Thursday, October 31
Censorship sprouts from the best of intentions. Usually it occurs under the pretense of protecting others, usually children, from difficult or objectionable ideas and information.
Commissioners take offense at last-minute invitation to meeting
A forum on the future of oil and gas development in Northwest Colorado will be held in two weeks at The Center of Craig.
Plylar to push for repeal of state income tax
Michael Plylar probably won't raise your taxes if elected to represent House District 57.
Carwile to fight for farms, mining, recreation
The bulk of Terry Carwile's post-military life has been spent building, moving, planning or mining things.
White says he wants to address watershed issue
Census 2000 has pitted Al White former dump-truck driver, hard-rock miner, ski lodge owner and current state representative for House District 56 against Craig's Terry Carwile in race for the newly formed 57th House District.
Winner of Saturday's game earns home field advantage in the playoffs
Who'd a thought it?
Wednesday, October 30
What do four wins and a fourth-place finish in the Western Slope Conference get you?
When the temperature dips down below 40 degrees, it means one thing for eighth graders Evan Hertzog and Andrew Magas basketball season.
In the past decade, the United States and Colorado have experienced an economic boom like never before, said Rep. Scott McInnis, who is running for re-election to the United States Congress in District 3.
Dental coalition continues to pick up the pieces after embezzlement
The telephone was disconnected on Debi Garoutte's first day on the job at the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition.
While copyright owners indicated Tuesday they have yet to see a request to change the content of "Les Misbles," the director preparing Moffat County High School's version of the classic said the show is going on.
The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Architectural NEXUS, an architecture firm out of Salt Lake City to design a replacement hospital.
Union reps say New Jersey-based company damaged area economy
When his company was deceived out of a $28 million project, it was devastating, said Jerry Carlson, owner of Antelope Construction.
A 62-year-old man arrested last week after a standoff with Moffat County Sheriff's deputies has been charged for allegedly starting a fire that destroyed a mobile home he once rented two miles east of Maybell.
Tuesday, October 29
If Amendment 31 were to pass in this election, it would cost the Moffat County School District anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000, said Superintendent Pete Bergmann.
If passed during this election, Referendum B would allow government-owned health care agencies to partner with public or private entities to purchase equipment and services.
The accolades for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team are starting to arrive.
For 15 Moffat County High School girls soccer players, practice might not make perfect, but at least it makes them more prepared.
Local resident Marvin Cattoor uses elk callers and camps out in blinds as he stalks wild game.
Traffic study for the closing of Russell Street could be required
Craig City Council members did not offer their support for the construction of a new hospital Tuesday, saying there were several questions that needed to be answered first.
Monday, October 28
Listening to speakers reading excerpts from the play version of "Les Misbles," the Moffat County School District's Board of Education meeting Monday started off sounding more like a Broadway dress rehearsal.
The Moffat County United Way is about halfway through its campaign season, and it's about halfway to its goal.
Despite concerns raised by two school board members, the Moffat County School District will pitch in up to $5,000 to fund a feasibility study examining the construction of a recreation center in Craig.
Oh ye of little faith.
Judge Joel Thompson accepted the bulk of a probation officer's pre-sentence recommendations for Robin McKenzie, and ordered the 36-year-old confessed embezzler to complete eight years of supervised probation Monday.
City to raise money for sidewalks, alley improvements by taxing itself
The city of Craig will pay for new sidewalks and improvements to alleys by taxing its water, wastewater and solid waste departments.
Sunday, October 27
Boys and girls cross country teams finish one place from goals at state
Lewis-Palmer beats girls again
City outlines budget for Parks and Recreation Department
Budget cuts mean Craig residents won't see renovations to the wave pool that could provide different wave patterns but they will get new playground equipment at two city parks and additions to the skate park that could lead to recreation programs and locally hosted competitions.
Joel Thompson, 14th Judicial District court judge, is one of two Colorado judges to receive a 'do not retain' recommendation among 104 judges whose jobs will be decided by voters in the general election.
Horizons clients garden for education and profit
As long as they don't mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails, clients at Horizons Specialized Services in Craig have an opportunity to earn money, and learn a new trade gardening.
