Stories for December 2006


Sunday, December 31

Datebook for Jan. 1

Outgoing Steele

County commissioner prepares to leave office

Darryl Steele will attend his last full meeting as a Moffat County commissioner on Tuesday.

Safety first when caring for livestock

While much of Colorado is digging out from another winter blast, the Colorado Department of Agriculture advises residents to be cautious when caring for their animals.

The year that was

Daily Press presents its stories of 2006

Before we welcome in the new year properly, we must say our final goodbyes to its predecessor, 2006. And, before we pile the dirt on the year that was, let's push the sun back up in the sky and take one final trip down memory lane.

A taxing new-year

A look ahead at changes in store for 2007

The general election in November resulted in a number of changes that will take place at the beginning of the new year. Approved tax increases will be felt in 2008 when property and homeowners pay their 2007 taxes.

The sound of music is sweeter at home

Moffat County grad to perform in Steamboat Springs on Friday

Nothing beats performing for a hometown crowd.

RE/MAX finds itself a new home

Sheila Brennise has found a home for her business whose purpose is to do that for others.

Friday, December 29

Doris Shelton

Doris Shelton, a former Hayden resident, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Cemetery.

Dayton Dowling

Dayton Dowling, a longtime Hayden resident, died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

James E. Beers

James E. Beers was born on Dec. 21, 1926, in Greeley, Colo., to Lester W. and Joanna (Peterson) Beers.

Area briefs for 12-30

There will be no regular mail delivery or retail service at post offices on Tuesday due to an executive order issued by President Bush, directing federal government agencies to close as a mark of respect for the late President Gerald Ford, who died Dec. 26. Express Mail deliveries will be made on Jan. 2. Regular retail and delivery service will resume Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Camping on Gore Pass, Part 10

The Grand County portion of the road could best be described as one continuous long stretch of switchbacks. The road on down to river level is quite steep, and it seems like every time you complete a switch back and drop a little in elevation, you get a completely different view of the river, and it isn't very long until both the river and the Union Pacific railroad tracks are both in view.

J.C. Talbot: Thanks for delivering medication to home

A belated public thank you to a very nice person who delivered to my door a vial of medication unknowingly dropped in the vicinity of the post office.

Members of the Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for support of Interfaith Food Bank

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community of Craig for its generous support of the Interfaith Food Bank.

Our View: Time to change

Local businesses must renew commitment to customer service as Wal-Mart prepares to open

Is there a difference between a customer and a guest? According to the Target Corporation, yes.

School district finance director gets settled in

Making the switch from a private sector business to a public school system is certainly a change for Mark Rydberg.

Dinosaur Monument roads closed

Superintendent Marry Risser announced that Dinosaur National Monument's Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur, on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument, will close Jan. 1.

An unexpected provider

Craig teen carries family through dark times

After the rush to the hospital, reality set in. And it was a lonely one.

DA delays decision on Bailey crash

The two-week extension district attorney Bonnie Roesink said she needed to decide on a pending criminal case came and went Friday without a decision.

Continuing education a good resolution

Many residents are turning ideas over in the minds about what to resolve to do in 2007. Some may consider taking a course or learning a new skill. In Moffat County, Colorado Northwestern Community College has many opportunities. There are many online course options available as well.

In the name of safety

School district officials say security measures implemented in October are effective

Earlier this year, a man was late for a meeting at Craig Middle School and decided to bypass the mandatory check-in at the front office.

For the boys

Local couple sending a 'little bit of home' to soldiers in Iraq

Chris Anthony, a Craig resident and former Army veteran, remembers the hollow sadness that washed over her when broken soldiers returned home from the Vietnam War in the 1970s.

A Western tradition continues

National Western Stock Show begins Jan. 6 in Denver, runs through Jan. 21

One hundred years ago, four breeds of cattle were shown at a Denver event titled the National Western Stock Show. The tradition continues to this day.

On the Record for 12-28

On the Record

MaKaylla Garnet Goldberg

Kimberly and Brad Goldberg, of Butte, Mont., announced the birth a daughter, MaKaylla Garnet Goldberg, at 12:28 a.m., Dec. 7, at St. James Hospital in Butte.

Thursday, December 28

CEO: physician recruitment continues

In May, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees hosted a special work session to discuss goals and objectives for the upcoming year.

Jason Scott Covalt

Pvt. Jason Scott Covalt joined the Army in Febuary of 2006 and left for Basic Training March 13, 2006, at Fort Sill, Okla.

William (Bill) A. Webb

William (Bill) A. Webb was born on July 1, 1922, in Fonda, Iowa, to William H. and Luella (Cusins) Webb.

On the record for Dec. 27

Briefs for Dec. 29

The Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation is providing the following advice in advance of a second major snow storm heading into our state Friday.

A nice time for ice time

Arena a good place for exercise, family time

Having never before put on ice skates, Brooke Parmely did what many first-timers on skates might call amazing.

For safety's sake

Local teacher educates students on helmet importance after her own traumatic accident

The day she can't remember is the day she won't ever forget. On June 26, 1992, Misty Jones, then 17 and a recent high school graduate, was rollerblading along an Aspen bike path with two friends. She lost control coming down a hill, crossed her feet and fell backwards, cracking her skull on the ground.

A tale of two prices

Craig fuel costs higher than low statewide average

With a statewide average of $2.20 per gallon, Colorado has the fourth-lowest fuel price in the United States, ranking behind only Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Police debunk homicide claim

A former resident's claim that she had witnessed a murder in Craig in November prompted police department investigators to look into the matter on Wednesday.

A well-spun web

If a pig can learn to talk, why can't a spider learn to write? The answer to that age-old query is given in "Charlotte's Web."

Wednesday, December 27

Travis Edward LeFeure

Marcie and Gene LeFeure, of Craig, announced the birth of a son, Travis Edward LeFeure, at 1:10 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Moffat County Neighbor

Rebecca Runyan

New Year, old traditions

Looking at different cultures and past civilizations, and how they bring in the new year

Feliz Año Neuvo, Bonne Annee, Prosit Neujahr. In English, it's New Year.

Datebook for Dec. 29

Help for the holidays

There are certain things that you need on Christmas morning in order to ensure a successful holiday. Coffee is definitely one of them.

Veterans Hotline

The Denver Medical Center facility has gone completely smoke free. For those patients who need the nicotine, patches are available at the facility. About 23 percent of veterans coming to the Medical Center are smokers.

The remedy for your new year

Christmas is over. Time to take the tree down, unplug the lights and figure out what you're going to do with the fourth electric carving knife you just got and that book you passed up even though it was on clearance.

Hospital plan 'doable'

Financial analysis brings TMH closer to new facility

Administrators and board members of The Memorial Hospital in Craig received one last holiday gift Wednesday when hearing results from a financial analysis.

Attorney reviewing petition

Dinosaur resident takes aim to recall mayor

A Dinosaur resident's push to oust the town mayor continues.

On the record for Dec. 26

Thelma T. Holderness

A memorial service for Thelma T. Holderness will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment follows in the Hayden Cemetery.

