Stories for October 2005

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Monday, October 31

Marek Allen Marshall

Marek Allen Marshall Roxane Marshall and Jason Marshall of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Marek Allen Marshall, at 3:32 p.m., Oct. 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Police blotter for Nov. 1

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Oct. 27 Jeffrey Brethauer, 43, was booked on a warrant.

News briefs for Nov. 1

Five cited for hunting The Colorado Division of Wildlife issued citations to five people earlier this month for hunting deer in Rio Blanco County before the official start of deer season.

Datebook for Nov. 1

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.

Museum's fire engine has staying power

After the 1924 Ford Model T was parked in the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Dan Davidson didn't want to move it.

Traffic damaging roads

Energy industry vehicles are using Moffat County Road 57 to get from oil fields in Wyoming to fields in Colorado, and the added interstate traffic is damaging the road, Moffat County officials say.

4-H enrollment opens today

Moffat County resident Robin Lambert can't say enough about the value of the 4-H youth-development program.

Speak up for Nov. 1

Mentality must go Carl Chapman's letter to the editor was right about the need for a county manager. We keep electing people who are not qualified to do this job as county commissioners. You need professionals to run a business this big and complex.

A complex feud

Brothers argue about apartment-property management, discrimination

Mel Day is out to change the image of Columbine Apartments, a complex police know too well. His efforts have led to less crime at the complex and even some property improvements.

Sunday, October 30

Westward hotel drops 'Ho' after renovation

Crews removed the "Ho" from the sign at the Westward Ho motel last week.

Holiday meals offered

SHARE, a not-for-profit program that provides affordable groceries, is offering packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tragic homecoming

Army specialist mourning friend's death

Michael Cammer likes being home, but wishes the leave from his Army post in Afghanistan were not for a friend's death.

Voters to make voices heard

Despite what calendars say, Election Day is Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Farther back than they hoped

Boys finish 12th at state; girls take 14th

Since Todd Trapp started coaching for the Moffat County cross country team four years ago, first as an assistant and now as the head coach, the Bulldogs have performed to expectations at state one year and then not as well the next. This year it was time for the latter, and the teams followed through.

Bulldogs come up short at districts

The Moffat County volleyball team struggled this season to get out of a bad streak of play once it started. On Saturday, the Bulldogs recovered from tough starts, but it was too late in both matches.

Hunting for treasure

Passion more about the search than the result

Bill Burns picked okra for two summers to earn $200 to buy his first metal detector.

Family of Jack Leonard and Ryan Sixkiller: Community deserves thanks for its support

Our family would like to extend its gratitude to this community and surrounding areas, as time and time again, they have demonstrated generosity and genuine concern.

Forrest Lamont Siminoe, 1932-2005

Forrest Lamont "Frosty" Siminoe of Craig, passed away in his home Oct. 17, 2005. He was 73.

Evan Garrett Montoya

Kory Montoya and Gabe Montoya of Craig, announce the birth of their son Evan Garrett Montoya at 11:53 a.m. Oct. 21, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Briefs for Oct. 31

United Way is accepting funding applications for three programs.

Datebook for Oct. 31

4 to 6 p.m. Downtown businesses and Centennial Mall welcome children to trick-or-treat downtown. For safety's sake, police officers recommend that children's wear costumes that are visible to motorists. Police also say children should obey traffic signals and never enter a stranger's house.

Friday, October 28

Parents play vital role in student success

Sherry Bird spends two mornings a week in Deb Bergmann's first-grade class at Ridgeview Elementary School. She doesn't get paid for her time, but that's not the reason she's there.

A true hunt of a lifetime

It was a scene that movie producers couldn't have created any better. After 14-year-old Brandon Rains shot the first elk of his life, a double rainbow opened up in the sky and a black bear ran by in the woods of Northwest Colorado.

Big plays burn football team

For a good summary of how the Moffat County football team's season has gone, just read how senior Derek Duran described his team's effort against Pueblo West.

'Dan' prepares for his final election

Tuesday's election will most likely be the last dance for Moffat County's election machine.

New face joins community college

Derek Mogensen is joining Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig staff as a college recruiter and outdoor recreation program teacher.

People in education: Amanda L. Ellis

How did you get into this profession? I didn't start thinking about being a teacher until three years after graduating from college, when I was applying to graduate school. Teaching just felt like the best place to use my background in science.

Gene Bilodeau: CNCC benefits Moffat County residents

There have been reports suggesting that rural community colleges may be forced to close. There are numerous implications of deep cuts to education if measures C and D fail. I would like to present to the people of Moffat County what CNCC has done for our community and let you decide the value of CNCC through your vote Nov. 1.

Saed F. Tayyara: Referendum 1A will not increase mill levy

Referendum 1A provides no increase in the current mill levy. Colorado Revised Statutes Section 29-1-301(1) prohibits the levying of a greater amount of property tax revenue without submitting the question of an increased levy directly to an election of qualified electors.

County needs flexibility

Vote 'yes' on Referendum 1A

On Tuesday, Moffat voters will be asked to decide whether they will exempt the county from strict revenue limits imposed by a nearly century-old law.

Erlene Schneiderheinz

Erlene Schneiderheinz of Craig died Wednesday at Sandrock Ridge Care Center.

Christine Parker

Graveside services will be held at the Hayden Cemetery 1 p.m. Saturday for former Hayden resident Christine Parker.

Robert "Bob" Michael Knez, 1952-2005

Robert "Bob" Michael Knez died at his home on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005. He was 52.

Police blotter for Oct. 29

Officers received a report of forged checks.

Datebook for Oct. 29

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., will host a Fall Festival Costume Party for all ages. The event will include a haunted room, games and treats. Costumes are encouraged. For information, call 824-6836.

Craig to get first condos

Developer plans to sell 35 units

Craig is getting its first condominiums.

Grand Futures aims at underage drinking

Michael Stern doesn't mind being called a teetotaler. He likes to practice what he preaches.

Horizons: Campaign worth it

Group spending about $20,000 to promote Referendum 1B

With Horizons asking voters for a tax increase to benefit people with mental disabilities, some voters are asking the organization why it's spending thousands of dollars on a political campaign instead of clients.

Thursday, October 27

Owens rallies for C and D

Gov. Bill Owens on Thursday accused a group opposing Referendums C and D of laundering money and hiding as he rallied for the measures.

Runners get set for state

The fall hasn't quite gone the way both of Moffat County's cross country teams would have hoped this year. Injuries, ups-and-downs and absences have hurt results, but as preparationsfor Saturday's state meet come to a close, they're ready to go.

Volleyball team puts focus on advancing

Two years ago, Moffat County surprised the volleyball world by advancing out of the district tournament as a third seed. This year, coach Becky Jackson is confident her team has a chance to do the same thing as the fifth seed.

Pickin' rocks and playin' football

Kawcak boys entertain on two kinds of fields

Out on the Kawcak Ranch, the rite of passage for the grandkids is walking through the fields to pick up rocks and throw them in the trailer. It's not a favorite of the grandchildren, but it contributed to their toughness.

Moffat County Neighbor: Marilyn Rieser

Name: Marilyn Rieser Occupation: Certified dental assistant

Fact or fiction?

