Monday, January 31
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.
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.
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.
Election is April 5
On April 5, Craig residents will decide whether to retain or replace nearly 60 percent of the Craig City Council.
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,
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.
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.
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 died Jan. 21, 2005, while on a shopping trip in Steamboat Springs. He was 76.
Thomas Winters of Craig died Saturday at his home. Services are pending.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, January 30
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.
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.
If only the adage "things come in threes" could have been true for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team.
Sandy Beran was a single mom for 12 years, and she understands that obstacles in life can be overwhelming at times.
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.
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.
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.
Name:Shellye Lang Name of business/address: A-1 Laundromat & Full Service Dry Cleanings Car Wash & Showers, 829 E. Victory Way
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 824-6024.
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.
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.
Friday, January 28
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.
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.
Rio Blanco County is looking for one more nurse for their public health office.
Ridgeview Elementary School fourth-grader Riley Johnston loves to read. "Because I'm good at it," she said.
'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.
Fourth-graders in Janele Husband's class like scary stories, but only if they're not too scary.
Longtime Meeker resident Vera Gentry, 95, died Jan. 23, 2005, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker.
Buster Riddle, 89, of Meeker died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital after a lengthy illness.
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.
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!
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.
Law enforcement Craig Police Department Thursday, Jan. 27 Officers investigated a report of a stalking violation. Officers arranged for a vehicle to be towed.
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?
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.
At a meeting last March, Northwest Colorado residents expressed skepticism that a wolf management group would develop a plan that treated ranchers fairly.
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.
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."
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.
Thursday, January 27
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.
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.
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.
Craig Police Department Wednesday, Jan. 26. • Officers investigated the report of a lost pager. • Officers investigated a possible forgery by check.
"Mom, let Buddy in!" Katie bellowed from the bathroom -- the bathtub, to be exact.
Food may be plentiful here, but in other parts of the world, it sometimes is impossible to know when the next meal may come.
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.
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.
Literacy fest promotes reading outside of class
Most girls like to read about horses. Allie Dilldine, 6, likes to read about hippopotamuses.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Wednesday, January 26
Craig Police Department Tuesday. Jan. 25 • Officers investigated a report of an assault at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave. • Officers found a bike.
Marlene Bradford, formerly of Craig, died Jan. 20, 2005 in Visalia, Calif. She was 71.
I would urge everyone to read the 2005-2006 Community Indicators Project Report, particularly page 80, the grant distribution page.
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.
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.
Toni Herod got to know Craig from frequent visits.
In the movie "The Waterboy," Adam Sandler stars as Bobby Boucher, who goes from team water boy to team hero.
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.
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.
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.
New decisions and faces marked Wednesday night's meeting of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 25
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.
Lester Daniel Roberts of Grand Junction, died Jan. 24, 2005, at his home. He was 75.
Roy F. Harris Sr. died Jan. 1, 2005, in Meeker. He was 93.
Craig Police Department Monday, Jan. 24 • Officers conducted a canine search of a vehicle, which uncovered less than 1 ounce of marijuana.
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.
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.
Swim team dressed up to work hard
Pantyhose in the pool?
Billy Richards says he's alive today because of a choice to buckle his seat belt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Craig City Council approved changes to its liquor license fees that likely will thrill business owners.
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.
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.
Monday, January 24
Sunnie Smith grew tired of waiting five days for her mail to reach its destination.
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.
The following students were recognized for selling the most tickets for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program's pancake fund-raiser at McDonald's.
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.
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.
Craig Police Department Friday, Jan. 21 • Officers investigated a report of unlawful sexual contact/indecent exposure.
Clayton Ages of Craig died Friday in Steamboat Springs. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.
For those who were there for us in our time of need, we share the following sentiments:
uy and Courtney Murphy of Phoenix, announce the birth of their son, Hunter Guy Murphy, at 1 a.m. Nov. 7, 2004.
