Stories for February 2005

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Monday, February 28

Friday is deadline for candidates to file for elective office

Five candidates have picked up nomination packets -- the first step in securing a bid for a Craig City Council seat.

Progress on master plan stalls

Projects at standstill since county cut staff for Planning Department

More than a year after adopting a master plan for development, Moffat County has yet to implement many action items the plan calls for.

News briefs for March 1

Craig Head Start is hopping to help others during this week to raise money for muscular dystrophy. The MDA Hop-o-thon program is designed to teach young children about disabilities that other children and adults have. The program also is intended to build awareness, and teach acceptance. It is the only fund-raising program that is approved by the National Child Care Association. Craig parents and community member are encouraged to pledge money for each hop the child completes in two minutes. Money collected goes directly to MDA.

Charlie Brown: Hamilton

I have been interested in the news about the county roads. Moffat County officials have claimed 2,000 miles of cow paths as county roads. Will they ever improve, maintain or blade these roads?

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Cole Stewart Occupation: Student

Record breakers

Girls basketball team racks up 22-win season

After Saturday's 58-46 win against Steamboat Springs, the 2004-05 team added another record with 22 wins in a season. This year's Bulldogs have 22 records to their credit.

Commissioners mull water bill

Colorado municipalities no longer will be able to obtain large water diversions for kayaking, if a bill the state Senate passed Monday becomes a law.

Pamela Kinder, M.D.: Craig

I found it odd that the article about Dr. Joel Miller in Friday's Daily Press had quotes only from his accuser's side. The article is very one-sided and neglects Dr. Miller's side of the story, though the reporter seems to have access to the court records.

Mardi Gras on Ice

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team hosted the second annual Mardi Gras on Ice tournament Friday through Sunday at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.

Hatten-Hamilton

Amy Hatten and Mitch Hamilton would like to announce their engagement. The couple is planning a July 2 wedding in Minnesota.

Colorado Press Association honors Daily Press

The Craig Daily Press won 18 awards Saturday at the Colorado Press Association Convention and Better Newspaper Contest.

Bad to the Bone owner seeks change of scenery

A restaurant that has tickled the taste buds of Craig carnivores for the past seven years is on the market for new ownership.

State Sen. Jack Taylor: Steamboat Springs

Heaven knows there have been enough wars about water in Colorado, so there's no need to start another one -- between recreational and agricultural users in my own state Senate district.

Police blotter for March 1

Craig Police Department Monday, Feb. 28. • Nothing reported today.

Datebook for March 1

Today 7 p.m. The choirs of East, Ridgeview and Sunset Elementary schools will perform a combined concert at Craig Middle School in the auditorium.

Cast of 'Curious Savage' ready for Thursday

By the time the curtain goes up Thursday on "The Curious Savage," actors and actresses will have put nearly 100 hours into memorizing lines, collecting props and building sets.

Sunday, February 27

Local girl wins reserve champion goat showman for second straight year

Karissa Maneotis has a dilemma: what to do with two matching belt buckles.

'Find a mentor'

Name: Carolyn Markle, part owner of the co-op. Name of business/address: Favorite Things, 584 Yampa Ave.

Melissa Jones

On Feb. 20, Melissa Jones received the Young Woman hood Award. Bishop O. Joseph Ence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the award and a silver medallion in recognition of this achievement during a formal ceremony. This award consists of seven areas designed to improve the community and the young woman.

News briefs for Feb. 28

U.S.D.A commodities will be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services from 9 to 11 a.m. March 9 at 595 Breeze St., and from 1 to 2 p.m. in Dinosaur at the Social Service Building. Commodities also will be distributed from 9 to 9:30 a.m. March 8 at the Maybell Community Center. All households that receive commodities must certify each year. A picture I.D., proof of address and current eligibility is required. Call Moffat County Social Services at 824-8282.

Datebook for Feb. 28

Today 2 p.m. The American Association of Retired Persons meets the fourth Monday of each month at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

Maybell Play goes on (with a hitch or two)

Odds of are pretty slim that the Maybell Women's Club could talk enough people into getting up on stage for the sole purpose of making fools out of themselves, but it is nothing short of a miracle that the club has done it for 57 years.

How sweet it is

Bulldogs advance to Sweet 16

The third time wasn't the charm for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team Saturday night.

Wool growers -- a rare breed

Group tries to hold on to heritage of sheep industry

Local wool growers aren't sheepish about admitting that producers such as themselves are becoming few and far between.

Friday, February 25

High-speed chase reviewed

The Craig Police Department has performed an internal review about how a high-speed chase that ended in Baggs, Wyo., was handled. The Dec. 3 chase lead to the arrest of a man who had stolen a car from Craig's Pizza Hut parking lot.

Suspect arrested in storage theft

A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy made quick work of arresting a man Wednesday whom he suspected of stealing goods from storage shed near the bypass on Moffat County Road 7.

Datebook for Feb. 26

Today The Hayden Recreation Board is sponsoring Western riding lessons for children at the indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds. The cost is $20 a child. Multiple child discounts are available. Emphasis will be on safety and proper riding technique. To register and reserve ride time, call Karen Montieth at 276-3088.

News briefs for Feb. 26

Moffat County Young Life will be serving dessert followed by a fund-raising art auction today at Shadow Mountain Club House. Because of the Moffat County girls basketball game, which starts a 6:30 p.m., the fund-raiser has been moved to 7:30. It also has been changed from a dinner with a $10 charge to a free dessert function. Dessert will be served until 8:15, allowing game fans to arrive. After dessert are the short program and auction, featuring art from more than 20 local artists. R.S.V.P. to David Pressgrove at 629-9600 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

Police blotter for Feb. 26

Craig Police Department Thursday, Feb. 23 • Officers made a warrant arrest. • Officers investigated a code violation. Moffat County Sheriff Friday, Feb. 25 • Nothing reported today.

Mary Blakeman and Pamela Kinder

UK/USA would like to thank all those who helped with our recent fund-raiser, Kids Night Out. Because of you, we hosted 79 children!

The family of George Streeter

The family of George Streeter would like to thank everyone who brought food, sent cards, flowers, prayers or came by for a visit. It was very thoughtful and really helped us to know that so many people were thinking of us and shared in our loss.

Knowledge Bowl team tops league, heads to regionals

Winning the league didn't earn the Knowledge Bowl team the state berth they expected, but it likely will guarantee team members an at-large position.

Brandie's biggest fan

It has happened nearly every game for seven years.

Face time

Craig woman thrilled with results of facial surgery

Groggy and numb, before she said a word, Jackie Adams gave a thumbs up and cracked the biggest grin she could muster -- even though she couldn't feel her face.

Daily Press honored

DENVER -- The Craig Daily Press collected seven awards Friday night at the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters banquet.

A doggone good cause

At least one dog that has been abandoned in Craig is now living a life of luxury, thanks to the Moffat County Humane Society.

Doctor denies charges

An attorney for a Craig doctor accused of strangling his wife refuted the circumstances surrounding the case as written in a police affidavit.

Injury, bad first quarter bury Bulldogs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- If the Moffat County boys basketball team had any advantage going into Friday's first-round of the state playoffs, the Bulldogs thought it was in the post. Thirty-five seconds into the contest against Broomfield, 50 percent of the Bulldogs' advantage went down with a knee injury.

Lawmakers mull ID protection

During the past three years, the number of Colorado consumers who have filed identity theft complaints with the Federal Trade Commission has increased by more than 65 percent.

Cattle ID garners little support

A cattle identification system started in July still has few participants in Northwest Colorado.

Program's mission is reducing aggression

Soft music plays in the background.

Thursday, February 24

Jose Porfiro Duran: 1929-2005

Jose Porfiro Duran, 75, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, in Fort Collins, Colo.

