Stories for April 2004


Friday, April 30

Commissioners split on fire plan contractor

The Moffat County Land Use Board recommended the Board of County Commissioners hire a temporary employee to plan and coordinate the county fire plan, but two commissioners said they would reject the recommendation.

Libraries look to control budgets

Mill levy vote won't happen in November

Caught in the waves of the county's financial crisis, the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees is looking to get control of its own budget.


Cydne and Steve Bell of Hayden announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley, to Mike Walden, son of Susan Murray of Grand Junction and John Walden of Hayden. Bell is a 2001 graduate of Hayden High School and will be attending the Colorado Northwest Community College dental hygiene program in Rangely this fall. Walden is a 1999 graduate of Hayden High School and is employed at Hayden Auto Body Inc. The wedding is scheduled for June 26 in Steamboat Springs.

Tom and Inez Smith

The family of Tom and Inez Smith invite you to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 8 with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at Beef and Peppers in the Centennial Mall.

Kindergarten Roundup this week

Elementary schools in Moffat County are getting a four-month head start on the 2004-05 school year.

Meeker MBA group joins networking effort

Several people active in the Meeker Business in Action group attended a networking meeting Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Rangely campus.

Meeker residents grow their own vegetables

If you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty, and you like tending to flowers and vegetables, you might want to become part of the Meeker Community Garden.

Art students share moment in limelight

Exhibit at Fawn Creek Gallery becoming annual event

Art students from the Meeker Center of Colorado Northwestern Community College had the opportunity to display their works Friday in what is becoming an annual event.

Blotter for May 1

Our View: Voters benefit from choices

Former Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Sis was the last Democrat elected to Moffat County public office. That was 12 years ago. Commissioner Darryl Steele is the only non-Republican government official currently representing Moffat County and he's an independent.

Hugh Seely

On April 14, 2004, at the age of 92, Hugh Seely made the final leg of his earthly journey.


Krystal Denise Tomlinson and Yancy Allen Price joyfully announce that they were united in marriage April 10, 2004, in Craig.

Neighbors express themselves

Craig yards adorned with lawn art displays

Tiny green hosta shoots are just poking through the dirt in a shady spot in one of Marion Luke's flowerbeds.

A special ring

Throwing at home memorable for Bulldog junior

Nervousness before a competition is expected for Brittni Webber. Tears are not.

Ready for the worst

Firefighters battle fictitious flames in preparation

Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions stood around a sandbox Friday, directing mock resources to fight a fictitious wildfire in a subdivision north of Craig.

Hugh Seely (1912-2004)

On April 14, 2004, at the age of 92, Hugh Seely made the final leg of his earthly journey.

Letters for May 1

I read the article that was in the newspaper April 22 regarding the high school girls soccer team.

Thursday, April 29

Our View: Flights can be a good investment

Twice in the past month, officials from Routt County have approached Moffat County entities seeking financial commitments to establish commercial airline flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Christina M. Currie: Getting an A in the school of hard knocks

Nikki is a little braver than her 2-year-old body is really equipped for -- and she now has an adorably scraped nose to prove it.

Rose Poff

Funeral services for Rose Poff will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Mary Lou Self

Mary Lou Self of Craig died April 25 in Pueblo, Colo. Services are pending.

Golf team places sixth in Montrose

Girls golf team swings to season's second-best score

The Moffat County High School girls golf team had its second-best score of the season in the first of back-to-back tournaments in southwest Colorado on Thursday.

Veterans, rookies win titles

Craig Parks and Rec coed volleyball leagues wrap up seasons

The Craig Parks and Recreation coed volleyball competitive and semi-competitive leagues completed their seasons this week with tournaments. When the final point was earned the competitive league crowned a veteran champion while the semi-competitive league had a new winner.

Letters for April 30

Having just read Rob Gebhart's article, "Grazing battle," I would like to point out some of the other things that are occurring at the Browns Park Refuge.

Marketing tops chamber's goals

Bonaker honored posthumously during annual luncheon

The annual Craig Chamber of Commerce luncheon was a tearful event this year, as the chamber posthumously honored Jack Bonaker for his community involvement, and a Craig resident recalled how a Boys and Girls Club helped her survive a rough childhood in Denver.

Brothers charged with 12 felonies

Judge sets bonds totaling nearly $2M

Local brothers accused of violent assaults, home invasions and drug charges are being held in the Moffat County Jail on bonds totaling nearly $2 million.

Hospital revenues up

TMH officials bracing for drop-off

The Memorial Hospital made enough money in the first quarter of 2004 to pay an entire year's payments for the proposed replacement hospital, but the financial good news may end in April.

Making child care affordable

Providers say county's cuts have hurt them

At her home, Paula Deguire provides child care for 10 children, all of whom are social services cases.

Wednesday, April 28

A sign of things to come

JV baseball team's success bodes well for future

With only eight upperclassmen on the baseball team, Moffat County High School underclassmen played an important role on this year's varsity team. That didn't mean the junior varsity was without talent.

Lions to descend on Craig

Service group's district convention this weekend

Maybe they forgot to bring their vests or got caught talking out of turn.

Students to push snooze

'Late start' days added to calendar

Moffat County High School students will have 14 more chances to stop at the coffee shop before heading to school next year, but they'll have to put in an extra day in exchange.

