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Thursday, May 29

City council meeting provides civics lesson

Residents received a lesson in civics this week -- at a city council meeting no less.

At dog agility trials anything is 'paws-ible'

Normally Lori Visintainer's dogs enjoy their time outside. This week they've been more interested in getting into the garage.

Condensed county budget available to public

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.

Allard visits with Craig residents

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.

Remodeled speedway

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.

Craig police

Virginia L. Kruger

1914-2003

Touch of spice

Stages of life

"When I was a little kid," was how my 8-year-old stepson started the conversation.

Wednesday, May 28

Cyclists trek to annual Town Challenge

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.

Groups say drilling rules do not do enough to protect surface owners

A movement that will eventually propose changes to oil and natural gas drilling regulations is slowly making its way to Northwest Colorado.

City attorney moving on to private practice

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.

TMH sees budget shortfall

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.

All hospital sites still open for consideration

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.

Craig police

Raymond G. Holland

1923-2003

Keith Alan Dorland

1983-2003

Vivian Clay

Alice Johnson

Bleeding the Black ink

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

Philip R. Weis

1909-2003

Craig police

Gracie Klairese Day

Maya Anna Nava

Zane Curtis Varner

Mason P. Chamberlin

Joseph A. Malone

Raising the bar

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

Council discusses liquor license renewals

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-grade students experience science firsthand

Fourth grader Jarred Blevins spent the night next to an alligator in South America two weeks ago.

Dinosaur charter school to be considered next week

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.

City sales taxes remain above budget

Collected sales tax for the city of Craig continues to beat planners' expectations and last year's pace.

Owners, vendors, praise GOWD's return downtown

Turns out Joe Davis' hassle of packing up and moving downtown Sunday was worth it after all.

City shoots down proposed gun law

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.

Evaluating -- not selecting

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.

Madeline T. Mercer-Gale

1913-2003

Breathing new life into an old tradition

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

Senators to visit Craig

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 riding winner decided in final go

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.

All-spring Athletes

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 charged in raid return to court

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.

Area police work 'typical' Memorial Day weekend

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.

Enjoying the ride

For carnies, nothing beats life on the road

It's about 30 minutes before the gates open at the Grand Olde West Days Carnival.

Shooters set sights on GOWD competition

Saturday's events draw a crowd

Tom Gray drives slowly these days.

Class of 2003 is something to see

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

Bulls, mosquitoes highlight weekend

Bring on the bulls and mosquitoes.

Proposed gun law for city of Craig revised; council to meet Tuesday

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.

Touch of Spice

A day of discovery

It was a day of discoveries.

A Grand Olde time

This year's Grand Olde West Days is experiencing a rebirth of sorts.

New transfer resolution passed

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.

DA asks for special prosecutor in county probe

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

Craig boy in need of life-saving transplant

As school winds down and children's to-do lists grow, Robert Griggs has simple requests from life.

Craig police

Michael Gorlay

Bleeding the Black Ink

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."

Old West brings out the big guns this weekend

Hide the women and children, there will be something dangerous going on in downtown Craig Monday morning.

Burglars hit golf course

Investigators have no suspects in a burglary at Yampa Valley Golf Course that netted roughly $5,000 in golf merchandise.

VFW plans memorial services for Monday

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.

Fire chief: Closure hurt local Red Cross

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

Students put Craig in verse

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.

Return of GOWD to downtown could mean greater success

Monday's Grand Olde West Days events will again be held in historic downtown Craig after a three-year break from that venue.

Heat lamp suspected cause of fire

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.

Golfers finish content with state experience

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.

GOWD promises a 'boot-scootin'' time

With a variety of music, food and entertainment, Monday's Grand Olde West Days events promises something for everyone.

Gerini-Appley

Iva Bessie Gollan

1927-2003

'Emergency' is no excuse for breaking the law

There is a saying that goes, "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine."

Monday, May 19

Craig Police

Mary J. Stabler

Ray Holland

Edna Blanche Schrader

1916-2003

William Crawford Beeler

1933-2003

Lillian Isabel Myrick

1927-2003

Golfers fight weather first day

Moffat County High School golfers Morgan Cobb and Brittany Hutton Sunday played their practice round for the state tournament on a picturesque spring afternoon.

Swim team sets three school records at state

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.

New martial arts school to open in Meeker this summer

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.

Meeker High School alumni continue to give back to alma mater

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 board axes CIS clubs due to successes of RAD program

School district sponsorship for several clubs at Craig Intermediate School will end in the 2003-04 school year.

Committee decides to keep rec center plan as is

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.

Questions remain over new insurance system

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.

Resolution rewind

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

Coal industry mines issues, solutions

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.

Craig police

County transfers funds to cover jail

The Moffat County commissioners approved a resolution Friday authorizing a transfer of funds made Thursday.

Ray Holland

Mortensen's decision pays off

"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."

Relays pace girls on final day of events

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.

Friday blaze destroys home

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.

Track teams place seven at state meet

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.

Cooking up a celebration

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.

Outfitters take a look at CWD, elk overpopulation, ATVs

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

County HR assistant heading department for now

Moffat County might not have to go outside of the community to hire a replacement human resources director for Tom Skelding, who recently resigned.

Funds shifted to cover jail debt

Residents question county move as illegal

The Moffat County commissioners approved a resolution today authorizing a transfer of funds made Thursday.

Community picnic set for Saturday

Area residents are invited to a community picnic Saturday to honor area armed services members, veterans and their families.

Grand Olde West Days preparations continue

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.

