Stories for June 2005


Thursday, June 30

Business Profile for July 1

Name: Christine Muzik Name of business/address: Spirit Pass/ Centennial Mall

Christina M. Currie: Dinnertime disasters

I try not to take it as a personal reflection on my culinary skills when the girls take one look at the plate I've placed before them and say "We want to go to bed now, mom."

News briefs for July 1

Protect yourself from scams According to the Craig Police Department, scams are here to stay and are becoming increasingly common.

Datebook for July 1

Guardrail operations on U.S. High�--way 40 construction between Craig and Hayden were to be completed by Thursday. The heater scarification operations will begin Wednesday.

Business start-up workshop coming

People who want to start a business but are unsure about how to do so soon will be able to get all the information they need to know.

YVEDC: Internet decision can wait

With state-provided grant funding for high-speed Internet access set to run out next year, a local group wants governments to stick together and wait.

Commercial center coming to Craig

A Steamboat Springs developer has plans for a new 9,200-square-foot commercial building in Craig.

Contractors hard-pressed for housing

Even booking three months early, contractors are finding that housing their employees is going to be near impossible this fall.

Sea Sharks split squads for fun and competition

The reason that the Craig Sea Sharks swim team is called a "summer club" and not a "year-round-swim-you-into-surrender-boot-camp" is because fun is just as important an ingredient to the team's success as winning.

Cottonwood promises to be a classic

The story lines are abundant as golfers tee off today at the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the 37th-annual Cottonwood Classic. From the tournament veterans to stacked competition to returning champions, the Cottonwood promises to be a classic in 2005.

Police blotter for July 1

Craig Police Department Wednesday June 29 Narcotics residue was found in a vacant apartment.

Pets hit cyberspace

Web site gives prospective pet owners nationwide access to animals

In an age in which consumers buy everything including cars and prescription drugs online, its not surprising that the Internet can help man find his new best friend.

New drivers, new rules

Some laws that go into effect today focus on teenagers, beginning drivers

Rachelle Germond is excited to get her license in October, but she is unsure about the new laws restricting teen drivers.

Wednesday, June 29

Churches organize can drive contest for children

Effort will increase food bank supplies, which drop off during summer

Traditionally, summer is a time that the Interfaith Food Bank is in short supply.

Irene Carter : Thanks from family of Eva Mae Coverston

Thanks from family of Eva Mae Coverston To the Editor: The family of Eva Mae Coverston would like to thank all of the people who helped welcome Mae "Back Home to Hayden" and "Church at Craig."

City making updates

Old subdivision and zoning regulations to be revised

The city of Craig is doing some house cleaning. In addition to plans to revise the city charter, officials are beginning the process of updating 20-year-old subdivision and zoning regulations.

Reader profile: Craig resident prepares herself, daughter for future

April Dilldine is preparing her 4-year-old daughter for school. She's also preparing herself.

Survey: TMH excels

Few people responded to The Memorial Hospital's customer satisfaction survey -- but most of those who did were impressed with the quality of care they received

211 flooded with calls from Craig

Craig residents dialed the 211 information and referral service 120 times this year, the third-highest number of calls in the state.

Woman drives off highway and into Yampa River

A Craig woman was charged with driving under the influence Tuesday night after she drove her car off Colorado Highway 13 and into the Yampa River.

TMH approves EmCare contracting

The Board of Trustees for The Memorial Hospital unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday night that they think will save them thousands each year.

Government Web sites to get makeover

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- The Web sites for local governments will get a major overhaul this fall.

Police blotter for June 30

Moffat County Jail Sunday June 26 Bruce Durant, 44, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Thanks from family of Evelyn Duzik

Thanks from family of Evelyn Duzik To the Editor: The family of Evelyn Duzik would like to thank the nursing staff for her care at the Walbridge Wing in Meeker and Sandrock Ridge Nursing Home in Craig.

Datebook for June 30

Thursday, June 30 5 p.m. The community is invited to a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Craig Chamber of Commerce to say goodbye to former director Cathy Vanatta and to meet new director Annette Gianinetti. Refreshments will be served.

News briefs for June 30

Rizzuto to stay at CNCC through fall semester Bob Rizzuto, interim chief administrative officer at Colorado Northwestern Community College, has agreed to remain in place through the fall semester as the Colorado Community College System launches an immediate presidential search for the college.

Little britches produces local success

Rodeo circuit develops junior competitors, including 'a lot of World Champions'

When the Little Britches rodeo comes to Craig, there are quite a few "Back when I was in Little Britches" stories the annual event elicits.

Delfido Alberto Martinez

Delfido Alberto Martinez 1933-2005 Delfido Alberto Martinez of Craig, died June 20, 2005, at his home. He was 71.

Tuesday, June 28


Tom and Darla Ripkoski are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Ripkoski, to Eric Taylor, son of Mike and Carol Taylor, all of Craig.

Nathan L. Browning

Nathan L. Browning, son of Leonard and Cheryle Browning of Craig, was named to the Dean's List at Colorado State University for the fall and spring semesters.

Datebook for June 29

Wednesday, June 29 1 p.m. The Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries will host "Survivor: Dragon Island Challenge," part of the summer reading program. The event includes a number of games for children.

Advocates looking to fill position

Spanish-speaking coordinator for crisis support services is moving on

After two years as the Spanish coordinator for Advocates-Crisis Support Services, Shelly Spackman is moving on.

County to receive federal funds

Moffat County commissioners said Tuesday they appreciate money from the federal government for public lands, but they don't like the formula used to distribute them.

City Charter to be updated

The Craig City Charter has outdated provisions for personnel and purchasing issues, and on Tuesday, City Council members agreed it was time for a change.

Chamber wants less junk

Possible countywide ordinance would require clean-up

The Craig Chamber of Commerce would like to see a countywide junk ordinance.

White eludes fifth-place curse

Fifth place is considered the first loser when it comes to the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association's state finals. And lately, fifth-place has been a spot in which members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team have found themselves.

Backwoods Diner set to open July 11

Pat's Roosterante is gone, but a new restaurant with a new look, new food and a new owner is set to open July 11 in the same location.

Our View: Protecting free speech Our view: Protecting free speech

Representative John Salazar couldn't have been more correct last week when he said desecration of the flag is absolutely offensive -- seeing an American Flag go up in flames is offensive to most people.

News briefs for June 29

Fire district taking applications Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver's license and have a good driving record.

New recycling options for residents

Craig residents will have several recycling options starting Friday.

Monday, June 27

Datebook for June 28

Tuesday, June 28 1 p.m. Routt County Conservation District, in conjunction with the Routt County Weed Advisory Board, will hold its annual meeting at Yampa River State Park. The cost is $10 at the door.

News briefs for June 28

Strings music festival in full swing trings in the Mountains Music Festival presents diverse programming of fine music with a focus on chamber music, in an effort to stimulate the cultural, educational and economic environment of the community.

Boys teams win brackets

Moffat County basketball shows improvement at camp

That the Moffat County boys varsity basketball team had improved was apparent in its final game of the Gold Crown Camp Tournament.

Larry Allan Suits

Larry Allan Suits 1962-2005 Larry Allan Suits died June 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 42.

Sherry Schwindt : Thanks to staff at The Memorial Hospital

Thanks to staff at The Memorial Hospital To the Editor: I want to publicly thank the staff of The Memorial Hospital and Dr. Tom Told and his student doctor Farr for providing me with outstanding care during my hospitalization from June 15 to 18.

Gemma Marie Guerrero

Gemma Marie Guerrero Fawn Melquist and Adam Guerrero of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Gemma Marie Guerrero, at 8:18 p.m., June 24, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19.8 inches long.

