Stories for February 2006

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Tuesday, February 28

Strength in numbers?

Swim, golf teams hoping more athletes will join

The pool at Moffat County High School was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon. That wasn't a good sign during the boys swim team practice.

CSU office still seeks 4-H agent

Moffat County is still looking for a 4-H extension agent, but the requirement that candidates must have a master's degree seems to be hampering the search.

Datebook for March 1

Today Noon The Red Hat Society's luncheon is at the Craig Fire Station. All chapters are invited. Take your favorite covered dish and a drink. Call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253.

Briefs for March 1

Several local students have been awarded scholarship grants from the Craig Elks Lodge through their participation in the Colorado Elks Association Education Grant Program.

Richard Weaver

Memorial services for Richard Weaver, of Moffat County, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2006, at Grant Mortuary in Craig.

Flood closes County Road 35

High water closed Moffat County Road 35 on Tuesday afternoon, keeping people from their homes and raising concerns about road and field damage.

Marietta Thompson Glantz

Longtime Craig resident Marietta Thompson Glantz, known as the Canadian lady with the southern accent, died Feb. 23, 2006, in Craig.

Police Blotter for March 1

Craig Fire/Rescue Monday, Feb. 27 Firefighters responded to a medical call in the 600 block of Wickes Avenue.

Patti Askew: Wal-Mart officials gave nonprofits runaround

Recent experiences have brought an additional perspective on the arrival of Wal-Mart. After Wal-Mart announced its decision to build in Craig and an article touting their community participation ran, I contacted them to solicit contributions for two of my nonprofit endeavors.

Rick Holford: Thanks for covering good as well as bad

There is good and bad in every community. All the reports of drug raids and arrests, many of them involving young people in our community, would lead readers to think that everyone is on drugs. How nice it was to read the Craig Daily Press on Monday regarding the donated labor by local youth who care about hunger in other countries.

Shakespeare comes to Craig

High school students present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Drama with dinner comes to Craig this weekend when Moffat County High School thespians stage a Shakespeare classic.

Mathers enters commissioner race

Moffat County native and local businessman Tom Mathers announced Tuesday he is running for the open Moffat County commissioner's seat in November's election.

Alton running for sheriff as independent

Vic Alton announced his candidacy for Moffat County sheriff Tuesday, pledging to seek alternative methods to fight the county's drug problem.

County honors work of volunteer

Hamilton is a town, but to be a community it needed a community center. It was obvious to Ethal Jordan, and it became her mission.

Claudine Talkington: Food bank thanks children for articles

Kudos to the young journalists. The volunteers at the Interfaith Food Bank would like to give praise to the students of Craig Intermediate School, East Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School on the great job of journalism they did on our organization.

Grease problem may be passed to restaurants

Faced with a greasy problem, the city of Craig may impose higher rates on restaurants and waste haulers to deal with the problem.

Escaped work-release inmate in custody

A work-release inmate at Moffat County Jail is back in custody after failing to report to the jail after work Saturday, the jail administrator said Tuesday.

Habitat project coming along

Because all the asbestos has been removed from the first project house of the Moffat County Habitat for Humanity, members are ready to move forward with the renovation.

New hearing date set in counterfeit case

The lawyer for a Craig teen charged with counterfeiting asked for another continuance Tuesday, citing problems accessing some evidence.

Monday, February 27

News briefs for Feb. 28

Craig Boys & Girls Club planning family dinner The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will hold a family dinner at 5 p.m. March 10. The dinner is for members and their families. The dinner includes chicken spaghetti, homemade rolls, fruit and cake. Call 826-0411 to RSVP.

Ava Madelyn Love

Erica and Jason Love, of Parker, announce the birth of a daughter, Ava Madelyn, at 11:57 a.m. Jan. 26, 2006, at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree.

Brooke Ashlyn Herbranson

Chad Herbranson, formerly of Craig, and his wife, Jill, announce the birth of a daughter, Brooke Ashlyn Herbranson.

Police blotter for Feb. 28

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Feb. 25 James Delbert Wall, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Speak up for Feb. 28

Editor's note: Comments to the Daily Press Speak up line and reader forums covered a lot of ground the past week. Comments praised local support for the United Way campaign but also expressed concerns about traffic, sentences in drug-related cases and salaries for public employees.

Forum series will focus on growth

Yampa Valley Partners next week will host the first of several forums aimed at developing a focused and flexible approach to the challenges brought on by growth in the Yampa Valley.

Janice Grace Murphy

Funeral services for Janice Grace "Jan" Murphy, 70, were Feb. 7, 2006, at the Light of Christ Anglican Church in Denver. Pastor Jay Holsted officiated.

James Leander

Funeral services for James Leander, a longtime resident of Moffat County, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Center in Meeker. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Grant Mortuary in Craig is in charge of arrangements.

Marietta Glantz

Funeral services for Marietta Glantz, of Craig, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary in Craig. Burial will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital Building Fund in care of the mortuary.

Lura Camp

Lura Camp, a former Craig resident, died Feb. 26, 2006, at E Dene Moore Memorial Home in Rifle. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary in Craig. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Grant Mortuary.

Richard Weaver

Memorial services for Richard Weaver, of Grand Junction, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary in Craig.

Board OKs corporate agreements

High school to get scoreboard, money in sponsorship deal

A board of education decision Monday night will mean a new baseball scoreboard and $5,000 a year for the athletics programs at Moffat County High School.

Apartment owners face challenge

Occupancy rates plummet as pipeline workers leave Craig area

The exodus of pipeline workers is a challenge for Craig apartment owners who are looking for ways to maintain occupancy rates.

Truck thief in court on drug charges

A Craig woman who was convicted earlier this month of stealing a truck from Horizons Specialized Services appeared in court on drug charges Monday.

Datebook for Feb. 28

Today 7 p.m. Moffat County High School choirs hold their collage concert.

Moffat County rings in 95 years

May McIntyre is too young to remember Moffat County's 1911 birth.

Sunday, February 26

Candidate makes pitch to residents

Democrat running for governor visits Craig

More than 40 people turned out Sunday afternoon to hear the leading Democratic candidate for governor discuss topics including health insurance, methamphetamine abuse and abortion.

A privilege and a sacrifice

Teens fast, donate labor to help fight starvation

For 15-year-old Brandon Peacock, going to work on an empty stomach wasn't really a sacrifice. It was the right thing to do.

Girls in Sweet 16 after a hot start

The Moffat County student section started chanting "this game's over" only three minutes into the game of their girls basketball team against Palisade. Moffat was ahead, 8-0, at that point, and its eventual 19-3 first quarter lead was too much for Palisade in a 63-36 win.

Bookstore is into 'redistribution'

The owner of Craig's newest bookstore says her shop is more of a "book redistribution" site than a store.

Behind the scenes

District attorney's investigator settles in to new position

Joe DeAngelo's office looked and sounded the part of a work in progress last week. The walls were mostly bare. Unpacked boxes were evidence of his recent arrival.

Briefs for Feb. 27

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will discuss some corporate connections when it meets tonight.

Datebook for Feb. 27

1 p.m. A party for Moffat County's 95th birthday is at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The party is free and open to the public.

