Thursday, February 27
Former boss to swear prosecutor in today
Gov. Bill Owens Friday appointed Craig's Bonnie Roesink district attorney for the 14th Judicial District.
The beauty of language, or not
I keep wondering whether 17-month-old baby Nikki is talking enough for her age.
As the number of students continues to dwindle at Dinosaur Elementary School, officials have been forced to look at its continued viability in Moffat County.
Boys and girls basketball teams make quick work of opponents
Grand Junction -- The first game jitters lasted about a minute for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team in the district tournament opener Thursday night.
More than 500 wild horses have been captured from the Powder Wash area of Moffat County and now few of those horses have anywhere to go.
The Craig branch of the Moffat County Library had to close for two hours last week because of a lack of employees.
Elementary school principal Rich Coulter is using the help of the fifth-grade class to build a Web site that has homework assignments and links for parents and students.
A local girl scout troop has undertaken a project to raise $6,000 to help one of its troop own.
Moffat County says it wants more security on what it has from NC Telecom.
Wednesday, February 26
Girls: Each senior goes into a game knowing their specific responsibility and take pride in what they are asked to do
Kate Schafer, Jeni Jones, Amanda Tomlinson and Ashley Bishop know they aren't going to score 20 points every game, but the four Moffat County High School seniors are all right with that. The Bulldog's first seed in the district tournament and undefeated league season has a lot to do with the upperclassmen's acceptance of their specific roles on this year's team, which isn't always scoring points.
Boys: Brian Skowronski and Joe Padon look to return to mid-season form to help 'Dogs back to regionals
It's a good thing that Brian Skowronski didn't listen to his mother at the beginning of the basketball season or he and his Moffat County High School teammates wouldn't be preparing for the district tournament tonight -- their season would be over.
What is the Colorado Press Association?
Over the weekend, the Craig Daily Press staff learned that it had won several awards from the Colorado Press Association.
Two nights ago when the Craig City Council tabled a decision on writing a letter of support for construction of a new hospital in Craig, council members said they did not want to provide a letter because they did not want to imply that it was OK for a hospital be constructed at the current site.
Local social service agencies, schools, and law enforcement offices feel the bite of a depleted state budget
The implications of state budget cuts reverberate through mental health centers, law enforcement agencies and the local school district.
Tuesday, February 25
CNCC submits application for annexation
The Craig City Council accepted a petition for annexation from Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig Tuesday night and set a date for the public to comment.
Don't underestimate the Craig Middle School seventh grade A-team in basketball.
If it weren't for a last-second three pointer from Vernal last year, the eighth-grade Craig Middle school girls basketball A-team would have completed two years of undefeated basketball this weekend with a win against Rangely in the district tournament.
Prosecutors review accident file that resulted in injuries to Craig man
A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy could be charged in a Feb. 7 traffic accident that injured a Craig man, although the Colorado State Patrol wouldn't specify what was recommended to the District Attorney's office Tuesday.
While most residents cherish the right to vote, if you don't have choices in candidates, it certainly diminishes the privilege.
Next year Moffat County students will probably be spending about 20 minutes longer in school each day.
The owners of Treasures Antiques in downtown Craig are calling it quits.
A New Mexico man who was driving to his brother's funeral in Wyoming was killed Tuesday after his car skidded off an icy State Highway 13 north of Craig.
Monday, February 24
Declining student numbers puts facility's future in question
Dinosaur Elementary School may only have 10 students next fall -- half the number it has this year.
Judge Michael O'Hara Monday delayed a hearing for a Moffat County sex offender accused of violating probation in Kentucky.
As declining sales tax forced many Colorado cities to tighten belts over 2002, Craig's revenue inched up for the second straight year, according to year-end city figures distributed by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
With three days until the deadline for Craig City Council candidate petitions, there appears to be a notable lack of interest.
Steamboat Springs wrestling coach Jay Muhme knows exactly how senior heavyweight Will Zimmerer is feeling after he literally missed qualifying for the state tournament by one second.
There's no question that the leading scorer for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team is senior Laurel Mortensen.
