Stories for January 2003


Thursday, January 30

Congratulations to the United Way

Community leaders gathered together Thursday to celebrate the 25th birthday of Moffat County United Way.

Brendan Harper


Battle of the unbeaten II

As expected, Bears challenging 'Dogs for top spot

The only reason that the Moffat County High School girls basketball team is listed at the top of the Western Slope Conference right now is that 'M' comes before 'R' in the alphabet.

Edward Earl "Sonny" Kossar


Man facing sex charge could plea

Suspect could face life sentence

A Craig man facing a possible life term in prison on sex assault charges involving his daughter could enter a plea next week in District Court.

Craig police

Cable in the courtroom

County commissioners present 'new' court video technology; sheriff says equipment has been gathering dust

Moffat County officials this morning touted a television link between the courthouse and jail -- the county's first connection under a nearly three-year-old telecommunications grant that law enforcement and court staff say they expected to have with the arrival of the Moffat County Public Safety Center in 2001.

Doctor presses support for current hospital location

The same night hospital board members set a date to visit potential building sites for a new hospital, they heard the arguments of a local doctor, who said a new hospital should be built where the current hospital sits.

Smallpox vaccinations begin locally

Healthcare workers to get shots as part of three-phase plan

Local health officials are moving ahead with plans to immunize medical staff against a smallpox outbreak at the same time the vaccination is not being recommended to the public.

Commissioners to discuss variety of issues

The Shiloh House in Craig currently has five juveniles in resident treatment but Director Anthony Noble says that in order to keep the doors to the facility open, administrators need that number to consistently be at 11.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Letters -- The importance of hearing from you

One of the most important parts of a newspaper is its Opinion Page -- a sounding board, a forum, a town square of sorts in which a variety of convictions and beliefs can be heard.

Battle of the unbeaten II

Boys up against match-up zone, size inside at Rifle

After practice on Wednesday, Moffat County High School boys coach Mike LeWarne showed his team the second half of the win over Steamboat Springs. Afterward he turned it off and told his players, "That was a great effort and a memorable game for you all, but it means nothing if you go out and get beat on Friday."

Entities begin plan review

Proposed guidelines encourage protecting custom, culture

Preserving agricultural land, protecting Moffat County's custom and culture and supporting multiple use of public lands were listed as priorities for the 54 county residents who took part in the city and county master planning process by submitting a questionnaire.

Smashing records

Local United Way celebrates 25 years with luncheon to honor contributors

Those who gathered for the Moffat County United Way celebration Thursday had two reasons to celebrate -- 25 years and a record-breaking fund drive.

Touch of Spice

Teaming up with the teamsters

The evenings just keep getting shorter and that has nothing to do with the season or the solstices or the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.

Gus Charchalis

Depleted wrestlers get past Meeker

While illness and injury didn't stop the Moffat County High School wrestling team from defeating Meeker and Battle Mountain in Thursday night's triangular meet, the news didn't get any better for the Bulldogs.

Tuesday, January 28

Partners to take state budget cut

Mentors program may not be able to assist more children

A state grant that helped start Moffat County Partners has been eliminated, gutting one-third of the non-profit group's budget and putting its future programs in question.

MCHS alum named new baseball coach

In order to continue his career in baseball, Scott Parker had to go back to where he started, and that's exactly what he wanted to do.

The joy of reading

Event offers children a chance to celebrate the written word

More than 280 students played games, won prizes and learned that reading can be fun Thursday at the third annual Family Literacy Carnival held at Moffat County High School.

Groups look at economic health of the Yampa Valley

The economic health of a community is traditionally measured by the number of jobs created or by the sale of goods and services, but that isn't how Northwest Colorado officials are gauging success. They're using a formula they say answers the question of what's really going on.

A lesson in community support

The Moffat County school board at its meeting Monday night decided against providing The Memorial Hospital with a letter of support for a new hospital because it wasn't "an issue for the board of education."

Bonnie J. Green


Pearl Lillian Schilder


Indoor soccer arena blocked

Goodwill project overwhelmed by ordinance obstacles

Plans to construct a building where youth and adults can play indoor soccer may never come into fruition if property owner William Sawer can't meet city parking and landscaping requirements.