City has its share of spooky stories

Dan Davidson has heard an earful about Craig being haunted. Many people believe there are ghosts looming around town. And many tell the Museum of Northwest Colorado about their spooky sightings, he said.

Local lobbying group gets a new executive director

After 24 years serving the municipalities of five Northwest Colorado counties, Jim Evans will retire at the end of this year.

Fun Fest offers alternative for Halloween

First Christian Church's yearly Fun Fest is billed by organizers as an upbeat and safe alternative to typical Halloween activities.

On the contrary

If you're one of the people who saw my daughters and me in Kmart and looked away before you laughed, I thank you.

Frank A. Welder: Get facts straight about lava flows

According to your article "Creation of the Flat Tops," (Oct. 29), the lava flows are mainly made up of limestone.

Debi Harmon: Thanks to everyone who supports clinic

I would like to express a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Yahoo Golf Tournament fundraiser and to recognize the hard work of organizers Tom and Helen Knez and Dan and Stacey Severson. Donations continued to trickle in through last week, bringing the total to $ 9,632, which will be used for the "purest" costs of direct patient services. The goal of the fundraiser was to build a patient assistance fund to make sure no child is denied relief-of-pain dental care because of inability to pay.

Police blotter for Oct. 28

Earl Kent, 32, was booked on charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

Ruth Squires Hendricks, 1903-2005

Our loving mother and grandmother Ruth Squires Hendricks passed away Oct. 18, 2005, in Craig after a brief illness. She resided at the home of her daughter, Mary Ruth Papoulas.

Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson has been accepted into the Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors Program, which leads to a minor in Public Affairs for Engineers at Colorado School of Mines. She is the daughter of Rocky and Patty Thompson of Craig.

Briefs for Oct. 28

The owner of Serendipity Coffee Shop is expected today to enter a contract to sell the popular downtown eatery.

Datebook for Oct. 28

The Greenridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club meets at 6 p.m. every Friday at Hayden Congregational Church. Lessons are offered. The cost is $5.50 a person. Call Lois Norman at 824-6773.

School officials focusing on intervention this year

Moffat County School District officials have set several goals for the 2005-06 school year, but their primary focus will be on interventions.

Dinosaur charter school at risk to be closed

Dinosaur Community Charter school could be shut down in as little as two weeks for not complying with state and local requirements.

College closure a false rumor

Craig community college officials said Thursday that talk of the campus closing if referendums C and D failed was nothing but a nasty rumor.

Wednesday, October 26

Big business mum on 1A despite cost

While Referendum 1A would cost the average homeowner about $12 in property tax credits, the cost to the county's top taxpayers would be much higher.

Clarence E. Corriveau, 1919-2005

Clarence Edward Corriveau died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge and Rehab Center in Craig. He was born May 21, 1919, in Caribou, Maine, to Octave and Jennie (Michaud) Corriveau. Clarence was raised in Maine until he was 17 years old, when he moved to Moffat County, living near Sunbeam. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp.

Kahlan Renee Jayne

Sgt. Talon and Katie Jayne of Fort Polk, La., announce the birth of their daughter, Kahlan Renee, who was born Oct. 16, 2005. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Brian and Chris Coulter of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Tim and Taryn Jayne of Craig.

Program struggling to take off

Fall flight numbers lower than officials had hoped

Tightening budgets and spotty success of a flight program may jeopardize an effort to lure more tourists to Moffat and Routt counties, officials say.

Seniors serve for last time at state

Two of the most successful athletes at Moffat County High School this fall wore the uniforms of the school's rivals.

Fight to the finish

Bulldogs give No. 2 Eagles a run for their money

If it hasn't been done yet, copies of Wednesday night's soccer game with Moffat County and Broomfield will be duplicated soon. That's because college coaches might be interested in a couple of Bulldogs after their effort against the No. 2 team in the state.

Officials discuss telecommunications

Telecommunications is an infrastructure every bit as important as highways and waterlines, Audrey Danner said.

Robert G. Grubb: C and D poison pills coated with sugar

When such erudite friends as you and Gregg Roberts speak out in favor of referendums C and D, I hesitate to disagree. But I feel I must. Good men can differ, but ignorance is a bane to all of us.

Lois Wymore: If C and D fail, we'll feel the effects locally

According to most predictions, it seems referendums C and D might very well fail. If that happens, residents of Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties can look forward to some devastating cuts in public services including the likely closure of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Speaking up about Speak Up

Earlier this month, the Craig Daily Press launched a feature meant to stimulate public discourse. It did.

Police blotter for Oct. 27

Officers arrested a man on suspicion of violating a restraining order and violating bail bonds.

Datebook for Oct. 27

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

Decisions from Craig City Council

The Craig City Council met at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Relief at the pump?

Gas prices dropping

After record-high fuel prices in September, prices across the nation have fallen by about 35 cents per gallon in the past three weeks.

Tuesday, October 25

Craig's local TV station for sale

After owning K27 Television for nearly three years, Jerry Thompson is looking for a buyer. He declined to divulge his asking price.

Kaleb Jake Wells

Corenia Wells and Thomas Wells of Craig announce the birth of their son, Kaleb Jake Wells, at 3:38 p.m. Oct. 18, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Kaleb weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Donna Orlich of Craig, Andrew Sanchez of Clifton, Robert Wells of Craig and Tami Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M. The baby was welcomed home by his sister Ashley, 10, and brother Tyler, 8.

Burch-Vallejos

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.

Francis and Louise Lux

The children of Francis and Louise Lux would like to invite their many friends to help celebrate their parents' 50th wedding anniversary.

GRAMNET brings financial issues to meeting

A two-county drug task force is struggling to balance an increase in arrests with a decreasing budget.

Playing for respect

Team plans to show it's better than seed

Last week the Moffat County boys soccer team spent time at practice playing a game called World Cup. The game involved each player trying to protect his own ball while everybody else tried to kick it away.

Pride time for Craig football team

Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey Tuesday made some adjustments to the goal board in the weight room. He erased the goals involving the post season and replaced them with, "win 2 non-league games," and "win last regular season game."

An extraordinary life

Man born without arms offers inspiration to others

Thirteen-year-old Tawni Brenner walked into the Craig Middle School auditorium Tuesday excited only about the time away from class and the chance to be with friends.

County's $507K in limbo

NC Telecom files for bankruptcy

Moffat County commissioners went into an hour-long executive session Tuesday to discuss the NC Telecom bankruptcy, as officials wonder what will happen to the $507,000 it paid the troubled company in advance for services.

Council debates wages versus health care costs

The Craig City Council added $169,355 in expenses to the $7,796,655 2006 budget at a work session two weeks ago. On Tuesday night, they worked to balance those additions with a unanimous desire to increase employee pay.

Datebook for Oct. 26

6:30 p.m. Dr. Jessica German of Craig Chiropractic Clinic is offering free health lectures in the board room at the Craig Fire Department. The discussion topic is "How Can I Get More Energy?" For more information or to suggest a topic idea, call 824-9279.

Briefs for Oct. 26

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office is urging people to get out and vote.

