Stories for June 2002


Sunday, June 30

Comin' at ya

Hayden Speedway continues to bring home-grown racing to the Yampa Valley

If there was ever a place for sensory overload it would be at the Hayden Speedway.

Registration deadline for primary election nearing

If people want to vote in this year's primary election or change party affiliation, they'd better do it fast, said Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Beverly Johnson.

35th Cottonwood Classic another classic

The 35th annual Cottonwood Classic at the Yampa Valley Golf Course had 205 golfers out to test the greens and shoot the fairways from Friday to Sunday in one of three back-range, three-day medal tournaments of the summer.

Celebrating independence

Local program offers the disabled a chance to be part of the community while living life on their own terms

A softball game was played Thursday at Breeze Street Park but no one knows who won because no one was keeping score.

Coming to term limits

Commission approves ballot initiative to remove restraints on most county offices

Moffat County voters will have the opportunity to eliminate term limits for all elected officials except the Moffat County Commissioners this fall.

Park blaze grows

Planned Sunday evacuations of Douglas, Greystone

About 4,500 acres of land are burning near the east entrance in Dinosaur National Monument.

Hospital backs state referendum

Constitutional amendment would allow public/private partnerships

The Memorial Hospital recently made a deal with Northwest Health Specialists Center in Craig to use its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.

Thursday, June 27

Pledge ruling won't change school policy

The Moffat County School Board president said today that Wednesday's court ruling declaring it unconstitutional for school children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance won't change anything for the district.

'Mo Phat' riders pedal for repeat title

Dirt flying, tires gripping and shocks bouncing are all part of the annual Steamboat Mountain Biking series.

Fire department ready for fireworks

In preparation for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District conducted a prescribed burn Thursday night.

Defense brings Craig Dodgers championship

With one game left in their season and for some the last baseball game they'll play before moving up to the high school ranks, the 13 to 14-year-old Craig Dodgers knew what they needed to do throw strikes and play defense.

Craig teams second in Little League tournament

Two Craig Little League teams came up just a few runs short in championship games played Wednesday night at Woodbury Park.

Finance company hired for new hospital

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the hiring of a mortgage banker to manage financing for a new hospital Wednesday night at its monthly meeting.

Local program helps those affected by cancer treatment

The city of Craig has a new program designed to help women who are undergoing cancer treatments.

Minors thwarted in search to buy tobacco

Moffat County stores score 100 percent in compliance check

For the second consecutive year, Moffat County merchants have been found to be 100 percent compliant in refusing to sell tobacco products to minors.


Sean Tyler Lee Fallon

Deffee Lynn Pfister

Fire 60 percent contained

Additional crews, helicopter help firefighters get upper hand

The PiRidge fire burning 28 miles northwest of Meeker is 60 percent contained, according to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.

Fire breaks out at monument

PiRidge blaze doubles in size Thursday; containment prediction pushed back two days

A wildfire that has been burning all week northwest of Meeker doubled in size Thursday, while another 2,000-acre fire broke out in Dinosaur National Monument.

Community comes together to celebrate 9/11 riders

If one didn't know better, Thursday night's welcoming of the 9-11 New York Education Ride bicyclists could have been mistaken for the Craig community Fourth of July celebration.

Morgan Brooke Bennett

Judge denies bond for convicted criminal

Convicted criminal Stephen Skufca and his mother testified in his defense Wednesday morning during a bond hearing in Steamboat Springs District Court.

Transitional care comes to hospital

Medicare patients at The Memorial Hospital will have more days to recover in the hospital under a new transition care program beginning July 1.

The best intentions

Chocolate, salted meats and processed potatoes are my friends. Not so much fruit and vegetables.

Tuesday, June 25

PiFire grows overnight

The PiRidge fire, burning 28 miles northwest of Meeker, grew about 400 acres Tuesday and is now threatening two homes.

