Sunday, February 29
CNCC's Hehr nominated for Nightingale Award
The instructor of Colorado Northwestern Community College's nursing program has been nominated for a prestigious nursing award.
Potential general surgeon visits Craig on trial basis
The physician who may become the new general surgeon at The Memorial Hospital is scheduled to arrive in Craig today to try out the position for one month.
Conservationists may encourage Coloradans to save water, but one unwanted Colorado resident isn't heeding the advice.
FRUITA -- Depending on one's point of view, either the Glenwood Springs girls full-court press started to work too late or the Moffat County girls did just enough to get a win.
The Colorado Senate unanimously offered support last week for a resolution that would help rural veterans gain convenient access to health care.
FRUITA -- If the Moffat County boys basketball team ever scrimmaged against itself, it may have looked like a game against Montrose.
Aspiring singer draws inspiration from grandfather, envisions Broadway
Jori Hollenbeck had only sung one verse of the national anthem for sound check at the state wrestling championships when a little boy came up to her and handed her a business card.
Friday, February 27
PALISADE -- The top two scorers in the Western Slope Conference are Glenwood Spring's Sean Flohr and Moffat County's Anthony Loughran. Loughran may have lost the scoring title, but he would rather take his team's 3-0 record against the Demons.
PALISADE -- The relief could be seen on the faces of the Moffat County High School girls basketball starters as they sat on the bench during the fourth quarter of the Palisade game.
Thursday, February 26
our view Parents have a right to know what happens in an environment where their children spend six to eight hours. In a recent incident, a school principal did the right thing by not evading questions and tackling the issue head on.
Boys find rhythm too late in game
PALISADE -- For two and a half quarters the Moffat County High School Bulldogs couldn't figure out a way to score against Rifle. When they broke the code it was too late.
The Moffat County Care Clinic is going to continue serving indigent patients for the remainder of this year thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.
Motion filed to raise bond
Prosecutors are looking to add another layer of protection to keep a frequently arrested Craig man behind bars.
Saed Tayyara took the United States citizenship test seven years after he came to America.
A taxing proposition
The value of Jody Holland's motel, Affordable Inns, has increased two and one-half times in the past year, according to an assessment from the Moffat County assessor.
High school senior Katie Barnes is performing ahead of the academic curve.
Lincoln Day Dinner draws top officials
The Republican candidates for offices ranging from the U.S. House of Representatives to the Moffat County Commissioner Board stood in a circle receiving instructions from the chair of the Moffat County Republican Central Committee.
In a community in need of more low-income housing options, Geraldine Collins is a success story.
Gadgets abound, but in Northwest Colorado cell phones need good range
Melody Gingrich's 8-year-old daughter is already asking for a cell phone.
The Moffat County School District focuses on achievements of area schools each month.
Even in Olathe, there are people who plan to attend a sentencing hearing in Moffat County on Monday.
Craig Police continue to investigate a choking incident at Craig Middle School.
Each Saturday, local residents will be a sounding board of opinion on topics both local and national. Check in each week to hear from your neighbors. This week's topic: Should the county fund a natural resources department?
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office will submit its tuning forks for state evaluation despite taking a stand earlier this week that certification is not mandatory.
School district does not renew assistant principal's contract
A new assistant principal will help lead Moffat County High School next year after the school board unanimously agreed not renew a contract with Jessie Farr.
Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos was worried about "the cliff effect" after commissioners changed eligibility guidelines for subsidized daycare last month.
As a parent, it's your responsibility to directly monitor the input into your children's lives so you don't have to pay a therapist to analyze the output.
Wednesday, February 25
Doors remain open
An indigent medical clinic that was threatened by county budget cuts received grant money that will guarantee to keep the doors open for another year.
Making customers happy should be the focal point of any business, motivational speaker Michael Fortino told a gathering of Craig residents Wednesday.
