Stories for January 2002


Monday, January 28

A touch of spice

Rub-a-dub-dub, two kids in the tub

I had a bath all by myself for the first time in, oh ... about 17 months.

Democracy and dissent

As our country battles terrorism, it's important to keep reminding ourselves of what we are trying to defend.

Local car dealership makes wish come true

Next month a nine-year-old boy from Monument will have a wish come true.

Bulldogs beat Bulldogs in Palisade

All it took was some waiting for coach Blaine Corlett to see the Bulldogs he's use too.

Swimmers qualify four for state at Jeffco

With four events swimming qualification time coach Ed Stehlin was pleased, but he also saw problems.

Lady Bulldogs beat league's second best

Coach Craig Mortensen's recipe for winning games is simple keep the other team under 40 points, and the rest will take care of itself.

Mail Call

Workman's compensation system needs overhaul

To the Editor: Aug. 7, 1997, was another day at work, but little did I know that it would be the first day of hell for me. I sustained a severe back injury that eventually left me disabled. The reason being Colorado's workman's comp system failed me as it has done to thousands of other injured workers in Colorado.

Bulldogs fall in Delta by three

A 24-point fourth quarter wasn't enough for the Bulldogs Friday night at Delta.

Bulldogs want record-setting crowd

Moffat County Athletic Director Jim Loughran has a dream to see the Moffat County High School gym packed to the gills with rowdy Bulldogs fans.

Bad Dogs advance six wrestlers to championships

Each week, the Bad Dogs pee wee wrestling team faces tougher competition and narrower fields.

Expulsions will stand for students

Moffat County Board of Education executive session results in no change for accused teenagers

The expulsions will stand for three Moffat County High School students charged with plotting to bomb MCHS and the Moffat County Courthouse last month.

District still searching for superintendent

Moffat County School Board responds to 19 application requests; committee's deadline is Feb. 15

With less than a month remaining before the Feb. 15 application deadline, the Moffat County school district has received five applications for the vacant superintendent of schools position.

Lady Bulldogs still perfect in conference play

Friday night at Delta the Lady Bulldogs stayed inside - inside the paint.

CNCC hires cosmo teacher

Caddy brings 16 years of experience to new program

Colorado Northwestern Community College has hired a coordinator for its new Cosmetology program that will begin next month.




Bulldogs kings of the Front Range hills

When junior Trevor Sloan won the Top of the Rockies Tournament Saturday it was a moment of redemption.

Woman attacks police

Officers scratched and kicked after responding to call

A Craig women was arrested for attacking three police officers after she attempted to file a report that her child had been sexually abused.

Sunday, January 27

Burglary suspect surrenders to police

Second man wanted in car burglaries turns himself in to Sheriff's Office on Friday

The second suspect wanted in connection with a series of car break-ins has turned himself in to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

School districts steer away from using vans for activities

Proposed bill would disallow van purchases for Colorado school districts

The Moffat County School district currently has six 15-passenger vans it uses to transport students to and from athletic events.

Dinosaur Monument may get subdivision

Development may be built in national monument

The Mantle family has proposed parceling up their Dinosaur National Monument inholdings to create two residential subdivisions within the park. The 164-acre Mantle Ranch and the 360-acre Red Rocks Ranch, both controlled by the Mantle Ranch Real Estate Limited Partnership, would be divided up into lots to be sold as residential property.

Sting nets 15 arrests

City Market, Kum & Go, T&H Parts target shoplifters

Rotating security teams and an increased awareness about the level of local shoplifting activity netted 15 suspects in a sting last week.

Thursday, January 24

Craig man arrested for car break-ins

Holton apprehended by police Thursday

Craig Police have arrested one suspect in connection with the string of car burglaries last weekend.

Bullyproofing schools to be addressed Monday night

From bullyproofing schools to presenting an update on the search for a new superintendent of schools, the Moffat County Board of Education will address a variety of issues Monday night at its monthly meeting.

Housing vouchers are still available

Number of housing applications exceeds available vouchers

The Independent Life Center in Craig has received more applications for low-income housing vouchers than it has vouchers, yet residents are still encouraged to apply.

Area employers exploring group insurance

'Outsourcing' administrative duties to organization may allow for employers to pay cheaper rates

The cost of health insurance in rural areas has skyrocketed over the past several years, forcing some area businesses and non-profit organizations to explore new ways to deal with the rising costs.

Wednesday, January 23

Lady swimmers seek state qualifications at invite

Fast water, fast competition expected to help lady swimmers in Arvada

The right performance at the right time will be the determining factor in the waters of Myers Pool in Arvada.

Lady 'Dogs face inner challenges

Team focuses on maintaining motivation, combatting overconfidence

The right performance at the right time will be the determining factor in the waters of Myers Pool in Arvada.

