Tuesday, September 30
Representatives from area energy producers will converge on the Holiday Inn Thursday to take part in one of the five annual meetings of the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers Association. And while those in attendance will represent competing interests, including four different coalmines, association officials say an air of camaraderie prevails.
Josh Lawson is feeling the pinch.
Moffat County Courthouse representatives have stated for years that the county building should increase onsite security by using metal detectors to scan visitors for weapons. The efforts may help secure the high-traffic and often emotional environment and keep employees and the public safe while deterring the threat of a potentially dangerous situation.
Defense cites slow and incomplete discoveries in felony drug case
Just one week before the trial that could send him to prison on felony drug charges, a Craig man appeared in court Tuesday with his attorneys, urging Judge Michael O'Hara to preclude evidence that is the foundation of the prosecution's case.
Craig teen saving his pennies to play baseball 'down under'
Like most 13-year-olds, Anthony Flores likes to come home from school, grab a snack and hang out with his friends, watching television and relaxing on the couch. But lately, Flores has been hitting the streets in the evenings.
It's the generous support of residents that gets the Moffat County United Way to its goal year after year, and that same support allows the United Way to keep human service organization operating year after year.
Increased landfill fees are one of the reasons the city's solid waste fund is budgeted to end 2004 in a $90,000 deficit, but officials say there's significant reserve to pull that fund through.
According to their coaches, four teams showed up for the Moffat County versus Steamboat Springs volleyball match Tuesday night.
Monday, September 29
Moffat County graduate returns to 'normal' life
Marine Corps Cpl. David Wade is checking items off his to-do list.
Nearly 40 anti-tobacco youth coalitions across the state, including one in Craig, roamed their communities Saturday, picking up cigarette butts to fill a body bag that will be used in a protest against tobacco companies.
The benefits of a recreation center will be far reaching and span all age groups, proponents of the facility say. They will ease the burden on current facilities and enhance opportunities with new activities.
I spent the weekend with 13 high school students hiking, repelling, swimming and sleeping under the stars -- most of them earned an A doing it.
With nine players on varsity but only six on the court at one time, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Becky Howlett tries to get all nine in every match. Against Battle Mountain, the three who didn't start, seniors Ashlee Hafey and Lauren Stover and junior Miranda Camilletti, had their chance to shine, and they did.
"I am a talented author and illustrator," recited Moffat County School District students triumphantly on Monday morning.
Sunday, September 28
In addition to his duties as administrator of The Memorial Hospital, Randy Phelps will take over in January as the chairman of the Colorado Health and Hospital Association (CHA), a statewide organization that represents the interests of hospitals at many levels of government, including the state legislature.
Teens turn hobby into a successful business
When Pete Stamler and Billy Richards reached high school they realized, as most of their peers did, they needed money for the things that makes high school memorable: music, gas and girls. They also realized something else -- they didn't want to flip burgers to earn that disposable income.
After spending three weeks away from the Western Slope cross-country scene, Moffat County runners returned for a home meet and some surprises.
As the Moffat County High School boys soccer team celebrated its 1-0 win against Battle Mountain, one of the Huskies was overheard saying, "It's not like they won the conference or something. They should settle down."
Victims recovered from life-threatening virus
According to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, two Moffat County residents have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Officials plan to review water policy to prevent future requests
Several requests for exceptions over the past three years have Craig City Council members re-evaluating an ordinance they passed in 2001.
Motorists on Highway 318 west of Maybell likely will see plumes of smoke rising from the land this week as the Bureau of Land Management conducts a prescribed burn of dense vegetation in Ryegrass Draw.
Snow removal for elderly may get axed in 2004 budget
Senior citizens accustomed to getting their driveways plowed by the county may lose the free service when the snow flies this year.
Thursday, September 25
As Craig's local liquor licensing authority, the Craig City Council should take its responsibility seriously and ensure that license holders have taken all steps to prevent repeated violations.
Two different directions
Are all children so contrary, or is it just Katie?
According to the results of a Craig Middle School survey, seventh and eighth grade students are becoming more satisfied with their school experiences.
Dave Close knows his team is up for a big challenge Saturday.
Rifle -- Despite losing the third game and falling behind Rifle High School two games to one, Moffat County volleyball coach Becky Howlett noticed a shift in her team's energy and knew that the game wasn't over.
The Moffat County School District Board of Education tabled by a 5-1 vote a decision to change the requirement that homeschoolers be required to take two district classes if they opt to take one. Board president Phil Hastings was the dissenting vote.
