Stories for May 2002


Tuesday, May 28

Let sleeping dogs lie

My daughter is an animal lover. Really.

Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series kicks off today

For the second year in a row, Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series participants will be competing in break-away roping, goat tying, flag racing, barrel racing and pole bending.

High school rodeo team saddles up for state

With the academic year coming to an end, the Moffat County High School rodeo team is gearing up for its biggest events of the year.

Monday, May 27

Grand Olde West Days draws in the crowds

The 2002 edition of Grand Olde West days is enjoying good weather and good attendance, something organizers know is connected.

McInnis to host town meeting at Craig City Hall

Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colorado, will field questions from residents at noon Wednesday at Craig City Hall.

County to discuss courthouse remodeling plan

The Moffat County commissioners will consider hiring a student architect from the University of Colorado at Denver to assist in planning for a courthouse remodeling project at its meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Scholarships focus on conflict resolution

Rotary Clubs seek applications for international studies program

Rotary Clubs worldwide are again seeking candidates to become World Peace Scholars at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies.

Council to discuss rec center proposal

Council could decide on funding to get project started

The Craig City Council has no money in its 2002 budget for architectural and design services for a recreation center, but City Manager Jim Ferree said members would be willing to spend the money to get the ball rolling on the project. They

'Leave room for dignity'

Moffat County High School graduates encouraged to strive for leadership, service, honesty, integrity

Moffat County High School seniors had dreamed of the day when they received their diplomas but Saturday graduation day came too soon for some.

Something hot: Cook-off brings in the exotic

According to Mark Smith, the elk green chili he served Monday at Grand Olde West Days is the best west of Oak Creek.

Former high school principal returns

Joel Sheridan hired as assistant superintendent

Former Moffat County High School Principal Joel Sheridan is coming back to the Moffat County School District after a two-year hiatus spent in Aspen.

Proposed private CWD testing lab could face challenges

Expertise, funding could stand in the way of a local committee's plan

A local chronic wasting disease committee is exploring the possibility of pooling local dollars to set up a CWD testing lab in Craig next hunting season.

'For those who didn't come home'

Local veterans take somber, respectful reflections on Memorial Day

Memorial Day observances have always been taken seriously by Ray Wagner, 73, a Craig resident and veteran of World War II and Korea.

Saturday, May 25

High school students gear up for graduation

Forty-eight of 156 students graduating from Moffat County High School this Saturday will be awarded scholarships to post secondary institutions.

Floyd Fredrick Huggins

Local district attorney to prosecute sex assault case

Motion to dismiss Moffat County prosecutors denied

A judge ruled that the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office should not be removed from prosecuting a sex assault case against a former Craig resident.

City parks and rec offers plethora of programs

With T-ball, coach-pitch, and Little League under way, and tennis and soccer waiting in the wings, the city's Parks and Recreation Department summer programs have already begun to pick up steam.

Browns Park bans fires

No restrictions yet in rest of Moffat County

Although Northwest Colorado is not as dry as most of the state, Bureau of Land Management officials are still warning campers to be careful with fire over Memorial Day Weekend.

'Ride the Rockies' fund-raiser at $400

Trooper riding in seven-day event to boost awareness of driving program

In one week, the Colorado state trooper seeking sponsors for his Ride the Rockies fund-raiser has collected $400.

Goliath Project travels through Ohio; looks west toward home

This past week has been a good one for us and a challenging one as well. The week was good because we spent several nights with families; a real highlight for us. It was challenging because we are all starting to just want to get home. We just needed to refocus and remind ourselves to finish the race before us and to finish strong. We watched the Preakness Stakes on Sunday and noticed how in the homestretch all the horses kick it into high. They've been giving it their all for the whole race and then they give even more. This served as an illustration of us. We have been so tired the last week that we are tempted to just do a half-hearted job. However, we are all reaching down and kicking it into high. We determined that we would go into our last prayer day with the same eagerness as we had on the first one!

