Stories for September 2002


Sunday, September 29

MCHS girls successful, boys team struggles at home meet

At their only cross country home meet of the season, the Moffat County High School girls team put on a clinic, while the boys looked a little sickly. "Everything I expected for the girls went as well as planned," said head coach Dustin Ence. "For the boys, I'm not sure why, but most of the team just didn't show up."

MCHS football improves win streak to three

Even after a three-game winning streak, the Moffat County High School football team is without a standout player but that has been the plan all along. "We knew going into the season we were going to win with unity," said head coach Kip Hafey after the Bulldog's 24-6 victory over Bayfield. "I couldn't tell you a star of the game for us because it was such a well-balanced attack."

'Not a normal Saturday'

Golden Leaf Festival adds color, patrons to downtown

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. "I want to get to a point that I have a shop here in town," said Muzik, who was among the 49 vendors lining Yampa Avenue for Saturday's second annual Golden Leaf Festival.

Crash victim returns home to community support

A month after medical experts said he might be hospitalized for a year, a Craig resident who was critically injured in an accident in Idaho is back home.

Oil igloos abused

City says service could end if residents continue misuse of containers

Four "igloos" sit in front of City Market in Craig. Each painted with a smiling face to make them fun. Attractive. Their intended use? The collection of used motor oil. Their actual use? The disposal of rats, diapers, leaves and rags. "You name it, we've found it in there," city Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Randy Call said.

Extended family

A Craig couple finds enrichment through the adoption of four girls from China

About six years ago, Dave and Mary Pressley were watching a Denver news station and it showed a clip of a couple getting off a plane in Colorado carrying a baby it had just adopted in China. The 30-second news clip caught Mary's attention.

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Thursday, September 26

Going online

The Memorial Hospital installs new computer system

Workers are installing the equipment and on Nov. 4 hospital employees will "go live" with its new $750,000 computer system, Human Resources Director Alice Rigney reported at Wednesday's TMH board meeting. "We're excited, but nervous," Rigney said. "But I've been through conversions before and I'm sure we'll do OK."

Fire ban could end next week

Sheriff to ask county commission at Monday's meeting to lift prohibition

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said he will advise local officials to lift the countywide fire ban at Monday's county commission meeting. "That will be the recommendation," Grinstead said. "Rio Blanco County is the only one that's lifted its ban so far." But officials are saying cooler temperatures, higher nighttime humidity and recent rains have eased conditions enough to begin lifting the restrictions in some areas.

Clinics gear up for flu season

With area pediatricians gearing up for flu season vaccinations, medical experts say this past summer of fire and continued drought is all the more incentive to get the annual fall inoculation. "We've had quite an insult to our lungs over the summer," said Dr. Steve Ross, a pediatrician who divides his time between Steamboat Springs and Craig's Northwest Health Specialists Center.

Contributions of painter remembered

Longtime resident Clyde Tacy loved his paintings, many of which still adorn walls of Craig family homes or businesses. Too bad that Park Ranger years ago up in Teton National Park wasn't that keen on his are, a friend recalled Wednesday. "Sir," a t

Tuesday, September 24

Bulldogs fall in rematch against Sailors

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The Moffat County High School volleyball team struggled to find a way to stop Steamboat Springs' dangerous offensive attack in Tuesday night's league contest in the Sailors' gym. The Bulldog players were still trying to figure it out as they were boarding the bus for a ride back to Craig following the 15-2, 15-2 loss to the Sailors. It was the second time this year the Bulldogs have fallen to the Sailors in league play.

Elk found with CWD

Division of Wildlife spokesman calls Routt County case 'rare'

A cow elk killed north of Hayden has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The elk, killed by Steamboat Springs Division of Wildlife employees because of reports that it was injured, is the first elk diagnosed with the disease on the Western Slope.

Voter registration plan opposed

Former Moffat County clerk says initiative could

Want to vote, but missed the deadline to register in your new home after moving? Amendment 30 supporters say their November ballot initiative would ensure your voice is heard.

Monday, September 23

Rodeo team ropes up wins at home

For junior Kelly White the timing of the Moffat County home rodeo was perfect. With the team hosting a rodeo at the same time of homecoming, she was able to attend the festivities in which she was named a junior attendant.

