Stories for November 2003


Sunday, November 30

Cougar midgets blow out Braves

In his team's 10-0 win against the Steamboat Springs Braves, Craig Cougar midget hockey coach, Darin Hickey, wasn't as impressed with a score in the double digits as he was with other aspects.

Charles john hellman


Monique Garcia

Stonewall, Desolate jam for local audience

On Friday night, there was finally something to do in Craig according to local teens.

Albert Blaine Wood


Billy Wilson Waters


Craig Police

Soldier recalls Iraq

Publicized attacks tough for family

Near the end of the summer, when school and fall and football were just getting started in Moffat County, Sgt. Chris Craig of the Army's Third Armored Cavalry Regiment manned the controls of a 120 millimeter smooth-bore cannon while he and his tank crew rolled across the sands of Iraq, coming to the rescue of U.S. troops caught in ambushes west of Baghdad.

The art of craftsmanship

Internationally known jeweler makes home, designs in Moffat County

The clean lines of the store guide customers to meticulous displays of pottery, jewelry and Southwestern decorations. The openness and light allow for unhurried considerations of each unique item.

Parade theme inspires dozens

About a dozen floats, decorated with the "Home for the Holidays" theme, drove through Downtown Craig Saturday during the annual Parade of Lights sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the Craig Lions Club.

Local dealer warns of phony money

New $20 bills, holiday season increase threat of fraud

Knowing what to look for might make the difference between profit and loss for local business owners and workers who accept cash during business transactions.

Sophia Elizabeth Diehl

Preventative measures may ease winter driving woes

Getting stranded in a vehicle this winter is the last place many motorists want to be, and local mechanics said drivers may reduce the odds of getting stuck in the cold by taking a few preventive measures.


Taran Robert Teeter

Thursday, November 27

Students take initiative, create school magazines

It's not often that students get excited to do more than the required classwork, but some fourth-grade students at East Elementary School are bucking that perception. Two students, who were up for a challenge recently, started their own magazine causing fellow classmates to follow suit. By reporting on everything that moves at the elementary school and taking the initiative to delve into some controversial and touchy subjects, students are soaking up the rewards of seeing their work in print.

Touch of Spice

It's not always about the food

It wasn't the first time I found the girls huddled by the door, eating the snow that fell off my shoes and pantlegs. It wasn't the first time that I shook my head in wonder.

ER overrun with cold, flu

In the past week, The Memorial Hospital's emergency room has been overrun with flu cases. "Last weekend was very busy,"said Art Smith, registered nurse at TMH. "Within the last week, we've seen a big increase." The emergency room was empty Friday morning as TMH operated with a skeleton crew. But Smith said that many children have been brought into the emergency room lately.

Library reserve not the county's budget savior

Just like the thrifty and forward-looking ant, the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees have hedged against the hard times by amassing a $300,000 reserve. And the grasshopper, who did not show the same foresight, is eyeing that reserve hungrily.

Howard Ritchie Sr.

Craig resident, Howard Ritchie Sr., died Nov. 10, 2003, at his home. He was 83.

Get into the groove

Craig area offers new fitness ideas

Enjoying the holiday season can be jolly for the spirit but disastrous for the waistline. Fortunately there are more ways to get into shape than to get out of it and lately some of those new trends are slowly catching on in the area.

The gift of giving

When you lifted a forkful of turkey and mashed potatoes to your mouth, did you think of those who had none?

Dallene Hart

Making the right move

Two sisters adjust to a new gymnastics team, routine after local gym closes

While the loss of a lease on the building that served as the practice facility for the Craig Gym Gems Gymnastic team was a surprise and disappointment to the team, former Gems Narissa and Shayna Grammer aren't complaining about the changes that came with it.

Downtown businesses get early start

Friday morning, shopkeepers in Craig crawled out of bed early, despite turkey-eating induced sluggishness, to open their stores at 7 a.m. and kick off the holiday shopping season with some predawn sales. The sales were organized by the Downtown Business Association, in the hopes of keeping Craig locals in town while they filled their Christmas lists.


What began in May 2002 as a classified ad in the Craig Daily Press, has evolved into a team of compassionate individuals who are committed to providing opportunity and quality of life for pets in Moffat County. The Humane Society of Moffat County is currently operating under the non-profit status of the Routt County Humane Society, and has received tutelage and various levels of support from the Routt County group since its first informal meeting more than a year ago.

Residents warned against falling for Web-based scams

Craig Police are urging citizens to be aware of a new identity-theft scam perpetrated on the World Wide Web.

Deck the halls

Homeowners showcase decoration, improvement projects during home tour

For Craig residents who just can't seem to find the time or creativity to transform their home into a holiday wonderland, the Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 13.

Private group submits offer on nursing home

Team sets goal of March opening

A determined group of private investors and concerned residents is attempting to buy the Valley View Manor building from its former management company in hopes of reopening a long-term care facility in Craig, a spokesperson for the group told the Craig Daily Press Tuesday.

Donovan Lee Disch

Colorado Springs resident, Donovan Lee Disch, died Nov. 17, 2003. He was 60. Disch was born June 8, 1943, in Casper, Wyo.

