Stories for October 2003


Thursday, October 30

Consultant asks hospital for advance

A financial consultant for The Memorial Hospital has requested a $20,000 advance payment citing delays in the process to acquire funds for the proposed replacement hospital.

Wilma Imogene Kiever

Sesaria Maria "Mary" Trujillo


Volleyball team unphased by poor practice

A poor practice before the regional tournament doesn't worry Moffat County High School volleyball coach Becky Howlett. Actually, it has become something she's used to.

Celebrating community on Halloween

There's nothing scary when a community comes together and that's what the Halloween tradition has become in Craig.

Nickel and dimed

Some county department heads unhappy with purchase order policy

If a tire goes flat on a county vehicle, the planning department needs a new ink cartridge or a sheriff deputy needs to develop a roll a film, the job isn't getting done -- at least not until a Moffat County commissioner approves it.

Craig police

An annual checkup

Ranchers examine cows for pregnancy, illness

On the plains west of Craig, before the spectacular canyon scenery comes into view, a modern cowgirl and her hands run an operation called Rio Ro Mo Cattle.

Touch of Spice

I'm learning my lesson

Strawberry Shortcake was one of my favorite characters when I was about five, so I was shocked when perusing the aisles of a toy store and finding shelves and shelves of Strawberry Shortcake accessories.

Wednesday, October 29

Seminar addresses right-to-die issues

A live satellite seminar on healthcare brought a timely national issue to a classroom at CNCC Tuesday, continuing the controversial right-to-die debate and the surrounding ethical issues.

Bleeding the Black Ink

The freedom of speech, the press and to offend

The First Amendment guards the five basic rights of religion, speech, the press, the right to assembly and the right to petition the government.

Drug-free students have bright futures -- drug free

Doctors, lawyers and politicians made appearances Wednesday at Moffat County elementary schools as students celebrated Red Ribbon Week career day.

Soccer team earns two all-league honors

The Moffat County High School boys soccer banquet was full of awards. The sweeper award, the boomerang award and the golden flashlight were just a few handed out by coach Mick Havrilla to this year's seniors.

Both Bulldog teams beat up going into big game

The mascot isn't the only thing that the Moffat County High School and Palisade Bulldog football teams have in common going into Friday's game.

November brings schedule change to high school

Beginning Nov. 13, Moffat County High School will begin regular late starts.

Poaching charges pending

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers remain in contact with members of an Arkansas hunting party suspected of trespassing and illegally killing elk during the second rifle season last week.

County sales tax down; city's is up

Call it unfair but Moffat County sales tax receipts were down for August yet city sales tax increased during that same month.

Making a Difference:

United Way funds help provide mental health treatment to those who can't afford it

In her fight to live a normal life despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, one Craig resident turned from a medical solution to a mental solution.

Tuesday, October 28

The Valley View from afar

For those of us who are waiting for a new long-term care facility, it's going to take a little patience.

Bone dry: Council nixes request for fountain

Dogs who accompany their owners to the Lincoln Street tennis courts should bring their own water if they plan a strenuous workout.

DECA teaches MCHS students life, job skills

Being a member of the high school DECA team means more than a gold star on a student's resume.

Presentation shows students reality of drinking, driving

There are plenty of reasons to recognize Red Ribbon week and even more for those who've lost a loved one because of an accident involving drugs or alcohol.

JV, freshmen football teams have opposite success

Success that came easy for the Moffat County High School freshman football team was hard to find for the JV team this year for the underclassmen football teams.

Special spooky events planned for Halloween

Expect the hordes of goblins and ghouls to converge on the downtown area and Centennial Mall Friday as the Halloween tradition continues in Craig.

City funds will offset EDP's budget deficit

Council decides to make up for county cuts to economic development budget

The Craig City Council agreed Tuesday night to do something the Moffat County commissioners would not -- ensure the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership's funding for 2004 equaled its 2003 level.

County considers pulling plug on television service

Residents say cut would be the end of local TV station, service to rural residents

Watching the local news comes with a price -- one that may be too high for county coffers.

Council proposes rate increase

Small change would reduce budget shortfall

Changing a $27,000 a year loss to a $5,000 year profit could cost city wastewater customers an added 60 cents a month.

Henry Cleo Grove


Routt County coroner rules hunter's death a homicide

Routt County Coroner Dwight Murphy has ruled the Sept. 20 death of a Wisconsin hunter a homicide.

