Wednesday, August 31
Carleen and Doug Skroch of Craig, and Max Snare of Steamboat Springs, announce the engagement of their daughter Christine Snare to Jordan Gustafson, son of Andy and Brenda Gustafson of Craig.
So, you remembered the extra batteries, disposable gloves and toilet paper, but when were you born? If you were born after Jan. 1, 1949, the state of Colorado requires you to have hunter education card.
Breaking the law to bag deer, elk or other game just doesn't pay, state wildlife officials warn. If someone is caught killing game without a license or using someone else's license, the fines can add up to thousands of dollars. Hunters also run the risk of having their hunting privileges suspended in Colorado and 18 other states.
Hunting and fishing combined generated almost 4 percent of Moffat County's economy in 2002, according to a study sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife this spring.
Compared with Colorado's other popular recreational activities, hunting causes relatively few injuries and fatalities, statistics indicate. But staying safe isn't an accident. Hunters must be careful and go prepared when they venture into the Colorado backcountry.
The Buckskin Network is a program that involves law enforcement and commercial news media in a cooperative effort to assist the public.
The No. 1 survival tip when heading into the backcountry to hunt is to tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. That's important, said Rob Schmitzer, "so that somebody knows when to ring the bell."
An average bull elk can provide 125 pounds of boneless meat. So it's no wonder that most hunters want to process their kills into steaks, sausages and jerky.
Salt and pepper are the foundations of a great-tasting game dinner. "Rosemary and garlic and onions, salt and pepper do wonders," Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company owner Bill Hamil said.
When Jeremy Sanders started thinking of a clever way to get people interested in his business, he considered the cliched sexual innuendo, but instead settled on Bone Head Boiler.
The likelihood of shooting an animal with chronic wasting disease is rare, but hunters still should be on the lookout, said Kathi Green, Colorado Division of Wildlife disease management coordinator. "The bottom line is, we advise hunters to never kill animals that don't look healthy," she said.
Introduced to Colorado 24 years ago, moose are thriving in many parts of the state, and elk hunters should know the difference between these two ungulates. A hunter who mistakes a bull moose for a bull elk can be fined more than $11,000.
When camping during a hunt, it's important to take the proper precautions for fire safety. In 2005, high temperatures and low rain in the late summer dried out Northwest Colorado and heightened conditions for fires. Fire bans were starting to pop up throughout the region at the end of July.
The Meeker area is broken down into two distinct hunting areas -- the White River units and the Piceance Basin. Both areas offer unique hunting.
Rio Blanco offers some of the best hunting for elk in the state. "Elk are incredibly strong in those units (Game Management Unit 12 and 13), Especially in the White River region," said Randy Hampton, the public information specialist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife northwest region.
Antlers make great decorations, and meat makes a great meal, but another part of the elk also is a valuable commodity.
Although elk and deer are the most popular big game in Northwest Colorado, there are plenty of other native animals that hunters can pursue.
Hunting trips can turn long after days without a kill. The days can be even longer waiting for spouses and children who have come along for a family adventure, but don't feel the call of the hunt.
Big game hunters traveling to Northwest Colorado in October don't arrive looking for trout. And for anyone who has the great fortune to hang an elk early in the hunt, that's a big mistake.
For some families, hunting is a way of life. It is an annual event that many adults look forward to sharing with their children or other youths. Opportunities for youth hunters are endless.
The days when big game hunters had to rely entirely on dead reckoning to determine the distance to a trophy bull elk are long gone. Affordable laser rangefinders have taken much of the guesswork out of one of the most critical judgments a hunter needs to make.
All it takes is an early evening drive along a rural highway in Northwest Colorado to get acquainted with Colorado's growing deer population.
Sitting on the couch, holding a video game controller in one hand and a bag of chips in the other will not simulate hunting in Northwest Colorado.
Amber and Jason Beaver of Craig are pleased to announce the birth of their son Evan Matthew Beaver on August 29, 2005 at 9:32 a.m. at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.
Officials in the 14th Judicial District may receive the results of urine analysis tests for drugs and alcohol more quickly now that the state's judicial system has mandated probation departments to switch companies. The change also may save money for people on probation who are required to pay to take the screenings.
Kathleen Shepard of Craig wants to start a business, but she isn't exactly sure how to go about it.
Football team hopes new approach will bring same results
When a coach makes statements such as, "We're not as big, but we've got a lot of heart," and "It's not a rebuildi ng, it's a reloading year," it sounds as if they are trying their best to put a positive spin on a season with questions.
11-year-old finds comfort in horses after dad's death
When Dario Georgiou lost his father, he found comfort with some familiar friends -- the horses his father had taught him to ride.
Betty Switzler has spent the past three days with the TV on and the telephone in hand praying for any news about a small Mississippi town that was one of the first hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Hospital board members discussed at their Wednesday night meeting whether to honor a request for additional money from the hospital's financial adviser for the new hospital or wait until the company produces a loan application.
Phone and Internet service at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department headquarters has been a problem for years.
10 to 11 a.m. Moffat County Library will host story-time. The story-hour activity will be binoculars. For more information, call Linda Putnam at 824-5116, ext. 405.
A California man died from positional asphyxiation after he fell into a hole he was digging at his vacation home in Moffat County.
Life resident of Morapos Creek, Hamilton, Stanley Milton Forbes passed on to his last reward Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Stanley was born in a homestead house Jan. 23, 1930, to Hilliard Earnest and Viola Marie Forbes, not many feet from his lifetime residence. During his birth, he and his mother were attended by Mrs. Boss (a neighbor) and his aunt LaVaughn Taylor. Stanley was raised on the creek helping his folks on the ranch running sheep and grain farming. He married Edna Louise Collom on Nov. 10, 1949, in Grand Junction. After this union, they began a ranching business that lasted a lifetime including finishing their own home.
Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Aug. 30 A man was issued a trespass notice.
Recently, I spent some time at The Memorial Hospital as a patient. I was impressed with the caring service I received from all those with whom I came into contact.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hettinger would like to announce the upcoming wedding of their son Jake to Crystal Lahman, both of Canyon, Texas. Crystal is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lahman of Henrietta, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Page of Bowie, Texas. The wedding will take place Oct. 1, 2005 on a ranch south of Henrietta, Texas.
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center would like to thank Scott McKinney and the Copy Shop for repairing our copy machine at no charge to us. Thanks, Scott.
Tuesday, August 30
Moffat County commissioners moved forward Tuesday on two referendums that will be on November's ballot.
Departments looking forward to break in tight budget
Four years of holding the line on expenditures has backed some city departments into a corner.
Evan Hertzog wants people to laugh when they remember his dad, rodeo legend Wes Hertzog.
Moffat County commissioners took another crack at selling the courthouse annex Tuesday but were unsuccessful.