Artwalk colors downtown

As winter tightens its grasp on Northwest Colorado and activities are at a minimum, the Downtown Business Association is hosting an event that provides respite to those with combatting bouts of cabin fever.

Wheat meeting scheduled for Hayden

Local wheat producers have an opportunity to get an update on what's going to be discussed on Capitol Hill this year regarding the 2002 Farm Bill Plan.

Nationally-acclaimed authors to speak to students Monday

Family Literacy program will host national authors at the high school

Next Monday night local children will get to hear the stories and learn about the work that goes into the books they might have read at home or in school.

Web site offers help with ACTs

Students can find help on Internet preparing for college entrance exams

Juniors at Moffat County High School are preparing to take the ACT college admissions exam April 23.

Hunters survive mishap

Stranded man, sons found after two days

A four-wheel drive hub failure and a lack of communication with family were key factors in the temporary disappearance of a Wyoming man and his twin sons.

Grayden Neal Spears

Henrietta Jane Wilber 1919-2002

Former Craig resident Henrietta Jane Wilber died Jan. 5, 2002, in Ogallala, Neb. She was 82.

Local Realtor achieves recognition

Victoria A. Burns, with Brass Key Realty, Ltd. in Craig, has earned the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, Inc., of the National Association of Realtors.

Miranda Michelle Cantele

Twice retired Craig resident still working

Retirement, heart problems haven't stopped man's contributions to the work force

What Jerry Vogelsang did with his time for more than 40 hours a week for 20 years is a secret a secret he was forced to keep from his wife and his children, making both married life and fatherhood difficult.

Brandon Lee Lawver

Commissioners defend compensation plan

The Moffat County compensation plan is a necessary, fair and efficient improvement, according to county officials.

Tuesday, January 22

A question of killing

Treason. John Walker Lindh is accused of betraying his country.

When fear comes from the home

Since the Sept. 11 attacks and throughout this current time of war, many reports and stories have shown that people have found added comfort and solace at home with their families.

Bulldogs look to build team confidence

Junior Joe Padon knows the importance of winning two games this weekend.

Cougars win one at Colorado Cup

Despite winning only one game, Cougars coach Josh Magnuson believes his team achieved what they wanted to at the Colorado Cup.

Plane locates hunters

Searchers find trio alive in remote area of southwest Wyoming

A Wyoming man and his twin sons who were reported missing early Tuesday were located this morning.

Commissioners reviewing new public works position

New position would oversee and coordinate four departments

Moffat County is researching job descriptions and job advertisements in anticipation of hiring a Public Works Director.

Tucci selected as planning board alternate

Craig City Council votes to appoint Tucci to Craig Planning and Zoning Commission at Tuesday's meeting

City board member Mike Tucci will relinquish one title to assume another.

Legislators get taste of Colorado

Colorado Department of Agriculture provides food to state representatives

Once a week throughout this year's legislative session, state senators and representatives will be provided samples of food products developed in Colorado.

Officials unsure of Olympic traveler impact

With one of two westward travel routes passing through Craig, visitor numbers remain in question

In two weeks, all eyes from around the world will be focused on a city just five hours away.

Monday, January 21

Three hunters reported missing

Wyoming man, twin sons failed to return last night from Irish Canyon

A father and his twin sons are being searched for in Moffat County, having failed to return to their Rock Springs, Wyo. home last evening. Victor Bertagnolli, 35, and his 10-year-old sons Kyle and Casey were reported as missing to the Sweetwater and Moffat County Sheriff Departments by Bertagnolli's ex-wife and girlfriend at 1 a.m. this morning.

NRA hosts first class for crime instructors

Refuse to be a Victim instructor classes being offered this weekend

A popular crime prevention program will be taking it one step farther this Saturday and Sunday, as the National Rifle Association's Refuse to be a Victim course will hold a seminar and instructor development workshop.

Dickinson receives chairman appointment

Hampton assumes vice-chairman position; ex-officio duties renewed for all commissioners

A change in the rotation led to a change in the chairmanship Monday at the Moffat County Commissioners meeting.

RAD offers new opportunities

Last semester, Craig Intermediate School students were given the opportunity to learn new skills and explore new ideas in a new after-school program.

Teens suspected in car burglaries

Two teenage boys are being investigated in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins in the Woodbury subdivision of Craig on Friday night.

Local AARP may close doors

Lack of participation will be the hot topic of discussion at the local chapter of AARP's business meeting next week.

Couple opens assisted living center

Howard and Sharron Salman moved to Craig five months ago to to fill a need residents said was a priority three years ago.

