Stories for July 2004


Saturday, July 31

Lynx's season comes to an end

The Northwest Colorado Lynx fell into a hole they couldn't claw out of Saturday, losing their opening game of the Triple Crown World Series tournament 12-6 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Moffat County Profile: Don Seick

Don Seick, remembers attending summer school as a young boy. It wasn't that he was in trouble or falling behind, that's just the way rural schools were 70 years ago.

Friday, July 30

Fire starts, ends in a flash

Lightning hits Craig couple's shed, frays nerves

Lynette Pell briefly considered carrying her disabled husband, Earl, out the house Friday afternoon when she looked out her window and saw that their metal shed and camper in the backyard were engulfed in flames.

Government update for July 31

Moffat County Board of Commissioners Actions taken on July 30:

City closes for Colorado Day

About the only thing some city employees know about Colorado Day is that it means a three-day weekend.

Vandals damage patrol cars

Law enforcement officials showed up for work Friday morning to a mess of broken glass and dents on two Colorado State Patrol cars in the parking lot of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

BOCC won't investigate hospital deal

An unidentified group's threat of a lawsuit won't intimidate Moffat County Commissioners into conducting an investigation into The Memorial Hospital's plans to acquire a Magnetic Imaging Resonance machine, commissioners say.

DA candidates debate in Meeker

MEEKER -- District attorney candidates for the Ninth Judicial District met at the Meeker Cafe early Friday morning to discuss what they could do for Rio Blanco County.

Datebook for July 31

Get involved in the 2004 Moffat County Fair by volunteering your time as a superintendent on Aug. 11. Help is being sought for assistance to judges in the areas of art, crafts and hobbies, homemade wines and beers, quilting, clothing, food preservation, photography, breads, cakes, cookies, candies, leather crafts, needlework,and horticulture. This is a fun way to learn more about various crafts and hobbies while helping as the exhibits are being judged. Call Elisa at the CSU Moffat County cooperative extension office at 824-9180. No experience is necessary.

Moffat County seniors' Hot Lunch program for Aug. 2 to Aug. 6

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

Dinosaur resident dies

Evelyn Page remembered as a 'jolly person'

It seemed the whole town of about 300 people in Dinosaur showed up at the cemetery Friday to say goodbye to the woman who was remembered as a "jolly person," some residents said.

Evelyn G. Page: 1955-2004

Long-time Dinosaur resident Evelyn G. Page, 49, died Tuesday afternoon, July 27, 2004, near Rangely.

Getting a good night's rest

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine helps Craig man, others deal with sleep apnea

Frank Riddle was always tired. He could hardly get behind the wheel of his car without getting sleepy. He habitually inhaled his lunch so he could sleep on his break at work. And once when he was talking to a co-worker, he fell asleep mid-sentence. Then in March, that all began to change.

Police blotter for July 31

Craig Police Thursday, July 29 •Child taken into protective custody •Officers took a report of a theft of a car stereo from an unlocked vehicle. •Officers executed an arrest warrant.

Our view: No courage in anonymous threats

A group of residents has come forward with concerns about The Memorial Hospital's negotiations with Northwest Medical Specialists about building space, an MRI machine and other equipment.

Lynx advance in series

Ben Fulton suffers broken hand in win

The Northwest Colorado Lynx won another game in convincing fashion Friday, but lost an important player to injury.

The art of Kenpo karate

Gary Henderson could likely kill an attacker in under 30 seconds if he chose to, but the martial arts teacher's philosophy is to avoid a fight whenever possible.

Wanda Jean Brown:: 1928-2004

Wanda Jean Hagerman Brown died July 26, 2004, at Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River, Wyo. She was 75.

Fed school funding declines

A cutback in federal funding doesn't mean students will suffer reduced services. It does mean that the Moffat County School District will have to be more innovative on how it uses that money.

Jim Redmond, Craig

Where have all the cowboys gone?

Thursday, July 29

Business profile: For business success, smile

Carol Wilson Name of Business/Address: Neolithics, 565 Yampa Ave.

Lynx thank lucky charms

Northwest Colorado Little Leaguers turn to Ganesh, come back to win

After the Northwest Colorado Lynx lost their lead to the Johnstown Raiders in the second inning of a Triple Crown tournament game Thursday, catcher Charles Wood's mom brought out Ganesh.

Datebook for July 30

Today Today is the last day to turn in reading records for the Summer Reading programs through the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green S. Call 824-5116.

Hospital revenue up more than $500K

The Memorial Hospital has earned more than a half million dollars over last year, according to a six-month financial report.

Bessie H. Rowley:1910-2004

Bessie H. Rowley of Hayden died July 28, 2004 at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center. She was 94.

All faiths welcome here

Interdenominational church has big-tent philosophy

Bob Harding was part of the Maybell Interdenominational Bible Church even before it was a church.

Rosetta Harper: 1907-2004

Rosetta Harper, a former Craig resident, died July 25, 2004, in Meeker, Colo. She was 97.

No increase in budget expected

Flat sales tax revenue through May means city departments will be producing hold-the-line budgets for 2005.

Group threatens to sue TMH

An unidentified group is threatening to take legal action against the hospital board unless it clears up alleged conflict of interest issues and "questionable valuations" as it enters into negotiations for a the Northwest Health Specialists building and the clinic's Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine.

Bail set for man in standoff

Charges have been filed and bail has been set at $50,000 in a case against a Craig man accused of holding off police in a 12-hour standoff earlier this week.

Local BLM firefighter called to Alaska

On just her second day at the 500,000-acre Boundary Fire in Alaska, Craig resident Lynn Barclay got word a U.S. senator was coming to inspect the site.

News briefs for July 30

Craig Elks will present the first "Out of the World" dance for youths 14 to 18 on Aug 7, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Craig Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.

Our view: The cost of accreditation

The Moffat County School District has decided it can save $6,500 every six years by discontinuing its 75-year relationship with the North Central Association.

Wednesday, July 28

Annalee Victoria Hammond

Jayna Hammond and Earl "Tank" Hammond of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Annalee Victoria Hammond, at 8:22 a.m., July 14, 2004 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Jayson R. Arnold

Jayson R. Arnold has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Christopher A. Blanch

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher A. Blanch is deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lynx bats flat against Waves

Northwest Colorado falls, 11-0, to open World Series

Northwest Colorado coach Shane Camilletti found himself in an unfamiliar situation Wednesday: figuring out what to say to his boys after a loss.

MRI not hit with all

Though The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees assured the public that leasing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine is a moneymaking and positive community endeavor, some were not convinced during a meeting Wednesday night.

Library seeks name change

For months the signhas read "Moffat County Libraries," but the paperwork hasn't.

Reader says secret to long life is hard work

Verniece Self, 85, has called Craig home for more than seven decades. She moved here with her parents from Montana when she was in sixth grade and has seen many changes. She remembers when the first stoplight was put in at the intersection of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.

Topeka defeats NW Colorado, 11-0

The Colorado Cutthroats players have all the essentials: sunflower seeds, the baseball bat tap on home base before a pitch and the knuckle-to-knuckle shake with the coaches.

John T. Distelhorst

John T. Distelhorst has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Distelhorst is a program manager assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He is the son of Thomas E. and stepson of Dana J. Distelhorst of O'Fallon, Ill. His wife, Julie, is the daughter of Rodney and Penny Southwick of Craig. The lieutenant received a bachelor's degree in 2002 from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Men in Tuesday wreck recovering

Shane Stockton, 21, was admitted to The Memorial Hospital with a punctured lung Tuesday after wrecking his 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup while driving north on Colorado Highway 13, two miles south of Hamilton.

CNCC names interim chief

As expected, Community Colleges board taps Bob Rizzuto

Bob Rizzuto was appointed interim chief administrative officer for Colorado Northwestern Community College on Wednesday.

News briefs for July 29

The Craig Association of Realtors is giving up to $5,000 toward the purchase of a first home. If you are a Colorado resident, earn $38,900 family income or less and are purchasing a home in the Craig area, you could be eligible to win. This contest uses funds collected by the Colorado Association of Realtors' Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF). The Craig Association of Realtors is a real estate trade organization representing more than 25 members. The association supports private property rights and equal housing opportunities. CARHOF is a charitable foundation designed to provide funding for affordable housing projects across the state. To learn more about qualifying for this $5,000 drawing, call the Craig Association of Realtors at Brass Key Realty at (970) 824-7086. All entries must be received by Aug. 27. The drawing will be on August 31. La Junta de Craig de Corredores de Bienes Raices regala al ganador afortunado hasta $5,000 con la compra de su primera casa. Si usted es residente de Colorado y el total de los ingresos familiares son $38,900 a menos en el condado de Moffatt, y va a comprar una vivienda en la zona de Craig, usted podria ganar este sorteo. Para saer mas acerca de como calificar para este sorteo de 5,000, llame a la Junta de Craig al (970) 824-7086.


