Stories for September 2004


Thursday, September 30

Kathryn M. Little: 1943-2004

Kathryn M. Little of Craig, died Sept. 18, 2004, at her home at the Juniper Springs Ranch. She was 61.

Dorothy Z. Kirkpatrick: 1923-2004

Longtime Meeker resident Dorothy Z. Kirkpatrick, 81, died Sept. 17, 2004, at Bethany Healthplex in Lakewood.

Kimberly Reeves: Craig

To the editor: Attending the magic show at the high school on Tuesday evening seemed like a great family activity. I looked at it as a way to provide something fun for my son and my niece. I think my mother felt the same because she accompanied us. The show was great -- I think. I say this because there was a good portion of the entire second half that my family was unable to see.

Drinking and Homecoming don't mix

It's a big weekend for Moffat County High School students. Not only is school spirit peaking in conjunction with Homecoming Week, but so is the desire to celebrate.

Police blotter for Oct. 1

Craig Police Wednesday, Sept. 29 • Officers responded to a trespass report. • Officers responded to a report of a 2-year-old child found at Sunset Elementary School playground. • Vehicles that had been reported stolen were found. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Sept. 29 • A report was taken regarding a stolen gate.

News briefs for Oct. 1

A caravan will leave Craig early Saturday morning to participate in a rally in support of the Co-op miners in Price, Utah. After a 10-month strike, underground coal miners at the Co-op mine in Huntington Canyon, Utah, won their jobs back. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that the mines were eligible for back pay and could vote for the union of their choice. During the strike, the miners enjoyed moral and financial support from miners in Northwest Colorado. To find out more about the trip, call Isidro Quezada at 824-8384 or 629-1684.

Datebook for Oct. 1

Today Today is the deadline to register for Craig Youth Basketball hosted by Craig Parks and Recreation for boys and girls in grades three through six. The season is Oct 25 to Dec. 1. Call 826-2004.

Beginning the budget process

Only some got what they wanted as the Moffat County commissioners doled out funds Thursday to meet contribution requests.

Education on students' minds at college fair

Emily Gilchrist wants to pursue a career in theater, and the Moffat County High School senior probably will head to college out of state to do it. Cassandra Vigil knows she wants to study world religion and communications, but the senior hasn't found the right college. If he had to decide today, Justin Matthews would attend Hastings College in Nebraska -- a school that emphasizes sports and has a good teaching program, the senior said.

St. Mark's welcomes new pastor

The new priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church reads Dickens, likes to ride horses, and hunts.

Find a 'friend' in conservation: Group debuts with cleanup

A grass-roots group has caught the conservation bug and they're hoping the movement becomes infectious.

County commissioners start tweaking the budget

It was a day of feast and famine for the Moffat County commissioners as they worked on the 2005 budget.

City trims budget

Cuts allow raises for employees

The Craig City Council cut $101,198 from its 2005 budget -- eliminating capital projects and purchases in an effort to give employees the highest raises possible.

Panthers bring passing game

In the league opener against Glenwood Springs High School, Delta recovered six fumbles and had a 10-point halftime lead but still lost, 14-10. Coach Derek Carlson wasn't sure how long it would take his team to recover from the loss.

Sloppy field, play results in scoreless tie

RIFLE -- Sloppy.

Wednesday, September 29

Sherman A.Taylor: 1906-2004

Longtime Meeker resident Sherman A. Taylor died Sept. 25, 2004, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 98.

Brock Victor Gregory: 2002-2004

Brock Victor Gregory was born Nov. 11, 2002, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Jody D. and Marcia S. (Fast) Gregory.

Edward D. Gibson: 1930-2004

Edward D. Gibson, died Sept. 6, 2004, at his home in Dewey, Ariz., after a lengthy illness. He was 73.

Kitty and son Michael, George Webster and family, Loleta and Ben Waters and family, Pat Mosher and Chuck Zulian and family: Craig

To the editor: 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 your phone calls.

Take off your snowshoes, stay a while

City Council ponies up $800 in effort to attract tourists

Knowing what Northwest Colorado has to offer tourists looking for a cultural experience is the first step in developing those sites into viable hooks to lure visitors.

Floating to victory

Having only two days to create a crepe-paper masterpiece and attach it to a trailer worries last year's homecoming parade champions a little.

Police blotter for Sept. 30

Jail Report Tuesday, Sept. 28 • Donna Lee Petty, 48, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of community corrections violation.

'It's a nice, fairly quiet town'

Every morning, 75-year-old Al Gloeckle takes his English spring spaniel, Josie, for a walk down Ashley Road and waves at his neighbors as he passes them.

MCHS student groups prepare to dazzle

With three practices left before one of the best-attended game of the year, Moffat County High School's cheerleading team decided a new routine was needed.

Doing the hustle

MCHS senior Emily Sperl splits her time between the dance and cross-country teams

Homecoming is a time for celebration of school spirit and school athletics. Moffat County High School senior Emily Sperl knows both well.

Datebook for Sept. 30

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

TMH trying to sell houses

MRI feasibility also under microscope

The Memorial Hospital board members agreed at Wednesday night's meeting to sell 10 properties along Russell Street and designate the proceeds to a building fund for a new facility.

Differences flow at Yampa basin meeting

Impact of wildlife dominates talk

From chronic wasting disease to endangered fish, greater sage grouse and wolf management plans, it seems every environmental issue in the Yampa River Basin is controversial.

News briefs for Sept. 30

The meth task force will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Craig City Hall. Members of the task force include Craig Mayor Dave DeRose, Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele and Annette Gianinetti, an administrative assistant in the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. Community members are encouraged to attend with ideas for awareness and funding.

Tuesday, September 28

TMH board to discuss MRI, selling houses

TMH board members will be asked to approve recommendations at today's 7 p.m. meeting that may affect the future of some health services at the hospital and housing for those who live in hospital-owned houses along Russell Street.

Council OKs rules for landscaping

Toby Spikes would agree that timing is important.

Three honored before council

It was a night for awards.

Datebook for Sept. 29

Today 3 p.m. Quest Bible-based program for children kindergarten through fourth grade will meet at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Stories, activities and snack will be provided. Call 824-3039.

Doris Jean Purkey: 1936-2004

Longtime Meeker resident Doris Jean Purkey passed away Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction.

On the road to recovery

Craig grad hopes to continue path to big leagues

Everything was starting to go right this summer for Wichita Wranglers pitcher and Moffat County High School alumnus Junior Herndon.

Craig City Council agrees to review fines for construction zone violations

The Craig City Council supported Municipal Court Judge Kevin Peck's request to review -- and likely increase -- fines and assessments but asked that he pay special attention to those who violate construction zones.

Police blotter for Sept. 29

Jail Report Monday, Sept. 27 • Misty Ellen Lujan, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant. • Shane Allen Gilmore, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. • Sherri Lynn Shelton, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. • Curtis Wayne Andrews, 39, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. Craig Police

Cecil Steele: 1929-2004

Cecil (Dean) Steele, formerly of Craig, died Sept. 16, 2004, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 75.

Rifle season means best months for businesses are just around the corner

Ron LaSalle thinks business at his restaurant, The Golden Cavvy, picks up about 30 percent during hunting season.

News briefs for Sept. 29

In true "American Idol"format, audience members will vote for their favorites during a show Feb. 5 at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Teens ages 14 to 18 are encouraged to pick up applications for auditions from the MCHS Music Room or from Ivy Davis. Call Ivy at 824-5746. Audition applications are due Oct 5. Auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 18 at Sunset Elementary School. You may sing a cappella or bring your own accompaniment. Six finalists will be picked by a committee from the Sweet Adeline's choir. Cash awards for finalists at the Teen Idol show in February will be $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place. Call 824-5746 or 824-8326.

Our view: Say yes to more mineral money

Moffat County has implemented a pilot program that more aggressively negotiates leases for county-owned mineral rights.

Don't knock door-to-door campaigning

Commissioner candidates seek votes as election nears

Commissioner candidate Terry Carwile estimates he's knocked on more than 1,000 doors while campaigning in Moffat County.

Monday, September 27

Richard Michael Goossens

Graveside services for Richard Michael Goossens, a 55-year-old Hayden resident who passed away Sept. 24, 2004, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be held Sept. 29, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Hayden Cemetery with the American Legion and VFW officiating the services.

News briefs for Sept. 28

Colorado Department of Health is reporting a record number of reported pertussis cases in Colorado By Sept. 22, 508 pertussis (whooping cough) cases have been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At the current rate, Colorado is headed for the highest number of pertussis cases since 1956. Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread by respiratory droplets and contact with respiratory secretions. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop seven to 10 days after exposure (range is five to 21 days). The disease begins with a cough that progressively becomes more severe until the person develops coughing fits. Vomiting, breathlessness, a change in facial color and a whooping sound may follow the coughing fits. Fever is absent or minimal. The DtaP vaccine shortage is over and the Colorado Board of Health reinstated the fourth and fifth dose DtaP school immunization requirement. Studies indicate that the acellular pertussis vaccine is 80 percent to 85 percent effect. The pertussis vaccine is not licensed for use in individuals older than 6, and the pertussis immunity wanes over time. Thus, vaccinated adolescents and adults may be susceptible to pertussis. Report pertussis cases that are lab positive and/or clinically diagnosed to your local health department or the CDPHE 1-800-866-2759. Magic, Magic, Magic Show set for 7 p.m. Don't miss the Magic Magic Magic Show scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Moffat County High School Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and will raise funds to provide substance abuse prevention activities, education and training to youth and adults throughout the local area. The cost will be $9 for adults, and free tickets for children are available from local businesses in town.

