Stories for August 2004


Tuesday, August 31

Our view: Wanted: Heroes (Dalmatians optional)

The Craig Fire Department is getting older.

Focusing on staying out of the net

Mental game, new faces big part of MCHS varsity volleyball team

In her first year coaching Becky Howlett, a former high school and college All-American volleyball player, would join the team drills occasionally for fun. This year injuries have made it necessary for the coach to be a part of practice.

Police blotter for Sept. 1

Jail Report Monday, Aug. 30 • Michael Jay Calderon, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply from a Grand County warrant. Craig Police Monday, Aug. 30 • Officers responded to a trespassing party report at the middle school. • A female juvenile was reported as a possible child abuse victim. • Officers detained a suspect for a mental health hold. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, Aug. 30 • Deputies took a juvenile into protective custody.

Expert: Craig could land more business with airport buildup

If an airport development plan goes well, Craig just might be a skateboard-, bungee cord-, bicycle helmet-manufacturing Mecca, according to an airport consultant.

Community Foundation seeks Union Pacific property

Group wants blessing of public, Moffat County commissioners

The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado hoped to get the blessing of the Moffat County commissioners in its attempt to acquire the defunct Union Pacific Railroad depot.

Another prosecutor wanted

DA cites meth burden for rising caseload

Felony cases are reaching a record high in Moffat County, and the district attorney says she needs more manpower to handle the load.

Weather whips Wilderness Ranch

Possible tornado downs trees, damages cabins

John Collier saw three funnel clouds coming near him, hunkered down in the county welding truck he was driving, and waited until the high winds passed by.

Preschools to undergo evaluations

Assessment mandated by state Department of Education

Three Craig preschools will be evaluated in October to determine whether they offer the high-quality programs that studies show better prepare students for future learning.

Elisa Shackelton: Craig

To the Editor, I enthusiastically read Ada McArthur's recent letter to the editor ("Humans, walk your dogs, but be prepared to clean up after them," Aug. 31), and was glad that she took the time to raise this important issue. One part of the Craig/Estes Dog Walking Challenge, sponsored by Moffat County on The Move, that was not talked about in the recent CDP article was that our group indeed is planning to promote and educate the Craig community about cleaning up after its dogs. In fact, one of the first "prizes" is a "poop bag" carrying case that dog owners can attach to their waist each time they head out with their dog. Not only is picking up after your dog the responsible thing to do, it is also the law.

Maurice R. Gagnon: 1935-2004

Maurice "Frenchie" R. Gagnon, died Aug. 25, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., from injuries sustained in an auto accident on May 29, 2004. He was 69.

Datebook for Sept. 1

Today 8 a.m. Registration begins for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue through Sept. 17. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in spree bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Please call to volunteer to walk a dog for the disabled too. Call 824-9180.

News briefs for Sept. 1

Producers in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Mesa Eagle, Garfield, Grand Jackson, Pitkin, Routt and Summit counties could be eligible for emergency loans. These counties, based on damages and losses caused by drought were included in a disaster designation. The low interest loans are available to operators of family size farms/ranches who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Loans are based on physical and production losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan.1 and continuing. Producers must file an application for an emergency loan through the Farm Service Agency by April 18. Each application will be considered on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements. For more information, call Laurie Neilson, Farm Loan Manager, at (970) 242-9133, ext. 2, or the Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St. at 824-8314, ext. 2.

Monday, August 30

Ada McArthur: Craig

To the Editor: Regarding the dog-walking program, I fully agree pet owners should feed their pets properly and provide the exercise they need to stay healthy.

The Eisenhauer family, the Meckly family, the Clements family, the Checketts family, the Gilford family, the Cass family: Craig

To the Editor: Thanks to the people and friends of Ike Eisenhauer. Thanks to all the friends and business people who sent cards and flowers to the family. Also, we want to thank the sisters from the Kingdom Hall who made a delicious dinner for all.

Crystal D. Blankenship: 1979-2004

Crystal D. Blankenship, 24, of Rangely died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, in rural Rio Blanco County.

Viola May Grounds: 1907-2004

Viola May Grounds died Aug. 20, 2004, in Meeker, Colo. She was 97.

Police find meth, pipe on Craig man

Steamboat Springs -- A traffic stop Friday resulted in the arrest of 44-year-old Craig man for the possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Kris Bevel

Kris Bevel, a 2004 Moffat County High School graduate, has been accepted to the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver for the fall 2004-2005 semester.

Ethal M. Jordan

Recognizing 47 years of service to America, NOAA's National Weather Service has named Hamilton resident Ethal M. Jordan a 2004 recipient of the agency's John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program.

Model citizens

Parents can influence child's voting habits

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and unprotected sex.

Craig's summer was a dry one

In Craig this summer, rainfall was about 20 percent below average.

moffat county neighbor: Shirley Seely

Name: Shirley Seely Occupation: Craig city clerk and personnel director

Community First sold

Deal with BancWest could be final by October

A deal for an international banking corporation to acquire Community First National Bank could be finalized by the end of September.

News briefs for Aug. 31

Are you a farmer, rancher or producer of agricultural products? If so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages you to become a member of your own Farm Service Agency County Committee. The deadline to nominate candidates to your local Farm Service Agency County Committee is Friday. The USDA is looking for nominations from all producers -- community organizations can nominate candidates too. FSA County Committee allows you a voice in how the Agency's farm programs are administered in your community. County Committees play an important role in making decisions on commodity price support loans and payments; conservation and disaster programs; and other important agricultural issues. Nominations will be accepted until Friday and voting takes place between Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Learn more by visiting a USDA Service Center online at:, or call Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St., in Craig at 824-8314.

Police blotter for Aug. 31

Jail Report Friday, Aug. 27 • Melissa Ann Guevara, 36, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant. • Jesse Allen Dell, 19, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on previous charges.

George Lewis: Craig

To the Editor: Because I'm not a member of the Economic Development Partnership, I probably don't have a right to put in my two cents but I'm going to do so anyway. Historically, quite a number of the powers-to-be folks in this community have been against growth of this city. Even our Chamber of Commerce, of which I am a member, recently indicated they didn't like to see competition startup business that already exist in the community.

John Beckerman

Former Moffat County High School student John Beckerman recently accepted an Alumni Scholarship/Award to attend Fort Lewis College this fall.

Teach your children how to vote

During the past 10 weeks, I've asked a lot of people why voting is important to them. It took a long time before I turned the question on myself, looking for something different. Maybe even something deeper.

Datebook for Aug. 31

Today 7 p.m. Craig Youth Hockey will be having its annual fall membership meeting at the Craig Intermediate School cafeteria. Anyone with a skater in the association is encouraged to attend. The camp starting dates and fees will be discussed. Call Mike at 824-2046 or Mark 824-8211.

Sunday, August 29

Rolling in mud

'Dirty Pigs' take annual tournament

At least this year, Tonya Ferguson's ears weren't filled with dirt that wouldn't come out for three days, like last year, when she played mud volleyball for the Craig Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser.

Golfers tee off for city's tourney

Ivy, Utzinger take top prizes

Preston Ivy felt like he hit the ball well both days of the Yampa Valley Golf Course's City Championship. The difference between his first day's 77 and day two's 73 was the putting.

For the love of nature

Stoffles have spent 30 years spreading appreciation of outdoors

The bumper sticker on Ron Stoffle's truck reads, "The Second Amendment made all others possible."

Real estate transactions for July 2004

n Seller: Gladys O. Murphy Trust Buyer: Ray K. & Janet L. Pearcey

Women cater to women

Roberts, Zimmerman offer clothing, hair care

Names: Jackie Roberts & Karen Zimmerman Name of the business and its address: Under the Aspen Tree/Hair Loft, 13 W. Victory Way, Craig, 824-5702.

Craig teams walk the night away for cancer

The same full moon that shone on the Olympic games this weekend illuminated the Northwest Colorado night sky early Saturday morning as racers of a different sort challenged themselves to keep moving around a track at the Colorado Northwest Community College campus.

Datebook for Aug. 30

5:30 p.m. LIFE -- a weight-loss group at Sunset Meadows I. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken Fleming at 824-6806.

Book club turns page on 25 years

A lot of crazy plots and surprise endings can happen in a quarter of a century.

Friday, August 27

Truden is GOP nominee for district attorney

Colleen Truden won the Republican nomination for District Attorney for the ninth judicial district during the primary election beating the current Assistant D.A.Lawson Wills.

Lawnmowers, start your engines

Rangely celebrates Septemberfest during Labor Day weekend

Start your engines -- riding lawnmower engines, that is, -- and get ready and go to Rangely for the first-ever riding lawnmower race during the Septemberfest Celebration Labor Day weekend.

Education brief for Aug. 28

MCHS offers driver ed class beginning Monday There will be a driver education class offered at Moffat County High School beginning Monday. The student will have to be 15 years old by Nov. 1. Starting time of the class is 6 p.m., and the class will be meeting in Room 310. Call Moffat County High School at 824-7036 to sign up for the class or show up at the first class to register.

Paul E. Jones: Ridgeway, Ill.

To the Editor: I wish to thank the editor of this newspaper, who published a few months ago my request for responses from those veterans who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the years of the Great Depression (1930-'41). I had requested their nostalgic memories of their experiences during their enlistment -- the good, the bad and the ugly; where they worked; the tools they used; their lives under Army supervision; how their $1a day pay aided their families; also, how many millions of the boys took classes for a trade that furthered their career later in life; and finally how training under Army regulations primed them for quick promotions in their military service in World War II a few years later.

News briefs for Aug. 28

Tuesdays Ladies Night Out League is looking for women that would like to join the league. It offers a great way to meet new people and have a good time. Bowling starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Craig Lanes. For more information call 826-0357 or 824-3196.

County looking at grant spending

The Moffat County commissioners held an unannounced meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss potential problems with the administration of grants the county has received.

Dogs, walk your humans

Dog-walking program to help people, pets with obesity

Elisa Shackelton admits that her border collie Cassie is a little overweight, "and no, it's not because she has a lot of fur," she said.

From the Pressbox: Hunters, wildlife are safe from me

I have it out for all elk.


Jennifer Harris and Mark Torres were wed in a double ring ceremony August 21, 2004, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Elliman. About 100 guests attended. The bride's attendants were Melanie Sorenson, Dana Briggeman, Janae Baird, Jessica Harris and Nancy Gutierrez. The groom's attendants were Todd Torres, Vince Giambolto, and Manny Torres. The bride is a 1993 graduate of Moffat County High School, and holds a master's degree from UNC. She is employed as an audiologist by Denver Ear Associates and is the daughter of Roman and Vicki Gutierrez of Craig and Glenn and Joy Harris of Grain Valley, Missouri. The groom holds a degree from University of Florida. He is employed by PSS World Medical and is the son of Manuel and Barbara Torres of Greensboro, N.C. The couple makes their home in Littleton.