Students who receive perfect scores at Moffat County High School aren't recognized as valedictorians or salutatorians during the school's commencement ceremonies.
Craig Mortensen wanted to find a way to demonstrate intense defensive technique this week before the District 6 basketball tournament. His two recources were a miniature Twix candy bar and an assistant coach.
Inside a traveling dental office that arrived in Craig this week, Tina Fry cradled her 2-year-old son on her lap and watched her daughter undergo a dental examination that was long overdue.
County finishes 2003 better than anticipated
Preliminary figures indicate Moffat County finished 2003 with an ending fund balance for the general fund of about $460,000 more than was anticipated.
Boys ready for faster-paced game against Rifle
The last time around it was a sleeper.
Tuesday, February 24
'Friends of Moffat County' join recall battle
Friends of Moffat County is the latest committee to join the Board of Commissioners recall election fray.
The Craig City Council approved a request Tuesday night to waive the formal bid process on the purchase of a Bobcat for the Parks and Recreation Department because an offer on the table was impossible to refuse.
Police Chief Walt Vanatta says he doesn't want Craig to become a community overrun with convicted felons.
The other teams must have thought they were crazy. But members of the eighth-grade girls basketball team were just being themselves when they yelled out "Mongoose" during games this season.
For almost two decades, local Bureau of Land Management employees have been pining for a new look to replace the maze of offices in modular trailers at the Little Snake Field Office in Craig.
Infrastructure expansion stymied without cooperation from county, city officials say
Anyone who wants to build a house, develop a subdivision or start a business outside of Craig won't have access to city water or sewer service unless city and county officials are able to cooperate.
After saying he would not run in a recall election, Stan Hathhorn has announced his candidacy for the District 2 Moffat County Board of Commissioners seat.
Dinosaur school discussion on Thursday's agenda
Local school board members will soon weigh in on the progress some Dinosaur residents are making to start up a charter school in the fall.
Monday, February 23
Opening up a book to a lewd picture of a Playboy centerfold is enough to make any actor forget his lines, but during the Maybell Plays -- where such an occurrence is common -- ad-libbing is expected.
Fred Trouth, a 76-year-old ex-firefighter, was attending the fire department's annual fund-raising event back in the days when firefighters were still called "firemen" or "smoke eaters."
Craig Police Capt. Jerry DeLong walked into a conference room holding the answer to a supposed loophole that may allow speeders to get off easy.
MAYBELL -- Six volunteer emergency medical technicians told Moffat County commissioners Monday night that their department will be less effective without a paid coordinator.
Knowing the monetary consequences of decisions, aids in future planning, county says
What's the economic impact of opening up areas in Moffat County for oil and gas development or the value of tourists visiting the area to spot endangered species?
Sunday, February 22
The Craig Daily Press earned the Colorado Press Association's prestigious Readers First Award Saturday during the CPA's annual convention in Denver.
His record didn't show it.
Whether you call it Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24 will be the last day to indulge yourself before heading into the somber 40 days of Lent.
R.J. Collins is encouraged by the amount of local jobs that are becoming available.
Final consolation round ends Moffat County's chances
DENVER -- The final round of wrestle-backs the Class 4A team state championship was won in typical Moffat County fashion with last second upsets, crucial head-to-head wins and team depth.
Before the finals of the Colorado State Wrestling Championships, Scott Garoutte's stepfather handed him a photo. Instead of being worth 1,000 words to Garoutte, it was worth one -- pin.
Becky Meek is one determined cookie salesman.
Law enforcement officers could be required
Motorists in Craig won't be able to use a newly discovered loophole to get out of speeding tickets written by Craig Police, but tickets written by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office may be a different story.
A local teacher's work to celebrate the efforts of veterans has caught the attention of state veterans' officials.
Local teen sets his sights on the FBI
The new kid at Moffat County High School has his sights set on the FBI.
