Stories for November 2004


Tuesday, November 30

Some upset with new law regarding wild horses

A new Senate bill could allow some excess wild horses to be sold and processed into dog food. The measure, part of a 3,000-page omnibus bill passed by the Senate on Friday, would allow the Bureau of Land Management to sell without limitations wild horses that are older than 10 or have unsuccessfully been offered for adoption three times.

Parent says son was assaulted at game

The mother of a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student wants to press assault charges against a Moffat County High School employee in connection with an incident during a football game Nov. 20.

Federal fugitive arrested in Craig

Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police arrested a federal fugitive in Craig after the man's pickup broke down on a county road and he tried to obtain food assistance from emergency dispatch services.

Our View: School plan a healthy one

Outside of its core curriculum, health and nutrition may be the most important thing the Moffat County School District teaches its students.

Michael Robert Showalter


Michael Robert Showalter died Nov. 28, 2004 in Grand Junction. He was 40.

Orville Lee Updike


Orville Lee Updike of Grand Junction died Nov. 26, 2004 at Mantey Heights. He was 84.

Briefs for Dec. 1, 2004

There will be a mandatory meeting for all members of the Craig Community Ski Club and parents of children in the club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Craig Middle School auditorium.

Datebook for Dec. 1, 2004

Today 8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., until 11 a.m. Cost of $6 includes breakfast, crafts and speakers. Children are welcome. Call 824-0101.

Swim team looking forward to strong campaign

Squad enters season with new head coach

Sari Maneotis has to fight it. When the Moffat County High School senior goes to swim practice, it's hard to see a coach other than Ed Stehlin there. Stehlin coached both Sari and her mom in swimming.

Downtown businesses plan to keep shoppers at home

The Downtown Business Association is giving those planning to head out of town to do their Christmas shopping plenty of incentives to stay.

Rotary sponsoring home tour

For some, no expense is spared in getting their homes spruced up for the holidays in a way that spreads cheer to everyone.

Baggs man suspected in burglaries arrested

With the help of a vigilant Moffat County Road and Bridge employee, law enforcement officials from Baggs, Wyo., have a man in custody who is suspected of committing a string of burglaries in northern Moffat County.

16-year-old accused in shooting to be tried as adult

Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old with second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with the shooting death of James Calvin Pogline.

TMH approves changes to health insurance

Employees at The Memorial Hospital who are covered under its self-insured health-care plan will be asked to pay for more services effective Jan. 1, according to a unanimous decision Tuesday night by TMH board members.

Monday, November 29

Lydia Robertson

Lydia Robertson of Craig died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Michael Toothaker Occupation: Adult community coordinator for Horizons Specialized Services.

The Betty Henry family: Moffat County

The family of Betty Henry would like to thank The Memorial Hospital nursing, administrative, respiratory, surgical, and hospice staff as well as all those behind the scenes for the loving care given to Betty during her extended stay. We also would like to thank Pastor William Stratman for his kind words and many visits.

Police blotter for Nov. 30

Jail Report Tuesday, Nov. 23 • Beth Ann Bartleson, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of bond revocation. • Augustine Gerald Gutierrez, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of bond revocation. Friday, Nov. 26 • Daniel George Helbok III, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of domestic violence, third-degree assault, harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, menacing assault, possession of marijuana and first-degree introducing contraband. • Kelly Lee Pitt, 27, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of domestic violence, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

News briefs for Nov. 30

Moffat County Search and Rescue is offering a winter survival and snow machine safety class at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the basement at the CSU extension office, 539 Barclay St. The class is free and open to the public. For more information, call Moffat County Search and Rescue at 629-1092.

Betty L. Henry: 1930-2004

Betty L. Henry died Nov. 27, 2004. She was 74.

Wake-up call from Old Man Winter

Big O Tires of Craig has been advertising for people to buy their snow tires early, but it wasn't until Monday -- the first business day after the area's first snowstorm -- that many people heeded that advice.

Sadvar saga is over

Judge grants motion to dismiss case against boy, 12

Twelve-year old Austin Sadvar's legal battle has ended.

Shooting suspect awaits decision

A district court judge is expected to decide today whether a juvenile suspect in the shooting death of James Calvin Pogline will be charged as an adult.

Hot holiday toys for 2004

Dancing robots, scooters, PlayStations among popular items

Elmo's got a performance that brought him, again, to the top of Christmas lists, singing E-L-M-O to the tune of "YMCA."

That's a wrap: Send gifts soon

Don't wait too long to mail Christmas packages

It's all in the packing, experts say when offering tips about holiday shipping.

Datebook for Nov. 30

Today The deadline to register for the Healthy Lunch program is today. Healthy Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the CSU Extension Office. The cost is $2 a person. Register by calling 824-9180.

Sunday, November 28

Crafting a new business in Craig

When Tammy and Melody Villard married brothers, they had no idea that they would become more than sisters-in-law.

Scrimmages help prepare basketball players

The score isn't kept and game uniforms aren't worn, but the pre-season scrimmages for high school basketball teams do have significance.

The light of Ashleigh's life

Horizons kicks off Points of Light campaign

Ashleigh Santistevan weighed only 1 1/2 pounds at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9 months.

Gingerbread homes sweet homes

The scent of gum drops and gingerbread filled the back room of Pam Design Interiors on Saturday.

BLM plan focuses on national, local trends

Community members encouraged to share opinions

As of Wednesday, Jeremy Casterson of the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office had received one comment about what should be included in the office's new resource management plan.

Snow didn't deter parade fans

Craig residents bundled up Saturday night and headed to the Parade of Lights downtown.

Go above, beyond the expected

Name: Leigh Papierski Name of Business/Address: Horses, Etc., 29 W. Victory Way, 824-RIDE (7433).

Datebook for Nov. 29

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena is open for the 2004 skating season. Session times vary according to the daily schedule of hockey practice and figure skating practice. Open skating session are an hour and a half and are available every day of the week. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for November are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

News briefs for Nov. 29

Moffat County Search and Rescue is offering a winter survival and snow machine safety class at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the basement at the CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. The class is free and open to the public. Call Moffat County Search and Rescue at 824-4495.

Mary E. Tucker: 1924-2004

Mary E. Tucker of Meeker died Nov. 25, 2004, at Valley View Hospital with her loving family at her side.

Saturday, November 27

Ned Miller: Veteran firefighter responds to mill levy vote

To the Editor: I think that just about everyone who lives in Moffat County feels highly about our firefighters from all our fire crews. There is no question about their bravery.

Friday, November 26

Briefs for Nov. 27

The Baggs Police Department accepted a vehicle donation from Devon Energy Corporation this month. The vehicle, a 2002 Chevy half-ton Silverado with four-wheel drive, will be used for patrol and first-response purposes. Representatives from the Baggs Police Department accepted the truck at a presentation Tuesday at the Baggs Town Hall. The truck will be used as a first-response vehicle to assist the ambulance, fire department and emergency medical service in the Little Snake River Valley area.

Craig shoppers busy

Jackson's Office Supply and Radio Shack sold out of their $5 laser levels 45 minutes after Friday's 7 a.m. start of business.

Furniture store to cater to customers

A new furniture store in Craig aims to let the customer be the boss.

Middle school boys basketball at the top

There's one game remaining for the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams, and at this point, they are the favorites to win the district.

Double whammy

Funding cuts challenge extension agents

The pain caused by the state funding cuts because of the effects of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, the Gallagher Amendment and Amendment 23 are taking a toll on Cooperative Extension agents across the state.

Scrapbookers find creative outlet, historical archives

Sheryl Spears is doing something for her daughter that her mother never could do for her.

Six-year-old sets sales record

Her mom calls her friendly and talkative -- two traits that pushed East Elementary School student Cheyenne Cromer to the top as the school's No. 1 candle seller.

School officials optimistic about health

Obesity curriculum to benefit all students in district

Youths aren't just growing up, they're growing out.

Army specialist contacts former elementary teacher

East Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Georgiou was surprised when she received a call two weeks ago from a boy she taught 12 years ago.

Sharyl Ritschel: Specialist urges care in choosing child-care provider

To the Editor: The recent tragic death of the 3-month-old baby in an unlicensed family child-care home in Aurora has made many parents more aware of safety considerations in child care. Although having a license to operate a family child-care home may not have prevented this fatal fire, there are some steps that parents can take to make sure their children are safe while in child care, whether the parents choose unlicensed or licensed child care. Here are some things to look for and some questions you can ask to make sure your child is safe:

Our View: For change, get involved

People in the West talk a lot about local management of public lands. The argument usually suggests that the people who live near public lands use them the most, so they should have a strong voice in how the public lands are managed.

John Micheal Mitchell

Leandra Mitchell and Brian Mitchell of Meeker announce the birth of their son, John Micheal Mitchell, at 3:25 p.m. Nov. 19, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Evan Michael Jones

May Jones and Ray Jones of Craig announce the birth of their son, Evan Michael Jones, at 4:25 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 5.7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Fulton and Apivan Hwa of New York; Tracey and Steve Lathrop of Craig; and Raymond E. Jones of Conrad, Mont.

AnnMarie Alexis Counts

Casey Alexandra Stephenson and John William Counts announce the birth of their daughter, AnnMarie Alexis Counts, at 11:23 p.m. Nov. 18, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Her grandparents are Frank and Rose Counts of Craig, and Steve and Cindy Stephenson of Craig. Her great-grandparents are Jack Timmer Sr. of Craig, and Mary Fowler of Craig.

I-70 rock slide reroutes motorists through Craig

A massive rock slide on Interstate 70 east of Glenwood Springs on Thursday afternoon shut down holiday travel on the major route, redirecting thousands of motorists to U.S. Highway 40 through Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Businesses supporting our troops

Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, a group of civilians purchased Leatherman utility knives for each of the 500 sailors in Jeremy Fineran's department.

Forecasts predict healthy winter season

Marc Leier of Craig prefers winter to any other time of the year.

Thursday, November 25

Just stay off the greens

Yampa Valley Golf Course open for skiers who take precautions

Already cross-country ski tracks are in the snow at the Yampa Valley Golf Course after a few inches of snowfall. Course professional Chuck Cobb doesn't mind. He does hope, though, that skiers will respect the course.

