Stories for August 2005


Wednesday, August 31

Road and Bridge Internet woes could be over

Phone and Internet service at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department headquarters has been a problem for years.

TMH strategy for funding presented

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.

Hurricane hits home for Craig residents

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.

Father's presence re-manes

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.

Taking to the air

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.

Workshop looks at funding a business

Kathleen Shepard of Craig wants to start a business, but she isn't exactly sure how to go about it.

Evan Matthew Beaver

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.

Animals roam Rio Blanco County

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.

Hunting creates cash flow

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.

Hunter safety is key

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.

Taking precautions when camping

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.

Know laws and avoid fines

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.

Hunt in good health

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.

Buckskin Network keeps hunters connected

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

Survival tips for hunters

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."


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.

Kandy Kropinak: The people at TMH took good care of me

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.

Stanley Milton Forbes (1930-2005)

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.

Briefs for Sept. 1

A California man died from positional asphyxiation after he fell into a hole he was digging at his vacation home in Moffat County.

Elk not the ony game in town

All it takes is an early evening drive along a rural highway in Northwest Colorado to get acquainted with Colorado's growing deer population.

Rangefinders help hunters find their mark

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.

Opportunities endless for youth hunters

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.

Alternative activities abound

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.

Hunting for other game

Although elk and deer are the most popular big game in Northwest Colorado, there are plenty of other native animals that hunters can pursue.

Elk good for more than meat

Antlers make great decorations, and meat makes a great meal, but another part of the elk also is a valuable commodity.

Police Blotter for Sept. 1

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Aug. 30 A man was issued a trespass notice.

Chefs offer advice on preparing game

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.

The art of taxidermy

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.

Chronic Wasting Disease rates low

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.

Moose or elk?

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.

Preparation key to processing

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.

Meeker is a unique hunting experience

The Meeker area is broken down into two distinct hunting areas -- the White River units and the Piceance Basin. Both areas offer unique hunting.

Hunting success rates reflect hard work

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.

Drug tests results to be fast-tracked

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.

Sandi Billig: Thanks for helping us out, Copy Shop

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.


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.

Quality fishing to be had after the elk is bagged

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.

Datebook for Sept. 1

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.

Tuesday, August 30

Commissioners move forward on referendums

Moffat County commissioners moved forward Tuesday on two referendums that will be on November's ballot.

Zane Luke Hamilton

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.

Police Blotter for Aug. 31

Kristy Dion Nielson, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: Set a precedent

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 Com�--mis�--sioners. Nobody wants to set a precedent, so nobody takes action on the important issues that face our community.

Craig says bye to rodeo hero

Evan Hertzog wants people to laugh when they remember his dad, rodeo legend Wes Hertzog.

City may have room to breathe

Departments looking forward to break in tight budget

Four years of holding the line on expenditures has backed some city departments into a corner.

Datebook for Aug. 31

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.

Drug court debated

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.

Courthouse annex still for sale

Moffat County commissioners took another crack at selling the courthouse annex Tuesday but were unsuccessful.

Scraping it together

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.

Finding relatives in disaster area difficult

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.

Monday, August 29

Identity thieves using jury duty to get personal information

A new scam is working its way across the nation, using jury duty as a way to get people's personal information.

Police Blotter for Aug. 30

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Aug. 23 Paul Romero Mendoza, 38 was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for 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.

Hurricane's high winds could bring high gas prices

The hurricane ravaging the Gulf Coast could mean higher gas prices for the rest of the nation.

Serving time (and the community)

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.

Arson suspect found dead

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.

Matt Beckett:Thanks for helping me build my racecar

I would like to thank everyone who helped me to build my racecar this year.

Ginger Wagner:al-mart does not have to be the enemy

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.

El Mexico wins championship

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.

Hospital board talks budget

Hospital officials plan to review a bid to update an air system at Wednesday's regular board meeting.

Sunday, August 28

Out-of-town drivers dominate Modified final

It has been a good summer for Rick Spangler.

Datebook for Aug. 29

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.

News briefs for Aug. 29

COA advises hunters The Colorado Outfitters Association wants hunters to be sure the outfitters they hire are licensed this fall.

Defying words

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.

Bomba, Utzinger champs

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.

Brandon Johansson: Consignment store opens in Craig

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.

David Pressgrove: His final rush

"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

Mud madness

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.

Woman spreads message

An Atlanta woman is making a cross-country road trip in the name of national security, and Craig is her most recent stop.

