Stories for April 2006


Sunday, April 30

The return of $3 gas

The high gas prices that typically come with the start of summer are here.

Datebook for May 1

6 to 9 p.m. A free workshop for parents of children who learn differently or have special needs including accommodations and modifications to curriculum is at the Northwest Board of Cooperative Educational Services conference room, 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs. The event is free. For reservations, call PEAK Parent Center at 1-800-284-0251.

Briefs for May 1

The Resident Artist Spotlight Series features Leland Miller & Friends at 7 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, 736 Oak St., Steamboat Springs.

More of river will get zapped

Fish recovery project extends removal area

Wildlife officials plan to remove smallmouth bass from a larger section of the Yampa River this year than they did last year.

Volunteers recall mission

Hayden church members speak about New Orleans trip

The images of devastation and feelings of hope still are fresh in the minds of five Hayden Congregational Church members who visited New Orleans on a relief mission in March.

Leaving his stamp

Local postmaster retires from the Postal Service after 35 years

Chances are, if you've been in the same house in Craig for the past 10 years, William "Willy" Barclay knows where you live.

Bulldogs dominate first half in win

The Moffat County girls soccer team can empathize with Eagle Valley. For years, the Bulldogs were at the bottom of the Western Slope League.

9Health Fair attendance increases

Pam Lathrop was first in line -- not for concert tickets, not for the latest craze in video game systems -- for a prick in the finger and vision screening.

Friday, April 28


John and Debbie Jacobs, of Craig, announce the engagement of their son, Joe Jacobs, to Kirsta Gustavson, daughter of John and Linda Gustavson, of Grand Junction.

Government Update for April 29

Moffat County Commissioners Last met: April 25 Decisions: • Commissioners signed off on a grant for electronic recording equipment at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Craig snowboarder sacrifices traditional school schedule for sport

Moffat County High School junior Steven Smith practiced nearly every day this winter to improve his snowboarding skills.

CNCC calendar

Saturday, April 29 10 a.m. The Rangely campus Adopt-A-Highway spring clean-up crew meets at the intersection of Highway 139 and Highway 64. All faculty, staff, students and family members are welcome to participate in the two-mile clean-up.

Craig Rural Fire District board elections Tuesday

Fire board elections generally don't elicit the same degree of public interest as City Council or county commission races.

'The perfect candidate'

Misty Schulze named director of Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition

As a child with no dental insurance, Misty Schulze recalls being terrified of the dentist. She said she was treated poorly by the staff at a free clinic in Denver.

Dr. Pamela Kinder: Contributions to Craig youth club worthwhile

As a business owner in Craig, I am asked frequently for donations. I consider any donation as an investment, and as such, I apply the same criteria to a donation decision as to a stock investment. Is the company well-respected? Does the company have excellent management? Is the product worthwhile? Is the company expected to grow and profit? In other words, am I to expect a profitable return on my investment?

Our View: Blazing issue

A mere 4 percent of voters turned out for an election in 2000. Sure, it wasn't a presidential or city council election.

Police Blotter for April 29

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, April 27 No bookings reported.

Briefs for April 29

The Craig Station power plant has been up and running at full power since March 7, after repairs were completed on a cooling tower that partially collapsed while workers were performing maintenance on it in January.

Nurses to be pinned

Twenty-two nursing students at Colorado Northwestern Com�--munity College will soon reach a major milestone because of tiny pins.

Girls take first at home meet

Boys team earns second place, maintains undefeated relay streak

As a sophomore, Derek Duran ran on the school record-breaking 3,200-meter relay team. Two years later, he's found a new relay team that could put his name on the school record board again.

Moffat County School District calendar

Today 9 p.m. Moffat County High School prom dance at Moffat County High School gymnasium.

David Pressgrove: Baseball leads spring sports highlights

My prediction at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year was that the most successful Moffat County High School sports team would be the baseball team.

Rylie Kay Dschaak

Jamie and Amanda Dschaak, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Rylie Kay Dschaak, at 8:51 a.m. on March 29, 2006, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver. The baby weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces and was 14 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Cindy and Terry Wooten, of Craig. Paternal Grandparents are Jim and Beryl Dschaak, of Craig.

Putting Craig on the map

Sagebrush Reading Council wins state and national awards

Playing dual roles as Ridgeview Elementary School's literacy coordinator and president of the Sagebrush Reading Council, Sue Goodenow's commitment to literacy is a large and often thankless task.

Datebook for April 29

8 a.m. to noon. 9Health Fair is at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. Free health screenings; other tests available for minimal fee.

Oil lease protests in

The Bureau of Land Management received 16 formal protests this week from residents concerned about possible oil and gas leasing near recreational areas, water supplies and wildlife habitat.

Thursday, April 27

Former Moffat employee new Steamboat manager

Alan Lanning, former planning director for the Moffat County commissioners, will be Steamboat Springs' next city manager.

Church members give presentation on mission trip

Members of Hayden Congre�--gational United Church of Christ who went on a mission trip to New Orleans last month will present a slide show about their trip Sunday.

Hospital board to discuss investigation

Hospital officials hope a month-long investigation into possible patient neglect and Medicare fraud at The Memorial Hospital is nearing its end, the hospital's spokeswoman said Thursday.

Superintendent: Keep school open

Maybell building shouldn't close, it should add kindergarten, Bergmann says

Maybell Elementary School should stay open, the Moffat County School District Superintendent said Thursday.

Sam and Sharon Ketchum

Sam and Sharon Ketchum celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. The couple was married April 29, 1956.

Sen. Salazar to meet with vets in Craig

Local veterans' dreams of having a medical clinic in Northwest Colorado may be coming closer to reality.

Taking the heat

Hotshots firefighters like job, but it doesn't leave time for dating

When the job requires you to be gone for weeks at a time, placing yourself in dangerous situations fighting fires in remote locations, it's not easy having a normal family life.

William Francis Forshee

William Francis Forshee, 69, of Lincoln, Neb., died Friday, April 7, 2006.

Christna M. Currie: Shake your bootie

I took the class. I even took notes and kept the handouts.

Datebook for April 28

Today 4 to 6:30 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., hosts the Spring Fling Bazaar and Bazaarby Dinner of roast beef sandwiches, beans, coleslaw and pie. Takeout is available. The bazaar includes a bake sale and missions SERRV craft sale.

The best ever

Girls soccer team's fourth win of the season sets school record

Considering they had just set the school record for wins in a season, the Moffat County girls soccer players were subdued after Thursday's 2-0 win against Palisade.

Wednesday, April 26

Police Blotter for April 27 - Craig

Tuesday, April 25 William Bernard Koapke, 45, of Debeque, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Police Blotter for April 28

Craig Police Department Wednesday, April 26 Officers received an animal complaint.

County jail missing $10,000

Food service manager fired, investigation under way

An audit of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office turned up more than $10,000 missing from Moffat County Jail's inmate commissary account, the Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

McAnally gets wildlife appointment

Public officials in Northwest Colorado have said for months that the region needs a representative on the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Sale of city land delayed for now

The city of Craig's concerns about oil and gas development next to Elkhead Reservoir have subsided -- for now.

Chisholm named hospital's Volunteer of the Year

The Memorial Hospital auxiliary recently named 72-year-old Frances Chisholm as the Volunteer of the Year.

Datebook for April 27

7 to 10 a.m. A blood draw for senior citizens is at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St.

Briefs for April 27

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership has its Business Development Update.

Nominate your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Year

Teachers are some of the hardest working -- and sometimes under-appreciated -- professionals in today's work force.

