Stories for December 2004

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Friday, December 31

Briefs for Jan. 1

The Craig Rotary Club will host the fourth annual Diamonds & Spurs fund-raising dinner dance. The event is at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

4-H Enrollment Party kicks off busy month

January is the beginning of 4-H season across the state and in Rio Blanco County, said Jennifer Anderson, 4-H Youth development agent.

Best of the less-read

The sports stories you may have missed in 2004

We traditionally cover the best of the previous year in the New Year's edition. That would be today, and if you've read any of the rest of the paper, you'll notice that theme. I'm going to follow suit, but I'll throw in a twist.

Our View: Former user may be key

During the first meeting of the Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse task force, Mike Fuller sensed a "vigilante" mentality among participants.

Weighting for the pounds to come off

One of the most common New Year's resolutions includes eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight. These attempts may be successful at first, but many dieters often end up gaining the weight back.

The smoker's guide to quitting for good

Smoker Friendly manager JoDeena Bullock said she's heard many of her customers say they're going to quit smoking this year, particularly with the increase in the cigarette tax taking effect today. But she said it's not that easy.

Council forwards findings

Group aids Ninth Judicial District Attorney-Elect Colleen Truden

An advisory council assembled to gather information for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney-Elect Colleen Truden has completed its task and forwarded findings to Truden.

Shooting tops year's news

Election, Iraq also make headlines

It was no surprise that 2004 -- an election year -- had politics stamped all over it. Early on, commissioners had to deal with the fallout of a fiscal crisis that forced them to cut funding for several nonessential services. An unsuccessful recall attempt soon followed. But voters had the ultimate say about the direction of the county and country at the polls on Election Day.

Hospital's location narrowed to 3 spots

Board to decide by end of January

Don Jones has called about a dozen of his neighbors in the Ridgeview subdivision about their top picks for the placement of a new hospital.

On life support

Sustainability of EMT crew questioned

One year after Dinosaur's emergency medical technician service got up and running, the service still faces obstacles.

DA sends Rio Blanco deputy back to work

A Rio Blanco deputy who said he had no choice but to kill a resident during a Dec. 10 incident has returned to work.

Datebook for Jan. 1

5 p.m. Awana for children age 3 through those in grade 12 will meet at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Pastor Rod Compton 824-5222.

Thursday, December 30

Residents can assist tsunami victims

As millions of people struggle to recover from a devastating tsunami half a world away, Craig residents are helping to provide some relief. Moffat County United Way Director Corrie Scott has been receiving three to four calls a day from people inquiring how they can donate to the relief efforts.

Jerod Estey making return to baseball

Jerod Estey had a plan. He was going to play baseball for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for four years.

Local teens making missionary trip to Panama

In June, three Craig teenagers will fly to Panama to spread their faith. Ashley Haynes, 14, Abby Haynes, 13, and Nancy Gutierrez, 13, will make the trip to the equator with 800 other teenagers. It's a trip they are excited and nervous about.

Our View: County should support VNA, Haven

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is asking Moffat County commissioners for a token monetary contribution as a show of support for the VNA's acquisition of the The Haven.

Carol Jean South

1945-2004

Carol Jean South, 59, of Maybell, passed away peacefully, Dec. 16, 2004 in Phoenix, Ariz., surrounded by family.

Gene E. Shaffer

1935-2004

Gene E. Shaffer was born on Jan. 28, 1935, in Windber, Pa. To Norman and Stella (Orris) Shaffer. He was raised and attended school in Mine 24, Pa. and he graduated from high school in Adams Township, Pa.

Datebook for Dec. 31

Todya at Noon. The Craig, Dinosaur and Maybell Branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today through Jan. 3 in observance of the holiday.

Scholarship fund honors Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson was a good friend to many. Though he and his wife Sherrie never had their own children, Bruce easily befriended youths. The longtime Maybell resident, who died in a motorcycle accident in Utah last August, also loved to share his appeal of hunting.

Lawmakers set sights on business property tax

As in past years, a new session of the Colorado General Assembly means renewed efforts to eliminate the business personal property tax. Leaders from both parties are saying the tax, which businesses pay on all personal property, needs to be eliminated if Colorado is to attract new businesses.

Craig gets a new firefighter

Don Griffin has a new hat but he can't wear it yet. Craig Rural Fire Protection District's only new firefighter for 2005 has to wait until Saturday before he becomes official -- when he's able to seal a year's worth of hard work as a rookie and pull on his firefighting helmet for the first time.

Wednesday, December 29

Scott McInnis: U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District

The is an open letter to all Coloradans.

Tough month

Hospital saw more patients but has no profit to show for it

Increasing costs of contractual allowances, or Medicare write-offs and other liabilities that hospitals are required to absorb, kept The Memorial Hospital from cashing in on what otherwise should have been a financially sound November, Administrator Randy Phelps said Wednesday.

Ringing in the new year

Residents don't have to leave Craig for a night on the town

It's no Times Square celebration, but some of Craig's area restaurants and bars have festivities planned to ring in the new year.

Reliving history

Vernal woman's game based on Browns Park's past

Decades ago, Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch rode the vast countryside of Browns Park between bank robberies.

Traveling basketball sign-up next week

The Craig Middle School basketball schedule limits teams from traveling beyond Northwest Colorado. The Craig Youth Basketball League picks up where that schedule leaves off.

No straying from state

Anderson loves Colorado and saving pets

Ann Anderson hasn't been in Craig a year, and already she's making a difference in the lives of many pets.

Fire plans completed for 4 communities

Resource Logic has finished developing fire plans for four Moffat County communities.

Hayden welcomes curator

Mary Pat Dunn plans to bring museum up to date

HAYDEN -- For more than 30 years, the Hayden Heritage Center, which houses a collection of historical treasures and links to Hayden and West Routt County's past, has remained relatively secluded from the public eye.

Datebook for Dec. 30

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. Children can make festival shakers after story time. RSVP by calling 824-5116.

News briefs for Dec. 30

An open house will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in Craig to honor Commissioners Marianna Raftopoulos and Les Hampton. The public is invited to stop by to wish the outgoing commissioners well and thank them for their dedication to Moffat County. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gena Hinkemeyer at 824-5517.

Police blotter for Dec. 30

Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 28 • Scott Skogquist,40, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Craig Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 28 • Assisted a parole officer with a warrant arrest. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Dec. 28 • A juvenile was arrested for traffic violations.

Laura Salisbury

Memorial services for Laura Salisbury of Savery, Wyo., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dixon, Wyo. Interment of her cremains will be afterward in the Reader Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

Barbara Messenger: Grand Junction

I am writing to share with you a difficult lesson that I recently have learned about protecting archeological resources on federal lands.

Futsal kicks off Monday

In 2006, the Winter Olympics will add a new sport to its lineup called "futsal." Starting on Monday, Craig residents will have a chance to experience it beforehand.

Tuesday, December 28

Loretta May Rowton

Loretta May Rowton of Craig, died Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Craig.

On hold

New commissioners will fill vacancies on advisory boards

Vacancies on Moffat County advisory boards won't be filled until the new commissioner board takes office.

Where's the fire?

Firefighters answer more calls than last year

Craig firefighters responded to more emergencies in 2004 than in previous years.

Former dispatcher pleads guilty to smuggling pills into jail

A Craig woman was sentenced to four years probation and fines of nearly $3,000 recently for attempting to smuggle sleeping pills into the Moffat County Jail for her son who was incarcerated there.

Laura Salisbury

Laura Salisbury, a longtime resident of Slater, Colo., died in her home Tuesday. Services are pending.

Police blotter for Dec. 29

Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 28 • No inmates booked on recent charges

Our view: The price of history

During the 2004 budget cycle, commissioners decided to cut the funding of the Museum of Northwest Colorado and charge admission to make up the difference.

Maybell gets new ambulance

County will pay TMH $12,000 for new used vehicle

As a belated Christmas present, Maybell will receive a new used ambulance.

Vote on Haven deal postponed

Commissioners likely will consider idea next week

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will have to wait one more week before finding out whether Moffat County will contribute funding to the nonprofit organization's merger with The Haven, an assisted living facility in Hayden.

More stolen gear found in Craig

Law enforcement officials say it matches an item missing since July

A piece of equipment found in a parking lot in Craig matches one of a number of stolen items that officials from Craig Police and Moffat County Sheriff's Office have been seeking since July.

Grant denied for cultural tourism study

Being denied a $12,000 grant isn't going to stop Yampa Valley Economic Development Council members from pursuing cultural tourism opportunities. What it will do, however, is require them to be a little more creative in how they do that.

Datebook for Dec. 29

Today 3 p.m. Quest Bible-based activities program for children grades kindergarten through fourth will meet at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until 4:45 p.m. through April 30. Stories, activities and snacks are provided. Call 824-3039.

News briefs for Dec. 29

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office has scheduled three public "scoping" meetings to gather public input and ideas for the area's Resource Management Plan revision. The RMP provides a framework for management of BLM Lands. The meeting schedule is: n Tuesday, Steamboat Springs, OIympian Hall, Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway, from 3 to 8 p.m. n Jan. 5, Craig, Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, from 3 to 8 p.m. n Jan. 6, Maybell, Maybell School Gym, 30 Haynes Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. The meetings will be conducted in an open house format. People need not arrive at the scheduled time nor stay the entire duration, but may enter and leave at their convenience during the scheduled hours. The RMP will provide a framework for management of 1.3 million acres of BLM public land and an additional 1.1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. The planning area includes portions of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties. Additional information on the RMP/ElS can be found online at www.co.blm.gov/lsra/rmp. Or, contact Jeremy Casterson, 970-826-5071 or Jeremy_Casterson @co.blm.gov, at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

Thomas A. Brannan: 1985-2004

Thomas A. Brannan died Dec. 19, 2004, in Mountain Home, Idaho, at the age of 19.

Gene E. Shaffer

Gene E. Shaffer of Craig, died Dec. 26, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. At his request, there will be no services.

