Stories for July 2005


Sunday, July 31

Gardening a passion for seniors

Food just tastes better if it's from the garden. Besides, it's nice to work outside and get your hands in the dirt. That's the thinking of nine women who garden plots at Sunset Meadows I.

Legion team's dream season finally ends

The dream season is over for the Moffat County Legion 62 B-team. Moffat County lost Saturday to Boulder, 12-8. "I really wanted to win, but if the kids gained as much as I thought they did then it will pay off more than winning that title," coach Bob Satterwhite said.

Beauprez visits with Craig GOP

About a dozen Northwest Colorado Republicans met with gubernatorial-hopeful Bob Beauprez Saturday in Craig. The second-term congressman met with GOP members and local elected officials at Tin Cup Restaurant at the Yampa Valley Golf Course for about 90 minutes.

Swimmer shine at meet

Kelsey Conci qualifies for sectionals

Kelsey Conci has some lofty goals. "I am looking at winning state in high school this year," she said. "Everyone I swam against (in the summer state meet) was from Denver. So they are all 5A competitors."

Area wildlife manager loves his job

If you want a career in wildlife management, Northwest Colorado is one of the best places to be. The region boasts more than 25 percent of Colorado's big game and some of the state's premier hunting areas.

Briefs for Aug. 1

Chip-and-seal work is scheduled to begin today on U.S. Highway 40 from Craig to Hayden. This work will take four or five days to complete. During this work, one-way traffic will be necessary, and a pilot car will be used to protect the traveling public and the construction crews.

Datebook for Aug. 1

Tuesday, Aug. 2 -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Extra help for the new Medicare prescription drug plan will be available at the Independent Life Center. Call 826-0833.

Average home prices on the rise

Homes priced less than $125,000 are becoming more and more difficult to find, said real estate Broker Dan Kawcak with Western United Realty. "There's not many in the $100,000 range and they go fast if they're not overpriced," Kawcak said. "There's an awful lot of people that can afford that, but unfortunately they don't last long."

Friday, July 29

New dentist to fill coalition cavity

Monday will be a breakthrough day for the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition.

Allard rep meets in Craig

Dorothy Stark had a problem with a federal job-placement agency, but she wasn't sure where to turn for help.

Beauprez to stop in Craig

Governor hopeful to meet local GOP today at Tin Cup

The governor's race may be more than a year away, but campaigning for the state's chief executive office has already started.

George Herod Jr.: Thanks for making our loss easier to bear

It is always difficult to lose someone close to you, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped us through our loss with support, meals, cards and flowers.

Museum gets record gift

Entegra pipeline company donates $10,000

The Entrega gas pipeline project will bring more than an influx of workers to Moffat County. Crews digging trenches for the pipeline this fall may also stumble across artifacts from the region's first inhabitants.

Murder suspect found in Denver

Former Craig man suspected of killing his wife

Craig police officers are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving news that a former Craig man who was being sought in connection with his wife's shooting death in early June has been captured in Denver.

Police Blotter for July 30

Moffat County Jail Thursday, July 28 • Jonathan Crook, 24, was arrested on a warrant.

Legion team wins; struggles at bat continue

When a team is as young as the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team is, having a seasoned veteran such as Bryan Wojtkiewicz is an invaluable asset.

Moving forward

Timberglen Apartments under goes major renovations after fire

Life at Timberglen Apart�--ments is starting to get back to normal, manager Renata Beason said.

Mark M. Lapinskas: Saying goodbye with a heavy heart

It is with a sad heart that I write this letter. As most of you may have heard, I have been offered a law enforcement position in Hoonah, Alaska, and I have accepted that position.

Tumbling toward the top

Rochelle Johnson taking her passion to Castle Rock gym

Rochelle Johnson was looking for a way to continue her gymnastics career without having to go through the constant pounding her body takes.

Our View: Thank you

Event planning in Moffat County can be challenging at best. Volunteers are hard to come by, funding is even harder to gather, and predicting the weather is impossible. Yet year after year, several local organizations manage to make their events happen, rain or shine, regardless of how many people are there to help. Moffat County residents can and should be proud of the grass-roots efforts that happen annually to revive old traditions and to introduce an element of change with each new event.

College students share their knowledge

Sure college means newfound freedoms and additional responsibilities, but former Moffat County High School graduates say having a positive experience hinges on one thing: the roommate.

Briefs for July 30

A Craig man who was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night has been transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction.

Datebook for July 30

Today 6 p.m. The Elks will have a spaghetti dinner for members and their guests. RSVP to 824-3557 or 824-2251.

Thursday, July 28

Christina M. Currie: Parental archaeology

You can tell what's important to children by what you find in their beds in the morning. It's the stuff that wasn't there when you put them to sleep, but important enough that they snuck out in the dark -- after being threatened with 1,000 lashes if they set one limb out of bed -- to get.

Love Inc. looking for school supplies

With the school year less than a month away, local families have to confront the expensive task of buying school supplies.

James Willis Nottingham

James Willis Nottingham Juaneth Calim and Emmett Nottingham of Craig, announce the birth of their son, James Willis Nottingham, at 1:01 a.m., July 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Edith and Judith Palacios

Edith and Judith Palacios Clara Hernandez and Juan Jose Palacios of Craig, announce the birth of their daughters, Edith and Judith Palacios, at 9:37 and 9:38 a.m., July 23, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

A bright future

Moffat County High School diving coach develops program

Like most coaches, Moffat County High School diving coach Dave Fix wants to develop a strong program.

Legion drops game

Sometimes a great pitcher can immobilize a good hitting team, and that is what happened Thursday night to the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team,

Police blotter for July 29

Craig Police Department Wednesday, July 27 Officers took a report of littering on a sidewalk and private property.

Digital radio not without kinks

News director Dan Olsen of Craig's K27 television station no longer knows which police calls are worth chasing to get the story for his viewers. Although the TV station's headquarters are near enough to the Moffat County Public Safety Center for employees to hear police cars scream by, a new 800-megahertz radio system used by local emergency workers may leave the media and others used to listening to police scanners in the dark.

Seniors watch tax battle

Dinosaur residents rely on Rangely facility for meals, camaraderie

Gladys Page of Dinosaur goes to the Radino Senior Center in Rangely a few times a week.

Datebook for July 29

Friday, July 29 10 a.m. Derek Wagner, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard's Western Colorado area director, will conduct office hours until 11 a.m. in the Craig City Council Chambers in City Hall. Call (970) 245-9553.

Phelps resigns from TMH

Randy Phelps resigned Wed�nesday as administrator of The Memorial Hospital. He submitted his letter during a closed-door session after the board's regular meeting.

George A. Herod Sr.

George A. Herod Sr. 1920-2005 George Allan Herod Sr. of Craig, died July 3, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

Khristopher Johns

Khristopher Johns On July 28, 2005, Marina Del Rey will bid farewell and good luck to Lt. Khristopher Johns and welcome to Lt. (Junior Grade) Nathan Swardson during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Halibut mooring in Marina Del Rey.

'Knowing when to fold'

Texas Hold 'Em tournaments dominate television, come to Craig

Charlie Randolph walked away from the table sooner than he would have liked to.

Construction sees slow, steady growth

Craig's valuations, building permit numbers up slightly from last year

Valuations and the number of building permits in Craig may be a little higher this year than 2004, according to current city numbers.

News briefs for July 29

Craig man hospitalized after crash A Craig man who was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night has been transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction.

Wednesday, July 27

Triathlon 'for your health'

The 12th annual For the Health of it Triathlon will be a little different this year.

Legion team ready to go

Baseball players prepare for state tournament, keep game in perspective

After pitching in a tournament in June, Josh Satterwhite figured something out about the game of baseball.

News briefs for July 28

Club hosts College 101 The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is hosting College 101 at 7 p.m. today.