Going into the district championships this week in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School basketball team has one major goal -- win its first game and it's in the state tournament for the first time in four years.
While the Moffat County High School girls swimming and diving team will admit that the most amazing feat they accomplished at the state swim meet this weekend was fitting four people into a single swim cap, just being at the meet was something of which they were proud.
Sunday, February 23
Trooper to visit with District Attorney's office to discuss the incident
Colorado State troopers Tuesday will submit a report to the district attorney's office on a traffic accident involving a sheriff's deputy, an incident that left a Craig man injured.
As he sat down for the traditional post state championship meal at McDonald's for the third consecutive year and fifth total, Moffat County High School coach Roman Gutierrez was thinking about more than the title, he was thinking about his future.
Last year's loss avenged, but still remembered
If it were up to him, Moffat County High School senior Ty Weber would be able to wrestle and never talk to the media about it.
The contrast of the heartbreak for Ty Grandbouche and Trevor Sloan in their championship losses and the celebration of Brandon Duarte and Bryan Hampton's third-place wins has made me question, "Is second place actually second best?"
Wins in consolation rounds separate Bulldogs from the pack on Saturday morning
So on Saturday morning, it was five Bulldogs versus six Fort Morgan wrestlers to see who could win out the most.
A Craig man facing an attempted murder charge from an alleged trailer park shooting incident is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Moffat County Court.
Longtime Veterans' Service Officer Bill Frye to be honored
Craig resident Bill Frye has been fighting nearly all of his life.
The last time officials representing The Memorial Hospital attended a Craig City Council meeting seeking a letter of support for the construction of a new hospital, a large group of residents objected causing the council to table the issue.
Moffat County Bulldogs win third-consecutive state title in wrestling
Roman Gutierrez didn't need his top three wrestlers to win the Moffat County High School wrestling team's third consecutive state title -- at least that's what he told the three seniors at the hotel Saturday morning before the rest of the team left without them.
Thursday, February 20
The mess continues
I never even imagined the messes that come along with children and there are days I can't quite keep up with them.
When Moffat County High School sophomore wrestler Scott Garoutte returned from watching his team win the Class 4A state championship last year, he told his mom he would return, only next time it would be on the mats instead of in the stands.
While this winter has not seen as much snow as many would have liked to have seen, it is easy to forget that spring and summer are right around the corner.
Commissioners may tackle courthouse project in phases
With many factors to consider in a courthouse remodel project, the Moffat County commissioners said this week that instead of taking on one big project, it would have to be done in phases.
The Visiting Nurse Association Thursday announced that a group of regional healthcare workers were vaccinated against smallpox virus this week in Steamboat Springs.
Grant Taylor allegedly violates probation is scheduled to plea Monday
A Moffat County sex offender accused of violating probation in Kentucky could enter a plea Monday in District Court.
Wednesday, February 19
The Moffat County High School swim team finds itself in a pool of mixed feelings as they get ready for state and the end of the season
Anxiety, excitement, trepidation and a touch of sadness pervades the Moffat County High School swim team as it gets ready for state competition Friday.
A thousands words -- Telling a story about pictures
Ever since newspapers have been able to print pictures, there has been an ongoing debate on what and when to print.
Five months after West Nile virus made its first Western Slope appearance in Craig, local and state veterinarians say summer months should bring more cases of the mosquito-borne illness.
Placed on "stand-by" notice Friday by military officials, Army reservist and Craig Police Sgt. Brian Soper's cellular phone rang while meeting Tuesday with his boss on issues related to his possible deployment to the Middle East.
Debates over who can serve on the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board of directors and who is allowed to vote ended abruptly Wednesday when board members said the group's bylaws are clear on those issues -- once they've been read.
Contracts for more than one year considered void
The Moffat County commissioners hope to have a contract in place for trash removal at 16 county sites by April 1.
Swim team coach Ed Stehlin said when it was announced he had been named Coach of the Year for the Western Slope, it took him by complete surprise.
Tuesday, February 18
Landowners within the borders of Dinosaur National Monument were given the OK last week by the park superintendent to hunt on their property, even though the law addressing the issue can be interpreted in many ways, the superintendent said.