Kylie Paige Atwood

Kylie Paige Atwood Lyndsey Michelle Flores and Aaron Alexander Atwood of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Kylie Paige Atwood, at 1:22 p.m., June 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Janelle Amber Lira

Janelle Amber Lira Carrie Wilkinson and Charles Lira of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Janelle Amber Lira, at 1:14 p.m., June 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Officials: Tax fight not issue

Battle between EnCana and Rio Blanco won't affect Moffat

A tax battle between Entrega Pipeline Company's parent company and Rio Blanco County shouldn't affect work on the portion of Entrega's pipeline that goes through Moffat County, officials say.

Several churches burglarized

Several Craig churches were broken into during the weekend -- leaving some members of the churches stunned.

Craig man re-arrested

A Craig man who was being held in the Moffat County Jail on charges that he robbed two local stores was re-arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting a fellow inmate.

Thomas Dustin Parrish

Thomas Dustin Parrish 1981-2005 Thomas Dustin Parrish died at his home in Craig on Feb. 15, 2005. He was 23.

Cutthroats lead local teams in 2nd place

The Colorado Cutthroats hadn't won a Triple Crown baseball game in two years before last weekend. The team of 10- and 11-year-olds increased that number by 200 percent on the way to a second-place finish in the Division 3 Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament this weekend.

Ralph Charles Rutherford

Ralph Charles Rutherford 1917-2005 Ralph Charles Rutherford, of Craig, died at his daughter Barbara's home in Fort Collins on June 16, 2005. He was 88.

Police Blotter for June 28

Craig Police Department Thursday June 23 Police responded to a report of windows broken out of a parked pickup.

Resident learns to 'always read the fine print' in giveaways

Registering to win a free truck nearly cost Deb Sanders $3,000. The Craig resident said no to the sales pitch that followed prize entry, but she still is spreading the lesson she learned: "Always read the fine print."

Sunday, June 26

Lyons takes second win of the year

It wasn't pretty, but Bo Lyons managed to get his second win of the year.

Rain doesn't ruin motocross weekend

Kyle Booth could only smile and sit quietly when he lined up in the staging tent for his races at the Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club south of Craig.

Gianinetti turns love of Craig into a career

They say you're supposed to find what you love to do, and make a career out of it.

Briefs for June 27

Habitat for Humanity of Craig meets the fourth Monday of every month at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. The next meeting is today. Call 824-3470.

Moffat County youth programs in jeopardy

Several Moffat County youth programs are in trouble now that a Tony Grampsas Youth Service grant request has been turned down.

Another liquor store may open

Craig might soon have another liquor store.

Wild horse show attracts visiting riders

Kallie Leonard, an 11-year-old from Boise, Idaho, says her riding companion, Bev's Doolittle, a 10-year-old geldon pinto, is better than any domestic horse.

BLM official: Rules mostly unchanged

A local Bureau of Land Man�--agement range specialist doesn't expect new grazing regulations to have much effect on local ranchers.

Man struggles to make trip from Honduras

Teacher faces hardships as he treks for months to get to United States

Juan Lopez* trained for his trip to the United States like a man training for a marathon. His daughters watched as he got into shape and cried.

Border is a blurring line

There is no sign announcing Annunciation House. Unless a person knows differently, the old brick building in El Paso, Texas, almost looks abandoned.

Datebook for June 27

The Shadow Mountain Pool will be closed for maintenance. Call 824-3625.

Friday, June 24

Craig team ends on high note

Mountain West Insurance team undefeated in tournament

The Craig Mountain West Insurance softball team came together at the right time of the season.

Judge won't lower bonds in drug case

Two men who were arrested on suspicion of possessing and selling drugs were denied requests Friday to lower their bonds.

Nursing students recognized at ceremony

Sixteen women made up the 2005 class of practical nurses -- the third such class to be pinned since the program's inception.

Referendums could revamp roads

If voters approve Referendums C and D on Nov. 1, roughly $5 million will go toward two sections of highway in Moffat County.

$50K bond unchanged in attempted murder case

A Craig man who was arrested June 14 on allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted his former girlfriend was denied a request to lower his bond Friday.

School's out for the summer -- again

Moffat County students, teachers find value in four-week summer program

Youths weren't the only ones who learned something in summer school. The four-week session was as much for teacher development as it was for students.

Our View: A real emergency

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District has started its annual campaign to sign up probationary firefighters -- a process that has become an act of desperation as much an annual necessity.

Briefs for June 25

Two women were arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly trying to break into a residence and abduct a child.

Datebook for June 25

9 a.m. The Bureau of Land Manage-ment silent horse adoption and Colorado Wild Horse Show is at 9 a.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Call 824-9505.

Making the call: Cutthroat earns her opportunities

It's not often that a 10-year-old calls the newspaper asking for coverage, but Sierra Gilman isn't afraid to pick up the phone and make that kind of call.

David Pressgrove: Am I a real Royals Loyal?

I've had quite a battle going on in my head this week.

Some back flag-burning ban

Some local veterans think the Constitution needs to be amended to ban flag burning, and it likely will be. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a proposed amendment Wednesday that prohibits "the physical desecration of the United States flag."

Thursday, June 23

Adilene Yanez Sanchez

Teresa and Felipe Yanez of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Adilene Yanez Sanchez, at 2:58 p.m., June 12, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Ducles Sanchez and Isela R. Sanchez of Mexico. Her paternal grandparents are Jose Yanez and Felipa O. Yanez of Mexico. The baby was welcomed home by her brother, Brian Yanez.

Bull riders, fighters are tough

As a professional bullfighter, Bill Bass has ripped his knee apart, cracked his sternum three times, broken three ribs, has a "bad dent" in his head, suffered memory loss, and has been gouged.

Jose Eduardo Hernandez

Claudia Saenz and J. Carlos Hernandez of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jose Eduardo Hernandez, at 4:39 a.m., June 3, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Domatila Chacon and Patricia Saenz of Mexico. His paternal grandparents are Araceli Quevedo and Jose Hernandez of Mexico. The baby was welcomed home by his brother, Daniel A. Hernandez.


Larry and Janie Mullen of Craig, and Dave Wallace of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Wallace, to Brison Cole of Grand Junction, son of Reggie and Jan Cole of Houston, Mo., and Cheryll Cole of Grand Junction. The couple plans to wed on July 3, 2005, in Grand Junction. The couple will reside in Grand Junction.

Craig teens heading to Vancouver

Packed together in a yellow school bus, 31 Craig teens are headed for the great Northwest.

Get ready for lights

Fireworks to be set off in Craig

Craig residents can expect the sky to glow again this Independence Day.

School Board approves budget

Educating an estimated 2,288 students will cost taxpayers $17,369,500 -- $66,580 more than last year.

School Board OKs nomination call for 3 seats

The Moffat County School District is getting the jump on filling three board seats that will be up for election this November.

Man killed in rollover accident

A man was killed early Wednesday when his Ford pickup traveled off the road, rotated clockwise and rolled several times.

Tina (Kerr) Chaney

Tina (Kerr) Chaney, daughter of Laurie Johnson of Craig, and Bill Kerr of Rogers City, Mich., recently was promoted to an E-6 Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Chaney is stationed at the Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

Older baseball teams take out Legion 'Dogs

Ten hours down the road and two days removed from winning the Green River, Wyo., tournament the Craig American Legion B-Team entered a different level of baseball this week.

Business profile

Bridgette M. Harris Name of business/address: Fun & Games, 33 West Victory Way

Police Blotter for June 24

Craig Police Department Saturday June 18 Alvin Chadd, 47, was arrested on suspicion of third degree assault and harassment.

Christina M. Currie: Daughter's seniority

Katie clearly understands the English language.


Robert and Kristin Stan-den of Greeley and Kristi and Joel Martinez of Craig, announce the wedding of their daughter, Cassandra Standen of Craig, to Michael Mercer, son of Roland and Kathy Mercer of Craig. The couple plans to be married at 2 p.m. July 16, 2005.