Bid process comes into question during city meeting

The Craig City Council was divided Tuesday night on whether to award the bid for 2002 water system improvement work to the low bidder or the local bidder, whose bid was about $700 higher than the low bid.

Bulldog wrestlers dominate camp

With three state champions graduating from last year's Moffat County High School wrestling squad one might think next year would be a rebuilding year.

Craig firefighter says convention showed concern over resources

Byron Willems, a member of the Craig Fire Department, attended a state fire convention in Estes Park last week.

MCHS rodeo team represented well by lone rider in Wyoming

Cloning may still be in the preliminary stages but that didn't stop the Moffat County High School rodeo team from being in two places at once this weekend.

City Council enacts fireworks ban

Debate ensues over fire department's July Fourth display

Anyone in Craig who possesses, sells, or sets off any kind of firework from now until an emergency ban is lifted is subject to a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in prison.

Term limits plan gets mixed reviews

The question of whether to get rid of term limits for all elected in officials in Moffat County except for county commissioners is getting mixed reviews from area office holders.

Sheriff's actions speak

DOW official insists Craig will have CWD lab

One Colorado Division of Wildlife official still insists that Craig will have a chronic wasting disease testing facility this fall courtesy of the state, while a spokesperson of the DOW is hesitant to make the same guarantee.

John Kostiuk

Playing ball

The Yampa Valley sees the runs, hits and errors of hosting Triple Crown

Any town that wants to host Triple Crown sports will have to pay for it, but for the next five years, it probably won't be the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Monday, June 24

Lightning sparks new fires

A wildfire broke this weekend 28 miles northwest of Meeker at Pinyon Ridge and fire fighters are still working to contain it. Officials say lightning started the blaze. The fire, burning in old growth piand juniper trees on BLM and state land, has scorched more than 1,200 acres in the area.

City Council to consider emergency fireworks ban

Craig residents will be able to celebrate Independence Day by watching the Craig Fire/Rescue's fireworks display not by setting off their own if the Craig City Council passes and emergency fireworks ban Tuesday night.

Candidate blasts Owens at Democratic Party dinner

In front of about 50 local Democrats Friday night, Democratic governor candidate Rollie Heath gave current governor Bill Owens a grade an F minus.

Brannan ropes her way to national rodeo

Moffat County High School rodeo team member Tia Brannan picked the right time to have her best performance of the year. At the state finals, Brannan earned a belt buckle for best average in the first two rounds of barrel racing. In the final round of goat tying, she placed fourth, which was good enough to move her into third place for the whole season to earn her a spot in nationals.

Petition drive

Signatures sought for ballot question to remove term limits except for county commissioners

When presented with a resolution a month ago for a ballot initiative to eliminate term limits for all elected county officials except for the commissioners, the commissioners said they wanted more community input before they made a decision.

DA seeks bond increase for 'habitual offender'

Craig resident John Eilts recently posted $60,000 bond for convicted criminal Steven Skufca but District Attorney Paul McLimans said Skufca's bail needs to be raised because Skufca was found to be a habitual offender at a hearing Monday in Moffat County Court.

Firefighters continue work on blaze near Meeker

A Type II incident management team arrived in Meeker Monday night to help battle the PiRidge wildfire burning 28 miles Northwest of Meeker.

Outfitters worried about business if rains don't come soon

SUSAN BACON Steamboat Pilot & Today STEAMBOAT SPRINGS For many Steamboat Springs residents and tourists, tubing down the Yampa River is the ultimate summer fun. Not many activities can beat reclining on the cushioned comfort of a rubber tube and floating along with the cool river. Unless, that is, the tube ride is broken up by protruding rocks and shallow sections that must be walked.

Red Cross needing more volunteers

Employers urged

Moffat County Emergency Manager Clyde Anderson responded Friday to the Red Cross' call for volunteers to assist at fires across Colorado. And, he did it with his employer's blessing.