DA's office admits mistake in PR bond decision
A former Craig resident and convicted felon is on the run after an apparent mistake by the district attorney's office allowed him a personal recognizance bond as part of a plea agreement.
Cosmetology coordinator hopeful budget cuts won't impact program
Tracy Caddy worries everyday about future funding for her program.
Despite Moffat County's plan to implement a new address system for residents on county roads, The Memorial Hospital's Emergency Medical Services team says that locating county residents in need of ambulance services is a top priority. Immediate response times indicate the level of confidence the team has in its ability to find residents no matter how their homes are addressed.
Wednesday, September 24
If the energetic show put on Wednesday night by the Tiller's Folly is any indication of the quality of this year's Craig Concert Association venues, local season pass holders are in for a treat.
Moffat County residents don't have to travel far this weekend to gain a new perspective on life.
Professionals who respond to emergency situations routinely see human trauma on a level most people rarely, if ever, encounter.
When the Broncos and Packers huddle up, there's no question who's in charge.
Former Alpine Apartments residents who were displaced when a fire struck their building and killed one tenant will meet with the American Red Cross today to discuss relief options.
Homecoming week is traditionally the busiest week of the year at Moffat County High School and this year is no exception. Homecoming week is Sept. 26 through Oct. 4 and the week will be packed with fun activities.
Getting the facts right and getting the right facts
Just as physicians have a code of ethics -- "do no harm" -- so do journalists.
Tuesday, September 23
License holders given additional opportunity to review, comment
If the Craig City Council wants to stop underage drinking, it needs to crack down on juveniles, not just liquor license holders.
Year after year, Moffat County residents display their generosity and commitment to a strong community by donating to the Moffat County United Way. Last year, community donations totaled record-breaking numbers with contributions exceeding $340,000.
English-language learners present
"Speak English, please," is a phrase Kalyn Rogers doesn't think she'll ever say often enough.
Moffat County Jail administrator Lt. Dean Herndon is feeling the pressure to turn a profit at the jail at a time when he often doesn't have enough staff to safely run the facility.
In its first year as an organized team, the Delta County soccer squad has made its presence known in the Western Slope League. With a 3-2 win against Moffat County Tuesday, the Eagles completed a two-game sweep of the Bulldogs and moved into third place in the league.
Monday, September 22
Twice in the last month, Sgt. K.C. Hume, the Moffat County Sheriff's chief investigator, has undertaken the task of collecting evidence at the scenes of violent deaths, where the cause was determined not to be accidental or a result of foul play, but suicide.
Coach Tom Taucher set a goal for his Rifle High School boys soccer team to have five scores from his defense this season. The season's third defensive goal came at a most opportune time for the Bears as fullback Adam Krick scored a golden goal with 40 seconds remaining in the second overtime against Moffat County for a 1-0 win.
Moffat County overcomes three first-half fumbles for 28-7 win
Cody Palmer never fumbles.
Court reporters often undervalued, face challenges in their jobs
Anyone who's been to court knows it can be flurry of words, technical terms and legalese. And despite the climate of formality and order, arguments sometimes break out, and people talk at the same time. Some witnesses don't speak well, some don't speak up, and some don't speak at all, preferring to nod, shake their heads or say, "uh-huh," when they mean yes and, "uh-uh," when they mean no.
Not long after a resident at Sunset Meadows was scammed out of $400, officials there held a meeting to warn senior citizens against the threat the financial exploitation.
When it came to getting gear for his first high school rodeo, Moffat County High School freshmen Bo Boatright said he didn't have to worry about new head protection. Boatright, who doubles as a cowboy and hockey player, dug into his hockey gear for a helmet.
A three-alarm fire consumed a house off of Moffat County Road 15 early yesterday morning.
Flat revenue stream means capital projects put on hold
City officials may not get everything they want in the 2004 budget but they'll likely get everything they need.
Despite sluggish economy, area residents prove generous toward United Way
Moffat County residents are generous with their pocketbooks.
A loud banging noise and the sounds of fighting emitted from downtown Craig Saturday afternoon.
Thursday, September 18
Maybe it was the decorated bags of snacks from Ridgeview Elementary students or the pep talk from coach Mick Havrilla during the rain-shortened practice Wednesday but, whatever it was, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team broke out of its losing streak with a 4-0 win against Palisade.
The theme for the Moffat County High School varsity football team this week was to not look at the similarities in the schedule of its next opponent and think it will have an automatic win.
With early mornings becoming cooler with every passing day, it's hard to be convinced that fall is not upon us.