Monday, October 27

John William Kagie


Ritchie Singer


Commissioners' decision to cut service may cause waves among employees

Moffat County workers may be gossiping next year but it probably won't be around a water cooler.

Volleyball team does the unexpected

The members of the Moffat County High School volleyball could count on their hands how many people thought they would qualify for the regional tournament.

A shot in the arm

VNA says now is the time to get your flu vaccine

For those in the area who have not had a flu shot yet, the time is now, said the public health manager for the Visiting Nurse Association in Craig.

Attempted murder suspect pleads not guilty

A Craig woman pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of her former boyfriend at her arraignment in District Court Monday.

Not-so-scary scarecrows entered in contest

A group of not-so-scary figures stuffed with straw lined the entry to Pam Designs Monday, winners of the Downtown Business Association's second annual Scarecrow Contest.

City officials ponder need for rate increase

Water, sewer, trash funds each in need of additional revenue

City water, wastewater and trash customers could see another rate increase this year if council members keep with a pledge to keep rates in tune with rising operations costs.

Sunday, October 26

Law enforcement has busy night

Officers kept hopping on Friday

Emergency and law enforcement crews stayed busy Friday, as overlapping incidents pulled them in several different directions.

Former Craig nurse flees from Belize

Donna Reishus returns to United States

A former Craig nurse working in Belize left the country Sunday after she was persecuted by authorities there, a close friend told the Craig Daily Press.

Museum features pioneer hunter, photographer

From the looks of the photographs, Augusta Wallihan must have been one tough lady.

Paul A. Perez Sr.

Unpleasant surprises at state for cross country

Colorado Springs -- The debut at the Vineyard Golf Course for the Class 4A State Cross Country meet did not go as planned for the Moffat County High School boys and girls teams.

Several Craig businesses weather boom, bust cycles

A handful of Craig businesses are beating the odds.

Craig police

Pumpkin Patch

Halloween brings high demand for Craig woman's favorite crop

When turning into Joanne Roberson's driveway one almost forgets that they just drove past Kmart. To the left is a garden, to the right is a small barn and straight ahead is land that leads to another barn.

Volleyball team qualifies for regionals

The bright spot in a weekend of Moffat County High School athletics was the volleyball team qualifying for the regional tournament with a second-place finish in their district.

Friday, October 24

Town needs to support return of nursing home

Town needs to support return of nursing home

Same ol' schedule

Nearly every Craig Middle School athletic team dominates its competition.

Two weeks ago the Craig Middle School eighth-grade football team finished its season with a 16-0 win against rival Steamboat Springs. The win was the final middle school football game for the team as it finished the season 7-1 and 15-1 overall.

Caring school climate makes healthier, better adjusted youth

Asset No. 5: Caring School Climate Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their school provides a caring, encouraging environment. (Twenty-four percent of youth surveyed by Search Institute have this asset in their lives.)

From the Pressbox


One of the least exciting and cliched quotes that a coach can give a sports writer is "Whoever executes the best will win the game."

Meeker agencies request 2004 funding

Four local agencies requested Rio Blanco County use tax funds to assist them in operation and development Thursday, the last scheduled day of county budget workshops sessions.

Activity director provides loyal service to Walbridge Wing

Rudie Sersch said she heard a rumor that "Meekers were going to inherit the earth, so I decided to stay a while."

Doyle E. Jackson

Doyle E. Jackson 1925-2003

Home-school debate halted

The Moffat County School District will stick with its existing home school enrollment regulations, despite attempts to garner more revenue by changing it.

Leadership seminar helps area officials address regional issues

Colleges, hospitals and healthcare and transportation were identified as areas that could be consolidated to serve a greater regional population base.

Punishment befitting the crime

It turned out that the only thing that might have been injured was one man's ego.

Talk of the Town

Question: How important is a nursing home to our community?

Recreation center proposal is OK, funding through use tax is not

Recreation center proposal is OK, funding through use tax is not

Cordwood construction

Couple uses innovative building techniques

In the two hours before he heads off to work the graveyard shift at the power plant, Harry Dunn eats breakfast/dinner and hangs out with the masons who are erecting the "stackwall" structure he waited almost 30 years to build.

Schools prepare for substance abuse prevention week

An annual effort to keep children drug-free is right around the corner. Between Oct. 27-31 students in the Moffat County School District will recognize Red Ribbon week.

