Stories for December 2005


Friday, December 30

Shadow saved?

Veterans group wants to keep clubhouse open

Shadow Mountain Clubhouse might not close in 2006 after all. The American Legion Post 627 in Craig wants to take over Moffat County's recreational center, Post Commander Mel Shockley said.

Patrols increase for New Year's

As partygoers celebrate the new year, the Colorado State Patrol will have extra troopers patrolling the roads this weekend.

Police blotter for Dec. 31

Anyone who witnesses or has information about a crime is encouraged to call Moffat County Crime Stoppers at 824-3535. This phone line does not have caller identification. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

Lynn Belleville: Colorado sportsmen spend money, too

I would like to comment on your article in the Dec. 24 edition of the Craig Daily Press regarding the local presence on the Colorado Wildlife Commission ("Leaders seek local presence on wildlife commission).

Our View: Soda ban ideas fall flat

School district officials soon will have a tough decision before them. A three-year contract between Pepsi Bottling Group and Moffat County High School expires Dec. 7. The Moffat County School District Board of Education, under pressure by the state to provide students with more nutritious snacks and beverages, will decide whether to renew the contract.

Working for the weekend

Student explores career options through class

Cricket DeWall became a dental hygienist in part because of the experience she got working in a dentist's office while in high school.

Education briefs for Dec. 31

Private colleges provide merit grants and scholarships for good students regardless of their family's income level or qualification for need-based financial aid.

Ethal Jordan

Ethal Jordan of Hamilton died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for Dec. 31

Today All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through Monday for the New Year's holiday. 1 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. The support group meets at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 824-6915. 7 p.m. Tugs and Traces Driving Club will hold its December meeting, potluck and party at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in the parish hall. The event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish.

Shanna Toft-Johnson: Government should help legal citizens

I do not blame illegal immigrants for wanting to come to our country to make a better life for themselves and their families. But it sickens me that we are giving our state funds to them when we cannot take care of our native citizens.

Pass the peas, please

New Year's inspires tradition, superstitions

Many revelers will drain a bottle on New Year's Eve, but they might not know that to do so portends a prosperous and healthy year -- according to superstition, anyway. Health care experts, law enforcement officials and your aching head may not agree.

Trial and air

I sat down to write a column Thursday to encourage readers to check out the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for freestyle skiing in Steamboat Springs on Friday, but there was one slight problem.

Year in Review

For Moffat County, 2005 was a year of high-profile court trials, major retail announcements, pipeline projects and heated elections.

Thursday, December 29

Tracking trouble

Crisis team sees rise in serious juvenile crime

Although the number of juveniles in a local justice program fell in 2005, the crimes that landed the juveniles in the program were more serious, officials said.

Churches look ahead to 2006

Craig churches have plans to effect change locally and internationally in 2006.

Al Romero turns 100

Jose Alfredo "Al" Romero of Bremerton, and a longtime resident of Craig (1943-1972), will celebrate his 100th birthday Saturday with a family get-together and brunch in his honor. The brunch will be held at his favorite restaurant for "pigs in a blanket," a pancake menu favorite at All Star Lanes in Silverdale, Wash. He and his wife, Juanita, who celebrated her 90th birthday Dec. 20, want a simple celebration.

Police blotter for Dec. 30

Wednesday, Dec. 28 Sandra L. Gallosa, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Getting into gear for the new year

Sacha Weis decided she wanted to lose weight and get in better shape. So, the 35-year-old woman signed up for a fitness class through Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Group: Plan won't solve problems

Liberal think tank releases report on illegal immigration

A proposal to stop illegal immigrants from receiving non-emergency state government services would cause more trouble than it's worth, the president of a Denver think tank said Thursday.

Datebook for Dec. 30

Saturday, Dec. 31 All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through Jan. 2 for the New Year's holiday. 7 p.m. Tugs and Traces Driving Club will hold its December meeting, potluck and party at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in the parish hall. The event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish.

Briefs for Dec. 30

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will begin a new program in 2006 to help raise money to protect wildlife habitat. Division officials expect the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Program to raise $2.3 million next year.

Accident still plagues car dealer

Tony Maneotis' court file is stamped "case closed." But Moffat County's insurance company is demanding that the car dealer pay for a Sheriff's Office truck damaged in a collision three years ago.

Young hockey team growing

Bulldog Midgets 'still learning what it takes'

Replacing a line of veterans from last year's team hasn't been easy for the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club. "We had to replace a line of seniors with a line of guys moving up from the bantams," junior Brad Grinstead said. "Last year's team was strong and fast. This year, we're still learning what it takes."

Moffat County Neighbor: Lynne Seely Krause

Age: 35 Occupation: Administrative assistant at Moffat County sheriff's office What should your business card say you do? Give it to me, and I'll get it done.

Christina M. Currie: Memories that last

Many people got the gift of a three-day weekend for the Christmas holiday, but if they're anything like me, it wasn't near enough.

Wednesday, December 28

Buying time

Program finds partners in residents, foundations

Running a 24-unit motel takes nearly all of Randy Looper's time. So when he wants to contribute to the community, Looper gives money.

Meth case suspects appear in court

The 14 people arrested last week in a massive drug sweep each face as many as 32 years in prison if convicted of distributing methamphetamine, a judge said Wednesday.

Down in the dumps

Businesses could pay more in trash fees

City residents may not be affected by the county's decision to increase landfill fees, but businesses will be.

Entrega to finish work on pipeline next month

Construction crews should complete work early next month on one of the two natural gas pipelines under construction in Moffat County, a pipeline official said Wednesday.

Woman charged with assault

Craig Police arrested a woman Tuesday morning after responding to reports that she threatened her roommates with a handgun.

Nidia Martinez-Caro

Nidia Martinez-Caro graduated from the University of Northern Colorado on Dec. 10, 2005.

Datebook for Dec. 29

Today 10 and 11 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., holds story-hours. Stories will be about New Year's celebrations and art. Call Linda at 824-5116. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Becky Natrajan, doctor, speaker and author will promote her book in Steamboat Springs on cleansing and replenishing the body and how the Isagenix system works. Natrajan will speak at Olympia Hall at the Howelson Hill Lodge, 845 Howelson Parkway. Admission is free.

Grady Dylan

Gerry and Angela Wooden of Longmont, formerly of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Grady Dylan.

Working overtime

Wrestlers attend open gym, prepare for January

Cory Vigil knows his team needs him to make the 103-pound weight class as soon as the season resumes. His work to go down one weight class began this week at the team's voluntary open gym practices.

