Wednesday, June 30
Thanks for article on assisted-living facilities To the editor:
Cartoon about Iraq war was in poor taste
Board promises to improve the way hospital does business
Nine months of negotiations culminated Wednesday when The Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees authorized a renewed contract with Quorum Health Resources, its management company.
The skies over Craig will explode with light and color Sunday when volunteer firefighters launch 2,182 fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.
When Maybell resident Brett Steele presented his symptoms to a doctor Tuesday, he was told he needed to come back and get tested for West Nile virus.
Six young photographers marched into the county commissioner chambers armed with cameras to take pictures of Moffat County's first volunteer of the month.
Jori Hollenbeck didn't think much about the Great Race coming to Craig, except that she would sing the national anthem and a few other songs before the cars zoomed off to the next city.
Name: Larry Moore Occupation: Retired When and why did you move to Craig?
Nina Phillips Wright 1920 -- 2004
This afternoon, 36 bicyclists will ride into Craig to spend the evening eating ice cream and playing bingo with their friends at Horizons Specialized Services.
LARRY D. SUITS 1941 -- 2004
Craig resident Pat Stephenson spends up to 13 hours away from home each day, but she said it makes her appreciate home more.
Police retrieve alleged victim to testify at Pogline hearing
County Judge Mary Lynne James ordered police to retrieve a witness who failed to appear in court Wednesday.
Commissioners fear too many options will confuse voters
Two ballot initiatives about hospital construction plans could be one too many, Moffat County Commissioners said.
Bureau of Land Management road patrols have been scarce for more than a year, as budget constraints left the ranger position vacant at the Little Snack Field Office in Craig.
Kendel Fawcett plugged her ears because she feared the final results. But the finger-in-ear technique let some sound slip in and to her surprise she heard, "Kendel Fawcett, national qualifier."
Hayden beats Craig to tourney title, 8-4
It's what every Little Leaguer dreams of: last inning, full count, bases loaded and a chance to be the hero. The pitcher envisions throwing the heater past the batter for the winning strikeout while the batter imagines crushes the imaginary pitch over the fence.
Friends of Stormie Beach, a Hayden teen seriously injured in a car accident June 20, are raising funds to help pay her medical costs.
Tuesday, June 29
After finding bare wires and neglected plumbing at Trappers Lake Lodge, U.S. Forest Service inspectors will decide today whether the lodge has been adequately repaired.
Fire conditions will continue during the July Fourth weekend, despite forecasts for scattered showers and cloudy conditions, a fire management officer warns.
Two Craig residents have decided there's been enough talk about the lack of recycling options and launched into a plan of action.
The campaign against West Nile Virus got a boost this week. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment drove from Denver to help spread the word about mosquito season safety.
0.08 standard designed to lower traffic fatalities
Of the 742 traffic deaths in Colorado in 2002, 41 percent were alcohol related, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Entrega Gas Pipeline Inc. announced plans Tuesday to move forward with its proposed natural gas pipeline after the completion of a successful open season.
Craig firefighters continued the department's tradition of capturing firefighting awards when they won the state championship in a team competition Friday.
Jim and Katherine Compestine always pick up a Parks and Recreation Department brochure before they plan their annual vacation.
BY DIANE PRATHER It's only natural that Sherman Crunchley, a dog, should be a police officer
Great Race drivers impressed with Craig hospitality
The smell of fresh pancakes and the crooning of the Shirelles greeted Craig residents Tuesday morning when about 100 classic cars from the Great Race made a pit stop on Yampa Avenue.
Monday, June 28
Cost saving measures implemented in Moffat County's child care assistance program have proven successful enough that commissioners have raised the poverty level from the minimum mandated by the state.
Although Harold Ratzlaff has worked at Craig's bus depot for 25 years, he didn't talk as if he's worried about his livelihood after Aug. 18, when Greyhound Lines, Inc., plans to discontinue its local run.
This week the Craig Daily Press begins a project that it hopes will challenge all Moffat County residents.
Steamboat Springs -- A man who confessed to being involved in recent car break-ins was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and nine days in jail, with credit for the time he has already served.
A toddler suffered no major injuries after falling from third-story window at Columbine Apartments Sunday.
Moffat County voters will head to the polls to have their say on who the next president will be, but that's about the only thing that brings them out en masse.
Equipment to help ensure county is ready for an emergency
In the case of a terrorism event or other public health crisis, one of the first things hospitals would run out of is beds.
Sunday, June 27
Roy 'Big Timber' Stephenson wants to be the best shot in the Wild West
During the week, Roy Stephenson can be found fixing cars at Chapman's Automotive. But once a month when he pulls on his cowboy boots and straps on his holster, "Big Timber" is transported back to an old west shootout.
Gail Goldsmith enjoys the experience of hosting a developmentally-disabled man
At 9:30 a.m. every morning, Gail Goldsmith prepares lunch for Donny Mendias. She lays it out next to his personal belongings, and Mendias promptly packs the lunch into a sack and then packs everything into his backpack.
