Thursday, August 28
Moffat County independent auditor Paul Backes of McMahan and Associates, L.L.C, cautioned commissioners Thursday of spending beyond their means.
Beginning Sept. 3, the town of Meeker hosts the 17th annual Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, an event coordinators say is the substance of Meeker's economy
Drivers over the long Labor Day weekend will pay more at the pump this year to reach their destinations.
The incarceration and subsequent treatment of sex offenders provides valuable information and sometimes shocking revelations.
A hotly contested plan to re-address some residences on Moffat County roads was passed Thursday by the county commissioners.
Matt Ray knew what his team was up against Thursday when the freshmen, sophomores and several juniors suited up against the Hayden High School varsity team. He had helped coach Hayden two years ago and he knew the score wasn't going to be pretty for his Moffat County Bulldogs.
With the unanimous approval by the Craig City Council to put a question regarding a new rec center on the November ballot, residents must consider whether the facility will be worth the $13 million price tag.
What's the point of an 'otty' chair?
Katie's still clinging to what I like to think of as "the end of the terrible twos."
Experts discuss the impact incest and sexual assault has on a communty
While sexual assault is devastating on a victim, those who deal with the issue on a regular basis say the residual effects on a community can also be painful and detrimental.
In the first game of a season there are always a lot of uncertainties. One thing is certain in the Moffat County High School/Green River varsity football game tonight at MCHS -- two teams with high hopes will converge.
Wednesday, August 27
Addressing an ugly, unavoidable issue
For some, the nightmare started years ago, for others it started just last week and for some the nightmare will never end.
With 13 starters back from a playoff team, the Bulldogs are hungry for more
Coming into the 2003 season, the Moffat County High School football team leadership council, a group of nine seniors picked by the coaching staff as a group of captains, had learned a lot about each other and the coaching staff.
Rose Poff just racked up another award.
With nearly $8,500 backing it and nine weeks until the election, the committee to build a recreation center is ready to roll.
It was a toss up which of the nine new Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board members would be assigned one-, two-, or three-year terms.
Survivors of sexual assault face shame, anger, mistrust as they try to move on with their lives
Under cross-examination during the trial that convicted her father of incest and sexual assault last week, the 16-year-old victim quit crying and became angry.
Tuesday, August 26
Between high school government class students and concerned residents, the Craig City Council chambers were packed Tuesday night.
Tradition-rich girls team will rely on second- and first-year runners
Last year junior Camillia Bird, sophomore Angela Nelson and freshman Cortney Grandbouche were learning how to run their new sport of cross country. They were under the tutelage of senior runners Danielle Brown, Laurel Mortensen and Sheila McNicol -- all three of whom finished the year with first-team all state honors in either track or cross country.
It's an unspeakable crime and it was committed in our own community.
Time is running out for candidates interested in serving as school board members for the Moffat County School District.
Reporting sexual assault takes courage to combat misconceptions, feelings of humiliation
Among his other duties as a Moffat County Social Services caseworker, Matt Harris investigates allegations of sexual abuse, which includes confronting the misconception that it "doesn't happen in Craig."
Monday, August 25
A deputy district attorney discusses the complexities involved in prosecuting a case involving incest
The day before the trial that would lead to the conviction of her father on charges of sexual assault and incest, a former Craig teen met with the prosecutor in a conference room at the Holiday Inn to discuss her testimony.
New laws that protect patients' privacy are increasing the cost of health care in Colorado.
Money collected from June sales taxes showed the biggest increase so far this year in Craig and Moffat County.
With five returners from sixth-place state team boys cross country hopes for big finish
When Moffat County High School cross country coach Dustin Ence filled out his preview sheet to aid the Rocky Mountain News in ranking high school teams he used one adjective to describe the boys team -- solid.
A Craig family celebrates the return of one son from Iraq
Every day for the last eight months, Jennifer Quick played recordings of her husband's voice so baby Raelyn would remember her daddy.
Sunday, August 24
Machine shop owner welds nostalgia together piece by piece
Behind the walls of a local garage painted with murals of Marilyn Monroe, Buddy Holly and Wolfman Jack, Theron Kohpay and his staff turn automobiles well past their prime into show-ready dream cars.
