Monday, June 30
With the fire danger still high but perhaps not critically so like last season, Craig residents can celebrate this Independence Day with fireworks of their own, in addition to the annual exhibition hosted by the city.
A decision by the Moffat County commissioners Monday will make it easier for restaurants to get licensed and inspected should they have problems.
Commission considers proposing a mill levy increase to make up the shortfall
Assessments of area public utilities and oil and gas holdings could mean a 10 to 15 percent hit to the county budget, which would be "devastating," according to the county assessor.
Even after a 21-6 loss, coaches John Campbell and Sandy Mercer had to say little to their Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services girls softball team to get it to forget about the defeat.
Going into its final at bat, the Craig 10&U Rockies team was down four runs to Hayden and the bottom of the order was due up.
Sunday, June 29
Local teens to hold bake sale to fight childhood hunger in the U.S.
As Alicia Thompson and Ashleigh McDonald worked together in the kitchen to prepare some zucchini bread, they had a few questions.
The Moffat County High School summer baseball team earned its first win and, in doing so, made sure there was no question about it.
Up until the final race of the night at the Hayden Speedway's Sport Stock Shoot-Out, the biggest worries for Justin Gallegos were the bloodthirsty mosquitoes.
The Honky Tonk Tailgate Party Tour will provide the 118th annual Range Call celebration with the largest variety of entertainment thus far in the history of the community event.
Enlarging a reservoir isn't something that gets done quickly, Dan Birch, project development manager for the Colorado River Water Conservation District is discovering.
Rio Blanco County Budget Director Tom Judd said Thursday that the county is set to receive $272,412 from the Payment In-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) program, a federal government payment designed to compensate counties for non-taxable federal land located within a county's boundaries.
Valley View Manor hosts couple's recommitment to each other even as the facility faces closure, an uncertain future
The melodies of the Cedar Mountain Strings band floated over the Valley View Manor lawn as residents and guests gathered to enjoy the upcoming nuptials of Robin Victoria Willis, a former employee of Valley View Manor, and her husband, Talmage Earl Willis III.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has asked the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to come up with a long-range regional transportation plan for 2030.
Women trapped in abusive relationships search for answers
She never saw it coming. One day Alex, who had been married for about a month, said her husband picked her up from work.
Thursday, June 26
The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership met this week and appears to be moving in the right direction after going through some growing pains at the end of last year.
The Pro Image girls softball team was making a comeback and it was going to let everybody hear about it.
Craig residents attending Thursday's Northwest Community Resource Center community forum said non-profit organizations need administrative support, board training and most importantly, money.
Don't let the bed bugs bite
"Look, mom, a bug," Katie said.
The fourth annual Moffat County Secondary Summer Reading lab came to an end Thursday after working, pushing and pulling students into different reading realms.
It is time to start working on a plan for water conservation that would benefit northwest Colorado while the state is in remission from the heavy drought period of last summer.
Void left by Valley View Manor's imminent closure may not be filled until 2005
Planning the future of Craig's only nursing home will have to wait until after it closes, which is set to occur within the next two weeks.
Wednesday, June 25
New faces at the newspaper
In recent weeks, the Craig Daily Press has undergone some changes.
For the first time in 2003, the Moffat County High School wrestling team lost a dual -- in fact they lost eight of them. But the losses came with an asterisk.
Results from The Memorial Hospital's new survey service, although inconclusive, gave the hospital something to feel good about.
While it was recommended Wednesday that the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership make hiring a new director its top priority, board members put raising funds first, saying no money meant no director.
Conversations with owners of senior citizen home called 'frustrating'
Conversations with officials from Mariner Health Care, owner of Valley View Manor, have yielded a definitive "no" to a plan by The Memorial Hospital to take over the senior citizens home before it closes its doors July 8.
Gathering information about potential costs is the next step in the search for a new hospital site, according to Ron Danner, building committee chair for The Memorial Hospital.
Tuesday, June 24
City Council says county should develop policy regarding issue
If Moffat County commissioners want property in the county cleaned up, they should develop a policy for doing so, Craig City Council members said Tuesday when asked to help tear down the abandoned drive-in theater located at the east entrance of Craig.
The Annual Colorado Coal Mine Rescue Competition will take place starting today and will continue through Friday.
The city of Craig is one step closer to enacting a permanent ban on the public use of tobacco by minors after Tuesday night's unanimous vote on an ordinance that would continue a two-year-old prohibition.
The Craig City Council approved an expenditure for road work Tuesday night that began six days earlier and is nearly complete.
