Stories for May 2004

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Monday, May 31

Breaking the cycle

Treatment options for methamphetamine addicts are limited in Northwest Colorado

Trapped for six years in the chaos of methamphetamine addiction, Craig resident Tom Cramer now says each day without the drug is both a blessing and a challenge.

Residents remember

Ceremonies commemorate true meaning of holiday

Standing in the color guard and holding a rifle that almost matched him in height, Stayton Mosbey of the U. S. Airforce Auxiliary listened to the names of the veterans who were buried in Moffat County Cemetery years before the young man was born.

Shea Carr

Playing the numbers game

Bingo draws a crowd on Friday nights

When it comes to bingo, you have to know the lingo.

'Sick and tired'

Craig man moved here to escape meth, only to find it waiting for him

When Mark, 41, recalls his childhood, the descriptions conjure images of an idyllic family where loving parents created a healthy, happy environment for their six children.

Hospital sees an increase in methamphetamine overdose cases, doctors say

An unconscious man was hauled into the hospital nearly dead this past winter.

Grayson Kane

Celebrating the hometown way

Grand Olde West Days offered something for everyone

Ripley Bellio was looking for gold at Grand Olde West Days. Panning at a booth manned by Dick Atchley and Robbie Robinson, Bellio didn't have immediate luck finding gold in the pair's tub.

Sunday, May 30

Antique tractor pull tugs in the crowds

More than 100 people gathered in the frosty morning air to watch tractors strain against loads of mammoth proportions Sunday.

Recording the past

Craig man works to preserve veterans' history

As the country's World War II veterans steadily pass away, a Craig man is working to record local veterans' stories before it's too late.

Craig residents 'Love a parade'

Temperatures neared 90 degrees when Ann Daniels left North Carolina to visit friends in Craig this weekend. But weather at the Grand Olde West Days Parade on Saturday quickly cooled her off.

2 dead, 2 injured in accident near Hayden

HAYDEN -- Two Aurora women died and a Craig man and his son were seriously injured Sunday in a collision on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

In the line of duty

School resource officer Carolyn Wade has gone beyond the call of service

Carolyn Wade is paid to work with kids. But she's helped many outside her capacity as a school resource officer with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Gamble works for rider in Mr. T Classic

Eaton man's decision to re-ride earns the real bucks

Mr. T would have been proud.

Friday, May 28

A nose for police work

Sheriff's new drug dog trained in 'aggressive alerting'

One of the newest peace officers at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office works for no pay and treats his job as one big game.

High school aims to improve 'extension' concept

Changes to high school curriculum will give juniors and seniors the chance to earn more privileges -- an extended lunch hour being one.

4-H members from Rio Blanco to travel

Hard work and diligence is going to pay off for 10 Rio Blanco County 4-H members when they board a plane in Hayden for a five-day trip to Baron County, Wis.

Blotter for May 29

Trisha Curtis

Doyle Moon

Clint Green

Aaron Sanchez

Catching his last wave

High school swim coach moves on after 13 years

When he walked into the Moffat County High School pool, Friday Ed Stehlin was flooded with enough memories to fill the pool many times over.

Angel Marie Rayburn

Emmalee Saige Knez

Cort William Murphy

Mark Ott

Kristina Chadwick

Erin Falloon

Oliver Wiersma

From Iwo Jima to Sicily

Craig WWII veterans recall experiences

When Edwin Cromer's grandson saw Cromer's combat helmet and the bullet hole in it, one question came to his mind.

Coffee shop closes

Church couldn't keep up with demand

The hundred or so teens who spent Friday and Saturday nights at Frontlines coffee shop had no place to go this weekend.

Wave pool opens today

Six-year-old Tyler Winn has big plans for today. After informing his mom that the pool opens today, he asked her if he could go.

Stephanie Brown

Jenna Stiefel

Thursday, May 27

John Arthur "Art" William Allen (1909-2004)

John Arthur "Art" William Allen of Craig died May 19, 2004, at his home. He was 95.

College to hit air waves

The Community College of Northwest Colorado has announced plans to open a student radio station on its Rangely campus.

At-risk students focus of grant

Moffat County School District officials are planning ways to spend a possible $520,000 grant, though they won't know whether they will receive it until July 2.

Exploring new niches

Economic summit suggests 'cultural tourism'

Economic success for the Yampa Valley can come through cooperation, according to several presenters at Thursday's Economic Summit 2004.

More than 80 teams vie in Mosquito Open

The Yampa Valley Golf Course's longest running golf tournament is back, and so are the defending champions.

Vandals overturn car, break several windows

Police estimate damage will cost thousands

Vandals overturned one car and smashed the windows of about 19 other vehicles late Wednesday evening.

Olde West Days may be rained on

It's no coincidence Grand Olde West Days has been nicknamed "Grand Olde Wet Days."

Ione F. Hallinan (1925-2004)

Ione F. Hallinan of Craig, died May 18, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 78.

Bessie Lighthizer

Memorial services for Bessie Lighthizer will be at the Hayden Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. today.

Our View: 'Shop Craig First'

Thursday in Steamboat Springs, economic development experts offered their insight into diversifying the "regional resort" economy of the Yampa Valley.

Bible giveaway in schools questioned

The table is covered with pocket-size red Bibles. An elderly gentleman stands ready to restock the books should there be a great demand.

County opens wallet

Salt River to receive $162K for abatement

Before the schools and local governments collect their taxes this July, more than a few dollars are going to be peeled off for a local power company.