E.C. Day: Craig

Here's another vote for Wal-Mart here and here's why: Better prices, better service and less travel.

Beyond the numbers

This year, the Moffat County girls basketball program published a notebook that included team records since 1988. With as many records as the Bulldogs have broken this year, the front of the notebook should have been marked with a "rough draft" stamp.

Bring on Broomfield

The Moffat County boys basketball team already has heard the end-of-the-season speech, so as far the players are concerned, tonight's game is the start of a new season.

Doctor charged

Craig man faces 3 felonies in domestic violence case

A case against a Craig doctor who faces three felony charges stemming from a domestic violence dispute with his wife will head to district court after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Sympathy from Salazar

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara found a sympathetic ear in U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar during a meeting in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Card shop closure leaves gap for kids, teens

Three generations of card players were getting into the game "Magic the Gathering" at 3C's Card Shop before the business closed its doors last week.

KRAI disc jockey off the air

The host of Craig's only local morning radio show was planning to shred the books penned by the late self-proclaimed "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson and blast them from a cannon.

Snowpack near normal

Despite higher than average temperatures this winter, Northwest Colorado's snowpack is near normal.

Datebook for Feb. 25

Today 9:30 a.m. The community playgroup for children ages infants to 5 years and their parents meets until 10:30 a.m. at the Early Education Center in the Moffat County School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

News briefs for Feb. 25

The Craig Youth Soccer Association is sponsoring a free clinic for soccer coaches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club. The clinic is for beginning and experienced coaches. Those with an interest in learning the game and coaching are invited to attend. There also will be a soccer referee clinic for ages 14 and older March 18 to 20. The cost is $50. Referees are paid for the games they referee. To receive certification, participants must attend the entire clinic. Registration is going on now for Craig Youth Spring Soccer for youths younger than 18. Call Tamera Brown at 824-2112 to register for either clinic and check on times or to register a player.

Memories you can touch

I have a hard time letting go of a lot of things. Just look at the number of clothes circa 1983 in my closet, and you will know.

Pastors weigh in on creationism, evolution in schools

Across the nation a debate is raging about whether evolution should be taught in schools.

Police blotter for Feb. 25

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Feb. 23. • Officers investigated a complaint regarding junk, abandoned vehicles and tires. Thursday, Feb. 24. • Officers issued three summonses for possession of marijuana.

Wednesday, February 23

Outside shooting focus for future

If their coaches have any say, next year's returning Moffat County boys basketball players will be working on dribbling and shooting during the summer.

Craig perfect for car builder

Bill Rice is a dune buggy builder.

TMH sells 9 homes

The Memorial Hospital officials project they have lost about $30,000 to date on the purchase and sale of its houses surrounding the current site. But other proceeds and rent money from the houses is going into a fund for a new hospital.

Chamber lobby crosses divide

Annual trip offers chance to talk up legislators

The Craig Chamber of Commerce sends a small contingent of residents to Denver today to lobby and gather information on issues important to Craig and Moffat County.

Datebook for Feb. 24

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

Police blotter for Feb. 24

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Feb. 22 • Officers investigated a forgery and theft complaint. • Officers investigated a fraud by check complaint. • Officers investigated a report of an abandoned vehicle.

William Patrick Callaghan: 1945-2005

William Patrick Callaghan of Craig, died Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 59.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Vallejos: Craig

Our family has a history of farming, ranching and just plain rural living. As such, we have always had to deal with protecting our livestock, sometimes from roaming dogs. We have lost stock to packs of dogs, and we are well acquainted with the "shoot, shut up and shovel" philosophy.

Moffat's JV, freshman girls teams show early success

In the shadow of one of the best regular seasons for Moffat County varsity team, the JV and freshman girls basketball teams put up their own impressive numbers this year.

In right place at right time

Trooper honored for fast work after fatal shooting

When all other law enforcement officers were looking for a red Ford Bronco fleeing the scene of a fatal shooting in Craig, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Marty Smith was thinking outside the box.

It's feast or famine filling burger joint jobs

Unlike many Craig businesses that depend on hunting season to stay afloat, area fast food restaurants get hit during the summer when they need to double, even triple, their staffs to handle the rush.

News briefs for Feb. 24

Hunting regulations for 2005 are available at license agents and at Division of Wildlife offices. Those who applied for big-game licenses in Colorado last year should receive a copy in the mail. The most significant change to the regulations for 2005 is that all elk tags for the fourth combined season are by draw only. For the past two years, hunters could purchase over-the-counter tags. The deadline for all big-game applications is April 5. Nonresidents interested in big-game hunting during 2005 can get a copy of the regulations online by going to the DOW Web site at www.wildlife.state.co.us or by calling 303-297-1192. Hunters also can apply for and purchase big-game licenses over the Internet. Hunters can learn more about applying over the Internet by visiting www.wildlife.state.co.us/total_licensing/. Several other new regulations exist that hunters should be aware of in 2005, including some important changes to the bear hunting regulations. For a list and explanation of the changes in regulations for 2005, read the "What's new for 2005" section located on page one of the big-game regulations brochure. For more news about DOW, go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Tuesday, February 22

No consensus reached on Roan Plateau plan

City, county mull support for multiple use

Craig City Council came no closer to taking a position on a development plan for the Roan Plateau. But the Moffat County commissioners seemed to reach a consensus supporting multiple uses, including natural gas drilling, on the top of the plateau.

Snake, animals taken in search

Pets seized from home by GRAMNET officers Feb. 3

Law enforcement officers got a 6-foot-long surprise during a Feb. 3 raid on a Craig house.

City finishes 2004 in black

Although it charted dismal losses in sales tax revenue, the city finished 2004 in the black.

Talking shop with Steamboat Transit

Commissioners target old shop building as possible location for new bus station

The Moffat County commissioners were hesitant Tuesday to guarantee the Steamboat Springs Transit Department that the county would sell an old building to convert into a bus garage.

State playoff times for weekend

Girls sub region in Craig Friday 6 p.m. Mullen vs. Battle Mountain

Eighth-graders nab championship

The eighth-grade girls basketball A-team was able to score an undefeated season with defense and rebounding, according to coach Norm Yoast.

Ruby Mae "Sunshine" Earle: 1920-2005

Ruby Mae Earle died Feb. 17, 2005 at her home in Craig. She was 84.

Our view: Land Board lacks foresight

A study the State Land Board released last week concluded that cattle grazing is an appropriate use of two square miles of state land within Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.

Elementary school principal retires

Sunset's Jim Rugh will end 35-year career in education

It's more of a resignation than a retirement, but Sunset Elementary School Principal Jim Rugh terms his decision to leave "the end of a 35-year-long career in education."

News briefs for Feb. 23

The 4-H livestock judging team is hosting on a flea market under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Some of the items for sale are a kitchen table, a keyboard stand, golf clubs, golf equipment, horse jack, show cloth, craft supplies and hand-crafted birdhouses. Call Lorrae Moon at 824-9568 or Jennifer Stagner at 824-3657.

Florence A. Fox

Florence Almeda Fox died Feb. 14, 2005, in Craig. She was 96.

Seventh-graders win sixth straight title

When it came to sharing the ball, the Craig Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball A-team was unselfish this season.

Stephenson: A big voice for small schools

Steamboat Springs School Board President Paula Stephenson is racking up miles on behalf of rural school districts across Colorado.

Wreck slows shipment to Craig

Tanker that rolled was bound for water-treatment plant

Officials at the city of Craig water-treatment plant breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after they received the contents of a tanker that tipped Monday and caused major traffic delays on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Police blotter for Feb. 23

Craig Police Department Monday, Feb. 21 • Officers investigated rear-window damage on a 2002 Ford Explorer.

Datebook for Feb. 23

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed for computer training.

