Stories for March 2005


Thursday, March 31

Jauon Louis Vigil

Amber Vigil and Jeromy Vigil of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jauon Louis Vigil, at 2:09 a.m., March 28, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Terry Bennett of Craig and Robert Bennett of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Frances Vigil of Craig and Frank Vigil of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Monica Vigil, and Adriel Vigil.

Running out of water

By 2030, Colorado's water providers will fall short of meeting the state's water needs by 20 percent, the Statewide Water Supply Initiative has found.

Bulldog JVs win doubleheader over Meeker

The Meeker Cowboys gave the Moffat County JV baseball team a run for its money.

Bronze culture: Teens flock to tanning salons

They come out smelling like coconut oil, sporting bronzed faces and possibly even walking with an extra spring in their steps. Teenagers throughout the country are following the trend of regular tanning-bed regimens.

Pastor leaves Hawaii to settle in Craig

Bob Woods has come to Craig looking for a bit more stability, and he's found that at First Congregational Church.

William Puhl: Craig

As a law-abiding citizen, I find alarming the Daily Press's article about a function that was held at the middle school, supported by local merchants and as stated in the artical paid for by a federal grant to teach bilingual classes. It sounded more like a question and answer session about illegal immigration.

Christine Villard, Director of Student Services, Moffat County

Moffat County School District's English Language Learner Department and staff would like to thank the following for their generous contributions for food and for providing the program for our ELL Family Night on March 24 at Craig Intermediate School.

Habitat for Humanity seeks TMH home

Members of a startup Habitat for Humanity chapter want to launch their first home and think they've found a match with a house being sold by The Memorial Hospital.

News briefs for April 1

The Red Cross Chapter serving northern Colorado has announced that the American Red Cross has surpassed its fundraising needs for Tsunami Relief. It is American Red Cross policy to release the information when the needed amount has been raised, in order to avoid oversubscription. "We announced in late January that we believed there was enough money in the pipeline to meet the needs, and that has come true. We are now approaching $900,000 in gifts from northern Colorado alone," said Ken Williams, CEO of the local Chapter. Nationally, $475 million has been raised. He added that gifts have slowed for Tsunami relief, but they are still coming in. The Tsunami fund may be completed, but there are other needs. Williams directs people who wish to support aid for disaster victims to consider a gift to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund for the recent Indonesian Earthquake, or the local Centennial Chapter Relief Fund. "The local fund is depleted, and we respond to more than 75 disasters a year right here at home." He added that the needs for the recent earthquake victims in Indonesia are just becoming known, but they may be significant. To make a gift, contact the local Chapter at 1-800-824-6615 or visit

Johnathan James Mounce

Lena Mounce and Robert Mounce of Craig announce the birth of their son, Johnathan James Mounce, at 9:17 p.m., March 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Police blotter for April 1

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 30 Officers investigated a report of unlawful cocaine use. Officers issued a trespass notice.

Declan Michael McCray Baker

Kelly Jo Williams and Bruce Baker of Craig announce the birth of their son, Declan Michael McCray Baker, at 3:23 p.m., March 26, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2.5 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Mary Jo and Doyle Checketts of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Cathy Lemm of Story, Wyo., and Wade Baker of Hutchinson, Kan. Great-grandparents are Ike and Delia Eisenhauer of Craig.

Doing the best we can

Nikki can't say any word that has the letter "R" in it.

A day of firsts for Bulldog girls soccer team

It was a game of firsts for the Moffat County girls soccer team.

Jailer injured in escape attempt

A Moffat County jailer was injured Monday in a scuffle with an inmate who allegedly was trying to escape.

Failed drilling measure still has support

Supporters of a law that would have required drilling companies and landowners to develop a surface-use agreement before drilling say they will continue their efforts to protect private property.

Datebook for April 1

Today Today is the deadline for CIS and CMS girls to register for the volleyball camp. There are two sessions held at Moffat County High School. The first is for fifth- and sixth-grade girls April 4-9. The second session is April 11-14. Both sessions are from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The cost of the camp is $35. Contact Becky Howlett at 824-7036.

A unique breed

It doesn't take long to realize that high school rodeo is unique from any other sport.

Wednesday, March 30

Police blotter for March 31

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, March 29 • Jesse Ernest Hendricks, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of failure to comply and failure to appear. Craig Police Department Tuesday, March 29 • Officers investigated a broken front window at Nimrods.

Keeping up with the kids

Brenda Gutierrez always knew she was going to be a mother. She just never visualized herself as a sports mom.

YVRA Aviation Director resigns

Jim Parker, aviation director at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, is resigning.

Man gets three years in sex case

Editors note: The Craig Daily Press has a policy of not naming victims of sexual crimes. However, in previous reporting about this case, we quoted the victim and her parents, who wanted to share their story.

Teresa Stoffle and family: Craig

I would like to recognize some of the Craig people who help out at the MSSR Snocross races. These people give eight to nine weekends a season to help make this a success. We are dedicated to the race program and how it promotes good family values and sportsmanship.

Oil and gas companies win battle about taxes

Gas-development companies can continue to deduct processing and shipping costs from their taxes, according to a recent decision from the Colorado Supreme Court.

Commissioners rethink contributing to CAPS

It's going to cost more for people convicted of crimes to pay their debts to society in Moffat County.

On your mark, restart, go

At Wednesday's practice, the Moffat County boys swim team ran outside between intervals and dove through the snow.

Sarah Draper: 1947-2005

Sarah Draper, 58, of Sheridan, Wyo., passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at her residence.

News briefs for March 31

The 25th annual SmartWool Cardboard Classic is Saturday at the headwall of the Steamboat Ski Area. Waiver forms, fact sheets and rules can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Information Center in Gondola Square. Registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Judging begins at noon with therace afterward. There is no entry fee, and trophies will be awarded for the most creative, the ugliest, best individual craft, potpourri and best reproductions of a person, place or thing. Everyone who enters the race will be entered into a drawing for a Steamboat 2005-06 season ski pass.

Datebook for March 31

Today Developmental screenings for children 5 years old and younger are being held today at the Early Education Center. These screenings are by appointment only. Call 824-7457 to schedule an appointment.

Gayla Richardson

Gayla Richardson, formerly of Craig, died Friday, March 25, 2005, in Last Vegas.

Tuesday, March 29

Kidnapping case bound over for trial

A Baggs, Wyo., man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 42-year-old woman will stand trial. A circuit court judge ruled Thursday that enough evidence exists to bind over 29-year-old Douglas Alan Reeves to trial.

Pleasant surprise

A majority of the Moffat County girls track team that competed at Hotchkiss last year improved on their performances this year. Several freshmen also turned in times that opened the eyes of their coaches.

Track teams perform well

Boys finish fifth at Hotchkiss

A snowy morning and only one week of practice made for low expectations for the Moffat County boys track team Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Police blotter for March 30

Craig Police Department Monday, March 28 • Officers investigated a theft at Northwest Storage. • Officers made a warrant arrest.

Our view: Slow down and vote

If only voting could inspire as much interest as the speed limit between Craig and Meeker.

Airports get new tracking system

Airports in Routt and Moffat counties soon could be the first in the lower 48 states to track airplanes using new technology.

Water bill sinks in House

A bill restricting recreational water rights died on the state House floor Tuesday, much to the relief of city officials.

Jail gets guard

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office top brass filled the commissioner chambers as Sheriff Buddy Grinstead showed the commissioners a video of an inmate assaulting a detention officer.

Proposed subdivision gets county approval

John Stehle received the go-ahead Tuesday to begin developing a 29-lot subdivision immediately north of Craig.

Whacking at weed problem

Moffat County and the Bureau of Land Management are partnering to fight weeds, and oil and gas companies are some of the partners' biggest supporters.

Datebook for March 30

Today 7 p.m. Bingo is held every Wednesday at the VFW, 419 E. Victory Way, and is open to the public. Call 824-7145.

Myrtle Jane Hix: 1916-2005

Myrtle Jane Hix went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital after a fall, which led to complications. She was six days short of being 89.

Denis Unrein: 1944-2005

Well-known Meeker resident Denis Unrein, 60, died March 28, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.

Richard Eby

Funeral services for Richard Eby will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

News briefs for March 30

The Small Business Development Center is offering a workshop in marketing and sales skills improvements from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at 601 Yampa Ave. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Progressive Business Development Network. To register, call 824-7078. Participants can learn the basic principles of marketing, including product, price, place and promotion. The training will help businesses determine the most effective method of reaching customers, learn how customers are motivated and learn how to get the most from a selling opportunity. Techniques for overcoming customer resistance will be shared. The cost is $40.

Ephedrine compliance

Store managers follow law they say not needed

It can't be said that Craig lags behind the nation in fighting a growing methamphetamine problem. In fact, a city ordinance passed in January beats both the state and federal governments in restricting the sale of products used to manufacture the popular drug.

Monday, March 28

Betty June Taylor: 1935-2005

Betty June Taylor of Craig died Sunday, March 21, 2005, at her home.

