Tuesday, April 29
On the fifth hole of the Yampa Valley Golf Course, Morgan Cobb hit a drive she said felt "straight on." When she looked up it dropped a disappointing 30 yards in front of her.
A Craig man has been charged with a traffic infraction in a two-car accident that occurred early Sunday that injured one teen.
The Moffat County High School student-athletic trainers are never present at the physicals for Bulldogs athletes, but they have the opportunity to indirectly learn from the annual check ups.
When the Craig Daily Press first began printing "Hometown Heroes," we didn't know how well it would be received
This is the last week of climbing, stitching, fire fighting and dancing for Craig Intermediate School students.
A committee in Dinosaur has one month to submit an application if it wants a charter school in its community next year.
It's out with the old and in with the ... old for Grand Olde West Days organizers who are finding the revived event is shaping up to look much like it has in the past.
Decision of possible charges regarding preschool incident weeks away
District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Tuesday a decision on possible criminal charges could take another two weeks in the case of a preschooler who allegedly brought his father's handgun to class.
Monday, April 28
Jordan Ferrell, a 2002 Moffat County High School graduate, was recently wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
City, county, hospital could see projects stall
A legislative freeze on Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds means nearly $9 million destined for community projects -- including $285,000 in already approved grants for Craig and Moffat County -- are being withheld until the Legislature decides whether those funds are needed to balance the state budget.
The coaching staff for the Moffat County High School girls and boys track teams isn't sure which factor affected its team the most at Rifle this weekend, but between prom, injuries, sickness and what one coach called "gale force winds," it wasn't a meet full of personal bests or state qualifying times.
Jim Vorhies has a problem that he doesn't mind solving.
A district court judge Monday heard testimony but did not rule on a former Craig resident's request that he be freed as his case is appealed.
Moffat County High School choir students sang the National Anthem and were recognized for all-state choir honors Monday night at the Moffat County School Board of Education meeting.
Sunday, April 27
State budget crunch puts break for elderly in jeopardy
As real property valuation notices are to be mailed out Thursday, an exemption for seniors looks to be eliminated because of the state's budget crunch.
Special needs couple has a relationship based on love, admiration
Like many couples newly in love, Richard and Elaine Brooks can't get enough of one another.
It has been three weeks since the Moffat County High School girls golf team has fielded a full team. On Tuesday, the comforts of the home course also will bring a full team back to competition.
The first at bats in the double header against Moffat County High School and Palisade set the tone in different ways for MCHS.
CRAIG -- On paper, a tie doesn't declare a winner but the contrasting looks on the faces of the Rifle and Moffat County High School girls soccer teams showed which team was happier with the scoreless affair to end the regular season.
Despite recent rainfall and near-average snowpack, officials say the 2003 wildfire season could be nearly as intense as the 2002 season.
High school and junior high students complete individual evaluations at the end of each sexual assault prevention and education course.
Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele said he thinks that those having cattle guards installed in the county should be footing more of the cost for the guards.
Thursday, April 24
With state budget cuts looming large across the board, the Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension office could be feeling the bite of the axe in the near future.
A Craig man accused of attempted murder is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge Monday in Moffat County District Court.
More than 30 local residents told three Division of Wildlife officials Thursday that the elk numbers in Northwest Colorado were too high.
Defense of minor traffic violation expected to exceed $2,000
Saying he doesn't feel law enforcement "needs to be treated differently" yet not "held to a higher standard," Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Thursday Moffat County should pay legal expenses for a deputy charged in a traffic accident that left a Craig man and his daughter injured.
The never-ending twos
Katie's been 2 years old for about a year and a half and I'm hoping we've reached the pinnacle of this stage. I'm not holding my breath. Knowing Katie's personality, it's probably not downhill from here.
Wednesday, April 23
Security and freedom
Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, there has been a growing debate over acceptable compromises to freedoms that we take for granted in order for what some consider to be greater security.
