Stories for October 2004


Sunday, October 31

Making a difference one life at at time

Learning Spanish doubled DeAnn Gonzalez's opportunities to help in her community

DeAnn Gonzalez serves people -- whether it's food and drinks or license plates.

Survey shows Americans underestimate fire risk

Americans underestimate their risk of fire, a new survey from the National Fire Protection Association has found. Choosing from a list of disasters, 31 percent of those surveyed said they felt most at risk for tornadoes, while only 27 percent named fire as the highest risk, followed by hurricanes (14 percent), earthquakes (9 percent), floods (9 percent) and terrorist attacks (5 percent).

Age taking toll on Last Frontiers group

After 18 years as president of the Preserving the Last Frontiers group, Vic Beckett of Craig is afraid the organization might be nearing an end.

Bush cabinet member in Craig

Interior Secretary Gale Norton stumps for president

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton stopped in Craig Sunday as part of a last-minute push to get Coloradans to the polls on Tuesday and to warn voters that a Kerry-Edwards administration could have repercussions for the West.

Helen O. Moore

Helen O. Moore, longtime Craig resident, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary.

Boys not satisfied with seventh

COLORADO SPRINGS -- It's a tradition that on the Thursday before the state cross country meet the Moffat County High School team runs the Bulldog Mile. It's a final tune-up before the meet in which they line up on the track and run as fast as they can in the mile.

Expanding horizons

Agency finds housing for people with disabilities

Linda Roper can thread a needle using only one hand. She has to.

Business profile

Name: Debbie Belleville Name of Business/Address: Alpine Title of Moffat County, 101 W. Victory Way, in Craig, 826-4010.

Trip to Dinosaur inspires author

Deborah Kogan Ray, a well-known children's book author and illustrator, visits Craig often, but her trip last week was for a different purpose than usual.

Datebook for Nov. 1

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.

Tears of joy: Girls take second at state

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The tears shed by members of the Moffat County High School girls cross country team Saturday were everything but tears of sadness.

News briefs for Nov. 1

Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists are reporting success rates equal to or higher than previous years for the 2004 deer and elk second rifle season for most areas of the state. Based on field reports, deer success rates in particular have increased over what had been seen in recent years. The higher success rates could be indicating a comeback for Colorado's deer population, which has been hindered due to the drought that has gripped the state for the past several years. The DOW is reminding hunters who plan on hunting during the upcoming third and fourth big game rifle seasons to enjoy the high success rates, but, most importantly, to be safe while in the field. Hunters continue to do well north of Craig in the Black Mountain, Bear's Ears and Quaker mountain areas for both deer and elk. DOW Biologist Darby Finley said the same is true in the Williams Fork drainage and in the Indian Run State Wildlife Area south of Craig. Deer hunting was good on the Cathedral Rim during the second season, but the rest of the Piceance Creek Basin did not provide high success rates. There were some elk taken in the Blacks Gulch and Colorow Mountain areas west of Meeker, but the deer hunting was slow. Higher elk success rates during the second season were found in the wilderness areas, but overall success rates for both deer and elk were low south of the White River. Hunters with licenses for the third and fourth seasons should rest assured that success rates could jump dramatically if any significant weather events hit the area. DOW biologist Jim Hicks said the elk harvest during the first part of the second season in the Yampa Valley was low due to the fact that many of the elk moved onto private land, and the elk that remained on public property had done a good job of eluding hunters. Deer hunters were more successful with some large bucks being taken. Deer and elk hunters in North Park experienced high success rates. Boys and Girls Club receives $20,000 grant The Boys and Girls Club of Craig has received a $20,000 Daniels Fund grant to assist in the renovation of the gymnasium and to support general operating expenses. The fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Club president Pres Askew and his wife, Patti, met Daniels in 1983 and had the opportunity to get to know him during the next several years. "Bill was an outstanding individual and a great business man. He would be pleased to know that a substantial part of the money Patti and I contributed to help establish our club came from investments we made in some of Bill's cable partnerships in the 1980s. Now, the charitable foundation he established is also assisting our community to provide an outstanding facility and programs for our youth," Askew said. The Boys and Girls Club of Craig started June 14 with 70 members and now has more than 250 members. In addition to serving youths of the community, the club makes its building available to a large number of other community organizations. Jonathan Godes, Executive Director for the BGCC, project that membership will reach 350 by the end of this year and 500 or more by June. For more information about the BGCC, call 826-0411.

Friday, October 29

Homeowners prove Halloween not just for kids

Trick-or-treaters making the rounds in Craig neighborhoods tonight should beware of a few houses.

CNCC seeks input on 3-year plan

Colorado Northwestern Community College wants Northwest Colorado residents to have a say in the college's three-year strategic plan.

Star student: Caitlin Harjes

Third-grader Caitlin Harjes is a little shy when it comes to talking about herself, but others aren't.

Naomi A. Hefton: 1943-2004

Meeker resident Naomi A. Hefton died Oct. 18, 2004, at Ruth Hospice in Milwaukee, Wis. She was 61.

Walcher makes final push through Craig

Congressional candidate Greg Walcher made a final push through Northwest Colorado on Friday. The next time he comes here, he said, he'll be on his victory tour.

Extension filed for charges in shooting

Prosecutors and defense teams have been court-approved for a Nov. 29 extension to file charges against a juvenile who is being held in connection with the Oct. 22 shooting death of James Calvin Pogline, a prosecutor said Friday.

Bulldogs grab ugly win

PUEBLO -- Keith Lane's Pueblo West High School football team only had played one top 10 ranked team in eight games this season. In his team's 14-9 loss to No. 4 Moffat County, he wasn't that impressed.

Wagon Wheel Deli opens

MEEKER -- If you've got a hankering for crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, good old fashion gumbo, or even baby back ribs, there's a new restaurant in town waiting for you.

David Pressgrove: Over the hill

Snow, snow, go away, come again some other day -- preferably when all of the Moffat County High School athletics teams don't have to travel through the Rocky Mountains for the weekend.

Births for Oct. 30

Garrett Dean Anson Mardi and Mike Anson of Craig announce the birth of their son, Garrett Dean Anson, at 8:31 p.m., Oct. 25, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The blotter for Oct. 30

Law enforcement Craig police Thursday, Oct. 17 Officers responded to a call regarding a suicide attempt.

Betty Kincher: Cheers

Cheers to Bob Herbert and New York Times News Service. The article in Saturday's (Oct. 23) paper surely hit the nail on the head.

Barbara Crawford: Exposure to God

Thank you for publishing thought-provoking letters from members of our community. I read the letter section first, I suppose because the people of our area matter to me, and pondering issues that matter to them brings us closer to understanding each other. Last week you ran a letter from the Rev. Gay Albers. I enjoy this woman as a person, and her letter certainly made me think. I do not recommend theft of political signs any more than I recommend theft of vehicles or yard ornaments or any other thing. On a different level, though, I began to wonder whether Jesus could be a Democrat.

Referrals rising

Hospital officials: Increase in MRI scans shows profit potential

The numbers of Magnetic Resonance Imagining scans have skyrocketed in a little more than two weeks since The Memorial Hospital entered into an interim lease agreement with Northwest Health Specialists -- a medical group that owns and houses Craig's only MRI machine.

Falling mercury means time to check furnace

Every year, as other people go home to celebrate the holidays with their families, heating contractors are working late.

Our View: A tragedy

Craig took a step backward this week. One of our residents was shot in the head and many people seem unfazed -- dare we say relieved, or even satisfied -- by his tragic demise.

Students have fun with anti-drug activities

Students in Moffat County have elected to be drug free and wore red, white and blue Wednesday to show their commitments.

Thursday, October 28

Joe Herod: Craig

Serving on the Craig City Council, I have a whole new appreciation for all the time and energy that elected officials, community board members and committee volunteers spend serving their community. Therefore, I have decided to tell you about two gentlemen who are running for the upcoming county commissioner race.

Our view: Clean campaigns are winners

We gave the candidates for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District an opportunity to make a direct appeal to voters on our opinion pages Thursday.

Police blotter for Oct. 29

Jail Report Monday, Oct. 25 • Timothy Lawrence Stauffer, 35, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

News briefs for Oct. 29

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig has received a $20,000 Daniels Fund grant to assist in the renovation of the gymnasium and to support general operating expenses. The fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable TV known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Club president Pres Askew and his wife, Patti, met Daniels in 1983 and had the opportunity to get to know him during the next several years. "Bill was an outstanding individual and a great business man. He would be pleased to know that a substantial part of the money Patti and I contributed to help establish our club came from investments we made in some of Bill's cable partnerships in the 1980s. Now the charitable foundation he established is also assisting our community to provide an outstanding facility and programs for our youth," said Askew. The Boys and Girls Club of Craig was started on June 14 with 70 members and now has more than 250 members. In addition to serving youths of the community, the club makes its building available to a large number of other community President John Allen at 824-6761.

Senate District 8 candidates sound off: Jay Fetcher, Democrat

The time for change in the state Senate is upon us on the Western Slope. I've said many times that the reason I'm running to be your next state senator are my three daughters. Why? I think they deserve better and so do you. Look around: Our current leadership is leaving our children a future filled with debt, a crumbling public education system, skyrocketing health care costs and an inability to look toward the future. I will fight for local control of schools, quality health care and to protect and preserve our water. With 35 years of public service experience, I have the backbone to stand up to Denver interests and that is exactly what I'll do.

Mutilated cattle case draws author's interest

Private investigator Christopher O'Brien has researched numerous cases of mutilated cattle in Colorado in the past 30 years, but a recent local discovery marks one of the first he's seen in years.

