Thursday, May 29
Residents received a lesson in civics this week -- at a city council meeting no less.
Normally Lori Visintainer's dogs enjoy their time outside. This week they've been more interested in getting into the garage.
For those who want to know where their tax dollars are going, but don't want to attempt to comprehend a 300-page budget, a new 2003 Condensed Budget has been distributed by Moffat County.
Senator says Bush economic plan good for small business
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., said Thursday that President Bush's economic package would benefit small communities such as Craig in that it will benefit small business owners, including farmers and ranchers.
While it's still in the same location, still has the same name and, come Saturday night, the same sights and sounds, the Hayden Speedway isn't the same track it used to be.
Stages of life
"When I was a little kid," was how my 8-year-old stepson started the conversation.
Wednesday, May 28
Eric Havrilla didn't expect his first race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series in Steamboat Springs to be easy, but at least it was short.
A movement that will eventually propose changes to oil and natural gas drilling regulations is slowly making its way to Northwest Colorado.
After 9 and a half years of service, City Attorney Sherman Romney is giving up his government job to take a chance on private practice.
Hospital exploring why it's $750,000 in the red
So far this year The Memorial Hospital is about $750,000 short of its budget projections.
The Memorial Hospital board of trustees wants to assure the public that all sites in Craig are still open for consideration while it continues to evaluate potential sites for construction of a new hospital.
When bad things happen to good papers
It's been a rough month for newspapers and I'm sure there are a few editors and publishers out there who are glad to see that May is just about behind them.
Tuesday, May 27
Craig Special Olympian
Until Tuesday night, Grant Dalton had set a goal for himself -- to bench press 330 pounds at his next competition. That goal quickly changed when he put up the weight as if it were just the bar
The Craig City Council is pushing closer to local requirements on liquor licensing, but a commitment in that direction wasn't made at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Fourth grader Jarred Blevins spent the night next to an alligator in South America two weeks ago.
The application for a Dinosaur community charter school was due today and a representative on a committee to open a charter school next year said he is confident that school will be in session next fall.
Collected sales tax for the city of Craig continues to beat planners' expectations and last year's pace.
Turns out Joe Davis' hassle of packing up and moving downtown Sunday was worth it after all.
A loud round of applause followed the defeat of a motion that would restrict carrying firearms out in the open on city property and establishments selling liquor.
Hospital board to continue review of possible sites for new facility
None of the potential sites for construction of a new hospital in Craig have been eliminated from consideration as the board continues to evaluate them, Randy Phelps, The Memorial Hospital administrator, said Tuesday.
With such a strong turnout Monday for Grand Olde West Days, the move to bring the event back to the downtown area has proven to be a resounding success.
Monday, May 26
Allard, Campbell to meet with residents this week
Two United States senators will make stops in Craig this week to discuss issues they are addressing regarding Northwest Colorado.
Bull rider Judd Mortensen couldn't have dreamed up a better way to finish the Fifth Annual Craig Bull Riding competition. As Mortensen was wrapping up for the final ride of the evening, the announcer set it up for the crowd.
From a state title for Laurel Mortensen to the girls soccer team earning its first Western Slope Conference win, each Moffat County team in the spring shared the spotlight in the pages of the Craig Daily Press. While the rodeo team is still competing -- making the end of the spring seasons incomplete -- these are the Craig Daily Press' All-Spring Athletes for 2003.
Two men charged in last month's drug raids -- including an alleged leader of a drug organization that once operated in Moffat and Routt counties -- are scheduled to appear in Moffat County Court Wednesday.
The Craig-based troop 4B of the Colorado State Patrol worked 12 traffic accidents, while a Colorado Springs man was killed near Kremmling Saturday over the Memorial Day weekend.
For carnies, nothing beats life on the road
It's about 30 minutes before the gates open at the Grand Olde West Days Carnival.
Saturday's events draw a crowd
Tom Gray drives slowly these days.
170 cross the stage for Moffat County High School commencement ceremony
Standing in the hallway with her fellow classmates Saturday, graduating senior Kelly Anderson was anxiously anticipating walking on stage within the next hour to accept her high school diploma.
Thursday, May 22
Bring on the bulls and mosquitoes.
