Stories for March 2002


Sunday, March 31

Officials hope disease does not spark panic

Deer infection could have impact on economy

Moffat County officials say the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in deer at an area ranch should not be met with panic.

Commissioners grant camp permit with stipulations

Moffat County commissioners Friday granted Douglas Weers a conditional use permit to host a youth summer camp on his property a conditional use permit with restrictions.

Businessman honored for anti-drug program support

A local business owner was recently recognized for his long-standing support for anti-drug programs.

Girls track team shows strong performance

The loss of Jill Adamek and Heather Urbanoski to graduation last year could have meant trouble for the Lady 'Dogs if it weren't for sprinters like Brandi Babin.

High school basball team to host family day

Last year the Moffat County High School baseball team had a record-breaking 700 people attend its "family day" baseball game.

Boys track team takes 10th at Hotchkiss

Going 20 days without a meet didn't put coach Gary Tague's Bulldogs asleep. The boys' track team finished in 10th place Saturday at the Hotchkiss Invitational.

Embezzlement investigation could take 'weeks'

The investigation into possible embezzlement from two local non-profit organizations continues this week, and involves reconstructing the almost two-year financial history of the Northwest Dental Coalition.

Brad Skufca

Goldie Sherman

Thursday, March 28

Touch of Spice

Kids just don't understand

There are some concepts kids just don't understand.

Judy Counts

Brad Skufca

Lady Sailors sink Moffat County

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Howl had quite a work out in Thursday night's home opener against conference rival Steamboat Springs.

Hospital to buy new equipment

At The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night, board members approved the purchase of a $95,000 mammography machine.

Victory Way traffic reviewed

Study, assistance sought for state highway through Craig

The construction of a Wendy's restaurant will affect his business, but McDonald's owner Chris Nichols said he is more worried about how it will affect traffic on W. Victory Way.

Non-profits focus of embezzlement probe

Police say investigation includes Northwest Dental Coalition and Moffat County Partners

The Craig Police Department is investigating allegations of embezzlement in two local charities.

Local man killed in Pentagon accident

Brad Skufca, 34, was killed Thursday in an industrial accident in Washington, D.C. Skufca was working as part of construction team operating at the Pentagon building.

Family on prayer mission ponder the 'sonrise'

We were in Wilmington, N.C. and decided that we needed to see the sun rise over the ocean. So, at 5 a.m. we woke up and dressed warm and set off for the beach.

Wednesday, March 27


Police warn residents to be wary of fraud

Local authorities are again issuing warnings about releasing personal financial information in return for a big payoff.

A back-up plan

Agreement signed between area hospitals

The Memorial Hospital and Yampa Valley Medical Center have entered into a network agreement in which Yampa Valley Medical Center will accept patients that cannot receive necessary care at TMH.

Man crushed by truck now in fair condition

The man injured in a semi truck maintenance mishap has been upgraded from serious to fair condition this week.

Commission to review summer camp proposal

Neighbors express concern with plan

At Friday's Moffat County commissioners meeting, a local resident will be asking for a conditional use permit to host a youth summer camp on his property.

AAU basketball tournament coming to Craig

This weekend Craig will be invaded by preteens wearing high top sneakers and baggy shorts.

Opposition to youth camp misdirected

What pettiness and spite is opposed to the opening of a youth camp in a fairly remote area of Moffat County? What sort of people are opposed to giving youth from big cities the opportunity to explore and learn from a small-town atmosphere? What selfishness would deny them the opportunity to connect with the outdoors in ways not obstructed by skyscrapers something we take for granted, but that opens a whole new world to a child?

Tuesday, March 26

Paul E. Bothe

Thelma Grace Hayes Barrett

School district discusses 'bully-proofing' policy

A policy to reduce bullying in Moffat County schools was approved for second reading at Monday night's board of education meeting.

Kids take first in imagination

Six Sunset Elementary School students are destined for state

Six Moffat County eighth graders recently took home a first-place award for simply using their imaginations.

Bulldogs lack timely hitting in 2-1 loss

Despite impressive performances by pitchers Chris Field and Jerod Estey Tuesday night, the Moffat County Bulldogs baseball team was unable to earn a victory in its game at Rangely.

Lady 'Dogs waylaid by Olathe Pirates, 4-0

The Lady 'Dogs soccer team began its season by being shutout by the Olathe Pirates.

Special Olympics athletes headed back to Craig

The Craig Kiwanis Club and Moffat County will once again host the regional Special Olympics competition May 11 at Moffat County High School.