Early voting surges

County's 3,000th voter casts ballot

At 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Lisa Sperl walked into the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office ready to vote.

Jordanna Miller

Jordanna Miller, daughter of Chris and Joyce Miller of Craig, has been selected as one of Who's Who among American High School Students for the 2003-2004 school year.

Front runners pivotal for state meet

It wasn't too long ago -- two years to be exact -- that the Moffat County High School girls cross country team went into the state meet with three front-running seniors. The team finished second mainly because of three top-15 finishes from the seniors.

Quest program offers age-appropriate religious teaching

Craig youths have a fun, interactive way to learn about the Bible, thanks to an after-school program called Quest.

Forrest Austin Siminoe

Kamisha Siminoe and David Siminoe of Craig announce the birth of their son, Forrest Austin Siminoe, at 12:20 a.m., Oct. 22, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

School Board considers changing 'Let's Listen'

Moffat County residents likely will have to get on the agenda to address the Board of Education if policy changes discussed Thursday are implemented.


Melanie Anne Peters and Casey John Kilpatrick were united in marriage Aug. 14, 2004. The outdoor ceremony took place at Sleepy Cat Guest Ranch in Meeker, Colo. Pastor Troy Lewis of Oceanside, Calif., officiated. A luncheon reception and dance followed the ceremony.

Bulldogs see playoff similarites in road trip

Moffat County takes on Pueblo West

When he watched the tape of the Moffat County High School vs. Palisade football game, Pueblo West football coach Keith Lane couldn't help but have flashbacks.

Volleyball team looks for upsets

Bulldogs face No.1 Cheyenne Mountain at 4 p.m. today

The Moffat County High School volleyball team hopes that all of its fight wasn't used up in the come-from-behind victory at Delta last Friday.

Ian Zachery Trevenen

Jaime Trevenen and Clay Trevenen of Craig announce the birth of their son, Ian Zachery Trevenen, Oct. 24, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Valeria Dennise Salas-Martinez

Wendy Martinez and Alejandro Salas of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Valeria Dennise Salas-Martinez, at 12:04 p.m., Oct. 9, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Clinton Joe Green

Clinton Joe Green of Craig was among 2,895 seniors, graduate students and doctoral candidates received degrees in spring graduation ceremonies at Colorado State University.

Student fee increase approved

Education board removes $100 cap for athletics participation

Moffat County parents will be paying higher fees next year when their children sign up to be in a high school sport.

The right tools for parenting job

It doesn't matter what your affliction is -- there's a support group for it.

Senate District 8 candidates sound off: Jack Taylor, Republican

Dear Citizens of Senate District 8:

Dinosaur school scrutinized

Board: Charter facility violated contract

Students at the Dinosaur Community Charter School will be able to finish this year, but whether they'll have a school in Dinosaur to attend next year is questionable.

When wolves arrive

Management team ponders plan for established packs

Members of Colorado's wolf working group say they've come to an agreement on how to manage wolves that migrate to the state.

Datebook for Oct. 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 1 1/2 hours and are available every day. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for October are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

State brand board increases fees

Move is response to less revenue for Division of Brand Inspection

The drought is hurting Colorado agriculture, including rural cattlemen and the Division of Brand Inspection.

Carol Brett-Beumer: Craig

I have known Saed Tayyara for more than 25 years. During that time I have seen him in the role of businessman, city councilman and mayor of Craig.

Robert Grubb: Craig

I write to thank the editor for his coverage of the past Monday meeting of AARP where three of our four candidates for commissioner met to discuss views with each other and with the audience. Again, thank you for the coverage. It was a great two-hour meeting.

Karma Nicole Mager

Dirley Lighthizer and Phillip Mager of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Karma Nicole Mager, at 9:44 a.m., Oct. 11, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday, October 27

3rd District congressional candidates speak out: John Salazar, Democrat

The upcoming election in November has given all of us the opportunity to come together and affect real change.

News briefs for Oct. 28

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group, led by Gail Severson, is an opportunity for arthritis sufferers to talk with others who understand the condition and its related medicines. The first meeting was Oct. 14, and nine people attended. Severson said those in attendance were grateful to have the support of others with the same condition. The next meeting will be held Nov. 11 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. If you would like to attend, call Gail Severson at 824-0304.

City revenues down

Conservative budgeting and careful spending means city officials aren't overly concerned about less-than-anticipated sales tax revenue for August.

Council OKs recycling program

Craig likely will offer its residents a recycling program by May, but it won't come free.

Volleyball players show growth

When volleyball players reach the varsity level, time shouldn't be spent teaching them how to pinpoint a serve. That was supposed to be ingrained during their time on the freshman and JV teams.

Lucy Adell Bowman

Lucy Adell Bowman of Grand Junction, died Oct. 23, 2004, at Mesa Manor Care Center. She was 88.

New equipment on hospital's radar

$41,000 investment will allow patients to have spine surgeries performed locally

A Steamboat Springs doctor persuaded hospital board members that a $41,000 investment in start-up equipment for spinal surgery could result in large financial returns.

3rd District congressional candidates speak out: Greg Walcher, Republican

Northwest Colorado is important to me. I've worked on issues that matter to this area my entire professional life. From fighting to ensure public access to our public lands, to demanding accountability from the federal government regarding the abuse of the Endangered Species Act, to the enlargement of Elkhead reservoir, I am proud of the work I've been a part of with the local communities in this area. I have been coming to Moffat County since my time on the staff of U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, during my time as the head of Club 20 and as the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Jane Yazzie: Craig

To the editor: We all are aware that the county commissioners have sought additional revenues for the county budget. We also may be aware that they asked the Moffat County School Board in August to consider paying a portion of the salary of the County Natural Resources Department director who is devoting increased time to negotiating oil/gas leases with oil companies that want to access subsurface oil and gas on lands where the subsurface mineral rights are owned by the county. The commissioners reasoned that, because by state law 55 percent of leasing fees a county receives from giving access to its subsurface-owned minerals must be distributed to its local school district, such a school district should be willing to underwrite development of those subsurface properties.

Business keeps Severson busy

Gail Severson isn't good at being idle.

Drug case bound over for trial

Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James on Wednesday bound over to district court a case that alleges a Thornton man who lived at Cedar Mountain Village possessed more than 8 pounds of marijuana that he intended to sell.

Craig wastewater treatment plant contaminated with petroleum

For 30 minutes Wednesday morning, Craig wastewater- treatment plant's 3,600-cubic foot grid chamber ran black.

Datebook for Oct. 28

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. Each session costs $2.50 and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for October are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

Against all odds

Socialist Workers Party candidate stumps in Craig

A woman campaigning as the vice-presidential candidate for the Socialist Workers Party stumped for votes in Craig on Wednesday.

Police blotter for Oct. 28

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Oct. 26 • A trespasser was reported at Timberglen Apartments.

Tuesday, October 26

Linda Gaffe: Craig

It saddens me that I have to bring my Kerry/Edwards yard sign in my house at night for fear of someone stealing it. Maybe it's the same people that stole my glider out of my front yard some time ago. It sure seems strange that I don't hear about anyone stealing Bush/Cheney yard signs. What does this tell you?

Teen detained in Pogline death

A district court judge decided Tuesday to detain a 16-year-old boy in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old James Calvin Pogline.

City: Halloween is Saturday

So as not to confuse Craig parents or get children overly excited about the possibility of collecting candy twice, the Craig City Council on Tuesday proclaimed Saturday as the official night for trick-or-treating in Craig.

County increases landfill fees

Even an increase in tipping fees at the Moffat County Landfill won't help solve the county's tire-disposal problem.

Datebook for Oct. 27

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. Each session costs $2.50, and skate rental is available for $3 a day. Take-home schedules for October are available at the Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 824-3011.

News briefs for Oct. 27

Two Craig juveniles recently admitted to vandalizing a Bureau of Land Management sign on Duffy Mountain. The large sign, advising visitors to the Little Yampa Canyon Special Recreation Management Area of travel restrictions, was shot multiple times and damaged. The juveniles have agreed to pay $230 for replacing the sign, and each juvenile will spend one day cleaning popular campsites on BLM public lands. "Signs are placed on public lands to inform visitors, who not only pay for those signs through their taxes but also contribute a great deal to the local economy. Vandalizing signs wastes taxpayers' money and penalizes everyone," BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Gail Mullen said. Those choosing to target shoot on public lands are reminded to shoot responsibly and always pick up spent shell casings. Leave an area in better condition than it was found so that others may enjoy their public lands, too.

City gives ultimatum to businessman Spikes

Thousands of dollars are on the line if within two weeks Toby Spikes, owner of Action Motor Sports, doesn't comply with an agreement with conditions that he already is two weeks late in meeting.

Our view: Let's top 1992 election turnout

Election Day is less than a week away, and the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office is busy this week attending to what appears to be a record turnout for early voting.

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors

On Tuesday -- Election Day -- the Board of Directors of the Craig Rural Fire Protection will present you with Referendum 4A. In supporting this referendum, the average increase in residential taxes will be about $6. You may ask yourself the following questions:

Police blotter for Oct. 27

Jail Report Monday, Oct. 25 • Christine Lyne Duran, 30, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of amphetamines, possession of a synthetic narcotic, violation of bail bonds, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Craig Police Department Monday, Oct. 25 • Officers returned a runaway.