Police blotter for Sept. 28

Jail Report Friday, Sept. 24 • Mark Sullivan, 41, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of bail bond violation. • Terrille Wayne Epperson, 62, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. • Elizaann Marie Duran, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of failure to comply. • Janice Kaye Mischke, 62, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. • Guy Wayne Dove, 30, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of failure to comply. • Shawn Able Hinkle, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and driving after revocation prohibited.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Anna Adams Occupation: Social case worker, Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St., in Craig.

Moffat County Rodeo results

The Moffat County High School rodeo team hosted the final fall rodeo of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association.

Sixth-graders tell what they would do if elected president

By EMMA ATTOLINI Animals need our help. We should to keep them safe. A way we can accomplish that is to stop testing products such as makeup on them. It should be illegal to dangerously test products on them. Side effects, diseases and death can be caused by this process. I know that I and many other people would rather have a product that was not tested on animals. It is wrong, cruel and inhumane. Save animals and test your products elsewhere.

Geneva Stephens Owen

Memorial services for Geneva Stephens Owen, a 75-year-old Craig resident who died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Craig, with the Rev. Rod Compton officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home 2095 Curve Court, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Our right to vote isn't just a privilege, it is a solemn responsibility

People today often scoff at the excesses of young Americans in the '60s and '70s, but when it comes to political awareness, I can't help but think that a lot of people were more interested and conscientious in those days than they are today.

The next generation

Moffat County students get voter education

Efforts to increase voter participation in Moffat County don't exclude youth. In fact, there seems to be special effort put into ensuring voter participation for generations to come.

Datebook for Sept. 28

Today 6 p.m. Reiki Exchange will be held at Craig Metaphysical in the Country Mall. A $5 donation is requested. All are welcome. Call 824-2673.

Homecoming week full of events

Homecoming used to be just that -- college students going home to visit their alma maters.

Stephen Pogline gets eight-year prison term for attempted second-degree assault

Steven Pogline hugged his crying mother and told her it was OK after a judge sentenced the Craig man to eight years in prison.

Sunday, September 26

United Way helps food bank feed Craig families

If you never have had to use a food bank, consider yourself lucky, says Helen Loyd, a volunteer at the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig.

Museum fetes book store opening

The Museum of Northwest Colorado celebrated the grand opening of Queen Ann Book Store and the new Museum Gallery Store on Saturday.

Business profile for Sept. 27

Name: Nadine Daszkiewicz Name of Business/Address: The Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave., in Craig 824-8148.

Datebook for Sept. 27

Today 2 p.m. The AARP will meet at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St., in Craig. Call Trudy Sullivan at 824-4917.

News briefs for Sept. 27

The Community Coat Drive, sponsored by Love Inc. of Yampa Valley, announces some of the distribution locations, dates and times for used coats collected and cleaned during the drive. Volunteers will be available to assist people as they come in for coats. Anyone who needs a coat may come to any distribution site and get a free coat regardless of income. The only rule is one coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for their children. The first distribution will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today in Hayden at the Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson St. Hayden Congregational Church will host more coat distribution days from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 4, 7, 11 and 14. The second distribution site will be hosted by the Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig from 8 a.m. to noon beginning today and from Oct. 18 to Nov. 5 and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays. People who would like to donate a coat for the coat drive can take the coat directly to Lloyd's Cleaners, 552 Breeze St., in Craig any time until Oct 20. Call Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Demons outscrap Bulldogs in soccer

A soccer game that ended ugly for both Glenwood Springs High School and Moffat County never was pretty for the Bulldogs, who took a 3-2 loss.

Lots of Bulldog blue up front

Cross country teams take unofficial titles at home

Blue might not be considered a good fall color in the world of fashion, but the teams that wore the color at the Moffat County High School Cross Country Invitational Saturday made it look good among the autumn foliage of Loudy-Simpson Park.

Leaf festival welcomes autumn

Woodcarving, contests and food mark annual celebration

Looking down Yampa Avenue during the Golden Leaf Festival, Craig resident Bernie Rose summed up the scene in a few words.

Volleyball team scales Battle Mountain

The Moffat County High School volleyball team learned several important facts Saturday in its five-game victory against Battle Mountain.

Blowing in the wind

Only rubble and memories remain of the town of Great Divide

Gene Murphy and Gale and Lois Norman remember when Great Divide was a town.

Friday, September 24

MBA discusses tourist draws

Hiking, biking development top the list

MEEKER -- Debbie Morlan's vacation to Wyoming this year stirred up some thoughts about Meeker's future.

Northwest Neighbors briefs

The Rio Blanco County fairground exhibition hall got some unique upgrades recently thanks to a grant. The project, Fairgrounds Resource Efficiency Project, is designed to educate residents about environmental benefits of renewable energy sources.

Talon Jayne

Talon J. Jayne of Craig received a promotion to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army. Talon is a communications specialist recently back from serving a year in Iraq. He is stationed in southern Arizona at Fort Huachuca. Talon is the son of Tim and Tarryn Jayne of Craig. His wife, Katie, is the daughter of Brian and Chris Coulter of Craig. Talon is a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School.

DA drops charges

Student still faces disorderly conduct charge

Prosecutors with the 14th Judicial District planned to drop assault charges against a Craig seventh-grader Friday.

Investigators looking into counterfeit bills

The employees at Smoker Friendly in Craig knew something was wrong with the customer's $100 bill as soon as they saw it.

Jail struggles with staffing

It's the height of visiting hours at the Moffat County Jail, and the master control technician is busy orchestrating the scene. Opening security doors and tracking inmates' and deputies' every moves, the woman who works from the belly of the Public Safety Center didn't want to be identified for safety concerns.

Brock Victory Gregory

Brock Victor Gregory died Aug. 6, 2004, near Maybell, after an automobile accident. He was 21 months old.

Larry Winslow

Former Craig resident Larry Winslow died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in Green River, Wyo. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Green River American Legion Knights baseball team.

Our View: Managing the DA's time

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink is running unopposed for re-election.

Star student

Sierra Arellano is a little shy and a lot humble. But, her friends say that's only around strangers.

'Kiss and Go' dropoff eases CIS congestion

There are many ways parents can approach Craig Intermediate School to drop off their students, but they're competing with other cars, running children and bicycles.

Tickling the ivories

14-year-old passionate about piano despite pop culture

Ari Osborn loves to play the piano, but he's sort of an anomaly among his friends.

New Orleans jazz group first in series

Orange Kellin's New Orleans Serenaders are the kick-off group for 2004-05 Craig Concert Association season Monday in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Chance Westen Kent

Chandrean Kent and Wesley Kent of Craig announce the birth of their son Chance Westen Kent at 12:48 a.m. Sept. 14, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for Sept. 25

Free day today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 824-6360.

Bulldogs pull away

Moffat County, penalties take down rival Steamboat

In the past, Kellan Moore would have gone into halftime expecting his team to be chewed out by its coaches after a first-half performance that included six fumbles. That wasn't the case this year in Moffat County's 40-20 win over rival Steamboat Springs.

Hotline makes it safe to report threats

When a good friend of his was shot in Colorado Springs, Don Davidson, the Craig Intermediate School principal, exhibited a heightened concern about the ways children solve problems.

Thursday, September 23

Craig student, 12, pleads innocent to assault charge

A Craig seventh-grader pleaded innocent Thursday to charges stemming from a lunchroom fight with another student.

BOE drills county for details

School Board explores mineral lease partnership

Moffat County Commissioners will have to wait another month before finding out whether the school district will partner with them on a revenue-generating opportunity.

Religion briefs for Sept. 24

"The Serenity Prayer" will be investigated during sermon series by Pastor Dave Barnes at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., at 10 a.m. Sunday. This sermon series includes "The Courage to Change Things," "The Wisdom to Distinguish," and "Living One Day at a Time." "The Serenity Prayer" was written in 1943 but never copyrighted. It has been used by several organizations, however, usually only a third of the prayer is used. Call 824-6836.

Commissioner calls for change in emergency management job

Just as the Moffat County Sheriff's Office replaced its emergency management officer, one county commissioner is questioning whether the position should be moved from that office.

Leonard Adrian St. Louis: 1916-2004

Leonard Adrian St. Louis of Grand Junction, Colo., died Sept. 20, 2004. He was 88.

News briefs for Sept. 24

On Saturday and Sunday, the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig will host the last fall rodeo of the 2004 High School Rodeo season. The National High School Rodeo Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character in the youth of our country. Saturday's events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday's events begin at 8 a.m. The high school contestants have an opportunity to receive college scholarships and assistance to attend college in addition to the titles and awards they can achieve in competition. Cowgirls compete in barrel racing, breakaway calf roping, goat tying, pole bending, queen contest and team roping. Cowboys compete in bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, cattle cutting, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. This event is free to spectators and will not be canceled because of weather. Only lightning will delay events. Area students to watch are Becky White in the goat and pole events, Kendel Fawcett in the pole event, Brandon Whitaker and Clay Foulk in the calf roping and team roping events, Tia Branon in the goats and poles events, Sara Fleming in barrel and pole events, Shamra Simpson in the barrels and goat events and Sharina Simpson in the barrels and goats and poles events, Nicole Keen in barrels and pole events, Janice McIntyre in the barrel and pole events, Brandon McIntyre in the team roping event, Justin Hagwer in the saddle bronc event and Jaguar Terrill in team roping and calf roping events. Often, students competing have parents who are former competitors or still competing in rodeo events. High school participants face the same guidelines as other high school sports, and contestants must maintain their grades to compete. Many of the Moffat County High School contestants are honor roll students.

Coat drive helps keep Yampa Valley residents warm

As Yampa Valley settles into a cool fall, Love INC, a Christian nonprofit group is looking to keep the valley's residents warm.

Datebook for Sept. 24

Today The sign-up deadline for Craig Youth Hockey travel teams is today. You may register at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall. Call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Mark Bangs at 824-8211.

Probation officer moves down hall to his new job

Mason Siedschlaw is retiring from his post at the end of the month, but the probation officer with the 14th Judicial District is moving only a couple of doors down -- down to Moffat County's Information Technology department, that is.