Mail Call

Rotary Club's charity dinner a glamorous event

Bulldogs win by closest margin of season

Junior Ty Weber will have to wait another year to wrestle the perfect season after Saturday's Palisade Tournament.

Narcotics officers dismissed

GRAMNET officers dismissed for allegedly stealing seized money

Two GRAMNET officers are under investigation for allegedly stealing drug money recovered during a sting operation.

Bad weather city means good Super Bowls

In 2007 the Super Bowl may make a move from palm tree and surf pounded beaches, to the concrete jungle of the great North East.

Bulldogs win Battle Mountain dual

The Bulldogs wrestlers won the Battle Mountain dual Friday by the score of 75-3.

Mail Call

Community should take lead in solving problems

Sunday, January 20

Teen paintball suspects advised of charges

James, Wilson, Bennet free on bond; plea hearing set for Feb. 25 in Moffat County District Court

Three teenagers accused in a series of paintball attacks were advised of the charges against them Friday during a hearing in Moffat County District Court.

Program assists first-time farmers

Colorado agriculture program offers aid to farming newcomers

New farmers and ranchers in Colorado who are interested in purchasing land, breeding stock or buying equipment now have financial assistance available.

Council to appoint new Planning and Zoning Commission members

Board alternate Rhonda Stoffle has resigned seat to move to Grand Junction

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission will be seeking two new members at Tuesday's City Council meeting at City Hall.


Former rodeoer fixes bones after breaking his own

Dr. Michael Sisk joins staff at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after extensive emergency room career

A northwest Colorado native, local rodeo cowboy and orthopedic surgeon Michael Sisk found an interest in fixing bones, because he constantly broke his own.

Thursday, January 17

Pizza makers make mistake of changing recipe

They say you can never duplicate an original.

Touch of spice

Clinging to childhood

Our Christmas tree still stands. The reason is sentimental, but I have excuses to cover that.

Bulldogs continue to dominate dual meets

A lot of waiting and wondering came to an end for Jason Mosher last night.

Rodeo readies for spring season in winter practices

Motivation isn't just for humans, but for animals too.

Director says buses are designed for safety

Compartmentalization, high seat back design in buses provide safety in event of crash

Colorado law says that people must wear their seat belts when riding in cars and trucks. So why aren't seatbelts mandatory in the vehicles that carry thousands of children back and forth to school everyday school buses?

County Commissioners will reorganize board

Dickinson may be named new chairperson; committee, department assignments to be reviewed at Monday's meeting

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos is expected to step down as chairperson on Monday when the board of commissioners undergoes its annual reorganization.

Dinasour will name new superintendent

Dinasour National Monument will hold an installation ceremony and reception for the new superintendent Chas Cartwright.

Advisory Board seeks volunteers

Volunteers needed! Colorado West Regional Mental Health is creating a Consumer and Family Advisory Board (CFAB).

District receives out-of-state interest for superintendent job

One month after beginning advertising for the superintendent of Moffat County Schools position, the district has sent out 19 application packets to interested applicants.

CNCC, library explore future

Thursday's meeting outlines relationship between two groups

There are several different possibilities for how the community college and library in Craig will interact in the future, but the one thing for certain is that they will become closer and more integrated.

Wednesday, January 16

City offers billing option

City services can now be paid for with credit cards

Customers of the City of Craig will have a new option when it comes to paying their bills, as the city will now be accepting credit cards as payment for all city services.

Granger pleads guilty to felony menacing

Craig man accepts plea agreement allowing him to avoid jail sentence after threatening wife with knife

A 54-year-old Craig man pled guilty to felony menacing with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in November.

Economy draining energy assistance program

Need for financial assistance increasing as unemployment rises; late winter has delayed applications

Economic recession, rising unemployment and decreasing wages are offsetting the nearly 50 percent decrease in natural gas prices Northwest Colorado customers saw in September. Nearly every Northwest Colorado agency that gives energy assistance funds is out of money and more requests are coming in daily, despite lower heating bills.

Tuesday, January 15

Our View

Who's responsible for the children?

Children are encouraged from a young age be responsible. They are taught that every action has a reaction and every move has its consequence. Maybe children aren't the ones who are most in need of that lesson.


James Lee Herod Margueritte L. Rolando Kelly Ryan Bemis Helen R. Southers Eva Christensen

Kmart may be closing stores

Manager of Craig store says company may be restructuring

Despite rumors of massive lay-offs and store closures, management at Craig's Big Kmart is confident that the store's 85 employees will not be affected in the near future.

Bergmann to recommend expulsion

School Board will make final decision on Jackman, Jacob, Elam at Jan. 28 meeting

School Board will make final decision on Jackman, Jacob, Elam at Jan. 28 meeting

Elkhead Reservoir will receive study funds

Colorado Water Conservation Board executes contract with Colorado River Water Conservation District

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has executed a $500,000 contract with the Colorado River Water Conservation District for a feasibility study on Elkhead Reservoir.