Margaret Stirling

Margaret Stirling of Hayden died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at her home. No services will be held.

Tuesday, December 27

Jingle all the way

High sales volume a gift for businesses

Craig retailers got what they wanted for Christmas -- ringing cash registers.

Officials back local for board

County commissioners endorse man for wildlife position

Local support is growing for a Routt County man trying to get on the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Kelly Sewell, of Slater, is trying to get Gov. Bill Owens to appoint him to the commission, which sets state wildlife policies.

And then there were three

Committee narrows candidate field for college president

A search committee has narrowed the pool of candidates for president of Colorado Northwestern Community College to three.

Group studies immigration

As the debate about illegal immigration heats up, a Denver think tank is set to release a study about its scope and effects. The Bell Policy Center, a liberal nonprofit, will release a report Thursday that assesses the economic effects of immigrants, immigrant demographics and political proposals aimed at slowing illegal immigration.

Datebook for Dec. 28

Thursday, Dec. 29 10 and 11 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., holds story-hours. Stories will be about New Year's celebrations and art. Call Linda at 824-5116.

Alice Edna (Hinman) Davis, 1912--2005

Edna Davis died Dec. 23, 2005, in her favorite chair at the Grand Villa in Grand Junction. She was 93.

Rosemary Flanders

Rosemary Flanders of Hayden died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at her home.

Stefka White: Save the crocodile tears over Shadow Mountain

People think that once the 2006 budget has been passed, it is set in stone. It is not. Governments can pass a supplementary budget at any time and they do.

Third arrested in fake cash case

Craig Police made a third arrest Thursday that may be related to a recent rash of counterfeit $100 bills. Sandra L. Gallosa, 32, of Craig, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop near Sixth and Stout streets.

Police blotter for Dec. 28

Thursday, Dec. 22 Sandra L. Gallosa, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving with a revoked license, criminal possession of a forged instrument and expired license plates.

Brent A. Bechthold

Brent A. Bechthold graduated from Navy Boot Camp on Dec. 9, 2005, in Great Lakes, Ill. Bechthold graduated from Moffat County High School in May 2005 after moving from Beaver, Okla.

Our View: Obsessed with winning

Organized sports, especially for young athletes, can be rewarding. Sports can promote self-esteem and the importance of teamwork and provide hours of productive, healthy activity. And let's face it, everyone loves to win, and everyone loves to root for a winner.But lately in Moffat County, the love of winning has been cause for some bad behavior by players and even parents. That behavior has manifested itself in several ways, be it by red-faced, angry adults berating teenage referees or the disrespectful refusal by teams to congratulate opponents after a game.

Pilfered pistol

Iraq veteran's gun stolen from his car

After spending a few days in Craig visiting a fellow Iraq war veteran, Jason Van Auken considered moving to town permanently from New Mexico.

Caution: Boys working

Baseball team puts in 'countless' hours for spring season

When Rich Sadvar was named the Moffat County baseball coach after the 2005 season, he said, he sat down with as many players as he could and talked about individual and team goals.

Monday, December 26

Turner's clients can call lawyer for help

The state has appointed a Steamboat Springs lawyer to review the cases of troubled local attorney Heather Turner, whose law license was suspended.

Briefs for Dec. 27

Today 7 p.m. Bears Ears Sportsman Club will hold its quarterly meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

Rick Hammel: Wildlife issues about more than big game

The article, "Leaders seek local presence on wildlife commission," (Dec. 24) raised some concerns with me. Annette Gianinetti, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, is working to find someone to represent northwest Colorado on the Wildlife Commission. She says she may have "found someone who may be up to the challenge of serving on the commission."

Speak Up for Dec. 27

I think it's time that somebody calls for the resignation of Craig Chamber of Commerce President Christina Currie. Although Christina is active in the community and probably has some good opinions and ideas, the leadership of an organization is critical to its success.

Sunday, December 25

Defensive end

Player sidelined over $24 theft

Nick Navratil isn't accustomed to being sidelined. But Navratil, 17, who has played football, baseball and wrestled since he was 3 years old, could only watch this season as his former Moffat County High School Bulldogs teammates played without him.

Rumors about drugstore make the rounds

Despite rumors to the contrary, Walgreens officials say the company doesn't have any official plans to open a store in Craig.

Datebook for Dec. 26

Tuesday, Dec. 27 7 p.m. Bears Ears Sportsman Club will hold its quarterly meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

Woman's history unknown, personality bright

Horizons Specialized Services employees enjoy being around bubbly client

Sharon Martinez's medical history is a mystery to local mental health officials. The 54-year-old developmentally challenged woman moved to Craig 20 to 30 years ago with her mother, but the exact year Martinez arrived in Craig is a mystery.

Head games

Wrestling team dealing with high number of injuries

Cody Norman doesn't remember what happened, but from what he's been told about how he suffered a concussion the first week of wrestling practice, it was a crazy thing to watch.

Mysterious fundraiser

After-school program raises money at murder mystery dinner

Dianne Borgard wants to spur competition, anticipation and interactive entertainment with the second annual Mystery Dinner Theater. Two dinners set for Jan. 13 and 14 are fundraisers for Recreational Afterschool Doorway.

Friday, December 23

Leaders seek local presence on wildlife commission

Northwest Colorado boasts more than 25 percent of the state's big game and the two biggest elk herds.

News briefs for Dec. 24

Patch offer too popular for one Quitline So many state residents called the Colorado Quitline to get free nicotine patches, officials have had to add another telephone line.

Police blotter for Dec. 24

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Dec. 21 Diane Jeannett Hull, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of synthetic narcotic possession.

Datebook for Dec. 24

Today 7:30 p.m. The Hayden Congregational, United Church of Christ, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service. The service is open to the public. Call 276-3510.

Sighs of relief

Officials assured that city, county won't be hurt by mineral-fund distribution changes

After receiving assurances that Craig and Moffat County won't lose money, local officials say they aren't concerned about a change to the way the state distributes federal mineral-leasing dollars.

Sportsmanlike conduct

Hockey game raises questions about parent, player behavior

Posters about sportsmanship are everywhere in Loudy-Simpson ice arena. The posters' messages are about parent and player behavior. Also on display and highlighted are codes of conduct for parents and players.

Justin Duzik: Good job to Moffat County schools

To the editor: Good job to Moffat County schools. I read in the Craig Daily Press about your open-minded, purely informational stance on the intelligent design theory.