Speaking with their stickers, residents' input at a public meeting last month has apparently altered early plans for a local recreation center.
Thirteen traffic mishaps keep officers busy
Spring snowstorms made for a chaotic Wednesday on area roads as the Colorado State Patrol handled 13 traffic accidents -- six of them rollovers -- between Routt and Moffat counties.
The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension program is facing a 15- to 20-percent cut in next year's state budget. And local agents are watching closely to see how the local office might be impacted.
Moffat County baseball and soccer teams
Moffat County baseball and soccer teams prepare for end of regular seasons
Tuesday, April 22
County commissioners, land use board members, environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts and archeologists came together Tuesday at a meeting hosted by the local Bureau of Land Management Little Snake field office.
When it comes to achievements on the court, Becky Howlett's resume is packed -- High School All-American, Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, Pac 10 All- Conference, NCAA All-American, and Olympic Festival Team. Now, Moffat County High School volleyball players hope their newly named coach can convey those skills from the sideline.
Hearing an hour's worth of testimony in the case of a sex offender charged with violating probation while living in Kentucky, Judge Michael O'Hara delayed proceedings at the request of the accused man's public defender.
This week a group of Moffat County High School juniors will gather in the high school gymnasium everyday after school. They gather with one goal in mind -- to turn a space constructed for bouncing balls and squeaking gym shoes into an elegant dancehall.
Checks went out to area agencies Friday in a funding cycle that saw more requests than available total dollars for Moffat County United Way.
High-speed Internet services could be available next month
Three years after local government entities were promised high-speed telecommunication services prepaid through state Beanpole grant funds, officials have something tangible to show those services are coming.
Monday, April 21
City maintains it must continue services because of poor
Whether a taxpayer-funded service should compete with private industry came into question last week when a Old West Sanitation lost a bid for trash service to the city of Craig by $13.
The Moffat County commissioners unanimously accepted the resignation of County Human Resources director Tom Skelding Monday.
It wasn't pretty.
Phil Vallem fills in for Bobby Hankins, earns trip to Winter X-Games
When Phil Vallem went to Steamboat Springs Saturday, his plan was to help run the hillcross race that day. Twenty-four hours later, he was celebrating a qualification for the Winter X-Games in 2004.
A countywide fire plan will be in place next month, employees from the Moffat County Natural Resources Department reported to the county commissioners Monday.
Law enforcement officials, fire officials, medical responders and even the local media will come together in two weeks to practice how local agencies would have to work together in the case of a mass casualty disaster.
State health investigators are drafting a report based on an unannounced inspection last week at Craig's Valley View Manor.
Sunday, April 20
Steele wants to raise rates for owners, agencies
Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele thinks people who have cattle guards installed on county roads should pay the actual price of what it costs the county to install them.
When it comes to the Moffat County High School boys swim team's annual trip to Denver for the Jeffco swim meet, everything is bigger than normal. There are two days of competition, many of the top Front Range teams are there and, according to MCHS coach Jim Vorhies, the clock that tells the lap time at the Meyers pool in Arvada, would be too big to fit into the Moffat County High School pool.
Former Navy sailor takes over as Moffat County veterans service officer
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -- George Washington (1732 - 1799)
Hanging out with friends at the arcade, sleeping in on Saturdays and blowin' off steam at the mall is a world away from rising with the sun to drive a tractor, spending week days and weekends branding cattle and using your downtime to string fence.
Wet, snowy road conditions were likely factors in separate traffic accidents that killed two people this weekend, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Thursday, April 17
A difference of $13 meant thousands of extra dollars in revenue for the city of Craig, and thousands of dollars less revenue for a new start-up business in Northwest Colorado. At a meeting this week, the Moffat County commissioners awarded a $5,544 bid to the city of Craig for trash removal at nine county sites. Old West Sanitation missed the bid by $13, coming in at $5,557. Waste Management bid $10,439. The county took bids for services for the remainder of 2003.