Monday, February 21

Datebook for Feb. 22

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

Finances on TMH agenda for Wednesday meeting

Although patient numbers at The Memorial Hospital were high in January, the costs the hospital must absorb for Medicare and Medicaid patients and other discounts to third-party payers closed the gap on profits.

Thank you for kindness during a death in the family

I would like to say thank you for the many cards that we received, all the calls and the care and concern given to our family at the time of my mother's passing. Also to Dr. Kelli Turner, the staff at Walbridge Wing and Pioneer's Hospital in Meeker for giving my mother the great care that she received for the past year. It is very much appreciated!

Carol Wilson: Thank you for helping to make Art Walk a success

On behalf of the Downtown Business Association I would like to thank the Craig Daily Press for helping promote the Tenth Annual Art Walk. Thanks to the personal stories and daily information, the attendance this year was exceptional! The public came out by the hundreds to enjoy an evening of friendship and artful endeavor. It was a wonderful event hosted by the museum, the community college, the businesses and artists. The event was enjoyed by all.

Out with the old

Hotel changes name, furnishings

There's a spring-cleaning of sorts happening at the former Deer Park Inn.

School district policy could stop 'unstoppable' teacher

An unofficial school district policy that limits teachers to two days of paid leave and five days of unpaid leave could put a stop to Craig Conrad's "Unstoppable You" program.

School Board prepared to toe line

Members agree to hold spending in most categories

It may be another month before school board members know what the district's 2005-06 revenues will be, but they decided to toe the line anyway.

The Blotter for Feb. 22

Law enforcement Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Feb. 16 Brian Wayne Nuebel, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Winifred Evelyn Lamb Mock: 1918-2005

Winnie Mock left her home on earth to be with her family and friends in heaven on Feb. 16, 2005. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home, surrounded by the love of her family.

Moffat County Neighbor: Gloria Rodriguez

Name: Gloria Rodriguez Occupation: Insurance sales When and why did you move to Craig? I was born here.

Young Life auctions art to raise funds

Going once, going twice.

Sunday, February 20

Funding short for facility to support bus program

The director of transportation for the city of Steamboat Springs will update Moffat County commissioners Tuesday about efforts to build a new bus depot and waiting area in Craig.

City to discuss Roan Plateau drilling

Craig City Council members are torn between supporting the oil and gas industry and minding their own business.

Library weighs anti-theft measures

During the past year, the Moffat County Library collected its first baseline data regarding how many materials visitors steal.

Business Profile: Carolyn Gochee

What prompted you to open your business in Craig? I am a small-town person and after finishing school in a city, I knew I wanted to be in a small town and in Colorado. I also researched towns with chiropractors who practice the kind I do. There were none here.

Moffat girsl to host sub-region

For the Moffat County girls basketball team, the season is just beginning. Battle Mountain's season is over, barring a CHSAA-seeding miracle.

New group gives care to caregivers

Chelsea has been taking care of her husband for a year-and-a-half, since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease, and she said it hasn't been easy for her.

Datebook for Feb. 21

7:30 a.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will hold a play day. The play day is free to members, and non-members can attend for a cost of $10. Club doors open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Parents are responsible for their child's lunch. A small morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Call 826-0411.

Bulldogs get surprise playoff berth

EAGLE -- You can be sure that the Battle Mountain and Moffat County boys basketball teams were surfing the net Sunday. Their site of choice was www.chsaa.org.

Headed for Japan

Josh Dalton earns spot in Special Olympics Winter Games

Josh Dalton couldn't sleep Thursday night. He said it was because he was hungry, but his mom, Bonnie, knows better. She knows he was excited to fly for the first time and go to Nagano, Japan, for the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Ruby Earle

Funeral services for Ruby Earle will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Friday, February 18

Welcome back to Craig

Small town has a hold on residents

When Susan Johnston graduated from cosmetology school in Grand Junction, she wanted to get as far from her hometown of Craig as possible.

Earning while learning

Fourth-graders getting lesson in money, life

Who says school's not work? And as such, some Ridgeview Elementary School students are getting paid for it.

Colorado Trust turns eye toward bullying

Colorado Trust officials have decided to steer their focus on health and well-being to schools. The funding agency that created "Moffat County on the Move" is taking aim at bully prevention.

Star student: Shania Gurr

Shania Gurr is well-known at Sunset Elementary School for her smile.

Beef quality assurance workshop

With recent media attention concerning the quality and safety of beef production, CSU Cooperative Extension, the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the Colorado Livestock Association, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Beef Council are offering a Beef Quality Assurance Certificate workshop in Meeker on Monday and Tuesday.

Speakers to discuss oil, gas development

An informational meeting concerning oil and gas development in Rio Blanco County will be held in Meeker on Feb. 26.

Bulldogs tough it out down the stretch

Here we go again.

Everybody contributes in girls basketball win

It was just a coincidence, but it looked nice on paper.

David Pressbox: Dissed by the NBA

About three months ago I e-mailed the National Basketball Association with a request for a press pass to the NBA All-Star game in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 20 (this Sunday for those of you keeping score at home).

Blotter for Feb. 19

Law enforcement Craig Police Department Thursday, Feb. 17. Officers assisted with a parole violation.

The nosiest detective

Colorado law limits use of drug-sniffing dogs

Fury, the Craig Police Department's black lab, is getting a reputation for his sniffer.

Affordable housing shortage in county

For one year, Evelyn Tileston, director of the Independent Life Center, has been working to find subsidized housing for a large family that requires a place accessible to wheelchairs.

Group trashes proposed dump

A group of Moffat County residents opposing the creation of a uranium tailings dump near Maybell has chosen a name.

Roan Plateau comment period extended

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the deadline for public comment on the draft Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan to April 11. The previous deadline had been March 4.

School district ready to start budget discussion

Philosophy comes before the numbers when it comes to the Moffat County School District's budget process.

Our View: Don't cut licenses

State lawmakers are examining whether hair stylists, manicurists and others in the cosmetology trade need to be licensed by the state to work in beauty salons and barbershops.

Thursday, February 17

Edith Siminoe

Edith Siminoe of Nucla, died Feb. 15, 2005, in Grand Junction.

News briefs for Feb. 18

Last call: Have a job that you don't have time to get done? Come buy an FFA member to help you out. The Moffat County FFA will be holding its annual labor auction Thursday. Chili will be served at 6 p.m., and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. FFA members will be auctioned off and required to work eight hours for the buyer. FFA hopes to see you there.

To protect migration, DOW seeks accord with developers

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is concerned that energy development could disturb wildlife migration patterns in Northwest Colorado.

Avalanche danger rated high

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the Park Range and Elkhead Mountains in Northwest Colorado.

Strike vote looms

City Market decision may affect workers at Safeway

Results of a vote by some grocery workers could have an effect on Craig's Safeway employees.

Shoplifters beware: Stores are watching

A woman allegedly stole a $150 rug from Spiritpass in the Centennial Mall earlier this year.

Sale will benefit Craig crash victim

Heather Matney, an operating room technician at Yampa Valley Medical Center, is among the many people deeply saddened by the tragedies that have befallen Yampa Valley residents in the past several months.

No NHL? No problem

Local hockey players, fans weigh in on canceled season

Mike Boatright remembers when interest in the Craig Youth Hockey League increased after the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001. He hasn't noticed any adverse affects from the lack of a National Hockey League during the 2004 season.

Improving business

Meeting focuses on book's message

Nonprofits, churches, schools -- or almost any kind of business -- has the potential to be "great," a local group of people says.

Sandra Kaye Koran: 1944-2005

Sandra Kaye Koran died Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, following a 10-month illness. She was 60.

Police blotter for Feb. 18

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Feb. 16 • Officers took three male juveniles into protective custody and turned them over to the Department of Social Services. • Officers assisted the Department of Social Services in interviewing of a 5-year-old girl.