Colorado Farm Show in Greeley adds new exhibits

Bigger is better. Regarding the annual Colorado Farm Show in Greeley that will be held Jan. 29-31, bigger is definately better, according to the show's marketing director John Guild.

Enron investigation remains a head scratcher

Some people might already be tiring of the media frenzy that has engulfed the investigations into Enron Corporation's bankruptcy filing on Dec. 2. I say keep the stories coming and investigate more. Dig up any information that might be important and go after any individual who seems suspect.

Colorado sees increase in organ donations

The Colorado Donor Awareness Council recently released figures showing a significant increase in the number of people agreeing to organ and tissue donation in the year 2001. Amy Kusek, program coordinator of the Colorado Donor Awareness Council driver's license program, said the increase was due to the Sept. 11 disaster and an extensive ad campaign by the Donor Awareness Council.

Road and Bridge may research tool compensation

Acting supervisor will collect input, create standard tool list for employees of Moffat County road department

Welders and mechanics in the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department will soon be compensated for supplying and using their own tools. On Tuesday, the Board of Moffat County Commissioners authorized acting Road and Bridge Supervisor Buddy Mack to gather research from those employees who use their own equipment to create the basis of a compensation program.

Monday, January 14

Bombing suspect released on bond

Jackman released to father's custody in Wyoming; Elam, Jacob returned to juvenile detention facility

One of the three Moffat County High School students accused of planning to bomb the high school and courthouse was released from a juvenile facility Monday.

Coloradans can earmark tax dollars for agriculture

With tax season upon the public, the Colorado Department of Agriculture wants to remind the people that for the first time ever, Coloradans have an opportunity to earmark their tax dollars to help support Colorado agriculture.

Commissioners approve Fairground fees, schedule

Fees to rent and use facilities on the Moffat County Fairgrounds in 2002 will remain consistent with last year's fees. The proposed hourly, daily and seasonal rates for access to the fairgrounds and facilities were accepted by the Moffat County Commissioners at Monday's board meeting.

Mail Call

Donations now being accepted for senior bus

To the Editor: Our Moffat County senior citizen bus was purchased in 1997 through donations from many community organizations and the Moffat County Commissioners.

Girl Scout cookies are back for another year

Two-week window remains open for Craig residents to purchase World-famous cookies from local girls

They're hard to resist. Both the smiling, uniformed little girl and the popular cookie that's only available once a year. That combination is what resulted in the sale of nearly 11,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the Craig area last year.

Sunday, January 13

Bulldogs fall to rivals in conference opener

In the last three minutes of the first quarter Friday night, the Bulldogs boys basketball team didn't know what hit them.

Bulldogs dominate home mats at Dogfight Duals

The third period is usually foreign to 130-pound senior Kyle Kostur. But, Kostur wrestled in the third for the second time this season on Saturday.

Lady 'Dogs have strong showing in last home pool meet of season

The Lady Bulldogs swim team finished second to Grand Junction High School in Saturday's home meet.

Searchers attempt to rescue lost party

Six snowmobilers lost in Routt National Forest after storm hits area

Routt County Search and Rescue located six members of a snowmobile group lost Sunday afternoon northwest of the Steamboat Springs ski area. According to Sheriff John Warner, Search and Rescue received a cell phone call at about 4:20 p.m.Sunday afternoon. The caller, who has not been identified, reported that the group had gotten lost in a snowstorm that reportedly dumped 10 inches of new snow on top of Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Memorial Hospital receives new mini-cam

New device will be mobile, allowing for extremity examinations throughout hospital without transporting patients

The Memorial Hospital recently purchased a Mini C-arm for its orthopedic surgery program. The new device, priced at $61,000, is a miniature x-ray machine that will be used to take pictures of extremities such as hands and feet.

Commissioners to review Social Services contract

Proposed contract's responsibilities, rates for work done by county atttorney will be outlined at Monday's meeting

The Moffat County Social Services Department will be presenting a contract concerned with outlining the departmental responsibilities and rates for work done by the county attorney on behalf of Social Services. The Board of Moffat County Commissioners will review the proposal at Tuesday's board meeting.

Orthopedic surgeon brings services to Craig

For those weekend warriors who have a habit of breaking a bone here and there, help has arrived. Andreas M. Sauerbrey, M.D. and Michael Sisk, M.D., surgeons at Orthopaedics of Steamboat Springs, will rotate with one another coming to The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Stretching can be key in avoiding injury

ore than 11 million people visit them each year because of knee problems. Nearly six million seek help for shoulder injuries. And 4.8 million people visit their physicians with foot or ankle difficulties. Many sports-related injuries are simply unavoidable. On the other hand, a significant number can be prevented, according to Dr. Michael Sisk, M.D.