Family of Jo Fagg: Thank you for flowers

We would like to thank everyone for all the flowers, cards, thoughts and prayers we received in our time of sorrow and loss of our beloved mother and grandma. The kindness shown to our family will never be forgotten.

Ed Wilkinson: Don't shoot elk in national park

I read the article about the plans to reduce the elk herds in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Stanley Darveau

Stanley Darveau, 87, died Monday, April 17, 2006, at the Box Butte General Hospital, in Alliance, Neb.

Lowell Osborn Jr.

Lowell Osborn Jr., son of Mildred and Lowell Osborn, was promoted to the Glory of God on Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital. He will be missed by his many family members and friends.

Rookie swimmers still learning

Before Friday, Moffat County junior Jaime Montes had never been to a swim meet.

Behind the scenes

Day aims to celebrate administrative pros

If it wasn't for the administrative staff, LPL Financial Services in Craig might not be in business.

Joshua Thomas Scott

Daniel and Lisa Scott, of Grand Junction, announce the birth of their son, Joshua Thomas Scott, on March 4, 2006, in Grand Junction.

United Way recognizes Landa

When the Moffat County United Way committee members read the nomination application for Alvaro Landa, they knew they had found their Volunteer of the Year.

Tuesday, April 25

Safety center refinancing done

Moffat County commissioners finalized the refinancing of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on Tuesday, a move they said will save the county about $470,000.

Police Blotter for April 26

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Monday, April 24 Deputies received an animal complaint.

Briefs for April 26

The Mite Society of First Christian Church hosts its annual Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church fellowship hall, 960 W. Victory Way.

Margarita 'Maggie' Vigil

Margarita "Maggie" Vigil was born May 18, 1923, in Ojo Feliz, N.M., to Julian and Sophia (Alcon) Vigil. Maggie was raised in New Mexico until her family moved to Baggs, Wyo., when she was 17.

Jail escapee working on deal

The man who walked away from Moffat County Jail in November is working on a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, a prosecutor in the case said Tuesday.

Jail vandalism suspect faces felony

A Craig man who sheriff's deputies say broke a cell door at Moffat County Jail in January will face a felony criminal mischief charge, a judge ruled Tuesday.

County bumps up GRAMNET funds

Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to increase the county's funding to a local narcotics task force.

Junk car owners facing citations

Any car parked in the Craig city limits not displaying current license plates, without registration or insurance, or that is not running likely will be ticketed and towed.

Dinosaur school gets state charter approval

Dinosaur Community Charter School Principal Dana Forbes has reason to celebrate. The Charter School Institute granted his charter application conditional approval Monday afternoon in Denver.

Defensive display in defeat

Hot off their 3-1 win on Saturday, the Moffat County girls came out charging against Battle Mountain on Tuesday, playing tough and physical against the talented Huskies, who boast an 11-1-1 record.

Post-prom party means post-midnight fun

When the Saturday night prom celebration is winding down around midnight at the high school, the post-prom activities at the bowling alley will be just getting under way.

Spotters critical to national weather service

Two years ago in Durango, a weather-spotter for the National Weather Service spotted a rotating wall-cloud and borrowed a cell phone to call in his sighting. Based on his report, the National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning minutes before a tornado dropped from the clouds, damaging crops and a trailer.

Top of the league

Another dominating performance secures WSL title for baseball team

Another day, another player produces big for the Moffat County baseball team.

Ron and Sharon McClellan

Ron and Sharon McClellan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at River Ridge, 28616 S. Colorado Highway 13. For information about the event, call 824-3463.

Our View: Spring has sprung

Spring came to Craig. If you blinked, you may have missed it.

Datebook for April 26

Today Noon. The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Club luncheon is at the Tin Cup Grill. Any women interested in playing golf or attending should call Sandi Seip at 824-6660.

Monday, April 24

Area near Elkhead could be drilled

The city of Craig plans to build a picnic area, boat ramps and other facilities on a city-owned parcel of land on the eastern edge of Elkhead Reservoir.

Deputies say Craig man struck officer

Moffat County Sheriff's deputies say a Craig man struck a deputy Friday, prompting them to use a TASER.

Final salute

Local Air Force sergeant wraps up career

When Erick Dixon joined the U.S. Air Force, he was driven by patriotism.

Datebook for April 25

Today 7 p.m. Junior class parents meet to discuss the April 29 after-prom party at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Call Becky at 824-2623 or 629-2705, or Neita at 824-2110.

Police blotter for April 25

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, April 20 Levy S. Knight, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving restraint.

Kurt Douglas Gray

Kurt Douglas Gray was born April 14, 1949, in Steamboat Springs, to John "Jack" and Dorothy M. (Scott) Gray. Kurt was raised and attended school in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1967. He then attended Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo and graduated in 1973. While in college Kurt met his wife-to-be Elaine Jo Armstrong, and they were married on March 15, l970, in Fowler.

News briefs for April 25

Workforce Center plans labor laws roundtable The Craig Workforce Center presents its first roundtable for 2006.

Elsie Marie Cerise

Elsie Cerise of Yampa passed away April 18, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 95 years old and was born May 19, 1910, in Masonville. She was the first of four daughters, Wilma, Elizabeth and Annabell Gabriel; her parents were John C. Gabriel and Margaret Repensky. They moved to Yampa in 1918 from Loveland. She married Robert Louis Williams in 1931, and they had three sons: James Rohert, John Edward and Paul Louis.

Bill Snare: Wal-Mart nightmare is actually a dream

To the editor: It is of great concern to me after reading an article about 75 concerned citizens who are opposed to bringing a Wal-Mart store to Craig.

Tin Roof Tango acoustic show Friday

The Craig Concert Association presents its fifth show of the season Friday evening.

Eagle lands Innes in first place

Golf team earns top 4A honors

For 14 holes, Meghan Innes was playing bogey golf, then a 30-foot putt turned her day around.

Pretty in pink

Band teacher keeps his promise after class performs well at festival

John Bolton won't be hard to find for the next few days.

Lucas Wiser

Lucas Wiser, of Hamilton, died Saturday near Hayden.

William Aymer "Bill" Strausborger

William Aymer "Bill" Strausborger, 94, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Canyon Hills Manor in Thermopolis, Wyo., after a short illness. A memorial is at a later date in Eugene, Ore., with interment in Rest Haven Cemetery in Thermopolis.

Speak up for April 25

Wal-Mart a good thing I'm getting a little tired of reading negative comments about Wal-Mart. We finally get something good coming into the community, and all people want to do is complain about it.

Sunday, April 23

Office reports boost in welcome center visits

The number of visitors at the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur decreased last year, but that doesn't mean the welcome center wasn't busy.

Clarence Paul (C.P. "Stew") Stewart Jr., 1939-2006

C.P. Stewart of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, went to rest with his Lord on April 20, 2006. C.P. was 67 years old. He passed away quietly at home in Wolf Lodge, after a battle with cancer. C.P. was born Jan, 31, 1939, in Wichita, Kan., to Clarence Paul Sr. and Mary Katherine (Mustoller) Stewart. He was raised and attended school in Greentown, Ind., in which he met and married Jo Ann Armstrong on Sept. 26, 1957, also of Greentown, Ind.

Datebook for April 24

2 p.m. The A.A.R.P. Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset No. 1, 633 Ledford St. Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, will present the program. Call 824-5123.

Briefs for April 24

Today through Friday, crime victims and survivors will join together across America to promote victims' rights and services, and to educate communities about the devastating impact of crime on victims, neighborhoods, schools and the nation.

Festival a hit with children

Children made handprints, fished for prizes, watched cheerleaders perform stunts and got to sit in a fire truck.