Payton ReNea Roop

Sarah Fredrickson and William Roop announced the birth of a daughter, Payton ReNea Roop, at 6:58 a.m. on Dec. 20 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hogan Keaton Adriene Harris

Audrey Cagle and Kyle Harris, of Craig, announced the birth of a son, Hogan Keaton Adriene Harris, at 10:07 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

A presidential handshake

President Gerald Ford's passing on Tuesday was noted by many people who met the man, a group that includes a number of Craig residents who were members of the high school band in 1974.

Christmas tree disposal available

Christmas trees that have reached the end of their useful life should be left next to trash receptacles on normal trash pick-up days.

Dinner and dancing

Organizers gearing up for seventh annual Diamonds & Spurs

The Craig Rotary Club's annual night of dinner and dancing, Diamonds & Spurs, returns to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Jan. 27 for its seventh year.

Datebook for Dec. 28

Tuesday, December 26

Carriers of the year

Up from the depths

Bulldogs' early 8-1 record tallied with five different starting lineups

Through nine games, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team is 8-1.

BLM February oil and gas lease sale info available

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado announced that information on its quarterly oil and gas lease sale is now available.

Saved energy makes for saved money

How does $140 sound? Ace M.J.K. Sales and Feed Inc. assistant manager Mike Carson and other insulation retailers can help keep that money in your pocket year-round.

Seeing the light

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." --Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Datebook for Dec. 27

Shopping season continues

Stores report hits and misses during day after Christmas

Christmas may have come and gone, but the holiday shopping blitz still has some legs left.

Keeping the cold out

Love INC coat distribution numbers up from last year

Increased coat distribution is evidence of increased need, said Pat Jones, the director of Love In the Name of Christ, known as Love INC.

Arraignments pending against Wyo. suspects

On Dec. 20, prosecutors in Natrona County, Wyo., requested arraignment hearings be scheduled against two Craig adults accused of burglarizing a bar and grill and then engaging in a shootout with police.

Theodore Moralez

Theodore (Ted) Moralez died Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Brenda Knoche

A memorial service for Brenda Knoche will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Book tells why chicken crossed the road

Ever since Linda Putnam, children's librarian at the Moffat County Library, showed me this week's picture book, I've wanted to review it. Linda was using the book then, but last week I got the chance to check it out.

The Record for Dec. 27

Briefs for Dec. 27

Colorado Department of Agriculture urges pet safety

Winter offially began Dec. 21 and by then, much of Colorado was covered in snow.

Monday, December 25

Churches introduce GIFT

Sunday School program to restore parents as primary faith teachers

Luthern Church of Grace and Saint Marks Episcopal Church are introducing a new take on the old Sunday School to kick off the new year. It is called Generations In Faith Together. The program is designed to include adults, children and toddlers.

Losing an unwanted holiday gift

Find ways to get fit after the storm of holiday wining and dining has subsided

Another new year is quickly approaching and another five pounds has been added to the already unsightly bulge over the top of your pants. You vow to lose it, but how can you set an attainable New Year's goal?

Judy Patricia Poteet

Judy Patricia Poteet, age 61, of Mangum, passed away at her home Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006.

Theodore Moralez

Funeral services for Theodore "Ted" Moralez, Craig, will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary.

Pete Nakos Georgiou

Memorial services for Pete Nakos "Tyke" Georgiou will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Friends may call at Grant Mortuary from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Fostering a future

Craig family called to help children

It was 3:30 in the afternoon when the call came.

Briefs for Dec. 26

BLM board names new members

The Bureau of Land Management has announced the appointment of new members to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Datebook for Dec. 26

Real estate transactions for Dec. 26

A new year, a new look

More businesses could be coming in 2007

By Christmas 2007, Craig could have a new look and feel with several buildings and businesses springing up around town as a minor building boom gets underway.

Sunday, December 24

Sagebrush, coyotes and stagecoaches

Celebrating the choral club that brought Christmas joy to Craig

Twenty-two people came together in 1910 to entertain the public in Craig with music seldom heard outside of the larger cities in the West.

Craig's elves

A peek into Santa's secret woodshop in Moffat County

It's one of Craig's well-kept secrets.

Alicia Townsend: Real reasons to be thankful

It might seem cliche and maybe a little redundant to express these sentiments at this time of year, but these things need to be said to those in our community and beyond, who have been so generous and helpful, and supporting and caring to us in our time of crisis.

Smoking: Ten reasons to quit

There are 50 million smokers in the United States, and 70 percent of them have tried to quit at least once.

Jessica Lynn Oliver

Jessica Lynn Oliver, of Holyoke, daughter of Mike and Chris Anthony, of Craig, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Regis University on Dec. 16 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and endorsement in special education.

Briefs for Dec. 25

BLM board names new members

The Bureau of Land Management has announced the appointment of new members to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Datebook for Dec. 25

Michelle Perry: Local realtor completes Internet training

A local Realtor recently completed her training to make real estate information accessible on the Internet.

Friday, December 22

Every minute of every hour

Family stands by Craig resident as he battles brain cancer

Maybe six months. Maybe a year. These were the chilling words Craig resident Don Pankey kept hearing from doctors in Grand Junction and Denver. To the physicians, the prognostications were simply an answer to a question, a scientific conclusion.

A Jolley sheep camp

December might not seem like the best month to pull a sheep wagon from Wyoming through Browns Park down to Maybell, but it's second nature to Dave Jolley.

School Board's second newsletter to parents

The Moffat County School District Board of Education released its second quarterly newsletter this week.

'Happyness' improves life, wins over audience

"The Pursuit of Happyness" deals with one man's harrowing experience in trying to make a better life for himself.

Felony charge considered for escapee

The Department of Corrections is considering whether to recommend a felony charge be filed against a work release participant who failed to report back to the Correctional Alternative Placement Services facility in Craig earlier this week.

Chuck Mack: Our Fall camping trip on Gore Pass, part nine

On the morning of Oct. 1, we were out of bed early because we had a full and exciting day planned. We ate a hearty and warm breakfast and then watched out the camper windows as daylight overtook our surroundings with the first rays of sunlight and the overnight frost that had accumulated on the willows along the creek began to sparkle. With just a hint of pink in the sunrise, the color in the willows almost exploded in a burst of beauty. It was hard to tear ourselves away from that beautiful scene but we knew we had to get rolling on down the road.

Josh Roberts: Random thoughts from the edge

Hi. You don't know me. My intent with this column is to change that. I've learned a few things during my short time here -- quality of Craig and Moffat County type things.

Datebook for Dec. 23

Holiday recipes, from our homes to yours

The Craig Daily Press would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. In that spirit, we've compiled a collection of our favorite holiday recipes that we'd like to share with you. Happy holidays and a Happy New Year.

Cabin fever

Girls basketball loses tournament finale, then loses its flight home

The first three games for the Moffat County girls basketball team were easy.

Meth users turning to cocaine

GRAMNET officials say people view drug as a safer alternative

Law enforcement agencies and community service groups are adequately spreading the word about the ill effects of methamphetamine. So much so, that people experimenting with drugs are sometimes choosing a narcotic just as dangerous.

William Webb

A memorial service for William Webb will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the VFW Hall in Craig. Memorial donations to this notice, may be made to the William Webbs Memorial Fund, at First National Bank of the Rockies, 600 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625

Cecil A. Nelson

Cecil Alan Nelson was born on May 24, 1930, in Brighton, Colorado, to Willard R. and Helen (Willmot) Nelson.