Thrill of the ride eclipses threat of danger in motocross
Rick Witner never tires of the smell of burning fuel and the near-deafening sounds of hundreds of dirt bikes revving up their engines.
The Colorado State Patrol arrested a Craig man in possession of about one ounce of suspected methamphetamine after a tip by off-duty Craig Police officers.
Chad Zulian excels in Open Pro Class
Former Craig resident Chad Zulian achieved his goal of placing well at this weekend's national qualifier in Craig.
Girl Scouts unlikely to keep camp open
Service organizations are done shelling out cash to pay for county services. Girl Scout Troop 201 has learned this lesson during the past month, as they worked to raise the $12,000 to $15,000 the Moffat County commissioners said would be needed to reopen Sherman Youth Camp in Routt National Forest. The commissioners had closed the camp to balance the 2004 budget.
Group learns basics about working with
John Allen isn't betting on the benevolence of oil and gas companies to look after his land if he decides to lease it out for development.
Friday, June 25
Credit card fraud scheme making
Artist Karl Hoffman thought he was on the verge of selling one of his prized jewelry creations.
For many teens, summer break is no vacation
Alesha Overton, 17, said money is what keeps her coming back to work at Kmart, even when rude customers make it hard to do.
A year ago, prospective nursing students were checking their mailboxes to see whether they had been accepted to Craig's first college nursing program.
Buffy Wicks came to Colorado fresh off the Howard Dean campaign.
Moffat County commissioners received some welcome news this week. Oil and gas property tax valuations are up $37 million over last year and will generate about $775,000 in additional revenue for schools, the county, Craig, Dinosaur and special taxing districts.
A strong cup of coffee goes hand in hand with friendly gossip
Ken Fleming and Robert Robidoux meet every morning at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge.
Professional motocross racer Chad Zulian hopes to represent his hometown well this weekend in the Rocky Mountain Motocross Assoc-iation races being held at the Yampa Valley Sports Riders Complex.
It was a battle between David and Goliath at the Craig parks and recreation girls' softball championship tournament Friday at Loudy Simpson Park.
The U.S. Forest Service revoked the special-use permit for Trappers Lake Lodge in a letter dated June 15.
For a small town, Meeker packs a whole lot of action into its Fourth of July weekend.
Rio Blanco BOCC address concerns over public dollars
Rio Blanco County Commissioners addressed questions about the county's lodging tax boards during special work sessions in Meeker and Rangely.
Eleven-year-old boy navigates to first place
Craig residents have their work cut out for them Tuesday morning if they're going to outdo the warm welcomes Great Race drivers have received in other towns across the country.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A viable downtown area is crucial for economic development, according to Brad Segal, president of Progressive Urban Management Associates.
Thursday, June 24
A 13-year-old boy was hit by a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Eighth Street and Yampa Avenue on Thursday evening.
A partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Craig and the Moffat County School District to form an alternative school was touted as a win-win situation for the entire community.
A Rock Springs, Wyo., resident has purchased the Mantle Ranch, a private holding within Dinosaur National Monument, for $6 million.
Leave your pistols and rifles at home because only shotguns are allowed at the Craig Trap Club Inc.
Several members of the Craig Gymstars gymnastics team earned top-five finishes in the recent EAGLES state championships in Colorado Springs.
1 p.m. The Memorial Hospital Tee it Up for Healthy Futures Golf Tournament begins at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Name of Business/Address: Ann Carr's Piano Lessons, 54 S. Ranney St., Craig, 824-2152
Dinosaur must raise enrollment or face closure
More than two weeks after an enrollment deadline, Dinosaur Community Charter School board members turned in their final numbers. Eight-and-one-half students are officially on the rolls, nearly five less than what's needed to make the school a go.
Colowyo Coal Co. rescue squad to compete in event in Utah
When Jim Andrews worked on a mine rescue team, he sometimes carried a length of common "manila" rope, a figure-eight and a pulley.
Officials: Assiatnce guidelines don;t mesh with reality
Low-income residents on the waiting list for housing vouchers in Moffat County discovered in May that funding cuts meant there is no waiting list.
Denver Health's Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center has contracted with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to staff an information line for callers inquiring about the West Nile virus in Colorado. The toll-free line, called COHELP at 1-877-462-2911, is staffed by trained professionals.
Wrestling practice had been going for five minutes when Scott Garoutte yelled to Moffat County coach Roman Gutierrez, "Coach, it feels like the end of January."
Yampa Valley pregnancy Center helps mothers, fathers and families
What qualified as a crisis pregnancy 20 years ago is not such a crisis today, said Sandi Billig, director of Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.
I am a resident of Colorado and as such would like to be able to hunt the wildlife of this state at least every three to four years. But if I have to wait 10 to 20 years, I will have grown too old to remember how to shoot a gun, much less be physically able to hunt.
When Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar visited Craig to speak at a luncheon Wednesday, he asked the residents seated at his table what concerns they have that the chief law enforcement officer in the state ought to know about.
Katie came running to me with tears in her eyes, crying, "Daddy hurt me!" They had been wrestling around in the recliner, playing airplane and the tickle game, so I wasn't surprised.