Datebook for Feb. 18

Today 7:30 a.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be holding play days today and Monday. Both days will be free to members, and nonmembers can attend for $10 a day. Club doors open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Parents are responsible for their children's lunches. A small morning and afternoon snack will be provided. For further information, call 826-0411.

Florence Fox

Funeral services for Florence Fox will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

Use your imagination

To Katie, I am a princess and the Cashway Distributors building is a castle.

Wednesday, February 16

Local rider invited to national race

Hankins in position to join factory team

Tanner Hankins has had the breaks lately. First came the bad break. He broke his wrist and couldn't ride his snowmobile for three weeks. Then came the good break.

Tony Delbert Balleck: 1913-2005

Tony Delbert Balleck of Craig, died Feb. 4, 2005, at the Sandrock Care and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

Michael Lausin and Jack Anderson: Solutions Oriented Systems, Craig

We would like to thank the Craig Daily Press for the coverage that it provided for the recent computer and electronics recycling event. We had a better than expected response from our community.

Invigorating routine

Gordon walking her way to fitness

Ida Gordon is a mall walker and she loves it.

Shannon L Leftwich: Director of Credentialing Services, Board of Certification Inc., Omaha, Neb.

I recently read your article "Trainers help keep Bulldogs afloat" and would like to correct misinformation about the education and practice of certified athletic trainers that appeared in David Pressgrove's article.

Craig gymnast Jenkins, 10, qualifies for state meet

It's only in the middle of February but Heather Jenkins already has plans for April.

Sandi Mansfield-Davis: Craig

Finally, a tragedy to a local family has come to a closure and they can start the healing process of losing a loved one.

Grazing fees will increase

Rangeland improvements face federal budget ax

Grazing fees on public land will increase this year, but the Rangeland Improvement Program that those fees help fund could go away.

Thomas Dustin Parrish

Memorial services for Thomas Dustin Parrish will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church.

News briefs for Feb. 17

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will be host its third annual Dessert Extravaganza from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. This year, the dessert is angel food cake with berries. All proceeds go to support the center's activities.

Datebook for Feb. 17

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

Police blotter for Feb. 17

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Feb. 15 • Officers received a report of a runaway juvenile. • Officers investigated a report of a stolen air compressor. • Officers called on a detox intervention.

Group to weave tales of region's history

Ten Moffat County residents have about three weeks to get their stories straight before going public.

PILT money could dwindle further

Two Colorado congressmen are sponsoring a bill that would guarantee Western states receive the full funding that they are allotted by the Bureau of Land Management's payment in lieu of taxes program.

Survey examines business climate

Moffat County has all the makings of a business-friendly community, according to a regional competitiveness survey completed by the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

Bill targets habits of teen drivers

Plan would limit number of teen passengers

Colorado lawmakers may be getting weary of statistics showing high rates of death among new teenage drivers.

Tuesday, February 15

Something to play for

Girls shooting for a top seed in state tourney

The Western Slope League title has belonged to the Moffat County girls basketball team since the first weekend of February. Yet, coach Craig Mortensen thinks his team has just as much to play for in the final weekend of the regular season as it did two weeks ago.

Upset City?

Boys hope for postseason berth

Gonzaga, Marquette, N.C. State ... Moffat County?

East students jump on fund-raiser

There weren't any broken hearts at East Elementary School on Valentine's Day. In fact, this is the third year that students have met heart-health fitness goals for themselves and the American Heart Association.

Museum maximizes gas lease potential

The Museum of Northwest Colorado leased a 130-acre mineral interest for $222 an acre Tuesday. That's four times more than Moffat County previously has raised with a mineral lease.

Our view: Let the people decide

Former Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos, now a representative of the oil and gas industry, has requested that the Moffat County commissioners and Craig City Council provide written support for multiple use on the Roan Plateau.

Thomas Dustin Parrish

Thomas Dustin Parrish of Craig, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at is home. Services are pending. Thomas is the son of Lonnie and Gloria Parrish of Craig.

News briefs for Feb. 16

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun to install a Deer Warning System along U.S. Highway 40 east of Craig. The specialized reflectors help prevent deer and elk from crossing the highway when vehicles are present. When the posts are hit by light, they send a perpendicular beam across the highway that should discourage wildlife for crossing. The pilot project costs $148,000 and should be completed during the week of Feb. 21 with five- to 10-minute delays. CDOT will monitor the results closely.

Accused embezzler pleads guilty

A former employee of a local excavating company accused of embezzling nearly $8,000 of company funds through checks, cash and credit cards pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to one felony charge of theft in the case.

Merrill Lanker Jr.

Memorial services for former Hayden resident Merrill Lanker Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas, Wyo.

County could quit health inspections

By the end of June, Moffat County likely will stop conducting health checks at restaurants and food retailers in the county.

Grazing gets OK

Study says cattle on state land within refuge is acceptable

A $37,500 study funded by the State Land Board has concluded that cattle may be grazed on two parcels of state land within the Browns Park Wildlife Refuge.

Help for sex assault victims

Week of training geared toward establishing forensic presence

Knowing how to gather evidence, interview and treat sexual assault victims, and testify in cases about sexual assault only can help victims, representatives from local agencies learned Tuesday.

Police: Beware fund-raising effort

Craig police are warning residents about a fund-raising campaign that insinuates residents have pledged to an organization and asks them to send in money.

Charles Clifford Carpenter: 1941-2005

Charles Clifford Carpenter of Craig, died Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver of lung disease. He was 63.

Police blotter for Feb . 16

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Feb. 15 • Nothing reported today.

Datebook for Feb. 16

Today 11:30 p.m. There is a meeting of the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee at the Moffat County School District Administration Building. Lunch is provided. The meeting is open to anyone interested in special education. R.S.V.P. by calling 826-4249.

Florence Fox

Florence Fox of Craig died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 at the Sandrock Ridge Care Center. Services are pending.

Monday, February 14

Bernie Rose: What would happen if large retailer went up in Hayden?

What would happen if large retailer went up in Hayden? To the editor: I have called Craig home for more than 20 years. Home means just what it says -- where I live, play and support the economics of the area.

Blotter for Feb. 15

Law enforcement Jail report Thursday, Feb. 10 Shane Micheal Whitehouse, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of parole violation.

Deserado Mine ships 2.5M tons of coal

The Deserado Mine near Rangely set a production record for coal development in 2004.

Police: No serial rapist

Recent rumors of a serial rapist in Craig are unfounded, police said Monday.

Stewardship group targets June deadline

The Northwest Colorado Stewardship has embarked on an ambitious schedule to develop management alternatives for the Little Snake Resource Area by June.

Bulldog swimmer eager for next year

LOVELAND -- Kelsey Conci wanted to see what it took.

Suzanne Asha Stone: Group tries to work in harmony with livestock owners

In regard to concerns raised in Rob Gebhart's article (Wolf Plan Presented Monday in Craig, published in the Feb. 1 Craig Daily Press), Defenders of Wildlife does pay 100 percent of the projected market value for confirmed livestock losses attributed to wolves, as much as $2,000 per animal and 50 percent of the value for probable losses.

Ruth Erma Hughes: 1917-2005

Ruth Erma Hughes died Feb. 12, 2005, in Palisade, Colo. She was 87.

Briefs for Feb. 15

A 16-year-old Craig boy was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from Craig.

AAU players sign up

Changes made after former coach resigns

Dozens of students and their parents gathered Monday night to sign up for a new season of AAU or Amateur Athletic Union, a traveling basketball program offered to area fifth- through eighth-graders.

Respondents unhappy

Some former library employees say survey a waste of money

Moffat County Library Director Donna Watkins and disgruntled former library employees agree about one thing: A study of employee turnover at the library is a waste of taxpayer money.