Mason, Eardly engaged

Louthan, Rhyne to wed

Trevor Scott Hume

John Scott Pleasant

Carol Juanita Grove

Laura "Blondelle" Lyster

Walter A. Maddox

Craig man arrested after high-speed chase

State police clock pursuit at 130-mph

An alleged domestic dispute in Craig this morning led to a 130-mph pursuit of the suspect after he fled the scene before police could arrive.

City Council delays condemnation of property

Resident says resolution of eminent domain was unexpected

A Craig woman could lose the home where she had planned to start a business, plant a garden and live the rest of her life and she almost missed the City Council's decision that could have made that happen.

Campbell stresses cost of home defense

When U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., visited Craig Tuesday night, he offered residents a chance to discuss subjects important to them.

Monday, March 25

Man accused of drug dealing may get plea agreement

A defendant arrested in connection with a September drug raid that left three attack dogs dead will not appear in court until May 6.

Paintball suspect's hearing postponed

A hearing that was scheduled for Monday for the third defendant charged in connection with paintball attacks on several Craig children and animals was postponed because a plea agreement is close to completion.

Wrestlers take down All-State honors

Moffat County coach to be inducted into Colorado Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

Four Moffat County High School wrestlers and their coach have been named to the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado wrestling team. Coach Roman Gutierrez said Tuesday that the honors received by Ryan Linsacum, Travis Linsacum, Mark Hastings and Kyle Kostur came as no surprise to him.

Former Craig resident arrested on child sexual assault charges

A former Craig resident was arrested on sexual assault charges Monday afternoon when he showed up for a court appearance.

Hospital seeks new equipment

Several equipment purchases are up for approval at Wednesday night's meeting of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

Teacher's aides could get raises

Pay increases to cost district $100,000

New superintendent Pete Bergmann informed the school board at its Monday meeting that a $1.37 an hour raise for every teacher's aide in the school district would be included in the school budget for the 2002-03 school year.

Sunday, March 24

Girls soccer season kicks off Tuesday

In his first year as the coach of the Moffat County High School girls soccer team, Tom St. Louis said he is not concerned with past seasons or players but with building up the future.

Drought not as bad in Northwest Colorado

With the lowest March snowpack totals reported in two decades, state officials reported last week half the state is in a severe drought.

Health fair headed to Craig April 13

The 9 Health Fair will make its annual stop in Craig April 13 at Sunset Elementary School.

Carl Ridings

Bulldogs pummel Hotchkiss, 12-1

Already four games into its season, the Moffat County High School baseball team took outdoor batting practice for the first time Friday. The team was unable to practice outdoors due to a soggy, snow-covered practice field.

Skate park needs additional upgrades

To the Editor: I am very grateful to the city for the ramps they added to the Craig Skate Park last summer. Unfortunately these improvements can't keep up with the increased park usage. Four ramps are simply not enough.

Avalanche risk continues

'Scary snowpack' could last until June

This year's weather has made Colorado's backcountry ripe for avalanches and experts say the conditions and the risks could last until June.

City Council to review Wendy's restaurant plan

Wendy's Corporation has taken another step in extending its chain of hamburger restaurants into Craig.

Thursday, March 21

Board to approve new superintendent's contract

Last month the Moffat County Board of Education offered Pete Bergmann the district's superintendent position.

The Haynes family heads to Florida and meets Gov. Bush

We have had a very eventful week since we last wrote.

Two Bulldogs join All-State team

Even though Kyle Hazelwood and Amber Sanchez have played their last games for Moffat County High School, it doesn't mean their playing days are over. The tw

Family on mission of prayer travels to the Deep South

The traveling to Mississippi all in all was right at 1400 miles. That meant that the first three days after leaving Craig, we would spend a good deal of time in the Suburban.

Partners continues raising funds for programs

Moffat County Partners has an egg-ceptional program one that needs support from the community to continue.

The future of firefighting

Fire department seeks to convince voters to pass mill levy

After attending a presentation by the Craig Fire Department, some residents don't think a mill levy increase can be fairly debated in time for the May election.

A couple in love: Wedding bells in July

It wasn't a blind date, or wine and dinner. It wasn't even a hot date. TJ Montgomery and Debbie Stark ignited their passion over the roar of two cylinders and a fast track.

The bugs of summer: Experts predict another invasion

If Northwest Colorado residents were annoyed by tiny oval-shaped bugs scurrying around their homes last summer, this summer might be just as annoying if not more so, said a local expert.