Mindset changes needed to help drug users, some say
The formation of a drug court in Moffat County will require a shift in how people think about drug offenders, some court officials said.
1 to 3 p.m. A free, two-hour workshop about Funding Sources for Your Business, cosponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank of the Rockies will be at The Center of Craig. Topics discussed include angel investors, venture capitalists, bank loans and SBA guaranteed loans. Learn the five Cs of the loan review process. For reservations, call (800) 621-8559, ext. 8522.
Red Cross volunteers and staff in north Colorado have mobilized to support the American Red Cross' massive response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas and Alabama by dispatching volunteers and raising funds.
Deanne Hamilton and Brian Hamilton of Salmon, Idaho, announce the birth of their son, Zane Luke Hamilton, at 1:23 p.m., Aug. 29, 2005.
Kristy Dion Nielson, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
We've heard it at City Council, we've heard it from the Moffat County School District Board of Education, and we've heard it from the Moffat County Comï¿½--misï¿½--sioners. Nobody wants to set a precedent, so nobody takes action on the important issues that face our community.
Scrappy Bulldog netters experienced, ready for 'amazing' play
The definition of the word "libero" is beyond the Moffat County High School volleyball team. What it actually means to the team though is a lot easier to figure out.
Monday, August 29
The only problem with winning the championship in La Liga is finding a place for the trophy. The 6-foot trophy stands as tall as most of the players.
Noon Boys & Girls Club orientation for parents will be held at the club. Orientation will be offered in English only. Parents must attend at least one orientation to enroll a child in the club.
The hurricane ravaging the Gulf Coast could mean higher gas prices for the rest of the nation.
Tim Kilgore would rather work than sit idly in a jail cell. Thanks to an inmate worker program, the 20-year-old Denver man housed in the Moffat County Jail can use his time to work without pay in the community.
A Baggs man who allegedly tried to burn down some buildings and a house in Baggs on Wednesday was found dead in his vehicle a day later.
A new scam is working its way across the nation, using jury duty as a way to get people's personal information.
Hospital officials plan to review a bid to update an air system at Wednesday's regular board meeting.
Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Aug. 23 Paul Romero Mendoza, 38 was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
I would like to write in support of Wal-Mart. I do not see Wal-Mart as a monster that is going to destroy our hometown. What I do see is Wal-Mart bringing in quality merchandise at affordable prices to compete with our local big store, which may wake them up to better customer service and to actually having merchandise on their shelves.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me to build my racecar this year.
Sunday, August 28
It has been a good summer for Rick Spangler.
Events draw big crowds to park, leave no one clean
Randall Brown didn't come to play this year's Mud Splash volleyball tournament. He just wanted to see his friends take nosedives into the dirt.
An Atlanta woman is making a cross-country road trip in the name of national security, and Craig is her most recent stop.
Wal-Mart's plan to open a 100,000 square-foot store in Craig wasn't the only news on the business front in recent weeks.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 Noon Boys & Girls Club orientation for parents will be held at the club. Orientation will be offered in English only. Parents must attend at least one orientation to enroll a child in the club.
COA advises hunters The Colorado Outfitters Association wants hunters to be sure the outfitters they hire are licensed this fall.
Father and son communicate on another level
Eddie Willison can't speak. Nor can he hear. But he and his father have devised a way of communicating that defies words.
The days of Nick Bomba being badgered by his buddies are over. His name is now on the City Championship plaque at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
"It's guts and love and glory, One mortal's chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo And cowboy is his name." -- from Baxter Black's Legacy of the Rodeo Man
Friday, August 26
If voters approve a tax revenue exemption for Moffat County on November's ballot, an additional $679,336 will go into the county's coffers.
At the beginning of the 2005 race season at the Hayden Speedway, Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association President Jaceson Van Grandt told the IMCA Modified drivers he hoped to put on a big race for them this year.
Girls cross-country team has fresh start
Makeovers are all the rage right now. On every other TV station, wardrobes, faces and houses are being made over. The Moffat County girls cross-country team is joining the trend.
Kasilof resident Mr. Earnest "Jim" Montgomery, 74, died Tuesday, August 23, 2005, of cancer at his home in Kasilof.
Jennifer and Doug Willems of Craig announce the birth of their twin daughters, Samantha Ann and Mary Elizabeth Willems, at 4:29 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Aug. 29 11 a.m. MCHS varsity boys golf team competes in Montrose.
Dinosaur Community Charter School will be up and running Monday with 51 students and a $150,000 grant, a significant difference from the way the school ended its last year.
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It's cases of corn now, but the abundance of food will transform into smiles on the faces of local Special Olympians.
There aren't many conflicts between what's in students' closets and what they're allowed to wear to school.
As was the case eight months ago, news that Wal-Mart was considering opening a supercenter in Craig sparked a flurry of rumors and speculation. Now that store officials have confirmed the wheels are in motion, tongues are wagging in support and opposition.
Baggs police uncover potential explosives
Saturday, Aug. 27 7 a.m. A benefit breakfast for Erica Manzanares and victims of domestic abuse runs until 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Tickets for the all-you-can eat meals are $10 and $5 for seniors.
Deciding on new Moffat County school board members will be a snap, now that only three people have applied for as many positions.
The State Land Board approved a uranium company's request to lease land near Maybell Friday, despite the efforts of a local group.
Wes Hertzog loved rodeo from the first time he climbed on a bronco in the 1960s.
Thursday, August 25
Moffat County School District officials were off on their estimates for 2005-06 enrollment, but not by much.
Kyle Wilson found a way to quell the Moffat County boys golf team's struggles. All it takes is a hole-in-one.
Boys cross-county team has top-five potential, if it stays healthy
There is no pain. There is no pain. There is no pain.
Church members take emergency Haitian mission
Hurricane Dennis couldn't stop some members of a local church from helping out where they're needed most.
Five days into the school year and I'm already whipped.
The Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the City Championship on Saturday and Sunday. There is a men's, women's and junior tournament. Golfers are required to belong to the YVGC and have a current handicap. Registration will be accepted until tonight.
Saturday, Aug. 27 7 a.m. A benefit breakfast for Erica Manzanares and victims of domestic abuse runs until 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Tickets for the all-you-can eat meals are $10 and $5 for seniors.
Tana Cook thinks she may have found an outlet to voice her opposition for a Wal-Mart in Craig.
Tiny town can't pay officers enough to keep them
DINOSAUR -- Jeremy Hinkle liked being a Dinosaur police officer, but his salary wasn't enough to keep him on the force.
Moffat County School District officials have signed off on a request from the Dinosaur Com-munity Charter School to contract with the state for oversight.
Four Moffat County High School students earned their associate's degrees before they had their diplomas in hand because of a program that allow simultaneous enrollment in high school and college classes.
Wednesday, August 24
Five residents have volunteered to serve on a committee that will review the city's charter and make recommendations to the Craig City Council for changes.