Sloans celebrate 40th

Malleys celebrate 25th anniversary

City council nixes local bid preference idea

Craig City Council members didn't buy in on a suggestion that the city institute a policy to give preferential treatment to local businesses.

Beanpole project still early in 'growing season'

"It's still early in the growing season, but we're well on the way to harvesting a bumper crop."

Craig police

Monday, January 27

Group sets date for recall meeting

An informal group that came together last week to discuss recalling two Moffat County commissioners has scheduled a public meeting in two weeks to outline specific reasons of why the commissioners should be dismissed, form a committee to conduct a petition drive and take names of potential candidates.

Water rates reviewed tonight

Craig residents will see a 4 percent increase in their water and wastewater bills if the Craig City Council passes an ordinance tonight that would change the rates.

Father, sons advised of charges

The District Attorney's office has filed formal charges against three people arrested in Thursday's search of a suspected methamphetamine operation.

Swimmers unable to qualify more at Jeffco

The results sheet from the Moffat County High School swim team's effort at the Jeffco Invitational this weekend in Denver doesn't have too many varsity placers, but coach Ed Stehlin said that doesn't mean too much this year.

Super site

CNCC officials hope to see rec center, new hospital, new campus in one place

Supporting mind, body and health, all in one location.

Arson suspect gets plea agreement

A plea agreement accepted Monday will keep 62-year-old Terry Dean Magoon out of state prison.

Roping his way back to his roots

Area native Don Moraites finds a new way of life in Lay

Don Moraites finds himself tethered to the area of Moffat and Routt counties by stuff that's stronger than what he uses when he team ropes.

Close win a wake-up call for wrestlers

The final dual of the weekend for the Moffat County wrestling team was a win against Rifle,but it wasn't a pretty one. Therefore, the Monday practice following the 34-27 victory wasn't a pretty one either.

School board denies TMH letter of support

Supporting the construction of a new hospital is not school board business.

Sunday, January 26

Congressman pushes for more CWD action

Congressman Scott McInnis doesn't think the federal government is doing enough to aid the states battling chronic wasting disease and he wants agencies to come together with a plan on how to address the issue.

Police still investigating December storage building blaze

One month into an investigation, police say they haven't determined the cause of a fire that resulted in as much as $80,000 damage to a storage building on School Street.

Law Review

Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James travels to China to study its legal system

China's transition to a new legal system has most of the Western world watching, including Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James, who missed celebrating the 2002 New Year to get a first-hand look at the changes.

Luella Hawkins

'We own the Valley'

Bulldog varsity teams sweep first meeting with Sailors

Skowronski plays 'game of his life' to help boys

Dorothy Bailey

State receives zero applications for DA position

Friday is deadline to express interest in region's top prosecutor's spot

Help wanted: District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District. With a deadline arriving in four days, officials with Gov. Bill Owens late last week said nobody has applied for the top prosecutor's job in the district covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

Thursday, January 23

Residents discuss recall of county commissioners

A recall effort of two Moffat County commissioners was the subject of a meeting of more than 30 people gathered in a suite at the Craig Holiday Inn Thursday.

Swimmers anxious to compete at Jeffco

Jeni Bamford has been looking forward to the Jeffco swim meet just as much as anyone else on the Moffat County High School girls swim team.

Three arrested in raid of suspected meth lab

A father and two sons face drug charges after police Thursday executed a search warrant at a Craig residence suspected to house a methamphetamine operation.

The process of planning

Moffat County is in the process of creating a master plan and is working with the cities of Craig, Dinosaur, Meeker and Hamilton so the plan conforms to what those cities are already implementing.

Herman Seibert

Men to be arraigned on unrelated charges

Alleged cases of arson, auto theft on District Court docket

Two men -- one who allegedly set fire to a mobile home he once rented, the other charged in a series of auto part thefts -- are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in District Court.

Touch of Spice

Hindsight is 20/20

I was on my own the other night. My husband was out of town and we were down to the last diaper.

Board to consider TMH letter

Superintendent says support would be for 'the better of community'

The Moffat County Board of Education will decide Monday if it wants to write a letter of support for The Memorial Hospital to construct a new facility in Craig.

Wednesday, January 22

Girls: Confident Sailors believe time is right to beat rivals

Many of the Moffat County High School girls basketball players have been waiting for this game since getting clobbered by Steamboat in volleyball.

