Stories for July 2003

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Thursday, July 31

Touch of Spice

From the mouths of babes, and their parents

When cousin Isiac started calling his mother Candice, I laughed. It made perfect sense to me. I mean, why call her mommy when everyone else called her something different?

The fizzle of the sizzle

Burger King restaurant closes its doors after more than 20 years of business

Burger King, which has been fixture in Craig for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Thursday and all 12 employees have been left without a job, its district manager said.

Anything but fishy

Officers, youth celebrate fishing, new name of pond

Officials christened the "Little Rascals Pond" at the Public Safety Center Thursday, awarding the grand prize in the "Name the Pond Contest" to 8-year-old Molly Nations.

All is fair in Moffat County

It was 85 years ago today that residents of Moffat County came together to celebrate their heritage, the place they lived, put their skills to the test and hobnob with those who they hadn't seen for months during the harvest season.

Craig man survives motorcycle wreck

A Craig man who suffered head injuries in a motorcycle accident will likely return to work Monday, according to Theron's Place employees who spoke with their boss Thursday.

The price of property

County residents appeal property appraisals

Dave and Lee Gilmer of Craig were shocked to discover the 2003 appraised value of a house they paid $85,000 for less than ten years ago.

Wednesday, July 30

The check's in the mail -- for some

Child tax credit checks bring more income to families

Mark and Kerry Marion of Craig were surprised to pull a $1,200 rebate check from their mailbox last week.

Local CSAP scores released

According to Colorado state assessment tests results released Wednesday, Moffat County School District students are performing at or below the state averages.

Board approves roof repairs for hospital

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees voted 6 to 1 Wednesday to spend $100,000 repairing the leaky roof on the ailing building slated for replacement.

Taking out the trap

Youth take advantage of Craig Trap Club's night for them

Nine-year-old Hilton Smith couldn't decide if he was more excited about getting a plaque for finishing second in the sub junior competition at the Craig Youth Trap Shoot/National Rifle Association Appreciation night at the or preparing to take a hunter safety class in the fall. But there was no question he was pretty pumped to have earned a plaque.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Freedom of information means freedom for you

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking before the local noon Lions Club on a topic that I find near and dear to my heart and one that I thought the organization might find interesting.

Residents express concern over speeders

Debate over whether deputy should be posted in Shadow Mountain continues

Speeding motorists continue to be the top problem facing the community of Shadow Mountain Village.

Lack of residents brings end to juvenile home

Moffat County's only juvenile treatment home will close its doors in late August after months of losing money, according to Shiloh House Administrator Anthony Noble.

Tuesday, July 29

Airport beacon bidders in the dark

Questions over location put landing device installation in holding pattern

Moffat County commissioners will decide Thursday which one of four companies should install a beacon at the Craig Municipal Airport.

County commissioners to discuss drive-in's fate

The drama over the future of Craig's drive-in theater may unfold Thursday at the Moffat County commissioners' meeting.

Elkhead Reservoir plan back on track

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials have decided to withdraw last-minute changes to an agreement between the city, the DOW and the Colorado River Water Conservation District that could have delayed construction for nearly a year.

Men's softball tournament down to three

Don't tell the players on the Action Drain/Mountain West Insurance and Big O Tires/JC Penney teams of the Craig Men's League that it's just recreational softball. Their rivalry goes back long enough that it's been a while since it was just friendly competition.

Lynx win their way into fourth title game of the summer

Dylan Camilletti and Graig Medvesk minimized the need for some back-to-school shopping by getting new shirts last weekend at the Triple Crown Division 2 Regional Championship in Fort Collins.

Roden-Munger

Cole Shawn Curtis

Emily Larie Gonzales

Craig police

Craig woman invents game to teach life lessons

A Craig woman who invented a game aimed at teaching children the basics of financial independence hopes to bring its lessons to "every school."

Xcel Energy to respond to rate increase calculation error

Xcel Energy will file revised versions of inaccurate financial documents Thursday after recently admitting to an error in its calculations of proposed rate increases, according to documents from Xcel.

Virginia "Ginny" Booren

1924-2003

Oh brother, where art thou?