Touch of Spice

The insurmountable obstacle

I'm going though a difficult stage in my life it's called parenthood. Actually calling it a stage is a misnomer. You don't go through parenthood and you don't get over it. When you sign up, it's for life.

Police endorse 'I Promise' driving program

The Craig Police Department is promoting a safe driving initiative for young drivers based on the "How's my driving" stickers employed by large trucking companies.

Ball players hit sloppy fields

When senior third baseman David Corriveau stepped onto the Moffat County High School baseball field for the first time Thursday, it was more like he was wading.

Wednesday, March 20

Man crushed by truck is listed in stable condition

A Maybell man who was pinned by a semi-tractor frame Wednesday as he tried to change the vehicle's tires was listed in critical condition this morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

City sales tax sees fourth-quarter boost

Concerns that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks would cause an economic slowdown may have been true for other parts of the United States, but they failed to be realized in Craig.

Raftopoulos, environmental group butt heads

Family says appeal could mean the end of the ranching

A group that aims to end grazing on public lands recently filed objections to livestock grazing permits for more than 370,000 acres of BLM land in Moffat and Routt counties, including permits sought by a Moffat County commissioner's family.

Tax deadline looms

The mad scramble to April 15 begins

Jack Bonaker, an accountant in Craig, has a simple solution to tax anxiety that increases with the approach of April 15: The returns should have been done a long time ago.

Tuesday, March 19

Suspect in rehab program

Case to be delayed four to six months

One of the defendants charged in a string of car break-ins in January won't be available for hearings for four to five months.

Steele seeks commission seat

Longtime county resident says some bureaucracy could be cut

A longtime resident who is running for Moffat County Commission said his top priorities if elected include cutting back the "upper-level bureaucracy" of county government and improving relations with city leaders.

Addeline Frances Lawton

Robert Allen Foster

Arlene Jean Roth

International star to visit youth soccer teams

The Craig Youth Soccer Association is going to take on an international flare in April when it hosts a European pro.

Jeff Patton

Dan Ovenden

To the Editor

Jack "Skinny" Barnes

Interstate art

Painter, sculpture exchange work at galleries

"This type of exchange is unique," local artist Karl Hoffman said. "It's an unusual partnership when artists show in each other's gallery."

Emergency plan approval delayed

Commissioners seek input from agencies

Moffat County commissioners have not signed an emergency plan detailing how a large-scale disaster would be handled because they say agencies included in the plan may not be clear about their roles.

Natural Heritage Program wants to research Moffat County

Group seeks to study area's 'important biological resources'

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is seeking permission to study and document rare wildlife, plants and plant communities in Moffat County.

Walter Prockter Embry

Monday, March 18

Athletes try to keep sharp over break

If two of the Lady 'Dogs golfers get a few rounds in over spring break, it will be a big help.

Doubts about Dinosaur

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Some ranchers say a plan to manage livestock on the Dinosaur National Monument will lead to the extinction of grazing rights there.

The speed zone

Police department takes new approach in slowing traffic

Even though Pam Thompson lived across the street from Sunset Elementary School, she said she walked her 7-year-old daughter there every day because she feared a speeding car might strike her child.

Sunday, March 17

Daniel Ovenden killed in Sunday avalanche

A Craig resident was killed Sunday afternoon after he was buried by an avalanche.

Driver, mother, son die in an Oklahoma truck wreck

Three Craig residents were killed Friday morning when the tractor-trailer they were traveling in veered off an overpass in Oklahoma.

Mill levy increase proposed

The Craig Fire Department will outline its rational Thursday for a proposed mill levy increase.

Wade Franklin Kancilia

Wendy Marie Graham

Ryan Paul Empson/Graham

Thursday, March 14

Lady 'Dog golfers lagging from lack of practice

Two rounds of golf has told coach Tom Dockstader something winter has taken its toll on the Lady 'Dogs.

Eight MCHS Bulldog wrestlers named All-Conference

Three weeks after the Bulldogs wrestling team captured its second state title, the accolades continue.

Touch of Spice

Show and tell

I admit it, we exhibit our children for their entertainment value.

Department earns accreditation

Police put in hundreds of hours to gain state recognition

The Craig Police Department earned its state accreditation this month after hundreds of staff hours and piles of paperwork.

Monumental dispute

Ranch family, National Park Service clash over grazing rights

A Northwest Colorado ranching family says it is being run off of land it can rightfully use for cattle grazing at Dinosaur National Monument.