MayBell Tuchtenhagen

Craig resident MayBell Tuchtenhagen died Aug. 22, 2002, at her home. She was 73.

School board considers recreation facility

Members uncertain whether district should chip in for study

Several local entities have come together to fund a feasibility study of constructing a recreation center in Craig. At Monday's Moffat County Board of Education meeting, that team came before the board to ask it to partner in its endeavor.

City begins budget process

Revenues expected to remain flat because sales taxes show no growth

Stagnating sales tax revenue meant the city's budget didn't grow from 2001 to 2002 and it means that it won't grow in 2003, City Manager Jim Ferree said Monday. "There are some people predicting the economy will turn in 2003, but we have to budget based on what's happened in the past, not what's being predicted," Ferree said. "We prefer to budget conservatively and if we end up having more revenue, we're ahead."

Questions surround business park proposal

A proposed 23-acre business park billed as Craig's "one-stop shop" for upstart technology firms will go before the city council within the next month, local officials said Wednesday. But among the unanswered questions with the project, planners said, is they're unsure what's buried beneath the city-owned land where it's proposed.

Sheriff seeking new cars, cameras

New cars and cameras are a few of the items on the Moffat County Sheriff's Department wish list for the 2003 budget. Four departments are budgeted through the Moffat County Sheriff's Department, which are the Sheriff's Department itself, emergency management, fire control and the jail.

Fondel Lake

Savery, Wyo., resident Fondel Lake died Sept. 6, 2002, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 93.

George Byron Simon Sr.

Craig resident George Byron Simon Sr., died Sept. 5, 2002, at Valley View Manor. He was 91.

Letters to the Editor

Shooting sports participants thank volunteers, coaches

Running in the rough

Moffat County cross country teams overcome obstacles at meetin in Rifle

Moffat County High School track coach Dustin Ence could not believe his eyes when he stepped off the bus for Saturday's cross country meet in Rifle. "In all of my years, running that course was the most rough and rugged I've ever seen," he said. "After walking the course, I had reservations about having (the team) compete."

Sunday, September 22

MCHS sports update

Volleyball, soccer, rodeo

olleyball The Moffat County High School volleyball team split its two league games this weekend with a 15-8, 15-6 loss to Palisade Friday and 15-13, 15,11 win over Derby. Cross country The Moffat County High School boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Rifle Saturday for their sixth meets of the season. Rodeo The Moffat County Rodeo team hosted the final rodeo of the fall season for the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association at the Moffat County Fair Grounds.

MCHS soccer shutout with new lineup

No one can say Moffat County High School coach Mick Havrilla isnt afraid to try new things. After watching the game tape of a 5-4 loss against Palisade, Havrilla decided he would rearrange his lineup for his teams game against Rifle Saturday.

City to choose new councilor on Tuesday

The Craig City Council will decide Tuesday night between three candidates to fill one vacant seat. Interviews will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers of Craig City Hall. Natalie Alden resigned last month and the council accepted letters of interest to fill her seat until the next election, which will be in April of 2003.

Hot for homecoming

Students serve up hamburgers, hotdogs on the Car-bq

A car turned student-inspired barbecue grill drew hungry passersby on Friday as well as police and fire personnel. The hot dogs turned out to be a little too hot, but the hamburgers were good, said Jake Earls, a shirtless, and temporarily skunk-nosed graduate of Moffat County High School from last year.

Do it for Georgie!

Bulldog defense overcomes loss of leader to hold off Glenwood

The last thing Moffat County High School junior George Raftopolous said to his teammates before he was taken off the field with a compound fracture in his lower leg was, Make sure we win. The Bulldogs carried out his wish and held off Glenwood Springs High School, 27-20, in front of a capacity homecoming crowd.

Storyteller coming to Craig schools

Three year old Molly Maier is lucky. Every night when she asks for a bedtime story, she has a professional story teller at her bedside.

Volunteers keep the Memorial Hospital in pink

If your child was born in Moffat County over the past two decades, Doris Moore, a volunteer with The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, just might have taken his or her newborn baby photo.

