Stories for August 2006

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Thursday, August 31

Wildcats shut out Bulldogs

It took 20 seconds for the Moffat County High School soccer team to learn it has some work to do.

Champions of their craft

Local youths bring home the gold from the Colorado State Fair

Moffat County's 4-H tradition just got a whole lot richer.

Tyler James Marren

Sherry and James Marren of Craig announce the birth of their son, Tyler James Marren, at 6:16 p.m. July 10 in Steamboat Springs. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Police blotter for Sept. 1

Moffat County Jail No bookings reported.

News briefs for Sept. 1

All stores checked found in compliance with ordinance The Craig Police Department, at the request of a local methamphetamine advocacy group, conducted a compliance check of local retail stores that sell ephedrine-based products to determine if the stores were complying with a city ordinance governing the storage of these products.

Datebook for Sept. 1

Today 10 a.m. Elks Lodge hosts its fundraising thrift shop behind the lodge on the Breeze Street alley.

Kroese sole write-in for election

Tuesday marked the last day for write-in candidates to submit affidavits to the election office for eligibility in the November general election.

TMH seeks EmCare contract extension

The Memorial Hospital is seeking to extend its contract with a national company that oversees emergency care and physician management for another six months.

Randy Kline: Photo of smoking inappropriate

To the editor: This is in regards to the Daily Press printed on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Glory in a time of turmoil

MCHS Volleyball wins season opener against Rangely after the team's head coach resigns

Admist the turmoil that is surrounding the resignation of head volleyball coach Becky Jackson, the MCHS Bulldogs stepped up to it Thursday night and defeated Rangely 3-2 in their home opener.

Sharing food with all of Craig

Eight years ago, Karen Gibson was excited on her drive back to Craig after visiting a SHARE host site in Rifle.

Christina M. Currie: Adult supervision required

There are times when parents should watch their child's every move like the rodeo clown watches the bull. And, there are times when they should allow, even encourage, a little independence.

The run down

Football set for home opener tonight

The Moffat County Bulldogs have made a few changes in the last week. Stepping up their intensity and shuffling some positions has assistant coach Lance Scranton excited for game time.

Wednesday, August 30

Jace Michael Cloer

Marc and Stacy Cloer of Pueblo West, announce the birth of their son, Jace Michael Cloer, at 2:47 p.m. Aug. 19, 2006, at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo.

Hospital design discussions could begin in December

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees has targeted December as the time to begin developing what it would like -- and can afford -- its proposed new healthcare facility to entail.

Probation sentence for meth suspect

Citing that the defendant had kept herself clean for several months, 14th Judicial Court Chief Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Wednesday morning a defendant arrested in the December 2005 methamphetamine sweep to three years of probation.

Memorial staff agrees to review service, cost list

In an effort to ensure that services are reasonably priced, administrators and medical staff at The Memorial Hospital have agreed to review a list containing 16,000 services, and their costs, in October. The review comes at the request of TMH senior management, chief executive officer George Rohrich said Wednesday.

Datebook: Aug. 31

Briefs: Aug. 31

Library to host Ask-A-Lawyer Night

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries are sponsoring Ask-A-Lawyer Night for those local residents who'd like help or information regarding a civil problem.

Rufus Earle

Rufus Earle was born on Nov. 28, 1917, in Durham, Okla., to Robert G. and Lou Era Seale Earle. He was raised on a farm at Durham and was home schooled.

Bulldog golf places high at Delta

Scores for the Moffat County High School Varsity Golf team Team: 9th place, 257 Individual: Collin Jackson, 83; Kaleb McKey, 85; Evan Hertzog, 89; Bryce Ponikvar, 89; Clark Cleverly, 91

Taking a bite out of the competition

Bulldogs to host Rangely in season opener

The challenge will be on the Moffat County Bulldogs tonight as they take on Rangely in their season opener at Moffat County High School.

The Record for Aug. 31

Peyton Lee Armstrong

Nicole Brown and Michael Armstrong of Craig announce the birth of their son, Peyton Lee Armstrong, at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 24, 2006.

Tuesday, August 29

Former jail employee pleads guilty to theft

A former Moffat County Jail employee accused of stealing money pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in 14th Judicial District Court.

Fredrick Martin Overton (1965-2006)

Fredrick Martin "Free" Overton was born March 29, 1965, in Meeker. He died Aug. 18, 2006, in Denver.

Marjorie Dillon (1928-2006)

Marjorie Lucille Shockley Dillon was born on Sept. 9, 1928, on Brown's Hill, near Dixon, Wyo., to Claude E. and Ethel (Needham) Shockley.

A Head Start on enrollment

Local educational program seeking students for fall semester

Lost in a sea of paperwork and a language she didn't speak, Sandra Chavez visited the red brick building on Connor Drive on Tuesday morning with the hope of offering her daughter a chance for a better life. With the help of an interpreter, Chavez muddled past the language barrier and administrative red tape so her daughter could have the most valuable gift of all -- an education.

Police Blotter for Aug. 30

Victoria Ann Garduno, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Our View: The splash bash

There's nothing quite like splashing around in cool mud on a warm, sunny summer morning.

An outsider's perspective

Ken Williams planned a Christmas party and nobody came.

A firsthand look

John Graler, the youth pastor of First Christian Church in Craig, and six other chaperones accompanied 20 teenagers to New Orleans in March to help in the Hurricane Katrina cleanup effort.

Going back for more

Seeing the continued suffering in New Orleans is enough to send Betty Barnes into action.

Getting the ball rolling

Boys soccer set to start Thursday

Jeff Hammond's Bulldogs went 6-9-0 last season, Fruita Monument -- the Bulldog's first opponent -- was 9-6-1.

Big time at the big top

Circus to perform in Craig today, Thursday

Bobbi the Clown came all the way to Craig from Australia to entertain and amaze the children with her prestidigitation, or magic tricks. Her two small dogs, Texas Ted and Oscar Wilde, accompany her during her performance.

Commissioners OK library parking lot

The Dinosaur branch of Moffat County Libraries is scheduled for a new, paved parking lot, approved by the Moffat County commissioners at their Tuesday meeting.

Datebook for Aug. 30

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Today is the last day to register for classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 College Drive. Call Mindy Shue 824-1101.

Craig man gets 3 years in robbery

A 20-year-old Craig man was slapped with a three-year prison sentence Friday for robbing a man of methamphetamine at gunpoint in February.

Monday, August 28

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 29

One thing I can count on this time of year is zucchini! We are in zucchini heaven -- make it in bread, cookies, casseroles, etc. Go visit someone, stay for dinner, and zucchini will likely be served.

Hurricane Katrina

One year later, the storm haunts Gulf Coast

It was a year ago today that Alan Switzler sat inside a Red Cross shelter and listened to "a constant high-pitch whine" and watched it send trees, debris and a church bell flying through the air.

Commissioners tackle R.S. 2477

Moffat County commissioners held a special meeting on Monday to discuss a strategy for Moffat County on Revised Statute 2477.

Write-in veteran Kroese joins sheriff race

While the race for the next Moffat County Commissioner is looking more and more like a one-man affair, the plot is beginning to thicken in the race for sheriff.

Engineers developing infrastructure plans for TMH

With more than $5 million available, officials from The Memorial Hospital think they have enough money to pay for infrastructure at the site of a proposed new facility.

Datebook for Aug. 29

6 to 7 p.m. Moffat County High School hosts a meeting for the parents of freshmen at the high school library, 900 Finley Lane.

Melaina Madeline Yender

Angela and Aaron Yender, of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter, Melaina Made�--line Yender, at 11:07 a.m. Aug. 22, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Aug. 29

Keith Albert Hancock, 24, of Clark, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

C.O.M.A. fundraising committee: Thanks

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse recently held its second annual putt-putt golf tournament at Bears Den Mini Golf Course. It was a great success, and we wish to thank the following people for their time and their donation to a great cause.

Abigail Gonzales: Thank you for making my 4-H year great

My name is Abigail Gonzales, and I just finished my second year in 4-H. This year, I participated in photography and knitting. My year was a huge success thanks to all the great people who helped me.

