Stories for April 2005


Saturday, April 30

Prom hurts swim team at meet

For most of the season, the Moffat County boys swim coach hoped that his team would crack the top three at the Western Slope Championships. Around a week before the meet, Jim Vorhies knew that goal wouldn't be reached.

Friday, April 29

Gene Bruce (1925-2005)

Gene Bruce of Craig died April 27, 2005, at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 80.

Edwin S. 'Shorty' Cromer (1927-2005)

Edwin S. "Shorty" Cromer died March 24, 2005, at his home after a long illness.

Star Student: Laura Secules

You don't have to look too closely to see that second-grader Laura Secules is shy -- she'll tell you straight out.

Shot-put queen the team's only qualifier

Moffat County senior Brittani Weber shot onto the throwing scene last year with a state-qualifying throw at the North Park Invitational in Craig. She threw another personal best two weeks later at the Clint Wells Invitational. She went on to finish seventh in the shot put at state and is one of the top returning throwers this year. Although her throws haven't been what she's hoped for, Weber did qualify for state last week with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches.

Trapper Mine injury free for 2 years

For the past two years, Trapper Mine has not had a single lost-time injury.

Education calendar

3:15 p.m. Craig Intermediate School choir group "Kids from the Country" will travel to Sand Rock Ridge to present a concert for the residents.

Man to pay $18K for road damage

A Steamboat Springs man who bulldozed a road into a wilderness study area must pay $18,000 to repair the damage he caused.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Verla Haslem of Craig are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Haslem, to Thomas Rockwood of Seattle, Wash.

On the road again

Colorado State Patrol captain to work highways near Denver

Once, Capt. Gary Torgerson's co-workers switched a ceiling tile in his office for a mirror. A different time, his cohorts played another joke on him by issuing a false warrant for his arrest.

Briefs for April 30

Kindergarten round-up for Moffat County will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at all three elementary schools.

Track talent on display

The weatherman is predicting an 80 percent chance of rain or snow; coach Vicki Haddan is predicting some quality racing.

Our View: The road less traveled

There's a process for everything -- getting a liquor license, obtaining a building permit, securing a bank loan -- and there is a process for resource management. The Northwest Colorado Steward�--ship and the Bureau of Land Manage�--ment are in the lengthy process of updating a nearly 20-year-old resource management plan. The plan, which encourages the public's input, could mean that off-highway vehicle users have significantly fewer acres of accessible terrain for recreational activities.

Police Blotter for April 30

Moffat County Jail Friday, April 29 No incidents reported.

Planting seeds for the future

Students in the Moffat County High School horticulture class don't exactly reap what they sow, but the program does.

David Pressgrove: What a difference a year makes

In the final week of the girls soccer season last year, I wrote a column about the struggles of the team. The thesis wasn't so much about the team's record, but more about the team's poor attitude.

Getting it write

School newspaper recognized

Two members of the Moffat County High School Postscript staff will travel to Denver on Monday to be honored for winning four Colorado Press Association awards.

Datebook for April 30

8 a.m. St. Mark Episcopal and Luth�--eran Church of Grace are having a rummage sale until 2 p.m. at 657 Green St.

Colorado's uninsured top 300,000

If Jeannie Carranza had�--n't found the Colorado Indigent Care Program, she doesn't know how she would have paid her medical bills.

'No way to live'

Meeker soldier grateful to be home after a year in Afghanistan

Kevyn Mack stops to take a heavy breath while recounting the nightmares of his time in Afghanistan. He looks to his aunt.

Thursday, April 28

Scouting new territory for cultural heritage tourism

Cultural heritage tourism isn't just this year's buzzword -- it's a concept that, properly executed, has the potential to increase an area's quality of life as well as sales-tax revenue.

Guy Jones and family

The families of Sharee Jones wish to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Sharee during her short illness. Thanks to Pastor Compton and the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church for their prayers and help. Thanks also to our friends for their help and support during a time of heartbreak by losing a wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

Paula Reed

On April 27, during a snowstorm on the top of Rabbit Ears Pass, an unknown Craig resident stopped to help us change a flat tire, and we want to express our sincere appreciation for his assistance. The gentleman lives in Craig and was headed east when he made a U-turn to help us.


Kay Don-ley of Montrose and David Pietrick of Craig ann-ounce the engagement of their daughter, Lacy Pietrick, to Cody Browning, son of Marsha Nowell of St. George, Utah, and Cal Browning of Montrose.

News briefs for April 29

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will host a free party from 5 to 9 p.m. today for members who are Sunset Elementary School students. The party is a reward for the students who won a penny war. The penny war was an event to raise money for the tsunami relief effort. The party includes dinner, a movie and activities. Come only if you are a member of the club and attend Sunset Elementary School. The club will close at 9 sharp, so parents should arrange for rides before that. Call Robert Winn for more information at 826-0411.

Golfers 9th at preview on regional course

Moffat County sophomore Amber Nicholson couldn't remember crying in a golf tournament before.

Volunteers are needed to track the weather

Officials from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction didn't know that tornadolike winds had ripped through an area east of Craig last fall until someone called in with questions about them.

Black belts: Cops earn Hapkido certification

Every day, police officers come into contact with dangerous, violent people.Every day, police officers come into contact with dangerous, violent people.

Bethell faces criminal charges

The owner of a solid-waste treatment plant west of Craig faces criminal charges of forgery and attempt to influence a public official.

Police blotter for April 29

Craig Police Department Wednesday, April 27 • Officers investigated the theft of a Volkswagen Beetle. • Officers conducted a warrant arrest. • Officers investigated an abandoned vehicle.

Mommy the monster

As I was leaving, I heard Nikki say, "She's funny, huh Katie?"

Group: RFW program has few benefits

The Ranching For Wildlife program might not even have the same name after a committee of residents has finished reviewing it.

Datebook for April 29

Today Noon VFW Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a sandwich and salad lunch upstairs until 2 p.m. at the VFW, 419 E. Victory Way. Tickets are $5. Call Dora at 824-2257.

A new calling

After eight years of influence here, First Baptist Church Pastor Brian Haynes is moving on to make a difference somewhere else.

Swinging in the rain

Scott Parker enjoys his time as Moffat County baseball coach, but if one day that doesn't work out, a stint as a motivational speaker could.

Easy riders

When Delbert Knez needs a break, he hops on his motorcycle and just rides.

Program aims to prevent suicides

Ten Yampa Valley residents committed suicide last year.

Wednesday, April 27

TMH OKs Habitat proposal

Hammers and paintbrushes are in order now that Hospital Board members approved the sale of one of their homes to Moffat County's Habitat for Humanity group.

Police: Craig Middle School student caught with drugs

A 13-year-old student at Craig Middle School received a summons for possession of a "very small amount" of marijuana, police said.

Rodeo team sees freshman place at Colorado Springs

The Moffat County rodeo team competed in the Black Forest Club rodeo in Colorado Springs on Saturday and Sunday. The team's performance included a first-time placing by freshman Stevie Brumback, who finished 10th in pole bending Sunday, and a double-placing by roping team Clay Foulk and Brandon Whitaker, seventh on Saturday and sixth on Sunday.

More jail time for Craig man

A Craig man will have to serve six more months behind bars for being involved with an assault on his brother while both men were inmates in the Moffat County Jail.

Passion for panning

Dreams of striking it rich in the gold fields fueled the exodus west in the 1800s and Colorado was a well-known hot spot. Gold prospecting shaped much of the region, and it still enthralls a number of fans in Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for April 28

Today 10 a.m. Children's story-hour is held at 10 and 11 a.m. each Thursday at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

News briefs for April 28

The Knights of Columbus is hosting and serving a Mother's Day breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee after the 9 a.m. Mass on May 8 at St Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. The cost is $3 for everyone except mothers and children younger than 12.

Rod Compton

Although this is a little overdue because of my being out of town for all of last week, I just wanted to take a moment and brag on something. I had the pleasure a couple of weeks ago to go to the combined choir and band performance at Moffat County High School. I must say that in two short years, I've seen a remarkable metamorphosis in our choral and instrumental programs. I can only surmise that this has come from the quality teaching that these students have received. From the incredible seventh-grade band to the Chamber Choir at the high school, I heard harmony and togetherness that was wonderful! Mr. Smith, Mr. Bolton and Miss Winn have captured the hearts of their students and inarguably are getting the most from the talent available. I commend them and hope that students will continue to enroll in the music classes afforded them. Great job!

Muddy waters

The state is suing the owner of a waste-treatment plant west of Maybell, saying the facility has been out of compliance with hazardous-material testing regulations for the past several years.

Craig woman sentenced in embezzlement case

A Craig woman who pleaded guilty recently to two charges of theft from a local dentist's office received a deferred sentence in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday.

An 'animal house' life

Kelly Wood moved to the region nearly five years ago from the California desert.

Police blotter for April 28

Craig Police Department Tuesday, April 26 • Officers booked stolen pistols into evidence. • Officers executed a search warrant.

Former coach pleads innocent in assault case

A former Moffat County High School girls golf coach pleaded innocent to charges that allege he had sex with a student.

Lighting a match under fire crews

The likelihood of a severe fire season seemed slim as a steady rain fell outside the Moffat County Public Safety Center on Wednesday. Yet, inside, a group of Moffat County Road and Bridge workers and sheriff's deputies gathered to train for any type of fires the summer season might bring.