Friday, February 20
Craig Fire/Rescue won't pay firefighters to go on "medical assist" calls for heart attack vicitms anymore because the Craig Rural Fire Protection District says it can't afford it.
Prehistoric period captures imaginations of youth
Tanya Middleton is the proud mother of a paleontologist. Her son didn't go to college. He's not quite old enough to start school. But last year, after watching his growing interest in the prehistoric beasts, Tanya took Oliver to visit Dinosaur National Monument.
Thursday, February 19
DENVER -- Korey Kostur left the mat frustrated after dominating his match. Not something one regularly sees from a wrestler who earned a 17-0 win.
Earlier this week, a determined group of Moffat County citizens filed a recall petition seeking the removal of County Commissioners Les Hampton and Marianna Raftopoulos.
Sales tax revenue was up for both Moffat County and Craig in 2003. Moffat County's 2 percent sales tax collected $1,756,777 in revenue. Craig's slightly higher sales tax of 2.25 percent garnered the city $2,475,364.
A motivational speaker and marketing expert whose clients include Fortune 500 companies will share some of ideas about improving the local business climate with Moffat County residents.
Dietitian Betsy Menge sees the effects of obesity on Craig residents all the time.
Parole officer Shane Fuchs tells the felons he supervises that if they're not from here, they won't be allowed to parole here.
Norma McKay doesn't consider herself a cat person, yet she's found herself caring for a litter that has moved into her garage and a tomcat that lives under her house.
Wes McStay says drilling companies have come onto his land and drained an agriculture pond and knocked over fence posts while accessing minerals someone else owned.
Scott Terry steered the Joy continuous miner 400 feet underground and 600 feet into the highwall at Colowyo Coal Company.
Firefighters say they'll volunteer to respond to heart attack calls
Firefighters in Craig say they'll still respond to heart attack calls even though they won't get paid.
In order to diversify mommy/daughter time (and to be honest, it was another tactic meant to bring on joint nap time), I instituted craft time.
In a community in need of more low-income housing options, Geraldine Collins is a success story.
Wednesday, February 18
When Joe Tonso began grooming snowmobile trails in 1988, he never guessed that 16 years later he would be named International Groomer Operator of the Year.
The soccer season is year-round for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team.
Educators in the Moffat County School District want students to do well on the upcoming Colorado State Assessment Program (CSAP) tests so they're brainstorming some new techniques to make that happen.
Steele says cost is too high for project that is not county's responsiblity
Winning a national fire award doesn't mean much to Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele.
Atmos Energy, the company that supplies natural gas to Moffat County homes and businesses, wants to raise its rates by 6 pecent, which comes as unwelcome news for local residents who feel their gas bills are already too high.
Raftopoulos, Hampton targeted for financial mismanagement
Three Craig residents officially filed petitions to recall two Moffat County commissioners early Wed-nesday morning.
Moffat County Sheriff's deputies lined up to get jolted with 50,000 volts when they trained on a new law enforcement tool Wednesday.
Hello from the arts department. e are made up of art and music, and because we are so vastly different, here is a little about each of our respective departments.
Last week Eric Fredrickson told wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez that he realistically didn't think the team had much of a chance to win the state championship.
Tuesday, February 17
The proposed Dinosaur charter school is looking to bring high-speed Internet access to Dinosaur.
Moffat's highest-ranked wrestlers look to earn spots on the wall of champions
Korey Kostur had some extra baggage going into the state wrestling tournament last year. The Moffat County High School freshman had to don a knee brace to support damaged cartilage in his right knee in his first state meet. This year the only accessory the sophomore is thinking about is a medal.
Group sets $100,000 goal for initial campaign
It's three o'clock. Where are your kids?
The local economy stands to lose $1.3 million if the grazing rights in Vermilion Basin are lost. The economic impact from losing grazing in Browns Park would be $642,000 and decreasing the amount of hunting licenses issued by 10 percent could cause a direct loss of $2.9 million.
