Stories for February 2002


Thursday, February 28

Craig teen 'miraculously' survives two-car accident

State police officers are still amazed that a teen involved in a potentially deadly crash Sunday walked away without a scratch.

Outdoor adventure stirs community, rescuers

We were neither stuck nor lost. I made a gallant attempt at hiding from the media during that fateful snowmobile trip, yet somehow that local newspaper got a hold of not only the circumstances of my situation, but saw fit to print my name and job title.

Sullivan challenges for Clerk

After 20 years as an employee in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, Elaine Sullivan is vying to move into the top spot.

TMH would like more use out of ambulance service

The Memorial Hospital ambulatory service receives an average of 60 calls per month, but two department heads would like to see the service used more.

No. 2 ranked Panthers too much for Bulldogs

Kyle Hazelwood's 18-point scoring run in the fourth quarter was too late.

Craig Police, Sheriff's Office receive DUI grant

This weekend, local law enforcement agencies will begin to put thousands of dollars toward combatting drunken driving.

A touch of spice

Toddler's telephone use sets trend for teen years

What is it about telephones that make them so addictive to kids, a habit that lasts well past childhood and into adolescence?

Arlene Roth

Jack Barnes

County employee to run for treasurer

A longtime county employee will seek public office this November.

Mary Lou Griffith

Board offers Bergmann superintendent job

Longtime Craig educator says chances are 'excellent' of accepting permanent position

Interim superintendent Pete Bergmann has been offered the permanent position as Superintendent of the Moffat County School District.

A touch of spice

My baby ate the cable bill

I let Katie play in my purse. It amuses her, therefore, it amuses me. There are drawbacks though. I've lost several pens to her secret hiding place (the good $2 pens that I'm so uptight I can't write without).

Lady 'Dogs staunch in opening round of tourney

There was a little sibling rivalry sparked in senior Katie Telfer after the opening round of the district tournament Thursday night at Mesa State College.

Wendy's Corporation plans to open restaurant in Craig

People who want an old-fashioned hamburger, hot and fast chili or a cool frosty will soon be able to satisfy their cravings without a 47-mile drive down the Valley. The Wendy's Corporation is making plans to open a restaurant in Craig.

Crime Stoppers seeks funds

Board to consider events such as charity auction, trap shoot

Crime Stoppers is looking to raise money from the community for its reward system.

Tuesday, February 26

Council to support VFW state convention

Craig is one step closer to hosting the 2003 Colorado VFW Convention after the City Council voted unanimously to approve the organization's application Tuesday at City Hall.

Danner recognized at policy summit

Audrey Danner was recently recognized for helping to get Northwest Colorado out of a black hole a black hole of telecommunication that is.

Drug suspect waives hearing at county court

The second of the two defendants from a drug bust in which police killed three attack dogs has moved to be arraigned in state district court.

Lady Bulldogs sniffing for perfect conference

Senior Amber Sanchez remembers last year's district tournament well.

Bulldogs want to tear into competition as underdogs

Being the bottom seed in the district tournament doesn't bother senior Mike Charchalis his team has everything to gain.

Principal quits 'at top of his game'

Students at East Elementary School will have a new principal next fall.

Police department seeking local recruits

New program to provide salary, training

The Craig Police Department is looking to recruit from the local community and it's willing to pay for the required training.

Monday, February 25

Ridgeview Elementary studies conflict resolution

Instead of having students take a timeout after a playground squabble, Ridgeview Elementary School students are learning how to resolve their own conflicts.

Moffat County beats all by one opponent in conference play

The Bulldogs finished off their regular season schedule with a 70-60 home court win against the Battle Mountain Huskies.

Lady 'Dogs finish season play at top of conference

The Lady Bulldogs finished their season atop of the Western Slope Conference Friday after their game at Battle Mountain.

VFW convention may be headed to Craig

If Craig resident Charley Watkins gets what he wants, Craig may become the home for the 2003 VFW State Convention.

School board approves calendar for 2002-2003

Despite a request from students and teachers, Moffat County High School students will take their final exams the week they return from Christmas break next year, the same as they did this year.

Wild Kats finish first national competition

When the Wild Kats and Wild Kittens cheer squads returned home from their trip to their national tournament, something occurred to coach Dawn Rader.

Bomb plot defendant sentenced

Elam will serve at least one year in Shiloh Home

The second defendant to be sentenced in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Moffat County High School and Courthouse was sentenced to the Shiloh Home Juvenile Facility on Monday.