Monday, December 27

Luis Colon: Moffat County Jail inmate

Hello. My name is Luis Colon. I'm the person you ran a front page story on. The story in which I led the police on a chase all the way to Baggs, Wyo. I'm not writing this letter to dispute what you wrote about me. I really think that you should know the circumstances that led to my arrest. I also want to point out to you something about your little town.

Relatively few problems at YVRA

The big rush to fly home from the holidays begins Thursday

The only snafus at Yampa Valley Regional Airport during the Christmas weekend were attributed to backups at Eagle County and Aspen-Pitkin County airports.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Alfieta Young Occupation: Night auditor, Holiday Inn

Damien Kane Reynolds

Buffy Marie Feucht and Kenneth L. Reynolds of Craig announce the birth of their son, Damien Kane Reynolds, at 12:57 p.m., Dec. 13, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hamptyn Elizabeth Meadows

Sherry Meadows and Tim Meadows of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Hamptyn Elizabeth Meadows, at 3:06 p.m., Dec. 13, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hospital board to discuss computers

Hospital board members may have the chance Wednesday night to decide whether to approve costs of an additional transportable computer and licensing for eight of the hospital's other computers.

Ray and Toni Cartwright: Craig

Last night my husband and I got home from our little Christmas vacation and found that someone had stolen our Christmas decorations from in front of our house. I just want to tell the jerks who did this that it was a pretty low thing to do, but you must have needed the trees more than we do. So as long as you have the trees, you might as well come back and get the rest of the stuff. We will leave the two stands and one pole you didn't take out front so you can come back for them. I hope our trees made your Christmas better.

Carlos Raul Silva Torres

Norma Torres and Carlos Silva of Craig announce the birth of their son, Carlos Raul Silva Torres, at 6 a.m., Dec. 16, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Kayla Christine Moss

Julie Moss and Chris Moss of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kayla Christine Moss, at 11 a.m., Dec. 16, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Haley Jean Boatman

Krista Boatman and Jeremy Boatman of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Haley Jean Boatman, at 9:40 p.m., Dec. 18, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Rylee Kyle Villard

Melody Villard and Albert Villard of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Rylee Kyle Villard, at 3:35 a.m., Dec. 19, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

After-holiday haul

Workers busy taking away Christmas trash

Moffat County landfill worker Eric Angus was busy nonstop Monday. At times, he had people coming and going at the Moffat County landfill to drop off garbage, most of it trash generated by the Christmas holiday.

McInnis wants VA to enact vets bill

Act ensures access to health care

Before leaving Congress, Rep. Scott McInnis is encouraging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to enact the Healthy Veterans Act.

Date not set yet

Commissioners disagree about when to name board members

The Moffat County commissioners might break a longstanding tradition today of allowing newly elected commissioners to appoint county Advisory Board members.

Funeral today for grad of Hayden High School

Thomas Brannan died last week in Idaho

Funeral services will be held today for a 19-year-old Hayden High School graduate who died of hypothermia last week in Idaho.

Saving strays: Fewer animals euthanized this year than last

More animals went to good homes this year than were euthanized -- and that, Animal Control officer Kathie Johnson said, indicates success.

Datebook for Dec. 28

Today 7 p.m. The Moffat County chapter of Habitat for Humanity will meet at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Rev. Melinda Bobo at 824-3470.

News briefs for Dec. 28

The Moffat County School District and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are offering an exciting new award-winning program called Creating Lasting Family Connections. The program is designed to improve self-esteem and communication skills and help youths be successful by learning to stand up for themselves and avoid using alcohol, drugs, violence and other health-threatening behaviors. Benefits for participating families will include family management, parent and youth communication and alcohol and drug prevention. The program will be available to CMS students and their parents. The cost is free and will meet at the School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave., from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8. You must sign up by Jan. 4. For more information call Westley du Pont 824-1022 or Cindy Biskup 824-5752.

Police blotter for Dec. 28

Jail Report Thursday, Dec. 23 • Jimmy Ervin Murray, 30, was book into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Lorraine Carrie Deru: 1921-2004

Lorraine Carrie Deru of Hurricane, Utah, died Dec. 21, 2004. She was 82.

Sunday, December 26

Young gun

Travis Young enjoys exploring mountains as much as patrolling the streets

Travis Young proposed to his wife, Shannon, during a midnight hike on Cedar Mountain after driving his 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 to the top.

Three Bulldogs All-State in football

The honors keep coming in for the 2004 Moffat County High School football team.

Keeping history alive

Visitation at the Museum of Northwest Colorado plummeted by 35 percent during 2004.

There's no safety like snow safety

With planning, snowmobilers can minimize risks

There are two rules to follow when snowmobiling.

A juggling act

Robinson, 16, keeps her plate full

Camie Robinson may be about one of the busiest teenagers anywhere, but the 16-year-old prefers it that way.

Business profile No. 1

Name: Natasha Plantiko Name of business/address: Triple T's Salon at the Holiday Inn

Business profile No. 2

Name: Teresa Kettle Name of business/address: Triple T's Salon at the Holiday Inn

Datebook for Dec. 27

Today 2 p.m. AARP meets at Sunset Meadows I, 595 Ledford St. Call Trudy Sullivan at 824-4917.

News briefs for Dec. 17

The Elks Lodge is hosting a New Years Eve sleepover for children ages 1 to 14 in the Elks Lodge basement beginning at 9 p.m. The fee is $10 a child, and all proceeds go to Laridan Hall. Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas and playpens for little ones. The Elks will have movies and games and will serve a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast also will be served to those who don't sleep over at $5 a plate. No sick children. Call Dora at 824-2251.

Friday, December 24

Energy boom brings challenges to Baggs

Hardly anyone denies that an energy boom near this Wyoming border town is taking its toll. Some say they have noticed an increase in traffic heading north and south through town on Wyoming State Highway 789, or heading east and west on State Highway 70 with traffic from Riverside and other south central Wyoming towns.

David Pressgrove: No hockey, no problem

I'm not a huge hockey fan. I grew up in Eastern Kansas and hockey was not a part of my childhood so I've never really caught the hockey bug.

Mountain Valley finishes bank remodel

MEEKER -- Renovations on Mountain Valley Bank's new Meeker home is complete and bank employees celebrated with an open house. Bank President Bruce Clatterbaugh, said everyone was extremely pleased with how the old Oddfellows Hall has been transformed into a new bank facility.

New Rio Blanco planner on the job

MEEKER -- The Rio Blanco County planning office is open and fully staffed. Mike Neumann, the new county planner has been on the job since Dec. 1. Michele Carrother, his assistant, has been on the job for about three months. Both said they have spent a great deal of their time familiarizing themselves with current county regulations and getting to know each other.

Student Council adopts family for Christmas

The loss of a job and a diagnosis of cancer put a damper on one Craig family's holiday until the Moffat County High School Student Council decided to play Santa.

Christmas break is largely homework free

Students who stayed on top of their work for the past few weeks earned a homework-free vacation. Those who didn't may have some catching up to do.

Spending time with family is best part of Christmas

From sitting down to large meals to watching classic movies repeatedly, each family has its own way of celebrating the holidays. And often these activities are continued year after year until they become traditions that people associate with memories of Christmas.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's Note: In recognition of the Christmas holiday, we offer the following well-known editorial. The piece was written by Francis P. Church of the New York Sun and originally appeared in the Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Senior menu for Dec. 27-31

Moffat County Seniors Hot Lunch Program. Open to all Craig seniors 62 and older. 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.

James Austin Marshall

1939-2004

James Austin Marshall died Dec. 20, 2004 at his home in Baggs, Wyo., following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Datebook for Dec. 25

Sunday, Dec. 26 -- 5 p.m. Awana groups meeting at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. in Craig for ages 3 through 12th grade. Call Pastor Rod Compton at 824-5222.

Sandrock Ridge residents glad to be home

Omar Wright has moved from Craig to Meeker to Palisade and back to Craig in a two-year time span. "He's a traveling man," his daughter Sharon Durham said.

Craig man has serious train collection

At 7 years old, John Reynolds couldn't have known that his first forbidden look at a Christmas train would set in motion a fascination with the toys that would one day consume his life.

Thursday, December 23

Christmas worship schedule

Calvary Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve Concert at 6:30 p.m. featuring Nicholas and Rhonda Walmer. Enjoy candlelight worship and partake of the Lord's Supper. Call Janet Wright 824-5222.

Pastors: Keep Christ in Christmas

At Christmas services this weekend, pastors at various churches throughout town are reminding parishioners of the true meaning of the holidays.

Chris Currie: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Katie got her hair cut just in time for the holidays. She did it herself. One chunk cut from the middle of her bangs about half an inch from her skull using meat cutting scissors.

Thomas Brannan

Thomas Brannan, son of Pat and Glenda Brannan of Hayden, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in Mountain Home, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at the Hayden High School gymnasium.

Carol South

Carol South of Maybell passed away peacefully on Dec. 16 in Phoenix. Memorial services will be held Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Maybell School.

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas

Even Ebeneezer Scrooge would be impressed with the way Moffat County residents have kept the true spirit of Christmas alive this holiday season.

Datebook for Dec. 24

The Craig Branch, Maybell Branch and the Dinosaur Branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today through Saturday in observance of the holiday.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Alex Herring, second grade: "It's a holiday. It's special. We celebrate Jesus' birthday."

Food and movies available on Christmas

Christmas morning -- the presents are open, breakfast is eaten. Now what?

Hispanics hold on to holiday traditions

Tico Pereira of Craig remembers a childhood of celebrating traditions of Las Posadas and El Dia de los Reyes. The native of Chihuahua, Mexico recalls Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) dinners of enchiladas, sopapillas and a special cinnamon flavored tea his mother used to make.

Last-minute shoppers crowd stores

While children count down the minutes until Santa visits their homes with a sack full of Christmas presents wrapped in festive paper and ribbon, many adults were busy Thursday scouring stores for perfect gifts with just two days to go.