Beth Zaring: Wellston, Ohio

I recently spent less than one day in Craig and was very impressed with the helpfulness and friendliness of the people I encountered. My mission in Craig was to do some genealogical work. From about 1911 to 1935, my great great Uncle, Dr James G. Clayton, was the physician, chiropractor, county health officer, coroner, one term mayor, medical examiner, surgeon and sheriff of Craig and Moffat County. I am grateful to the Museum of Northwest Colorado for its assistance and the Craig Daily Press for access to newspapers. Dr. Clayton had no children and no descendants. I am researching his life for a Clayton family publication. If anyone has any recollections about Dr. J.G. Clayton, I would be very happy to learn about them.

Ilagrace Harms

Funeral services for Ilagrace Harms, a lifelong resident of Steamboat Springs, who died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction, will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at 2 p.m., from the United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Oman officiating. Graveside services to follow at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Marthella Beck

Funeral services for Marthella Beck will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Craig Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

No state highway maintenance funds for Moffat County

The Colorado Department of Transportation's tight financial situation could lead Moffat County down a bumpy road in the next few years.

James C. Pogline: 1972-2004

In loving memory of James Calvin Pogline, who at the age of 4 accepted Christ as his personal Savior and now lives with Him in Heaven.

Lions send Bulldogs home

Mountain View beats Moffat County, 6-1

LOVELAND -- Welcome to Front Range soccer.

Monday, October 25

Clerk's office swamped

Early voting on pace to top primary

Whether it's the issues, the candidates or the feeling of civic responsibility that are driving people to the polls, voters are getting there early and often.

Bob Sweeney: Native son

First, let me compliment you on the vast improvements that you have made in The Craig Daily Press.

Rev. Gay Albers: Moffat County resident

Sorry, teenagers. I hate to assume that you are responsible for taking a John Kerry campaign sign out of my yard (and the yards of many others in Craig), but it would be much more embarrassing and less understandable if adults did such a petty, sophomoric thing. You, at least, have a little better excuse for acting immature.

Police blotter for Oct. 26

Jail Report Friday, Oct. 22 • Paul Casey Linsalato, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to pay a fine. • Beth Ann Bartleson, 33, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of obstructing a police officer. • Augustine Gerald Gutierrez, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of unlawful distribution, manufacture, dispensing/sale/possession of an illegal substance, driving under restraint and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Tony DeRose Occupation: Owner/operator, Identity Graphics LLC

Pregnancy Center's fund-raiser set for Friday

At the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, 30 gallons of chili can turn into thousands of diapers.

Daily Press honored for excellence

The Craig Daily Press received two national writing awards from the Inland Press Association on Monday during the association's annual awards presentation in Chicago.

James C. Pogline

James C. Pogline of Craig died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

News briefs for Oct. 26

Erik Molvar, wildlife biologist and author of "Wild Wyoming," will present a photographic tour of Wyoming lands Wednesday, featuring the Red Desert, some of Wyoming's wildest and most endangered public land. The Red Desert extends southward into Colorado and is of great ecological significance to Northwestern Colorado. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Colorado and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. A book signing and discussion will follow the presentation. Call Tim at 826-0927.

Soccer kicks off playoffs today

Bulldogs make first postseason appearance in 12 years

Jeff Hammond thinks that for his team to get better it must play teams on the Front Range. He is hoping to schedule several trips over the mountains for next year. Today, the Moffat County High School boys soccer coach and his team will get an early peek at Front Range competition.

Datebook for Oct. 26

Today The Craig Intermediate School Science Department is having an Earth Treasure Fair this week during school hours, 201 E. Ninth St. Jewelry, key chains, desk sets, and other items made from rocks, minerals and fossils will be available for purchase. The money raised will pay for a science presentation for all of the students. Call 824-3287.

Put positive energy into voting

A few days ago I was asked by the Craig Daily Press to write a guest editorial on the subject of the election and the importance of voting.

Candidates oppose state amendments

AARP hosts commissioner hopefuls at forum Monday

Tom Gray says voters should elect the candidates they identify with philosophically.

Pogline inquiry moving slowly

No charges filed in shooting death

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials remained tight-lipped about the Friday shooting of James Calvin Pogline at Timberglen Apartments. Pogline, 32, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital after being taken off life support.

Sunday, October 24

News briefs for Oct. 25

Jim and Ann Dodd of Craig were named "Volunteers of the Year" by the Boys and Girls Club of Craig at the club's first recognition program Saturday. Accolades for the Dodds included developing the plans for renovating the clubhouse, organizing volunteers to do much of the work, and retaining and overseeing the various contractors and vendors involved in the eight-month project. "Choosing the volunteers of the year will probably never again be as easy as this year," said Pres Askew, club president. "Jim and Ann were clearly the obvious choices." About 200 supporters of the club, most of whom were in attire suitable for the "Roaring Twenties Costume Cabaret" theme, watched the "Charleston Revue" danced by Julie Baker, Kelly Cook, Terri Jourgensen, Brenda McKey and Shannon Samuelson and choreographed by Gail Severson. The revelers were then offered, and many accepted, Charleston lessons by the troupe. State Sen. Jack Taylor was honored as the "Man of the Year." "Each year we want to recognize as our 'Man or Woman of the Year' someone who not only has made a positive impact on our club, but who has contributed to the quality of life for citizens in Northwest Colorado," Askew said. Taylor was lauded for his "tireless efforts" in assisting the club organizers and community leaders with the acquisition and renovations of the old National Guard armory building that houses the Boys and Girls Club and the Moffat County School District's Alternative School. Master of ceremonies Kirk McKey delighted the crowd with his humor while moving the evening along at a fast pace.

Datebook for Oct. 25

Today 8 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon through Nov. 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222.

Bulldogs bring their brooms

Moffat County sweeps boys, girls regional cross country titles

It was a subtle change, really, but one coach Dustin Ence wanted to make.

Salazar campaigns in Craig

Democrat tackles hot-button issues such as war on terrorism, drugs

With Election Day just more than a week away, U.S. Senate candidate Ken Salazar made time between his visit to the Moffat County Courthouse for the domestic violence vigil and his next stop in Meeker on Saturday evening to address some of the issues of his campaign.

Vigil honors victims of domestic violence

A large crowd of area residents donning purple ribbons gathered at the Moffat County Courthouse Saturday evening for a vigil held in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

James Pogline, shooting victim, dies

The victim of Friday night's shooting at Timberglen Apartments was James Calvin Pogline, who died Saturday afternoon at The Memorial Hospital after doctors removed him from life support, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

Agency targets mental health

Program helps patients handle problems

Editor's note: The name of the woman who shared her story of mental health problems has been changed because of the stigma associated with such disorders.

Business profile

Name: Rich Sadvar, M.S., P.T.

A couple of contrasting styles

For the Shermans, their businesses reflect their different personalities

Mary Kay Sherman and her husband Jonny have complementary personalities, though you might not guess it just by walking into their neighboring stores.

Marthella Beck

Former Craig resident Marthella Beck died Saturday in Billings, Mont. Services are pending.

Friday, October 22

Student 'shows great promise'

Sixth-grader Cassie Anderson isn't sure which of her two loves she wants to turn into a career.

CNCC-Meeker connection discussed

Colorado Northwestern Community College's presence in Meeker was one of the topics discussed at the joint board meeting held in Craig on Wednesday.

Keira Abigail Fonseca

Graciela Galindo and Lino Ebed Fonseca announce the birth of their daughter, Keira Abigail Fonseca, at 9:59 p.m., Oct. 13, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for Oct. 23

The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring a special English riding lesson package for today and next Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds indoor arena in Hayden. The cost is $50 for the two-day package. For times and information, call instructor Becky Thayer at 824-0311.

County seeks tax exclusion

The Moffat County commissioners plan to sign an application Tuesday to exclude the county from a state statute restricting property tax revenue growth.

Police blotter for Oct. 23

Law enforcement Jail report Craig police

Man shot in Craig

Shooting victim in critical condition

An unidentified man suffered a gunshot wound to the head in a shooting at Timberglen Apartments on Friday night.

Our View: The value of Crime Stoppers

In the past few weeks, we've seen Craig residents becoming more involved in learning what they can do to combat the drug problem in Craig.

Turning lives around

Alternative school making a difference

Jessica Seales misses singing in the choir. She misses her friends. She misses pep rallies.

Bowling through the Bears

Bulldogs run over Rifle, 28-14

It's a good thing for the Moffat County High School football team that senior Tyler Pike has a good memory.

Michael Simones

Michael Simones has been accepted as a member of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine A.T. Still University, Class of 2008.

Healing naturally

Alternative therapies growing in Craig

After Carol Wright had severe back problems, she found exercise nearly impossible. When she heard about infrared saunas, she and her brother Daniel bought one for their store right away.

Rangely plan includes off-road vehicle park

In the past few decades, it's been fashionable for cities and municipalities to produce master plans. On Oct. 12, Rangely's government voted unanimously to approve a comprehensive plan. The plan incorporates strategies for growth and economic development for the next 20 years.

District overhauls teacher evaluation process

Moffat County School District teachers have described annual employee evaluations as stressful, subjective, too long, one-size-fits-all, dog-and-pony-show performances.

Shooting victim dies

The victim of Friday night's shooting at Timberglen Apartments was James Calvin Pogline, who died Saturday afternoon at The Memorial Hospital after doctors removed him from life support, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

David Pressgrove: The great soccer debate

I was waiting to conduct an interview at Moffat County High School this week, and I had a couple of minutes to waste.

DUI limits changing attitudes on drinking

Attitudes may be shifting in the public realm whether it's worth it to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to local statistics.

Landowners negotiate pipelines

When Paul Anderson's family bought 512 acres of ranchland along the Moffat County-Wyoming border last February, they knew a pipeline had been constructed there 12 years ago. Paul's mother, Bev, could see the disturbed ground.