Christina M. Currie: Capturing magical moments on video

My girls are adorable -- and I think that's a totally unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, May 26

YVEA refunds customers

When her $40 check arrives in the mail, Evelyn Pearson just might go out to dinner.

Hospital approves security spending

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees did not discuss a construction plan for a partial replacement hospital away from Russell Street on Wednesday night because cost estimates were not available in time.

Donald M. Rhodes (1935-2004)

Donald M. Rhodes of Gallup, N.M., and recently of Riddle, Ore., died May 1, 2004. He was 68.

Rancher, former commissioner dies

John Peroulis, former Moffat County commissioner and community leader, will be laid to rest Friday.

UK coaches to hold soccer camp

It is becoming a tradition for the British to invade Craig this time of year, but Paul Revere need not worry, and there aren't any shaggy-haired musicians, either.

Jane Krogman: Good luck wishes to graduating seniors

On Saturday, Moffat County High School graduating seniors will begin the celebration of their efforts during the past 13 years of schooling. These seniors and their parents should be congratulated on their long journeys to complete this phase in their lives and their children's lives.

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks of Craig died Tuesday in Grand Junction. No services will be held.

Club plans summer activities for kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will provide summer activities at East Elementary School for children 6 to 12 years of age beginning June 14.

County mulls 'Net access

What should be done about contract expiring in 2006?

The Beanpole Telecommunications Project -- a state grant that brought a fiber-optic line to Craig and makes high-speed Internet access available to local government entities and nonprofit groups -- is set to expire in 2006.

Riders show off skills

Freestylers promise more air, bigger stunts

Two months ago, Eric Farr received the approval he'd been striving to earn for two years.

Tuesday, May 25

Water worries

Council doesn't want to impede development

After hearing five requests for water service that didn't comply with city regulations -- and approving four -- the Craig City Council started the process of re-evaluating its regulations Tuesday night.

Help for at-risk children

Scholarships can ease the financial burden on preschoolers' parents

State funds are being used for scholarships that will allow approximately 60 at-risk children to attend four half-days of preschool in one of three programs in Craig.

Providers work at improving child care

Teresa Stoffle never thought of getting small furniture to fit small children.

To the Editor

Blotter for May 26

FFA auction shows students' talents

A shooting gong, a picnic table, a pig mailholder, hot peppers, bird houses and geraniums were just some of the items up for auction at the FFA's annual fundraiser Tuesday night.

City agrees to kick in money for airport in 2005

The Craig City Council agreed Tuesday night to contribute its share of running the Craig/Moffat County Airport.

Big 'Dogs

Two Bulldogs make All-League baseball team

The success of the Moffat County High School baseball team was directly related to its run production.

Briefs for May 27

The Craig Elks Club is challenging other organizations and businesses to help 23 Moffat County High School football players pay for a bus to attend football camp in Wyoming.

Seniors earn high honors for brains and brawn

During their first three years of high school, Ashlee Hafey and Anthony Loughran noted who received the Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athlete awards at the end-of-the-year assembly and set a goal -- they wanted to be called on the stage in their senior years.

Council out of water fight

Craig City Council members unofficially agreed Tuesday night to stay out of a water fight that has the Yampa Valley divided.

John Peroulis

Monday, May 24

Chemical burns

Toxic household products are key ingredients in 'cooking' meth

They call it a lab, but an average site where methamphetamine is manufactured doesn't resemble the pristine conditions and equipment found in a scientific laboratory.

A toxic trail

Contamination caused by cooking is wide-spread

The potential for an explosion is only one of the risks of cooking methamphetamine. Other repercussions can last years and impact property values, health and the environment.

Seeking 'old west' spirit

Events galore scheduled for Grand Ole West Days

The "old west" tradition conjures images of muscular horses ridden by trail-worn cowboys working large herds of dusty cattle, women with narrow waists wearing wide skirts and guns hanging overtly on nearly every man's hip.

Traffic stop yields drugs

The Colorado State Patrol confiscated six different illegal drugs after stopping a vehicle for speeding south of Craig on Saturday.

Jessie Dilbeck

Shawn W. Taylor

Garrett Schopper

Jessica Willingham

John Peroulis

Mike Voloshin

'If it burns, we'll put it out'

Craig HazMat team trained, equipped to handle meth-lab explosions in four-county area

Law enforcement officials have busted a handful of working methamphetamine labs in Craig, but they haven't yet had to respond to an explosion caused by a meth lab.

Democrats attend state assembly

County residents travel to Pueblo convention, support Salazar

Four Craig residents made the trip to Pueblo on Saturday to represent Moffat County at the Colorado Democratic State Assembly.

Judge dismisses drug charge

The drug distribution charge against James Pogline resulting from an early morning police raid has been dismissed by Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James.

'Better than the lottery'

Craig man wins special bull hunting license

Brent Nations thinks he is the luckiest hunter in Colorado.

'Water literacy' goal of forum

In Northwest Colorado, water is an issue even in wet years. But 2004 is proving to be another drought year, as forecasters predict the low snowpack could result in conditions similar to the record breaking dryness of 2002.

Former addict counsels youth

After nearly three decades of methamphetamine use, Dena Harper has the battle scars to prove it.

Sunday, May 23

In memory of our veterans

Memorial Day events planned to honor servicemen, servicewomen

Spc. Valden McFarland never went to war or was sent far away from home during his two years in the Army, from 1961 to 1963.

Customers flock in for MJK's annual picnic and giveaways

It's a rare day during the summer months that Ben Jones doesn't buy something at MJK Sales and Ace Hardware store.