Groups come together for environmental conference

Elected officials, environmental and energy interests will sit down Monday to talk land management in an invitation-only conference/classroom session.

Economic development cannot be put on hold

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.

Touch of Spice

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.

Craig Police

A driving commitment

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.

Golfers approach tournament with different swings of attitude

Morgan Cobb and Brittany Hutton can already picture the van ride to the Class 4A girls golf tournament.

Wednesday, May 14

'Under utilized'

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.

June Kawcak

Bleeding the Black ink

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.

Relayability

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.

Senator discusses session with Republican women

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.

New charges filed against suspected drug dealer

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).

Annual spring cleanup this weekend

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.

Waiting on direction

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

County landfill manager resigns for new job

Moffat County Landfill Manager Eric Johnson resigned Tuesday in a meeting with the Moffat County commissioners to take a job in Washington state.

Craig police

Law addressing guns on city property valid

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.

Digging Dogball

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.

A steak in education

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.

Craig man arrested in alleged menacing incident

A Craig man faces possible felony menacing charges after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a rifle.

Proposed gun law draws fire

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

Independent Life Center gets lift at new location

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.

Leading ladies earn top spots for rodeo team

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.

Swim team splashes to fifth at district meet

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.

Craig police

Farmers look at growing energy as new 'crop'

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.

Judicial layoffs to impact local court

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.

Students get a closer look at the Middle East

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.

Current hospital site doesn't make cut

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

MCHS track teams get ready for state

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.

Craig Police

Roberta Ann Runyan

Olympic glory

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 suspects charged in raid in court this week

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 to launch area DSL service

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.

'It's not over for us'

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.

Girls grab third place at regional meet in Grand Junction

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

Unsinkable Shipley

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.

New nursing program gears up for applicants

Marilyn Bouldin's nursing program run through Colorado Northwestern Community College has been approved to accept student applications for fall classes.

Letter carriers picking up donations

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.

Craig police

Marguerite N. Velasquez

1917-2003

Touch of Spice

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.

Con games continue

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.

Something special on Saturday

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

Permitting process impacted under new weapons laws

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.

Craig police

James S. Wernet

1943-2003

Carrie Ann Brown

1933-2003

Bleeding the Black Ink

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.

Motocross, stock cars coming to the Valley

The mud of spring is one man's treasure and another's headache.

Man found in violation of probation

Judge Michael O'Hara Tuesday ruled a convicted sex offender in violation of probation imposed two years ago in Moffat County.

County to tap into recreation center funding source

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.

Dedication to shine at Special Olympics

When the Special Olympics kick off Saturday in Craig, a record will be set before the first event takes place.

Pike speak

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

Eva Brazelton

Hunt for elk solution right on target

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.

Golf team second at regional

Two individuals qualify for state tournament

In their final high school regional, two Moffat County senior girl golfers had mixed results.

Third-grade reading scores remain steady in Moffat County schools

Moffat County third graders scored slightly higher than the state average on Colorado Statewide Assessment Program (CSAP) reading tests this year.

Deadline for home's correction plan looming

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.

Local public transportation question lingers

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.

Future of the fairgrounds

County seeking community input on master plan

Moffat County is planning for the future of the fairgrounds and it wants the community's help.

Craig police

Monday, May 5

Local artists show off work at Museum of Northwest Colorado

A glimpse of the beautiful scenery available in Northwest Colorado is on display this month at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Calls, crimes jump in 2002 for Craig P.D.

Community

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 sees record-breaking year in production

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.

Craig police

June Steffen Williamson

1915-2003

Robert "Bobby" Eugene Bertram

1943-2003

Sylvia D. Jackson

1917-2003

Bulldog swimmers still finding ways to qualify for state, start to taper for finale

The Moffat County High School swim team's practice Monday looked like organized chaos.

'Oh captain, my captain'

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

For the fun of it

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.

Jail report

Eva Brazelton

Donald Pearson

Relay teams lead way at Clint Wells Invitational

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.

Broomfield sends baseball team home early

GREELEY -- Somewhere in the Moffat County High School baseball team's lineup book is a sheet filled out for MCHS vs. Greeley West.

BLM explains gathering of horses to students

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.

State hopes to build on last year's record elk harvest

For the first time this fall, up to 2,000 antlerless elk licenses will be available over the counter in Northwest Colorado.

Getting ready for the worst

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

Girls learn about career opportunities

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.

Stan Wernet

Iva Gollan

Craig police

Bleeding the Black Ink

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)

Touch of Spice

Color your world

I spent part of my Saturday scrubbing red crayon off the door and the wall.

The impact of a lack of funds

Moffat County could be getting robbed -- by the state of Colorado.

JV soccer team ends with

What a difference a year makes for Carla Bamford and the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.

JV baseball team to put in time this summer

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.

Track teams set to host regular season finale

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.

Ivy named United Way Volunteer of the Year

Cheryl Ivy and her toothbrush-packed car spent most of February crisscrossing Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

Former county HR director to get another month's pay

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.

Armed and dangerous

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.

Mass casualty drill set for Saturday

A constant wail of sirens residents might hear west of Craig Saturday morning shouldn't necessarily be cause for panic.

No decision made on paying deputy's legal fees

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.

TMH board to narrow proposed hospital sites May 9

A list of potential future sites for The Memorial Hospital will be narrowed at public hearing next week.

Bucks at the ballot box

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.

Cattle guard prices increased

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.

CSU Extension Office makes plans for anticipated state budget cuts

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.