Thursday, October 21

Bell ringers needed for kettle campaign

Soon, Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing their bells, encouraging shoppers to drop change in their kettles.

Funding woes put future of Sherman Youth Camp in limbo

The future of Sherman Youth Camp is on hold.

John R. Anderson: Craig

To the editor: As we near Election Day and prepare to exercise our precious freedom and responsibility to vote, it might be wise to consider what two great Americans from our past had to say about it.

Sandy Orgoglioso: Moffat County

To the editor: We all have ups and downs in life, and things usually turn out good and we do fine. During one of my down times, Cory Hixson helped me with some heavy work. I'll never forget the kindness and heart he brought to his work as he helped me. He just gave up an eye in service to us, his country.

Our view: Diplomas say 'thank you' to veterans

This Veterans Day marks the fourth year that we will commemorate the sacrifices of our military servicemen and women at a time when we are a nation at war.

Police blotter for Oct. 22

Jail Report Wednesday, Oct. 20 • Michael James Balen, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of contempt of court and failure to comply. • Paul Casey Linsalato, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Matthew Dean Shepherd, 19, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of contempt of court.

City, county work to level economic playing field

Competition to get certain companies to locate in a specific county is fierce. And those companies know it.

Judge dismisses case against Moffat County

Former worker said Sheriff's Office violated settlement agreement with former employee

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a case that alleges the Moffat County Sheriff's Office officials violated a 1997 settlement agreement with a former employee.

News briefs for Oct. 22

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for 22 Colorado families to host high school students from various countries beginning in January 2005. The students are between 15 and 18 years old and will attend local high school for one semester. They are prescreened, speak English and look forward to learning about our culture and teaching you about their culture and country. The teens will have medical insurance and their own spending money. Host families are not paid but may be able to claim a $50 a month charitable contribution on their income tax. Single parents, retirees and families with children of any age are encouraged to participate. Call 1-800-894-7633 for more information. PIE is a nonprofit educational organization.

Bring on the beetles: Monument turns to insects to fight tamarisks

A Chinese beetle with an appetite for tamarisk may help solve Dinosaur National Monument's invasive weed problem.

Tackling drugs

Landlords discuss meth problem

Local law enforcement officers have called her a guardian angel, but apartment complex manager Jackie Urie says she's merely serious about stemming criminal behavior in Craig.

Datebook for Oct. 22

Today 8 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon through Nov. 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222.

Doing the Charleston

Costume cabaret is fund-raiser for Boys and Girls Club

Those wondering what Mayor Dave DeRose would look like in a zoot suit will have a chance to find out Saturday at the "Roaring Twenties Costume Cabaret."

Dinnertime goes to the dogs

I caught 3-year-old Nikki dangling her hot dog-topped fork in front of the dog. I'm not sure whether she was feeding him or teasing him.

Expert discusses future of water

Water is a big issue in Colorado and, according to the state natural resource director, Russell George, it will continue to be a hot topic.

Runners primed for titles

After four years of running cross country, Steve Crisp's body still welcomes a taper.

Parity apparent in today's matchup


Moffat County courts going paperless -- slowly

Trekking down to the courts to retrieve legal documents is slowly becoming a thing of the past in Moffat County thanks to an electronic filing system that slowly is gaining momentum locally.

Wednesday, October 20

Atmos proposes rate hike for natural gas

Residents who aren't happy about the high cost of gasoline at the pump can look forward to another increase in gas prices -- this time natural gas.

The great escape

Hunt isn't just about the kill

The mercury was at 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and Black Mountain was covered with a light snow.

Police blotter for Oct. 21

Jail Report Tuesday, Oct. 19 • Gary D. Gerber, 33, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of bond revocation.

Datebook for Oct. 21

Today Today is the last day to register for Friday's Healthy Lunch. Call 824-9180.

The American Legion and Auxiliary

To the editor: The American Legion fall conference was in Craig on Oct. 2 for districts 13 and 14. The First Christian Church hosted the event. Districts 13 and 14 encompass the areas from Grand Junction to Granby, all of which had members in attendance.

Cris Criswell: Craig

I'm writing about the Kerry/Edwards signs that have been disappearing in town.

Dawn Prescott: Fremont, Neb.

To the editor: On Oct. 13, 2001, I was traveling with my son's high school band when our school bus, which did not have seat belts, careened off a bridge and plunged 60 feet into a creek bed. My 14-year-old son, Benjamin, died at the scene. I was critically injured. Three other passengers, including my friend seated next to me, also lost their lives.

Golf course remains open

The light dusting of snow this week signaled the coming of winter, but it didn't mean the closing of the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

News briefs for Oct. 21

Caring for Colorado Foundation has awarded grants to two health care programs in Moffat County. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received a $40,000 grant to support women's health services for low-income and uninsured women in Moffat and Routt counties. The foundation also awarded the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition $450,000 during three years to open a new safety-net dental clinic to serve low-income children in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

31 years with car dealership not enough for Craig woman

Edith Martin worked at Cook Chevrolet while its owner, Scott Cook, was in high school.

Calls for police show increase

Craig Police officers are responding to average of 150 more calls a month this year, officials said.

EDP grants have effect

After awarding two new Growing Local Business grants Wednesday, Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board members heard two examples of just how successful the first round of grants was.

Volleyball must win to continue

This time around there will be no surprises.

CNCC ponders ways to cut $420K from budget

Discussion began Wednesday about required budget cuts by the state for community colleges at the joint meeting of the Colorado Northwestern Community College boards.

Tuesday, October 19

S.V. Beckett: Craig

To the editor: About county mineral interests: I have no problem with the county owning minerals. However, I do have a problem with the commissioners telling us that negotiating the leases is expensive.

Craig Marine loses eye in Fallujah explosion

Cory Hixson, 21, of Craig, who is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, lost his left eye during a five-hour battle in Fallujah, Iraq, this weekend.

Commissioner sets deadline for library study

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos set an informal deadline of Dec. 15 for the completion of a study to determine the cause of employee turnover at the Moffat County Library.

Sheriff probes mutilated cattle

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is investigating the mutilation and killing of three area cows.

Former Holiday Inn manager returns

Fifteen months after she left, Mikki O'Brien is back in Craig and at the helm of the Holiday Inn.

Author visits Craig

Emerita Romero-Anderson wants the children of Craig to be effective writers.

Program helps families find common ground

Seeing a need to give teens and their parents the same tools offered to parents of smaller children through the Parent's Toolbox program, several Craig residents have collaborated to expand what has been until now only a court-ordered diversion program.

Nurse pleads guilty to felony drug charge

A registered nurse at The Memorial Hospital pleaded guilty in district court Tuesday to the felony charge of unlawfully attempting to obtain the drug Percocet.

Parent's Toolbox returns with more advice

To do a job right, a person needs the right tools. Parenting is no different.

Linda Kay Eberle: 1947-2004

Linda Kay Eberle of Fort Morgan died Oct. 17, 2004, at her home after a long bout with brain cancer. She was 57.

Seventh-graders win title

The seventh-grade Craig Middle School volleyball team gave a shock Saturday when it defeated top-seeded Meeker in the district championship.

Learn-to-skate program offered again

John Ponikvar had skated when he was in high school but he had never played hockey. The Craig Youth Hockey Association's Introduction to Skating and Hockey program was the perfect chance for him to learn the sport.

News briefs for Oct. 20

Fifteen technical reports that provide support documentation for Colorado's draft 2030 Statewide transportation plan, "Moving Colorado: Vision for the Future," are available for public review and comment. The reports provide detailed information for the 2030 statewide transportation plan and represent a comprehensive effort to develop a systemwide transportation vision for the state. Hard copies of the summary plan and CDs for the Corridor Visions and Technical Reports are available at the Craig Library, 570 Green St. Reports also can be viewed online at

Police blotter for Oct. 20

Jail Report Monday, Oct. 18 • Shaun Phillip Sanchez, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation. • Jedeiah Baptiste Pourier, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear.

Datebook for Oct. 20

Today 8 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon Nov. 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222.

Our view: Amendment 36: Wrong measure,wrong time

We're not convinced that the Electoral College system is the best way to determine the outcome of a presidential election. But we don't think Amendment 36 on the Nov. 2 ballot will solve the problem.

County mulls satellite map purchase for fire prevention

A set of Moffat County maps could have the potential to save lives.

Monday, October 18

Cross country sweeps Palisade

The Moffat County High School cross country teams showed Friday in Palisade that they are improving faster than their competitors.

James Simos: Yampa Valley Electric Board member

In November, Colorado will be the first state in the country to hold a statewide vote on renewable energy. The ballot measure calls for 10 percent of Colorado's electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2015. I think Amendment 37 will take the electric industry in the wrong direction, and cost consumers a lot of money.

The birth of a patriot

When does something such as patriotism start in life?

Christi Ruppe : Western Colorado Congress, Steamboat Springs

In response to the the Craig Daily Press' recent editorial opposing Amendment 37, I would like to offer your readers some facts to consider setting the record straight:

News briefs for Oct. 19

CollegeInvest is accepting entries for its fourth annual "Who Wants to Be a College Student?" contest. The organization will give away $20,000 in starter account scholarships throughout the contest, which is modeled on the ABC hit game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Questions are designed to reflect the standard fourth-grade curriculum of Colorado history and geography. Students can enter the contest by submitting an essay question, art project or poetry. Fifty children will win $100 starter account scholarships. Twenty finalists from across Colorado will meet at the special game show-style event April 30 at the Denver Zoo, where they can win $750 in cash for college. Fourth-graders can enter by logging on to; click on "Savings Plans" page, go to "News and Events," then to "In the Community." Download the student entry form, then complete and mail by Feb. 4. For more information, call 1-800-COLLEGE.

