Stories for September 2005


Friday, September 30

Steer clear of deer: CDOT testing lower speed limits

Stephanie Jeffcoat is seeing fewer dead animals on Colorado Highway 13 since a nighttime speed limit reduction was imposed on the road this spring.

County hoping voters pass 1A

Moffat County commissioners are asking taxpayers to forgo about $1.2 million in tax credits over the next two years.

Datebook for Oct. 1

8 to 10 a.m. Registration and viewing for the wild horse silent adoption is at Sandwash Corrals off Moffat County Road 67. The silent auction is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call Valerie Dobrich at 878-3839.

Two vie to be top 'Dog

The two teens were judged on their ability to incite a crowd. Grace was not an issue.

Our View: Reaching out

The phone calls started hours after Craig residents heard about two families that lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.

Police Blotter for Oct. 1

Wednesday, Sept. 28 Jerome Dale Nash, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Dinosaur man released from hospital after assault

A Dinosaur man suffered injuries in a fight Wednesday in the parking lot of the Loaf-n-Jug in Dinosaur, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported.

Register to vote by Monday

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 1 election.

Setting goals

Craig Youth Soccer Association tries to build viable program

Cole DuBois remembers when his brother, a 2005 Moffat County High graduate, would beg his friends to play just so there would be a youth soccer team. On Thursday, DuBois, an eighth-grader at Craig Middle School, looked out across Woodbury Park and he saw a different situation.

Joy VanCleave (1938-2005)

Long time Seibert resident, Joy (Bowser) VanCleave died Sept. 28, 2005, at her daughter's home in Craig. She was 66.

Candi Kawcak: Don't automatically assume the worst

How unfortunate that some people in our community automatically believe the worst about our kids.

Homecoming next week

Homecoming used to be just that -- college students coming home to visit their alma mater.

Moffat pounds the ground

Offense puts up more than 300 rushing yards in win

The plan for the night was to establish the run to open up the passing game. But for the members of the Moffat County football team, the run worked well enough they stuck with it in a 35-14 win.

Thursday, September 29

Tana Cook: Craig needs to have a plan in place for growth

Craig needs to have a plan in place for growth To the editor: After attending the Sept. 27 Craig City Council meeting, I feel the need to express my concerns on the coming Wal-Mart.

Gas pipeline work to start

Entegra says crews

Construction will "definitely" begin next week on a natural gas pipeline through Moffat County, an Entrega spokesman said Thursday.

Neita Drake: These are good kids; give them a break

These are good kids; give them a break To the editor: I would like to reply to Mr. Albaugh's letter about the picture in the Daily Press.

Christina M. Currie: Tomorrow will be better

I've been awfully lucky that I have a job that's so flexible. It doesn't matter if I'm working at 6 a.m. or 9 p.m., as long as I get done what needs to be done.

Local churches help food bank

Children from three local churches teamed up this summer to donate 369 cans of food to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Hunting for a family tradition

Dean Dimick has been hunting for 30 years after learning the sport's techniques from his father and grandfather.

Mississippians start over in Craig

Family lost everything but a few clothes to Hurricane Katrina

Lacey Sipsey, 18, didn't meet her 37-year-old brother until a Category 5 hurricane drove her to his doorstep.

Delta better than its record shows

Last year, Delta quarterback Kyle Clanton threw for more than 200 yards against Moffat County. Clanton is back this year as the main threat in tonight's game in Delta.

Lawyer, judge explode in Moffat County court

Tempers flared in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday after a judge ordered an area lawyer to pay wages to a former employee.

County commissioners discuss road use

Large energy industry vehicles and an early thaw last winter proved to be a muddy recipe for county roads.

Karri Darlene Wagner

Karri Darlene Wagner died Sept. 23, 2005, in Grand Junction. She was 37.

Ethan Andrew Dixon

Lisa Dixon and Paul Dixon of Craig announce the birth of their son, Ethan Andrew Dixon, at 1 p.m., Sept. 23, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Craig not immune to underage drinking

The risks underage drinkers face are great and could include death, said organizers who support anti-drinking initiatives for minors.

Volleyball team ends on upside

The rollercoaster continued for the Moffat County volleyball team Thursday night, but the ride ended with the team members holding their hands up high and cheering.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kelli Shoen

Kelli Shoen Age: 18 Occupation: Waitress at Carelli's

Police blotter for Sept. 30

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Sept. 28 Jerome Dale Nash, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

News brief for Sept. 30

VFW to send items to troops in Iraq The Veterans of Foreign Wars is planning a weekend event to benefit the unit of one local soldier.

Datebook for Sept. 30

Today 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mothers Of Preschoolers is having a bake sale fundraiser in front of City Market. All donations will go to MOPS.

Wednesday, September 28

Andrea Camp: Get the facts straight before you vote Nov. 1

I am writing this letter after reading John Kinkaid's letter to the editor on Tuesday. In his letter, Kinkaid writes that the state would keep $3,200 in excess taxes during the next five years.

Archie Albaugh: Picture in newspaper was printed in poor taste

I was highly disappointed to see your picture of high school boys displaying miller time on their chests. This picture has a short explanation to make sure the reader understood, the boys were trying to spell miller time. This picture is in the same newspaper that reported on the death of a Steamboat teen. A separate article led the reader to believe the death might be from possible alcohol poisoning.

Chloe Isabelle Harkner

Sarah Harkner and Tyler Harkner of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Isabelle Harkner, at 5:41 p.m., Sept. 9, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Michael L. Cole (1956-2005)

Michael L. "Slaw" Cole of Palisade died Sept. 22, 2005. He was 49.

County reins in parties

In May, a graduation party at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion got out of control and police had to break it up.

Joan Duzik: Thanks to hospital staff for support during stay

Thanks to the hospital staff and friends. I had surgery last month and an extended stay in The Memorial Hospital. I had such good care from Dr. Mendiola, nurses, LPNs and aids. Thanks to Dr. Brothers for assisting Dr. Mendiola in finding out what was wrong with me.

Shady situation

Tinted windows target of police effort

Craig police officers want to see through vehicles' windows and increase pedestrian safety, so they will soon be enforcing a state law that restricts heavily tinted windows.

United Way sets sights high

Organization aims to make more than ever in fundraising campaign

In a community known across the state for the generosity of its residents, it's hard to set a fundraising goal that's both realistic and challenging.

Inmate assault case set for trial

A civil case is heading to trial that charges the Moffat County Sheriff's Office failed to protect an inmate who was assaulted by another inmate while both were in custody at the jail.

Police Blotter for Sept. 29

Tuesday, Sept. 27 Deputies took a report of dogs killing chickens.

Patricia Jones: Thanks for helping us with our clothing drive

I am writing on behalf of the Moffat County Habitat for Humanity. We want to give a warm thank you to the members of this community who so generously donated clothing and time to our clothing drive.

Just like the pros

Doak Walker might not fill uniforms, but their dreams are big

The Vikings and the Raiders had just completed a knockdown, drag-out melee but there was no post-game talk of Randy Moss and Dante Culpepper. Instead, the players were asking their parents what was for dinner.

Homeward bound

Soccer, volleyball teams glad to have road trips over with

School busses are not designed for three-hour road trips. No matter what tactic -- laying across both seats, curling up in a ball or finding some room in the aisle -- it's just not comfortable.

Datebook for Sept. 29

10 to 11 a.m. Moffat County Library hosts story-time. The story-hour activity will be apple books. Call Linda Putnam at 824-5116, ext. 405.

Locals oppose new hunting license rules

Some locals are in an uproar about possible changes to the way hunting licenses are distributed to out-of-state hunters.

Tuesday, September 27

Bus depot, park-and-ride on horizon

The sale of a county building will be a park-and-ride station and someday home to a bus depot for regional commuters, according to a vote in Moffat County chambers on Tuesday.