Racing for the cure

TMH's run Saturday is a reminder of the battle against cancer

During the most difficult stretch of The Memorial Hospital's 5K Walk/Run Race for the Cure, participants will pass placards bearing names of those who lost their lives to cancer.

Born to rope and ride

Rodeo is a way of life for high school junior Tia Brannan

Like many girls, Tia Brannan likes talking on the phone, listening to music, reading, and goat tying.

Mosh pits and mohawks

In the Gutter takes first in Battle of the Bands

Steamboat Springs -- If you're going to mosh, mosh responsibly," pleaded Matthew Craig, industrial arts teacher at Steamboat Springs High School and emcee for Friday night's High School Battle of the Bands in the Steamboat Grand Resort Ballroom. "We don't want anybody smooshed."

Betty Beaver

Close calls

MCHS athletes come up just short of their goals

LAKEWOOD -- The second day of the Class 4A state track meet was full of near misses for the Moffat County High School track team.

Night at the races offers fun for everyone

HAYDEN -- When the Hall family lived in Wyoming, they had to drive two hours to the nearest speedway.

Friday, May 21

Public, officials gather to talk about park

MEEKER -- Mayor Steve Loshbaugh agreed with public consensus that meetings Monday and Tuesday with state agency representatives were a huge success.

Eighth-graders don't graduate in Moffat County.

MEEKER -- The state budget axe has hit Colorado Northwestern Community College hard.

Eighth-graders ready for transition

Eighth-graders don't graduate in Moffat County.

The search is on for fallen antlers

Karen McKenzie can't afford to pay thousands of dollars to hunt a trophy bull elk, but she still collects sizable racks by scouring the countryside for fallen antlers.

Moffat County's 3200 relay takes third

LAKEWOOD -- Drew Lyon had never thrown up after running a race before. But he also hadn't had the chance to chase after a state championship.

'Whatever it took'

Bulldog Cody Palmer wins state title in long jump

LAKEWOOD -- When Cody Palmer dreamed about winning a state championship in the long jump it was nothing like the Moffat County High School senior's performance Friday -- except for the part where he stood on the first-place spot on the podium.

Arthur Allen

To the Editor

DA Office should learn from its mistakes

After Chief District Judge Michael O'Hara admonished the District Attorney's Office for "flagrant and preposterous" discovery violations in a sexual assault case, District Attorney Bonnie Roesink's job got a little tougher.

Acts of kindness

Group proves you're never too old to give

During the past year, a group of senior citizens has raised more than $1,000 to help people with disabilities by making and selling crafts.

CNCC grapples with budget cuts caused by tax decreases

A decrease in property tax and state-allocated revenues has forced the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus to cut back, but not in ways students will notice.

Chris Brown forfeits bond, flees

A Craig man who was found guilty of cultivating marijuana and possessing methamphetamine has fled the jurisdiction, according to a letter he wrote to the court.

On the Record

Jane L. Snyder

Ruby L. Cork

DOW charts impact

Revenue from hunting and fishing generates millions

Hunting and fishing revenue injected $26 million into Moffat County's economy in 2002, according to a recent report.

Thursday, May 20

Our View: Not everyone is cut out for college

Graduation is around the corner, and high school seniors are anxiously waiting to move on to the next stage of their lives.

Doggone shame

Tochtrop family has lost a family member: their miniature schnauzer, Rascal

The Tochtrop family lost their salt and pepper miniature schnauzer, Rascal, about one month ago. The family was loading their car for a trip to Denver, and Rascal was there. Then all of a sudden, he wasn't.

Sexual assault charges dropped

A sexual assault case against a former Craig man has been dismissed after accusations that trailed him for nearly three years.

The blotter

Law enforcement Craig police

Ah, the good ol' days

Cousin Isiac celebrated his 5th birthday this week.

EDP welcomes energy industry

Director: 'Rural America is largely an untapped economic opportunity'

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership wants the energy industry to know it's welcome here -- an attitude which has garnered the EDP four new members -- all major oil and gas development companies.

Not afraid of heights

Boys 3,200-meter relay team goes to state confident in ranking

Three weeks ago, the only association Kelvin Grinolds, Anthony Loughran and Derek Duran wanted to have with short running shorts was getting a chance to make fun of their teammate, Drew Lyon, for wearing them in practice.

A man with a mission

Moffat County grad to take Mormon message to Mexico City

Alan Horrocks never owned a suit. Now he has two.

Robert 'Emmet' Martin

Graveside services were held for Emmet Martin, 75, at the Bright Light Free Will Baptist Cemetery near College Station, Texas.

Bulldogs make run at state

The Moffat County High School boys track team members won't sit down long enough to warm up their seats before they have an idea of how well their state meet is going to turn out.

briefs

Downtown Business Association debate dues

Wednesday, May 19

EDP selects new board members

Dave Fleming, Samantha Johnston and Dave Dempster will join the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board of directors after a vote Wednesday by the Partnership's members.

USDA business grants awarded

Economic Development Partnership gave $35,000 to 10 businesses

Ten Craig businesses were awarded a total of $35,000 Wednesday by the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership as part of its "growing local businesses" plan.

Third pipeline proposed

For the third time this year, a new pipeline has been proposed for construction through Moffat County.

Sophomore's play is recognized

Uecker makes All-League first team in soccer

In the Moffat County High School girls soccer team's 3-1 loss against Delta County this season, the Bulldogs looked like a different team than the one that beat Delta 2-0 earlier in the season -- a less aggressive, less dominating team.

