Monday, March 31
County commissioners say they back the plan
Recently appointed veterans service officer Bill Harding to Moffat County commissioners Monday that having area vets travel more than 150 miles for health care is unacceptable.
"Who do you have? Who do you have?" Moffat County High School senior Kate Schafer asked a teammate about a defensive assignment when she realized something.
A 44-year-old man facing a possible life prison sentence pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexually assaulting his daughter.
The first years of a child's life are crucial, said Sarah Hepworth, chairperson of the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition.
A Craig boy was killed Friday when a car driven by his sister rolled on Interstate 70 in Utah.
Sunday, March 30
Craig resident Coral McConnell needed a new lung and on New Year's Eve she got one.
As concerns mount that the number of West Nile Virus cases will soar this summer, local officials are responding to the alert by preparing and educating.
Equal opportunity employment status put funding in question
Despite initial concerns about its status as an equal opportunity employer, Moffat County has moved forward with its application for a $57,000 domestic preparedness federal grant.
By placing a question on Tuesday's city ballot to increase property taxes by 1 mill for the construction of sidewalks, the Craig City Council is responding to public requests, city manager Jim Ferree said.
Thursday, March 27
The taxman cometh.
Most traveled high school team values time with each other and rodeo community
As several members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team line up for a picture on their horses, Flo Martin's horse becomes a little camera shy.
Officials call organization's article attacking local government 'inaccurate'
A statewide environmental group's recent publication that claims Moffat County is threatening wild places has some local officials concerned about how they've been depicted.
Leading by example
If you want to see what you look like -- what you really look like -- don't head toward a mirror. Look at your children.
The Craig Daily Press would like to congratulate the Moffat County High School Bulldogs on a spectacular winter season.
Criminal cases involving at least three accused individuals could reach resolution Monday in Moffat County District Court.
Wednesday, March 26
So far The Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised $267,000 in the community for construction of a new hospital in Craig.
Families keep their faith and hope with loved ones in harm's way
"Well, well, well ... this is a crazy place."
'Embed with' or 'In bed with'?
With the start of the war against Iraq last week, the nation has seen some incredible -- almost real time -- images of the conflict that, in its beginning seemed like it might be short and sweet, but has since proven to be painful, ugly and a little overwhelming.
A night out at the Craig Lanes with the Northwest Colorado Men's League
Steven Baptist watches his ball rotate over the greased alley with a dream. He visualizes that one day he will eye his ball along with hundreds of spectators on the professional circuit.
Craig-area public transportation needs will be the focus of an open forum Tuesday, as a combined-entity planning effort eyes a state grant to help meet those demands.
Tuesday, March 25
The Craig City Council's process for renewing liquor licenses came into question Tuesday night when members considered renewing a license for one of the 8 establishments in Moffat County cited for serving alcohol to a minor.
Former Craig Mayor Saed Tayyara spoke to the local AARP this week about the brutality that some Middle Eastern regimes clutch closely to themselves so that any dissenters are not only quashed but are never seen nor heard from again.
A state championship, a conference title, a conference runner-up and 11 state qualifiers seem to be a healthy resume for Moffat County High School athletics in the winter season of '02-'03.
A 49-year-old Craig woman who allegedly shot her boyfriend last week was advised Tuesday in Moffat County Court on a three-count complaint filed by the District Attorney's office.
When the news broke last year that three students had threatened to blow up Moffat County High School, the high school newspaper staff already had its newspaper laid out for that month.
Area residents find coverage of the fight in Iraq overwhelming -- and unavoidable
Karla Morris' more pressing "shock and awe" was a Wednesday morning plumbing emergency, which had water running into a family bathtub and Morris on a quick trip to Safeway to deal with the problem.
Monday, March 24
Saed Tayyara recalls oppressive Syrian regime, relationship to Iraq
When former Craig Mayor Saed Tayyara was a teenager in his native country of Syria, his father told him he'd better move to the United States.
Instead of worrying about sand traps, water hazards and a wicked slice, the Moffat County High School girls golf team's biggest problem so far this season has been overcoming cabin fever.
"Miles for Smiles" it's not.
Got that clean-burning fuel deduction marked on this year's tax return?
Local agents say auto coverage problem not easily solved
The Colorado Legislature has killed two automobile insurance bills this month that would have kept the no-fault automobile accident laws in effect. Without a change, Colorado will revert to a tort system in which accident victims must go to court to collect damages.
Sunday, March 23
Court documents allege 49-year-old Sandra Moore shot her boyfriend as he laid on a couch while a second bullet struck a living room television, as Craig police continue to look for answers in the case.
Bulldog bats pummel Glenwood in double header
While it was too early for killer bees to be in Colorado Friday, the killer Js of Moffat County in a double header attacked the Union High School Cougars.
