Stories for November 2005


Wednesday, November 30

News briefs for Dec. 1

No one injured in U-turn rollover Two Texas men walked away with no injuries after rolling a gray pickup into a ditch early Wednesday morning.

Lawyer's disappearance disrupts court docket

A local attorney's decision to surrender her law license is putting more pressure on an already congested court system and is disrupting cases and schedules, court officials said.


Robin and Shane Moore of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Carol Moore to Adam Christopher Smith, son of Debbie and Marty Smith of Craig.

Police blotter for Dec. 1

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Nov. 29 No report.

Hospital board OKs employee bonuses

Group stays mum on amount

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday night approved the 2006 budget and holiday bonuses for employees.

Alan Herold

Alan Herold, a native of the Little Snake River Valley, died Nov. 23, 2005, at his home in Baggs, Wyo. He was 78.

Regaining the swagger

Bulldog seniors hope to return to past levels

Five years ago, they were the talk of the town.

Floydean "Floy" Leinweber

Floydean "Floy" Leinweber of Grand Junction, died Nov. 23, 2005, at Mesa Manor Nursing Home. He was 67.

Mike Durner: 911 dispatchers are unsung heroes

To the editor: Picture this if you will: Someone having a heart attack and someone standing by with a cell phone.

Funny money

Police aren't laughing about counterfeit spree

Counterfeiters have passed several fake bills at local businesses in recent weeks, Craig police said.

Family says thanks for expressions of sympathy

The family of Leo O. Trujillo wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to all who called, sent flowers and sent money to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, as well as the many sympathy cards.

Residents seeking help to stay warm

Facing a 47 percent increase in the price of natural gas, Angela Reed, 26, decided to leave the heater off this winter.

Datebook for Dec. 1

Today 10 and 11 a.m. Story-hours are at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The topic is Deck the Halls, and participants will make Froot Loop garlands. For information, call Linda at 824-5116.

Mathew Dylan O'Neil

Kimberly Rose O'Neil of Milner would like to announce the birth of her son, Mathew Dylan O'Neil, at 12:32 a.m., Nov. 27, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Tuesday, November 29

News briefs for Nov. 30

CWD case reported in deer A buck shot by a hunter in southern Yuma County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Colorado Division of Wildlife announced Monday.

$1M bond in attempted murder case

A judge on Tuesday set a $1 million bond for a Craig man accused of attempted murder.

Locals sound off

New hunting rules discussed at meeting

Despite the frigid weather and a midday meeting time, hunters, business leaders and politicians packed Shadow Mountain Clubhouse on Tuesday to discuss new hunting license allocation rules.

Cat's tale

Lost feline found, reunited with owners

When a starving stray cat went in search of food, he hit the jackpot. More than food, he found a family.

Our View: Not just for tree huggers

Sometimes it's hard to know whether our actions make a difference. Good deeds aren't always easy to quantify.

Noreen Scroggin and family: Many expressions of sympathy appreciated

To the editor: We would like to express our sincere gratitude to family and friends for their kindness and generosity shown to us during the time of Ward's death.

Police blotter for Nov. 30

Brian C. Iuele, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Carl E. Whitesell

Carl E. Whitesell of Craig died Nov. 18, 2005, at his home. He was 77.

Bantams, Bulldogs make finals

The Craig Cougar bantam hockey team brought home a trophy from the Turkey Bowl Tournament in Vail, but the hardware might not stay in Craig for long.

Golf course makes way for skiers

Each winter, a small group of Moffat County residents take advantage of cross-country skiing at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Nancy Ellen Crawford

Nancy Ellen Crawford died Nov. 16, 2005, at her home. She was 57.

Greg Barone and family: Thanks for support

To the editor: I'd like to thank all the Steamboat Springs paramedics, fire squad, Colorado State Patrol troopers, police officers and the firefighter who offered to take our dog and keep him at his house.

Floydean "Floy" Leinweber

Floydean "Floy" Leinweber of Grand Junction died Nov. 23, 2005, at Mesa Manor Nursing Home. He was 67.

Datebook for Nov. 30

Today 3 to 8 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Stewardship meets at the Colorado State University Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. The group will discuss a community alternative to the Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan revision.

Intimidation charges changed to stalking

A Craig man accused of har�--assment and ethnic intimidation learned Tuesday that he's facing a felony stalking charge that carries a possible sentence of six months to six years in prison and a mandatory two years of parole.

Monday, November 28

Elkhead detour up and running

The road across Elkhead Reservoir Dam officially closed Monday.

Police blotter for Nov. 29

Megan Rae Valenzuela, 19, of Craiag, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

News briefs for Nov. 29

Craig man arrested A Craig man was arrested late Friday night after officers say he followed another man in a car and punched him in the face.

Habitat looks to future

Bank donates three lots to group

Moffat County Habitat for Humanity hasn't even selected a family to fill its first project home, but it already is planning its second, third and fourth projects.

Deputy: Horses aren't neglected

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office last week received a call that animals belonging to an Alaska man riding a horse to Mexico were being neglected. But authorities say the report of neglect was unfounded and that the animals are fine.

Waylon Ray Ellis

Amanda Lloyd Ellis and Miles Ellis of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Waylon Ray Ellis, at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 27, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Levi Jon Martin

Samantha Martin and Jon Martin of Craig announce the birth of their son, Levi Jon Martin, at 7:21 a.m. Nov. 22, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Alexis LaVaughn Camp

LeeAnn Camp and Bo Camp of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis LaVaughn Camp, at 10:04 p.m. Nov. 21, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Caroline Lily Schenck

Krista Schenck and Robert Schenck of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Lily Schenck, at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for Nov. 29

Today 5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will have a special meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. Also, 2006 Humane Society Pet Mates Calendars are on sale for $15. For information, call 870-7500.

Speak up for Nov. 29

Missing from 'Lost'

Sunday, November 27

Book a hot item with locals

Queeda Mantle Walker's book, "The Mantle Ranch," is truly a local story.

City, residents deem recycling center a success

Six months after opening a recycling center, city officials and residents declare it a success.

Datebook for Nov. 28

Today 2 p.m. The AARP Craig Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program includes Sunrise Singers and a discussion about Medicare Part D prescriptions. For information, call 824-5123.

Running to a new level

Team hopes to improve on Sweet 16 appearance

By now, Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen may have the final game of last season memorized.

Holiday cheer

Steamboat orchestra to perform in Craig

Local musicians are ready to kick off the holiday season with the sounds of brass, strings and percussion.

Sense of right keeps Craig resident on track

Twila White still has the sign on which her grandfather listed rules for living in the apartment complex he built.