Milestones for Feb. 15

births Gabriel Franklin Castor

Sunday, February 13

News briefs for Feb. 14

The Craig Rotary Club is seeking applicants for the 2006-2007 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. It is awarded for one academic year of study abroad. The program increases awareness of and respect for cultural diversity and instills the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self." Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work or have a secondary school education and have two years of employment in a recognized vocation at the time the scholarship begins. Candidates are expected to be proficient in the language of the host country. Rotarians and their children, grandchildren, and spouses are not eligible. Completed applications must be received by March 15. Call Rich at 826-5173 or Samantha at 824-7031.

No wins in wrestlebacks

The Bulldogs did not start Saturday like they wanted.

Charles Clifford Carpenter: 1941-2005

Chuck Carpenter of Craig, died Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver of lung disease. He was 63.

O'Hara to preside over shooting trial

Chief District Judge Michael O'Hara will preside over the trial of a teenager charged with the shooting death of James Pogline, though the judge has a history defending Pogline.

Radon invading houses

CSU Extension offers free tests to rid homes of chemical

There's a predator lurking in Colorado homes that few people know about.

Raindrops are falling on my sled

Sky was cloudy for snowmobile show, but turnout still impressed

There was no powder for Saturday's snowmobile show, but participants didn't seem to mind.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 2005

n Seller: Lynda and Carolyn Garrett Frederick Buyer: Gary and Hilda Martinez Property: Agriculture T3N R91W S11, S3, S10 Desc, T4 R91W S34 Desc; Moffat County Rd. 34, Hamilton, CO Price: $900,000

Datebook for Feb. 14

Today 10 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations every Monday and Friday. New clients should bring in their records 24 to 48 hours before their appointments. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by their parents or present a signed permission slip from a parent. Medicaid recipients should bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233. A Spanish interpreter will be available Feb. 28.

Covered in dirt and lipstick

Mike Anson leads life of excavation, giggles

It's difficult to imagine Mike Anson in lipstick, the same man who gets a sparkle in his eye when he's working with heavy machinery.

Take two

Garoutte gets expected repeat title

It took some help from a teammate, but after that, Scott Garoutte had little trouble in his attempt for a second-consecutive state championship.

10th annual Art Walk wet but warm

It wasn't your typical Art Walk. Coats were optional; umbrellas recommended.

Group grows

Narcotics Anonymous membership balloons

Editor's Note: One of the subjects of this article did not wish to be identified by his full name. Because anonymity is one of the assurances Narcotics Anonymous makes to its members, the Daily Press agreed to use only his first name.

A K.O. for Korey

Kostur wins 140 championship, 4-1

This one is dedicated to his brothers.

Saturday, February 12

K.O. Korey

Kostur wins first state title

Korey Kostur maintains a family tradition by bringing home a state title. The junior won his first championship, while teammate Scott Garoutte became only the third back-to-back champion in Moffat County's storied wrestling history.

Scott's second

Garoutte earns expected repeat title

Senior Scott Garoutte wins his second consecutive state championship.

Winless in wrestlebacks

The Bulldogs did not start Saturday out like they would have wanted. All four remaining wrestlers in the consolation bracket lost their matches in the round before the medal round.

Friday, February 11

Grand Junction meeting to focus on meth

Craig isn't the only Western Slope community trying to come to grips with methamphetamine.

Meeker's new director of tourism takes helm

Shelley Flannery could not be happier with her new job for the town of Meeker.

Creativity the key to winning her heart

When it comes to gifts for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, a little creativity can go a long way.

Letters for Feb. 12

We are raising money and collecting travel-size games to send to Army Spc. Greg Calim and Bravo Company.

Our view: County right on uranium

A local real estate agent has proposed to retool a defunct uranium mine near Maybell to accept uranium tailings.

Police blotter for Feb. 12

Shane Micheal Whitehouse, 28, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of of violating parole.

Datebook for Feb. 12

9 a.m. The Antique Snowmobile Show scheduled for today at Lou Wyman's Living History Museum, has been moved to the Centennial Mall. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Owners of snowmobiles made in 1984 or before are encouraged to participate. There will be a snowman-building contest with a prize of $200. For more information, call Rena Olsen at 824-4853.

Dress warmly for weekend Art Walk

Historic Downtown Craig's Annual Art Walk celebrates one decade of artistic expression tonight.

Domestic violence calls down

Advocates say more help for victims needed

Police still remember a case, years ago, of a woman who was beaten up so badly by her husband that he broke off the handle of a cast iron pan after repeatedly hitting her.

Acting out

Ridgeview students target name-calling

Some students may have forgotten their lines, but none will forget the message they were trying to send.

Bulldogs are back

Second day of state much better for Moffat wrestlers

Forget the finals, Moffat County High School junior Korey Kostur's biggest worry was the semifinals of the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Ridgeview teacher honored

One thousand dollars may not seem like a lot of money to some, but when you're raising three children, teaching two dozen others and earning a master's degree at the same time, it goes a long way toward easing some of the strain.

Online education

Alternative school succeeds where other students struggle

State reports rank online schools behind traditional schools on test scores.

Talking the talk

Commissioners focus on improving communication

Business has changed in the Moffat County Courthouse, and the difference is more than just the necktie Commissioner Saed Tayyara wears to work.

Thursday, February 10

David Lynn Gobbo: 1939-2005

David Lynn Gobbo, 65, of Delta, Colo., died Wednesday Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

Reversals put 'Dogs on their backs

Reversals were the end of Moffat County Thursday night.

The unkindest cut of all

Cosmetologists want Legislature to renew industry regulations

Laws regulating the cosmetology industry could expire in July if the Colorado General Assembly doesn't pass legislation to extend them.

For sale

BLM auction focuses on Moffat County

One-third of all parcels offered at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction Thursday are in the Little Snake Resource Area.

Charges filed in sex case

Dockstader faces three felony counts

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office largely is sticking with charges recommended by the Craig Police Department in the case of a former Moffat County High School golf coach accused of having sex with a minor.

Helping to bridge language barriers

Helping people who speak different languages understand each other may be easier with a little one-on-one communication.

Datebook for Feb. 11

Today 9:30 a.m. The community playgroup for children ages infants to 5 years and their parents meets every Friday until 10:30 a.m. at the Early Education Center in the Moffat County Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

News briefs for Feb. 11

Moffat County Partners is collecting donations for a winter yard sale planned for March. Donations support youth mentoring and alternative recreation. Donate your sellable items (no large appliances or tires) to the Moffat County Partners winter yard sale. All proceeds directly support youth activities and are tax deductible. For drop-off information, call Melia Bisbee at 826-4261

Police blotter for Feb. 11

Craig Police Department Thursday, Feb. 10 • No report issued Thursday. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Feb. 10 • Deputies investigated a possible temporary restraining order violation.

Ash Wednesday kicks of Lenten season

Catholics in Craig came to Mass en masse to celebrate Ash Wednesday.

Liquor owners bash bill

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Liquor owners in Steamboat Springs fear a proposed change in state law could lead to last call for mom-and-pop stores.

helen morgan

Helen Morgan, mother of Dale Morgan of Craig, died Tuesday in Steamboat Springs. Services are pending.

Sandra "sandy" koran

Sandra "Sandy" Koran of Craig died Wednesday in Grand Junction. Services are pending.

Avoid us at store checkout

"What's that" has become "want that" at the grocery store.

Spreading the word ... at school

Bible distributors at middle school raise ire of some parents

Two members of an international organization that distributes Bibles recently set up a booth at Steamboat Springs Middle School, prompting complaints from some parents and reviving a controversial issue that surfaced two years ago.

Energy: We must get it right

Demand for energy is increasing rapidly. Around the world, 1.6 billion people still dwell in energy poverty with no access to electricity.

Wednesday, February 9

Beulah Kline: Secretary, Chapter 1418 of AARP

Chapter 1418 of American Association Retired Persons commends the women of the VFW Auxiliary for the many things they do for our community.