Editorial Column

The two faces of our culture

Sgt. First Class Nathan Chapman knew what sacrifice was all about. With a wife, a two-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, the Green Beret came from a military family.

Lady 'Dogs open conference with win

Seniors Katie Telfer and Jessica Norman had to be patient Friday night. In front of a nearly packed house, the two post players endured the first half of a stingy inside defense by the Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors. Telfer was the was the only one to score in the first, two points in the opening period.

Thursday, January 10

Brannan wins first overall rodeo as senior

Tia Brannan is the epitome of a champion.

Influenza striking Colorado

Moffat County Clinic has identified cases in Northwest Colorado

Although it has yet to strike Moffat County on a large scale, Colorado has seen widespread influenza activity, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Moffat County Jail Report & City of Craig Blotter


Funeral Notice



Advocates name Nichols Officer of the Year

Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy recognized for dedication, commitment to community service

Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Nichols was recently recognized for his dedication and passion in helping victims in crisis situations. Advocates Crisis Support Services recognized Nichols as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2001 because of his willingness to help victims and cooperate with Advocates.

Moffat County Housing Authority proposes budget

A combination of increased occupancy and higher expenses have led to a refinancing proposal as a solution to a budget deficit for the Moffat County Housing Authority. Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Antonson has made revisions and recalculations for the 2002 budget for the two senior citizen residences, and is working toward refinancing the two buildings to bring the operations out of a deficit. The revised budgets for Sunset I and II on Ledford Street would save the county $29,438.08 if approved. The Moffat County Commissioners will review the proposed budgets for the Sunset Meadows facilities at Monday's board meeting.

County's goals for plan in question

Employees believe compensation plan will create fiscal equality

Concerns about the Moffat County compensation plan have evoked mixed reactions from current county employees.

Wednesday, January 9

Student News

Local student receives degree from CU

Local student receives degree from CU


Craig's first baby of New Year born Jan. 6

Craig's first baby of New Year born Jan. 6

Mrs. Colorado title open for local ladies

"There she goes ... Mrs. Colorado..." Those are the words one lucky Craig woman could be hearing if she is selected as Mrs. Colorado on May 18 at the Denver Auditorium Theatre.

Yampa Valley Foundation awards more than $200,000

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awarded a total of $200,245 during the fourth quarter of 2001, nearly doubling its total for the year 2001. "Fifty percent of the entire year came out during the fourth quarter," said Dianna Sutton, president of the foundation. "During the holiday season people are in a more giving spirit." Sutton explained that grants from the foundation come from two different sources.

After-school program breaks ties with Partners

Entering its second semester of service providing after-school programs for Moffat County students, Recreational After School Doorway (RAD) has decided to part ways with Moffat County Partners. For the past year, Moffat County Partners has provided 501 C-3 and fiscal support to the RAD program.

Employees raise questions about compensation

County employees, officials question plan that would align salaries with state average

Some county officials and employees have complaints about the new compensation plan implemented in Moffat County on Jan. 1. Questions remain on how some wage ratings were accomplished, why some data will not be released, and how the county will respond to wage ratings appeals.

Red Dogs to host six teams at Loudy-Simpson

Tom Nagoda hasn't hoisted it, neither has Ken Harjes or Steve Ivers. In the 10 years the Red Dogs senior no-check hockey team has hosted their yearly invitational tournament, they have never been on the receiving end of the tourney trophy.

Student News

Laurinec receives bachelor's degree

Laurinec receives bachelor's degree


Josef James Brunner Corte Torren Christensen Cassidy Maya Reed Rory Willem Sirag Moses Marcus Gonzales

Bulldogs have two new additions to Dogfight Duals

Cory Hixson hasn't touched a wrestling mat in a competitive situation since last year's state tournament. The 112-pounder has spent the last several months in the classroom, proving to himself and his critics that he's as savvy in the classroom as he is on the mats. Hixson will officially be released from academic probation Saturday.

Bulldogs open conference at Steamboat

Coach Blaine Corlett knows that on Friday his team's statistics won't change dramatically. The state's leading three-point shooter, junior Pablo Loya, won't increase his lead on Class 4A shooters. That state-ranked scorer, senior Kyle Hazelwood, will have to wait another week to pour in the points.

Mail Call

Emergency workers thanked for assistance

Emergency workers thanked for assistance


Ricky Don Curtis 1963-2001 Talmage Earl Willis Jr. 1930-2002 Ruthann Sanchez 1959-2001

Tuesday, January 8

Adults who endorse violence get children who are violent

Grandparents talk longingly about the "good ole days," a recollection that is usually met with rolled eyes, sighs and a silent, "get with the times." But, in the face of the violence of this generation, many would embrace the good ole days with open arms.