Just a tip

Bulldog volleyball tastes success at Meeker scrimmage

Although no official scores were kept, Moffat County High School head volleyball coach Becky Jackson knows her team showed what it was made of during 50 minutes of play versus Meeker and Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County 'already prepared' for disaster

Like most governments, the disturbing images from Hurri�--cane Katrina prompted Moffat County officials to re-examine their emergency management plan.

Sunday, August 27

Briefs: Aug. 28

Peabody names group executive

Peabody Energy announced Friday that Larry Hull has been named group executive of Colorado operations.

Datebook: Aug. 28

Safeway donates $5 million to cancer research

Safeway Inc. announced that its stores raised a record $5.1 million for prostate cancer research during the company's annual June fundraiser.

Faith matters

First Christian women's conference a success, organizer says

The Northwest Colorado Christian Women's first foray into hosting a conference designed to promote fellowship among followers was a fantastic success, organizer Kelley Sexton said.

Fire of 'ice'

Speaker's presentation offers glimpse into

The degeneration occurs at blinding speed. A series of pictures -- police mug shots -- reveal just how fast.

Filthy fun

Volleyball tournament leaves teams muddy

Eleven teams of about six competitors each competed in the Chamber of Commerce Mud Splash volleyball tournament Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Allan Reishus: Hunter needs to be redefined

I have a bone to pick with the use of the word hunter to describe a person who kills a domestic elk. That term was used several times in the article on the Crackel elk farm in the Saturday edition of the Craig Daily Press.

Rufus Earle

Rufus Earle, longtime Craig resident, died Friday at The Memorial Hospital.

Richard Mansfield

Richard Mansfield, longtime Craig resident, died Friday at The Memorial Hospital.

Taking civic responsibilities seriously

A resident of Craig for under two years, Holiday Inn sales director has quickly left an imprint on town

Director of sales at a major hotel chain, treasurer on the Chamber of Commerce board, a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Lions Club and volunteer in countless activities sounds like an impressive resume for a long-time citizen.

Bragging rights, and a parking spot

Swander wins the Yampa Valley Golf Course Club Championship Sunday

The greens looked good to Steve Swander on Saturday and Sunday during the Club Championships at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Friday, August 25

On the road again

Former Bulldog running for CNCC this fall

It's been two years since Danielle Brown has hit the cross-country course competitively. This fall will mark her final season, as well as her first season running for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Our View: Making history

From antique chainsaws to old children's toys, it seems the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum has a little bit of everything.

CNCC staff gearing up for school

With classes starting Monday morning at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, the busiest place in town on Friday seemed to be Mindy Shue's office.

Dinosaur school, county split ways

School part of online academy; classes begin Sept. 5

The Moffat County School District and the Dinosaur Community Charter School finalized Thursday a deal to part ways, which has been under discussion for months.

CNCC offers senior scholarships

Through the help of the Rangely Junior College District and the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District, the Colorado Northwestern Community College is able to offer senior citizens an opportunity to register for CNCC classes.

Fire causes brief shut down of two oil wells

The Bitterbrush Fire near Maybell is fully contained, but the effects of the fire are still being felt, as workers from Yampa Valley Electric Association plan to repair burned power poles.

Tourism association plans changes to funding

The Moffat County Tourism Association is making funding changes to a number of the events and services it has sponsored in the past.

Datebook for Aug. 26

Today 8 a.m. Elks club has a yard sale fundraiser at 517 Breeze St. Call 824-2251.

News briefs for Aug. 26

Ingalls fundraiser in Hayden today Hayden resident Tim Ingalls needs open-heart surgery, but he does not have health insurance and is unable to work because of his condition. Medical bills are expected to add up to at least $150,000.

Police blotter for Aug. 26

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Aug. 24 No calls reported.

Rafael Louis Dominguez

Renee and Rafael Dominguez of Craig announce the birth of their son, Rafael Louis Dominguez, at 9:38 p.m. Aug. 22, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Recipe for remission

Craig woman and honorary Relay for Life survivor keeps a positive attitude

RANGELY -- Survivors say the recipe is simple.

Raising trophy bulls

Craig couple finds niche with elk ranch

While shopping at the Spring Expo at the Centennial Mall in Craig, many people find candles, body lotions, or unique gift items. Mike and Vicki Crackel found a business that has turned into a way of life.

Runnin' and gunnin'

Bulldog offense shines in scrimmage

It didn't take long for the Meeker Cowboys or the Summit Tigers to figure out that Moffat County's bread and butter is their running game. It did take them the rest of the night to figure out how to stop it.

Thursday, August 24

Random research

Decision on student drug and alcohol testing 'down the road'

If. That's the word Moffat County High School principal Jane Krogman emphasized Thursday morning when asked whether the school would implement the controversial practice of mandating random drug and alcohol testing for students.

Christina M. Currie: Everyone's learning

All the signs were there -- literally. I couldn't walk into a department, grocery or specialty store without seeing the masses of backpacks, school supply kits and large cardboard arrows that read "Back to School."

Ready, aim, fire

4-H shooting aces hit target

The Craig 4-H shooting club returned from the state rifle competition with ribbons in one hand, guns in the other.

Son of a gun

Mascarenas makes hunting a family tradition

Sitting stoically in front of his kitchen window, Jesse Mascarenas was modest about his younger years of hunting.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bridgette Harris

Age: 35 Occupation: I own Fun and Games What should your business card say you do? The owner Place of birth: Rifle

Pass- fail

Despite meeting 122 of 126 benchmarks, district fails to earn AYP status

If annual yearly progress, the barometer in measuring the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act, was based on an A through F grade scale, the Moffat County School District would be well above average.

Datebook for Aug. 25

Today 8 a.m. Elks club has a yard sale fundraiser at 517 Breeze St. Call 824-2251.

News briefs for Aug. 25

Peabody names group executive Peabody Energy announced today that Larry Hull has been named group executive of Colorado operations.

Police blotter for Aug. 25

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Aug. 23 Matthew Thomas Landon, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Thomas Ray Orwig, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail for cruelty toward a child.

Thank you for support of class reunion

To the editor: We just wanted to take the time to say thank you to the community for their support during our class reunion.

The Ramsey riddle

Investigator delved into the mysterious death of young girl

A chessboard is tucked away in the corner. Bookshelves, lined with titles such as "Criminal Profiling," "The Psychology of Sex Offenders" and "Forensic Interviewing Techniques of Juveniles," rest nearby.

Wednesday, August 23

Police blotter for Aug. 24

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Aug. 22 No bookings.

Datebook for Aug. 24

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts story-time at the library, 570 Green St. The theme for this week's story-time is "underwater world." Everyone is invited.

Bitterbrush Fire contained

Blaze near Maybell scorches 2,207 acres

Firefighters battling the Bitterbrush Fire, a wildfire near Maybell, achieved full containment by noon Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management reported.

News briefs for Aug. 24

Dinosaur firefighters awarded grant The Artesia Volunteer Fire Department in Dinosaur has been awarded a grant under the Rural Fire Assistance program.

Jose Miguel Chavez

Jose Chavez and Amy Sanchez announce the birth of their son, Jose Miguel Chavez, at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 18, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Real estate transactions for July

Buyer: Donald and Kathlyn Germano Seller: Robert D. Gilbert Property description: 5215 County Road 70, Slater Sale price: $65,000

Tough shots

Moffat County golfers hit rough patch at Battle Mountain

It was another tough day on the links for the Bulldog golfers. With 267 strokes, it was the worst finish the Bulldogs have seen this season.

Dayonna Trabaudo

Wendy Lancaster and Clay Trabaudo announce the birth of their daughter, Dayonna Trabaudo, at 12:42 a.m. Aug. 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Marjorie Dillon

Marjorie Dillon, of Dixon, Wyo., died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Reader Cemetery in Savery.

Dorothea Hinton

Dorothea Hinton, of Hayden, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Joan Perez and family: Family says thank you for support in loss

To the editor: The family of Ray A. Perez would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who offered their thoughts, prayers, food, donations, cards, flowers and overall kindness during the loss of our husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather and dear friend, Ray Perez.

Teresa Wright: Youngest legal targets

Amazing progress has recently been made on lowering the smoking prevalence rate among all groups with the regrettable exception of one: the college-aged 18- to 24-year-olds.

Golf balls on Horizon

Annual tournament to benefit programs for people with disabilities

Dropping thousands of golf balls from an airplane traveling at 90 mph while trying to hit a target on the ground is quite a feat.