Mine ranks number two in state's toxic release inventory

Mine, state officials call EPA report 'misleading'

Trapper Mine in Craig rated second on a toxic release inventory for Colorado put out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Running in circles

Hayden racetrack sees strong driver, spectator turnout

The racing season at the Hayden Speedway roared to life Saturday and enjoyed a large turnout in both drivers and fans.

Local CWD testing facility sought

Committee looks at privatization effort to establish lab

Rather than waiting to see if the state will set up a chronic wasting disease test site in Moffat County, a local committee established to address the issue wants to start a grassroots initiative to set up such a facility.

Conference brings validation to Partners

National gathering shows local group is headed in right direction

The administration of Moffat County Partners recently returned from a national conference on mentoring programs, and returned rejuvenated about the mission, structure and style of its youth mentoring programs.

Rec center requests

Steering committee seeks feasibility, financial studies

Deciding whether to build a recreation center on the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig expansion site or to remodel the building Country General occupied isn't something the steering committee wants to decide without professional assistance.

Allard, McInnis introduce CWD bills

Bills have been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives asking for federal support in combating chronic wasting disease.

Tuesday, May 21

Holiday crunch

Grand Olde West Days, graduation, Memorial Day weekend add up to packed hotels

There's no room at the Craig Holiday Inn.

Seatbelt campaign, DUI patrols this weekend

This week and the coming holiday weekend have been targeted by area law enforcement agencies for seatbelt checks and extra DUI patrols.

Seminar held to teach CWD testing procedure

Local hunters, guides, outfitters, meat processors and residents have an opportunity to learn how to properly remove the brain stem of an animal for chronic wasting disease testing.

Fred H. Guire

Event to feature shooting showcase

From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hiding out from vigilante justice in Browns Park to the homesteaders fending off cattle thieves and land rustlers, the gun has left an indelible imprint on Moffat County.

High school swimmer, swim coach honored

Daily Press writer After one of the strongest years for the boys swim team, the Moffat County High School coach and one of the senior swimmers were given top honors for the season.

A new environment for building inspector

County employee to check out construction projects, restaurants

This summer Patrick Mosbey will be checking the spacing of studs and the height of ceiling joists on construction projects in Moffat County.

Monday, May 20

Woman facing drug charges pleads not guilty

One of two defendants involved in a drug bust that led to the killing of three dogs pleaded not guilty to all five charges against her Monday.



A combo meal: Taco Bell begins expansion to include KFC

Those looking for a Mexican pizza, gordita or churo will have to drive 47 miles to satisfy their craving until June 12.

Bull riders to showcase skills at Grand Olde West Days

The Grand Olde West Days weekend will again include the bull riders event this year, which will be the fourth year the bulls and riders have clashed in Craig.

Term limits plan to be considered

Tim Jantz, chairman of the Moffat County Republicans, presented a resolution to the Moffat County Commissioners Monday morning asking for a ballot initiative to eliminate term limits for all elected county officials except for the Moffat County Commissioners.

Drought danger

Ranchers, irrigators face production, financial crunches if weather remains dry

While in Craig Monday, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens said that with an 11 percent snowpack, the state is facing the worst drought in Colorado history.

Samuel (Sam) DeLuca

Sunday, May 19

Committee completes search for new CNCC president

The new president for Colorado Northwestern Community Colleges was officially introduced last week. Peter Angstadt will assume the duties for the CNCC system on July 1.

Beaver believed to have been cause of traffic jam

Colorado State Highway 40 was closed intermittently this morning for several hours after a truck spilled ammonium nitrate on the roadway at approximately 4:30 a.m.

High school track teams wraps up season

The Moffat County High School boys track team finished the year in 27th place at state but also managed to break a school record.

Freshman swimmer has 'impressive state meet'

Moffat County High School swimmer Chris Compton scooted to a 14th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, providing the only points the swim team would score in Fort Collins at the state meet over the weekend.

English soccer coaches to offer camp to Craig youth in June

In two weeks, soccer players from Craig will have an opportunity to train with professional English soccer coaches.

Group to discuss recreation center

Where to put the facitility and how to pay for it under debate

Moffat County residents could get a combination recreation and convention center if they're willing to pay for it, but right now the question isn't about cost, it's about location.