Turning on the heat

Hayden Speedway has room for 300 more people to see mini-sprint races

As he looked over the Hayden Speedway, Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association President Justin Gallegos was split between talking about what had been done and what needed to be finished.

ACE honors Employees

Students in the Moffat County High School Alternative Cooperative Education program traditionally honor employers who have provided students with jobs and training through a school-based work study program.

A shocking development

Crews use electricity to stun, remove non-native fish from Yampa

Thirty years ago, Frank Pfeifer raised northern pike at a hatchery in North Dakota. He remembers loading them for shipment to Colorado, to be stocked in Elkhead Reservoir as sport fish.

The blotter

Law enforcement Jail report

Will work for grades

ACE program provides on-the-job experience for graduation credit

One could argue that all high school classes are meant to prepare students for life after high school, but the Alternative Cooperative Education program makes easing the transition to the "real world" a special priority.

ione hallinan

Ione Hallinan of Craig died Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital.

Judge raps DA's office

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A district court judge on Wednesday reduced a felony sexual assault charge against a former Craig man to a misdemeanor, citing procedural violations by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, May 18

Subsidized housing funds dwindling

Evelyn Tileston is worried she may be put in the uncomfortable position of deciding which of her low income housing clients to make homeless. It's not quite that bad yet.

Craig Station powered up in '03

American's demand for energy is at the highest point ever charted -- and Tri-State Generation and Transmission is feeling it.

Making housing affordable

Program turns sweat equity into ownership

Christina Davis has hardly seen her husband for the past eight months, but she's never been so excited.

From sea to shining sea

Man, 67, is walking from Virginia to San Francisco

Every day, Admiral Dewey Sanders is fulfilling a lifelong dream to walk across the country.

Get ahead of the game

Football camp a chance to learn skills early

Andrew Drake didn't know what to expect in his first year of high school football. Coming in as a freshman tends to be intimidating, but thanks to the Moffat County High School football camp he attended in eighth grade, he wasn't too nervous.

Blotter for May 19

Monday, May 17

The meth burden

Backlog of cases weighs down judicial system

Gram by gram, methamphetamine is weighing down the judicial system.

Drug takes toll on kids

The fetid smell of the house was so overpowering that members of the Grand, Routt and Moffat County Narcotics Enforcement team were reluctant to take off their respirators.

County wants input on hospital location.

Commissioners: County voters should have say

Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton is concerned that only city residents will get a say in whether to close a street to build a new hospital.

Officials say ready for attack

The bad guys were covered with red paint balls and the local SWAT team came home unscathed.

Brothers' cases bound over for trial

Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James hesitated to bind over a felony drug charge against James Pogline, who is accused of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Commissioners get update on Elkhead

Bidding for the expansion of Elkhead Reservoir should be opened this winter and construction could begin in early 2005, a Colorado River Water Conservation District official said Monday morning.

CNCC summer enrollment could hit 400

Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus officials expect a rush of registrations to come in during these last two weeks before the summer session begins.

CNCC's Hollenbeck steps in as school's interim president

Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus Vice-President Dean Hollenbeck was named CNCC's chief administrative officer.

Social workers must fight the system

Agencies face roadblocks in helping children of meth users

Child-care provider Paula Deguire Reed once found a methamphetamine pipe in a child's diaper bag.

Blotter for May 18

Ruby Louise Cork

Oren Robertson

F. Neil Folks

David M. Waite

Tylar Talkington

Senior Spotlight

Throwin' a party

When it comes to throwing darts, Terri Reno and her friends have only one rule.

Jennifer Schneider

Hittle -- Hart

Mesa State Grads

To the Editor:

Meth use growing among teens

Youths call drug 'Windex' and say 'want to get clean?' as code for getting high

Haley* has at least one possession that she won't let out of her sight.

Sunday, May 16

Hundreds of bicyclists hit the road to Maybell

Where the Hell is Maybell races along after 18 years

At the beginning, in Craig, there were the two big hills.

Part-timers may help solve jail's staffing shortage

Five civilian part-timers are manning the Moffat County Jail's master control room to alleviate a staff shortage at the facility.

Students march against violence

Taunna Hummel knows victims of violence might not immediately be rescued by the Walk Against Violence.

At home on the range

Queeda Walker recalls Moffat County's wilder days

Queeda Walker was born in an old-fashion style, in a way no one here will likely be born again.

Concert Association membership sales continue

The Craig Concert Association is reminding the community again of the five performances selected for the 2004-2005 concert season.

Bulldogs emerge from the shadows

Runners take the lead in regional championship

Grand Junction -- Moffat County senior Drew Lyon was tired of running in shadows.

Let freedom ring

Residents show their pride at Saturday's Hometown Heroes

Tonee Gingrich smiled as she scanned the spread at Saturday's Hometown Heroes picnic.

Friday, May 14

'Making the pain go away'

Survivors of suicide victims find healing through support groups

Five years ago, Laurie Marano's 16-year-old stepson, Keegan ,committed suicide.

Art contest to raise museum funds

MEEKER -- The Meeker Historical Society is soliciting entries for an art contest that will be used to help raise money for renovations at the White River Museum.

Picnic to give residents voice on land decisions

MEEKER -- Skip cooking Monday night and join your neighbors for a picnic at Town Park.

Hooked on fishing

Children, cops reel in trout at Little Rascals Pond

Young voices yelling, "I got one!" echoed across the Little Rascals Pond on opening day of the Public Safety Center's fishing hole.

Donavan Lee Disch

Memorial graveside services for former Craig resident, Donavan Lee Disch will be at 3 p.m., today, at Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs, Colo.