Lake shining on mat at Adams State

Adams State College 141-pound junior Kortney Lake, a 1999 graduate of Moffat County High School, is one of the school's top wrestlers this season.

Wednesday, December 22

News briefs for Dec. 23

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office has scheduled three public "scoping" meetings to gather public input and ideas for the area's Resource Management Plan revision. The RMP provides a framework for management of BLM Lands.

Clifton Perry Johnson: 1916-2004

Clifton Perry Johnson died Dec. 15, 2004, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 88.

Police blotter for Dec. 23

Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 21 • Justin Michael Puhl, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of second-degree assault on a police official, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Craig Police Department

Jury still out

MCHS basketball coaches have mixed feelings about WSL tourney

The inaugural Western Slope League Basketball Tournaments were put together at the end of the scheduling time last spring. It was basically a last-second scheduling experiment to help add games for WSL teams.

Judi Hunt: Craig

I am addressing the response to my letter,"Gun-happy officers have no place in law enforcement." The response was written by Red Petersen. Unfortunately, my letter that was printed was edited by the paper because it did not have time to substantiate certain facts. I think it is fair to allow me to address Mr. Petersen's response by the facts that I have verified.

Tom Norton and Col. Mark Trostel

Thank you for reporting on traffic safety campaigns in your newspaper during 2004. With your support, we have seen a record number of Coloradans wear seat belts and fewer deaths on our highways as a result of impaired driving.

Evelyn Tileston: Craig

There are many kind and caring people in Craig. Among them is Virginia Cromer, along with the women of the VFW Auxiliary.

Only in your dreams

No significant snowfall expected until after Christmas Day

Those dreaming of a white Christmas probably will have to keep dreaming.

Elkhead draw down beginning

After 15 years of planning, the Elkhead Reservoir expansion project finally is ready for construction.

DBA planning for changes

A month with a new leader means a new focus for the Downtown Business Association.

For the love of hair

Sarah Walker is one to keep a promise, especially if it's for a good friend. A few years ago, the nail technician at Tanglez and Rayz in Craig traveled to Montana to style a friend's hair for her wedding day -- letting the bride cash in on a promise that Walker made to her in the 8th grade.

MRI scan numbers exceed expectations

Business is holding steady in the number of scans recorded in the second month that The Memorial Hospital has worked out a temporary lease agreement with Northwest Health Specialists -- a medical group that owns and houses Craig's only MRI machine.

Wanted: General surgeon

Hospital continuing interview process

Officials at The Memorial Hospital have received a couple nibbles recently from general surgeon candidates

Datebook for Dec. 23

Today The Craig, Maybell and the Dinosaur branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today through Saturday in observance of the holiday.

Tuesday, December 21

Taking on tobacco

Student donates $278 to prevention program

When Moffat County High School health teacher Jeff Simon assigned a project for his students to help the community battle addictions, he had no idea freshman Andy Whilden would take it so far.

James A. Marshall

James A. Marshall of Baggs, Wyo., died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at the Little Snake River School in Baggs. Interment will be afterward in the Baggs Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Baggs Fire Deptartment or the Baggs Ambulance Service, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Bomb threat at middle school

FBI investigating second e-mailed warning in a month

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been called in to examine a second e-mail bomb threat in almost a month at Craig Middle School, Craig police said.

Tourism grants handy for promoting events

The Moffat County Tourism Association has $16,000 and it is ready to put those dollars to work boosting the number of visitors to Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for Dec. 22

Today 11:45 a.m. Moffat County on the Move meets at the Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay, until 1 p.m.. Call 824-9180.

News brief for Dec. 22

State health officials are urging Coloradans to purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes to prevent exposure to the deadly gas. According to Colorado Department of Public Health statistics, 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with home fuel-burning heating equipment.

Police blotter for Dec. 22

Jail Report Monday, Dec. 20 • Danny Willingham, 31, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of criminal mischief. • Judy Lee Holton, 41, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of motor vehicle theft and forgery.

Our view: A novel idea: End the feud

It's time to put the petty politics aside.

Five remain

Ponikvar resignation renders vote of Library Board meaningless

Former Moffat County Library Trustee John Ponikvar didn't know he would be the subject of a closed meeting Monday night.

VNA request draws criticism

Some residents don't want county to help fund merger

Moffat County residents filled the commissioner chambers Tuesday to hear representatives of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and The Haven make a pitch for county funds.

City critical of county's decision

Commissioners turn down tax exemption worth $268,000

Craig City Council members were disgusted with a county decision to turn down $268,000, and they haven't been shy about letting their feelings be known.

A Grizzly future

Brandie Telfer signs letter of intent with Adams State

Brandie Telfer isn't one to succumb to pressure. Even when teams primarily focus on stopping her when they play the Moffat County girls basketball team, it's not something the 5-foot, 11-inch senior thinks about too much.

Monday, December 20

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Ashley Bishop Occupation: Office administrator and student

On the hot seat

Library Board member Ponikvar faces ouster

The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees could shelve one its members at its next meeting.

EDP fee structure to change

Move designed to provide input without high cost

With a fee structure change 12 days from going into effect, members of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership are worried about how members will react.

Smoke 'em if you can afford 'em

Price of cigarettes will increase Jan. 1; Kmart going smokeless

There's one question that customers constantly ask Craig's Smoker Friendly manager Jo Deena Bullock: When are cigarette prices going up?

Wrestlers take third at Warrior

It was a scene that Moffat County High School coach Roman Gutierrez described as intense. It may have been the best finals match at the 2004 Warrior Classic in Grand Junction.

Rifle girls are WSL champs

Bulldogs basketball team falls short, 61-51

The Moffat County High School girls team fell short of its goal to win the Western Slope League championship Saturday, losing to Rifle, 61-51.

Ronaldo Quezada

Bertha Quezada and Jose Quezada of Craig announce the birth of their son, Ronaldo Quezada, at 4:36 p.m., Dec. 9, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Angeya and Favian.

Kyle Lee Hillesland

Devon and Eric Hillesland of Craig announce the birth of their son, Kyle Lee Hillesland, at 6:52 p.m., Nov. 23, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Donna and Ed Rettmann of Craig, and John Peck of Steamboat Springs.

Kylie Annette Evans

Jenny Evans and Jason Evans of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Kylie Annette Evans, at 4:10 p.m., Dec. 10, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Aubrey Grace Fraser

Rindy Montgomery and Jason Fraser of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Grace Fraser, at 10:15 p.m., Dec. 13, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Dillon Monroe Melton

Shelley Melton and Earl Melton of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Dillon Monroe Melton, at 3:20 a.m., Dec. 14, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Kaden Joe Hixson

Brandy Hixson and Greg Hixson of Craig announce the birth of their son, Kaden Joe Hixson, at 3:20 p.m., Dec. 9, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Susan Andrews: Grand Junction

Our family moved to Craig from Denver so I could raise my children in a small town. That was in 2000. By 2004, the meth use was almost as bad as it was in a large city. The people were inexperienced about how to handle the problem. Now that they are starting a Neighborhood Watch Program, only about a dozen people showed up in support of the program. We have moved from Craig or I would have been there. It's pretty sad that only a few people showed up to show their concerns. It's going to take the whole community to fight the problem, not just a few.

Mary Danford: Craig

In the years I have lived in Craig, I have always felt safe and secure, especially in my home, my safe sanctuary away from the world. That was until a few days ago when a .22 caliber bullet came crashing through my dining room window.

Police blotter for Dec. 21

Jail Report Saturday, Dec. 18 • Michael Lawrence Clark, 38, was arrested on charges of violating a restraining order and resisting arrest. • Randall John Hatlee, 45, was arrested on a warrant.

Claudean Talkington: Craig

The staff of the Interfaith Food Bank wish to express their thanks and gratitude to the fine people who donated food or money in the KRAI Holiday Drive. Your gift helps insure the continuation of our ongoing program for the benefit of the less fortunate. Claudean Talkington Craig

The family of Harry Duncan

We would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown the family during the loss of our loved one, Harry. The food, flowers and all the support you gave us in so many ways. May God bless you all. The family of Harry Duncan

EDP OKs action plan

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors is going to make sure it gives the 23 members it added this month -- and all the others -- a reason to stay.

Dateboook for Dec. 21

Today 6 p.m. New member and parent orientation will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. New members, parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Call 826-0411.

News briefs for Dec. 21

The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for community representatives on its Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term starting Jan. 1. The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and three members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board are publisher Samantha Johnston, editor Andy Smith and reporter Rob Gebhart. The Editorial Board formulates the "Our View" position expressed on the Opinion page of the newspaper. Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or fewer expressing their interest in the board to Smith at asmith@craigdailypress.com or 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625. Letters also may be dropped off at the Daily Press office. Nominations are due Friday. Call Smith at 824-7031 with questions.

Ruby A. Mitchell: 1908-2004

Ruby A. Mitchell of Greeley, died Dec. 8, 2004, at the Kenton Manor nursing home. She was 96.

Sunday, December 19

Real estate transactions for November 2004

n Seller: Ernest L. & Carol Ann Allen Buyer: Andy J. & Crickett L. Dewall Property: Schreiner Sub Lot 1B of Rplt. Price: $48,000

Mama Patty's work is never done

Peruvian immigrant learns new 'language' to help her students

Her students call her Mama Patty. Patricia Maradiegue has taught the English language learners class for the past two years. During that time, they have grown to adore her, and she returns the feeling.

Title just out of reach

Bulldogs led at start of fourth quarter, but Sailors come from behind to win

A new star was born for Moffat County, but an usual star kept the Steamboat Springs Sailors just out of reach in the championship game of the Western Slope League tournament.

Christmas crunch

Last-minute shoppers feeling panicky

On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, many shoppers and store owners didn't have time for a break from the Christmas rush.