City plans for future water needs

Public works director says time has come for plant improvements

Craig has outgrown its water treatment plant, and the city is planning for major improvements at the facility this summer.

Marian Balleck

Services for Marian Balleck, of Craig, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig.

Gold says he's ready for challenge

Northwest Colorado's history of leaning to the right when it comes to politics doesn't worry Andy Gold.

Craig Daily Press wins top newspaper honor

The Craig Daily Press brought home 44 awards from the Colorado Press Association's annual convention Saturday night in Denver, including the top honor in its circulation category.

Friday, February 24

A job well done

Wastewater plant supervisor wins statewide award

Mike Frazier's more than two decades of work in the city of Craig's wastewater department has been rewarded.

Datebook for Feb. 25

Today 10 a.m. Hands-On Quilters will meet at the Craig Fire Station. Call Cheryl Bush at 824-2567.

Police Blotter for Feb. 25

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Feb. 23 Garrick Hafen, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Michael David Bailey

Funeral services for Michael David Bailey, of Craig, were Feb. 21, 2006, at the First Christian Church in Craig with Mervin Johnson officiating.

Marietta Glantz

Marietta Glantz, of Craig, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. Services are pending with Grant Mortuary, Craig.

Briefs for Feb. 25

Girl Scouts will again be on the streets of Craig this weekend with their annual cookie sales. Scouts will set up cookie booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at City Market and Safeway.

Our View: County can be proud

In searching for evidence of random acts of kindness, people tend to look for subtleties -- the person who rushes across the street to help their neighbor carry groceries or drives past a prime parking place so the car behind them can take it.

Going, going, gone

FFA students auction their labor a good cause

Moffat County FFA member Katie Foulk's ability to rub her belly and pat her head at the same time netted $75 for the FFA program Thursday night.

Education calendar for Feb. 25

Tuesday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. Moffat County High School choir's Collage Concert.

CNCC students honored

The following students from Craig and area communities have been named to the Colorado Northwest Community College President's Academic Distinction List for the 2005 fall semester. Students on the list earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

Government Update for Feb. 25

Craig City Council Next meeting: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday -- Roll call, Pledge of Allegiance

Ninety-five candles

Museum to celebrate Moffat County's birthday

There aren't many locals who remember Moffat County's 1911 birth, but that isn't stopping county officials and the Museum of Northwest Colorado from celebrating.

Inmate who walked away back in custody

A Moffat County inmate who walked away from a trustee job last year is back behind bars.

Thursday, February 23

Sittin' pretty

Bulldog girls like their seed, aware wins aren't automatic

For once the Moffat County girls basketball team is a big fan of the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Bulldog boys hope to rebound

It will take some rebounding for the Moffat County boys basketball team to rebound from a disappointing end to the regular season.

JV, frosh teams share in success

The Western Slope League can't figure out how to beat the Moffat County girls basketball teams.

Ups, downs in record, lineup for JV boys

Looking back at the season, Moffat County boys JV basketball coach John Haddan splits the games into three categories.

Coming and going

As one serviceman returns home, another readies for tour of duty in Iraq

One is a sailor; the other a Marine. One is home from duty in a war zone; the other leaves for Iraq next month.

Police: Drug deal ends with six arrests

Suspected meth transaction involved armed robbery

Two Craig men were arrested Wednesday night after they used a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine, police said.

Candidate tabs undersheriff

Moffat County sheriff candidate Jerry Hoberg announced Thursday he has decided on the person who will be his undersheriff if voters elect him in November.

School to put on 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

The Moffat County High School Theater Department will stage William Shake�--speare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" next week.

Ranchers: Raising cattle risky business

Raising cattle has always been a risky business, according to local cow and calf producers who gathered in Craig for a workshop on Wednesday.

Museum wants to honor older residents

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is looking for local residents who are 90 years old or older.

Datebook for Feb. 24

Today 7 to 10 p.m. The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center sponsors a Bunko Beach Party at The Boys & Girls Club of Craig. RSVP to LuAnn at 824-5926 or Barb at 276-3111.

Connor Brice Gallo

Stephanie and Michael Gallo, of Craig, announce the birth of a son, Connor Brice Gallo, at 10:25 p.m. Feb. 16, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Vernon Updike

Funeral services for Vernon Updike, of Craig, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Grant Mortuary.

Police Blotter for Feb. 24

Craig Police Department Wednesday, Feb. 22 Officers received a report of domestic violence.

Preserving memories while creating friendships

Women at First Christian Church gather weekly to share each other's company and a hobby they enjoy.

Quilting bee-comes a craze

When Cheryl Bush moved to Craig from Denver in 1977, she said she had a hard time adjusting to rural life.

Wednesday, February 22

Truck theft suspect arrested

Police say teen fled to Kentucky after stealing from water plant

A Craig teenager who police think stole a city truck in Craig on Feb. 7 was arrested in Kentucky last week after police there say he fled from them in a stolen car.

Temp workers helped fill hotels in 2005

An influx of pipeline and power plant workers helped produce a banner year in 2005 for local hotels and the Moffat County Tourism Association.

New hospital administrator settling in

In the four weeks before he begins work as The Memorial Hospital's new administrator, George Rohrich, plans to explore Moffat County.

Good health in any language

Nancy Rocha knows how hard getting health care in Craig can be.

Fight against underage drinking also targets adults

In its efforts to combat underage drinking, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is targeting parents as much as teens.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary celebrates 60 years

When Margaret Thompson moved to Craig in 1955, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary had been operating for nine years. At the urging of her husband, a VFW member, she joined a few years later.

Meth suspect waives her right to hearing

A woman arrested in a major methamphetamine sweep in December waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Police Blotter for Feb. 23

Officers received an animal complaint. Officers received a 911 hang-up. Officers received a report of child abuse.

Datebook for Feb. 23

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Library hosts a story-hour. This week's topic is dinosaurs. Story-hour is at the library, 570 Green St.

James Leander

James Leander, a longtime Moffat County resident, died Tuesday in Palo Alto, Calif. Services are pending.

Vernon Updike

Vernon Updike, of Craig, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Services are pending.

Briefs for Feb. 23

And to celebrate the county's 95th, a birthday party is scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The party is free and open to the public.

Eighth-grade girls finish undefeated

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade girls A basketball team finished the season with an unblemished record -- well, almost unblemished.

Tuesday, February 21

Basketball playoffs begin Friday

Playoff basketball comes to Craig on Friday and Saturday. Girls sub�--regional playoff games begin Friday night when Palisade (13-10) takes on Conifer (12-10) at 5:30 p.m. at Moffat County High School. Steamboat Springs (7-14) plays Summit (16-7) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Swimmers earn honors at state

Caitlin Conci had a dream. The dream came Friday night, the night before her final in the 100-yard backstroke at the Colorado State Swimming Championships in Fort Collins. In that dream, she swam a time of 1 minute, 01.01 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke.

Going back to baseball

Craig's Junior Herndon heads to spring training with Royals

He's 27 years old, but Craig's Junior Herndon feels like a high school senior again. Herndon left Saturday for Surprise, Ariz., to report to the Kansas City Royals' spring training camp.