Troy M. Osborn

Troy M. Osborn graduated from the College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming, with the Class of 2005. Osborn received a bachelor of science degree in Range Land Ecology and Watershed Management.

Our View: Triple Crown worth fighting for

City, county and business leaders here have an opportunity. We hope they don't squander it.

Thursday, December 22


Mr. and Mrs. Scott Stroinski and Ms. Mary Stephens of Phoenix, announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Marie Stroinski, to Jeffrey Dean Braselton, son of Mr. and Mrs.ary Braselton of Craig.

Azie Elizabeth Bartholomew

Kylee Ogden and Jerrod Bartholomew of Craig announce the birth of their daughter Azie Elizabeth Bartholomew at 5:27 p.m., Dec. 18, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Michael Peter Hagert, 1970-2005

Former Craig resident Michael Peter Hagert died Dec. 9, 2005, in Chicago. He was 35.

Police blotter for Dec. 23

Diane Jeannett Hull, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of synthetic narcotic possession.

Datebook for Dec. 23

Saturday, Dec. 24 7:30 p.m. The Hayden Congregational, United Church of Christ, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service. The service is open to the public. Call 276-3510.

Undercover operation

Six-month drug investigation by Craig police nets 18 arrests

Police arrested 18 people Wednesday and Thursday after a six-month undercover drug investigation.

Arrests in fake cash case

Craig Police on Wednesday arrested two teens who officers say were involved in a rash of counterfeit $100 bills passed at local stores in the past two months.

Craig's chances for Triple Crown unclear

Without a new facility, Triple Crown Sports will take its ball and go home in 2007.

Sew this is Christmas

Handmade holiday gifts come from the heart

Some local gift givers say handmade presents are more meaningful than those bought from a store. So this season, as everyone rushes through stores, they're busy wrapping gifts they made themselves.

Moffat County Neighbor: Gayle Kendall

Occupation: Custodian with the city of Craig Parks and Recreation Department. I'm also starting my own business, the Party Patch, which is party rentals.

Top 'Dogs

Moffat County fall athletes earn nine all-state honors

All-state selections in Colorado are decided with a simple formula. The further a team makes it into the state playoffs, the more all-staters it will have.

No home for the holidays

Restaurants open on Christmas for pipeliners

Tom Mathers, owner of Mathers' Bar, said he enjoyed spending the past nine Christ�--mas holidays with his family, away from his business.

Briefs for Dec. 23

City of Craig officials urge residents to leave their discarded Christmas trees on street curbs by trash cans for pickup. Trash will be collected on regular pickup days. Recyclable items should be taken to the city of Craig Recycling Center, 1775 Yampa Ave. Wrapping paper should not be deposited with the recycling bins, but in the regular trash bins.

Pastors work to convey the reason for the season

As shoppers rush from store to store to find perfect last-minute gifts, pastors say an important part of their job this holiday season is to remind parishioners what the season is really about.

Wednesday, December 21

News briefs for Dec. 22

BLM Web site offers new service The Colorado Bureau of Land Management's Web site now offers free content from other Web sites, including news articles and features.

Police blotter for Dec. 22

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 20 Darren Van McKnight, 36, of Sedalia, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for Dec. 22

Today 10 and 11 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., holds story-hours. Holiday stories will be shared, followed by cookie decorating. Call Linda at 824-5116.

7th-grade team loses to 'buzz saw'

The seventh-grade boys basketball team is no longer invincible.

Fred Trouth

Fred Trouth of Craig died Dec. 16, 2005. He was 78.

Road to retail

City sets new Wal-Mart entrance

Wal-Mart must add a third entrance to its proposed Craig supercenter, city officials decided this week.

State seeks comment on hunting license rules

The Colorado Wildlife Commission wants public comment about recently adopted changes to hunting license allocation rules.

COMA gets grant, but needs match

A Craig group working to prevent drug abuse recently learned it could receive a $5,000 grant from a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization.

Santa Paws is coming to town

Animal gifts a growing industry fed by owners who want to pamper their pets

Two Christmas stockings that hang from Tammie Johannes' mantle are embroidered with the names "Oliver" and "Lexie."

Tuesday, December 20

Datebook for Dec. 21

Today 7 p.m. The Heartbeat Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, will meet at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Our View: Dinosaur deserves school

Dinosaur Community Charter School has good reason to celebrate.

Cutthroat debate

Water proposals raise ire of commissioners

Proposals by state water officials aimed at maintaining water levels in two local streams are unnecessary, Moffat County officials said Tuesday.

Standoff suspect to remain in prison

A Craig man who was in a 4-hour standoff with police earlier this month will remain in jail on $45,000 bond, at least until his preliminary hearing next month, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Police blotter for Dec. 21

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Dec. 19 Michael Anthony Salazar, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and suspicion of possession of amphetamines.

Girls basketball executes in 'sleeper'

Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen wouldn't have blamed fans for falling asleep during the team's final game of the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo.

Evanston ends boys win streak

On Saturday, the Moffat County boys basketball team watched a team from Evanston, Wyo., play the way the Bulldogs want to play -- with an up-tempo style that involves attacking the boards and creating points in transition.

Rob Sexton: 'Pull out of Washington, D.C.'

To the editor: As the anti-war wimps in the "Demoncrap" Party and their white-flag brigades screech about abandoning Iraq to the rebels, consider this: There has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months and 2,112 deaths

Karli Rae Wagner

Julie Wagner of Craig and Vance Merrell of Vernal, Utah, announce the birth of their daughter, Karli Rae Wagner, at 7:15 p.m., Dec. 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

William Chance Wagoner

Lyndi Wagoner and Doug Wagoner of Craig announce the birth of their son, William Chance Wagoner, at 7:01 a.m., Dec. 16, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

VNA acquires clinic

A clinic for area residents who might not be able to afford health care elsewhere has changed management and locations.

Last ride

Retired firefighter escorted to cemetery on fire truck

Fred Trouth is the first firefighter to receive a last ride.

News briefs for Dec. 21

Clerk no longer mailing notices The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office will stop sending license plate renewal notices through the mail effective Jan. 1.

Azie Elizabeth Bartholomew

Kylee Ogden and Jerrod Bartholomew of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Azie Elizabeth Bartholomew, at 5:27 p.m., Dec. 18, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Monday, December 19

News briefs for Dec. 20

Woman accused of forging check Police arrested a Craig woman last week after they say she tried to cash a forged check at a local bank.

Speak up for Dec. 20

'Enough is enough' The residents of Craig truly should be proud of the way they support charities and nonprofits.