Patty and Michael Peters of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Anne Peters, to Casey Kilpatrick, son of Tammy and Mike Seela of Craig, and Steve Kilpatrick of Colorado Springs. Peters is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School and will be attending Renton Technical College in Renton, Wash. Kilpatrick is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School and attends Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash. A late summer wedding is planned.

Sarah Ahna Scott

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

Fun culminates with performance

The showing of Disney's classic "Beauty and the Beast" wasn't meant to hone the young actors' skills, it was meant to provide them with an entertaining break so they could return to class refreshed.

Wildlife refuge manager deflects criticism

County commissioners from Colorado, Utah air complaints

County commissioners who deal with Browns Park Wildlife Refuge commonly complain the refuge manager doesn't communicate well with them.

Datebook for July 29

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

Tuesday, July 27

City Council kills proposed ordinance

But that doesn't mean riders in Craig get off scoot-free

Craig City Council members refused to pass an ordinance prohibiting motorized scooters and other toy vehicles from being used on Craig streets, but that doesn't mean scooters aren't reined in.

Quik-ly gone

Local Internet service provider goes offline

Maggi Heskitt isn't bitter that her Internet service provider of three years, Quik Internet, left her without service abruptly late last week.

CNCC to name new chief today

Officially, representatives of the state governing body of Colorado Community Colleges will be in Craig today to discuss finances at Colorado Northwest Community College.

News briefs for July 28

The National Barrel Horse Association, NBHA, is holding a one-day event Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Registration will open at 10 a.m. Exhibition will start at 11 a.m. and the races begin at noon. Races will include a senior division for participants 50 years and older and a youth division for participants 18 years and younger. If there are interested participants, races may also include a peewee division. You don't have to be a member of the NBHA to register and run the race but, it is certainly not too late to join the district, said Kay Brooks, Director of District 10. Member participants will pay $30 registration fees. Non-member fees will be $35. Youth and Senior Division registration fees are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. No points will be awarded to non-members. Points are accrued throughout the season for prizes that are awarded at the finals to be held in October in Rifle. There are no spectator costs. There will be a jackpot poles race held after the NBHA race is over. Registration for the jackpot is $15.The jackpot awarded to the winners will be a 70 percent payback. This race is held in a three-divisional format with full second splits For more information call 276-2022.

Our view: Managing Moffat County

A final report of a performance audit of Moffat County's financial management capability urges commissioners, among other things, to hire a county administrator.

TMH Hospital Board

The Board of Trustees of the Memorial Hospital would like to share a summary of a unique opportunity to lease the MRI currently at Northwest Health Specialists. This endeavor has the potential to be a very positive and exciting development for our community. Hospital officials have carefully examined and are continuing to examine the projected financial performance for the MRI, other imaging equipment and clinic related operations. Based upon current information, we believe that an opportunity exists to substantially improve the hospital MRI service to the community and increase net revenue. This would help enable an investment in a critically needed new hospital for the community

Rosetta Harper

Memorial services for Rosetta Harper will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Concluding services and interment will be in Sterling, Okla.

Sandy Beran

After someone we love dies, it seems that we, as people, go through a grief process. We experience this in so many different ways. Our thoughts may be very different than they were before and we may become very forgetful and even feel spacey. Our emotions may seem raw and on edge and many times we may even have physical problems.

Second water station approved

Those who fill their tanks at city-sponsored water stations pay double the per-gallon rate that city water system customers pay. That's likely to increase with the construction of a second card-operated water station.

Council OKs funds for playground

The final step in completing the North Park playground project is not only good for children, it's good for the environment.

Unconscious man pulled from wreck

Craig Fire/Rescue emergency responders cut the door off a pickup to remove an unconscious driver whose vehicle skidded off Colorado Highway 13 about 11 miles south of Craig Tuesday evening.

Doris Zimmerman, Craig

In Colbert Levy's article "The pulpit and politics" on July 16, she said:"Most Americans recognize the separation of church and state as a fundamental percept of the founding fathers." If that were the case, they would certainly have included the phrase either in the Constitution itself or in the Bill of Rights. It is not in either nor can it be implied to be. It was, however, in Article 52 of the constitution of the Soviet Union.

Putt-putt for the fun of it

New owner proud to continue mini-golf tournament tradition

Children -- and anyone who happens to be a kid at heart -- had an opportunity play in the Grizzly Open Mini Golf Tournament Monday afternoon and today.

Juniors take over golf course

Annual tournament is about learning

The sun beat down while spirits stayed high at this year's Yampa River Junior Golf Classic Tuesday. Seventy-five competitors between 5 and 17 played for medals in five age classes.

TMH board to discuss MRI proposal

Public will have chance to comment

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will review an option to lease a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine and office space from Northwest Health Specialists during its regular monthly meeting tonight.

Datebook for July 28

Today Noon The Yampa Ladies Golf Association will meet in the Restaurant at the Yampa Valley Golf Club. New members are invited. Call Neva Mason at 824-5304.

Banking on tourists

New motel owners chose Craig for growth potential

Affordable Inns of Craig soon will be no more.

Standoff resolved without violence

Ted Crook was recovering Tuesday from a long night of worrying about his son.

Monday, July 26

A cultural journey

12 Korean students getting chance to experience life in Craig

Twelve Korean Tae Kwon Do students arrived in Craig on Thursday, and the only noticeable culture shock Craig resident and host Rin Choi has noticed is food related.

Measuring dust in the wind

Emmission control equipment at plant not working as expected

Four years of work and $118 million went into an environmental retrofit of the Craig Station Power Plant, but that may not be the end of the project.

Early voting has big impact

Early and absentee voters make up a precinct all their own, and their voice is louder than any other single precinct in Moffat County.

John T. Distelhorst

John T. Distelhorst has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

News briefs for July 27

Craig's Downtown Business Association is organizing the fourth annual Golden Leaf Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25. The goal is to have a block full of activity. The main emphasis is local vendors, community groups and family oriented activities. The festival is a great opportunity for nonprofit groups to recruit new members or raise funds for their organizations. Booth spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors are responsible for tables, chairs and weather protection. Fees are $35 per space for commercial and individual use and $25 per space for nonprofit groups. Applications are available at Neolithics and KS Kreations. Call Carol at 824-4580.

Leanne Crippen, Craig

To the Editor: When I moved to Craig about seven years ago, I loved how green and nice everything looked. Flowers lined the walkways downtown and many front lawns. Also many yards were manicured to perfection.

Earl and Beulah Kline, Craig

To the Editor: They say "better late than never." We need to say thanks to our family, especially to Rex and Sheila Evans and Randy and LuAnn Kline.

Bulldogs sixth in Series

After going 2-1 to start the Triple Crown World Series, the 16-and-younger Moffat County Bulldogs went 1-2 on Friday and Saturday to end up in sixth place in the 14-team field.

Candidates looking for separation

Republicans in 3rd District race jockey to distinguish themselves during debate Monday

GRAND JUNCTION -- Separation was the theme Monday night as the five Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination in the 3rd Congressional District gathered in Grand Junction for the first of three debates before the Aug. 10 primaries.

Jay Fetcher, Colorado Senate candidate, District 8

Dear Editor, In the months I have spent campaigning for the state Senate, I have had the unique pleasure of talking with people in communities across the district -- from Craig to Meeker to Glenwood Springs. I've held town meetings, met with people at their front doors, and joined supporters at house parties --where we have talked about education, jobs, health care, and other important issues facing Colorado.

Datebook for July 27

Today Registration deadline is today for the Yampa Ladies Golf Association meeting on Wednesday, July 28. For more information call 824-5304.

Man arrested after standoff with police

Suspect tells officers he doesn't want to go to jail

Moffat County law enforcement officers threw a gas canister into a home at 796 Barclay St. early Tuesday morning to flush out a man who had allegedly held them at bay with a "dangerous weapon" for nearly 12 hours.