Police blotter for Oct. 19

Guarding against fraud

Elections official confident county registration lists are accurate

Forty-one pages of new election requirements arrived in Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan's e-mail inbox Monday, the result of a statewide effort to ensure only those with a right to vote cast ballots Nov. 2.

DA asks for more money, receives it

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Commissioners from Moffat, Routt and Grand counties agreed Monday to increase the salaries of the prosecutors serving the 14th Judicial District.

In home stretch

Forum gives candidates platform for views

With two weeks to go until Election Day, candidates for local and state government and Congress addressed the issues affecting Northwest Colorado at Monday's candidate forum, hosted by KRAI-FM.

Datebook for Oct. 19

Today 8 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon Nov. 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222 for more information.

Sunday, October 17

News briefs for Oct. 18

Local teachers could win $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a student could win a $10,000 U.S. savings bond in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national awards program this year. The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will award the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award 2004-2005 to one outstanding teacher in levels kindergarten through fifith grade, sixth grade to eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. Students in sixth through eighth grades can compete in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition by writing a 300 to 400 word essay on the theme "What Service to Our Country Means to Me." The deadline for entering is Nov. 1 for both competitions. Interested students and teachers should contact the local VFW Post by calling 824-7145 or visiting

Business Profile for Oct. 18

Names: Gabriel and Joy Daigle

Real estate transactions for September 2004

n Seller: William T. Baker & Katrina D. Staggs Buyer: Michael E. Drennan Property: Mount View Lots 7-9, Blk. 8, 1160 Barclay St. Price: $140,000

Agency gives lift to those in need

What started as a necessity for transportation has turned into a second family for one Craig man.

Cracking up at Craig crab festival

Friends, food and laughter were not in short supply Saturday evening at Crab Fest, the second annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Gutsy win in gusty wind

Soccer team beats Eagle Valley

A wind-aided first half for the Eagle Valley High School soccer team gave the Devils a 3-1 lead and a chance to take the wind out of the sails of Moffat County's plan to win its season finale.

Shreeve beDevils Bulldogs

When the Eagle Valley High School volleyball team is on the court, there is little doubt that senior outside hitter Kenzie Shreeve is the go-to girl.

A success in any language

Russian teen seizes opportunities in Craig

Six years ago, 17-year-old Klava Caras didn't speak a word of English.

Datebook for Oct. 18

Today 8 a.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig, until noon Nov. 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 824-5222 for more information.

Friday, October 15

David Pressgrove: Following hunters

I went to Grand Junction for a meeting this week and the 90-mile drive from Rifle to Craig took 2 hours, 45 minutes.

Election signs annoy residents

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office has been inundated with complaints about campaign signs in recent weeks.

Domestic violence vigil planned

There are at least 51 reasons to attend a vigil Oct. 23 in support of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

A little off the top

Commissioners: Law allows them to keep fees for mineral lease revenues

In an effort to recoup expenses incurred by the implementation of an aggressive mineral lease negotiation policy, the Moffat County commissioners have found a state statute that permits the county to take administrative fees from mineral revenue before distributing it among tax districts.

Dawn Bivens: Not enough on Advocates

I would really like to thank the Daily Press for its article on the Advocates programs and domestic violence. I think it's time for these organizations to be acknowledged for the good they do in our community.

Craig fire District wants an increase

Mary Nelson thinks the Craig Rural Fire Protection District is justified in asking voters for a mill levy increase. Jerry Shelton agrees but doesn't think the increase should be infinite. For that reason, Shelton will vote against it at the polls in November.

Our view: Missing cooperative extension agent

Cooperative Extension agents measure their careers in county fairs. Nate Balstad has been around for four Moffat County fairs.

MCHS column: So many tests to keep track of

ACT? SAT? PSAT? PLAN? "What do these have in common?" is a question asked by many students and parents this time of the year. As testing dates near, it seems appropriate to answer some of the concerns.

Star student for Oct. 16

Kelsey Pomeroy can hold her own with the boys.

Nate Balstad: Parents can offer homework help

Has homework become a point of dissension in your home? Although parents should not be the "Homework Gestapo," there are ways to encourage students to make study time a priority.

Voters asked to continue district mill levy override

The Meeker School Board is asking voters to continue for another five years the mill levy override the district has had in place since 1999.

Milestones for Oct. 16

Lorrae Moon of Craig has been named a Master Farm Homemaker in the Colorado Master Farm Homemaker's Guild 2004 award program. Moon and her husband, Lewis, have ranched near Craig for more than 38 years. They have three sons in school who also help on the ranch. The Moons run a large cattle ranch raising registered Angus cattle and growing certified hay.

Alea Ann Duran

Sarah Ray Duran and Christopher T. Duran of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Alea Ann Duran, at 8:11 p.m. Oct. 6, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

All dressed up -- where to go?

Some Halloween activities planned for night before Halloween

Witches, ghosts and goblins are waiting to haunt the streets of Craig.

Freshman fundamentals

New mentoring program helps students with testing skills, counseling

School's not just about academics anymore.

Doggone it

Palisade pulls off another close win against Bulldogs

Two plays in 12 seconds.

Thursday, October 14

Candidates offer ideas on improving fund balances

Commissioner hopefuls campaign at GOP luncheon

Commissioner candidate Stan Hathhorn said he sees nothing positive happening in Moffat County during a candidates' forum Thursday.

Datebook for Oct. 15

Today Today is the deadline to submit a short story in the contest sponsored by the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. Contest is open to all ages and contest rules are available at the Library. Call 824-5116.

Meth madness: Residents fed up

At least one Craig resident is disgusted by what he sees as a methamphetamine infestation in town.

Craig residents likely to see fees at landfill increase

A county decision to raise landfill rates will affect all city residents.

Squeeze is on as more request flu shots

Though news of influenza-vaccine shortages seem to be all over the news, every day Susan Bowler turns away people seeking a shot.

Lynda J. Becker: Maybell

To the editor: I just finished reading one of your front page stories in today's paper regarding Nate Balstad. My first thought after reading the headline was sorrow to see him go. Then it hit me that the way the article was titled did not do Balstad justice.

Our view: Leave vaccine for truly needy

The shortage of flu-vaccine doses means that only the people in the highest risk categories -- the elderly, ill people and infants -- should be getting flu shots.

Police blotter for Oct. 15

Jail Report Thursday, Oct. 14 • Chaz Wesley Jolley, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing. • Samuel Clayton Lincoln-Doolin, 19, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing. Craig Police Department

Bulldog soccer controls home finale

It took exactly 1 minute, 35 seconds for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team to erase the bad memories of its worst loss of the season.

Dogfight couldn't get much bigger

Championship teams find ways to win in every situation.

News briefs for Oct. 15

Commemorative "Jubilee of Liberty" medals are available for WWII veterans who landed at Normandy between June 6 and Aug. 31, 1944. Veterans must be able to submit a copy of their DD 214. Applicants may seek their local veterans service officer, and Craig residents can call Johnny Garcia at 824-3264.

School accountability process scrutinized

Making the accreditation process more meaningful and less stressful was something each of the 14 parents who attended Thursday's School Accountability Committee meeting agreed on. To what degree they should modify their process is still under discussion.

Andrea Camp: Craig

This letter is in support of Austin Sadvar and the Sadvar family for their continued fight for justice.

'Lame duck' commissioners talk final plans

It's become a running joke at commissioner meetings that once Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos leaves office, she'll be in the front row of the commissioner chambers each Tuesday to make sure the commissioners stay in line.

Wednesday, October 13

Middle school cross country is improving

Four years ago, David Morris took over a cross-country program that barely merited using a mini bus for trips. Today he needs a full-size bus to take his team of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to meets.

News briefs for Oct. 14

The next meeting for the Yampa Valley Landlords Association will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Craig Police Department, 800 W. First St. The priority at this meeting will be YVLA's cooperation with the community drug task force initiated by Mayor Dave DeRose and other community leaders. Those interested in combating the drug/meth problems infesting Moffat County should attend this meeting. Ideas and volunteers are needed to help Craig and Moffat County be a drug-free community. Anyone interested in serving on the drug task force committee is encouraged to do so; the date for the next task force meeting will be set during this meeting. RSVP to Jackie Urie, YVLA president and chairman of Real Estate Committee with the drug task force, at 824-2386 or 824-9791, or Kris at 824-2660.

Downtown building gets facelift

The downtown building once occupied by Ben Franklin is getting an overhaul.

After-school program grows

RAD observing Lights on Afterschool! today

Craig residents are asked to turn on their porch lights today during the day in recognition of after-school agencies throughout the country.

Rec budget includes amenities

Diving board, picnic tables, stereo equipment among additions

Neither Craig's canines nor its residents will have their own drinking fountain by the Lincoln Street tennis courts, but the Craig City Council approved other purchases for the Parks and Recreation Department that mean improvements to recreational choices.

Vandal ordered to rehab

An 18-year-old Craig woman who admitted in late July to vandalizing two Colorado State Patrol cars will get drug rehabilitation treatment before prosecutors reach a plea agreement, District Court Judge Paul McLimans said Wednesday in court.

Gretchyn E. Watson: 1915-2004

Gretchyn E. Watson of Craig, died Sept. 15, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 89.

Sharon Berndt

Funeral services for Sharon Berndt will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at Grant Mortuary.

John S. Kinkaid: Craig

To the editor: As a casual observer, it seems to me that Craig's two newspapers are tilting to a socially liberal bias or frame of reference on some key issues. Increasingly, more editorials and articles are leaning to the left. A case in point is immigration policy.