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.
essica Ketchum announces the birth of her daughter, Ivy Megan Lowe, Nov. 26, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Name: Marlana Todd Occupation: Insurance sales
Sunday, January 23
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.
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.
Bulldogs lose dual at Rifle
Streaks are made to be broken, and Saturday was the day for Moffat County to have winning streaks broken.
Boys can't shake shooting woes
This one hurt.
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.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Coalition to distribute car seats
Michelle Henderson is worried about the safety of Craig children.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 21
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.
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.
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.
Moffat County School District sending letter to parents
This week, Moffat County parents may have more homework than their students do.
Six-year-old Kearn Gerber wasn't sure whether to be proud or embarrassed.
The Advisory Board for Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for a new member to fill the spot left by Tammy Fagan.
Devils hold 'Dogs to 46 points
GYPSUM -- Throw the youth card away.
Craig Conrad is to be commended for his efforts to stem the use of drugs and alcohol by students.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 20
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Kathryn Temple Dunckley of Hayden died Jan. 13, 2005, at the Doak Walker Center in Steamboat Springs.
We have our bedtime story memorized. It's fun. I say a line and then Katie says the next one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
I think a Wal-Mart would be good for the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Debra Reglin loves living in 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.
Tuesday, January 18
Adeline "Addie" Johnson, a former resident of Craig, died Tuesday in Farmington, N.M. Service are pending.
Mary Louise Denker died Jan. 9, 2005, in Craig.
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.
May Harris Perkins, a former resident of Craig, died Jan. 8 in Minneapolis after a lengthy illness.
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.
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.
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.
"Steady" is how Building Inspector Dave Costa describes Craig's 2004 construction activities.
Mayor opposed to incentives to lure retail giant
Confirmation that Wal-Mart is considering locating a store in Craig has sparked varying speculation.
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.
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.
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.
There's a reason that controversy follows Wal-Mart to every town where it wants to open a new store.
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.
Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for computer upgrades and further computer installation.
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.
County aims to return Little Britches to Maybell
Until last year, Maybell had hosted a Little Britches Rodeo for 30 years.
Monday, January 17
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.
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
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.
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.
Developing the free property comes with the highest price tag and the property with the highest price landed in the middle of the pack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Police Department Monday, Jan. 17 • Officers investigated a restraining order violation.
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.
he following local students received degrees at the University of Northern Colorado's fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.
Sunday, January 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 14
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.
I suffer from if-it's-not-my-team-I-can't-watch-it-for-very-long-on-TV syndrome.
Lillian R. Boggs died Jan. 10, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after a short illness. She was 87.
Moffat County Jail No reported bookings.
There's a half-mile stretch of dirt road near Greystone that Moffat County commissioners are bent on keeping open to the public.
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?
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.
David Bray works hard to maintain something he doesn't want the people of Moffat County to lose -- the ability to snowmobile safely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, Jan. 17 Teacher workday -- No school
Moffat County High School junior Devin Gillette said hanging out with the girls keeps him out of trouble.
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.
Thursday, January 13
After every single cheese-covered chip Nikki put into her mouth, she picked up her napkin and delicately wiped her mouth.
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.
Local law enforcement and emergency workers are taking steps toward a digital radio system that should help across-state communication.
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.
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.
Family Connection gives education a boost
Thursday was an educational day, but not for children.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 12
Matt Beckett has lived in Craig since he was 5.
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.
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?
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.
Law enforcement officers recently arrested and charged two men with the intent to distribute cocaine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial services for Lillian Boggs of Craig will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.
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.
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.
Jerry Jones Vogelsang died Jan. 5, 2005, at his home. He was 74.
Craig Police Department •Nothing reported Wednesday. Moffat County Sheriff's Office •Nothing reported Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 11
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.
Commissioners see link between visitation drop, sales tax revenue
The Moffat County commissioners eliminated admission fees to the Museum of Northwest Colorado on Tuesday.