Tuesday, April 26

Craig man gets 30 days in jail

District Judge Michael O'Hara suggested a Craig man who pleaded guilty to domestic violence in Moffat County District Court recently regularly refer to a photograph of his girlfriend that police took after he had beaten her up.

Datebook for April 27

Today 11:45 a.m. Moffat County on the Move meets at the CSU Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., until 1 p.m. Call 824-9108.

News briefs for April 27

There will be Mother's Day/May Day fashion show hosted by Under the Aspen Tree at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Beef & Peppers banquet room at the Centennial Mall in Craig. Admission is canned goods, which will be donated to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Shooting trial is postponed

A District Court judge agreed with the defense to postpone a trial for a case against a 17-year-old boy accused of shooting a Craig man.

800 mega-hurts: County commissioners opposed to state-mandated towers

Moffat County Commissioners are stuck between a rock and hard spot.

Craig women OK after I-70 crash Monday

Two Craig women were treated for minor injuries after they were involved in a head on collision on Interstate 70 on Monday.

District hires principal

The Moffat County School District went after fresh, young talent when replacing the Sunset Elementary School principal. The district hired 32-year-old Zack Allen to replace Jim Rugh, who had served as the school's administrator for 15 years.

Police blotter for April 27

Craig Police Department Monday, April 25 • Officers arrested a man on charges of theft and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. • Officers arrested a man for driving under the influence and under revocation. • Officers investigated a stolen generator from the back of a truck on Breeze Street. • Officers investigated a broken window in a vehicle.

Daniel Marlin Wagner

Longtime Routt County resident Daniel Marlin Wagner died April 15, 2005, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Agnes Wolgram

Agnes Wolgram died April 24, 2005.

TMH Board to discuss Habitat home proposal

Hospital Board members are expected to discuss a proposal tonight from the Moffat County Habitat for Humanity group to purchase a home for low-income residents.

Stacy Roundtree

Former Craig resident Stacy Roundtree, daughter of Marcia Sovine of Craig and Larry Roundtree, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, in Northglenn, Colo. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

4-H livestock judging team hits the road

Understanding the muscle structure of sheep and mastering public speaking are just some of the skills that Moffat County youths learn as members of the 4-H Livestock Judging Club.

Lillian Mildred McManus

Lillian Mildred McManus, formerly Pankey, died April 22, 2005, in McCall, Idaho. She was 94.

Craig City Council tables animal ordinance proposal

Craig City Councilor Tom Gilchrist scoured the 18 pages of animal ordinance additions and changes, finding wrongs that included typos and Constitutional violations.

Huskies control 'Dogs in girls soccer

School didn't let out Tuesday until 5:45 p.m. for the Moffat County girls soccer team.

More prison time possible

A Craig man pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted escape from a detention facility in an agreement that may add to two years of prison time onto a current two-year Department of Corrections sentence.

Tara Jenrich

Thank you to all businesses that participated in Moffat County Partner's Sixth annual Paper Easter Egg Campaign. Each Easter, Moffat County Partners asks local businesses to support the program by selling paper Easter eggs to customers. This year, about 100 businesses supported the campaign. The Popular Bar was the "lead gatherer" this year, selling $202 worth of eggs. A thank-you goes to each person who bought the paper eggs and supported this campaign.

Our view: Cooperation off to good start

Moffat County businesses and individuals are inundated with requests to purchase scented candles, paper Easter eggs, candy bars, flowering planters and any number of other items sold as fund-raisers for non-profit organizations, schools -- even businesses -- throughout the county.

Family living crystal meth nightmare

I'm the mother of a methamphetamine addict and my prayer is that no one should have to go through that hell.

Monday, April 25

Board of Education gets 2005 school budget a little at at time

Moffat County School District Board of Education members are being fed the 2005-06 budget in small doses.

Spend it if you got it

Craig resident Elisa Hayes got back a larger tax refund than she expected this year. So, what did she do with it?

Local women honored by state VFW

Two of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars group's newest members are its best volunteers.

Carrie Godes

It takes a very special individual to be a volunteer -- a person willing to sacrifice time and effort to give selflessly for the good of others. Our community has been blessed by a wonderful group of these individuals -- our hospice volunteers and supporters. Should you ever need to be inspired or need to be encouraged by a story of heroism, look no further.

CNCC students honored for academics

As a result of having earned a 4.0 grade point average, the following students' names have been placed on the Colorado Northwestern Community College President's Academic Distinction List for the 2004 Fall Semester. The college would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals for their outstanding academic achievements:

Local woman receives Phi Theta Kappa award

Holly Tanner of Craig received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for The Beta Epsilon Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Colorado Northwestern Community College during an awards ceremony at the 2005 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention.

News briefs for April 26

Harpers Corner Road, one mile east of Dinosaur, opened to the public Monday. The later-than-usual opening of the road was due to the above-normal snow levels received this winter. Harpers Corner Road is a 31-mile long self-guided auto tour that ends at Harpers Corner overlooking the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. The unpaved Echo Park Road, which begins along the crest of the Harpers Corner Road, also is open for vehicle traffic. Visitors are encouraged to check with a ranger about current road conditions.

Police blotter for April 26

Craig Police Department Sunday, April 24 • Officers conducted an arrest on charges of domestic violence. • Officers investigated a possible temporary restraining order violation.

Scott Cook -- Chairman

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is excited about the new direction of our organization and the future of economic development in Moffat County. Former EDP director Tom Flavin made monumental strides for our organization by streamlining our focus, developing our mission and creating tactics by which to employ our new strategies. Tom Flavin's recent resignation has made room for another qualified economic development professional to take leadership of our organization and make further progress in our community. But the bottom line is that a very committed board of directors and membership have worked hard to make this organization viable, and our commitment will continue despite bumps in the road.

Clettis Lamar Carwile

Clettis Lamar Carwile died April 9, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 82.

Bertha E. "Betty" Gray

Saratoga resident Betty Gray died April 21, 2005, at Valley View Healthcare Center in Saratoga. She was 80.

A decade of saving animals

Amy Whilden and Chris Copeland, both 12, have hearts for pets. In addition to caring for a number of their own animals, the students work twice a month to make sure abandoned pets find a good home.

Steamboat man, 55, rescued in backcountry

RIO BLANCO COUNTY -- A Steamboat Springs man spent nine days in the backcountry with a broken leg and little food or water before he was rescued Monday morning near Dunckley Pass.

No water, no service

Without adequate funding and needed equipment, it's not likely that the Craig Rural Fire Protection District will consider annexation requests to the district until the fire department gets its second tanker running.

Weed affiliation grows

This spring, weeds aren't the only things growing fast.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Vicky Seely Occupation: Assistant Manager of Family Dollar.

A breakthrough for golfers

Members of the Moffat County girls golf team made coach Ann Marie Hamilton's job more difficult for the rest of the season Monday. But it was a good kind of difficult.

School Board OKs drill despite concerns

School Board members were urged to move forward with caution Monday night when asked to sanction the district's participation in a mass-casualty drill.

Nonprofits discuss cooperation at meeting

With competition fierce over available funds and an increased need for service providers to network, United Way Director Corrie Scott thought it was time for those in the nonprofit sector to get together for the purpose of working together.

Datebook for April 26

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

John Eilts

Funeral services for John Eilts will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

Sunday, April 24

News briefs for April 25

Tryouts for the 12-and-younger Northwest Colorado Lynx baseball team will be at 5:30 p.m. today and Wednesday at Woodbury Park. The team will be competing this summer in Triple Crown tournaments across the state. Call Shane Camilletti at 824-7877.

Datebook for April 25

Today 7 p.m. Habitat for Humanity meets at the Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St. The public has a standing invitation. Call 824-2210. Habitat for Humanity meets the last Monday of each month.

Senior climbing the ladder to success

Lance Poole's boss wanted to promote the Moffat County High School senior as a 16-year-old, but it would have broken every precedent.

Back home for now

Kayelyn Butler was scrunched in a box in the back of her brother's truck while she waited to surprise her family.

Soccer team earns respect with respect


Everybody gets wet in last home meet

Things were quiet until the final event Saturday at the swim dual between Moffat County and Durango.

Wanted: Grads who have strong work ethics

A degree in hand or not, employers are seeking dedicated workers, said Kelly Pierce, an employment specialist with the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig.

The woman behind the apron

Lloydia Arnett has been a waitress for 56 years and has no intention of giving up her apron now.

Offer fair price

Name: David Dodge Name of business/address: Hometown Homes, 227 Commerce St. Craig

Split with Glenwood sets up close finish for baseball

The Moffat County baseball team couldn't carry the momentum of an extra-inning win in the first game to sweep the Glenwood Springs Demons on Sat-ur-day.

Aiming for a good time

Shots echo in the hills, the smell of gunpowder hangs in the air and cowboy attire reminiscent of the Old West takes participants back to another time.

Saturday, April 23

Officials: House fire's cause unclear

Craig fire officials haven't determined what caused a fire that consumed a mobile home on Jeffcoat Drive last week.

Friday, April 22

Garage supports safety

According to a 2003 study, 27 percent of motorists drive vehicles with low or dirty oil.