Wednesday, June 23
Clint Gabbert, 13, Matt Herschberg, 12, and Jimmy Howe, 11, had just finished their round of 18 holes at the Bear Creek Classic miniature golf tournament when they sat down for their complimentary ice cream.
Angie Schneider (some call her Nani) celebrated her 70th birthday Tuesday. Her older brother called in the morning to sing "Happy Birthday" to her as he does every year.
The Craig City Council's spending is outpacing revenue -- but not by much.
A Rifle woman who collided with a deer while riding a motorcycle was "a little bit lucky and must have done something right," according to the Colorado State Patrol trooper who investigated the accident.
Assisted living centers struggle with insurance
Bob Grub pointed out the numerous edible plants that sprout from the raised gardens behind the assisted living center he and his wife operate.
Craig residents weren't asked to make any changes in how they use water during the extreme droughts of 2002 and 2003 because of the city's senior water rights on the Yampa River and its 4,670 acre feet of water storage in Elkhead Reservoir.
Attorney General Ken Salazar tossed his campaign hat aside and picked up some bean bags in support of the Craig Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday.
Little Leaguer Mark Doolin didn't waste the chance to redeem his team in the bottom of the second inning of the last regular season game for 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds.
Before the Mesa State College basketball camp last week, Moffat County High School girls coach Craig Mortensen said that their undefeated record was misleading because of a weak schedule. A week later, that record is more tested.
When Kirk McKey looked out to see the nice weather Wednesday morning, he couldn't come up with any reason not to ride his bike. The chiropractor said he'd been thinking about riding his bike recently and because it was Colorado Bike to Work day, he thought it would be a good day to ride.
Tuesday, June 22
Bulldogs are 0-4
Rifle has Craig's number in high school baseball.
The University of Wyoming football camp was all fun and games until the last day. Then teams started to keep score.
Cookie-cutter style contractors need not apply to write the Little Snake Resource Management Plan, as far as members of the Northwest Colorado Stewardship are concerned.
The cumulus clouds in the skies over the Yampa Valley were good markers for the rising columns of warm air that the glider pilots were looking for. But the thermals weren't quite close enough to the airport to tempt the pilots to chase them. As a result, the flights were lasting only about 20 minutes.
The Craig City Council approved the renewal of an agreement Tuesday night that is expected to net them $70,000 a year.
Whether the Craig City Council will "modernize" its curb and gutter installation requirements was not decided Tuesday night, but officials did agree that a change is warranted.
Up until the Craig City Council's 4 to 1 vote to approve the final changes to its water ordinance, there was debate over whether the proposed change was the best way to go.
Gourmet coffee drinkers, birthday cake buyers and noontime panini fans who partake of Serendipity delicacies need to prepare themselves for a change of ownership.
The Moffat County Library Board isn't ready to commit to seeking its own taxing district yet, but members know they face an uphill battle to convince taxpayers to pay more money for better services and the library's fiscal independence.
Craig police are looking for a fugitive who fled the Moffat County Courthouse minutes before she was to be sentenced for drug charges.
Rescuers honored for saving 12-year-old swimmer
Jerry Davis had never performed CPR before June 16.
Jury may decide whether county critics
A judge ruled that a jury could find that two Moffat County government critics acted with malice when they alleged Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos broke the law.
Monday, June 21
City's landscaping ordinance too restrictive, members say
City officials decided they needed to do something about the city's landscaping ordinance after the owners of a large retail businesses changed their minds about opening in Craig.
Jail staffing remains a point of contention
The Moffat County Commissioners and Sheriff Buddy Grinstead had their first meeting since their public fallout over Grinstead hiring his son to mow the grass at the county jail.
Two Craig men were injured Monday morning when the Chevy Metro they were riding in went off the road and rolled in a field.
A suspect who stole a car in Craig wrecked the vehicle on Colorado Highway 13 early Saturday morning.
The number of people booking hotel rooms in Moffat County hit record numbers last year.
Sunday was far from sunny for two local Triple Crown baseball teams. The 12-and-under Tri-County Trojans and the 11-and-under Northwest Colorado Lynx were eliminated from bracket play in their first games.
Assessed value of gas production in Moffat County up $37 million
Gas wells in Moffat County will pump nearly $775,000 in additional sales tax revenue into local government budgets this year, according to preliminary reports.
A Hayden girl seriously injured in a rollover accident near Hayden remained unconscious and in critical condition at a Grand Junction hospital Monday.
The fate of The Memorial Hospital's relationship with Quorum Health Resources will be discussed at a special board meeting tonight.
Moffat County Library Board members approved a 3 percent raise in employees' pay and took care of other odds and ends at Monday's meeting.
Sunday, June 20
Yampa Valley Electric Association is working with another electric cooperative to pursue options for shoring up their long-term power supply.
Halen Raymond thought he was throwing the ball harder than usual. Catcher Austin Sadvar had no doubt.
Two people have been killed and four injured by lightning in Colorado this year, according to the National Weather Service.