South Americans prepare for Easter holidays
Dear Family and friends: Here's an update to my last update re: my property. On the ninth visit to the land office, they found I really do own my property and home. I wanted to pay my taxes, but the computer went down. So, on my tenth visit to the land office, I was able to pay my property taxes.
I can't find my sunglasses. Two pairs of them. I can't find a lot of things anymore -- like my toothbrush and my sanity. I have two toddlers who have different ideas about where things should live than I do.
The railroad tracks of the Moffat County Human Resources Department seem to be spiked with good intentions. But the final destination may be way off track. County officials developed the department after a train wreck of a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Moffat County Sheriff Jeff Corriveau that was settled for $2 million.
The shots-on-goal were few and far between Thursday in the Moffat County High School/Palisade girls soccer game. But by the time the final three whistles blew, Palisade had the three most important shots with a 3-0 win. The unofficial count of shots-on-goal was 7-2 in favor of the winning team, but MCHS coach Carla Bamford believed her team had more attacks than what was recorded. "We had to have had more shots-on-goal than three," she said. "I thought we played good, just sometimes that doesn't result in a win."
State officials hope to reduce number of predators in Yampa
State officials are set to start transferring northern pike from the Yampa River into Elkhead Reservoir. The purpose of the transfer is to reduce the level of predatory fish to a level that will enable endangered and other native fish to coexist and thrive in the Yampa River, according to information released by the Upper Colorado River endangered Fish Recovery Program.
Wednesday, April 16
Steamboat scores five goals in second half to capture win
Gas is expensive regardless of a driver's age, but for Allison Hall, the price tag on daily drives to Steamboat for soccer practice became too high. So she quit before her junior year.
As the weather improves, so does the game of the Moffat County High School girls golf team.
The case of an Oklahoma man charged in an alleged Internet car fraud scheme was bound over Wednesday to Moffat County District Court.
A decision by the United States Department of Interior could impact how more than 80,000 acres of land at Vermillion Basin in Moffat County are managed in the future.
City officials optimistic but cautious
Early 2003 sales tax returns for the city have beaten planners' expectations in a year of cautious budgeting but high hopes.
Tuesday, April 15
Area residents push tax deadline or resolve to file extensions
Craig resident Lisa Parker tapped her finger nervously on her face as she scanned the stacks of tax forms at the Craig-Moffat County Library. She lifted one, glanced at the title and set it back on the pile.
Improving the long-term health of rangelands and establishing a better working relationship with lessees are two reasons the Bureau of Land Management is considering changing its grazing policy.
Judge Mary Lynne James Wednesday will review the case of an Oklahoma man charged in an alleged $45,500 Internet car fraud scheme.
Before the Moffat County High School/Steamboat Springs baseball game in Craig there were fireworks to thank fans for coming. On the first pitch from Steamboat pitcher Sean Murphy, MCHS's Eric Bastow provided some fireworks of his own with a shot over the left field fence.
The health care insurance situation for small businesses on the Western Slope is enough to make anybody sick -- and people are getting tired of the political shenanigans going on Denver that do nothing to improve the circumstances.
In many local dentist, doctor and veterinary offices, the often-seen toy box for children to pick from has been replaced with a book box.
Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday denied a request to lower bond for a Craig woman charged in the alleged shooting of her boyfriend last month.
Two men Tuesday were advised on identical charges from last week's drug raids, while Judge Mary Lynne James set dates for their return in Moffat County Court.
Three years after a $1.37 million state grant was awarded to Northwest Colorado for telecommunication services, county commissioners Tuesday inked a contract to start receiving those services in Moffat County.
Consistency seen as a way to avoid costly lawsuits
David Schwerin of Moffat Insurance advised Moffat County elected officials Tuesday to develop a centralized system of dealing with personnel issues.
Monday, April 14
Partisan issues have stalled several health care reform bills the Legislature has addressed this session, which is bad news for most Craig businesses that are unable to provide their employees with insurance because of skyrocketing costs.