Danika Nicole Cordova

Jessica Murphy and Darrell Cordova of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Danika Nicole Cordova, at 11:36 p.m., July 9, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Sharon Southerland of Craig and Ted Southerland of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Gloria Cordova of Kremmling and Junior Cordova of Kremmling. The baby was welcomed home by her sibling, Alexis Murphy.

Logan Ryley Hughes

Jessica Hughes and Todd Hughes of Pueblo West announce the birth of their son, Logan Ryley Hughes, at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2004, at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Steve and Cassandra Mahnken of Grand Junction. Paternal grandparents are Jack and Vicki Hughes of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by his 2-year-old sister, Lauryn.

Meeker briefs for Aug. 28

Developing tourism, helping local business, visually improving Market and Main streets and building a walking/bike trail along the White River emerged as priorities among the nearly 20 people that attended the first comprehensive planning workshop Tuesday night in Meeker. There will be a series of meetings to help Meeker update its community plan for the future. Future meetings will address goals and objectives, character and physical environment, streets, sidewalks and paths and economic revitalization. The majority of the funding for this project came from a Smart Growth grant and the rest came from the town. This group was divided into three breakout groups to discuss their vision of Meeker in the future. According to Meeker Town Administrator Sharon Day, all three groups had very similar ideas. "It was amazing all the groups came up nearly the same vision for the future," Day said. The next meeting is on Mon. Sept.13 in conjunction with the planning meeting. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The topic is goals and objectives with the comprehensive plan consultant, Ed De Luca, moderating.

International flavor

Diversity makes soccer team stronger

Never mind that the numbers on the Moffat County High School boys soccer team are almost half and half with Hispanic and Caucasian players. The only color that separated them Friday was the blue and white jerseys that differentiated between varsity starters (white) and nonstarters (blue).

German student fulfills dream to see America

America isn't quite the same from a filmmaker's perspective as it is in real life, but after seeing it on the big screen and hearing about it from family members, Jana Schneider, 15, wanted to see the country for herself.

Our view: EDP needs to define its mission, establish priorities

Two things occurred this week that are almost emblematic of Craig's struggle to promote economic growth.

New principal feels right at home

Craig area isn't new to Don Davidson

At three inches shy of 7 feet tall, his is the newest face at Craig Intermediate School. And he's impossible to miss.

Star Student

Wednesday was the second time in less than a year that Moffat County High School freshman Alex Sonntag has been in the barber's chair to get nearly a foot cut off her hair.

Seminar: Children and meth don't mix

Children and methamphetamine don't mix. That's the message about 100 people heard Friday at a conference designed to educate the public on keeping youngsters safe from the effects of the drug's use and its manufacture.

Datebook for Aug. 28

Today A Relay for Life was held throughout the night at the Rangely campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College. Early morning activities at the campus include a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and closing ceremonies at 10 a.m.

Hayden weighs options

Forum on Thursday discussed plans for growth

Hayden residents want the town to plan now for moderate to fast growth.

Eye-popping entertainment

New gadgets enhance TV viewing experience

Each fall, DMA Electronics sees an upswing in DIRECTV subscriptions.

Thursday, August 26

Touch of spice: Someone is always missing someone

I'm too young to be facing empty-nest syndrome. At this stage in my life -- and my parenthood --I should be dreaming about the first day of school, sleepovers that aren't at my house, summer camp.

Mormons get permission to build steeple

To help distinguish its building, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints in Craig is planning to erect a steeple atop the roof.

Corral gets 8 years

Former fugitive caught in Texas last week

The second time is a charm for court officials in sentencing a Craig woman on drug charges.

Schools share goals at board meeting

Administrators across the Moffat County School District reported a good start to the 2004-05 school year.

News briefs for Aug. 27

The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for community representatives on its Editorial Board. The community representatives serve a four-month term starting Wednesday.

Police blotter for Aug. 27

Jail Report Wednesday, Aug. 25 • Timothy Wayne Smith, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of probation violation. • J. Daniel Peters, 33, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant. • Kim Mae Worley, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charges of domestic violence, third-degree assault, criminal attempt and harassment. • Thomas Gordon Doolin, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to appear. • Albert E. Pelletier, 40, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charges of unlawful distribution, manufacture, dispensing, sale and possession, second-degree introducing contraband, probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a controlled substance. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Aug. 25 • Deputies arrested a suspect on an outstanding warrant.

Emergency coordinator Anderson resigns

Emergency Management Coordinator Clyde Anderson turned in a letter of resignation Thursday, said Lynette Running, Moffat County's director of human resources.

Best feet forward

Experienced girls team ready for return to the top

There haven't been any dejvu moments for Moffat County High School girls cross country coach Dustin Ence yet, but he won't be surprised if he asks himself, "Haven't I seen this before?" during the season.

Doing the dirty work

Preparing for Saturday's Mud Madness

Kathy Oberwitte of Craig spent Thursday making a mud pit in Loudy-Simpson Park. She plans to spend today making another one.

Datebook for Aug. 27

Today Noon Deadline to enter the Craig City Golf Tournament to be held at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2170 Highway 394, in Craig. The entry fee is $36 a person. The tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday. A barbecue for participants will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 824-3673.

C. Coty: Craig

To the Editor: I think the people of Craig owe the fire department a big "thank you" for its dedication to our community and a huge apology. Two years ago, the Craig Fire Department asked us for a mill levy increase and the people of Craig slapped them in the face. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our homes, our businesses, and help our family members when they are in need. The firefighters sacrifice time with their family and friends to do endless hours of training so they are prepared to help us in any situation. And, yet, when they asked us to help them -- we said "no!"

County asking schools for funds

A partnership between the school district and Moffat County has the potential to generate additional revenue for both entities, but only if district officials get on board, Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steel said.

Payless taking a hike

The Craig store that promised customers a selection of shoes at low prices is leaving town.

Our view Watch for illegal outfitters

Archery season for elk and deer begins this weekend on the Western Slope.

Wednesday, August 25

Coal miner to test 'Idol'

Trini Loya often sings while working underground in the coal mine.

Police blotter for Aug. 26

Craig Police Tuesday, Aug. 24 • Officers arrested a suspect for possession of Schedule II drug and unlawful use of a controlled substance. • A lost cell phone was reported. • Officers investigated a reported embezzlement of funds from a business by an employee. • Criminal mischief to a vehicle was reported. • Trespass was reported and officers issued notice.

Allan Reishus: Craig

To the Editor: It was encouraging to read recently that the mayor and City Council are looking into a recycling program for Craig. I heartily endorse this idea. It'd be great for all of us to get into the habit of reducing waste. And certainly a good program would reduce landfill needs in the future.

School enrollment policy to be reviewed

All students entering the Moffat County School District will have to bring their birth certificate when they enroll if the Board of Education passes a resolution changing enrollment requirements today.

Hearing delayed for man charged in police standoff

A preliminary hearing was postponed Tuesday for a Craig man charged with holding off police with a "dangerous weapon" in a 12-hour standoff late last month.

Hospital mulls college site

Hospital board members said during their meeting Wednesday night that they will seek further input from the community for the location of a partial replacement hospital because a reworked proposal for property owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College might again be on the table.

Judge dismisses county commissioner's lawsuit

Raftopoulos says her legal claim achieved goal of ending alleged harassment

A lawsuit that Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos filed against two vocal local government critics has ended ---- for now.

Resident a country girl at heart

Sandy Camilletti wasn't born in Craig, but she might as well have been because, "I've lived here forever," said the co-owner at Mountain West Insurance & Financial. Camilletti shares a long history in town and loves it because her family also lives here. Camilletti, who formerly worked for a doctor's office in town, is excited to become certified to sell health insurance.

Little Britches Rodeo results

Maybell Little Britches Rodeo results (top five finishes for local competitiors)

Racer jumping into a new season

It's at least a month until the first significant snow, and Tanner Hankins is anxiously waiting.

News briefs for Aug. 26

The Colorado State Cooperative Extension Office and Moffat County on the Move will host a free six-week class designed to provide parents and parents-to-be with quality information on caring for themselves, their infants and young children. The class will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 539 Barclay St. fromSept. 8 to Oct 13. Subjects to be covered in class include: nutrition through life stages, immunizations and family planning, parenting skill, finding quality daycare, the Colorado Preschool Program and public services for limited-income families. For more information or to enroll, call 826-3402. Leave your name, the name, the name of the class and a phone number. Child care can be provided if requested.

Addressing teen pregnancy

Speaker says teach abstinence, family planning

Community members should agree on teaching both abstinence and family planning methods if the goal is to reduce teen pregnancy rates, said a guest speaker Wednesday for the Visiting Nurse Association.

EDP works to define its role

Members of the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership decided Wednesday night that the EDP should take a proactive, leadership role in the community.

Datebook for Aug. 26

Today The city of Craig's paving schedule includes closing Clay Street and Greean Street from Industrial Avenue to Victory Way from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24

Suspects in meth stings bound over for trial

Two people who were charged in separate drug stings carried out by Craig Police Department officials last month had their cases bound over to District Court during preliminary hearings Tuesday.

CNCC boosts fall numbers

More students than ever are attending the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College according to enrollment figures.

County keeps fighting abatement of Salt River

Moffat County lost the latest round in its battle with a local power plant about declining assessed value, but the commissioners plan to continue the fight.

County OKs raises

Employees' pay will increase at least 1.5 percent

After months of discussion, the Moffat County Commissioners approved a pay raise for county employees Tuesday.

Datebook for Aug. 25

Today The city of Craig's paving schedule includes closing Commerce Street from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Supporting business

Council proposes new landscape rules

In an attempt to encourage economic development, the Craig City Council is looking at its parking and landscaping requirements for residences and businesses.

Grant pays for building

County clears debt on Sunset Meadows I

The Moffat County commissoners thought they were getting a grant to buy carpet.

City Council clarifies water ordinance

City engineer will evaluate service lines 200 feet or longer

The Craig City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that clears up the question of who's responsible for the quality of city water.

Mrs. Sherrie Johnson: Maybell

To the Editor: Thank you so much for everyone's outpouring of support, cards, calls, prayers, donations, food and good wishes that we have received since Bruce's accident.

Our view: Teach your children well

As Moffat County children head back to school, the biggest test they face may not be in the classroom, but on the journey to and from school.

Police blotter for Aug. 25

Craig Police Monday, Aug. 23 • Officers assisted in search warrant execution. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, Aug. 23 • Deputies contacted a woman in reference to a harassment report.