Misty Schultze: Chairwoman, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition applauds the efforts of Craig Conrad, who recently facilitated a high school presentation encouraging youths to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol. Grand Futures thinks this presentation was an important piece to a multi-strategic approach to help curb the use of substances among young people. Youths need support systems within their families, at school and within peer groups. Sadly, during the night of the high-school presentation, an underage drinking party took place.

News briefs for Feb. 10

There will be an antique snowmobile show Saturday at the Centennial Mall. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Owners with machines made in 1984 or before are encouraged to participate. There will be a snowman building contest with a prize of $200.Call Rene Olsen at 824-4853.

Maybell playing for laughs

They study their scripts and memorize their lines, but on play night -- anything goes.

No injuries in Coke truck blaze

Vi Thompson had to do some fast maneuvering Wednesday morning after a Coca-Cola truck caught on fire near where her vehicle was parked outside of Samuelson's True Value Hardware store. Thompson, who was shopping inside the store, bolted outside to move her sport utility vehicle out of harm's way.

TMH gets bone scanner

Gauging the health of patients' bones just got a little easier, thanks to new equipment purchased by The Memorial Hospital.

Kathie Johnson: Animal Control officer, Craig Police Department

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people involved in this years annual Pet Vaccination and License Clinic:

Police blotter for Feb. 10

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Feb. 8. • Officers investigated a report of domestic violence. • Officers investigated a thief/burglary.

Real estate sales strong in 2004

More houses were sold in Craig in 2004 than in previous years, and many of them were purchased by first-time home buyers.

John Williams: Craig

It seems that our sheriff has managed to insult one of the counties largest tax providers. I know that it was a slap in the face to me.

Tarryn Jayne: Senior, CNCC Cosmetology Center

As a part of our grade in "beauty school," we are to give a report on all activities we do above and beyond our curriculum.

Regional wrestlers are ready

Ty Zabel remembers the emotions swirling in his head the first time he advanced to the state wrestling tournament. It was 1985, and he weighed 155 pounds.

Travels with Louise

Woman's trip to Egypt memorable

The last couple of years were not Louise Warden's best.

Datebook for Feb. 10

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet at the Serendipity coffee shop. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini will be discussed. Call Sue at 824-6798.

Man in sex case out on bail

The District Attorney's Office did not file charges Tuesday against Thomas Jay Dockstader, a Craig golf pro and former Moffat County High School golf coach who is accused of having sex with an underage girl.

Range of appliances

Chris Miller wasn't driven by the desire to be his own boss. He wasn't pushed by the dream of owning his own business.

Saved from junkyard

Program aims to recycle old computers

Jack Anderson hopes he hauls in a truckload of trash Saturday. Not garbage, really, but old computers that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

Wrestlers ready to put it all on the line

Another league title -- ho hum.

Tuesday, February 8

Targeting Welfare fraud

Perpetrators of fraud against the county's Welfare system soon will have an investigator on their trail.

Three down, many to go

Swim team hopes to set records at state

The Moffat County High School girls swim team was so focused on swimming state qualifying times Saturday that its members had no idea of an extra bonus.

City weighs support for oil, gas drilling

The Craig City Council will do something it hasn't done in at least four years -- make a decision in tandem with and using input from Moffat County commissioners.

Golf pro arrested

Thomas Jay Dockstader accused of sexual assault

A golf pro at the Yampa Valley Golf Course who resigned as coach of the Moffat County High School girls golf team Thursday, faces charges of having sex with a minor.

EDP director delivers report

The National Economic Development Pyramid is something Craig residents will see a lot of in the coming year as the Craig/Moffat County Economic Partnership focuses in on its lessons.

Getting county byways on road to recovery

Commissioners discuss effect of energy companies on thruways

On Monday, the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department had to close County Road 68 because gas company vehicles had damaged it so badly it was a danger to the traveling public.

Regional economics explored

Location-neutral businesses and part-time residents are emerging economic drivers in Routt County. At the same time, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties struggle with tough oil and gas drilling issues.

CMS Honor Roll for second quarter

Seventh Grade Rachel Michelle Alexander, Kaylee Jo Barnes, Angela Michelle Bernal, Kasey Lynn Brown, Kathrine Nicole Cork, Katrina Marie Crippen, Jesus Fernando Duarte, William Cole DuBois, Melissa Jane Garlock, Nicholas Don Glispy, Kelsey Nadine Grinstead, Shylar DeShaney-Faye Hadley, Matthew James Herschberg, James Blake Howe, Clayton Michael Kawcak, Jasen Alex-Christopher Kettle, Clarissa Lynn Langstaff, Matthew Garrett Linsacum, Scott Richard Mann, Chelsea Lynn Mead, Lisa Marie Menges, Gabrielle Eve Miller, Rhiannon Lenore Miller, Nate Lewis Moon, Heather Avril Nicholson, Katy Michelle Nottingham, Janalee Janee Nugent, Jamie Lee Ogden, Mitch Lee Oman, Christian Taylor Pettigrew, Brandon Scott Pluym, Andrew Steve Raftopoulos, Austin Richard Sadvar, Taelor Jeanette Stagner, Jacob Elias Templeton, Janna Rose Thompson, Ariah Ravyn Updike, Taylor Kay Vernon, Robyn Kasey Wellington, Christopher Deane Wilson, Jordan Blair Wilson.

Our view: Evaluating drug testing

Moffat County commissioners met with the two natural-gas pipeline companies recently to find out whether they would be willing to ask their subcontractors to drug test employees.

Police blotter for Feb. 9

Craig Police Department Monday, Feb. 7 • Officers investigated a domestic situation in progress.

Datebook for Feb. 9

Today 6 p.m. The National High School Rodeo Association has added a Wrangler Division for junior high school students. Tonight, there will be a meeting in the cafeteria at the Craig Middle School for students and parents interested in starting a rodeo club. Call 824-4844.

News briefs for Feb. 9

An antique snowmobile show will be Saturday at Lou Wyman's Living History Museum, 4600 E. U.S. Highway 40. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Owners with machines made in or before 1984 are encouraged to participate. There will be a snowman building contest with a prize of $400. Call Zane Olsen at 824-4853.

Mabel Florence Green: 1918-2005

Mabel Florence Yoast Green died Jan. 31, 2005, in Meeker. She was 86.

Meet the Freds

Senior wrestlers share more than the same name

When Eric and Kyle Fredrickson wrestle, the same question usually comes up. No they're not brothers. At least in the traditional, paternal way.

Monday, February 7

Thomas Donald Winters: 1928-2005

Thomas Donald Winters of Craig died Jan. 29, 2005, at his home in Craig.

Emily Summer Hillewaert

Misty Summer Alger and Anthony P. Hillewaert of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Summer Hillewaert, at 7:32 p.m., Jan. 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Judith Hiester : Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

By a strong majority vote, Coloradans voted for Amendment 35, the tobacco excise tax, which raised the tax on cigarettes from 20 cents to 84 cents and the tax on other tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and cigars from 20 percent to 40 percent.

News briefs for Feb. 28

The Special Education Parents Advisory Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the administration building. Lunch is provided. The meeting is open to anyone interested in special education. RSVP by calling 826-4249.

Abandoned animals found in Craig home

Police are preparing to serve a summons to a Craig woman accused of animal neglect after four pets were found in a home that was littered with animal feces.

Fugitive in custody

A fugitive from Craig's Correctional Alternative Placement Services is back in the Moffat County Jail on a $50,000 bail after a scuffle with officers from the Craig Police Department on Friday afternoon.

Brooke Lynn Germond

Jennifer Germond and Patrick Wayne Germond of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Lynn Germond, at 6:09 p.m., Jan. 25, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Benevolence will put you in slammer

Benefit raises 'bail' for muscular dystrophy

There will be no getting out of jail free Thursday for those holding a fund-raiser to benefit victims of muscular dystrophy.