City, county back asking voters about tax

The Craig City Council and Moffat County commissioners have pledged to support a bill that community college officials say is critical to the college's continued expansion in Craig.

Our View: College rises to challenge

Ed Winters is getting a quick lesson in politics. The director for Colorado Northwestern Community College's new energy technology program has been before the Craig City Council, Moffat County commissioners and the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership seeking support for the program.

Darlene Harmer: Reduced night speed limit isn't working

I would like to respond to the article and headline of Feb. 8 about the 55-mph night speed limit on Colorado Highway 13.

Al Cortez

Services for Al Cortez will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Police blotter for Feb. 22

Fred William Ruybal, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Marjorie Francil Matsen

Marjorie Francil Matsen was born July 7, 1930, in Genoa, the daughter of Owen H. and Ruth B. (Bruch) Self. She was raised and attended school in Genoa.

Datebook for Feb. 22

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Craig 60th anniversary luncheon. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door or from any auxiliary member. Call 824-2251 for more information.

Counterfeit case stalled

Attorney problems for a Craig teen charged with counterfeiting continued Tuesday.

Speech and debate students headed to state

Eric Hansen called it a terrific comeback story. He coaches the Moffat County High School speech and debate team, which will send seven local students to compete at the state level next month.

Library property fenced in

Commissioners, director concerned about property in Dinosaur

The director of Moffat County libraries and the Moffat County commissioners are concerned about a piece of property the library owns in a mobile-home park in Dinosaur.

Man takes deal in meth case

One of 14 people arrested in a December methamphetamine sweep accepted a plea agreement Tuesday, and another suspect pleaded not guilty to drug charges.

Acting like animals

Youths get hands-on agricultural experience

Five-year-old Sarah Schwingdorf has never been as close to a goose as she was Tuesday morning, but said she was more interested in meeting a horse.

Monday, February 20

College lacking nursing teachers

If good nurses are hard to find, locating qualified nursing instructors seems just as hard. Officials with Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig found that out when they launched the nursing program in 2003.

A perfect season

Bulldog team first to start postseason without a loss

For the Moffat County Bulldogs, it's been a perfect season. With a 22-0 record, a No. 1 seeding going into the state 4A basketball tournament, this is a team that has made history.

Results for 4-H/FFA show

Here are the results of the 2006 Moffat County 4-H/FFA Mid-Winter Feeder Calf Show. It was held Feb. 5 in Craig.

Speak Up for Feb. 21

In the recent mishap of the hunting accident with Vice President Cheney, it wouldn't make any difference how fast he'd reported it or what he'd say, most of the media would criticize him like they criticize him for anything he says or does. If I was him, I wouldn't give them the time of day.

Connor Joseph Padilla

Martha Ridings and Carl Padilla, of Meeker, announce the birth of a son, Connor Joseph Padilla at 6:26 p.m. Feb. 14, 2006 at The Memorial Hospital.

Keira Aletha Linton

Jennifer and Seth Linton, of Craig, announce the birth of a daughter, Keira Aletha Linton, at 3:13 p.m. Jan. 30, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Destin MacKennen Johns

Melissa and Jeff Johns, of Craig, announce the birth of a son, Destin MacKennen Johns, at 11:49 a.m. Feb. 11, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Steamboat Springs.

Police blotter for Feb. 21

Eric Lyndale Fowler, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving with a restricted license.

Briefs for Feb. 21

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension will conduct a series of educational workshops for cow/calf producers in Northwest Colorado. The workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Craig and Thursday in Meeker.

Datebook for Feb. 21

6:30 p.m. There will be an open house at Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care in honor of Alice Barber, who is leaving after 11 years. All families who have had Miss Alice in their lives are invited to 700 School St.

Having a ball

Firefighters event set for March 4

As Craig traditions go, the Firefighters Ball is one of the oldest on record, and according to Fire Chief Chris Nichols, the records go back about 100 years.

Bilingual workshop focuses on health care

Health care made the top of the list in fall 2004, when Yampa Valley residents met to discuss the issues and needs of the area's growing non-English-speaking population.

Candidate to visit with Craig residents

The former Denver district attorney who a recent poll showed is leading the governor's race will campaign in Craig this weekend.

Globetrotting

Local doctor takes care of patients on Antarctica cruise

Allan Reishus had a white Christmas. But it wasn't because of the Colorado snow he's accustomed to. This holiday, Reishus was surrounded by icebergs and a seemingly endless expanse of ocean.

Sunday, February 19

Briefs for Feb. 20

A shortage of natural gas led to a brief power outage in Craig on Saturday morning, said Jim Chappell, spokesman for Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Marjorie Francil Matsen

Memorial services for Marjorie Francil Matsen will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at the First Congregational Church in Craig.

Boys fall to Devils

The Moffat County Bulldogs lost to a well-prepared squad from Glenwood Springs on Friday.

Bulldogs hang on for late win against Devils

It was parents night Friday at Moffat County High School. It was the last home game of the season, and that may be why the Bulldogs started out flat. Moffat County barely hung on through most of the game before coming back to win, 60-51.

Consolation placers lead team to sixth

There are many storied performances from Moffat County wrestlers at the state wrestling championships. Senior Daniel Cramblett and junior Brice Boling's last two days of the 2006 wrestling season add two more stories the Bulldog legend.

Last-second revenge

Korey Kostur defeats nemesis, 5-4, for second state title

Korey Kostur couldn't feel his arms or his legs, but that wasn't going to stop him. Not after the Moffat County senior had put so much into this moment.

Teacher says 'goodbye' after 11 years

Teachers are generally remembered by the way they touched the lives of others. When Alice Barber leaves Sunrise Kids Preschool, she'll remember how her life was touched by those she taught.

Michael Bailey

Memorial services for Michael Bailey will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Memorial donations can be made to an education fund for Bailey's son, care of Grant Mortuary.

Scouts take to streets for sales

The temperatures were cold, but the cookie sales were hot. Girls from Craig's Girl Scout Troop 52 braved cold temperatures Saturday as they went to the streets to get their annual cookie sales drive going full force.

Datebook for Feb. 20

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed for Presi�--dents Day. The Moffat County Library board of trustees meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Craig branch library.

Home mortgage office open

The Wells Fargo Home Mortgage branch in Craig has been open for more than a month.

Commission to consider store plans

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission canceled its January meeting because it had nothing to do.

Plant may be fixed by March

Officials hope to have the Craig Station Power Plant running at full capacity by early March, a spokesman for the company that operates the plant said Friday.

Actors dream of a stage of their own

Cindy Chotvacs thinks Craig is ready for a formal theater group and a building to perform in.

GOP off to strong beginning

Election shaping up, but Dems slow to start

Local candidates are emerging for the 2006 election season, but so far, it's largely a one-party affair.

Friday, February 17

Insurance gap spurs action

Survey: One in four residents forgo care

The Northwest Colorado Community Health Project has taken its first step in assessing area health care needs.

Second-round split

Just like on Thursday, the Bulldogs finished 3-3 in the second round Friday afternoon.

Beef up the Bulldogs

I could sit and talk wrestling with Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez all day.