Standing near the top of a 10,000-foot peak and staring down a 40-degree drop with 30-foot cliffs can be pretty intimidating. Then imagine having only a pair of skis and thin poles to help you get down.
Residents want state to curb area herd populations
There are too many elk in Northwest Colorado.
Sunday, April 13
Grand Junction --- For the first time in two years, Brad Hurd and Laurel Mortensen stepped on the track for a race at the Palisade Invitational.
Craig couple 'very happy' with Congressman's co-sponsorship
Congressman Scott McInnis has agreed to co-sponsor legislation that would make it easier for former Rocky Flats employees to be compensated for illnesses resulting from radiation and other chemical exposures on the job, his office announced Friday.
Despite numerous setbacks that have occurred in planning for a replacement beacon at the Moffat County Airport, county officials hope to move forward soon with plans for a replacement beacon.
A Thursday night fire that destroyed a structure near Maybell was the result of an apparent welding accident, the Moffat County Sheriff's Department said this morning.
The chase family traveled from Baggs, Wyo., Saturday to shop and run some errands. One of those errands took the Chases and their three children to the Centennial Mall where they ended up spending a lot more time then they'd anticipated.
Local church leaders discuss the significance of the holiday
Sunday morning the children of the First Baptist Church in Craig waved their palm branches and sang a song of Hosanna.
DELTA -- After a 6-4 loss to Rifle Tuesday, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs hoped to rebound in a double-header Saturday against Delta.
Thursday, April 10
Former Rocky Flats worker says Congressman ignoring compensation needs of those who were employed at nuclear weapons plant
George Barrie went to work at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant as a machinist in 1980.
The Moffat County High School girls team has been a second-half team all year.
From afar, Jim Robinson looks in good shape perched atop his brick base next to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Organizers of Saturday's festival at Centennial Mall want to educate parents and keep children active.
Wednesday, April 9
Colorado Taekwondo Institute provides opportunities for all
For Jason Walker, the instructor of the newly renamed Colorado Taekwondo Institute, Craig Campus, "all in the family" has several meanings.
West Nile virus crept its way to Northwest Colorado last summer and this year state and local experts are predicting more cases of the disease in area horses.
Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday advised Benito Gomez Medrano on a nine-count felony complaint related to Monday's drug raids.
Verdict -- later rescinded --blamed on miscommunication
No trial was set Wednesday in the traffic infraction case of a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy, who was briefly convicted of the charge before Judge Mary Lynne James rescinded that order.
Agreement expected to pull facility out of almost $250,000 deficit
After two years of revenues falling significantly below projections for the Public Safety Center, local officials think they might have found a solution to the shortfall.
Friday's handgun incident with a preschool boy could still lead to possible criminal charges, Deputy District Attorney David Waite said Wednesday.
Newspaper roles: A canine conundrum
"You can't have real newspapers without democracy, and you can't have democracy without newspapers." Alexis de Tocqueville
Tuesday, April 8
The right to bear arms is one of the deeply held provisions spelled out in our Constitution.
According to his coach, Rifle's Jason Enewold has a good slider and split-finger fastball. Against Moffat County his fastball was all that he needed.
At first glance, a group of six Craig residents don't seem to have much in common
Some are in favor of the war in Iraq and some are opposed to it, but everyone supports the United States soldiers overseas.
The District Attorney's office Tuesday filed charges against at least four people arrested in Monday's drug raids -- including one at-large suspect.
Sixty resumes have made their way to Craig, all from people hoping to serve as the town's next economic development director and more applications are expected to trickle in before the April 30 deadline.
Resident requests more time for contract review
Moffat County commissioners Tuesday held off signing a deal with NC Telecom for telecommunication services fully funded under a three-year-old state grant.
Monday, April 7
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation into an incident in which a five-year-old boy brought a handgun to his preschool class Friday.