County mulls budget requests

The Moffat County Courthouse will get painted, and the Administration Department will get an assistant, but the Moffat County Sheriff's Office won't get any vehicles or Tasers.

Mormons to display 30 nativity scenes

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want to get area residents into the Christmas spirit.

Sprucing up for the holidays

Those who enjoy the tradition of cutting their own Christmas trees may face an unexpected roadblock this year.

The waiting game

Grocery workers still in holding pattern

Just about every day, at least one person asks Craig's Safeway employee Diana Meyer about contract negotiations between the employees' union and the store.

Lights, cameras, action at Saturday's parade

Christmas is coming quickly, but Craig's annual parade of lights Saturday night is a sure way to get into the holiday spirit.

County pushes for Maybell tap

Maybell area residents would best be advised to keep their propane tanks full.

Improvement in math tops schools' goals

Moffat County school officials have a common focus this school year: defining exactly what students should know and when they should know it.

Datebook for Nov. 26

Today 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Community Coat Drive distribution is at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until noon (the drive will also be from 2 to 4 p.m.). Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat a person a year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 826-6836.

News briefs for Nov. 26

The Moffat County Healthy People 2010 initiative invites those interested in learning to prepare more healthful meals to participate in the Healthy Lunch program from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 3. Participants will help prepare eight holiday recipes, receive a recipe booklet and learn more about nutritious eating. The cost is $2 a person. The program is held at the CSU extension office, 529 Barclay St. Participants will need to pre-register by Tuesday by calling 824-9180.

What am I -- chopped liver?

Mommy says, "Bedtime means no more movies."

Our view: Accountability counts

The war on drugs is being fought every day in Moffat County; by police and residents alike.

Wednesday, November 24

City of Craig hopes it can shake slumping revenues

'Tis the season of hope; for the Craig City Council at least.

It's busy, but fun

Deli worker happy to shed apron today

Lifelong Craig resident Kaby Turner likes her job at the Safeway deli, partly because she knows just about everyone across the counter.

KRAI prepares for holiday drive

Joshua Fleming once slept in a Target parking lot in Bakersfield, Calif., for one week to encourage listeners to donate to his radio station's food drive.

A holiday history lesson

Thanksgiving inspires learning in children

It wasn't just about the fun associated with making construction-paper hats, singing songs, cooking and putting on plays.

Home for the holiday

Army Ranger on leave from fighting in Iraq

Army Ranger Josh White is happy to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, but his mother, Vicky White, may be even more thrilled.

Running away with honors

The running accomplishments of two Moffat County High School graduates continue to increase.

Neita Drake: Craig

I wanted to say a few heartfelt thanks to some very deserving people. First, I would like to thank the coaches of the Moffat County football team: Kip Hafey, Ron Linsacum, Chris Dralle, Matt Ray, Lance Scranton, Gary Torgerson and Tom Wells.

Barbara Chaney: Ten Sleep, Wyo

While driving between Craig and Meeker the other day in a snow storm, I hit a slick spot and found myself off the road and in a barrow pit. Somehow I managed to get back up on the highway but discovered I had a flat tire. When I tried to use my cell phone, no service was available in that area.

Datebook for Nov. 25

Today Thanksgiving Day. Government offices, schools and libraries closed.

News briefs for Nov. 25

There will be a mandatory Ski Club meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Craig Middle School auditorium. Every member that has enrolled must attend this meeting. Children younger than 19 must attend with a parent. Anyone who does not attend the meeting will be refunded their $10 enrollment fees and dropped from the club. Questions can be directed to the Craig Parks and Recreation Department at 826-2029.

Police blotter for Nov. 25

Jail Report Tuesday, Nov. 23 • Neldon Lee Aldridge, 41, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of failure to appear, possession of amphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a synthetic narcotic. Craig Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 23 • A GRAMNET warrant led to an arrest on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. • A lost wallet was reported. • A runaway juvenile was reported. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Nov. 23 • Officers executed an arrest bond revocation.

The MCHS football coaching staff

he Moffat County High School football coaching staff would like to thank the community of Craig for the tremendous support we received during the 2004 campaign.

United Way on track to meet goal

In light of the early results of Moffat County United Way's 2004 campaign, county residents can be thankful for their neighbors' generosity this Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23

Our view: Giving thanks

After a loss to the Niwot Cougars on Saturday, Moffat County High School coach Kip Hafey was quick to point out how proud he was of his team.

Joanne Linda Hough-Heed: 1951-2004

Maybell resident Joanne Linda Hough-Heed, died Nov. 21, 2004, at her home in Maybell after a lengthy illness. She was 53.

Heading back to the top

After second-place league finish, girls basketball team expects to lead again

The resumes of the teams that have ended the Moffat County High School girls basketball team's seasons the past two years are more than impressive.


Moffat County likely will contribute $4,860 to keep a drug task force alive. The city of Craig definitely will.

Rate hike

City residents to pay more in landfill fees

Craig residents won't have to use the Moffat County Landfill to feel the increase in rates slated to go into effect Jan. 1.

VNA agrees to acquire The Haven

In an effort to increase housing options for the Yampa Valley's elderly, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is taking over The Haven, an independent living center for the elderly in Hayden.

Neighborhood Watch

Residents attend organizational meeting

One man showed up because his two daughters had become methamphetamine addicts in Craig and he wanted to be part of the solution to curb the drug's use in the community. Another woman -- who is involved in a group to help crime victims -- arrived because she knows the domestic problems that accompany meth use. A third woman who came wanted to keep an eye out for meth users that her daughter may come into contact with.

Get ready for winter weather driving

Colorado's diverse landscape can cause unpredictable weather conditions for motorists this winter season, warn officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Datebook for Nov. 24

Today The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will be closed from today through Friday.

News briefs for Nov. 24

The holiday season starts next week and the Craig downtown merchants have lots of holiday events planned. Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and stores are opening early downtown, some as early as 6 a.m. Check with your favorite merchants to see what time they are opening and what specials are available that day. On Saturday, entries for the gingerbread house contest are due. After judging, they will be displayed in storefronts downtown. The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. On Dec. 5 is the annual Shop Tax Free Day. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the tax for purchases will be paid by the merchants. On Dec. 12, the downtown merchants are having a Holiday Open House. Visit all the stores downtown, and play the Gingerbread word search game. The open house is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pollice blotter for Nov. 24

Jail Report Monday, Nov. 22 • Clair William Collins, 18, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. • Mitchell Henry Shepherd, 22, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Amelia Rose Williams, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. Craig Police Department Monday, Nov. 22 • Officers responded to a hit-and-run accident. • Tools were reported stolen from a construction site at Alpine Apartments. • A gas skip was reported.

Virginia Sweetser Elarton: 1917-2004

Virginia Sweetser Elarton died Nov. 14, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs, after a short illness. She was 87.

Glenn Arthur Long: 1914-2004

Glenn Arthur Long died Nov. 12, 2004, at the West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody, Wyo. He was 90.

Monday, November 22

No leads in bomb threat

Police have no leads in connection with a bomb threat sent to Craig Middle School on Thursday night via e-mail, but they're seeking assistance from a local computer specialist.

CIS names Honor Roll

6th Grade Honor Roll Cassandra Mary Anderson, Amanda Marie Brewer, Nathan James Chapman, Nike Cleverly, Brady Lee Conner, Lacie Kayla Coupe, Brian James Davidson, Mark Thomas Dockstader, April Elizabeth Etheridge, Shayna Lea Grammer, Billy Slade Gurr, Kimberlynne Shara Hill, Jalen Taylor Hollenbeck, Britteny Racheal Ivers, Madysen Lynae Jourgensen, Dulsie Nichole Larson, Austin Anna-May Lee, Amber Kay Liljedahl, Kellie Roberta Looper, Casey Lee Martin, Tracy Mendoza, Kevin Jason Murray, Luke Michael Myers, Tal Woolsey Pierce, Zacharias Antonios Raftopoulos, Lauren Nicole Roberts, Catherine May Schneegas, Michelle Ann Stoffle, Kelley Michelle Syvertson, Brianna Nicole Tate, Tucker Adrian Trujillo, Eli Rajko Voyich, Whitney Nicole Wilde.

'Like a big home school'

Charter school features off-beat curriculum

DINOSAUR -- When Moffat County School District closed the Dinosaur School, the district removed the copiers, televisions, VCRs, overhead projectors and all but two obsolete computers.

David DeRose: Mayor of Craig

As I approach my 50th birthday, I am reminded of the way I viewed Thanksgiving in the past. In my younger days, it was a time that signaled the beginning of Christmas play and concert practices, and growing up in Grand Junction it was never as cold as it is here. We usually gathered around the table, and every family member expressed thanks for different things. Then, we would eat too much and all of my friends would gather in the annual Giblet Bowl, a group of would-be football players who would meet for a game and place several people on the injured reserve list for at least a year. "No pads, no talent and no brains" was our moniker. We all decided this was not such a good idea some 20 years ago. Thanksgiving was a time in which we only gave lip service to the season, much as it is for most of us today.

Dianne Gould, director; Starla Stuart, coordinator; Ashley Alexander, assistant

As we conclude the fall semester of the RAD Afterschool program, we would like to thank the many people that made it possible. There were many volunteers, businesses, community members, parents and leaders who made it the best semester RAD has ever had. A special thank you to the CIS Staff and custodian services; we appreciate your support. If you were a part of RAD this year in any way we say "thank you" and we will be looking forward to a RAD semester in January. Thank you.

Tracey L. Behrman: Craig

In light of the holiday season, I would like to share my "thankfulness" for the opening of Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab. Although the past months have been sometimes very emotional and physically challenging, being able to see former residents reunited with their families again has been a true blessing and proof that "faith and optimism" pays off at some point in time. Some have said that I was the "heart" of the facility's new birth. For that I am greatly appreciative and hope that I can live up to the standards of such a great honor, but my ex-father-in-law, "Lop" Behrman, would simply tell you that I was the "persistent nag" that wouldn't give up and turned his hair whiter. I would not have been so compelled to keep up the fight for what I truly believed in if it weren't for the 4,500 hundred people in Moffat County that signed petitions -- former employees, family members and residents. Yes, there were times I felt like giving up, but I had enough faith for us all to keep the spirit of the facility alive.