The matchup is set up

Kostur, Beaudry face off for title; five Bulldogs remain

The speculation is over. One of the most anticipated matches at the Colorado Wrestling State Championships is official.

Hospital plans await college's OK

The Memorial Hospital's plans for a new facility won't get to Craig city planners just yet. The hospital's plan requires the approval of the Colorado Northwest Community College-Craig board of directors, which was anticipated this week.

Education calendar for Feb. 18

Monday, Feb. 20 Presidents Day. No school.

CMS staff profile: Linda McIntosh

What is your job title: Resource paraprofessional Number of years in profession: Four years

Summer break, winter vocation

Agriculture classes teach practical skills

Sparks fly in the two bays of an oversized garage, and the sounds of metal grinding on metal overpower all but the most intimate conversation.

Our View: Strive for rate equality

Rate increases are hard to swallow, particularly when they're coming from all directions. Gasoline prices are up, utility costs are rising, and retail products are following suit.

Police blotter for Feb. 18

Justin Edward Lambert, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Kimberly Ann Sanchez and Donald R. Griffin

Kimberly Ann Sanchez, daughter of the late Manuel and Ruth Sanchez, of Craig, is engaged to Donald R. Griffin, son of the late James W. and Marlene Griffin, of Craig.

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey, of Craig, died Thursday near Hayden. Services are pending.

Datebook for Feb. 18

Monday, Feb. 20 All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Pres-ident's Day holiday. The Moffat County Library board of trustees meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Craig branch library. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Moffat County Care Clinic will be closed. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be open. There will be an afternoon charge of $10 for all members who want to participate after 1 p.m. Scholarships are available upon request. Call ahead to determine qualification. Free lunch will be provided at noon, as well as a morning and afternoon snack. There will be no transportation available to or from the club. Call Jonathan or Mike at 826-0411. Tuesday, Feb. 21 6:30 p.m. There will be an open house at Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care in honor of Alice Barber, who is leaving after 11 years. All families who have ever had Miss Alice in their lives are invited to 700 School St. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Noon. The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association will hold its monthly meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. All women golfers are welcome. Call Gwen Parker at 824-9673. 7 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday at First Congreg�--ational Church. Call 824-6915. Thursday, Feb. 23 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Moffat Coun-ty Library will host story-hours. This week's topic is more dinosaurs. Story-hours are at the library, 570 Green St. Friday, Feb. 24 7 to 10 p.m. The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will sponsor a Bunko Beach Party at The Boys & Girls Club of Craig. RSVP to LuAnn at 824-5926 or Barb at 276-3111. 7:30 p.m. The Knights of Columbus of Saint Michael will host Mardi Gras at St. Michael Church. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the St. Michael Church office, 678 School St., from any Knights of Columbus member or by calling 824-5330. Saturday, Feb. 25 1 to 2 p.m. Distribution day for SHARE Craig, a program offering low-cost groceries to local residents, will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939. 7 p.m. The 58th annual Maybell Plays will feature "Comin' Round the Mountain," by Ned Albert, and "The Laughing Ghost," by Le Roma Greth, at Maybell Elementary School on Haynes Street in Maybell. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors 60 and older. Children younger than 6 get in free. Thursday, March 2 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a benefit dinner for Moffat County High School cheerleaders selected to attend the Down Under Sports Bowl in Australia. The entire community is welcome. Cost for the dinner at The Center of Craig is $10 for adults, $8 for 4- to 12-year-olds, and free for children 3 and younger. Saturday, March 4 9 p.m. Craig Fire/Rescue will host the annual Firefighter's Ball at Cassidy's at the Holiday Inn of Craig. There will be live entertainment by Kenny Bradberry. For more information, call 824-5914.

Government Update for Feb. 18

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

Crash victim named

A 36-year-old Morrison man was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon after he reportedly fell asleep while driving near Hayden on Thursday. The resulting accident killed a Craig man.

Record jackpot has lottery tickets flying off printers

Linda Henson plays the lottery pretty regularly, but when the Powerball jackpot hits $365 million, she makes sure she gets a ticket, sometimes two.

Thursday, February 16

Dicy Emma Bailey

Dicy Emma Bailey died Feb. 5, 2006, in Craig. She was 82.

Wrestlers finish even after Day 1

Three wins, three losses for Bulldogs at state

DENVER --he nerves were there for the Moffat County team on Day 1 of the Colorado State Wrestling Champ�ionships.

Swimmers head to state championships

When the fall semester ended, the Moffat County girls swim team lost senior Katie Gainor to an early graduation.

News briefs for Feb. 17

Girl Scouts of Craig to start cookie sales

Police blotter for Feb. 17

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Feb. 15 Jerome Dale Nash, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Stephanie Beckett: Women's hockey says thanks to businesses

To the editor: The Craig Women's Hockey team would like to say "thank you" to the local businesses that donated items for our annual Mardi Gras tournament.

Christina M. Currie: Midnight valentines

People generally are accused of getting old when they can't find their car keys, spend time searching for sunglasses that are perched on their heads and find the milk in the cupboard.

First Baptist pastor ready for new journey

If churchgoers at First Baptist Church are business leaders or convicted criminals, Len Browning doesn't mind.

Winter weather not busting city's budget

When the snow started falling at about sunset Wednesday, Craig Road and Bridge Director Ran�--dy Call had to make a decision: Go with overnight plowing oper�--ations or wait until morning.

Datebook for Feb. 17

Today 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be open. There will be an afternoon charge of $10 for all members who want to participate after 1 p.m. Scholarships are available upon request. Call ahead to determine qualification. Free lunch will be provided at noon, as well as a morning and afternoon snack. There will be no transportation available to or from the club. Call Jonathan or Mike at 826-0411.

Books become a family affair

Elementary school reading club makes reading fun

For second-grader Ricky Southard, reading hasn't always been fun. He had trouble finishing books; he'd get discouraged.

Race takes shape

Jantz becomes second Republican sheriff candidate

The race for Moffat County sheriff has two candidates, and a third could announce his intention to run by the end of the month.

Severance tax debate HEATs up

Craig politicians oppose Front Range plan to redistribute money

Local politicians say the state's severance tax money should stay on the Western Slope.

Mary Lenore Ball

Mary "Mickey" Lenore Arnold Ball, of Alamo, Texas, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. She was 74.

A big day for United Way

Organization celebrates record-setting campaign

A successful fundraising campaign and the opportunity to bid farewell to longtime Moffat County United Way volunteers was enough to bring Executive Director Corrie Scott to tears.

Wednesday, February 15

Sheri Herod: Plea bargain isn't serving the public

To the editor: During the week, I read with interest about all the plea bargains the District Attorney's Office is offering to some of those people arrested during Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation into the "meth culture" working in Craig.

Nonprofit hits high

Fundraiser most successful in local United Way history

Moffat County United Way raised more money in its 2006 fundraising campaign than ever before.

Zachary John Thompson

Amanda Thompson of Craig, announces the birth of a son, Zachary John, on Feb. 9, 2006.

Jenessa Kaylee Sutton

Stephanie and Josh Sutton of Thornton, announce the birth of a daughter, Jenessa Kaylee, at 1:54 p.m. Feb. 1, 2006, at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton.