Elisa Shackelton: More people need to stand up to Wal-Mart

It has been interesting to follow the responses to Wal-Mart's future arrival in Craig. The majority of people I talk to are very excited to have Wal-Mart come, especially in light of rising fuel costs and the need to cut down on trips out of town. I realize, too, that there is a group of citizens that have sincere concerns about Wal-Mart's arrival, and I applaud them for taking a stance on something and passionately voicing their opinion. We need more people like this in Craig who will stand up for what they believe!

Man on the scene

Tow-truck driver going strong after 45 years

It could be 2 a.m. in the middle of a blizzard. Or it could be 2 p.m., 70 degrees and sunny. For Gordon Shelley, it doesn't matter.

Girls soccer team picks up huge win

No matter how you look at it, Saturday's win for the Moffat County girls soccer team was huge. The 3-1 victory against Delta was a reversal from the 4-0 loss they suffered against the same team two weeks ago. By beating Delta, the Bulldogs tied the school record for wins in a season (three) and set the school record for league wins.

Demons next Bulldog victim

Moffat County holds Glenwood to one run in two games

The Western Slope League still can't find an answer for the Moffat County baseball team.

Teen dies in crash

Alcohol suspected in Saturday rollover

An 18-year-old Hamilton man died early Saturday morning in an accident on Routt County Road 67 about 20 miles southwest of Hayden.

9Health Fair set for April 29

Now in its 27th year, the 9Health Fair is held in 180 different cities and towns across Colorado. The health fair is in Craig on April 29.

Friday, April 21

Craig youths find summer jobs

Kelly Pierce looked around the Colorado Workforce Center at closing time on Thursday after the crowds had thinned out. In the past two hours, 60 youths from Craig passed through the office seeking summer or permanent employment.

Post office mailbox broken into

A mailbox at the Craig Post Office was broken into sometime Thursday night or Friday morning, Craig Police said Friday.

Police Blotter for April 22

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, April 20 No bookings reported.

Our View: Good for growth

The Craig Good Growth Committee made its first appearance Monday and members of the anti-Wal-Mart group left little question about their goals.

Education calendars

Saturday Pre-college testing (CPT) for community members and high school students who want to take classes this summer are at the Craig campus. Call 824-1101 to schedule a test. Limited to the first 14 applicants. Pay the $10 fee in the bookstore before April 22, and take receipt to the test.

Earth Day celebrated in the valley

Earth Day came to Craig on Friday with the sound of shovels moving dirt and children playing in the green grass.

Teachers aim to be students

Educators do what they can to earn higher education

Despite Craig's distance from the ivy-covered walls of a traditional graduate school campus of higher learning, many educators have found ways to supplement their teaching with advanced degrees.

Bulldogs don't disappoint

Girls first, boys second at Rifle track meet

Don't tell Mike McNicol that the Rifle Invitational didn't mean anything.

A family apart

Couple struggles with immigration system

For Rodney and Renata Beason, the path to U.S. citizenship for their family has been marked with frustration.

Datebook for April 22

Saturday, April 22 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate Children Festival is at Centennial Mall. The festival is free for children 2 to 8 years old, and is sponsored by the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition.

Briefs for April 22

Car registration for this year's 18th-annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is now open. The event will take place on June 15 to 18 and events will include a scenic mountain tour, an autocross at the Meadows lot and the Show 'n' Shine car show on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs.

Thursday, April 20

Datebook for April 21

Friday, April 21 Today is the deadline for the Books for Africa textbook drive, hosted by Phi Theta Kappa. Take used textbooks to Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus, 50 College Drive, to help worldwide literacy. Call or e-mail Sandy Harding at 824-1132 or

GRAMNET discusses funding at workshop

Despite losing out on a $45,000 grant from the federal government, the local narcotics task force hasn't missed a step this year, the task force supervisor said Thursday.

MDA lock-up fundraiser postponed

Virginia Ross had been dreading Thursday's arrival for weeks.

Residents get chance to judge Colorado judges

In 2002, residents decided Judge Joel Thompson wasn't fit to serve on the bench.

Knowing the signs

Suicide prevention group plans awareness events

Recognizing symptoms is the key to preventing suicides, local mental health professionals say. So they are planning events to help community members do just that.

Local church hosts global speaker

On Sunday morning, the Craig Assembly of God church will present a guest speaker, Ron Iwasko, president of Global University.

Steve Drake: Thank you for support of bass fishing club

On behalf of the Western Slope American Bass Anglers, I would like to thank Rick Kroman, manager of the Craig Kmart, and Jim Simos, owner of Cashway Distributors in Craig, for their generous gifts and sponsorship of our bass fishing club. Kmart and Cashway Distributors donated gifts that were awarded to anglers who fished our past two tournaments at Pelican Lake on April 8 and 9.

Warren Dale Brintnall

Warren Dale Brintnall, the son of James Emerson and Mary Martha (Rouse) Brintnall, was born Sept. 6,1926, at their homestead in the Great Divide area near Maybell. He died March 28, 2006, in Corvallis, Ore.

Kurt Gray

A memorial for Kurt Gray is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Services conclude at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

Briefs for April 21

Three events are planned for May in Maybell. The Sombrero Ranches horse drive is from 9 a.m. to noon May 7.

Pam George: Goodbye to my clients at Hair by George

After a decade of being an owner and stylist of a salon in Craig (Hair by George), I would like to say goodbye to my clients. You have all become my very dear friends throughout the years.

Triple winners

Local snocross racers dominate season

It didn't take Michelle and A.J. Stoffle long to respond to the question, "What was one of your memorable experiences?"

Moffat County Neighbor:

Age: 56 Occupation: Nurse Place of birth: Rangely

Off-road paradise

ATV riders have plenty of springtime options

With access to seemingly endless public lands in their backyards, many Moffat County residents are gearing up to enjoy the great outdoors this spring from the seat of an all-terrain vehicle.

Wednesday, April 19

Mustang group hangs on to dream

Members of the High Plains Mustang Club haven't given up on their plan to build a wild horse monument west of Craig.

Michael Lausin: Thanks to all who helped with recycling

I would like to thank Donna Watkins at the Moffat County Public Library for parking lot space and the Craig Daily Press, Moffat County News and KRAI for their coverage of the computer recycling event that was held April 1.

Rick Holford: 'Oops' about Holford, Hoberg mix-up

I believe the French term "faux pas" means "oops." Although people have often confused Jerry Hoberg and me (I claim to be the handsome one and a better golfer, too), I am not the Republican sheriff candidate. While I appreciate the promotion to undersheriff in Jerry's absence while he is off hunting turkeys with two other "turkeys," that also would be Jerry Hoberg. I did attend the Republican county assembly, but no one nominated me for any of the offices that are currently being contested. (I considered coroner but I think Owen has a lock on that one.)

Police Blotter for April 20

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, April 18 Brittney Ashlyn Byers, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting.

Dunckley named Citizen of Year

COMA director honored by state law enforcement organization

A local woman has been recognized for her efforts in battling Craig's methamphetamine problem.

Maggie Romero

Maggie Romero, of Baggs, Wyo., died Wednesday at her home.

Kurt Gray

Kurt Gray, of Craig, died Tuesday in Denver. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Briefs for April 20

Colorado residents have until April 28 to apply for help with heating costs before the program ends for the season.

Group discusses mineral leases

When the Bureau of Land Management announced plans last month to offer more than 100,000 acres of land in Moffat County for mineral leasing, the calls to the Colorado Wilderness Network in Craig starting pouring in.