Meeting includes talk of making facility a charter school
Five of six Moffat County School Board members voted Monday to shut down Dinosaur Elementary School after hearing the pros and cons of keeping the facility open.
It has been said that when it rains, it pours. For the Moffat County High School girls soccer team on Monday, when it snowed, it poured.
MCHS baseball team wins eighth-straight
For each home run and a win on the mound, Moffat County High School baseball coach Scott Parker hands out a freshly wrapped, white as snow baseball.
Irish step-dancing fans are in for a treat Wednesday as the Craig Concert Association presents its last performance of the 2002-03 season.
Rumors that a Big R Ranch and Home Supply will be opening in Craig are unfounded but may not be that far off the mark.
Sunday, April 6
When Yampa Valley Electric Association's Jim Chappell called a Craig woman to tell her she had just been approved for a $350 grant for her special needs daughter, the woman cried.
Craig chief of police calls bust largest in five years
Some 40 law enforcement officers executed three search warrants this morning in what Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta called the largest local anti-drug operation in five years.
Managing budget cuts, juvenile delinquency top concerns for chief prosecutor
The business cards still read "deputy," while a 13-volume set of prosecutors' rules and procedures have just recently found a home on Bonnie Roesink's packed office shelves at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Chris Compton knew his swim in the100-meter backstroke was going well and he got excited, maybe too excited.
MCHS girls soccer team wins its first conference game in its history
After Jennifer Wiersma kicked Cassie Owens' pass into the goal, Owens ran up and hugged Wiesrma and said, "We finally did it."
The latest evolution in an attempt to get more citizen input on federal land use decisions is said to give equal voice to environmentalists, natural resource developers and other land users, and will hopefully end the divisiveness that has stalled action in the past.
Company passes on cost after county raises landfill prices
Waste Management customers in Moffat County are paying 15 percent more for services because of last months landfill rate increase, company officials said Friday.
Thursday, April 3
The energy crisis
I read recently that youth isn't wasted on the young, the young waste youth. While I know I'll agree with that sentiment someday, right now I find it hard to fathom. My two little ones don't seem to waste a minute.
U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., this week asked the Bush administration to stop making headstones for military veterans from marble bought from a French-owned company.
Now it's the girls turn.
Jake, a black and white border collie, can be seen walking elderly people as he makes one of his regular visits to the local hospitals and healthcare facilities.
The annual 9Health Fair returns to Craig Saturday -- an event organizers say has drawn roughly 600 residents in years past for low-cost or free medical services.
The oversized envelope stuffed in Susan Bowler's mailbox Tuesday didn't suggest any sort of honor.
Residents of small town split on fate of school
Dinosaur resident Bob Puck said if Dinosaur Elementary School closes, he's afraid the town will soon follow.
Wednesday, April 2
Yard pools -- pre-made or do-it-yourself decorative ponds -- continue to be a hot item, as kits and supplies for these landscaping features will soon be dragged out of winter storage at many stores.
Whether it's to keep a dog in the yard, keep young children out of the street or simply provide a little privacy while lounging outside for a family barbecue, building a fence is an easy way to improve upon one's home.
Northwest Colorado weather provides interesting challenges for cultivators
There's a joke among the gardeners in Moffat County that goes something like this: When is the only time you lock your car in Craig? In August, so you don't find it full of zucchini.
Gardening to draw wildlife not difficult, but requires planning
There are two purposeful things gardeners do for wildlife -- they either work to attract it or work to repel it.
In planning xeriscaped yards, one sometimes overlooked water-savings step is a close look at a home's sprinkler system.
"Xeros," or dry landscaping, has already reshaped many ordinance books in cities along Colorado's Front Range, and local officials say that some of the same drought-response measures will soon hit Craig.
Chalk full of creativity and ideas? Never afraid to experiment with new and outrageous colors? Have a feel for balance and appeal?
'Cocooning' lifestyle evidenced in warm colors, use of historical relics
People are looking for the smaller rather than the bigger and the warmer rather than the colder in home decoration this year.