Work on Art Walk gets under way

Looking for tips on good pottery?

Shiloh Home to host public meeting

Advisory board wants to discuss facility's purpose with area residents

It's been a year and a half and the administrators and board members of Shiloh Home Inc. in Craig want to discuss with the community what the youth care center has done since its inception and what it hopes to do in the future.

Nursing program continues to draw intense interest

Curriculum, state approval still in the works for courses that could ease shortage

The curriculum isn't set, much less approved by the state and classes won't start until the fall.

Tuesday, January 21

Building boom

City sees best year for start-up construction since 1998

The city of Craig issued 26 permits for new homes in 2002 -- the best year for start-up construction since at least 1998, according to the city's year-end construction report.

Craig police

Team Impact brings more than muscles Craig

Cinder blocks -- check. Steel bars -- check. Louisville Sluggers -- check. Handcuffs -- check

Attempted murder suspect arrested

Asked to appear in court by summons, a Craig man charged with attempted murder was arrested Tuesday morning after showing up before Judge Mary Lynne James.

Local teens learn life skills at independent living workshop

Elisa Shackelton says the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office in Moffat County has a plan that might help prevent the "boomerang" effect in young people moving away from home for the first time -- that is young people who move away after high school and end up moving back home a short time later.

Behind closed doors

Ralston says executive session showed a divided board and a resentful chairman

Former Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Director Wally Ralston wasn't fired from his position, but it was close.

The latest economic development

Board chooses to end Ralston's contract, bylaws remain in dispute

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board of directors voted 3-2 to end Wally Ralston's contract with the EDP in a vote that may or may not have been legal according to bylaws that may or may not govern the board.

Getting economic development back on course

When one gets beyond the chaos that continues to consume the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, the true victim in all of this is revealed.

Students investigate CWD

Project findings to be presented in February

For an in-depth research project, elementary school art teacher Steve Martinson wanted to find a subject to which students could relate.

Herman Seibert

Monday, January 20

Number of visitors to park decline

The number of visitors to Dinosaur National Park dropped for the fourth consecutive year, while numbers tracked by the park show a decline of more than 100,000 guests since 1999.

Craig police

Sticking With Sloan

A day with Moffat County wrestler Trevor Sloan

The Las Vegas tournament is always a big one for the Moffat County High School wrestling team.

Swim team preps for Jeffco after home dual

The home pool advantage didn't kick in for the Moffat County High School swim team this weekend.

Despite inconsistencies, girls win big in both games

While the scores resembled each other in the two wins for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team this weekend, coach Craig Mortensen liked what he saw more Friday night than the next afternoon.

Basketball teams sweep weekend action

Padon leads boys to 74-61 and 66-44 home league wins

Before this weekend, senior Joe Padon was expected to do one thing every game for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team -- guard the other team's best player. After this weekend, other teams may need to start assigning one of their better defensive players to him as he was the Bulldogs' leading scorer in wins over Palisade and Delta.

Victims' group seeks volunteers

Volunteers' best are wanted for life's worst in Moffat County as a local victim's service group seeks extra help.

Study could be economic crystal ball

Analysis to chart the comings and goings of money in area

Moffat County is partnering with Colorado State University to update a 1994 economic baseline analysis that charts where money comes from and where it goes in Moffat County.

EMS debate continues

Steele's request to be commission liaison rejected

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele didn't want an EMS coordinator in Maybell.

Sunday, January 19

Elmer Humphrey

Ernest Anderson

Craig police

Wrestlers golden in Vegas tournament

Bulldogs earn eight first-place finishes

It's a good thing that the McCarran Airport in Las Vegas had metal detectors instead of medal detectors or the Moffat County High School wrestling team might still be at airport.

'Dog domination: Old Dogs teach new tricks

"Moffat County, Moffat County," could be heard at Centennial High School in Las Vegas over the weekend but it wasn't because the Moffat County High School fans were cheering.

Groups say state covered up CWD exposure

State official calls accusation

When chronic wasting disease was discovered on the Western Slope for the first time last spring, the Colorado Division of Wildlife said it was surprised at the disease's jump from the endemic area near Fort Collins -- the only place the disease was known to exist up until that time.