At last year's Harvest Cup, the annual final race at the Hayden Speedway, Gregg Kolbaba and his No. 55 Pro Stock car made their debut.
Father used 'honor' to control his daughter
A Moffat County jury convicted a Craig man Friday of sexually assaulting his daughter.
Sarah Coyner, 16, will most likely be able to pinpoint the environmental conditions a sage grouse needs to survive.
As Colorado struggles to recover from the worst drought in a century, it wouldn't seem that a ballot measure to provide financing for water storage projects would come under fire. But Referendum A has and next week a bullet will be aimed by the Moffat County commissioners in the form of a letter of opposition.
Don't be surprised if a favorite TV show comes up missing in the next couple of weeks.
Saturday, August 23
I don't talk on the telephone much anymore. There's something about that simple act that drives children into a frenzy. They could be sitting quietly, totally occupied and the minute you dial your number and say, "Hello," they're running laps around you.
The dog days of summer have flown by and the cool breeze that's in the air is a reminder that fall is almost upon us.
The Harvest Cup at the Hayden Speedway is designed to double the experience for everybody involved.
The Moffat County High School boys golf team has arrived.
Thursday, August 21
With school starting Monday, the Craig Police Department is reminding residents to keep in mind the safety of the young pedestrians.
Gov. Owens pushes storage measure as right move for state
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens made the rounds Thursday in Craig in support of a controversial November ballot item aimed at creating a bonding authority for the state to increase its water storage.
After seven years of work and deliberation on how to handle faulty addresses on some Moffat County roads, the issue is expected to come before commissioners for a vote next week.
Wednesday, August 20
A lock on language
Most people have heard of the pending lawsuit that Fox has filed against Al Franken and his book, "Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."
After having two golfers score in the 70s in its first tournament, the Moffat County High School boys golf team had been on a three-competition drought of breaking 80. MCHS junior Brady Virden not only stopped the drought, he broke the dam open with a lifetime best of 73 at Devil's Thumb golf course in Delta.
More local parents than ever before have expressed interest this year for state-awarded preschool scholarships, said Sarah Hepworth, director of the Early Childhood Center.
Moffat County department heads wrangle with where to make financial ends meet
Budget woes were a matter of business at Wednesday's Moffat County department head meeting.
Darryl Steele said he's never been one "to sit in the back and complain without doing something about it."
Tuesday, August 19
Ridgeview, Sunset and East schoolteachers get ready for first day
With school starting less than a week from now, elementary school teachers are busy whipping their classrooms into shape and getting the last few things ironed out so that the beginning of school can go as smoothly as possible.
County department managers discuss impact of budget cuts
Moffat County officials have the unenviable job in the next four months of chopping their already cash-strapped budgets.
Whether Moffat County voters will have their say on a proposed recreation center lies in the hands of seven of its residents -- the Craig City Council.
The United Way kicked off its annual fund drive Tuesday at a reception honoring Tri-State Generation and Transmission as this year's Pace Setter -- a company that significantly increased its donations last year.
In the next four months, Moffat County will have to trim more than $600,000 from its budget in order to maintain a reserve balance required under law.
Time together in the summer has volleyball team confident in ability to establish itself
Despite having a third new coach in as many years, a majority of the Moffat County High School volleyball team didn't walk into unfamiliar territory when it started two-a-days last week.
Monday, August 18
With a sold out season, the Craig Community Concert Association is optimistic about the shows they have planned for the 2003-2004 schedule.
Northwest Colorado is the second most likely place in the nation for fires as a result of lightning strikes, members of the Moffat County Natural Resource Department told commissioners at Monday's meeting.
Ten seniors lead team with speed, experience and lofty goals
Moffat County High School boys soccer coach Mick Havrilla said he likes to watch his team run. Potentially, the prospect of a coach who enjoys his team running sounds hard on the lungs and legs of the players. But it's not that he likes to throw in extra wind sprints, he is simply enthralled by their running ability.