Allan McStay, a former client of Horizons Specialized Services in Craig, used to love sitting on park benches to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
A local agency and a business are donating their services to help ensure local residents have safe, energy-efficient homes this winter.
Thursday, October 24
Moffat County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 62-year-old man armed with a .22 caliber rifle after a standoff with officers two miles east of Maybell Thursday afternoon.
A Craig woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $38,000 from two local non-profit agencies is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Moffat County District Court.
Mechanics offer tips to help keep vehicles on the road
With hints of winter blowing around or frosted on windshields in the morning, area automotive repair shops are getting busy.
MCHS front runners lead Bulldogs into statemeet as top contenders
Sheila McNicol is the quiet one.
There's no bell to paint like the Pueblo Centennial/Central game.
On Tuesday the Moffat County High School cross country teams ran the season's last workout an all-out mile. The results for the boys were six personal bests out of seven runners.
Restrictions would be removed from all county offices except for commissioners
Local voters can decide in this election if they want to remove term limits for Moffat County elected officials, excluding the Moffat County commissioners.
Daylight savings saves nothing
I've been looking forward to the end of daylight savings time like a child looks forward to Christmas.
Wednesday, October 23
Craig's collected sales tax revenues peaked for the year in August, with lucrative hunting months on the way.
A 39-year-old Utah woman will face traffic charges stemming from Monday's two-car accident that injured four people.
"Push one for information on services. Push two for complaints. Press three for more options."
Bulldogs prepare for tough test ahead as the 4A District 6 tournament comes to Craig
In a perfect world, the stands would be full and the Moffat County High School volleyball team would be the main attraction in Craig this weekend.
The final matches of the season for the Craig Middle School volleyball teams were ones to build on.
As residents get their homes ready for colder months, experts offer advice
As people begin to tighten up their homes to trap heat in this winter, they need to remember that in addition to trapping in the heat, they're also trapping in gaseous fumes like carbon monoxide, experts say.
Marti Allbright, Republican Party candidate for Colorado Attorney General, said it's important that people in urban areas understand that crimes that occur in rural Moffat County can have an impact on what happens in Denver.
Organization promotes a future for students without drugs or alcohol
The Ridgeview Elementary School gymnasium was packed Wednesday afternoon with students getting their faces painted, doing the limbo, hula hooping and playing games.
Tuesday, October 22
An investigation continues into an accident Monday that killed a Craig man, whose vehicle sideswiped at tractor-trailer about five miles south of Creston Junction, Wyo.
The office of Moffat County surveyor has been vacant since the mid-1980s, but when local voters go to the polls, the office will be on their ballots.
With final seconds ticking down, Craig Gearhart grabbed the handoff, broke three tackles, ran into his own blocker, recovered, and trotted into the end zone.
Born in the Kansas town of Liberal, raised in Boulder, Republican Dwayne "Buddy" Grinstead said he wants another term as Moffat County sheriff.
Business association, city council agree to save event
Grand Olde West Days isn't going to die. The community won't let it. But to survive, changes need to be made and partnerships established.
Monday, October 21
After 12 years of country dances and country concerts, wagon rides and bull riding, Grand Olde West Days is no more.
A two-car accident west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40 sent four people to The Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon.
Moffat County Road and Bridge employees were told they had the rest of the afternoon off at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.
A Craig man whose loaded handgun discharged into his hand is home and recovering.
County officials search through departments for $100,000 to bolster reserves
County officials are looking for ways to increase the general fund reserve, which means county departments will have to cut back on capital requests to a tune of $100,000.
More exciting than hunting
Are you ready for some football and volleyball and cross country?
The Moffat County High School volleyball team hopped on the bus knowing its trip down to Battle Mountain was for one of the most important matches of the season. When they arrived six hours early, it also became one of the most anticipated of the season.
Sunday, October 20
In winning four of its last five games, the Moffat County High School football team continues to gain confidence in the new system and make its coaching staff look smart. In fact, in the team's 47-0 win over Montezuma-Cortez they made head coach Kip Hafey look like a psychic.
Girls win fifth straight regional title, improve state championship hopes
The favorite color combination for the Moffat County High School girls cross country team this weekend was eggplant and gold.