Tuesday, August 22

Survival Tips for the Colorado High Country

Every year more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or simply get lost in the woods.

More than Moose

When people think of Walden, they think moose.

Stock up on hunting items locally

Bruce Lee has noticed more than a few changes after more than 20 years spent selling sporting goods in Steamboat Springs.

Big game in Rio Blanco

Rio Blanco county has much to offer the big game hunter.

The ultimate art form

Gary Troester is an artist. Instead of using paintbrushes, chalk or acrylics, Troester uses glass eyeballs, thread and animal hides to create his masterpieces.

How far from here to there?

Rangefinders help answer important question for hunters.

Learn to use ATVs properly

The number of all-terrain vehicles used during hunting season has been increasing steadily during the last five years. While the vehicles can be useful tools to aid a hunt, many hunters are using them improperly and causing a variety of problems.

Camouflage helps hunters blend in

Successful hunters will say the secret to their success often lies with how well they're disguised in the habitat.

Elk not the only game in town Deer also a popular target

Northwest Colorado has built a reputation for trophy elks, but hunters are discovering that this area also offers great opportunities for deer as well.

Hunters find better accuracy with their own ammo

Hunters looking for an advantage may discover that loading their own ammunition can increase accuracy just enough to bag that long sought-after trophy.

Bow hunting offers challenge

For Alan Nielsen, getting close to a deer or elk is the thrill of a lifetime that separates bow hunting from other types of hunting.

Accidents happen

Gear, keeping calm are keys to survival

Most hunters have enough experience in the backcountry to keep from getting lost. They know the basics, such as being familiar with an area before setting off on a big trip and keeping fresh on their orienteering skills.

Tired of elk? Variety of game in area

While most hunters come to Northwest Colorado for elk and deer hunting, there are plenty of other big and small animals out there to pursue.

Remember ethics in the field

Sports would not exist without rules. It seems simple, but consider playing tennis with no out-of-bounds line, or hockey with steel sticks.

Sportsman's Paradise

When it comes to the six prime game management units of the Middle Park region around Kremmling, Dean Billington says taking the road less traveled is the key.

Opportunities abound for youth hunters

In Northwest Colorado, youth hunting is a way of life.

Preference points system changing

The preference points system, relatively untouched in past years, has undergone several changes.

Drop a line after the elk is bagged

Big game hunters, traveling to Northwest Colorado in October, don't arrive looking for trout. And for anyone who has the great fortune to hang an elk early in the hunt, that's a big mistake.

Calls can bring game to you

Somewhere between archery season and rifle season, the bull elk sought by hunters throughout Colorado will go into the rutting season, and he will begin to gather his harem of cow elk with which he will mate.

Ranching for Wildlife undergoing changes

In its 20-plus-year history, Ranching for Wildlife has been one of the state's more controversial hunting programs.

Hunters should take precautions

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk. The disease attacks the brain, causing the animals to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose bodily functions and die.

Need a break? Check out Craig

If hunters have a day on their trip when they can't hunt or if they simply want to take a break from tracking trophy animals, there is plenty to do in Craig to pass the time.

Make a day of it

Family members of hunters can find their own adventures if they do not feel the call of the hunt.

Elk numbers near objective

There are no sure things in elk hunting -- weather conditions alone deal a different hand of cards every autumn. However, statistics compiled by the Colorado Division of Wildlife strongly suggest that hunters who are willing to settle for a cow in the first rifle season will do well in Game Management Unit 4 northwest of Steamboat Springs.

Pronghorns give hunters a challenge

Serious pronghorn hunters are willing to wait years for the opportunity to hunt trophy bucks in the best pronghorn units in Colorado. All Colorado pronghorn hunting tags are issued by draw.

Illegal activities? Pay a hefty price

Illegal hunting-related activities also include interfering with hunting.

Hunters should recognize health risks

Hunters are susceptible to health problems when they're in the backcountry.

Changes for 2006

The Colorado Division of Wildlife unveiled some big changes for the 2006 hunting season. Chief among those changes was the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp.

Success rates depend on more than draw

Thousands of hunters will come to Northwest Colorado in search of big game this fall.

Private services take you off the beaten path

From food and equipment to travel and lodging, planning an annual hunting excursion can be an expensive undertaking.

Bringing the outdoors in

Glenn and Audrey Pritchard said they can see forever from the top of the hill off their 40-acre spread just outside of Craig.

Melanie McDaniels: Boston massacred

Dear beloved Red Sox fans, Fret not.

Our View: Legacies live on

You just can't do enough.

C.O.M.A. fundraising committee: C.O.M.A. says thanks to business for donation

To the editor: A big thank you goes out to Kirk Libbee, owner of Quality Plus One Hour Photo, for his generous donation to (Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse).

Kurt Wilson: Daily Press right to keep politics out of story

To the editor: Bravo to the Craig Daily Press and its staff.

Donna Watkins: Thanks for supporting reading program

To the editor: After a very successful summer reading program and a well-attended Dog Days of Summer Reading Festival, the Moffat County Libraries would like to publicly thank all the volunteers and businesses and groups that donated prizes and incentives.

Getting down and dirty

Sixth annual Mud Splash volleyball tournament set for Saturday

It's been six years since the inception of the Mud Splash volleyball tournament put on by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Butler-Inman

Earl and Linda Butler, of Craig, and Robert and Elain Inman, of Sheridan, announce the engagement of their children, Kayelyn White Fawn Butler, of Craig, and Brian Landon Inman, of Sheridan.

Cade William Russell Blunt

Hallie Blunt and Kurt Blunt, of Meeker, announce the birth of their son, Cade William Russell Blunt, at 6:19 p.m. Aug. 20, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Grant Irvan Miller

Elliot Miller and Lanette Keever, of Westminster, announce the birth of their son, Grant Irvan Miller, at 11:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at Avista Hospital in Louisville, Colo.

Zoey Genesis Richardson

Zoey Genesis Richardson was born June 2, 2006, in Steamboat Springs to Steve Richardson and Mari Scullion. She entered into eternal rest on Aug. 11, 2006, at the age of 2 months and 9 days.

Christner-Bergmann

Angela Christner, of Glenwood Springs, and Chris Bergmann, of Craig, were united in marriage at a 4 p.m. ceremony July 22 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. A reception followed at the hotel.

Police blotter for Aug. 23

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Aug. 17 Thomas Craig Kraft, 43 of Modesto, Calif., was booked into Moffat County Jail for aggravated motor vehicle theft and theft by receiving.

Visiting Nurse Association collides with House bill

An immigration bill passed by the Colorado House of Representatives is causing headaches for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Datebook for Aug. 23

Today 7 p.m. The rodeo team meets at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

News briefs for Aug. 23

Savery's MusicFest is Sept. 3 The fifth annual Little Snake River MusicFest is scheduled for 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyo.

A walk to remember

Local team prepares for third annual Relay for Life in Rangely

It was nearly five years ago that doctors told Kathie Johnson, a Craig resident and small business owner, that she had beaten back the breast cancer that invaded her body.

CNCC, Sweet Adelines team up to offer music classes

It's never too late to learn to sing.

Wal-Mart clears last hurdle

The Wal-Mart Supercenter cleared the last remaining obstacle Tuesday to becoming a local business when the Craig City Council approved the retail giant's off-street parking and landscaping plan.

Commissioners approve EMS care, boundaries

People in need of emergency medical care in the outlying regions of Moffat County can rest assured that their emergency responder has the training needed to tend to their injuries.

Premier Hunting

As the region's elk population reaches an optimal size, it could become harder to get an elk-hunting license.

From the field to the table

Hunters rejoice. Now that you've caught your wild game, all that's left to do is get it ready for cooking.

Don't Shoot a Moose

Reintroduced to Colorado 28 years ago, moose are thriving in many parts of the state.

Buckskin Network keeps hunters safe, in touch

The Buckskin Network is a unique program between law enforcement and news media to assist hunters and their families.

Monday, August 21

Kannon Lee Gustin

Lonnie and Yvonne Gustin, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Kannon Lee Gustin, at 5:47 p.m. July 17, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Cameron Ashton Campbell

Nathan and Danielle Campbell, of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Cameron Ashton Campbell, at 7:50 p.m. Aug. 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Datebook for Aug. 22

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Library will be closed until 2 p.m.