Crane out at TMH

Dr. Michael Crane is no longer practicing medicine at The Memorial Hospital, the hospital's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

'Success story'

Monty Bond retires from Colorado Workforce Center, thanks Craig

Many years ago, a friend told Monty Bond that working for a job service was rewarding because he got to help people find jobs that were rewarding for them.

Datebook for April 20

Today 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Single mothers and senior citizens older than 62 are invited to a car care clinic at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Members of the church will check the car from top to bottom free of charge. For an appointment, call Pat at Love INC at 826-4400.

Tuesday, April 18

CAPS escapee to serve 5 years

The man who walked away from CAPS last year will spend an additional five years in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Drug suspect accepts deal

A Craig woman arrested during a drug bust at a home in Craig last fall pleaded guilty Tuesday to marijuana possession charges.

Police blotter for April 19

Mitchell Dennis Emahiser, 50, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for April 19

9 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers sponsors Cannedy Ministries Professional Mom at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Expecting mothers and mothers with children in kindergarten or younger are invited to learn about parenting tools. The cost is $5 and includes child care and breakfast. Call Erin at 824-5349.

Attempted murder case stalled

A Craig man charged with trying to kill his girlfriend last year had his arraignment pushed back to May this week.

Bobcat killed to protect cattle

When Doug Camilletti investigated what was upsetting one of his cows April 3, he didn't expect to see a bobcat prowling near a newborn calf.

Elsie Cerise

Elsie Cerise, of Yampa, died Tuesday at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Ready to terminate

MCHS wrestlers place second at Ohio's 'Terminator' tournament

Although their season may be over, all Moffat County High School juniors Jake Breslin and Brice Boling can think about is being ready for next year's wrestling season.

Our View: GOP right about caucuses

At last week's Republican Party assembly, some members of the local GOP wanted to do away with the caucus process.

Hearing in meth case pushed back until May

One of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep asked a judge Tuesday for more time to consider a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office.

Real estate transactions for March

Buyer: Mark D. Clapper Jr. Seller: Prudential Relocation Inc. Property description: 10 Valley View Drive Sale price: $115,000

County, state barter over roads

Moffat County commissioners again asked the Colorado Department of Transportation on Tuesday to take Moffat County Road 57 off the county's hands.

Monday, April 17

Meth defendants appear in court

Last person arrested in sweep expected to accept plea agreement

Two of the defendants from December's meth sweep appeared in court in Craig on Monday.

Speak Up for April 18

As a full-time student at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus, I was insulted by the article that ran March 20 regarding the new president of CNCC. His idea of "bolstering enrollment ... by establishing new programs" is ridiculous.

Dinosaur National Monument busy during Easter weekend

On Sunday, the line of cars at the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument reached six deep as Darla Sowell collected the entrance fee.

Police blotter for April 18

Eleborio Lee Escobar, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, menacing assault, false imprisonment and obstruction of telephone service.

Police: Man threatened girlfriend with knife

A Craig man faces attempted murder charges after police say he choked his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife.

Wal-mart gets mixed approval, opposition

Wal-Mart got preliminary approval for its subdivision plan Monday from the Craig Planning and Zoning Com�--mittee. But the retail giant also got its first look at the organized opposition to its plan to build a 100,000-square-foot Supercenter in Craig.

Runoff closes Elkhead detour road

Some area residents will have to take a detour around a detour.

Datebook for April 18

All branches of Moffat County Libraries are closed for training and computer upgrades.

Sunday, April 16

A family affair

Daltons named Special Olympics Colorado Family of the Year

Bonnie Dalton hollers across the Moffat County High School pool Saturday for her son, Josh, to bend his body more when he dives into the water.

Striking out the streak

Baseball team beats Rifle for first time since 2001

The streak is over, and that's a good thing. The Moffat County baseball team broke its five-year winless streak against Rifle on Saturday. And they did what Rifle has done to them during that span, by playing consistent, sound baseball, coach Rich Sadvar said.

Get your green thumb ready

City Market putting up garden center

In case you needed more evidence that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, Craig City Market is putting up its garden center.

Briefs for April 17

The United States Department of Agriculture has $20 million in grants available to rural communities to strengthen distance learning and telemedicine programs in rural America.

GOP chooses Martin

Rancher gets 61 percent of vote at assembly

Moffat County Commissioner candidate Dan W. Martin secured the top line on August's Republican party primary ballot Saturday.

Painting the town

Nini Shroyer adds color everywhere she goes

It started when Nini Shroyer's mom would take her on drives through Philadelphia. The little girl would sit in the back seat, and as they drove through the slums, and even as a 6-year-old, her primary thought was that she wished she could clean up the dirtiness.

Datebook for April 17

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Western Slope Colorado Information, Resources Coordination Linkage and Education group hosts an educational conference about brain injuries at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 419 E. Victory Way. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. Call Jennifer Shook at (970) 248-2840.

Friday, April 14

Greek Orthodox Easter celebration a week later

Many congregations celebrate Easter this Sunday, but Greek Orthodox church members commemorate the holiday a week later this year.

John Charles Hill

Ken and Nicole Hill, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, John Charles Hill, at 7:08 a.m. April 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are John and Ella Hill, of Hudson; Katie and Lew Thomas of East Sound, Wash.; and Tony Azevedo of Sierra Village, Calif.

Julianna Kyleigh Crain

Matthew and Jennafer Crain, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter Julianna Kyleigh Crain at 9:37 p.m. April 7, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

ACT registration May 5

College-bound high school students must register online or have their paper registrations postmarked by May 5 for the next nationwide ACT academic achievement exam.

Local bass tournament finishes successfully

The first bass fishing tournament organized by local fishermen was deemed a success.

CMS Staff Profile

What is your job title: CMS Custodian Number of years in profession: 17 years

Real estate transactions

Buyer: John & Ila H. Muschetto Seller: Don E. and Laura L. Christensen Property description: 1734 E. Highway 40 Sale price: $185,000

Police blotter for April 15

Craig Police Department Thursday, April 13 Officers received a 911 hang-up.

Our View: Balancing the boom

About 115,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Moffat County will be offered for oil and gas leasing next month.

Tests chart physical effects of police work, exposure

When local narcotics officers searched what they thought was a rolling methamphetamine lab in the fall, they didn't take any chances.

News briefs for April 15

U.S. officials worry about eye fungus Optometrists are encouraging contact lens users to take the proper precautions amid reports of a potentially sight-threatening fungus spreading to the United States.

Runoff busts levee

Crews unable to mend breach on Yampa River on Friday

Construction crews spent Friday afternoon trying to mend a breached levee on the Yampa River east of Craig.

Government Update for April 15

Moffat County commissioners Last met: April 11 Decisions: • Commissioners signed off on an agreement between the county and NC Telecom.

Josephine Fagg

Josephine (Jo) Eva Fagg was born Dec. 18, 1916, in Rockvale to Andrew and Anna Duzik.


The parents of Ben Vannoy and Lisa Turon announce the couple's engagement.

Education Calendar for April 15

Colorado Northwestern Community College Today A computer workshop on Web design/Dream Weaver is at the Craig campus. Call 824-1101 or 824-1109.

Relays shine under the lights

Bulldog boys and girls teams fare well at Wildcat Invitational

The Moffat County track teams were treated to Friday Night Lights in Grand Jun�--ction. It wasn't the movie released last year but it was the experience of running under the lights.

David Pressgrove: Setting the standard

One of the questions I'm asked the most is: "What's your favorite sport to cover?" For me that question is like asking a kid in a candy store with $20 to pick one item.

Thursday, April 13

Robert Vernell Calder

Robert Vernell Calder, of Austin, died April 8, 2006, at his home in Austin at age 91.