McInnis aide talks veterans' health

Before the end of summer, rural veterans should be able to get health care without driving hundreds of miles.


Patty and Michael Peters of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Anne Peters, to Casey Kilpatrick, son of Tammy and Mike Seela of Craig, and Steve Kilpatrick of Colorado Springs. Peters is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School and will be attending Renton Technical College in Renton, Wash.

Sunday, July 25

Briefs for July 26

Craig's Downtown Business Association is organizing the fourth annual Golden Leaf Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley.

Datebook for July 26

Today is the registration deadline for the Blazing Saddles overnight trip scheduled for Wednesday, July 28. Cost is $90 for participants ages 8 to 88. This event is sponsored by the Craig Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 826-2004.

Woman hospitalized after car accident

A two-vehicle collision west of Hayden sent one woman to the hospital Sunday afternoon and ruined a Colorado Springs couple's vacation plans.

Playing with money

Dealers offer their two cents on fascination with coins

The first local coin, currency and collectables show this weekend may have generated more interest than revenue, but co-host Steve Patterson said education is also important. Although dealers need to sell pieces to survive, many are there because of their passion for the trade and the enjoyment of sharing that excitement with people new to the world of rare coins and currency.

Hometown advantage

Residents enjoy having Craig track in their back yard

Krissa Hall from Baggs, Wyo., was tired of being a spectator at her brother's motocross races. To the remedy the situation, the 16-year-old started motocross racing about three months ago.

Hay truck jack-knifes

A semi truck carrying a trailer fully loaded with bales of hay jackknifed while headed south on Colorado Highway 13 and smashed through a guardrail two miles north of Hamilton on Saturday.

Keeper of the old ways

Wayne Wymore's passion for lost homestead skills keeps him busy

About seven miles and a few county roads outside Craig, a modest gray sign that reads "Wayne's Shop" points to a worn metal shed behind a log house.

Candidate makes Craig house call

The lone democratic candidate for Colorado's expansive Senate District 8 is trying to earn votes one hamburger at a time.

Friday, July 23

Brody Laurence Wiser

Brooke Wiser and Gabe Wiser of Craig announce the birth of their son, Brody Laurence Wiser, at 12:22 a.m., July 13, 2004 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 16.75 inches long. Grandparents are Don and Dixie Elzler of Hayden, and Terry and Larry Wiser of Hayden.

Cody William Baker

Katrina Baker and Bill Baker of Craig announce the birth of their son, Cody William Baker, at 2:34 a.m., June 3, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Ivy and Jerry Davis of Craig, and Charlie Staggs of Fallon, Nev. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Baker of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Thomas and Katelynn Baker.

Madason Caroline Laman

Jamie Sue Laman and Matthew Ryan Laman of Yampa announce the birth of their daughter, Madason Caroline Laman, at 6:07 a.m., July 19, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Cindy Wall of McCoy, Marvin Jr. and Vicki Laman of McCoy, Judy and Richard Hodges of Saratoga, Wyo., Helen Groddell of Walden, and Marvin Sr. and Iva Laman of McCoy. The baby was welcomed home by her siblings, Rylee and Kasadi Laman.

Bulldogs get exposure to CSU

Highly touted Scott Garoutte, Michael Babb attending Rams' junior/senior football camp

Scott Garoutte has dreamt of playing football in a Colorado State University Rams uniform for a while -- for almost 17 years to be more exact.

Library turnover raises concern

John Ponikvar is puzzled by the high employee turnover the Craig-Moffat County Library has experienced the past few years.

Fire threatens home

Family flees, and firefighters extinguish blaze without incident

A Craig fire crew responded to a fire that started Friday night in a field about four miles north of Craig.

Jesse John Robert Corlett

Melissa Corlett and Blaine Corlett of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jesse John Robert Corlett, at 1:52 p.m., July 18, 2004 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Randy and Marcia DeWall of Craig, and Bud and Gloria Jessen of Mesa, Ariz. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Jayce and Jared.

Tate James Smith

Stacy Smith and Todd Smith of Greeley, Colo., announce the birth of their son, Tate James Smith, at 10:30 a.m., June 2, 2004, in Greeley. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21.75 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Terry and Linda Wetz of Wheatridge, Colo. Paternal grandparents are Don and Daisy Smith of Craig.

Steamboat man escapes plane mishap with minor injuries

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A half-size replica of a World War II fighter jet veered off a runway and somersaulted onto its cockpit Friday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Three injured in one-vehicle accident

Three out-of-state residents were transported to area hospitals after a vehicle that was heading west from Maybell on Thursday night rolled off the right side of the road and landed on its top.

Commissioner candidates stump

MEEKER -- There are two commissioner seats in Rio Blanco County open this November.

Our view: On the roads again

During a recent joint meeting with Rio Blanco commissioners, Moffat County commissioners discussed the possibility of turning County Road 57 over to the state.

DA candidate Truden campaigns in Meeker

MEEKER -- Ninth Judicial District Attorney candidate Colleen Truden thinks the office she seeks needs more management "and lots more mentoring."

Walk for Life to be held today

Event is a fund-raiser for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center

Trevor Archer, 12, was $2 short of raising $600 Friday night for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center's Walk for Life. By the start of the walk at 10 a.m. today, he'll probably have far surpassed that amount, said his mother, Robin Lambert.

News briefs for July 24

The National Barrel Horse Association, NBHA, is holding a one-day event July 31 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Registration will open at 10 a.m. Exhibition will start at 11 a.m. and the races begin at noon. Races will include a senior division for participants 50 and older and a youth division for participants 18 and younger. Races may also include a peewee division. You don't have to be a member of the NBHA to register and run the race but it is certainly not too late to join the district, said Kay Brooks, Director of District 10. Member participants will pay the $30 registration fees. Nonmember fees will be $35. Youth and Senior Division registration fees are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. No points will be awarded to nonmembers. Points are accrued throughout the entire season for prizes that are awarded at the finals, which will be in October in Rifle. The public is welcome and invited to attend. There are no spectator costs. There will be a Jackpot Open Poles race held after the NBHA race is over. Registration for the Jackpot Open is $15.The jackpot awarded to the winners will be a 70 percent payback. This race is held in a three-divisional format with full second splits. For more information call 276-2022.

Brayden Perry Martinez

Shannon Mayes and Josh Martinez of Craig announce the birth of their son, Brayden Perry Martinez, at 9:36 a.m., July 15, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Grandparents are Irwin and Janet Martinez of Craig, Maria Conn and Kenneth Hodge of Gallup, N.M., and Terry Mayes of Ironton, Mo.

Datebook for July 24

Today 7 a.m. Pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club is at Little Town Park in Hayden. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

David Pressgrove: Sports road trips I'd like to take

As you read this column I'm on the road with 15 Moffat County High School students and three other "adults" -- while I disagree with the term adults, I have to use the word for legal reasons.

Judge dismisses one case against Pogline

A district court judge dismissed a case against Steven Pogline "with prejudice" Wednesday, meaning that prosecutors won't be able to refile the charges against him.

Tenstrike gets break at Summer Slam

If every pin in a game of bowling represented a different emotion, the Craig band Tenstrike would hit them all.

School supply drive auction Thursday

You can't expect a contractor to build a house without using a hammer, nor can an artist create without a brush.


Thursday, July 22

Bulldogs move on in Triple Crown

Don't rub your eyes. Don't slap yourself. Don't even ask someone to pinch you. A local team entered in the Triple Crown World Series is winning games -- it's not a dream.

Grants help the push toward radio system

Moffat County may be one step closer to getting online with a state-mandated digital radio system, depending how recent grant dollars from the Department of Homeland Security are divided up.

Jobless rate down from last year

The unemployment rate in Moffat County fell 1.4 percent in the past year. The decrease in unemployment reflects a national and state trend, said Monty Bond of the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig.

Grants help the push toward radio system

Federal dollars to help communications and jail security

Moffat County may be one step closer to getting online with a state-mandated digital radio system, depending how recent grant dollars from the Department of Homeland Security are divided up.

Moffat County's jail struggles to make money

Lt. Dean Herndon never thought he'd be managing a jail to generate revenue. Nevertheless, the manager of the Moffat County Jail is working to develop contracts to house other jurisdictions' prisoners in the hopes of helping to pay for the jail.