Tuesday, November 25

Underage drinking community issue

Whose problem is the growing epidemic of underage drinking? Whose responsibility is it to fix?

Councilors vote to increase wastewater rates

Craig City Council members have been discussing increasing wastewater fees since October, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they took the first official step Tuesday night.

Elkhead expansion deemed critical

In a move deemed critical to protecting endangered fish as well as providing water for Yampa Valley residents, the Colorado River Water Conservation District has received an $11,000,000 loan from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to expand Elkhead Reservoir by 12,000 acre feet, or 3.6 trillion gallons.

Council not phased by TMH 'bully' tactics

Decision to close Russel Street to construct new hospital will be left to voters

To build a new hospital in the same location the hospital currently sits, Russell Street will have to be closed and the chances of that happening could be slim.

Council says 'no' to county

City won't chip in for water or television

County commissioners cancelled their request to hold a joint meeting with the Craig City Council, but council members went ahead and held it without them. The result was a resounding "no" to requests commissioners discussed amongst themselves, but hadn't formally made to the council.

Search nets stolen merchandise, drugs

Craig Police found cocaine and an estimated $15,000 to $25,000 in stolen merchandise Tuesday after they searched the home of a nighttime janitorial worker employed by Kmart.

Bulldog dance team first, cheer team third in state warm up

The Moffat County High School cheerleading and dance teams went to the National Cheerleading Association regional competition in Grand Junction mainly to practice their routines for the state competition in December. It's not often that a team gets to come home with third- and first-place trophies for a practice.

Motorists urged to use caution

Hwy. 40 and Hwy. 13 notorious for winter accidents

Gordon Shelley has worked as a tow truck driver for Cook Chevrolet for 14 years, and he can think of a few places in Moffat County where motorists ought to drive with caution.

School district recognizes positive achievements

Schools in the Moffat County School District are making progress, and they want the public to know about it. Over the last five years, teachers and administrators have drafted a list of reasons they are proud of improvement at each school.

City seeks grant for Armory renovations

City officials don't to want involve themselves in the future of the National Guard Armory if it involves partnering with the county, but they're willing to submit a grant application that may pay for some renovations.

Raymond Edward Haskins


Holiday kitchen drain disasters keep plumbers busy

Aside from the frozen pipes that keep plumbers and septic technicians busy this time of year, kitchen drain disasters associated with holiday feasts account for a bulk of the service calls.

Jeremiah James Garoutte


Martin Herman


Residents voice opinions about hospital plans

For months, the public discussion segment of The Memorial Hospital's board meetings has largely been quiet.

Students celebrate true meaning of Thanksgiving

Celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday is more than turkey and all the trimmings for pre-first grade students at Sunset Elementary School.

Fifteen-headed monster

Numerous players expected to see varsity time on inexperienced team

There are few things certain going into the Moffat County High School girls basketball season.

Nurse Donna back in Belize

Wildkats named grand champs

As if winning three consecutive National Cheerleaders Association regional competitions wasn't enough, the Northwest Colorado Wildkat All-Star cheerleading team has a new title to defend.

Vermillion's future topic of debate

The future of land use planning in the controversial Vermillion Basin was up for debate Tuesday as the Moffat County Land Use Board weighed its options on the best way to expedite oil and gas development in the area.

Council requests presence of license applicants

City Council decides against changes, approves license for Ocean Pearl

The Craig City Council stopped just short Tuesday night of altering its recently adopted liquor ordinance when the owner of a business seeking a new liquor license failed to attend the hearing that decided the fate of that license.

Sailor of the Year award goes to local

Achievements, hard work recognized

First Class Petty Officer Jason Phillips, formally of Craig, has been awarded the Sailor of the Year Award.

Parents encouraged to teach children safety

Safety key to health of ranchers, farmers

Sherman Romney knows the inconvenience of getting hurt.

Dallene Hart

Monday, November 24

Elected officials ask county to stop cuts

A handful of Moffat County's elected officials gathered in the commissioner's board room Monday to voice opposition over cutbacks to the county's state-mandated services.

DA's office proposes raises

Commissioners unsure whether budget can support increase

The Moffat County District Attorney's Office requested raises for personnel from county commissioners at Monday's commission meeting.

Downtown business holiday traditions make it worth staying home for

Local retailers make shopping local fun, easy

If seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus isn't enough to make staying in town over the holidays appealing, the Downtown Business Association's spirit might be the key.

Salvation Army bell ringers ready to make some music

'Tis the season for the rhythmic clanging of a Salvation Army bell that means opportunity for some and hope for all.

Math students put their skills to use

Craig man sentenced for firearm possession

Rothermund accepts plea to reduce five criminal charges to two

A Craig man was sentenced in district court Monday to two one-year prison terms for possessing a firearm on school property and violating bail bond conditions.

Students set lofty food drive goal

Youth collect 7,400 cans for Interfaith Food Bank

On the last day of the Craig Middle School's annual canned-food drive, one seventh-grade boy came in asking for a dolly.

Tony T. "Butch" Angelo


Sunday, November 23

MCHS takes over managment of high school pool

Effective the first week of December, Moffat County High School will resume management of the high school pool that has been under the direction of the city of Craig for one year.