Proposed bill would require study of chronic wasting disease

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) A bill proposed by a U.S. senator from New Mexico would coordinate federal and state efforts to research chronic wasting disease. The discovery of an infected mule deer on White Sands Missile Range prompted Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to propose the bill.

City to celebrate riding bikes Thursday

Event to raise awareness of bike safety; raise funds for Twin Towers Orphan fund

The city of Craig will host a special celebration in conjunction with Ride Your Bike to Work Day Thursday.

Police concerned with number of traffic deaths

People who get behind the wheel can sometimes be stupid, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Hank Chase said.

Local teams challenge Triple Crown's elite squad

This weekend in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic Division 1 baseball tournament, the Craig 10-U All-Stars and 12-U Hackers performed the equivalent of a Triple-A team playing its Major League club, Western State College challenging CU in football, or a jayvee team facing up against its varsity squad.



Youth Life: Join the club


One might say Scott Smith gets paid to be a teenager. Smith, the director of Moffat County Young Life, dedicates his life to hanging out with teenagers, whether it is playing Sony Playstation, throwing Frisbee in the park or going fishing. "In Young Life we're trying to go in and love kids where they're at," he said.

Patrol officer retires after 25 years

After more than 25 years of service with the Colorado State Patrol, Sgt. Henry "Hank" Chase has decided to call it a career.

Shooters bring home the bacon

There were a lot of pigeons shot out of the air in Delta the weekend of June 15 and 16-. Yet no one is going to be calling PETA anytime soon because the pigeons were of the clay persuasion.

Thursday, June 20

Local soccer fans become early risers to support U.S. team

It was a scene similar to a Sunday afternoon gathering to watch a Broncos game; standing room only, tension in the air, loud cheering for the home team and booing the opponents. Yet, it was 5 a.m., the sun was just peeking in on Craig and the couch potatoes were watching the world's version of "football."

County to consider raising landfill rates

The Moffat County landfill manager has advised the county commissioners to increase fees pertaining to "solid waste" at the facility.

Biking for disabilities

A fraternity spends its summer raising awareness and money for disabled

Seventy members of the Pi Kappa Phi are using their summers to show a side of fraternities that differs the stereotypical beer bash and toga party.

USDA to fund erosion protection

Program to provide financial, technical assistance

As a result of the state's severe drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that supplemental funding will be made available to assist Colorado agriculture in the effort to protect native rangeland vegetation and cropland soils.

Second fire in one week breaks out at Timberglen

A fire broke out in an apartment in Building C at Timberglen Apartments early Thursday morning the second fire in Building C in less than a week.

James F. "Jim" Thomas

Those elusive Zs

I used to take sleep for granted. Staying up until 2 a.m. with friends, a good book or a movie meant nothing. It was easy to make up the lack.

Hunters receive letter regarding CWD information

Local business reassured by Department of Wildlife effort

Several local business owners and a chamber of commerce official say a recent letter sent out by the Colorado Division of Wildlife explaining chronic wasting disease would benefit the local economy this hunting season.

Mosquito spraying over city to begin June 23

Moffat County Pest Management will be conducting aerial mosquito spraying over the city and surrounding areas June 23 through June 26.

Wednesday, June 19

Democrats to host Friday dinner

The Moffat County Democrats are hosting the Ed Johnson Dinner Friday night at the Craig Holiday Inn.

Wildkat cheerleaders continue to catch honors

The Craig Wildkat cheer squad had to make space on its already-crowded wall full of honors this month as the younger team, known as the Kittens, was honored in the Summer 2002 edition of American Cheerleader Junior magazine. The team was recognized for its second-place performance at the Jamz Nationals in February.


Bailey Harrison Overton

Tanner Lee Lawton

Rain out

Storms spoil season finales for youth baseball

The Rehabilitation Services of Craig Rockies baseball team was pumped. The group of 11 and 12 year olds that had only won twice in nine tries was only down a run to the Hayden Wildcats. The purple-clad hometown favorites were threatening with a runner on third when the umpires let out "that's game" and the Rockies' chance at win number three fell to the ground along with the game-ending culprit raindrops.