School Board focusing on improving communication

School board members were torn Thursday night in deciding which level of communication with parents and community members was the right level and which level was wasting time.

Children's services providers exchange ideas, information

Putting a face with a name is one reason representatives from almost 20 agencies attend monthly interagency meetings, but the exchange of information and ideas is the No. 1 reason most attend.

Sophomore leads golfers at regional

BATTLEMENT MESA -- Two hours into the regional golf tournament scores weren't looking good for the Moffat County High School boys golf team, so coach Ken Harjes decided to talk about next year.

Records won't mean much at kickoff

Records can be deceiving.

Bill Mackin: Craig

To the editor: I popped into the museum last Saturday and discovered to my delight that a longtime friend and fellow antique-gun collector was awaiting me for a personal tour of the Cowboy and Gunfighter Collection. Because Dee Allison has been relegated to a wheel chair the whole 30-plus years I've known him, I was especially pleased he made the effort.

Our view: Amendment 35 would create problems

Because of the restrictions placed on lawmakers by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, Amendment 23 and other constitutional spending provisions, the Colorado Legislature hasn't had the flexibility to fully fund certain programs in tough economic times.

Police blotter for Sept. 24

Jail Report Wednesday, Sept. 21 • Michael Everett Thurston, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on the charge of parole violation.

Judge approves delay in case of alleged victim in standoff

A Craig woman whose complaints of assault set off a 12-hour police standoff appeared in court Thursday to face charges stemming from the vandalism of two police cars.

Wednesday, September 22

Home events offer chance to see local teams

Craig will be busy with Moffat County High School sporting events Saturday.

Sara Kurz and Manda Snyder: Craig

To the editor: We want to take this opportunity to write a letter expressing our views about Austin Sadvar, a seventh-grade student at Craig Middle School.

Police blotter for Sept. 23

Craig Police Tuesday, Sept. 21 • Several reports were taken regarding junk and abandoned vehicles. • A report was taken regarding weed violations. • A report was given regarding a juvenile runaway who was found. • A report of counterfeit money was given at Community First Bank. • A report of counterfeit money given at a business in the 1100 block of West Victory Way.

News briefs for Sept. 23

Last weekend's Yahoo Golf Tournament generated more than $3,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. During a press conference Wednesday, tournament organizer Tom Knez recognized all the businesses and individuals of Moffat County that supported the tournament with donations, prizes and raffle items. The families of Tom Knez, Dan Severson and Tim Knez sponsor the tournament each year to celebrate the lives of Ralph Knez and Jim Severson. The Boys and Girls Club announced a number of upcoming activities. First, this year's special event will be a "Roaring Twenties Costume Cabaret" at the Holiday Inn of Craig on Oct. 23. Tickets go on sale Sept. 29 and will be available from the Boys and Girls Club Special Events Committee members, Chapman's Automotive, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Jackson's Office Supply, New Images and other locations to be announced. Tickets for $50 each will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks, dancing and fun. Next, the Boys and Girls Club is putting together a hall of fame at the Boys and Girls Club building and would like to recognize two outstanding individuals each year by naming a "Volunteer of the Year" and a "Man/Woman of the Year" at the annual special event. Those selected will have their portraits displayed on the Boys and Girls Club hall of fame in recognition of their accomplishments benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. The "Volunteer of the Year" will be a local individual who has made a strong impact on the club as a result of dedicated involvement in the club volunteer activities. The "Man/Woman of the Year" award will recognize an individual who has had an impact on the quality of life for residents of Northwest Colorado and affected the Boys and Girls Club of Craig in a positive way. Renovation of the Boys and Girls Club building is expected to near completion by the end of October. Club and city officials will delay the addition of a new floor in the gymnasium until the Christmas school vacation to make the building available for the club programs and other community activities as soon as possible. The earliest projected date for moving programs from East Elementary to the building is Oct. 18, and only some unforeseen problem would extend the move-in date past Nov. 1. There will be a Moffat County School District teacher in-service day on Oct. 11, and the Boys and Girls Club will join with Grand Futures, RAD and 4-H to put together activities for the day for members at Craig Intermediate School from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pledges and contributions to the Boys and Girls Club can be mailed to P.O. Box 1251, Craig, CO 81626. Pledges may be set up to be remitted monthly. Contributions currently qualify for a 50 percent tax credit toward Colorado individual income taxes. Call Pres Askew at 826-0412.

Datebook for Sept. 23

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour will be at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Another story hour will be at 11 a.m. The activity will be pom-pom worms. Call 824-5116.

Moffat County Social Services experiencing systems glitch

Some clients won't get payments on schedule

It took 15 days for Moffat County Social Services to process the application of one client seeking medical and pharmaceutical services because case managers couldn't get a new benefit system to accept the application.

Stinky situation: Animal Control won't handle skunks

When a family of skunks made its home underneath a trailer in Shadow Mountain subdivision, it was a bad decision.

Revising ambulance policy

A group of Colorado county commissioners is coming closer to drafting ambulance regulations that accommodate rural, volunteer ambulance services, Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said.

Craig like 'town I grew up in'

Luke Schafer, a freshly minted graduate of Central Michigan University, is new to Craig, but already he is planning how to take advantage of some of the area's amenities.

How to protect yourself against colds, flu

Mothers and day care providers gathered Tuesday night to arm themselves -- and their charges -- against the onslaught of germs that cool weather invariably brings.

Rene, Mike, Jeannie and Nancy, Glo, Lhea, Lindsey and Alex: Craig

To the editor: Rene Miles and his family wish to extend thanks to the community for your celebration of his 80th birthday and for the outpouring of sympathy for the loss of Phil Miles. We can't begin to name everyone from the rescue crew, the friends and neighbors who brought food, flowers and best wishes, but we love you all.

Tuesday, September 21

Police blotter for Sept. 22

Jail Report Monday, Sept. 20 • Gregory David Winchester, 44, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of domestic violence, first-degree residence burglary and theft from a building. • Homar Aguirre, 32, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on previous charges. • Timothy Lawrence Stauffer, 35, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of harassment, second-degree burglary, false imprisonment, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of telephone service and domestic violence.

Learning the ABCs of parenting

Nurse-Family Partnership teaches new moms all about their new jobs

Ann Irvin provides first-time mothers more than information -- she provides support and friendship.

Kris Smith: Craig

To the editor: I was just reading a history book and came across a quotation from Thomas Jefferson that might be worthy of reflection. "Newspapers should divide their news columns into four departments: Truths, Probabilities, Guesses and Lies."

Golf team hopes it rises to Mesa challenge

Many coaches would find it absolutely necessary to have a practice two days before their team's biggest game of the year. That wasn't the case for Moffat County High School coach Ken Harjes on Tuesday.

Ann Riley: Gypsum

To the editor: On Sunday, I was on my way home to Gypsum with my three daughters when I hit a rock and blew out my tire about 10 miles east of Meeker. Thankfully, Dean Gent and Gary James stopped and changed my tire for me. It was raining and cold, but they did not hesitate to stop and help. After Gary changed the tire, they followed me to Meeker to make sure that the air pressure was correct in my spare tire.

Kathryn Little

Funeral services for Kathryn Little of Juniper Springs will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maybell Community Church. Interment will follow at the Maybell Cemetery.

Our view: Reject vaguely worded Amendment 34

Registered voters soon will receive Blue Books from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office that explain the statewide ballot issues that will come before voters in November.

News briefs for Sept. 22

The Habitat for Humanity organizing committee met Sunday at the First Congregational Church Meeting participants discussed a number of objectives to establish a Moffat County Habitat for Humanity, which include a needs assessment study for the program in the area, establishing a steering committee from a cross section of the community, encouraging area congregations to consider Habitat for Humanity as an outreach mission and researching resource connections for the area and the possibilities of rehabilitating existing homes in the area instead of new construction. The October meeting has not been scheduled. Call Pastor Dave Barnes at 824-6836. Routt County Habitat for Humanity has been in existence since October 1999 and is finishing a duplex that will be sold to two families. Houses are sold with 0 percent interest loans and on 30-year mortgages, making them more affordable for qualifying families.

Museum clarifies its mineral policy

The Museum of Northwest Colorado has made $24,000 from its mineral leases this year.

Officials: Fight fire with funding, votes

A gutted water tanker truck in the open field behind Craig's Kmart is one example of how the fire district has thrown money at an aging fleet of emergency vehicles.

Packing it in

Businessman adds packing business

Jim Stoddard thought that a service was missing in the community, so he decided to do something about it.

Datebook for Sept. 22

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed for staff training.

Joining the meth battle

Community awareness vital, says task force

If someone were to put sugar in Dave DeRose's gas tank and hang anti-plumber billboards in Craig, he would realize he's unwanted and take his plumbing business elsewhere.

Monday, September 20

Elections are tremendous work

On a few rare occasions each year, I get the opportunity to meet and greet the wonderful people of Moffat County. I see democracy in action as the course of our republic is unveiled.

DBA sponsors Golden Leaf Festival

Event offers food, music and green tomato contests

Cool weather hints that summer is fading fast, but there may be a few last chances to enjoy warm weather before the snow flies.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Linda Dill Occupation: Colorado State Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St., Craig, 824-3246.

Police blotter for Sept. 21

Jail Report Thursday, Sept. 16 • Mitchell C. Hackney, 44 was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Randy Lee Page, 51, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespass. • Lewis Tod Crofts, 36, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief.


Mark and Vickie Molzahn of Craig and David and Mary Dellos of Mesquite, Texas, announce the engagement of their son, Clay David Dellos to Danielle Marie Galliland. Clay Dellos has a bachelor's degree in business administration and is the general manager at Aarons Sales and Leases in Greenville, Texas.