MCHS relay team breaks school record at state competition
When the first heat of the 200-meter medley relay finished at the Class 4A state swim meet, bystanders were in disbelief at what the team with the Bulldog swim caps had just done.
The clock is ticking for students who want to apply for federal financial assistance to help defray costs of attending college next year.
Moffat County students at Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus may be asked to shell out a portion of tuition costs in the future.
Monday, February 16
The purchase of the Valley View Manor building by local investors will be finalized this week, said Pam Young, the operating manager of the project which aims to reopen the nursing home.
Power plant, electric company officials say bill wouldn't change their businesses
Environmental groups are champing at the bit for an opportunity to put more green power into Colorado's energy mix, and this year they've got two chances to do so.
Family works to build 'living' museum in Craig
Presidents' Day closed government offices, banks, schools and insurance agencies while flags waved in downtown Craig on Monday. But the work went on in some sectors. One bank was open for business, as well as many local shops.
Those signing call for changes to Ranching for Wildlife program
A petition circulating in Moffat and Routt counties seeks changes in the state Division of Wildlife's Ranching for Wildlife program to stop what one critic calls the harboring of elk herds on private land.
Sunday, February 15
Tax filing software a growing business
It's that time of year when Uncle Sam wants his piece of your pie. For a growing number of people that means filing taxes online, a practice which is becoming more commonplace among Americans every year.
As he watched Delta High School's Tyler Morfitt work Broomfield's Adam Gutierrez in the 160-pound championship match, Moffat County junior Scott Garoutte turned to his teammates and started to congratulate them.
Nobles and peasants intermingled over a dinner of roast chicken and medieval bread in the court of King Edward III, as the royal jester juggled and flipped across the floor for the amusement of all.
MCHS student gets early practice for what he hopes if future broadcasting career
In the industry it's called "dead air" but Matt Maneotis doesn't have any of that.
Jim Everett and his customers at Tiah's expect 2004 to be a big year for coin and currency collectors.
Craig was different last Saturday night.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free cancer screenings for women and it needs to keep participation numbers high to ensure future funding.
You're not going to read a lot about them in the regional story, but some of the guys who came through in the biggest way for Moffat County High School in its regional win were the ones who eventually lost.
Friday, February 13
Broomfield -- Moffat County High School sophomore Steven Englert knew going into the regional wrestling meet he could surprise some people. After Friday night, he and his teammates are posed to surprise a lot of people.
Thursday, February 12
Five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident near the Kmart parking lot Thurday night. Craig Police, Craig Fire/Rescue, and ambulances from The Memorial Hospital responded to the scene.
Eliminating a tax that could give existing businesses money to grow and give new businesses better incentives for relocating to Colorado makes good business sense.
The need for economic diversification is prevalent in energy-dependent Moffat County, and facilitating that diversification is a priority for the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership and other economic development groups.
To the Editor: I read, with great interest, the article in the Craig Daily Press entitled "Residents oppose tax increase for hospital."
Craig Daily Press presents 'Breakfast Serials' -- hair-raising adventures for youth
Looking for a little excitement outside the regular newspaper fare? Readers of all ages can soon flip to weekly installments of children's stories slated to run in the Craig Daily Press.
Just recently, the Moffat County FFA chapter sent 12 of its members plus two advisers to the National Western Stock Show in Denver for a weekend. While there, they went to various livestock shows and a rodeo. Overall, they had an awesome time and hope to qualify to go again.
Valentine's Day holiday offers a wealth of opportunities for romantic gestures
Erma Ozbun loves to watch men shop for Valentine's Day cards. They always wait until the last minute, she says. But they get by with that because it only takes them 60 seconds to select a card.
One legend has it that Valentine's Day originated to commemorate the anniversary of the death of St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman who was executed on Feb.14, about 270 A.D. for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. According to another, the holiday began as a Roman fertility festival. Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther Howland (1828-1904), a native of Massachusetts, began to sell the nation's first mass-produced valentines.