The upcoming membership meeting that the local American Legion has called for Saturday has brought to light a common occurrence that has rippled its way across the country and hit Moffat County as well.

School district to offer parents new 'tools'

For parents who wonder why children misbehave, what consistency means to children or how to punish a child in a way that won't punish them, the Moffat County School District has a new program that might help.

Monday, July 28

Nurse sentenced to 10 days in jail

Plea agreement allows former TMH employee to keep her license

A former TMH nurse who admitted to stealing narcotics from an operating room lock box was sentenced Monday to 10 days in jail under a deferred sentence and judgement agreement that will allow her to keep her nursing license.

District drops charter school plan -- for now

Superintendent encourages Dinosaur committee to reapply in October

Though Dinosaur residents won't send their children off to a district-funded charter school this fall, other plans laid by the members of the charter school steering committee aren't poised for extinction.

Former nursing home families, employees struggle

Lila Herod's great-uncle was living at Valley View Manor before the nursing home closed its doors earlier this month.

County gets financial statements to auditors

Moffat County officials recently forwarded auditors the county's 2002 financial statements.

Ence-Luke

Roden-Munger

Trap club hosts shoot for youth

The Craig Trap Club is having a celebration.

Sunday, July 27

Area's river district looks for answers

Western Colorado residents may not know what the Colorado River Water Conservation District is but they do support what the river district is doing to protect Colorado's water resources.

A pig tale

Swine show superintendents won't hog all credit for event's success

As he hopped out of his truck and walked up to the hog building at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Nick Charchalis greeted John Haddan with a simple question.

Craig police

Cutting the fat out

Residents advised to adopt exercise, healthy diet for better quality of life

While Colorado may have the smallest number of obese residents in the nation, doctors in Craig say that's no reason for people to neglect exercise.

Moffat County addresses road initiative

A couple of environmental groups met in Steamboat Springs Friday to protest Moffat County's more than 2,000 miles of public rights of way.

Children, adults catch the bug about insects

Playing with bugs can be fascinating, according to some children and adults who recently attended an insect identification event.

Thursday, July 24

Assembly of God Soul Center offers programs for youth

Youth-run, youth-fun, a great benefit for younger side of Craig. The Soul Center Youth Group, sponsored by the Assembly of God Church, is a youth-run organization providing character-building and soul-searching opportunities to local youth.

Kickin' back on the beach

In Bill Sawer's house there is a sign that has the quote "If you build it they will come" cut into the wood.

'Civical' fitness? Get out and run

The Moffat County School District is gearing up for school board elections in November.

Touch of Spice

There are no rules at the pool

OK, I admit that taking a book to the swimming pool along with five kids was being pretty ambitious. Foolhardy even.

Christopher Miller

County prepares to ax budget

Department heads urged to use 2001 figures

Balancing the county budget should be based on 2001 figures, Moffat County commissioners recently told department officials.

New weight-lifting room muscles over automotive class

Barbells and treadmills will replace wrenches and lugnuts this fall as Moffat County High School students head back to class.

Fair parade moved to beginning of event

The annual parade for the Moffat County Fair, which usually occurs the last weekend of the fair, has been moved to Aug. 2, which is the first weekend of the event.

Vanessa Lynn Pech

Wednesday, July 23

Craig police

Sunshine Loop takes local

The Sunshine Loop race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series is the longest of the series. For Craig's Steve Martinson the race took a little bit longer than planned.

Coast to coast: Herndon adjusts to a new league

Junior Herndon played for Portland last year.

Police inspecting child car seats for safety

The Craig Police Department is now offering free child car seat inspections and instruction on proper car seat use.

Tobacco program struggles under funding cuts

Last year, Judy Hiester ran the Routt County Tobacco Prevention Program for the Visiting Nurses Association. This year, because of budget cuts, Hiester runs programs for both Routt and Moffat counties.

Joy ride

Police see trend in theft of vehicles that have been left with engine running

A hitchhiker allegedly stole an unattended pickup Wednesday from the parking lot of Loaf N' Jug west of town.