References to "possession" and "public places" have been stripped from a proposed gun ordinance as the Craig City Council next week will reconsider the measure criticized by councilors on May 13.
A day of discovery
It was a day of discoveries.
This year's Grand Olde West Days is experiencing a rebirth of sorts.
Officials from other counties say they see no legal problem in fund move
The Moffat County commissioners passed a new resolution Thursday amending a decision made in a public meeting last week to transfer $300,000 to the jail fund to cover payments due on the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
By PAUL SHOCKLEY
Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink filed a motion today with Moffat County Combined Courts calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into allegations of wrongdoing by county commissioners and the county's administrative services director.
Wednesday, May 21
As school winds down and children's to-do lists grow, Robert Griggs has simple requests from life.
One bad apple
Journalism in general and The New York Times in particular was dealt a black eye recently by Times' reporter Jayson Blair, who, according to The Times, "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud while covering significant news events in recent months."
Hide the women and children, there will be something dangerous going on in downtown Craig Monday morning.
Investigators have no suspects in a burglary at Yampa Valley Golf Course that netted roughly $5,000 in golf merchandise.
Craig resident and Korean War veteran Jim Meineke said he believes honoring those who served and died for the United States is paying tribute to those still living.
Organization officials say doors are closed but services remain
If a major disaster were to hit the area tomorrow, Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason said he would not have much faith in the response of the American Red Cross.
Tuesday, May 20
Craig Middle School gets creative with Japanese form of poetry
Kicking off a unit on poetry, Craig Middle School teacher Gay Shellhorn looked to spark her eighth graders' creative instincts last week in the initial class assignment.
Monday's Grand Olde West Days events will again be held in historic downtown Craig after a three-year break from that venue.
Sheriff's investigators wrap up probe into blaze that destroyed a modular home
Moffat County Sheriff's investigators suspect an infrared heating lamp caused a fire that destroyed a modular home Friday.
While they might not have felt they brought their A game, Moffat County High School golfers Brittany Hutton and Morgan Cobb survived the second day of the state tournament without any meltdowns.
With a variety of music, food and entertainment, Monday's Grand Olde West Days events promises something for everyone.
There is a saying that goes, "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine."
Monday, May 19
Moffat County High School golfers Morgan Cobb and Brittany Hutton Sunday played their practice round for the state tournament on a picturesque spring afternoon.
Team qualifies for four events in the finals, scores record amount of points
As he finished his final dive, John Shipley received the most applause of any of the 16 divers in the final round of the state meet. The whistles and claps weren't for the reason the Moffat County High School senior would have liked.
After 20 years of training in the martial arts, Tom Ridings has finally reached a point in his life to open his own combat Hapkido school in Meeker.
Some of Meeker High School's alumni teach and serve on committees and the school board to continue to maintain and improve the educational experience at the Meeker School District.
School district sponsorship for several clubs at Craig Intermediate School will end in the 2003-04 school year.
All or nothing was the sentiment of members of the recreation center steering committee Monday night when they decided not to cut any amenities from a proposed recreation center without giving voters a say in the matter.
Colorado drivers who cause an accident will be responsible for their victim's medical bills starting July 1, a big change from the no-fault insurance laws that made each driver responsible for his or her own medical bills.
County plans to pass new measure Thursday to replace possible illegal money transfer
County commissioners Thursday will review a resolution that would void another resolution passed Friday authorizing a transfer of county funds to cover debts on the Moffat County Public Safety Center -- all amid questions on the legality of the commissioners' move late last week.
Sunday, May 18
Lt. Gov. Jane Norton said Friday that there were enough fireworks in the Legislature this year without her adding any. Nonetheless, she volunteered to detonate an explosive at Trapper Mine before a group of about 50 power plant, mine and legislative representatives.
The Moffat County commissioners approved a resolution Friday authorizing a transfer of funds made Thursday.
"She did exactly what I told her she needed to," he said. "It makes me look like a good coach, but great athletes do that for you."
The Moffat County High School girls 3,200-meter relay team stood together after its race at the state track meet looking as if it had finished last.
Firefighters still investigating cause of fire that killed family's dog
A quick-moving fire Friday afternoon gutted a family's modular home north of Craig.