Police Blotter for Oct. 26

Elijah McCarver, 29, was booked on suspicion of theft by receiving, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, driving without a valid driver's license, marijuana possession and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Steve Martinson: A new view on referendums C and D

Recently there has been a lot of advertising against referendums C and D, and I think some misinformation has been presented. I would like to present an opposing view.

East staff and students: Thanks for support

The East Elementary Eagles would like to recognize our students, staff and community for the incredible jobs they did raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Our change drive efforts raised $1,400. This amount is being matched by City Market and Kroger Foods, bringing the total to $2,800, which will be donated to the Red Cross. Thank you City Market for these matching funds.

Jack Leonard (1930-2005)

Jack was born in Ogallala, Neb., on Oct. 19, 1930, to John and Doris Leonard. Jack grew up on a ranch in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. He graduated from Sedgwick County High School in Julesburg in 1948.

Monday, October 24

James K. Turner: In support of three tax increase options

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of three tax increase options, which have been placed before the voters of Moffat County. The county is asking to retain property taxes that have already been collected. Individuals in the county would have you believe that this is a tax increase. Although technically they may be correct, the majority of the tax that has been withheld was withheld from the largest taxpayers in this valley, i.e., the power plant and coal mines. Recently, the power plant has used its resources to fight taxation of its assets and has caused the county to expend resources to force it to pay its fair share. So, although this would slightly increase the average homeowner's tax burden, the majority of this tax burden would be borne by those with the greatest of resources. I would recommend that it be supported.

Horizons officials campaign for 1B

Dave Walters had his mind made up about Referendum 1B long before he heard a presentation Monday about the tax increase.

Yampa Valley Partners asks for more funds

Craig City Council members today will consider whether to increase funding of Yampa Valley Partners by $2,500.

Police Blotter for Oct. 25

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Oct. 21 Louana Patrick, 38, was booked on a warrant. Jessey Stiegelmeyer, 23, was booked on charges of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charles R. Holmes

Longtime Meeker educator Charles R. Holmes died Oct. 21, 2005, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing. He was 79.

Robert Knez

Robert Knez of Craig died Sunday at his home. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's. Interment of cremains will follow at the Knez Family Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Jodie Lynn Coyner

Jodie Lynn Coyner of Steamboat Springs died Saturday at her home. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Howelson Hill Lodge upstairs. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice or the Breast Cancer Research Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

Briefs for Oct. 25

Craig police cited a juvenile Sunday for allowing a passenger to ride a mattress he dragged behind a car.

Datebook for Oct. 25

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.

Groups awarded $364K for services to minorities

A private trust has awarded $364,000 to Northwest Colorado Coalition for Equality in Health, a group working to improve health care for non-English speaking residents.

Bridging the gap

Communidad Integrada helps bring together white, Hispanic residents

When forming Communidad Integrada, board members said they thought a bridge was needed between the English- and non-English speaking residents in Routt and Moffat counties.

Local Realtor wins state award

Vicki Burns named Colorado Realtor of the Year

The best career move Vicki Burns said she ever made was in 1986 when she became a real estate agent.

Press editor named

Laura Elder, a veteran journalist who has worked as a reporter, special projects manager and business editor, has joined the staff at the Craig Daily Press.

Speak Up for Oct. 25

La Vecindad I have an issue with the way you print the Spanish section of the newspaper. I understand why you would print the news in Spanish. What I don't understand is why you print different news than what's in the English part of the newspaper. I would think that this would only cause alienation of the Spanish community. We are not included in their news, and they are not included in ours. I strongly disagree with this.

Sunday, October 23

Lynne Herring: Vote no on C and D

To the editor: In thinking about voting on referendums C and D, I would like your readers to think about two Aesop's Fables:

Cross-country teams qualify for state

PALISADE -- They didn't get to hold hands at the finish, but everything else went as planned for Moffat County's Jeremy Bird and Jake Miller.

BYU dancers spin their way into Craig

Thirty-six Utah dancers brought a little piece of the big city to Craig Saturday night.

Gold-panning store set to open in Craig

Bill Burns' love of gold panning has spawned a new business in Craig.

Datebook for Oct. 24

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.

A labor of love

Dan Martin enjoys his time at Lay Valley Bison Ranch

The story of how Dan Martin became a bison rancher sounds like something out of a Spaghetti Western.

Jack Taylor: Vote for C and D

To the editor: This Election Day, on Nov. 1, we Coloradans have an opportunity to truly affect the future of Colorado in a very positive way -- by voting FOR referendums C and D.

Tarmac renovation to take off

The tarmac at the Craig/Moffat County Airport will undergo a major renovation project next year.

Friday, October 21

Patrick D. Calicura: Just say no to taxes

To the editor: This is in reference to referendums 1A, 1B, C and D.

Elementary schools get ready to compete

The staff at Ridgeview Elementary School will be getting a surprise in the mail this week.

The double-whammy

Loss to Rifle eliminates Bulldogs from post season

The Moffat County football team received a serious lecture during halftime against Rifle, and it responded. But the one touchdown it gave up the first half made the difference.

Barrels of fun

Joyce LeFevre returns to the rodeo

Before she became a mother, Joyce LeFevre competed in rodeos. Now that her children are older and out of the house, she's back at it.

Sandra H. Gardner, Esq.: Attorney is off base

To the editor: This letter is offered as a commentary to your article published in the Friday, Oct. 21 edition of the Craig Daily Press concerning Heather Turner.

Carl Chapman: Tired of tax threats

To the editor: How many more threats will we taxpayers receive before election day on services that will be discontinued if 1A doesn't pass?

Commissioners to stump for 1A

County officials worried public doesn't understand tax question

With the election a little more than a week away, county officials are concerned voters don't know enough about Referendum 1A.

Dress for success

Dress-up days reiterate drug- and alcohol-free message

Students will be rummaging through drawers for bandanas, riding the bus in their pajamas and walking to school in their slippers next week to send a strong message.

Advocates sees spike in domestic violence

People may see bruises and cuts, but the victim is faceless.

Datebook for Oct. 22

Today Cats, Dogs and Wine Glasses, a silent auction and wine-tasting fundraiser benefiting the Northwest Colorado Animal Assistance League, is from 6 to 8 p.m.. at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs. Tickets are $25.

News brief for Oct. 22

Boys and Girls Club receives grant Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by disease, disability and death.

Seth Lyle Maxson

Seth Lyle Maxson Nikkole Maxson and Jason Maxon of Savery, Wyo. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Seth Lyle Maxson at 8:24 a.m. on Oct. 13, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Andrew J. Statz

Navy Seaman Apprentice Andrew J. Statz, son of Marlene K. Birch of Hayden and Harold G. Statz of Mesquite, Texas, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Traffic stop results in drug arrests

Hazardous-materials crews respond to suspected rolling methamphetamine laboratory

Hazardous materials crews were called out Friday after Craig Police pulled over a vehicle they suspected to be a mobile methamphetamine laboratory.

Thursday, October 20

Problems mount for Craig attorney

Turner now facing eviction

Craig attorney Heather Turner could be evicted from her home by the end of the month.

Moffat county neighbor

Reta Hall Age: 63 Occupation: Banquet coordinator

Dress to kill

Kids, adults gear up for a spooky Halloween

Crystal Gonzales loves her job as Kmart's seasonal merchandise manager because she gets to see how excited kids get for Halloween.