Cayden Rose King

Diane King and Rich King of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Cayden Rose King, at 7:40 p.m., Jan. 26, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Sophie Grace Vertrees

Jules Vertrees and Kent Vertrees of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie Grace Vertrees, at 4:45 p.m., Jan. 25, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Szatkowski-Campbell

Art and Kristen Gore of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lynn Szatkowski, to Nicholas Allen Campell, son of Keith and Peggy Campbell of Craig.

Jacob Hettinger

Jacob P. Hettinger of Craig graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in general studies. Jacob is the son of Clyde and Nancy Hettinger.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Kim Patterson Occupation: Stay-at-home mom.

Police blotter for Feb. 8

Craig Police Department Saturday, Feb. 5. • Officers investigated damage to storage units. • Marijuana was found at CAPS. • Officers investigated damage to a vehicle.

Ken Proper: Steamboat Springs

There is something wrong about four-day mail delivery to a town 40 miles away, and a little sad too. The Elks Lodge "Most Valuable Student" Scholarship for high school seniors was due Jan. 14. My daughter, Madison, wrote her essay, gathered letters of recommendation, her transcript, copied awards and completed her application by the morning of Jan. 12. The Elks Club has a post office box in Craig, and she asked me to mail the rather large packet. I was thinking out loud to myself at the downtown Steamboat Springs post office counter that this had to be in Craig by Friday. Maybe I should overnight it to Craig. The postal clerk said, "Believe it or not, we can't guarantee overnight delivery to Craig."

Wallace-Blair

Larry and Janice Mullen of Craig and Dave Wallace of Craig would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Jennifer Wallace of Provo, Utah, to Ben Blair of Provo, son of Dean and Jan Blair of Grand Junction.

Arianna Keleigh Crain

Jennafer Leah Crain and Matthew Gene Crain of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Arianna Keleigh Crain, at 5:58 p.m., Jan. 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Kendall Marie Richards

Leslie Denning and Drew Richards of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall Marie Richards, at 4:02 p.m., Jan. 24, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Diana Paola Arellano

Rosina Esparza and Rogelio Arellano of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Diana Paola Arellano, at 1:19 p.m., Jan. 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Naveya Mercedes Jackson

Shantiel Jackson and Brian Jackson announce the birth of their daughter, Naveya Mercedes Jackson, at 5:39 p.m., Jan. 4, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Ivy Megan Lowe

essica Ketchum and Jesse Lowe of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Ivy Megan Lowe, on Nov. 26, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Schools project shrinking revenues

Board must decide whether to limit spending growth

Moffat County School District Board of Education members have less than a month to make a decision that could affect students five years down the road.

Moffat mines win awards

Reclamation, safety records recognized

The Colorado Mining Association has recognized both of Moffat County's coal mines for their safety records, reclamation efforts and pollution prevention programs.

Wolf talk

Ruling could revive reintroduction discussion

A federal judge's ruling on wolves has put the implementation of the state wolf working group's management recommendations on hold indefinitely.

Warrant issued for woman in fraud case

Craig police have issued a warrant for a local woman who is charged with writing a bad check for nearly $12,000 at Tri-State Equipment Co.

Datebook for Feb. 8

Today Noon The Friends of the Library will conduct a brown bag lunch meeting at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Council to fill vacancy on appeals board today

The Craig City Council agenda merely states "appointments to board of appeals." It mentions nothing about honoring a man who has spent 30 years in that position, and that's the reason Al Shepherd is leaving.

Sunday, February 6

'Back-door' wrestlers played pivotal role

The story of Moffat County wrestling always involves the depth of the team. This year's regional tournament was no different. The Bulldogs qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament.

Know customers, do paperwork

Name: Roxane Nalty Name of business/address: Ensignal

Tony Balleck

Memorial services for Tony Balleck of Craig will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Church or to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Sports briefs for Feb. 7

GLENWOOD SPRINGS -- Sean Flohr scored 10 consecutive fourth-quarter points to lead the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team to a 60-50 victory and season sweep over visiting Moffat County on Saturday night.

Home is where the heart is

James Krogh isn't quite sure where home is. He grew up in Montrose and Greeley, moved to Louisiana and Hawaii for the Army and visited his wife, Heather, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

As close as it gets

Bulldogs win seventh consecutive regional title

MONTROSE -- A scriptwriter in Hollywood couldn't have produced a better ending.

Art Walk artists eager to display works

Brenda Knob and her son, Troy DeRose, will have artwork on display at this weekend's Art Walk, but their relationship may not be apparent in their styles.

News briefs for Feb. 7

The National High School Rodeo Association has added a Wrangler Division for junior high school student. On Wednesday, there will be a meeting for students and parents interested in starting a rodeo club in the cafeteria at the Craig Middle School at 6 p.m. Call 824-4844.

Datebook for Feb. 7

Today 10 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations every Monday and Friday. New clients should bring in their records 24 to 48 hours before their appointments. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by their parents or present a signed permission slip from a parent. Medicaid recipients should bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233. A Spanish interpreter will be available Feb. 28.

Sharpe named Teen Idol

Youth's Latin tune steals Sweet Adelines show

Thea Sharpe sang her way to a hefty prize Saturday night.

Celebrating snowmobiles

Show features antique, vintage machines

Rena Olsen wants to take snowmobile enthusiasts back to their childhoods.

Swimmers qualify two more relays for state

Conci twins will compete individually

MONTROSE -- Kelsey Conci has a dilemma, but it's a good one to have.

Friday, February 4

Briefs for Jan. 5

The Bureau of Land Management is holding an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Center, 180 Whippoorwill Drive in Baggs, Wyo.

Craig family struggles with bills

Expectant mother Sarah Peed's blood pressure was so high last Saturday night that medical personnel feared the Craig woman was on the verge of having a stroke.

Star student: Fifth-grader likes school

Craig Intermediate School fifth-grader Bobby Kyle has a very special relationship with his mother. She plays his PlayStation games, and he reads her mystery novels.

'The real world'

DECA gives members business experience

Its name -- Distributive Education Clubs of America -- doesn't inspire enthusiasm. Its actions do.

Our View: More pressing issues

In his State of the Union speech, President Bush laid out an ambitious agenda to overhaul Social Security, trim the budget deficit, improve health care and continue to fight the war on terrorism.

Homework help available

Students who didn't take advantage of the homework help offered during the school day aren't stuck with nowhere to turn when they get home. Now, any student with a computer has 24/7 access to live homework help.

Fishing benefit set for White River Club

The White River Community Club is searching for fly fishers to take part in its inaugural buy-fly tournament.

Craig man escapes corrections facility

A Craig man evidently doesn't enjoy the life of community corrections, but he may face prison time for the decision to flee a local facility.

Adult students work toward better jobs

After giving 25 years to jobs he wasn't happy with, Robert Turner decided he needed a change. He "was sick of the biz" and enrolled at the Colorado Northwestern Community College to jumpstart his career.

Police blotter for Jan. 5

Chad Mitchell Thompson, 39, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful distribution/manufacture dispensing/sale/ possession of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Datebook for Jan. 5

Canceled -- The Craig Snowmobile club has cancelled the Charity Poker Run due to lack of snow.

Twentymile to ramp up production

Peabody evaluating reopening mine

Twentymile Coal Company plans to increase its coal production during the next several years, but the company's owner, Peabody Energy, is hesitant to make predictions about its growth.

The only way to wait

Kiwanis tickets prompt annual party atmosphere

Darrin Love thought he was the luckiest employee alive, when after reporting to work Friday, he was instructed to hang out for the day at a party.

Bulldogs win with authority

When a Moffat County High School wrestler won Friday, he won convincingly

Bulldogs lose another squeeker

Trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half, the Moffat County Bulldogs mounted a furious comeback that fell just short of the mark in 50-48 loss to Rifle on Friday.