George W. Koler

George W. Koler Funeral services for George W. Koler, longtime resident of Oak Creek and Yampa, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2005, at the high school in Oak Creek.

Reader profile: Choi settles down in Craig

When Rin Choi moved to the United States from Korea as a 14-year-old, he knew absolutely no English.

Voters may have say about CNCC

Moffat County voters could decide the future of Colorado Northwestern Community College's Board of Control in November.

DOW hunts for process

Elk license rules may call for new allocation structure

New hunting license rules could give private landowners and Colorado residents more elk licenses -- at the expense of out-of-state hunters.

Craig police warn residents about recent thefts

Purses and wallets top items reportedly stolen from unlocked vehicles

Locking up vehicles and keeping valuables out of sight may help deter what Craig Police are citing as a recent rash of reported stolen items.

Datebook for July 28

Thursday, July 28 7 p.m. The Downtown Business Association will hold an auction at the Alice Pleasant downtown park. The auction is a fund-raiser to help residents purchase school supplies. Call 824-2151 to make a donation.

Police blotter for July 28

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, July 26 Deputies assisted jail staff with a non-compliant inmate.

TMH, Foundation agree

An employee of The Memorial Hospital probably will handle the administrative duties of earning money for a new hospital, according to a unanimous decision by the hospital board Wednesday night.

Tuesday, July 26

Young golfers take swings at competition

Steamboat's Berry wins Yampa River Junior Golf Tournament

Paul Berry almost wasn't in the field for the 2005 Yampa River Junior Golf Tournament.

Sales tax revenue jumps

Sales tax took a 12 percent jump in May, which created a $25,156.05 boon for city coffers.

Patricia Ann Heiden

Patricia Ann Heiden 1943-2005 Patricia Ann Heiden of Craig, died July 12, 2005. She was 62.

No agreement on the books

Moffat County has no legal right to have a building on top of Sandrocks and probably never did.

Legion team No. 3 seed in tournament

Solid hitting combined with a little help from a player who has yet to play his first high school baseball game helped the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team win its division tournament.

Commissioners prioritize grant requests

Moffat County roads and the Dinosaur Library could see major improvements if the state approves two grant requests.

Offering a 'safe haven'

TMH directors to weigh drug treatment center

Members of a citizen-based, anti-methamphetamine group think a local drug treatment center is a necessary step in eliminating use of the drug in Northwest Colorado.

News briefs for July 27

Tri-State stepping up peak service An unprecedented July heat wave has pushed the mercury to triple-digit records in much of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association's four-state service territory and has generated record demand of more than 2,400 megawatts.

Mary Deanna David

Mary Deanna David Marissa David and John E. David of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Deanna David, at 5:33 p.m., July 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Maika Raine Booth

Maika Raine Booth Shannon Ketchum and Kyle Booth of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Maika Raine Booth, at 2:46 a.m., July 22, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Police blotter for July 27

Craig Police Department Monday July 25 Sean Hillerby was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Datebook for July 27

Wednesday, July 27 7 p.m. Heartbeat, a suicide survivor group, meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at Serendipity Coffee House, 576 Yampa Ave.

City hears report about GOWD

More than $30,000 was spent to fill four days with events geared to give residents and visitors alike activities for Memorial Day weekend.

Our View: Immigration discussed

On Sunday, the Craig Daily Press and the Steamboat Pilot & Today completed their joint six-part series, "Crossing the Line: Immigration in Northwest Colorado."

Riding big

O-Mok-See draws competitors from across the nation

Riders walk their horses in sideways, turned backwards, hoping to divert their views of the course.

Monday, July 25

New place to play

Playground opens at fairgrounds

Like many people involved in 4-H Club, Bill Sixkiller donated money to the 4-H foundation.

Police blotter for July 26

Craig Police Department Sunday July 24 Ron Logan, 42, was arrested on a Moffat County contempt of court warrant.

The next level

Tia Brannan takes advantage of summer to prepare for rodeos

The instructions Tia Brannan received from her new rodeo coach were simple -- keep going to rodeos.

Sea Sharks improve times

Heading into the final meet before the state competition, coach Marin Campbell wanted her swimmers to be poised.

Sunday, July 24

High-speed chase rips through Craig

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A driver who "just didn't want to stop" led police on a high-speed chase from Wyoming through Craig and on to Steamboat Springs Sunday morning. No one was injured in the chase, which began at about 7:15 a.m. on Wyoming Highway 789.

Moffat County Profile: Jodi Watson

Jodi Watson doesn't think his life has been very interesting and he doesn't believe he has any good stories to tell. "I can tell you in 35 minutes what it's taken me 35 years to learn," he said.

Hospital on track to receive $1 million grant

The Memorial Hospital soon may have the money to begin building the infrastructure for its new facility. Members of the hospital gave a presentation Wednesday to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in Steamboat Springs requesting a $1 million grant. The request was preliminarily approved.

Colorado Days a fun fund-raiser

HAYDEN -- Jared Shorma was wide-eyed with wonder as cars, horses and clowns on bikes rode by him on U.S. Highway 40. "I've never seen a parade like this," the 4-year-old from Boulder said. "I just came for vacation. This is way better than Boulder."

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Terri Babor Occupation: Former President of J.M.B. Electric, co-owner of Windy City Hotdogs and Beef When and why did you move to Craig? I moved here 22 years ago because my husband had a job here.

Business Profile for July 26

Name: Carol Stewart Name of business/address: Black Mountain Glass 75 E. 4th St.

Local students to address college life

Jenna Steifel's first semester at Colorado State University wasn't what she expected.

New face at this year's fair

Moffat County's Colorado State University Extension Office has a new 4-H agent for this year's fair.

Relay For Life event scheduled for August

Next month's Relay For Life in Rangely will have a special meaning for Kathie Johnson of Craig.

Datebook for July 26

Tuesday, July 26 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County commissioners meet at the courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

News briefs for July 26

Colorado State Patrol recruiting for cadet class The Colorado State Patrol is recruiting applicants for the next cadet class. Applications and detailed information about the State Patrol may be obtained at its Web site at

Legion team advances to state tourney

The Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team won four games in two days to stave off elimination and advance to the state tournament. "In that position, people get nervous," coach Bob Satterwhite said. "I didn't see a bit of that in the guys."

Walk nets $1,500 for Pregnancy Center

Participation and proceeds were down this year for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center's Walk for Life, but Director Sandi Billig didn't mind. "I feel great," she said. "We had a fun time. Everybody enjoyed themselves."

Datebook for July 25

Today -- 11 a.m. There will be a raffle and fund-raising bake sale, and the snack bar will be open for lunch through July 29 at the Elks Lodge in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

Craig woman seeks to make a difference abroad

Donna Reishus' life changed five years ago when she went on a trip to Belize with her daughter.

Saturday, July 23

Right line key for Speedway racers

A bent chassis couldn't stop H.D. Craig from winning his fourth IMCA Modified race in six chances this year. "(The car) was terrible early on," he said. "But once we got it in the main, we had made the right adjustments."

Friday, July 22

Immigration discussed

On Monday night in Steamboat Springs and again on Wednesday in Craig, a group of people concerned about the growing number of immigrants in Northwest Colorado gathered to discuss the implications of the changing demographic and to decide where Routt and Moffat counties should go from here.

Legion Post B-team falls to TJ Brown

The winning streak is over for the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team.

Isabella Jewel Spears

Sheryl Spears and Roger Spears of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Jewel Spears, at 2:44 p.m. July 14, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 4 pounds, and was 16.5 inches. Her grandparents are Merrill and Alma Spears of Fort Collins, and Garold and Ila Galvin of Alta, Iowa. The baby was welcomed home by her sibling, Sierra Nicole Spears.

Cheerleaders off to camp

Last year, Angie Jenkins was preparing for her first time at cheerleading camp when her appendix ruptured. Now, in her second year of coaching, she's eager to actually attend the camp.