Suzanne Brinks: Community confused about county finances

To the editor: I am writing this letter in an effort to clear up confusion and misconception about county valuations, revenue limitations, mill levies and mill levy credits.

Greg Roberts: Support referendums C, D; Money will help

To the editor: Thank you for your thoughtful and informative editorial in support of referendums C and D. I would also like to voice my support. TABOR severely restricted the amount that our state's budget can grow. The population of Colorado has grown tremendously in the past few years, but the state budget is not able to keep up. Because of this, services that we used to take pride in have withered away. Colorado now ranks seventh worst in the nation for childhood immunization rates, third worst in percent of low-income uninsured children, and is the eighth worst in teen suicide rates.

Christina M. Currie: Verdict still out on moms

There's a long story that accompanies my attempt to move a 30-inch wide upright freezer through two 29-inch doors. It entails me prying frames off doors, being trapped when it got lodged in the doorway and the disconcerting realization that though 30-inches wide, the freezer was only 26-inches deep.

Inez "Snooks" Voeltzel Barber: 1910-2005

Inez Irene "Snooks" Barber of Paul, Idaho, died Oct. 7, 2005, at the Countryside Care Center in Rupert. She was 95.

Briefs for Oct. 21

A Craig woman was injured Monday when she struck the open door of a parked car while riding her bicycle on Victory Way.

Datebook for Oct. 21

Friday, Oct. 21 The CNCC Cosmetology Center will donate all tips from the salon to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Tips will be collected through Oct. 31. For appointments, call 826-2762.

TMH near million dollar mark

Capital campaign expected to top mark once construction begins

The Memorial Hospital's capital campaign is less than $200,000 from its $1 million goal.

Leaders identify regional issues, seek solutions

More than 80 representatives from Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties identified managing growth, maintaining quality of life and work force recruitment as key issues affecting the economy of Northwest Colorado.

A man on a mission

Moffat County graduate back after two years in Arizona spreading beliefs

When Evan Pressley returned to Craig last week from a two-year mission in Arizona, he was exhausted.

Showdown for fourth

Last one standing keeps playoff chances alive

It is the biggest game of the season, and the Moffat County football team chose not to practice in full pads until Thursday's practice.

Rivalry not a top priority for runners

The friendly banter has gone back and forth all week between Moffat County juniors Jake Miller and Jeremy Bird.

Wednesday, October 19

County's funds to YVRA up in the air

Moffat County commissioners aren't sure they'll contribute to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in 2006.

Bad Dawgs prepare to bite

The sweat's been dripping and the legs have been pumping for the Moffat County Bad Dawg wrestlers the past two weeks. This weekend they'll finally get to take to the mat at the first of four Rocky Mountain National tournaments.

Charles Leon Fedinec: 1943-2005

Charles Leon Fedinec died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at his home. He was 62. Charles Leon Fedinec was born May 2, 1943, in Craig to Charles and Louise (Knez) Fedinec.

Albert Gonzales: 1928-2005

Albert Gonzales died Oct. 11, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 77. Albert Gonzales was born in MacGregor, Colo. (near Milner), on Feb. 5, 1928. He was the fifth of nine children to be born to Phillip and Juanita (Ramirez) Gonzales.

Wes McStay

To the editor: I would like to express my support of Referendum 1B and urge other voters to do the same. I realize no one likes to pay taxes, but I do believe that tax dollars spent now on early and timely involvement by trained professionals working with the handicapped, especially children, will pay dividends down the road. When a handicapped child reaches adulthood without being able to care for themselves, they are the responsibility of society (taxpayers) at a far greater cost.

John S. Kinkaid, M.B.A.: Trying to let the genie out of the bottle

To the editor: I found the actual state budget figures for the past 13 years. During the past 13 years, the state of Colorado's budget has grown from $6.34 billion to this year's $14.61 billion. Doubled and then some. This year the state budget grew 4.2 percent. Last year, the state budget increased 3 percent, and it went up 2.9 percent the year before that. In fact, there has been no year where the spending figures stayed flat or declined. The smallest annual increase in spending was 2.5 percent in 1994-95, and the largest annual jump in spending was 19 percent the year before in 1993-94.

Police Blotter for Oct. 20

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Oct. 17 Christopher Newman was booked on charges of domestic violence and harassment. Darrin Love was booked on charges of domestic violence, third degree assault, obstruction of telephone service and harassment.

News briefs for Oct. 20

The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity board is moving ahead with its decision about asbestos abatement at its first project, 745 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for Oct. 20

Today The Moffat County Youth Basketball Association will be holding a boys basketball skills development camp. The camp is free and open to all boys in fifth through eighth grades. To register, call Mike at 824-0376.

EDP mulls micro loan program

With its new director on board, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is ready to get rolling.

NC Telecom official: Part of plan fell through

Regulatory changes and the collapse of another telecommunications company led to NC Telecom filing for bankruptcy last week, an official said Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 18

Woman arrested after run from police

After attempting to elude police and hitting a parked car, a Craig woman was arrested on drug charges Monday.

Bulldogs ready for playoffs after close loss

This one was for grandpa.

Volleyball team unable to put Steamboat away

The Moffat County volleyball team could taste its first victory against Steamboat Springs since 1989. That taste turned bitter because after going up 2 games to 1, the Bulldogs were outscored, 40-21, to lose the match in five games.

NC Telecom files for bankruptcy

NC Telecom, the Meeker-based company hired in 1999 to bring high-speed Internet access into Northwest Colorado, filed for bankruptcy Friday.

Florence "Flo" Easley: 1928-2005

Flo Easley died Oct. 2, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 77. Her last hours were spent with family and friends.

Ruth Hendricks

Ruth Hendricks of Craig died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending. Ruth is the mother of Mary Ruth Papoulas.

Steve Albee

Steve Albee, son of Mike and Jeannie Albee of Craig, received his PhD in biology from the University of Michigan. He specialized in mycology (the study of fungus) within the Great Basin. Steve, his wife, Heather, and daughter, Sophie, are currently living in San Antonio, Texas, while he completes post-doctoral research on human fungal disease.

Commissioners sign off on party rules

New rules for renting Moffat County facilities mean residents have to apply 45 days in advance for high-risk events.

Forrest Siminoe

Forrest Siminoe of Craig died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at his home. The family will receive friends at Grant Mortuary on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at 10 a.m. at the Craig Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church building fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

News briefs for Oct. 19

Rotary Club chili dinner The Craig Rotary Club will sponsor a chili supper fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Moffat County High School Concession area before the Moffat County vs. Rifle football game. All proceeds will benefit the Craig Rotary Club high school scholarship fund. Chili will be sold until kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $4 a bowl and includes chili, corn chips, cheese, crackers and a drink. Chili was donated from Wendy's, and all beverages will be donated by Pepsi. For more information, call Walt Vanatta at 826-2365.

Datebook for Oct. 19

Today Bowlers and teams are wanted for the Northwest Men's League on Wednesday nights at Thunder Rolls. For more information, call 824-8138.