Evelyn Tileston: Heartfelt thanks for hospital's assistance

To the editor: Great thanks and blessings to the staff of The Memorial Hospital for the wonderful, kind and patient care given to my husband, Gordon Tileston, during his recent hospitalization.

Friday, November 25

Our View: CAPS should do better

The trend is unsettling.

News briefs for Nov. 26

Christmas for Kids applications available Applications are available for Christmas for Kids, a program that collects new toys for families in need.

Heavy on the lightweights

Wrestling team's experience is in the lower weights

The decor in the Moffat County High School's wrestling room is simple.

Extending education

School schedules provide time for study, creativity

Craig Middle School secretary Beth Gilchrist sits closest to the school's juice machines and was without an alibi, making her the prime suspect for stealing juice.

License to debate

Business owners, officials to discuss hunting rules

Local hunters and business leaders on Tuesday will get to take a few shots at new, big-game hunting license rules they say could harm tourism and the regional economy.

Datebook for Nov. 26

Today After the Parade of Lights, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Craig Fire Rescue will host an open house at the fire station, 415 Yampa Ave. Refreshments will be served at the open house, where participants will be able to view the latest in emergency equipment.

Making the cut

Options plentiful for Christmas tree shoppers

Craig resident Jim Howell never waits for Christmas trees to go on sale in Craig.

Thursday, November 24

All they want for Christmas

Kids weigh in on what Santa should bring

The game aisles at Kmart on Thursday were bustling with kids checking out each toy to make sure they didn't miss a thing.

Briefs for Nov. 25

Members of the Craig Lions Club will raffle tickets through Dec. 31 for a 44-inch big screen television and $500 cash.

'Mantle Ranch' signing Saturday

Growing up in the Yampa Canyon in the 1930s and '40s was, at times, filled with incredible hardships, Queeda Mantle Walker writes in her book.

Building on experience

Returners provide backbone for strong team

The Moffat County girls swim team could borrow a little from the U.S. Marines slogan, changing it to say, "The few, the proud, the swimmers."

Away in a manger

Latter-day Saints display Nativity scenes for public

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aim to again spread holiday cheer through their second seasonal Nativity display.

Dr. Jessica German: Life's too short for negativity

To the misunderstood Berryhill: I appreciate your response, because that is the whole idea behind Health Topics. I see that you completely misunderstand the concept of Health Topics, which is simply to provide information on the alternative (holistic) side of various topics. The holistic way of living has been around much longer than medicine and continues to be more of a demand, even in your community. The information provided is to help people make their own health decisions, and not settle with what an authoritative party tells them to do. Knowledge is the best weapon, and when you stop learning, you stop growing.

Datebook for Nov. 25

After the Parade of Lights, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Craig Fire Rescue will host an open house at the fire station, 415 Yampa Ave. Refreshments will be served at the open house, where participants will be able to view the latest in emergency equipment.

'Black Friday' returns

Stores drop prices, open early to lure shoppers

Kmart was swarming with eager customers Thursday who were looking for good deals and to avoid today's shopping rush.

Gene Adamek: Writing on the wall

Your newspaper's recent endorsement of Referendum 1B apparently didn't have much effect on the voters of Moffat County.

Wednesday, November 23

Darlene Sally Jaramillo, 1958-2005

Darlene Sally Jaramillo died Nov. 13, 2005, in Denver after a brief illness. She was 47.

Glenda Rhodes: Helped by homeopathy when others failed

I would like to write in defense of Dr. Jessica German. She is an excellent chiropractor and doctor of homeopathy. She helped me immensely when I had gone to the "medical doctors" for more than a year and spent more than $8,000 but came out without a single answer to my problem.

MCHS alumni bring home team titles

Moffat County High School alumni Kelly Christensen and Emily Mortensen finished up their college careers in cross country with team trophies in their hands.

Lila Herod: 'Downright mean'

I have to say I have very mixed feelings about your "Speak Up" column. I appreciate the dialogue going on, and there are some very interesting thoughts and topics, but I also feel it has become an avenue for some people to be just downright mean.

Brook Ann Wheeler

Katie Wheeler and Jason Wheeler of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Brook Ann Wheeler, at 7:06 p.m., in The Memorial Hospital.

Police blotter for Nov. 24

Blanca E. Ayala, 22, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of second degree assault. Jonathan David Crook, 24, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold. Michelle Kathleen Cushman, 35, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Thomas Jay Dockstader, 45, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold. David Franklin Minica, 36, of Craig was booked into Moffat County jail on a community corrections violation.

Family of Margaret Kline: Thanks for your thoughtfulness

The family of Margaret Kline wishes to express our thanks for the many beautiful cards, the wonderful food and the many expressions of love and sympathy.

MBA not a powder puff league

Walk into the gym during the Moffat Basketball Association's 3-on-3 league play, and it's easy to see it isn't powder puff.

Residents flock to turkey traditions

Joe and Lila Herod are breaking tradition today. Their 17-year-old daughter, Chelsey, is cooking the holiday meal.

Landlord killer could be released from watch

In 1985, John Pogline Jr. walked into his 76-year-old landlord's room on Barclay Street, strangled her and stabbed her once in the heart.

Clubhouse in limbo

County stops Shadow Mountain reservations

With the future of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse still unclear, Moffat County officials are no longer taking reservations for the facility for next year.

Datebook for Nov. 24

After the Parade of Lights, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Craig Fire Rescue will host an open house at the fire station, 415 Yampa Ave. Refreshments will be served at the open house, where participants will be able to view the latest in emergency equipment.

Briefs for Nov. 24

Tickets still are available for the Boys & Girls Club fundraiser "A Cowboy Christmas."

Dr. Craig Rummel: A healthy discussion on flu vaccination

I was deeply saddened by the letter written by D.A. Berryhill, medical technlogist, in response to the article by Dr. German.

Tuesday, November 22

Lions Club may have been duped in charity

In what could be the first Hurricane Katrina-related fraud in the region, Craig Lions Club leaders say they think they may have been swindled after giving $1,000 to a woman who said she needed housing.

Briefs for Nov. 23

Serendipity shop to close today A downtown coffee shop will shut down its business at 5 p.m. today, the manager said Tuesday. But how long the shop will stay closed is unclear.

The Moffat County High School Leadership Council: Thanks from leadership council

To the editor: The Moffat County High School football leadership council would like to take a moment to thank this community for its tremendous support throughout the season.