Domestic dispute case heads to court

There will be no plea in a case against a Craig doctor who faces two felony charges stemming from a January domestic dispute with his wife. It will be heard by a jury.

Voters to be asked about local, state taxes

Moffat County voters will decide the fate of two local tax questions, two state tax questions and the future makeup of the school board this November.

Briefs for July 23

Fire crews have upgraded the Pack Trail Fire in Rio Blanco County from a wildfire to a wildfire complex after two more fires broke out this week. In addition to the Pack Trail Fire, crews are monitoring the West Jordan and Smith Gulch fires.

Intensive summer school offered

Twenty-seven youths are getting a jump on the school year this week through a concentrated program provided so students don't backtrack over the summer.

Kid Connection

Fifteen-year-old Nicole Collins said there's nothing she won't do on a dare -- and that includes spilling all her secrets in public.

Serpent stowaways

It seems everybody in town has heard the rumor about exotic snakes sneaking into Craig on Entrega's pipes.

Our View: In students' best interests

It's unfortunate that it took the threat of legal action for the school board to really look at the Dinosaur Community Charter School's request to expand.

Nolan Denali Spears

Sheryl Spears and Roger Spears of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Nolan Denali Spears, at 2:23 p.m., July 14, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. His grandparents are Merrill and Alma Spears of Fort Collins, and Garold and Ila Galvin of Alta, Iowa. The baby was welcomed home by his sibling, Sierra Nicole Spears.

Primo Lorenzo Famiglietti

Primo Lorenzo Famiglietti Lisa Famiglietti and Ron Famiglietti of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Primo Lorenzo Famiglietti, at 7:59 p.m. July 14, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Toni Farquhar and Tom Smith of Fort Collins, Rita Famiglietti of Boulder, and Ron and Pat Famiglietti of Kapaa, Hawaii.

Derek Geoffrey Howard

Kristen Lyn Bertram and H.J. Howard IV of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Derek Geoffrey Howard, at 5:17 a.m. July 17, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1.8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Cindy Murphy of Hayden, Linda Bertram of Hayden and Bill Bertram of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by his sibling, Colby Jace Howard


Bruce and Helen Emmons of Fruita announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Emmons, to Ryan Duran, son of Jim and Kathy Duran of Craig. The couple plans to be married at the Colorado Cellars Winery at 5 p.m. Aug. 6, 2005, in Palisade. The couple will reside in Denver.

Kiara F. Kendall

Jamima and Jason Kendall of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara F. Kendall, at 6:51 p.m. July 17, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Gayle and Richard Kendall of Craig, and M. Clara and Esteban Florian of Argentina.

Stepping right in

Brandie Telfer preparing to play right away at Adams State

It didn't take long for Brandie Telfer to learn what was in store for her freshman year at Adams State College.

Security wing will help patients with dementia

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab soon will open a wing designed for security -- a wing some people say is much needed.

Datebook for July 23

Saturday, July 23 7 a.m. A Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Hayden Lions Club will be held in the park in Hayden.

Thursday, July 21

Habitat cancels cleanup

Asbestos inspector in home this week

Asbestos concerns have forced Habitat for Humanity to cancel a scheduled cleanup today at the Habitat home in Craig.

Poker Run to benefit nonprofits

With several local nonprofits struggling for funding, one Craig businessman is doing all he can to help.

School district, businesses score with new boards

The Moffat County School District will get three new scoreboards, and nine Craig businesses will get an unprecedented advertising opportunity based on an agreement the board of education approved Thursday night.

Fire board OKs bid-seeking to replace cab and chasse

The Craig Rural Fire Prot-ection District Board unanimously approved to start looking for bids to replace a cab and chasse on a previously retired water tanker.

Horse show comes to Craig

When Deana Reh realized the 40th annual National Championship O-Mok-See horse show might have to be canceled, she felt sick.

County accepts new assessment of Salt River

A decision Thursday could signal the end of a yearlong tax dispute between Moffat County and a company at the Craig Station power plant.

Pastor brings energy to church

Maybe he's showing his age when he says it, but Tony Bohrer thinks going to church should be exciting.

Siblings earn awards at AAU Nationals

Ashlee Griffiths isn't out to make her opponents cry. She's out to prove that she can wrestle with the best.

Legion team on to division tourney

It took a little help from the bench, but the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 B-team didn't take long to move on in the division tournament.

Weather heating up

Craig hits 98 degrees, misses record by one

Thermometers across town reported 99, 100 and even 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, but the official record for Craig remains 99.

Dinosaur OK'd to allow 7th-grade, with conditions

The threat of litigation caused the Moffat County School District Board of Education to do an about-face on a decision it made two months ago.

Datebook for July 22

Friday, July 22 10 a.m. Northwest Colorado Shrine Club's 16th annual fund-raising golf tournament starts with registration at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The tournament starts at 11 a.m.

Christina Currie: The bedtime blues

Bedtime should be the time that your blood pressure goes down. That doesn't seem to be the case in my house.

A (wo)man's world

Debbie McLain didn't spend much time fixing her dolls' hair when she was young.

Wednesday, July 20

Elderly abuse a big problem

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates as many as 10 percent of elderly Americans have been abused by a caregiver.

Local leaders chapter taking applications

Membership has its privileges.

Power plant turns 25

Dave Longwell was manning the controls 25 years ago when a turbine at the Craig Station Power Plant started smoking. It happened just as a plant executive was extolling the virtues of the best system ever built to a crowd attending its grand opening.

YVRA seeks funds for new flights

Yampa Valley Regional Air-port is trying to raise money for new flights this fall.

CDOT targets traffic in Craig

The Craig Police Department has identified 68 intersections that don't have signs. There are ongoing complaints about speeding, and some say that some roads narrow for no good reason.

Reader comes from Nashville to Craig

After spending her whole life in Nashville, Tenn., Karon Robinson thought it was time for a change.

Disc golf course opens in park

Frisbee golfers, grab your discs. After four months of coordinating and a week of manual labor, a Frisbee golf course is the newest addition to Loudy-Simpson Park.

Northern exposure

Jaguar Terrill takes to Wyoming for his high school rodeos

It's hard to miss Jaguar Terrill when he arrives at a rodeo. The black truck pulling a black horse trailer with a bright yellow jaguar painted on the side tends to stand out. But during the school year, the ranch on wheels is hard to find because Terrill does his high school rodeo competitions in Wyoming.

EDP director search down to 2

The Craig and Moffat County Economic Development Partner-ship board has narrowed its list of possible directors to two.

Police Blotter for July 21

Craig Police Department Tuesday, July 19 Craig Hayden was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Datebook for July 21

Today 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a meeting for the second annual relay for life in Room 201 of the CNCC belltower building. There will be door prizes and refreshments. Prizes also will be available for those who sign up. Call Pauline Hillard at 675-2300.

Tuesday, July 19

Veteran's Service asks commissioners for help

When Moffat County veterans need a ride to the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Grand Junction, the county's Veteran's Service Officer takes them.

Man pleads guilty to 2 robberies

A Craig man pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to two counts of aggravated robbery.

Lodging shortage concerns Chamber

It's always hard to find a room in Craig during hunting season, but when pipeline workers arrive in the fall, it will be impossible.

Post-season up next for Sea Sharks

The pool is a little less crowded at Sea Sharks practice these days, but the speed of the swimmers hasn't decreased in any way.

James L. Mitchell: Act quickly for veterans

Congress needs to act quickly before it is too late for some of our country's veterans. Today, thousands of veterans are dying from diseases caused by asbestos, a deadly substance to which they were exposed during their service in the military.

Catcher James Jackson

Marla Jackson and Jesse Jackson of Craig are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Catcher James Jackson, at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 3.8 ounces and was 22.5 inches long.

News briefs for July 20

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig was awarded a $5,000 general operating grant from Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Passport Club and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp's Charitable Fund.