Maybe senior Zach Haddan's first two holes of the golf tournament in Cortez will exemplify the team's season.
Soccer team counting on four seniors in the center
The last time Nate Berner wore a Moffat County soccer uniform was three years ago.
Staff says company likely will exceed many requirements
City officials say they're pleased with the obvious preparation and the willingness to meet city standards shown by those representing Wal-Mart Corp.
Warren Rustand: Education, economic opportunity key in winning battle around globe
Terrorism is not going away, so the public must be better educated about why attacks occur, Warren Rustand told a gathering of about 100 people Wednesday night.
County roads damaged by increased energy industry use could see major improvements in the coming months.
An account has been established to assist a Craig cowboy injured in a rodeo accident in Hayden.
Craig Police Department Tuesday, Aug. 23 Officers took a report of a found bicycle. Officers responded to a report that a husky attacked a chihuahua.
Tonya Mercer and Chris Mercer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Garrett Kyle Mercer, at 10:50 p.m., July 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Mark and Susan Chenoweth of Craig. His paternal grandparents are Roland and Kathy Mercer of Craig.
Craig police say they are so busy going from call to call they don't have enough time to patrol for drunken drivers.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver has given the Boys and Girls Club of Craig $15,000 to establish, implement and maintain a program promoting lifelong health and physical fitness for youths.
Thursday, Aug. 25 6 p.m. Boys and Girls Club orientation for parents will be held at the club. Orientation will be offered in English and Spanish. Parents must attend at least one orientation to enroll a child in the club.
With the coal market again on the upswing, rumors are circulating that the Empire Mine south of Craig could reopen.
A 44-year-old Craig man died in the hospital four days after complaining of dizziness while incarcerated at the Moffat County Jail.
Tuesday, August 23
Craig resident Rita Landa was deported to Mexico on Tuesday, Immi-gration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Horizons Specialized Services board member Don Roth attended Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting asking for council support on the group's proposed mill levy.
City sales tax was up for the second month in a row, and for the second month, officials aren't sure what to attribute the increase to.
In general, a soccer team's goal is to protect the ball, its goal and one another. El Mexico found itself in an unusual situation Sunday when it had to protect somebody else.
The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership has a new director, a position that has been open since April.
Board split about whether to restrict revenues to capital projects
If residents vote in November to allow Moffat County to keep excess tax revenues, the county can use the money for projects other than capital expenditures.
I wish people would stop whining about the new Wal-Mart store coming to Craig.
Moffat County commissioners were right to reject ballot language restricting Horizons Specialized Services' ability to raise funds if a property tax for the agency is approved.
Craig offers a day of fun in the mud Saturday.
Moffat County Jail Saturday, Aug. 20 Alan W. Mead, 45, was booked into the Moffat County Jail as part of sentencing.
Sari Maneotis from the Craig Sea Sharks Swim Club was awarded the 2005 Scottie Aschermann Memorial Scholarship.
Wednesday, Aug. 24 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available to attend a speech by Warren Rustand, a former presidential assistant, at the Holiday Inn. Tickets are $20 a person or $200 for a corporate table, which accommodates 10 people. Call Samantha Johnston at 824-7031 or the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.
Law enforcement and hazardous materials crews responded to a large oil spill near Rangely on Sunday night.
Craig firefighters kept busy Tuesday fighting two brush fires that were reported within minutes of each other.
A Craig cowboy injured in a rodeo accident in Hayden during the weekend remains in serious condition at a Denver hospital.
Vote on fundraising restriction put off until next week, ballot language approved
Horizons Specialized Services will be allowed to hold fund-raisers in Moffat County even if voters approve a tax increase for the organization this fall.
Monday, August 22
Hertzog in critical condition after rodeo accident
HAYDEN -- A Craig man involved in a rodeo accident Sun--day remained in critical condition Monday at a Denver hospital.
Three Moffat County residents have picked up the paperwork necessary to file for one of the three school board seats up for election in November.
I have served on the Horizons board for several years. Horizons Specialized Services has been in our community for 30 years. Most people know what a great job they do, but some questions have come up that need answers.
Moffat County Jail Thursday, Aug. 18 Elena Sofia Gonzalez-Grijalava was arrested on a warrant.
Sheela LaJewel Baker and Thomas Evan Baker of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Troy Thomas Baker, at 12:13 p.m., Aug. 2, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.
Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness died Aug. 11, 2005, at her home. She was 96. Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness was born March 21, 1909, in Hayden, the second daughter of Stella Lazarus Huguenin and L.C. "Shorty" Huguenin.
Moffat County School District administrators are knocking on wood in the hope that the remainder of the school year goes as smoothly as they report the first day did.
Baggs, Wyo. -- Ryan Kudera, fire chief for the Baggs Volunteer Fire Department, will receive a donation of $37,000 toward the purchase of a four-wheel drive rescue truck from Devon Energy.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 7:30 p.m. Craig City Council meets in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Moffat County commissioners will vote today on ballot language for a proposed mill levy increase for Horizons Specialized Services.
The announcement was made Friday that the Wal-Mart Corporation has plans to open a supercenter in Craig, and by Monday morning Cris Criswell was circulating a petition in opposition.
Sunday, August 21
Sign-ups are available for The Yahoo Golf Tournament scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Men's format is an 18-hole Chapman and women's format is a two-lady scramble. Entry fees are $100 per men's team and women are $25 per player. Golfers or the public can purchase golf balls that will be dropped from an airplane for $10 each. The person who purchased a ball that lands closest to the center of a target will win a big screen television valued at $1,500.
HAYDEN -- A Craig man was hospitalized Sunday after being bucked off a horse at the Routt County Fairgrounds.
The safety of cars and the patience of everybody was tested Saturday at the Hayden Speedway's Pro Stock Powerhouse races. Up through the main event for the Mini Stock class, everything went like a normal summer night at the Speedway. Opie Smith won his 2. consecutive demolition derby, Matt Hoffman cruised to his sixth main event title in the Minis and at 8:43 p.m. the 13-car field of the Street Stocks started to circle the track.
Bob Harrington of Craig makes about five trips every year to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Grand Junction. The Korean War veteran has to get his blood pressure checked and his prescription re-prescribed regularly.
Today -- 7 p.m. The Moffat County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity meets at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Call the Rev. Melinda Bobo at 826-2670.
Roxanna Webb has been taking care of her husband since he became disabled in 1988. Ten years later, he was diagnosed with dementia. "It's hard because he feels like less of a man," she said. "He can't support his family."
Roger Kendall has a favorite story he likes to tell about his time as a trooper in the Colorado State Patrol. It involves a night when he and his brother, Gary, patrolled the same highway and they both pulled over the same vehicle.