April trial date set for man in standoff

A case against a Craig man who held police at bay in a standoff stemming from a domestic disturbance in July will go to a three-day trial in April.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Sheila Pluym Occupation: Designer, Home and Garden Party

Datebook for Nov. 23

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

News briefs for Nov. 23

Local artists are invited to be a part of the Museum of Northwest Colorado's local display in December. The local show is replacing the miniature show held in previous years, but the paintings do not need to be miniatures (less than 10"x14" framed). Larger paintings up to 24"x36" will be displayed as room allows. There is limited space for three-dimensional art. There is no entry fee or judging. Artists can bring up to four paintings Dec. 1 to the museum balcony to be part of the show. All local art and student work is welcome and must be framed and ready to hang. The museum charges a 20 percent fee on any sales. Transactions must go through the museum bookstore. The show will open Dec. 1 and run until Jan. 11. A reception will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. There will be no admission fee for the museum on that day. Artists interested in participating should drop by the museum, 590 Yampa Ave., or call Jan Gerber, curator of the museum, at 824-6360, or Jane Hume at 824-0594 to give an idea of how many items will be entered.

Police blotter for Nov. 23

Jail Report Friday, Nov. 19 • Ryan John Milner, 23, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of second-degree burglary. • Toni Elizabeth Moore, 46, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. • Robert Jason Petersen, 33, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of community corrections violation. • Shane Micheal Whitehouse, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Joanne Hough-Heed

Joanne Hough-Heed of Maybell, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at her home.

Vanessa Day: Craig

You know there are some people out there who don't respect America. Well, I have a message for those who don't respect America. There is a point in life where you people may have a family member join the Army, Navy, etc. You know why they join the Army, Navy, etc.? They join because they want to protect you and your nation. And this is the respect they get? They risk their lives for you. You need to get out there and walk with pride. Be thankful we have a beautiful nation. Be thankful for the people who protect our nation. Let's all give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for this wonderful nation of ours. I just want you people who don't respect America to respect it anyway. Get out and walk with pride. Thank you for reading this letter.

Joan Marchbanks: Craig

The first time I met Floyd Martin, he made me cry. Down my driveway he came, doing 90 mph, a cloud of dust behind him that stretched all the way to the horizon (slow is not a word in Floyd's driving vocabulary).

EDP covers pledge

Members unsure how much more to spend on flights

Members of the Craig/ Moffat County Economic Development Partnership agreed that subsidizing a summer flight into Hayden was worth their money, but they remain uncertain as to how much they should pay.

Dinosaur dig part of class

DINOSAUR -- Students at the Dinosaur Charter School are unearthing other worlds while learning.

Sunday, November 21

Deer crossings leading cause of vehicle accidents

It happens every year. Deer and elk migrate from their fall ranges to their winter ranges, traveling from the high country east of Craig to the west.

Datebook for Nov. 22

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena is open for the 2004 skating season. Session times vary according to the daily schedule of hockey practice and figure skating practice. Open skating session are an hour and a half and are available every day of the week. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for November are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

Niwot denies Bulldogs' dreams

Moffat County ends season with a 10-2 mark

Michael Babb had to break the silence. The locker room was just too quiet.

News briefs for Nov. 22

Moffat County Young Life is sponsoring a snow camp for seventh- and eighth-graders in December. The camp will be at the Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista from Dec. 3 to 5 and costs $125 a child. An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at the former Greyhound Bus Station, 470 Russell St. For more information, call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.

Students recognized

"Who's Who," a national recognition program and publication honoring high achieving high school students, has named several students from Craig and Hayden schools who will be in the 38th annual edition of the publication. These students are eligible to complete for $200,000 in scholarship awards.

Bowled over by pottery

Susan Erikson has two daughters -- one who's a photographer and another who's a business major.

MCHS teachers

A select group of America's teachers are being honored by their toughest critics -- their former students -- in the eighth edition of "Who's Who Among Americas Teachers." The following teachers from Moffat County High School have been nominated by former "Who's Who" students as those who have shaped and inspired the students' current activities: Amy June Rose Coleman, Rick Shane Murr, Kamisha Begay Siminoe and Jeff Simon

Bradley C. Mortensen

Air Force Airman 1st Class Bradley C. Mortensen is currently deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Daniel Ryan Sherrard

Daniel Ryan Sherrard, grandson of Nita Bourdette of Dinosaur, became an Eagle Scout on Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky.

Gabriel Addam Lowther

Bobbie Freyling and Jared Lowther of Craig announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Addam Lowther, at 12:05 a.m., Nov. 10, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Joshua Ferguson Block Austin

Barbara Block and William G. Austin of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Joshua Ferguson Block Austin, at 4:30 a.m., Nov. 11, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

AbbeyRose Parker

Shelley Parker and Scott Parker of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, AbbeyRose Parker, at 8:12 a.m., Nov. 10, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Program gives guidance to young hunters

Brandon Bingham, 15, rose before the sun Saturday, dressed in camouflage and bright orange and drove with his stepfather, Rodney Trail, to a place north of town hidden around a corner on Colorado Highway 13.


Parents still looking for daughter who disappeared 25 years ago

Mona Blee has a crisp, clear memory of Thanksgiving Day 25 years ago.

Be prepared for long days

Name: Sheli Steele Name of Business/Address: See Shells, 541 Yampa Ave., 824-2858.

Corbin Don Walden

Ashley Dawn Walden and Michael Allen Walden of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Corbin Don Walden, at 6:09 a.m., Nov. 8, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Judy Fern Yoder

Lois Alma Yoder and Vernon Yoder of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Judy Fern Yoder, at 2:50 a.m., Nov. 16, 2004 at The Memorial Hospital.

Ellie LaRae Holinka

Kris and Tim of Parshall announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie LaRae Holinka, at 1:14 p.m., Nov. 10, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Ember Skye Hayden

Sabrina Hayden and Craig Hayden of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Ember Skye Hayden, at 2:09 a.m., Nov. 14, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Friday, November 19

A Test

David Pressgrove: A Palisadian effort

Three columns in one week might seem like too much, but I have one more aspect of today's game left to write about.

Teachers collaborate to boost literacy levels

At 8:30 a.m., all the students and most of the faculty at East Elementary School have one thing in common -- they're reading.

School board considers fund-raising limits

Ninety-nine school groups sold something, provided a service, sponsored an event or requested donations in efforts to raise funds.

Star Student: Mychal Beauchamp

Mychal Beauchamp set out on his bike to collect cans for the Craig Middle School annual canned food drive.

MBA brainstorms ways to boost tourism

Tapping into the tourism beyond hunting season and the Sheepdog Trails dominated most of Tuesday's discussion of the Meeker Business in Action meeting.

Auto parts store owners realize dream

Cassie and Jeff McGuire are realizing their dreams.

Here's the beef

The Bulldog interior line is team's 'heart'

If only Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's Restaurant, were still alive. The Moffat County High School football team could finally answer the question that was asked in the famous Wendy's commercials.

The Blotter for Nov. 20

Clair William Collins, 18, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear.

Our View: Paying the price

One of the first orders of business for commissoners-elect Tom Gray and Saed Tayyara should be establishing a functional working relationship with Sheriff Buddy Grinstead.

E.C. Day: Either drive or get off road

I am writing in concern of the safety of drivers in Craig. Lately, I have noticed a lot of drivers using cell phones while driving. I have almost had a wreck because of these unsafe drivers not paying attention. Even truckers. Why don't they make cell phones that can't work while your engine is running? When I let these people know what they are doing or that they almost caused a wreck, they get mad and out comes the finger! Well, one day they will have a wreck while talking on a cell phone, and what will they do? Either drive or get off the road!

Terrie Barrie: Educate yourself on radiation

I admit that I am biased when it comes to radiation issues, but I know so very little about low-level waste that when a concerned citizen asked me to attend of Moffat/Craig Economic Development Partnership meeting to gather information on the proposed uranium tailings repository, I readily agreed.

The Sharpe family: Remember Wells' contribution

Props to the Moffat County Bulldogs for their outstanding success this season. This family also has been bitten by the bug called high school football. What an exemplary accomplishment for our boys.

Working holiday

For some, Thanksgiving means slaving over a hot stove

Patti Craig of Craig prepares a large dinner on Thanksgiving, and then she cleans up the dishes when everyone's finished eating.

Painting the town blue

Craig community rallies behind football team

The Moffat County Bulldogs will line up against one of the toughest defenses in the state today.

Craig Middle School receives bomb threat

A Craig Middle School official received a bomb threat via e-mail early Friday morning.

Playing Santa

Christmas program accepting donations

It's because of the tears of joy on parents' faces when they pick up donated toys for their children that has kept the Christmas for Kids tradition alive in Craig for past decade.

Goat raises more than $1K for task force

A brown goat made its way through Craig on Friday, and many business owners paid to make it go away.

Datebook for Nov. 20

9 a.m. St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St., presents the annual holiday bazaar until 3 p.m. A variety of food and craft items will be available throughout the day. A drawing will be held at 2 p.m. for a week in Winter Park, a processed lamb, a drill and bit set and other items. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased by calling 824-6314, or they will be available at the bazaar for $1 each or 6 for $5. Lunch is being donated by Wild West BBQ. Proceeds will benefit the Altar and Rosary College Scholarship Fund.

Briefs for Nov. 20

The Craig Community Neighborhood Watch will have a community meeting Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital, 745 Russell St., in the cafeteria. This will be the first of four consecutive meetings intended to jump-start the watch. The meetings are open to all members of the community and offer a chance to meet other residents and discuss strategies and goals of the neighborhood watch. Additional meetings will be held at the same location and time Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14.

Thursday, November 18

Wanting time on their side

Both coaches see value in the clock for quarterfinal matchup

More than 1,900 yards in passing versus almost 3,000 yards of running; four huge linebackers versus a huge offensive line, et cetera, et cetera.