CMS football dominates once again

Craig Middle School football teams regularly dominate their competition. This year was no different.

Horseman likes 'big spaces'

Sterling Miller drives his white pickup from town to his 40-acre property just north of the Craig city limits on Colorado Highway 13 each day to feed his family's horses.

Datebook for Oct. 14

Today 9 a.m. The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll fund-raising drive will take place with donation tables at Craig City Market and Safeway stores through Sunday. Money raised will be split between with the Visiting Nurses Association and Horizons.

Council supports recycling program

The expenditure has yet to be approved, but Craig City Council members are leaning toward subsidizing a recycling program despite the expense.

4-H director quits

CSU will find, fund replacement

Moffat County 4-H could be without a director for the next six months after director Nate Balstad's resignation takes effect Oct. 29.

Man gets probation in attempted murder case

Anger management, fine also part of sentence

A Craig man charged with attempted murder received three years supervised probation Wednesday and was ordered to take an anger management class.

Tuesday, October 12

Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighters

To the editor: The Craig Rural Fire Protection District would like to thank everyone that participated in our open house Oct. 9. We thank everyone who made the open house a big success: Applied Industrial Technologies, MJK Hardware, City Market, Pepsi, Samuelson Hardware and Kmart. We also thank the media: Craig Daily Press, Moffat County Morning News, K27FA News, KRAI Radio and Bresnan Communications. Thank you to Trooper Baughman of the Colorado State Patrol, Officer Bryan Gonzales from the Craig Police Department and George Miner from Moffat County Search and Rescue for the information they provided to the residents of Moffat County.

Our view: Vote no on Amendment 37

Here in Northwest Colorado, where electrical power is a main source of employment (in the power generating stations and the coal mines that supply them), a constitutional amendment mandating renewable energy seems like a lost cause.

News briefs for Oct. 13

Flu vaccine is available from the Visiting Nurse Association in Routt and Moffat Counties under the "Vaccines for Children Program" for all children ages 6 months to 23 months and for children at least 6 months old who have any chronic medical disorder, such as diabetes or asthma. Also, the program requires the vaccine only be provided to children who have no health insurance, are enrolled in Medicaid, or are American Indian or Alaskan Native. Call the VNA with questions at 824-8233. Flu shots will be given by appointment only.

Datebook for Oct. 13

Today 8 a.m. Moffat County High School is offering the PSAT test during school hours today. This is the test to qualify sophomores and juniors for the National Merit Scholarship and also is the practice SAT test. Registration forms are available from Paula Duzik at the high school. The cost of the test is $11. Call 824-7036.

Craig man out on bail returns to jail

A Craig man who was out of jail on $25,000 bail was arrested Monday and is back in the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of assaulting a juvenile, according to Craig police.

County finishes budget proposal

Moffat County's financial administrator presented the 2005 proposed budget to the commissioners Tuesday. Balancing it was easier this year than last, Moffat County budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

Police blotter for Oct. 13

Jail Report Monday, Oct. 11 • James Calvin Pogline, 32, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of third-degree assault, harassment and reckless endangerment. Craig Police Department

Commissioners amend child-care guidelines

County sets eligibility at 180 percent of poverty level

The Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to restore the eligibility level for child-care assistance to 180 percent of poverty and for parents enrolled in higher education courses.

Gregory B. Calim

Army Pfc. Gregory B. Calim has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to engage in military operations involving U.S. and coalition forces. Operation objectives include liberating the Iraqi people, preserving Iraq as a unified state, keeping its territorial integrity intact and helping the Iraqi people begin the process of economic and political reconstruction. Active duty, Reserve and National Guard members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces are participating in the operation.

Shane E. Peters

Marine Corps Pfc. Shane E. Peters, son of Seth E. Peters of Craig, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank.

Richard G. Lyttle: 1924-2004

Well-known Meeker historian Richard G. Lyttle, 79, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 10, at Pioneers Hospital.

George and Terrie Barrie: Craig

To the editor: We are happy to report that the U. S. Congress has reformed the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Road trips: Tennis players gotta love 'em

MCHS juniors leave for state tourney today

When referring to the team that goes by the name "Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team" the title should be used loosely.

Candidates file spending reports

Republican Moffat County commissioner candidates have slowed their campaign spending, and their opponents are upping the ante with less than three weeks to go before Election Day.

New system not as problematic here

Moffat County isn't seeing the problems of other counties in Colorado as the state changes welfare benefit systems.

Not much of a dog fight

Battle Mountain soccer takes title

VAIL -- The Moffat County High School boys soccer team could only watch as Battle Mountain celebrated a league title on its home turf Tuesday.

Aubreigh Taylor Cramblett

Amanda Cramblett of Craig announces the birth of her daughter, Aubreigh Taylor Cramblett, at 11:10 p.m. Oct. 7, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 13.8 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Beth Payton of Craig, and Dave Payton of Craig.

Hunting season is open season on heart attacks

Sportsmen and women from low elevations should exercise caution

Northwest Colorado may be a gem of a hunting destination, but the area's relatively high elevation can wreak havoc on visitors' lungs.

City's financial audit clean

Staff members earned praise from councilors Tuesday night when the city was given a clean bill of financial health from auditors.

Dale C. Owens

Civilian Dale C. Owens, son of Stephanie A. and Robert D. Owens of Craig, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruitment District in Denver.

Monday, October 11

Moffat County Neighbor: Vicky Slaight

Name: Vicky Slaight Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District on Yampa Avenue.

Pauline K. VanDorn: 1912-2004

Pauline K. VanDorn of Craig, died Oct. 1, 2004, at Glen Valley Nursing Home in Glenwood Springs, Colo., where she had resided since the closing of Valley View Manor. She was 92.

Austin C. Meineke: 1924-2004

Austin C. (Ole) Meineke died Sept. 11, 2004, at the Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, Calif. He was 79.

Sharon Berndt

Sharon Berndt of Craig died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Services are pending.

Calvin K. Reid: 1946-2004

Calvin K. Reid of Phippsburg, died Oct. 5, 2004 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs following a lengthy illness. He was 58.

Nicole Tiffany Marie Case

Deana and Wyatt Jay Case Sr. of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Nicole Tiffany Marie Case, at 5:47 p.m. Oct. 1, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Aftyn Avery Kawcak

Amber Kawcak and Shane Kawcak of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Aftyn Avery Kawcak, at 7:31 p.m., Sept. 29, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Berkeley Peyton Christensen

Amy Christensen and Micah Christensen of Brush, Colo., announce the birth of their daughter, Berkeley Peyton Christensen, Sept. 11, 2004, at Sterling Regional Medical Center.

Nuclear workers' advocate victorious

Terrie Barrie had lobbied Congress in mid-September

After spending at least eight hours a day lobbying for federal help for sick nuclear workers, Terrie Berrie was happy to spend Monday morning writing a thank-you letter to her friends and neighbors who helped her win her battle.

Issues, candidates lure voters to polls

Moffat County voters make it a point to get to the polls when there's a presidential race. The three highest levels of voter turnout charted in the past 22 elections were in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Veterans can get their diplomas

Program targets vets of WWII, Korea and Vietnam

More than 60 years ago, Walt Cisar dropped out of high school, convinced he knew more than his teachers.

City Council agenda includes armory resolution

The Craig City Council will address a resolution tonight to spend $445,000 to purchase and renovate the former national guard armory.

Michael James Bosman II

Brandi Doolin and Michael Bosman of Escondido, Calif., announce the birth of their son, Michael James Bosman II, at 12:20 a.m. Oct. 2, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital.

Isaac Ray Vallem

Heather and Phil Vallem of Greeley announce the birth of their son, Isaac Ray Vallem, at 5:25 a.m. Sept. 22, 2004, at Monfort Birthing Center in Greeley.

Sunday, October 10

Business profile for Oct. 11

Name: Cindi Crabtree Name of Business/Address: The Laundry, 555 Ledford St., in Craig, 824-WASH (9274).

John Salazar visits Craig

In what aides say is his fourth visit to Craig, 3rd Congressional District hopeful John Salazar met with a small gathering at the Golden Cavvy restaurant early Saturday morning.

Wanted: Employment

Job Fair targets workers, business owners

Finding the right person for the job or finding a job can be a search for potential employees and employers.

Advocates help those in crisis

There's a right question and a wrong question when discussing abuse.

Boy, 12, dies in accident

A seventh-grade boy from Stagecoach died Saturday in a four-wheeling accident in Moffat County.

Buckskin Network in place to help hunters

The Buckskin Network is a program that involves law enforcement and commercial news media in a cooperative effort to assist the public.

News briefs for Oct. 11

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a ballot issue forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Tuesday at the Town Hall in Hayden. The Routt County clerk, Kay Weinland, will answer any election or voting-related questions. Mark Fischer will moderate and review the ballot issues and will attempt to answer any questions that voters may have. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. Call 276-3737.

Scouts put their backs into their work

Troop 198 tackles 10 projects that will help its members earn Eagle awards

The Boy Scouts of Troop 198 kept burning the lumber with the circular saw, ribbing each other about it with good nature the whole time.

Bulldog soccer grounds Eagles

Flat start didn't stop MCHS from pitching a shutout Saturday

The Paonia/Delta County High School soccer team experienced the disadvantages of fielding a team made up of several schools Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Field. Without four starters from Hotchkiss, the Eagles lost 6-0 to Moffat County.

Mike Terrill: Largent 'deserved what he got'

Megan Terrill's mother, Annie, left the courtroom in tears as soon as George Largent was found guilty of vehicular homicide while driving recklessly in the March 7 hit-and-run death of her daughter, 16-year-old Megan Terrill.