Elkhead project under way

Construction is under way on the $27 million Elkhead Reservoir enlargement project.

Datebook for June 24

Friday, June 24 5 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will hold a Power Hour Club Bucks Auction. Members can use Club Bucks they have earned to buy cool prizes. Call 826-0411.

Briefs for Jne 24

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the Gates Family Foundation of Denver.

Wednesday, June 22

Children get into the swing of it

Morgan Knob's options in the morning this summer were limited.

Reader of the Week: Nelson enjoys all Craig has to offer

Rick Nelson was always told being a grandfather was going to be great, but it has exceeded his expectations.

Report: Dinosaur water testing violates rules

The town of Dinosaur violated state water-quality-testing rules, according to a report.

Motocross making its way back

Top tourist attractions to Craig in the spring and summer include Triple Crown, Whittle the Wood and Grand Olde West Days.

Harold Woodrow Mayberger: 1919-2005

Harold Woodrow Mayberger died at his home in Craig on May 17, 2005. He was 85.

Ethan John Schaaf

Ethan John Schaaf Heidi Schaaf and Jeff Schaaf of Delta, announce the birth of their son Ethan John Schaaf, at 8:29 p.m., May 3, 2005, at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Brad Vetter

Brad Vetter, a 2003 graduate of Moffat County High School, graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 3, 2005. He received an associate of occupational studies degree in automotive and diesel technology with Ford Accelerated Credential Training. Vetter earned a 4.0 GPA, excellence in attendance and a nomination to the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society. He has been accepted to attend BMW school this fall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Briefs for June 23

Donations being accepted for humane society yard sale 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.

'Evening of Horses' tonight

On Friday evening, the High Plains Mustang Club will host its 'Evening of Horses' at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Wild horses, local veterans and the role of horses in history will be featured.

BLM director visits Craig

One of the nation's top public lands officials met with a local land management group Wednesday in Craig.

Judge active in 'People's Court'

People call her Judge Judy, but Mary Lynne James' courtroom is anything but a made-for-TV drama.

Judge rules on admissable evidence

O'Hara makes decisions about golf coach sex-assault case

Thomas J. Dockstader, once the Moffat County High School golf coach, won't say whether he had sexual relations with a former golfer after she turned 18 -- and he won't have to.

Datebook for June 23

Today Noon The Non Profit Excellence Project hosts a free grant-writing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. To RSVP, call 871-8257.

Evelyn Faye Duzik: 1920-2005

Evelyn Faye Duzik died June 17, 2005 in Meeker. She was 85. Evelyn F. Duzik was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Tulsa, Okla., the third child of Jess and Margarette Holiway Crabtree.

Larry Allan Suits

Memorial services for Larry Allan Suits of Hayden, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to a fund for his children at The Bank of Colorado.

Allene O. Silver: 1918-2005

Allene O. Silver, a longtime Craig resident, died June 16, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 86.

Tuesday, June 21

Eva M. Coverston: 1906-2005

Eva M. Coverston of Berthoud, Colo., died June 17, 2005, at her home. She was 99. Eva M. Coverston was born March 8, 1906, in Berwin, to John Smith and Agnes Deer.

Gymnasts' efforts worth the wait

Gymnastics is not a sport that is mastered after one or two practices. It takes time.

Girls hoops dominate Mesa camp

Wins during summer ball are commonplace for the Moffat County girls basketball team. But a buzzer-beater to win a camp championship doesn't come along as often.

Residents talk to commissioners

Donna Watkins wants to know what the Moffat County commissioners are up to, but she can't make the Tuesday morning commissioners meeting.

Darren E. Wirtz

Darren E. Wirtz was one of 234 medical students who received the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Biosciences in commencement ceremonies on May 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

County won't pay for city Internet

Moffat County will not pay for Internet access for any other entities, including the city of Craig and the school district.

Legion team wins Wyoming tournament

The Craig American Legion team cruised through the Green River Tournament last weekend.

Welcome center manager resigns

Leona Hemmerich is resigning as manager of the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur.

Delfido "Delf" Martinez

Delfido "Delf" Martinez of Craig died Monday, June 20, 2005, at his home. A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2005, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2005, at St. Michael.

Larry Allan Suits

Larry Allan Suits of Hayden, died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Cetner. Services are pending.

Laura "Sue" Mantle: 1932-2005

Funeral services for Laura "Sue" Mantle, 72, were held June 22, 2005, at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker with interment in the Highland Cemetery.

Police Blotter for June 22

Craig Police Department Monday June 20 Gary Bud Chiles, 28, was arrested by Dinosaur Police on chages of disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. He is being held in the Moffat County Jail. Justin Johnson was arrested for an outstanding warrant and criminal mischief under $100.

Our View: Hayden gets it

If you build it, Triple Crown will come. Hayden gets it.

Allene Silver

Memorial services for Allene Silver will be held on July 9, 2005, at the First Baptist Church at a time to be announced later. Memorial donations may be made to Mount Elim Bible Camp, Crisis Pregnancy Center, or World Vision, all in care of Grant Mortuary.

Moffat graduate shot to death

Man brought grenade to Seattle Federal Courthouse

Friends say Craig native Perry Manley did in death what he couldn't do in the last 15 years of his life -- get national attention for a cause about which he was fanatical.

Crude oil prices could lead to higher gas prices

The Coey family has seen rising gas prices first-hand while traveling from Florida to California.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wooden of Craig are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jackie Wooden to Mr. Nicholas Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wade of Fairfield, Calif.

Monday, June 20

Linsacums thank community for 26 years in CRaig

My wife Shawn and I, along with two little tow-headed boys Kody and Daniel, moved to Craig in July of 1979 -- almost 26 years ago. Why? Because the money was so good ($6.90 per hour) and there was a chance we could move back to our families in Montrose and have a good paying job with Colorado Ute.

Chamber hires a new director

Annette Gianinetti knows what she wants to tackle first as the new executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce. The Craig native said helping local businesses find affordable health care is at the top of her list.

Circus produces smiles

Smiles, cotton candy and elephants reigned supreme Monday night as the 2005 Jordan World Circus came to town and performed at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. This year's circus included a tightrope walker, camels, acrobats and of course, elephants.

Businesses not worried about new hunting rules

Local hunting license retailers don't expect new rules to hurt business this fall. Under the Division of Wildlife's new license structure, bull elk tags are not offered over-the-counter for fourth season and there is a four-day break between third and fourth season.

Moffat County Neighbor: Shawn McMillan

Name: Shane McMillan Occupation: Manager at Village Inn

Rodeo bullfighting comes to Craig

Bullfighting is coming to Craig but don't pick up the phone and start calling the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals just yet. The bullfighting that will be on display at the Moffat County Fairgrounds this week and at the Ride 'n' Tie rodeo the first weekend in July is called American Freestyle Bullfighting, which doesn't involve injury to bulls.

News briefs for June 21

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a fire at 944 Ranney St. late Sunday night. Fire Chief Chris Nichols said when firefighters got to the residence, the homeowner had already put out the fire with a garden hose.

Datebook for June 21

Today -- 9 a.m. First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., will hold Vacation Bible School until noon for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Call 824-6836.

Dinosaur gets grant to build park

Those residents in Dinosaur who said the town needed to take pride in itself are getting their wish. One month ago, Dinosaur resident Dean Kline said he was frustrated with the community's lack of civic pride. Now the town has the money to do something about it.

The Record for June 21, 2005

onday June 20 Micheal Bosman, 20, and Josh Davis, 22, were arrested for possession/distribution of Schedule II, possession of marijuana and special offender possession of a weapon.

Catching up with Rich Kerr

From his first years in Craig to his time now in Alaska, living in a tent is something Richard "Rich" Kerr has become accustomed to. Kerr moved to Craig from Michigan with his family when he was 4. His family came to Craig for his dad, Bill, to find a job during the boom in the late 1970s.

