Stories for January 2005


Monday, January 31

Linda Putnam, Cindy Chotvacs: Craig Performing Arts Project members

We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to our first play production "Something's Afoot" which will be performed in April: Friends of the Library, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, VFW, Donna & Charley Watkins, and also Colorado Northwestern Community College for donating rehearsal space. Thank you all very much! Sincerely,

County woman vies for Wildlife Commission

Commissioners support Jean Stetson's bid as ag representative

Moffat County resident Jean Stetson is seeking to fill the agriculture representative seat on the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Police say electrician stole power at home

A Craig electrician is being charged with three misdemeanor counts of utility theft after he allegedly stole electricity to his house and damaged a utility box owned by Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Datebook for Feb.1

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

Ranchers focus on payment

Wolf plan presented Monday in Craig

Many residents of Northwest Colorado still do not want wolves living in the state, but many have come to accept that the presence of wolves is inevitable.

New data system approved

Board of Education OKs $229,778 expenditure Thursday

Administrators asked the Moffat County School District Board of Education on Thursday night to approve a purchase that will total $229,778.52 across four years.

Council seats up for grabs

Election is April 5

On April 5, Craig residents will decide whether to retain or replace nearly 60 percent of the Craig City Council.

Alex Ryan Gisel

Heather Gisel and Phill Gisel of Olathe, Kan., announce the birth of their son, Alex Ryan Gisel, at 1:10 p.m., Dec. 26, 2004, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, in Shawnee Mission.

Ivy Megan Lowe

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

Clayton E. Ages: 1928-2005

Clayton E. Ages died Jan. 21, 2005, while on a shopping trip in Steamboat Springs. He was 76.

Thomas Winters

Thomas Winters of Craig died Saturday at his home. Services are pending.

Injured Craig man healing

Jacob Martinez said he's never tasted better red Jell-O than he had Monday, recovering from a car accident at Denver's Health Medical Center. It was the first food that the Craig man has had since he was seriously injured in a car accident on U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday morning.

News briefs for Feb. 1

Five winners from the Craig Elks Hoop Shoot traveled to Rangely for the district competition. Armando Lopez of Craig in the boys 12 to 13 age group; Brian Davidson of Craig, boys 10 to 11; Payton Trask of Steamboat Springs, boys 8 to 9; Erika Kipfer of Steamboat, girls 8 to 9; and Chanda Walker of Craig, girls 10 to 11, all competed. Both girls took third place, and Brian Davidson took first and will go to Salida for the state competition.

Dillon Wayne Weaver

Kerry Weaver and Dustian Weaver of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Dillon Wayne Weaver, at 7:29, Jan. 20, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Sunday, January 30

Scoring drought in fourth quarter dooms Bulldog boys

If only the adage "things come in threes" could have been true for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team.

Well-oiled machine produces another win

Bulldog girls roll over Glenwood

The scoring machine known as the Moffat County High School girls basketball moved right along Saturday in an 81-31 win against Glenwood Springs.

90 years, 5,000 hours and counting

Craig resident Laura Swanson has put more years into her volunteer work than most people put into their careers. She dedicated the same amount of time into a career that, though paid, was service nonetheless.

Sending care in the mail

Program matches soldiers with pen pals in America

Tina Eckhoff thinks her brother, Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Griffin, is pretty lucky. He has many friends and family members to send him letters and packages while deployed in Iraq.

Music 'from way back when'

Sweet Adelines will hold concert, teen idol competition

The Sweet Adelines Yampa Valley chapter is bringing a little piece of Hollywood to Craig this weekend.

BLM on commissioners' agenda

The Moffat County commissioners will meet at 2 p.m. today to approve the county's comments on the Bureau of Land Management's revised resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office.

Hope lives

Sandy Beran was a single mom for 12 years, and she understands that obstacles in life can be overwhelming at times.

'A family tradition'

Name:Shellye Lang Name of business/address: A-1 Laundromat & Full Service Dry Cleanings Car Wash & Showers, 829 E. Victory Way

Air ambulance under review

Yampa Valley Medical Center launches comprehensive investigation

The Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center will begin a comprehensive review of the hospital's air ambulance program in the wake of a crash that killed the pilot and two hospital employees.

News briefs for Jan. 31

The youth group of the First Christian Church is seeking requests for service projects for the elderly, needy, or others in connection with the 30-hour famine outreach project. The labor is free, and materials will be provided by the project hosts. Projects will be evaluated by Pastor John Graler and his staff. If you have a project or work that you would like considered, provide a description of the project and a contact name and phone number. Requests must be received by Feb.15. Notifications of project selections will be made by Feb. 20. The projects will commence on Feb. 27. Requests can be made by e-mail at or by calling 824-6024.

Charles and Evelyn Judd: Craig

Capitalism 101: This is in response to all the hoopla about Wal-Mart. It seems there is a need for an explanation of how a free market-driven economy works. The standard of living in the United States is much higher than other countries because of capitalism (an economic system of private ownership of capital) and a market-driven economy.

Datebook for Jan. 31

Today 10 a.m. Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations every Monday. 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. If the children receive Medicaid, bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233. Noon Alanon meets at 50 S. Russell St For more information, call 824-7320. 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight-loss group, meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken at 824-6806. 7 p.m. Open AA men's meeting at 50 S. Russell St. Call 824-7320. Wednesday, Feb. 2 10 a.m. 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. If children receive Medicaid, bring their cards. Call VNA at 824-8233. 5 p.m. SHARE Craig registration is until 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939 or Laura at 824-7939. Thursday, Feb 3 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. 6:30 p.m. The C.O.M.A chair/umbrella meeting will be held at the School Administration Building. The public is welcome. 6:30 p.m. A meeting for fifth-grade girls AAU basketball will be held at the Craig Intermediate School cafeteria. Call 824-4229. Friday, Feb. 4. 5 p.m. Tickets for the annual Kiwanis play go on sale at the VFW, 419 E. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., and sales begin at 6 p.m. Call Steve Deyo at 824-9441. 6:30 p.m. Bingo every Friday night at the Elks Club, BPOE 1577, 43 W Victory Way. Children are welcome if accompanied by parents. Call Frank Sadvar at 824-3557. 7:30 p.m. The Knights of Columbus of St. Michael will host a Mardi Gras celebration Friday at St. Michael Church. 678 School St. Cocktails begin at 7:30 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m. The music and dancing is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be door prizes and awards for the best costumes. Tickets can be purchased from Knights of Columbus member or at St. Michael's Church. Call 824-5330. 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. Saturday, Feb. 5 7 p.m. The Annual Sweet Adelines Show will be at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Teens will be vying for the Teen Idol title. The audience will choose the winner. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. There also will be a large silent auction beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the high-school lobby. Call Ivy Davis at 824-5746. 9:30 a.m. The Craig Snowmobile club is hosting a poker run. The poker run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Freemen Trailhead parking lot. Prizes will be awarded at Beef & Peppers Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees are $10 for each hand. Poker-run profits go to a Craig Charity or for a College Scholarship. Details are available at snowmobile dealerships, merchant poster displays and also will be available at the Freemen Trailhead. Bring your friends. Enjoy the ride and support a charitable cause. Monday Feb. 7 Noon The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., will host a short program about radon testing. Participants will receive one free short-term radon test kit provided by grant funds from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If you can't make the program, individual appointments can be arranged. Call Elisa at 824-9180. Tuesday, Feb. 8 Noon Friends of the Library group brown-bag lunch meeting the second Tuesday of the month at noon at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116. Wednesday, Feb. 9 7 p.m. Bingo at Craig VFW, 419 E. Victory Way, is open to the public. Thursday, Feb. 10 6 p.m. There will be a volunteer orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Boys and Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Volunteers at the club must complete the required orientation. Call Mike Fraher at the Boys and Girls Club at 826-0411. If this date does not work, another time can be arranged. Tuesday, Feb. 15 6 p.m. As part of East Elementary School's annual Jump for Heart program, there will be a obstacle course until 8 p.m. The course will show participants how to do a 30-minute exercise routine that is good for the heart. Friday, Feb 11 6:30 p.m. Bingo is every Friday night at the Elks Club, BPOE 1577, 43 W Victory Way. Children are welcome if accompanied by parents. Call Frank Sadvar at 824-3557. Saturday, Feb. 12 6 p.m. The National Turkey Federation banquet is at Holiday Inn. There will be several drawings and scholarship awards during the evening. Proceeds from the event goes to support the many projects supported by the Federation. Tickets are $65 a couple and $15 for children. Call Kristie Bruce at 824-0259. Monday, Feb. 14 4 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Library will host a Valentine's Day tea party. Call 824-5116. Wednesday, Feb. 16 5:30 p.m. The C.O.M.A fund-raising committee meets at the School Administration Building. Thursday, Feb. 17 All children with dogs can join a new 4-H dog club. Training begins Feb. 17 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Now is the time for new members to register for 4-H. Call leaders Glenda Grandbouche at 824-7986 or Lori Visintainer at 824-4159. Call 824-9180 to enroll.

Friday, January 28

Hurry up and wait

Kiwanis tickets go on sale Friday

In an effort to be the first in line for tickets to the annual Kiwanis play, Theresa Schneider isn't saying exactly when she'll start the wait -- only that it will be "early."

United Way recognizes contributors

Frank Riddle knows that United Way funding makes a difference because he's known a couple of people who have been helped by its assistance.

Officials to explain wolf plan

At a meeting last March, Northwest Colorado residents expressed skepticism that a wolf management group would develop a plan that treated ranchers fairly.

Elvin D. "Buster" Riddle

Buster Riddle, 89, of Meeker died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Vera Gentry

Longtime Meeker resident Vera Gentry, 95, died Jan. 23, 2005, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker.

Ridgeview reading project a hit with students

Fourth-graders in Janele Husband's class like scary stories, but only if they're not too scary.

star student: Riley Johnston

Ridgeview Elementary School fourth-grader Riley Johnston loves to read. "Because I'm good at it," she said.

Rio Blanco needs a nurse

Rio Blanco County is looking for one more nurse for their public health office.

Bulldogs girls at the top

It didn't take long for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team to establish themselves at the top of the Western Slope League.

David Pressgrove: Wondering about a winter wonderland

Writing about the weather is about as original as putting peanut butter and jelly on bread, but I have to do it. This winter is so wacky, I just have to do it.

Judy Bogdin: Reader takes jabs at mayor's position

Wow, I almost missed it ... the article on the new bank! I have to admit that I was surprised. We already have three banks and a credit union in this town. Wouldn't the addition of another bank take away business from the already established banks here in town?