MoCo School District dumps accreditation

The Moffat County School District will save $6,500 every six years and more than 250 hours over the same period by discontinuing their membership in the North Central Association, which has accredited the Moffat County High School for more than 75 years. The process and membership have become obsolete, district Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said.

Colombian missionaries spread gospel in Craig

The First Christian Church will feature special guests at its vacation Bible school July 26-30.

Quik Internet leaves customers without service

The man who referred to himself as "Cool Dave" in e-mails may have made many of his Quik Internet customers around Northwest Colorado lose their cool when the Internet service went offline without notice Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 21

News briefs for July 22

The Craig Board of Realtors is sponsoring a scholarship fund-raiser Friday. The Nite Lite Beach Golf Tourney features a four- or five-person scramble with "nite lite" balls, followed by a beach party and munchies to announce the winners. A cash bar will be provided by the Tin Cup Grill at the clubhouse and on the beach. Don't forget a flashlight. The entry fee is $45 a player. Space is limited to the first 18 teams. Entries can be submitted to the golf course pro shop. The deadline is today. Call 824-3673.

Cyclones spin past Trojans, 14-0

Austin Sadvar concentrated as hard as he could on a pitch in the fifth inning. Then at the last instant, he ducked out of the way.

Moffat County Neighbor: Tom Gilchrist

Name: Tom Gilchrist

EDP tables request for flight program subsidies

Nearly 7,000 people have made their way through Hayden since the June 10 launch of the Continental Airlines summer flight service subsidized by Craig and Steamboat Springs organizations.

Reader profile: Makaylah Harris

For the past year, 19-year-old Makaylah Harris has ventured down the road less traveled, but every step has been in the right direction, she said.

Thomas E. Parkes

Former Meeker resident Thomas E. Parkes, 78, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died July 19, 2004.

Police blotter for July 22

Law enforcement Moffat County Sheriffs Office Tuesday, July 20 • Deputies arrested female suspect on an outstanding warrant. • A report was made regarding stolen motor vehicle parts and criminal mischief to a motor vehicle.

EDP enacts growth plan

Funds raised from expanding membership in the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership set two plans in motion Wednesday -- one to garner more members and another to garner new businesses.

Providence, peace and prayer

Mennonite community comes to Craig

There's a new counter-culture in town -- new to Craig that is.

Hampton, Gray lead campaign spending

Commissioner candidates Les Hampton and Tom Gray have raised the most money for their campaigns, according to the first financial reports of the county campaign season.

Chamber, DOW agree (again)

'Solid working relationship' will continue

Pam Thompson, president of the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Mike Bowman, the Colorado Division of Wildlife representative for Craig, met Tuesday to review the services the chamber handles for the DOW through the Sportsman's Center.

Shriners combine philanthropy with fun

Michael Adams is 27 years old and, thanks to the Shriners, he can walk with ease. Adams suffers from cerebral palsy and as a youngster his legs were twisted and distorted, said his mother, Anna Adams. Michael has nothing but good things to say about the Intermountain Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Collector values coin hobby

What started out as a hobby in Boy Scouts has turned into a profession for Jim Everett. His passion is collecting, trading and selling coins and currency from confederate times to the present and he's hoping others will get a taste of it this weekend at Tiah's National Coin, Currency & Collectables Show.

Datebook for July 22

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

Etta Teal

Etta Teal, former Hayden resident, died July 15, 2004, in Rolla, Mo. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2004, at the Hayden Cemetery.

Beryl Lamar Kleitz: 1906-2004

Beryl Lamar Kleitz died July 4, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 97.

Endurance challenge

Tuesday's Town Challenge race longest of year for many

Steamboat Springs -- The Keiss family of Craig has mastered the art of bicycle-packing.

Tuesday, July 20

Sacrificing for others

Buy one dollar's worth of goods at Debra Lueck's yard sale in the next few days and you'll likely help feed one Zambian child for a week.

Fighting the meth battle

Jen Kenney, an officer with the Grand Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team drug task force, once purchased all the ingredients necessary to manufacture methamphetamine without so much as a flinch from the cashier at a Wal-Mart store.

County weighing mosquito district

Next summer, county residents may have to pay additional money if they want their property treated for mosquitoes.

Parks and Rec creates monster

Just in time for summer's finale, a new playground is under construction at North Park at Yampa Avenue and 12th Street.

Triple Crown starts today

A typical trip to Steamboat Springs was quite different for members of the Tri-County Trojans.

Our view: Protecting ourselves against fraud

In the age of identity theft, how much easier can we make it for criminals?

Lona Etta Fields Robinson Johnson: 1910-2004

Lona Etta Fields Robinson Johnson of Greeley, died July 12, 2004, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center in Greeley, where she had resided for the last eight years. She was 94.

Outback was outstanding for athlete

Moffat County teen returns from Down Under International Games

Daniel Tague didn't want to talk about the times that he ran in the Down Under International Games. The time away from the track was just as, if not more, memorable. "Nobody had very good times at the meet because it was rainy," he said. "But I think everyone had a good time."

Prather's Pick:Wicked stepdaddy can't keep Cinderfella down

This summer my children's literature students have been searching out the various versions and retellings of well-known tales, especially fairy tales. I continue to be amazed at how many there are. Over the next several weeks, this column will feature some of these books.

Datebook for July 21

Today 9:30 a.m. Moffat County Libraries Craig Branch, 570 Greet St., will be closed until 1 p.m. Call 824-5116.

Dinosaur makes endangered list

Mineral leases on the edge of Dinosaur National Monument and contentious right-of-way claims inside its boundaries have made the monument one of the most endangered wild areas in the country, environmentalists say.

Police blotter for July 21

Jail report Sunday, July 18 • Jerry David Flannery, 40, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on the charge of unlawful distribution, manufacture, dispensing, sale and possession of illegal drug.

Commissioners weigh in on wolves and grouse

The Moffat County Commissioners armed two members of the wolf management working group with ammunition to take to their next meeting.

News briefs for July 21

The annual Yampa River Junior Classic Golf Tournament will be July 27. Each year players from all over Colorado, Utah and Wyoming participate. The tournament is split into several age groups in both boys and girls divisions. All junior golfers are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 for children 9 years old and younger, and $15 for 10 and older. Awards are given in each age group. For more information call 824-3673.

Monday, July 19

Elisia Romero

Elisia Romero of Craig has graduated on the dean's list with a grade-point average of 3.7 or above and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

Senior Spotlight: Mary Jo Brown

The hum of the bus wheels on the pavement; murmurs -- people talking; breeze gently blowing on my face, the beauty of the scenery as we go on down the road, but most of all, the feeling of just relaxing -- yeah.

Saturday's Ride-N-Tie results

The Colorado Professional Rodeo Association posted the following results for top placers in each event at Saturday's Ride-N-Tie Rodeo in Craig. (Place, name, time/score, amount):

Police seize drugs, arrest two

Marijuana, methamphetamine ingredients confiscated during raid

Craig police confiscated three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and ingredients commonly used in methamphetamine distribution during a raid Sunday.

Man dies in motorcycle accident

Steamboat Springs -- A 53-year-old man died Monday afternoon when his motorcycle crashed on Muddy Pass.

Tim Jantz: You can't make a change unless you vote

I have been involved with the Republican Party since I became old enough to vote.

News briefs for July 20

The Craig Lions Club is bringing the world's biggest big top to Craig to provide fun and entertainment for families.

Voting getting easier

It passed with so little fanfare that most people didn't even notice that federal legislation has been enacted in the hope of increasing America's 37 percent average voter turnout rate.

Teens reported missing located Sunday

Two juvenile girls who were reported missing Friday were found at a local residence Sunday morning, said Cpl. Bryan Gonzales of the Craig Police Department.


Deimen Trujillo would like to announce the engagement of his mother, Jessica Trujullo of Grand Junction, daughter of Sharon Green of Craig, to Clint Tanner of Grand Junction, son of Dewey and Patty Tanner of Delta.

James Anthony Reed

Jaime Drew of Craig announces the birth of her son, James Anthony Reed, at 11:07 a.m. July 9, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Bryce Cameron Ellgen

Elder Bryce Cameron Ellgen has accepted a missionary assignment for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Craig First Ward.

Datebook for July 20

Today 7 p.m. The Messengers Ensemble from Maranatha Baptist Bible College of Watertown, Wis., will present a concert of sacred music at First Baptist Church of Hayden, 185 N. Second St. The group will perform a variety of conservative Christian vocal selections. Call Pastor Arthur Houk at 276-7265.