Debi Harmon: Coalition doesn't sponsor tournament

To the editor: I want to thank Christina Currie for the outstanding article "Filling a Need" in Tuesday's edition of the Craig Daily Press. Some researchers have made claims that dental caries and gum disease is probably the most chronic disease in the world. We appreciate all the public awareness that draws attention to this issue.

Kermit H. McElroy: 1921-2005

Kermit H. McElroy died Nov. 10, 2005, in Marshalltown. He was 84.

Jessica Beth Whitecotton

Julie Beth Whitecotton and Lloyd Dewey Whitecotton of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Beth Whitecotton, at 2:46 p.m. Sept. 15, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Nathan James Demarais

Jamie Mitchell and Michael Demarais of Craig announce the birth of their son Nathan James Demarais at 2:05 a.m. Nov. 17, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Cheer team on top again

The 7 a.m. practices paid off for the Craig Middle School cheerleading team.

Bill Levkulich: 1920-2005

Bill Levkulich of Craig died Oct. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

Leopoldo "Leo" O. Trujillo: 1920-2005

Leopoldo "Leo" O. Trujillo died Nov. 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 84.

Morgan Kade Carter

Dani Carter of Craig would like to announce the birth of her son, Morgan Kade Carter, at 11:05 p.m. Nov. 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Jerry and Betsy Carter of Craig.

County hires company to look at fires

When crews fight wildfires in Moffat County in the future, they will do so with a better knowledge of the area's fire danger, Moffat County commissioners say.

Man in police standoff sentenced to prison

A Craig man who was in a 12-hour standoff with police in July last year said Tuesday that he deserves whatever punishment he gets.

Datebook for Nov. 23

Today 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mothers Of Preschoolers meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. The meeting is open to all mothers with children ages 5 and younger. Breakfast and coffee is served at the meeting. Day care is provided by the group, which meets in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. For information, call Erin Horst at 824-5349.

Police Blotter for Nov. 23

Craig Police Department Monday, Nov. 21 Officers received a report of a suspicious person. Officers received a report of check fraud. Officers received a harassment report. Officers received a theft report.

Real Estate transactions for October 2005

Real Estate Transactions for October 2005 Seller: Ben W. McClelland -- PR Buyer: Michelle and Jesse L. McAvoy Property: Craig Original Lots 1-5 Blk. 43; 210 W. 4th St., 396 School St. Price: $200,000

Golf coach sentenced to jail time

As his wife wept, a former high school golf coach on Tuesday showed no emotion upon learning he would serve 148 days in jail for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl.

Duran leads football team in honors

During Derek Duran's freshman year, a football coach called him the future of Moffat County football. Four years later, the senior finished his career with his second, first-team selection for the Western Slope League.

Wyatt Joseph Hume

Jennifer Hume and Jacob Hume of Craig are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Joseph Hume, on Nov. 17, 2005, at 7:55 p.m. at The Memorial Hospital.

Officials say city won't subsidize tire business

Craig resident Donald Griffin on Tuesday night accused city officials of discriminating against him after they refused to dispose of the more than 600 tires stacked behind his Victory Way business.

Our View: Something worth talking about

A funny thing happened earlier this month, when Craig Daily Press reporter Brandon Johansson began working on a story about the county's lodging tax.

Monday, November 21

Truck returned to Horizons

Kay Borvansky isn't "ripping mad" now that authorities in Mesa County found Horizons Specialized Services' truck.

Communication tops changes

Members of a charter review committee said the city should do a better job of communicating with residents. They're hoping to make that the law.

Attorney arrested on check fraud warrant

Legal troubles continue to mount for a local lawyer after she was arrested Sunday by Hayden Police on a warrant from Park County.

D. A. Berryhill: Stick to advice from medical doctors

This is in regard to an article in your paper Nov. 14 titled "Vaccine not proven to be safe, effective," by Jessica German. I was quite disappointed in the views expressed by Ms. German, feeling that publishing such opinions could cause some of your readers to forego potentially life-saving flu vaccinations.

Police blotter for Nov. 22

Dean Peterson, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of driving under a suspended license.

Kenneth Chapman Potter

Kenneth Chapman Potter of Craig died Nov. 16, 2005. A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 25, 2005, at Wallie's Restaurant, 410 Ranney St. in Craig. Please bring your memories and pictures.

Carl Whitesell

Carl Whitesell of Craig died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at his home. A memorial service will be held 9:30 a.m. today at Grant Mortuary. Interment of cremains will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Paulson family: Thank you, whatever kindness you offered

The family of Ralph Paulson would like to express our gratitude for the kindness, love and support that was shown to us during the loss of our loved one.

Datebook for Nov. 22

Saturday, Nov. 26 After the Parade of Lights, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Craig Fire Rescue will host an open house at the fire station, 415 Yampa Ave. Refreshments will be served at the open house, where participants will be able to view the latest in emergency equipment.

Briefs for Nov. 22

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations to fill three vacancies on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The vacancies the board intends to fill represent humane advocacy, livestock management and wildlife management.

Walking away

Escapes on the rise in work-release program

Before 2005, an inmate work-release program in Craig went five years without a worker escaping.

Speak Up for Nov. 22

Oh woe is me. Lately, it is all about you. Seems like lately you are always tired, and your girls are the reason. Being a mom, you are for your family and your children. Don't the girls have a daddy? When he takes the girls, then you can rest. I do believe when the girls have a schedule to go to bed when they are supposed to, then you would have time to take for yourself. Sounds like their school is suffering, from what you write. I never hear you say anything about the father. I take it he does not live in the home. With the concern with drugs in our community, and you're telling everyone that you are going to use duct tape; what are you going to do with the duct tape and you are going to take Valium? The dilemma is that there needs to be rules in the home.

Filling a need

Dental clinic overwhelmed with patients

People doubted Debi Harmon when she talked about the desperate need for dental care for uninsured youths. But, they're listening now, said Harmon, director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition.

Sunday, November 20

Commission meets twice to finish

Moffat County commissioners have an extra board meeting planned for this week so they can sign off payroll by the month's end.

Alpine developers want renters to buy condos

The developers behind Craig's first condominiums have a very simple message: Buying a home is within renters' reach.

Birds of a feather

Ducks Unlimited chapter has helped protect wildlife for 25 years

As a child, Allan Reishus witnessed what he considered a tragedy. "I grew up in southern Minnesota and saw wetlands disappearing," he said.

Found in 'Lost'

Local woman gets big break in Hawaii

Thea Sharpe has given surfing a try, but moving to Hawaii was not about tanning oil and bikinis for the 2005 Moffat County High School graduate.