Turkey ticklers

United Way fund-raiser brings

Some people stuff their turkeys. In Craig, jockeys race their turkeys down the street to raise funds for local charities.

On their honor

Two Craig boys commit to family's Eagle Scout tradition, become third generation

In the Boy Scouts of America, every young scout must learn the Scout Law and Scout Oath to advance in rank. Just like all other scouts, Chris and Nick Goodenow memorized and did their best to live by those creeds, but a promise they made to their great uncle may have been the most instrumental oath to inspire the brothers to reach the pinnacle of scouting.

Raymond M. Knez


Craig police

Midgets stand tall for season-opening game

It's still early enough in the season that the new players on the Craig Cougar midget hockey team have to use tape for their numbers on their jerseys. Yet in a 7-1 win in the home opener against the Steamboat Springs Braves, the midgets, at times, looked like they had been playing together for a couple of months.

Dinosaur growing its EMT services

Imagine living in an isolated area with emergency medical transportation at least a half hour away.

Raid nets packaged drugs, possible dealer

Day planner may be link to customers, cash flow

Police recovered quantities of three different drugs and items believed to be connected to distribution in a raid on a Washington Street home Thursday.

Thursday, November 20

Natalie Cristina Claytor

Isabelle Anne Herod

Eric Richard Lee Doolin

Aliyah Jolene Hawkins

'Five Most Wanted' listed on Internet

The Moffat County Sheriff's office soon will be changing the lineup on its online "Five Most Wanted" list, according to K.C. Hume, the sheriff's chief investigator.

Budget battles

Libraray board members concerned county cuts may hurt services

The Moffat County Library used to be open on Sundays. It used to be open late. And more people used to work there.

Getting it write

Elementary school students show off literary talents

As of Thursday evening, at least 50 authors and illustrators live in Craig.

All -Fall Athletes

Craig Daily Press honors superior athletes

The Moffat County High School fall athletic teams kept the sports section of the Craig Daily Press busy as usual in 2003. It's too bad that these honors couldn't have come a couple of weeks later after a state football title game, but accomplishments of the football team and all the other fall teams can't be sold short this year.

Woodshop lesson is for girls, too

It wasn't long ago that a group of mostly high school girls didn't know the difference between a band saw and a lathe.

Making every dollar count

Although today is the last official day of United Way's 2003-2004 fund-raising campaign, it is never too late to contribute to this organization that does so much for this community.

Woman arrested on drug-related charges

Craig Police and GRAMNET arrested a Craig woman Thursday after they executed a search warrant and discovered drugs in her home, according to a report by the Craig Police Department.

Angels among us

Workshop heightens residents' connection to the spirit world

A lazy snow fell on the aspens outside while a group of expectant faces gathered in the cozy living room of a log cabin last week to request assistance from beyond. But not all were believers -- at least not yet.

Resident questions how county officials are spending tax dollars

The infamous public safety center, as promised by our commissioners, would be built for $8 million. Actual cost was nearly $13 million.

talk of the town

Each Saturday, four local residents will be a sounding board of opinion on topics both local and national. Check in each week to hear from your neighbors. This week's topic: Why do you like living in Craig?

Part of the problem, part of the solution

our view Those who are truly interested in the financial well being of Moffat County should go beyond criticizing the commissioners and offer some possible solutions to the problems.

Mother takes break from service in Baghdad to care for son

Now that there isn't half a world between them, Army medic Cynthia Vallem and her son, Canyon, look cute together, sitting in Vallem's kitchen wearing matching tan fatigues.

Underage drinking

Law enforcement agencies in Moffat County share an appreciation for the problem of underage drinking, but they don't share a philosophy about how to deal with it.

Cougars ready for home ice

Three age groups have season openers at Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena Saturday

As far as home openers go, the Craig Cougar midgets hope that this year's go much better than last year's.

Craig police

Commissioners to work through conflicting budget projections in workman's comp rates

Moffat County commissioners hope to straighten out their worker's compensation rates at a meeting on Monday.

Charles Hellman

Snow job

With onset of winter, motorists are remindedto move vehicles for snowplows

When winter arrives in earnest and the snowplows once again become a fixture on Craig streets, citizens will be expected to do their part to help maintain the roads by moving their cars so the Road and Bridge Department can effectively do its job.

City, county contribute to area juvenile intervention services

City and county contributions may have saved a program that provides state-mandated intervention services for juveniles.

4-H students honored at achievement night

Wow, it was great to see so many people at 4-H Achievement Night on Nov. 15. The evening started with a welcome and presentation of colors and pledges.

Touch of Spice

Kids do the dumbest things

My children are brilliant.

Wednesday, November 19

Program distributes $8K to Routt, Moffat residents

During the past year, Yampa Valley Electric Association's Caring Consumers program distributed $8,000 to benefit service organizations and needy individuals throughout the Yampa Valley.

Making a difference:

United Way funds keep girls in scouts

"Arts and crafts," sang out nearly every member of Brownie Troop 213.

Ranching business not without pain

Occupation frought with risks, safety hazards

What would you do if you couldn't do your job anymore?