Former Craig resident Erica Arellano-Manzanares had a beautiful voice, but her love of singing was cut short in June when the 31-year-old was shot and killed. Her husband, Duane Manzanares, 38, is accused of pulling the trigger.
With the right parcel of land, Craig could become a hub for Triple Crown sports tournaments and the tourist dollars that accompany them. Even if the 120 to 160 acres necessary to build a multi-field sports complex can be found locally, it will take a valleywide effort to make the complex a reality.
Friday, August 19
A second case of vesicular stomatitis is suspected in a Craig horse.
The Independent Life Center in Craig didn't receive a $5,000 allocation from the state last year because of budget cuts.
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Computer recycling will be available at the Moffat County Library parking lot located at 570 Green St. until 2:30 p.m.
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is following up on a report of a commercial airplane landing on Moffat County Road 34 in early June.
There are things that we absolutely can't condone. Count breaking the law among them.
It's back to the books on Monday
There are many things students will miss about the freedom of summer vacation, but the biggest, they said, is sleeping in.
Warren Rustand will try to give Craig residents a clearer picture of terrorism and its impact on the world in a presentation next week.
Becky Meek wants to be a teacher, which is probably why she has no concerns about starting school this year as a Moffat County High School freshman.
Just by chance, I was at the Moffat County High School volleyball practice this week when the girls found out who made the team.
The only trophy that John Jepkema has won at Hayden Speedway sits by itself on his mantle at home.
Store officials say a 100,000-square-foot store will be built on U.S. Highway 40
A Wal-Mart Supercenter is coming to Craig. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Daphne Moore said Thursday that plans are to build a 100,000-square-foot discount store that will employ more than 200 people. A construction start date has not been set; however, she said it takes about 10 months to build such a store after construction begins.
About 10,000 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers lost power early Friday morning.
Thursday, August 18
Friday, Aug. 19 8 p.m. Strings in the Mountains presents Jackie Greene at Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park. Tickets are $23. Call 879-5056 ext. 105 or www.stringsinthemountains.com.
Downtown Business Association holding Golden Leaf Fest Craig's Downtown Business Association is organizing the fifth annual Golden Leaf Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley.
Gary Cole has enjoyed his 10 years in Craig, but before this summer, he didn't get to fully experience the town because he commuted to Steamboat Springs.
Brenna Danae Ariel Nozot Stacy Nozot and Loren Nozot of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Brenna Danae Ariel Nozot, at 12:49 a.m., Aug. 17, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.
Fire officials are a small step closer to getting a new water tanker truck.
Golfers get to the course quickly after a rough competition
Kaleb McKey had to get back to the golf course.
Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 17 Tanner Eugene Sholes, 22, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a charge of a parole violation.
I wasn't in Oklahoma a whole day before I was forced to decapitate a copperhead snake with a screwdriver.
Shortly after attending a Christian women's conference in Idaho three years ago, Jeannie Higgins decided to start one in Northwest Colorado.
Annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., attracts Craig riders
Roy Firestone has missed his wife's birthday for four years in a row to attend a motorcycle rally. Mike Toovey would rather take time off from work for a motorcycle rally than have a Christmas break.
With West Nile Virus season at its peak, officials encourage people to remain cautious, despite a slow season for the virus.
CAPS board reconsiders policy of sending parolees away from Craig
Convicted felon John Glenn Plummer Jr. of Grand Junction has just about paid his debt to society and wants to continue living in Craig.
Craig immigrant could face 20 years
A Yampa woman has volunteered to help the Landa family secure the release of their wife and mother, Rita Landa, from an Aurora immigration detention center.
Moffat County Child Care Providers Association President Paula Reed is pleased with the success the organization has had in its first year.
Parents say goodbye, get used to life without children at home
Zach Vorhies wasn't gone two days before he left a message on his dad's cell phone.
Wednesday, August 17
Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Aug. 16 Shane Brian Ehlers, 31, was booked into Moffat County Jail after sentencing.
No comment. That was what the Moffat County High School boys golf team members told coach Ken Harjes to say to the media after their round at Rifle Creek Golf Course on Wednesday.
Craig woman faces deportation, possible jail time
Rita Landa, an illegal immigrant who has lived in Craig for many years, has been detained on immigration charges and faces deportation to Mexico.
Company no longer interested in selling Craig facility
Work is under way to repair the dilapidated Gilsonite plant in Craig.
Standard Uranium Inc. officials don't think mineral deposits outside of Maybell will yield the quality of ore that makes mining profitable, but with uranium prices nearing $30 a pound, they're willing to try.
Thursday, Aug. 18 6 p.m. A support group for those who have a loved one who is addicted to methamphetamine will meet in the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.
TMH gets $1 million
Hospital officials are breathing a sigh of relief worth a cool million.
Yahoo Golf Tournament sign-ups available Sign-ups are available for The Yahoo Golf Tournament, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Zachary Owen Craig Dawn Woolsey and Christopher Craig announce the birth of their son, Zachary Owen Craig, on June 8, 2005, in Litchfield, Ky.
Vanessa M. Greenwood Vanessa M. Greenwood has been promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
A preliminary report shows extensive asbestos contamination in the home Moffat County Habitat for Humanity purchased in June.
Program designed to inform local residents about laws, landlord responsibilities
For Shannon Trigg and Elizabeth Leef, finding wheelchair-accessible housing is an ongoing problem.
Tuesday, August 16
Moffat County will continue its protest of the assessed value of an operator at the Craig Station power plant.
Commissioners give service until Sept. 5 to leave neighborhood
Dust from oil rig service trucks on Thompson Hill bothers John Hall.
Coalition starts taking patients with dentist on board
Dentist Jerry Thalken is an enemy of tooth decay.
Moffat County is better than mediocre. By now, Moffat County residents probably are tired of hearing about the Moffat County Fair.
Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, Aug. 15 Deputies took a report of criminal mischief.
John Brandon Hall Carol Jean Hall and John Dallas Hall of Craig, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Brandon Hall, at 8:47 p.m., Aug. 11, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Charles and Opal Counts Family and friends are invited to join Charles and Opal Counts in celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Group seeking cute pets The Humane Society of Moffat County is looking for the cutest pets in the county to be featured in the 2006 Pet Mates Calendar.
ednesday, Aug. 17 1 p.m. There will be a free seminar about renters' rights, presented by attorney Bill Higgins at the Independent Life Center at the southeast corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. Call 826-0833. A sign language interpreter will be available with advance notice.
Interim administrator Susan McGough of The Memorial Hospital is no stranger to management.
Stephanie Harvey likened starting her new job with the Moffat County School District to buying a house.
The electric bill for Loudy-Simpson Park will be a little extra for the month of August. That's because the lights worked overtime last week during the tournaments for the Craig Softball Association.
Shirley Simpson blamed herself for her daughter's methamphetamine addiction.