Police blotter for Dec. 20

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Dec. 16 Jeremey Wayne Christensen, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Housing crunch hits Advocates Crisis Support Services

The housing crunch brought on this fall by an influx of hunters and pipeline workers continues to be a challenge for many.

Group expresses frustration with BLM

The group working with the Bureau of Land Management to set public land policies in Northwest Colorado expressed concern last week with the bureau's schedule, saying it makes public involvement difficult.

Datebook for Dec. 20

Wednesday, Dec. 21 7 p.m. The Steamboat Players' production of A Christmas Corral is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children 12 and younger. The show is a comedic spin on Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol."

Popping the question

School to reconsider selling sugary soft drinks

School district officials soon must decide whether to ban or limit the sale of sugary soda to students. And the decision could cost Moffat County High School thousands of dollars in yearly revenues from soft drink sales and corporate sponsorships.

Bob Frey: Letter to the editor tells truth for Satan?

To the editor: This is a follow-up comment concerning the letter to the editor from Tim Makinson of New Zealand.

Sunday, December 18

Concern mounts on mineral lease rules

Moffat County officials continue to express concern about new rules for federal mineral leasing money they say will hurt the county and the city of Craig.

Second round for Serendipity

The New Year will ring in the return of a popular local restaurant. Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., has been closed since late November. But on Jan. 2, the restaurant will open again with new owners.

Kostur lone highlight at Warrior

GRAND JUNCTION -- Despite it being the biggest and best regular-season tournament of the year, Korey Kostur was disappointed going into the Warrior Classic.

Wrestlers worked at Warrior Classic

GRAND JUNCTION -- Even an eternal optimist would have a hard time finding the bright side to Moffat County wrestling team's performance Saturday at the Warrior Classic.

Taking flight

Local student nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy

Maggie Blackstun was excited when she answered her cell phone Nov. 10 and heard the voice of Sen. Wayne Allard.

Experiencing America

Swedish exchange student enjoying time in Craig

Kristin Akerstrom traveled to America to improve her English. She chose to visit the Colorado area so she could ski. But the Swedish exchange student has been so busy, she's only had a chance to reach one goal so far.

Fred Trouth

Fred Trouth of Craig died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge Care Center. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to Sandrock Ridge Care Center in care of Grant Mortuary.

Saturday, December 17

Photo finish

Local man's picture wins place in book

A local man's passion for photographing his children is paying off. Last month, Shane Johnson took a photo of his son, Cody, 4 1/2 years old. His wife, Shanna Toft-Johnson, submitted it to an online amateur photo contest.

Friday, December 16

Police Blotter for Dec. 17

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Dec. 15 Sandra L. Marquez, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of criminal possession of a forged instrument, forgery and driving after revocation.

Our View: One for the textbooks

We can't answer all the arcane scientific and theological questions about evolution.

Shockingly beneficial

Portable defibrillators a simple way to save lives

When a man collapsed at a local bowling alley last month, Craig police officers were able to get his heart beating regularly again, thanks to a portable defibrillator.

Bulldog girls earn another blowout in tourney

GREEN RIVER, WYO. -- For the second day in a row, the Moffat County girls basketball team established dominance early and cruised to a victory in the Flaming Gorge Classic.

David Pressgrove: Topics of conversation

On Thursday, I happened to eat lunch at the same establishment as the Evanston, Wyo., girls basketball team. The Lady Red Devils were letting their 96-40 loss to Moffat County soak in over burgers and fries, when I heard a player tell her coach, "I was trying to drive right at her and get her in foul trouble, but she just kept swatting me."

Coal mine makes record donation

The Moffat County United Way's goal of $375,000 looked as if it might be tough to reach a few days ago.

Fish tale

Local lures a big one

A Northwest Colorado man is the proud owner of a state record for the largest Green River cutthroat trout.

Datebook for Dec. 17

Today 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will wrap gifts for donations at Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, 2355 W. Victory Way.

Loud and proud: Officials shout out about what makes their schools great

Officials in the Moffat County School District submitted reasons they are proud of each of the schools' students and faculty. Below are their responses:

Dale Potter: eporters are not commentators

In Thursday's edition, Tim Makinson wrote to criticize Michelle Perry's article about Bob Frey's presentation at Yampa Valley Baptist Church of creation science as superior to evolution.

Julie Dempster: In defense of Perry; belittling unneeded

To the editor: Although flattered that someone from New Zealand is reading the Craig Daily Press, I am offended that Tim Makinson attacked a Daily Press writer to present to us his opinion of creation/evolution.

Scott family elated with court decision

The family of Rose Scott on Friday applauded a judge's decision to deny Scott's killer an unconditional release.

Closing deferred for school

Dinosaur facility gets reprieve

After months of facing closure, Dinosaur's only school got another reprieve when Moffat County School District officials voted Thursday to defer revoking its charter.

Boys pull away in second quarter

GREEN RIVER, WYO. -- Derek Duran's 16 points in the second quarter against Riverton, Wyo., couldn't have come easier.

Wright, Aaberg and Pings families: Thanks for support from Craig community

The family of Kathy Aaberg would like to thank everyone in the community for their support, kindness and prayers during this difficult time. Mom was truly blessed to have so many people who cared for her, and who have reached out to all of us.

Thursday, December 15

Mary Blakeman: Incorrect information about spaying pets

To the editor: The purpose of this letter is to correct misinformation stated by Judy Baker regarding the Humane Society's reduced-cost spay and neuter application process.

Elijah Gabriel Gomez

Chari Gomez and Ismael Gomez of Craig announce the birth of their son, Elijah Gabriel Gomez, at 2:22 a.m. Dec. 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Donald Clyde O'Brien: 1920 -- 2005

Donald Clyde O'Brien died Dec. 8, 2005, at his home of heart failure. He was 85.

Don Roth: The spirit of Christmas prevails in Craig

To the editor: On Tuesday evening, at about 7 p.m., my doorbell rang. When I answered it, there stood Santa Claus with a couple of helpers. What a pleasant surprise.

Kathy Oberwitte: Teach about sportsmanship

It was a snowing heavily Tuesday night, the wind was howling, and the roads were treacherous.

Judy Mullis: Keep Shadow Mountain Clubhouse

I just wanted to write a note to encourage commissioners to reconsider closing Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Business owners donate to school

As business owners, J.B. and Paula Chapman get a lot of requests to contribute to school fundraisers.