Soccer teams looks past dismal history

Brandy Sherwood's memory is good perhaps too good.

Last school bomb plot suspect reaches plea agreement

The trial for the last defendant arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Moffat County High School and courthouse began this morning and ended almost immediately.

Moffat County schools gear up for testing

They're called CSAP, STOP, and ACT but no matter what those abbreviations might stand for, they mean stress for Moffat County students and teachers.

Lady 'Dogs lose in quarterfinals

Girls hoopsters fall short against Pueblo County at state playoffs

Denver Moffat County High School Coach Craig Mortensen's inside-outside offensive game plan that rolled the Lady 'Dogs to 21 wins this season came to a halt Thursday night in the Denver Coliseum.

Tuesday, March 12

White to seek re-election in 57

Al White is running for re-election in a district in which thousands of voters have never had a chance to cast a ballot for him.

Project still preliminary

Railroad might not bring economic impact

Despite almost two years of study, plans for a new railroad extending from Uintah County, Utah, into Northwest Colorado are still "very preliminary in nature," said Jim Evans, director of the Associated Governments of Colorado.

Audrey J. Harjes

Rita Dora Fedinec

Dorman Kadrmas

Laurel Marie (Derby) Welch

Fanny Bess Hall

Edna Blanche Zimmerman

Mary Lou Griffith

Lyons, Dewall plan summer wedding

David and Brenda Lyons of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Crickett Labree, to Andy James Dewall, son of Randy and Marcia Dewall of Craig.

Gioni Phenix Capone Essex

Lily Ana Lindstrom

Remy Miles St. Pierre

Justin Lee Webster

Taylor Price Santistevan

Shiloh Anne Lottes

Magness, Kline exchange vows

On Feb. 9, 2002, Raymond F. Magness and Patsy J. Kline exchanged vows in a double-ring ceremony at the Mission of Grace Church in Hayden.

Trash talk

Landfill employees may be forced to cross train or face termination

Reacting to public input, the Moffat County commissioners approved a half-day of operation on Sundays for the landfill, but the issues of employee schedules and job descriptions for those employees still remain unresolved.

Realtors: City ordinances prohibit growth

Craig Realtors Association members criticized city policies and ordinances during Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting, saying building, parking and landscaping regulations, as well as the cost of city services, prohibit growth in Craig and in their wallets.

Lady 'Dogs play in new territory

Moffat County High School coach Craig Mortensen has directed teams in Boulder's Coors Event Center and the Nuggets' one-time home, McNichols Arena, but he has never stood courtside in the Denver Coliseum.

America suffering from 'Post-Olympic Letdown Syndrome'

Today I will speak on a serious topic one affecting most of the nation including myself.

Monday, March 11

Hearings of teens accused of assault continued

Plea agreements in works for youths who allegedly shot paintballs at children

Two of the three local youths charged in connection with paintball attacks in January had their hearings continued.

Swimmers kick off season short two seniors

A little sometimes is a lot; coach Jim Vorhies knows this.

Consultants sought for fairgrounds plan

Moffat County will solicit proposals from consultants to begin a master plan process for the fairgrounds.

The hunt is on

Museum offers county's own 'trivial pursuit'

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is offering a program that could serve as an alternative to TV and videos for this spring break.

'Dogs to overcome pre-season stigma

Moffat County High school baseball team to do better than a seventh-place ranking

Dissatisfaction is what Moffat County High School coach Kip Hafey was met with when his baseball players found out where they fell in pre-season rankings.

Fishing and hunting licenses soon to be on demand

Representatives of the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) are predicting that soon state hunters and anglers will be able to get their licenses in a quicker, more convenient fashion.

Thursday, March 7

Girls team short runners

Coach Mike Gleason knows there are holes to be filled on the Lady Bulldogs' track team but at this point in the season, it is not known which athletes will fill those slots.

Academy sees higher attendance

Residents turn out to learn about police

Participation in a citizens law enforcement program in Craig has continued to grow, allowing residents and officers to continue improving understanding and communication.

Hospital works to cure deficiencies

Installing sprinklers, smoke detectors top list of state mandates

The Memorial Hospital is taking steps to correct several fire safety deficiencies found during a recent state inspection.

'Dogs prepare for first race this season

Runners waiting for track to thaw

The Moffat County High School Bulldogs track team has been stretching its legs through the high school's corridors for the coming season.