Monday, August 15
How many computers do you own that have become road-kill on the information highway? Are they stacked in closets, hidden in basements, stuffed behind couches or sitting on garage shelves?
Jeffrey James Conner, 37, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
Krystal Fedinec and Justin Fedinec of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Marlee Brianne Fedinec, at 6:36 p.m. Aug. 9, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
After the 2001 anthrax attacks on Washington, D.C., mail being sent to congressional offices or the White House goes through a lengthy screening process.
As the Moffat County High School boys golf team pulled into the school parking lot after the second tournament of the season, they looked around and saw other sports teams just starting their first practices of the fall.
Donations range in size
Donations have started to roll in for construction of a new building for The Memorial Hospital.
Union officials are preparing employees of Qwest Communications for a potential strike as the deadline to hammer out contract negotiations passed Saturday.
The $12 billion energy bill President Bush signed last week provides nearly $700 million for research and development of coal-related technology.
Jennifer Duncan, Moffat County's 4-H agent, has resigned from her position after 3 1/2 months in Craig. Sunday was her last day.
The Entrega gas pipeline set to run through Moffat County this fall could bring new artifacts to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Megan Gray and Chris Herod of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Keegan Gunner Herod, at 8:01 p.m. Aug. 13, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.
7 p.m. Strings in the Mountains presents a Van Cliburn 2005 medalist at Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park. Tickets are $25. Call 879-5056, ext. 105.
Sunday, August 14
Commercial properties rose 18 percent in one year
The assessed value of property in Moffat County jumped by $48.6 million from 2004 to 2005, an increase of more than 14 percent. County officials said more than 80 percent of the overall increase can be attributed to energy production, but homeowners and business owners also saw major increases.
At least $300 was stolen from Outdoor Connections in Craig, marking the store's second burglary this year, owner Nicholas Kamzalow said.
Two weeks ago El Mexico dominated Deportivo-Craig, 5-1. In Sunday's playoff game between the same teams it was a different story, at least for the first 70 minutes. "It's the playoffs so they are going to come harder because the loser is done," El Mexico President Isidro Quezada Sr. said. "It was a completely different game because they played us better for longer."
Gary Miner of Hayden died Wednesday at his home. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden High School Automotive/Welding program in care of Grant Mortuary.
Bill Higgins, managing attorney for the Grand Junction Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, will give a presentation about renters' rights Wednesday in Craig. Wednesday's presentation is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Independent Life Center on the corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Monday, Aug. 15 -- 5:30 p.m. Craig Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at City Hall.
Karissa Maneotis had mixed feelings as she circled the show ring one final time during the 2005 Moffat County Fair. "(I feel) sad but happy," the 12-year-old said. "Sad because I worked all this time and got attached, but happy because I've worked all this time and I've earned the money."
Two maps on Thom Schnellinger's wall show all the roads to get around Craig and Moffat County. A longtime teacher, avid road biker and kayaker, Schnellinger, 49, likes to know his way around, be it a school or the surrounding area.
Organizers already working on plans for 2006
The golden sunset cast a warm glow over the empty grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds as another fair came to a close Saturday evening. The 87th annual Moffat County Fair went well, Moffat County Colorado State University Extension Service Director Elisa Shackelton said, but there's something missing.
Friday, August 12
Lines form to get leftover licenses
Hunters got up early this week to get their hands on hard-to-get hunting licenses. Licenses left over from the Colorado Division of Wildlife draw went on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday at hunting license retailers and DOW offices. Leftovers went on sale Wednesday on the Internet for the first time in DOW history.
Participants compare a Bowling Pin Shoot to the NCAA's March Madness and drag racing. Sounds like something to check out. Interested?
Gary Miner of Hayden died Wednesday at his home. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden High School Automotive/Welding program in care of Grant Mortuary. Friends may call at the Hayden Congregational Church on Tuesday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
A celebration of the life of Margaret Pilgrim, of Baggs will be held at the Pilgrim Ranch near Baggs at a day and time to be announced later. Memorial donations maybe be made to the Little Snake River Ambulance Service in care of Grant Mortuary.
Funeral services for Marie Holderness of Hayden will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 16 at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery.
Abbey Blair Smith, daughter of Scott and Jayne Smith, of Longmont, and Dane Michael Lyon, son of Michael and Judy Lyon of Craig, were married March 12.
Today -- Wendy's of Craig will sponsor "Dine out for Partners." Wendy's will offer discounts on meals with proceeds going to Moffat County Partners. There also will be arts and crafts projects and a drawing contest.
With crude oil prices reaching nearly $67 a barrel expect gas prices to continue to rise in the future, Petrox Resources Inc. President Mike Clark said. "I don't see anything in the future to bring the prices down unless the economy slows down and that wouldn't be good," he said. "Gas prices are a function of world oil price. It's not set here in the United States. It's set by world price."
Parents and students will soon have another way to find resources in Moffat County. This year, First Call United Way 211 distributed information to students' homes about the services provided in the county.
Sarah Wiseman knows her daughter Brittany will have more self-confidence when she gets back to school. "If she puts her mind to something she can do it," she said after her daughter's rabbit won the round-robin competition. "This proves she can accomplish anything if she wants."
Moffat County 4-H is one of the most positive experiences for youths in our community. 4-H teaches many life skills including responsibility, bookkeeping, time management and project management. But it also allows youths in the county to socialize and interact with one another and to learn one of life's most precious lessons -- sometimes you have to let go of things you love.
Evelyn Tileston knows there's money out there, and she aims to get it. That's what the director of the Independent Life Center did the last time Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days came to town.
Steers take center stage at Moffat County Fair
Mary Martinez tilted a steer's head back and emptied a bottle of Pepto-Bismol down its throat. The cow licked its lips, and she wiped away the few drops that spilled. "He's got diarrhea," she said. "We don't want him doing that in the ring."
Thursday, August 11
When Maxine Turner moved her family to Craig in 1972, there weren't many options for her disabled son, Bruce.
Jennifer Ann Goffe and Cennedy Dale McPhail were married June 18, 2005, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Oman officiating.
Ed Byrns and the late Peggy Byrns of Clinton, Ark., announce the wedding of their daughter, Tammie Lea Thompson of Craig, to Steven Ray Booker of Craig, son of Linda and Bill Booker of Craig.
Kelly and Nathan Douglas of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jerimiah Nickolas Douglas, at 5:52 p.m., Aug. 1, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Cecilia Veatch and Tony Jenkins of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Marie Jenkins, at 4:18 p.m., July 29, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Alicia Noland and Jeremiah Noland of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Max Alexander Noland, at 10:28 p.m., Aug. 2, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
During the Hugo Silva-Larios murder trial last week, metal detectors scanned every person entering the courtroom.
Tina Williams knows it's difficult to ask longtime customers to show identification when writing a check.