Call of the wild

Wildlife officer enjoys his work

The sun had just started to kiss Axial Basin on Saturday when Trevor Balzer was two hours into his workday. That morning, 200 elk were making their migration through the basin between Craig and Maybell, and it was Balzer's job to track the herd.

Friday, November 18

Agency not opening uranium disposal site

Bureau of Land Management officials plan to re-word a notice that led several Moffat County residents to think a federal agency was opening a disposal site for uranium byproducts.

People in Education: Brynna Vogt

Brynna Vogt What is your job title: Seventh-grade science teacher at Craig Middle School

Government update for Nov. 19

• Commissioners signed off on the new facility rental policies they approved at a previous meeting.

Commissioners shouldn't cry wolf

Moffat County commissioners lately are sounding like the boy who cried wolf. As commissioners campaigned for Referendum 1A, they painted a harsh financial picture for the county if the measure failed.

Jean (Coffman) MacKenzie: Commissioners shouldn't cry wolf

In October, I spent a week with my sister and brother-in-law, Bee and Don Blanke, in Meeker. One day during my stay, we took a day trip to visit and remember places where I had grown up.

Community college boosts science program

Historically, the natural resource program at Colorado Northwestern Community College has encompassed four main areas: natural resource management and careers, marine science and oceanography, fire science and graphic information technology systems.

CAPS client escapes

A man convicted of a dangerous weapons charge walked away from a prison work-release program in Craig on Thursday.

Carl Whitesell

Carl Whitesell of Craig died Friday at his home. Services are pending.

Police Blotter for Nov. 19

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Nov. 17 Jerald Norbert Sowers, 29, of Craig was booked into Moffat County jail on a warrant.

Left in a lurch

Thief drives off in nonprofit's pickup

Kay Borvansky said she isn't sure what Horizons Specialized Services will do without the organization's pickup.

Datebook for Nov. 19

Today 10 a.m. Hands-On Quilters will meet at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. for a catch-up session. Participants are encouraged to bring unfinished projects. For information, call 824-2567.

Nancy Crawford

A funeral for Nancy Crawford will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Oak Creek. Memorial donations may be made to the Nancy Crawford Playground memorial fund at First national bank of the Rockies, P.O. Box 68, Oak Creek, CO 80467.

Measuring the difference

Teachers say new curriculum multiplies learning

Teaming up educators to formulate the best teaching methods has proven so successful that school officials are applying a similar strategy to students to formulate the best learning methods.

To each its own

High school dance and cheer teams have opposite philosophies

The Moffat County dance and cheerleading teams have opposite outlooks going into this weekend's National Cheerleaders Association regional competition in Grand Junction.

Thursday, November 17

Church group hopes to fund maintenance with bazaar

The annual holiday bazaar at St. Michael's Catholic Church may not be a huge event, but organizers say it is hugely important for the church.

Jodi L. Pogline: After year, grief still inconsolable

It has been snowing most of today and last year's first snow fall is permanently etched in my memory. I recall being seated at the dining room table, dolefully staring out the bay window when the flakes began to float gently from the sky.

Resident not considered for local fire department

A longtime firefighter is feeling burned after being rejected by the local department.

Elin P. Carns (1913-2005)

Elin P. Carns, lifelong resident of Hayden, died Nov. 10, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge Care Center. She was 92.

Police Blotter for Nov. 18

William Kilpatrick, 24, of Craig, was booked on charges of first-degree kidnapping, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, first-degree assault, sexual assault, felony menacing, child abuse and false imprisonment. He is being held without bond.

Datebook for Nov. 18

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a flu shot clinic at The Visiting Nurse Association. No appointment is necessary. Adult shots are $18, and children's shots range from free to $15 on a sliding fee schedule.

Identity theft prompts insurers to offer policies

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, according to the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

Resolutions up in smoke

For some residents, kicking cigarettes is tough to do

If past smokeouts are any indication, as many as one-third of the nation's 46 million smokers didn't light up cigarettes Thursday.

Making falling fun

Hockey program produces ample smiles, new opportunities for community

At first it might be a little scary for parents to watch their children during the Craig Youth Hockey Association's Introduction to Skating and Hockey Program. The young skaters fall to the ice frontward, backward, sideways and in multiple combinations of all three.

Moffat County Neighbor: Tim Jantz

Tim Jantz Age: 44 Occupation: Sheriff's sergeant

David Morris: Drilling would be mistake, disaster

read with interest your article concerning possible oil and gas development on the edge of Dinosaur National Monument along the Harper's Corner Road. think that any drilling in this sensitive area would be a disaster and a mistake, and I hope the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) will reconsider leasing parcels in this area.

Questions remain after NC Telecom hearing

County officials say little came from NC Telecom bankruptcy hearings in Denver on Thursday.

Fired up about the 'Goblet'

Fans eagerly await local release of Potter film

Kelly Edington has never missed a Harry Potter movie and isn't about to start now.

Local TV news gone for now

Craig's local television station, K27, is still on the air, but it isn't broadcasting local news.

Angela T. Nelson

Paul, Annie, Paul Jr., Alicia and Morgan Nelson proudly announce the graduation of Airman Angela Nelson from boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Christina M. Currie: Last impressions count

The teachers at Nikki's preschool do home visits. The point is to interact with children in their own environments, showing an interest in them as a whole child and not just a student.

Wednesday, November 16

Father, daughter face drug charges in mailed pot case

A Craig woman is due in court Nov. 29 to face charges that she received more than 8 ounces of marijuana in the mail from her father in Texas.

James Lee Mounce II: 1970-2005 :

James Lee Mounce II died at his home Oct. 30, 2005. He was 35.

Cris Criswell: Let poor ol' Dinosaur have its school

Poor ol' Dinosaur.

Police Blotter for Nov. 17

Craig Police Department Monday, Nov. 14 Officers arrested a man in connection with attempted murder, first degree assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, child abuse, felony menacing and domestic violence.

Craig man charged in attempted murder

A Craig man was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder after police said he strangled his girlfriend and held a knife to his own throat before officers shot him with a TASER.

Making the transition

Coaches, athletes work to go from one season to the next

When Jake Breslin was a freshman, Moffat County wrestling coach Ron Linsacum encouraged him to go out for cross country in the fall. Two years later Breslin followed through.

Sales tax suspense

Revenues on the rise, but no one knows why

Is it a new store? An influx of pipeline workers? Or just a fluke?

Doug and Angie Schneider

The family of Doug and Angie Schneider invite the public to attend the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. A celebration is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday at 419 E. Victory Way. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The family requests that guests not bring gifts. For information, call Theresa Schneider at 824-6301.