Like a person, sometimes a community will only get one shot to make a lasting first impression.
The money the city of Craig gave the Grand Olde West Days committee was the show of faith needed to get the Memorial Day weekend event off the ground and organizers are grateful, committee chairwoman Carol Wilson said.
The clubhouse of the Little Bear Valley Miniature Golf Course was out of seats Tuesday. Boys and girls who had just finished their rounds in the Grizzly Open Miniature Golf Tournament filled the spots as they enjoyed their complimentary treats.
The four Craig City Council members attending Tuesday night's meeting were enough for a quorum, but not enough to make a decision to create a much-discussed policy for dealing with businesses whose liquor licenses are on the line.
Monday, June 23
In the first game pitting the Moffat County High School summer baseball team and the MCHS alumni, 1994 graduate Russ Hill hit a line drive right back at the pitcher, hitting him in the leg.
If they only made galoshes that could fit over horseshoes.
Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Roy Mason said Tuesday there are a variety of ways people can protect their homes from fire in light of the tragedy that occurred earlier this week.
County commissioners Monday discussed providing funds for legal fees if an ongoing investigation singled out county employees.
A rash of daytime burglaries in Craig came to a halt following a June 14 Craig Daily Press report that surveillance in residential neighborhoods had been increased, Craig Police Department Lt. John Forgay said Tuesday.
Drive-in theater's curtain call could come in the form of fire
For about 15 years a drive-in movie theater located at the south entrance of Craig has stood as an eye sore that Moffat County commissioners want removed.
Sunday, June 22
Local electric utility butting heads with Xcel Energy over fuel adjustment costs
A failing Yampa Valley Electric Association subsidiary and pending arbitration against Xcel Energy could overshadow the positive financial reports announced Saturday at the local utility's annual meeting.
The Craig City Council will not only consider Tuesday night whether to renew a two-year-old ordinance that prohibits teens from using tobacco products in public but also how long that prohibition will remain in effect.
It will be up to members of an informal adult protection team to prove to Moffat County commissioners that there is a need for the team and the team may be facing an uphill battle.
There is a lack of volunteers for the Special Olympics in Craig.
Firefighters at the state convention held in Craig share their reasons for why they do what they do
The day was windy, gray and threatening rain but that did not deter the delegates of the state fire-fighting convention from their fun and games that underlined the serious nature of their business.
Thursday, June 19
The new outdoor paintball facility at Area 51 is ready and it is set to be christened at a tournament Saturday.
When it comes to minding one's health, some people may reach for the medicine cabinet.
A new insurance proposal that could help Moffat County residents get affordable health care insurance could be a shot in the arm for the area.
Super sweet meets super snotty
We've decided Nikki is extreme Katie. Where Katie is sweet, Nikki is extremely sweet. Where Katie can be a little pain, Nikki can be a huge pain -- only she's much more devious about it.
Moffat County Social Services say they could be short homes throughout the summer
The Moffat County Department of Social Services is seeking foster parents because of the loses of those who are leaving town and others who are expected to leave at the end of the summer.
Residents waiting to see the seasonal decrease in their natural gas bill might be surprised that their charges this month were similar to what they were seeing at the height of winter. And forecasters don't expect that to change soon.
Wednesday, June 18
Local chamber puts together insurance policies available to Moffat County workers
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is ready to go to the public with a health insurance plan its executive director has been working on for nearly four years in an effort to provide some relief to the high premiums that result in a low number of insured Moffat County residents.
Judge Mary Lynne James has recused herself from a case involving a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy who was issued a citation in April for failure to obey a traffic control device that resulted in a traffic accident.
The Colorado chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently presented the VFW Post No. 4265 (Craig chapter) with a commendation for the convention that was held at the Holiday Inn in Craig.
Until county officials come to a decision on how the Moffat County Landfill will operate, it will be run through the county's road and bridge department with a consultant hired to handle technical, engineering and design issues.
Whether they seek a competitive thrill or are out to exercise a challenging hobby, area youth have an opportunity to enter a skateboard tournament hosted by a local youth church group beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the skate park in Craig.
Craig Heeling Friends is in the process of training animal/handler teams to visit area patients and residents.
Air pistol shooter targets Olympics
Ari Osborn practices the piano five hours a day. He composes music and has released a CD called "The Blessing."
Journalism: Look back and looking ahead
By now most of us are familiar with the capture and rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch during the war with Iraq.