Brenda Knoche

Brenda Knoche, of Craig, passed away Dec. 21, 2006. Brenda is the daughter of Jane Balleck of Craig, and mother of Erik, Kristin and Andrea Knoche. A funeral service is pending.

Briefs for Dec. 23

Veterans office closed for holidays

The Moffat County Veterans Office will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holidays. It will be open Wednesday and Thursday for normal hours as listed below.

Thursday, December 21

CAPS escapees caught

Two walk-aways now back in DOC custody

Two participants in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program "walked away" from their work release program Tuesday night.

Feeling the winter blues?

Extension Connection

If you feel tired when the sun sets, listen to your body -- this is the natural way our bodies were programmed to feel.

Girls basketball stutters in tourney

Bulldogs drop game to California team, 53-40

The Moffat County girls basketball team had its first hiccup of the season at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz., on Thursday night.

In the name of pride

Moffat County High School's senior wrestlers display leadership

The underclassmen have a lot to look up to with six seniors on the Bulldogs wrestling team.

Reason for the season

Pastors remind of the true meaning of Christmas

Vicar John Turner, who joined Faith Lutheran Church less than a year ago, is looking forward to his first Craig Christmas, and his first Christmas as the head of a church.

Moffat County Neighbor: Teya Pierce

Moffat County Neighbor

Christina M. Currie: From the mouths of babes

Touch of Spice

If your ego needs any adjusting -- whether it be a puncture or a boost -- there's only one solution I know that is instantaneous and failsafe: children.

On the Record for 12-20

On the Record for Dec. 20, 2006.

Ted Moralez

Ted Moralez, of Craig, died Wednesday, at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. service is pending.

News briefs for 12-22

Veterans Office to be closed for holidays.

Baby girl born on side of road

Hayden fire chief delivers infant

Payton ReNea Roop was born at 6:58 a.m. Wednesday on the side of a highway. She was delivered by a fire chief.

Motown memories

The beat goes on for sax man Frank Bomba

The year is 1962, the scene Detroit. Up on stage at the Fox Theater, at Sir Karps, at Michael's Hideaway, at all the smoke-filled whiskey bars this city has to offer, 20-year-old madman Frank Bomba is waxing on his tenor saxophone, belting out charcoal, growling rock'n'roll tunes.

Wednesday, December 20

What is a veteran?

One of the misconceptions we, Veteran Service officers, often hear is, " I'm not a veteran, but I served in ... at ... during ..."

Fight to the meth

GRAMNET releases enforcement report

Dusty Schulze, task force commander of the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team, said there is a great misconception behind his unit's mission.

Briefs for Dec. 21

Starting Jan. 3, changes go into effect at Moffat County High School "to maintain a safe, orderly, educational environment," according to a press release.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Steven James Fletcher, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Edith K. Sandercook

Edith Katherine Smith Sandercook was born on April 27, 1913, in Butte, Mont., to Frank and Daisy (Bray) Smith. She was raised in Butte, Sheridan and in Big Horn, Mont., where she attended school.

Lesha K. Martinez

Megan Martinez and Jose Martinez II announce the birth of a daughter, Lesha K. Martinez, at 12:37 p.m. Dec. 16, 2006 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Carol J. Sloan: Kindness appreciated during holiday season

I would like to thank everyone for the kindness and generosity they showed this holiday season.

'We are proud'

Moffat County School District officials evaluate their progress of this year

Preschool teachers conducted home visits at 95 percent of our children's homes, where they informally reviewed progress and conducted a child survey.

Financial analysis could be ready

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees will soon hear a presentation on information deemed all-important in building a new health care facility in Craig.

Wishing for a win

Boys basketball team hoping for holiday success

Practice started rough this week for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team, coach Scott Parker said.

Girls move on to title game against Bishop

Bulldogs now 3-0 in tournament

The Moffat County Girls basketball team heads to the championship game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz., today at 7 p.m.

Unique shopping experiences

Places you haven't shopped yet as the holiday draws near

With Christmas closing in, the typical Craig shopper may have ventured up one side of Yampa Avenue and down the other, spent an evening in the Centennial Mall and countless hours at Kmart.

Datebook for Dec. 21

5 to 9 p.m. Parent's night out fundraiser for the Moffat County girls swimming and diving team at Ridgeview Elementary, contact Marin Campbell at 620-0569 or Kim Conci at 824-8841.

Closing pet store's doors

Nearly eight years ago, B.J. Stevens and Barry Miller opened up a pet store in a room not much larger than a fish tank -- at least that's where all of there fish tanks are now.

Tuesday, December 19

The Record for Dec. 20

Prather's Pick: Book is an enjoyable 'Christmas Secret'

Lately I've been reviewing new holiday books for children, so this week it's the grown-ups' turn. "A Christmas Secret," a novel for adults, is written by Anne Perry.

Melanie McDaniels: Fond farewell

Greener pastures or bust

The rumors are true. Well, I guess that wouldn't really make a rumor then, would it?

Just doing it

Bulldogs hammering competition at tournament

After drubbing Fairfax Lions of Los Angeles, 58-29, in its first win at the Nike Tournament of Champions on Monday night, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team was at it again Tuesday, dropping the junior varsity team from Oregon City, Ore., 50-35.

Ski area sale grabs industry's attention

When American Skiing Co. announced Tuesday morning that it will sell the Steamboat Ski Area to Intrawest, it was the price tag that grabbed everyone's attention.

Bucking bronze

Taxidermist, sculptor finds another way to preserve wildlife

Don Beeler is an accomplished taxidermist for the Smithsonian who has created more than 70 bronze wildlife sculptures since 1995.

Debate deserves discussion

Fixing the problem of Social Security is often referred to as the "third rail" of American politics -- touch it and die. The same could be said of proposals to merge religious studies and government.

Laveta Winslow

Laveta Winslow, a longtime Craig resident, died Monday at Family Health West Hospital in Fruita. A service is pending.

William Webb

William Webb, of Craig, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Services are pending.

Briefs for Dec. 20

EnCana grants scholarships to three CNCC students

EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. awarded three students scholarships for the Colorado Northwestern Community College natural resource program for the 2006-07 academic year.

Datebook for Dec. 20

Designation to offer businesses tax credits

County to become enhanced enterprise zone

Moffat County businesses meeting certain requirements will soon be eligible to receive tax credits designed to stimulate economic development and growth.

Law cited for river access

Wanting to ensure his cattle have access to water from the Green River, rancher T. Wright Dickinson cited a law that predates the civil war to make his case to take down sections of fence on the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge's borders.

Monday, December 18

Cashway closing

Owner Jim Simos calls it quits to take time for himself

After more than four decades as a Craig landmark, Cashway Distributors is closing its doors.

United Way achieves goal

Contributions reach all-time high $445,000

Corrie Scott, director of the Moffat County United Way, said she's rarely surprised at the community's generosity in supporting local health and human service programs. Still, the latest figures from a recent fundraising drive got her attention.

Surprise at Palisade no problem for swimmers

It was supposed to be a quad meet -- at least that's what the entry forms said for Moffat County girls swimming and diving coach Marin Campbell.