Briefs for Nov. 17

Craig Performing Arts Project participants have a new play in the works. Actors in February waill put on a show with the Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Datebook for Nov. 17

Thursday, Nov. 17 7 p.m. The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an all-female, four-part a cappella choir, rehearses every Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Director Denise Whitney at 824-8326. 7:30 p.m. Moffat County High School students will perform the musical "Aida" in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $5 each.

Pest management's future not as bleak as possible

Mosquito spraying could be cut short by about two weeks in 2006 because of budget cuts to the Moffat County Pest Management Department, the department's manager said Wednesday.

George K. Lewis: Dinosaur is an orphan in almost every aspect

To the editor: In regard to the front-page article in your Friday, Nov. 11 edition concerning "Charter school gets final warning," it is and always has been obvious that Dinosaur is an orphan in almost everything concerning their needs and support from Moffat County. One of the exceptions is their library, thanks to the Moffat County library director. Possibly there are other exceptions, but they don't come to mind right now. The one experience I have had was when I was a board member at-large of the Emergency Medical Services and attended a Moffat County commissioners meeting years ago. When asked for some help for Dinosaur's needs in organizing an EMS unit, the answer was "no."

Charges reduced in Monday's methamphetamine bust

A judge Wednesday threw out methamphetamine distribution charges against two of three people arrested earlier this week during a raid by narcotics agents at a home in Craig.

Leo Trujillo

A funeral for Leo Trujillo is at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Robert Lefler

Graveside services for Robert Lefler are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Inter Faith Food Bank in care of Grant Mortuary.

Darlene Jaramillo

A funeral for Darlene Jaramillo is at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in Care of Grant Mortuary.

Tuesday, November 15

Shadow Mountain's future unclear

The future of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse remains up in the air, Moffat County commissioners said Tuesday.

Our View: Task force has something to talk about

Imagine paying a business for a service. Then imagine that business refusing to answer any questions about the service.

Clifford C. Ellender: 1927-2005

Clifford Calvin Ellender of Craig died Nov. 4, 2005, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. He was 78.

Prescription for confusion

Seniors baffled by Medicare drug program options

Lost in a barrage of new terminology and seemingly endless plan options, some Moffat County senior citizens say long-awaited Medicare prescription coverage may be more trouble than it's worth.


Rick and Patti Craig announce the marriage of their son, Staff Sgt. Christopher Craig, to Specialist Shannon Klepac, daughter of Gary and Sandy Klepac of Vero Beach, Fla. The wedding took place Nov. 5, 2005, at Camp Carlson in Muldraugh, Ky.

The family of Leon Fedinec: Thank you for the outpouring of love

The family of Leon Fedinec would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support toward us during this time of great loss.

Robert V. 'Bob' Barnes: 1930-2005

Robert V. "Bob" Barnes of Hayden died Nov. 6, 2005, in Steamboat Springs at Yampa Valley Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.

Datebook for Nov. 16

Ongoing Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required. Call Karen at 824-9709.

Buck attacks dog near Heier Park

Kathy Harkner said she's no chicken, but after a deer attacked her dog Saturday, the Craig woman is afraid to take her pets outside.

Partners seeking volunteers

Mentoring program faces budget cuts

Moffat County's youth mentoring program needs to raise $10,000 to keep its doors open through January.

Getting straightened out

Senior Jarrod Holmlund hopes to return from knee injury

Jarrod Holmlund was 22 games into the first basketball season without an injury when he found himself lying on the court, once again.

Monday, November 14

Search nets four arrests

Four people were charged with drug offenses, three of them with distributing methamphetamine, after narcotics task force agents raided a home in Craig on Friday.

News briefs for Nov. 15

Event aims to snuff out smoking The 28th annual Great American Smoke Out begins Thursday, and some middle school students plan to help Craig smokers give up the habit.

Food bank gears up for the holidays

There was a line of people waiting for food Monday at the Interfaith Food Bank. Three volunteers worked efficiently, signing in people and filling boxes with eggs, butter, rice and other staples.

Drilling divides town

Drilling for oil and natural gas near Dinosaur National Monument is a hot topic at the Miner's Cafe on Brontosaurus Boulevard.

Richard, Virginia, David and Alan Miller: Thanks to department for putting out fire

To the editor: I would like to take the time to thank the Craig rural fire department, the Sheriff's Department and ambulance crew, and Butch and Jenny Peed for calling the fire department.

Carrie Ann Roberts: James Mounce deserves a tribute

To the editor: I no longer live in Craig, but I lived there for 13 years of my life, until this past year.

Craig publisher promoted to ad director

WorldWest LLC has named Samantha Johnston, publisher of the Craig Daily Press for four years, regional director of advertising.

Datebook for Nov. 15

Today 1 p.m. The Fall Grief Support Group meets every Tuesday until Dec. 13, in the Visiting Nurse Association's Silver Room, 745 Russell St. The group is for adults who have lost loved ones. For information, call 824-8233, ext. 7682.

Police blotter for Nov. 15

Moffat County Jail Friday, Nov. 11 Jay Christopher Vatalaro, 25, of Craig, was booked on suspicion of marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and two charges of unlawful distribution.

Speak up for Nov. 15

Let cops be cops It drives me crazy when people begin complaining about law enforcement here in Craig, especially when they have 100 percent of their information wrong.

Gonzales family thanks friends for sympathy

To the editor: The family of Al Gonzales would like to thank all of Al's many friends and the community for their outpouring of sympathy, prayers and support.

Sunday, November 13

Just passin' through

Teen is riding horses from Alaska to Mexico

Jeremiah Karsten was just looking for an adventure. Two countries, four states and more than 3,000 miles later, he's on one.

Carpet-cleaning business to get a new owner

A carpet-cleaning business is about to change hands.

Vaccine not proven to be safe, effective

Q: I have heard you say that there are problems with the flu vaccine. We are coming up on that season. What are the problems, and do you have a solution to the prevention of the flu?

Datebook for Nov. 14

9 a.m. Friends of the Library is hosting a used-book sale at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, throughout the day. The group will accept book donations before the sale at Moffat County Library, 570 Green St. For information, call the library at 824-5116.

Loud and clear

Popularity of speech and debate booming

Moffat County High School's speech and debate team is booming in popularity, and coach Eric Hansen is thrilled.

Mesa State expands wrestling options

Korey Kostur wants to wrestle in college, and until this year, he had one school on his list of choice at which to do that: the University of Northern Colorado.