Datebook for Feb. 16

Today 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Stewardship will meet at the Moffat County Fairgrounds pavilion. The group will discuss the community alternative for the BLM Resource Management Plan revision.

Group explores micro-loan program

Moffat County residents soon could have a new option for financing a new business or expansion.

County: Meth findings scary

It was, in the words of one Moffat County commissioner, a frightening report on the damaging effect of methamphetamine abuse.

Pressure's on United Express to improve service

Local officials are airing their gripes about United Express.

Richard T. Whitmore: Clyde the elk should be allowed to live

To the editor: In defense of Clyde, the elk.

Cathy Copeland: Thank you to youth soccer kids, parents

To the editor: I want to send out a sincere "thank you" to my Craig youth soccer children and their parents for their help with the bake sale that we had at Elks Lodge Craft Sale last weekend. The following children and their parents helped earn money to help with registration costs for their spring soccer season.

Police blotter for Feb. 16

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Feb. 14 Brandin Duane Brown, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

It's got to be the shoes

Korey Kostur's kicks have lasted him four years, 142 wrestling matches

Korey Kostur has won 142 wrestling matches in his high school career. Before every match, he has tied on the same pair of shoes.

City backs college's plan for technology program

Although it will be months before community college officials submit plans for a power-plant technology program to the state, they already have garnered strong local support.

Prisoners hit with mischief charges

Deputy: Inmates damaged door to tune of $1,300

Two inmates at the Moffat County Jail face felony criminal mischief charges after a sheriff's deputy says the men broke the hinges off their cell door, causing $1,300 in damage.

Tuesday, February 14

Four records fall for swimmers at districts

A plate has been missing from the board that marks the records set throughout the years by Moffat County High School's girl swimmers.

DA decides not to pursue attempted murder charge

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue attempted-murder charges against a Craig man who was arrested last week.

Flu absences isolated to Craig Middle School

If there's a flu epidemic among Moffat County students, it's isolated at Craig Middle School.

Annual poker run ready to roll

Anyone who has ridden a snow machine in Moffat County for any length of time probably knows the name Larry Ward.

Police blotter for Feb. 15

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Feb. 13 Shaun Philip Sanchez, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: Justice isn't always just

There's no denying there are flaws in our justice system. Even those who administer it agree that there's room for improvement and change.

Septic haulers face fee increase

Sewer plant considers ban on grease, other dumping

Septic waste haulers and restaurant owners will have the chance to comment before the Craig City Council makes a decision that could affect their budgets and the way they do business.

Methamphetamine use a burden to county

Methamphetamine-addicted parents are putting a major burden on the Moffat County Social Services Department, the department's director said Tuesday.

Car sales keep junkers off street

The Craig Police Department sold 28 impounded vehicles in 2005.

Walgreens not likely in Craig

Steamboat Springs may be a site for one of the 400 stores Walgreens plans to open this year, but it's not likely that Craig will house one of the discount stores.

Kennecott donates to Boys & Girls Club

Kennecott Energy Company made a $25,000 contribution Tuesday to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Datebook for Feb. 15

Today 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Par�--tnership board meets at Holiday Inn. A representative from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport will attend to update the board on activities at the airport.

News briefs for Feb. 15

Bilingual health session Tuesday Comunidad Integrada is hosting a health night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. The session will be in English and Spanish

Building boom possible

Craig Community Development Director Dave Costa sits behind a large pile of plans and blueprints on his desk at the city building.

Monday, February 13

Well-oiled machine

Mass-production students race to fill cabinet orders

Every two minutes, a solid oak corner cabinet is made in Moffat County High School.

Datebook for Feb. 14

Today 8:30 a.m. Moffat County commis�--sioners meet in commissioner chambers at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Police blotter for Feb. 14

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Feb. 10 Terri Lynn Earle, 36, Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Speak up for Feb. 14

Editor's note: Readers were quick to react to last week's story about a ranch worker who died in an elk pen. Officials determined the man, John W. Renner, died of heart failure.

College seeks City Council support

Community college officials are ready to go forward with an energy technology program, but they have one critical hurdle before them: State approval.

Craft sale helps children, promotes drug awareness

The first craft sale held by the Craig Elks Lodge brought out "quite a few lookers," along with donations to help drug awareness programs, organizer Dora Watson said.

Hockey teams compete in tournament, with costumes

It was Craig hockey in Mardi Gras style: hockey first, party second.

Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to celebrate 60th anniversary

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is the driving force behind several events put on every year in Craig, so a 60-year anniversary is reason for a big celebration.

News briefs for Feb. 14

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be open Friday and Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Elizabeth L. (Betty) Wright More

Elizabeth L. (Betty) Wright More, 79, died Feb. 10, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Teresa Pollard of Silt.

Arthur Dewey Carter Jr.

Arthur Dewey Carter Jr., a former resident of Moffat County, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. He was born April 30, 1924, in Spring Garden, Ill.

Flu frenzy

Sickness keeps 20 percent of students home Monday

The staff at Craig Middle School is getting pretty familiar with liquid hand sanitizer.

Senate to consider statewide smoke ban

Smoking in public places eventually may be banned in the state, but not with the blessing of Craig's representative in the Colorado House of Representatives.

Meth suspect waives preliminary hearing

One of the 15 people arrested during a December methamphetamine sweep waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

Workers demolishing dilapidated plant site

Officials from American Gilsonite said last week they hope to have their Craig plant torn down within a month.

Sunday, February 12

Elk's role in death uncertain

Victim died of heart failure, autopsy shows

A bull elk's exact role in the death of a ranch worker Thursday may never be known.

Bulldogs finish first against Eagle Valley

Transition was the common thread in comments after the Moffat County boys' victory against Eagle Valley on Saturday night. Moffat County won, 76-51.

'Dogs take down Devils

The Moffat County Girls basketball team was looking to make it a 20-0 season Saturday against Eagle Valley, but to do that, coach Craig Mortensen knew his players would need to have more focus than they showed in Friday night's game against Battle Mountain.

Seven's the limit

Wrestlers come up short for eighth regional title in a row

GRAND JUNCTION --or eight years, the Bulldogs have finished as the Western Slope regional wrestling champions. This year was the first time in those eight years that those Bulldogs weren't from Moffat County.

Regional champs ready for state

GRAND JUNCTION -- At this time last year, Nick Navratil could have been a regional champion, but he injured a thumb two weeks before the regional tournament.

Family man

Soldier looking forward to being with family after tours of duty

For Army Sgt. Ray Quick, the toughest part about being in Iraq wasn't the 130-degree temperatures, the long days or his close proximity to the enemy.

Music to his ears

Teen to represent county in statewide band

A Moffat County High School student has been named to the 2006 Colorado All-State concert band, an honor that his director said is a prestigious distinction for the musician and the school.

Mom's Cactus Grill shuts down

Mom's Cactus Grill closed its doors Saturday, but the owners say they hope to reopen in a new location as soon as possible.

Republicans kick off season, announce campaigns

The race for the contested Moffat County Commission seat started to take shape Saturday, but the race for sheriff is still up in the air.