Jan Gerber's ties to the community are priceless to the museum
When Jan Gerber was offered the position of assistant director at the Museum of Northwest Colorado five years ago, she couldn't think of anything she would rather do.
Alcohol, drugs may have been factor in accident involving 3 Craig teens
Seven people, including three Craig teenagers, were seriously injured early Sunday when the car they were riding in rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 about two miles west of Hayden.
Though James Schultz' hair was peppered with wood shavings and sweat trailed down his back, it took a little pleading for the chainsaw artist from Black Forest to take a breather at Craig's Whittle the Wood festival.
Classic cars in the colors of tropical birds filled the parking lot next to Mathers' Bar Saturday afternoon.
Daniel Stahl is about to find out whether stock cars racing and raising wild horses have anything in common.
One family, one destiny.
Friday, June 18
Police arrested a hit-and-run suspect who allegedly struck a Woodbury Drive home Thursday night and fled the scene, leaving behind a bumper and a license plate.
A Craig man reportedly used a gun to chase an intruder from his home Thursday night
Once a year, fathers across America are honored with a special day just for them. But for many dads, the day also includes special attention from their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Moffat County School District has given the alternative school concept four shots and is preparing to give it another this fall.
Perfect weather, great food and good company helped make White River Community Club's annual fund-raising fish fry a huge success.
Even the possibility of West Nile virus coming to Rio Blanco County is something that frightens Bill Ekstrom, CSU Cooperative Extension agent.
Bulldogs bond on and off the field
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The downpour of rain left University of Wyoming football coach Joe Glenn with two options -- ask the 26 teams at his camp to keep getting wet or give them the rest of the night off.
Strikes came easy for the Colorado Cutthroat pitchers through four innings of the team's first Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament game Friday. Then in the fifth inning, finding the catcher's mitt became difficult for the 10-and-under team.
Many of the carvers in the Whittle the Wood competition were forced to leave City Park during the violent wind, rain and lightning Thursday.
Craig begins its war on mosquitoes
If you hear the roaring engine of a low-flying S2RT aircraft in the wee morning hours Sunday, you're not under attack; the mosquitoes are.
City officials will go before the Department of Local Affairs next month to make a pitch for a $400,000 Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program grant, but nobody knows exactly how that money will be spent.
Speed-controlled rally to make pit stop
Today, 120 vintage vehicles begin their two-week trek across the country. Drivers start in Jacksonville, Fla., and finish in Monterey, Calif. Great Race drivers will stop in Craig for a breakfast pit stop one week from June 29 between 8 and 11 a.m.
Thursday, June 17
A 1.1 percent tuition increase isn't good news for Colorado college students or Colorado colleges but for different reasons.
10 a.m. The fifth annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Woodcarving competition and Arts and Craft show takes place at Craig City Park, 601 Washington. There will be lots of food vendors and arts and crafts. People's choice voting will be held at the Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Booth. A silent action will be ongoing throughout day, ending at 4 p.m. For more information, call 826-2029.
Not only is this John Clay's first appearance at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, this is his first wood carving competition.
Name: Kathy Harkner Name of business and its address: Kathy's Kanine Klips, 810 E. 10th St., Craig, 824-2105.
Border guards asked to search the long, rectangular case several times as the 14-member team attempted to cross into Mexico.
Craig City Councilman Don Jones has long advocated either changing the city's water ordinance or abandoning it altogether.
Did you know that butterflies have scales?
If Kyle Fredrickson didn't know what it was like to wrestle in a big-pressure situation before, he's now had his chance.
Artificial heart recipient finally receives transplant
Last Friday, Linda Sloan got the call she'd been waiting a year to receive.
Karen Knez got a call from an acquaintance asking for advice about an antelope fawn that was adopted after it had been found "abandoned" by its mother.
Moffat county -- The Colorado Wildlife Commission is soliciting suggestions for areas that should be made into trophy elk hunting regions, but Moffat County may not be the most likely place for the change.
I don't know if it's because they have brothers to play with now or if it's a natural stage of development, but daughters' idea of fun has become a lot rougher.
Wednesday, June 16
Annual festival gives residents opportunity to tour historic site
It's nearly a 90-mile drive whether a person's coming from the nearest Colorado, Utah or Wyoming town, but hundreds will make it Saturday for the ninth annual Jarvie Ranch summer festival.
Moffat County tourism officials are sure people will enjoy the area once they've seen what it has to offer.
Tense battles between Soroco, Craig teams may have simmered
Editor's note: This is the first story in a series in cooperation with Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike, who will pick out a game every week to be featured in the Craig Daily Press.
Name: Sandy Cordle Occupation: Yampa Valley Golf Course Pro Shop Clerk
When I e-mailed you expressing my concerns on the matter of you hiring your son and the disrespect you gave to our county commissioners by telling them to mind their own business, I was just expressing my constitutional right to speak out.
Dorothy Ages kicks some toys out of the way and lifts her grandson's baby walker into the breezeway. The curious baby reaches for anything he can get a grasp of, and eventually grabs a cup of coffee off the table and dumps it on the both of them.