Datebook for Nov. 19

Today 9:30 a.m. A community playgroup for parents with young children is scheduled at the Early Childhood Education Center, 775 Yampa Ave. Call 824-0371.

News briefs for Nov. 19

The Colorado Geological Survey's Colorado Avalanche Information Center began Nov. 12 its 22nd season of providing mountain weather and avalanche forecasts to the public in communities across the state. Nick Logan, associate director, said 61 people were caught in avalanches last year. The three fatalities were 50 percent less than the annual average for Colorado. Three people have died in avalanches this winter in other states. To help keep this from happening here, the CAIC staff teaches numerous avalanche awareness courses that are offered throughout the winter. "Our goal is to have no avalanche deaths or serious injuries, so we help people learn as much as possible before venturing into the backcountry," Logan said. CAIC staff members taught classes to more that 2,800 people last year. In addition to formal classes, the CAIC has two publications available, "The Snowy Torrents" and the newly-revised "Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado." To get snowpack conditions and mountain weather forecasts, Western Slope residents can call 668-0600 in Summit County and Vail, 920-1664 in Aspen, 247-8187 in Durango and 349-4022 in Crested Butte. For more information about CAIC programs or to order copies of CAIC publications, call the Colorado Geological Survey at (303) 866-4762 or visit the CAIC Web site at

Police blotter for Nov. 19

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 17 • Two trespass notices were served. • Officers issued a summons to two male suspects on charges of minor in possession of alcohol and obstruction of a police officer. • Officers executed a canine search of a residence.

Independence is overrated

It's a little embarrassing to be the adult who can't get out of the back seat of a car because child safety locks don't let you open the door from the inside.

Porn filters shelved for now

Library won't meet Dec. 31 deadline

The state-mandated deadline of Dec. 31 to install Internet filters on public library computers is fast approaching, and the Moffat County Library staff members have no intention of meeting it.

Moving inmates on the cheap

Sheriff's sergeant adept at transporting prisoners

Jail staff at the Moffat County Public Safety Center have a nickname for Sgt. Ken Uecker suggestive of the character of Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from the 1970s sitcom "M*A*S*H."

Nonprofits get cash

Two nonprofits have received the "Academy Awards" of recognition for their work in trying to better the lives of residents.

New big-game season structure

Following the recommendations hunters provided on surveys submitted earlier this year, the Colorado Wildlife Commission has released a five-year big game season structure very similar to past structures.

Board OKs increase in activities fees

There was no input from the public on the school district's proposal to increase athletic participation fees, one of the factors that led to its unanimous passage Thursday night.

School board changes public comment process

Although school district officials said they'd like to maintain -- even improve -- communication with the community, they felt that an open forum during a school board meeting wasn't the way to do that.

Teens charged with vehicle theft

Two Craig teenagers who were caught allegedly trying to steal a fourth car in joy-riding cross country trip are being charged locally with aggravated motor vehicle theft, said Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch of the 14th Judicial District.

Hyped up on hype

The hype has begun.

Our view: Advice and consent

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees is seeking public input on three proposed sites for a new hospital.

St. Michael's annual bazaar has loyal following

A longtime attendee of St. Michael's Catholic Church's annual bazaar was in the hospital Tuesday, upset that she didn't have raffle tickets to win prizes at the event.

Wednesday, November 17

Kmart acquires Sears

Residents hope merger improves product options

While returning a video game at Kmart on Wednesday afternoon, Christopher Skowronski was surprised to hear the chain had acquired Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Expert addresses uranium proposal

Plan to accept low-level radioactive tailings in early stages

A preliminary proposal to retool a defunct uranium mine to accept uranium tailings brought a flood of people to Wednesday's Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership meeting.

State: City can buy armory

Sale bodes well for Boys and Girls Club grants

The Legislature's capital development committee has accepted the city's offer to purchase the former armory building east of Craig.

BLM unveils sage grouse conservation plan

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released its strategy for conserving sage grouse on public lands this week.

Fatal accident leads to arrests

A New Mexico man who was the driver of a vehicle that rolled Tuesday, killing his brother-in-law, faces a felony charge of vehicular homicide, a Colorado State Patrol officer said.

Preacher Bill and Blondie Lyon: Fruita

With a bit of nostalgia and the many memories of our old hometown, Craig.

WSL fetes volleyball players

Bulldogs earn honorable mention awards

The addition of Eagle Valley and the emergence of Battle Mountain stiffened the competition in volleyball for the Western Slope League this year. It also spread out the First-Team All-League awards.

Free, free, free

Businesses buy 100 playoff tickets to give away

Before the first round of the Class 3A football playoff game between Moffat County and Pueblo County, parents were enjoying a barbecue and talking about the upcoming game.

Crappie, bluegill numbers up

Biologist wary of transplanted bass in Elkhead Reservoir

Colorado Division of Wildlife fisheries biologist Bill Elmblad expressed misgivings Wednesday night about the numbers of smallmouth bass being transplanted from the Yampa River into nearby Elkhead Reservoir.

Inspector leaves his mark

With land prices high and cattle prices low, Moffat County resident Floyd Martin figured the only opportunity that he'd have to work with cows was inspecting them.

Datebook for Nov. 18

Today Today is the 27th annual Great American SmokeOut. Quit Kits including smokeless tobacco as well as smoking cessation information are available until Nov. 26 at Kmart, City Market and Safeway pharmacies and at the VNA Office on Russell Street.

News briefs for Nov. 18

This year's Great American SmokeOut urges those who want to quit their tobacco use to do it with support. Research shows that people who quit tobacco use with the help of cessation services have up to a 25 percent better chance of quitting successfully than those who quit "cold turkey." Moffat County residents who smoke or chew have taken advantage of Colorado's free Quitnet cessation service ( Great American SmokeOut Quit Kits sponsored by the VNA Tobacco Prevention Program and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are available from today to Nov. 26 at Kmart, City Market and Safeway Pharmacies and at the VNA office on Russell Street. Pick up a kit and call for help. For more information about the Great American SmokeOut in Moffat County, call Cindy Biskup, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, at 824-5752 or Judy Hiester, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator, at 879-1632.

Marthella Beck: 1915-2004

Former Craig resident Marthella Beck died Oct. 23, 2004, at Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings, Mont. She was 89.

Police blotter for Nov. 18

Jail Report Tuesday, Nov. 16 • James William Coday, 32, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Lewis Gene Dorlac, 49, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. • Dwayne Ryan Holliday, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Dale Ravis Holliday, 33, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Christopher Courage Ratliff, 31, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation. • Lorri Anne Welborn, 40, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree assault of a public official and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Craig Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 16 • Officers assisted the Colorado State Patrol with warrant arrests. • Fraud by check was reported by the Golden Cavvy. • Officers assisted a Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputy with an arrest. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Nov. 16 • A traffic complaint resulted in an arrest. • Officers assisted a potential suicidal subject.

Ben and Leanne Crippen: Craig

Did you vote for a tax increase for the fire department? Neither did I. Are you ashamed? I am. I did not look into why the fire department needed the money nor did I attend its open house and see the state the equipment was in. After the voting results, my husband asked whether I voted for or against the fire department. I said that I voted no because the county was in such a state along with the economy and blah, blah, blah. After further research and talking with my husband, I learned that this tax increase would have been a huge $6 a person (approximately). This was based on owning a $110,000 home and also a one-time fee. How could I have voted no? Community members, who, unlike me, took the time to visit the fire department during the open house, where they saw the state of the rescue equipment, also told me the breathing apparatuses were in sad shape.

D. Hart: Craig

To be brief, I fully agree with David Moore's letter in the Nov. 6 Daily Press. As soon as I hear where to send my share for the fire department, it will be sent. Should my family ever need it again, I want firefighters there in time and to have the right equipment.

Terri A. Jourgensen, RN, BSN: Moffat County School District school registered nurse

I cannot begin to tell you how thankful and lucky our community is to have such wonderful Lions Club members who provide so much to our quiet little town.

Tobacco users urged to kick habit for day

After 29 years of being a habitual smoker, Sandi McIntyre is ready to quit.

Teen does his part to snuff out smoking

Andy Whilden hopes he can clear the air in Craig.

Tuesday, November 16

Group seeks to cultivate opportunities for girls

30 attend Women's Foundation of Colorado luncheon

Members of the Women's Foundation of Colorado sent out a call to Moffat County leaders to take an active role in helping to develop girls into educated, self-sufficient members of the community.

Study: Salt River Project undervalued

Underassessment could be costing Moffat County tax districts $695,000

A company at Craig Station Power Plant is undervalued by more than $10 million, according to a study commissioned by the Moffat County commissioners.

Our view: Honor hometown heroes

If we learned one thing from the Cory Hixson story, it's that our fighting men and women don't expect to be patronized upon their return home.

Virginia Sweetser Elarton

Graveside services for Virginia Sweetser Elarton of Craig will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov.20, 2004, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

News briefs for Nov. 17

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association is offering several drop-in flu clinics this month for all prioritized groups. To qualify as "prioritized," individuals must fall under one of the following categories: children ages 6 to 23 months, adults age 65 and older, women who will be pregnant during influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy, health care workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers, household contacts with children younger than 6 months old, and individuals with a chronic medical condition. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from 8:30 a.m. to noon today and from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 824-8233.

Datebook for Nov. 17

Today The Moffat County High School wrestling team is taking orders for T-shirts and sweatshirts for the 2005 season today. For more information, call Anna Nitchske at the high school at 824-7036.

County agrees to put money from minerals in trust fund

The Moffat County commissioners hope the oil and gas industry can pump enough money into a newly created fund to carry the county if the energy industry ever dries up.

Man held in Pogline death sent to Nevada

A 20-year-old man, who was taken into custody the night James Pogline was fatally shot, was released from the Moffat County Public Safety Center on Sunday to a detention center in Las Vegas.

Costly ticket

Defense of fine costs county $11,000

A $56 traffic ticket has cost Moffat County thousands in legal fees.