Lady 'Dogs start conference against rivals

With one returning starter from last season and a 2-5 record so far this season, the Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors hardly seem worth a second glance. However, Bulldogs Coach Craig Mortensen knows better than to avert his eyes from the cross-valley rivals.

Coker living example of American Dream's survival

Some say the American Dream is dead; That the rungs to the ladder of success are greased with Starbucks coffee; The glass ceiling is polished daily by trust-fund babies. The American dream has grown weaker by the week, day and minute and a little more with every death of a World War II veteran.

Sports fans quick to forget real tragedy

Four months ago people discovered what real disaster is. The death of thousands of American people at the hands of terrorists stirred an entire nation's emotions like they had never been stirred before.

Expert says TMH needs to build new hospital

Architect leads building committee tour, believes construction is hospital's only viable option

An architect with Johnson, Johnson & Crabtree Architecture lead a tour of The Memorial Hospital Tuesday night, and identified issues that would need to be addressed if a decision was made to remodel the hospital. "I'm going to tell it like it is," Architect Ed Johnson said. "I'm going to show it to you, and let you come to your own conclusions." After the tour, Johnson gave a short presentation along with Mick Rhodes from American Health Facilities Development, which specializes in coordinating hospital construction projects. The two firms have consulted the hospital thus far on plans to remodel or build.

Deputy selected for Olympic security force

Moffat County Sheriff's Office will be represented by local deputy at Winter Games in Salt Lake City

Not everyone can describe being selected to join the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command as "just another assignment," but then again not everyone is Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Vic Alton. Alton, who has been in law enforcement for 30 years, and served a tour in Bosnia with the Armed Forces, will be representing the Moffat County Sheriff's Office while on duty at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

State patrol offers winter driving course

Pilot program to be held in Steamboat Springs for young drivers during January, February

Young drivers will now have the opportunity to learn how to handle ice and snow conditions in a controlled environment. Drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 can register in January and February to participate in winter driving courses taught by the Colorado State Patrol at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs.

Council approves water increase

Customers will pay more in order to trim operating cost deficit

Water customers in Craig will see a small increase in the cost of water use, after the Craig City Council approved an ordinance that will increase wastewater rates for the upcoming year. Ordinance 907, which was passed by the Council Tuesday night, will increase residential water rates to reflect the increase in operating costs for the city's water department, according to the 2001 City Budget.

Monday, January 7

Cougars swallow first loss of season against Gunnison

Gunnison's outdoor ice rink became the proving ground for the Craig Cougars' character Saturday. In front of a rowdy crowd of Gunnison Blades fans, the Cougars staged a second period comeback from a first period tie, all without their top three scorers.

Local snowmobiler sets sights on '03 Winter X-Games in Aspen

Bobby Hankins won't wear Winter X-Games' gold this year, but he's looking to earn a podium spot next year. Hankins, who is a veteran of the 1998 Winter X-Games in Crested Butte, is spending the waning months of winter and spring trying to qualify for the 2003 games in Aspen. In '98 Hankins was one of an international field of 32 invited to compete in snowcross.

Felony charges filed for paintball attacks

Three teens who attacked children, livestock due in court Jan. 18

The Moffat County District Attorney's Office filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Robert Gene Wilson, 16, Benjamin Luke Bennett, 16, and Christopher Gene James, 16, in connection with paintball attacks on children and livestock in Craig last week. Each youth is charged with felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, felony stalking, and cruelty to animals, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Allard continues tour to announce re-election bid

DENVER (AP) Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., used the Shattuck Superfund cleanup site as a backdrop Monday as he continued his tour of the state to announce his bid for a second term in the Senate. Allard, who also has served in the state Legislature and the U.S. House, helped residents around the site south of downtown Denver fight the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to leave radioactive waste buried on the site. The agency last year reversed that decision, and the waste is to be removed to a storage site outside Colorado.

Religious leaders want hate crimes legislation

DENVER (AP) Colorado clergy called on state lawmakers Monday to support a revised and expanded bill that would enhance sentences for hate crimes. Sen. Penfield Tate, D-Denver, said hate crimes deserve stiffer punishment because people are singled out because of their beliefs.

State's rivers, streams will become more 'stressed' as population grows

DENVER (AP) Unless state water laws are changed, the forecast for Colorado's rivers and streams is dry, according to a report released Monday. Traditional irrigation practices, which account for 90 percent of the state's total water consumption, municipal diversions, hydropower facilities and recreational uses such as snowmaking are a few factors contributing to the reduced water levels.