Judge refuses to lower bond in Tamlin cases

Although charges were reduced from felony to misdemeanor, Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James refused Steven Tamlin's request that his $7,500 bond be lowered.

High turnout for early voting

Two days into early voting, more than 250 Moffat County residents have shown up at the polls.

Monday, October 17

Ellen Johnson: Vote yes on 1B to support Horizons

To the editor: I have followed the articles in the newspaper of this past week regarding amendment 1B. I wish to thank the board of Horizons for its informative input.

Residents feel heat

Natural gas prices soar as winter approaches

Lori Telfer considered asking her mother to move in with her during the winter even before a 47 percent increase in natural gas prices was announced.

Kaitlyn Jo Knez

Erin Knez and Toby Knez of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Jo Knez, at 6:18 p.m., Oct. 12, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Andrew Joseph Garcia

Erin and Joseph Garcia of Gillette, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Andrew Joseph Garcia, Aug. 19, 2005, in Gillette, Wyo.

Einstein anniversary celebrated

This year marks the centennial of Einstein's famous equation, E=MC2, and has been declared the "World Year of Physics," an international celebration of physics endorsed by the National Foundation of Science.

Datebook for Oct. 18

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.

Fire fuel-reduction project done

Although 2005 was a slow year for wildfires in Northwest Colorado, wildfire crews stayed busy.

Theft leads to charges

A Craig man was arrested Sunday on multiple charges stemming from a vehicle theft in Wyoming.

Students work together to help hurricane victims

It may be nickels and dimes instead of tens and twenties, but youths in Moffat County are chipping in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Emotions get best of Demons, Bulldogs

The emotion of sports is what draws us to love them, but there are times when those emotions can go too far.

Speak up for Oct. 18

Coal is a problem We live in coal country, but it's now become impossible to buy coal to heat my home.

Police blotter for Oct. 18

Moffat County Jail Friday, Oct. 14 Roger Duffy was booked on a warrant.

Sunday, October 16

CBC gets 'use-it-or-lose-it' energy assistance grant

The Community Budget Center received a $1,575 supplemental grant from Energy Outreach Colorado, but it has to be used by Nov. 1.

Datebook for Oct. 17

The Moffat County Youth Basketball Association will be holding a boys basketball skills development camp today, Wednesday and Thursday. The camp is free of charge and open to all boys grades five through eighth. To register, call Mike Camp at 824-0376.

Briefs for Oct. 17

Permits to cut firewood and Christmas trees in Routt National Forest are available at Forest Service offices in Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Walden and Kremmling. Forest Service employees will be at the BLM office in Craig from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Fridays through Dec. 23 so permits can be obtained locally.

Michael Lausin: Thanks for joining us for flag retirement

On behalf of the American Legion, Post 62, American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 62, I would like to thank the members of our community and the media who turned out for the flag retirement ceremony that was held Oct. 9 in Craig City Park.

Staff: Clarifying Horizons' campaign for mill levy

This letter is to clarify some of the misinformation contained in the letter written to the editor printed Thursday.

Daniel L. Weber: I'm sorry for illegally killing mountain lion

In December of 2000, I participated in the illegal killing of a mountain lion in Northwest Colorado. I would like to apologize for my participation in the killing of this animal.

Audible love

Local couple does not need ears to hear each other loud and clear

Ted and Elberta Cochran may be deaf, but they don't need words to understand each other.

Soccer team keeps control of Palisadein road win

The Moffat County soccer team does not need to win the possession game to win a soccer game, but when the Bulldogs can keep the ball away from an opponent it doesn't hurt.

Palisade pops football team

Take the Moffat County football team's game plan and do the opposite. That's what happened to the Bulldogs in the first half of a 35-0 loss to Palisade on Saturday.

Wal-Mart officials answer questions

Wal-Mart officials were in Craig last week to answer questions about the proposed 100,000-square-foot Supercenter.

Traffic study recommends changes

Although changes to posted speed limits and limiting access to some city streets were part of the recommendations by a Colorado Department of Transportation-funded traffic study, city officials will likely address signage before other issues noted.

Thunder rolls into Craig with new bowling center

After more than a year of work and a name change, Thunder Rolls Bowling Center opened for business Sunday.

Friday, October 14

Referendums C and D could have major effects

Referendums C and D have added a level of statewide importance to this year's ballot that isn't common for off-year elections.

Datebook for Oct. 15

Today 1 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Saturday and at 7 p.m. each Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Craig. Call 629-2683.

Suspicious stench causes headache

The Moffat County Hazardous Materials team spent the better part of Friday on the road to Dinosaur responding to a call from one resident who said he smelled benzine in his mother's basement.

Police blotter for Oct. 15

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Oct. 13 Criminal mischief reported in jail.

News brief for Oct. 15

Meth support group meeting Parents of Methamphetamine Addicts, a support group to help parents support one another with the pain and confusion of meth addiction, will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Craig Middle School staff profile

Name: Becky Field Job title: Seventh grade Science Teacher

Star Student

Lane Hagar is the first to admit that he's not the best at everything.

Resident wants dogs on leashes

Mary Lou Mack just wanted to pick up her grandson at school Wednesday afternoon.

Runners put in 'average day'

PALISADE -- Instead of the need for speed, the Moffat County cross country teams were in the need for a three, as in the third runner, here Friday night.

Winning isn't always pretty

Bulldogs find a way to beat Rangely in three

If it's not the size of the dog in the fight, then it has to be the size of the fight in the dog.

McKenzie Shea Fritts

McKenzie Shea Fritts Staci Fritts and Dominick Fritts of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Shea Fritts, at 5:08 p.m., Oct. 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Decker-Whisner

Decker-Whisner Randy Decker and Melissa Johns would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Decker, to Otto Whisner, son of Terri and Colleen Whisner of Grand Junction.

Adrienne Reeves: Article was arrogant and threatening

Regarding the article about roughnecks and Sheriff Grinstead, or should I say Welcome Wagon article, I would like to comment on a few things.

Sarah Wiseman: Thanks to businesses for supporting 4-H

I just want to thank the following businesses for helping support our 4-H float. Thank you to City Market, Safeway and Bresnan Communications.

Mary Lou Wisdom, Pat Pearce, Don Roth, Steve Andrew: Horizons staff urges support on referendum

As past and present members of Horizons board of directors, we are writing to correct misrepresentations in a recent letter to the editor in the Daily Press.

Hunters, businesses take aim

Rifle hunting season for elk starts today and runs through next month

Bill Wilkes is from Athens, Ga., but after coming to Craig to hunt for the past 17 years, he thinks Northwest Colorado almost feels like home.

Thursday, October 13

Horizons staff: We support Referendum 1B

As employees of Horizons, we are writing in support of Referendum 1B, the campaign to help Moffat County residents with mental retardation.

Wal-Mart opens dialogue with Craig leaders

Craig's Wal-Mart Supercenter likely won't be the blue and gray box associated with the brand name.

Taylor pushes C and D in Craig

While the fight over referendums C and D heats up statewide, State Sen. Jack Taylor is traveling across Northwest Colorado promoting the spending measures.

Hunters, businesses hope Owens can help

Upset about new hunting license allocations, some locals are looking to the governor's office for help.