Darla Hickson

The family of Darla Hickson would like to invite all of her friends to attend a celebration of Darla's life. This event will be held at noon Sunday, April 3, at the Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way.

News briefs for March 29

The We See D.C. trip to Washington, D.C., and the Williamsburg, Va., area has a few openings. The trip is from June 5 to 10. If any middle school students, parents or other adults are interested in going, call Jill Stacy or Courtney Jenison at 824-3289.

Safeway workers approve contract

Safeway grocery-store employees approved a four-year contract this weekend, ending speculation that the workers would go on strike.

It's not fantasy football

Yu-Gi-Oh contestants engage in battle of wits

Tony Gallegos is all about games that have an element of strategy.

Brian Markham

Brian Markham is looking forward to walking in the Moffat County High School graduation ceremony with the honor of being the president of National Honor Society and also graduating from Colorado Northwestern Community College the same month with an associate's degree in applied science/CISCO networking.

Terrie Barrie: Craig

I must take issue with the headline in Saturday's Morning Press, "Opposition group softens stance." Northwest Colorado Cares did not soften its position against importing low-level radioactive waste to Mr. Ross' Maybell site. We are against it. Your headline would lead others to think otherwise.

Man accused of attempted murder

A Craig man is accused of trying to choke his wife to death and faces charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.

Cultural Heritage Tourism initiative gains momentum

Bernie Rose remembers the disappointment he felt when a nearly 500-year-old oak tree was cut down outside of his Michigan hometown. His grade-school class took field trips to see the tree, which was tied into a knot as a sapling and used as a trail marker.

Merwin Peppler: 1925-2005

Merwin Peppler, 80, of Craig died Friday, March 25, at the Memorial Hospital.

Police: No suspects in last week's vandalism of automobiles

Craig Police have no leads in connection with two nights of automobile vandalism last week.

Police blotter for March 29

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 26 • Officers arrested a man for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Datebook for March 29

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

Gayla Richardson

Funeral services for Gayla Richardson, formerly of Craig, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the mortuary Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until the service begins.

Officials explore federally funded clinic

There's no doubt that the number of medically uninsured residents is a growing population in Moffat County.

Sunday, March 27

Delta dumps 'Dogs in doubleheader

For seven innings, the Moffat County baseball team matched Delta, the preseason favorite team in the Western Slope League, but it wasn't enough.

'Lettuce Feed You' luncheon is Friday

Members of the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association are busy preparing nearly every type of salad imaginable.

Dora Watson: living the volunteer way

I didn't even get a nap," Dora Watson said recently, already more than 10 hours into her day with hours to go.

Gayla Richardson

Gayla Richardson, former Craig resident, died Friday in Las Vegas. Services are pending.

Richard Eby

Richard Eby, former Craig resident, died Saturday in Grand Junction. Services are pending.

Missed opportunities costly

Moffat County junior Michelle Workman jumped in the air, clinched her fists and gritted her teeth. Her frustration festered after her wide-open shot sailed over the goal in the second half with 12 minutes to go in the game.

'Provide a good service'

Name: Rocky Innes Name of business/address: Locksmith of Craig

Datebook for March 28

Today 2 p.m. AARP meets at Sunset Meadows I. Call Beverley Chapman at 824-5123.

Three teens arrested in armed robbery case

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Three Craig teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing armed robbery on the Yampa River Core Trail on Tuesday night.

A lesson in money management

Jamie Choi repeatedly raised her paint stick in the air, only to lower it again, unsatisfied.

Candy Race snowed out

Nearly 100 children showed up at City Park ready to scavenge through a layer of snow for candy Saturday morning. They settled for a handful from the Easter Bunny.

Friday, March 25

News briefs for March 26

We See D.C. program has few openings The We See D.C. trip to Washington, D.C., and the Williamsburg, Va., area has a few openings. The trip is from June 5 to 10.

Star Student: Maggie Blackston

Family has had a big influence on Moffat County High School junior Maggie Blackston. It's so important that her career choices will put her in the footsteps of some -- sometimes several -- family members.

Players, staff react to coach's resignation

Moffat County junior Zach Haddan heard about a basketball meeting Wednesday night and assumed what most of his teammates did.

Baggs, Craig linked

The Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs, Wyo., would have a hard time existing without the help of Moffat County.

Forecasts suggest active fire season

Early fire forecasts indicate the states north of Colorado have the potential for an active fire season.

Opposition group softens stance

Group willing to support uranium pit if owner cleans up radioactive dirt

Jim Ross hoped people would learn a lesson, but he brought a rope just in case there was a lynching.

Superintendent says NCLBA creates 'unrealistic expectations'

Moffat County School District Officials have been saying for years what a national report just discovered -- the aims of No Child Left Behind Act, though noble, just aren't realistic.

Marvin Peppler

Marvin Peppler Marvin Peppler, a resident of rural Moffat County near Baggs, Wyo., died Friday at The Memorial Hospital.

The blotter for March 26

Law enforcement Moffat County Jail Thursday, March 24 Darby Ray Duncan, 23, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of violation of a restraining order.

Sno-crossed racers

Craig snowmobile racers work together on race weekends

When Tanner Hankins was literally run over by another competitor in a snocross race last weekend in West Yellowstone, half the town of Craig came to his side.

Curtain up on CPAP's 1st production

The Craig Performing Arts Project presents its first production in a couple of weeks, and Director Linda Putnam is asking audience members to figure out who the murderer is.

Our View: Using experts' advice

John Schler of the Colorado Center for Community Development is the latest expert on downtown revitalization to offer suggestions to local shopkeepers about how to create a viable and profitable central business district.

Helping hands

East Elementary School student uses sign language interpreter in the classroom

Mona Bergstrom helps out on the playground and occasionally in the classroom, but when it comes right down to it, she has one job -- Mariah Kowach.

Commuters spend time, money getting to work

Debra Reglin allows herself an hour and a half to get to work each day. She never knows how the traffic and weather will be while driving on U.S. Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs.

David Pressgrove: The road less traveled

If you know Mike LeWarne, you know how much basketball means to him.

Meetings will help gauge need for new clinic

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting meetings in Moffat and Routt counties next month to gauge whether the region wants or needs a federally funded Community Health Center for people who lack adequate health insurance.

Edwin Cromer

Edwin Cromer Edwin "Shorty" Cromer of Craig died Thursday at his home.

Thursday, March 24

William (Willy) Pete Georgiou: 1960-2005

William (Willy) Pete Georgiou, lifetime resident of Craig, died March 18, 2005, at his home. He was 44.

Don Coty

Memorial services for Don Coty of Sedgwick were held Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Sedgwick.

News briefs for March 25

Today is the last day for seniors at Moffat County High School to apply for scholarships from the local Kiwanis Club. Call the high school counseling office at 824-7036.

Petitioners seek to keep 65 mph limit on Hwy 13

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing a speed limit change on Colorado Highway 13.

Work in progress

Construction at Elkhead Reservoir is on schedule.

JoAnn M. Gowdy: 1942-2005

JoAnn M. Gowdy of Maybell, died March 16, 2005, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was 62.

Religion calendar for March 25

Today 5 p.m. Good Friday service at St. Michael's Catholic Church. 7 p.m. Spanish Mass/Misa en Espanol. Viernes Santo: de la Pasión del Señor. St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor of Craig died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at her home. No services are planned.

Craig churches have full slates of Easter activities

From special services to Easter egg hunts, Craig area churches will celebrate Easter in a variety of ways.

Study: Foundry could help economy

Initially, a jewelry design and production foundry in Craig would employ three to four people. Down the road, though, the potential is limitless.

Dinosaur school closer to compliance

Three months after school district officials wondered whether they'd have to close the Dinosaur Community Charter School, they were offering praises.

Vehicle crashes into business -- again

Even the person Jack Anderson was talking to on the phone heard the crash Thursday when a woman driving a Ford F-150 crashed into the pole outside of Victory Vision.

Unpaid is not unlimited

School Board limits unpaid leave to 5 days a school year

There's a limit to how much school time Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad can spend spreading his anti-drug and alcohol message.

School Board tells leaders to hold spending

Educational programs won't suffer, but neither will they see the big changes only money can buy.

Datebook for March 25

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

The necessities of life

There are very few circumstances that allow us to leave the house without toting more toys than we can carry.

Gloria Jeanne Jones: 1929-2005

Gloria Jeanne Jones of Craig, died March 16, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 76.

LeWarne resigns as basketball coach

After the last game of the 2004-05 season, Moffat County boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne told his players, "For the first time in my life, things are more important than basketball," but left it at that.

They're pumped up

Golf team adjusting to 'fresh start'

Early this season, members of the Moffat County girls golf team walked onto the track and their identities were mistaken.

Justin Lewis Garcia

Keeley Garcia and Mark Garcia of Belgrade, Mont., announce the birth of their son, Justin Lewis Gar-cia, at 7:57 a.m. March 7, 2005.The baby weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long.