News briefs for Aug. 22

Golden Leaf Celebration scheduled The fifth annual Golden Leaf Celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Police blotter for Aug. 22

Moffat County Jail Report No bookings reported.

A legacy left behind, a legacy endured

Area pays tribute to late Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton at dedication

Broken tears streamed down Sherri Lawton's face as her fingers tightly held a shiny metal necklace emblazoned with the image of her late husband, Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton.

Dallas James Gurule

James Gurule and Joan Salazar, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Dallas James Gurule, at 5:08 p.m. Aug. 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Mia Isabella Moreno

Jamie and Katie Moreno, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Isabella Moreno, at 1:54 a.m. Aug. 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Zoey Genesis Richardson

Zoey Genesis Richardson was born June 2, 2006, in Steamboat Springs to Steve Richardson and Mari Scullion. She entered into eternal rest on Aug. 11, 2006, at the age of 2 months and 9 days.

Craig American Legion post celebrates its new namesake

A sea of people in different dress decorated the hall inside the American Legion Post No. 62 on Monday. Although separated by the garb of military fatigues and uniforms, civilian-wear and the black leather of motorcyclists, the 500-plus people in attendance shared a common trait.

Library trustees send budget to county

The Moffat County Libraries board of trustees approved an operating expenditures budget Monday evening to forward to county commissioners for approval.

Moffat County Tourism Association full of changes

Changes are in store for the Moffat County Tourism Association.

Kathleen 'Robyn' Sipsey

Kathleen "Robyn" Sipsey passed away Aug. 13, 2006, at her home. She was 44.

Katherine J. Novacek

Kathy Novacek, 59, of Craig, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at home.

Bombs away

Softball teams heat up the diamonds at Loudy-Simpson Park during weekend

Any die hard softball fan or player knows that when tournament time rolls around, you have be on top of your game. This weekend was no different for the teams of the Craig men's and co-ed Craig Softball Association leagues.

Sunday, August 20

Codger coming to town

Performing arts group to present Scrooge, 'A Christmas Carol' in December

That disagreeable old codger Ebeneezer Scrooge, the recipient of visits from the ghosts of Christmas' past, present and future, is bringing his gruff, holiday cheer to Craig.

Briefs: Aug. 21

Officials warn of lightning danger

Dinosaur National Monument fire officials are monitoring a lightning caused fire south of Rippling Brook located on a bench above the Green River and below the top of Wild Mountain.

Datebook: Aug. 21

High life

Addicts find it in meth, advocate delivers it with hope, faith

The telephone call came out of nowhere. She was driving on a warm summer's night and the muddled, cryptic words of the Iowa state patrolman didn't make sense.

Crafting a successful fair

Sisters combine efforts for teaching creative materials and techniques

Three sisters spread over the state reunited in their hometown Saturday to give workshops and share their passions and trades.

American Legion commander, post honor fallen veteran

It's a warm Sunday morning and cool air blows from a ceiling vent as a television tuned to CNN describes the terms of the tentative Israeli-Hezbollah cease-fire.

All tied up

Deportivo Craig and Aztecas match-up ends in 2-2 tie

With limited scoring opportunities, Deportivo Craig players had their work cut out for them against the fast-moving Aztecas team Sunday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Billy L. Cole

Billy L. Cole of Hamilton died Friday at his home. Memorial services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Friday, August 18

Democracy by the many

Now that the dust has settled from the Aug. 8 primary election and we all have time to pause before the next round of debates leading up to the November ballot, it's time to take a step back and assess what we've learned.

A horse is a horse ... or is it?

Bill and Dona Shue make it their business to breed special quarter horses

Bill and Dona Shue have had a passion for horses most of their lives. After starting their own quarter horse business, they directed their focus toward making a better breed of horse.

USDA OKs grazing on conservation program land

Because of drought conditions in Northwest Colorado, the Farm Service Agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in Moffat County until Sept. 30.

Pushing tin

Matt Beckett at full-throttle in his rookie season

Overcoming obstacles is something Matt Beckett, a Craig resident and business owner, has been doing for quite some time. Only this time, his latest challenge doesn't come in the form of beating drug and alcohol abuse, but rather, other drivers on the racetrack.

The good, the bad, the ugly

Bulldog boys golf sees positive and negative in Montrose

After a tough Monday in Grand Junction, the Bulldog golf team hit the road again for two days of play in Montrose.

Inside 'the dungeon'

Tools of crime end in evidence room at the Public Safety Center

8 a.m. Friday.

Sign me up

MOPS offers registration for mothers of young children

Being the mother of a preschooler can be an overwhelming experience for some, and there may be no one better to talk with than other mothers in the same situation.

Datebook for Aug. 19

Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second annual Creative Materials and Techniques Fair is at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Call 824-8809.

News briefs for Aug. 19

Officials warn of lightning danger

Aaron Kyle Moss

Chris and Julie Moss, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Aaron Kyle Moss, at 7:33 p.m. Aug. 16, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Anthony Ryan Tipp

Zachary and Crystal Tipp, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Anthony Ryan Tipp, at 2:08 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Police blotter for Aug. 19

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Aug. 17 No reports submitted.

Dressing for success

Craig schools' clothing rules spelled out

It doesn't matter what the fashion is, school policy forbids students from wearing clothing that distracts from school work or creates discipline problems.

Thursday, August 17

Devon John Malley

Brent and Jamie Malley, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Devon John Malley, at 2:43 p.m. Aug. 11 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Summer success

Conci twins reflect on summer in the swimming pool

Craig's accomplished swimming twins are at it again.

Datebook for Aug. 18

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mothers of Pre�--schoolers hosts its yearly registration drive in front of Kmart. Call Amanda Love at 824-3040.

Misspelling spells success for clothing company

Young entrepreneurs seem to find business inspiration everywhere.

Board appoints new members

Previous member, retiree chosen for Craig Fire District board

The Craig Fire District board appointed two people to fill vacant positions opened by recent resignations at its meeting Thursday night.

Briefs for Aug. 18

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and The Haven will host their annual meeting and celebration of The Haven's 10th anniversary at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.

Moffat County Neighbor: Marianna Rice

Age: 69 Occupation: Retired reading teacher What should your business card say you do? Chapter 1 reading

Are you plugged in?

Craig teenagers join the iPod craze

As versatile as a switch hitter and as posh as Madonna, it's no wonder that every teenager walking down the street, hands shoved in his pockets, has an iPod strapped to his ears.

Eight is enough

Voters to decide on range of issues this November

Moffat County voters will have more to decide on than just their next sheriff and county commissioner during November's general election.

Police Blotter for Aug. 18

Nathan Jay Hunt, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on an old warrant and a charge of second-degree assault.

Christina M. Currie: Just a-fication

As we move, in our increasingly politically correct world, from housewife to homemaker to stay-at-home mom, we see a lot of ways women work to justify their choices to an increasingly career-driven world.

Sam Gill: Local gas stations overcharging residents

Why are local gas stations holding the residents of Craig hostage to their high prices? In Vernal, the price of gas is $2.89 a gallon, 30 cents a gallon cheaper than in our city.

Ask and you shall receive -- Love INC here to help

Officials from Love INC of the Yampa Valley ask two basic questions of people who come to them for assistance: How can we help and may we pray for you?

Zulian

Craig couple Patty and Floyd Zulian invite the community to celebrate their 50th anniversary Saturday.

Wednesday, August 16

Thanks for support in time of need

Mere words cannot express our feeling of how wonderful, thoughtful and loving our family and friends are.

Chance Anthony Mack

Jason and Kendra Mack, of Meeker, announce the birth of their son, Chance Anthony Mack, at 7:27 p.m. Aug. 14 at The Memorial Hospital.

Michael Dwayne Cattoor

Darren and Mendy Cattoor, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Michael Dwayne Cattoor, at 8:33 a.m. Aug. 10 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Nathan Daniel Biggs

Brandie Earlene and Bruce Daniel Biggs, of Kremmling, announce the birth of their son, Nathan Daniel Biggs, at 5:42 a.m. Aug. 8 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Noah Railey Beason

Renata and Rodney Beason, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Noah Railey Beason, at 8:49 p.m. July 31 at The Memorial Hospital.