Back to drawing board

Hospital looking at new option

In another round of due diligence, The Memorial Hospital is asking its project and architectural consultants to look at another scenario for a replacement hospital.

Blotter for April 29

Students campaign for council

Elections held today

Bright colored posters with clever slogans are papered throughout Moffat County High School.

Making prom safe

200 businesses donate to after-prom party

Basketball hoops and bleachers are giving way to a teenager's wonderland in the gymnasium at Moffat County High School.

Tuesday, April 27

Runners sprinting away with teamwork

The return of jumper/sprinter Brad Hurd to the Moffat County High School boys track team was overshadowed by the loss of its second senior sprinter in as many weeks to an injury at the meet Saturday in Rifle.

City's sales tax revenues rebound

The financial report for February was filled with good news for city officials.

Woman pleads guilty

Corral faces possible prison time for drug charges

A Craig woman faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to two felony drug charges Monday.

DA pledges stiff policy on drugs

Bonnie Roesink is running unopposed for the office of the 14th Judicial District Attorney and she's advocating changes in how drug cases will be handled in the future.

Council backs flights

Hunters target of fall air service at YVRA

The Craig City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to commit an unspecified amount of money for at least three years toward a guaranteed flight program that will expand access to the Yampa Valley throughout the fall.

Defining rural fire mission

Is the Craig Rural Protection Fire District giving outlying residents a false sense of security?

Lucy H. Kitch

Grazing battle

Refuge manager fears destruction of Browns Park habitat

BROWNS PARK -- Driving out of Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Jerry Rodriguez worried Tuesday that the refuge would soon resemble the grassless Bureau of Land Mangement tråacts nearby.

Getting Physical

Trainers, athletes benefit from in-house exams

Kassie Dilldine's top choice for college has been Regis University this whole year. Thanks in part to a scholarship from the Moffat County High School athletic training program, the senior will be packing up for her freshman year at Regis in the fall.

Monday, April 26

Medicare bill creates confusion

Seniors don't understand drug benefit

After viewing a video on the federal government's new Medicare program, Jim Meineke had one clear comment to make.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympic

Cheryl Chase remembers the first time her husband attended a Special Olympics competition.

Senate OKs tax bill

Amended business measure would be easier on county budget

A bill local officials say would be devastating to the Moffat County budget was approved on its final reading Monday in the Colorado Senate.

Thomas N. Told

Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP of Craig, was installed as the vice president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), during ACOFP's 41st Annual Convention & Exhibition in Tampa, Fla., on March 13.

Key Club members learn the art of giving

They don't do it for recognition. They don't do it for a graduation credit. And they certainly don't do it for the money.

Sunday, April 25

Quilters put love into every stitch

Women use skills to make keepsakes for strangers who need them

They're just scraps of fabric now, but the women in the Hands-On quilting group know how to turn the cast-off material into a comfy refuge.

Encana Oil acquires Tom Brown

Tom Brown Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Encana Oil and Gas Inc., but the ramifications of the deal for Moffat County are still unclear.

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray of Craig accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

EDP ponies up for flights

Moffat County entities give $7,500 of $10,000 goal

The director of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association left Craig with three-quarters of the money she wanted to fund flights from Houston to Hayden to improve the tourism and business economy in the Yampa Valley.

Day of thanks

Community shows its gratitude for soldier's service to country

Courtland Folks and Brian Soper have a lot in common.

Bulldogs come up short

Baseball team needed to sweep doubleheader against Palisade, but lost in the first game

GRAND JUNCTION -- The Moffat County High School baseball team waited all season to put together an effort like it had in the second game of a doubleheader against Palisade. But the team's 8-7 win Saturday came one game too late.

King of the airwaves

Joshua Fleming is KRAI's newest man behind the mic

Joshua Fleming was approaching a19-hour workday recently, but managed to be amicable. In fact, the new program director and morning disc jockey for 93.7 KRAI-FM and 55-AM Country made the feat seem natural.

Friday, April 23

Dental coalition focuses on permanence

A traveling dental office may drop off the list of oral health resources for the area's underserved population, pushing the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition to build a facility that goes beyond a stopgap measure.

No more waiting by the phone

Soldier's return means parents can stop saving messages

When Brian Soper returned home from the war in Iraq, he noticed his parents had more than 20 messages on their answering machine.

Democrat faces tough road

At the Moffat County Democratic Assembly, Jay Fetcher asked the question many people are asking him.

Schools budget for flat revenues

Schools officials are prioritizing the district's needs in an effort to make the district's $17 million budget balance.

All in a day's work for this horse

The horse show world has been shifting the past few years as horse owners abandon glitz and glitter to return to the no-nonsense practicality that made horses such a symbol of the West while it was still being won.

Changes coming for recycle center

Meeker's new recycling collection facility is scheduled for completion May 31.

Business in Action group takes off

Nobody is more thrilled about how a simple Friday morning breakfast discussion group has evolved into such a citizen action committee than Tony Wiess.