Rangely gives CMS teams closest games so far

The eighth-grade boys basketball A-team may have met its match.

Hushed by the Huskies

Florence's big plays end football team's state-title hopes

As far as the Moffat County High School football team is concerned, the difference between hosting Steamboat Springs in a state semifinal or sitting at home next week came down to one thing Saturday -- big plays.

Where were you?

Where were you Saturday?

Eyecare Specialties takes v-ball title

The last few years there has been no question which two teams were the best in the Craig Parks and Recreation competitive adult volleyball league. Although the league had an increase in teams this year, the two leaders stayed at the top.

Rec league hoopsters get full-court press

Dribbling the basketball up and down a full court can be tiring.

Craig police

Family still mourns girl's disappearance

Case remains open as investigation approaches 24-year mark

Every year around this time, Paul and Mona Blee send letters about their missing daughter, Marie, to the editors of the Craig Daily Press and the Steamboat Today.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Coming together to communicate

It might have been a meeting of contentious finger pointing.

Tuesday, November 18

Committing to Quitting

When it comes to smoking, there's no better time to quit like the present. Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, a day in which people are encouraged to take the first step in giving up their tobacco-using habits. We encourage area smokers to take advantage of the resources that are available to them locally and statewide.

Library future

Commissioners consider taking portion of mill levy

Moffat County commissioners are planning to divert more than a half a mill levy away from the Craig/Moffat County Library back to the general fund in a move that some library officials say may cause the library to shut its doors. Commissioners said the .58 of one mill levy will feed back into the general fund to help other departments.

Albert Wood

Albert Wood

Teens penetrate cloud of lies endorsed by tobacco companies

Craig's Get R!EAL group recently earned a grant to help publicize some disturbing facts. Ninety percent of smokers begin as teenagers and almost 11,000 Colorado youth become daily smokers each year. To stomp out these statistics, the local anti-tobacco group hopes a recent $3,350 grant garnered from a portion of tobacco settlements will help increase the numbers of youth the group can support.

Moffat County welfare cases rising

After steadily declining since Colorado's welfare system was reformed in 1997, the client caseload of those in need of assistance at Moffat County Social Services has begun to slightly rise again. Social Services Director Marie Peer accounts for the increase in caseloads by citing the recent slump in the economy.

Program ensures all children have equal opportuntites

Eighty percent of a child's brain development takes place in the first year of life. Missing that window of opportunity -- particularly because a child has a mental delay -- can impact the rest of his or her life. But starting out slow doesn't have to impact a child's quality of life or long-term learning ability. Both the state and federal government recognize every child's right to learn and Part C -- a program under the Colorado Department of Education -- provides the funding and services needed for children birth to age three to identify delays and to help move past them.

Charles Hellman

Charles Hellman

New hospital, old location

Consultants recommend

After nine months of research, architectural and financial consultants for The Memorial Hospital have recommended that the new hospital be built on the same site as the current hospital. The consultants, Keith McLaughlin of health care developer Hammes Company, Alan Richman, president of financial advisors InnoVative Capital, and Donald Finlayson, president of Architectural Nexus, made their recommendation during two meetings at The Holiday Inn on Tuesday.

Monday, November 17

County delays decision

Television viewers will be able to tune in to the county's six subsidized channels at least through next spring, said Moffat County commissioners at Monday's commission meeting. The battle over whether the county should pull the plug on the service that saps more than $80,000 a year from county coffers is a quandary for commissioners who are trying to balance final budget figures by Dec. 15 against the television-viewing public.

Commissioners try to make water fees wash

County plans to ask city to wave fees

Moffat County commissioners are tired of watching money go down the drain. That's the situation at the Craig Cemetery as officials there are keeping the grass green at a cost of $16,000 a year. But there may be little the county can do about it. The water service is regulated and distributed through the city of Craig, which has the final say on how much the county pays to sport its lush-looking cemetery grounds.

School board helps out Maybell firefighters out

A new set of Moffat County School Board members got their first taste of the decision-making process at Monday night's meeting. Along with approving six other agenda items, board members approved paying for half of the heating bill on a Maybell Fire Department building that houses district buses. The $600-a-year payment was requested by Fire Chief Dave O' Conor.

Moffat County graduate is captain of the seas

In 1996, Kris Johns, Moffat County High School junior, promised himself he would attend the Coast Guard Academy and become captain of a ship. Today, Lt. Kris Johns of the United States Coast Guard is living his dream, as captain of the USCGC Halibut, an 87-foot long cutter stationed in Marina del Ray off the coast of San Francisco.

Sunday, November 16

Possession charges stick in drug case

Jury finds Chris Brown guilty of possession of marijuana and meth, not guilty of distribution

When Ralph Cantafio took his turn to question prospective jurors for the trial in which his client would face serious drug charges, he made a point to ask them if they would have any trouble avoiding a "blanket" decision. Would they be able to convict on some charges and acquit on others if the facts of the case so warranted?

Dress for success

MCHS Alumni turn passion for wrestling into 'Warrior' clothing line

In high school, Jeff Barber, Henry Billet and Phil Vallem learned what it took to become warriors on the wrestling mat. The three Moffat County High School wrestling alumni and fellow MCHS graduate Josh McCollum have transformed what it took to be a warrior into one of the top clothing and extreme sport promotion companies in the Rocky Mountain region.