DIA to dismiss four with felony convictions

DENVER (AP) Four felons working at Denver International Airport will not face prosecution because they voluntarily disclosed their convictions by a federal amnesty deadline Monday, but they will lose their jobs. The convictions disqualify them from receiving security badges necessary to work at the airport.

Bomb plot students advised of charges

Teens appear for first court date; plea, placement hearings scheduled for Jan. 14

The three Moffat County High School students accused of planning to bomb Moffat County High School and the Moffat County Courthouse appeared in court Monday for the first time. Judge Joel Thompson presided as Stephen Jackman, 17, Tony Jacob, 16, and Tom Elam, 15, were officially advised of the felony charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and participating in terrorist training activities filed against them.

Council to consider increasing wastewater rates

An increase in wastewater rates for Craig residents will be on the table tonight at City Hall as the Craig City Council meets for the first time in 2002. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

Americans rack up millions in credit card debt over holidays

Though the final count is still underway, it looks like a last-minute surge saved the otherwise dismal 2001 holiday shopping season. American consumers charged about $122.1 billion between Thanksgiving and Christmas to their credit cards, a slight increase over the projected $121.4 billion in credit card volume.

CSU Extension Office to offer cooking class

eginning Jan. 18, fast food junkies in Moffat County can no longer use the excuse, "I don't know how to cook." Elisa Shackelton, family and consumer sciences agent with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office, is offering a monthly "Healthy Lunch" program.

Public missing at school district's public meeting

A public meeting held Monday night to gain public input on the search for a superintendent of the Moffat County School District brought out two school faculty members, five school board members and two members of the media. But one important group was not represented at the meeting. The public.

Sunday, January 6

MCHS teachers given opportunity to carry Olympic Torch

Conrad, Murr are two of approximately 11,500 people set to participate in quarter-mile leg of pretigious relay event

In one month, two Moffat County High School teachers will get the opportunity to take part in one of the world's richest traditions. Woodshop teacher Craig Conrad and vocational agriculture teacher Rick Murr are two of the approximately 11,500 people who will carry the Olympic torch one-quarter of a mile across the United States to its final destination at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Bulldogs hook Longhorns with 30-point win

Senior point guard Kyle Hazelwood knows if the Bulldogs play their game, no one can stop them. The Bulldogs were playing their game Saturday, as Hazelwood walked away with a season high 24 points, just two weeks after reaching his high in the Mesquite Tournament in Nevada.

Lady 'Dogs fall to Demons by double points

Coach Ed Stehlin knew that Saturday's meet against the Glenwood Demons would be tough, and despite a loss, the team is back on the road to recovery. Earlier in the week, Stehlin said the Demons are one of the toughest programs on the Western Slope, and comparable to other Western Slope powerhouses such as Durango and Montrose.

Moffat County involved in 4 of 5 rail spur options

Report narrows Northwest Colorado corridor choices from 16 to 5; next study to be released in mid-to late-2002

Moffat County has been designated as one of five possible corridors for the proposed rail spur from Utah into Northwest Colorado. The proposed $500 million Isolated Empire Rail Project would run from Deseret Generation and Transmission Station in Uintah County, Utah into Northwest Colorado. Sixteen possible routes were identified, but the list was pared to five in early Dec. Four of the proposed corridors involve Moffat County and two of the proposals would also affect Craig.

Lady 'Dogs struggle for three quarters, pull out win in fourth

Although Laurel Mortensen didn't need to make her last-second free throws Saturday night at the Moffat County High School gym, it really didn't hurt. The Lady Bulldogs had their game against the Basalt Longhorns well in hand by the end of the fourth quarter, and Mortensen's free throws in the waning seconds allowed them to coast to a 58-50 home win.

Area snowpack levels remain below average

If precipitation does not increase, Coloradans may be facing another summer of near-drought conditions

According to recent surveys, Colorado residents can expect below average spring and summer water supplies due to below average accumulation of snow pack this year. "Although it remains early in the season and conditions can quickly improve, the historical record shows that most years that begin dry will continue drier than normal throughout the winter season," said Allen Green, state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

MCHS receives second bomb threat

Dispatchers alerted to possible threat on Sunday morning

Dispatchers at the Moffat County Public Safety Center received a bomb threat Sunday targeting the Moffat County High School. This is the second bomb threat to the high school in a month. School officials and the Craig Police Department conducted a second search of the building, and no devices were found, according to Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard.

Victim's parent outraged over juveniles' release

Father of victim says 14-year-old son thought bullets, weapon used in attacks were real; son was fearing for llfe

A parent of one of the victims of last Tuesday's paintball attack is upset with local police about how they handled the situation. Three 16-year-old males were charged with felony second-degree assault and cruelty to animals in connection with an attack on children sledding on Cathy Cisar Hill, and horses in the area.