Moffat County baseball team focuses on today

Looking back at the Moffat County High School baseball team's season there aren't a lot of fond memories for the Bulldogs. But as far as they are concerned, nothing else matters but today,

Swimmers earn one more qualification

Nick Ruckman had to be helped up after his finish in the 100-meter freestyle, but the pain was rewarding for the junior because he swam a state-qualifying time in the race.

Arely Yanett Rojas

Alejandra Valdez and Fernando Rojas of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Arely Yanett Rojas, at 9:01 p.m., April 15, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Reina Samantha Steele

Sheli Steele and Bret Steele of Maybell, Colo., announce the birth of their daughter, Reina Samantha Steele, at 7:06 p.m., April 6, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Births for April 24

Births Jacob Andrew Larsen

Karly Marie Neptune

Crystal Neptune and Blaine Neptune of Bakersfield, Calif., announce the birth of their daughter, Karly Marie Neptune, April 19, 2004.

Jacob Andrew Larsen

Bryna Larsen and Corey Larsen of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Andrew Larson, at 2:15 p.m., April 12, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Thursday, April 22

Grants can't pay for TV

Manager: Homeland Security won't subsidize county TV

Moffat County's emergency manager says there's no chance that Homeland Security grants will subsidize county television as some Wyoming residents had hoped.

School Board approves contract

Dinosaur to offer Charter School

The town of Dinosaur cleared the last hurdle in an effort to establish an elementary charter school in the rural Moffat County town.

A perfect score

Craig bowler rolls a 300

Dick King didn't want to talk about his accomplishment right away.

Diversion program seeks volunteers

Staff wants program to become part of juvenile sentencing requirements

When Jan Reece started teaching a new life-skills class to juvenile diversion clients, the room was quiet, the students kept to themselves, and there wasn't much interaction.

Wednesday, April 21

Tanker's demise discussed

Resident says protection compromised

A resident is questioning the Craig Rural Fire Protection District's commitment to rural residents after the board decided not to replace one of the department's water tankers.

Juggling many things for religion

Brad Farmer juggles for Jesus.

Family tortilla business prospering

As most people were finishing lunch, Alberto and Leticia Perez were finishing the day's batch of tortillas.

Moffat holds Democratic assembly

Moffat County's Democratic Party opened the county assembly season for Colorado on Wednesday night, holding the first Democratic assembly in the state.

Nursing home makes choice

Homestead Inc. will manage long-term care facility

The new nursing home in town doesn't have a name, but it has a manager.

Actors wanted

Rec program gives alternative to sports

Fee, fie, foe, fum ... There's a casting call and work to be done.

From the press box

Sticks and stones

I don't like negative columns. My column doctrine is to leave the stringent sarcasm or criticism to the big boys in the Denver papers. They cover professionals who are in the public eye and earn the big bucks to be there.

The blotter for April 22

Law enforcement Jail report Tuesday, April 20 • Shawnelle Louise Lira, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charges of failure to comply and possession of amphetamine.

Deaths for April 22

Charles L. Silengo Sr. Grand Junction resident Charles L. Silengo, died April 16, 2004. He was 80.

Dan Davidson, Director, Jan Gerber, Assistant Director: Contributors allow museum to re-open Saturday

To the editor: Thanks to the following people, the Museum of Northwest Colorado is able to re-open Saturdays through Sept. 18: Les and Bonnie Hampton, Perry and Elizabeth Van Dorn, Aric Gerber and Wayne Counts of A&W Repair, Glen Sherman, E.J. Bunk of Farmers Insurance Group and Tim and J'Lea Driver of Serendipity Coffee Shop.

Denise L. Bagley: Forget about television, what's wrong with using the radio?

To the editor: I am writing in reference to all the complaints letters people have been sending in response to the loss of their county television.

Tuesday, April 20

Morning raid produces three arrests

Police uncover rifles, drugs at two homes

Law enforcement agencies conducted simultaneous raids on two local residences early Tuesday morning.

Warrants lead to couple's arrest

Sheriff's deputies from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties worked together to arrest a former Craig woman and her traveling companion Monday.

Delta gets first WSL win

Bulldos come up short, lose 3-1

Most members of the Moffat County High School girls soccer know the feeling of the history-making victory. Just last year the team won its first Western Slope League game.

Working together for justice

Our view: The District Attorney's Office and the Craig Police Department have to figure out a way to work together to make sure the justice works the way it should.

Rifle explodes on MCHS

Bears break open tie game with 18-run eighth inning

The Moffat County High School baseball team had an answer for Rifle for seven innings. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the game went beyond regulation. The Bulldogs and Bears played to a 9-9 tie in the first seven innings. Then everything went right for the visitors and everything wrong for the home team.

County overrun with tires in landfill

Officials say they can afford to only half the stockpile

About 20,000 tires are piled on the hillside at the Moffat County landfill, overlooking Craig Station Power Plant. That's 20,000 pieces of garbage the county doesn't know what to do with.

Wyoming residents want County TV

Commissioners agree to pursue grants but look to private businesses

More than 150 residents of Wyoming's Little Snake River Valley have signed a petition protesting Moffat County's elimination of county television.

Monday, April 19

No recall

Deadline passes with no petitions submitted

The deadline to recall two Moffat County commissioners passed Monday with no petitions being filed with the Clerk and Recorder's office.