Each Saturday, local residents will be a sounding board of opinion on topics both local and national. Check in each week to hear from your neighbors. This week's topic: "Do you favor the construction of a new hospital or remodeling the hospital at its current site?"
Two relay teams go for school records at state
The day before the Class 4A swim meet in Loveland, the Moffat County High School team received its traditional big-meet delivery. New, faster swim suits.
Julie Strahan has seen the women's hockey program in Craig grow since she started playing when she was 7. Now as a senior at Moffat County High School she will get to play in the program's first tournament in Craig.
Millions of dollars in Homeland Security grants were up for grabs this week when officials across Colorado met in Denver to decide how to allocate the federal money.
Choice of parking hinders snow removal
Although spring is in sight, snowy days may still be ahead, and the Craig Police Department's code enforcement officer is urging residents to help road crews by moving their vehicles.
Katie's 3 going on 15.
At its core, the Northwest Colorado Stewardship is a great idea. The group was formed on the premise that public lands belong to the people and they should have a say in how they're used. The stewardship is a broad-based coalition of various interest groups who have very different ideas of how public lands should be managed.
Michael Selle, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management, doesn't understand why ancient people carved some of the petroglyphs in the canyons of Rio Blanco County.
County considers ways to recover lost property taxes
Declining property values have contributed to Moffat County's financial woes, but the Moffat County Board of Commissioners is considering a couple of options to help regain property tax losses.
Moffat County on political radar in Denver
Despite being located in the farthest reaches of the Western Slope -- the state's political equivalent of a red-headed stepchild -- Moffat County has managed to stay on the political radar screen in Denver thanks in small part to an annual grassroots lobbying effort by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.
Palisade peach grower on campaign trail
Although he advertises himself as the peach grower from Palisades, congressional candidate Greg Walcher is hoping to harvest more votes than fruit come fall.
A few proposals winding through the Colorado Legislature plan to keep retirements benefits for public employees competitive, but the results may cause havoc on the state's already cash-strapped school districts.
Wednesday, February 11
Federal charges will be brought against a Craig man who was arrested for weapons violations, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Wednesday.
The Bureau of Land Management will auction 44,460 acres of public land for oil and gas leases near Dinosaur National Monument today.
Meeker room packed for discussion of five-year hunting season structure
The Colorado Division of Wildlife hosted a public forum Wednesday to discuss possible changes to the big game hunting season structure.
The state Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs has received orders to sell the former National Guard Armory in Craig, which complicates the county's plan to let an upstart Boys & Girls Club use the building rent-free.
Remaining seniors take responsibility for being leaders
Eight months ago, Moffat County High School senior wrestlers Jesse Brookshire, Kaleb Brown and Deric Dill were sent home early from summer camp, raising questions about their leadership among their teammates.
Changes in Moffat County Social Service's Child Care Assistance program are going to make the lives of some county residents much more complicated.
Stress isn't just an adult problem.
Tuesday, February 10
The city of Craig finished out 2003 on a healthy financial note. Revenues were higher than expected and expenses lower, allowing the city to maintain a three-month operating reserve and carry forward money to take the city through lean times.
It's hard to fault Moffat County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Marianna Raft-opoulos for taking legal action against two of her biggest detractors.
As invasive weeds spread throughout Dinosaur National Monument, the monument staff is working on a plan to counter the attack.
McInnis sponsors legislation to provide veterans with more health care options
Moffat County veterans may be spared the burden of traveling long distances to receive medical care from the state's far-flung Veteran's Affairs hospitals, according to a bill introduced recently by U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.
Tom Gray threw his hat in the ring for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat on Feb. 9.
Learning math after the school bell rings isn't so bad, parents and students of East Elementary School learned Tuesday night.
Monday, February 9
Providing a centralized polling place should eliminate confusion about where residents cast ballots in upcoming elections, say Moffat County officials.