Friday, August 26

State approves first step for mine

The State Land Board approved a uranium company's request to lease land near Maybell Friday, despite the efforts of a local group.

School boards get low response

Deciding on new Moffat County school board members will be a snap, now that only three people have applied for as many positions.

Our View: Free enterprise

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.

Dinosaur school begins Monday

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.

Earnest 'Jim' Montgomery

Kasilof resident Mr. Earnest "Jim" Montgomery, 74, died Tuesday, August 23, 2005, of cancer at his home in Kasilof.

Education calendar for Aug. 27

Aug. 29 11 a.m. MCHS varsity boys golf team competes in Montrose.

Modified Madness purse one of Hayden's largest

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.

Samantha Ann and Mary Elizabeth Willems

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.

Extreme makeover

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.

Rodeo accident claims life of local cowboy

Wes Hertzog loved rodeo from the first time he climbed on a bronco in the 1960s.

5.5 percent worth less than expected

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.

Datebook for Aug. 27

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.

Making the clothes call

There aren't many conflicts between what's in students' closets and what they're allowed to wear to school.

Corn sales to help Special Olympics

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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.

Briefs for Aug. 27

Baggs police uncover potential explosives

Thursday, August 25

Web site to help communication

Tana Cook thinks she may have found an outlet to voice her opposition for a Wal-Mart in Craig.

Hole-in-one highlights performance

Kyle Wilson found a way to quell the Moffat County boys golf team's struggles. All it takes is a hole-in-one.

Moffat agrees to let Dinosaur school get state oversight

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.

Students earn college and high school credit

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.

Datebook for Aug. 26

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.

Briefs for Aug. 26

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.

Christina Currie: On their own

Five days into the school year and I'm already whipped.

Helping the faithful a world away

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.

No pain, big gain

Boys cross-county team has top-five potential, if it stays healthy

There is no pain. There is no pain. There is no pain.

Dinosaur police extinct

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.

District slightly off on enrollment

Moffat County School District officials were off on their estimates for 2005-06 enrollment, but not by much.

Wednesday, August 24

Inmate dies in hospital from brain hemorrhage

A 44-year-old Craig man died in the hospital four days after complaining of dizziness while incarcerated at the Moffat County Jail.

No official word on reopening Empire

With the coal market again on the upswing, rumors are circulating that the Empire Mine south of Craig could reopen.

Briefs for Aug. 25

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.

Craig police seek DUI grant

Craig police say they are so busy going from call to call they don't have enough time to patrol for drunken drivers.

Police Blotter for Aug. 25

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.

Injured cowboy account set up

An account has been established to assist a Craig cowboy injured in a rodeo accident in Hayden.

Damaged county roads could get 'shot in the arm'

County roads damaged by increased energy industry use could see major improvements in the coming months.

Wal-Mart's meeting with city goes well

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.

All the small things working for golfers

Maybe senior Zach Haddan's first two holes of the golf tournament in Cortez will exemplify the team's season.

Garrett Kyle Mercer

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.

Confronting terrorism

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.

Charter review committee made

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.

Datebook for Aug. 25

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.


Soccer team counting on four seniors in the center

The last time Nate Berner wore a Moffat County soccer uniform was three years ago.

Tuesday, August 23

Oil spill near Rangely

Law enforcement and hazardous materials crews responded to a large oil spill near Rangely on Sunday night.

Sari Maneotis

Sari Maneotis from the Craig Sea Sharks Swim Club was awarded the 2005 Scottie Aschermann Memorial Scholarship.

Our View: Moffat has right idea

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.

Commissioners finalize 5.5 question

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.

El Mexico win ends early as soccer team breaks up fight

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.

Hertzog remains in serious condition

A Craig cowboy injured in a rodeo accident in Hayden during the weekend remains in serious condition at a Denver hospital.

Horizons able to raise funds

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.

Council waits to take stance on Horizons

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.

Saturday is mud day -- 'clean, but dirty fun' -- in Craig

Craig offers a day of fun in the mud Saturday.

Datebook for Aug. 24

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.

Police Blotter for Aug. 24

Moffat County Jail Saturday, Aug. 20 Alan W. Mead, 45, was booked into the Moffat County Jail as part of sentencing.

Craig firefighters halt two brush fires

Craig firefighters kept busy Tuesday fighting two brush fires that were reported within minutes of each other.

S.K. Day: Stop Wal-Mart whining

I wish people would stop whining about the new Wal-Mart store coming to Craig.