Analyst suggests changes

Withers: County needs administrator, public works director

After completing a performance audit of Moffat County, a financial analyst found 32 ways county government could improve.

Craig's culture on display

Artist blends local residents, activities and places in new mural

Nina Shroyer worked for two months to encapsulate the essence of Craig in a mural outside of Loadout Liquors. She put the final touches on her masterpiece last week.

Sunday, July 18

Retiring Caineses auction home, business

People can collect a lot of good stuff from being in business for almost three decades. That's why about 100 members of the public showed up when John and Shirley Caines auctioned most of the working parts of their car repair and used car sales company, Austam International Inc., on Saturday and Sunday.

Datebook for July 19, 2004

Today is the deadline to register for the Craig Parks and Recreation Department's Blazing Saddles trip scheduled for Wednesday. This trip was originally scheduled July 7 but had to be rescheduled. Cost is $50. Call 826-2004.

Briefs for July 19, 2004

Registration for Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for kids ages 6 to 12, continues through July 30. Camp Comfort is a weekend camp offered Aug. 6-8 that addresses the special needs of grieving children ages 6 to 12.

Struggling to survive

Ride 'N Ties Rodeo's future is unclear

Delf Martinez remembers the first event at the kickoff of the Ride 'N Tie Rodeo in Craig 58 years ago.

Craig swimmers fare well in Meeker

The word around the pool this weekend was that times were slow. If that was truly the case, then Sari Maneotis was a swimming contradiction.

Raising pigs and practicing law

Sherman P. Romney leaned down and plucked a piglet from among its nine squirming siblings. Then as he lifted the baby pig to his chest, it let out an ear-splitting squeal. Romney's son, Mitchell, squinted his eyes and covered his ears, but Romney appeared to be unaffected. A man with a foot in two worlds, he appeared to be as comfortable in the barn as he was in his law office.

Walz shines at Ride 'N Ties

Stomp, stomp, clap. Stomp, stomp, clap. The fans at the Ride 'N Tie rodeo were anxiously making as much noise as they could as local saddle bronc rider Mitch Walz held on for dear life. Once the buzzer went off they went crazy. The hometown favorite had just pulled off the best ride of the night.

The dividing line

In the outdoors, motors separate Craig from her neighbor

To motor or not to motor. That is the question that may differentiate the ways in which people in Craig and Steamboat Springs like to spend their recreational time.

Friday, July 16

Lillian M. Sweeney:1906-2004

Longtime area resident Lillian M. Sweeney, 98, died July 9, 2004 at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker.

Grant targets at-risk students

Failure is not an option for Moffat County School District students and now there is $520,000 available to help officials live up to that motto.

Drugging case going to court

Brothers Steven and James Pogline facing multiple charges

Two Craig brothers charged with second-degree assault and felony menacing in connection with an attack on a woman will be tried in Moffat County District Court.

Truck versus barn: Both lose in crash

Richard Barrett made a good decision when he chose to buckle up Friday, Colorado State Trooper Marty Smith said.

Cleaning up meth mess

Craig company seeking to clean homes contaminated by drug

By the end of the year, a Craig company could be registered as the only one certified to clean houses contaminated with methamphetamine residue.

Craig gas prices beat Steamboat's

Gas is cheaper in Craig than in Steamboat Springs.

Police blotter for July 17

Craig Police Thursday, July 15 A report was made regarding a dog bite and vicious animal complaint. Criminal mischief was reported at East Elementary. A stolen bicycle was recovered. Officers contacted a suspect and placed them in the Public Safety Center for detox.

New bank opens Meeker branch

MEEKER -- A new bank opened its doors June 30 in a temporary facility at 400 Main St., but will soon move to its permanent home in a historic building.

Another Craig victory

Bulldogs have win against every WSL team

Two foot injuries may have made the difference in the first game of a doubleheader between the Craig and Palisade Legion baseball teams Friday.

David Pressgrove: Baiting Bulldogs

Lately the college recruiting process in Colorado has received about as much positive publicity as natural disasters, vehicle accidents and terminal illness. That's why I'm proud to announce the findings of my investigation* into the recruiting process of five Moffat County High School 2004 graduates.

Scooters get the boot

Rise in popularity brings issue to

Greg Merrick, 14, sped west on the sidewalk next to Victory Way Wednesday on his new gas-powered scooter. The proud owner of a motorized skateboard for a mere two days, Merrick was not yet aware that the Craig City Council had just the night before discussed an ordinance to keep scooter riders off public streets. He was not pleased to hear the news.

Our view: Council's work is not done

In the three years since the Craig City Council passed an ordinance limiting the length of water service lines and elevation of a water tap from a tank, four exemptions have been made and another is pending.

News briefs for July 17

A scholarship benefit yard sale will be held today at the Moffat County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Victory Way. All proceeds will go to the Jean Nadler Memorial Grant-in-Aid given by Delta Kappa Gamma to a senior girl planning to become a teacher. Hours are 9 am. to 1 p.m. Call 824-8407.

Datebook for July 17

Today 9 a.m. A yard sale benefiting Delta Kappa Gamma's Jean Nadler Memorial Grant-in-Aid will be held at the Moffat County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Victory Way, until 1 p.m. For more information call 824-8407.

Thursday, July 15

Check fraud on rise

Police: Businesses should take steps to prevent theft

The numbers indicate they're worth totals such as $54.03, $14.57, $32.66 and $5 even. But the checks that have been passed to some shops across town in the past year are worth less to Craig business owners than the paper they're printed on.

Our view: Right approach on scooters

By state law, it's already illegal for kids to zip around city streets on motorized scooters.

Christina Currie: The reality of dog days

It has been about a year since I was awakened at 6 a.m. by a cold nose and a low "woof" indicating a pressing need to roam around outside.

Jeff Whilden: Council, police should give scooter riders a break

I don't understand the problem with the motorized scooters that we are told we have.

Facility close to opening

Sand Rock Ridge Care and Rehab anticipates 58 residents to start

A coffee mug emblazoned with the nursing home's logo waits to be filled, while a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting and windows almost look ready for opening day.

Class-action suit nets CDs for library

Three hundred and fifty compact discs arrived at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries earlier this week as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against five music companies.

Charter meets deadline

Dinosaur gets 15 applications for new elementary school

A year and a half after the Moffat County School District closed the Dinosaur Elementary School, the doors will reopen.

Garoldean Marie Keadle: 1941-2004

Garoldean Marie Keadle, formerly of Steamboat Springs, died June 30, 2004 in Thornton. She was 63.

100 down, 150 to go

250 Club created to encourage basketball players

Mike LeWarne shut off the "The Gun" -- a machine that passes basketballs to his players for shooting drills -- and asked his players to join him in the middle of the court. As the Moffat County High School coach walked to the middle of the court, a player sneaked behind him and turned the machine back on for a couple more shots.

Technical problems doom videoconference

Residents had the chance to weigh in on the community's health care needs Thursday, but those concerns weren't expressed in a planned videoconference with the nonprofit group Caring for Colorado because of technical difficulties.

Houston flight numbers take off

Resort officials expect more traffic in July

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- The first three weeks of the Yampa Valley's new summer jet service from Houston saw 610 passengers arriving at the airport near Hayden. Arriving planes have been about 58 percent full.

School vandalism typical in summer

Vandals broke a couple of windows Wednesday nightat East Elementary School, and a janitor found a marijuana pipe on the school's playground the previous morning, according to Craig police.

Sierra Club criticizes Bush plan

A proposal by the Bush administration has the potential to open millions of acres of roadless areas for development, including land in the Routt National Forest.

La Plaza owner has been in business since childhood

Name: Jenny Le Blanc

Bulldogs score 8 in ninth for win

The Craig Legion team learned the importance of patience in a rare nine-inning outing Wednesday in Craig.

Coach Festus Hagins:Hayden baseball team benefits from hard work

A comment on the article on the teams in Craig being diluted.

Police blotter for July 16

Law enforcement Jail Report Wednesday, July 14 • Jeromy Louis Vigil, 24, was booked in the Moffat County jail on the charge of probation violation.

The pulpit and politics

Rules prevent many churches from endorsing candidates

Most Americans recognize the separation of church and state as a fundamental precept of the founding fathers.

News briefs for July 16

The Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers for 2004 following the annual meeting on June 19.