A wheel good deal

County approves tire disposal agreement

Moffat County could be rid of 20,000 tires piled at the landfill as early as next summer.

Patricia Heiden

Memorial services for Craig resident Patricia Heiden will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Legion team hot going into tournament

To measure how far the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team has come this summer, look no further than Bryan Rhode's improvement on the mound

Our View: Following the rules

The Craig Daily Press is not only a big fan of obeying the rules of public meetings, but also of following the bylaws set forth by any organization, regardless of clout, financial position or significance in the community.

Police Blotter for July 20

Craig Police Department Monday July 18 • Police received a report that someone entered into a residence at 261 Field St. and took a stereo. • Report of the front glass door being broken at Checker Auto Parts.

Datebook for July 20

Wednesday, July 20 DARE graduates can pick up their DARE cards from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the front desk of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

SER provides opportunities

Dorothy Stark is unsure where she would be if she didn't have help from Rocky Mountain Service, Employment, Redevelopment program.

Shriners events this weekend

Some may associate Shriners with colorful parades, cute red hats or crazy cars, but when Craig resident Isidro Quezada thinks of Shriners, he thinks about the profound effect they've had on his daughter's life.


Mary Jo Brown of Craig, would like to announce the wedding of her daughter, Jane Brown, of Craig, to Hal Glanville of Craig.

Monday, July 18

Bill could make new market for coal

The Energy Bill working its way through Congress could provide a new market for Northwest Colorado coal.

Melisendro J. Duran: 1917-2005

Melisendro J. Duran died July 10, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 87.

Rural America mulled

Less than two months after the Colorado Legislature created a committee to study rural issues, Club 20 officials have put their two cents in.

Byron Kitchens: Eyesores depend

My name is Byron Kitchens. I was born in the Hayden Hospital on Dec. 31, 1951. I have lived in this valley most of my life, and I plan to die right here.

Zach and Jacob Pearson: Thanks for support

As I'm sure many people in the community know, we recently competed at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational in Columbia, Mo. We shot well, learned a lot, and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Libraries to get new program

The Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the purchase of a new library management system.


John and Judith Alberts announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Alberts of Chicago to Lt. Khristopher Johns, son of Larry and Sandie Johns of Craig.

William Schneegas

William Schneegas, a senior at Moffat County High School, has been selected as one of the few students to represent Moffat County High School at the 39th annual Student Council Leadership Camp, which will be held on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, from July 26 to 30, 2005.

Abbigail Grace Boyce

Kim Boyce and Kris Boyce of Clark announce the birth of their daughter, Abbigail Grace Boyce, at 10:50 p.m. July 10, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for July 19

Tuesday, July 19 DARE graduates can pick up their DARE cards from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the front desk of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

Briefs for July 19

Fire burns in Rio Blanco County A 450-acre wildfire is burning 10-miles west of Meeker in the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

City and county populations largely unchanged

Craig's population is relatively unchanged since the 2000 census, according to recent Census Bureau estimates.


Mr. and Mrs. John Heiden of Craig are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tamara Ballinger, to David Roelle (moonshine). The couple is planning an August wedding.

Sunday, July 17

News briefs for July 18

The Rev. Jon Swope and the congregation at the Faith Baptist Church in Meeker loves kids and tries to have special programs just for them. The church offers a Patch the Pirate Club on Wednesday nights for kids kindergarten up to sixth grade that runs from September to the end of May every year.

Library party attracts Harry Potter fans

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries Harry Potter release party was ready and waiting for fans Saturday afternoon with a boiling cauldron of smoking green punch and magical wands made of phoenix feathers and unicorn hair. Chandrea Lopez, 13, and her brother, Preston Lopez, 8, were two of the first to arrive at the celebration of J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the series.

DBA hosting school supply auction July 28

With one child graduated from college and another one set to start kindergarten in the fall, Scott Cook knows how pricy school and school supplies can be.

Ride-N-Tie Rodeo attracts strong crowd

Before his chute even opened, Clint Walker knew he was going to ride the full eight seconds Saturday night. "He wasn't going to buck me," Walker said of the bull he drew, Uzi.

Motocross racers put on a show

Brice Boling got his first taste of motocross competition this weekend, and he's ready for more. "It's so fun," the Craig 16-year-old said Sunday. "You just have a good time and try to win."

Training to focus on stopping elderly abuse

Violette Bartlett was almost 100 years old when her son started embezzling money from her. By the time authorities charged John Bartlett with a crime in 2002, he had taken more than $136,000 from his mother. In addition to theft, police believe John Bartlett abused his mother, physically and emotionally.

Datebook for July 18, 2005

Today -- 5:30 p.m. The monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Moffat County Libraries is at the Craig branch. Call 824-5116.

Moffat County Profile: Ken Harvey

New Craig Ford manager enjoys matching people with cars

The car business has always run through Kevin Harvey's blood. "My dad was a service manager," the new manager of Craig Ford said. "I've been around it my whole life, washing cars and doing part inventory."

Volunteers attack Habitat Home

With crowbars and hammers in hand, community members went to work on one old house. They gutted the white building that sits at 745 Yampa Ave. Friday, taking out its carpeting, cabinetry and ceramic stools.

Friday, July 15

Woman arrested for pickup theft

A Meeker woman was arrested at a Craig apartment complex Wednesday after allegedly stealing a pickup from her grandmother.

Colorado Trust aims to aid area nonprofits

A local nonprofit was highlighted at a luncheon put on by The Colorado Trust (TCT) Friday in Steamboat Springs.

Highway 40 construction a drag for Craig commuters

As soon as Shauna Klimper pulls up to the flagger holding a stop sign, she turns off her car and gets ready to wait.

Datebook for July 16

7 a.m. The Yampa Valley Landlord Association will hold a training session in the Red Cross Building. Call 824-7120.

Briefs for July 16

The Rev. Jon Swope and the congregation at the Faith Baptist Church in Meeker love kids and try to have special programs just for them.

Not all black and white

Local officials love their jobs and want you to join them

The smack of a good tackle, the smell of freshly cut grass and the view of a hole opening on the line excite Steve Deyo before he steps onto the field.

A friendly wager

Wanna bet? That had to be one of my most popular comebacks during childhood. Right up there with "nuh-uh" and "you're more stupider."

Judges rule on Entrega issues

Fifty of the 52 landowners on the first 132-mile stretch of the Entrega Pipeline project have negotiated agreements with pipeline officials. A Denver attorney was in district court this week seeking possession of the final two.

Local restaurant works toward the future

Carlos Patino was an agronomy engineer in Mexico, but since he moved to the United States, he has taken any job that was offered. He has worked on road construction crews in California and driven delivery trucks.

Immigrants keeping their faith

When Griselda Cortez walks through the doors of the Holy Name Catholic Church, a load lifts off her shoulders. Outside those doors, she is a Mexican and a stranger. She doesn't speak much English and she is still learning the culture of her new home. Life is a daily struggle living thousands of miles from her family in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in Mexico.

Schools to give kids healthy alternatives

At the Craig City Pool concession stand, customers can choose from a wide selection of chips, candy and ice cream.

Police Blotter for July 16

Moffat County Jail Wednesday July 13 • Christopher Ratliff, 32, was arrested on a parole violation.

Opportunity for everyone

It happened 20 years ago, but Isidro Quezada still cries when he talks about crossing the border with his wife and 2-year-old son.

Nursing program overhauled

Melissa Kernen has been waiting for 18 months to join the nursing program at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

Locals get amped about pike removal

Wildlife officials removed 1,796 northern pike from the Yampa River in 2004, and a few hundred locals aren't happy about it.

Thursday, July 14

Governments prepare for oil boom

When the oil shale boom hit Northwest Colorado more than 25 years ago, local governments weren't prepared for it.