Cutting through obstacles

Local women find strength, resources to start and stay in business

When Darcey Walker arrived in Craig more than four years ago, she said opening a business here was like trying to learn a foreign language.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Obituaries in a community newspaper

An ongoing debate among some community newspapers throughout the country right now is whether or not to charge people for running obituaries.

Tuesday, July 22

To burn or not to burn?

New plan that would allow fires on private land to burn with owner's consent put on hold as area experiences peak fire season

It wasn't long ago that a local landowner was miffed when local firefighters started to extinguish a blaze that started naturally on private land.

Dinosaur Monument blaze keeps BLM busy

The Peterson Fire on the Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County is proving to be a prime example of how dry conditions can spur "large, rapid fire growth," according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Four seats open for district election

The Moffat County School District will start the process for finding new directors for its board at a Thursday meeting.

City hires consulting firm to sell rec center to public

The Craig City Council voted Tuesday to contract with George K. Baum & Company, which will assist the city in a bid to build a recreation center in Craig.

Library program continues to offer incentives to young readers

What may seem like the hundredth year of the Library Reading Program, will only be in the double digits.

Local ball clubs find wins losses in state tourney

The difference of one run made or broke the hopes of the three Craig All-Star teams at the Triple Crown youth baseball state tournaments in Denver.

Consignment sale to offer quality goods to Moffat County parents

For people interested in getting children's clothes at a reasonable price, the answer might be just down at the mall. The Centennial Mall, that is.

Are we playing with fire?

The Moffat County leadership Monday decided against imposing a countywide fire ban because predicted weather would lessen the fire danger.

Excel expected to respond to $80 million overstatement tomorrow

Xcel Energy will respond Thursday to accusations by Yampa Valley Electric Association that Xcel made an error of $80 million in its June proposal to increase wholesale electricity rates by 5 percent, said Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz this week.

Monday, July 21

Commissioners question state assessments

Significant decreases in last year's state-assessed values of public utilities are serious business for Moffat County commissioners as it relates to the outcome of next year's budget.

Craig resident's cups runneth over

Jeanne Smith's cup collection gets national notoriety

Jeanne Smith of Craig collects cups -- more than 1,100 of them.

Pressley-Dalton

Robinson-Kropinak

Moffat County still free of fire restrictions

While many surrounding counties are beginning to impose fire bans because of dry conditions, Moffat County officials have decided to hold off on such restrictions for now, said Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead.

Nurse's aid

Financial assistance sought by students who want to attend new program

Practical nursing classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig kick off in August but personal financial difficulties may prove to be the final hurdle for students in the much-anticipated program.

Sunday, July 20

Evan James Baker

Siminoe

Reishus-Som

Juanita G. Hemken

1943-2003

John Thomas Washburn

1924-2003

Craig sees successful return of Ride-n-Tie

Neil Call can remember his first ride at a rodeo. It happened in 1996 at his hometown rodeo, the Ride-n-Tie Rodeo in Craig.

4-H market sheep program teaches responsibility, networking

In the darkness of the nearly empty show barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 13-year-old Angie Charchalis struggled to control Hal, her 5-month-old lamb whose nervousness at being led caused him to jump up and sideways in an attempt to break her hold.

Health risk from sun avoidable

As the weather continues to hang in the high 90s, it is not hard to develop problems associated with being in the sun, according to several healthcare professionals in Moffat County, although they disagree on how often these problems occur.

Craig police

Jim Carns

1907-2003

Sigrid I. Quale

1923-2003

Sea Sharks score solid weekend in Rangely

RANGElY -- While members of the Craig Sea Sharks swim club weren't shaved and tapered for the Western Slope Championships, most of its swimmers did shave off some time from their previous best efforts.

Joseph Richard Janosec

1933-2003

City continues search for attorney

The eight candidates for the position of city of Craig attorney may not know until September whether they've been selected.

Area foster parents still sought

Since Moffat County Social Services started searching for new foster parents this summer, they have gained two families who are currently going through the application process.

Gideon John Reedy

The fair lady

Volunteer goes above and beyond the call of duty to make the Moffat County Fair a success

The Moffat County Fair depends upon the freely given time and energy of volunteers. When the fair kicks off Aug. 1, perhaps nobody will have contributed more than Rena Olsen, who organizes the home and garden section.

