Stories for May 2005


Tuesday, May 31

Police blotter for June 1

Moffat County Jail Friday, May 27 Dylan Cole Beamis, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail for court-ordered jail time.

News briefs for June 1

Commissioners hold special meeting The Moffat County Commissioners will have a special meeting today to discuss radio towers in western Moffat County.

Datebook for June 1

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

City: Signs have to go

Residents will be issued warnings in June

Yard sale and other signs posted on utility poles and city property aren't welcoming features in town, Craig city officials say.

Senior Spotlight for June 1

Like the saying goes "June is busting out all over." It will be more so after the rain we've had.

No changes to court security

An armed deputy and metal detector will not be added to the Moffat County courts, county commissioners said Tuesday.

Lynx unable to get a break in opener

The Northwest Colorado Lynx baseball team got off to a rough start for the summer.

County plans to auction courthouse annex

The Moffat County Courthouse annex could have a new owner next week.

Dana Forbes : enalized for success

To the Editor: On Thursday night, we were denied the opportunity to expand the Dinosaur Charter School to junior high.

Board faces asbestos dilemma

Habitat home purchased from TMH will be ready by year's end, leader says

Habitat for Humanity still will have a house to sell by the end of the year, despite the Craig City Council's decision to not donate trash service.

Summer sports under way

The summer high school sports season is officially under way.

DOW, commissioners discuss elk herds

During the 2004 hunting season, about one-third of the elk killed in Colorado came from herds near Craig.

Betty Durham Knight

Memorial services for former Craig resident Betty Durham Knight will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

Kenneth Gotwald

Kenneth Gotwald of Craig died Sunday, May 29, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Virginia Hurlburt

Memorial services for Maybell resident Virginia Hurlburt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Grant Mortuary.

Thanks from VFW

To the Editor: Thank you! Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, and American Legion Post 62, and their Ladies Auxiliaries, and local veterans and/or families of the deceased veterans wish to thank the local community and various organizations for their support for the real reason we gather to "celebrate," or rather, "join in recognition" or "memorialize" those servicemen who gave their lives; or served, survived and then served this community until age or disease claimed their lives in the final "battle."

Craig man on leave from Iraq

Jordan Ferrell received Purple Heart in grenade attack

Army Spc. Jordan Ferrell has been in Iraq for so long, he's gotten hooked on a chocolate candy bar made there named VIP.

Our View: Animal ordinance changes needed

It seems a bit late for residents to be protesting a 27-year-old law. One would think that if there were problems, they would have surfaced before now. They haven't.

Monday, May 30

Father-son champions the trend at the Mosquito

It's a bit premature to call it a tradition, but a father-son team winning the Yampa Valley Golf Course's Mosquito Open is becoming as common as rain during the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Sunday, May 29

Back in the saddle again

Retiring teacher, long-distance horseback rider ready to devote more time to hobby

The chairs are stacked, the blackboards are clean, and the walls are cleared of all decoration.

Gerald Dean Pritchard

Gerald Dean Pritchard 1935-2005 Gerald Dean Pritchard died May 23, 2005, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 69.

Lee C. Reagle

Lee C. Reagle 1938-2005 A memorial service for former Meeker resident Lee C. Reagle will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker.

News briefs for May 30

Lookout for Butch and Sundance Characters portraying David Moffat, Butch Cassidy and Sundance will be roaming the streets today and participating in performances throughout the day.

Datebook for May 30

Today All day -- The Grand Olde West Days Street Festival begins downtown. Throughout the day there will be vendors, music and performances by character actors.

Survey indicates teachers are satisfied

Moffat County School Dist�--rict teachers are happy with their jobs.

Kicking up dirt

GOWD brings chariot races for first time

Hooves thump the dirt as horses leave the starting chutes in their dust, literally.

Grads take stage

Graduates step into 'first day of the rest' of their lives

Peals of excitement and shouts from the crowd went up as friends and relatives cheered their favorite graduates Saturday at Moffat County High School.

A long time coming

Local veteran gets military funeral 80 years after his death

William Banister died in Moffat County with little fanfare in 1921.

Utah bull rider picks up title, tab

On the night of the best bull ride of his career, Louis Schardine earned two titles -- "Champion bull rider" and "The man with the tab."

Mosquito a family affair

Father-son champions the trend at annual golf tournament

It's a bit premature to call it a tradition, but a father-son team winning the Yampa Valley Golf Course's Mosquito Open is becoming as common as rain during the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Datebook for May 31

Today 6 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 11 W. Victory Way, #203 (upstairs). Call 824-5335 or 629-1794.

A return to the Olde 'Wet'

Unpredictable May weather causes organizers to rethink date

Grand Olde West Days' wet reputation could result in the festival changing weekends.

Vendors take a bath

Rain ruins profit potential at GOWD

It appears the Old Farmer's Almanac can't be trusted.

Despite rain, service goes on

More than 15,000 members of Ray Wagner's regiment lost their lives in battles from Asia to Africa.

News briefs for May 31

Pond open for fishing The Moffat County Public Safety Center pond is open for fishing.

Friday, May 27

62 MCHS students: Students: Don't let a good teacher go

This letter is being written as a combined effort to help keep Eric Unglaub as a teacher at Moffat County High School.

Mr. Unglaub: Former teacher thanks high school students

As I close another small chapter of my life, I wanted to make certain to thank the students of Moffat County High School who have made my (brief) stay in Craig a memorable one.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig Grand Opening Committee: Thanks

The grand opening of Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a resounding success and there are so many who contributed.Our heartfelt thanks go to:

Our View: Enjoy the celebration

It's not called "Grand Olde Wet Days" for nothing.

Police blotter for May 28

John Darrell Laster, 18, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

NW Colorado gets $2 million for security

Gov. Bill Owens announced a $2 million homeland security and terrorism prevention grant for Northwest Colorado on Thursday.

Woman sews with pride

Yellow-ribbon quilt honors servicemen, -women

Yellow ribbons honoring the troops are everywhere in Moffat County, but Robin Schiffbauer's is different from the rest.

Longtime teacher retires with visit from ex-student

Like his other classmates, former Moffat County High School student Preston Ivy didn't know what to expect when new teacher Chris Dralle sauntered into class on his first day in 1979 and exclaimed, "Sugarjets!"

Walk or run 5K for a cancer cure Sunday

Almost everyone knows someone who's been affected by cancer. That's why the public is encouraged to join The Memorial Hospital's 5K Walk/Run Race for the Cure on Sunday.

Year in Review: The moments that defined the Bulldogs

Nearly every 2004-05 varsity athlete at Moffat County can answer the question, "What's it like to be in the state playoffs?"

David Pressgrove: Maybe the best

The 2004-05 school year made me a Moffat County High School athletics history buff.

Star Student: Colton Nielson

Third-grader Colton Nielson has come a long way.

School officials pleased with disaster drill

More than a week after a school shooting drill, officials are trying to organize the data they collected and the shortcomings they identified.

Officials ask for budget flexibility

A school district budget that stays at the same level from year to year would also be a budget that cuts educational programs.

Datebook for May 28

8:30 a.m. Dog Agility in the Park event, a NADAC-sactioned trial, will take place in Maybell through Monday. Spectators are asked to bring lawn chairs. The event is free. See dogs and their handlers work their way through obstacle courses, jumps, tunnels and weaves. Call Lori at 824-4159.

Thursday, May 26

Christina M. Currie: What's in a word?

I say everything three times now. I don't even think about it anymore it's just "stop, stop, stop!" I even do that to my husband, who rolls his eyes but does not berate me for treating him like he's 4.

Seniors blessed, wished well at baccalaureate service

Upbeat Christian tunes filled the Moffat County High School auditorium Wednesday evening as soon-to-be graduates were asked to attend a baccalaureate service to be blessed on their journeys from here on.