Thursday, January 3

Eighth-grade hoopsters place fourth in Denver

Whoever said the Front Range is the only place that can play ball certainly never competed against the Craig eighth-grade boys AAU team. The team placed fourth in Saturday's Mullen tournament in Denver composed primarily of teams from the Denver Metro area.

Johnston named general manager of Daily Press

Samantha Johnston has been named general manager of the Craig Daily Press. Johnston was previously advertising manager for the Daily Press, and has been with the paper since September 2000. Johnston, 26, is a native of Northwest Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 with a bachelors degree of journalism.

Mail Call

Scared: a student's view

To my Fellow Moffat County Citizens: I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and some of my fellow classmates. This letter is to express my feelings regarding the recent arrests of three of my fellow classmates.

Schools develop safety outline

Administrators had plan in place before threats of attacks

In regard to the recent incident involving the alleged plot by three high school students to bomb the Moffat County High School and the Moffat County Courthouse, Interim-Superintendent Pete Bergmann said a plan was already in place to deal with the situation, and it worked. "We don't feel the students were ever at risk because we responded in a timely manner," he said. "We've taken care of the situation, and the schools continue to be a safe place."

Obituaries / Funerals

Bemis Willis Sauer

Teens arrested for paintball gun assaults

Three local youths arrested after firing on children, animals, livestock; attacks were videotaped

Three 16-year-old Craig youths were taken into custody after allegedly firing paint guns at children and horses, and videotaping the attacks. At approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Craig Police Department received complaints that three male teens pulled up in a vehicle and attacked two 10-year-old boys who were sledding on Cathy Cisar Hill hitting one twice in the face.

Economic Development Council to file for incorporation

Corporation's name created; initial board formed to guide by-law organization, initial hiring process for potential employees

The Craig Economic Committee met with their attorney attorney to finalize the steps towards incorporation. The committee also created a name for the new corporation, as well as a temporary board to guide the organization of the non-profit entity until the full membership and the executive committee is formed. Committee members met with Attorney Tom Thornberry Thursday to outline the process.

Winter break much needed for Lady 'Dogs swimming

Many coaches dread winter break, but not coach Ed Stehlin. For the first three weeks of the swim season, Stehlin has watched his team fight the effects of the Dec. 1 bus crash.

Wednesday, January 2

Eliminate meat to lose those holiday pounds

Physician's group recommends vegetarian diet for permanent weight loss

The holiday season is when many people gain most of their unwanted pounds. They are followed by New Year's diets which usually work just in time for the next holiday feasting cycle. This year, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is encouraging people to make a very big change to lose weight becoming a vegetarian.

Groups donate life-saving devices

Clubs, individuals donate for portable defibrillators

The Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Department have acquired two Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), thanks to several efforts by community members. The departments have been working to equip each patrol vehicle with the devices for the last three years. Each defibrillator costs approximately $2,400, and the police department and the Sheriff's Department have received funds for five units, and are well on the way to a sixth. Two AEDs are already in service in the community.


Estey, Hammond celebrate nuptuals

Obituaries / Funerals

Kelly Bemis

Kelly Bemis

Nutritionists turn focus to children's health

Study: more than 25 percent of U.S children are obese

According to the Colorado Department of Health, too many children in the state are obese due to lack of exercise and poor nutrition. At a local level, Susan Bowler, a nurse at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, agreed that more attention needs to be paid to children's health.

Sen. Taylor

Legislature opens 2002 session Jan. 9

Colorado's legislature will have to deal with a shortfall of more than $500 million when it begins this year's session. With the opening of the 2002 legislative session Jan. 9, dealing with the loss is a top priority for State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.


Vera Patton Helen May Gurske Lurean Stevens Harding

Obituaries / Funerals

Adah Louise Brown Don Van Tassel


Sydni Elizabeth Stoffel Cedar Frederic Turek Savannah Nicole White Kai Bertram

Tuesday, January 1

Editorial Column

Quarterbacks know how to hunt Buffalo

The University of Colorado should make a New Year's resolution: Swear off playing colleges with good quarterbacks. After last night's shelling at the hands of Joey Harrington and the Oregon Ducks, the whole quarterback vs. Colorado problem became painfully clear to me. It occurred to me that the three games Colorado lost this season, including the win against Nebraska, the one player with the ability to muddle the Buffalos has been the quarterback.

Police identify suspects involved with bomb plot

Felony charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and participation in terrorist training activities were filed on Thursday against three Moffat County High School students. Tony Jacob, 16, Tommy Elam, 15, and Stephen Jackman, 17, were arrested Dec. 21 in connection with an alleged plan to bomb the high school and the Moffat County Courthouse. Jacob was also charged with felony harassment/stalking.