Maybell woman first in state to receive heart pump

Linda Sloan returned to her home outside of Maybell last week as the first woman to receive an artificial heart pump at University Hospital in Denver, said Diane Gould, Sloan's daughter.

EDP director could be hired in August

Partnership hoping to gain more members by then

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership's board of directors has delayed the hiring of a new director until the Partnership's affairs are put in order.

Allred-Dade

Curtis-Gulley

Martinez-Beckett

Thursday, July 17

Rio Blanco County enacts fire ban

Because of a lack of precipitation and extremely dry conditions, a countywide fire ban was issued on July 14 in order to reduce the danger of wildfires.

County wins budget award

Moffat County Finance Administrator Debra Murray said Thursday that a recent budget award was a culmination of hard work that started when she began her job at the county in 1998.

Sheriff's department positions fire trucks as danger increases

With the wildfire season picking up and fire bans on the horizon if dry weather continues, the Moffat County Sheriff's office is hoping to get a jump on wildland fires by stationing three of the county's 2.5-ton fire trucks at strategic locations in the county.

Boys and Girls Club steps closer to reality

Area children will be able to express their wishes through survey

Area children, through the use of a survey, are expected to give key input to a proposed Boys and Girls Club, a member of the organization's steering committee said Thursday.

Craig All-Star teams take on Triple Crown

The baseball fields in Craig may be a little empty this weekend. Three All-Star youth baseball teams will be in Denver.

Extension offices should stay extended

When we talk about keeping the Colorado State University Extension offices in rural areas instead of urban areas, aren't we simply promoting a preaching-to-the-choir attitude?

Craig police

Touch of Spice

Feed, shelter and ... oh yeah, clothe

I love that capri pants are in style. That fact extended the life of several summer outfits.

Wednesday, July 16

Bleeding the Black Ink

The bias toward bias and a call to action

Whether a newspaper has a circulation of more than 3,000, such as the Craig Daily Press, or a circulation of more than 300,000, such as the Orange County Register, when it comes down to brass tacks, these publications face the same problems when it comes to readership and credibility.

Joseph Irving Rotter

1917-2003

Steven Craig Shelton

1958-2003

Wednesday night wranglin'

Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series provides mid-week

For the 50 or so cowboys and cowgirls at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Wednesday night, there may have been at least that many different reasons they were there.

District attorney reaches plea agreements in several cases of those arrested in drug raid in April

Three Craig men charged in connection with drug raids in April pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony drug charges after their attorneys secured agreements with the District Attorney's office.

Craig duo pedals for MS cause

Dylan and Garrett Schopper gave up two days of their summer to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis.

Area healthcare issues outlined

Education, infrastructure, mental healthcare needs top priorities

More education, more infrastructure, and better mental healthcare assistance topped a wish list from Moffat County during a statewide videoconference Wednesday night.

Riding program to 'stirrup' the call of the wild

Blazing Saddles, a program offered through a partnership between the Craig Parks and Recreation Office and Elk Horn Outfitters, offers children older than 7 a chance to spend the day or longer riding horses or mules, playing around in the outdoors and camping.

Craig police

Tuesday, July 15

Nursing home closing to impact hospital

The closure of Valley View Manor probably will not affect The Memorial Hospital's critical access status but the financial blow will be significant, said hospital Administrator Randy Phelps Tuesday.

Brakes lock-up apparent cause of rollover

A tanker truck rolled off Highway 13 about 20 miles north of Craig just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Extension office, commissioners discuss stretching dollars

The Colorado State University Extension Office and the 4-H program could face changes if budgets continue to be slashed, said Nate Balstad and Elisa Shackelton of the local extension office.

Commissioners approve liquor license in Maybell

The R Family Restaurant in Maybell was granted a hotel liquor license by the Moffat County commissioners even though the restaurant is within 500 feet of the Maybell Public School.

Sharkmates

Murray siblings spend summers together as Sea Sharks

When the Craig Sea Sharks were at a swim meet in Meeker this summer, the Murray family realized that they were without a pair of goggles.