Our View: Organization not threatened

The gleaming new clinic is decked out with special dental chairs, an X-ray machine and state-of-the-art equipment. Clinic staff had begun scheduling appointments and treating children and making preparations for a grand opening.

Chris Walsh: Thank you for signing the speed limit petition

To all the people that signed the No 55 MPH speed limit reduction petition, I personally thank you!

Marietta Glanz: Thank you for all of your support

To the editor, It is with great appreciation that I write this note of thanks. So many of you showered Wally and I with your caring and concern from the time of our unfortunate accident to the passing of Wally. You have been there for us.

Seamless transition

School officials work at getting fourth-graders ready for CIS

Collin Dilldine was a little concerned about the move from fourth grade to fifth. Now, the fifth-grader is so comfortable at Craig Intermediate School, he doesn't remember being leery at all.

Education briefs for April 23

Big Blue Football Camp registation is May 9 If you like fun, excitement and new friends, then the Big Blue Football Camp is for you!

Education calendar for April 23

Monday, April 25 There will be no open gyms all week because of decoration for prom.


Mr. and Mrs. Bob Parr of Craig, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra Parr of Fruita, to Jaimie Richardson of Fruita, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Richardson of Fruita and Ms. Don Richardson of Clifton.

Beatrice Irene Peck: 1913-2005

Beatrice Irene Peck died April 17, 2005, in Colby, Kan. She was 91.

Wallace Waldine Glantz: 1923-2005

Wallace Waldine Glantz died April 10, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig from complications resulting from injuries sustained in an auto accident on March 2, 2005. He was 81.

Olivia Sharee Jones: 1947-2005

Olivia Sharee Jones died April 15, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 58.

Clettis Lamar Carwile: 1923-2005

Clettis Lamar Carwile died April 9, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 82.

Sweet Adelines will perform Meeker concert

Rio Blanco County residents have an opportunity to help generate funds for a scholarship for a Meeker High School student and listen to some great music.

Police find drugs on man arrested on warrant

A K-9 search of a local man's vehicle didn't produce drugs, but he was charged with possession of drugs after subsequently being booked into the Moffat County Jail.

Northwest Neighbors calendar

Rio Blanco County Commissioners Meets the second and fourth Mondays in Meeker at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse at 10 a.m. in the boardroom. Meets the third Monday in Rangely at the RBC Annex in the boardroom

Police: Kmart lets go of counterfeit $100

Kmart officials told police they suspected a man and a woman tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the store Thursday.

David Pressgrove: Turning point

My legs are sore. That's probably a good thing.

Dental coalition nabs grant, loses dentist

First the good news. The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition asked the Gates Family Foundation for $20,000 and received almost twice that amount.

Getting their hands dirty for a good cause

Agricultural construction students at Moffat County High School are working on a project they think will make a difference in their community.

Former MCHS wrestler in match of his life

When Adams State College junior Kourtney Lake stepped to the scales at the NCAA Division II wrestling national championships in March, the signs were there.

Swimmers race through pain

Triangular meet comes after tough week of practice

Moffat County senior Nick Ruckman wasn't sure which was harder: Thursday's workout or swimming three times in the span of four events at Friday's meet.

Thursday, April 21

Police blotter for April 22

Craig Police Department Thursday, April 21 • No report issued.

Robert Eugene Simpson

Robert Eugene Simpson died April 14, 2005, in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Frank S. Virden

Former South Routt resident, Frank S. Virden, died April 9, 2005, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City after a short illness. He was 53.

Bell rings for first time in 50 years

For this Greek Orthodox Easter, bells will ring at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church for the first time in 50 years.

Littleton man takes in stride his second hole-in-one

There was no jumping up and down or fist pumping from Gary Karlin after his hole-in-one at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Not that Karlin wasn't excited, he just didn't see it go in.

News briefs for April 22

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada and the city of Craig invite you to the first Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event will be from 12 to 6 p.m. May 7 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. A mariachi band, Mexican food and fun will be offered. Call 846-8728 or 846-5521. Comunidad Integrada y la ciudad de Craig te invitan a participar en el primer anual celebración del Cinco de Mayo. El evento va a ser Sabado, el 7 de mayo de 12 a 6 p.m. a los Fairgrounds de Craig. ¡Estará un mariachi, comida mexicana y diversión para la familia entera! Si tienes preguntas or quisieras donar al evento, favor de llamar a 846-8728 o 846-5521.

Datebook for April 22

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour is at 10 and 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Back on the airwaves

After two weeks of static, K27 television is back on the air.

Do-it-all volunteer wins 2004 award

When someone was needed to spend a little extra time to secure a license to hold a raffle for Rotary Club's Diamonds and Spurs event, Samantha Johnston's hand shot up.

Graduates just say no to drugs

Weeks of anti-drug and alcohol education for area sixth-graders culminated with a flourish Thursday at Craig Middle School as an entertainer treated students to a comedy act and motivational speech.

Marine at ease

Greg Hixson glad to be with family after Iraq tour

Brandy Hixson didn't cry when she saw her husband, Greg, for the first time in more than seven months. He'd been in Iraq, fighting for the U.S. Marines, and all she could do was smile.

How to have a pretty yard without breaking your back

Those wanting a groomed yard with less maintenance at a lower cost now have a solution.

Dan and Carol Moore

Dan and Carol Moore will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with friends and family Saturday, April 23. All are invited to their residence, 1086 Legion, from 1 to 4 p.m. for the occasion.

Haunted by 100

At the moment, the century mark is not a welcome number for members of the Moffat County girls golf team.

The life of a performer

Move over, Andy (who actually was running the other direction, anyway), Katie's heart has been lost to a young Chinese man with the ability to do a one handed handstand atop six carefully stacked chairs.

Wednesday, April 20

Motoring on public lands

Coalition aims to protect the use of off-road vehicles

Dirt bike and four-wheeler riders are revving up to oppose possible motorized vehicle restrictions on public land.

Radio approval expected

Craig Fire Board members expect to sign off on some good news about the future of their emergency communications at a meeting tonight.

Festival emphasizes fun, safety for kids

Area children have a day dedicated just to them. Saturday marks the seventh annual Celebrate Children Festival, and organizers say there's a lot to see and do at this year's event.

Carrie Godes

It takes a very special individual to be a volunteer -- a person willing to sacrifice time and effort to give selflessly for the good of others.

Hazel Georgiou Gonzales

We would like to thank our family for pulling together for us when we lost our brother and son, Willy.

The out-of-towners

Hayden's Bryan Richards quietly excels for MCHS baseball team

They call him Jebediah, or "Jebe," for short. Bryan Richards doesn't know from where the nickname comes, but the sophomore has taken a liking to it when he's on the baseball field.

The out-of-towners

Steamboat swimmer's decision to train year-round has made a difference

It was spring break, and just like his classmates at Steamboat Springs High School, Blake Worsley was road tripping and hanging out poolside. The difference was that Worsley's time on the road was to and from Craig, and his time in the pool was spent doing 50-yard repeats.

From the big city to Browns Park

With her young daughter in tow, Debbie Hudak-Bertram moved to Browns Park from Cleveland in 1984.

Group promotes responsible use of OHVs

The Colorado Off-highway Vehicle Coalition is working with federal and state agencies to keep off-highway vehicle users on the trail.

Third time's no charm: MCHS girls golf team finishes third for third time

Maybe playing on their home course Monday will help the Moffat County High School girls golf team end its string of third-place finishes.

Cindy Chotvacs

We would like to thank several people for their generous contributions to our first production of "Something's Afoot":

2nd Ward Members, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

of the Craig 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wish to thank the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center for giving us the opportunity to participate in a much-needed baby items drive.

Judi Whilden

Because April is "The Month of the Young Child," I find this the perfect time to thank those in our community who volunteered their time by visiting us at our preschool, Sunrise Kids, and helped our preschoolers celebrate "The Week of the Young Child," which was the first week in April.

Kendall E. Harris

Kendall E. Harris died at his home in Henderson, Nev., March 31, 2005, following a lengthy illness. He was 71.

News briefs for April 21

Entries are needed for the 2005 Grand Olde West Days Parade. The theme is Ramblin' and Gamblin'. The parade is at 1 p.m. May 28. Call Karen Brown at 824-7898.

Datebook for April 21

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour is held at 10 and 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Anti-drinking work honored

Teenagers are starting to get the message that it's not OK to drink alcohol, thanks to the work of local police.

Tara Martinez

Tara Martinez died April 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Police blotter for April 21

Craig Police Department Tuesday, April 19 • Officers arrested a man on suspicion of attempted third-degree assault. • Officers arrested a man on a charge of harassment.

EDP Board members keep moving ahead

Donna Fleetwood's fledging business is one example of work being done by the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

Little interest in fire planning

Routt, Jackson counties' landowners more apt to inquire about mitigation

Several months after completing fire plans for four Moffat County communities, Dale Thompson, owner of Resource Logic, called community members to encourage them to contact the county about implementing the plan.

Tuesday, April 19

How to become a golf professional

One can't just show up to a golf course and say "here I am" to become a course professional.

Free to be

Girls think like women, explore choices at conference Tuesday

Eighth-grader Hannah Terrill quickly learned that living on a waitress's salary of less than $1,000 a month would be difficult to do, especially while trying to raise a 6-month-old baby.

Police use Taser on Craig resident in domestic dispute

A Craig police officer used a Taser on a Craig resident recently, marking the first time the nonlethal "stun-gun" has been used in a public place.