Cleanliness is next to ... impossible

Katie has finally decided there are better tasting things than the dog's water.

Yampa Valley Partners gathering community health indicators

The National Civic League (NCL) and Yampa Valley Partners are one step closer to finalizing several civic health indicators after their Wednesday workshop with Moffat and Routt county officials.

Local CWD lab still in question

Local CWD lab still in question'Perfectly clear' message from Department of Wildlife is no guarantee of Craig facility

Despite an e-mail message sent to a local official guaranteeing a chronic wasting disease testing facility in Craig this fall, state officials are hesitant to say that Craig will indeed have a lab.

Allard establishes new Northwest Colorado office

Montrose native Derek Wagner was recently appointed by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to serve as area representative for Moffat County.

Tuesday, June 18

Fire chief continues to work on local plan

As wildfires continue to burn across much of the state, Moffat County officials are meeting once a week to discuss potential problems and plans should a wildfire break out in the area.

Sheriff's behavior at public,


Jansen Ovi Ence

Coach's resignation adds to vacancies at high school

Moffat County High School head football coach John Haddan resigned from his coaching position last week, adding yet another vacancy to a long list of jobs the school is trying to fill.

Independent Life Center gets van

The city of Craig will soon have a new wheelchair accessible van strictly devoted to transporting residents with disabilities.

Owens' statement hurts tourism

Bianca Z. Perez

Madison Rene Lugenbeel

County fire ban on

Sheriff: Conditions to worsen through summer

The Moffat County commissioners passed an open fire ban in unincorporated areas of Moffat County Tuesday morning.

Monday, June 17

Rodeo team heads to state

Nine members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team got up bright and early this morning and hitched up their trailers for a journey to the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland for the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association's State Finals Rodeo.

Wrestiling brothers continue on together

After 18 years together, twins Ryan Linsacum and Travis Linsacum will be staying together for at least two more.

Simos, Stetson elected to YVEA board

Two new members were added to the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors as a result of Saturday's election.

The philosophy of mathematics

Board members, task force discuss the pluses and minuses of 'conceptual'- and 'procedural'-based teaching

The Moffat County School District math task force, formed last fall to investigate the school district's math curriculum and come up with recommendations to improve it, presented its suggestions to the board of education Monday.

Kenneth L. Prather

By the numbers

County adopts address policy to assist emergency services

Under a new policy Moffat County commissioners adopted Monday, every homeowner in Moffat County will be required to have his or her address posted where it can be seen from access roads.

Fire, police officials call apartment fire 'suspicious'

The Timberglen apartment fire that broke out Friday morning has been ruled as "suspicious," and is now under investigation by the Craig Police Department.

Sunday, June 16

Sheriff to offer commission fire prohibition

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead will advise the Moffat County commissioners to issue a county wide fire ban at a meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Triple Crown tournaments slide into town

A chorus of "g-double-o-d-e-y-e, good eye, good eye, good eye!" echoed off the mountains of northwestern Colorado this weekend as more than 100 softball and baseball teams made Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat home for Triple Crown Sport's Mountain Magic Tournaments.

Business owners holding out hope

Impact of fire, drought, disease gets mixed reviews

Despite ongoing wildfires in the state, the current drought conditions and chronic wasting disease, local business owners say they don't expect to see a downturn in tourism commerce this year.

Local Red Cross to offer disaster training classes

The Northwest Colorado Centennial Branch of the American Red Cross hopes to add new members to its Disaster Action Team (DAT).

Delbert Scott

Twan Gluesing

Travelling players, parents 'sacrifice' summer

For players on a travelling softball team the typical teenage summer of lying out at the pool, earning the first paycheck, or just spending time at the local hangout is only what they hear about from friends when school resumes.