Good food, hot topic

Steamboat lawyer addresses immigration law

Alvaro Landa remembers when he could count on one hand the number of Hispanic families in Craig.

Wednesday, March 23

Been there, done that

Returning upperclassmen on girls track team know what it takes

Been there, done that.

Commissioners vote support for drilling at Roan Plateau

The Moffat County commissioners voted their support for environmentally responsible energy development at the Roan Plateau on Tuesday.

Bed and breakfast owner wants to increase Craig tourism

Gary Cook is the cook. And the host, the entertainment guide and the maintenance man as well as the maid at home.

Police blotter for March 24

Craig Police Department Tuesday, March 22, 2005 • Officers arrested a man for attempted murder in domestic dispute case. • Officers investigated a report of a theft at the north Kum & Go. • Officers received a report of fraud by check from Domino's Pizza.

Datebook for March 24

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

What schools don't teach

Registration for Recreational Afterschool Doorway's spring semester ends Friday, and Executive Director Dianne Gould said she is overwhelmed by the number of youths who have signed up.

Eggs-tra help for Moffat County Partners

Decorative paper Easter eggs will soon be popping up all over town.

Accused ex-coach appears in court

A former Moffat County High School girls' golf coach allegedly had sex with a student nine times and gave her alcohol three times before she turned 18, according to court testimony Wednesday.

Man gets jail time for firing gun

Careless gun crimes are one of Judge Mary Lynne James hot button issues. As a gun owner, she thinks people who commit such crimes endanger her rights.

Expert: Revitalized downtown depends on time, effort

Craig's downtown has all the elements needed to implement a successful Main Street program. What it needs is a core group of people dedicated to making it happen.

Bad weather greets golfers

This wasn't the welcome they wanted.

News briefs for March 24

Craig police arrested Albert Mike Paroli, 52, on charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault Tues-day. The charges stemmed from a reported domestic dispute between Paroli and his wife in the 600 block of Fourth Street. No weapon was involved in the incident, and Paroli's wife was not taken to the hospital, Craig Police Capt. Jerry DeLong said. Paroli was in custody at the Moffat County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. His bail had not been set.

Tuesday, March 22

News briefs for March 23

Beginning Friday, the entrance station near the Dinosaur Quarry Visitors Center will be open on weekends. The entrance fee is $10 a vehicle and $5 for bicycle or motorcycle and is good for seven days. A monument park pass is $20 and is good for one year. In addition, the Green River Campground and boater dump station also will be open through the spring and summer season. The camping fee is $12 a day. The Split Mountain group campground will be open and taking reservations at 435-781-7759. Harper Corner Road will remain closed becuse of snowdrifts until possibly early April. Currently, the first five miles of the road is open up to the Plug Hat picnic area, including the nature trail.

Blotter for March 23

Craig Police Department Monday, March 21 • Officers investigated a report of a stolen car. • Officers arrested a woman on a warrant.

Ashlyn Marlane Robson

Davana Robson and John Robson of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Marlane Robson, at 8:21 a.m. March 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Macey Jadyn Booco

Diana M. Booco and Larry W. Booco of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Macey Jadyn Booco, at 11:04 p.m.,March 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Lisa Balstad:Maybell Women's Club

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Moffat County and all the surrounding communities.

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

As people lifted their mugs in pubs across Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day last week, they did so in smoke-free environments. Since 2004, all pubs, bars and restaurants in Ireland have been smoke-free because of a comprehensive law that protects workers from secondhand smoke.

The Martinez family: Jake, Anita, Gillian and Maury, Craig

Anita and I would like to take some time and thank each and every member of this community who have contributed time, prayers and support for our family.

Our view: Take some deep breaths

The recent legislative push for a statewide ban on smoking in public places, we think, is a good idea.

City spending outpaces revenue

The city of Craig started off the year with more money than expected but less than last year.

Trapping tourists

Official: Dinosaur can do better

Colorado's richest visitors drive through Dinosaur.

Sheriff's Office wants more jail staffing

Two inmates sneaked from their pod last week and were loose in the Moffat County Jail for more than an hour.

Honors continue for Telfer

The outcome of a game definitely isn't the main focus when a player doesn't remember the final score was.

Former inmate sues Grinstead

When Stephen Pogline broke Christopher Hahs' jaw in the county jail, it cost the Moffat County Sheriff's Office $20,000 in medical bills.

Officials agree to make TMH top grant priority

There were no arguments. The Memorial Hospital's request for $1 million will be ranked first of the five grants coming out Moffat County for the next Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant cycle.

First responders preparing for the worst

It's 10:38 a.m. on a school day, and a report comes in that gunfire is heard coming from the Craig Middle School. Two or three shots are heard, then a pause, followed by additional shots.

New program aims to place veterans in oil and gas jobs

About 15,000 military veterans are returning from overseas with injuries to their limbs that can make it hard to find work.

Elberta Cochran: Craig

Thanks to Tom Gray and Darryl Steele, our commissioners, for their interest to help us to prepare for the coming of deaf people from Denver and Colorado Springs to a conference June 18. We will have more information before June. Come and meet them.

Meat: It's what's not for dinner

Dean Dimick likes to eat meat.

Taking on the tumbleweeds

For two of its best runners, all that the Moffat County boys track practice is missing is a tumbleweed blowing across the infield.

Datebook for March 23

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed all day for computer maintenance and training.

Monday, March 21

Bank pledges $25,000 to BGCC

First National Bank of the Rockies has offered the Boys & Girls Club of Craig $25,000.

Library turnover study finished

An employee turnover consultant has made nine recommendations to improve operations at the Moffat County Libraries.

Street smarts

A few years ago, nobody really wanted to visit Fruita's downtown-- an area that was dotted with abandoned buildings and offered visitors little to do.

County at fire crossroads

Proposed federal cuts in wildfire fighting funds could cost Northwest Colorado its Hotshot crew.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Sean Fortney Occupation: Student at the Moffat County Alternative School

The honeymooners

Girls soccer team adjusts to fourth coach in as many years

Moffat County junior Jessica Uecker and sophomore Ashleigh Mann missed the first week of soccer practice because of the state playoffs in basketball. When they arrived for their first day of practice, last year's top scorers were surprised.

BLM unsure what to make of county's R.S. 2477 claims

The Bureau of Land Management isn't sure what to do with Moffat County's right-of-way claims.

Daffodil sale supports hospice care

At 15, Jen Bethel is the youngest volunteer working with hospice care in Moffat County.

Police blotter for March 22

Craig Police Department Monday, March 21 • Nothing reported today.

News briefs for March 22

Colorado Northwest Community College Foundation is hosting its annual dinner and dance April 2 in Rangely. The purpose of this event is to collect additional scholarship funds. Last year, the event collected and awarded $6,200, as well as a $15,000 scholarship donation from Encana for the school's natural resources program. Tickets are $30 a person or $175 a table and can be purchased from any foundation member or from Robin at the CNCC Craig campus. Call 824-7071. Entertainment will be provided with an auction.

Datebook for March 22

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

Mr. & Mrs. Landon Grant

Landon Grant, formerly of Craig, and Erica Sussex of Farmington, N.M., were married Jan. 8 at the Ryder Memorial Chapel in Farmington. A reception followed at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Moffat County School District updates Web site

Vicki Duncan used to feel guilty about using reams of paper to make copies to update school policy.

George Duzik

An open house 90th birthday party for George Duzik is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the VFW, 419 E.Victory Way.

Sunday, March 20

Red Hatters group knows what really matters

There are no officers, no mandatory meetings and no formal dues.

Just gimme the mic

KRAI disc jockey Tosha Lynn always knew she'd end up behind a microphone.

Tara Jenrich: Executive director, Moffat County Partners

Moffat County Partners would like to recognize and give a big thank you to Dennis Fredrickson and Fourth Street Storage for donating space for the Third annual Moffat County Partners Rumm-age Sale.

Johnny Garcia: Veterans Service officer

I would like to inform veterans from World War II, Korea and Viet Nam that the time for high school diplomas has not lapsed. Veterans still are eligible to apply with the Veterans Service Office at the Colorado Work Force Center, 480 Barclay St. The time to apply is now.

William "Willy" Georgiou

William "Willy" Georgiou of Craig died Friday at his home. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church.

Trisha Jean Curtis

Regis University freshman Trisha Jean Curtis has earned a place on the dean's list for Fall 2004. She earned a grade point average of 3.87 and was one of 197 students named to the list in the traditional College, out of a student population of 1,541.

News briefs for March 21

The Visiting Nurse Association is extending office hours for March and April for child immunizations (12 to 24 months). Fees are based on a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away. Transportation assistance is available. Call the VNA for an appointment.

One more round: Mini-golf course for sale again

Little Bear Valley Golf is looking for its third owner in one year, but neither profitability nor lack of business are reasons the property is listed.

Do the right thing inexpensively

Name: Jack Virden Name of business/address: Jack's Bumpers, 350 Russell St.