Tuesday, June 17
The We See D.C. program, which has been part of the Moffat County School District since 1984, could be nearing an end if no one steps up to take control.
Five small fires were discovered on BLM public land scattered between the Piceance Basin southwest of Meeker and south of Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management reports.
Revenues from the Tee it Up Golf Tournament benefiting The Memorial Hospital of Craig Foundation, will eventually be used to open the new hospital.
Football team shows its mettle at camp
June and football don't usually mix.
The road to the World Series doesn't go through Atlanta, Los Angeles or Chicago -- it goes through Routt and Moffat counties.
When it comes to unique opportunities, Moffat County can certainly name several not the least of which are educational.
Proposed resource council to host public forum on developing programs
The balancing act between successfully operating a non-profit business and maintaining the quality staff and resources necessary to make progress can be challenging.
If hike approved, money would go toward rec center
The Moffat County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to support the city's bid for a recreation center and not get into a race for a spot on the November ballot.
Refinance proposal would save facility nearly $15,000
After charting a $70,000 loss at Sunset Meadows II in 2002 and a $30,000 loss at Sunset Meadows I, officials believe that within three years, both facilities will be in the black.
Monday, June 16
A few days before she left for her third Colorado State High School Rodeo Association state rodeo, Moffat County High School junior Rebecca Runyan was undecided on the best part of the five-day event.
Dinosaur committee considers appealing Moffat County School Board decision
The Moffat County School Board's vote Monday to approve a charter school in Dinosaur ended in a tie, which killed the measure at least for now.
While tuition for state colleges climbs throughout the state -- as much as 8.9 percent at one institution -- Moffat County tax dollars keep those increases at bay for local students.
A rash of daytime burglaries in residential neighborhoods has caused the Craig Police Department to bring in unlikely assistants to the investigation.
When it comes to getting creative with wood, carvers who participate in Whittle the Wood Rendezvous are never stumped.
Sunday, June 15
A request from the city of Craig has the Moffat County Pest Management Department scheduling an aerial spraying for mosquitoes nearly two weeks earlier than it normally would.
It wasn't custom hydraulics that lifted Zack Allen's car nearly six feet into the air on Saturday night but the view was good from where he sat.
A Craig man with a bright idea runs into a brick wall but keeps on going
In Moffat County, where the words "energy" and "power" are indelibly linked to coal, one Craig resident, 42-year-old Wes Harper, worked for 10 years building a way to harness the power of the sun.
Early summer flooding and warm weather are two factors contributing to one of the biggest insect outbreaks Moffat County Pest Manager Bruce Johnson has seen in Northwest Colorado.
Utilities, cable company asked to keep eye out after rash of break-ins
A rash of daytime burglaries in residential neighborhoods has caused the Craig Police Department to bring in unlikely assistants to the investigation.
Thursday, June 12
Moffat County Natural Resources Specialist Ann Franklin will present a draft for phase III of the countywide fire plan at a commissioners meeting Monday.
More than 30 sheriffs from throughout Colorado will be in Craig next week attending a summer training conference that will include addressing issues that impact law enforcement agencies statewide.
Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan said she is still unsure about what the county is going to have to do to meet requirements dictating that every voting precinct must have computer-touch screens for people to vote at if they choose.
A 38-year-old Craig man suffered head and neck injuries Thursday after he fell 20 feet head first off of his roof.
When Jim Karanas looked around at the clients in his profession of personal fitness, he realized they were doing it all wrong. But in order to change their ways, he needed a model of people who did it right. Then he watched a challenged athletes' triathlon.
The Craig City Council is moving in the right direction regarding accountability when it comes to liquor license violations.
Big brothers are the best
Big brothers are the best. At least that seems to be sentiment from Katie and Nikki and I tend to agree.
City to reinstate ban on tobacco use by teens in public
Teens will again be allowed to use tobacco products in public if the Craig City Council doesn't renew an ordinance prohibiting the action.
Wednesday, June 11
Local entities, private group investigate keeping Valley
Jackie James said Wednesday she wanted her elderly family member in a stable home to live out the remainder of her life.
Moffat County residents will have a chance to step back in time more than 100 years Saturday at the Jarvie Ranch Family Fest.
She's healed the sick and taught others to do the same.
Congressman Scott McInnis continues to push his legislation that would provide more federal funding to combat chronic wasting disease, while keeping the authority of dealing with the disease in the hands of states.
The Craig Police Department is pursuing a grant to expand its resource officer program in the Moffat County school system.