Judge: Crammed dockets open doors to dismissed cases
It's a case of too many trials and not enough time in Moffat County District Court, the court's chief judge thinks.
The swine barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds has been an active place this week. With squealing pigs, buzzing fans and laughing children, the building is filled with action.
8 a.m. Moffat County Habitat for Humanity will hold a Yard Sale Benefit in the parking lot of Brass Key Realty. The sale continues Saturday. Call Melinda Bobo at 826-2670 if you have items to drop off.
A 31-year-old man was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant of sex assault on a child.
Every review of Kip Attaway's shows involve him drinking too much and acting like a madman. He couldn't be happier.
The spirit of John Wayne is coming to Meeker.
'This is the best age to play because it's all about fun'
Referee Maggie Blackstun remembers her favorite time to play soccer was when she was young.
Library programs encourage reading through interactive events
Ashley Baysinger loves to go to the library.
Coach Ken Harjes just knew it was going to be a long day.
Wednesday, August 10
Energy industry trucks could roll across northern Moffat County this fall, pumping seismic vibrations into the ground in search of natural gas.
Coach Ken Harjes usually has a good idea who his top golfers will be for the year soon after tryouts.
Despite light drizzles and overcast skies, 39 women showed up for the sixth annual Rally for a Cure golf tournament.
Josh Wilde stood quietly by his sheep pen and waited for the start. The 13-year-old was nervous for his second year in the market lamb show at the Moffat County Fair on Wednesday night.
Harry Peroulis sees the effects of Northwest Colorado's massive elk herds every day.
Helen Dobbin had trouble with some sewing techniques when she was growing up.
After traveling across the country while working security for a rock group and rap group, Jesse Wilson thinks he has found home.
8 a.m. Moffat County Fair Goat Show is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
A Craig man accused of holding up a clerk at the east end Kum & Go in May is taking his case to trial.
Megan Rae Valenzuela, 19, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
Robbing two Craig stores in less than three months earned a Craig man six years in prison.
Iva Rulia "Ike" Peed died Aug. 2, 2005, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. She was 79.
This is a note to parents, which was inspired by the Back to School supplement in Wednesday's Daily Press and by what I see everywhere.
Tuesday, August 9
John Ponikvar and his family moved to Thompson Hill south of Craig six years ago for the peace and quiet.
Nonlivestock 4-H projects judged
Eight-year-old Abigail Gonzales insists knitting is not hard to learn.
Youth and open shows bring fun competition, memories
Jordan McLeslie has a special attachment to her family pet.
Retaining money for education, transportation and health is something Craig City Councilors said they would support.
The Visiting Nurse Association and the Moffat County School District are teaming up to offer extensive parenting classes.
For Marla Lynch, today's Rally for a Cure benefit golf tournament means more than playing for a good cause.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 8 a.m. Moffat County Fair Equipment Rodeo is at Moffat County Fairgrounds.
State Patrol targets U.S. Highway 40 People commuting from Craig to Steamboat Springs would be hard-pressed to miss the persistent presence of Colorado State Patrol troopers on U.S. Highway 40.
Craig Police Department Monday, Aug. 8 Officers responded to a report that a vehicle was left in the alley behind the Community Budget Center.
Moffat County residents have a rare opportunity to become audience to some of the most influential and important leaders, policy makers, sports figures and other figureheads who are icons of their time. The Craig Daily Press will host a "Distinguished Speakers" series in Craig beginning this month. Each quarter thereafter, the Craig Daily Press will host another well-known or influential person who will talk about issues facing our country, our state and our town.
Football camp 'gives guys a taste' of what the game is about in Moffat County
Head football coach Kip Hafey wants the underclassmen to understand the winning football tradition in Moffat County.
Monday, August 8
Anna Gertrude Browning died July 27, 2005, 14 months before her 100th birthday. She was 98. Anna Gertrude Browning was born Sept. 25, 1906 at the Chedsey Ranch near the east end of Buffalo Pass.
For Parrish Terry, playing in the coed B League is a way to get closer to his family, while still having fun. "It's about camaraderie," he said. "Just good athletic fun."
It was in between races at the Hayden Speedway on Saturday and Mickey O'Conor and his brother, Dave, were at their usual place -- in front of a car with the hood up. The racers, who are brothers, are each other's pit crew, and they were cleaning the spark plugs of Mick's Mini Stock car.
The Moffat County clerk's team would like to thank Robin Shiffbauer for the beautiful yellow ribbon quilt she made for "Our Heart is With Our Troops" display.
On behalf of Craig's Downtown Business Association, I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who made such generous donations to this year's Benefit Auction to support the Budget Center's annual School Supply Drive.
Why do the police let those big double trucks come through Craig? I was at the stop light at Victory Way and Yampa Avenue when this huge truck tried to turn. I had to back up or it would have hit me.
Emily Gilchrist of Craig received academic and theatre scholarships to attend Hastings College for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Bob and Carolyn Schneider, formerly of Craig and now living in Fairbanks, Alaska, would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Jennifer Schneider to Jeremy Dunning, son of Larry and Jo Ellen Dunning.
The Moffat County School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Today -- 8 a.m. Moffat County Fair 4-H Dog Show is in the grass area at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
The Moffat County 4-H and FFA Horse Show marked the last time that Carrie Snowden and Mary Moon would watch their daughters display horsemanship skills at the county fair. A long year of practicing and preparing horses for show culminated Monday with cowgirls and cowboys dressed in their best duds to showcase their horse-handling techniques.
About 70,000 elk make their home in Northwest Colorado, more than anywhere else in the state. The White River elk herd south of Craig has about 50,000 elk alone, making it the largest migratory elk herd in North America.
The Moffat County District Attorney's Office weighed several legal scenarios before offering a plea bargain last week in the area's first murder case in more than a decade. Hugo Antonio Silva-Larios pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless manslaughter in the October shooting death of James Calvin Pogline, 32.
Vesicular stomatitis is similar to foot and mouth disease
A horse in Moffat County was diagnosed Monday with the county's first case of vesicular stomatitis, a highly contagious disease. Craig veterinarian Wayne Davis confirmed the case in a middle-aged female horse. This is the 23rd case of the disease in Colorado this summer.
Sunday, August 7
A local program aims to keep Craig businesses safe from theft. "We just make suggestions on how (local businesses) can overall improve their security," Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard said of the department's Business Protection Program. "Businesses contact us and we come out and do a security survey and make recommendations on how to improve their security inside and out."
Kandace Lukow's eyes melt as she thoughtfully stares across her office, recalling with a soft voice the memories she has collected over the past 25 years. But her warm glow conceals the toughness underneath.
Susan Mizen knows the difficulty of finding a new building. "It can be a challenge to find a large residential home that's on one level," she said. Mizen is the executive director of Horizons Specialized Services, which was able to purchase the Rainbow Living Center last month.