County begins fairground's planning process

County commissioners will be meeting with consultants Monday to begin a planning process for the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, March 6

Mortuary owner seeks county coroner's office

The deputy coroner for Moffat County will look to assume the responsibilities of county coroner this fall.

Lady 'Dog hoopsters advance to second round

Girls team beats Summit Tigers 70-54

When senior Katie Telfer hit the opening layup nine second into the game it was all over for the Summit Lady Tigers.

Hastings named All-Colorado

State champion wrestler earns another honor

Mark Hastings knew Tuesday that he was being named to the Rocky Mountain News' All-Colorado wrestling team but he just couldn't make the picture shoot.

Discussion on Black Lung Saturday Black Lung Saturday

A panel discussion on black lung and other mining safety issues will be held in Craig on Saturday.

The 'coal' hard facts

Gunnison County cranks up production to edge out Moffat County in tonnage

Moffat County was the third-leading producer of coal in Colorado last year, down from second in the year 2000.

BLM: Follow-up river study needs funding

In response to a lawsuit concerning the management of rivers that includes the Yampa River, the director of the Bureau of Land Management office in Craig said the office is already managing segments of the Yampa River as protected areas.

Golfers practicing despite the snow

On Monday Chuck Cobb will have hosted two weeks worth of golf practice and his players will have only been on the links once.

Tuesday, March 5

Man accused of abusing mother arraigned

John Alva Bartlett was arraigned in court Tuesday on four charges alleging he abused his 100-year-old mother financially and physically.

Radon seminar to be offered Saturday

Radiation could be seeping into your house.

Craig BPW honors woman, employer of the year

Each year the Craig Business and Professional Women honors a working woman and an employer for their contributions to the community and to the advancement of women in the workforce.

Four 'Dogs earn All-Conference honors

Kyle Hazelwood represents a first for his coach, Blaine Corlett.

Thane Michael Peppler

Justin Gauge Case

Margaret L. Jones

Helen Dorthea Oldsen

Douglas Tarr Sr.

Post-grad plans mixed

Some 70 percent of students say they will seek college education

Seventy-two percent of Moffat County High School graduates had plans for post-secondary education, according to a survey conducted last spring prior to graduation.

Ruth O. Herod

Arlene Roth

Moffat County talent overlooked, but not ignored

If you asked coach Blaine Corlett if 6 feet 1 inch is short, he'd probably tell you it's just short enough to be overlooked.

Gabriella Mercedes Perea

Water fight

County official says river lawsuit could hurt economics, quality of life

The designation of the Yampa River as a "wild and scenic river" under a federal law would hurt the economy and the quality of life in Moffat County, according to a county official.

Monday, March 4

Cheerleaders' van strikes deer

A trip to a cheerleading competition was interrupted by an accident Thursday.

Bulldogs hoopsters get home-court advantage

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team to host state playoffs in Craig

The last time the Lady Bulldogs had a home-court game in the state playoffs Jim Loughran was head coach.

Wildlife program offered to area residents

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program will again be offered to Moffat County residents after a two-year hiatus.

Five girls basketball team members, coach honored

In 20-plus years of coaching Craig Mortensen has never had an entire team of All-Conference players until now.

Officials: Things could get wild this spring

Mountain lions, bears could be common

If the dry weather continues in Northwest Colorado, local experts say people can expect to see an increased number of animals roaming around town animals that don't normally venture into the city, they said.

Lady 'Dogs fall in district finals

Junior Laurel Mortensen had been there before just seconds to go before the final buzzer and three points behind.

'Dogs succumb to Sailors for regionals final spot

When Bulldogs senior Kyle Hazelwood and junior Pablo Loya are held in single digits, a win is nearly impossible.

Beryl Trone

Stanley Shelton

Where's the water?

Snowpack continues to trickle below average

Most people cringed at the sight of more snow last Friday but rancher Tom Deakins didn't.

Man allegedly abused, stole from his elderly mother

A Craig resident was arrested Thursday for allegedly abusing his mother both financially and physically.

56th annual Kiwanis play a success

The 56th annual Kiwanis play didn't go off without a hitch. Then again, it never does. That's part of the attraction the genius, if you will of the play.

A magic night

MCHS students to perform 'Cinderella' musical

When Moffat County High School students take the stage Thursday night for Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella," most of the cast members will be participating in their first-ever theatrical production.

Deputy assessor eyes top job

Suzanne Brinks will be running for her first public office this November when she campaigns to become Moffat County assessor.