Craig Fire Show heats up

Marcia Sovine never really knew how to use a fire extinguisher until her granddaughter had the chance to use one Saturday.

Datebook for Oct. 11

Today Today is the deadline to register for Red Cross Community C.P.R. and Safety One hosted by the City of Craig Parks and Recreation Department. Classes will be at 6 p.m. Oct 19, 20 and 21. The cost is $56. Call 826-2029.

Here's to milking calcium for all it's worth

Most Americans have heard the message: Post-menopausal women need plenty of calcium to maintain bone density and head off the effects of osteoporosis. For the same reason, men older than 50 -- who also are vulnerable to osteoporosis -- and younger women must be equally aware of the importance of building strong bones. So who else needs more calcium? The answer: everybody.

Friday, October 8

Our View: Confronting meth head on

It was encouraging to see a good turnout for the first public meeting of the Meth Task Force.

Blotter for Oct. 9

Augustine Gerald Gutierrez, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on outstanding warrants.

Datebook for Oct. 9

7 a.m. John Salazar, a Democratic candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, continues his listening tour of Colorado's third district at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave., this morning until 8 a.m. Topics will include how to protect Colorado's water, improve the economy and provide affordable access to health care.

Hunters riled up for today's elk season

Harold Gooding first set his eyes on Northwest Colorado on Friday and immediately spotted a few elk.

Letters for Oct. 9

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Colorado and the nation. Secondhand smoke, a dangerous by-product of smoking, is the No. 1 cause of indoor air pollution and the third-leading cause of death. Annually, 440,000 deaths in the United States can be attributed to tobacco related illnesses -- including more than 4,000 Coloradans each year. Because of cheap and easy access to cigarettes, more than 10,000 Colorado teens become regular smokers every year. Ninety percent of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 19 (average age of first use in Colorado is 11) and one in three who started smoking as teens will die prematurely because of it.

Venture capital team visits Meeker

Rural Colorado is typically not a place where venture capitalists send their money.

Education Calendar for Oct. 9

Monday, Oct. 11 All District Inservice -- No school. Moffat County High School opens swimming pool to the public.

Education briefs for Oct. 9

Judy Foster's fourth-grade class at East Elementary is collecting box tops for General Mills Foods Box Tops for Education. The goal for this year is $1,000, and proceeds will go toward purchasing more digital cameras for the school so that each grade level will have its own.

Ski instructor makes long commute

Clark Urie's ancestors settled in the Meeker area, and for years, his fascination with the area caused him to dream about moving here.

Milestones for Oct. 9

Teisha Hampton of Craig, announces the birth of her son, Keenan Ray Hampton, at 4:57 p.m., Sept. 28, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Amendment has little support

It's hard to find a supporter of the renewable energy amendment in Northwest Colorado.

Town meetings bring togetherness

What do 358 elementary students gathered in one gymnasium sound like?

Demeaning the Demons

Bulldogs pass Glenwood test

Offense first half. Defense second half. That's what it took for the Moffat County High School football team to win its first legitimate test of the season Friday, taking out Glenwood Springs, 33-20.

Hayden lassos Cowboys

The Hayden Tigers found just enough big plays and defense to escape with a 26-20 win Friday over the Meeker Cowboys.

Thursday, October 7

Religion briefs for Oct. 8

The Aaron Weil Band presents an acoustic gospel concert Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Calvary Baptist Church on 1050 Yampa Ave. Free performances are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The Weil family's musical style combines southern gospel vocals with bluegrass picking. They have been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, have appeared on PBS and Christian Cable Television, and recently performed a pre-show for Ricky Skaggs. Call Rod Compton at 824-5222.

Bulldogs shut out Sailors

Get out the brooms. It only took the first few minutes of Thursday night's soccer game in Steamboat Springs for the members of the Moffat County High school soccer team to accomplish something no other Bulldog team has ever done.

Meeker fugitive found in Craig

Craig Police arrested a Meeker man Thursday who was wanted on a warrant for attempted second-degree murder and other charges in Meeker

Our View: Bulldogs are winners, on and off field

There's a new movie out, "Friday Night Lights," based on journalist H.G. Bissinger's account of spending a season with the legendary Odessa, Texas, Permian High School football team in 1988.

The Blotter for Oct. 8

Law enforcement Jail report Wednesday, Oct. 7

Briefs for Oct. 8

The Moffatt County High School swimming pool will open for public swimming starting Monday.

First Baptist begins 40 Days of Purpose

Got purpose? That's the question the First Baptist Church is posing to Craig as the congregation gears up for its 40 Days of Purpose campaign. "It's just 40 days of focusing on God's purpose in our lives," Pastor Brian Haynes said.

Walcher makes campaign stop

Congressional candidate Greg Walcher browsed old cars and studied old maps during a campaign stop in Craig Thursday.

Delinquent properties to be sold at auction

It's the one other thing, besides death, that you can't get out of, and Moffat County is going to make sure that's the case.

Demons to host Bulldogs

If momentum and confidence had physical properties, there wouldn't be too many scales that could hold the weight of the Moffat County High School and Glenwood football teams going into tonight's game.

Datebook for Oct. 8

The Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be closed for inventory.

Wednesday, October 6

Soccer team gellin' at right time

Nobody checked inside shoes for insoles Wednesday, but a couple of Moffat County High School soccer players agreed that the team was "gellin'."

Academic All-Stars

MCHS boasts most Academic Team Champions in Colorado

There aren't any banners up in the gym, there wasn't any coverage in the newspaper and nobody put on a parade in their honor, but Moffat County High School had six teams that were state champions last year.

Doctor recounts Megan Terrill's fatal injuries during testimony Tuesday

Despite nearly eight hours of jury selection, the prosecution managed to put one witness on the stand Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of the hit-and-run death of a 16-year-old girl.

Love songs are in the air

Second concert association performance Saturday

No matter your taste in music, you're sure to hear something you like at the next program offered by the Craig Concert Association.

News briefs for Oct. 7

The Community Networking Group in Rangely is hosting a presentation by Russell George, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. This meeting will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Colorado Northwestern Community College in the Weiss Center Colorado Room on the Rangely campus. George will be speaking on topics relative to water issues affecting all of Colorado and specifically for users of the Yampa and White River water basin. A sandwich buffet lunch will be served for $10 a person and is payable at the door. RSVP by Tuesday to Becky Dubbert at 675-3202 or by e-mail at

William V. Whalin: 1930-2004

Former Meeker resident William V. Whalin, 74, of Denver died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center in Denver after an extended battle with throat cancer.

Datebook for Oct. 7

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be closed for inventory through Friday.

Shift worker loves job, hates high gas prices

Ron Cox is one of the many shift workers in Moffat County. He likes his job at Tri-State Generation. He doesn't mind the switch between day shift and graveyard too much.

Fetcher: County should influence energy policy

Jay Fetcher said he's learned a lot about oil and gas development while campaigning for Colorado Senate District 8.

VNA: No flu vaccine

3,500 doses won't arrive in valley

Susan Bowler learned Tuesday that the flu vaccine order for the Visiting Nurse Association will not arrive in Craig.

Chris J. Wiant, M.P.H., Ph.D.: president and CEO of Caring for Colorado Foundation

In response to your editorial ("A toothy grin for the dental coalition," 9/17/04), I would like to add my congratulations to the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition for its impressive work that resulted in the grant of $450,000 during three years from Caring for Colorado Foundation.

Police blotter for Oct. 7

Jail Report Tuesday, Oct. 6 • Eric Matthew Anderson, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of first-degree criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, third-degree assault and domestic violence. • Donald J. Wocher, 47, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. Craig Police Tuesday, Oct. 6 • Officers responded to a call about a tenant who vandalized his apartment after receiving a notice to vacate. • Officers received a call about a lost cell phone. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Oct. 6 • Police located a guitar at a pawn shop matching the description of one that was reported stolen.

Tuesday, October 5

Police blotter for Oct. 6

Jail Report Monday, Oct. 5 • Frank Robert Hickson, 35, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply.

News briefs for Oct. 6

Love INC is looking for church volunteers to answer phone calls from people in need twice each month. Shifts are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Love INC Clearinghouse. Training and supervision will be provided. For more information and location, call the business office at 526-4400 or 826-0234.

Datebook for Oct. 6

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be closed for inventory through Friday.

County Road 28 closed during Elkhead Reservoir expansion

There's no good way to drive around Elkhead Reservoir, so construction crews are going to build a road through it during an expansion project.

Sick as a dog: Canine viruses strike

An increasing number of canines has been catching doggie colds, making the outbreak the largest that at least one local veterinarian has seen in the past seven years.

Our view: Stand up for firefighters Nov. 2

Craig's volunteer firefighters are a dedicated bunch.

McKenna Nelwyn Bernice Martin

Ann Martin and Russell Martin of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter, McKenna Nelwyn Bernice Martin, at 8:17 a.m., Sept. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Kodi Ingols-Irwin

Kristen Ingols-Irwin and Eric Irwin of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Kodi Ingols-Irwin, at 4:38 p.m., Sept. 28, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Keenan Ray Hampton

Teisna Hampton of Craig, announces the birth of her son, Keenan Ray Hampton, at 4:57 p.m., Sept. 28, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Expert offers strategies for treating pain

Nobody should have to live with pain.

Activities planned in observance of Fire Prevention Week

Craig Rural Fire Protection District and Craig Fire/Rescue would like to introduce you to a new column dedicated to a fire safe Moffat County. This will be a monthly column designed to educate residents about the hazards of fire and inform the taxpayers of Craig Rural Fire Protection District about the activities of your Fire Department.