Local churches plan Easter services

Easter is Sunday, and many local churches have special services and children's activities planned: Calvary Baptist Church 1050 Yampa Ave. 8 a.m. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday Easter egg hunt and breakfast 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:45 a.m. Sunday Easter celebration

Local cat nearly triples nine lives

Feline turns 26, isn't slowing down

If someone told Cathy May 10 years ago that her cat, Dinker, would be alive today, she would have thought he was crazy.

City to discuss Wal-Mart plans

The city of Craig's Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss Wal-Mart's plans for a 100,000-square foot Supercenter at its meeting Monday.

C.E. Pickering

C.E. "Pick" Pickering, 88, of Grand Junction, passed away April 12, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital after an illness.

Jennifer Piper: eth, immigration comments not correct

Editor's note: Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, spoke in Craig on Wednesday about immigration issues. Craig police Chief Walt Vanatta said much of Craig's methamphetamine comes from Mexico. Craig resident Rob Sexton said if the U.S. government restricted services to illegal immigrants, they would return to their native countries. Meth, immigration comments not correct

Father Nature

Trapper Mine employee named Reclamationist of the Year

Growing up on the plains of southeastern Colorado, Billy Nicholson always wanted to farm.

Saturday night live

Craig musicians kick off open mic series

For musicians such as Bill Ronis, creative expression through live performance has been hard to come by in Craig.

Moffat County Neighbor

Jackie Roberts Age: 45 Occupation: Retail store owner, Under the Aspen Tree; hairdresser, the Hair Loft What should your business card say you do? Entrepreneur, shop owner Place of birth: Lander, Wyo.

Datebook for April 15

Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craig Gun and Sport Show, sponsored by Bears Ears Sportsman Club, is under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Fourth-grader wins statewide essay contest

When Brittany Walker was asked to write about her hero, she chose her mom.

Datebook for April 14

Today 6:15 p.m. Elks bingo is at the lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call Dora at 824-2251.

Police Blotter for April 14

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, April 12 No bookings reported.


Gerald and Roberta Culverwell invite friends and loved ones of Bob Dunckley and Annette Gianinetti to attend an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 6 at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to celebrate the couple's recent wedding.

Glitz and glam

Some students primping for prom 2006; others decide to skip it

Is prom really worth all the trouble?

Wednesday, April 12

News briefs for April 13

Man drives off road A Mississippi man was taken to The Memorial Hospital and could be charged with drunken driving after authorities say he drove off Moffat County Road 7 on Wednesday.

Police blotter for April 13

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, April 11 James Alex Clift, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail to serve time for a previous offense.

Jill Grimes: Congrats to music program for show

To the editor: I just wanted to give the Moffat County Music Depart�--ment my congratulations for such an excellent music program Tuesday evening.

Sarah Wiseman on behalf of Lacey Wiseman: Someone stole elk shed from 5-year-old

To the editor: My mom is helping me write this letter because I am only 5 years old. On Sunday, I went with my dad and sister to fix a fence on our property on Moffat County Road 39.

Bulldogs a force to reckon with

Girls golf team prepares for three tournaments next week

The Class 4A Western Slope girls golf picture is starting to narrow to two teams: Moffat County and Rifle.

Jose Manuel Martinez

Jose Manuel Martinez died March 30, 2006, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Florence Alice Daniels Vastine

Florence Alice Daniels Vastine, a Mitchell, Ore., resident, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at Nyssa Gardens Assisted Living, in Nyssa, Ore. She was 91 years old.

Staying in the lines

Girl wins dental agency coloring contest

Kelly Knez can put another notch in her belt of coloring victories.

Spring cleaning

Council hears first reading of junk ordinance

Tuesday's meeting of the Craig City Council had a strong focus on cleaning up the city.

Council evaluates paving projects

The Craig City Council on Tuesday looked at chip-sealing overlay and paving projects for city streets that could begin this summer.

Robert L. Richardson

Robert L. Richardson died March 18, 2006, 10 days before his 77th birthday.

Amy W. Jerrell

Amy W. Jerrell was born May 31, 1913, in Union, Ind., to Elijah Wilson and Maude (Beard) Jerrell. At a young age, her family moved to the town of Raos in southern Colorado. She was raised there and in Minturn, Eagle and Carbondale, where she graduated from high school in 1930 or 1931.After high school, Amy attended Colorado Teachers College in Greeley for one year.

Immigration dominates Allard's visit

A single topic has dominated Sen. Wayne Allard's visits to the Western Slope in recent days.

Tuesday, April 11

Attempted murder suspect's case pushed back

A judge on Tuesday granted a continuance for a Craig man accused of beating his girlfriend and choking her until she passed out during a fight at the couple's home in January.

Soccer team still standing

Steamboat takes down Moffat County, 5-0

Tuesday's gust of afternoon wind did little to stop the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team from beating Moffat County, 5-0, at Woodbury park. The Sailors' pressure was consistent throughout the game, controlling the ball in Moffat's territory for almost the entire first half.

Diane Cookston: We hope Partners organization survives

To the editor: We are writing in response to the article, "Partners fights to survive," in Friday's Craig Daily Press. We are one of the "success stories" that director Tara Jenrich spoke about. We have been "partners" through the Moffat County organization for the past five years.

CAPS escapee working on deal

The Craig man who walked away from CAPS in December is working on a new plea deal, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Inmate to pay for broken door

A Moffat County Jail inmate who broke a cell door will serve two years of probation and pay up to $2,737 in restitution and court costs, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Road rules

State officers, ranchers discuss highway regulations

Local farmers and ranchers spend a lot of time behind the wheel, so knowing the rules of the road are important to them.

Police blotter for April 12

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, April 10 Larry Lynn Hitt, 52, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Defendant in meth case sentenced to probation

A judge Tuesday opted to sentence a Craig woman charged with meth possession to four years of probation rather than Correctional Alternative Placement Services.

Robert Vernell Calder

Robert Vernell Calder, 91, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at his home in Austin, Colo.

Datebook for April 13

Today 9:30 a.m. Craig Book Club meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop. "The Sewing Circles of Herat" by Christina Lamb will be reviewed by Marti Cisar. Call Sue at 824-6798.

Late offense allows Bulldogs to pull away

Moffat County shuts out Steamboat, 8-0

All that Bryan Wojtkiewicz needed was for his team to score one run, but he didn't mind the seven others.

Our View: The American dream

The immigration system is broken, and no one seems to know how to fix it.

Justin Chew Eliasen

Justin Chew Eliasen, 22, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, in Roosevelt, Utah. Justin was born on Sept. 11, 1983, in Glenwood Springs. He was the son of Russell and Renee Chew Steele and the late Earl Edward Eliasen.

Truck thief's meth case headed to District Court

A woman convicted in February of stealing a truck from a local nonprofit also will face methamphetamine charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Internet contract approved

Commissioners say deal ensures prepaid service won't go to waste

Moffat County commissioners breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday.

News briefs for April 12

Jantz petitioning onto primary ballot Moffat County sheriff candidate Tim Jantz said this week he will skip next week's Republican Party assembly and petition his way onto August's primary ballot.

Datebook for April 12

Today 7 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call 824-6915.

Monday, April 10

In a pinch

Monday's tax deadline looms for procrastinators

H&R Block employees said they are seeing the usual number of procrastinators waiting until the last minute to file their income taxes, even though they have two extra days this year.

Police blotter for April 11

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday April, 6 Kenneth Edward Craig II, 20, of Rock Springs, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving with a restricted license, driving without insurance and driving with expired registration.