Museum to take over care of historic ovens

Thinking that their group soon may soon disband, Pre-serving the Last Frontier has turned care of the coke ovens in Greystone over to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Charges dropped in assault case

The District Attorney's Office dismissed a case against one of five men accused of being involved in an assault on an inmate at the Moffat County Jail on March 12.

John Eilts

John Eilts, longtime area resident, died Monday, April 18, 2005, in Ft. Myers, Fla. Services are pending.

Sharee Jones

Graveside services for Sharee Jones will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2005, at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

News briefs for April 20

The Independent Life Center will submit an application for funds to the Colorado Division of Housing. Before the application is submitted to the Division of Housing, the center invites all interested people to attend a public hearing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Meeker Town Hall. The application is to request $27,400 to provide emergency housing vouchers for families made homeless as a result of the fire at Carstens Apartments. The proposed housing vouchers will increase the availability of affordable housing in Meeker. The request of funding from the Division of Housing is to benefit people with low and moderate incomes. It is not the intent to cause displacement from any existing housing. However, if people are displaced from their existing residences reasonable housing alternatives will be offered. Written comments should be mailed to P.O. Box 612, Craig, CO 81626-0612 and will be forwarded to the Division of Housing for consideration during the application process. If special accommodations are needed for people attending the public hearing, let the ILC know in advance.

The professionals

Yampa Valley Golf Course adds two pros to staff

Neither Ann Marie Hamilton nor Brett Etzler came to Craig with a job. But it didn't take too long for the golf professionals to find their way to what they left behind -- the trimmed greens and lush fairways of a golf course.

Police blotter for April 20

Craig Police Department • Officers conducted a warrant arrest while serving a trespass notice.

Daniel Wagner

A celebration of the life of Daniel Wagner, longtime Routt County resident, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2005, at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. Friends are invited to the Steamboat View Hall immediately after the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Oncology Center of Yampa Valley Medical Center, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Sports briefs for April 20

The Moffat County High School rodeo team competed in Fort Collins at the Northern Colorado Cowboys rodeo Saturday and Sunday. Local competitors placing in the top eight were: Becky White, second in pole bending and ninth in barrel racing; Kendel Fawcett, sixth in barrel racing and fourth in breakaway roping; Tia Brannan, first in goat tying on Saturday and ninth on Sunday, as well as 10th in barrel racing; Clay Foulk and Brandon Whitaker were ninth in team roping.

Leaving a legacy

Legendary Coloradan John Eilts, 88, dies in Florida

One of Northwest Colorado's best known and "ornery" men died this week, and his nieces say he'll be remembered fondly and comically.

Routt County to fund gap for fall air service

Routt County commissioners agreed to fund as much as $52,500 to help bring more fall air service into Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Datebook for April 20

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

William (Tiny) L. Maddox

William (Tiny) L. Maddox, died April 6, 2005, in Craig. He was 60.

Monday, April 18

Ridgeview Church of God Youth Group: Craig

The Ridgeview Church of God youth group thanks all the businesses that donated to our chili cook-off and auction. Your donations will help send us to youth camp this summer.

Pollice blotter for April 19

Craig Police Department Sunday, April 17 • Officers investigated a violation of restraining order complaint. • Officers made an arrest on a restraining order violation.

Marketing focus of workshop

A sign that used to hang in a Craig hardware store read, "If we don't take care of the customer, someone else will."

Park Service to measure air quality in Dinosaur

Air quality on the Colorado Plateau is worsening, National Park Service research has shown.

Baggs man arrested on drug-possession charge

A Baggs, Wyo., man was arrested on Wednesday for receiving packages filled with drugs, Baggs Police Chief Mark Lapinskas said.

Sarah Draper

Memorial services for Sarah Draper will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2005, on the lawn of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. Lunch will be afterward upstairs at the VFW by the Women's Auxiliary.

Group seeking ways to help meth addicts

Treatment for drug addicts varies, so a local anti-drug group is looking at all options.

Chuck Mack: Craig

We had to make a trip up to Rock Springs, Wyo., to pick up a part. We stopped at the Flying J Truckstop and topped off the fuel tank. It cost us $2.21 a gallon.

Police investigate report of vicious dog

By AMY HATTEN Daily Press Writer A 3-year-old registered Pomer-anian was killed after an Akita allegedly attacked it Saturday morning, police said. The owner of the Pomeranian told police he had paid $600 for the animal. The yellow and white Akita mix was taken to the animal shelter at the McCandless Animal Hospital. The owner of the Akita, Charlene Campagna, 22, was issued two citations -- one through municipal court and one through district court -- charging her with having a dog at large and owning a vicious dog. Police said the owner of the Pomeranian told officers that he went outside his house in the 700 block of Prairie Street to see a large dog standing over his pet. The dog owner apparently put the dead dog into the back of his pickup. Police confirmed that it was dead. Police later found the Akita under the porch of a nearby house, the report said.

News briefs for April 19

Just because the dance ends doesn't mean the fun does. A group of parents has been working to plan an after-prom party that no student will want to miss. There will be blackjack and Texas Hold-'Em poker, Xbox competitions and foosball games as well as breakfast donated by Pat's Roosterante and prizes throughout the night. The after-prom party runs from 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig and is free to Moffat County High School juniors and seniors and their dates. "We just want to get kids off the streets and give them a fun, safe activity," parent Denise McDonald said. Students can use the casino winnings at the "store" to buy gifts donated by area businesses. Those who stay the entire time will be eligible to win grand prizes including Apple iPod Shuffles, two foosball tables, two air hockey tables, an Xbox, a television, a car stereo, a gas grill and a DVD player.

Datebook for April 19

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

Burn, baby, burn

Hayden Speedway prepares for family-friendly season

Fire and smoke were back at the Hayden Speedway this weekend. But the flames weren't from the alcohol burning engines of the IMCA modifieds and the smoke wasn't from the exhaust of a sport stock racer. It was the first work weekend at the speedway. and brush was being burned around the grandstand area.

Craig and Brenda Rummel: Craig

This letter is about the change of venue for the memorial service for Bill Maddox from Calvary Baptist Church to First Christian Church. As many of you know, Bill Maddox was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Sunday, April 17

4-H horse club wants round pen

Thirteen-year-old Rhiannon Miller's horse, Coulie, gets distracted and likes to stop in the corners of the pen.

Datebook for April 18

Today 10 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations every Monday and Friday. New clients should bring in their records 24 to 48 hours before their appointments. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by their parents or present a signed permission slip from a parent. Medicaid recipients should bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233.

Gun fans converge on Craig

Hunting season may be a few months off, but that didn't stop the region's gun enthusiasts from attending this weekend's gun show in Craig.

News briefs for April 18

Do you have a friend or relative serving in the military? If so, please let us know. The Craig Daily Press is preparing for its annual Hometown Heroes picnic and we would like to recognize all of the active-duty servicemen and women from Moffat County, Rio Blanco County, western Routt County and Carbon County, Wyo. Simply send us the name of the servicemen or women, their hometowns, their ranks, the branches of the military in which they are serving, the military installations to which they are assigned and information about where they are serving. Send your replies to Andy Smith, editor, Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave., Craig CO 81625, e-mail or call 824-7031. The Hometown Heroes picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at City Park in Craig.

Robert Simpson

Funeral services for Robert Simpson of Browns Park will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2005, at the First Christian Church.

9 Health Fair attendance right on target

Wright and Polly Dickinson drove from the Browns Park area to attend the 9 Health Fair, and Wright said it was worth every minute he spent in the car.

Rollover injures Craig man

Johnny and Lori Mann were driving home on Colorado Highway 13 on Saturday afternoon when they spotted a person lying face down in a field, quite a distance from a mangled black pickup.

Too busy to snooze

On a good night, Eric Zimmerman gets about four hours of sleep.

Bummed by the Bears

Bloody knuckles and a blank stare said it all for the Moffat County baseball team after a doubleheader against Rifle on Saturday.

Swimmers part of west-side dominance

It's not often that Western Slope athletic teams travel to the Front Range and dominate a tournament. This weekend at the Jeffco Invitational swim meet in Arvada, the teams from the west side were the best side in the pool.

'Don't give up'

Name: Carr McAskill Name of business/address: Running Iron Works -- custom fencing business; 824-8911

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner, a longtime Routt County resident, died Friday at his home near Oak Creek. Services are pending.

Star-struck family sticks together

A childhood of stories about Greek gods and their legends has, for one woman, become a hobby that extends to her two daughters and is one of many things that indisputably links the trio.

Friday, April 15

VNA closer to building Hayden senior center

Grant provides $600,000 for 'aging well' program

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is receiving a $600,000 state grant, a key component of the group's plan to create an aging well model in the Yampa Valley.

Drug pipe find leads to charges

A Craig woman was arrested after someone told police she left a pipe on a convenience store counter that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Team scrapes together win

As if three games in four days wasn't enough for the Moffat County girls soccer team, they needed even more soccer against Palisade on Friday.

David Pressgrove: Spiking with the Daily Press

I'm not one to brag, but the Craig Daily Press volleyball team is on the verge of becoming the New England Patriots of the Craig Parks and Recreation semi-competitive league.