The mothering gene
Katie's in the "little mother" stage. I'm not sure if that's the result of having a little sister or if it's a natural progression. What I am sure of is that it's a direct reflection of my parenting skills. I'm assuming how she treats her "baby" is based on the experience of how I've treated her.
Most successful organizations have a mission statement and specific goals to ensure that the purpose for which they exist is known by all members of the organization and shared by all members of the organization.
Wednesday, September 17
Wyman Living History Ranch aquires new exhibit
A local man's dream came true Wednesday when a giant museum piece was relocated to his property east of Craig.
A fire gutted four units at Alpine Apartments Wednesday and heavily damaged four others, displacing nearly 30 residents of the apartments on Tucker Street.
Especially in tight budget times, money isn't well spent when it's being washed down the drain, Moffat County commissioners said lately.
The first time they tried to negotiate, both city officials and resident Sandra Baird walked away unsatisfied and the case of eminent domain went before a judge.
Individual close, team not in qualifying for state
Montrose --When Brady Virden sat down with his teammates after 18 holes at the Class 4A regional golf tournament he told them he was disappointed but not mad about his score of 80. Twenty minutes later, after all the scores had been turned in, his attitude had changed.
Sheep wagon displays, a petting zoo and wool spinning demonstrations fill the Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig this week, as the Fifth Annual Sheep Wagon Days unfolds.
Golf coaches act as mental mentors
Montrose -- Before he teed off on the first hole of the Class 4A Western Slope regional golf tournament, Moffat County High School junior Jared Lowther turned to coach Ken Harjes and said, "Do me a favor coach, don't watch my putting."
We want you to help us out
When they call, they are angry. And they are angry.
Tuesday, September 16
Local agencies take part in statewide effort to prepare for the worst
Health officials across the state, including Craig, are participating in a week-long emergency drill that simulates a bio-terrorism event, causing statewide illness.
Armed with pencils, paper and calculators, Moffat County commissioners spent Tuesday's workday scrutinizing 2004 budget projections submitted by department leaders.
Plan used faulty figures to come up with savings
Moffat County commissioners denied a proposal Tuesday that would have shipped county trash to the Milner landfill instead of the Moffat County landfill in Craig.
MCHS soccer team still struggling to get out of slump
After a month of playing with injuries and without players because of ineligibility, the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team is working its way back to full strength. A strength that was too much for Moffat County Tuesday in the Demon's 4-1 win.
It knows no boundaries, it preys on no particular demographic, it targets its victims who are are manipulated into hiding its tracks.
New loan necessary to pay Public Safety Center debt
Moffat County commissioners unanimously approved on Wednesday morning a more than $3.5 million refinancing plan for the money-losing Public Safety Center Fund in a move that could be compared to paying for Visa charges with a MasterCard.
Monday, September 15
A Moffat County case charging three out-of-town bond agents with felony trespassing was postponed Monday when counsel for the three defendants asked for a continuance.
Police arrested a Craig man Thursday after they responded to KOA Campgrounds on a report that gunshots were fired.
The atmosphere in the Moffat County High School gym was dull and quiet when the Bulldogs faced Glenwood Springs and, according to Bulldog coach Becky Howlett, her team matched the mood.
On the van ride to the Liberty Bell Invitational, Moffat County High School coach Dustin Ence talked to his team about who would be the teams to beat at the meet. Most of the talk centered on Centaurus and Evergreen, teams that were ranked ahead of them in Class 4A.
When it thinks about its last couple of weeks, the Moffat County High School boys golf team doesn't have many fond memories.
Rising healthcare costs affect almost everyone and soon some increases may be passed onto county employees.
I found that with my expertise in the area of Iraq, I should provide those soldiers and their families out there with a little help in their preparation for an Iraqi tour of duty. This is to help any one who plans to spend any amount of time in Iraq and wants to be prepared for it before they get there.
Organization sees increase in reports in Moffat County
An alarming number of domestic violence and sexual assault cases are being recorded in Moffat County.
Sunday, September 14
Second half struggles had haunted the Paonia/Delta County soccer team this season. But the first-year team made sure that didn't happen in its 5-3 win against Moffat County.
Social Service worker receives praise for her 30 years of dedication
It's the little displays of recognition that Beverly Counts appreciates most.
More than 500 yards, seven scores come from ground game for 'Dogs
Sometime during the season, Moffat County High School senior quarterback Aaron Sanchez will showcase his arm but as long as the running game works like it did in the Bulldogs' 49-13 win over Rawlins, he's content with tucking and running.
The "choice of a new generation" is the only choice for soda drinkers at Moffat County High School.