Federal judge blocks state law requirement of students, teachers
Despite a federal judge blocking a law that requires public school students and teachers to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Moffat County schools will continue to do business in the same way, said district Superintendent Pete Bergmann.
Board members are calling community response to the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership thrilling following a membership drive that garnered 18 new members.
Most Moffat County departments funded under the county's general fund will have to slash expenditures in the next four months to make up for a $660,224 budget overestimate.
Sunday, August 17
Craig veteran reunites two Army friends after 28 years
A Vietnam-era veteran from Nevada found the army buddy he was seeking with the help of a 76-year-old World War II veteran living in Craig.
Fire crews fully contained a wildfire near Elk Springs over the weekend, while the Sawtooth fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness continues to burn about 200 acres, according to a Craig Interagency Dispatch Center report.
Some students heading off to school in the next week may have to plan on waking up a little bit earlier to make it to classes on time.
As summer becomes fall and weather becomes drearier and activities dwindle, local health care officials expect to see a rise in cases of alcoholism, which is linked to the problem of depression.
In a week with four tournaments in five days, the Moffat County High School boys golf team finished off about how coach Ken Harjes expected.
The 30-year reunion for the Moffat County High School class of 1973 went well despite its unpromising beginnings.
For 23 years with the Moffat County School District, Shawn Linsacum has kept students and buses on the road to success
Shawn Linsacum's career is dotted with surprise salamanders and childhood confessions.
Thursday, August 14
The plan to bounce back from a team score of 265 Wednesday didn't happen for the Moffat County High School Bulldog golf team as the top three golfers combined for a 262 during a tournament in Durango.
This year is looking much like last year for the Community Budget Center's school supply drive.
High school students can begin to prepare for school early by keeping school hours, getting to bed earlier and getting up earlier, according to two Moffat County High School counselors.
The Community Budget Center has received only one bag of school supplies as of Thursday afternoon for it's annual drive to collect school supplies for the Moffat County School District.
Miles becoming less monotonous for former state champ
A summer of running solo was becoming tedious for Moffat County High School graduate Laurel Mortensen. She had never really trained at all in the summer for cross country and, in preparation for her freshman year at Adams State College, the miles were starting to get longer.
Local Episcopal priest discusses New Hampshire's first gay bishop
In the wake of the affirmation of a gay Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire, Father Tom White of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Craig said he's not surprised and not alarmed by the move.
New students won't be the only fresh faces on the first day of school at Ridgeview Elementary School.
The Craig Police Department responded to nearly 1,300 calls for service in the month of July, the highest spike in monthly crime numbers through the entire 4-year period shown in the Craig Police Department's July progress report.
A trip to the emergency room
I knew there was a chance it would happen sometime but I never once considered it might be my fault.
Wednesday, August 13
Philanthropists raise $1,367 for cancer awareness, research
It was easy to tell Wednesday who was at the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the Rally for a Cure golf tournament -- they were almost all in pink. To go along with the color theme, tournament organizers were tickled pink about how the day went.
Last-minute negotiations meant to settle a case between Yampa Valley Electric Association and Xcel Energy did not produce an agreement in time to avoid a costly and cumbersome trip to Washington, D.C. to debate the matter before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
DURANGO -- After starting the season Monday with a team score lower than coach Ken Harjes expected, the Moffat County High School boys golf team showed its inexperience Wednesday on a course that none of them had seen.
Every day reports of West Nile virus claim an increasing number of victims.
Meeting over fish ends in frustration
Area resident Craig Conrad said he plans on celebrating failure -- the failure of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan to manage endangered fish and the Yampa River Basin.
'Your name goes here' -- how to get in the paper
At the Craig Daily Press, we pride ourselves on being your local newspaper. We want to cover everything that moves in Moffat County specifically and northern Colorado in general.
Tuesday, August 12
Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday on what they would like to see in the future at the fairgrounds. The winning option excludes the possibility of bringing back onsite horseracing.
It is important to establish a routine for children before school starts so that starting school is not as difficult for them.
A fugitive who fled town shortly before a drug raid in April appeared in court Wednesday after an arrest in Torrington, Wyo., and extradition to Moffat County last week.