Raymond Knez

Raymond Knez, of Craig, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at his home.

New doctor 'just like everyone else'

The newest physician at the Memorial Hospital has never had a patient he didn't like. He's never had a neighbor he didn't get along with, for that matter. Dr. Michael Crane, a licensed obstetrician and gynecologist who started his practice in Craig late last summer, believes people should be judged not by superficial displays of wealth but by how well they treat others.

Community connections made through sports

Maybe this is what high school football is really all about. It's about more than just two teams of 11 teenage boys on a field, tearing into each other as hard as they can.

Museum presents historic dramatization

Life and death of outlaw Tom Horn a special feature presentation

Almost 100 years ago today, the good folks of Cheyenne, Wyo., gave cattle rustler buster Tom Horn a birthday present. The gift: A noose around the neck.

Thursday, November 13

Beach Boys, barbershop, be-bob highlights of next Craig concert

The blissful harmonies of a cappella quartet Marcoux Corner will descend upon Craig tomorrow evening in a concert presented by the Craig Concert Association.

Residents refuse to be victims

When it comes to personal protection, instructor Ray Beck looks at it like one getting ready to go out into winter weather.

No ifs, ands or butts

Prevention groups encourage Moffat County to kick the habit

After 31 years, Rick Allen quit smoking -- again.

Shoulder to shoulder

Firefighters, ambulance crews team up

A new collaboration between ambulance crews and firefighters is putting more manpower on the scenes of some of the most dire emergencies.

Earl H. VanTassel Jr.


Elaine Alvina McStay


Seeking the 'truth'

Examining the intricate process of jury selection

Nearly 50 prospective jurors gathered in the district courtroom at the Moffat County courthouse Thursday, bound by the civic duty to decide the guilt or innocence of one of their peers.

Taking a timeout for family

As football team gears up for playoffs, coach's wife gives birth to twins

As the Moffat County High School football team has been preparing for its playoff games the last two weeks, it has been without a key person more than half the time -- a head coach.

Tools to prevent teasing

New curriculum includes education to prevent bullying

A fairly new district-wide program in Moffat County Schools aims to change the way students treat each other and make the classroom setting easier for learning.

High school horrors

Students get set for production of "Little Shop of Horrors"

On Nov. 20, the lights will dim in the Moffat County High School Auditorium. Hopefully, the house will be packed. The curtain will rise to reveal four doo-whop girls with their backs to the audience. They'll introduce Moffat County to a skid row town that's home to the Little Shop of Horrors.

Talking about trends

"Wassup bra-ski?" Translation: "What are you doing?" As times change the language and clothing that youth use to identify themselves often tails closely behind the latest fashions and trends.

An education in conflict resolution

The Moffat County School District should be commended for implementing a program called Second Step, which gives students tools to stop conflicts before they start.

Touch of Spice

There's always a flip side

They say it goes fast. I hate to concede that they're right, even though I think it goes fast because you're in a sleep-deprived stupor for most of it.

Are you ready for some football?

With its 25-0 win over Berthoud, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs grabbed a little peice of history and could be setting themselves up to grab much more.

Searching for a sign

Church marquees do more than just spread the Word

Many Craig churches have upgraded their visibility, erecting elevated and lighted signs in front of their buildings.

Taran Robert Teeber

Ethan Kolt Hafey and Logan Kal Hafey

Chloe Jane Salazar

Snow removal rules adopted

This winter, the snow is no reason for local seniors to live like shut-ins. The Moffat County commissioners Wednesday passed new regulations for plowing the driveways of senior and disabled Moffat County citizens.

Caregiver Support Program still has funds available

A program serving four Northwest Colorado counties has escaped state and federal budget cuts unscathed. In fact, program coordinator Karen McStay says she has more money than she can spend before the use-it-or-lose-it deadline on Dec. 31.

Community support makes haunted house a success

The Craig Rotary Club raised $300 during our Haunted House on Oct. 31, 2003. We would not been able to do this without the help of the following businesses:

County continues to wrangle with budget

Earlier this year, the Moffat County commissioners asked all county departments to cut their budgets by 20 percent.

Talk of the Town

This week's topic: Where should the new hospital be?

Each Saturday, four local residents are a sounding board of opinion on topics both local and national. Check in each week to hear from your neighbors.

Small school syndrome

Bottom half of 3A bracket full of small schools that play at larger levels

When he was growing up Kip Hafey remembers wanting to be just like the Moffat County quarterback.

Huskies bring ground game, experience

Quarterfinal game a test for Bulldog defense against defending champs

The early word this year about the Florence High School football team was that the defending state champions lost a lot of key players to graduation.

Wednesday, November 12

County TV likely to go offline

Local television station owners fight to keep service

Though no decision was made on the future of Craig's Channel 27 at the Moffat County commissioner meeting Wednesday, the future looks bleak for the television station.

Nursing students progress from classroom

The inaugural class of nursing students at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus left the classroom Tuesday to begin its clinical training in local hospitals.

