Stories for September 2003


Tuesday, September 30

Energy producers meeting to focus on humor at work

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.

Rising natural gas prices hit businesses, residents

Josh Lawson is feeling the pinch.

Officials divided on courthouse security needs

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.

Judge denies motion to exclude key evidence

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.

Slugger beats streets to earn money

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.

Companies go above and beyond for United Way

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.

Mildred Baldwin

Craig police

Fee increases create hardship for city department

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.

Sailors put away Bulldogs early in volleyball

According to their coaches, four teams showed up for the Moffat County versus Steamboat Springs volleyball match Tuesday night.

Monday, September 29

Back from Iraq

Moffat County graduate returns to 'normal' life

Marine Corps Cpl. David Wade is checking items off his to-do list.

Students join fight against tobacco use

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.

Rec center would ease burden on existing facilities

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.


Jerry L. Odom


Craig police

The best class ever

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.

Volleyball hushes Huskies, prepares for Sailors

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.

Author partners with students on book

"I am a talented author and illustrator," recited Moffat County School District students triumphantly on Monday morning.


Sunday, September 28

TMH administrator elected chairman of statewide organization

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.

Music Makers

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.

Ferd Behrman

Craig police

Runners have good showing at home

After spending three weeks away from the Western Slope cross-country scene, Moffat County runners returned for a home meet and some surprises.

Soccer team celebrates emotional victory

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."

First cases of WN virus discovered locally

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.

City considers making exception to policy

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.

BLM plans burn near Maybell

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.

County considers cutting senior service

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

Do we need more laws?

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.

Touch of Spice

Two different directions

Are all children so contrary, or is it just Katie?

Edward James "Smokey" Kiser


School survey indicates improved climate

According to the results of a Craig Middle School survey, seventh and eighth grade students are becoming more satisfied with their school experiences.

Bayfield aware of disadvantages against bigger Bulldogs

Dave Close knows his team is up for a big challenge Saturday.

Volleyball rallies to defeat Rifle

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.

Board tables home-school issue tabled

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.

Felon on run after skipping hearings

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.

CNCC student numbers up, administrators continue to cut costs

Cosmetology coordinator hopeful budget cuts won't impact program

Tracy Caddy worries everyday about future funding for her program.

Hospital's EMS team confident in ability to find rural addresses

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.

Fred Behrman

Craig police

Wednesday, September 24

High-energy performance pleases concert patrons

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.

Kyler Shane Campbell

Norman P. Muldoon


Joyce J. Jackson


Patricia "Pat" A. Camilletti


Metaphysical fair offers new perspective on life

Moffat County residents don't have to travel far this weekend to gain a new perspective on life.

Volunteers help responders deal with trauma impacts

Professionals who respond to emergency situations routinely see human trauma on a level most people rarely, if ever, encounter.

Craig police

Edward James "Smokey" Kiser

Football league fun for youngsters

When the Broncos and Packers huddle up, there's no question who's in charge.

Emily Marie Moore

Kestrel Tracy Copeland

Apartment fire results

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.

MCHS prepares for Homecoming

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.

Bleeding the Black Ink

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

City council tables liquor ordinance

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.

United Way contributions improve quality of life

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.

Craig police

¿Se habla Ingles?

English-language learners present

"Speak English, please," is a phrase Kalyn Rogers doesn't think she'll ever say often enough.

Jail staff pressured to turn a profit

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.

Delta County proves it is for real with sweep

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.

Wilma and John Kuntz

Monday, September 22

Donald William Gardner


Agencies see more suicides this year

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.

Craig police

Bears need golden goal to beat Bulldogs

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.

Bulldogs bury Demons

Moffat County overcomes three first-half fumbles for 28-7 win

Cody Palmer never fumbles.

Record Keeper

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.

State AG warns of senior scams

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.

Rodeo team wraps up fall at home

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.

Couple loses home to morning three-alarm fire

A three-alarm fire consumed a house off of Moffat County Road 15 early yesterday morning.

City begins budget process

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.

A campaign for the community

Despite sluggish economy, area residents prove generous toward United Way

Moffat County residents are generous with their pocketbooks.

Golden Leaf Festival blooms with activity

A loud banging noise and the sounds of fighting emitted from downtown Craig Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, September 18

Soccer team regains 'passion' in win

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.

Demons kick off conference

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.

A golden opportunity

With early mornings becoming cooler with every passing day, it's hard to be convinced that fall is not upon us.

Touch of Spice

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.

Patricia "Pat" Camilletti

Craig police

Improving communication is one MCHS goal

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

Bringing down the store

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.

Apartment fire leaves 27 residents in shelter

A fire gutted four units at Alpine Apartments Wednesday and heavily damaged four others, displacing nearly 30 residents of the apartments on Tucker Street.

County officials review water use

Especially in tight budget times, money isn't well spent when it's being washed down the drain, Moffat County commissioners said lately.

City, property owner continue dispute

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.

Golf team finishes season at regional

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.

Wagon displays prove popular

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.

Coach's perspective

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."

Bleeding the Black ink

We want you to help us out

When they call, they are angry. And they are angry.

Alice Robinson

Fredric Eugene Whicker


Craig police

Chloe Alice Villard

Daniel James Running

Tuesday, September 16

Training for terror

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.

County leaders continue to crunch budget numbers

Armed with pencils, paper and calculators, Moffat County commissioners spent Tuesday's workday scrutinizing 2004 budget projections submitted by department leaders.

Landfill proposal dumped

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.

Bulldogs overpowered by Demons

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.

Putting an end to domestic violence

It knows no boundaries, it preys on no particular demographic, it targets its victims who are are manipulated into hiding its tracks.