Mackynlee Gail Tweit

Alicia Gail Tweit and Grady V Tweit announce the birth of their daughter, Mackynlee Gail Tweit, at 9:55 a.m., April 5, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Belling�--ham, Wash.

Alexander James Coleman

Jessica Coleman and Adam Coleman of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Alexander James Coleman, at 10:47 a.m., May 22, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Easton Saverio Eckroth

Jamie Eckroth and Craig Eckroth of Craig announce the birth of their son, Easton Saverio Eckroth, at 2:16 p.m., May 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Officials: Wildfire a hazard even with high water

Despite bulging streams and green grass, there is still potential for wildfires, Moffat County fire officials say.

Charter school expansion request denied

The ink won't even be dry on the School Board meeting minutes when the Dinosaur Community Charter School board appeals a decision made at the Thursday night meeting.

Trooper who rolled car out of TMH

A Colorado State Patrol trooper who rolled his patrol car while on duty Wednesday night was released from the hospital.

Traveling a way of life

Carnival workers enjoy seeing country

Dennis Gonzalez got hooked on living the life of a carnival worker 30 years ago, the year he became a teenager.

Moffat schools to serve breakfast

For a $1 a day, Moffat County students will be able to pick up a "grab-and-go" breakfast.

Sign-up for junior golf under way

To see the importance of the junior golf program, look no further than Moffat County freshman golfer Meghan Innes.

When bowling was big

The return of a 50-year-old trophy brings back memories

Art Estes returned to Craig last weekend to tend to his parents' graves and to return a piece of the town's history almost 50 years to the day that it arrived in Craig.

Police Blotter for May 27

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, May 24 James Clifton Earl, 56, was booked into the jail on a charge of menacing assault.

Conrad Allan Rohrer

Kathy Rohrer and Charles Rohrer of Craig announce the birth of their son, Conrad Allan Rohrer, at 5:41 p.m., May 18, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for May 27

9 a.m. Beginning today, the Community Play Group will meet at Craig City Park, which is a change of the usual meeting place. Call Gay Albers at 824-0371. The group is for children as old as 5 and their parents.

Chili lovers heat things up

The soup is 'God's greatest gift to mankind in food,' a cook says

After more than 30 years in the kitchen, Al Cashion has got it just right.

Wednesday, May 25

Two more coaching positions filled

In years past, Moffat County Athletics Director Jim Loughran has spent his summer filling coaching vacancies. Unless there are some unforeseen surprises, Loughran will have a little more time for fun in the sun this summer.

Memorial Day plans set for Monday

Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

Andrew L. Wing Sr. (1930-2005)

Andrew L. Wing Sr., died May 13, 2005. He was 75.


Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Shonts and Benjamin Todd Koucherik will exchange marriage vows on May 28, 2005, in Colorado Springs.

Datebook for May 26

5 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Brown's Amusements Carnival will be open until midnight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Mosquito Open all the buzz Saturday

Yampa Valley Golf Course professional Chuck Cobb isn't about to name a favorite for the 2005 Mosquito Open.

TMH frustrated with slow numbers

Some hospital officials are worried that construction of a new hospital will be delayed because analysts have been slow to provide financial numbers that will determine the size of the building.

Paws pause in Maybell

Dog-agility trials return to Moffat County

More than 60 of the region's most agile canines will converge on Moffat County this weekend.

Rodeo team planning fund-raiser

The Moffat County High School rodeo team is conducting a fundraiser for the team from now until July 3. The goal of the Cow Pie Fundraiser is to raise money for the rodeo members as well as provide an opportunity for one lucky participant to win as much as $2,500.

Improving relations

Police department's 5-year plan takes aim at cultural issues

April Valencia is trying to get the word out to Spanish speakers that it's better to view police as friends rather than enemies. But the cultural diversity coordinator with the Colorado Workforce Center said even after she explains their rights to them, some Spanish speakers don't believe that they won't get into trouble for contacting police.

Tuesday, May 24

Pastor Dale Potter : Missing the point

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the woman who thought that Yampa Valley Baptist Church is trying to use scare tactics on the people of Craig.

It's safety first for third-graders

Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office offers second annual safety day

Third-grader Taquana Bot�kin is a little intimidated by horses, but now she knows how to act around them.

Changes tabled

The number of people opposing changes to the city's animal code has put it back on the drawing table.

Commissioners amend RS 2477 protocol

Moffat County Commissioners now can use an 1866 right-of-way law to maintain public access on any road for which the county receives state highway funds.

Police blotter for May 25

Craig Police Department Monday, May 23 Officers recovered a U-Haul trailer.

Elberta Cochran : Thanks to community

To the Editor: Thanks to the Cedar Mountain Lions for lots of meat to feed the community of Craig. There were lots of shares of food, desserts and drinks from the community of Craig. City Park almost was full. Wonderful support for our veterans.

Four holes keep MCHS golfer from improving

For 14 holes of the state golf tournament Tuesday, Moffat County freshman golfer Meghan Innes played better than she had Monday. The other four holes were what cost her.

Moffat County Commissioners discuss voting machines

New voting machines could be coming to Moffat County as early as Jan. 1.

The Burns bulls are back

Last year, the bulls won, 8-0.

No money for police in standoff, judge rules

Police cannot expect to be reimbursed by a defendant for overtime hours or the cost of bringing on additional officers for actions leading to an arrest of a Craig man, according to the ruling of a district court judge Tuesday.

Oil worker gets four years

A criminal record didn't bode well for an oil worker who received four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections from a district court judge Tuesday.

Datebook for May 25

Today 8 a.m. Join local bird enthusiast Nancy Merrill for a guided bird walk at the Yampa River preserve on Carpenter Ranch, just east of Hayden. Enjoy the peaceful morning scenery and learn about the avian residents of the Carpenter Ranch.

News briefs for May 25

Items stolen from Loudy-Simpson Park concession stand A box of crab legs and some power tools were reported stolen from a concession stand at Loudy-Simpson Park, the Moffat County Sheriff's Department reported.

Gerald Pritchard

Memorial services for Gerald Pritchard will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Grant Mortuary. Interment of cremains will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Bringing down the barn

Battle of Bands contest to showcase local talent

Four teenage boys got together in seventh grade and decided to start a band called Stonewall.

Our View: Beyond the cap and gown

Moffat County High School's commencement exercise is Saturday.

Monday, May 23

Yampa breaches banks

Last week's high temperatures melted the mountain snowpack faster than the Yampa River could handle, causing it to swell and, in some places, overrun its banks.

Sunday, May 22

Board to discuss ER fix

Hospital board members will consider allowing a management group to oversee physician care in at the emergency room of The Memorial Hospital.

Learning experience

Freshman golfer Meghan Innes talks about first trip to state

After the first round of the 4A state girls golf tournament, Moffat County High School's Meghan Innes was 31 strokes behind front-runner Ashley Tait, who shot a 2-under-par 70 on Monday.

Rollover accident kills Rangely man

RANGELY -- A Rangely man died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Colorado Highway 64 on Friday morning.

Honoring our heroes

Picnic recognizes gift of freedom

Gretchen Mack couldn't help but get choked up as she talked about losing her son, Pfc. Chance R. Phelps, in April 2004. The U.S. Marine was killed when the convoy he was protecting came under attack west of Baghdad, Iraq.

Bus tour bonanza

Second leg of tour reveals wealth of attractions

Northwest Colorado is a country of extremes. From forest land to desert, from wild horse herds to prehistoric fossils, from natural resource development to lands with a hundred-year history of ranching, the area is rife with the exact opportunities that tourists interested in culture and heritage are looking for.

Pushing the learning curve

Four high school students graduate ahead of their class

A decision to take dual enrollment college credits during high school means at least a bigger paycheck after graduation for Brian Markum.