Datebook for July 16

Today 9 a.m. The bus leaves Sunset Meadows I for the Sleepy Cat Ranch senior trip. For more information call 824-2139.

Wednesday, July 14


Dr. Thomas and Mollie Told of Craig, and N. Kent and Sandy Mower of Arvada are pleased to announce the marriage of Trent Nelson and Joby Rae Told on June 25, 2004. A reception in their honor will be held July 24, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with everyone welcome.

Briefs for July 15

A scholarship benefit yard sale will be held Saturday at the Moffat County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Victory Way. All proceeds will go to the Jean Nadler Memorial Grant-in-Aid given by the Delta Kappa Gamma to a senior girl planning to become a teacher. Hours are from 9 am. to 1 p.m. Saturday only. For more information call 824-8407.

The price of security

City Council approves $35K to keep city's water supply safe

Craig City Council members OK'd an expenditure of $35,000, but they're still waiting to be informed of how that money will be spent.

Bar owner wants junk in lot removed

In April, Delbert Knez was promised by the Moffat County commissioners that several junk vehicles and trailers would be moved from within sight of his restaurant, The O.P. Bar and Grill.

4-H participation helps family prepare for fair

For Reneta Kawcak and her family, the three weeks leading up to the Moffat County Fair will be a bit hectic.

Hayden girl recovering from rollover

Stormie Beach, a 16-year-old Hayden girl who was seriously injured in a rollover accident June 19 has been upgraded to fair condition at The Children's Hospital in Denver.

Lightning strikes 16 times

Crews respond to fires in remote areas of Moffat County

Fire crews responded to about 16 fires across Moffat County Tuesday night that were caused by lightning strikes.

Births for July 15

Cristina and Israel Barraza of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Brayan Barraza, at 1:40 p.m. June 16, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Lance Scranton Occupation: Teacher/coach at Moffat County High School

Status quo

Hunters wish DOW would make change in 4th rifle season

Local hunters expressed disappointment that the Colorado Division of Wildlife's new five-year big-game season structure won't allow hunters to purchase bull elk tags over the counter for the fourth rifle season.

Low-key rodeo still kickin'

There's no one in the grandstands watching, the prize money is barely enough for a meal deal, and the top three finishers aren't even announced; but a lack of fame and fortune doesn't deter local ropers and wranglers from attending the Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series.


Doug and Carleen Skroch of Craig and Earnest and Judy Schaaf of Delta are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Heidi Vetter to Jeff Schaaf.

Datebook for July 15

Today 10 a.m. Children's story-hour is held at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Another story-hour will be held at 11 a.m. Today's activity will be animal puppet masks. For more information, call 824-5116.

Tuesday, July 13

Council scrutinizes scooters

Driving motorized scooters, skateboards or other "toy vehicles" down the street has always been illegal. Now, Police Chief Walt Vanatta wants people to know it.

Gas pipeline skirts Moffat County

A Colorado gas company will still develop coal-bed methane wells in the northeast corner of Moffat County, but the majority of a pipeline to transport the gas will run through Wyoming.

Health care conference scheduled

Debi Harmon, head of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, recently sent a 14-year-old with a rotten tooth to Denver to get dental care because there isn't low-income assistance for Medicaid patients in Craig.

Man dives through window allegedly to elude police

A man allegedly jumped through a window while fleeing police at Penguin Apartments, after he attempted to take his 1-month-old daughter from her mother.

Youth soccer season opens

The first night of games in the Craig Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League was a new start for more than the players.

Annual Ride 'n' Tie Rodeo is this weekend

A story in the Aug. 7, 1946 Craig Empire-Courier solicited readers to suggest a name for the annual American Legion rodeo. A month later an article ran describing the inaugural Ride 'n' Tie Rodeo.

Preventing poaching

It was disappointing news hearing that a Craig resident was involved in the illegal killing of a bighorn ram last December.

Datebook for July 14

Today is the deadline to RSVP for the methamphetamine awareness seminar to be hosted by the Holiday Inn in Craig on July 20 at noon. The seminar is free, however sack lunches will be provided for $5.95. Call 824-4000.

ATV accident kills man, 67

A 67-year-old Michigan man involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident near Wilderness Ranch on July 2 died from a head injury, said State Patrol Trooper Cpl. Brian Bagley.

Monday, July 12

Camren Beren

South Dakota State University announced its spring semester dean's list for academic excellence. Camren Beren of Craig was named to the list in the College of Nursing for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

Nathan L. Browning

Nathan L. Browning, son of Len and Cheryle Browning of Craig, has received the Clifford C. Hach Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $15,000. Browning is a senior at Colorado State University pursuing a major in chemistry. He is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High.


Patty and Michael Peters of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Anne Peters, to Casey Kilpatrick, son of Tammy and Mike Seela of Craig, and Steve Kilpatrick of Colorado Springs. Peters is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School and will be attending Renton Technical College in Renton, Wash. Kilpatrick is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School and attends Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash. A late summer wedding is planned.

Margaret Rose Henkel

Jennifer Henkel and David Henkel of Wheat Ridge, announce the birth of their daughter, Margaret Rose Henkel, at 1:18 p.m., April 15, 2004, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Claud and Jane Richmond of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Dan and Judy Henkel of Arvada.

Vern Ralph Schilder, 1925-2004

Craig resident Vern Ralph Schilder died July 6, 2004 at The Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

Frederick J. Newman

Frederick J. Newman died May 27, 2004, at the University of Utah Medical Center after a bout with cancer. He was 69. "Bud" Newman was born Sept. 3, 1934, to Claire Pitchell and Frederick Newman in Elisabeth, N.J.

Jerry Lee Tennis, 1956-2004

Jerry Lee Tennis of Craig, died July 5, 2004 at his home. He was 48. Tennis was born June 15, 1956, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Ronald and Wyota (Chilcote) Tennis.

Datebook for July 13, 2004

Noon A Friends of the Library meeting will be held in the boardroom of the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. For more information call 824-5116.

The Record for July 13, 2004

• Chris Allen Souders, 35, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on previous charges.

Rebekah McBride

A viewing for Rebekah McBride will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 13, 2004, at Grant Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Craig.

Beetles eating their way through forest

Within 10 years, beetles will have killed most of the mature trees in the Routt National Forest, according to U.S. Forest Service agents. There isn't much the Forest Service can do to mitigate the epidemic, Andy Cadenhead, a forester with Routt National Forest, told the Moffat County Commissioners during a meeting Monday.

Dailyn Yael Nozot

Stacy Nozot and Loren Nozot of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Dailyn Yael Nozot, at 5:47 a.m., May 2, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Claud and Jane Rich-mond of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Gary and Teresa Nozot of Arvada.

Scouts re-open Sherman Youth Camp

Sherman Youth Camp will be open this weekend thanks to the efforts of a Craig scout troop. Three members of Girl Scout Troop 201, clad in brown vest uniforms decorated with badges, presented their success story to the Moffat County Commissioners at a meeting Monday.

Letter: Doctor states position on MRI

I appreciate the investigative reporting done by Christina Currie with respect to the negotiations between The Memorial Hospital Board (TMH) and Northwest Health Specialists Center (NWHSC). However, I would like my quotes to truly reflect the situation:

The power of the ballot

Immigrants often very appreciative of the democratic process

Saed Tayyara was 15 when he awoke to the jab of guns into his body and soldiers surrounded him. Unknown to his family, he was hauled to a Syrian jail where he was beaten, tortured and electrocuted.

American expatriate ready to vote in election

Every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, the United States has a presidential election. It happens like clockwork. No surprises.

County's assessed valuation increases

Moffat County's assessed value is the highest it's been since 1994, but the county commissioners are mounting an effort to drive it higher. Overall, $900,000 in additional tax revenue will be injected into local tax districts. The county's assessed value has climbed to $342 million. The increased value is primarily a result of a $36 million jump in oil and gas property tax assessments.

The power of the ballot

Saed Tayyara was 15 when he awoke to the jab of guns into his body and soldiers surrounded him. Unknown to his family, he was hauled to a Syrian jail where he was beaten and tortured with electricity.

Attorney, volunteer McBride dies

The director of the Colorado Northwest Legal Services Project sent a letter to attorney Rebekah McBride lauding her for the hundreds of hours of pro bono service she provided over the span of her long year legal career.