Qwest Communications International Inc. with more than 25 million customers is offering the new DSL -- or Digital Subscriber Line technology -- to Craig residents who reside within about a three-mile radius of its transmission point.
After a summer of playing golf at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, course pro Tom Dockstader decided some of the high school players who spent time at the course deserved some time off.
With the charge of protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents, county government should not see any room for debate when it comes to the accurate addresses of County Road 7 and County Road 183.
Land Use Board says arrival of predators in Moffat County inevitable
The Moffat County Land Use Board spent nearly three hours Tuesday reviewing evidence and discussing the possibility that Moffat County may soon be visited by gray wolves.
Two youths from Craig have been showing off their talents in the opera "The Magic Flute," which is currently showing in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, August 11
Weight gain main focus of former MCHS D-back
While Moffat County High School graduate Dan Torgerson has prepared to enter his first year of college football at Western State College in Gunnison, one of the most important places has been his family's kitchen.
The season opener for the Moffat County High School boys golf team produced results that "pleasantly surprised" coach Ken Harjes.
Meeting to focus on management of Yampa River Basin
Fish and Wildlife officials are set to discuss a long-awaited draft of a management plan for the Yampa River Basin Wednesday night.
Moffat County commissioners decided to table for now a policy that may require more than 49 residents to sport new addresses.
About two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a "suspicious" shipment of chemicals arrived at the Tri-State power plant in Craig, the largest coal-fired plant in Colorado.
Sunday, August 10
Area veterinarians assert there is no proof behind claims that the West Nile virus vaccination has any detrimental effect on pregnant horses, but rancher Lynn Bowers, who has lost six colts this year, says he thinks differently.
After identifying risk factors, the biggest issue for Meeker youth is an increase in the availability of alcohol and drugs, according to a representative of a local youth development group.
A flurry of activities marked the wind up of this year's Moffat County Fair on Saturday. The event named "85 Years of Joy and Tears" witnessed scores of visitors and participants meandering through the smells of sweet funnel cakes and past little tykes in tow decked out in their best cowboy duds.
A Former Craig resident takes a look back in his autobiography
Struggle, survival and finally triumph are themes of a new book written by a man who lived in Craig for 17 years.
Other new programs on the way
Checking into the hospital will soon be a lot more relaxing.
Pest Management Department starts spraying aqua-resilin
The West Nile virus, already responsible for killing five people in Colorado this year, was detected in a mosquito population Friday in Craig reported a Moffat County official.
Thursday, August 7
Neither the city of Craig nor property owner Sandra Baird got everything they wanted Thursday, but neither left the courtroom empty handed.
Craig Mayor Dave DeRose has an idea for the soon-to-be shutdown Shiloh Home that he plans to present to Moffat County commissioners at the Monday meeting.
Bad things seem to come in threes and Craig and Moffat County have not be spared their trio of trouble.
Limited varsity experience gives golfers opportunities to move up
When Moffat County High School senior John Beckerman won the Yampa River Junior Classic golf tournament in July, it was his first ever top finish and to do it he improved his previous best score by eight shots.
Riding a mountain bike for 100 miles probably wouldn't be considered one of the top 10 easiest recreation activities available in Colorado.
The Moffat County Fair is getting ready to kick it into high gear with the country sounds of Mike Love and Razin Kane.
An organized chaos is what the swine show looks like, said swine judge Brett Kaysen.
The great thing about people is that they understand when your children do something mortifyingly embarrassing. The things your kids do that make you want to claim you're just the baby-sitter actually amuse them and make great stories for their friends.
Wednesday, August 6
During school, Sarah Coyner gets up at 4 a.m. to feed her calves and then after school takes care of her lambs.
County seeks to revamp confusing address system on some county roads
If some residents of Moffat County want emergency services to find their homes when tragedy strikes, something has to change.
With back to school preparations in full force, there's one requirement that officials at the Moffat County School District hope parents don't overlook.
Law enforcement agencies express concern as probation, parole departments continue to deal with budget cuts
The probation department of the 14th Judicial District continues to struggle in the wake of state budget cuts that stripped the department of personnel last year.