Many Routt County residents heading to Craig to shop
Knowing a customers' habits, preferences and needs is the key to a business' success.
About 50 people representing varied interests in Moffat County convened at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse Monday night to discuss one thing: how to manage the county's public lands into the future.
A Craig teen who dreamed of playing baseball in Australia made the trip Down Under with the help of family and friends.
Marianna Raftopoulos accuses county critics of harassment, defamation
Marianna Raftopoulos, the chairwoman of the Moffat County Board of Commissioners, filed a lawsuit last week against two vocal critics, accusing them of harassment, slander and defamation.
The Memorial Hospital's emergency room aced a state inspection and once again received accreditation as a Level IV trauma center.
Sunday, February 8
It may not be much longer until DVDs do to VHS videos what compact discs did to the audio cassette.
GRAND JUNCTION -- Danyel Harman looked at coach Ed Stehlin and asked if she could see her split one more time. She still couldn't believe the time she swam about 30 minutes earlier to help Moffat County High School's 200-meter relay team qualify for state.
The Yampa Valley Chapter of the Sweet Adelines performed an eclectic show at Moffat County High School on Saturday night in conjunction with a children's choir, flipping and somersaulting cheerleaders, a barber shop quartet and a sleeping lion.
Increase attributed to publicity, threat of closure
After nearly being closed due to lack of funding, use at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse has increased.
Energy Outreach Colorado plans to distribute more money than ever this year to agencies that help people keep their heat on during Colorado's coldest months.
Craig Elks Club supports the community that supports it
Their rituals may be cloaked in secrecy, their initiation rites concealed from outsiders, but there's nothing covert about what the Craig Elks Club does to benefit the community.
If you have a strong opinion on how Moffat County's public lands should be managed, or if you want to learn more about what's at stake, you should plan to attend a potentially influential meeting tonight.
In the wake of colossal corporate scandals involving companies like Enron, the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act raised the bar for corporate compliance and corporate responsibility.
Calling all artists: Here's a chance to show and sell your work.
Friday, February 6
Many people wouldn't dream of waiting more than a few minutes in the check-out line at the grocery store. They might not even make the effort to show up a few hours early to hear a popular band.
"Should sex education curriculums be solely abstinence -based or should they include information about safe-sex?"
Each Saturday, local residents will be a sounding board of opinion on topics both local and national. Check in each week to hear from your neighbors. This week's topic: "Should sex education curriculums be solely abstinence -based or should they include information about safe-sex?"
Nancy E. Wirtz
Getting into a fist fight with the school bully isn't perceived as the "macho" response it may have been in years past, say local educators.
Asset No. 6: Parent involvement in schooling: Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their parents are involved in their education and school.
Freight Damaged Furniture
Throughout the week of practice there were a lot of girls playing the role of Palisade High School basketball player Krysten Hayes, and it was Moffat County High School's Mari Katherine Raftopoulos' job to keep her from scoring. When it came time for the Moffat County sophomore to face the real Hayes, she was ready.
If you have a strong opinion on how Moffat County's public lands should be managed, or if you want to learn more about what's at stake, you should plan to attend a potentially influential meeting Monday night.
Since May 2002, the Yampa Valley Medical Foundation has donated $57,395 through grants to medical services in the Yampa Valley Medical Center service area. But only four of those grants have been to Moffat County organizations, as opposed to 10 in Routt County.
DOW seeks public input on five-year plan
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is taking another look at the big game season structure and could make changes that will impact the economy in Northwest Colorado.
Web site dedicated to debunking urban legends and Internet rumors
The number of legitimate informational resources available on the Internet is staggering.
Broomball, snow sculpting and a cardboard sled derby. None of these games were available at the X-Games in Aspen. But these events can all be found at the Winter Games in Meeker, with competition open to anyone who wants to participate.
Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where hazardous air pollutants can exist at higher levels than outdoors. In Northwest Colorado, we may actually be at greater risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Cold weather can last for six months, forcing us to keep our homes closed tight as we heat them with a variety of fuels and appliances.
The candidates are off and running. This weekend marks the unofficial start of the race for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat, following the Federal Elections Commission release of campaign finance reports the candidates filed on Jan. 31.
It is the job of schools to educate students, inform them. To guide them, but not to withhold facts.
Consider it a lesson learned for the Palisade High School boys basketball team.
Thursday, February 5
Current commissioner first to file for District 1 BOCC seat
Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton filed Thursday morning to run for re-election for the District 1 Board of Commissioners seat.
Employees of Kawcak Oilfield Services arrived at work this morning to find smoke billowing out of their shop.
Welfare check tips authorities off, warrants not yet issued
Police have not apprehended any suspects in connection with a drug seizure that took place Monday, but arrests are pending, according to Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard.
Coloradoans should expect new law proposals by May 5.
The Colorado Legislature has been in session for well over a month now. Legislators have introduced bills protecting everything from the identity of rape victims to the liability of restaurants in obesity-related illness lawsuits.
The local Kiwanis Club has a real racket going.
"Finding Nemo" had a big impact on our household. Katie speaks whale now (which sounds like a small pig being chased by a man with a needle, but then again, I don't speak whale). Katie also has an excessive fascination with taking baths. The glow-in-the-dark, shark-shaped bath toy, which held no interest before, became the motivation between a bath every night and two on Saturday and Sunday.
Twelve members of the Bad Dawg wrestling club will be competing in the Colorado State Youth Championship.
Where people spend their money is as important as how much they spend.
Wednesday, February 4
Thoeda Isabelle (Stout) Dodson died Jan. 31, 2004. She was 85. Dodson was born, July 22, 1918, in Slater, Wyo.
Former Craig resident Harold Gray died Jan. 12, 2004, in Blanchard, Okla. He was 66. Gray is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barb; children Brenda, Charles, Ken, Mike, and Becky; 14 grandchildren; brother, Earl; sister, Alice; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Jan. 16, 2004, in Oklahoma City. Interment was in Blanchard.
Ethel Manley Funeral services for Ethel Manley of Hayden will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at the Granby Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Granby Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Hayden in care of Grant Mortuary.
To the Editor: This is in response to Kenneth L. Hall's letter to the editor, Friday, Jan. 30.
Farmers, ranchers recognized
Sandwiched between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day is the little-known Food Check-Out Day sponsored by the American Farm Bureau. Similar to its better-known cousin, Tax Freedom Day -- the day when the average American earns enough to cover government taxes for the year -- Food Check-Out Day celebrates the average American's ability to earn enough disposable income to pay for a year's supply of food in about 40 days. This year, Food Check-Out Day falls on Feb. 5.
State legislators are calling on some stricter driving requirements because of teen drivers like Andy Bockelman. Six months after the Moffat County High School senior got his license at age 16, he totaled his car when he hit another vehicle in an intersection. "I wasn't paying attention," he said. The incident so scarred the teen that he walks to school these days. Colorado lawmakers have proposed increasing the driving age, among other measures, in hopes of staving off teen driving accidents. Rep. Gayle Berry, R-Grand Junction, drafted a bill that would raise the driving age to 16 unless a teen has driver training, then a teen could drive six months after they turned 15.
Taylor fights to protect rural counties
County officials and a state lawmakers are condemning a bill that would phase out the business personal property tax over the next 15 years. The Senate State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 1, introduced by Sen. Bruce Cairns, R-Boulder, by a 4-2 vote on Feb. 2. Cairns said ending the business property tax would encourage businesses to come to Colorado. But Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said the end of the tax would kill rural government budgets. While many Republicans support the bill, Taylor has found himself on the other side of the political fence as he fights to protect rural counties from a bill he says would devastate their budgets.