Triple Crown is expecting 120 youth teams to arrive later this week for the first baseball tournament of the summer.
Opinions varied Wednesday on the issue of providing businesses with an incentive to relocate in Moffat County, but Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board members agreed it was an issue that needed to be explored as the EDP launches its business recruitment program.
Museum's 1964 exhibit opens Friday
The gunfighter artifacts and weathered saddles at the Museum of Northwest Colorado are sharing the second floor with the newer items that depict Craig in 1964.
The annual Whittle the Wood competition is under way at City Park, and by Saturday night, 10 trees will be transformed into elegant carvings.
10 a.m. Story-hour will be held at Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. The children will make Father's Day cards during today's story-hour. For more information, call 824-5116.
Colorado governor spoke at Boys and Girls Club of Craig
Gov. Bill Owens provided an optimistic forecast of the coming fiscal year and said economic indicators point to a period of growth in the state during a town meeting in Craig on Wednesday.
Craig Parks & Recreation invites you to saddle up and come enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery while horseback riding through the wilderness.
Wayne Martin of Baggs, Wyo., died Tuesday in Rifle. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.
Tuesday, June 15
Legion team undefeated in weekend trip
A weekend away from home resulted in some of the largest margins of victories for the Moffat County American Legion baseball B team.
Moffat County holds its own among the most livable counties in the Rocky Mountain region, according to the findings of a new study by Colorado College.
The county's fire coordinator position will go to a private contractor, the Moffat County commissioners decided Monday.
Craig Rotarians make international connections
Some Craig Rotary Club members are ready to travel south next spring to help a small town in Nicaragua.
Residents stepped forward to assist with two areas of need in Moffat County and the state will have to take on a third.
Paying tribute to two late Craig residents' love for wild mustangs incited a similar passion in Patti Mosbey, which she's working to share with others. Mosbey is one of the organizers of an event geared toward dispelling preconceived notions about how wild horses look, act and behave.
Loughran ends prep career at All-State tournament
It didn't take Anthony Loughran long to notice a difference between his Western Slope team and the Front Range teams at the Colorado All-State basketball games this weekend in Aurora.
June numbers don't bode well for the summer growing season.
Threat of imprisonment no longer hanging over Donna Reishus' head
From her office at a clinic in a small town in Belize, Donna Reishus can see the outdoor holding cell where she was detained for two days.
West Theatre isn't what it used to be, but it still draws a crowd
The complaints, it seems, are part of the movie-going experience at Craig's West Theatre. In the lobby, patrons quietly grumble before any given show, but in a tradition as old as the theatre's deteriorated curtains, the murmurs of discontent dissipate before the lights dim.
Monday, June 14
Mine double-taxed for 17 years, assessor says
Colowyo Coal Co. has paid more than it owes in county taxes for at least 17 years, but it will get only two years worth of refunds from Moffat County.
Moffat County commissioners agreed Monday to move forward with the sale of county property to the Steamboat Springs transit division for a new regional bus station, that is subject to an appraisal of an old county shop on the fairgrounds.
Nancy Hettinger has received a paycheck from Moffat County for 26 years, but she won't for long if the county commissioners get their way.
Changes in school accountability aligns with district, leaders say
Changes in ways the state evaluates Colorado Student Assessment Program tests won't change how the Moffat County School District does business, but officials say the Legislature has taken a meaningful step.
The Moffat County High School girls basketball program shot first and asked questions later at the Rangely basketball tournament during the weekend. The three teams went a combined 19-2.
Neighbors in the vicinity of Finley Lane and Sixth Street extinguished a brush fire that was started by two juveniles Monday afternoon.
Regulatory officials in a quandary over pipeline proposals
Officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are encountering a situation in Moffat County they've yet to see.
A pared-down hospital renovation could mean sacrifices
In the latest revision of The Memorial Hospital's plans to construct a new hospital, there isn't room for services such as obstetrics. There isn't room for nuclear medicine.
Owens plans to answer questions on state's issues
Gov. Bill Owens and three of his cabinet members will stop in Craig on Wednesday for a town meeting.
Sunday, June 13
Deloris St Louis has much to celebrate, but the modest lady keeps most of her accomplishments hidden behind a gentle smile.
Contestants compete in the Alpine Horse & Rider Open
Jessica Hogue discovered a training secret Saturday to help her English riding skills. The 13-year-old Craig girl and her horse, Mr. San Peppy Smoke, took advantage of the Alpine Horse & Rider competition at the Moffat County fairgrounds.
Street stock leader's steering 'turns' out a winner
Jaceson VanGrandt could have used an extra set of eyes Saturday at the Hayden Speedway.
Weekend tourney helps Bulldogs work as a team
The last time most of the members of the Moffat County High School varsity basketball team played together they were winning AAU tournaments across the state in eighth grade. This weekend coach Mike LeWarne started to see some of that ability again.
Results from Saturday's night at the races
There are plenty of great peaks to climb in Colorado, but Craig native Scott Bouldin's yearning for adventure is pulling him south of the equator.