Bleeding the Black Ink

A balancing act of a business

Newspapers are unique animals in that while they are businesses and must meet all the demands that other businesses must meet, they also are beholden to a particular group if it they want to maintain their credibility.

Howard Ritchie Sr.

Billy Waters

Paul Amos Perez Sr.


Change give more people acces to dental care

Roving van now accepting patients covered by Medicaid

The Miles For Smiles Dental Van will treat more children than it ever has on its next stop in Moffat County, increasing the length of time it stays in the area and adding availability to Medicaid children as well.

Making a difference:

Organization provides legal advice, services to low-income residents

Often times, a little bit of legal advice or assistance can make a large difference in someone's life.

The itch for 'ITSH'

Youth hockey holds four-session clinic for beginners

At first glance the scene at the Craig Youth Hockey Association's Introduction to Skating and Hockey program isn't pretty. People on the ice of all ages were slipping and sliding and falling all over the place, but when they get up, if one looks real close, there are almost always smiles on the skaters' faces.

Youth baseball's parent board to make comeback

Scott Parker can remember a time when the demand for youth baseball coaches was to the point where he coached two baseball teams in the summer. At that time, being on an all-star team for a boy meant he got to ride his bike to the ballpark every Monday and Wednesday for an extra practice.

Raymond Haskins

Ida Wommer

Hunter's bloopers are nothing to joke about

"How many years does it take a mule deer to become an elk?"

County cuts continue

Commissioners hire human resource director despite hiring freeze

For the Moffat County commissioners, the worst case scenario for county expenses in 2003 is $7.9 million in expenses.

Tuesday, November 11

Teens share joy of reading with youngsters

Listening to a big shot reading can create a huge impact on young students. That's one reason why high school football players made the rounds reading books to students at Moffat County elementary schools on Tuesday.

Street construction project delayed

City still negotiating for property for Industrial Avenue extension

Despite an August ruling that gave the city possession of two Stout Street lots that will allow the extension of Industrial Avenue, construction -- as well as negotiations -- have been delayed.

An early attack -- fight back

If you're not feeling under the weather yet there still may be some time.

State mandate cuts into cash-strapped budget

Communicating with all parties in an emergency is ideal, but paying for that service may cut even more deeply into an already cash-strapped county budget.

Man works to give Craig shot at new radio stations

Alan Greager has been in the business of putting up translator towers for more than 20 years and has accumulated a lot of tower parts in that time. They're cluttering up his Montrose, Colo., yard and he's decided it's time to put them to use.

Billy Waters

Craig police

The 'Kats are back

Northwest Colorado Wildkats and Kittens return to compete after summer off

Sam Smith believes with a little bit of help she can fly.

Flu season gets an early start in state

It's the time of year when kids start coughing, foreheads feel hot, and bodies ache.

Monday, November 10

County loses 'fourth' commissioner

Assistant leaves position after more than 20 years

"If there are any questions, she's the boss," chided Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton during a party for retiring Cindi Shanahan.

Craig man gets 10 years for sexual assault

A Craig man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, following a conviction in August for sexually assaulting one of his daughters.

Students shop for stories

With a book fair in progress, Robin Weible jokes that the library at East Elementary School is "just like a Barnes & Noble."

PD submits $2.1M operational budget

Area lawbreakers who have a tendency to get unruly could be in for a shock next year -- one that carries about 50,000 volts.

'Accounting error' creates budget shortfall

Sheriff's department budget not short $40K

An estimated shortfall of more than $40,000 in the Moffat County Sheriff's Department budget was caused by an error in the county's accounting, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead told the Craig Daily Press Friday.

Board works to block wilderness designation

The Moffat County Land Use Board voted Monday night to recommend that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adopt an expedited policy revision of a land management plan for areas in the Vermillion Basin.

Howard Ritchie Sr.

Billy Waters

Jeremiah Garoutte

Sunday, November 9

Pilot program reduces equine pregnancies

BLM works to limit foaling in wild horse herds through birth control shot

Wild horses in western Colorado are entering the second year of a fertility program designed to decrease birth rates among the herds so less animals will have to be removed for adoption.

Wilma "Imogene" Kiever


WSC fares well in first round, Florence next foe for Bulldogs

The Moffat County High School football team's 25-0 win against Berthoud in the first round of the playoffs followed the trend of sizable wins around Class 3A.

Newspapers across the state go digital

Grant will make it easier to get historical information quickly, easily

The Internet soon will provide access to an increasing number of digital versions of historic Colorado newspapers as microfiche archives are converted to the new format.

Glory days

Local Veteran remembers 20 years of service with pride

Ned Miller has no regrets over his 20 years spent serving in the U.S. military.

Craig police

Craft show kicks off holiday shopping

Craig's first Holiday Craft Show at the Centennial Mall on Friday and Saturday was one not so subtle reminder that the holiday shopping season has begun. Judging from the surplus of vehicles in the mall's normally half-vacant parking lot, a horde of shoppers shared similar thoughts: Let the buying begin.

Reckless abandonment

Bulldog defense shuts out Berthoud, offense finds end zone three times for 25-0 rout in first round of playoffs

Berthoud -- All week the Moffat County High School football team talked about putting together a complete game after struggling in the first halves of its two consecutive losses.