Sunday, June 19

News briefs for June 20

Almost 3,000 acres of a scenic ridge and valuable wildlife habitat will remain unchanged thanks to a recently completed conservation deal.

Datebook for June 20

9 a.m. First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., will hold Vacation Bible School until noon for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Call 824-6836.

Young Life Car Show draws a crowd

As the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe," booms through the speakers, car owners rev their engines for the crowd to hear.

Road work on U.S. 40 to begin

The Colorado Department of Transportation today will begin resurfacing U.S. Highway 40 from the east end of Craig to the west side of the Yampa River Bridge.

Veteran gets first Hayden Speedway win

HAYDEN --here are drivers who say that winning a race or a track title at the Hayden Speedway isn't their No. 1 goal. But you can't blame Jeff Duncan for wanting to win. "I hadn't won a main event race in six years," he said. "Things finally worked out for me."

Lynx win Triple Crown tourney

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Just call them the Sleepy Cats. That's because morning games aren't the first choice of the Northwest Colorado Lynx baseball team. Twice this weekend the Lynx players woke up just in time to pull out one-run wins on the way to the 12-and-younger Triple Crown Division 2 Mountain Magic Tournament championship.

Shawn Ward sweeps Whittle the Wood

By the time the crowd picked up, the chainsaws had died down. Four days of carving had come down to this. Camp chairs blanketed the Craig City Park lawn while wood artists waited for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous awards Saturday evening.

Longtime bus driver Linsacum leaving for Grand Junction

When the movers arrive at Shawn Linsacum's house next week, they'll find a box of pictures featuring children who aren't hers. They'll pack up stacks of letters written with great care, if little skill. And school projects with big letters spelling "thank you."

Saturday, June 18

Hope in the Distance

An introduction to this six-part series

The long highway that stretches from the Mexican border to Central Mexico could be mistaken for any four-lane stretch of road in Utah, New Mexico or Wyoming: mesas and treeless mountains in the distance, dry scrub and sagebrush closer to the road.

Seeking a better life

Like millions, Jorge Rodriguez came to America in search of prosperity he could not attain in Mexico

Jorge Rodriguez heard the river sweeping past. He heard his children screaming as the current pulled them under. He heard his wife call for help. He pulled his children out and watched as his wife disappeared underwater forever. He couldn't save them all.

From Parral to Craig

Many of the Mexicans living in Craig come from town in Chihuahua

There are similarities between Parral, Mexico, and Craig, Colo. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Madre mountain range in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Parral is a historic mining town that serves as a center of commerce for cattle ranches that dot the parched countryside.

Friday, June 17

Debra Sue Counts VanHoorelbeke (1959-2005)

Debra Sue Counts VanHoor�--el�--beke died June 16, 2005. She was 46. Counts was born Jan. 5, 1959, in Craig, to Wesley and Beverly Counts.

kid connection: Cayla Maneotis

It takes people awhile to look past Cayla Maneotis' 6-foot-5 frame, but when they do, they find a soft-spoken, eager-to-please teen who enjoys her life.


Larry and Janie Mullen of Craig, and Dave Wallace of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Wallace, to Brison Cole of Grand Junction, son of Reggie and Jan Cole of Houston, Mo., and Cheryll Cole of Grand Junction.

Craig man faces drug charges

A Craig man faces a number of drug-related charges after his arrest Tuesday.

Commissioners to meet Tuesday

The Moffat County commissioners will hold a night meeting on Tuesday.

Wanted: Art auction donations

Members of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society were so excited by the success of last year's art and photography auction, they vowed to make it a part of the annual Fourth of July Range Call celebration.

'Dogs debut air attack at camp

Blake Kawcak was a boy among men on the offensive line last year for the Moffat County football team. This week, at the University of Wyoming football camp, it's a different story.

David Pressgrove: Camps to remember

Oh to be 17 again.

Election judges aren't getting any younger

Stephanie Jeffcoat became an election judge because she wanted to meet people and get involved in the democratic process. But for her generation, Jeffcoat is the exception, not the norm.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A Craig man was arrested Tuesday night on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted his former girlfriend.

Briefs for June 18

The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Colorado State Patrol to increase enforcement in highway work zones for the duration of the summer.

Our View: The faces of immigration

New faces are appearing in Northwest Colorado, in workplaces, on ranches and in schools.

James Michael Phelps: Maybe discrimination is the real concern

I am writing this letter concerning the editorial in the June 15 edition of the Craig Daily Press, titled "Share your knowledge." The editorial stated that "long-time subscribers" had "voiced concerns" about the La Vecindad section in the Daily Press, and whether the newspaper had a desire to "serve illegal immigrants." The editorial also stated that "community members have not taken the initiative to make (English language) education a possibility."

Locals struggle with tuition hikes

The $1.50 raise Anthony Loughran's received Friday was cause for celebration, but it likely won't cover the extra $1,000 he'll have to come up with if he wants to return to the University of Colorado this fall.

Datebook for June 18

8:30 a.m. The Hayden Library is hosting "Oral History 101," a workshop designed to help participants capture family history on tape. Dr. Barbara Bogart is leading the workshop, which lasts until 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5, and lunch is included. Call 276-4380 or 276-3323.

Thursday, June 16

Business Profile: Pam Young

Name of business/address: Sundrop Custom Framing, Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

Officials investigate jail assault

An assault in the Moffat County Jail that landed a former high school golf coach in the hospital remains under investigation.

Ranch, home supply store in the works

Murdoch's may open in former Country General building

The owner of 13 Big R Ranch and Home Supply stores plans to open one in the former Country General building in Craig.

Lightning strikes cause hour-long power outage

Several lightning strikes caused a power outage for more than 120 homes and businesses Thursday.

Artists carve livings out of wood

With little sawdust chips scattered throughout his long white beard and sweat dripping down the temples of his face, Gordon Possien stepped back, sighed and looked at his carving.

Legion teams hit the roads

The Craig American Legion baseball teams are taking a road trip to the center of the amateur baseball world, and the best part is, they get to play along the way.

County to spray for bugs

Marty Cutler is looking forward to the start of mosquito spraying.

Teams eye success in Triple Crown

It used to be that local baseball teams entered Triple Crown tournaments just for the experience.

Dortha Fae Babb (1921-2005)

Dortha Fae Babb of Longmont, formerly of Craig, died June 3, 2005, at her home after an illness. She was 83.

Carl H. Blomquist (1917-2005)

Carl H. Blomquist died June 7, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction after a brief illness. He was 88.

Rare racer speeds into Craig Ford

Even when it's parked indoors, the Ford GT at Craig Ford looks fast.

Datebook for June 17

9 a.m. Carvers work on their creations for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig City Park.


Frank Dunn of Marysville, Calif., and Marjorie Bash of Bullhead City, Ariz., announce the wedding of their daughter, Laura Ellen Dunn of Craig, to Jeffrey Wayne Radke of Craig, son of Barbara Radke of Craig, at 5 p.m. July 16, 2005, at the Always and Forever Chapel in Las Vegas.

Christina Currie: Tractors and sugar

I was a little curious when the invitation to a cousin's first birthday party pictured an older man driving a John Deere tractor. I mean, you expect Elmo or clowns or something like that.

Wednesday, June 15

Datebook for JUne 16

Applications are now available for free preschool. Qualifying children must be 3 or 4 years old before Aug. 31. Applications are available at the School Administration Building. Call Sarah Hepworth at 824-7457 or 824-3693.

Public lands group shifst focus to hot issues

The group expected to play a major role in determining the future of the region's public lands has narrowed its efforts to a few "hot topics."

EDP Board continues seeking director

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership has been without a director since April, and it likely will remain without one until mid-August. Board members will conduct phone interviews Wednesday with seven of the 12 people who submitted applications.