Medina-Gurr

Rowley-Frederickson

Lawmakers need to revisit VNA situation

With the closing of Valley View Manor, Craig's sole nursing home, last week and some stressful news from the Visiting Nurse Association this week, one can only wonder at the area's health care situation.

Craig police

Fairgrounds: More space, more people, more benefits

In the darkened pavilion, whispered conversations distracted from the speaker, but their topics were the same: The future of the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Monday, July 14

Critical condition

VNA director: Nursing home shutdown, cutbacks weaken 'public health care fabric'

The Visiting Nurse Association lost 30 percent of its staff because of budget cuts this year, said Executive Director Sue Birch.

Donald Robert Crouch

1937-2003

Craig police

The air up there

An organization of Larimer County residents turns to Craig to help bolster its argument against a CWD incinerator

The stench of what smelled like burnt flesh permeated Ed Relaford's neighborhood throughout the hunting season last year, a byproduct of an incinerator used to dispose of wildlife carcasses, some infected with chronic wasting disease.

County discusses new landfill plan

The Moffat County commissioners sounded less than positive when discussing the opening of a proposed privately owned transfer station near Craig to serve the solid waste disposal needs of Moffat County.

Speedway night ends with crippling IMCA wreck

As Brian Powers sat stuck in his car, track officials and emergency responders had their own race to get to him after a three-car wreck at the Hayden Speedway.

Francis L. Moore

1946-2003

Sunday, July 13

Meeker school leader leaves educational legacy

You may see Karen Benner in the administration halls this coming school year, but her title will no longer be superintendent.

Martinez-Beckett

Watson-Harper

Raine Marie Dremel

Rowan Sage Sisk

Slater Dane Durbin

Preston Harley David

On target

Four-H members get ready for shooting sports competition at Moffat County Fair

The rapid firing of guns from another part of the gun range reverberated through the Bears Ears Sportsman Club.

Craig Police

Jumping for JOs

Sea Sharks earn five Junior Olympics qualifications at home meet

It took two years, but Markie Workman, Caitlin Conci and Vanessa Murray knew that if they could get a relay team together, times would be fast.

Denver golfer outlasts field, heat at Silver Bullet tourney

With 100-degree heat for the second straight day of the Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament, Sunday's leader, Angela King, was ready to finish as quick as she could. Her birdie on the 18th hole made sure that an early finish would be possible.

County finance admin resigns

Moffat County Administrator Debra Murray announced her resignation effective July 25. Murray will start Aug. 4 in her new position as a budget analyst with Mesa County.

Hospital earns high marks

The Memorial Hospital took in $1.7 million in extra Medicare reimbursements in the 15 months since gaining critical access status in March 2002. A high score on a recent accreditation survey ensures that TMH will continue to receive those reimbursements, said Randy Phelps, hospital administrator.

Liquor license plan gets mixed reviews

Some Craig business owners say that any change in city policy that improves communication between the Craig City Council and liquor license holders is much needed. Others believe a new policy would create some consistency in a process that has been largely inconsistent and has created tension among business owners and the council.

Social services experiences three-fold crunch

Because of a reduction of state and federal allocations, as well as no increase in the mill levy this past year, Rio Blanco County Social Services has experienced a "triple whammy," according to Bonnie Ruckman, director of Social Services.

Thursday, July 10

David H. Adams

1931-2003

Swimmers dive into final home meet at home

The Craig Sea Shark's A-B-C swim meet, which will wrap up regular season competition, is a welcome weekend for sea shark Sari Maneotis.

Heavy metals

Five Gym Gems gymnasts place at state

Even after completing a two-and-a-half hour practice, bright smiles and shiny medals were all the evidence that onlookers needed to know that things were good for the Gym Gems Gymnastic team.

Boys, girls club deserves community support

A local group of residents has received permission from the Boys & Girls Club of America to begin the process necessary to receive a charter and initial funding for a club in Craig. After attending a meeting about the club and understanding more about what it will mean for Moffat County, we couldn't be more impressed with the initiative and vision of this group and we think that this endeavor will be a resounding success.