Briefs for July 13, 2004

Team assumes responsibility for Oil Springs fire

The Northern Rockies Fire Use Management Team (FUMT) 2, assumed responsibility for the Oil Springs Fire Saturday.

Sunday, July 11

Eat their bubbles

Sea Sharks boost times, qualifications at home meet

It was just two years ago that the only thing Kelsey Conci wanted to do with the sport of swimming was cheer on her sisters when they competed. This summer her sisters will have the chance to cheer for her.

Golf coach wins Silver Bullet

Ann Irvin's new clubs have improved her drives. Now if only she could get the same results from her putter.

'The rustier the better'

Local artist reveals passion

Mike Garrett was spending more and more time away from home last December. His wife Sue was none too pleased.

Aces high for charity

At 2 years old, Remy St. Pierre should be able to run and move around freely. But the "typical, loveable but ornery" tyke has a little- known disorder called spinal muscular atrophy that makes it difficult now for him to stand up and may later put him in a wheelchair, said his mother, Shelly St. Pierre.

Crowds add bucks to Craig's base

The Andersons from Bailey in central Colorado opted to stay in a hotel in town this weekend while their daughter competed in the ABC swim meet. The Hinamans from Rangely stayed in their camper in City Park but took advantage of Craig's restaurants.

'Witching' for water

Ken Roberts figures he's made a lot of people happy during the past 40 years. That's how long he's been "water witching," or locating water beneath the ground using nothing more than a forked branch from a chokecherry or serviceberry bush.

Shopping for a cause

Nearly 1,000 people in Moffat County help out the disabled every time they shop for groceries.

Tough night for cars

Leaders face engine trouble at Hayden Speedway

HAYDEN -- It was not a good night to be a leader late in the race Saturday at the Hayden Speedway.

Friday, July 9

Principal: Charter school is ready

Moffat County officials say the start-up school needs more planning

Dinosaur Community Charter School board members seem to think the school is a go, but Moffat County School District officials aren't so sure.

Mini golf course a hole in one for new owners

When Joan and Melvin Snyder put Craig's only miniature golf course up for sale three months ago, they thought finding someone who loved it as much as they did would be impossible.

Wanted: Good kids

Craig police awarding children who perform good deeds

Every child dreams of being the town hero, and now Craig police are giving children that chance.

Blotter for July 10

A driving desire

Teens experience a modern rite of passage

Craig Mortensen has taken a job many would consider dangerous. Most probably wouldn't even dare to take on the challenge, but all over America, others like him are tackling the job of driving instructor.

Snapshot of the past alive in historical photos

Growing up in Great Divide, Eugene Murphy can hardly remember when the traveling minister came to his parents' house for dinner.

New MCHS assistant principal ready to step in

Band-director-turned-administrator Bill Toovey is looking forward to starting the next school year as the Moffat County High School assistant principal.

Meeker residents upset over campus closure

Bill Rucker is riled. A longtime supporter of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rucker is upset that Meeker is losing its satellite campus and he intends to do something about it.

Recreation district offering day hikes for girls

MEEKER -- Heidi Ham, director of Eastern Rio Blanco Parks and Recreation District, is more than a little excited about a new outdoor recreation adventure for girls in the 6th- to -8th grades.

Meeker drill team seeks to boost membership

MEEKER -- The Meeker Drill Team is always looking for new members invites anyone to come see what the group is all about.

Scared swimless

My three most dominant childhood nightmares: Falling down a bottomless pit, being chased by a cross of an alligator, a pit bull and a shark, and doing the dead man's float in the ocean after falling out of a boat.

Craig man pleads guilty to poaching bighorn

A Craig man faces the possible loss of hunting privileges for the remainder of his life after pleading guilty in May to poaching a bighorn ram in southern Moffat County.

'It's a lot of rodeo'

High school cowgirl embarks on three-rodeo roadtrip

If one were to assign a theme to the 25-day road trip that Kendel Fawcett and her mom embarked upon, a couple of possibilities could be, "The Prestigious," "The Who's Who of Youth Rodeos" or if a musical motto was preferred, "On the Road Again" might do.

Thursday, July 8

Davis enjoys his work helping animals

Name: Wayne Davis Name of business/address: Craig Veterinary Hospital, 73 Commerce St.

The Blotter for July 9

Law enforcement Jail report Thursday, July 8 • Chad Anthony Lytle, 17, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of menacing assault with a weapon.

Briefs for July 9

Children 5 through 14 are being sought to participate in the play, "Jack and the Beanstalk." This weeklong camp will produce a full-scale play with children as cast members. Today is the last day to register.

Holiday Inn hosting methamphetamine seminar

Hotels have several attributes that combine to make their rooms the ideal place for a methamphetamine manufacturer to set up shop.

Have bus, need driver

Dinosaur seniors using bus for bingo, not lunch

Because of a lack of daytime drivers, Dinosaur senior citizens have been unable to use a county-owned bus to get meals in Rangely. But one faithful driver has made sure they make it to bingo every Monday night.

Golf tourney starts Saturday

With its two biggest tournaments of the summer back to back the past two weekends, the Yampa Valley Golf Course has been action-packed lately.

Youth soccer needs players

The full fields at Woodbury Park during soccer practice Thursday didn't show it, but the numbers for Craig Youth Soccer are down this year.

Man who died was living in Steamboat

Sleep deprivation might have been a factor in accident

Authorities released the name of the 18-year old man who died in a car accident Wednesday morning north of Craig.

Bible Camp tradition in faith and fun

Fresh air, glistening streams, miles of trails to explore, and 40 friends -- possibly the ideal place for children to study the Bible and explore their faith.

Deaths for July 9

Jerry Lee Tennis Memorial services for Jerry Lee Tennis of Craig will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary.

Chris Currie: Finding the light

I called KRAI to see whether the radio station was planning a special soundtrack for the fireworks.

TMH: Purchase would be beneficial

Secrecy of "closed-door" decision questioned

Projections indicate that The Memorial Hospital could generate up to $300,000 a year by investing in office space, X-ray equipment and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, officials say, which justifies the expense of the investment.

Our view: Parks and rec gets biggest bang for buck

What would summer be without T-ball, swimming and soccer? The city's Parks and Recreation Department is in the middle of its busy season. During the summer, the department employs an additional 70 people to maintain parks and fields and put on programs.

Candidates discuss issues

For just the second time since the GOP county convention, Moffat County commissioner candidates addressed the public on the issues they think are important in the upcoming election.

Wednesday, July 7

Unidentified driver, 18, killed in rollover

An 18-year-old man was killed on Colorado Highway 13, but the accident wasn't reported for an estimated three hours.

Moffat County Neighbor: Robin Lambert

Name: Robin Lambert Occupation: Homemaker, part-time customer service representative at an insurance agency

Reader profile: Grandkids are favorite hobby

Joy and Gabriel Daigle added some spice to Craig when they moved here from Louisiana six years ago.

Briefs for July 8

The Memorial Hospital in Craig will be the videoconference site for participation in the Caring for Colorado Foundation's fourth annual statewide public meeting July 15.

Births for July 8

Ella Louisa Howland Jennifer Buckner Howland and Scott Howland of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Louisa Howland, at 7:53 p.m., June 25, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Deaths for July 8

Jerry Lee Tennis Jerry Lee Tennis of Craig died Monday at his home. Services are pending.

Mary Roland: Transportation is being left with a big hole in this area

While the Chamber of Commerce works to bring people to Craig, another very important thing is being taken away.

The Blotter for July 8

• Officers responded to a report of a possible suicidal party.

Caution: Sharks in the water this weekend

Sea Sharks host Craig A-B-C meet at city pool

Sabrina Bloomer, 9, likes to compete at the Craig City Pool because she likes the feel of the starting platform. Ashley Whiffen, 8, earned the first win of her swimming career last year at the home meet so she also has a strong affinity for the home water.

Youths on Wheels

Area youngsters are an active part of local racing series

Steamboat Springs -- Danny Martinson had heard the term "whoop-de-doo" from his dad, Steve Martinson of Craig, when he described mountain bike courses. On Wednesday at the Lamb Chop Cross Country race on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, the younger Martinson learned first hand what a whoop-de-doo feels like.

E-mail may be in violation

Document leaked details of proposed TMH $2.5M expenditure

A broadcast e-mail inadvertently sent to staff members at The Memorial Hospital did more than leak the details of a proposed $2.5 million expenditure; it also may have violated a confidentiality agreement signed by hospital board members at the onset of negotiations.