Datebook for July 15

Noon. Northwest Colorado Cares, an opposition group to the proposed nuclear waste disposal site, will meet at the Golden Cavvy. Call Terry Barrie at 824-2260 if you plan to attend.

Briefs for July 15

The Pack Trial Fire is burning about 10 miles west of Meeker and has grown to about 300 acres. It is burning within the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area and is being managed as a fire use event for natural resource benefits.

Ryan D. Speaker: Thanks for help with apartment fire

I would like to thank the emergency crews (particularly the fire department) for their swift response to the fire at Timberglen apartments. I would like to thank the local and centennial chapters of the Red Cross, as well as the local hotels and merchants that have graciously helped us displaced tenants. I also would like to thank Renatta and the management crew for working very hard to resettle us, as well as the various tenants in Building A for their offers of assistance and simply for being neighborly.

The lost year

April Sanchez returns after missing a year with ACL injury

It's the kind of story that coaches use for motivation when their players are lacking it: A high school athlete blows out her knee and knows she's out of competition eight to 10 months. Yet, she still comes to practice every day, suits up to sit on the bench during games and often spends more time in the gym than the athletes who can play. She comes because she still wants to be a part of the team and support those who are healthy.

Youngsters jump at chance to shoot hoops

The theory goes that the earlier a child is taught proper technique in athletics, the better. That is one of the reasons that Moffat Count High School girls basketball coach Matt Ray started a camp in the summer for young basketball hopefuls.

A bank for the community

Local investors thought it was time for the community to have a locally owned bank, and when Moffat County National Bank opened Wednesday, it became a reality.

Salon not allowed to sign new lease

Sisters Stacey Berhrman and Terresa White will see their dream of owning a salon end after only six months.

Twentymile Coal Co. ups production

Twentymile Coal Co. in West Routt County announced plans this week to increase coal production by 40 percent.

Habitat gets set for construction

Before renovations start on the first Habitat for Humanity home in Craig, a few local churches are teaming up to clean the house and get it ready for construction.

Police Blotter for July 15

• Christopher Green was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Christina M. Currie: Love is ... sharing toothpaste

Katie had her first sleepover this week.

Gone grillin'

Barbecue about more than just good food

Perhaps it's the lure of a tasty burger or the smell that screams summertime. Whatever the reason, grilling is a popular summer pastime with appeal that lasts through a winter snowstorm.

Wednesday, July 13

Ride-N-Tie trying to lasso old traditions

The Ride-N-Tie Rodeo was one of two events that Darryl Steele remembers looking forward to every year when he was growing up.

Police Blotter for July 14

Moffat County Jail Tuesday July 12 • Lawrance Ware, 25, was arrested on suspicion violating a restraining order.

Earl Eugene Pell (1941-2005)

Earl Eugene Pell died July 2, 2005 in Craig. He was 64.

County to accept sealed bids on annex

Moffat County will take another shot at selling the courthouse annex.

Domestic violence case goes to trial

Testimony that 42-year-old Lyle "Kim" Olsen dragged his girlfriend into his apartment, held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her was enough for Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James to rule Wednesday there was enough evidence to take the case to trial.

County may put tire issue to rest

Moffat County officials have been looking for a solution to the county's tire disposal woes for years, and they may have found one.

Business hopefuls take notes

It takes more to open a small business than having a good idea.

Jose Felix Camilo Trujillo (1917-2005)

Jose Felix Camilo Trujillo died July 4, 2005, in Craig. He was 87.

Abbigail Grace Boyce

Kim Boyce and Kris Boyce of Clark, announce the birth of their daughter, Abbigail Grace Boyce, at 10:50 p.m., July 10, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Double dipping

Sea Shark coaches have dual roles in the summer

Sari Maneotis feels the eyes on her more than ever when she swims this summer.

Datebook for July 14

8 p.m. The Sweet Adelines and the Yampa Valley Chorus will host Barbershop Music Appreciation Day at the Village Inn on Victory Way. The mass sing, in honor of the Sweet Adelines International's 60th birthday, is free.

Tuesday, July 12

Craig building getting makeover

A Craig building will soon have a new look.

Briefs for July 13

Two male juveniles, ages 17 and 14, were arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of arson and criminal mischief.

Police Blotter for July 13

• Jennifer McDonald, 24, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and harassment.

Our View: Tax should go to voters

Moffat County commissioners were right to let voters decide on a property tax to support Horizons Specialized Services.

Patty Peters: A big thanks from Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the "Caring for Craig's Critters" yard sale a huge success. Community members were extremely generous in donating items for the sale and also with monetary donations. It was our hope to raise at least $800. After the final tally, we were wonderfully surprised to learn we had raised $1,600.

Herman Sanchez (1923-2005)

Herman Sanchez, longtime Craig and Mount Harris resident, died June 11, 2005, at the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 82.

Herman Sanchez family says thanks for prayers

The family of Herman Sanchez would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and concern during this difficult time.

Thank you from the family of Delf Martinez

The family of Delf Martinez would like to thank all of the family and friends who graced us with telephone calls, visits, cards, food, flowers and remembrances made at the time of his passing.

Bulldogs join traveling tournament

A month's worth of basketball practice and no games has the Colorado Lady Bulldogs of Craig eager to play somebody other than their teammates.


Thomas and Jayne Morley of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jolene Marie Morley of Craig, to Jason Darel Schmidt of Green River, Wyo., son of John and Kathy Schmidt of Green River.

Jericah Rae Ophelia Haptonstall

Jessica Haptonstall and Jeremy Haptonstall of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Jericah Rae Ophelia Haptonstall, at 10:31 a.m., July 10, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

A 'Rah!' deal

Cheerleadeaders return from camp in Hawaii

Christaline Thompson and Grace Henderson learned 10 chants, seven cheers, two dances and six stunts during their time at a Cheer Hawaii camp from June 29 to July 9. But the most memorable times were away from the lessons.

Subdivision becoming a reality

The day the asphalt was laid in a 20-lot subdivision west of Craig was the most exciting day of developer Jay Oxley's life.

Darleen Lasserre Hallquist

Darleen Lasserre Hallquist died July 9, 2005.he was 78.

William Jack Kropinak

Melanie Kropinak and Cade Kropinak of Craig, announce the birth of their son, William Jack Kropinak, at 9:04 p.m., June 29, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for July 13

1 to 4 p.m. The Small Business Development Center of Craig will offer a free workshop on business start-up at The Center of Craig. Call 824-7078.

Voters to decide on excess taxes

Moffat County voters will decide in November whether the county can keep excess property tax revenues.

Dockstader's case going to trial

Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James on Tuesday decid ed there was enough evidence that Thomas J. Dockstader may have violated a restraining order to warrant a trial.

Monday, July 11

Datebook for July 12

Tuesday, July 12 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commissioners meet at the courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Briefs for July 12

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Craig City Pool will host their annual SPLASH Party on July 26 and 27 at the swimming pool.

Police Blotter for July 12

Craig Police Department Saturday July 9 Jodie Dunmier was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

James John Papoulas (1926-2005)

James John Papoulas of Craig, died June 27, 2005. He was 78.

Stoltzfuses: Thanks for the help; Craig has good people

Craig sure has some nice folks. We broke down on our Harley on July 1. I contacted Officer Jesse McAvoy to find a repair shop. Jesse went out of his way to get us back on the road. We're still grinning at our luck and/or divine intervention to have met Jesse. We also thank the gentleman on the green Gold Wing and Kenny with the tow truck. Just stopping to see whether we needed help means a lot.


Lyndi Hill of Craig and Douglas Wagoner of Craig, would like to announce their wedding on Aug. 6, 2005. The couple will be married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. at 2495 E. Victory Way. Reception will follow at the Lutrell Barn. Friends are invited to attend.