Tea-ching the basics

Craig youngsters learn finer points of etiquette

Eloy Hernandez, 7, learned how to hold his cup properly at the tea party at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday evening.

Elks host Christmas party for children

Santa Claus makes guest appearance during festivities Saturday

Young voices chiming, "Here Comes Santa Claus" filled the Elks Lodge on Saturday morning as local children anxiously awaited a visit from the man in a red suit.

Steamboat skier, 13, killeds in collision with snowmobile in Vail

Ashley Stamp dies in collision with

A 13-year-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete died early Sunday morning in a tragic skiing accident on Vail Mountain.

Datebook for Dec. 20

Today 5:30 p.m. The monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Moffat County Libraries will be at the Craig branch. The public is always welcome.

Doris E. Sasges: 1938-2004

Doris E. Sasges died Dec. 14, 2004, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center after a lengthy illness. She was 66.

James V. Barnhart: 1957-2004

James V. Barnhart died Dec. 11, 2004, in Denver after a short illness. He was 47.

Friday, December 17

Our View: Salaries shouldn't be secret

The 2005 legislative session will be the first time in years that Colorado Counties Inc. hasn't fought a state statute that requires counties to publish the names and salaries of each employee on the payroll.

Blotter for Dec. 18

Thursday, Dec. 16 Joel Miller was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of third-degree assault.

Clifton Johnson

Clifton Johnson of Craig died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Delta goes down

Team unable to challenge MCHS girls basketball team

Blowouts are about as much fun for the winning team as the losing team.

Bulldogs boys listen for a win

One of the most important body parts for the members of Moffat County High School boys basketball team this year has been their ears.

Moffat wrestlers sitting in first

After the first two rounds of the 28th annual Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School wrestlers found themselves sitting in first place.

Craig family settles with county

Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie Maneotis has to wear lifts in her shoes and is exempted from doing crunches in gym class because of medical problems she's suffered after being broadsided by a Moffat County sheriff's deputy almost two years ago.

Beulah Burrows

Beulah Burrows of Craig died Dec. 13, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 84.

Briefs for Dec. 18

A hunter education class sponsored by the Division of Wildlife will be held in the basement of St. Michaels Catholic Church, at Seventh and Barclay streets in Craig. Class hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 to 21. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 824-3628.

Recovering addicts provide guidance on meth

Members of the Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse task force provided updates about the work of their committees Thursday, but not without getting sidetracked discussing the insider's view of the meth drug culture.

Board tables library hearing

Linda Booker won't be removed from the Moffat County Library Board of Trustees, at least not Tuesday.

No frills holiday

Inmates celebrate minimally this season

T.J. Kober thinks he's been granted the best holiday wish.

Students learn language skills with cards

Eighth-grader Hollie Shipley brought two Christmas tree ornaments from home to school for a special project.

Carter Leo Green

Kacey Green and Chad Green of Craig announce the birth of their son, Carter Leo Green, at 5:16 a.m. Nov. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hunter Andrew Snow

Amber Snow and Andy Snow of Craig announce the birth of their son, Hunter Andrew Snow, at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 9, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Cooper Ray Stewart

Erica Stewart and Brandon Stewart of Hamilton announce the birth of their son, Cooper Ray Stewart, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Students open Santa's Workshop

The sound of pounding overshadowed the laughter, but both could be heard in the hallways of Ridgeview Elementary School as students put books aside and opened their own Santa's Workshop.

Learning curve

Commissioner-elect getting ready for first term

Ken Parsons, commissioner-elect for Rio Blanco County, is on an intense learning mission. He wants to learn as much as he can about the county before he is sworn in, in January.

Paityn Jane Cox

Ginger Cox and Zachary Cox of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Paityn Jane Cox, at 9:26 a.m. Dec. 9, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Cracking the (dress) code

Craig's fashions tend to be mostly casual

Casual work days may not just be for Fridays anymore, at least not in Craig.

Thursday, December 16

Datebook for Dec. 17

Today Today is the deadline for entries to the Holiday Tour of Lights sponsored by the Yampa Valley Electric Association and Craig Daily Press. People can enter their own homes or homes of neighbors. Judging will be Saturday and Sunday, and cash prizes will be awarded. Call 824-7031.

Police blotter for Dec. 17

Jail Report Wednesday, Dec. 15 • Brandon Lee Kyle, 31, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of third-degree assault. • Kerry Ann Kyle, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

Robert W. Bedell: 1938-2004

Robert W. Bedell died Dec. 9, 2004, at his home in Hayden following a lengthy illness. He was 66.

Carla Jean Columbia-Nelson: 1951-2004

Carla Jean Columbia-Nelson died Dec. 6, 2004, at her home in Craig. She was 53.

News briefs for Dec. 17

The flu vaccine shortage is easing allowing healthy adults age 50 years and over to receive flu shots. The Visiting Nurse Association, located at 745 Russell St., will hold a drop-in flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. These influenza risk groups will be targeted: persons age 50 and older, infants ages 6 to 23 months, household members of infants younger than 6 months, pregnant women, people aged 2-49 years with chronic medical conditions. Adult shots are $18, children's shots range between free and $15. Medicare/Medicaid participants should bring their cards. Call the VNA at 824-8233.

Rolling in style: Seniors get new high-tech bus

Local senior citizens will be riding in style now that the Moffat County Housing Authority has purchased a new bus to transport them.

Deadline for charter school

Nearly halfway through the school year, Dinosaur Charter School has yet to meet many of the terms of its contract with Moffat County School District.

Failing grades

Two groups don't make adequate yearly progress

Because two student subgroups performed poorly on state assessment tests, Moffat County School District failed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Candle culprit in house fire

Neighbors called Craig Fire and Rescue to a structure fire on Finley Lane at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when they saw smoke coming from the back of Robert Saltzmann's home.

Textbook case

Blaze underscores need for readiness

Mere seconds into a meeting Thursday night that Fire Board members used to ask the public why they voted down department support in November, a call came in for a structure fire on Finley Lane.

Counterfeit $100 bill puzzles Craig police

A legitimate-looking security strip on a recently passed counterfeit $100 bill is baffling Craig police.

Beam me up, Doc

TMH urologist uses new laser for first time

Laser surgery for patients who suffered from an enlarged prostate used to cause a large amount of blood loss and lengthy recovery time. But urologist Dr. Stacy Childs had the first-time opportunity Wednesday to use a new laser on two patients at The Memorial Hospital that -- thanks to the help of technology -- should have them feeling better in no time.

The spirit of the season

Churches wrap up Christmas campaigns, prepare to worship

The Christmas spirit still is alive, and the signs are everywhere.

Mom's revenge is coming

I can't wait until my children hit their teen years and I become the mother who embarrasses them.

Our view: Smoking is a drag, but ...

Cigarette smoking is a deadly and addictive habit that affects not only smokers but also those in their vicinity. It is our hope that anyone who is a smoker will develop the will and the strength to quit.

Getting the ball rolling

Boys set to host WSL basketball tourney; girls travel to Rifle

Moffat County High School junior Jarrod Holmlund had his best game as a varsity player last week with 15 points against Evergreen. He hopes to continue his improvement this weekend, but that's not his top priority.

Man arrested on weapons charge

A Craig man was arrested on suspicion carrying a concealed weapon, allegedly en route to his ex-wife's house, after the worried woman tipped off police.

Wednesday, December 15

News briefs for Dec. 16

A 20-year-old Craig man accidentally shot himself in the hand while rabbit hunting, K.C. Hume, investigator with Moffat County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday. "He's lucky to be alive," Hume said. "It looks like it was a lapse in judgment." Tye Dunsmuir and his 20-year-old Craig friend were traveling in western Moffat County last Saturday looking for Christmas trees to take home when they decided to hunt rabbits on their way back into town, Hume said. Dunsmuir's .22-caliber rifle misfired while he was trying to shoot a rabbit, and he headed back to his truck to get another gun, Hume said. When he went to retrieve a handgun, he crossed over his left arm with the gun and accidentally shot himself. The bullet entered his right forearm and exited through his wrist. But according to the police report, the man didn't know he had shot himself until he started to shift gears in his vehicle. At that time, he motioned for his friend to stop who was driving in another vehicle. His friend drove him to The Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. "It's an important lesson for anyone who is handling firearms," Hume said. "Any time you have a loaded firearm, you don't want to cross anything that you don't want to shoot."

Targeting ephedrine

City Council considers restricting meth ingredient

Pulling all products from store shelves that contain ephedrine means between 50 and 60 medicines would go.

Hospital location

Council favors CNCC property

Taking out the cost factor, the majority of Craig City Council members thought the Colorado Northwestern Community College property was the best site to construct a partial replacement hospital.

Doris Sasges

Doris Sasges of Craig died Tuesday at Sandrock Care and Rehab Center. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

Police blotter for Dec. 16

Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 13 • Rhonda Gaye Thiessen, 44, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. • Darrell Wayne Jarvis, 46, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant. Wednesday, Dec. 15 • William David Sansom, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drugs and first-degree introduction of contraband.

E.C. Day: Craig

This year's gas prices are at a high! And looks like it's not going to get better. So I have come to an idea that I think might help Moffat County and the city of Craig.

Buddy Grinstead: Moffat County Sheriff

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office wants to recognize and thank the Routt County Sheriff's Office and Routt County Search and Rescue for their donations of a Honda ATV and a Bearcat snowmobile. The ATV and snowmobile will be used for search and rescue, and law enforcement purposes. Moffat County Sheriff's Office plans on stationing the ATV and snowmobile in Dinosaur with resident Deputy Vic Alton.

Rough road ahead

Plan to make Victory Way safer annoys some business owners

In an attempt to avoid a battle between the North and the South, business owners in a two-block area along Victory Way will meet to discuss alternatives to a traffic plan under consideration by city officials.

Owens seeks TABOR solution

DENVER -- Gov. Bill Owens will work through the upcoming legislative session with the first Democrat dominated general assembly in 40 years.