Attempted murder suspect summoned to court

A Craig man faces charges of attempted murder in a case in which the accused has not been arrested.

Partners for life

A Moffat County organization builds generational bridges between youth and adults

When Robin Shiffbauer looked around Craig six years ago she noticed something. She saw children in the town with busy parents and, at the same time, she knew of adults who had some time on their hands. She put the two together and envisioned that those children and adults could be connected in a mentoring program.

Thursday, January 16

Craig Police Department seeking resident input on program

The Craig Police Department wants input on the department's direction over the next five years.

Takinga dive

Swim team gets ready formeet this Saturday

Diving practice is painful.

Hockey team prepares for the Colorado Cup tournament

With an 11-1-1 record the Craig bantam hockey team has been relatively unchallenged this season. That will all change Saturday when they face off against teams from around the county at the Colorado Cup tournament in Colorado Springs.

Blood shortage misses Colorado

As hospitals elsewhere delay surgeries because of worries over blood stock, a blood supplier serving Craig's hospital says shortages haven't hit Colorado.

Economic Development director resigns

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership tried to fire its director, lost a board member and almost forced the removal of Chairman Les Hampton at an emergency meeting called Thursday night.

High school to go to Saturday detention

Tami Williamson, a freshman at Moffat County High School, says she's never had a detention.

Touch of Spice

It's a full-time job

I got a laptop computer for Christmas -- an invaluable tool in combining a full-time job with motherhood, I told my husband.

Craig police

Wednesday, January 15

Wrestlers leave for annual Vegas trip

Seven years ago when the Moffat County High School wrestling team went to Las Vegas for the first time, the common theme throughout the tournament was Bulldog domination. Seven years later, much of the same is still expected.

Harmonica player coming to Craig

A classical musician is coming to Craig Saturday, but he won't be toting a violin, cello or French horn, and he won't be sitting at a piano.

Craig police

Jack Dean Spoonemore


Moffat County housing starts fall 20 percent

New housing starts in Moffat County fell nearly 20 percent last year from the pace of 2001.

School creating more effective consequences

Detention and suspension are often debated as to their effectiveness in schools. In fact, MCHS faculty and administration have committed to creating more effective consequences to prevent and deter misbehavior and truancy.

Bleeding the Black

Naming names

When it comes to naming names, especially in cases of criminal activity, a newspaper must be careful, fair and accurate in how it handles suspects and victims.

Landfill use fees to see increase

Drop in property tax revenue leaves shortfall in dump budget

County officials are considering a plan that could increase revenue at the Moffat County Landfill to the tune of more than $40,000 this year.

More than just a 'water girl'

Trainers prove to be valuable assets on the sidelines

Whatever you do, don't call them mop maids.

Tuesday, January 14

Pool agreement to remain in place

The Moffat County High School pool will continue to be run under management of the Craig Parks and Recreation Department -- a situation described as "win-win" by both entities.

City backs snowmobile races

Cooperation from the city of Craig will ensure residents some action this winter.

Economic development is not your business

The Economic Development Partnership, Inc. is funded with public money and the public has the right to know what it is up to.

Motions denied

Moffat County's newest commissioner strikes out 11 times

"We have a motion. Is there a second?"

City council develops ballot questions

Craig residents will have to consider three questions on the city's April ballot but giving city council members pay raises won't be one of them.

Pearl Schilder

Craig police

Burden on American public schools growing

School curriculum has expanded nearly 100 percent while length of day, resources stay essentially the same

In 1640, the Massachusetts Puritans established schools to teach basic reading, some writing and arithmetic and to cultivate values that served a democratic society.

Entertainment tonight

Ambassadors provided more than a game of hoops for an estimated 600 fans

The Harlem Ambassadors promised an entertaining basketball show for those who came to watch. By the applause, smiles and length of the autograph line at the end of the game, it appeared as if the hoopsters had fulfilled their promise.

Documents denied

Economic Development board chair refuses access to records

How the $50,000 Moffat County and the city of Craig have contributed to the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is being spent isn't a matter of public record, according to board Chairman Les Hampton.

Trash compromise denied

Taxpayers stuck with two bills for same service

A dispute over trash collection at the Public Safety Center has landed the sheriff and county commissioners in a stink over turf and the taxpayers with two contracts providing the same service to one facility.