Former deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct in a penal institute
A former Moffat County Sheriff's deputy who was fired for having sex with a female inmate pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday. Anthony Gutierrez, 25, pleaded guilty to sexual conduct in a penal institute, a Class 5 felony. Gutierrez was charged with an additional felony after he allegedly tampered with the jail's video surveillance system, which records images from numerous cameras throughout the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
The echoes inside the former U.S. National Guard Armory building were too few and the court too empty for Mick Havrilla's liking during the first two nights of the TetraBrazil soccer camp. "I'm a little disappointed in our turnout," he said. "But there are a lot of things going on right now and this is a new thing, too." Six soccer players were at the camp Wednesday night, including Havrilla, who coaches the boys team at Moffat County High School, and Daniel Silva, the TetraBrazil coach.
Tuesday, February 3
We've all heard the famous line about "lies, damn lies and statistics."
The target is off the back of the Moffat County High School girls basketball team.
Although agricultural producers continue to be the largest users of water in the West, environmental groups are putting new energy into attacking power plants for their high rate of consumption.
About three years ago, a TWA flight headed for Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, mistakenly landed at Craig-Moffat County Airport. The airport has no control tower, and the flight's pilot wasn't on the same radio frequency as Moffat County pilots.
Voters against paying more for new hospital, but will support adding on to the current facility
Moffat County residents want a new hospital and they think it should be built at The Memorial Hospital's current Russell Street location.
The Boys & Girls Club will launch a $200,000 capital fund-raising campaign in a couple of weeks, organizers announced at press conference Tuesday.
One basket for boys difference between first or second
Tuesday the Moffat County High School boys basketball team watched the first half of its 33-32 loss to Steamboat Springs. Mike LeWarne said his guys were grimacing at the review of their mistakes.
Junior Alicia Thompson of Moffat County High School wants to get a good score on the upcoming ACT test.
Monday, February 2
Don Manley's sentencing hearing concluded without a sentence on Monday. Prosecutors will have to wait another month to shore up the case, which has been lingering for almost two years.
Abstinence-based program up for review in 2006, teens say current class is more like scare tactic
Let's not talk about sex is the message the Moffat County School District is sending students.
A Craig woman charged with the attempted murder of her boyfriend pleaded guilty to a lesser crime in district court Monday.
Two major projects, the construction of Family Dollar and Action Motor Sports, were the highlights of an otherwise steady building season.
Organizers of a unique afterschool program in Craig have been asked to help set up a network of similar progams statewide.
Students seeking additions to resume for better shot at college scholarships
The Memorial Hospital's youth volunteer program has drawn six high school students to learn a little bit about health care, a lot about the hospital's phone system and gain experience they can take with them to future jobs.
Sunday, February 1
Five employees sent to hospital following chemical spill
A chemical spill at the Holiday Inn Saturday sent five employees to the emergency room and caused police to evacuate the hotel.
While President Bush urges Congress to reform immigration laws, the Internal Revenue Service has already revised the tax code so illegal aliens can be claimed as dependents on tax returns.
After a tougher-than-expected Thursday night in Battle Mountain, where the Moffat County High School wrestling team won a dual with the Rifle Bears by one point, the triangular meet against Palisade and Steamboat Springs could have been considered a yawner.
Cheaper booze, cigarettes draw out-of-state residents to Moffat County
Ken Penman thinks nothing of traveling down from Baggs, Wyo. to purchase cigarettes at Craig stores.
The snow plows were still clearing snow Saturday morning when state Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, arrived at the Golden Cavvy to begin clearing his own road to the 3rd Congressional District seat.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Craig's Channel 27 isn't going anywhere. In fact, the news station is looking to grow beyond its current "feel-good reporting" philosophy to provide more coverage of events in the county.
Steve Grandbouche proud of his service to Moffat County recreation department
When he talks about children learning to play hockey for the first time, Steve Grandbouche's grin grows.