Fire Board wants input

Maybe Fire Department officials didn't advertise well enough their plea for needed funds. Possibly, people didn't understand the wording of the department's mill levy request on last November's ballot.

Marijuana found on students in schools

Students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School have been caught with small amounts of marijuana in their possession in separate incidents, said police and school administration.

Money magic for Maybell man

Maybell resident Ken White knows how to stretch money.

Datebook for Dec. 16

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. Children can make holiday tree hats after story time. RSVP by calling 824-5116.

Behind the stripes

Hall of Fame official Pete Pleasant recalls days in black and white

When former high school football officials are voted into the Colorado Football Officials Association Hall of Fame, they are asked to write down a couple of stories they remember. Craig's Pete Pleasant had so many stories, it was hard to decide which ones he was going to write down.

Tuesday, December 14

William Lawrence Nicholson: 1937-2004

William Lawrence Nicholson died Dec. 4, 2004, in Walsh, Colo. He was 67.

Shooting details emerge

Deputy who used deadly force says he had no choice

MEEKER -- Rio Blanco Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Mazzola shot Meeker resident Everett Link nine times Friday night-- six times in his side and back.

County budget adopted

Commissioners OK $41.7 million in expenditures

Just minutes after the Moffat County commissioners approved the 2005 budget, Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Tim Jantz ran into the room, asking who set off the panic alarm.

County considers random drug testing for employees

Moffat County commissioners are considering adopting a drug and alcohol policy that would include random drug testing for certain county employees.

Habitat for Humanity in county

Melinda Bobo volunteers to be chairwoman of local chapter

Melinda Bobo's father was active in Habitat for Humanity as she was growing up. When she became assistant pastor at a church in Minnesota, she was surrounded by parishioners enthusiastic about helping others.

Datebook for Dec. 15

Today Today is the deadline to reserve a seat for a free "tea party" for children ages 6 to 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club. There will be an etiquette lesson and dance, and Santa Claus will also be visiting. Call 826-0411 to make reservations.

News briefs for Dec. 15

The Craig Elks National Hoop Shoot was Saturday at the Craig Middle School and drew 30 contestants. The first place winner in the ages 8 to 9 girls group was Kadie Kulberg; second place was Erika Kipfer. Erika will be going to the district competition in Kadie's place. In the ages 8 to 9 boys group, Peyton Trask took first place. In the ages 10 to 11 girls group, Chanda Walker received first place. Brian Davidson was awarded first place in the ages 10 to 11 boys group. Armando Lopez was awarded first place in the ages 12 to 13 boys group. There were no female contestants in the 12 to 13 age category. The district competition will be in Rangely on Jan. 22. After district competitions, winners will move on to state, regional and finally national competition. The national winner will win a trip to Springfield, Mass., and have his or her name inscribed on the Elks Hoop Shoot Wall of Honor at the Dr. James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame building.

Our view: Wide awake about meth

C.O.M.A. is an interesting name for the anti-meth task force.

Stroke victim's call leads to rescue

James Harris has been in nursing for 21 years, but he's never experienced a situation like the one that happened recently at The Memorial Hospital.

Eighth-graders take title

CMS boys win district tournament championship

Before the Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team took the court in the district tournament championship game coach Tom Dockstader was reminded by his youngest son, Mark, about what was important.

Blind Pigs flying high at Loudy-Simpson

Men's A-League hockey takes off in Craig

Hockey continues to expand in Craig.

Monday, December 13

Jerri Lee

Jeri Lee, formerly of Craig, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, in Denver. A wake will be held Friday, Dec. 17 at her home in Cañon City, Colo. For more information, call Cherratina Pankey at 326-8845.

Christmas programs more than entertainment

An elementary level performance may seem both touching and amusing to some, but to teachers each play is a lesson -- part of what students must learn as they work their way through the Moffat County School District.

'Dogs dominate weekend duals

The early season strife seems to have passed through the Moffat County High School wrestling team during the weekend.

Bulldog basketball teams tame Cougars

The Moffat County High School girls and boys basketball teams went into Evergreen on Saturday with expectations of close games. The boys found what they expected, and the girls played well enough early to keep their game from being close.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park

I knew a dog once that was very friendly and wouldn't hurt anyone -- I knew the children who owned and played with the dog and yet, one day I happened upon a calf that was alive but this particular dog was in the process of eating a hindquarter off the calf. And he had changed from the nice friendly dog into a dog like Cujo! Do you have any idea what it is like to carry around the image of the terror in the calf's eyes and the pain and suffering? Yes, that dog went to dog "wherever" in a hurry! It is scary to think that Judi Hunt is upset because an officer shot her dog for harassing a deer. What if it had been a small child? I don't care how wonderful you think your dog is, the fact remains that a dog is a dog and under the right circumstances, a dog can and will do about anything. If you own a dog, you need to be responsible for that animal because it can't reasonably think things out and always do the right thing.

Carolyn Nicholson and family: Craig

The Nicholson family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following people for their generosity and gifts of caring during our time of need: Gay Albers, Tom Ripkoski, Chris Runyan and Craig Electric, Valerie Stewart and Chris Coulter for taking such good care of our children during the service, Virginia Cromer and the individuals of Auxiliary Post 4265, Calvary Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary, Sue Lyster, Cathy Dremel and LaRae Moon, Maxine Empson and Dave Barnes. We thank everyone for the cards, phone calls, food, support and prayers that have been shared with our family. Sorry we cannot mention everyone by name, but please know that we are all truly grateful.

Fred and Angie Pastore: Craig

This is an open letter to the residents of Craig.

'Elves' ready for workshop

19 students have made 21 gifts for area children

Students dressed like elves and the deafening medley of whirring saws and pounding nails pouring from the Moffat County High School's woodshop class can only mean one thing: The annual Santa's workshop is coming soon.

Internet upgrades coming

Project promises to improve 'sad' local Web sites

Logging onto the city of Craig's Web site, you'll find Carl Chapman -- whose term expired in 2003 -- listed as a City Council member. The city code was last updated for the Web site in 2002.

Meeker shooting probe continues

Before a Rio Blanco County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed Everett Link, the 39-year-old Meeker resident had been arrested for alcohol-related crimes at least three times.

Postal Service prepares for final push

Monday marked the busiest day yet for the Craig Post Office.

Datebook for Dec. 14

Today 9 a.m. U.S. Department of .Agriculture commodities will be distributed at the Maybell Community Center until 9:30 a.m. Distributions in Craig and Dinosaur are tomorrow. Call the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

News briefs for Dec. 14

A community coat drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbine Apartments on 655 Wickes Ave. Anyone who needs a coat may come to the drives; there is a limit of one coat a person a year. Parents can pick up coats for their children. If you need a coat after the final distribution, please call the Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400.

Police blotter for Dec. 14

Jail Report Friday, Dec. 10 • Michael Harvey Buttenham, 51, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. • John Leroy Schnacker, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant. Saturday, Dec. 11 • Christopher James Redmond, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving a vehicle with excessive alcohol content and careless driving. Sunday, Dec. 12 • Timothy Lawrence Moschetti, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Moffat County neighbors

Name: Ron Kruczek Occupation: Veterinarian

James Barnhart

James Barnhart of Craig died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Denver.

Robert W. Bedell

aRobert W. Bedell of Hayden, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Hayden Congregational Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

Sunday, December 12

State investigates fatal shooting near Meeker

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating a fatal shooting near Meeker involving a Rio Blanco County sheriff's deputy.

Great expectations

At the end of the Green Valley Duals in Las Vegas last week, the Moffat County High School wrestlers asked me if I wanted to take a team picture with their fifth-place trophy.

Friends, indeed

Library club funds special projects

The old Payless Shoesource at Centennial Mall was lined with used books Friday and Saturday, including romance novels, children's pop-up books and encyclopedias. And no matter what the book, it cost 50 cents per pound.

An offer too good to pass up

Craft fair gives free space to nonprofits and senior citizens

Megan Trujillo was stationed at her booth at the Winter Arts and Crafts Show at Centennial Mall after school Friday and all day Saturday in hopes of earning money to fund her trip to Washington, D.C., next summer.

Homes for the holidays

Craig Rotary Club sponsors Holiday Haome Tour

The smell of warm apple cider wafted out the door of the county home of Sheila and Scott Brennise on Saturday afternoon. Pairs of shoes scattered their front porch. And high ceilings and elaborate holiday decorations welcomed near strangers to examine their newly built home on Highway 394.

Make a wish upon a tree

Entrega fulfills longings, helps families in need

Jean Ford grew up in a family with seven children, and her mother often did not have any money to buy gifts for them at Christmastime.

Datebook for Dec. 13

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena is open for the 2004 skating season. Session times vary according to the daily schedule of hockey practice and figure skating practice. Open skating sessions are an hour and a half and are available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for December are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

News briefs for Dec. 13

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs. Like last year, bands will be judged by a panel of five local musicians. Winners will receive recognition in the newspaper, on the radio and with a one night, all ages gig at a local music venue. Battle of the Bands sign up will begin in March. For more information, call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com.

'I believe in professionalism'

Name: Sherrie Knez Name of Business/Address: Knez Ovations Spa and Salon, 1592 W. Victory Way, 824-0341.

Steamboat man serious after bar fight on Sunday

A fight that broke out in a downtown bar Sunday morning sent one man to a Denver hospital in critical condition and another to jail.

Strokes of genius

Delay doesn't slow state-qualifying medley relay

An hour delay only built up the anticipation for the Moffat County High School's 200-meter medley relay team.

Cajun hospitality

Gabriel and Joy Daigle's one-of-a-kind approach helped established them as Craig restauranteurs

Gabriel and Joy Daigle moved to Northwest Colorado from Louisiana with plans to begin their retirement. The retirement lasted all of three years when they decided it was time to start working again.