Etzler wins Western Pro-Am

Brett Etzler learned he won Monday's Western Chapter Pro-Am on Tuesday morning, 24 hours after he finished his 18th hole.

Museum to feature automotive history

Jim Meineke remembers a time in Craig when there was an ample amount of gas stations, and service -- not speed -- was important. "It used to be full service," he said. "The customer was the ruler. Their wishes were our command."

News briefs for June 16, 2005

The Hayden Recreation Board is seeking vendors of arts, crafts, kids items, garden items, etc. for the fourth annual Hayden Valley Summerfest, to be held July 2.

Wrestlers finish third at Western camp

The youth movement for the Moffat County wrestling will continue for another year. At least that's the initial report after the team attended Western State College's wrestling camp in Gunnison from June 7-14.

Tuesday, June 14

Police Blotter for June 15

Thomas Dockstader, 45, was arrested for violating a temporary restraining order and for violating the conditions of his bond.

Datebook for June 15

8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers meets at Calvary Baptist, 1050 Yampa Ave., until 11 a.m. The cost is $6, which includes breakfast, crafts and speakers. Children are welcome. Call 824-0101.

Men sentenced in ATV accident

Two Craig men who were riding all-terrain vehicles while intoxicated were sentenced Tuesday.

Water report presented to city

In 2004, the Craig Water Department treated 648 million gallons of water -- meeting state and federal treatment standards on every gallon.

EPA fines Road and Bridge

The Moffat County Road and Bridge Department's plan for controlling fuel spills doesn't meet federal standards.

Animal ordinance gets nod

It took nine weeks, but an ordinance modifying the portion of the municipal code dealing with animals passed.

Craig shuts out Steamboat

Brad Grinstead's walk-off, two-RBI double was one of the least celebrated walk-off hits one will ever see.


Delia Salas and Cruz Saenz of Colorado Springs, announce the wedding of their daughter, Yvonne Salas of Colorado Springs, to Justin Wright of Craig, son of Jonna Wigington of Craig and Raniel Wright of St. Louis.

Anna Herring

The Trappers Lake Sierra Club is presenting Anna Herring of Craig with its 2005 Environmental Leadership Scholarship.

Blaine Asher Roop

Sarah Fredrickson and William Roop of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Blaine Asher Roop, at 6:10 a.m., June 11, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Marcus James Pech

Kristine Lynn Pech of Craig, announces the birth of her son, Marcus James Pech, at 4:07 a.m., June 12, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Ex-golf coach accused of violating restraining order

Former Moffat County High School girls golf coach Tom Dockstader, 45, was arrested Monday for allegedly violating a restraining order issued to protect a girl he is accused of sexually assaulting.

New water law to guide water discussions

During a tour of the Western Slope last week, Gov. Bill Owens signed legislation aimed at guiding water negotiations between the state's river basins.

Craig businesses vandalized

2 teens arrested in incident

Two male teens were caught vandalizing the West Theatre, Print Shop and Smoker Friendly late Monday evening.

Our View: Share your knowledge

One month ago, the Craig Daily Press began publishing La Vecindad -- a community section aimed at enriching the lives of our Spanish-speaking residents through education about the people and events that shape our community. La Vecindad is the Spanish reproduction of previously published Craig Daily Press articles, and it is our way of reflecting the community that we serve.


George and Susan Wilson of Craig, would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Vanessa Wilson, to Yuri Buus of Gillette, Wyo., on May 10, 2005.

All-State caps Bulldogs' careers

In most circumstances Michael Babb wouldn't want anything representing the Rifle Bears near him. But the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game was a rare exception.

Monday, June 13

County mulls industry use of county roads

Moffat County Road 68 was closed for three months this year because large energy industry vehicles caused extensive damage to the small road.

Freedom flies

Flag Day elicits variety of emotions

Jim Meineke took his share of bullets fighting for the freedom of America. He came home to tell his story. For so many others, the story ends on foreign soil fighting for the freedoms to which all Americans are entitled.

Little League teams split wet weekend

Rain cut the Little League All-Star games in Meeker short during the weekend, but not before teams were able to get in two games apiece.

Briefs for June 14

Volunteers are needed to judge more than 400 classic Mustang cars beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Steamboat Springs. No experience is necessary. Judging will be held until noon. Volunteers receive a free 2005 Mustang T-shirt.

Datebook for June 14

7 p.m. The Neighborhood Watch, a subcommittee of COMA, meets in the cafeteria at The Memorial Hospital.

Voting machine debate lingers

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan hoped to come back from Durango with some definitive answers regarding the future of Moffat County's voting machines. But the county clerk's conference she attended didn't answer all of her questions.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jared Perea

Name: Jared Perea Occupation: Checker at Safeway and a waiter at Casa Loya.

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous nearing

The sixth annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous kicks off this weekend with carvers from around the world and a big-name band.

Towns agree on tourism traits

Northwest Colorado residents are discovering what they have in common after four day-long workshops and three days of touring Northwest Colorado -- and they hope those commonalities will bring tourists running.

Language barriers

English-speaking volunteers needed

Language and cultural barriers for many immigrants in Steamboat Springs have long been a problem, but the challenges have become easier because of a program sponsored by Communidad Integrada.

Sunday, June 12

Decision worries anti-waste group

A decision by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to encourage Eastern Slope communities to accept low-level radioactive waste has the attention of a Craig group already opposing a proposed site in Moffat County.

Watch out for Internet scams

Roger Lewis had a thing for hot rods and was looking for a good deal. That's partly why the Craig man may never be fully reimbursed for a down payment on what seemed like a great deal for a 1941 Willys Coup automobile on eBay a few years ago.

Mud doesn't slow Hayden racers

If someone left the Hayden Speedway Saturday without any mud on them, they were the minority. The racing for the Speedway's Invitational races was sandwiched between two rainstorms. When a dirt track and rain mix it makes for a muddy night. For many it was a muddy, fun night.

Bruce Gregg retiring after 28 years

At the beginning of every school year, the Moffat County School District hosts a new teacher orientation meeting. Bruce Gregg, a school district employee since 1977, liked to attend the meeting to give the teachers some words of wisdom.

Boys and Girls Club executive director offers thanks

June 14th marks the first anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. When we first asked for the support of residents of Craig and Moffat County, our theme was "A Building for All -- Building Kids.

Legion squad splits qwith Woodland Park

The Front Range fears should no longer be an excuse for the Moffat County baseball team after this summer. An American Legion baseball schedule of 50 games during May, June and July includes only four games against Western Slope teams.

News briefs for June 13

Communidad Integrada/Integrated Community is inviting English speaking community members to be a part of a unique program that involves one-on-one mentoring to local immigrants who have a desire to learn English. Currently, 20 volunteers teach English for an hour and a half each week during a three-month period to more than 25 English learners from Mexico, Africa and Central and South America.

Datebook for June 13

Today -- 5:30 p.m. LIFE, a weight loss group, meets Monday nights at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St., in Craig. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. Call Joan at 824-6611.

Show proves popularity of coin collecting

More than a million dollars worth of coin and currency memorabilia was on display at Centennial Mall over the weekend. Tiah's second annual Coin & Currency Show brought dealers from all over the state, Utah and Nebraska who convened to buy and sell coins, offer customers advice and to spread the word about coin collecting.

Friday, June 10

Paving problems

Traveling asphalt companies scam homeowners

Scam artists offering low-price driveway paving services reportedly have made a trail through Moffat County, and this isn't the first time.

Officials urge awareness about West Nile virus

The peak season for West Nile Virus isn't until August, but state public health officials want residents to start taking precautions now.

Star Student: Sierra Gilman

Ten-year-old Sierra Gilman is the best tetherball player on the court.

Police Blotter for June 11

Jail Report Thursday, June 9 Frank Davis, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail, according to a court order.

Jesse Hill

Craig resident Jesse Hill was named to the spring 2005 Dean's Honor Roll at Western Wyoming Community College.