Woman gets two years in CAPS after pleading guilty to theft

A Craig woman will spend two years in a community work-release program serving concurrent sentences for theft, according to terms of a plea agreement accepted Tuesday in District Court.

Teagan Renee Nickey

Megan Nickey and Tyler Nickey of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Renee Nickey, at 9:16 p.m. Sept. 21, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Local agencies thank Moffat, City Council for funding

The $26,500 the Craig City Council sets aside for community contributions was matched by $35,000 from Moffat County and together funded 20 agencies in 2005.

Time is now for Bulldogs football team

In Kip Hafey's four years as Moffat County head football coach, he's never had a team face playoff elimination so early in the season.

Cody Robert Dunckley

Kristine Haske and Rich Dunckley of Craig announce the birth of their son, Cody Robert Dunckley, at 1:14 p.m. Sept. 15, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for Sept. 28

Today 7 p.m. Heartbeat, a support group for those who have been affected by suicide, meets at Serendipity coffee shop the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call Sara Ross at 879-2141 for more information.

News briefs for Sept. 28

A vandal or vandals have struck again, taking an arm touting a rifle off of wooden carving outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig.

Police Blotter for Sept. 28

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Sept. 27 Steve Tamlin, 38, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, third-degree assault, harassment and domestic violence.

Bryson Ryan Bennett

Elise Marie Bennett and Steven Ryan Bennett of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Bryson Ryan Bennett, at 5:48 p.m. Sept. 16, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hollee Ann K. Mitchell

Ashley Kay Mitchell and James Guy Mitchell of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Hollee Ann K. Mitchell, at 3:38 p.m. Sept. 22, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Kaeyl Shawn Zelek

Erica Kern and Jonathan Zelek of Steamboat announce the birth of their son, Kaeyl Shawn Zelek, at 7:58 p.m. Sept. 20, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Josee Lauren Smith

Traci and Jeremiah Smith of Hayden announce the birth of their daughter, Josee Lauren Smith, at 9:55 p.m. Sept. 21, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Josephina Lee Hermaanski

Cari Russo Hermaanski and Mark Hermaanski of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Josephina Lee Hermaanski, at 4:56 p.m. Sept. 24, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Timothy James Miles

Ashley Miles and Tyrel Miles of Meeker announce the birth of their son, Timothy James Miles, at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 23, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Our View: United Way depends on you

It's no wonder that the people who live in Moffat County live here because of the true sense of community that makes our small town special. Neighbors helping neighbors is nothing out of the ordinary, and accomplishing minor miracles isn't extraordinary -- not here.

Early goals boost Bulldogs past Sailors

The problem for the Moffat County boys soccer team this season has been holding onto early leads. At least for one night, the problem was solved.

Gathering horses

BLM gathers wild mustangs in Sandwash

If they could do it again, the 30 mustangs rounded up in Sandwash Basin on Tuesday morning probably wouldn't follow the "Judas" horse into the trap.

Low turnout for 5.5 percent information session

Moffat County employees and the media withstanding, just four residents attended Tuesday evening's county commissioners meeting.

Monday, September 26

Treatment operator fined $6K

A solid waste treatment operator will have to pay $6,480 in penalties to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for failure to adhere to regulations required of the facility, Chief District Judge Michael O'Hara ruled in Moffat Court on Monday.

Man feels 'singled out' in alleged drug case

Craig Liljedahl thinks law enforcement is trying to use charges against him as an example over more nefarious criminals.

Datebook for Spet. 27

Wednesday, Sept. 28 7 p.m. Heartbeat, a support group for those who have been affected by suicide, meets at Serendipity coffee shop the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call Sara Ross at 879-2141 for more information.

Ida L. Stehle

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ida L. Stehle has graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., as a distinguished graduate.

Man disappointed by response to Wal-Mart

Craig native Duane "Cris" Criswell started circulating a petition opposing Wal-Mart the day after he heard the retail giant was coming to Craig.

Huskies hand Bulldogs first soccer shutout

Battle Mountain proved to be too much for the Moffat County soccer team Saturday.

News briefs for Sept. 27

Community members visited the Humane Society of Moffat County's booth at the Golden Leaf on Saturday and voted for their favorite entries in the Pet Mates Calendar Contest by placing money in each of their jars.

Police Blotter for Sept. 27

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Sept. 23 Brian Joseph Lewis, 37, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Work release escapee pleads guilty

A Craig man with a growing list of charges including escaping from the Moffat County Jail's work release program wrapped up his cases with a plea agreement in Moffat County Court on Monday.

Ed & Shannan Koucherik: Business story needed

My husband and I were very interested in your recent story about new businesses and the challenges they face.

John S. Kinkaid: Vote for 'you,' not C

The bumper sticker on the back of my car reads, "No Tax Refund for You!" It's inspired by the Soup Nazi character on the sitcom Seinfeld. The Soup Nazi was a soup vendor who would yank customers' orders if he was annoyed by them. The bumper sticker comes from the Independence Institute. They were looking for a simple way to explain what they call the Romanoff rip-off.

Commissioners to discuss referendum

Moffat County officials are not sure voters know enough about the 5.5 percent referendum to vote on it in November. So, they're trying to educate them.

Karri Wisdom Wagner

Karri Wisdom Wagner, former Craig resident, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Grand Junction. A funeral is at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, at the Craig Assembly of God Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Sunday, September 25

Bittersweet ending for rodeo team seniors

Sure the only home rodeo of the year for the Moffat County rodeo team is easier logistically. The cowboys and cowgirls don't have to travel multiple hours to get to the competition. But it's never easy emotionally, especially for the seniors.

Dogs take three of four at home meet

The only home meet of the year was one for the scrapbook for Moffat County junior Jake Miller and freshman Alicia Nelson. Both runners ran to their first career individual titles at a high school meet.

Golden Leaf Festival a success

Downtown Business Association member Carol Wilson was pleased with the results of Saturday's fifth annual Golden Leaf Festival downtown. "I think the festival has gone really well," she said. "We've had really good turnout. The food vendors were busy all day long."

CNCC representatives want extended library hours

As a 10-year member of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Found-ation, Lois Wymore is an advocate for its students. Her latest endeavor is seeking grants to extend hours at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries and rehire an administrative assistant for the nursing program.

Family mourns death of Steamboat teen

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- News about 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski's death spread across Steamboat Springs in a series of cell phone rings. By evening, more than 50 teenagers had gathered at the home of Kris and Jim Stouffer, Adele's mother and stepfather, to talk about the life of the girl everyone wanted to be.

Business News & Notes

Realtors of the Year named

The 2005 Realtor of the Year Award is a little different than in previous years. Normally, the Craig Board of Realtors selects just one Realtor as the best in town. But this year, the board couldn't choose just one.

Datebook for Sept. 26

Today, 2 p.m. AARP Craig meets at Sunset Meadows I. The guest speaker is Saed Tayyara, who will discuss November ballot referendums. Call 824-5123 or 824-2528.

Pipeline could start next week

Construction of one of two natural gas pipelines through Moffat County could begin within a few weeks.

Friday, September 23

David Pressgrove: Moffat County support high

In the past, I've been critical of the town's support of Moffat County athletics. When nobody showed up for the football team's quarterfinal playoff game against Florence in 2004, I wrote a column that may have been the nastiest I've written.

Ropin' and diggin'

Becky White splits her September between rodeo and volleyball

To get a picture of what Moffat County senior Becky White's life had been like this fall, just watch her on the volleyball court for one or two games.

Schools get ScanTron machine demonstration

It is an expense of $229,778.52 during times of budget cutbacks, but it is one that school administrators think is critical to helping meet their goals.

Stella Mildred Jones

Stella Mildred Jones died Sept. 13, 2005, in Steamboat Springs. She was 96.