Elsie Jeannette Long

Elsie Jeannette Long, mother of Patricia Herring of Craig, died Monday in Fruita. At her request, no services will be held.

Alena Grace Switzky

Brannan -- DeJong

Treva Tyler

Katie Jane Aiken

Jacob Andrew Kruse

Dane Michael Lyon

Wednesday, May 12

EDP is heading in the right direction

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is stuck in a classic Catch-22.

Relay team tops region

3,200-meter relay team's confidence justified

Grand Junction -- Moffat County's 3,200-meter relay team walks a fine line between confidence and cockiness. And the four members know it.

District attorney leaving

Chief deputy DA joins law firm

Dave Waite just smiled when friends and colleagues at his going away party accused him of "going to the dark side."

Northwest Colorado's production has national impact

Sen. Jack Taylor has seen Colorado's coal industry double during the 17 years he's been attending the Northwest Colorado Coal Conference.

Foundation close to acquiring depot

The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado is close to closing a deal with Union Pacific Railroad to acquire the Craig Depot.

Craig residents ready to take the plunge

"A bad day of boating is always better than a good day at work," Chris Spencer of Craig is fond of saying.

Anti-violence walk set for Sunday

Teen education group targets prevention, invites community to join its fight

There is no form in which violence is OK. Ever.

Survey: Parents less satisfied

Safety and food quality top list of their concerns

Students need more homework. They need less.

Wednesday, May 11

Thursday, May 13

Free health screenings for miners

The Memorial Hospital is teaming with the nation's leading respiratory center to offer free health screenings to miners.

County looking to protect gas

Sage grouse plan in the works

To protect gas development in Moffat County, residents have begun working with gas companies to complete a sage grouse management plan.

Science fair tests laws of physics

Craig Middle School eighth-graders took the school's first science fair seriously.

Downtown shopping spree makes Craig mother's day

Cherissee Pinnt got a plant and homemade gifts from her family for Mother's Day.

Pastoral care workshop scheduled for July 8

A Clinical Pastoral Education information-sharing seminar will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. in Craig, on July 8.

Mollie Told

Mollie Told of Craig was installed as the 2004-2005 president elect of the Auxiliary to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AACOFP), during ACOFP's 41st Annual Convention & Exhibition in Tampa, Fla.

Our View: A hero's welcome

Staff Sgt. Allen Swenson of the 1457 Engineer Battalion based in Spanish Fork, Utah, just arrived home to Craig after spending a year in Iraq.

Temp to start fire plan

Commissioners cut the position last year to balance the budget

After three years of work and more than $300,000 spent to develop a fire plan, Moffat County is struggling to implement it.

A highly charged classroom

Hotline school teaches tricks of electrical trade

Lynn Swaney had just finished upgrading the electrical distribution lines in the alley between Breeze and School streets.

City, county encouraging residents to clean up

Craig and Moffat County's annual cleanup weekend eases a little pressure on the city's self-described "weed Nazi."

Bounding for state

Moffat County senior breaks 24-foot barrier in long jump

The Moffat County High School 3,200-meter relay had just shattered the school record by seven seconds, and senior Cody Palmer was pumped.

Christina M. Currie: Bladder of steel by day ...

The moonless night was calm. The stars, unimpeded by any kind of artificial light, glittered like diamonds on a jeweler's cloth.

Bulldogs looking to qualify for state

Qualifications on line at regional track meet

The Moffat County High School boys track team finished three points behind Montrose at the Tiger Invitational last weekend.

Wednesday, May 12

Letters for May 13

On behalf of the National Association of Letter Carriers, I would like to thank all of our postal patrons who contributed to the 11th annual food drive. Because of your generous donations, we were able to deliver 3,900 pounds of food to the Inter-Faith Food Bank.

Briefs for May 13

The Craig Daily Press' annual Hometown Heroes picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Craig City Park. The event gives participants the opportunity to show their support for Moffat County's members of the armed forces. Free hamburgers and side dishes will be provided. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring desserts to share with the community.

David Pressgrove: Road ramblings

Random thoughts remembered from a 1,200-mile, five-day journey through Colorado to cover three sporting events.

Station prepares for attack

Drill set for Saturday at Craig power plant

Craig residents may only notice the Army helicopters in the sky above the power plant.

Pogline confined

Inmate undergoes surgery after assault

An inmate at the Moffat County Jail underwent oral surgery after he was assaulted by Steven Pogline, jail officials said.

Where's Maybell?

Saturday's bike ride draws hundreds

Saturday's Where the Hell is Maybell bike ride isn't really a geography lesson.

Learning takes off

Students launch rockets in aerodynamics study

There was nothing Maybell Elementary School students thought was "uncool" about launching rockets.

Tuesday, May 11

Airport agreement

The city of Craig likely will kick in for its half of running the Craig/Moffat County Airport.

New pipeline proposed

'Gathering line' could revive wells in county's NW corner

A proposed pipeline could open by the end of the year with production at several coal bed methane wells in the northeast corner of Moffat County that have been dormant for decades.

Theresa Kay Nelson, 1962-2004

Theresa Kay Nelson of Craig, died May 1, 2004 at The Memorial Hospital. She was 41.

Saturday's picnic honors servicemen and women

Last year, a Kremmling woman drove from her own hometown to celebrate Hometown Heroes Day in Craig.

Marlynn Scott

Funeral services for Marlynn Scott of Craig, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

Windy weather blows golfers' chances at state

GRAND JUNCTION -- In between holes, Moffat County High School freshman golfer Amber Nicholson looked to coach Tom Dockstader and said, "These are the days that it would be nice to have an indoor golf course."