Janine Rinker

Janine Rinker, daughter of Kenneth and Jan Rinker of Craig, and graduate of Moffat County High School, was awarded her degree in microbiology from Colorado State University in January 2005. She was designated an honor student and plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Alexis Dawn Jones

Misty Jones and Don Jones of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Dawn Jones, at 12:30 p.m., June 27, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Joshua Dereck Jackson Pauley

Trudy Jean Pauley and Kavin Douglas Pauley of Phippsburg, announce the birth of their son, Joshua Dereck Jackson Pauley, at 10:18 a.m., July 2, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Christopher Miles

Amanda Foster and Wayne Miles of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Christopher Miles, at 2:10 a.m., July 3, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Catcher James Jackson

Marla Jackson and Jesse Jackson of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Catcher James Jackson, at 5:07 p.m., June 28, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

A few voters could decide tax issues

In the 2004 general election, 66 percent of registered voters in Moffat County cast a ballot.

Hayden Speedway race standings

1. 63, Samantha Johnston, 195; 2. 11, Jason Musser, 190; 3. 9, Bo Lyons, 179; 4. 40, Scott Heizer, 140; 5. 9Q, Danny Quinn, 139; 6. 5, Michelle Powers, 86; 7. 77, Levi Wisecup, 77; 8. 3D, Jeff Duncan, 51; 9. 88, Dustin Ager, 37; 10. 54, Rainer Beran, 32; 11. 1, Dan Stahl, 32.

Ashley F. Chard

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley F. Chard, daughter of Carol F. Miller of Dinosaur, and Timothy S. Amy of Dinosaur, made a port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during a scheduled deployment, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Wash. During the visit, members of Chard's work unit took time to read, play, and assist in teaching children at the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Center in Dubai. The 130 children at the school have a variety of disabilities and range in age from 3 to 15.

Minuteman carving vandalized

A wood carving of a minute�--man in front of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4265 building was vandalized late Sunday.

Moffat County hires planner

After nearly four months without a planning department, Moffat County will have a new planner later this month.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bev Rubley

Name: Bev Rubley Occupation: Salon owner and stylist

Residents split on radiation storage

It may be months before Moffat County's Land Use Board has the opportunity to make a recommendation on radioactive storage, but some residents aren't putting their protest off to the last minute.

It all comes back to home

Von Wilson's experiences in high school still a part of his life

Von Wilson has traveled the world, earned degrees at three schools and explored several business opportunities since graduating from Moffat County High School in 1982. His classroom experiences in the vocational and agricultural curriculum have never left him.

Integrated Community training volunteers

Despite a low number of volunteers, Integrated Community will hold its first training session July 19 at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Zoe Dawn Vatalaro

Catherine Knight and Jay Vatalaro of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Zoe Dawn Vatalaro, at 8:19 a.m., July 5, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.


The parents of Kayla Rowe and Tyler Slaight would like to announce their engagement.


Jeff Schankin of Craig, and Cathy Graybill of Denver, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandy Danielle Schankin of Craig, to Jacob Ray Goodwin of Craig, son of James and Phyllis Goodwin of Craig. The couple plans to wed at Ridgeview Church of God, Aug. 6, 2005, at 4 p.m.


Thomas and Jayne Morley of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole Irene Morley of Craig, to Jerrod Michael Aragon of Craig, son of Tony and Karen Aragon of Craig.

Earl E. Eliasen (1942-2005)

Lifelong Meeker resident and cowboy Earl E. Eliasen died July 9, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital. He was 63.

Sunday, July 10

Humane Society works at dream of new shelter

The Moffat County Humane Society raised more than $800 at Saturday's fund-raising yard sale. But that's a long way from what's needed for a new animal shelter. "It seems like a pipe dream," treasurer Sandy Feeney said. "The events that we're doing just cover the costs of saving lives."

Dealer: Gas prices haven't hurt car sales

Despite rising gas prices, car dealerships in Craig report little, if any, drop in business. "Overall I don't think it has hurt us," said Kevin Harvey, general manager for Craig Ford Mercury. "If anything it has helped us a little."

Datebook for July 11

Monday, July 11 10 a.m. There will be a teen poetry class at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The class is free. Call Carol at 629-1320.

Briefs for July 11

Buff Pass hiking remains unreachable due to snow. The hiking trails on the Continental Divide at Buffalo Pass are still unreachable because snow covering the road.

Meet the rookies: New firefighters relish challenge

The life of a rookie firefighter sounds more like the routine of a college freshman than that of a public servant. The long hours of studying, learning, cleaning, taking tests and cooking are not necessarily what probationary firefighters expect when they sign up with Craig Fire/Rescue.

High schoolers shine in Silver Bullet

The shopping spree hasn't started, but some time this summer Amber and Susan Nicholson will have a fun couple of hours at the Yampa Valley Golf Course Pro Shop. "That is a definite possibility," Amber said. "It's nice to have some money waiting to be spent there."

Profile: Janet Eberle was born same year county was formed

When Moffat County celebrates its 95th birthday in February, so will Janet Eberle. Eberle was born in 1911--the same year Moffat County formed. Eberle is also the last living Moffat County Rural superintendent and has lived in or around Craig for more than 85 years.

Residents enjoy arts, crafts at Art in the Park

There were vendors from New Mexico, Washington, Texas, Louisiana and even Craig at the 31st annual Art in the Park festival Sunday in Steamboat Springs' West Lincoln Park. The Moffat County High School cheerleaders and dance squad sold cotton candy, hot dogs and pop in the near 90-degree weather.

Tires cause trouble at Hayden Speedway

The Street Stock Scramble was more like the Terror on Tires Saturday at the Hayden Speedway. Every main event had at least one vehicle leave because of tire trouble. The drivers that kept the rubber on their rims prevailed in all four classes.

Friday, July 8

News briefs for July 9

A Boulder man died Thursday after crashing his paraglider in the Marolt Open Space. Witnesses said Max Sullivan, 32, was preparing to land before 8 p.m. when his paraglider became locked in a spiral dive.

Datebook for July 9-10

Saturday, JULY 9 9 a.m. The Moffat County Humane Society will hold a yard sale as a fund-raiser at 827 Russell St. Call Patty at 824-7945.

Craig Recycling Center off to fast start

Friday marked the one-week anniversary of the city of Craig recycling center and officials say the service is working well. "Nobody's made a big mess yet, that was my worst fear," City Road and Bridge Department Director Randy Call said.

TMH kicks off capital campaign

Todd and Kathy Hildebrand have run the gamut of emotions in the birthing rooms at The Memorial Hospital. Each of their four children has been born there, instilling a sense of loyalty in the entire family.

Soldier: No doubts about war in Iraq

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll last month, more than half of America believes the war in Iraq is not worth fighting. Sgt. 1st Class Guy A. Bradshaw doesn't agree.

Dorian Jeremiah Hotchkiss

Tami Hotchkiss and Jeremy Hotchkiss of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Dorian Jeremiah Hotchkiss, at 8:10 p.m., July 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Airoughn Robert Henry VanGrandt

Michelle VanGrandt and Jaceson VanGrandt of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Airoughn Robert Henry VanGrandt, at 7:14 p.m., June 30, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Government update

The commissioners and Girl Scout Troop 201 accepted a check from the Boys and Girls Club for $5,000. The money is from a grant from the Kendall King Foundation and will be used for Sherman Youth Camp.

Silver Bullet tees off today

Local participation for the Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament is never as high as some of the men's tournaments at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, but that doesn't deter young golfers like Moffat County junior-to-be Amber Nicholson.

Margie Mae Reust

Former long-time Craig resident Margie Mae Reust died July 6, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nev. She Was 67.

The Record for July 9

Jack Kenfield was arrested for violation of a bail bond.

Immigrants increase law officers' duties

More immigrants equal more crime, local law enforcement officials say. Not because Hispanics are more likely to commit crimes, but a growing population of any ethnicity means an increased likelihood of criminal activity.

Health care programs changing

Local health care facilities are serving an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patients, requiring program development to accommodate them.