Commissioners review landfill options

Landfill employee presents petition to county officials opposing changes in operation schedule

The Moffat County Commissioners want more information before changing operations at the landfill.

Sunday, February 24

Freshman swimmer places second at state meet

Freshman Heather Whiting went to the Epic pool in Ft. Collins to make a name for herself at the state meet.

Seniors fulfill career-long goal as state champions

DENVER - When three Moffat County wrestlers posed atop the No. 1 spot on the podium Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, it was a dream realized.

Police warn against extended warranty scam

Craig residents are being warned against purchasing extended warranties for their vehicles through the mail.

Quitline in high demand

Smokers throughout Colorado have been utilizing a new service in their attempts to quit smoking.

America remains in state of heightened awareness'

On Thursday, I experienced some of the federal government's newly augmented security measures that have been put in place since the Sept. 11 attacks.

State champions not the only winners

DENVER The chatter around the Bulldogs wrestling camp is, of course, about the three state champions crowned on Saturday.

Bulldogs unleashed again

Moffat County repeats as Colorado Class 4A wrestling champions

DENVER The state tournament was an emotional time for coach Roman Gutierrez Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.

Murr discusses role of leadership with students

Moffat County High School teacher talks to students about the importance of making differences in other's lives

Everyone has a fire within, and they can't be afraid to grab a log and throw it on the fire once in awhile.

Thursday, February 21

Bulldogs advance 10 to second round

Moffat County overcomes opening round nerves to lead state tournament after first day

Denver In the opening round of the state tournament, nerves are often the biggest problem wrestlers face.

Wednesday, February 20

Local clinic included in statewide guidebook

The Moffat County Care Clinic is included in a recently released guidebook identifying programs across the state that cater to the medically underserved.

Third bomb plot suspect released to family

Tony Jacob given into custody of family; faces trial on March 15 in Moffat County for two charges

The third suspect in the plan to bomb the Moffat County High School and courthouse was released into the custody of his family Wednesday.

Swimmer battles cold, outdoors

MCHS swim team member practices, lives in Steamboat Springs

Freshman Heather Whiting battles the polar ice three days a week.

Owens ends 18 city tour

Owens, local, state Republicans announce candidacy at biannual fund-raising dinner

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens completed a three day, 18-city tour by speaking at a Republican fund- raiser in Craig Wednesday night.

Rita Fedinec

Landfill should remain open on Sundays

Tuesday, February 19

Lady 'Dogs still on top of WSC

By the end of the first quarter, the Palisade Lady Bulldogs were outscored and frustrated.

MCHS athletics recognizes local business for support

Moffat County High School athletic director Jim Loughran chose a fitting venue to recognize more than 50 local businesses for their support of the high school athletic program.

MCHS choir will sing at Olympics

13 members of jazz group will perform at Washington Square

A group of 13 Moffat County High School students will take the stage this week at what is currently the biggest show on earth the 2002 Olympics.

Jeep recalls 1.6 million Grand Cherokees

Automotive dealers in Northwest Colorado might have busy days ahead as a result of the recall of 1.6 million Jeep Grand Cherokees announced last week.

Bulldogs wrestlers defend regional title

The Moffat County High School wrestling team won its second regional title Saturday in two years, and qualified thirteen wrestlers to the state tournament.

Steamboat will keep Wilderness Resolution

City Council's decision to keep plan upsets Moffat County Commissioners

The Steamboat Springs City Council will not be rescinding their resolution supporting wilderness as they had been asked to do by the Moffat County Commissioners.

Colorado State institutes drug court program

A system that has worked to curb drug use in urban areas throughout the U.S., is now working to do the same thing at Colorado State University.

BLM announces new grazing fees

Ranchers will see an increase in public grazing fees this year, according to an announcement released last week by the Bureau of Land Management.

Foreign exchange program seeks volunteers

Teresa Knapp is looking for people in Northwest Colorado who want to make a difference in a young person's life.

Bad boy Bulldogs boast the best

Wrestlers boast a combined 322 wins, 207 pins this season

Everybody knows them, but nobody likes them.

Ice dancing as entertaining as bridge

Paula Parrish's article in Tuesday's Rocky Mountain News stated that, "About 20,000 pairs of eyes in the Salt Lake Ice Center, and millions around the world were watching the marks from the panel," the ice dance panel.