Gibbs to begin as EDP director Sept. 12

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership has a new director, a position that has been open since April.

Officials: Craig resident Rita Landa deported

Craig resident Rita Landa was deported to Mexico on Tuesday, Immi-gration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

City sales tax up for second month

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.

Monday, August 22

Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness: 1909-2005

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.

Troy Thomas Baker

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.

Police Blotter for Aug. 23

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Aug. 18 Elena Sofia Gonzalez-Grijalava was arrested on a warrant.

Don Roth: Proud of Horizons

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.

Craig cowboy in Denver hospital

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.

First day of school a success

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.

Resident rallying opposition vs. Wal-Mart store

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.

Three residents mull school board

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.

Briefs for Aug. 23

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.

Datebook for Aug. 23

Tuesday, Aug. 23 7:30 p.m. Craig City Council meets in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Commissioners to vote on Horizons tax question

Moffat County commissioners will vote today on ballot language for a proposed mill levy increase for Horizons Specialized Services.

Sunday, August 21

Rain makes for wild night of racing

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.

Briefs for Aug. 22

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.

Craig considers fields for Triple Crown

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.

Benefit slated to remember Manzanares

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.

Datebook for Aug. 22

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.

Area veterans makes case for regional clinic

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.

Craig man injured in bronc-riding accident

HAYDEN -- A Craig man was hospitalized Sunday after being bucked off a horse at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Moffat County Profile: Roger Kendall

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.

Caregivers learn to take care of themselves

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."

Friday, August 19

Animal knocks out Craig's power

About 10,000 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers lost power early Friday morning.

Referenda could boost funds for those with disabilities

The Independent Life Center in Craig didn't receive a $5,000 allocation from the state last year because of budget cuts.

Briefs for Aug. 20

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.

Ex-White House liaison to speak

Warren Rustand will try to give Craig residents a clearer picture of terrorism and its impact on the world in a presentation next week.

Star Student: Becky Meek

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.

Age not slowing Craig driver

The only trophy that John Jepkema has won at Hayden Speedway sits by itself on his mantle at home.

Wal-Mart Supercenter coming to Craig

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.

Second horse contracts vesicular stomatitis

A second case of vesicular stomatitis is suspected in a Craig horse.

Students, teachers prepare for school

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.

David Pressgrove: Still cutting it

Just by chance, I was at the Moffat County High School volleyball practice this week when the girls found out who made the team.

Datebook for Aug. 20

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.

Our View: Bring Landa home

There are things that we absolutely can't condone. Count breaking the law among them.

Thursday, August 18

West Nile Virus season peaks this month

With West Nile Virus season at its peak, officials encourage people to remain cautious, despite a slow season for the virus.

'Women in His Image' to return next month

Shortly after attending a Christian women's conference in Idaho three years ago, Jeannie Higgins decided to start one in Northwest Colorado.

Child care group celebrates one year

Moffat County Child Care Providers Association President Paula Reed is pleased with the success the organization has had in its first year.

Brenna Danae Ariel Nozot

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.

Stopping the commute to start over

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.

The next day

Golfers get to the course quickly after a rough competition

Kaleb McKey had to get back to the golf course.

Fire department takes bids for truck

Fire officials are a small step closer to getting a new water tanker truck.

Should they stay or go?

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.

No word on Landa

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.

College bound

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.

Datebook for Aug. 19

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

Police blotter for Aug. 19

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 17 Tanner Eugene Sholes, 22, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a charge of a parole violation.

For the roar of it

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.

News briefs for Aug. 19

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.

Christina M. Currie: Lessons learned in Oklahoma

I wasn't in Oklahoma a whole day before I was forced to decapitate a copperhead snake with a screwdriver.

Wednesday, August 17

Vanessa M. Greenwood

Vanessa M. Greenwood Vanessa M. Greenwood has been promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Zachary Owen Craig

Zachary Owen Craig Dawn Woolsey and Christopher Craig announce the birth of their son, Zachary Owen Craig, on June 8, 2005, in Litchfield, Ky.

Police blotter for Aug. 18

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Aug. 16 Shane Brian Ehlers, 31, was booked into Moffat County Jail after sentencing.

Report: Habitat home has asbestos

A preliminary report shows extensive asbestos contamination in the home Moffat County Habitat for Humanity purchased in June.

Repairs under way at Gilsonite

Company no longer interested in selling Craig facility

Work is under way to repair the dilapidated Gilsonite plant in Craig.