Who's in the schools: Ron Linsacum

Ron Linsacum What is your job title: Industrial arts teacher Number of years in profession: 21

Who's in the Schools:

Shirley Stehle What is your job title: Custodian Number of years in profession: 5

Our View: Opening the door

Craig nearly missed its chance at being the possible location of a sports complex because no one knew exactly who should lead the effort. Have there been other opportunities that slipped past for the same reason?

Star Student

It's difficult to hear 8-year-old Abbi Wade. Shyness quiets her voice but not her smile, which isn't hesitant at all.

Education calendar for Sept. 24

Sept. 28 Progress reports go out.

Progress still on hold

Habitat needs asbestos report before moving forward

There's still no word about the asbestos removal at the first Moffat County Habitat for Humanity home, but President Melinda Bobo expects to move forward next week.

Police Blotter for Sept. 24

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Sept. 22 Neldon Lee Alderidge, 42, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint.

Rio Blanco's drug court difficult but rewarding

Chris Blank had it all -- a career in nursing, a wife and two children. But that life started to deteriorate when the 33-year-old Glenwood Springs man began taking methamphetamine a few years ago.

Boys & Girls Club to fill literacy gap

Students soon can get an extra dose of reading and writing after the school bell rings, thanks to a new literacy program through the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

As close as it can get

Sailors stop Bulldogs at goal line in one-point win

One inch. For Moffat County football players, it's a distance that will conjure up nightmares; for Steamboat Springs players it's a distance that equals pure bliss.

Jordan Nichole Beckett

Jennifer Beckett and Daniel Beckett of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Nichole Beckett, at 6:10 p.m., Sept. 20, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Helen Knez

Helen Knez celebrated her 81st birthday Sept. 24 at her home with family and friends.


Michael and Pamela Hurd of Craig announce the wedding of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn Hurd of Craig, to Nathan Michael Zelinsky of Morrison, son of Mark and Gloria Zelinsky of Morrison, in Steamboat Springs, on July 16, 2005.

Government update for Sept. 24

Moffat County Board of Commissioners At their Sept. 20 meeting, commissioners: • Approved an agreement with GT Alliance to develop a new Web site for the Moffat County Assessor's Office. The agreement will cost $10,000, which will come out of the Assessor's budget.

Datebook for Sept. 24

Today 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Golden Leaf Festival is in downtown Craig. Events include children's activities, live music, crafts and food vendors and competitions. The event continues Sunday.

Students thinking about D.C.

Students will beg their parents for money, brainstorm fundraisers and pick up odd jobs -- all for the chance to spend six days in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 22

Are you ready for some preaching?

Former NFL player to preach at Meeker Faith Baptist Church

Instead of watching football on the tube Sunday, fans can see the real deal by attending church at Faith Baptist Church in Meeker.

One dead in Hayden accident

A Grand Junction man died and two Craig men were injured Wednesday in an accident near Hayden, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Sand Wash Basin wild horse adoption set for Oct. 1

Sand Wash Basin wild horse adoption set for Oct. 1 The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will gather about 220 horses the last week of September from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area, 31 miles west of Craig and 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

Soccer team defeated in Fruita

Daily Press Staff The Moffat County boys soccer team couldn't keep its two-game winning streak alive Thursday.

Christina M. Currie: A team that cares

Four-year-old Nikki is my tomboy. Among her interests, she lists cars, trucks, climbing and kittens. OK, the last one's a little soft, but what can you do?

Moffat County Neighbor

Jamie Butler Age: 28 Occupation: Painter

Sharing their passion

Volunteers make for well-rounded Boys & Girls Club experience

Bill Sawer rounds up two teams, and they all head out the back door to a bumpy dirt field. They pull on red pennies and wait for the blow of the whistle.

Craig work-release escapee found in Baggs

A Craig man who escaped from a Moffat County work-release program earlier this month is in the custody of the Carbon County Jail in Rawlins, Wyo.

Rivalry showdown tonight

It doesn't matter where. It doesn't matter when. This game is always big.

Semester at sea

Editor's note: Chloe Gilchrist, a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recently embarked on the Semester at Sea program through the University of Pittsburgh. She set sail Aug. 30 and will return Dec. 7.

Trimming back

State budget cuts forcing CNCC to reduce programs, staff despite expected local surplus

State funding cuts have resulted in program and staff cuts at Colorado Northwestern Community College, school officials said.

Police blotter for Sept. 23

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Sept. 21 Craig Conoco gas station reported six check frauds.

Local agencies learn to work together

Meeting addresses need for communication, updated Web sites

Moffat County commissioner Saed Tayyara and Craig City Manager Jim Ferree are the first people Triple Crown officials contacted about whether they could bring the event to Craig. Instead, the two government representatives said they would like other agencies to be contact points to make decisions that could bring potential revenue and tourists to Craig.

Datebook for Sept. 23

Today 2 to 4 p.m. The Museum of Northwest Colorado is hosting a book signing for "America's First Grazier," the biography of Farrington R. Carpenter, written by his son, Ed Carpenter. There also will be a photographic exhibit by Farringon's daughter, Barbara Carpenter. "A Sense of Place," is a photographic history of the Carpenter Ranch.

David DeRose: Join me in voting for referendums C and D

Join me in voting for referendums C and D To the editor: I agree with Evelyn Tileston. I do not consider myself a pig, and I am offended by this type of campaign. But I do understand why it is put out there.

Decision could net $20,000 for schools

The Moffat County School District Board of Education on Thursday made an exception to policy that's not quite one year old. But making that exception could net the district more than $20,000 a year.

Wednesday, September 21

County to lease Sherman

Sherman Youth Camp usually sits empty from the end of September until the snow melts in the spring.

EDP leader picking up where past directors left off

Tim Gibbs is finding his bearings as the new director of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

Hayden native to hold book signing at museum

Stories about Farrington Carpenter abound.

Datebook for Sept. 22

Today 10 to 11 a.m. Moffat County Library will host story-time. The story-hour activity will be fall art. Call Linda Putnam at 824-5116, ext. 405.

Craig bucked as host of state rodeo finals

Moffat County lost its bid to host the 2006 and 2007 Colorado State High School Rodeo Association finals.


Cox-Bustad Ms. Lyn Cox and Richard Cox of Craig would like to announce the wedding of their daughter, Amy Cox of Fort Collins, to Rick Bustad of Fort Collins, son of Ms. Gloria Traff of Fort Collins, at 1 p.m. Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbine.

Paige DeeAnn Norskog

Paige DeeAnn Norskog Kathy and Darrell Norskog of Big Timber, Mont., announce the birth of their daughter, Paige DeeAnn Norskog, on Sept. 12, 2005.

Moffat County students meet goals

The Moffat County School District is meeting federal goals for student achievement in 105 of 106 areas.

News brief for Sept. 22

Vegetable entries for Golden Leaf Festival due Friday Entries are due Friday for the biggest tomato and zuchini contests that will be held during this weekend's Golden Leaf Festival downtown.

Police blotter for Sept. 22

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, Sept. 20 Wayne Edward Nichols, 30, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Semester at sea

Editor's note: Chloe Gilchrist, a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recently embarked on the Semester at Sea program through the University of Pittsburgh.

Clerks fuming over gas theft

Fuel heist nets almost $400

A motorist driving a maroon pickup reportedly stole almost $400 in gas from a Craig convenience store, Craig police said.

Bulldog golfers put in average performance

The Moffat County golf team had an average day at the Western Slope Regional tournament that it hosted Wednesday.

Deadline to register for election is nearing

Residents have until Oct. 3 to register to vote and still be eligible to vote in the Nov. 1 election.

Tuesday, September 20

Bulldog football team hopes to rebound

It all seemed like a bad dream. Class 3A's No. 4-ranked Moffat County football team was down 27-0 to unranked Eagle Valley, and there was one quarter left.