By the end of the season, John Shipley wants to have his name on the record board six times at the Moffat County High School natatorium.
The following are the names of members of the Armed Services who are from Craig serving overseas:
Evelyn Tileston continues fight for rights of the disabled
Evelyn Tileston has made a wide mark in advancing the rights and improving the lifestyles of Moffat County's disabled population. It's a mark she can't see, but it's one she feels and hears every time a disabled person gets the benefits they're entitled to, learns necessary skills, and even when they're able to get from their home to the grocery store.
The Meeker High School auditorium was packed on the opening night of the "Music Man."
Economic forecasts based on war forecasts may not be as accurate as some believe
The outbreak of war in Iraq is revising everyone's economic forecast, while local brokers aren't putting too much stock in last week's market rally.
Thursday, March 20
For 18 years, the names Bill Lawrence and Craig AAU boys basketball have been synonymous.
The magic of television
I'm a little ashamed to say it, but television is a cornerstone in my life. That doesn't mean I don't carve out time to read, listen to music and, of course, play with my children.
When it comes to cooperation, city and county governments anywhere are notorious for giving each other the cold shoulder.
Colorado's Front Range blizzard has mail creeping into the U.S. Post Office in Craig and left local officials guessing as to when things might return to normal.
Alternatives to the closure of Dinosaur Elementary School received a chilly reception at a rainy Thursday night meeting of the Moffat County Board of Education in Maybell.
A 49-year-old woman is being held on $250,000 bond in the alleged shooting of her boyfriend Thursday night.
Local church officials see people turning to church in time of war
With war upon the nation, local church leaders say many area residents will try to make sense out of the conflict through God.
Wednesday, March 19
Craig resident Mary Morris had a childhood filled with violence and disruption and faced the challenges of parenthood as a young adult. Today, she is a successful professional who has been named the 2002 Craig Working Women's "Woman of the Year."
Five-year-old, A.J. Stoffle, takes his snocross seriously
When A.J. Stoffle sees snow his eyes get big and his excitement level jumps just like any other five year old. The difference is that instead of visions of snowmen and snow caves, he thinks about catching some air, grabbing the corners and fresh powder.
The politics of advertising
Effective and straightforward political advertising campaigns are almost as hard to sort through as the actual campaigns themselves.
Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday sent a case involving a Craig man who is charged with attempted second-degree murder to district court.
Early signs indicate the worst drought in three centuries may ease this summer, but experts say it may be years until the land recovers, meaning farmers who irrigate are still at risk of a poor growing season.
The following are the names of members of the Armed Services who are from Craig serving overseas:
The beacon for the Moffat County airport has set atop Breeze Mountain for 50 years, and county officials want to keep it there.
Three occupants of a fixed-wing air ambulance survived a crash near Kremmling Wednesday night.
Tuesday, March 18
Those planning any construction within the urban development boundary will face much stricter standards than those in other parts of the county by mid-2004.
Jim Vorhies hesitates to call the five sophomores on his swim team the Fab Five, but he doesn't disagree that they are a group with talent beyond their years.
Now that President George W. Bush has given his ultimatum to Saddam Hussein -- leave Iraq in 48 hours or we will take you out -- it's time for the nation to rally around its leader.
Imminent war in Iraq will trigger few heightened security measures at key area companies or entities, officials said Tuesday.
With war in Iraq looming, local teachers recognize that history is happening around them and want to make sure their students do too.
Proposed city, county master plan could see major revisions before adoption
It's back to the drawing board for writers of the Moffat County/City of Craig Master Plan -- a plan that has undergone three sets of public meetings and was scheduled to be adopted by the Moffat County Board of Commissioners and the Craig City Council in the next two weeks.
Monday, March 17
Between coffee sips and quick sandwich bites at McDonald's, Randy Kline, 60, thumbed through the morning papers' war whispers and President Bush's final warning for Saddam Hussein.
Moffat County may not meet 'equal opportunity employer' guidelines
The Moffat County Emergency Management Department was recently awarded a $57,000 state domestic preparedness federal grant.
With six seniors in the starting lineup and an abundance of pitchers, the baseball team looks to earn a state berth
A Moffat County hat, black long- sleeve shirt, baseball pants and boots were the uniform for senior Eric Bastow as the Moffat County High School baseball team practiced amidst the rain with a mini-moat around their field Monday afternoon.
Several changes are being made to the proposed Moffat County/City of Craig Master Plan, but including the county's land use plan as volume two of the document is not going to be one of them -- an issue that might come to a head at a master plan public meeting tonight.
Costs of doing business at Moffat County Combined Courts increased today -- a week after state budget cuts left one less hour for court business. New fees mean residents using the court system will pay 50 percent more in one-time charges, under legislation passed earlier this month which went into effect Tuesday without Gov. Bill Owens' signature.