'Dogs swallow 22-12 loss to the Sailors

Travis Hodo, Kris Gayer and Wayne Buelter call it their war paint. It's nothing more than eye black smeared all over their faces, but if it makes the Steamboat defensive linemen play harder on the line no one really questions it.

DOW improves testing process

Hunters remain concerned about Chronic Wasting Disease

The chronic wasting disease sample collection center on the outskirts of Craig is using new technology to streamline the process, and is on pace, if slightly behind, last year's submission levels.

Thursday, October 23

Cellular frustrations

Dispatchers review pros, cons of mobile phones

Motorists on the road or hunters in the field may be carrying a false sense of confidence with their cell telephones when it comes to emergency situations.

Rec center will provide four seasons of family fun

Two years ago the city of Craig, Moffat County and the community started work on a Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan. The effort was completed 14 months later after multiple public meetings, two community surveys, two drafts, hard work and a consultant fee! The Master Plan was adopted unanimously by the Craig City Council and Moffat County Board of Commissioners in early 2003.

Down from the mountains

Boys cross country team likes its chances to surprise people at state

As always the hype in the Front Range newspapers the week before the state cross country meet have focused on the schools residing east of the Rockies.

Volleyball team excited about district seed

If the Colorado High School Activities Association is hoping for positive feedback about the new waterfall seeding for the district volleyball tournaments, Moffat County High School would be a place to look.

Rounding up another season

Family discusses the challenges and the joys of the ranching industry

Bill Green's work week spans the entire year. And right now it's Friday.

Dinosaur closer to charter school

The town of Dinosaur will likely be the home of a charter school for the 2004-2005 school year.

Bresnan brings cable Internet service to Craig

Internet trailblazers in Craig have yet another way to peruse the Web.

Taking care of one of our own

The city should be commended for taking care of one of our own who happens to be overseas taking care of the rest of us.

DA: Case should be a warning

Father of child who found handgun writes school a letter of apology

A Craig man who pleaded guilty to child abuse after his son took a handgun to school is working to fulfill the conditions of the agreement he made with the District Attorney's office.

Touch of Spice

It's all about the mood

We've finally succeeded -- for the most part -- in potty training Katie. It took way longer than anticipated and happened just as we thought it would. She just decided she was going to do it and bam, it was nearly an overnight process.

Wednesday, October 22

On active duty

City continues officer's pay while he serves in Iraq

A Craig police officer who was called to duty in Iraq has not had to worry about taking a pay cut to serve his country, Craig's city manager said Wednesday.

Janet Kathleen Preator


Parents invited to participate

Over the last two years, the faculty of MCHS has prepared for the accreditation review by the North Central Association (NCA) external team. This team is made up of educators from around the state; they observe on-site for three days and review documentation before reporting their findings to both the school and the state NCA office.

Dinosaur monument access free

Residents seeking a weekend getaway or a local day trip may have to look no farther than Dinosaur National Monument, which remains open even after the National Parks Service quit collecting fees for this season.

Craig Police

Joan Kathleen Stephenson


Making a difference:

United Way helps budget center help those who are down on their luck

The work never ceases at the Community Budget Center on Yampa Avenue.

Maintenance crews are 'workin' on the railroad'

As motorists driving between Craig and Steamboat no doubt have noticed, railroad maintenance crews have been working on the line that carries coal out of the Yampa Valley to various destinations.

Mary Sesaria Trujillo

Bleeding the Black Ink

Rough drafts of urban legends?

Newspapers sometimes are referred to as the "first rough drafts of history" but sometimes it seems like they can become the first rough drafts of urban legends.

Into the Hall

MCHS alumnus to be inducted into Mesa State Hall of Honor

His current bio on Texas Christian University's football Web site lists Salt Lake City as his hometown, but if you ask Dick Winder where he considers home, he quickly corrects his personal information.

Parents get support, lessons at workshop

Katy Martin-Cobillo showed up because she's sick of her children acting bratty.

Yampa Valley showdown decides WSC lead

For the win against Rifle at homecoming, Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey said it was one of the biggest victories for the program in 10 years.

Tuesday, October 21

By one vote

With early voting under way, Moffat County residents who are registered to vote don't have any reason not to cast their ballots on the important issues facing this area and this state.

Proposal calls for tax increase

Referendum 32 would raise residential tax assessment rates

A little-discussed referendum on the November ballot has the power to change the state's tax structure in a way that may increase residents' property taxes.