Mountain Meat & Gourmet Sausage of Craig won a second straight grand champion award at The American Cured Meat Championships in Kansas City, Mo., July 19.
Summer workouts supplemented by 30-page workout guide
When Jerod Estey received a workout packet in the mail from his future school, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Moffat County High School graduate was slightly taken aback.
Quilting and needlework have greatly diminished in the competitions open to the general public at the Moffat County Fair, however, photography and art entries have seen an increase in popularity.
Bleeding the Black Ink
This year's State of the First Amendment report, which was released Wednesday, seems to show Americans are putting some perspective on their post-Sept. 11 fears.
Tuesday, August 5
It's not often that one has a chance to win pink golf balls. The Rally for a Cure golf tournament supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society not only gives golfers a chance to win a pink golf ball, but also raise money for cancer research and awareness.
This week marks the culmination of nearly a year's worth of work put in by members of the Moffat County 4-H program.
Three Craig men who helped police bring burglary suspects into custody will see some kind of "formal recognition" for their efforts, said Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.
4-H members got a chance to show off their dogs and the training they had accomplished with their furry friends at the 4-H dog show Tuesday.
The city of Craig's demand for a piece of Stout Street property and its owner's feelings that she should be compensated for 10 years of waiting for that decision will come to a head Thursday morning.
Craig/Moffat County Library Director Donna Watkins said she is willing to take a hard stance against obstructions to free speech that may be imposed by the federal Patriot Act.
4-H general, leisure education and food projects were judged at the Moffat County Fair Tuesday.
Cute and cuddly pets are nice but the costs associated with how long stray animals live before they're put to death is a matter of dollars, Moffat County commissioners have said.
Monday, August 4
The two-year rebuilding process paid off for the Ledgerwood Glass Craig Softball Association coed softball team as it returned to win the league's regular season and post season tournament.
Moffat County officials want to inform residents of the new parameters of the county's fire plan on a daylong informational tour.
Moffat County does not plan to reinstate a youth care center in Craig when Shiloh House closes later this month, according to Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos.
The 4-H horse show, which took place Monday, takes hundreds of hours to put together, said Nate Balstad, Moffat County Fair coordinator.
Sarah Cawcak, a self-possessed, 16-year-old, is the Moffat County Fair senior queen attendant. She has been active in 4-H for eight years.
MCHS graduate anxious to excell in next soccer role
A year ago, Eric Havrilla was spending time on his road bike or mountain bike at least five days a week.
The Memorial Hospital's Moffat County Care Clinic is treating slightly more patients this year but the clinic's director still wonders if the word is out about its services.
Five suspects in the recent burglary of Maurices have been apprehended and are awaiting formal charges by the District Attorney, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said today.
Wait a couple of more days and a good deal on food may go stale.
Sunday, August 3
The hiring freeze Moffat County commissioners have been hinting at for the last couple of weeks was made official at a meeting Thursday.
Public safety officials from Craig and Moffat County will convene in Glenwood Springs Wednesday to coordinate emergency management plans with representatives from nine neighboring counties, according to Clyde Anderson, Moffat County's emergency management coordinator.
From ornately decorated floats to shiny red fire trucks, the parade that wound through the streets of Craig Saturday morning kicked off activities for the Moffat County's 2003 Fair.
Depression is common in Moffat County, according to Dave Spencer of the Yampa Valley Psychotherapists.
The art of agriculture grows beyond Moffat County
The heart of extension is its ability to educate both busy metropolitan professionals and rural families that might not have the same advantages.
Russ Hill and the rest of his Action Drain/Mountain West Insurance teammates had relied on a big inning all year to win games in the Craig Men's Softball League. It took them a while to find that inning in the championship game of the season tournament.
The first horse show of the 2003 Moffat County Fair took place on Friday night. It was the Open Horse Show -- English Division.
When Colorado adopted its Colorado Community College System (CCCS), it was only the third state in the nation to implement a common course numbering system designed to allow students seamless transfer from one Colorado community college to another with no loss of credit, time or money.