Stories for December 2002


Monday, December 30

Echo Lynn Carey


Agents advice annual insurance check-up

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.

Clara Belle Mock

Coy Anthony Kaisler

Taxi service suspended

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.

Debate over new EMS job heats up

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.

Sonny Kossar

Bret DietricH

Sunday, December 29

Critical condition

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.

Money and water

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.

New local postmaster is sworn in

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.

The paws cause

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.

Triathlon organizers hope for new tradition

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.

Sunday fire leaves family homeless

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.

Ivan E. Roper

Thursday, December 26

Sales tax revenue for the city of Craig drops in October -- second month in a row

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.

Potential disaster averted

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.

Local snowmobile club out in full force

Ever wonder how all the backcountry trails get groomed? How about how to be better prepared in case of an avalanche?

City collecting Christmas trees

Time to lose this year's Christmas tree?

Craig police

Local health inspector to hit restaurants soon

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.

A Touch of Spice

Bah humbug: Tears instead of cheers

Katie slept through her first Christmas. She ate wrapping paper at her second.

Wednesday, December 25

Commissioners to hire full-time EMT for Maybell

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.

Duarte receives honors for goalkeeping

Brandon Duarte knew his time would come in soccer.

Craig police

Craig could see Sam Goody store in Centennial Mall

Management at Craig's Centennial Mall is pursuing a deal that could attract a national home entertainment/electronics chain.

SUVs, mini-vans most attractive targets for thieves

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.

Lights out

Some without power Christmas morning

Christmas began in the dark for about 15 homes in the area of Villaview Drive and Ninth Street.

Garcia family says 'thanks'

CNCC site gets high marks

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

Swimmers qualify one relay, finish second

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.

Girls basketball comes away with two wins on road trip

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.

Donald Joe Quick III

Alexa Rose Neton

Salvation Army raises more than $4K

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.

Storage fire does $80,000 in damage

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.

Take a seat -- a county board seat

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.

Community's generosity provides presents for 360 area youth

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

Christmas workshops

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.

Craig police

Public works director resigns

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.

Wrestlers win fourth consecutive Warrior

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.

Steamboat Springs attorney gets judicial appointment

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

Officers to step up patrols

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.

School board discusses distribution policy

People who want to distribute material for commercial purposes in Moffat County schools are not allowed to do so.

MCHS girls find offense on first game of trip

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.

Myrtle Adele Chandler


Touch of Spice

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?

The Christmas spirit without the spirits

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.

School board to consider hospital support

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.

Craig Police

Suspect faces new charges

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.

Free throws help Bulldogs beat Panthers

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.

Wednesday, December 18

James Dee Caumiant


Bastow named honorable mention All-State

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.

MCHS girls head east for two games

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.

Maynard Allen Warne


DA tapped as judge nominee

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.

Bergmann calls St. Vrain situation 'baffling'

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.

Bouldin recognized for VNA accomplishments

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.

Bleeding the Black Ink

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.

Tuesday, December 17

School board to discuss distribution of religious materials

School district policy currently states that religious material cannot be distributed on Moffat County School grounds.

Bouldin to be honored at public gathering

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.

Going for the Crown

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.

Craig police

JV girls find way to come back again

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.

Lessons in the first degree

High School students learn about local laws

Moffat County High School students did their own investigation of local laws that impact their age group.

Winter arrives

Moffat County finds its 'winter driving legs' with first snow

Moffat County welcomed winter's first true blast with a collective shrug.

Clara Belle Mock

Monday, December 16

County's NC Telecom deal to be amended

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.

Bulldog girls reach defensive goals, win in home opener

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.

Swim team close with third-ranked Demons

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.

Middle school teams win championships

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.

Chamber records fewer walk-in visits this year

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.

Craig Police

Tourism group wants more Crown

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.

Sunday, December 15

Passing inspection

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.

Holiday crush hits post office

Craig's U.S. Post Office employees this morning braced for what looked to be among the busiest days this year.

Wrestlers win easy, prepare for Warrior Tourney

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.

Meeker student earns West Point nomination

Ariel Denney for president? "No new taxes" just might be part of the young Meeker Republican's platform, according to Denney's parents.

A hunt to remember

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.