Thousands of people came to Meeker to witness the birth of a new Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial champion at the finals held Sunday.
The onslaught of cool, wet weather turns people to projects that can be done where it's warm and, with a summer's worth of produce available, many people are preparing to store that food for fresh tastes during the cold season.
Thursday, September 11
How much should it cost to park a plane at the Moffat County Airport?
Budgets in Moffat County departments rely on grant money to stretch services.
Police advise people to lock up vehicles to help deter crime
The crime of check fraud, which is on the rise nationally, has kept Craig police officers busy this summer, investigating 18 incidents since the first of July, according to Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.
The road woes carried over from last year for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team as it lost 2-1 at Battle Mountain.
Meeker --The Moffat County High School volleyball team may have had a breakthrough. After losing its first two matches of the regular season by letting leads slip away, the Bulldogs held off the Cowgirls in three close games.
Good news and its faithful companion
I was thrilled when it occurred to me that when daylight savings time hits, the girls will automatically go to bed an hour earlier -- no adjustments needed. My glee fled the next morning when Nikki woke me at 6 a.m and it occurred to me that when we "fall back" it would be 5 a.m.
While officials discussed possible security risks this week in light of the Sept. 11 anniversary, one issue brought to light should be a concern for all county residents.
Wednesday, September 10
We as a faculty and staff at Moffat County High School recognize a need for growth is in the area of student voice in the decision-making processes at MCHS.
Ideas are flying around lately over the future of the Craig/Moffat County Airport.
Security at the Moffat County Courthouse concerns the chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, Michael O'Hara, who plans to take this particular case before county commissioners soon.
Security issues, perceived threats and perceptions linger from Sept. 11, 2001
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the ripple of country's newfound focus on national security has spread even to Northwest Colorado.
Last year, the Rawlins High School football team went winless and scored a total of 18 points all season. This season, Moffat County meets Rawlins after they've surpassed last season's point total in two games.
Tuesday, September 9
City voters to decide whether to raise sales tax for facility
Voters will have their say on whether a recreation center is constructed in Craig in November.
A sizzling summer sees less electricity, gas usage
As summer comes to a close and the sweltering heat of July fades to memory, demand on the Craig Water Plant is waning. While the operators at the plant may get a breather after producing record amounts of water, other utilities look forward to winter to pull them out of summer slumps.
Natural Resources Department comes under fire in funding feud
Heated debate marked Tuesday's meeting of Moffat County elected officials over what departments will have to face more budget cuts.
The Memorial Hospital building committee took the first official look Tuesday at a lengthy report that summarizes the costs of building a new hospital at each of the five proposed construction sites in Craig.
Liquor license holders will have a new form of accountability if the Craig City Council approves an ordinance introduced at Tuesday night's meeting.
With the month of September well under way, homework assignments already have been made.
Craig City Council members listened politely but took no actions in response to state Sen. Jack Taylor's request that they oppose Referendum A and support Amendment 33.
Monday, September 8
While rain slowed the times at the Grand Junction Invite, the Moffat County High School cross country teams continued its season improvements.
The Moffat County High School volleyball team found out first hand how long a rally scoring match can last in its match against Eagle Valley this weekend.
State senator says amendment will bolster lagging industry
State Sen. Jack Taylor will visit the Craig City Council tonight to speak about two ballot issues and while he'll express his opposition to Referendum A, the senator will speak in favor of the initiative he co-sponsored regarding tourism.
Moffat County residents who find themselves or a loved one in a mental health crisis may avoid a lengthy trip to the state hospital in Pueblo thanks to a crisis stabilization unit at the Public Safety Center.
Supporters of a Craig Boys and Girls Club are working hard to give students after school activities.
U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis told friends and family he won't seek reelection in 2004.
As the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline reached $1.75, natural gas prices double and electricity costs follow suit, agricultural producers are feeling the pinch.
Sunday, September 7
Red, white and blue flags plaster every available space at the Keller house in Craig. Yellow ribbons and the dark orange Marine flag proudly flap in the wind facing the quiet neighborhood on School Street
Even volunteers don't always get Saturdays off, local firefighters found out this weekend.
The Memorial Hospital building committee is reviewing the long-awaited cost analysis report detailing construction price estimates associated with building a replacement facility.
Defense shuts out Fort Morgan in second half, forces five turnovers
KREMMLING -- Last year, Nick Goodenow was second in Class 3A for sacks and against Fort Morgan High School he resumed his quarterback crunching with three sacks.
Men overcome gender division and fall in love with nursing
In a field that has traditionally been dominated by women, men are discovering they have the desire and aptitude to take care of people as nurses. And another workplace dynamic is changing because of it.