Police Blotter for Aug. 17

Anthony Peters, 41, of Shiprock, N.M., was booked into Moffat County Jail for an old warrant and a charge of kidnapping.

Roger L. Adams Sr.

Roger L. Adams Sr. died Aug. 15, 2006, in Evanston, Wyo., after a struggle with vascular dementia.

Datebook for Aug. 17

11 a.m. to noon The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts story time at the Craig City Park. The theme for this week's story time is "animals, animals." Everyone is invited to pack a lunch and join the fun.

More than a museum

Wyman Living History Museum's grand opening to display wide range of historical items

The Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum will celebrate its grand opening with food, music, festivities and fun on Saturday.

Fire district to receive state grant

Hesitant DOLA advises district to bolster funds

The message sent by the Department of Local Affairs to the Craig Rural Fire District was blunt and straightforward -- no more money until taxpayers start chipping in.

Post to honor fallen veteran

Craig American Legion to rename itself after late Hayden soldier

The Craig American Legion Post No. 62 will not only be celebrating a new building Satur�--day, it will also be renaming the post and celebrating the life of an American hero.

Speedway suspends driver

It was a small black cloud, but a cloud nonetheless, hanging over the Hayden Speedway.

Judge sentences escapee to jail term

A Moffat County judge sentenced a Craig man with an extensive criminal background to jail time Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to several criminal charges.

BLM: Fire danger could rise

Despite recently lifting fire restrictions for Northwest Colorado and lowering the danger level to moderate, the Bureau of Land Management is warning local residents that the probability for wildfires could rise again once rains stop and foliage dries out.

John Hugh Sulentich

Dr. Scott M. and Lisa R. Sulentich, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, John Hugh Sulentich "Jack," at 7:31 a.m. Aug. 7 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Jazlin Giselle Quezada

Javier and Bertha Quezada, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Jazlin Giselle Quezada, at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Deron John Malley

Brent and Jamie Malley, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Deron John Malley, at 2:43 p.m. Aug. 11 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, August 15

Ready to make the calls

Senior to take over quarterback duties this fall

Behind the center stands Andrew Drake, poised and confident.

Fair fared well enough

Another county fair has come and gone. And how did it go?

Daigle: Thank you for tasteful article

Our family thanks David Pressgrove for the wonderful article he wrote (in the July 27 edition of the Craig Daily Press).

Jane Cook

A funeral for Jane Cook, a 75-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 in the Garden Chapel of Johnson's Good Samaritan Funeral Service. Cremation will follow the service.

On the Record: Aug. 16

Briefs: Aug. 16

Calendar winners announced

The Humane Society of Moffat County has announced the winners of the 2007 PetMates Calendar contest.

Datebook: Aug. 16

Girls basketball dinner raises $900

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team served the 4-H buyers dinner at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the livestock sale Saturday evening.

Subdivisions receive plat approval

Moffat County commissioners approved plans for three subdivisions Tuesday.

Half a century

All-in-the-family business aims for another 50 years

Fifty years. That's five decades, 2,600 weeks or 18,250 days. Some people consider themselves lucky to live that long. Married couples who hit that mark usually exchange something gold for a gift. For Hutton's Radio Communication, a business that opened in 1956 and had its own brush with gold -- as in The Golden Age of Television -- the distinction marks how long they've been in operation.

Monday, August 14

If these walls could talk

Habitat for Humanity house a survivor of the Great Depression, a shelter for numerous residents

On July 14, a section of the home at 745 Yampa Ave., a dwelling with historical significance to many residents, was torn down after it was declared uninhabitable by its owners, the Moffat County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Gas prices drop after record high week

The statewide average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline continued its slow decline Monday, three days after prices soared to a new Colorado record.

Triathlon triumph

Three teams and two individuals compete in local event

The cold, damp weather Saturday morning didn't hinder the local participants of the Trapper Fitness Center's For the Health of It triathlon in Craig.

Speak Up for Aug. 15

City parks looking nice

The City Parks Department is to be commended for the fine job they are doing with the flowers throughout the town! No weeds, and lots of blossoms billowing from the planters. Our town looks colorful and welcoming!

On the Record: Aug. 15

Cannon & Holt

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cannon of North Sandwich, New Hampshire, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lennie Blace Cannon of Alton, New Hampshire, to Alarick A. "Erik" Holt III, also of Alton. Erik is the son of Tom and Jeannie Thornberry of Craig and Larry and Lori Holt, of Westminster. Lennie is a 1991 graduate of Interlakes High School in Meredith, N.H. Erik is a 1993 graduate of Moffat County High School and a 1998 graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Ray A. Perez

Ray A. Perez, 64, long time resident of Craig, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital on Aug. 8, 2006 after a brief battle with cancer. Ray was born June 27, 1942, in Durango to Joe and Tomasita Perez. He came to Craig in the late 1940s. Ray met and married Jo Eaton of Craig, in 1976.

Briefs: Aug. 15

C.O.M.A. sponsors author, advocate

An author and advocate in the fight against methamphetamine use is scheduled to visit Craig next week to deliver a presentation on the devastating effect of the illegal narcotic.

Datebook: Aug. 15

Henry joins Daily Press newsroom

John Henry recently joined the Craig Daily Press newsroom as a photographer and features writer.

Hotline status shouldn't affect REPS

The limbo status of a national intervention hotline shouldn't have much impact on a local organization designed to prevent suicide, the group director said Monday.

Sunday, August 13

Adding a little spice

Salsa, wine, beer

Tasting salsa and wine is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

Eighty two-riffic

Low 80s average propels Craig golfer to strong finish

Amber Nicholson pitted herself against some of the best girls golfers in the state Tuesday through Thursday at City Park Golf Course in Denver.

Fox in the lion's den

Crew operates at breakneck speed to serve visitors to annual pancake breakfast

Stan Fox arrived at the Cedar Mountain Lions Club trailer at 5 a.m. Saturday morning. He arrived at the early hour because he knew hundreds of hungry people would be counting on their pancake breakfast that morning.

Gratitude for help in a time of grief

Like so many of your readers, we were devastated by the unexpected news of the sudden death of our mother, Georgina McAnally. Returning to our hometown of Craig under these circumstances was bittersweet. That said, so many people eased our pain and aided in our comfort with their kind words, generous opinions, and helpful assistance during the difficult days that followed. While our gratitude abounds for the dozens of people who took the time to share how mom impacted their lives, we want to thank some individuals by name for the extraordinary way they extended themselves to us in our grief. We offer our sincere thanks to:

Vacation Bible school a great experience

We had a wonderful, fun-filled and exciting vacation Bible school in July. Everyone learned more about Jesus and the Ten Commandments through music, lessons, crafts and games.

Zachary Garner Roberts

Greg Roberts and Gay Albers of Craig announce the birth of their son, Zachary Garner Roberts, who was born at 9:23 p.m. July 23 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Kathleen Robyn Sipsey

Kathleen Robyn Sipsey of Craig died Sunday at her home. Services are pending.

Zoey Richardson

Zoey Richardson, infant daughter of Steven and Mari Richardson of Craig, died Friday at their home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow at the Knez Family Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a fund in memory of Zoey at the Moffat County National Bank in Craig.

Leroy Joseph Patton

Leroy Joseph Patton, 79, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at the Hospice Home in Phoenix.

Briefs: Aug. 14

Preschool group to host drive

Mothers of Preschoolers will host its yearly registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in front of Kmart. The group will offer free hot dogs, drinks and balloons to mothers that register their children. For information, call Amanda Love at 824-3040.

Datebook: Aug. 14

Local woman appointed to national committee

A local business owner has been asked to participate in a national program.

Livestock sale caps off fair

Heartbreak for first year sellers at junior program

Krista Shaffer didn't think selling her lamb at the annual 4-H and FFA junior livestock sale would be a big deal when she first decided to participate in the market sheep program.

Friday, August 11

The more things stay the same

A change in ownership won't alter much at popular downtown coffee shop and bistro

Some things will change, but much will remain the same.