Maybell found

200 bicyclists stream into town for annual ride

About 200 bicyclists who hailed from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Colorado Springs bicycled from Craig to Maybell during an annual trek.

Business Profile for May 23

Name: Dennis Parrott, manager, Westin Oil Name of business/address: 301 School St.

Police blotter for May 24

Moffat County Sheriff Friday, May 20 Deputies responded to a possible domestic violence incident in progress.

GOWD features blessing for animals

In a show of interdenominational cooperation, five churches are joining together during Grand Olde West Days to host community services Sunday.

Ladies Auxilary holding poppy sale

The poppy sale for the Ladies Auxiliary at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 kicks off Wednesday.

News briefs for May 23

BLM land-planning meeting Tuesday Attention all off-road vehicle owners: If you take a vehicle off a county road on Bureau of Land Management land, you will be affected in the future by what is happening in the BLM planning process.

Trek to the top of the world

Owner of Craig's Subway tries to climb the 'Seven Summits'

For George Barlow, scaling the highest peaks on the planet has an almost magnetic allure.

Hayden Speedway season sees record opening

The 2005 season of the Hayden Speedway started with a record crowd and car-rolling excitement.

Entrega negotiates surface agreements

Entrega Gas Pipeline Inc. successfully has negotiated agreements with 50 of the 52 private property owners in the first 132-mile stretch of the proposed pipeline route.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Sari Maneotis Occupation: Student/assistant swim coach/receptionist at The Memorial Hospital

Colorful characters

Actors to portray historic figures at Grand Olde West Days

Residents will see several new faces at this year's Grand Olde West Days event.

Council to vote on animal rules

Several Craig residents have promised to attend Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting to oppose portions of a law that tighten animal ordinances.

Datebook for May 23

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 appointment dates. 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 the VNA at 824-8233.

Datebook for May 24

Today 6:30 p.m. New member and parent orientation will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. New members, parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Call 826-0411.

News briefs for May 24

Car ignites from electrical short, 'does extensive damage' Craig firefighters put out a blaze at about 1 a.m. Sunday that gutted a car in the 600 block of Russell Street.

3,200 relay 'calm, cool' and third

AURORA -- The Moffat County girls 3,200-meter relay team walked quietly onto the track as the rest of the teams around them bounced with high knee drills or short sprints.

Gerald Pritchard

Gerald Pritchard of Craig died Monday, May 23, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.

Friday, May 20

Education Calendar for May 21

Monday, May 23 9:30 a.m. First- and second-grade "Ridgeview Stars," will spend the morning at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Packed house cheers Boys & Girls Club

Joshua Cooper is one mean cup stacker.

Production of coal booming in state

Coal production is booming in Colorado, according to a presentation Friday at the 18th annual Northwest Colorado Coal Conference in Craig.

Small-business guru to speak in Meeker

A Northwest Colorado business expert will speak in Meeker on Monday evening about small-town business development issues.

Craig's era of rapid change

New museum exhibit documents Craig in the 1970s

Keith Gillam's old Nikon camera sits idly today in a display case at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

David Pressgrove: Turnaround

The time has come. It is time to master the force.

Lease parcels spur controversy

Signs of oil and gas development may someday mark Colorado's entrance road to Dinosaur National Monument.

Frazier takes responsibilities seriously

Krista Frazier picked up her college diploma May 14. It'll be another week before she collects her high school diploma.

Where were the students?

210 of school's 350 students did not attend disaster drill

When the "shots" rang out at Craig Middle School, few students were there to hear them.

The MCHS After Prom Committee: After Prom Committee says thank you

To the Editor, The Moffat County High School After Prom Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed cash and prizes to the 2005 After Prom.

The Robidoux families, Ruth, Ray, Rich, Larry and Jason: We can't put into words, take with love

To the Editor, Words can't express all we need to say to our friends of Craig and Grand Junction at St. Mary's Hospital, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, The Memorial Hospital and all our many friends in Craig. But as this is the best medium, please take this with all our love.

Khara Ann Mahlum: Scare tactics from churches won't work

To the Editor, This letter is in response to an ad I happened to view in the Craig Daily Press on May 6. The ad was for the Yampa Valley Baptist Church. It stated: The only sin that will send you to hell is not believing what Jesus did for you, and for everyone in the whole wide world."

Police Blotter for May 21

Craig Police Department Sunday, May 15 Officers took a report of a lost cell phone.

Colin Spencer Tomison Jr.

Colin Spencer Tomison Jr. Jessica Ann Tomison and Colin Spencer Tomison Sr. of Craig announce the birth of their son, Colin Spencer Tomison Jr., on May 7, 2005.

Day 1 dazzling for girls track team

AURORA -- If the Moffat County track and field coaching staff could bottle up the past week and preserve it for every year before state, they probably would.

Freshman golfer prepped for state

Lately things have been quiet for Meghan Innes at golf practice. That's good and bad for the Moffat County freshman.

Teachers, administration agree on salaries

Every teacher in the Moffat County School District will earn $905 more next year than they did this year, and other employees will see a 2 percent pay raise.

Datebook for May 21

Today 7 a.m. The 19th annual "Where the Hell is Maybell?" bike ride departs from Northwest Storage, 4295 U.S. Highway 40. Another group departs at 7:30 a.m. from Western Knolls subdivision. The race is free. There will be a breakfast served in Maybell for riders, with a cost of $5 a person. Call 826-2029.

Thursday, May 19

Chili cook-off means tasty time

Bold, new tastes are coming to the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Cultural heritage tourism explored

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- A new plan to attract tourists to Northwest Colorado focuses less on the region's natural landscape and more on the human landscape.

David Gordon Alden: 1944-2005

David Gordon Alden of Yulee, Fla., died May 13, 2005, in Jacksonville. He was 61.

Harold Mayberger

Funeral services for Harold Mayberger will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2005, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the church from 2:30 p.m. until service time. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Economic Summit looks at tourism

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Despite some shifting trends in Colorado's tourism industry, getting out-of-towners to visit remains vital to the state's economy.

Caps, cookouts

MCHS grads prepare for their parties

When the caps fly in the air, it's time for the party to begin.

Christina Currie: The particular princesses

It shouldn't surprise me that my little drama queen is also a princess, but considering the life we lead, it does.

Cowboy poet set to entertain

A cowboy entertainer so loved his time in Craig last year, that he's asked to come back.

Man dies rafting Yampa

A 64-year-old Nevada man died during a boating accident on the Yampa River on Tuesday.

Hospital employee returns to old job

It took Cindy Biskup three months to realize that a career she'd put nearly 10 years into was something she wasn't ready to give up.

The traditionalists

Moffat County girls 3,200-relay the next in a long line of success

At the first track meet of the 2005 season, freshman Angie Charchalis was a bit nervous. She had never run an 800-meter race.

Datebook for May 20

Today 8 a.m. Habitat for Humanity is holding a fund-raising garage sale until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the garage next to Brass Key Realty. Items for sale were donated by community members. Donuts will be for sale in the morning. Call 824-7086.

Wednesday, May 18

Economic summit looks at changing demographics

According to the Colorado Demography Office, between the years 2000 and 2010, the population of Coloradans ages 55 to 64 will grow at a rate of 5.9 percent annually. The state's population as a whole will grow at an annual rate of just 1.7 percent.

Police tase man after chase

Officers from the Craig Police Department used an electrical stun gun on a Craig man Monday that put an end to a chase through a mobile-home park.

New briefs for May 19

Attention all off road vehicle owners: If you take a vehicle off the county road on Bureau of Land Management land, you will be affected in the future by what is happening in the BLM planning process. If you want to have a say in the planning of future off-road use, you need to come to a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds at the Pavilion in Craig. Proposals will be discussed that will be given to the BLM for consideration in the Resource Management Plan planning process. Call 824-2683.