In debt to his country

Iraq veteran gets bill after injury discharge

Tyler McWilliams thought he'd retire from the Army when he enlisted for a six-year commitment as a reservist during his junior year in high school.

Our View: Come to meeting, have a say

Division of Wildlife officials are coming to Craig Monday, marking the first of several meetings across the state aimed at getting public input about a proposed plan to manage migrating wolves that stray into Colorado.

Blotter for Jan. 29

Law enforcement Craig Police Department Thursday, Jan. 27 Officers investigated a report of a stalking violation. Officers arranged for a vehicle to be towed.

Ollie B. Hope: Isn't it amazing how Bush always gets what he wants?

I'm sure glad to hear that George W., Condoleezza, Rove and the rest of the Bush Bunch -- all safe, snug, partying, big-spending, wealthy, etc. -- have won the Iraqi war and their war on terrorism, I guess, and an Iraqi election, no less!

A handful of choices

Having nails done a popular luxury, but some say the market is flooded

Anita Teeter has an appointment at Tanglez & Rayz every two or three weeks, and she walks out with a unique design on her acrylic nails each time.

Rehearsal of fortune

'Curious Savage' explores depths of greed, benevolence

Moffat County High School drama students got a six-week break from five-night-a-week practices, but now they're back to eating dinner in the auditorium as they practice being someone they're not.

E. F. McSweeney: DOW cannot control the wolves that come

In the Jan.15 issue of the Saturday Morning Press, which I receive as a Postal Patron, an article titled, "Wolves Welcome?" appeared. Although I am aware that old fool's comments are seldom welcome, I can't resist the urge.

Thursday, January 27

Best show in town

Bulldogs take on Bears tonight in Craig

When it comes to Western Slope League girls basketball, the 21st century has belonged to Rifle and Moffat County. No other team has won the league title, and at this point it appears it will be no different this year.

Strong finish

Wrestlers end regular season with wins

Even when the Moffat County High School wrestlers were supposed to be out-manned Thursday night in Gypsum, they showed they could hang.

News briefs for jan. 28

The Western Area Winter Games for Special Olympics will be in Glenwood Springs today and Saturday. The Olympians will be competing in alpine skiing and snowboarding and attend a victory dinner/dance at Glenwood Middle School on Friday. On Saturday, the athletes will show off their skills in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For more information, call Julie Fite at 945-0395.

Police blotter for Jan. 28

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Jan. 26. • Officers investigated the report of a lost pager. • Officers investigated a possible forgery by check.

Church youth group hungry for service projects

Food may be plentiful here, but in other parts of the world, it sometimes is impossible to know when the next meal may come.

Craig man injured in head-on collision

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Two men were critically injured Thursday morning in a head-on collision four miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40.

Fun, games -- and learning

Literacy fest promotes reading outside of class

Most girls like to read about horses. Allie Dilldine, 6, likes to read about hippopotamuses.

Housing Authority makes strides

As it celebrates its 30th year, the Moffat County Housing Authority has a 98 percent occupancy rate and has retired the debt on one of its buildings.

Illegal aliens found in pickup near Maybell

A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy discovered a pickup crammed with 20 Hispanic illegal aliens during a routine traffic stop on U.S. Highway 40 near Maybell on Wednesday afternoon.

Dinosaur's compliance woes raise concerns

Moffat County Board of Education members asked the same question Thursday that they have asked at several meetings this school year: At what point are they liable if Dinosaur Community Charter School students aren't getting the quality education they're entitled to?

Schools update Web site

Parents who want to know what their children should know, teachers who want to see what happened at the last School Board meeting or fans looking for the date of the next basketball game can get that information in just a few simple clicks.

Datebook for Jan. 28

Today 9 a.m. The western area Winter Games for Special Olympics will be in Glenwood Springs today and Saturday. The Olympians will be competing in alpine skiing and snowboarding Friday and attend a victory dinner/dance at Glenwood Middle School. On Saturday, the athletes will show off their skills in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Call Julie Fite at 945-0395.

Maybell gets gas tap

Residents will have propane alternative

Several natural gas pipelines run within a couple of miles of Maybell, but residents of the small rural town still must heat their homes with propane.

Who's the boss, anyway?

"Mom, let Buddy in!" Katie bellowed from the bathroom -- the bathtub, to be exact.

Wednesday, January 26

Garrett D. Bodnovich: Former Craig resident

As a recently discharged veteran, I am thoroughly tired of hearing false stories of gloom about Iraq and the blackout of the unmitigated success in Afghanistan.

Tracy Elliott: Craig

I would urge everyone to read the 2005-2006 Community Indicators Project Report, particularly page 80, the grant distribution page.

Police blotter for Jan. 27

Craig Police Department Tuesday. Jan. 25 • Officers investigated a report of an assault at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave. • Officers found a bike.

News briefs for Jan. 27

The Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice will hold grief support and educational meetings beginning Feb. 9 and running through March 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., in Craig. For more information, call Sandy at 824-8233.

Schools ready to offer improvement plan

Less than a month after school district officials learned they did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards in two of 73 subgroups of students, they have an improvement plan in place and are ready to submit it to the state.

Woman says she was assaulted

Police investigating

Craig Police are hesitant to say that an attacker is on the loose in Craig after a woman reported that she was physically assaulted about a week ago.

MRI approved, hospital site chosen

New decisions and faces marked Wednesday night's meeting of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

Herod loves job, Craig

Toni Herod got to know Craig from frequent visits.

Elisa Shackelton: CSU Extension agent, Craig

I was distressed to see your front-page picture Tuesday, showing not one, but four beautiful children jumping on a trampoline at the same time. The trampoline did not have side guards, either.

'Adaptive management' gets OK

For years, the Bureau of Land Management has managed public lands following "adaptive management" processes. But the revised resource management plan that the Little Snake Resource Area is developing will incorporate adaptive management to a greater extent than ever before.

Judge: Teen to be tried

A state district judge on Wednesday found sufficient evidence for a 17-year-old Mexican national to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the October shooting death of James Pogline.

Trainers help keep Bulldogs afloat

In the movie "The Waterboy," Adam Sandler stars as Bobby Boucher, who goes from team water boy to team hero.

Datebook for Jan. 27

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. The project after the story is cotton swab painting. Call 824-5116.

Marlene Bradford: 1933-2005

Marlene Bradford, formerly of Craig, died Jan. 20, 2005 in Visalia, Calif. She was 71.

Students get tip line

Students have a number to call to report crimes and bully-associated activities, but that number will link them to a Denver dispatch agency until spring.

Tuesday, January 25

No comment from county about RS 2477

The Moffat County commissioners held a 90-minute executive session on legal issues about a lawsuit about a half-mile section of road in Greystone.

City approves changes in liquor license fees

The Craig City Council approved changes to its liquor license fees that likely will thrill business owners.

Accused embezzler awaits plea agreement

A defense attorney in the case of a Craig woman who is charged with embezzling money from a local dentist said prosecutors have not hammered out a plea agreement.

County approves MRI

Moffat County commissioners approved The Memorial Hospital's lease-purchase agreement for a magnetic resonance imaging machine, allowing TMH to finalize the deal with Northwest Health Specialists, the MRI's owners.

No action on porn

Council sees no reason to meddle in library affairs

Craig resident Les Hampton spent eight pages and about 10 minutes explaining why the Craig City Council should get involved fixing a problem that -- as of last week -- no longer exists.

Cougars extend streak

Hockey team has shut out opponents in five straight games

It took a whipping to wake it up, but the Craig Cougar midget hockey team hasn't looked sleepy since.

Lester Daniel Roberts: 1929-2005

Lester Daniel Roberts of Grand Junction, died Jan. 24, 2005, at his home. He was 75.

Study says teens aren't buckling up

Billy Richards says he's alive today because of a choice to buckle his seat belt.

Unique use of nylons

Swim team dressed up to work hard

Pantyhose in the pool?

News briefs for Jan. 26

If you are between 8 and 18 years old and like to fish, you can join the 4-H sport fishing club. The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will host the 4-H sport fishing program. The fishing club will meet at the Boys and Girls Club from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 8. All participants must sign up for 4-H at the CSU Extension Office. Participants do not have to be members of the Boys and Girls Club. However, members will be provided transportation from school to the club. For more information, call Robert Winn at 826-0411 or at 824-1187.

Garage for Greystone mulled

Committee to seek grants to improve fire response

Residents in Greystone live at a higher risk of wildfire damage than almost any other community in Moffat County.

Datebook for Jan. 26

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

Police blotter for Jan. 26

Craig Police Department Monday, Jan. 24 • Officers conducted a canine search of a vehicle, which uncovered less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

Roy F. Harris Sr.: 1911-2005

Roy F. Harris Sr. died Jan. 1, 2005, in Meeker. He was 93.

Our view: A job well done

Craig Conrad's "Unstoppable You" presentation last week at Moffat County High School was thought-provoking and certainly appropriate given the history of underage drinking in the county.

Monday, January 24

ZIP code suffix speeds delivery

Sunnie Smith grew tired of waiting five days for her mail to reach its destination.

Hearing expected to be short

Teen charged in Pogline death

The main suspect in the shooting death of James Pogline of Craig is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court Wednesda. The hearing will have tight security, according to police.

TMH board to discuss MRI

Board members of The Memorial Hospital soon will vote on two issues that have long caught the public's attention: a deal to purchase a magnetic resonance imaging machine and approval for a site to build a new hospital.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Marlana Todd Occupation: Insurance sales

SAPP Winners

The following students were recognized for selling the most tickets for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program's pancake fund-raiser at McDonald's.

Datebook for Jan. 25

Today 8 a.m. Prayer intercessions for C.O.M.A.'s task force and for meth victims and their families will be held until 9 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Fellowship at Serendipity, 576 Yampa Ave., will be immediately afterward. The public is invited at attend and pray. Call F. Neil Folks at 824-0312.

CMS 'A' list

1st quarter straight-A students Seventh Grade Gregory Blackstun, Alisha Camp, William DuBois , Kelly Edington, Curtis Ellgen, Nathan Ellgen, James Howe, Sara Kurz, Chandrea Lopez, Scott Mann, Jessica Moser, Heather Nicholson Jamie Ogden, Christian Pettigrew , Arylle Rademacher, Andrew Raftopoulos, Jade Shevling, Craig Toovey, Taylor Vernon, Corey Wojtkiewicz, Lindsey Yoast.