Moffat County commissioners want to crack down on big parties at county facilities. The commissioners will hold a workshop with department heads from Parks and Recreation, the Moffat County Fairgrounds and the Sheriff's Office next week to discuss parties at county facilities. The workshop will look at the county's facility use policies and ways to improve them.
Glenda Bellio says there are no words to describe the adrenaline rush of horse driving. "You just have to try it yourself," she said. "It's an addiction."
Despite a course change, a few participants losing their way and a decline in numbers, participants in the 2005 Trapper Fitness Center "Just for the Health of It" triathlon enjoyed their experience. "I thought the biking route was just about perfect," said Jason Cristanelli, who was a member of the winning team. "It was my first time for a triathlon and it wasn't too bad."
In a night full of special features at the Hayden Speedway, it still came down to the regulars in the IMCA Modified class for the most excitement in Saturday's Super Street Sprint. The Modifieds started the main event with 12 cars, the most in a race all summer. Five yellows and seven lead changes later, H.D. Craig came away with his fifth main event win out of seven races this summer.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase II Terminal Expansion Project will start today. Access roads into the airport will be changed and public parking lots will be under construction. Airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to have family, friends or commercial ground transportation companies bring passengers to the airport. Parking will be very limited. All flights will be operating on their regular schedules and it is suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes before schedule departures.
Today, 9 a.m., Moffat County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
Friday, August 5
Decisions the Colorado Division of Wildlife makes now have the power to affect a huge portion of Craig's economy. Yet, it seems that few Craig residents are interested enough to become educated and participate.
Oklahoma man dies in Rangely accident
An Oklahoma man died Thursday from injuries sustained when his motorcycle struck a truck. Sam Nabors, 54, was pronounced dead at Rangely Memorial Hospital. His son, Mark, 28, was also taken to the hospital, but was later released.
Today, 8 a.m. -- Trapper Fitness Club will host a triathlon beginning at 8 a.m. To register, call Tammy at 824-6932.
chiropractor, acutherapist offer free treatment to inmates trying to beat drug addiction
Chiropractor Carolyn Gochee seems an odd sight marching through the front doors of the Moffat County Public Safety center with a briefcase in one hand and a massage table in the other. "This is Dr. Gochee, and I'm here to see some of the meth patients," she hollers through an intercom to gain clearance to get into the jail.
Robert Winn of Craig has been trying to hunt in one of the state's premier hunting units since he was in high school. The 27-year-old has accumulated 14 preference points, but still hasn't drawn a tag for unit 10 in Western Moffat County.
When Darryl and Sharon Steele taught their four children how to rodeo, they never knew it would pay off when the next generation came around. Instead of chasing their grandkids all over the West to watch sporting events or listen to recitals, the Steeles merely have to look at the calendar for the next Little Britches rodeo.
Sibling rivalry was defined when the two Craig soccer teams in La Liga met Friday night. The showdown between El Mexico and Deportivo kicked off at 6:20 p.m., but the anticipation of the game had been building since the beginning of the summer.
Trusses "fell like dominos" at about noon Friday as workers were replacing a roof at Timberglen Apartments. One sub-contractor on the project sustained minor cuts but was not taken to the hospital when he was temporarily pinned between the wood planks, said Chief Chris Nichols of Craig/Fire Rescue.
Murdoch's Store Manager Jarrod Bell has worked at four different locations and seen several different store openings. The opening in Craig has been the best for him.
Criminal charges are pending against a former Craig man who suffered multiple injuries in a motorcycle wreck over the weekend, Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Scott Gardner said.
Seller: Johnny W. and Lori G. Mann Buyer: James J. Kelly and Christina A. Terrill Property: Wilderness Ranch Lot 586; 3547 Timberlane Dr. Price: $61,500
Across the state, boys lag behind girls in reading and writing, Hispanic students average scores that are 30 points less than their Anglo counterparts and younger students severely outperform those in the upper grades. Whether that holds true for Moffat County remains to be seen.
Britni Harrington was apprehensive about walking out in front of the crowd. "During the break time, a lot of people came, so I got nervous," the 10-year-old 4-Her said. "So I messed up on the routine."
Thursday, August 4
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is considering changing how it allocates hunting licenses to private landowners, Colorado residents and out-of-state hunters. The DOW formed a committee last spring to address the issue.
The new coats of paint at Moffat County High School have dried and the grass is freshly cut. All that is missing are the student athletes. Monday some of those athletes will be back.
Karol Bullen thinks the most important thing for children is a valuable teacher. "We need excellent teaching... teaching that makes school a happy place for kids," she said.
Connie Marie Hawn and George Roland Hawn of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Cody Keenan Hawn, at 11:10 p.m., July 23, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley F. Chard, daughter of Carol F. Miller of Dinosaur, and Timothy S. Amy of Dinosaur, recently returned from deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Terry and Kathy Wiekhorst of Green River, Wyo., would like to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jessica Anne Wiekhorst to George Daniel Robidoux, son of George and Susie Robidoux of Baggs. The couple has planned an Aug. 27, 2005 wedding at 2:00 p.m., at the Robidoux Family Ranch in Slater.
Gary Erikson of North Dakota, and Kathie Johnson and Byron Kitchens of Craig, would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Teri K. Erikson, to James F. Willey, son of Jim and Debra Willey of Craig. They were married July 20, 2005.
When Maybell resident Georgia McIntyre thinks of the Moffat County Fair, she thinks of the valuable lessons she and her family have gained from the 4-H experience. The 2005 fair starts tonight with the open class horse show, and continues through Aug. 13.
Kevin Loughran spent last week in the mountains of Northern Arizona with 15 teens from Moffat County Young Life. And a blob.
Tough love is ... well, tough. And I'm not talking about the kids. I'm talking about me. I decided to crack down. It was just time. I am not willing to live my life repeating the same phrases over and over again.
George W. Koler died July 26, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 76. George W. Koler was born June 28, 1929, in Oak Creek, to George and Virginia (Spears) Koler, where he was raised and attended school.
The Moffat County Fair parade has been canceled because of a lack of participants. "This year we only had four participants," Downtown Business Association President Karen Brown said. Since there were only four participants, Brown said it wouldn't make sense to hold a parade. "At this point it's not very cost effective for the city to shut the streets down," she said.
Today -- 4 p.m. The Breeze Basin 4-H Club is holding a fund-raising bake sale until 8 p.m. at City Market.
A former Moffat County High School graduate is listed in stable condition in a Grand Junction hospital after sustaining serious injuries from crashing his motorcycle in Garfield county Saturday.
Dixon, Wyo., mayor, Bob Dunckley, was so interested in getting an anti-drug group started in his community that he attended Thursday night's Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Addictions meeting in Craig. The leader of the town of 75 people said that methamphetamine use also is growing in Colorado's neighbor to the north.