Ramblin' down Yampa Avenue

Grand Olde West Days parade set for May 28

Community members will line the streets of downtown Craig to see who will ride in the "Ramblin' and Gamblin'" Grand Olde West Days parade May 28.

Bryant Reef Dill

MaRanda Camilletti and Deric Dill of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Bryant Reef Dill, at 3:02 p.m. May 11, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Darrell and Carol Camilletti of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Larry and Linda Dill of Craig.

EDP elects new directors

Carolyn Gochee, a Craig chiropractor, is the newest member of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership Board of Directors.

Actors, officials stage emergency drill

School shooting simulation tests preparedness

1:08 p.m.: A call comes in that three people have been shot in the office of Craig Middle School. The receptionist hides under a desk while relaying the scene to dispatch. Two shooters run down the school's hallway.

Tucker Alexander Lewis

Julie Lewis and Troy Lewis of Oceanside, Calif., announce the birth of their son, Tucker Alexander Lewis, at 6:58 p.m. May 2, 2005, in Oceanside. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Randy Cox of Ft. Worth, Texas. Paternal grandparents are Roger and Judy Lewis of Craig.

Reader Profile: Donald Lindley

Donald Lindley's life has changed in the past few years.

League honorees lead baseball team

The Moffat County baseball team returned to the playoffs after a year's absence, and the Western Slope League coaches have recognized five of the players who were the nucleus of that effort.

Police Blotter for May 19

Moffat County Jail Thursday, May 19 No report issued.

'Grand Olde West' to return to Craig

Craig's Old West past will be alive and well at this year's 15th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration May 27 to 30.

Datebook for May 19, 2005

Today 7:30 a.m. Craig Senior Citizens are going to see the Rockies play the Giants at Coors Field. They plan to be back in Craig by 9:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $35. Space is limited. Call 826-2004 to sign up.

Top Moffat County scholar-athlete seniors honored

Rowan DuBois has many memories from his four years at Moffat County High School.

Tuesday, May 17

Police Blotter for May 18

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, May 17 Steven Mark Tamlin, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of criminal attempt, domestic violence, menacing assault and criminal mischief.

Senior spotlight for May 18

Special friendships, special moments -- this past weekend was one of those kind for me in Keystone. Memories of the past.

Joseph Balleck

Memorial services for Joseph Balleck will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael church. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

Harold Mayberger

Harold Mayberger of Craig died Tuesday at his home. Services are pending.

Betty (Durham) Knight

Betty (Durham) Knight passed away May 15, while vacationing in California. Services are pending.

Our View: Celebrating our heroes

Saturday's Hometown Heroes picnic will be a small-town affair compared to what's coming to Branson, Mo., in June.

Jacab and Zach Pearson: Thank you for making fund-raiser a success

Thank you for making fund-raiser a success

Officials concerned about elk population

The size of Moffat County elk herds has grabbed the attention of county and state officials.

County commissioners get update from superintendent

Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Chas Cartwright updated the Moffat County commissioners for the final time Tuesday.

Subway manager wins top honors

For the second consecutive year, Judy Peters is a cut above the rest.

Kiwanis Club hands out scholarships to students

The Craig Kiwanis Club presented the 2005 Stanley G. Slaugh Memorial Scholarships May 11 to seven graduating Moffat County High School seniors.

Deja blue: Mann, Uecker all conference again

As far as originality goes, the Moffat County girls soccer team didn't score high in its Western Slope League All Conference awards. But as far as having good prospects for the future, the selections are positive.

Sheriff's Office reports stolen solar panel valued at $3,000

Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported a theft of a solar panel and batteries from a well site in Moffat County.

Heroes to come out for picnic Saturday

Johnny Garcia and his three brothers served in different arms of the military during the Vietnam War. The experience has showed the Moffat County veteran services officer that "freedom is not free."

New hospital site reviewed

Board members, public trek to new TMH site

Gusty winds and spectacular views greeted at least a dozen people Tuesday as they visited the future site of The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for May 18

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

Council fires city employee

After hearing eight hours of testimony Tuesday, the Craig City Council voted unanimously to terminate an employee who's worked for the city for 18 years.

Directors resign from Chamber

The director of Craig Chamber of Commerce said she has resigned to devote more time to personal matters. Membership Director Patti Mosbey also resigned Tuesday citing similar reasons.

Monday, May 16

Logan Neal Truelove

Yvonne Truelove and Cory Truelove of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Logan Neal Truelove, at 4:06 p.m., May 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Treatment operator pleads guilty

The owner of a solid-waste treatment plant probably won't go to jail after pleading guilty to charges that he attempted to influence a public official and violated the minimum standards for solid waste disposal facility, a district judge said in court on Monday.

'The force' to hit Craig early

Star Wars fans in Craig will be among the first in the nation to see Anakin Skywalker cross over to the Dark Side.

Moffat County Neighbor: Janet Been

Name: Janet Been Occupation: Security guard

Sam F. Barone (1920-2005)

Longtime Meeker resident and educator Sam F. Barone died May 12, 2005 at his home. He was 84.

Herbert Walker Ninker (1925-2005)

Herbert Walker Ninker was born in St. Louis, Mo., to parents Herbert William Ninker and Edna Josephine Ninker (Walker) in 1925. He took time out from high school to join the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre until his discharge in 1945.

John Kinkaid: Add these amendments to new pet ordinance

Here are some suggestions to add to the new proposed pet ordinance.

Molly Jo Baird

Sally J. Baird and Chad J. Baird of Kremmling, announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Jo Baird, at 11:30 a.m., at May 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

School sews up lesson in history

Everybody who visits Sen. Jack Taylor's office at the Capitol Building learns a little bit about Colorado, compliments of Sunset Elementary School.

Graduation rate soars, funds dip at college

Resident students to pay portion of tuition at CNCC

Moffat County residents will have to pay a portion of tuition costs next year because of decreases in the state budget, Colorado Northwestern Community College board members said.

Kathy Shea: Ordinance infringes on rights of pet owners

We have to agree that this ordinance is infringing on the rights of responsible pet owners. Saying "it sucks" and leaving it at that isn't exactly the right thing to do. Can't we come up with a compromise here?


Don Warden of Aurora and Louise Warden of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dawn Marie Warden of Craig, to Robert Charles Goethe of Craig, the son of Gene and Judy Goethe of Buena Vista, Ariz.

Marvin and Minnie Thompson: Dale Thompson's family extends a 'thank you'

The family of Dale Thompson would like to thank all of those who stopped and helped at the time of his accident. Especially Johnny and Lori Mann, others who stopped and Dr. James and medical staff at The Memorial Hospital. Also Doug and Gloria Vigil and St Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Datebook for May 17

6:30 p.m. New member and parent orientation will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. New members, existing parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Call 826-0411.

Sunday, May 15

Business profile: Leland Reinier

What prompted you to open your business in Craig? I wanted to be self-employed. I like the sense of independence and expressing my ideas and talents.

News briefs for May 16

There will be a battle of the bands during Grand Olde West Days. The event starts at 6 p.m. May 27 in "The Barn" at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5. There will be a variety of bands, including jazz, pop, rock and punk, competing for cash and prizes. The band, "Midnight to Twelve," will headline the event and band members will act as the judges for the participants.

Datebook for May 16

Today -- 8:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) 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.

Shop class T-shirt program goes national

When Matt Beckett was enrolled in Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad's class, he never expected to be working so closely with him more than a decade later.

Leatherworking is good therapy for John Norton

Leatherworking is more than a hobby to John Norton. It's what keeps him alive. Norton had a stroke in 1984 that left the right side of his face and the left side of his body paralyzed. He shows no lingering signs of the stroke's effects, and he attributes that to leatherworking.