Ashtyon Ayanna Decker

Krista Decker and Otto Whisner of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Ashtyon Ayanna Decker, at 9:33 p.m., May 25, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Government Update for June 11

City Council The City Council will meet Tuesday. The agenda is as follows: • Renewal of the 3.2 percent beer retail liquor licence for Minin Mart, Inc. at 2441 West Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

David Pressgrove: Panic attack after track

If I were to graph the annual enthusiasm levels related to my job, it would always show a drop after state track.

Lone star

Jessi Mosher is Craig's junior-division rodeo pioneer

This winter, Jessi Mosher and a couple of her friends attended interest meetings about a middle school rodeo team. At the time, she and a couple of friends were excited about signing up for the team.

First National Bank hires regional president

Greg Dixson has joined First National Bank of the Rockies as regional president of its offices in Steamboat Springs, Craig, Meeker, Hayden and Oak Creek. Dixson will work with current regional president Bill Leeson until the end of 2005, when Leeson plans to semi-retire by working part time on special bank projects and business development efforts for FNBR.

Real Estate Transactions for June 11

Seller: David J. and Karen J. Knez Buyer: Kevin Claus and Errica Hume Property: Craig East 1-4 Lot 10 Blk. 3, 1940 Crockett Dr. Price: $165,000

Yampa Valley Electric Association refunds in the mail

The envelope from the electric company usually means one thing -- time to pay up.

Education briefs for June 11

Excellent Educator awards given out The Moffat County Education Association in partnership with Chapman Automotive Service Center awarded 24 free lube, oil filter and safety inspection certificates to deserving educators in Moffat County between February and May.

Man arrested on suspicion of threatening with knife

A man was arrested on a warrant Friday on suspicion of threatening a construction worker with a knife.

Schools answer survey

Schools will use the internet, e-mail, surveys, newsletters and phone calls to tackle the communication challenges parents say the entire school district faces.

Chuck Mack: A red horse wasn't always a horse that was red -- part 2

To get back to the red horses, these were a beautiful fish with a red stripe that went the full length of their bodies. When they were in their spawning cycle, this stripe would turn a really bright red, especially on the males. These fish weren't what you would call a large fish. As I recall, one two feet long would be a big one.

Datebook for June 11

Today 10 a.m. Tiah's second annual Coin & Currency Show will be held at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, until 6 p.m. There are special hours for dealers from 7 to 10 a.m. People wanting admission during dealer hours must purchase a $25 dealer badge. Call Jim at 824-6460.

Commuters rely on buses

Passengers, officials debate the necessity of a bus depot

When Larry Trice gets up in the morning and heads to work, he relies on one thing -- the bus from Craig to Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Long distance decision

School board members may have good reasons for denying the Dinosaur Community Charter School's request to expand to seventh- and eighth-grade, but they didn't voice them.

Thursday, June 9

The early bird catches the bus

Extended hours allow for club field trips

Cultural outings and pool parties are just some of the new events that Boys & Girls Club members can enjoy this summer as part of the Early Bird program.

School district rates high in satisfaction

Parents are satisfied with the Moffat County School District.

$50K bond stays in meth case

A Moffat County court judge declined to lower bond for a Craig woman charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Mascarenas hopes for success

Michael Mascarenas hopes his offbeat hobbies will produce success in his future.

Commissioner still unsure about referendums

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara isn't sure where he stands on two budget measures on this year's ballot.

Artchie Lee Burns: 1937-2005

Artchie Lee Burns, resident of Craig from 1959 to 1963, died June 6, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 68.

Grand Olde West Days Committee

Spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm Dear editor: In our haste to meet deadlines and thank all who contributed to the Success of the 2005 Grand Olde West Days, we realize there was an oversight. We offer our apologies for not mentioning an important group that re-joined the celebration this year. This dedicated group stepped forward to provide a wonderful non-denominational church service and blessing of the animals as part of the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Christina M. Currie: Children like sponges

Katie can sing the theme song to "That 70s Show" word for word, which should have been a tell-tale sign that she's paying attention when that show comes on.

Vacation Bible School season under way

Churches throughout the region are hosting Vacation Bible Schools this summer.

Carl Harold Blomquist: 1917-2005

Carl Harold Blomquist, longtime resident of Routt and Moffat counties, died June 7, 2005. He was 88.

Business Profile

Donald Griffin Name of business/address: Jim's Tire & Auto 736 W. Victory Way What prompted you to open your business in Craig? We wanted to live in Craig.

Datebook for June 10

Today Noon. Craig Mental Health offers group therapy for women recovering from substance abuse. The meetings last until 2 p.m. Fridays. Child care will be provided. Call 824-6541.

Danielle Realyn Moon

Kortney K. Moon and Bill B. Moon of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Realyn Moon, at 10:33 p.m., June 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Carolyn Moon of Hayden, Kathy K. Venzke of Longmont, and Herman and Nancy Venzke of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by her siblings, Lane and Justin.

Briefs for June 10

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will host a "Meet and Greet" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for families to get to know the summer staff and get reacquainted with the year-round staff.

A learning experience for all

Veteran coach broadens his resume with camp

The teacher and the students were learning this week at the Woodbury Fields.

Craig couples make it work

An optimist would say one in every two marriages lasts.

Wednesday, June 8

Zoning regulations need 'significant overhaul'

Moffat County hasn't made major revisions to zoning regulations since 1982.

Police Blotter for June 9

Jail Report Tuesday, June 7 Khara Ann Mahlum, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of violating a restraining order and domestic violence.

Rural health care facility data debated

About a dozen volunteers gave input Wednesday that may help garner funding for a health care clinic for underinsured or uninsured Northwest Colorado residents.

Addresses plan never completed

Moffat County emergency responders think they can find homes in rural Moffat County even though plans to overhaul addressing were never fully implemented.

Kenneth H. Gotwald: 1958-2005

Memorial services for Kenneth H. Gotwald will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Grand River Assembly of God Church, 257 West Topaz Ave., Granby. For more information, call Schoenfeld Mortuary at (970) 725-3313.

Secure items in rental units

Springtime in Craig brings flowers, new wildlife and storage-unit break-ins.

Datebook for June 9

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month. The meeting's location rotates among members. Call Patti at 826-0412.

Treatment center could meet needs

The recovery propositions for drug addicts in Craig are limited, but some officials hope to change that.

No ticket likely for trooper in rollover

A Colorado State Patrol trooper who rolled his patrol car while responding to an accident probably won't receive a reckless driving ticket, CSP officials said.

Fore-ever fun

Junior golf camp brings players closer to the game

Kaleb McKey doesn't break out the "Happy Gilmore" swing for just anyone, but when it's to impress the future golfers of Craig, he'll oblige.

Tuesday, June 7

Our View: Get on board for downtown

Downtown Craig has few vacant storefronts and the potential to be one of Craig's most-frequented districts, but it will take more than unique items on the shelves and a cashier behind the counter to make it an area that draws an abundance of shoppers.

Blotter for June 8

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, June 6 Deputies took a report of found property.

Elizabeth June "Boo" Knight

Elizabeth June "Boo" Knight, died May 15, 2005, in Templeton, Calif., while on vacation with friends. She was 80.

Rain improves agriculture outlook

The recent rain and runoff has farmers and ranchers expecting a better year for agriculture.

The new All Stars

Youth baseball league tries out new format

Trent Parrott and Josh Pritchard, both 10, love their new uniforms.

Nord not deterred by court decision

HAYDEN -- The Supreme Court decision Monday ruling against medical marijuana probably won't have an effect on Hayden resident Don Nord.

Reading program encourages

At this time last year, 9-year-old Tierra Reeves hated to read. Then her grandmother registered her for the Moffat County Libraries summer reading program. Now Reeves has a growing collection of books, and her grandmother said she's rearing to sign up for this year's program.