If the hospital board chooses to build a hospital at a site other than the current location, it will have to justify its decision to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) -- that is if it wants $1 million in funding it hopes to receive through a grant from the agency.
East Elementary School project brings solar system down to Earth
Staring at the surroundings of the library at East Elementary School, people might think they're looking through a high-powered telescope.
Seniors Ty Weber and Ty Grandbouche lead by example against each other on the practice mat and dominate others in competition
In their last high school wrestling practice, Moffat County High School's Ty Grandbouche and Ty Weber were in the same place they'd been since early elementary school -- battling it out aggressively on the mat.
Roesink remains sole applicant for district attorney's position
Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink will interview next week as the lone applicant for the district attorney's position in the 14th Judicial District.
A Craig woman has been charged in the Feb. 12 accident, which hospitalized her and two other local residents.
The Memorial Hospital should be congratulated for hosting a site tour Saturday to review a possible home for a new facility.
Monday, February 17
Different views offered on high gas prices
Kicking tires and clearing snow-dirt muck off a side window, Larry Turner pumped gas into his Ford Explorer at the west Conoco Monday and shook his head.
Raftopoulos to give up hear seat on Wildlife Commission
Although she said it was an honor to serve on the Colorado Wildlife Commission the past four years, Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos will not apply for re-appointment to the board when her term is up next month.
Just because the land is dormant, doesn't mean farmers are.
Tickets are available for next month's annual Firemen's Ball as preparations continue for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District's main fund-raiser.
The case of a mental health counselor charged in an alleged sexual relationship with a client remains in Moffat County Court with the next hearing scheduled in one month.
Mike LeWarne said he would never blame his team's play on the referees but the Moffat County High School boys basketball coach had a hard time finding anything nice to say about the men in stripes on the team's road trip last weekend.
The Moffat County High School swim team will send two relay teams and a diver to state this weekend, having just missed several more qualifications last weekend at regionals in Durango.
Sunday, February 16
Officials measure pros and cons of five locations
More than 30 local residents got a first-hand look Saturday at potential building sites for a new hospital in Craig.
The Balleck twins stick together for 90 years of homesteading, war, music and family
Ninety years ago today Joe and Tony Balleck were born in Craig and taken to their home northwest of what is now Elkhead reservoir.
Wrestlers put on 'great show' at regionals
As the parade of champions started at the Class 4A Western Regional wrestling tournament in Craig one thing was evident -- Moffat County High School had a lot of champions.
Funding requests have jumped 26 percent for non-profit groups dependent on Moffat County United Way, as the number of agencies seeking dollars remains constant from last year.
Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig has filed a petition with the city of Craig to make its 100-acre campus site part of the city.
A pile of rubble is all that remains of the White Horse Inn that has stood for more than 100 years on Yampa Avenue.
Thursday, February 13
Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead flies to Kentucky today to escort a convicted sex offender back to Craig on a commercial airline.
Two wrestlers' stories of recovery from late-season injuries to return for today's regional wrestling tournament
Freshman Korey Kostur was in his first day of practice Jan. 20 after his best high school performance -- first place in the Las Vegas tournament -- when he heard a pop in his knee.
Nothing warms my heart or makes my soul glow more than getting off work and knowing my next stop will be to see my girls.
Starvation is a brutal way to die. It's just as difficult to watch.
Volunteering for Advocates-Crisis Support Services six years ago, Karen Aragon was paged to a domestic violence call her first night.
At the conclusion of a half-hour presentation by members of the "Concerned Citizens of Moffat County" Thursday night, committee member Linda Booker said the group doesn't like the idea of trying to recall two Moffat County commissioners but said they think it needs to be done to "save the county."
Wednesday, February 12
Preservation of open space, support for the construction of a new hospital and the city's annexation plans were a few of the concerns that 18 residents who attended Wednesday night's meeting brought up for discussion.
When Peter Ducharme envisioned starting a place for structured paintball competitions in Craig, he knew that an outside course was just a start.