Barrett, Martinez plan wedding

Baker, Butts announce engagement

Ewell Lee Talley 1912-2002

Jay John Butler 1927-2002

Glenn G. Johnson 1910-2002

Maurice H. "Bill" Hughes 1920-2001

Bulldogs beat Palisade by 19

A Friday night dog fight turned into an easy win for Moffat County High School this weekend.

Steamboat Council approves verbage in resolution

The resolution that expanded the Steamboat Springs City Council's Wilderness policy to include all types of public land management was unanimously approved Tuesday night.

Lady 'Dogs swimmers send 11 to state

Janie Dunkley's state qualification Saturday at the Western Slope Championships was a surprise to coach Ed Stehlin.

Wilson Paul Miller 1921-2002

Andrew Mostenan 1920-2002

Allard addresses nation's problems

Senator discusses issues facing U.S. at Tuesday morning's town meeting in Craig

Thirty residents of Moffat County spent an hour with U.S. Senator Wayne Allard Tuesday morning.

Students learn lessons from after school programs

Programs fill two-hour void between school and work hours

Many children are the most susceptible to substance abuse during the after-school hours before parents get home.

City benefits from funding

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources will soon receive more than $2.3 million from the federal government, which could benefit Northwest Colorado.

Johnson announces re-election bid for County Clerk position

Beverly Johnson has been a Moffat County employee for 24 years, and is hoping to celebrate her 25th year by being re-elected as Moffat County Clerk and Recorder.


Bulldogs hoopster hold off Panthers late in game

With a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were feeling safe.

Lady 'Dogs down Panthers

The Lady Bulldogs closed out their second to last game of the season Saturday, beating the Delta Lady Panthers (3-12) 74-22.

Owens will make campaign stop in Craig

Republican Central Committee will host governor at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner

Bill Owens announced Monday that he would seek a second term as Colorado's governor.

Montgomery, Stark to wed

Future of indoor arena to be discussed

County Commissioners will meet with state agencies, consultants at Tuesday's meeting

The Moffat County Commissioners will be hosting a roundtable discussion to address the problems facing the indoor arena at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.



Arena improvements require master plan

The only future for the indoor arena that officials could agree on Tuesday was to create more in-depth planning.

Thursday, February 14

Internet assists in arrest

Residents identify felon after spotting him on DOC website

Some suspicious Moffat County residents who did Internet research provided the necessary clues for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to arrest a wanted fugitive.

CIS children crazy about cup stacking

Ann Stehlin has all her chips stacked - or cups, if you will.

Country music legend will be missed

On Wednesday, a legend slipped away from music lovers everywhere.

Students earn bowl victory

MCHS knowledge bowl team will head to state tournament in Alamosa

Four Moffat County High School students recently flexed some brain muscles, and brought home a championship from the regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament at Middle Park High School in Granby.

Carwile seeks House District seat

Terry Carwile will be seeking the Colorado District 57 House seat, the first elected position to a public office that he has campaigned for.

12 applications received for school district's superintendent position

The deadline has arrived, and 12 people have applied for the position of Moffat County School District Superintendent.

A touch of spice

Free dog drives family to poor house

I wanted a dog. One that would run and play and keep my feet warm on cold winter nights.

Tuesday, February 12

Olympics missing an eagle

What the Salt Lake City Olympics, or any Olympics since 1988, has been missing is an eagle.

County improves insurance coverage for equipment

Commissioners approve Road and Bridge Department increase

Moffat County has increased the amount of coverage for equipment and tools used for Road and Bridge Department purposes.

DeRose featured at Junction exhibit

MCHS graduate's artwork to remain on display through March at Mesa State College gallery

A 1998 Moffat County High School graduate with a flair for art is being featured at one of the Western Slopes largest galleries.

Webb catches calf opportunity

At next year's National Western Stock Show in Denver, 14-year-old Tony Webb will get the opportunity to show a calf and the opportunity will be hard-earned.

Bulldogs seek state qualifications

Focus will be the measure of success at regional tournament

The pressure is on. In 275-pound junior Cliff Stehle's mind, the pressure is not to be left out of the state tournament.

Equipment, backcountry experience crucial

Difference between life and death in the elements may be a few pounds of gear

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Possibly the most important factor in Monday's snowmobile incident was that everyone involved was experienced in the backcountry.

City examines purchase policy

Councilors raise concerns about automatically accepting lowest bids

The Craig City Council is facing a spending issue that may affect how they make future purchases.