Officials support proposed meth bill

Local prosecutors who've seen drug-related caseloads escalate in recent years say they support proposed legislation that could help rural communities provide treatment programs for methamphetamine users.

Datebook for Dec. 16

Today 7 p.m. The Greenridge Mountaineer Square Dance Club will gather at Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden. A Christmas potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Call Lois Norman at 824-6773.

Girls turn the tables

Moffat reverses score from last Wyoming trip

GREEN RIVER, WYO. -- What a difference 11 years makes.

Moffat County Neighbor

Cecilia Bergmann Age: 83

Early 3-point shooting, defense propel boys to win

GREEN RIVER, WYO. -- It wasn't the complete game it hoped for, but the Moffat County boys basketball team shot well enough and played good enough defense Thursday to open up a double-digit lead early and hold on for a win.

Briefs for Dec. 16

Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., joined other lawmakers Thursday in introducing legislation that would change the Endangered Species Act in ways they say would make it more effective.

Home sweet home

Gingerbread houses, baking part of holiday fun

Gummy bears are scattered across a table dotted with spots of white icing. Sixth-graders boast green-toothed grins between bites of graham crackers and sprinkles. "The best part is the eating," Kadi Scott said.

Police Blotter for Dec. 16

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Dec. 14 James F. Willey, III, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County jail on a courtesy hold.

Staff Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for donations of food and money

The board of directors and staff of the Interfaith Food Bank wish to express their thanks and gratitude to you for your prayers and donation of 4,100 pounds of food and $4,250.

Judge denies killer's request

The man who killed his elderly landlord in Craig 20 years ago was denied a request for unconditional release by a judge Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

Fran and Louise Lux: Thanks for thoughts, prayers and gifts

A big thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Thanks, too, for all the warm thoughts, gifts and prayers.

Wednesday, December 14

Craig Fire receives $71K grant

Local fire crews will have better communication equipment in the coming months because of a recent grant from the federal government.

National mining proposal buried

Nevada Republican drops controversial bill

Amid outcry from hunters, environmentalists and Western politicians, a Nevada congressman removed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed mining companies to purchase public lands.

Datebook for Dec. 15

10 and 11 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., holds story-hours. Holiday stories will be told, and children will make tree hats. Call Linda at 824-5116.

Briefs for Dec. 15

Leanne Gibson and Karla Watson, both of Meeker and formerly of Craig, are selling their Christian album, "Life's Pathway."

Police Blotter for Dec. 16

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Dec. 13 Deputies received a report of stolen firewood.

Making spirits bright

Craig preschoolers give to others

Local preschoolers are learning a lesson about giving this holiday season.

Chamber director resigns

After six months as executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Annette Gianinetti resigned Tuesday.

Bulldogs take to road

The last time Craig Mortensen took a team to Wyoming was the first year he coached the girls at Moffat County. That year his team was beaten in one game by 60 points.

Charles and Betty Hampton

Charles and Betty Hampton of Craig celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary Dec. 9, 2005. Their children are Guy, Bill, Monty, Glenn, Roy, Troy and Lisa.

Tim Makinson: Perry 'Just another gullible journalist'

Did it ever occur to your writer Michelle Perry to check the veracity of Bob Frey's "evidence" or his credentials to make claims about paleontology, astrophysics and demographics, before presenting them without contrary scientific opinion?

Tuesday, December 13

Community questions candidates

Four prospective college presidents make their pitch

Craig residents asked Colorado Northwestern Community College presidential candidates what they would do about declining enrollment and diminishing morale, but foremost among questions was: "Where will you live?" It was a question none of the candidates was ready to answer; all said they needed more time to explore their options.

New theft charges for resident

A Craig woman sentenced in September to a community corrections program for theft was arrested Monday and faces a new theft charge.

Shadow hangs over Moffat's budget

Moffat County commissioners decided the fate of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse a week ago.

Briefs for Dec. 14

A Moffat County Jail inmate, who was allowed to participate in a work-release program, faces contraband charges after sheriff's deputies say he attempted to sneak drugs into the jail.

Kaya Marie Hillesland

Devon M. Hillesland and Eric L. Hillesland of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kaya Marie Hillesland, at 8:07 a.m. Dec. 7, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Bulldogs' post play dominates Wildcats

Moffat County defeats Fruita Monument, 67-42

The tallest player on the Fruita Monument girls basketball team's roster is 5-foot-8. Moffat County starts three players who are taller, and the Bulldogs took advantage of the height difference Tuesday night.

Marcos Antonio Enriquez: 1976-2005

Marcos Antonio Enriquez died Dec. 2, 2005, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident southwest of Baggs, Wyo. He was 29.

Police Blotter for Dec. 14

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Dec. 12 Leslie Joann Montoya, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County jail on a warrant.

7th-graders not challenged as they hoped

The seventh-grade boys basketball team headed to Denver on Saturday and Sunday for a tournament with tougher competition. What it got was an experience similar to the Craig Middle School season.

Our View: The price of policies

High gas prices are painful enough. But if you live in a community where what you pay at the pump is higher than in surrounding cities, that's pouring salt on wounds.

Michael Charles Barrett

Nicole Barrett and Shaun Barrett of Craig announce the birth of their son, Michael Charles Barrett, at 3:36 p.m. Dec. 10, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

No deal for accused meth dealer

Prosecutors were unable to reach a plea deal Tuesday with a Craig man charged with distributing methamphetamine.

Complex issue

Hayden, Steamboat have dibs on sports facility

Hayden and Steamboat Springs are the only two Northwest Colorado communities to come forward with the acreage needed to build a 16- to 24-field sports complex.

Datebook for Dec. 14

Today Moffat County High School 2006 yearbooks will be for sale during lunch today and Thursday at the high school, 900 Finley Lane. The cost of a yearbook without a name on the cover is $45, or $48 with the student's name on the cover. The last day the yearbook staff can accept checks or money orders, made out to Moffat County High School, for names is Jan. 13. For information, call 824-7036.

Monday, December 12

Speaker calls to Christians

Bob Frey urges end of evolution in schools, 'lying to kids'

Bob Frey of Minnesota is calling Craig residents to action, urging them to petition educators and legislators to end teaching of evolution in public schools.

Domestic dispute leads to arrest

A New Mexico man is in Moffat County Jail after police say he forced his girlfriend into a motel room and pulled a knife on a man who tried to intervene.

Greg Hamilton: Thanks to Craig for hospitality

To the editor: To the wonderful, friendly people of Craig: During last week's cold spell --n Tuesday and Wednesday -- was fortunate enough to be stranded, because of a frozen diesel truck, in your beautiful city.