Fencing match

State, ranch owner clash over killing, containing elk

Due to a deadlock in negotiations with Motherwell ranch owner Wes Adams, state officials are considering constructing an electric fence around the elk ranch south of Hayden where wild mule deer were recently discovered to be infected with chronic wasting disease.

The hot spot

Coffee house offers area youth a place to hang out away from pressure to consume alcohol, drugs

Every Friday and Saturday night young people of Craig gather in a lounge at the Centennial Mall.

Thursday, May 16

Foundation hosts annual meeting, artifacts display

The Community Foundation of Craig hosted more than 30 residents for its annual meeting to discuss the non-profit organization's accomplishments and plans while displaying Navajo artifacts and turn-of-the-century photographs of Native Americans.

Board to consider assistant superintendent

The Moffat County Board of Education will have an opportunity to approve the hiring of two key positions in the district Monday night.

Residents rejected issue in past vote

Commission hopes to hear from public on term limits

The Moffat County commissioners will consider a resolution proposed by Moffat County Republican Party Chairman Tim Jantz at a morning meeting Monday that will ask for a ballot initiative in November to remove term limits for all elected county officials except for county commissioners.

Law enforcement officers to target seatbelt violators

Officers from all area law enforcement agencies on Monday will be on the lookout for drivers and young passengers not wearing seatbelts or restraints.

'A national problem'

McInnis calls for 'assault' on chronic wasting disease

Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colorado, chairman of the House Resources' Subcommittee of Forests and Forest Health, hosted a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Thursday to discuss chronic wasting disease.

The blame game

I looked accusingly at my husband when the foul smell reached my nose.

Goliath Project travels through the East Coast capitals

Because so many of the East Coast capitals are so close together, we've had two weeks in a row of doing three states in one week instead of two. This has made our visits in some states whirlwind tours. Since we last wrote we've been to New Hampshire, Vermont and are currently in New York. We went to New York City a few weeks back, but since Albany is much farther north, we didn't do our prayer day until this week.


Mary Lou Avis


It's your party: Tips on how to plan for your reception

For most couples, their wedding reception is the biggest and most elaborate party they've ever had perhaps the biggest they will ever have.

Wednesday, May 15

Mildred Lorene Robidoux

Baseball players honored at annual banquet

Four Bulldogs were honored with All-Conference awards Wednesday night during the baseball team's end-of-the-year banquet.

East Elementary gets new principal

Dean of Students at Sunset to make move

Pending the approval of the Moffat County Board of Education Monday night, Diana Cook will be the principal at East Elementary School next year.

Senior golfer Scott grabs fifth in state tournament

Senior golfer Lindsey Scott represented Moffat County High School well, finishing in fifth place in the state tournament the highest rank any MCHS golfer has finished in the post season

'Endemic' and economics

Larimer County reports minimal impact on business from CWD

A public official and business owner in Larimer County, where the chronic disease infection rate in wild deer and elk in some areas is between 10 and 14 percent, said Wednesday the disease has not impacted revenue generated from hunting in the area.

Trooper takes on Ride the Rockies

Keadle to raise funds for the Alive at 25 program

A local Colorado State Patrol trooper will be enduring the "Ride the Rockies" bike event to help raise awareness and funds for the Alive at 25 youth driving program.

Police Department warns residents of another scam

The Craig Police Department is issuing another alert to residents concerning a scam.

Grand Olde West Days kicks off May 24

Event to feature concert, rodeo, shooting and more

This year's Grand Olde West Days will feature a concert by a famous country musician, a rodeo, golf tournament, carnival, numerous contests, an old-fashion cowboy shoot out, and numerous other events.

Tuesday, May 14

Moffat County High School conducts drug search

Drug-sniffing dogs check lockers, parking lot

Drug-sniffing dogs swept Moffat County High School Tuesday as students were locked down for the afternoon.

Terminating term limits

County commission mulls over removing election walls

Tim Jantz, chairman of the Moffat County Republican Party, will present a resolution to the Moffat County commissioners Monday morning asking for a ballot initiative to eliminate term limits for non-policy making county offices.