Sunday, March 16
Families discuss the anxiety, confidence they have for loved ones overseas
Valerie Pfifer and her daughter, 11-year-old Challyn Pfifer, sit on the couch and page through a scrapbook of pictures of their son and brother, Sean Keller.
Maybell students express gratitude toward soldier
Maybell Elementary School students are doing their part to show a soldier overseas that they are thinking about him.
A Craig man facing an attempted murder charge is scheduled to return to Moffat County Court Tuesday.
Anxiety, anticipation, apprehension, and stress -- those are just a few of the words that Jim Meineke, Ned Miller and Ray Talkington, all armed forces veterans, used to describe what the troops in Persian Gulf are experiencing in the waning moments of a possible war with Iraq.
Freshman Kelly Labor had never played in a Steamboat Springs/Moffat County High School soccer game.
Thursday, March 13
Organization emphasizes women's issues including politics, economics, health
The Women's Foundation of Colorado believes that the success of women in a community is essential to the success of the community.
To put a four-goal game in perspective for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team one must go to the record books.
Girls team plans to get back on track with what the team did two years ago
What's been the biggest transition for Vicki Haddan from jumps coach to head coach of the Moffat County High School girls track team?
Destructive little suckers aren't they?
Do you know what pregnancy does to a body?
This weekend offers two great opportunities for the community to enjoy some camaraderie with its neighbors, some laughs and appreciation of the talents of gifted Moffat County residents.
Judge Michael O'Hara Monday could revoke probation for a sex offender convicted in Moffat County two years ago.
Moffat County United Way has allocated record amounts to member agencies, while officials say they're prepared handle more requests from some of the same cash-starved groups.
Wednesday, March 12
Play promises silliness and laughter from actors, audience
Most actors don't want to look stupid on stage when they perform.
In the middle of the drive between Craig and Steamboat is a memorial on the side of the road that commemorates men who died in a mining explosion more than 60 years ago.
The Freedom Forum is an eye-opener
While there are hundreds of Web sites dedicated to the issues of journalism, one of the most educational is produced by the Freedom Forum.
After several years of struggles, the MCHS girls soccer team hopes this is the year things will change
When she was a freshman, Jeni Bamford made a deal with four of her friends. If they came out for soccer, she would go out for the swim team. Now as a senior, Bamford smiles when she thinks about which team benefited more.
After the children left, adults stuck red and blue stickers to posters Wednesday as residents weighed in on early plans for a local recreation center, which could be decided by voters in November.
'Phone card' account could be used for other expenses
Moffat County is proposing more changes to its three-year-old contract with NC Telecom to pay the Meeker company for a video link installed in January between the Moffat County Courthouse and Public Safety Center.
Tuesday, March 11
Montrose -- Revenge was sweet for the Moffat County High School baseball team in its first game of the season.
In the last part of February, the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, with assistance from the Craig Police and Moffat County Sheriff's departments, held a compliance check regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
Federal monies continue to pour into Moffat County's Emergency Management Office, as Clyde Anderson's department last week received word of $57,180 in approved fiscal year 2002 grant funding under the U.S. Department of Justice's Domestic Preparedness program.
What a difference a day makes for the Moffat County High School girls golf team.
State officials want to modify an amendment that requires a certain percentage of state dollars to go to education every year. And their discussions have the attention of school officials in Moffat County.
Craig City Council members met The Memorial Hospital board halfway Tuesday night when they voted 6-1 to write a letter of support for the proposed new hospital.
The Craig-Meeker area yielded 27 percent of Colorado's record-setting elk harvest last year while hunter-success rates hit 50 percent in several local game management units, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Routt County emergency manager urges agency communication before the wildfires start
Routt County Emergency Manager Chuck Vale showed a picture of a fire-blackened home with a scorched vehicle in the front yard to a group of Northwest Colorado emergency responders Tuesday.
Monday, March 10
Residents will have one last opportunity to comment on what will become the blueprint for future planning in Moffat County.
MCHS returns with talent on one of the largest teams in the Western Slope
The early signs of spring are upon us.
Threat of losing city business to Milner prompts commissioners to reconsider
A month after raising commercial-industrial waste fees at the landfill $9 a ton, the Moffat County commissioners reduced that increase slightly in a Monday meeting.
A man who allegedly ran a $45,550 Internet automobile scam surrendered to Oklahoma authorities last week and was released under conditions he show up in Moffat County.
Ann Irvin, a 17-year veteran of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, was honored Saturday with the first-ever Nursing Clinical Care Award by a regional nurses association.
Sunday, March 9
Claus Hume, former prosecutor and district court judge in Craig, hangs up his robes for the state Court of Appeals
From Craig attorney to Colorado Court of Appeals chief judge, a three-decade legal career was nearly full circle for Claus Hume late February in Hot Sulphur Springs.