Tyler James Marren

Rayla Mariedawn Chase

Jarren Joseph Ence

Dale A. Payton

Dale A. Payton, 84, of Meeker passed away Aug. 9, 2006 at his home surrounded by his family after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Nora Lea McKinnon

Nora Lea McKinnon, 94, resident of Cottonwood, Ariz., passed away Monday, August 7, 2006 at her home with her family surrounding her.

Chickens rule roost at poultry show

Steve Schafer came to the Moffat County Fair this week not to show animals, but to show children how to show animals.

Missing money

Embezzlement strikes again.

Datebook: Aug. 12

Doing a little showing off

Round Robin tests competitors' showman ability

Kayla Hall had shown animals before but none quite like this.

Government update for August 12

Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission meetings.

Rooster wrangling

Youths participate in chicken roping at fair

The audiences' sides still hurt from laughing.

Bulldogs golf team tees off

Season opener set for Monday

This season marks Ken Haries' 26th year as the golf coach for Moffat County High School, but his first without the additional rigors of teaching. He is now retired, which makes a world of difference when coaching players on the links.

Candidates to face commission

Three local residents have applied for Gov. Bill Owen's consideration as an appointment to the 14th Judicial District, covering Moffat, Grand and Routt counties.

Road to the rodeo

Former Bulldog going off to college; horse in tow

Sarah Fleming wasn't sure she was going to go to college and compete in rodeo. Now, she is.

Teens show off steers at beef show

Showmanship is a team sport when you're dealing with an animal that weighs more than 1,200 pounds. A teenager can pull and direct, but a market beef entry that is 10 times their weight must cooperate for a successful showing.

Wheat harvest takes downturn after drought

When the talk in Moffat County turns to this years wheat harvest, people don't sugar coat answers about how the crop looks.

New vice principal takes MCHS helm

For Travis Jensen, the new vice-principal at Moffat County High School, transition from the familiarity of Twin Falls, Idaho to the newness of Craig has been a smooth one. It's been such a good move, he said, that Jensen and his family look at this area as their permanent home.

On the record: Aug. 12

Thursday, August 10

A fair deal

Inmates get some fresh air on work release at the Moffat County Fair

Sweeping, shoveling, cleaning bathrooms or hauling boards: Almost anything beats sitting in a jail cell all day.

Moffat County Neighbor: Tyler DeLay

Age: 15 Occupation: Student What should your business card say you do? Water flowers

One down and another on the way

Former Bulldog joining teammate at Hastings College

Malcolm Hillewaert was ranked No. 1 among goalies in Colorado during his senior campaign with the Bulldogs. Now he'll be fighting for a spot, and playing time, with the Hastings College Broncos.

Business leaders hoping Wal-Mart a catalyst, not a crusher

Everyone's heard the horror stories -- Wal-Mart kills small businesses.

Super Wal-Mart nearing final hurdle

With its final plat approved, and nearly all development conditions met, national retail giant Wal-Mart has just one more step to complete before finalizing a land acquisition that would pave the way for a Supercenter in Craig.

Swine showmen shine

Youths keep it cool in market swine show Thursday

Eye contact. Check. Composure. Check. But what the heck is the NSR?

Advisory council hears feedback on BLM issues

Moffat County resident Jane Yazzie voiced concerns about excessive drilling and asked that land groups take a regional perspective on conservation issues. Craig resident Dave Watson lobbied for more land to be set aside for motorized recreation.

Going for grand with goats

Young showmen take home ribbons for good presentation

Alexi Goodnow may by only 8 years old, but she already knows how to show her goat, Sadie.

Datebook for Aug. 11

11 a.m. An antique tractor pull is at the old Cosgriff lot at Russell Street and Victory Way.

Briefs for Aug. 11

A farmers market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to coincide with the grand opening of the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum.

Lily Mae Kelly

James J. Kelly Jr. and Melody Renee Bowman, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Mae Kelly, at 1:44 a.m. July 22, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Ricky Lynn Freeman III

Amanda and Ricky Freeman, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Ricky Lynn Freeman III, at 9:05 a.m. Aug. 8 at The Memorial Hospital.

Police Blotter for Aug. 11

Robert Henry Wieland III, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on an old warrant and for a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christina M. Currie: Don't walk in my 12 steps

I have an addiction. If the first step is admitting it, then I'm finally there.

Loleta Waters: Thank you for medical help, support

When I fell July 30, I had to go to The Memorial Hospital emergency room, and the care there was excellent with all the nurses and Dr. Reilly and X-ray technicians.

Wednesday, August 9

Lawn care-lessness

Landscape company's mistake leads to gardening enthusiast's property damage

It was an honest mistake. They simply went to the wrong house.

Craig City Council works on water plant expansion

A company was selected to perform the city audits for the next three years at the Tuesday meeting of the Craig City Council.

Republican stampede

GOP voters turnout at 47 percent clip for Tuesday primary

Nearly one of every two registered Republican voters cast a ballot on Tuesday, resulting in a rate dwarfing the turnouts for the last two primary elections.

Fishing for a native-stocked river

Fish recovery group meets with residents about shocking program

During the past three years of shocking fish to remove nonnative species from the Yampa River, only two of the endangered Colorado pikeminnow have been spotted upriver from Craig, said Sam Finney with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wooly buddies

Local 4-Hers show market lambs at fair Wednesday

"Who thinks they can win this thing?" Glenn Rask asked the pen full of competitors.

Datebook for Aug. 10

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Resource Advisory Council meets at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The meeting is open to public with comment periods from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Briefs for Aug. 10

In response to the drought in Colorado, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency announced Wednesday that it has opened up emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in Moffat County to Sept. 30, or until disaster conditions no longer exist.

Police Blotter for Aug. 10

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Mara Eugenia Beckett

Isis M. and Martin P. Beckett, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Mara Eugenia Beckett, at 10:23 a.m. Aug. 2, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Jayden Cael Flahiff-Martnez

Matt Flahiff and Jennifer Martinez, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Jayden Cael Flahiff-Martnez, at 4:44 p.m. July 28, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Eleanor Noel Foster

Kevin and Danielle Foster, of Fort Myers, Fla., would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Noel Foster, on July 22, 2006, at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers.

Dalton Jay Hockaday

Jay Dee And Kristen Hockaday, of Hayden, announce the birth of their son, Dalton Jay Hockaday, at 4:08 p.m. Aug. 4, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Lily Mae Kelly

James J. Kelly Jr. and Melody Renee Bowman, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Mae Kelly, at 1:44 a.m. July 22, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Trey Lee Louthan

Ty and Mara Louthan, of Phippsburg, announce the birth of their son, Trey Lee Louthan, at 6:25 p.m. Aug. 4, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Nevada Jaden Reno

Jason Reno and Ashley Fredrickson, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Nevada Jaden Reno, at 11:27 a.m. Aug. 3, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Striving for perfection

As the fall season approaches, Bulldog football gets under way

There were no pads or helmets Tuesday, but there was determination on the face of each player.

Tuesday, August 8

Datebook for Aug. 9

9 a.m. Rally for a Cure cancer benefit golf tournament is at Yampa Valley Golf Course. All women are welcome. The $35 entry fee includes lunch and prizes (does not include green fees and cart). For more information or to sign up, call Susan at 824-9656.

Craig Downtown Business Association: Thank you

The Craig Downtown Business Association would like to thank all the businesses and individuals whose donations and winning bids made our annual auction such a success this year.

Jennie and John Scott: Thank you

I am home recovering from major surgery at our local hospital. I want to publicly thank the greeters, bookkeeping staff, Dr. Crowe and Dr. James, all the nurses and aides, lab help, x-ray help, kitchen help, maintenance people.

Kurt W. Walker

Kurt W. Walker, 35, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Gary Talkington

Gary Talkington of Powell, Wyo., and Meeteetse, Wyo., died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident north of Powell on July 26. He was 44.

Canine classic

Local youths go head to head in 4-H dog show

The Classy Canines and the K-9 Kids of the Craig 4-H group drew a crowd with their furry friends Tuesday during the 4-H dog show at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Griffiths gets gold

Lone Craig competitor brings home top medal

Charlie Griffiths wasn't sure what to expect in his first Rocky Mountain State Games, but maybe that was a good thing.

'Jantz' to be on November ballot

Self-described underdog scores Tuesday victory in sheriff's race

Words escaped an emotional Tim Jantz on Tuesday evening when an election official handed him results indicating he'd just won the Republican nomination in the race for Moffat County sheriff.