Former Cosgriff Hotel site purchased from city

New owners weighing options for possible construction

Eight years since the landmark Cosgriff Hotel was demolished, plans have been made to put the Yampa Avenue site back in business.

Airport joins loan group for upgrades

The Craig City Council would not agree to loan Archuleta County Airport $150,000 until they were assured that money would be returned in 2006 as promised.

On the record

Power plant under-valued

County asks for financial help

The Moffat County School District won't help the county government pay for a private assessment of Craig Station Power Plant.

Michael W. Johnson

Moffat County golfers played to win

Scoring confusion signaled a loss, should have tied the game

All because of two little letters, the season's best performance by the Moffat County High School girls golf team had a bittersweet ending Monday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Moffat County should not help finance Steamboat bus service

I wish to direct this letter to the taxpayers, and especially the county commissioners and City Council members.

Sunday, April 18

Craig Marine buried

Phelps remembered as 'greatest hero'

DUBOIS, Wyo. -- Former Craig resident Chance Phelps was remembered as a friend, a good son and a patriotic Marine proud to serve his country.

Residents embrace health fair

Annual event helps buffer growing cost of medical services

The 9News Health Fair has been teaching Moffat County residents about themselves for a quarter of a century.

Rotary offering a new place to play

Project creates playground for Shadow Mountain

After 40 hours of labor, nearly $8,000 in equipment and a little cooperation between a government agency and a service organization, voila -- Craig children have a new place to play.

Weather beaten and worn out

Crop market prices and precipitation conspire against working farmers

The discontent and inconvenience rain will bring the city dweller is a miracle to the farmer. It brings hope for the season and the promise of a crop.

Swimmers soak up success

Boys team breaks three school records

The record board at the Moffat County High School pool needs a facelift. The boys swim team broke three school records at the Jeffco Invitational in Arvada Friday and Saturday.

Having fun with children

Kids the main event at weekend festival

Young children had their day to play Saturday during the sixth annual Children's Festival at the Centennial Mall.

Moffat County ties with Palisade

With the wind to their backs, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team jumped on Palisade early.

Get water wise before taking the plunge

Search and Rescue experts offer water safety tips

As mountain snow melts and river waters rise, kayakers squeeze into their wetsuits and prepare to get their paddles wet.

Friday, April 16


Brian and Sharon Lessman of Windsor would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Lessman of Grand Junction, to Wesley Anderson of Grand Junction, son of John and Debra Anderson of Craig.


Dr. David and Patricia Mortensen of La Crescenta, Calif., announce the wedding of their daughter, Tiffany Quin Mortensen, to Lief Arnesen Albaugh, son of Archie and Dorcas Albaugh of Craig.

Sydni Lynne Harris King

The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Roman and Vicki Gutierrez of Craig.

Mildred C. Peterson 1911-2004

Craig resident Mildred Carretha Peterson died April 11, 2004 in Meeker. She was 92.

Delta sweeps Bulldogs

The league-leading Delta Panthers swept a doubleheader against the Moffat County High School baseball team Friday in Craig.

Track team runners show potential for state

Running like the wind often is a good thing for track athletes. But if you're a sprinter, running with the wind can be a problem.

Bulldog golfers finish 7th

A month off from competition didn't feel like much of a vacation for the Moffat County High School girls golf team in their first tournament back since early March.

Cowboy poets ride in to town for Renaissance

The cowboys -- that is the cowboy poets -- are coming in for the sixth annual Meeker Cowboy Renaissance tonight.

Just one of the guys

But Jessie Smith not the first girl to play baseball for Meeker High

Meeker High School's left fielder is like every other guy on the team -- except she's a girl.

Talking can keep kids clear of sexual abuse

Talking to children about their bodies and about sex is one of the most difficult conversations for parents, but it's also the most important step in preventing them from being sexually abused, children's advocates say.

'Girls to Women' boosts self-esteem

For the third year running, the Women's Foundation of Colorado has underwritten a "Girls to Women" conference that allows eighth-grade girls in Moffat County to see the vast career possibilities before them.

Mormon cricket outbreak spreading

Bruce Johnson stopped at 12 sites between Maybell and Dinosaur, conducting a survey of Mormon crickets in Moffat County.

Baird awarded $22,500

Jurors chose a number Friday that was between what the city of Craig was willing to pay and what resident Sandra Baird was willing to take for two of her four Stout Street lots.

Siobhan Mary Lally

Meghan O'Toole Lally and Brian Joseph Lally of Savery, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Siobhan Mary Lally, at 2:20 a.m. April 6 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Tyler William Phillips

Brandi Phillips and Seth Phillips of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Tyler William Phillips, at 11:29 p.m., April 11, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Sleep is scarce when home is a hotel

Don Moore has a home in southern Oregon he hasn't seen in four years. He and his crew are temporary Craig residents overhauling giant fans at the Craig Station Power Plant.

Helping others help themselves

Bakos-Snowden serves as advocate for those with disabilities

When Catherine Bakos-Snowden was 16, she knew she wanted to spend her life helping people with special needs.

Thursday, April 15

Chocoholics and extra sleep don't mix

If you think that interrupting the path from your children's beds to yours with a basket full of chocolate and some toys would get you an extra hour of sleep, think again.

