Sunday, September 29
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 26
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Craig resident MayBell Tuchtenhagen died Aug. 22, 2002, at her home. She was 73.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Savery, Wyo., resident Fondel Lake died Sept. 6, 2002, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 93.
Craig resident George Byron Simon Sr., died Sept. 5, 2002, at Valley View Manor. He was 91.
Shooting sports participants thank volunteers, coaches
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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
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 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
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.
Blondes do have more fun at Moffat County High School.
Gov. Bill Owens lifted the statewide fire ban last week, and local officials have begun discussion on when and if local bans should end.
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.
The U.S. Department of Interior has pegged Trapper Mine for national honors to be presented during ceremonies tomorrow.
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."
The Moffat County boys cross country team is still waiting for some respect in the state polls.
Sunday, September 15
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Survey says the Craig-Moffat County Economic Development Partnership needs plenty of input before acting on local business' needs.
The Craig Rural Fire Protection District is looking for a few good men and women.
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.
Before the match against Rifle, the Moffat County High School volleyball team huddled in the locker room and planned for a victory.
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.
If he could have done it all over again, MCHS senior C.J. Brown would have never made the gamble.
The decision has been made, again, to talk to Katie about her attachment to both diapers and bottles.
Wednesday, September 11
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.
Charity Sjogren wanted to be in New York City Wednesday.
Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg has approached the county to pass a resolution regarding the control of area cats.
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.
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.
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.
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
When the terrorist attacks occurred one year ago today, Mark Leier sat at home that morning watching the events unfold on television.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craig residents look back at a day that changed the face of America
Monday, September 9
Some losses are so tough for a team it stays with them for a couple of days.
The city of Craig will take the first of the last steps in assuring its ownership of Elkhead Reservoir at its regular meeting tonight.
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.
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.
Preparations continue for this month's second annual Golden Leaf Festival in downtown Craig.
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.
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
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.
Two local non-profit agencies that were victims of embezzlement are moving forward, directors say.
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.
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.
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
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.
Firefighters found two blown electrical breakers on the side of a west-end home damaged Thursday evening by a fire.
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.
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.
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."
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!"
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.
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
Two local men were injured Wednesday morning after their ultralight glider crashed just after taking off from Craig Municipal Airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a 500-acre wildfire broke in western Moffat County last week, local officials were able to say "let it burn."
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.
Tuesday, September 3
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.
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.
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.