News briefs for Aug. 25

An award-winning group of comedian actors, Rattlebrain Theater, will present its special style of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. on Sept.14 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, 2300 Mount Warner Circle, in the Priest Creek ballroom.

Interchangeable parts

Boys cross country team has many potential leaders

Five minutes into the workout Tuesday, a freshman and two sophomores led the Moffat County High School boys cross country team. In another workout it was a senior, a junior and a freshman. According to coach Dustin Ence, don't expect the rotation of leaders to change during the season.

Consumer loyalty hard to earn, study suggests

Craig businesses need to get consistent, visible and innovative.

City, county mull proposal for tax district

Merging city and county recreation departments would free up more than $1.5 million that could be used for other government services, but whether voters would support an additional tax for the same amenity remains a question.

Monday, August 23

Moffat County Neighbor: Irene Visintainer

Name: Irene Visintainer Occupation: Cook and baker for the Golden Cavvy and the Tin Cup Grill.

Trip south doesn't drop golf scores

A trip south didn't help scores of the Moffat County High School boys golf go the same way.

Hayden Speedway results

Sport Stock -- Heat 1st Jim Wilson 2nd Tank Hammond 3rd Josh Anderson

First day goes smoothly in Craig schools

Moffat County High School juniors Kaddie Williams and Timberly Evans didn't have the most auspicious beginning to their school year Monday.

Disabled voters face hurdles

Carl Balleck votes in nearly every election, but it's been 10 years since he marked a ballot.

Eager for Election Day

I think I was 12 when we studied the democratic process in our eighth grade social studies class. We learned about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our government. We learned about the Electoral College; and we learned about voting. In those days it was harder to get to vote. There were residency requirements, and a voter had to be 21 and, in Cincinnati, have registered at least six months prior to the election.

Road crews say they're harassed

Construction manager says some drivers ignoring 'road closed' signs

Two or three times this month, Randy Call, Craig Road and Bridge director, has called the police to report motorists speeding around road closed signs into construction sites.

City slated for water discussion

Tonight is the public's last opportunity to comment on an ordinance that, as written, makes every Craig water customer responsible for the quality of his or her water.

Kylie Josephine Plate

Julie and Kris Plate of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kylie Josephine Plate, on June 29, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Jane Paulson of Craig, Jerry Paulson of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Kathie and Ken Johnson of Craig and the late Robert Plate of Gilberts, Ill.

Pat and Doug Deyo, Kellan and Lindsay Deyo, Steve and Mary Lynn Deyo and Jason: Craig

To the Editor: We wish to thank all our dear friends for all the love and support we received upon the loss of Mike Deyo, our son, father and brother. You have touched our hearts.

Mark Lapinskas: Baggs, Wyo.

To the Editor: My name is Mark Lapinskas and I started as police chief with the Baggs, Wyo., Police Department in February. I have worked in law enforcement in Alaska and Kansas since 1991.

Jayson R. Arnold

Jayson R. Arnold has has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army. Arnold is an electronic intelligence analyst assigned to the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Buckley Air Force Base in Denver.

Jeffrey D. Braselton

Jeffrey D. Braselton has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. The sergeant, an F-16 avionic systems journeyman with three years of military service, is assigned at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix. He is the son of Gary and Pamela Braselton of Craig. Braselton is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School.

Kenlie Rae Jewell

Deidre Jewell and Heath Jewell of Fruita announce the birth of their daughter, Kenlie Rae Jewell, Aug. 5, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Jaime Pearce of Craig and Judy and Billy Bingham of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Gary and Dana Jewell of Pima, Ariz.

Rainer and Sandy Beran: Craig

To the Editor: We want to take this opportunity to thank the Boys and Girls Club for the great job they did this summer.

Datebook for Aug. 24

Today 5:30 p.m. The American Legion's first All-You-Can-Eat Chili Supper will be at the First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Cost is $3.50 a person, children younger than 12 are half price. Supper includes, chili, corn bread, desserts and drinks. Everyone is invited. Call 824-3085.

News briefs for Aug. 24

The Moffat County Republican Women will host a women's empowerment seminar with prominent corporate woman, Dr. Celeste Colgan, Ph.D. who will speak on her philosophy and information about women and the economy, specifically the wage gaps that women experience as working professionals, even in the current century. The seminar will be held Sept. 9 at the Craig Holiday Inn beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Seating is limited. Reserved seating is available. Call 824-6222.

Customers count

Consultant stresses importance of good service

When Americans shop, their choices are driven by one factor: customer service.

Sunday, August 22

Rangely woman killed in rollover on Highway 64

A 24-year-old Rangely woman was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident about 27 miles west of Meeker on Colorado Highway 64.

Kids 'tough' at Little Britches rodeo

This weekend's Little Britches Rodeo hit a sentimental note with organizer Cindy Simpson.

Datebook for Aug. 23

The City of Craig's paving schedule includes work and closure on Mack Lane west to Highway 13 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anderson takes race in Hayden

HAYDEN -- Queen's "We are the Champions" should have been the post-race music for the Hayden Speedway track champions, but sport stock racer Josh Anderson was more in the mood to sing, "Why is everybody always picking on me?"

Shooters travel back in time

'We were all born way too late,' Dianna Ballinger says

Going back in time would be a1l right with the marksmen who gathered at the Bears Ears sportsman club Saturday.

Public can help solve poaching cases

Just last week, Eric Harper, assistant chief of law enforcement with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, heard of a poaching incident near Castle Rock.

Locals love their track

Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club always puts on quality races

Kelly Davis knew he was being challenged by a racer behind him, he just didn't know how close he was. That was until the front fender of the trailing rider came right by his head.

Wrong turns don't deter triathlon's individual winner

Extra mileage on the bike and running routes couldn't keep Jon Freckleton from taking the individual title in the Trapper Fitness Center "Just for the Health of it" triathlon.

Briefs for Aug.23

Dinosaur National Monument will conduct a prescribed burn beginning today in Pearl Park.

Saturday, August 21

For former rancher, memories live on

It was on Christmas day in 1941 when Lewis Livingston heard the call over the radio for soldiers to fight in what would become World War II. Thinking he probably would get drafted sooner or later, Livingston made up his mind that day to serve in the war that would take him thousands of miles from his home -- which currently was inside the belly of a sheep wagon in rural Moffat County.

Friday, August 20

Sara Jo Madison Smith

Jessica Smith and Ben Smith of Mt. View, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Jo Madison Smith, at 7:15 p.m., July 26, 2004, at South Lincoln Center, in Kremmerer, Wyo.

Dakota Eugene Kemry

Katlyn Grace Kemry and Daniel Lewis Kemry of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Dakota Eugene Kemry, at 10:15 p.m., Aug. 11, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Meet the new teachers

Editor's note: Students won't be the only ones finding their way through Moffat County schools on Monday morning. Fifteen teachers also will make their debuts. The Craig Daily Press asked each a series of questions about their experiences and expectations. What follows are their responses.

Charles 'Ike' Eisenhauer: 1921-2004

Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer of Craig, owner and operator of Ike and Son Transmission, died Aug. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 82.

John Rodney Barney: 1908--2004

John Rodney Barney, 95, of Meeker, passed away Aug. 14, 2004, at Pioneers Hospital with his wife and family at his side.

Senior menu for week of Aug. 23

Moffat County Seniors Hot Lunch Program Open to all Craig seniors 62 and older. The cost is $2.25 at the dining room in Sunset Meadows I or $2.50 if delivered. Call 824-3911 before 9 a.m. to register.

Police blotter for Aug. 21

Jail Report Thursday, Aug. 19 • Bryan Andrew Chapman, 23, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. • Charlotte Corral, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Sue Rae Anderson-Sisson, 31, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant. • Stefene Lyn Peck Hendrickson, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

News briefs for Aug. 21

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting speaker Isabelle Sawhill of the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution at its annual meeting Wednesday.

Datebook for Aug. 21

Today 7 a.m. Yampa Valley Sports Rider Association hosts the RMXA District 25 Motocross Summer Series races at the top of Thompson Hill (past the landfill). The races begin at 8 a.m. The Lions Club will host concessions. The cost is $10 for those 12 and older, $5 for children 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger. Call 824-2428.

CNCC boards wary of Mesa State agenda

Bob Rizzuto, the new chief administrative officer of Colorado Northwestern Community College, got his first taste of how passionate members of the two governing boards really are about CNCC at his first official meeting Tuesday in Rangely.

ILC spearheading study of housing needs

Short-occupancy shelter is one possible outcome

The number of housing vouchers available to Craig residents was cut recently, bumping many of those in need to a waiting list.

Managing for the future

Pros and cons of hiring

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos can recall a couple of occasions when a county manager would have helped the commissioners.

From the Pressbox: Dear media: Enough about hoops

Dear American media: OK, so the USA men's basketball team is terrible. We all know by now. Please get over it.

Our view: No more secret policy meetings

Judging from the lack of response to the Craig City Council's latest adjustment of its water regulations, we're curious if residents understand the implications.

Fresh starts

Freshmen take on first week of high school practice

It wasn't the most beautiful melody in the world, but it was music to the ears of the upperclassmen on the Moffat County High School football team.

Police intern leaves good impression

Villard wants to return to Craig to start career in law enforcement

Sean Villard has aspirations to one day become the Moffat County sheriff and follow in the footsteps of his uncle, longtime Sheriff Jeff Corriveau. To get to that point, Villard is taking it a day at time, or rather, a summer at a time. The 19-year-old Craig Police Department intern wrapped up his last day Friday of a three-month job with the force.


Alicia Bower and Jeremiah Noland announce their tropical wedding on Sept. 4, 2004. The location has been moved to the Luttrell barn -- same time.

Patrick T. Hering

Civilian Patrick T. Hering, son of Tracey H. Lathrop of Craig and William W. Hering of Craig, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District in Denver. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Hering will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. Hering is completing his senior year at Moffat County High School.

Cruising for kicks

Teens say it's an essential social outlet

It's 10:21 p.m. on Thursday night as Kirt Whitney pushes on the gas pedal, activating the turbo boost in his 2004 Dodge sports car that makes the lights that line Victory Way look like they smear together. In the dark, on almost any night of the week, teenagers such as 19-year-old Whitney, cruise Craig's main drag for the thrill of driving and often in the hopes of stopping to socialize.


Lori Kessler of Rifle and Brad Southwick of Craig were married July 31, 2004, in Provo, Utah. Kessler is the daughter of Steven and Vicki Kessler of Rifle. Southwick is a Moffat County High School graduate and is a Navy Seal in the U.S. Navy. He is the son of Rodney and Penny Southwick of Craig. The couple plans to reside in San Diego, Calif., where Southwick is stationed.