Palmer highlights with fourth-place finishes at event
Cody Palmer learned first hand the variables of the state track meet from year to year in the field events.
Area residents turn out to recognize Moffat County's armed services members, veterans and their families
A chain email received days prior to coalition strikes on Iraq upset Cynthia Lynch, triggering events that brought the Kremmling resident to Craig this weekend.
Sixteen Northwest Colorado outfitters gathered Friday night in Meeker with chronic wasting disease, elk overpopulation and ATV use on public lands on their minds.
Thursday, May 15
Moffat County might not have to go outside of the community to hire a replacement human resources director for Tom Skelding, who recently resigned.
Residents question county move as illegal
The Moffat County commissioners approved a resolution today authorizing a transfer of funds made Thursday.
Area residents are invited to a community picnic Saturday to honor area armed services members, veterans and their families.
Advance tickets go on sale Monday for the May 25 amateur bull-riding competition, while Grand Olde West Days organizers still need volunteers to fill various tasks.
Elected officials, environmental and energy interests will sit down Monday to talk land management in an invitation-only conference/classroom session.
With the Craig Chamber of Commerce luncheon bringing area economic development back into the limelight, Moffat County leaders would do well in heeding the underlying message of the event -- don't wait too long in finding an economic development director.
What are they thinking?
I walked into the house to the overpowering smell of mint. The air was so thick with it that I was a little dizzy.
MCHS swim team gets boost from Meeker, Rangely commuters
The road to swimming on a high school swim team has been a long one for Nick Ruckman and Andy Key -- to be exact, 48 miles for Ruckman and 93 for Key.
Morgan Cobb and Brittany Hutton can already picture the van ride to the Class 4A girls golf tournament.
Wednesday, May 14
Employment plan shows shortcomings of county
An Equal Employment Opportunity plan recently completed by the human resources department shows that females and Hispanics are being underutilized in Moffat County government.
What a difference a year makes
It has been just more than a year since the Craig Daily Press unveiled a brand new look, and a content package designed to provide the best in local news, sports, weather, entertainment and advertising.
Distance relay teams in a league of their own, in more ways than one
As the Moffat County High School track teams circled to stretch this week, every set of legs had a hairless shine -- boys and girls alike. In fact, all 22 members of the MCHS track team, boy or girl who qualified for the state meet, will compete with shaved legs and the 3,200 boys relay team takes full credit.
Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, says energy impact funds belong to communities such as those in Moffat County, and the state had no right to raid those funds in cutting the budget this legislative session.
A Craig man faces new felony drug charges connected to a series of local arrests April 7 by the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRAMNET).
Craig's annual spring cleanup is slated for this weekend, as crews at the north end of Craig City Park will haul away unwanted items.
State official says economic study will have to wait until new Partnership leader hired
A representative of Gov. Bill Owens said Wednesday Moffat County won't benefit from a state-backed community business needs assessment until a new local economic development director is hired.
Tuesday, May 13
Moffat County Landfill Manager Eric Johnson resigned Tuesday in a meeting with the Moffat County commissioners to take a job in Washington state.
When Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta proposed to the city council Tuesday night that it pass a law banning weapons from city parks, pools and public buildings, it was met with uncertainty from some city councilors.
Moffat County High School hosts camp for local youth
During the high school basketball season, Moffat County freshmen Bobby Jorgensen and Cass Thompson were learning what it took to make it at the next level.
FFA students win meat evaluation competition and get ready for nationals
Four Moffat County High School students will represent Colorado at a national meat evaluation competition in October in Louisville, Ky.
A Craig man faces possible felony menacing charges after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a rifle.
Some city councilors say ordinance could infringe on rights
A proposed ordinance restricting gun possession at public locations drew fire from the Craig City Council Tuesday.
Monday, May 12
When administrators with the Independent Life Center were approached with the idea of moving their office to the heart of downtown Craig, they thought it was a great idea.
Going into each high school rodeo, Moffat County freshman Becky White said she doesn't think too much about the overall point standings in the state. But the top-ranked rookie along with her sister, Kelly, and teammate Tia Brannan make it so others think about it.
MONTROSE -- In his first year of coaching the Moffat County High School boys swim team, Jim Vorhies had one swimmer qualify for the consolation final at districts.