G. Mary Sides


Craig police

Boys team pleased with weekend effort

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.

Ghost of projects past

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.

Thursday, December 12

Funds available to train families of Alzheimer's victims

A grant received recently at Colorado State University is designed to increases services offered to Alzheimer's patients in rural areas of the state.

A Valley of silence

Sometimes silence isn't golden.

Touch of spice

One step at a time

His eight-month-old baby is trying to walk.

Bulldogs win first game of tournament

Mesquite, Nev. Watching the game from the bench isn't something that Moffat County High School junior Anthony Loughran is used to.

Cheerleaders set for state competition Saturday

For the Moffat County High School cheerleaders, the Colorado State Spirit Championship is the Super Bowl

Entities in telecom contract unaware of details

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.

Input sought on possible site for new hospital

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.

Wednesday, December 11

Local Grinches make off with holiday ornaments

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.

Commission approves pay raises

Increases based on work performance, state standards

About $180,000 has been budgeted this year for Moffat County employee pay raises.

High-speed access in slow motion

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.

Adele Chandler

Residents apply for judge's position

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.

Property rights concerns raised at meeting

Forty area residents were on hand Wednesday night to guide the future of land use and development in Moffat County.

Moffat County commissioners receive honors from state group

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.

Wells established

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.

Craig police

Swim team already ahead of record pace last season

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.

Craig police receive protective gear

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.

Middle school teams end regular season undefeated

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.

Water rate increase proposed

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.

Bulldog boys hit the road trip for Nevada tourney

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.

Bleeding the Black Ink

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."

Monday, December 9

Wrestlers bring home five golds, team title

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.

Nursing home responds to charges

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.

Cougars able to keep out of penalty box

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.

City to review preference for locals

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.

EMS tech to be hired for west end of county

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.

Meeting regarding new hospital set for Thursday

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.

Banks named AP's College Player of the Year

For a guy who never started a college football game before this season, Iowa quarterback Brad Banks caught on pretty fast.

Craig police

Sunday, December 8

Making Christmas dreams come true

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.

Radio station kicks off drive for food, clothing, toys for agencies

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.

Boys basketball opens up with two 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.

Workers at power plant withdraw union petition

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.

County Internet contract unfulfilled after three years

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.

Girl experience growing pains first weekend

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.

Thursday, December 5

DA's office brings formal charges against TMH nurse

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.

The community's Santa Claus

We can think of at least 293 reasons to contribute to the Christmas for Kids program here in Craig.

Seminar to focus on winter safety

Stuck in the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter?

Room to grow

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.

Craig police

Touch of Spice

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.

Double-header highlights

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.

Bulldogs dominate Union in first duel

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.

Wednesday, December 4

'Dog-eat-dog style'

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.

Jarvie Ranch steeped in history

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.

Michael James Lauth Vanderbilt

Jeremy Dean Pritchard

Sebastian Dee Hadley

Justin Lane Watson

Historic ranch hosts holiday festival

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.

Local United Way beats its annual fund-raising goal

For Moffat County United Way, this year's fund-raising drive is all over but for adjusting the pledge "thermometer."

Craig man could face more charges

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.

Getting your news in the Daily Press

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?"

Craig police

Meeker businesses offer mixed reviews on holiday shopping

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.

Tuesday, December 3

Museum exhibit features local artists

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.

Favoring the home team

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.

Craig PD tells motorists to slow down

Welcome to Craig: 25 mph please.

MCHS JV pulls away from Hayden in opener

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.

TMH nurse arrested

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.

Shoppers beware: Holiday season brings out ID theft

Holiday shoppers should be wary of "Dumpster divers," "skimmers" and "shoulder surfers" while searching for that perfect gift.

Monday, December 2

Johnnie L. Bennight


City council ponders sidewalk situation

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.

Gary R. Jones


Teaming up

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.

TMH nurse could face drug charges

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.

State receives response from nursing home

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.

Rifle woman killed in traffic accident

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.

Sunday, December 1

Otto J. Mihalich Sr.


Holiday shoppers get a good start

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.

Requests from health, human services groups up

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.

'God only knows what happened'

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.

Craig police

Scrimmages 'bad and good' over weekend

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.