Operators fighting for lodge

Trapper's Lake Lodge workers aim to overturn decision to revoke permit

Trapper's Lake Lodge is for sale, but that hasn't stopped the lodge's operators from continuing their appeal of a U.S. Forest Service decision to revoke their permit.

School supply lists for Meeker students

Even though the nights are getting cooler, and speculation of an early winter is becoming part of local talk, it's still hard to believe that school will start Monday.The following is a list of the suggested general supplies for Meeker students.

Kendra Shae Kopsa

Anessa Kopsa and Kent Kopsa announce the birth of their daughter, Kendra Shae Kopsa, at 9:57 p.m., July 14, 2004.

Matthew James Baumgardner

Lori A. Baumgardner and Randy Baumgardner announce the birth of their son, Matthew James Baumgardner, at 3:56 a.m., Aug. 10, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Thursday, August 19

Drug offender's home to be auctioned; attorney seeks lien

Chris Brown fled Craig in May to escape what he termed "a travesty" of justice after he was convicted of cultivating marijuana and possessing methamphetamine.

Fire district to seek tax increase

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District plans to ask voters this November for a $150,000-a-year budget boost.

Young Life camp helps teens know themselves

It was perhaps the sixth time the camper had been presented the Gospel through an organized Young Life function when the message finally clicked for him.

Donna J. Watkins: Director, Moffat County Libraries, Craig branch

To the Editor: The Moffat County Libraries, Craig branch, would like to thank the following businesses for their contribution of prizes and incentives for the 2004 Summer Reading Program as well as the Literacy Festival held at the Craig library on Aug. 5: McDonald's Hamburgers, Taco Bell, Domino's Pizza, City of Craig Parks and Recreation, Little Bear Valley Miniature Golf, Safeway, Holiday Inn, Kmart, Spirit Pass, Beef and Peppers Restaurant, VFW Post 4265 and Wendy's.

Sharon L. Skwarek: Craig

To the Editor: I am writing to express my appreciation for the Moffat County Fair Board's support of the "Survivor Olympics" at the Moffat County Fair. This was a well-organized and enjoyable event -- not only for the many participants, but also for the spectators. Our county fair needs venues such as this to encourage higher attendance and participation. A good time was truly had by all! Many thanks.

Sport stock class close

Speedway finale is Saturday

The sport stock class has been the closest and most hotly contested class this summer at the Hayden Speedway. Saturday at the Harvest Cup the outcome will be determined.

Allie Hope: Craig

To the Editor: I'm really curious about something. I don't get around much any more and I quit listening to gossip years ago, so I'd like to know who the people are that for three or four years have been determined to stick the new hospital out of town. It would be so unhandy and inconvenient for the patients, the visitors, emergencies, doctors, clinics, staff, deliveries, VNA -- everything -- and I'd like to know what these determined people plan to gain, profit and benefit for themselves from such a move?

Police blotter for Aug. 20

Police Report Wednesday, Aug. 18 • Officers responded to a trespass report and arrested a suspect on an outstanding warrant.

Looking for a few good firefighters

Craig Fire Department seeking applicants

It's a job that requires strict time commitments and poses an element of danger. But the pledge to keep the public safe in the event of an emergency also comes with its share of pride -- a selling point that officials at the Craig Fire Department hope will help lure potential firefighters to the force.

Our view: Will the nominee please stand up?

For several weeks we've stressed the importance of voting and how every voter's ballot can make a difference.

News briefs for Aug. 20

The Down Valley Pony Club will be conducting entry level riding lessons, sponsored by the city of Hayden, at the Hayden Fairgrounds every Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 11. The fee of $20 will include pony, saddle, helmet and lesson. Immediately following the lesson, the Down Valley Pony Club will hold its regular meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Becky Thayer, 824-0311 or visit the Web site at

Datebook for Aug. 20

Today Registrations are due today for the Mud Splash (mud volleyball), which will be held at Loudy-Simpson Park on Aug. 28. The Mud Splash is a double elimination tournament bracket. The cost is $150 per team. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. This event is a fund-raiser for the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Call 824-5689.

Business profile: Darcy Walker

Name: Darcey Walker Occupation: Owner/Operator

Craig group explores Habitat

A small cohort of volunteers is convinced Moffat County needs additional low-income housing opportunities, but it still is investigating whether a Habitat for Humanity chapter is a viable solution.

Nonresidents are masters of the hunt

If hunting were a competition between two teams, out-of-state hunters would have soundly defeated Northwest Colorado hunters last year.

Wednesday, August 18

Scores drop for golfers

Erik Griffin continues to lead the Moffat County High School golf team. The good news for the Bulldogs is that the team is starting to follow.

It doesn't happen by magic

Alfonso Cobhlos awoke near dawn to drive to the Moffat County Fairgrounds with the Carson & Barnes Circus.

Cyclists battle weather, tired legs

Riders make seven-mile trek up Buffalo Pass Road in Town Challenge Series race

Cold. Windy. And raining.

City gets $400,000 grant for armory

A grant application that city officials judged as the weakest they'd ever submitted was good enough to get them $400,000 in Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds.

Suspect out on bail again after bond increased

For the second time since he turned himself in March 10, the man accused of fatally injuring Craig resident Megan Terrill in a hit-and-run accident was led from court into custody.

Help is on the way

New 211 directory will debut Sept. 1

As Hurricane Charley ripped through Tampa, Fla. Recently, about 500 residents an hour called a free and confidential line seeking resources to help rebuild their dreams.

Datebook for Aug. 19

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour is at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Another story hour will be held at 11 a.m. The activity will be creating rainbow fish. Call 824-5116.

ESPN2 to feature Craig

Mike Garner came to Craig to film an elk hunting program for ESPN 2.

Greyhound gone

Alpine Taxi may fill void

Wednesday afternoon Harold Ratzlaff took the Greyhound sign off the small bus depot on Russell Street, where he worked for 25 years.

News briefs for Aug. 19

Back-to-School Night is scheduled at the Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today. Middle school students can pick up their schedules, meet briefly with their teaching teams, get their lockers and combinations, pick up their Bulldog agendas and see their friends. Parents can get the 2004 Colorado Student Assessment Program test results, update parent contact information, meet staff and tour the school. Call 824-3289.

Pogline pleads guilty

Probation not an option

A Craig man with a long list of felony charges struck a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday in Moffat County District Court.

Monday, August 16

Suspected car thief arrested

A man allegedly twice stole cars from a grocery store parking lot in Craig but only was able to get away with one vehicle, said Capt. Jerry DeLong of the Craig Police Department.

Datebook for Aug. 18

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be closed until 1 p.m.

News briefs for Aug. 18

The American Legion is hosting the first chili supper Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. The cost is $3.50 a person, and children younger than 12 are half price. Supper includes all-you-can-eat chili, corn bread, desserts and a drink. Everyone is invited. This fund-raiser will be for the American Legion general fund. For more information call 824-3085 after 5 p.m.

PETA targets circus in Craig

The national animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been dogging Carson & Barnes Circus as they tour the country.

Police blotter for Aug. 18

Craig Police Sunday, Aug. 15 • A report was taken regarding a 22-year-old woman who said that a Hispanic man held a knife to her while they were in a vehicle. • A report was taken regarding items missing from an apartment. • A report was taken regarding damage to a vehicle at a parking lot in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue. • Police arrested a 37-year-old male suspect on domestic violence charges. • Police arrested a suspect on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Colbert Levy: Daily Press summer intern

To the Editor: I remember my first impression of Craig when I came here 2 1/2 months ago: the antelope. You would think I was 6, not 21, considering my excitement that there were wild antelopes grazing 50 feet from my front door.

Craig riders compete in Leadville 100

There's no shame in walking your bike uphill at the turnaround of the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race.

Police blotter for Aug. 17

Jail Report Sunday, Aug. 15 • Christopher James Andrews, 22, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol. • Michael Pauley, 37, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of menacing assault with a gun, prohibited use of weapon, domestic violence, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal attempt and child abuse.

Primary turnout improves

61 percent of county Republicans cast ballots

In a state where most counties reported declining voter turnout, Moffat County residents were the overachievers.

Don't forfeit your right to complain

I am a firm believer in our rights. I am old enough to be able to look back into the past and determine that we have already lost some of our rights, even during my lifetime. I do not always agree with these losses. However, losing these rights because times have changed, or through carefully thought-out legislative action which changes existing laws, or through common-sense modifications are easier for me to accept than not being able to have any choice in a matter.

County receives $180,000 grant

Commissioners will use money to develop wildfire plan

Moffat County received a $180,000 grant Friday for fire mitigation planning.

Downtown group hires consultant

What downtown business owners are doing to ensure Craig's downtown maintains its historic connections and remains attractive and inviting would score high points on Brad Segal's list of what it takes to compete in tough economic times.

Environmentalist group protesting 23 BLM leases

Center seeks to protect prairie dogs, sage grouse

In an effort to protect the white-tailed prairie dog and greater sage grouse, a Denver environmental group has protested 23 recently auctioned Bureau of Land Management lease parcels in the Little Snake Resource Area.

Date book for Aug. 17

Wednesday, Aug. 18 The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be closed until 1 p.m. today.

Working for release from addiction

Like many Craig residents, Dean Harrison wakes up at about 6 a.m. to go to work at his business.

Craig fugitive found in Texas

Woman who fled county court held after return from Mexico

A Craig woman who fled during her sentencing hearing at the Moffat County Courthouse in late June was taken into custody in El Paso, Texas, late last week, a police official there said.

Tampa resident wins trip to Craig

Tampa, Fla., resident Judy Barroso could be visiting Moffat County soon, and if she makes it, she'll have an experience she'll not soon forget.

Jill I. Grimes: Craig

To the Editor: I would like to encourage the residents of Craig and Moffat County to apply for the openings on the Craig Daily Press' Editorial Board. Having spent several months on the board, I can vouch that it is extremely fulfilling and entertaining. First of all, Andy Smith, Samantha Johnston and Christina Currie's open-mindedness, knowledge,and good humor set the tone for a wonderfully cooperative atmosphere. Above all, they listen to all ideas attentively.

Aden Curtis Woog

Kimberly Woog and Erik Woog of Kremmling, announce the birth of their son, Aden Curtis Woog, at 10:56 p.m., Aug. 6, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Library board agrees on study

Member calls move 'necessary evil'

When the hiring of a consultant to study employee turnover at the Craig-Moffat County Library came up for discussion at Monday's library board of trustees meeting, the library director was the first to comment.

Ian Walter McCollom

Loni McCollom and Patrick McCollom of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Ian Walter McCollom, at 8:26 a.m., Aug. 4, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Mineral money

County does all the work while schools reap most of the benefits

A few of Moffat County employees contribute work to every mineral lease the county negotiates, only to give away more than half the mineral revenue when the deal is done.