Recycling center to open in town

Craig residents soon will have an alternative to sending their aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard to the Moffat County Landfill.

Pritchard families: Thank you from the Pritchard families

To the editor: Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat upon a chair. Perhaps you sent us beautiful flowers, if so we saw them there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words that any friend could say

Bond set for suspect in Smoker Friendly case

A Craig man who was mistakenly let out of jail recently after being booked on suspicion of robbing a store, was issued a $40,000 bond Tuesday in a separate case that involves another round of similar allegations.

Sports briefs for June 8

Girls varsity hoops undefeated at home

Resident recovering from life-threatening injuries

Ten months ago, Gregg Smith was laying in a hospital bed not sure whether he would walk again, talk again or live to see another day. Today, he walks 2.3 miles a day -- sometimes more.

Resident gets 30 months

An 18-year-old Craig resident accused of trying to rob a woman of her change as she was doing laundry, pleaded guilty to one charge in that case in Moffat County District Court on Tuesday.

Erica Renee Arellano-Manzanares

Erica Renee Arellano-Manzanares,

Carl Blomquist

Carl Blomquist of Craig died Tuesday, June 7, 2005, in Grand Junction. Services are pending

Datebook for June 8

Today 5 pm. Share Craig registration day will be held until 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. For more information, call Karen at 824-7939 or Laura at 824-7916.

Monday, June 6

Local businesses gear up for worker influx

Entrega Pipeline officials estimated the 300 to 600 workers on their project will bring $6.3 million in revenue to small businesses. El Paso Company officials think their pipeline project will do the same.

River fanatics shouldn't underestimate water's risks

Anything can happen when Mother Nature is in charge. Despite summerlike conditions, many risks still exist for river fanatics.

Practice makes perfect

Mine workers test skills in competition

Seven mine rescue teams will be in Craig this week to test their skills in contests that, while fun, are deadly serious.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Ashley Montoya Occupation: Fashion department clerk at Kmart

Briefs for June 7

Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver's license and have a good driving record.

Police Blotter for June 7

Jail Report Thursday, June 5 Brenda LeBlanc, 27, was booked in the Moffat County Jail on a charge of criminal trespassing.

Dortha Fae Babb

Dortha Fae Babb Former Craig resident Dortha Fae Babb died Friday in Longmont. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Craig cemetery.

Brendan Beachman

Brendan Beachman Brendan Beachman of Craig was named to the 2005 spring semester honor roll at Montana State University in Bozeman.

David T. Hainault: More friends on my highway of life

On Friday, May 6, I was driving my Honda Gold Wing from Craig to Steamboat on my way to work when I was torpedoed by a doe just west of Milner. My right calf was shattered, but I managed to get the bike off the road and stopped before the bike leaned to the right and I couldn't hold it. I was talking to my best friend, Grace Lux, on a cell phone at the time. She called 911, and the ambulance crew was en-route before the bike was off the road.

Moffat County to hire planner

Vacant position will be filled as soon as possible

Moffat County officials hope to have a new planning department employee by the end of the month.

No bidders bite on courthouse annex

There wasn't much interest in purchasing the Moffat County Courthouse Annex on Monday.

Pueblo police seek former resident as suspect

Pueblo police are looking for a former Craig resident who is accused of killing his wife in Pueblo last week.

Wrangling radio waves for marathon

Amateur radio association members take over communication

Becoming a "Ham" or amateur radio operator takes perseverance, skill, lots of study and a unique desire to communicate with sound.

Inmates may face charges from 'hooch'

Recipe: Fruit, bread, yeast and sugar. Mix well in a baggie and let stand.

Police locate robbery suspect

Craig Police arrested a Craig man Monday afternoon whom they suspect robbed Smoker Friendly on Friday. The suspect is the same man who was arrested in April for robbing Craig's west end Kum & Go.

No parking

Property hit by runaway car for seventh time

The car backed through her driveway and into her renter's truck -- totaling it.

Sports briefs for June 7

The Craig Sea Sharks toughed it out in snow and rain Saturday in Steamboat Springs. Coach Marin Campbell said that many of the swimmers had personal bests despite the conditions. Chris Compton, Tucker Trujillo (11 to 12), and Sassy Murray (9 to 10) each earned high points for scoring the most points in their respective age groups. Other top finishers were: Katie Gainor and Ashleigh McDonald, first and second in the 50 yard breaststroke; Matt Hulstine, fourth in the 50 backstroke; Mitch Romney, third in the 50 butterfly.

Fire department recruiting new members

Because of the number of firefighters at or near retirement, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board is increasing its efforts to recruit new members.

Datebook for June 7

Today 5 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is hosting a grand opening of its new dental clinic and honoring those who helped make it a reality. The Dental Care clinic is at 485 Yampa Ave. in Craig. There will be a special recognition of supporters at 6 p.m. The open house lasts until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Business author to speak in Craig

Community, business relations topic of speech

Business people, nonprofit employees and community members may benefit from advice by an author who plans to speak in Craig.

Sunday, June 5

Mines focused on health

Peabody giving its employees incentives to become healthier

Jackie Hall wants to lose weight, and when she does, she'll have more than just an improved self-image.

Overcoming obstacles

Despite setbacks, Dental Coalition continues to help residents

Jennifer Stauffer hated to brush her teeth because of the pain it inflicted on her inflamed gums.

Datebook for June 6

Today 9 a.m. The Challenger British Soccer Camp will take place today through Friday at Woodbury Park. Participants are divided into two age groups: 5 to 9 and 10 to 14. The younger group will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and the older group from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $85 for the younger group and $90 for the older group. To sign up for the camp visit or contact Ray Dubois at 826-6101, 824-1085 or

What would Huck do?

Rain doesn't keep youngsters away from fishing event

Despite chattering teeth and blue lips, children at Saturday's Huck Finn Day at Loudy-Simpson Park maintained an optimistic attitude about bringing in a big catch.

Running like I wanted to run

Daily Press sportswriter is 10th in marathon

It's a good thing newspapers don't release odors, because I smell worse than the sulfur curve in Steamboat Springs right now.

Singing her heart out

Craig's Jori Hollenbeck chasing her dreams this summer

Jori Hollenbeck has recorded her first music CD and now she is marketing it.

News briefs for June 6

Tanker spills liquid asphalt on 13 The driver of a 6,000-gallon tanker truck was not injured when the vehicle rolled on Colorado Highway 13 late Friday.

Sea Sharks brave cold, snow at meet

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- It was 33 degrees and snowing Saturday morning.

Friday, June 3

Andy Smith: Thanks for memories, Craig

I'm leaving Craig tomorrow. By Saturday night, I'll have loaded up a moving van, and my wife, Laura, and our two boys will be preparing to drive to our new home in Loma, which is a small community just west of Grand Junction.

GOWD Planning Committee: Thanks sponsors

The Grand Olde West Days Committee would like to thank all our sponsors, donors and the many businesses, organizations and individuals who help make Grand Olde West Days was such a wonderful weekend event. Grand Olde West Days could not happen if it were not for the generosity of our sponsors, donors and the individuals who give of their time and talents to plan, set up and host a weekend long event. We are taking off a couple of weeks and then we will be back at it planning again to make next year an even bigger and better event.

Letter Carriers Branch 5236: Thanks for food donations

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 5236, would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Moffat County residents who contributed to our food drive. We collected a record 4,000 pounds of food for the community food bank.

David T Hainault: Thanks for help after motorcycle accident

On Friday morning, May 6, I was driving my Honda Gold Wing from Craig to Steamboat on my way to work, when I was torpedoed by a doe, just West of Milner. My right calf was shattered, but I managed to get the bike off the road and stopped before the bike leaned to the right and I couldn't hold it. I was talking to my best friend, Grace Lux, on a cell phone at the time. She called 911, and the ambulance crew was en route before the bike was off the road!