Water district asks to de-Bruce

Possibly the least publicized item Moffat County voters will cast ballots for on Nov. 4 is Referendum 4A, an initiative sponsored by the Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Seminar addresses valleywide issues

When an event impacts one community in the Yampa Valley, that effect often ripples through the other communities in one form or another.

JV, freshmen volleyball teams successful

While the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team prepares for its district tournament Saturday, the freshmen and JV teams are home after both completed winning seasons.

Craig woman dies in car crash

An automobile accident claimed the life of a Craig woman Tuesday night after her Chevrolet Malibu collided head-on with Chrysler van two miles south of Craig on Highway 13.

Group urges Moffat County residents to take steps toward healthier lifestyles

Motivation to get off of the couch and out to exercise should be more than simply wanting to look better. Eating health foods and participating in physical activity are tickets to emotional well-being as well as obesity prevention.

Recreation center proposal falls flat

School board to consider home school policy changes

Members of the Moffat County School Board will vote on a home school regulation Thursday night that may require students to take a minimum of two classes of district curriculum.

EDP board taking positive steps

Despite some of the recent bumps in the board, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is working to stay on track.

Monday, October 20

Color of inspiration

She spent five months in hospitals after suffering a heart attack that caused complications that cost her one leg.

John William Harding

Employees asked to cap road repair costs

Commissioners looking to save money on paving project

Moffat County commissioners asked fairground and Road and Bridge Department officials to keep costs down at a Monday board meeting for a repaving project at a rear parking lot at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Cole Joseph Marren

Sadie Lea Dunckley

H. Cleo Grove

Sara "Sue" Rae Heaney


Joan Kathleen Stephenson


Commissioners re-evaluate plan to eliminate snow plowing for seniors

An option to remove the county's free snow removal service for area senior citizens and the disabled evaporated at Monday's workshop designated to define terms for the future of the program.

Satellite seminar addresses local health care concerns, issues

At a time when the absence of a local nursing home has left many residents with tough decisions about caring for elderly family members, a nationally syndicated satellite seminar addressing those issues will be aired live at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig Campus.

Recreation center opponents fight tax increase, not facility

Recreation center opponents say it's not necessarily the facility they're against, but what it will cost in a time of economic uncertainty.

Commissioners approve partial economic development funding

Moffat County commissioners unanimously approved $20,000 to help fund the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) at Monday's board meeting. Commissioners also approved funding $6,250 -- its fourth-quarter payment to the group.

Bobby Gene Ogletree


Good news for gas prices

Consumers could see lower natural gas rates by Nov. 1

After warning customers in September that natural gas prices may jump 10 to 15 percent, Atmos Energy announced it has filed for a 1 percent rate decrease for its customers.

Sunday, October 19

Violet D. Brenner


James D. Funk


Girls cross country team strides toward goal

The goal of top five that Angela Nelson had set for herself was 10 meters out of range with 400 meters to go in the Class 4A Western Slope region girls cross country race. Then, the Moffat County junior turned on her kick.

Boys cross country team grabs second place at meet

DELTA --While runners in the girls race were focusing on the fact that the second-ranked Mullen High School team was at the Class 4A Region cross country meet, the boys teams weren't until about a mile in the race.

Bulldogs overtake Battle Mountain

Victory puts volleyball team at .500 mark

As far as reaching goals set at the beginning of the season, the Moffat County High School volleyball team's match against Battle Mountain was a key competition. With a 3-0 win in the regular season's final match, the Bulldogs earned a chance to check off a couple of those goals.

No school, no plans?

Play day is an opportunity to keep kids busy

More than 177 parents already know what a relief it will be to have fun, supervised childcare for just $5 during the scheduled Nov. 3 teacher in-service.

Water storage measure hotly contested statewide

An issue that is touted as one solution to tame a record drought has at minimum pitted farmers against city residents and Colorado's Front Range against the more rural Western Slope.

Passing the buck

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation encourages women, youth

Elkhorn Outfitters was host this season to a determined group of women hunters who visited Colorado in hopes not only of a successful harvest, but camaraderie, mentoring and preservation.

Kathryn (Kaye) Cagle Larson


Businesses stalk hunters to boost bottom line

The bright orange signs plastered around Craig say it all: Welcome Hunters.

Thursday, October 16

An 'egonomic' development

The Moffat County commissioners stopped at nothing short of blackmail when they threatened to pull funding from the area's economic development partnership over the words "liaison" and "ex-officio."

Cross country teams head for regional meet

As always the Class 4A Western Slope regional cross country meet will be closely contested as it has been in the past years. One difference though may be the results from the Moffat County High School Bulldog teams.