Friday, December 10

Zero tolerance: Bomb hoaxes are no joke

E-mailed threat last month set in motion a procedure planned well in advance

There is no such thing as a bomb threat that's a "joke" to officials with the Moffat County School District, and it certainly wouldn't be funny to any student caught making a bomb threat.

Star student

According to his teacher, Maybell Elementary School student Aaron Shaffer is truly one of the hardest-working students in the classroom.

Special deliveries

TMH taking baby steps back into business of newborns

Tammy Villard would like nothing more than to have her children's birth certificates say they were born in Craig. But the mother of 2-week-old Emma and 2-year-old Allie doesn't think local services can match the care and positive experiences she's received from doctors at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Four fire plans

Proposals' futures still in question

The Moffat County fire plan is either heating up or cooling down, depending on the actions of the next commissioner board.

CWD testing decreases

As the Colorado Division of Wildlife begins collating data from Colorado's four major rifle seasons, it's become clear that chronic wasting disease testing submissions are down yet again.

Datebook for Dec. 11

6 a.m. The Substance Abuse Prevention Program is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser until 11 a.m. at Craig's McDonald's. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased from Moffat County School District students who are in third through sixth grades or from the Craig Police Department. Tickets are also available at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships, after school programs and DARE. For more information, call the Police Department at 826-2360.

Harry Jay Duncan

Duncan was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Serene, Colo., to Thomas Nelson and Emile O'Tillia "Tillie" Duncan.

Briefs for Dec. 11

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its 2005 Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Applications received through Friday will be considered for enrollment in the 2005 Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and applications received after Friday will be considered during enrollment periods in 2005 or early 2006.

Gung-ho for gun safety

Elementary school students learn to leave firearms alone

Clever mottos often are used to help a message sink in. Who doesn't know what Smokey Bear stands for or to "give a hoot, don't pollute"?

Longtime public servant moves on

Sixteen years as Rio Blanco County commissioner, several years serving on numerous boards and even a few years on the Rangely School Board is enough for Rio Blanco County resident Don Davis. Although he said he likes serving, he is ready to move on.

Spa owner touts massage

MEEKER -- People who indulge themselves to regular massage therapy treatments swear that the service is worth the time and money.

Wrestlers wreak havoc in Union

Eight wrestlers, including all five seniors, undefeated

Kyle Fredrickson didn't look like a wrestler who had just pinned his four opponents for an undefeated night.

Our View: A handful of feathers

The Moffat County commissioners raised some eyebrows this week by passing on an opportunity to bring in some additional revenue to both the county and city.

Letters for Dec. 11

The Moffat County commissioners raised some eyebrows this week by passing on an opportunity to bring in some additional revenue to both the county and city.

Dating dilemma: Pub or church?

Where do singles in Craig go to find Mr. or Miss Right?

Mathers' Bar and Grill is packed on a weekend nights with men and women looking to have a good time and possibly find a significant other.

Thursday, December 9

Telesfora Reynalda Osborn: 1933-2004

Telesfora Reynalda Osborn died Nov. 30, 2004, in Steamboat Springs after a lengthy illness. She was 71.

Fire destroys home in Baggs

Enriques family draws support from community

Paula Enriques knew something was wrong Wednesday morning when her 5-year-old son, Paco, came into the bathroom where she was taking a shower. Hearing a big bang, Paula wrapped herself in a towel and ran outside with her son after she noticed the back wall of the house, 115 N. Major St., that she was renting in Baggs, Wyo., was engulfed in flames.

Stewardship beginning to narrow its focus

Members ready to discuss natural resources

After one year of discussions about how the Northwest Colorado Stewardship should operate, the group's members are ready to begin discussing natural resource issues.

Putting on an act

Craig Performing Arts Project readies for performance

Something's afoot among theater enthusiasts in Craig who plan to bring the dramatic arts back to this town.

Man says neighbor threatened him

A renter at the Simmons Rooms apartment complex told police another renter threatened to slit his throat with a pocketknife demanding back $8 for a pack of cigarettes and some energy bars that he had lent the man.

Datebook for Dec. 10

Today Today is the last day to register for the Craig Youth Hockey Night League Program. Register at Craig Parks and Recreation. The cost is $79 and practices begin in January. Call Wendy Otis at 826-0700 or Mike Boatright at 824-2046.

News briefs for Dec. 10

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig and The Memorial Hospital are hosting a tea party for children ages 6 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Boys and Girls Club. The tea party is free to all Craig youths and will feature an etiquette lesson, dance and visit from Santa Claus. Those interested in attending need to RSVP to the Boys and Girls Club at 826-0411 by Wednesday to reserve a space.These organizations, along with Young Life and Grand Futures, are also sponsoring a formal dance for seventh- and eighth-graders from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 18. A professional disc jockey will play, drinks are provided and pizza will be available for purchase. Admission to the dance is $5 a person or $8 a pair.

Carla Nelson

Memorial services for Carla Nelson will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Robert Nelson, 757 Washington St., Craig, CO 81625.

Ruby Mitchell

Ruby Mitchell, former Hayden and Craig area resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, in Greeley. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Roll has inducted five high-achieving high school students in Craig and Hayden in recognition of their academic success: Andrew T. Bockelman and Holly Nicole Firestone of Moffat County High School and Mariah Lee Doolin, Margery Nicole Jones and John Yager of Hayden High School.

Honor Choirs

The vocal music department of Moffat County High School announced recent selections to honor choirs.

Joseph A. Neff

Air Force Airman Joseph A. Neff has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Brigham J. Crane

Brigham J. Crane has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

Police blotter for Dec. 10

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Dec. 8 • A bicycle was found.

Diaper delusions

Nikki -- at 3 years, 3 months old -- is finally potty trained.

Our view: Wild about horses

Horse lovers are up in arms about a congressional spending bill headed for the president's desk that contains a provision that eliminates federal protection for wild horses.

Selling coffee to help people locally, globally

Two local churches are using coffee to support poverty-stricken foreign workers and those in need in their own backyards.

Youths hoop it up

Six-week basketball season for children is under way

The art of the screen was nearly perfected Wednesday night at Sunset Elementary School during a Craig Parks and Recreation youth basketball league game.

Home ice

All Cougar hockey teams have games at Loudy-Simpson this weekend

Hockey lovers will have no problem getting their fixes of hockey this weekend in Craig.

Raeleigh Raye Rust

Qiana Rust and Randy Rust of Meeker announce the birth of their son, Raeleigh Raye Rust, at 1:02 a.m., Nov. 30, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Elijah Dean LeBlanc

Kelly LeBlanc and Barry LeBlanc of Meeker announce the birth of their son, Elijah Dean LeBlanc, at 8:00 a.m., Dec. 3, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Wendy Sue Hess

Miriam Hess and Marvin Hess of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Wendy Sue Hess, at 9:15 a.m., Dec. 1, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

A holly, jolly effort

Community support pours in for Christmas for Kids

Moffat County United Way Director Corrie Scott thinks no child should be without a Christmas present, and this year a generous community has ensured that won't happen.

Wednesday, December 8

SAR: Moffat County schools 'average'

Seven thousand, seven hundred and sixty-nine dollars buys Moffat County School District students an education the state deems average.

Finding funding

Meth prevention group asks employers for help

Twentymile Coal Company spent $50,000 last year on drug rehabilitation programs for four of its about 400 employees, said Ron Spangler, the company's human resource manager.

BOCC threatens to pull permit

State says it will have a fence in place soon at camping site

After waiting four years for the Colorado State Parks to build a fence at a camping site near the Maybell Bridge, the Moffat County commissioners are ready to revoke the state park's conditional use permit.

Five Bulldogs named All-League

The Moffat County High School football team gathered Monday night to celebrate it's season. For coach Kip Hafey, it also was a celebration of the program's continued improvement.

Ideas flow for Northwest Colorado brand

Northwest Colorado's brand will likely be ... well, a brand.

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center

The residents and staff of Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the Craig Lions Club for their thoughtfulness. May you all have a joyous holiday season. God bless you all.

Former dental worker faces 23 felony charges

A former employee of Dr. John Ilko, a Craig dentist, is facing 23 felony charges for alleged theft and forgery in separate incidents dating back to January 2003.

Animal ID project focus of town hall meetings

Colorado livestock producers will have an opportunity to learn first-hand from their peers about Colorado's Animal ID Pilot Project during a series of town hall meetings scheduled across Colorado throughout December 2004 and January 2005.

County will consider hepatitis vaccinations

Midway through 2004, doctors had diagnosed 20 hepatitis cases in Colorado.

Magic is in the cards for reader

Bridgette Harris often can be found in 3 C's Card Shop either officiating or playing games of Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that has become extremely popular since its creation in 1993.

Datebook for Dec. 9

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet to review "Waiting for Snow in Havana" by Carlos Eire at Serendipity coffee shop. Call Jan at 824-4136.

News briefs for Dec. 9

The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital is requesting that interested residents join them in the evaluation of the remaining sites under consideration for the construction of the new partial replacement hospital building. Sites being evaluated are the Wilson property, Kloos property and CNCC property. The Board is forming an Advisory Group of 12 to 15 residents to provide a recommendation to the board. The next meeting for discussion of this topic will be during the Craig City Council meeting with the hospital board at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A final advisory group meeting to determine the final recommendation will be held at a later date; those interested in participating in the Advisory Board or want to voice their opinions on the relocation should call Pam Thompson, TMH community relations director, at 826-3109. Residents also can send an e-mail to tmhpr@amigo.net.

Police blotter for Dec. 9

Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 7 • Sherry Joanne Bristow, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. Craig Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 7 • Shoes were reported stolen from Cashway. • A juvenile disturbance was reported. • Fraud by check was reported by the Golden Cavvy. • Fraud by check was reported by Tri State Equipment. • Fraud by check was reported by Moffat Family Clinic.

Lydia Christell Robertson: 1917-2004

Lydia Christell Robertson of Craig, died Nov. 27, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 87.