Finding her place

Kathie Johnson loves living in the mountains

Kathie Johnson grew up outside of Chicago, but she always yearned to be near the mountains. Five years ago, she got her wish.

Friday, November 11

Police blotter for Nov. 12

Craig Police Department Thursday, Nov. 10 Officers received a harassment report. Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident. Officers received a report of trespass.

Siminoe family: Thanks to community for its condolences

The family of Forrest Siminoe would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who offered sympathies to us during our loss. The prayers, calls, visits, cards, food, memorial gifts and other tokens of condolence have meant so much to us. Also, thank you for the kindness of Owen Grant and the staff at Grant Mortuary.

Education Calendar for Nov. 12

6 to 11 a.m. Substance Abuse Prevention Program all-you-can eat pancake breakfast fundraiser at McDonald's.

County unveils budget Tuesday

Moffat County commissioners will present the 2006 budget for public review and comment at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Deadline nearing for grandparent awards

The deadline is approaching for grandparents from Western Colorado to enter a new scholarship giveaway from CollegeInvest, a nonprofit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Craig Middle School honor roll

First-quarter straight A report

Our View: Raise was right thing to do

The City Council did the right thing Tuesday when it approved a 4 percent cost-of-living raise for city employees.

Government Update for Nov. 12

The Craig City Council met at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers of Craig City Hall.

Students try alternative to tradition

Each student has a similar story. They've struggled at traditional high schools, facing social or academic problems. They were failing their classes and were ready to drop out.

Two join board; president chosen

None of the three school board seats up for grabs in the November election was contested, but the race to see who would lead the board was.

Elin P. Carns

A funeral service for Elin P. Carns will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery.

Ian Champ Hafey

Jill Hafey and Kip Hafey of Craig announce the birth of their son, Ian Champ Hafey, at 1:43 a.m. Nov. 3, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Craig hockey programs red hot

Hockey in Craig is growing. The Craig Youth Hockey Association has expanded its Midget division for high schoolers to two teams from one, the numbers in the younger divisions are growing and the Introduction To Skating and Hockey program has some of its highest numbers ever.

Treyton Chaz Jacobson

Jessica Jacobson and Mark Jacobson of Craig announce the birth of their son, Treyton Chaz Jacobson, at 1:25 a.m., Nov. 2, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Lodging a question

Should outfitters pay the same tax as hotels?

Although hotel and motel patrons pay a 1.9-percent lodging tax on their rooms in Moffat County, guests at area hunting lodges don't.

Selfishness Part 2

I kept myself busy this week, but something was missing.

Thursday, November 10

CMS basketball teams on opposite paths

It wasn't on purpose, but it was fitting.

News briefs for Nov. 11

U.S. Postal service gives holiday package deadlines The U.S. Postal Service has announced its recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to military overseas APO/FPO addresses and international destinations.

Driver charged with vehicular assault

A Steamboat Springs man has been charged with vehicular assault and prohibited use of a weapon after a car crash Tuesday near Wilderness Ranch that injured his passenger.

Charter school gets final warning

Students in Dinosaur may be shopping for a new school during the holiday break.

Police blotter for Nov. 11

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Nov. 9 James Clinton Graham, 30, of Steamboat Springs, was booked on charges of vehicular assault, prohibited use of a weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and compulsory insurance.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jenny LeBlanc

Jenny LeBlanc Age: 23 Occupation: Restaurant owner

A thanks for kindness from family of Bob Knez

To the editor: The family of Bob Knez would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the outpouring of love and support since the passing of Bob.

Church honors veterans, strives for peace

The First Congregational United Church of Christ will honor veterans and strive for world peace as part of activities it has planned this month.

Attorney surprises court

Turner blames 'corrupt legal system' in decision to surrender license

Craig attorney Heather Turner said Thursday she would surrender her license to practice law, causing complications at the Moffat County Courthouse and leaving her clients wondering what to do.

Artesia fire department waiting for garage expansion

DINOSAUR -- The Artesia Fire Protection District's fire truck is 35 feet long. Its garage in Dinosaur was built for a 30-foot truck.

Datebook for Nov. 11

Ongoing Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

Christina M. Currie: Duct tape and Valium

I am open to any idea, short of duct tape and Valium, which will get my children to stay in bed after I call "lights out."

Proud to be an enlistee

Moffat County students run the gamut of reasons to join the military

In two weeks, Jason Kawcak will sign on the dotted line to make a childhood dream come true.

Military veterans aspire to be educators, historians, advocates

The Veterans of Foreign Wars' post in Craig has 220 members. Still, it's a challenge to muster the 12 members needed for military ceremonies.

If the shoe fits

Some women are footwear fanatics

Misty Schultze was 8 years old when she found her first pair of must-have shoes.

Wednesday, November 9

Moffat County volleyball team impresses in first tournament

On Saturday evening, members of the Craig eighth-grade AAU volleyball team sat down and had an enlightened talk.

Brian P. Markham

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brian P. Markham has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Ethan Dallas Jurgensen

Devin Jurgensen and Michael Jurgensen of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Ethan Dallas Jurgensen, at 11:07 a.m. Nov. 4, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Habitat for Humanity progress delayed

Group waiting for answers, raising money

Moffat County Habitat for Humanity will need to review bids from three contractors for an asbestos-removal job before moving forward on the renovation of its first Craig house.

Police blotter for Nov. 10

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Nov. 8 Donald Duncan, 24, was arrested on a warrant.

Katlyn Chesser: Disappointed with community's votes

To the editor: I just wanted to tell the people of Craig that I wish they would have voted to keep Shadow Mountain Club open.

Malcolm "Ward" Scroggin

Malcolm "Ward" Scroggin of Sheridan, Wyo., died Nov. 6, 2005, in Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 55.

Shadow Mountain may remain open

Moffat County's Parks and Recreation director said Wednesday that he could trim $60,000 from last year's budget to keep Shadow Mountain Clubhouse open.

Nellie Margaret Kline

Nellie Margaret Kline of Hayden, died Oct. 30, 2005, at her home in Hayden. She was 96.

High fuel costs put end to chemical road treatments

Moffat County won't treat dirt roads next year with a chemical that helps keep them intact.

Datebook for Nov. 10

Ongoing Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

News briefs for Nov. 10

New phone scam targeting Craig residents A New York City group is targeting Craig residents in a scam meant to gain access to bank account information, police said.

Council approves pay hikes

City holds line on employee health care

Teena Ray hasn't been following Craig City Council's budget discussions, though its final decision affects her paycheck.