K-9 search nets drugs

The second time is the charm for Craig Police in arresting a Wyoming man for allegedly carrying drugs in his vehicle.

Pampered pets: Spa offers retreat for animals

When Lexi, a bichon frise, walks out of The Pet Spa, she holds her head high and is proud of the way she looks. At least that's what her owner Yvette Puhl sees.

In search of seasonal wildlife

Snowshoeing offers a change of pace from downhill skiing, and for some lucky souls, it's a chance to spot wildlife in the winter environment.

Cougar pee wees finish magical season without fairy tale ending

Front Range hockey is fast and furious.

Blind Pigs make an impression

When members of the Steam-boat A League allowed the Craig Blind Pigs into the league this year, they didn't expect much from their competitor to the west.

CMS wrestlers take district title

The wrestling rivalry between Meeker and Craig extends beyond the high school level.

Commissoners take field trip Tuesday

Tuesday's Moffat County commissioners meeting will include a field trip of sorts.

Datebook for March 21

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

Friday, March 18

Pick a winner

March Madness turns basketball fans into prognosticators

March Madness has swept over the Yampa Valley and local basketball enthusiasts are putting their money -- maybe even their pride -- on the line as they make predictions about the outcome of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Kids affected by domestic violence, too

Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. While responses are primarily targeted toward adult victims of abuse, increased attention is now being focused on the children who witness domestic violence.

Fishing tournament scores big one

Fishing enthusiasts from as far as Wisconsin and Montana joined Yampa Valley residents for the annual White River Com-m--unity Association's In--aug-ural Buy-Fly Fishing Tournament.

Remnants of two tar paper shacks

After writing some stories about my old hometown of Mt. Harris, I got to thinking that it had been years since I had been there. Oh sure, I drive through there quite often.

Law targets meth cleanup, preventing lawsuits

Cleanup of methamphetamine labs in the past has included landowners doing nothing and demolition.

Taking aim at drug use in pregnancy

Authorities usually can pinpoint newborn babies who have been exposed to illegal drugs in the womb.

Education calendar

Monday, March 21 Moffat County Schools resume classes 5 p.m. Open Gym Volleyball MCHS 5:30 p.m. Lap Swim 6:30 p.m. Open Swim 7 p.m. Special Olympics MCHS 7 p.m. Open Gym Basketball MCHS

The voices made me do it

How's your bracket?

Protesters observe anniversary of Iraq war

The traffic was heading both ways Friday evening as Steamboat Springs filed home for the weekend.

Parenting another's child

Roberta Hume remembers the Christmas when she had 11 children living in her house.

Fun and frustration

Parks and Rec wants more programs than gym space allows

It's become common for Pam Brethauer of the Craig Parks and Recreation Department to get a last-minute call from the schools informing her that her reserved gym space is no longer available.

Fine-tuned fellowship

Sandra Kruczek can think of few things that are more beautiful than friends sharing the experience of music together.

Datebook for March 19

Today 11 a.m. District 10 National Barrel Horse Association is sponsoring several barrel racing competitions during 2005. The first is scheduled at the Garfield County Fairgrounds indoor arena in Rifle. Call 948-4400 for information or log on to On-site entries will open at 11 a.m., exhibitions at 11:30 a.m. Open race starts at 1 p.m. There are no late fees for entries for the day of the race, and nonmembers are welcome. There are no nonmember fees.

Police blotter for March 19

Craig Police Department Thursday, March 17 • Officers arrested a man for driving under the influence and no license. • A routine traffic stop resulted in a warrant arrest. • A canine search of a vehicle resulted in a drug arrest. • Officers investigated a fraud by check report at Domino's Pizza.

Moffat County Seniors Hot Lunch Program

Menu for the week of March 21 to 25.

Our view: The rubber meets the road

There's no question that the recent resignation of Moffat County Economic Development Director Tom Flavin is a hitch in the plan the EDP Board of Directors have worked to fine tune and are ready to implement, but the timing is probably as good as it gets.

Talked into it: Dynamic duo makes state

The two were so inexperienced at such matters that when they heard they were going to state, it didn't have much effect.

News briefs for March 19

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's semi-annual conference of the Meeker Colorado Stake this year is having Elder David E. Sorensen of the Presidency of Seventy as the visiting general authority from Salt Lake City. He will speak at 6 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Church of Jesus Chnst of Latter-day Saints in Rifle, 849 Marrow Drive. Visitors are welcome. Elder David E. Sorensen was called to be member of the Presidency of the Seventy on Aug. 15, 1998. In this position, he serves as a general authority and acts under the direction of the First Precidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in assisting with administration of the church.

Next up: Level 8

Even bad ankles can't stop Rochelle Johnson.

Thursday, March 17

News briefs for March 18

The Craig Performing Arts Project is selling tickets for the play "Something's Afoot!" Tick--ets may be purchased at the Moffat County Library through April 6. Tickets for seniors and children are $5, and adults are $8. Tickets also may be purchased at the play. The performances will be at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Gloria Jones

Gloria Jones of Craig died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at Grant Mortuary at 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2005. Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital in care of Grant Mortuary.

Myrtle Hix

Longtime Craig resident Myrtle Hix died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church, Saturday, March 19, 2005, at 2 p.m. Interment will be afterward at the Craig Cemetery.

Police blotter for March 18

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 16 • Officers received a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle.


Landon Grant, formerly of Craig, Colo., and Erica Sussex of Farmington, N.M., were married Jan. 8 at the Ryder Memorial Chapel in Farmington. A reception followed at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Matchmakers: Christian group arranges love connections

The prayers of local Christians looking for love have been answered.

Their skates aren't glass slippers

But that hasn't stopped the Cougar pee wees from creating a Cinderella story

The Craig Cougar Pee Wee hockey team wasn't expected to make it this far. They didn't even have ice time scheduled for this week at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.

Looking for a few good men

Lack of players makes future of once-triving softball league uncertain

Ten years ago, the Loudy-Simpson softball fields were reserved for men's league softball games at least two nights a week in the summer.

City limits

Twenty-six permits were issued for new homes last year, but it could be hard to reach that number this year.

'Always low prices' -- but not here

Wal-Mart official says company has no plans for Craig

Wal-Mart officials may have glanced in Craig, but they didn't look for long.

Fire district seeks more grant funds

It takes water to put out fires, but fire officials are hopeful that a recent grant proposal will help buy a truck that can get the liquid to the scene of a fire.

Horse owners urged to guard against West Nile

Moffat County Pest Control is treating mosquito larvae in the water around Craig.

Craig police report more drug violations in 2004

Craig Police officers found more drugs and paraphernalia on Craig residents and those passing through town in 2004 than ever before, marking an increase of nearly 300 percent compared with four years ago.

Enthusiasm is easy at a young age

There's this age where enthusiasm prevails. You wake up each morning full of vim and vigor, ready for any experience life throws your way.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 2005

Seller: Charles M. Jr. and Kelly A. Davidson Buyer: Sheila Brennise Property: Agriculture T7N R89W Sec 20 AKA Parcel A Davidson Exemp Plat, 2003 County Rd 29 Price: $171,000

Datebook for March 18

Today 9:30 a.m. There will be no Friday morning playgroup at the Early Childhood Center during spring break.

Wednesday, March 16

Our view: Limiting your right to know

The Colorado House Local Government Committee Tuesday passed Senate Bill 69, which would allow counties to discontinue identifying their employees in financial public notices published in newspapers, on a 7-4 vote.

Billy Conn Lawton

Lisa Lawton and Chad Lawton of Craig announce the birth of their son, Billy Conn Lawton, at 2:37 p.m., March 9, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

John Watt: Chairman, Browns Park Land Use Board

In the article written by Rob Gebhart in the Craig Daily Press dated March 15, 2005, I was amused by the comments from Moffat County Land Use Board member Burt Clements, who stated that he knew of an unnamed resident who had threatened to "build a fence across County Road 10 which runs from Brown's Park to Rock Springs, Wyo." if the county loses its fight concerning the Bassetts' private property. This is probably one of the most ridiculous statements I have heard concerning this issue. Unnamed sources should be given no credibility.

Nini Shroyer: Craig

I would like to caution parents of small children about the plastic Easter eggs we buy to fill with treats for the holiday.

Police blotter for March 17

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 16 • Nothing reported today.


Michael and Pamela Hurd of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn Hurd, to Nathan Michael Zelinsky, son of Mark and Gloria Zelinsky of Morrison. A July wedding is planned.

Tallyn Daly Wagner

Lisa Wagner and Jay Wagner of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Tallyn Daly Wagner, at 4:26 a.m., March 6, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Nevaeh Destiny Lira

Shawnelle Lira of Craig ann-ounces the birth of her daughter, Nev-aeh Destiny Lira, at 12:59 a.m., March 4, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Single mom balances classes, caring for child

Kim Reeves is a busy single mom with lofty goals.