Zackery Tyler Demarais

Jamie Mitchell and Michael Demarais of Craig announce the birth of their son, Zackery Tyler Demarais, at 10:18 a.m., Sept. 14, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Heather Vallem

Heather (Parfrey) Vallem graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with her Master's Degree from the Department of Arts in Reading on August 6, 2004. Heather is currently beginning her fourth year of teaching fourth grade at Billie Martinez Elementary School in Greeley. Heather Vallem Summary Guess ¶ Guess headings Double-space Revert The story Attributes [Story] Sections Photo/inline Preview Save Cancel

Gregory B. Calim

Spc. Gregory Calim has been in the Army since March 2003. After enlisting, he was sent to Korea in August 2003. In August 2004, he was assigned to Kuwait and was sent to Iraq in the first week of September. Calim is a mechanic who works on tanks. He should arrive home in September 2005. He plans to marry his fiancee, whom he met in Korea, when he returns. To write to Greg, contact Jauneth Calim at 826-9762 or Diane Calim at 824-2362.

Cross country rings true

Team places high in both meets at Liberty Bell Invitational

The Moffat County High School cross country team placed high in both of its races at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Denver, but it wasn't as high as coach Dustin Ence would have liked.

Datebook for Sept. 21

Today 6:30 p.m. The Moffat County Child Care Providers Association will hold a business meeting with an educational program following at the Boys and Girls Club building, 1240 E. Victory Way (U.S. Highway 40). At 7 p.m., Amy Knights, a registered nurse, will talk about precautions for the cold and virus season. Call Paula Reed, president, at 824-6756.

News briefs for Sept. 21

Do you want to vote in the presidential election this year? Are you registered? Have you not voted because you can't get to the polling place or read the ballot and are embarrassed to ask for help? Have you not voted because you don't know where or how to register or where or how to vote? The Independent Life Center can help you register and help you vote. We remove the barriers to voting. If you want help with voting, call Dave at 826-0833. We can help in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Independent Living Center, 483 Yampa Ave., in Craig, Faith Gross of the Legal Center for People with Disabilities will give a presentation on the voting rights of people with disabilities. Our van will take people in the Craig area who wish to attend. County clerks, elected officials and anyone else interested in knowing more about voting rights are invited. There is no charge for this presentation. Call 826-0833 to schedule van transportation.

Raven Gabriel Doolin

Cori and Sam Doolin announce the birth of their daughter, Raven Gabriel Doolin, Sept. 12, 2004. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Randy and Kaylene Merrick, Josie Burch, and Amy and Thomas Doolin of Craig.

Nicole L. Shue

Navy Lt. Nicole L. Shue, daughter of Dona Shue of Craig, assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble, homeported in San Diego, recently reunited with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 after conducting training exercises in the Navy's U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Library tackles problems

The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees resolved two issues and worked toward settling two others at Monday night's meeting.

Volleyball wins first league match

The Moffat County High School volleyball team earned its first Western Slope League win Saturday.

'It's a long, long day'

But election judges don't mind time commitment

Oscar King always makes sure he has extra "I voted" stickers on Election Day.

Browns Park land-use battle looms

Grazing appropriateness at heart of studies

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge's first goal is to provide habitat for migrating birds. But lately the refuge has been propagating studies as well.

Cody Blake Boswell

Amanda F. Flanders and Terry J. Boswell of Craig announce the birth of their son, Cody Blake Boswell, at 6:33 p.m., Sept. 10, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Sunday, September 19

'Hair has been my life'

Name: Lisa Davis Name of Business/Address: The Hair Shak, 571 Yampa Ave., No. 2, Craig, 826-2815.

News briefs for Sept. 20

The Veterans Corp., a federally funded, nonprofit organization, will host the Veterans Entrepreneurial Training program Saturday at the University of Denver to help Rocky Mountain veterans and members of the active duty military, National Guard and Reserve start and expand small businesses. The VET Program is a 40-hour comprehensive training program that offers two education tracks: New Venture, which is for individuals contemplating a business venture or starting a new company, and Planning, which is for individuals who have been in business for awhile. Both courses are sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is a philanthropy devoted to entrepreneurship. Upon successful course completion, Veteran graduates receive $675 in Gateway gift cards. The Veterans Corporation provides the nation's 24 million veterans and service veterans with disabilities the tools needed to start and expand small businesses with access to training, business markets, financial capital, service and networking. For more information, call (303) 909-8440 or visit or

A walking, talking history book

Memories abound for Craig man who has been around the block a time or two

With a nod or a raised hand, Al Shepherd easily can recognize most of the diners who enter the Golden Cavvy restaurant on any given day of the week.

Quick goals spell victory

Bulldogs score five in 25 minutes to put away Palisade

Nothing will break a scoring drought like five goals in 25 minutes. At least that was the case for the Moffat County High School soccer team Saturday at Palisade.

Family, hospice volunteers gather at picnic

Ruby Wright of Hayden turns 102 today, but her long life may be attributed in part to help from her family. Ruby's granddaughter, who did not want to be named for this story, lives with and cares for her grandmother. The caregiver uses the assistance of a hospice program offered by the Visiting Nurse Association so that her grandmother can readily access medical help, but Wright also has the freedom to live the rest of her life in her own home.

Golfers finish regular season

Daily Press staff report The Moffat County High School boys golf team finished its regular season with two tournaments in Montrose on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheep ranchers stick with traditions

Sheep ranchers stick with traditions

Bonnie Villard cried the first time she assisted in a sheep roundup that would send lambs to slaughter.

Club provides fun, safety for youths

Editor's note: Moffat County United Way will distribute funds to 27 agencies with nonprofit status in 2005. From now through the end of the United Way's fund-raising campaign Nov. 19, we'll profile some of the agencies that strive to make Moffat County a better place to live, work and play.

Real estate transactions for August 2004

n Seller: Timothy J. & Debra N. Montgomery Buyer: Ronald T. Pelton Property: Craig Original Lots 7-8, Blk. 23, 670 Barclay Price: $131,500

Datebook for Sept. 20

Today RSVP is due for the Yampa River Basin Partnership's annual meeting and barbecue to be held at the Yampa River State Park Headquarters in Hayden. The cost is $10 a person. Call 824-8233.

Friday, September 17

Education Calendar for Sept. 18

Today Moffat County High School will be holding auditions for the pit orchestra for the school play from 9 a.m. to noon in the band room.

Datebook for Sept. 18

Today 9 a.m. The sixth annual Sheep Wagon Days will feature a "Moffat County on the Move" walk at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, a sheep wagons display at the Alice Pleasant Memorial park, plus pioneer crafts and farm animals. Call 824-6360.

Fetcher deflects water attack

Sen. Jack Taylor's allegations that his opponent, Jay Fetcher, failed to defend Western Slope water aren't an issue in the election, Fetcher said Friday.

New sidewalks for Yampa Avenue

Work should be completed by October

Sidewalks on the east side of Yampa Avenue are undergoing repairs, but stores along the route are open for business.

Activist takes on Washington

Terrie Barrie fights for nuclear plant employees

George Barrie's days have been mostly good since his last major kidney surgery in March. But he still has his share of bad days as a man will who's afflicted with 30 illnesses.

Elementary schools complete MAP testing

Students in second through fifth grade finished a round of testing Friday that pits them against only themselves.

Turning a new leaf

Watch the changes that autumn brings

Fall's colorful foliage is almost at its peak in Northwest Colorado, making the next couple of weeks perfect for witnessing its changes, local leaf peepers say.

Phillip Rene Miles: 1953-2004

Craig resident Phillip Rene Miles, died Sept. 11, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 51.

Bulldogs steamroll to lopsided victory

A 27-point halftime lead might sound like a football coach's dream, but it wasn't quite perfect for Moffat County's Kip Hafey.

Recreation district sets fall schedule

MEEKER -- Gather up the kids, grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles, and head to Paint Brush Park tonight for a concert.

CMS ups progress reporting

A new reporting system at Craig Middle School will ensure that parents know how their child is doing before it's too late to make changes.

Star Student

Fourth-grader Jacob Teeter has gained the respect of both his peers and his teachers this year.

Senior menu for week of Sept. 20 to 24

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

News briefs for Sept. 18

The Serenity Prayer will be investigated during a sermon series by Pastor Dave Barnes at 10 a.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. This Sunday's sermon will be "The courage to change things." After that are "The wisdom to distinguish" and "Living one day at a time." The Serenity Prayer, written in 1943 but never copyrighted, has been used by several organizations. However, usually only one-third of the prayer is used. Call 824-6836.

Meeker considers tourism resources

Tapping into Heritage Tourism made sense to more than 15 Meeker residents who attended a meeting Wednesday at Town Hall.

After-school program starts on Monday

When the bell rings on Monday, more than 100 Craig Intermediate School students will be content to stay right where they are.

Our view: Nuclear plant workers fighting the good fight

Craig resident Terrie Barrie never cared much for politics.

Thursday, September 16

Religion briefs for Sept. 17

Have you ever wanted to know what "good works" or "gifts" are? First Congregational Church will begin offering "The Secrets of the Vine" and "The Life God Rewards" video series by Bruce Wilkinson, author of "The Prayer of Jabez." There also will be a four-week series on "the Prayer of Jabez for Women" by Darlene Wilkinson. The "Secrets of the Vine" series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and "The Life God Rewards" will begin at 6 p.m. Oct 12. These are eight-week courses. Call 824-6836 or 824-4266 to sign up for the classes.

Second try at pastoral care class

For the past 33 years, the Rev. Foy Richey has been training others in clinical pastoral care.

Janine Stehle-Doehling: Craig

To the Editor: Kudos to Principal Wiersma and the staff at Craig Middle School for trying to improve the school's disciplinary code. I have not always agreed with Principal Wiersma, but I stand behind him on this issue.