Births for April 16

Kayla Renee Rider

Letters for April 16

We can't afford not to have a recall election

Bulldogs bitten

Baseball team falls to 3A Roaring Fork Rams, 8-2

Something was on the minds of the Moffat County High School baseball team other than hitting Thursday.

Church works to keep teens interested in Christ

As youth minister at Craig's First Christian Church, John Graler works to see that as pre-adolescents become teenagers and encounter more options in their lives, Christ is one of the options they don't leave behind.

Kids' festival offers fun

If you're looking for a fun, free, and family-oriented activity, gather up the little ones and head to Centennial Mall Saturday for the 2004 Celebrate Children's Festival.

Sage grouse protection study to continue

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that substantial evidence exists to warrant an in-depth investigation of the greater sage grouse.

District attorney admits case was mishandled

Bonnie Roesink, the 14th Judicial district attorney, took the stand Thursday and said that a rape case may be dismissed because her office and Craig police mishandled the case.

Award-winner presents works

Photographer John Fielder will show his Moffat County images

Photographer John Fielder has rafted the Green River to photograph Moffat County's famous rivers, hiked the trails of Routt National Forest to capture some of Colorado's grandest autumn colors, and trekked through Vermillion Basin to shoot the county's canyons.

Rifle girls soccer defeats Moffat County

The final 20 minutes of the girls soccer game between Rifle and Moffat County High Schools belonged to the Bulldogs. But by then the Bears were up 3-0.

Deaths for April 16

Michael Johnson

Editorial: Take underage drinking seriously

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is seizing the opportunity to launch a publicity campaign targeting underage drinking.

Case against city goes to trial

Baird challenges appraisal in eminent domain seizure

Twelve Moffat County property owners will decide today whether a Craig woman's assessment of the value of her home and property outweighs that of a licensed appraiser.

Tuesday, April 13

Births for April 15

Asher Lillig Lesyshen-Kirlan

On the Record

Law enforcement Jail report

Understanding MAP testing

All freshman and sophomore students will be taking MAP tests the end of April and beginning of May. What is MAP? MAP is the acronym for Measures of Academic Progress, a measurement tool that Moffat County School District implemented last year.

Jeffco meet provides swimmers a challenge

After two weeks of home meets, the Moffat County High School boys swim team is ready for a change of scenery.

Staying competitive

Craig's Puck Ewes learn to work without ice, prepare for tourney

With the ice gone at Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena, one would assume the hockey season is over. That's not the case for the Puck Ewes, Craig's women's hockey team.

County seeks to change status, up child-care funding

Even though Moffat County is as rural as any county in Colorado, child-care costs run as high here as they do in urban and resort counties.

Moffat County earns dramatic win

If freshman Heather Brown was considered a rookie goal keeper before the game against Glenwood Springs, her teammates now consider her at least one rank higher.

MCHS leads early, but Steamboat wins

Contact. That was all the Steamboat Springs baseball team worked on offensively during Monday's practice. There was no machine. No batting practice. There were tees and soft toss stations.

City Council OKs traffic study

The Craig City Council took the following action during its meeting Tuesday night:

Chinese acrobats meet Glenn Miller Orchestra

Popular performers are back for concert season

The Craig Concert Association has lined up five performances for the 2004/2005 concert season.

Sixth-graders graduate DARE

After a year of self-esteem building and encouragement to refuse drugs and alcohol, Craig Intermediate School's sixth-grade class has graduated the Craig Police Department DARE program.

Dental program takes bite out of tooth decay

Sealant Saturday to be held April 24

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is hanging "wanted" posters in local schools in an effort to sign up children for free dental care.

Council backs YVRA flights

The Craig City Council agreed in a 6-1 vote Tuesday night to dip into its contingency money to fund airline flights into the Yampa Valley, but didn't withdraw as much as requested.

Caucuses kick off campaigns

Candidates go on the stump at precinct meetings

The school cafeteria was filled with Republicans, 90 of them to be exact. Heads bent over blank ballots, caucus voters wrote down the names of delegates who had promised to support the candidates of their choosing. It was the caucus meeting of Moffat County's 3rd Precinct, the first step toward electing candidates to offices this fall.

A hero's welcome

Brian Soper, Craig policeman, returns after year in Iraq

Brian Soper kept pacing around anxiously, glancing over and around his fellow soldiers with the Army Reserve 244th Engineer Battalion as they hugged their families and picked up their children.

Coalition focuses on underage drinking

Bud Nelson is an ex-Navy chief petty officer, an educated chemical dependency counselor and a former investigator who wore a suit and carried a gun.

City liquor ordinance to be tested

Those cited for selling to minors to go before council

The owners of six Craig businesses will be the first to test Craig's new liquor licensing ordinance.

Last-minute taxes?

Midnight deadline a fallacy in Craig; post office closes at 4:30

Accountants will be burning the midnight oil today in the rush to beat the Internal Revenue Service filing deadline.

Democrat announces county seat

Craig resident Terry Carwile announced his candidacy for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat at Tuesday night's Democratic caucus meeting.

Monday, April 12

Men charged in citizens' arrest

Sheriff: Civilians had no authority to revoke bond

Moffat County Sheriff's deputies had to use bolt cutters to remove handcuffs from a man who was "arrested" by private citizens on Friday.