County to discuss NC Telecom

Moffat County commissioners could sign off on an extension of the county's often-eventful relationship with NC Telecom at today's regular meeting.

Track teams finish in top five

The Moffat County boys and girls track teams earned top-five finishes Saturday at the Palisade Invitational in Grand Junction.

Speak up for April 11

City should clean up Heather Park, between the 1400 and 1500 block of Barclay Street, is trashed. There are boards with nails. There used to be a park here. They won't give the children a safe place to play. It's just ridiculous. I wish somebody would do something.

Thirty-eight teams compete in youth basketball tourney

Steve Maneotis, director of the Moffat Basketball Assoc�--iation, described the weekend's fourth annual Bill Lawrence Classic Basketball Tournament as a "win-win," situation.

Calvin Lee McFarland

Calvin Lee McFarland was born Sept. 18, 1955, in Steamboat Springs, to Calvin and Doris (Walker) McFarland. Calvin was raised in Steamboat, Silt, Newcastle, Wyo., and Custer, S.D., before moving to Craig, where he graduated from Moffat County High School in 1973. During high school, Calvin was an avid wrestler.

City Council considers junk ordinance today

When code enforcement officer Becky Otis issues a citation for weeds in a yard or an abandoned vehicle, it sometimes takes months or years to resolve the problem.

Salary bill stalls

Statewide legislation would require limits for elected officials

Legislation aimed at requiring county commissioners to set salaries for elected officials has stalled at the Capitol, awaiting the governor's decision on another salary bill.

Amy Pings

Amy Pings, of Craig, died Monday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. At her request, no services are scheduled.

Sunday, April 9

A bull market

Auction brings ranchers to Hayden

Rance Moon is a teenager, but he knows a lot about raising cattle through his years in 4-H and through family experience.

New furniture store location open

Homemaker Furnishings adds shop at Sixth Street and Yampa Avenue

Red Cortner doesn't think living in a small town should mean living with a small selection.

Ada McArthur: Hospital should re-evaluate funding

Recently, the Daily Press reported that The Memorial Hospital board has voted to improve the hospital elevator at a cost of not more than $55,000.

Allard to visit Craig

One of Colorado's two U.S. Senators will be in Craig this week. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, will host an informal town hall meeting at 9 a.m. Wed�--nesday at the Moffat County Fair�--grounds, 750 E. Fourth St.

Datebook for April 11

Today 4 to 5 p.m. Children ages 3 to 12 can celebrate crazy hat day at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Participants can listen to hat stories and make hats. The event is free but by reservation only. Call 824-5116.

Bulldogs split series

Defensive changes lead to Saturday shutout

For Moffat County High School girls' soccer players, the difference between their performance Friday and their performance Saturday was like night and day.

News brief for April 11

Sweet Adelines take third place The Yampa Valley chorus of Sweet Adelines International came home with medals.

Datebook for April 10

4 p.m. The Craig Poetry Group will meet in the bookstore at Serendipity Coffee Shop. In honor of National Poetry Month, members will share cookies. Take some favorite poems. Call Cheryl Miller at 824-3990.

A familiar face takes on a new role

Dempster begins work as bank president today

At bigger, metropolitan banks, bank presidents might not get to spend much time with customers. But in Craig, bank presidents aren't hidden away in an office; they meet customers face to face.

Friday, April 7


Terri Reno What is your job title? Custodian

Finding their paths

Conferences aim to help eighth-graders set career goals

Although it may seem as though the eighth-grade girls at Craig Middle School are focusing only on summer break, Patti Askew knows better.

Yampa Valley Partners presents forum

Friday's conference explores valleywide issues

Forty people came together Friday to work as a community to plan for the Yampa Valley's future.

Police blotter for April 8

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday April, 6 No bookings reported.

Bonnie Linton: Thanks to hospital staff for great care

Thanks to hospital staff for great care To the editor: Recently, I was in The Memorial Hospital for seven days and I can't say enough about the wonderful care I received Drs. Larry Kipe and Andre Huffmire, the nurses' aides and therapists, and great meals from the kitchen. This isn't the first time I've been admitted here and, due to my health, it won't be the last, and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else. I've also spent time in other hospitals in Colorado and never received the care that I have at our local hospital. All this needless, bad publicity of the hospital has been upsetting to say the least.

Suicide prevention training set for June

Moffat and Routt counties have high suicide rates and local mental health centers are taking steps to break the cycle.

Craig Intermediate School Honor Roll

Straight A's -- 4.0 Lorelei Bagley Melissa Camilletti Adrie Camp Amie Chadwick Lacey Coty Edward Fallon Jesse Henderson John Kirk Brenna Luviano

Education calendar for April 8

Moffat County School District Monday, April 10 5 p.m. Informational meeting for Cheer and Dance team parents in Moffat County High School cafeteria 6:30 p.m. Parent Advisory Meeting in Craig Middle School cafeteria

Elliot David Mayer

Catherine and Drew Mayer announce the birth of their son, Elliot David Mayer, at 10:55 p.m. March 15, 2006, at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas.


Dirk Miller and Lisa Sampson of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Lee Miller, to Steven Adam Mudge of Craig, son of Evan Mudge of Casper, Wyo., and Andrea Dixon of Laramie, Wyo.

Park's wolf idea causes worries

National park looking to trim elk numbers

With an elk population nearly double what biologists say it should be, Rocky Mountain National Park officials are looking for ways to manage the overgrown population.

Government update for April 8

Moffat County Commissioners Last met: Tuesday Decisions: • Commissioners voted to extend a sale agreement between the county and Steamboat Springs for a piece of property on the east side of Craig. The property will be used by Steamboat Transit for a park-and-ride bus terminal.

Our View: No value in duplication

There is little evidence remaining that the lessons learned during the Great Depression stuck. Time and resources remain finite, yet people throw them away like there's a never-ending supply.

Mine closure has 'ripple effect'

Two months ago, trucks hauled the last load of coal from Routt County's Seneca Mine.

Datebook for April 8

Today Today is the deadline for entering the Downtown Business Association's Easter bonnet contest. Submissions must be delivered to KS Kreations, 543 Yampa Ave. Proceeds from the contest will go to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Briefs for April 8

More than 100 Craig business owners, employees and associates are headed to jail. But this sentence is for a good cause.

Kash Allen Marshall

Chad Marshall and Ericka Albrecht, of Craig, announce the birth of their son Kash Allen Marshall at 7:15 a.m. March 30, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Giving hope

Brothers work together to help with Katrina cleanup in New Orleans

No one was going to stop him. When Josh Frederickson decided he was going to New Orleans, there was nothing anyone could say to change his mind.

Climbing to the top

Dinosaur student builds wall for Eagle Scout project

When most kids get out of school for spring break, they can't wait to get out of school and leave town.

Eileen M. Schrader

A funeral for Eileen M. Schrader was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Grant Mortuary. Pastor Robert Snavley officiated, and Cari Hermacinski presented the eulogy. The public service ended at the mortuary. Mark Hermacinski offered the burial prayer for the family at the cemetery.

Thursday, April 6

Jesse Paul Wilson

Jesse Paul "Thirty" Wilson died Saturday, April 1, 2006, near Craig as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Last frontier

Study shows ag lands disappearing fast

From 1987 to 2002, Colorado lost an average of 460 acres per day of agricultural land, according to a report released this week by Environment Colorado.

CNCC class fills need for nursing assistant

The nurses aid classes that begin Monday at Colorado Northwestern Community College are not only a good idea for students interested in a nursing career, they are required by a number of universities before entering a registered nurse program.