Thursday, September 4
While looks are said to be deceiving, the reactions of the Moffat County High School boys golf team at the 18th hole of the Yampa Valley Golf Course were not deceptive Thursday.
Moffat County High School and Fort Morgan are football teams coming off disappointing opening losses and hope to regain some lost confidence in a Class 3A showdown Saturday in Kremmling.
Bulldogs stun Sailors to earn second
Mick Havrilla was well aware that the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team would come in prepared for his Moffat County team so he made a small style tweak before the game.
2004 department budgets for Moffat County trickle in
According to at least one Moffat County department head, budgeting for the 2004 year "is like cutting into the bone after the meat is all gone."
Family, friends, neighbors, dignitaries say goodbye to Staff Sgt. Lawton
His 4-year-old son called him the "Cowboy Soldier" and would tell anyone who would listen his daddy was "saving the nation."
The motorists who slip through the sleepy town of Hayden as the sun crests the horizon in the early morning while on their way to elsewhere seldom think who might be up and around at the crack of dawn.
The do-it-yourself nightmare
It all started with the grass.
Wednesday, September 3
A Craig woman injured Tuesday in a stabbing incident was arrested Wednesday morning when police executed a no-knock search warrant on her residence, according to police.
The dream of owners of Elkhead Steel Inc. came true Wednesday with the company's first operating day since their move from Steamboat Springs to Craig.
Infant, toddler classes offered for free
Rodney Wiessner is a better dad because he puts in the time.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS --While Moffat County High School boys golf coach Ken Harjes hoped his team would fare much better, he jokingly set two goals for his Bulldogs as they got out of the van at Haymaker Golf Course: Everybody break 100 and nobody go into the water at the 12th hole.
Local family makes mountain bike racing their summer family time
On the average of once a week in the summer, the Keiss family packs up their truck for a family outing.
Of opinions, feathers, forums and water coolers
If you noticed in the Aug. 27 edition's Opinion Page, page 4, to be exact, you would have read a rousing debate regarding the county's budget situation and how it came to be in the straits it is in.
Tuesday, September 2
When it comes to AIDS and HIV, most people in Moffat County live in a vacuum, according to a Craig resident who says more people need to be aware of the deadly disease.
He used to run track at Moffat County High School some 20 years ago and some of the records that he nailed back then still stand today.
Drug case scheduled to go to court in October
Judge Michael O'Hara denied a motion Tuesday to suppress evidence in a case charging a Craig man with four felony drug counts.
Board to form a committee to explore year-round calendar
Moffat County School Board members decided Thursday night to hit the books and study the prospect of holding year-round school.
Healthy June sales marked the biggest increase for taxes collected so far this year for Craig and Moffat County.
Former Moffat County High School student killed in Iraq is remembered
Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton always said he wanted to "make sure that each of his boys came home in one piece."
Local trio finds playing what they like fits the bill for others
Frank Bomba has had a man drop dead during one of his sets.
Exploring habitats and defining which plants and animals depend on them, outlining ways to stabilize environments and identifying which foods animals have an need in a specific region are skills Moffat County Natural Resource Director Jeff Comstock said he learned in college.
Bulldogs find tough time against big Wyoming team in season opener
First game jitters and some mental mistakes left the Moffat County Bulldogs powerless against the strength and speed of the Wolves from Green River, Wyo., Friday night.
Craig police continue to investigate an early morning Tuesday stabbing that left a woman with three puncture wounds and a Craig man in jail.
Camie Jo Conner, 5, is a queen when she's riding on her horse.
It's not all sunny climes and dancing girls, but the city of Craig is certainly in better financial shape than Moffat County or the state of Colorado -- both of which are making massive cuts to balance the books.
Monday, September 1
The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team likes the pool -- at least in the form of pool play.
In their first games of the season, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team had the opportunities for a little bit of everything, some junior varsity action, a league game and a game against the eventual tournament champion.
The term "cross country" was used in the literal sense for the Arapaho Invitational as the Moffat County High School boys and girls cross county teams opened up their seasons. On a course that sent runners over natural barriers, through creeks and off small ledges, coach Dustin Ence said he was pleased with what he saw.
Craig man finds goodwill, danger in war zone
Craig local Ben Farrington is lucky to be alive considering the three scud missiles with his name on them.
The holiday weekend that started with a three-vehicle accident Friday kept the Colorado State Patrol busy, but Cpt. Gary Torgerson said Troop 4B saw a typical number of incidents and thankfully no fatalities.