Board agrees to evaluation of library director

Working to settle a controversy surrounding library director evaluations, the Craig-Moffat County Library Board of Trustees on Monday approved a process to evaluate the library director.

News briefs for Aug. 17

The Under 18 girls soccer team will begin fall league practices at 5 p.m. today. Practices will be held at Woodbury Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7p.m. Contact Coach Lori Smith if you are interested in participating.

Michael Martin Deyo: 1958-2004

Michael Martin Deyo of Oak Creek, died Aug. 6, 2004, near Maybell, Colo. He was 45.

Education briefs for Aug. 18

A get-acquainted picnic for incoming fifth-graders will be held at the Craig Intermediate School, 201 E. Ninth St., at 11 a.m. The fifth-graders can find out who their teachers will be, tour the school and participate in activities and a school scavenger hunt. The sixth-grade friendly helpers will be on hand to help the new students find their way. Call Tom Nagoda at 824-3287.

Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer: 1921-2004

Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer of Craig, owner and operator of Ike and Son Transmission, died Aug. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 82.

Back to school

'Good attitude' most important accessory

Amber Flannery already has spent time in Denver selecting new school clothes and buying supplies.

Our view: Disappointed with Junior Livestock Sale

There are plenty of great things to say about the 2004 Moffat County Fair.

Sunday, August 15

Animals draw top dollar at sale

She might be small of stature, but Gabriella Brown isn't short on confidence. Friday morning, as she was getting dressed and preparing to show her steer, a Maine Angus cross named Moon, the 10-year-old Maybell resident told her mother, Sheli Steele, "This is the face of a grand champion."

Turtle races draw crowd, raise funds

Scrutinizing gazes and hefty wagers followed a number of temporarily glorified reptiles around the ring Saturday during the annual turtle races at the Moffat County Fair.

Visitors, newcomers enjoy fair

Frank Bennett was traveling from Kansas City to Montana on a fly fishing trip when he saw the bill board advertising the Moffat County Fair.

Datebook for Aug. 16, 2004

Deadline to register for the final Blazing Saddles day trip of the summer, which will be held Wednesday. The horse rides are sponsored by the Craig Parks and Recreation Department and Elk Horn Outfitters. No previous riding experience is necessary. Call 826-2029.

Briefs for Aug. 16, 2004

There will be a meeting for the parents of all high school athletes at 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium.

Fager's small-town roots don't slow her big dreams

Tami Fager is the only female manager in her company, a published author, an entrepreneur, and will soon earn a master's degree.

Demolition Derby proves to be smashing entertainment

The lure of legally smashing up a car and possibly getting paid for it, was too much for Doug Wagoner to resist. The Craig man and a group of his buddies wasted little time picking out a car and getting it smash-ready for Saturday's demolition derby at the Moffat County fair.

Friday, August 13

Fawn Pogline: Craig

To the Editor: I am writing about a letter I read a couple of weeks ago titled, "Americans are innocent until proven guilty." Too much emphasis is on those who are incarcerated for possible crimes, when their pasts show they are offenders of many different crimes.

Van Austin: Craig

To the Editor: I don't know how dumb our Moffat County commissioners think we are, but I am writing to let them know that their attempt to bring our library director under fire for personnel issues while trying to take control of the library budget makes their agenda more than apparent.

News briefs for Aug. 14

An Oak Creek woman, who was seriously injured in a car accident Aug. 7, remains in the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Marcia Gregory, 26, was ejected from the sport utility vehicle driven by her husband, Jody, when it collided head-on with a tanker truck about 5 miles west of Maybell. Marcia Gregory was reported in serious condition when she was transported by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital and immediately flown by Flight for Life to the Grand Junction hospital. Brock Gregory, the couple's 21-month-old son, died in the accident.

Datebook for Aug. 14

Today Free day at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., in Craig. The Blast from the Past Exhibit 1964 will be featured. Call 824-6360.

Clucking good time at the fair

Australorp, Buttercup, Crebalaya and Bantam are some exotic names for a common barnyard animal: the chicken.

More nursing home employees needed

Doctor Joel Miller has signed on with Sand Rock Ridge Care and Rehab, which is an essential step toward re-opening a nursing home in Craig, Administrator Mitch Friedman said.

Our view: Craig recycling great idea

Steamboat does it. So do Hayden and Meeker.

Pool revenues short

Residents have one more week to take advantage of the city pool. It closes Aug. 22 to public swimming.

Carson & Barnes Circus comes to town

The last time the Carson & Barnes Circus performed in Craig, their vehicles got stuck in the mud at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Putting out the flame

Craig fire chief retires

Roy Mason can remember a string of missed birthday parties, wasted Christmas days and forgone Thanksgiving dinners-- an inopportune part of the job that comes with being on call for emergencies for the past 21 years.

Parsons ready to serve county

Ken Parsons plans to spend the next few months becoming educated on county business.

Help me save my friend, Craig softball

If you've ever appreciated a story I've written, a picture I've taken or heck, even felt a sense of satisfaction because you found an error in one of my stories, you owe the Craig Softball Association a debt of gratitude.

JABT wins softball title

Win over AmeriGas gives JABT second consecutive crown

AmeriGas ran out of, well, gas.

State ends Medicaid program

A state agency removed a program from its books Friday that provides low-income women with Medicaid for prenatal care.

Dreading the dentist

Waiting 'til it hurts fuels a vicious cycle

"I'm not afraid of the dentist," Craig resident Sharon Mathers said. "I'm petrified."

Getting ready

Teachers, students busy preparing for classroom time

Britni Harrington's nervous about starting school this year, but she's excited, too.

Steering clear: 4-H members show cattle

Friday was the day for 4-Hers showing market beef to shine among their peers. Both master (showmanship) and animal (meat quality) were judged.

Thursday, August 12

Moffat County Neighbor: Brian Haynes

Name: Brian Haynes Occupation: Pastor at First Baptist Church

Outreach inspires women's conference

Almost every church in Craig is represented at meeting

Women in Craig have an opportunity for inspiration and encouragement thanks to three dedicated local women.

Rocky Innes: Craig

To the Editor: In 1993, I had brain surgery at the University Hospital in Denver, followed by two months of radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Jammie Beall and family: Henderson, Texas

To the Editor: Early Saturday morning, my mom called me to tell me the bad news: Mike Deyo was killed in a horrible car accident. My heart just broke.

Our view: Hospital plan is positive development

It's official. Moffat County will get a new hospital, and voters won't have to decide on the location.

News briefs for Aug. 13

There will be a meeting for the parents of all high school athletes at 7 p.m. on Monday in the high school auditorium. This meeting will cover the rules and policies of Colorado High School Activities Association and the athletic department along with giving parents a chance to pay athletic fees and complete required forms. School insurance forms will also be available at this time. Reminder: students will not be permitted to participate in any sport without a current physical, proof of insurance, emergency consent, notice to athletes and payment of fee. All parents of 2004-05 athletes are strongly encouraged to attend. Call the athletic office at 824-7036 if there are any questions.

Police blotter for Aug. 13

Craig Police Wednesday, Aug. 11 • Officers arrested a male suspect on an outstanding warrant. • Officers arrested a male suspect on an outstanding warrant from Routt County. • A lost cell phone was reported.

Datebook for Aug. 13

Today 12:30 p.m. Registration will be held for the antique tractor show and pull at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Pulls will be held at 2 p.m. Call "Smokey" Werner 824-9565.

Innocent plea in pot case

A Craig man who allegedly tried to trade marijuana for a soft drink at a convenience store pleaded innocent in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday. The case will go to a jury trial Jan. 27.

Pig-ture perfect

Dustin Camp has been working all year long to make his pigs Toxic and Blackberry Wine picture-perfect. The hogs that weigh a combined 476 pounds had their chance to shine Thursday at the market swine show at the Moffat County Fair.

Youths to show steers

Thursday was a good day to be a steer.

Child-care providers form new association

For the past eight years, Janet Martinez has wished to see a childcare association founded in Moffat County.

Rizzuto to attend board meeting

Bob Rizzuto, the new chief administrative officer of Colorado Northwestern Community College is busy tying up loose ends at Front Range Community College and opening new doors at CNCC.

Library turnover study sought

Before a packed room of Moffat County residents, Commissioner Les Hampton directed the Craig-Moffat County Library Board to hire a neutral third party to investigate why employee turnover is high at the library.

Medicaid benefits in danger

State to end gap coverage for pregnant women

So far this year, 91 low-income pregnant women in Moffat County have received presumptive eligibility Medicaid to pay for prenatal medical care.

Triathlon makes return

The return of the Trapper Fitness Center Triathlon meant one thing in the McNicol household -- the restoration of a friendly rivalry.

Longtime softball rivals stymied again

Coed championship tournament games will be played today

The Rivalry was stopped short again.

Devin D. Grove: Craig

To the Editor: This letter is in response to the article about Mike Deyo. Not only did he motivate his players, but he also was an incredible motivator to anyone who he came into contact with. I had the pleasure of just going to school where he taught. He was an amazing human being. He always had a smile on and was there to listen to anyone. I was not one of his players or co-workers and he still made room for me in his life. I could say hello and he knew me -- he knew all of his students personally. He had this way of making you feel so important. I loved his sense of humor and the way he could always seem to find the best in everyone. It never appeared to anybody that he had an outside life. His attention was on us, his students. My heart ached as I found out the terrible news, knowing all the lives that he would never be able to touch the way he touched mine. My prayers and my heart go out to his family in their time of need.

Wednesday, August 11

News briefs for Aug. 12

The 10th annual Craig Kiwanis Doubles Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. This year's tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Dan Ovenden. There will be a shotgun start. The format will be six holes best ball, six holes chapman and six holes scramble (worst drive). Any twosome is welcome -- men, women, couples, golfers and non-golfers. The cost is $50 per team. Cart and green fees are not included. The entry deadline is 6 p.m. Friday. The first 60 teams to pay play. Prizes will be given for first through fourth places gross and net. There also will be "special" category prizes awarded. Contact the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Craig man driven by cars

Craig resident Mark Coyle was lucky enough to find a successful job doing something he loved.

Entries shine

Wednesday was the day for handicrafters, gardeners, painters and photographers, as well as bakers, canners, quilters and just about anybody else with a little creativity to enter something in the Moffat County Fair.

Council backs recycling plan

With surrounding communities actively involved in recycling, Craig Mayor Dave DeRose thought it was time for Craig to provide the same options for environmentally minded residents.

Leftover license sales go smoothly

As they did at many stores, hunters lined up outside of Cashway Distributors before it opened Tuesday, waiting to purchase leftover hunting licenses.