Evelyn Tileston: I support C and D, and I'm not a pig

I am not a pig. Lately, a group has been running ads claiming that people who support referendums C and D are pigs. The real pigs are the greedy folks who want to keep our state from growing financially so that it can meet its responsibilities to its residents.

Our View: Speak up and be heard

We hear it every day. People are talking in coffee shops, hair salons, at club meetings and on sidewalks.

Dan Henry Knott (1918-2005)

Dan Henry Knott, long-time rancher in Oak Creek, died at his home on Trout Creek, Sept. 11, 2005. He was 87.

Police Blotter for Sept. 21

• Russell Stuart McDiffett, 31, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a charge of second-degree criminal trespassing.

Briefs for Sept. 21

The grand opening celebration of the Loudy-Simpson Park Disc Golf Course will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday just west of the covered picnic shelter. The new nine-hole course provides a free place in Northwest Colorado for residents to exercise, hang out with friends, enjoy the great outdoors, and learn or better their game of disc golf.

Group to clean Duffy Mountain

Showing people the beautiful county they live in starts with caring for it, members of a local conservation group say.

Park causes neighborhood rift

Local man's plans for a trailer park have neighbors seeing red

Mark Shrode will build a travel-trailer park on his property north of Craig, but his neighbors aren't happy about it.

Craig not out of running for Triple Crown sports complex

Hayden residents have offered two sites for a possible sports complex, but that doesn't mean Craig is out of the running.

Meth bill may not affect rehabilitation options

Law enforcement may be one step closer to getting help in fighting the battle against methamphetamine abuse, thanks to a bill making its way to the president for approval. Although the Combat Meth Act is aimed at assisting rural agencies by providing resources for combating drug-related crimes, it may not hold the key to helping establish a local in-patient treatment center, local officials said.

Commissioners hope for 'common sense'

County to rule on subdivision's driveways

Lucy Rickman hoped to have started construction on her driveway in Wilderness Ranch by now.

Shutout saves team's offensive struggles

What a perfect time for a shutout. While the Moffat County boys soccer team's offense tried to knock the Palisade goal over with four shots off the cross bar, the defense kept Palisade out of the net in a 1-0 victory.

Monday, September 19

Letter: Dental group provides invaluable service

Throughout many years, the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition has emerged as a tireless advocate of children's dental services in the prevention and intervention arenas. The group continues to see children in our area with serious dental problems. Many local dentists who have volunteered will readily attest to the major decay and significant problems. We have heard it described, "as bad as the teeth of Third World countries."

Football parents: Football players put team effort into benefit

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge some very special people for a heartfelt job well done. On Sept. 10, a group of young boys, members of the "Cardinals" Parks and Recreation football team and a few of their friends, held a car wash to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Convenience store robber gets 7 years

Craig man who pleaded guilty has criminal history

A Craig man was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a local convenience store. Richard Thomas Walton, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery, a Class 4 felony, on Sept. 8 in Moffat County District Court in connection with a May 2 incident in which Craig's west end Kum & Go was robbed.

J & R Cyclery bike shop still pedaling

J & R Cyclery hasn't closed its doors, it just moved back to its original location.

Police Blotter for Sept. 20

Michael James Demarais, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail as a part of sentencing.

Race shows runners where work needs to be done

The Moffat County cross-country teams travel to the Liberty Bell Invitational in Denver every year to see how they stack up against the best teams in the state.

Laurallie Rayne Latham

Sabrina Latham of Craig, would like to announce the birth of her daughter, Laurallie Rayne Latham, at 5:34 p.m., Sept. 12, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Chloe Isabelle Harkner

Sarah Harkner and Tyler Harkner of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Isabelle Harkner, at 5:41 p.m., Sept. 9, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Lane Marcus Ray

Michelle Lynn Ray and Mathew Wade Ray of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Lane Marcus Ray, at 6:36 a.m., Sept. 9, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Wal-Mart gets easy first approval

Wal-Mart officials cleared the first hurdle to constructing a 100,000-square-foot Supercenter without a hint of opposition.

Hospital campaign brings in big bucks

A substantial donation to The Memorial Hospital's fundraising campaign may have sparked fervor in the effort, campaigners said.

Donald D. Smith (1944-2005)

Donald Smith died Sept. 10, 2005. He was 61.

Residents take a crack at Moffat County budget

Advisory committee's first meeting looks at effects of 5.5 percent question

Dave Fleming thought he understood Moffat County's finances, but he didn't know nearly as much as he thought he did.

Golden Leaf Festival set for Saturday

The fifth annual Golden Leaf Festival promises what it always does -- food, fun and the kickoff of fall -- said Downtown Business Association member Sandi Mansfield.

Moffat County officials applaud court for road decision

A decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has muddied the waters of an ongoing road dispute, environmentalists say, but Moffat County officials argue the Sept. 8 ruling has cleared them.

Kenneth R. Stacy

Navy ETSN-SS Kenneth R. Stacy, son of Roger D. and Jill Stacy of Craig, recently was awarded the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia (Silver Dolphins) in recognition of his completion of qualification in his submarine warfare specialty.

Alexis Barraza

Laura Barraza ad Cruz Barraza of Craig announce the birth of their son, Alexis Barraza, at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 14, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Kort Harrison Mosbey

Rebecca Mosbey and Michael Mosbey of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Kort Harrison Mosbey, at 7:39 p.m., Sept. 9, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Datebook for Sept. 20

4 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys soccer team plays Palisade.

No more horsin' around

Trainer gets to bottom of problems between horse, owner

Kathie Johnson was ready to give up hope on Gabby, a white horse she's owned for two years but never ridden.

Novalee Olivia Bailey

Alisha Arnett and Troy Bailey of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Novalee Olivia Bailey, at 2:15 p.m., Sept. 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Sunday, September 18

Browns Park hoedowns keep tradition alive

Golden light and fiddle tunes filtered out of the former one-room schoolhouse while a harvest moon rose in the eastern sky over Browns Park Saturday night.

Romanoff touts C and D in Craig

Colorado can do better by its residents, Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff said Saturday in Craig.

Don't worry, be happy

Cameron's cheerful outlook wins over customers and employees

No customer at Craig's KFC/Taco Bell is safe from getting a smile and a chipper greeting from Manager Don Cameron.

Business News and Notes for Sept. 19

Crafts store moves to new site on Yampa

KS Kreations is enjoying a spacious new facility on Yampa Avenue. The craft store moved earlier this month from 543 Yampa to 523 Yampa.

Datebook for Sept. 19

Today, 5:30 p.m. the monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees is at the Craig Branch. The public is welcome.

Friday, September 16

Speaker Romanoff plans visit to Craig

One of the politicians at the center of debate about referendums C and D will be in Craig this weekend.

Prostate Cancer Awareness week starts on Monday

When John Forgay was screened for prostate cancer in 1997, the results showed he was at a high risk for the disease.

CAPS client to go

Board solidifies policy that out-of-county clients to do parole elsewhere

Convicted felon John Glenn Plummer Jr. has a good job and life in Craig, but the community corrections client has to forget about all that.

DOW makes changes to Ranching For Wildlife program

Ranching For Wildlife will undergo some changes next year, but some RFW critics say the changes don't go far enough.

Making it in business

Money, time often get in the way of progress

Owners of Craig's Thunder Rolls Bowling Center knew their fellow bowlers were eager to play the sport in an updated facility with the option to eat a good meal. They took that idea one giant step further and created a 16-lane bowling center that should open by the end of the month.

Datebook for Sept. 17

9 a.m. The Yahoo Golf Tournament, in memory of Ralph Knez and Jim Severson, is at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Call 824-4227, 824-3668 or 824-9481.