Media and the government
Thomas Jefferson was a strong proponent of a free press -- until he became president and then he charged "the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare."
Those who work for Moffat County, whether it be for the county commissioners or any other elected official, should be treated equally and have equal access to due process.
A two-car collision Wednesday sent three Craig residents to The Memorial Hospital.
A Craig man facing felony drug charges from a January police raid will be arraigned next month in District Court, while his sons have pleaded guilty to separate charges.
Organization to make payments on gunfighter collection at museum
In time, Moffat County will be reimbursed for the money it fronted for "The Cowboy and Gunfighter Collection" at the Museum of Northwest Colorado four years ago.
Tuesday, February 11
For those of you who missed the Moffat County High School/Steamboat Springs boys basketball game Tuesday night you need one thing. The telephone number of the high school to request a copy of the tape because if you're a Moffat County Bulldog fan and you missed it, it's more must see than Thursday nights on NBC.
Time is a premium and adults aren't the only ones who face the challenge of finding enough hours in the day.
Visitors to Craig will be greeted from each direction by an elaborate "Welcome to Craig" sign this summer.
Plans to close facility on Sundays dropped
People will still be able to use the Moffat County Landfill on Sundays, but they'll be paying more for what they dump.
Ending balance down $2 million compared to previous years
Any capital expenditures of more than $5,000 have been cut off for all county departments until after March 15, according to a memo sent out Tuesday afternoon by the Moffat County commissioners.
Monday, February 10
Wyoming migration puts strain on Northern Colorado resources
The Bureau of Land Management will gather 500 wild horses in northern Moffat County but that's only a temporary solution to the problem of drought-starved animals overgrazing Colorado range.
Court documents allege councilor had sexual relations with patient
A mental health therapist assigned to work with a female prisoner at the Moffat County Jail faces a felony charge stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with the woman.
The bubble keeps getting smaller for the Moffat County High School swim team and they have one more chance to make it break.
It's about making people look and feel good, Lisa Davis said of her 20 years of sculpting hair in Craig.
A Baggs, Wyo. traffic accident Sunday killed a young boy while his grandmother remains in critical condition at a Denver hospital.
Not all county employees have access to department
The county's Human Resources Department isn't accessible to all county employees and the Moffat County clerk Monday said that isn't fair.
Sunday, February 9
With a combined absence of six varsity wrestlers, the Moffat County High School/Delta dual Friday wasn't a complete match-up of the top- and fifth-ranked teams in Class 4A.
Girls team pounds opponents, 78-27
As he prepared his team to play Battle Mountain High School, Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen emphasized a couple of things -- not to take the Huskies for granted and not to give them anything for free
Moffat County boys shutdown Battle Mountain, 73-48
With three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Battle Mountain High School boys basketball player Beau Beckley looked to someone in the crowd and said, "They won't let us play," referring to the referees.
Childhood experiences bring woman to nursing, Craig
Susan Bowler by 1992 had capped a 12-year career working with newborns at a California hospital and was ready to retire in Craig.
There's money in land, and it's not necessarily a traditional real estate transaction. This revenue allows landowners to retain control and use of their property, yet still reap some economic benefits in the form of tax credits and deductions.
A proposal to make 15.5 acres of abandoned sewer lagoon available for a business park will go before voters April 1 if the Craig City Council approves the question Tuesday.
A Craig man injured in a two-car accident with a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy was released Sunday from The Memorial Hospital.
Thursday, February 6
Deputy district attorney to be out of town, defense attorney needs more time
A plea hearing for a former Craig nurse accused of stealing and consuming patients' pain medication at The Memorial Hospital that was scheduled for Monday has been delayed.
It's a trip
Traveling with two toddlers (yes, I can say toddlers now) is not the ideal way to spend a weekend and it doesn't even come close to fitting the definition of "vacation." Especially for those of us who opt to boycott Dramamine (and regret it 15 miles outside the last rest stop).
This Saturday's artwork display promises to be much more than just art.
Meeker's beauty with scattered ranches along the landscape attracts many outsiders interested in making the area their home. But the people interested in moving to Meeker are often retired or just starting out, reducing the population of young families in the area.