Golf team has one low round in Rifle

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.

County cleans up with DOLA dollars

TMH gets $1 million

Hospital officials are breathing a sigh of relief worth a cool million.

News briefs for Aug. 18

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.

Workshop looks at renters' rights

Program designed to inform local residents about laws, landlord responsibilities

For Shannon Trigg and Elizabeth Leef, finding wheelchair-accessible housing is an ongoing problem.

Group fighting uranium plans

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.

Datebook for Aug. 18

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.

Without a country

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.

Tuesday, August 16

Meth support group designed for family, friends

Shirley Simpson blamed herself for her daughter's methamphetamine addiction.

Residents get rid of rig trucks

Commissioners give service until Sept. 5 to leave neighborhood

Dust from oil rig service trucks on Thompson Hill bothers John Hall.

Charles and Opal Counts

Charles and Opal Counts Family and friends are invited to join Charles and Opal Counts in celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

News briefs for Aug. 17

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.

Our View: Community deserves more

Moffat County is better than mediocre. By now, Moffat County residents probably are tired of hearing about the Moffat County Fair.

County continues appeal of Salt River value

Moffat County will continue its protest of the assessed value of an operator at the Craig Station power plant.

JABT sweeps softball titles

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.

Interim leader to help with 'big things'

Interim administrator Susan McGough of The Memorial Hospital is no stranger to management.

New dentist making smiles

Coalition starts taking patients with dentist on board

Dentist Jerry Thalken is an enemy of tooth decay.

Police blotter for Aug. 17

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, Aug. 15 Deputies took a report of criminal mischief.

John Brandon Hall

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.

Datebook for Aug. 17

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.

Moffat County educators get educated at orientation

Stephanie Harvey likened starting her new job with the Moffat County School District to buying a house.

Monday, August 15

Hospital fund-raising clips along

Donations range in size

Donations have started to roll in for construction of a new building for The Memorial Hospital.

4-H agent Duncan resigns

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.

Police Blotter for Aug. 16

Jeffrey James Conner, 37, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Letters to Congress take weeks

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.

Qwest workers without contract

Union officials are preparing employees of Qwest Communications for a potential strike as the deadline to hammer out contract negotiations passed Saturday.

Keegan Gunner Herod

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.

Marlee Brianne Fedinec

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.

Sen. Salazar in Craig to talk up energy bill

The $12 billion energy bill President Bush signed last week provides nearly $700 million for research and development of coal-related technology.

Artifacts could find home at Craig museum

The Entrega gas pipeline set to run through Moffat County this fall could bring new artifacts to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for Aug. 16

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.

Golfers improve scores, not place

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.

Briefs for Aug. 16

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?

Sunday, August 14

News briefs for Aug. 15

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.

El Mexico survives Deportivo scare

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

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.

Big crowd turns out for livestock sale

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."

Fair comes to an end

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.

New assistant principal pushes students to succeeed

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.

Outdoor Connections reports $300 stolen; security increased

At least $300 was stolen from Outdoor Connections in Craig, marking the store's second burglary this year, owner Nicholas Kamzalow said.

Datebook for Aug. 15

Monday, Aug. 15 -- 5:30 p.m. Craig Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at City Hall.

County sees sharp rise in tax valuations

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.

Friday, August 12

Hunters hungry for leftovers

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.

Government update

Money for the taking at Philanthropy Days

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.

Our View: Three cheers for 4-H

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.

4-H gives kids a confidence boost

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."

211 aims to keep parents, students informed

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.

Datebook for Aug. 13-14

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.

Senior lunch menu

Police blotter for Aug. 13


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.

Bowling pin shoot a tradition for locals

Participants compare a Bowling Pin Shoot to the NCAA's March Madness and drag racing. Sounds like something to check out. Interested?

Here's the beef

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."

Gary Miner

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.

Gas prices continues to soar

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."

Marie Holderness

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.

Margaret Pilgrim

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.

Thursday, August 11

Just a game

'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.

Long day for Bulldogs golf team

Coach Ken Harjes just knew it was going to be a long day.

Max Alexander Noland

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.

Judge still wants more security

During the Hugo Silva-Larios murder trial last week, metal detectors scanned every person entering the courtroom.

Battle check fraud: Ask for ID

Tina Williams knows it's difficult to ask longtime customers to show identification when writing a check.

Swines shine: Kids struggle to get pigs ready for fair

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.