Police Blotter for Sept. 17

Thursday, Sept. 15 Harold Lewis Fay, 48, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Constitution requirement lax

The requirement was tucked into a supplemental spending bill Congress passed in 2004. There were six versions of the bill and the requirement is one of more than 200 sections.

Slow start buries 'Dogs

GYPSUM -- The fourth quarter belonged to the Moffat County football team, and that was about it in a 27-19 shocking loss to Eagle Valley.

Thursday, September 15

Rolling into the good life

Craig residents with disabilities say life here is good

A car accident several years ago crushed Ricky Northrop under a tractor-trailer and left him walking with a cane.

Moffat County soccer team gives up another lead in loss

Maybe the Moffat County boys soccer team should try playing from behind.

Fire board puts land up for sale

Members hammer out 2006 budget projections

The sale of acreage owned by the Craig Rural Protection District should help the agency's bottom line.

Family of Carlin Cobb: Thanks to friends who showed concern

Thanks to friends who showed concern To the editor: The family of Carlin J. Cobb would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped us through our time of sorrow.

Board member, recruits on horizon

Board members will interview two applicants in an effort to appoint one person to a vacant seat for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District.

Warren and Sylvia

Warren and Sylvia (Pat) Fread Warren Fread and Sylvia Higginbotham were married Sept. 27, 1955 in Springfield, Mo.


Hanks-Christensen Don and Laura Christensen of Craig, are pleased to announce the wedding of their son, Kris Christensen to Heidi Hanks, daughter of Robert and Laurie Hanks of Sheridan, Wyo.

Seniors want to squash thief

Tuesday was the second time vegetables have been stolen from the Sunset Meadows garden, and the residents are sick of it.

Disciplined Devils next for football

Disciplined is not a word Moffat County coach Kip Hafey would use quite yet for his slightly inexperienced varsity football team. But it is a word he uses when describing tonight's opponent, Eagle Valley.

Taking out the trash

County tackles illegal dump, installs surveillance device

Contrary to what some people may think, the wash next to Moffat County Road 64 west of town isn't a dump.

Utility fee ordinance tabled

City officials research whether change is legal

Craig City Council's first attempt at raising fees charged to utility providers was scrapped after hearing it may be illegal.

Don Jones: Kiwanis Club of Craig thankful for support

Kiwanis Club of Craig thankful for support To the editor: The Kiwanis Club of Craig would like to thank everyone who supported our efforts to raise money for the annual Special Olympics games by purchasing sweet corn and watermelons.

Police blotter for Sept. 16

Craig Police Department Friday, Sept. 9 Officers took a report of financial exploitation of an at-risk adult.

Jennie Scott and husband, John: Thanks to hospital staff and friends

Thanks to hospital

Local churches break down language barrier

Moving to a foreign country is difficult, but going to church in your native language can make the transition a little easier, said the Rev. Jose Sáenz of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Bulldog spikers dig win

It might be a little early to break out the "Defense Wins Championships" slogan for the Moffat County volleyball team, but defense certainly wins the team matches.

James H. Mosley

James H. Mosley 1935-2005 Former Craig resident James H. Mosley, 87, died in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005.

Datebook for Sept. 16

Saturday, Sept. 17 9 a.m. The Yahoo Golf Tournament, in memory of Ralph Knez and Jim Severson, is at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Call 824-4227, 824-3668 or 824-9481.

Wednesday, September 14

Thom. Schnellinger: Respect school-bus loading times, zones

Respect school-bus loading times, zones To the Editor, As the new assistant principal of Moffat County High School, it has been my pleasure to see the care and concern that the community has for its children. It is reflected in the wonderful facilities, staff and community support that I have seen thus far.

Man suspected of sexual assault at local business

A Craig man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Monday after he reportedly touched a clerk at Smoker Friendly while he was purchasing goods, police said.

Police blotter for Sept. 15

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Sept. 14 Nicholas Charles Ciani, 21, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Don Davidson: Thanks to generous community members

Thanks to generous community members To the Editor: One of the great benefits of living in a small town such as Craig is the people who reach out to one another in tough times.

New director takes EDP reins

It's too soon for new the Economic Development Par-tnership director to have business cards or an organized office, but Tim Gibbs' long-range goals span much further than those tasks.

Parents, children come together

Family the focus of Visiting Nurse Association class

Raising children may become a little easier for about 20 parents who attended a class Wednesday night aimed at nurturing the family.

Spikers look for consistency

Ups and downs, peaks and valleys and a roller coaster ride are terms the Moffat County volleyball team members would use to describe the season so far.

Golfers place 3rd in final

It's always an uneasy feeling when a golfer walks up to a tee box and sees no sign of the green.

Philanthropy Days provides opportunities

Representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations in Moffat County spent three days in Granby networking for dollars from some of the state's largest foundations.

Saddle up

Wild-horse care clinic to be held this weekend

Steve Mantle relates buying a wild mustang to buying a car.

News briefs for Sept. 15

Rio Blanco man dies in accident Alcohol and heavy rain may have been factors in the death of a Rio Blanco man who was killed when he was ejected from his vehicle Saturday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Pinch at the pump

Road departments, schools feel effects of gas prices

High gas prices are tough on everyone, but for public works departments, for which driving is a must, surging gas prices can be particularly painful.

Datebook for Sept. 15

Thursday, Sept. 15 10 to 11 a.m. Moffat County Library hosts story-time. The story-hour activity will be bear puppets. Call Linda Putnam at 824-5116, ext. 405.

Tuesday, September 13

Dentist to fill annex cavity

County commissioners sell vacant courthouse addition

It took a few tries, but the Moffat County commissioners sold the courthouse annex Tuesday.

Alma E. Smith

Alma E. Smith 1908-2005 Alma E. Smith died Sept. 6, 2005, at the Walbridge Wing in Meeker. She was 96.

Driveways debated

County takes a look at regulations in Wilderness Ranch

The winding road leading to Bryan and Lucy Rickman's property in Wilderness Ranch makes meeting county driveway regulations nearly impossible.

News brief for Sept. 14

Calling all parade entries All Craig businesses and organizations that would like to show their support of the Moffat County High School during homecoming are invited to enter the homecoming parade, to be held Oct. 7. Call Susie Lord at 824-7036 for more information or to register.

Kathy Montgomery and family : Thank you to residents who sent cards, called

Thank you to residents who sent cards, called

Loy C. Wheeler: People should oppose asbestos bill

People should oppose asbestos bill To the editor: Several letters to the editor have appeared in my local newspaper regarding the Spector asbestos bailout bill. They jarred my memories of my own loss. I feel that I, too, must take up the torch.

Sign-ups under way for after-school programs

Students who want to learn how to survive in the wilderness, study American heritage or brush up on Spanish should act quickly.

City takes action on Ridgeview

By the end of last summer, pedestrians and cyclists had a 7,300-foot long trail that took them from the Ridgeview subdivision to Finley Lane.

Dorthy W. Osborn

Dorthy W. Osborn 1914-2005 Dorthy W. Osborn, resident of Hamilton and Craig for 67 years, died Sept. 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

Their own opponent

Football team's mistakes have been toughest challenge

There are three boards hanging on the wall in the Moffat County football locker room. Each board contains goals for each game, one board for offense, one for defense and one for special teams.

Dean and Mary Rickerby

Dean and Mary Rickerby Dean Rickerby and Mary Weaver were married Sept. 18, 1955, at Hayden Congregational Church in Hayden.

Colleen Joan Kowach

Colleen Joan Kowach 1940-2005 Colleen Joan Kowach died Sept. 6, 2005, in Silver Lake, Kan. She was 64.

Eating and living healthy: It's your choice

Daniel Wright of HealthWorks in Craig sometimes wonders where the "health experts" he sees in the mainstream media get their ideas.