City aims to secure armory for youth club

Craig City Council has applied to the state Department of Local Affairs for a grant to purchase the Old Armory from the state Department of Military Affairs.

Caucus location changed

Resident felt shut out of political process

After a Browns Park resident complained he was barred from attending his Republican caucus precinct meeting, Precinct 4's location has been moved from the Bassett residence to Lodore Hall.

Fair to offer career choices

Teenagers can find work and college options Wednesday

Teens have a lot more choices than they think, particularly when it comes to deciding on a career.

Estrada sentenced to four years

Former Kmart janitor convicted of stealing from store

A former Kmart janitor convicted of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from the store received a four-year prison sentence.

Phelps loved the Marines

Ex-Craig student will be laid to rest in Dubois, Wyoming

Pfc. Chance R. Phelps will be laid to rest in his former hometown of Dubois, Wyo., his mother, Gretchen Mack, said Monday. The 19-year-old Marine, who moved to Craig in grade school and lived here until his senior year of high school, died from a gunshot wound Friday west of Baghdad.

BLM moves to protect tribal land

Agency looking to limit vehicle access

About 1,000 years after an American Indian tribe abandoned a habitation site near Browns Park, some off-highway vehicle enthusiasts found the tribe's old home.

Game teaches girls life skills

Third annual Girls to Women Conference is Friday

Life isn't a game, but the Women's Foundation of Colorado has made it one. "Reality Bites" was created to give young women a taste of adulthood -- the decisions that come with it and the consequences.

Sunday, April 11

Bulldogs float over Glenwood in weekend meet

Moffat County High School boys swim coach Jim Vorhies saw some surprised looks Saturday when he announced the lineup for the A-team in the 200-meter medley relay. "You should have seen a couple of the kids' eyes," he said. "It was like 'OK, are you sure?'"

Marine from Craig killed in Iraq fight

Chance R. Phelps, a former Moffat County High School student who moved to Palisade the summer before his senior year, died Friday fighting in Iraq. Pfc. Phelps, 19, was shot in the head Friday while battling insurgents in Ramadi west of Baghdad, according to his father, John Phelps, who lives in Dubois, Wyo. He was deployed to Iraq just over a month ago with the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division based in California.

2003 coal production increases

But Moffat County sees its overall output decrease

Colorado has been pumping up its production of coal. Statewide, coal production increased by about 600,000 tons in 2003, according to data compiled by the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology.

Residents celebrate Easter

Holiday means different things to different people

Easter celebrations around Craig on Sunday were as varied as patterns on the traditional colored eggs.

The eternal student

At 80, Maxine Turner proves adage, 'you're never too old to learn something new'

Maxine Turner admits that her grades in high school weren't the best. As a teenager there were higher priorities. But 16 years ago she chose to go back to school to get an education beyond high school.

Recognizing volunteers

She has a shoestring budget, but Ethal Jordan keeps the Hamilton Community Center in top form with a little elbow grease and the help of few other volunteers.

Friday, April 9

Ranchers busy with calves

Warm weather a blessing during calving season

Jim Showalter fired up his four-wheeler and set out for a bumpy ride across his property to check on his cattle and their newborn calves. His daughter and his grandchildren climbed into the ATV's cargo bed to go with him.

Soccer team wins first league game

There weren't any big celebrations after the Moffat County High School girls soccer team earned its first Western Slope League game of the season. It was more of a sigh of relief.

State to try infrared light beams for safety

To reduce animal-vehicle collisions on U.S. Highway 40, the Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to create an infrared light beam system that will help scare deer from crossing the road.

Economic development group focuses locally

Effort under way to help merchant

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership will spend a $50,000 grant helping existing businesses grow and flourish. "Existing businesses are the most important part of any economic development program," EDP Chairman Scott Cook said. "They are already in the community providing jobs and generating tax base."

Tax-funded TV on its way out

Nearby counties made decision to cut service providing Denver signal

Nine days after Moffat County residents stopped being able to pick up TV signals with an antennae, the complaints are still trickling into the county courthouse.

ID theft rising in state

Craig spared from trend, but residents warned to be vigilant

Nearly 4,000 Coloradans reported that they were victims of identity theft in 2003. That is more than the total number of complaints the Federal Trade Commission received nationwide in 1999.

Easter traditions mired in past

The celebration of Easter represents the convergence of two religions with very different beliefs, yet the holiday is based on the similar themes: resurrection and rebirth.

Letters home

CMS students make pen pals of soldiers stationed in Iraq

Once the shock and awe died down following the U.S. attacks on Iraq, talk of the war in classrooms also faltered. It sometimes comes up, Craig Middle School social studies teacher Lori Dodge said, after a student's extra credit current events presentation or when the class studies the Middle East. Other than those times, it takes a pretty special occasion for the class to focus on what U.S. troops are doing in Iraq.

Spring showers bring football powers

The Bulldogs will lose speed at the skill positions to graduation this year, but the returnees from the state quarterfinal qualifying team hope their work will bring more success.

Thursday, April 8

Low-cost health fair is set for April 17

April 17 will mark the 25th year of the 9Health Fair in Craig. The fair, sponsored by the Craig Lions Club, provides low-cost or free health screenings to Moffat County residents 18 and older.