Mathers likely the newest county commissioner

Thomas J. Mathers' name was listed last on the ballot during Tuesday's Republican primary election. He was moved to the top after results indicated he'd secured the GOP nomination for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners' District 3 seat.

Police investigate school theft of $50K

The Craig Police Department is investigating a long-time Moffat County School District employee for embezzling about $50,000, officers said Tuesday.

Commissioners OK purchase of new landfill compactor

Moffat County commissioners accepted a bid for a new compactor for the county landfill on Tuesday at their regular meeting.

Prime hunting parcel off auction block

A prime parcel of hunting ground in Northwest Colorado has been pulled from a government mineral rights leasing auction, which is scheduled for Thursday.

Briefs for Aug. 9

Veterans are encouraged to attend an upcoming event designed to provide information about eligibility, benefits and services.

Police Blotter for Aug. 9

Eric Mathew Vogt, of Craig, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Updike

All friends and family of Gene and Illena Updike are invited to attend the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Our View: Campaigning for Craig

Everyone who believes their voice isn't heard when it comes to big-time politics needs to take notice of last week's visit by the two candidates campaigning to become Colorado's next governor.

C.O.M.A Fundraising Committe: Thank you

On July 22, the O.P. Bar and Grill held its 10th annual Poker Run. Delbert and Diana Knez generously donated half of the proceeds to Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse.

Monday, August 7

Hayden speedway results

Top 3 in each division Street Stock: 1. Jason Musser; 2. Scott Heizer; 3. Dan Stahl

Seasonal State Championships results -- Craig Sea Sharks

Girls 8 & under 25-meter Freestyle: 23. Bailey Kurz, 23.62

Voters' choice

Campaigns, politicking come to a close today for several GOP candidates

Election Day for many of those campaigning brings a collective sigh of relief, as the realization sets in that all the campaigning is behind them, and all that remains is learning the results.

Commissioner race could be sealed tonight

The campaign trail -- and public debate -- in the race for a high-profile Moffat County government position could come to an end tonight.

Fire board to screen 4 applicants

Four people met a Friday deadline and have applied for two vacancies on the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board of directors. A review of the applicants could begin as early as today, board member Alan Webber said.

No horsing around

Performance competition serious business, competitors say

Horse riding at the Moffat County Fair is no joke, a fact competitors in the 4-H and FFA Halter and Performance Horse Show on Monday were well aware of.

Datebook for Aug. 8

7 p.m. The fall meeting of the Craig Women's Bowling Association is at Thunder Rolls Bowling Centre, 990 Industrial Ave. The fall meeting for the Tuesday night league, Ladies Nite Out, will immediately follow. Call Eunice Linton at 824-9764.

Mathers, Jantz win primary election

Moffat County primary election results

Police Blotter for Aug. 8

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Aug. 4 Nathan Jay Hunt, of Craig, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Jeanette (Ridenour) Leonetti: Goodbye to my friend

On this anniversary of the date of her birth, Aug. 7, 2006, I would like to say goodbye to my friend, Georgina McAnally.

Speak Up for Aug. 8

My husband and I recently drove by the "tire house" on Thompson Hill that the newspaper ran a feature on several weeks ago.

Sunday, August 6

Business News and Notes for Aug. 7

A local chiropractor recently completed an eight-month training in nutrition response testing.

Lightning ignites another wildfire

Lightning has caused another wildfire in Moffat County, albeit a small one.

Spangler wins showcase event

Aaron Spangler was the big winner Saturday night at the Hayden Speedway, winning the IMCA Modifieds Madness event.

Swimmers rewriting record books

Even with the two-hour rain delay Friday, the Craig swimming complex was bustling with people from across the state.

The old Wes' way

First memorial ride pays homage to legend

More than 300 people filled the stands of the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Sunday. Their reason for coming was simple: to celebrate a local legend.

Election on track for high turnout

Primary elections that decide the race for a county commissioner position typically draw a large voter turnout in August.

Candidate makes a 'Colorado Promise'

The campaign trail for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter made a temporary stop Saturday in Craig, where he laid before local voters his platform dubbed, the "Colorado Promise."

Datebook for Aug. 7

Today 7 p.m. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program will provide a community update about efforts related to endangered fish recovery in the Yampa River Basin at the Holiday Inn, 300 S. Highway 13. Call (303) 969-7322.

George E. Levkulich

George Levkulich Jr. was born in Brownsville, Penn., on April 17, 1922 to George F. Levkulich, Sr. and Mary Birovcek Levkulich. He was the third child of seven siblings.

Lynn K. Whiteman

Well-known Meeker resident Lynn K. Whiteman, 65, died Aug. 2, 2006, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing.

Dana Forbes: Acknowleding people behind Dinosaur school

As the administrator of the Dinosaur Community Charter School for its first years, I felt it important to recognize its founding and first operational board. From the time it was just an idea 3 1/2 years ago until now, Richard and Val Blakely, Sarah Wagner and Jane Ormsbee have directed DCCS.

Sunday stroll

Horse-drawn carriages roll through Moffat County Fair

Those who think that horse-drawn carriages are a thing of the past haven't been to the Moffat County Fair lately.

Dogs sink teeth into competition

Spectators watched as more than 20 participants paraded their dogs through the Rally-O Obedience course Sunday.

Touring the county for tourism

Moffat County Tourism Association director is a self-described country girl, people person

These days, life is one big vacation for Shelly Flannery.

Friday, August 4

Thank you for showing us showmanship skills

To the editor: Cedar Mountain Swine Growers 4-H club would like to thank Kaycee Snowden and Blake Kawcak for taking time to come out and talk with the club and teach them important and valuable aspects about how to show at fair.

Independent successfully petitioned onto ballot

A third candidate, independent Vic Alton, rounds out the candidate field for Moffat County Sheriff.

Speedway hosting mini-sprints tonight

As summer winds down, the Hayden Speedway is heating up.

4-H boys and girls take aim

When shooting a rifle, safety and preparation are key, and the members of the 4-H rifle club are well aware of that.

Election 2006: Burns hopes to break through

Vicki Burns was elected the first woman treasurer of the Colorado Association of Realtors, and later served two terms as president of the organization.

Election 2006: Martin: Operations need to be all-encompassing

Lay buffalo rancher Dan W. Martin has held positions with the National Buffalo Association, the Western Buffalo Association and other social organizations.

Election 2006: Mathers seeks return to office

Tom Mathers, a Republican candidate for the district 3 Moffat County Commission seat, wants his old job back.

Sheriff's job a goal for Hoberg

Republican candidate Jerry Hoberg said the past seven years he's spent working as undersheriff have put him in a position to run for a job he's long aspired to have: sheriff.

Our view: Sake of debate

It's a right we earned and created for ourselves. It's a privilege that makes our country strong. It's our patriotic duty.

MCHS staff prepare to go back to school

With the start of school right around the corner, and their summer vacations coming to an end, you'd think educators would have a low level of enthusiasm.

Dinosaur analyzing test results

An influx of new students led Dinosaur Community Charter School officials to think that scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests might be lower than desired.

Trisha Jean Curtis

Trisha Jean Curtis, of Craig, was named to the dean's list for the spring 2006 semester at Regis University, the liberal college in Denver.

Fashion fabulous

4-H group members strut their stuff at Fashion Revue

It was no Milan, but the Craig 4-H group members brought their own flavor of fashion to the area Friday afternoon.

Steers run in the family

When Danna Camblin was a youth growing up in Maybell, she showed steers at the Moffat County Fair each summer.

Stepping down but not moving on

Retiring Rio Blanco coroner staying put in Meeker

MEEKER -- There isn't much these eyes haven't seen.

News briefs for Aug. 5

City overlay project starts Monday

Energy experts working on oil-shale projects

Energy experts said oil shale can meet America's future need for transportation fuels, but it's going to take a new technology and a lot of time before it reaches automobile gas tanks.

Datebook for Aug. 5

Today The Craig Sea Sharks host the Summer Club Swim Meet through Sunday at Craig Swimming Complex. The lap pool will be closed. The wave pool will operate on a limited basis and on a special schedule -- 200 people per three-hour session. This schedule is first-come, first-served. Call the complex at 824-3015.