Valentine's Day is time to go for the roses

Lori Romney, owner of Candlelight Floral in Craig, spent the day Thursday cutting stems and removing thorns from the 600 roses that had just arrived at her shop at 508 Yampa Avenue.

Scouts start cookie sales

Girl Scouts will continue their tradition of selling cookies in Craig during February and March.

A little piece of history

Antique snowmobile event attract enthusiasts from three states

Rena Olsen was just happy to have snow.

GOP still feeling effects of past election, preparing for 2006

Wounds from the 2004 elections are still fresh in the minds of many Republicans.

Friday, February 10

Teens looking for highs in a bottle

Reports that prescription drug abuse is a growing problem among teens may surprise many adults, but some students say it's old news.

Wrestlers not perfect but still in first

GRAND JUNCTION -- For 25 seconds, Daniel Cramblett saw his senior wrestling season flash before his eyes.

Art Walk returns today in downtown

Buy a bowl of chili and keep the bowl, learn to decorate cookies from a pro or just enjoy some music while shopping downtown Craig this evening at the 11th Annual Art Walk.

Officials prepare for big spring runoff

Even though snow has been lacking in Craig, the amount that's dropped in the mountains has officials looking at the possibility of unusually high rivers this spring.

Education calendar for Feb. 11

Monday, Feb. 13 6:30 p.m. Craig Middle School parent advisory committee meeting in the school library.

CMS Staff Profile: Christie Palmer

What is your job title: Seventh-grade math teacher Number of years in education: Three

Hearts, glitter and doilies

Craig students busy making Valentines

Young students in Craig schools have been busy this week gluing red doilies to paper plates and decorating paper bags with hearts and glitter.

Our View: Youth fundraisers need limits

One factor school officials and youth group leaders should weigh when considering how to limit fundraisers is how that affects the opportunities students have to learn from the experience.

Senior menu for Feb. 11

Senior lunch menu The Moffat County seniors lunch program is open to all Craig seniors ages 62 and older. The cost is $2.25 at the dining room in Sunset Meadows I or $2.50 if delivered. Call 824-3911 before 9 a.m. to register.

Police Blotter for Feb. 11

Craig Police Department Thursday, Feb. 9 Officers received a report of theft. Officers received an animal complaint.

Briefs for Feb. 11

Students selling McDonald's coupons Seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students visiting Washington, D.C., through We See D.C. are holding a fundraiser to pay for trip costs.

Datebook for Feb. 11

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 93rd annual Winter Carnival street events are in Steamboat Springs. Call Jody Anagnos at the Chamber of Commerce at 879-0882, ext. 203, to volunteer or for more information.

Near victim of deer attack encourages people to be cautious

When Dave Dillon heard about a fatal elk attack east of Craig on Thursday, it reminded him of a frightening encounter he had with a deer two years ago.

Captive elk's fate uncertain after attack

The fate of a captive elk named Clyde remained unclear Friday, a day after the elk killed a worker at a ranch east of Craig.

Chamber names director

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Friday that Christina Currie has been hired as the Chamber's executive director.

Thursday, February 9

Republicans to gather at dinner

Moffat County Republicans are ready to make some introductions.

A leg up on the competition

Non-state qualifiers enjoy taper week in the pool

Jessica Knez and Jessica Krogman know that their best times are more than a minute from state-qualifying standards, but the Moffat County swimmers were training this week as if they were preparing for the state meet.

Moffat County Neighbor

Kathleen Shepard Age: 54 Occupation: Freelance artist, merchandiser at local stores

What women want

Dazzling, romantic, traditional. There are many ways to a woman's heart. Here's a guide to help you this Valentine's Day.

Christina M. Currie: An eggcentric obsession

My girls are enthralled with eggs. Completely enchanted.

Bryce Jacobson: Praise for Loudy-Simpson

In the last installment of the Publisher's Notebook, I wrote that all my columns in the future would be filled with constructive criticisms. I lied.

Datebook for Feb. 10

Today 7 p.m. Yampa Valley Pregnancy center will host a dessert social at the Center of Craig. Moffat County High School ensemble will perform. The event is $7 a person or $12 a couple. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Sandi at 824-5204.

Arthur 'Dewey' Carter

Former Craig resident Arthur "Dewey" Carter died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, in Des Moines, Wash.

Police Blotter for Feb. 10

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Feb. 8 Rodney Joseph Wiessner, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail to serve time for a previous offense.

Briefs for Feb. 10

Operation APO (Army Post Office) Ship Free, a fund set up to ship packages to military personnel serving overseas, is low on funds, and organizer Jim Stoddard is seeking donations.

Screen dreams

Couple hopes to build four-plex movie theater

Dale and Andrea Camp hope to build a four-plex movie theater on the west side of Craig. But their dream may have to wait.

Craig man dies after elk attack

A 9-year-old bull elk that had been raised in captivity since it was a calf killed a ranch worker Thursday morning.

Wednesday, February 8

Craft show offers something to all

Valentine shoppers looking for unique gifts this weekend might find them at the Craig Elks Lodge during the Craft Show being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lodge, 43 E. Victory Way.

Elk worker killed

Captive bull elk gores local man

On the bubble

To get to state, five wrestlers know they must defy their seedings and wrestle well

The numbers of reservations in Denver for the Moffat County wrestling team are on hold until Saturday. That's because coach Roman Gutierrez has reservations about how many of his wrestlers will be making the trip.

Leona Hemmerich: Have residents given thoughts to lease sale?

I would like to comment regarding the upcoming BLM lease sales that will happen today. Although I filed a formal protest to BLM about a number of parcels, I wonder if the residents of this county have really given any thought about the effect that could occur. From articles I've read in other papers, I know that big game isn't as abundant in Garfield County as it was before all the drilling started. Hunting is a big part of what goes on in this area. How much will the small businesses be hurt when the hunters decide it's not worth the effort?

Noah James Pike

Michele Ann and Justin Montgomery Pike of Craig announce the birth of their son, Noah James Pike, at 8:21 a.m., Feb. 1, 2006, Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Evan Keanu Ellis

Renee and Jason Ellis of Stagecoach announce the birth of their son, Evan Keanu Ellis, at 5:49 p.m., Feb. 3, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Police blotter for Feb. 9

Craig Fire/Rescue Tuesday, Feb. 7 Firefighters responded to a smoke alarm in the 1200 block of East Victory Way. Firefighters found a faulty smoke alarm in the home. No one was injured.

Theodore Ralph Heaney, Jr.

Theodore Ralph (Ted) Heaney, Jr. of Porterville, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006. He was 80. Heaney was born in Beatrice, Neb., to Theodore Ralph, Sr. and Daisy (Stevens) Heaney. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paso Robles, Calif.

Briefs for Feb. 9

Brownie sundaes will be the featured dish at the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center's fourth annual Dessert Extravaganza on Friday evening at the Center of Craig.

Datebook for Feb. 9

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club will meet at Serendipity Coffee Shop. "Sleep Toward Heaven," by Amanda Eyre Ward will be reviewed by Marian Simons. For more information, call Audrey at 824-3590.

Meth suspect accepts plea agreement

A Craig woman arrested in a December methamphetamine sweep accepted a plea agreement Wednesday.