News briefs for Jan. 25

The Craig Performing Arts Project is holding auditions for six male roles in their first production "Something's Afoot" at 7 p.m Wednesday at the Center of Craig. Any men 16 and older are welcome. The roles are a retired British Army colonel, a butler, a cockney manservant, a nephew, a young college student and a doctor. Call 824-5116 with questions.

Police blotter for Jan. 25

Craig Police Department Friday, Jan. 21 • Officers investigated a report of unlawful sexual contact/indecent exposure.

Clayton Ages

Clayton Ages of Craig died Friday in Steamboat Springs. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

The family of Roy Harris Sr.: Craig

For those who were there for us in our time of need, we share the following sentiments:

Hunter Guy Murphy

uy and Courtney Murphy of Phoenix, announce the birth of their son, Hunter Guy Murphy, at 1 a.m. Nov. 7, 2004.

Kaedance Joe Backes

Lyla G. Backes and Randall J. Backes of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Kaedance Joe Backes, at 8:03 a.m. Jan. 4, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 16 inches long. Grandparents are Lyle Valora and Gail Valora of Hayden, and Larry Backes and Glenda Backes of Milner.

Ivy Megan Lowe

essica Ketchum announces the birth of her daughter, Ivy Megan Lowe, Nov. 26, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

New bank is a branch

Investors say they will retain local control

A group of Moffat County residents will serve in an advisory capacity for a proposed new bank, but all final decisions will be made by a Steamboat Springs-based board of directors.

Playing catch-up

Glitches plague Social Services computers

Social Services offices in Colorado still are struggling to pay benefits on time or correctly four months after implementing a new payment system.

Sunday, January 23

Unbeatens fall

Bulldogs lose dual at Rifle

Streaks are made to be broken, and Saturday was the day for Moffat County to have winning streaks broken.

More of same

Boys can't shake shooting woes

This one hurt.

Bulldog girls slash Huskies

To many people, Mary Katherine Raftopoulos is known simply as "MK." With her ability and affinity to drive to the hoop from the wing, the Moffat County High School junior forward wouldn't mind a new nickname.

Keeping Craig children safe

Early Childhood Coalition to distribute car seats

Michelle Henderson is worried about the safety of Craig children.

Ephedrine ordinance

City Council to take final vote Tuesday

An ordinance that would restrict the location of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine likely will fly through final approval.

Commissioners plan executive session

The Moffat County commissioners will hold an hour-long executive session Tuesday to get up to speed on legal issues the county is dealing with.

Datebook for Jan. 24

Today 2 p.m. AARP meets at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St. Call Trudy Sullivan at 824-4917. 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight-loss group, meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken at 824-6806. Tuesday, Jan. 25 8 a.m. Prayer intercessions for C.O.M.A.'s task force and for meth victims and their families will be held until 9 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Fellowship at Serendipity, 576 Yampa Ave., will be immediately afterward. The public is invited at attend and pray. Call F. Neil Folks at 824-0312. 10 a.m. There will be a public hearing on the 2005-06 Community Services Block Grant in the Board of County Commissioners chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse. Call 824-8282. Noon The Rio Blanco County Community Networking Group meets in the Johnson Building Banquet Room on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus, 600 Kennedy Drive, in Rangely. 1:30 p.m. The Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Northwest Loan Fund will host an informational workshop about business financing options. The meeting will be at the Rangely campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College in the Johnson Building Banquet Room, 500 Kennedy Drive, in Rangely, and it will last until 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. The American Legion Post 62 and Auxiliary meets at the First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Bring your food bank donations. Call 824-3085 after 5 p.m. 6 p.m. New member and parent orientation will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. New members, parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Call 826-0411. 7 p.m. C.O.M.A.'s Neighborhood Watch committee will meet at The Memorial Hospital cafeteria. Wednesday, Jan. 26 11:45 p.m. Moffat County on the Move meets at the Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., until 1 p.m. Call 824-9108. 3 p.m. Quest Bible-based activities program for children in grades kindergarten through fourth will meet at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until 4:45 p.m. Stories, activities and snacks will be provided. Call 824-3039. 6:30 p.m. Awana for children ages 3 through grade six will meet at the First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Call Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926. 7 p.m. HEARTBEAT, a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, meets at Serendipity, 576 Yampa Ave. Call Barb Seed or Tracey Lathrop at 824-6541. 7 p.m. Bingo at Craig VFW, 419 East Victory Way, is open to the public. Thursday, Jan. 27 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. The project after the story is cotton swab painting. Call 824-5116. 6 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Library will host a booth at the Literacy Festival at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, until 8 p.m. Call the library at 824-5116. 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus will meet at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call 824-5488 or 824-5330. Friday, January 28 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. The Hayden Recreation Board is sponsoring Western riding lessons for children Friday and Feb. 25, 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. 4 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club will host a Club Buck auction in the gym at the club until 5 p.m. Members who earned Club Bucks can bid on toys, games and other items. Parents are invited to join. Saturday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. Tryouts for the annual Local Talent Concert of the Community Concert Association will be held until 3 p.m. at the Moffat County High School auditorium. The concert will be March 6 at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Call Jim Simpson at 824-4138. 10 a.m. Hands-On Quilters will meet at the Craig Fire Station. Call Cheryl Bush at 824-2567. Noon Narcotics Anonymous is holding meetings at 11 W. Victory Way, No. 203 (upstairs). The schedule is: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon; and Sundays, 7 p.m. Call 824-5335 or 629-1794. 6 p.m. The Annual Rotary Diamonds & Spurs Dinner will be at the Moffat County Pavilion. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. For ticket information, call Marilyn at 824-1119. Sunday, Jan. 30 1 p.m. Craig Group 1 of Alcoholics Anonymous is holding an open AA meeting at 50 S. Ranney St. For more information, call 824-7320. 1:30 p.m. Bingo will be at the VFW, 419 E. Victory Way. Call 824-7145. 2 p.m. Tugs and Traces, the horse and cart driving club, will have its first meeting at 735 Legion St. Everyone is welcome. Owning a horse or cart is not necessary. The group will discuss goals and objectives. Call Glena Bellio at 824-8621. 5 p.m. Awana for children ages 3 through grade 12 will meet at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Pastor Rod Compton at 824-5222. 6 p.m. Awana for seventh and eighth grades will meet at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Call Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926. Monday, Jan. 31 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight-loss group, meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken at 824-6806. Wednesday, Feb. 2 5 p.m. SHARE Craig registration is until 7 p.m. at Saint Michael's Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939 or Laura at 824-7939.

News briefs for Jan. 24

On Feb. 5, the Craig Snowmobile club is hosting a poker run. The poker run starts at the Freemen Trailhead parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at Beef & Peppers Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees are $10 a hand. Poker run profits go to a Craig charity or for a college scholarship. Details are available at local snowmobile dealers, merchant poster displays and at the Freemen Trailhead.

Craig woman faces her age with surgery

Jackie Adams, 42, will get facelift Friday in Golden

Jackie Adams' husband doesn't understand why she wants to go under the knife for the sake of vanity.

Mentors needed

Partners hopes day spurs more volunteers

Editor's note: Moffat County Partners asked that the Daily Press not use the last names of their participating youths for confidentiality reasons.

Sewer work is a dirty job

But the somebody who has to do it takes pride in his task

Climbing down a manhole, Mike Frazier pauses for a moment to reflect.

Friday, January 21

Charles and Evelyn Judd: Craig

Kudos to the Moffat County library for installing software to filter pornography from computers that children use! However, this leaves me wondering: Why are our tax dollars being used to furnish entertainment (sick entertainment) to individuals in the first place?

Dianne Gould-Sloan: RAD executive director

The RAD after-school program would like to thank the community, sponsors and the many supporters who came out and participated in our first Mystery Dinner Theater.

What is role of the clergy?

If you have read the newspaper recently you might get the impression that clergy and churches in Craig do not cooperate or get involved in our community. Nothing could be further from the truth. We hope this editorial can clear up some of the confusion and clarify the role and responsibility of the clergy, church and individuals in our community.

Changing course

Elkhead expansion, fish removal part of Yampa recovery plan

Fishermen may not be thrilled by one outcome of a plan to save endangered fish in the Yampa River, but the effort could mean a little extra water for the area, which should make ag producers happy.

Anti-substance abuse speech prompts tears

A hefty silence engulfed the room and students' eyes welled up with tears soon after the call was patched through to the Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Group opposes uranium dump near Maybell

It will take at least three years to get a pit outside of Maybell licensed to collect uranium tailings, but at least 12 people think it's never too soon to get educated and mount a protest.

News briefs for Jan. 22

On Friday, the Boys and Girls Club will host a Club Buck auction in the gym at the club until 5 p.m. Members who earned Club Bucks can bid on toys, games and other items. The auction will be conducted by a professional auctioneer, and parents are invited to participate. Members earn Club Bucks for kind deeds, completing homework assignments and engaging in educational activities. The items to be auctioned this time were left over from Christmas for Kids.

Star student: 'Enthusiastic about everything'

Six-year-old Kearn Gerber wasn't sure whether to be proud or embarrassed.

All revved up

Classic cars an 'American obsession'

Harvey Craft listens to oldies as he works on classic cars, street rods and antiques he's collected during the years. He spends most of his free time in the shop behind his house, but he still doesn't think that's enough.

Heart-pumping exercise hardware

CMS gets equipment donations to begin fitness training

Being turned down for a nearly $500,000 grant didn't stop the Craig Middle School fitness team from moving forward with goals of combating obesity among youths.

Responding to AYP deficiencies

Moffat County School District sending letter to parents

This week, Moffat County parents may have more homework than their students do.

Seniors' hot lunch program

Open to all Craig seniors 62 and older. The cost is $2.25 at the dining room in Sunset Meadows 1 or $2.50 if delivered. Call 824-3911 before 9 a.m. to register.

CNCC Advisory Board mulls changes

The Advisory Board for Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for a new member to fill the spot left by Tammy Fagan.

Bulldog girls freeze Devils

Moffat County led by 11 at halftime and never looked back

GYPSUM -- Despite its 4-5 record, the Eagle Valley High School girls basketball team worried Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen.

Offense misfires

Devils hold 'Dogs to 46 points

GYPSUM -- Throw the youth card away.

S.V. Beckett : Craig

Craig Conrad is to be commended for his efforts to stem the use of drugs and alcohol by students.

Police blotter for Jan. 22

Craig Police Department Jan. 20 • Justin Lee Walz, 48, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a Jackson County warrant for failure to appear. Jan. 19 • Officers responded to an assault by an unknown male.