Touch of Spice

The fear factor

Among kids, fear is a cycle.

Local man named American Legion chaplain

Sometimes a person finds his place in an organization and stays. James Douglas Thomas is such a person.

John Thomas Washburn

Jim Carns

Boys, girls club offers youth options, activities

Imagine a scenario in which a young mother must choose between leaving her children alone or going to a job interview that could mean a better way of life for her family. Imagine a single father who must leave his children alone at night to finish his shift at the mine. Imagine if these very real scenarios never had to happen again.

Locals address workplace violence

Community gets behind effort

On the same day local residents and law enforcement gathered to discuss violence in the workplace, a disgruntled employee gunned down and killed five of his co-workers in Meridian, Miss.

Wednesday, July 9

Cabrera-Presley

Gretta Murle Hellesen

1899-2003

Bleeding the Black Ink

Credibility, accuracy remains uphill battle

One would think after the whole Jayson Blair fiasco at the New York Times and the mess at the Salt Lake Tribune involving the Elizabeth Smart case and the National Enquirer, journalists would want to bolster credibility, accuracy and ethics much more seriously. You would think that most journalists would want to prove that "that isn't me."

Keeping the wheels rolling

Moffat County Parks and Recreation opens up ice arena to roller blading

Moffat County Parks and Recreation supervisor Steve Grandbouche said he remembers the last time Craig had a roller skating rink.

Preliminary hearing for drug suspect postponed

The preliminary hearing for a Craig man arrested in an April drug raid was postponed Tuesday while the district attorney prepares a plea agreement it plans to offer the accused, said Assistant District Attorney David Waite.

Resident wants city to cover cost of damaged fence

Craig resident Red Courtner threatened to take the city of Craig to small claims court to recover $650 he believes he was shorted when a city trash truck backed into a chain link fence at Z's Motor Sports.

Input sought for fairgrounds' future

Envisioning a new fairground facility should be a community affair, said Sue Graler, the planning director for Moffat County.

Eliza A. Solace

1900-2002

Firefighters warn residents to burn with care

Craig Fire/Rescue contained a wildland fire south of Craig near a residence on Highway 13 Wednesday night.

Creator of museum statue provides restoration work

The Museum of Northwest Colorado's most visible exhibit received a face-lift in June, three months after vandals defaced the statue of James Robinson, a man museum director Dan Davidson calls "a really well-known cowboy."

County to mull landfill proposal

Preliminary plan could cut expenses, close county landfill

County commissioners are set to discuss a landfill decision at Monday's meeting that may save the cash-strapped county $2.5 million over six years -- $335,000 of that just in the next year.

Partners fund-raiser starts Sunday

Two fund-raisers coming up this month are being held to provide funding for children's activities held by Moffat County Partners.

Tuesday, July 8

The buck store stops in Craig

Family Dollar plans late-summer opening

Family Dollar a discount chain retail store, with an aggressive history of opening new stores around the country, will soon open in Craig.

Janosec, former countycommissioner dead at 70

Longtime resident remembered as influential high school principal, area leader

Joe Janosec, said to be a dedicated leader who worked tirelessly to improve Craig and Moffat County, died Monday night.

Moffat County's future could profit from its history

Sometimes innovation has deep roots.

Joe Janosec

Marvin E. Runyan

Youth soccer league continues to grow

Last year, Kevin Brown's Under14 Craig Youth Soccer team knew its competition well. That's because there was only one other team from Craig in the league and they faced each other every week.

DOW concerns delay Elkhead agreement, expansion

Late-breaking concerns from the Colorado Division of Wildlife caused the Craig City Council to table one agreement concerning the expansion of Elkhead Reservoir and could delay construction by nearly a year.

Craig City Council moves closer to liquor license procedures

Businesses that serve or sell alcohol will have much more work to retain their liquor licenses after a violation than they have in the past if the Craig City Council approves a resolution that has yet to be drafted.

Amigo.Net plans partnership with Qwest to renew DSL effort

Amigo.Net plans to upgrade its marquee wireless Internet service by bringing DS3 capacity to Craig in August, said Chief Technical Officer Robbie Jackson.