Boyd chosen to lead CNCC

After 18 months without a president, Colorado Northwestern Community College has a new leader.

Man faces charge of attempted murder

Police arrested a Craig man Monday after receiving a report he choked a woman Monday night at his home in Craig.

Arrest expected after truck theft

Police say they expect to make an arrest in the theft of a city truck stolen Tuesday night from the city wastewater plant on Doyan Avenue.

Tuesday, February 7

Reduced speed limit decreasing accidents

Car versus animal accidents down on Colorado Highway 13

Figures recently released by the Colorado State Patrol indicate that lowering nighttime speed limits on Colorado Highway 13 produced the results that law enforcement expected.

Mardi Gras comes to town

Daily Press Staff No natural disasters affected the celebration of Mardi Gras in Northwest Colorado this year.

Swimmers prepare for postseason

It's time to get serious. The Moffat County girls swim team finished the regular season Friday in Montrose with a triangular meet with the host and Gunnison.

January Real Estate transactions

Buyer: Martyn Development Seller: David R. and Laura B. Ellgen Property description: Vacant land on Mack Lane Sale price: $95,000

The cast and crew of "Way, Way Off Broadway": Thank you to those in 'Way, Way Off Broadway'

We would like to thank the Sweet Adeline's for the opportunity to perform such a fun production as "Way, Way Off Broadway." Thank you to the Moffat County High School for the auditorium and their great custodial staff for their cooperation and assistance; Amy Coleman for sharing rehearsal space with us and the Moffat County Library staff, the Friends of the Library and to our audiences for your continued support.

Codey: Send a postcard to an eighth-grader from Michigan

Hello, my name is Codey Morey. I have brown hair and brown eyes, and I am a teenager. I like to spend time playing football with my friends, playing on the computer and I like to listen to my CD player. I do not like homework and chores. I also do not like waking up at 6 a.m. to go to school.

Jarod Bays: Methamphetamine will take your life or money

Your best friend: Methamphetamine Let me introduce myself, take away your health. Call me amphetamine. The miracle of losing dreams and making friends. Every day is lost watching for the cops, not knowing that you're lost. Tell you what I will do is take you for every cost -- life or money. Having fun watching your life on the run, helping to load that gun with bullets called life. Russian Roulette is the least of your threats or the needle may have it best, help you not care. I know nothing is fair, but it's OK, you won't care, but you will be scared if you don't have me -- methamphetamine. I give you a place to live, a place in the pen. Trust me, I'm your friend, and I won't let you go. I'll be with you until the end.

Our View: American Legion has a tough job ahead

Generally what the private sector can't provide in quality of life amenities, government does.

Winifred 'Winnie' Estey: 1909-2006

Winifred N. Campbell was born Dec. 21, 1909 in Osborn, Mo., the only child of Winnie Ralph and Lucy Almedia (Henderson) Campbell. She was raised and attended school in Missouri, moving with her family to Craig when she was 16. She graduated from high school in Midwest, Wyo.

Dicy Bailey

Dicy Bailey, of Craig, died Sunday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Services are pending. Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Hawks, Ponikvar, Stacy earn UW honors

Jill R. Hawks, Stacy Ann Ponikvar and Rachel Page Stacy all received degrees from the University of Wyoming after completion of the 2005 fall semester. Hawks received a Bachelor of Science degree; Ponikvar received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Stacy earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

Leigh Ann Toovey

Moffat County High School graduate Leigh Ann Toovey received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Illinois State University.

Caden Jacob Lytle

Andi and Rod Lytle, of Craig, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Caden Jacob Lytle at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long. His maternal grandparents are David Shipley and Sheryl Shipley, of Craig. His paternal grandparents are Jeff Lytle, of Farson, Wyo., and Kelly Pierce, of Craig. The baby was welcomed home by his sibling, Courtney Williams.

Police Blotter for Feb. 8

Craig Fire/Rescue Monday, Feb. 6 Craig Fire/Rescue responded to Seventh and Rose streets for a two-car accident with minor injuries. Both parties refused transportation to The Memorial Hospital.

Briefs for Feb. 8

Pesticide applicator training offered The Annual Private Pesticide Applicator Training for people who want certification or recertification as a private pesticide applicator is from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the CSU Extension Office. This training will enable attendees to purchase and apply restricted use products in the production of agricultural commodities.

Datebook for Feb. 8

Today 5 to 7 p.m. SHARE Craig, which works to provide low-cost groceries to residents, has registration at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939.

Moffat County leases rights near Loudy-Simpson Park

Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to lease the mineral rights to a parcel of land next to Loudy-Simpson Park.

Teen in counterfeit case qualifies for defender

A teen arrested in connection with a series of counterfeit $100 bills passed at local stores was in court Tuesday for a status conference.

Mother sentenced to 10 days in jail

Judge says giving alcohol to teens is a serious offense

Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James said Tues-day that serving 10 days in jail was a far cry from the six months she's prone to sentence those convicted for giving alcohol to minors.

CNCC, plant team up for tech program

Colorado Northwestern Com-munity College is ready to roll with a program that prepares students for careers in energy technology.

Safety center refinancing approved

Moffat County commissioners said Tuesday they hope to save as much as $700,000 by refinancing the Public Safety Center.

Monday, February 6

Datebook for Feb. 7

Today 8:30 a.m. Moffat County Commissioners meet in commissioner chambers at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

New deputy in town

Prosecutor comes from troubled office

Andrew Heyl has seen his share of controversy in the past year. Heyl, the newest deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, worked in the Ninth Judicial District in Aspen from April to December.

News briefs for Feb. 7

Man cited after accident Monday

Police blotter for Feb. 7

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Feb. 3 Ricardo Garcia, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Speak up for Feb. 7

Don't point fingers A couple of comments on the letters in the Jan. 31 Craig Daily Press.

Bull sale returns to area

April marks the return of the annual Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale. The event is an opportunity for ranchers to buy and sell bulls and heifers and keep money in the Yampa Valley.

Ride in style

Antique snowmobiles return to Craig

Organizers of the Western Ride-In hope there's enough snow for snowmobilers who will return to Craig this year.

Students work to prevent violence

Ten Moffat County High School teens will spend time each day for three weeks talking to their peers about violence.

Sunday, February 5

News briefs for Feb. 6

Rotary scholarship applications available The Craig Rotary Club is seeking applicants for the 2007-08 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded for one academic year of study abroad. The program increases awareness of and respect for cultural diversity and instills the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self."

The rivalry lives on

No longer a league team, Utes still challenge Bulldogs

The Vernal, Utah, hockey team left the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League this year, but the rivalry with Craig was too good not to reschedule.

'It's pretty normal for a Sunday'

Broncos fans: Super Bowl nothing special

Bartender Shannon Ketchum said the crowd at Kokopelli's Sports Lounge was on par for a football Sunday as fans settled in for Super Bowl XL.

County considers refinance of safety center

The Moffat County commissioners are considering refinancing the certificates used to pay for the Public Safety Center.

'Good response' at newly opened A Plus mortgage

Even though the new A Plus Mortgage branch in Craig wasn't officially open last week, locals in need of loans were streaming in.