Boys place second behind Front Range transplant Mullen
Before the 4A Western Slope Cross Country Regional not all of the Moffat County High School's boys team had heard of running legend Steve Prefontaine.
When he announced his candidacy for the Moffat County Commission District 3 seat, Darryl Steele said he was running because he saw a need to cut back on the "upper-level bureaucracy" in county government.
Area teens, adults travel to Canada for ninth World Youth Day
Nearly 1 million people gathered in Toronto, Canada, for a religious experience, and 39 people, mostly teens, from Craig, Meeker and Rangely were there.
Program offers officers, students a chance to interact under positive circumstances
Officer Travis Young eyed the target driving southbound on Finley Lane after it pulled out of the high school, lurching his patrol car across the road in pursuit.
Thursday, October 17
When it comes to driving, Chuck Cobb and Lynn White regularly look good on the golf course.
County candidates clash over funds, resources
Moffat County money matters continued to be a hot topic Thursday among commissioner candidates, while competitors in the sheriff's race gave hints as to what the department's future would be on their watch.
Officials take tour of Moffat County; discuss land preservation, multiple-use issues
Kathleen Clarke, director of the United States Bureau of Land Management, said it is important that the BLM works to conserve open land, while maintaining it's multiple-use opportunities, including recreation, ranching and mining.
Sick and tired
The icing on the Bambi-decorated cake was a swirling mixture of white, blue and green. Beautiful.
State rep candidates disagree on amendments
The Republican and Democratic candidates for state House District 57 share similar views on several issues.
First-year coaches face off tonight in Craig
The paths of the two first-year football coaches in the Western Slope Conference meet tonight at Moffat County High School.
Wednesday, October 16
The Craig Middle School football teams are about as familiar to losing as the Yampa Valley is to a tsunami it never happens.
The Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band will be in town Monday night as part of the Craig Community Concert Association season.
Don't tell Landon Powell that 11- and 12-year-olds can't hit hard.
After more than a year, Moffat County Library officials and the Moffat County Commission have come to an agreement that would give library employees access to the county's Human Resources Department.
Officials say vaccination supply will meet demand this year
Area nurses have thousands of flu shots sitting in refrigerators just waiting to vaccinate Moffat County residents against the traditional winter bug.
In at least one morning-eyed Moffat County High School classroom, Iraq ranked somewhere behind Wednesday's lesson on taxation and after-school Nintendo.
Tuesday, October 15
Councilors say more money could mean more people participating in local government
Enticing more candidates to the ballots is why current Craig City Council members say they want a pay increase for future council members.
Unique hunting party catches the attention of ESPN2
A group of hunters arrives back at the cabin for lunch after a long morning of pursuing wild game.
Two Colorado congressmen are pursuing federal dollars that could put a statewide high-tech communications system in the hands of Northwest Colorado police and emergency responders.
Police have no suspects in two weekend incidents- one a vandalism act at a local school, the other involving more than $500 cash stolen near the front desk of a hotel.
Highly recruited Jerod Estey tells of experiences with coaches, free trips and the whole process
If anyone has a question about NCAA recruiting rules, Moffat County High School senior Jerod Estey is the local expert.
It wasn't the way they wanted to end, but the pain of a 4-0 loss to rival Glenwood Springs in the final game for the Moffat County High School soccer team was numbed by the overall success of the season.
Monday, October 14
Two weeks into a community anti-speeding program, Craig police say there's already a waiting list for their hand-held speed radar.
While both matches resulted in losses for the Moffat County High School volleyball team this weekend, the team hopes to forget the first and remember the second.
Chronic wasting disease worries apparently did not change plans
Jim Aubol, a North Dakota hunter who stopped by the state's chronic wasting disease testing site at Craig Warehouse Monday afternoon, just hours after breaking camp, said those scared off by talk of the mysterious game illness probably weren't serious to start.
Some emergency service providers say position not needed
The Moffat County commissioners made a proposal to members of the Moffat County Emergency Medical Services council in a special meeting Monday to hire a county EMS coordinator despite objections from council members.
A lack of work release program inmates means a shortage of projected revenue
When the new public safety center was built, the county budgeted for 16 work release inmates a day, which would have provided the facility with more than $200,000.