Potholes in parking lot need to be fixed

Patricia "Pat" Camilletti

Eugene Whicker

County 'borrows from Peter'

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

Donald W. Gardner

Case against bond agents continued

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.

Suspected shooter arrested Thursday

Police arrested a Craig man Thursday after they responded to KOA Campgrounds on a report that gunshots were fired.

'Unenthusiastic' Bulldogs drop three to Demons

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.

Cross country teams get an early look at top-ranked teams

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.

Golf team gears up for regional

When it thinks about its last couple of weeks, the Moffat County High School boys golf team doesn't have many fond memories.

County workers could see higher insurance costs

Rising healthcare costs affect almost everyone and soon some increases may be passed onto county employees.

Solidier offers tips to help simulate Iraqui experience

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.

Patricia "Pat" Camilletti

Shedding light on domestic violence

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

Soccer team lets one get away against Paonia

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.

Where it Counts

Social Service worker receives praise for her 30 years of dedication

It's the little displays of recognition that Beverly Counts appreciates most.

Patricia "Pat" Camilletti

Donald W. Gardner

Bulldogs run over Outlaws

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.

Craig police

Pepsi contract with schools continues to get mixed reviews

The "choice of a new generation" is the only choice for soda drinkers at Moffat County High School.

Meeker's Sheep Dog Trials ruled another success

Thousands of people came to Meeker to witness the birth of a new Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial champion at the finals held Sunday.

Canning proves its worth when weather turns cold

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

Board discusses new airport fees

How much should it cost to park a plane at the Moffat County Airport?

County to revamp budgets to reflect grant money

Budgets in Moffat County departments rely on grant money to stretch services.

Elena K. Wittemyer

Check fraud cases increase

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.


Elizabeth T. Severson

Molly E. Summers

Boys soccer falls to Huskies on the road

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.

Bulldogs block Meeker

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.

Michael Alan Jessen


Touch of Spice

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.

Court security needs must be addressed

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.

Trixie Kay Cooper


Wednesday, September 10

Laura Weber Herold


Trixie Kay (Forbes) Cooper


Where did all the money go?

Principal offers to meet with students over lunch

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.

Mark Anthony Evans-Lawton


Plan outlines possible future of county airport

Ideas are flying around lately over the future of the Craig/Moffat County Airport.

Chief judges raises court security concerns

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.

A tragic anniversary

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.

Nancy F. Boss


Bulldogs travel to play improved Rawlins team

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

Craig police

Rec center question approved for ballot

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.

Water use hits new record

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.

The battle over bucks

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.

Committee sifts through hospital estimates

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.

Craig City Council discusses liquor license accountability

Liquor license holders will have a new form of accountability if the Craig City Council approves an ordinance introduced at Tuesday night's meeting.

You have your assignments

With the month of September well under way, homework assignments already have been made.

Taylor discusses water, tourism initiatives

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

Cross country teams run through mud in Grand Junction

While rain slowed the times at the Grand Junction Invite, the Moffat County High School cross country teams continued its season improvements.

Herman and Donahue

Dyllan Rose Spitzley

Rally scoring, Eagle Valley wear out

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.

Taylor to push tourism initiative

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.

Crisis unit proves itself in saving money, lives

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.

Craig police

Group discusses future of Armory building

Supporters of a Craig Boys and Girls Club are working hard to give students after school activities.

Rep. McInnis to retire

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis told friends and family he won't seek reelection in 2004.

Producers suffering from rising energy prices

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

Michael Jessen

Soldier returns to community party

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

Volunteer firefighters put equipment to test

Even volunteers don't always get Saturdays off, local firefighters found out this weekend.

Committee begins review of cost analysis for new hospital

The Memorial Hospital building committee is reviewing the long-awaited cost analysis report detailing construction price estimates associated with building a replacement facility.

Bulldogs corral Mustangs

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.

Making a difference

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

Dyllan Rose Spitzley

Home course not much

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.

Fort Morgan, MCHS searching for first win

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.

'Dogs do it again

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.

County starts to feel pinch

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."

Saying goodbye

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."

Elena Katherine Wittemyer

The state says goodbye to one of its sons

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.

Elizabeth Tate Severson

Touch of Spice

The do-it-yourself nightmare

It all started with the grass.

Wednesday, September 3

Stabbing victim arrested in drug bust

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.

Steel company emigrates to Moffat County

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.

Children, parents brought together

Infant, toddler classes offered for free

Rodney Wiessner is a better dad because he puts in the time.

Golf team struggles in Steamboat Springs

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.

Special K

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.

Bleeding the Black Ink

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

Resident says AIDS awareness declining

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.

Northwest Colorado grieves

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.

Suppression of evidence denied

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.

Mark A. Evans-Lawton

Ronald L. Burrows


School days could get longer

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.

June scored big in sales tax for area

Healthy June sales marked the biggest increase for taxes collected so far this year for Craig and Moffat County.

'Ultimate sacrifice'

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."

Craig police

The legacy of 'Legacy'

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.

Students earn awards for wildlife habitat evaluation

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.

It's not easy beating Green

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.

Trixie Cooper

Nancy Boss

Man arrested after stabbing incident

Craig police continue to investigate an early morning Tuesday stabbing that left a woman with three puncture wounds and a Craig man in jail.

Program reigns in motor skills

Camie Jo Conner, 5, is a queen when she's riding on her horse.

City audit shows clean bill of financial health

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

Hunter Bo Coleman

Volleyball team takes its cue in pool play tourney

The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team likes the pool -- at least in the form of pool play.

Despite loss, soccer team's confidence remains high

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.

Nancy Boss

Craig police

Marvin A. Evans-Lawton

Cross country teams stay on course in Arapaho

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.

Finding appreciation in Iraq

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.

Police see mostly quiet holiday

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.