Tuesday, May 28
My daughter is an animal lover. Really.
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.
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
The 2002 edition of Grand Olde West days is enjoying good weather and good attendance, something organizers know is connected.
Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colorado, will field questions from residents at noon Wednesday at Craig City Hall.
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.
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 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
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.
According to Mark Smith, the elk green chili he served Monday at Grand Olde West Days is the best west of Oak Creek.
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.
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.
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
Forty-eight of 156 students graduating from Moffat County High School this Saturday will be awarded scholarships to post secondary institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Grand Olde West Days, graduation, Memorial Day weekend add up to packed hotels
There's no room at the Craig Holiday Inn.
This week and the coming holiday weekend have been targeted by area law enforcement agencies for seatbelt checks and extra DUI patrols.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Those looking for a Mexican pizza, gordita or churo will have to drive 47 miles to satisfy their craving until June 12.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, May 19
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.
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.
The Moffat County High School boys track team finished the year in 27th place at state but also managed to break a school record.
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.
In two weeks, soccer players from Craig will have an opportunity to train with professional English soccer coaches.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Moffat County Board of Education will have an opportunity to approve the hiring of two key positions in the district Monday night.
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.
Officers from all area law enforcement agencies on Monday will be on the lookout for drivers and young passengers not wearing seatbelts or restraints.
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.
I looked accusingly at my husband when the foul smell reached my nose.
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.
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
Four Bulldogs were honored with All-Conference awards Wednesday night during the baseball team's end-of-the-year banquet.
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 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
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.
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.
The Craig Police Department is issuing another alert to residents concerning a scam.
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
Drug-sniffing dogs check lockers, parking lot
Drug-sniffing dogs swept Moffat County High School Tuesday as students were locked down for the afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Moffat County High School freshman Tia Brannan can do it all when it comes to rodeo and she proved it again Sunday in Rifle.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 48-year-old Walden woman walked away from an accident Saturday where a truck rolled numerous times killing the driver.
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.
The efforts of a local Rotarian have created a major aide package for a needy community in Mexico.
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.
Freshman Chris Compton and senior Jeff Olree were the last two Bulldog swimmers to qualify Saturday in Orchard Mesa at the Western Slope Championships.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Coach Mike Gleason knew the last meet of the season was going to be won by the Rifle Lady Bears, and he was right.
The Moffat County High School rodeo team placed five times in Saturday and Sunday's Henderson rodeo.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
One week before the Bulldogs hit the waters of Orchard Mesa for the Western Slope championships they qualified two more swimmers to state.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
There has been a, let's call it a "misinterpretation of the facts" here.
Wednesday, May 1
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.
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.
The Craig City Council took one action Tuesday night that wasn't on the agenda.
The Rotary Club is once again searching for a candidate to send to a leadership conference in Estes Park.
Runner and role model Clint Wells gets recognition
Runner and role model Clint Wells gets recognition
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.