Horizons has city's support

Horizons Specialized Services has the Craig City Council's support on a ballot question that would levy 1 mill for services to those with mental retardation in Moffat County.

Work-release program grows

Police still looking for missing inmate

Trina Stockton works long shifts, but getting a paycheck is better than sitting in jail.

CCI doesn't join county's opposition to bill

Despite the hopes of the Moffat County commissioners, Colorado Counties Inc. did not issue a resolution opposing a road bill by Rep. Mark Udall.

Datebook for Sept. 14

Wednesday, Sept. 14 9 to 11 a.m. U.S.D.A. Commodities will be distributed by Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St. (northeast alley entrance only). Dinosaur distribution will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dinosaur Social Services building. For more information, call the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

Police blotter for Sept. 14

Moffat County Jail Monday, September 12 Nicole Jolene Kluttz, 35, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a hold for the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott

Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott 1918-2005 Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott, lifetime resident of Craig, died Sept. 3, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge. She was 87.

Isaac Wade Boulger

Isaac Wade Boulger Valerie Boulger and Josh Boulger of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Isaac Wade Boulger, at 9:19 p.m., Sept. 6, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Medicare changes affect many

Medicare changes that take effect in the coming months will have a substantial effects on patients and hospitals.

Monday, September 12

Matt and Tawnya Carter: Faith restored in neighbors after fire

Faith restored in neighbors after fire To the Editor: We would like to respond to an article written in last week's paper, "ATVs and lawnmower lost in grass fire."

Police blotter for Sept. 13

Moffat County Jail Angela Marie Skoquist, 30, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Police seek inmate who escaped work release

An inmate who was let out on work release failed to report back to jail Thursday, Moffat County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ken Uecker said.

Another day, another leader in golf

Another Moffat County High School golfer led the Bulldogs on Monday, but his teammates weren't close enough to keep the team toward the top.

Fall flight designed to attract hunters

A new flight touched down during the weekend at Yampa Valley Regional Airport that is designed to attract hunters and tourists to Moffat County this fall.

Businessman: Energy shortage at a 'crisis' level

Energy in America is no longer an issue, it is nearing a crisis, one Xcel Energy spokesman said.

Subdivisions in the works

Community Development Director Dave Costa has said development in Craig is hindered by a lack of buildable lots -- a problem several developers are in a race to remedy.

Importance of chiropractic care recognized

Chiropractors are more than just experts in popping a back into place.

News briefs for Sept. 13

Former Craig man dies Saturday in car accident A former Moffat County man died Saturday when his all-terrain vehicle was hit by a pickup on Colorado Highway 330 near Collbran.

Datebook for Sept. 13

Tuesday Sept. 13 6:30 p.m. The Craig 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting an Enrichment Night at the church. The topics are easy breakfast meals and ideas for busy moms, and cake decorating.

Sunday, September 11

Possibilities weighed at Wyman Ranch

Lou Wyman is recruiting architects to design a building that's one of a kind and authentic to Northwest Colorado. He would like a 10,000-square-foot structure to serve as the visitor center at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum east of Craig.

Debate over wolf reintroduction continues

Advocates say they might work outside the Division of Wildlife's wolf working group to bring wolves back to Colorado. But some local ranchers and the Moffat County commissioners oppose working outside the DOW to get wolves reintroduced in the state.

Women share faith at 'In His Image' conference

Myrtle Stagner left First Christian Church a bit closer to God, and maybe even a few friends richer. She and 84 other area ladies attended the Women in His Image conference Friday and Saturday, bonding with the Lord and each other.

Final race fails to shake up Speedway standings

H.D. Craig's new roofless look for the Harvest Cup at the Hayden Speedway only presented one problem for the IMCA Modified driver. He couldn't stand on top of the roof after he won his first Modified season championship. "Since it wasn't a sanctioned IMCA race I took the top off to give it a different look," Craig said of his roll-cage only look. "It was cold at first but once I got racing it was fine."

Business News and Notes

It looked more like a pep rally than a grand opening Friday at Moffat County National Bank. The bank, which is locally owned and operated, held a grand opening ceremony at their site on Mack Lane.

Datebook for Sept. 12

5:30 to 7 p.m. Soccer practice for the Craig Youth Soccer Association will be at Woodbury Park each Tuesday and Thursday. Players aged 6 to 14 years are invited to participate. Bring your registration form if you have it. Call Mike Laliberte at 824-0376.

News Briefs for Sept. 12

The Bureau of Land Management, Little Snake Field Office, will be capturing wild and free-roaming horses from public lands south of County Road 4 and north of Highway 318 in and adjacent to the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area within the Little Snake Field Office.

Moffat County Profile: Sylvia Griffith

Sylvia Griffith has webbed feet and chlorine running through her veins. Or at least that's how she describes her addiction to swimming and the city of Craig pool.

Saturday, September 10

Area officials target suicide

Education may be the key to preventing suicides in Colorado. That's the focus of a group aimed at stemming suicide, which claims hundreds each year in the state.

Friday, September 9

Dockstader pleads guilty

Monday's sexual assault trial vacated

A former high school golf coach accused of having sex with a minor may escape prison time, according to terms of a plea agreement made in Moffat County District Court on Thursday.

Robert L. Shelton: Don't pass ordinance

To the editor: The taxpayers of the city of Craig deserve better representation than they are getting if the City Council approves ordinance 951(2005). I was told that the reason this ordinance was needed was so they include utility companies that came in after the 1985 code was written. This will increase to a 3 percent fee that the utility companies (electric, gas and phone) add to your utility bill each month, which is more than double the amount it is right now. That tax will show on your monthly bill as an occupational surcharge or fee. Bruce Nelson, the city finance director, said in the Daily Press that it would be an average of $2 a month, but really it is about $2 a month per utility, and that is about $72 a year. Still not a lot of money, but at the first of the year if your property tax was higher by $72 and there was no increase in the value of your property, you would be right into the County Assessor Office protesting that unfair raise in your taxes. I think that this fee (tax) is unfair, and I for one plan on be at the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to protest this unfair tax. If the city needs more revenue, they should justify it and put it on the ballot and let the voters decide. I hope that all of you that read this letter will join me at the City Council meeting Sept. 13.

Steve Hilley R.N.: Prepare a plan

To the citizens of Northwest Colorado, September has been designated National Preparedness Month. The events from Hurricane Katrina are a reminder that disasters, whether a force of nature or man-made, can have a devastating effect on thousands of people. All regions have a threat of disaster. Some of the risks to the Yampa Valley include wild fire, snowstorms, flooding and possible terrorism attack.

Star Student

Public speaking is not Rachel Alexander's strength. In fact, she has to try hard not to cry when the spotlight is on her.

Teachers Talk: Susan Spencer

What is your job title: secretary/computer tech/scheduler Number of years in profession: 28 years -- 23 years at CMS

Education Calendar for Sept. 10

Sept. 12 6 p.m. Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee meeting in the library.

Families relieved for reunions after hurricane

Ardith Satterwhite was in awe when she heard her daughter, Evelyn Council, describe being in the eye of Hurricane Katrina for 14 hours.

Museum seeks vets' memorabilia

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is looking for pictures of veterans and letters from soldiers for an exhibit this fall.

Horizons kicks off campaign for mill levy

Luanne Jones and her 15-year-old son, Jeffery, have relied on Horizons Specialized Services for the past 15 years.

Wal-Mart submits new sketch plan

Engineers from the Wal-Mart Corp. had another set of plans in the mail even before they knew there was a problem with the first set.

Harvest Cup all about the money

It's all about the money.

'Bulldog Pride' shown around students' wrists

A trend that started as a show of support for Lance Armstrong has grown to include illness, social issues and, even, sports teams.