Tracking down history

The Marcia Car offers a glimpse into the area's railroad past

In a brochure distributed by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, the railroad car that sits across the street from the Craig Chamber, called the Marcia Car, is described as "one of Craig's most prized historical possessions."

Snuffing out fire

City Council to review fire ban ordinance June 25

The Craig City Council will consider enacting an emergency ordinance June 25 that backs Gov. Owens' statewide fire ban which makes the use of any firework illegal.

Thursday, June 13

Apartment building fire started in storage room

No one was injured this morning when a fire broke out in a storage room at the Timberglen apartments.

Fire-fighting training academy hosted in Craig covers variety of topics, including fire behavior

With wildfires raging in various parts of the state, federal firefighters are wrapping up critical fire-fighting training in Craig, a local Bureau of Land Management official said.

New address system to be reviewed

If an emergency occurs in rural Moffat County, county officials are taking measures to make sure the emergency scene can be located quickly, said Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos.

Skufca faces federal drug charges

Craig man to be sentenced on state felony offenses June 24

Longtime Yampa Valley resident John Eilts literally "bet the farm" on the character of convicted criminal Steven Skufca, 41.

County residents hope to start a humane society

Last year Josie Dean, president of the Routt County Humane Society, visited the animal shelter in Craig and was surprised at what she saw.

Wednesday, June 12

9-11 NY Education riders to make stop over in Craig

The city of Craig is planning a special celebration in conjunction with Ride Your Bike to Work Day on June 27.

First National Bank of the Rockies hosts Flag Day

In honor of Flag Day, Craig's First National Bank of the Rockies will be holding its annual ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

YVEA reports $600,000 loss

Electric company manager says 'paper loss' did not impact customer rates

Last year Yampa Valley Electric Association lost more than $600,000 from equity investments.

Officials knew deer were in Motherwell

State to begin killing stray animals in ranch area

Local Division of Wildlife officials suspect that wild mule deer are still within the fence at Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden and plan to kill them within the next two weeks, a local official said.

Tuesday, June 11

Local high school student athletes honored

The Denver Post published its all-state selections on Sunday and four Moffat County High School athletes were named among the state's elite.

County clerk's petition for candidacy verified

Unless a protest is filed within the next week, two local Republican candidates will be vying for the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder office in the August primary election.

Grazing cutbacks not seen on public land

So far no cutbacks have been made regarding grazing on public lands in Moffat County, but officials say they will continue to monitor the situation and discuss the conditions with local permit holders.


Phone number to provide assistance guide

Moffat County will soon have a new number designed to provide easy access to extensive information on local health and human services.

Hot topic

Sheriff calls county's fire ban, which is not in effect yet, 'toothless'

Moffat County may be the next county to effect a fire ban, but that ban won't have any teeth.

City to move on condemnation of resident's property

The Craig City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution to obtain four Craig lots by right of eminent domain.

Monday, June 10

Moffat County fire danger rated 'extreme'

Sheriff, Bureau of Land Management discuss fire ban 'zones'

Based on a conference call with Bureau of Land Management representatives today, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grindstead said he would recommend a countywide fire ban to commissioners at a meeting on June 18.

Vanatta elected president of association

With the election of Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta to president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police this month, the law enforcement needs of rural Colorado will be expressed on a state level, he said Monday.

Sunday, June 9

Flat tire believed to be factor in wreck

The flats of flowers laying on their sides in the hot sun, scattered bags of potting soil and bottle of weed killer gave evidence Thursday's one-car rollover accident interrupted what should have been a day of gardening and time relaxing with a tattered copy of JoAnna Lindsey's "Surrender My Love" that was also strewn on the highway.

Deer discoveredwithin ranch fence

State officials fear chronic wasting disease containment efforts could be foiled

The effort to contain chronic wasting disease that included killing more than 1,000 deer and elk within a five-mile radius of the Motherwell Ranch may have been in vain, the executive director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife said Thursday.