Datebook for Jan. 22

Today 1 p.m. SHARE distribution is until 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 678 School St. For more information, call Karen at 824-7939 or Laura at 824-7916.

Judge: DA discovery mistakes 'epidemic'

It was in the thick of a pre-trial district court hearing that defense attorney Erick Nordstrom realized he hadn't received a report that prosecutors were using to build a case against his client -- a report, he said, that was critical.

Thursday, January 20

Advisory board settles on CNCC site

College property is unanimous choice for new hospital

An aging sign west of Moffat County Road 7 that has long anticipated the future home of Colorado Northwestern Community College will be the future site of The Memorial Hospital if Thursday night's recommendation by an advisory board is approved.

New program targets young drivers

Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of death for people 16 to 24 years old. Crashes kill an average of 14,000 young adults in the United States every year.

Academy offers lessons in police work

Stacey Mathers found out what it's like on the other side of the badge after she went through the Craig Police Department citizens' police academy a few years ago.

Drifting off into Dreamland

We have our bedtime story memorized. It's fun. I say a line and then Katie says the next one.

Mary Kathryn Temple Dunckley


Mary Kathryn Temple Dunckley of Hayden died Jan. 13, 2005, at the Doak Walker Center in Steamboat Springs.

The Blotter for Jan. 21

SHARE esnures affordable groceries are available

Karen Gibson wants Craig residents to have the option of affordable food. In 1998, she started SHARE Craig, a local branch of a worldwide program dedicated to delivering discounted meats and produce to anyone who wants to save some money on their monthly grocery bill.

City removes dead horses

Craig police responded to a complaint Tuesday of two dead horses on the property of Eaton's Auto Service in the 1100 block of E. Victory Way.

Group aims to get all child-care providers licensed

Nearly half of the home child- care providers in the county are unlicensed and therefore breaking the law, according to Moffat County Child Care Providers Association President Paula Reed.

End of the Rainbow?

Efforst intensify to sell assisted living facility

Craig already offers few options for elderly individuals who need assistance living. The city soon could lose one more option.

Bulldogs win thriller

Last match decides dual meet with Meeker

Wrestlers don't cry. In Josh Satterwhite's case though, his team might allow an exception. The Moffat County freshman injured his knee in the second period of the 189-pound match against Meeker. In between the second and third periods he fought back tears as the pain got worse.

Datebook for Jan. 21

A meeting is planned at the Golden Cavvy in Craig at 11:30 a.m. today to review the proposed uranium tailings site near Maybell. Everyone is welcome. Call Terrie Barrie at 824-2260.

Wednesday, January 19

Former student faces charges in bomb threats

A 13-year-old former Craig student may face two felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for allegedly e-mailing bombs threats on two occasions to the administration at Craig Middle School.

Jesse Ernst, age 13: Craig

I think a Wal-Mart would be good for the community.

A sparkling fund-raiser

Diamonds & Spurs is Jan. 29, but ticket sales end Friday

Diamonds & Spurs is a particularly exciting event for one of this year's co-chairs, Greg Roberts. He jokingly described it as a milestone missing from his teenage years.

Police-car vandal gets probation

A Craig woman who told police she had damaged two Colorado State Patrol vehicles because she wanted to get into jail to see her ex-boyfriend was sentenced Wednesday with two years probation and a felony charge.

More budget cuts expected for CNCC

MEEKER -- How and where to cut the Colorado Northwestern Community College budget was at the top of the agenda at the college advisory board's first meeting of 2005.

Datebook for Jan. 20

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. The project after the story is mitten art. Call 824-5116.

News briefs for Jan. 20

A workshop on how to sell on eBay is being offered by the Small Business Development Center in Craig at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Learn how to incorporate eBay into day-to-day business to encourage customers to buy locally. The workshop, instructed by an eBay certified instructor, includes using eBay as a marketing tool to attract new customers, sell inventory and look for great deals in equipment or supplies. The workshop applies to a diverse range of business operations, including those featuring home-based arts and crafts. Computer skills are not required for this workshop. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CNCC classroom at the Center of Craig in the lower level. The class fee of $55 includes the book and handouts. Call SBDC at 1-800-621-8559, ext. 8522, for reservations.

Adeline Mary Johnson

Adeline Mary Johnson died Jan. 18, 2005, with her family by her side. She was a gentle and sweet little lady who left behind many whose lives she has touched.

Reader passionate about CNCC

Debra Reglin loves living in Craig.

Mrs. Husband's 4th Grade Class: Ridgeview Elementary School, Craig

Our class needs your help. The tsunami killed more than 165,000 people on Dec. 26. The survivors need your help by sending money so they can have food, water, medicine, clothes, shelter, and schools with teachers. Please spread the word to all your family and friends who did not read this newspaper. The Jan. 17 Newsweek rated relief organizations according to how much money donated goes to direct aid for victims. We recommend organizations rated with a grade A or B.

Guest editorial: CNCC at crossroads

Colorado Northwestern Community College continues to thrive and survive in turbulent economic times. A look back at the past five years of college history helps put this turbulence in perspective.

Duel of all duals

Wrestling fans can't afford to miss Meeker vs. Moffat match tonight

Forget Must-See TV tonight. The must-see action in Northwest Colorado is a rivalry on the mats between wrestlers at Moffat County High School and Meeker High School.

Gas gets go ahead

EDP supports energy development of BLM land

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership took a firm step Wednesday in vocalizing support of oil and gas development in the county.

No objections to MRI deal

The Memorial Hospital awaits approval of county commissioners

Hospital officials have one more hurdle between them and a business opportunity that's expected to net nearly $300,000 a year.

Jumping ahead

Zulian moves on after being named rider of the year

There's a wall in Gary Zulian's house that is covered in awards his son, Chad, has won since he earned his pro status as a motocross racer.

Police blotter for Jan. 20

• Officers responded to a report of a tiled wall damaged. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Jan. 17 • Deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence disturbance.

Tuesday, January 18

Camp gets support

Commissioners say nonprofits could use space

For the past several days, Glen Sherman has encouraged Moffat County residents to support the youth camp his father founded in 1973.

Mary Louise Denker: 1914-2005

Mary Louise Denker died Jan. 9, 2005, in Craig.

Lake wins third state Collegiate title

Junior All-American Kortney Lake won his third career Colorado Collegiate title while leading the Adams State College Grizzly wrestling squad to a tie for second place in Saturday's state championship, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy in its east gym.

Finally perfect

Six Bulldogs have flawless finishes at Palisade Invitational

With six wrestlers in the finals of the Palisade Invitational, Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez was going to be satisfied with three champions. Instead, his team wrestled to a 100 percent success rate.

Lukewarm for Wal-Mart

Mayor opposed to incentives to lure retail giant

Confirmation that Wal-Mart is considering locating a store in Craig has sparked varying speculation.

Jeffco meet a good go for swimmers

There were no new state-qualifying times, but the Moffat County High School girls swim team was pleased with its performance at the Jeffco Invitational.

News briefs for Jan. 19

The Hayden Recreation Board is sponsoring Western riding lessons for children Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 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.

Haskins to share sobering story

MCHS presentation will feature grad whose drunken driving killed 8

Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad keeps a list of all high school students who have been killed by drugs and alcohol abuse during his 23-year tenure, but he's determined to keep that list from growing.

Police blotter for Jan. 19

Craig Police Department Jan. 17 • Officers investigated a report of domestic violence. • Officers investigated a report of a restraining order violation. • Officers assisted a sheriff's deputy with a domestic violence investigation. • Officers found a bicycle.

Back in the saddle again

County aims to return Little Britches to Maybell

Until last year, Maybell had hosted a Little Britches Rodeo for 30 years.

May Harris Perkins: 1921-2005

May Harris Perkins, a former resident of Craig, died Jan. 8 in Minneapolis after a lengthy illness.

Building permits indicate steady construction activity

"Steady" is how Building Inspector Dave Costa describes Craig's 2004 construction activities.

Driver in Baggs chase pleads guilty Tuesday

A Wyoming man who allegedly led police on a chase to Baggs, Wyo., in early December pleaded guilty in state district court Tuesday to one felony count of vehicular eluding. Two other felony charges were dropped in the case, according to the plea agreement.

Addie Johnson

Adeline "Addie" Johnson, a former resident of Craig, died Tuesday in Farmington, N.M. Service are pending.

Our view: Wal-Mart watch

There's a reason that controversy follows Wal-Mart to every town where it wants to open a new store.

Horizons seeks funds

Board to meet with Routt, Moffat officials

The expenses for operating Horizons Specialized Services have continued to rise during the past three years, while the nonprofit organization's funding from the state has flatlined.

Datebook for Jan. 19

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for computer upgrades and further computer installation.

Monday, January 17

Memorial Hospital board unveils site costs

Developing the free property comes with the highest price tag and the property with the highest price landed in the middle of the pack.

Real estate transactions for December 2004

n Seller: John G. & Barbara D. Cornish Buyer: Rita J. Petersen Property: Craig Original Lots 30-31, Blk. 9, 723 Ranney St. Price: $148,500

Police blotter for Jan. 18

Craig Police Department Monday, Jan. 17 • Officers investigated a restraining order violation.

UNC graduates

he following local students received degrees at the University of Northern Colorado's fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.

Sherman drums up support for camp

Son of youth camp's founder meets with commissioners today

In 1973, John Sherman started the Sherman Youth Camp to provide scouts with a nearby camp to visit on weekends.

Porn policy

Library has plan for compliance with state law

For people 17 and younger, using a computer at the Moffat County Library comes with the same conditions as viewing an R-rated movie.

Nikki Zulian: Fort Collins

I think it is a shame that I have read over the last couple of months articles from people who think what happened to Austin Sadvar was a travesty of justice. Schoolyard scuffles and bullying have turned into schoolyard shootings and stabbings, or has the community of Craig not heard? I wonder whether the parents of Columbine students think the way some parents and residents of Craig think?

Growth via entrepreneurship

Monthly workshops aimed at would-be business owners

Giving people the resources to start their own businesses is the goal of a series of workshops that begins Wednesday.

Kynzie Leigh Collins

Candace M. Collins of Meeker announces the birth of her daughter, Kynzie Leigh Collins, at 5:04 a.m., Jan. 12, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 10 pounds, 2.5 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

Connor Russell Blunt

Hallie Blunt and Kurtis Blunt of Meeker announce the birth of their son, Connor Russell Blunt, at 7:51 p.m., Jan. 11, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long.

Datebook for Jan. 18

Today 7 p.m. New member and parent orientation will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. New members, parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Call 826-0411.