Banquet for Young Life set for Oct 24

The local chapter of Young Life, a faith-based organization for youth, is hoping that a banquet scheduled for Oct. 25 will give it a much-needed financial shot in the arm.

Valley View could get new life

From the moment Valley View Manor announced its closure, Tracey Behrman was on the telephone trying to keep the nursing home in the community.

An underground epidemic

A seminar explores the proliferation of methamphetamine even in rural areas such as Moffat County

Ill-constructed laboratories with the potential to cause explosions, chemical burns, respiratory failure and mountains of toxic waste began cropping up in Colorado in the mid-1990s.

A brand new edition

Saturday Morning Press brings more to your door

Moffat County residents can expect to wake up to a brand new edition of the newspaper Saturday -- Saturday Morning Press. Saturday Morning Press will bring the best of the Craig Daily Press to every doorstep packed full of all of the news, sports, features and entertainment that readers get Monday through Friday but with a weekend flare.

Snuffing out smoking a difficult task

She started smoking when she was 16 years old because her boyfriend smoked and he was cool. Thirty years and five attempts later, she has been nicotine free for almost one year.

Touch of Spice

Little things lodge in heart, couch

It's the little things that kids do that lodges them into your heart more fully each and every day.

Bulldog volleyball wins with another late rally

There has be something about those Rifle High School volleyball players when they face Moffat County.

Wednesday, October 15

Parent/teacher conferences looming closer

Time flies! With the first quarter of the school year almost complete, one must look back and ask, "Where does the time fly?"

Nicole Rose Morton

Bulldog football travels south

A meeting between the two teams on the opposite ends of the Western Slope Conference football standings takes place Friday in Cortez. But the top team isn't ready to notch it as a win.

Commissioners threaten to pull EDP funding

Economic Development Partnership member says county is holding partnership 'hostage'

Moffat County commissioners threatened to pull their economic development funding if their position on the board was identified as a "liaison" instead of an "ex-officio" board member.

Cole Joseph Marren

Making a difference:

United Way helps those with special needs broaden their Horizons

Craig adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential, avoid placement in institutions, and live among one another in the supportive, tightly knit group homes Horizons Specialized Services operates here.

School board School board contested seat

Fresh new faces vied for voter approval on Wednesday night in the hopes of becoming members of the Board of Education for the Moffat County School District.

Pancakes provide proactive plan for parent participation

MCHS faculty solicits open communication

Parents of high school students who are looking for avenues of communication with school teachers and administrators are invited to meet over coffee and pancakes on the way to work.

Craig police

CMS netters prepare for tournament

With the district tournament in Steamboat Springs Saturday, the Craig Middle School volleyball teams hope their season improvement will continue.

Bleeding the Black Ink

A better letter

USA Today recently published a story about letters newspapers from around the country have received from Iraq. The letters, which at first glance appear to be written by soldiers, are compelling and tell of the activities that are ongoing in attempts to bring order to that country.

Tuesday, October 14

Policy change adopted by council

Liquor licensing policy approved on first reading

The Craig City Council will take a more active interest in the liquor licenses it is authorized to oversee and approved an ordinance Tuesday night that outlined exactly how it would do that.

United Way unites generations

United Way doesn't just bring neighbors together to help others less fortunate.

Free snow removal poised for meltdown

A proposal by Moffat County commissioners to cut a free snow removal service for the elderly and disabled melted down as many local seniors opposed the plan during a Tuesday commission meeting.

Beulah June Traylor

CMS football teams continue winning tradition

Eighth graders avenge only loss in final game

To look at the improvement the Craig Middle School eighth-grade A football team made during the season, one needs to look no further than the contrast of the team's games against Steamboat Springs.

Seventh graders give up one touchdown all season

Domination may be an understatement to describe Craig Middle School's seventh-grade A football team's season.

History lesson could come at a price

Museum officials consider charging admission fee

Observing the local history may soon come with a price.

'Heroes' go above and beyond in response to apartment fire

An emergency situation is just the place for heroes to surface, which is exactly what happened Sept. 17 at a fire at Alpine Apartments that left one woman dead, the complex condemned and the residents of 27 units.

James E. Dorr

Students learn about fire prevention through doing

Meeker -- "When Fire Strikes: Get out! Stay out!" is this year's National Fire Prevention Week campaign, and local firefighters hoped to teach life-saving lessons during educational sessions held this week for Meeker students.