Tourism initiative flounders

State denies grant request

In a blow to a fledgling tourism effort, a state agency has denied Yampa Valley Economic Development Council's request for $420,000 the group would have used to lure visitors to Northwest Colorado.

Bulldogs among the best

Three seniors lead soccer team in league honors

When it was on, the Moffat County soccer team could compete with the best in the state. That was proven Tuesday night when the Broomfield Eagles won the state title by defeating Liberty, 2-0, for the Class 4A State Championship.

Tuesday, November 8

Our View: Keeping promises

After elections, it's common to ask politicians to keep campaign promises. But this time, we're asking voters to keep theirs.

Police blotter for Nov. 9

Craig Police Department Monday, Nov. 7 Officers made a DUI arrest.

Datebook for Nov. 9

Ongoing Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

County holds off on sale of property

Moffat County commissioners on Tuesday said they would hold off signing documents for the sale of county property to Steamboat Springs until contract language is clearer.

Deputy: Escapee has left the area

An inmate who escaped from Moffat County jail last week has left the area, a sheriff's deputy said Tuesday.

Bulldogs dig their way to honors

When the Moffat County volleyball team was on this year, it all started with the defense. It's no surprise that team's top defensive players were the ones to receive Western Slope League honors for the season.

Ralph Edward Paulson

Ralph Edward Paulson of Craig died Nov. 2, 2005, at his home. He was 86.

Sara Tobin: Quality care is key

To the editor: Finding child care for many parents is not a simple task. In many counties across Colorado, the demand for care exceeds the supply of child-care providers.

Mary Blakeman: Thanks for generosity

To the editor: Recently, Mrs. La, on behalf of the Galaxy Restaurant, donated two, $10 gift cards to the sixth-grade team classes of Mrs. Hollingsworth, Mr. Young, Mr. Brown and Mrs. Blakeman at Craig Intermediate School.

MBA makes its debut

The excuse that there's nothing to do in Craig is becoming less justified for the city's youths.

News briefs for Nov. 9

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig, as part of its annual fundraiser, will host a "Cowboy Christmas" on Dec. 3. Tickets are $30 each and go on sale Nov. 25. The event, at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, includes dinner, live music, line dancing, casino-style gambling and recognition awards.

Council backs hospital's plan, vision

Although Craig City Council chambers were nearly full Tuesday night, there was no controversy. More than 20 people attended as a show of support for The Memorial Hospital.

Kirk Muse: Sellers will be replaced

To the editor: I'm writing about, "Three Men Arrested in Historic Pot Bust," published in Tuesday's Craig Daily Press.

VNA questions legality of move

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association officials said they would research whether the organization legally has to move its offices after The Memorial Hospital last week gave it six months to vacate the building.

Monday, November 7

Extra elk hunt to cut population

Hunters will have another shot to bag an elk this year when the season ends.

Providers: Child care database falls short

Although the concept is good, a new statewide child-care database doesn't go far enough to help working parents in Moffat County, local officials say.

Three men arrested in historic pot bust

A traffic stop Sunday led to one of the biggest drug busts ever for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Police Blotter for Nov. 8

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Nov. 4 Joann Salazar, 34, was booked on a warrant for forgery.

Speak Up for Nov. 8

The Memorial Hospital has asked the community, including its employees, to help contribute to the funding of a new hospital.

Datebook for Nov. 8

Communidad Integrada canceled its presentation at Craig Intermediate School on civil rights and responsibilities. The group hasn't set a new date or place.

Residents once in need help United Way with goals

Patricia Whitten had been living in Moffat County for two days when her house burned to the ground.

Sunday, November 6

Police Blotter for Nov. 7

Moffat County Crime Stoppers is looking for information on the following crimes:

Datebook for Nov. 7

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunset Elementary School hosts a Scholastic Book Fair. Open to families, teachers and the community, the fair will feature the medieval theme: Enter the Kingdom of Reading -- Where Books Rule.

Council asks for drug task force funding

Not only is the federal government cutting funds to rural drug task forces, it's dipping into that pot for other expenses, and Northwest Colorado's drug task force is suffering.

Parents of meth users comfort one another

They fear censure and judgment. They fear others will use them to get to their children. Sometimes, they fear their children. And, they fear that they are alone.

'Aida' offers window to culture

For the cast of Moffat County High School's "Aida," being in the play is like leaving Craig and taking an exotic vacation.

A stern prosecutor

New deputy district attorney has tried the beaches and the mountains

Michael Stern is no stranger to the courtroom -- whether it's on an island in the Pacific, or the Caribbean or in the mountain towns of Southwest Colorado.

Malcolm in the middle

Senior is the man in goal for 2 sports

There aren't any great stories about how Malcolm Hillewaert became a goalie.

Saturday, November 5

Briefs for Nov. 7

A telephone scam targeting elderly people has been occurring across the country, according to a press release from the Craig Police Department.

Friday, November 4

David Pressgrove: Selfish for success

In my job, I'm usually the one asking the questions. But there are times people ask me questions, and the most frequent one is: "What's your favorite sport to cover?"

Education calendar

Nov. 7 East Elementary School family book club.

Students learn about more than cows, plows

Students in the Moffat County High School agriculture education program are strongly encouraged to participate in FFA -- an extra-curricular program that takes classroom learning into the real world.

Brian and Lynne Herring: A warm thank you to our ice heroes

The Herring family would like to take this opportunity to say a grateful "thank you" to Chris and Brenda Walsh and their two sons.

Police Blotter for Nov. 5

Johnathon Gill, 19, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, illegal possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor, driving a vehicle while excessively intoxicated and possession of an open container of alcohol.

Tracking deer in tough terrain

Preliminary indicators say 2005 hunt on pace with last year

Although dry terrain is making elk and deer tough to track, the hunting season is strong, observers say.

Our View: Silence won't win support

The Memorial Hospital made some tough decisions this week. The hospital, owned by county residents, laid off 10 employees and laid out plans for big change.

Datebook for Nov. 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Craig Youth Hockey Association will host its annual Hockey Swap at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Sellers should put their names and prices on the equipment. The association receives 10 percent of the sales. For information, call 824-7011.

Moffat County budget process starts in earnest

When voters said "no" Tuesday to Moffat County's request to keep excess revenues, the 2006 budget process kicked into high gear. County commissioners have been discussing the budget and meeting with county departments about next year's finances since July. But until voters decided the fate of Referendum 1A, they didn't know what their bottom line would be.

Officials: Software worth expense

When Moffat County School District purchased a $230,000 data-management system in February, some teachers greeted the decision with skepticism.