Remodel to maximize your home's efficiency
With summer approaching, it's time to start thinking about winter.
From mom-and-pop shops to corporate grocers, numerous catering and cake options exist for Craig weddings.
Department of Wildlife plans on testing twice as many animals next season
A statewide system for chronic wasting disease testing this hunting season was a success, said Division of Wildlife officials.
Many couples are going to a chapel to get married this summer, but many other brides and grooms will exchange vows in the great outdoors.
Grooms have notoriously taken the back seat when it comes to planning a wedding. But it doesn't have to be like that.
Whether a bride's ideas on what flowers to incorporate into her wedding came from other ceremonies, magazines or dreams she concocted at the age of 12, area floral shops have the resources and personnel to give each bride the color and character she wants.
The favorite part of Gale Loveitt's job is when a bride-to-be tries on her wedding dress.
Blake Abdella says he usually books weddings about a year in advance, and that couples should not put off contacting a photographer until the last minute.
In Craig, nearly every store will help couples establish a bridal registry. Brides need only speak to a sales clerk or store manager to see if a registry is available
Getting hitched has been done under water and under a parachute, but if you are more of a traditionalist, there are several options in Craig.
What the war means here at home
The newspaper acts as a forum for a free exchange of ideas -- a portable town square if you will -- allowing the voices, ideas and agendas of the majority as well as the minority to be heard.
Tad Behrens confesses he's not the world's best sales person. Actually, the Moffat County High School senior might argue he's one of the worst.
When Brad Moline proposed to Courtney Poynter at the Steamboat Ski Area on Jan. 23, television cameras were rolling and big fur-covered microphones on long polls were waving in front of Poynter's face.
Jessica Maynard is one of dozens of talented locals who make their living photographing some of the most treasured moments of a lifetime
Want to save money on your special Steamboat Springs wedding?
Imagine yourself and your dearly beloved clasping hands and saying your wedding vows next to a babbling brook high in the Colorado Rockies. Now imagine that your own private sylvan retreat cost less than $75 to book, and includes a covered picnic shelter and tables for your guests.
The wrong music selections can have couples singing wedding-day blues.
There is no greater symbol of a marriage than the bride's engagement ring.
A wedding can be the celebration of a lifetime. It can also take a lot out of a couple, between planning the event, making sure everything happens as scheduled, keeping the guests happy, and being the center of attention for a few days. That's why there are honeymoons - essentially the reward and vacation after planning a whole wedding.
Utah authorities have nearly wrapped up an investigation into Friday's accident that killed 14-year-old Justin Hicks.
Danny Griffith, a member of the local band DNA 318, admitted that disc jockeys are the entertainment of choice for many wedding receptions these days.
A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy, Craig police Sgt. Bill Leonard returned to work this week to endless questions about the 12-week course.
Social etiquette at weddings has loosened up in recent years, but even at a barefoot wedding in the mountains, it's still possible to embarrass yourself and your guests, and generally ensure that you cringe for years to come when looking back on the big day.
Flowers add elegance and color to a couple's wedding day. There is a rich history behind the flowers that adorn the bride, groom and aisle of a wedding ceremony, but like many other wedding traditions, the flowers have changed from set requirements to whatever pleases the bride and groom on their special day.
Tuesday, April 1
Craig man injured in accident 'surprised' at 'not guilty' plea
A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a traffic infraction stemming from a February accident that left a Craig man and his daughter injured.
School officials are advising parents not to hang up the telephone if they get a call in upcoming weeks and hear a recording.
For four years Kelly Howle has been counted on by the Moffat County High School girls soccer team for her defense in the goal.
With the nation at war, there is a natural tendency for the home front to support the troops however they possibly can.
A state grant awarded last fall to Moffat County for remodeling at the courthouse could find uses this year not specified in the county's original grant application.
Five election officials manned the clerk's office in the otherwise silent courthouse as 529 ballots from Tuesday's municipal election were counted.