West Nile virus hits Moffat County

VNA calls human infection remote; veterinarians say horses should get vaccinated now

A horse in Moffat County euthanized by veterinarians earlier this month at McCandless Animal Hospital in Craig was infected with West Nile Virus, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Veterinarians at the hospital received a call that a horse was down near the Yampa River behind the old drive-in theater on the east end of Craig. Dr. Kelly Hepworth, a veterinarian at the hospital, said the horse was in a swampy area thick with mosquitoes.

Thursday, September 19

MCHS soccer gives up two-goal lead

The roller coaster of growing pains and gains continues for the Moffat County High School soccer team. After defeating Glenwood Springs for the first time in five years on Saturday, the Bulldogs, who led 3-1 and 4-2 in the second half, gave up three unanswered goals to Palisade Thursday to fall, 5-4, in the second extra period.

Improved Glenwood team in town for homecoming

They call it the "second season" in hockey when the playoffs begin and records start over. The Moffat County High School football team believes it has a similar situation tonight against Glenwood Springs in the Western Slope league opener.

Craig man charged with sexual assault on daughter

A 43-year-old Craig man faces possible life imprisonment on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter for about a 10-year period. The suspect is being held on a $100,000 bond set by Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James a few minutes after Deputy District Attorney David Waite requested a $50,000 bond during the suspect's advisement hearing Thursday.

Warning test sparks a wave of phone calls

'Tsunami' alert product of new equipment at AT&T Broadband

A tsunami or tidal wave warning that flashed across television screens late Thursday afternoon had area residents calling the National Weather Service, the State Patrol and local radio station. But the tidal wave warning actually stemmed from AT&T Broadband in Craig, which was installing new alert system equipment and was conducting a test, said Tom Cotton, general manager of AT&T Broadband in Craig.

County officials

While Moffat County is not likely at the top of a terrorist's list to hit with a bioterrorism attack, it is still important to prepare, said Moffat County Emergency Manager Clyde Anderson Thursday. "Being prepared for bioterrorism makes you more prepared for other things," Anderson said. "It makes us more prepared for dealing with something like West Nile virus, or any kind of an epidemic."

Tuesday, September 17

Budget bites

Visiting Nurse Association looks for county funds to survive federal, state cuts

The director of a local health organization says state and federal budget cuts must stop if the group is going to keep serving residents of Northwest Colorado. Sue Birch, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said a $150,000 federal budget cut scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 is just one of many cuts the organization has experienced in recent years.

Extension office seeks $20,000 to hire Moffat County Fair coordinator

Extension office employees in charge of the Moffat County Fair say one person is needed to coordinate the annual event. In a 2003 budget workshop Tuesday, extension agents Nate Balstad and Elisa Shackelton proposed to the Moffat County commissioners that a part-time fair coordinator be hired for $20,000.

Monday, September 16

Adding up the numbers

Schools see increase in student population

After beefing up its program a year ago to meet the needs of the non-English-speaking student population, the Moffat County School District is once again advertising for additional aides to help educate the group, which grew another 25 percent this year.

Homecoming tradition continues throughout week

Blondes do have more fun at Moffat County High School.

Fire ban in effect for now

Gov. Bill Owens lifted the statewide fire ban last week, and local officials have begun discussion on when and if local bans should end.

City Council members mull water options

Craig City Council members said they would put a call on the Yampa River, causing upstream users to lose their water, before they would release water from city reserves, but irrigators aren't in jeopardy of losing water yet.

Trapper Mine gains national recognition for reclamation

The U.S. Department of Interior has pegged Trapper Mine for national honors to be presented during ceremonies tomorrow.

Saving grace

MCHS soccer preserves second-half lead to defeat 'dirty rival' Glenwood Springs

After senior goalie Brandon Duarte dove to make a save that preserved Moffat County's 3-2 win over Glenwood Springs, senior Eric Havrilla told his goalie, "I must say that was beautiful."

Cross country teams remain near top

The Moffat County boys cross country team is still waiting for some respect in the state polls.