Not all impounded vehicle sales are great deals, but every so often, people find an amazing bargain. "I've seen some pretty nice vehicles go through," Craig police Sgt. Bill Leonard said. "You never know what shows up down here. Every once in a while there is a guy who will come away with a good deal."
Rep. John Salazar discussed veterans' services, local drug treatment options, the federal energy bill and other issues during a stop Thursday in Craig. The Democrat from Colorado's 3rd Congressional District invited residents to the Museum of Northwest Colorado as part of his statewide "Listening Tour." More than 20 attended.
Wednesday, August 3
McDonald's owner says new assessment will cost him $10,000 in taxes
The assessed value of the McDonald's Restaurant in Craig has gone up from $312,990 in 2003 to $777,891 in 2004, an increase of more than 150 percent. In that time, the restaurant underwent a major renovation, but didn't add any square footage.
The wide-eyed look that third-graders get when putting on football pads is something Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike enjoys every year. "Of all the sports we offer, football is probably the one that the kids get the most excited for," he said. "Third-graders are like 'woo hoo' the first time they try on those pads."
Before his team's opening game in the Triple Crown 11-year-old Division 2 World Series, Colorado Cutthroats coach Mark Nielsen tried to get the players pumped up. "I told them that this was our last week of baseball, so to go out there and play tough," he said. "Some of these teams have been playing together since February, so skill wise they're at another level."
Although Dan Davidson never has seen any record of David Moffat actually being in Moffat County, he said that doesn't diminish the man's importance. "For 30 or 40 years, he was one of the most powerful men in Colorado," said the director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
After a pursuit last month during which speeds exceeded 120 mph, Colorado State Trooper Roger Kendall asked the driver why he ran from troopers through Wyoming, Craig and Steamboat. "He told me he was late for church," Kendall said.
Krystal Price and Yancy Price of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Jeremiah Pierson Price, at 1:23 p.m., July 28, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.
Iva "Ike" Peed of Craig died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Memorial graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.
For Alison Brockmeyer, Craig is the perfect place for her because of her enthusiasm for the outdoors. "I'm a die-hard environmentalist," she said.
Nonprofits that want to try to find extra funding should take part in Rural Philanthropy Days. This year's Granby-based event is Sept. 11 through Sept. 13. The aim of the event is to introduce nonprofits to a wider array of potential funding sources.
Entries are still being accepted for the Moffat County Fair parade. Line up begins at 9:15 a.m. at Seventh and Breeze Street. Register in advance by calling Karen at 824-7898, dropping by the Community Budget Center and filling out a form or just show up at the park and the Craig Lions Club will find a spot.
Today -- 5 p.m. Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jay Garner, the first director of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq, will speak about U.S. policy in Iraq as part of the free Seminars at Steamboat series at Centennial Hall in Steamboat.
Hugo Silva-Larios pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless manslaughter in the shooting death of James Pogline last October. The plea was part of a deal Silva-Larios, a 17-year-old Mexican national, reached with prosecutors. The plea agreement brought an end to his murder trial, which was scheduled to start Wednesday.
Moffat County officials think the old Gilsonite plant south of town is a hazard and want it cleaned. The plant was the busiest Gilsonite processing plant in the world in the 1940s but has sat empty since the 1970s. Gilsonite is a coal-like substance used in asphalt and paint.
Tuesday, August 2
Work on hold while agency determines cost of removal from home
Habitat for Humanity will soon know how much it will cost to clean up asbestos in a house the organization is renovating.
Today Noon Red Hat Wednesday luncheon is at Loudy-Simpson Park. All chapters are invited. A potluck lunch will be served. Guests should bring a dish and a drink. Call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253.
City has no volunteers to serve on committe to consider charter revisions
Community interest in reviewing the city's charter was so low 13 years ago that council members had to beg for volunteers.
The 100-mile race, the rough terrain of the Sierra Nevada's, nor the 120-degree temperatures were the most nerve-racking parts for Ken Wolgram.
Every team in the Craig Softball Association Coed League has a unique personality.
Nine women and five men were selected Tuesday to serve as jurors in the murder trial of Hugo Silva-Larios.
Students across the state made significant gains this year in math, but they showed little or no improvement in three other core subject areas -- reading, writing and science.
The Memorial Hospital couldn't be losing an 18-year-veteran at a more inopportune time for hospital staff and capital campaign volunteers, but the untimely resignation appears to be a change for the best for all parties involved.
Moffat County Road 28 was supposed to close last spring for the Elkhead Reservoir expansion project.
The Maybell Public Library no longer is the polling place for the tiny town's 400 residents.
Registration is under way for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, which returns to Northwest Colorado for the first time in four years. This year's event will be Sept. 11 to 13 at The Inn at SilverCreek in Granby.
Defense lawyers haven't formalized a list of witnesses for the upcoming trial of a former Moffat County High School golf coach charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a student.
Monday, August 1
Anthony A. Montoya, of Craig, died July 29, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 70.
Craig Fire/Rescue is seeking applications for the position of probationary firefighter. This position is volunteer/paid per call, with vested retirement after 10 years and will require a physical, drug screen, psychological test and physical fitness test.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Extra help for the new Medicare prescription drug plan will be available at the Independent Life Center. Call 826-0833.
Two metal detectors worked nonstop Monday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse
The recent split in the AFL-CIO will mean different things for local union members.
The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office will charge a fee for late vehicle registration renewals.
Before Bulldogs roamed the halls of Moffat County High School, the athletics teams were known as the Mavericks.
Stetson Otero is aware that first year at Mesa State will be tough
Every time Stetson Otero has jumped to the next level in football, he has expected to take his bruises. Going into his freshman year at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, he's prepared for a full-body bruise.
Craig Daily Press Business Profile Name: Sharon L. Stoddard
Connie Marie Hawn and George Roland Hawn of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Cody Keenan Hawn, at 11:10 p.m., July 23, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Justin Brent Ellgen has accepted a missionary assignment for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Craig First Ward. He will be serving in the Philippines Cebu Mission for two years.
An interim administrator for Craig's hospital should be in place as soon as next week.
The annual Wendy's National Night Out takes place tonight with information intended to provide safety tips for families, especially children.
To the Editor: On behalf of Craig's Downtown Business Association, I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who made such generous donations to this year's Benefit Auction to support the Budget Center's annual School Supply Drive.
To the Editor: The Boys and Girls Club of Craig would like to thank the O.P. Bar & Grill, local businesses and individuals for participating in the O.P. Poker Run and Harley drawing.
Moffat County Jail Thursday July 28 Gary Fulton, 39, was arrested
Last year, Moffat County commissioners turned down the opportunity to get an additional $268,007 in revenue because the county would have to share some of it with the city.