Budget assessment complete

Committee's trial run likely will lead to permanent board

The trial run of the Moffat County citizens advisory budget committee was a success, according to those who sat on the committee.

Not on the field, still in the game

Robert Orvalla can't wear a helmet but continues to tackle challenges

Every boy who loves football does it sometime while growing up. They dance around in their back yards with a football, yelling out "... and he dodges one defender, ducks under another ..." and then he throws the game-winning touchdown to an imaginary receiver.

Getting my fix

On Tuesday, I sat at work and couldn't get it out of my head. It was like the night before Christmas, but instead of sugarplums there were football players dancing in my head. I seriously could not stop thinking about the Moffat County High School vs. Niwot football game.

Rollover kills New Mexico man

An Albuquerque, N.M., man died after a pickup in which he was a passenger rolled over Tuesday about 23 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

Investors to launch new bank

A group of investors with strong local ties to Moffat County think it is time the county has a local bank.

An illuminating idea

Wes Harper works in a lot of tight spaces and often has a hard time seeing what he is doing.

Monday, November 15

Police blotter for Nov. 16

Jail Report Thursday, Nov. 11 • Matthew Lee Gill, 19, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of vehicle theft and obstructing a peace officer.

DOW won't increase licenses for big game

Plan would have benefited private landowners

The Colorado Division of Wildlife won't pursue a plan this year to provide more big game licenses to private landowners in limited hunting areas.

Virginia Sweetser Elarton

Virginia Sweetser Elarton of Craig, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, in Steamboat Springs. Services are pending.

Margie Drake: Craig

Our Moffat County Bulldogs will be hosting the quarterfinal game of the state football championship playoffs against Niwot at 1 p.m. Saturday. We, the fans, are asking you to decorate your homes to show support for a team that has shown a lot of heart, desire, potential and talent! Please come out and support these boys at the game on Saturday. The Bulldogs appreciate all of your support. Go Bulldogs!

Norma Russell: Vernal, Utah

Dinosaur Community Charter School deserves applause for the excellent job they are doing with just a skeleton crew and a few volunteers. Each person doubles their duties to make sure each child's needs are fulfilled. Whether that help is needed in math, behavioral correction or simply someone to talk to.

John and Katherine Davis: Fayettevile, N.C.

On Sept. 28, my husband, John, and I had to visit the emergency room at the Memorial Hospital while we were visiting in Craig for a week for John to hunt at Elkhorn Outfitters. We were diagnosed with conjunctivitis. (I thought only children were victims of this infection!) We have only accolades for everyone who dealt with us. Everyone went beyond the call of duty while registering us, getting the necessary information for the doctor and including the doctor's exam and diagnosis.

Dale Potter: Pastor of Yampa Valley Baptist Church

I am one of the ministers who hunt whom George Plagenz addressed in Friday's Opinion column, and would like to try to explain my position to him and his readers.

CWD testing down

Hunter submissions for chronic wasting disease testing are down for the second year in a row, according to preliminary statistics from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Settling turnover problem

Library board moves forward with study

The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees authorized two of its members on Monday evening to contract a consultant to study employee and board member turnover at the library.

TMH seeks public input on new site

Officials at The Memorial Hospital officials are seeking public input on three proposed sites for a new hospital.

Charter school hires teacher

Edie Jansen will provide special education instruction

Dinosaur Community Charter School officials are taking steps to eliminate a situation in which they could have lost their charter school status.

Interfaith Food Bank needs volunteers

Volunteers at the food bank don't always know what to do with some of the unique items that are donated, but they're always grateful to have them.

Datebook for Nov. 16

Today The Moffat County High School wrestling team is taking orders for t-shirts and sweatshirts for the 2005 season through Wednesday. For more information, call Anna Nitchske at the high school at 824-7036.

News briefs for Nov. 16

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is Thursday, and those who use smokeless tobacco are encouraged to participate along with smokers to quit or reduce their use. is a free, self-help quitting program that is now being offered as part of a research study by Oregon Research Institute sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. "Many people mistakenly believe that chewing tobacco and snuff are safe alternatives to smoking," says Dr. Herb Severson of Oregon Research Institute. "In fact, regular use of these products leads to cancer of the mouth, other cancers, and heart disease, as well as a wide variety of dental problems." Smokeless tobacco may be a factor in 9,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year. More than 6 million Americans use smokeless tobacco regularly. Research shows that chewers and dippers have similar, or even higher, levels of nicotine in their bloodstreams than smokers who smoke a pack of cigarettes or more a day. The quitting program address the difficulties faced by chew and snuff users, who have fewer quitting resources than do smokers. For more information or to enroll in the program, log on to

Sunday, November 14

News briefs for Nov. 15

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association is offering several drop-in flu clinics this month for all prioritized groups. To qualify as "prioritized," individuals must fall under one of the following categories: children ages 6 to 23 months, adults age 65 and older, women who will be pregnant during influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy, health-care workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers and household contacts with children younger than 6 months. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be held at the VNA office,745 Russell St. from 1 to 6 p.m. today; from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and from noon to 4 p.m.Friday. For more information, call 824-8233.

Bridging the cultural divide

Shelly Spackman, Advocates Crisis Support Services' first Hispanic coordinator, is working to find a way to reach out to the Yampa Valley's Mexican community.

Bulldogs sting Hornets

3 first-quarter touchdowns propel Moffat County

Derek Duran couldn't miss, and the Pueblo County secondary could hit.

Plenty of treats at holiday craft show

Trisha Smith was shopping for gifts at Saturday's holiday craft show, and she had a trick up her sleeve.

17 veterans get diplomas

Ray Wagner grew up with a "strict military man" for a father, who pushed him to enlist in the Army at age 13.

FirstCall 2-1-1 points people in right direction for assistance

Those who need help or want to make a donation have an easier way to find what they're looking for.

Immigrant numbers, needs grow

Effect of changing demographics discussed at Hayden meeting

More than 30 people gathered in the library of Hayden High School last week to discuss the growing number of immigrants in Routt and Moffat counties. Among them were people from Mexico and South America, and longtime members of the nonprofit social service, law enforcement and education communities from both counties.

'I like making people happy'

Name: Bob Hankins Name of Business/Address: Hang Time Powersports, 1320 W. Victory Way, in Craig, 824-3188.

Real estate transactions for October 2004

n Seller: Linnea L. Shubin Buyer: John Boyer Property: Mount View Lot 4, Blk. 10A, Mount View, 180 Hillside Terrace Price: $158,225

Datebook for Nov. 15

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena is open for the 2004 skating season. Session times vary according to the daily schedule of hockey practice and figure skating practice. Open skating sessions are 1 1/2 hours and are available every day of the week. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for November are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. For more information, call 824-3011.

Clayton R. Hazelbaker: 1947-2004

U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) Clayton R. Hazelbaker, 57, of Meeker died Nov. 11, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Friday, November 12

Calves raise record prices

During nearly 50 years of ranching, Lee Williamson has never seen feeder calf prices as high as this fall's.

Hunting season slows down

Rifle season brings hiring of extra workers

With the hectic hunting season coming to a close, local businesses are enjoying the profits and the slower pace as they head into winter.

Our View: Opportunity for adults

Pam Brethauer remembers when she had to beg teams to enter the adult recreational volleyball leagues sponsored by the Craig Parks and Recreation Department.

Making a play a production

MCHS students perform 'South Pacific'

Students sat in chairs along a wall of lighted mirrors, reviewing math problems or practicing Spanish.

Sobering data: Students study effects of alcohol

Several Moffat County High School students said no program is going to stop teens from drinking but that one might limit high-risk behavior such as binge drinking and drinking and driving.

Education calendar for Nov. 13

Craig Intermediate School's Parent Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library.

Star student for Nov. 13

Amanda Cramer sat quietly while the boys in her mass production woods class bragged about how many all-purpose chairs they'd sell for the class's business project.

Lillian Jensen: 1917-2004

Lillian Jensen died Nov. 10, 2004, at Heritage Senior Home in Grand Junction. She was a long-time resident of the Craig-Meeker area. She was 86.

Keeping his head down

Rowan DuBois prepares for his second postseason this year

Despite spending a season on the team, Rowan DuBois still doesn't feel like a football player. Give the Moffat County High School kicker a couple of weeks though, the season hasn't ended.

Amy Hatten: Falling for a good time

They said it's OK that I've never handled a hockey stick before or taken a puck to the shin, but I didn't really believe it.

CNCC official explains Meeker Center closure

Bob Rizzuto, Colorado Northwestern Community College chief administrative officer, was on the hot seat as the guest speaker at the Meeker Business in Action meeting Tuesday.

Buffalo Horn Ranch to be sold to the highest bidder

Whit Hudson, owner of Buffalo Horn Ranch just west of Meeker, told William Bone of the National Auction Group to sell his place by absolute auction.

DA-elect moves forward with advisory committee

Although Colleen Truden, the newly elected district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, won't officially take office until January, she thinks it is not too early to move forward on some of her campaign promises.

Police Blotter for Nov. 13

Law enforcement Jail Report Thursday, Nov. 11 Tony Steven Peck, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of driving under restraint, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphethamine.

Briefs for Nov. 13

Permits to cut firewood and Christmas trees in the Routt National Forest are available at the Forest Service Visitor Center, 925 Weiss Drive in Steamboat. Firewood permits are $20 and allow up to two cords of fuel to be gathered. Multiple permits may be purchased. It is necessary to have a permit card for every pickup or trailer load of wood removed from the national forest. Christmas tree permits are $10 and allow for one tree. A household may buy up to five permits and may only use the trees for personal use. Trees cannot be bought and resold.

GRAMNET faces uncertainty

A drug task force that has been in operation for the past decade may be on the brink of extinction, as cash-strapped agencies are becoming reluctant to fund the program.

DOW license decision coming

Feelings mixed on whether to set aside more licenses for landowners

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is expected to make a decision today on whether to pursue a plan to provide more big-game hunting licenses to private landowners.

Thursday, November 11

Just do it (yourself)

Program helps put families in homes

Steamboat Springs resident Christina Davis said having children was easier than building her own home through the U.S Department of Agriculture's mutual self-help housing program, but she also said she wouldn't change a thing.