Dance of a lifetime

Prom 2005 has been months in the making

Before all is said and done, Moffat County High School junior Brandon Vigil likely will shell out nearly $400 for an evening he calls "no big deal."

Education Calendar

The 6Traits writing assessments will start Monday and continue all week for Ridgeview students.

Star Student: Taft Cleverly

You'd have to talk to Taft Cleverly's teachers to find out what qualities he has that make him outstanding, because Cleverly says he doesn't know.

Fiesta planned

Craig to host first May 5 celebration

In a move to celebrate the city's ethnic diversity, Craig City Council has agreed to sponsor a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Health care for uninsured

Options weighed for federally funded clinic

Physician's assistant Neilene Ronis knows there's a need for more health care services for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Pet peeves

City aims to update animal ordinance

Mickey Ford's Australian shepherd border collie mix, Roo, is getting on in years but she wouldn't dream of burying him in the back yard.

Thursday, April 14


Mae and Jim Vallem of Craig announce the wedding of their daughter, Nancy M. Vallem of Craig, to Mark A. Gay II of Craig, son of Connie and John Lewis of Farmington, N.M.

Datebook for April 15

Today 9:30 a.m. The community playgroup for children 5 and younger and their parents meets every Friday at the Early Education Center in the Moffat County School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

A fuzzy signal

Moffat County commissioners on Thursday gave the go ahead that K27 Television needed to get back on the air. But it's unclear whether the Craig station's owner will take advantage.

Bobo installed by churches

Melinda Bobo has a familiar face, but Wednesday night was the first time she was officially recognized by her church.

Beyond bingo

Sand Rock offers residents a wide variety of activities

Hilda Schmidt, 96, likes to play bingo with a card she thinks is lucky -- it's the one with a 66 in the bottom right corner.

Chinese acrobats set to dazzle Craig audience Monday

The Craig Concert Association's next performance features The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Pink miracle worker

At what point should I be concerned that Nikki is addicted to Pepto Bismol?

Demons defy Bulldogs' new look

A new formation gave the Moffat County girls soccer team a boost, but it wasn't enough against the Glenwood Springs Demons on Wednesday.

Taxes are due today

Taxes are due today, and the U.S. Postal Service estimates that about 10 percent of taxpayers have waited until the last minute to file their returns.

RAD director optimistic

Despite the loss of its biggest funding source, the Recreational After-School Doorway program will endure.

Branding program seeks funds

A shortage of information and money isn't slowing the progress of the Northwest Colorado Branded Products program steering committee.

J. Burton Tuttle

J. Burton Tuttle died April 6, 2005, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 94.

News briefs for April 15

Members of Moffat County Youth United Way -- and their counterparts in five other communities -- are working to educate residents about 211 -- the health and human service information hotline.

Craig man avoids jail

Mike Paroli of Craig pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Moffat County court Thursday. He had faced felony charges of attempted murder.

Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson of Browns Park, died April 14, 2005, in Rock Springs, Wyo. Services are pending.

Bad-news Bears in town Saturday

Scott Parker hasn't defeated Rifle in his three years as Moffat County baseball coach.

Home: Where women make the decisions

When Erica and Harry Tripp moved in together, the first item on her to-do list was to pack his trophy collection and get it out of her house.

Wednesday, April 13

Volunteer opportunities abound for Craig youths

Nearly 50 Boys & Girls Club of Craig members will be cleaning up trash Friday at City Park to celebrate National Youth Service Awareness Week. Another group will do some work at the Northwest Colorado Dental Care office.

No cause determined in Wednesday's fire near Hayden

A fire several miles west of Hayden burned about 15 acres along U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday.

Raising chickens, children

Paul Dixon was in a hurry to get out of Dodge, but, in his case, it was Dallas.

Low-cost health screens Saturday

Every spring for the past 25 years, residents have learned a little bit more about themselves from low-cost health screens.

Police blotter for April 14

Craig Police Department Tuesday, April 12 • Officers investigated a report of a stolen car.

Defensive in Delaware

There were no mind-blowing, how'd-they-do-that moves that Moffat County junior Korey Kostur picked up competing against some the nation's top underclassmen, but he did bring some new wrestling tactics back with him from the East Coast.

Pipeline hearing draws few comments

Moffat County resident Paul Anderson said he's had a good working relationship with Entr-ega Gas Pipeline.

Fire destroys Jeffcoat home

Firefighters extinguished a blaze Wednesday morning that consumed a mobile home.

Grace Elwyn KlayKo

Grace Elwyn KlayKo died April 4, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. She was 77.

News briefs for April 14

The Craig Rotary Club is offering two all-expenses-paid five-day leadership trainings this summer for Craig youths. These programs are action-packed, fun-filled adventures that help build confidence and leadership skills. Young Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp will be held Aug. 1 to 5 at the Ponderosa Retreat Center in Larkspur. This camp is for current seventh-graders who are interested in making new friends and want to become better leaders. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp is July 31 to Aug. 5 at the YMCA Conference Center in Estes Park. This conference is for current 10th- or 11th-graders who want to participate in team building, motivational speakers, exchange of ideas and leadership development. For more information and applications, call Kathy Bockelman at Craig Middle School at 824-3289, Paula Duzik at the high school at 824-7036 or Rotarian Marilyn Bouldin at 824-5459. The deadline to apply is April 29.

Andrea Deneen Garcia

Jami Bacich and Juan Garcia of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Andrea Deneen Garcia, at 12:50 p.m. April 9, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

'It's our time'

Brandon Vigil was nervous for his interview, then he was asked to leave the room for five more minutes.

Wally Glantz

Memorial services for Wally Glantz will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for April 14

Today 8 a.m. Blood testing for people 65 and older taking part in the 9Health Fair will be held at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St.

Employment 101

Moffat County High School sophomore Eunhye Song really wants a job this summer. Her friend, junior Danielle Nielson, does, too. Dream jobs include: working at the city pool and anything besides baby sitting.

Tuesday, April 12

County tables consultant contract

The Moffat County commissioners will still protest the value of Salt River Projects' portion of the Craig Station Power Plant, but they won't turn that protest into a legal battle -- for now.

County won't charge Craig for tire collection during Clean-Up Days

The Moffat County commissioners made a decision Tuesday that will save the city of Craig more than $4,800.

Datebook for April 13

Today 1 p.m. The Northwest Dental Coalition will hold its annual meeting at 439 Breeze St., Suite 102. Call 824-1128.

Adelynn Norie Arroyo

Benjamin and Aimee Arroyo of Loveland ann-ounce the birth of their daughter, Adelynn Norie Arroyo, at 8:03 a.m. Feb. 28, 2005, at McKee Hospital.

DeRose achieved much as mayor

From updating Craig's water system to starting a youth football league, former Craig Mayor Dave DeRose achieved a lot during the 10 years he served on the Craig City Council.

Police blotter for April 13

Craig Police Department Monday, April 11 • Officers arrested a man for robbery, third- degree assault and theft. • Officers assisted the Steamboat Police Department with a report. • Officers arrested a man on charges of shoplifting and drug possession. • Officers arrested a man on assault and domestic violence.

Ashley F. Chard

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley F. Chard, daughter of Carol F. Miller of Dinosaur and Timothy S. Amy of Dinosaur, is currently in the middle of a routine scheduled deployment, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Tucker Chase Sterle

Brandi and Paul Sterle of Craig would like to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Chase, at 4:28 p.m. April 7, 2005 at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, where he will remain until he can come home.

Amanda Ellis: Hayden

I am writing in regards to your article about the lack of people reporting to jury duty when summoned. It infuriated me to hear the complaints of Craig resident Matt Moore, who has trouble justifying the importance of serving his time as a juror. According to your article, Moore thinks he has "better things to do than serve jury duty" and whines that "it's very inconvenient." Well, I have some advice for Matt and people like him who don't want to give anything back to their country -- move!

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Kim Connolly Occupation: I work at Wendy's.

News briefs for April 13

2-1-1 has been up and running in Moffat and Routt counties since September. 2-1-1 is the complement to 9-1-1 in urgent but nonemergency situations. It is an easy to remember and universally recognizable number that makes a connection for those who need to get help and don't know where to go and for those that want to offer help. Operators are trained referral specialists and can direct callers to services offered by health and human service organizations in government, private and nonprofit agencies.

City proposes changes to animal ordinance

Craig residents won't be allowed to own pigs, poisonous snakes and reptiles, primates that aren't human or wildlife if Craig City Council approves an updated animal ordinance.

Alleged shoplifting incident nets meth

A police officer discovered drug residue in the possession of a Craig man after a Kmart employee stopped him for allegedly stealing some goods from the store Sunday afternoon.

Blizzard traps rodeo team over weekend

The weekend in Golden went longer than the Moffat County High School rodeo team anticipated.

Sailors blank Bulldogs in Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- After eight games on the road, the members of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team finally got the home-field advantage Tuesday afternoon.

Our view: Keep it clean

On Monday, Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara showed off a small lapel pin he had made that symbolizes the new spirit of cooperation between the city and Moffat County.

Moffat baseball prevails again with defense

Bryan Wojtkiewicz isn't an aspiring meteorologist, but on days that he pitches for the Moffat County Bulldogs, he always knows what's in the sky.

Police arrest robbery suspect

Police arrested a Craig man Monday night on suspicion of robbing the west end Kum & Go.