Two separate fires in Northwest Colorado burned quietly during the weekend, because of calmer winds and relatively higher humidity levels, said Marty O'Toole, a spokesman with the Bureau of Land Management at the White River Field Office.
Friday, June 11
Garage sale mavens hit the streets
It's Friday morning, and the best of Craig's yard sale hunters are out the door, scouring their first sale by half-past 7.
Trapper's Lake Lodge was ordered closed May 25 by the Forest Service after a routine follow-up inspection revealed public safety issues.
Teachers find plenty of activities for summer
School is out, but for some Moffat County teachers "summer break" is an oxymoron. The Daily Press caught up with four middle school teachers who are as busy as ever with summer projects.
MEEKER -- With an Aug. 2 deadline, artists who want to show their skills with sheep and dogs should enter the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog International Art Contest for 2004.
High school athletes' summers can be more packed than the school year
The sun was just creeping over the hills of Western Knolls when Korey Kostur started his day Friday. Lifting weights and a wrestling session with his brother in the family weight/wrestling room typically would come before breakfast, but not today.
Whittle the Wood Rendezvous begins Wednesday
Five years ago, city staff turned a problem into a possibility. The problem was dying trees in City Park; the possibility was creating art out of the stumps.
Moffat County Library Board members agree that this November is too soon for them to seek independence from the county, but most think the idea is a good one and are considering eventually asking voters for a separate mill levy to support and enhance library services.
There's a big debate raging in education circles about homework. How much is too much?
An accident Friday helps a Thornton Police Department case
A motorcycle accident late Friday afternoon led Colorado State Patrol officers to evidence that has nearly closed a Thornton Police Department investigation.
MEEKER -- Leeann Gibson is thrilled about the opportunity to use an alternative teaching method to help people learn to read.
Police respond to record number of calls in May
Police and prosecutors are reporting record numbers of offenses in Moffat County.
Thursday, June 10
Blended families certainly spice life up. Waking up one morning to take care of two children and then having that number increase to four the next morning poses some interesting challenges.
Inside today's Daily Press you'll find a 20-page special section that includes all the stories from our series on the methamphetamine problem in Moffat County.
Survey reveals inconsistencies in homework amounts
The survey results confused tabulators.
UNC Graduates The following students from Craig received undergraduate degrees at the University of Northern Colorado's spring commencement May 8:
City and county ahead of last year's numbers
Sales tax revenue in Craig increased in March and April after coming in below budget for January and February.
Craig's First Congregational United Church of Christ may be without a permanent minister, but they're not without a leader.
The Greasewood fire 13 miles west of Meeker grew from 6,800 acres to about 7,200 acres Thursday while the Cross Fire 40 miles west of Craig did not spread beyond the 30 acres it burned Wednesday, said Diann Ritschard, Forest Service information officer.
It was quite an international affair at the Woodbury Fields on Thursday. Representatives from Wales, Mexico, England, Portugal and France were playing fÃ°tbol against each other -- at least that's where the markers on the arms and legs of the players said they were from.
Veteran bus station manager enjoys bus culture
Tucked neatly behind the Smoker Friendly shop and Outdoor Connections sits an unassuming one-story building where migrant farm workers, residents and people just passing through all cross paths.
Al White, R-Winter Park, paid his dues and became a member of the Republican Women's Auxiliary on Friday.
The inaugural flight of Continental Airlines' summer service from Houston to Yampa Valley Regional Airport arrived Thursday night.
Steve and Julia Foster of Craig are hosting a come-and-go wedding reception honoring their children, Kevin and Danielle Foster, who were married in Troy, Mo., on May 30, 2004.
Seven public officials decided Thursday how $17.2 million raised by the community for local schools will be spent.
Wednesday, June 9
Robert J. "Rob" Whitney of Craig, died June 4, 2004, at his home. He was 54. Whitney was born Aug. 3, 1949, in Kearney, Neb., to Delbert and Phyllis (Adams) Whitney.
The next clinic Jake Bingham may need to attend after the Yampa River Junior Golf Clinic could involve a dentist's chair.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- After taking a summer off to heal an injured knee, Mike Markel is back on his bike.
SNOWMASS -- County employees shed some light on how counties can work through budget crunches at Colorado Counties Inc.'s meeting Wednesday.
Ranchers know how to avoid hills dotted with the threatening flowers
Before ranchers deal with the threat of wolves endangering their livestock, they'll contend with a harmless-looking flower called larkspur.
Federal commission solicits comments
There seem to be few things standing between Entrega Gas Pipeline Inc. and its plans to transport natural gas from Meeker to Cheyenne, Wyo.
SNOWMASS -- A new policy on contentious right-of-way claims drafted by a Colorado Counties Inc. subcommittee could be the first step in counties claiming roads across public lands.
To the editor: From the family of Mickey Hallinan: We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at The Memorial Hospital, Dr. Dennis Kinder and staff at the Mountain Medical Office, for their compassion and help with our beloved mother.