Ride-n-Tie rodeo around the corner

What started out as a ranch rodeo with pick-up trucks outlining a circle, has evolved into one of Moffat County's longest rodeo traditions and one that has been sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association.

Monday, July 7

Under the knife

Local state agencies continue to struggle under budget cuts

The Moffat County Department of Social Services weathered last year's state budget cuts, endured some disappointments, and emerged as an agency largely intact but struggling with fiscal hardships.

Federal money available for grassland conservation program

The federal government is offering landowners who want to reap the benefits of a conservation easement an option to do so without the long-term commitment,

Mayor says work on charter school continues

The Moffat County School District's denial of Dinosaur's request to have a charter school will be challenged, Dinosaur Mayor Richard Blakely said Monday.

Craig Police

U.S.D.A. food available to those eligible

U.S.D. A. food items will be available Wednesday morning in Craig for those households that qualify. The commodities also are offered Wednesday afternoon at the Dinosaur Social Service building.

Local job market frustrating, improving

After moving to Craig seven months ago, Chris Vincent is still looking for work.

One man's treasure: Work begins on living ranch

Some people collect rocks or baseball cards or stamps.

Sunday, July 6

County budget cuts for 2004 could be deep

Administrator predicts a 'difficult year'

The process of balancing Moffat County's 2004 budget, which isn't slated for adoption until Dec. 15, will be thwarted with challenges, county officials said Thursday.

Riding for the disabled

Sometimes it takes sleek-looking spandex and aching thighs to really get the word out.

Phillies surprise Cubs in 13-15 baseball championship

It was an unlikely scenario.

Local softball survives into third day of tourney

The big inning fueled Craig's Just Another Ball Team (JABT) into the final day of the Triple Crown Mountain Magic men's softball tournament.

'Independence Day is every day'

Relatives of those serving in the military discuss what July Fourth means to them

The Fourth of July holds special meaning for the Quick family.

Little Britches for 'pokes of all ages

Bring on the clowns, bulls and kid-sized four boots.

More than just fireworks

Today started off for many what will be a three-day weekend complete with fireworks tonight backyard barbecues, and softball throughout the weekend.

Holly C. Adams

1950-2003

Wade Don Beeler

1969-2003

CNCC-Craig Nursing Program hires full-time instructor

Preparations for the nursing program at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus are near completion with the hiring of a full-time instructor, Marilyn Hehr, said Marilyn Bouldin, head of the college's nursing program.

'Johnnie On The Spot' Brightens Meeker

Whether it's planting rows of flowers, restoring antique decor, or playing music for an enthusiastic audience, Johnnie Barton is busy making Meeker a more beautiful place to live.

Annual Cottonwood Classic tees off today

There are no exemptions for the Cottonwood Classic Golf Tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Last year's tournament champion, Jayson Villangrana, found that out first hand.

Sixteen vehicles burglarized

Sixteen vehicles were burglarized Sunday night in the area between Ledford Street west to Finley Lane, and Victory Way north to Alta Vista Drive, police said today.

Rockies take 10&U title from Meeker

After the 10 & Under Craig Rockies earned its way into the championship game against Meeker II, coach Dick Conner told his team in order to beat its undefeated opponent it had to jump out early in the game -- they listened.

Hotel owners report brisk business in June

"No vacancy" signs may be no good for tourists but they're a welcome sign of summer for area motel owners.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Reflections on an independent press

With the advent of the Internet, cable television and the increase in popularity of radio talk shows, it seems anybody and everybody is "doing journalism."

Sheriff considers deputy for Shadow Mountain

Grinstead says subdivision gets more calls than any other part of the county

The Moffat County Sheriff's office plans to bring community oriented policing services (COPS) to Shadow Mountain residents, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Wednesday.

Airing on the side of community

In a small trailer beside the Ford Auto Body Shop, a big plan is coming together.

Touch of Spice

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I didn't exactly inherit a fashion gene. I can dress for an occasion, generally match and not look like my seamstress had a hangover, but that's about the extent of it. I'm neither unique nor creative nor trend-setting.

Workshop to focus on workplace threat

An interactive workshop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday addressing how to deal with violence in the workplace.