Datebook for Oct. 14

Craig Women's Hockey begins. All ability levels and girls older than 14 are welcome to sign up. Call Gayle at 824-8048 or Charlene at 824-7800.

Police Blotter for Oct. 14

Officers responded to a report of theft of fuel. Officers located a runaway juvenile.

Christina M. Currie: Potty Mouths

I no longer have a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old who practice cussing in public.

Wes' family: Family appreciates support

The entire family of Wes Hertzog would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the community of Craig. The outpouring of support and concern since his passing has been overwhelming. We are so appreciative of all the kind gestures and wishes.

Ada McArthur: Neighborhood dogs are out of control

I live in a neighborhood where the people are quiet, keep their yards nice and are respectful of peacefulness, mowing their lawns and doing construction projects during day hours when most folks are active.

Karri's family: Thanks for support after our loss

With the loss of our loved one, Karri Wagner, our family would like to extend a special thank-you to all of the people who sent cards, food, flowers and most of all their support.

Calvary Baptist Church to premier Christian film

Cavalry Baptist Church will be one of 60 Colorado churches to premier the newest installment in the "Left Behind" series.

Singing their hearts out

Warm tones resonate through the shadowy halls of an empty Sunset Elementary School.

Moffat County Neighbor: April Valencia

Age: 25 Occupation: Cultural diversity coordinator at Colorado Workforce Center and pet groomer at Paws-A-Tively

Flat first half costs Bulldogs

It was an upset. In the past, using that phrase when the Steamboat Springs and Moffat County soccer teams met meant only one thing -- that the Bulldogs had found a way to beat the mightier Sailors.

Football team counting on rookie starters

Daniel Cramblett has been waiting for this week since July. The senior is the starting running back for the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Wednesday, October 12

Natasha LeAun Gutierrez, 1987-2005

Natasha LeAun Gutierrez of Meeker died Oct. 8, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker. She was 18.

Datebook for Oct. 13

If you served in the Vietnam or Korean wars and were exposed to Agent Orange you need to get on the Agent Orange registry. Visit the Veteran's Service Office at the Colorado Workforce Center or call 824-3246, ext. 23.

Steele to represent valley

State committee formed to discuss water issues

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele will represent local water interests to the state's new Interbasin Compact Committee.

Auditors say Craig is in good shape financially

Auditors said the city's in good financial shape and gave staff members a pat on the back for keeping it that way.

Land-use group reconvenes

After a two-month hiatus, the group expected to help determine the future of public land use in Moffat County reconvened Wednesday.

Will Andrew McStay

Nancy McStay and Mark McStay of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Will Andrew McStay, at 12:10 a.m. Sept. 30, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Roark A Browning

Jeremy and Cyme Browning of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Roark A Browning, at 11:33 a.m. Sept. 26, 2005. He was welcomed into his new family when he was born at home.

Megan Katherine Neton

Melany Neton and James Neton of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Katherine Neton, at 1:29 p.m. Sept. 26, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Middle schoolers catch up quickly

Without a youth volleyball league in Craig, the first most girls learn anything about the sport is in seventh grade at Craig Middle School.

Rene' Littlehawk-Calicura: Vote no on 1B, a forced donation to Horizons

I work for Horizons Specialized Services. I have worked here just short of five years. I have been in human services for the better part of two years. The people I work with, both staff and clients, every day are some of the best people around. I consider it a pleasure to work with them, and I enjoy my job.

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr., 1948-2005

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs from heart failure after surgery. He was 57.

Tuesday, October 11

Moffat County real estate transactions for September

Seller: O. Wayne and Shirley A. Kindred Buyer: Virgil J. and Cynthia Beaver Property: Ridgeview Sub Lot 16 Blk. 3; 685 Riford Rd. Price: $170,300

Jennifer Lynn Baldwin (1968-2005)

Jennifer Lynn Baldwin of St. Louis, Mo., died Oct. 10, 2005, at Boone Hospital Center, in Columbia. She was 36.

Our View: Gamble by the rules

The raffle and bingo industry in Colorado topped $220 million in 2003, and it's a $160 million industry today. It's also a cash business, and with millions of dollars in cash flowing through clubs and organizations, state regulations serve as the check-and-balance system that ensures that money for nonprofits is being used in the proper fashion.

S.V. Beckett: After reading about it, I can't support C and D

After reading the booklet on the C and D measures, I feel very strongly that I cannot support either one.

Jane Yazzie: New jobs are good for the county, budget

New jobs in Moffat County are good news for us and for the local budget, and having a job enables a person to become a shopper at local businesses. However, having buying power from a Wal-Mart salary would be limited when workers might have to pay for extra shoes, clothing, child care and phone service. An August report about 130,000 new jobs in America and in early summer also stated that average hourly wages were increased by about $84 a year for a Wal-Mart worker to spend. In other words, most of us need discount stores because, even if employed, we have limited buying power beyond our living necessities.

The Dempster family: Homecoming parade proves dedication

We had so much fun watching the homecoming parade this year. Seeing the motivation, excitement and creativity of everyone who participated is proof that this community is dedicated to all of our students. The high school band in full uniform, precise movement and pride in its presentation made the largest impression with us. Bravo! Moffat County, keep up the great work, kids.

City Council approves special events permit for VFW

The Craig City Council met Tuesday night. The council members: approved of a special events permit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4265 Nov. 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Trial set in Liljedahl's drug case

Craig Liljedahl says a lot of other people break the law more than he allegedly did.

7th-graders undefeated in football

The seventh grade football team finished the year undefeated.

First half has belonged to the 'Dogs

After starting slow against Eagle Valley a month ago, the Moffat County football team has owned the first half.

Bulldogs volleyball team sinks in Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County volleyball team was unable to rebound from a four-game loss to Glen�--wood Springs on Saturday on their trip to Grand Junction on Tuesday. The Grand Junction High School Tigers defeated the Bulldogs in three games, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.

Groups take chance with poker, raffles

State gambling laws often unknown

Games of chance are a $200 million industry in Colorado, and Craig residents are taking their piece.

Meth forcing kids from their homes

In May 2002, Moffat County Social Services had 25 children in out-of-home placement. Methamphetamine use did not play a role in any of those cases.

Craig man pleads guilty to violating probation

A Craig man who had a 12-hour standoff with police in July 2004 pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the conditions of his probation. He faces as long as three years in prison and as much as $100,000 in fines -- penalties he avoided by striking a plea with the District Attorney's Office for his original charge of attempted first-degree criminal trespass, a Class 6 felony.

Moffat County's 2006 budget still unclear

Referendum 1A will determine finances

Moffat County's budget for 2006 is a work in progress, awaiting the outcome of the November election.

Datebook for Oct. 12

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Library hosts a pumpkin-decorating contest through Oct. 26. The contest is open to all ages. Pumpkins, squash and gourds can be entered. No carvings will be allowed.

Briefs for Oct. 12

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig received a $5,000 grant, one of 175 being presented by the JCPenney After School Fund to local Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Clubs will use grant money by implementing Power Hour during the 2005-06 school year. Power Hour serves as a homework assistance program for youngsters, ages 6 to 18 and is designed to motivate and improve their homework skills.