Bulldogs stay perfect on way to tournament

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team came back from a 7-point deficit to down the Evergreen Cougars 63-53 on Saturday afternoon in non-league action.

A silver lining in the sweep

Bulldog junior varsity team gets experience on ice during non-league losses

The Bulldog junior varsity club hockey team played in two non-league games Friday night against Oak Creek. The Bulldogs lost game 1, 5-2, and game 2, 5-1.

Tourist season lands

Arrival of winter jet service signals

Steamboat Springs' winter jet service got off to a good start Thursday with American Airlines flight 2229 and its 104 passengers arriving a few minutes early.

Library board selects officers

The Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees has openings for those interested in applying for the positions.

Speak Up for Dec. 19

Museum needs money

I was shocked to see that Dan Davidson, director of the museum, has to beg the community for funds to keep the museum open.

Cecil Nelson

Cecil Nelson, of Craig, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. A service is pending.

James Beers

James Beers, of Craig, died Sunday at Sandrock ridge Care Center. A service is pending.


Mark and Vicky Field would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, Kevin Mark Field, to Jessica Jean Kynoch.

Rachel Joy Peters

Michelle and Mike Peters, of Craig, announced the birth of a daughter, Rachel Joy Peters, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 19

Christmas is just around the corner.

The Record for Dec. 19

Briefs for Dec. 19

Dental coalition search continues

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition board has reopened the application process for a new executive director.

Datebook for Dec. 19

CNCC lands energy dollars

Oil and gas has driven Rangely's economy for a number of years, and now that development has spread to the local college campus.

Sunday, December 17

Finance director stepping down

Mike Brinks: School district full of 'good people doing good work'

It's been a careful last 12-plus years for long-time Craig resident Mike Brinks. A period, mind you, that he's been mindful of staying out of the limelight.

Help on the horizon

Specialized services group seeking public contributions

For more than three decades, Horizons Specialized Services has been providing help to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Moffat County. While costs continue to rise, funding from the state of Colorado remains the same.

Wyoming woes

Bulldogs end tournament, 0-3

Three losses. That's what the Moffat County boys' basketball team came away with during the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo. during the weekend.

Six hoopsters advance to district contest

Molly Nations practiced and practiced, and her effort paid off Saturday during the Craig Elk's Club annual National Hoop Shoot Contest at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Two Bulldogs win Warrior titles

Team improves, but coach says there's room for more

The championship mat was golden for the Moffat County wrestling team Saturday night at the Warrior Classic.

Mark A. Chancey: Bible curriculum favors Protestantism

The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS) tells school districts that its curriculum has been vetted by scholars, does not promote particular religious views, is used in over 370 school districts nationwide, and has never been successfully legally challenged.

Alice Margaret (Ford) Cardinal

Alice Margaret (Ford) Cardinal was born March 19, 1914, to Anna Rose (Emerson) and William Montgomery Ford Jr. Mrs. Cardinal died Dec. 11, 2006, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab, in Craig.

Meeker students admitted to TMH

Crash victims listed in good condition

Six Meeker students were transported to The Memorial Hospital on Saturday night after the school bus they were in was struck by an oncoming car, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Willis Earl Davis

Willis Earl Davis was born February 12, 1912, in Hoxie, Kan., to Leonidas J. and Sylvia May (Skidmore) Davis. Earl was six years old when his family moved to Craig.

Fire district begins looking at new fire trucks

Eighteen months ago, when the city of Craig began the process of rewriting the land use code and zoning regulations, one of the objects they wanted to tackle was the height-limit of buildings.

A benevolent bell toll

Salvation Army's Kettle Drive raises money for those in need

The nobility behind the Salvation Army Kettle Drive isn't lost on Tom Cramer. Still, he said there are more reasons behind him working the kettle, soliciting donations than it merely being a worthwhile cause.

Friday, December 15

Senior leadership

Bulldog wrestlers score wins during Warrior Classic

The first two rounds of the Warrior Classic were restful for Moffat County seniors Jake Breslin and Trenton Duarte.

'Still with me'

Jordan Bailey remembers father Michael Bailey

Jordan Bailey, the teenage son of the late Michael Bailey, said he has moved closer to faith since his father died 10 months ago. That he wants to believe everything happens for a reason, and that his father, who was more like a best friend, is still with him.

Woman following 'calling'

Powell campaigns for inclusion of Bible in curriculum

Deborah Powell was watching TV one September day when she felt God calling her.

Area briefs for 12-16

The city of Craig Solid Waste Department will not provide residential trash service on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 1.

On the Record for 12-14

On the Record for Dec. 14

Army Pvt. Zachary R. Lewis

Army Pvt. Zachary R. Lewis has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.


Mark and Vicky Field would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, Kevin Mark Field, to Jessica Jean Kynoch.

The Craig zoo

Resident boards town children's animals on ranch, along with her own menagerie

As soon as Moffat County Fair organizers decided to add chicken roping to the 2006 fair events, they called Mary Martinez to reserve the chickens.

Defense lets down Bulldogs

Moffat County unable to stop Mountain View

Moffat County was unable to stop Mountain View's top player in the first half and fell to the Buffalos, 72-51, in their second game at the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo., on Friday.

Our View: Holes cannot fix themselves

Repeat methamphetamine offenders must take responsibility for their abuse

If there is a hole in a door, can it fix itself? Obviously not. The hole only gets bigger as the elements take their toll on the entrance. This analogy is the same for repeat methamphetamine offenders. If they don't stop their use -- or the hole is not fixed -- it only encourages the behavior, and the hole becomes bigger, letting even more social ills into society.

The big time

Six Moffat County students advancing to DECA state competition

This year marks one of the best for Moffat County High School's Distributive Education Clubs of America.

CNCC alum recognized in state newsletter

Education briefs

Cheryl Ivy, a Colorado Northwestern Community College alumnae, is featured in the State Faculty Advisory Council's December newsletter to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.

Answers to the AAA Travel Challenge sample questions

Answers to the AAA Travel Challenge sample questions.

TMH passes 'arduous' inspection

National health care commission accredits Craig hospital

On Friday, TMH senior administrators announced they passed a review by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. The commission, which dubs itself the health care industry's leader for evaluations and accreditation, works with 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

'Same wishes'

Exchange program teaches CIS instructor China, U.S. are similar

Annie Stehlin, a fifth- and sixth-grade physical education teacher at Craig Intermediate School, presented a slide show to students Friday about her one-week trip to China last month. Stehlin attended the 2006 U.S.-China Joint Education Conference through the People to People Ambassador Programs.

Baggs gets Safe Routes to School funding

Baggs is one of the first six Wyoming communities to receive a funding grant as part of the new Safe Routes to School program, the Wyoming Department of Transportation announced this week.

Government Update for 12-16

Government update for Dec. 16.

Thursday, December 14

Back to basics

Childhood expert recommends books, classic toys as Christmas presents

Some Christmas shoppers are hustling to stores for TMX Elmos, which roll on the ground in hysterics, or 3-foot-tall battery-operated whinnying ponies named Butterscotch. But a local child-development expert said it's time to get to the basics -- books and blocks -- for children.