The Craig City Council won't call a special meeting to speed up the sale of the Cosgriff property, but members did vote Tuesday to approve a resolution that allows for soil testing to be done before closing.
A fire 40 miles west of Craig grew to 30 acres and a fire 13 miles west of Meeker grew to 6,800 acres Wednesday.
Name: Terrianne Wheeler Occupation: City of Craig employee When and why did you move to Craig?
Law enforcement Jail report Tuesday, June 8 • Ricky Lee McKnight, 46, was booked into Moffat County Jail on the charge of parole violation.
There will be no regular mail delivery or retail customer service at postal facilities nationwide Friday. The U.S. Postal Service will honor the National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.
Tuesday, June 8
Lorna Tunks was on her way to work this morning when she heard a voicemail that made her day.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- All Billy Ivy needed was a couple of weeks off. The Moffat County High School sophomore-to-be returned to baseball this week after summer camp.
Rain, snow or shine, Happy DeuBear is always ready to greet people in Craig with a smile and a wave and a fancy new outfit.
Members of the Craig City Council continued a discussion on modifying water service regulations, approved a precedent-setting planning and zoning motion and approved the county's right to enforce a model traffic code ordinance within city limits Tuesday night.
The Granby hardware store where Friday's bulldozer destruction came to an end was owned by two Moffat County natives who are trying to decide whether to rebuild or move on.
A few Republicans will be in Craig stumping for votes Thursday. In an effort to educate the community politically, the Moffat County Republican Women are hosting a candidates' forum at noon at the Holiday Inn.
Members of the Northwest Colorado Stewardship agree a facilitator is helping their meetings move more smoothly, but the group got bogged down in administrative details that they couldn't resolve at Tuesday night's meeting.
A Craig man appeared in court Tuesday on charges that he tried to trade marijuana for a soft drink at a convenience store.
Gov. Bill Owens will swing through Craig June 16 during a tour of the Western Slope.
Monday, June 7
A 30-year-old Craig woman was arrested Friday on charges she attempted to kill her 9-year-old son.
Moffat County is looking to traffic law violators to generate dollars for its shriveled coffers.
After hiring his son to maintain the grounds around the Public Safety Center, the Moffat County Sheriff did not attend a special meeting Monday to discuss whether the hiring violated the county's nepotism policy.
Steamboat Springs -- Though the race covers just a little less than five miles, the terrain in the annual Thunderhead Hill Climb is a stiff test for riders who are brave enough step to the starting line Wednesday.
The commissioners expressed verbal anger at Monday's special meeting when they learned that an employee at the jail juggled his work schedule then received overtime pay for working a mental health watch shift.
Bars collaborate on how best to curb alcohol-related problems
Liquor establishments have put competition aside in the best interest of their customers.
Sunday, June 6
Family wants video of deceased pet returned
Emily Tunks, 8, lost her favorite dog -- twice.
Tim Jantz, the chairman of the Moffat County Republican Party, was 19 the first time he stepped in a voting booth in 1980.
Salazar's run for 3rd District 'creating optimism among Democrats'
After emerging as the lone victor for a spot on the August Democratic primary ballot, 3rd Congressional District candidate John Salazar says he's taking nothing for granted.
Dinosaur's park administrator satisfied with resources
Bill Mitchem, 74, first set eyes on Echo Park 45 years ago.
The Craig Police Department's summer intern spent his first days on the job helping with administrative work, conducting research and creating community policing brochures.
Former hotel maid is moving on after 50 years in Craig
Doris Graham got married last October.
Maybell event helps raise funds for Western Agility Group
The dogs ran the show at Maybell Park Saturday during the second annual dog trials sponsored by Craig's Western Agility Group.
Bethka and Long also claim wins
HAYDEN -- Doug Tiffany's celebration after winning the IMCA modified class included a spin out by the finish line and jumping on top of his car to point to the crowd.
Overalls and cob pipes mixed with fishing poles and slimy worms Saturday at Craig's Huck Finn Day at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Driving home from Steamboat Springs on Sunday I couldn't decide what I felt about my effort in the marathon I had finished three hours earlier.
If it wasn't for a dedicated group of Browns Park residents and their supporters, Lodore Hall might not be standing.
Friday, June 4
Dr. Tom Told changes the water in his horse pasture every day. Standing water attracts mosquitoes, so it's a chore Told deems necessary because of the increased presence of West Nile virus in Colorado.
Mayor DeRose comments in letter not exactly on target
Jacqueline Wooden Jacqueline Wooden, the daughter of Jack and Wallie Wooden of Craig, graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on May 8. She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and is employed with Archer Western Contractors in Arlington, Texas.
But Walcher gets most of the votes
The Moffat County Republican delegates to the state assembly could agree they liked three candidates for Congress. The hard part, they said, was choosing the one they liked most.
BLM's Little Snake Field Office to be closed
Law enforcement Jail report
Breakfast Serials are back. The upcoming story series, The Shadow of My Father's Hand: A Boy's Civil War Journal, written by Craig Crist-Evans, begins Monday.