Local manager says latest Kmart closures will not impact his store

Kmart Corp. Tuesday said thousands will lose jobs with the closure of 326 stores nationwide in the company's latest round of belt-tightening that looks to miss the Craig outlet once again.

Monday, January 13

County approves EMS post

Sheriff says commissioners had decided on issue 'long ago'

In the midst of a debate Monday on the pros and cons of hiring an emergency medical services coordinator for western Moffat County, Commissioner Les Hampton decided enough had been said.

Replacement for district attorney sought

Gov. Bill Owens' staff is accepting applications for the position of District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District, while one Craig prosecutor will seek the job.

Swimmers get more familiar with Glenwood

The Moffat County High School swim team is starting to become familiar with its Glenwood Springs counter part. Including last weekend's double dual against Glenwood and Delta, the Bulldogs have swam against the Demons in all four meets of the season.

NC Telecom contract with the county amended

Attorneys representing NC Telecom agree that Moffat County will keep money in an escrow account as long as it takes to spend it, Moffat County's new commissioner said Monday.

Club continues fund-raise for commemoration

The High Plains Mustang Club wants to commemorate the mustangs while the horses still have herds roaming parts of Colorado.

Pearl Schilder

Augusta Rafaela Ahon de Maradiegue


Chester A. "Slim" Roberts


Sunday, January 12

Road resolution adopted

Environmental groups, government agencies oppose county move

The Moffat County commissioners passed a resolution Friday that the county land use board chairman says will help the county maintain its custom and culture by assuring recreational, agricultural and mineral development use of federal lands in the county.

Emergency assistance

Local dispatchers lend helping hands to officers, victims

"Here," Debbie Moncrief leapt from the dispatcher's chair, passing her line to a colleague trained to handle 911 medical emergencies.

Chester A. 'Slim' roberts

Craig police

Landscape Trust offered as alternative to wilderness

In the fight to designate public lands in Moffat County as wilderness, the oil and gas industry loses and that, public officials argue, means the local economy loses.

Business class offered locally looks at keeping track of goals

A variety of business classes will be offered in Craig this month that include:

Bulldogs capture Dog Fight Duels title

With a team that was three weight classes short of being full strength, the Moffat County High School wrestling team drove over another obstacle in the way of a third-straight state championship with a victory at the Dog Fight Duels in Craig.

MCHS basketball sweeps Battle Mountain

The four-hour bus ride back from Battle Mountain was made less tedious for the Moffat County High School basketball boys and girls teams Saturday with a six-game sweep of the Huskies.

Project expected to increase worker numbers

Combined with a scheduled outage, the environmental retrofit at the Craig Station Power Plant is expected to bring the biggest influx of workers to Craig since the plant's third unit was added to the 1,264-megawatt facility.

Thursday, January 9

Craig police

DOW targets elk population

Wildlife commission plans to adjust number of hunting licenses, extend second season

Colorado Wildlife Commissioners Thursday approved plans to increase the number of either-sex licenses while cutting bull elk tags, as officials also extended this fall's second rifle season.

Sheriff offers EMS plan to county

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead thinks he has a plan that can improve rural emergency medical, fire and law enforcement services in Moffat County.

Dog Fight Duo

Craig couple has officiated and cheered for Bulldogs for more than 30 years

The Dog Fight Duels wrestling tournament got underway at 3 p.m. today and Mark and Lois Olson were where they have been the last 30 years.

Area residents stand up and take a bow

In the simplest of terms, one might put a price tag on the generosity of Moffat County residents at about $335,000 -- the amount raised for the United Way during the annual campaign fund-raiser at the close of last year.

Touch of Spice

All's fair in love and sisterhood

My husband is one of three boys. To him, fighting is a quick punch timed just as mom enters the room, so you think there's no chance for retaliation, which is not true as a swift kick under the kitchen table soon reveals.

Brendon Harper

County to test new 911 system

Moffat County's emergency manager might be calling residents at home next week.

Meeker cowboy loves life on the land

Cowboy Jim Sheridan has spent most of his life either on his horse or tending his cattle.

Basketball show coming to town

Moffat County High School basketball coach Mike LeWarne is honing his hoops skills.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Are we losing faith in the First Amendment?