Craig Middle School announces honor roll

Seventh grade Patricia Avila, Kaylee Jo Barnes, Matthew Richard Bohrer, Kasey Lynn Brown, Amanda Elizabeth Browning, Nick Duane Chew, Kathrine Nicole Cork, Katrina Marie Crippen, Ashlynn Nicole Farrar, Melissa Jane Garlock, Noemi Korina Gonzalez, Kelsey Nadine Grinstead, Shylar DeShaney-Faye Hadley, Janis Caitlin Harper, Cody Christian Harris Harper, Janis Caitlin, Harris, Cody Christian, Shelby Ann Haughey, Matthew James Herschberg, Jasmine Nicole Higgins, Jasen Alex-Christopher Kettle, Richard Alexandar McCoy, Chelsea Lynn Mead, Gabrielle Eve Miller, Rhiannon Lenore Miller, Nate Lewis Moon, Janalee Janee Nugent, Clayton Allen Haggerty Pearce Adrienne Mariah Petch, Natasha Verree Romney, Austin Richard Sadvar, Gregory Ryan Sadvar-Gerber, Keegan Brodie Schulze, Ashley Lynn Siedschlaw, Amanda Veronica Snyder, Taelor Jeanette Stagner, Jacob Elias Templeton, Ariah Ravyn Updike, Christopher Deane Wilson and Jordan Blair Wilson. Eighth grade Monika Baron, Kylie Bauman, Mychal Steven Beauchamp, Brooke Leanne Behrman, Myiah Lynn Bengston, Amarie Kay Chadwick, Shawni Jo Clark, Kristina Michelle Costello, Katherine McKay Dodd, Jocelyn Renae Drgac, Lisa Ellgen, Derrick James Ferguson, Rose Marie Gerber, Nancy Maria GutierrezJennifer Elizabeth Harris Jessica Janeane Hogue, Buddy Christopher Kinder, Samuel John Leonard, Alexandria Lorraine Liljedahl, Bernardino Garcia Mina, Nicholas John Moyer, Challyn Shanee Pfifer, Katie Marie Ronis, Ariel Elizabeth Sanchez, Clayton Ry Sanders, Nini Ann Shroyer, Michael Joseph Spann, Alisha Lynn Stephenson and Megan Rose Trujillo. Seventh grade Honorable Mention Sierra Adams, Rachel Alexander, Olga Ayala, Paloma Y. Barron, Angela Bernal, Amanda Collins, Jaycee Corisdeo, Tyrell DeGuelle, Joshua Durant, Seth Eriksen, Heather Flanders, Nicholas Glispy, Brian Ivy, Clayton Kawcak, Clarissa L Langstaff, Matthew Linsacum, Brandon Maigatter Jordan Maneotis, Garrett Miller, Travis Lee Noland, Katy Nottingham, Mitch Oman, Kyle Perez, Alvaro Rodriguez, Mitchel Sammons, Steven F. Soos, Jake Steele, Ashley Summers, Anastasia Todd, Robyn Wellington, Kasey Wilson, Samantha Wiseman and Kyra Workman. Eighth grade Honorable Mention Emma Attolini, Makinzie Bretches, Danielle Brockman, Nick Cammer, Noraly Cazares, Cody Coupe, Scott Dockstader, Logan Foster, Samuel Gilman, Rachel Gotwald, Clayton Hamilton, Michelle Hammond, Ashley Herndon, Collin Jackson, Mackenzie Jowell, Danielle Kawcak, Sarah Kirk Maria Ledesma, Rebecca Lenahan, Cheryl Linnemeyer, Kelsey Lloyd, Becky Jo Meek, Krystal Moore, Megan Nielson, Stefan Pell, Ethan Robinson, Bryson Scott, Stetson Shepard, Jory Steele, John Strahan, Phalynn Terry, Gavin Thompson Troy Vernon, Spencer Wayman, Kelton Willbanks and Cameo Wilson.

News briefs for Jan. 18

A public hearing previously scheduled for today about the 2005-06 Community Services Block Grant has been changed to Jan. 25. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse. For more information, call 824-8282.

Hunter Guy

Guy and Courtney Murphy of Phoenix announce the birth of their son, Hunter Guy, at 1 a.m., Nov. 7, 2004. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.

Sunday, January 16

Take to the stage

Get your acts together for talent concert

It's time for Craig's talented to dust off their dancing shoes and warm up their singing voices.

Playing it safe in snow

Avalanche training day was Saturday

Ralph Stewart knows the value of being trained in snow safety. He's saved three lives in snow-related incidents in his 26-year tenure with Moffat County Search and Rescue.

Datebook for Jan. 17

Today 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight-loss group, meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken at 824-6806.

News briefs for Jan. 17

Yampa Valley Partners Community Indicators Report 2005 2006 is available. This community information that reflects input from agencies, organizations and citizens in Routt and Moffat counties. The purpose of the 2005-2006 report is to track several key social, environmental, civic and economic conditions. Through our Community Indicator Report usage, we will have a picture of our progress toward meeting our community goals. "Indicators are a unique form of education that can show interconnections of the health of our people, environment and economy, which is essential for conscientious community decision making," said Audrey Danner, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners. This report is being distributed to more than 11,000 readers by our local newspapers, the Steamboat Pilot, the Hayden Valley Press and Craig Daily Press. "We appreciate the partnership to put this information in the hands of citizens, decision makers, nonprofit organizations and business leaders for use in understanding our community," Danner said.

A hunt to remember

Brent Nations' once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was everything he expected and more. He just wasn't sure whether he could brag or be humble about it.

Friday, January 14

Datebook for Jan. 15

9 a.m. The VFW, 419 E. Victory Way, is hosting a "Just Say No" coloring contest for grades one to four and a poster contest for grades five to eight until 11 a.m. upstairs. Crayons, colored pencils and markers will be provided. Bring a poster board or finished poster. Cookies and beverage will be served. A parent must accompany the student. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Hungry 5-year-old tries to board bus alone

Social Services investigating possible neglect after Thursday morning incident

Police responded to a call of a 5-year-old girl, who apparently longed to return to preschool, trying to get on a school bus Thursday morning.

Kathie Johnson: Reader alleges abuse of power

I am writing this letter because as a taxpayer I'd like to know why so many people in the judicial system use their power in an abusive way. At what point are they held responsible for their actions?

Star student: High school girls basketball manager does it 'for fun'

Moffat County High School junior Devin Gillette said hanging out with the girls keeps him out of trouble.

Meeker group to monitor area's growth

A national push for greater gas production coupled with fear of unmanaged growth prompted several residents to discuss the possibility of forming a communitywide group that monitors growth and land use.

David Pressgrove: Conquering the 'so what' syndrome

I suffer from if-it's-not-my-team-I-can't-watch-it-for-very-long-on-TV syndrome.

Snowmobile club keeps trails open

David Bray works hard to maintain something he doesn't want the people of Moffat County to lose -- the ability to snowmobile safely.

Battle at the pump

No quick answers on why Craig's gas prices are high

Rod Compton of Craig is probably like a lot of other residents when it comes to buying gasoline. That is, Compton makes an effort to fill up on a tank of gas anywhere but in Craig, where prices typically tend to be higher than in surrounding areas.

Breakfast Serials story kicks off Monday

The adventures of Amanda, her twin brother Philip and all the animals at a Boulder park ended each week with a cliff-hanger that had students at Ridgeview Elementary School asking Literacy Coordinator Sue Goodenow whether she had the next installment.

Education calendar

Monday, Jan. 17 Teacher workday -- No school

Lillian R. Boggs (1917-2005)

Lillian R. Boggs died Jan. 10, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after a short illness. She was 87.

Susan E. Birch and Carrie Godes: VNA clarifying Haven plans

It has become evident to the executive staff and board of the VNA that we have not adequately communicated our motives and plans regarding the Haven to the residents of the Yampa Valley. We are now taking steps to remedy this situation and will be conducting some public meetings in the near future to provide information and receive input from interested residents in our region.

Our View: Defend public access

There's a half-mile stretch of dirt road near Greystone that Moffat County commissioners are bent on keeping open to the public.

Police Blotter for Jan. 15

Moffat County Jail No reported bookings.

Wolves welcome?

Group recommends wolf introduction; public can respond

Northwest Colorado residents will get their first chance to howl at Colorado's proposed wolf management plan when the Colorado Division of Wildlife hosts a meeting in Craig on Jan. 31.

Bulldogs rout Delta

Boys basketball team ends losing streak with 66-36 win

After losing three straight games -- and starting slow in each of them -- the Moffat County Bulldogs raced to an early lead against Delta on Friday night and never looked back.

More than a green thumb

City's method of treating wastewater produces big yields for wheat grower

Craig residents are still waiting for the opportunity to recycle cans and bottles, but the city has had another recycling program of sorts for a number of years.

Thursday, January 13

Shot down

Wrestlers out-duel Rifle, Delta

Even without standout junior Korey Kostur, the Moffat County High School wrestling team was able to remain undefeated in in-state duals Thursday night.

School day for parents

Family Connection gives education a boost

Thursday was an educational day, but not for children.

Library director panned

An Arizona company contracted to study employee turnover at the Moffat County Libraries is in possession of the names and addresses of former employees from the past 10 years.