McInnis to host meeting on deer disease

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colorado, has scheduled a meeting Thursday with the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans to discuss containing the spread of chronic wasting disease. The meeting will be in Washington, D.C.

Mildred Robidouz

City, county representatives discuss wide range of issues

Topics include chronic wasting disease, rec center, water service

Moffat County commissioners and the Craig City Council met for more than two hours Tuesday to discuss issues that could have a lasting impact on the area.

Police take lead in clean-up push

Community service trusties to assist in effort

City code enforcement remains under the umbrella of Craig Police Department duties, but with a proactive twist properties are going to get cleaned if Becky Otis has to do it herself.

John and Eleanor McEntee

Swim team coach optimistic about state meet

Four athletes suspended for violating team rules

The banner year for the Moffat County High School swim team has been blemished with the suspension of four athletes for two meets starting with the state invitational Friday and Saturday in Fort Collins.

Maybell volunteers to be celebrated

Town of 84 hopes to recruit more help

Maybell on Saturday will celebrate its volunteers and hope to bolster their numbers with a potluck dinner sponsored by the Maybell Volunteer Ambulance.

Monday, May 13

Thompson Hill residents protest zoning

Moffat County resident Milo McPherson, who owns property on Thompson Hill, brought a petition signed by 11 neighbors to the Moffat County commissioners Monday asking for the removal of "illegal sheep" owned by Jim and Marge Kourlis.


Rodeo team rides toward state finals

Moffat County High School freshman Tia Brannan can do it all when it comes to rodeo and she proved it again Sunday in Rifle.

High school wrestlers honored by magazine

Moffat County High School wrestlers Mark Hastings and Kyle Kosture have been selected by Wrestling USA magazine as All-American wrestlers. Hastings was named to first team, while Kosture was received honorable mention.

CDC to host open house at Craig temporary testing facility

The temporary exam site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will be operating in Craig for the next six weeks will be open to residents Wednesday.

Residents seeking answers

Some fear CWD may take its toll on local economy

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials fielded questions about chronic wasting disease from an audience of more than 100 area residents Monday night at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse in Craig.

Hepatitis C awareness stressed

May has been designated hepatitis C awareness month in Colorado, and the Visiting Nurse Association here is making an effort to alert Moffat County residents to the dangers this disease presents.

Sunday, May 12

Meeker woman who threatened judge to receive deferred judgement

Resident pleads guilty to stalking charge

A woman accused of threatening the life of a local judge and her family has pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment charges as part of a plea agreement.

Craig quilt shop closes its doors for good

Owner closes Rose of Sharon Quilt Shop due to medical issues

When Sharon Lausin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she decided to end a labor of love that lasted almost six years. She closed her business, the Rose of Sharon Quilt Shop.

Walden woman survives fatal accident

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 48-year-old Walden woman walked away from an accident Saturday where a truck rolled numerous times killing the driver.

Council gets active in traffic issues

Officials to discuss U.S. Highway 40 at Tuesday's meeting

An increase in traffic, and with it an increase in accidents along U.S. Highway 40 prompted planning and zoning committee member and business owner Chris Nichols to ask the Craig City Council to begin a search for solutions.

Local Rotarian spearheads aide project

The efforts of a local Rotarian have created a major aide package for a needy community in Mexico.

Track teams in running for state competition

Coach Gary Tague was treated to a surprise at Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Grand Junction as his boys finished in fourth place and added four more events to state qualification.

Moffat County swimmers head to state at record-breaking pace

Freshman Chris Compton and senior Jeff Olree were the last two Bulldog swimmers to qualify Saturday in Orchard Mesa at the Western Slope Championships.

Olympic mettle

Area athletes and volunteers show

Joshua Chase, 15, of Craig has spent the past three months going to the Moffat County High School track every Friday and Sunday to train. Twice a week he practiced the long jump, threw the shot put and ran laps.

Officers honored at Law Dinner

Several officers and personnel from the three law enforcement agencies in Moffat County were recognized for their work and conduct this weekend.