Baggs man charged with kidnapping

A 29-year-old Baggs, Wyo., man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged abduction of a Baggs woman who was bound to a tree with duct tape, burned with acid and choked multiple times Monday.

Snuffing out second-hand smoke

Lawmakers propose statewide ban on lighting up in public places

At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, all three of the customers in Mather's Bar and Grill were smoking.

Taitlyn Marie Mead

Kayla Mead and Jake Mead of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Taitlyn Marie Mead, at 11:50 a.m., March 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

WSL honors

Telfer, Raftopoulos and Robinson named to first team

The Moffat County girl's basketball team went into the season with plans to win the Western Slope League.

CIS announces second trimester honor roll

Fifth Grade Honorable Mention

County planner Graler resigns

Moffat County needs to plan how to run its Planning Department without any employees.

Who was St. Patrick?

Leprechauns emerge today, wear-ing shamrocks on their sleeves and shouting, "Erin go bragh!" through mouthfuls of corned beef and cabbage.

News briefs for March 17

Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers to help stage a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Craig on May 7. Those who want to be involved are invited to attend a series of planning meetings beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club. Organizers are looking for sponsors, food vendors, musicians and traditional Mexican folkloric dancers. The group plans to meet on Sundays until the celebration. Organizers include Isidro Que-zada, Alvaro Landa, Rosa Almaraz, Guadalupe Quezada, Gerardo San-chez and Cody Reed. Call 846-5521.

Local speed demons making their marks in snocross races

Teresa Stoffle always wondered why her husband and children couldn't just go faster when she would command it of them during snocross races.

Another CAPS resident escapes

CAPS officials reported that a resident escaped Tuesday morning, making a total of three escapes in less than two months for the Craig community corrections facility.

Don L. Rodewald:1949-2005

Don L. Rodewald of Corvallis, Mont., died March 15, 2005, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 56.

Datebook for March 17

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

Tuesday, March 15

Boy, 2, suffers burns in alleged child-abuse case

A 2-year-old Craig boy is being treated for serious burns to his legs at The Children's Hospital in Denver after police and Social Services determined the boy had been scalded by hot water and had not received medical attention, said Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department.

Cattle guard prices raised

For the third time in three years, the Moffat County commissioners have raised the price of cattle guards. The commissioners unanimously voted to increase the cost of cattle guards Tuesday so that the price will cover the county's expenses on materials. Materials include iron and cement for the cattle-guard base

Child Find looks for red flags that signal developmental delay

When it comes to recognizing a developmental delay in their children, parents aren't prone to judge.

Moffat County neighbor

Name: Jamie Drew Occupation: Paralegal

Breakout for Bulldogs

Baseball team scored 15 runs in fifth inning to beat Cortez

GRAND JUNCTION --Bryan Wojt-kiewicz went to the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning against Montezuma Cortez. Get three outs so spring break could officially start.

Hydrogen plant sparks interest from county

Some people are hoping Moffat County could become home to the world's first zero-emission hydrogen plant.

Woman stable after being hit in intersection

An 81-year-old Hayden woman was in stable condition at The Memorial Hospital on Tuesday after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Yampa Avenue in the intersection of Victory Way on Monday.

Police blotter for March 16

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

Alumni runners rack up awards

Moffat County High School alumni Kelly Christensen and Emily Mortensen added more All-American awards to their already prestigious careers at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Boston.

Our view: Let the sunshine in

It's National Sunshine Week -- a week when media organizations write stories and editorials supporting access to public records and meetings.

Bradley M. Kawchack: 1958-2005

Bradley M. Kawchack died March 10, 2005. He was 46.

News briefs for March 16

The American Pool Association League pool tournament scheduled for April 1, 2 and 3 at the Popular Bar has been changed to the following weekend, April 8, 9 and 10. Call Susan at 824-2095.

Datebook for March 16

Today 8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers meets the first and third Wednesday of the month 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.

EDP director resigns

Board says Flavin leaves organization in good shape for successor

Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership Director Tom Flavin resigned Monday to pursue an opportunity he said he "couldn't refuse."

Monday, March 14

Senior Spotlight

Seeing green? Hope it's the St. Patrick Day decorations and not feeling ill!

Bonna Dell Cash: 1934-2005

Bonna Dell Cash died March 7, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after a lengthy illness. She was 71.

Carol Livingston Pyle: Perry, Utah

My name is Carol Livingston Pyle. I was born and raised in Craig, Colo. I graduated in 1984 from Moffat County High School. Just this past August I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma stage 2 cancer.

It's a strike for Craig bowling

New alley slated to open next fall

Four Craig residents are hoping to bowl a strike with the community when they open a new bowling alley.

Old bridges in Craig get spruced up for spring by Department of Transportation

Craig's bridges are receiving some early spring cleaning from the Colorado Department of Trans-portation

Guilty plea in dental theft case

A former employee of Dr. John Ilko pleaded guilty to one Class 4 felony charge of theft in Moffat County District Court on Monday.

Senator asks Congress to give sick workers money

The federal government will pay sick nuclear workers from Rocky Flats $150,000 if Congress approves legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar.

Temporary workers rolling up sleeves

When ski season ends, so does Nathan Hunt's job.

Datebook for March 15

Wednesday, March 16 8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers meets the first and third Wednesday of the month 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.

Police blotter for March 15

Craig Police Department Sunday, March 13 • Officers arrested a man on charges of possession of schedule II controlled substance, violation of bail bond, driving an uninsured vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Officers received a report of possible child abuse. • Officers received a report of a cat bite for Routt County. • Officers arrested a male on charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

MJ Gasta: Craig

A new restaurant going into the old Burger King building ... wonderful. We all enjoy new places to eat.

News briefs for March 15

April 15 and 16 are National Youth Service days and the following week is Youth Service Awareness Week. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is going to participate by doing a couple of service projects. On April 15, the club will be cleaning a nearby park. On April 16, members plan to do a small project with another nonprofit group. Club organizers are looking for another project for the following week. If you have a suggestion, let us know by calling 826-0411.

Waiting for a big break

Pool enthusiasts compete for chance to play in Vegas

Pool is a bigger deal is Craig than one might suspect.

Land Use Board mulls plans for roads, fire

Some residents in western Moffat County have sworn that they will build fences across county roads if the county loses its fight for a short section of rural dirt road.

VNA explores need for parenting class

There's no shortage of sources for parenting advice in Moffat County. What the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Asso-ciation wants to know is whether there's room for more.

Sunday, March 13

Datebook for March 14

Today 6 p.m. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be sponsoring a hunter education class from 6 to 9 p.m. today through Friday. The class will be held at the Craig Campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Room 201. Participants must attend all classes to receive their hunter education cards. To register, call 824-3046 or 272-3238.

Bulldogs go 2-1 to open season

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team started the season on the wrong foot but bounced back to win the final two games at the Fort Morgan Invite.

Head Start welcomes coordinator

Marcia Sfreddo wanted to get back with the children.

Cattle guard prices considered

Cattle guards could cost Moffat County ranchers more money this year.

Filling a nitch

Name: Chris and Mike Anthony Name of business/address: Instant Replay Sports, 18 W. Victory Way

Not forgotten

Art exhibit honors those who have died while serving their country

John Phelps had trouble explaining the process of painting a portrait of his son. He had to fight back tears and the lump that crept into the back of his throat.

Hockey team playing for a title

Craig Cougar Pee-Wees earn state tournament berth

The Craig Cougar Pee-Wee hockey team will compete against three Front Range teams for a state title beginning Friday in Littleton.

News briefs for March 14

Registration for Bulldog Youth Baseball is now open. Registration forms can be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, or Craig Physical Therapy, 533 Yampa Ave. This program provides summer baseball for youths ages 8 to 18. The deadline is April 8. Call Scott Parker at 824-7036, ext. 1215.

Helping mothers help themselves

Sara Hitz knows firsthand what it's like to not be able to buy milk for her children. She knows the anxiety that comes with asking for help.

Look closer: Group aims to help those with disabilities achieve independence

Dan Rice doesn't think many people understand him or other people with disabilities, and he's ready to do something about it.

Friday, March 11

Our View: The business of hunting

The Division of Wildlife released a report recently showing that hunting and fishing contributed $1.5 billion to Colorado's economy in 2002 and supported more than 20,000 jobs across the state.

Datebook for March 12

9 a.m. Krispy Kreme donuts pickup for those who took part in the American Legion's fund-raiser is scheduled until noon at the west entrance of Centennial Mall. Donuts are available for sale, even for those who didn't pre-order. Call Mel Shockley at 824-3085, Sharon Bond at 824-2398 or any American Legion member.