Craig police

Monday, October 13

Five candidates to compete for four school district seats

Voters in Moffat County will cast their ballots early next month for a new batch of Moffat Cou-nty School District bo-ard members.

Tax increase needed to fund rec center

If Craig residents want a warm-water leisure pool, enlarged fitness center and additional gymnasium space, it'll cost them. The proposed sales tax increase for a recreation center will cost Craig residents an estimated $12 a year, a price facility proponents say isn't high compared to the amenities that those dollars will provide.

Why a "yes" vote on 2A makes sense

The pain of abuse

Illegal use of prescription drugs becoming target of more investigations

It's not often that we hear of GRAMNET knocking down someone's door to raid his or her stash of prescription medicine. Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said his department rarely becomes involved in cases of prescription drug abuse. But in light of recent celebrity confessions, prescription drug addiction is gaining more coverage, although those who work in the trenches say it isn't a new problem.

Sunday, October 12

Students learn 'bear' essentials

Bears may be scary but there's more to it than that, first-grade students at Sunset Elementary learned Friday.

Speeders not escaping residents' radar

After years of watching cars speed by his house off of Fourth Street, worrying that one might come careening through his house, one Craig resident took an opportunity offered by police to take a radar gun home and document the problem himself.

Craig officers get specialized training

In the final major round of training this year, the Craig Police Department sent six officers to specialized training seminars in the last month.

Harmon Ferdinand Behrman


Craig police


Jordan C. Carlson

Quinlan J.Spitzley

High school program overcomes perception to attract participants

FFA program about more than just farming; new focus on business, mechanics, natural resources

The Moffat County High School FFA program has a major hurdle to overcome.

Dogging Delta

MCHS defense continues to show its stuff

Delta -- If the Moffat County High School football team has a highlight tape put together after the season, the Delta game won't be one of the most cited games on the film.

MCHS Cross country team grabs second in Palisade

PALISADE -- After missing a meet last week, Moffat County High School junior Steve Crisp made sure that his presence was known at the Palisade Invitational.

Daniel James Running

VNA takes shot at flu bug

Getting a flu shot may be one of the most selfless gestures.

Special Award

Daltons named Western Colorado Special Olympic Family of the Year

The only way the Daltons know how to celebrate the honor of receiving the honor of Special Olympic family of the year is by spreading the fame around.

James E. Door

Thursday, October 9

Proposal would bring agencies together on Web

Plan could mean that customers could pay bills online or research public information

Now that the Beanpole Project has wired the Yampa Valley to the Internet backbone, government and non-profit agencies in the valley are looking to capitalize on the increased connectivity and add to the services they offer on the Web.

Palisade proves it is No. 3

All week the Moffat County High School volleyball team prepared for its showdown with Palisade.

Be careful what you wish for

Sure we would like the convenience of going to a "real mall" with "box stores" such as the Gap or Dillard's but do we really want what comes with or what is required for that "convenience."

Touch of Spice

The risk and the reward

The normal level of chaos in my house doubles (triples even) when 4-year-old cousin Isiac comes to visit.

Carma Sixkiller


Catholic church gets thrifty

The inspiration didn't arrive in the form of a lighting bolt -- nevertheless it did come.

Child seat program gets boost

The Child Safety Seat program got a boost from Wal-Mart of Steamboat Thursday when the store's manager delivered a $1,500 shipment of car seats to the Colorado State Patrol offices in Craig and Steamboat.

'It's gotta be huntin' season'

More than 12,000 hunters in Northwest Colorado for opening rifle season

The signs are here.

Wednesday, October 8

Wait is lifted for weight room

Project finished in less than a year, for less money than expected

On the way back from the first round of the football state playoffs last year, Moffat County High School athletics director Jim Loughran had dinner with the football team's coaching staff and most of the dinner discussion was about how the school needed a better weight room. Loughran promised the staff he was working on it but it was going to take several years to get blue prints and to decide where it would go. Even then, that was all before even the funding was found for a new facility.

Schools work to improve parent, teacher communication

Over the last two years, we have worked to establish baseline data and to increase the communication among students, parents, teachers, and administration at MCHS. To measure our goal progress, we have implemented two surveys -- the Comprehensive Assess-ment of School Environments (CASE) survey and the ACT one and five year graduate follow-up survey. With both surveys, we are able to compare one year to another as well as ourselves to the national norm or standard score.