Datebook for Sept. 10

Saturday, Sept. 10 9 a.m. Bears Ears Sportsman's Club fall range cleanup takes place at the Cedar Mountain shooting range on Routt County Road 7. Save $5 on membership renewal by volunteering for the cleanup. For more information, call Laura Tyler at 824-5148.

Six weeks studying science

While their friends were enjoying time away from school this summer, Amy Nicodemus and Richard Becker were wrestling with complicated scientific processes and assisting with advanced research projects.

Teachers Talk

Job Title: Teacher and athletics director Number of years in professions: 36

Reigning in the rain

Bulldogs pour it on Battle Mountain, 47-0

The saying is that it poured cats and dogs, but for the Battle Mountain Huskies, it poured dogs and more dogs Friday night.

Risky business

Moffat County jobs make top 10 most dangerous list

Charles Mead's mother thought her son would never live to see age 21.

Thursday, September 8

Datebook for Sept. 9

Friday, Sept. 9 6 p.m. "Women in His Image," a Christian conference for women of every faith, begins at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. The event continues Saturday.

Moffat County OKs plan for compensation

Every Moffat County employee will receive a pay raise Jan. 1, but for some, it won't be nearly as large as it could have been.

All in a day's work

Residents put their skills to use in the south

Planning is what Craig resident Dan Bingham does. And, it's a skill he's putting to use managing resources for hurricane victims in Baton Rouge, La.

Huskies to see a different Bulldogs team in game today

The Battle Mountain football team really wanted to get a look at Moffat County last week.

Golfers show drastic improvement at home

Last year Shawn Brookshire turned in his team's best score at the home tournament, but his performance didn't make too much of an impression.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sari Cobb

Sari Cobb Age: 46 Occupation: Realtor

Family ties

It's all in the family as children carry on parents' career traditions

Albert Villard keeps memories of working on the ranch with his father close to his heart.

Anthony A. 'Tony' Montoya Jr.: 1935-2005

Anthony A. "Tony" Montoya Jr. of Craig, died July 29, 2005, in Grand Junction. He was 70.

Alma Smith

Graveside services for Alma Smith of Craig is at 10 a.m. Friday at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

County opposes 2477 bill

Moffat County commissioners voted to oppose a bill from a Colorado Congressman and hope other commissioners will join them.

Dorthy Osborn

Memorial services for Dorthy Osborn are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Library.

Briefs for Sept. 9

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will be capturing wild and free-roaming horses from public lands south of Moffat County Road 4 and north of Colorado Highway 318 in and adjacent to the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area within the Little Snake Field Office.

Church members back from Brazil

Brazil may be far away, but the country is in the hearts of at least a few Craig Church of God members who helped build a church there earlier this month.

Golf tourney to make smiles

Proceeds help low-income children get dental care

Tom Knez can't bear to know that children are going to bed at night with toothaches.

Colleen Kowach

A funeral for Colleen Kowach, former Craig resident, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery.

Wednesday, September 7

Craig's housing issue

Housing vouchers available, living space limited

Pipeline workers aren't the only ones wondering where they'll live this winter.

Power plant unit to go offline soon

The Holiday Inn has reserved a block of rooms to accommodate some of the 250 to 300 workers who are expected to be in Craig for the Craig Station Power Plant outage.

Tourism association still without director

The Moffat County Tourism Association still doesn't have a director.

BLM to reduce fire hazard at Cedar Mountain picnic site

Carl and Fredonne Chapman think cutting down excess vegetation near the Cedar Mountain Recreation Site will make them safer.

Fire destroys ATVs and lawn mower

Damage could reach $25,000 after a barbecuing accident led to considerable damage Wednesday, Craig Fire/Rescue Chris Nichols said.

Vernon L. Reeves

Vernon LeRoy Reeves died Aug. 26, 2005, near Wendover, Nev., after an auto accident. He was 61.

Riding for his hero

Austin Corson keeps Hertzog's colors alive

They had an unfamiliar set of feet in them, but the red boots stood out just as brilliantly as they always had.

Rolling with it

Golfers hope home is sweeter today

There's always tomorrow. Maybe the members of the Moffat County High School golf team were thinking about their home golf tournament today. Or maybe they were distracted by some disciplinary action that kept two golfers from attending. Either way, things did not go well for the team Wednesday at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

Sandra Madelene Martinez: 1957-2005

Sandra Madelene Martinez died Aug. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 48.

Carlin J. Cobb: 1933-2005

Carlin J. Cobb died Sept. 4, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker. He was 73. Cobb was born June 29, 1933, in Grand Junction, the son of Luther W. and Letha Rose (Caulfield) Cobb. He attended school in Hayden, having graduated with the Class of 1951.

Camouflage can't hide numbers

Hunting numbers on track to be strong

Hunting season has barely started, but local businesses already are seeing an increase in sales.

Datebook for Sept. 8

Thursday, Sept. 8 9 a.m. A high school golf tournament is at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Tuesday, September 6

Woman gets probation in meth distribution

A Craig mother escaped a prison sentence for drug charges because of the effect it might have on her children, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Lee Magruder: Business attitude thanks

To the editor: To the new ownership of Craig Sports -- I want to thank you for your business attitude. It is great to have shops such as yours that are willing to treat the customer with respect and courtesy. Above that, you are making a grand effort in keeping business local with your pricing. I wish there were more local businesses out there that are willing to serve the community to keep money here. I am spreading the word with my fellow reloaders. A big thank you and wishes of good luck in your new endeavor for many years to come.

Veterans' journey to Grand Junction could get easier

Local veterans will have an easier time getting to the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Grand Junction in a few weeks.

Tri-State fire sends one to hospital

One person was sent to The Memorial Hospital for possible smoke inhalation when a fire broke out Monday at Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Fire Chief Chris Nichols said.

Katrina mistakes avoidable

Commissioners address disaster scenarios

In light of Hurricane Katrina, Moffat County officials want to be prepared for the worst in this area should disaster strike. A massive snowstorm or a disaster at the power plant are possibilities that local officials have to talk about.

The show will go on

Increasing gas prices not a focus for MCHS

Last week, Moffat County Athletics Director Jim Loughran received a call by Roaring Fork High School. They were calling to cancel a freshman football game because of increasing travel expenses.

LeRoy Louis Ciani

LeRoy Louis Ciani died at his home in Denver on Aug. 29, 2005. He was 66. LeRoy Louis Ciani was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Trinidad, Colo., to Louis and Eva Ciani.

Mackenzie Rose Moyer

Kristin S. Moyer and Edward T. Moyer of Hot Sulphur Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie Rose Moyer, at 2:37 p.m. Sept. 2, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Ed and Bunny and Nick Moyer of Craig, Mike Dickinson of Fort Collins, and Susan and Ted Williams of Estes Park. The baby was welcomed home by her sister, Madison Jane Moyer.

Commissioners to meet Thursday

Daily Press Staff Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to table discussion of an employee compensation plan.

Craig woman's theft case heads to district court

A Craig woman accused of theft had her case bound over to district court Tuesday.

The Blotter for Sept. 7

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Sept. 1 Robert Rosemberg Romo Navejar, 29, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on hold from Wyoming.

Dorthy Osborn

Dorthy Osborn of Hamilton and Craig died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Alma Smith

Alma Smith of Craig died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, in Meeker. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Camden Clay Shipley

Glenda Warrichaiet and Joshua C. Shipley of Craig announce the birth of their son, Camden Clay Shipley, at 2:52 p.m. Aug. 31, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for Sept. 7

Wednesday, Sept. 7 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers meets in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Erin Horst at 924-5349 or Amanda Love at 824-3040.

Helping in disaster's wake

Craig resident Connie Andrews is thrilled to see community members help those who are part of the devastation wrought last week by Hurricane Katrina.

Eye-opener for some Bulldogs

Before Friday's opener against Rawlins, Wyo., Moffat County senior Reid Hanneman had scored one varsity touchdown.