Sunday, October 13
If someone would have told the football coaching staff of Moffat County High School before Friday's game that its team would fumble twice and have two touchdowns called back against Delta High School, a winning outcome would not have been predicted.
A former Moffat County resident reflects on war, farming, mining and family as he approaches his 90th birthday
Instead of tending his old Moffat County alfalfa fields, Dave Craig minds his garden and watches housing developments pop up around his Grand Junction home.
In the case of any kind of bioterrorism attack, communication is key to defending the public, said Susan Bowler, a registered nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association who attended a two-day bioterrorism seminar Oct. 7 and 8 in Vail.
The Palisade cross country course has been good to Moffat County High School's boys and girls teams. This is good news for the Bulldogs and bad news for the rest of the Western Slope's 4A teams.
City attorney Sherman Romney filed a motion in 14th Judicial District Court last week to obtain property on Stout Street by right of eminent domain so the city can extend Industrial Avenue.
Limited elk season opened this weekend and, despite fears of what impact this year's discovery of chronic wasting disease might have on the area, the hunters have returned to Northwest Colorado.
Thursday, October 10
Agreement would allow employees to use Human Resources Department
The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees wanted to hold a special meeting this week to consider adoption of a memorandum of understanding between it and the Moffat County Human Resources Department, but the decision might have to wait another couple of weeks.
Moffat County officials will make their pitch today to a state grant committee for help in funding more than $100,000 in upgrades to the Moffat County Courthouse.
Don't let their 1-5 record deceive you.
In the 66th minute of the soccer game between Moffat County High School and Palisade High School, Eric Havrilla watched as his penalty kick sailed into the arms of goalie Todd Bondurant.
There are very few people, other than mothers and grandfathers of course, that can look at a dirt-covered, runny-nosed, malodorous, tantrum-throwing child and say she is the most adorable thing in the world.
President of Colorado Northwestern Community College warns of budget cuts
Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are bracing themselves for what could be up to a 15-percent budget cut from the state.
Wednesday, October 9
While most primary election winners are gearing up for the Nov. 5 general election, Robert Razzano is getting settled into his new office.
Golden Leaf Festival adds color, patrons to downtown business
Ten years after Christine Muzik started making various jewelry times for friends, business ambitions have grown from favors and walk-up sales at craft festivals.
The Moffat County JV football team has taken its licks this season, but it is paying its dues for success in the future.
The week of Sept. 23 was one Gary Nichols will always remember
If someone runs into Gary Nichols these days, they will probably get to see two photo albums. One album is full of pictures of the proud papa holding his new daughter and the other contains shots of the happy hunter holding a prized bear. Both Kodak moments occurred within three days.
Minister, Web site designer says town maligned
A press release late last week provided to the Colorado Democratic Party by a former employee of a Denver political campaign pegged the tiny town of Maybell as a "white supremacist enclave that is a breeding ground for racist activities," with historical ties to "Nazi supporters."
Fiscal responsibility a hot topic of forum
Six candidates for November's general election spoke at the Moffat County Republican Women's meeting Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.
Two men one accused of alleged sexual assaults against his daughter, the other who allegedly stole money and equipment from Moffat County High School have arraignment dates scheduled for November in 14th Judicial District Court.
Monday, October 7
Councilor suggests a 4 percent pay increase to be siphoned of reserves
A portion of the city's more than $2 million reserve will be used to give employees a 4 percent cost-of-living increase 1.2 percent more than what the Denver-Boulder Cost of Living Index recommends.
Instead of planning year-end vacations, Diana Myer and her staff at the Moffat County Combined Courts office are dividing up days for state-mandated furloughs.
Right now it costs about $1,600 in fees and permits to build a $100,000 home in the city of Craig.
Girls first, boys fifth at 'real cross country course'
Each day the Moffat County High School cross country team finishes its practice with a hill workout. The run up Finley Lane to the high school is what head coach Dustin Ence thinks prepares his team for hilly courses like the one it ran at in Aspen Saturday.
Saddam Hussein is like the little kid who keeps kicking the big kid in the shins, said Mike Frank, economics professor at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.