Don't be fooled

Even with losing record, Hornets won't roll over

Before the football game against Rifle three weeks ago, the Moffat County High School coaching staff told its players that they needed to play like the playoffs started that week. The message of inspiration came after the Bulldogs already had secured a spot in the real playoffs, so it may have been hard to get across.

Weed woes

Gas development spurs plants' growth

A surge in gas development, coupled with moister-than-usual weather, has increased invasive weeds in Moffat County during the past year.

Western Slope grocery workers on hold

Western Slope grocery workers are being offered less than what was offered to Front Range workers, according to contract negotiations Wednesday that may affect union workers in the region's 16 Safeway, Albertson's and City Market stores.

My challenge

I'm no Knute Rockne, but with the football playoffs starting here tomorrow I thought I'd give my best attempt at a "win one for the Gipper" column.

Bible study group 'like sisterhood' for participants

Rosie Potter leads Bible study for members of Yampa Valley Baptist Church, but only women are invited.

Our view: EDP on right track

During the past two months, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership has slowly but surely made strides toward organizational stability.

Letting go is difficult for parents

I cried a little bit at preschool the other morning, as one of the biggest questions facing parents hit me square in the face: At what point do you let go of the reins and let your children ride by themselves?

Eleanor Marie Kagie Dunckley Blomquist: 1919-2004

Eleanor Marie Kagie Dunckley Blomquist of Craig and Grand Junction, died Nov. 2, 2004, in Grand Junction. She was 85.

Police blotter for Nov. 12

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 10 • Officers received a report about a sexual assault.

News briefs for Nov. 12

The state's first oral-health summit, "Smart Mouth, Healthy Bodies," will convene Nov. 19 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Public and private sector leaders throughout the state will gather in downtown Denver, Craig and seven other regional sites to start working on a comprehensive oral-health plan. The goal is to have a completed plan by the spring of 2005. James Crall, director of the National Oral Healthy Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the summit. The summit will be a major component of a five-year grant that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Oral Health Program received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Colorado is one of 13 states awarded the grant to strengthen each state's oral-health program capacity and improve the oral health of its residents.

Datebook for Nov. 12

Today No School. In-service day for elementary and intermediate schools. No classes. Book fairs will be open during parent/teacher conferences.

Officer zaps jail inmate

A detention officer at the Moffat County Jail used a Taser gun on an inmate early Thursday morning for disorderly conduct, Moffat County Sheriff officials said.

Wednesday, November 10

The staff and students of CMS

The staff and students of Craig Middle School would like to send a big thank you to the Community Budget Center of Craig for its generous cash donation for the purchase of school supplies. This money will be used to buy necessary supplies for many students in need. We appreciate the continued support from the Budget Center and entire community on behalf of the youth of Moffat County.

Business of doing business

Residents mull ways to support commerce

Armed with the knowledge that nationally, 80 percent of new jobs are generated by existing businesses, residents from throughout Northwest Colorado gathered Wednesday to brainstorm ways to support, enhance and sustain local businesses.

TMH, CNCC talk about sites

Construction of new hospital discussed

In a first-time meeting between college and hospital board members Wednesday night, the groups discussed options for construction of a new hospital on college property.

Gas pipelines to follow same path

Representatives of two pipeline companies promised Wednesday that they'd work to keep their natural gas lines as close together as possible while crossing Moffat County.

Sting nets restaurant

Casa Loya cited for alcohol violation

Police cited one Craig restaurant for noncompliance on checking identification of a minor during a check on Oct. 22.

Illinois man arrested on poaching charges

An Illinois man was arrested on three misdemeanor charges in connection with a poached elk a few miles outside of Craig.

Preparing for next level

Two gymnasts hope to improve one more step

Dorina Fredrickson and Jordan Porter qualified for the next level of competition this fall during the USA Gymnastics season, but they've still got some work to do before they go from Level 5 to Level 6.

A joyful Spirit in Craig

As a couple of cowboys walk past Spirit Pass in the Centennial Mall, store owner Christine Muzik calls out to them.

Datebook for Nov. 11

Today The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

News briefs for Nov. 11

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering several drop-in flu clinics this month for all prioritized groups. To qualify as "prioritized," individuals must fall under one of the following categories: children ages 6 to 23 months, adults age 65 and older, women who will be pregnant during influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy, healthcare workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers and household contacts with children younger than 6 months old. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be held at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from noon to 4 p.m. Friday ; from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and from noon to 4 p.m Nov. 19 . For more information, call 824-8233.

Police blotter for Nov. 11

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 9 • A fraud by check was reported from Trinkets, Trash and Treasures.

Lillian F. Jensen

Lillian F. Jensen of Nucla, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2004, at Heritage Senior Homes in Grand Junction. She was 86.

Elaine Sullivan: Moffat County clerk

I would like to say a big thank you from the clerk's office to everyone involved in the 2004 general election! Which, by the way, was the biggest turnout of active voters. Congratulations, Moffat County. Thanks to all the eligible electors who voted, candidates, poll watchers, the police and sheriff's officers and election judges! Betsy Peck, Tom Morley, and Neil McCandless for dealing with all the address and name changes and provisional ballots. The clerk's office staff deserves a huge thank you for going above and beyond their typical workloads and working the extra hours during the election. Thank you Tammy, Debbie, DeAnn, Sally and Brenda.

Cindy Biskup: director, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to thank the community for supporting the Magic, Magic Show on Sept. 28. Many local businesses purchased tickets for youths, making it possible for children 12 years of age and younger to attend the show for free. We would like to thank Moffat County High School for letting us use the auditorium, and a special thank you to Mr. Toovey, assistant principal, for spending his evening at the school making sure everything ran smoothly for the show. Thank you to Andy Whilden, Joe Muldoon, Mike Maneotis and Kyle Wilson for helping the magicians with their equipment and running the lights for the show. Thank you to the parents who attended the show with their children, it was a fun family activity for everyone. Thank you to Terri Jourgensen, Debi Harmon and Mark Harmon for volunteering on the night of the show.

Tuesday, November 9

Meeker man shot while hunting

Fast work may have helped save the life of a Meeker man who is in stable condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction after he was accidentally shot by his friend during a hunting expedition Nov. 4, said Undersheriff Michael Joos of the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office.

Workers' comp costs on rise

City officials are looking at rising operational costs across the board, so it didn't come as a surprise that workers' compensation insurance will be more expensive in 2005.

Smoke signals: Candle safety

Candle fires reached a 19-year high of 12,540 in 1998, resulting in 157 deaths, 1,106 civilian injuries and $176.1 million in property damage. Unattended, abandoned or inadequately controlled candles are the leading cause of candle fires in homes (37 percent), followed by leaving candles too close to combustibles (19 percent), according to annual averages from 1994 to 1998. December is the peak month for candle fires, with nearly twice the average number of incidents. Almost half of home candle fires start in the bedroom.

Great season = record awards

Two named to Western Slope All-League team

The honors have come in for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team after its best season in more than 10 years.

Problems remain

Social Services struggles with new system

At Moffat County Social Services, problems with a new benefit system are only getting worse.

CNCC maintains mill levy rate

Board gearing up for sunset of taxing district in 2009

The Colorado Northwestern Community College board set its mill levy rate for the coming year Tuesday and debated whether to paint the exterior of the college-owned Trapper Health Club.

Parking problem resolved

The parking lot at Action Motor Sports was paved on Monday, allowing the owner to avoid the substantial financial consequences of a city-imposed deadline by one day.

Veteran of Iraq war returns

Marine Cory Hixson lost left eye in Fallujah battle in October

Signs on local businesses welcoming Cory Hixson home line the sides of Victory Way.

Meth use not just a legal problem

Few rural treatment options make it a public health issue

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Health care options need to be accessible to help stem the spread of methamphetamine use in a community, said Steve Koester, associate professor of the department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado at Denver.

Controlling the inmates

Commissioners, sheriff look to manage jail population

In September, the inmate population at Moffat County Jail peaked at 96 inmates. The county built the jail to house no more than 88 adult inmates.

Datebook for Nov. 10

Today Today is the deadline to register for Hayden Recreation Department's self-defense seminar Saturday. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Hayden High School. The registration is $10. Call J.D. Paul at 276-7242.

News briefs for Nov. 10

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig is hosting another play day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The school district will provide transportation to the club. Boys and Girls Club members can ride their regularly assigned buses in the morning, but parents will be responsible for picking up their children in the afternoon. The play day is open to all members of the club at no charge (nonmembers can call the number below for more information). Snacks will be provided, but children need to bring their own lunches. Members also should be aware that the Boys and Girls Club will be closed to all activities from Nov. 24 to 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, call Rob Winn at 826-0411.

Police blotter for Nov. 10

Jail Report Monday, Nov. 8 • Michael Jay Calderon, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of failure to comply. • Tony Steven Peck, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of failure to appear and failure to comply. Craig Police Department Monday, Nov. 8 • Officers received a report about two males carrying a gun and a hatchet.

No endangered-species status for prairie dogs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the white-tailed prairie dog would not be listed as an endangered species.

Our view: Closing a chapter

Overshadowed by the hoopla of Election Day was a report from a special prosecutor who investigated allegations that Moffat County commissioners didn't follow state law in budget matters.

Monday, November 8

Police blotter for Nov. 9

Jail Report Saturday, Nov. 6 • Jeffery Lee Green, 43, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of hunting elk without a proper and valid license and unlawful possession of wildlife that is property of the state.

Woman turns snapshots into keepsakes

Working from her computer at home, displaying skills that are self-taught, Tammy Lull, takes stacks of family photographs and turns them into DVD presentations that inspire laughter from some clients and tears from others.

Knowledge Bowl team sets its sights on state

The three students who make up the Moffat County High School Knowledge Bowl "A" team took first place at Saturday's home tournament, but adviser Eric Unglaub credits the win to the team.