Our view: An 'A' for effort

Three weeks after the Moffat County School District announced it had failed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Colorado Department of Education commended the district for making "strong gains" in its annual accreditation review. The seemingly contradictory findings may leave parents a little confused about the state of Moffat County schools, and administrators say dealing with that confusion is one of the frustrating aspects of accountability systems in Colorado. "We have three different systems reporting the same data three different ways," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said Thursday. The three accountability systems are as follows: District accreditation is granted by the Colorado Department of Education based on evidence of progress and compliance with accreditation indicators. This is the report we wrote about Jan. 6 that showed the district making strong academic gains based on CSAP scores in all content areas. School Accountability Reports are published annually. School Accountability reports rate schools from "excellent" to "unsatisfactory" based on Colorado Student Assessment Program and ACT scores, and include information about safety and school environment, revenues and expenditures and information about teacher training and experience. Report cards for each school in the district are available. Adequate Yearly Progress stems from the federal legislation No Child Left Behind. NCLB set a goal of having every child in America proficient in reading and math by 2014. A school and/or district is labeled as "needs improvement" if any subgroup (gender, ethnicity, English language learners, etc.,) fails to meet performance targets or improve sufficiently each year. When he presented the information to the school board on Dec. 16, Bergmann downplayed that the district had failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. That's because only two student subgroups out of 73 performed poorly on state assessment tests. But because of the requirements of No Child Left Behind, if one subgroup fails, the district fails, and the district is required by law to report the failure to parents and develop a plan to improve scores. The two subgroups include children with disabilities at Craig Intermediate School and Craig Middle School. Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan acknowledged that to the parents of children in those two subgroups, the failure is noteworthy. No Child Left Behind is "a good push and helps us keep our vision straight," Sheridan said. He offered an analogy to put AYP in perspective: Imagine a student with a 3.5 grade-point average, but who scored a D in math. His parents won't let him play basketball until he turns that D into a passing grade. While his overall academic performance is good, the student knows he has to improve in one area. That's where the district finds itself. And the targets will only get harder to hit as the federal government tries to get 100 percent of all subgroups in all schools in the country proficient in math and reading by 2014. "I think the intent (of No Child Left Behind) is good, but how they are using and publicizing the data can be very confusing and misleading," Bergmann said. But it's good information to have. Sheridan and Bergmann say the district would find those deficiencies and work to correct them regardless of the disclosure requirements of No Child Left Behind. "Our intention is not to make excuses. We accept the challenge to educate every child in every subgroup. But I believe our schools are doing a good job in student achievement as reflected in the more comprehensive state accreditation process." We agree. We think it's useful to know that the district failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress, but looking at the overall picture, it shouldn't be the only measuring stick. After all, the district succeeded in hitting performance targets in 97 percent of its subgroups.

Denver woman survives night lost on Lynx Pass

Judith Bergquist walked eight miles in snow after car got stuck Tuesday

A woman spent Tuesday night lost on Lynx Pass, finding shelter in a small cabin, after her car got stuck and she walked several miles looking for help.

Calling all cars: Digital radio coming

Local law enforcement and emergency workers are taking steps toward a digital radio system that should help across-state communication.

Time is now to sign up for 4-H

Right now is the ideal time to sign up for 4-H, says Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent Elisa Shackelton.

Cause of plane crash a mystery

Survivor tells authorities that nothing seemed wrong until plane hit ground

The cause of Tuesday night's air ambulance crash that killed three Steamboat Springs residents remained a mystery Thursday.

Do as I say, not as I do

After every single cheese-covered chip Nikki put into her mouth, she picked up her napkin and delicately wiped her mouth.

Wednesday, January 12

Jerry Jones Vogelsang: 1930-2005

Jerry Jones Vogelsang died Jan. 5, 2005, at his home. He was 74.

Mary R. Denker

Memorial services for Mary R. Denker of Hayden, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church in Craig. Private family interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Lillian Boggs

Memorial services for Lillian Boggs of Craig will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

News briefs for Jan. 13

The Craig Concert Association invites all musicians, singers and dancers to audition Jan. 29 for The Local Talent Concert, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Tryouts are on a first- come, first-served basis and should be between three and six minutes. Submit a tape or CD of your audition before the date if you are unable to attend. The Local Talent Concert will be at 2 p.m. March 6 at the Moffat County High School Auditorium. Call Jim Simpson at 824-4138.

Three die in air ambulance crash

Emergency technician Tim Baldwin hospitalized, expected to recover

Three of four members of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew died late Tuesday night when their plane crashed near Rawlins, Wyo., Yampa Valley Medical Center officials reported.

Freestyle relays hope to be on fast track at Jeffco

Confidence high among swimmers that Bulldogs will qualify for state meet

Moffat County girls swim coach Jennifer Zimmerman won't announce who will swim on the 200- and 400-meter relay teams for this weekend's meet until Friday. But she isn't holding back from announcing the expectations.

Woman charged with embezzlement

Former employee of Anson Excavating & Pipe faces 17 felony counts

Business owner Mike Anson partly faults himself for putting too much faith in one of his employees.

Two arrested in cocaine bust

Law enforcement officers recently arrested and charged two men with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Kathie Johnson: Craig

I am writing this letter because as a taxpayer I'd like to know why so many people in the judicial system use their powers in abusive ways? At what point are they held responsible for their actions?

Julie Grubbs: Craig

President Bush is endangering my retirement and the retirements of millions of Americans by taking the first step in his plan to dismantle Social Security.

Tara Jenerich: Executive director, Moffat County Partners

January is National Mentoring Month, a special time for Moffat County Partners, as you might imagine, and we encourage all of you to take the time to think about who your mentor was growing up.

Near-native likes life in small town

Matt Beckett has lived in Craig since he was 5.

Border bandits

BLM plans roundup of Wyoming mustangs near Moffat County line

Trespass laws are serious business in Colorado. Even wild horses can't get away with the crime.

Datebook for Jan. 13

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at the First Congregational Church, 635 Green St. The club is reviewing "Waiting for snow in Havana," by Carlos Eire. Call Patti at 826-0412.

Police blotter for Jan. 13

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

Brushing the crisis aside

New dental clinic will help stem 'horrific' epidemic of decay

Craig resident Reta Hall didn't have anywhere to go to get care for her great-grandson's teeth.

Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia, a longtime resident of Craig, died in Florence on Jan. 10, 2005. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Florence at 10:30 a.m. Friday with services to follow. A graveside service will be held in Craig at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, January 11

Steele to lead BOCC

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara made a challenge in blood on his first day in office.

CNCC releases estimates for cost of new hospital

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials said it will cost more than $3.3 million to develop a new hospital on its property west off Moffat County Road 7, but they said the college would kick in $750,000 for infrastructure costs and more money for other potential shared costs between the hospital and college.

Commissioners unaware of R.S. 2477 legal effort

Officials plan executive session to discuss issue

Moffat County commissioners say they were not aware of a contracted attorney's efforts to use a Civil War--era right-of-way law to defend the county's claims to a contested road in Greystone.

Retailer eyeing Craig

Wal-Mart confirms interest in city

Wal-Mart officials confirmed Tuesday that they have been looking at property in Craig, but whether that means a super store will be here soon remains to be seen.

VNA denied funds

Council won't finance Haven acquisition

The Craig City Council will offer the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association a letter supporting its attempt to acquire The Haven, but no money will accompany it.

News briefs for Jan. 12

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that restrictions on the flu vaccine had been lifted. The general public can now receive a flu shot. VNA, 745 Russell St., in Craig will hold a drop-in clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. High-risk individuals who have not received their shots are encouraged to do so. For children ages 6 months to 18 years who need shots, call 824-8233 for a same-day appointment. Shots are $18 for adults and between $0 and $18 for children. Medicare and Medicaid participants should bring their cards.

Museum stops admission fees

Commissioners see link between visitation drop, sales tax revenue

The Moffat County commissioners eliminated admission fees to the Museum of Northwest Colorado on Tuesday.

Police blotter for Jan. 12

Craig Police Department • Nothing reported Tuesday.

Man pleads guilty to attempted sex assault

Robert Garcia, 34, could get three years in prison at sentencing March 15

Patrick and Jennifer Germond couldn't figure out what was going on with their 13-year-old daughter. They couldn't explain the secretive phone calls and why she seemed to withdraw from activities that she used to love.

Lillian Ruth Boggs

Lillian Ruth Boggs of Craig died Jan. 10, 2005. She was 87. Services are pending.

Mary R. Denker

Memorial services for Mary R. Denker of Hayden, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church in Craig. Private family interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for Jan. 12

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for installation of new computers.

Our view: Tackling TABOR

Lawmakers say they will call a rare opening-day joint session of the state House and Senate to tackle the budget crisis when the Legislature convenes this morning.

Indicators report released

Findings suggest 25 percent of valley residents are 'working poor'

More people entering retirement age are moving to the Yampa Valley. The area is becoming more ethnically diverse. Telecommuters and location-neutral businesses are becoming more prevalent.

Council OKs ephedrine ordinance

The most vocal opponent of an ordinance limiting the placement of ephedrine-based products was the first to motion for its approval Tuesday night.


Comeback falls short in overtime

Shawn Hansow wasn't going to let it happen again.

The comforts of home

MCHS beats Fruita Monument by 33 in home opener

In the first home game of the season for the Moffat County High School girls, basketball coach Craig Mortensen liked the cushy seats that are new to the sideline, and the way his team played helped him fully enjoy the new thrones.

Monday, January 10

Lance Blake Brackett

Amanda Brackett and Bennie Brackett of Craig announce the birth of their son, Lance Blake Brackett, at 8:22 a.m., Dec. 31, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Lexi Brackett, 9, and Jade King, 11.

Tanner Nathan Jacob Musser

Erin Musser (Weber) and Jason Musser of Meeker, announce the birth of their son, Tanner Nathon Jacob Musser, at 8:58 p.m., Dec. 26, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Carol Balleck: Craig, Karen Werth: Gillette, Wyo.

This letter is about the Jan. 5 article about the county library lagging.

Police blotter for Jan. 11

Craig Police Department Friday, Jan. 7 • Police officers investigated the theft of a digital projector from the Craig Middle School library and other reports of incidents that occurred at CIS during the 2003 school year.

CMS equipment missing

A new digital projector has been reported missing from Craig Middle School.

Man falls from oil rig

An employee of True Drilling Company fell a total of about 24 feet off an oil rig Saturday at the Hiawatha Oil Camp in western Moffat County.

State tourism board gives nod to disabled travelers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Members of the Colorado Tourism Office Board, meeting here Monday, said they would begin incorporating images of disabled travelers on their Web page.

Nathan R. Schneider

On Dec. 20, 2004, former Moffat County High School student, band member and swimmer Nathan Schneider graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor's degree in music, specializing in piano performance.

Thomas Edward Moorehead

Alana Marie Moorehead and Timothy Edward Moorehead of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Thomas Edward Moorehead, at 11:31 p.m., Dec. 25, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Dale Potter: Pastor, Yampa Valley Baptist Church

In last Monday's column, "Creationism creeping into high schools," Gene Lyons bemoans the fact that something called "intelligent design" is being considered as material to be presented in high school biology classes. He presents people who believe in "intelligent design" as "suburbanites who have lost their way amid the moral and intellectual confusion of life and cling to biblical literalism like a life raft." He says they are unwilling to elaborate upon, adjust and correct their insights during the past century, as the followers of Darwin have.

News briefs for Jan. 11

Hayden Congregational Church will host a soup supper at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to benefit Love INC, an organization sponsored by local churches to help those in need in our communities. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. There also will be a drawing for an American flag wall quilt. Tickets for the drawing also are available for $1 each or six for $5. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Call the church at 276-3510.