Monday, September 5

Utility fees likely going up

The Craig City Council will likely pass an ordinance Sept. 13 that will increase the city's bottom line, but that could cost residents. The ordinance updates the fees charged to utility companies -- natural gas, telephone and electric -- and was passed on its first reading.

Fire Board looking for a new member

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District is looking for someone who feels up to the challenge of making critical decisions about the future of the district.

CNCC nursing fundraiser is Saturday

Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program director Marilyn Bouldin is hoping the third annual fund-raising dinner will be just as successful as the prior two, and it should be, considering some additional attractions, she said.

Crisis unit provides critical service

The crisis stabilization unit at the Moffat County jail allows patients in need of immediate mental care to get treatment locally. Without the unit, everyone experiencing homicidal or suicidal tendencies is sent to the state mental hospital in Pueblo.

Fast food jobs better than advertised

A career in fast food work can be profitable and rewarding for someone who is dedicated to the industry, some fast food restaurant owners said. Top salaries at McDonald's are comparable to any professional job, said Chris Nichols, owner of the Craig and Steamboat Springs restaurants. Benefits and good salaries also are available for committed managers at Craig and Steamboat Subway stores, restaurant owner George Barlow said.

Datebook for Sept. 6

Today -- Noon -- Boys & Girls Club orientation for parents is at the club. Orientation will be offered in English only. Parents must attend at least one orientation to enroll a child in the club.

Sunday, September 4

Our View: Let's keep our children safe

Student safety is a top concern of school administrators, but it doesn't seem to be as important to parents, students and other drivers. Near misses, speeding and oblivious drivers have been seen all over the district.

Anthony A. "Tony" Montoya Jr.


Anthony A. "Tony" Montoya Jr. of Craig died July 29, 2005 in Grand Junction. He was 70. Tony was born March 8, 1935, in Rollinsville, Colo., to Anthony A. Montoya Sr. and Antonio Roybal. He was one of five children.

Datebook for Sept. 5

Tuesday, Sept. 6 -- Noon Boys & Girls Club orientation for parents is at the club. Orientation will be offered in English only. Parents must attend at least one orientation to enroll a child in the club.

Accidents, fires keep officials busy

A rollover accident on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig shut down both lanes of traffic for about 35 minutes Sunday morning. Crews from Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital ambulance service, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the accident at about 9:30 a.m.

Woman struggle to be with fiance'

Beer steins and cuckoo clocks in Trudy Slabig's Craig home are reminders of the things she left behind -- a country and a man she loves. Now, she's trying to bring Peter Bachmann to the United States but is having trouble getting his fiance visa so the couple can be together.

Katrina prompts county review of disaster plan

The destruction along the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina has one local official wondering if Moffat County is prepared for a disaster. "It appears to me that local government there was not prepared for anything even close to what has happened," Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele said. "I don't want that to happen in Moffat County."

Sheep Wagon Days this week

The seventh annual Sheep Wagon Days promises the same attractions as in years past -- authentic wagons, period dress and even Mary Carrera's live llama.

Moffat shooters shine at state

The young shooters in the Moffat County 4-H program continue to prove they are some of the best in the state last weekend at the Colorado State Fair. "We had the best junior team in the state without a doubt," coach Jody Lee said. "It was great to watch because they shot a lot of personal bests."

Cross country teams open seasons

Labor Day likely will be a leisure day for members of the Moffat County High School cross country team. After meets Thursday and Friday the Bulldogs were given permission to take some time off this weekend.

Moffat County Profile: Charley Watkins

Charley Watkins is no stranger to giving his time to others. Since retiring from the Army in 1989, Watkins has become a bit of a "professional volunteer."

Business News and Notes

New liquor store opening

Two local businessmen recently opened a new liquor store in Craig. After a few months of construction, Roger Corey and Lopp Behrman opened Eastside Liquors Saturday.

Saturday, September 3

Hayden Speedway season standings

Friday, September 2

Former resident dies in motorcycle accident

Moffat County High School graduate Megan (Jackson) Voorhees, 24, died Thursday morning in an accident that left law enforcement stumped.

Commissioners to decide on veterans transportation

Moffat County commissioners will vote Tuesday on a plan to transport local veterans to the hospital in Grand Junction. If commissioners approve the plan, the Veteran's Service Office will have an additional employee and a vehicle to drive veterans to the hospital.

News briefs for Sept. 3

An inmate in the Moffat County Jail was issued a summons for assaulting another inmate. Corey Huber, 24, allegedly hit another inmate in jail on Wednesday. The man has since bonded out of jail. He was originally booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant out of Jefferson County.

Walsh: Harrison treated unfairly

In response to the article about Dean Harrison Aug. 25, 2005, I believe that it was hurtful and totally unnecessary to write and tell all about Dean's priors or why he was in jail at the time of his death.

Levi Park Jensen

Heidi and Craig Jensen of Craig announce the birth of their son Levi Park Jensen, at 2:32 a.m., Aug. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Reagen Kristine Bower

Hayley Bower and Brandon Bower of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Reagen Kristine Bower, at 12:01 p.m., Aug. 29, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Stanley Verne Stewart


Stanley Verne Stewart, 61 of Craig, died Aug. 18, 2005. Verne was born in Meeker in 1943. He lived in Meeker, Colo., and Paonia, Colo., until moving to Greeley in 1962.

Elmer Jones

Elmer Jones of Craig, died Aug. 30, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.

Bulldogs open season with win

Moffat County rolls over Rawlins, Wyo., 27-7

The Moffat County High School football team walked away from its season opener with a 27-7 victory over Rawlins Friday night, despite six turnovers and a rough second half.

Collins: Disappointed in sports coverage

I'm very disappointed with your sports section. I don't get the paper, but today I hunted one down just for the sports section alone.

Datebook for Sept. 3

p.m. The Moffat County High School volleyball team faces Union High School in the high school gym.

Two-man force stays busy in Baggs

Baggs, Wyoming police chief Ed Owen hopes that a recent one-man plot to burn city buildings isn't a harbinger of things to come. But, if crime is in store, he's ready.

Government update

Federal funds important to school district

Moffat County School District officials wouldn't even think of turning their back on $416,000 in federal funding that helps some of the neediest populations in the district.

Thursday, September 1

Calvary Awana set to kick off

Memorizing Scripture isn't boring for 12-year-old Faith Jones of Craig.

Grass fire wipes out trees

About 100 trees burned along Moffat County Road 22 on Thursday afternoon when a fire burned about 15 acres owned by Aleka Butler.

Internet scammers pose as banks, eBay

Even those who work in law enforcement aren't immune to Internet scams.

Datebook for Sept. 2

10 to 11 a.m. Moffat County Library will host story-time. The story-hour activity will be binoculars. For more information, call Linda Putnam at 824-5116, ext. 405.

Medical marijuana gains support

The Oak Creek Town Board passed a resolution in support of medical marijuana three weeks ago. On Thursday night, the Hayden Town Board discussed a similar resolution.

Christina M. Currie: Back to school, silliness

I think I should just apply for a job as a bus driver. I'm sure I drive the same routes, and just maybe, I could kill two birds with one stone.

Volleyball win welcomes back senior

Welcome back Sanchez.

Police Blotter for Sept. 2

Wednesday, Aug. 31 Officers responded to a report of lost property.

It's all about the bling

Jewelry parties are the talk of the town

For Craig women, jewelry parties are the newest place to be -- for drinks, friends and gems.

OT loss shows soccer team's weaknesses

If only the rules hadn't changed.

Rawlins hopes to follow in M.C. footsteps

Kevin Hanson has been a part of the Rawlins High School football program off and on for nearly a quarter of a century. The last time the Outlaws defeated Moffat County he was at the beginning of his tenure.