New firm fills gap in split-estate negotiations

As he watched the oil and gas industry expand in Northwest Colorado, attorney Ralph Cantafio thought he could see landowners being left behind.

Wild is the name of the game

Exotic meat plant prospers in Craig

Low-carb diets that recently have put the heat on potato farmers have boosted sales for an exotic meat processing plant in Craig.

Tuesday, July 6

Counties discuss sharing resources

Joint agreements were on the minds of commissioners from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties at a meeting Tuesday.

Blotter for July 7

Frederick Newman

Camp improves soccer program

Cones and soccer balls.

Riders gallop into Craig for 'Cowboy Christmas'

The Fourth of July is known as "Cowboy Christmas" in rodeo circles because of all of the prize money riders stand to make.

Lawsuit in limbo

Judge deciding fate of case against

A U.S. District Court judge is considering whether to dismiss a case that alleges Moffat County Sheriff's Department officials violated a 1997 settlement agreement with a former employee.

Firm chosen to work on fire plan

A land management consulting firm should begin work today on fire plans for communities in Moffat County.

Protecting the vulnerable

Adult protection team watches out for elderly

Deb Ernst is the newest member of Moffat County's Adult Protection Team, a group of professionals who come together with the goal of protecting people 18 and older from mental or physical abuse and fraud.

From trash to treasures

When Bill Lathrop looked at an old, beat up phonograph, he saw a bench -- or at least the potential for a bench.

Monday, July 5

Voting honors sacrifices

Part 2 of the Your Vote Counts series

Voting is a privilege, not a right. That's a mantra that Craig resident Tonee Gingrich has always held close to her heart -- even before she lost her grandson in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

'I pray every American will go out and vote'

Editors note: Sherri Evans-Lawton is the widow of Army Staff Sgt. Mark Evans-Lawton of Hayden, who was killed Aug. 16, 2003, while serving in Iraq.

Sunday, July 4

National honor students

Rena Weber

Great Race ends in a tie; older car takes the win

The Great Race ended Saturday in Monterey, Calif and first place went to the 1916 Hudson, one of the oldest cars in the race.

A tight-knit town

At the Little Britches Rodeo, everybody knows your name

Between the three of them, it seemed they knew everyone at the Little Britches Rodeo.

Fireworks make the Fourth shimmer

David Ingenthron's family and friends (eight people in all) were comfortably seated awaiting the fireworks by 7:30 p.m. Sunday night -- a good hour and a half before the first boom.

Craig's Haz-Mat team called to action

Renae Wojtkiewicz was cleaning her grandmother's basement Saturday when she came across a suspicious-looking can with powder spilling out of the hole in its side.

Man dies in ATV accident

A 67-year-old Michigan man was pronounced dead at the scene of an all-terrain vehicle accident near Wilderness Ranch Friday.

Briefs for July 5

A horse of her own

Every 13-year-old girl dreams about having her own horse. Jennifer Brockman got more than she could dream of: her own wild mustang.

Cottonwood winner seeks pot of gold

As the final group of golfers teed off on the 17th tee at the Yampa Valley Golf Course's Cottonwood Classic, a brilliant, 180-degree rainbow greeted them.

Little Britches Rodeo results

Voting honors sacrifices

Voting is a privilege, not a right. That's a mantra that Craig resident Tonee Gingrich has always held close to her heart -- even before she lost her grandson in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Striking Utah miners win jobs back

Seventy-five coal miners from Utah who have received financial support and encouragement from Moffat County coal miners and St. Michael's Catholic Church during a 10-month lockout, are scheduled to accept a reinstatement offer today.

Briefs for July 6

Beryl Kleitz

Bryan Hampton

'I pray every American will go out and vote'

I wonder, as our country's Independence Day came and went, how many moms, dads, grandparents and other adults stopped and not only reflected what this day means to them and other Americans, but also took moment to explain to a child or young person exactly what this holiday is for, and why we celebrate it as a nation.

Ryan Hampton

Mailbox madness

Pam Vaughn faithfully visits a copper-headed cow several times a week. Usually she places wrapped parcels inside the belly of the beast.

A gnawing, rural problem

Northwest Colorado outpaces state in smokeless tobacco use

While campaigns to quit smoking are becoming ubiquitous across America, a more potent form of tobacco is quietly lurking under lips in rural areas.

Drew Chamberlain

Chapton David McDonald

Friday, July 2

Limited hunting denied

Areas in southern Colorado nominated for trophy units

Trophy elk hunting will expand in Colorado in 2005, but none of the hunting areas in Moffat County was nominated to be part of the Colorado Wildlife Commission's new program.

A lazy Fourth of July is welcome in Craig

The Fourth of July weekend has arrived in Craig, just as many residents are peeling out of town.

Stay denied for Trapper's lodge

The U.S. Forest Service's inspection Wednesday of Trapper's Lake Lodge was not good news for owner Dan Stogsdill.

Settlement amount undisclosed

A lawyer representing Craig resident Tony Maneotis declined to say how much money his client will receive from a settlement with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Freedom comes at a price

Happy Birthday, America.

Leatta Mae Fuller

Craig youths prepare for trip overseas

Working from points that are 4,715 miles apart, a Craig teacher and a man from Stevenage, England put together an exchange program that has been successful for 17 years, and looks to last another.

CNCC to host Relay for Life

Rangely campus hopes to attract participants to help fight cancer

Pauline Hilard was in a dilemma.

White River family raises unique breed

Longhorn cattle aren't a common sight unless you're traveling Rio Blanco County Road 8, the Flat Tops Scenic Byway.

Horn pleads guilty in U.S. District Court

Lynn Horn pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to four federal charges related to crimes committed in Craig.

Hathhorn rounds out candidates

Stan Hathhorn filed to run for Moffat County commissioner Friday, ensuring there would be contests for both open commissioner districts during the general election.

The war in Iraq and independence

On Tuesday, the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq relinquished authority to a fully sovereign Iraqi interim government.

Blotter for July 3

A salute to diluting

"There are three Craig teams, so it is harder for us to win." That statement is something I hear nearly every time I cover a youth softball or baseball game. Craig coaches are quick to point out after a loss that their team is diluted.

Camping at Cottonwood

Every year it's a new story waiting to happen.

Thursday, July 1

Longtime farrier loves working with horses

Name of Business/Address: Ken Wolgram's Horseshoeing, 21566 County Road 17, 824-8359

Little Britches Rodeo rides into town this weekend

Their boots go up past their knees, their cowboy hats fall over their noses, and their belt buckles look more like WWE title belts.

Classic tees off today

37th annual Cottonwood Classic starts at 7 a.m.

For most Americans, the Fourth of July means a celebration of the country's independence. For golfers in and around Craig, the holiday also represents another special occasion -- the Cottonwood Classic.

Armed and ready

Senior-to-be leads Craig Legion team to win

A leader has been established for next year's Moffat County High School baseball team. Good luck catching up with him.

New priests at St. Michael's brought sense of humor

Two new smiling faces arrived at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Wednesday.


Thank you for all who supported me in illness

Be careful when using fireworks July Fourth

With the Fourth of July comes America's celebration of independence, usually through the use of fireworks.

A test of wills

Having four kids who eat all day long -- except at meal times -- is taxing my bank account, my patience and my creativity.

Our View: Slice of Americana goes by wayside

"Progress," for lack of a better word, takes some interesting twists and turns in rural America.

Sheriff settles lawsuit

A lawsuit against a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy that sought nearly $400,000 in damages has been settled out of court, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Thursday.

Wyman Living History Ranch gets first visitors

Although Lou Wyman's Living History Ranch and Museum east of Craig is not officially open, it had its first busload of tourists stop by for a sneak preview.

Road closure angers some, pleases others

A Moffat County resident is concerned that the rerouting of a county road is going to cause accidents this winter.

Group submits sage grouse plan to FWS

Ramifications are great for Moffat County if bird is listed as endangered

The Moffat County sage grouse working group has submitted a sage grouse management plan to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while the federal agency investigates whether the bird needs protection by the Endangered Species Act.

A piece of the Triple Crown pie

Craig business leaders ponder greater role in tapping event

Restaurants, hotels and convenience stores benefit so much from Triple Crown games that members of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership say it's worth seeing whether Craig can get a bigger piece of the pie.