Sunday, June 30
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planned Sunday evacuations of Douglas, Greystone
About 4,500 acres of land are burning near the east entrance in Dinosaur National Monument.
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
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.
Dirt flying, tires gripping and shocks bouncing are all part of the annual Steamboat Mountain Biking series.
In preparation for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District conducted a prescribed burn Thursday night.
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.
Two Craig Little League teams came up just a few runs short in championship games played Wednesday night at Woodbury Park.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Craig has a new program designed to help women who are undergoing cancer treatments.
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.
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.
Convicted criminal Stephen Skufca and his mother testified in his defense Wednesday morning during a bond hearing in Steamboat Springs District Court.
Medicare patients at The Memorial Hospital will have more days to recover in the hospital under a new transition care program beginning July 1.
Chocolate, salted meats and processed potatoes are my friends. Not so much fruit and vegetables.
Tuesday, June 25
The PiRidge fire, burning 28 miles northwest of Meeker, grew about 400 acres Tuesday and is now threatening two homes.
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.
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.
Byron Willems, a member of the Craig Fire Department, attended a state fire convention in Estes Park last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In front of about 50 local Democrats Friday night, Democratic governor candidate Rollie Heath gave current governor Bill Owens a grade an F minus.
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.
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.
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.
A Type II incident management team arrived in Meeker Monday night to help battle the PiRidge wildfire burning 28 miles Northwest of Meeker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People who get behind the wheel can sometimes be stupid, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Hank Chase said.
After more than 25 years of service with the Colorado State Patrol, Sgt. Henry "Hank" Chase has decided to call it a career.
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
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."
The Moffat County landfill manager has advised the county commissioners to increase fees pertaining to "solid waste" at the facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moffat County Pest Management will be conducting aerial mosquito spraying over the city and surrounding areas June 23 through June 26.
Wednesday, June 19
The Moffat County Democrats are hosting the Ed Johnson Dinner Friday night at the Craig Holiday Inn.
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.
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.
Katie has finally decided there are better tasting things than the dog's water.
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'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.
Montrose native Derek Wagner was recently appointed by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to serve as area representative for Moffat County.
Tuesday, June 18
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.
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.
The city of Craig will soon have a new wheelchair accessible van strictly devoted to transporting residents with disabilities.
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
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.
After 18 years together, twins Ryan Linsacum and Travis Linsacum will be staying together for at least two more.
Two new members were added to the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors as a result of Saturday's election.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Northwest Colorado Centennial Branch of the American Red Cross hopes to add new members to its Disaster Action Team (DAT).
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.
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."
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
No one was injured this morning when a fire broke out in a storage room at the Timberglen apartments.
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.
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.
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.
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
The city of Craig is planning a special celebration in conjunction with Ride Your Bike to Work Day on June 27.
In honor of Flag Day, Craig's First National Bank of the Rockies will be holding its annual ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.
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.
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
The Denver Post published its all-state selections on Sunday and four Moffat County High School athletes were named among the state's elite.
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.
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.
Moffat County will soon have a new number designed to provide easy access to extensive information on local health and human services.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katie loves to dance. It doesn't matter how, it doesn't matter when. If music strikes up, she has to move.
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
America's past time was alive and well Wednesday at Woodbury Park as the Rocky Mountain Baseball Academy Baseball Camp came to Craig.
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.
Craig's Sea Sharks have dived into another summer swim season.
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.
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
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.
With cooperation from the local medical community, the athletic physical procedure at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School has been changed.
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.
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
An additional $237,700 will be spent on capital improvements in the Moffat Count School District this year.
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.
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.
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.
Craig won't be joining a number of Colorado cities in asking residents for voluntary or mandatory water conservation measures anytime soon.
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
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.
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.
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.
A father-daughter combination from Craig took the first two places at the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K race.
County changes how employees will receive checks
It will be Christmas in July for Moffat County's employees this year.
After a successful baseball season, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs have two more reasons to celebrate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One, two children no problem (well, not exactly no problem, but when I compare it with the alternative, it looks a lot easier).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.