Brad Keadle: Thornton

It was refreshing to see the outcome of the Sadvar case. Having a son that went through the same situation in Craig, it was nice to see a good outcome.

Red Petersen: Craig

I am writing about the letter "Gun-happy officers have no place in law enforcement" by Judi Hunt.

Our view: A lesson about openness

Last Thursday, county commissioners discussed an interesting letter that Moffat County library trustee John Ponikvar wrote to a fellow board member.

Teen runs grill business

With family's help, Natasha Chapman takes lead role in Nanaco Outdoors

What started as an excellent meal has turned into a business that covers three counties for one 15-year-old girl.

Cooking a leading fire source

Year after year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured as a result of one of humankind's most essential and pleasurable activities: cooking.

KRAI drive nets $21,500

Joshua Fleming, program director for KRAI 93.7 and 102.3, teared up at the end of the Holiday Drive hosted by the radio station, but it wasn't because the station didn't meet its goal.

Going to the big dance

Cheerleaders, dancers get ready for State Spirit Competition this weekend

The Moffat County High School Dance and Cheer teams spend most of the school year entertaining and cheering others.

Swimmers tune up in Grand Junction

There weren't any spectacular performances during the opening weekend for the Moffat County High School swim team, but nobody expected that would happen at the beginning of the season.

Tuesday, December 7

City budget tops $13 million

Due to flat revenues, city to use savings to cover increase in expenditures

Nearly $13.3 million dollars will come in and out of city coffers next year. At least that's what officials are projecting.

Pipeline progress

Entrega has reached deals with 75 percent of affected landowners

After seven months of negotiations, Entrega Gas Pipeline Co. has closed right-of-way deals with 75 percent of the landowners who will be affected by a pipeline crossing Moffat County.

Library discussion scheduled

County to meet with Booker Dec. 21

The Moffat County Commissioners will move forward with a discussion about removing Linda Booker from the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees.

TMH nurse receives 5-day jail sentence

Court officials agreed Tuesday that a nurse from The Memorial Hospital who previously pleaded guilty to obtaining a prescription drug illegally would probably not appear in front of a judge again.

Datebook for Dec. 8

Today Today is the deadline for the fourth annual Hayden Senior Holiday "Friendship" Tea on Saturday, sponsored by The Haven and the Hayden Recreation Board, at The Haven. Entertainment will be provided on the harp and piano by Andrea Erickson. Sign up by calling Lindsay at 276-3741, ext. 16. Noon The "Books are Fun" book fair at Craig Intermediate School library will be open until 7 p.m. Multiple copies of more than 200 book titles will be available as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will benefit the intermediate school's library and school. Call 824-3287. 3 p.m. Quest Bible-based activities program for children grades kindergarten through fourth will meet at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until 4:45 p.m. through April 30. Stories, activities and snacks are provided. Call 824-3039. 6:30 p.m. Awana groups for ages 3 through sixth grade meet at the First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Call Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926. Thursday, Dec. 9 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet to review "Waiting for Snow in Havana" by Carlos Eire at Serendipity coffee shop. Call Jan at 824-4136. 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. Children can decorate cookies after story time. RSVP by calling 824-5116. Noon The "Books are Fun" book fair at Craig Intermediate School library will be open until 7 p.m. Multiple copies of more than 200 book titles will be available as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will benefit the intermediate school's library and school. Call 824-3287. 4 p.m. Compassionate Friends meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., in the basement until 5 p.m. The mission of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Call Audrey Danner at 824-6636. 6 p.m. Teen Mothers of Preschoolers meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., until 7:30 p.m. All mothers with children ages birth to kindergarten are welcome. Child care and dinner are provided. Call 824-6549. 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus will meet at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call 824-5488 or 824-5330. Friday, Dec. 10 Friday is the last day to register for the Craig Youth Hockey Night League Program for ages 7 to 12. Register at Craig Parks and Recreation. The cost is $79 and practices begin in January. For more information, call Wendy Otis at 826-0700 or Mike Boatright at 824-2046. Friday is the last day to register for the Community Ski Club. The club is open to anyone from sixth grade to adult. The registration fee is $10, and lift tickets are offered at a discounted price. Call 826-2029. 9 a.m. The Friends of the Library group is having a used book sale today at Centennial Mall (inside the old Payless Shoesource) until 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. A community playgroup for parents with young children is scheduled at the Early Childhood Education Center, 775 Yampa Ave. Call 824-0371. Noon The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is at Centennial Mall until 7 p.m. Crafts and other items from senior citizens and nonprofit groups will be for sale. Call 824-7011 for booth availability. 7:30 p.m.The Militant Labor Forum presents "U.S. out of Iraq! Bring the troops home now!" at the Militant Labor Forum Hall on 11 W. Victory Way, Suite 205. A speaker representing the Socialist Workers Party will be present. Call 824-6380. Saturday, Dec. 11 6 a.m. The Substance Abuse Prevention Program is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser until 11 a.m. at Craig's McDonald's. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased from Moffat County School District students who are in third through sixth grade or from the Craig Police Department. Tickets also are available at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships, after-school programs and DARE. Call the police department at 826-2360. 8 a.m. The Elks hold their National Hoop Shoot for ages 8 to 13 at the Craig Middle School west campus. Sign-in starts at 8 a.m., but children can be registered by calling Dora at 824-2251. Children must bring copies of their birth certificates that show they are between 8 and 13 years old as of April 1, 2005. The shoot starts at 9 a.m. Call Jodi or Dora at 824-2251. 9 a.m. The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is at Centennial Mall until 5 p.m. Crafts and other items from senior citizens and nonprofit groups will be for sale. Call 824-7011 for booth availability. 9 a.m. The Friends of the Library group is having a used book sale today at Centennial Mall (inside the old Payless Shoesource) until 5 p.m. Noon The Craig Rotary Club is sponsoring a Holiday Home Tour until 4 p.m. Participants can purchase a $5 program that describes the homes at the first house they visit. Proceeds will benefit Rotary Club scholarships and other programs. Homes featured this year are 1005 Pershing St., 107 Moffat County Road 22, 5801 Highway 394 and 866 Villa View Dr. 1 p.m. The ladies of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace are presenting a Christmas Tea in the Victorian themed tea room at Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St. Tickets are $5. Call Susie Aiken at 824-9633. 1:30 p.m. The fourth annual Hayden Senior Holiday "Friendship" Tea, sponsored by The Haven and the Hayden Recreation Board, is at The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane. Entertainment will be provided on the harp and piano by Andrea Erickson. Attendants should have signed up no later than today by calling Lindsay at 276-3741, ext. 16. 2 p.m. Community Coat Distribution is at Ridgeview West Apartments, 615 Riford Road, Apt. 2-E, until 5 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available to all. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. The drive is sponsored by Love In the name of Christ of the Yampa Valley. Call 826-4400.

News briefs for Dec. 8

Community coat drives are scheduled for Saturday and Dec. 18; these are the last two dates for the distribution. The drive Saturday will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ridgeview West Apartments, 615 Riford Road, Apt. 2-E. The last drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Columbine Apartments, 655 Wickes Ave. Anyone who needs a coat may come to the drives; there is a limit of one coat a person a year. Parents can pick up coats for their children. If you need a coat after the final distribution, call the Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400.

Police blotter for Dec. 8

Craig Police Department Monday, Dec. 6 • A fight was reported. • Officers found suspected marijuana.

Carla Nelson

Carla Nelson of Craig died Monday night in her home. Service are pending.

William Nicholson

Funeral services for William Nicholson will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at the First Congregational Church. Interment will be afterward in the Craig Cemetery.

Monday, December 6

Steve Bonowski: Lakewood

I am active on the Northwest Colorado Stewardship.

M. Randell Phelps: Administrator, The Memorial Hospital

I am compelled to correct information that was reported in the Dec. 2 Craig Daily Press and statements that were directly attributed to me. The two places where I was quoted are not accurate and I did not say them in the manner quoted. These mistakes were in the article entitled, "TMH getting less money from county."

William Nicholson

aWilliam Nicholson of Craig died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in Walsh, Colo. Services are pending.

Daisy Marie Kurth: 1920-2004

Daisy Marie Kurth died Nov. 24, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, after a short illness. She was 84.

KRAI holiday drive needs support

For three years, the Craig Elks Club has been donating toys to the KRAI 93.7 and 102.5 Holiday Drive, but this is the first year the Elks had to put sideboards on the truck hauling the toys.

Former deputy gets jail for probation violation

A former Moffat County detention officer, who previously had pleaded guilty to having sex with a female inmate while working at the Moffat County Jail, was sentenced to 90 days in county jail, four years of supervised probation and 300 hours of public service for violating terms of his probation in the 2003 case.

Profits by the book

CIS hopes to cash in on holidays with sale

In a sea of school-based fund-raisers, Craig Intermediate School has one that it hopes will appeal to those of any age.

School official cleared in case of alleged assault

Craig Police said they are changing the wording in a police report to reflect that it wasn't a Moffat County High School official who allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student during a football game Nov. 20.

Datebook for Dec. 7

Today Noon The "Books are Fun" book fair at Craig Intermediate School library will be open until 7 p.m. Multiple copies of more than 200 book titles will be available as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will benefit the intermediate school and its library. Call 824-3287.

Police blotter for Dec. 7

Craig Police Department Friday, Dec. 3 • Police responded to a threat of violence.

News briefs for Dec. 7

Craig Parks and Recreation will be offering a 36-hour lifeguard training course. Anyone interested in being a lifeguard must pass this class. A preliminary swim test is Wednesday at the high school's indoor pool, and participants must be at least 15 years old. The fee is $70. Classes will be from Dec. 18 to 22 excluding Sunday. To register or for more information, call 826-2017.

Library trustee Booker targeted

Commissioner Les Hampton makes motion for removal

During a special meeting Thursday, Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton made a motion to remove Linda Booker from the Moffat County Library Board of Trustees.