Police Blotter for Oct. 12

Monday, Oct. 10 Officers responded to the theft of $120 at the high school.

Monday, October 10

Taylor Jane Powell

Candace Garnett and Matthew Powell of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Jane Powell, at 11:31 p.m. Oct. 1, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Leon Fedinec

Local soldier taking it easy

After being home from Iraq for two weeks leave, Kyle Rollins just wanted to spend his last night in Craig relaxing.

Zaylan Ronald Kirby

Dana Kirby and Michael Kirby of Craig announce the birth of their son, Zaylan Ronald Kirby, at 2:58 a.m. Oct. 5, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Jasmin Katerine Hershiser

Sandra Hershiser and Jason Hershiser of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Jasmin Katerine Hershiser, at 5:25 p.m. Oct. 1, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Kourtni Lyn Frederickson

Kourtni Lyn Frederickson Krystal Frederickson of Craig, would like to announce the birth of her daughter, Kourtni Lyn Frederickson, at 7:16 p.m. Oct. 4, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Officials not banking on revenue

Sales tax revenue has, for the past four months, been higher than what city officials anticipated, but they're not banking on that boon lasting throughout next year.

Speak up for Oct. 11

Cover JV, freshmen I would like to hear more about the football team than just the varsity team. Can we have coverage of the freshman team and JV team, as well?

Kacey Green: Seems as if numbers lie

As I read the headline on Wednesday, "Meth fuels oil and gas boom," I found myself rereading it to make sure that I understood it correctly. Then, as I read on, I was disheartened at the picture portrayed of the oil and gas industry. The article put an unfair label on the industry as a whole to get the point across that Craig has a methamphetamine problem. As the daughter of a second generation gas worker, I was intrigued by the article. A Moffat County deputy noticed an increase in the meth problem when the natural gas boom hit in 2000. Whenever any kind of a boom hits, the entire community population expands, not only by the workers of that industry, but in the population as a whole. When a population increases, unfortunately, so do the number of drug cases. Sheriff Buddy Grinstead was quoted as saying "these traveling drill crews seem to have a problem." This evidence is backed by one inmate at our county jail. Yet later in the article, the numbers suggest otherwise. It is stated that the oil and gas industry shows positive drug tests at 4 percent, and the nation's full-time workers at 8 percent. Let's also not forget that there are many jobs (including my own) that simply do not require drug testing for employees. So if the oil and gas numbers lie, then so do the national numbers.

Misty Schulze: Grand Futures working

I would like to address the concerns of the writer who recently noted problems in our community with underage drinking and what he or she feels is a lack of prevention effort being put forth by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. It is always easy to criticize anonymously.

Police Blotter for Oct. 11

Craig Police Department Friday, Oct. 7 Recovered a stolen vehicle. Two individuals harassed a man at his residence.

Datebook for Oct. 11

Today 8:30 a.m. Moffat County Com-missioners meet in the commissioner chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Meeker teen killed, 3 injured in wreck

A Meeker teen was killed Saturday in a single vehicle accident in Rio Blanco County.

Fuel costs hitting city's slim budget

Rising fuel and health insurance costs are taking a bite out of an already-slim city budget.

Employers, employees differ on job market

Since moving to Craig from Eagle recently, Dustyn Platt has had trouble finding a job.

Sunday, October 9

Datebook for Oct. 10

Today -- The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for inventory.

Business News and Notes for Oct. 10

Ed and Shannan Koucherik's property in Craig is going to the dogs -- but they planned it that way. The Koucheriks are working on a 10-unit dog kennel that should open by the end of the month.

Moffat County Profile: Lee Albright

What started as weekend trips to a reclaimed mine in Illinois has turned into a career for Lee Albright. As a child in Peoria, Ill., Albright went with his family nearly every weekend to a reclaimed strip mine where he had the chance to be around wildlife.

Cement shortage may affect Elkhead expansion

Construction crews working on the expansion of Elkhead Reservoir east of Craig are pouring about 400 cubic yards of concrete a day. But that's only half of what they'd like to pour. The nationwide shortage of cement, a critical ingredient in concrete, has caught up with Northwest Colorado and the Elkhead expansion project scheduled to be completed in a year.

American Legion retires flags during ceremony

Group is dedicated to helping veterans and their families

About 140 flags were set aflame Sunday afternoon during a ceremony of honor and respect. The local American Legion post held the retirement ceremony for flags that have worn out after waving over homes and businesses for years.

Glenwood tops Moffat in volleyball

The Moffat County volleyball team knew where Glenwood Springs' all-state middle blocker Leah Hinkley was going to go every time on offense. But as the saying goes, "knowing is half the battle."

Cross country teams snag third in Austin

If there were a race designed to finish off the season's hardest week of workouts, the Aspen course would be it. The hilly course met the Bulldog cross country team after two of the toughest workouts and the longest run of the season at practices last week.

Bulldogs soccer team nets double overtime win

Overtime has not been good for Moffat County in Jeff Hammond's two years as head coach. That's bad news when they face Rifle because the Bears and Bulldogs have been synonymous with overtime during those two years. For the third time in four games the two teams went into overtime Saturday.

Friday, October 7

Our View: Approve C and D

Referendums C and D on the Nov. 1 ballot are a reasonable way to address the state's fiscal challenges and should be approved.

Misty Schulze: Grand Futures does a lot for community

I would like to address the concerns of the writer who recently noted problems in our community with underage drinking and what he or she feels is a lack of prevention effort being put forth by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. It is always easy to criticize anonymously.

Teachers become Spanish students

Teachers become students one night a week in an effort to better communicate with the more than 130 students considered English Language Learners.

David Pressgrove:It feels like the first time

Aaron Kawcak hadn't put on shin guards for at least four years. Jake Bilodeau was too big not to think about football. Amber Suits had never had an opportunity to run cross country.

Football fans favor homecoming

Candy lovers young and old yell at teens throwing handfuls to community members lining the sides of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.

Six baseball players join a fall league

Usually, the only baseball Moffat County players get to see in October is the Major League Baseball playoffs. This year six players from the team are getting a chance to earn their own title of Mr. October.

Tax would help Horizons

When Donald Pearce graduated from Moffat County High School in 1983, his developmental disability could have made finding a job nearly impossible.

Officials wrangle with city budget

The city of Craig's 2006 budget will look nothing like it did Friday morning.

Bulldogs pick off Demons

Four second-half interceptions secure homecoming victory

The Moffat County defenders challenged each other before their game against Glenwood Springs to become a scoring defense. In the second half, they answered that challenge with two interceptions for touchdowns to seal a 32-14 homecoming win against the Demons.

Police Blotter for Oct. 8

Craig Police Department Thursday, Oct. 6 Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from Rose Street.

Job fair aimed at locals

The Craig Chamber of Com�--merce and Colorado Workforce Center are teaming up for a job fair Monday.

Datebook for Oct. 8

Today 11 a.m. Moffat County High School hosts Rifle in soccer.

Thursday, October 6

Alice Snowden: Thanks to staff at The Memorial Hospital

To the editor: Leo Snowden and his family would like to thank The Memorial Hospital and staff, especially Dr. James and all other doctors and nurses who contributed in helping with his recent surgery.