Thursday, February 3

Police blotter for Feb. 4

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Feb. 2 • Officers investigated a call of animal neglect. • Report of gasoline theft. • Officers issued a summons to a high school student for possession of marijuana. • Officers issued a summons to a minor for possession/consumption of alcohol. • Officers investigated reports of fraud by check at TDS Tires Systems and Domino's Pizza.

Weekend planner for Feb. 4

The West Theatre, 29 E. Victory Way • 824-2000 Cinema I Are We There Yet? rated PG (for language and rude humor) Friday and Saturday evenings 7 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Cinema II In Good Company, rated PG-13 (some sexual content and drug references) Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

George O. Streeter

George O. Streeter, a long time resident of Craig, died Feb. 1, 2005, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 79.

BGCC to get grant

Only local nonprofit honored

Of a dozen chosen nonprofits in the northwest corner of Colorado, the Boys and Girls Club of Craig was the only local recipient to be honored with a grant from the El Pomar Foundation.

Student caught with pot

A 15-year-old Moffat County High School student was issued a summons for possession of a small amount of marijuana and tobacco, the Craig Police Department reported.

Man in pot case gets 4 years

A Thorton man who was arrested in connection with a police raid that produced 8 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine in Craig in September was handed a four-year prison sentence in Moffat County District Court on Tuesday.

Hearing set in Steamboat meth case

A suspected methamphetamine distributor appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court in Steamboat Springs.

Director of drug abuse program leaving

Biskup to work for The Memorial Hospital Foundation

Cindy Biskup is leaving her position as director of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition to become a fund-raiser for The Memorial Hospital Foundation.

News briefs for Feb. 4

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to help with several projects on the refuge the weekend of Feb. 19. Jerry Rodriquez, refuge manager, and his staff are looking forward to volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others removing several miles of useless and dangerous wire fence. If time permits, volunteers will modify several miles of a fence, which will allow for safer passage of elk, deer and other wildlife. Volunteers should meet at the refuge headquarters on Colo. Highway 318. Bring work gloves, rugged clothes and energy. Work is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There is a limited amount of overnight lodging available in staff quarters. Personal campers or RVs would be most useful. Water, cooking and bathroom facilities are available in the staff bunkhouse. Bring food for your own breakfasts and lunches. Dinner on Saturday night will be elk burgers and steaks, which will be provided. Bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to share for the dinner. Volunteers should bring their own beverages. RSVP by Feb. 16 to Allan Reishus at 824-2228.

Wrestlers seek seventh consecutive regional title

If the Moffat County High School wrestling team is going to win its seventh consecutive regional title, it's going to do it without one guy.

Branding group needs more input

Until members of the Northwest Colorado Branding Project know exactly what types of products they're marketing, they won't be able to develop a marketing plan.

Waiting for the spotlight

Returning state champion anxious for challenge

Scott Garoutte came into the world of varsity high school wrestling when the 215-pound class was at its toughest.

Happy birthday, national forest

100 years later, Routt still faces challenges

In 1905, James Ratliff found his home on Mad Creek surrounded by the newly created Routt National Forest. A year later, when John Ellis, a forest guard, came to Ratliff's ranch and told him he needed a permit to cut down trees, Ratliff chased Ellis off his land.

A lesson in every line

My baby sitter, who has known me my entire life, gives me "that look" when I tell her about something mindblowingly stubborn that Nikki did.

Datebook for Feb. 4

Today 10 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations every Wednesday. New clients should bring in their records 24 to 48 hours before their appointment dates. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by their parents or present signed permission slips from parents. Medicaid recipients should bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233. A Spanish interpreter is available Feb. 28.

Wednesday, February 2

Survey results not yet available from CNCC

In about a week Colorado Northwestern Community College officials will know exactly which direction community members want them to go.

Craig residents won't benefit from natural-gas price cuts

Atmos Energy customers won't see the 30 percent to 35 percent decrease in their natural-gas prices that Xcel customers will this month.

Doctor finds joy in work

Craig Eckroth came to Craig 11 years ago to pursue his mission to help people with low vision improve the quality of their lives.

Innocent plea

Trial for Silva-Larios set for July 5

A 17-year-old Mexican national pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder and a sentence enhancing charge of committing a violent crime with a deadly weapon in the shooting death of James Pogline.

Road woes: Warm weather turns routes into mud

It's mud season in January. Just take a look at the county roads for the proof.

Fun time for swim team

Lighter workouts part of preparation for season's end

Peak week. Taper time. Shaving days. Call it whatever, but the week that the Moffat County High School swim team members reduce their workout load to prepare for the end of the season is pretty much a party in the pool.

Mabel Green

Mabel Green, longtime Hayden area resident, died Monday in Meeker. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hayden Congregational Church.

Thomas Winters

Graveside services for Thomas Winters will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.

Police blotter for Feb. 3

Craig Police Department • Nothing reported Tuesday Moffat County Sheriff's Office • Nothing reported Tuesday.

Dan Kleinman, on behalf of Plan2Succeed Citizen's Group: Chatham, NJ

The Moffat County Library's choosing to comply with the law by installing CIPA-compliant Internet filters after so long a delay and Les Hampton's efforts to bring this about are truly commendable and newsworthy.

Diving into the unknown

New coach, diver set for first championship

At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the north parking lot at Moffat County High contained four cars. Half of the owners of the vehicles could be found at the pool.

Datebook for Feb. 3

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

Stormy Kay Sutton: 1981-2005

Stormy Kay Sutton of Casper, Wyo., died Jan. 28, 2005, at Wyoming Medical Center.

Cowboys on the clock

Ranchers want visas extended for temporary workers

It used to be being a cowboy was a full-time job.

News briefs for Feb. 3

The National High School Rodeo Association has added a Wrangler Division for junior high school student. On Wednesday, there will be a meeting for students and parents interested in starting a rodeo club, in the cafeteria at the Craig Middle School beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call 824-4844.

Tuesday, February 1

County asks Allard to help resolve RS 2477

The Moffat County commissioners are urging U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to develop a solution to a right-of-way dilemma.

News briefs for Feb. 2

The National High School Rodeo Association has added a Wrangler Division for junior high school students. Today, there will be a meeting for students and parents interested in starting a rodeo club at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Craig Middle School. Call 824-4844.

County changes legal course in road fight

The Moffat County commissioners won't use a federal right-of-way law in their legal battle over ownership of a short rural road in the western part of the county.

County will set standards for dump

Some Moffat County residents are worried that a uranium tailings dump could harm the county's air and water.

Girls speed up at right moment

If momentum is a factor, the Moffat County High School girls swim team swam well at the right time.

Steamboat still on top

Sailors never relinquish second-quarter lead

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team likes it at the top.

Close win in big game

Sailors make Bulldogs work for victory

If the ears of the players on the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team were burning after Tuesday's game, it's because everybody was talking about them.

Datebook for Feb. 2

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

Our view: Protecting kids from meth

Sgt. Bill Leonard of the Craig Police Department is pleased with the progress of a working group charged with determining who is responsible for what when children are found in a "high-drug environment."

Recycling study done

City ahead of recommendations

Recycling isn't new to Craig. Residents have been recycling for years whether they knew it or not.

Illuminating U.S. Highway 40

CDOT installs reflectors to keep wildlife out of traffic

The Colorado Department of Transportation is playing a prank on the deer of Moffat County.

Meth fight joined

Salazar proposes bill to limit sale of a main ingredient

The Craig City Council's decision to regulate the sale of products that contain the ingredients to cook methamphetamine mirrors proposed legislation recently unveiled by congressional lawmakers to combat meth in rural areas.

Police blotter for Feb. 1

Craig Police Department Sunday, Jan. 29 • No report.