Letters for March 12

Schools supporting troops grateful for donations To the editor: Thank you very much for helping us get the message out about our project. We received enough donations and games to fill three large boxes and we collected $64. A special thank you goes out to Pack Center Shipping, Jim and Sharon Stoddard for sending our packages to Greg Calim and Bravo Company in Iraq. Our shipping fees were paid by the Pack Center donations fund, allowing us to spend our donated cash on more games. Thank you, community, for those wonderful donations. Fin�--ally, for anyone who wants to donate to the shipping fund to Iraq, the jar at Pack Center/Empire Express Hobbies & Toys, 509 Yampa Ave., is just waiting for you. Goodbye for now, Mrs. Foster's 4th grade class Mrs. Georgious's 2nd grade class East Elementary School Girl scouts appreciate publicity for cookie sales To the editor: The Craig Girl Scouts would like to thank the Craig Daily Press, Moffat County Morning News, KRAI Radio and K27 television for their support and coverage on the Girl Scouts for their cookie booth sales in February and March. Thank you to everyone who supported the Craig Girls Scout troops by purchasing Girl Scout cookies. Craig Girl Scouts

David Pressgrove: Running with eyes on me

The two worst experiences of pain I've ever had were when my appendix ruptured in elementary school and the last four miles of my first marathon.

Police blotter for March 12

• Officers arrested a man on charges of violation of a restraining order and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Bargain hunters

Shoppers comb local stores in search of good deals

Melinda Gore makes it a point to scour the shelves and racks at Community Budget Center at least once a week. She typically doesn't have any purchases in mind, she's simply on the hunt for good deals.

Communities unite for tourism

Dirt huts made cozy homes for many Northwest Colorado homesteaders. That the floors turned to mud when it rained was expected.

Ballot question

Will taxpayers be on board with commission's plan?

No Moffat County officials are up for election this November, but it will be an important election for the county all the same.

Help fight brain tumor

Medical bills expected to consume family

On a bad day, even the tiniest bit of light sends Jeannie Carranza's head writhing in pain. For a year, the Craig resident and mother of two teenage daughters tromped to doctor after doctor to find some answers to her perpetual dizziness, nausea and the ringing in her ears. It wasn't until one doctor ordered her to get a brain scan that the culprit appeared -- an egg-sized tumor nestled behind her left ear near her brain stem.

Speed limit changes discussed for Colo. 13

Some people call the stretch of highway heading south from Craig toward Meeker "the killing zone" or "the petting zoo" because of the abundant wildlife and the high number of animal and vehicle accidents.

Student solves teacher's dilemma

For three years, Craig Middle School social studies teacher Lori Dodge has requested a TV stand that allowed all students a view when movies were shown. For three years, her request was cut from the budget.

High school teacher's ideas catching on

Students aren't the only ones putting Craig Conrad's ideas to use. The Colorado Department of Education and an independent businessman are working to put two of his schemes to work on a state and a national level.

Shakespeare with a twist

CMS students put personal stamps on classic tragedy

It wasn't exactly a dagger he held before him. It was more like a paint-covered plastic butter knife. And the costumes included suit jackets and ties.

Year of the swimmer

Moffat County High School boys team could be the best ever

This is THE year. Or maybe it should be written, "THIS is the year."

Briefs for March 12

Craig Special Olympics athletes and coaches are having their second annual walking bake sale. Athletes and coaches will be soliciting orders across town on Monday and deliver Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

Thursday, March 10

Police blotter for March 11

Craig Police Department Thursday, March 10 • Nothing reported today.

Maybell's pastor Taylor can do it all (and has)

Linda Taylor described herself as a versatile woman.

Ready to go public

Northwest Colorado Products group chooses its logo

Members of the Northwest Colorado Products program know what logo they'll put on member products, but they have yet to define who those members will be and what products they'll accept.

Craig strays vie for top dog billing

Bear came so close to becoming a service dog.

Assessor streamlines tax billing

It will be easier for business owners to see what the county is including in their personal property tax inventories this tax season.

Aspen Kalani Ward

Julie and Chris Ward of Craig announce the birth of their son Aspen Kalani Ward at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Beau Taylor Carter

Becky Ellen Carter and Cerry M. Carter announce the birth of their son Beau Taylor Carter at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2005 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

All that glitters ...

I decided it was worth a shot but didn't have high hopes.

News briefs for March 11

A rally in support of the Co-op miners from Price, Utah, is Saturday at the United Mine Workers Union Hall, 525 E. 100 South, in Price. The miners have enjoyed the support of fellow coal miners from Northwest Colorado. The Co-op miners have fought to ratify their votes to get union representation. Saturday's event includes a Mexican meal, speakers and a fund-raising raffle. For more information about the Craig group that will travel to the rally, call Isidro Quezada at 824-8384.

On the road toward better teen drivers

Class required for youths to get a jump on licenses

Teenagers who want to get a jump on getting their drivers licenses without investing a lot of money can take a locally offered four-hour class.

Datebook for March 11

Today 8:30 a.m. There is a meeting of the Cultural Heritage Tourism group at Craig's Museum of Northwest Colorado until 4 p.m. Each community will present its "story" in the morning and share how other communities have organized themselves and their CHT programs. For information about CHT or the meeting, contact Steve Miller of the Moffat County Tourism Association at 824-2335 or

Bulldogs lose to Steamboat

The Moffat County girls soccer team had 18 reasons to laugh and cheer on Thursday.

Tobyus Estaveo Fransysco Prespentt

Brandie and Travis Prespentt of Craig announce the birth of their son Tobyus Estaveo Fransysco Prespentt at 3:39 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Wednesday, March 9

Red Cross asks for your help

Agency puts out call for volunteers

Rena Olsen has volunteered with the Red Cross since her mother-in-law's house burned down.

Hospital likely top priority for grant

Securing funding for construction of a new hospital may be at the top of the community's list for grant requests from the Department of Local Affairs.

MCHS band, choir perform tonight

Band director John Bolton is looking forward to tonight's concert, as he hopes to show off the work he's been doing with students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School.

News briefs for March 10

During the weekend of Feb. 19 and 20, 16 volunteers, members and friends of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, assisted staff at the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in various fencing projects, intended to allow safer passage of deer, elk and pronghorn on the refuge. The top wire on four miles of fence was lowered and tightened. More than a mile of old and useless fence was dismantled. Additionally, 13 miles of refuge boundary was patrolled and new refuge signs placed where needed. The group and refuge staff enjoyed a wild game potluck feast after the first day of work. There were opportunities for all to view a small flock of swans making their northern migration. Hundreds of waterfowl were seen in the refuge's several large marshes. Jerry Rodriquez, refuge manager, reported that he was delighted to get these projects completed and would welcome another work weekend at the refuge again next year.

Newcomer looking for Miss Right

Bob Wieland describes himself as "just a nice guy;" a good cook with a great sense of humor.

Police blotter for March 10

Craig Police Department Tuesday, March 8 • Officers made an arrest for driving under suspension. • Officers received a report of a lost cell phone. • Officers investigated a report of junk in the Jensen subdivision.

JoJo La: Aguascalientes, Mexico

Editor's note: Following is a letter to Bob Johnson, chairman of the Craig Rotary Club's exchange program, from JoJo La, a Craig resident who is living in Mexico as an exchange student.

Getting out of the house

Home-schoolers leave 'classrooms' for field trips

A field trip to silk screening business Chaos Ink made a strong impression on Glenden Crete, 5.

Can you hear me?

Trunk radio system to leave scanner listeners with more static

Tom Ward likes to know what is going on in the emergency realm, so he keeps a police scanner on his hip when he is out in public. The Craig man also has four more scanners scattered throughout his house, tuned to different channels to keep him updated while at home.

Datebook for March 10

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet at Serendipity Restaurant. "Doctored Evidence" by Donna Leon will be discussed. Call Patty at 826-0412.

Collective chemistry

Baseball team working together for WSL title

The Moffat County baseball team beat every Western Slope League team and went 38-12 during summer ball. The wins built confidence for this year, but they weren't what the coach and players look to as the team's most established strength for 2005.

Tuesday, March 8

Hospital's request for $1M gets top priority

The time when a government entity would submit a grant request with little regard to the needs of other entities came to an end Tuesday night.

Linda Goffe: Craig

I want to take this opportunity to say to my 7-year-old grandson, Phillip Goffle, how proud I am of him.

Harold Ratzlaff: Craig

taff for the awards you won recently. I wonder whether you realize what a gem you had with intern Michelle Waller.

Police blotter for March 9

Craig Police Department Monday, March 7 • Officers arrested two individuals for criminal mischief. • Officers took a report of a car stereo that was found. • Officers investigated a report of a broken windshield by a delivery truck.

A few more bucks

For the first time since 1992, Colorado hunters could pay more than $30 for a bull elk tag.

Former Burger King to reopen as restaurant

It won't be Burger King, but customers still can get it their way.Residents Mike Durner and Bob Edwards have joined together to transform the former fast food restaurant into what will likely be called "Applejacks."

One is silver, the other one is gold

Dalton returns from Special Olympics with heavy metals

Josh Dalton came back from Nagano, Japan, with chopsticks, a sign with his name written in Japanese calligraphy and a handful of foreign coins ... and two heavy medals draped around his neck.