Longtime educators bid adieu

After 33 years with the Moffat County School District, Tom Nagoda said leaving will be hard, but he thinks it's time.

White River Club's annual fish fry June 11

White fish caught in the White River breaded and deep-fat fried to perfection.

On the roads again

Former MCHS runner back on course

The days of working two jobs may be over soon for Clint Wells.

David Pressgrove: Mentally motivated

It's race time. I'll admit that the rainy week wasn't the best for quality runs, but mileage wasn't my focus. The final preparation to run 26.2 miles is nearly all mental.

Loss of vets will be felt at VFW

The Department of Veteran's Affairs estimates more than 1,000 World War II veterans die every day. Of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II, the VA projects just 3.7 million will be alive this August.

Smoker Friendly robbed; police seek male suspect

Craig law enforcement officials spent Friday seeking a man suspected of robbing a cashier at Smoker Friendly earlier that day.

Report: Tri-State CO2 emissions high

Other emissions at the Craig power plant low, study finds

Tri-State Power Plant in Craig is not among the nation's heaviest polluting power plants in three of four categories studied, a recent report shows.

Datebook for June 4

8 a.m. First Baptist Church will be holding a yard sale and bake sale fund-raiser until 2 p.m. with proceeds going to fund camp scholarships for Mount Elim Youth Camp. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hot dogs and lemonade can be purchased for $1. Donated items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon today, and they can be dropped off at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

Briefs for June 4

Your child may qualify for the program if they turn 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31 and your family meets current income guidelines. Call Marcia at 824-5716 or come by the center at 690 Connor Drive to get your child enrolled. For information in Spanish, call 800-659-4970.

Andrea Deneen Garcia

Six-week-old Andrea Deneen Garcia died May 19, 2005, in Orlando, Fla.

Police Blotter for June 4

Jack Kenfield, 44, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree criminal tampering.

Community needs survey shows drugs a top concern

Drug and alcohol abuse ranks as the top concern among community leaders, according to a community needs assessment conducted by Kennecott Energy.

Wilma O. Clark

orth Fork area resident Wilma O. Clark passed away at the Delta County Memorial Hospital on Sunday, May 29, 2005. She was 81 years old.

Summer boredom relief

Recreation district offers a fix for everyone

Searching for summer boredom relief is easy for Meeker residents this year, compliments of the Eastern Rio Blanco Met�--ro�--politan Recreation District.

Kenneth Gotwald

Memorial services for Kenneth Gotwald will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2005, at the Assembly of God Church, 1150 E. 9th St.

Thursday, June 2


Jan and Carol Roth of Craig, announce the wedding of their daughter, Jessie Roth, to Cody Pritchard, son of Glenn and Audrey Pritchard of Craig, on May 5, 2005.

Datebook for June 3

Noon. Craig Mental Health offers group therapy for women recovering from substance abuse on Fridays until 2 p.m. Child care is provided. Call 824-6541.

Drug court supporters discuss possibilities

A number of agencies want to establish a drug court in Moffat County, but it may take a little more planning to make it a reality.

College board mulls nursing tuition hikes

CNCC tables decision until budget finalized

Board members at Colorado Northwestern Community College are waiting to crunch the school's budget numbers before deciding whether to require students in specialized programs to pay an increase in tuition costs.

Commissioners to attend CCI conference

The Moffat County commissioners will attend the Colorado Counties Incorp�--orated summer conference next week.

Court employees disappointed with security decision

Court employees are disappointed by the Moffat County Commissioners' decision not to boost security at the courts.

Workers, hunters descend on Craig

Book rooms early for fall

In a town of 500 hotel rooms, it's going to take trailer spaces, campsites, apartments -- even spare bedrooms -- to accommodate the more than 1,200 workers the energy industry will bring through this area in the fall.

Bringing fðtbol to the states

British Soccer Camp begins Monday

On Saturday, 500 soccer enthusiasts from the United Kingdom will fly into the United States and for the rest of the summer the word "fðtbol" will be introduced to American youth soccer programs.

Youth basketball team competing at national level

The sixth-grade girls AAU basketball team has come a long way this year.

Congregations knit shawls to benefit those in need

Prayers come in more than just verbal form. Proof is in a group that wants to knit blessings into shawls they'll distribute to community members.

Briefs for June 3

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering an intensive perioperative nursing class starting June 10. The intensive 90-hour class is a joint effort with The Memorial Hospital. The class is open to registered nurses or those who are set to earn their registered nursing licenses. It is limited to seven students, but there are two slots open. The first time opportunity for students to get training in operating rooms will be taught by former Craig resident and Moffat County High School graduate, Julie Mower. Mower is on the faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Moving on over

Speedway racers leave former classes for IMCA mods

With the return of fan favorite Herby the Love Bug this season the mini class in the Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association's races at the Hayden Speedway has gained popularity. But there is little question which class pulls the most fan interest at the speedway.

Robert W. "Bob" Bedell (1938-2004)

A Memorial Day "Celebration of Life" was held this weekend to honor former Craig resident and Routt County native Robert W. "Bob" Bedell, who lost his brave battle with cancer in December at his Hayden home at the age of 66.

Rodeos a way of life

Teenagers give up personal lives be ropers

When school lets out, Becky White's busy season begins.

Police Blotter for June 3

Thursday, June 2 No report furnished.

Christina Currie: Thrift store dress -- priceless

It was a black dress covered in little pink flowers. I don't remember how it was cut or whether it had lace. What I do remember is that I was going to keep it forever. I was probably about 7 years old, and the dress was so pretty that I was going to someday give it to my daughter.

Wednesday, June 1

Former resident suspected in murder

Pueblo police are looking for a former Craig man in connection with the shooting death of his wife and the shooting of a 19-year-old man early Wednesday in Pueblo.

Briefs for June 2, 2005

Datebook for June 2

Sports Briefs for June 2, 2005

MCHS alum finishes 4th in steeplechase Former Moffat County High School athlete and Western State College senior Kelly Christensen finished his collegiate track career with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division 2national championship in Abilene, Texas, during the weekend.

Sand, socks and soccer balls: Party set for Sunday

It's a party, and all soccer enthusiasts are invited.

Inaugural WSL All-Star game a hit

Bryan Wojtkie�--wicz was 12 the last time he played in an All-Star game. Tuesday, the Moffat County senior-to-be joined three teammates and other top players from the Class 4A Western Slope League for the inaugural All-Star baseball game in Rifle.

Moffett: Thanks for the help

To the Editor: On Easter Sunday, we were driving from Jackson Hole to Crested Butte. About five miles south of Craig, we stopped to admire the scenery and change drivers. As we looked across the landscape, we heard a "toot" from our rental car. The car had locked itself! The keys, our coats, and our cell phone were all locked in the car. Now what were we going to do?

Rickerby: City's capricious choice

To the Editor: So now the city wants to enforce an old ordinance against yard sale signs. Isn't this interesting, considering they don't enforce many other ordinances that also have been on the books for many years.

Obituary: Joseph Daniel Balleck

Obituary: Joseph H. Chivington

Huck Finn Day lures young anglers

Any child can be a main character of Mark Twain's landmark novel during Craig's Huck Finn Day on Saturday.

County commissioners amend tower proposal

Moffat County commissioners amended a grant proposal Wednesday that, if approved by the state, would put a total of six 800-megahertz radio towers in the county.

Animal-code changes raise some residents' hackles

There may be little debate June 14 when proposed changes to the city's animal code go before the Craig City Council for the fifth time.

Puddles make pests

Wet weather and a swollen Yampa River have left more than 1,000 acres of prime mosquito-hatching ground in Moffat County.

Cops cast a line to children

Sheyenne Cromer has been pestering her father to go fishing for the past month. The 7-year-old finally got her chance to reel in a few fish Wednesday at the Cops and Kids fishing day.