Chris, Ray and Shirley: Cromer and crew came to rescue at courthouse

I would like to take a moment to thank the people of Cromer Contracting. The rope on the flagpole at the courthouse was cut and, with the help of the wind, pulled completely out.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jim Vallem

Jim Vallem Age: 58 Occupation: Owner of Intermountain Appliance What should your business card say you do? Need to retire Place of birth: Yakima, Wash.

Police Blotter for April 7

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, April 5 Teri Kay Willey, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under a revoked license.

Party assemblies coming up

Candidates for Moffat County sheriff and county commissioner will get a look at what public support for them is like in the next week.

Partners fights to survive

Moffat County Partners is in a tight spot -- no money and no director.

Taking aim at nationals

Moffat County 4-H member to compete at top level

Austin Blomquist has been using firearms for most of his 15 years, but it wasn't until four years ago that he joined a Moffat County 4-H shooting club to compete as a marksman.

Take a hike

Moffat County offers limitless hiking possibilities

The spring sun has hit Moffat County, and with 1.5 million acres of public land -- well more than twice the size of Rhode Island -- there are plenty of excuses to get out and experience the numerous hikes available.

H. "Keith" Snodgrass

H. "Keith" Snodgrass, 61, of Ouray died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Ouray.

Datebook for April 7

Today 9 a.m. to Noon. Yampa Valley Partners' regional forum, "Living in a Community of Choice -- Act II: Anticipating Changes," is at The Center of Craig.

Briefs for April 7

The Steamboat Springs ski area will open up the mountain for free skiing and riding for all students, faculty and school employees from Craig, Maybell, Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Meeker, Rangely, Oak Creek, Walden and Yampa schools to share in the end-of-season celebration.

Wednesday, April 5

Briefs for April 5

The annual Craig Gun and Sport show will move from the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion to under the grandstands this year to accommodate 25 percent more displays than in previous years.

Police Blotter for April 5

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, April 4 Ashley Lynn Herod, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. William Reynolds, 41, of Rawlins, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under a revoked license.

Lee Duncan Terry

Lee Duncan Terry, 75, of Casper, Wyo., died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Wyoming Medical Center.

Rain doesn't sink Sailors

Steamboat scores three first-half goals to beat Moffat, 4-0

The running wasn't over after the final whistle of the Moffat County and Steam-boat Springs soccer game Wednesday.

Basketball across city this weekend

The Moffat Basketball Association hopes to show off its basketball teams this weekend. MBA teams from fifth grade to eighth grade, boys and girls, have been on the road to tournaments for most of 2006, and for the second time, they're home.

Whose say is pay?

Proposal to make counties decide salary draws ire

Moffat County commissioners say they shouldn't be responsible for determining elected officials' salaries, including their own.

Jose Martinez

A Mass of Christian burial for Jose Martinez is at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Rosary recitation is at 7 p.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for April 6

Today 7:30 a.m. The Pipeline Group's annual "Public Education Contractor Awareness Program" includes a free breakfast inside the Colorado Room at Colorado Northwestern Community College Weiss Center, 500 Kennedy Drive in Rangely. The program focuses on preventing accidents and damages to underground pipelines and utilities. Call (800) 982-8752 or visit

Tuesday, April 4

Mary Jane Alexander: Appreciation for those at Moffat library

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the ladies at the Moffat County Library. I have been mostly housebound this past year and have a favorite Christian author. When they didn't have the book in, they went as far as the Eastern Slope to find the book I wanted. I truly appreciate the time and trouble they went to for me. Even when they had the book on the shelf they would get it and put it at the desk so my husband could just run in and get it for me. You ladies have gone beyond and above what I feel you have to do. Again it is greatly appreciated. God Bless you all.

Long hits lift Bulldogs past Sailors

Bryan Richards provided a fitting end to the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs baseball game Tuesday.

Our View: Clean up city

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. And right now, Craig is missing its chance. The town's appearance leaves much to be desired.

Take a break from the cold

When temperatures hover around freezing or when the summer sun gets too warm, it might be time to find some indoor recreation.

Forum looks at Horizons' visibility

In November's election, 54 percent of Moffat County voters said no to a tax increase that would have benefited people with mental retardation.

VNA gets $50,000

Grant brings 'telehealth' to Northwest Colorado

Craig residents should not forget to take care of their personal health.

Karen Ray: Immigrants come because of economic crisis at home

The Craig Daily Press ran an editorial cartoon March 30 depicting sombrero-wearing Mexicans sneaking under the fence to the U.S. for the "free health care, free education, jobs and free lemonade" -- xenophobic image of why so many immigrant workers and farmers are coming into the U.S., particularly from Latin America.

Told named president of osteopathic group

A local doctor has taken his expertise national.

Lions Club offers learner scholarships to adults

The Craig Noon Lions Club has shaken up their scholarship program this year.

9Health Fair set for April 29

Free and optional health screenings are available at the 9Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon April 29 at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

Ashtay Shikilah Bennett

Patrick Bennett and Such-shane Williams, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Ashtay Shikilah Bennett, at 3:23 a.m. March 29, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Dartagnan Michael Hammond

Earl "Tank" and Jayna Hammond, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Dartagnan Michael Hammond at 7:03 p.m. March 31, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for April 5

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, April 3 Craig Anthony Duran, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under a restricted license.

Josephine Fagg

Josephine Fagg, of Craig, died Monday at her home.

Lee Terry

Lee Terry, of Casper, Wyo., died Monday, April 3, 2006, in Casper.


Moffat County's economy is energy-based -- each of its top 10 taxpayers depends on the area's abundant supply of natural resources. Yet, there's a diversity that helps the county thrive.

Jason Andrew Colby

Scott and Jean Colby, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Jason Andrew Colby, at 3:50 p.m. March 30, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

A hunting mecca

It isn't hard to understand why Northwest Colorado is the premier big-game hunting area in the state.

Restaurants and accommodations

Where to eat Backwoods Diner 337 W. Victory Way Craig, CO 81625 (970) 826-9795

Attorneys work to resolve meth case

One of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep is close to working out a plea agreement with prosecutors, lawyers in the case said Wednesday.

Comunidad Integrada seeks sponsors for Cinco de Mayo event

While plans for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festival are moving ahead as scheduled, organizers of the celebration said they need the community's help to ensure a quality event.

Down and dirty

Local sheep ranchers to be featured on Discovery Channel's 'Dirty Jobs'

They explore sewers, fumigate homes and dive for golf balls while dodging hungry alligators.

Health care abounds

Craig offers a comprehensive list of medical professionals

Moffat County offers a full range of medical services to its residents. Craig has a variety of family-care physicians, dentists, chiropractors and physical therapists and other health care professionals.

Winter recreation

Cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling are just some of the winter activities Craig offers cold-weather enthusiasts. From November through early spring, activities abound in Moffat County, said Ned Miller, sportsman information specialist for the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Hot spots in Moffat County

For Moffat County visitors who want to get a little background about the region's history before they visit the sites, the Museum of Northwest Colorado is a good place to start. The museum, 590 Yampa Ave., in downtown Craig, is the home of an extensive collection of relics, including political memorabilia, old mining equipment and artifacts from the region's early settlers. If visitors have questions about the area, museum Director Dan Davidson can usually point them in the right direction. The museum also has a renowned cowboy and gunfighter collection.

Buying a home

Make it work for you

Finding a place to live is often the biggest challenge people face when making a move to a new community.

From preschool to college

Moffat County has it all for the aspiring student

Moffat County offers a comprehensive and high-quality educational experience for students of all ages.