Police blotter for Aug. 5

Moffat County Jail Report No new bookings.

Anna Eileen Critchlow Corriveau

Anna Eileen Critchlow Corriveau, loving wife, mother of three and proud owner of Ladyfingers Bakery, passed away July 19, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, after a long and heroic struggle with a rare illness.

Thank you to friends for your support

To the editor: The family of Debra Doolin Eads would like to thank those who showed us their love during our time of sorrow.

Thursday, August 3

Diving in

Summer springboard class teaches technique

Dave Fix spent his college years at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., diving for the Wildcats. Now, he's bringing what he learned there and throughout years of coaching to the youths of Craig.

Francis 'Parker' Sexton

Travis and Abby Sexton, of Vallejo, Calif., announce the birth of their son, Parker Sexton, at 9:34 p.m. July 16, 2006, at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Leroy Patton

Leroy Patton, former longtime Craig resident, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Hospice of the Valley Palliative Care Unit in Phoenix, Ariz.

Police blotter for Aug. 4

Moffat County Jail Report No bookings reported.

Christina M. Currie: Too close for comfort

The dull ache that made me think I had a rib out drove me to go to the chiropractor, where I learned that rib was aligned with the rest of my body -- nearly all of which was out of whack.

Ron Schaeffer: Jantz serious about fight against meth

To the editor: During the past two years, I have been involved with COMA, Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse. I now sit on four boards. During this time I have had the great pleasure of working with Tim Jantz.

Cindy Sorensen: Candidates should provide names

To the editor: In regards to the candidates running for sheriff, I am very concerned with two -- Tim Jantz and Vic Alton.

Doug Wagoner: Jerry Hoberg is the best choice for sheriff

To the editor: I have seen it in the paper and heard it on the forum that candidate Tim Jantz will be out patrolling if he is elected sheriff.

Craig Christian women's conference goes regional

More than 200 women of all ages are expected to gather in Craig for the three-day Northwest Colorado Christian Women's Conference the weekend of Aug. 25.

World Wide Web of sales

Craig resident finds 'true supply and demand market' on eBay

When Scott McKinney wanted to sell one of his Volkswagen Bugs, he decided to try a new way. He tried to sell it using eBay.

Moffat County Neighbor: Marge McKenzie

Marge McKenzie Age: 60 Occupation: Retired

Diggin' it

Volleyball team getting in shape during camp this week

With the fall season just around the corner, head volleyball coach Becky Jackson was busy watching her players get whipped into shape Thursday at the Craig Middle School.

Stranger danger

Safeguards in place to help avoid Aurora-like incident, officials say

Their crimes are the nightmarish deeds that keep parents awake at night.

Delta man arrested in Meeker chase

Tests show driver had cocaine, alcohol in system

A Delta man was arrested Wednesday night after an 80-mph chase through Meeker.

Datebook for Aug. 4

Friday, Aug. 4 The Craig Sea Sharks host the Summer Club Swim Meet through Sunday at Craig Swimming Complex.

News briefs for Aug. 4

BLM holds open meeting The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Kyler Daniel Arnold

Amanda Marie and Daniel Edward Arnold, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Kyler Daniel Arnold, on July 30, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Generation Now

More young voters finding their way to the polls

Memo to young people: Your vote counts.

Wednesday, August 2

Monique Foulk: Thank you to TMH staff

Recently, my son had to spend the night in the emergency room at The Memorial Hospital and have surgery the following day.

Stuart Nadler: Change is needed in the sheriff position

There is no question that all three candidates for sheriff are qualified for the position. So the voters must make the decision as to which candidate will do the best job for the taxpayers.

Dorothy C. Springer

Dorothy C. (Shidler) Springer was born on April 30, 1910, in San Francisco, Calif., to Alvin H. and Hannah (Johansen) Shidler. Dorothy was raised and attended school in Kansas City, Kan., graduating from Wyandot High School in 1927. Following high school, Dorothy attended the Bethany Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1930.

David R. Anderson

David R. Anderson, 62, was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He died at Regional West Medical Center after a long illness on Thursday, July 26, 2006, with his Lord waiting for him with open, welcoming arms.

Briefs for Aug. 3

Rally for a cure set to tee off Wednesday

The seventh annual Rally for a Cure golf tournament is set for Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Datebook for Aug. 3

Today

Wyman Museum to open its doors

To take a stroll back in time to an old general store or a turn-of-the-century farm, one needs to look no further than the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum three miles east of Craig.

On the record for Aug. 3

Jail Report

Long time coming

VNA receives $187,000 grant from the Colorado Trust

Over the next 2 1/2 years, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will receive $187,500 for improvements in health care.

Higher learning

Moffat County School District CSAP scores improve from last year

Moffat County School District officials said they are pleased -- but not satisfied -- with improved results on this year's Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.

A new pitch

Former Bulldog heading to Hastings College soccer program

Schuyler Hammond is heading for the greener and larger fields of Hastings, Neb.

Surf's up

Sea Sharks to host summer club swimming championships

You've got to step it up.

Tuesday, August 1

Good as a handshake

Sheriff's candidates courting voters

With just six days remaining until Tuesday's primary election, two Republican candidates running for Moffat County sheriff are continuing their campaigns by paying home visits to potential voters.

Amber Luker: Thanks for supporting cheerleading trip

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made my trip to Australia and Hawaii a reality. Without the help of several individuals and organizations, I would not have had this opportunity. I went to Australia as part of a statewide cheerleading team. I got to see the sights and animals in Australia that were wonderful and interesting. I was able to feed the kangaroos and get my picture taken with a koala bear.

Playing it safe

National Night Out pulls community, law enforcement, emergency services together

Safety was the name of the game Tuesday night, as more than 100 people turned out for the annual National Night Out, sponsored by the Craig Police Department and Wendy's.

Pres Askew: Hoberg stronger sheriff candidate

Our community is fortunate to have on the primary ballot for sheriff two men of good character and a sincere concern for the best interests of our county. When you like and admire both candidates, having to choose one over the other is difficult because of existing relationships and respect.

A fair to remember

The fair is a magical place. It's filled with things that amazed us as kids and take us back to our childhood -- carnival games, cotton candy, pony rides.

Experience and vision.

State Republican treasurer candidate Mark Hillman visits Craig

Experience and vision.

Marcia Car no longer insured by county

Moffat County Commissioners are no longer insuring the Marcia railroad car that is on display across from the Craig Chamber of Commerce on East Victory Way.

George Levkulich

George E. Levkulich died Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Rainey Lynn Reinier

Jenni and Leland Reinier, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Rainey Lynn, at 12:46 a.m. July 25, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Tripp Meril Mead

Kayla and Jake Mead, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Tripp Meril Mead, at 6:28 p.m. July 26, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Brycyn Alexander Atwood

Lyndsey Flores and Aaron Atwood, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Brycyn Alexander Atwood, at 2:49 a.m. July 29, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Aug. 2

Briefs: Aug. 2

Free concert at Boys & Girls Club

The Amir String Quartet, 2006 Strings in the Mountains Music Festival's Young Artists in Residence, will perform a free outreach concert for the children at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Datebook: Aug. 2

Just for kicks

Craig's youth soccer program offers fun, life skills

Any given Tuesday or Thursday, you can find the soccer fields at the Woodbury Sports Complex full. The fields of green are scattered with children of all ages for one purpose -- to play soccer.

New immigration law in effect

Colorado residents must now prove they're legal residents before receiving state benefits, according to rules from a new law that went into effect Tuesday.

Gwen Parker: Thank you for help with golf tournament

I would like to personally thank the people who helped make our recent Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Tournament a huge success. The Pros: Anne Marie (Hamilton) and Brett (Etzler) were very helpful, as were all the people in the Pro Shop. The staff in the Tin Cup Grill were all very friendly and helpful.

Bill Mackin: Daily Press should watch language

I'm surprised and a little annoyed to see Joshua Roberts' reference to two Anglos at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, headlined as "dos gringos" (in Tuesday's Daily Press). My latest Webster's defines gringos or gringa as hostile and contemptuous terms, much the same as it does the word greaser just five pages away. Neither of these terms have any significance at all in Spain, where "La maladicion de Hemingway" article is set, so they seem particularly inappropriate for this article.