The value of public spaces

Land Use Board struggles to assign value to noncommercial land

The Bureau of Land Management's revised resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office could affect, among other things, housing prices, retail expenditures, agriculture production, the future of mineral extraction and the volume of revenues needed to support local government.

All eyes on the future

Boys and Girls Club seeks support for expansion

Like clockwork, workers at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig know what to expect every weekday when 3:05 p.m. rolls around.

County asserts first R.S. 2477 claim

When Moffat County commissioners adopted their R.S. 2477 policy in 2003, they made a point of saying they would not use it to assert road claims across private land.

Datebook for Jan. 11

Today 7 a.m. The Boys and Girls Club will hold a public information meeting at the Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, to update the public about projects and plans.

Parents make a difference

Feedback, fund-raising efforts drive changes at CMS

More than 50 parents attended a Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee meeting in September. Since then, participation has dropped to 11.

Payton Rose Moyer

Walter and Jill Moyer of Chilton, Wisc., proudly announce the birth of their daughter Payton Rose Moyer.

News of mine closure raises questions

For more than 40 years, millions of tons of black coal excavated from the Seneca mine near Hayden have fueled the fires of the Hayden Power Station.

Sunday, January 9

Business as usual for commissioners

Although two new Moffat County commissioners take office Tuesday, the meeting should be mostly business as usual.

Bulldogs beat Sailors by 33

Thirty-three points. That was the gap between the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs girls basketball teams Saturday, though Sailors coach Ashley Berggren doesn't think that is true.

Alums return as referees

It was 11 years ago that Wade Hafey, Daniel Linsacum and Kody Linsacum were on the mat in Moffat County Bulldog blue.

Plan for gifted students anticipated

Within three months, the Moffat County School District should have a solid plan to serve its population of students considered "gifted and talented."

News briefs for Jan. 10

Craig Performing Arts Project will hold auditions for its first production, "Something's Afoot," a murder mystery musical, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig. Cast auditions are for four women and six men. All are singing roles. Please come with a prepared song and sheet music or tape/CD accompaniment. Actors may audition with a prepared monologue or a cold reading from the play. Scripts and character descriptions are available at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries before auditions. Callbacks and auditions for actors unable to come to the first audition will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Center of Craig. Call the library at 824-5116.

Perfecting the business of living

Walt Cisar's can-do attitude sees him through personal triumphs and family tragedy

Gas was about 30 cents a gallon when Walt Cisar first went into business in Craig, taking over a service station on Victory Way at the current site of Chapman's Automotive. In the early 1950s, 22 other gas stations were in town so, naturally, people thought Cisar was crazy to try to make a go of it. But the hard-working South Dakota native, who had been in the automotive field most of his life, already knew a thing or two about business.

Bulldogs undefeated at Dogfight

Upperclassmen carry team during tournament Saturday in Craig

If freshman Matt Kincheloe didn't earn his varsity letter at the Dogfight Duals, he at least earned two of the most exciting wins for the Moffat County High School Bulldogs.

Training heats up for fire department rookies

With the start of a new year comes orientation for the Craig Fire and Rescue rookies, who firefighters say will endure a difficult 12 months if they expect to make the force.

Some smart cookies

Sales mean profits, self-confidence for Girl Scouts

Doorbells likely will be ringing more often than usual in the next two weeks as local Girl Scouts take to the streets to sell their famous cookies.

Datebook for Jan. 10

Today 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight-loss group, meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611 or Ken at 824-6806.

Mary R. Denker

Mary R. Denker, a longtime resident of Hayden, died Sunday in Craig. Services are pending.

Sailors beat Bulldogs -- again

Steamboat rallies to topple MCHS, 38-29

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek has been in the profession for more than 30 years, so he doesn't get nervous before games such as Saturday's league opener against rival Moffat County, but he still gets excited.

Friday, January 7

Decision on sage grouse protection

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces bird won't be protected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that the greater sage grouse would not receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Corrie Scott: Haven not 'sorely needed' facility, Sandrock capable

I would like to comment about your editorial "Our View" about The Haven in last Friday's paper.

Sandi Billig: Pregnancy information available in Craig

I am writing in response to a column by Cal Thomas in the Dec. 2 edition of your paper. Toward the end of his editorial, he spoke about how women are empowered by additional information so they can make an informed decision about an unplanned pregnancy.

Soldier returns to Craig classroom

It wasn't physical education class, but students at East Elementary School got a workout anyway doing the "call-on-me" dance during an assembly Friday.

MBA gets update on cultural tourism

Despite the denial of a state historical grant, the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism group is moving forward.

First-grader adjusts well

Maybell Elementary School teacher Ken Olinger commends first-grader Trent Vernon for adjusting well to the full-day classroom environment.

Melinda Bobo: Story about resignation implied something untrue

I am very disappointed by the Craig Daily Press story Wednesday about my resignation from the hospital advisory board.

Datebook for Jan. 8

10 a.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County is hosting a meeting at the Golden Cavvy. Volunteers are needed. Call the Humane Society voicemail at 870-7500.

Recent Qwest, union agreement will not affect local workers

A recent agreement between Qwest Communications and one of its employee unions won't affect roughly a dozen of the company's workers from the Craig area, a local union president said.

Valley will test Bulldogs early

A match in the Dogfight Duals taught Scott Garoutte a worthwhile lesson last year. This year, he thinks there is no need to be schooled.

The kids are good --ust watch

It's a little early to predict how the Moffat County High School winter teams will finish the season, but so far, the Bulldogs' collective ability has been the best in the Western Slope League.

Our View: Best interests

Judging from the heated reaction to the commissioner's decision to contribute $2,500 to the Visiting Nurse Association in support of their acquisition of The Haven assisted living facility in Hayden, we thought it would be appropriate to revisit the issue.

White can turn people blue

Psychologists say weather alters people's moods

Snow may not be the only thing falling this winter. Psychologists say moods may be dropping, as well.

New regulations coming

During the past several years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has struggled to negotiate contracts with some participants in its Ranching For Wildlife program.

Thursday, January 6

CNCC joins network to assist small businesses

Colorado Northwestern Community College is merging with other Rocky Mountain communities to continue providing small business development services to Craig.

Drivers: Beware the red tags

Persistent snowfall isn't a good excuse for Craig residents to leave their vehicles permanently parked on city streets, said Becky Otis, code enforcement officer with the Craig Police Department.

Another agent to leave

Food stamp nutrition expert will be gone by February

By the end of January, Moffat County no longer will have a food stamp nutrition extension agent.

The honeymooners

Army bomb specialist brings new bride for visit home

Army Sgt. Steven Waker is home on leave, and he brought someone with him. Just married Monday, Waker brought his bride, Theresa, to his Colorado home.

Habitat for Humanity: Not just for Christians

Building houses is the work of Christ, but those doing the work don't have to be Christians, according to Habitat for Humanity Director Melinda Bobo.

News briefs for Jan. 7

The city of Craig Animal Control Department's annual pet vaccination and license clinic will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in the building under the grandstands. Law requires rabies vaccinations and city licenses and this is a great time to protect pets at a reduced cost. For more information, call Kathie Johnson at the Craig Police Department at 826-2374. The Humane Society of Moffat County will be hosting a pet food and supply drive at the vaccination/license clinic. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Humane Society table. Also, the Western Agility Group of Northwest Colorado will attend and will hand out information on testing dogs to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate. They will offer testing that day.

When bedtime goes bad

Bedtime isn't quite the hard and fast rule I imagined it would be. The line gets more and more fuzzy every night.

Virginia Dale Hurlburt: 1928-2004

Virginia Dale Hurlburt died Dec. 31, 2004, at her home in Maybell after a lengthy illness. She was 76.

Wal-Mart coming to Craig?

Local groups confirm contact with retail giant

Wal-Mart officials did not return phone calls Thursday confirming plans to build a super center in Craig, but fingerprints of their intentions can be found all across town.

Wrestlers work out kinks

Moffat County shakes off the rust to win triangular

The first competition after Christmas break is a good time to work kinks out. Eric Fredrickson quickly recognized his.

Our view: Unfinished business

Usually a new year is brimming with optimism and the promise that we can mend our ways, learn from past mistakes and find ways to improve.

Vangie "Peggy" Kolbaba

Vangie "Peggy" Kolbaba of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at her home. Services are pending.

Pollice blotter for Jan. 7

Datebook for Jan. 7

Today 7:30 p.m. The Militant Labor Forum will meet in the Militant Labor Forum Hall, 11 W. Victory Way, Suite 205. Call 824-6380. The discussion topic is "Behind the conflict in the Ukraine."

Jerry Vogelsang

Jerry Vogelsang of Craig died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.

Wednesday, January 5

USDA lifts ban on imported Canadian beef

Local rancher thinks cattle producers could see decreased profits

The United States Department of Agriculture lifted a ban on importing beef from Canada last week.

Military widow collects stamps to help veterans

Four 30-gallon bags of envelopes sit in Lola Weeks' basement.

'Strong gains' achieved

Accreditation report commends Moffat County schools

Officials with the Colorado Department of Education had a lot of good and very little bad to say about the Moffat County School District.

Bulldogs basketball preview

Lackluster loss to Rifle inspires varsity girls

An uninspired effort has inspired the Moffat County High School girls basketball team to do better.

Nancy Sadvar: Craig

My family and I would like to sincerely thank all of the unbelievable people of Moffat County who supported us in the battle to defend our son, Austin, after he was excessively charged for a playground scuffle last year.

Lynda Becker: Maybell Women's Club

Scott McKinney of the Copy Shop donned his Santa hat right before Christmas and hopped in his white van to deliver the copier back to the Maybell Library.

Steve Andrew: Craig

I am writing to thank the people who donated Christmas gifts to each of the 29 adults served by Horizons in Moffat County at their annual Christmas party. As a board member of Horizons, I attended the party at the Boys and Girls Club and had a chance to see firsthand how special this was for all the Horizons clients.

Dora Watson: Craig

The Elks camp out inside was great and the Elks would like to wish all a very happy new year.

BLM gets feedback on plan

The local Bureau of Land Management office took the second step last night in updating its resource management plan for the 1.3 million acres it oversees.

Bulldogs basketball preview

Continued improvement key for varsity boys

If Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne were to give his varsity team a grade for its performances before Christmas break, the players would be happy to take their report cards home.

Snow falls, incomes rise

Winter weather ensures work for many

Steady snowfall that blanketed Moffat County on Wednesday meant at least one thing to resident Jim Mannion: job security.