Datebook for Aug. 12

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.

Goffe McPhail

Jennifer Ann Goffe and Cennedy Dale McPhail were married June 18, 2005, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Oman officiating.

Police Blotter for Aug. 12

A 31-year-old man was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant of sex assault on a child.

Old West comes to Meeker's Vacation Bible School

The spirit of John Wayne is coming to Meeker.

Hannah Marie Jenkins

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.

Trials clog court system

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.

Briefs for Aug. 12

Every review of Kip Attaway's shows involve him drinking too much and acting like a madman. He couldn't be happier.

Jerimiah Nickolas Douglas

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.


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.

For the fun of it

Library programs encourage reading through interactive events

Ashley Baysinger loves to go to the library.

Horizons to celebrate 30 years

When Maxine Turner moved her family to Craig in 1972, there weren't many options for her disabled son, Bruce.

Wednesday, August 10

Golf team eyes state berth

Coach Ken Harjes usually has a good idea who his top golfers will be for the year soon after tryouts.

Women aim for cancer cure

Despite light drizzles and overcast skies, 39 women showed up for the sixth annual Rally for a Cure golf tournament.

Show contestants a bit sheepish

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.

DOW hears concerns on herd sizes

Harry Peroulis sees the effects of Northwest Colorado's massive elk herds every day.

Four generations of 4-H involvement

Helen Dobbin had trouble with some sewing techniques when she was growing up.

Reader profile: Jesse Wilson

After traveling across the country while working security for a rock group and rap group, Jesse Wilson thinks he has found home.

Briefs for Aug. 11

A Craig man accused of holding up a clerk at the east end Kum & Go in May is taking his case to trial.

Police Blotter for Aug. 11

Megan Rae Valenzuela, 19, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Man gets six years for two robberies

Robbing two Craig stores in less than three months earned a Craig man six years in prison.

Iva Rulia "Ike" Peed (1926-2005)

Iva Rulia "Ike" Peed died Aug. 2, 2005, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. She was 79.

Evelyn Judd: Parents should teach girls how to dress

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.

'Thumper trucks' could be coming to Moffat County

Energy industry trucks could roll across northern Moffat County this fall, pumping seismic vibrations into the ground in search of natural gas.

Datebook for Aug. 11

8 a.m. Moffat County Fair Goat Show is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday, August 9

Our View: Distinguished speakers

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.

Datebook for Aug. 10

Wednesday, Aug. 10 8 a.m. Moffat County Fair Equipment Rodeo is at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Council supports anti-TABOR resolution

Retaining money for education, transportation and health is something Craig City Councilors said they would support.

Finally finished

Nonlivestock 4-H projects judged

Eight-year-old Abigail Gonzales insists knitting is not hard to learn.

News briefs for Aug. 10

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.

Dogging around the fair

Youth and open shows bring fun competition, memories

Jordan McLeslie has a special attachment to her family pet.

Bulldogs go to camp

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.

Residents want trucks out

John Ponikvar and his family moved to Thompson Hill south of Craig six years ago for the peace and quiet.

Police blotter for Aug. 10

Craig Police Department Monday, Aug. 8 Officers responded to a report that a vehicle was left in the alley behind the Community Budget Center.

Rally for a Cure tournament today

For Marla Lynch, today's Rally for a Cure benefit golf tournament means more than playing for a good cause.

Nurturing classes a catch for parents

The Visiting Nurse Association and the Moffat County School District are teaming up to offer extensive parenting classes.

Monday, August 8

D.A. explains decision in Silva-Larios case

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.

Softball teams all about family, friends and fun

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."

Thanks for school supply donations

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.

Clerk's Office offers thanks for quilt

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.

Trucks should use a different route

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.

On the Record for Aug. 9

Anna Gertrude Browning


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.

Teens compete for final time in horse show

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.

Elk populations are focus of DOW meeting

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.

Emily Gilchrist

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.

Horse disease confirmed in Moffat County

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.

News Briefs for Aug. 9

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.

Workers behind cars keep things running

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.

Datebook for Aug. 9

Today -- 8 a.m. Moffat County Fair 4-H Dog Show is in the grass area at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Sunday, August 7

New program helps keep businesses secure

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."

Lukow blazes a trail for women at CDOT

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.

Horizons purchases Rainbow Living Center

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.

County to review rules for renting facilities for parties

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.

Horse Driving growing in popularity at fair

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."

Briefs for Aug. 8

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.