Students get money for college

Sheriff's Office awards $3000 for annual scholarship

Three Moffat County High School students arrived at the school's office Tuesday to find the Moffat County Sheriff's Office's top brass waiting for them.

City Council sticks to ordinance for now

For the first time since passing an ordinance restricting out-of-city water agreements, the Craig City Council didn't vote to approve a contract that violates that ordinance.

Mary Lou Self, 1937-2004

Mary Lou (Lovelett) Self died April 25, 2004. She was 66. Self was born in Steamboat Springs, Aug. 9, 1937 to Glenn Lovelett and Dorothy (Pulliam) Lovelett.

Monday, May 10

Earnest J. Carras

Air Force Airman Earnest J. Caras has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Workshop to assist nonprofits

Many nonprofit organizations operate on shoe-string budgets that barely cover administrative costs, let alone professional development, said Millie Beall, executive director of the Routt County United Way.

Powering down

County looks to stop paying electric bill for translators

Moffat County has been paying the electric bill for local businesses and government agencies to use county translators for the past few decades.

New name given to nursing home

Craig family wins with Sandrock Ridge Lodge

Members of a Craig family put their heads together to submit the winning entry for the contest to rename the former Valley View Manor.

Culture of meth

'Poor man's cocaine' often creeps up on those who use it

Methamphetamine is like Star-bucks coffee for the working class, said a doctor who has studied the drug.

John Beckerman

Moffat County High School student John Beckerman has accepted a Presidential Scholarships to attend Fort Lewis College next fall.

Confronting our meth problem

As recently as 2000, a methamphetamine-related arrest in Moffat County was a rare thing -- about as common as a heroin bust.

'Out of the closet'

Meth has emerged as Moffat County's top law enforcement issue

Moffat County Sheriff's deputies encountered a twitchy suspect whose speech was slurred and rapid on a domestic violence call in August 2003. The man's face was flushed and officers said the man's body movements were "very radical and he appeared to be very unstable in all his actions." The complainant, a woman, told police the man had been "tweaking" for several days.

Hunter Lee Todd

Mary Joann Croft and Joe Darrell Todd of Oak Creek, announce the birth of their son, Hunter Lee Todd, at 3:42 a.m., May 6, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Dixon-Sharp

Erney and Carol Sharp of Craig wish to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Sarah Elizabeth Sharp to Thomas Dixon of Oklahoma.

Horses make the difference

Rodeo members say all horses not the same

EAGLE -- According to the Mr. Ed theme song, "A horse is a horse of course of course."

County considers mosquito district

Mill levy would cover costs of spraying

Members of the Moffat County Pest Control Department have proposed creating a mosquito control district to fund the county's mosquito control efforts. The district would be independent from Moffat County and funded by its own mill levy.

Daleena Babcock

Oklahoma State University's Milford Jenkins presented a $750 Joseph Fleming Memorial Scholarship to Daleena Babcock of Hayden.

'I was in a bad, bad way'

Former meth addict Malea Gowins believes drug bust saved her life

Malea Gowins had just injected half a gram of meth into her veins when she was arrested in Crestone for manufacturing methamphetamine.

School safety questioned

Superintendent says anti-bullying efforts are working

One of the goals of the policy is to identify youth who are at-risk and intervene before that risk escalates.

Sunday, May 9

Looking to next year

With everyone back, team already setting lofty goals

LOVELAND -- The times are in their heads.

Reaching new depths

Bulldogs score nearly six times previous best at state meet

LOVELAND -- The 2004 season for the Moffat County High School boys' swim team will leave a mark in the record books, at least until next year.

Fighting for a better community

Firefighter Sue Garrett sacrifices her personal time to keep Craig a safe place to live

A firefighter's rookie year is tough.

Crews douse season's first big blaze in Rio Blanco

Fire crews, including the Craig Interagency Hot Shots, contained Northwest Colorado's first big blaze of the wildfire season over the weekend.

Riding proud

Visitors, locals gallop in for Maybell's annual horse round-up

By lunchtime, everyone's fresh cowboy clothes were dulled with dust.

Friday, May 7

Meeker Web site up and running

MEEKER -- Go to www.townofmeeker.org and check out Meeker's new Web site.

Meeker students get peek at Ag industry

MEEKER -- It was a farmyard on the playground at Meeker Elementary on Wednesday.

Annual trash pick-up in Meeker is next weekend

MEEKER -- Spring is here, and it's time for the annual Meeker cleanup days. Residents have a chance to clear out all the junk and trash that piled up over the winter, or in some cases, decades.

A wooly experience: Fourth-graders get farm lesson

Who knows that sheep hooves and bones are used to make marshmallows, bubble gum and ice cream?

Coal bed methane drilling uncertain in Moffat County

In about one month, the Bureau of Land Management plans to begin the second half of a study to determine the potential for coal bed methane development in Northwest Colorado.

Robert Pedretti

Robert Pedretti, an outfitter and guide who operated Track 'Em Outfitters in Craig, died Feb. 3, 2004. He was 39.

Lloyd P. Monger

Lloyd P. Monger, longtime Routt County resident, died Thursday at his home.

Rep. Gregg Rippy campaigns in Craig

State Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Aspen, landed in Craig on Friday morning during a campaign tour of the 3rd Congressional District.

Surveyor to run as write-in candidate

Moffat County hasn't held an election for county surveyor since 1982, even though the state mandates an election be held every four years.