Public weighs in on hospital location

Jim Meineke thinks the new hospital should be built on the Kloos site, because the low-lying area would be easily accessible year round. Cindy Biskup's vote goes out for a site owned by Colorado Northwest Community College because of potential long-term benefits that a new, adjacent college facility might bring. A few others visualized the new hospital at the Wilson site, gracing Craig's west entrance.

County receives revenue exemption

Moffat County will receive an exemption from a state statute limiting the growth of property taxes generated by new oil and gas production.

Boys basketball starts with split

The Moffat County High School boy's basketball team played two complete halves in their opening weekend of play. The only problem is, they played two games.

Lady 'Dogs sweep Utah hoop teams

If the opening weekend is any indicator, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team is going to reach new levels this season.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Sandra Kruczek Occupation: Veterinary assistant, pet behavior counselor, music teacher

Harry Kourlis Jr.

Harry Kourlis, Jr., M.D., was named one of the top 200 doctors in the Dallas area. Harry was born in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1980. He is the son of Effie Kourlis.

John E. Husband: Field manager, Little Snake Field Office, BLM

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help us celebrate the opening of our new Little Snake Field Office and Northwest Colorado Fire Center office building Thursday. The celebration far exceeded my expectations, and everyone I spoke with said they thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was great to see so many friends and neighbors who showed up take part in the festivities.

Sunday, December 5

Where in the world is Dottie Petrini?

Maybell woman always seeking new adventures

Dottie Petrini may live in the middle of rural Colorado, but the 74-year-old Maybell globetrotter carries with her a little taste of everywhere.

Hitting the road

Susan Bowler retires from VNA to take trip

Susan Bowler is hitting the road. She's retiring from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to visit a few places of her own.

Speaking their minds

Speech, debate teams prepare for competition

Sean Smith wants to be a lawyer, and he said the Moffat County High School speech and debate team will help him obtain his dream.

Eating for good cause

Employees of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office could be found serving pancakes, sausage and juice Saturday morning at McDonald's on Victory Way.

Be on the side of your customers

Name: Curtis Thompson Name of Business/Address: TNT Custom Body & Paint, 451 Green St., 824-5683

CNCC students' fund-raiser is huge success

Two cosmetology students at Colorado Northwestern Community College who are mothers from Steamboat Springs used some of the same skills they've used for fund-raising at their children's school to help students at the Cosmetology Center.

Datebook for Dec. 6

Today Noon Today begins the "Books are Fun" book fair at Craig Intermediate School library that will run through Thursday. The fair will be open until 7 p.m. and offers multiple copies of more than 200 titles as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will be used to benefit the intermediate school's library and school. Call 824-3287.

News briefs for Dec. 6

The Craig Intermediate School library is sponsoring a "Books are Fun" book fair this week from noon to 7 p.m. through Thursday. More than 200 titles for children and adults will be available, as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will be used to benefit Craig Intermediate School and its library. Call 824-3287 for more information.

Overweight grapplers cost Bulldogs

Three wrestlers forced to sit out Green Valley Duals

LAS VEGAS -- Saturday was Roman Gutierrez's birthday but his team ended up giving more gifts to their opponents than to their coach.

Friday, December 3

Test helps students determine careers

With a plethora of job opportunities at their feet, some high school students may find making a decision difficult.

Star student: Cheerleading this student's 'thing'

There's not much modesty surrounding Stephanie Balderston -- and no reason for it anyway.

Author publishes kids book

Most people either know Dolly Viscardi because she taught preschool or because she wrote for the Meeker Herald.

From the slots to the stands

Vegas trip has dual purposes for wrestling supporters

For nine years, families of Moffat County High School wrestlers have trekked here hoping to see two things -- pins and triple sevens.

Sophomores show seniors how it's done

The first lesson of the season for the Moffat County High School wrestling team wasn't for the seven sophomores supposedly learning how to wrestle on varsity. It was for the upperclassmen.

Judi Hunt: Gun-happy officers have no place in law enforcement

I was in the doctor's office talking with the other people in the waiting room. I reiterated a recent event that had saddened me and my family. One of the women asked me to write a letter to the paper so that the people's voice could be heard.

The Moffat County Football Parents: Lots of thank-yous

We would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the residents of Moffat County for everything they did to make our 2004 football season such a success. It wasn't just the act of one business or individual, but it was a team effort by all our wonderful fans, players, coaches, cheerleaders, dance team, trainers, band members and parents.

Valerie James-Patton: Wild horses slaughtered as foreign delicacy, not dog food

In response to Rob Gebhart's story "Some upset with new law regarding wild horses" on Dec 1, I am surprised Mr. Gebhart wrote this article without researching the issue. No. 1, horses are not slaughtered and processed into dog food. Dog food companies have stopped using horse meat for more than 20 years. The meat is unsafe, unhealthy and not fit for dogs. American horses are not raised for food, and so they receive medications, vaccinations, dewormers and various other drugs that stay in the meat and can be toxic. And because of American morals and values, Americans did not like the idea of feeding one pet to another.

Our View: Say nay or pay

It's no wonder the American public feels like the federal government railroads taxpayers.

Learning to live strong

Armstrong fans wearing their hearts on their wrists

John Forgay wears a daily reminder of the struggles he's been through. Every time he looks at his wrist, he remembers.

Kiwanians award funds to future leaders

Emily Krogman was surprised when she learned she was this year's recipient of a Kiwanis Club leadership camp scholarship.

No protection for bird

Panel concludes sage grouse outlook less than dire

The greater sage grouse has a low risk of becoming extinct, and it does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to an advisory board of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists.

High-speed chase ends with arrest

BAGGS, Wyo. -- Residents poured out of houses and businesses Friday morning to watch as an entourage of police vehicles screamed down the town's main street, and law enforcement officers ordered a driver out of a vehicle at gunpoint.

County overhauls reimbursements

Next year's Moffat County Emergency Management Department budget will include some changes to clarify the use of emergency management reimbursements from the state.

Judge sets $1M bond for shooting suspect

A juvenile who prosecutors have identified as the lone suspect in the shooting death of James Calvin Pogline, 32, was handed a $1 million bond in an emotional appearance Thursday in District Court.

Datebook for Dec. 4

6 a.m. The Substance Abuse Prevention Program is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser until 11 a.m. at Craig's McDonald's. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships, after-school programs and DARE. For more information, call the police department at 826-2360.

Briefs for Dec. 4

The Extraordinary Confounding Confabulous Christmas Art Show is on at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. A public reception will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today. Eighteen artists' works in watercolor, oil, pastel and a few 3-dimension items and mixed media are in the balcony section of the museum for this show, which is sponsored by the museum and Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Harry J. Duncan

Harry J. Duncan, longtime Snake River resident, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at St. Paul's Church in Dixon, Wyo. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Church or the charity of your choice, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Thursday, December 2

Paying to play

Congress mulls making Fee Demo permanent

Outdoor enthusiasts should plan to pack their wallets when they head out to public lands.

Police Blotter for Dec. 3

Law enforcement Jail report Wednesday, Dec. 1 Brian Earl DeVincent, 40, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear.

BLM celebrates grand opening

New building enhances visitors' first impressions of Craig

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office celebrated the grand opening of its new building Thursday with music, food and a visit from Smokey Bear.

Pin City

Wrestlers look to build confidence in Vegas tourney

LAS VEGAS -- On Thursday, Trenton Duarte learned what it was like to fly. Today he hopes to learn what it's like to be a Moffat County High School varsity wrestler.

Young and wrestless

Team with six returning state qualifiers is young for Bulldogs

A possible shopping list for the 2005 Moffat County High School wrestling team: Bandages and ice for after the tough practices, music for the long road trips and diapers and baby food for the uncharacteristic number of underclassmen on varsity.

Center for businesses will close

SBDC services will shift to classroom

Colorado Northwestern Community College is closing the Craig Small Business Development Center as a cost-cutting measure, but services still will be available as part of small-business classes.

Angel Tree helps at holiday time

Church will help provide gifts to children whose parents are in prison

When parents are in prison, their children do hard time, too.

Christina Currie: A challenge even a grouch can't resist

I have a co-worker who stoutly maintains his dislike of children.

Our View: Raftopoulos, Hampton served well

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, Marianna Raftopoulos and the other Moffat County commissioners were in the midst of painful cuts to balance a meager budget.

Back in time

Weekend festival celebrates Browns Park history

A strong sense of history is never far from the Browns Parks area, but people can be sure to tap into the past at this Saturday's John Jarvie Winter Fest.

Sheriff: Keep animals penned

Judi Hunt didn't think it was fair that a Moffat County sheriff's deputy shot and killed her dog "Brody" after it had allegedly chased a sick deer.

Wednesday, December 1

Schneider finds comfort in hometown routines

Bill Schneider has made the Craig Daily Press office one of his regular morning stops.

Hospital site selection committee under way

The goal is to choose a site for a new hospital. But about 15 members of a recently formed advisory committee have the charge of weighing all the options.

Police blotter for Dec. 2

Law enforcement Jail report

EDP advances strategic plan with city's vision

Members of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership are working to put four hours of strategic planning into a working plan.

Datebook for Dec. 2

9 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution is at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. The coat drive runs through Friday. Call 826-6836.

Commissioner honored for distinguished service by CCI

Colorado Counties Inc., a statewide organization of county commissioners, honored Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos with a distinguished service award Tuesday night.

TMH getting less money from county

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved a 2005 budget that reflects a decrease in contributions from Moffat County's general fund.

Energy companies say county's future bright

Seventy million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, Moffat County had beaches bordering a sea that covered much of North America.

Cheers!

CMS squad caps comeback with regional title

Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Craig Middle School cheerleading squad has risen from near death to take first place at a regional competition at Mesa State College.

Lighting it up

Defensive-minded Bulldogs can score this year

In the last drill of Wednesday's practice, the varsity and JV players on the Moffat County High School boys basketball team were on fire.