H.D. Craig continues mastery at speedway

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.

Datebook for Aug. 8

Today, 9 a.m., Moffat County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Course changes don't deter triathletes

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."

Friday, August 5

Trusses collapse during Timberglen roof work

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.

On the Record for Aug. 6

Our View: Get involved in DOW decision

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.

Donning their threads

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."

School officials hope to better CSAP scores

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.

Real estate transactions for June

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

Former Craig resident facing charges in connection with chase

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.

Murdoch's stays busy on opening day

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.

Preference points stir debate

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.

Trrying a different approach

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.

Datebook for Aug. 6

Today, 8 a.m. -- Trapper Fitness Club will host a triathlon beginning at 8 a.m. To register, call Tammy at 824-6932.

Briefs for Aug. 6

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.

Rodeo a family affair for Steeles.

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.

El Mexico down Deportivo in La Liga soccer

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.

Thursday, August 4

Salazar discusses issues with residents

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.

DOW license proposal irks some hunters

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.

Impounded vehicles available

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."

Anti-meth group gaining momentum

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.

20-year-old stable after motorcycle accident

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.

Datebook for Aug. 5

Today -- 4 p.m. The Breeze Basin 4-H Club is holding a fund-raising bake sale until 8 p.m. at City Market.

Parade cacelled due to lack of entries

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.

George Koler


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.

Teens attend Young Life camp

Kevin Loughran spent last week in the mountains of Northern Arizona with 15 teens from Moffat County Young Life. And a blob.


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.

Ashley F. Chard

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.

Time to get ready for fall sports practice

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.

Yard sale to benefit teacher scholarship

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.

Fair features something for everyone

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.


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.

Cody Keenan Hawn

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.

Tough love proves tough on Mom

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.

Wednesday, August 3

Silva-Larios pleads to lesser charge of manslaughter

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.

Property owners protest valuations

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.

Briefs for Aug. 4

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.

Event aims to help nonprofits

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.

Reader Profile: Alison Brockmeyer

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.

Jeremiah Pierson Price

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.

State Patrol looking for new troopers

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.

Moffat re-enactment is Sunday

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.

Cutthroats struggle on first day of series

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."

Skills evaluation helps younger players

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."

Iva "Ike" Peed

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.

Datebook for Aug. 4

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.

Commissioners concerned about old gilsonite plant

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

Jury panel chosen in murder case

Nine women and five men were selected Tuesday to serve as jurors in the murder trial of Hugo Silva-Larios.

Slicks make it fun for all

Every team in the Craig Softball Association Coed League has a unique personality.

Charter review sparks little interest

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.

Habitat assessing asbestos issue

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.

Dockstader case headed to jury trial on Sept. 12

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.

Briefs for Aug. 3

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.

Moffat County commissioners discuss polling places

The Maybell Public Library no longer is the polling place for the tiny town's 400 residents.

Detour through Elkhead will begin next month

Moffat County Road 28 was supposed to close last spring for the Elkhead Reservoir expansion project.

Average CSAP scores increase in Moffat

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.

Datebook for Aug. 3

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.

Our View: TMH has opportunity

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.

Husband and wife compete in Tevis Cup Ride

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.

Monday, August 1

Business Profile

Craig Daily Press Business Profile Name: Sharon L. Stoddard

Clerk charging fee for late vehicle registrations

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office will charge a fee for late vehicle registration renewals.

Labor split means new allegiances for workers

The recent split in the AFL-CIO will mean different things for local union members.

Hospital Board: Smooth transition for CEO

An interim administrator for Craig's hospital should be in place as soon as next week.

Before the Bulldogs...

Before Bulldogs roamed the halls of Moffat County High School, the athletics teams were known as the Mavericks.

Ready to redshirt

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.

Justin Brent Ellgen

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.

National Night Out is tonight

The annual Wendy's National Night Out takes place tonight with information intended to provide safety tips for families, especially children.

Carol Wilson: Thank you to everyone who made donations

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.

The staff and Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig

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.

Police Blotter for Aug. 2

Moffat County Jail Thursday July 28 Gary Fulton, 39, was arrested

Anthony A. Montoya

Anthony A. Montoya, of Craig, died July 29, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 70.

Briefs for Aug, 2

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.

Datebook for Aug. 2

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.

Security tight at trial for shooting

Two metal detectors worked nonstop Monday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse

Cody Keenan Hawn

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.

Residents to vote on revenue keeping

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.