Thursday, November 6

Torin Daniel Gray

Lucas Sebastien Fourre-Sands

Paulina Daniella Quintana

Football looking for complete game in playoffs

Take it to the next level.

Middle school basketball starts undefeated

The Craig Middle School basketball seasons got underway Saturday with home openers against Steamboat Springs. The season start yielded an undefeated beginning for all of the teams.

Going back home

Local nurse heads back to her clinic in Belize after a harrowing experience

One week before Donna Reishus left Belize amid tensions with local authorities, she was visited by a 10-year-old girl who told the former Craig nurse about strange police tactics that added to Reishus' concerns about her own safety.

Craig's new city attorney hits the ground running

Craig's new city attorney, Kenneth Wohl, says he expects that transition from one city attorney to another will be a smooth one.

Program raises diabetes awareness

It's a disease that many people don't even know they have and more people are getting it every day, a registered nurse and certified diabetic educator for The Memorial Hospital said.

Newest member of DA's office wins conviction

The newest member of the District Attorney's office in Moffat County won a conviction in county court Monday.

Coming together for a budget solution

We're sure it sounded like a great idea at the time.

Touch of Spice

One adult's trash is a kid's treasure

I've read that the older you get, the less sleep you need, which is why babies can sleep for 18 hours a day. I wonder, though, why the older my kids get, the less sleep they need, the more I seem to get.

Elaine Mcstay


Craig police

Sawyer Spain Ryan

Silas Charles Leeson

Cody James Mousley

Kori Tara Deaton

Makayla Lynn Otis

Blake Austin Cooley

Victoria Elizabeth Watson

Wednesday, November 5

Four WSC honors go to volleyball

Even before the start of the season, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Becky Howlett was complimenting senior Stephanie Kloos.

Northwest Colorado Lynx named team of the year

When Dylon Camilletti received the invitation to the Colorado Baseball Awards Banquet he was pretty excited. The only problem was that the event was a coat-and-tie affair and the 10-year-old didn't have one.

Centennial Mall Craft Show rings in holiday season

Holiday music wafting over the speakers at the Centennial Mall is a subtle reminder that the winter giving season is quickly approaching.

Commissioners, sheriff face off over budget

Budget woes put public officials at odds

As the deadline for budget finalization looms and the Moffat County commissioners try to head into next year with as much carry-over as possible, they met with Sheriff Buddy Grinstead to iron out the last financial wrinkles in one county department that looks like it will not be able to cut its spending this year.

Personnel on county's chopping block

From the looks of Moffat County's embattled 2003 and 2004 budgets, it's likely the future of services in Moffat County will face some changes.

Making a difference:

Donor-designated funding helps area youth groups

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of the Moffat County United Way's annual fund drive is that donors can specify which organization they want their money to benefit.

Beulah June Traylor


VNA needs volunteers

Those who are interested in volunteering for the Visiting Nurse Association's hospice team are invited to attend a tea to be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the VNA conference room.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Rediscovering roots through youth

They were vibrant, insightful and full of questions.

Tuesday, November 4

With precautions skiing is fine on golf course

Chuck Cobb understands the early itch for cross country skiers. The Yampa Valley Golf Course professional spends some of his winter skiing on the course he manages in the summer. He hopes his fellow skiers can restrain from using the YVGC during the first few snows.

Voters say 'no' with authority

Rec center, water storage, gambling measures all die resoundingly in Moffat County and across the state

City of Craig residents were asked to fund a recreation center in Tuesday's election and their answer was a resounding "no."

Gambling initiative to fund tourism shot down

Although Moffat County residents would have to travel to reach the gambling establishments proposed for change through Amendment 33, it's evident they don't want to alter the future of gambling.

Snyder wins

Trish Snyder wins school district's only contested race

A largely uncontested race for seats on the Board of Education for the Moffat County School District showed voters' clear choice in choosing a candidate for District I.

Voters speak with a loud voice

When it came to the rec center proposal on Election Day, "wreck" might have been a better term.

Elaine McStay

Jessica "Jazz" Horn

Craig police

Changes to wilderness process could affect Vermillion Basin

A recent decision by the Bush Administration aims to change the way public lands become wilderness areas -- a move that may alter future land management for areas such as the rugged Vermillion Basin.

Taytum Ann Smercina

All star sisters

Kelly and Becky White named to Wrangler High School All Star team

There are several aspects of high school rodeo that sets it apart from other sports. With competition in the fall and spring, it has two seasons, animals are just as vital in performance as the athletes, and the competitors get paid.

Benjamin David Bogan

Emily Elizabeth Howe

Monday, November 3

Two Craig residents called to California

Firefighters offer support during blaze

Two members of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit in Craig were recently called away to assist their counterparts fight blazes in southern California.

Deterrents not distracting deer

Motorists and wildlife still encounter each other violently on Colorado roads despite whistles and other gadgets people mount on their automobiles in hopes of deterring deer from roadsides.

Students get play day instead of school day

Showing up for school doesn't always mean hitting the books, Moffat County elementary school students learned on Monday.