Eric Longstaff: Craig

To the Editor: As a parent of five girls and uncle of 16 nieces and a nephew, I know rules are very important. I want all who have had a problem with other children bullying, picking on or even choking their child to know that two negatives don't make a positive, not in the workplace or at school.

Dean and Audrey Gent, Kaye Grounds, All of May's grand- and great-grandchildren: Craig

To the Editor: The family of May D. Grounds wishes to express our thanks to everyone; those who sent flowers, cards and food; those who called; those who contributed to the Walbridge Wing in May's memory and also to the caring people who work at the wing and gave May such loving care.

News briefs for Sept. 17

After a successful summer program, the Boys and Girls Club of Craig will resume activities and programs for children 6 to 12 on Monday. Because of the renovations being done at the Boys and Girls Club building, programs will be offered at East Elementary School from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents are asked to arrange transportation for children to and from East Elementary. An after-school snack will be provided for the children. "We're looking forward to working with our existing members and adding new members" said Jonathan Godes, executive director. Because the club will be serving just first- through fourth-graders, Godes urged parents of fifth- and sixth-graders to take advantage of the RAD after-school program being offered at Craig Intermediate School. RAD is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 27. Godes said that renovations on the Boys and Girls Club building would be completed by early November. "Once we're in our building, we will serve children ages 6 through 18," he said. Families of current members can expect to receive information from the club by the end of this week. Families interested in information regarding club memberships may e-mail or call 826-0411. The annual membership fee is $10 per child and scholarships are available through the Chapman Automotive Scholarship Fund if families cannot afford the annual fee. New member parents need to attend a Club orientation within one month of member registration and all parents of current members need to attend an orientation before Oct. 20. Orientations will be at the Boys and Girls Club Building,1324 E. Highway 40, every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

More fake bills found

Four counterfeit $50 bills were turned in to law enforcement Thursday, making a total of six of the high-dollar notes that have been passed this week in Craig, police said.

Prosecutor joins D.A.'s staff

Bret Roundy is new to the 14th Judicial District as a district attorney, but the 2002 law school graduate isn't an amateur to seeing both sides of the law.

New chief for fire district

Craig's fire board voted unanimously to appoint former Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nichols as the department's new leader Thursday night.

Senate race gets ugly

'Push poll' at center of dispute

A posting on state Senate candidate Jay Fetcher's Web site accused Sen. Jack Taylor of "unleashing a bag of dirty tricks" with a push poll designed to turn voters against Fetcher.

Ewe can't beat Sheep Wagon Days

Some Craig elementary school students couldn't get enough of the lamb samples Thursday at the Sheep Wagon Days celebration in Alice Pleasant Park. That some had never tasted the delicacy before may be one indication of the decline of sheep ranching in Northwest Colorado.

Bulldogs fall to Demons

Early in the first game of the Moffat County High School volleyball match against Glenwood, it looked almost as if the Demons were going to have to exert about as much effort to get a win as it took to for them sit upright on the bus trip to Northwest Colorado.

Fun run draws record crowd

The Craig Intermediate School Fun Run was held Wednesday at the Craig Middle School track.

Battle Mountain kicks past Bulldogs

There was no finger-pointing after Moffat County High School's 2-1 loss to Battle Mountain in soccer. At least there was no finger- pointing that pushes the blame on others. Most of the Bulldogs, including their coach, were pointing their fingers at themselves.

Police blotter for Sept. 17

Jail Report Wednesday, Sept. 15 • Crystal Renee Herman, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. • Sean Douglas Urie, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of contempt of court.

Gretchen Watson

Gretchen Watson, a longtime Craig resident, died Wednesday in Steamboat Springs. Services are pending.

Richard T. Whitmore: Craig

To the Editor: Congratulations to the commissioners! The meeting of Aug. 12 had the positive result of putting the ball into the library board of directors' court on personnel matters.

Our view: A toothy grin for the dental coalition

We can't say enough about the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition's ability to overcome adversity -- especially because their perseverance has paid big dividends for the region.

Datebook for Sept. 17

Today Free day today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado for the sixth annual Sheep Wagon Days, which will feature a sheep wagon display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, plus pioneer crafts and farm animals. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 824-6360.

Managing a sick child

It's been a long time since I spent a restless night with a sick child and a lot has changed since the last time.

Commissioners decry congressman's road bill

The Moffat County commissioners insist the lobbying group Colorado Counties Inc. and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall are following different tracks for a solution to a controversial road debate.

Devils look for extra help against Bulldogs

Eagle Valley High School football coach John Ramunno has some tricks up his sleeve for the game against Moffat County.

Wednesday, September 15

Police blotter for Sept. 16

Craig Police Monday, Sept. 13 • Officers arrested a suspect on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • A report was taken regarding a lost bicycle. Moffat County Sheriff's Office • Deputies responded to a report regarding a suspicious vehicle and arrested a subject on felony drug charges.

Library briefs for Sept. 16

Saturday story A Saturday story hour will be held for ages 5 through 8 at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. "Lu and the Swamp Ghost" book will be read and a snack will be served. RSVP by calling 824-5116.

News briefs for Sept. 16

A Habitat for Humanity meeting is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. in Craig. The film, "Briars in the Cotton Patch," which explores the story of the Koinonia Farm, a community in rural Georgia founded on principles of nonviolence and the Christian faith will be shown. Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, derived much of his inspiration for the program from attending a retreat there. For more than 25 years, Habitat for Humanity has helped low-income families reach their dreams of a place to call home. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat constructs and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner-partner families. Homeowners and volunteers build the houses under trained supervision. Habitat houses are sold to these families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build even more Habitat houses. Currently, More than 175,000 houses have been built, and 900,000 people now live in safe, decent, Habitat Houses. For more information on the meeting call Pastor Dave Barnes at 824-6836.

Commissioners set hiring priorities

Human Resources was the unanimous first choice of the Moffat County commissioners for acquiring workers in 2005, while the Moffat County Jail was pushed to the end of the personnel request line.

DBA, EDP resolve some differences

The Downtown Business Ass--ociation backed off a stance it took a week ago to send only half its dues for Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership membership.

Working mom loves her job

Raising a child alone, starting a career and working to better her community weren't things 20-year-old Misty Muniz ever thought she'd do, let alone love.

Grants still available for local businesses

Two businesses pulled out of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership's Growing Local Business program, leaving funding available for one or two new projects.

Michael James Webster: 1947-2004

Michael James Webster of Craig, died Sept. 8, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 56.

Fred Franklin Selan: 1919-2004

Frederick Franklin Selan of Grand Junction, Colo., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Family Health West in Fruita. He was 85.

Dean and Audrey Grant, Kaye Grounds, All of May's grand- and great-grandchildren: Craig

To the Editor: The family of May D. Grounds wishes to express its thanks to everyone; those who sent flowers, cards and food; those who called; those who contributed to the Walbridge Wing in May's memory and also to the caring people who work at the wing and gave May such loving care. Thanks, all of you, so very much. A special thanks to the ladies who work in the Patient Financial Services at Memorial Hospital in Craig for helping with our buffet luncheon. Your generosity was greatly appreciated.

The (family) ties that bind

Craig brothers deployed in Iraq cross paths in Fallujah

Linda Nichols and Jim Hixson had bittersweet reactions to a phone call they each received from their sons, Gregory and Cory Hixson, both of whom are in the United States Marine Corps and deployed overseas.

John Pogline: Craig

To the Editor: In Amy Hatten's article, "Craig Man Out on Bond," in Friday's issue of the Craig Daily Press, Ms. Hatten attributes Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch as stating the case was dismissed because the alleged victim, who was the only witness in the case, refused to testify. I was in the courtroom that day, along with Ms. Fitch, and I distinctly remember the witness/victim testifying to the fact that neither James nor Steven Pogline forcible drugged her, nor was she afraid of either one.

Aiming high

In June, four 4-H air pistol shooters will represent Colorado in the senior division of the National Shooting Sports Invitational. Two of them share the same dinner table in Craig.

Dental group gets $450,000 for clinic

Horror stories of uninsured children suffering from severe dental problems may become a thing of the past in Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for Sept. 16

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continues through Friday. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in Spree Bucks and free goodies for the dog. Call to volunteer to walk a dog for a person with disabilities. Call 824-9180.

Making Craig a tourist draw

For most tourists, the formula for a good time is the same everywhere: breakfast, lunch and dinner with time well spent in between and a comfortable, clean bed to sleep in.

Tuesday, September 14

Fake $50 bills passed in Craig

Police: Businesses should stay on guard

At least two counterfeit $50 bills have been passed in Craig in the last month, which should be a reminder for businesses to keep their guards up, Craig Police Department Lt. John Forgay said.

Dawn Schilling Bolstad: Craig

To the Editor: I am a new teacher at CMS with more than 20 years experience and study in American, German and Russian history. I am also a qualified instructor of English and German languages.

Bust nets 8 pounds of pot

Two men were arrested Friday after officers from the Craig Police Department confiscated more than eight pounds of marijuana from a car that one of the men was driving and from a trailer home in the Cedar Mountain Village.

Railroad wants money

Wyman mulls options

For Lou Wyman, three years is the difference between making $40,000 and spending $25,000 to move the Craig Depot to his Living History Ranch.

Craig City Council delays decision about county airport

Craig City Council members made no decision Tuesday night on the county's request for $22,812.50, saying they'd discuss it at their September budget workshop.

Back in the black

Moffat County Jail making money

The Moffat County Jail is poised to end the year with a positive cash flow, which would be the first time that has happened since it was constructed.

Police blotter for Sept. 15

Jail Report Friday, Sept. 10 • Tim Robert Ober, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of amphetamine, possession and attempt to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Michael Anthony Erfman, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply. • Tyrrell James Kochenower, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on previous charges.

No Down Lo Down Showdown results

No Down Lo Down Showdown results

Bulldog volleyball pounds Panthers for three-set win

Success leaves room for improvement

The three-set win against Rangely High School was certainly a step in the right direction for Moffat County. By no means do the players hope it was the last step forward.