Sunday, October 6
Hospital officials and board members are moving forward with plans to construct a new hospital just north of where the current hospital sits and hope to break ground by mid-summer of 2003.
A 37-year-old former maintenance worker at Moffat County High School accused in the alleged theft of equipment and money from the school will ask for a reduced bond Tuesday.
A Craig resident gained statewide recognition last week for the work he does with the children who are victims of or witnesses of domestic violence at home.
Sullivan: Election day registration proposal opens doors to fraud
Like her old boss, Elaine Sullivan says a November ballot question proposing same-day voter registration would damage an election system already subject to last-minute abuse.
A retired Moffat County sheriff's deputy who took part in the biggest drug bust at this year's notorious Hell's Angels rally in South Dakota talks about the character and the characters of the event
Karl Hoffman stands and surveys the crowd. As Hell's Angels ride by on their rumbling Harleys, making their way through Sturgis, S.D., he twirls his handlebar mustache and eyes their every move.
'Flat' revenues mean little room for growth
Preliminary figures have the city of Craig spending 2.24 percent more this year than last year, while revenues are projected to grow 1.15 percent.
Second-half effort shows promise but comes up short
The Moffat County High School football dressed the part of hunters before Friday's game in Rifle.
While no teams have questioned that the Moffat County High School soccer team had improved from the last couple of seasons, the Bulldogs record was just 1-5 in the Western Slope Conference.
Thursday, October 3
All fire restrictions have been lifted in Northwest Colorado, but officials are warning those who wander into the woods this fall to be careful.
Department to loan residents device to help document speeders
Craig police don't want residents taking the law into their hands just the technology to enforce it.
Moffat County High School student Samantha Janiga, daughter of Karol and Maria Janiga of Craig, arrived in Poland on August 27 as a delegate of the Craig Rotary Club.
For the Moffat County High School football team, Friday's game has been highlighted on the calendar since the beginning of two-a-days. For Rifle High School, it is just another Western Slope Conference game in which they play the role of Goliath trying to fend off another wannabe David.
With its first home victory in two weeks, the Moffat County High School volleyball team gave the home crowd something to cheer about.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Debate continues over state's mandatory jail term legislation
It turns out neither side was happy with Judge Richard Doucette's 12-year state prison sentence for habitual offender Steven Skufca.
Therapist to host National Depression Screening Day discussion
In 95 percent of reported cases of depression medical experts can help, a local therapist says.
MCHS soccer earns first win over Steamboat Springs in 11 years
Moffat County High School soccer team had been waiting 11 years for what occurred on Thursday.
It finally happened.
Wednesday, October 2
Director says much has changed since Colorado West began its services
The Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and a lot has changed in those 30 years, a local director said.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
MCHS soccer 'development' squad is the future
The term "junior varsity" is not a word that Moffat County High School soccer coach Mick Havrilla would use to describe his second team.
An investigation into the September crash of an ultralight glider has narrowed its focus to the craft's two seats, whether the right people where in them, and questions about the craft's proximity to people and structures that day, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
Memo would give employees access to county's Human Resources Department
The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting sometime next week to consider adopting a memorandum of understanding between it and the Moffat County Human Resources Department.
Some 34 people sat in a Maybell elementary school on a rainy Wednesday night as candidates for state and county offices made their pitches and mingled.
Tuesday, October 1
City councilors have mixed opinions on appointment process
The Craig City Council will stand behind the secret ballot vote members took Sept. 24 to appoint a seventh member to the local governing body.
Volleyball teams improving with new system
Junior Varsity When Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball coach Scot Brown started the season he had some adjustments to make.
In an effort to increase the recreational use of the Moffat County High School swimming pool, the city of Craig is taking over management of it through December.
Officials say keeping public informed kept attendance numbers down
No new tax. No concern.
October expected to be a busy month for fund drive
Buoyed last year by waves of giving in the weeks after Sept. 11, officials with United Way Moffat County say early signs look promising for the 25th annual fund-raising drive this year.
Cost will be a primary deciding factor in choosing between two sites for a possible recreation center but it won't be the only one.
Recreational volleyball teams enjoy social time and exercise
Initially they joked that the reason they were out on the court was to pay the bills they owe their team sponsor.