A blood drive supporting the same blood provider tapped by The Memorial Hospital is scheduled next week.
Despite the cloud of controversy surrounding the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, the organization's primary fund providers -- the city of Craig and Moffat County -- still support the effort and have no plans to pull their funding.
Wednesday, February 5
Winter's annual "break from monotony" is scheduled Saturday as some 26 local and regional artists will be on hand at 16 downtown businesses for the Historic Downtown Craig Art Walk.
When we get it wrong
Most newspapers, including the Craig Daily Press, do their best to be as accurate as possible. This includes getting facts, the spellings of names, dates, and locations correct.
Nettie Modlin has had the responsibility of keeping the White River Museum afloat during financially difficult times.
Snowpack levels are slightly higher than at this time last year, but still nowhere near the 30-year average, according to figures released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Steamboat Springs.
Jobs eliminated include one in Craig
Because of $715,000 in budget cuts passed down from the state since last May, Colorado Northwestern Community College President Peter Angstadt announced the elimination of four positions Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 4
Bobby Hankins started racing hill cross instead of snocross because he wanted to give his body a break. Flying through the air off of his sled and not knowing when he was going to land was not what he had in mind for the Winter X Games VII in Aspen on Sunday.
The Moffat County School District accountability reports were sent out in the mail last week and the message from the superintendent in the report reads: "Moffat County School District is doing a better job educating our students than we were five years ago."
Residents seeking a political position will have five to chose from in April. Craig City Council seats belonging to Carl Chapman, Billy Bingham, Tom Gilchrist and Kent Nielson will be voted for on April 3, as well as the position held by Mayor Dave DeRose.
The Moffat County commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday not to fill the director of public works position left vacant by the resignation of Rich Anderson last month.
Committee looks at new college land as home for rec center
An $11 million recreation center would be located near the future home of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig, assuming the project wins taxpayer support.
"Brrr it's cold in here ... we need a new jacket."
With a net loss of more than $5,000 in almost a year in an attempt to keep the landfill open on Sundays, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners is right to reconsider what has become a wasted effort.
Monday, February 3
As the season winds toward state, the Moffat County High School wrestling team went into Saturday's triangular at Palisade looking to regain some confidence after a near loss to conference foe Rifle a week ago. Coach Roman Gutierrez said he saw the team he's used to seeing at Palisade.
Directors for a local home for juvenile males will move forward with plans to expand services after a public meeting Monday held to gather public input failed to draw anyone.
A Craig man charged in an incest case will leave Colorado to visit his fiancee but the 44-year-old still won't be able to drive through Moffat County to see his attorney.
Craig's Bonnie Roesink has submitted the lone application to replace District Attorney Paul McLimans, while the governor's office Friday wasn't sure how the hiring process would move forward.
Sunday landfill operations may get cut because of a lack of revenue
Because of a lack of use, a proposal was made last March to close the Moffat County Landfill on Sundays. But instead of closing it, the Moffat County commissioners decided instead to keep the landfill open for five hours on Sunday instead of 10 on a trial basis.
Sunday, February 2
Steele's motion to revisit $47,000 position fails
Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele said Friday that he agreed with the rest of the commission that the goal of the county should be to provide the best possible emergency medical service coverage for Moffat County.
Craig resident stays young,
He sits quietly at the front of the room, eyes slightly closed, listening, enjoying the music of his youth, which was more than half a century ago.
Moffat County Partners effort to take up slack because of cutbacks
Shirley Balleck's kitchen sink will be among the first victims as Moffat County Partners explores funding options after losing one-third of its budget.
Ann Franklin, who has worked for Moffat County less than a year, was forced to justify her position as a Moffat County employee Friday during a commissioners' meeting.
After four months of learning to play together, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team thinks it has got it figured out.
It has to be the shoes.
It's a tradition for the Moffat County High School girls swim team to throw coach Ed Stehlin in the pool after the final home meet of the year, but it usually takes the whole team.
Anyone who wants to build near the city of Craig may have to face harsher standards than residents who develop farther into the county.