Sunday, September 15

United Way keeps local money local

The annual Moffat County United Way fund-drive, which kicked off this week, marks the 25th consecutive year the organization has collected local funds and redistributed them throughout the community.

A Bulldog beatdown

Moffat County wallops Rawlins, Wyo., 42-0

Arguably, some of the hardest workers in Moffat County's 42-0 win over Rawlins, Wyo. were the Bulldog cheerleaders.

Moffat County volleyball team plays well against Glenwood Springs despite loss

Moffat County volleyball team plays well against Glenwood Springs despite loss

Outfitters see better business

While archery season business is a minor ripple before the waves of October rifle hunters arrive, several area sporting goods shops and outfitters report steady business compared to recent years.

McInnis pushes for PILT

Commissioners say federal government funding is owed, needed

A congressional bill local officials believe will provides thousands of dollars to all public county entities has met unanimous first round approval in Washington.

CWD shows little effect on hunting season

Hotel owners report packed houses

Hunters have come and gone for more than two decades at Ron Ringhand's Bear Valley Inn.

Thursday, September 12

Taking of CWD samples delayed

With arrival of water testing equipment, specimen collection could begin today

Tissue samples are not being removed from the heads of deer and elk taken to the chronic wasting disease sampling site set up in Craig, but the temporary site is still in business, officials say.

Local economic development office begins survey process

Survey says the Craig-Moffat County Economic Development Partnership needs plenty of input before acting on local business' needs.

Fire department kicks off volunteer drive

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District is looking for a few good men and women.

Battle of the winless tonight at MCHS

The Moffat County football team is out for revenge on Wyoming this week. After losing its first game to Green River, the Bulldogs hope to avenge the loss against Rawlins.

Volleyball back on track with win

Before the match against Rifle, the Moffat County High School volleyball team huddled in the locker room and planned for a victory.

November election ballot questions certified

Voters to consider term limits, the future of political caucuses and requirements for Spanish-speaking students

While there is only one question on the Nov. 5 general election ballot concerning strictly Moffat County, local officials have opinions on how many possible state constitutional amendments and referendums might affect local residents.

Steamboat prevails with penalty kick

If he could have done it all over again, MCHS senior C.J. Brown would have never made the gamble.

David Spencer

The natural progression

The decision has been made, again, to talk to Katie about her attachment to both diapers and bottles.

Wednesday, September 11

Grand Olde West Days gets show of support

Moffat County Fair Board says it will lend a hand to GOWD committee

The Moffat County Fair Board has agreed to combine it's event with Grand Olde West Days if the Grand Olde West Days board agrees to help.

Local ceremony observes Sept. 11 attacks

Charity Sjogren wanted to be in New York City Wednesday.

County may address cat problem

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg has approached the county to pass a resolution regarding the control of area cats.

Craig's sheep event herds in the crowds

Planners with Craig's fourth-annual Sheep Wagon Days said Wednesday they're pleased with turnout so far, with two days worth of events yet to come.

Bulldog golfers finish up

In their final regular season golf tournament, the three seniors of Moffat County High School's boys golf team were the three names written on the team's score card.

MCHS Soccer unable to scale Battle Mountain

Junior Brad Hurd was not thinking about his his two spectacular first-half goals in the Moffat County boys soccer team's 3-2 loss to Battle Mountain Tuesday.

FAA to investigate ulralight glider crash

The pilot of an ultralight glider that crashed last week at the Craig Municipal Airport suspects a torn wing on the craft as the likely culprit that led to the mishap, according to the incident report from the Moffat County Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday, September 10

America stood proud in face of terrorism

Disaster strikes writer with inspiration

Local charities, residents show compassion through giving

When the terrorist attacks occurred one year ago today, Mark Leier sat at home that morning watching the events unfold on television.

Local firefighter: 'My brothers died on Sept. 11'

Bill Johnston has left home while carving the Thanksgiving turkey, his son's football games, weddings and funerals, all in order to respond to various firefighting calls.