Making a difference:

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition benefits from United Way funds

In a time when youth have so many negative choices, it's a challenge to provide them with positive alternatives, let alone to ensure they have a high enough self-esteem to make those positive choices.

Luring big business not an easy job

Centennial Mall manager says it's difficult to fill space

Realistically, the future of business in Craig relies on numbers.

John Kagie

Beat up Panthers host Bulldog football

At this point in the season, Derek Carlson is not a big fan of whoever figured out his Western Slope Conference football schedule. For the third consecutive week, Carlson's Delta Panthers go up against a state-ranked team.

Violet Brenner

Kathleen Preator

City, county agree to fund crisis unit

Officials: Program important enough to merit funding even in lean year

City and county officials say they will work together to find $22,000 to fund Moffat County's portion of a program to stabilize residents in the midst of a mental health crisis.

Craig police

Bleeding the Black Ink

Building credibility, building relationships

At the beginning of the year, the Associated Press Managing Editors Association put out what might be termed in "governmental-ese" as a request for proposals. The organization wanted to know about issues community newspapers were facing throughout the country and how it could help newspapers reestablish themselves with readers.

Tuesday, October 7

Joan Stephenson

Mildred F. Baldwin


Future of low-income housing uncertain

Apartment complex up for sale, 48 tenants could be affected

Devin Grove is just one tenant at the Ridgeview apartments who questioned if she'd have a home because of the imminent foreclosure of the complex.

Officials identify woman who died in garage fire

With help from the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, officials have established the identity of the sole victim who died in a fire in her car Sunday.

Giving a voice to those who suffer

Most of the time they suffer in silence.

Doormats no more: Bulldog soccer improving

Rifle -- After the Rifle High School boys soccer team scored in the 77th minute to defeat Moffat County 3-2, a Rifle fan came up to Bulldog coach Mick Havrilla and congratulated him.

Teachers 'get silly' to deliver

Getting students excited to treat each other well isn't rocket science for staff at the Crag Intermediate School.

Consultants lean toward current site for new hospital

If The Memorial Hospital's business continues to migrate elsewhere and if a new facility cannot be established, TMH may not have a future here, a consultant for the hospital said this week.

Tony T. Angelo

Sheriff's deputy charged with felony

Moffat County officer fired for allegedly having sex with inmate

A former Moffat County Sheriff's deputy was advised in county court Tuesday of the felony charges he faces after he was fired for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a female inmate at the Moffat County Jail.

Community shines light on violent subject

Marnie, Angel, Melissa, Trish.

Clerk's office prepares for election

According to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, almost 12 percent of area registered voters have not cast ballots since the 2000 election and could be purged from rolls if they don't vote next month.

Rifle slides by Bulldogs in final minutes

Rifle -- A playoff atmosphere surrounded the Moffat County High School soccer game against Rifle Tuesday night. Maybe that's because the final game of the Bulldogs' season was the closest to a playoff game they were going to get.

Monday, October 6

Craig police

County faces additional mismanagement charge

Stan Hathhorn ready to file fourth affidavit

Moffat County resident Stan Hathhorn is serious about holding county commissioners accountable for their actions.

Aspen meet not the best for Bulldog harriers

The steep ascents of the Aspen cross country course didn't make for one of the better meets of for the Moffat County High School team.

Recreation benefits body, mind, community

Increased physical activity means better health and better grades and what a recreation center does for the body and mind, officials say, it will also do for a town.

Fugitive arrested

A fugitive from Moffat County who skipped his sentencing hearing earlier this month has been arrested in Texas, according to the Houston Police Depart-ment.

Garage fire investigation continues

Police continue to withhold the name of a woman who died in an explosion and subsequent fire in a garage in Ridgeview Sunday pending confirmed identification.

RAD-ical program gives students alternative activites

There's no excuse for Craig middle school students who complain there's nothing to do after school.

Sunday, October 5

Seminar regarding rights of disabled set for Tuesday

There was a time when Bonnie Dalton wasn't sure of the rights of her three children who require special needs.

Craig police

Alice L. Robinson


Three victims sent to hospital after crash this morning

A two-vehicle accident this morning sent three victims to the emergency room after a Dodge pickup collided with a Dodge Caravan at the intersection of Yampa Avenue and 13th Streets.

Mall merchants call Octoberfest a success

Business owners and vendors say the 2003 Octoberfest was a success Saturday, especially during the middle of the day when the Centennial Mall was packed with onlookers and patrons of all ages.