'Up for grabs'

With two returning varsity golfers, team has several options for other spots

Coach Ken Harjes was a bit bothered when his best returning golfer shot a mediocre 92 on the opening day of the Moffat County High School boys team qualifier.

Bruce J. Johnson: 1951-2004

Bruce John Johnson, longtime Maybell resident, died after a motorcycle accident in San Juan County, Utah, on Monday, Aug. 9, 2004. He was 52.

Mildred O. Rogers: 1916-2004

Mildred O. Rogers of Colorado Springs, died July 16, 2004, in Colorado Springs. She was 88.

Richard T. Whitmore: Craig

To the Editor: I've several comments on the letters printed relative to the so-called problem at the library. At this time I am going to reserve those comments until after I've attended the County Commissioners "special meeting" at 11:30 (today) in the commissioners meeting room at the county courthouse.

Delmar, Pat and Sarah Coyner: Craig

To the Editor: We would like to thank all the agencies and individuals who had a part in the rescue effort at the accident scene two miles west of Hayden early in the morning of June 20. Your timely response and expert care played a major role in the recovery of all the victims. A special thanks to Dr. Michael Sisk and the medical staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The follow-up visits from (State Patrol Trooper) Rick Kaspar also were appreciated. God bless you all.

Leslie C. Blakley: Dinosaur

To the Editor: As an employee for the Moffat County Libraries (Dinosaur branch) going on my third-plus year, I would think that would qualify me to make an opinion, on the services and the environment in our libraries.

Datebook for Aug. 12

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour will be held at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Another story hour will be held at 11 a.m. Today's activity will be making paper-plate fish. Call 824-5116.

Buyer beware

Police warn against deceptive ads

Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department had highlighted the July 13 newspaper clipping that was prominently displayed on his desk.

Hospital proposal taking shape

Officials turn to site evaluation

Members of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees are ready to move forward with a project that's been stalled by controversy nearly since its inception in 2001.

Tuesday, August 10

Council raises water rates

Bulk water users will get a new water service station on First Street, but they'll have to pay for it.

Bruce J. Johnson: 1951-2004

Bruce John Johnson, longtime Maybell resident, died after a motorcycle accident in San Juan County, Utah, Monday, Aug. 9, 2004. He was 52.

Gray, Tayyara win primaries

It was still early in the evening Tuesday when it became evident that Tom Gray and Saed Tayyara would win the Republican nominations for county commissioner.

Linda Knoche: Craig

To the Editor: A letter of appreciation to all those who helped with my granddaughter, Shaye LeBlanc, after the tragic accident when she was struck by a truck in her Hayden neighborhood.

Datebook for Aug. 11

Today 5 p.m. Share Craig registration day at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939 or Laura at 824-7916.

Parsons wins RBC District 2 primary

In a very close race, Ken Parsons won the Republican primary election for the District 2 seat on the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners, beating Joyce Muller.

Primary turnout above average

Voter turnout wasn't record-breaking, but it was higher than recorded in the last two primary elections.

Commissioners, library to address dispute

The Craig-Moffat County Library director received a letter instructing her to attend a meeting with the Moffat County Commissioners on Thursday.

Our view: Asleep at the wheel

A traffic fatality is a tragic thing, no matter how you look at it.

Margaret "Sammy" A.Walls: 1941-2004

Margaret "Sammy" A. Walls, died Aug. 6, 2004, after a long battle with emphysema. She was 62.

Michael M. Deyo

Memorial services for Michael M. Deyo will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment of cremains will be in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Doak Walker Youth Football League in Craig in care of Grant Mortuary.

Young golfers travel to PGA tournament

The closest Clark Cleverly had ever come to a professional golfer was watching one on television. Then the freshman-to-be joined 11 high school golfers on a trip to The International golf tournament at the Castle Pines Golf Course in Castle Rock.

Prather's Pick: Writer on a roll with pumpkin tale

A great big pumpkin, like the one in this week's picture book, would certainly win a Grand Champion ribbon at the Moffat County Fair -- if the exhibitor could get it through the pavilion doors, that is.

Accident sets off chain of collisions

Karen Vassek and her husband, George, were eating dinner at their house Aug. 2 when they heard what sounded like an explosion.

Softball tournaments rolling on

Co-ed championships tonight, men's title game Thursday

Amid the upsets and surprises every summer in the Craig Softball Association end-of-the-season tournaments, people can almost always expect one constant. In the men's tournament, two historically strong teams are favored to meet in the title game.

Council supports bid for depot

The Craig City Council on Tuesday agreed to send a letter to Union Pacific supporting the Community Foundation's bid for the defunct Union Pacific railroad depot.

Plan makes customers responsible for water quality

Craig City Council members left a short executive session Tuesday ready to approve an ordinance as long as changes discussed were made.

News briefs for Aug. 11

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team will begin fall league practices Aug.17 at 5 p.m. Practices will be at Woodbury Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact Coach Lori Smith. All girls interested in playing with the high school team in the spring are strongly encouraged to participate in the fall league.

4-H projects go on display at county fair

Tuesday proved there is more to 4-H than livestock. Cooking, quilting, shooting, small engines and even rocket building are just some of the clubs offered to youth in the region through 4-H and Tuesday was the day for members to show off their work.

Monday, August 9

4-H/FFA horse competition held

Jorgieia Raftopolus and about 50 other 4-H and FFA members did well at the horse competition Monday during the Moffat County Fair.

News briefs for Aug. 10

Demolition Derby drivers are needed for the 86th annual Moffat County Fair on Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Gates open at 8 am. Races start at noon. Guaranteed purse of $4000. Entry $50 and pit passes $20. Rule packages may be picked up at the Craig Daily Press or the Fair Office located at 539 Barclay St. For more information please call (970) 824-9180.

Police blotter for Aug. 10

Jail Report Friday, Aug. 6 • Donald Duncan, 23, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. • Eli Franklin Vesely, 24, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. • Chrissy Lynn Steinkamp, 19, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

Margaret walls

Margaret "Sammy" Walls of Craig died Friday in Steamboat Springs. Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

Spicing things up

Local business wins Steamboat chili cook-off

Local business owners David and Nikora Myers know how to whip up a mean batch of pork green chili, and they've got the ski vacation to prove it.

Hayden Speedway Point Standings

Hayden Speedway Point Standings as of Aug. 7 Sport Stock Points pending protest results

Hayden Speedway results

Sport Stock -- Heat race All sport stock results pending protest results.

Brock Gregory

Brock Gregory, 21-month-old son of Jody and Marcia Gregory of Oak Creek, died Friday near Maybell. Services are pending.

Michael m. deyo

Michael M. Deyo of Oak Creek and formerly of Craig died Friday near Maybell . Services are pending.

Charles W. Eisenhauer

Memorial services for Charles W. " Ike" Eisenhauer will be held at 10: a.m Wednesday at Grant Mortuary.

Absentee voting numbers up

Thousands of people will be wearing stickers today that read "I voted."

Help workers get out vote

I spoke to a 6-year-old at the courthouse last week, and asked her whether she knew what voting meant. She said, "Yes." I asked her why she thought it would be important to vote, and her response made me smile.

Officials agree on hospital location

Partial replacement facility to be built away from Russell

Rousing applause followed a unanimous decision by city, county and hospital officials to build a partial replacement hospital somewhere other than its current Russell Street location.

Deyo, 45, touched many lives

For legions of young men who passed through Moffat County High School in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mike Deyo will always be remembered as a fiery and passionate football coach who preached teamwork and dedication.

Datebook for Aug. 10

Today Noon Friends of the Library Meeting in the boardroom of the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Citizens interested in joining the Friends of the Library, please attend. For more information call 824-5116.

Education via the Web

Home-schooled Craig resident earns degree over the Internet

High-speed Internet access gave Craig resident Dona Shue the chance for a high-speed education that she expects will result in a high-tech career.

Sunday, August 8

Letters for Aug. 9

I would like to respond to an article in Friday's paper about our probation officers Mason and Fuchs. I think what was said about them was uncalled for. I feel that these men are doing their jobs. I don't blame Fuchs for putting Mr. Seltzer back in jail -- he said he needed to leave Craig for work purposes, not to attend a concert or go fishing -- he should have felt privileged -- some people can't even get the freedom he got. I think these men do a great job to keep our children, streets and town safe. I speak from experience, as I too was in the system so to speak, and on probation for some time. I had to pay fines and do community service, and at the time, I too felt like I got a raw deal. It took all of this to realize how bad I messed up, and that I chose the wrong people to be around. I paid for what I did and accepted it, because only you can make your own choices. I learned from my mistake with the help of counseling and my probation officer, who was Mason, and I'm grateful for everything he did for me. I was finally able to understand that what I did was wrong -- and to accept that.

Craig wins home show

Slick track sends several cars home early

Sure the four-year veteran of I.M.C.A Modified racing had won races before, but it was just the when and the how he did it that made this win special.

Spicin' things up

Women turning heads, circles at Hayden Speedway

steamboat springs -- Little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice," according to the Mother Goose nursery rhyme. Apparently, Mother Goose never met Vicki Stahl.

Craig teens dance the night away

Rap singer Chingy liked the way they did it "right thurr" Saturday night when Craig teens came out to dance the night away.

Show and tell

Judges score trainers on ability to handle horse

The whinny of horses mingled with the love songs of country singer Chris LeDoux seemed the perfect setting for a day at the county fair.

Accident victims identified

Friday crash kills Oak Creek man, child

Troopers from the Colorado State Patrol identified the victims of a car accident Friday afternoon near Maybell that claimed the lives of an Oak Creek man and a child.

The cat's meow

Girl fosters more kittens than she can handle

Maybe people think the outpost of Lay, about 15 miles west of Craig, is a good place to drop off cats. Perhaps people with too many kittens on their hands imagine their unwanted felines will find a life of blissful happiness in Moffat County's wide-open spaces, free to roam and hunt mice.

Briefs for Aug. 9

The 10th annual Craig Kiwanis Doubles Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. This year's tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Dan Ovenden. There will be a shotgun start. The format will be six holes best ball, six holes chapman and six holes scramble (worst drive).

Carriage enthusiasts compete

More than 20 contestants turned out for this year's carriage competition at the Moffat County Fair on Sunday. Carts, carriages and a variety of horses competed in pleasure driving and obstacle driving classes.

Proud to call America home

Quezada a U.S. citizen after 30 attempts to enter country

Isidro Quezada left Mexico 29 years ago as a 14-year-old boy.

Grade A

Road workers compete for motorgrader title

It will be a test of "bragging rights" between city, county and state road workers as they attempt to maneuver their 30-foot by 14-foot beasts in the Moffat County Fair's equipment "roadeo."