'Dogs hope to add to Demons' woes

This year has not been easy for the 1-4 Glenwood Springs football team.

Bulldogs volleyball sweeps Rifle

Daily Press Staff Report The Moffat County varsity volleyball team must have been in a hurry to get back for the bonfire Thursday night.

Christina M. Currie: Why not cereal for dinner?

"Mom, I want a snack," is what I heard before we even got through the front door and just as I was about to start yelling about the coats and backpacks that strewn across the entryway.

Warden family: Thanks to community for support

To the editor: Nikalaus Warden and his family would like to thank all of our friends, churches and community members for all the prayers and concern during Nikk's brain surgery.

Fifth Quarter is the Friday night place to be

After the Friday night football games, teenagers have a place to celebrate a big win.

Dancing the night away

'Never a dull moment' at weekly Greenridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club

HAYDEN -- Men suited in boots and stiff-collared shirts do-si-do their partners then promenade them back home. Women twirl in brightly colored skirts as they look for the next forearm to left grand. Everyone is smiling.

Some locals disappointed by new license rules

Tom Mikesell doesn't think new hunting license allocation rules will have an immediate effect on Northwest Colorado's economy.

When the mining stops, work begins

Seneca official discusses reclamation progress

When Seneca Coal Company shuts down mining operations in December, Roy Karo will still have plenty of work to do.

Students explore science

Ten Moffat County students were wowed Thursday by the power of a natural disaster.

Datebook for Oct. 7

Today 8:30 a.m. Craig City Council budget work session is in the board room of the School Administration Building.

Police blotter for Oct. 7

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Oct. 5 Elisa Najera was arrested on a warrant.

Michael S. Walks

Michael S. Walks Army National Guard Pvt. Michael S. Walks has graduated from basic military training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., under the Split Option Training Program.

Owners on notice about taxes

The 136 property owners who haven't paid their 2004 property taxes set the county back more than $70,000.

Wednesday, October 5

Silva-Larios gets five years

Jodi Pogline has more questions than answers about how her son died, but she doesn't have to speculate about why.

Local man arrested on suspicion of assault

A Craig man was arrested late Tuesday night on charges of theft, trespass, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Datebook for Oct. 6

Today 10 a.m. to noon Staff members from U.S. Rep. John Salazar's Office will be available to meet with Craig residents at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Call (970) 245-7107.

Police blotter for Oct. 6

Craig Police Department Monday, Oct. 3 Officers reported a case of possession of drug paraphernalia and less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Officers also impounded a vehicle.

Siblings race at states

Emily and David Keiss recently competed at mountain bike championships

While all the fall sports teams at Moffat County High School compete to make it into the postseason, there already has been one state champion crowned from Craig.

Residents campaign for tax referendum

Former Craig Mayor Dave DeRose is one of a few citizens campaigning for Moffat County's 5.5 percent question this fall.

Tuesday, October 4

Rick Holford: Speak Up responses

Speak Up responses To the Editor: I would like to comment on some issues from the Speak Up letters in Tuesday's Daily Press.

Wildlife commission OKs 80/20

Leaders say cutting out-of-state licenses is bad for area economy

In-state hunters will receive 80 percent of the hunting licenses in the state's premier big-game units, the Colorado Wildlife Commission decided Tuesday.

Datebook for Oct. 5

Today Noon. The Red Hat Society will hold its monthly luncheon at the Craig fire station. All chapters are invited. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert and drink. For more information, call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253.

Commissioners vote to conduct fire plan

Moffat County's 3 million acres of rugged, unpopulated land makes it a difficult place to fight wildfires.

News brief for Oct. 5

Restaurants help hurricane relief Of the 668 Colorado restaurants participating in the Colorado Restaurant Association's "Dine Out to Help Out" to aid hurricane victims, not one is from Craig.

Jane Yazzie: Questioning Wal-Mart

Regarding Wal-Mart's plan to open a Supercenter in Craig -- city officials are responsibly asking Wal-Mart about traffic management, waste management, etc. and in the spirit of free enterprise and anticipated sales and property taxes from Wal-Mart, are otherwise quiet.

Grove-Jurgensen Jr.

Grove-Jurgensen Jr. Mark and Roberta Grove of Craig, announce the wedding of their daughter, Devin D. Grove of Craig, to Michael W. Jurgensen Jr. of Craig, Sept. 23, 2005, at Woodbury.

Matthew Bredon Loyd

Matthew Bredon Loyd Kristy Loyd and Eric Loyd of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Matthew Bredon Loyd, at 9:11 p.m., Sept. 27, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Leaving it on the lines

Bulldog lines key to success

On paper, the defensive and offensive lines of Moffat County are among the smallest in the Western Slope League.

Meth fuels oil and gas boom

Drug use among drill-rig roughnecks worries authorities

Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, a solidly built cop's cop who benches 300 pounds, is only beginning to wrap his ham-hock-sized arms around the drug problem that he says is swallowing his county.

Monday, October 3

Joy VanCleave

Joy VanCleave

City scraps utility fee increase

City officials determine change isn't legal

Craig resident Bob Shelton was right. The Craig City Council's attempt to bring utility fees inline with the current economy was a tax increase.

BLM rules cut protest period

A new Bureau of Land Management policy means citizens have 30 days instead of 45 to protest oil- and gas-lease sales.

No flu shot shortage

Last year, there were 30 million fewer flu vaccines available in America than public health officials said were needed.

Caring Consumers join together to give

In the six years since its inception, the Yampa Valley Electric Association Caring Consumers program has distributed $43,227.

Speak up for Oct. 4

More groups in city As I read each daily paper and listen to the local radio station, all I hear and read about anymore in Moffat County is the Boys & Girls Club.

Datebook for Oct. 4

Today 8:30 a.m. Moffat County Com�missioners meet in the commissioner chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Sunday, October 2

Datebook for Oct. 3

Wednesday, Oct. 5 3:30 p.m. Craig Youth Basketball will hold a mandatory skills test at Sunset Elementary School for all third- and fourth-graders who plan to participate in the program. Call 826-2029.

Horses round up homes

Twenty-four of 54 wild horses adopted at Sandwash Corrals on Saturday

Jessica Hogue was getting nervous as the clock ticked toward 11:30 a.m.

Mother returns from service

Craig resident Jennifer Tipp plans to make a scrapbook detailing her time spent helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina, even though she said it was three weeks she'll never forget.

Cross country teams second in Summit

FRISCO -- The boys are back in town.

Loss makes spikers hungry

EAGLE/VAIL -- Watch out next time.

Friends of NRA banquet raises $19,000

A string of eager buyers waited in line for a chance to spin the wheel and earn a ribbon of tickets. Most had their eyes on the Savage 93 .17 rifle.

'Hard-to-get' machine in raffle

The OP Bar & Grill and Action Motorsports are teaming together for a fundraiser that will appeal to collectors and thrill seekers alike.

Pipeline project to begin this week

Construction finally will begin this week on the two natural gas pipelines that will run through Moffat County.

Bulldogs win a close one

The Bulldogs soccer team beat Eagle Valley, 2-1, on Saturday in a game that was every bit as close as the score indicated.