Power plant sees year of highted security measures

In the art of war, disabling utility services is considered a viable and successful tactic, which is why power plants across the United States were put on alert when the Sept. 11 collapse of the World Trade Centers was identified as a terrorist attack, and all including the Craig Station Power Plant boosted security.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport director confident in security

The federal government has been working for a year to improve security at airports in an attempt to prevent another tragedy like that of Sept. 11, 2001. And those measures, thus far, have not been fully successful.

Local teachers deal with Sept. 11 in the classroom

Liane Davis-Kling, U.S. history and American government teacher at Moffat County High School, said she was driving to school listening to National Public Radio last Sept. 11.

County's emergency management changes outlook

On Sept. 11 of last year, Moffat County Emergency Manager Clyde Anderson was driving to work when he heard something about a plane crash on the radio.

Church attendance tapers off months after attacks

At ground zero a cast iron cross that was found among the rubble of what used to be the financial center of Manhattan stands against the skyline. The cross has been called a symbol of hope and healing by workers at the site and a reminder of how residents turned to faith after the tragedy.

Mother recalls fear for her son as towers collapsed

On Sept. 10 of last year, Marcia Graves of Castle Rock had a mouse in her cupboard that she worried might get into some food and make a mess.

Remembering the sadness, anger, pride, hope

Craig residents look back at a day that changed the face of America

Monday, September 9

Volleyball unable to overcome Eagle Valley

Some losses are so tough for a team it stays with them for a couple of days.

Area police forces see jump in calls for August

The Craig Police Department and the Craig-based troop of the Colorado State Patrol have responded to more than 8,000 calls for service through August of this year, up slightly over the same period of 2001, according to figures released by Craig police.

Golden Leaf Festival set for Saturday to feature local talent

Preparations continue for this month's second annual Golden Leaf Festival in downtown Craig.

City Council to take steps in acquiring Elkhead Reservoir

The city of Craig will take the first of the last steps in assuring its ownership of Elkhead Reservoir at its regular meeting tonight.

Reliving disaster

Local mental health experts discuss how to cope with the Sept. 11 anniversary

Along with the news clips and discussions of what occurred, feelings of sadness and confusion might return Wednesday on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, local mental health officials say.

Local United Way kicks off annual fund-raiser

The Moffat County United Way kicked off its 2003 campaign Monday, and its goal this year is to raise $300,000, said Corrie Scott, executive director of the local United Way branch.

Football team dominates numbers game, loses in score

The stats from Friday's football match-up between the Moffat County Bulldogs and the Cedaredge Bruins tell one story, while the final score tells a different tale.

Sunday, September 8

Stalking case delayed

Suspect recants credibility of threats

Nearly four hours into Friday's sentencing hearing for Carla Allen, Judge J.E. DeVilbiss heard enough from the confessed stalker of the family of a Moffat County Court judge to delay proceedings until she decides whether or not she's guilty.

Partners, dental coalition moving forward

Two local non-profit agencies that were victims of embezzlement are moving forward, directors say.

A mission of faith

A Moffat County High School senior learns lessons of life and Christianity in the Dominican Republic

When Amber Gonzales, a senior at Moffat County High School, went on a mission to the Dominican Republic this summer, she said she experienced what it was like to be a minority.

Cross country teams capture titles

The Moffat County boys and girls cross country teams traveled to the Central Invite at Grand Junction Friday in what turned out to be a reunion for head coach Dustin Ence. The MCHS coach was reunited with his high school coach Randy Cooper, who is now at Palisade.

Down and dirty

Yampa Valley Sportsman's Rider Club hosts final race of summer

Even after watching her son compete in motorcross racing for more than 10 years, Donna Zulian still gets nervous when Chad, her 22-year-old, goes out on the track

Thursday, September 5

Drought conditions may affect big game

DOW issues additional hunting licenses to minimize winter kill

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has reported that big game herd numbers are way up this year, which isn't good considering the fact that forage for the animals is way down due to dry conditions, officials say.

Light fixtures likely cause of residential fire

Firefighters found two blown electrical breakers on the side of a west-end home damaged Thursday evening by a fire.

Group formed for those who work with children

Judi Whilden, owner of Sunrise Kids, LLC, and member of the Northwest Colorado Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC), is encouraging local residents who work with and educate young children to join NAEYC.