Liane Eastman

Liane Eastman, RN, BSN, home-health and hospice nurse for Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is currently enrolled in study to specialize as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse.

The lifeblood of blood drives

Dean Brosious has donated 10 gallons of his blood to help others.

Milburn L Markle: Craig

On Friday, in the windstorm that wreaked havoc on Craig, our 2005 Entervan (a handicap converted Chrysler Town and Country) was struck by one of Yampa Avenue's decorative trees that was part of the downtown renovation project.

Breaking ground for new bank

It seemed like a family reunion Tuesday night when a throng of Craig investors and their families gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new bank.

John M. Bray

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident John M. Bray passed away March 24, 2005, at his home in Oswego, Kan. He was 87.

Monday, April 11

Housing program seeks Craig interest

A program that helps people build homes in Routt County could get priced out of the market.

CAPS walkaway makes five in two months

Two CAPS residents have walked away from the community corrections facility and been found by police within a 24-hour period in the past week. The most recent incidents make a total of five escapes from Craig's Correctional Alternative Placement Services in about the past two months.

Police blotter for April 12

Craig Police Department Friday, April 8 • Officers escorted a woman to detox and mental health watch. • Officers issued summonses to two juveniles for possession of alcohol, possession of tobacco and curfew violations.

Leanne Crippen: Craig

I am writing to congratulate the people who introduced us to Craig's newest radio station, 102.5 Z Rock! People write to the paper all the time, wanting more options for shopping. Well, what about more options for a lot of other things? We finally have options for our listening pleasure, and I along with half of Craig love it! It's about time we don't have only the Top 40 and country to listen to. Kudos to you, Z Rock! Get those sponsors, because now that Craig has you, we aren't willing to lose you.

Inspired Bulldog golfers finish third in tournament Monday

Amber Nicholson watched Tiger Woods take his fourth Masters title at Augusta National on television Sun-day and hit the course at Carbondale's River Valley Ranch Golf Course on Monday with some inspiration.

News briefs for April 12

Craig Sea Sharks, a summer swim team for youths ages 5 to 18, will host a registration and a parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the library at Ridgeview Elementary School. Anyone with children interested in becoming members should plan to attend. Call Mari Mahanna at 824-1749.

Students stumble through simulation

Tanya Rinehart didn't think it would be so difficult to operate a vehicle after a few drinks. But the Moffat County High School freshman and peers in her health class each knocked over at least a few cones Monday while driving a golf cart wearing "drunk goggles" -- glasses that simulate drunken reactions -- during a police-sponsored drill at the school.

Nonprofits feeling the pinch

An increase in the number of nonprofits and a steady decrease of state and federal funding has Tara Jenrich just a little on edge.

Datebook for April 12

Today Noon Friends of the Library group meets for a brown bag lunch at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

William Maddox

William Maddox Memorial services for William "Bill" Maddox will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church. Please note the change in the location of the service.

Craig recovers from windstorm

Gusts that approached hurricane force swept through area Friday

If the windstorm in Craig blew 4 mph faster Friday, winds would have reached hurricane force.

Medals, records new for swim team

The senior class of the Moffat County boys swim team has earned many honors in four years, but before this weekend, none of its members had received a medal in a high-school swim meet.

Alley cats

Die-hard bowlers love social aspects of their sport

Gene Camilletti has been doing it for more than 23 years and usually twice a week.

Sunday, April 10

Easy come, easy go

Turnover of Craig businesses is sign of the times

As one business owner posts a "For Sale" sign in his window, another across the street loads equipment into her new store.

Rural grads top numbers of military recruits

Adventure, college money and continuing a family's history of service top the reasons rural high-school graduates join the military, Army officials said.

News briefs for April 11

The AARP Dental Insurance Plan has announced the addition of 16 new states, which expands affordable dental coverage to millions of AARP members and their families. Initially released in 21 states and the District of Columbia last September, the AARP Dental Insurance Plan, designed exclusively for 50-plus Americans, now covers 38 states, including Colorado. Plans are to make the program available to all 35 million AARP members across the country by the end of 2005. Featuring comprehensive family coverage and the freedom to choose any licensed dentist, the AARP Dental Insurance Plan is managed through subsidiary AARP Services, and administered by Delta Dental Insurance Company, which underwrites it with affiliates Dentegra Insurance Company and Dentegra Insurance Company of New England. It targets the millions of 50-plus Americans who face losing dental coverage upon retirement. The AARP Dental Insurance Plan provides immediate coverage for most preventive, diagnostic and basic restorative services, as well as endodontics (root canal treatment) and oral surgery (extractions). After 12 months, coverage expands to include major restorations, periodontics (gum treatment) and prosthodontics (dentures). Those interested in the coverage may contact the AARP Dental Insurance Plan for more information at or call toll-free at (866) 583-2085 to enroll. AARP membership is required for enrollment.

'Don't give up'

Name: Carr McAshill Name of business/address: Running Iron Works -- custom fencing business; 824-8911

Clettis Carwile

Clettis Carwile, father of Laura Tyler and Terry Carwile of Craig, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Craig Cemetery.

Delta County stops MCHS

The momentum from Thursday's first Western Slope League win of the year came to a screeching halt Saturday for the Moffat County girls soccer team.

Moffat girls 3,200-relay team bests field at Palisade Invite

GRAND JUNCTION -- Never mind that she pulled away from the rest of the pack to win her heat in the 800-meter run, Moffat County senior Angela Nelson wanted to know the time of the previous heat's winner.

Pretty in pink shoes

GRAND JUNCTION -- Rowan DuBois is accustomed to wearing bright shoes -- his soccer cleats were fluorescent orange -- but the pink track spikes he wore Saturday at the Palisade Invitational weren't his first choice.

County commissioners will discuss assessment appeal

The Moffat County commissioners will decide whether to fight the state Board of Assessment Appeals when they meet Tuesday.

Senior looks to military for education, travel

Elizabeth Jones would have laughed out loud if she knew as a freshman that she'd enter the Army a couple weeks after high school graduation.

A really big show

The 23rd annual Spring Expo drew the largest crowd KRAI station manager Frank Hanel has seen during his time here.

It's all in the fire-fighting family

For five years straight, Doug Slaight got calls to fight fires on the birthday of his son, Brian.

Adelynn Norie Arroyo

Benjamin and Aimee Arroyo of Loveland announce the birth of their daughter, Adelynn Norie Arroyo, at 8:03 a.m. Feb. 28, 2005, at McKee Hospital.

William Maddox

Memorial services for William "Bill" Maddox will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church.

Datebook for April 11

Today 8 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be hosting a continental breakfast and tour of the newly renovated BGCC building for local hair stylists and nail technicians until 9 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Patti at 826-0412.

Wally Glantz

Wally Glantz of Craig died Sunday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Slump-busting sweep

GRAND JUNCTION -- The sophomore slump is over.

Friday, April 8

Tri-State considers new plant

For the past year, Tri-State Generation and Transmission has been investigating ways to generate more power.

Range looking for a home

Craig's air pistol shooters have had four homes in the past three years and the loss of their last one has nearly meant the end of the team.

Maurice L. "Maury" Miller: 1918-2005

Former Moffat County resident Maurice LeRoy Miller passed away Feb. 26, 2005, at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah. He was 87.

Members weigh in on Craig weight loss group

It was knowing how much and what kinds of food to eat that helped Susie Begam-Vilolette lose 40 pounds. But the director of a new Craig-based Weight Watchers group knows it's also the support from others who also are trying to lose weight that has helped her stay slim.

Families: Remembering Chance Phelps with a poem

It was one year ago today, April 9, that our precious Chance R. Phelps, USMC, went home to be with the Lord. To all the community and our church families, we say thank you for your continued payers, love and support.

Club ready to celebrate Lodore Hall restoration

After three years of work, Lodore Hall in Browns Park has been restored.

AAU offers new opportunities

Fifth-grade Craig AAU basketball players Adrie Camp, Kendal Snyder and Annie Sadvar like the new experience of traveling for a weekend sporting event. They like it so much they tried to convince their parents to let them stay in a hotel this weekend even though the tournament was at home.

Bad Dawgs have success

Success breeds success.

Craig off the air

TV, radio, police affected by Friday's wind

Friday's wind and rain storms knocked out power throughout the Yampa Val-ley and took out towers on the Sandrocks used by K27 Television, Steamboat Springs radio station 104.9 KMFU and Moffat County's law enforcement agencies.

FFA team has a good eye for ribeye

Junior Ashley Stutsman had such success filling in on a Wyoming FFA meat carcass evaluation team that when she moved to Colorado, she joined Moffat County's team.

Star student for April 9

It must be the classroom situation that keeps Ashley Kaiser quiet, because outside of it, she's got a lot to say.

Lance Scranton: Practice 'pushaways' for good health

Regarding the article "Enough is enough," USDA guidelines are just that -- guides. Exercise should never be intimidating but too often is made to sound more scientific than is necessary. Add to the mix the recent onslaught of "professional" trainers, and most of us think that if someone isn't showing us the way, then exercise is impossible, or at least impractible!

Spanish-speakers get more focused curriculum

A heightened state and federal focus on the educational achievement of underserved or at-risk populations has meant more money for those programs.

Our View: Focusing on children

You may have seen the chalk drawings on the sidewalks in front of the Moffat County Courthhouse and in Alice Pleaseant Park downtown this week.