Crash sends 1 to hospital

A car accident at Colowyo Mine south of Craig sent one mineworker to the hospital late Saturday.

Vice president post eliminated at Craig's college

Community college officials said they don't intend to fill the Craig campus vice president position left vacant this month by Dean Hollenbeck.

News briefs for Dec. 13

Drive raises more than $17,000 The eighth annual KRAI Holiday Drive was a success, station owner Frank Hanel said.

Inconsistency costs Bulldog wrestlers

Winning duals is a trademark of Moffat County wrestling. During the weekend, the Bulldogs lost an unprecedented three duals.

Datebook for Dec. 13

Today Moffat County High School 2006 yearbooks will be for sale during lunch from Tuesday through Thursday at the high school, 900 Finley Lane. The cost of a yearbook without a name on the cover is $45, or $48 with the student's name on the cover. The last day the yearbook staff can accept checks or money orders, made out to Moffat County High School, for names is Jan. 13. Call 824-7036.

Police blotter for Dec. 13

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Dec. 9 Anthony Peters, 40, of Shiprock, N.M., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, third-degree assault, menacing assault with a weapon and second-degree kidnapping.

Charles "Charlie" Ward Counts

Charles "Charlie" Ward Counts of Craig died Dec. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 84.

Report: Moffat County School District remains average

Four Moffat County schools showed improvement in student achievement, according to accountability reports released last week. But the school district remains "average."

Speak up for Dec. 13

Feeling duped Was it just me, or did everyone else in the room at the commissioners meeting feel duped by gathering there for the meeting on Shadow Mountain Clubhouse?

Sunday, December 11

Call of the wild

Veterinarian driven by passion for medicine, animals

They arrive at his hospital day after day, mangled by cars, mauled in fights, wounded by gunshots or simply ailing. Some are lost, neglected or abandoned. Some come in from the wild, and others are accompanied by worried families.

Day 2 as tough as expected for swimmers

The Moffat County girls swim team expected more competition Saturday, and that is what it had.

County to adopt budget

After months of meetings and budget workshops, Moffat County commissioners are expected to adopt the 2006 budget at Tuesday's regular commissioner meeting.

Local bank remodels everything but the walls

From the outside, First National Bank of the Rockies may not look a lot different than it did a year ago.

Ginny Latham: Craig residents need a new hospital

To the editor: As a hospital employee and a member of the community, I would like to bring a fresh outlook on the things going on at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for Dec. 12

Today 5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will hold its regular meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. Also, the group's calendars, titled "Moffat County's Cutest Pets," are on sale for $15. Call 870-7500.

Poor shooting costs Bulldogs

GRAND JUNCTION -- Three games in five days, including Friday's come-from-behind victory, was too much for the Moffat County boys basketball team.

Friday, December 9

Anti-Judge Alito group rolls into Craig

A group opposing President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court visited Craig Friday to discuss the nomination and its potential effects on the high court.

Dogs smell drugs at school, don't find any

Although narcotics detection dogs picked up the scent of drugs six times during a search Thursday of Moffat County High School, police didn't find illegal substances.

Mary Eva Lewis (1913-2005)

Mary Eva Lewis died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 5, 2005. She was 92.

Teacher Profile: Sharon Andrew

Sharon Andrew Job title: Special education resource specialist Number of years in teaching: 12

Education briefs for Dec. 10

Scott Anderson, author of "STOP! Everything You Thought You Knew About Paying for College is Wrong," urges college-bound seniors do three things before Dec. 31 to get the best financing options.

Datebook for Dec. 10

8 a.m. Registration begins for the Elks National Hoop Shoot for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. The event begins at 9 a.m. Participants must show a copy of their birth certificates. To register early, call Jody or Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Car slams into shop

A car accident in downtown Craig sent a vehicle crashing into the side of a local business Thursday night.

Gas prices have locals fuming

Charlie Willison isn't bashful about voicing his opinions on Craig's gasoline prices.

Swimmers ahead of schedule with win

Compared with times from last year, the Moffat County girls swim team is already in January.

Perimeter defense keys win for Bulldogs

Moffat County's post players now know what it's like for their opponents.

Police Blotter for Dec. 10

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Dec. 8 Justin Wesley Pape, 21, of Mansfield, Penn., was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Warrine Solace (1922-2005)

Warrine Solace died Dec. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Davis, Okla., to Carl and Birdie (Bean) Rowe.

Our View: Offering hope, help

Today, the Craig Daily Press launches "Desperate Decision," a three-part series about suicide and how a single act can shatter so many lives.

Bulldogs rally to beat Cougars

No one who was asked had seen anything like it. Neither head coach. No players. Not the radio announcers, and probably most fans.

Rude awakening

Some students test teachers' boundaries

Are children becoming ruder? Or are adults becoming less tolerant?

Thursday, December 8

Shooting for a good deal

Digital cameras fun gift, hard to shop for

With just 16 days left for Christmas shopping, customers are in stores looking for the perfect gifts.

Big bang or big bunk? Speaker comes to dispute science

The Rev. Dale Potter said he doesn't believe in evolution. He attributes everything in this world, including its beginning, to God.

Families: Thanks to Calvary Baptist Church, friends

The family of Michael L. Cole would like to say thank you to the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church and all of our friends and neighbors for the love, support, cards, letters, plants and prayers during this very difficult time.

Judy Baker: Craig's animal shelter ordinance a pet peeve

I would like to know why we cannot take our own pets to our own vets. I know there are rules. So the rule is getting a cat or dog from the shelter and, right then and there, you have to get it neutered or spayed.

Megan Marshall: Standing behind sheriff's deputies

I would like to take a moment to address an article that was in Thursday's paper and that I also heard mention of on the radio.

Datebook for Dec. 9

9:30 a.m. The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet at the La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne, 560 Silverthorne Lane. The commission will discuss an elk hunting pilot program in western Moffat County.

Craig's museum fundraiser under way

As part of its yearly fundraiser, the Museum of Northwest Colorado is seeking donors to sponsor the facility.

Dog searches an ongoing challenge

The concerns about evidence suppression that led local prosecutors to drop charges in a Moffat County marijuana bust is an ongoing issue for police canine handlers nationwide, experts say.

Moffat County Neighbor: Tammie Johannes

Tammie Johannes Age: 38

Police Blotter for Dec. 9

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 6 Gregory David Winchester, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a community corrections violation.