Police standoff case awaits plea hearing

Attorneys still are deciding on terms of a plea agreement for a Craig man who is accused of holding police at bay in a 12-hour standoff in late July.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Zachary Cox Occupation: Automotive technician, Precision Auto Service

Datebook for Nov. 9

Today Craig Intermediate School, Sunset Elementary and East Elementary are holding Scholastic Book Fairs this week.

News briefs for Nov. 9

Hands On Housing, a self-help housing program sponsored by the U.S.D.A. and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Office in the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., Suite 20. The program seeks families or individuals interested in building and owning their own homes in Hayden or Oak Creek. Call the Yampa Valley Housing Authority at 870-0167.

Terry Carwile: Craig

Congratulations to commissioners-elect Gray and Tayyara on their successful campaigns. You both have my best wishes for your upcoming terms in office.

Two Craig residents plead guilty in meth case

Two Craig residents who are suspects in several drug stings conducted by Craig police agreed to separate plea agreements in District Court on Monday.

Rough rescue

Saving ailing hunter becomes nine-hour ordeal

Gail Mullen was on patrol in Great Divide when she heard the call on her radio shortly before noon Saturday. A hunter in the Irish Canyon area was having heart problems.

Sunday, November 7

Jeffrey Charles Hubler

Danielle Lyn Hubler and Jeffrey Andrew Hubler of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Jeffrey Charles Hubler, at 7:03 p.m., Oct. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8.9 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Tigers roll past Byers

When the two most prolific passing attack teams in Class 1A square off, as they did Saturday in Hayden, it's natural to think the team that has the best day throwing the ball stands the best chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

News briefs for Nov. 8

Friends of the Library is sponsoring a used book sale at Centennial Mall, where books will be available for 50 cents a pound. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and will be open until 5 p.m. both days. Another book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. Call 824-5116.

Bertha Helen Moore: 1918-2004

Bertha Helen Moore died Oct. 30, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig following a short illness. She was 86.

Head of the class; head of two households

Ken Olinger helps raise two families in Maybell: one at home and one at school

It was 4:45 p.m. Thursday and as the sunlight faded, the smell of homemade spaghetti settled around Ken Olinger. His work week officially ended an hour ago, and a three-day weekend was supposed to have started. Yet, still he sits at his desk.

Bulldogs host Hornets in first round

On Saturday, Moffat County High School coach Kip Hafey set off on a road trip that he is starting to get accustomed to. He drove to Silverthorn to exchange tapes with Pueblo County's Jeff Wilson.

Tucker Glen Hansen

Shannon Hansen and Greg Hansen of Craig announce the birth of their son, Tucker Glen Hansen, at 2:06 p.m., Oct. 21, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.


The mother of Curtis Gould would like to announce the engagement of her son to Kimberly Krause, both formerly of Craig. The two will be married in the Ogden Wedding Villa in Ogden, Utah, in December. After the holiday wedding, the couple plans to reside with the groom's mother and work in the Ogden area.

Web site firm has code for success

Name: Rick Nelson Name of Business/Address: RAM Designs, LLC (Web site design and creation, Web site hosting, custom logos, scanning services, database services), 11 W. Victory Way, No. 204, 824-4785.

Datebook for Nov. 8

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena is open for the 2004 skating season. Session times vary according to the daily schedule of hockey practice and figure skating practice. Open skating session are 1 1/2 hours and are available every day of the week. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for November are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

Pain at the pump

High diesel prices put brakes on truckers' profits

Joe Reece, owner of Reece Trucking in Craig, scoffs when people think he's making a good living as a for-hire dump truck operator. Though the businessman of nine years recently raised his per-hour rates, record high diesel prices in the Rocky Mountain region aren't helping him turn a profit.

Mexican is la vida for young merchant

Jenny LeBlanc thinks it's funny when schoolteachers from Craig Middle School cross the street to eat at her restaurant and remember the 22-year-old as if she still were a student in their class.

Moffat County Cancer Society helps patients cover costs

When Pat Moralez found out she had bone cancer and lymphoma in 1998, the Moffat County Cancer Society was there to help.

Abigail Linn Hultz

Emily Hultz and Cory Hultz of Mesa, Ariz., announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Linn Hultz, at 2:04 p.m., Oct. 3, 2004, in Mesa. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Brice and Carol Willis of Central, Ariz. Paternal grandparent is Linda Hultz of Mesa, formerly of Craig.

Elizabeth Katelyn LeWarne

Allison LeWarne and Mike LeWarne of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Katelyn LeWarne, at 5:32 p.m., Oct. 19, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Kalli Victoria Lathrop

Kara Lathrop and John Lathrop of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kalli Victoria Lathrop, at 8:25 a.m., Oct. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Friday, November 5

Briefs for Nov. 6

The annual Craft Show at Centennial Mall starts Friday and will feature more than 80 vendors with crafts, gifts and collectibles. Local vendors come from Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Meeker and Oak Creek and join others from Grand Junction, Tabernash, Morrison, and Vernal and Bluebell, Utah. A variety of items will be available, including quilts, ceramics, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and food items. Several food vendors also will be onsite, including Wild West Barbecue and Karrie's Katering. Booths will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 824-7011.

David Pressgrove: Trendy pickings

By now most of you have probably heard that the Washington Redskins' loss last weekend was supposed to predict a John Kerry victory.

Ethel R. McCarthy

Ethel R. McCarthy of rural Meeker died Nov. 3, 2004, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 70.

Our View: Keeping forum open

The Moffat County School District Board of Education is considering changing the way it allows parents and taxpayers to address the board.

Lottery fever

Slim odds don't deter big dreams

When it comes to hitting the big time, some people like the odds of the Colorado Lottery.

More than just meth

Experts warn parents to be vigilant about alcohol, pills

As community members unite to take on the area's growing methamphetamine problem, they've been warned to not ignore the growing problem of teen drinking and abuse of over-the-counter or prescription drugs.

Specialists converge to improve school

If it takes a village, that's exactly what the Moffat County Early Childhood Center will provide.

Pouncing all over the Panthers

Bulldogs score six touchdowns in the first half of win Friday

For Mother's Day, a typical gift from a high-schooler might be flowers or breakfast in bed. On Father's Day, there's always the dreaded tie. On Parents Night, for the Moffat County High School football team, the Bulldogs presented their parents with touchdowns in a 54-12 creaming of Montezuma-Cortez.

Smokers fuming

Coloradans approved a tobacco tax Tuesday

Susan Reeves, a smoker of 36 years, has tried "everything" to quit, so a recently passed tax to increase the cost of tobacco products probably won't help in that department.

Vandals wreak havoc near Wyoming border

Moffat County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of vandalism near the Wyoming state line that officials estimate may cost up to $20,000 to repair.

Pattern of protests

Auctions draw action from environmentalists

By Friday morning, Beverly Derringer, fluid mineral officer at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Denver office, had not received a single protest on proposed leases for the land agency's upcoming auction.

As temperatures dip, natural gas prices climb

Just as furnaces through the Yampa Valley rumbled on, natural gas prices went up again.

Datebook for Nov. 6

5 p.m. The senior citizens dinner hosted by the Ladies VFW Auxiliary is at the VFW Restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way. The menu includes chili, cornbread, carrots, celery sticks and sherbet. Dinners are held on the first Saturday of each month.

Denis Robert Frericks

Denis Robert Frericks died Nov. 2, 2004, at the Antelope Coal Mine north of Douglas, Wyo. He was 59.

Thursday, November 4

Bad Dawg season starts

Football may still be happening in Craig, but for the Moffat County Bad Dawgs, wrestling season is under way.

Pass-happy Panthers in town

The season totals for the Moffat County High School football team and its opponents is heavily weighed in the Bulldogs' favor, except in two categories: turnover ratio and yards per catch. The Bulldogs' opponent in the final home game of the season is going to challenge at least one of those stats.

Underclassmen teams trump competition

Next year, the Moffat County High School football team will have to replace one of the largest senior classes it has had. If the JV and freshman team records from this year mean anything, there are capable players waiting in the wings.

Police blotter for Nov. 5

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 3 • A bike was reported stolen. • A warrant arrest was made in conjunction with another enforcement agency. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Nov. 3 • A male juvenile was reported to have run away from home. • Suspects were identified in a motor vehicle theft.

Rayburn Cox: 1946-2004

Well-known Meeker resident Rayburn Cox, 57, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Pioneers Hospital after suffering a heart attack while hunting near Meeker.

Our view: Election is over: now what?

Some final thoughts about voting:

Taking life one ouch at a time

It started with a low-grade fever and progressed into something neither I (after a Web search), nor the doctor (with a college degree) could diagnose.

Helping to make Christmas a little brighter

Pastor Rod Compton was touched when he saw the video of the four South American children who never had shoes before.

Religion briefs for Nov. 5

daily press staff First Christian Church is offering a free showing of "The Passion of the Christ" at 6 p.m. tonight. The film details the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and is rated R for scenes of graphic violence. "The Passion of the Christ" is directed by Mel Gibson; running time is 127 minutes. For more information, call 824-6024.

With election over, Taylor getting back to work

State senator eager to engage natural-gas developers

In the end, it was Rio Blanco and Moffat counties that delivered state Sen. Jack Taylor's victory over challenger Jay Fetcher Tuesday night.

Health checks lead to 161 referrals

Preventative screenings performed by volunteers in Moffat County schools turned up results that startled officials.

Cops and robbers

Children learn about detective work

Brent Juergens, 11, said he does not always believe what he sees on television.

Datebook for Nov. 5

Today No school. In-service day for elementary and intermediate schools.

News briefs for Nov. 5

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18. Individuals or organizations wishing to volunteer should call LuAnn Kline at 824-5926 to set up a time.

Beware the 'death bags'

Public learning to spot meth waste

Craig Road and Bridge employee Rod Kowach once accidentally burned his lungs when he came into contact with a toxic mixture of chemicals while cleaning the city pool.

Ride ends in jail

Two runaways caught in Oregon

Two joy-riding, runaway Craig juveniles may have made it to their destination in Washington state had the three cars they allegedly stole been in better condition.

Commissioners hope compressor pumps tax rolls

The construction of a pipeline across Moffat County could include a 20,000-horsepower compressor station.