Golfer finds win at tourney win more than just a-peelin'

If he wasn't before, Chris Smith is now a fan of eating bananas while golfing.

Wednesday, July 2

Use Tax Amnesty Program begins in Meeker this month

The Rio Blanco County Sales & Use Tax Department will conduct a Use Tax Amnesty Program starting July 1 through November 30, according to Debbie Morlan, tax examiner for Rio Blanco County. The program will apply only to Rio Blanco County Use Tax Returns or reports for which the original due date for filing was prior to March 31.

'Johnnie On The Spot' Brightens Meeker

Whether it's planting rows of flowers, restoring antique decor, or playing music for an enthusiastic audience, Johnnie Barton is busy making Meeker a more beautiful place to live.

Workshop to focus on workplace threat

An interactive workshop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday addressing how to deal with violence in the workplace. The workshop, which will be held at the Center of Craig and costs $3 per person, will teach employers and managers to reduce liability and increase workplace safety by: • recognizing and assessing risk • preventing threats from escalating • devising a response plan when threats affect the workplace • using local resources to respond to threats

Holly C. Adams

Craig resident Holly C. Adams died June 23, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 52.

Reflections on an independent press

"For the first time in our history, the news increasingly is produced by companies outside journalism, and this new economic organization is important. We are facing the possibility that independent news will be replaced by self-interested commercialism posing as news. If that occurs, we will lose the press as an independent institution, free to monitor the other powerful force and institutions in society." -- Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, "The Elements of Journalism"

Phillies surprise Cubs in 13-15 baseball championship

It was an unlikely scenario. The coach had never coached before. The team had an average season. And the team that they were going up against had the best record in the league. But the Craig Phillies came out the victors, 6 to 5, in the final game against the Craig Cubs Wednesday night.

Hotel owners report brisk business in June

"No vacancy" signs may be no good for tourists but they're a welcome sign of summer for area motel owners. June's flurry of conventions and various gatherings in town sent occupancy rates soaring at area lodgings.

Wade Don Beeler

Wade Don Beeler, of Hays, Kan., died June 22, 2003, at his home. He was 22.

Sheriff considers deputy for Shadow Mountain

Grinstead says

The Moffat County Sheriff's office plans to bring community oriented policing services (COPS) to Shadow Mountain residents, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Wednesday. Grinstead, who noted that his office receives more service calls from Shadow Mountain than any other subdivision in the 4,700 square miles of Moffat County, said he hopes to build a partnership with residents of that subdivision.

Rockies take 10&U title from Meeker

After the 10 & Under Craig Rockies earned its way into the championship game against Meeker II, coach Dick Conner told his team in order to beat its undefeated opponent it had to jump out early in the game -- they listened.

Tuesday, July 1

'Unlikely heroes' send Craig Phillies to championship

As he watched the batter in front of him get intentionally walked in order to face him, Justin Updike was thinking one thing.

Saying goodbye

Valley View Manor employees have one last meeting with management

Staff at Valley View Manor gathered on Tuesday in the facility's main dining room to receive instructions on pay and other issues from the facility's owners a week before the nursing home is scheduled to close.

Vaulting to the top

Craig gymnast looks beyond best finish at state competition

When she was six years old, Rochelle Johnson would ride with her mom to Steamboat Springs for gymnastics class and she fussed the whole way.

Winchester offers limited edition Moffat County rifle

Good news for gun and history enthusiasts in Craig has arrived.

Craig residents have a variety of DSL choices available now

With NC Telecom and Amigo.Net currently offering DSL Internet service in Craig, and Qwest planning to do so this summer, residents now have several alternatives to dialup.

Students attend tobacco awareness conference in Denver

Five Craig Middle School students traveled to Denver to learn about advertising lies propagated by the tobacco industry, said Get R!EAL adult sponsor Kathy Bockelman.

West Nile virus slow in coming, longer season anticipated

The West Nile virus, responsible for infecting 14 people statewide and killing about 100 horses and many more birds in Colorado last year, hasn't fully peaked, some local officials said recently.

Craig woman angered by runaway vehicles

The call came when she was at work.