Moffat County Neighbor: Anngie Jenkins

Anngie Jenkins

Fire board certifies mill levy increase

The public approved an increase to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District's mill levy during the November general election.

Christina M. Currie: Taking charge

Children don't respond well to sarcasm.

On the Record for 12-13

On the Record for 12-13

Bea Morrison

Former Craig resident Bea Morrison passed away in Grand Junction on Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.

Area briefs for 12-15

With less than two weeks left in the annual Kettle Drive, the Craig Service Extension Unit reported that the campaign is doing well.

Arraignment hearing set for meth suspect

A Craig man suspected of being a repeat methamphetamine offender will be arraigned in January.

'Will justice be served?'

Family's hopes for criminal charges hinge on DA's decision

District attorney Bonnie Roesink will meet with her staff today to possibly determine whether to file more serious criminal charges against a defendant who reportedly was under the influence of methamphetamine during an automobile crash that killed a Craig man.

State accredits district

County School Board certifies all schools

The Colorado Department of Education accredited all of Moffat County's schools, the School Board announced Thursday evening. The School Board also accredited all of its own schools.

From Harvard to Craig

New prosecutor's resume decorated with Ivy League background

Harvard Law School graduate isn't normally an attribute Bonnie Roesink sees on the resumes of candidates interested in working for her office.

A foul ending

Free throws lead Broncs over Bulldogs

The Moffat County Bulldogs were outscored, 24-17, in the fourth quarter -- in large part due to free throw shooting -- to fall to Jackson Hole,Wyo., 78-74, on the first day of the 2006 Great Western Auto-plex Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo. Thursday.

Springing into competition

Divers add point boost to swim team

Genna Bradley and Dori Fredrickson have crucial roles on the Moffat County girls swim team.

Wednesday, December 13

Citizen academy a sneak peek at police department

The Craig Police Department is offering residents a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at what law enforcement officers do with its annual Citizen Police Academy.

Mayor, city councilman to run for re-election

I'm running. Those were the words delivered by Craig Mayor Don Jones and city councilor Joe Herod on Wednesday when the two incumbent officials were asked of their 2007 re-election plans.

Tourism growth takes time

MCTA has new funds application form

Although the Moffat County Tourism Association has been a source of money for advertising local events for years, business as usual no longer applies when referring to the new MCTA.

A toy story

Moffat County High School woodshop students to present handcrafted toys to children

Dillon Guinn sees making toys as his way of contributing to his town. The Moffat County High School junior is one of 24 upperclassmen at school creating wood toys from scratch to give to area children.

Shadow Mountain complex closed during Christmas

Veterans hotline

The American Legion Post Shadow Mountain complex -- including the clubhouse and pool -- will be closed from Sunday, Dec. 24, until Tuesday, Jan. 2, with the restart of Senior Slimnastics.

Potential to do great things

Ten-day stretch leaves Bulldogs hungry for action

It's been 10 days since the Moffat County girls basketball team has had a game, 10 long days.

Tournament time

Bulldog wrestlers on road to Warrior Classic in Grand Junction this weekend

Driving in winter weather isn't Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez' biggest worry headed into this weekend's Warrior Classic tournament in Grand Junction.

Nursing students face decisions during Christmas break

Those in second year of program due to choose specialty area of study

As Christmas break begins for students at Colorado Northwestern Community College, second-year nursing students are facing some real-life decisions during their three weeks off.

Holiday spirits

Coordinators find gift-giving programs rewarding work

In 2002, Betsy Peck was looking for somewhere to focus her energies. Peck and her friend, the late Georgina McAnally, reached a conclusion that year -- not enough was being done for the elderly.

Debra Reglin: Thanks for help

Last weekend I found myself in a ditch just above Shadow Mountain, below the high school on Ninth Street. I want to thank all the young men who came to my rescue and pulled my car out.

Cindy Chotvacs: Thanks to supporters

Black Mountain Theatre would like to thank the many people who made "A Christmas Carol" the success it was.

The Record for 12-12

The Record for Dec. 12, 2006.

Hayley Jade Whitaker

Jessica and Jon Whitaker, of Craig, announced the birth of a daughter, Hayley Jade Whitaker, at 6:12 p.m. Nov. 27, 2006.

Brooklynn Rene Kroese

Cori Welch and Donnie Kroese announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklynn Rene Kroese, at 1:54 a.m. Nov. 22, 2006.

Alice Cardinal

Alice Cardinal, of Craig, died Monday at Sandrock Ridge Care Center.

Area briefs for 12-14

Bresnan Business Service customers will experience an Internet service outage because of a scheduled upgrade on Monday and Tuesday mornings, between 1 and 3.

Tuesday, December 12

Diane Prather: A Christmas keepsake

Recently I ordered a Christmas book for my niece's little girl. It turns out that the book is special enough to be a keepsake.

Alice Cardinal

Alice Cardinal, of Craig, died Monday at Sandrock Ridge Care Center. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the church. Concluding services and interment will be at 1 p.m., Monday, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Election planning under way

While officials elected in November have nearly a month ahead of them before taking office, the next scheduled election is already gaining attention.

County on budget track early

The county is on track to reach its financial goals ahead of schedule, according to numbers presented to the Moffat County Board of Commissioners by budget analyst Tinneal Gerber.

Mental exam ordered in break-in case

Sentencing for a Craig man who pleaded guilty to robbing a local sportsmen's store was delayed Tuesday afternoon in 14th Judicial District Court.

Datebook for Dec. 13

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet at the Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" is to be reviewed by Susie Began-Violette. Call Emily at 824-5456.

Briefs for Dec. 13

Head lice are parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to head contact is common during play at school and at home (sports activities, on a playground, slumber parties, at camp).

Police Blotter for Dec. 13

Joseph Tanner Hankins, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault.

David Maurice Nelson

David M. Nelson was born on July 30, 1941, in Oakland to Maurice and Beatrice (Taylor) Nelson. He was raised and attended school in Orange County, Calif.

Our View: Reason to feel fantastic

"We feel fantastic about that." That was Boys & Girls Club of Craig executive director Jonathon Godes' reaction to the community raising $24,000 for the youth club during the recent Cowboy Christmas.

Harold Ratzlaff: I enjoyed the story about Pearl Harbor

I enjoyed the Pearl Harbor remembrance featuring veterans Einar Carlson and Don Seick, especially since parts of Seick's experience are close to my own. I also was at the Naval Base at Farragut, Idaho, for the naval gunnery school.

Commission seeks to fill positions

The Moffat County Board of Com�--missioners has received several inquiries from county residents interested in filling open positions on six county boards, administrative assistant Erin Miller said.

AG releases safety tips to avoid holiday fraud

For Craig resident Jennifer Germond, trying to find Christmas gifts for her husband and five kids, as well as her extended family, can be tough in a small town.

Downtown vendors serve up holiday spirit

"Merry Christmas," Mary Kay Sherman called out with a smile as a customers with bag-filled hands huddled back into the cold, as she put the finishing touches on a couple presents she was wrapping.

Early season tournament test

Boys basketball in Green River, Wyo., for three-day tourney

The Moffat County boys basketball team faces a string of solid opponents as it heads to Green River, Wyo., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, for the first of two pre-holiday tournaments.