Datebook for Aug. 9

5:30 p.m. Weigh-in begins at Life -- a weight loss group meets at Sunset Meadows I and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken Fleming at 824-6806.

Friday, August 6

Peyton Sierra Brown

Lori A. Brown and Travis Joe Brown of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Sierra Brown, at 3:01 p.m., July 30, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Krystal Lyn Frederickson

Krystal Lyn Frederickson, daughter of Billie and Cheryl Chase, of Craig, Colorado, graduates from the Anaconda Job Corps program Monday, Aug. 9.

Northwest Colorado government updates

Meeker Town Council The Meeker Town Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Town Hall. For more information, visit

Fans flock to fair

The first day of the Moffat County fair got off to a start Friday with an impressive turnout at the Fashion Revue and skillful equestrian displays at the Open Horse Show -- English division.

Couple completes horse-riding contest

At 5:15 a.m. last Saturday, Ken and Betty Wolgram of Craig set out on horseback to conquer 100 miles of trails over the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Moffat County Seniors Hot Lunch Program: Aug. 9 to Aug.13

Open to all Craig seniors 62 and older. The cost is $2.25 at the dining room in Sunset Meadows 1 or $2.50 if delivered to your home. Call 824-3911 before 9 a.m. to register.

Our view: Criminals should take their lumps

Colorado Department of Corrections parole officer Shane Fuchs isn't in town this week. He probably doesn't even know that his name made front page headlines, or that his "power trip" has caused a lot of unrest in our small community.

Police blotter for Aug. 7

Jail Report Thursday, Aug. 5 • Shane Alan Stockton, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

Mary Roland

Mary Roland, formerly of Craig, attended the 68th annual Conference of Family, Community, Education Association at Richmond, Va., July 15 to 18.

William C. Frye

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that William C.Frye of Craig has achieved All-American status as a post commander.

FFA members rise, shine early to prep for county fair

Future Farmers of America members spent the last days until the Moffat County Fair trimming and prepping their livestock and working on their showmanship skills.

CSAPs suck time from officials

School district officials compiling, comparing and charting numbers

Students may spend hours taking the Colorado Student Assessment Tests, but that's nothing compared to the amount of time officials put into evaluating the results.

Sarah Ahna Scott

Daniel and Lisa Scott of Grand Junction would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Ahna Scott.

Arran Brody Soule

Kryssi Hinkle and David Soule of Craig announce the birth of their son, Arran Brody Soule, at 12:12 a.m., July 21, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Braiden Cloyce Carter

Lisa Carter and Ben Carter of Pinedale, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Braiden Cloyce Carter, at 4:55 p.m., July 28, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Behind the blue

A day in the life of an umpire

Mark Field walked away from his workplace with a question he had to have answered. About 60 bystanders had told him what they thought the answer was, but there was only one person who could satisfactorily solve the matter for Field.

Mischel J. Mosbey

Mischel J. Mosbey, daughter of Pat and Patti Mosbey of Craig, gradgraduated from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs on May 1, 2004, with an associate's of science in nursing degree.

Postmaster in running for awards

Dale Hallenbach, Meeker postmaster and accomplished freelance photographer, is having an unusually good month and an especially good birthday.

Northwest Neighbors news briefs

Results from some classes at the Rio Blanco County Fair, which ends Aug. 7, are in.

Bonnie Malnati Thompson: Craig

To the Editor: Rob Gebhart's report in the Saturday Morning Press following the July 19 Library Board meeting and the July 20 meeting of the Moffat County Board of Commissioners was clear and concise. I was surprised at the nettled reaction in letters to the editor.

Debra Lueck: Craig/Zambia

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to staff writer Michelle Wallar for the wonderful story she wrote about my fund-raising yard sale. Thanks also to the people of this community who opened their hearts and wallets to help support my efforts to aid orphans in Kamaila, Zambia. Enough money was raised to provide nutritious food for these 220 children for about seven weeks.

Collision kills two

Craig man, child die in head-on crash

A child who was buckled in a safety seat and a Craig man died in a head-on collision with a propane truck Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 about 5 miles west of Maybell.

News briefs for Aug. 7

The 10th annual Craig Kiwanis Doubles Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 14, at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. This year's tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Dan Ovenden. There will be a shotgun start. The format will be six holes best ball, six holes chapman and six holes scramble (worst drive). Any twosome welcome -- men, women, couples, golfers and nongolfers. The cost is $50 per team. Cart and green fees are not included. The entry deadline is 6 p.m. Aug. 13. The first sixty teams to pay play. Prizes will be given. Contact the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Charles W. "Ike" Eisenhauer

Charles W. "Ike" Eisenhauer, of Craig, died Friday at his home. Services are pending.

Datebook for Aug. 7

Today 8 a.m. A garage sale will be sponsored by the PEO, a nonprofit women's organization, to help fund scholarships provided to area students at 590 Taylor until 2 p.m.

Lodging tax boards questioned

The Meeker Lodging Tax Board recently released figures that indicate the board is financially viable and available to help with funding of projects that will generate tourist dollars in Rio Blanco County.

Tippers a dying breed

Low wages mean generosity crucial to servers

In previous generations, everything deserved a tip. From making a hotel bed to pumping gas, a few coins were always slipped to a helping hand.

Jail dental costs rising

Problems linked with methamphetamine use

Almost two decades ago, law enforcement officials didn't consider medical costs a large expenditure at the Moffat County Jail.

Thursday, August 5

Offenders: Probation officers too strict

Jeromy Vigil said he was on probation when he was put back in jail for not having $20 to pay for a urine analysis test. Ricky McKnight said he was out of jail on parole but yanked back in recently when a drug test came up positive for prescription medication that McKnight said he had earlier reported to law enforcement officials. Andy Seltzer also was put back in jail recently, but said he wasn't violating his parole when he attended a concert in Winter Park in Grand County, a jurisdiction where he said he had permission to be.

Library festival celebrates literacy

Annual carnival draws more

Bryce Tuttle was one of more than 300 children who celebrated the official end to the summer reading program at the Craig-Moffat County Library on Thursday.

DOW offices, retail outlets to sell leftover licenses

Tuesday marks first time Colorado markets the permits through retailers, not its own offices

The owner of Craig Sports already is scheduling extra staff to work Aug. 10, when 2004 leftover hunting licenses go on sale.

No horsing around: Group needs donors

A local group has an idea that should pin down one of the wilder aspects of Moffat County.

Triple Crown finals televised

Steamboat Springs -- The final week of Triple Crown youth baseball tournaments is here, and event organizers are planning to end in grand style.

Improvements in traffic safety stalled by funding

It could be 10 years before residents see any changes that improve safety on Victory Way, but city officials are trying to hurry the process by conducting a traffic study now.

Wildlife commission extends elk deadline

DOW cautious about limit on hunting

The Division of Wildlife Commissioners' decision to extend research and public input on limiting bull elk hunting in Colorado came after a heated debate at a workshop at the Holiday Inn of Craig on Thursday.

Datebook for Aug. 6

Today The Moffat County CSU Extension Office will be closed and relocated to the fairgrounds during the Moffat County Fair Aug. 6 through 14. During that time the County Extension Office can be reached at 629-5527. Call 824-9180.

Takes one to know one

Rookie coach learns from rookie swimmers

When Jerry Davis sat down to talk about his first summer as a Craig Sea Sharks coach he was quickly reminded of both the trying and rewarding moments. In the middle of a sentence he was hit in the back of the head by a small, spongy ball.

To build a successful business, do something you love

Name: Mary Kay Sherman Name of Business/Address: The Giving Tree, 525 Yampa Ave

Robert J. Molloy Jr.: Craig

Dear Editor: On Feb. 13, 2003, Terrance Vestal, the previous editor of your paper, correctly defined the relationship the media has with the government at the national level as an adversarial relationship in which the media play the role of watchdog. He stated, "On a much smaller scale but equally as important, community journalism has the same responsibility in holding local governments accountable," and that, "The Craig Daily Press will continue to uphold its obligation to follow the issues of importance to the public and investigate issues whether they become a story or not."

Our view: 4-H offers cure for boredom

Today marks the first day of the 86th annual Moffat County Fair. A quick glance at the schedule of events is a good indication of how many Moffat County residents are involved in the hundreds of classes and competitions throughout the week. But the 4-H involvement doesn't start during the fair -- it's a yearlong process that not only provides youths with plenty of activities, it teaches many valuable skills.

Playtime for mommies

Local parents share their experiences raising preschoolers

No matter how much mommies love their children, every once in while they need some time with people their own age. Who better to share that time with than other women who understand the challenges of motherhood?

News briefs for Aug. 6

A mountain man muzzleloading blanket shoot is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 at the Bears Ears Sportsman's Club in Craig. The competition is for muzzleloaders only. Ear and eye protection is required. Period dress is not required, but appreciated. The entry is $5, plus competitors should bring a blanket prize worth $15 to $20.

Tania Lackner: Reno, Nev.

To the editor, I am amazed at how poorly the Moffat County Library is managed. The management has created an unfriendly and deplorable environment within the library. How can the county let this continue for years? The management has intimidated and shown hostilities toward employees and patrons when they do not fit into their "agenda" or have different goals and beliefs about library function and structure. The reason I know is I have first hand experience working within the library. This is a public library for the public, not for their power trip. How dare they feel superior to anyone else? We are all just people; we all have faults and make mistakes. How dare they use their so-called "power" to harass people? This is not real power, they are not benefiting the community to help it grow and prosper, and they are depressing the further education of this great community.

Wednesday, August 4

News briefs for Aug. 5

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be conducting a Hunter Education Course at the Moffat County CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 through Aug. 27. Registration is required. The cost is $10. Firearms will be provided. The facility is handicap accessible and a bilingual interpreter can be provided. Call in advance if this service is required.

Cynthia Chotvac: Craig

To the editor: In Jean Lackner's letter of Aug 3, it seems that I have been deemed "too recently employed to be fully informed."

John and Jodi Pogline: Craig

To the editor: In response to the letter titled "DA should take seriously threats against son:"

Meet the candidates for the U.S. House

Matt Aljanich Some life and death issues will be decided in the 3rd Congressional District race, candidate Matt Aljanich said.

County has equipment to test for West Nile virus

A commissioner candidate misspoke at Tuesday's candidates' forum when he said Moffat County had not yet purchased a West Nile Virus testing machine.

Good cause, good friends, good weather

Rally for a Cure cancer benefit continues to grow

Each table at the post-tournament luncheon for the Rally for a Cure golf outing had packets of seeds that said it the best: "Those dearest to us never really leave, they live on in the way they cared, shared and made us happy."

Police calls on rise

Craig Police officers lately have had more work than in the past four years, according to a recently released crime comparison report.