Football team wins wild one

The last two minutes of Caleb Owens' football career were easily his best.

Thursday, November 3

The pioneers

Eighth-grade volleyball team tests AAU water

Ask the eighth-grade girls that decided to play AAU volleyball if they've improved, and there are no doubts.

Moffat County Neighbor: Stacy Razzano

Age: 33 Occupation: Bank of the West branch manager What should your business card say you do? Take care of my customers.

Teens technology savvy

Groups encourage youth to get active, spend less time in front of screens

Seventeen-year-old Brittnie Durham is on the Internet every night -- "no matter what" -- instant messaging her friends.

Extension office mulls regional role

Colorado State University cooperative extension offices throughout the state could take on more of a regional role in a few months.

Pregnancy center hopes for big turnout at chili supper

Last year, the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center chili supper raised about $2,000 for the organization.

Chuck Barber and Cathy May: Speedy driver puts end to a lifetime of love

We buried our son yesterday. At about 9,000 feet, after a long day of work, we stopped to watch the sunset over three states while viewing ponds and pines.

COMA offers thanks, invites participation

As Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse completes its first year in service, the Fundraising Committee would like to express our sincere thanks to the Craig community.


Bob and T-Rae Burch are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter BJ Burch to Jason Vallejos, son of Tony Vallejos and the late Donna Vallejos. A February wedding is planned.

Police Blotter for Nov. 4

Craig Police Department Wednesday Nov. 2 Officers responded to an assault call.

Local TV news should return today on K27

After a two-day absence, local news will return today on Craig's TV station, new owners say.

Election date confuses clerk, voters

Lila Herod makes it her business to know when Moffat County voters are supposed to head to the polls.

Nurses must find new home

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association officials have six months to decide where they'll move their Craig offices.

An alarming arrival

Richard Miller was eating dinner at the Golden Cavvy on Wednesday when he heard sirens.

Bulldogs to travel sans coach

It's a boy. Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey's wife, Jill, had the couple's fourth child Wednesday. Because of the new arrival, Hafey wasn't with his football team Thursday.

Christina M. Currie: Halloween's nightmare

Sure, small children dressed as cartoon characters, racecar drivers and cuddly animals are cute and all, but even a high rating on the adorable scale doesn't make the ulcer I got on Halloween worth it.

Datebook for Nov. 4

6 p.m. The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host its 13th annual chili supper and silent auction at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. All proceeds benefit the center.

Wednesday, November 2

Craig Middle School teams split at Hayden

The Craig Middle School basketball teams traveled to Hayden on Tuesday night for two games. The seventh-grade team led throughout the game in a 40-14 win. The eighth-grade team lost a close 28-38 contest. Next up for the teams is a trip to Meeker on Saturday.

Police Blotter for Nov. 3

Monday, Oct. 31 Philip Hoth, 32, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jodie Lynn Coyner (1967-2005)

Jodie Lynn Stevenson was born Jan. 22, 1967, in Olney, Ill., to Jerl B. and Linda (Sifers) Stevenson. The family lived in Flora, Ill., before moving to Albuquerque, N.M. Jodie attended school in Albuquerque and Pampa, Texas, where she graduated from high school. She attended Amarillo Community College and West Texas State University.

Virginia Adeline Lieber (1922--2005)

Longtime Northwest Colorado resident Virginia A. Lieber passed away in her home at Sunset Meadows in Craig, Oct. 30, 2005. She was 83.


Michael and Cindy Warne of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy Warne to Jonathan Bugay, son of Dennis and Kala Bugay of Craig.

Datebook for Nov. 3

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an all-female, four-part a cappella choir, rehearses at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Director Denise Whitney at 824-8326.

Craig resident gives up on building trailer park

Craig resident Harvey Craft wanted to ease an expected housing shortage this fall by opening a trailer park on his Thompson Hill property.

Local TV news could be done

Anyone who tuned into K27 for news Wednesday was out of luck. Citing management changes, Craig's TV station did not broadcast the local news.

Schools get thumbs-up in review

State officials Wednesday reviewed Moffat County School District for accreditation. They said they liked what they saw.

Layoffs part of hospital's cost-cutting plan

Looking for ways to slash costs as it prepares to build a $19 million facility, The Memorial Hospital on Wednesday laid off 10 employees and announced a sizeable restructuring that would change where some Moffat County residents receive health care.

Inmate escapes

Man leaves while working outside jail

An inmate from the Moffat County Jail remains on the loose after escaping Tuesday while working at Centennial Mall.

Cindy Looper: Witch was over the top for family Halloween

Thank you to all the businesses that provided for the family trick-or-treat time. It is a great community service that you provide a safe environment for families with young children to enjoy Halloween.

Big plans for next year

If the ability of the younger teams continues to the varsity level, the next Moffat County football squads will be big, with good defenses.

Tuesday, November 1

News briefs for Nov. 2

Turner turned out, moves to Granby Attorney Heather Turner is closing shop in Craig and moving to Granby.

Datebook for Nov. 2

Ongoing Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required and will be starting in November. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

Officials worried about Internet

Struggling NC Telecom has commissioners shopping for new service

Moffat County officials, seeking to protect more than $500,000 the county paid in advance to struggling NC Telecom for Internet services, hired a bankruptcy attorney Tuesday.

Playing in a 'dead zone'

The past two weeks have been unprecedented for Kip Hafey and his coaching staff.

Voters reject Referendum 1B

Moffat County voters Tues-day defeated a tax increase that would have paid for services for people with mental retardation.

Local residents mostly against C, D

Referendum C appears headed for statewide approval

Referendum C appeared headed for a convincing statewide win late Tuesday, and its companion, Referendum D, was in a race that was too tight to call.

Our View: Didn't vote? Then sit on your blisters

For Moffat County residents and Coloradans, Tuesday's election was divisive. Tax questions usually are.

Making it count

Improvement more important than records for underclassmen

Their records weren't outstanding, but that's not always the most telling aspect of a season for JV and freshman teams.

Faith AnnaMarie Chandler

Kimberly Lynn Chandler and Kevin Andrew Chandler of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Faith AnnaMarie Chandler, at 10:22 a.m., Oct. 28, 2005, Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Voters defeat Referendum 1A

Moffat County on Tuesday continued its long tradition of strict government spending caps, rejecting a measure that would have changed a nearly century-old law.

Paperwork problems delay sentencing

A Moffat County High School graduate skipped her college classes and drove 150 miles Tuesday to face her former golf coach -- a man convicted of coercing her into a sexual relationship.

Police blotter for Nov. 2

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Oct. 31