Saturday, May 14

'Computer geek' hopes to use talents for a career

Moffat County senior Mike Mascarenas is a self-described computer geek, right down to the calculator watch on his wrist.

156 gallons of gas stolen from county

Moffat County Road and Bridge officials reported on Thursday that 156 gallons of gasoline had been stolen from a department storage tank near Hamilton.

Boys Regional Track results

Top-eight finishers: 100-meter dash -- senior Jake Bilodeau, eighth, 11.70

Caught in the act

Graffiti artist painting murals at city pool

Ryan Otis is a graffiti artist, but these days he gets invited to spray paint on people's walls.

Bulldogs come up just short

Fourth-place finishes at regionals reduces number of state qualifiers

For a summary of how the second day of the regional track meet went for Moffat County, look no further than the day's last event. The 1,600-meter relay finishes represented the overall performance for the boys and girls track teams.

Girls Regional Track Results

Top-eight finishers: 200 junior Anna Herring, eighth, 28.15 seconds

Friday, May 13

CNCC appreciative of coverage, support

To the Editor: Colorado Northwestern Community College wishes to thank the Craig Daily Press for the excellent coverage of our very first RN graduation and pinning.

Jeff Pleasant, A.T., C. : Haddan's recovery was truly a team effort

To the Editor: Kudos to David Pressgrove on his article about Zach Haddan in the Friday, May 13 edition of the Craig Daily Press.

Police blotter for May 14

Moffat County Jail Thursday, May 12 Randy James Carr, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

News briefs for May 14

Lions Club sponsoring parade The Craig Lions Club is sponsoring the Grand Olde West Days Parade on May 28 and is soliciting entries. The theme this year is "Ramblin' and Gamblin.'"

Child runs naked in street

Officers from the Craig Police Department responded to a call that a 2-year-old boy was spotted running naked Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Pershing Street.

Datebook for May 14

Today 8 a.m. As part of the Craig Clean-Up Days, the Craig Solid Waste Department will be accepting tires without rims and appliances from city and county residents until 4 p.m. at the north end of City Park.

Thad McCollum

Thad McCollum, 21, graduated Friday, May 13, 2005, with a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Janosec scholars

Alesha Overton and Klava Caras, seniors at Moffat County High School, are this year's recipients of the Joe Janosec Memorial Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000

Education calendar for May 14

Monday, May 16 Students will be celebrating International Week at East Elementary School. There will be a variety of activities throughout the week for students and their parents.

Star Student

Exceptional behavior earned Craig Middle School seventh grader Jamie Ogden a huge Hershey's milk chocolate bar Friday. That meant all her visitors -- even the strangers -- got a bite.

Learning a new language

Ever thought of taking up a second language? Traveling to a Mexican beach and chatting with the locals? It always sounds so easy, but it isn't. Believe me! My family and I moved to Santiago, Chile, several years ago when our children were 7 and 10 years old. What an experience. I spoke NO SPANISH.

NHS members expected to serve community

Thirty of the incoming seniors at Moffat County High School have demonstrated the academic superiority, leadership skills and concern for the community needed to become members of the National Honor Society.

CMS evaluating discipline code

Focus shifting to positive support

Nine months after implementing rule changes that launched a firestorm of controversy and record attendance at a parent meeting, Craig Middle School officials are re-evaluating.

Trades program moves forward

A program introduced last year at Colorado Northwestern Community College to give students hands-on experience in the construction trades is moving forward.

Today's relays are key for boys track team

GRAND JUNCTION -- Derek Duran's best wasn't enough.

Jen Albee

Jen Albee, daughter of Mike and Jeannie Albee of Craig, graduated from the University of Alaska at Anchorage on May 1, 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and minors in geology and philosophy.

Education briefs for May 14

CIS students begin swimming unit Craig Intermediate School P.E. students will be ending the year with swimming, which will continue through Friday.

Our View: Stake in development

Members of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership took an important step in meeting their long-term goals by asking nonmember business owners why they haven't joined.

City wants meeting

Council wants to help school district improve

Craig City Council members hope that school district officials will look upon an invitation to meet as an offer of support rather than criticism, but both likely will surface if the two entities get together.

Strategies for success

Trying to do big business in a small town

Tri-State Equipment Comp�--any is hardly recognizable from the business it was a decade ago.

Lori J. Longwell : Thanks to businesses for Mother's Day basket

To the Editor: I would like to thank the businesses who participated in the Mother's Day Basket. This was a lovely gift and a great surprise.

David Pressgrove: Maverick, my trusty steed

Getting paid to sit at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction with scattered clouds and 70-degree weather on Friday is why I love my job.

Distance runners put girls in lead

GRAND JUNCTION -- Emily Sperl has her eyes on three regional championships this weekend, and those eyes were wide open when she crossed the line for her sixth lap of the 3,200-meter run.

Thursday, May 12

Police raid motel, arrest Craig man

Officers arrested a Craig man and a female juvenile after a raid early Wednesday morning at the Craig Motel. Paul Romero Mendoza, 38, was arrested after police obtained a search warrant for Room 28, where the man allegedly had been staying, according to a release from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

'Blessing in disguise'?

Dental Coalition gets consulting help

The loss of its dentist may turn out to be a "blessing in disguise" for the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, Director Debi Harmon said.

Winn leaves Boys & Girls Club; staff prepares for summer

May is a month of changes for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Class creates dance to help alum

What started out as a discussion about people in need in Eric Hanson's sixth-hour sociology class has turned into a communitywide event.

Police Blotter for May 13, 2005

4-H shooting club hosting fund-raiser

The big week is almost here for Zach and Jacob Pearson.

The pinnacle of pain

Zach Haddan can walk. Generally that's not a profound statement about an athlete competing at the regional track meet in Grand Junction today. But less than a year ago, the Moffat County High School junior didn't know whether he would ever live up to that statement again.

Tips for saving gas and keeping your car 'green'

With gas prices rising and many of us relying on gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs to get us through the mountains, be sure to practice fuel-efficient use and maintenance habits.

'Turning point'

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Elizavette Ayala was nervous leading up to her big day. She even had a nightmare that she died on her birthday, May 4, just three days before her appearance in a floor-length white gown for her quinciañera.

Depression isn't just a case of the blues

Everyone gets down from time to time -- a brief blue mood, disappointments, grief after losing a loved one -- but depression is different. It's not just a case of having the blues.

First-day jitters

I've almost made it to the next official milestone in child-rearing, and the amount of work and worry surrounding it has made me very leery about actually hitting that milestone, let alone moving beyond. I've registered Katie for kindergarten, and I can't believe how much work it was.

Briefs for May 13, 2005

The Colorado Wilderness Network is sponsoring a slide presentation at 7 p.m. Monday at the Center of Craig. "Wild Utah: America's Redrocks Wilderness" will be presented by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance's Outreach Coordinator Bob Brister. It's a multimedia slide show featuring stunning images by noted wilderness photographers and the voice of Pulitzer Prize winning author Wallace Stegner.

Datebook for May 13, 2005

Wednesday, May 11

News briefs for May 12

Annual golf tournament to be held The Moffat County Sheriff's Office wil1 be hosting the 18th annual Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.

Rounding up support

Moffat County vying to host rodeo finals

Moffat County will go up against two other communities in a bid to get the 2006 and 2007 Colorado High School Rodeo Association state finals rodeo.

Walk Against Violence

Community invited to annual event Sunday at City Park

A group of teens will work to teach adults a lesson on Sunday.

Land resolution passed

Colorado lawmakers are urging Congress to straighten out the confusion arising from right-of-way claims under Revised Statute 2477.

Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd

Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd 1930-2005 Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd died May 5, 2005, from complications of diabetes. She was 75.

Robert Vincent Robidoux

Robert Vincent Robidoux 1940-2005 Robert Vincent Robidoux died May 2, 2005, at The Mem�--orial Hospital in Craig following a rather brief illness. He was 64.

Police blotter for May 12

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, May 10 Joseph John Fields, 41, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive a success

To the editor: WOW! That's about all I can say in response to the wonderful participation we had this year to view the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive!

Billie Lamar Frederickson

Nikki Frederickson and Carl Frederickson of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Billie Lamar Frederickson, at 11:54 a.m., May 8, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Craig Sea Sharks are back in the water

Marin Campbell knows first-hand the repercussions of improper training in the pool. She had shoulder surgery in the fall to repair an injury that started when she learned bad habits in her swimming stroke.

Motorcycle enthusiast lives to ride

Trevor Simones is proud his motorcycle. Riding and owning a bike, is kind of in his blood. He comes from a line of what he calls "motorcycle nuts."

Turnover quick for new coach

The transition from Moffat County baseball coach to boys basketball coach was a fast one for Scott Parker.

RAD Program thanks community members

To the Editor: As The RAD Afterschool Program concludes another successful and productive year, we would like to thank many community members who helped in making it one of the best years RAD has ever had.

The next generation

Moffat County Bulldog football players inspire youngest fans

Levi Ogden has a new sports hero.

Family of Charles Bugay offers thanks

To the Editor: The family of Charles Bugay would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of The Memorial Hospital for the great care Charles received while he was in the hospital.

'Time to shine'

Special Olympians prepare to run, swim, lift in competition Saturday

Jim Herschberg took this entire week off work. It's not something he would do for just any event, but Special Olympics is that important to him.

Group to help child victims

Drug Endangered Children Task Force aims to ease transitions

A program to help children who have been found in houses that harbor drug labs would have come in handy during an incident in Craig a couple of years ago, said Sgt. Bill Leonard of the Craig Police Department.

Datebook for May 12

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

Tuesday, May 10

County asks city to share planner

Councilors not interested

Even Craig City Councilors think the county needs a full-time planner, but they don't think they're in a position to help pay for it.

Alexis Rose Koran

Krystle Koran and Brian Koran of Ft. Polk, La., announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Rose Koran, at 10:05 p.m., April 6, 2005, at Bayne Jones Hospital in Ft. Polk.

Datebook for May 11

Today 6 p.m. A Line dancing class will be at the Craig Intermediate School until 7:30 p.m. Call Judy at 824-5902.

Traffic ticket revenue could be redirected

Moffat County Commissioners passed the first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that will ensure that money from traffic tickets written by county deputies goes into county coffers.

'Hurry up and wait'

Marine reflects on military experience, plans new chapter after serving in Iraq

Although many troops return from Iraq with nightmares of mortars exploding, Sgt. David Wade with the U.S. Marine Corps came home with a computer slide show and some conversational Arabic.

Diane Prather: Look for Caldecott seals on children's books

This column has reviewed many award�'winning books for children. One of the most prestigious awards is The Caldecott Medal. It's presented each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children that was published the previous year in the United States.

Moffat County track teams compete

The Moffat County High School boys' and girls' track teams competed in the Grand Junction Central Invitational track meet Friday and Saturday.

Courthouse annex targeted by second round of graffiti

Graffiti on the side of a Moffat County building didn't seem to create as much fervor the second time around.

Business owners question need for EDP

Board members field questions to make stronger organization

What kind of bang will I get for my buck? Why has the board gone through two directors? And, what does the group do?

Road treatment gets mixed reviews

Ted Chamberlain is going to have the dirt road near his home treated with magnesium chloride, but he's not happy about it.

Police blotter for May 11

Moffat County Jail Monday, May 9 Karen Alene Nugent, 24, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on an outstanding warrant out of Wyoming.

Problem pets

Revised animal ordinance passes first reading

Responsible pet owners are taking offense to an ordinance meant to target those who aren't responsible pet owners.

Freshman golfer leads the way to 2nd

MONTROSE -- After the final putt dropped in the hole, Moffat County freshman Meghan Innes hopped, skipped and jumped her way off the green. She gave her mom a hug, then hugged her coach and smiled big.

News briefs for May 11

Maybell bike ride will be May 21 The 19th annual "Where the Hell is Maybell" bike ride departs at 7 a.m. from Northwest Storage, 4295 U.S. Highway 40, or at 7:30 a.m. from Western Knolls subdivision May 21.

Our View: Misdirected message

There's some debate about whether it's appropriate to condemn acts of vandalism in the newspaper.

Monday, May 9

Smoke Signals: Camp fire safety tips

Nothing tastes better than food cooked outside. People are injured each year because they did not take these few simple safety measures.

Quilting grows in popularity

Pioneer craft is a hobby and cause for Hands-On Quilters guild members

Cheryl Bush is a professional quilt-maker. Borders, bindings, patterns, and fabric are just some of the tools she uses for her craft.

Boy Scouts thankful for successful event

Boy Scouts thankful for successful event To the Editor: Boy Scout Troup 144 recently held a fund-raiser lunch at the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. The fund-raiser helped them go to camp this summer.

Two arrested in counterfeit case

Police arrested two suspects on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit bill at Kmart last month.

Datebook for May 10

Today 9 a.m. Moffat County Pest Man�--agement, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service, and the Plant Protection and Quarantine, will sponsor a free one-day workshop relating to rangeland grasshoppers and Morman crickets. The workshop will be held at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse. Call 824-9180 or stop by 539 Barclay St. The course is approved for 5 pesticide re-certification credits.

News briefs for May 10

June deadline for hay directory The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2005 Colorado Hay Directory.

Larry R. Fredrick

Larry R. Fredrick of Crescent City, Fla., died May 1, 2005 at Putnam Community Medical Center in Florida. He was 63.


The parents of Lisa Empson and Cris French announce the engagement of their children.

Wallace to graduate

Sarah Wallace, 23, will graduate Saturday, May 15, 2005, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

The 'heeling' touch

Program in need of volunteers to comfort, rehabilitate patients

Five-year-old Daniel Hard�--ing was not having a good week, but his face brightened up when a canine visitor stopped by his hospital room recently.

Police blotter for May 10

Moffat County Jail Friday, May 7 Justin Wesley Pape, 21, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful distribution, manufacture, sale, possession of drugs; driving while under restraint, no compulsory insurance, no registration, no numbered plates and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Family of Sarah Draper thanks community

Family of Sarah Draper thanks community To the Editor: The family of Sarah Draper would like to thank the V.F.W. Auxiliary for the lawn and chairs they provided for the memorial service.

From sage grouse to skiing

Historical tour showcases area's gems

For some, the day started at 4:30 a.m. Others were lucky enough to wait until 5:15.

Minding mental health

Editor's note: In recognition of Mental Health Month, the staff at Craig Mental Health will contribute columns that address different aspects of mental well-being.

Concerts Association offers thanks to stores

Concerts Association offers thanks to stores To the Editor: The Craig Concerts Assoc�--iation would like to thank City Market and Safeway for their generous help allowing us space to set up our membership drive at their stores.

No outcry outcry

Officials field few questions about mock disaster at CMS

Six people attended Monday's Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee meeting to field questions, but there were few raised by the seven parents who attended.

Sunday, May 8

Wedding: Harris-Cloer

Dan and Catharine Harris of Pueblo announce the wedding of their daughter, Stacy Harris of Pueblo West, to Marc Cloer of Pueblo West, son of Robert Cloer of Craig and Cheryl Cloer of Colorado Springs.

Professional: Cook employees honored

Three employees of Cook Chevrolet in Craig were recognized by General Motors with GM Service Challenge Awards for 2004.

Residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Craig's first Cinco de Mayo celebration accomplished its intended goal of bringing people together. The damp weather even played a factor, driving about 250 people under the roof of the picnic shelter at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Going to the chapel

Moffat County High senior plans to wed day after graduation

Everything's black and white for Amanda Szatkowski. Come graduation weekend, she'll be wearing two gowns -- a black one for commencement and a pure white one for her wedding. She's graduating from Moffat County High School May 28 and getting married May 29 at the Center of Craig.

Horses put on a show in Maybell

The sounds of the Sombrero Ranches' horse drive echoed through downtown Maybell Sunday -- the click-clack of hooves on asphalt, the crack of the whip on the animals' backs and the snaps of camera shutters as horses raced by eager bystanders. The fact that the wranglers arrived later than expected didn't seem to deter many of the spectators who came out for the event.

Family, friends and faith

Mick Havrilla's battle with several diseases brings a new perspective, doesn't shake his spirit

At Moffat County's soccer game with Battle Mountain two weeks ago, Michael "Mick" Havrilla sat in his old red truck and did what he had done for almost 30 years in Craig: He cheered.

Layne Antonio Grajeda

The infant son of Kristin and Tony Grajeda of Craig was born May 3, 2005 in Steamboat Springs and passed away May 4, 2005 at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.

Engagement: Jackson-Gray

Tom and Jay Jackson of Fruita announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Kay Jackson, to Scott Gray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Gray of Craig.

Swimmers shine at state meet

It was a moment that had never been experienced by a Moffat County boy swimmer. With Rage Against the Machine rocking over the speakers, the 200-medley relay team of seniors Chris Compton, Zach Vorhies, Nick Ruckman and Blake Worsley walked across the pool deck and were announced for the finals.

Golden knocks Bulldogs out of baseball playoffs

AURORA -- One stinkin' run. After advancing to the Class 4A District 2 championship game in the first round of the state baseball playoffs, the Bulldogs came up a run short in a 9-8 loss to Golden Saturday.

Business Profile: Donna Fleetwood

Name: Donna Fleetwood; Name of business/address: Trinkets, Trash and Treasures Gift Shop. 575 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for May 9, 2005

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 a parent or present a signed permission slip from a parent. Medicaid recipients should bring their card. Call VNA at 824-8233.

Friday, May 6

Our View: Uniting our community

When we decided to publish a page of news in Spanish, we anticipated some opposition to the idea.

Malia Ann Graham

Wendy Lacko Graham and Jim Graham of Steamboat announce the birth of their daughter, Malia Ann Graham, at 6:29 p.m. April 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Briefs for May 7

The Craig City Solid Waste Department will be accepting used tires without rims and appliances from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Moffat County residents on May 14 and 15 at the north end of Craig City Park. No trash will be accepted at this site.

Lawmakers eye sheriffs' firing power

Proposed legislation to limit a sheriff's ability to terminate deputies at will is causing a rumble among the states' law enforcement agencies as it projects a more stringent procedure for sheriffs to fire employees.

Datebook for May 7

9 a.m. Hands-on Quilters are sponsoring a special Quilt History Day with members from the Colorado Quilting Council. Those interested in having their quilts documented should plan to attend. To schedule an appointment call Cheryl Bush at 824-2567.

Sticker shock

Property owners get 2005 tax valuations

Some owners of commercial properties in Moffat County experienced sticker shock after 2005 valuations for their businesses hit mailboxes earlier this week.

Swim team in position to demolish previous best at state

Jim Vorhies only needed one word to describe the performance of the Moffat County boys swim team in Friday's preliminaries at the state swim meet: beautiful.

Baseball team out to prove itself

Despite being just two years removed from the Bulldogs' last playoff appearance, only one Moffat County baseball player has any postseason experience. That doesn't bother coach Scott Parker.

Adviser ponders future

Unglaub 'amazed' contract not renewed

The decision not to renew a high school teacher's contract means that next year the Distributive Education Clubs of America program will have a new adviser -- its sixth since the late 1990s.

Fourth-graders learn about ag

Robert Baker didn't realize marshmallows, erasers, crayons and bubble gum are all byproducts of the animals that go "moo."

Star student for May 7

Fourth-grader Dashell Bristol likes school. She likes it even more now that she goes to school in Dinosaur.

Patty Maradiegue: Muchas gracias to all who helped with fiesta

I would like to say "Muchas gracias" to all the people who helped us with the piñata and candy donations to Craig Middle School for our Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Police blotter for May 7

Stephen Michael Cramer, 18, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of theft. Trina Rae Stockton, 20, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to comply.

Charter school has come a long way

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Henson doesn't mind the 30-minute ride to school. It doesn't bother her that she's separated from her old group of friends or that she's guaranteed to be the new kid in school when she enters ninth grade.

Ardeth Ramsey Bane Potter

Heidi Heather Nunnery and Kenneth Potter of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Ardeth Ramsey Bane Potter, at 6:58 p.m. April 27, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Department of Social Services: Thanks, florists, for Mother's Day gifts

We would like to thank Florette Flowers, Candlelight Flowers, Safeway and City Market for generously donating flowers to give our foster parent mothers for Mothers' Day. Our foster mothers give so very much to the children who are placed with them.

Thursday, May 5

Businesses recognized for teaching

Conner Walton doesn't think he would have learned how to run a store while sitting in a classroom.

Police blotter for May 6

Donald Milton Merrill, 46, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of failure to appear. Michael James Demarais, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a bond violation.

Church prepares for Mexico mission trip

Nine days in Mexico won't be a vacation for eight members of the Craig Assembly of God.

Baseball team off to Aurora for districts

The playoffs are here. On Thursday, the Colorado State High School Activities Association released the seeds for the Class 4A and 5A post-season baseball tournaments.

County courthouse tagged

Angry words insult police, residents

Police are investigating graffiti on the Moffat County courthouse.

Nurses graduate CNCC

Program's first students learned to be flexible

For Erica Baker, becoming a nurse meant moving herself, her husband and her five children temporarily to Rock Springs.

COMA anti-drug group makes headway

"Would you ingest drain cleaner or antifreeze?"

GOCO chair: Residential growth poses challenges for energy biz

Energy producers and agricultural producers have something in common: As they head into the next 15 years, they'll have to launch strong educational campaigns to garner support if they want to continue.

Christina M. Currie: Movies hardly worth hassle

The last time I was able to focus all of my attention on a movie and actually watch from start to finish, I had to be more than 200 miles away from my girls.

Moab's golden arches

Utah, features beautiful views, outdooradventures

When Rainer Stammler wants to get away and get outdoors, he heads to Moab, Utah.

The Fab Five

Swim team's seniors hope to make waves for Bulldogs

Jim Vorhies has been imagining, even dreaming, about this weekend for a long time.

Datebook for May 6

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

Wednesday, May 4

Teens get their day in court

Law day educates, inspires students

A possibility of facing six months to four years in jail and fines of up to $100,000 was one thing some students in the high school's American Government class knew they didn't want. But students came to that realization by participating in Law Week on Wednesday, as part of a series of events that teaches students about the justice system.

Craig's Cinco de Mayo fiesta set for Saturday

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a relatively uncelebrated holiday.

Third-grade CSAP scores have fallen

Seventy-two percent of Moffat County's third-graders earned a passing score in reading on the Colorado Student Assessment Program test.

Meth group to discuss treatment

Tonight's meeting attracts physician speaker

Neil Folks can count at least eight reasons why residents should get involved with helping people overcome methamphetamine addictions. That's the number of people Folks currently offers help to steer clear of the drug.

JV baseball group finds success

Chris Winder has been playing baseball with the same guys almost all of his life, and success has followed them.