Commission mulls over airport beacon location

FAA seeks to move navigation equipment to Craig airport

After the Friday's Moffat County Commission meeting it is still yet to be decided if Craig's airport beacon will in fact be moved.

City to consider eminent domain on resident's property

The Craig City Council will make its second attempt Tuesday night to acquire property on Steele Street by eminent domain a process by which a government entity purchases private property at fair market value whether the landowner wants to sell or not.

Man killed in weekend fatality

One man died and his two passengers were flown out of Craig on Flight for Life Saturday night after a rollover accident 25 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

Alexis Lynn Blomquist

Center starts anger assessment program

With help from a donation from Craig's Rebekah Lodge, the Craig Mental Health Center has been able to start a program to assess and treat adolescent anger.

Upcoming camp something to cheer about

Bust out those pom-poms and get ready to show some school spirit. The city of Craig is about to host its first National Cheerleaders Association Summer Cheer Camp.

Morgan Michele Geiger

Anna Christine Long

Anthony Matthew Wade

Dance fever

Katie loves to dance. It doesn't matter how, it doesn't matter when. If music strikes up, she has to move.

Businesses struggle to find insurance

When it comes to finding health insurance for small businesses in Northwest Colorado, Cathy Vanatta, executive director for the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said it is enough to make one sick.

Wednesday, June 5

Camp gets local baseball players back to basics

America's past time was alive and well Wednesday at Woodbury Park as the Rocky Mountain Baseball Academy Baseball Camp came to Craig.

Rec center group seeks public input

Recreation Center Committee members say they want as much community involvement in the planning process as possible and they are requesting applications from community members who want to serve on the committee.

Swimming with the Sharks

Craig's Sea Sharks have dived into another summer swim season.

Sheriff: County will see fire ban

Gov. Bill Owens prohibits fire in all state forests and parks

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens announced Tuesday a ban on fireworks in all state forests and parks, while a local ban on fireworks countywide might soon follow, said Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead.

Local CWD testing labcontinues to elude group

The possibility of setting up a chronic wasting disease testing lab in a tent or trailer this fall is unlikely, Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos reported to a local chronic wasting disease committee Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, June 4

Registration to start for children's summer program

If a child is still undecided about what he or she wants to do with the three-month summer vacation that has just begun, one possibility is going to college College for Kids, that is.

Vouchers for athletic physicals available

With cooperation from the local medical community, the athletic physical procedure at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School has been changed.

Hospital continues work on new facility

Consultants to be brought in to help raise funds

Officials at The Memorial Hospital are continuing to move forward with plans to construct a new hospital.

Officials advise residents to be wary around water

With summer around the corner, state officials and local authorities are cautioning residents that negligence, insufficient swimming skills and alcohol can quickly turn water recreation hazardous and even fatal.

Monday, June 3

District outlines capital projects

An additional $237,700 will be spent on capital improvements in the Moffat Count School District this year.

Local Little League to include all-star action

Craig's Little League baseball season is in full swing. This season, which got under way May 13, marks the second consecutive season Craig's league has been officially affiliated with the worldwide Little League youth baseball organizational sanctioning body.

Special Olympic athletes from Craig shine at state competition

The 2002 Colorado Summer Games have come to an end and Craig's Special Olympics Team has brought home the gold, and the silver and the bronze, too.

Man in critical condition after being hit by truck

One man was flown to St. Mary's Hospital and another was treated locally for injuries sustained early Sunday morning when they were allegedly run over by a pick-up truck driven by Hilerio Gomez, 36.

Water conservation measures not sought yet

Craig won't be joining a number of Colorado cities in asking residents for voluntary or mandatory water conservation measures anytime soon.

Fire chief concerned about dry conditions

As wildfires continue to scorch other parts of the Colorado, Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason warns that although Northwest Colorado is better off than most of the state, the conditions in the area still cater to blazes.