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution is more than 200 years old and, according to a recent survey conducted by the Freedom Forum, some Americans believe it may be outdated.

High school sets achievement goals

Change is constant at Moffat County High School. With the end of first semester, class changes and new student enrollments as well as semester exams are keeping everyone busy. As you've read earlier in the Craig Daily Press, the changes don't end there.

Brendan Harper

Emergency, health officials work on area small pox plan

Vaccinating large groups of people seemed an easy enough concept at one time for Clyde Anderson.

'Silly Supper' for a serious cause

The third annual "Silly Supper" has been scheduled for Jan. 19 at Moffat County High School.

Red Dogs set to host annual hockey tourney

It used to be that the Craig Red Dog hockey team would hope and pray for freezing weather before the annual Red Dog Invitational. Sub-zero temperatures meant frozen ice on the non-refrigerated ink. Now all it means is that the gear is going to be really cold when they put it on for practice.

Application deadline for United Way looming

Moffat County's non-profit organizations have until the end of tomorrow's working day to apply for funding this year from United Way.

Wednesday, January 8

More CWD found in Northwest Colorado

Commission to study chronic wasting disease information

Seven more animals statewide have tested positive for chronic wasting disease outside of Colorado's endemic area.

Tuesday, January 7

A Pandora's Box at public schools

Later this month, the Moffat County School District will review its policies regarding the distribution of printed materials, including those of a religious nature, on school grounds.

Craig police

A head start on kindergarten

Preschool program allows students to explore their world

In the center of the room children build a castle out of blocks, only to push their hands into it and watch it tumble seconds later.

Musicland-Sam Goody kills mall negotiations

Musicland-Sam Goody has pulled out of negotiations to bring an outlet to Centennial Mall, the facility's manager said Tuesday.

Commission to consider increasing hunting licenses

The Colorado Wildlife Commission Thursday will consider issuing thousands of either-sex licenses for elk covering numerous units around Craig and Northwest Colorado as the state looks to get a handle on growing elk populations.

Nurse's case goes to District Court

Documents show Craig woman allegedly endangered patients' lives

The case of a nurse who allegedly stole and consumed painkillers and who, court documents claim, endangered the lives of patients at The Memorial Hospital was bound over to District Court Tuesday.

Burning off the break

January wrestling practice no easy feat

As Moffat County High School assistant wrestling coach Don Guffy started practice for the Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon he asked them, "Who puked last night after practice?" As three wrestlers raised their hands there was some mumbling about how difficult the first official practice since Christmas break had been. But nobody complained too much because they knew what to expect coming back from some time off.

Classes offered in infants, toddler care

All it takes is a commitment of time. The rest is free.

Monday, January 6

Vanatta appointed to regional board

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta has been tapped to represent local Colorado law enforcement as a board director with the Rocky Mountain Information Network.

House calls

Meals-on-wheels program serves up more than lunch to local seniors

Those who run the local meals-on-wheels program say the most important part of the service might not be the hot meal that are delivered to the homes of senior citizens every day at about noon.

Craig police

MCHS boys pull away in second half to beat Meeker

Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne isn't 100 percent sure what athletes did during their two weeks off over Christmas Break.

Bigger faster stronger

MCHS athletes hit the weight room while plans for a new one get under way

As sophomore Michael Babb stood on stage during the Moffat County High School football team's awards ceremony he was holding back a smile and although he wouldn't admit it, blushing a little bit.

White Horse becomes white elephant

Asbestos removal process proves costly for city, property owner

The "nice guy" approach doesn't seem to be working for the city in getting the old White Horse Inn demolished, but few options are left to either the city or the owners of the building.


Lana Ann Newkirk

Ofelia Quezada

More delays

Company backs off of any further predictions on when services will be available

Internet services touted by NC Telecom to be ready in December remain undelivered and the Meeker firm's operations manager Monday said he wouldn't predict when those services would be up and running.

Agencies brace for further cuts

State Legislature looks to trim budget

With a forecasted $850 million in state cuts looming, local agency directors are keeping close watch on this year's legislative session to see how big of a slice is taken out of their piece of the pie in coming months.

Alexander Joseph Holinka

Bulldogs miss chances against Warriors

With two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied, 54-54, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team felt pretty good about its chances to defeat the Grand Junction Central Warriors. The Bulldog's best shooter, senior Laurel Mortensen, was on the free throw line for a one-and-one and the chance to break the tie.