Sons add spice to her life

Lorrae Moon is outnumbered four to one in her family. But the mother of teen boys Doyle, 18, Rance, 15, and Nate, 13, said she wanted boys from the start and loves the excitement.

Moffat County Fair kicks off Friday

This is the last day of the quiet before the storm in Craig.

Pogline trials set for January

Two Craig brothers accused of forcibly drugging a woman April 9 pleaded not guilty to a series of charges during court appearances Tuesday and Wednesday in Moffat County District Court.

Big win at Little Britches

Cowboy wins all-around title at national rodeo

It was called the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo, but during the short go it could have been called the Casey Barnes Show.

Protestors: Parole officer on a power trip

About a dozen protestors gathered outside the Moffat County Courthouse Wednesday to protest what they call the "over the top" tactics of parole officer Shane Fuchs. They carried signs with messages such as "Shane Fuchs is tripping on something, make him take a U.A." and "Parole is suppost (sic) to help not hurt."

Moffat County Neighbor: Steve Hafey

Name: Steve Hafey Occupation: Boys and Girls Club Summer Director. Retired from Trapper Mine after 25 years. I have been married for 42 years. My wife, Fay, and I have four kids, nine grandchildren and one the way.

Datebook for Aug. 5

Today Story Hour at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will not be held so staff can prepare activities for the Children's Literacy Festival at 2 p.m. The library closes at noon for the festival.

Tuesday, August 3

Police make Night Out a success

Child-care provider Marcia Sovine wanted to find out whether her car's baby seats were safe and up to date.

Our View: Thanks to Craig law enforcement

We're fortunate here in Craig not be subjected to too many incidents of violent crime -- at least not the kind where the violence spills into the streets and threatens innocent bystanders.

D.F. Morgan: Craig

To the editor: At about 8 p.m. on Friday I happened to pass by the mall. The lot south of Safeway was full of young people participating in the time-honored tradition of cruising. It was a beautiful night for it, too.

Festival rewards summer readers

The Craig/Moffat County Library will celebrate the commencement of their summer reading program tomorrow by hosting the second annual Literacy Festival from 2 to 4 p.m.

Seniors meet in Craig

Regional agency explains grant funding

The director of the District 11 Regional Area Agency on Aging shared information on the way the state allocates funds for senior programs and a recent legislative audit of the state Council on Aging with about 55 seniors Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Traffic study unveiled tonight

Craig City Council has identified the section of U.S. Highway 40 between Ledford and Finley Streets as the most dangerous stretch of road in the city.

Injured Hayden girl released from hospital

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured Friday when she was struck by a pickup while riding her bike in Hayden, police said.

Allan Reishus M.D.: Craig

To the Editor: The headline on Page 2 of Tuesday's Daily Press is, I think, a snippet reflecting the deplorable lack of environmental awareness of many of our local leaders. In almost any other newspaper in the country, the headline would instead read: "Gas development threatens prairie dogs." Allan Reishus M.D., Craig

Police blotter for Aug. 4

Jail Report Saturday, July 31 •Megan Rae Valenzuela, 18, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on charges of criminal mischief, obstructing government operations and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Congressional candidates debate

Two 3rd Congressional District candidates faced off at KRAI-FM's candidate forum Tuesday night.

Candidate Q&A: Terry Carwile

Q: What is your occupation, education and family? A: I've worked at Trapper Mine since 1978. I graduated from high school, went to college for one year, and then enlisted in the military. I'm a single man these days. I have two sons who live in the Denver area, a sister here in Craig, and one in Longmont. I also have brothers who live in other parts of the country.

Candidate Q&A:Michael Anthony

Q: What is your occupation, education, and family? A: I am 48 years old and have been married to Christine for 26 years. We have four children and one grandson. Currently I'm serving as a deputy with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, I have been a law-enforcement officer for 24 years. I have 30 years experience as a government employee. I am thankful to have served in the U.S. Army and for the chance to move to Moffat County 10 years ago. I have attended Arapahoe Community College and Metro State College in Denver, Colorado and have an AA and AS degree.

Simpson earns reserve champion buckle

Moffat County High School student was 105 points from all-around title at Little Britches rodeo

When people talk to Sharina Simpson about her performance at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo one question always comes up.

Datebook for Aug. 4

Today 9 a.m. Rally For A Cure cancer benefit women's golf tournament is at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. Call Susan Utzinger at 824-9656.

Candidate Q&A: Tom Gray

What is your occupation, education and family? A: After graduating from high school I moved to Moffat County in 1972. My wife, Brenda, and I were married and have raised three children here. The youngest is 23. In 1973 I founded and began operating a fencing business. The business did well and enabled us to purchase the ranch where we currently live. For the last 19 years I have been with Western Explosives Co., a supplier of explosives products and services.

Vandal gets wish: Jail time

An 18-year-old Craig woman was arrested Saturday after she admitted to smashing windows and jumping on the hoods of two police cars in an attempt to get into the Moffat County Jail and contact her ex-boyfriend.

Candidates make case for voters' support

The upcoming Moffat County Commissioner election will address one overall issue, candidate Tom Gray said at a forum Tuesday night.

Candidate Q&A: Saed F. Tayyara

Q: What is your occupation, education and family? A: Retired. I have a B.A. in political science and a minor in business administration. The major part of my working career has been spent in the restaurant, hotel, and resort business. I have owned and operated the Redstone Motel and Kentucky Fried Chicken along with being the manager of restaurants for Steamboat Ski Co., Comeo Restaurant and the Holiday Inn. The last years of my career I worked at Colowyo Coal Company. I have two grown children, Fred and Lisa, and one granddaughter.

Candidate Q&A: Les Hampton

Q: What is your occupation, education and family? A: Twice retired, I serve as your District 1 County Commissioner. I have a master's degree in business administration. There is just Bonnie and I, one old dog that we rescued from the pound, two cats that stopped by and never left, and four horses.

News briefs for Aug. 4

The local membership of District 22 of ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Toward Education) a motorcycle rider organization has been experiencing astounding growth, says District Representative Craig "Big Lucky" Rose of Rangely. ABATE is a nonprofit, educational, charitable and safety-oriented motorcyclist rights organization. Last year a group of about six met to discuss organizing a more active Western Slope district of ABATE. Now the membership is topping 75 members, and District 22 is looking at splitting into two separate districts. Regular meetings are at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Rifle Moose Lodge, 133 E. Third Street, Rifle. The Saturday meeting will profile the Rider Safety program and discuss a pledge run being planned for Aug. 27-28 to benefit the Advocate House, a safe house for battered and abused women in Garfield County. Anyone interested in learning more about ABATE is encouraged to take the scenic ride to the membership meeting. For more information call Craig Rose "Big Lucky" at (970) 675-8897.

Witnesses want Clemens cleared

Maintenance crew saw no reason for ejection

Colton Grinolds and Lennie Gillam watched the sports shows and read the newspaper reports about Roger Clemens' weekend appearance in Craig and they were confused.

Monday, August 2

Prairie dogs threaten gas development

Expert warns BOCC that animal is focus of environmental lobby

In Northwest Colorado, the white-tailed prairie dog has the potential to become as great an issue as the greater sage grouse, the president of a Denver energy company said.

Pay raises coming

About Moffat County employee pay raises next year, only one thing is certain.

CSAP math scores improve

Results from student testing released Monday indicate the Moffat County School District's efforts to improve the math curriculum are paying off, but officials still face some interesting challenges.

Clemens story was big news

I really don't know what to make of the Roger Clemens incident.

News briefs for Aug. 3

Volunteers are needed to help sort books at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries today to prepare for the book sale on Thursday during the Children's Literacy Festival. There has been an overwhelming response to the request for donated books and volunteers are needed to help unpack them and stack them on tables. Anyone who would like to help can come to the library, 570 Green St., at 10:30 a.m. Call 824-5116.

Jean Lackner: Craig

To the editor, As a former employee of the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, I continue to take interest in what happens at the library. That brings me to my reason for writing this letter: I am concerned about the lack of information with which people are forming opinions about the operations of the libraries.

Officials tout centralized voting

The telephones at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office start ringing at 6 a.m. on Election Day and don't stop until after the polls close.

Man killed in crash

Car, motorcycle

A Craig teenager returning home from a church camp in a sport-utility vehicle allegedly crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 40 and struck a motorcycle head-on Monday.

Cost of a free election

Primary is Aug. 10

I want to thank the Craig Daily Press for the great election coverage and for its efforts in passing on the message to get out and vote. My comments today are on the complexities, the expense and the importance of the election process.

Datebook for Aug. 3

Today 4:30 p.m. Free introductory ballet class will be at Gymstar for children 6 and older. Call 824-2282.

Nancy Sadvar: Craig

To the editor, I read with interest and disgust the letter from Debbie Aaberg regarding the DA's office and the treatment of her son's case. Ironically, I have a similar situation except for my son was not on the receiving end; that is, he did the hitting. My son caused no bleeding, no broken bones and no threats of future violence. Unlike Ms. Aaberg's son's attacker, my son was initially charged with third-degree assault and a fifth-degree felony calling his actions "ethnic intimidation" because the other male was of Mexican descent. We were told by the diversion officer that our son could receive "diversion" which would include one year supervised probation, 35 hours of community service, an anger management class and, of course, a fine. Now for the kicker: Our son was an 11-year-old, sixth-grader at recess.

Sunday, August 1

Datebook for Aug. 2, 2004

Today -- Colorado Day. Craig city offices will be closed. However, Moffat County offices and Colorado state offices will be open.

National Night Out is Tuesday

Michael Green and his brother Daniel are good about wearing their helmets when they ride their bikes, but nobody really noticed until recently.

Class of 1954 gathers for reunion

In 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, muscle cars and slicked-back hair were in and four Moffat County High School senior girls were the best of friends.

Quilters piece together history

Ginger Osborn was curious about some of the ornately designed quilts that had been in her family for generations. When she got the chance seven years ago for a professional to look them over, she didn't hesitate. She had the heirlooms registered into Colorado archives.

Rally for a Cure takes aim at breast cancer

Mary Jane Montoya used to enjoy playing golf with her friend, Arlene Roth. "We just had fun together," Montoya reminisced.

News Briefs for Aug. 4, 2004

Get involved in the 2004 Moffat County Fair by volunteering your time as a superintendent on Aug. 11.

Rocket gets pitched in Craig

Roger Clemens asked to leave Triple Crown game after arguing call, spitting seeds

"The Rocket" can't seem to avoid the spotlight's red glare. Roger Clemens, a lock for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame with 300 wins and more than 4,000 strikeouts, was asked to leave a Triple Crown World Series tournament game at Loudy-Simpson Saturday after arguing a call with an umpire.