Angels on earth

First Baptist Church provides children presents through Angel Tree program

Some parents can't be with their children on Christmas.

Monday, December 11

Learning the ropes

Freshman teams get ins and outs of basketball programs

For many teams, building a successful program starts at the bottom.

Elkhead project nears completion

Don't be surprised if bass boats and fishing rods show up on many Christmas wish lists with the Elkhead Reservoir's opening set for summer 2007.

Power perception

National institute takes notice of CNCC's power plant program

Officials from Colorado Northwestern Community College had already deemed their first-year power plant technology program a success. On Monday morning, a national association of energy companies validated the program.

Craig's most-wanted list a name shorter

The unlucky 13 has been trimmed to a dirty dozen.

Datebook for Dec. 12

Moffat County Libraries will be closed for computer upgrades.

KRAI drive raises record amount

The 93.7/102.3 KRAI and 55Country Holiday Drive, held Thursday and Friday at Centennial Mall, raised a record $25,000 for four local agencies.

Police Blotter for Dec. 12

Tabitha Cooper, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of synthetic narcotics, child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Justin Clay Haskins

Aimee and Flint Haskins, of Craig, announced the birth of a son, Justin Clay Haskins, at 4:39 a.m. Dec. 8, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Alyssa Ann LeWarne

Allison and Mike LeWarne, of Hayden, announced the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Ann LeWarne, at 8:03 a.m. Dec. 7, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Brianna Snow Long

Erin and Rob Long, of Steamboat Springs, announced the birth of a daughter, Brianna Snow Long, at 12:58 a.m. Dec. 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat.

Alexandra Geneva Spindola

Tracy and Roberto Spindola, of Craig, announced the birth of a daughter, Alexandra Geneva Spindola, at 2:04 p.m. Dec. 5, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Michael Jeffery-Donald VanDevender

Jennifer and Dan VanDeven�--der, of Steamboat Springs, announced the birth of a son, Michael Jeffery-Donald VanDevender, at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 1 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat.

Bailey Elisabeth Wagner

Lisa and Jay Wagner, of Craig, announced the birth of a daughter, Bailey Elisabeth Wagner, at 5:50 p.m. Dec. 4, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Jesse Brookshire

Jesse Brookshire, of Craig, recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Denver. On Nov. 16, he received an A.S. degree in applied science of culinary arts.

Speak Up for Dec. 12

Something needs to be done about the crosswalk situation in town. I take my children to school every morning and see a terrible thing going on, and people should know better. There's a bunch of people who do not stop for these kids at crosswalks.

Cindy Chotvacs: Thanks for helping with 'Christmas Carol' ads

Thank you to Julie Dempster for working tirelessly on all of our advertising and printing for "A Christmas Carol." You are the hardest working vice-president we know.

Earlene Sauer: Altar and Rosary Society thankful for merchants

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Michael's would like to thank all the merchants who generously contributed to our annual Christmas bazaar.

Newspapers in Education for December 2006

The Newspapers in Education program is a collaborative effort between Moffat County School District and the Craig Daily Press. This program not only introduces children to the world of journalism, but also to the world around them.

Sunday, December 10

Rising from the ashes

John Bouldin spearheads resuscitation of Habitat for Humanity project home

At 6 a.m., 66-year-old John Bouldin wakes up, gathers himself and drives over to the wooden house at 745 Yampa Ave. There, he starts a fire to warm up the old structure and then leaves for morning coffee and a bull session with his pals at the Village Inn.

Freshman diver leads Bulldogs to fifth place

Freshmen Genna Bradley was enjoying cheering for her teammates Saturday at the Patriot Invite when she heard her name over the sound system, announcing her arrival onto the high school diving scene.

Cold as ice

Bulldog hockey goes 1-2-1 in weekend play

A goal by Durango's Connor Coughlan with 13.1 seconds left in the second game of Saturday night's play gave Durango it's second 2-1 win and built its league record to 4-0.

Solid shooting

Colton Conrad leads Moffat County Bulldogs past Grand Junction Central Warriors

Playing his second varsity game of the season, junior Colton Conrad took advantage of his role as a bench player and came in to score 17 points during the Bulldogs 73-52 victory over the Grand Junction Central High Warriors.

Makenzi Jade Freyling

Aja Parchman and Richard Freyling, of Craig, announce the birth of the daughter, Makenzi Jade Freyling.

Winter workouts: No excuses allowed

For all but the most committed, weather has a way of interfering with exercise schedules. The human body, on the other hand, does not benefit from seasonal holidays.

Area briefs for 12-11

Love Inc. is holding a gift basket silent auction fundraiser Dec. 17.

Business news and notes

Hobergs purchase Craig appraisal business

A Browns Christmas

Familiar faces attend annual holiday dinner at scenic park

For the past 10 years, the Browns Hole Homemakers Club has been putting on Christmas dinner at Lodore Hall in scenic Browns Park.

Museum seeking donors

Not to be overlooked is the plaque dedicated to the number of sponsors that give donations each year, monetary contributions allowing the museum to maintain operations.

Friday, December 8

Bulldogs cage Cougars

Moffat County sees success at Friday Night Duels

It wasn't much of a battle with Moffat County caging the Union Cougars, 63-15, at the Friday Night Duels in Roosevelt, Utah, but the 145-pound match made up for the lack of close encounters when Union's Rene O'Driscoll nipped Bulldog tussler, Levi Weber, 15-14, by scoring a three-point near-fall just a split second before the buzzer.

Making the cut

Maybell Processing kept busy slicing meat during hunting season

Maybell Processing owner Dar Haskins looked around the building that was once, long ago, the Oasis Cafe in Maybell.

Educaton briefs for Dec. 9

Citizens of the Month honored

Craig Intermediate School recently recognized the following students as Citizens of the Month with a luncheon:

Building a bridge

Child care providers hope to create Moffat, Rio Blanco collaboratoin

Early childhood education providers hope a collaborative effort between Moffat and Rio Blanco counties can offer more accessible and comprehensive services to the communities.

Our Fall camping trip on Gore Pass (part 7)

Gosh, sitting with the camper that close to the creek and the nighttime temperatures getting down into the 20s, it takes every blanket, quilt and comforter you have with you all piled on the bed. But it seems like all that weight just makes you sleep sounder, and if you do have to get up during the night for a potty call, you do your thing as quick as you can so you can get back under those warm blankets.

Ready for growth?

When describing the potential growth and change expected from the energy boom, Noreen Moore of Routt County Economic Development compared it to becoming pregnant.

Jody Gingery

Josephine Annette Gingery passed away Nov. 28, 2006, at Littleton Adventist Hospital following complications of ALS.

Anatoliy Pylyp

A funeral for Anatoliy Pylyp will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Briefs for Dec. 9

Love Inc. holding silent auction

Love Inc. is holding a gift basket silent auction fundraiser Sunday and Dec. 17 (dates may vary).

Datebook for Dec. 9

GRAMNET arrests nine suspects

A hectic couple of months. That's how Dusty Schulze, task force commander of the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team, described a series of investigations resulting in 21 arrests since October.