Steamboat Springs -- Winning championships brings all kinds of celebrations. Some teams pour the water cooler on their coach's head, the professional teams break out the champagne in the locker room, and the Craig Cougars midgets streak around the ice arena in their socks and skivvies.
Drought conditions make grazing for all a battle
Drought conditions that forced ranchers across state lines in search of hay have also brought deer and elk to the low country in search of food.
The third time could be the charm, hospital officials are hoping.
Tentative plans for what's likely to be included in a local recreation center will be displayed Wednesday as a steering committee eyes a ballot question this fall.
Thursday, March 6
Museum offers reward for information on gunman who disappeared in 1926
Gunman Bob Meldrum was a wanted man on several occasions during his roaming of the western United States in the early 1900s.
The Craig Cougars midget hockey team is playing its best hockey of the season, according to coach Darrin Hickey.
Pee pee in the potty
We've sort of started working with Katie on the skill of potty training, which probably explains why she only sort of gets it.
Over the past week, the Craig Daily Press and the Moffat County School District celebrated Read Across America Week and Newspapers in Education Week through a variety of events.
A sentencing hearing scheduled Monday for a 62-year-old arson suspect has been delayed.
Detainees held by three federal entities can be housed at the Moffat County Public Safety Center under the terms of a deal inked this week between the sheriff's office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Wednesday, March 5
Kelly Goodwin's anger is tempered by one question faced this week by youth corrections and law enforcement officials statewide: How bad could it get?
Denver -- Most times a three-point loss in the state playoffs brings out the "if-we-only-would-have" thoughts that will haunt a coach until the next season.
"Concerned Taxpayers of Moffat County" has retained a Steamboat Springs attorney to investigate issues raised by the group regarding the recall of two Moffat County commissioners.
Dinosaur residents express mixed feelings about possible closure
Dinosaur -- The possible closure of Dinosaur Elementary School has some residents scared that it could be the death knell of the community while others say it might be good for students.
Tuesday, March 4
Local social service agencies left with emaciated budgets since last July are fearing what is right around the corner when the state Legislature decides who will be at the wrong end of the financial ax.
Longmont -- The saying on the Moffat County High School girls basketball team sweatshirt reads, "The fundamentals of the game never change, just the name of the players that use them."
Moffat County girls basketball team ends post-season play
Longmont -- Surprise! The Longmont High School Trojans have guards who can shoot, too.
When Moffat County High School senior Treva Tyler goes away to Oregon State University next fall, she said she's confident she has the skills necessary to live on her own.
The District Attorney's office Tuesday filed a minor traffic infraction against a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy involved in a Feb. 7 accident that resulted in injuries.
Having dropped one full-time position in the wake of state budget cuts, Moffat County Partners' director said lost revenues could also impact activities in some mentorship programs.
State could try to tweak funding amendments that have left agencies broke
DENVER -- Taxpayers might have outsmarted themselves in 1992 when a majority voted for a Taxpayers Bill of Rights, which is meant to limit tax increases and government spending.
Monday, March 3
Girls face the inside presence of No. 9 Longmont
Jeni Jones and Brandie Telfer have their biggest challenges of the season tonight -- figuratively and literally.
For the past four years, the hunting-rich territory of Northwest Colorado has had a voice on the state's Wildlife Commission on such hot-button issues as chronic wasting disease, permit fees and endangered species.
Colorado's budget crunch will soon leave residents with one less hour for business at the Moffat County Combined Courts office.
City council race will be no contest for incumbents
After spending an estimated $5,000, residents of Craig won't see many changes in their elected officials.
Anthony Loughran before practice on Monday turned to Pablo Loya and asked, "Hey isn't it nice that we're actually practicing after districts?"
Sunday, March 2
District 'curse' still alive in girls
Grand Junction -- A first seed, the district tournament and Moffat County High School girls basketball team don't make a winning combination.
A Craig man was among three people who lost a combined $45,550 in an alleged Internet automobile purchase scam.
Although Forrest Nelson is getting closer to the age of retirement, he has no interest in slowing down.
Girl scouts strive for bronze medal -- one of the highest honors they can earn -- and help one of their own in the process
Local members of the Girl Scout 201 troop worked all afternoon Sunday collecting money, dipping chili, serving drinks and clearing tables.
Boys team pleased with win against Rifle, third place
Grand Junction -- The shooting slump is officially over for Moffat County High School senior Pablo Loya. After shooting 4-18 from the three-point arch in the first two games of the district tournament, Loya was 6-10 Saturday night against Rifle leading the Bulldogs to a 62-42 win for third place.
Chamber of commerce sends representatives to talk to legislators
Denver -- Health care, budget cuts and water issues are among Western Slope residents' top concerns and those concerns are echoed among Western Slope legislators.