Datebook for Feb. 6

Wednesday, Feb. 8 5 to 7 p.m. SHARE Craig, which provides low-cost groceries to residents, has registration at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939.

Craig Bridal Faire draws brides-to-be

Brides-to-be sampled cakes, talked to photographers and perused bouquets Sunday at the 2006 Craig Bridal Faire.

Keeping everyone happy

Car dealership owner knows value of positive employee, customer relationships

Scott Cook enjoys seeing the same people over and over again. And he gets to because of customer loyalty at Cook Chevrolet in Craig and Steamboat Springs. Cook attributes customer loyalty to the brands he sells and the customer service his dealerships provide.

Friday, February 3

CNCC teacher reflects on backcountry trip

Four Colorado Northwestern Community College students ventured into the backcountry Jan. 28 in Ashley National Forest, Utah, on cross-country skis as part of the college's outdoor recreation program.

Fire board seeking applications

With the May election just three months away, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for four open seats on the five-member fire board.

The waiting game

Kiwanis Play fans spend hours in line for coveted tickets

Billie Sue Bradshaw had been awake since 5 a.m. Thursday, and by 11:30 a.m. Friday, she was feeling fatigued. But she had no plans to sleep any time soon. She was having fun drinking and hanging out with friends while waiting in line for Craig Kiwanis Play tickets.

Datebook for Feb. 4

2 and 7:30 p.m. The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines and Craig Performing Arts Project present, "Way, Way Off Broadway" at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and senior citizens.

Police blotter for Feb. 4

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Feb. 2 Patrick Michael Rollett, 23, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Lisa McDermott

Lisa McDermott, a sophomore at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., earned dean's honor roll recognition for completing her fall semester with a 3.5 grade point average.

Our View: Cuts not the answer

In a time when governments and businesses are trying to cut costs in the face of rising expenses, the Moffat County sheriff put forth a proposal to reduce the number of calls to which the department responds.

Amy Fitch: Craig residents, thanks for all of your support

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the community of Craig for being so good to Zoe and me this past year and a half. We have loved living here and really hate to leave. This is a great community. I have been so impressed with every aspect of this community. You all really watch out for each other.

Teens mix up their caffeine intake

From the cappuccino students sip before first hour to the Red Bull some athletes slam before games, soda may be the least of school officials' concerns when it comes to teens' caffeine intake.

Education calendar for Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 6 6 p.m. Parent Empowerment Class in Room 212 of Moffat County High School.

Partners weighs value of nonprofits

Evaluating the social and economic effects nonprofit organizations have has become a more time-consuming process than Audrey Danner imagined.

Wild-born ferret a milestone for recovery effort

An animal that biologists once believed was extinct is making a comeback in Northwest Colorado, according to the Division of Wildlife.

Feds lower grazing fees for ranchers

Local ranchers will be paying less this year to graze their cattle and sheep on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The Federal grazing fee for western public lands will be $1.56 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2006, down from $1.79 in 2005.

Fourth quarter key for girls

It took the Moffat County girls basketball team three quarters to adjust to not having senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos. Once that happened, it was smooth sailing against Steamboat for a 51-23 win.

David Pressgrove: Extra cheer

When it comes to covering the Moffat County High School sports teams, I consider myself well-traveled.

Bulldogs add to Steamboat's woes

All week, Moffat County coach Scott Parker talked to his players about taking a lead of six points and expanding it.

Thursday, February 2

Cramblett leads wrestlers to win

Senior pins Rifle rival in fifth try, his last home meet

It took five tries, but Moffat County senior Daniel Cramblett finally learned how to beat Rifle's Tim Long.

Cop woes remain in Dinosaur

Officials cite lack of housing as reason for vacancies

Almost six months after both police officers in Dinosaur resigned, the town remains without a full-time officer.

Legion takes over clubhouse

Shadow Mountain pool set to re-open next week

Moffat County commissioners voted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday to lease Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to the American Legion for $1 a year.

Winter wonderland

Outdoor enthusiasts find joy in snow sports

Tim Paschke of Craig has been cross-country skiing for 35 years, and he still spends as much time outside in the winter as he can.

Schools at bottom of funding formula

School district officials said modifications to the state's 12-year-old public school funding formula would be welcome, but they're not counting their dollars yet.

CAPS escapee caught

After nine days on the run, a three-hour standoff with police and six weeks in a Utah jail, a man who escaped from a Craig work release program in November is back in Moffat County Jail.

NWCOS takes steps toward final plan

It's not often that a room in Moffat County is filled with oil and gas drillers sitting next to cattlemen and sheep ranchers. But the Northwest Colorado Stewardship has been doing just that for more than two years.

Datebook for Feb. 3

Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighters Ball tickets are available. The ball will be held at 9 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any firefighter or by calling 824-5914.

Police blotter for Feb. 3

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Feb. 1 Deputies received a 911 hang-up.

Danielle N. Tatum

Coast Guard Seaman Danielle N. Tatum, daughter of Kathy Jo and stepdaughter of Dean Carey of Maybell, recently graduated from the U.S. Coastguard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Christina M. Currie: Consistently inconsistent

There's no doubt that parents set themselves up for failure. The question is: Do they do so on purpose? Or, is it merely a case that they've overestimated their children or themselves?

First Baptist Church small group: Thank you

Last Saturday, we held a car care clinic for single mothers. This was a group effort, and we could not have it done without the support of the community.

Pay it forward: Church group hopes to spread generosity

First Baptist Church members are hoping a few good deeds will go a long way.

Moffat County Neighbor: Clint Rogers

Name: Clint Rogers Age: 20 Occupation: Electrician apprentice

Wednesday, February 1

Friends of Northwest Colorado: Save wilderness areas from heavy usage

This month, 157 parcels of BLM land totaling nearly 1.7 million acres appear destined to be leased by gas and oil development companies. A number of these parcels comprise beautiful country adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument. These leases amount to about 25,000 acres, and four of them are actually within areas that have been considered for proposed wilderness. Oil and gas development adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument is a mistake and will have long-term negative effects on some of Moffat County's most scenic and sensitive land.

For the love of art

Downtown businesses sponsor annual Artwalk

Sculptor Don Beeler has sold three pieces in the eight years he's participated in the Downtown Business Association's annual Artwalk.

Judge moves meth case to district court

A Moffat County judge on Wednesday said there was probable cause to charge Troy Neal with methamphetamine distribution and sent his case to 14th Judicial District Court.

Ranchers hope people check out their food

The 60 red angus cattle on Steve Andrew's ranch north of Craig will end up on someone's plate someday.

Moffat County pledges 11K to GRAMNET

A week after the Craig City Council pledged $11,000 to a local drug task force, the Moffat County commissioners followed suit Tuesday.

Datebook for Feb. 2

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Moffat County Library, 570 Green St., offers story times. The theme is Groundhog Day.

Futsal finale this weekend

In the past few years, hockey has been the fastest growing winter sport in Moffat County, but a different sport is fast on hockey's heels.

Police Blotter for Feb. 2

Craig Fire/Rescue Tuesday, Jan. 31 No calls.

Craig student learning ropes in Europe

Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman said she sent a child to Europe in August. In June, she expects an adult to return.