ACE high

CNCC aviation program gives novices a shot to earn their wings

You can see forever up here. There's the town of Hayden to the west, Steamboat Springs to the east. Snow-covered ground, rugged mountains and a long stretch of U.S. Highway 40 in between. There's the Hayden Station power plant, and the origin point, Runway 10 at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. And behind the light blue horizon, there is forever.

Keeping their heads up

After loss earlier this week, Moffat County ready to face class 5A Central High School

Bulldog basketball coach Scott Parker pointed out to his team earlier this week that they need to make use of their offensive possessions if they want to win games.

Thursday, December 7

Police Blotter for Dec. 8

Daniel W. Crutsinger, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.


Funeral services for Anatoliy Pylyp, will take place at 2 pm, Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow at the Craig Cemetery.

One month of madness, one day of joy

"Is it Christmas yet?" is a question I field every single night that the girls come home and see presents stacked underneath the Christmas tree.

Jane and Emily Krogman: Thanks for thoughts as we mourned our dad

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who shared their sympathies during this difficult time.

David Morris: Thanks for helping me with my car's flat tire

On Friday night, I was coming home from skiing at the golf course when I realized I had a flat tire.

Marilyn Bouldin: Habitat for Humanity thankful for donations

The Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity wishes to thank the following for donating and/or displaying a tree or wreath for the silent auction: Downtown Books, Celebrate Recovery, Trinkets, Trash and Treasures, Craig Rotary Club, The Kitchen Shop, First Baptist Church, Price Mine Service, CNCC, Love Inc., Museum of Northwest Colorado, Craig Downtown Business Association, Under the Aspen Tree, Craig Board of Realtors, Jackie Roberts, Moffat County News, Community Budget Center, Lolly Hathhorn and KS Kreations.

Linda Goffe: Grandpa, grandma proud of karate kid

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to express my congratulations to my grandson, Phillip Goffe, for receiving another promotion in karate, to an orange belt. After your orange belt, Phillip, you're two belts away from your black belt, and you're only 9 years old. Grandpa and grandma are really proud of you, Phillip, in all that you do.

Silent community

Signs speak volumes at CNCC language class

When Jeff Reece moved to Craig he was all alone.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris Age: 15 Occupation: I go to school at the high school.

Moffat County wrestlers down Steamboat, 75-6

Facing the Moffat County High School wrestling team, Steamboat Springs coach Sean McCarthy knew the match would be lopsided.

Sports briefs for Dec. 8

The Craig Youth Soccer Association is beginning an indoor soccer program.

Diane Prather: One of my holiday favorites

"Thumbprint Cookies" look pretty served on a plate with other cookies and candies.

Tea for two: Churches host tea, fair trade sale

Two Craig churches are hosting a holiday event meant to offer residents a break from the seasonal rush and to assist families in need.

'Immigrants and locals together'

Comunidad lands grant money to focus on immigrant integration

Educating and uniting the community.

LEAP-ing heat bills

Government program aids low-income households with energy costs

With the winter shaping up to be long and cold, one government office is gearing up to help low-income Craig families pay their heat bills.

Adult suspects bound over

Paul Howell, Michael Garren charged with attempted murder

A judge in Natrona County, Wyo., ruled Thursday that there is sufficient evidence pending against two Craig men charged with attempted murder.

Habitat offering home tours

To drum up interest, and more importantly, money for its on-going project, the Moffat County Habitat for Humanity organization will offer free tours of the first project home at 745 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for Dec. 8

5 to 8 p.m. The annual nativity set display will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ninth Street and Finley. Use the north door. Admission is free.

Briefs for Dec. 8

Anyone interested in joining an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis support group is asked to call Carol Gordon of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Asso�--ciation at 870-3232.

Wednesday, December 6

Headed in the right direction

Coach Roman Gutierrez has a game plan for the wrestling season. Stick to it.

Holiday events to liven up downtown

About 10 Moffat County High School band members will be spreading Christmas cheer Saturday, during the Downtown Business Association Hometown Holiday.

A day of remembrance

On the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor -- Dec. 7, 1941 -- two current Craig residents were hundreds of miles apart. And hundreds of miles away from the war.

Club 20 re-elects Tayyara as voting delegate, names alternates

The Moffat County caucus of Club 20, one of the largest and most influential political groups on the Western Slope, re-elected a familiar face as its voting representative.

Hearings delayed for meth suspects

Court appearances for two Craig residents accused of methamphetamine related charges were delayed Tuesday morning in Moffat County Court.

Sheriff's Office: Two more juveniles suspected in crime

Wyoming shootout defendants in court

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office believes two more juveniles were involved in a rash of burglaries last month and is continuing its probe into the matter.

Datebook for Dec. 7

5 to 8 p.m. The annual nativity set display will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ninth Street and Finley. Use the north door. Admission is free.

Briefs for Dec. 7

The School Accountability Reports released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education are one of three assessments the district receives about schools' success, said Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann.

Police Blotter for Dec. 7

Austin James Schnell, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Thanks for memorials for our dear George

We want to thank our many friends for the numerous memorials for our dear George and for all of you that have been praying for us.

Carol Sloan: Help me help veterans this holiday season

I recently visited the nursing home in Rifle. My granddad is a resident there. There are veterans from all over living there. These are all veterans or their spouses who at some time or another served our country.

Thirsty country looks for water

Dean Gent grew up in Maybell, and he knows how dry Western Moffat County is.

Giving back

High school organization calls students to donate grant monies to nonprofits

Meagan Rader joined El Pomar Youth in Community Service as a way to appeal to college admissions officers and future employers.

Programs receive Women's Foundation grants

Two area programs recently received grant funds from the Women's Foundation of Colorado.

Veterans Hotline: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Sixty-five years ago today, the world -- especially the Pacific Rim countries and islands -- heard the Japanese commands of "Tora, Tora, Tora" as the armies, navy and aircraft of the Imperial Japanese military struck American, Brit�--�--ish and Aus�--tralian military outposts.

Champions off the field

Football team named Class 3A academic team champions

The playoff picture for the Moffat County boys football team didn't extend far in the 2006 season, but excellence in the classroom did.

Tuesday, December 5

Mitchells: Thank you from the Mitchell family

The family of Bobby Jo Mitchell would like to thank all of the family and friends who graced us with telephone calls, visits, cards, food flowers, donations and remembrances made at the time of her passing.

Book in a basket

Reading council prepares gifts to fund literacy events

Take a book, a candle, a bottle of wine and some bath oil, add a little holiday decoration, and you've got a basket ready to give as a gift.

Prather's Pick for Dec. 6

The gorgeous, detailed artwork in this week's picture book begins on the inside cover pages. It's the scene of a village on a starry winter night. Houses and evergreen trees are covered with snow.

Veterans lead girls basketball

Moffat County defeats Fruita Monument, 46-34, Tuesday

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team showed the benefits of having a veteran squad Tuesday.

Bulldogs shot down by Hunter

Fruita, led by player's 3-point shooting, defeats Moffat County, 70-58

Three 3-pointers in the third quarter by Hunter Martin sealed a 70-58 victory for the Fruita Monument Wildcats on Tuesday night over Moffat County High School in the Bulldogs' season opener.