David Pressgrove: On a new course

Start working on your hyzer and perfect your hork, Frisbee golf is coming to Craig.

Thursday, April 7

Christian James Johnson

n of Craig announce the birth of their son, Christian James Johnson, at 3:40 a.m. April 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Glenn Terry

Pictured is Glenn Terry, who flew this J3 Cub from Craig Airport in 1945 at age 13.

Weekend planner for April 8

The West Theatre, 29 E. Victory Way -- 824-2000. Cinema I "The Pacifier" -- Rated PG for action violence, language and rude humor. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m

Bank scammed

The local branch of Bank of the West recently reported $10,000 in bogus money orders inadvertently cashed by bank tellers, said Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department.

Mom transforms living room into gym

Staying fit always has been a part of Melissa Bowling's life, but she recently turned her passion for fitness into a family gym.

Riot in jail leads to charges against five inmates

Five men are accused of assaulting an inmate during a March 12 riot in the Moffat County Jail.

A book club for business people

Pres Askew and Pete Bergmann could have tried to start a good book group.

Philanthropy Days is coming to Craig region

People with disabilities now have a wheel-chair accessible van that will take them to the doctor's office and the grocery store.

Young hoopsters having a blast

For three years, Moffat County High School junior Andrew Magas has helped coach a group of kindergarten, first- and second-graders in the Craig Parks and Recreation Basketball League.

Girls soccer team earns first Western Slope win

The Moffat County girls soccer team won the contest of the winless Thursday night in Gypsum.

Andrew Kaleb Goda

Jayne Goda and Shane Goda of Craig announce the birth of their son, Andrew Kaleb Goda, at 5:37 a.m. April 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21.75 inches long.

Eli Warren Fredrickson

Rachel Fredrickson and Anton Fredrickson of Craig announce the birth of their son, Eli Warren Fredrickson, at 4:40 p.m. April 5, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Police blotter for April 8

Craig Police Department Thursday, April 7 • Officers served a trespass notice.

Sue Syvertson, Mary Morris-Shearer, Lois Wymore and Andrea Camp

The 4th Grade Dictionary Project has been providing pocket dictionaries to fourth-graders in Northwestern Colorado since 1999. The project was started by a couple of mothers with the support of Colorado Northwestern Community College, local businesses, civic organizations and parent advisory committees. In May 2004, dictionaries were distributed in Craig, Yampa, Hayden, Meeker, Rangely, Maybell and Baggs, Wyo. Spanish dictionaries were presented to area students from Spanish-speaking homes, and additional English and Spanish dictionaries were presented for classroom use.

Rosaries, Bibles and books

For the past six months, Mary Beth Buchanan has been supplying Craig's Catholic faithful with religious gifts and items.

Bridges tests the waters

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Rutt Bridges doesn't think he could have been successful in life if it wasn't for affordable public higher education.

Program offers advocacy for mothers

Kristine Pech is the mother of three healthy children, but she had no idea how much she didn't know about motherhood until the fourth time around.

Drug court, rehab are on horizon

Sheriff Buddy Grinstead received a phone call recently that hit home the need for rehabilitation options for drug users. The woman on the other end of the line wanted information about C.O.M.A., the recently formed group called Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse. She said she and her husband were meth addicts but that they wanted to quit.

Enough is enough

New dietary guidelines recommend as many as 90 minutes a day of exercise, and Trapper Fitness Center manager Tammy Workman thinks that's absurd.

News briefs for April 8

KRAI's Spring Expo, themed "Great Ideas for Home, Work and Play," comes to Centennial Mall from noon to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Forty-five commercial and nonprofit vendors will fill the mall and promote spring activities available in the Yampa Valley. Attractions include weenie dog races at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 9 a.m., and a performance by the 13-40 band from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one-hour shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Food vendors also will be on site. There is limited space still available for vendors. Nonprofits can have a space at no charge. Call 824-6574 for more information.

Dan and Carol Moore

Dan and Carol Moore are celebrating 40 years of marriage.

William "Bill" Maddox

William "Bill" Maddox of Craig died Wednesday at his home. Services are pending.

Datebook for April 8

Today Today is the deadline for Craig Parks and Recreation tee ball, coach pitch, girls softball and Bulldog Youth Baseball. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 826-2004.

Real-estate transactions reported for March 2005

Seller: Ronald L. Radar Buyer: Tad A. and Dixie L. Osmun Property: Riverview Lot 1, N1/2 Lot 2 Blk. 2, Riverview, 384 Bonderud Ave. Price: $195,000

The power of 'I love you'

I'm not sure young children understand the power of love -- how it can cut and bruise and shine.

Wednesday, April 6

AAU basketball games on tap this weekend

The Craig AAU basketball programs will host multiple games this weekend, including the third annual Bill Lawrence Tournament for the boys. Games will take place Friday through Sunday at the Craig Intermediate School, Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School.

Bump, set, spike

The bump, set and spike were present along with a shark attack, chicken coup and a four-girl rowboat.

Tommie J. Robertson

I am writing in response to a previous article published in the Daily Press about the social services system in Moffat County. The article discussed how the main goal was to rehabilitate parents who have lost their children because of drug addictions. The article revealed that the priority for Social Services is to get the children back to their families in a timely manner when the problem has been resolved.

Johnny Newland

Memorial services for Johnny Newland will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2005, at First Congregational Church in Craig.

Richard Joseph Eby: 1905-2005

Richard Joseph Eby died March 26, 2005, at Family Health West in Fruita. He was 99.

Waiters aim to please

Fifty dollars is a small price to pay to watch Scott Cook and Dean Hollenbeck muddle their way through the Holiday Inn kitchen preparing salads and balancing drink trays.

News briefs for April 7

The Colorado Wilderness Network and the Trappers Lake Sierra Club will present a slideshow on "Wildlands at Risk" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Center of Craig. The presentation explores special public lands worthy of protection and how current policies threaten their beauty. The presentation is free. Call Luke at 824-5241.

No shows

Even some elected officials didn't vote

How do you convince people to vote when several of Craig's current elected officials can't find time to make it to the polls?

Seeking balance

Group opposed to uranium mine wants EDP funding

A group opposing a plan to bring in low-level radiation to fill an old uranium mine outside of Maybell asked that if the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership gave funding to that effort, it also should fund the group's efforts to oppose it.

Civil suit heads to trial

Attorneys: Grinstead not liable for inmate's injuries

A civil case lodged by a former inmate of the Moffat County Jail against Sheriff Buddy Grinstead could end up in front of a jury.

Datebook for April 7

Today 10 a.m. Children's story hour is at 10 and 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116. Puff-paint rainbows is the story-time activity.

Support for Frisbee golf soars

Bill Sawer enjoys playing a round of Frisbee golf because it's a sport anybody can play. Soon, Sawer and other interested people may be able to play the sport in Craig, as a core group of organizers quickly is making plans for a course at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Gymnasts take on state

For Heather Jenkins, the state gymnastics competition was a new experience. For Rochelle Johnson, it was a bit of a painful, but successful one.

Susan Gregg, Dustin Ence, Lowa Shultz, Todd Hildebrandt

The Craig Middle School Physical Education Department would like to thank the following businesses who have donated money to purchase commercial-grade cardiovascular equipment for our fitness room:

Grace Klayko

Memorial services for Grace Klayko will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2005, at Calvary Baptist Church.

An F for civic duty

I was meeting with a client Tuesday who noticed my "I voted" sticker and asked me what I voted for. I was torn about whether to laugh or whether to be dumbfounded that a businessperson in our community had no idea that a city election was taking place.

Fish recovery crews take to river

Fish in the Yampa River are in for a shock this month.

Tuesday, April 5

Misty Schulze: Grant specialist, Craig

April is national Alcohol Awareness Month, and the focus is on one of the most critical public-health issues facing America today: underage drinking. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice for children and adolescents, and its use is increasing. Each day, more than 7,000 youths in the United States younger than 16 take their first drinks

Gun-lock supplies restocked

Preventing accidents involving children and firearms may be as easy as getting and using a free cable gun lock from local law-enforcement agencies.

Judge wants security

Chief Judge Michael O'Hara wants security at the courts in Moffat County.

Recreational water issues critical: Taylor

Although state Sen. Jack Taylor's recreational-water bill has died, the effort to control recreational-water appropriations still is alive.

Police blotter for April 6

Craig Police Department Monday, April 4 • Officers made an arrest on a restraining-order violation. • Officers made a warrant arrest. • Officers made a traffic violation arrest.

D. Vallejos: Craig

There are many good busineses in Craig, and I try to keep most of my business in Craig. Occasionally I am fortunate to experience exceptional service from a local merchant, and I would like to share this.

MCHS soccer unable to get breaks in loss

The Moffat County girls soccer team's inability to find the net in league play cost it again Tuesday.

Samuel Cloward: Oregon

I am a fifth-grader from Hoover Elementary School in Medford, Ore. Medford is about 35 miles north of the California border. Our main industry used to be timber, but now we are mainly a service industry town. We have Southern Oregon University nearby in Ashland, home of the Shakespearean Festival. Our population is about 60,000. We live in a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains, rivers and parks. Crater Lake National Park is about 50 miles from here.