College's future unveiled today

Today's is Dean Hollenbeck's last day as vice president of the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus. And employees will learn today who will fill the campus's top spot.

'One giant team'

Swim team to host opponents over night

The Moffat County girls swim team will have a chance to really get to know their opponents today when they open up their homes to them.

Bitter cold bites residents

There's an old saying: "Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."

Wednesday, December 7

Some companies unhappy with road fees

Last spring, large energy industry vehicles and the annual thaw left some county roads impassable.

Seventh-graders dominate

Middle-schoolers' closest game a 24-point contest

If there wasn't a mercy rule in middle school basketball before, the Craig Middle School seventh-grade boys team may have set the grounds to consider one in the future.

Mike Kiser: Look at both sides before you decide

Chloe Gilchrist's commentary about the ruthlessness of the American lack of bombing Hiroshima before dropping the atom bomb, I think, was hasty and incomplete.

Police Blotter for Dec. 8

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Dec. 6 No bookings reported.

Datebook for Dec. 8

9:30 a.m. The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet at the La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne, 560 Silverthorne Lane. The commission will discuss an elk hunting pilot program in western Moffat County.

Organizers expect holiday drive to pick up steam

Donations trickled in slowly on the first day of the annual KRAI Holiday Drive, but that's not unusual, organizers say.

Tourism group, Chamber join forces

The Moffat County Tourism Association appears to have found a solution to its director problem.

Charges dropped in historic pot bust

One of the largest drug busts in Moffat County's history may not have been legal.

Elves hard at work

Woodshop students make toys for kids

In 1989, when Craig Conrad saw his high school woodshop students rushing to finish their projects before Christmas break, the scene reminded him of elves working at the North Pole.

Christina M. Currie: The sound of giving

If every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings, the Salvation Army is truly doing heaven's work.


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Etzler of Hayden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn Etzler, to Scott Wold of Missoula, Mont., son of Allen Wold and Julie Davis.

Wally Amedei: We owe Greatest Generation

I read Chloe Gilchrist's Semester at Sea column in Monday's paper about her trip to Hiroshima, Japan. Her comment calling the United States ruthless for using the atomic bomb on a Japanese city that had not been previously bombed so we could monitor the destruction of "Little Boy," our new atomic weapon, I think is from a young person not knowing the full story.

Tuesday, December 6

Fourth-quarter struggles cost boys

Final minutes prove fateful in season's first three games

The fourth quarter has made the difference early for the Moffat County boys basketball team.

Donna Griffiths: Thanks for buying raffle tickets

Moffat County Youth Wrestling, along with the Intermountain League, would like to thank our friends and families for purchasing our raffle tickets.

Sherry Kurz: Sportsmanship not just for children

My 14-year-old daughter was hired by the Craig Parks and Recreation Department to referee basketball games at Sunset Elementary School and Craig Intermediate School.

Our View: Locals should have say

Residents poured into Shadow Mountain Club�--house Nov. 29 to discuss the Colorado Division of Wildlife's decision to give fewer hunting licenses to out-of-state hunters.

Neal C. Robinson (1928-2005)

Neal C. Robinson of Platteville died Dec. 3, 2005, at his home. He was 77. Robinson was born June 29, 1928, in Lyons, Kan., to James and Lona (Fields) Robinson.

Charles Ward Counts (1921-2005)

Charles "Charlie" Ward Counts of Craig died Dec. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 84. Counts was born July 20, 1921, in Craig to Robert Taylor and Lula Marie Counts.

Police Blotter for Dec. 7

Shaun Philip Sanchez, 26, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrants from Garfield and Mesa counties, aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and third-degree assault.

Datebook for Dec. 7

8:30 to 11 a.m. Mothers Of Preschool�--ers meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. The meeting is open to all mothers with children ages 5 and younger. Breakfast and coffee is served at the meeting. Day care is provided by the group, which meets in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Erin Horst at 824-5349.

County raises rubbish rates

Rates at the Moffat County landfill will go up by about 20 percent April 1, Moffat County commissioners decided Tuesday.

Despite pleas, clubhouse closed

Stefka White says Shadow Mountain Clubhouse saved her life. The Craig resident has to use a wheelchair and suffers a variety of ailments, including diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

Heat is on

Residents soon to feel increase in electricity costs

On the heels of rising gasoline prices and a 47 percent increase in natural gas bills is an estimated 15 percent increase in the cost of electricity.

Dentists seeing signs of drug abuse

Police officers, judges and jails aren't the only ones feeling the effect of rising methamphetamine use in Moffat County. Area dentists report an increase in the number of patients whose teeth and gums are severely damaged by the drug.

Monday, December 5

Family in need

Rural family struggles with two children with disabilities

A helping hand is hard to come by for Kathy and Mike Thompson.

Four-hour standoff leads to arrest

A Craig man who sheriff's deputies say ran from them Friday was arrested Sunday night after a four-hour standoff with police at his home in the 1200 block of Legion Street.

Ex-resident resigns from court

Kourlis gives resignation as a Colorado Supreme Court justice

Former Craig resident Rebecca Love Kourlis announced her resignation as a Colorado Supreme Court justice on Monday.

Datebook for Dec. 6

Today 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mothers Of Preschoolers meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. The meeting is open to all mothers with children ages 5 and younger. Breakfast and coffee is served at the meeting. Day care is provided by the group, which meets in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. For information, call Erin Horst, 824-5349.

Briefs for Dec. 6

A man was cited for failure to report an accident Friday after rolling a truck on Moffat County Road 7. David Foster, 22, rolled a truck and left the scene of the accident to get a tow truck, Colorado State Patrol Capt. Brett Williams said.

Police Blotter for Dec. 6

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Dec. 2 Gary Eugene Higgins, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of obstructing a peace officer.

Speak Up for Dec. 6

You do the math I want everyone to know something some of us already know -- that gas prices here still have not dropped. Maybe if everyone follows this advice, these places will lower the prices.

Veronica Otero, Vickie Petterson and family: Remembering a mom a year after her passing :

In regard to Carla Jean Columbia Nelson: It has been a year ago today since you left us to be with God and our other angels. We can't say the pain in our hearts has lessened any. We miss you more today than we ever dreamed possible. We relate so well to the saying, "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."

Girls ball spreads out points

If what happened in the opening weekend of basketball holds true, opponents won't be able to stop one specific player to beat the Moffat County girls basketball team.

Relay team just misses state in swim opener

The Moffat County swim team earned six finishes in the top half of the field in its opening meet of the season.