Sunday, June 2

Thomas Donald Graham

McInnis hosts town hall meeting

Representative discusses chronic wasting disease, grazing rights, prescription drug coverage

The federal government should not involve itself in debates and controversies surrounding chronic wasting disease, but instead should provide funding support to the states for CWD testing and research, Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., told Craig residents Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.

Hospital to purchase sprinkler system

The Memorial Hospital must upgrade it's sprinkler system to correct deficiencies found during a recent state inspection, but the cost to do so is significantly less than TMH administrator Randy Phelps originally thought it would be.

Coalition urges tobacco users to quit on Friday

Out of some 1,740 adults in Moffat County who used tobacco last year, 918 tried to quit, the area's tobacco control coordinator said Wednesday.

Father, daughter take race in Boulder

A father-daughter combination from Craig took the first two places at the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K race.

Getting paid

County changes how employees will receive checks

It will be Christmas in July for Moffat County's employees this year.

College exploring nursing program

Local healthcare facilities like the Visiting Nurses Association and The Memorial Hospital are feeling the effects of a shortage of 180,000 nurses nationwide, local healthcare officials say.

Hospital could assist in local CWD testing

Administrator says facility has been gathering information on issue to help community

If it is feasible to do so, The Memorial Hospital would be willing to donate its testing laboratory to conduct chronic wasting disease research next fall, said hospital administrator Randy Phelps.

Hammond named Volunteer of the Year

United Way honors residents who serve

The Moffat County United Way on Wednesday announced the 2001 Volunteer of the Year, the Outstanding Volunteers and recognized several other residents for their work with local charities.

Two plus one equals five

One, two children no problem (well, not exactly no problem, but when I compare it with the alternative, it looks a lot easier).

Man accused of abusing mother pleads not guilty

A man accused of embezzling money from his elderly mother has denied wrongdoing, but was recently charged with violating the bond and restraining order connected with the case.

Now hiring

School district seeks to fill several positions

When the 2001-02 school year concludes Thursday afternoon, several district employees will be taking more than a summer break from the Moffat County School District.

City Council approves funding for event headliner

What started three years ago as an alternative to chopping down dying trees and chipping their stumps has grown to a summer festival and this year organizers say it will be bigger than ever.

Memorial Day weekend 'normal' in Craig

Granby teen killed in head-on collision in Grand County

Local law enforcement agencies dealt with a "normal" weekend for the Memorial Day holiday break this year.

Chamber event called a 'success' by director

Despite below-average numbers on Sunday, the Memorial Day weekend carnival at the Moffat County Fairgrounds was a success, said Cathy Vanatta, director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Police department to crack down on code violations

The Craig Police Department will be looking at alleys, trash areas and backyards within the city to make sure residents are complying with city codes as far as the removal of trash, old appliances, abandoned vehicles and clutter.

Local baseball players receive All-state honors

After a successful baseball season, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs have two more reasons to celebrate.

Locks of Love

Moffat County High School student shows she's a cut above

Fourteen-year-old Erin Bennett was born in Craig. She has a delicate demeanor, short black hair and is quick with a smile. However, Erin's hair used to be longer. In fact as recently as May 22, it was roughly 10 inches longer than it is today.

GOWD snubs wilderness group

Committee says action taken to avoid making event political

A local environmental group was not allowed to set up a booth at Grand Olde West Days after registering and paying for a spot at the holiday festival.

Hooked on fishing

Huck Finn Fun Day set for Saturday in Craig

Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher will be in town this weekend, sort of. Craig's Huck Finn Fun Day, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and Auxiliary, makes its annual return to Loudy-Simpson Park on Saturday.

School finds more money in budget for next year

The Moffat County School District has a little more money in its budget for the 2002-03 school year than administrators thought, which means the district can make some much needed capital improvements next year, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.

D.A.R.E. plans fund-raising magic show

The Craig Police Department is sponsoring a magic show in September to raise funds for the local D.A.R.E. programs. Tickets for children and senior citizens will be sold over the telephone, allowing residents and local businesses to purchase them ahead of time.