Agricultural producers are slaves to markets, weather, soil conditions and a dozen other variables that contribute to the instability of ranching and farming profits. But, the Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union is pushing a plan that links sustainable rural economies to the production of sustainable energy.
While layoffs finalized last week around the 14th Judicial District look to miss Moffat County, an already depleted staff at the local courthouse could be asked to help fill manpower gaps elsewhere.
Retired teacher tries to dispel myths, stereotypes of culture
Eighth-grader Catherine Compton laughed and strutted covered nearly head to toe in black Monday in a traditional Saudi Arabian heijab.
Consultants recommendation aims to ax two potential properties
The consultants for the construction of a new hospital in Craig is recommending that two potential sites for the project be axed, including the facility's current location.
Sunday, May 11
Eleven boys qualify for big meet this weekend
GRAND JUNCTION -- For 24 consecutive years, Moffat County High School boys track coach Gary Tague has attended the state track meet. On each of those trips he's gone with his trademark mustache.
Event held in memory of longtime Craig Special Olympic athlete
Bill Mason, a Craig athlete participating in the Special Olympics at Moffat County High School Saturday, had just finished throwing the shot put when the wind started to blow and snow started to fall.
Three men charged in last month's police raids targeting an alleged area drug organization are scheduled to appear this week before Judge Mary Lynne James.
Qwest Communications will deploy high-speed DSL Internet service to Craig in the coming months as part of a phased, $75 million investment expanding services across the company's 14-state region.
Anxious family members await word from relatives serving overseas
For Debbie Dunaway, no news is good news when it comes to information about her son, Jordan Ferrell, while he serves in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
GRAND JUNCTION -- At last year's regional, Jeni Jones was toughing it through the meet with shin splints that her doctor said she shouldn't run on. This year, a healthy Jones was back in form, just missing a four-event qualifying performance by 6 1/2 inches.
Thursday, May 8
MCHS swim team led by into the Western Slope Championships
The limit on events at the Western Slope Championships will keep Moffat County High School swimmer John Shipley from really showing what he is capable of doing today and Saturday at Montrose. But it will also keep him from exhausting himself.
Marilyn Bouldin's nursing program run through Colorado Northwestern Community College has been approved to accept student applications for fall classes.
The National Association of Letter Carriers this Saturday is doing its part to "stamp out hunger" in the United States, and for the 11th straight year, Craig is a participant in the food drive.
It's not hard to break a good habit
Katie attends a pretend preschool three days a week. High school students who have been learning about child care and development (beyond their own) set up a mock school during their class period and those students can bring any toddler they know. They set up activities and snacks and generally get to play with kids for an hour. They're also stuck with them -- good or bad. Maybe the class is actually a form of pre-act birth control.
Police warn of new twists on old scam
It's a new twist on an old scam that's evolved from letters to the Internet.
More than 100 athletes from the Western Slope and Wyoming will converge on Craig Saturday to display their prowess and skills in the area's annual spring Special Olympic games.
Wednesday, May 7
A training standard for concealed weapons permits accepted by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office won't be valid under new state laws effective later this month.
Playing fair in print
Perceptions and realities are often skewed and, as the news industry continues to learn, nothing could be more true when it comes to the relationship between the press and its readers.
The mud of spring is one man's treasure and another's headache.
Judge Michael O'Hara Tuesday ruled a convicted sex offender in violation of probation imposed two years ago in Moffat County.
Budget shortfalls have led county officials to ask for a portion of what a citizen-based steering committee thought to be potential revenue for the construction of a recreation center -- a use tax.
When the Special Olympics kick off Saturday in Craig, a record will be set before the first event takes place.
Local anglers say the government is 'screwing up' the fishing environment with predatory removal program
When it comes to the nonnative fish recovery program the government is conducting in Northwest Colorado, Nick Kamzalow, seated in the back of his outdoor supply store in Craig, said, "I don't even want to talk about it."
Tuesday, May 6
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has taken a thoughtful, proactive step toward working with the public to help reduce the elk population that has grown to an unhealthy size that is impacting animals and people alike.
Two individuals qualify for state tournament
In their final high school regional, two Moffat County senior girl golfers had mixed results.