Dispatcher dilemma

Applicants dwindle for open jobs at police nerve center

A good dispatcher has to be nosy.

Residents get peek into law enforcement

To you and me, a traffic stop is just a headache.

Couple arrested on California burglary charge

Craig police arrested a man and a woman wanted on burglary charges in California.


Jim Hicks 1938-2004

Blotter for April

Law enforcement Jail report

Fantasy leagues bring out best in baseball fans

After a summer off from fantasy baseball, I have rejoined the world of pseudo-managers.

Letters to the editor

Educate yourself about standardized testing

Currie: Clean teeth taste good

It took my girls a long time to get a mouth full of teeth. Now that they have complete sets of pearly whites, it occurs to me that life was easier without them.

Program helps seniors get jobs

Before beginning their jobs at Craig's Independent Life Center, neither Jean Son nor Maggie Holland knew much about operating computers.

Wednesday, April 7

Business property tax in peril

Moffat County officials worried about financial impact

The Colorado Senate is poised to debate a bill today that banks on the potential for revenue from the creation of new businesses to offset losses to county governments.

Births for April 8

Claire Marie Connell

The Blotter for April 8

Law enforcement Jail report

Pipeline officials lay out plans

Route doesn't portend increase in local exploration

Private property rights, environmental impacts and economic opportunities were foremost on the minds of county officials as they considered the ramifications of a proposed 330-mile natural gas pipeline slated to run through the heart of Moffat County.

Hospital raises employees' insurance rates

Until this week, employees at The Memorial Hospital hadn't seen an increase in their health insurance premiums since 2000.

Letters for April 8

Whatever happened to free television?

Attempted murder suspect in court

Judge to decide charges' merit

Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James will decide whether to bind over a former Craig man's attempted murder case to the 14th Judicial District Court.

Tuesday, April 6

Dinosaur elects mayor

Wendy Peterson wins handily Tuesday

Petersen has been a member of the Dinosaur Town Council for the past three years. She has lived in Dinosaur since 1991 and worked at the Dinosaur Library since 1995. "Dinosaur has a lot of potential. Nothing happens in big steps, but maybe I can help the town take some baby steps," Petersen said before the final votes were tallied.

Water crews prepare for what could be a thirsty season

Last July Craig residents hit the highest rate of water consumption for a single month in more than 10 years despite drought conditions and a statewide effort to conserve water.

Palisade gets Bulldogs

The second half has been a problem for the Moffat County High School girls' soccer team lately. The Bulldogs gave up their second halftime lead in as many home games Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Palisade.

Why has Moffat County been paying for television?

Regarding the "shutdown" of the equipment that provides television to those without cable, I don't understand how the county ever came to be responsible for paying for this service.

On the record

Plans to limit recreation at Browns Park withdrawn

Rafters, campers can continue to use wildlife refuge

The owners of River Runners Transport were glad to hear the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tabled a proposal to limit recreational uses at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. But they are worried about what will happen when the issue arises again in one or two years.

Dental van pulls out of Craig

Future of traveling clinic cloudy

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition found out Tuesday that one of the programs it relies on the most will not be funded after July 31. The Miles For Smiles Dental Van travels the Western Slope, providing dental care to low-income children in many rural areas.

Schools keep close eye on statehouse

Money, 'local control' are at stake

Moffat County School District officials are following the dollars when it comes to tracking bills through the state legislature. And that's a big job.

Monday, April 5

Craig students cited for underage drinking

Craig Police were dispatched to a high school dance Friday night on a report that a minor was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol. Before the night was over, five students were cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

High school students holding lip-sync contest

Close your eyes and visualize five high school girls dressed as boys mouthing the words to *NYSNC's "Girlfriend."

In good fiscal health

An audit of Moffat County's 2003 budget concluded that the Board of Commissioners finished 2003 better than they anticipated.

11 Bulldogs finish in top 10

Wolves raising concerns

Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton and Moffat County Land Use Board member Jean Stetson have applied to be on a wolf management planning committee.

County's jobless rate declines

Moffat County's unemployment rate inched down to 7.4 percent in February following January's nine-month high of 7.9 percent.

Luther L. Wilson


Craig Police

Sunday, April 4

Budget crunch

Extension office proposes 4-day work schedule

Moffat County Cooperative Extension agents have proposed adopting a four-day work schedule to better meet clients' needs. But that shakeup could be insignificant compared to some other changes that may be required to offset a decline in funding.

Decorating classes take the cake

Local instructor creates edible art

Cyndi Brown says she isn't handy with a paintbrush, doing needlework or playing a musical instrument. But the cake decorating instructor of eight years feels comfortable creating art of the edible kind.

Swimmers win 9 of 12 events, finish first

It's likely that Zach Vorhies and Robert McClellan didn't want to do much after the Moffat County High School swim meet but sleep or sit on the couch. The two swam the 500-meter freestyle, the longest race in high school swimming, and came right back in the next event, the 200 freestyle relay Saturday.

Students relieved to finish CSAP

The bell that dismissed Moffat County High School students Friday afternoon was a sweet sound for those students who spent hours taking tests. "There's such anticipation that the test is going to be over, then the week keeps going on," sophomore Ashley Stiner said.