Wednesday, November 3

William Edward "Bill" Allen

William Edward "Bill" Allen, longtime Browns Park, Utah/Colorado cattle rancher and resident of Rock Springs, Wyo. and Vernal, Utah, died Oct. 31, 2004, at his home in Vernal. He was 91.

Amazing breakthrough at state cross country in one year

Amelia Parker went from 60th to third

In the summer of 1993, Dustin Ence, a senior-to-be at Moffat County High School, started a diary to record his training for the upcoming cross country season. In it he wrote a quote about having a breakthrough. He wrote, "Breakthroughs do not happen arbitrarily or effortlessly ... they result from months, maybe years of training."

Police blotter for Nov. 4

Jail Report Tuesday, Nov. 2 • Suzette Michele Bechtol, 41, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply.

Byron Willems: Fire Board member, 21-year firefighter

On a day of disappointment and disbelief, I would like to take a moment to thank the following people for a job well done: Elaine Sullivan and her dedicated staff, the many volunteers associated with the election process and everyone who supported the fire department. I would also like to thank the radio stations, TV stations and newspapers. All of our media outlets did a great job of getting the facts out.

N. McStay: Moffat county resident and landowner

As a child and young adult, I grew up in a household that hunted for the sake of provisions for our family. I now have my own family, and we continue the practice.

Datebook for Nov. 4

Today 8 a.m. Community coat drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon Friday. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222.

News briefs for Nov. 4

FirstCall, Northern Colorado's 2-1-1 Call Center, has expanded its hours of operation to include Saturday and Sunday, giving callers access to community information from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekend. Callers also can reach an FirstCall during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. FirstCall's database and services are available online 24 hours a day at FirstCall's mission is to enhance the lives of people in the region by providing timely, accurate and caring community resource information and referral to community members and nonprofit organizations. All calls are confidential and free of charge in Routt and Moffat counties by dialing 2-1-1 (or 866-485-0211).

George Clifford Hill

Funeral services for George Clifford Hill, who died Oct. 19, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center, will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at 10 a.m., at the McCoy Church in McCoy, with David Buttler officiating. Friends may, if they wish, donate to the Wild Cats Association in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Eleanor Dunckley Blomquist

Eleanor Dunckley Blomquist of Craig died Tuesday in Grand Junction.

Measure makes floating checks tougher, riskier

The bill is due Monday.

Hospital patient numbers fall

TMH optimistic about revenue outlook

The Memorial Hospital experienced a slow period throughout August and September, though available funds are ahead of budget for the year.

Prosecutor finds merit in claims

BOCC disagrees with violations finding

This doctor has your back

TMH surgeon honored for spine treatment breakthrough

Out of thousands of entries, a Steamboat Springs doctor and some of his former fellow students came away with one of the best ideas for a business start-up plan --recognition that landed him on the cover of November's issue of Fortune Small Business Magazine and a $50,000 first-place prize.

Safeway workers, grocery store plan to negotiate Wednesday

Employees of Craig's Safeway are heading into contract negotiations Wednesday, and union workers are expected to vote the next day on whether to strike. The local store, which has 45 employees, is scheduled to lead the talks Wednesday with seven other Western Slope grocery stores.

'Trust a handshake'

Turner du Pont moved to Craig three years ago, and continued his business of manufacturing soft goods such as back packs and river gear.

EDP board strategic plan puts focus on communication

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board of directors has a lot of work to do.

Tuesday, November 2

EDP focuses on goals

Arranging priorities, setting attainable goals and understanding their role in the community were just a few of the things eight members of the Craig/ Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board wanted to accomplish Tuesday.

J. Salazar appears to be likely winner

Democrat John Salazar appeared to pull away from Republican Greg Walcher in the bitter and expensive 3rd Congressional District race. With nearly 84 percent of voting precincts reporting results as of midnight, Salazar clung to a narrow 1 percent lead in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.

Hilling in running for Heisman

Hayden senior a state finalist for high school award

Hayden senior Evan Hilling was named a state finalist last week in the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

Senate District 8 leaning toward Taylor

Water is precious in the semi-arid West, and it was the debate about water that seemingly influenced voters' decisions in Colorado Senate District 8.

White retains House seat

Voters returned incumbent Republican Al White to the state House of Representatives with an overwhelming victory against Democratic opponent Sam Robinson of Parachute.

Voters reject fire tax

Fire Chief Nichols hopes city doesn't suffer 'catastrophic loss'

Craig Fire Chief Chris Nichols predicted Tuesday afternoon that votes for the only tax question on the ballot would be close -- but he couldn't have predicted how tight the numbers would turn out.

Gray elected to District 1 seat

Commissioner-elect vows to build county's reserve funds

Tom Gray sat near the entrance of the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, patiently awaiting election results, as his wife, Brenda, anxiously paced the courthouse hallways and stairs.

Tayyara wins commissioner seat

First time since 1978 that former city official elected to county post

Saed Tayyara was awake at 1:30 a.m. on Election Day, too nervous to sleep.

Turnout good, but no record

Newscasters across the nation repeated the same phrase, "record turnout," in the fill-in-the-blank county, in the fill-in-the-blank state.

DA draws line against bad checks

Program requires writers to pay restitution, complete eight-hour class

Domino's Pizza in Craig is sick of coughing up dough to cover the costs of bad checks. Manager Deja Blankenship said the local store accepts nearly 50 bad checks a year, but the company recently has changed its check writing policy-- the store no longer accepts checks from customers who have passed three bad checks in one month.

Sadvar special prosecutor appointed

County Court Judge Mary Lynn James has appointed a special prosecutor in a disorderly conduct case against Austin Sadvar, 12.

Datebook for Nov. 3

Today 8 a.m. Community coat drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., Craig, until noon Friday. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222.

News briefs for Nov. 3

An introduction program designed to teach adults and children over five the basics of skating and hockey begins Tuesday. The cost is $25 for five one-hour sessions at the Moffat County Ice Rink in Loudy-Simpson Park. Ice time is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 23. Skates can be rented for $1 a night. All protective equipment for youths will be provided, but adult equipment is limited. To join this program, sign up at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., or call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Loni Cleverly at 824-8324.

Police blotter for Nov. 3

Jail Report Monday, Nov. 1 • Samantha Ann Guice, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. • Timothy Charles Hampton, 44, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Our view: Frightfully good fun

As much as we've pushed the idea in recent months that voting is an important part of being a good citizen, we saw a great example of good citizenship several days before Tuesday's general election. It didn't involve voter registration drives or early voting either. It involved candy -- lots of it. We've lauded Craig residents on numerous occasions for their support of activities that bring people together and enhance our feelings of civic pride. Saturday's Halloween events were the latest example of how the community strengthens itself though seemingly routine activities. Craig is obviously not the only town in America that coordinates Halloween activities for children. But for the benefit of those who have never lived anywhere else, Craig does an impressive job. We want to acknowledge the contributions of the local business owners who drive the event. Keep in mind that many of these business owners had to come downtown at a time they would typically be enjoying some time away from the office. Yes, there's a degree of public relations involved in participating in the event, but it's not cheap. The store owners dig into their own pockets to buy a lot of candy. The Centennial Mall was packed, and historic downtown Craig looked like a street festival. Whether this detracts from the traditional house-to-house trick-or-treating tradition, many parents welcome being able to go to a safe and fun environment to trick or treat. The Craig City Council did a nice job coordinating the events in town by declaring Saturday the "official" Halloween celebration. Though it had no weight of law behind it, the council's resolution helped get the entire town on the same page. And Craig Fire/Rescue kept things safe for the multitudes of young children parading up and down Yampa Avenue. It's also important to remember that Craig is a rural community, and there still are plenty of families who have to drive in to town to celebrate something such as Halloween. It's nice knowing that they a warm and friendly place to go to. All in all, Halloween was a pleasant reminder that we're first and foremost a community of people who enjoy the amenities of small-town life. Let's keep that in mind, no matter how the presidential election turns out.

Monday, November 1

Bingo! Elks Club unveils remodel

Friday night was the fruition of three years of dreaming for Frank Sadvar, Craig Elks Club's exalted ruler.

Terry Carwile: Craig Member, VFW Post 4265

Your comments about Mr. Pogline's death being a tragedy are absolutely correct. It is troubling that someone would think otherwise.

Wanted: Craig's used sports equipment

New store aims to fill niche for athletic gear

Every day, the shelves at Instant Replay Sports get a little fuller, stocked with new and used hockey and wrestling gear, even a crossbow.

Jane Yazzie: Craig

In a letter to the editor printed Oct. 28, I wrote that county commissioners had proposed that the Moffat County School Board contribute part of the Natural Resource Department director's salary.

Election 2004

Up-to-the-minute results

Here's how Moffat County voted in the 2004 general election: With all precincts reporting in Moffat County: County Commissioner District 1 Terry Carwile (D) 1823 (33%) Tom Gray (R) 3730 (67%) County Commissioner District 2 Saed Tayyara (R) 3688 (68%) Stan Hathhorn (I) 1703 (32%) Referendum 4A (Craig Rural Fire Protection District mill levy increase) Yes 2204 (44%) No 2772 (56%)

VNA gets 1,000 flu shots

Healthy people need not apply

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association should receive at least 1,000 flu vaccines this winter.

The power of the ballot

Voting means different things to different people

The word "idiot" came to the English language from the Greek. In ancient Athens, "idiotes" were citizens who didn't not vote or otherwise take part in public life.

Police blotter for Nov. 2

Jail Report Thursday, Oct. 28 • Jason Eric Thomas, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Michelle Workman Occupation: Student and courtesy clerk at City Market.

News briefs for Nov. 2

All veterans, spouses, widows and widowers of veterans are welcome at the annual Veterans Dinner sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars local chapter, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Elks Club and the American Legion. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Craig Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Diplomas will be awarded to those veterans who have applied. Those interested in attending must RSVP by Thursday. Call Dora at 824-2251.

Datebook for Nov. 2

Today VOTE! Centennial Mall is the voting location for most voters in the area. Call the Independent Life Center at 826-0833 if you live in Craig and need a ride.