Moffat County third graders scored slightly higher than the state average on Colorado Statewide Assessment Program (CSAP) reading tests this year.
A report released by the state's Health Department outlines three "deficiencies" turned up by inspectors during an unannounced visit to Craig's Valley View Manor last month.
Cost to government entities could multiply four to five times
There may be a solution to Craig's lack of public transportation but at an estimated cost of $25,000 to $50,000 a year, city and county officials say an on-call bus system isn't the answer.
County seeking community input on master plan
Moffat County is planning for the future of the fairgrounds and it wants the community's help.
Monday, May 5
A glimpse of the beautiful scenery available in Northwest Colorado is on display this month at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Craig police responded to more than 12,000 calls for service in 2002 -- the most activity and the largest year-to-year increase since at least 1995, according to the department's annual report.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission charted a record-breaking year in 2002, producing and delivering 11.7 million megawatt-hours of electricity to its 44 member distribution systems.
The Moffat County High School swim team's practice Monday looked like organized chaos.
Moffat County football searches for team leaders in new ways
When asked whether he would rather be drilled by questions while in a suit and tie or blitzed by fullbacks while in a football uniform, Moffat County High School junior Shea Carr didn't hesitate.
Sunday, May 4
Volunteer brings much-needed levit to serious line of work
The homemade "laugh meter" perched on a wall at the Moffat County Public Safety Center was off the chart Wednesday.
Vicki Haddan knew all along that the Moffat County High School girls track team had enough depth to put together five competitive relay teams; it was just a matter of getting everybody healthy.
GREELEY -- Somewhere in the Moffat County High School baseball team's lineup book is a sheet filled out for MCHS vs. Greeley West.
Ranchers who lease Bureau of Land Management land near wild horse management areas have said herd overpopulation is destroying the ecosystem, leading to starvation -- not only among horses, but in other wild animals, such as deer and elk.
For the first time this fall, up to 2,000 antlerless elk licenses will be available over the counter in Northwest Colorado.
Drill gives area agencies a chance to test their skills
Les Hampton lay quiet, slumped at the front of a school bus tipped on its side full of passengers in Saturday's mass casualty drill.
Thursday, May 1
Mary Morris, a keynote speaker at a girls conference at the Craig Holiday Inn Thursday, said middle school-aged girls are like sponges -- they soak up a lot.
Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
"Why should freedom of speech and freedom of the press by allowed? Why should a government, which is doing what it believes to be right, allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinion calculated to embarrass the government?" -- Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)
Color your world
I spent part of my Saturday scrubbing red crayon off the door and the wall.
Moffat County could be getting robbed -- by the state of Colorado.
What a difference a year makes for Carla Bamford and the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.
One glance at the starting lineup of this year's Moffat County High School varsity baseball team and one thing becomes clear, they lose a lot of players to graduation this season. That makes the role of the JV team even more important.
At this time last year, Moffat County High School senior Bryce Ellgen was struggling to break the 11-minute mark in the 3,200-meter run.
Cheryl Ivy and her toothbrush-packed car spent most of February crisscrossing Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.
Former Moffat County Human Resources Director Tom Skelding will continue to receive salary and benefits for another month beyond the effective date of his resignation, according to documents obtained by the Daily Press.
MCHS baseball team heads into regionals
When it came to obtaining a scouting report for this weekend's regional playoffs, Moffat County High School coach Scott Parker didn't have to dig too deep.
A constant wail of sirens residents might hear west of Craig Saturday morning shouldn't necessarily be cause for panic.
Legal fees for a deputy who has pleaded not guilty to a charge in a traffic accident that left a Craig man and his daughter injured could cost more than $6,000, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead told the county commissioners Wednesday.
A list of potential future sites for The Memorial Hospital will be narrowed at public hearing next week.
New federal voting mandates could cost county $140,000
Federal mandates requiring counties to upgrade voting machines at local precincts could cost Moffat County $140,000.
County commission splits, 2-1, on charging ranchers, agencies closer to actual cost
Ranchers and agencies that have cattle guards installed by the county will be paying an amount closer to actual costs -- about twice as much as what they are paying now.
The Colorado State Cooperative Extension already has trimmed about $800,000 from next year's budget and is looking to cut up to $1.2 million more.