Vote "no" on 2A

County trespass issues alarm resident

Beulah June Traylor


Craig police

Election Results -- November 2003

A total number of 2,787 Moffat County residents cast ballots in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 election. Final results are as follows:

City considers changes to facility fee structure

City officials haven't settled on a solution for "ongoing problems" at The Center of Craig, but whatever they decide, it will likely cost users both time and money.

Moffat County Election officials offer good luck kisses for a problem-free night

A little supersition offsets intensity of preparing for long night

Call it superstition but some Moffat County officials think a smooth-running election hinges on the good vibes sent to the vote counting machine.

Sunday, November 2

Recreation center is a good investment for the community

I would like to have the good citizens of Craig consider an idea. This idea is referred to by some as "community-owned investment."

Vote for recreation center is not vote against a nursing home

I've been reading the letters to the editor about the proposed recreation center for the last month or so and would like to add my two cents. I'm sure if you were to ask some of my friends they would tell you that my opinion is grossly over priced at two cents, but here it is anyway.

Think beyond bricks and mortar -- a recreation center can be a facility that joins community members of all ages and improves relationships for all

Soon your community will be voting on whether to fund a new recreation center. Many of you have already made your decision; some of you are yet undecided, but all of you, please read on.

Methamphetamine awareness seminar very educational, effective

I would like to thank everyone involved in the Meth Training awareness that was held Oct. 14 at The Center of Craig.

Looking back at the ballots

County clerk's office hustling as employees prepare for election

Lila Herod the chief deputy of Moffat County Elections knows just about all there is on the subject of voting locally. It results in a moniker that co-workers reserve for her: the Election Information Goddess.

Children need mentors

Think back to your childhood. Was there one adult you really enjoyed talking with? Maybe it was a grandparent, a scout leader, an aunt, a coach, a neighbor, an older cousin, someone in your congregation, your piano teacher. This person helped you sort through growing-up issues. Even if you can't recall any specific conversations you had, you will remember the warm feelings thinking about this person brings.

Immunizations not just for kids

Adults often ignore immunizations after the children grow up and leave home, but it's important for adults to protect themselves from infectious diseases, too. Some people avoid getting immunizations because they fear side effects, or because of the misconception that immunizations cause illness. Immunizations trigger the body's immune system to make antibodies that will safeguard against active viruses. However, mild discomforts such as headache, low-grade fever, or soreness at the site of the injection are sometimes mistaken for the flu.

Dog fight ends in loss for MCHS varsity

Palisade coach Todd Casebier talks about the two key points in a football game. One of them is the first possession after halftime.

Bullrider set to defend his world-champion title

After Jim Holt won the 50+ division in bull riding for the National Senior Pro Rodeo circuit last year, he had one goal.

Help America Vote Act produces changes in election process

Landmark election reform legislation produced the Help American Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, impacting local officials and citizens in the upcoming election procedures.

Technology task force' hopes to create new community Web site for town of Meeker

After the town's board of trustees agreed to fund the promotion of local businesses, Meeker Town Administrator Sharon Day said a "technology task force" has been established to create a new Web site for the community.

Poor reception

County's plan to cut TV service not well liked

About 25 residents voiced opposition Friday to a proposal by Moffat County commissioners to cut six subsidized television channels.

County loses out on property tax revenue from Kmart dollars

Although Craig's Kmart on Victory Way may be experiencing robust sales, the company's national bankruptcy filing is trickling down to the local economy.

The holiday of chaos of Halloween

Craig couple puts a year of planning into annual event

Halloween means trick-or-treating, costumes, pumpkin carving and scary movies, but Craig youth weren't getting the full experience of the holiday without a haunted house -- and that's something Mark and Amy Leier stepped in to change.

Bobby Gene Ogletree


Bulldogs get ready for playoff competition

Two consecutive losses wasn't the way the Moffat County High School football team wanted the regular season to end, but what matters now is that it is in the playoffs.

Booked solid

Hunting season, construction leaves area hotels without vacancies

With the third hunting season in full swing, finding a hotel room maybe harder than finding that 14-point buck.

Moffat County drivers respond well to first snow

Law enforcement representatives called Friday, the first day of snow of the season, a fairly quiet day in Moffat County.

Rally around the rec center

While there may be some questions and concerns about the specific financing plan regarding the rec center plan, the bottom line is that it is a good plan and worth voting for.

Talk of the Town

How important do you think it is for Moffat County residents to vote in local elections?

This week's topic: How important do you think it is for Moffat County residents to vote in local elections?

Government class preps young voters

They may not be quite old enough to vote but they'll be ready when they do. During the American Government class at Moffat County High School, students learn more than the basics of democracy.


Survey shows declining satisfaction with hospital management company

The Memorial Hospital's management company announced Wednesday the results of a trustee satisfaction survey that showed marked declines from a similar survey conducted in 1999.

Volleyball season ends on a high note

The Cinderella slipper didn't quite fit for the Moffat County High School volleyball team at the regional tournament.

Buying broadband

Residents inundated with plethora of options, packages

Although broadband has come to Craig in several forms, obstacles still exist for some residents, and many others are wondering which company to choose.