Marcos Enriquez

Marcos Enriquez of Baggs, Wyo., died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, near Baggs. Services are pending.

Moffat County sophomore remains in Denver

Moffat County 152-pound sophomore Zack Klimper, shown wrestling sophomore Josh Satterwhite, bottom, last week in practice was injured Saturday at the Carl Ramunno Invitational in Steamboat Springs. Klimper was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center after landing on his head during a semifinal match. The Dakota Ridge wrestler he faced was disqualified for the illegal move that put Klimper on his head.

Bullish on riding

Memorial weekend event expected to be bigger, better

Nearly 40 professional bull riders will compete in Craig in May during a Professional Bull Riding Discovery Tour event.

Kermit McElroy

Memorial graveside services for Kermit McElroy, father of Sandra Delgado and Ronnie McElroy of Craig, is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Craig Cemetery.

Sunday, December 4

Cowboy charity

Boys & Girls Club fundraiser exceeds expectations

Chaps and craps equaled holiday fun Saturday as supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig danced, bid for auction items and gambled the night away.

Trash fees could rise

Commissioners to consider landfill rates

The rates at the Moffat County landfill could go up in the next few months.

Small businesses feel heat from energy costs

Rising energy prices have had a negative effect on 72 percent of small businesses in Colorado in recent months, according to a report released last week.

Briefs for Dec. 5

The Colorado River Water Conservation District is offering grants of as much as $15,000 for water-related projects.

Fred Walter Teter, 1935-2005

Fred Walter Teter, 70, left this life Nov. 25, 2005. He was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Craig to Fred W. and Gladys (Cooper) Teter. He grew up in Craig, attended school and graduated from Craig High School in 1953. Teter joined the U.S. Air force in March 1954, serving during the Korean War and spending 18 months at Sparrevohn Air Base in Alaska.

Headed for a new community

In the past six years, Colorado Northwestern Community College has seen big changes.

Wrestlers second in opening tourney

The opening tournament for the Moffat County wrestling team went about as expected. At the Middle Park Invitational on Saturday, the lower weights scored a majority of the team's points, defending state champion Korey Kostur's 145-pound bracket was stacked, and the young Bulldogs found a way to wrestle well.

Friday, December 2

Stevi and Jimmy Lee Gregory: A Texas thank you

Hello, my name is Stevi Gregory and my husband, Kevin Gregory, is working on the pipeline there in town. He has been there for one month now, and I wanted to tell all the local storeowners in town that I appreciate all their hospitality. Thank you for taking care of my husband during the holidays.

Sam Sterling:Saddened by behavior of hockey players

I was saddened and relieved after hearing of the debacle that unfolded in Eagle last weekend. Saddened because it reflects a trend in youth sports in general.

Trish Snyder: School district must comply with standards

I am writing to address concerns raised in two letters that were published in the Nov. 17 edition of the Craig Daily Press regarding the Dinosaur Charter School.

Our View: 'The government is us'

One of the underlying tenants of democracy is participation by the people.

Police Blotter for Dec. 3

Thursday, Dec. 1 James Allen Terry, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for Dec. 3

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Classy Canine 4-H Dog Club offers residents a chance to take Christmas photos with their pets at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply, 2355 W. Victory Way. The group will sell greeting cards and photos of pets and their owners. Proceeds benefit the club.

Boys drop heartbreaker

Basalt too much for Bulldogs in season opener

The Bulldogs only trailed in their season opener against Basalt for 4.7 seconds.

Couple in jail after meth arrest

Craig Police on Wednesday arrested a man and woman from Craig on methamphetamine and marijuana charges.

Shaethon Alexander Davis

Natalie Davis and Joshua Davis of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Shaethon Alexander Davis, at 7:49 p.m., Nov. 29, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

First responders critical

The letters and cards thank firefighters for their quick response, ambulance drivers for their calming presence and police officers for their objectivity.

Proposed mining law proves divisive statewide

Public land advocates and some politicians on the Western Slope are opposing mining legislation they say would allow industry to buy up public lands in the West.

Back to basics

Schools focus on the first of three 'R's

Teaching students to read was one of the first requirements of a public school. More than three centuries later, new research findings are leading schools to re-examine how they teach the core subject.

Thursday, December 1

Warrine Solace

Warrine Solace of Maybell, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. At her request, no services will be held.

VNA receives grants

The Visiting Nurse Assoc�--iation received a $200,000 grant Thursday for its Aging Well program.

Charles W. Counts

Charles W. Counts of Craig, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow at the Craig Cemetery.

Police Blotter for Dec. 2

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Nov. 30 Rebecca Labeth Martin, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Shawnelle Louise Lira, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Daniel Ray Lawton, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Connie Lynn Lawton, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Bulldog teams out and about this weekend

If a student is in high school and participates in a winter sport, he or she is in action this weekend.

Datebook for Dec. 2

Today 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will display Nativity sets at its meeting house, Ninth and Finley streets. The display is open to the public. For information, call Coleen Fenton, 824-9638.

Church tries to help kids with parents in prison

When parents go to prison, it strains their relationships with their children.

Christina Currie: Eye of the beholder

At Thanksgiving dinner, the girls were running around, waving a lace-trimmed, stuffed heart yelling "Happy Valentine's Day."

Keith Antonson: Thanks for generosity, help on Thanksgiving

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a day that we spend time with our families and give thanks for our many blessings.

Seeing red?

Police tag cars blocking snowplows

People who leave their cars parked on city streets when it snows risk more than having their cars buried as snowplows pass. They face having their vehicles towed and being fined $20.

Marty Lich: Injury was the real game out there

I read "Bantams, Bulldogs make finals" (Nov. 30), and wish to add that there was bit more to what the Craig Cougar Bantams did, causing their multiple (17 not 15) penalties.

State eyeing attorney

Turner to be investigated

The Colorado Supreme Court won't let attorney Heather Turner voluntarily surrender her law license. But that same court could force her to relinquish it.

Locals concerned about DOLA rules

Local officials say they're worried about a recent decision by the state that could mean less money for rural areas where energy development is big business.

Twinkle twinkle

Local homeowners light up the night, bring holiday spirit

Yards decorated with light-up plastic Santas, 8-foot inflatable snowmen and projection images of Christmas scenes have become staples of the holiday season.

D. William Coppock: 1939-2005 :

D. William Coppock, a resident of Aiken, S.C., and a former resident of Craig (through 1951) and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Nov. 22, 2005, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 66.