Matthew Schott, 1986-2004

Bruce Crossing, Mich., resident Matthew Schott, died May 6, 2004 at Grandview Hospital in Ironwood, Mich. He was 17.

Moffat County School district passes review

Colorado Department of Education officials found several things to commend and very few to criticize in its review of the Moffat County School District. A team comprised of CDE officials, as well as some from neighboring school districts, visited Craig this week for the district's annual accreditation review.

Take time to support Special Olympics

Julie Fite loves coming to Craig for the Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Games.

Swimmers qualify for 4 finals

Fifth event missed qualifying by 0.06 of a second

LOVELAND -- Four school records and four trips into the finals is the best a Moffat County High School boys swim team had done for coach Jim Vorhies in his five-year tenure. But he left the preliminaries a bit disappointed.

Reflections on motherhood

Raising children is its own reward

What Cherrie Tidwell usually wanted for Mother's Day was a day off.

Thursday, May 6

Study links environment with CWD transmission

New research on chronic wasting disease has proven the disease can be transmitted through environments contaminated by carcasses or excrement of animals infected with the illness.

CNCC commencement set

Instructors, students and staff are tying up loose ends for the 2004 school year and gearing up for the summer semester at the Craig Campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Knowledge Bowl team state-bound

Seven members of the Moffat County High School Knowledge Bowl team will travel to state competition to make the team's first showing in seven years.

Christina M. Currie: Bye, bye baby

Dear Katie, Last night I turned the television off, dimmed the lights and rocked you to sleep.

Service groups celebrate veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Elks and the Lions clubs are coordinating a local celebration to honor those veterans who served in World War II.

Woman warns of extraction

Sorenson has seen coal bed methane development first-hand

Nancy Sorenson has seen her Wyoming ranch, as well as the ranches of her neighbors, damaged by coal bed methane development companies.

Carpet cleaner has been in business for 17 years

Name: Jerry Paulson Name of Business: Northwest Colorado Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning

Our view: Where are the cries now?

When Moffat County residents lost the free television signal after county commissioners deemed the service too expensive to maintain during a budget crunch, the public outcry was impressive.

Youths to perform martyr-inspired play

Under England's tyrannical reign, an Irish woman was executed for refusing to drink a toast to the king's health. She was staked to the beach and drowned as the tide rolled in.

Horn to face federal charges

A Craig man with four pending felony cases in Moffat County has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Wrestlin' a dream

MCHS alumnus learning about life on the rodeo circuit

Casey McMillen has been dreaming of being a professional cowboy since he was in high school. The 1999 graduate of Moffat County High School is now living the dream.

Jori Hollenbeck: Thank you all who supported the after-prom party

It was 2:30 in the morning, all the prizes had been given away except the grand prizes which would not be given away until 4 a.m. Could I hold on long enough to see who would win those prizes?

Wednesday, May 5

Lack of interest leads to cancellation of expo

A lack of interest from home-based business owners led the Craig Chamber of Commerce to cancel its first home business and nonprofit expo.

EDP reschedules board elections

Majority of members fail to show up for annual meeting

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership was unable to hold a board election Tuesday because a simple majority of members failed to attend its annual meeting.

The blotter for May 6

Law enforcement Craig police Tuesday, May 4 • Police responded to a refrigerator in yard code violation. • Check fraud was reported by Domino's Pizza.

Thank you to all who helped make Poff's passing a little bit easier

Thank you to all who helped make Poff's passing a little bit easier To the Editor:

Sandy Orgolioso: U.S. Fish and Wildlife manager could benefit from local history

To the Editor: Collaboration and communication between the public, local ranching families, local government, as well as federal agencies, etc., is now the thrust of the U.S. Department of Interior.

RAD caps off year

Annual fund-raiser gives kids a chance to show off skills

Greg Blackstun likes going to Spanish classes, even if they are after school.

Motions hearing drags on

Judge makes no ruling in sex assault case after third day of testimony

A defense lawyer accused the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office of ignoring its ethical obligations to defendants and setting aside fairness in favor of a "lust for convictions."

Sports briefs for May 6

Special olympics summer games will be held Friday and Saturday

Broadband good tool to diversify valley jobs

The Yampa Valley has a broadband backbone in place; now officials are looking for ways to put it to use for economic development.

Kelle Kallmeyer, 1965-2004

Former Craig resident Kelle Kallmeyer died April 28, 2004 in Denver. She was 39.

Charlie J. Lessor, 1934-2004

Charlie J. Lessor of Florence, Ore., died May 3, 2004 of liver cancer. He was 70.

Gymnastics club earns trophies

The Gymstar Fun 'n Fit Gymnastics gym has its first trophies.

Tuesday, May 4

Council debates liquor rules

Tuesday night was the Craig City Council's first chance to test an ordinance making local liquor license holders accountable for violations, and they found they weren't sure how to implement it.

VNA: Talk to teens about sex

Today is National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day

A 2001 survey by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System indicated that 42.3 percent of Colorado teens have had sex. In Moffat County, 3.4 percent of the babies born in 2000 were to mothers who were younger than 18.

Students to distribute gran funds

Through its sale of Homecoming mums, members of the Key Club were able to raise the $500 needed to get a $7,500 grant from the El Pomar Foundation through its El Pomar Youth Community Service (EPYCS) program.

News in Brief for May 5, 2004

Kindergarten registration for the Moffat County School District will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at all three district elementary schools. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2004 to be eligible. Please bring the child's birth certificate and immunization record. If possible bring record of physical exam done within the past three years.

Our View: Opening up the editorial process

When we write the editorials that appear in this space, we usually try to answer the question: "What's in the best interest of the community?"