News briefs for Jan. 6

Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. This year is no exception and Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline, 1-800-639-QUIT (7848), will be offering $5 mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch, or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 or older. The coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted, so call early. If you have questions about this offer, call Judy Hiester, Tobacco Prevention Program Coordinator for the Northwest Colorado VNA at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

Datebook for Jan. 6

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. Project after story is Styrofoam stabiles. Call 824-5116.

RAD looks for funding

Popular program in final year of grant

For the past four years, a local after-school program has churned out actors, rock climbers and qualified baby-sitters. It has given students confidence to use a sewing machine, helped increase math scores and showed students how to produce a televised newscast.

Police blotter for jan. 6

Moffat County Jail • No reports.

Turning up the heat

Energy assistance requests pouring in

Wednesday's continuous snowfall doesn't mean applications for heating assistance will start building up.

Tuesday, January 4

Public lands meeting today in Craig

People interested in the future of 1.3 million acres of public lands in Northwest Colorado have a chance to influence their management from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse in Craig.

Health initiative in final year

Healthy People 2010 is making a difference, extension agent says

Nearly 1,000 Moffat County residents are living healthier lifestyles because of the Healthy People 2010 initiative.

Man injured while hunting

Police say bullet fragments struck Dale Skidmore's face

Police say there are no charges and they don't suspect foul play in a hunting accident Saturday that sent a Craig man to The Memorial Hospital to remove bullet fragments from his face.

News briefs for Jan. 5

The Colorado State Department of Human Services is under an order of District Court Judge John W. Coughlin to assure timely case processing for clients with emergency needs. If any client who has submitted an application and all required verification for food assistance, Medicaid, Colorado Works, old age pension, aid to needy disabled or long-term care is not approved or denied within 45 days of application and is in an emergency situation defined below, the Colorado Department of Human Services will force a payment within five working days despite the computer system's inability to generate a payment if all eligible criteria have been met. Emergency situations include: n Immediate hunger n Client is without medication or medical treatment when such absence endangers the applicant' or recipients' health or life n Client is without shelter or is facing imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure. n Client is without utilities or is at imminent risk of utility shut off n Client is facing any other circumstance that puts the applicant or recipient in imminent peril pf physical injury, harm or extreme hardship. The Moffat County Department of Social Services closely monitors all applications that are past the 45 day limit. As of Thursday, 52 applications are overdue. If anyone applied 45 days ago or more and eligibility has not been determined or is a recipient whose benefits have been reduced, terminated or suspended in error and is in one of the emergency situations listed above, they may call 1-800-536-5298 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also may call the local department at 824-8282.

Local DUI arrests decrease

Law enforcement had quiet New Year's

Local law enforcement said they heavily patrolled areas in Craig during the New Year's holiday, but officers reported only one drunken-driving arrest.

Police blotter for Jan. 5

VNA funding for Haven approved

Commissioner Les Hampton casts swing vote

A personal experience caring for his aging mother prompted Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton's decision to contribute $2,500 in county funds to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's acquisition of The Haven, an assisted living facility in Hayden.

Our view: Agency asked; you gave

Pound for pound, Moffat County is one of the most generous communities on the Western Slope.

County's first baby of 2005 arrives home

Dylan Marie Herndon was born Monday in Steamboat

Moffat County's first baby of 2005 was born three days into the new year in Steamboat Springs.

Got snow?

Lack of the white stuff leads to relocation of snowmobile races

Everything was in place for the Mountain States Snowmobile Racing circuit's first races of the season this weekend in Craig. Everything except one necessity -- snow.

Michael Eugene Homan

Michael Eugene Homan of Rifle, Colo., owner of the Timberline Sports Shop, died Dec. 30, 2004, in Rifle. He was 51.

Member of TMH advisory board resigns

Melinda Bobo: Process is biased and not best use of my time

A 16-member advisory board committee chosen to recommend one of three sites to hospital officials to construct a new facility is one person short after a member resigned. Melinda Bobo said she thought the process was biased and members weren't given enough information to make an informed decision. Bobo said by phone Tuesday night that being on the committee wasn't the best use of her time.

County library lagging

No filtering computer software installed

Five days have passed since the state mandated that Internet filters be installed on all public library computers, and the Moffat County Library still is not in compliance with the law.

Datebook for Jan. 5

Today 3 p.m. Quest Bible-based activities program for children grades kindergarten through fourth will meet at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., until 4:45 p.m. Stories, activities and snacks will be provided. Call 824-3039.

Monday, January 3

News briefs for Jan. 4

The Centennial Chapter of the American Red Cross has received more than $25,000 in spontaneous donations since tsunamis devastated coastline populations in South Asia. "The outpouring of support has been very gratifying," said chapter CEO Ken Williams. The Centennial chapter serves all of northern Colorado. "We've had people walking in with checks, merchants requesting donation canisters, children offering to sell their toys. It's amazing." Donors who wish to make gifts before the end of the tax year have several alternatives: n Call 1-800-HELP-NOW n Make a secure online gift at with a credit card. Tax receipts will be provided for all gifts.

How to avoid getting robbed

Craig police officers can't recall the last time they received a local report of a mugging, said Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

Teen arrested in alleged mugging incident

Woman says suspect wanted her laundry change, took cell phone

Kourtney Gelvin never thought she'd be in danger of getting attacked while doing her laundry at the facilities where she lived, but that's exactly what she said happened Sunday night.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Tammy Workman Occupation: Manager, Trapper Fitness Center

Seneca to stop mining

Spokeswoman ays coal reserves are depleted

Seneca Coal Company is expected to close its mine by the end of 2005.

Prisoner interview on hold

Lockdown prevents Haskins from sharing story

Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad thought he had the perfect wrap-up to teach students a lesson this week about steering clear of drugs and alcohol.

Carol Jean South: 1945-2004

Carol Jean South, 59, of Maybell, passed away peacefully, Dec. 16, 2004 in Phoenix, surrounded by family.

Mary Semro: 1921-2004

Mary Semro passed away Dec. 29, 2004. She was 83. Mary was born July 14, 1921, in Smithdale, Pa., and raised in Craig. She is survived by her sons Gary (Delia) Semro and Robert (Bonnie) Semro; sisters Ann Hebenstreit, Helen McKee, Margaret Keith and Betty Amone. Visitation was Monday, Jan. 3, and funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Chapel Hill Mortuary in Littleton, Colo.

Loretta May Rowton: 1938-2004

Loretta May Rowton died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. She was 66.

Datebook for Jan. 4

Today Today is the sign-up deadline for The Moffat County School District and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's new program called Creating Lasting Family Connections. The program is designed to help youths be successful by learning to stand up for themselves and avoid alcohol, drugs and violence. The program will be available to CMS students and their parents at no cost and meets once a week for five weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Westley du Pont at 824-1022 or Cindy Biskup at 824-5752

Laura Eleanor Kinne Salisbury: 1921-2004

Little Snake River Valley resident Laura Salisbury died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at her ranch home east of Savery, Wyo. Laura was a well-known and beloved figure in her community and throughout the state.

Georgina McAnally: Chairwoman, Christmas for Kids

We would like to thank the residents of Moffat County for their generous donations of toys and money for the Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors programs.

Payton Rose Moyer

Walter and Joy Moyton of Chilton, Wisc., proudly announce the birth of their daughter Payton Rose Moyer. Payton Rose was born Nov. 19, 2004 and weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was welcomed home by her sisters Brittany and Ashley.

Taylor James Farley

Alexandria Nicole Farley of Craig, announces the birth of her son, Taylor James Farley, at 2:54 a.m., Dec. 14, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6.13 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

Bob Grubb, Co-owner, Rainbow Living Center: Craig

About your opinion piece, "Support VNA, Haven," I can't speak authoritatively for Sandrock Ridge, but the last I knew, it started taking Medicaid in October, while, because of an outrageous increase in liability insurance, Rainbow Living Center had to let our Medicaid license lapse. So Sandrock Ridge and The Haven take Medicaid at least.

Betsy Peck: Craig

As chairwoman of Christmas for Seniors, I want to say thanks to the caring residents of Craig and Moffat County. Once again, these wonderful people opened their hearts and their wallets to contribute to the KRAI Christmas Media Drive which was held during early December. Besides money, we also received many donations of items to give to more than 160 senior citizens.

Man dies in avalanche

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday in an avalanche on Soda Mountain.

Back from Baghdad

Craig soldier surprises his mother with visit

Jauneth Calim told her mother, Diane, she was getting her an early birthday present. But because the gift was too big to wrap, Jauneth told Diane to wait in the back of the house while she brought the gift inside.

Sunday, January 2

'Be honest'

Name: Ken Meyer Name of business/address: Ken Meyer Auto Body, 350 Tucker St., Craig

United Way exceeds its goal

Director says $350,000 in donations is not unrealistic

Not only did the Craig community help the Moffat County United Way reach its annual fund-raising goal of $320,000, the group exceeded it.

Geoffrey Haymes

Geoffrey Haymes of Craig received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and classics during winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Dec. 17.

Datebook for Jan. 3

Today The Boys and Girls Club resumes usual business hours, and all activities will resume Jan. 10, when work on the new gymnasium floor will be completed.

Familiar faces

Local couple rents ice skates and becomes well-known at arena

Andre and Marie Ellen's faces have become something to look forward to on outings to the Moffat County Ice Rink at the Loudy-Simpson Park.

News briefs for Jan. 3

The flu vaccine shortage is easing allowing healthy adults age 50 years and older to receive flu shots. The Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., in Craig will hold a drop-in flu clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. At-risk groups will be targeted: Adults ages 50 and older, infants ages 6 to 23 months, household members of infants younger than 6 months, pregnant women and people between the ages of 2 and 49 with chronic medical conditions. Adult shots are $18, children's shots range between free and $15. Medicare/Medicaid participants should bring their cards. Call the VNA at 824-8233 with any questions.

Roy F. Harris Sr.

Roy F. Harris Sr. of Craig died Saturday in Meeker. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will be afterward in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Walbridge wing of Pioneers Hospital in care of Grant Mortuary.

Windy City comes to Craig

Restaurant owners bring taste of Chicago to Colorado

Scott Clark and Lori Tomey want to give the people of Craig a taste of their childhood.

Business magic is in the cards

3C'sgames enjoy support from children and adults

There's always something going on at 3C's Card Shop in Centennial Mall.

No small accomplishment

Oak Creek hangs two losses on Cougar midgets

The Craig Cougar midgets hadn't seen a lot of each other the last couple of weeks, and it showed Sunday morning. In the first game since Christmas break, the Oak Creek Kodiaks put it to the Cougars, 6-1.