Sterling Graham Roberson

Maria McMillen and Ray Roberson of Arlington, Va., announce the birth of their son, Sterling Graham Roberson, at 3:24 a.m., June 14, 2005, at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Don and Ruth Seick

The children of Don and Ruth Seick invite their friends and family to their 60th Wedding Anniversary.


Thomas and Jayne Morley of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole Irene Morley of Craig, to Jerrod Michael Aragon of Craig, son of Tony and Karen Aragon of Craig.

Blevinses celebrate 67 years of marriage

Vernon and Margaret Blevins' relationship started more than 69 years ago because -- of all things -- a bet. "(Vernon's friend) bet him a six pack or a case that I wouldn't go with him," Margaret said.

Intermediate school gets help with Adequate Yearly Progress

When Craig Intermediate School didn't make adequate yearly progress, it set in motion a series of events geared toward making the school the best it can be.

Our View: Plan now to accommodate fall visitors

Craig residents should be used to the boom and bust cycle that accompanies natural resource exploration and development, but anything they've experienced was probably not like the one that will hit this fall.

Entergra statement released

The nearly two-inch thick environmental impact statement for the Entrega pipeline project has been released. It's the final step in a months-long process Entrega has undergone to get the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's stamp of approval.

David Pressgrove: Watching baseball's demise

Baseball's descent continues. I enjoyed writing that as much as I enjoy sticking my tongue to a frozen flagpole.

Teen ready to hit the rodeo road

Summer is Becky White's favorite time of the year, but not for the same reasons that most of her high school friends would list.

Thursday, July 7

Timberglen apartment a total loss

Tenants seek help after Wednesday fire

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols estimates Timberglen Apartments has more than $100,000 in damage after Wednesday's fire.

Owner: Salvage yard isn't junk

The Craig Chamber of Commerce would like to see some parts of Craig look a little more attractive, especially the entrances to town.

County jail relies on out-of-town inmates

It currently takes the Colorado Department of Corrections about six weeks to place male inmates in a DOC facility after they're convicted. For women, it takes about three months.

Police: Women asked to pick up child

Two Craig women who allegedly tried to take a child from a home June 22 were not trying to abduct the child.

Maybell not likely to help fund campsites

Pipeline workers aren't going to get something for nothing from the town of Maybell.

Efferd "Vic" Douglass (1929-2005)

Efferd "Vic" Douglass died July 4, 2005. He was 76.

Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition to extend hours

Thanks to grant money, dental hygiene students, software education and help from local dentists, the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition plans to extend its hours in two weeks.

Datebook for July 8

1 p.m. The Small Business Develop�--ment Center of Craig will offer a free workshop on business start-up until 4 p.m. at The Center of Craig. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 824-7078.

Iona Mae Adamson (1931-2005)

Iona Mae Adamson of Meeker died July 4, 2005 at Pioneers Hospital. She was 73.

Christina M. Currie: The fashion invasion

I actually got the girls out of bed to go through a box of clothes and shoes that Aunt Cathy sent.

Church of God offers African adventure for children

Local youths have an opportunity to go on an African safari, via Ridgeview Church of God.

Bunko! Women gather for game

When someone yells "Bunko!" watch out.

Hayden Indians take title

Craig team fails to pull off comeback for Little League championship

The 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds of the Camilletti Financial Group Bulldogs had all of the makings of a big comeback in the Bulldog Youth Baseball League Championship Game.

Gymstar gymnasts bring home awards

It was easy to see that Heather Jenkins was proud of her performance at the EAGLES Gymnastics State Championships in Colorado Springs. She had every score memorized down to the thousandth percentile.

Wednesday, July 6

Fire scorches apartment

Timberglen Apartments residents escaped injury after a grilling accident led to a fire there Wednesday night. Josh Spanicek, Lishelle Olson and her boyfriend, Dustin Penrose, who live in apartment A11, were preparing to grill shish kebabs on their balcony. Penrose poured lighter fluid on the charcoals and then lit the grill.

Portions of Silva-Larios' statements tossed

Some of what Hugo Silva-Larios told law enforcement officers the night he was arrested on suspicion of murder will not be admissible at his trial.

Sex offender registry published online

Registered sex offenders are now listed on the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Web site. The page -- which came online late last month -- lists eight people, all men, who have been convicted of a sex crime and live within the sheriff's jurisdiction.

News study reveals seriousness of meth problem

A recent report says methamphetamine abuse is skyrocketing nationwide. The National Association of Counties released a report Tuesday titled: "The Meth Epidemic in America."

News briefs for July 7

Nonprofit organizations that would like an opportunity to share information with the public, should sign up now for free space in the 2005 Moffat County Fair Hall of Education. The Hall of Education will be open from 9 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. Call Elisa at the Moffat County Extension Office, 824-9182.

Madicare plan may lower costs

Starting Jan. 1, 2006, Medicare beneficiaries can receive help paying for their medications. Medicare beneficiaries must feel out an application--by phone, mail or via the Internet--to be eligible for the program Doug Smith, a spokesman with the Denver Regional Social Security office said.

Reader Profile: Kellie Jorgenson

Kellie Jorgensen hopes her love for animals will turn into a career. "I want to get into marine mammal training," she said. "Maybe marine biology, zoology or animal psychology."

Bears sweep Bulldogs

When two teams know each other as well as the Moffat County Legion Post 62 team and the Rifle Bears, it's the little things that determine the outcome.

Hayden, Craig to meet for youth league title

The ability to throw strikes made all the difference Wednesday night in the Bulldog Youth Baseball League's championship game for 8 through 10-year-olds.

Pool a family affair for Concis

Concimania is sweeping the Craig Swimming Complex this summer. There's a sign on the door announcing the "Conci of the Week." In the break room, there's a shoebox covered in green construction paper called the Conci Box, and the locker room has spaces labeled "Queen Conci," "Princess Conci" "Conci Slave 1," and "Conci Slave 2."

Datebook for July 7

Saturday, July 9 9 a.m. The Moffat County Humane Society will hold a yard sale as a fund-raiser at 827 Russell St. Donations are being accepted at 827 Russell St. Call Patty at 824-7945.

Tuesday, July 5

Other county actions taken

The commissioners and Girl Scout Troop 201 accepted a check from the Boys and Girls Club for $5,000. The money is from a grant from the Kendall King Foundation and will be used for Sherman Youth Camp.

Preparation ensures success of fireworks show

The fireworks show Monday night went off without a hitch, and veteran pyrotechnist Bill Johnston said it was one of the best he has put on in Craig. He has been an integral part of the performance in his position as Craig Fire/Rescue deputy chief, and it's something he loves to do.

County exempts more groups from use fees

The city of Craig and the school district are now exempt from paying a use fee for county facilities. The Moffat County commissioners added the city, school district and hearing impaired picnic to the list of exempt organizations Tuesday.

16-year-old accused in murder appears in court

Lawyers debate evidence and what should be admitted

Attorneys debated for eight hours Tuesday whether a 16-year-old accused of murder was well-advised when he allegedly confessed to the crime.

Horizons proposes mill levy

Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to let voters decide on a property tax to benefit Horizons Specialized Services. The proposed levy, .001 mill, will be put to voters in November. The mill levy would cost a homeowner with a $150,000 house about $12 annually.

Craig man charged in vehicle theft

A Craig man was arrested early Saturday morning for stealing a pickup. Zachary Robert Harris, 24, was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and first-degree trespassing.

4-H air gun program needs a home

After athletes reach the pinnacle in their sport by winning a national or world title it is common to see them say, "I'm going to Disney World." After winning a national championship in air pistol shooting Craig's Zach Pearson request was a bit simpler.

Bulldogs look to avenge losses to Bears

The Moffat County/Rifle baseball rivalry has been around for a while. Just ask Moffat assistant coach Buddy Grinstead. "I played against Brandon Leuallen's father when I was in high school," he said. "Now my son plays against Brandon."