A committee in Dinosaur has presented its application and stated its case. Now it's time for a decision from the Moffat County Board of Education on whether there will be a charter school in Dinosaur this coming school year.
Sporting his new Yampa Valley Golf Course hat, Coltin Bebensee explained his favorite parts of the golf camp he's attending this week at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
When Moffat County High School football coaches Chris Dralle, Kip Hafey and Lance Scranton read the cover story of the April, 19 Rocky Mountain News sports section, they all had the same idea.
Nathan Tomlin competes for another national tournament
When it comes to discussing the topic of wrestling, Nathan Tomlin, 10, who has competed in national championships such as Monster Mash Nationals, Rocky Mountain Nationals and AAU Nationals, doesn't think too deeply about his athletic achievements.
The singlets that Trevor Sloan and Ty Weber put on for Monday's all-state wrestling dual meet were slightly stretched more than usual. But that's the way it was for most of the guys at the meet.
Objectivity, negativity, bias and balance
Objectivity and bias are critical issues when it comes to journalism.
The communities of Moffat County have an incredible opportunity this summer to make a lasting impression on visitors from all over the state.
City officials express concern regarding businesses' lack of interest in process
A February undercover sting in which the employees of five businesses were cited for selling alcohol to minors has given the Craig City Council something to think about. And, after several discussions, council members decided it was time to do something about it.
Monday, June 9
A legal service dropped because of state budget cuts will soon return to Moffat County in a scaled-down version.
Four years after starting, the city of Craig is days away from seeing progress on the construction of the Ridgeview Trail -- a trail that will extend from Ridgeview subdivision to Finley Lane.
Because of budget cuts, the Craig Library will not offer its weekly reading program this summer.
New state laws governing concealed weapons brought a flood of applicants to the Moffat County Sheriff's office prior to the changes going into effect last month.
MCHS graduate sticks with plan to play in college, improve draft status
It's not often that someone gets to realize two lifelong dreams in the span of one week.
Opportunities for nature education and exploration abound at The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch this summer. From bird watching and insect collecting to monitoring the natural habitats and movements of native species, the ranch, located outside of Hayden, is an outdoorsman's paradise.
Several local officials have said they think it is important that Moffat County continues to provide nursing home care for its elderly.
Sunday, June 8
Youth learn though experience about sportsmanship, ethics and safety
Even as Jakes Day neared its end, there were children still swarmed around the ATVs waiting their turn for a ride.
Moffat County High School baseball coach Scott Parker remembers '01 MCHS graduate Kevin Vorhees when he was playing little league baseball.
While wins and losses aren't the main focus for summer basketball, Moffat County High School coach Mike LeWarne wouldn't complain about his three teams combined 15-4 record at their home tournament this weekend.
Adolescence a critical time for girls
Five eighth-grade girls at Craig Junior High School are careful not to let their conversations get too serious.
A public transportation system isn't something city officials believe is affordable or necessary so a plan broached at a joint meeting last month will go nowhere.
Craig next week returns to the center of Colorado firefighters' universe as host of the 86th Annual Colorado State Firefighters Association Convention.
Hotel rooms already packed with four conventions this month
Moffat County is being invaded.
Thursday, June 5
State, nation backing RS 2477 road resolution in face of environmental opposition
The Moffat County commissioners passed a resolution in January that the county land use board chairman said would help the county maintain its custom and culture by assuring recreational, agricultural and mineral development on federal lands in Moffat County.
There are not too many things that Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne will get up to do at 7 a.m. in the summer. He will get up for basketball. LeWarne and nearly 25 MCHS basketball players are participating in camp this week in preparation for a summer full of games.
While nicknamed "Fury," Craig police's new black-lab puppy is hardly an attack dog.
Vigilante justice isn't condoned by our justice system, nor is it legal. Preventing vigilantism is one of the many reasons our legal system was established, but when taking the matter into your own hands isn't an option and the justice system fails, victims are left feeling helpless, violated and victimized again.
Investigation into commissioners' money transfer continues
An investigator has been named in the probe of alleged abuses by Moffat County officials, while the scope of that investigation will be expanded with a new allegation filed late last month.
The pain of childhood
Children are constantly exploring the thresholds of pain. Sometimes willingly, sometimes not so willingly. And it's all an experiment for them.
Wednesday, June 4
Area youth will have the opportunity to get hands-on instruction and experience in a variety of outdoor events at the 3rd annual Porter Wagoner/Jakes Day sponsored by the Yampa Valley Yelpers.
The Memorial Hospital officials are investigating what impact the closure of Valley View Manor will have on hospital revenues.