Judge receives death threat

Meeker woman arrested, Sheriff's Office stations guard at courthouse

Deputies are on duty at the Moffat County Courthouse after a death threat was made against a Moffat County court Judge.

Monday, February 11

CNCC names interim president

Deselms will assume role as college searches for full-time president

Dr. Harold Deselms, retired president of Trinidad State Junior College, was appointed interim-president of Colorado Northwestern Community College on Monday.

Locals bring home awards from calf show

A total of 26 steers were shown by local young men and women last weekend at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Commissioners approve Monument subdivision proposals

The sketch plans to create residential plots on private property within Dinosaur National Monument were accepted by the county on Monday.

Supporting Democracy means getting involved

Democracy cannot survive without people to bring life to the theory, the word. There is no such thing as a democracy of one, it takes a society to make it live, or die.

Snowmobilers find way out of drainage

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS What started out as a common snowmobile trip for a group of 10 locals on Sunday ended Monday with 21 experienced riders and a small child digging themselves out of a drainage filled with deep, dry snow. Routt County She

Proposal may close landfill on Sundays

Moffat County is searching for a new way to streamline the operation of its landfill.

Thursday, February 7

A touch of spice

God bless the YVEA

It was a pretty typical Thursday night with two exceptions. My two-year-old newphew, Isiac, spent the night. Though extremely loving and well-behaved, his exuberance made having three younguns feel like six to the two work-weary adults in charge. The other exception was the nearly 40 minute power outage.

Bulldogs win despite sluggish night

They say the third time is the charm, for Palisade's Cody Davis it was.

Hundreds of Craig residents experienced a lengthy power outage last night.

Hundreds of Craig residents experienced a lengthy power outage last night.

Sweet Adelines presents night at the barbershop

An array of musicians will present barbershop quartet melodies Saturday night at Moffat County High School.

Grinstead announces Sheriff re-election bid

Moffat County Sheriff announces candidacy bid

Buddy Grinstead wants to come back for another four years.

Dentist office's sign of changing times

I did something on Thursday that I've been avoiding for quite some time now.

Haskins pleads guilty to charges

Prosecutors will seek 15 to 20 year sentence for Maybell man who killed 8 Wyoming athletes

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Clinton Haskins, a University of Wyoming student accused of causing a drunken driving collision that killed eight fellow student-athletes, changed his plea to guilty Thursday on eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Monday, February 4

Changes in tax law creates confusion

Advance payment checks returned more than $94 million to taxpayers in 2000

The good news is that people will be paying fewer taxes for the 2001 tax season. The bad news is that the reduction was so fast and unexpected that taxpayers are confused as to what it means now that they are ready to file their returns.

Frula dances way into Craig

It's not often that the residents of Moffat County have the opportunity to watch elements of dance and music come together in the form of Yugoslavian folk dancing.




Snowpack levels create concerns

Experts believe low-moisture levels could affect southwestern United States

The snowpack levels for the Yampa River basin were below average last winter.

Advocates searching for local volunteers

Domestic violence program seeks people to assist with 24-hour crisis intervention line

Advocates-Crisis Support Services is looking for people who care.

Sunday, February 3

Cougars split two game series with Blades

With 67 total penalty minutes between two games with the Gunnison Blades, it's easy to understand why it was a split weekend for the Craig Cougars.

Lady 'Dogs mush past Huskies 77-14

When junior Laurel Mortensen rolled-up 11 points in the first quarter Friday night against the Battle Mountain Lady Huskies, the outcome was predictable.

Bulldogs stumble in Battle Mountain

It was a case of coming out flat, and getting tired early in coach Blaine Corlett's opinion.

Attacks may have been caused by breakdown

Craig woman's report of child abuse, attacks on officers allegedly caused by mental breakdown

The Craig women who attacked three officers and attempted to escape from jail is blaming a severe mental breakdown for her actions.

Car thief arrested

Man caught after wrecking vehicle

A Wyoming man was arrested north of Craig Friday morning after stealing a vehicle, wrecking it, then running from the police.

Andy Mostenan

Jean Scott

John Manley

Torch run unforgettable for family

For Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad, carrying the Olympic torch Saturday was an unforgettable experience.

Event memorable for torch bearers for torch bearers

Two Moffat County High School teachers had the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch Saturday on its 59th day of cross country travel.

Bears no match for Bulldogs on home mats

Coach Roman Gutierrez had no worries about Saturday's Bear hunt.