Thursday, May 9

Head Start looking for a new boss

Program given one year to find local leadership

The Craig Head Start program has one year to find new management after Rocky Mountain SER, the Head Start oversight organization for Northwest Colorado based in Grand Junction, extended a threatened deadline to close the program.

An 'ace' in their lives

Moffat County High School students get on-the-job training

When Liz Roberts graduates from Moffat County High School later this month, she knows that next year she wants to begin studying in the field of nursing.

Wednesday, May 8

Johnson to petition onto primary ballot

Republican candidate for county clerk takes alternate route to join race

The incumbent candidate for Moffat County clerk is seeking to join the race by petition after opting not to participate in the county assembly process. Beverly Johnson is in the process of collecting the 467 signatures of registered Republicans in Moffat County that she needs to place her name on the ballot for the August primary. The 467 signatures represent 20 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for county clerk.

The future of CWD

Officials meet Monday to discuss issue

Four Colorado Division of Wildlife officials will be in Craig Monday night to discuss the department's plans for addressing chronic wasting disease isses in the coming months.

Too taxing?

In the aftermath of the fire district's mill levy increase defeat, project organizers tread lightly around property tax boosts

Organizers of large-scale community projects that could depend on tax money say they are planning to continue to move forward even with the recent defeat of the fire district's request for a mill levy increase.

Fire district asked for too much too soon

When 849 Craig residents shot down the Craig Rural Fire District's request for an additional $550,000 Tuesday, it wasn't a "slap in the face" to the department's volunteer firefighters as Chief Roy Mason said. It was a protest in how the issue was handled and how the public was educated.

Scott to represent Moffat County girls golf at state

Only one member of the Lady 'Dogs golf team was able to shoot well enough at Wednesday's regional tournament to earn a trip to state.

Swimmers get ready for Western Slope meet

It is the meet that coach Jim Vorhies sees as the event will produce the Moffat County High School boys swimming team's individual qualifiers the Western Slope Championships.



Youth, esteem focus of seminar

Raising children to steer clear of dangerous activities including drugs and alcohol is not as complicated as many people think, an expert told residents Wednesday night.

Tuesday, May 7

Local paintball team gets high marks in competition

The Rocky Mountain Archery and Paintball range became the scene of an amateur shoot-out as Craig's Team Chaos shot their way to a third-place finish.

High school switches to voucher-based physicals

Athletic director urges students to get check-ups soon

To ensure athletes at Moffat County High School are getting the check-ups they need the school will change the way physicals are conducted this year.

Summer fire season begins

Tuesday saw firefighters begin to battle what is expected to be a fiery summer, as Craig Fire/Rescue responded to two calls for brush fires. Firefighters dealt with high winds while attempting to extinguish two uncontrolled burning blazes west of Craig.

Hospital survey looks for funds

Study: Community might be able to raise $2 million for new facility

A firm recently hired to find out how much money is available for a new hospital in Craig estimated that a hospital foundation could raise $2 million through a fund-raising campaign.

Mary Hollingsworth

Kathryn True

Sheriff: Use caution with mailboxes

The Moffat County sheriff is telling rural residents to be careful when it comes to checking their mail in light of a series of pipe bombs discovered throughout the Midwest, including Colorado.

Fire district's plan rejected

Chief: Vote is 'slap in the face' to volunteers

Residents in Tuesday's election overwhelmingly rejected the fire district's request for a $550,000 annual increase to its budget.

Overcoming the challenges

Director optimistic despite drought, disease

Wally Ralston, the first director of the economic development corporation for Craig and Moffat County, said he is optimistic about Moffat County's economic situation despite several factors that have area residents concerned.

Monday, May 6

Albert Lee Pulliam

Track teams get ready for regionals

Coach Mike Gleason knew the last meet of the season was going to be won by the Rifle Lady Bears, and he was right.

Rodeo team faces tough competition

The Moffat County High School rodeo team placed five times in Saturday and Sunday's Henderson rodeo.