Residents mull magwater issue

Moffat County residents will get to decide if they want their road treated with magnesium chloride.

Moffat golfers finish fifth in Grand Junction tournament

Ann Marie Hamilton had to wait until the first tournament of the year to see what her girls could do on the golf course.

Cougar midgets finish second

Darin Hickey never had defeated Gunnison in his time as a Craig Cougar midget hockey coach.

Council rejects woman's bid to recoup cost of sewer line

Craig resident Dianna Goucher left Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting still muttering under her breath in frustration over what she termed a lack of compassion.

Hailey Jae Berg

Laura Berg and Benjie Berg of Grand Junction, announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Jae Berg, at 11:04 a.m., Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Ron and Debra McElroy of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Dan and Sharon Berg of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by her sister, Taya.

Meet the candidates

Editor's note: Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely has verified the signatures on the petitions submitted by five candidates for City Council and mayoral candidate Don Jones. One incumbent and four first-time candidates are vying for three seats. The top three vote-getters in the April 5 election will fill those seats. Craig City Councilor Don Jones is the only person running for mayor.

Mike Anson: Craig Kiwanis Club

The Craig Kiwanis Club would sincerely like to thank the residents of Moffat County for supporting the 59th annual Kiwanis Play.

Putting out the fire plan

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray proposed Tuesday to extinguish government funded community fire planning.

Craig man faces prison for CAPS escape

A Craig man who pleaded guilty in Moffat County Court on Tuesday to escaping from Craig's Correctional Alternative Place Services may face two years in prison in addition to the terms of his previous sentence.

Clettus and Marty Daus: Craig

We would like to thank Nick Charchalis of Cozy Homes for helping us make a dream home of our own come true. We purchased UBC modular home from Nick late last year. We designed it ourselves, picked our colors, kitchen stuff, and the rest that goes along with building your own custom built home. Nick was by my side from day one.

Datebook for March 9

Today 7 p.m. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing at Yampa Valley Electric Association community room, 32 10th St., in Steamboat Springs. The purpose of the meeting is to take public comment on Qwest's proposal to deregulate most retail telephone services. Thursday, March 10 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will at Serendipity Restaurant. "Doctored Evidence" by Donna Leon will be discussed. Call Patty at 826-0412.

Our view: A special Olympian

Scoot over Korey Kostur and Scott Garoutte, and make room on the champion's throne for another Moffat County athlete.

News briefs for March 9

Tryouts for the Colorado Cutthroats traveling youth baseball team begins the week of March 21. Craig and Hayden boys age 11 and younger as of Aug. 1, 2005, are eligible. This is a traveling team. Call Mark at 824-2522 or Tim at 276-3443 for details.

Residents on board

Locals to make suggestions about Ranching for Wildlife

Moffat County likely will have a strong influence on the future of the Ranching For Wildlife program.

Monday, March 7

Crook strikes deal, pleads guilty

A Craig man who had a 12-hour standoff with police last summer pleaded guilty to felony charges in state District Court Monday.

Breezing into Craig

Hurricanes send voice coach to Colorado

Hurricanes that pummeled the Florida coastline drove many residents inland. Two came as far as Colorado.

New pipeline to skirt Moffat County

A proposed natural gas pipeline will pass just south of the Moffat County border.

Ganging up on bullies

RAD partners with Moffat County schools for grant

Bullies can be a disruptive force in school, not only for those who get picked on but for those who witness acts of aggression on classmates and don't know how to intervene.

Local businesses honored for service

Peroulis Brothers Trucking was one of two local suppliers recognized by Monsanto Corp. for outstanding service.

EDP committees set goals for 2005

A five-member nominating committee has been formed to brainstorm likely replacements for three Craig/ Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board members whose terms expire in May.

Caterers help make weddings successful

As winter gives way to mud season, prospective brides and grooms can turn an eye to the spring wedding season.

Sunday, March 6

'Offer something better'

Name: Sandy Philyaw Name of business/address: Sandy's Design and Landscape (SRP Enterprises) 839 Ashley Road.

Starting over

Job Corps offers second chance at career success

Laura Oatman only made it halfway through her junior year of high school before dropping out. Ever since, she's grappled for a way to make up for it.

Mary Blakeman: Moffat County Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County never has been connected in any way with groups taht promote anti-hunting or animal rights agendas, and none of its funds have gone to groups that do. The Humane Society of Moffat County is an independent organization with no affiliation to any state or national organization.

Lost and found: Craig man helps blind teacher

Call it amazing grace. Don Cherni once was lost, but now is found, thanks to a man and his backhoe.

Chapman new AARP president

Beverly Chapman took over as president of AARP in January, mostly out of necessity not out of interest.

Datebook for March 7

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

News briefs for March 7

The Moffat County Healthy People 2010 initiative invites people interested in preparing more healthful meals at home to participate in the Healthy Lunch program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Participants will help prepare eight quick and nutritious recipes, receive a recipe booklet, and learn more about nutritious eating. Register by calling 824-9180 by today. The cost is $2 a person.

Museum puts best feet forward

The Museum of Northwest Colorado offers more than just a rich historical experience. It offers greeters with knowledge and wisdom about the area and its history that runs as deep as their homestead roots.

Spring in their steps

Scrimmage helps loosen up the boys of summer

A baseball team can do only so much when it practices on a basketball court.

Searching for a few good members

aMoffat County Search and Rescue takes on new status

When most people may be sleeping in on a Sunday morning, members of the Moffat County Search and Rescue team might be found flailing around in a frozen over lake.

Saturday, March 5

Natia Rose Myers

Breezon Myers and Wes Myers of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Natia Rose Myers, at 8:26 a.m. Feb. 7, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Friday, March 4

A basketball game unlike any before

It won't be like any basketball game you've ever seen before. Teams will lose points if they miss shots. They'll have shots worth two points, three points and five points. They'll have coaches who have never played basketball before.

The Blotter for March 5

Law enforcement Moffat County Jail Thursday, March 3 Dennis Adolf Chadwick, 25, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of violating a court order.

Man escapes from Correctional Alternative Placement Services

Craig law enforcement officials have issued a warrant for a Craig man who reportedly has escaped from Correctional Alternative Placement Services.

Program promotes cultural exchange

A meeting to solicit support for a program aimed at breaking down language barriers in Craig last month fell through.

Monday last day to register to vote for city elections

It's official. Petitions have been returned by five Craig City Council candidates and one for Craig mayor.

Fewer registered voters, more trials effect jury pool

Matt Moore thinks he has better things to do than serve jury duty. The Craig resident, who was summoned recently to appear in court, had to postpone it because of a scheduling conflict. Still, a hectic workweek makes it hard for him to justify a commitment to one of his constitutional rights.

Craig man arrested in indecent exposure case

A Craig man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure Thursday after a witness called in the alleged incident to police.

Daffodil sale to help Hospice, elderly needs

Kathy Floyd knows the power of a little selflessness.

Matthew Warren Johannes Cooper

Kristine Cooper and Mathew Cooper of Craig announce the birth of their son, Matthew Warren Johannes Cooper, at 3:49 p.m. Feb. 25, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Moving in

Environmentalist organizations establishing roots in rural communities

Just five years ago, environmental representatives seldom made appearances at meetings in Craig. Today, hardly a meeting about natural resource issues passes without an environmentalist in attendance.

Star student

His teachers describe him as a student whose creativity and energy "add spice" to the classroom.

Tim Ober: Marijuana not as harmless as I once thought

To the editor: Ever since my early teens, I have had myself convinced that marijuana was a harmless drug. Ninety percent of the people I have associated with in my life would agree. I don't mean my teachers, counselors, caseworkers or the cops, I mean the people who matter. The people who really know me, not the ones who think they know me because they read my file.

CNCC Foundation Dinner Dance set for April 2

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation will host the annual scholarship fund-raising dinner dance at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Weiss Conference Center in Rangely. Attendees will be served shrimp cocktail followed by a prime rib dinner and live entertainment by Grand Junction barbershop quartet Close Harmony. CNCC student and Craig resident Jorie Hollenbeck will be the featured entertainer.

Our View: It's called voting

There aren't a lot of certainties in government, but Craig residents can be certain that by this time next month, there will be at least two new faces on the City Council, and that nearly 60 percent of the current council could change if no incumbent is re-elected.

Officials mull school surveys

Parents complained that their children were getting too much homework. A districtwide survey about homework practices was compiled, and guidelines were established.

Return from retirement

Program helps senior citizens learn skills, secure jobs

Retired senior citizens who have a need or desire to re-enter the work force have a unique opportunity for employment.

Jason A. Chambers: I guess I'm in the wrong profession, am switching

To the editor, I have family and friends in Craig, so I like to keep up on the local happenings. A few weeks ago there was an article in your paper about a teacher (Mr. Conrad) who wanted extra time off work to take his program to other schools. The School Board refused his request on grounds that other teachers also may want to take extra time off for other things. In that letter, he is quoted as saying that other teachers wanting time off should not be a problem because they cannot afford to lose $275 per day for each day missed. Am I to take it that the teachers in your area are making $275 per day?