'Dogs soccer gets first shutout

Stellar defensive effort holds off Rifle for 3-0 win

The first 10 minutes of the Moffat County High School soccer game against Rifle wasn't an experience that Bulldog fans, players and especially the coach want to relive any time soon.

News briefs for Sept. 15

The Craig Gun and Sport Show is Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 702 E. Victory Way. The event is sponsored by the Bears Ears Sportsman club of Craig and will feature expanded exhibits on guns and ammunition, cowboy and Indian items, military items, coins, knives, holsters and cases, reloading supplies and more. Admission is $2. Children younger than 12 are admitted free if accompanied by parents. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. For table reservations, call Jake Garcia at 824-8376, Chuck Woods at 824-1777 or Kevin Schnider at 826-2665.

Datebook for Sept. 15

Today 7:30 a.m. A "See you at the Pole" event will be held at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School for students to gather at the flagpole and join in a national prayer event for schools, leaders and their families. Call 824-5926.

Our view: New rules make school safer

Last year, students and parents ranked Craig Middle School the lowest in the Moffat County School District as a place where students feel safe.

Road and Bridge seeks more funds

Department needs new equipment

Commissioner Darryl Steele gripped the right side of his chest and joked that his heart couldn't take it when he saw the Road and Bridge Department's capital outlays budget for 2005.

Strike vote looms for Safeway workers

Health care premiums are at heart of fight between union, grocery chains

Craig Safeway employee Sabrina Boughan, 20, said she depends on health care benefits to supplement an hourly wage of a little more than $6 an hour.

Phillip Miles

Phillip Miles Memorial services for Phillip Miles will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Monday, September 13

News briefs for Sept. 14

Have you ever wanted to know what "good works" or "gifts" are? First Congregational Church announced that it will begin offering "The Secrets of the Vine" and "The Life God Rewards" video series by Bruce Wilkinson, author of "The Prayer of Jabez". There will also be a four-week series on "the Prayer of Jabez for Women" by Darlene Wilkinson, which began Monday at 10 a.m. The "Secrets of the Vine" series will begin on Monday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. and "The Life God Rewards" will begin Oct 12 at 6 p.m. These are eight-week courses. Please call 824-6836 or 824-4266 to sign up for the classes.

Datebook for Sept. 14

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue through Friday. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in Spree Bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Volunteer to walk a dog for disabled people. Call 824-9180.

Behind on health checks

Building inspector's schedule clogged

There's no room to grow in the Moffat County Building Inspector's Department.

Moffat County Neighbor: Cathy Cronk

Name: Cathy Cronk Occupation: Photo Lab Tech at Quality Plus -- One hour Photo, 227 E. Victory Way, in Craig, 824-3813.

Changes at CMS concern parents

Craig resident Eric Langstaff likened the new discipline structure at Craig Middle School to communist Russia and its honor cards to the stars used to target Jews.

Wesley D. Kendall

Wesley D. Kendall Funeral services for Wesley D. Kendall will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at the Craig LDS Chapel. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Candace Mansfield: Craig

To the Editor: My question to Craig residents is this: How many of you know that the Bulldogs have a freshman football team?

Vote, but be informed

Why is it important to vote?

Becoming an educated voter takes diligence

Television, radio, newspapers, e-mail, billboards, flyers, brochures, mail-outs.

New way to extract gas is proposed

A gas company is tapping into new technology to drill wells in Moffat County.

County insurance sees slight increase in cost

Moffat County's insurance costs should increase between 7 percent and 9 percent next year, the county's insurance agent says.

New doctors excited about Northwest Colorado

Dr. Stacy Childs, M.D., F.A.C.S., grew up Texas, went to college in Louisiana and practiced in Alabama for 23 years. Naturally he has a bit of a southern drawl.

Sunday, September 12

Volleyball team struggles

It was way too quiet Saturday for coach Becky Howlett. "They didn't come out communicating at all," the Moffat County High School volleyball coach said. "They are louder in practice than they were today."

Business Profile: Jim Sautel

Name of Business/Address: Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts Institute, 2011 W. Victory Way, Craig, 824-2484,

Business Roundup

The First National Bank of the Rockies in Hayden is hosting a birthday barbecue on Friday. Food and fun will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FNBR bank office, 252 W. Jefferson Avenue. The community is welcome to attend. Call 276-3731.

Cross country teams do well at meet

The Moffat County High School cross country teams had two early-season hunches confirmed Friday at the Grand Junction Central meet.

Briefs for Sept. 13, 2004

The Downtown Business Association is organizing the fourth annual Golden Leaf Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

Datebook for Sept. 13, 2004

Deadline to register for the Knez Yahoo Golf Tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. Cost is $50 a man for an 18-hole chapman. Ladies Format will be a two-lady scramble. Ladies entry fee will be $20. A steak dinner for players and guests will be at the Shadow Mountain clubhouse following the tournament. Call 824-3673.

Conference brings women together

Women arrived in Craig this weekend from far-flung states such as Florida and Kansas to share one commonality important in their lives: faith.

Bob Molloy: Sheriff takes wrong approach

Well, after reading Sheriff Grinstead's talking points, it's surely nice to know that none of us will need to bother to cast a vote for sheriff for the next 16 years.

College's Super Saturdays popular with residents

Gloria Kowach scoffed when someone warned her about heading to a beauty school to get a perm. Though Saturday was Kowach's first visit to the Colorado Northwest Community College school of cosmetology, the positive experience will keep her coming back.

Lambert repeats as Meeker Classic champion

Beverly Lambert and her dog, Bill, became $15,000 richer Sunday after winning the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial for the second year in a row.

Friday, September 10

Couple who prompted police standoff in court

Two Craig residents whose intertwining cases stem from a standoff with police appeared in Moffat County Court on Friday for preliminary hearings on separate felony charges.

Michael J. Webster

Memorial services for Michael J. Webster will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Grant Mortuary. Interment of cremains will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Pee Wee Wrestling Organization or the Boys and Girls Club of Craig in care of Grant Mortuary.

Ridgeview Elementary revamps citizenship rewards

Every student is a star at Ridgeview Elementary School.

David Pressgrove: Alluring asterisks

In no way would I consider myself qualified to be a literary critic,* but in my opinion the asterisk and its relatives** are the most underrated and underused symbols in journalism.

'Ladder of discipline'

CMS discipline plan has rewards, consequences

A few years ago when an earthquake hit Northwest Colorado, Craig Middle School secretary Beth Gilchrist wasn't aware of it because students were making their way to lunch, rushing to be the first in line.

Regional heritage tourism effort under way

Tourism officials in Northwest Colorado are looking into forming a regional tourism association that would try to tap into a new wave of tourism called "heritage tourism."

Bulldogs give rough welcome to Huskies

AVON -- About the only disappointment for Moffat County High School senior Scott Garoutte after his team's 53-0 blow out of Battle Mountain was that he hasn't got to punt enough.

Leafy spurge may cause blindness to humans

MEEKER -- One of the Bureau of Land Management's highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health. Its one greatest obstacle is a weed taking over public lands.

Head-on accident injures 3 men

Three area residents were taken to hospitals after two vehicles collided head-on at about 6:40 a.m. Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40, a few miles west of Milner.

Two arrested in ATV accident after eluding

Two Craig residents were arrested Friday morning after crashing their all-terrain vehicles into each other and attempting to elude police by driving away down city streets, Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard said.

United Way Campaign to kick off

United Way's thermometer soon will grace Craig's downtown, and organizers hope to make this year a hot one.

Sept. 11 anniversary draws little attention

Three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, not much is happening in Craig to commemorate the event.

Storing Craig

Storage units used for cars, clothes, maybe even sleeping

Joyce Swaney isn't certain there was a man living in the storage units she manages, but she's suspects there was.

Cycling with a mission

Bikers encourage students to donate blood

The first time Mark Nothnagle of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., donated blood, he was 17 and terrified.

Our View: Sheep Wagon Days a great history lesson

At one time, Northwest Colorado was the wool capital of the world.

Thursday, September 9

Our View: Preparing for the immigrant influx

On Sept. 1, a group of Yampa Valley residents met at Hayden High School to see whether they could do a better job of coordinating services for immigrants.

Bulldogs ready for Battle Mountain

Sept. 3 is a date that most Battle Mountain High School football fans will remember for a while.

Golf team has 'turnaround' at YVGC

It was a good week for Moffat County High School sophomore golfer Shawn Brookshire.

Speaker urges shift in thinking

Bargaining on today at the expense of tomorrow is what the U.S. government does every day that it promises retirement or health benefits it cannot afford, Celeste Colgan, Ph.D., says.

Craig man out on bond

James Pogline released from jail

A Craig man with a history of felony charges in Moffat County has been released from jail on $25,000 bail.

Moffat jail presses charges vs. inmate

A woman who was being booked into the Moffat County Jail early Thursday morning is being charged with assaulting a detention officer.

Currie: Just another manic morning

The morning was chaotic enough, and Katie wasn't helping.

Bulldog soccer finishes off Sailors

Hugo Quezada temporarily lost the assignment to kick the free kicks for the Moffat County High School soccer team. The senior earned that job back Thursday in a 3-2 Bulldog win against rival Steamboat Springs.

Michael J. Webster

Michael J. Webster of Craig died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, in Craig. Services are pending.

Baptist churches offer Awana activities for youths

Two Craig Awana clubs kick off new years of youth group this week.

Hotshots have a cool season

Fire crew travels as far as Washington, Florida to fight wildfires

This year's fire season has been slow but consistent, and that's fine with members of Craig Hotshots.