Judge Michael O'Hara Tuesday denied Stephen Skufca's request to be freed as his case is appealed.
Students observe their world through NIE
Newspapers in Education -- a collaborative effort between the Moffat County School District and the Craig Daily Press -- not only introduces children to the fascinating world of journalism but to the world around them.
At the state track meet Steamboat Pilot & Today writer John Russell and I watched as Mullen ran away with both the boys and girls titles. It's nothing new, the Mullen girls have now won seven straight and the boys have won eight of the last 10.
The summer of '02 was a busy one for Moffat County High School Activities Director Jim Loughran. He spent a lot of his time trying to fill eight head-coaching vacancies. Looking back on the success of the MCHS new and veteran coaches, Loughran couldn't help but gloat a little.
A lot has changed since 1953.
Nurse offered deal in drug theft case
So when's a deal not a deal?
Tuesday, June 3
Professional development is imperative for elected officials -- the laws they're subjected to and the procedures they must follow can often be convoluted and complicated, making a ready understanding of them necessary if they are to conduct the day-to-day business they were elected to perform.
For the second time in as many years, a Moffat County District Court judge sentenced the same 36-year-old convicted sex offender to probation.
Yesterday's announcement that Valley View Manor in Craig would be closing its doors in 60 days has the attention of local officials.
In his first day as an instructor for the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp it didn't take Jason Welch long to get a reminder that he wasn't in England anymore.
With her notepad filling up, Marin Campbell, an assistant coach for the Craig Sea Sharks, intently took notes as University of Wyoming swim coach Tom Johnson talked about stroke technique. The Cowboys' coach offered the clinic to benefit the Sea Sharks as well as their coaches.
Days away from potential life-saving surgery for her son, Lillian Sherman and family still aren't sure how it's to be paid for.
John Pearson, a physical therapist in Craig, addressed several misconceptions he said surround home schooling at a ceremony Friday night for four local students who earned high school diplomas and never stepped foot in Moffat County High School.
City, county seeking funds for separate projects; meet to schedule elections
Moffat County Commissioners will take two weeks to decide if and when they will ask voters for a use tax. They're putting a rush on the decision so the city and county aren't racing against each other for space on the November ballot.
Monday, June 2
Energy impact dollars could be used to make up for budget shortfall
The state has the option of tapping into $27 million of Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds if there's a budget shortfall at the end of this fiscal year and local governments waiting for those funds won't know until July whether they'll get the money promised to them.
A plea agreement looks to keep a Hayden man charged in a six-month drug investigation out of state prison.
Colorado Northwestern Community College's nursing program won approval last week from a key state body.
The 28-rodeo regular season concluded this weekend in Rocky Ford for the Moffat County High School rodeo team. In the three-day event ,the MoCo team had five individuals finish in the top-10 in 17 events.
School board member doesn't think speedy approval is feasible; anticipates 2004 opening
Moffat County School Board President Phil Hastings told a group of eight Dinosaur residents Monday that he wanted to see a charter school in Dinosaur.
39 patients lose beds and 56 employees lose jobs because of corporate decision
More than 50 employees at Valley View Manor in Craig will be out of work in 60 days.
Running with my eyes closed
There are accomplishments in life that one can always look back on and think, "I can't believe I was capable of doing that." Sunday I added a notch to my lifetime-achievement belt, but my body has yet to agree that it was something I should have done.
Sunday, June 1
Craig couple spent nearly 18 years as foster parents to 69 sexually abused teens
In the winter "Mama Al" shovels the walk so neighborhood children are safe walking to the bus stop. Then, she waits with them until the bus picks them up.
Two Craig individuals who jumped into the Yampa River after allegedly trying to steal a canoe face possible criminal charges.
Mother Nature tried to get the best of the Hayden Speedway Saturday night by drenching the dirt track for 20 minutes. Surely she laughed as drivers, fans and race officials scrambled for cover during the downpour. After the rain subsided, the speedway unleashed its own thunder with the roar of engines as drivers showed Mother Nature that it would take more than rain to keep cars off of the track.
In his last year before leaving office under term limits, former Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson charged more than $7,000 to a county-issued credit card -- more than any former or current commissioner in the last three years.
As Alex Swedenburg crossed the finish line at the Steamboat Marathon there was no applause, no fanfare and the announcer didn't even have the courtesy to call out his name as he had for all the others who had traversed the 26.3 miles. Swedenburg didn't mind though, he'd spent the race following all of the runners in a car.