Free community entertainment program offers summer fun for families
Rio Blanco County residents who are longing for some wholesome family entertainment this summer won't have to travel far from home.
Bulldog alumnus wins national title in Steeplechase
Kelly Christensen had never seen such a chaotic finish to a race.
The Craig community officially welcomed Jonathan Godes, the executive director of the newly founded Boys and Girls Club of Craig, to the town at a luncheon Friday. The abundant laughter, smiles and inspirational, tear-jerking stories from the community about their BGCC experiences suggested that the talkative, enthusiastic 26-year-old brought big plans and lots of inspiration with him.
The annual White River Community Club fund-raiser fish fry will take place June 12 at the White River Community Club in Meeker on County Road 8. The fry is a community event, and the public is encouraged to attend.
A recent flurry of gas activity has sparked optimism about the future of energy development in Moffat County.
Without new taxes, board must consider partial replacement, new location
The latest figures for the estimated cost of a replacement hospital confirm that only a pared-down version of an off-site facility is fundable without new taxes.
Across America, new health crazes have emerged and disappeared as quickly as Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken. In the search for health and fitness, many people in Craig and across that nation are casting their votes for Pilates.
Annika Sue Dewitt
Thursday, June 3
Name: Vern and Michelle Anderson
While Dustin and Casey Atchley feel at home when they race at the Rocky Mountain National Speedway in Denver, they feel like stars when they race elsewhere.
The bad news is it's going be another dry year.
Testing is a 'surveillance tool' not a food safety test
When chronic wasting disease was discovered south of Hayden in 2002, Northwest Colorado residents and the Colorado Division of Wildlife scrambled to establish a local testing facility.
Maybell Republican joins Partnership for the West
Ask T. Wright Dickinson to pick his title, and he'll insist upon "rancher."
Sixteen Moffat County Republicans head to Denver today for their party's state assembly.
British soccer camp is coming to Craig
"There's nothing to do in Craig."
Thanks to all who supported Class of 2004
Craig residents have at least five choices this summer when it comes to vacation Bible school.
Law enforcement Craig police Wednesday, June 2
A group of Sunset Meadows residents can explain exactly how a garden ought to grow.
Wednesday, June 2
Paul T. Johnston of Littleton died early Wednesday, June 2, 2004, from complications caused by Lou Gehrig's disease. He is the father of Bill (Susan) Johnston of Craig.
Julia Irene Williams of Aurora, and formerly of Craig, died in a car accident May 30, 2004, near Hayden.
Staff Sgt. Josh West spent Memorial Day 2003 with other soldiers in Iraq. This year, he and his wife celebrated with family in Craig.
The winning entry in the contest to name Craig's new nursing home has been changed after some residents complained that it was misleading.
Name: Brandi Sterle Occupation: Department manager, Kmart
After 26 years of service to the teachers, staff and students of MCHS, Tom Beachman has decided to take advantage of retirement to enjoy some of his outdoor hobbies and time with his family. Beachman's integrity and his focus on learning will be greatly missed.
Law enforcement Jail report Tuesday, June 1
A 3-acre fire broke out in Dinosaur National Monument on Wednesday.
Fishing derby, costume contest planned for event
Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher are about 120 years old, but they never age.
Two Moffat County residents have been appointed to a 15-person statewide wolf management working group.
Thank you to those who helped Robertson
Organizers expect about 40 classmates
Stone-washed jeans were in, break dancing was a national craze and Madonna was emerging as a pop-culture icon in 1984 -- the same year Cheryl Ivy, J.B. Chapman and Glenda Bellio graduated from Moffat County High School.
All ingredients right to add up to Bulldog win in first game of doubleheader
Erik Griffin likes it when Glenwood Springs sits in the dugout across from him.
Come rain or shine, a cowboy or cowgirl has to be ready to work the range.
The results of the Colorado Division of Wildlife's annual big game draw won't hit mailboxes until later this month, but hunters can find out how they fared by visiting the DOW's Web site.
Sheriff's office hosts weekend golf tourney
Tuesday, June 1
Twenty-six business leaders are on their way to jail.
Police are working to identify at least two more suspects thought to have been involved in numerous incidents of vandalism last week.
A drilling rig collapsed 55 miles southwest of Meeker on Monday night, killing one worker.
Craig Fire/Rescue contained a fire to the kitchen of a Lincoln Street home Tuesday afternoon.
Reopening a youth camp could earn a group of Girl Scouts their Silver Award. But if they're successful, their accomplishment will be a prize for all of Moffat County.
Carol Wilson breathed a deep sigh of relief Monday night before falling fast asleep on her couch. The 14th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration was over.
The two elderly women who died in a car wreck east of Hayden on Sunday were on their way to a high school graduation in Utah, relatives said.
Queen Anne's Book Store and Gift Shop, an expansion of the shop in the Museum of Northwest Colorado at 590 Yampa Ave., is set to debut by the end of this month.
Sherry Sampson's niece didn't enjoy reading until she won a teddy bear for completing a reading level at the Moffat County Library.