Wednesday, September 8

News briefs for Sept. 9

Do you know someone who spares no details when it comes to decorating their home for the holidays? The Craig Rotary Club is looking for five homes to be showcased during the annual Holiday Home Tour fund-raiser. This year's tour will be Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. Home Tour Homes should have unique, elaborate or otherwise appealing decorations in the holiday spirit. This is an opportunity for members of the community to view your home, get ideas for their homes and see what others are doing for the holidays. Participating homes will have a Rotary member host/hostess who will be sure that visiting guests leave their shoes at the door and treat your home with care. Call Penny Krump at 824-6130.

Golfers sloppy in Steamboat

Only one Bulldog golfer broke 90 as team finished 10th out of 13

The analysis of Wednesday's performance by the Moffat County High School boys golf team was quick and to the point from coach Ken Harjes.

Sheriff's camper stolen

Identity of thief remains unknown

Craig police still haven't found the person who stole a camper belonging to Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead.

Police blotter for Sept. 9

Jail Report Tuesday, Sept. 7 • Timothy Lawrence Moschetti, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. • Matthew Shane Merritt Penrose, 18, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, theft from an auto, unlawfully carrying concealed weapons, criminal mischief and second-degree arson. • Glen Alan Shaffer, 45, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of violation of a restraining order.

Transplant triumph

Moffat County resident shares heartening story

SUNBEAM -- Three months ago, Linda Sloan was courting death if she walked near a microwave or vacuumed her carpet.

Group strives to give support to teen moms

Anita Martinez's toddler daughter was digging into the dog food while her mother discussed her plans to start a support group for teenage mothers in Craig.

Dog days of summer

Meeker Classic attracts dog handlers from near and far

MEEKER -- The first day of the 18th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials proved once again how cantankerous and feisty the sheep are in northwest Colorado and why this is the dog trial every handler longs for.

Datebook for Sept. 9

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the dog-walking program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue through Sept. 17. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in Spree Bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Call to volunteer to walk a dog for someone with a disability, too. Call 824-9180.

Not even heart surgery slows him down

Jesse Mascarenas spent a few minutes resting in the shade of his car port before getting back to work sharpening saw blades Wednesday afternoon.

The big show

Describing 'open horse show' is hard for rider

Kalli Deatherage fights away a cringe with a smile every time somebody asks her about an open horse show.

Tuesday, September 7

One for the books

Soccer team sets two records in 6-1 win

It was a game of firsts for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team.

Our view: Vote for open government

You don't elect people to public office to conduct your business behind closed doors. You expect public officials to conduct the public's business in public.

Police blotter for Sept. 8

Jail Report Thursday, Sept. 2 • A 53-year-old man was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of sex assault.

Class teaches how to eat well on $5 a day

Five dollars could buy a person a value meal at a fast-food restaurant or a light meal at a sit-down restaurant.

Man charged with unlawful sexual contact

Police have arrested a Craig man on charges of enticement of a child and unlawful sexual contact.

Replacement for torched bus more luxurious

The bad news is that the regional bus service between Steamboat Springs and Craig lost one of its buses to a fire Monday.

Sailors defeat Bulldogs in three

Mills has 13 kills

Steamboat Springs -- Nearly every face is new, but the expectations that come with wearing a Steamboat Springs volleyball warm-up never change.

Fiesta planned to mark Mexico's independence

Organizers hope event is a bridge between cultures

For six years Omar Pereyra has lived in the Yampa Valley and never has he seen an organized celebration of Mexican Independence Day here.

Coverage quandary

Medicare fix could cost city

Sixteen city employees have gone nearly 11 years without contributing to Medicare.

News briefs for Sept. 8

The Downtown Business Association is organizing the fourth annual Golden Leaf Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley. The festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25. The goal is to have a block full of activity. The main emphasis is local vendors, community groups and family oriented activities. The festival is a great opportunity for nonprofit groups to recruit new members or raise funds for their organizations. Booth spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as fees are received. Vendors are responsible for tables, chairs and weather protection. The fee is $35 a space for commercial and individual use and $25 a space for nonprofit groups.

Datebook for Sept. 8

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue through Friday, Sept. 17. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in Spree Bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Call to volunteer to walk a dog for the disabled too. Call 824-9180.

Monday, September 6

Moffat County Neighbor: Elizabeth Van Dorn

Name: Elizabeth Van Dorn Occupation: Volunteer at the Museum of Northwest Colorado

New program targets poachers

Colorado Division of Wildlife launches TIP project this month

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is aiming to take poachers of trophy game with a new anti-poaching initiate.

Jean Fuka: Hankinson, N.D

To the Editor: On Aug. 19, I had stopped in Craig for gas and was heading north out of town when I picked up a nail and had a flat tire on my motorcycle.

Same start, different results

Cross country team wins its division at Harrison Invitational

The Moffat County High School cross country team started the season the same place it ended last year. This time, there were a lot more post-race smiles.

We must stay vigilant

Hi, I am Jim Meineke.

Datebook for Sept. 7

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue through Sept. 17. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in spree bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Call to volunteer to walk a dog for the disabled, too. Call 824-9180.

Seniors don't take voting for granted

With issues such as Medicare, Social Security and veteran's aid affected so deeply by the outcome of elections, it's no surprise that senior citizens are a dedicated bloc of voters.

Air Force country music band coming to Craig

Ever heard of the Air Force Academy's country and western band?

News briefs for Sept. 7

Hunters are gearing up for Colorado's rifle seasons for deer and elk. One requirement that is essential for hunters who plan on purchasing a Colorado license is proof of hunter education.

Sunday, September 5

Business profile: Dennis Braia

Name: Dennis Braia Name of Business/Address: Abbey Carpet by Braia, 408 E. Victory Way, Craig, 826-0888.

Business briefs for Sept. 6

Brosious named director of Yampa Valley Electric The Yampa Valley Electric Board appointed Dean Brosious of Craig as director for Yampa Valley Electric Association District 4. Brosious is an investment representative and stockbroker with Edward Jones Investments in Craig. He has a bachelor's degree in business and economics from the University of Wyoming and achieved the Certified Commercial Lender designation from the University of Oklahoma. Brosious lives in Craig and owns ranch property in Moffat County. He belongs to the Kiwanis Club and the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club.

Rain drowns soccer's lead

Weather delayed game 30 minutes

The weather was the 12th man for the Glenwood Springs High School soccer team its 2-1 win against Moffat County on Saturday.

Fatigue, gaffs plague golfers

There is times when it baffles a coach how his team can play superbly one day and not so superbly the next. That wasn't the case for Moffat County High School coach Ken Harjes on Friday at the Cedaredge Golf Course, because he understood his team's fluctuation.

Sales tax revenue falls short

Impact on city likely will be felt in 2005 budget

The monthly financial report didn't contain the good news city officials were hoping for.

Another wet weekend

Craig residents don't let rain spoil holiday

Rain, rain and more rain seemed to be the theme for this Labor Day weekend, but there were several things that kept people around town busy.

Empowering, educating women

Thursday's seminar sponsored by Moffat County GOP

Educating and empowering women is the purpose behind the Moffat County Republican Women's upcoming presentation "Tea-n-Tails."

News briefs for Sept. 6

A statewide search is in the final phase to select young women wishing to compete for the title of Miss Colorado USA or Miss Colorado Teen USA. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 26. There is no performing talent competition. Winners will represent Colorado in the 2005 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, televised nationally on NBC, and receive thousands of dollars in prizes and cash awards, scholarships, a fabulous new wardrobe, a VIP trip to Disneyland and auditions with top modeling and casting agents. Many prizes and gifts will be awarded to all delegates in the pageant. For information, call (888) 894-3736 or log on to

This is no urban cowboy

Steamboat native rode his first bronco at age 15

Grant Bryan was 15 the first time he entered a bronco riding competition.

Datebook for Sept. 6

Today Moffat County Libraries will be closed Today for the Labor Day weekend.

Friday, September 3

Star Student

An extreme case of pre-school anxiety turned into a boy who's happy to be at school.

Off the beaten path

Third-grade trip not without its lessons

If experience is the best teacher, then students crammed a lot of learning into a little time Thursday and Friday.

A friendly place

CMS institutes program to ease students' transition

Everyone needs a friend, and there's a program at Craig Middle School that ensures everyone gets one.

New CNCC program tackles construction

Community interest prompts college to adds building-trades courses to its curriculum

Armed with the idea that not all students are suited for the traditional college curriculum, the administrators of Colorado Northwestern Community College moved forward with a building trades program this fall. The program was spurred in part by interested board and community members.

Our view: Protecting children from meth

The Drug Endangered Child Committee proposed by the Craig Police Department makes good sense.

Moffat County Seniors Hot Lunch schedule

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

Police blotter for Sept. 4

Jail Report Thursday, Sept. 2 • Jennifer Jade Smith, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of a probation violation. • Timothy Lawrence Stauffer, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of cruelty to animals. Craig Police Thursday, Sept. 2 • Officers pursued an arrest for temporary restraining order violation, minor in possession of alcohol and possible paraphernalia charges. • Officers responded to a report of methamphetamine found in a tavern. • Fraud by check was reported by a business in the 1100 block of West Victory Way.

News briefs for Sept. 4

Students throughout the country will join other teenagers in prayer around the world Sept. 15. They will be observing the 15th annual "See You at the Pole" a grass-roots prayer event to bring students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families in prayer. Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School will participate that day at 7:30 a.m. See You at the Pole is a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990. It originated with just one youth group meeting at night at several schools in the Burleson area during a weekend retreat. Call Pastor Rod Compton at 824-5222 or Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926.

Dr. Arthur Houk: Craig

To the Editor: Since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America, about 42 million killings of the unborn have taken place. It is interesting that Norma McCorvey, the "Roe," is campaigning to halt legalized abortion.