Steamboat spikes Bulldogsin opener

As if facing Steamboat Springs, the seventh ranked team in Class 4A, wasn't going to be enough of a challenge for the Moffat County volleyball players, the Bulldog's outside hitter, sophomore Brandie Telfer, twisted her ankle during warm-ups. Although she was visibly less mobile, Telfer toughed it out during the game, but the Bulldogs were no match for the taller, more powerful visitors from the 'Boat. Steamboat won 15-4, 15-3 in Craig Thursday night.

MCHS faces traditionally strong Cedaredge

When asked about his football team, Cedaredge coach Carl Rice immediately replied. "We're not really that big, except for our 280 lb. defensive lineman and a 6-foot-7-inch, 245 lb. tight end."

Golf team lacks needed consistency

If there were ever cheerleaders at the Moffat County golf tournaments they would be cheering: "We need c-o-n-s-i-s-t-e-n-c-y, what's that spell? Consistency. Oh yeah. It's what we neeeeeeed, go team!"

Byron Simon

Boaters, anglers concerned with reservoir expansion

Boaters and anglers at Elkhead Reservoir will probably have to find a new recreation spot for a few years beginning in 2004, experts told members of the Yampa River Basin Partnership Thursday night.

The race to grow up

Katie can count to ten. She gets distracted every now and then and needs prompting, so I haven't actually heard her go all the way from one to ten, but I've heard enough to know she can say all the numbers (it's adorable, six is sick with a hardy stress in the "ck").

Wednesday, September 4

Ultralight crashes in Craig, two injured

Two local men were injured Wednesday morning after their ultralight glider crashed just after taking off from Craig Municipal Airport.

Woman who threatened judge faces jail time

Carla Allen to be sentenced Friday for stalking Moffat County judge, family

Carla Allen, the Meeker resident who pleaded guilty in May to making threats and stalking the family of a Moffat County Court judge will be sentenced Friday afternoon in Rio Blanco County Court.

Fredrick Eugene "Gene" McAnally

Attorney General spends hour with residents

Ken Salazar makes campaign stop in Craig, discusses violence, telemarketing, water

Attorney General Ken Salazar made a campaign stop at the Craig Holiday Inn Thursday morning and told 10 local residents he grew up in a small farming community and understood the concerns of those in small towns like Craig on the Western Slope.

Dreams larger than bodies in football league

If only their bodies were as big as their dreams, the third- and fourth-grade Doak Walker football league players might have been able to fill the pads they suited up in for the first time. But, kneepads slid down to serve as shin guards and holding their heads up in football helmets was a workout in itself.

Golfers struggle on rolling course

At least the Moffat County High School golf team had some beautiful views while they played Wednesday as the Haymaker Golf Course west of Steamboat Springs. Not much else was enjoyable for the team as they shot the season's highest team score on the challenging course.

Reservoir expansion still possible

Two groups work together to increase water storage for people, fish

A solid plan to enlarge Elkhead Reservoir is being researched, but even under the best circumstance, it would take five years before the project is complete.

Western Moffat County fire allowed to burn

When a 500-acre wildfire broke in western Moffat County last week, local officials were able to say "let it burn."

Residents identify needs during master plan discussion

Water, agricultural preservation, infrastructure listed as priorities

Local residents are most concerned about water availability, the preservation of agriculture, the increasing amount of 35-acre lots being split into smaller parcels and making sure developers do their part to pay for the infrastructure of new areas being developed.

Byron Simon

Tuesday, September 3

Officials continue chronic wasting disease education effort

Meeting will provide hunters, outfitters latest information on CWD testing

Hunting season is here, and state officials want to let local hunters, outfitters and processors know the latest information on what is being done this fall in regard to chronic wasting disease testing.

Residents urged to join planning process

County holds public meetings on master plan

Moffat County and the City of Craig are creating a plan that addresses how growth and development in the community will be handled in coming years, and local officials are seeking feedback from the public on how this plan should look.

McKenzie leaves state

Convicted thief gets permission to job hunt while awaiting sentencing

Robin McKenzie, due to be sentenced in October after pleading guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from local non-profit organizations, has left Colorado for Arizona to look for work.