Poets published

Poems written by several local students in Bonnie Revelle's creative writing class at Moffat County High School last spring were accepted by Creative Communications for publication in the summer anthology, "A Celebration of Young Poets." The Creative Communications' summer contest is not regionalized but includes poems received during the summer from students in grades K-12 in the United States and Canada. Of the thousands of poems submitted, only the best are selected for publication. Being published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" make students eligible for more than $3,000 in prizes given to the top poets. Top prizes will be awarded after the judging is complete. The summer anthology will be shipped in late November 2004.

Treva Tyler

Treva Tyler of Craig, a student at Montana State University, is participating in a National Student Exchange for the 2004 academic year. She is studying at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Bill and Terry Ross and Christina Thompson of Craig, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cammy Raynay Ross of Craig to Shane Alan Winder of Craig, son of Brad and Debbie Winder of Craig.

William Daniel Walker

Irene Walker of Craig, announces the birth of her son, William Daniel Walker, at 1 p.m., Sept. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Conner J. Walton

Civilian Conner J. Walton, son of Janele A. Husband of Craig, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District in Denver. This program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments, such as high school. Walton will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. Walton is a senior at Moffat County High School.

Are you ready for some football?

From the lyrics of Hank Williams Jr.: "Are you ready for some football?"

Game one not enough

Bulldogs volleyball falls in four to Sailors

Spectators who paid to see two volleyball teams play at Moffat County High School Tuesday got a two-for-one deal. It looked like four different teams were on the court during Steamboat's 20-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 win.

Working out the bugs

Commissioners have more trimming to do on budget

Box elder bugs crawled across the floor of the Moffat County commissioner chambers Tuesday, and squashed insects spotted the carpet.

Craig tackles meth problem

Task force meeting well attended

At 14, Nicole says she was offered methamphetamine the first day she walked into Moffat County High School.

Trial begins for man accused in death of teen

Jury selection for a trial involving the hit-and-run death of a 16-year-old Craig girl began today in two increments.


Jim and Jane Ann Grant of Farmington, N.M. (formerly of Craig), announce the engagement of their son Landon Paul Grant to Erica Lynn Sussex.

Monday, October 4

Pauline Van Dorn

Pauline Van Dorn, 92, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Glenwood Springs. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary with interment to follow at Craig Cemetery.

Mike Terrill and family: Craig

To the editor: For those who are interested, the trial of George Largent begins today in Cañon City.

Nancy Sadvar: Craig

Thank you for your fair and recent attention to my son Austin Sadvar's case.

Voting: an exercise in self interest

Election years are always interesting years. The candidates are really trying to impress you on how informed they are on the issues and what they are going to do with these issues if you elect them to office. Our job, as the electorate, is to try to make our way through the "information" to understand whether this is truly the candidate talking from their own beliefs, or the "spin doctors" way of attracting you to vote for them. You can apply this formula to the issues on the ballot as well.

Lightning causes glitches

Strikes spark problems with radio traffic

A lightning strike sparked a communication breakdown for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District on Sunday.

Police blotter for Oct. 5

Jail Report Saturday, Oct. 2 • Celia Norton, 52, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to appear.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Judy Shelton Occupation: Children service coordinator, family support consultant, Horizons, 356 Ranney St., Craig

Sadvars want new prosecutor

District attorney already off case

Twelve-year-old Austin Sadvar's attorney filed a motion to appoint a special prosecutor in the boy's disorderly conduct trial Friday, citing state statutes on fair trial laws.

Ballot initiates: New kids on the bloc

Though he's participated in dozens of elections, Craig resident Al Martinez still remembers the first time he voted.

East third-graders enjoy great outdoors

Editors note: Students in the three third-grade classes at East Elementary School collaborated to write about their experiences after returning from their annual overnight trip to Sherman Youth Camp o

Let's go camping The East Elementary third grade went camping at Sherman Camp on Bear's Ears on Sept. 9 and 10. The third-graders went to Sherman Camp for Outdoor Education like they always do and they had fun also. All the third- graders went into the woods to cook over a campfire, make leaf art and shoot archery.

News briefs for Oct. 5

This week is Fire Prevention Week. Make sure to test smoke alarms throughout residences and businesses. Craig Rural Fire Protection District, 419 Yampa Ave., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Planned activities include a smoke detector class, hands-on fire extinguisher class, free hot dogs and soft drinks, blood pressure checks and fun activities for children.

Datebook for Oct. 5

Today 3:30 p.m. The meth task force meets at Craig City Hall. Community members are encouraged to attend with ides for awareness and funding.

Sunday, October 3

Datebook for Oct. 4

Today 4 p.m. Community Coat Drive distribution will be at Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson St., in Hayden until 7 p.m. Anyone who needs a coat may come. One coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for children. Call 276-3510.

Business profile for Oct. 4

Name: Daniel Wright, certified health advisor

Seniors savor VFW home cooking

For as long as any member of the Veterans Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary can remember, group members have hosted a free senior citizen dinner on the first Saturday night of each month.

Hispanic numbers growing

Moffat, Routt counties prepare for influx

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- On Thursday, members of the law enforcement, religious and social service communities gathered at Hayden High School to talk about the exponential growth of the area's immigrant communities. Twenty-five people attended and the discussion went on for more than three hours.

Tough first mile doesn't stop Bulldogs

Girls, boys teams finish second

Frisco -- It's obvious that the 9,100-foot invitational, hosted by Summit High School, is noted for the elevation of the race. From the reactions of the Moffat County cross country teams, it should be more noted as the "One Heck of a Tough First Mile" cross-country race.

Dying with dignity

Hospice program serves

Death and dying are not easy subjects for people to broach. Most people seldom think about it and rarely plan for death. Yet we all know that death is a fact of life. And given the option, many people prefer to die at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home.

Gun show attracts browsers, few buyers

If it wasn't at the gun show this weekend, you probably don't need it to go hunting.

News briefs for Oct. 4

Great for beginners or novice players, this program will have the basic instructions on how to skate and play hockey. All ages, including adults, are welcome. The fee for the Introduction to Skating and Hockey program is $25 and includes protective equipment. Skates will be available for $1 a session. Adult protective equipment is limited. You may register at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department, 300 W. Fourth St., or call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Loni Cleverly at 824-8324.

Raising a Village

Three employees celebrate 25 years with Village Inn

Troy DeRose ate almost every day at the Village Inn when he was growing up in Craig. Eileen Kunkle served enough of those meals to DeRose that he tells people that the waitress has handed him more plates than his mother.

Friday, October 1

Briefs for Oct. 2

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary 4265 will be hosting a free dinner for senior citizens today at 5 p.m. at the VFW restaurant upstairs. The menu this month will be ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and cake. Breads will be given as gifts.

Our View: A lack of compassion

The Austin Sadvar case, as we opined last week, is about prosecutorial discretion.

Gregg and Judy Smith and family: Thank you for support

There are no words to thank the Moffat County community for all that they've done for our family since Gregg's (Smith) accident on July 14. It's been quite a journey that includes miracle after miracle. Some have said he was very lucky. We think that God has something more for him to do.

Chasing the story

Student journalists learn how to inform

Deadlines are killers, typing is slow, and interviewing is embarrassing, but nothing distracts the budding journalists at Craig Middle School from the thrill of seeing their names in print.

Kathy Bockelman: Kids need adults who love them

My job as a middle school counselor is to help students succeed in school and in life. Unfortunately, I see far too many children choosing to cope with life in negative kinds of ways.

A big month for 4-H clubs

MEEKER -- Rio Blanco County and 4-H members across the nation will be celebrating National 4-H Week from Sunday to Oct. 9.

David Pressgrove: From one nerd to all the others

Band nerds. If you were ever in high school band, you've probably heard that term about as much as "horns up." I remember in high school when football players affectionately attempted to remind the members of the band, which included this drummer-turned-writer, of our position on the "coolness" totem pole .

Monument's visitor center in need of costly repairs

Dinosaur National Monument's Quarry Visitor Center is like a fun house, monument superintendent Chas Cartwright says.

General surgeon search ongoing

Finding just the right candidate to serve as a general surgeon at The Memorial Hospital is turning into a lengthy process, but that's no surprise to hospital officials.

Kiss gets kids rallied

Friday was a big day in celebration of 2004 Homecoming at Moffat County High School. A pep rally kicked off the day's events. The mood was somewhat subdued until the Student Council's Kiss a Pig contest winner was named.

Leanne Crippen: Thank you to volunteer coaches

Every parent in this community should take the time to thank the volunteers who give their time coaching the children in our Parks and Recreation programs.

Webster's family thanks you

The family of Mike Webster wishes to thank everyone for their support in our loss. A special thank you to Trapper Mine rescue squad; Dr. Ossen; the hospital staff and ambulance crew for your efforts; the ladies at the V.F.W. for dinner after the service; and everyone who brought food, sent cards and all the phone calls.

Fantasy football serious business to fans

Game changes the way participants watch, track their favorite NFL teams and players

Eric Unglaub's oldest child is named Green Bay Unglaub. His second child is named Brett Favre Unglaub.

Happy to be alive

Craig man recuperating from near-fatal injuries

Gregg Smith fell asleep at the wheel in mid-July, but the 56-year-old Craig man feels like he's just waking up.

Bulldogs bring it on

Big second quarter leads Moffat to win

The chalkboard in the Moffat County High School football team's locker room read "we got outscored 14-7 in the second half" after the game. While the Bulldogs actually matched Delta's point output of 14, the message got the point across. Don't be satisfied with the 43-21 win.