Craig Chamber of Commerce 2006 Activities Calendar

April April 7 and 8 -- KRAI Spring Expo at Centennial Mall. Call Frank Hanel at 824-6574 April 8 -- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet, Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs. Call Susan Syvertson at 824-3633

Commissioners extend sale of old road and bridge shop

The $220,000 sale of the old county road and bridge shop to the city of Steamboat Springs still has life.

D.A.: No charges filed in shooting

The Craig man who shot and killed an intruder at his home in Craig last week will not be charged with a crime, the district attorney announced Tuesday.

Moffat County: To live or visit

Wide-open spaces are virtues of the present in Moffat County, a place with deep roots in the past. From Black Mountain's golden aspens to rugged canyons in legendary Browns Park, the region offers diversity in landscape and is home to some of the largest deer and elk herds in North America. The Yampa and Snake River valleys, mountains and high plains desert cover an area 93 miles long and 52 miles wide, bordering Wyoming and Utah. Centrally located, the city of Craig is the shopping, family recreation and entertainment center for the area.


Randy and Renee Chason, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaci LeeAnn Chason, to Jesse Lee Doolin, of Craig, the son of Steve and Teresa Maneotis and John Doolin, of Craig.

Gene Counts: People need to wise up about the hospital

To the editor: I think that the people who are criticizing our local hospital have probably never spent much time in it. I have stayed in several hospitals in Colorado; Grand Junction, Denver, Steamboat Springs and Craig. I can tell you that I received as good of care in Craig, and even better than some of the others. We are very fortunate to have this hospital in our town. We don't need it drug through the mud. We are fortunate to have doctors such as Dr. Told, Drs. Dennis and Pamela Kinder and many others. We also have the best of nurses. A lot of people are alive today because of our local hospital and doctors.

Datebook for April 5

Wednesday, April 5 Today is the deadline for Craig Youth Baseball, open to youths ages 8 to 18. A hat and shirt are included in the fee. Night-league teams are available for the following age groups: 8 to 10, 11 to 12 and 13 to 15. The season begins in mid-April with practice. Games begin mid-May. The fee is $40 for one player, $70 for two and $90 for three or more. Call Parks and Rec at 826-2029 or sign up at Craig City Hall.

Cathy Copeland: Huge thank you to Craig Youth Soccer kids

To the editor: I need to send out a huge thank you to the Craig Youth Soccer kids who helped with the community outreach program this weekend at the Veterans of Foreign War senior dinner that was provided by the VFW Womens Auxiliary on Saturday. As the supervisor of this project, I am so very proud of the kids who helped out and the overwhelming response that I received from the community seniors. The compliments alone made this a worthwhile adventure. The youth listed below demonstrated the utmost in manners and leadership as well as skills that pleasantly surprised me, being a mother of a teenager. To all of the following, you have my gratitude and support thank you for all you have done and look forward to working with you in the future on more community outreach projects.


Assemblies of God CRAIG ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Dave Ross 1150 E. Ninth St. (From U.S. Highway 40, north on Colorado, east on Ninth) Sunday school at 9 a.m., Sunday worship at 10 a.m., evening service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, family night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Family Night at 6:30 p.m. last Friday of every month in the gym, Stone Rollers youth group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Clubs & Organizations

AARP Ben Chapman (970) 824-5123

The great outdoors

Lakes and rivers Moffat County offers world-class fishing at its many lakes and rivers. Fishing hot spots in Northwest Colorado include:

Sports shorts

Girls golf team sweeps up in Glenwood Springs Amy Coulter's first sub-100 score came with an added bonus for the Moffat County golfer Monday. Coulter not only scored below 100 for the first time, she won the tournament with a score of 98.

Welcome to Moffat County

If you're looking for a hometown atmosphere in a rural setting filled with people who know the Old West never died, you've found it.

Taste of the Old West

Moffat County may be bigger than the state of Rhode Island, but a little driving time will reveal a great deal of Old West history for those with the spirit of adventure found in the early settlers

Monday, April 3

Jesse Wilson

Jesse Wilson, of Craig, died Saturday near Craig. A memorial is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary.

Randi Howard: Donate Colorado items to Washington student

Dear editor, I am a kid in Mrs. Kelly's class at Conway School (in Mount Vernon, Wash.), and I am doing my state report on Colorado. My name is Randi, and I am 10 years old.

Suspect in meth case gets 4 years

A Craig man arrested in a major methamphetamine sweep in December will serve four years in prison, a judge ruled Monday.

Suspect rejects deal in meth case

A Craig man facing a litany of charges, including methamphetamine distribution and motor vehicle theft, rejected a plea deal Monday that would have sent him to prison for 10 years.

Dreaming of the stars

Student hopes to make mark at talent convention

A Moffat County High School student with aspirations of stardom will get her chance this summer to become the next big thing.

Mickey Mouse meets Mountain Meat

Local meat plant supplies Disney-owned ESPN Zone restaurant

The Baysingers are in the Zone. Gary and Carolyn Baysinger, owners of Mountain Meat, recently learned that their sausages are being served at ESPN Zone, which is owned by Disney, throughout the U.S.

March comes in like a wet lion

Looking back at the month of March, Graham Roberts recalls a wetter than usual month.

Briefs for April 4

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is urging Northwest Colorado sheep and goat producers to attend a workshop about genetic testing for resistance or susceptibility to scrapie. Scrapie can have devastating effects on a flock if not contained. Through genetic testing, the disease can be limited.

New water facility open

The City of Craig opened a new facility Monday to accommodate the growing number of valley residents that haul water for home use.

Mario Cruz Vigil

Mario Cruz Vigil, 60, died Sunday evening, March 26, 2006, in Craig.

Datebook for April 4

Today Registration begins for Craig Parks and Recreation summer programs and swim lessons. Call 826-2029 or go to Craig City Hall.

Speak up for April 4

County should fix washboard effect

Sunday, April 2

Something new to cheer about

Newly formed cheerleading team earns national recognition

It had been almost two years since the last national cheerleading competition for 13-year-old Tawni Brenner, but the pause before the music came on for that routine seemed even longer.

Michael Richard Sheehan

Michael Richard Sheehan, 52, of Dixon, Wyo., passed away March 28, 2006, at his home.

Madison LeeMarie Crisp

Erick Crisp and Tabitha Haughey, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Madison LeeMarie Crisp, at 5:32 p.m. March 24, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Business Notes for April 3

A federal organization that has pumped more than $63 billion into rural communities through loans and investments has a new Colorado director.

Senior special

Ladies auxiliary feeds seniors every month for free

Virginia Cromer still remembers when the senior dinners at the Veterans of Foreign Wars started.

Craig man dies in rollover

32-year-old ejected from his car near golf course

A Craig man is dead after a one-vehicle rollover accident on the road leading to Yampa Valley Golf Course on Saturday.

History Trivia answer

Pictured was a crimper. It crimps a fuse to a dynamite cap. This device, along with many other artifacts, will be on display at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum, expected to open in the summer.

Wyatt Robert Medeiros

Judy Medeiros of Craig announces the birth of her son, Wyatt Robert Medeiros, at 9:35 p.m. March 24, 2006 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Datebook for April 3

Today 2 to 4 p.m. The community is invited to stop by the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., for cookies and beverages in celebration of National Library Week. New books will be on display. Call 824-5116.

Briefs for April 3

The entrance station at the Dinosaur Fossil Quarry entrance road north of Jensen, Utah, will open Friday and begin charging entrance fees. The Dinosaur Fossil Quarry Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through May 27. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the visitor center hours will change to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

'From the heart'

After 32 years of working on behalf of children, Beverly Counts says goodbye to social services

A lot has happened in the past 32 years.