Riley Aiden Julius Kendall

Kristina Wright of Meeker would like to announce the birth of her son, Riley Aiden Julius Kendall, at 9:12 p.m., March 2, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Grandparents are Juanita Edwards of Somerset, and Larry Kendall of Paonia. The baby was welcomed home by his siblings, Ian Sheets and Tearna North.

Residents hear about oil, gas boom

More than 30 concerned residents gathered Monday night in Meeker to learn more about the projected oil and gas boom in Rio Blanco County.

David Pressgrove: 'Roid rant

I've watched and read so much about steroids in sports the past couple of months, I think my hair is starting to fall out.

Giving it the nod

Moffat seniors look back after final game

Brandie Telfer and Erin Robinson looked at each other and exchanged nods.

Thursday, March 3

One size doesn't fit all

Grant will help resizing of Artesia Fire District station to accommodate fire truck

DINOSAUR -- Getting the truck out of the station shouldn't be the hardest part of fighting fires, but that's what happened for firefighters at the Artesia Fire District.

You can play that again

Repeat radio takes to the airwaves

Some say playing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" backward reveals satanic messages.

TMH looking toward future revenues

Hospital officials are waiting for potential revenues for a new hospital before any concrete plans can be made in securing a loan for a new facility, said Ron Danner, a board member with The Memorial Hospital.

Police blotter for March 3

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 2 • Officers investigated a suspected driving while under the influence and child abuse case. • Officers made an arrest on charges of theft and drug possession.

Local couple hospitalized after car accident

An elderly Craig couple suffered serious injuries as the result of a rollover accident in their vehicle Wednesday morning.

Starting at square one

Eighth-graders learn high school dos, don'ts

The girl sitting next to sophomore Ashton Bruce said she was just there to get out of class.

County in running for Homeland Security grants

Moffat County emergency workers will find out in June whether they will receive grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Spotlight is on talent Sunday

This year's Craig Concert Association Local Talent Concert features an unprecedented variety of acts, and Chairman Jim Simpson is excited about the community members he's putting on stage.

Angela Satterwhite

Angela Satterwhite has been named to the dean's Honor Roll at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., for fall semester 2004.

News briefs for March 4

A fund-raiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Wendy's will benefit the Craig Intermediate School. The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a color printer for the library. Guests need to tell the Wendy's clerk that they are supporting CIS.

Datebook for March 4

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

Burglary attempt goes awry

I thought about calling a crime scene investigator.

12-step program cites Christ as power guiding change

Ivan and Wendy Wooden learned about Celebrate Recovery during a conference in August and knew right away they wanted to introduce the program in Craig.

Rumors, reality and the future of CCCS

"Rumor travels faster," Will Rogers once wrote, "but it doesn't stay put as long as the truth."

Big-game regulations

Residents make recommendations

A group of Colorado residents will help decide how big-game hunting licenses are dealt in the state.

'Stangs shut down 'Dogs

Team speed was factor in Mullen's 62-48 win

DENVER -- The first quarter belonged to Brandie Telfer. The next three were Mullen's.

Wednesday, March 2

Sarah Elizabeth Dellos

andall, Texas, announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Dellos, at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 28, 2005, in Kaufman.

Mary Blakeman and Pamela Kinder: Craig

The UK/USA Exchange would like to thank all those who helped with our recent fund-raiser, Kids Night Out.

Ron and Linda Davis: Craig

We would like to thank the staff of Sandrock Ridge for the wonderful care that was given to our mom, Veda Stone, during her stay there. She told me she got lots of hugs. She must have felt very loved.

Police blotter for March 3

Craig Police Department Tuesday, March 1 • Officers found missing property. • Officers received a report of domestic violence.

News briefs for March 3

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Yampa Valley Electric Association community room, 32 10th St., in Steamboat Springs. The purpose of the meeting is to take public comment on Qwest's proposal to deregulate most retail telephone services.

Craig tourism rests with real West

The history of Northwest Colorado isn't some intangible story.

Former pro wrestler ponders comeback

Larry Holler is a North Carolina transplant.

Craig woman injured in wreck

A Craig woman was transported to the hospital Tuesday after her car slid off U.S. Highway 40 about 10 miles east of Craig.

More lawyers

D.A.'s Office adds three attorneys

Three new faces in the District Attorney's Office should help ease the caseload for current prosecutors.

CMS wrestlers 2nd at Montrose

The Craig Middle School wrestling team competed in Montrose om Saturday against 16 teams. The Bulldogs finished second as a team behind the Grand Mesa. Top six individual placers were: Seth Erikson, fourth; Craig Gearhart, fourth; Nathan Tomlin, first; Scott Mann, second; Troy Vernon, fourth; Jessie Breslin, sixth; Lyle Schaffner, first; Clancy Garoutte; Garrett Verplanck, second; Logan Foster, third.

The fear of next year

Bulldog boys are preseason favorites in the WSL for next season

The word around the Western Slope League is that teams aren't looking forward to playing the Moffat County boys next year. Coach Mike LeWarne can see why.

March memories

It's time for a nostalgia column.

Choir honors

The Moffat County High School choir department would like to announce the results of the of Solo and Ensemble Festival held Feb. 15 in Hayden.

Firefighters plan to light up the night

Ball often interrupted by fire alarms

Craig firefighters plan to light a blaze under the feet of community members at the annual firefighters ball Saturday night.

Officials educate employers

During the past year, federal labor officials investigated 700 cases of unfair pay in Denver.

CNCC survey results don't surprise officials

That employees said they were overworked and underpaid didn't surprise Colorado Northwestern Community College Regional Advisory Board member Kandy Kropinak. Neither did students' plea for better classrooms or business leaders' requests for additional classes.

Datebook for March 3

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

Tuesday, March 1

Dockstader case moves forward

A former Moffat County High School golf coach accused of having sex with a minor has requested a preliminary hearing.

County considers med school

Moffat County may make a bid to get a private medical school.

Cattle will graze land trusts within Browns Park

aDecision about long-term management still pending

Cattle will graze on state land trusts within Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge this spring. But no decision has been made about whether that situation will be permanent.

Cougar midget hockey team conquers league tournament

Losing against Vernal and Steamboat Springs within weeks of the Rock Mountain Youth Hockey League tournament worried Craig Cougar midget coach Darrin Hickey.

Jeffrey W. Robinson

Fairmont Supply Company, a national full-line distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operating supplies, has promoted Jeffrey W. Robinson to manager sales -- Western Operations.

Police blotter for March 2

Craig Police Department Tuesday, March 1 • Nothing reported today. Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, March 1 • Nothing reported today.

Government unveils pipeline study

Regulatory commission expects no significant adverse effects on environment

A proposed pipeline won't have significant adverse effects on the environment, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Elks scholarships

The BPO Craig Elks Lodge has awarded several scholarships to students who participated in the annual Colorado Elks Association Education Grant Program.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Area schools plan celebrations around reading

Sam likes green eggs and ham. He would eat them in a boat. And he would eat them with a goat.

Dental center to smile on kids in need

What started out as a dream for the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition nearly a decade ago got a fresh coat of paint Tuesday.

Resident wants county television reinstated -- or refund

To Glenn Miller's way of thinking, Moffat County owes him $232. He'd waive that charge if only commissioners would reinstate county television.

Adelina Kari Henderson

Nicole Henderson and Kerry Henderson of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Adelina Kari Henderson, at 5:38 p.m. Feb. 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Our view: Market driving gas prices

Rarely does a month go by that someone doesn't contact the Craig Daily Press to complain about local gasoline prices.

Datebook for March 2

Today 9 a.m. The Craig Section of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Coalition will meet until 11 a.m. at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The purpose of this meeting is to finalize details of community assets that encompass cultural and heritage themes. Craig is part of a 10-community team that is focusing on regional tourism. This meeting will help the group solidify a 15-minute presentation that the other communities will hear during a regional meeting that is set for March 11.

Chase William Higgins

Amanda Higgins and Derrek Higgins of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Chase William Higgins, at 5:12 p.m. Feb. 11, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

News briefs for March 2

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 is selling Krispy Kreme donuts as a fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kmart. The advance sales price is $7 a dozen. Buyers who purchase donuts on delivery day will pay $8 a dozen. Pickup is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon March 12 at the west entrance of Centennial Mall. Call Mel Shockley at 824-3085, Sharon Bond at 824-2398 or any American Legion member.

Pipeline revenue must wait

Commissioners want assessor to investigate Entrega's claims

Construction that nets the county nearly $2 million in tax revenue may be only a pipe dream.

Mustangs' outside play a challenge

Bulldog girls' prepare by focusing on defense

The Moffat County girls basketball practice schedule for Tuesday listed 1 1/2 hours of various drills and ended with, "How to defend Mullen 5:00-5:15 p.m."