty Grandbouche.
If local residents have suggestions on where they would like to see a new hospital built in Craig, they should attend a meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, said The Memorial Hospital Administrator Randy Phelps.
Bidding process could be changed to favor area businesses
Giving local bidders preference on city contracts is an issue the Craig City Council has discussed several times informally, and tonight there are plans to formalize those discussions.
State expected to launch inspections this week
Colorado health officials Friday accepted a correction plan from Valley View Manor, while an unannounced follow-up inspection this week will determine whether the Craig facility will continue operations.
Sunday, December 8
Employees of Hamon Research-Cottrell will not vote Thursday on whether to join a union, despite a Nov. 13 National Labor Relations Board ruling that said they could.
The Moffat County High School girls basketball team knew it was going to experience growing pains at the beginning of the season. They just hoped that the pain came during wins.
Tip ... bounce : bounce : swish. Those were the first four sounds of the Moffat County High School basketball season as senior Pablo Loya took the opening tip, dribbled twice and drained a three pointer.
It's the holiday season and several local agencies are working to make sure those who are less fortunate have presents, holiday meals and warm clothing.
Christmas for Kids program makes the holiday season for low-income families a little brighter
No child should go without presents for Christmas, said Corrie Scott, executive director of the Moffat County United Way.
Steele says taxpayers owed more than $466,000 from contract with NC Telecom
Three years ago Sunday, Moffat County inked a $1.2 million contract with the Meeker-based start-up firm NC Telecom for high-speed Internet access.
Thursday, December 5
Warm up the buses and iron the blue-and-white shirts because the winter sports season is upon us with basketball, wrestling, swimming and hockey officially starting this weekend.
Seven MCHS wrestlers make varsity debut in 62-12 win
Moffat County High School junior Jesse Brookshire's first varsity-match jitters lasted about a minute. That's how long it took him to pin his opponent in the Bulldogs' first duel of the season.
Stuck in the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter?
The District Attorney's office Thursday filed a five-count complaint against a nurse who allegedly stole and consumed patients' pain medication at The Memorial Hospital.
CNCC vice president says campus needs more space to accommodate student population
Colorado Northwestern Community College needs more space, CNCC Vice President Dean Hollenbeck said Thursday.
Longing for simpler days
Every now and then I long for the simpler days. The ones before television and meetings night after night. The ones where two incomes weren't needed to keep the electricity on and mothers could spend their days with their children.
We can think of at least 293 reasons to contribute to the Christmas for Kids program here in Craig.
Wednesday, December 4
Police recover more car parts believed to have been stolen
The recovery of buried, allegedly stolen auto parts could result in more charges against a 39-year-old Craig man already accused of stealing one vehicle and taking parts from another.
Three-peat won't be easy, but wrestlers expect nothing less
Don't tell the other teams in Colorado, but the Moffat County High School wrestling team is afraid of a girl. Unfortunately for the rest of the state, she might be the only thing the two-time defending state champions fear.
At the turn of the century, a Broadway producer asked the editor of the New York Times, "How do I get my starlet on the front page of your newspaper?"
A lagging economy and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk herds have been a concern of many in Northwest Colorado in the past year.
Scotsman John Jarvie and his wife of three days, Nellie, moved to Browns Park in 1880 to a location near a natural stream crossing on the Green River.
For Moffat County United Way, this year's fund-raising drive is all over but for adjusting the pledge "thermometer."
More than a century ago, Christmas at the Jarvie Ranch was a quiet time to celebrate with family and a few friends. Today, the Holiday Fest at the Jarvie Ranch draws almost 400 people from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
Tuesday, December 3
While Moffat County High School sophomore Jared Lowther scored 13 points and dished eight assists in the Bulldog's 59-41 opening win against the Hayden Tigers, his ingenuity during school may have been the play of the day.
The Craig City Council at a meeting last week opened up a can of worms that deserves closer examination for the good of Moffat County.
Holiday shoppers should be wary of "Dumpster divers," "skimmers" and "shoulder surfers" while searching for that perfect gift.
When Mary Pat Ettinger was a young artist just getting started in her work, she couldn't afford to buy the traditional canvas used by most artists.
Welcome to Craig: 25 mph please.
Craig woman could face two drug-related felonies
Craig police this morning arrested a 39-year-old female nurse who allegedly stole patients' pain medication at The Memorial Hospital.
Monday, December 2
MoCo boys hope scrappiness and hustle will pay off on the court
The Denver Post's 4A basketball preview lists 38 "boys to watch" for the upcoming season. One of those to watch is Moffat County High School's Anthony Loya. But a quick glance over the roster shows no such name.
Corrective measures to be made public after officials review plan
State health officials received proposed corrective steps Wednesday from Valley View Manor, as the facility has until Dec. 13 to address concerns raised in a November inspection that could mean the closure of the facility.
The Craig City Council set aside $20,000 in the 2003 budget for sidewalks, but how or when that money will be used has yet to be determined.
A head-on, two-vehicle collision Friday west of Meeker killed a 74-year-old woman, sent another to the hospital and closed a state highway most of the afternoon.
Recommended charges will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office soon regarding a female nurse with The Memorial Hospital who is suspected of tampering with patients' pain medication, Craig police said Monday.
Sunday, December 1
An elderly Craig woman loses everything at the hands of her abusive son
Who is there," a weary Violette Bartlett asked, near blind and seated at a table in a Fullerton, Calif. home one afternoon in the spring of 2001.
Local store owners and managers report a steady stream of business over the weekend
While they weren't breaking down doors or jostling in the aisles Friday at Craig's Kmart, the store's manager said a steady holiday shopping crowd looked to top last year's sales.
During pre-season scrimmages, the scoreboard is kept off since the fundamentals and getting prepared for the season are supposed to be the focus. But, for the most part, teams are usually aware of what the score might be.
Preliminary estimates show funding requests from area health and human services organizations will increase by more than $22,000 from 2002 to 2003, and the city and county have responded by increasing their contributions to an agency that disperses those funds.