Virginia Cromer, Darrel Cromer & family, Cynthia Arnett & family, John A. Cromer & family, and grandchildren: Craig

The family of Edwin "Shorty" Cromer would like to thank our many friends, Drs. Told and Miller for the care, the nurses and staff at the hospital and everyone who sent flowers, cards, food, donations, phoned and attended the services.

Carwile leads voting for City Council

Some would say the third time's a charm, but Terry Carwile thinks that "persistence pays."

News briefs for April 6

Students, faculty, and staff from Steamboat Springs, Craig, Meeker, Hayden, Rangely, Oak Creek, Walden, Yampa, and Maybell are invited to enjoy free skiing Saturday and Sunday, the final weekend of skiing in Steamboat Springs. Students, faculty and school employees check in at the Main Ticket Office to pick up their tickets. Proof of enrollment is required, so students need to bring copies of their report cards or other appropriate enrollment documentation. Additionally, proof of employment is required for faculty and school employees. In addition, for family members who wish to join their students, tickets will be available at the Main Ticket Office for $19 a day. Students and family members must pick up their tickets at the same time.

Wife testifies husband was not attempting to kill her

A Craig man who is accused of choking his wife may now be able to get out of jail after the woman testified in court Tuesday that police and emergency workers took an alleged domestic dispute "out of context."

CMS announces Honor Roll

Seventh Grade Straight As Gregory Edward Blackstun, Alisha Justine Camp, Kathrine Nicole Cork, Nathan Brian Ellgen, Shelby Ann Haughey, James Blake Howe, Sara Anne Kurz, Chandrea Marie Lopez, Jessica Danielle Moser, Heather Avril Nicholson, Adrienne Mariah Petch, Arylle Mikayla Rademacher, Amanda Veronica Snyder, Taylor Kay Vernon, Samantha Ann Wiseman, Corey Joseph Wojtkiewicz, Lindsey Ann Yoast.

The physics of togetherness

It's a lesson that teaches more than physics and is bigger than science.

Datebook for April 6

Today 8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers meets at Calvary Baptist, 1050 Yampa Ave., until 11 a.m. The cost is $6, which includes breakfast, crafts and speakers. Children are welcome. Call 824-0101.

Eighth-grade boys take AAU tourney

Call up the Hollywood scriptwriters.

Our view: What price security?

It's hard to imagine a courthouse shooting such as the one in Atlanta taking place in Craig.

Close call

Bulldog baseball wins defensive struggle against Steamboat

When Moffat County baseball has all four of its best pitchers fresh and available, coach Scott Parker doesn't mind if his team struggles from the plate too much.

Monday, April 4

Margaret Blackstun

Margaret Blackstun of Craig was selected from more than 1,700 students worldwide to attend the United States Air Force Academy's Summer Seminar program for 2005. Selection is extremely competitive, with only the top students being offered a slot in this prestigious program. The Academy makes selections based on academic achievement, athletic abilities, leadership skills and desire to pursue a career in the Air Force.

Hunter Gustav Kenney

Craig announce the birth of their son, Hunter Gustav Kenney, at 5 p.m. March 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Knowledge Bowl team finishes second in state

They never saw the teams they competed against, but they beat them anyway.

Elk foundation raises $36,000

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raised $36,000 at its annual banquet Saturday.

John Newland

John Newland of Craig died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.

Mantle Ranch native writes family history

After 10 years of research and writing, Queeda Mantle Walker has finished the story of her family's life in the Yampa River Canyon.

Feds, state investigating fatal garbage-truck accident in Meeker

A beeper to indicate that a vehicle is backing up didn't work the morning an 18-year-old Meeker sanitary worker was killed in a garbage truck mishap.

Police blotter for April 5

Craig Police Department Sunday, April 3 • Officer investigated a report of scratches on a pickup parked in a driveway.

Kendall Harris

Kendall Harris of Craig died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in Henderson, Nev.

Girls golf team comes up short

Amy Coulter's drive off the fourth tee at Glenwood Springs' The Hill Golf Course was a good summation of the girls golf team's effort Monday -- solid but just short of the mark.

New police officer keeps it all in the family

No stranger to law enforcement, Laurie Schulze never really thinks about that she will work in the same department as her husband.

Schiavo fallout

Some watched for 13 days, some for nearly 15 years as Terri Schiavo's right to life -- or right to death -- was debated in court, in church and in Congress.

More than 1,000 sign petitions for Highway 13

Craig resident Chris Walsh has collected 1,045 signatures from people who oppose lowering the speed limit on state Highway 13.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis, 19, of Craig, competed in a collegiate voice competition at Colorado State University in Fort Collins this past weekend. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Moffat County High School and is studying music education at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. He placed in the top 25 of the voice entrants.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Kim Uptain Occupation: Office administrator

Mr. Sandman

Boy's bedroom catches attention of magazine

Wesley Chapman has the room of his dreams.

Grace Klayko

Grace Klayko of Craig, died Monday, April 4, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge Care Center. Services are pending.

Datebook for April 5

Today Noon Healthy Lunch, a once-a-month cooking that teaches participants how to prepare healthy and quick recipes, meets until 1 p.m. Call Elisa at 824-9180.

Track teams show improvement

The Moffat County track teams continued to improve on a sunny Saturday in Rangely.

Sunday, April 3

Always keep the customer happy

Name: Jim and Mae Vallem Name of business/address: Intermountain Appliance, 395 School St. (on the corner of School and Fourth).

News briefs for April 4

There will be afte-prom party planning meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday and April 13, 20 and 27 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. All parents of juniors are encouraged to attend.

Pope John Paul II remembered with reverence

During a weekend full of joyful sacraments -- a baptism, First Communion and a celebration of 45 years of marriage -- the death of Pope John Paul II hung in the air at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Sunday.

No magic required

Dedicated people, not tricks, will make downtown viable

Main street revitalization expert John Schler said there's no magic formula to creating a viable downtown. What is necessary is a dedicated group of people working to get it done.

Ana Kay Spindola

Tracey Houston and Roberto Spindola of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Ana Kay Spindola, at 1:47 a.m. March 30, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

BGCC starts high-school dodge-ball league

Mike Fraher thinks his dodge- ball league will make the sport even more popular than the 20th Century Fox movie that came out last year.

Shear numbers

Sheep industry rebounds after decline in 1990s

More sheep are in the United States than at any time since 1990.

Making it work

After 72 years of marriage, O. Marion Jones has stopped calling his wife, Katherine, by her real name. Actually, he stopped saying Katherine a long time ago.


Terry and Cindy Wooten of Craig would like to ann-ounce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Kay Wooten of Craig, to Jamie Lynn Dschaak of Craig, son of Jim and Beryl Dschaak.

Aja Simone Barron

Abby Suzanne Barron and Robert Josiah Barron of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Aja Simone Barron, at 3:05 a.m. March 24, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for April 4

Today 8 a.m. Registration begins for Craig Parks and Recreation summer programs at City Hall.

Swimming laps around the competition

The first home swim meet was a memorable one for Moffat County senior Joe Hayes.

Friday, April 1

Don and May Emma Ogg: Reporter got it wrong

We are furious! How dare that reporter accuse our Noyes Health Care Center of mooching off of Moffat and Routt counties.

Woman gets 90 days for embezzlement

A former bookkeeper of Anson Excavating & Pipe will spend the next three months in the Moffat County Jail for embezzling nearly $8,000 from the Craig company.

Girls golf team tops 4A team in Delta

The Moffat County girls golf team finally caught a break.

David Pressgrove: Slowly but surely

Sunday will mark exactly two months until the Steamboat Marathon. I have mixed feelings about my preparation.

Lottie (Granny) Neely: Thanks for your help

I would like to thank some special people for their assistance and support during my recent illness.

A tale of two families

Coaches, family members talk about the balance between sports and home life

Every once in a while, Craig Mortensen thinks back about "the question." The Moffat County girls basketball coach was having a discussion about basketball with his principal when he was asked about the sacrifice of coaching.

Plastic lunch trays becoming obsolete

District saves time, money with disposable versions

Ridgeview Elementary School is the only school that still serves lunch using the five-chambered colored plastic trays many remember from their school days.

Getting their ACT together -- juniors prepare for annual rite

Most colleges are looking for good ACT scores, which means college-bound students particularly focus on the test.

Star student for April 2

Eight-year-old Aubrey Campbell is everything a star should be, according to her teacher.

Education briefs for April 2

There will be After Prom Party planning meetings Wednesday, April 13, 20 and 27 at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. All parents of juniors are encouraged to attend.

CDOT workers remember their fallen colleagues

Fifty-five Colorado Depart-ment of Transportation workers have died on the job since 1929. Two of them died in Northwest Colorado.

Fire forces out nine families

Nine families and one business lost their homes Wednesday morning in a fire that virtually destroyed an apartment complex in Meeker.

Darla Fay Hickson

Darla Fay Hickson 1946-2005

City election will be Tuesday

Don Jones, the lone mayoral candidate in Tuesday's city election, is a safe bet to succeed Dave DeRose. But five other candidates, including incumbent Bill Johnston, are vying for three open seats on the council.

VNA director recognized

Work by the director of the Visiting Nurse Association hasn't gone unnoticed.

Our View: What state line?

May Emma Ogg didn't mince words when she ob�--jected to a recent article in the Craig Daily Press about funding for the Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs, Wyo.