William F. Tilford

High school gives regards to music

Concerts to feature performances from well-known musicals

Award-winning musicians will perform music from Broadway at the Moffat County High School Auditorium Thursday night.

Two paintball attack defendants plead guilty

The remaining two defendants from Jan. 1 paintball attacks in which a young boy was reportedly shot in the face pleaded guilty Monday and the third defendant was sentenced to probation.

Donors come through for dental coalition

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition has raised the money needed to pay off the debt it was left with after an alleged embezzlement scandal rocked the organization in late March.

Bringing 'em in

Association pushes tourism for Moffat County

With the recent acquisition of a part-time sales coordinator, and a push to bring more convention groups to the area, the Moffat County Tourism Association hopes it will see an increase in the number of people who choose Northwest Colorado as a vacation destination.

Sunday, May 5

Above average

Latest CSAP scores a mixed bag of results

Some 75 percent of Moffat County third graders scored either proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program test (CSAP).

Stetson, Nielson set for primary

Local Republicans give support to candidates

The two Republican candidates for the District 3 Moffat County Commission seat will be squaring off for the August primary.

Montrose loss keeps Bulldogs out of state

Despite defeat, coach says team can be pround of season

Montrose proved to be more than the Bulldogs could handle Saturday when they handed the Moffat County a 7-6 loss.

Swimmers continue to gather state qualifications

One week before the Bulldogs hit the waters of Orchard Mesa for the Western Slope championships they qualified two more swimmers to state.

Colorado will not take Wisconsin actions

Officials optimistic with CWD test results in area

A Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesperson said DOW officials would not follow the lead of Wisconsin in trying to eradicate chronic wasting disease near Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden.

'We are the champions'

With the Special Olympics, there's medal and then there's mettle

Special Olympics provides special opportunities to special youth who don't otherwise get to participate in sports, who don't usually get to spend time with people who don't judge them, who don't usually get the chance to shine.

Survey offers feedback to police

The Craig Police Department has begun integrating a planning process that will assist it in creating and implementing solutions to community and law enforcement issues identified in a recent survey.

Thursday, May 2

CNCC gears up for summer semester

Variety of studies, classes, schedules offered; registration for classes now open

Registration is now open at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus for students and prospective students interested in taking classes this summer.

Fire District refutes 'rumor mill'

Fire chief, board president say allegations of extra money unfounded

The local fire chief and fire district board president refuted assertions Thursday that a mill levy increase is unwarranted.

United Way releases funds to Northwest Dental Coalition

Fund-raiser for non-profit nears $10,000 mark

The local United Way office has released funds it withheld from the Northwest Dental Coalition in the wake of an alleged embezzlement that reportedly devastated the non-profit organization.

Endemic nixed as label

Commission reviews CWD activity in state

The term "endemic" is not an appropriate label for the area south of Hayden where five mule deer were recently discovered to be carrying chronic wasting disease, Colorado Wildlife commissioners decided at their monthly meeting Thursday in Grand Junction.

Stanley Riskus

Frederick Guire

Truth in advertising doesn't apply to kids

There has been a, let's call it a "misinterpretation of the facts" here.

Mildred Hays

Wednesday, May 1

Craig resident gears up for X-Games

Bobby Hankins beats out 55 machines to qualify

In the past two weeks Craig resident Bobby Hankins has faced 55 of the fastest snowmobiles in the nation and Sunday he found out his was the fastest.

Biologists continue removal

Northern pike targeted as preying on endangered species

Biologists have started removing northern pike fish from sections of the Yampa River because Division of Wildlife officials say the pike prey on endangered fish that live in the river.

City Council honors clerk with proclamation

The Craig City Council took one action Tuesday night that wasn't on the agenda.

Leadership retreat offered by Rotary International

The Rotary Club is once again searching for a candidate to send to a leadership conference in Estes Park.

Home track invitational gets new name

Runner and role model Clint Wells gets recognition

Runner and role model Clint Wells gets recognition

New economic director hits ground running

The director for the economic development corporation for Craig and Moffat County was in office for the first time Wednesday the day after arriving in town.