Moffat County schools performing at average

Moffat County School District students are performing at an average level, according to School Accountability Reports released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Smith: Hats off to the Steamboat Orchestra

Hats off to the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

Crisis and opportunity

In Chinese, the sign representing "crisis" is also the same sign symbolizing "opportunity."

Lukas Cortez Vigil

Amber Bennett and Jeremy Vigil, of Craig, announced the birth of their son, Lukas Cortez Vigil. The baby was born at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Caden Layne Bugay

Christy and Jon Bugay, of Craig, announced the birth of their son, Caden Layne Bugay, at 8:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

The Record for Dec. 6

Briefs for Dec. 6

Moffat County Club 20 caucus to elect new representatives

The Moffat County Caucus of Club 20, or the "voice of the Western Slope," will elect board representatives for the next two years during its meeting today.

Datebook for Dec. 6

Old lease pays off

Well open for exploration 30 years ago now producing oil, natural gas

A recently drilled well on a tract of land that Moffat County leased out for energy exploration nearly 30 years ago is now producing oil and natural gas, thereby yielding payments to the county.

Season for giving

Holiday Drive asks community members to donate food, toys, money

It's the season for giving. And one of the community's largest charitable events returns this week.

Out of Africa

Craig native navigates through AIDS, violence to care for Ugandan orphans

The message came from Genesis. Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. The destination: Uganda. The words still resound in Siouxanne Mease's ears. The mission she was charged with ordered her away from home.

Monday, December 4

Briefs for Dec. 5

A fundraiser for We See D.C. is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Wendy's, 1280 W. Victory Way. Fifteen percent of Wendy's proceeds during the three-hour timeframe will go toward an annual trip for seventh- and eighth-graders to see Washington, D.C.

Speak Up for Dec. 5

I read the other day in the Daily Press that our school district is considering an election for a tax increase.

Hitting the hardwood

Boys basketball team tips off against Fruita today

When the Moffat County High School boys basketball team tips off today at 5:30 p.m. against Fruita-Monument at the high school, the matchup should be fairly even, senior Evan Hertzog said.

Datebook for Dec. 5

9 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture commodities at the Community Center in Maybell. ID, proof of address and income or current eligibility is required. Call 824-8282.

Police Blotter for Dec. 5

Jose Chavez, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident without providing required information after striking unattended property and driving under the influence.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 5

December -- what do you associate with it? Me, I think of snow twinkling like diamonds, Christmas carols, family get-togethers, frantic shopping and Scrooge, to name a few things.

Workshop to tackle water issues

Water in the western United States can be more valuable than gold and is often fought over more than property lines and politics.

Mail early and beat the rush

The day after Thanksgiving may be the busiest shopping day of the year, but for postal workers, it starts the busiest month of the year.

Sunday, December 3

David Nelson

Thelma Holderness

Datebook for Dec. 4

J.W. Snack's opens new dining room, bar

After months of renovating, the new dining and bar area at J.W. Snack's Gulf Coast Bar & B-Que, 210 E. Victory Way, is open.

Rough start Saturday, but Navratil goes 4-0

A 4:30 a.m. date to catch a bus for the trip to the Wildcat Invitational wrestling tournament may have caught up with the Moffat County wrestling team.

Forest Service studying campgrounds

Sweeping changes to the way the U.S. Forest Service operates recreational areas may soon be felt in Moffat County and around all of Colorado.

Habitat releases wish list

Cash-strapped group asks for public support

The cash-strapped Moffat County Habitat for Humanity has made its list and checked it twice.

Swimmers take fifth out of 11 teams

It was only the second meet of the season for Clare Sorrentino, but the Bulldog swimmer took three seconds off her 50-yard freestyle time at the league relays in Montrose on Saturday.

Community cooperation

Yampa Valley Partners seminar brings focus on communication

Cultural differences aside, the towns of Craig, Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek share the Yampa River and thus, many interests and goals.

Midget hockey victorious at Ski Town fest

Though it was a consolation game, Sunday's midget hockey showdown between Moffat County and Steamboat Springs had the feeling of a championship bout.

Off to a hot start

Moffat County girls basketball goes 3-0 during play at Uintah Classic

The Moffat County girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season.

An aspiring master of style

Salon owner, stylist brings flair to the profession

To her clients, Darcey Walker is already a great stylist, but now she's one step closer to becoming a master stylist.

Friday, December 1

Extra! Extra!

Ridgeview Elementary School students publish monthly newspaper

Heather Young usually skims the newspaper for stories that interest her. Now, she's the one trying to catch the readers' attention.

Shootout suspects facing life in prison

Four local teens, two adults charged in Wyoming

As teenagers, their lives had just begun. As defendants, they face spending the rest of their days behind bars. On Thursday, four Craig teenagers -- Daniel Merwin, 16, James Gore, 17, Steven Liljedahl, 15, and Johnathan Milligan, 16 -- were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, armed robbery, concealing property and conspiracy to commit murder.

On the Record for 11-30

On the Record for Nov. 30, 2006.

MBA basketball season beginning

Sports briefs

All fifth- through eighth-grade students are invited to attend a parent/player meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Craig Intermediate School cafeteria. Any interested students must attend the meeting.

Rookie no joke in rodeo

MCHS graduate gets honors for barrel racing

It has been two years since Tia Brannan competed in high school rodeos for Moffat County, but the Laramie County Community College sophomore hasn't stopped doing what she loves.

As Hemingway put it...

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "We're all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes the master."

Bulldogs lose wrestling opener

No. 2 Broomfield solid against Moffat County

It took 31 seconds for Moffat County senior Nick Navratil to down his Broomfield opponent Friday night at Moffat County High School.

Just something you do

Donating time to others comes naturally for Volunteer of the Year

Instead of relaxing and enjoying the evening, Tanya Ferguson -- the recipient of the Georgina McAnally Volunteer of the Year Award -- will once again be donating her time to a worthy cause. She will work as a bartender at tonight's Cowboy Christmas fundraiser, an event where she'll be honored.

'A chance to be a good example'

Katie Morris thanks the Boys & Girls Club as it honors her with Youth of the Year award

With two older brothers, Katie Morris never felt she had the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone younger. That's why volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a perfect fit for her.

Born to race

Sunbeam residents breed, train quarter horses

In the 1980s, horse racing was still a big part of Northwest Colorado, with a fair circuit holding races in Craig, Rifle, Rangely and Grand Junction.

Year-round giving

Samuelsons honored by Craig Boys & Girls Club

Mark and Shannon Samuelson's generous spirit doesn't just come around during the holiday season. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is honoring the pair with the Man and Woman of the Year awards because of their desire and commitment to give back to the community.

Team effort

Local couple credits business of the year award to employees

J.B. and Paula Chapman shucked aside any credit for themselves Friday when asked about the Boys & Girls Club of Craig Business of the Year award the couple will receive this evening. Instead, they doled out praise to the people who really make a difference in the community -- the 10 employees at Chapman Automotive Service Center.

Local teachers awarded literacy scholarships for master's work

Three local teachers have been selected to receive literacy scholarships to help offset the costs of earning master's degrees.

Kyle Richard Gannon


Kyle Richard Gannon, son of Debbie and Mark Gannon of Craig, recently completed Recruit Training at Naval Training Center Great Lakes in Illinois.