Local American Legion commander dedicated to vets

Gar Williams is a humble man and does not readily give away clues to his years of service in the military or his advocacy for supporting local veterans.

McLimans gets nod as judge

Conflicts of interest could keep DA away from criminal cases for a year

Gov. Bill Owens has named 14th Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans to replace Judge Joel Thompson, while potential conflicts could mean the soon-to-be former prosecutor won't hear criminal cases this year.

Thursday, January 2

Baby race ends in happy occasion for cousins

When most residents were preparing to return to work Thursday and settle in for post-holiday normalcy, a race was ensuing in The Memorial Hospital Maternity Ward.

Stepping up to the plate

Triple Crown could mean big bucks for community, director says

An official for Triple Crown Sports, which recently signed a five-year contract with Steamboat Springs, says he has an idea that could eventually generate at least $500,000 in summertime revenue for the Craig area -- if the community is interested.

A healthy discussion regarding a hospital

Some public officials after getting to office often develop a condescending "who's-the-doctor?", "if-it-wasn't-for-the-public-we-could-get-some-work-done" attitude.

Basketball teams return to games before school

Girls open up with talented GJ Central

As the Moffat County High School girls basketball team hopped back on the hardwood for the first time in two weeks, the only thing fresh was the new coat of paint that had been applied in the gym over Christmas break.

Trip to Meeker up next for boys

Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne spent a lot of time in front of the television over his Christmas break. But instead of the traditional "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol," he popped a MCHS basketball game tape in the VCR.

Energy assistance still available

If winter heating costs look to chill your wallet, qualifying families over the next three months can still apply to a program designed to help get energy bills paid.

White reviews session

While budget and water worries loom large, state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, isn't making predictions on the fate of several causes or bills he's taken up.

Touch of Spice

Made for film

They always choose their dad's side, but that doesn't matter, because in the heat of battle, they're more hindrance than help, and in the attempt to capture my arm, 10-year-old Alex lodged his foot in his dad's mouth.

Wednesday, January 1

The real emergency is a failure to plan

When the Moffat County Commission decided it would allow only six days in which people could apply for an EMS coordinator for western Moffat County, were they really searching for a legitimate pool of candidates in which to choose from?

County works to provide public land access

Environmental groups say process may lead to 'damaging' improvements

Moffat County officials are putting the final touches on a plan they say will help ensure the public's access to public land in Moffat County.

Silent night

Local law enforcement officers report no DUIs on New Year's Eve

Snowy roads helped ensure a quiet New Year's Eve for area law enforcement officers as several agencies reported no drunk-driving arrests.

Local snowmobiler preparing for X-Games

On the wall of Bobby Hankins' office is a fluorescent reminder of the snowmobile racers successful past. The bright racing vest with a black "32" and "Hankins" on the back is from the racers' first trip to the Winter Xtreme Games in '98. At the end of January, Hankins will return to the X-Games and he hopes to bring home more than just a vest.

Independent life Center offers transportation for disabled

A transportation option geared toward the disabled is trying to pick up where taxi service left off.

Maybell Ambulance receives grant

Old ties are usually the strongest, and those ties paid off for the Maybell Ambulance Service.

Craig police

Sonny Kossar

Bleeding the Black Ink

What makes news the news

Ever wonder what makes a story or why one paper puts a story on the front page while another buries the same item in the back?

Residents want hospital built for the future

Now that requests for proposals of land where a new hospital for Moffat County might be built have been submitted, hospital board member Ron Danner said the building committee still has to discuss how to proceed.

Bowls full of jelly

It's been established by every sports writer and his armchair quarterback brother that corporate sponsors' names on bowl games are about as natural as wearing shorts in January. Instead of practicing to say players' names before games, announcers have to roll Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl off their tongues 10 times to prepare for the game. But I'm here to tell you the silly names of the bowls aren't the enemy, it's the vast number of them. Because now, in addition to missing their husbands during hunting season, wives of sportsmen have another season with which to contend -- college bowl season.

New year, new goals

Resolutions from public officials, community leaders mixed

Many public officials and community leaders kicking off the New Year say they've resolved to make no resolutions.