Girls junior varsity soccer team excels late in season

With more than half of the team playing soccer for the first time, the Moffat County girls junior varsity soccer team faced a steep learning curve.

Razanno takes over as Bank of the West president

No new faces are expected at the Bank of the West, though a transition is under way.

Briefs for May 5

The Craig Rotary Club is offering two all-expenses-paid five-day leadership trainings this summer for Craig youth. These programs are action-packed, fun-filled adventures that help build confidence and leadership skills.

Datebook for May 5

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

Olivia Dawn Grubb

Doug and Nicole Grubb of Aurora proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Dawn at 8 a.m., April 16, 2005.

Police blotter for May 5

Chad Johnstone Marshall, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of drugs.

Bob and Berniga Babb

Please join the family of Bob and Berniga (Bea) Babb at a party to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The party is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 and will be held at the First Christian Church in Craig in the west wing.

Tuesday, May 3

New boys basketball coach named

A new boys' basketball coach has been named for Moffat County High School.

Bulldogs sweep Eagle Valley

The Wojo Show. It has a nice ring to it, unless you're on the Eagle Valley baseball team.

Sports briefs for May 4

The Moffat County rodeo team competed in Pueblo Saturday and Sunday.

BOCC authorizes ballot questions

Voters asked if county can exceed tax growth limitations

This November, voters will get to decide whether to exempt Moffat County from tax growth limitations.

Physician's arraignment postponed

An arraignment for a Craig doctor who faces three felony charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident will be postponed until later this month.

Robert Benjamin Schmidt

Brenda Schmidt and Jeff Schmidt of Craig announce the birth of their son, Robert Benjamin Schmidt, at 10:23 a.m. May 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Our View: Preparing for the worst

Nobody plans tragedy or terrorism. There is no crystal ball by which to determine what the final straw will be for the gunman who takes hostages within one of our schools. But there is a way to determine how fast and efficient the response will be should such an event happen. This month, Moffat County will conduct a mass casualty training at the middle school that will be based on an armed gunman shooting children and teachers and taking a hostage. Although it's hard to imagine that such an event would happen in our sleepy town, it is probably just as unimaginable at Columbine or Red Lake, Minn. -- nonetheless, tragedy struck and towns were paralyzed.

Police blotter for May 4

Richard Thomas Walton, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Charles Bugay

Charles Bugay of Hayden died April 30, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Girls soccer finishes season with a tie

Jim Loughran came into the soccer season admittedly knowing very little about the sport. After the last game of the season the athletic director-turned-girls soccer coach learned at least one lesson about his team's effort.

Datebook for May 4

7 a.m. The Moffat County Law Day Breakfast will be held at the Holiday Inn until 8 a.m. This fund-raiser supports the community activities of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. The tickets are $10. Call Don Lindley at 629-5796.

Dinosaur aims to build buy-in

Residents brainstorm ways to improve town's image

Like the people of Dinosaur, the businesses have to multitask.

BLM lease plan draws fire

Opponents denounce drilling near Dinosaur monument

A coalition of environmental groups and Dinosaur residents are denouncing Bureau of Land Management plans to auction mineral leases along the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument.

Marlene Bradford

Memorial services for former Craig resident Marlene Bradford will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2005, at Grant Mortuary. A reception will be at the O.P. Bar and Grill after the service.

Treatment operator ordered to test for hazardous wastes

Regulations concerning how a Craig man should operate his solid-waste-treatment operation don't apply to his facility, but the man still didn't act in compliance with state codes, a district judge ruled during an injunction hearing Tuesday.

Robert Robidoux

Robert Robidoux of Craig died Monday, May 2, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2005, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Monday, May 2

Forgery charges to move forward

Judge rejects motion to dismiss evidence in waste treatment case

Philip Bethell of Craig will stand trial on charges of forgery and attempt to influence a public official. During a motions hearing Monday, District Court Judge Michael O'Hara found that the Solid Waste Act requires Bethell to randomly test the waste he treats at his business, Elk Springs Recycle and Recovery.

Suspect in robbery arrested

Craig Police arrested a man Monday morning after he was identified as the suspect in a convenience store robbery hours earlier.

Future of B&B Drive-In in doubt

Sharon Dee McClain remembers when the conductor of the Denver Northwest Pacific would stop the passenger train he was driving on the tracks behind B&B Dairy King Drive Inn and pop in for lunch. When he was done, he'd board and pull forward so the caboose operator could do the same.

Water treatment plant upgrades planned

At the peak of summer, Craig residents are using as much water as the city's water plant is capable of processing. That will change.

Entrega Gas supports Maybell Ambulance

A $5,000 donation from Entrega Gas Pipeline will help Maybell Ambulance upgrade its newest ambulance.

The Police Record for May 3

erome Dale Nash, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of driving while under restraint and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Business Profile: Debbie Rudd

How did you get into your line of business? Really, it was word of mouth.

Inez M. Jackson


Inez M. Jackson of Grand Junction, died April 28, 2005, in Grand Junction. She was 91.

Kolbey Trey Davis

Billy Davis of Craig would like to announce the birth of his son, Kolbey Trey Davis, on April 1, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, and was 19 inches long. The paternal grandparent is Sandra Delgado of Craig.

Moffat County Neighbor: Joseph Fields

When and why did you move to Craig? 15 years ago. I left New York City in search of a smaller town

Letter writer thanks community

On behalf of the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition, I would like to thank the people and organizations who contributed to a successful Car Seat Safety Campaign.

Kelly Ann Turner

Crystal Turner and Jonathan Benesch of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Kelly Ann Turner, at 6:33 a.m., April 26, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for May 3

Today -- Noon The Moffat County Healthy People 2010 initiative invites those interested in preparing healthier meals at home to participate in the Healthy Lunch program 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. Cost is $2 per person.

Residents rummage for good deals

Members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace invited bargain hunters to root through donated items in search of treasures Saturday.

Sunday, May 1

Moffat girls win Clint Wells title

The Moffat County girls track team's depth in the 800 was never more evident than Saturday on its home track at the Clint Wells Invitational. The 3,200-meter relay team of freshmen Angie Charchalis and Jeacey Robinson and seniors Angela Nelson and Emily Sperl practically walked away with a 30-second victory.

John A. Eilts


John A. Eilts was born Dec. 3, 1916, in Rensselear, Ind., to Bertha (Goepp) and Edward H. Eilts.

Stacy Marie Roundtree


Stacy Marie Roundtree died April 23, 2005, at her home in Northglenn. She was 24.

Alternative school a good fit for senior

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Walker won't say she wouldn't be graduating with her class if it weren't for the alternative school. What she will say is that it would have been a difficult road.

Police step up patrols on prom weekend

Teenage drinking on Friday night was an example of the kind of behavior police want to curb. Six teenagers in one car were pulled over and two teens in the vehicle were issued tickets for possessing alcohol.

Third attempt at alternative school going well

Five Moffat County students were on the verge of joining the 31 percent of Colorado high school students who drop out of school. They were saved by the school district's alternative program, opened this year at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig building.

Datebook for May 2, 2005

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 appointment dates. 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.

Profile: Bowling team enjoys sport, camaraderie

Dated haircuts and out-of-style clothes in photographs dating back through the decades only tell part of the story for a local bowling team. It's the team camaraderie that has shaped the lives of four local men.

Bazaar brings crowds to the mall

Saturday was another busy day at Centennial Mall, as community members filled the walkway searching for Mother's Day gifts. With everything from tiny cupcakes to leather products, browsers were sure to find something that piqued their interest at the Mother's Day Bazaar.

Boys 800 relay team still unbeaten

The Moffat County boys 800-meter relay team just can't lose. The team hasn't run a spectacular time this year, but Saturday at the Clint Wells Invitation, they found a way to win, again.