Bulldog defense delivers

Two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter give Bulldogs 21-7 win

Big plays win big games.

A priceless prediction

Every Friday in the Moffat County High School woods shop, teacher Craig Conrad gives a talk to his students about living life to the fullest. Last Friday's message will be one he and one particular student will probably remember for the rest of their lives.

Soccer team wins blowout in final home game

As is custom, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team celebrated its seniors with a halftime ceremony of its final home game. The team helped the ceremony be more upbeat as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half of a 6-2 win over Palisade.

Probe into fatal vehicle fire continues

Police withhold victim's identity until notification of relatives

A female died in a fire in a garage in Ridgeview Sunday, although police are not releasing the name or age of the victim until relatives have been notified.

Domestic violence vigil

There are at least 62 reasons to attend Tuesday night's vigil in an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.

City workers to receive raises

The Craig City Council went a step beyond providing its employees with a 2.8 percent cost of living increase during its budget workshop Friday.

Touch of Spice

The never-ending day

You could never imagine, in those blissful pre-children days, the chaos that accompanies children. You could try to think of every conceivable disaster but after you have children, you realized you didn't even scratch the surface of the disorder that is your life following the birth of your children.

MCHS takes harassment seriously

As parents, are you aware that Moffat County High School has a four-step harassment process in place, in case your student experiences harassment at school? Every student has a copy of the process in his/her planner book. The process is presented in an advisory at the beginning of each school year.

Carma Sixkiller

Methamphetamine awareness increasing

As methamphetamine becomes more of a rural epidemic, and as police report that they're seeing more methamphetamine-related crimes in the last year or so, awareness about the drug and the clandestine labs that support it has received community-wide recognition as an issue that needs addressing.

Shortage of care nothing to smile about

The efforts of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition continue to fight an epidemic problem that our three-county area continues to battle.

Centennial Mall gets ready for Octoberfest

The Centennial Mall will be alive with numerous events and attractions Saturday as the 2003 Octoberfest unfolds, offering less of a traditional orientation toward beer and more of a focus on family activities.

More budget cuts

County department managers find more ways to save dollars

Services that many Moffat County residents may take for granted are likely to disappear as officials hasten to balance the county's preliminary 2004 budget by the Oct. 15 deadline.

Deputy found not guilty

A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy was found not guilty of a traffic infraction Friday after lawyers spent more than two hours arguing over the $35 traffic ticket.

City officials hold line on spending

Though estimating a 2.59 percent increase in revenues for 2004, city departments toed the line on spending and managed to submit budgets that are 12.36 percent below 2003's expenditures.

Quit, but not retired

Pres and Patti Askew chose Craig as their retirement home, but their activities haven't slowed down

Retirement didn't slow things down for Pres and Patti Askew. Neither did their move from Denver to Craig. If anything, the combination has allowed them to focus on their joint interest -- children.

James D. Funk

On fire

Students ready to show their spirit at homecoming game

Tonight's football game and activities may easily be the hottest topic on the minds of many high school students.

James Funk

Wednesday, October 1

Coming home

Students, activities keep tradition alive

The cheers are getting louder and the outfits are getting wackier.

Craig police

Kathryn Larson

Serving as sailors

Two Moffat County High School sophomores hit the courts with Steamboat Springs

Three years ago, Brian Behrman and Taylor Reed decided they wanted to try something new. They looked at some tennis courts and realized the relatively obscure sport in Craig was going to be their new entertainment. Today, the two Moffat County High School sophomores left to play tennis for one of the best high school teams on the Western Slope -- Steamboat Springs.

Drug suspects plead guilty Wednesday

Three offenders captured in a multi-agency drug raid in April were sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to felony drug charges.

Mildred Baldwin

Bears, Bulldogs marquee match up in conference

Homecoming, two state-ranked teams, and a possible Western Slope Conference championship -- if that doesn't set up a huge game between Moffat County High School and Rifle then maybe the Bulldogs' head coach Kip Hafey can put it in perspective.

Bridging the gap

Moffat County Partners through United Way funds brings generations together

It's no surprise to employees at Moffat County Partners that the focused attention from an adult can do wonders for a child's self-esteem.

Carma Sixkiller

Cavities in care

Dental coalition director says most emergencies preventable

The files of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition abound with horror stories of chronic, untreated tooth decay, from a 3-year-old girl with 18 cavities, to a boy who couldn't eat meat or kiss his mother because his mouth hurt so bad.