Reeling them in

Teacher Kip Hafey uses fishing to hook students on entomology

As a science teacher, Kip Hafey helps students collect bugs, build sleds and train rats. But as Moffat County High School dean, he disciplines students when they get out of line.

Citizens' academy takes aim

Participants cap off 10-week police training with a little target practice

Cpl. Dusty Schulze explained the effects of stress on officers responding to dangerous situations and he showed citizens the numerous techniques police use to control and restrain suspects.

Bulldogs sweep weekend games

In the fifth, the Demons scored four runs -- two on a home run by Beau Chicione -- to make it 12-9. In the seventh, Boyd Milhorn ended Griffin's day with a one-out double. Moffat County's Jared Lowther came on in relief and surrendered a run but picked up the save with the final two outs.

Expo showcases businesses

Garry Melugin of AmeriGas in Craig knows it's more difficult to sell the latest propane-powered Mosquito Magnet to customers without a snappy demo-model. Local resident Pam Hurd says she needs to jumpstart her camping and cookware Internet business with a little public face time.

Friday, April 2

'Passion' stirs emotions

After John Graler took 12 members of his high school youth group to Steamboat Springs to see "The Passion of the Christ," the ride home was silent. A van full of quiet teenagers wasn't something the youth minister was used to, and it demonstrated the film's power. Graler is also the associate minister at First Christian Church, which has rented out the West Theater for two private showings of "The Passion."

Winning the waiting game

It was a pain that hurt so bad, it made him sick to his stomach. That's how Moffat County High School's Jody Moncrief describes what his arm felt like after it got stuck in the shirt of a wrestling partner, injuring his elbow. The accident came in the third day of practice last November. Yet the words from a doctor hours later may have hurt the senior more than any pain he had felt. "They said I would probably be out for three months," Moncrief said. "All I could think was I wanted to be back for baseball."

Plenty of action for Bulldogs

Moffat County High School Bulldog fans will not be without teams to cheer for this weekend. All but one spring sport is in action somewhere. Coming off a sweep of a doubleheader against Battle Mountain, the baseball team will host Glenwood at the Craig Middle School field today.

Recall petitons destroyed

Woman admits to burning two recall petitons

With a little more than two weeks remaining to collect signatures, the group circulating a petition to recall two Moffat County commissioners has been forced to contend with an unusual development.The Concerned Taxpayers of Moffat County filed a report with Craig police officers Friday complaining that two recall petitions had been destroyed.

Craig has variety of Easter traditions

Craig congregations will celebrate Easter this year with a 59-hour prayer vigil, "bridegroom services" recognizing Christ's passion and sunrise services recognizing his resurrection."Easter is the reason we have church on Sundays. The pillar of the Christian church is the resurrection," said Pastor Brian Haynes of the First Baptist Church.

YVEA helps charities with bill program

Yampa Valley Electric Association's customers have funded numerous local charities by simply rounding up to the next dollar on their electric bills. The money they generate is available for through an application process and the deadline is fast approaching.About 1,850 of YVEA's 23,000 customers give money to the Caring Consumers Foundation. They've raised $2,130 so far this year by rounding up on their bills.

Thursday, April 1

Chirs Currie: Stuck on an emotional roller coaster

I was under the impression that I wouldn't have to deal with raging hormonal changes until my girls hit their terrible teens. Evidently I was mistaken, because the level of emotional trauma in my house is enough to drive even male animals into hiding.

Rifle slips past Moffat County, 2-1

Overtime was just four minutes away.Moffat County is 1-0 in overtime. The Rifle Bears may or may not have known either of those factors, but when Brenda Cruz scored with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game, it wiped out their relevance.

From the press box

Recreational summers

If you've already had your daily dose of nostalgia, I would save this column for another day. It is soaked in "remember when." I had to write it. Looking through the Craig Parks and Recreation brochure reminded me of my days of parks and rec summer bliss.

Developmental disorders targeted

Experts agree that early detection of a medical problem is half the battle and increases the chances of finding a successful treatment. Educators have found the same is true of developmental disorders.

Businesses fail alcohol compliance checks

Six Craig businesses failed an alcohol compliance check conducted by Craig police, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.

DOW tells hunters to apply early

A last-minute rush by big game hunters could cause problems for the Colorado Division of Wildlife's online application service. The DOW is asking applicants who plan to use the Internet to apply early.

Bond doubled for Largent in hit and run

A judge in Fremont County doubled the bond for the man charged with the hit-and-run accident that fatally injured Craig teen Megan Terrill.

Crews gear up for road work

As winter gives way to spring, it brings the start of another season -- construction. Craig Road and Bridge Department crews are already out, getting a head start on a long list of projects that will last through the summer and into the fall.

Our View: Nursing home plan cause to celebrate

The closing of the former Valley View Manor nursing home was a painful example of how we often take things for granted until they're gone.Now a group of local investors has stepped forward with plans to resurrect an important quality-of-life amenity whose absence disrupted the lives of many families in Moffat County.

Rural residents lose TV service

Moffat County television viewers who don't have cable or satellite service found only static on their screens when they tried to tune in to Denver stations Thursday. "I'm a stay-at-home mom. I can't afford cable. This was my only connection to news and the outside world," said Tamera Floyd.