Letter: Assistant coach defends soccer team

After reading David Pressgrove's column about the girls' soccer team, I feel obligated to defend myself. Throughout the column you made several references to assistant coaches and their negative communication on the field.

On The Record for May 5, 2004

• Police responded to a reported domestic violence incident. The case was referred to District Attorney's office.

Craig teen wins state honr for duck painting

A Craig teenager's painting wasn't the ugly ducking as far as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was concerned.

Search for a new surgeon continues

The surgeon who practiced for more than a month in Craig as part of her recruitment will not be hired by The Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gianna Scannell visited Craig several times and pursued contract negotiations with TMH.

Nick Ruckman paces swim team

Squad travels to state meet this weekend

Jim Vorhies is brushing up on his moonwalking moves, anticipating that the Moffat County High School boys swim team he coaches will perform so well this weekend that he'll feel like dancing.

Datebook for May 5, 2004

8:30 a.m. M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Calvary Baptist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and activities. Pregnant moms and moms with children through kindergarten age are welcome. Call Lauren at 824-0101.

Monday, May 3

Craig Intermediate lists honors

Following are students listed on the Straight A and Honorable Mention reports for the third quarter at Craig Intermediate School.

Datebook for May 4, 2004

Today -- 6 p.m. Interested in learning or reviewing the basics of severe weather spotting? Attend the Basic Weather Spotter Training session at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse meeting room. This training will help you identify, anticipate, and report significant and potentially life-threatening weather. You will also receive training on protecting yourself and others during severe weather.

Rose Poff

Rose M. Poff of Craig, died April 26, 2004 at her home in Craig. She was 93.

News in Brief for May 4, 2004

The Museum of Colorado in downtown Craig invites the public to an art exhibit by three local Craig artists, Deanna Messing, Claudia Peters, & Doris Zimmerman, currently on display.

Attempted murder case moves forward

A man accused of attempted murder faces arraignment in Moffat County District Court Monday.

Proposed legislation threatns rural post offices

Some postal workers in Moffat County are concerned proposed federal legislation could spell doom for small rural post offices.

CSAP reading scores improve

Reading test results for Moffat County's third graders were slightly higher this year than last. And the scores last year were good enough to earn each of Craig's three elementary schools an "average" rating for academic performance.

Poglines face more charges

Woman alleges brothers drugged her

Prosecutors have charged two Craig brothers with new felonies, adding to a long list of charges against the pair. James Pogline, 32, and Steven Pogline, 30, were formally charged Friday with three new crimes, including second-degree assault, third-degree assault and menacing.

Gas prices top $2 mark

The employees at Kum & Go north of Craig couldn't find a two with a decimal point to go on the gas price sign. It was a clear indicator that gas prices in Craig were climbing to new heights. On Monday, Craig's three Kum & Go stores -- directed by their corporate headquarters -- raised the price for one gallon of regular unleaded gas to $2.14. That morning, gas had cost $1.99 a gallon.

Theresa Nelson

Theresa Nelson of Craig died Saturday at her home. Services are pending.

Mohl to graduate from College of Charleston

Caitlin Mohl of Craig will graduate the College of Charleston on May 16, 2004 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Largent to go to trial in October

Fremont County charged in hit-and-run that killed Craig teen

Prosecutors in Cañon City presented evidence Monday that a Fremont County man was responsible for the hit-and-run accident that killed a Craig teenager.

Caitlin Mohl

Caitlin Mohl of Craig will graduate from the College of Charleston on May 16, 2004 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Mary Lou Self

Memorial services for Mary Lou Self will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

Saturday, May 1

Moffat County High School honor roll

Following are students who made the honor roll for the third quarter at Moffat County High School. To be listed on the high honors honor roll, a student must have earned a grade average for the quarter of 3.80 or higher. To be listed on the honors honor roll, a student must have earned a grade average for the quarter of 3.5 to 3.799. Grades for aide, extension classes, on-the-job training, driver's education and resource room are not considered for the honor roll.

Moffat County Profile: Dave Trout

Movie rental clerk a natural at matching titles and customers

When one of Dave Trout's customers at Movie Gallery dropped by to turn in a rental 10 minutes before the video store closed Saturday, she handed him the movie and smiled. "This was really good," she said, brandishing a copy of "Second Hand Lions." "See what I mean," Trout said as he whipped around to check in the flick.

Tips ensure fire safety

The cabins at Wilderness Ranch, nestled in the woods north of Craig, are cozy and private. But firefighters say that in their current state, most of the properties are nearly impossible to defend from wildfires.

Datebook for May 3, 2004

Today -- 6 to 7 p.m. -- The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability (PAC) meeting will be held in the high school library. The parents of all MCHS students are encouraged to attend. There will be a "Let's Listen" session at the beginning of the meeting to allow parents to raise concerns.

Gray and Tayyara lead the way

All four commissioner candidates make ballot at GOP Assembly

Tom Gray and Saed Tayyara emerged from the Moffat County Republican Assembly Saturday as the front runners for county commissioner, but all the commissioner candidates received enough votes to get their names on the primary ballot.

Craft fair draw a crowd

Business wasn't moving so fast Saturday for the Mother's Day Expo. Most of those in the Centennial Mall seemed to be window shoppers, enjoying looking at the crafts on display, but not ready to pull their wallets out.

Audit: Downward trend continues for county finances

Moffat County government ended 2003 with a 9 percent decrease in available resources from 2002, according to a draft audit by accounting firm McMahan and Associates L.L.C.