Verna M. Holmes: Formerly of Craig, now living in Washington

To the Editor: I am writing this letter to inform the citizens and residents of Moffat County about Sheriff Buddy Grinstead. My husband, Lynn, was an employee of the Sheriff's Office for several years as a detention officer in the jail. He served under Jeff Corriveau and Buddy Grinstead. Even with the problems that happened during Jeff's term, he was a very good sheriff. He also had a qualified staff that could run their departments well.

Volleyball team sees positives in Thursday loss to Meeker

Most of the time losing to a school that is two classifications lower isn't going to make a coach real happy. That wasn't the case for Moffat County High School volleyball coach Becky Howlett on Thursday.

Jennifer Brockman

Jennifer Brockman of Craig has been named an All-American Scholar and received recognition as a US National Honor Roll Award winner.

Brenda Lou Hillewaert: 1956-2004

Ridgecrest, Calif resident Brenda Lou Hillewaert passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at her home. She was 48.

Water quality good in Meeker

Rest assured, the water in Meeker is still the best.

Giving employers a hand

Part of the mission of the Colorado Workforce Center is to be a resource for employers.

Talia Pearl Fix

Barbara Fix and David Fix of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Pearl Fix, at 9:34 p.m., Aug. 25, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Kenzie Marie Varner

Kendra Marie Varner and Christopher Phillip Varner of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kenzie Marie Varner, at 7:12 p.m., Aug. 28, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Adam Christopher Tuck

Donna Tuck and Brent Tuck of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Adam Christopher Tuck, at 1:25 p.m., Aug. 27, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Education Calendar

Monday, Sept 6 Labor Day -- NO SCHOOL.

Datebook for Sept. 4

Today Moffat County Libraries will be closed Sept. 4 to 6 for the Labor Day weekend.

MCHS Report Card

Welcome to the 2004-2005 school year at Moffat County High School! We have gotten off to a great start this year and we'd like to tell you about some of the early happenings.

Nathan L. Browning

Nathan Logan Browning, a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School, son of Len and Cheryle Browning of Craig, was named on the College of Natural Sciences dean's honor roll.

Sheepdog trials start Wednesday

Chairman of Meeker Classic encourages families to attend five-day event

It's about the connection between a master and his dog.

Bulldogs break out vs. Outlaws

Stetson Otero hadn't played offense since his freshman year.

County faces long wish list

Moffat commissioners begin considering county's 2005 budget needs

The Moffat County commissioners have three priorities for writing the 2005 budget.

'A risk worth taking'

Some view gastric bypass as only hope to beat obesity

Three years ago this summer, Laurel Causer was a different person -- literally.

Thursday, September 2

Women's conference aims to inspire

After last year's Christian Women's Conference in Craig, women stuffed the comment box with feedback.

Viola May Grounds: 1907-2004

Viola May Grounds died Aug. 20, 2004, in Meeker, Colo. She was 97.

Touch of Spice: What's in a name?

Katie demands specificity from those around her.

Time off helps golf team

For most of the season the Moffat County High School boys' golf team usually would wait in the van while coach Ken Harjes went to the club house to get results. Usually because it didn't want to see the results.

Football kicks off tonight

Last year Rawlins, Wyo. football coach Dan Dinnel felt like his players came to practice with the attitudes similar to a disgruntled employee at a dead-end job. This year things have changed.

Hayden shows promise

Whiteman tops 100 yards in 42-14 win over Moffat County

Whatever choice words Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner had for his players during halftime of Thursday's game he may want to stash away for possible future use, after the Tigers rebounded from a mediocre first half to rout Moffat County's junior varsity, 42-14.

Religion briefs for Sept. 3

Students throughout the country will join other teenagers in prayer around the world Sept. 15. They will be observing the 15th annual "See You at the Pole" a grassroots prayer event to bring students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families in prayer. Both Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School will participate that day at 7:30 a.m. See You at the Pole is a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990. It originated with just one youth group meeting at night at several schools around Burleson during a weekend retreat. For more information, call Pastor Rod Compton at 824-5222 or Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926.

Police blotter for Sept. 3

Jail Report Wednesday, Sept. 1 • Jeremy Keith Bays, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on previous charges. Craig Police Wednesday, Sept. 1 • Officers responded to a report of enticement of a child and unlawful sexual contact. • Fraud by check was reported by a realty trust account.

Accident kills Dinosaur woman

A woman was killed Wednesday two miles east of Dinosaur when she drove off the side of the road and rolled her vehicle.

YVRA flights to Houston cleared for autumn 2005

A $500,000 federal grant will help subsidize daily jet service between Houston and Yampa Valley Regional Airport next fall.

Sheriff Grinstead's talking points

Thanks for coming today.

Grinstead clarifies management style

Sheriff says memo wasn't meant to intimidate staff

Halfway through his second term, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead makes no apologies for what some say is a heavy-handed management style.

Have money, can't spend

1913 law restricts revenue growth to 5.5 percent

Compared with last year at this time, Moffat County's financial situation is considerably improved.

Datebook for Sept. 3

Today 8 a.m. Registration continues for the Dog Walking Program at Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Registration will continue until Sept. 17. This is a 14-week program where people can earn up to $45 in spree bucks and free goodies for the dog for participating. Please call to volunteer to walk a dog for the disabled too. Call 824-9180.

5A Fruita takes season opener

For the first 18 minutes of their soccer match, Moffat County High School and Fruita Monument looked evenly matched -- with the Bulldogs perhaps even enjoying advantage because they had three shots on goal to the Wildcats' one.

Perjury probe clears sheriff

Greystone resident Bob Molloy is waging a one-man campaign to make Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead accountable for remarks he made in court.

Between the tracks

No decision yet on which of two suitors will get Union Pacific depot

Past a block of tractors and farm equipment, next to rusted railroad tracks, sits the abandoned Craig train depot with its windows boarded shut and asbestos removal notices posted on its padlocked doors.

News briefs for Sept. 3

A Christian conference for women will bring a keynote speaker from Kentucky to Craig .

Our view: Talking points cause concern

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead doesn't deny writing a series of "talking points" which he delivered to his staff shortly after he was re-elected.

Wednesday, September 1

Cherry Louise White: 1929-2004

Cherry Louise White died Aug. 31, 2004, in Rifle, Colo. She was 75.

Wilderness Ranch landowners

To the Editor: On behalf of all of the landowners of Wilderness Ranch, we wish to express our sincere thanks to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department for their swift response to the tornadoes in our area Aug. 26.

News briefs for Sept. 2

Meeker will showcase 150 top dog/handler teams next month competing for a $15,000 purse. The 18th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, which run Wednesday to Sept. 12, is considered one of the most prestigious traditional sheep-herding events in North America. The volunteer-hosted event is held in the White River Valley at the foot of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and is expected to draw more than 15,000 spectators. During the five-day trials, there is plenty for spectators to do on-site and off. Activities include a craft festival, art contest and sale, barbecues, pancake breakfasts, jackpot stock dog competition and more. Call 878-5845.

Sheriff's grant spending OK so far

It appears the spending of grants by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office is fine, Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said.

Raising children

Free six-week class offers tips to parents

Young parents and parents-to-be are the targets of a free six-week course designed to educate them on some important aspects of child rearing.

2004 City Championship golf: full results

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT: 1, Ivy, Preston, 77, 73, 150; 2, Palmer, Gerald, 75, 76, 151; 3, Peck, Kevin, 75, 77, 152; 4, Rugh, C J, 77, 77, 154; 5, Russo, Joe, 79, 79, 158; 6, Rayl, Rick, 77, 84, 161; 6, Bower, Bud, 78, 83, 161; 8, Heuer, Pete, 78, 84, 162; 9, Wilson, Kyle, 81, 82, 163; 10, Hahn, Lou, 88, 77, 165; 11, Kitchen, Gregg, 86, 80, 166; 12, Moore, Clarence, 85, 82, 167; 13, Holford, Rick, 78, 90, 168; 13, Griffin, Erik, 87, 81, 168; 15, Utzinger, Deems, 83, 86, 169; 16, White, Lynn, 81, 89, 170; 16, Delong, Mike, 88, 82, 170; 18, Runyan, Randy, 83, 89, 172; 19, McKey, Kaleb, 91, 84, 175; 19, Omailia, Dave, 83, 92, 175; 21, Knez, Tom, 92, 84, 176; 22, Dockstader, Scott, 96, 83, 179; 23, Sperl, Andy, 92, 89, 181; 23, Kistler, Chuck, 89, 92, 181; 25, Rugh, Jim, 94, 93, 187; 26, Mcelvain, Brett, 98, 99, 197.

His foundation is solid

Craig native Mike Knez is a permanent fixture in this town, just like his house.

Police blotter for Sept. 2

Jail Report Tuesday, Aug. 31 • Jimmy Alden Bristol, 39, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of violation of a restraining order. • Timothy Wayne Smith, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of probation violation. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Aug. 31 • Deputies contacted a male suspect for bond violation.

Pogline sues Craig, Moffat County for 'excessive force'

A Craig man who is being held on felony charges in the Moffat County Jail filed a claim against the city of Craig and Moffat County requesting $150,000 in damages because he says that he was "stopped, detained and arrested without probable cause" by law enforcement in a Feb. 28 incident.

Datebook for Sept. 2

Today 8:30 a.m. MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) will meet at Calvary Baptist, 1050 Yampa Ave. The cost is $6 and includes breakfast, craft and speakers. Children are welcome. Call 824-0101.

Schools seek grant to improve reading comprehension

Elementary school students who need extra help with reading won't be neglected if the school district doesn't get state Read-to-Achieve grant funds, but the additional funds certainly will give the program a boost, officials said.

Friday spotlight

'Massive' gridiron stars ready to put on show

There might not be a lot of holding hands and team hugs but the coaching staff of the Moffat County High School football team isn't about to shy away from its affection toward its players.

Lost in translation

Immigrant liaison has short time to improve system

As the immigrant populations of Routt and Moffat counties grow, so has the need for immigrant-focused services.