The most vocal opponent of an ordinance limiting the placement of ephedrine-based products was the first to motion for its approval Tuesday night.
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.
Comeback falls short in overtime
Shawn Hansow wasn't going to let it happen again.
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.
Craig Police Department • Nothing reported Tuesday.
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.
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.
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 of Craig died Jan. 10, 2005. She was 87. Services are pending.
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.
Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara made a challenge in blood on his first day in office.
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.
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.
Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for installation of new computers.
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.
Monday, January 10
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.
This letter is about the Jan. 5 article about the county library lagging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walter and Jill Moyer of Chilton, Wisc., proudly announce the birth of their daughter Payton Rose Moyer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new digital projector has been reported missing from Craig Middle School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, January 9
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.
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.
It was 11 years ago that Wade Hafey, Daniel Linsacum and Kody Linsacum were on the mat in Moffat County Bulldog blue.
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.
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.
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.
Within three months, the Moffat County School District should have a solid plan to serve its population of students considered "gifted and talented."
Although two new Moffat County commissioners take office Tuesday, the meeting should be mostly business as usual.
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.
Mary R. Denker, a longtime resident of Hayden, died Sunday in Craig. Services are pending.
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.
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
Despite the denial of a state historical grant, the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism group is moving forward.
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.
Maybell Elementary School teacher Ken Olinger commends first-grader Trent Vernon for adjusting well to the full-day classroom environment.
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.
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.
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.
I am very disappointed by the Craig Daily Press story Wednesday about my resignation from the hospital advisory board.
I would like to comment about your editorial "Our View" about The Haven in last Friday's paper.
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.
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.
During the past several years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has struggled to negotiate contracts with some participants in its Ranching For Wildlife program.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 6
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.
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."
Vangie "Peggy" Kolbaba of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at her home. Services are pending.
Jerry Vogelsang of Craig died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.
Virginia Dale Hurlburt died Dec. 31, 2004, at her home in Maybell after a lengthy illness. She was 76.
Bedtime isn't quite the hard and fast rule I imagined it would be. The line gets more and more fuzzy every night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is merging with other Rocky Mountain communities to continue providing small business development services to Craig.
Wednesday, January 5
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.
The Elks camp out inside was great and the Elks would like to wish all a very happy new year.
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.
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.
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.
Lackluster loss to Rifle inspires varsity girls
An uninspired effort has inspired the Moffat County High School girls basketball team to do better.
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.
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.
Energy assistance requests pouring in
Wednesday's continuous snowfall doesn't mean applications for heating assistance will start building up.
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.
Four 30-gallon bags of envelopes sit in Lola Weeks' basement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moffat County Jail • No reports.
Tuesday, January 4
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.
Pound for pound, Moffat County is one of the most generous communities on the Western Slope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Eugene Homan of Rifle, Colo., owner of the Timberline Sports Shop, died Dec. 30, 2004, in Rifle. He was 51.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, January 3
Spokeswoman ays coal reserves are depleted
Seneca Coal Company is expected to close its mine by the end of 2005.
Loretta May Rowton died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. She was 66.
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.
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.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday in an avalanche on Soda Mountain.
Name: Tammy Workman Occupation: Manager, Trapper Fitness Center
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.
Craig police officers can't recall the last time they received a local report of a mugging, said Police Chief Walt Vanatta.
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
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 www.redcross.org http://www.redcross.org with a credit card. Tax receipts will be provided for all gifts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carol Jean South, 59, of Maybell, passed away peacefully, Dec. 16, 2004 in Phoenix, surrounded by family.
Sunday, January 2
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.
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.
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.
3C'sgames enjoy support from children and adults
There's always something going on at 3C's Card Shop in Centennial Mall.
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.
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.
Name: Ken Meyer Name of business/address: Ken Meyer Auto Body, 350 Tucker St., Craig
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.
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.
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.