Fireworks blamed for brush fire

Fireworks apparently are to blame for a brush fire between the Holiday Inn and Traveler Inn Saturday. Craig Fire/Rescue received calls from both hotels early Saturday afternoon after the flames picked up and rapidly approached both buildings.

It's time to clean up the junk

A June 29 article in the Craig Daily Press mentioned that the Chamber of Commerce board of directors president Christina Currie said the Chamber "would like to see entrances to the community cleaned up." The article also said that the county commissioners would like to see some areas of the county cleaned up, but did not endorse a junk ordinance.

Letter: Flag burning not free speech

I am writing in response to the editorial you ran titled, Protecting Free Speech." The reasoning you used would make John I-voted-for-the-war-before-l-voted-against-it Kerry proud with your, "We love the American flag before we watch it burn" argument.

Our View: A top-notch fireworks show

What Craig residents remember as 35 spectacular minutes of shooting light displays, took months of planning to come to fruition and we commend the dedicated firefighters who worked to make a fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show happen.

Joe Trujillo

Funeral services for Joe Trujillo of Craig will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2005, at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Katherine A. Kawchack


Katherine A. Kawchack, died at her home, Rainbow Care Home in Tucson, Ariz., on June 22, 2005. She was 93. Katherine A. Kawchack was born in Craig on March 9, 1912, to pioneering parents Michael and Mary Kawchack.

Datebook for July 6

6 p.m. The High Plains Mustang Club's monthly meeting will be at the Golden Cavvy. Anyone interested in preserving the heritage of the wild horses is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Dona at 824-0105 or Linda at 824-2281.

Miller resigns from MCTA

Steve Miller will miss a lot of parts of Craig, but one thing stands out in his mind. "The people," he said. "I worked with great people. We laughed a lot and were all passionate about our jobs."

Monday, July 4

George Herod Sr.

George Herod Sr. of Craig died Sunday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Fireworks show dazzles residents

Rebecca and Natosha Langstaff know exactly which fireworks they like best. The sisters like the ones that come right at them. "They look like bumblebees coming straight at you," 10-year-old Natosha said just before the fireworks show Monday south of Moffat County High School.

Little Britches Rodeo results

Barrel racing: Dusty Taylor, 2; Denton Taylor, 3; Matthew Hamilton, 5; Cutter Barnes, 6; Alex Marie Hamilton, 7.

Pearson brothers shoot their way to nationals

Zach and Jacob Pearson admit their sibling rivalry gets in the way sometimes, but rarely when they are competing in air pistol.

City tax receipted underwhelming

The best Finance Director Bruce Nelson can say about the city's April financial report is that there's nothing bad to say. "Nothing really stands out," he said. "There wasn't much to report on this month."

Joe Trujillo

Joe Trujillo of Craig died Monday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending.

Earl Pell

Earl Pell of Craig died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. A funeral service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Marie Hayes

arie C. Hayes died Friday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Bessie Lee Schneider

Bessie Lee Schneider, a resident of Dixon, Wyo., died Friday, June 24, 2005, at Courtyard at Jamestown in Provo, Utah. She was 91. Funeral services were held Friday, July 1, 2005, at Grant Mortuary in Craig.

Sex offender task force created

In an effort to identify sexually violent predators more efficiently, the Colorado attorney general established a subcommittee to the governor's task force on sexually violent criminals last week.

Builder plans new Craig apartments

A Steamboat Springs company is planning to build a new apartment complex in Craig starting sometime in August. Steamboat Engineering and Architectural Design hopes to build the Pine Ridge Townhomes and Apartments on Douglas Street just off of West First Street.

Datebook for July 5, 2005

8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commissioners meet at the courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Wedding announcement -- Preece-Svoboda

Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Preece announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Preece to Patrick Svoboda, son of Tom and Kathy Svoboda of Sterling.

News in Brief for July 5

The Moffat County Humane Society will hold a yard sale as a fund-raiser at 9 a.m. July 9 at 827 Russell St. Donations are being accepted at 827 Russell St. Call Patty at 824-7945.

Sunday, July 3

Like father, like son

John and Johnny Ilko share bond over all things explosive

Off a narrow dirt road tucked into the hills northeast of Craig, John Ilko sets up the palette and mortar for his son, Johnny, who hustles back after lighting the fuse with a propane torch.

News briefs for July 4

DOW asks people to report animal sightings Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.

Datebook for July 4

Monday, July 4 The city of Craig, Moffat County and Craig Fire/Rescue are sponsoring a fireworks show, which will begin at dusk. The fireworks will be launched from the hill south of Moffat County High School.

Different fourths for different folks

Independence Day activities, meanings range from person to person

How people spend their July 4 holiday is as varied as they are. What the holiday means to each person is also something that differs from person to person.

Bike-Aid goes through Maybell

A cross-country bike tour to support fair trade and sustainability rolled through Maybell early Saturday evening.

Children, pregnant women eligible for increased services

Pregnant women who need care no longer will have to wait for it.

A month later, no new leads

Murder suspect still eluding police

More than a month after the shooting death of former Craig resident Erica Manzanares, her ex-husband and the sole suspect, Duane Manzanares, is still eluding police.

Cottonwood champion wins without the breaks

It's commonplace for friendly wagers, such as "I bet you 20 bucks I can make this put with my 3-wood," to be made during a round of 18.

Alzheimer's awareness a priority

Regina Grinolds can distinctly remember the changes in her grandmother -- unfortunately, her grandmother could not.

Top honors at Little Britches

Rodeo named after local cowboy at second day of competitions

On Sunday, Subrina Showalter had the largest cheering section at the second day of Craig's Little Britches Rodeo.

Saturday, July 2

Immigration being met with increasing resentment

As the number of immigrants grows, so does resentment from some native-born workers. And though these American citizens have deeply held beliefs, they are reluctant to share their views publicly.

Cutting through red tape can be a problem

Cattle rancher and Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele has been bringing temporary workers from Mexico to work on his ranch for almost a decade.

Work force shifting in Steamboat

Three years ago, a Mexican man paused at the door of a restaurant in Steamboat Springs. He didn't speak English, and he was terrified.

Finding work in Colorado

Saðl Hernandez waded through waist-deep water to pull weeds in a smoldering cotton field in west Texas.

Friday, July 1

Datebook for July 2

Saturday, July 2 Moffat County Libraries will be closed through July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

'Leave fireworks to professionals'

The sky will shine with fireworks Monday night in a display Craig officials say should be left up to the experts.

County hands over reins

State to conduct health inspections

Conducting health inspections at Moffat County restaurants and stores is again the responsibility of the state.

David Pressgrove: Why the Cottonwood's a classic

The Front Range was abuzz last weekend because of the U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village.

Clear skies, green fairway

First day of Cottonwood Classic typifies tournament

Anyone who has an appreciation of Northwest Colorado's landscape would have been in awe during Friday's first round of the Yampa Valley Golf Course's Cottonwood Classic.

Surveys look at value of nonprofits

Yampa Valley Partners has sent out an economic survey for nonprofits intended to demonstrate the importance of the services nonprofits provide and their benefits to the community.

Officials: Elkhead closed during construction project

Those involved with the Elkhead Reservoir enlargement project want people to remember the reservoir is closed during construction.

Our view: Take care of Craig

City officials have taken proactive measures to bring a recycling center to Craig, and we think this is an excellent alternative to dumping recyclable materials in the county landfill.

Police blotter for July 2

Moffat County Jail Thursday, June 30 Ray Reed, 32, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of driving while under restraint.

News briefs for July 2

Church invites children to Serengeti Trek The Ridgeview Church of God's Serengeti Trek program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children ages 4 to sixth-grade.

Preschool eases transitions

Higher and higher standards mean schools are expecting more of students earlier. Although many might remember learning the alphabet in kindergarten, today's 5-year-olds are expected to read.